Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 C 9

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS In both JVP insurgencies, 1971 and 1987, JVP tried to infiltrate all four security services, police, army, navy and air force.  The 1971 insurgency this was not very successful in this. Only about ten persons became   JVP supporters in each of the four services in 1971 said Chandraprema., Some joined the JVP when […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 C 8

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Why did the two JVP uprisings happen precisely in 1971 and 1987, asked Nira Wickremasinghe. The answer is that they were both linked to the Eelam war. Rohan Gunaratna observed that JVP insurgency and the Eelam Wars both started around the same time.  The first JVP insurgency started in the south in 1971 […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 C7

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The two JVP insurgencies of 1971 and 1987 have not been looked at deeply or analytically. Commentators have concentrated on describing what the JVP did, not why they did it.  Commentators treat the JVP with great indulgence, calling the JVP an idealistic, romantic youth movement.  Dharman    Wickremaratne said that, as a working journalist, […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY PT 17 C 5b

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS  THIS ESSAY INCLUDES MATERIAL WHICH COULD NOT BE USED IN THE PREVIOUS ESSAY. BOMBS In 1970 JVP had experimented with making  safety bombs and Molotov cocktails. JVP conducted training classes in bombs at Kandy, Matale, Nuwara  Eliya, Moneragala, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Kalutara. In  1970 3000 bombs were sent  to Badulla, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY PT 17 C 5a

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The JVP did not fade away after April 1971 as it would have done, had it been a purely local affair. Instead, JVP met secretly and reorganized.  JVP first retreated into their hideouts in the jungles of the North Central Province. They moved the camps from place to place.  They did not stay […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 C 6

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS First person accounts of the second JVP insurgency have been given in autobiographies of Drs B.J.C.  Perera, Sarath Weerasinghe and W.A. Wiswa Warnapala. They have spoken of their experiences with the JVP in their places of work.  B.J.C. Perera was Consultant Pediatrician in Kurunegala in 1988.  In Kurunegala there was a lot of […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 C3

Friday, August 14th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The 1971 JVP insurgency has been described as a romantic, innocent revolution, an unplanned spontaneous attack. It was nothing of the sort. It was pre-planned and well organized. The purpose was to bring down the SLFP government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike. JVP was planning a putsch, to remove the government by force.  Prime Minister […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 C 4

Friday, August 14th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The April 1971 JVP insurrection took the country by surprise because it was against a popular, SLFP government which had just one year before, won 91 seats out of 151 in the 1970 general election. The JVP insurrection of 1971 was met with stunned disbelief, said Suriya Wickremasinghe. It was marked with confusion, […]

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BUDDHISM IN PRESENT DAY EASTERN PROVINCE Part 5

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The animosity towards Buddhism in Eastern Province is becoming confrontational. There is now an open tussle between the Buddhists and non Buddhists in Eastern Province. Neither side is prepared to give in. Buddhists are determined that the Eastern Province must continue as a Buddhist province. They are setting up new Buddhist temples. It […]

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BUDDHISM IN PRESENT DAY EASTERN PROVINCE Part 3

Monday, August 10th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Ven. Ellawala Medhananda has drawn attention to the damage done by ‘non-Buddhists’ (Hindus and Muslims), to the Buddhist monasteries, hermitages and ancient ruins in the north and east. Medhananda says that more than five hundred sites with ancient Buddhist ruins are either destroyed or are being destroyed in the north and east. Destroying […]

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BUDDHISM IN PRESENT DAY EASTERN PROVINCE PT 4

Monday, August 10th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Malinda Seneviratne, the respected journalist,   went to Budubava in 2020 and observed that the Buddhist ruins in Eastern Province were getting destroyed. The jungles around Panama are full of Buddhist shrines. There are remains of stupas and monastic complexes. There are hundreds of caves. [They are now being demolished]These were not destroyed by […]

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BUDDHISM IN PRESENT DAY EASTERN PROVINCE Part 2

Monday, August 10th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The   Eastern Province was an integral part of the Rajarata of the Anuradhapura kingdom. The Raja rata was divided into uttara passa (north) dakkhina, (south) pacina, (east) and pajjima (west) and ruled by king nominees. The Eastern Province played a special role in the political life of ancient Sri Lanka. The Province    functioned […]

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BUDDHISM IN PRESENT DAY EASTERN PROVINCE Part 1

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Ven Ellawala Medhananda has  explored the present day  Buddhist ruins of the Eastern Proivince.  He found  evidence in today’s Eastern   Province , to show  that the Eastern Province had a vibrant Buddhist civilization in the ancient and medieval period.  He has also shown that it had special features, such as hillside monastic complexes […]

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BUDDHISM IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCE (1990-2019) Part 4

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Northern Province was an integral part of the Rajarata of the Anuradhapura kingdom. The Raja rata was divided into uttara passa (north) dakkhina, (south) pacina, (east) and pajjima (west). Uttara passa consisted of today’s Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, and Jaffna. Each division was ruled by officer appointed by king.  Jambukolapatana in Jaffna […]

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BUDDHISM IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCE (1990-2019) PART 3

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Buddhist shrines and temples are not accepted by the non-Buddhists in the north .Here is an example. In 2009 57 Buddhist families were brought in and settled in Navatkuli.  They were Sinhala families that had been driven out of Jaffna in 1984 and 1990. Navatkuli is located 6 km from Jaffna. There was […]

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BUDDHISM IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCE (1990-2019) PART 2

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS There is a tug of war going on in the north between the Buddhist and non-Buddhists regarding the new Buddhist temples built in the north. Neither side is prepared to give in. The Tamil Separatist Movement complained loudly that Buddhist temples were being built in the north where there were no Buddhists. There […]

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BUDDHIST CIVILIZATION IN THE NORTH AND EAST OF ANCIENT SRI LANKA Part 1

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay  is on the findings of  Ven Ellawala Medhananda.Ven. Ellawala Medhananda paid special attention to the Buddhist archaeological remains in the North and east. He explored as much as he could in these two provinces, using his own resources He found that the north and east had many Buddhist ruins and many […]

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BUDDHIST CIVILIZATION IN THE NORTH AND EAST OF ANCIENT SRI LANKA Part 2

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Medhananda also went on exploration to the Northern Province and wrote his findings in his book Pacina passsa, uttara passa, nagenahira palata ha uturu palate Sinhala Bauddha Urumaya”. Ven. Ellawala Medhananda was not able to explore the North as much as he would have liked, due to LTTE control. The Northern Province consists […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 C1

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna was created by Rohana Wijeweera, whose real name was Patabandige Don Nandasiri Wijeweera. He was a member of Sri Lanka’s Communist Party   (Moscow wing) led by S.A. Wickremasinghe and in 1962 was awarded a scholarship to Lumumba University in Moscow, to study medicine.  In Moscow, Wijeweera had apparently changed […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 C2

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS OBSERVATIONS OF SENATOR S. NADESAN Senator S. Nadesan (1904-1986) made a speech in the Ceylon Senate on 14 and 15 of May 1971 regarding the JVP insurrection of April 1971. This speech was published as a booklet in 1988, by the Nadesan Centre for Human Rights. Suriya Wickremasinghe in her introducitn to the […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 E

Friday, July 17th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Central Intelligence Agency of the USA, CIA was popularly seen  as a bungling agency, responsible for the many failures of US  policy abroad. But  it also has many successes to its credit. CIA  was powerful abroad.  CIA is responsible for planning, carrying out and providing cover-ups for USA assassinations.  CIA  can legally […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 D

Friday, July 17th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS USA was ready to take over as the centre of the capitalist world, at the end of World War II. The US President was spoken of as ‘Leader of the free world’.  But the USA   never had the easy run into a global power that Britain had. The USA was never able to […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 B

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 16.7.20 The first US intervention in the 1970s, though not recognized as such, was the JVP insurgency of 1971. This was USA’s first attempt at destabilizing the state. It was premature and it failed.  It had jumped the gun .N.M.Perera straightaway said this was a CIA activity. Apart from this, US found […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 17 A

Sunday, July 12th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka is now in approaching its fourth round of western rule, this time under the United States of America. When the British left Ceylon in 1948, USA was ready to take over, but in the euphoria of independence, this went unnoticed. Britain had anticipated that its empire would end some day.   It […]

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VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 10

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Ven. Ellawala Medhananda has spent decades exploring the forgotten temples and monasteries in the Eastern province. His explorations have shown that there was an extensive spread of Buddhist monasteries and forest hermitages in the east in the ancient and medieval periods.  Medhananda discovered hitherto unknown monasteries, forest hermitages, temples, caves, and inscriptions. The […]

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VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 9

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 20.6.20 Ven. Ellawala Medhananda has drawn attention to the damage done by ‘non-Buddhists’ (Hindus and Muslims), to the Buddhist monasteries, hermitages and ancient ruins in the north and east. Medhananda says that more than five hundred sites with ancient Buddhist ruins are either destroyed or are being destroyed in the north and […]

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VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 8C

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Ven. Ellawala Medhananda has explored the Buddhist ruins in  the North Western  Province. The North western Province consists of two districts, Puttalam and Kurunegala. Puttalam which is a coastal  district, contains Wilpattu and Pomparippu. Medhananda   has visited both places. Medhananda found a large monastery complex at Pomparippu, in ruins. This area is now […]

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VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 8A

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Ven. Ellawala Medhananda paid special attention to the Buddhist archaeological remains in the North and east. He explored as much as he could in these two provinces, using his own resources He found that the north and east had many Buddhist ruins and many explorations were needed, before they could be fully examined […]

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VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 8B

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised  20.6.20 Medhananda also went on exploration to the Northern Province and wrote his findings in his book Pacina passsa, uttara passa, nagenahira palata ha uturu palate Sinhala Bauddha Urumaya”. Ven. Ellawala Medhananda was not able to explore the North as much as he would have liked, due to LTTE control. The Northern […]

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VEN. ELLAWALA MEDHANANDA Part 7C

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 21.6.20 Historians agree that between the rule of King Devanam Piyatissa (247-207 BC) and king Dutugemunu, (161-137) there was a separate kingdom in Ruhuna. The founder of this Ruhuna kingdom was king Mahanaga, brother of Devanampiyatissa. Mahanaga left Anuradhapura after a disagreement with his brother and set up a separate kingdom in […]

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