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The gains made by the Democratic Party (DP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) at the recently concluded elections for the Southern and Western Provincial Councils, along with modest performances by the ruling party and the main opposition party as well as a relatively lower voter turnout can be read in many ways.  One explanation has been dissatisfaction with the

Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00

For Sri Lanka, the only relevant resolution at this year’s UNHRC sessions is the one tabled by the United States of America.  It is relevant because it was on (read ‘against’) Sri Lanka.  If, however, the world is serious about the UNHRC and therefore whatever resolutions are tabled, voted on, adopted or rejected, then we would see decent coverage in

Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

It is pathetic, to say the least, when media rights advocates stretch and strain to scratch out some logic when they come out to defend their friends.  The Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, the Free Media Movement, and the Federation of Media Employees’ Trade Unions are up in arms about the arrest of two persons who have nothing to do with the

Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00

Only a mother who has lost a child can fathom the grief of a woman who has lost her son.  Balendra Jeyakumari is not a mother who lost a son. She’s a mother who lost three sons.  That’s not three-times the grief.  It is unfathomable grief.  This side of death, whatever closure is possible can only be wrought from

Full Article Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00

To plan for year, they say, you have to plant rice. To plan for a decade you have to plant trees and to plan for a century, you have to teach the people. I believe that’s a Chinese saying. Politicians think of the next election while statesmen think of the next generation. That’s common knowledge across time and space.

Full Article Sunday, 02 March 2014 00:00

Two questions have been posed by journalist Hafeel Farisz on the subject of Lasantha Wickremathunge: Has Lasantha’s journalistic panache evolved into a more vibrant and potent form of media, or have we been left still fighting to sift through the rubble after his death? What does it mean to the rule of law and the right of the public to

Full Article Sunday, 12 January 2014 00:00

Eric is a common name in the United States of America.  I’ve met many Erics in my time, but one of them I will never forget. This Eric lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I met him more than twenty years ago and might never see him again.  
Eric was a panhandler.  That’s ‘American’ for beggar.  Sanitized term, sociologists and literary theorists

Full Article Sunday, 12 January 2014 00:00

When the nation was hit by the DCD controversy, several things happened. For a few days Fonterra products were off the shelves. People also became wary of purchasing milk powder products from New Zealand. Maliban went on an advertising spree, claiming that they import from Australia and that the Government of that country claims milk powder DCD-free milk powder. Local

Full Article Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00

These are diary days. Calendar days too. All institutions, big and small, private and public, are busy getting diaries out. It is probably considered a serious come down for a self-respecting corporate entity not to print diaries for distribution among clients, employees, politicians and friends, corporate and otherwise. The diary bug seems to have stung the SME sector as well.

Full Article Sunday, 29 December 2013 00:00

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) does not trust the Government.  Nothing wrong in that.  If all political entities trusted and agreed with one another there wouldn’t be separate political parties for too long, never mind the fact that politics would be quite boring.  Mistrust, however, is not a one way street.  Those who do not trust and harp on the

Full Article Sunday, 29 December 2013 00:00

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