When Worlds Collide #75: Watching Sri Lanka’s Children of ‘77

When Worlds Collide, by Nalaka Gunawardene

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 21 July 2013

Watching Sri  Lanka's Children of '77 Word Cloud

When launching the column 18 months ago, I chose this theme because I am fascinated by worlds colliding all around us, all the time. It happens in both physical and metaphorical realms, I said, some of it so subtle and gradual that we really have to pay attention to notice.

Inter-generational tensions are nothing new, but there is one collision of worlds in Lankan society that I have been watching with much interest.

As I noted in my first column: “We have finally seen the end of our war, but the deeper forces of history, geography and ideology are locked in numerous slowly unfolding confrontations. Some would like to take us to the feudal times of the past. Others want unbridled fast-tracking to an uncertain future. The Children of ’56 are…

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