Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

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 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. They marched towards the Kandy District Secretariat, and a delegation was permitted to enter and voice their woes. […]

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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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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 6

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 7.8.18 Sinhala has been in use for two and a half millennia, the language has a continuous recorded history of 2300 years. It has today entered the world of information technology with its own UNICODE, said J.B.Disanayake in his book ‘Encyclopedia of Sinhala language and culture’ (2 Ed 2017). The Sinhalese could […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 5

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 25.7.18 This essay looks at the current relationship between Yahapalana government of Sri Lanka and the United States of America. From a triumphal, highly visible start in 2015, with prominent visits by Secretary of State John Kerry and other high ranking officials, the USA has now decided to go into low profile. […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 8

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The armed forces of Sri Lanka did not commit staggering war crimes in Eelam war IV. The LTTE did. LTTE committed many serious war crimes during the Eelam wars. They violated the International Humanitarian Law. . Here are some of the war crimes committed by the LTTE LTTE violated sacred norms of war. […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 7

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS In the history of wars, Sri Lanka alone stands out as the one country which is penalized for winning a secessionist war. This is one of the most bizarre outcomes of Eelam War IV, observed H.L.D Mahindapala. There has been no previous example of a   war winning army being subjected to an international […]

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THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF SRI LANKA

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The first mention of a national anthem for Ceylon, according to Haris de Silva, former Director, National Archives, was by J R Jayewardene. JR had brought the need for a national anthem to the notice of the Ceylon National Congress   on 26th June 1941. Accordingly, says D.B.S. Jeyaraj, a lyric was composed by […]

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‘SINHALA TRIUMPHALISM’

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 14.7.18 The Government of Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in Eelam war IV on 18th May 2009. There was a spontaneous outpouring of joy at the crushing defeat of the ‘invincible army’. People showed their joy island wide. The entire island erupted in jubilation.  On 22nd May an estimated 150,000 people converged […]

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SOME OBSERVATIONS ON “SINHALA ONLY” Part 1

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS (REVISED 14.7.18) 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 was set up  in 1919 under the auspice of the of the Ceylon National Congress, with the objective of ‘reaching out to the great masses of the […]

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‘SINHALA TRIUMPHALISM’

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Government of Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in Eelam war IV on 18th May 2009. There was a spontaneous outpouring of joy at the crushing defeat of the ‘invincible army’. People showed their joy island wide. The entire island erupted in jubilation.  On 22nd May an estimated 150,000 people converged on Colombo […]

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“SRI LANKA ’S KILLING FIELDS” Part 3

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The three Channel Four documentaries, Sri Lanka’s Killing fields”, (2011) Sri Lanka’s killing fields: War Crimes Unpunished” .(2012) No Fire Zone, the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka (2015))  are propaganda films intended to support the  war crimes charges against Sri Lanka. They were done to help UNHRC to target Sri Lanka. The films […]

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TAMIL SEPARATISM AND THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT   

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Tamil separatism” is not a post-Independence phenomenon, as we are made to believe. Tamil separatism had emerged long before ‘Sinhala only’ (1956) and ‘standardization’ (1970) took place. Tamil separatism started in the 1920s when Sri Lanka was still under the British. Tamil separatism was a dominant political force in south India at that […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 6

Monday, June 18th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Sri Lanka armed forces strenuously deny that they committed ‘war crimes’. Retd. Major General Lalin Fernando said firmly that the army did not have heavy artillery (175 mm guns and above) or cluster munitions as alleged. The  Army also denied accusations by two Catholic bishops,    Rayappu and Saundranayagam that the army had […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 5

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS ‘War crimes’ is a new thing. Nobody bothered about war crimes, when in World War II, major cities like London, Dresden and Berlin, were bombed, killing millions, or when    bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, or when Biafra was starved into submission in the Nigerian Civil War of 1967. The present day notion of […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 4

Friday, June 8th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 18.7.18 Yahapalana government has gone out of its way to create a whole series of mechanisms by which the Sri Lanka armed forces could be tried for war crimes. These mechanisms are labeled ‘Enforced Disappearance’  ‘Torture’ and ’Missing Persons’ but they are all directed solely at the Sri Lanka armed forces. ‘Hybrid […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part III

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The War Crimes” charge made against the government of Sri Lanka needed proof. It was necessary to show that war crimes had actually happened. The UN therefore sponsored two panels of inquiry, which, in turn, produced two reports, the Darusman Report, and the OISL report. These were used to support the resolutions at […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 2

Monday, May 28th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Eelam War was not a local war. It only appeared to be a local war. It was initiated by the west and funded by the west. The LTTE and the Tamil separatist movement were mere tools in this operation. Sri Lanka is now beginning to realize this. How    else was the LTTE […]

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“SRI LANKA ’S KILLING FIELDS” Part 1

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The first’ war cry’ over the ‘war crimes’ of Sri Lanka  came from  Britain’s Channel 4” television station. In  25. August 2009, Channel Four” broadcast one minute long footage showing Sri Lanka army brutally executing naked persons during the final stages of the war. As further gunshots ring out, the camera pans to […]

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“SRI LANKA’S KILLING FIELDS” Part 2

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Channel 4 issued a second version of it’s ‘war crimes’ video, with the title, Sri Lanka’s Killing fields”. It was telecast on 14 June 2011.  The documentary was made by ITN Productions and presented by Jon Snow, of Channel 4 News using a dossier compiled by Channel Four. The footage consisted of three […]

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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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