Harsha Gunasena

Consequences of not having a national government in 2015

Views - 81 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 - 529 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 - 142 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 - 214 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 - 320 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 - 225 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 - 87 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 - 148 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 - 1373 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 - 685 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 - 150 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 - 735 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 - 639 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 - 336 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 - 323 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 - 655 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 - 203 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 - 645 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 - 175 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 - 401 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 - 338 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 - 322 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 - 1461 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 - 3187 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 - 4841 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 - 5802 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 - 5356 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 - 6201 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 - 6150 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 - 6723 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


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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


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