Charitha Ratwatte

China, a reality check

/ Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:13

Learning lessons the hard way China has been over time attempting to spread its influence to all parts of the globe using its economic power. A histo...


Genesis of a Revolt

/ Tuesday, 17 February 2015 01:15

Uva Wellassa has been through history a haven for dissent. When the capital city of the Raja Rata kingdom was based in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, d...


Getting fiscal policy right

/ Tuesday, 10 February 2015 01:07

The country is emerging from a dark age, during which the National Budget and taxpayer’s money was treated like a virtual slush fund for the ruling ...


Solar and wind, the way to go

/ Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:01

Alternative energy choices Sri Lanka has few natural mineral resources in abundance, but two resources which are available in abundance and virtually...


Being happy

/ Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:42

An assessment challenge How do you assess whether a person is happy? Just after the euphoria of the triumph of the democratic process in our cou...


New ‘asses,’ same ‘liquors’

/ Tuesday, 13 January 2015 00:25

This column is not about donkeys. It’s not even about the indigenous Mannar species we have on this once, late lamented, ‘Wonder of Asia’. Neith...


The inevitability of change

/ Tuesday, 6 January 2015 01:56

MY3’s 100 days and the ‘Chinthana’ Even a cursory reading of the ‘Mahinda Chinthana – Path to Success’ bears out in no uncertain terms ...


Influence of economists

/ Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:46

An economist is a person, President Ronald Reagan once famously observed, who ponders over why something which works in practice does not work in theo...


The nutrition crisis

/ Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:01

Malnutrition, micronutrient deficiency and obesity The first Global Nutrition Report published recently by the International Food Policy Research Ins...


State capitalism in crisis!

/ Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:02

What of Sri Lanka’s SOEs? When the economies of the Western world went into crisis mode in 2007 and 2008, in the emerging economies, state capita...


The Pathfinder Presidential Manifesto

/ Tuesday, 9 December 2014 00:35

Setting a challenging standard The Pathfinder Foundation has indeed done something commendable. Before commenting further, I have to disclose an in...


Gender and the executive suite

/ Tuesday, 2 December 2014 00:10

The four main Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden (the Vikings) – lead the world in social indicators on factors such as global...


The ‘other’ Hambantota story

/ Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:14

Alternative human development The city of Hambantota in the arid zone of the dry zone in southern Sri Lanka is the presently, for well-known reason...


How different is Rule by Law from Rule of Law?

/ Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:13

Is the Law supreme and the Ruler subject to the Law, or is the Ruler supreme? From ancient times, China has been ruled by law. The Emperor’s edicts ...


The power to recall your MP

/ Tuesday, 4 November 2014 00:26

Empowering the voter Recently, in Britain, the Queen in her speech at the opening of a new session of Parliament announced that legislation will be...


Crony capitalism

/ Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:15

Redefining conflict of interest The Arab Spring has turned out to be a great disappointment. It is fast turning out to be a winter of great discont...


Bonanza of well-regulated micro finance

/ Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:04

A bonanza according to Oxford Dictionary is ‘a situation in which people can make a lot of money or be very successful’. Recent developments in In...


Hong Kong and the Arab Spring

/ Tuesday, 14 October 2014 01:46

Joshua Wong is a charismatic, small-made, teenage schoolboy, going on 18 years, who wears rectangular glasses and sports a soup-bowl haircut. The othe...


Wel Lakshe Wedi Handa

/ Tuesday, 7 October 2014 02:21

 Gunshots from the ‘Land of a Hundred Thousand Paddy Fields’ Many moons ago, ‘Wel Lakshe Wedi Handa’ was a very popular Sinhala drama, about...


Comrade Number Eleven (XI)

/ Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:01

Dynastic politics When President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, visited India, an Indian Doordharshan television newsreader kep...


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