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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Views - 933 Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:00

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted


In the end, there was nothing

Views - 322 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked


Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Views - 30 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr


Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Views - 167 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people


Sri Lanka needs sensible and sound leadership

Views - 206 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

The Asia section of the print edition of the Economist, under the headline ‘Beasts and Monsters’, said: “To critics of Mahinda Rajapaksa


Something happened out there, but what’s going on in here right now?

Views - 71 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

I have a confession to make. Yours truly has really lost track of what’s happening in the arena we call national politics.


The President cannot remove the PM

Views - 138 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

Following the large gains made at the local government elections at the expense of the UNP and SLFP by the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led SLPP, the pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa Opposition has been calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister on the basis of the


Back to business: Making people’s lives better

Views - 209 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

“People are the real wealth of a nation. The basic objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives. This may appear to be a simple truth. But it is often forgotten in the immediate


Putting ‘Yaha’ into ‘Palanaya’ – could standards be the trick?

Views - 261 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

I will from the outset indicate that this is not about politics, even though popular terminology cannot be resisted if one is to get the message across. We are driven by emotions and the media is only adding fuel to the fire. If one takes a step back


Ranil’s tactical success, Mahinda’s strategic victory

Views - 671 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Who will defeat the UNP? The people, with or without the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. That was proved at the local government


Sri Lankan consumer under pressure

Views - 322 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Whilst Sri Lanka is grappling to understand how to structure the Government to run the country, the reality is thWhilst Sri Lanka


Betraying the very foundation of the Unity Government- Consensus

Views - 335 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Soon after the results of the Local Government bodies were released, it was reported that the President wanted the resignation of the Prime Minister


Navigating a nuclearised Asia for smaller states: Reviving Sri Lanka’s commitments to disarmament

Views - 93 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

Throughout its diplomatic history, Sri Lanka has maintained a strong anti-nuclear stance. Given the perceived need to avoid antagonising nuclear powers in the region, Sri Lanka has communicated this stance as a general normative and ethical position,


Liberal democracy is dead. Long live liberal democracy.

Views - 198 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

Liberal democracy as propounded and practiced by the UNP is dead. Beating up the statistics of the recent local election will not bring it back, but the UNP still remains the best vehicle for reviving liberal democratic ideals. Pohottuwa or the Sri L


Looking beyond the current political gridlock: Future of Tamil nationalist politics

Views - 491 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

The landslide victory of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to assessing the future trajectory of the domestic political landscape. The heavy focus on th


More of the same

Views - 448 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

Those of you who’ve read what I have written over the years could, justifiably, experience a sense of déjà vu as you read what follows. That said, I will make no apology for the burden of this piece because it will, again, state the eternal verit


An economic crisis worsened by a political crisis: Time is running out for Sri Lanka

Views - 1184 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:10

The Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy, while announcing the Bank’s monetary policy stance for the next two months


Restoring credibility of Central Bank: What ails the system?

Views - 125 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

We are today, and have been indeed for the past two years, in the throes of a classic case of regulatory failure on the infamous ‘Bond Scam


Many things go into constitutions

Views - 120 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

“Constitutions are primarily about political authority and power- the location, conferment, distribution, exercise and limitation


Constitutional clash: realism in a time of crisis

Views - 228 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

Most of the discussion of today’s crisis is from the perspective of a lawyer. Mine is not a legalist point of view. It is a political science view


Make politicians far less relevant!

Views - 82 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

Think about making politicians far less relevant, far less intrusive and confine them to their role as lawmakers. The democratic vote alone does not ensure widespread socioeconomic progress.


Evergreen memories of actor-politician Vijaya Kumaratunga

Views - 5245 Saturday, 17 February 2018 01:00

Popular film actor-politician Vijaya Kumaratunga was shot dead in cold blood on 16 February 1988. He was standing near the front gate of his Kirulapone residence on Polhengoda road and talking to an acquaintance when the assailants travelling in a tw


Asma Jahangir fought for human rights across borders

Views - 52 Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:00

When Asma Jahangir, the Pakistani human rights campaigner who single handedly took on the civil, military, and religious establishment in her country, died in Lahore on 11 February, she had spent 48 of her 66 years in the war against injustice.


Chinese New Year and the Symbolism Explained by Premier Chou En Lai

Views - 200 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Westerners see the dragon as a fire-breathing evil being. Greek mythology had a 100-headed dragon that was slain


Sri Lanka at 70: Looking back and forward

Views - 200 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Like many Sri Lankans across the country, I joined Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day festivities last week. This was undoubtedly


Coalition crack-up: UNP putsch, SLFP rebellion

Views - 664 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

What were the reasons for the governmental crisis? The UNP arrogantly attempted a political putsch. Having promised


Lessons for Govt. from recent LG Elections

Views - 481 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

The impact of the Local Government elections on the political system has been unbelievable and decisive. According to newspapers


A right Royal debacle – Part 2

Views - 135 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:15

Acceptance on the fundamentals of becoming organised and creating a co-operative/public company structure by the farming community. This will necessitate developing leadership and support for the organisations


Accomplice to the crime is our own indifference

Views - 264 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:10

Since the JRJ government came into power, all successive political leaders concentrated excessive power to politicians particularly to the Executive President and deliberately turned a blind eye towards errant politicos and their thieving henchmen. T


Do we value ‘time’ as a nation?

Views - 217 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:05

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. -Harvey MacKay Once, an Australian psychologist who conducted a management train


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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted


Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr


In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked


Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people


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