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Rilawala Reflections

by Anura Gunasekera

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The Deconstruction of a Supremacist

Notwithstanding his rise to ultimate  power as a politician in this country,  Mahinda Rajapaksa retains the mindset of  an uneducated peasant , in this instance  from Giruwapattuwa. Despite being one of the most shrewd, and one of the most successful ... Continue Reading →

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Resurrecting a Supremacist

If there is a man in this country, apart from Mahinda Rajapaksa, with a conscience more impervious to ethical and moral  considerations, a conscience so thickly armour plated that it can blithely adopt the most unprincipled position, then that must... Continue Reading →

The Dethroning of a Supremacist

This article is a sequel to “Challenging a Supremacist”, the Sunday Times 14.12.2014. On January 9, in a simple, hastily arranged ceremony a simple, unpretentious man was sworn in as the sixth President of Sri Lanka. There could have been... Continue Reading →

Challenging a Supremacist

Months of speculation, political manoeuvring and gamesmanship have ended with Maithripala Sirisena emerging as the common presidential candidate. An implosion at the very centre of the UPFA has produced an unlikely challenge, to the incumbent’s self-assumed ownership of the most... Continue Reading →

Voice of an underclass

At the recent Provincial Council elections, despite allegations of organised intimidation leading up to election day, the voters of the North and the East delivered a silent yet unequivocal verdict on the conduct of governance in the areas liberated from... Continue Reading →

Of Traitors and Patriots

The Sunday Observer of 31/1/10 carried the headline, "A Bold Reply to those who Betrayed the Country", extracted from a post-election statement attributed to President Rajapaksa, in a reference to those who opposed him at the recent election. By implication,... Continue Reading →

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