Dayasiri’s defection drama

“Harima dukayi (very sad)” muttered a senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) legislator, almost to himself inside an elevator at the Parliamentary complex two...

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....

On being “targeted”

I make no apologies for the fact that this piece is less concerned about “rural perspectives” than it is about being on someone’s “hit...

Cometh the hour

Seven months after the unceremonious sacking of the country’s 43rd Chief Justice, another former Supreme Court Justice assumes political centre stage following a decision...

Do not touch: Nuclear, Chemical and Biological

By Dr, Dayan Jayatilleka Does anyone know who made the decision to dabble with nuclear power sources and if that weren’t enough, attempt a tie up...

The disconnect between principle and practice in Sri Lankan governance

By Emil van der Poorten The fooforaw about the 13th Amendment to the constitution has effectively camouflaged the fact that all the indulgence in debating...

The contradictions of state policy on the TNA

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka While it is desirable that a leader has an enlightened and transcendent vision for post-war nation-building, it is also understandable that...

The Trinco-5 and a legacy of impunity

It was only the second day in a brand new year. And 2006 was new in more ways than one. Sri Lanka had a...

The first white van

By Emil van der Poorten Whatever is said about life around these parts, “dull” and “mundane” would not be adjectives that one would apply to...

Geo-political reality bites

Late last week, increasingly influential hardline groups in the country rallied against the internationally-acclaimed TIME Magazine for its cover story featuring controversial Burmese monk...

Saffron marches and the ides of September

Last Wednesday, police officials paid a visit to the beef stall at the Bambalapitiya Market on Galle Road. They had a polite warning for...

Devolution dilemmas

As the country witnesses the outbreak of a veritable epidemic of ruling party politicos running rampage in their respective fiefdoms and a senior police...

A move to make the sword mightier

By Easwaran Rutnam In journalism there is a popular quote which states that “the pen is mightier than the sword”. In other words it means...

Mutiny in the ranks over dilution of 13A

“It is necessary that we give to these people the freedoms that are the right of people in all others parts of our country....

Northern Polls vs. 13 Minus

By Easwaran Rutnam From 13 plus the government is now proposing 13 minus in order to pacify the allies in the government on the 13th...

Debate over 13A resurfaces

By Easwaran Rutnam With the elections for northern Provincial Council scheduled to be held in September the debate over the 13th Amendment to the constitution...

Abuse Of Power Under PTA ?

The recent arrest of former Colombo Deputy Mayor Azath Salley under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) sent shockwaves in the political arena reminding...

To CHOGM or not to CHOGM

By Easwaran Rutnam Canada remains the sole country threatening to boycott or send a low level delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)...

The CHOGM trade-off!

In what feels like a repeat of Geneva 2012, behind-the-scenes manoeuvring by New Delhi may have tipped the scales in Sri Lanka’s favour in...

North: To poll or not to poll?

The prospect of elections for the Northern Provincial Council by September 2013, now a Sri Lankan Government promise cemented in a UN Human Rights...