Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

TAMIL SEPARATIST MOVEMENT AFTER EELAM WAR IV

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Rajapaksa government did not sit back after winning Eelam War IV in May 2009. They knew the LTTE was waiting to come back. After defeating the LTTE, the army continued to mop up LTTE cells. One group was operating in the eastern jungles at the end of 2009 supported by 50 armed […]

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THE ARMED FORCES AFTER EELAM WAR IV

Monday, April 30th, 2018

KAMALIKA  PIERIS During the Eelam war, the UNP government decided to weaken the army by sending troops abroad. UK’s General Rose was invited to study the armed forces and advise on sending Sri Lanka troops for UN assignments abroad (2002). The service commanders had no say in the matter. In 2004, Sri Lanka sent troops […]

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THE “OISL REPORT”

Friday, April 27th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS   The OISL Report’ is a report on Sri Lanka  prepared by a special investigation team within the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The acronym OISL means ‘OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka.’ The purpose of the OISL report  was to pave the way for UN resolution 30/1 on […]

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‘WAR CRIMES’ AND EELAM WAR IV (Part 1)

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 26.4.18 The   war crimes” charge against the Sri Lanka army is that the army killed hundreds and hundreds of   innocent” Tamil civilians instead of killing off the LTTE. This ‘war crimes’ charge is part of a calculated strategy carried out by the western countries that support Tamil Eelam. A bogus ‘body count’ […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part 5

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS  This essay in the Darusman report series  features the   Report by Major General  John Holmes prepared at the request of the Paranagama Commsiion. It is taken from the Parangama Commjission Report. ANNEX 1 – MILITARY EXPERT OPINION BY MAJOR GENERAL JOHN HOLMES DSO OBE MC EXPERT MILITARY REPORT By Major General John Holmes […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part 4

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay in the Darusman report series  features the  review of the Darusamn Report by Geoffrey Nice QC & Rodney Dixon QC   at the request of the Paranagama Commission. It is taken from the Parangama Commjission report. March 24, 2015, 12:00 pm Review of “Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part   3

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at four assessments of the Darusman Report, by Godfrey Gunatilleke,   John Holmes, Geoffrey Nice, Rodney Dixon, and the Paranagama Commission. Godfrey Gunatilleke wrote ‘An Analysis and Evaluation of the Report of the UN Secretary General’s (UNSG) Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka” for the Law and Society Review […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part 2

Monday, April 16th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Darusman Report has been widely criticized in Sri Lanka.  The government of Sri Lanka said that the Report was characterized by fundamental deficiencies, inherent prejudices, and malicious intentions” and that it was legally, morally, and substantively flawed”. United National Party (UNP), then in opposition, also rejected the findings of the Report noting […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part 1

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Three days after the   Eelam war IV ended in May 2009, United Nations Secretary-General  Ban Ki-Moon visited Sri Lanka     on the invitation of the President of Sri Lanka. A joint statement was issued which, inter alia, underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law […]

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THE ‘LONG WATCH’ OF COMMODORE AJIT BOYAGODA

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

KAMALIKA  PIERIS A Long Watch, War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka” (pub 2016) by Commodore Ajit Boyagoda,  as told to Sunila Galappatti, deals with Boyagoda’s  eight-years in captivity, 1994-2002, in Jaffna, under the LTTE. This is a beautifully written book. The narrative tone is retained throughout, the Sinhala nuances are preserved, and the personal […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 10

Monday, April 9th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The ‘vote of no confidence’ on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, debated in April 2018 was treated by the watching public and also by Parliament as yet another decisive Yahapalana election. The motion was defeated, after a stormy, heated debate with 122 voting against, 76 voting for and 26 abstentions.  The 122 votes in […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 9

Monday, April 9th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The local government elections of February 2018   were significant, not only for the defeat of the ruling party, but also for the bungling of the Election process. Yahapalana government did not want this election to take place, and there were obstacles all along the way. Firstly, the nomination lists of several political parties […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 8

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay describes five contracts entered into by Yahapalana that have been contested by stakeholders. Ceylon   Oxygen Limited has challenged in Supreme Court, the award of a multimillion rupee tender to Gas World, in November 2016, for the supply of medical gases to 40 government hospitals. Ceylon Oxygen says there had been bias […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 8

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS February 2018 saw the third Yahapalana election take place. This was the long postponed local government elections, which for the first time   were all held on the same day, making it feel like a general election. The elections were contested on a political party basis with UNP, SLFP, UPFA, JVP, and TNA fighting […]

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Yahapalana, land and Trimble

Friday, March 30th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka‘s land and property ownership issues need careful and urgent appraisal, said economist Sumanasiri Liyanage. No country can achieve fast growth ensuring prosperity for all without proper ownership of land and property. One serious constraint to both industrial and agricultural development is the unavailability of land, said Sanderatne. There is an urgent […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 7

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana wishes to kill the Shipping Agent” sector of the shipping industry of Sri Lanka. Yahapalana announced in its 2017 budget that Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act, No. 51 of 1979 and the Merchants Shipping Act, No. 52 of 1971 will be amended. Restrictions on foreign ownership of shipping agencies and the freight […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 6

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 26.3.2018. ‘We will revitalize the manufacturing sector by introducing a clearly defined industrialization strategy,’ said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his budget speech in 2017.  ‘We must encourage the entrepreneurs to diversify our exports. Other middle-income countries such as Thailand and Vietnam are exporting a more diversified range of high-value products such […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 7

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Here is the statement made by Mahinda Rajapaksa on the JVP, issued just before the Local government elections of February 2018 (Island 22.1.18 p 1) The JVP and TNA are working hand in glove with government and the voting public should understand that the counry has been left with an incompetent yahapalana government […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE POLICE

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka Police will be made the best in Asia, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in 2016. But that does not seem to be happening. Instead, the Sri Lanka police are going in the opposite direction. They might end up as the worst in Asia. Yahapalana government   appointed Pujitha Jayasundara as Inspector General […]

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YAHAPALANA AND HAMBANTOTA Part 3

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa     issued a statement in January 2017 regarding his much maligned Hambantota project. Since the future of the Hambantota port is now under discussion, I wish to explain to the public, my position on this matter. The loans taken for the construction of this harbour were 450 million USD for […]

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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 5

Monday, March 19th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Sinhala Only reforms of 1956 heralded a new phase in the social and economic development of the country.  Until that time, the small minority of English educated people, 2% of the population, had a monopoly over University education, employment opportunities, as well as the business world, which   worked in English, a language […]

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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 1

Friday, March 16th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The ‘Sinhala only’ story began in the 1920’s and 1930’s, when agitation for ‘swabhasha’ emerged as an anti-imperial or anti-colonial gesture. Sinhala Mahajana Sabha (1919) established a network of local mahajana sabhas in the rural areas. These Mahajana Sabhas conducted their proceedings in Sinhala. The rules and regulations were printed in Sinhala. In […]

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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 2

Friday, March 16th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sinhala had started modernizing in the 19th century, long before ‘Sinhala Only’. Hundreds of Sinhala newspapers were published in the 19th century, not always in good Sinhala, said K.N.O. Dharmadasa. However, this helped the language to modernize. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala and Ratmalane Dhammarama and lay scholars such as W.F .Gunawardhana and Kumaratunga Munidasa […]

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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 3

Friday, March 16th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS It is nonsense to say that Sinhala has not been able to fashion a language in which new knowledge could be written,  said K.N.O. Dharmadasa . Sinhala has modernized very successfully. There is a word for everything. Sinhala today has a vast vocabulary catering to all subjects and a sentence structure that can […]

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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 4

Friday, March 16th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS ‘Sinhala Only’ affected education as well. The British had instituted a two-tier system of education with compulsory vernacular education for the majority and a restricted elite education in English for a small minority. Vernacular education was provided from Grade one to Grade five. Most rural children left school after Grade five. From Grade […]

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BUDDHISM IN ANCIENT JAFFNA (revised)

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS (Revised January 2018). According to the Mahavamsa, the Buddha’s second visit was to ‘Nagadipa’ to settle a quarrel between Chulodara and Mahodara over the possession of a gem-studded throne.  Mahavamsa records many Buddhist shrines at ‘Nagadipa.’ ‘Nagadipa’ is one of the Solosmastana, the 16 places of worship to which Buddhists go on pilgrimage. […]

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THE “PARANAGAMA REPORT” Part 3

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Advisory Council to the Paranagama Commission   has made a valuable contribution to the current war crimes” issue regarding Eelam War IV.  The Advisory Council consisted of three international legal experts, Sir Desmond de Silva, QC. (UK) as Chairman, with Sir Geoffrey Nice QC. (UK) and   David M. Crane (USA). The Commission also […]

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THE “PARANAGAMA REPORT” Part 2

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Commission examined the many allegations made against the Sri Lanka army (SLA) during its final Eelam campaign. Some of these allegations have been of executions and deliberate or indiscriminate shellfire, acts which are totally inconsistent with what is expected of a responsible army discharging its duties in accordance with the laws and […]

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THE “PARANAGAMA REPORT” Part 1

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS In August 2013, President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a Presidential Commission to investigate complaints of abductions and disappearances”.  The terms of reference were expanded in July 2014 to    include an investigation into civilian loss of life at the end of Eelam War IV   in May 2009 and whether there were any violations of international […]

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SINHALA VILLAGES MASSACRED BY LTTE

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Here is  a list of Sinhala villages massacred by the LTTE, which I found in note form on my computer. There is much talk today of the war crimes of the military. This list shows that LTTE war crimes were much worse. They have killed civilians in non-combat zones, also tortured them. This […]

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