Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

Wicky Is Running Siri To The Ground: Intellectuals & Scholars Join Mahinda

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

By H. L. D. Mahindapala – The unfolding events, one more telling than the other, defines the emerging political trends which, in the foreseeable future, seem to be irreversible. The polarization of the contending forces into Left and Right camps has also fallen into two clear cut political domains. On the Right is the Siri-Wicky […]

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Rupee Is Down: So Is Siri-Wicky Regime

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

By H. L. D. Mahindapala Point No:1: The momentum generated by the historic January 2015 presidential election is being exhausted, and that the minority government appointed for the sole purpose of executing the 100-day reform programme is drifting aimlessly. Point No:2: The current balance of power in the institutions of the state is incongruous and […]

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No Flowers Bloomed In The First Hundred Days

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

By H. L. D. Mahindapala At the end of the glorified 100 days the nation is left with a sense of déjà vu, if not disappointment and frustration. Nothing significant stands out as exemplary achievements of the Sirisena–Wickremesinghe regime to crow about the promised difference” (when-a-suck). The failure of the Yahapalanaya (good governance) to achieve […]

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Ranil’s Gestapo Police  exposed  in Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala President’s Counsel, Romesh de  Silva’s brilliant analysis of the politically manipulated Police unit investigating financial crimes confirms that the My-3 regime”  has created an illegal arm of the Police  to pervert justice. His submission to the Supreme Court, has unerringly alerted the public to the Gestapo role of the  Financial Crimes […]

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Blood on Chelvanayakam’s head and his hands =Part III

Friday, May 8th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala When Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga began her talk on S. J. V. Chelvanayakam by saying Mr. Chelvanayakam and his Party, the Federal Party, engaged in a long and difficult struggle to win the Tamil peoples’ rights” she, obviously, was not aware that she was putting her foot in the mouth. In saying […]

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Continuing review of Chandrika Kumaratunga’s talk on Chelvanayakam Equality = handful of Tigers dominating a land full of Lions

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Part II The Senanayakes, who were the enlightened founders of the nation,  continued the colonial administration without making any radical adjustments to meet the post-colonial realities. It was Bandaranaike who stepped in to adjust the fundamentals which, of course, meant ruffling the feathers of the English-educated ruling elite. His most  controversial […]

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CBK abandons her father and embraces Chelvanayakam -Part I

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

H.L. D. Mahindapala Chandrika Kumaratunga’s memorial lecture on S. J. V. Chelvanayakam (April 25th, 2015) should be taken seriously not because she claims to be a political scientist” (she did so in her first TV interview after she succeeded in her plot to overthrow of the Mahinda Rajapakse regime) but because it is loaded with […]

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Sirisena’s choice: SLFP “hand” or Queen’s hand?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

H.L.D. Mahindapala On January 8th, 2015 the nation elected Maithripala Sirisena believing that he would make a difference. His main task was to preside over the constitutional transition from a presidential system to a parliamentary system. To impress that he was not craving for power he promised to be the one-term caretaker president who will […]

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Sirisena shakes Queen’s hand without gloves. Wow!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The post-independent period is a unique segment of Sri Lankan history where everything that ought to have happened, happened without breaking up the democratic foundations of the nation which is a  remarkable achievement.  In the main, the nation faced (1) two left-wing rebellions, (2) one Right-wing coup led by the Westernized […]

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UNP & Tamils hijack Sirisena in London

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Practically every visiting Sri Lankan dignitary to UK – from the head of state downward – is honored  with an official reception accorded at the London High Commission. Following this time-tested tradition the reception for the visiting President Maithripala Sirisena to meet the Sri Lankan Diaspora should have been held at […]

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“Uncle” Ranil-gay Aan-duwa Bang(s)a-well-la!

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala When Arjun Mahendra was appointed as Governor of the Central Bank he, being a shrewd PR operator, made it known to all and sundry that he was on very close terms with Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister, by referring to him as Uncle Ranil”. Every other sentence began with Uncle Ranil […]

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The sound  of a Jaffna clap with one hand

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala There are two narratives, with two interpretations, to the North-South events that convulsed Sri Lanka in the post-independent period. The conventional narrative that has gained popularity is the mono-causal interpretation which blames only the Sinhala-Buddhists of the south for the worsening of the inter-ethnic relations. According to this theory events eventually […]

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The origins of Chelvanayakam’s separatist politics

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The ideological foundations of the mono-ethnic extremism of the North are based on two primary documents : 1. the  very first speech of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam (December 18, 1949) launching his separatist ideology  at the Government Clerical Service Union Hall in Maradana – the official birthplace of Tamil separatism; 2. […]

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Ranil drives  “Yaha-pala-naya” down the pal-lung

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala On February 27 the My-3” Troika, consisting of Chandrika Bandaranaike,(CBK), Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala Sirisena, passed its half-way mark on its vaunted pilgrimage to political nirvana which, they said, would be achieved in 100 days. This  is the solemn promise they gave the people and, unless they are to be dismissed […]

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Rattled Ranil panics after Nugegoda rally: summons media heads

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The 100-day programme of the My-3-pala-naya” had no plans to encounter the Nugegoda rally. Not so soon, at least. They thought they could sail smoothly into the imagined ideal country” located, of course, only in mythical Maithripala’s Manifesto. But within 40 days the My-3-planners” were hit by a backlash that no […]

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The birth and rise of the Nugegoda Man

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The message that came out – loud and clear – from the Nugegoda rally is unambiguous : a new political man has risen with a new consciousness to change the political landscape. He is also bent on changing the mistake he made in the last presidential election. Like the Balangoda Man, […]

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Wigneswaram holds President’s hands respectfully and stabs him in the back

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Resolution passed a resolution on February 10, 2015 accusing successive governments (from 1948) of committing ‘genocide’ against Tamils and called for an international commission of inquiry. This resolution has dealt the first deadly blow to the reconciliation plans of the Chandrika Bandaranaike-Ranil Wickremesinghe-Maithripala Sirisena regime brought into […]

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The first 30 days of the first 100 days

Monday, February 9th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala To reassure that My-3” – CBK-Wickremesinghe-Sirisena — meant business and should be taken seriously before casting the vote of January 8, 2015 a time-table was set to impress the voters that the Manifesto comes with a day-to-day schedule guaranteeing progress leading to the promised ideal country”. We have now arrived on […]

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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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