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Foundations of incivility

Views - 315 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

The lack of advanced political consciousness and democratic discipline can be considered as one of the main reasons for the crisis and the failure that Sri Lanka is facing. This can be considered a situation that has prevailed since independence. Sri


Nudity exposed

Views - 1313 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:09

The collection of recorded telephone conversations of Ranjan Ramanayaka can be said to have become a kind of collection of short films that reveal the degeneration of the entire institutional system of the country while conveying the message of it to


Ranjan’s whirlpool and National Anthem

Views - 2104 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

The police had taken into custody, 338 CDs containing recordings of telephone conversations, found in the residence of MP Ranjan Ramanayake. The number of telephone conversations recorded in them is more than 13,000. Ranjan Ramanayake had followed a


Turning disaster into a blessing

Views - 563 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:10

After ending the internal civil war, there were no killings of civilians or damage to property caused by terrorist attacks until the recent attack launched on Easter Sunday, by a group of extremist Muslim youths. But, in the aftermath of the interna


The vicious cycle of revenge

Views - 1011 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:30

Revenge from opponents can be considered a tribal legacy that we have inherited. It is a deeply ingrained characteristic in Sri Lankan political culture. This shows that the Sri Lankan society has become democratised only superficially and not from t


Darkness and light

Views - 967 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:25

Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, the Chief Incumbent of Abayaramaya, Narahenpita made a unique statement to the public. He said that the Government is in a dire situation in which it finds difficult to meet its daily expenses and made an appeal


Roots of the crisis

Views - 337 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

The candidates who had genuinely contested the Presidential Election had elaborate and attractive election manifestos. But none of them had a pragmatic program to address the basic question of how to overcome the extensive crisis Sri Lanka is facing.


Dilemmas of Sri Lanka

Views - 1755 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Whatever may be the history of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the way he thinks, he has to function as the President of the people who voted for him as well as those who voted against him, during his tenure. The Sinhala Buddhist majority constituted the maj


Unanswered question

Views - 1160 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

Evidently the Tamils ​​in the north and particularly the Muslims in the east have voted en-block for Sajith Premadasa while a vast majority of Sinhala Buddhist voters in the south voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This Presidential Election clearly s


’56 reborn

Views - 1583 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:05

The outcome of Presidential Election 2019 can be regarded as a miracle in the political sphere rather than an ordinary election victory of a political party. The prevailing view in Sri Lanka was that a Presidential Election could not be solely won on


Securing a People’s Constitution

Views - 395 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:15

The need for making a People’s Constitution has become a topic of interest not only among the public but also among some candidates of the Presidential Election. Rohan Pallewatte and Mahesh Senanayake have included it in their election manifestos.


Election, the transformative opportunity

Views - 343 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Almost all the candidates who are genuinely contesting the Presidential Election have presented their election manifesto. But none of them have offered a practical vision to overcome the crisis that Sri Lanka is facing. The failure to build the natio


The 2019 Presidential Election and the aftermath

Views - 1544 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Following the announcement of the results of the Presidential Election on 17 November, and the new president swearing in, the ugly political system that has prevailed so far will end up giving way to an equally repulsive political system. It is the


Reflections on Presidential Elections

Views - 1249 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

The 2010 Presidential Election was a royal battle fought between two war heroes. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who gave the war its political leadership, was able to defeat General Sarath Fonseka, who had given it its military leadership. In the 2015


A questionnaire for presidential candidates

Views - 200 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

The issue of national security has become an important topic of public interest in this Presidential Election. It can be considered as a special situation that has arisen in the wake of the recent Easter Sunday suicide attacks on several Catholic Chu


Puzzles of Sri Lanka

Views - 1265 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:20

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, presidential candidate of the Podujana Peramuna, was able to hand in nomination papers for the Presidential Election by overcoming one legal hurdle. Though it has caused much excitement among his supporters, many people haven’t


Disabled electoral system and Gotabaya’s candidacy

Views - 456 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

The methodology adopted to elect people’s representatives and the elections held for towards that end can be considered a mirror that reflects the extent of decency of the political culture of the country. There is no political party system in our


Ours is a failed state

Views - 746 Friday, 27 September 2019 00:20

Whoever wins the Presidential Election, it will not be a solution to the crisis Sri Lanka is facing. It will aggravate the problem rather than alleviating it. With the announcement of the winner of the next Presidential Election, the presidential s


Mr. NOTA and understanding the Presidential Election

Views - 377 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 - 291 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 - 414 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 - 273 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 - 617 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 - 224 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 - 341 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 - 1038 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 - 456 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 - 437 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 - 431 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 - 392 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


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Forensic Audits part of bond scam cover-up

Saturday, 25 January 2020

From the time the bond scam was carried out by the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, that administration under the guidance of the former Prime Minister had been avoiding the law by regularly bringing up various distractions so that the true natur


Halting mega projects is untimely; Govt. can explore other options

Friday, 24 January 2020

In a Sunday newspaper on 5 January a news item titled ‘Mega projects on hold until August budget,’ ‘Drop in revenue after tax reductions prevents spending on major constructions,’ was not a development-friendly headline. It may be accurate o


Is any further expenditure on the Port City a waste of money?

Friday, 24 January 2020

Erase from the mind all that you have read and heard about it. Then take a blank piece of paper, draw an irregular circle, and draw a line to divide it into two. On the bottom half write 300 acres. That is our Port City! To get the size into a proper


Foundations of incivility

Friday, 24 January 2020

The lack of advanced political consciousness and democratic discipline can be considered as one of the main reasons for the crisis and the failure that Sri Lanka is facing. This can be considered a situation that has prevailed since independence. Sri


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