Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 4

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

 KAMALIKA PIERIS China values its relationship with Sri Lanka and takes China-Sri Lanka activities very seriously. Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies had a seminar on ‘Contemporary China- Sri Lanka relations: current trends, future projections’ in May 2017. For this half day seminar, China sent the President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 4

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS USA emerged as a super power after World War II, with the Marshal Plan which created NATO in 1949 and the Korea war of 1950. American power is based on alliances not colonies. US has some 60 treaty allies. It tops the list in number of embassies, consulates and missions as well.  ‘Economist’ […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 4

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana was planning to push China firmly out of Sri Lanka and hand Sri Lanka over to India and America. Yahapalana thought    that it would be easy to shake off China because Yahapalana was under the secret protection of USA. But Sri Lanka owed China money and USA could not cough up the […]

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THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND CONTEMPORARY SRI LANKA (4)

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The western powers saw that modern China was a potentially powerful state which could shake the world. Therefore China was kept out of world politics by the west for several decades. That is now history. In June 2017, Judith Shapiro, speaking of China announced ‘the superpower has arrived’.  China is set to become […]

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STRIKES, DEMONSTRATIONS AND YAHAPALANA

Friday, July 28th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The first thing that happened once the so-called CIA inspired ‘regime change’ took place and Yahapalana government came into power was protests, demonstrations and strikes. The media observed that that in September 2015 alone, 24 street protests were held in Colombo. And dozens of others have been held elsewhere. There were 49 demonstrations […]

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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Sri Lanka has a literate, educated, strong minded public. That is because of its ‘free health  and education’. These two sectors therefore need to be weakened and the country’s spirit broken, if the West is to bring the island under control. In 2014  it was observed,’ If we have this same stability for […]

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YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Yahapalana won the election in 2015, due partly to the enthusiastic support of   the Maha sangha, notably Ven.  Maduluwawe Sobitha.   Unlike in the 1956 election, where the sangha were making demands and actively pursuing those demands, in 2015, they were blindly supporting an externally introduced plan. The Maha Sangha were originally an important […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE PORTS OF SRI LANKA

Monday, July 17th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka   has a very valuable asset in its harbours and ports, due to its strategic geographic location. Only Colombo however, has been fully developed as a commercial port. The port of Colombo is a sheltered port with breakwaters. It undertakes oil handling, bunkering, cargo handling and container handling. Colombo port in 2016 […]

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MANAGING THE ECONOMY, RAJAPAKSA VERSUS YAHAPALANA

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS We have inherited a heavy national debt, said Yahapalana. The country had a debt of SLR 9000 billion (USD 60 billion) when Yahapalana took over, said President Sirisena. Yahapalana had inherited a Rs. 482,940 million foreign debt burden which has to be settled before 2016 said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.    We are saddled […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 2

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Because it was an externally managed  ‘regime change’,  the ‘changers’ decided that it was best to install Maithripala Sirisena as President quickly,  before the island woke up to what had happened. The election results were announced on January 8, 2015 and the very next day, January 9th, in a hurriedly prepared ceremony at […]

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‘REGIME CHANGE’ BEFORE ‘YAHAPALANA’

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 13.7.17 ‘Regime change’ made its first appearance in Sri Lanka in September 1959 when S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was assassinated by a Buddhist priest, Somarama, on the verandah of his home. The assassination was planned. That was obvious. But it was not difficult to execute. Bandaranaike had no security protection whatsoever.  Anyone could kill […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 4

Monday, July 10th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Yahapalana government does not seem interested in developing the stock market. The stock market is  in decline. The Securities  and  Exchange Commission (CSE) All Share Price Index (ASPI) which significantly outperformed major global indices such as the MSCI World, Dow Jones, FTSE100 and DAX during 2010-2013, dismissed however, as mostly pump and dump […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 3

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana has put in place many measures to impoverish the public. This is a planned move to break the spirit of the nation. Welfare benefits have been removed.   Yahapalana has stopped the fertilizer subsidy, free school uniforms, elders and disabled benefits, observed Chandraprema.   Construction projects started by the earlier government have been stopped […]

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YAHAPALANA    AND THE ECONOMY Part 2

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana came to power because it promised the voters that they would reduce the cost of living. After Yahapalana came to power, the cost of living went up and up. The public complained about the skyrocketing cost of living.   Food prices have gone into the stratosphere with more and more people going to […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 1

Friday, July 7th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana said that when it took power in 2015, Sri Lanka was facing an extremely precarious economic situation. We have inherited a heavy national debt, said Yahapalana. The   figures vary. Here is a selection. The country had a debt of SLR 9000 billion [60 billion USD] when Yahapalana took over, said President Sirisena. […]

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PERAHERA ELEPHANTS AND YAHAPALANA

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The elephants in the Esala Perahera got star billing in an entertaining piece published by two animal rights NGOs in August 2016.  The essay is full of howlers and is probably the silliest piece ever written on the subject. Are you planning to go and see the Kandy Esala perahera, the NGOs wrote, […]

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FACTORIES, TRISHAWS AND YAHAPALANA Part 2.

Monday, June 5th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Several of Yahapalana’s manufacturing joint ventures, which were going to push the economy forward, died at birth.  The first casualty was the much hyped Volkswagen factory. Volkswagen’s Sri Lanka agent, Senok Automobiles, headed by Noel Selvanayagam, announced in Sept 2015, that they had entered into an agreement for a multimillion dollar investment by […]

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FACTORIES, TRISHAWS AND YAHAPALANA Part 1.

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Yahapalana‘s main, if not sole, economic policy is to go for exports. Central Bank Governor Coomaraswamy pointed out that unless we increase exports, we will not get out of our debt problem, and we will not achieve sustained growth. Developing a national strategy for exports is a key component of the development agenda […]

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CUSTOMS, INLAND REVENUE, CENTRAL BANK AND YAHAPALANA  

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana is revising several Acts of Parliament which are of critical importance to the economy. It is clear that these Acts were marked out for revision at the start itself, as a part of the Yahapalana regime change. The purpose is to weaken these departments. The Ministry of Finance is drafting a new […]

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MANAGING THE ECONOMY, RAJAPAKSA VERSUS YAHAPALANA

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS We have inherited a heavy national debt, said Yahapalana. The country had a debt of SLR 9000 billion (USD 60 billion) when Yahapalana took over, said President Sirisena. Yahapalana had inherited a Rs. 482,940 million foreign debt burden which has to be settled before 2016 said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.    We are saddled […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part 4

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS India   has regional ambitions and is alarmed by the arrival of China, the emerging superpower,    into what India considers to be India’s sphere of influence. China is entering the Indian Ocean with its OBOR. Also China says it is a part of South Asia, it shares borders with Pakistan, India and Nepal. China […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA   Part 3

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Free Trade agreement with India, like everything else with India,   has also caused a rumpus. The first India-Sri Lanka FTA (ISLFTA) was signed in November 1998 with just 4 consultations within 4 months. It became effective in 2000   and has been continuing ever since. In 2017 it was observed that   the FTA […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part 2

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The relationship between Sri Lanka and India has always been very uneasy. Instead of falling down and worshipping India as the creator of everything, the Sri Lankans are wary and doubtful. They know that India has regional ambitions and clearly wishes to dominate Sri Lanka. They also know that India would like to […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part 1

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS It is best to start this essay on Sri Lanka and India, by going all the way back to pre-history. The Indian peninsula and the island of Sri Lanka are next to each other, not because Sri Lanka is part of India, but because both countries are a part of Gondwanaland. Millions of […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part III

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government had planned to get rid of China completely once it came to power. This fact is now forgotten. China appeared agreeable. China said that if Sri Lanka paid up all the monies it owed to China, they would leave. China knew very well that Sri Lanka could not do so and […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 11

Monday, May 1st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS According to initial plans, drawn up during the Rajapakse regime, the Hambantota Port, when completed, would have consisted of four terminals and 12 berths. This new Port was meant to be a “free port” covering an area of 2,000 hectares where goods could be manufactured and shipped, as well as trans-shipped, with minimum […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Part 1

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS China sees Sri Lanka as a country with much potential. You have 65,000 kilometers of land. You     always say a small island country. No, Sri Lanka is a big country. It is a great country. You have good culture, you have long history, you have a legal system, education is okay. You should […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PT 3.

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS After Independence, Sri Lanka continued to look to Britain for guidance, though USA had taken over world leadership.   USA had first of all, make Sri Lanka aware of the USA, take its gaze away from Britain.  The United States Information Service (USIS) set up cultural centers in Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna. These centers […]

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THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND CONTEMPORARY SRI LANKA (1)

Monday, March 27th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Sri Lanka has had cordial links with China from ancient times. The Sinhala kings had continuous diplomatic links with the Chinese emperors, from Anuradhapura times to the medieval period. In the post independence period too, there were good relations between the two countries. The Peoples Republic of China was established in October 1, […]

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THE RETURN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE  

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka, conceded defeat and handed over the government to Ranil Wickremasinghe when he found that he was losing the Presidential election of January 9, 2016. He did so before the final results were announced. Then he took off in a helicopter to go to his house in Medamulana, […]

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