The great pretenders

Views - 2213 Wednesday, 8 July 2015 00:00

 When the 8 January revolution was launched, it was envisaged that the nascent movement to reintroduce democratic-republicanism to the island would encounter much opposition. The Government at the time – a regime that had been incumbent

Looking back at 19A – Not in anger, but with angst

Views - 2122 Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Many who take a via media view of the so-called victories won by the passage of 19A see a mixed bag of results. One of the key areas in which the outcome was quite different to what was anticipated by the architects of the cornerstone pie

Growth with integrity: The bridge too far?

Views - 2201 Wednesday, 3 June 2015 00:00

 The Government appointed more Ministers recently, pictured here with President Maithripala Sirisena   I think you might have read with some interest – or no small measure of irritation – the news that the Gov

The mouth doth speak out of the abundance of the heart

Views - 1744 Thursday, 28 May 2015 00:47

   Westminster it isn’t. At least, not in terms of rapier-sharp wit and scintillating repartee! But provoke the firebrand rabble-rousers in Parliament long and hard enough, and sooner or later – out pops the cloven ho

Ridding the republic of rotten reporting

Views - 1534 Friday, 22 May 2015 00:00

 Comparisons are odious. As we said in this column last week, urging a principled government minister not to contrast the administration of which he is a part with the one immediately past. Because the virtue of a republican government must

The Al Capone syndrome and odious comparisons

Views - 1429 Friday, 15 May 2015 00:05

Today, Jinny and Jonny. Yesterday, Tissa and Sashi and Basil. Who will it be tomorrow, GR and/or MR? That is as far as actual arrests go! There has also been a veritable gallery of alleged rogues hauled in to give account before the dreaded FCID v

That farmer who gave up his fasces

Views - 829 Sunday, 10 May 2015 13:37

  Pinch me, someone: I think I’m dreaming. In the past 120 days, the country has undergone a sea-change into something rich and strange. So much so that not even democracy-loving citizens who went to sleep slaves on 8 January would

The movements and men of the moment who mustered 19A or militated against it

Views - 1038 Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

  The fact that game-changing nation-saving legislation such as 19A struggled in the womb so much before it could be born is a good thing. At least in the opinion of those who have gotten over the disillusionment of the somewhat dubious e

Nice speech; now let’s get real

Views - 2412 Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena delivering his address to the nation on Thursday I think the whole country, from casino kings to constitutional tinkers, watched, heard, or read the full text the next day of the President’s address to the nati

100 up, but not 100 n.o.?

Views - 1153 Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

As the ‘century’ comes up on Good Governance’s scoreboard, there are many sportive questions which beg answers. Was it a classic and flawless knock? Were any serious chances offered, or stunning catches taken? Where could the dawdling run rate

Resolving some key amendments, refocussing ways to see it all…

Views - 1675 Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

It’s almost 1:47 p.m. on 14 April, as I write. The sun is poised to transit – astrologically speaking – from the House of Meena (Pisces) to the House of Mesha (Aries). The star around which we orbit, to put it poetically, is about to show a new

As day 90/100 approaches: ‘Arresting developments’

Views - 2466 Wednesday, 8 April 2015 00:00

  One of the great expectations of a good-governance-touting administration was that it would bring a whole cabal of lawbreakers of yesteryear to book. But a closer scrutiny of the coalition government’s erstwhile election manifesto rev

Who’s the April fool now?

Views - 2295 Wednesday, 1 April 2015 00:10

Today, on the first day of a new month, my mind goes back to that dawn, no more than three moons ago, when some of us had our legs pulled. It was a dawn of hope in which many democratic-republicans waxed eloquent about the change that was to be. But

M.R., M.S., and Mr./Ms. Machiavelli?

Views - 1248 Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

  There are at least three ways to view the sudden swell in the numbers of government ministers earlier this week. The first is a charitable one – that “these things happen” and it’s all to be expected (and even accepted) as par

What “game” is Govt. banking on?

Views - 1509 Friday, 20 March 2015 00:00

There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight as I write. Not because there’s “ten to make and the match to win” or “ten to make and the last man in”. But because the match – the match that made all the difference to Sri Lanka’s Worl

Subverting the Co-Government’s 100 days with 50+ shades of grey

Views - 1941 Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

  We write with no great sense of surprise, as the Government of half-the-people reaches it more than midway mark, that this administration lacks the desired colour: the one it advertised in its election campaign. In comparison to the pr

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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

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

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