Bursts of firecrackers, prayers and drawing of Kolams (colorful patterns drawn at doorsteps) marked celebrations at Thulasendrapuram
British planters, labor contractors, missionaries and successive Lankan governments kept the plantation workers uneducated for the sake of having a low paid and docile labor force.
The industry has begun to retreat from the old values and pass into hyper-nationalism, ethnocentrism and communalism besides crass commercialism.
Most Sinhala-Buddhists think that the monks’ political role is needed to preserve the Sinhala-Buddhist character of Sri Lanka but in Thailand, monks are disrobed for entering politics.
He wanted the Northern Province for the Tamils only, says Sugeeeswara Senadhira
Ketty Nivyabandi, a refugee from Burundi will, on priority, examine Canadian businesses which support regimes abusing human rights.
They had to cross obstructions by the majority community while correcting their own entrenched prejudices and other weaknesses
From 16 th. to the 18 th.Century, Jesus could be easily adopted as one of the Hindu gods like Vishnu and Natha and looked upon as a benevolent being. Virgin Mary could be absorbed as Pattini, Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere points out.
During monarchic rule when power was entirely in the hands of a King, and the King was powerful and fair-minded, ethnic and religious harmony, tolerance of differences, and even a celebration of diversity prevailed. says Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa denies deal with All Ceylon Makkal Congress leader Rishad Bathiudeen