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The Story Of The Split Self

The Story Of The Split Self

By Mahesan Niranjan – Over three decades ago, sometime in the late Seventies, a young boy from a town UpNawth in Sri Lanka was preparing to go to university. Having worked very hard on his calculus for two years, he had gained admission to HillTop for four more years of further hard work that was […]

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Impact Of Buddhism, Politics & Corruption On The Rule Of Law –  Part II

By Mass L. Usuf – Gnanasara’s rendezvous with President The grotesque picture of Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thero must have truly embarrassed the decent Buddhists and the respected monks. He is attempting to assault a female police officer unashamedly looked on by the others. Substitute citizen Perera or Subramanian or Abdullah in place of the monk and […]

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Part VI: Socialist Utopia, But Despotism In Politics! Why?

By Laksiri Fernando – Ambiguity between socialist economy and democracy has been a continuous problem in socialist thinking and socialist movements, unfortunately since Thomas More’s time. There are no signs of resolving the contradiction. This was the case in the former Soviet Union and still the case in Cuba. Even many present day socialist or […]

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The Tale Of Many New-Populisms

By Kumar David – New Populism scuttles liberalism but will be wrecked on its own delusions I have frequently used the term New Populism (NP hereafter). It has not caught on yet outside Lanka, but give it time. I can’t think of a better collective noun for the phenomenon. Brexit, Rodrigo Duarte, Donald Trump, Modi’s […]

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Regaining GSP+ Or Squandering Sovereignty?

By Rajeewa Jayaweera – Some in the unity government are all gung ho of the recent recommendation by the European Commission for the restoration of GSP+ facility withdrawn in 2010. However, approval by the 751 members in the European Parliament from 28 member states with a majority vote is yet two to four months away. In […]

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Democracy, Secularism & National Reconciliation

By S. Pathmanathan – The fate of the programme of national reconciliation hangs on the capacity of the government to implement the resolution of the U. N. Human Rights Commission, of which Sri Lanka was a sponsor. A Charismatic and strong leadership endowed with maturity of wisdom and enriched with enlightenment is the need of […]

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Donald Trump & Constitutional Reform

By S. I. Keethaponcalan – Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday (February 20). His government is taking shape as the appointees for the cabinet and other high raking administrative positions have been announced. For better or worse, Donald Trump will be a historic figure, who will […]

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State & Media Repression Against Tamil Political Activists

By Rajan Hoole – “…Strange forebodings of ill, unseen and that cannot be compassed. As, at the tramp of a horse’s hoof on the turf of prairies,
Far in advance are closed the leaves of the shrinking mimosa, So, at the hoof-beats of fate, with sad foreboding of evil, Shrinks & closes the heart, ere the […]

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Towards A Cultural Critique Of Sri Lankan Politics

By Izeth Hussain – My title is meant to indicate that what is being initiated in this article is something of a very tentative order. It is meant to include not conclusions on a cultural critique of Sri Lankan politics but notes, suggestions, pointers “towards” it. I have in mind an exercise of an exploratory […]

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Bigger Is Not Always Better

By Ranil Senanayake – With mega cities and mega economic zones, the current crop of politicians seem to follow the ‘bigger is better’ philosophy of consumerist economics. They are the ‘Wannabe’s’ of Sri Lanka, those who want Sri Lanka to be like Singapore or Dubai or New York. They wanna-be anything but Sri Lankan. They […]

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