Author Archive for EDWARD THEOPHILUS

POLITICS AND PROPOSED IDEAS FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION IN SRI LANKA

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS As I have pointed out many occasions political activities and strategies in Sri Lanka have become politic (Machiavellianism) of parties, which is attracted by public and media.  It can be popularly seen in democratic countries, however, in Sri Lanka, these politic games are used by the ruling party and the opposition parties […]

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DOES THE METHOD OF DETERMINING TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF PARLIAMENT IN SRI LANKA REFLECT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF PEOPLE?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Many judgments of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, which were believed to be the accurate interpretation of the constitution and bills presented to the parliament.  The Supreme Court is the authority to interpret the constitution, ruled in many instances that the legitimation of various bills requires the two-thirds majority of the […]

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ELIMINATION OF RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL PARTIES INVOLVED

Monday, January 7th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS It is obvious from the current debate on the elimination of racial and religious differences in Sri Lanka that many minor parties to involved in the debate attempt to blame a single party, Sinhala Buddhist, for the failure of the thrust.  In fact, it is not the right way of conflict resolution […]

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BUILDING THE NATIONAL INTEGRATION IN SRI LANKA (Part 1)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Building the national integration in Sri Lanka has been a significant issue since independence in 1948 as the Donoughmore reforms initiated in 1928 and the State Council was established by the reforms disguisedly attempted to make communal divisions by British rulers. A similar strategy used in India encouraging communalism between Hindus and […]

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BUILDING THE NATIONAL INTEGRATION IN SRI LANKA (Part 2)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The Solebury Constitution, which developed the reforms for granting the independence also did not promote the national integration and tried to spread the communalism through the election system. The emergency of 1958 was the first communal struggle obviously echoed in the Sri Lankan society after the independence and the leader of the […]

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GIVING PRIORITY FOR REDUNDANT ISSUES IN SRI LANKA

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS LTTE terrorist war was a serious problem to Sri Lanka from 1983 to 2009 and the war was ended by Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Generally, the end of civil war massively benefited to Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and others such as foreign and domestic tourists. If Prabhakaran and his movement survived on the advices […]

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BUILDING THE NATIONAL INTEGRATION IN SRI LANKA UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The most significant political and social issue in Sri Lanka is building the national integration for the prosperity of Sri Lanka.  What is national integration? Shona Khurana (2010) has defined as National integration is the awareness of a common identity amongst the citizens of a country.  It means that though we belong […]

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DOES SRI LANKA NEED TO ABOLISH EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister and the leader of UNP has expressed at the victory rally held in Galle Face ground that he will form a new political front, which predominantly focus on abolishing the executive presidency with a view to transforming the political system to a parliamentary democracy with a […]

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MINORITY POLITICS WITH MAJORITY CITIZENS IN SRI LANKA

Monday, December 17th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Current political crisis in Sri Lanka clearly indicates that although Sinhala community is the majority citizens in Sri Lanka, minority groups are playing politics with them in the parliament. Although the Sinhala community is the majority of Population (Nearly 80%), they cannot discriminate the minority, who have equal human rights. The operation […]

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THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT ON THE DISSOLUTION OF THE PARLIAMENT AND THE POLITICAL TRENDS IN SRI LANKA

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The dissolution of parliament by a gazette notification of the president was not in terms of the constitution, was determined by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka When carefully reading two judgements it is quite clear that judges decided purely based on the literal meaning the clauses of the constitution and they […]

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HAVE THE DEBATE AND ACTIONS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AND POLITICAL CRISIS GONE BEYOND THE LIMITS?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Information published in print and electronic media regarding the debate and actions for the constitutional and political crisis in Sri Lanka show that they have gone beyond the limits.  How many people of Sri Lanka are interested in these matters is difficult to estimate? Few people as a percentage of population in […]

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CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Sunday newspapers in Sri Lanka in Sinhala, English and Tamil published many articles in relation to constitutional crisis of the country and the points mentioned in many articles were beyond the level of understanding of ordinary Sri Lankans as they referred to various legislations and academic style of points and arguments mentioned […]

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SRI LANKA NEEDS NEW CONSTITUTION AFTER NEXT GENERAL ELECTION

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The current constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka clearly indicates that the existing constitution has created an instability to the country.  The nature of this instability is that country cannot govern as the way people expect and cannot implement economic and social policies to gain prosperity to people.  In fact, current constitution is […]

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IS THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE SPEAKER A REHERSAL TO PASS THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS People of Sri Lanka have a serious doubt about the behaviour of the speaker as a rehearsal to pass the proposed new constitution using illegal and contradict techniques of modes operandi. Since the election of the Yahapalana government in 2015, the behaviour of the parliament speaker has been confused and reflected the […]

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MINORITY GOVERNMENTS ARE POSSIBLE FOR A SHORT PERIOD UNDER THE DEMOCRATIC RULES

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Minority governments can exist for a short period in a democratic system. Minority governments for a short period were in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, India, Japan and many other countries. In many instances, there were minority governments as caretakers in the history. In Sri Lanka, Mr Dudley Senanayake’s government in March, 1960 […]

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SRI LANKA NEEDS A FREE AND FAIR GENERAL ELECTION

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Newspapers and other media in Sri Lanka clearly express that the country needs a free and fair general election with a view to relieve from the current political crisis and more than three forth of the population also show that a free and fair general election is the solution and there are […]

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SRI LANKA NEEDS TO CANCEL THE 19TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION AND INCLUDE AN ANTI DISCRIMINATION CLAUSE

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Current political crisis in Sri Lanka clearly indicates that 19th amendment to the constitution has led to a political crisis and it is baffled to take decisions. After the approval of the amendment, many issues emerged in relation to all segments of the state. According to the constitutional provisions, it is quite […]

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A REFERANDUM TO CONFIRM THE PRIME MINISTERSHIP

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS There are no legal arguments that the appoint of Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister of the country was a legitimate decision of the president. In fact, Mr Rajapaksa wanted to go to an election, but there is a constitutional restriction for it. Mr Rajapaksa always said that the current government […]

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RENAISSANCE OF THE ECONOMY OF SRI LANKA

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The change of political administration Sri Lanka has given an opportunity to a renaissance of Sri Lanka in relation to many aspects of the country, which may be different areas.  Terrorist war in the country had caused to backward the unity and the economy of the country, however, the strategies used by […]

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APPEASEMENT OF INDU, LANKA AND CHINESE RELATIONSHIP

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

By EDWARD THEOPHILUS The most difficult and dogmatic issue in Sri Lanka at this moment is appeasement of relationship between India and China.  The history gives clear evidence that different style of relationships was maintained between India and China by Sri Lanka for centuries, before Lanka went under the control of European rule. Sri Lankans […]

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OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS These days the major news item in Sri Lanka is the changing the current yahapalana government.  Are the strategic attempts of the joint opposition to change the government logical effort valuable effort or waste of time gaining unpopularity of voters needed to considered by joint opposition?  The change of government has relegated […]

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COULD SRI LANKA CONTROL THE DEPRECIATING OF RUPEE VALUE (PART 1)

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Many newspapers, electronic websites and TV news in Sri Lanka frequently report that the foreign and domestic value of the national currency unit is being radically and continuously depreciated and the general price level of the country daily increases in response to the depreciation incurring economic predicaments to people. This unfortunate situation […]

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COULD SRI LANKA CONTROL THE DEPRECIATING OF RUPEE VALUE (PART 2)

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Before 1978, Sri Lanka had an economy with inward-looking strategies and this economy radically changed to a reasonably open system with outward-looking strategies in 1978.  It was a positive management strategy; however, it didn’t contain disciplines to control corruptions.  The exchange and import controls, regulations removed in support of the open economy.  […]

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COULD SRI LANKA CONTROL DEPRECIATING RUPEE VALUE (PART 1)

Friday, September 28th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Many newspapers, electronic websites and TV news in Sri Lanka frequently report that the foreign and domestic value of the national currency unit is being radically and continuously depreciated and the general price level of the country daily increases in response to the depreciation incurring economic predicaments to people. This unfortunate situation […]

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COULD SRI LANKA CONTROL DEPRECIATING RUPEE VALUE (PART 2)

Friday, September 28th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Before 1978, Sri Lanka had an economy with inward-looking strategies and this economy radically changed to a reasonably open system with outward-looking strategies in 1978.  It was a positive management strategy; however, it didn’t contain disciplines to control corruptions.  The exchange and import controls, regulations removed in support of the open economy.  […]

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YAHAPALANA GOVERNMENT AND UNDERPINNING POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES (PART 2)

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

EDWARD THEOPHILUS The unitary status of the country was a condition that had been existed since the establishment of Sinhala Kingdom. In addition, during the ice era where homo sapiens were occupying the country Sri Lanka was a unitary state. The national integrity of the country without any ethnic differences respected and ethnic issues of […]

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YAHAPALANA GOVERNMENT AND UNDERPINNING POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES (PART 1)

Monday, September 10th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Political and economic issues are common facets in any country in the modern world.  It is apparent that people in any democratic country use to cry for quick solutions to political, economic, social and cultural predicaments, but they also know that it is highly unlikely finding active solutions for problems as quick […]

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YAHAPALANA GOVERNMENT, SOCIAL INCLUSION AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW (PART 1)

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Soon after a Yahapalana government elected to the office in 2015, the major promise (under the social inclusion policy) given to the country, was to introduce anti-discrimination law and a drafted bill for the legislation also published, but it was withdrawn and the reason to withdraw the bill was informally publicized that […]

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YAHAPALANA GOVERNMENT, SOCIAL INCLUSION AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW (PART 2)

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS According to historical evidence, administrators in the history were dictators, who haven’t had mental abilities or lateral thinking power to manipulate effective solutions and approach for problem-solving.  They tried to control the society in iron pits.  Religious leaders and administrators in the history fuelled the issue and ignorance of them without skills […]

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SUSTAINABLE SRI LANKA: VISION AND STRATEGIC PATH

Monday, August 13th, 2018

 BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Since independence from the British rule in Sri Lanka, many development plans have been submitted by different elected governments and the most recent development plan was submitted by president Mr.Sirisena.  The plan was named as Sustainable Sri Lanka, Vision, and Strategic Path.  When I read the information about this sustainable plan, my […]

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