Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

Spectre of Tamil hate politics marching again as Gandhian non-violence

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

H. L. D. Mahindapala The Tamil people followed Velupillai Prabhakaran blindly because he promised to deliver Eelam. The gains of the initial military adventures of the LTTE also made him look like the messiah who could  fulfil their dream. But  he took them for a ride – the biggest in the history of the Tamils […]

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Wanted : Truth and Justice at UNHRC now

Saturday, February 20th, 2021

H. L. D. Mahindapala The increasing interventionist role of the UN and its agencies, mainly the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka, seen especially in the unwarranted excesses listed in the latest Michelle Bachelet’s report, threatening, for instance, to report Sri Lanka to ICJ, should come under unrelenting scrutiny […]

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President’s unique speech that defined the nation and its historic values

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

H. L. D. Mahindapala To understand contemporary national politics and its complex combinations and permutations it is imperative that any student of politics must first get a firm grasp of the two political cultures that divides the North and the South. The gap is much wider than the Palk Straits that separates us from India, […]

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India cannot solve Indo-Sri Lanka problems on Tamil lies

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

H. L. D. Mahindapala In continuing last week’s article on how lies manufactured and manipulated by charismatic leaders and mediocre theorists can distort the perceptions of the masses and lead societies to violence  I must make a brief diversion, before I come to the local context – my main purpose —  to focus on how […]

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Lessons Learnt from Lies of Trump

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

H. L. D. Mahindapala After giving leadership to his futile and disastrous insurrection to remain in the White House Donald Trump, the lame duck President of America, has agreed at last to move out – I wouldn’t call it a peaceful transition of power — on January 20,  leaving America in shambles. There are more […]

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America’s descent into the depths of disastrous Trumpism

Monday, January 11th, 2021

H. L. D. Mahindapala Democracy is fragile. It is more fragile that the window panes of the Congress that were smashed by the mob unleashed by President Donald Trump. It is the ultimate symbol of the desecration of American democracy. The world watched in horror as the misinformed, misguided, politically driven mob went berserk destroying […]

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T. S. Eliot : A response to Kumar David’s “dislike”

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

H. L. D.  Mahindapala I like reading Prof. Kumar David’s (KD) column in the Sunday Island, even though the contents lean heavily towards Marxist mantras which have passed its used-by-date long before the fall of the Berlin Wall. What grabbed my  attention was last Sunday’s (2/1/21) column which was a foray into English literature. As […]

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Donald Trump – undertaker for 250,000 deaths

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Donald Trump continues to keep America and the world guessing as to his next move which should be to concede victory to Joe Biden. But he has not done so formally, though he is sending signals indicating that he is willing to concede without, of course, taking any meaningful action to vacate […]

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Donald Trump – undertaker for 250,000 deaths

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Donald Trump continues to keep America and the world guessing as to his next move which should be to concede victory to Joe Biden. But he has not done so formally, though he is sending signals indicating that he is willing to concede without, of course, taking any meaningful action to vacate […]

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Post-Trump America with Biden – not to mention Kamala Harris

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Say what you like against Donald Trump, the man was a phenomenon. Whether the legacy he leaves behind is good or bad is a judgement that will be determined finally by those who will feel the impact of his regime in the years to come. Win or lose, (he is losing […]

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Three events of the thirties that made the post-independent era — Part 1

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Taking an overview of  the 20th  century it can be argued that the seeds of the major forces that shaped the political landscape of post-independent era were sown in the thirties. Three events in particular stand out from the thirties as defining points of departure from the semi-feudal, semi-colonial, semi-capitalist past […]

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Indian morality is fuelled by Tamil humbuggery

Friday, October 16th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala The Indian Government has repeatedly intervened in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka based on the assumption that the policies of Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) needs correction by the Big Brother, using the cane if necessary. This interventionist policy continues to prevail  even though the overall Indian experience as a […]

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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appropriate counter to Modi’s Thirteenth Amendment

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Managing Indo-Sri Lanka relations is prioritised as the most important item in the agenda of the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry. In fact, the President and the Prime Minister have stretched every nerve since they came into power to go beyond the official diplomatic interactions to maintain a personal rapport of the […]

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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appropriate counter to Modi’s Thirteenth Amendment

Monday, October 5th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Managing Indo-Sri Lanka relations is prioritised as the most important item in the agenda of the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry. In fact, the President and the Prime Minister have stretched every nerve since they came into power to go beyond the official diplomatic interactions to maintain a personal rapport of the […]

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Coming of the New Age

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala When in two successive silent revolutions the Sinhala-Buddhist voters confirmed, with  pencilled crosses, their commitment to regain their lost hopes and heritage and usher in a new age, the stunned political scientists and other assorted pundits, mainly in the media, did not know what  hit them. What threw them off balance, […]

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Wigneswaran a serious threat to peace and reconciliation

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Needling the South with provocative anti-Sinhala-Buddhist hate speech led the North all the way to Nandikadal. So why is C. V. Wigneswaran going down the same old path of divisive and  destructive politics? What does he hope to gain when the mightiest collective forces of the Jaffna Tamils failed to divide […]

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Ruwan wins the vote to succeed Ranil

Monday, September 14th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala When the Working Committee of the UNP met yesterday at Siri Kotha  to decide who will succeed the Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the voting was decisive: 28 voted for Ruwan Wijewardene and 10 voted for  Ravi Karunanayake, according to informed Party sources. It was a secret ballot. Shamal Senarath prepared the ballot […]

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Chief Justice Burnside (1882) rejected Vellala “show of force and terror” and confirmed one law, one nation.

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Once upon a colonial time, when the Vellalas dominated the casteist fiefdom of Jaffna, a husband of a low-caste Tamil decided to bury his wife  accompanied by the ritual of beating the tom-tom. But beating the tom-tom was an exclusive privilege accorded only to the Vellalas, the highest caste. The ritual […]

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Fires of communalism were fanned by anti-Sinhala-Buddhist ideologues

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala The abuse of history has been one of the major contributory factors that led to the exacerbation of the North-South relations. If our political/social scientists had balanced the mono-ethnic extremism of the North with the Southern forces rising against the provocative politics  of the peninsula (Example: 12% Jaffna Tamils demanding 50% […]

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Disoriented Tamils at the cross-roads without a compass

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Of all the oddities displayed at the opening of the new Parliament – and there were some exceptional ones like an MP arriving in a prison van and another landing in a boat etc. – the most significant one to my mind was the presence of two fathers-in-law sitting on opposite […]

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What happened on August 5, 2020

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala      Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain – Gerard Manly Hopkins After zig-zagging under the pressures of multiple inimical forces, evolving history has once again returned to its traditional Centre to reclaim its roots. From the thirties, the Marxists struggled to take the nation through parliamentary/electoral manoeuvres, and […]

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Leadership in the right hands is the only way out

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Two news items published in the prestigious New York Times tell the harrowing tale of what has happened to the USA in the ceaseless deterioration of conditions under the Covid-19 pandemic.  News item 1: The U.S. coronavirus caseload, the world’s biggest, passed four million on Thursday. (23/7). The numbers of daily hospitalizations and deaths were […]

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Where – O where! – is the Left, the Right, and the North + East?

Friday, July 24th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Social scientists and the commentariat have either failed, or deliberately ignored, to take note of the changes in the surface and subterranean foundations of the political landscape in the post-Nandikadal period. Our pundits are still cackling as if we are in the post-1956 period in which the mono-causal theme of blaming […]

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Future cannot be built on the failed past of minorities

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Managing a democracy in normal times is bad enough. Managing it in times of crises can be a horripilating nightmare. Choices have to be made between confronting imperatives demanding urgent and unpalatable decisions and the popular will that will invariably opt for the comfortable and the least painful way out. The […]

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Obscene attack by Muslim professor on President

Friday, June 26th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Imagine for a moment Gunadasa Ameresekera, last of our novelist in the great tradition, writing a tirade against the Muslims, giving it the title F*** you, Mr. Rauf Hakeem”. Imagine if it is published in a leading Sinhala newspaper. Can you imagine the reaction? The entire phalanx of the NGO moralists […]

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Dayan backs Vellala caste fascism disguised as Tamil nationalism

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala It is curious how the unfortunate Sinhalese, to whom the credit of the decorations (of a dance hall for a visiting British dignitary) was due, are always overshadowed by the more widely known Tamils who are their fellow islanders.” – Ceylon in Early British Times, J. P. Lewis, CMG, Government Agent […]

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Return of Dayan Jayatilleka:Reincarnation of Varadraja Perumal’s defunct Cabinet Minister

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala The Twentieth century, it is safe to say, has made all of us into deep historical pessimists – The End of History and the Last man – Francis Fukuyama One of the primary tasks of a creative and path-breaking political scientist is to demystify and demythologise the hidden past to raise […]

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Friday Freaks farcical fear-mongering

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala In these critical times it is necessary to scrutinise the public statements of our academics / intellectuals to understand the hidden political agenda they push in the guise of objective analysis for public guidance. Take, for instance, the case of two ex-Vice Chancellors, Prof. Savitri Goonesekere and Prof. Arjuna Aluvihare of […]

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Tamil crimes against peace – Part II

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala Despite all the convoluted threads of history and politics running through the Vadukoddai Resolution there is only one simple meaning in it: it is a classic case of a crime against peace, the first crime listed in the Nuremberg Charter on which the Nazi war criminals were tried by an international […]

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Origins of Tamil political violence – Part I

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

H. L. D. Mahindapala May 14, 1976 is one of the most underreported, underestimated, underexamined dates in the political calendar of independent Sri Lanka. It was the date on which the Tamil leadership which had gathered in Vadukoddai passed a resolution declaring war against the democratically elected state demanding a separate state. Stitching bits and […]

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