Power mapping Cross posted from Groundviews. ### I was asked to contribute an article to an up-coming issue of The Architect, the journal of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. The issue will be anchored to the idea of ‘democratic space’. After the guest editor accepted my article without any reservations or edits, he was informed by the Editor in Chief a ...

As published in New Indian Express, May 25, 2015 The contemplated No Confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe may hasten the dissolution of Sri Lankan parliament, political observers said. Over 60 opposition MPs in the House of 224 members have petitioned the Speaker for a No Confidence motion against Wickremesinghe for launching a “witch […]

[ This unpublished short post was written in May 2014 and reflects the unsettled social conditions of the day which reached it’s peak two months later in the town of Aluthgama. However the establishment of the new political environment in early January this year has been extremely conducive to the gradual reinstatement of the violated basic need of SL Muslims ...

The bashful lady at The Bohri Kitchen Suppressing the greedy instinct to set up an appointment with Nafisa Kapadia at lunchtime, I drop in at 11 am to meet the lady who has made Mumbai go bananas over Bohri food. Don’t be afraid to ask who Nafisa Kapadia is (and don’t bother  googling because she won’t show up) but know this much  – her food is being ...

Although Myanmar’s Parliament had approved the imposition of a 5% commercial telecom tax on mobile phone top ups last year, the Government hadn’t previously enforced it due to the rapid sector expansion that occurred in the last 12 months. According to a press release from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), this exemption is to come to an ...

LIRNEasia Founding Chair, Professor Rohan Samarajiva’s comments that Sri Lanka should facilitate an open data culture were highlighted in a recent issue of the Sunday Times Sri Lanka (Business Times section).  These comments were made at a Business Times panel discussion on ICT innovation and awareness held on Wednesday 13th May at the newspaper office auditorium. The article notes Professor ...

Will she ever let me know what freedom feels like? Will she ever let me take my own decisions whenever I want? Will she ever let me live my life the way I want to live it? Will she ever let me work as late as I want to without worrying about her worrying me? Will she ever understand me ...

I’m in Jaffna today for consultations around the World Bank’s SCD study, and I am reminded of a groundbreaking paper by Paul Collier et al. It was a unique joint report by the World Bank and UN Peace Keeping Operations . In it, the author’s argue that country’s that have faced a conflict in the past […]

Yoshio Utsumi should know what he speaks of. He was elected as Secretary General in 1998. I remember casting the vote on behalf of Sri Lanka in Minneapolis. He served two terms and was succeeded by Hamadoun Toure, who was elected as Director of ITU-D also in 1998. Utsumi served two terms and stepped down in 2007. Now Toure has ...

At a Presidential Election, the Candidate who obtains at least 50% +1 of the Total Number of Valid Votes wins the race. By the time the dust settled on the process that began on the 8th of January 2015, the post of Executive President of Sri Lanka had eluded Mahinda Rajapakse by a mere 293, 637 votes – a little ...

Rosa Luxemburg – Marxist Theorist, Philosopher, Economist & Revolutionary Socialist – famously observed that ‘Those who do not move, do not notice their chains’. I have decided to ‘move’ mentally, to stretch  my mental powers in new directions, to challenge patterns of thinking and behavior based on blind obedience to established and widely-accepted ‘norms’ and ‘beliefs’ and to offer new ...

On Monday (May 11, 2015), 60 people from digital-rights groups in 28 countries including India, Pakistan and Indonesia have strongly protested against internet.org in an open letter to Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It is our belief that Facebook is improperly defining net neutrality in public statements and building a walled garden in which the world’s poorest people will ...

A Rant from Hoarders’ Land I type in the dark, with the company of mosquitos, and close to a rambutan tree which has become an inside joke of the family since it is a reminiscent or a reference to my ex-husband who claimed he had estates of the particular fruit (which of course I had not laid my eyes on). My sister comes out of ...

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