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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SAITM and private medical schools: One bad start should not lead to throwing away a good idea

20 February 2017

Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka's newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (available at: http://www.saitm.edu.lk/), has been denoting a derogatory meaning in Sri Lankans' pres...


Delightfully imperfect?

18 February 2017

  A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     “Forty-year-old Mrs. Doreen Kulandivelu ...


Mother Lanka pregnant for the third time!

18 February 2017

A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background                                      &nbs...


Acting now for a better Sri Lanka

17 February 2017

Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of conflicts and will force people to survive and find a suitable way to live somewhere else – Pic by ...


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