Teaching the Unlearnt Lessons

Just one week before the 1st of May: the International Worker’s Day, Hindu teachers of Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College in Trincomalee District, made a protest against the violence behavior of husbands of some teachers of the same school.

Girls not brides; yet Yes, they are

“I am 20 years old and this is my second baby, my prince.”

Jhumki, was returning to her home carrying her new born son from her maternal house. She smiled with desperation while continuing her story. “I got married when I was 16; I had wanted to study, but my grandmother was old and wanted to see me married soon; it was her last wish she said to me. So I agreed. I married to fulfill my grandmother’s wish before her death. But then I had to kill my wish.”

Jhumki’s innocent eyes stayed on my face with a question. “What about you?” She was surprised to learn that I was nearing my thirties and still had not married. “You are so much elder than me, and still unmarried; didn’t anyone you into marriage? I can’t imagine that you are still allowed to study and work too.” Jhumki’s words were strong, and yet it was filled with remorse and grief.

“I had wanted to become a teacher, but all my dreams were in vain. My parents stopped me from school when I was in grade 6; and see me now; I am mothering two children.”

Why don’t the waters of Unichai wet the grounds of Nediyamadhu?

Then, Lord Shiva easily held Ganga in his locks. Today the people of Nediyamadhu still search for the keys to unlock the Ganga”

Sagar the powerful king of India made a horse sacrifice named ‘AshwamedhaYagya’ to declare his supremacy to the gods. King of heaven Indra who became jealous of this kidnapped the horse, tying it in an ashram of a Sage named Kapil who was meditating. When Sagar went looking for his and found it in the ashram, he assaulted the sage assuming him to be the thief. When the Sage woke up from his trance, his anger arose and he started destroying the sons of Sagar. Sagar’s grandson Anshuman pleaded for forgiveness, and the Sage ordered him to bring down the sacred river Ganga from heaven to purify the souls of the Sage and his ancestors so they could attain enlightenment.

New Electoral law boosts Women participation: An Indigenous woman sets a milestone

‘Women in Sri Lanka endeavour towards playing a significant role in political decision-making; the local government elections in February opened a road of opportunity’

‘The year 2018 is witnessing the resignation of State leaders; starting from Jacob Zuma of South Africa, to Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru, five presidents and prime ministers have been forced to resign from their positions due to different reasons. And this did not leave out the pearl of the Indian Ocean – Sri Lanka’

The political parties which earned immense gains during the recent Local Government Election which was a significant one due to many reasons, together with the President and his party, called for the resignation of the Prime Minster, falsely claiming that he has lost its mandate to govern.

But it is under this Prime Minister’s governance that a new Act was legislated by the Parliament of Sri Lanka that allowed a mandatory 25% quota for women to represent the local government.