Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

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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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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