Sri Lanka’s politicians are the problem NOT the solution


Sri Lanka's professional politicians are the cause, not the solution, to the country's current catastrophe. They must ALL resign from politics. We must end the idea of politics as a profession. All of which might be harder to swallow than we think. As a group, they made politics into a lucrative form of organised crime … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s politicians are the problem NOT the solution

Person responsible for Sri Lanka’s economic collapse


I didn't wish him a happy new year. How rude of me. In Sri Lankan culture, every mess and mishap is someone else's fault. The natural thing to do is blame the culprit. Sneer and yell at their face. It feels good. So here goes. He failed to persuade people around me to stop repeatedly … Continue reading Person responsible for Sri Lanka’s economic collapse

Sri Lanka politicians won’t return stolen billions


Sri Lankan politicians have refused to return billions of dollars they have stolen over 50 years. These funds are believed to be scattered across countries with confidential banking. The money is the fruit of bribes, kickbacks and misuse of public funds that is the default of Sri Lankan politics. The combination of foreign aid, the … Continue reading Sri Lanka politicians won’t return stolen billions

Sri Lanka’s secret FOREX reserve will save economy


Tourist arrivals, legalising sex tourism, dollar casinos or beating up minorities will not save the Sri Lankan economy. However, the nation’s secret offshore foreign exchange (FOREX) reserves will. Built-up over five decades (possibly older), these untouched reserves amount to billions of dollars. Guesstimates have it at least over 20 billion. Optimists think it could allow … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s secret FOREX reserve will save economy

15 Years of blogging later


Started this blog 15 years ago. Here’s the traditional link to my first post from 6th Feb 2007. It's the longest thing I've done consistently. It's older than my marriage, kids and current career. I'm not thrilled about the frequency, but it's one of the constraints of life. The majority of my writing's moved offline. … Continue reading 15 Years of blogging later