Wijith DeChickera

The bald truth about fake news, etc.

Views - 6 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

In its most innocent forms, we may all enjoy a bit of ‘fake news’ and go to bed with a lighter heart and clean conscience. A meme on Facebook urging social media consumers to caution – “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet


Nuts to you, my dear sir

Views - 1165 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

We all know airline food isn’t much to write home about. So when a sitting president makes international headlines over it, you know something’s up. Whatever it is, it’s not our national carrier’s image or reputation. If it was low before and


Bigger they are, harder they fall

Views - 435 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

So, the rally was a success. No, it wasn’t. Yes, it was, because it was bigger than ever and everyone knows that bigger is better. Also, beggars can’t be choosers, so we chose some scoundrels off the streets to represent us at the showdown (like


Yes sir, no sir, three bags full of **it

Views - 569 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

I heard that a politico wants the people who call on him to address him as ‘sir’. He had put up a notice to that effect outside his office. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me bad to know. There is only so much that we law-abiding citizens


Up, up and away – well, not quite away

Views - 152 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

I am writing in much lighter vein today, having dispensed with the drug mafia last week. But don’t let that weigh heavy


A shadow falls over a drugged republic?

Views - 201 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

The political-signal-sending-savvy President’s outspoken call to execute drug dealers has been debated to the death – very nearly literally – most of the past fortnight or so. While prelates and clerics may have had their two cents’ worth to


Religion and politics: a tale of two hypocrisies

Views - 266 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief,


On leopards and other political animals being clubbed to death

Views - 215 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:10

I have a confession to make. Animals are among my favourite people – for, as Gerald Durrell might have suggested somewhere in his touching trilogy, they’re almost family. So when that poor leopard was clubbed to deat


Why we’re not so keen to keep nepotism in the family

Views - 324 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Some years ago, when the then President of Sri Lanka came in for calumny for having his son accompany him in a prominent


Refuse and recuse in Cloud-Cuckoo-Land

Views - 325 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:38

I had a dream. That there were monsters ruling the land in the disguise of being military champions. But then some knights in slightly tarnished armour rode to the nation’s defence and liberated us from our saviours. And all was well again. At leas


Of GOPs, gobs and godforsaken ops

Views - 128 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

There was a time when one might have admired the country’s Grand Old Party (GOP). It was the party of the Grand Old Man


The Rain Maker

Views - 135 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

I had been penning long pieces using what the subeditors at your favourite daily are pleased to call ‘dictionary words’, the idiots – all such words are in a dic!


Nebulous in Never-Never Land

Views - 128 Friday, 25 May 2018 00:00

A wag said on social media recently that the inhabitants of our Blessed Isle must have liked the royal wedding so much


Train a hero not a zero

Views - 191 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

No man is a hero to his wife or cat. Maybe canines pass muster with men because the former idolise the latter. As much


Twin Piques

Views - 120 Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00

Two things bother me. More than two, really! But let’s just stick to politics


Happy New Year, er, or identity

Views - 124 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 - 314 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 - 262 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 - 99 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 - 308 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 - 520 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 - 193 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 - 200 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 - 445 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 - 277 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 - 183 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 - 197 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 - 211 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 - 174 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 - 112 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...


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Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


The bald truth about fake news, etc.

Friday, 21 September 2018

In its most innocent forms, we may all enjoy a bit of ‘fake news’ and go to bed with a lighter heart and clean conscience. A meme on Facebook urging social media consumers to caution – “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet


Withholding Taxes – What, why, when?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The tax regime in Sri Lanka historically imposes WHT on both domestic as well as cross border payments. WHT on domestic payments eases revenue collection (e.g.: PAYE) while WHT on cross border payments are adopted by most countries to ensure that the


Withholding Taxes – What, why, when?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The tax regime in Sri Lanka historically imposes WHT on both domestic as well as cross border payments. WHT on domestic payments eases revenue collection (e.g.: PAYE) while WHT on cross border payments are adopted by most countries to ensure that the


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