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Prosperity of a nation

Views - 154 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:45

The prosperity of a nation depends on how fair the distribution of wealth is across the economic value chain comprising of consumers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and Government. As countries progress economically, there tends to be fairer dist


The quagmire concerning our Parliament

Views - 198 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The recent decision by the President to appoint a Prime Minister following a changing of the composition of the Cabinet of Ministers and the simultaneous prorogation of the Parliament has caused a mayhem leading to a tense political situation. Sever


Politicians: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Views - 269 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

I have been following Eran Wickramaratne for a long time. Not in the creepy way political animals hunt, track, or sniff each other out to play, mate, or slaughter. There is not much to be said for a mutual admiration society in which one servile crea


Sri Lankan Parliament is not the supreme

Views - 452 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

“...do hereby adopt and enact this CONSTITUTION as the SUPREME LAW of the DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA.” (The Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – Page xvii) Above is the enactment clause of the Consti


It’s time for ‘Governance Model Disruption’

Views - 185 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:35

nWhy do we need MPs to represent us in Parliament?  nCan’t we all directly/digitally express our choices on issues of national importance and a well-managed civil service effectively execute such decisions? nWhat if we do away with party politics


Concept note: Linking ‘Grama Shakthi’ program with export-oriented agricultural value chains

Views - 173 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:53

Sri Lanka’s economy is built on agriculture. Sri Lanka is rich with biodiversity, climatic variations, water sources and soils that can accommodate large number of agricultural crops. Regardless of whether these crops are native or introduced our f


Democracy in crisis: Current composition leading Sri Lanka to bankruptcy

Views - 368 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:42

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing – Edmund Burke (1729-1797) The term of ‘democracy’ is derived from two Greek words – demos (people) and kratos (rule). In simple term, then, democracy is the rule of t


Greed and fear that sparked this crisis

Views - 273 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:37

Two dynamics: Fear and greed In the first place, the current crisis in Sri Lanka is not a constitutional crisis. It is misleading to call it so since the constitutional guidelines set out in the 19th Amendment for the removal of a prime minister and


In the time of the butterflies

Views - 157 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:31

‘In the time of the butterflies’ is a novel by Latin American novelist Julia Alvarez. In it she fictionalises the lives of the ‘Mirabel sisters ‘who were tortured and slaughtered for their opposition to the voracious dictator Rafael Trujillo


Of hype, hypocrisy, hysteria, homophobia – and, hope?

Views - 222 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:26

It is ironic that the rally to ‘guard a glory of the land’ gathered in plain sight of the empty grandeur of Parliament. For days before that, and since the presidential coup which undemocratically replaced one prime minister with another, irate p


Automating loan recoveries: A top priority for banks

Views - 148 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:00

Many argue that performance of banks is more market driven. Better performance is no more a choice and it has become mandatory to sustain competiveness by satisfying diverse interests of stakeholders. Lending is a key function of banks and non-bank f


Cards on the table, crisis in the House?

Views - 335 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

I am a democratic-republican, I believe. I believe in the will of the people as exercised through a majority mandate being invested in elected representatives. The checks and balances that the three arms of government bring, commonly known as divisio


The problem of crossovers

Views - 372 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:08

The plan was to slowly ease back into writing by focusing on the challenges posed by new technologies such as artificial intelligence and distributed ledgers. But my readers’ minds are on other things, like cross overs by Parliamentarians.


What I owe my mother, Lakshmi

Views - 587 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:05

For historical, cultural and civilisational reasons, the Kremlin means much more to the Russian people, but to those of us from the global South, it has been a centre of a special kind of power – a power that balan


Evolving disaster: Agreeing to call an election might be the best option

Views - 170 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:05

The ‘dismissal debate’ has now turned into a ‘prorogation debate.’ The latest statement by liberal/left academics and professionals demands to revoke the President’s prorogation and call the Speaker to reconvene Parliament forthwith. The co


Democracy under House arrest

Views - 464 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:10

At a recent launch of another of its public interest initiatives, Verité Research asked the provocative question: “Who owns the audience?” It was in relation to the media, and the Colombo-based think tank was seeking to keep the reading and view


Required: Authentic leaders to navigate the nation

Views - 401 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:02

Overview Much has been said about the legal position regard to the current political phase we are going through. I am reluctant to take a side to argue or counter-argue with regards to recent actions and inactions. For me, it surely proves what we de


The Great War and the birth of the airline business

Views - 196 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:02

The Great War, which engulfed Europe in August 1914, was supposed to be a short conflict “over by Christmas” in the opinion of the complacent Generals who planned it. In fact, the first sustained conflict between industrial powers turned into a q


The big fallout

Views - 786 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:01

The sprawling official residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka despite the incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe getting sacked continues to be occupied by him. However the Navy guards, the m


Of Gibbon, Gorky and Gamarala

Views - 149 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

“Under a democratic government, the citizens exercise the powers of sovereignty; and those powers will be first abused, and afterwards lost, if they are committed to an unwieldy multitude.” – Edward Gibbon, ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empi


Patriotic solidarity to save democracy

Views - 163 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

Rauff Hakeem, Rishad Bathiudeen and R. Sampanthan appeared on the same podium with majority Sinhalese parliamentarians, and declared that all what happened since President Sirisena’s premeditated coup is undemocratic and that Parliament should be c


Hastily delivered ‘midnight goodies’ will derail budget, despite assurances by Finance Ministry

Views - 6311 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

Midnight goodies package According to a press release by Ministry of Finance (available at: http://www.treasury.gov.lk/article/-/article-viewer-portlet/render/view/program-for-economic-revival), a number of fiscal measures to relieve the public have


Climate change mitigation: A globally-applicable solution

Views - 259 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:42

We live in a world which believes in energy at any cost and that includes at any cost to economy and/or environment. Such is our craving for energy. We have gone far too long on this journey that what lies next in this yearning for more and more ener


Use of Islam to acquit Pakistani Christian woman accused of blasphemy

Views - 162 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

Pakistan is currently witnessing widespread violence following the Supreme Court’s acquittal of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was previously sentenced to death by lower courts for blasphemy.


The conundrum about the prorogation of Parliament

Views - 496 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

There is a big debate going on about the President’s decision to prorogue the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Apparently foreign parties and missions too are getting involved in the commotion, according to the reports in circulation. It is prud


Enter in peace and exit in pieces!

Views - 186 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:09

Social media is abuzz with the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage There were many missives but what gripped my attent


A creeping calamity

Views - 168 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:01

“No other country I knew had so many layers of wretchedness, and few countries were as populous. I felt I was in a continent where, separate from the rest of the world, a mysterious calamity had occurred. Yet what was overwhelming to me, so much in


Our road to unfreedom

Views - 447 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Now we know why Sirisena the President landed us on the straight single lane expressway to unfreedom. He will not stay even one hour in the presidency if Ranil is made prime minister again. So, says the news reports.


Ranil = Run Nil

Views - 439 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Right now Ranil Wickremesinghe, the ex-Prime Minister holding the exceptional record of being sacked twice by the presidency, is in a dilemma: he does not know whether to leave or not to leave Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime ministe


Firepower at Kollupitiya in a Mahabharata-style war against unrighteousness

Views - 379 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Protest Unlike the last three years of Yahapalana governance, when the media was set free to criticise, domestic Sri Lankans could not view over their favourite TV channels the massive, consuming and raging firepower of mass collective that assembled


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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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