Harsha Gunasena

Brexit: A comparison with Sri Lankan issues

/ Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:00

  Soon after the release of the results of the British General Election 2015 and in the light of the possible Scottish separatism thre...


Stability of the Government

/ Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

    The UNP and its allies secured 106 seats at general election 2015 and the SLFP and its allies secured 95 seats. In th...


Neutral umpires vs. home umpires

/ Tuesday, 19 April 2016 00:20

Should foreign judges participate in the probe initiated by UNHRC? Soon after the end of war in May 2009, the Secretary General of the...


What should the strategic direction of the Bhikkhu society be today?

/ Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

Walpola Rahula Thero wrote a book called ‘Brikshuvage Urumaya’ in Sinhala in 1946, justifying so-called Bhikkhu politics or as he empha...


Would Wigneswaran be a spoiler?

/ Wednesday, 6 January 2016 00:00

  I have been a columnist for the Sinhala monthly publication Samabima. In early 2013, I along with the fellow columnists, we...


Constitutional reforms are on the way

/ Thursday, 3 December 2015 00:10

  Democracy which is practiced in Sri Lanka and for that matter in other countries in the Asian region is quite different to the democ...


The direction of the Government

/ Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:06

The direction of the Government is being criticised by many. It was stated that the Government is not efficient and it is slow. It gives confusing ...


Geneva resolution and a few points to contemplate

/ Saturday, 3 October 2015 00:00

We as citizens need justice from the Judiciary, not anything else, and also it should appear to be that the Judiciary is capable of delivering just...


From ‘A Gentle Creature’ to ‘With You, Without You’

/ Saturday, 19 September 2015 00:08

  By Harsha Gunasena This is not a critique of a film but I would like to pen down my feelings after viewing ‘With Yo...


Rising of democracy and fading away of autocracy

/ Tuesday, 25 August 2015 01:11

The unconventional move of former President Rajapaksa to contest and win the general election failed. The Central Committee of the UPFA has already...


Rajapaksa’s swansong

/ Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:00

    A comparison between Slobodan Milosevic and Mahinda Rajapaksa   Slobodan Milosevic was the ...


Value of practical training in education

/ Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

There is a constant complaint by private sector organisations that the graduates produced by the educational institutions do not have the necessary...


Lessons to be learnt from the British parliamentary elections

/ Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00

 The general elections of the United Kingdom are over. There are two main features of the election results. One is that after a long time the ...


Ranil Wickremesinghe: The good, the bad or the ugly?

/ Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:09

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is considered a political strategist by many. LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran once feared his actions. He takes...


Should SC be empowered more in constitutional amendments process?

/ Friday, 17 April 2015 03:52

The United States of America introduced the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution on 24 March 1947. It went on to say: “No person shall be elected to t...


Political consensus drifts away

/ Friday, 10 April 2015 00:05

  We face an unprecedented situation in the political history of this country and in the political history of any other democratic country...


What is this Lichchavi system the PM talks about?

/ Monday, 9 February 2015 00:00

The current Sri Lankan Parliament is in a unique position and it would be quite interesting to watch its proceedings. The President is the Head of the...


The end of the kingship

/ Friday, 16 January 2015 00:05

An epilogue to Rajapaksa regime The presidential election ended and power was transferred from Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was re...


Independence and impartiality of the Judiciary

/ Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

In my last article, ‘Democratic Values vs. Sri Lankan Values,’ I mentioned that justice was a democratic value as indicated in the Declaration of ...


Democratic values vs. Sri Lankan values

/ Friday, 28 November 2014 01:24

An assessment in light of the presidential election 2015 The presidential election was declared and there will be two opposing candidates, incumben...


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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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