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Rilawala Reflections

by Anura Gunasekera

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” Usaviya Nihandayi ” – Or the Cancer Within

A landmark documentary, possibly the first of its kind with its meticulous adherence to the truth, an unspeakably aberrant aspect of the judiciary. It was finally screened , notwithstanding the vigorous attempts to prevent it, by Lenin Ratnayake - alias... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Jaffna “Exorcising the Past and Holding the Vision”

An autobiographical reflection by Neville Jayaweera Reviewed by Anura Gunasekera To an older generation of Sri Lankans the name Neville Jayaweera would need no introduction. Most of those who will ultimately read this book, would do so, not so much... Continue Reading →

Impunity and Civic Irresponsibility

On the day of the recent elections, Duminda Silva, ruling party politician, with his entourage of armed official and unofficial enforcers, rampaged  through the streets of Kolonnawa, physically brutalizing and intimidating the opposition. Although the area had been heavily policed,... Continue Reading →

A Citizen’s Anguish

In the decade that I have been living in Hokandara there has been an exponential growth in the number of residences and vehicles using the Hokandara – Talawatugoda road, particularly in the morning and evening. The recent move of an... Continue Reading →

The Dawn of a New Era

In the days since May 18th Sri Lanka has been engulfed in one long victory celebration ; parades with vehicles draped with Lion Flags have blocked roads, crackers have exploded everywhere and people have been singing and dancing in procession.... Continue Reading →

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