Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

Indian Pontius Pilate’s hands dripping with Sri Lankan blood

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Part II –  H. L. D. Mahindapala The Sri Lankan delegates assembled in Geneva to combat the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in 2012 were tense. Though they were lobbying frantically no one knew which way the voting would go. The most critical issue was whether India would back Sri Lanka or […]

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Lalith’s move checkmates UK, USA and India

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Part I- H. L. D. Mahindapala  The Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Lalith Weeratunga, has made a  bold and strategic move which was reported by Reuter at the end of his  diplomatic tour  of the West. He told Reuter’s: “If there is an international investigation, the whole period has to be investigated ” from the […]

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UN, Radhika Coomaraswamy and the abuse of children

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala The failure of UN to be the broad, universal umbrella for all 192 member states, protecting the big and the small evenly and fairly, without being a tool of this or that big power, without  fear or  favour, is seen once again in the manner in  which it turned a blind […]

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Monday, January 6th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala In keeping with their religious beliefs, the Buddhists were preparing to celebrate the full moon day of May 1918 in all its traditional splendour. In the Buddhist calendar, it is the day set aside to commemorate the three most sacred events in the life of Buddha ” his birth, his Enlightenment […]

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Who killed whom in Sri Lanka?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala Bruce Haig, former deputy High Commissioner of Australia to Sri Lanka, is back again doing what he normally does: demonizing Sri Lanka, his bªte noir. (Canberra Times ” 2/1/2014) This time he is quoting the Second Session of the Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka which sat in Bremen in December 2013. […]

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Ranil ” a brain-dead discard in UNP morgue

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The news item in your newspaper (28/12) that ex-president Chandrika Kumaratunga has been picked by the UNP to contest President Mahinda Rajapakse in the next election was predictable. At best she is the only candidate that has a chance of not winning but uniting the opposition. Her own party that made  […]

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Lessons to be learnt from Mandela’s nationalism -Part II

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Nelson Mandela triumphed gloriously by tapping into S. African nationalism ” the indelible political force still alive in global politics despite the theoreticians pooh-poohing nationalism as something of the past. When President Barack Obama says “God Bless America” he is expressing patriotism at the highest divine and terrestrial levels. When David […]

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Mandela’s anti-homeland nationalism reflects Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism -Part 1

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala All shades of political opinion have rushed to claim the legacy of Nelson Mandela after his death than when he was alive. All of them hope that some of the saintly shine that glorifies Mandela will rub on them. In a sense, these claims by diverse actors in the political spectrum […]

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Can mono-ethnic Jaffna save the Tamils?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

By H.L.D. Mahindapala It is just not possible to make a claim for statehood without first defining its physical borders. It is like making a claim for a piece of land: The claimant must have a deed which defines the boundaries. Consequently, all available evidence, including concoctions, is drawn specifically to outline the borders ” […]

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David Cameron -” a boorish, British bungler bogged in bovine bravado

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting‚  (CHOGM) which ended on Sunday without a hitch was a remarkable feat for Sri Lanka considering the massive forces of the Tamil diaspora and I/NGOs doing their damnedest to sabotage the event, nationally and internationally. They were aided and abetted by the mighty forces of […]

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Commonwealth gathers momentum in Colombo

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala ‚ Under normal circumstances the life span of a loose, scattered and wobbly institution like the Commonwealth of Nations does not tend to be long. It should have withered and died shortly after its birth in the London Declaration of 1949. But it survived for 64 years. Today it stands as a […]

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Who is the pariah? State or -Paki-? -” Part II

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala ‚ The acronym NGOs is a misnomer. It does it conform in any way to its intended definition. It is meant to stand for Non-Governmental Organizations. This is far from the truth of what it really is. In all respects -” organizational, personnel, political and selected agendas — these institutions operates as […]

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Tamils liberated from their fascist past, at last!

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

‚ H. L. D. Mahindapala Part 1 Sri Lankan politics has been bedeviled by Tamil extremists whose political ambitions far exceed their capacity to achieve them.‚  The delusional politics of the political mytho-maniacs of the north led them all the way from Vadukoddai to Nandkadal. They have yet to realize that they were defeated, among‚  other […]

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Supreme Court judgment redraws the new political landscape

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala In the latest legal battle over the ownership of land three Supreme Court judges -” one of whom is a Tamil -” delivered a landmark judgment which overturned the previously misinterpreted and misleading‚  judgments that virtually handed the state lands‚  to the Provincial Councils. Reading the separate judgments of the three […]

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Mahinda Rajapakse -” the liberator of Jaffna

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala The meaning and the significance of September 21, 2013 -” a unique day in the calendar of Jaffna -” can be grasped only if it is placed in its proper historical context.‚  It is a red letter day that goes beyond the rhetoric of Tamil triumphalism. After the defeat of the […]

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Polls predict pyrrhic victory for TNA

Friday, September 20th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala What is most critical for the TNA to convince the Tamils, both in and out of Sri Lanka, is not the number of seats they win on Saturday -” this not in dispute — but the overall percentage of votes they are likely to collect from the electorate. A majority of […]

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Navy Pillay”‘s grim silence on Tamil war criminals

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala On May 26, 2009 when the UNHRC met for the first time to consider the post-war situation in Sri Lanka Ms. Navi Pillay was busy elsewhere. Because she could not attend she sent a recorded message to UNHRC. It was pre-recorded on May 25, 2009, which was only eight days after […]

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Derelict human rights drifting aboard rudderless UNHRC-Part II

Friday, August 30th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  When the first-born apex institution to protect human rights, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, is killed and buried unceremoniously by its founding fathers at the UN for failing to live up to its mandate it is legitimate to ask whether its successor, the United Nations Human Rights Council, can survive […]

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In this review of the first book on United Nations Human Rights Council, H. L. D. Mahindapala asks:Can Navi Pillay save human rights and UNHRC?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala Part I  The UN has notched some significant successes during its 68-year run, indicating that its life span is going to be more durable than its predecessor, the League of Nations, which  died prematurely. Unfortunately, one of its successes has not been in the field of human rights, though it is […]

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Is Wigneswaram fit to be Chief Minister of Tamils?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The effusiveness with which the pro-separatist/13A lobby has hailed former Judge C. V. Wigneswaran as the next rising star for the salvation of  Tamils is too premature. Knowing  the twists and turns that politics take in Sri Lankan politics only a fool or a knave would dare to predict the outcome […]

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Marxists are like Indians: both have failed

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala I am happy to bounce back from the hospital bed and browse the multitudinous vistas of the world that filter through the sheen of the polar-white glow of the cyber screen without which I will be lost in an infinite Sahara. Through the instant magic which provides most of my necessities for mental sustenance and sanity  — I […]

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WHAT BENEFIT IS THERE IN DAYAN’S DEAL IN GENEVA?- The following is H. L. D. Mahindapala’s reply to Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka’s response to the criticism of his controversial role in Geneva. Scroll down to read Dr. Jayatilleka’s defence of his role

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

H.L.D. Mahindapala  I welcome my friend Dayan’s response to my lengthy review of his book, Long War, Cold Peace  published in yesterday’s Daily News. May I also add that it was long overdue. I also note his metaphor in which he compares his response as “the intellectual equivalent of entering a Taliban held area of remote Afghanistan.” […]

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India — the cause not the solution to Sri Lankan problems-Continuing review of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka’s book, Long War, Cold Peace

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala According  to my friend Dayan Jayatilleka’s own admission his latest book, Long War, Cold Peace, was rushed to the printer in the hope of  getting it out on time to impact on the UNHRC session in March — a critical session in which the big powers, including India, were preparing to nail Sri Lanka. This, of […]

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A review of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka’s latest book, Long War, Cold Peace -

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala Devolution bad for Ceylon and worse for Tamils — G. G. Ponnambalam My friend Dayan Jayatilleka takes great pride and pleasure in branding himself as a “political scientist”. That is his right and privilege. Besides, it is a term very fashionable in academic circles even though the research in this pseudo-science […]

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Continuing book review of Dayan Jayatilleka’s, Long War, Cold Peace — Part V- INDIA PAVING THE PATH TO THIRD WORLD WAR

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala India has not only lost its moral compass in foreign policy which was packaged and hailed as the “Panchaseela” at the height of the Non-Aligned Movement but also the strategic compass to navigate in the Indian Ocean. India needs an ethical / balanced foreign policy to win back the moral and […]

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Continuing the book review of Dayan Jayatilleka’s Long war, Cold Peace — Part IV -INDIA A THREAT TO REGIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala The main thrust in my friend Dayan’s political predictions — both domestic and foreign — is invariably aimed at projecting passing fears, laced with his political preferences / prejudices, into impending doomsday scenarios . In his calculations it is always going to be the end of the world for Sri Lanka […]

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Response of H. L. D. Mahindapala, former Editor of THE OBSERVER, to Chris Johnson, Political Editor of the SUNDAY AGE, an Australian newspaper in the state of Victoria. .

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala, former Editor of THE OBSERVER Chris Johnson is the Political Editor of the SUNDAY AGE, an Australian newspaper in the state of Victoria. In his column last Sunday he was raising concerns about Australia handing over the chair of CHOGM for two years to Sri Lanka.  Here is the response of H. L. D. […]

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Continuing the review of Dayan Jayatilleka’s book, Long War, Cold Peace — Part II- Searching for ethics in a five-month war

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala Of the many tangled and intertwining issues that are bound to sprout from the 33-year-old war there are only two serious questions worth asking for those pursing reconciliation, peace, justice, understanding the past and, above all, the ethics of the overwhelming violence that impacted on all communities: 1. was the war […]

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Dayan’s gods and theories that failed

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala My friend Dayan Jayatileka ‘s latest book Long War, Cold Peace is exactly what I anticipated it to be: 1. overloaded with quotes from the Marxist mafia; 2. an equal measure of theoretical puffery; 3. self-contradictions; 4. self-congratulatory passages; 5. the least amount analysis of the historical roots that preceded the official […]

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Navi Pillai a misfit at UNHRC

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala The saga of the anti-Sri Lankan Resolution, which snaked its way through the hands of the power-brokers in the corridors of the UNHRC in Geneva, has a rather intriguing history: it reveals more about the machinations of big power politics and the moral and institutional failure of the UN to uphold the […]

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