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(GR) Asking The Future by Tissaranee

By Tisaranee Gunasekara  “You are talking all the time on the past, no. Ask the future (laughs) I’m trying to become the president of the future Sri Lanka. If you concentrate on the future, I think it is better (laughs).” ~ Gotabaya Rajapaksa (at his inaugural media conference) The past is what Gotabaya Rajapaksa invokes when he tells us … Continue reading

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Rulers, be mindful

Participatory democracy: People’s power vital for Sri Lanka (Original Title) Daily Mirror In November last year, tens of thousands of people gathered in Colombo to safeguard democracy and denounce the president’s unconstitutional removal of the prime minister.  Pic Reuters In recent days and months, Hong Kong, Iraq, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Lebanon and several other countries have … Continue reading

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The Pre Election Flurry

Island PLATO: One really must accept Plato’s remark that the penalty for not actively participating in politics is that we wind up being governed by our inferiors. By Goolbai Gunasekara In every house, in every village, in every town, at every gathering, meeting (public or otherwise) one topic dominates the conversation. Who will win the … Continue reading

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Progress not possible till we crack down on corruption

Daily Mirror President Sirisena attending the 2016 anti-corruption summit in London Many of us have heard the story about a Sri Lankan minister meeting his counterpart from a developed nation. For the benefit of first time voters, the story is retold here.  Once, a Sri Lankan minister visited a developed country. During a conversation, his … Continue reading

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The darker side of specialists | Are you game Presidential Candidates?

Island Opinion Page  There are well qualified specialists in this country for eye care, heart ailments, obstetrics and many other specialised fields of medicine. Their knowledge and ability could match their counterparts in other countries. Alas, many and not all, are money conscious and are ripping off patients every day. Their greed for money is … Continue reading

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