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Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part I

Views - 419 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:47

It is said that a country is only good as her people. A country belongs to her people. In a democratic country, people elect the leaders to manage the country on their behalf. Hence, to be hailed as a progressive country, it is paramount for a countr


Universalism versus tribalism

Views - 188 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:43

The most venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero Mahanayake of the Asgiriya chapter has announced that his recent remarks, have been misconstrued and distorted. The authenticity of recorded information in cyber space is an inconvenient truth of t


No unity, no development

Views - 605 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

There had been a time when Sri Lanka was only second to Japan in Asia on just about any socio-economic indicator in Asia. It was at the time of the country’s independence. Above is a remark reiterated by Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Governor, Central


Milinda puts forward 3 points on governance for aspiring Presidential Candidates

Views - 313 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

1. It is now apparent to all that the 19th Amendment has created a dysfunctional governance structure in which the Executive President, although directly elected by the people, does not carry much power. Hence, the following options could be consider


A sermon on stoning

Views - 421 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

It is generally assumed we have passed the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Age, and the Space Age.After a breath-taking dive in to the Digital Age, we are well on our way to the Age of Automation and Artificial Intelligence. N


Boycotting Muslim businesses and stoning offenders: Democracy fails when citizens fail to speak up

Views - 8297 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:20

News was out last week that the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka had made a controversial public pronouncement. I believe that he has mostly been misunderstood by his critics as well as his followers. The Vener


Perilous fear-mongering invades schools

Views - 433 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:20

“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all b


Laundering the Parliament

Views - 501 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:20

There are strict laws and rules in force to ensure the honesty and integrity of people’s representatives in all countries where there is a democratic system of governance. People’s representatives elected by public vote are prohibited to pursue b


SOFA/VFA: A worrying scenario

Views - 273 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:14

An unrestrained communal animosity towards ethnic and religious minorities, anchored in mythology and historical half-truths, and popularised by sections of the Buddhist clergy and a sectarian media have combined to drive Sri Lanka to a point where t


2 June 1941: Operation Barbarossa

Views - 287 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:10

The 22nd of June marks the 78th anniversary of the bloodiest conflict in human history, the titanic World War 2 struggle between Germany and Russia. In this clash of irreconcilable racial and ideological foes, no quarter was asked for, no quarter giv


The contemporary Nikaya system, the most unBuddhist legacy of Buddhism

Views - 1162 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

The recent comments made by the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya hopefully will generate an objective discussion on the Buddhist institution and its role in Sri Lanka. The Venerable Mahanayake’s comments belied what Buddha beli


Sri Lankan companies: Be brilliant on basics

Views - 500 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

The $ 87 billion Sri Lanka economy is registered a 3.5% GDP growth in Q1 2019 in the backdrop of South Asian growing at 6% which explains how far away we are in relation to our neighbouring countries – India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I guess the Q2


A day in the life of a democracy

Views - 255 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

When you listen to the news and observe views from the country of the mother of all parliaments, it is quite interesting, and I dare say there is so much to learn from it. I am not in any way referring to pursue subservient veneration nor behavioural


Disinformation is bad; wilful disinformation is worse

Views - 377 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

Seya Sadewmi was a five-year-old girl who was abducted, raped and murdered. The body of this little girl, missing from her home for a little more than a day was found near a canal 200 m away. An autopsy revealed that Sadewmi had been sexually assault


Timely measures are necessary to save the local industries

Views - 116 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

The security situation in the country is gradually improving since the Easter Sunday bombing which brought social life and economic commitments to a standstill. The day-to-day life is getting back to normalcy. International travel adversaries have be


Whither Sri Lanka?

Views - 1796 Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:05

On Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, suicide bombers from an extremist group caused carnage in six separate locations in Sri Lanka. Over 250 lives were lost and as many injured. The magnitude and co-ordination of their operation indicate several months o


Yesterday Tamils, today Muslims and tomorrow who?

Views - 840 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

From the time of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over 50 years


Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Views - 994 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

“It is necessary, therefore, for the Government to pay serious attention to the doings of Sri Lanka Cricket [board] and take immediate action to lift their game for the progress of our glorious game.” Question for Sri Lanka Cricket (board) Sri La


Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Views - 6394 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:20

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view


Poson ponderings on positional power: ‘Authority vested’ vs. ‘authority wasted’

Views - 419 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:01

We witnessed a serene Poson Poya, in a far more improved security setting in Sri Lanka. Whilst the Sri Lankan life slowly returning to normal, political fronts do not appear to show the same. Has the political power become the people ‘pava’ (sin)


Happy Birthday Airbus!

Views - 74 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Airbus celebrated its 50th birthdayon 29 May this year. Launchedin 1969 at the Paris Airshow by the French and West German governments, the new conglomeratewas meant to be a foil to domination of the western civilian airline market by the Americans.(


Inculcate moral values in children: A change we need

Views - 143 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

We commemorated World Women’s Day on 8 March and the theme for this year was ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’. One of the initiatives taken by the Government to commemorate World Women’s Day was the introduction of separate com


The confusion of the collision is becoming indescribable!

Views - 161 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Strange are the things we are witnessing in the political scene. The fast-evaporating trust and confidence in politicians and the Government are seriously destroying the harmony of the nation. The Prime Minister of the country has admitted that the


Emperors without clothes: Is Mother Lanka naked too?

Views - 311 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

The expression ‘The Emperor without clothes’ derives from the Hans Anderson tale that is based on Sufi wisdom. The Emperor in Anderson’s story was without doubt, the finest dressed man in the land and he loved wearing fine clothes and spent al


Is Sri Lanka under the dominance of a powerful cabal?

Views - 311 Saturday, 15 June 2019 04:35

There is a saying that “A fish rots from the head”. That is the expression used when a country’s leadership is seen as responsible for violence and unethical behaviour of its supporters and the citizens in general - agitating the majority commu


Behind the scenes

Views - 231 Saturday, 15 June 2019 02:48

We see and hear many things happening on the stage. Some we only hear about and do not see. More things are happening without being seen clearly. An observation with extensive view and survey will be the only means of bringing to light the true natur


Plunder of public property by rulers

Views - 502 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

While the failure to build the modern nation has been the prime factor that had caused the wretchedness of Sri Lanka, plundering of public property by rulers when they are under their custody can be considered the next vital factor that had exacerbat


My way or the Huawei: global battle for 5G dominance and its impact on Sri Lanka

Views - 410 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

The ongoing battle between the US and the Chinese tech giant Huawei is escalating due to both parties’ eagerness to dominate 5G technology, the next major global technological revolution. It will define the future of the World Wide Web, creating a


Sri Lanka Tourism gets third chance: will we blow it?

Views - 967 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Whilst many are looking at the downturn in Sri Lanka tourism, in my view, we have got a third chance to make Sri Lanka Tourism a world-beater in the future. We can use the next year to re-position the brand, just like Bhutan and Rwanda Tourism, did t


Silver lining in cloudy storms

Views - 492 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lankans, last week, saw a different side to Parliament - of what it is capable of doing, and meant to do, apart from providing the public with endless entertainment with chili powder and butter knives. Rather than getting at each other’s throat


Today's Columnists

State of the economy of Sri Lanka

Saturday, 21 September 2019

I am not an economist nor do I profess to be an economic analyst. The views expressed in this presentation are those of a layman who has always been interested in the economic progress of Sri Lanka.


Premadasa, Père et Fils

Saturday, 21 September 2019

We are what time, circumstances and history has made of us. We are trapped in history. At age 77, I refuse to trap history in my mind. This essay is an obligation to history. Although J.R. Jayewardene introduced ‘Executive Presidentialism’, coer


Economy, business community and the Prime Minister

Friday, 20 September 2019

The speech made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest of the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2019 deserves very careful consideration by the country due to several reasons. This will no doubt be his last speech on economic policy to be


Sri Lanka needs to invest more on soft infrastructure

Friday, 20 September 2019

Developing countries like Sri Lanka will have to prepare for further downside risks in 2020 with the growing debt problems and the growth problems in Europe and the slowdown in Asia. Slower growth is already visible in weakening global trade and comm


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