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A Journalist’s Work is to Patch up Broken Hearts.

M.B.M.Fairooz I had the opportunity to participate as a resource person at a seminar organized by a Non Governmental Organisation under the title “Building up a Pluralistic Society”.  Usually I participate as a resource person in seminars related to the media.  However, as a person who has read widely about the political and social affairs […]
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Missed Opportunities in Seeking Peace

M.S.M.Ayub On March 1st, 1990, around 10 am I rang up Nelson, the Information Officer of the then Chief Minister of the merged North-Eastern Provincial Council, Annamalai Varadharaja Perumal for a chat. Through this conversation, I was able to pick up one or two clues of new developments in Tamil politics which I would later […]
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The peace bridge that connected the church and the mosque

Gayan Yaddehige The three-decade war and terrorism built suspicion, hatred and mistrust, forgetting the people the humanity. The result was a society polarised between racial and religious lines. One community looked at the other with suspicion. A racist minority manipulated the context and created conflicts. Although various programmes were implemented in the post-war
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Dharma Rajya at Moratuwa Beach

Melani Manel Perera Many humans follow a religion to discipline life. Some secular persons reject beliefs. However, some argue through their experience that life becomes more successful when a faith disciplines it. They say that such wellbeing safeguards humanity among the other races and religions as well.    P. Chandra Fernando from Francisco Lane off Beach […]
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Is Poetry a Solitary Expression for Ethnic Peace?

Kapila Kumara Kalinga Ethnic unity is a popular theme among writers and other artists in Sri Lanka, like in the case of many other countries affected by ethnic conflicts. A large number of creations have been made in the Sinhala, Tamil and English languages around this. These include dramas, teledramas and cinema. In this text, […]
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Aggression? Pluralism? The Cave of Valli!

Kalavarshni Kanakaratnam The famous Kataragama Murugan Temple where people of all ethnicities congregate without religious differences is in the Kataragama Division in Moneragala District of Uva Province. This division has a population of about 26,000 people of the three main races. Murugan is a Tamil, Hindu God. But Buddhists and some followers of Islam also […]
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Jaffna. Traditions combined in a bullock cart ride

Sudarshini Muthulingam It was after lunch on a Sunday, which meant it wasn’t one of the fast-moving days, and I was browsing through my phone when I received a call. “Let’s go and see the bullock cart race at Vadukkottai.” Said that familiar voice and I agreed without hesitation. Thus, began our afternoon. If we […]