Wijith DeChickera

Running on full in a “Fuel’s Paradise”

Views - 210 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 - 213 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 - 221 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 - 428 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 - 384 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 - 189 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 - 191 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 - 537 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 - 282 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 - 809 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 - 1207 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 - 1559 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 - 1502 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 - 1685 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 - 1752 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 - 1862 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 - 2261 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 - 2106 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 - 2736 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


‘Good governance’: waiting for Godot? and other fairy tales!

Views - 2788 Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00

  AWAIT: Godot – while Good Governance was critical of a previous administration bringing the Attorney-General’s Dept. under presidential purview and placing urban development in the hands of the de facto defence minister,


‘Good Governance’: Failure of a five-pillared process?

Views - 3180 Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

When troubles come, they come not single spies but in battalions. And these days, the woes of the State as well as those of the Government are legion. Two months ago, the tragic collapse of that colossal trash-heap let loose a stink about the way


Nor any drop to drink

Views - 3043 Friday, 2 June 2017 00:04

I’LL DO MY CRYING IN THE RAIN: While the heavens weep, and people go to watery graves, politicians and planners whose principal duty is the welfare of their electorates drown in hypocrisy and cupidity. Then, as the flood waters rece


Mayday! Mayhem in the making?

Views - 3754 Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

By the time you read this, you would have perused many pieces, no doubt, on the precarious state of the nation of late. The painful memories of April-May – Meethotamulla pitfall and the proposed appointment of a military panjandrum to curb,


Those who wait

Views - 4953 Friday, 7 April 2017 00:00

Today, 5 April, as I write, my heart is strangely at peace. Not because justice has been done… or even looks remotely like it will be done in a singular landmark killing… But because the heart has its own reasons (of which reason kno


‘Storm warning’: Weathering some turbulence with stressful words

Views - 5388 Friday, 31 March 2017 04:55

The weather these days is a little like the political climate. Early sunshine, clouds on the horizon towards afternoon, scattered thundershowers in the late evening. As far as the incumbent administration goes, the bright patches have scurried ove


Of new social contracts and ‘goon squads’ on social media

Views - 5192 Friday, 24 March 2017 02:08

I don’t often quote the United Nations (UN). Not because they don’t say sensible stuff. But because their sound bites are not as memorable as that which their opposition – rogue states, global terrorists – says. Because the


Falsely framing the money shot

Views - 5467 Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

BOOM AND/OR BUST – on one hand congratulatory enthusiasm by the international monetary and political powers that be, coupled with handouts that underline their largesse as much as global commitment to Sri Lanka’s burgeoning investor an


The Battle of the Blasé

Views - 5397 Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

IT’S NOT THE ECONOMY, STUPID – As dismal and discouraging as recent commentary in certain quarters might make Sri Lanka’s past and present financial and fiduciary showing to be, it’s stress and tension in other spheres that


A ‘House’ divided, and a country at crossroads

Views - 5729 Friday, 3 March 2017 00:00

In the past week or so, two news items of national interest have driven if not dominated some media discussion. The first was when a spokesman for the governing coalition reawakened a country’s dormant interest in the constitutional reform p


A ‘Big Match’ ban: Monkey business?

Views - 6136 Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00

FEVER – There is a sense in which tradition (not always defensible on rational grounds) is a rite of passage for politicians as much as for schoolboys in which to “Be (Thou) Forever” means players from all walks of life partake i


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DMK Chief “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi excelled as a Tamil film script writer

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Muttuvel Karunanidhi, known to the Tamil-speaking world as “Kalaignar” (artiste), passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai on 7 August. Karunanidhi had been Chief Minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state for a total of 19 years. He was Chief Ministe


Bangladesh could be a happy hunting ground for Lankan entrepreneurs

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Bangladesh has traditionally been hospitable to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs and fortunately, the traditional friendliness has not given way to arrogance with the country’s growing prosperity. This was acknowledged at a meeting of Sri Lankan entreprene


Warriors who fight for a larger purpose

Friday, 17 August 2018

Are women more naturally inclined to cooperation than men? Sulochana Sigera’s impassioned statement at last week’s Women in Management Awards seemed to suggest so. Addressing the under-representation of women decision-makers, Sigera pointed to th


Do we sink or swim? No Michael, row the boat ashore!

Friday, 17 August 2018

Why Sri Lanka needs to strengthen geopolitical ties to be a competitive global economy by 2030


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