Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 13B

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS 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, and were proficient […]

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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 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 ‘Consultation Task […]

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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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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10F

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Several external agencies were supporting the LTTE during the Eelam wars. UNICEF had links with LTTE. UNICEF staffers in Sri Lanka were found to be working with the LTTE.   UNICEF in     2007 had imported 6000 ready to eat meal packs and it was suspected that this was for the LTTE. Head of the […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10E

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 1.1.2020 Many land mines were laid by the LTTE in their treasonable war against the Government of Sri Lanka. Landmines were one of ways the LTTE tried to ‘win’ the war. After the war, it fell to the army to clear these land mines. The mines had to be cleared before the […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10D

Monday, December 30th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Rehabilitation and resettlement would help to ‘erase’ the Eelam victory. Keerawella observed in 2013 that despite the practical constraints the government was able to send most of the IDPs back to their villages within a period of one and a half years.   In 2013 the media reported that 1299 families in Valikaman North […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10C

Monday, December 30th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 15.1.20 One way of erasing the Eelam victory was for the state to take the blame for the all the destruction caused, and promise to rebuild. After winning the Eelam War IV President Mahinda Rajapaksa went to Kilinochchi, spoke in Tamil and told the people there that his government will rebuild all […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES 5. WINNING THE EELAM WAR

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The first three Presidents of Sri Lanka made no effort to win the war, though victory was possible.  J.R. Jayewardene halted the Vadamarachchi operation (1987) which would have permanently ended the LTTE offensive. .Premadasa handed over arms, ammunition, cement and cash to the LTTE. The LTTE used the ammunition and arms to kill […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES 4. DEDICATION IN EELAM WAR IV.

Friday, December 27th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Eelam War IV was won due to the dedication of those who participated in it. The commanders of the armed forces were confident of victory and, for the first time, the forces experienced a firm political commitment to win. Their morale went up  and they fought with great dedication.  Unlike in previous years, […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES 3: SRI LANKA’S ADMIRED INNOVATIONS IN WAR

Friday, December 27th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The world watched with interest as Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in the final Eelam War. Wall Street Journal announced ‘for all those who argue there no military solution for terrorism, we have two words: Sri Lanka’.  Washington Times editorial of 25.4.2009 said ‘Sri Lankans are winning; we should let them finish the […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES 2: WHO PLANNED THE EELAM WAR?

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS After World War II ended in 1949, several countries got together to debate the issue of war. This gave them the opportunity to outlaw war and create agencies to settle future conflicts peacefully through negotiation. Instead of doing this, they ‘legalized’ warfare through the ‘Geneva conventions.’ Armies could shoot and kill each other […]

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EELAM WAR SERIES: 1 BUNGLING THE EELAM WAR

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The public wanted to know why the government took so long to defeat the LTTE.  Why had they not won the war when the LTTE was much weaker? If the LTTE had been defeated earlier, then many lives could have been saved. The armed forces knew the strategies needed to defeat them. They […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10B

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS On May 17, 2009, the LTTE accepted defeat and formally surrendered to the army. These LTTE cadres had engaged in high treason. They had taken arms against a sovereign state. They had conducted a protracted civil war, lasting over 30 years. Such treason would lead to severe punishment in any country. In Sri […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 10A

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS As Eelam war IV came to an end, the armed forces moved onto Rescue, Rehabilitation and Resettlement. This essay is about the Rescue.  From mid 2008 civilians from LTTE controlled territory, were entering government controlled territory. They came in small groups, as well as large numbers, wherever and whenever possible. They escaped in […]

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YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA Part 4

Monday, December 16th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Maha Sangha   worked hard on behalf of Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential election of November 2019.  Ven. Elle Gunawansa said that the Sangha, 20,000 of them, went village by village to canvass for him”. The Sangha were openly pleased when Gotabaya won. Elle Gunawansa said this is the first    election after 1948 […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 9

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Tamil separatist movement was not prepared to take the Eelam war defeat lying down. The war ended in May 2009. The very next year, TNA called for a day of mourning in May 17.2010 the government objected but the commemoration took place. May 18 became a day of tension in the North, […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 8

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Voices of Peace” edited by Sarah Kabir, (2018) consists of a set of interviews with   members of the LTTE and the Sri Lanka armed forces taken together.  The book weaves together” the narratives of ten former LTTE cadres and ten SLM personnel who fought at the front line in the Eelam war.   […]

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