Columnists,Victor Ivan,Opinion and Issues

Playing with history

Views - 306 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 - 686 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 - 115 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 - 317 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 - 573 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 - 1025 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 - 213 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 - 293 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 - 146 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 - 351 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 - 432 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 - 522 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 - 698 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 - 379 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


The Second Freedom Struggle (Part II)

Views - 438 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

Although the political group that deserved the ruling power has been reinstated on account of the lawful and bold judgment given by the Judiciary, it will not act as a deterrent in preventing the collapse and the decadence of the State. The malicious


Overcoming the crisis: The second freedom struggle

Views - 720 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


Anarchy and the collapse of the State

Views - 359 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

The State can be compared to a machine of special type. Anyone who carefully reviews this machine and its operation would not find it difficult to see its faults and predict the duration of its life well in advance. By the end of the LTTE rebellion,


Understanding the root cause of the crisis

Views - 1794 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Presently, the Sri Lankan State has lost its dignified existence and the prowess that a state ought to have. Evidently, it is moving towards a virtual collapse. This, in my opinion is a direct outcome of the rotten state of affairs associated with th


The present crisis is likely to end up in a serious disaster

Views - 3243 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:15

Of the Executive Presidents who ruled the country prior to Maithripala Sirisena, J.R. Jayewardene and Mahinda Rajapaksa can be described as those who mostly and increasingly exhibited the majesty and the prowess of the post. Both had adequate powers


Today's Columnists

4-day work week: A solution to many problems?

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

A three-day weekend every week and only four days of work a week. The idea would seem too good to be true for many. But this is an idea that is being experimented in the West and some companies have already started out on a four-day work week. How ab


Christchurch massacre and the Australian Labor Party

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name… He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless… And to others I impl


Political bait to woo the professionals or a genuine effort to build the economy?

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

It has been a forgone conclusion that Sri Lanka’s current economic woes have been precipitated by the debt burden the country has to serve in the short term and the negative Balance of Trade. Whilst improving tax collection is a temporary measure t


Handagama’s Asandimitta: Not mere psychoanalysis; sociocultural, political and economic analysis too

Monday, 25 March 2019

Sri Lanka’s award winning film director, Asoka Handagama, screened his latest creative work, Asandimitta, before an invited audience in Colombo last week. This was a prelude to its public release, which was to be commenced immediately. Handagama i


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