De - merger dilemmas, devolution dialectics
The case for de-merger may be sound, but the
consequences must be calculated. Let me illustrate my point: it is
perfectly justifiable, desirable and necessary that we advance
towards Elephant pass and recapture it, but it would be stupid to
repeat Operation Agni Keela and take heavy casualties in ambushes
which make us retreat.
The Rajpal Abeynayake Column:
A state de-moralizing its 'troops', when it needs to inspire
A recent survey had it that Sri Lanka was the
unfreindliest country in the region to invest in. Perhaps it wasn't
much like the 'failed state' survey which was a grand fib, given
that we are talking of a state with a 8 per cent growth rate, which
had been dubbed last week in an international strategy magazine as
the most prosperous country of the region.
Without credibility a newspaper will perish
The usefulness of the press
"The usefulness of the press goes much wider
than investigating abuses or even spreading general news; it lies in
holding governments to account - trying them in the court of public
opinion". These prescient remarks come from The Economist (August
26th, 2006) Leader article.