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In a process where a choice has to be made, naturally it singles out a person as the choice while the others, who are not chosen, end up as ‘Rejections’. ‘Election’ in its true meaning should be to ‘single out the best and the most suitable’ not to punish the ‘demerits’ in an act of vengeance.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

These are days of political loyalty.  Political betrayal too.  Crossing lines.  Shifting allegiances.  The shifts and the speed of movement bring to mind a soliloquy in UdayasiriWickramaratne’s ‘Suddek Oba Amathai’ (A white man addresses you).  This particular segment was called ‘Ithihasaya Oba Amathai’ (History addresses you).  Jayalath Manoratne played ‘History’ or rather gave voice to a note on history.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

In politics there are no permanent friends or enemies.  Given the heavy two-way traffic, pole vaults, crossing and double-crossing (e.g. Udaya Gammanpila), that line seems to be the key definer of Sri Lankan politics come election time.  Crossing party line provides entertainment, especially when sober claims and self-righteous statements about principles previously made are considered. This happened in April 2004, just...

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Walls normally are meant to separate, to keep people and things apart. However, not all walls are about separation. Walls can also be about inspiration, unification and purification. Sri Lanka needs a wall to bring us together, to unify, to inspire and to glorify our differences. For far too long we have allowed the carrions of our society to...

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Crossovers have been part and parcel of Sri Lanka’s political journey since gaining independence. Indeed, it was S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s crossover from the United National Party (UNP) to form the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that gave rise to an effective two party system in the country.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

As the sole survivor from Friday’s (December 12) Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) plane crash at Hokandara, Athurugiriya, fights for his life in hospital, members the Court of Inquiry appointed by the Air Force Commander have commenced the arduous task of piecing together what exactly happened.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

The next Presidential Election has pitted two candidates both belonging to the same party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party. One is sitting and the other a choice from circumstances, arising from the divisive and divided opposing parties and groups who got united for the common purpose to defeat Rajapaksa’s family empire and their foothold in Sri Lanka, while seeking...

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

The ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) was taken by surprise when the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena emerged as the ‘common’ candidate for the opposition for the presidential elections, but it is now formulating its response. It is no secret that the UPFA was counting on the opposition offering United National...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri is better known by a nickname he earned as an undergraduate, ‘Vamaa’, translatable as ‘Lefty’. Whether or not this had anything to do with ideological preferences, Nirmal has certainly been fascinated with Left politics. Indeed, to the extent that left-right distinction is still valid in Marxian and subjective terms (read self-identified) Nirmal is still ‘Left’. Perhaps this...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Duminda Nagamuwa from the Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP), formed by a breakaway faction of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is among the candidates contesting the upcoming presidential election. He sat down with ‘The Nation’ to explain why he chose to come forward as a candidate from the left and what the FLSP hopes to accomplish.

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Western Provincial Council Member KD Lalkantha is a key leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and is active in the labor movement. In an exclusive interview with ‘The Nation’, he discussed the stance of the JVP on the presidential election, and the changes needed to be done to the political system. Excerpts...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

The Republic of South Korea was an underdeveloped state in 1950s witha poverty stricken and illiterate peasantry in politically tense mood. After the Korean War, (ideology based), and coming under strong political leaders South Korea moved rapidly into a phase of smart development:  human resource developmentcombined with acquisition of advanced technology.

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

“I hate the goddamn system! But until someone comes along with changes that make sense, I’ll stick with it.” – Clint Eastwood as “Dirty Harry” Callaghan, in ‘Magnum Force’ (1973)  Those who criticize my continued ‘nonaligned’ approach to the Presidential election and the candidates, as well as my refusal to convert unthinkingly to the cause of the joint opposition, make the cardinal...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Your Excellency, I must confess at the outset that I am deeply hurt and miffed by the fact that I was overlooked when the names of the jounos to receive new laptops was finalized by your administration. I don’t care much about car loans or car permits because I want to reduce my carbon footprint. I do admit that I...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Bruxelles (AFP)- Belgium's former queen Fabiola, the Spanish-born widow of the popular king Baudouin, who was recently at the centre of a row over her yearly allowance, died on Friday, the palace said. She was 86. A devout Catholic who burst on the scene 55 years ago, Fabiola was widely celebrated for bringing spark to a sullen king struggling to connect with...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

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