Harsha Gunasena

Right to information: A tool to empower people

/ Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

Recently I had an opportunity to discuss the Right to Information Act with Will Ferroggiaro, a Washington DC-based consultant with more than 20 yea...


The President and his backbone

/ Tuesday, 7 March 2017 00:00

    The President told the SLFP Executive Committee meeting that he has shown his ‘backbone’ to the internati...


GSP+, sovereignty and checks and balances

/ Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

There is a debate whether the sovereignty of Sri Lanka is violated through GSP+ concessions to be given by the European Union (EU). GSP+ is a conce...


CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika ...


Super minister, Development Bill and the second economic revolution

/ Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

Those who oppose this Bill, provincial councils and the parties which govern those provincial councils, should keep in mind that they do not have a...


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...


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Plastic bags: So easy to substitute and so difficult to get rid of

30 March 2017

  Lately very encouraging news was published related to an increased number of countries and cities banning non-reusable plastic bags. Amongst them, Kenya and Delhi.  Currently Botswana, Eritrea, Kenya, Mauritania, Mor...


The political hypocrisy of President Maithripala Sirisena: Muslim IDPs tossed out

29 March 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena A Tamil saying goes thus: “Stealing the neighbour’s chicken for the mother’s almsgiving.”  President Sirisena in his total betrayal of the Muslims did just that with on...


The new technology revolution

29 March 2017

Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand and even India are automating industry at speed   By C. R. de Silva Current global developments Revolutionary changes in technology, following on the heels of globalisation, are c...


People management in a rapidly transforming business world

29 March 2017

It is well known that businesses have to constantly evolve to keep pace with the changes around them. The rise of digital technologies is disrupting the way we work and live. Technologies that didn’t exist till about a decade ago have now be...


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