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Author: Lilani Anuruddhika

To Kill an Unborn..

There are things, precisely a lot of things, which we see as unwanted. What we normally do with unwanted things is getting rid of them. We dump them. Surprisingly enough, the world has arrived at such an advanced stage, that more and more ‘living’ are also dumped as unwanted. Nailing this down on the point, babies have become unwanted in the modern world. And there is at least, at the very least, one baby found from garbage piles somewhere on the globe every day. This is a serious discussion, and this article will have to be endless to discuss...

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When a girl is born…

I was sixteen when I first found the horrors of a female birth in some parts of the world. I remember reading a newspaper article which said that in rural Indian villages, when a girl child is born, she is killed and hidden. I was shocked with disbelief. The article gave reasons like poverty, inability to provide a dowry at a later point in life, the hardships of protective upbringing of a girl child… and so on. But nothing justified this cruel insanity to me. So let us talk about this myth of the girl child being a burden....

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Marketing the Female

She is everywhere; isn’t she? You glance sideways while driving or riding- there she is looking down from various posters. You switch on the TV- there she is, showing the latest products from washing powder to home appliances. And yes, there is a visible impact created by showing herself along with the product, that it almost confuses your mind, whether she is trying to market some product or herself. This is where the world has proudly arrived at by the 21st century- marketing the female. It is quite noticeable that the female is used as an object of attraction,...

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First Week at the University

Lilani’s Facebook wall is almost like an online diary. She is sharing her Facebook status with us, the status from the first week of her university life, the beginning of a new chapter in her life away from her hometown in Baddegama, Galle. 14/02/2017 වහිනකොට කොළොම්පුර, අහස සී සී කඩව, වැටෙන වැහි පොද බරව, වදින හිරිකඩ සැරයි. බලන්නට කොහෙවත්, දිය පාරවල් සැදුනු, පෙනෙන්නට නෑ උඩින්, කොන්ක්රිට් කුණු කානු. වැහි පොදට සිඹින්නට, තණ පළස් නෑ ඉතින්, උසම උස ගල් බිත්ති, හැම තැනම වටළලා. කොළොම්පුර මහ වැස්ස, කවුළුවෙන් රිංගලා, මතක ගෙන හද තෙමයි, ගමේ සුව කොයි කියා. 20/02/2017 A woman: No, she’s not your dice to roll on, not your coin to toss, not your pawn to bet. Neither a tool to use, nor an animal to toil for men. 21/02/2017 Ragging is just a reflection of the need for attention and dominance, which often ends up in the reverse, with distaste and disrespect. When a group of people organize themselves against a group of fellow people, in one way it is terrorism itself, where violence collaborates with discrimination. Where there is coexistence, there’s no need to demand attention or respect. Harmony creates it. However, what the majority or perhaps, a once-ragged minority believes is that suppression should cascade. Whereas it should not. A hurtful ragging season is not how you should promote equality. That’s what the August seniors of universities...

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