Columnists

Our Columnists & WRITERS


Arundhati Royarundhati_roy

Arundhati Roy is an Indian author. She is best known for her novel The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997. This novel became the biggest-selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author. Read her articles here


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Ashok K Mehta

Ashok K Mehta is a retired Lt General of the Indian Army. He writes extensively on defence matters and anchors Defence Watch on Doordarshan. Read his columns here 


ali_sukhaAli Sukhanver 

Ali Sukhanver is a Pakistani writer, based in Islamabad, Read his columns here 

 


b_ramanB.  Raman [ 14 August 1936– 16 June 2013 ]

Late B. Raman was our regular columnist since the Sri Lanka Guardian started. He was an Additional Secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of India and one-time head of the counter-terrorism division of the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external intelligence agency. Until his death in 2013, he was the director of the Institute for Topical Studies, Chennai. As a former intelligence official, B. Raman regularly wrote about security, counter-terrorism and military issues regarding India and South Asia. He was considered one of India’s foremost security experts. Read his columns here 


bandula_jayasekaraBandula Jayasekara

Bandula Jayasekara is a Sri Lanka Journalist and a diplomat. He is a regular columnist with the Island, a daily newspaper in Colombo. Read his columns here 


bandu_de_silvaBandu De Silva 

Bandu De Silva is a retired Sri Lankan diplomat. Read his columns here 


basil_fernandoBasil Fernando 

W.J. Basil Fernando is a Sri Lankan jurist, author, poet, human rights activist, editor of Article 2 and Ethics in Action, and a prolific writer. He is the Director, Policy and Programme Development, Asian Human Rights Commission and Asian Legal Resource Centre. Read his columns here 


Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell, who served as a reporter at Navajo Times beginning in 1982, has been a news reporter in Indian country for 30 years. She is the founder of the Censored News, now in its sixth year, has had 1.4 million views! Brenda is also a regular with the Sri Lanka Guardian. Read her columns here 


binoyBinoy Kampmark

Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne. Read his columns here 


hariharanCol R Hariharan

Col R Hariharan, a retired Military Intelligence specialist on South Asia, served with the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka as Head of Intelligence. He is associated with the Chennai Centre for China Studies and the South Asia Analysis Group. Read his columns here 


dsrajanD S Rajan 

Late-D.S.Rajan was a Distinguished Fellow, Chennai Centre for China Studies, Chennai, India. Mr. Rajan was fluent in Chinese language, and interpreted and commented on China’s history, culture, economy and political developments, and more importantly India-China relations.   Read his column here 


eric_morgEric  Margolis

Eric S. Margolis is an American-born journalist and writer. For 27 years, ending in 2010, he was a contributing editor to the Toronto Sun chain of newspapers, writing mainly about the Middle East, South Asia and Islam. Read his columns here


izeth_hussainIzeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain is a former Sri Lankan diplomat. He has held the post of Assistant Controller of Immigration and Emigration from 1951 to 1953. Member of the Foreign Service from 1953 to 1988. Served in diplomatic missions in the UK, Pakistan, France, Egypt, Philippines, and China. He was Ambassador to the Philippines from 1982 to 1985. After retirement from the Foreign Service, he was Ambassador to Russia from 1995 to 1998. He has published a large number of articles, seminar papers etc on a wide variety of subjects including Islam, the Sri Lankan Muslims, international relations, Sri Lankan politics, and literature. Read his columns here


laksiri_fernandoLaksiri Fernando 

Laksiri Fernando, BA (Ceylon), MA (New Brunswick) and PhD (Sydney), is former Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Colombo (2000-2010), and thereafter a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney (2011-2013). His other major publications include Human Rights, Politics and States: Burma, Cambodia and Sri Lanka; Academic Freedom 1990; Police-Civil Relations for Good Governance; and Political Science Approach to Human Rights. He has previously served as Secretary for Asia/Pacific of the World University Service (WUS) in Geneva (1984-1991) and Director, Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), University of New South Wales, Australia (1995-97) among other positions. Read his columns here 


peppeMatt Peppe

Matt Peppe writes about politics, US foreign policy and Latin America. Read his columns here


m_czinkotaMichael R. Czinkota

Michael R. Czinkota is a professor of international business and marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington D.C. His book, International Marketing (with I. Ronkainen), is in its 10th edition with Cengage. Read his columns here


mahboob_a__khawaja_picMahboob A. Khawaja

Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja as an academia spent more than a decade in Saudi Arabia and pioneered the development of two new liberal education universities and teaching the new generation. He specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including: Global Peace and Conflict Management: Man and Humanity in Search of New Thinking. Germany, May 2012), and a forthcoming publication – One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Security, Peace and Conflict Resolution . Read his columns here 


nicola_nasserNicola Nasser

Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Bir Zeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. He writes about the Arab world affairs, Arab-regional and Arab-US relations with a focus on the Palestinian – Israeli conflict . Read his columns here 


N. S. Venkataraman

venkatN. S. Venkataraman is a trustee with the “Nandini Voice for the Deprived,” a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the problems of downtrodden and deprived people and support their cause. To promote probity and ethical values in private and public life and to deliberate on socio-economic issues in a dispassionate and objective manner. Read his columns here


Osita Ebiem

Osita Ebiem is our special correspondent on African Continent. He is a rights activist based in New York City. He writes about and calls attention to the Biafran genocide. From time to time he writes critical analysis of issues in Africa south of the Sahara. Osita is the author of “Nigeria, Biafra and Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides through Multistate Solution” and the forthcoming “Biafra Genocide: The Crime and Pending Justice.” Read his columns here 


Paul Craig Roberts

paul_crPaul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the WestHow America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order. Read his columns here 


Pearl Thevanayagam

Late Pearl was our regular columnist . Read her columns here 


Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan, a prominent London-based Tamil activist and writer.  Read his columns here 


Robert J. BurrowesRobert J. Burrowes

Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?’. Read his columns here 


ron_jacobsRon Jacobs

Ron Jacobs is the author of Daydream Sunset: Sixties Counterculture in the Seventies published by CounterPunch Books. He lives in Vermont. Read his columns here


Ruwantissa Abeyratneruwantissa_abey
Ruwantissa Abeyratne is former Senior Legal Officer at the International Civil Aviation Organization.  He is the author of three books on the subject: Aviation and The Environment; Aviation and The Carbon Trade;  and Aviation and Climate Change together with  numerous law journal articles on the legalities concerned with aviation and climate change.  Read his columns here 


father_emmanualS. J. Emmanuel

Reverend Father S. J. Emmanuel is a Sri Lankan Tamil Catholic priest, activist and president of the Global Tamil Forum, an umbrella organisation for Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups. Read his columns here

 


Shamindra_FerdiShamindra Ferdinando

Shamindra Ferdinando is the news editor of the Island, a Colombo based daily  newspaper. Read his columns here

 


swadeshSwadesh Roy

Swadesh Roy, Executive Editor, The Daily Janakantha, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Read his columns here 

 


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Sunalie Ratnayake

Sunalie Ratnayake is our social correspondent. She is a Sri Lankan journalist. Though her yearning and adoration for “poetry” from her tender years have kept her occupied in writing her own “poetry” almost all her life, as means of pure pleasure, thus far, she has seldom shared her “sonnets” with the public. Read her columns 


Sunil J. Wimalawansa

Sunil J. Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSC, is a Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology & Nutrition; a Physician-Scientist, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and an Educator with strategic long-term vision [https://wimalawansa.org/].  Read his columns here

 


Tisaranee Gunasekara

Tisaranee Gunasekara is political commentator based in Colombo. Read her columns here 


Thomas C. Mountain

Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist in Eritrea, living and reporting from here since 2006. Read his columns here 


Victor Cherubim 

Victor Cherubim  is a London-based columnist. Read his columns here 


Yasmeen Ali 

Yasmeen Ali  is a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled “A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan”. Read her columns here