The second battle

Still grappling with the Weliweriya controversy, the Government was forced to open a battle on another front, this time in Grandpass, Colombo, where agitations...

A bit embarrassed, to say the least

The horrendous butchering of Nihal Perera, the manager of Noori Estate in Deraniyagala, has even left the major apologists of the current regime at...

Death by a thousand cuts

“…A soldier when answering to his conscience not only has the right, but also the duty, to disobey an unlawful order. It is one...

Government, legitimacy and the ethics of violence

The ancient Chinese, most notably Confucius, used to call it The Mandate of Heaven. Rulers may rule successfully only so long as they respect...

Bring your own catheter or obstetrical care in Sri Lanka

Not so long ago I wrote at some length about the fact that my neighbours and I are reduced to repairing the roads supposed...

Sri Lanka: The new persecution

“Is there no woman here? …Is there no man in this land? Is there no honest man or only the sort of man who...

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,...

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...