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Wenasak: A Post-Election Reflection

AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S.KODIKARA via Japan Times Yesterday’s energy Sri Lanka is still overwhelmed with the peoples’ energy that a few days ago brought the immeasurable gift of democratic regime change. As the campaign heightened, one word; “ wenasak”- (Sinhala-“a change”) became a spontaneous and variable slogan or code, determined by the context in which […]

The servant and the king

Photo courtesy TVNZ 15 January 2015. Mahinda Rajapaksa is not the president of Sri Lanka. I pinch myself. I have been doing so for the last six days. He still is not. He was democratically voted out of power a week ago. One person was killed, many were attacked, state resources were abused massively. The […]

Bringing the Debate Back Home

Image via Maithripala.com We extend our sincere congratulations to President Maithripala Sirisena. After a decade of the Rajapaksas, Sri Lankans have decided to make a change. And we’re happy that, in spite of Rajapaksa’s egregious abuse of state resources in the run-up to the vote, voting day was a relatively clean, fair affair. Having said […]

Racist Tom-Toms and Electoral Statistics

Photo via Japan Times, AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan “We must remember they got their majority vote from Eelam…” Mahinda Rajapaksa[i] During election season, the UPFA tried to win enough Sinhala votes by inciting minority phobia – and failed. Post-defeat, what the severely-truncated UPFA continues to beat this racist tom-tom, in the hope of making a quick comeback. Ex-president […]

WHAT DO WE DO WITH MOHAN PEIRIS?

Photo courtesy Asian Tribune Among the countless blows struck by the Rajapaksa regime against the Rule of Law over the last decade, perhaps the most egregious was the illegal impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and her replacement with a lackey of the Brotherhood known as Mohan Peiris. His behaviour in office in the last […]

A Victory Not Just by the Minorities

AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA, via Japan Times Images have been making the rounds on facebook, with various hues and shades, highlighting the fact that the sixth executive President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, won with the support of minority communities in Sri Lanka, whereas Mahinda Rajapakse, the last President obtained the votes of […]

Taking Stock: Presidential Election 2015

AP Photo/Sujeewa Kumar via The Guardian By far the most important issue for the constituents of Sri Lanka at the last week’s presidential election was about opening a pathway for the formation of good governance. However, simply electing a new president does not create good governance. A president and his/her government should allow, nurture and […]

Pride with a difference

Photo courtesy Maithripala Sirisena Facebook page There are times in one’s life when one becomes very proud of one’s country. For many it is when we win in cricket or in war. This is triumphant pride where we defeat someone else- an external sports team or an internal enemy. For this kind of pride we […]

Was #PresPollSL 2015 Sri Lanka’s first Cyber Election?

On the night of 8 January 2015, shortly after voting ended in Sri Lanka’s seventh presidential election, the streets of Colombo and suburbs were unusually calm. There was no curfew, but people stayed indoors and watched results unfold on television. In contrast, the country’s social media was on fire. On Facebook, Twitter, popular blogs and […]

Delicate Balancing Act for the New President

Photo via Sky News Normally, a newly elected President has a honeymoon period within which he/she has some breathing space after a hectic election campaign conducted under extremely stressful and challenging circumstances. It appears that the newly elected President Sirisena does not have even this privilege as he has to spring into action immediately on […]

Best Wishes for Your Appointment as President

Photo courtesy World Snap Faculty of Social Sciences South Asian University New Delhi – 110021 India 09th January 2015 His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka The President’s Office Colombo 1 Sri Lanka Your Excellency: Best Wishes for Your Appointment as President Greetings from South Asian University, New […]

Pope Francis and struggle for human rights in Sri Lanka

Photo courtesy CNS News Pope Francis is set to arrive in Sri Lanka, on 13th January, despite several appeals by Catholics including me, to postpone the visit. He will arrive few days days after we Sri Lankans used our ballot to put a stop to growing dictatorship, despite a dirty election campaign that saw deliberate […]

THE FORGOTTEN MAJORITY – THE WAY FORWARD?

Photo via World Snap The elections are over and much will be said and written about these historic days. Amidst these discussions I present a preliminary analysis of an often forgotten and misunderstood constituency. The Change-makers The euphoria of victory has engulfed us all. Many will want to take credit for their role in the […]