Sri Lanka: The Lure of ‘Alternative Facts’

The Danger Democratic Deconsolidation by Tisaranee Gunasekara “Social implosion handed opportunities to those who spotted a basic weakness in the theory and practice of representative democracy.” ~ John Keane (The Life and Death of Democracy) ( February 19, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) President Donald Trump’s senior counsellor Kellyanne Convey came up with a superb Orwellian term when she dubbed Presidential spokesman Sean Spencer’s outright lies … Continue reading Sri Lanka: The Lure of ‘Alternative Facts’

Sri Lanka: Towards A Language Revolution for Reconciliation and Development

The language revolution should encompass the general public, particularly the rural youth. It should not create a divide between any ‘English elite’ and the masses. There can be websites to promote the language awakening and the revolution. by Laksiri Fernando “A ‘revolution’ is any combination of events which produces a radical shift in consciousness or behaviour over a relatively short period of time.” – David … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Towards A Language Revolution for Reconciliation and Development

Sri Lanka: Is it the best moment for cabinet reshuffle?

Most of the political indications in the country are indicating that the cabinet reshuffle is need of the moment to move forward through the current leadership. by Nilantha Ilangamuwa ( January 19, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The change makers or those who are playing “tipping point” of our society are losing their grip on governance. Therefore, the usual blame-game has returned back on the … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Is it the best moment for cabinet reshuffle?

Sri Lanka: Who is Afraid of a New Constitution?

There are some people who are afraid of change by nature. Some may be perennially conservative and lazy to undergo change. This laziness could easily come from the bureaucracy or the public servants and particularly the mandarins in the legal establishment/s. For a new constitution, they have to work hard. Their incompetency may get exposed. by Laksiri Fernando ( January 17, 2017, Sydney, Sri Lanka … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Who is Afraid of a New Constitution?

Sri Lanka: The Regressive Second Year

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration inherited a misgoverned land deeply in debt is unarguable. What is incomprehensible is the administration’s growing proclivity to exacerbate inherited problems and create new ones. by Tisaranee Gunasekara  “…to yourself a thing shameful but bringing joy to the enemy.” (The Iliad)  ( January 8, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) On January 8th 2015, Lankans voted not only to elect a new president … Continue reading Sri Lanka: The Regressive Second Year

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa’s New Year Resolution and Course Correction for Yahapalanaya

While Maithripala Sirisena is one of the finest leaders that Sri Lanka has ever picked, his role at the beginning was feeble, particularly facing the general elections in August 2015. Otherwise, many of the Rajapaksa clowns could have been avoided entering Parliament. by Laksiri Fernando (January 3, 2017, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) People make New Year resolutions on good things but not on bad ones. … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa’s New Year Resolution and Course Correction for Yahapalanaya

 What Will 2017 Bring? 

We wish the writers and readers of  Sri Lanka Guardian around the globe a happy and prosperous new year. by Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey ( January 1, 2017, Montreal, Sri Lanka Guardian) It was Hal Borland who said: “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, … Continue reading  What Will 2017 Bring? 

Epical Castro Has Nothing to do with Today’s Resistance!

Today, the most important question is to take Castro out of this superficial worshiping propaganda machinery and dig into the people’s history to understand what really went wrong in this nation. by Nilantha Ilangamuwa (November 28, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Mere propaganda of personalities is neither going to achieve the true success of the nation nor improve the living condition of the people who … Continue reading Epical Castro Has Nothing to do with Today’s Resistance!

Post-Fidel era : Cuba Libre?

“We have made the revolution that we could make and not the one that we wished to make” Fidel Castro “Presently we are not building socialism, fundamentally, at this time we are defending our sovereignty, the independence of the country and the achievements we had attained.” Fidel Castro ( November 27, 2016, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) The truth is often unpalatable to many. After all, … Continue reading Post-Fidel era : Cuba Libre?

Alleged Bond Scams: Some Question for the Government

It may be true that through the auction method a government could utilize quick liquidity in an emergency. Even if that were the case, in February 2015 there was no need to continue with the same method solely throughout the year, disregarding long term repercussions and implications. by Laksiri Fernando ( November 24, 2016, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) The lead article of The Island newspaper … Continue reading Alleged Bond Scams: Some Question for the Government