Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

Chief Justice must go to save the judiciary

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala   In the current tensions facing all three arms of the state — the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary — there is one simple, time-tested adage that over-rides all the legal, political and moral principles that would come into play: “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion.” The 14 charges levelled [...]

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Is Indian AI, with Indian Shetty, pushing for Indian intervention?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala Salil Shetty, an Indian national, was appointed as Secretary-General of Amnesty International, (AI) in June 2010. Under his watch AI’s alliances with the anti-Sri Lankan forces have been strengthened considerably. For instance, AI in Canada took a sum of $50,000 offered by the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) – an organisation described [...]

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Peace prizes for war-mongers, punitive threats for peace- makers

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

H. L. D, Mahindapala In the history of wars Sri Lanka alone stands out as the nation that is charged with the crime of restoring peace and democracy. Of course, as in any other war, peace came at a price. Restoring peace in a time of war inevitably cost lives. No peace has come out [...]

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Judging Sri Lanka through Western lenses

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala Emboldened by the back-door attack on the Sri Lanka led by US at the UNHRC in March – April this year the global network of the anti-Sri Lankan lobby has accelerated its offensive to increase international pressure hoping that they can get somewhere if they strike now when the iron is hot. This lobby [...]

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Decline and fall of Jaffna into Nandikadal Lagoon

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  On January 30, 1908 Ponnambalam Arunachalam, M. A., Cantab, Ceylon Civil Service, Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn, took the floor in the Legislative Council Chamber, the highest political institution of the day, to deliver a lecture on the Sketches of Ceylon History. Governor Sir. Henry A. Blake, G. C. M. G., presided over this [...]

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“Insane fury” of Jaffna culture showed no mercy

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala Jaffna comes out of the pages of history as a mono-ethnic enclave that produced three of the most unacceptable political perversions: 1. leaders who were torturers and mass murderers, particularly of their own Tamil people; 2. Tamil terrorists banned by the international community and 3. pariahs as categorized by the Hindu [...]

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Open letter to M. A. Sumanthiram, TNA MP — II-What dignity did Tamils get from Sangkili to Prabhakaran?

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala Dear Mr. Sumanthiram, I am forwarding just this one last letter to you not because I expect a reply — you dodged me in Melbourne and also dodged my questionnaire sent to you as requested by you — but  for two other reasons. First, if myths, fictions, concoctions and lies are not challenged [...]

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An open letter to M. A. Sumanthiram, TNA, MP-Is the Tamil leadership preparing for another war ?

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala Melbourne, Australia. Dear Mr. Sumanthiram, Without much ado let me get to the nub of the political formulas you are prescribing right now for the Jaffna Tamil people who are still struggling to recover from the misery caused by the Tamil leadership that passed the Vadukoddai Resolution of 1976 and dragged them [...]

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Continuing the series on WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF JAFFNA- No flowers bloomed in Jaffna culture

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Jaffna is a narrow spit of land sandwiched between two great cultures: the Dravidian culture of S. India to  its north and the Sinhala-Buddhist culture of the south. With the gathering of the Tamil migrants from S. India   in this strip since the 12 -13th centuries Jaffna became the acknowledged centre of Tamil culture [...]

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Saturday, August 4th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala Historians agree that there was no bitter division or explosive violence between the Tamils of the north and the Sinhalese of the south until the constitutional changes introduced by the British in the early twenties and thirties led to the rise of communalism in the north, particularly with Sir. Ponnambalam Arunachalam leaving the broad, multi-ethnic [...]

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Continuing the series on What Happened in the History of Jaffna – Blaming the Sinhalese for the “insane fury” of Jaffna

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  A closer look into what happened in the history of Jaffna will reveal that dark, demonic and destructive forces presided over its hidden past. Tragically, these dark forces have not evaporated. They still cloud the skies of Jaffna casting long shadows ominously across its future. The ill-fated future of Jaffna was [...]

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Misguided Marxist midgets posing as theoretical giants

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala By and large, ideologues come with inseparable attachments of narrow blinkers, tinted glasses and, worst of all, thundering egos — all which obfuscate and limit their vision to see only the half-baked theories they breed in their deracinated, disoriented and disinherited minds. This applies mostly to Marxists like my fellow-columnists, Prof. [...]

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Who’s afraid of India and USA?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala I wish to begin by welcoming the initiative of the convenors of the National Organisations’ Conference aimed at focusing on the impending threat of imposing 13 + under Indian, American, NGO and the separatist lobbies, both in Sri Lanka and abroad. It is the latest front organised to combat the anti-Sri [...]

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Bull-headed arrogance of Vellahla politics and violence

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Continuing the story of what happened in the history of Jaffna By H. L. D. Mahindapala Before proceeding any further it should be emphasized that the focus in these essays has been on the Vellahlas because no other factor or entity wielded the kind of power in northern — and subsequently in national — politics [...]

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Continuing the series on WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF JAFFNA -Who are the Vellahlas? Part 1

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Jaffna has a unique history: from its womb came the first mass murderer (Sangkili) of Sri Lanka and also the last (Prabhakaran). Sangkili killed 600 Catholics. Prabhakaran repeated Sangkili’s example by killing 600 policemen who surrendered to the LTTE on the undertaking given by Anton Balasingham, the Chief Negotiator of LTTE, to the Foreign Minister, A. C. [...]

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Tale of Tamils tortured in totalitarian Terroristan of Jaffna

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

 H. L. D. Mahindapala  Beneath the serene veneer of the haunting landscape of Jaffna lurked the perennial political culture of unrelenting Tamil  violence and oppression that deprived a segment of  its disadvantaged human beings  — euphemistically labelled as “minorities” by the Vellahla overlords  – the basic right to walk the earth with dignity. The denial of the basic rights to the Tamils is [...]

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Prophecy: No more kingdoms for Jaffna

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala Political violence invariably breeds partisan justifications. The pro-separatist intellectuals of the twentieth and twenty first century bent over backwards, manufacturing theories, re-writing history, concocting geographies, to justify the violence that came out of the womb of Jaffna. The 18th century chronicle of Mylvaganam Pulavar, Yalpana Vaipava Malai (Garland of Significant Events [...]

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“Insane fury” of Tamil leaders terrorised, bloodied and oppressed Jaffna

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala In the main, political discourse on the north-south crisis has raged throughout the Vadukoddai War blaming only the Sinhala “ chauvinists” and “extremists” of the south and exonerating Jaffna and its past. In  most instances, judgements have been passed as  if Jaffna was the glorious kingdom that gave Tamils their prosperity, liberty and security [...]

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Part III — continuing the series on Tamil politics and culture -Ponnambalam rips apart centuries of communal harmony

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The battle lines of coming events in the north and the south were drawn clearly in the thirties.  By mid-thirties Ponnambalam had emerged as the leading champion of Tamil communalism in the north. It was Bandaranaike who led the counter-movement against Ponnambalam in the south in the latter half of the [...]

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The origins of violent communal politics

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The popular political dogma that dominate the mainstream public discourse blame S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike for (a) exacerbating Sinhala-Tamil relations with the Sinhala Only Act of 1956, (b) acts of discrimination against Tamils, (c) exploiting communal issues to advance his political career, (d) generally promoting “Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism” as politically expedient [...]

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“Ask the British High Commissioner” to bug… off

Monday, May 28th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala Are the Western diplomats given too much of licence to dabble in domestic affairs which is none of their business, to begin with? Take the latest case of John Rankin, the British High Commissioner. Is it any of his business whether Sri Lanka stations its troops in the north, south, east, [...]

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What happened in the history of Jaffna

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala The peninsular political culture which began with the occupation of the northern tip by Indian migrants who settled down as colonists in the 12th –13th centuries, can be periodised broadly into four distinct phases, focused exclusively on the internal imperatives, leaving aside the external factors, including the post-independent period that impinged [...]

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Justice in an age of terrorism

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala In this age of terrorism where “…”well over 60 countries (are) facing threats of armed conflict”‚ (ICRC report, Geneva 2011 “- p. 5) International Humanitarian Law (IHL) “- i.e., laws governing armed conflicts, or laws of war — and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) “- i.e., law specific to the right [...]

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Reflections on the Vadukoddai War: who’s guilty?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala After the end of the longest war in Asia in the 20th century, after the end of the longest war in Sri Lankan history, after the decimation of the Tamil leadership in the democratic mainstream, after the killing of India”‘s prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, which boomeranged on the Jaffna Tamil leadership, [...]

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US-Indian Resolution a punishment for leaning towards China

Monday, May 7th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala interviews John Laughland, a strong opponent of interventionism by big powers in the domestic affairs of smaller nations, on the net. John Laughland , Director of Studies, Institute of Democracy and Cooperation based in Paris, was the first to open the Side Event of the Sri Lankan government, “Sri Lanka: Road [...]

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Sri Lanka in the shadow of two scheming giants

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

The following is an edited texst of the speech delivered by H. L. D. Mahindapala at the Royal Asiatic Society last week. Let me locate our position in the geo-political map to understand where we are right now and to find out whether there is a way out. Today we are in a position where [...]

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Is there life after US-Indian Resolution?

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala From time to time Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu (“…”Paki”‚ hereinafter) and Sanjana Hattotuwa, his side-kick for 11 years, put on comic shows as good as Laurel & Hardy”‘s, minus, of course, the pantomime. The latest show was aired on their TV channel where both focused on the US Resolution (Surprise! Surprise!) that was [...]

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Never trust Indian back-stabbers

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala  There was absolutely no moral or acceptable reason for India to abandon its immediate neighbours in the SAARC and Asian regions and rush to join hands with distant America and the West to back the US Resolution against Sri Lanka at the 19th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. This attempt [...]

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Uncle Sam – mara—singhe lost in Geneva

Monday, March 26th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala, revealing the inside story at Geneva It took the entire might of the West led by America and the last minute betrayal of India to defeat Sri Lanka in Geneva. It also took three resolutions “- first in 2009, then 2011 and finally in 2012 “- to score a victory against [...]

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God bless America, or God damn America?

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

H. L. D. Mahindapala, reporting from Geneva  America claims that it has tabled the resolution on “…”Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka”‚ at the 19th session of the UNHRC for the good of the people of Sri Lanka. Mario Otero in her speech told the Council: “…”Action now in this Council will sow the [...]

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