Harsha Gunasena

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...


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...


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IMF, McKinsey not the panacea for our ills; decisiveness, empowerment and selfless politicians are essential

28 February 2017

  By a Special Correspondent The past 18 months have been, possibly, one of the darkest, and bleakest, periods, in recent times, for Sri Lankan businesses and entrepreneurs. While there has been an improvement during this...


Philippine lessons for Sri Lanka tourism and economy

28 February 2017

  There has been a continuous debate on evaluating the impact of tourism on a country’s economy. Sri Lanka in particular has grown from $ 500 million in 2009 to $ 4,000 million currently in 2016 which indicates the powe...


Restoring ‘Economic Democracy’: Is it an elusive goal?

27 February 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena Promised delivery of economic democracy to people One of the pledges made by the present Government in its election manifesto titled ‘The Five Point Plan for creating a new country in 60 mont...


Signifying ‘Sigmoid’ for Sri Lankans

27 February 2017

Being proactive is becoming a rarity. Protests for rights have become a regular occurrence. Conducting post-mortems after a tragedy is not something uncommon to us. All of the above point to the need for a fresh approach towards survival and succe...


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