Maithripala Sirisena holds the aces The JRJ Constitution gives the Prez all the acesThe ‘100 days’ are done. Much of the key elements of the ‘program’ part of it remain undone. This should not worry President Maithripala Sirisena. An electorate that has been burdened by a draconian constitution for more than 36 years can wait a few months more. Indeed they have no option but ...

Change or Short-Changed? The much talked of 100 days of the ‘100 Days Program’ that was part of President Maithripala Sirisena’s election campaign is now completed. The President himself has come out with a statement which can be read as 'observations on progress' (see pages 4, 8 and 9). The Government claims that much was done. Others claim that it’s mostly talk and ...

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the importance of learning English, not just because it is a useful tool, but it is moreover an important element in recovering self, identity and dignity from the circumstances of coloniality we find ourselves in. Among the many responses to that piece was this hilarious and at the same time thought-provoking anecdote ...

Captain Elmo’s (Promethean) Fire When did I first here about annaasi (pineapple)? When did I first see a kadalagotta (a paper cone filled with kadala)? The answer to both questions would take me to the 1970s. That’s a childhood thing for most Sri Lankans. The two words are not spoken of in the same breath. Were not, to be precise. Now they are, thanks ...

CBK is stabbing us in the back Why do I feel that she is laughing at us Kolombians?I am disturbed. I am disturbed by all the attention that Mahinda Rajapaksa is getting. Don’t get me wrong, I like the man. In fact you might remember me offering honorary Kolombianship to him not too long ago, what with him having a name like Percy and for all his ...

Mahinda’s post-presidential relevance 'Look at the Tamils and find yourself' or 'Look at yourself and discover Tamil brethren'?Thousands and thousands visiting ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is no longer news. He is arguably the most loved post-Independence leader this country has known; this despite all his many flaws, it must be added. What is ‘news’ and continues to make news is the fact that in ...

SLC the Miracle of Asia Navin should have known better‘SLC’ stands for Sri Lanka Cricket. That’s not what the headline refers to. The headline refers to Sri Lanka cricket (note the lower case ‘c’) or cricket in Sri Lanka. Our cricketers, individually and collectively, have brought more glory to the country than most politicians and officials, including and especially those who run Sri Lanka Cricket ...

Expressions are interesting to think about This is the twenty seventh 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 are countless faces we encounter every day. They are all unique, each one different from the next. ...

පසන් කොඩිකාර: පරිවර්තනයේ අතුරුදහන් වූ කවියෙක් බොහෝ අය ඔහුව හැඳින ගත්තේ දක්ෂ පරිවර්තකයෙකු ලෙසයි. එබැවින් ම ඔහු ගේ වචන හරඹය මැනෙනු ඇත්තේ වෙනත් ලේඛකයින් රචනා කළ වියමන් කෙතරම් සාර්ථකව එම ලේඛකයින්ට නුහුරු බස් හුරුවූ පාඨක සමාජයකට දායාද කලේද යන්නෙනි. ඒ කෙසේ වෙතත් ඔහුගේ සාහිත්‍යකරණය මෙන්ම ඔහුගේ චර්යා රටාවන් හේතු කොට ගෙනද පසන් කොඩිකාර සැමරුම් වනු ඇත. ඔහු ඔහුටම සීමා වූ සුවිශේෂ වූ ප්‍රවර්ගයකි. පසන් ගේ භෞතික ...

Pasan Kodikara a poet lost in translation 'අනිත්‍යය' (Anithyaya or ‘Impermanence’) by Pasan Kodikara, author publication, 2008. Reviewed by Malinda Seneviratne.He was known best as a translator. An excellent translator. His skill with words, for the most part, will be assessed in terms of what he did with texts authored by other people to make them accessible to a people those authors never encountered. And yet, Pasan ...

The barbed-wire that divides and impoverishes Gunadasa Kapuge comes to me in strange ways and times. He died in early April 2003 and I did not realize that this is why the Sinhala radio stations were all playing his songs one crazy afternoon. I remember thinking that if he were to die I would be asked by Manik De Silva, editor of the newspaper I worked ...

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 third in a series published in 'The Nation' under the title 'Notes ...

How about some avurudu in Parliament? All the fun stuff that's meaningful never happens inside this building....will we be able to celebrate a little something, one wonders...Three years ago, ‘The Nation’ observed the following editorially: ‘Common and commonality are an integral part of who we are. Tolerance and accommodation are integral to our world view. This is true of all communities living in this island. Whatever ...

The ‘Mahinda-Resurgence’ dissected It’s an inauspicious number. That’s ‘13’. The Maithripala-Ranil Regime (or Ranil-Maithripala Regime if you will) is in its 13th week. It’s the worst so far for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party (UNP). First, a proposal for obtaining 400 billion rupees through Treasury Bills was defeated in Parliament. According to some constitutional experts the defeat of this ...

There are ‘academics’ who are heavily over-dosed by the ‘magic’ of deconstruction, subaltern studies, postmodernism and feminism. They tend to be so Anglicised that they not only see ‘West’ as magic, buttressed rather than challenged by the tokenism of ‘doing the post-colonial thing’, but also see anything ‘local’ as archaic, incomplete, random, anomaly and generally dismissible as inferior. I’ve met ...

‘Suddek Oba Amathai’: a soliloquy-feast Udayasiri Wickramaratne has for years entertained us with wit, creativity, philosophy and his understanding of political economy through his columns in the Divaina, especially Aarthika Vihilu (Economic Jokes, written under the name ‘Andarei Smith – Grandson of Adam Smith’) and ‘Aadaraye Shabdakoshaya’ (Dictionary of Love). He translated into Sinhala for the Divaina the weekly column on economic issues penned by ...

A mango is a book, did you know? Pic courtesy http://sl-donaldj.blogspot.com/This is the twenty sixth 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. Read, my child. This is something children hear all the time. Sometimes it is said in ...

True love and true lovers celebrated Review of Udayasiri Wickramaratne’s ‘චිත්‍රපටයකට සැබෑ පෙම් යුවලක් ඕනෑ කර තිබේ’ (‘Chitrapatayakata sabae pem yuvalak ona kara thibe’ or ‘True lovers needed for a film’)Udayasiri Wickramaratne’s literary versatility is well known. This creative copywriter also writes and directs plays, writes short stories and novels, is a poet and an author of several regular newspaper columns. He also writes commentaries on ...

Ranil the Executive, Maithri the Approver 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 second in a series published in 'The Nation' under the title 'Notes ...

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