Columnists,Rohantha Athukorala

Gaddafi leadership style and ‘disruptive model’ for business

Views - 652 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

In this era of ‘disruption’, sometimes it’s important to pick people who work against the grain and develop an output that is not seen in the world. Whilst many of us were against this leadership style of Gaddafi, given the global economic fall


A real Swiss lesson – Merci!

Views - 460 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

This is all about an experience but more so placing on record an experiential learning. Those who read this may take their own interpretations or reflect with more questions. I am giving a perception I do value. Landing in Switzerland coming from Sr


Dilemma 3: Slaughter of a leopard

Views - 168 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

“And yet there should have been some feeling in Chaudhuri (Nirad) that he had come from another, more primeval world.


Development of SMEs in Sri Lanka: Are we serious about SME classification?

Views - 394 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

It is widely-accepted that the role played by SMEs towards economic development of any country is of paramount importance


Bana talk of Hitler:‘Nazi Nirvana’ in 2020?

Views - 58 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

The two quotes – one from Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and the other from Buddhagosha’s ‘Visuddhimagga’ – path to purification demonstrate the dissonance of the ‘dhamma’ emanating from the Monastic order which holds hostage what is perce


The China story can bring in a tide against former President; will the Government use this?

Views - 75 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Weak response of Government The story in the New York Times about Mahinda Rajapaksa having got millions of dollars as election money off the China Harbour Company account offers the Yahapalanaya Government and the broad civil support movement for go


A response to former CB Governor Cabraal’s article, ‘The Government’s growth scam’

Views - 412 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

In his article titled ‘The Government’s growth scam’ which appeared in Daily FT of 26 June, former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal (ANC) has wildly accused the compilers of national accounts on the grounds that they have manipulated


Crunching big data to save lives

Views - 136 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Indonesia sits at the heart of the Pacific Ring of Fire. A region notorious for seismic activity that causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2004, it was hit by a monster quake – its epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra. The quake with a


Money transfer and the CBSL

Views - 469 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

By Dinesh Perera The Central Bank Governor in his recent statement at the Digital Banking summit stated that he felt like a charlatan when asked to speak about technology. He is right. This is not because, as he attributes it, of his recent acquisiti


Why are marketers blind to shopper marketing – II

Views - 178 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Whether you are a brand manager in a FMCG company or retailer, creative agency or media practitioner – if you don’t win with shoppers, you don’t win. One the basic building blocks for developing an effective shopper marketing campaign is ‘Dat


Is it time to kill the consumer?

Views - 158 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Remember the film WALL-E? I seem to remember it better and better every day now.The film painted a dystopian picture of a future Earth, inundated with garbage; and a small colony of obese humans confined to their loungers as they were plied continuou


Emotions for better or bitter results: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 370 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

I was so happy to meet Dr. Daniel Goleman of Emotional Intelligence fame, at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference of 2018 held in Chicago recently.


The killing of ‘the leopard’ and call for the return of ‘a Hitler’

Views - 882 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

Last week, the mainstream media as well as social media was abuzz with two explosive stories.


China’s Confucius Institutes in Asia ready to meet local needs

Views - 120 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:42

As China came out of its shell to be an economic power with global ambitions following the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by President Xi Jinping, there was a crying need to make people across the world aware of China, the Chinese langu


Why emerging economies worry about exchange rates

Views - 398 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:25

The exchange rate is making headlines these days. If there is anything that has beaten all expectations, it is the exchange rate. The abrupt and volatile behavior of exchanges rates has given a hard time for policymakers in the emerging economies.


On leopards and other political animals being clubbed to death

Views - 205 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:10

I have a confession to make. Animals are among my favourite people – for, as Gerald Durrell might have suggested somewhere in his touching trilogy, they’re almost family. So when that poor leopard was clubbed to deat


Sri Lanka Cricket not helping battered brand Sri Lanka

Views - 626 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

As you may be aware, brand Sri Lanka is under attack with growth dropping to a single digit since 2016 which has been tainted by ‘Governance’ and the drive down of the economic activity that has reached 3.1% in GDP as of Q12018. Governance If we


Celebrating pride: Women’s rights activism and LGBT advocacy

Views - 168 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Is sexuality a feminist issue? This question was posed memorably by women’s and human rights activist, Sunila Abeysekera, in 1999, and answered by her in the affirmative. We want to pose this question, once again, as we mark ‘Pride’, the short


My bête noire, Gnanasara

Views - 608 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

When it comes to the likes of pseudo religious figures viz, Gnanasara, I refuse to dignify such with revered titles; ‘Thera’, ‘Reverend’ or ‘Venerable’ as others do. To do so, would be a downright insult to all those who are genuinely wor


Preventive justice

Views - 193 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

BE it the tampering of a cricket ball, clubbing a leopard to death or the daylight robbery of a jewelry shop – they must all be unconditionally condemned and the culprits punished. But equally important is to do some deep psyche research as to what


One nation – divided country; diverse nationalities – one country

Views - 237 Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:00

The only foundation, the definitive purpose and the eternal principle of Sri Lanka’s future development must be “to preserve the land we call Sri Lanka with all its living and non-living resources for the Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay, Burgher ch


Prerequisite for economic prosperity: Tame this behemoth or get consumed by it

Views - 181 Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:00

It was only a few weeks back that I wrote about (i) how the oil we consume will make us more and more debt-ridden and (ii) a probable solution to get over this debacle.


Importance of financial reporting for transparency

Views - 193 Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:00

Bushman, Piotroski and Smith (2003) identified that the availability of information was considered to be a key determinant of the efficiency of resource allocation decisions and growth in an economy.


The Government’s “growth scam”!

Views - 527 Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:00

In May 2017, a few weeks after the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for 2016 were officially announced, I pointed out how the Real GDP growth for 2016 was blatantly “pumped-up” as well as manipulated by the authorities, and how GDP growth for


Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka economy: Time for economics to prevail on politics

Views - 1092 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka’s official statistics bureau, Department of Census and Statistics or DCS, has released the country’s 2018 first quarter provisional economic growth data in its website (available at: http://www.statistics.gov.lk/national_accounts/dcsna_


It’s time to end malnutrition in South Asia

Views - 148 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka, as in the rest of South Asia, improving agricultural production has long been a priority to achieve food security.


In defence of State banks – The Basel III phobia is the sword of Damocles over their heads!

Views - 287 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

Time and again over the last year, and more recently in fact, the sceptre of Basel III has raised its head in the print and electronic media.


Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Views - 3163 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:35

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of


Thushani takes Todos to new heights

Views - 513 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:30

Thushani Rodrigo has always amazed me. From the very first day I met her, I have been in awe of her strength, courage and grace and constantly impressed by her creativity. The discipline and commitment she brings to her work, her farsightedness and h


Confusion in Maldivian opposition is to Yameen’s advantage

Views - 65 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:19

The ongoing confusion in the ranks of the Maldivian opposition, barely three months before the presidential election, works to the advantage of the incumbent President and candidate of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), Abdulla Yameen.


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To hang or not to hang!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena dropped a bombshell out of the blues last week, sans all ‘maître’ (loving-kindness) when he launched a coup de main on drug offenders. He threatened to use his powers to place his signature to execute the death sen


The demise of the superstar investor

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The allure of the superstar investor can be irresistible. You know who they are – the confident, articulate individuals idolised either because of a spectacular non-consensus investment call, the size of their fortune or sometimes because they are


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


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