Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

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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Has Prof. Laksiri Fernando a leg to stand on?

Monday, July 10th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala Lenin once said that  Bernard Shaw was a good man fallen among  the Fabians – a group of wishy-washy left-wingers whose airy-fairy politics was neither in capitalism nor in any kind of scientific socialism. It was, at best, a shade of state welfarism within the capitalist framework. Prof. Laksiri Fernando (LF) […]

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The clash of two histories in one nation

Friday, July 7th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala The two critical streams of  thought that flowed down the 20th century and bloodied the political landscape came from the North. These two streams swept aside all other Left-wing currents which were struggling to dominate the mainstream. Both streams of thought were identified and articulated by two Tamil leaders of the […]

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H.L. Seneviratne repeats Ponnambalam’s apocalyptic racism blaming Bandaranaike

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala Rising communal tensions and clashes in the thirties of the last century, shattering the pre-colonial and colonial communal harmony, debunk the myths of H. L. Seneviratne, (HLS), the  one-eyed theoretician, blaming S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike for the worsening  of inter-ethnic  relations and everything else that happened since he became Prime […]

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Neo-colonialist Seneviratne posing as a Buddhist revolutionary

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

H.L.D. Mahindapala Regurgitating the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist propaganda, first  injected into the political mainstream by G. G. Ponnambalam, in 1939 at Navalapitiya,  has been the forte of the one-eyed theoretician, H. L. Seneviratne. (HLS). He  has made a career out of his  Sinhala-Buddhist World View”, to use his fanciful lingo, which is nothing  but another derogatory term […]

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Jaundiced Jaffna jingoism ran all the way to Nandikadal

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala The flow of migrants to Sri Lanka never ceased throughout its history.  Each  migratory wave came with its own characteristics. Each found its own niche in the over-arching Sinhala-Buddhist society. Historical records do not indicate that the new migrants encountered any difficulties in settling down with the numerically preponderant Sinhala-Buddhists. Take […]

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How many homelands do the Jaffna Tamils need?

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

H.L. D. Mahindapala Scholarly narratives tracing the brief history of the Tamils agree that the itinerant migrants from S. India turned into an organic and  distinct entity of their own in Sri Lanka only after they decided to be permanent  settlers in the northern region in the 13th and 14th centuries. The establishment of an […]

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Vellalas — the missing link in Sri Lankan politics        

Monday, May 15th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala The stark contrast in the approach to the long-running North-South crisis, plagued with political and military confrontations, is seen clearly in the S.J.V. Chelvanayakam Memorial lecture” delivered by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, on 26th April 2017. In it he lauds Chelva”, the Father of Tamil separatism, to stratospheric heights […]

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Mirage – the great Tamil novel of our  time

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala 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 […]

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Batakotte (Vadukoddai) Resolution written by Tamil Pinocchios

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala Starting from the Dutch period to modern times, the Jaffna Tamil leadership, which consisted exclusively of the Vellalas, relied entirely on two fundamental ideologies to retain their power and  privileges in the peninsula. Both ruling ideologies were defined in two separate documents. First was the Tesawalamai codified by Class Isaacksz, Dissawe […]

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The Amazing Grace of  Judge Christy Weeramantry

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala By a set of fortuitous circumstances Judge C. G. Weeramantry,  his bubbly wife Rosemary and children had become  a part of our little circle in Melbourne ever since he was appointed to a chair in law at the Monash University in the seventies. Like all migrants we invariably gravitated to little […]

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The last King of  Jaffna was a Sinhala-Buddhist

Friday, December 30th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Part of the crisis we are facing today was caused by either deliberately hiding the realities of history, or by political activists  distorting  it  to suit expedient politics  and partisan ideologies.  Distorted  history indeed  played a central  role in dividing the Sinhala-Tamil communities on ethnic lines. One of the main thrusts […]

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Failure of our academics to answer issues of  the day

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala After the retirement of the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist mafia in academia – namely, Jayadeva (Marthelis)  Uyangoda, Kumari Jayawardena, Carlo Fonseka, and their fellow-travellers  – the public face of universities that has been  popping up like a bad penny is that of Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, the Senior Lecturer  in History at the Colombo University. […]

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Donald Trump : the nationalist messiah from the Wild West

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

H.L. D. Mahindapala If there is one slogan that swung the political pendulum and placed Donald Trump in the presidential seat it is the one that screamed : MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. It summed up in a simple and digestible pill the pre-election plight, frustrations, and failures of America’s policies – both domestic and foreign. […]

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Tamil mytho-maniacs heading towards Nandikadal again

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

H.L.D. Mahindapala Dost thou know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed – Count Oxenstierna, 17th century Swedish statesman. After attending the UNHRC sessions in Geneva, 2012, Dr. Noel Nadesan, novelist and Editor of the Australian Uthayam, and I were hanging around at the airport waiting to catch our  flight back to […]

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Jehan “Pacha” Perera stokes fires of Tamil racism again 

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Velupillai Prabhakaran, the sociopathic Rottweiler unleashed by the Tamil Vellahla leadership to fetch their bone of Eelam, is no longer there to bark, bite, or grab Tamil children on their way to school. In the absence of any one else surfacing to replace ruthless Tamil racism and hate politics, C.V. Wigneswaran, […]

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When will the Tamil leaders let Jaffna rest in peace?

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala I am neither surprised, nor overly worried about the Tamil students of the Jaffna University beating the Sinhala students. Intermittent inter-ethnic conflicts in various locations have occurred in the past and will continue to happen in the foreseeable future which is, hopefully, transiting from Nandikadal to a more rational and settled […]

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Sinhala democrats and the Tamil fascists

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Velupillai Prabhakaran’s brutal violence, firing indiscriminately in all directions, went beyond the mandate of the Vadukoddai Resolution which was aimed exclusively at the Sinhalese. Prabhakaran was the first born child of the Vadukoddai Resolution which urged the Tamil youth to take up arms against the Sinhalese. But his ruthless killing of […]

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Tamils gave Prabhakaran the revolver to kill Tamils

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The violence in Sri Lanka raged for 33 years, starting from the declaration of war on May 14, 1976 at Vadukoddai by the Tamil leadership and ending  in Nandikadal on May 18, 2009 when Velupillai Prabhakaran’s body was found floating in the  murky waters of the Lagoon. This war has been […]

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Distorting history to  promote Tamil politics

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala One of the main obstacles standing in the way reconciliation, based on a reasonable and lasting solution, is the refusal of the Jaffna Tamils to face the realities of their history. By and large, the average Tamil knows  only two kinds of history : 1. a distorted view of the Mahavamsa […]

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Tamil myths, NGO theories and the silence of the Church exposed by a Dutch missionary

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The very first analyst to see through the veneer of Jaffna and get to the corrosive core of  Jaffna politics was the Dutch Commander of Jaffna, Hendrick Zwaardecoon. (See  Lanka Web : Moddely Tambi – the Father of Vellahlas”). His analysis of the peninsular social structure, dominated exclusively by the aggressive […]

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Vellahlaism — the fascist force of vile violence

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The brief history of Jaffna can be explored, analysed and understood only as a by-product of Saivite-Vellahlaism —  the over-determining central force that impacted on every aspect of Jaffna life, from the womb to  the tomb. It is this force that ran through all the phases of peninsula, particularly the first […]

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Jaffna – the hell-hole of persecuted and oppressed Tamil slaves

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The Dutch, British and post-independent administrators have left behind in their records grim accounts of how the Saivite-Vellahla casteists distorted and perverted the Jaffna political culture. Modern scholars (Jane Russell and Prof. Bryan Pfaffenberger etc), who had studied the socio-political conditions of Jaffna, too confirm that Saivite casteism and Tesawalamai endorsed […]

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Moddely Tamby – the Father of Vellahlas 

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala It is hindsight that throws insights to create and illuminate foresight. That is the beauty  and value of history. It gives meaning. It also throws up warning signs for  those with 20-20 vision to read the road map that points the way to destinations. Those who refuse to look back and […]

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Vellahlas escalated caste wars under British rule

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala After the Dutch it was the British who had to police Vellahla violence erupting in Jaffna. Caste wars escalated to a new level. Jaffna under the British was a battleground for mini-wars waged by the Vellahlas against the oppressed Tamils. The British annual administration reports for the Northern Province document faithfully […]

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Violent Vellahlas despised and oppressed the Tamils

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Hendri Zwaardecoon, the Dutch Commander of Jaffna, and R. Sunderalingam, Superintendent of Police, Jaffna, lived and worked in Jaffna overseeing the Tamil society, its security and all its law-and-order issues. Though they lived and worked in two different worlds  – separated by around 300 years – they faced the identical crisis […]

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Vellahlas first crushed Tamil rivals for jobs and power

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The status and power of the Vellahlas took a dramatic turn with the coming of the Dutch. The Vellahlas were elevated officially by a foreign power to the top of the caste hierarchy when the Dutch recognised them as the ruling caste of Jaffna. This status was officially confirmed in the […]

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Police Superintendent Sunderalingam reveals how Vellahlas at Maviddipuram ganged up against him

Monday, March 14th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala I wish to forward the following e-mail I received from Mr. Ramachandra Sunderalingam, the Police Superintendent of Jaffna when the Maviddipuram revolt of the low-castes was at its peak. I think this letter has value for research students digging deep into the caste issue in Jaffna. It  is an insightful first-hand […]

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