Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Protest Against Private Universities

Why this agitation against the impending arrival of private universities? Is it a privatization of the education ? will this be the end of free education of Sri Lanka ? As far as a outside observer can see, this is an agitation solely based on the survival of these student unions & their affiliated political parties. Because there is no privatization of any existing universities. Only there will be new privately run universities which offers degrees programs for a fee for people who wants to pursue higher studies but were unable to attain the necessary qualification through Advance Levels. Even currently this is happening & only thing different is the universities are in abroad. And because of that students has to spend more money & every single cent of these monies spend will be going out of Sri Lanka. And due to the higher cost involved due to stringent visa processes, many are unable to pursue this method even when they are willing to do so.
Local private universities will provide those people a easy & affordable method of higher education while avoiding the outflow of money from Sri Lanka. So everything is good, right ? unfortunately no. Because the JVP student union has seen this as threat to their existence, although they are not saying it as such & try to dress it up as a threat to the free education of Sri Lanka. Because if these private universities becomes a reality the students in the government universities will also see the truth. That is the futility of the most of the so called student union actions. Strikes, protest, picketing & hunger strikes will be reduced immediately & these political pasties & their lackeys in unions will lose a very important sector of their support. Because who will want to strike & prolong their time in universities when their counterparts in private universities mind their own business, do their studies & graduate earlier than them & get jobs ? Except for a very minor section majority will see the futility of most these union actions & the current status enjoyed by the inter university student council will cease dramatically.
This is certainly will not acceptable for the council leaders& the JVP. Because currently it is the only demographic which they have a major following. So they will try to dupe the students & the general public in to believing that this is a great black monster, which has come to eat up the free education. But now many are wise to their tactics & seems that the common sense will prevail (Amunugama backs private universities ). At least it will be a one correct decision taken by this government regarding national education after the recent blunders committed.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A method in his madness or a madness in his method ???

Two days are elapsed after the southern provincial election & all the furor  surrounding it before has died pretty quickly.  As usual UNP has recorded another abject failure & JVP are now looking like one of the old left parties. Very soon JVP will have to either give up or become a partner to an alliance with either UNP or UPFA. The problem there would be that if they take either option, they will lose whatever the grass root support they   currently enjoy. Tough luck. On the other hand UNP must be praying that the new alliance they are trying to form becomes a reality soon & all the parties in the opposition comes together under that banner & be able to at least give a fight to the UPFA in whatever upcoming election (General or Presidential ??). Which is wishful thinking at the best of times, because there will be a big scramble for the nomination of Presidential candidate, when its hard to see Ranil supporting any other candidate while he is the leader of UNP. Mangala & Co knows that they don’t have a chance of winning with Ranil as the Candidate. Anyway all these parties are hardly compatible with each other (whatever Mangala seems to believe) with UNP & many other potential partners are speaking to the same demographic (ethnic & religious minorities). They will not have a good way of appealing to the majority Sinhala – Buddhist demographic with this coalition, unless they find a very good neutral Candidate for the Presidential election. That is if the presidential election if the first to come. If it is the other one, then the JVP support seems to be   bare minimum requirement for success of this new alliance. Again are JVP desperate enough to go down that path ??

Anyway the speculation about the Chief Minister post for the southern province seems to have gone away after the Former CM has got the highest preferential votes in the entire province. All though its not yet confirmed, hard to think that it will be given to any other person. Except if Shan Wijelal is offered a nomination in the upcoming general election as a incentive to not to pursue the CM post. Which is plausible in the current political environment in SL. Anyway the much hyped candidates from the Galle district managed to win, but utterly failed to get the expected number of preferential votes in the case of Sajin Vass & defied the hopes opposition in the case of Anarkali. Interestingly Nishantha Muthuhettigama, who seems to be one a single man crusade against these two candidates from the same party has succeeded in his effort to get the attention of the voting public to become the third highest in the votes list. He was accused of being thug, being unruly or being completely insane during the cause of this election. But he seems to have achieved his goal. Was there a method in his madness or a madness in his method ???

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Friday, October 09, 2009

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Now this is a proper movie. It have a gripping story, good dialogue & two actors Denzil Washington & John Travolta, who nail their parts perfectly. Denzil Washington as the subway dispatcher shows why he is regarded as one of the best actors in Holywood. Seems he is the favorite actor of the Director Tony Scott. This is the fourth film Washington has done for the director.

Unlike the previous movies by the same director, this time actual action takes a back seat. More prominence is given to the two actors interaction with each other over the phone as the negotiator & the hostage taker. This is where Denzil Washington excels. He perfectly captures the emotions of the under pressure train dispatcher, who is suddenly find himself as the negotiator in a hostage situation. We see him as the man with few skeletons in his closet, the little imperfections & mannerism are skillfully portrayed & captured. Travolta does his usual thing, which he does when doing action movies, trying to be a cool bad guy with a messed up sense of humor. While it’s not bad, it could have been better.

Film does have some action scenes with some car crashes & the inevitable shootings at the end, which doesn’t hurt the flow of the film. All in all it was a good movie everything falling in to place to make it an good & interesting movie.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Transformers 2

Finished watching Transformers 2. It’s the typical Micheal Bay film. It’s loud ; has impressive special effects, but no coherent story. And its atleast too long by 30 minutes. All those metal clashing gets too much around the 1 ½ hour mark. That’s not to say that its not enjoyable. If you remember that this is just pure vanilla entertainment & especially if you are guy, most of you will be entertained for the duration of the film. If you are expecting intellectual stimulation, great acting, good Sci-Fi story then you will be sourly disappointed.

Why did it take me so long to watch it? Because due to one reason or the other I was not able to watch it when it was screening at Majestic City, quite strangely a good pirated copy was very hard to find, until last week when Thanu somehow found it.

On the pending list G.I Joe, Harry Potter – Half Blood Prince, Taking of Pelham 123, Twilight & Curious Case of Benjamin Button. What will be the next one? Not sure. But sure it will not be Twilight. Many are not very impressed with it, saying it’s a girly vampire movie. Whatever that means…


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