Wijith DeChickera

Religion and politics: a tale of two hypocrisies

Views - 277 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 - 225 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 - 339 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 - 331 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 - 133 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 - 143 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 - 135 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 - 197 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 - 131 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 - 134 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 - 320 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 - 270 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 - 105 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 - 313 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 - 527 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 - 201 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 - 206 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 - 453 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 - 287 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 - 188 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 - 202 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 - 217 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 - 183 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 - 123 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 - 364 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 - 154 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 - 200 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 - 218 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 - 220 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 - 228 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”.


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Overcoming the crisis: The second freedom struggle

Friday, 14 December 2018

The crisis that has been developing in Sri Lanka, manifesting itself in varied forms at different times since independence, has now taken the form of a constitutional crisis, threatening the survival of the Sri Lankan State. Regardless of the Court


Getting more women in the workforce

Friday, 14 December 2018

The current female labour force participation in Sri Lanka is around 36%. This means that a disproportionate majority of women still remain outside the labour market, with limited or no access to wages, pensions and other benefits tied to gainful emp


Our chit-chat – Can conversations make a nation?

Thursday, 13 December 2018

We are living through fascinating times dominated by online conversations with offline taking backstage. From the Arab spring to Yellow vests in France, the online has proven its potential and power – be it destructive or constructive! A reading o


The vote, the verdict, and the TNA ‘backstop’: Beyond ’56

Thursday, 13 December 2018

“Leader of PLOTE and TNA MP D. Dharmalingam …stated that he believes that Ranil Wickremesinghe has handed in a written assurance of several promises. …The promises are said to include agreements on constitutional amendments, freedom for politi


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