A strategy for Sri Lanka’s Left

Facing imminent pauperisation, Sri Lanka’s lower middle-class is getting restive and radicalised. With hiking prices and plummeting incomes, they are on the verge of taking to the streets. The government’s policies may well push them to the edge.

This is the closest the country has come, since the second JVP…


Oblivious to the passing hours, my friend sat talking in front of me. He had come all the way from Avissawella, though from the way he spoke he didn’t seem tired or flustered. Outside the rains poured and the winds blew, while inside the lights flickered every time the thunder…


The sociology of Kohomba Kankariya

Kohomba Kankariya: The Sociology of a Kandyan Ritual, by Sarath Amunugama

Vijitha Yapa, 2021, 204 pages, Rs. 2,000

One of the oldest rituals in Sinhala culture, the Kohomba Kankariya is also the biggest. It is certainly the most expensive, requiring tremendous reserves of energy, effort, enthusiasm, and initiative. Bringing together…


Advocata Institute’s “A Framework for Economic Recovery” is both comprehensive and succinct. A response to the spiralling crisis in Sri Lanka, its publication has been well-timed. Striking a realistic and pragmatist note, it foretells the worst for the country, unless certain urgent reforms are implemented. What it admits at the…


“The middle-class of this country, a majority of them, appear to follow Jathika Chintanaya. But it’s very clear that they don’t know what Jathika Chintanaya means. Nor do they seem interested in knowing what it is. Gunadasa Amarasekara talks about Jathika Chintanaya. I talk about Chintanaye Jathikathwaya. Those not hailing…


“The Identity of France, Volume I: History and Environment”, Fernand Braudel, translated by Siân Reynolds. HarperPerennial, 432 pp., 1993.

What does the concept, the idea, of home really mean to the intellectual? I don’t mean only the intellectual in the sense of a detached theorist, cut off from the world…


The year so far has not boded well for the government. Coming on top of the sugar scandal and the Geneva debacle, not to mention escalating food prices, it now faces the prospect of a third coronavirus wave, depending on how well people adhered to health guidelines during Avurudu.

If…


The most populated and densely populated region in Asia, South Asia is a sprawling mass of land and sea. It covers around five million square kilometres, or 3.5 percent of the world’s land surface, and houses around a quarter of humanity. …


A little over a year ago, Devani Jayathilaka, the Gampaha Division Wildlife Officer now on a crusade against the government, stood up to a State Minister and got away with it. …


Speaking at the launch of the 43 Senankaya a month or so ago, Champika Ranawaka bemoaned the way voters, particularly young voters, view politicians. “We saw this when MPs began contracting the virus,” he observed. …

Uditha Devapriya

Sri Lankan. History fanatic. Movie addict. Book lover.

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