Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

“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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‘WAR CRIMES’ AND EELAM WAR IV (Part 1)

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 26.4.18 The   war crimes” charge against the Sri Lanka army is that the army killed hundreds and hundreds of   innocent” Tamil civilians instead of killing off the LTTE. This ‘war crimes’ charge is part of a calculated strategy carried out by the western countries that support Tamil Eelam. A bogus ‘body count’ […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part 5

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS  This essay in the Darusman report series  features the   Report by Major General  John Holmes prepared at the request of the Paranagama Commsiion. It is taken from the Parangama Commjission Report. ANNEX 1 – MILITARY EXPERT OPINION BY MAJOR GENERAL JOHN HOLMES DSO OBE MC EXPERT MILITARY REPORT By Major General John Holmes […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part 4

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay in the Darusman report series  features the  review of the Darusamn Report by Geoffrey Nice QC & Rodney Dixon QC   at the request of the Paranagama Commission. It is taken from the Parangama Commjission report. March 24, 2015, 12:00 pm Review of “Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part   3

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at four assessments of the Darusman Report, by Godfrey Gunatilleke,   John Holmes, Geoffrey Nice, Rodney Dixon, and the Paranagama Commission. Godfrey Gunatilleke wrote ‘An Analysis and Evaluation of the Report of the UN Secretary General’s (UNSG) Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka” for the Law and Society Review […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part 2

Monday, April 16th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Darusman Report has been widely criticized in Sri Lanka.  The government of Sri Lanka said that the Report was characterized by fundamental deficiencies, inherent prejudices, and malicious intentions” and that it was legally, morally, and substantively flawed”. United National Party (UNP), then in opposition, also rejected the findings of the Report noting […]

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THE “DARUSMAN REPORT” Part 1

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Three days after the   Eelam war IV ended in May 2009, United Nations Secretary-General  Ban Ki-Moon visited Sri Lanka     on the invitation of the President of Sri Lanka. A joint statement was issued which, inter alia, underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law […]

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THE ‘LONG WATCH’ OF COMMODORE AJIT BOYAGODA

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

KAMALIKA  PIERIS A Long Watch, War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka” (pub 2016) by Commodore Ajit Boyagoda,  as told to Sunila Galappatti, deals with Boyagoda’s  eight-years in captivity, 1994-2002, in Jaffna, under the LTTE. This is a beautifully written book. The narrative tone is retained throughout, the Sinhala nuances are preserved, and the personal […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 10

Monday, April 9th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The ‘vote of no confidence’ on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, debated in April 2018 was treated by the watching public and also by Parliament as yet another decisive Yahapalana election. The motion was defeated, after a stormy, heated debate with 122 voting against, 76 voting for and 26 abstentions.  The 122 votes in […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 9

Monday, April 9th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS The local government elections of February 2018   were significant, not only for the defeat of the ruling party, but also for the bungling of the Election process. Yahapalana government did not want this election to take place, and there were obstacles all along the way. Firstly, the nomination lists of several political parties […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 8

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay describes five contracts entered into by Yahapalana that have been contested by stakeholders. Ceylon   Oxygen Limited has challenged in Supreme Court, the award of a multimillion rupee tender to Gas World, in November 2016, for the supply of medical gases to 40 government hospitals. Ceylon Oxygen says there had been bias […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 8

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS February 2018 saw the third Yahapalana election take place. This was the long postponed local government elections, which for the first time   were all held on the same day, making it feel like a general election. The elections were contested on a political party basis with UNP, SLFP, UPFA, JVP, and TNA fighting […]

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Yahapalana, land and Trimble

Friday, March 30th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka‘s land and property ownership issues need careful and urgent appraisal, said economist Sumanasiri Liyanage. No country can achieve fast growth ensuring prosperity for all without proper ownership of land and property. One serious constraint to both industrial and agricultural development is the unavailability of land, said Sanderatne. There is an urgent […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 7

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana wishes to kill the Shipping Agent” sector of the shipping industry of Sri Lanka. Yahapalana announced in its 2017 budget that Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act, No. 51 of 1979 and the Merchants Shipping Act, No. 52 of 1971 will be amended. Restrictions on foreign ownership of shipping agencies and the freight […]

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