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The Liberal Party began as a think-tank called the ‘Council for Liberal Democracy’, the first institution to criticize the all embracing statism of the colonial and immediate post-colonial periods. In espousing free economic policies together with wide-ranging political freedoms, the Council, and then the Party, opposed both the authoritarian crony capitalism of the United National Party and the socialism of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Both major parties are now in theory in favour of wide freedoms, but to ensure that these are understood and entrenched there is still need of coherent Liberal activism.

 
Liberal Values and Muslims

Text of a talk at the celebration of the 27th Anniversary 

of the recognition as a political party of the

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress

February 11th 2015

 

I am pleased to have been invited today to the celebrations of the SLMC, since the Liberal Party was also recognized officially on the same day 27 years ago. In the midst of our satisfaction, however, we had to face tragedy for it was on that very day that Vijaya Kumaranatunga was assassinated. In the year before his death, he had stood out as a symbol of hope and enlightenment for all those who wanted Sri Lanka to reaffirm its status as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country where there was not just mutual tolerance but also mutual understanding and affection.

 

I believe strongly that Islam too is based on such concepts, which are essentially liberal. This may seem paradoxical at a time when the world is deeply worried about what is termed Islamic fundamentalism. But while certainly there are extremists amongst Muslims, just as there are amongst adherents of all religions, let me say quite confidently that God can never be a proponent of prejudice or cruelty or selectivity. God is about love.

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ප්රතිසංස්කරණ න්යායපත්රය 4 - පාසැල් අද්‍යාපනය සඳහා සංශෝධන මාලාවක්

ප්රතිසංස්කරණ න්යායපත්රය 4 - පාසැල් අද්‍යාපනය සඳහා සංශෝධන මාලාවක්


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Prof. Rajiva wants due recognition for his party

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha who left the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) as the first group to attack the then reigned Mahinda Rajapaksa government was garlanded as the State Minister for Higher Education by the new government.


He was one of the pioneers to leave the UPFA with then MP Maithripala Sirisena and several others. He assumed duties at his ministry recently and speaking to the media today, expressed his disappointment over the way Cabinet portfolios of the Sirisena regime were given. While he had been appointed as the State Minister, one of the UNP seniors, Kabir Hashim had been appointed as the Cabinet Minister of the same subject.


Prof Wijesinha's claim was the minority parties like the Liberal Party and Up-Country People's Front were not given due recognition. He intended that even the minority parties like his also should have been considered. However, he said that he had no worries as he could work with a minister like Kabir Hashim.


http://www.nation.lk/edition/breaking-news/item/37564-prof-rajiva-wants-due-recognition-for-his-party.html

 
A Reform Agenda: 5 – School Administration And Resources

The last few years have seen vast sums of money expended on schools, but this has been mainly in the area of construction. There has been little concern with improving the actual quality of education. The impression created is that the work done is seen largely as a means to an end not actually connected with education. Leaving aside the large profit margins available when construction becomes an end in itself, there is also a political agenda. This is obvious from the large number of computer laboratories, for instance, that remain unopened, waiting for a politician's convenience to claim that this is his gift to the people.


The perversity that dominates educational policy was in fact asserted by the Minister of Education who claimed, when I asked about the failure to commission these laboratories, that the people should know who had gifted them the facilities. I pointed out that these were not gifts from politicians since the money to construct them was the money of the people. The Minister granted I had a point, and said he would move on the matter, but the movement was mainly in Uva, where the President dashed about the place opening facilities which had remained closed until the election. I found this out when I followed up with an inquiry, for statistics from all Provinces. Only the North Central Province has thus far responded – there are 75 schools there where the computer labs have been built, but remain unopened. Doubtless there and elsewhere there will be a flurry of activity before the Presidential election.

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