Columnists,Harsha Gunasena,Opinion and Issues

Sinhala Buddhism and the historic struggle of Ananda College Colombo

Views - 1076 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 - 596 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 - 106 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 - 628 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 - 612 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 - 309 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 - 301 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 - 616 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 - 188 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 - 619 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 - 159 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 - 386 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 - 313 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


The clash of civilisations

Views - 283 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Samuel P. Huntington was a Harvard Professor and was the Director of Security Planning for the National Security Council in the Carter Administration. He wrote an article titled ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ to the journal Foreign Affairs in 1993


Democracy vs. Autocracy

Views - 1365 Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:03

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned. There were many arguments and debates over the issue. There were lot of opinions that the present Government failed miserably. They came into power pledging that the persons of the previous regime who w


Whose baby is the new constitution?

Views - 3172 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 Government established the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform headed by Lal Wijenay


Ranil Wickremesinghe, the selfless leader of Sri Lanka

Views - 4724 Saturday, 6 May 2017 00:00

    A review of Dinesh Weerakkody’s book on the Prime Minister Dinesh Weerakkody recently launched a biography of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe among a distinguished gathering. The keynote speech was deliver


Corporate ethics and Hayleys legacy

Views - 5620 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 failure as well, has given much emphasis to corporate ethics in addition to various other measures.&n


Right to information: A tool to empower people

Views - 5336 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 years’ experience working on freedom of expression, Government accountability and human rights.&n


The President and his backbone

Views - 6184 Tuesday, 7 March 2017 00:00

    The President told the SLFP Executive Committee meeting that he has shown his ‘backbone’ to the international community by rejecting the UNHRC Chief Zeid bin Ra-ad Al Hussein’s recommendation for a h


GSP+, sovereignty and checks and balances

Views - 6132 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 concession given by developed countries to developing countries on import duties. Therefore the imported


CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

Views - 6700 Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Task Force Chairperson Manouri Muttetuwegama on 3 January.  The Consultation T


Super minister, Development Bill and the second economic revolution

Views - 6582 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 any moral authority to oppose further devolution of power to the provinces under the new constitution


Why Sri Lanka is poor

Views - 8838 Friday, 25 November 2016 00:00

A poor child eating his food on the side of a street in Colombo – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     Dinesh Weerakkody has written an interesting article in the Daily FT titled ‘What makes some cou


President’s speech and a new dimension to transitional justice

Views - 8330 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 Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) and also the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and Crimina


Reconciliation and war mentality

Views - 8703 Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:03

Major General Kamal Gunaratne at the launch of his memoir ‘Road to Nandikadal’    – Pic by Sameera Wijesinghe     Major General Kamal Gunaratne who commanded the 53rd Division of Sri La


Brexit: A comparison with Sri Lankan issues

Views - 8951 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 threats, British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to lead a Government for “one nation”


Stability of the Government

Views - 9739 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 the history of Parliamentary elections under the new Constitution only in two instances was a clear ma


Neutral umpires vs. home umpires

Views - 9043 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 United Nations visited Sri Lanka and at the end of the visit there was a joint declaration by the P


What should the strategic direction of the Bhikkhu society be today?

Views - 9400 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 emphasised public service of bhikkhus. He translated this book into English later.  The reason for


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Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.


Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio


Profit before principle: Khashoggi and US-Saudi relations

Friday, 19 October 2018

The mysterious disappearance of a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, from inside the Saudi Embassy complex in Turkey on 2 October and an array of circumstantial evidence surrounding his disappearance lead one to suspect that Jamal was possibly abduct


When shame and honour take the hypocritical centre stage

Friday, 19 October 2018

As human beings, we experience a gamut of emotions. These help individuals to express themselves, and authorities to exercise control over entire societies. The most common feelings engendered by our race span a spectrum from guilt and shame to fear.


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