A ‘Rajapaksa manifesto’ for presidential polls

By N Sathiya Moorthy In a recent interview to Colombo-based Daily Mirror, Basil Rajapaksa has set out what can pass for a ‘Rajapaksa manifesto’ for...

Hang him – NOT – let him go!

By N Sathiya Moorthy By presiding over the destruction of massive drugs seized by law-enforcers in recent years, and declaring that he had cleared the...

Ambitions are affordable for Asia and the Pacific

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Three years of implementation of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific shows the region has...

Wasting ‘time-outs’, the Sri Lankan way

By N Sathiya Moorthy It is not only in sports and games that the players get time-outs for internal consultations and working out fresh strategies...

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...

To be or not to be, the Gota question

By N Sathiya Moorthy By declaring that he was confident of winning the presidential elections later this year, Gota Rajapaksa has said that he wants...

To Geneva, thru Mannar and Jaffna?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Reports that TNA’s Mullaitivu District MP, Nirmalanathan Sivamohan, wants the ‘Mannar mass-grave samples’ sent to a second lab for testing after...

Now, Mangala’s Power to the fore?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Election time is also felicitation time in the country. Suddenly, ‘friends’ of politicians discover that their man – or, woman –...

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...

‘Forget’ Ranil’s proposal, the timing is ‘unforgivable’ too

By N Sathiya Moorthy In the war-ravaged Tamil North over three days, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken bold to call up on all ‘communities to...

An Utopian failure called Constitutional Council

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithripala Sirisena chose Parliament recently to re-launch his political travel from where he had left it with the initiation of...

‘Outright Opportunism’, is thy other name ‘national government’?

By N Sathiya Moorthy By the very definition, ‘politicians’ are an ‘opportunistic’ breed. Greater the success of the individual or the party, more ‘opportunistic’ they...

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,...

Are the Rajapaksas with Gota?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   Coming as it does at the height of the Special High Court fast-tracking hearing in the corruption case against Gota Rajapaksa...

Sajith Premadasa, ’71 not-out’?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Ruling UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa’s ‘revelation’ that President Maithripala Sirisena had offered him the Prime Minister’s job a high 71...

Needed: New Narratives

By N Sathiya Moorthy In eastern Ampara over the weekend, ‘Leader of the Opposition’ Mahinda Rajapaksa has reiterated their resolve “not to allow anyone to...

Can Ranil ‘fix’ the Rajapaksas, still?

N Sathiya Moorthy One of the immediate fallouts of the twin ‘constitutional crises’ in which they played their part(s) is that the UNP leadership of...

UNP back to playing the presidential ball game within, all over again

By N Sathiya Moorthy   Conventional political wisdom has it that when the Opposition is weak, whatever the reason and circumstances, the inevitable and inherent strains...

Mahinda cuts his losses, but…

By N Sathiya Moorthy The irony is true and striking. In the normal course, political leaders enter office in public, celebrating it all, and quit,...

Where from here the ‘constitutional freeze’?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Until at least the Supreme Court Judge gives a discernible and enforceable verdict in the ‘Parliament dissolution case’, the twin political...