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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 


Sovereignty, Port City & The Dalai Lama – Gananath Obeyesekere


Several weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a conference organized by colleagues in the University of Delhi and presided by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. The conference itself was on how children’s secular education could be transformed in order to bring in values of compassion and caring sorely lacking in contemporary models of education. In my introductory talk I dealt with the significance of Jataka tales in molding the conscience of ordinary Buddhists right through the ages while other colleagues actually dealt with successful models of education using the centrality of compassion in selected places in British Columbia, Bhutan, Mongolia and Vietnam; while yet others dealt with experimental studies of the brain and the positive effects of insight meditation. Right through the proceedings the Dalai Lama commented on the papers and fielded questions from the audience with his rich insight into Buddhist compassion and its relevance to our times. Continue reading Sovereignty, Port City & The Dalai Lama – Gananath Obeyesekere