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Shiromala, first Adiwasi public representative

13 February 2018 10:01 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


For the first time in the history of governance in Sri Lanka, an Adiwasi people’s representative, who contested at the Local Government election from Dehiattakandiya has been elected from a multi-member ward in Henanigala as a member of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).

The 37-year-old W.M. Shiromala is a mother of three, who has passed G.C.E (O/L) examination. She has received 1,369 votes as the first Adiwasi people’s representative.

She said there were many unresolved problems faced by the members of her community.  

“I cannot settle all those problems but I will try my best to settle some of them,” she said.

“That is why I was elected as a representative by the members of our community and others. Therefore, I won’t breach that confidence. In the same way, my only hope is to contest at the Provincial Council and Parliamentary Elections, which are scheduled to be held in future,” she said.

“I give my fullest support for the country’s development, while protecting our religion and culture which is endangered,” she said.

The leader of Adiwasi community, Uruwarige Gunabanda said that he was elated because a lady belonging to their community had received the opportunity to resolve their problems.

“She won the hearts of the members of our community to be elected to this position. It is a pride for all the members of the community,” he said. (Text and pix by A. Piyathilaka)

  Comments - 11

  • Ravi Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:39 PM

    What is Adiwasi ?

    Ceylon Tuesday, 13 February 2018 03:06 PM

    Adiwasi mean wedda.they are original lankans.we all are living in their country by force.

    Bala Tuesday, 13 February 2018 03:12 PM

    Adi means long ago and wasi means inhabitant. Together it is the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka. Similar to Aborigines of Australia.

    Vimal Carlos Tuesday, 13 February 2018 05:23 PM

    Yes, African decendents, rest of us are a mix of forigners.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 13 February 2018 08:42 PM

    All humans started their evolution from africa.later spread troughout the world.

    Eds Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:42 PM

    Well done lady. Good on you!

    Ceylon Tuesday, 13 February 2018 03:04 PM

    All srilankans are living in a country which belong to adiwasi people.They are the original beings in srilankans. all others are foreigners.

    Casanova Tuesday, 13 February 2018 03:54 PM

    Congratulations, Oye Ojaye. Oey Ojaye.Naayaka weddage duwa, gomari heda kaariNagare na kellek dekke e wage,Na kisi bede, samagiya ha sahayogeWeddan athare me guna dam attheNagare apa athare, ai samagiya nettheEgena hithamin api ennata aaweThamath raw dei wadhi gee naade

    Toosh Tuesday, 13 February 2018 05:34 PM

    Shiromala, I Warmly well come. Please learn the politics from the veteran politician like late Thondaman who gave vibrant leadership to the marginalized people in Sri lanka.

    Martin Milton Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:05 PM

    Very well done and about time too! This lady does not have to learn anything from the likes of some mentioned in these comments. She is a very intelligent and knowledgeable lady. Please leave her alone and she will play her part in Governance in an excellent and exemplary manner, if what we hear about Adivasi is correct. MM

    Wiveca Stegeborn Thursday, 15 February 2018 05:12 PM

    Fantastic! Congratulations! I wish you strength, tolerance and perservance. Be ready for insults, belitterings and envy: 1) because you are one of the hostesesses of the island and 2) because you belong to the genuine Sri Lankan population. I will help you in all the ways I can if you ask.Mamagachchack honda mai. Viveka naenila-aetto.

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