Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

THE ‘CONSTITUTION’ AND THE ‘CRISIS’ Part 2.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS To the surprise of the nation, President Maithripala Sirisena suddenly turned against the Yahapalana government which had made him President and decided to dissolve Parliament. On November 9th 2018, President Sirisena issued a Gazette notification dissolving Parliament and declaring a general election on January 5, 2019. This was challenged in Supreme Court by […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 6A

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government decided in 2016 to use the Swiss Challenge procedure for government tenders. A Swiss Challenge is a method of bidding, used in public projects, in which an interested party initiates a proposal for a contract or the bid for a project. The government then puts the details of the project out […]

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DISAPPEARANCES, REPARATION, MISSING PERSONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 2

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Bill was passed amidst chaos in Parliament on 9.8.2018, reported the media. The Bill was passed with 95 members voting for it and 31 against. There was one amendment which was passed with 97 members voting for and 24 against. The Joint Opposition including former President […]

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DISAPPEARANCES, REPARATION, MISSING PERSONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 1

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 1.1.2019, 2.1.2019 In 2015,    the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva approved a Resolution titled   Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”. (UNHRC Resolution 30/1). Sri Lanka’s     Yahapalana government supported the Resolution.   This Resolution included inter alia,  provisions  to establish an  Office  of Missing  Persons  and  an  Office  for  Reparations […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 8

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) gets much attention in Parliament and on television today, because Its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake keeps speaking and speaking  , holding audience attention,  using  long sentences,  in  slow measured tones. He ends up uttering empty statements. JVP is not a popular party. At the 2015 general election JVP only […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 7

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Part 1. President Sirisena speaking to the Sri Lanka Foreign Correspondents’ Association (FCA) at his official residence in Colombo on 26.11.18 said that the political unrest that occurred in the country after October 26 is not something sudden. The removal of Wickremesinghe was a result of several incidents that stretched over a long […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 6

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised      24.11.18 This essay lists several Yahapalana items which not included in the earlier essays. They are presented as discrete items and not as an essay. ** On Derana News 31.5.18 it was stated that Ranil Wickremasinghe had forwarded to the Cabinet on three separate occasions, a Cabinet paper to remove the state […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 5

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana did not forget the ancient Sinhala kings.  A  Punyanumodana national programme was organized to transfer merit on ancient kings and their chief ministers in recognition of their great national and religious service. It was held at the Ruwanweli seya in September 2018 under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. It included […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 4

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS One of the less prominent features of Yahapalana puppet rule is its animosity to the Sinhala Buddhist culture.  This anti Buddhist attitude emerged as soon as Yahapalana came in.  It went in two directions.  One was to repress the Maha Sangha, and the other was to stop elephants from going in the Perahera. […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 3

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at five important Yahapalana activities. They are Legislation, Constitutional Council, Income tax, Land bank and Citizen Data base. LEGISLATION Yahapalana method of passing laws has been criticized. Important laws are passed with just a simple majority of the MPs present and voting. The Enforced Disappearances Bill was declared passed in […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 2

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS 17.11.18   revised 19.11.18 The Yahapalana government of 2015 has been described as a puppet   government, dancing to the tune of America. USA has come into Sri Lanka very late, but it has been interested in Sri Lanka for a long time.  USA was the natural successor to Britain, when Sri Lanka gained independence […]

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YAHAPALANA AS A PUPPET REGIME Part 1

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Pub 14.11.18  Rev 15.11.18 The Yahapalana government elected in 2015 is Sri Lanka’s very first puppet government. Analysts were quick to spot this. Lasanda Kurukulasuriya asked in 2015 ‘is Lanka being micro managed from afar.  In 2016, the media said, ‘Yahapalana is acting on a preplanned scenario.’  ‘Government is following a foreign agenda.’ […]

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YAHAPALANA VERSUS MAHA SANGHA Part 2

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The sangha had strong comments to make about the Yahapalana government in general and its attitude to Buddhism in particular. The Mahanayakes of all three nikayas went on television jointly, to say that the Buddhist population was facing problems and it was necessary to find solutions for these. (Derana news 4.11.17) Ven. Elle […]

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THE ‘CONSTITUTION’ AND THE ‘CRISIS’ Part 1

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS  Pub 3.11.18 Revised  7.11.18, 16.11.18 This essay looks at certain matters which emerged in the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister in October 2018. There is far too much emphasis at the moment on the legal issues relating to this matter and none at all on the politics which are at the […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 12

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The last essay in this series comes at a time when things have   drastically changed. The Yahapalana regime appears to have ‘fallen’ and Mahinda Rajapaksa has replaced Ranil Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister. This essay summarizes four important political events leading to this transfer of power. The local government election of February 2018 was […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 5

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government signed resolution 30/1 in September 2015, and then it signed resolution 34/1 in March 2017 and in November 2017 reiterated a “very firm” commitment to fully implement the resolution within two years. .  The commitment was made by the Head of Delegation to the HRC’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Harsha […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 4

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lankans have been given the impression that Sri Lanka is under the HRC. That is incorrect. Sri Lanka‘s connection to the UNHRC comes through Sri Lanka‘s membership of the UN. Sri Lanka became a member state of the UN in 1955 and since then is entitled to participate in all General Assembly […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part  11 (A)

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS In the modern world we rarely see direct military invasions. Foreign countries invade the economy instead. They create economic partnerships where the powerful country employs a large team of well qualified and trained professional to carefully study all the weaknesses and loopholes of the targeted country. They prepare a well planned and carefully […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 10

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

 KAMALIKA PIERIS Two Sri Lanka obsessed NGOs, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka” and International Truth and Justice Project, Sri Lanka” have taken an interest in Sri Lanka’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping. Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka” is a group of journalists, human rights workers and other activists exiled from Sri Lanka and now […]

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“WAR CRIMES” IN EELAM WAR IV Part 9

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The ‘war crimes’ of Eelam war IV have come under the purview of   the United Nations Human Rights Council  in Geneva, thanks to Resolution 30/1. It is therefore necessary to look at the scope and functions of the UN.  The United Nations is an organization set up to ensure world peace and nothing […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 7

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The next World war will be located in the Indian Ocean, say the war mongers, The Bay of Bengal will definitely get caught up in it.   China will be on one side, the USA, India and Japan on the other and Sri Lanka in the middle.   A cartoon showing USA, UK, India and […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 6

Monday, October 15th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana has repeatedly drawn attention to Sri Lanka’s geographical position in the Indian Ocean. The fact that Sri Lanka is in the middle of the Indian Ocean has been known for ages, but no one bothered about it, except the geographers and the diplomats. Now for the first time considerable publicity is given […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 5

Friday, October 12th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is likely to become a theatre of war in the near future, said India’s Col Hariharan. In the coming years the Indian Ocean will be much less peaceful than it was during the Cold War,” said Brewster. The most significant issue in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) today […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part 7

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu delivered the 14th Annual Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration, 2018 at the invitation of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo. He emphasized that India’s policy ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ (Together we progress) which he said, incorporates also India’s other policy of ‘Neighbourhood First.’ […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 7

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This is the final essay in this series. It describes   recent developments relating to Yahapalana and China.  Pathfinder Foundation set up a China-Sri Lanka Cooperation Studies Centre’ CSLCSC in October 2015. This Centre is the only Sri Lankan institution which exclusively focuses on the China-Sri Lanka relationship. The CSLCSC has a counterpart centre […]

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“FOR A SOVEREIGN STATE’

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Malinga H Gunaratne’s book ‘For a sovereign state’ was first published in October 1988. It went into a 2nd imprint only ten years later in 1998. This shows that the public were initially slow to appreciate the information given in the book. But after 1998 interest in the book has increased and the […]

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YAHAPALANA   AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 6

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay records further US assistance to Yahapalana. Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash visited Sri Lanka in September 2018 to continue discussion on the proposed MCC Sri Lanka Compact, a large-scale five-year grant program, Lanka to promote economic growth in Sri Lanka . MCC is an innovative foreign assistance agency of the United […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDUSTRIALISATION Part 3

Monday, September 24th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that Sri Lanka’s economy is not properly focused and the time has come to change it. Our economy was based on borrowing, our trade is poor, agreed economists. The contribution of the industrial and manufacturing sector to economic growth has remained stagnant during the last two decades. Sri […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDUSTRIALISATION Part 2

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana has a grand industrial plan. Here it is. Sri Lanka will be transformed into a fully developed country by 2050. The main thrust will be the Western Megapolis and the two connecting corridors which will cover nine million people, said Yahapalana. The Western Region Megapolis Plan covers the three districts of the […]

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YAHAPALANA AND  INDUSTRIALISATION Part 1

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana government was proud of the fact that it had managed in May 2017 to regain GSP Plus concessions offered by the European Union (EU). These had been held back during the Rajapaksa administration. Regaining GSP Plus is a great victory for Sri Lanka, yapped Yahapalana. The country receives 500 million US […]

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