Author Archive for By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando


Sunday, March 18th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Private Hospitals have been focusing of late, mainly on their charging system especially with regard to Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG). Many have written columns and articles in newspapers covering a whole gamut of incidents and experiences of people after visiting private hospitals in Sri Lanka. The […]

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Tribute to a Great Anandian Dr. Buddhadasa Bodhinayake

Friday, March 9th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Three years ago, on the 4 March 2015, Dr. Buddhadasa Bodhinayake had to answer the inevitable call from above, at the age of 75, in London. This tribute is, therefore, devoted to this great personality (an old boy of Ananda College), on his third death anniversary, for the […]

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What a nightmare it was

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today After listening to many TV discussions and analyses on the latest Cabinet reshuffle of the ‘Yahapalanaya’, following the well-defined message given to the Unity Government by the voters during the February local council elections, Udaya had gone to bed with weary sleepy eyes. He could hardly finish his bedtime […]

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Monday, February 26th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando. With the Municipal and Local Council elections held on 10 February 2018, introducing a new electoral system, the Lotus Bud (Pohottuwa) of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna [SLPP] supported by Mahinda Rajapaksa, blossomed with a sweeping landslide victory, thus serving a sledge hammer blow on the two leaders of the Unity […]

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Saturday, February 17th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Is it Kuveni’s centuries-old curse still affecting our nation that it makes impossible to get the simplest form of a job done out of a Government office? Lassitude is different from that of inefficiency, but if politically placed square pegs in round holes are up to monkey pranks, it becomes […]

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Let me be my own Valentine

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando For many in the modern society, Valentine’s Day has turned out to be an occasion filled with an impressive series of events, especially for the teenage crowd. 14 of February becomes a day filled with fun, for all those who have received a Valentine’s Day card, an invitation for a […]

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Sunday, February 11th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The British created the first Constitution for British-Ceylon and crafted the Donoughmore Commission in 1927. It being not very successful, Ceylonese demanded a Constitutional reform. Consequently the State Council of Ceylon, consisting 58 members was formed in 1932, with A.F.Molamure as the first Chairman. The State Council granted the universal […]

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Politics Sans Morals Police gets it right

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando People in this country appointed Maithripala Sirisena as the President in January 2015, with the backing of several political parties and civic groups, to abolish the executive presidency, hold Parliamentary elections and to execute various political reforms and to appoint commissions to oversee the Judiciary, Police, Elections Department, Auditor General’s […]

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Celebrate Independence with a Pirith ceremony!

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando 2018-01-13 The month of January 2018 strikes a chord with the writer for two reasons; firstly he has grown older by yet another year, and secondly, it dawns on his second anniversary with Ceylon Today Newspaper. In the 1980s, The Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London, Chandra Monerawala, had come […]

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Is it an organized mafia?

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today    2018-01-06 When clouds gather in high skies, they are usually accompanied by rain, lightning, and thunder. In the same manner, education too should be accompanied by wisdom, knowledge, and intelligence. Children of today are going to be the future citizens of this nation. The responsibility rests entirely […]

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Adios 2017

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Twelve months have faded away like the stars, and it feels like yesterday. Here again, we are on the eve of another new year with full of hopes. Everyone, in Sri Lanka, expected so many changes, year on year, particularly from the dawn of January 2015, with full of optimism […]

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Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today The latest chorus song by Sunil Perera, Desmond de Silva, Anesley Dias, and Rajiv Sebastian, dedicated to the theme, ‘The Sarong,’ is doing the normal rounds on the Internet and via emails. The song itself is humorously entertaining. I have written earlier too, on this subject, but the […]

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So, this is Christmas!  

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy  Ceylon Today 2017-12-16 The year 2017 has been on a roller coaster ride, where the ordinary folk on it have been screaming each time there was a bump on the ride, while a few selected privileged ones have been throwing their hands up and enjoying the ride. At the end […]

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Burgher Community in Sri Lanka

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Courtesy Ceylon Today The term ‘Dutch Burgher’ is used to identify the ethnic group involving the descendants of Dutch Origin, who settled down in Ceylon after the British took over the Southern and Western coastal areas. In the early 17th century, Portuguese and Ceylonese Kingdoms ruled the country constantly, by battling […]

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando. Dilshani Palugaswewa highlighted in the Ceylon Today (Sunday Edition), the discourse made by Ajitha Wickremesinghe, the Financial Legal Equality Advisor and Director of iProbono, and the Founding Trustee of Think Equal, at a function held at  the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, on 21 November, to mark The International Day […]

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Journeying to help the needy

Friday, November 24th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today We arrived at the Angunna Badulla Junior School in Matara, where 139 students from poor village families get an education. The school Principal M.A Jayasiri, introduced us to three deserving students in need of medical attention. Among the three was a six-year-old boy, Dilshan, whom we were especially […]

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Sirasa TV1 initially stimulated the writer and wife to visit Habarana, when a little seven-day-old girl was mauled by a dog and died. Upon arrival in Habarana, it was found that the entire area, consisting three villages, Asirigama, Eppawala, and Haba Divul Wewa, did not have pure water for consumption, […]

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Vip’s flagrant behavior – Petrol crisis

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today The precipitous petrol crisis in the country emerged, on 3 November, from rumours by word of mouth, while the line Minister and the Petroleum Development Resources Secretariat kept mum until the delinquency hit a crisis level, and the exasperated motorists started to go on a rampage. The Minister’s […]

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Promoting gender equality

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Dr. Tilak Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today On 10 October 2017, South Asia’s Policy Makers gathered in Colombo to discuss the success and failures of women, who appear to be disregarded in society. A current issue under discussion in Sri Lanka is to have a guaranteed quota of 25- 30 per cent of women in politics, in […]

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Downgrading Politics

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Politics appears to be a ‘dirty game’ throughout the world. In Sri Lanka, it has stooped to gutter level with corruption spearheading like a contagious disease. Many Sri Lankan politicians entered the political arena, in the past, out of sheer patriotism and the yearning to work for the people. Besides, […]

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Over Whelming Response HUMANITY AT ITS BEST

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando Last Saturday, this column highlighted how helpless Asirigama villagers in Habarana have been ‘Deprived and Discarded’. The news went viral on the Internet to generate overwhelming responses from fellow Sri Lankans and the expatriate community living aboard. The main story revolved on the seven-day-old baby Kavishka Sandaruwan, who was killed by […]

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Saturday, October 14th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy  Ceylon Today On the 19 September 2017, the writer started on a journey from Colombo to Habarana, following a tragedy that was highlighted by Sirasa News First programme on a heartbreaking new flash about Kavishka Sandaruwan, a seven-day-old baby who died due to an “unprecedented dogguzzling.” She had been wrapped […]

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Friday, October 13th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The historical conviction, followed by the rigid sentence of rigourous imprisonment for three years by the High Courts, on the former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunge and Anusha Pelpita, under Section 386 of the Penal Code for ‘dishonestly misappropriating’ a sum of Rs. 600 million belonging to the TRC created a façade […]

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Remembering Vivien Gunawardena

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando 2017-10-07 Vivian Gunawardena has gone down in Sri Lankan politics as a dynamic woman who embraced politics long before ‘Women’s lib’ was heard of in the West. Being fearless and outspoken, a quality that she inherited from his uncle, the late Phillip Gunawardena (Boralugoda Lion), she pioneered and set up […]

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Saturday, September 30th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today A bird may fly up and up in the sky, with a free feeling and unaffected, but there comes a time, during his journey, when it decides to go in search of a branch to perch on! Likewise, could it be interpreted to say that Rev. Father S. […]

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Peoples Worst Enemy

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando A young girl just over 16, whom the writer was sponsoring for her education at a private international school, decided to elope with an unemployed youth of 19 years of age last month, just ahead of her GCE (O/L) examination in December. This nonsensical act devastated all her parents’ ambitions […]

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Expatriates and Sinhala Culture

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando During Ranasingha Premadasa’s Executive Presidency, the Sri Lankan expatriate community in the UK had grown excessively due to an exodus of ‘genuine’ and ‘economic’ refugees followed by the devastating situations that existed during 1971, 1987 and 1989 with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) insurgency, along with the Black July (Kaṟuppu Yúlai) […]

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Saturday, September 9th, 2017

 By Dr. Tilak s. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today Yahapalana or the unity government which blamed the Rajapaksa regime for spending excessively on building expressways, and even criticizing the cost of such constructions were equivalent to ‘paving the roads with gold,’ has come into heavy criticism due to a colossal loss of public money up to Rs […]

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Athula Withanage – THE LIVING CAPSULE

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando  Mother Lanka has given birth to many prodigies and given them a free education to prop them up to excel in wider fields, particularly in medicine. However, there were and are many students who are still unable to gain admission to universities to outshine in their chosen fields due to […]

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Saturday, August 26th, 2017

By Dr.Tilak S. Fernando The writer was privileged to meet his school days’ idol G.S.B. Rani Perera in London, an icon in the Sinhala Radio at the age of 74 on her final stages of life and during her maiden trip to the UK. Her very first words before we sat down to discuss her life […]

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