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Politics

Politics

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka who is an expert in many fields expressed his ideas regarding the present political developments in the country in an interview with The Nation. Dr. Jayatilleka did not agree with the formation of a National Government, suspending the normal competitive functioning of the two-party system. He considers this move as a “dangerous deviation” and said that Sri…
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
There are politically important and serious reasons why this piece of legislation called the 19 Amendment has to go before the people for their direct approval, before it becomes law. 1.There was no transparency, no accountability in the drafting process. It is an accepted democratic practise to have the process of drafting a constitution as an open, people based process.
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has come out with a lengthy speech on the vexed matter of Treasury Bonds.  He has defended Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, pledged an investigation in the interest of affirming that there was no wrongdoing, defended the composition of the panel appointed to investigate and cast aspersion on several individuals and groups.
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
Sri Lankan civil society intellectuals and commentators who support the new dispensation are making the same mistake as Francis Fukuyama did, but in a far more facile and therefore far less forgivable form. When the Cold War ended, Fukuyama famously posited the End of History. It was crudely misunderstood to mean that history as a narrative had arrived at a…
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
Dilan Perera entered mainstream politics in 1994 after having made his contributions to the nation at local government level. He is a talented orator as well as a sports lover. Representing the Badulla District, he has offered his expertise in several ministries. Holding a commerce special degree, he is also qualified as an attorney-at- law. Recently he was appointed...
Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
Controversy has plagued the recent Central Bank bond issue, where it is alleged that Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s son-in-law Arjun Aloysius had advanced information which was used to extract massive profits in ‘judicious’ trading.  Aloysius is reported to have sold several 5-10 year bonds at low interest rates and reinvested in the 30 year bond which had an unprecedented high interest…
Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
 “It is my humble view Sir, if we are to progress as one Country with two nations…”  (‘Your Excellency Our President, we need one country with two nations’- CV Wigneswaran, Colombo Telegraph, March 3, 2015)  It became known as the Two Nation theory. That was the basis on which Jinnah fought for and obtained the partition of India and Pakistan,…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Nigeria is an important country for many reasons. First there is the jihadist group Boko Haram which has engaged in an expansionist campaign, freaking out everyone in the free world. Then there is the fact that Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy. Most recently however, everyone is interested in the upcoming elections with analysts predicting everything from widespread violence to a...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is presently experiencing what the United National Party (UNP) went through for nearly 20 years when it was in the opposition. A section of SLFP members, especially some representatives of the grassroots level, are on a feverish mission to bring ‘Mahinda’ back to lead the General Election Campaign of the SLFP as its Prime Ministerial…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
Spokesperson for the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA), staunch supporter of the Maithripala regime and shrill advocate of good governance Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri posed a question to certain individuals on Facebook.  He wants to know what they think are the political meanings of a political force Wimal Wererawansa, Dayan Jayatilleka and Vasudeva Nanayakkara are putting together with Mahinda Rajapaksa…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
“Is this President Sirisena’s government? If this government belongs to President Sirisena, how on earth do the SLFP supporters get hammered in villages? How do SLFP supporters lose their jobs? What we ask President Sirisena is to have his own government by having Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister.  The SLFP cannot form a government at the next election without...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
The rally held in Nugegoda on February 18 was history making. It was a well-attended gathering with a massive crowd probably close to 50,000 filling up all the space available in the built up town center.    People from distant places like Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Badulla and Amparai had come as revealed by the attendance books placed in various places in the…
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
No confidence motion, which was presented against Public Order Minister John Amaratunga with the signatures of 114 MPs in the House, certainly came as a shock to the UNP-led Maithrpala Sirisena government. It was a clear indication that the United People’s Freedom Alliance, which is the main opposition coalition at the moment, still wields the majority power in Parliament.
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
Sri Lanka’s minorities especially, TNA and SLMC, have voted for a change in a bid to solve their problems. Has the new government done enough to solve these issues? At present the focus is on how far the government has progressed in the 100 day program. We see and hear news relating to many corruption charges, highlighted by the media.
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
Before the recently held presidential election, none of the political parties in Sri Lanka had a more sophisticated propaganda mechanism than the United National Party. The UNP propaganda mechanism was more sophisticated than propaganda machinations of other parties as the UNP was in full control of its message. The ‘message’, more often than not, was created at the top and...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
President Maithripala Sirisena’s days are numbered.  That’s by his own admission, publicly announced in the speech he made immediately after being sworn in as the country’s president. He announced that he will not be sworn in a second time.  As such he numbered his own days, one can argue.  Given that he campaigned for a limitation of the very same...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
The interim budget statement, presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake on Thursday, was election, oriented in more ways than one. At the same time, it is different from the election, oriented budget presented by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in October, last year, just days before he announced the presidential election.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
The Opposition showed its might on the third day of new parliament on Friday. They not only flexed muscles, but also had their own way proving that a government without a clear majority in parliament is nothing but a very fragile one. Nobody knows how many members are there in the government nor opposition because the entire 225-member House has...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
“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

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