Author Archive for History

Public Lecture on 24th June 2019

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) Public Lecture  Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka and India gaining independence from British colonial rule?”    by Senaka Weeraratna   On Monday 24th  June 2019 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07 ALL ARE WELCOME […]

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Sri Lanka – the poisoned legacy of British colonial rule

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Courtesy  Internationalist Communist Forum Introduction To the British public, Sri Lanka is probably best known for idyllic photos in package tour brochures describing it as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. But for a large part of its population, the island is anything but idyllic. For half a century, it has been plagued by on-going […]

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A Buddhist International University Called NALANDA

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Dr. Daya Hewavitharana. Nalanda was the first residential university in the history of the world. The Nalanda campus was an exceptionally impressive place, which included many impressive chetiyas, temples, monasteries, hostels, lecture halls, meditation halls, libraries, even parkland with lakes. The three great libraries of Nalanda were: Ratnasagara, Ratnadadhi and Ratnaranjaka. Inscriptional evidence (Yasovarmadeva) reveals that […]

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 “Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka and India gaining independence from British colonial rule?”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

By Senaka Weeraratna  Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) Public Lecture  Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka and India gaining independence from British colonial rule?”   by Senaka Weeraratna   On Monday 29th April 2019 at 5.00 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07 ALL ARE WELCOME Abstract The time has come […]

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Accountability of Mannar Mass grave in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Friday, April 12th, 2019

PBS Hemachandra Lieutenant Commander (retired) Sri Lanka Navy Courtesy The Island Carbon dating of the bone samples collected from the Mannar Mass grave in Sri Lanka confirmed that bone samples belonged to the periods when Sri Lanka was ruled by European. Books written by Portuguese, Dutch and English historians recorded massacres of Singhalese people lived […]

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Why the British should apologise to India

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

by Shashi Tharoor Courtesy RT Screenshot from film Gandhi (1982); Director Richard Attenborough; International Film Investors; National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC); Goldcrest Films International; Indo-British; Carolina Bank The centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre is the right occasion for Britain to apologise for the evils of colonialism. Two years ago, on the UK […]

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Historical evidence of Mannar Mass graves dating back to 16th Century

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

by P. WEERASEKERA Courtesy The Island The issue of mass graves in Mannar continues to remain an inconclusive hot topic, despite the radio carbon dating analysis report received from the Beta Analytic Testing Laboratory in Florida, USA., which cleared the Sri Lanka Army of responsibility, by declaring the skeletal remains referred to the Laboratory pre-dates […]

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Myths and Misinterpretations of the Kandyan Convention of 1815 

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Harindra Dunuwille Much has been said and written about the Kandyan Convention of 1815 whereby the Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. Historians and writers have over the years interpreted the events that led to the signing and the cessation of what was the last bastion of Sinhale”. The document itself, its drafting, its […]

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Kandyan Convention of 1815 – A Convention violated and dishonoured

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

by Senaka Weeraratna (This is an edited version of a paper read out at a Public Seminar on the ‘ Kandyan Convention of 1815’ held at the University of Peradeniya, Arts Theatre, on March 09, 2019) The Kandyan Convention (‘Ingrisy – Sinhale Givisuma’) must be examined in the context of British colonial policy seeking British supremacy […]

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Ancient humans hunted monkeys for tens of thousands of years

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

By Virginia Morell  Courtesy sciencemag.org If you picture early humans dining, you likely imagine them sitting down to a barbecue of mammoth, aurochs, and giant elk meat. But in the rainforests of Sri Lanka, where our ancestors ventured about 45,000 years ago, people hunted more modest fare, primarily monkeys and tree squirrels. Then they turned the bones of […]

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Forest monkey hunters of Late Pleistocene Sri Lanka

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

john hawks weblog Fascinating: Ancient humans hunted monkeys for tens of thousands of years”. If you picture early humans dining, you likely imagine them sitting down to a barbecue of mammoth, aurochs, and giant elk meat. But in the rainforests of Sri Lanka, where our ancestors ventured about 45,000 years ago, people hunted more modest fare, […]

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Ancient Humans Living in the Rainforest Hunted Monkeys and Squirrels

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

By Jane Recker SMITHSONIAN.COM After analyzing nearly 15,000 animal remains in Sri Lanka, scientists found humans used carved stone and bone fragments to hunt small game The gray tufted langur was a favorite target for the early humans of Fa Hien Cave in Sri Lanka. (USO / iStock) Early humans were capable of hunting small mammals like monkeys […]

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Sri Lanka’s Independence – a direct outcome of Japan’s entry to the Second World War which sealed the fate of European Colonialism in Asia

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

by Senaka Weeraratna (Attorney – at – Law) Sri Lanka together with several other Asian countries owe much in winning their freedom, to Japan’s entry to the Second World War and the resulting chain of events that sealed the fate of European colonialism in Asia. Jawaharlal Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister (1947 – 1964) when asked in […]

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කාවන්තිස්ස රජුට ස්ත්‍රී ආභරණ යැව්වේ දුටුගැමුණු කුමරු නොවේ. මහානාම හිමි යි – ආචාර්ය රාජ් සෝමදේව

Monday, January 21st, 2019

ප්‍රවීණ මාධ්‍යවේදී උපාලි සමරසිංහ විසින් රචිත ‘‘මහ රජ ගැමුණු ජයමග ඔස්සේ’’ කෘතිය පසුගිය 10 වන දින කොළඹ 07 නිදහස් මාවතේ ජාතික පුස්තකාල හා ප්‍රලේඛන සේවා මණ්ඩලයේ දී ජන ගත කෙරිණ. මැටරඹ හේමරතන නාහිමිපාණන් මෙම උත්සවයේ මුලසුන හෙබවූ අතර පුරාවිද්‍යා චක්‍රවර්තී එල්ලාවල මේධානන්ද හිමි සහ මහාචාර්ය රාජ් සෝමදේව, ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ කථිකාචාර්ය අත්තනායක එම්. හේරත් යන මහත්වරු දෙසුම් […]

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World’s oldest clove? Here’s what our find in Sri Lanka says about the early spice trade

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Courtesy the conversation.com The history of the spice trade conjures up exotic images of caravans plying the Silk Road in storied antiquity as well as warfare between European powers vying for control of what, pound for pound, were among the most valuable commodities in the known world. One of the most valuable of the spices […]

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රන්වන් ලිය අතින් ඝාතනය වූ කසුප් රජුගේ නිල් උපුලිය ගැබිනියක්

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

 තිලකා රන්දෙනි  උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින අද සීගිරියේ ඇති බොහෝ චිත‍්‍ර මැකී ගොසිනි. ඒ නිසාම ඒ යුගය ගැන එතරම් පැහැදිලි රූපයක් මවාගත නොහැකිය. එහෙත් චිත‍්‍ර මැකී ගිය ද එක්තරා වාසනාවකට සීගිරි ගී තවමත් කැටපත් පවුරේ ඇත. යම් යම් ලේඛකයෝ වරින් වර තම තම නැණ පමණින් ඒවා විග‍්‍රහ කරති. මේ ගී විග‍්‍රහයන් අඩංගු පොත් දෙකක් හා මෝහන ප‍්‍රතිගමනයක් […]

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ඌවේ කැරැල්ලේ පුරෝගාමී කිවුලේගෙදර මොහොට්‌ටාල..

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

ලිලානි සුරවීර  (FB) ක්‍රි.ව. 1815 දී උඩරට රාජධානිය ඉංග්‍රීසීන්ට යටත් වීමට හේතු වූ ප්‍රධාන කාරණයක්‌ වූයේ එවකට උඩරට සිටි ප්‍රධානීන් බලලෝභයෙන් භේදභින්න වී කටයුතු කිරීමය. ඔවුහු පසුව ඉංග්‍රීසීන් උඩරටට ගෙන්වා ගෙන ගිවිසුමක්‌ ද අත්සන් කරමින් උඩරට පාලන බලය බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අධිරාජ්‍යයට පැවරුවෝය. එතැන් පටන් ඉංග්‍රීසීන් විසින් ගෙන ගිය පාලනය උඩරට රදළයන් බලාපොරොත්තු නොවූ එසේම රදළයන්ට අවාසි […]

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Remembering the Uva Wellassa Rebellion

Monday, December 17th, 2018

By Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion – Frederick Douglass -American Author Around two centuries ago our ancestors launched a heroic struggle against the mighty British Empire in an uprising in order to gain freedom from British colonial rule. Reminiscences of that struggle still haunt […]

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Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western domination – Time to express Asia’s Gratitude to Japan

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

By Senaka Weeraratna, Categories: Greater East Asian Conference ,Greater East Asian War (Pacific War) ,Japanese History (Culture) Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western domination – Time to express Asia’s Gratitude to Japan bySenaka Weeraratna Attorney at Law (Sri Lanka) Good Afternoon. Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you […]

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“In Memory of the Heroic Freedom Struggles of 1818 and 1848” 

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Key-note address delivered at the University, Peradeniya, Kandy By Dr. Palitha Kohona, Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Former Foreign Secretary  26 November 2018 Today we look back on a heroic struggle that our ancestors waged 200 years ago   against the mightiest empire that the world had known up […]

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Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western domination – Time to express Asia’s Gratitude to Japan

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

by  Senaka Weeraratna Attorney at Law (Sri Lanka) Good Afternoon.  Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. The title of my presentation is ‘Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour ignited the liberation of Asia from Western domination – Time to Express Asia`s Gratitude to Japan`.  This is a very important topic […]

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How Sri Lanka got its lizards (and what it says about the island’s history)

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Bhanu Sridharan Courtesy scroll.in A study shows Sri Lanka’s dry zone lizards are also found in India, but its wet zone species are endemic. The Indian termite hill gecko. | Prashanthns/Wikimedia Commons [Licensed under CC BY 3.0   Most households in South Asia would have at some point given shelter to the common house gecko Hemidactylus frenatus. […]

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Shanghai Museum claims finding Chinese ceramic in Lankan ruins

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Courtesy China Daily Archaeologists sift the dirt carefully (left) to discover the ancient ceramic pieces (right) at the Allaippidy site in Sri Lanka, majority of which appear to have been made in China and have traveled along the ancient maritime Silk Road. [Photo provided to China Daily] Archaeologists from Shanghai Museum have unearthed a large […]

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නිදහස එපා කී “පිං” පියා ගේ නිදහසේ රඟ.

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Dharma Sri Kariyawasam Lanka Lead News නිදහසේ පියා ඩී.එස්. පළමු නිදහස් අරගලය පාවා දුන්නේ ය ඩී.එස්. සේනානයක යනු ලංකාවේ නිදහසේ පියා යැයි කීයන පට්ටපල් බොරුව සමාජගත කරන්නට ‘නිදහසේ පියා ඩී.එස්.’ යනුවෙන් චිත්‍රපටයක් හදා විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ ඇමැතිවරයා දරන උත්සාහය පිළිකුල් සහගත ය. එය ලේ බිඳක් වත් නොසොල්වා 1948 දී ලංකාවට නිදහස ලබා ගත්තේ යැයි කියන බොරුව […]

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Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

Monday, September 17th, 2018

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai/newsin.asia The Vishwakarma puja, which was observed on September 17, is not restricted to India but is observed in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. The puja closely follows the celebration of the Ganapati festival. In some places, it is performed the day after Diwali in October or November. Vishwakarma puja or Kanya Sankranti is celebrated in the Indian states of […]

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Some Historic And Archaeological Facts About Sri Lanka

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement The Sri Lankan Tamils demanding a ‘Tamil homeland’ is a totally bogus demand as per the history and archaeology of the country. Even a few months back, a discovery was made of an archaeological site in Anuradhapura (the ancient capital of the Sinhala people) dating back to 800BC and included beads, […]

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John Hagenbeck (former owner of the Dehiwela Zoo) exported animals and humans from Sri Lanka for display overseas -Ceylon & The Colonial Freak Show

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Courtesy see.this.onblerd.com One of the most prominent of the human zoo operators was the Hamburg animal trader Carl Hagenbeck. He would go on expeditions in foreign countries and bring back both animals and people for European collections and display. The zoo in Hamburg still bears his name. In his memoirs, Carl Hagenbeck praised himself, writing, […]

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Human Zoos at the Turn of the 20th Century

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Lisa Wade, PhD on October 15, 2012 Courtesy The Society Pages ***TRIGGER WARNING for racism and enslavement*** During a dark period of world history, intellectuals pondered where to draw the line between human and animal.  They arrayed humans hierarchically, from the lightest to the darkest skin.  Believing that Africans were ape-like, they weren’t sure whether to include […]

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විග්නේෂ්වරන් සාවද්‍යයි, අශාස්ත‍්‍රීයයි – මහාචාර්ය රාජ් සෝමදේව කියයි

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

සාකච්ඡා කළේ එරික්‌ ගාමිණී ජිනප්‍රිය[Divaina] උතුරේ මහ ඇමති සී. වී. විග්නේෂ්වරන් මහතා මහතා උතුරේ ඓතිහාසික දෙමළ රාජ්‍යයක් පැවතියා ද යන කාරණය පිළිබඳව යම් සැකයක් තිබේනම් ඒ පිළිබඳව විශ්වාසදායක සිංහල, දෙමළ ඉතිහාසඥයන්ගෙන් විමසන ලෙස ඉල්ලා ඇත. ඒ අනුව අප එම කාරණය සහ මෙරට ඉතිහාසය සහ පුරවිද්‍යාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් විග්නේෂ්වරන් මහතා පළ කර ඇති අදහස් පිළිබඳව කැලණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ […]

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When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

By Radhika Iyengar/Livemint Courtesy NewsIn.Asia New Delhi, July 14: It was in 1952 that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) of newly independent India, B.V. Keskar, decided that All India Radio (AIR)—the information and entertainment lifeline of the nation—would not air film songs as they were degenerate and far too Westernized”. He believed they would […]

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