Monthly Archives: June 2017

I am no communalist

I am no communalist

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran’s comments on the Northern Provincial Council issue, the TNA manifesto and allegations made against him by some sections of the TNA. Q: The attention of the whole country was drawn towards the Northern Provincial Council during the past few …

Would TNA re-nominate Wigneswaran?

Would TNA re-nominate Wigneswaran?

All is well that ends well – or, so goes the old adage. For the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, it could well be just that and nothing more. The current truce between TNA leadership of R Sampanthan and Northern …

There may not be any coaches left to employ

There may not be any coaches left to employ

As Sri Lanka begin their search for a ninth head coach in six years, Test champions Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena have questioned the circumstances that led to Graham Ford’s departure from the role. Sri Lanka Cricket announced Saturday that Ford’s 15-month stint at the …

Collapse of the secular state

Collapse of the secular state

The events that unfolded this week shockingly foretells the story of the very rapid collapse of the secular state in Sri Lanka. Although, the events around which a new melodrama unfolded in Sri Lanka were some trivial events of several warrants issued against one Buddhist …

A simmering political conflict

A simmering political conflict

The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has brought the deep divide in Tamil nationalist politics to the fore. The turbulence lasted a week, after he …

A Conspiracy Theory

A Conspiracy Theory

By Chrishmal Warnasuriya:                                             Introduction – Politics as the science of attaining “power”: The first lessons taught to any student of the science of …

Off the hook every time

Off the hook every time

The anti-Muslim Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), has several serious cases against him relating to hate speech, blasphemy against the Quran, instigation of violence, and contempt of court. And yet, he has been …

GTF reiterates call for participation of international judges

GTF reiterates call for participation of international judges

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), releasing a statement on 21 June 2017, reiterated its call for the participation of international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process. A report prepared by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, …

Support stymies arrest

Support stymies arrest

It has become problematic for the Sri Lankan government to arrest and sentence the virulently anti-Muslim Buddhist monk, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera ,General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), because he has influential supporters at home and abroad and the government itself considers …

Interest-Rate Pressure for Corporates

Interest-Rate Pressure for Corporates

Fitch Ratings expects rising domestic interest rates to hurt Sri Lankan corporates over the next 12 months. Their borrowing costs have increased more than 200bp in the 12 months to March 2017 as the Central Bank of Sri Lanka increased policy rates by 125bp and …