‘Perpetually’ yours or what?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Chennai, 15 June 2018 Now that two constitutional authorities, first Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and then President’s Secretary Austin Fernando have declared that there was no ‘Perpetual List of 118 MPs’ who had allegedly taken election funds from the jailed PTL boss Arjun Aloysius, the nation has to decide whether it [...]

Why Trump ‘bent’ before Kim?

By Vidyadharan MP This Tuesday, people from across the world were hooked to news from a tiny nation – Singapore. Hundreds of journalists had gathered there to relay, tell and retell a historic event happening in this politically insignificant nation. All were waiting for the ‘bout’ between US President Donald Trump and North Korean supreme [...]

Guns and grouses

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka: After her release from a rehabilitation camp for former Tamil Tigers fighters in 2011, one former member of the women-only Malathi Brigade was presented by Sri Lankan government officials with a sewing machine. More accustomed to the rigours of warfare, the woman, who spent seven years fighting with the militant Liberation Tigers of [...]

Fear of the abaya

By Meera Srinivasan   The arch above the school gate sits like a crown over the pillars that support it on either side. It bears the name ‘Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies’ College’, painted in a turquoise blue that must have been vibrant once but looks faded now. Beyond the arch, a couple of two-storied pink [...]

Are we a democracy? Maybe?

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   Counting Votes is just one aspect of democracy On the face of it, we exercise our franchise, vote and often turn out governments. We have retired public servants working as election staff. By all accounts they are very honest poll workers and the result is inexorably the will of [...]

Whose ‘hundred days’ was it anyway?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Even the most imaginative of the incumbent Government’s supporters – or even critics – could have thought of such a ridiculous level to which the intra-alliance debate has descended. From the looks of it, it can only go further down, not regain any modicum of relative respectability and credibility, which alone [...]

Will the dragon and elephant dance together?

By Vidyadharan MP   Can we all in Asia come together, settling our differences peacefully, and bring back the past glory? We all should strive for achieving this atmosphere to bring peace and prosperity to all people and countries. This was the message Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in [...]

Turning Parliament into a more vibrant and effective institution

By Nihal Seneviratne The new Standing Orders numbering 143 were adopted by Parliament recently. Standing Orders in Parliament have been enacted since the first Parliament was set up in 1948 and have been amended from time to time since its first introduction and were adopted in 1999. This is almost the first time that the Standing [...]

Dangerous trends in democracy in South Asia

On 31st May 2018, The Institute for National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) hosted a round table discussion on ‘Trends in regional security environment in South Asia’ with a keynote speech by Dr. Mallika Joseph. She is a Senior Fellow at INSSSL and currently serving as the policy advisor of the Hague-based Global Partnership for [...]

The sinner and the stone-pelter

By N Sathiya Moorthy As more skeletons keep tumbling out of the ‘bonds scam’ cupboard, it is becoming increasingly clear that very few political parties and fewer still of their leaders, especially elected representatives, may have dipped their fingers in the till than believed so far. If President Maithiripala Sirisena-led SLFP’s minister-turned-rebel, Dayasiri Jayasekara were [...]

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