Rajiva Wijesinha
Sri Lankan writer
Rajiva Wijesinha
Rajiva Wijesinha, MA, DPhil is a Sri Lankan writer in English, distinguished for his political analysis as well as creative and critical work. An academic by profession for much of his working career, he was most recently Senior Professor of Languages at the University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka.
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Cluster bombs in Sri Lanka: From denial to discovery
Ground Views - almost 5 years
Ravi Nessman from Associated Press has broken what’s perhaps the most important story on the war, since it ended three years ago. In a story published by AP a few hours ago, he notes, The Associated Press obtained a copy Thursday of an email written by a U.N. land mine expert that said unexploded cluster bomblets were discovered in the Puthukudiyiruppu area of northern Sri Lanka, where a boy was killed last month and his sister injured as they tried to pry apart an explosive device they had found to sell for scrap metal. The email was written by Allan Poston, the technical adviser for the U.N. Development Program’s mine action group in Sri Lanka. “After reviewing additional photographs from the investigation teams, I have determined that there are cluster sub-munitions in the area where the children were collecting scrap metal and in the house where the accident occurred. This is the first time that there has been confirmed unexploded sub-munitions found in Sri Lanka” the email ...
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Govt-TNA talks recommence - Ceylon Daily News
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A government delegation comprising Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Prof GL Peiris and MPs Prof Rajiva Wijesinha and Sajin de Vass Gunawardena (secretary to the committee) had several rounds of talks with representatives of the Tamil National
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Blake in Lanka as UNHRC meets to discuss rights abuses - IBNLive.com
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Rajiva Wijesinha, a parliamentarian and one of the government's international spokesmen, said today that the country has already dismissed allegations of rights abuses levelled against it."We have sufficiently proved that allegations contained in the
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Weiss to address pro-LTTE forum - Sunday Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Rajiva Wijesinha said, “Weiss is clearly in breach of his obligations, and has been acting with impunity in this regard for a long time.” He said the UN has granted this orally but the Government should seek a written explanation from the UN as to why
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Most allegations against Sri Lankan Army 'nonsense' - The Hindu
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In an interview to The Hindu in Chennai, Rajiva Wijesinha, who was nominated to Parliament by the ruling alliance following the 2010 elections, said the majority of the soldiers had “behaved impeccably.” He described as “nonsense” most of the
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I didn't say army was involved in war crimes: Wijesinha - Daily Mirror
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Adviser on to the President on reconciliation matters, Rajiva Wijesinha, refuted claims yesterday that he had admitted to there being Army personnel involved in war crimes and that these persons would be investigated
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That Is Why We Need An International Inquiry - Sunday Leader
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(See UTHR-J Special Report No.33 ) Criticising Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu ,the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in an article published in the Daily Mirror of May 12, 2011, Professor Rajiva Wijesinha then Secretary of the
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'Rapid resettlement and economic empowerment in North' - Ceylon Daily News
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The following is the full text of responses to questions from Associated Press with regard to Reconciliation, given by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP, Adviser on Reconciliation to the President. The article by Associated Press carried little of this
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'Dignity' and 'confidence' as key words - Ceylon Daily News
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Another value-laden and striking word, that was brought into public discourse recently, thanks to Professor Rajiva Wijesinha MP, was 'confidence.' Participating in the Emergency debate some days back, Prof. Wijesinha, among other things, pointed to the
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Two years on, Tamils battle to rebuild lives - The National
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"Rapid resettlement and economic empowerment is taking place ... though obviously much more needs to be done," said Rajiva Wijesinha, a politician and adviser to Mr Rajapaksa. He denied that the military was taking over private land, and said it would
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Ignoring practices in the rest of the world - The Island.lk (subscription)
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Rajiva Wijesinha One of the most interesting aspects of the recent visit to India by a Parliamentary delegation was the opportunity it gave us to learn more about the Indian upper house and the way it functions. We were taken in to a meeting of the
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Denzil Kobbekaduwa and different perspectives in the army - The Island.lk (subscription)
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Rajiva Wijesinha General Gerry de Silva begins his fascinating recently published memoir with what he terms an 'Opening Gambit'. It relates an episode that took place 19 years ago, pitting the then army commander General Cecil Waidyaratna against
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Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and Parliamentary Delegation calls on the President ... - Asian Tribune
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The Speaker was accompanied by Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena, WDJ Senewiratne, Risad Badhiutheen, Deputy Minister Muthu Sivalingam, MPs Rajiva Wijesinha, Malani Fonseka and Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Kitulgoda and
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Why Government Rhetoric and Propaganda Might Divide Sri Lanka - Groundviews
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In an interview Professor Rajiva Wijesinha gave The Sunday Leader concerning government responses to international pressure, he remarks that “people believe what they want to believe”. Wijesinha's ironically astute observation sheds light on why
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Speaker, other top officials on visit to India - Daily Mirror
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... Chamal Rajapaksa including Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena, WDJ Seneviratne, Rizath Badhiutheen, Deputy Minister Muthu Sivalingam, Parliamentarians Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Rajiva Wijesinha, Malani Fonseka and DM Swaminadan were those going to India
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Norway under attack - Sunday Observer
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Rajiva WIJESINHA The terrorist attacks in Norway are profoundly upsetting. The number of those killed may be familiar to us, having gone through such anguish frequently in the past, but nothing should make us fail to register the enormity of such
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Lingering memories of a frontline Commander - Ceylon Daily News
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Speaking during the launch, Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP noted that A Most Noble Profession was a book which presented a graphic account of the evolution of Sri Lanka Army in one of the most crucial periods in the country's history
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    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 56
    He belongs to the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka, and has served as its President and leader, and also as a Vice-President of Liberal International. He is currently Chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats and was re-elected leader of the Liberal Party Sri Lanka on the proposal of the previous leader following the Liberal Party Annual Congress of 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He has travelled widely, including as a Visiting Professor on the Semester at Sea Programme of the University of Pittsburgh, and has published Beyond the First Circle: Travels in the Second and Third Worlds. Rajiva Wijesinha schooled at S Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia (which he later served as Sub-Warden, for a brief period), and won an Open Exhibition in Classics to University College, Oxford when he was 16.
  • 2010
    Age 55
    The Peace Secretariat wound up in July 2009), and in February 2010 he resigned from the Ministry as well as the University, and became a member of parliament on the National List of the United People's Freedom Alliance following the General Election held in April 2010, following which he was appointed a member of parliament.
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  • 2007
    Age 52
    He has edited several collections of poetry and short stories by Sri Lankan writers in English, most recently Bridging Connections, an Anthology of Stories which also contains translations from Sinhala and Tamil and was published by the National Book Trust of India in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first Sri Lankan writer resident in the county whose works have been translated into a European language. Servi, the Italian translation of Servants which won the Gratiaen Award for 1995, was published by Giovanni Tranchida Editore in Milan in 2002, and this was followed in 2006 by Atti di fede. This last was a translation of Acts of Faith, based on the 1983 government-sponsored riots against Tamils known as Black July, and the first part of a trilogy that included Days of Despair (1989) and The Limits of Love (2005). He worked on this last novel, which is based on the kidnapping and murder of the poet and journalist Richard de Zoysa, as a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center and at the Center for Writers at Hawthornden Castle. Prof Wijesinha serves at present on the editorial board of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Works in other genres include The Foundations of Modern Society, Political Principles and their Practice in Sri Lanka and A Handbook of English Grammar, published by Cambridge University Press in Delhi, which also brought out most recently Declining Sri Lanka: J R Jayewardene and the erosion of Democracy.
    In June 2007 President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed him Secretary-General of the Sri Lankan Government Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process and in June 2008 he also became concurrently the Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 44
    He was the Presidential candidate of the party in 1999, and came 6th out of 15 candidates, defeating several former parliamentarians.
    More Details Hide Details During this period he conducted workshops on Liberalism in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Indonesia, on behalf of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNS), the German Liberal Foundation, for whom he also edited Liberal Values for South Asia (revised recently as Liberal Perspectives on South Asia and published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press, Delhi). He was instrumental in promoting English Language writing in Sri Lanka, and initiated the English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka while he was at the British Council which aided and administered the EWC at its inception. He had earlier edited the New Lankan Review, which provided space for Sri Lankan writers in English when the genre was regaining acceptance, and he served on the Editorial Board of the EWC for over a decade.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 32
    He became President of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka when it was established in 1987 and, though more comfortable as an analyst rather than a politician, he took over as Leader of the Party after Dr Amaratunga's death in 1996.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 27
    In 1982 he supported Chanaka Amaratunga to set up the Council for Liberal Democracy and was Co-Editor of the Liberal Review, at a time when dissenting voices had no space to publish in Sri Lanka.
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  • 1977
    Age 22
    After his first degree, which also led to an MA in 1977, he moved to Corpus Christi College, Oxford as an E K Chambers Student (Edmund Kerchever Chambers), and obtained a BPhil degree in English, followed by a PhD degree on the subject of Women and Marriage in the early Victorian novel.
    More Details Hide Details The thesis was subsequently published by the University Press of America under the title The Androgynous Trollope. He taught briefly at the University of Peradeniya before resigning in protest against the increasing authoritarianism of the government of President Junius Richard Jayewardene. He then worked for the British Council in Colombo as its Cultural Affairs Officer before rejoining the University system to initiate English degree programmes for students from backgrounds that had limited English in school. He was responsible for the islandwide pre-University General English Language Training programme, as well as General English programmes at the Affiliated University Colleges established in 1992 to introduce employment oriented courses into the tertiary education system. In 2001 he served as a Consultant to the Ministry of Education to initiate the reintroduction of English medium education in the state sector, which had banned it previously for several decades. He was also Academic Consultant to the Sri Lanka Military Academy when it began degree programmes for Officer Cadets. He has served as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the National Institute of Education, and has been a member of the National Education Commission and of the Board of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on May 16, 1954.
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