Wijith DeChickera

Why we’re not so keen to keep nepotism in the family

Views - 310 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Some years ago, when the then President of Sri Lanka came in for calumny for having his son accompany him in a prominent


Waluka teledrama and Yahapalana political drama

Views - 126 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

There are several Sinhala teledramas telecast these days with passing political or social messages both constructive and humorous. The ongoing ‘Ape Ardare’ (Our Love) and ‘Sanda Eliya’ (Moonlight) may stand out, exposing the dubious nature of


Let’s educate ourselves for change!

Views - 297 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Ordinary Level Examinations are over. Results are in. What should I be doing at Advanced Level? Science, Commerce or Arts? And what subject combinations? This always is a burning question for some and also for parents. This question is usually answe


The evolution of CSR towards Creating Integrated Value

Views - 296 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Creating Integrated Value (CIV), a term that I coined in 2014, is a concept and practice that has emerged from a long tradition of exploring the role of business in society. It has roots in what many today call corporate (social) responsibility or CS


A brief guide to the legal system of China

Views - 169 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

The law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is officially referred to as the “socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics”. The formation and development of the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics are compatible with


12 strategic questions for a bank CEO to reflect on

Views - 147 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:19

1. When was the last time you introduced a truly life-changing product? 2. Small businesses are the life blood of our economy – is it in your blood? 3. Is there wealth at the bottom of your pyramid? Thought of being the ‘wholesale’ banker to ta


Muslim markers in Sri Lanka: Changes and challenges

Views - 498 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

If we exclude from our consideration the wars that owe their origin to religious hatred, or to difference in fundamental principles


The case of our concealed subservience to China

Views - 241 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

If one takes a close look at the general trend of discourse and debate that has been going on in Sri Lanka, one cannot but be


Strong trade agreements need 30-50 consultations

Views - 233 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Coming from a multinational working background, I strongly support free trade given that open competition tends to sharpen


Dilemma 2: The Public Service

Views - 319 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

“The job of no minister, no official was secure for a day. Corrupt fools succeeded corrupt oafs in the highest positions in the land, and fools were removed to make room for imbeciles” – The Shadow of the Winter Palace, the Drift to Revolution


A 10-point guide on bank credit facilities that suit your business best

Views - 226 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

As a businessman when you visit a bank seeking credit facilities you are faced with a lot of banking jargon with which you are often not conversant. You tend to learn about them only when you start utilising such facilities. Further, if are young and


Sigmoid Curve and Sri Lanka: Significant signals

Views - 398 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka, often named as the ‘Wonder of Asia,’ has many citizens wondering what is going on.


Craving a world with free migration of Homo sapiens

Views - 578 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

During the discussion time following the presentation of a paper by former diplomat Tamara Kunanayakam on the invasion of Sri Lanka’s economic policymaking by neoliberal economic thinkers two weeks ago, Colombo University’s economics don Lalithas


Refuse and recuse in Cloud-Cuckoo-Land

Views - 319 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:38

I had a dream. That there were monsters ruling the land in the disguise of being military champions. But then some knights in slightly tarnished armour rode to the nation’s defence and liberated us from our saviours. And all was well again. At leas


High oil price, dollar strength and EM currency woes

Views - 310 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

The three most important global prices – oil, United States Dollar (USD), and US interest rates – have hit fresh highs. This is an unprecedented development. These prices don’t often move together, rather they move in opposite direction. The l


Floods, drought and disasters

Views - 305 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

The Yahapalana Government has been singularly unfortunate in having to face many natural and manmade disasters during their regime.Almost every year many citizens have to undergo the consequences of floods in certain parts of the country whereas ther


Gendering surveillance: A cautionary tale

Views - 610 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:01

The Government of Sri Lanka had planned, that effective from January 2018, all Sri Lankan citizens be required to carry a ‘smart’ e-NIC with biometric details (frontal facial photograph, fingerprints, iris scan), details of profession, address, p


Six ways Sri Lanka can attract more foreign investment

Views - 221 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:00

Before 1983, companies like Motorola and Harris Corporation had plans to establish plants in Sri Lanka’s export processing zones. Others including Marubeni, Sony, Sanyo, Bank of Tokyo and Chase Manhattan Bank, had investments in Sri Lanka in the pi


IPL: Start-up to $ 5.3 b in 10 years – Lessons for Sri Lanka

Views - 561 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:00

The world of marketing has intrigued me not because I have spent most my life in this profession and managed powerful global brands like Dettol, but I have got the opportunity to lead categories like Ceylon Tea when I served the Sri Lanka Tea Board f


UNP’s social market makeover?

Views - 180 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision for a new economic model for Sri Lanka which was presented at the Viyathmaga Convention 2018 has sparked a discussion among all people in the society. Such civil discourse is important to create an informed citizenry.


Balancing the Chinese presence in Sri Lanka: India and Japan’s game of the stag hunt

Views - 136 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

The rivalry existing between China and India is based on a long historical trajectory dating back to the epoch of the silk route. Understanding the context of India’s dominant position in South Asia is important to ascertain the current changing dy


The future of China’s ‘soft power’ in Buddhist diplomacy and Sri Lanka

Views - 408 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

China will soon inaugurate the 350-metre-high Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest telecommunication-skyscraper in South Asia. The tower, emanating from the Lotus Sutra in Buddhism, is a narrative for Beijing to formulate a sustainable and peaceful


Economic disparity and nationalism – Part 4

Views - 102 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Civic patriots, nationalists and racialists Civic patriots comprise not solely of individuals of white Anglo-Saxon background. According to them, citizenship is the primary determinant of group identity and not race, ethnicity or religion. Their alle


The Troika and the truth: constructive commentary on Lalith Weeratunga’s testimony

Views - 393 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

I was delighted to read Lalith Weeratunga’s revelatory article ‘The Troika’. (http://www.ft.lk/opinion/The-Troika--How-crucial-relations-with-India-were-managed-in-the-last-phase-of-the-separatist-war/14-656815)


Sri Lanka has lost economic sovereignty, target of neoliberal economic hitmen: Tamara Kunanayakam

Views - 1185 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Tamara Kunanayakam, formerly a UN official and Diplomat and presently, civil and human rights activist cum public voice maker,


Music Maker

Views - 263 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:56

Towards the end of last year, film composer and classical musician Lakshman Joseph De Saram, a regular at Poetry P’lau gatherings, turned up early for one with his violin in tow – a breathtakingly beautiful late 17th c


Roots of democracy deficit in Bangladesh

Views - 86 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:14

Bangladesh had gone through military rule between 1975 and 1990, but today it is seen as a vibrant (and turbulent) democracy.


What good HR can do for an organisation

Views - 223 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:10

Can HR influence a company’s direction and contribute to corporate success? A 2015 study commissioned by the ILO


Dire need of investment for reaching prosperity

Views - 129 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

The purpose of this article is to point out the great need for investment, especially foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka, and to indicate how it could be attracted.


Muslim world’s missed opportunity: Agony continues – Part II

Views - 189 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

This grand neglect by mainstream Islam to recognise the crucial significance of secularising knowledge to create an intellectual


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Disruptive economy and poverty of knowledge: Sri Lankans have a lot to learn

Monday, 16 July 2018

The poor are usually defined as those who are below a given level of income that would be insufficient to meet their basic needs. In my view, the poor – no matter whether it is an individual, family or a nation – are those who are unable to read


National prosperity through quality and productivity

Monday, 16 July 2018

I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.


Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte


Yameen regime in Maldives turns to Islamic countries for support

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Abdulla Yameen Government in the Maldives is turning to Islamic countries in a bid to resist pressure from the West and India to restore democracy as per their prescription, and to do their bidding in economic, foreign policy and strategic matter


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