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
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
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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/”
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...
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
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.
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.
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
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
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”.
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?
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Monday, 23 April 2018
I hardly watch teledramas, not only because I value my time but also because of their questionable value.
Leaders’ Retreat at Windsor Castle today
Queen declares CHOGM open amidst pomp and pageantry
A country’s sustainable future must be built on foundation of self-discipline and equity: Presiden
Queen Elizabeth II set to welcome 53 world leaders at Buckingham Palace today