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Posted on December 3rd, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna

I am very sad to hear of the passing of Douglas Wickremeratne. He was in touch with me by forwarding posts until the last. I used to reciprocate. 

He has a huge claim for gratitude of Sri Lanka and it’s patriotic people for the stand he took in 1983 when he alone stood up to fight the disinformation campaign of the country’s detractors in London. His brave stand triggered others to come out in support of national unity, territorial integrity and an undivided Sri Lanka. He gave leadership to this cause  particularly among Overseas Sri Lankans. 

In Melbourne, we formed the Overseas Sri Lankans’ Organization for National Unity (OSLONU) under the leadership of Professor C.G. Weeramantry who was the first President of OSLONU. Dr. Ranjith Hettiarachi and H.L.D. Mahindapala were the Joint Secretaries. It grew into a sizeable body to counter anti – Sri Lanka propaganda world wide. We used to liaise constantly with Douglas Wickremeratne. Even the Govt. of Sri Lanka gave him top recognition and VIP treatment whenever he visited Sri Lanka at that time. Because he was performing better than any of our diplomats stationed overseas. 

He is a real hero by any definition. He is an old Anandian with a firm commitment to the ‘ Rata, Jathiya, Agama’. A person of great moral courage.

He deserves a National Salute because such people are rare. A man with a back bone and spine is not easy to find. 

The adage ‘ Come the hour, Come the man’ is strikingly illustrated in the manner of Douglas Wickremeratne stepping forward to defend Sri Lanka in the hallowed portals of elite British institutions and Universities, and convince others of the lesser heard side of the story.

May Sri Lanka and the Govt. of Sri Lanka find the strength to show remembrance and gratitude at a public level to this great national Hero.

May he attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana.

In sorrow

Senaka Weeraratna

Various Interviews dating from 1983 by Douglas Wickramaratne

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