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Rilawala Reflections

by Anura Gunasekera

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The Unmasking of Yahapalanaya

A mere five weeks after it was installed, the much publicized sanctity of the Yahapalanaya government was sullied by the Central Bank Bond scandal. Accusations of complicity have been leveled against the then Governor of the CB, Arjuna Mahendran and,... Continue Reading →

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Deconstructing Independence Day Discourse 2015: A Response to Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The 2015 Independence Day celebration was invested with the dignity of understatement – a complete departure from the showmanship and bravura performances which characterized the previous events under the patronage of Mahinda Rajapaksa. In total contrast to the former President’s... Continue Reading →

Has Justice Been Served?

The new regime finally lost patience with the obdurate Mohan Peiris and used what appears to be a clumsy ploy – capitalising on a procedural infirmity in the dismissal of Justice Shirani Bandaranayaka — to restore legitimacy to the Ladyship... Continue Reading →

Requiem for a Supremacist

The presidential election is done and dusted and a new man sits in the chair, which the previous incumbent had converted to a throne. Sri Lanka now has a president instead of a king. What follows after? Assuming that there... 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 →

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