The political sphere of Sri Lanka, with its feudalistic and clientelist fault lines, is a space where ‘liberal’ political discourses and praxes are unwelcome. It is a polity where ethno-nationalist majoritarianism, in the form of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism, is a sure trump card to succeed in electoral politics. Similarly, affiliations to…

Above: Bhagya Abeyratne [left] & Disha Ravi [right]. Sources: Facebook Inc. & The News Minute
Above: Bhagya Abeyratne [left] & Disha Ravi [right]. Sources: Facebook Inc. & The News Minute

The name of Disha Ravi [DR], a 21-year-old climate justice activist, shook Bharat by storm in mid-February 2021. DR is the founder of the India chapter of Fridays for Future, an international protest network launched by Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg. On 13 February 2021, DR was arrested, on…

By Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana

photo: ©SDLP Northern Ireland

John Hume has passed away at the age of 83.

Hume is credited for making major innovations in the peace process of the north of Ireland. His contributions are considered as especially vital, in terms of developing a bridge of dialogue with the Irish Republican leadership…

[part one]

*Published in the Colombo Telegraph on 4 May 2019.

Left to right: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Sirisena and Opposition Leader/ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the residence of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Colombo. ©Roel Raymond 28/04/2019

Sri Lanka in May 2019: we have a man in the top job, whose incompetence has been repeatedly proven. He lies like he breathes, lets innocent citizens and their children be bombed in the most brutal way, and travels…

Dr Savita Halappanavar (1981–2012)

[to mark Dr Halappanavar’s sixth death anniversary]

Six years ago, Dr Savita Halappanavar, herself a medical professional living and working in the Irish Republic, was denied an abortion. To quote the New York Times:

…17 weeks pregnant, Dr. Halappanavar went the hospital with back pain on Oct. 21 and doctors said she was having a miscarriage… Dr…

Originally published in The Last Round, on 27th May 2018].

As activists celebrate the landslide victory from last week’s referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment; Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana talks to TLR about the result and what lies ahead for rights and equality advocates.

The Referendum on the 8th Amendment has…

Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana

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