Wijith DeChickera

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...


Jackboot off Journalism?

/ Tuesday, 8 November 2016 00:01

DEAD AND ALIVE – The ghosts of a generation of lost journalists still haunt the corridors of power today. Their deaths, or abduction...


COPEing with the fallout

/ Tuesday, 1 November 2016 00:01

The COPE report on the CBSL imbroglio was a shower of blessings. In the end, it was evidently unbiased and unabridged. It looked the chief suspects...


Who will guard the guards, when the wardens ward off the law for friends?

/ Friday, 28 October 2016 00:01

  SIT IT OUT, NOT QUIT IT!? – Concur or conquer, the machinery of state as in CIABOC as much as the engine of legislative oversi...


Aiyo, sirrah! The last hurrah?

/ Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

While you were sleeping, some of us dreaming, the world of words changed overnight. Quietly, while almost no one was watching, a superb Sri Lankan ...


Brats 3.0 and acting the goat

/ Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:01

BOYS WILL BE BOYS? – was once the war-cry of a plethora of pestilential political progeny – it seems the plague isn’t ov...


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SAITM and private medical schools: One bad start should not lead to throwing away a good idea

20 February 2017

Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka's newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (available at: http://www.saitm.edu.lk/), has been denoting a derogatory meaning in Sri Lankans' pres...


Delightfully imperfect?

18 February 2017

  A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     “Forty-year-old Mrs. Doreen Kulandivelu ...


Mother Lanka pregnant for the third time!

18 February 2017

A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background                                      &nbs...


Acting now for a better Sri Lanka

17 February 2017

Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of conflicts and will force people to survive and find a suitable way to live somewhere else – Pic by ...


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