Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

Sirisena shakes Queen’s hand without gloves. Wow!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The post-independent period is a unique segment of Sri Lankan history where everything that ought to have happened, happened without breaking up the democratic foundations of the nation which is a  remarkable achievement.  In the main, the nation faced (1) two left-wing rebellions, (2) one Right-wing coup led by the Westernized […]

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UNP & Tamils hijack Sirisena in London

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Practically every visiting Sri Lankan dignitary to UK – from the head of state downward – is honored  with an official reception accorded at the London High Commission. Following this time-tested tradition the reception for the visiting President Maithripala Sirisena to meet the Sri Lankan Diaspora should have been held at […]

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Uncle” Ranil-gay Aan-duwa Bang(s)a-well-la!

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala When Arjun Mahendra was appointed as Governor of the Central Bank he, being a shrewd PR operator, made it known to all and sundry that he was on very close terms with Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister, by referring to him as Uncle Ranil”. Every other sentence began with Uncle Ranil […]

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The sound  of a Jaffna clap with one hand

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala There are two narratives, with two interpretations, to the North-South events that convulsed Sri Lanka in the post-independent period. The conventional narrative that has gained popularity is the mono-causal interpretation which blames only the Sinhala-Buddhists of the south for the worsening of the inter-ethnic relations. According to this theory events eventually […]

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The origins of Chelvanayakam’s separatist politics

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The ideological foundations of the mono-ethnic extremism of the North are based on two primary documents : 1. the  very first speech of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam (December 18, 1949) launching his separatist ideology  at the Government Clerical Service Union Hall in Maradana – the official birthplace of Tamil separatism; 2. […]

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Ranil drives  Yaha-pala-naya” down the pal-lung

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala On February 27 the My-3” Troika, consisting of Chandrika Bandaranaike,(CBK), Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala Sirisena, passed its half-way mark on its vaunted pilgrimage to political nirvana which, they said, would be achieved in 100 days. This  is the solemn promise they gave the people and, unless they are to be dismissed […]

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Rattled Ranil panics after Nugegoda rally: summons media heads

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The 100-day programme of the My-3-pala-naya” had no plans to encounter the Nugegoda rally. Not so soon, at least. They thought they could sail smoothly into the imagined ideal country” located, of course, only in mythical Maithripala’s Manifesto. But within 40 days the My-3-planners” were hit by a backlash that no […]

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The birth and rise of the Nugegoda Man

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The message that came out – loud and clear – from the Nugegoda rally is unambiguous : a new political man has risen with a new consciousness to change the political landscape. He is also bent on changing the mistake he made in the last presidential election. Like the Balangoda Man, […]

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Wigneswaram holds President’s hands respectfully and stabs him in the back

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Resolution passed a resolution on February 10, 2015 accusing successive governments (from 1948) of committing ‘genocide’ against Tamils and called for an international commission of inquiry. This resolution has dealt the first deadly blow to the reconciliation plans of the Chandrika Bandaranaike-Ranil Wickremesinghe-Maithripala Sirisena regime brought into […]

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The first 30 days of the first 100 days

Monday, February 9th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala To reassure that My-3” – CBK-Wickremesinghe-Sirisena — meant business and should be taken seriously before casting the vote of January 8, 2015 a time-table was set to impress the voters that the Manifesto comes with a day-to-day schedule guaranteeing progress leading to the promised ideal country”. We have now arrived on […]

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Sirisena stuck with his political partners, pals and progeny

Monday, January 19th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Offering changes to the status quo always has a charm that appeals to people at all levels. Changes are also inevitable. That is the eternal law. But change for what? And how far can changes go to make a real difference? These are nagging questions that make people believe that the […]

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Two news items on Karunanayake with a few questions

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Sri Lankans are now living in the very early days of the promised ideal country” which, according to the Manifesto of Maithripala Sirisena – Ranil Wickremesinghe – Champika Ranawake government, will be created within six years. The attention of the readers is drawn to the following two edited news items to […]

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The force is still with Mahinda Rajapakse

Monday, January 12th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala When J. R. Jayewardene went back to Braemar” at Ward Place, his private residence, after leaving the Presidency, he noted ruefully in his memoirs that there was hardly anybody to meet him the next day. Chandrika Kumaratunga too complained that there was no one to put even a spoonful of sugar […]

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What next after the January 8th  euphoria fizzles out?

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The post-January 8 euphoria of the winners is inevitable and predictable. The effusive triumphalism is a natural expression of embracing the electoral victory of Maithripala Sirisena. Winners, of course, are entitled to their glorious moment of triumph, however ephemeral it may be. Not even Paki” Saravanamuttu can object to the triumphalism […]

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Anti-national agents behind Sirisena to reverse nation’s gains

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala When Bishop Rayappu Joseph, one of the most rabid and committed  promoters and protectors of Tamil fascist tyranny, raised his hands that  blessed Velupillai Prabhakaran in the past and placed them on the head of Maithripala Sirisena the other day, he was signaling, in an unambiguous political act, that he was […]

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Raja brothers Part III

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala Karl Marx must have instinctively anticipated characters like Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chandrika Bandaranaike to appear from time to time when he wrote that history repeat itself, first as a tragedy then as a comedy. If Don Juan Dharmapala and Dona Catherina of the Portuguese period were tragic figures their successors, Ranil […]

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Rajapakse brothers in times of war and peace – Part II

Monday, December 29th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala Paths, roads,, highways are everlasting  routes to the future. They connect people and bring them together for good or for bad. Generations will use them for their convenience. They will use the established routes to leave the past and explore and build new futures. Roads become the avenues to explore their […]

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Analyzing the political nirvana in My-3s’ Manifesto -Part 1

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Who on earth in their proper senses and in  command of their rational faculties, would promise, in this day and age, to establish within six years an ideal country” – I repeat, ideal country” – based on a  manifesto containing promises, promises, and promises, most of which will never see the […]

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Sirisena-Ranil-JHU coalition – the disastrous  road to instability Part III

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

H.L.D.Mahindapala In the  main, coalitions of diverse parties have been recipes for political instability and economic stagnation. Down every step of the way they will be obsessed with politics – meaning fighting for the advantages each party could extract at  the expense of the  others to consolidate their political bargaining and electoral chances  – brushing […]

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Ranil born to save SLFP not  UNP

Monday, December 15th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala The public was made to understand that goody-goody Maithripala Sirisena does not care for power but would discard all trappings of  power  and glory and work jointly to democratize and liberalize the system. The plan revealed to the public was that the presidency will be abolished and power handed over to […]

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Whoever wins Ranil will be the loser -Part 1

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala What political analysts have failed to grasp so far is that the current presidential election is essentially a home-and-home match.  This is not a contest between the Government and the Opposition, or the SLFP and the UNP, plus  the other minor parties. Though other parties have joined in  the fray, this […]

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Sirisena sinking in corrupt deals of UNP and Chandrika

Friday, December 12th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Though there are several peripheral issues the main issue, whipped up by the Opposition, is to change the presidential system and revert to the parliamentary system. This is another of way of the Opposition saying: Get rid of the Rajapakses. But changing of the constitution, in itself,  is a non-issue. It […]

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

‘He used his power to prevent action being taken against his son’ How can Sirisena be squeaky clean when he is in tow with Chandrika Kumaratunge? Maithripala Sirisena the so called common opposition candidate is attempting to portray himself as squeaky clean, but people need to jog their memories, said H.L.D Mahindapala, former Editor-in-Chief of […]

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Why Ranil is unfit to be Prime Minister  

Monday, December 8th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Maithripala Sirisena’s MOU, marketed as his cure-all plan for the  future, is very high on rhetoric and pie-in-the-sky promises and very low and vague on specifics or their ability to deliver the promises. Even a cursory glance will reveal that the MOU has promised castles in the air which will remain there […]

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

H.L.D. Mahindapala In the history of coalitions formed in the post-independent era the latest one signed at Vihara Maha Devi Park on Monday is unique not for any distinguishing characteristics that give promise of better things to come but for the heap of bland platitudes that have been recycled time and time again at all […]

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Maradana – The Birthplace Of Tamil Nationalism Part II

Monday, December 1st, 2014

By H. L. D. Mahindapala – Part II One of the oddities that casts a slur on the Tamil nationalist movement is the fact that it was not launched in Jaffna – the holy peninsula hailed as the heartland of the Jaffna Tamils. Instead, S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the father of Tamil separatism, picked the Government Clerical […]

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Chelvanayakam’s Maradana speech (1949) paved the path to Nandikadal (2009) Part I

Monday, December 1st, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala December 18, 1949, which happened to be a Sunday, has been ignored by social scientists who should have evaluated it critically, at least for its bloody consequences which ended eventually in Nandikadal.  It was the day on which Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK , Tamil State Party disguised as Federal Party) […]

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Sirisena’s My-three-pala-naya” (CBK, Ranil, And Himself) Has No Future

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

By H. L. D. Mahindapala    The politics of Maithripala Sirisena is bizarre, to say the least. He leaves the Rajapaksa regime because he was not given the premiership and his answer to his own problem is to abolish the presidency and appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister, empowered with executive powers of the […]

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Maithripala – Ranil’s latest puppet

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

H.L. D. Mahindapala The joint opposition was desperately looking for a common candidate to (1) end, if possible, its divisive, internecine conflicts and (2) present a formidable and acceptable candidate who could stand up to the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa. On Friday (November 20, 2014) the mystery candidate revealed himself : Maithripala Sirisena which the Opposition […]

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Dysfunctional American leadership leads to new global disorder

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

H.L. D. Mahindapala  Last week President Barack Obama notched one more killing field to his list of countries he has already bombed. With absolute contempt for international law or international humanitarian law he has moved according to the dictates of his political necessities to bomb Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Lebanon – all of […]

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