What do ‘Human Rights’ mean for politicians in the South?

By S. V. Kirupahran in France   ‘Human rights’ may be a new phenomenon for many Sinhala Buddhists – SB and for some Tamils including a...

Why even shaky chairs command a high price

By N Sathiya Moorthy   Sad but true. At a time when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is asking the nation to increase exports for the nation...

Indian Consulate General buys into Jaffna University’s communalism

15 August, 2018, is India’s day of Independence. The Consulate General in Jaffna organized a function at India House. The programme was simple and...

Safe spaces for youth

By Fadhil Bakeer Markar When you hear that there are thousands of young people who don’t qualify after their O/L examinations and there are hundreds of...

Return of Exiles: To the President and Prime Minister, “Cleaning up is not Quarrelsomeness”

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   In responding to a question in Parliament by Charles Nirmalanathan on Wednesday 8 August, 2018, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured...

To hike, or not to hike

By N Sathiya Moorthy Where did it all begin, this talk of increasing the salaries for parliamentarians and ministers, equating them with those for corresponding...

Should Tamils hear out the Rajapaksas?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Reports that war-time Defence Secretary and a prospective presidential aspirant/hopeful from the SLPP-JO met with Tamil journalists in Colombo recently should...

Improved infrastructure plays major role in real estate values

With the recent announcement that the much-anticipated Colombo Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is all set to proceed with Phase 1 following the green...

‘Black July’: Forgotten, forgettable?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Thirty-five years after the event, the nation is still going through the ‘ritual’ of remembering, if not observing the ‘Black July’...

Risking the roulette with Russians, too?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Media reports that the Russian Embassy in Colombo has sought clarification/explanation from the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry on Finance Minister Mangala...

No other country could better understand the preciousness of Free Trade than Sri Lanka

By Cheng Xueyuan, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka   The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up and also...

If things are not going the right way Sri Lanka can advise Maldives –...

By Easwaran Rutnam @easwaranrutnam Former Maldives Foreign Minister and eldest daughter of the former President of the Maldives, Dunya Maumoon, speaks exclusively to the Colombo Gazette...

Group of 16 feels Mahinda must be made PM – Dayasiri

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The split from the Government by 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members, including some Ministers, created ripples in the political arena. Now known...

Are we a democracy? Maybe?

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   Counting Votes is just one aspect of democracy On the face of it, we exercise our franchise, vote and often turn...

Buddhist monks in a divided society

By Taylor Dibbert Jehan Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, a nongovernmental organization based in Colombo. We’ve witnessed significant political volatility since...

Fighting inequality in Asia and the Pacific

By Shamshad Akhtar Inequality is increasing in Asia and the Pacific. Our region’s remarkable economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor....

A brutal conflict ended, but questions remain

By Tejshree Thapa The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist...

A sound electoral justice system for Sri Lanka

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   Electoral Justice Defined I was privileged to represent Sri Lanka at the International Roundtable Meeting on Electoral Justice, 2-3 May, 2018...

Caste, the Sangha and theocracy

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   We are supposedly living in a secular country, notwithstanding Buddhism being the foremost religion sponsored by the state. And yet, when...

Jointly building the Belt And Road

By Cheng Xueyuan, the Ambassador of China   In January 2018, I arrived at Colombo and assumed the office as the 21st Chinese Ambassador to Sri...