Call for Week of Reconciliation
I propose that President Mahinda Rajapaksa calls
for a ‘Week of Reconciliation’ under his patronage to mobilize the
whole country to sustain peace, harmony and goodwill among all
citizens and communities. This Week could coincide with the planned
submission of the report by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation
Commission (LLRC) on November 15, 2011.
On giving the Grease Devils their due
Among the few JVP posters of the eighties I
could identify with was one pertaining to the law. It was something
along the following lines: ‘paalakayini, thopilama thope neethi
kadanavaanam, evata avanatha veemata apisoodaanam netha!’ Addressed
to the rulers, it expressed the view that if the rulers themselves
break the rules, then there is no compulsion on the part of the
ruled to submit to them.
Significance of Ramadhan fasting
Fasting is a religious institution almost as
universal as prayer, and in Islam it is one of the five fundamental
practical ordinance, the other four being declaration of faith,
prayer, poor rate (Zakath) and pilgrimage to Mecca (Haj).