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“Where is yahapalanaya (good governance) in the new overnment?” Now this seems to be the million dollar question, at this juncture. Two and a half weeks after its election, the new government, led by President Mathripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has already shown some ominous signs where the idea of good governance is concerned.
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
I am getting a little tired of all the hype of Mahinda Rajapaksa being the worst and most autocratic President of this country. Everyone else has conveniently forgotten J.R Jayewardene the architect of the 1978 Executive Presidency. The all powerful Executive President who could overrule Parliament was created to ensure that the elite UNP could always remain in power.
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
One and a half months ago, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka, seemed invincible. He was surrounded by a family clique who wielded immense power in the country’s political sphere. He was the war-winning President as well as the leader of the Commonwealth nations who met in Colombo one and a half years back. It looked...
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Sri Lankans now have new President and another opportunity to focus their hearts and minds on the ethnicity based national question. The issue in hand is the feeling amongst some Tamils that they are not regarded as equal citizens of the country and they have not had merit based opportunities, particularly in education and jobs.
Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00
Although former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was praised for ensuring a smooth transfer of power to the new president, details that have surfaced after its exit mar the picture. Former common opposition circles, on Friday, claimed that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the former Secretary of Defence attempted to retain power through military...
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
The polls for the election of the President of Sri Lanka have just closed at the time of writing, and results are likely to be in during the next 18 hours. It seemed like a good idea now to declare publicly how I voted.I do so because we tend to fudge our previous opinions as soon as we find out…
Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
The presidential election has now entered its final and most “heated” stage. As of now, 26 MPs of the government have crossed over to the opposition and two stalwarts of the opposition have joined the ruling party pledging support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00
There are just four days left for a pivotal election where people of Sri Lanka will decide the fate of many political stalwarts. Hence this write up will reflect the concept of victory and defeat as such remains a decisive aspect of human dealings from war, to sports, to elections and many other areas of life. Accepting either victory or...
Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00
It is no exaggeration to say that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the largest Muslim party in the country led by Minister Rauff Hakeem, is experiencing a tough phase. Several years ago the SLMC dubbed itself as “king-makers” of the country’s political sphere. But today the party has found itself in a dilemma where the “king-making” process is concerned. Although...
Full Article Sunday, 28 December 2014 00:00
When terrorism was ferocious and playing havoc, Mahinda Chinthana 2005 was soft on the LTTE. Everyone knows what the reason was. In addressing the problem, Mahinda said in his so-called Chinthana, “The fundamental platform that I would base my initiative would be an undivided country, a national consensus and an honorable peace” on page 31. I am quoting from the…
Full Article Sunday, 28 December 2014 00:00
Just two and a half weeks before the election, Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena launched his election manifesto at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre. However, the launch of his election manifesto did not lack ‘drama’ – with which the political sphere of the country is characterized these days!
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently said “My hands are not tainted with blood or dirt.” He further said that, “On the day my hands are got tainted, I would cut them off.” From the gesture he made while saying this, anybody would think that he was going to cut his hands off below the elbow if they got tainted. This was...
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
Whatever said and done, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake’s crossover, which took place on the final day of nominations, was a surprise move that rocked the country’s main opposition – the United National Party. Attanayake’s possible crossover was in the grapevine for more than two weeks, but it all ended when he made an emotional public speech at ‘Sirikotha’ saying…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
Despite there being many speculations outside Parliament that there would be crossovers when the House met for the last day of the year, on Friday, there was nothing of that sort – most of the MPs were not present and the sessions ended earlier than expected. There was nothing special except for Amir Ali swearing in as a UPFA national…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
The presidential election is expected to enter into a crucial stage after tomorrow (08), with its two main candidates - President Mahinda Rajapaksa and common candidate Maithripala Sirisena - planning to accelerate their election campaigns following the final date of nominations. Although the common candidate held his first election rally in Polonnaruwa last weekend, his election symbol was not finalized…
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
Two UNPers are in trouble over their immature use of language. One is former Public Management Reforms Minister Naveen Dissanayake, who crossed over to the government from the UNP in 2007, contested the last general election under the UPFA ticket and couple of days ago returned to the Grand Old Party. He displayed his immaturity while addressing a Joint Opposition...
Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00
A week into the presidential campaign, the common opposition, led by candidate Maithripala Sirisena, has shown progress on some fronts while experiencing certain setbacks internally.The major progress on the part of the common opposition during the first week of the campaign is taking an early lead in the propaganda war – which plays an important role when determining the final…
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00
People tend to tell various things when they get drunk. Politicians, we may say, do better than the average when they get drunk because their drunken ramblings haven’t been just random thoughts and ridiculous notions. The levels of consumption of alcohol of our political leaders and their supporters have gone notches up dramatically in recent times as we are phasing…
Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00
Some believe that there was something wrong with the ‘auspicious time’ at which the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike formed the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in 1952. Although the party has managed to come to power on seven occasions over the past 62 years, it also lost seven general secretaries in the same process. The seventh general secretary to leave the...
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
From the Floor - Switching political alliances and talks of possible crossovers reigned above almost all the other affairs of Parliament last week. It had been long predicted that once the President proclaims the next presidential polls, the crossover time would commence and the so-called Common Candidate would uncover his face. Many in the parliamentary circuit knew Maithripala Sirisena to...
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

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