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Viyath Maga – A Morbid Symptom

By Sarath de Alwis – Bashing Viyathmaga: It is much easier to be critical than to be correct is the caption of an article that appears in the Daily FT issue of Monday 20th March. The writer notes that it is a response to my article Viyath Maga: Reverting to the dictator state that appeared […]

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Viyath Maga: Who Are Intellectuals & Where Are They?

By Siri Gamage – The term intellectual is often used in the Sri Lankan media particularly in the context of political reporting.  For example, Shyaman Jayasinghe questions the use of this word in a recent meeting organised by Viyath Maga this month in Boralasgamuwa, Sri Lanka (Colombo Telegraph March 11, 2017). At other times, especially […]

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The False People In Viyath Maga – Living The Lie Destroys One

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Oh My God! What a collection of intellectuals we saw at the Viyath Maga 2nd Annual conference Conference, on March 4th in Boralesgamuwa. The slogan of this movement is “professionals for a better Sri Lanka. “ Or in Sinhala, it is “Piripun Lankawak sandaha” (Towards a fully developed Lanka). The venue […]

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Viyath Maga – Reverting To The Dictator State

By Sarath de Alwis – ‘Viyath Maga’- Professionals for a better future is the latest spectacle or circus in town. The Rajapakse brothers Mahinda, Gotabaya and Basil occupying the front row at the ‘Viyath Maga’ event explains the purpose of the well-choreographed spectacle. Also seen in the front row in rapt attention were, former CJ […]

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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – Whence, Where & Whither

By Sarath De Alwis – “Gotabaya can build a new urbanized technocratic civilization which is the 21st century equivalent of the magnificent civilizations that this island once built; civilizations that put us ahead of the rest of South Asia, until the Tamil invaders drove us downward and the Western invaders finished what they started” says Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka. […]

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Reply To Mangala Samaraweera & Sarath De Alwis: Sinhala Tiger Or Smart Patriot?

By Dayan Jayatilleka – I must be doing something right because I have been the subject of critiques from at least three sources in just over a single week. Since I have engaged in a polemic with US-based Hafeel Farisz, I shall limit myself to a brief reply to the other two. One is, incredibly […]

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වියත් මග​: ඒකාධිපති රාජ්‍යය වෙත යළි පල්ලම් බැසීම

සරත් ද අල්විස් – මේ වන විට සිදාදියට ඇවිත් ඇති නවතම සංදර්ශනය හෙවත් සර්කසය වන්නේ, යහපත් අනාගතයක් වෙනුවෙන් වන වෘත්තිකයන්ගේ ‘වියත් මග’ යි. හොඳින් රංගගත කෙරුණු ‘වියත් මග’ සභාවේ ඉදිරි පෙළ මුල් අසුන්වල මහින්ද, ගෝඨාභය සහ බැසිල් යන රාජපක්ෂ සොහොයුරන් අසුන්ගෙන සිටීම, එම සභාවේ අභිප‍්‍රාය මොනවට කියාපෑවේය. එම ඉදිරි පෙළ සෙසු අසුන් අරක්ගෙන සිටියේ හිටපු […]

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For An Island, Internationalism Is A Strategic Imperative 

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Will a JO government be primitive nationalist or Smart Patriotic? What foreign policy direction will it take? Prof Nalin de Silva, co-ideologue together with Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara of the Sinhala ultra-nationalist and borderline racist “Jathika Chinthana”, has devoted a long blog post on his site ‘Kalaya’, just reproduced in Janabala.com, to […]

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Smart Patriotism: Outlining A Doctrine For Sri Lanka In The World

By Dayan Jayatilleka – As the Daily FT reported (Monday, March 6th 2017), the annual convention of the Voice of Professionals, better known by its Sinhala brand-name Viyath Maga, was an unprecedentedly successful event: “…a packed audience at the Annual Convention of the Viyath Maga… a network of academics, professionals and entrepreneurs, was held on […]

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How To Spot A Potential Public Intellectual

By Rohan Samarajiva – Recently I wrote about who a public intellectual is. This complementary piece seeks to attenuate its pessimistic conclusion by suggesting some rules that may help gatekeepers perform their function better. Today, all sorts of people are positioned as public intellectuals by gatekeepers of various kinds, principally those in the media. Because one cannot […]

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