Columnists,Wijith DeChickera

Happy New Year, er, or identity

Views - 92 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:54

A lamentable trend in national affairs of late has been to interpret reality on the surface of the status quo. If it is managed spectacles like no-confidence motions that divert attention from unpopular fiscal policy, for instance, we pick our horse


Pen still not mightier than the sword of cheap political talk

Views - 275 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

Today, 5 April, as I write, my heart is strangely still at peace since the same time last year. Not because justice has been done… or even looks remotely like it will ever be done in a singular landmark killing on our once war-torn landscape. But b


Caesar’s seizure and a common candidate

Views - 250 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

Today (as I write, on 15 March) is a red-letter day for democratic-republicanism. It commemorates the occasion on which a klatch


Dark side of the noonday for netizens

Views - 88 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

I don’t know when power will come back on, and the people of politico-suburbia be reunited on social media. But at the time of writing


Free Wi-Fi but Facebook fails

Views - 293 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:10

Just one thing today. TGIF. Hope together with the rest of pluralism embracing Sri Lanka that Jumma brings some measure


A big match between fire and fury

Views - 498 Wednesday, 7 March 2018 00:00

If you live in Sri Lanka and truly love it, what’s happening right now must hurt “real bad” (as the vulgar phrase goes).


A new ‘Do Not Attempt’ approach to nation-building and other non-starters

Views - 179 Friday, 2 March 2018 00:00

A recent announcement from the retiring editor of a citizen-journalism forum had us reaching for our French dick. It said, “Plus ca change.


Something happened out there, but what’s going on in here right now?

Views - 183 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

I have a confession to make. Yours truly has really lost track of what’s happening in the arena we call national politics.


Move on, mandate still in place

Views - 428 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:10

In the post polls blogosphere, sundry pundits are having a field day. It is open mic session in media, both social and mainstream


Polls: war by other means

Views - 262 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

By the time you read this heaven knows what other cat our political leadership would have let out of the diplomatic bag.


The new math or the same old matrix

Views - 172 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

If members of parliament are O-Level-failed, it’s a failure of the legislature that reflects poorly on the struggling electorate as much as on state education


Is there LIFE in an old republic?

Views - 184 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

I feel something queer come over me, as the actress said to the bishop. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi in the air these days


Woozy on the boozy big picture

Views - 196 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Welcome me back with a stiff one, cheerful reader, I’m coming to this party a little late. While I was away on vacation


A Clarke orbit not swung round in

Views - 158 Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00

In his 1930 poem W. H. Auden issued this challenge: “Let us honour if we can / the vertical man / though we value none / but the horizontal one/”


Media freedom – the other side of democratic midnight

Views - 91 Friday, 15 December 2017 03:10

Last week I challenged the powers that be to walk the talk on media freedom. Because it had become increasingly obvious that only murder and...


A ‘media conspiracy’ and the real McCoy

Views - 343 Friday, 8 December 2017 00:00

I won’t beat about the bush today. I don’t want to talk about stuff and nonsense when there are better things to discuss such as ‘enterprising’ budgets and how this Government’s growth and development initiatives are made of ‘star stuff


The ‘disappointments’ of a true democracy

Views - 139 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

I was distraught to discover the other day that our Head of State had allegedly caused some distress to a naïve young politico.


Starship budgets and the “Bicycle Brigade”

Views - 185 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:08

One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.


Running on full in a “Fuel’s Paradise”

Views - 203 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:10

It would be punny if it weren’t pathetic. I won’t floor the pedal on the issue – even though it is quite a gas. Because by now (even if your tank is still empty – and especially if it is) you must have had it ‘up to here’ with all the


House under water

Views - 190 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

There were a few things that would get us island folk in a flap in days gone by. Cricket, coconut spirits, cost of living – these about cut it then. Today you can add constitutional reform to the heady mix that has us islanders ready to get our sar


Meritocracy in a Democracy and other oxymoron-morons

Views - 209 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Every now and again some state mandarin will make a statement that reminds people (ok, me) of Monty Python’s “Flying Circus”.


Priming the pump to make your MP jump

Views - 420 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Here’s a radical idea. What if – instead of liking it or lumping it as you do for years on end – the voter could hold his or her Member of Parliament accountable for their performance?


That big bad wolf is out to get you!

Views - 370 Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

I think you know what one means. There is always someone else whose fault it is that life sucks.


Media Freedom: alive and not so well… is it?

Views - 180 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Today the only corpses in sight are those lining the bullpen – critics and social commentators who have fallen asleep at their desks, lulled by a democracy that offers peace but pre-empts justice. Oscar Wilde,


Powerful zealots and the prisoners of Zen

Views - 182 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

I have been thinking about prison and their inmates a lot recently. Not because it is the pleasantest of subjects. But because I have been bombarded by media, social media, and antisocial elements on the subject. And I’m beginning to smell a rat. O


Paper generals playing party games

Views - 525 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

I never thought the day would dawn when I could agree with Wimal Weerawansa. Which might explain the heavy rain these days? He says he can’t understand Sarath Fonseka’s stand on war heroes.


If you can’t COPE, quit

Views - 269 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

I’m turning the page today. Which is to say: I’m trashing ‘realpolitik’ – which was rubbish in the main anyway – and throwing down the gauntlet.


The good, the bad, and the ugly – and how it is harder to tell them apart now

Views - 801 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

As with many other champions of just causes, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe may have gone from campaigning for justice to becoming just another crusader out to claim his own rights and privileges. But unlike many other pseudo-democrats who travers


Cleanse those ‘Augean Stables’ – don’t just bolt the barn doors!

Views - 1196 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

I am amazed – and amused – by the spate of “ministerial responses” to Ravi’s exit last week. The Prime Minister has promised to expedite the backlog of anticorruption cases his administration appears to have shelved f


Waiting – still – for ‘Godot’ to come clean

Views - 1543 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Good things come to those who wait… as the actress said to the bishop. But all this making us wait for the inevitable end is the sublime descending into the ridiculous – as the bishop replied. In the end, the man went… as he co


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Monday, 23 April 2018

To sustain economic growth, Sri Lanka needs a critical pool of daring people who would see things differently and design a new future.


Lalith: An invincible legacy

Monday, 23 April 2018

The twenty third day of April, 1993 is among a handful of blots in our national hall of shame. It was the day on which a lone gunman, perhaps with conspirators yet unknown, acted to neutralise a political threat by depriving all Sri Lankans of the in


Sri Lanka lost its maritime aspirations 60 years ago

Monday, 23 April 2018

Protectionism was the key factor that prevented Sri Lanka becoming a maritime hub 60 years ago,when our leaders could not see beyond the horizons to develop the nation in the late 50s and early 60s, which opened the doors to Singapore to be what it i


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Monday, 23 April 2018

I hardly watch teledramas, not only because I value my time but also because of their questionable value.


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