Wijith DeChickera

An old presidential ethic, or a new political culture?

/ Friday, 26 August 2016 00:06

  THE X FILES – the more some things change, the more they remain the same… You could think we would know better ...


A rip in time and militating against the fall of night...

/ Friday, 19 August 2016 00:01

  RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT – The debacle in the House last Friday pales in comparison with the desolation suffered (a...


Memories of midnight

/ Friday, 12 August 2016 00:04

THE LONG MARCH – not so much a blast from the past, but a whimper from the world of wishful thinking? That the juggernaut which once...


Ignorant armies march by day

/ Friday, 5 August 2016 00:00

  MARCH – Pointless foot-soldiery of a passé regime, or potent force for present and future political-culture change? ...


The New Republic: Making it or Faking it?

/ Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

A week and more ago, those of us who remembered celebrated humanity’s greatest adventure yet: our first (manned spacecraft) moon landing on 2...


“Nationalist” Government – to counter nationalistic rhetoric?

/ Friday, 22 July 2016 00:00

NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER – The spirit of a nascent Sri Lankan nationalism (inclusive, tolerant, Other-embracing) might be compromi...


A Coalition that seems all at C

/ Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00

CORRUPTION – that third C in the triad, not mentioned in the article below with its other two companions: Car-pālanaya and Comrade-...


All the President’s mien

/ Thursday, 7 July 2016 00:00

Much ink has been spilled over the alleged (we’re still COPE-ing) CBSL bond scam, the stubborn refusal to deal with an issue, power-plays aro...


Soft exit strategy for silent old guard, while our young republican watchdogs bay for blood

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

  The silent treatment   It’s the clever young man who writes a column for another newspaper who made me re...


Heroes, heroin, and the shadow republic

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

 Drug busts of gargantuan dimensions signal that detection is ongoing, even if a crackdown on crime cartels in the present does not necessaril...


Pragmatic democracy and other disasters

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00

 How can the new political culture justify excesses such as supplementary estimates amounting to billions of rupees amidst exigencies such as ...


Attack of the Corrupt Clones

/ Wednesday, 8 June 2016 00:00

The London 2016 Global Anticorruption Summit (GAS) may have supplied practitioners of the classic island defence of retreating to the high...


The sound of silence deafens democracy?

/ Wednesday, 1 June 2016 00:00

   Courtesy: Osho News    Before anything critical of our crumbling republican government (the ‘G...


Noah’s Albatross and Postdiluvian Politics

/ Friday, 27 May 2016 00:00

 APRÈS MOI, LE DÉLUGE! In the aftermath of the Great Flood of 2016, if Sri Lanka is to Build Back Better, the political leadersh...


Presidential sonatas in five not-so easy pieces

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:05

    There’s a nip in the air these days … and I don’t mean the depressive cyclonic weather that we&rsq...


Has our whole House gone with the wind?

/ Friday, 13 May 2016 00:10

 CAPTAIN SRI LANKA: CIVIL WAR – While the nation struggles to transform itself from a post-war to a post-conflict society, our elected r...


Who let the war-dogs out – again?

/ Saturday, 7 May 2016 00:00

We hear with some interest the recent argument of the Prime Minister that the free media has a fair share of the blame to bear for the spread of an...


On the fast track – or on the road to dusty death?

/ Friday, 29 April 2016 00:00

THE WRITING IS ON THE WALLSTRÖM: Sri Lanka is looking increasingly like the prettiest girl on the beach in this region. Here, Sri Lankan Forei...


A time to reflect – and refocus

/ Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

GO EAST, YOUNG MAN/ WOMAN/ AND CHILD! As the sun rises over the shallow waters of Passikudah Bay in Sri Lanka’s once war-torn north-...


Out with the old, in with the new?!

/ Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:01

Sri Lanka is on the cusp of something. Not just #avurudu, which is *aluth* every new year... when the sun transits from the House of Mina (Pisces) ...


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Going back to the basics: SMEs need a single line ministry

30 August 2016

Let’s accept it - we are facing challenging times politically and economically. While some can blame the past, the fact of the matter is that the private sector is crying out for policy consistency and the support of the public sector throug...


Towards a mosquito-free monsoon

30 August 2016

Mosquitos spread life-threatening diseases; control them now Mosquitos are a pest with no equal. Though not all mosquitos transmit life-threatening diseases, those that do kill approximately 725,000 people worldwide every year. When n...


Economics of A.S Jayawardena Part III: AS’s short spell as Central Bank’s Economic Research Director

29 August 2016

The summary of the episodes so far The first part of this series looked at how AS, a radical socialist economist in his young days, was converted to a free market economic thinker. The second part dealt with how he took forward the mission of th...


Tourism can be Sri Lanka’s oil well if we drill with the correct marketing tools

29 August 2016

  Branding is a promise that will persuade tourists to come to Sri Lanka. It must be based on meeting the needs of the tourists from our target markets.The real challenge is to really understand these needs Success depends on ...


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