Of lie-sheets, lying eyes and other fascinating things Ithaca, they say, is gorgeous!There are times I feel that the entire world is an intricately and painstakingly embroidered sheet specifically designed to cheat the eye. There are times I feel that after gazing on this lie-sheet for years and years the eye itself gets its mechanism reconfigured to add mischief to the already mischief-laden recipients of gaze. That would ...

Sirsena-Ranil doing a 'Mahinda' on the Chief Justice? Not too long ago the ‘international community’ was up in arms when Mahinda Rajapaksa moved to oust the then Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) lent its vociferous and self-righteous voice to these objections and went as far as desecrating the supposedly sacred high chamber of justice in the country by turning it into a ...

'රනිල් ගේ මොහොත' සහ එහි දිග-පළල මීට මාස දෙකකට පමණ පෙර රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට දේශපාලන තීන්දුවක් ගන්නට සිදුවුණි. එනම් එළඹෙන ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වනවාද නොවනවාද යන්නයි. මීට වසර 5 කට පෙර, එනම් 2009 අග භාගයේදී ද මෙවන් තීන්දුවක් ගැනීමට ඔහුට සිදු විය. එවර මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ව පරාජය කිරීමට මොන ජගතෙකුට වත් හැකියාවක් තිබුනේ නැති බව වත්මන් ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පවා පවසා ඇත (ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වන බව ...

Collect something crazy This is the seventeenth 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. Life is about collections. We collect all kinds of things. Some people collect certificates. Some like to collect picture ...

The MSM Principle of Engagement This is the seventeenth 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.This happened 22 years ago. What was then known as the Agrarian Research and Training Institute (ARTI) and which now is prefixed with ...

Mahinda Rajapaksa on Mahinda Rajapaksa And what does Mahinda have to say of elections and defeats? Well, only Mahinda will really know and it's only in a PARALLEL UNIVERSE that we can access those files. We did. And we transcribed.Post-mortems are for losers and I have had to listen to hundreds of pundits explaining to me what went wrong. I am sick of it. I ...

A separate state called Delft Island It is not the only Delft in the world. Utter the name in the Netherlands and you’d probably find a few people who would say it is a city in the province of South Holland, located north of Rotterdam and south of The Hague. There are other places named Delft too in different parts of the world. That’s one way ...

Maithripala's victory: the yakkos did it (for us)! And in the end guess who is home and laughing? 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 thirteenth in a ...

Wickramabahu Karunaratne of the Nava Sama Samaaja Party (NSSP) has claimed that ‘the working class fulfilled a massive task’ in securing the victory of Maithripala Sirisena. What is implied here is that class consciousness was what compelled this particular populations segment to vote for Sirisena. ‘Bahu’ as usual inscribes a lot of ‘motive’ on the actions of all kinds of ...

Post-Mahinda Crime Probe: Let’s begin from 1994 Of all that is pernicious in all resolutions tabled in the UNHRC against Sri Lanka the most scandalous and disgusting perhaps is limiting investigations calls for to the last few months of the war. We are talking about a conflict that dragged for almost three decades. We are talking about a couple of hundred thousand killed. One life cannot be ...

If the grape is made of wine, then "I" am made of "you" The grape is made of wine, someone said someone quoted, I can’t remember now. How true, I thought to myself. Sometimes we have to stand things on their heads to render them readable, because the world as we know it, or have been made to know it, is such a mass of contradiction, deceit and confusion.This inversion of grape and ...

Today, post-election, post-Mahinda and a marked absence of devolution and resolution talk, the focus is on good governance, constitutional reform and correction of flawed institutional arrangement. Other issues will surface, sooner or later. Good to be alert to the non-said or less-said about 'resolution'. This was first published in the Daily Mirror four years ago, on January 4, 2011. Harim ...

Fragments speak of a thousand stories This is the sixteenth 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. There must have been many occasions when you’ve heard someone stop in mid sentence, distracted perhaps by something or ...

When the enemy is your best friend This is the sixteenth 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.Enemy is not friend, it goes without saying. If enemy were friend, there would be no antagonism. This is why rebels tend to ...

Kolombia and Kolombians all the way! Done. Finally. I hate elections. Elections are about a lot of people getting excited. They are about inflated self-importance. It’s the one moment when the riff raff actually think this country belongs to them. They strut around as though are the king-makers (and occasionally queen-makers of course) when it fact it’s not the kings and queens that get elected but ...

At the intersection of love and justice ‘හැටේවත්තේ මග්දලේනා ’ (‘Hete watte Magdalena’ or ‘Magdaleena of Community 60’) by Saumya Sandaruwan Liyanage, a collection of 47 poems, an author publication, reviewed by Malinda SeneviratneLove and social justice. That’s usually the world of a young poet. In the case of the former, typically, the sentiments revolve around common themes: ‘I love you’, ‘love me’, ‘why don’t you ...

Towards a smoke-free tomorrow It was a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. It was not exactly what the petitioners wanted, but even the ‘compromise’ contained in the determination to force the tobacco industry to have pictorial warnings about the possible ill-effects of smoking was a considerable victory. As has been the case in all parts of the world where people ...

The Nation above all An election was held. Someone won and someone lost. Accordingly, those who voted for the winner would consider themselves shareholders of the victory and those who backed the loser would partake of the defeat. On the other hand, the winners do not automatically become special and the losers lesser citizens. Maithripala Sirisena is the President of the entire country, never ...

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