Dateline Colombo by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
Sri Lanka: Toward a Diaspora Re-Engagement Plan
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 06 Jul, 2015 · 4896
“There is an unofficial leader of the opposition. What we have is confusion; there are MPs of the same party in government as well as in the opposition.”
Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, JVP Leader
With the parliament of Sri La ...
Sri Lanka: Brain Drain, 'Connection Culture' and National Development
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 09 Jun, 2015 · 4887
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
John Quincy Adams
Realising the extent of inequality in the present world is an ...
Finding a Path to True Democracy in Sri Lanka
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 10 May, 2015 · 4871
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary righ ...
Politics of Correctness: The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 06 Apr, 2015 · 4859
“I always tried to be correct, not politically correct."
Lee Kuan Yew
Drawing open the curtains to what is the festive month of April in many parts of Asia and the world, on 02 April, one hundred forty two students were ...
Sri Lanka: President Sirisena’s First One Hundred Days
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 04 Mar, 2015 · 4845
“Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.”
Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days
51 days have passed, and 49 remain to fulfill the election promises of the 100-day reform introduced by the newly ele ...
Sri Lanka: A Silent Revolution
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 02 Feb, 2015 · 4823
The dramatic build-up to the Presidential election in Sri Lanka on 08 January 2015 turned out a silent revolution. The common candidate who ran against the then President Rajapaksa was from within his Government. President Sirisena’ ...
Sri Lanka: Stability in 2015
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 05 Jan, 2015 · 4793
“Heroes are our guides in our journey towards freedom. Their lives and history are what makes our goal firm….let us light the fire of ambition in our hearts on this holy day,” said Prabhakaran, the ruthless terrorist le ...
Sri Lanka: Making a Case for Change
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 03 Dec, 2014 · 4765
The final month of the year 2014 began with the news of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. He was found not guilty of the massacre of civilians who protested for his overthrow in the 2011 Arab Spring. Society’s expectation for a total ...
Connecting Sri Lanka: Train to Jaffna
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 04 Nov, 2014 · 4726
On 09 November, the world will remember the fall of the Iron Curtain. Twenty five years from this date the Berlin Wall was dismantled; this iconic moment triggered the end of the Cold War. One may wonder what journey a contemporary super ...
Stronger Democratic Values for a Better Tomorrow
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera · 06 Oct, 2014 · 4685
In the last few months, geopolitical instability has resurfaced in Eurasia and the Middle East. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing the World Economic Forum special meeting on Unlocking Resources for Regional Development ...