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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

How corrupt is Sri Lankan "civil society"?

[b]How corrupt is Sri Lankan "civil society"?[/b]

H. L. D. Mahindapala

[b]Part I[/b]

The best of authorities are tied up in knots trying to figure out what the term "civil society" means. But this has not prevented the National Peace Council (NPC) from claiming to be a part of the "civil society". This is a term used loosely by foreign-funded NGOs to give them a status in society which they have not earned. Like all self-appointed NGOs with a self-serving political agenda they have classified themselves as the "civil society" as if the rest of the world constitutes the "uncivil society".

In their eyes, this term places them above the rest of the society as the arbiters of values, the dictators of societal norms, the guides of political agendas and, generally, the infallible voices endowed with a supernatural power to issue bulls that must be obeyed.

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