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THOUGHT for the Day

A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia.
-David C. McCullough

 

Twisting the law to serve criminal ends

Lankan sleuth’s studies of the Italian Mafia :

Those who have seen the award winning movies Godfather I and Godfather II will have a fair idea of the vengeful and despicable nature of the Italian Mafia - also known as the Sicilian Mafia. In the 1986 they were at the peak of their power when Sri Lanka’s Ramachandra Sunderalingam joined the Interpol - the France-based International Criminal Police Organization. Sunderalingam, an internationally-recognized narcotic drugs expert was senior DIG (Crimes), Colombo before retirement and was one of those who foresaw 30 years ago the rise of the North’s separatist insurgency.

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On obligatory amnesia and unforgettable images

My friend Thusha has kindly sent me a fascinating document by Eduardo Galeano. It is called ‘The Right to Rave’, a manifesto and a wish list at the same time. The list was prefaced. ‘In 1948 and again in 1976, the United Nations proclaimed long lists of human rights, but the immense majority of humanity enjoys only the rights to see, hear and remain silent. Suppose we start by exercising the never-proclaimed right to dream? Suppose we rave a bit? Let’s set our sights beyond the abominations of today to divine another possible world.’

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Promotion of discipline, equity and social justice

The two themes that seemed to reverberate were those of submission to the International Monetary Fund and carelessness in dealing with the International Community. There were charges of inconsistency this morning from the Brains Trust of the Opposition, Kabir Hashim, who failed singularly to grasp that this budget is based on three very simple principles. They are fiscal responsibility, social justice and national unity and security. The last of these had for obvious reasons had to predominate in the past few years, and it is satisfying that now the Opposition too at least pays lip service to this principle.

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