Columnists,Harsha Gunasena

President rushes in where angels fear to tread

Views - 77 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 - 125 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 - 1188 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 - 619 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 - 115 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 - 641 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 - 619 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 - 319 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 - 311 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 - 620 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 - 192 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 - 625 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 - 165 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 - 391 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 - 321 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 - 294 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 - 1402 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 - 3176 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 - 4785 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 - 5684 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 - 5342 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 - 6189 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 - 6138 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 - 6708 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 - 6587 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 - 8944 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 - 8334 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 - 8710 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 - 8957 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 - 9745 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


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