Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

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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SIRISENA CLEAN? HA HA HA

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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MOU: THE BIGGEST HOAX IN ELECTORAL POLITICS

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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Tamil morality hails the genius” of Prabhakaran killing Tamils

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Part II -H. L. D. Mahindapala An objective analysis of northern politics will reveal that internal peninsular forces were directed and manipulated by the ESJV’s not to liberate the Tamils en masse, irrespective of caste distinctions, but to retain their feudal, colonial and casteist powers. Caste in Jaffna was the most oppressive force that turned the […]

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Failure of the politics of the pseudo-Gandhians of Jaffna

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Part I  H.L. D. Mahindapala  Capturing the moral high ground in politics is a  necessary tactic to pose as superior and legitimate combatants who are blessed with the righteous power to exterminate the immoral enemies in the battlefield.  The chances are that those who occupy the high moral ground have already won half the battle. […]

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Who needs political NGOs? What have they achieved?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Our political pundits, black-coated coconut-crackos at Hulftsdorp, NGOs, academics, media commentators and frustrated politicos hanging around  in the opposition benches for decades, waiting to overthrow elected governments, have been announcing the death of Lady Democracy in Sri Lanka so many times and written so many obituary notices that the living can […]

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The letter that New York Times refused to publish

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala Noam Chomsky, the left-wing critic of America, pointed out that the Western media falls in line with the foreign policy of the US State Department. Even the prestigious New York Times is no exception. For instance, Atul Keshap, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, […]

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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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