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Rajpal Abeynayake

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Finance Minister and the education orthodoxy

BY RAJPAL ABEYNAYAKE The teachers are on strike. They have raised some issues about didacticism — are the elders...

July 1983 Riots : Sinhalese still waiting 38 years to be thanked for saving Tamils

For thirty eight years there has been little or no mention and complete silence in acknowledging the fact that scores of Sinhalese...

Non-LTTE Tamils/Diaspora vs LTTE-Tamils/Diaspora

While all LTTE were Tamils but all Tamils are not LTTE, it is important to also differentiate who are the non-LTTE Tamils...

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Vilified Covid fighters have the toughest brief in ages

When Dominic Cummings, the former Advisor to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a British Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry last week,...

Anti China tirades are racist

Is it liberally chic to treat the Chinese in a racist manner, just because China is a key investor in this country?...

Do those who ‘pray for India’, pray for our forces?

It has become the fashion among NGOs and the English speaking elite in particular to gnash their teeth these days and complain...

Loquacious ‘pro-Muslim’ campaigner in a soup

By Rajpal Abeynayake This article attempts to chart the current course of Sri Lankan politics within the meaning of...

Silly-season method for destroying nationalist icons from the past

How did this become the season for bashing Anagarika Dharamapala, the Buddhist Pirivena ethos, and the essential post-1956 Buddhist revival?

Any hope for an Opposition that martyred itself?

The failure of a political project in this country can be predicted with certainty by the number of persons who have martyred...

The desperate NGO wish for Lanka to be Myanmar

What happened in Myanmar? The military ‘coup’ in Myanmar is not a coup in the truest sense of the word for the...

It was the same judiciary they lit crackers for

Can anyone remember November 2018? That was the year the UNP praised the judiciary so fulsomely that the party leaders and elders...

Udaya and Patali: A riveting study in contrasts

There are some former Hela Urumaya politicians doing the important work of the State, deciding national energy policy, and participating in collective...

A blessed nation, relative to the socially divided Western world

A British Guardian article that’s written by a family that came from Zimbabwe to London makes me want to laugh — and...

They desperately want a do-nothing era of ‘governance’

Going through the recent opinion pieces in our national dailies, this writer comes across a reference to a recent meeting that President...

The difference between ‘slash and burn’ and scorched earth politics

The real environmental conundrum in this country seems to be that nobody knows where slash and burn cultivation left off, and slash...

Low hanging fruit isn’t a route to political success

Politicians who don’t have much of a pubic base of support, generally dominate the right wing opposition in this country. It’s not...

In 2021, the one issue news agenda has to end

Not only should Covid-19 end this year, Covid-19 should also stop being the main topic of public discourse. This was difficult particularly...

Behold those copious tears shed for democracy

Karu Jayasuriya’s comments about the pillars of democracy being assailed by the present government has a plantation Raj era flavour to it....

Turning the page on the culture of confrontation

The new indigenous medical cure that an Ayurvedic physician is credited with, has created a certain low-level simmering confrontation between doctors and...

Have less sympathy for symbols

Too many symbols that make up society makes everything rather uncomfortable for everybody, said Jiddu Krishnamurthy, the philosopher. Cardinal...

They say the sky is falling again

Local Cassandras and Fitch Rating Cassandras may be two sides of the same coin but they seem to be also on the...

There could be disappointment, even if you are defamed

A gentleman by the name of Satarasinghe sued a certain John Fernando and the Attorney General for...

Science and science only should decide Covid burial controversy

There is a line between baiting a community, and being politely concerned about extremism. This tension between keeping extremism at bay and...

State sector enriches oligarchs, or thrives in greatness?

The new Pfizer vaccine for Coronavirus will probably take time to become commercially available and safe in a country such as ours,...

Was it assault and death and an infringement of rights, or a simple case of epilepsy?

In a case of possible police brutality, where a man had been arrested and had died in the police station the next...

Judge Barrett’s appointment shows, 20th Amendment was democratic

When Judge Amy Coney Barrett placed her hand on the Bible and was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge of the...

Reality is, Sri Lanka has got talent

The New Delhi Metro was designed and built by Indians with an Indian engineer E. Sreedharan in charge. The Sri Lankan Government...

Mapping the size and shape of post Covid economic recovery

It was Amarthya Sen the Nobel prize winning economist who revealed after extensive research that famine is avoidable if there is good...

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Finance Minister and the education orthodoxy

BY RAJPAL ABEYNAYAKE The teachers are on strike. They have raised some issues about didacticism — are the elders...

July 1983 Riots : Sinhalese still waiting 38 years to be thanked for saving Tamils

For thirty eight years there has been little or no mention and complete silence in acknowledging the fact that scores of Sinhalese...

Non-LTTE Tamils/Diaspora vs LTTE-Tamils/Diaspora

While all LTTE were Tamils but all Tamils are not LTTE, it is important to also differentiate who are the non-LTTE Tamils...