Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 1

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana government elected in 2015 is Sri Lanka’s very first puppet government. Analysts were quick to spot this. Lasanda Kurukulasuriya asked in 2015 ‘is Lanka being micro managed from afar.  In 2016, the media said, ‘Yahapalana is acting on a preplanned scenario.’  ‘Government is following a foreign agenda.’ The public agreed. ‘Certain […]

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YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA Part 2

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The sangha had strong comments to make about the Yahapalana government in general and its attitude to Buddhism in particular. The Mahanayakes of all three nikayas went on television jointly, to say that the Buddhist population was facing problems and it was necessary to find solutions for these. (Derana news 4.11.17) Ven. Elle […]

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THE ‘CONSTITUTION’ AND THE ‘CRISIS’

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS 3.11.18 Revised  7.11.18 This essay looks at certain matters which emerged in the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister in October 2018. There is far too much emphasis at the moment on the legal issues relating to this matter and none at all on the politics which are at the bottom of […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 12

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The last essay in this series comes at a time when things have   drastically changed. The Yahapalana regime appears to have ‘fallen’ and Mahinda Rajapaksa has replaced Ranil Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister. This essay summarizes four important political events leading to this transfer of power. The local government election of February 2018 was […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 5

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government signed resolution 30/1 in September 2015, and then it signed resolution 34/1 in March 2017 and in November 2017 reiterated a “very firm” commitment to fully implement the resolution within two years. .  The commitment was made by the Head of Delegation to the HRC’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Harsha […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 4

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lankans have been given the impression that Sri Lanka is under the HRC. That is incorrect. Sri Lanka‘s connection to the UNHRC comes through Sri Lanka‘s membership of the UN. Sri Lanka became a member state of the UN in 1955 and since then is entitled to participate in all General Assembly […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part  11 (A)

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS In the modern world we rarely see direct military invasions. Foreign countries invade the economy instead. They create economic partnerships where the powerful country employs a large team of well qualified and trained professional to carefully study all the weaknesses and loopholes of the targeted country. They prepare a well planned and carefully […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 10

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

 KAMALIKA PIERIS Two Sri Lanka obsessed NGOs, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka” and International Truth and Justice Project, Sri Lanka” have taken an interest in Sri Lanka’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping. Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka” is a group of journalists, human rights workers and other activists exiled from Sri Lanka and now […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 9

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The ‘war crimes’ of Eelam war IV have come under the purview of   the United Nations Human Rights Council  in Geneva, thanks to Resolution 30/1. It is therefore necessary to look at the scope and functions of the UN.  The United Nations is an organization set up to ensure world peace and nothing […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 7

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The next World war will be located in the Indian Ocean, say the war mongers, The Bay of Bengal will definitely get caught up in it.   China will be on one side, the USA, India and Japan on the other and Sri Lanka in the middle.   A cartoon showing USA, UK, India and […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 6

Monday, October 15th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana has repeatedly drawn attention to Sri Lanka’s geographical position in the Indian Ocean. The fact that Sri Lanka is in the middle of the Indian Ocean has been known for ages, but no one bothered about it, except the geographers and the diplomats. Now for the first time considerable publicity is given […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 5

Friday, October 12th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is likely to become a theatre of war in the near future, said India’s Col Hariharan. In the coming years the Indian Ocean will be much less peaceful than it was during the Cold War,” said Brewster. The most significant issue in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) today […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part 7

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu delivered the 14th Annual Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration, 2018 at the invitation of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo. He emphasized that India’s policy ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ (Together we progress) which he said, incorporates also India’s other policy of ‘Neighbourhood First.’ […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 7

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This is the final essay in this series. It describes   recent developments relating to Yahapalana and China.  Pathfinder Foundation set up a China-Sri Lanka Cooperation Studies Centre’ CSLCSC in October 2015. This Centre is the only Sri Lankan institution which exclusively focuses on the China-Sri Lanka relationship. The CSLCSC has a counterpart centre […]

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“FOR A SOVEREIGN STATE’

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Malinga H Gunaratne’s book ‘For a sovereign state’ was first published in October 1988. It went into a 2nd imprint only ten years later in 1998. This shows that the public were initially slow to appreciate the information given in the book. But after 1998 interest in the book has increased and the […]

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YAHAPALANA   AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 6

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay records further US assistance to Yahapalana. Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash visited Sri Lanka in September 2018 to continue discussion on the proposed MCC Sri Lanka Compact, a large-scale five-year grant program, Lanka to promote economic growth in Sri Lanka . MCC is an innovative foreign assistance agency of the United […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDUSTRIALISATION Part 3

Monday, September 24th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that Sri Lanka’s economy is not properly focused and the time has come to change it. Our economy was based on borrowing, our trade is poor, agreed economists. The contribution of the industrial and manufacturing sector to economic growth has remained stagnant during the last two decades. Sri […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDUSTRIALISATION Part 2

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana has a grand industrial plan. Here it is. Sri Lanka will be transformed into a fully developed country by 2050. The main thrust will be the Western Megapolis and the two connecting corridors which will cover nine million people, said Yahapalana. The Western Region Megapolis Plan covers the three districts of the […]

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YAHAPALANA AND  INDUSTRIALISATION Part 1

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana government was proud of the fact that it had managed in May 2017 to regain GSP Plus concessions offered by the European Union (EU). These had been held back during the Rajapaksa administration. Regaining GSP Plus is a great victory for Sri Lanka, yapped Yahapalana. The country receives 500 million US […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 10

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana started its economic activity, by howling that the country was deeply in debt.  Central Bank of Ceylon said Sri Lanka’s total debt   at the end of September 2014, stood at around Rs. 7.369 trillion. Between 2009 and 2014 Sri Lanka’s total government debt tripled and external debt doubled said Yahapalana in 2016. […]

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YAHAPALANA AND TRANSPORT

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana is meddling with the transport sector, from expressways to trishaws. Yahapalana said it plans to have a network of expressways. Twenty-four Road Development Authority trade unions, including the UNP-allied Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya and the SLFP-allied Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya, had sent a petition to Highways Minister in 2017, opposing the proposal […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A WAKE UP CALL Part 5

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay presents, as an annexure, several projects which have been commented on, during the ‘Yahapalana wake up call’. Critics are using Yahapalana rule to give vent to certain economic resentments. Samantha Kumarasinghe of Nature’s Secrets stated that an agreement was entered into in the 1980s with a Singaporean Company to mill wheat […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 9

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 21.8.18, 25.9.18 This essay looks at the fate of some local industries and small businesses under Yahapalana government. Employees of approximately 11 safety matches manufacturing companies, numbering nearly 5000, launched a protest in July 2018, in Kandy. It was a strong, angry protest, with large placards.    We saw this on television news. […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A WAKE UP CALL Part 3B

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The phosphate deposit at Eppawala  was discovered  in 1971 during a survey conducted by the Department of Geological Survey. It was given to a DDC for its exploration in 1974, and was later taken over by Lanka Phosphate Ltd,  (LPL) a company fully owned by the GOSL. Eppawala contains 60,000,000 metric tons of […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A WAKE UP CALL Part 4

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government, under instruction from the USA, planned to crush the public into submission, as fast as possible.  But it did not work like that. Yahapalana antics have somehow led to an increase in self esteem, a self esteem based on disappointment and fury.  ‘Sri Lankans are a resilient people who sustained a […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A WAKE UP CALL Part 3A

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana government is encouraging detailed, long winded exposures of mismanagement and corruption in public projects. This is the first time, as far as I know, that the public are treated to such accurate, detailed information. The Yahapalana government encouraged complaints against the Uma Oya scheme .Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a statement […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A “WAKE UP CALL” Part 2

Monday, August 20th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Professionals have become alarmed over certain decisions taken by the Yahapalana government, which they feel are not in the national interest. This essay looks at the mobilization of professional organizations against Yahapalana decisions. An organization named Eliya”, consisting of professionals, was launched by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in September 2017   to draw attention to the […]

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YAHAPALANA GOVERNMENT IN ACTION   Part 2

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The Yahapalana government has meddled in the  energy sector and  has created problems for the future provision of electricity to the country. Firstly, Yahapalana cancelled the proposed Sampur Coal Power Plant, planned to start operations in 2018. It took ten years to clear the hurdles of land ownership, relocate residents, obtain approval and […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A ”WAKE UP CALL”  Part 1

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana government is now acting as a ‘wake up call.’ When Yahapalana took over people found that Instead of the benevolent government they expected, ‘we have got a government ‘which has every intention of ruining the country’. This did not result, as   the USA hoped, in turning a confident   society, into a […]

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YAHAPALANA GOVERNMENT IN ACTION   Part 1

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana loves western culture, just as much as it loves western political support. The first dose of alien western culture came at the Independence concert of February 2016, when Kishani Jayasinghe, soprano, sang Danno Budunge. Kishani was at the time a very successful opera singer in the west. She sang with great sincerity, […]

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