Dharisha Bastians

SLFP: A war within

/ Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:10

    As the Government of ‘national unity’ celebrated the completion of its first year in office last week, Pr...


Invisible crime, recurring nightmare

/ Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:10

      “The Report of the 1994 Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Disappearances of ...


The politics of the ‘missing’

/ Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:48

   The Paada Yaathra in March 1992 led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the 47-year-old SLFP Parliamentarian from Hambantota, was epic. Over...


And miles to go

/ Thursday, 21 July 2016 00:00

The clashes at the University of Jaffna indicate that the process of national reconciliation may be progressing far too slowly &nb...


Gambling on good governance

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:10

 Indi Samarajiva, Sri Lankan blogger and founder of the popular website yamu.lk, recently released a video that simplifies the Treasury bond s...


Fault Lines

/ Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:01

On economic affairs and foreign policy, political fault lines inside the ruling UNF-SLFP coalition have begun to emerge more clearly than ever this...


‘Something is rotten’

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:10

The appointment of ex-TRC Director General Anusha Palpitato high bureaucratic office in the Home Affairs Ministry and tolerance of senior officials...


Corruption: The inconvenient truth

/ Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:10

   Slow progress on investigations against the former regime and ongoing allegations of Government corruption threaten the stabil...


A crisis of the ‘deep state’

/ Thursday, 5 May 2016 00:10

   After the success of his dissident May Day rally that drew huge crowds to Kirulapone at the beginning of the week, former Preside...


Out of the shadows

/ Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:05

He’s back.  After a year in the shadows, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the controversial monk who leads the radical Buddhist group Bodu B...


The slow death of ‘politics as usual’?

/ Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:04

  In the end it took only five days for the unthinkable to happen.  For the first time in recent memory, a mi...


The long road from Geneva

/ Thursday, 1 October 2015 00:05

   For two weeks, Sri Lanka has been a hot topic at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, after a report ...


Human rights, foreign policy and the battle for Sri Lanka’s soul

/ Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:05

   Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera     Sri Lanka's controversial human rights record c...


The fallen king?

/ Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:10

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa   After a double whammy of electoral defeats this year, will spoiler-in-chief be t...


Battle lines drawn in Hambantota

/ Saturday, 15 August 2015 00:00

With Rajapaksa shining less brightly in the family’s home base, Sajith Premadasa making inroads for the UNP in the district and Sirisena loya...


The new political order

/ Thursday, 6 August 2015 00:00

The post-8 January public seek more than just cosmetic changes in the body politic. They seek systemic, institutional change. They seek to reclaim ...


Rajapaksa 2.0

/ Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:10

    Unaccustomed to running election campaigns without State power, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa finds himself in a...


The Darley Road rebellion

/ Friday, 17 July 2015 00:26

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the head of the table at the SLFP’s Darley Road headquarters, flanked by the two General Secre...


Revolution, betrayed?

/ Friday, 10 July 2015 00:01

 Did President Maithripala Sirisena just betray the 8 January ballot box revolution and put the lives of his ‘revolutionaries’...


Chasing Mahinda’s ghost

/ Thursday, 25 June 2015 00:50

As President Maithripala Sirisena grows more assertive in the presidency and focuses predominantly on consolidating power within the SLFP, will he ...


Today's Columnists

Banality of evil

27 August 2016

Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was interviewed recently on television. By and large the tone of the lengthy interview, nearly two hours in duration, was defensive, an attempt at validat...


Fast-track reforms to address skill gaps

26 August 2016

 The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit (HCS) served as a platform for a dialogue between policymakers, business leaders, industry experts and global thought leaders. The conference also served as a platform to identify solutions to bridge the sk...


An old presidential ethic, or a new political culture?

26 August 2016

  THE X FILES – the more some things change, the more they remain the same… You could think we would know better by now not to make future heroes out of former zeroes. We have had our idolatrous fingers burned by ...


Post-Paada Yathra – Punditry and Polemics

26 August 2016

 Confusing friend and foe with right and wrong is an occupational hazard of partisan commentators. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is no exception to the rule. Despite the voluntary stepping on a discursive banana skin, his latest essay ‘Politic...


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