Thursday, January 21, 2021

Commentary

Let Ayurveda do what real Ayurveda does

With the supposed Ayurveda cure for Covid-19, The Island has been inundated with articles extolling the safety procedures surrounding western medicines, while cautioning, if...

Creature disowning creator

TNA Leader R. Sampanthan is reported to have lashed out at his critics, saying that nobody could intimidate or ban his party,...

Has COPE forgotten its own report?

Former yahapalana high-ups currently in the SJB, which is only old UNP wine in a new bottle, keep daring the incumbent SLPP government to...

A disease, a vaccine, a ‘cure’ and the resurrection of burials

THE WEEK THAT WAS  The third reading of the Budget 2021 was passed in parliament with amendments on Thursday...

Tamil heroes hid behind baby brigades

The post-independent era was convulsed by two violent mass movements : 1. communism in the South and 2. communalism in the North....

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...

Time to explore a new economic structure

The title of the book by Dr. Robert Schuller, ‘Tough times never last, but tough people do’ is an ideal quote to...

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appropriate counter to Modi’s Thirteenth Amendment

Managing Indo-Sri Lanka relations is prioritised as the most important item in the agenda of the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry. In fact,...

Ranil influenced the judiciary – Arundika Fernando

Minister of Industries Wimal Weerawansa condemned the Opposition’s attempt to draw parallels between the Mahara prison riot...

China has overtaken the US – says IMF

It was expected but not so swiftly, possibly the Covid-19 has expedited what was inevitable. A report published in “The Our Asian...

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...

How & Who are bringing illegal drugs/narcotics to Sri Lanka?

Millions the world over are addicted to drugs. Their whole lives are ruined. Their families are in disarray. All this suffering is...

Fires of communalism were fanned by anti-Sinhala-Buddhist ideologues

The abuse of history has been one of the major contributory factors that led to the exacerbation of the North-South relations. If...

Between Mahara and Buravi, amid anxiety and relief

Fire and brimstone. That’s one way of talking about the week that has passed. Fire, on account of the tragedy that unfolded...

Public health paradoxes

In the early days of HIV infection, a well-meaning initiative was conducted in one of the southern states of India, to reduce...

India tells Sri Lanka and Maldives size doesn’t matter. For how long?

India’s on-when-it wants and off-when it doesn’t security pacts with smaller neighbours is more destabilizing than the supposed risk from powers it wants countered.

The rise of the Bonapartists: A political history of post-1977 Sri Lanka (Part I)

Viewed in retrospect, the yahapalanaya regime seems almost a bad memory now, best forgotten. This is not to underrate its achievements, for...

Politics as usual no remedy for Islamic extremism

A heated exchange took place in Parliament a couple of days ago (November 26 or 27) about the so-called Batticaloa Sharia University,...

Future cannot be built on the failed past of minorities

Managing a democracy in normal times is bad enough. Managing it in times of crises can be a horripilating nightmare. Choices have...

Mahara prison riot: How pills meant for mental patients triggered violence

* Over 2,400 inmates on their own within complex * Death toll reachers 11, could rise further

UNHRC Resolution 40/1 and International Law

During the recent committee state debates in Parliament on the financial vote of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, exception was taken by...

Easter Sunday carnage: How P CoI boomeranged on former Prez Sirisena

Many an eyebrow was raised when Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, intervened in the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (P CoI), tasked...

36 years gone, but, dark memories remain

The Kent and Dollar Farm massacres were one of the earliest massacres carried out by the LTTE during Sri Lanka’s darkest era....

DISGRACEFUL – UK commemorates dead LTTE terrorists by lighting UK Parliament

LTTE was banned by UK in 2001 though UK was LTTE’s international headquarters from 1980s. While Lord Naseby remains...

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By Malinda Seneviratne India wants the 13th. Fine. If it is believed that repealing the 13th is out of...

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