Author Archive for EDWARD THEOPHILUS

THE CONTRADICTING ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISTS IN SRI LANKA

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Civil society is generally considered as an instrument that works as unions of civilians, which organized for the benefits of civilians in a country.  The meaning of civil is similar to the definition of the word civil” in law, for example, the law is basically divided into civil law and criminal law. […]

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REASONS FOR THE FAILURE OF THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS IN SRI LANKA

Friday, July 6th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Since the beginning of human settlements in Sri Lanka, there had many conflicts between communities motivated by different elements.  The history of Sri Lanka affirms that Lord Buddha visited the country on one occasion to reconcile a conflict between Naga leader Chulodara and his uncle, Mahodara and the followers of both sides. […]

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ARE RELIGIONS ON THE HANDS OF WRONG PEOPLE? (PART 1)

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The verification of religious messages whether they are true or false is an impossible task because philosophical aspects of religions seem to be related to life after death.  This means that nobody can correctly test the accuracy of religious beliefs as the life would be ended at the time of death, which […]

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ARE RELIGIONS ON THE HANDS OF WRONG PEOPLE? (PART 2)

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS It seems that many religions have done a mistake attempting to interpret beginning and end of the universe as a religious event.  If religions were limited to preach only the social philosophy there wouldn’t be many religions with different philosophies. The social philosophy of all religions seems to be very similar. As […]

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DONATIONS TO POLITICAL PARTIES IN A DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Political parties are an integral part of the democratic system and a symbol of democratic political administration.  Sri Lanka invented party politics during the British rule with the adult franchise and no decree was enacted by colonial rulers that donations to a legally registered political party were a punishable offense or a […]

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THE CHALLENGES TO NEXT PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA

Monday, June 25th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Who will be the candidates of next presidential election in Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to take place in 2019, have not announced by any political party in the country, but there are many speculations and gossips in the country as usual habits.  The executive presidential system brought to the country in […]

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HUMAN DIVERSITY IN SRI LANKA

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Human diversity is an attribute that popularly accepted as an assortment of human, individually or collectively, when compared to each other’s. The dissimilarity might relate to skin colour, language, religion, accent of language used, behaviour, culture and many other factors. Diversity exists not only among human, but also in many others such […]

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CAN SRI LANKA REDUCE ITS TAXES BY 20 PERCENT?

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Recently, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, former president of Sri Lanka made a controversial public statement that when he comes to power again he would reduce taxes of the country by 20% and this statement has become a highly debatable announcement among the government and opposition members. Mr Rajapaksa highlighted a concrete example in […]

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WHITHER EDUCATION REFORMS IN SECONDARY CONTEXT OF SRI LANKA (PART 1)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The free education system in Sri Lanka was successfully initiated by Mr. CWW Kannangara who represented the State Council in the colonial era, animated education of the country with a view to developing as an asset of common people. Currently, education in Sri Lanka has translated to a way, which supports human […]

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WHITHER EDUCATION REFORMS AT SECONDARY CONTEXT IN SRI LANKA (PART 2)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

 BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS As mentioned in the part one of this article, parents and students have a propensity to blaming teachers and schools when kids achieved failures in competitive exams. How far could the blame be justified if teachers have done the right in a school environment?  The success of examinations is not the one-way […]

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FACTS ABOUT THE HAMBANTOTA PORT AND INDUSTRIAL PARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (PART 1)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Some analysts have expressed many debatable comments in relation to the agreement of the Hambantota Port Development Project, which was signed by the government of Sri Lanka and the Chinese Merchant Port Holding Company owned by the Chinese government based in Hong Kong.  A major point highlighted by analysts was that the […]

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FACTS ABOUT THE HAMBANTOTA PORT AND INDUSTRIAL PARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (PART 2)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS If the debt level of Sri Lanka negatively associated with the economic growth, there is no doubt that Sri Lanka will ambush to a debt trap and the country must be able to manage the debt service (interest and instalments) including to the total government spending with a less than 6% of […]

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CHINA CAN HELP SRI LANKA TO BECOME A DEVELOPED NATION (PART 1)

Monday, May 28th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The major dream of Sri Lankans since the political independence from Western colonial rules is to become a developed nation which could deliver the prosperity to citizens of the country.  The evidence in the past displayed that the economic policy of monarchical reigns of the country was able to accomplish the expectations […]

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CHINA CAN HELP SRI LANKA TO BECOME A DEVELOPED NATION (PART 2)

Monday, May 28th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS When Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948, the traditional feudalistic thinking pattern or attitudes were not changed by the influences of democratic philosophy.  The experience indicated that how white people treated to aborigines in Australia and Canada and South Africa they attempted to treat similar way to Sri Lankans too. During the […]

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SRI LANKA NEEDS A PARTIAL DICTATORSHIP FOR EFFICIENT AND CLEAN ADMINISTRATION (PART 2)

Friday, May 25th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS British rulers mistakenly considered that behavioural nature of Sri Lankans was similar to Indians and when Indians learn democracy, people of Sri Lanka also will be learned, however it was a baseless assumption and the behavioural pattern of Sri Lankans and their attitudes towards a variety of issues are quite different. The […]

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SRI LANKA NEEDS A PARTIAL DICTATORSHIP FOR EFFICIENT AND CLEAN ADMINISTRATION (PART 1)

Friday, May 25th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS When I visited Sri Lanka recently, I had an opportunity to talk with different people in the country and also talked to several Sri Lankans who are living in overseas.  The main opinion of the majority was Sri Lanka needs a partial dictatorship for efficient and clean administration as the majority of […]

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THE DEBATE ON A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR SRI LANKA (PART 2)

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

BY Edward Theophilus In 1971, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike efficiently acted to control JVP actions showing lessons learned from 1958 emergency.  With these excellent experiences in the past, Mr. JR Jayewardene and the UNP government strongly believed that the constitution introduced in 1972 must be reformed introducing a new constitution, which establishes an Executive Presidency in […]

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THE DEBATE ON A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR SRI LANKA (PART 1)

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

BY Edward Theophilus Sri Lanka has been relegated to a sharp debate on the constitutional reforms since the political independence in 1948 as the constitution, which was given to the country by the Solebury Commission in 1947 was subject to many criticisms in regard to various matters. The constitution established to the country was not […]

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