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ISAS Public Lecture: "Terrorism & the State: Transforming Conflict, Building Peace" by Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunga, Former President, of Sri Lanka

ISAS Public Lecture: "Terrorism & the State: Transforming Conflict, Building Peace" by Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunga, Former President, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka - Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore - Friday, 24 June
2016 from 16:00 to 18:00.


TERRORISM & THE STATE: TRANSFORMING CONFLICT, BUILDING PEACE

DATE:

24 JUNE 2016, FRIDAY

TIME:

4.00PM – 6.00PM (Registration starts at 3.30pm)

SPEAKER:

MRS CHANDRIKA KUMARATUNGA

Former President

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

CHAIRPERSON:

AMBASSADOR GOPINATH PILLAI

Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies; and

Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

PANELISTS

EMERITUS PROFESSOR SUKH DEO MUNI

Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and
Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA)

PROFESSOR VINEETA SINHA

Head, Department of Sociology;

Head, South Asian Studies Programme

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

PROFESSOR RIAZ HASSAN

Visiting Research Professor

Institute of South Asian Studies

National University of Singapore

VENUE:

CARLTON HOTEL SINGAPORE

Empress Ballroom 5, Level 2

76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558

MAP

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Carlton/@1.295762,103.852644,15z/ [1]

PROGRAMME/

REGISTER HERE*:

HTTP://KUMARATUNGA-SRI-LANKA-TERRORISM.EVENTBRITE.SG

ATTIRE:

Business Attire

ABOUT MRS CHANDRIKA KUMARATUNGA

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga served as the first woman
president of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka during from
1994 to 2005. Born into one of Sri Lanka's most distinguished families,
her father, SWRD Bandaranaike, was a senior Minister of the Government
and later became the Prime Minister, while her mother, Sirimavo
Bandaranaike, became the world's first woman Prime Minister in 1961,
_serving three times as Prime Minister for a total of 18 years._

Renowned for her energy and intellect, President Kumaratunga inherited
the liberal political philosophy of her father. A political activist
from her early youth, she established grass root contacts far and wide
throughout the country. Greatly influenced by the radical student
movement of the 1960s, she has always been deeply committed to the
welfare of the deprived, the underprivileged and the disadvantaged. Her
unshakable commitment to the imperatives of a plural society is the
other consistent strategy in her approach to politics. During her 1994
election campaign and while in power, President Kumaratunga moved
rapidly to accelerate the process of economic liberalization in Sri
Lanka and worked to find a solution to the long and bloody war with the
Tamils.

Educated at the University of Paris, she graduated with a degree in
Political Science, and obtained a diploma in Group Leadership. While
studying for a PhD in Development Economics, she was called on to serve
her country, where her mother's government had launched a wide ranging
program of reform and development.

In her foray into electoral politics, President Kumaratunga was elected
to the Western Provincial Council with an unprecedented majority, and
was appointed the Chief Minister of the Province, the country's largest.
As a member of the People's Alliance party, she was elected to
Parliament by an overwhelming majority, and was appointed Prime Minister
in the newly formed People's Alliance government in 1994, ending 17
years of rule by the United National Party. She was then elected
President of Sri Lanka with a record 62% of the vote. Despite her
groundbreaking success in life, she experienced many personal tragedies,
including the assassination of her father, and of her charismatic
husband Wijaya Kumaratunga by political opponents. In 1999 she was
injured in a suicide bombing during a campaign rally before her she won
a second term. She went on to serve as President until 2005.

As an economist, President Kumaratunga has authored research papers,
including "The Janawasa Movement: Future Strategies for Development in
Sri Lanka.” She has also published “Co-Operative Movement in Sri
Lanka,” “Land and Agrarian Reforms in Sri Lanka,” “Food Policies
and Strategies in Sri Lanka from 1948 to Date,” and “The State and
Social Structures in Sri Lanka.”

She married a film actor and politician Vijaya Kumaratunga who together
with her championed a political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict.
He was assassinated by extremists in 1988. She has two children,
Yasodhara [medical doctor] and Vimukthi [veterinary surgeon].
 

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