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What’s next after the Supreme Court decision?

Views - 14 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Last Thursday, just before the courts closed for Christmas holidays, the Supreme Court, sticking strictly to a legalistic path, put an end to the controversial issue of defining the powers of President Maithripala Sirisena, leaving the nation to wres


Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Views - 10 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist


Advancing gender parity in Sri Lanka

Views - 10 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Asia-Pacific today is a true engine of growth in the world—a region that has barely tapped its potential to develop, invest, and innovate. But as the region speeds ahead, the dynamics of its workforce, one that was predominantly male in the past, i


Restoration of political sanity in Sri Lanka

Views - 9 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

By Jayadeva Uyangoda The Hindu: New space has emerged for deescalating Sri Lanka’s political crisis with the timely and judicious intervention of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. Following the two rulings made by the top court, last Thursday and Frida


Sri Lankan SMEs, Taiwan story and CB Governor

Views - 9 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

The Governor of the Central Bank during a keynote address recently stated that the most important factor to develop Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is to provide market access. He had gone on to say that over the years authorities have not done e


The quality of some justice

Views - 227 Monday, 17 December 2018 02:20

We must, if we are rational beings and not mindless beasts, treat the herd instinct with due vigour. In the week before the Incarnation of the Son of God, a Son of the Soil seems fit for Crucifixion. The UNP’s sleek bloodhounds, some crossover SLFP


Reaping relevant results: Reflections on ‘Mind before Action’

Views - 252 Monday, 17 December 2018 02:19

The recent political turbulence that shattered the prestige edifices of governance proved several fundamental points. For me, one such is the need to have holistic thinking with emphasis on far reaching implications before taking a crucial decision.


Our irremissible duty to protect Sri Lanka from plunging into an abyss

Views - 135 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:06

By Zulkifli Nazim George Orwell wrote: “The President is a nationalist, which is not at all the same thing as a patriot. A nationalist encourages us to be our worst, and then tells us that we are the best. A nationalist, although endlessly brooding


Sri Lanka’s economy at crossroads: The ignored export sector for creating prosperity

Views - 2535 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:00

The analysis so far In the previous part, we noted that Professor H.A. de S. Gunasekara, the first Ceylonese Professor of Economics at the University of Ceylon, was a legend in economics teaching in Sri Lanka. His doctoral thesis to the University of


Placing American policy under the microscope

Views - 42 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:00

By Mano Ratwatte This response is in reference to your great interview with the new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. I wish her well and hope she succeeds in achieving America’s objectives without trying to harm Sri Lanka. Please allow me to share some


If the new regime fails to uphold democratic good governance, society will bark loud and bite

Views - 167 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:00

Let the leaders of the new regime clearly realise that the civil society and citizen voters are watching with eyes open, ears attentive, and minds alert, and the body ready to spring into mindful strategic action to establish whether the much hard-fo


Poem on political paralysis

Views - 14 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:00

By AR Wearing their black cloaks they deliberated over weeks, To understand what was done by the Geeks. Turmoil with confusion with many who on constitutional matters did tweet, Self-proclaimed and qualified experts in their seat. The country in the


JVP’s task ahead

Views - 178 Monday, 17 December 2018 00:00

Ranil Wickremesinghe has reclaimed his Prime Ministership, not because he deserved it but because of President Sirisena’s impulsive irrationality driven by hunger for power and because of a determined commitment by JVP, TNA and Muslim parliamentari


No takers from UNF other than Ranil for PM slot

Views - 201 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:03

By Our Special Political Correspondent Lord Denning M. L., the 20th Century British Judge and Jurist, in his famous book ‘The Family Story’, remarked: “Every Judge, on his appointment, discards all politics and all prejudice. You need have no f


Economic and regional issues upstage Hindutva plank in Indian State elections

Views - 75 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:01

Results of the recently-concluded State Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram show that economic and regional issues have upstaged “Hindutva” – the ideology of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJ


The Pinguttara of our politics

Views - 262 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

Tale of Pinguttara There is an interesting piece in the LankaEnews of 13 December that refers to President Maithripala Sirisena as a ‘Pinguttara.’ I like to pick up that idea and develop on that. ‘Pinguttara,’ is a term that is ascribed to so


Rationality of Sirisena’s irrationality

Views - 1064 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

Man becomes a little cog in the machine, and, aware of this, his one preoccupation is to become a bigger cog said Max Weber, the founding father of sociology. Maithripala Sirisena became a small cog after the 19th Amendment. Then he decided to be a b


Sri Lanka: How unconstitutional coup is becoming unprecedented threat to Asia’s oldest democracy

Views - 264 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lankan democracy has recently been burdened by a presidential coup. President Sirisena has overstepped his constitutional limits to sack the sitting Prime Minister and unilaterally appoint a new one. Instead of seeking Parliament’s approval, he


Overcoming the crisis: The second freedom struggle

Views - 655 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

The crisis that has been developing in Sri Lanka, manifesting itself in varied forms at different times since independence, has now taken the form of a constitutional crisis, threatening the survival of the Sri Lankan State. Regardless of the Court


The vote, the verdict, and the TNA ‘backstop’: Beyond ’56

Views - 642 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

“Leader of PLOTE and TNA MP D. Dharmalingam …stated that he believes that Ranil Wickremesinghe has handed in a written assurance of several promises. …The promises are said to include agreements on constitutional amendments, freedom for politi


The lies they tell

Views - 839 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s political crisis continues. The attempted coup is a huge mess. No one knows how the imbroglio will end, although the coup has been failing. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the project to illegally put Mahinda Rajapaksa i


In times of a faltering economy, Sri Lankans torn between hatred and support for Rajapaksa

Views - 642 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

South Asian Monitor: As political uncertainty continues in Sri Lanka after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 October plunging the country into a constitutional crisis, Sri Lankans hold divergent


Sri Lanka: Business as usual

Views - 72 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Despite much hyped six-weeks of political turmoil since President Maithripala Sirisena unceremoniously replace Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa – who has himself been since sacked by Parliament and barred from holding this


What is next for middle-income Asia and Sri Lanka?

Views - 332 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Decades of sustained economic growth have left the Asia Pacific with few lower-income countries. Absolute poverty levels are and will continue to keep falling. This is cause for celebration. But it also requires a new partnership between countries an


We don’t want an executive presidency

Views - 410 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The executive presidency was established in 1978. Since then there has never been as much hope for its abolishment as there is right now. It however still requires many actors to come together to work towards its abolishment. The 20th as brought to


Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria – The multi-tasked man that he was

Views - 12 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

I know I started on a nearly impossible task. Writing an account of 80 years of Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria will take volumes and years. Mere 80 years is too short a period in a telescopic view on mankind. What matters is not the period of time a person


A tribute to Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria

Views - 68 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

We are profoundly saddened at the death of Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria, Chairman of the Endowment Trust of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Dr. Weerasooria passed away on 4 December. There are many reasons why Dr. Weerasooria will be


Servant Leadership – New wine in old wineskin!

Views - 52 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Servant Leadership (SL) is a term, coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in his essay on SL first published in 1970 – in propounding a corporate management technique. The main emphasis of this theory is that a leader should be affectionately considerate to


Capital crisis, as seen from Sri Lanka’s countryside

Views - 86 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The Hindu: For Chandrani Mendis, the political crisis gripping Sri Lanka since October 26 has had a specific cost — her pension for November. “After my husband died, I had been receiving Rs. 250 a month as an allowance, but they stopped it last m


Sri Lanka’s high priority – Legislation against crossing the floor

Views - 272 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

In 1972, the new Republican Constitution, declared Sri Lanka a “Republic” and the monarchy abolished. Thereby the office of the Governor-General was replaced by that of president as head of state and the prime minister continuing to serve as the


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Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new


Advancing gender parity in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Asia-Pacific today is a true engine of growth in the world—a region that has barely tapped its potential to develop, invest, and innovate. But as the region speeds ahead, the dynamics of its workforce, one that was predominantly male in the past, i


Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist


What’s next after the Supreme Court decision?

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Last Thursday, just before the courts closed for Christmas holidays, the Supreme Court, sticking strictly to a legalistic path, put an end to the controversial issue of defining the powers of President Maithripala Sirisena, leaving the nation to wres


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