Eraj Ravindra Fernando is one heck of a politician. Following the incident in Hambantota where a set of UNP parliamentarians were attacked by a mob, Fernando, captured on camera with pistol in hand made a series of statements. First he said he didn’t have a gun and that he had come to protect the said parliamentarians. Then he said it ...

He walks with his words in unmapped territories My father is a voracious reader, but I don’t recall him reading bedtime stories to us. I remember two occasions, though, when he sat us down and read. The first was when I was about five years old. He had a Ladybird book open and was trying to teach us to read. ‘B-L-A-C-K,’ he read out the letters, and asked ...

I am a ‘can’t do without and wish it was not so’ kind of entity to most, especially to those living in a tiny island called Sri Lanka. These days. I am right ‘above’. I have, for a few days at least, become a shadow-robber. Now this is not exactly an island of people that worship me. I am referred ...

President Mahinda Rajapaksa knows how to smile. Everyone knows this, even those who erroneously think that his biggest strength is his affable nature and the ease with which can interact with people from all walks of life. He can make a joke and he can take a joke. As is the case of all leaders he has had his share ...

Ranil can win too and other tidbits Ranil can win too The Sri Lankan cricketers secured a world title after losing 4 finals (2 in the 50-over format and 2 in the T-20 version). A string of defeats does not mean endless defeats. Victory is possible, the cricketers showed. Ranil Wickremesinge and the UNP can take heart. Perhaps Sanath Jayasuriya should be consulted. He might give a ...

How about celebrating the ’78 Revolution? Ask those interested in Sri Lankan history what the year 1978 signifies and 9 out of 10 will say something about the 2ndRepublican Constitution, that pernicious document authored by JRJ that is largely to blame for most of our governance problems over the past three deacdes. This constitution came around the time that J.R. Jayewardene famously said ‘let the robber ...

Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe came up with a strange, important and revealing statement in the run up to the Southern and Western Provincial Council Elections. He said that if he is elected to power (in a presidential election, obviously, and complemented by a victory in a general election), there will be no threat to Sri Lanka from the ...

[In a parallel universe of course...]We’ve had enough of people claiming to speak on our behalf. We’ve been named and in that naming we’ve been shamed. Words never uttered have been attributed to us. Preferences have been discussed and determined where none have been made. It’s largely our fault. Those who abstain tend to stay home, tend to keep their ...

As is now par for the course come Season Geneva the usual suspects in the Hang-Sri-Lanka bandwagon came up with self-labeled ‘damning’ evidence of atrocities committed by Sri Lankan security forces. Let’s not go there, for the lie is known to liar, lied to and lied about. Geneva is not about truth-falsehood, good-evil, justice-injustice or moral-immoral. It’s about power. But ...

Bandula Nanayakkarawasam’s ‘Sekera Moment’ Perhaps it is because of a discernible suppression of Mahagama Sekera in the larger discourse of 20th Century Sinhala literature that people sometimes express the wish that the great man be elevated to his rightful place among literary greats. It might be for this very reason that some who attended an event at the Light House Galley on April 7, ...

Chandimal is my World Cup hero There can’t be any Sri Lankan in Dhaka without a smile. There can’t be any Sri Lankan anywhere in the world following the World T-20 final who is not smiling at this moment, just a few minutes after Sri Lanka defeated India to win ICC silverware after 18 long years. The entire team had broad grins. The officials too. And ...

GL's Formula and other tidbits GL's Formula Prof G.L. Peiris knows enough to know the old story about lies, damned lies and statistics. He turned the Geneva 'loss' into a victory. A moral victory only of course, but any victory is better than the defeat that was recorded. A feel good interpretation it was. Simply, the abstentions were counted as 'nays'. In an open vote, ...

Speak to any leader or spokesperson of any political party that contests and election after all the results are out and it would be surprising if you can find even one person who does not come up with one or more positives. Even someone who voted for the party that got less than a dozen votes from a province which ...

Lasith Malinga and the politics of ‘lionhood’ No cricketer on this planet looks like a lion and pounces on prey like one too the way Lasith Malinga does. No one knows if there’s any lion-thinking behind his preferred hairstyles. But there’s certainly ‘mane’ in it. He could be all smiles once delivery is done but he is nothing less than ferocious in stride, sling and expression of ...

The terraced paddy fields of the tract that runs through Walgama are in various stages of preparation. They appear as a patchwork quilt made of differently textured cloth in a various shades of brown and green. The earth has been turned, ploughed, evened out, plotted, sown and planted.There’s a kingfisher perched on a small rock, watching the water from one ...

Similar sounding names and long names at that make it difficult to abbreviate. Take ‘Karu’ for example. There are all kinds of Karus. Karunaratne, Karunamuni, Karunasuriya, Karunasekera, Karunasena, Karunatunga etc. They are all called ‘Karu’. This forces a tag. In the Arts Faculty, Peradeniya, in the mid to late eighties there were several ‘Karus’. There was a Karu in my ...

These are times of 'experts'. These are times of name-dropping and name-calling. These are times when pretty sick people are hailed as benefactors of humankind. These are times when principles of natural justice are routinely rubbished. These are times when people sit in judgment and pronounce verdict. These are the very times, then, that people should exercise vigilance, dive beneath ...

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 ...

Ray! Ask an American of the United States what association first comes to mind upon hearing ‘Ray’ and some might say ‘Charles’, perhaps less because of the man than the film about the man, such is the nature of things in this Kaliyugaya. ‘Ray’ is the title of a biographical film focusing on the life of the blind rhythm and blues ...

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