Dharisha Bastians

The perils of ‘traitorisation’

/ Thursday, 2 February 2017 00:29

  “Amirthalingam was called a traitor and killed. Neelan Thiruchelvam was called a traitor and killed. Over 30 years we...


Yahapalanaya in 2017: To be or not to be?

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

  The Yahapalanaya Government faces existential questions as it steps into its third year in office Every year on 8 Jan...


Troubled waters

/ Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:10

The Japanese vessel Hyperion Highway, which was seized and detained by striking port workers in Hambantota for four days, being escorted o...


More equal than others

/ Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:01

Radical Buddhist monks threatening demolition of majority Muslim suburbs of Colombo and employing violent, racist and threatening rhetoric against ...


COPE: A bridge between despair and hope

/ Thursday, 3 November 2016 00:00

    The Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE), a body of parliamentary oversight into the performance and fiscal discipli...


January 8: The promise and the pain

/ Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:10

    When Maithripala Sirisena decided to contest against Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January 2015 presidential poll, he took...


The political blind-spot

/ Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:00

In September 2015, a furore erupted when President Maithripala Sirisena decided to take his son to the UN General Assembly session in New ...


Wigneswaran: The slow death of a moderate?

/ Thursday, 6 October 2016 00:00

    How did the sitar-playing, sage-like Chief Minister of the Northern Province fall within the grasp and influence...


‘Eluga Tamil’ and the constitutional litmus test

/ Friday, 30 September 2016 00:11

Nationalists are mobilising in the North and the South against a constitution building process that will soon step out of the shadows ...


The fractured North

/ Thursday, 8 September 2016 00:10

  As a quiet crisis within the TNA deepens, the need for a constitutional power sharing arrangements to address the root caus...


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...


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Sri Lanka must move from politics to business

17 August 2017

Last week, the Yahapalana Government, which came on the promise of good governance and weeding out corruption, had its first blow, when a senior minister and deputy leader of the party had to resign over allegations of corruption. Whilst the sha...


Failures in education drag the country down

17 August 2017

When the country received independence in 1948, the administration and education was of extremely high standard. In 1956, the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government made Sinhala the Official Language and converted education to Swabasha, includi...


Three things to ponder on the 150th Anniversary of the World’s Finest Tea

16 August 2017

The Colombo International Tea Convention 2017 concluded on Friday, elegantly supported by our most accomplished cricketer and commended by several of the international delegates as the most significant gathering of the global tea industry. For ma...


Ravi K’s altruistic suicide!

15 August 2017

Ravi Karunanayake sacrificed his pride and position by tendering his resignation to save the Maithri-Ranil Government cabal. He could have faced and defeated the no confidence motion against him if Maithri (who owes his presidency to Ravi) and Ran...


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