Jan 19, 2017

This is a govt. of the minorities – Suren Raghavan Featured

The present administration is a government of the minorities, says university lecturer Dr. Suren Raghavan.

He made the remark at the HE FORUM held on January 17 to mark the first anniversary of the bimonthly magazine HE.

Raghavan said he agreed with most that this was a government of the minorities, but not one based on language or religion.

This is a government of a minority of people who fight for democracy and justice, but its legitimacy was gravely affected due to the Central Bank bond issue, he said.

Noting that what we should speak is not about incapable politics, he said the personality factor played a key role in South Asian politics.

He went onto say, “Political philosopher Charles Taylor has said that attempts could be made to understand metaphysics and philosophy, but it is easier to understand democracy, which is a daily felt factor. Therefore, I believe the January 08 change was one demanded by the people. We are in a period of a clear transformation from the political culture existed until then.”

Raghavan charged that the SLFP was a party with many nationalists and racists, he said what we should honestly find an answer was to the question as to how we should live.

“In the past two years, the Southern Sri Lanka has clearly divided into two camps. One tries to force neo-liberalism onto the country. The other camp has chosen nationalism and racism as their politics. What appears today is a journey with a struggle with a combination of the positive factors of both camps.”

He said that when he was teaching at Ottawa University around three months ago, a historian of the university launched a book on South Asian politics.

At its launch, the Canadian prime minister described Sri Lanka as country fighting for democracy in the southern global politics, which a reason for pride, said Raghavan.

Other panelists at HE FORUM were Prof. Sirimal Abeyratne, Prof. Rohan Samarajiva and Dr. Dayan Jayatilake, while the participating academics and politicians joined in the discussion.

Chief guest on the occasion was president Maithripala Sirisena.