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‘Scientists knew that a pandemic was coming’: Prof. Neelika Malavige on #TheDebrief w/Roel Raymond

Professor Neelika Malavige, head of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Sciences at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Sri Jayawardenepura University, came into national prominence when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in 2020. In this interview with Roel Raymond she discusses her life, her passions and the challenges she faces and overcomes while being a foremost female scientist in Sri Lanka.


‘Discourse Around Cultural Identity Is Problematic’: Prof. Rambukwella, #TheDebrief w/Roel Raymond

Professor Harshana Rambukwella is an academic whose interest are vast and varied, leading to a very interesting interview on #TheDebrief. In his conversation with Roar Media Editor-in-Chief Roel Raymond, he discusses language, culture, post-colonial literature, Sinhala nationalism, his journey tracing the concept of authenticity — and even 2016’s controversial operatic rendition of ‘Danno Budunge’.


‘History Is About What It Means To Be Human’: Sujit Sivasundaram— #The Debrief w/Roel Raymond

In the latest episode of #TheDebrief, Roar Media Editor-in-Chief @roelraymond speaks to University of Cambridge Professor of World History Sujit Sivasundaram about his two books, ‘Islanded’ and ‘Waves Across the South’, as he recounts the importance of world history, the forgotten legacy of the global South, and where Sri Lanka is now in the crosshairs of geopolitical rivalries.


‘Amphetamine, LSD Etc. Can Cause Psychiatric Illnesses’: Dr Jayan Mendis – The Debrief w/Roel Raymond

Does #mentalhealth get enough support from the local health system? What is the difference between needing #psychological support and #psychiatric care? Can drugs like #cannabis and #amphetamines cause psychiatric illnesses? Can the ‘war against drugs’ be sustained with mere arrests and little rehabilitation, support and care? Former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr Jayan Mendis speaks to Roel Raymond on The Debrief.


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