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Learning through the ‘Royal’ way!

Posted by nkashokbharan on December 28, 2010

175 years of rich and proud history our Alma Mater celebrates this year! Where rests that history? Is it the magnificent building? Is it the old proud stories? Or is it simply the survival for 175 years? No, clearly not. The Proud History of Mother Royal is her sons, great personalities; she is producing throughout the ages. If not for the ‘Great Royalists’ mother Royal produced, Royal would have been just another school which is existing for a century and a half and more.

Every school intends to nurture its pupils with the objective of producing ‘better citizens’. Every school enriches the student with knowledge, skill and discipline to succeed in life. Every school aims to mould pupil into gentlemen and gentle-ladies. If it is the same motive, aim & objective all schools share, why are they different to each other? It’s not the aim or the final destination which is important but it’s the conduit through which you choose to attain the objective which is important. Though every school aims to mould its pupils into ‘good citizens’, the paths they follow are different. Some schools follow strict academic discipline, some follow good athletic discipline, some follow certain religion based discipline and some choose a fusion of those. Royal College, being one of the pioneer educational institutions in Sri Lanka has followed a unique path to nurture young Royalists into great personalities. I shall call this the ‘Royal Way’. The ‘Royal Way’ is defined very well in the College Song by our former Principal Maj.H.L.Reed. He inscribes, ‘School where our fathers, learnt the way before us, learnt of books and learnt of men, through thee we’ll do the same. True to our watch word Disce Aut Discede, we will learn of books and men and learn to play the game’. What other ameliorated words could we find to define the ‘Royal Way’! Those words, every Royalist sings through their lusty throats, with pride from their hearts which are sound as oak, every day at school and at all august assemblies, keeps on reminding the path every Royalist should follow to conquer success!

What does the College Song enunciate? What ‘unique path’ does it elucidate? It is a common credence of every archetypal Sri Lankan family that ‘education’ is the most imperative virtue of all. Our community has always been giving very high priority and importance to education, which is very aptly reflected in our public policy of free education. But does ‘education’ limits itself to books, assignments, and exams? No says modern educationalists. 21st century educationalists clearly deny such stereo type ideologies. If education is to provide a foundation for life, then it cannot limit itself to books. It was very later; perhaps after 1980s these modern thoughts started influencing the Sri Lankan educational system. But in 1930s itself Royal College introduced this ‘modern’ thought into practice. To nurture a person, books alone are insufficient. Thus the College Song says ‘we will learn of book and men and learn to play the game’. If the education we receive cannot support our future life and provide as with a foundation to success, what use that education shall be? We might have read a thousand books, might have memorized a thousand theories, what use will it be if we cannot move with this society? We might proudly hold first class degrees perhaps a PhD too, but what will all those credits count for if we cannot compete in this society? So, it is very obvious that just books, just only books will not help to nurture a ‘complete’ man. It’s a part of education; perhaps an important part but only books don’t formulate complete education. Once Winston Churchill said in a sense of satire, “My education was interrupted only by my schooling”, I’m sure had he studied at Royal College he would not have said that. I’m not vaunting, neither do I intend to but I feel that what the typical school education is lacking and making it boring, that fissure is very well closed at Royal College. Royal does not only nourish knowledge from books but also gives opportunity to learn about men (people and society) and to learn the game (not only the sporting games but also the game of life). To elaborate on that, Today Royal College has more than fifty active clubs and societies, most of them have a rich history of more than 50 years. Every club and society activity is enriched with great life experience. Every time a student involves in a society or club activity he gains immense and valuable experience which no books could provide him. In working with his colleagues, who may share different opinions, he learns the diversities in society and he trains himself to survive in this society or in a better sense succeed in this society. Royal also provides many sporting facilities, comprising of more than 20 sports including the most famous Cricket and Rugby, sporting is a passionate tradition at Royal. These co-curricular and extra-curricular activities supplemented to Books, Research and Traditional Education, Royal doesn’t only produce good citizens but more than that great leaders to this society. This is the secret of success of Royal; this is the ‘Royal Way’ of approaching education.

Royal has always remained a ‘public school’, a school which is common for all ethnicities, races, classes and religions without any prejudice or discrimination. This does not mean there are no religious practices at Royal. All religions of Sri Lanka are proudly practiced and preached in Royal with harmony, because Royal appreciates the need of religions to cherish the values of pupils but Royal College doesn’t limit itself to any single religion but merrily accommodates all beliefs! This is another colossal reason why Royal has produced ‘complete men’ and ‘better Sri Lankans’.

May this ‘Royal Way’ enlighten many more Sri Lankans and be perpetual!

‘Floreat’

 

This piece of writing was published in the Souvenir of the Inaugural Clubs & Societies Felicitation Ceremony of Royal College. (2010)

 

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My views on IIFA 2010 Colombo – (Video)

Posted by nkashokbharan on June 20, 2010

My vies & opinions on the IIFA 2010 event which was held in Colombo with the support of the Govt. of Sri Lanka spending approx $4 million.

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When the dreams were shattered by ‘their’ grit….

Posted by nkashokbharan on May 5, 2010

This article was published in the 131st Battle of the Blues (2010) Royal College Souvenir.

One long year has passed, yet it sense like yesterday… a haunting set of days for any Royalist who was present there, especially for us; prefects! Last year’s ‘Battle of the Blues’ still stand in our memories and every time the thought re-sparks we could feel the warmth. The Royal team last year was simply astonishing. It had a good run for the whole season and capped it with winning the award for the Best School Cricket Team of the season on the hand the Thomians weren’t that impressive that any layman who watched both play throughout the season would simply predict a ‘massive’ win for Royal! Everyone was confident including many Thomians & media that Royal will regain the D.S.Senanayake Shield.

In the first Inning, Royal demonstrated why they were tagged as favourites. With an amazing performance the Royalists pushed the Thomians into struggling trench. When it was the Royalists to bat; the ball was airborne to score runs, when it was the Royalists to field; the ball was either kissing the stumps or the fielder’s palms.  It was an amazing first inning fully dominated by the Royalists and the besieged Thomians were forced to follow on with their second innings. We could see vacated seats and empty stands in the Thomian den and Celebration & cheer in the Royal den.

The second Inning started. It was an ‘almost’ won match for Royal in a spectator’s perspective but for the players and cricket maestros they know anything can happen at any moment in cricket and there was more to go. ‘Cricket’ is a great game, not for the lumps & lumps of money involved but for the uncertainty and excitement. Only ‘real’ gentlemen can play cricket, because you need patience and mental strength equally as the physical needs. Slowly the second inning moved on as slowly as the wickets fell for Thomians. No one knew why, but this time the ball refused to kiss neither the stump nor the fielder’s palm as frequently as in the first inning. Apart of controversies the Thomian wickets stood steady and slowly the runs were collected. As the second day of the match was near to an end it rang an alarm in both Royalists & Thomians. For us; Royalists it gave a warning and for Thomians an invitation to restore their ‘almost’ lost game.

The Third day was more exciting for both. We could see the stands getting filled up before the lunch and cheers coming from all over SSC. But still the wickets fell very slowly and in long intervals. It was after the tea the Royalists managed to dismiss the Thomians and had a total of 198 and Royalists had just 21 overs to touch the winning line. It was an average of 9.42 needed for Royal to clinch victory. It might sound possible for the Aussies against a weaker team but in school level such a run rate is clearly unachievable, yet the Royalists dared to try – that is the spirit! But in the Royal Boys’ Tent our minds were not calculating this arithmetic, we knew our team could do it, but our concern was different. Nature – is always unpredictable, we promise on nature’s order at any point, but we were all hopeful and praying that the sun should not set too soon and even hardly praying that clouds should not start spitting. How many prayers of ours have come true? Well, not this time… ‘Bad Light’ was offered by the Umpires and without much of a reality option left, Royalists were forced to accept it.

Heat! That is what which was pouring through the Royal blood, it was a draw match but for us; Royalists it was like a mere defeat. In sportsmen’s perspective it was a great match, may be some critiques might pen this as the best battle of the blues match of the past decade or may be in the whole history yet for Royalists; we couldn’t believe the fact that the match ended as a draw. The D.S.S shield was given to the Thomians after they showed their grit and succeeded a draw, just after the ceremony, may be because of the unbelief of the result the clouds started to pour rain. Yet, we; Royalists gathered in front of the Boys’ Tent along with the mighty Royal College Team and sang the school song as loud as we can, with total feel. It was a very touching moment for all of us and we all vowed for a comeback soon and prove ourselves.

Last year was a shattered dream, yet we are all proud of our mighty team. Because it is not victories & defeats which define Royalist, but the passion and commitment. We were passionate, ambitious and showed our fullest commitment last season but missed the big prize. This year it is a very special year for us, mother Royal is celebrating her 175th Anniversary and this 131st Battle of the Blues is more special for us. With a great team fully prepared at Royal under the captaincy of a great player Bhanuka Rajapaksa, I believe that this is the year for us to pluck the sweetest fruit; the D.S.S Shield! We not only learn from books but from men too, and every time we come out with a more sophisticated and better game. Royal was successful for 175 years so far due to this noble attitude and we shall continue for more & more years forward.

When the dreams were shattered by ‘their’ grit, we did not feel lost but we learnt more with sweat and passion and now we are ready to prove ‘our’ moxie!

Gimmea ‘R’……………………………….

It was unfortunate that we couldn’t win the match this year but we deserved to win. We played well. Fate screwed the big match & rain screwed the T20, we deservedly won the One Day! Welldone guyz! Let’s fight even harder next year!

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Ragging in Universities and the Prohibition of Ragging and Other Forms of Violence in Educational Institutions Act, No.20 of 1998

Posted by nkashokbharan on May 5, 2010

Ragging is a form of abuse on newcomers to educational institutions in India and Sri Lanka. It is similar to the American phenomenon known as hazing. Hazing is a term used to describe various ritual and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group. Currently, Sri Lanka is said to be its worst affected country in the world. There is no record to prove such an act has prevailed in the ancient Sri Lankan educational but It was in the post World War II era, a concept called ‘ragging’ came into existence. Ragging is not an indigenous phenomenon, but a direct result of the British colonialism in Sri Lanka. Soldiers returning from war re-entered the college and brought with them the technique of ragging learned in military camp which were used to make individual fail as an individual and succeed as a team. But eventually when lesser number of military persons entered the universities, ragging lost in primary objectives and became a violent and hazardous exercise and to the worst extreme ended up in murders.

Though ragging remained without any outside speculation for many decades it was in 1975 the first serious Ragging incident took place in the University of Peradeniya – Ramanathan Hall. A 22 year old student of the Faculty of Agriculture, Rupa Rathnaseeli became paralyzed as a result of having jumped from the second floor of the hostel Ramanathan to escape the physical ragging being carried out by the seniors. She later committed suicide in 1997. Then another horrendous ragging murder occurred in the same year 1997 when 21 year old S. Varapragash, an Engineering student of University of Peradeniya, died from a kidney failure following severe ragging by senior students – this is the point when the public and the government understood the seriousness of this so called ‘culture’ of local universities. Being a civilized nation for many centuries even before the birth of Christ yet it is very pity to note that the ‘cream’ of students in this nation are involved in the sinful barbarian act of Ragging. It did not stop with Varapragash, A girl, also a first year student – in the University of Ruhuna committed suicide in 1997 as she was unable to bear ragging by her senior students. Then another murder, Kelum Thushara Wijetunge, a first year student at the Hardy Technical Institute in Ampara, died in 1997, from a kidney failure after he was forced to do some tough exercises and drink excessive quantities of liquor as a part of ragging. 3 brutal deaths due to ragging in the same year did not only raise the voice of public against ragging but also forced the government to enact legislations to prevent Ragging.

In 1998 the Parliament of Sri Lanka unanimously passed the ‘Prohibition of Ragging and Other Forms of Violence in Educational Institutions Act, No. 20 of 1998’ (the Anti-Ragging act) – the first legal enactment of Sri Lanka on Ragging.  As specified in the detailed note of the Act, it is identified as an Act to eliminate ragging and other forms of violent and cruel inhuman and degrading treatment from educational institutions.

In terms of the Act, ragging means ‘any act which causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological injury or mental pain or fear to a student or a member of the staff of an educational institution’.

The Act specifies the relevant Higher Educational Institutions coming under the Act and that includes all the Higher Educational Institutions established under the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978.

Provisions of the Act are as follows:

* Any person who commits or participates in ragging within or outside the Educational Institution, shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and on conviction after summary trial be liable for a term not exceeding two years.

* The victim shall be paid a compensation of an amount determined by court in respect of the injuries caused to such person.

* If a sexual harassment or grievous hurt is caused whilst committing ragging the person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years on conviction after a summary trial. In addition he may also be ordered to pay a compensation of an amount determined by Court to the victim.

* If the victim is threatened to cause injury to the person, reputation or property of some other person of whom the victim is interested, with the intention of causing fear in the victim or compelling the victim to do any act which the victim is not legally required to do, or to omit to do any act which the victim is entitled to do, shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction be liable for rigorous imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

* Any person restricting the personal liberty and the freedom of movement of any other person shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to rigorous imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years.

*Any person unlawfully obstructing the right to proceed in any direction of another person shall be liable to the above mentioned punishment.

* Any person unlawfully restricting the other person from proceeding beyond certain circumscribing limits can be punished as stated above.

* Any person occupying premises of an Educational Institution by force without a lawful excuse or causing damage to any such property shall be on conviction after a summary trial and can be imprisoned for terms not exceeding 10 years and 20 years respectively and shall be liable to a fine as stated in the Act.

In addition to the above mentioned punishments the convict can be expelled from the institution by the Court. (Article 8)

A special provision of the Act is that, if a person suspected or accused of committing an offence of sexual harassment or causing a serious injury whilst ragging in terms of Section 2 of Subsection (2) of the Act in an Educational Institution, he/she shall not be released on bail expect by the High Court.

The provisions of this Act shall be made effective in addition to the provisions of the Penal Code and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Act No. 22 of 1994.

The above mentioned provisions clearly explain that convicts are subjugated to severe legal constraints. It is evident that the main intention of laying down restrictions over the act of bailing out is to ban inhuman acts from Educational Institutions.

This statute clearly shows the government’s obejctive to totally evacuate this inhuman and barbarian act of Ragging from the Sri Lankan educational institutions. It is notable that the act does not only apply for the students but also to the staff of the educational institutions (as prosecutes or plaintiffs). It is not a hidden secret that these brutal acts by students are at times supported by some staff in many ways – the worst support is ‘ignorance’. Though the Higher education institution has the right to take severe actions against these brutal acts, until this Act No.20 of 1998 was enacted none of the university authorities took any strong action against the students and others who are involved in Ragging.

The Prohibition of Ragging and other forms of violence in Educational Institutions Act, No,20 of 1998 – a very compact but clearly drafted legislation with 17 articles explains the definition of ragging, forms of ragging and applicable penalties, legal procedures and Interpretation of terms. It was believed that after 3 brutal murders in the year of 1997 and then the Anti-Ragging enactment in 1998 the disease of ragging has been evacuated from Sri Lanka, and no other severe cases were reported in the next 3 years but in 2002 another horrendous murder occurred. Samantha Vithanage, a third year Management student at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, pioneered an anti-ragging campaign was killed at a meeting while in a discussion about ragging. Even after a very strong Anti-Ragging act enacted – another murder and of course a murder of an anti-ragger definitely shook the country. Though the then government claimed that there was Political involvement of JVP is the murder of Vithanage the University student body declined the claims.

Now in 2010 – myself in a University, I shall not fool myself by saying there isn’t any ragging in University. I have seen the brutality but never experienced since I remain an Anti-Ragger. It is clear to all that Ragging is still a strong practice at these government educational institutions, despite the Act No.20 of 1998 with an objective to ban Ragging is implemented. This is where people start thinking about the failure of Law. There is a Law against ragging but ragging is still in practice – so it shows that a Law doesn’t change the society in a whole, this causes disbelief and unfaith in Laws.

Justice

At contemporary Laws are enacted by the Parliament. Parliament being the representation of the Majority of the country, the Laws passed by the Parliament is considered to be the wish if the majority, yet it cannot be assured that all citizens will be happy about each and every statute passed by the Parliament. The Anti-ragging statute was passed unanimously by the Parliament without any objections; still most of the Sri Lankan university students were not happy or content about legislation. There were comments saying that the government is trying to poke into the educational institutions and influence the students. Some even said the government is limiting the freedom of the students and denying their rights thus it is not just.

It is a common belief by the raggers that ragging is a way to build up strong bond among the students and also play a major role in Personality building. How pity this thought is. The ‘freshers’ are brainwashed with sweet words like above said and forced into ragging. The logic is by some means the innocent students fall into the trap made with those sweet words and suffer by the brutal acts of ragging. The pro-ragging community believes that this is a unique culture / custom belongs to them and it is their right to practice that and it is just to involve in ragging.

Though the legislation says committing or participating in any form of ragging is a punishable act, The pro-raggers doesn’t accept the legislation. They consider it unfair because they have their own belief on ragging – which as mentioned above they think it is a unique custom of them to enrich the bond among the batches of students. So unless this mind set or thinking pattern is changed the implementation of the Anti-Ragging statue will not succeed.

The statute clearly defines the offence and the punishments accordingly, but in my opinion it has failed in analyzing the background of these violence acts and did not concentrate on terminating those or finding a remedy to the fundamental aspects which are the foundations for ragging. Though we see the senior students ragging the new comers, not all seniors get involved in this and on the other hand it is not an act of instinct, it is a well planned and organized act which is most commonly organized by the so called ‘Student Unions’. Mathuranga Kalugampitiya – a lecturer at the Arts Faculty of the Peradeniya University in his article on ragging “Who will guard the guard?” published in the Sunday Observer states “The fact that the representatives of the student bodies that keep this “initiation” process live and kicking first openly and voluntarily commit themselves to the cause of eradicating ragging from the university context and then openly negate their commitment by getting actively involved in ragging the freshers indicates the unregulated autonomy that these student bodies enjoy.” It is no more a secret that these student bodies are the back bone for such cruel activities. But according to the provisions made under Part XIV of the Universities Act, No. 16 of 1978 on establishing Student Unions and other Association says:

* Section 112:-

1. Each Higher Educational Institution shall have a University Student Union.

2. Each Faculty of the Higher Educational Institution shall have a Faculty Student Union.

3. Selection of office bearers of these Unions and their activities should be defined by the Councils of the respective Higher Educational Institutions through by-laws.

* Section 115: Any Higher Educational Institution may recognize any Union, society or other associations of students of that Institution for the purpose of furthering academic or social objectives, provided that the membership of such union, society or other association consists entirely of students of that Institution.

* Section 118: If any union or society to other association of a Higher Educational Institution conducts itself in a manner, which, in the opinion of the principal executive officer of that Institution, obstructs the proper administration of that Institution, or acts in contravention of the Universities Act or any other union, such principal executive officer may suspend or dissolve such union, society or other association, as the case may be.

* Accordingly, it is emphasised that the students of the Higher Educational Institutions are authorized to establish only the following unions/societies and other associations:

1. University Students Union,

2. Faculty Students Unions and

3. Societies formed for the sole purpose of furthering academic or social objectives as stated in Section 115 of the Act.

* Any person manipulating students in the guise of Student Unions or disturbing the Management of the Higher Educational Institutions/Institutes or obstructing the education of same are liable to be severely punished under the prevailing civil law and the by-laws of the Higher Educational Institutions.

* Finally, the students are warned that they should not use the above unions/associations to achieve political objectives.

Though it says that the Student Unions should act in proper manner and should not obstruct the proper administration and the educational institution authorities have the right to suspend or dissolve the union, in practice things are different. Most of the strikes and all menace are created by these student unions, and though political objectives are banned yet we could clearly see political influences in these unions. On the other hand though the authorities have the right to suspend or dissolve such problematic unions, they hesitate to do so. Nishika Fonseka a journalist at Ground Views states in her article on ragging “The administration at the Colombo Arts faculty, for their part, seems to be willing to control the rag. “The lecturers gave us their numbers and told us to call them if we get ragged or see anyone getting ragged,” said Malini. However, she went on to say that many lecturers seem reluctant to be identified as being anti-ragging. “The lecturers don’t come while the rag is happening,” she said, “they only come afterwards.” One wonders about the wisdom in that.” The power of these student unions and their political involvements can be a major factor why the authorities are hesitant to take action against them. So when the authorities aren’t much worried about these horrendous activities then their authority is questionable and it isn’t just for them to have this authority in hand.

Equality

On the other hand, even at a point where the authorities are prepared to take an action, the students who get ragged aren’t prepared. This is because of either fear or acceptance of such activity. Fear is due to the power of the student union and they feel that they might get affected by complaining to the authorities and also after hearing stories on many hesitant authorities the students are not sure about whether an action would be taken against the raggers. Acceptance is mainly due to the brain washing sweet words told by the so called raggers. In Nishika’s article she states an ex.University student’s opinion on ragging. “In Michael’s opinion, ragging is a complex class issue. He identifies those who protest against it as belonging to the middle or upper-middle classes in society and sees those who practice it as coming from the poorer strata of society. The hue and cry over ragging, he says, is a reflection of the intolerance of the rich about being dictated to by people they look down on. He argues that far from the raggers suffering from an inferiority complex, the complainers instead, suffer from a superiority complex, and he sees those who quit University due to ragging as those who can afford alternate forms of higher education either abroad or in private institutions.” This shows how these innocent fresh minds are screwed through and the poison is poured in depth. They misinterpret the term ‘equality’ and assume that ragging is a method to influence equality in to a batch of students who come from various backgrounds.  Equality does not mean you treat all equal – which cannot be practically implemented at any given point. In fact it was those myth-full words of Marx which was a starting point to this abnormal way of creating ‘equality’. In the name of creating ‘equality’ they demolish justice, they bury liberty and rights, they kill morality but ultimately it is only a fake delusionary equality which will prevail after such cruel acts.

The government should have concentrated in educating and enlightening the young minds with right policies and show the fakeness of this ‘forced equality’ before enacting anti-ragging statutes. Because a Law will never achieve its objective, unless the people are prepared to accept it. If the students are in a different frame of mind and they do not accept the just in this anti-ragging act or they consider it unjust for them then it is not going to work. We could clearly see that, whenever a student is arrested under prosecuted under the anti-ragging act, we could see numerous strikes happening at the universities pioneered by student unions, and they call that the arrest was ‘unjust’! If this is the case, and no visible change has took place then there is problem about the influence of the law in this society and to rebuild or reconstruct the influence a social engineering process is essential. Apart from defining the offence and dictating the penalties via a statute the government must involve in educating the society with necessary knowledge and design their mind in accordance to accept the statute.

Morality

Sri Lanka is a very cultured and conservative country. More than Laws the religious and divine practices are strictly followed in Sri Lanka, yet the immoral and. Horrendous conduct of ragging prevails among the students and most of them never understand the seriousness and immorality of ragging. Generally torturing mentally or physically is considered a worse sin in all religions of the country and it is also considered to be immoral but the act ragging still stays firm at the educational institutions, there are strong proofs that even the religious priests get involved in such activities. Law generally considers the moral part in deciding a case and the Anti-Ragging act was passed in the parliament unanimously not just because it was Just but also considering its moral rightness. It is very well known fact that in Sri Lankans respect education a lot, being a student at a government educational institution in Sri Lanka is very highly respected but that should not be misused by the students. I doubt why the government gives such exceptional priorities for these students. It would cost more penalty if such cruel activities are prosecuted and the penal code, but under the tag “Student” these horrendous activists somehow get excused. Despite 3 murders and a suicide occurred non of the students responsible were offered with sufficient punishment, which has given more guts to other students who engage in ragging. It sad to see that the sympathetic hearts of Sri Lankan educational authorities show a soft corner for these cruel activists and they offer statement at courts enforcing the ‘education right’ of the raggers and help them to get excused. Yes, a person should get the right to education, but a university student isn’t a baby or a minor. He is generally mature enough to take decisions by himself and if he involves in any sort of illegal activity there should not be given any consideration about his studentship, he can be prosecuted under the penal code. In fact I personally feel that this is more just & equal than prosecuting under the Anti-ragging act.

In conclusion, Though there is a “Prohibition of Ragging and Other Forms of Violence in Educational Institutions Act, No. 20 of 1998” it seems that the influence of it in the student society is not sufficient to control the cruel act of ragging. Though the common man would consider the act to be just at contemporary the student community, especially the unions consider it to be unfair against the students. For the act to be successfully implemented there is a need for the government to involve in social engineering process and enlighten the citizens with the knowledge on justice, fairness, liberty, human rights, morality and equality – because these ideologies are mostly  misinterpreted. If this Social Engineering process is not going to take place it is definite that the Anti-Ragging act will be only a black letter law and will not achieve its’ objective of eradicating the inhuman act of Ragging from the Educational Institutions of this country.

References

Prohibition Of Ragging And Other Forms Of Violence In Educational Institutions Act, No.20 Of 1998.’ Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 30 Apr 1998.

Kalugampitiya, Mathuranga. ‘Who Will Guard the Guards?’. Sunday Observer, 4 Oct 2009, Pg 20.

Fonseka, Nishika. ‘Ragging In Our Universities: A Symptom Or A Disease?’. Ground Views. <http://www.groundviews.org/2009/11/30/ragging-in-our-universities-a-symptom-or-a-disease/&gt;

Fernando, Appekka. ‘Ragging And The Moral Dilemma’. Sailan Muslim. <http://www.sailanmuslim.com/news/?p=1962&gt;

Ruberu, Ranjit. ‘Indiscipline In Sri Lanka Universities’. The Island. 30 Jan 2003.

Legal Framework On University Ragging And Establishing Student Unions’, Sunday Observer, 29 Jun 2008. Pg. Feature 01.

Agarwal, Harsh. ‘Ragging: History and Evolution’. Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE). < http://www.noragging.com/index.php/Research/Reports/Ragging-History-and-Evolution.html&gt;

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H.L.B.Gomes – a Tribute!

Posted by nkashokbharan on March 24, 2010

H L B Gomes - Principal of Royal College 1998-2003

H.L.B.Gomes

You showed us the path to success; You nurtured us – Royalists; You’ll live in our memories for ever!

May your blessed soul Rest In Peace!

My heartfelt sympathies to the family, relatives & friends of Gomes Sir.

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Jingle Bells…. Jingle Bells…..!!!

Posted by nkashokbharan on December 24, 2009

May this Christmas bless all with Peace, Happiness & Joy!

Wish you all a Very Merry Christmas!

♪♫

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

♪♫

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Royal won the league unbeaten by thrashing the Josephians

Posted by nkashokbharan on July 5, 2009

duminda attygalle in actionIt was an excellent day for the Royalists, so far unbeaten and the last match of the season was on the 4th of July 2009 – a beautiful Saturday evening at the Royal Sports Complex. The final match of the season for Royal was against St.Joseph’s College, Maradana. Though Royalists were the hot favourites for the day – everyone knew that anything was possible because the Darley Road lads have defeated the strong Trinity lions in their first match.

The game kicked off around 4.30 p.m. It was not an excellent  start for Royal, because took 17 minutes for them to score the first try against the Josephians. The first try was scored by Duminda Attygalle in a very tactical way, after immense practise sessions he has mastered the art of ‘dummy-ing’ – and a great dummy pass fooled the darley road defender and Duminda touched the try line and Mushin successfully converted it. Then the T.B.Jayah Mawatha ruggerrites were pushing on and pressurising the men in blue & gold stripes but it did not carry on for long when the Royal’s flanker Hasthika Bandaranayake scored a try which was successfully converted by royal lineoutsMushin Faleel and then before the half time break a The Royal’s gifted winger Chamara Dabare had a great sprint from the sides and had his touch in the center of the try line and he himself converted the try. At half time the Men in Blue & Gold were 21 : 0.

Royal was in fire now and it was very hard for the Josephians to fight back, it was 10 minutes of the second half when the Royal flanker Hasthika Bandaranayake went for his second try which was converted by Mushin and then Hasthika went for another try and there was a small funny drama went on for the conversion of that try when Royal winger Nabil Faizer went to take the kick, then Hasthika came running asking for the kick and ultimately it was the Royal’s first choice kicker Mushin Faleel who came in for the kick and successfully converted it. The next tries were from the Royal’s Centre Mushin Faleel and the replacement centre of Royal Chilanka Samaraweera, both of them were converted by Mushin. Then the Josephians had a consolation prize – a try scored by Priyan Perera which was converted by Mayura Sanjeeva. When the Referee blew the final whistle it was a ROYAL VICTORY – 49 : 07.

royal lads defendingA huge celebration went off in the grounds when fire crackers burst off and a bug cake was presented to the team by the old boys. All Royal fans were cheering and there were some time for emmotions too. The Rugby Team made a cicle in the heart of the ground and sang the Royal College Song with pride.

This season was a great one for Royal. Royal won the League with an unbeaten record and also the Michael Gunaratne Trophy, Maj.Milroy Fernando Trophy and the ‘Big’ Bradby Shield. They won all possible trophies and shields this year. And most of the players showed great performance. Naren Dhason played his role as a player and a captain in a great way and also Hasthika Bandaranayake, Mushin Faleel, Duminda Attygalle, Nikira Senanayake, Aqeel Sathuk, Hamza Hassen, Shabir, Shamil, Nabil Faizer, Ashen, Udara, Kalana Amerasinghe and especially the gifted winger of Royal Chamara Dabare have played very well to crown Royal College as the champions of this season.

Myself with the jubilant captain Naren Dhason

But it was really unfortunate when I heard that Royal College is not playing the ‘Knockout Tournament’ this season – which was confirmed to me by the Royal Skipper Nraen Dhason as most of the team members are sitting for the G.C.E. Advanced Level examinations next month.

Congrats Guys! – You all made the college flag fly high!

(Special Thanks to my friend Navaka Navaratne for providing me with these excellent photographs of the great moments)

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The final battle field is getting hotter…

Posted by nkashokbharan on July 3, 2009

Royal College Rugby Team 2009The Final games of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby League is coming this week and the League topper Royal College is facing St.Joseph’s College tomorrow. Royalists being the hot favourites tomorrow and a win will give an unbeaten, victorious season for Royal. On the other hand Joseph’s cannot be under estimated as they have proved themselves before in their first league match against Trinity by beating the team which is now placed 3rd in the league table.

For Royal SJC is not a big challenge provided Royal perform well. In the last week’s encounter against Isipathana Vidyalaya it was clear that Royal suffered a setback in the first half – the fire in the game was missing but somehow made it in the second half to thrash the Greenlanders with a satisfactory margin. Royal should play a clean game like they played against Kingswood to make sure they overcome the Josephians.

Royal College Rugby Team with the Bradby Shield (2009)Royal College ruggerites have done a brilliant job this season under the captaincy of Naren Dhason – the captain cool! The team is very strong from all sides and the performance is excellent. Winger Chamara Dabare, Prop Forward Nikira Senanayake, Hamza Hassen, Duminda Attygalle, Hasthike Bandaranayake & the skipper Naren Dhason are doing a great job while all other team members are doing their duties promptly for Royal to achieve victory.

Now the final battle field is prepared and getting hotter every second – let’s wait and watch the excellent encounter and hope to celebrate a ‘ROYAL VICTORY’ tomorrow.! Best wishes to Naren & Team!

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Royal prove tough to beat!

Posted by nkashokbharan on June 27, 2009

royal isipathana scrumWhat a game of Rugby it was! Not many tries, not many fouls, not many of anything but fire! The whole game was like fire – there was no time to rest. The Greenlanders were running throughout the match and the speed was exciting. But will only speed help to win a match?! Yes, speed is not the only factor which decides the match and may be Royal did not have the speed of the Pathanians but they showed their skills and proved once again that they are a hard to beat team!

On a showering eve today (27th June 2009) at the Royal Sports Complex the game of rugby between Royal College & Isipathana Vidyalaya kicked off at around 4 p.m. It was a ‘must win’ game for Royal but victory was not given for granted! It was the Pathanians who started the scoring from a penalty by Devinda Prasad. Then the match went on for a bit long without any scoring. The Royalists were struggling a bit to add soem points to teh score board because of the speed the Pathanians showed in the match. The game of the greens were mainly capitalised on sprints, passes and kicks rather than scrums and line outs. Then from a great scrum five meters away from the touchline, Royal’s number 8 Hamza Hassen made an excellent move to score a try which was unfortunately not converted by Mushin Faleel. The game went on without further scores until the half time. But Royal’s Udara De Silve was penalised with a yellow cardfor rough play . The half time score was 5 : 3  and the lead was not a sufficient one to settle down for Royal.

nikira in actionSecond half was full of fire like the first half. The Men in Green tried to sneak through to score but capitalised on kicking the ball to touch or attempting for drop goals. On the other hand Royalists were trying to score more but line outs weren’t that perfect for Royal as they kept on missing the ball most of the time. After 20 minutes in the second half Royal’s Chilanka Sudaraka scored a try from a scrum within the ten meter line and gave  a break to Royal to breath a bit but the Men in Blue & Gold knew that was not enough to seal the game. That try was not converted, though kicker Mushin Faleel tried his best. The Pathanians were trying hard to break through but all the attempts were unsuccessful. They even missed a whole lot of advantages gifted to them by the referee. Then came an excellent moment – Royal’s Shehan Pathirana touched the tryline and Mushin successfully converted the try to make the score board 17 : 3. Now everyone knew the game was sealed and it was proved when the Pathana fans started leaving the premises. The last try of the game came from Royal’s Kalana Amarasinghe but the Deputy. Skipper Nikira Senanayake, though had  a good try – could not convert it. The whistle came after to end the game and Royal had a nice victory over Isipathana Vidyalaya 22 : 3. royal isipathana final scoreRoyal College successfully won the Major Milroy Fernando trophy and the whole team was with happy faces. The Royalists gave  a great cheer for their beloved team. the Royalists celebrating with Maj.Milroy Fernando trophy!

Nothing more on the match but there were spectators complaining on the ability of the referee and the linesmen, especially on off side and some other crucial moment decisions. We cannot complain about the judgement. All over the world and in all sports there have been issues on refrees’ misjudgements. Referees are not machines or robots – they are after all human beings, but the referees have the morale responsibility to do their duties properly to the maximum of their ability.

Again Royal has proved that they are a ‘tough to beat’ side and are now the hot favourites to Win the President’s Trophy for this rugger season. The Last match of the season is next week against St.Joseph’s College and it is told that it won’t be a tough opponent for Royal which has remained unbeaten and victorious for the whole season.

Congrats – Naren & his excellent lads for the wonderful performance. Waiting to see you guys win the President’s Trophy next week.

(Sincere thanks to my friend Navaka Navaratne for providing me with those valuable photographs for this post)

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Michael Jackson – an unforgettable icon!

Posted by nkashokbharan on June 26, 2009

A Great Pop Star of the century has passed away. Apart from all controversies and allegations he had been a great Singer, dancer & a star. He made history and history will keep him alive forever.

Michael Jackson - an Unforgettable icon!

At this juncture – I wish to present my heartfelt condolences to the Family members, friends & fans of ‘The Great’ Michael Jackson.

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Will money bring success?

Posted by nkashokbharan on June 25, 2009

money (foot) ballHa Haa – all transfer stories around the football news sites and all talks are on millions. I never thought a million dollar will go so cheap as it is proving that football world is pumping in huge amounts for players this season. Especially Real Madrid after the return of its’ ‘Galacticos’ president Perez, he is working strong on re-implementing his ‘Galacticos’ project by paying over the odds or simple words paying huge money and buying so called ‘star players’ to Bernabeu. I wrote an early post on Kaka’s and Ronaldo’s transfers, both of them which is of the value of Approx. 140 million pounds.

The basic idea which I could not understand is can all this money bring back victory to the team or the club? Florentino Perez, when he was the president of real Madrid earlier to his second term he introduced the ‘Galacticos’ project. ‘Galactico’ means super star of football and the concept is buying a number of superstars and having a  super star class team. In the first era of ‘Galacticos’ Perez signed 4 great players of those days – Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo & David Beckham for a total value of 135.7 Million pounds. Real tasted immediate success after the signings of Figo and Zidane. They won the La Liga titles in 2000-2001, 2001-2002 & 2002-2003 seasons and also won the UEFA Champions league in the 2001-2002 season. After 2002-2003 season Real signed Beckham & Ronaldo and expected more success but unfortunately they couldn’t win any trophies in the next seasons but Barcelona their bitter rivals were on a winning streak and this last season ended last month was a huge success for them as they won the triplets – the league, cup & the European championship and notably Barcelona has not made any ‘huge’ signings but have trained most of their players from academy.

To be frank – money will not always bring you success, there are other more important things which decide success and I am sure it won’t take long for these ‘hugely spending’ clubs to understand that.

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The answer from Steve Waugh…

Posted by nkashokbharan on June 22, 2009

Steve WaughToday I had an exciting opportunity to ask a question from the great cricketer and an inspirational ex. captain of the kangaroos Steve Waugh. Today the Australian College of business & Technology along with Royal College organized a leadership training programme at the ‘Navarangahala’ of Royal College. He made a great speech on his experience as the captain of the Aussies and shared thoughts on leadership.

In the Q&A time, I got an opportunity to ask a question and the answer he gave was very interesting. I asked him “As a captain & a leader have you ever felt frustrated?” And what he said was “Frustration is common when you are a leader and it will be with you always. Because when you are a leader you are under pressure always. At times you may need to take hard decisions for the betterment of your institution. For example I had to take a very tough decision as a Captain of Australia to drop my Vice Captain & the famous bowler Shane Warne – because he was not fully cured after a shoulder injury. Though it was a tough decision and a frustrating one I had to do it for the best to my institution – the Australian cricket team. So it is natural for a leader to be frustrated at times”

(These aren’t the exact words used by Steve Waugh, but an extract from my memory on my wording)

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