Columnists

Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Views - 115 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:11

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Views - 1636 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Views - 237 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Views - 648 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:10

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Views - 206 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available


Wounding the social psyche

Views - 170 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further


Has today’s workplace lost its humanity?

Views - 407 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

When I first joined a banking institute a couple of decades ago, life was very much less complicated. Despite the load of responsibilities, we enjoyed the freedom as my workplace had a human face with connections at its heart. Nowadays our lives have


Implementing key principles in the delimitation of electoral boundaries in Sri Lanka

Views - 55 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

This article is a follow up to a first article, ‘Serving citizens through effective delimitation of geographical boundaries in Sri Lanka’ (published in the Sunday Island and Sunday Times of 28 October 2018 and Daily Financial Times of 11 April 20


Is Sri Lanka capable of a course correction?

Views - 148 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The genesis of Sri Lanka’s current political and economic problems can very well be traced back to several structural issues of the country, both politically and culturally. It is no secret that from the outset of the war in Sri Lanka, the country


Is it the plane or the pilot?

Views - 272 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX twin-engine jetliners have brought flight safety into sharper focus than ever after many decades. This is in many ways a story of success breeding complacency. Airline safety has improved beyond belief


Unholy trinity is unholy to Sri Lanka from all fronts

Views - 305 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Let us see the background of the unholy trinity or impossible trinity or trilemma. Every country is challenged with international monetary policy which will in return decide the fate of the economic growth. Three strategies available are;


On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Views - 210 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


‘Sathyodaya’: Will the truth awaken in the New Year?

Views - 116 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

‘Sathyodaya’ written by Venerable Walpola Rahula may be introduced as the key to free thinking. Venerable Galkande Dhammananda, the only Monk pupil of Venerable Rahula, in his introduction to ‘Sathyodaya’ says that free thinking is not an ab


Robert Knox, then and now

Views - 173 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

“At their leisure when their affairs will permit, they commonly meet at places built for strangers and way-faring men to lodge in, in their language called Amblomb, where they sit chewing betel, and looking one upon the other very gravely, solidly


Consequences of not having a national government in 2015

Views - 81 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

The process of constitutional reforms is stalled. This has happened some time back. To say precisely, it was limping from the very beginning. The reason for this was that the politicians of this country placed their own political interests ahead of


War on terrorism and drug trafficking: ICTs to decide the winner?

Views - 147 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Police Anti-Narcotic Bureau of Sri Lanka, for the past few months, seized more consignments of illegal drugs perhaps than the total amount it must have been seizing since its establishment in 1973. We should feel thrilled because, on one hand, it re


Abaya’s victory at the wrong court

Views - 457 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Four Muslim teachers from a Hindu majority Government School in Trincomalee suddenly realised one day that their Islamic religiosity appeared devalued because of the saree they were wearing and therefore decided to revalue their piety by switching to


The reality of Nagananda’s Constitution

Views - 926 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Nagananda Kodituwakku, who can be considered an aggressive public interest litigation activist, in addition to his struggle with the Judiciary has now blasted a ‘constitutional bomb’ which appears to have confused the academics and educated peopl


Avurudu: When we eat the same thing at the same time

Views - 619 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Avurudu falls on 14 April Sunday this year. On this day at 2:09 p.m., the sun crosses an imaginary line that separates the constellation Pisces from Aries, marking the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The period from 7:45 a.m. to 2:09 p.m. is


Serving citizens through effective delimitation of geographical boundaries in Sri Lanka

Views - 193 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

This article attempts to explain delimitation and how it can benefit all citizens. It is written in response to recent exposure to people’s perceptions across Sri Lanka about delimitation and related issues. Those experiences suggested that general


Foreign policy: Need for a paradigm shift for Sri Lanka

Views - 228 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

A country’s foreign policy, also called the foreign relations policy, consists of self-interest strategies chosen by the state to safeguard its national interests and to achieve its goals within international relations milieu. Since the national in


Not holding PC Elections: Implications for human rights and national reconciliation

Views - 71 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:22

Application of human rights principles, when taken with necessary responsibilities, could play a major role in national reconciliation, but not limited to that. Human rights have a broader meaning and value when applied in a progressive and a realist


Sri Lanka at crossroads?

Views - 449 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan economy is worth around $ 93 billion with the per capital income at $ 4,310 and the country achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals. However, the country is going through some tough times with questions on governance stemmin


Ven. Rahula’s ‘Sathyodaya’ (Truth Awakening): May the Buddha Sasana glow

Views - 177 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

“May the Buddha Sasana glow!” (Budhu Sasuna babalewa!) – I remember seeing this message written on the back of a lorry when I was a boy. That was more than 50 years ago, back in Colombo. Those words fascinated me then. I recall watching the Ves


Aiyo Sri Lanka!

Views - 730 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

Avurudu season is approaching and April as always is hotter than hot. Heat warnings are released from the Met Department and what else? Power and water cuts are the daily norm – for most of us. In these times the entire – or let’s say most of t


UNAIDS and sexual harassment: More than a storm in a tea cup

Views - 277 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

It is with great concern that I read the article in The Lancet of December 2018 on UNAIDS and Michel Sidibe. I am not privy to the sexual harassment complaint, investigation and the report of the independent committee. The allegation by a female staf


The global syndemic – What is it? and why you should know about it?

Views - 74 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

For the first time in recorded history, bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents do not cause the majority of deaths or disability in any region of the world. Deaths from malaria, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases have fallen more than 25% eac


A national strategy for artificial intelligence?

Views - 334 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Colombo is talking about artificial intelligence. Millennium IT Founder and other companies Tony Weeresinghe delivered an oration on AI to the alumni of the University of Colombo. Vallibel One Group Founder Chairman and power behind many others Dhamm


What will it take to make Sri Lanka a developed nation?

Views - 445 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and business tycoon Dhammika Perera gave their perspectives at the packed Fireside, organised by the Daily FT, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sri Lanka, and CIMA at Hilton Colombo on 19 March saying Sri Lanka ha


The ‘myth’ behind published balance sheets

Views - 443 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Public companies including banks are legally obliged to publish their audited annual balance sheets. We therefore see them appearing in the public media from time to time. For many of us such statements do not convey much information other than leavi


Today's Columnists

Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


Columnists More