Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 10

Friday, July 5th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Easter Sunday attacks are considered, worldwide, as one of the most sophisticated attacks in recent years. The bombs were all highly impactful and were detonated at precise locations with impeccable timing, ensuring maximum impact and maximum casualties. These attacks in Sri Lanka are said to be the biggest single terrorist attack targeting […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 9

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay deals with two aspects of the bomb blast which do not get much attention. The bomb blasts sent many people to hospitals with grave injuries. This brought pressure on the hospitals concerned.  Sunday Times did an interview on this. The major hospitals worked with clinical precision, at very short notice, in […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 8

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Easter Sunday bombings mark a significant coming together of the Catholic Church and the Maha sangha. The Catholic Church and the Maha sangha appeared   together on one platform, after the Easter Sunday bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith held two joint press conferences with the Maha sangha regarding the bomb blasts.  After the Easter […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 7

Monday, July 1st, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 3.7.19 There is evidence that Saudi Arabia is connected to the bomb blasts. one of the masterminds who orchestrated the Easter Sunday bomb blasts , Milshan  was arrested in Saudi Arabia.  Later came the information that four key members of National Thowheeed Jamaath (NTJ), hailing from Batticaloa and Ampara had fled to […]

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THE 19TH AMENDMENT (Part 2)

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Kamalika Pieris In the 19th Amendment, the main blow to the powers of the President came with the Constitutional Council.  The Constitutional Council was first established in 2001 in the 17th Amendment. The idea was imitated by the civil society, led by the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA). The 17 Amendment was certified on 3rd […]

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THE 19TH AMENDMENT (Part 1)

Friday, June 28th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The 19th amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was passed on 28 April 2015 just four months after Yahapalana government came into being. It was passed near unanimously. Only one person voted against, Rear Admiral MP Sarath Weerasekera.  Information on how the 19th Amendment was drafted has now come into the public […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 15

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Analysts pointed out that turning Sri Lanka into a bilingual state would not be an easy task. It would take a long time.  In 2008, Raja Collure pointed out that in Canada, the process of bilingualisation has already taken over forty years.  And in   Canada, unlike Sri Lanka, the two languages English and […]

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THE TAMIL LANGUAGE IN SRI LANKA Part 14

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS With the ‘rise’ of the Tamil language in Sri Lanka,  there was the desire to bring Tamil to the same level as Sinhala. Sinhala ranks first in  all trilingual lists including  name boards on roads. A suggestion  was made that the languages should be vertically written, on name boards,  with Sinhala in the […]

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THE MUSLIMS OF SRI LANKA Part 2B

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Kamalika Pieris There is deep hostility between Wahhabi movements and the traditional (Sufi) groups, reported Faslan and Vanniasinkam. They fight over who is the better Muslim and who are the real followers of Prophet Mohamed. They each consider themselves as the only real Muslims, the rest are non- Muslims. Families, including children were also trained […]

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ETHNICITY IN SRI LANKA Part 1

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The British who ruled Sri Lanka from 1815-1948 invented three bogus races for Sri Lanka, when they were ruling in Sri Lanka. The three races were       ‘Sinhala’, ‘Ceylon Tamil’ and ‘Ceylon Moor’ . The word Sinhala which indicated a nationality, and which included all the citizens of Sinhaladvipa was now reduced to the […]

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NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND SRI LANKA Part 3

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The local NGOs active in Sri Lanka politics are implanted organizations, not home grown. They are financed by western countries and managed by paid local agents. The term ‘civil society’ was used to bring these NGOs into political life of Sri Lanka. In 2012, there were approximately 1300 NGOs in Sri Lanka.  The   […]

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NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND SRI LANKA Part 1

Friday, June 7th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The term Non-governmental organization” (NGO) came into existence in 1945 when the United Nations was set up. The UN granted ‘observer status’ to approved ‘International non-state agencies’ (INGOs) and permitted them to   attend UN assemblies and meetings. In July 2018, there were 5,081 NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. These consisted of 134 […]

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NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND SRI LANKA Part 2

Friday, June 7th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS In Sri Lanka too, the GONGOs, QUANGOs and INGOs are engaged in meddling with political matters. This essay looks briefly at some of these NGOs.  The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a U.S. non-profit organization for promoting democracy abroad. It is funded by the US Congress. It is supposed to be a […]

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RAMAYANA AND SRI LANKA Part 3

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Ramayana legend did not catch on in Sri Lanka the way did in South East Asia. Unlike in south East Asia, Ramayana tradition was not allowed to take root here, said Bandu de Silva. In Buddhism there was no place for myths like Ramayana.  Buddhism abhorred anything which did not stand scrutiny, […]

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RAMAYANA AND SRI LANKA Part 4

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka planned to use the Ramayana trail extensively in India to promote visits by Indian tourists.  A team commissioned by Zee TV had toured Sri Lanka in 2007, to find places connected to Ramayana. They went to Sita Eliya where there were statues of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanuman. They said that […]

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RAMAYANA AND SRI LANKA Part 1

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of India, the other being the Mahabharata. Ramayana is a part of the Hindu mythology of India and is an important part of the Hindu canon.  It is believed that the Hindu sage Valmiki wrote the Ramayana. Analysts say that Valmiki’s Ramayana is a literary epic […]

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RAMAYANA AND SRI LANKA Part 2

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

The Indian Law courts are careful where the Ramayana gods are concerned. Indian Supreme Court summons the two Hindu gods, Ram and Hanuman to appear in court in order to settle a land dispute in eastern state of Jharkhand. The temple priest said the land belonged to him, given to his ancestors by the king, […]

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THE JAFFNA PUBLIC LIBRARY Part 1

Monday, May 27th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS No one had heard of the Jaffna Public Library until it was burnt down in 1981. Then it suddenly became the greatest library in South and Southeast Asia. The Jaffna Public Library began as the private collection of K.M Chellappah, of Atchuvely,  who worked in the district court in Jaffna. He started lending […]

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THE JAFFNA PUBLIC LIBRARY Part 2

Monday, May 27th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS It is only after it was burned down that Jaffna Public Library rose to world attention. This otherwise obscure library suddenly became a great library. The world was told of the magnificent collection it once held and how Jaffna was grieving about the burning. There was genuine grief as well. That night one […]

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THE MUSLIMS OF SRI LANKA Part 2A

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at the various Islamic sects and groups operating in Sri Lanka. There are two schools of Islam in the world, Sunni and Shia and they simply hate each other. Therefore, most countries follow one or other, not both.  In Sri Lanka, as in India, the majority of the Muslims are […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 6

Friday, May 17th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay provides additional information on matters which have been discussed in the earlier essays. We start with the investigations into the Easter Sunday bombings ITEM 1  ‘Praying Mantis’ tells us what the government should have done immediately after the bomb blasts. The government should have immediately imposed an indefinite island-wide curfew, declared […]

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THE MUSLIMS OF SRI LANKA Part 1

Friday, May 17th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at the main element in Muslim expansion in Sri Lanka, the takeover of land. This is a systematic, calculated take over, and it has been going on for a long time. The money comes from Saudi Arabia. This land grab is part of the silent process of taking over Sri […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 5

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS The attitude of Yahapalana government to the bomb blast threat raises many questions. Yahapalana had known that something was going on, but had not taken action. President Sirisena was asked whether the Government was aware that there were local Muslims with ISIS links, prior to the attacks. The President said that there was […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 4

Friday, May 10th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 12.5.19. 17.5.19 India had sent three alerts about the Easter Sunday bomb blasts. The first alert was on April 4.  The second alert was sent on the 11th. A third alert was sent two hours before the first suicide blast, it had the names of three churches. According to Hindustan Times  there […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 2

Monday, May 6th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 15.5.19 The brilliant execution of the Easter Sunday bomb blasts clearly indicated a foreign hand said experts.  There is an international force behind this, said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. A foreign entity, most likely a foreign state or state intelligence agency was behind the attacks. The locals are merely pawns, said analysts. The […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 3

Monday, May 6th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 17.5.19 Jihadist radicals in the East and elsewhere were closely monitored for years by Sri Lankan intelligence, said analysts. Yahapalana tried to crush the intelligence sector of the military, by imprisoning its best men. But, in spite of this, the military had obtained prior intelligence relating to these attacks and conveyed the […]

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EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLAST IN SRI LANKA Part 1

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 3.5.19, 12.5.19 On Easter Sunday, April 21 2019 there were consecutive bomb blasts in two Roman Catholic churches, one Evangelist church, and three five star hotels. The churches were St. Anthony’s, Kochchikade, Colombo, St Sebastian’s,   Katuwapitiya, Negombo and Zion Church, Batticaloa. The blasts took place around 8.45 am. The first blast was […]

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BUDDHISM IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCE (1990-2019)

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay presents some events relating to Buddhism in the north in the last three decades.  But first some news from the Eastern province. In January 2019 it was reported that construction work on the tallest Buddha statue in the Batticaloa district at Mahindaramaya, Mayelankarachchi in the Koralai Pattu West, Valaichchenai has commenced. […]

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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 5

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS Revised 20.6.19 HEALTH We start with Sunshine stories”. Here they are: European standard hospitals will be established in Hambantota, Panadura, Dambulla, Matale and Embilipitiya with German, Netherlands and French aid. New accident wards are to be established in 24 General Hospitals and Teaching Hospitals located island wide.  A total of 48 blood transfusion […]

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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND YAHAPALANA Part 4

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

KAMALIKA  PIERIS This essay looks at appointment, promotion, transfers and salaries of teachers and principals during Yahapalana rule. APPOINTMENTS In 2017 Education Minister gave 2,000 non-academic appointments at national schools across the country based on political influence without following a proper and transparent recruitment process, said critics. Most of these recruitments are from the Kurunegala […]

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