Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

INDIAN WINDS OF CHANGE blowing softly across SAARC

Friday, August 8th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala After the UNHRC passed resolution A/HRC/25/1 in March 2014, insisting on a UN investigation confined ONLY to the last five months of the 33-year-old war – a bizarre time-frame to evaluate any war in recorded history – the anti-Sri Lankan lobby were cock-a-hoop celebrating the upper hand gained by the West [...]

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Educating Ms. Sison – the school ma’am with a cane

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala The egg-shaped face of the American Ambassadress, Michele J. Sison, does not mean that she is an egg-head. A closer look will reveal that her elongated oval face resembles more of El Greco’s tendentious elasticity stretched  to the  farthest point of caricaturing the humbuggery of the Spanish courtiers. If, however, the [...]

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Lies and deceptions cannot prevent America’s decline Part II

Monday, June 30th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala At a time when neither the TNA nor India is talking about federalism” – they talk of only 13+ — Atul Keshap, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, who visited Sri Lanka last week, charged in like a headless bull looking for its chopped [...]

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America blames the victims of their failed foreign policies

Monday, June 30th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala Part I  The events unraveling in the Middle East has proved that the vaunted Arab spring” has turned into America’s searing summer of wild fires exploding unpredictably in diverse Islamic fronts without competent firemen to hose down the unmanageable conflagration. It confirms that America has lost its grip on managing and/or [...]

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Celebrating victory of soldiers who defeated fascist terrorism

Monday, June 9th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Just last week — on June 6, 2014, to be precise –  I was glued to CNN channel watching its day-long coverage  of the 70th anniversary of D-Day held on the Sword Beach of Normandy. What prompted me to follow this event closely was my curiosity to find out whether  the [...]

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Modi heading to redefine India’s new identity

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala “India has won,” declared Narendra Modi when the BJP tidal wave swept India and put him on the crest of the latest political wave.  These three euphoric words, though somewhat cryptic, express exuberantly the triumphant mood of Modi. He clearly identifies his victory with that of  India. This identification is justified [...]

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NPC’s Governing Council admits it lied to the public

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala In response to my article “Jehan (Pacha) Perera has done it again” the Governing Council of the National Peace Council (NPC) has rushed to defend their Executive Director  with the following paragraph: “We also take issue with Mr H L D Mahindapala whose article “Jehan (Pacha) Perera has done it again”   [...]

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Jehan (Pacha) Perera has done it again

Friday, May 16th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The callous way the NGOs twist history, both local and global, to push their political agenda, is one main reason why the state should curtail their anti-national propaganda campaigns because it is the innocent people who will have to pay with their lives for their lies. Sri Lanka has paid enough [...]

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Tamils clutching at straws floating in Nandikadal -Part II

Monday, April 21st, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) and Prof. Kumar David (KD) are two leading Marxists who wage Left-wing ideological wars in their provocative analyses and polemics published mainly in the English media. Right now they are engaged publicly in interpreting the same facts of the post-Prabhakaran politics from two different perspectives. The difference [...]

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Marxism, Leninism and Jaffna Jingoism -Part I

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  In the 21st century there is nothing more stupid as anachronistic Marxists quoting outdated Lenin to find answers for contemporary problems from his theories which never succeeded even during  his time to solve his own problems. For instance, in the spring  of 1919 workers were chanting in the streets of Petrograd: [...]

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Looking at Sri Lanka with one eye closed – Part II

Friday, April 11th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala One clear parallel that runs in the secessionist wars of Sri Lanka and American is that both wars were fought within a democratic frame work, however flawed both may have been. Abraham Lincoln had to curtail civil liberties and even imprison newspaper editors during the Civil War. Sri Lanka too fought [...]

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Civil liberties in times of war ” the American experience Part 1

Friday, April 11th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala “I’ll keep them in prison for a while to keep them from killing  the Government” ” Abraham Lincoln, the greatest maker of American history, commenting on the imprisoned Coles County rioters (not to mention 13,000 other dissenters) during the American Civil War (1861 -1865). The American Ambassadress, Michele Sisson, has come [...]

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Vindictive Navi Pillay too biased to conduct impartial inquiry

Monday, March 31st, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The final count in the UNHRC which did not give US-UK-EU-OHCHRC resolution a clear cut majority in a body of 47 members has become controversial with one side claiming that it is half full and the other side saying that it is half empty. Whatever the political arguments may be, it [...]

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How the feudal Vellahlas dug their own graves -Part III

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The Vellahla political class/caste that dominated Jaffna politics in the feudal and colonial times as sub-rulers under the colonial masters was hoisted by their own petard when they passed the Vadukoddai Resolution on May 14, 1976. It was an official declaration of war by the ruling Vellahla elite against the democratically [...]

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Divided Catholic Church crippled by racist priests -Part II

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala The names of the  205 Catholic priests listed in the anti-Sri Lankan letter sent to UNHRC reveals the low depths to which the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has fallen. It reveals  that the Catholic Church is divided on ethnic lines into two irreconcilable camps. It confirms that the Tamil-wing of [...]

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Tamil-wing of Catholics aid and abet Tamil extremism – Part I

Monday, March 24th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala Of the many contradictions, misinterpretations, distortions and perversions in the political culture of the north the role of religion, in all its dimensions, is the least explored and understood. In contrast, Buddhism has been explored almost exhaustively in the south, mainly to demonize it as the force that exacerbated inter-ethnic relations.. [...]

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Faultlines in Navi Pillay’s report to UNHRC

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

H.L. D. Mahindapala  The anti-Sri Lankan resolution sponsored USA, UK and India ” the three prime movers — will rely essentially on the report presented by Navy Pillay, the High Commissioner of UNHRC. It is likely that other nations too will be influenced by it.  In the following analysis addressed to Ms. Pillay, the former [...]

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Aussie Greens cover-up Indian war crimes in Senate

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens Party, has been a regular  critic of Sri Lanka’s role in the  longest running war in Asia ” a war launched by the Tamil leadership in 1976 and ended in 2009. Her recent speech in the Australian  Senate once again attacked Sri Lanka [...]

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Misguided Greens in Australia jump off the rails

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala Last week Sen. Christine Milne, the Leader  of the Greens Party in Australia, attacked in Parliament the human rights record of Sri Lanka echoing the usual anti-Sri Lankan rhetoric of the Tamil diaspora and  the I/NGOs. The Greens have been the virtual spokespersons for Tamil separatist lobby  in Australia. Some Tamil [...]

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Insane logic of INGOs accusing only Sri Lanka

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Part IV – H. L. D. Mahindapala Col. R. Hariharan is, perhaps, the most authoritative Indian source speaking publicly about  the role played by the IPKF in the north and east of Sri Lanka.  He played a key role in all IPKF operations as the head of the Intelligence Corps in Jaffna between 1987 ” [...]

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Indian peace-keepers turn into brutal oppressors

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Part III- H. L. D. Mahindapala Between 1987 and 1990 ” the  three years of  Indian military rule in the north  ” the Jaffna Tamils were faced with the most  unexpected turn of events: the Indian Peace Keeping  Forces (IPKF) which came as peace-makers were waging a war against them and they were helpless. Jaffna [...]

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Indian Pontius Pilate’s hands dripping with Sri Lankan blood

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Part II -  H. L. D. Mahindapala The Sri Lankan delegates assembled in Geneva to combat the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in 2012 were tense. Though they were lobbying frantically no one knew which way the voting would go. The most critical issue was whether India would back Sri Lanka or [...]

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Lalith’s move checkmates UK, USA and India

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Part I- H. L. D. Mahindapala  The Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Lalith Weeratunga, has made a  bold and strategic move which was reported by Reuter at the end of his  diplomatic tour  of the West. He told Reuter’s: “If there is an international investigation, the whole period has to be investigated ” from the [...]

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UN, Radhika Coomaraswamy and the abuse of children

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala The failure of UN to be the broad, universal umbrella for all 192 member states, protecting the big and the small evenly and fairly, without being a tool of this or that big power, without  fear or  favour, is seen once again in the manner in  which it turned a blind [...]

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“BUDDHA IS SUPREME”

Monday, January 6th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala In keeping with their religious beliefs, the Buddhists were preparing to celebrate the full moon day of May 1918 in all its traditional splendour. In the Buddhist calendar, it is the day set aside to commemorate the three most sacred events in the life of Buddha ” his birth, his Enlightenment [...]

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Who killed whom in Sri Lanka?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala Bruce Haig, former deputy High Commissioner of Australia to Sri Lanka, is back again doing what he normally does: demonizing Sri Lanka, his bªte noir. (Canberra Times ” 2/1/2014) This time he is quoting the Second Session of the Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka which sat in Bremen in December 2013. [...]

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Ranil ” a brain-dead discard in UNP morgue

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The news item in your newspaper (28/12) that ex-president Chandrika Kumaratunga has been picked by the UNP to contest President Mahinda Rajapakse in the next election was predictable. At best she is the only candidate that has a chance of not winning but uniting the opposition. Her own party that made  [...]

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Lessons to be learnt from Mandela’s nationalism -Part II

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Nelson Mandela triumphed gloriously by tapping into S. African nationalism ” the indelible political force still alive in global politics despite the theoreticians pooh-poohing nationalism as something of the past. When President Barack Obama says “God Bless America” he is expressing patriotism at the highest divine and terrestrial levels. When David [...]

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Mandela’s anti-homeland nationalism reflects Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism -Part 1

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala All shades of political opinion have rushed to claim the legacy of Nelson Mandela after his death than when he was alive. All of them hope that some of the saintly shine that glorifies Mandela will rub on them. In a sense, these claims by diverse actors in the political spectrum [...]

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Can mono-ethnic Jaffna save the Tamils?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

By H.L.D. Mahindapala It is just not possible to make a claim for statehood without first defining its physical borders. It is like making a claim for a piece of land: The claimant must have a deed which defines the boundaries. Consequently, all available evidence, including concoctions, is drawn specifically to outline the borders ” [...]

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