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Sibling Wins, Patriarch Celebrates & Minorities Stunned

By Ameer Ali (Daily FT) Is there a more precious gift a family patriarch, who himself a former ruler, could expect to receive on his 74th birthday, than to see his own brother becoming the supreme head of the country he ruled? The victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) as the seventh president of Sri Lanka was an unforgettable birthday … Continue reading

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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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(SL’s) 20th Century Fox

The 20th Century Fox (Original Title of Island Editorial) The 113th birth anniversary of J.R. Jayewardene, was marked with a somewhat low key event at the J.R. Jayewardene Center in Colombo last week with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya doing the honours in the presence of JRJ’s grandsons. Jayewardene was undoubtedly a colossus who left his mark … Continue reading

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Picking the “Worst” from the “Worst Presidential Candidate list”

Daily Mirror   This caption for the article may have strong disagreements, but I believe this presidential poll is just that. Run up to the presidential polls seems to rope in “nonentities”, though most who clamour for a “strong” Sinhala Buddhist president-elect believe they have the best candidate the Sinhala Buddhists could have. Those who argue … Continue reading

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Family Bandysm, Crossovers are Typical and Traditional

Crossovers, a crime against electors  “For I will not say anything which I will not promise, Nor promise anything which I will not swear. What I swear, I will sign, And what I sign, I shall, with God’s grace, ever perform.”  – King James I to House of Commons in 1607 Kalutara district MP Kumara … Continue reading

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