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The JR-MR effect

Views - 209 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Views - 376 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Views - 403 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Views - 545 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Views - 510 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall


Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Views - 439 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


Constitutionality of the dissolution of Parliament: An interpretation?

Views - 41 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

“The only true guide and the only course which can produce stability in constitutional law is to read the language of the constitution itself, no doubt generously and not pedantically, but as a whole and find its meaning by legal reasoning” – G


Paradise burning and ignited minds

Views - 70 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

I may not exactly be sure why this title caught your eye at this time if you have decided to read this, but this is about an actual inferno in a Paradise along with bursts of creativity in ignited minds across the globe. Yet I want to ask the questio


Way forward for the Govt.

Views - 1600 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

The President, and all political leaders represented in the Legislature, collectively pledge to form a bi-partisan representative National Council of not more than 25 Cabinet Ministers (no Deputy nor State Ministers) sele


A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Views - 134 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e


When scholars turn slayers of reason

Views - 127 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be


Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Views - 476 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th


‘So Sri Lanka’ – upgrade staff, processes, infrastructure at BIA arrivals to be world’s best!

Views - 828 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

24 October, time 12:47 p.m., place – my residence in Colombo My phone buzzes with a WhatsApp message from my old colleague Prasad Fernanado now with Saudi British Bank in Saudi. I am thrilled to see the message ‘Sri Lanka top country for travel i


Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Views - 972 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t


The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Views - 711 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Whilst Sri Lanka is debating what is right and wrong on the governance of the country, the Sri Lankan household is falling part due to escalating costs, as per the latest data released by respected research agency Nielsen. For the seventh quarter in


Untruth is the crisis

Views - 475 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:54

Political language, said George Orwell, is designed to make lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Dr. Sarath Amunugama is the subject of this essay. In addition to his current incarnation of a p


Rise, Sri Lankans – our country needs you now!

Views - 798 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:50

I am sick, tired and bloody fed up of reading and listening to pessimistic tales of woe on the unprecedented crisis we and our country are facing at this dark moment in time. I am also fed up to the back teeth with reading and listening to lamentatio


Ranil abused and subverted parliamentary democracy

Views - 1361 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

TIME: What was the immediate reason for calling an election? President Kumaratunga: I was forced into it by a total breakdown of cohabitation in Government. The Prime Minister (Ranil Wickremesinghe) was determined to harass me and chase me out. He ha


President rushes in where angels fear to tread

Views - 66 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Maithripala Sirisena is trying to settle his personal political rivalry with Ranil Wickremesinghe in an unconstitutional way and has plunged the whole country into chaos in the process. He has virtually taken over the Government by force. This is not


Flimsy theories and 19A created the crisis: Dissolution best option

Views - 168 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Have you heard about the Orange Book Liberal, Nick Clegg? He is in our Constitution, rather distortedly, stealthily crept in through the 19th Amendment in Article 70. Luckily, most strange (or orange) theories are still in Ranil Wickremesinghe’s (R


Alien regime where nothing is foreign

Views - 188 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

A college professor of mine once told me the definition of an intellectual is ‘one who cannot lie’. But in the heady atmosphere of cerebral activity around a tattered piece of paper called the Constitution, I’m compelled to revisit that ancient


The Bench must ensure that the judges will continue to be trusted

Views - 737 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

In the backdrop of the recent developments and the strong arguments that have been presented against the dissolution of Parliament saying the President has no constitutional power to do so, before four and a half years into a Parliamentary term, as s


The flash election: A political way out or an instance of one mistake leading to another?

Views - 6315 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Adverse economic consequences of executive action In a flash move, Parliament was dissolved last Friday by President Maithripala Sirisena, claiming he had powers to do so under the Constitution. It was not a sudden executive action, but the culminat


Saudi Arabia and China stand by Pakistan in its hour of need

Views - 440 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

With the US and the IMF acting tough, Pakistan’s time-tested friends, Saudi Arabia and China, have come to its rescue at a time when its economy is in dire straits. The woes of Pakistan’s economy are many. The Pakistani Rupee has been devalued f


Testing time for cricketer Prime Minister

Views - 227 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:02

A High Court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian lady, previously sentenced to death and forced to live in a secret location since 2009 for allegedly blaspheming Islam and its prophet, has brought a blood thirsty fana


The delights of a rural existence: Terrorism in the ‘Colony’

Views - 147 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:01

The disintegration of a large plantation adjacent to us, resulted, first, in the plunder of timber trees, rubber, cocoa and other less-valuable large vegetation, followed by a mass “squatter intrusion,” for lack of a better term, on what was from


Time for a sane Constitution

Views - 354 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

“For forms of government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best” – Alexander Pope “Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist” – Edmund Burke “This is quite a game, politics. There are no permanent en


40 years of creating careers

Views - 145 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Mankind International Ltd., one of Sri Lanka’s leaders and pioneers in employment placement, celebrates 40 years in operation this year. Better known as Maritime Placements Ltd. or Maritime International Ltd., a brand name which created many a care


What Sri Lanka needs is a fair break from its leaders

Views - 773 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Kumar Welgama, a senior member of Rajapaksa’s party and an influential Sri Lankan politician, told reporters yesterday: “We are the laughing stock of the world. One Prime Minister is in the Official Residence and the other is in the PM’s Office


The fault line in our joint fate

Views - 178 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

As we struggle to put it down in black and white today, the writing on the wall is still visible if fading. It suggests that Sri Lanka as an emerging democratic republic has been weighed in the scales and found wanting in the balance. And not simply


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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


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