Dharisha Bastians

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...


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...


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Researchers and elephants – we have a problem!

8 December 2016

 John Dewey said that “every great advance in science has come from a new audacity of imagination” and these acts of imagination have to come from researchers. The numbers for Sri Lanka appear to be really worrying as the critica...


CEB Engineers, back to old practices

7 December 2016

   Considering the low reliability of the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant, Sri Lanka could face energy and capacity shortages in 2018-2019 and under drought  conditions even with planned plant additions   ...


Policy contradictions hold back economic prospects

7 December 2016

   Whilst fiscal adjustments are in disarray, the Central Bank which is supposed to conduct the country’s monetary policy independently is being increasingly subject to political influence, according to recent newspaper rep...


Why agricultural value chains fail – Part (2): A principal-agent-problem

7 December 2016

  A tea cultivation in Nuwara Eliya – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara   It is time to move away from traditional subsidy based agricultural value chains and look for more efficient methods. Some organisations are a...


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