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SRI LANKAN SOVEREIGNTY, NON NEGOTIABLE! – by Tamara Kunanayakam 

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Tamara Kunanayakam, former former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva

In Sri Lanka, neoliberal think tanks are profoundly influencing the policy changes and far- reaching reforms underway, including drafting of the new Constitution.

I will focus on the two most visible – the Institute for Policy Studies and Advocata Institute – in order to expose the devious and deceitful ways in which MPS is implementing its Agenda in Sri Lanka, and how it has penetrated the centre of Sri Lankan State power and is determining government policy, masquerading under the guise of impartiality. 

( Text of the Public Lecture delivered  at the Panel Discussion On Dynamic Interrelationships among Economic Policy, International Relations And National Sovereignty Organised by Sri Lanka Association for Political Economy (SLAPE) together with the Departments of Economics and International Relations, and the Economics Students Association (ESA) of the University of Colombo. The panel discussion was moderated by Prof. W. D. Lakshman, Vice Chancellor, SANASA Campus and Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Colombo. 06 June 2018 ) Continue reading SRI LANKAN SOVEREIGNTY, NON NEGOTIABLE! – by Tamara Kunanayakam 

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Let us act decisively in the name of generations to come: declaration by university academics on the 2015 Presidential election

The presidential election has been announced and each of us will be called upon to exercise our vote as citizens of this country on the 8th of January 2015. It is our considered view that our country is at a historically important juncture at this moment and our decision at this election will have crucial implications for future generations. While we do not believe that all the changes we desire can be achieved overnight, or simply through a regime change, we believe strongly that this presidential election offers a window of opportunity to re-establish democracy, the rule of law and good governance and to address issues of social justice.

We note with extreme concern that in the past decade we have witnessed a breakdown of the rule of law and all norms of democracy and good governance and the concentration of both political and economic power in the hands of a few. Continue reading Let us act decisively in the name of generations to come: declaration by university academics on the 2015 Presidential election