Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON EARLY BUDDHISM IN SRI LANKA Part 2

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Buddhism was accepted with enthusiasm in the north Indian republics of the Ganges region. People took robes in considerable numbers. In the lifetime of the Buddha, there were 29 monasteries. There were 18 at Rajagaha, 4 at Vesali, 3 at Kosala and 4 at Kosambi. Over time, it became clear that a set […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 14 D

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Eelam war IV victory can be interpreted historically, as yet another Sinhala triumph over Tamils, when they threaten to destabilize the country. This is not the first time that the Sri Lanka army, acting on its own, defeated Tamils in the north. In the Gampola period, when Ariyachakravarti, the head of the […]

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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON EARLY BUDDHISM IN SRI LANKA Part 1

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Gautama Buddha lived and preached in the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar regions of north India in the 6th century BC.  The 6th century BC is of great significance in North India. The 6th   century is considered the beginning of the Early Historic Period of India. This period also corresponds to the classical period […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 14 C

Friday, March 20th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay concludes the discussion on the contrived failure of Eelam War II and III.  The essay starts with the Millenium City Raid.  The Intelligence branch of the Sri Lanka army had carried out top-secret covert operations from a safe house in Millennium City Housing scheme at Aturugiriya.  It is usual for armies […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 14 B

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 24.3.20 This essay, which is a continuation of the previous essay, gives other reasons for the bungling of Eelam War II and III. One reason was the attitude of the army high command in Colombo. The army high command of this period   was not interested in winning Eelam war II or III. […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY PT 14 A

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at the bungling that took place in the conduct of Eelam war 11 (1990-1995) and Eelam War    III (1995-2002). This was no ordinary bungling. It was calculated bungling. War campaigns were planned in such a way that the LTTE would win. The government launched battles that the army would lose. […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 13G

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka army had established a Northern Command in Jaffna peninsula, long before the Eelam wars started. The Headquarters of the Northern command was at Palaly, coordinating headquarters was at Gurunagar  and there were camps in Thondamanaru, Point Pedro, Valvettiturai and Elephant pass. Navy had its Elara naval base at Karainagar. I could […]

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SINGING SRI LANKA’S NATIONAL ANTHEM IN TAMIL Part 3

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Rev 7.3.20 Those interested in the issue, want to know, how a Tamil version arose. It was due to British rule. The British administration recognized Tamil as a vernacular language, together with Sinhala. Tamil words were shown on rupees and coins, (e.g.  the 10 cent coin of 1928). There were Tamil vernacular schools. […]

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SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN TAMIL Part 1

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Rev 7.3.20 When Sri Lanka, then Ceylon was getting ready for independence, it had to find a national anthem, since all modern states were expected to have one. National anthems rose to prominence in Europe during the 19th century. D.B.S. Jeyaraj says that when the national anthem was discussed in the late 1940s, […]

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SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN TAMIL Part 2

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Rev 7.3.20 There are two opposing sets of views on the matter of the Tamil version. One group firmly wishes to see the anthem sung only in Sinhala. It is imperative to sing the national anthem in one voice not two, they said. A national anthem is a symbol of unity. When you […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 13 F

Monday, January 27th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS One way of erasing the Eelam victory was to show that the Sri Lanka army consisted of brutal killers. They killed out of malice. They killed ‘innocent Tamils’ who were simply going about their daily activities. The army is also accused of political killings. The assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge (2009), […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 13 E

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The hostage rescue of April 2009   deserves special mention. It is unique. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera observed that no country in the world has won a separatist war while rescuing 300,000 people. Sri Lanka army’s epic hostage rescue is a feat of heroism and dedication.  Army officers pointed out that the Tamil civilians […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 13 D

Friday, January 24th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 15.2.20 The Eelam war threw up many dedicated military leaders. The best known is the late General Denzil Kobbekaduwa followed by late Maj. Gen. Vijay Wimalaratne. Kamal Gunaratne said of them ”I firstly pay tribute to the late General Denzil Kobbekaduwa, the most charismatic battle-field commander we had because he always understood […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 13 C

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS There were many instances where small military units fought the LTTE courageously, despite all odds. Here is one example. This essay presents an edited version of A personal account by the CO 1 GW of events in Batticaloa during the siege in 1990” by Brigadier Hiran N. Halangoda (Retd) of Gemunu Watch published […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 13B

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS (Revised 22.1.20, 9.2.20) Sri Lanka’s armed forces were praised and admired for their work, long before the Eelam victory of 2009. The US Pacific Command team which evaluated the Sri Lanka army in 2002 said the soldiers were well motivated and were confident as a team.  They were well trained, knew their weapons, […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 13 A

Monday, January 20th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS PART 13  of this series is on the Sri Lanka armed forces. The Sri Lanka army was established under the Army Act No. 17 of 1949. Brigadier James Sinclair, Earl of Caithness was first Commander of the Army.  The army started with an artillery regiment, an engineer squadron, an infantry battalion, a medical […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 12B

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS OFFICE ON MISSING PERSONS (OMP) The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Act no 14 of 2016 was passed in Parliament   in August 2016. There were complaints that Parliament had not followed proper procedures in adopting it. That   it was steamrollered through Parliament, in an undemocratic manner, disregarding objections of the Joint Opposition.  It […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 12A

Friday, January 17th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka co sponsored with USA in September 2015 a UNHRC resolution, 30/1 which said that the Government of Sri Lanka has undertaken to establish (1) a judicial mechanism with a Special Counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international human rights law (2) A Commission […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 11 E

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS  This essay carries the Ezhuga Thamizh ( Tamils Arise) Declaration of 2016 in Full.[1] Ezhuga Thamizh 2016” is a Tamil national event, organized in Jaffna,  by the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), with the participation of civil society movements and political parties. The Tamil nation which has been subjected to oppressive Sinhala- Buddhist majoritarian […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 11 D

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Military personnel, stationed in the North, are often perplexed when told that their continued presence is objectionable to the local population. Their experience is different. When they ask the people about their presence, the answer they receive is a positive one whether in term of preserving law and order or in terms of […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 11 C

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The media said in 2011 that the security forces had hundreds of acres under cultivation in Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts. In 2014 it was reported that the Civil Defence Force ‘is engaged in agriculture at Kebetigollewa’  .They have cultivated over 812 acres, of paddy, maize, kurakkan, gingelly, urad dhal, cowpea, […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 11 B

Monday, January 13th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The government of Sri Lanka retained the military bases in north and east after the Eelam war ended. This   did not please those who resented the Eelam victory. Sri Lanka does not need such a big army, such a big military now that the war is over, pro-Eelamists said. UNHRC in Geneva demanded […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 11 A

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Tamil Separatist Movement complained that the military did not leave the North after the Eelam war ended in 2009. In the whole country there are only 20 army divisions. Of this 10 are in the north and east, the Tamil Separatist Movement complained. The security forces continue to remain in the north […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10 H

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 26.1.20 This essay    deals with two matters, the Report of Consultation Task Force on Transitional Justice and Reconciliation’ (Muttetuwegama Report) and   Yahapalana‘s proposed amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act. CONSULTATION TASK FORCE ON TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION’ In January 2016   Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe   appointed an 11 member body styled the […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10 G

Friday, January 10th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Tamil Separatist Movement said the whole separatist Northern peninsula was also a ‘victim’ of war, with the Sri Lanka army as the predator. The North-East was devastated and destroyed both by the Army and by the LTTE, they said. At the end of the war the North-east was thrown back 30 years […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES 10. THE CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT

Monday, January 6th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Ceasefire Agreement” (CFA) was signed on 22nd February 2002  by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and by Velupillai Prabhakaran on behalf of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Agreement prohibited fighting, on land, air or sea and the Eelam War ground to a […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES 9. THE ARMED FORCES AFTER EELAM WAR IV

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

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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EELAM WAR SERIES 8. LOOKING BACK ON EELAM WAR IV.

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The west invented the myth that the LTTE could not be defeated. The army took a different view. We could have defeated them long before.   We had a well trained, well motivated armed force and our leadership and soldier fighting skills were superior, said Gotabhaya Rajapakse . In 2006, for the first time […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES 7. LTTE ‘FIGHTS’ THE ARMY

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The LTTE  knew that it could not face the Sri Lanka army in regular conflict.  They were not a trained army. On the two occasions when the state army was allowed to fight them properly, they were soundly defeated.( Vadamarachchi,1987 and  Eelam war IV 2009). Clashes with the LTTE had shown the Sri […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES 6. SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE EELAM WAR

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka’s armed forces were praised and admired long before the Eelam victory of 2009. The US Pacific Command team which evaluated the Sri Lanka army in 2002 said the soldiers were well motivated and were confident as a team.  They were well trained, knew their weapons, and were proficient in the skills […]

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