Wijith DeChickera

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

Views - 71 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 - 405 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 - 260 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 - 155 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 - 175 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 - 191 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 - 156 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 - 86 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 - 339 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 - 138 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 - 184 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 - 200 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 - 206 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 - 417 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 - 369 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 - 178 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 - 176 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 - 522 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 - 264 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 - 800 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 - 1539 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


One week later, I still know nothing

Views - 1490 Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

  I am writing this on the morning of the evening when the moon will be full. But I am not sure if the madness which follows has anything to do with lunacy. Since a week or so ago, I have begun to question everything I know&h


Not iron again

Views - 1659 Friday, 4 August 2017 00:00

If politics is the art of the possible, governance is the artifice of the sublime being reduced to the ridiculous in slow, sure, steps. Such as that of a republican government degenerating into a parody of the regime it replaced, while arousing th


The delicious ironies of idiotic democracy

Views - 1743 Friday, 28 July 2017 00:07

Life, as a musically-inclined poet of a previous age once essayed, is what happens when you are planning to do something else. Well, the same may be said for the intentions of Good Governance: that the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agle


Corruption: the third leg of a Government’s crooked stool

Views - 1847 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

If the human race is fallen, politics – perhaps – is where it shows most blushingly. It is, after all, the world’s oldest profession; having thrived before the fall. In the beginning, when God began to create all the other pastim


Dengue: why I am distraught, but not destroyed, by a Govt.’s response to it

Views - 2250 Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

With all due respect to those who have been afflicted by it, of course I am. While the desolation of the loss of a loved one to the deadly disease cannot be quantified, my position can be qualified by an argument which one hopes would not be inter


Out of SAITM, out of mind…

Views - 2086 Friday, 7 July 2017 00:09

Maybe the last thing we need is another pseudo-diagnostic comment on the vexed issue of private medical education. For no single piece – article, editorial, news feature – can hope to encompass the gamut of principles, values, passions


On which “beast’s” back does the burden of governance (not) rest?

Views - 2727 Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

I was very hopeful when circumstances necessitated a national government of sorts in a hazy summer concatenation now long forgotten. At the time, we all thought the union of two major mainstream mindsets would result in a smorgasbord of good thing


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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted


Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr


In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked


Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people


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