One of the upshots of the recently concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was the renewed international concern over the human rights situation in Sri Lanka which had irritated the Sri Lankan leaders.
Conflict is as much a part of human condition as cooperation. This is true at an interpersonal level as well as at a societal level. At times, conflicts come to the surface and are played out in the open, but most of the time, they remain underneath the surface.
The Daily Mirror in one of its Editorials last week said the Budget had lost a lot of its news value because in the past few years it has been largely a case of “Budget by gazette”.
This country has known commissions. There have been commissions of inquiry and commissions of the taking kind, kick-backs in other words. There have been omissions too of various kinds.
In realpolitik, there are no permanent enemies or friends but only permanent interests. The Middle East is witnessing a silent shuffle or a realignment of alliances.
This year the UN Security Council authorised the deployment of troops to the eastern Congo, armed with tanks and helicopter gun ships to defeat the one remaining dissident militia in the Congo.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered his 9th Budget Speech-for the Fiscal year 2014, in parliament yesterday afternoon. Amidst the boycott of the session by the main opposition parties the
CHOGM 2013-a perfectly organised event, came to a successful conclusion albeit overshadowed by focus on alleged human rights violations by the host nation.
Prince Charles- representing the Queen, the head of CHOGM- chose to be a friend who has visited this country more than once, like his royal mother and father.
A day after the budget, with ruling politicians who appear to care little and do less for millions of people in the country, the people themselves need to reflect on the vital factors which have to be restored to bring about a just and fair society with sustainable development and lasting peace.
Political events over the last few days were dominant with the news that came from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Sri Lanka. Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid had been busy dealing with multiple concerns related to bilateral issues in a very diplomatic way.
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