Columnists,Harsha Gunasena,Opinion and Issues

The task of convincing the President and the majority

Views - 386 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:19

The President said that he was the President of all Sri Lankans, including the people who did not vote for him. The election results were highly polarised along ethnic lines. It is important to note that minorities did not vote for the extremist can


President cannot hold the Defence portfolio

Views - 414 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

The President has appointed a new Cabinet of Ministers and there is a confusion over the Defence portfolio. Daily FT reported on Saturday 23 November that soon after the swearing-in-ceremony, the list of names and portfolios given to each minister w


Victory over the oppressed

Views - 900 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

The Presidential Election is over and the new President has taken his oaths. Although there were opinions expressed that there can be a second count of preference votes of the candidates other than the first and second, it was an easy victory for Got


A critique of Cabraal’s revival plan for the economy

Views - 136 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:58

Ajith Nivard Cabraal has proposed a twelve-point methodology to boost the economy of Sri Lanka. It is pertinent to examine carefully the proposals of a person who is inclined to be a Finance Minister of a future government. Sri Lankan economy is in d


Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

Views - 503 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:01

Generally, it is expected that religion should be a solution to a problem. Ironically in Sri Lanka religion is the problem. Therefore, what would be the solution? When religion becomes a problem of a country....


‘Gospel truth’ of the Cardinal

Views - 593 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith delivered a political speech at the reopening of Katuwapitiya St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo. Religious leaders can make political speeches, but the issue is, that certain sections of the society think that this is gospe


Bhikkhus who go against Buddhism and the Muslim ministers who follow it

Views - 304 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

All Muslim ministers resigned in protest of the anti- Muslim campaign of Buddhist Bhikkhus Athuraliye Rathana, a politician, and Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, a political activist. Prior to that, Governors Azath Salley and M.L.A.M. Hizbullah had resigne


A combined dose of ginger and chilies

Views - 320 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is in a strategic location of the Indian Ocean. Throughout the history of Sri Lanka there were foreign interventions. Sri Lanka was invaded constantly by the foreign forces from south India initially and later by European forces. In certain


God bless Sri Lanka

Views - 177 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:11

Terrorism has come back to Sri Lanka. Our motherland faced three insurrections after independence and there were several communal and religious clashes among different ethnic and religious groups. As a nation we have failed to explore the root cause


Consequences of not having a national government in 2015

Views - 115 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

The process of constitutional reforms is stalled. This has happened some time back. To say precisely, it was limping from the very beginning. The reason for this was that the politicians of this country placed their own political interests ahead of


Reconciliation: Sinhalese attitude, Buddhist perspective and Indian solution

Views - 753 Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:10

Through the entire period of independence Sri Lanka experienced ethnic conflicts. The majority Sinhalese had conflicts with Tamils of Indian origin, Sri Lankan Tamils and Muslims. After the independence, especially after 1956, the Burgher community o


Aekiya rajyaya (ඒකීය රාඡ්‍යය) and orumiththa nadu (ஒுமித்த நா)

Views - 206 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

There is a report given by the expert panel appointed by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly in the form of a draft constitution. Based on this, the Steering Committee will have to prepare a draft constitution, if they wish, to be d


Concept of political power in Sri Lanka in relation to proposed constitution and political culture

Views - 336 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

It is perceived that in the process of creating a new constitution there are two issues to be addressed. One is about the executive presidency and the other is about devolution of power as a solution to the ethnic issue. Those are not two issues, ra


Critical review of accountancy education in Sri Lanka

Views - 570 Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is having three accountancy bodies, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL-www.casrilanka.com) which was founded in 1959 by Act of Parliament, Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT-www.aatsl.lk) which w


Aftermath of a political coup

Views - 251 Saturday, 22 December 2018 00:10

Along with the Supreme Court (SC) order to quash the proclamation of the President to dissolve the Parliament, and the declaration that the said proclamation was null and void, the coup launched by the President to forcibly acquire State power was de


President rushes in where angels fear to tread

Views - 104 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Maithripala Sirisena is trying to settle his personal political rivalry with Ranil Wickremesinghe in an unconstitutional way and has plunged the whole country into chaos in the process. He has virtually taken over the Government by force. This is not


The political dog fight

Views - 184 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:09

Sri Lanka has experienced a constitutional or rather unconstitutional takeover of the Government. A similar incident happened in 2003 when Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister where President Kumaratunga took over three ministries of the Government.


Sinhala Buddhism and the historic struggle of Ananda College Colombo

Views - 1742 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:00

In 2011, when Ananda College Colombo celebrated its 125th anniversary, having gone through the contributions made by non-Sinhalese and non-Buddhists towards building up the great school, it was decided to have an annual encounter of cricket between A


Understanding the debt trap: Nothing but simple arithmetic

Views - 739 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking recently at the World Economic Forum in Vietnam, denied that Sri Lanka was in danger of spiralling into a debt trap from excessive Chinese borrowings


Forgiveness is nothing but reconciliation

Views - 244 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

By Harsha Gunasena Rahul Gandhi, President of the Congress Party, India said at the Bucerius Summer School in Hamburg, Germany on 22 August 2018 that he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not happy after the terror group LTTE’s chief Prabhak


Colonial Christian mentality of nationalist Sinhala Buddhists

Views - 845 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

There was an article published under the name Cat’s Eye titled ‘Divorce law in Sri Lanka: Fostering animosity, not relationships’ on 11 July (http://www.ft.lk/columns/Divorce-law-in-Sri-Lanka--Fostering-animosity--not-relationships/4-658793). W


Dictatorial market economy

Views - 675 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:10

Recently I have listened to the speeches delivered by Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Nalaka Godahewa at the official website


It is possible to amend Muslim Marriage Law: Ash Sheik Muneer Malaffer (Naleemi)

Views - 370 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

I have written two articles heavily criticising the parties supposedly spearheaded the attacks against Muslims


Strength of a weak Government

Views - 352 Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:00

It is widely believed that this Government is incapable. Even in the areas where it exhibits its capability


India, I bow down to thee with profound respect

Views - 713 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:00

Recently Reginald Cooray, the Governor of the Northern Provincial Council, was appointed Governor of the Central Provincial Council. However within a day the appointment was cancelled and he was reappointed Governor of the Northern Provincial Council


Reforms needed and populist actions

Views - 221 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:05

Ranil Wickremesinghe was criticised heavily directly and indirectly of his actions in the political and economic fronts by the supporters of the No-Confidence Motion as well as by those who opposed the same. Wickremesinghe is having his own weakness


The world moves forward and we move backwards

Views - 680 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

Communal riots emerged once again. It will emerge over and over again since we, those who govern and those who are governed, over and over again prove that we do not learn from the past mistakes. My first experience of communal riots was black July 1


Duality of the general public and the Parliamentarians

Views - 194 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:10

Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran was a panellist at the Panel Discussion on ‘Mindfulness in Policy Making, Governance


Betraying the very foundation of the Unity Government- Consensus

Views - 413 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Soon after the results of the Local Government bodies were released, it was reported that the President wanted the resignation of the Prime Minister


Mindfulness a panacea for current tensions: ethnic, religious

Views - 371 Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:00

During my youth I was greatly influenced by Dr. E.W. Adikaram (1905-1985). As an Advanced Level student


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