Author Archive for History

Fossilised remains of a herd of Rhinoceros unearthed in Lunugala

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The fossilised skeletal remains of a herd of Rhinoceros that died in a meteoric shower more than 80,000 years ago have been unearthed from an 80ft deep gem mine at the foot of Rilaulu hill range in Lunugala in Modalsima. Biologist of the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology Kelum Nalinda Manamendra […]

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When Coffee and Ceylon were synonymous

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Governor William Gregory’s term from 1872 to 1877 was the golden age” of Ceylon coffee Colombo: Today, Sri Lanka is synonymous with tea and not coffee. As on date, it is way down in the list of coffee producing countries, 43 rd. to be precise. But back in the 1870s, Ceylon, as Sri […]

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Prehistoric community heterogeneous despite Sinhalese character and ethnos

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

By Seneka Abeyratne Courtesy The Island Kozakian Shamshir weapon made of crucible steel from the collection of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels The ancient kings, inspired by Buddhism and the constant need to feed a growing population, produced a new culture as well as a new economy. They also […]

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Catholic Priest Destroyed the Entire Mayan Written Language

Saturday, December 25th, 2021

Courtesy HINDUISM AND SANATAN DHARMA The Maya writing system was used in what is now Mexico and Central America for almost two thousand years, until after the arrival of Cortés. It was written in bark paper books, carved on public monuments and inscribed on personal objects of pottery, bone and jade. The invading Spanish outlawed […]

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Reminiscences of Hela Havula proponents at a Boarding House in Mt. Lavinia

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

by Tudor Wijeratne I would like to share my memories of a group of young boarders barely out of their teens, who later became household names in the fields of Arts, Music, Linguistics, Sinhala Literature, Journalism, and Medicine. They were boarders in my grandfather’s house in Mt. Lavinia, in the period 1940s – 1950s. Most […]

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Role of Theosophists in Buddhist revival in Ceylon.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Princeton University Social Anthropologist Prof. Gananath Obeysekere has said that Theosophists led by Col. Henry Steel Olcott introduced a protestant” and purified” form of Buddhism in Ceylon when Buddhists in the island were demoralized” by the disestablishment” of their religion by the British rulers. But Obeysekere’s view is challenged by […]

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Showcasing the Gandhara Buddhist civilization

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, November 30: The remnants of the Gandhara Buddhist civilization in Pakistan are a sight to behold, not just for Buddhist pilgrims but also for art lovers.  Imposing stupas with intricate and lifelike carvings depicting various events in the Buddha’s life and his past births abound in the Swat Valley […]

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Kandyan peasant armies kept Europeans at bay for two centuries

Friday, November 26th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia The Kandyan Kingdom’s dogged resistance to European invaders from the 17 th. Century to the second decade of the 19 th., Century has not received the attention it deserves from military historians, laments historian Dr. Channa Wickremesekera, the author of Kandy at War: Indigenous Military Resistance to European Expansion in […]

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Lankan PM launches Pak-Lankan documentary on Gandhara civilization

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, November 16 ( A documentary on the Gandhara civilization in Pakistan, jointly produced by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, was launched by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa here on Tuesday. Titled  Gandhara” the documentary is jointly produced by the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka and Siddhivinayak Cine Arts (Private) […]

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Saga of the takeover of Kandy seen through British eyes

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, November 10: Events leading to the controversial takeover of the Kandyan kingdom by the British in 1815 and the aftermath have been written about both from the British and the Sri Lankan viewpoint. The British view is vividly presented in Ceylon Ancient and Modern published by Chapman and Hall of London […]

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Sri Vikrama Rajasinha wore royalty on his sleeve even after losing his Kingdom

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Colombo, October 26: The reign of Kandy’s last King, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (1798-1815), was at once colourful and tragic. On the one hand, it was marked by the transformation of Kandy into a beautiful celestial city” and on the other, it stood out for political intrigue, disloyalty, inhuman retribution, British machination and […]

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Some facets of the history of Muslims in Sri Lanka

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

By Uditha Devapriya/The Island Colombo, October 22: In 851 AD, an Arab merchant called Soleyman wrote an account of his travels to the island of Serendib. Impressionistic but insightful, it records the earliest known engagement of a Muslim with Sri Pada, also known as Samantukuta. Soleyman does not refer to Sri Pada as aadam malayi”, […]

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පුර්තුගීසීන් තිරිකුණාමලේ කොටුවට බිලි ගත් පුදබිම

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

විමල් පටබැඳිගේ (ශාස්ත‍්‍රවේදී, නීතිඥ, විශ‍්‍රාමික සොලිසිටර්* පුදබිමක් බිලි ගනියි තිරිකුණාමලේ (ගෝකණ්ණ පටුනේ* වෙළඳ කටයුතු ආරම්භ කළ විගස කොන්ස්ටන්ටයින් ඩි සා ඩි මෙනෙෂෙස් එහි බලකොටුව ගොඩනගන ලද අවස්ථාවේ ඒ භූමියේ තිබූ පුදබිම (පැගෝඞ්* විනාශ කරන ලද බව පුර්තුගීසි පූජකයෙකු සහ ඉතිහාසඥයෙකු වූ ෆර්නාඩෝ ඩි ක්වේරෝෂ් එළිදරවු කොට ඇත. පුර්තුගීසීන් විසින් විනාශ කරනු ලැබූ පුදබිම හින්දු කොවිලක් […]

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Monday, September 27th, 2021

by S.A. Wijayatilake (former Principal, Ananda College) * Three and a half centuries of foreign aggression and occupation – at first partial, but since 1815 complete – of the land had not only demoralized and emasculated the Sinhalese people generally, but had adversely affected the position of Buddhism in this Island in particular. The Portuguese, […]

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විහාරාධිපති අභයගිරිය ලෝක උරුමය බිලි ගනී..- පුරා විද්‍යා ලොක්කා බරපතල හෙලිදරවුවක…

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

ආචාර්ය සෙනරත් බණ්ඩාර දිසානායක හිටපු පුරාවිද්‍යා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් පුරාවිද්‍යා විධිනියම හා සම්මත නොතකා අභයගිරිය ලෝක උරුමය වනසන්නේ යයි හිටපු පුරාවිද්‍යා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් ආචාර්ය සෙනරත් දිසානායක විසින් නිකුත් කර ඇති නිවේදනයක් මෙහි දැක්වෙයි. විහාරාධිපතිගේ බිල්ලට නතු වන අභයගිරි ලෝක උරුමය. අභයගිරි විහාරය තනන ලද්දේ  වලගම්බා රජු විසින් ක්‍රිස්තු පූර්ව දෙවන සියවසේය. […]

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Sri Lanka’s unrecognized historical connection with Kerala

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Colombo Diary Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, June 30 (Daily Mirror): While Sri Lanka’s connection with the Tamil country in South India is repeatedly mentioned in the island nation’s ancient chronicles, the Mahawamsa and the Deepawamsa, its connection with Kerala, which is also in South India, finds no mention in either. Kerala appears for the first time only in […]

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Secret of the “Universe Gate” in the Holy City

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily News Tissa Wewa The Holy City of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka is a place unlikely to be the setting for a fascinating tale of flying objects and other mundane events. Anuradhapura, named after a King’s chieftain called Anuradha, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. It thus means […]

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Chinese Admiral Zheng He and the Tamils of Sri Lanka

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

By Dr.Nirmala Chandrahasan/The Island Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, June 9: The recent discovery of name- boards in public institutions which have omitted one of the national languages, namely Tamil, only to replace it with Mandarin Chinese has caused a furor with Tamil members of Parliament and other politicians voicing their protests. Certainly, this is most unfortunate […]

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The unsolved mystery of Sri Lanka’s ‘Stargate’

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

By Demi Perera Courtesy BBC In recent years, the internet has been alight with speculation that a chart-like carving in Anuradhapura is a stargate: an ancient gateway through which humans can enter the Universe. Sri Lanka’s sacred city of Anuradhapura is an unlikely place to be enmeshed in a fantastic tale of UFOs and otherworldly […]

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Premier Zhou Enlai’s visit to Ceylon in 1957

Sunday, April 25th, 2021

Tony Donaldson, with underlining emphasis inserted bt The Editor, Thuppahi Courtesy Thuppahi’s Blog On 1 October 1949, the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed by Mao Zedong. Two months later, on 6 January 1950 the Ceylon government recognised Red China– one of the first countries to do so. Seven years later, in early 1957, the Premier of […]

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Minute on Indian Education by Thomas Babington Macaulay – [February 2, 1835] This Day in History

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Thomas Babington Macaulay What happened? On 2 February 1835, British historian and politician Thomas Babington Macaulay presented his ‘Minute on Indian Education’ that sought to establish the need to impart English education to Indian ‘natives’. This minute is a very important document for UPSC history. Aspirants should know the gist of this minute and its impact on […]

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Was Portuguese proselytization ruthless as portrayed?

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror James Emerson Tennent was Colonial Secretary in Ceylon from 1846 to 1850 and Acting Governor in April-May 1847. Tennent was not just an administrator, a Colonial master lording over obsequious natives. His keen eye and ear caught the nuances of the communities he was administering. His scholarship got him the Presidency of […]

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Mahawamsa, George Turnour and Royal College Colombo

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Rohan Abeygunawardena On 25th of February 2021 ‘’Ceylon Daily News’’  published  following news item; ‘’An ancient Ola leaf original copy of the Mahavamsa” (Great Chronicle) currently kept at the library of the University of Peradeniya is to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage. The decision has been reached by UNESCO experts upon verifying that […]

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Sri Lanka before it became predominantly Buddhist

Monday, March 8th, 2021

P.K.Balachandran Courtesy The Daily Mirror Before Sri Lanka became predominantly Buddhist following the conversion of the 3rd. Century King Devanampiya Tissa (247 BC-207 BC), the island had an amazing assortment of religious cults, practices and faiths including animism, Jainism, Shaivism, Brahminism and Buddhism. There were many gods, goddesses and deities of local and Indian origin.  […]

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Hub of ancient East-West trade

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

By P. K. Balachandran/Ceylon Today Colombo, March 8: India-Sri Lanka trade goes far into the past, to the Early Historic Era in fact. The island had also played the additional role of being a transit point, a hub, in the trade between the Eastern and Western worlds. The story of India-Sri Lanka trade in ancient […]

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Yupa in a Buddhist Stupa

Sunday, February 28th, 2021

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy  Since the Department of Archaeology began exploration and excavation work in the Northern areas of the island, it has been the talk of the town. There were some incidents which stirred up some controversy, starting from arguments about the identity of these ancient monasteries and the true inheritance of them. One […]

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An American Journal (1851) highlights massacres of the Sinhalese and horrors perpetrated in 1848 under the administration of Lord Torrington

Friday, February 26th, 2021

  The United States Magazine and Democratic Review (May 1851)   In 1851, An American Journal  (The United States Magazine and Democratic Review), at a time (1851) when they I.e. USA, did not have imperial ambitions that dovetailed with that of British imperialism, highlighted and exposed the genocidal crimes committed on the Sinhalese people in British occupied […]

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Centre gives green light to underwater study to determine Ram Setu origins

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Courtesy The Indian Express Talking about the aim of the exploration, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel, said, The world should get to know about the Ram Setu through evidence based on scientific research.” Also, Ram Setu’s age will be ascertained through the study of fossils and sedimentation to see […]

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Biography of Ashoka India’s 3rd Emperor of Mauryan Empire, History, Buddhism& Facts.

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Courtesyt glorylearn This is a complete guide to the Biography of Ashoka. In this guide, you will know why King Ashoka killed his 99 brothers and became a Great Indian King in History. So if you want to know about how he became a Great Indian King, you’ll love today’s guide.

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The Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Vernon Corea  Clifford Dodd, the Australian radio expert and administrator who was sent to Radio Ceylon under the Colombo Plan transformed the Commercial Service of the Station The Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon was instrumental in catapulting the radio station as India’s number one station. Millions tuned in to hear Hindi film music presented […]

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