What is Diaspora?
Posted on November 30, 2015 at 5:30 am

By Thamindri Aluvihare  Using the word “Diaspora” is a sure-fire way to escalate a conversation from mundane to controversial in Sri Lanka.  The stigmatisation of the word is an instance of exemplarily success in using media for branding purposes. The use of the word diaspora varies and what constitutes each diaspora community differs across countries. […]

Diaspora hails delisting and offers assistance
Posted on November 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

The New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the de-listing opens the doors for discussions, which will prevent future conflict and ensure healing between and within communities. “HRW welcomes the de-listing of diaspora groups. This is a positive step towards the reconciliation process if it leads to the kind of honest and difficult […]

Language, class and social issues in post war Sri Lanka.
Posted on November 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

In an very interesting TEDx talk titled; “Living by the Sword: Responding to Language and Class in Sri Lanka”, Andi Schubert relates his experience in confronting class via the use of language. He argues that the use and dialect of language has evolved in to an indication of social class among the Sri Lankan society. […]

US representative to the UN visits Sri Lanka
Posted on November 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

The United States’ representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power visited Sri Lanka from November 21st to 23rd.   “I cannot think of a country in the world today where there has been this much change in this short a period of time.” – Ambassador Samantha Power, Colombo, November 23rd”

Re-conceptualising National Identity
Posted on November 22, 2015 at 7:27 am

by Kamaya Jayatissa  Originally Published on Ceylon Today, 2013-07-16 02:00:00 “Not until we dare to regard ourselves as a nation, not until we respect ourselves, can we gain the esteem of others, or rather only then will come of its own accord.” – Albert Einstein Do we, as Sri Lankans, dare to regard ourselves as […]

Eight diaspora groups, 269 people deproscribed
Posted on November 22, 2015 at 5:58 am

Eight diaspora organisations and more than 260 people who were listed under a blanket proscription last year for their alleged links with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been deproscribed by the Government, according to a Gazette notification.