Harsha Gunasena

Whose baby is the new constitution?

/ Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

  This Government has taken several important steps towards the new constitution. As the first step of the process the Govern...


Ranil Wickremesinghe, the selfless leader of Sri Lanka

/ Saturday, 6 May 2017 00:00

    A review of Dinesh Weerakkody’s book on the Prime Minister Dinesh Weerakkody recently launched a biography of...


Corporate ethics and Hayleys legacy

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

In the USA the term corporate ethics came into use in the 1970s. The Enron Corporation scandal in 2001, which was considered as the biggest audit f...


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...


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Should the BOI be shut down?

28 July 2017

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit on Wednesday that the Board of Investment should be shut down. The BOI is the PM’s brainchild and an offshoot of the GCEC.  Wijeyadasa went...


Quotas with ‘zipping’ for women in local government

28 July 2017

The other day I met a woman who is a card-carrying member of a major political party. She is the president of the midwives association in her area. She exuded leadership. She has so much to share with her community about health, lifestyles and oth...


The delicious ironies of idiotic democracy

28 July 2017

Life, as a musically-inclined poet of a previous age once essayed, is what happens when you are planning to do something else. Well, the same may be said for the intentions of Good Governance: that the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agle...


‘Into Africa’ – from troubled continent to a land of opportunities

28 July 2017

It was the continent that made headlines for all the wrong reasons: the great famine in Ethiopia and HIV pandemic in 1980s, the Rwandan genocide in 1990s, and the Somalian civil war in 2000’s grabbed headlines. By mid-2000 some of the Afric...


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