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Securing a People’s Constitution

Views - 352 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 - 323 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 - 1475 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 - 1189 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 - 190 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 - 1245 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 - 444 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 - 731 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 - 357 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 - 283 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 - 402 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 - 264 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 - 608 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 - 203 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 - 328 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 - 1028 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 - 440 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 - 424 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 - 417 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 - 385 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 - 399 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 - 511 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 - 530 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 - 809 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 - 310 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 - 875 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 - 693 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 - 410 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 - 1467 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 - 436 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

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Victory over the oppressed

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The Presidential Election is over and the new President has taken his oaths. Although there were opinions expressed that there can be a second count of preference votes of the candidates other than the first and second, it was an easy victory for Got

The mantra of attracting high-end tourists

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

“Easier said than done!” is what many veterans of the tourism industry say whenever the subject of enticing high spenders to Sri Lanka is debated. That being so, some boutique brands have fetched high prices in the past though the current situati

Adopt high-impact interventions to secure future of antibiotics and rollback the global AMR crisis

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global crisis that threatens the future of our most precious drugs: antibiotics. Across the world, AMR kills an estimated 700,000 people annually, including 230,000 from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. By 2050,

A child’s guide to MCC Compact Sri Lanka

Monday, 18 November 2019

Intelligent children, unlike some of the adults, are curious, probing and questioning. They do not jump to conclusions until and unless they are convinced of facts that have been presented to them. Asani, a student in the Advanced Level class in a le

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