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Mr. NOTA and understanding the Presidential Election

Views - 112 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

The Presidential Election is round the corner, but the public is still confused about the powers of the next president. It can be said that the 19th Amendment has made a significant change in the system of governance despite the fact that it had bee


The Parliament stands naked

Views - 259 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

Though with a nonsensical form, the 19th Amendment can be said to have established a parliamentary system of governance by transferring almost all the powers held by the President to the Cabinet of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister. But, the pre


Ignoring the main problem

Views - 380 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:25

Although the 19th Amendment to the Constitution has removed the executive powers of the president, reducing his official status almost to a level of a nominal president, the failure to change the method of election of the president to suit his altere


The State and the bulldozer

Views - 250 Friday, 30 August 2019 00:00

The State of Sri Lanka can be compared to a mindless and brainless bulldozer. It knows only to destroy, not to create. It does not know how to bring about reforms, except to crush and bulldoze. The citizens of Sri Lanka can be compared to a communit


The presidency and the dilemma of the Presidential Election

Views - 575 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

J.R. Jayewardene created a presidential system not because the parliamentary system of governance that preceded it had failed. He wanted to take over all the powers of the State and assume the status of ancient kings who ruled the country in the past


Failure of the Left Movement

Views - 170 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

The growing socio-political crisis in Sri Lanka has affected all political parties. Leaders of all political parties have, in one way or another, begun to lament over their failure. Lal Kantha can be considered the person to bring this lament to the


Referring the matter to the Supreme Court

Views - 319 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

Parliament is the supreme authority that enacts laws and formulates policies for the coun-try. It is also the custodian of public property of the country. If the Parliament, the Ministers and MPs misuse public property in their custody, contrary to t


What is happening?

Views - 1001 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka can be compared to a patient in a critical condition requiring immediate surgery for its survival. But the attention of all politicians in the country is focussed not on the patient or the condition of the patient. Instead, they are concern


Fox and the poultry pen

Views - 422 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:10

Despite being a small island, the quantum and the value of property belonging to the State of Sri Lanka is immense. All State lands, the ocean surrounding the island, tanks and reservoirs, streams and rivers, abundance of natural beauty, ecological a


The messed-up lives

Views - 416 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u


Honesty and sincerity

Views - 404 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka can be considered one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Yet, the society and political ambience of this beautiful country are in a deplorable level, which is extremely ugly and comical. While there are many reasons which have le


Acquiring the desired change

Views - 374 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:10

There is a wide circle of readers who used to ask me various questions over the phone and through social media viz. SMS and Facebook, in relation to the issues that I discuss through newspapers. “How to eradicate the corrupt system that prevails i


Kitchen and the State

Views - 385 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:20

Apart from the urgent need for having a major structural change in the State and the system of governance, Sri Lanka must seriously contemplate making a significant change in food habits of its people, what they eat and how they cook them. This is a


Laundering the Parliament

Views - 501 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:20

There are strict laws and rules in force to ensure the honesty and integrity of people’s representatives in all countries where there is a democratic system of governance. People’s representatives elected by public vote are prohibited to pursue b


Plunder of public property by rulers

Views - 502 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

While the failure to build the modern nation has been the prime factor that had caused the wretchedness of Sri Lanka, plundering of public property by rulers when they are under their custody can be considered the next vital factor that had exacerbat


Putrefaction and end

Views - 790 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:15

As the President has abandoned his earlier decision to consult the Supreme Court opinion on the commencement of his official term, it is now clear that the Presidential Election will be held on 7 December. While nearing a Presidential Election, the


Avoiding essential reforms

Views - 302 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:10

Although the fire has been extinguished on the surface, the fire beneath the ashes is not doused yet. Though there are signs of extinguishing the surface fire, there appears to be no serious effort to douse the fire beneath the ashes. What does the


Sri Lanka needs urgent surgery!

Views - 859 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:07

Sri Lanka was on the slippery slope of a serious crisis, heading for a great disaster of the State, even before the outbreak of Easter Sunday attacks. Now, in the aftermath of the ruthless Easter Sunday attacks, the country’s crisis has become exac


The crisis and constitutional violations

Views - 679 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:20

Sri Lanka was in a deep and complex crisis even before the outbreak of the Easter Sunday attacks. Now, in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks, the country has plunged into a deeper and bigger crisis, which is more complex than it was before. The ec


Overcoming wretchedness

Views - 403 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:04

Sri Lanka has been able to avoid physical attacks against the Muslim community in the aftermath of the deadliest bomb explosions on Easter Sunday. Nevertheless, the manner in which this crisis is being managed by the Sri Lankan State (except the inci


Sri Lanka: Out of the frying pan into the fire

Views - 1438 Friday, 3 May 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka appears to be trapped in a vicious circle of wretchedness, not easy to escape from. Of the post-independence period which spans little over seven decades, the country has passed through a dismal backdrop of cruelty and savagery, swimming in


Black Easter

Views - 431 Friday, 26 April 2019 00:15

To Sri Lankan Christians, Easter this year was a day of God where demons reigned. It can be considered an unfortunate day in which the country was plunged again into the uncivilised wretchedness that prevailed in the country during the violent confli


Wounding the social psyche

Views - 286 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further


The reality of Nagananda’s Constitution

Views - 4642 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Nagananda Kodituwakku, who can be considered an aggressive public interest litigation activist, in addition to his struggle with the Judiciary has now blasted a ‘constitutional bomb’ which appears to have confused the academics and educated peopl


Can Sri Lanka be saved?

Views - 851 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:10

The system that prevails in Sri Lanka can be considered a corrupt and predatory one that allows powerful people to exploit the rest of the people and loot their properties at their whims and fancies, no matter how unreasonable it may seem. This corru


Barring Nagananda Kodituwakku from practicing law

Views - 4549 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:10

The Supreme Court has issued an order barring Nagananda Kodithuwakku, Attorney-at-Law and public interest litigation activist, who has entered the political arena of Sri Lanka as a prospective presidential candidate, from practicing as a lawyer for


Playing with history

Views - 419 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.


Alcoholic beverages and ganja

Views - 1006 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:05

I hope to begin this article with arrack and end up with ganja. Since I have chosen to write about arrack, I think it is fair that I should clarify my relationship with it for the knowledge of the reader. Frankly speaking, I consume a moderate amoun


Making way for a people’s constitution

Views - 172 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:10

Presently, Sri Lanka is in a state of terrible confusion with no proper constitution. The second Republican constitution, due to continuous and haphazard amendments, has been rendered a frail and disorganised statute deprived of consistency and prope


Exploitation of rural women

Views - 473 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:15

It was Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur and civil society leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner, pioneer of the concepts of micro credit and finance and the founder of Grameen Bank , who initiated the system of granting small loan


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Today's Columnists

State of the economy of Sri Lanka

Saturday, 21 September 2019

I am not an economist nor do I profess to be an economic analyst. The views expressed in this presentation are those of a layman who has always been interested in the economic progress of Sri Lanka.


Premadasa, Père et Fils

Saturday, 21 September 2019

We are what time, circumstances and history has made of us. We are trapped in history. At age 77, I refuse to trap history in my mind. This essay is an obligation to history. Although J.R. Jayewardene introduced ‘Executive Presidentialism’, coer


Economy, business community and the Prime Minister

Friday, 20 September 2019

The speech made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest of the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2019 deserves very careful consideration by the country due to several reasons. This will no doubt be his last speech on economic policy to be


Sri Lanka needs to invest more on soft infrastructure

Friday, 20 September 2019

Developing countries like Sri Lanka will have to prepare for further downside risks in 2020 with the growing debt problems and the growth problems in Europe and the slowdown in Asia. Slower growth is already visible in weakening global trade and comm


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