The Sunday Leader

The best of times and worst times in Sri Lanka

By Trevor Jayetileke   These opening lines of the Charles Dickens novel echoes in my mind when we think of happenings of contemporary times in Sri Lanka. It’s the best of times for Hambantota with the lease of its Port to China for 99 years. Getting extended sea bed determined by UN Convention of the [...]

National heroes should be worthy of emulation

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole The purpose of having national heroes is to celebrate their lives and offer the younger generation models for them to emulate. I was therefore taken aback to read (Island, 1 March 2018) the suggestion by Hemantha Warnakulasuriya that the late Kandiah Neelakandan’s ‘portrait must be unveiled in a special room [...]

Eyes wide open on Chinese media invasion in Sri Lanka

By our investigations desk While Chinese investments started to pour in from the time Mahinda Rajapaksa became President and got close to China, concerns were raised that China was working underhand to make use of Sri Lanka to meet its military and political goals. However both the past and current Governments dismissed speculation that Sri [...]

Canada demands foreign judges; UK calls for more progress

By Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka came under fire as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)in Geneva began its 37th session last week,with the United Kingdom and Canada among the countries to fire the first salvo. Canada came out strongly,demanding that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, [...]

Coalition Partners assigned to the Kraal- verdict of the Electorate

By Trevor Jayetileke   Whichever way one looks at the Local Government election results, the Sri Lankan voter has lost confidence in the two-party system of Sri Lanka which has failed to meet the aspirations of the People they serve. This is the reality that we are faced with today and the alternative on the [...]

Trudeau made to work hard for his Modi hug!

By Vidyadharan MP In a short span, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has become famous for his ‘hug diplomacy’. He had greeted most world leaders with this typical Modi hug – a tight embrace. Whether it was Barack Obama or Donald Trump, Putin or Xi Jinping or Shinzo Abe, Modi had charmed all with this [...]

Looking beyond the current political gridlock

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to assessing the future trajectory of the domestic political landscape. The heavy focus on the political gridlock in the South has inevitably diverted our attention from the prevailing political trend in [...]

Where does a diplomat draw the line?

By Easwaran Rutnam The actions of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last week came in for both praise and criticism. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was accused of undiplomatic conduct when provoked by pro-LTTE diaspora at the time the Sri Lanka national anthem was being sung outside the [...]

Modi’s ASEAN outreach: Will it succeed?

By Vidyadharan MP India this year had 10 top leaders from the ASEAN watching the Republic Day from the podium with prime minister Narendra Modi. This was for the first time in her history that so many persons were invited as the chief guests at this prestigious event on January 26. This idea too seemed [...]

Door opens for women to run for office. But will they be allowed in?

KOTTE, Sri Lanka — Madhu Hettiarachchi has no time right now for the brain surgery her doctors have recommended. She’s busy trying to take advantage of an unprecedented chance to get women elected in Sri Lanka. After more than a generation of struggle by women’s rights activists, Sri Lanka’s patriarchal political scheme has, reluctantly, opened [...]


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