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 [...]

Can Modi better Vajpayee?

By Vidyadharan MP On May 26, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi completed four years of his five-year term. Next summer, Modi’s party Bharatiya Janata Party has to face the people again. So, now the debate has begun whether he will be able to become the first non-Congress, and obviously the first BJP PM, to retain [...]

Power generation / oil exploration should be done scientifically

By Trevor Jayetileke Doing things Scientifically has only dawned on SL quite recently when the Government did the last Cabinet reshuffle and  they never even bothered to say in which respects any science was applied. The stalemate between the CEB which is the body responsible for the Power Generation  National Grid of Sri Lanka (Generation, Transmission [...]

Need to defend the space for reconciliation

The political space opened up by the government over the past three years has enabled political parties and civil society to engage in public activities without restriction.  The National Peace Council is concerned that this political space is being utilized most fully by ethnic nationalists. This has increased the divisions in society, as manifested in the [...]

Pushing Gota into a corner?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   If nothing else, someone in the ruling UNP partner in the Government seems too keen for Gota Rajapaksa to contest the next presidential polls than he himself may be inclined to, just now. Otherwise, there is no reason why veterans like Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera should be poking Gota on [...]

“Buddhist monks are a reflection of the divisions in a divided society”

By Taylor Dibbert Jehan Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, a nongovernmental organization based in Colombo. We’ve witnessed significant political volatility since the local government elections in February. Where do things stand at the moment? Will the power-sharing arrangement between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party [...]

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