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Buddhism, Dhamma, collectivism and individualism

Views - 4945 Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

In today’s context in Sri Lanka it is difficult to understand the role of certain Buddhist monks and lay Buddhists where they do engage in certain activities in order to protect Buddhism but in fact by those very actions they attack the very basics


Foreign policy, defence strategies and the public

Views - 1609 Friday, 25 April 2014 01:33

It looks like it is complicated and difficult to understand world affairs today. Many say that there are double standards, hypocrisy and hidden agendas in international relations. It is simple to understand the complicated situations if one can go to


Should State protect Buddhism as a Constitutional provision?

Views - 37499 Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

For a long time as a nation we have been talking about a new constitution in place of the existing Constitution of 1978. During the time of President Kumaratunga, a new constitution was drafted and she was not able to get it approved by the Parliamen


Is Lanka combining domestic problem with intl. power struggles like Ukraine?

Views - 3347 Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

It looks like it is complicated and difficult to understand world affairs today. Many say that there are double standards, hypocrisy and hidden agendas in international relations. It is simple to understand the complicated situations if one can go to


The power of teamwork

Views - 5411 Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

I was watching the 4x100 men’s relay of 2004 Olympics, live on the television. A few days earlier the 100 metres event was held. Justine Gatlin of USA came first and the legendary Morris Green of USA came third. Shawn Crawford of USA, who was the g


Are we heading down the same disastrous way of the LTTE?

Views - 2732 Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

There are many similarities of the behaviour of the Liberation Tigers and the present Sri Lankan Government. Autocracy The Liberation Tigers adopted a violent approach right from the beginning. They did not tolerate different views and opinions. T


Mariyakade diplomacy and non-aligned diplomacy

Views - 1373 Friday, 7 March 2014 01:00

Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara, MP for Kalawana electorate at that time, came home late in the night after a visit to his electorate. He was resting when then President J.R. Jayewardene called him and told him to come immediately to discuss an imp


Cultural barriers to innovation in Sri Lanka

Views - 4158 Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:05

Cumaranathunga Munidasa, one of the great sons of the soil, once said the nation which does not create new things continuously does not rise in the world; when it is impossible to beg further it bogs down after singing the swan song. It is doubtful w


Betrayal of Buddhism by Buddhist monks

Views - 1833 Friday, 17 January 2014 00:19

Sometime back the country has experienced Buddhist monks coming into direct politics. In recent times the country has experienced Buddhist monks grouped under various names rampaging in the streets, engaging in violence against other religions. The


To bridge trade deficit, Sri Lanka’s approach should be offensive

Views - 3198 Thursday, 9 January 2014 00:00

After the presentation of the Government Budget for the year 2014 by the President, the Secretary to the Treasury in a public speech, responding to the criticisms of the Budget, stated that the economic policies of the Government were not defensive.


David Cameron: Should he be condemned or commended?

Views - 1413 Thursday, 5 December 2013 00:00

CHOGM was over. As expected the British Prime Minister David Cameron was engaged not only in a tough conversation but also in a tough tour. Although the British Labour Party was of the view that the Prime Minister should boycott the summit he decided


Benefit of holding CHOGM in Sri Lanka

Views - 11724 Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

It was reported that Aung San Suu Kyi, who met British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, said at a news conference in response to a question whether Cameron should attend CHOGM that he should go there and engage with all those who are involved,


The value and importance of political gestures

Views - 1339 Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

After winning the Northern Provincial Council elections, the Tamil National Alliance by arranging for Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to take oaths before the President has given a strong political message to the south that they are willing to go alo


History of Indian Tamil separatism

Views - 2864 Wednesday, 9 October 2013 00:00

By Harsha Gunasena There were debates in respect of the election manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance in relation to northern provincial council elections. The majority Sinhalese in this country is having a deep fear of devolving power to the mi


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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


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