Volume 1 - Issue 2



Her. Him. The Other; Condemning of where we are and...

Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke
In 2015, artists of various disciplines from around the island were invited to a meeting at the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike-Kumaratunga. Amongst the writers, artists and musicians were perhaps our most internationally celebrated filmmakers; Prasanna Vithanage, Vimukthi Jayasundara and Asoka Handagama. It was a town hall style meeting to discuss ideas and proposals for art that spoke to the national post-war conversation, art that would actively try to foster or reflect the need for reconciliation. Her. Him. The ...Continued

The Unfair Burden of the Women’s Quota

Natasha Balendra
The recently concluded local government elections have been notable for a number of reasons. One of these is that for the first time in Sri Lanka a 25% quota was introduced for women representatives. It now appears from press reports that both the Chairman of the Elections Commission and some of the Political Parties and Independent Groups which contested the elections find implementing the quota to be too “burdensome” and “unfair.” Well, of course! Is it really fair for these women’s movement type people to ...Continued

Decline of integrity in public service; Can we stem the...

Prof. Susirith Mendis
The revelations of the Bond Commission Report where Lanka’s political and financial elite have conspired in the greatest scam ever in Sri Lankas history, the consequent revelations on money laundering and luxury penthouse kickbacks and the evasive statements made in parliament by the Prime Minister and other responsible public figures prompts me to take up this topic for comment. Forget public life for the moment. Let us get to basics first. What are the dimensions of the concept of integrity? Integrity encompasses many of the ...Continued

A case for non-partisan Local Government

Kshama Ranawana
It is time to re-think how we elect representatives to our local administrative bodies. Local government means having our day to day needs attended to; be it the collection of garbage, repair of drains and culverts or maintaining a clean city amongst a host of other services. Basically it’s getting our worth for the taxes we pay to the local administration that oversees the city or village we live in. In Sri Lanka, the mandate of the local authority is to “provide for the comfort, ...Continued