Wijith DeChickera

On which “beast’s” back does the burden of governance (not) rest?

/ Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

I was very hopeful when circumstances necessitated a national government of sorts in a hazy summer concatenation now long forgotten. At the time, w...


‘Good governance’: waiting for Godot? and other fairy tales!

/ Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00

  AWAIT: Godot – while Good Governance was critical of a previous administration bringing the Attorney-General’s Dept. und...


‘Good Governance’: Failure of a five-pillared process?

/ Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

When troubles come, they come not single spies but in battalions. And these days, the woes of the State as well as those of the Government are legi...


Nor any drop to drink

/ Friday, 2 June 2017 00:04

I’LL DO MY CRYING IN THE RAIN: While the heavens weep, and people go to watery graves, politicians and planners whose principal duty...


Mayday! Mayhem in the making?

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

By the time you read this, you would have perused many pieces, no doubt, on the precarious state of the nation of late. The painful memories of Apr...


Those who wait

/ Friday, 7 April 2017 00:00

Today, 5 April, as I write, my heart is strangely at peace. Not because justice has been done… or even looks remotely like it will be done i...


‘Storm warning’: Weathering some turbulence with stressful words

/ Friday, 31 March 2017 04:55

The weather these days is a little like the political climate. Early sunshine, clouds on the horizon towards afternoon, scattered thundershowers in...


Of new social contracts and ‘goon squads’ on social media

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 02:08

I don’t often quote the United Nations (UN). Not because they don’t say sensible stuff. But because their sound bites are not as memora...


Falsely framing the money shot

/ Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

BOOM AND/OR BUST – on one hand congratulatory enthusiasm by the international monetary and political powers that be, coupled with handouts th...


The Battle of the Blasé

/ Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

IT’S NOT THE ECONOMY, STUPID – As dismal and discouraging as recent commentary in certain quarters might make Sri Lanka’s past an...


A ‘House’ divided, and a country at crossroads

/ Friday, 3 March 2017 00:00

In the past week or so, two news items of national interest have driven if not dominated some media discussion. The first was when a spokesman for ...


A ‘Big Match’ ban: Monkey business?

/ Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00

FEVER – There is a sense in which tradition (not always defensible on rational grounds) is a rite of passage for politicians as much as for s...


Of media freedom and other “myth”

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:23

 FOURTH ESTATE, OR FIFTH COLUMN – “I may disagree with what you say. But I will to defend to the death your right to say it.&rdquo...


A country sans corruption and other soft sixty-niners

/ Thursday, 9 February 2017 00:00

 THE POLITICS OF PRINCIPLED PRECEPTS NOT PRACTISED? – When political messiahs ride to the rescue of a republic tottering under the total...


No! To Nugegoda as a Nuremberg?

/ Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:00

    The crowd is large. The scenery is packed with stormtroopers. The energy of the rally is tangible. In the street, ban...


Make Sri Lanka great again?

/ Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

THE GREAT DIVIDES – While the powers that be plod the ‘Rubber tyres from Marangoni’ route, a more plebeian opposition is still sh...


A Prosperity Gospel on the peerless Silk Route

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:04

  I was down south a little over a week ago today. At the increasingly misnamed Galle Literary Festival (GLF): which, in its ...


‘Humbugstota’ and more humbling happenings: Moral fable sans morale

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

The sun rises in the south. While Colombo sleeps peacefully and the rest of Sri Lanka slumbers fitfully. Many times before, the first stirrings of ...


An Epiphany for Egregious Governance

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

THE USUAL SUSPECTS – While those who committed the media crime of the century still skulk about, an unhappy band of pilgrims continu...


The Grinch that stole Good Government’s Christmas gift

/ Thursday, 29 December 2016 08:15

GOOD GOVERNANCE GIVETH, AND GOOD GOVERNANCE TAKETH AWAY – The unspeakable, unutterable, unfathomable gift was the focus of Christmas...


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Saman Kelegama: Even the blood running through his veins is oriented to economics

27 June 2017

The bearded economist who saw shortcomings of Sri Lanka’s liberalisation move My association with Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies or IPS, dates back to the early 1990s when I had the opportunity to...


ICC cricketing lessons for Sri Lankan economy

27 June 2017

     It has been proven over time how sports strategies can be used by many other disciplines. An eagerly anticipated event on the cricketing calendar was the ICC Champions Trophy. An underdog in terms of its rank we...


A conspiracy theory: Tread with extreme caution, Sri Lanka

24 June 2017

  Politics as the science of attaining “power” The first lessons taught to any student of the science of politics almost invariably includes a reference to the 16th century Florentine philosopher Machiavell...


Most Venerable Mahanayake, I don’t know why…

24 June 2017

“I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding” – Tennessee Williams, Sweet Bird of Youth     A few days ago we had the Ven. Warakagoda Shri Gnanarathana, Mah...


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