Who are VIPs?

The beauty of democracy is that the people have the power to elect who they want. They decide on who is sent to Parliament and to the local bodies.

No wonder these politicians exhaust themselves to get into the good books of the people. Politicians are representatives of the people. Whether they are in parliament, provincial councils, or any local body, their main objective is to represent the people and to address their issues in whatever ways they can.

But does that happen? For five years, the people are left with no option but to live with who they have elected. Then comes the next five years, and more often than not, the story is the same. Continue reading →

Troubled youth make a troubled country

Former combatants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were linked to recent incidents of unrest in the North, giving rise to fresh speculations of an LTTE-regrouping in the North.

Claims that these former cadres, some rehabilitated, are involved raise more questions than concerns over the progress of the government, and of the country in moving towards reconciliation. Continue reading →

Win people’s trust

The biggest challenge the government currently faces is the risk of sustaining the trust of the people. Every government pledges many things to its people before it comes to power.

The people elect them based on their pledges, and their credentials, and sometimes because they simply want to do away with the government in power.

Sri Lanka’s current government, too, laid out many pledges to its people during election campaigns. Whether they have been fulfilled is something that the government needs to ask itself.

However, one thing that many governments around the world fail to do is to honour its commitments to the people. Continue reading →

Make way to change

Changes are inevitable. But, many fear change. They mainly fear change because they fear how ‘change’ will affect them personally. Whether the change is good or bad, or whether it benefits many, does not enter into the initial equation.  We treat change with skepticism at first, and then begin to accept it gradually. As time goes by, we eventually become used to them.

But, then new changes come in and the cycle continues. Change, when it is forced, is an unwelcome guest.

Sri Lanka is no exception to resistance to change. The country’s public sector is an apt example where changes are resisted and responses are made through protests. Continue reading →

The unsaid ‘Thanks’ to the ‘Unknown’

July brings out many dreadful memories in the context of Sri Lankan politics. It is the month during which the subtle suspicions between Tamils and Sinhalese turned into a fully blown animosity, thanks to some unfortunate incidents.

Many lives were lost. Many Tamils who faced the brunt of the 1983 riots continue to remember them and some still live in ‘those’ days and therefore th ey tend to be doubtful of any efforts to solve the issue. Yes, there was violence, and it is probably the darkest period in Sri Lanka’s post-independence era. Continue reading →

Thirty years and still waiting…

The month of July seems to have a significant place in Sri Lanka’s post independence politics. The July of 1983 was a turning point in Sri Lanka’s ethnic struggle. Though we would not want to revisit that time, it has taught us many lessons that the country would keep in mind for years to come.

Four years after, a significant even was recorded in Sri Lanka’s political history, which would once again be a topic for years to come.

July 29, 2017 marked 30 years since the historic signing of the Indo-Lanka agreement, which gave birth to the controversial, much talked about, and much debated 13th Amendment.

Thirty years down the line, its full implementation continues to be a hot debate in terms of a durable solution for the longstanding ethnic question. Continue reading →