Author Archive for Raj Gonsalkorale

Sri Lanka LG Polls; Would 27.2 million US Dollars (Rs 10 Billion) address fundamental questions relating to democracy?

Saturday, January 14th, 2023

Raj Gonsalkorale The following passage from the Britannica (https://www.britannica.com/topic/democracy) is a good commencement point to discuss the much debated Local Government poll in Sri Lanka. Conducting the election is said to cost around 10 Billion Rupees of State funds, assuming such funds are available to spend in the bankrupt Sri Lanka. Besides State money, individual […]

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How living as a true Buddhist could avoid an environmental catastrophe

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

By Raj Gonsalkorale “In my mind I see a group of chickens in a cage disputing over a few seeds of grain, unaware that in a few hours they will all be killed,” -Venerable Thích Nhất Hạnh Zen Master late Thich Nhat Hanh was a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his […]

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Is the current political system and the politicians it produces equipped to address challenges in 2023 and beyond?

Friday, December 23rd, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale Has the symbiotic interdependence between the political system, politicians and religious institutions been a major contributory factor for Sri Lanka’s economic bankruptcy? A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker – It’s […]

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Resolving the ethnic issue: Thinking and acting outside the box is the pathway to a solution, not bellowing old, failed tunes

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results -Albert Einstein A challenge for all political parties.  Why not a second chamber with equal representation for Tamils, Sinhalese, and Muslims? The momentum for resolving the ethnic issue that has bedeviled the country since independence has taken a […]

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Food security during economic insecurity and instability

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale Food Security means that all people always have physical & economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate foods, which are produced in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner, and that people are able to make informed decisions about their food choices (https://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-01-09/what-is-food-security/). The FAO defines the four […]

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Sri Lanka: Ostriches with heads in the sand on the impact of a Global recession? Is an economic alignment with India the only answer?

Monday, October 17th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale Another global recession is imminent. The US, UK, EU are all expected have lower growth rates and China’s growth has slowed down. India stands alone as a country that my bets weather the storm. There has been no discussion about its possible effect on Sri Lanka and what mitigating steps should be […]

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Sri Lanka: Aragalaya has a message. Don’t shoot the messengers

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale One needs to question whether strengthening of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony has been a consequence of other religious denominations veering more towards orthodoxy and fundamentalism or whether it has been the other way about. There is confusion as to where the Egg is and where the Chicken is. During a meeting in Anuradhapura […]

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The NATO Alliance of Sri Lanka: No Action, Talk Only way to overcome an economic crisis

Saturday, August 20th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results – Albert Einstein Where are the protestors, the system has drowned them. Where is the system, it is where it has always been. Where are the people? they’re all back in the hole they have always been” – paraphrasing the lines […]

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Sri Lanka: Lest we forget, not Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, but the political system failed the country

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale Gotabhaya Rajapaksa made mistakes as President. However, he should not be treated like a Pariah. There are other opportunists riding the wave of discontentment, who should wear the hat of a Pariah before Gotabhaya. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa made mistakes as the President of the country, and grave ones at that too. Some of […]

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Sri Lanka: Ranil becomes the President, the Phoenix rises, again.

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale A chattering crow lives out nine generations of aged men,but a stag’s life is four time a crow’s,and a raven’s life makes three stags old,while the phoenix outlives nine ravens,but we, the rich-haired Nymphsdaughters of Zeus the aegis-holder,outlive ten phoenixes. The phoenix is an immortal bird associated with Greek mythology (with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is […]

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Sri Lanka: Crisis management will work if the crisis is recognized

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”  Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States The Prime Minister has been as frank as he could be about […]

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Sri Lankan medicine shortage a death sentence for some

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale A shortage of medicine caused by an economic crisis in Sri Lanka could soon cause deaths, doctors said, as hospitals are forced to postpone life-saving procedures for their patients because they do not have the necessary drugs – Reuters In a news item titled as above, Reuters have bared what many in […]

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Sri Lanka; A nation in shame, begging for survival

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale Sri Lanka has defaulted on a foreign loan interest component for the first time in its history. It is a day of shame for a country that boasts of such a rich and ancient cultural heritage, and which has produced so many people of eminence in so many fields of expertise over […]

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The Phoenix rises again; For the sixth time

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale The phoenix is an immortal bird associated with Greek mythology (with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and […]

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Politicians fiddle while Sri Lanka burns

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale Those who desire to treat politics and morals separately will never understand anything of either. The practice of politics not only can, but must be reconciled with the imperatives of honesty – Jean-Jacques Rousseau It is often said that politicians have the morals of alley cats. Some say asking a politician whether he or she is […]

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Memories are short? It is time to learn from mistakes not vilify leaders

Friday, April 29th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale During Mahinda Rajapaksa’s time at the helm of Sri Lankan politics, the 30 year war was won, GDP growth reached 7% by 2015, per capita income rose from USD 1065 in 2004 to USD 3843 by 2015 and GDP rose from USD 20.66 Billion in 2004 to USD 80.6 Billion by 2015. […]

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Sri Lanka: A country where the buck seeks the least fortunate and the most disadvantaged

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale The sign “The Buck Stops Here” that was on President Truman’s desk in his White House office was made in the Federal Reformatory at El Reno, Oklahoma. Fred A. Canfil, then United States Marshal for the Western District of Missouri and a friend of Mr. Truman, saw a similar sign while visiting […]

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Is Sri Lanka being manipulated by elements from within and leading it towards anarchy?

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, […]

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What next if the President resigns? From the frying pan to the fire?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

By Raj Gonsalkorale While negotiating the IMF package of assistance, the Sri Lanka government could consider a summit with Japan, South Korea, China, India, the EU, UK, USA and the Middle Eastern Arab States for a relief package. Such a package could potentially be up to USD 10 Billion if handled at the highest levels […]

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Omicron could be ominous for Sri Lanka’s economic revival

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale In the immediate term, all political parties in Parliament should bury their respective hatchets, and agree on a political truce for the next two years. They could take the next step and agree to form a national government or a national governance council for two years. The theme of such a government […]

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TNA, GTF articulates Tamil people’s concerns; Which segment of the Tamil people?

Saturday, November 27th, 2021

Raj Gonsalkorale The Sri Lankan Daily Mirror reports that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) have jointly called for a more engaged  role by the United States in promoting human rights, accountability, political resolution, and reconciliation in Sri Lanka (see https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking news/TNA-GTF-jointly-call-for-more-U-S-engagement/108-225498 The report went on to state, quote” The particular […]

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YouTube channel “Panshu” launched by the Walpola Rahula Institute; A fertile environment for critical thinking

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale The lesson for all is the need for nurturing critical thinking and to question information and its veracity. In explaining the thinking behind naming the new YouTube channel as Panshu, Ven Galkande Dhammananda said that the philosophy of the WRI has always had a positive outlook and it has focused on what […]

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Sri Lanka; Rudderless and Clueless? Or is it?

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale Ask not what you can do for the country, but what the country can do for you –Pandora revelations The Pandora revelations have shown how much some political leaders have loved themselves and the extent of their greed. Perhaps they have found a way to take this wealth to their next life […]

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Contours for a new Constitution with a difference, for the future, not for the past

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist- Lysander Spooner Lysander Spooner is the well-known author of the […]

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A reset of economic fundamentals in Sri Lanka; Is IMF the only hope?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale Sri Lanka is at the precipice of an economic disaster. The country’s foreign debt is suffocating the country, it is its biggest immediate problem, and the problem for the foreseeable future unless urgent and drastic action is taken, now. The crisis arises due to several factors, the primary factor being the high […]

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Sri Lankan traditional Sinhala Wedakama (treatment) to counter COVID?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale A medical heritage of a country could be cited as one of its best treasures and most powerful weapons. Sri Lanka has proven that its medical legacy was protected by ancient kings as part of governance policy and aspects, such as agriculture, belief system/spirituality and diet encompassing the concept of health. In […]

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Afghanistan gives the world an Emperor without clothes

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale The world needs an Emperor with full clothing to counter the increasing stridency of China. Unfortunately, the US has been progressively shedding its clothes beginning perhaps with the defeat in Vietnam. The many military incursions that followed, all basically abject failures in improving the lives of the people of the countries so […]

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Why aspirations of ethnic minorities matter.

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” Mahatma Gandhi Felice […]

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Framework for a new Sri Lanka; a Union of Regions

Friday, August 6th, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein Sri Lanka is in dire economic strife, its politicians are a discredited lot, and are produced by a system that perpetuates corruption, inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Inter community harmony is as facile as the cloak […]

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Ritualism is not Buddhism – Venerable Galkande Dhammananda

Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Raj Gonsalkorale The multi religious and multi ethnic approach taken by the Walpola Rahula Institute (WRI) and its head, Venerable Galkande Dhammananda to advance social healing amongst all people in Sri Lanka and elsewhere is set to take a major step forward with the increasing focus on online programs that could potentially reach vast audiences […]

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