Praiseworthy decision to eradicate ragging in
As we all know there has been a tradition for senior university
students to rag freshers. As we have read in the newspapers, this is
happening in a very uncivilised and inhuman manner.
Most of the scholars condemn this brutal process with contempt.
Only the student who excelled in G.C.E. (A/L) examination are
admitted to the universities to continue their higher studies
internally. According to the records of Central Bank of Sri Lanka, one
fifth of the national income is spent annually by the Government for
free education in our country.
After gaining independence, all Governments have allocated large sums
of money for education with the hope to help the future generation. All
the people in our country should be grateful to the Government for that.
What do the senior students expect by ragging the freshers? It is an
open secret that a few freshers have died while some became disabled for
life due to ragging by senior students.
I read in the newspapers that the Chancellors of the universities,
the Minister of Higher Education, the I.G.P. and the President of the
UGC have decided unanimously to take legal action against ragging by
senior university students and to cancel the studentship of those who
It has been decided that new laws are to be enforced in order to
totally wipeout ragging from the universities.
We are fully aware that all teachers and school students admire this
Not only that, we would like to emphasise that the authorities
concerned should enforce the law to the letter without any hesitation in
this regard in due course.
S.M. ANUPAMA PRIYADARSHANI - Ihala
Recital of National anthem in public institutions
As a medical officer visiting hospitals to do my channel practice in
the mornings, I have observed that during the past few years, in one of
the private hospitals in Colombo 2, our national anthem is played with
the help of amplifiers installed in the hospital at 9.00 a.m. everyday.
All those employed at the above hospital (the medical officers, the
nursing staff, minor employees, receptionists, technicians) and others
as well as all the patients in the out-patients department and those who
are warded stand up and keep standing until the conclusion of the
anthem. All the visitors at the hospital including the priests, bhikkus
and nuns who happen to be present at this hospital at 9.00 a.m. stand up
when the national anthem is being sung.
The only exceptions are the staff and the patients in the Intensive
Care areas and the Operating theaters and those patients who are not in
a fit condition to stand up.
The hospital staff and the visitors refrain from using telephones and
cellular phones when the anthem is on.
It is an inspiring sight to see everyone at the hospital respecting
the national anthem and how everything at the hospital comes to a
standstill while the anthem is being relayed.
I reckon that there are other institutions both private and public,
where this desirable practice is being followed although I am not aware
of them. I suggest that the recital of the national anthem be adopted in
all public institutions at a fixed time every morning. Let other private
hospitals follow this good example at a given time every morning and
this practice should be extended to all other public and private
institutions including our schools. At the beginning there may be a few
practical difficulties, but these can be overcome, for ‘where there is a
will there is a way’.
This practice of playing the national anthem at a fixed time every
morning, I am sure, will instill a sense of patriotism among Sri Lankans.
If the radio stations and the television channels can also join in at
the same time, the project is sure to be a great success.
D. P. ATUKORALE - Colombo 7
President’s order to keep Casinos away from schools
The President has issued an order to have gambling centres, casinos
and other centres of evils away from Educational Centres - schools and
institutes where morality is taught together with the value of leading
an exemplary life. This order is very effective in controlling the
influence of evil forces around educational institutions.
The President has already issued an order to prohibit students from
having access to the internet where obscene materials are found. It is a
very important step taken by the Head of the Government to control the
bad influence of the internet on the lives of the younger generation.
May I suggest to the President to ban the import of obscene
literatures from Europe and America. Since English medium students are
exposed to such a large variety of reading materials, they are corrupted
by reading of obscene materials that are available at certain bookshops
and other booksellers.
What is lacking among the present English learning students is
discipline in morality. Hence, in order to mould the good character of
the students, there must be external authority of controlling the flow
of pornographic reading materials in the market.
All the internet cafes that are functioning in the towns, must be
frequently checked by Government authorities and strict action taken to
curb the watching of blue films by the young ones.
M. Y. M. MEEADH - Kandy
Duty Free Allowance
Hope the concerned authorities will seriously look into the
possibility of granting a reasonable duty free allowance for foreign
exchange earners to import a vehicle. To this matter, the Government can
have legislation drafted in order to ascertain the amount of foreign
exchange remitted by the individuals and the possible allowance that
could be granted.
This matter is a long outstanding issue where no Government has yet
given its due recognition. Hence, it is about the time that the
authorities address this matter in Parliament and extend these
facilities to the professionals working outside Sri Lanka and earning
foreign exchange. Probably this proposal could be included in the
Brides are not flower vases
Has anyone stopped to think why brides hold a bouquet? No, no one
has. It has been done, so we do it, blindly, not thinking why.
Come on, this is her wedding day. The day she is supposed to be happy
that she is beginning a new era with her life partner. This is the day
she should be meeting the guests and speaking to them. Laughing and
enjoying the company of her friends and family.
But what do we do? Put her on a pedestal, like an object, often left
alone, looking stressed or bored, or looking furtively here and there or
looking just idiotic, smiling at everyone, which is ‘not the done thing’
according to today’s expectations.
And there is a bouquet in her hands. As if she is a flower vase. Do
we keep anyone at any other time like this to be just an object to be
looked at and commented upon? Sometime she has to sit like this for
hours waiting for the groom to come.
Are we in the 21st century or are we still in the stone age?
Who brought in this stupid practice? And why do we follow it without
According to Islam a wedding should be only of Waleema - which is a
feast given by the groom with his wedded partner, the bride. Both host
She should go around the guests and meet them, speak to them and
there should be joy for everyone -especially for her and the groom.
Dressing the bride up and placing her on a throne as if she is a mere
object has never been a part of the Islamic verdicts regarding
Lets’ consciously stop this crazy practice of making an adult human
being an object to be gaped at, made comments about her hair, her dress,
her posture etc., and worst of all, making her hold a bouquet to make
her look ‘pretty’. Rather let’s do what a sensible society should do -
and follow the simple practice of making this a memorable day by letting
her mingle with the guests whom she and her husband are hosting. Lets’
put away the bouquet.
DR. MAREENA THAHA REFFAI -