Columnists,Victor Ivan

Honesty and sincerity

Views - 365 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 - 364 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 - 352 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 - 480 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 - 483 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 - 773 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 - 297 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 - 843 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 - 656 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 - 397 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 - 1416 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 - 420 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 - 278 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 - 2299 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 - 816 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 - 3380 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 - 401 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 - 893 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 - 159 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 - 412 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


What went wrong with Sri Lanka? (Part II)

Views - 661 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:10

The independence movement of Sri Lanka cannot be regarded as a genuine independence movement initiated for liberating Sri Lanka from British dominance. The freedom it gained for Sri Lanka also cannot be considered a realistic freedom. The Indian inde


What went wrong with Sri Lanka?

Views - 1298 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:15

If Sri Lanka wants to get out of the present miserable situation, it needs to make a profound change, a paradigm shift in the way it views at everything including the religious, political and economic issues. Such a change could be made only by loo


Crisis of the Constitution

Views - 269 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Now, economically, Sri Lanka is in a state of virtual bankruptcy, which cannot be controlled. Politically too, it is on the verge of anarchy. Fluctuations of political crisis affect the economic crisis while those of economic crisis affect the politi


Understanding Sri Lanka through education and agriculture

Views - 335 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka is in a state of backwardness and confusion in terms of its knowledge on things as well as the way it thinks. This backwardness and confusion can be seen rooted even in accepted policies of far-reaching consequences – so much so that it h


Next choice of Sri Lanka, a People’s Constitution

Views - 178 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

At a meeting convened by the Punarudaya Movement, which was attended by 46 people’s organisations on 19 January at Kobbekaduwa Institution, Colombo, the topic of making a new constitution for the country was discussed at length reaching a consensus


Investigating corruption of the Yahapalana Government

Views - 407 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

Investigating into corruption alleged to have taken place during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was considered the most important responsibility of the Yahapalana Government during its initial years. However, following the cessation of the political a


Elimination of bribery and corruption

Views - 474 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Bribery and corruption can be regarded as a malicious cancer that has penetrated into almost every strata of Sri Lankan state. It can be considered a major factor affecting Sri Lanka’s poverty, backwardness and indebtedness. Abuse of power by thos


Roots of bribery and corruption

Views - 637 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:01

In this article, I hope to discuss the roots of bribery and corruption which has engulfed the Sri Lankan State. I am of the view that corruption cannot be eliminated by a ruling party which does not involve people actively in the process of governanc


Making a People’s Constitution for Sri Lanka

Views - 972 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is plunged into a historic situation in which its Constitution has virtually lost its spirit and the functional strength due to lack of consistency and the proper order that a Constitution ought to have. This situation has created a necessa


The second freedom struggle (III)

Views - 397 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

John Locke (1632-1704) was the first philosopher to introduce the concept of classical liberalism, a political ideology that argued that the sovereignty of the state rests on the people. The state derives its power from the people. He presented this


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Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Thursday, 18 July 2019

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati


I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha


Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t


Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio


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