As Sarath Fonseka hitches his caravan to an elephant Four years ago to the day, i.e. on February 7, 2010, an article I wrote titled 'On the union and divorce of elephant and swan' was published in the now defunct Sunday Lakbima News. It was a consideration of the options for Sarath Fonseka following his defeat at the presidential election in January that year. It was written keeping in ...

The name, the flag and the anthem of the nation There has been a lot of discussion on the appearance in public of a sticker with a particular spin on what can be argued to be the true name of this island, “Sinhale”. Pic courtesy www.maphill.com “Sinha-Le,” literally (of the) Lion (Sinha) Blood, with the first part in yellow and the last or ‘le’ element in red first appeared in ...

Five years ago, writing to 'The Nation', I penned the following thoughts on the state, the then government and the issue of media freedom. Back then I had little sympathy for chest-beating rights activists (for reasons detailed below). I still have the same reservations. I nevertheless faulted the then Government (for reasons detailed below). I don't believe things have changed ...

As Maithripala contemplates his 'roadmap'.,.. Or 'Lessons from the questions Mahinda failed to answer'This was not written after Maithripala Sirisena came to power. It was written six years ago, a few weeks after Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected as President and was published in the Sunday Island under the title "Mahinda’s roadmaps: Constitutional Reform and (not ‘or’) Development". Since then, we saw the 18th Amendment being ...

“One sows, one reaps,” observed today’s Leader of the Opposition in neighboring Kekirilanthaya, Rathanajothi Vasubhoothi, commenting on the recent arrest of Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking to Kekiri FM on this subject, he also said: “It took a while for the former president, his sons and other relatives, to abuse power and privilege for ...

‘Sithuvili’ is another name for serendipity This happened during the Galle Literary Festival. Not the one that was held a few weeks ago. It happened way back in 2010. Some stories can be re-told. Like this one. A few days ago I was walking down Leyn Baan Street, Galle Fort, to a place called Serendipity Café. I had been invited to an event that was taking ...

මෙහෙම ගියොත් දහම් ගේ ඉරණමත් ඕකම තමයි "මහින්දලා බලයෙන් මත්වෙලා කරපු නොකරපු දේවල් වල ප්‍රතිඵල තමයි මේ," යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් කැකිරිලන්තයේ අද දින විපක්ෂ නායක රතනජෝති වාසුභූති මහතා කැකිරි එෆ් එම වෙත ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. වාසුභූති මහතා එම සිද්ධිය තව දුරටත් විග්‍රහ කලේ මෙසේය: "මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සහ ඔහුගේ පුතාලා නොයෙකුත් අකටයුතු වල යෙදෙන්න පටන්ගත්තේ ඔහු ජනාධිපති වී ...

For Maithri as he begins his second year Actually this is not about Maithripala. It's about Mahinda. This was a note to Mahinda as he began his second term in January 2010 published in the 'Daily News". The lessens are not irrelevant to Maithri. If, for example, acts of omission and commission by Mahinda saw Yoshitha doing jail time, then the track record of the Sirisenas (father and ...

A tutorial for federalists Three senior TNA politicians, R Sampanthan, M Sumanthiran and S Sridharan are reported to be on their way to Britian to study the power-sharing arrangements in that country. This reminded me of an article I wrote for the Sunday Island more than 10 years ago when a team of Parliamentarians went to Brussels to study federalism. Re-posting because I believe ...

I say 'NO' to Sinha-Le AND to Sinhale-Bashers "Sivhele to Sihale to Sinhale to Ceylon. No lion. No blood. No problem. I am a citizen of Sinhale."Whenever a majority in any social context flexes muscles minority entities become wary. This is a verifiable fact. Whether or not the muscle-flexing entity is justified in doing so (for example, as response-flex, let’s say) is a different matter. The bottom line ...

Fifty Shades of Blue It was going to be special anyway; at least to all those who were born in the year 1965 and had spent more than a decade together as schoolboys. It was not the first time those who sat for the GCE A/L exam from Royal College in 1983 would meet as a group. Every year since they left school, beginning ...

The story behind Q Elizabeth's glove-less handshake President Maithripala Sirisena was so floored by it that he couldn't stop talking about how a lady called Elizabeth took off her gloves to shake his hand. That's his innocence. And his ignorance. But at the time he must have truly thought that he had orchestrated a single-handed revolution in defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa. One can't blame him for not understanding ...

Law and Order is part and parcel of Quality of Life This was written in January 2011 and published in the Sunday Island. There is reference to the disappearance of Ekneligoda, the murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga, the attack on Poddala Jayantha and of course Namal Rajapaksa's 'special privileges' at the Law College. Since then there's been regime-change. We are still not out of same-old, same-old though.There are people who complain about ...

The Foreign Minister of the Day (Kekirilanthaya) told Kekiri FM that his country takes offense at the recent statement by Sujeewa Senasinghe about the IT industry. Senasinghe said that CEPA would enable Sri Lanka to use India’s IT know-how to challenge the USA. “What he’s essentially saying is that it is ok to get something from one country and use ...

ඥානසාර හිමි සහ ජනපති එක කූඩුවක අධිකරණය අපහාසයට ලක් කළා යයි පූජ්‍ය ගලබොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්නයි උසාවිය තීන්දු කර ඇත. ඒ අතර බී.බී.සී. සිංහල සේවය සමග කල සම්මුක සාකච්ඡාවක ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ද අධිකරණය ට අපහාස කර ඇති බැවින් ඔහු ද අත්අඩංගුවට ගත යුතු යැයි සීමාරහිත උම්මත්තකයින්ගේ පක්ෂයේ අද දින කැඳවුම්කරු එල්මෝ දේවනාරායන මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියි. "දැන් ...

There can be mid-morning moonbeams that dispel gloom There’s a big difference between pre-school and school proper. ‘Big’ is key here. In pre-school all the kids are roughly the same size. Even if one or two were taller and broader, the only giants around were the teachers. Enter Grade One and it’s like you’ve suddenly learnt the meaning of the word ‘dwarf’.It’s fine at the beginning of the ...

They dance, they live! Pic by Dominic SansoniThis was written for the Sunday Island by way of tribute to Chitrasena, the father of modern dance in Sri Lanka whose 95th birth anniversary falls on January 26th, 2016.. There will never be another Shakespeare, this is true. Does it mean however that theatre and literature has remained where it was the day he died in ...

"මම රාජ කුමාරයෙක් නෙමෙයි...මම ගමේ කොල්ලෙක්!' සහ කැකිරිලන්තයේ වෙනත් රස කතා "මම රාජ කුමාරයෙක් නෙමෙයි...මම ගමේ කොල්ලෙක්!' -- මෛත්‍රිපාල ප්‍රශස්ති ගීත සාහිත්‍යයේ "ලැජ්ජාසහගතම" ගණයට වැටෙන "අභිමාන පුලතිසි මහා පැරකුම් විජයබා කුලයේ...බ්ලා බ්ලා බ්ලා" සින්දුව මෛත්‍රිපාල විසින්, මෛත්‍රිපාල සමග, මෛත්‍රිපාල සඳහා කළ නිර්මාණයක් බව ඔප්පු වී හමාරයි. එසේ නොවේ යැයි කීමට ගොස් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජනපති ද ඔහුගේ පරිවාර වන්දිභාට්ටයින්ද තව තවත් නා ගන්නා බව ද පැහැදිලිය. මේ අතර ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සමග දීර්ග ...

The Presidential fixation with constituency When one holds an all-powerful office, one really does not need to worry about a constituency. When one has declared that a second term would not be sought, one does not need to worry about a constituency. Even after some rudimentary pruning of executive powers (which, by the way, is a far cry from what was pledged and what those ...

මෛත්‍රිපාල ගේ මහින්දකරණය "මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති තුමාගේ නිල තේමා ගීතය" නමින් එතුමා බලයට පත්ව වසරක් ගත වීම නිමිත්තෙන් ඉකුත් ජනවාරි 8 දා නිකුත් කල ගීතය නිකුත් කර පැය විසි හතරක් ගත වීමටත් පෙර යූටියුබ් සහ වෙනත් වෙබ් අඩවි වලින් ගලවන ලදී. අනතුරුව එම වීඩියෝව ජනපති අනුමැතියකින් තොරව නිපදවූවක් ලෙස කියන්නට ජනාධිපති මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය අසාර්ථක උත්සාහයක යෙදුනි [එම පැටලවිල්ලේ විස්තරය මෙහි ඇත]. සියලු කරුණු ...

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