My comments on the ridiculous expansion of the Cabinet were carried in the Leader today, expressively edited by the sensible Camela Nathaniel. Ironically they were juxtaposed with those of Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, who was initially responsible for the unwarranted interference by the Prime Minister in my work which led to my resignation. But I don’t suppose he can understand his ...

Text of a presentation by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha at the ‘Afkar-e-Taza: Rescuing the Past, Shaping the Future’ Seminar Lahore, April 3rd 2016 The world seems to be at boiling point at present given the increasing impact of terrorist activity. Civilian populations are subject to ruthless attacks in Africa, the Middle East and now both Europe and Asia. Typically, there is ...

Introductory remarks by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha at the Panel discussion during the Seminar ‘Afkar-e-Taza: Rescuing the Past, Shaping the Future’ Lahore, April 1st – 3rd 2016 I will be very brief since I presume discussion, and responding to questions that are raised, will be a more useful way of dealing with this question. To introduce the topic however I will ...

Sri Lanka : les années Rajapaksa, entre triomphe et désastre Le dernier ouvrage de Rajiva Wijesinha, « Triomphe et désastre : les années Rajapaksa » est un remarquable document sur les premières années au pouvoir de Rajapaksa qui constituèrent un tournant de l’histoire récente du Sri Lanka. L’ouvrage célèbre la victoire sur la terreur du LTTE des tigres tamouls, qui avait imprégné tous les aspects de la vie des Sri ...

Lord Finchley tried to mend the Electric Light Himself. It struck him dead: And serve him right! It is the business of the wealthy man To give employment to the artisan. It was not only in Sri Lanka that, from the inception until very recently, Vocational Training was seen mainly in terms on Technical Education. This is understandable in that ...

Triumph and Disaster: The Rajapaksa Years – Part II ‘Success in War: My time at the Peace Secretariat, 2007-2009’ February 22, 2016, 6:44 pm Continued from yesterday Presentation by Tamara Kunanayakam On the occasion of the Launch of Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha’s book, Triumph and Disaster: The Rajapaksa years on 18 February 2015 Rajiva Wijesinha provides a fascinating insider account of the first appearance of RtoP and how Sri Lanka was ...

Triumph and Disaster: The Rajapaksa Years – Part I ‘Success in War: My time at the Peace Secretariat, 2007-2009’ Island – February 21, 2016, 7:54 pm Tamara Kunanayakam   At first, they sought to wield influence through their support to the LTTE. The presence of pro-Western UNP governments under the Presidency of CBK was also reassuring. Rajiva’s book is replete with facts and figures demonstrating the mutually-reinforcing relationship that ...

‘Triumph and Disaster: The Rajapaksa years’ Book Review By Enid Wirekoon Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha had a ringside seat at recent events that shaped and defined the political environment of Sri Lanka today. In June 2007, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed Wijesinha to head his Secretariat for coordinating the Peace Process and he was in that position in May 2009 when the final military defeat of the ...

I’m glad regime was changed – Ceylon Today By Rathindra Kuruwita Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha who initially defected from the Rajapaksa regime along with President Maithripala Sirisena and later supported Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last general election said while he was ‘glad’ the change was made said the incumbent government too like the previous regime was making the mistake of doing ‘too little too late’ in terms of ...

The Paranagama and the Geneva Reports: Attempts to Mislead the Public – Pt 1 contd., Question 10: The Government has alleged that the Paranagama Report agrees with the Channel 4 video allegations.   Is that true? Answer Not at all.  It is a deliberate misreading of the Paranagama Report.   At paragraph 428, the Paranagama Report states explicitly “ the authenticity of the video ...

A Reform Agenda 25 – Local Consultation and Empowerment I was asked recently in an interview to mention seven areas of priority for the new Parliament. I began with Education and Reconciliation which have long been priorities for me. But then I also noted some other areas in which structural change was essential. One of these was providing greater autonomy to the regions and local bodies with regard to ...

Political Principles and their Practice 24 – An Executive Presidency tied to a Westminster Cabinet After he won election, Jayewardene ignored his own political theories when he found himself in command of almost absolute power following the massive electoral victory in 1977. He was virtually unquestionable for, along with Senanayake, most of those who had held cabinet office in the 1965 UNP government were dead. Jayewardene was more senior than all those who remained and ...

Political Principles and their Practice 23 – Parliamentarians without legislative or oversight powers By giving parties the right to expel members from Parliament, Jayewardene destroyed an important principle of parliamentary democracy—the independence of members of parliament. The main justification of parliament is that it acts as a check on the executive. In the British system members of the ruling party generally support the government, but they are free to criticise and question it. ...

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