Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

The power and the glory of Mahavamsa Part 1

Friday, December 28th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala And the soothsayers, when they saw the seats prepared, foretold: ‘The earth is occupied by these (bhikkus); they will be lords upon the island.’  – Mahavamsa–IV:53.                                                                                                                     In the opening paragraph Bhikku Mahanama, the Father of Sri Lankan history, makes it clear that he didn’t sit down to write the Mahavamsa […]

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The power and the glory of Mahavamsa- Part 11

Friday, December 28th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala Undoubtedly, Mahavamsa focuses essentially on the Sinhala-Buddhists. What else could historian Mahanama do writing in the 5th century? What else was there for  him to write about at the time? He couldn’t write about the Tamils because they were not a part of the evolving historical events. Nor had they established […]

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What’s next after the Supreme Court decision?

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

H.L. D. Mahindapala Last Thursday, just before the courts closed for Christmas holidays, the Supreme Court, sticking strictly to a legalistic path, put an end to the controversial issue of defining the powers of President Maithripala Sirisena, leaving the nation to wrestle with the bigger problems still awaiting solutions to stabilise the nation.  In fact, […]

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Ranil undercuts Sajith by appointing Ravi K as deputy

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala A recent photo published in a news paper of a UNP meeting showed Ranil Wickremesinghe presiding, flanked by Sajith Premadasa (on  his right)   and Ravi Karunanayake (on his left). Sajith, of course, had taken  his  rightful place as the  anointed deputy leader of the party. He has proved his loyalty to […]

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Win or lose, Ranil will be a lame duck

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala It is the common practice of politicians of all hues to engage passionately in fear-mongering each time they fall into political crisis.  They would cry from roof tops to inject into the electorate their fears of the world coming to an end should anyone of them lose their seats, or if […]

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The ONLY way out in Sri Lanka

Monday, November 19th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala Leaving aside the legalities, politicalities, Constitutionalities and the complexities of the current imbroglio in which the nation is grounded (temporarily), the underlying issues in the Constitutional crisis can be reduced to one single question: At a time when all three branches of the state are trapped in a deadlock without a […]

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Ranil abused and subverted parliamentary democracy

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala  TIME: What was the immediate reason for calling an election? President KUMARATUNGA: I was forced into it by a total breakdown of cohabitation in government. The Prime Minister (Ranil Wickremesinghe) was determined to harass me and chase me out. He has only one obsession: he wants to be the President. And […]

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Ranil = Run Nil

Monday, October 29th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala Right now Ranil Wickremesinghe, the ex-Prime Minister holding the exceptional record of being sacked twice by the presidency, is in a dilemma: he does not know whether to leave or not to leave Temple Trees,” the official residence of the prime minister. The first time he was sacked by the presidency […]

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Justice C. V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Northern  Province, is running  away from a public debate

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala. The  note below deals with the refusal of Justice C. V. Wigneswaran to debate with Mr. H. L. D. Mahindapala. When Mr. Mahindapala accepted the challenge of Justice Wigneswaran to a debate  Mr. Ranjith Soysa of the Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights (SPUR) offered to facilitate the debate. In […]

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Tamil Lilliputians posing as Gullivers of Sri Lankan history

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

H.L. D. Mahindapala Of all the migrants that stepped into Sri Lanka to make it their home only the Sinhala-Buddhists created, consolidated and sustained, the mainstream culture that shaped and dominated its history.  No other minority has succeeded in displacing them from the commanding position and power they held in the mainstream down the ages. […]

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Friday, September 14th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala A reply to one of Justice Wigneswaran’s perceptions of historical facts” It is quite apparent that Justice C.V. Wigneswaran’s (JW) perceptions of historical facts”, adumbrated in his letter to  Gallege Punyawardana, President of the Sinhale Secretariat, (See full text in attachment, dated: 8/6/2018), is to claim that history is on the side […]

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Separatist political battles fought in  the fields of  history

Friday, September 7th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala One of the imperatives that drives the Tamil separatist lobby is the yearning to be on the side of history that makes them look and  sound great. They need this appearance of greatness most of all to sustain their claim for a separate state — their modern political  agenda.  Without this […]

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Who came  first – Sinhalese  or Tamils? (Part II)

Monday, August 13th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala In his role of raising the flag for communalism (not nationalism) Ponnambalam stands out as the Father of Tamil Communalism. His entry into politics in 1931 marks the beginning of communal politics on a scale never seen before. The idealism of the English-educated Tamil youth coming out of anti-caste missionary schools […]

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Who came first – Sinhalese or Tamils? Part 1

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala. At first sight, the question of who landed first on Sri Lankan soil, repeated in the headline above, may seem silly, futile and irrelevant. But it should not be dismissed  lightly because the Tamil ideologues engaged in building up a case to acquire disproportionate power and territory, through military offensives, international […]

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The mad rush to defend Ms. Vijayakala defending LTTE

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana, who describes herself as a political analyst in her website, has rushed to the defence of the former State Minister of the UNP who resigned after sounding a clarion call for the revival and return of the LTTE to protect Tamil women and girls. She has justified Ms. […]

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Fallacy of NGOs opposing Dayan’s appointment to Moscow

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala The predictable response of the 108 individuals and NGOs objecting to the appointments of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka as the next ambassador to Russia is not only deplorable but also laughable. It is deplorable because the criteria on which they oppose the appointment consist of a whole heap of garbage surpassing the […]

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The greatness of the Great Chronicle, Mahavamsa

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

H, L. D. Mahindapala And the soothsayers, when they saw the seats prepared, foretold: ‘The earth is occupied by these (bhikkus); they will be lords upon the island.’  – Mahavamsa XIV: 53.                                                                                                                     In the opening paragraph Bhikku Mahanama, the Father of Sri Lankan history, makes it clear that he didn’t sit down to write […]

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala When the Buddha asked the Yakkahas a place to sit (T)he yakkhas thus answered the Blessed One: We all, O Lord, give you even the whole of our island. Give us release from our fear” – Mahavamsa – 1: 27-29. The pioneering Indo-Aryan settlers, who came to be known as Sinhalese […]

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End of an era

Friday, May 4th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala With a heavy overload of historical memories, some tragic, some triumphant, some futile, and some memorable and everlasting, we have arrived, on the backs of the long-suffering people, in the 70th year of independence – the Biblical watershed to sit back and consider how far we have advanced or regressed in […]

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Ranil’s futile war with the media

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala On the night that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe won the no-confidence motion in Parliament (April 5, 2018) three separate but interconnected incidents occurred, within stone’s throw of each other: 1. he held a thanksgiving pooja to the deities at Gangaramaya Temple for saving his  job which was on the line that […]

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Mirage – The Great Tamil Novel Of Our Time

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

By  H.L.D Mahindapala Part 1 When two distinguished authorities on the history of Jaffna — Bishop S. Jebanesan of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India, and Richard Fox Young who holds a Chair in the Princeton Theological Seminary, USA., – collaborated to translate the novel Mirage (Kanal in Tamil), depicting the plight of the despised […]

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The rise of Donald Trump and the decline of America

Friday, March 9th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala …… my administration, I believe, has had the most successful year in the history of the Presidency,” Donald Trump, Conservative Political Action Conference, Maryland, February 23rd, 2018 Since it is generally agreed that one week is a long time in politics it is time to ask, at the end of one […]

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Tamil politics float on fake history

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala Universities are expected to perform two primary functions:1. teach and 2. engage in research to generate new knowledge that would light the darkness for the lost contemporaries to find their way into the future. There are 17 universities funded by the tax-payers money to serve these two objectives. But how many […]

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Mr. Sumanthiram, tear down that federal wall!

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala In an impassioned speech delivered before the Steering Committee of the Parliament M. A. Sumanthiram, the spokesperson for the TNA, argued the case for federalism which is by far the most plausible presentation I have heard on the subject. And I must add that have heard some of the best and […]

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“Federalism bad for Ceylon, worse for the Tamils” – G. G. Ponnambalam

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala One of the main reasons that exacerbated the North-South relations in the post-independent era has been the total distortion of historical realities by a sizeable segment of our intellectuals who believed that history was a train of events, somewhat like the Yal Devi, that ran up ONLY (emphasis mine) to the […]

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Forty empty years of Ranil’s politics

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala In a drama never seen in the Westminster tradition, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had brazenly escorted his closest partner in cut-throat politics, Ravi Karunanayake, to the front benches of the House on the day the latter was forced to announce his resignation because of his involvement in the biggest financial scandal […]

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The Third Deadly Event of the First Independence Day -Part II – continued from……..

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala It  is by looking back that one  can detect how coming events had cast their shadows across the political landscape in Sri Lanka on the first Independence Day. In the previous article I showed how the two major events that was staged on the Galle Face end of the city on […]

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Three events that shook first Independence Day – February 4, 1948

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala Three separate political events that gathered momentum and ran in three different directions to dominate the political landscape in the post-independent era took place simultaneously on February 4, 1948 — the first independence day —  in the city of Colombo. Oddly enough, all three events occurred in  between Galle Face Green […]

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When Prof. Laksiri Fernando came marching in

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala I am impressed by Prof. Laksiri Fernando’s letter to the Governor of Jaffna highlighting the failure of his administration to issue summons in Tamil to a Tamil journalist of Jaffna. This journalist has a right to receive a communication from the government in  his mother tongue. To issue summons in Sinhalese […]

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Prof.Laksiri Fernando jumps into the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist garbage bin again

Monday, July 17th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala There are clear indications in Prof. Laksiri Fernando’s  response to my comment that he suffers from the common disease that affects some academics in the professoriate : they can’t hold two thoughts together and balance both in their pinheads to either think straight or arrive at a rational / logical conclusion. […]

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