Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1956 Part 6

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS Peduru Hewage William de Silva (1908-1988) was the only son of a wealthy professional family of Batapola, near Ambalangoda. William studied at the Buddhist Mixed School in Batapola, then at St. John’s, Panadura, later at Richmond College, Galle, and finally at Ananda College from which he entered Ceylon University College.  He had joined […]

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THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1956 Part 5A

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS Don Philip Rupasinghe Gunawardene (1901-1972) was born at Boralugoda, Avissawella, in Hevagam korale.  Hewagam Korale, as its name indicates, had produced many brave hewayo. Philip’s father, Don Jakolis Rupasinghe Gunawardene was known as ‘Boralugoda Ralahamy’. Boralugoda Ralahamy was a vidane arachchi. The Boralugoda clan was known for their generosity and religious patronage, said […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C13

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS The United State of America is getting ready for war in the Bay of Bengal and plans to drag Sri Lanka into that war to fight on behalf of USA. Sri Lanka does not welcome this.  We are caught up in this power game between India, China and the US because of our […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C12

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS On account of its strategic location, Sri Lanka is a key battleground of geopolitical rivalry, said Asoka Bandarage.  Sri Lanka is now in the crosshairs of dangerous power games among the big powers, said Lasanda Kurukulasuriya. Sri Lanka must pursue an independent foreign policy, said Palitha Kohona. It must protect the territorial integrity, […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C11

Monday, January 25th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS The storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021 has made a significant impact on the domestic politics of the USA. It is   seen as a possible sign of things to come. The Capitol attack was preceded by several other similar events. There was a white    supremacist rally, in Charlottesville, […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C9e

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS   The military relationship between Sri Lanka and USA is continuing. Sri Lanka Air Force Airmen and Pacific Air Forces Airmen participated in the first virtual and fourth annual Airmen-to-Airmen Talk, known as A2AT, hosted from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on December 2020. The Talk included subject matter experts from each country in […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C9g

Monday, January 18th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS India has signed many military agreements with US and has cemented a firm military link with USA.  In recognition of this, in December 2020 US President Trump presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi with America’s highest military decoration, Legion of Merit. This is a rarely-awarded, prestigious decoration. It shows how highly US rates its […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Partb2 C9H

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS China, unlike India is getting on just fine in South Asia. China has held three multilateral dialogues with South Asian countries. The first in July, 2020 was attended by Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan. At this dialogue, China proposed extending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan, as well as taking forward an economic […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C10

Friday, January 15th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Indian Ocean is the third-largest ocean in the world. It is 70,560,000 km2 (27,240,000 sq mi) in extent. It is bounded by Asia to the north, Africa to the west, Australia to the east and Antarctica to the south. The Arabian Sea, the Laccadive Sea, the Somali Sea, Bay of Bengal, and the Andaman Sea […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C4e

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS USA does not have a good human rights record and it does not care either. In the domestic sphere, US has the largest prison population in the world, mainly drug users, and the highest per-capita incarceration rate. 3000 odd were on death row in 2016.  2.3 millions American were behind bars. Many adults […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C4d

Saturday, January 9th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 17.1.21 Sri Lanka is mainly concerned with American foreign policy, not America’s domestic policy. From the 1980s and especially in the 1990s, the American Neo cons shifted their focus from domestic issues to foreign policy. That is because they wanted a foreign policy which would further US economic interests.  It is the […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C4c

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS The USA, we are told, has two governments, a visible government and an invisible one. The visible government is the one run by the US President and Congress.   But the real power which drives US policy is elsewhere, say analysts. USA’s politics is masterminded by a small financial elite, they added, a kind […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C4b

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS United States rose to prominence after World War II. USA and Russia thereafter fought a Cold War which neither won. When the Cold War with Russia ended abruptly in 1991 USA became the world’s sole super-power. Throughout the 1990s, the USA reigned supreme. USA had the best army, air force and navy. No […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C9d

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Sri Lanka in October 2020. Pompeo received security fit enough for a President, said the media. The visit was clearly intended to urge Sri Lanka to join an alliance against China. USA wished to rope Sri Lanka into the US’s regional plans, said analysts, but US […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C4a

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The US is well known for its political and military interventions. USA started to meddle in the politics of other countries in the 1950s.  The first coup was in 1953. This was in Iran where the duly elected and highly popular Mossadegh was removed and the Shah of Iran installed. Mossadegh was going […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C9c

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS There are three aspects to a local discussion on China, the role of China in Sri Lanka, the role of China in the world and the role of China in Marxism. Let us start with the last item. The latest development in Marxism is ‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics,’ said analysts.     China is […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C9b

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Analysts observe that in addition to China, Sri Lanka has close relation with Iran and Russia.     Russia has always stood by Sri Lanka, they said. Russia supported Sri Lanka at UNHRC in Geneva   and gave military assistance during the war.   Iran gave interest free loans as well as military items. Iran also supplied […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C9a

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS One solution to the problem of a future Indian Ocean war is for Sri Lanka to return to the policy of Non Alignment. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) started at Bandung Conference of 1955, during the time of Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike. It became a formal organization in 1961. Under the Chairpersonship of Prime […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 18C Pt 5

Monday, December 14th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS This is the last essay in this set and it presents two contrating celebrations of grief over the Eelam War IV. SECTION 1.   in 2019,the sun was scorching at the Mullivaikkal memorial grounds as people gathered to remember loved ones and Tamil civilians killed during the war that came to an end on […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 18C Pt 4

Monday, December 14th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS LTTE burial grounds, cemeteries and memorials have been razed, complained the Tamil Separatist Movement. Tiger memorials, monuments constructed in honor of noted Tiger soldiers   were torn down as the Sri Lankan military advanced. Any sites that might build the legacy of the LTTE, cemeteries, the childhood home of Prabhakaran, Thileepan’s memorial were bulldozed […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 18C Pt 3

Monday, December 14th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Visitors from the South” started to arrive in the North” soon after Eelam War IV ended.  The Northern theatre of war, where the bloodiest battles between the Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE took place, is today a popular destination for Sinhalese tourists, observed commentators. Visitors have been coming in busloads to experience […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 18C Pt 2

Saturday, December 12th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Eelam war was Sri Lanka’s first post- Independence civil war. It was a protracted war conducted by a bogus   ethnic group, created by the British administration, now claiming exclusive rights to valuable coastal territory. The government of Sri Lanka was a formidable enemy, not only militarily, but legally too.  Sri Lanka, real […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 18C Pt 1

Friday, December 11th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS War monuments are to be found in most countries. They are highly respected monuments (with the exception of Nazi Germany) and several are tourist attractions as well. Here are three war monuments from the west. They all commemorate World War II.  First is Motherland Calls” commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad in WW II.  […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 18B

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS After Eelam war IV ended, Tamil Separatist Movement returned to the topic of the Sinhalisation of North and East. They were concerned about three matters, Sinhala settlements, Buddhist temples and archaeological sites. Sinhala colonies, Buddhist temples, and Buddha statues were being aggressively constructed with military sponsorship, said Tamil Separatist Movement. The purpose was […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 18A

Monday, December 7th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Part 18 of this series contains short updates on matters discussed earlier. This essay provides an update on   celebrations of the Eelam War.  In July 2020, a group of Jaffna undergraduates celebrated Black Tiger Day on a Sunday night. Leading activists of several student bodies organized the event. Student participants were asked to […]

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POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7f

Saturday, December 5th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS USA was determined to capture Sri Lanka, politically and militarily in the Yahapalana period 2015-2019. US made it clear that it   needed the support of Sri Lanka for its control of Bay of Bengal. US said in 2016 that given Sri Lanka’s strategic location, it is in America’s interest to increase military collaboration […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA PT2 C7g

Saturday, December 5th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS On February 25, 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected the United Kingdom’s claim of sovereignty over the Indian Ocean, Chagos Islands, and determined that Britain must return the islands to its former colony, Mauritius, ‘as rapidly as possible’. The Chagos islands house the Diego Garcia military base of the USA. It […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7h

Saturday, December 5th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS During Yahapalana rule, there was much emphasis on the Sri Lanka navy. The Sri Lankan Navy is a well-trained and professional force with the potential to contribute to multi-lateral maritime interoperability in the Indian Ocean, said US Indo-Pacific Command Chief Admiral Philip Davidson in 2019.The US Indo-Pacific command would focus in 2019 on […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C6

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS USA  made its future military plans clear to those listening in Sri Lanka. At the Galle Dialogue 2017, Admiral Scott Swift,  Pacific Fleet Commander  said they look forward to the expansion of our military to military relations. It was necessary to build trust and cooperation to address multilateral challenges. With  [certain] realities creeping […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7e

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka’s strategic military location in the Indian Ocean    and the value of Trincomalee to the USA was well understood by the Sri Lanka intelligentsia in the 1950s.  The intelligentsia knew that Trincomalee harbor could comfortably hold the 7th Fleet of the US Navy. This was mentioned regularly in drawing rooms in the […]

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