Harsha Gunasena

Why Sri Lanka is poor

/ Friday, 25 November 2016 00:00

A poor child eating his food on the side of a street in Colombo – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     Di...


President’s speech and a new dimension to transitional justice

/ Friday, 28 October 2016 00:01

President Sirisena seems to be governing by public speaking. He dropped a bombshell by criticising the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Br...


Reconciliation and war mentality

/ Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:03

Major General Kamal Gunaratne at the launch of his memoir ‘Road to Nandikadal’    – Pic by Sameera Wijesinghe &...


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...


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President to unveil bronze statue in Borella of Ceylon’s second Prime Minister tomorrow

10 December 2016

Those who have known or met the second Prime Minister of then Ceylon are but a few among the living now, albeit few relatives. Those who are living but yet remember to give the information are even less in number. Some of us were fortunate to ha...


Local elections: New mixed-member method or old PR method?

9 December 2016

  I was looking forward to voting in local elections under a new mixed member system. Wearing my ratepayer hat, I was attracted to the idea of electing somebody who would be accountable to my ‘ward’ or my neighbourhood in ...


Youth underemployment: Tragedy of a generation

9 December 2016

Out of the 7.8 million employed population, 1.2 million people are estimated to be three-wheeler drivers. This is a staggering 15.4% of the working population. As a result today many sectors of the economy today are starved of critical ma...


Governance: On the bus! Or has it missed the bus?

9 December 2016

‘ISSARAHA BAHINAWAA’ – civil society’s proclivity is bow out of a crowded bus when private interests and partisan agendas win the argument over reason and responsibility; but now, more than ever perhaps, is the tim...


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