Who should blink first – and why

By N Sathiya Moorthy Going by media reports, no positive movement seems to have emanated at the Gota-Modi talks at New Delhi in the Sri...

Parliament polarised on Constitutional reforms

Sri Lanka was ushered to Independence under the Soulbury Constitution in 1948, followed by the Constitution of 1972, making the current Constitution, the second...

Casting aside caste and class

By N Sathiya Moorthy Addressing university students in the capital Colombo recently, President Maithripala Sirisena was reported to have said that “ending the caste discrimination...

The struggle for liberty: 65 years on

“The rise of the Nazis was made possible because the elite of German society worked with them, but also, above all else, because most...

The blight of militarisation

THE HINDU EDITORIAL Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015 was enabled by massive support from minorities...

Remembering Sri Lanka’s Black July

Thirty years ago, Tamil separatists stepping up militant attacks in northern Sri Lanka killed 13 soldiers who reported for duty only a day earlier....

Sri Lanka still has a lot to do – EU Envoy

The European Union (EU) celebrated its birthday on the 09th of May. In 1950 the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made a dramatic...

JVP and the Tamil people

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham The National People’s Power (NPP) presidential candidate, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, in a recent interview with the Tamil...

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....

Sri Lanka must maintain progress on human rights

By David Daly - Ambassador of the EU to Sri Lanka   The EU is based on the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights...

Now, Maithri turns tables on Ranil?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Given his standardised prescription for friends-turned-foes, President Maithripala Sirisena should have announced a commission of inquiry on allegations of corruption against...

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...

Moving towards a new development pathway

By Subinay Nandy  On 25th September, world leaders will meet at the Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York. This milestone high-level plenary meeting of...

If ‘untenable’, it’s one for the CA

By N Sathiya Moorthy   For a second time in as many months, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has upheld his decision to name former President Mahinda Rajapaksa,...

The stuff some MPs are made of?

Thus far the innocent voter has only been thinking of the stuff that the nation’s political class, especially their elected representatives, is not made...

White flag killings raised again

By Easwaran Rutnam The much talked about and possibly most controversial incident related to the war known as the “white flag” incident has been brought...

The perspective of a corrupt government

In the not-too-distant past, a cynical fallback for those who took a jaundiced view of the future of humanity was, “In the long run,...

Decision to include Mendis backfires

The decision taken by the government to include intelligence chief Sisira Mendis in Sri Lanka's delegation to the recent session of the UN Committee...

Renewable Energy – Let’s Do It Right

By Bradnee Chambers The development and deployment of new technologies to deliver the world’s energy needs from renewable sources are essential if we are to...

The political garbage that is

By Hilmy Ahamed The Meethotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of garbage to every screen, newspaper and radio. Street protests are happening around every...