Category Archives: modernity & modernization
Capt A. Banerjee, Sunday Observer, 23 April, 2017, where the title was slightly i different
In the last 2 years Sri Lanka has taken considerable efforts and is slowly moving towards her desire to be the next Maritime Hub.The government and other maritime stakeholders are trying their best to put their heads together in realizing this dream. I too would like to contribute towards this initiative and feel that so much can be achieved if we can nurture this “golden goose” called Flag of Convenience. I hope with this article I am able to make you realize the great opportunity that lies ahead.
Phil Hawkes, in The Australian, 19 April 2017, with the title “Galle Face Hotel gracious reminder of foregone era”
It’s 1982 and I’m in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at a travel conference. We rock up at the portico of the legendary Galle Face Hotel in a decrepit 10-seat minibus that the organisers managed to provide for 12 delegates. Hardly the coolest of ways to arrive at this heritage-listed reminder of British colonial days. Where’s the fleet of vintage Rollers? But there’s Kuttan the doorman, splendid in his unique white uniform and sporting his trademark handlebar moustache, welcoming us as if we’re royalty. He is used to greeting guests such as Lord Louis Mountbatten, Princess Elizabeth, Jawaharlal Nehru and other famous people, but his welcome to us is just the same. Feeling like celebrities, we forget about the minibus. Kuttan was a recognisable character at the Galle Face Hotel for 72 years, surely a world record. He died in 2014 at age 94, much honoured by colleagues and those guests whose lives he touched. Now his tradition is carried on by PB Rathnayaka, whose tenure is a mere 51 years with another “rich and famous” list to recall, including Fidel Castro and Indira Gandhi, and more than a few Australian cricketers.
Item in Sunday Observer, 9 April 2017
Today, Sri Lanka pays her solemn condolences to the late Ravi Jayewardene. He was a pilot, and later went on to make significant contributions in the corporate sector. Perhaps, the greatest legacy he leaves behind is the Special Task Force of the Sri Lanka Police. He was the daring visionary who used his prudent mind to foresee the need for a specialized unit within the Police Department at that time, in order to engage in counter terrorism operations and mitigate threats to national security.
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Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, Jeyapraba Suresh & Anushani Alagarajah, 2017, “Feminism, nationalism, and labour in post-civil war Northern Province of Sri Lanka”, Development in Practice, 27:1, 122-128.
Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, 2016, “Elusive Economic Peace Dividend: all that glitters is not gold”, GeoJournal, 81:4, 571-596. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10708-015-9637-3
Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, 2015, “Impediments to Women in Post-Civil War Economic Growth in Sri Lanka”, South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management, Special Issue on Gender (in)equalities in South Asia, 2:1, 12-36. http://hrm.sagepub.com/content/2/1/12?etoc