Why entrepreneurship is despised in Sri Lanka


From my experience of being taught to despite entrepreneurship while serving time in Sri Lanka's school system.

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Powerful art show


Saw a contemporary art show in Colombo that had an unexpected personal impact. That's rare.

Why Anthropology texts on Sri Lanka are thrilling reads


The reason is deeper than I thought.

Unique perspective on IPKF operations Jaffna 1988-89


The Indian Peace Keeping Force’s (IPKF) operations is one of many tragedies in Sri Lanka's history. A podcast by an ex US Navy SEAL examines it from a military history/counter insurgency perspective as meditation on the nature of discipline The centre of the discussion is the book Assignment Jaffa by IPKF commander Lt Gen SC … Continue reading Unique perspective on IPKF operations Jaffna 1988-89

Inside the majority


I have lived on both sides of majoritarianism. By birth I belong to Sri Lanka’s ethnic/cultural majority. Later, spent a chunk of my life as a visible minority. Both experiences created very personal realisations about majoritarianism and the mindset it creates. It’s absurdity, it’s toxic pervasiveness and why politicians love it. The unifier of all … Continue reading Inside the majority

Meethotamulla garbage mountain aftermath from Google Earth


It’s less than a year after the Meethotamulla garbage mountain collapsed. After the usual media flare, the tragedy has faded from the public minds-cape. Yet Mount Meethotamulla is still in the landscape refusing to go away. Post collapse Google Earth screen grab below show the post collapse spread. Which smothered communities and lives. The landslide … Continue reading Meethotamulla garbage mountain aftermath from Google Earth

Evidence based policy making : biggest threat to Sri Lanka’s political system and other nutty thoughts stewing in the head


The voices in the head have been busy. Yet the holidays haven’t granted a breather to output the thoughts into words. The best I have managed are jottings in spare seconds scattered across the days. As usual what started as a single post keeps breeding more. The common theme dances around the foundational perceptions in … Continue reading Evidence based policy making : biggest threat to Sri Lanka’s political system and other nutty thoughts stewing in the head