Columnists,Rohantha Athukorala,Opinion and Issues

Will ‘10 February’ be repeated?

Views - 401 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Whilst Sri Lanka is in election mode, the thought crossing every Sri Lankans mind is, ‘Will the 10 February 2018 elections behaviour be repeated?’ given the head-start that ‘Brand Gota’ has got. Whilst many are speculating who will be the fig


Sri Lanka’s ‘victor’s peace’ and the way forward

Views - 127 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Just before the Sri Lankan State defeated the Tamil rebel forces, Professor Damien Kingsbury of Australia’s Deakin University wrote that without a political agreement to address the grievances of Sri Lanka’s Tamils, it is likely that Sri Lanka wi


Company Law intertwined with Income Tax – Understanding the nexus! Part II

Views - 169 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

A comparison and analysing the impact of corresponding provisions of Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and Inland Revenue Act No. 24 of 2017 reveals invaluable insights corporate management must be aware of in day-to-day management activities as well as st


A Simple Plan for Sri Lanka

Views - 338 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

I thought my experience in analysing the Sri Lankan economy and companies and studies done on global economies and companies should be utilised for the greater benefit of the public.


Shanta Devarajan: Economist who cannot get disconnected from his motherland

Views - 4407 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:25

For me, Shanta Devarajan, formerly the Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank Group succeeding the Nobel Laureate Paul Romer and presently Professor at Georgetown University, USA, was a legend by himself. When I met him in early part of the new mil


Sri Lanka’s next President: let’s get it right this time

Views - 891 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

President Sirisena is a few months away from completing his tenure as the President of this country. Despite his ability to seek re-election, he is likely not to do so as his popularity has plumped ever since he was installed to the top most position


Was the terror plot thicker than the attack?

Views - 17 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

The Hindu: In the last week of June, Sri Lankan police recovered a huge stash of arms and explosives in the eastern town of Kattankudy from where Zahran Hashim, the alleged mastermind of the Easter bombings, hailed. It included some 300 gelignite sti


Gotabaya rises in Lanka on a Modi-like platform

Views - 158 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

www.rediff.com: The announcement in Colombo last Sunday by former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be his party SLPP’s Presidential candidate in the election due to be held before 8 December electrifie


Does legality matter at all?

Views - 187 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

There has been a recent flurry of media attention paid to the potential candidacy of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the candidate of the Pohottuwa group at the next Presidential Election. While his is obviously a very well-financed campaign if the demonstrati


Vibrancy of ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’: Lucid lessons for Lankans

Views - 418 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

I enjoyed watching the first 3D Sinhala movie last week. It is ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ directed by Emeritus Professor Sunil Ariyarathne. It happened to be the last screenplay written by late Dr. Tissa Abeysekara. The story is based on a classical nove


Rajapaksa redux and a democracy in peril

Views - 96 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:08

The Hindu: Sri Lanka is again at the crossroads with Presidential Elections due before 9 December. The political drive since the newly-formed Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which swept the Local Government polls in February 2018...


Is might right?

Views - 57 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:05

I was walking on the right hand side of Austin Place, Borella, around 6:40 p.m. on Poya Day, Wednesday, 14 August, after work, to catch a bus home. Closer to Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzzammil’s...


The value of tying your hands

Views - 133 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

By Shanta Devarajan Returning from the Trojan War, Ulysses could hear the beautiful sounds of the Sirens in the distance. He wanted to get closer. But every ship that had sailed near the Sirens had crashed in the rocky waters and sunk. So he tied him


Me, that’s who: I’m afraid of Gota!

Views - 1356 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:30

NO OFFENCE, BUT THE QUESTION BEGS ITSELF. In a piece titled ‘Who is afraid of Gotabaya (sic) Rajapaksa?’ Daily FT contributor Sarath de Alwis made a cogent argument as to why he was not reassured by Basil’s brief about his brother’s “inhere


All presidential candidates must be transparent and must enter into a social contract

Views - 92 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

All presidential candidates, before seeking nominations, must transparently declare publicly, all relevant personal details, including the following; Date of birth and National Identity Card number Highest educational attainment Citizenship A core c


Sri Lanka and the Maldives at 54: A new foreign policy agenda for neighbourly islands

Views - 129 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

Looking afresh at the neighbourlybonds between Sri Lanka and the Maldivesby foreign policymakers requires deeper analysis to reshape bilateral diplomacy to reach new heights.Thesetwo neighbouring islands in South Asia have longstanding relations with


Culture of research: so important yet so difficult to foster

Views - 344 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is in need of an active generation that is curious and ready to plunge into exploration. It is an activity that we have missed inculcating in our youngsters starting from a very young age. We are very much not ready to venture out, but ever


Monetary policy changes around the world and implications for Sri Lanka

Views - 390 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

On 31 July 2019, the US Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) lowered interest rates by a quarter-percentage point for the first time since the Great Recession in 2008. What this means is that the Fed reduced its target range for the federal funds rate from 2.2


What non-Muslim Sri Lankans should know about Islam and Sri Lankan Muslims: Part I

Views - 448 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

People will always believe what they want to believe, how they want to believe it, when they want to believe it. The events of Easter Sunday 2019 (Sunday 21 April 2019) triggered a process in Sri Lanka which has exposed the entire Sri Lankan Muslim p


Singapore: The world’s most successful society

Views - 218 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

By Anwar A. Khan National Day in Singapore is celebrated annually on 9 August. It commemorates the founding of Singapore’s independence from Malaysia on this day in 1965. The day is one of the best Singaporean holidays, both for what they celebrate


Sri Lanka’s Muslims ‘demonised’ after Easter bombings

Views - 104 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

BBC: Until a few months ago, Mohammed Iliyas, was doing a thriving business in his hardware shop in western Sri Lanka. Now trade has plummeted and his losses are mounting. His shop stocks everything from paint tins to electric bulbs and is one of the


US-Sri Lanka military negotiations hit a roadblock

Views - 233 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

By Marwaan Macan-Markar, Asia regional correspondent The US government’s new military blueprint in the Indian Ocean is facing headwinds in Sri Lanka, a strategically located South Asian island also being courted by India, China and Japan in a scram


NBFI consolidation and its untold consequences on the industry’s human capital

Views - 211 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

Hoping to find a better life, dockworker Kingsley Ofasa and eight other Ghanaian refugees stowed away on a Ukrainian cargo ship headed for the United States via France. The ship’s sailors discovered the refugees when they searched for water. Becaus


Lions in the military context: Leadership lesson for the corporate world

Views - 354 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

Napoleon Bonaparte said, “If you build an army of 100 lions led by a sheep, in any fight, the lions will die like sheep. But if you build an army of 100 sheep led by a lion, all sheep will fight like lions.” A similar statement made by General C


Sri Lanka should adopt an alternative financing strategy to achieve universal healthcare

Views - 187 Monday, 12 August 2019 22:41

Healthcare is something that touches all of us, given the most basic human goal which is that we all want to live healthy lives. The World Health Organisation defines that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and no


As manufacturing shifts from China, the rest of Asia sees new opportunity

Views - 445 Monday, 12 August 2019 22:37

Often dubbed ‘the world’s factory’, China has recently been experiencing a shifting of manufacturing investment out of the country. A combination of the steady rise in wage costs in the industrial hubs of Southern China, and the ongoing trade w


Has globalisation gone too far—or not far enough?

Views - 43 Monday, 12 August 2019 22:33

Globalisation is facing a growing backlash around the world. The rapid growth in trade, financial and labour flows over recent decades has been blamed for many of the world’s most pressing problems, including growing inequality. But the empirical


The issue of an independent Central Bank: Should it be or should it not be?

Views - 6531 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:30

Public debates on public policy should create informed citizens With the news release that the Government is going to introduce a new Monetary Law Act, commonly known as MLA – the law under which the present Central Bank (CBSL) has been established


Elections coming, are you ready?

Views - 286 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:21

“All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion” opens Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy’s monumental novel, acclaimed by many literary critics to be the greatest novel ever written. With a masterful grasp of the


A political party isn’t a bastion of open democracy – Reply to Minister Eran Wickramaratne

Views - 228 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:16

The other day, Minister Eran Wickramaratne bemoaned that his own party, the United National Party, lacks democracy in its internal operations. This theme is doubtless going to be repeated by the Sajith Premadasa faction while pursuing its various gyr


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Trendvertising: The new world of communication in a hashtag world

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Rahul Bose, an Indian actor, caught a lot of attention for a video post that went viral, where he complained about the price of bananas during his stay at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. As he explained in his story – he went to the gym at his hotel w


Company Law intertwined with Income Tax – Understanding the nexus! Part II

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A comparison and analysing the impact of corresponding provisions of Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and Inland Revenue Act No. 24 of 2017 reveals invaluable insights corporate management must be aware of in day-to-day management activities as well as st


Will ‘10 February’ be repeated?

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Whilst Sri Lanka is in election mode, the thought crossing every Sri Lankans mind is, ‘Will the 10 February 2018 elections behaviour be repeated?’ given the head-start that ‘Brand Gota’ has got. Whilst many are speculating who will be the fig


Shanta Devarajan: Economist who cannot get disconnected from his motherland

Monday, 19 August 2019

For me, Shanta Devarajan, formerly the Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank Group succeeding the Nobel Laureate Paul Romer and presently Professor at Georgetown University, USA, was a legend by himself. When I met him in early part of the new mil


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