Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

Chaminda Hettiarachchi

Chaminda Hettiarachchi is a political analyst and academic based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He teaches project management, strategy and e-business as a visiting lecturer for postgraduate programs at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Chaminda is also Co-Founder and Director at FabLanka Foundation, a social enterprise working on Industry 4.0 technologies including 3-D Printing for socio-economic development in Sri Lanka from 2016. Previously, Chaminda was Associate Director of Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) from 2010 to 2013 and also Chief Information Officer at University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka from 2008 to 2010.

Writings from Chaminda Hettiarachchi


Movement Commentary

Ousted by People Power: A Glimpse at Sri Lanka’s Popular #GotaGoHome Movement

On July 9, members of Sri Lanka’s #GotaGoHome movement surrounded the presidential secretariat and the presidential palace in the capital of Colombo. Their list of grievances against now ex-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa: mismanagement, corruption, nepotism, intimidation, alleged war crimes, and alienation of minorities. Since that day, images of ecstatic protesters swimming in the president’s pool and jumping on a bed in Gotabaya’s home have been circulating worldwide. On July 14, Gotabaya resigned after only serving two years and eight months, instead of five years. Although these achievements are important, it is crucial to understand that this is only the beginning of the struggle. Parliament has just today elected a new president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Gotabaya’s loyal ally and now former Prime Minister. […]

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Movement Commentary

#GotaGoHome: Now that Sri Lanka’s President Has “Gone Home”… What’s Next?

Will #GotaGoHome activists be able to sustain the movement beyond this initial protest phase? It will depend on many factors, but laying out a clear vision for a better, and achievable, economic model for Sri Lanka, a better institutional set-up, and more democratic organizational structures will be crucial. So many nonviolent movements before them have fallen short of this key step in driving a country in political transition down the road to democracy—not democratic backsliding. […]

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