Wijith DeChickera

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...


A voice from the past

/ Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

A DEAD RINGER FOR DUPLICITY – While the republic reels under the regime-normalising deceptiveness of realpolitik, voices from the pa...


Is the Ship of State listing to Port?

/ Friday, 16 December 2016 00:05

SHIPWRECK? – Between the Scylla of statesmanship turned sour and the Charybdis of allegations of corruption and politicisation, the ...


Governance: On the bus! Or has it missed the bus?

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:01

‘ISSARAHA BAHINAWAA’ – civil society’s proclivity is bow out of a crowded bus when private interests and partisan ...


Plod, Goon, and other PG-rated plug-uglies

/ Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

I have a confession to make. A visit to the local constabulary reduces me – never the bravest of scribes, anyway (because I have far too much...


State monies and shadow missions

/ Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:01

My wife earns more than I do. I sometimes feel a worm on account of it. And other times I rationalise the income disparity. To each their own. We a...


We all live in a Whitened Submarine

/ Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:01

CROSSING GUARD – Perhaps we don’t need to enact new legislation to curb the free flow of dangerous chauvinist traffic into the...


The last trump, the last trick

/ Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

Some men lead lives of quiet desperation. Poets, philosophers, people in the street or on plebeian public transport, taxpaying citizens hard-presse...


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FDIs into capital markets?

25 March 2017

Yesterday’s FT article on the CSE road show in Melbourne, appealing to expat Sri Lankans, triggered this. Emotional pleas and guilt appeals may be good enough to generate some charity or philanthropy (and do not confuse it with im...


Jobs and no takers, or what?

24 March 2017

IT and Commerce Minister of Telangana State Minister Rama Rao speaking at the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit in Colombo said that the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge created a platform between Government, academia and industry t...


Cavaliers, roundheads and the big match season

24 March 2017

Big match season lays bare the tribalism and sexism in our society     Big match season brings out the best in us and also the worst, I think. The camaraderie and the loyalty of the old boys and the enthu...


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

24 March 2017

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 memorable as that which their opposition – rogue states, global terrorists – says. Because the...


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