Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

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 bête 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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David Cameron – a boorish, British bungler bogged in bovine bravado

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting  (CHOGM) which ended on Sunday without a hitch was a remarkable feat for Sri Lanka considering the massive forces of the Tamil diaspora and I/NGOs doing their damnedest to sabotage the event, nationally and internationally. They were aided and abetted by the mighty forces of [...]

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Commonwealth gathers momentum in Colombo

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Under normal circumstances the life span of a loose, scattered and wobbly institution like the Commonwealth of Nations does not tend to be long. It should have withered and died shortly after its birth in the London Declaration of 1949. But it survived for 64 years. Today it stands as a [...]

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Who is the pariah? State or “Paki”? – Part II

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The acronym NGOs is a misnomer. It does it conform in any way to its intended definition. It is meant to stand for Non-Governmental Organizations. This is far from the truth of what it really is. In all respects ” organizational, personnel, political and selected agendas — these institutions operates as [...]

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Tamils liberated from their fascist past, at last!

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

 H. L. D. Mahindapala Part 1 Sri Lankan politics has been bedeviled by Tamil extremists whose political ambitions far exceed their capacity to achieve them.  The delusional politics of the political mytho-maniacs of the north led them all the way from Vadukoddai to Nandkadal. They have yet to realize that they were defeated, among  other [...]

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Supreme Court judgment redraws the new political landscape

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala In the latest legal battle over the ownership of land three Supreme Court judges ” one of whom is a Tamil ” delivered a landmark judgment which overturned the previously misinterpreted and misleading  judgments that virtually handed the state lands  to the Provincial Councils. Reading the separate judgments of the three [...]

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Mahinda Rajapakse – the liberator of Jaffna

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala The meaning and the significance of September 21, 2013 ” a unique day in the calendar of Jaffna ” can be grasped only if it is placed in its proper historical context.  It is a red letter day that goes beyond the rhetoric of Tamil triumphalism. After the defeat of the [...]

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Polls predict pyrrhic victory for TNA

Friday, September 20th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala What is most critical for the TNA to convince the Tamils, both in and out of Sri Lanka, is not the number of seats they win on Saturday ” this not in dispute — but the overall percentage of votes they are likely to collect from the electorate. A majority of [...]

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Navy Pillay’s grim silence on Tamil war criminals

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala On May 26, 2009 when the UNHRC met for the first time to consider the post-war situation in Sri Lanka Ms. Navi Pillay was busy elsewhere. Because she could not attend she sent a recorded message to UNHRC. It was pre-recorded on May 25, 2009, which was only eight days after [...]

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Derelict human rights drifting aboard rudderless UNHRC-Part II

Friday, August 30th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  When the first-born apex institution to protect human rights, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, is killed and buried unceremoniously by its founding fathers at the UN for failing to live up to its mandate it is legitimate to ask whether its successor, the United Nations Human Rights Council, can survive [...]

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In this review of the first book on United Nations Human Rights Council, H. L. D. Mahindapala asks:Can Navi Pillay save human rights and UNHRC?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala Part I  The UN has notched some significant successes during its 68-year run, indicating that its life span is going to be more durable than its predecessor, the League of Nations, which  died prematurely. Unfortunately, one of its successes has not been in the field of human rights, though it is [...]

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