Archive for June 2nd, 2012

The origins of violent communal politics

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The popular political dogma that dominate the mainstream public discourse blame S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike for (a) exacerbating Sinhala-Tamil relations with the Sinhala Only Act of 1956, (b) acts of discrimination against Tamils, (c) exploiting communal issues to advance his political career, (d) generally promoting “Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism” as politically expedient […]

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INDIA REDUCES PETROL PRICES

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

By Walter Jayawardhana Helped by the falling crude oil prices Indian oil marketing companies have announced a reduction of aeound Indian Rupees 2.00  for a litre of petrol. Accordingly  a liter of petrol from Saturday midnight has come down by Indian Rupees 2,12 in Mumbai,Indian Rupees 2.07 Kolkata and Indian Rupees 2.13 in Chennai. Indian […]

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An open letter to Indonesian President

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

By I. Ahmad  2 June 2012. Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono The President of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16 Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA  Dear Mr. President, Peace be on you.  INDONESIA: Ahmadiyya Muslim members in Batam are threatened, ill-treated and illegally arrested with the acquiescence of the police Name of affected community: Ahmadiyya Muslim group in Batam […]

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Khalifa of Islam to Visit United States

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary,Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka. Thousands of American Muslims wait in anticipation for the historic U.S. visit of His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, worldwide spiritual and administrative head (Khalifa) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, in June. As the Muslim leader commanding the largest following of Muslims in the world, […]

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Gota’s War – Review

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

By Lalin Fernando Courtesy The Island June 1, 2012, 7:32 pm   CA Chandraprema (CAC)’s book even if he has got much to learn about SL’s military if not its history, has been called the “finest and most comprehensive “¦”¦.. of the “¦ conflict” (Sarath Amunugama) and also the most “ƒ”¹…”definitive’ (Rajpal Abeynayake). Sadly, though […]

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Revisiting Aranthalawa Bhikku massacre

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

By Austin Fernando Courtesy The Island June 1, 2012, 12:00 pm Twenty five years ago today “”…”June 2nd – I was the Secretary of the Ministry of Rehabilitation and received a telephone call from General Sepala Attygalle, the then Defence Secretary, under President J. R. Jayewardene. He inquired if I were aware of the massacre […]

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