Wijith DeChickera

People’s representatives as a workforce in power

/ Friday, 23 September 2016 00:01

Awake, O sleepers, the time to do some real work has come! Admit it. The headline floored you. There you were on a Friday morning ...


Give me liberty, or give me death! (or better yet, at least a cool beer at day’s end)

/ Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00

One thing you can count on to see our island-race through some tough times is our legendary sense of resilience. (I’m going to ignore the rac...


To Ban or not to Ban, that is key to ‘truth’

/ Thursday, 8 September 2016 00:06

THERE’S A NEW MOON – it’s once in a blue moon that the stars align in Sri Lanka’s favour; and now that the star pl...


MS and the Managed Spectacle

/ Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:10

WHEN TROUBLES COME – an under-siege chief executive is fast discovering that the singular joy of being the Democratic-Republican pro...


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...


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27 September 2016

Given the celebration of tourism week, it is interesting to study the different practices of countries in driving tourism strategy. One case study which emerged showing a destination which drove the basics of business - Segmentation, Targeting and...


Top 5 new racists in Sri Lanka

27 September 2016

Lankan politicians believe they deserve to be treated as royalty simply because they got the people’s vote   When asked from Morgan Freeman (not Nelson Mandela) “how are we going to get rid of racism?” he ans...


Tourism: Thailand vs. Sri Lanka

27 September 2016

China is a growth market for us; Thailand gets eight million tourists from China and it is still growing. We must learn from the Thai experience     Thailand gets 25 million tourists a year. Sri Lanka gets close t...


Techno City is the first step in the right direction but there is much more to be done to attain the final goal

26 September 2016

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