Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

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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THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE (3)

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS KAMALIKA PIERIS (Revised 25.4.17) Sri Lanka developed a strong confident armed force   due to the Eelam war. This sector made a notable impact in other security sectors too. In 2006,  the Defence Ministry,  of which Gotabhaya Rajapakse was Permanent Secretary,  set up Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd, (RALL)  a fully government owned company consisting […]

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THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE (1)

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS (Revised 25.4.17) When Mahinda Rajapakse became President of Sri Lanka in 2005, Ajit Samaranayake said the event ‘opens a new chapter in post independence history, where a leader unburdened by either dynastic trappings or the stigma of elitism find himself at the head of a popular movement. His tenure of rule is therefore […]

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THE REIGN OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE (2)

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS (Revised 25.4.17) The ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ of 2010, was a comprehensive economic plan prepared by the Department of National Planning of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. Economic development was to be along five hubs, maritime, aviation, commerce, energy, knowledge plus tourism. The policies and strategies were in line with the UN Millennium Development […]

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YAHAPALANA AND HAMBANTOTA Part I

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Hambantota port is located on the Southern tip of Sri Lanka. It is ideally located at the intersection of the major international shipping routes.  It is within 10 nautical miles from the world’s busiest maritime lanes.  Approximately 200 to 300 ships sail along this route daily. Experts agree that Hambantota port has the   […]

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YAHAPALANA AND HAMBANTOTA Part 2

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government had its own idiosyncratic approach to Hambantota. Instead of continuing with the project, as it should have done, since Phase 3 was in place, Yahapalana suspended the Hambantota project in January 2015.  Yahapalana announced that the performance of Hambantota port had not been satisfactory. Port operations started in November 2010 and […]

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YAHAPALANA AND CORRUPTION

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Yahapalana government came to power on the promise that it would eliminate corruption. Yahapalana forgot this promise once they got elected and engaged in a whole bouquet of corrupt actions. These are regularly discussed in newspapers, websites and broadcast in TV news. The public are watching avidly. Sunday Times BT-RCB Poll did street […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 2

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana    government has no meaningful foreign policy, said one critic. Instead there is a clear tilt to the US. Mangala Samaraweera said, ‘Obama would come up to President Sirisena to say ‘Hello’ at whichever international forum they used to meet. This shows how far American relations have improved during the recent times.’ […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ PART 1

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Mahinda Rajapakse, then President of Sri Lanka, held Presidential elections prematurely on January 8.  2015, thinking that he would win a third term. Instead, Maithripala Sirisena, then General Secretary of the SLFP, contested    as the ‘common candidate’ under the Hansa symbol and won. Sirisena won with 6,217,162 votes (51.28%).  Rajapakse got 5,768,090 (47.58%).  […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PART 1

Monday, January 9th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The United States of America was interested in  developing a close relationship with Sri Lanka from the time Sri Lanka got independence. By 1948 the US had replaced Britain as the dominant power in Asia and needed military and communication bases in Asia. In 1951 Ceylon  signed an  agreement with the US to […]

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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS A ‘GLOBAL POWER’.  Pt 2

Monday, January 9th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS One country, Cuba, positioned in the Caribbean,   right under USA’s nose, managed to withstand the USA. Fidel Castro, leader of the Communist Party, took power in Cuba in 1958. USA tried to strangle Cuba economically with a decade long trade embargo. US tried repeatedly to bump off Fidel Castro, once with an exploding […]

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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS A ‘GLOBAL POWER’.  Part 1

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The United States of America was created by the aggressive takeover of land that belonged to others. The   white   settlers killed the Native Americans and took over their territory when advancing from east coast to west. Texas and California were forcibly taken from Mexico in the Mexican-American war of 1846. US gained control […]

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‘REGIME CHANGE’ BEFORE ‘YAHAPALANA’

Friday, January 6th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS ‘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 him anywhere. […]

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CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND EELAM Pt 1

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

KAMALIKA PIERIS ‘Chronic kidney disease of unknown origin’ (CKDu) came to the attention of  the medical profession of Sri Lanka   in 1991  when the first cases with terminal renal failure started coming in. It was officially reported in the mid 1990s. The reports came mainly from the North Central province.  CKDu was first detected in […]

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CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND EELAM Pt 2

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

KAMALIKA PIERIS The geochemistry of the area where   CKDu disease is prevalent is of utmost importance, observed Prof. C.B. Dissanayake. Sri Lanka‘s CKDu is clearly geo-specific.  However, the approach of the doctors and other scientists researching into CKDu was far too academic, said Ranjit Mulleriyawa. Patients were looked at objectively. Researchers focused on laboratory analysis […]

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CHINA AND THE MINERAL SANDS OF SRI LANKA.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The East coast of Sri Lanka is known to be rich in mineral sands. Pulmoddai has a very high concentration of heavy minerals and is considered one of the best beach mineral sand deposits in the world. Pulmoddai is located about 60 kilometers north of Trincomalee, midway between Mullaitivu and Trincomalee. The beach […]

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HAMBANTOTA PORT AND THE ‘KRA CANAL’ OF THAILAND.

Monday, November 21st, 2016

KAMALIKA PIERIS When you look at the map of the world  you immediately see that   ships travelling from  Indonesia to Africa or vice versa, would have found it  helpful to  visit Sri Lanka‘s fat bottom  if they needed  a port or harbor.  It was   impossible for ships to make the long east-west journey without stopping […]

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THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND CONTEMPORARY SRI LANKA (Part 3)

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The most important feature in international politics today, is the rising power of China. China    is admired for its economic performance. No single country in recent times has alleviated the poverty of so many in so short a time as China, say economists.  China’s purchasing power will soon exceed that of the US. […]

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THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND CONTEMPORARY SRI LANKA (2)

Friday, November 18th, 2016

KAMALIKA  PIERIS (REVISED 21.4.2017) The ‘international community’ now accepts that China is going to be the next world power. ‘We are now well into the China decade’, said TIME IN 2015. China will soon have the world largest economy. China is expected to overtake America between 2030 and 2040 as the world’s leading economic power. […]

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THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND CONTEMPORARY SRI LANKA (1)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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 “KINGDOM OF JAFFNA”

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Jaffna was originally an island called ‘Nagadipa’ , separated from the mainland by a narrow strip of water. It became linked to the mainland only in the 18 century. It was a part of the Sinhala kingdom and under the Sinhala king till the 13th century. The Vallipuram manuscript shows that during the […]

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