Author Archive for Dr Donald Chandraratna

Who can lay claim to objectivity in the current debacle?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Dr D.CHANDRARATNA In realpolitik the use of the term objective is not completely valid. We all have our biases but we do not openly state ‘whose side we are on’. The writer of this article is no exception. The Sunday Island Features (18/11) had many who had expressed their points of view, given the inalienable […]

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A golden opportunity for the interim Prime Minister ‘to put the country first’.

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Dr D.Chandraratna I believe that when the Parliament is recalled in a weeks time monies have to be voted to carry on the task of government in this interim period till a finality is reached. A money bill of some sort has to be approved by the Parliament and this gives the caretaker Prime Minister […]

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Handle armed forces with respect

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Dr D.Chandraratna Sri Lankan military and intelligence services happen to be on the front pages recently, and by general reckoning such public brawling is not good news. These are the very essential services in any country for the fulfilment of international obligations and for national security and peace. It is not that the public should […]

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The UN Chief’ Comments Unfair to All Sri Lankans

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Dr D.Chandraratna Mr Moon was unfair to all Sri Lankans who are trying managing their affairs in a racially jumbled space by his comments implying that the Sri Lankan army is guilty of an act that bears some similarity to the massacre of Srebrenica in July 1995. This crime ‘which needs no Picasso for its […]

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Accountability probe by the UNSG

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth The editorial in the Island (3/10) on the visit of the UNSG was indignant enough to provoke thinking. The thinking alone, if not the SG’s probe, hopefully will bring some consolation to the suffering inflicted on citizens, not only Tamils, by the LTTE whose political foot soldiers were the TNA. Placed in […]

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Lessons from Brexit referendum

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Janaki Chandraratna Courtesy The Island June 27, 2016, 7:52 pm The Brexit referendum is a historic event for both the UK and the rest of the world. Britain voted to exit from the European Union (EU), with a vote of 52% to 48%, after 43 years of membership since 1973. The Exit camp listed 20 good […]

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Monday, May 18th, 2015

JANAKI CHANDRARATNA, PERTH,WA There was a regime change in Sri Lanka on 8 January 2015. Some people called it a ‘non-violent people’s revolution’, although it was nothing of the kind. It was indeed a well-organized coup by the West and Raw with the assistance of a few internal opportunists, to get rid of the Rajapaksa […]

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The First 30 days of Yahapalanaya (Good Governance)

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Janaki Chandraratna, Perth Western Australia My recent visit to Sri Lanka on 13 January 2015, 5 days after the Presidential election, has left me appalled to the core. It was the annihilation of the vanquished that left me flabbergasted.  I had to pinch myself to ensure I am in the right country as the post […]

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Mr Sirisena’s Tragic Subservience to a Western Sponsored Coup d’état and the Planned Destruction of Sri Lanka

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Dr. D. Chandraratna  It is rather distressing as a Sri Lankan to even think that a man from the rural hinterland has agreed to lead a Western sponsored Coup d’état. But his ignorance of world events and the machinations of hegemonic powers in a struggle for supremacy in the modern world after the collapse of […]

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Janaki Chandraratna – Perth, Western Australia  After several clandestine meetings in Singapore and Vienna and strong denials of the existence of Ranil/Maithipala, Maithipala /TNA, and Ranil/TNA Agreements, the cat is out of the bag with TNA agreeing to support Maithipala in the forthcoming Presidential election.  TNA has made it clear that they are not interested […]

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Understanding Mr Sirisena Using Tales from Greek Mythology

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

by Dr D.Chandraratna In 44 BC The Roman General and Director Julius Caesar was murdered in broad daylight in the theatre of Pompey by assassins led by Junius Brutus, Caesar’s best friend. Hence the famous words, Et tu Brute, Even you Brute said Caesar before he died. Only part of this tale is applicable because […]

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Drafting a New Constitution

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna  It is true that the existing constitution helped to fight terrorism without unnecessary factionalism rampant in the Westminster system of democracy but the general opinion is that more power has to be passed on to the parliament to open up the political dialogue in peacetime. Much of this noise about regime change may […]

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Canada Gets an Introduction to Terrorism

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Dr D. Chandraratna Perth Though the topic under discussion in this essay, the Canadian terror episode, from the Sri Lankan perspective can be tackled in a hell cattish brew of fury and vengefulness, to do so will be to diminish oneself and the country. Sad indeed is the Ottawa murder of an innocent young man […]

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SBS Documentary on Torture Claims by Returned Asylum Seekers. A narrative of crass journalism

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth Yesterday (2/10/14) on the Australian Television (SBS) network was a scurrilous attack on Sri Lanka by a journalist David Corlett, Ph.D. who was doing a shallow type of investigative reporting on the torture of asylum seekers who were returned to Sri Lanka. The manner of unbalanced reporting was so surreal that the […]

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna. Perth W.Australia Remember the time that Sri Lankans were under the hammer from the terrorists; the Central bank bombing, Anuradhapura massacre, the Airport destruction to name just a few. And every time we were exhorted to talk to the terrorists and soon forgotten and shelved until the next carnage eventuated. Sri Lankans felt […]

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The President’s Dilemma: A response to Welfare Crisis and Public debt (?) under the Current Regime.

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratn Perth.  Recently in a National daily there was criticism of the President’s apparent trimming of the welfare budget and the increase in the public debt resulting from massive infrastructure projects undertaken, allegedly detrimental to public good aimed singularly at election victories. Obviously associated with these (or any other matter) two infamous issues were […]

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth There is a dire need to revisit UN Conventions in the light of changing world conditions of the modern era. Be it refugees, humanitarian law, torture, friendly relations, human rights etc., the conditions of the modern world demand a revision of these Charters. There is a reason to take a dim view […]

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Pathos in the (cashed up) Media.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

D.Chandraratna, Perth In a way it was sad to read the essay on the print media recently written by Shenali Waduge to this news sheet. She pointed out, very correctly, that, ‘Media is the most prostituted public service entity next to the profession of politics. Anyone can do anything if they throw in some cash. People […]

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The Curtain Must Fall on the Errant NGO’s

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth The leader of the opposition has found it fit to stand up for the freedom of expression, which on the face of it is a darn good thing. But without knowing the ground realities superficial talk of freedoms is pure bourgeois political titillation. The big picture is to make the entire country […]

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The Phony asylum seekers and the deterioration of ethical standards

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth W.A  The latest in the attack on Sri Lanka by the enemies of the country revolves round the issue of asylum seekers to Australia. This really is a joke of mammoth proportions if not for the perils of a hazardous journey with so many infants they intentionally carry as accoutrements. The UN […]

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UNHRC PLOY; Getting at Sri Lanka by whatever means

Friday, June 13th, 2014

D.Chandraratna, Perth The UNHRC Chief in Navi Pillay seems to be realizing that with the likely non-cooperation of the Sri Lankan government her dream of becoming the prima donna of the LTTE is facing its deserved nadir and her impertinence will make UNHRC a ‘bolshie’. The special interest groups like the GTF who are now […]

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Sri Lanka: A Change in Strategic Focus when Asia becomes the Power Centre?

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth    Sri Lanka must be conscious of the possible threats to its territorial integrity and sovereignty at all times. Our entry into the post conflict age, with lessons learnt, requires a reorientation of our maritime strategy given the limitations of our own defence capabilities. Sri Lanka’s geographical position in the Indian Ocean must […]

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Mr. President, Please for Heaven’s Sake, Speak up

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna Perth Today’s news item in the Indian Daily ‘The Hindu’ states that ‘President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hope that the BJP’s independence of Tamil Nadu allies will make New Delhi more supportive of his regime. India values ties with Sri Lanka but Colombo must make room for political aspirations of the minority Tamils.’ Another […]

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What do we do with Bodu Bala Sena

Friday, May 16th, 2014

 Donald.Chandraratna, Perth, W.A There is plenty of talk in the media about racism, racial vilification and incitement to violence against minority groups in the country, allegedly orchestrated by various organisations, religious as well as civil. Hence there is an appeal to the ruling party by a number of lobbyists to bring in legislation and other […]

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Wakey, Wakey Ms Pillay There is chaos in your own backyard

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth, W.A  Some highly paid UN spokesperson has said that the ban on commemorating the tiger outfit by the Sri Lankan military in the North will be investigated. The whole organisation seems to be preoccupied with micro managing Sri Lanka when human rights are trampled upon in so many places in the world. […]

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Destruction of archaeological sites in Sri Lanka

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Dr D. Chandraratna, Perth, Western Australia   It was rather sad to read an interview given by Ven Medhananada Thero to the ‘Ceylon Today’ News-sheet recently lamenting the destruction and pillaging of the archaeological treasures of ancient Sri Lanka. He referred to Diyathithawela Nandimitra Aranya, Kudimbigala in Seruwila in particular, and a number of other places […]

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Saying Good Bye to Ms Navaneethan Pillay, Commissioner for Human Rights

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth Western Australia    The UNHRC was created after years of deliberations by the world at large in order to prevent the reoccurrence of the despair and degradation of millions who perished in the Nazi Holocaust and other places. It was to act as the last sentry at the gate of human rights […]

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The TNA has an obligation to help in the reconciliation process.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Dr D.Chandraratna, The stance of the TNA in the actions of the NPC members as reported in the media lately is suggesting to all rational minds that they are either not keen on reconciliation or at worst totally opposed to it for fear of laying the ghost of the LTTE for good. We are not […]

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TNA lament over Mandela?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Dr Donald Chandraratna Perth Australia  It is ironic that those who paid scant regard for human life at one time are now eulogizing Mandela who was a more of a moral leader than a political leader. This includes those leaders of western societies who were dithering for over thirty years and many centuries prior to […]

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Killing Fields: Threadbare Journalism on Display at Curtin University in Perth

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Dr D. Chandraratna As recently as last month there were two instances in Australian Universities when academic freedom became mere sophistry and nonsense. In the first case, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University, an academic from Israel-â„¢s Hebrew University was refused permission to respond to a talk given by another academic […]

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