How important is authority? This is the thirtieth in a series of articles on rebels and rebellion written for the FREE section of 'The Nation'. Scroll to the end for other articles in this series. 'FREE' is dedicated to youth and youthfulness.Rebels are men and women of initiative. They are bold. They are by definition people who object to the state of affairs and ...

So, no one likes you? This is the thirtieth article in a series I am writing for the JEANS section of 'The Nation'. The series is for children. Adults consider yourselves warned...you might re-discover a child within you! Scroll down for other articles in this series. It often happens in schools and when you are young. You feel that the entire world is against you. ...

Little commonalities can heal the deepest wounds There are many victories in life. There are at least as many defeats when it is about a conflict that has come to an end. Just as there are countless fathers to victories there are as many interpretations of what was won and what was or who were defeated.We can debate for hours and with much vigor about how to ...

Kolombianism = Cameronism Cameron the Colombian tells 'Human Rights' to eff-offDavid Cameron’s Tories were re-elected. Hurray! I am all for conservatives and conservatism (expect when it comes to forests — the sustainable development of profit demands that we brush aside tree huggers and other such riffraff). So yes, let me say it again: HURRAY!What was most interesting about the UK elections, however, is ...

The 20th and the spectre of JR’s Referendum In July 1977 the United National Party (UNP) swept to power in a landslide electoral victory, securing a five-sixths majority in Parliament. JR Jayewardene promptly used this majority to enact a new constitution which not only created an executive presidency but vested it with unprecedented power. There was a safeguard to ensure that parliamentary representation would reflect the preferences of ...

What’s the deal Ravi K? The previous regime was the most corrupt in remembered history, according to those who sought to bring it down. That’s a claim that is a common cry by the Opposition. The regime of Chandrika Kumaratunage was similarly chastised. The lady was even dubbed ‘Chaura Regina’ (The Thieving Queen). This Government, however, moved quickly to bring to book alleged wrongdoers. High ...

The dimensions of success and failure Eduardo Galeano is one of my favourite authors. He writes things that can be read over and over again. They are always fresh and they always offer new perspectives. ‘Walking words’ is one that I particular like. I’ve not read it ‘cover-to-cover’. Some books are not meant to be read like that. I read it random-page by random-page. Last night’s ...

Rain, drains and brains This was written several years ago and published in the 'Daily News', to which paper I wrote a daily column titled 'The Morning Inspection'. Names have changed, but that has not stopped the rain. Re-posting on account of 'sustainable' relevance.‘Rain, rain, go away, come again another day…’ so goes the old nursery rhyme. I’ve never understood it; as a child ...

Gota confuses the hell out of me Kolombians are a distinct people from Colombo who know much -- so much that they are wont to think that others don't know and can't think. They have things to say. A lot of things to say. The entire country can learn from them. This is the twenty eighth in a series published in 'The Nation' under the title 'Notes ...

We are a smiling nation, thankfully Pic courtesy www.dominicdegrazier.wordpress.com. See his article on Sri Lankan smiles here.‘Words don’t come easy to me’ is the title of an F.R. David song. It’s old and not exactly remembered or hummed often. It is just that I was thinking of how easy it is to smile and how smiles come so easily to some and not to others. The ...

USAID moves to take over the Bar Association First they offer help and then they enslave ‘First they had the book and we had the land. Then they said “close your eyes, let us pray”. When we opened our eyes, we had the book and they had the land.’ -- Bishop Desmond Tutu on the relationship between invader and missionary in the conquest of Africa. It all began ...

Maithri has to address the Ranil-aberration Who backed out from which pact and what's the back-out price?Maithripala Sirisena could not have dreamed of defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa without the support of the United National Party (UNP). This is why he had to forge a pact (or have one forged for him) with the leader of the UNP, Ranil Wickremesinghe. The UNP would help him and if he ...

How many pairs of eyes do you want? This is the twenty ninth article in a series I am writing for the JEANS section of 'The Nation'. The series is for children. Adults consider yourselves warned...you might re-discover a child within you! Scroll down for other articles in this series. Wise people say that the honest look into the eyes of the people they talk to. Maybe that’s ...

Visualize, strategize and innovate This is the twenty ninth in a series of articles on rebels and rebellion written for the FREE section of 'The Nation'. Scroll to the end for other articles in this series. 'FREE' is dedicated to youth and youthfulness.Just three words but each is a subject that the rebel would do well do study. Easy to say, as always, hard ...

So you want to investigate environmental crimes? Wilpattu is not the only place where there is illegal felling of trees, encroachment etc. Pic courtesy www.srilankanstyle.com The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has called for Environmental Crimes Investigation Division. The proposal comes in the wake of allegations of wide scale deforestation in and around the Wilpattu National Park. The JVP, while referring to the above has named Minister Rishard ...

My tribe (with other support) set up a murder Are we hanging ourselves and are we ok with it if we are? Some die young and some live long. Some die from natural causes, some from unfortunate accidents. Some are murdered. Let us consider a hypothetical case of a young girl, who was battered and strangled to death at the age of 19. Let’s assume this gruesome murder was ...

Gota and ‘virality’ 'I had nothing to do with this,' Gota says. Went viral, nevertheless. There was a photo of former Secretary, Defence Ministry, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa with a caption that heavily borrows from the late Singaporean leader Lee Kwan Yew. ‘I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up the capital of this country. There’s nothing more ...

Maithripala: Blue or Green or what? Sometime late last year Maithripala Sirisena effectively left the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). As predicted, he was installed as the leader of the party he ‘left’ the moment he was elected President. He became the leader of a party whose entire membership almost campaigned against him. It certainly didn’t make for ideal leader-follower relations.The confusion was exacerbated by the ...

My ‘manaapaya’ for ‘No more Manaapa’ Intra-party poster wars are but one set of many problematic issues of the PR system which the 20th Amendment seeks to rectifyThe passage of the 19th Amendment was not easy. It was not expected to be easy either; politicians after all think about the next election and not the next generation. They are all made of promises; delivery is not ...

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