Author Archive for S. Amaratunga

Human rights and religion

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

N. A. DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island October 2, 2018, 9:41 pm Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has come out strongly against powerful countries with imperial agendas, who use Human Rights as a bludgeon to make poor countries fall in line with their plan for domination of the world. He did not speak against the concept of […]

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Amarasekera’s  Search for Civilisational Politics – A review of “Sabyathva Rajya Kara”

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Book review by Prof. N. S. Amaratunga Author- Gunadasa Amarasekera Publisher- Visadunu Prakashakayo Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera,  poet laureate, who has nothing but contempt for the politics and politicians of this country and who has been exploring our past civilization in an attempt to dig out a suitable remedy for our ills, as revealed in […]

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The critical difference between Early Buddhism, Theravada and other Buddhist Schools

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Prof. N.A. de S. Amaratunga    Sri Lankans and people in other Buddhist countries may be interested in understanding the essential difference between Early Buddhism, Theravada and other Buddhist schools. The best way to compare these Buddhist schools is to see how far they tally with  Buddha’s preaching and also how they originated. Soon after Buddha’s […]

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Rathnapriya Bandu and Lord Naseby

Friday, July 20th, 2018 S. Amaratunga What is common between the otherwise poles-apart Lord Naseby and Lieutenant Colonel Rathnapriya Bandu is that both had contributed immensely to the process of reconciliation among communities in this country and debunked the nasty accusation that our armed forces have committed atrocities against Tamil civilians. Both have been ignored by the government […]

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If the country is to be saved…

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Prof. N.A. de S. Amaratunga This government is about the worse we had since independence. There is not a single area where the government has not failed. None of the promises made before the election in 2015  has been fulfilled. Leaving aside those promises what is worse is that the government had failed even to […]

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Reconciliation Vs Peace

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

N.A de S. Amaratunga  Title of this letter suggests reconciliation and peace are not complementary to each other but are antagonistic. Usually in most post conflict situations it is not the case and reconciliation paves the way for peace and vise versa. In Sri Lanka, however, when one looks at the process of reconciliation one […]

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Constitution Reforms and the 13th Amendment

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Prof. S. Amaratunga  Constitution making is serious business. Even amendments to it must be made after careful consideration and with consensus among representatives of the people and if possible in consultation with the people. This government formed of an assorted mix of political interests and opportunist groups had not collectively received a mandate to […]

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Sri Lanka is in need of friends

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

N.A de S. Amaratunga  Sri Lanka is badly in need of a friend. There are big powerful countries, some nearby and others far away, who say they are our friends, but going by what they are doing to us,  if they are our friends we don’t need enemies. We  know that these countries have their […]

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“Be a Hitler” comment – Blown out of proportion

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

N.A. de S. Amaratunga Venerable Vendaruwe Upali Thera the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Maha Viharaya had  at Gotabaya Rajapakse’s birthday ceremony commented that if some of Gota’s detractors call him a Hitler, so be it as the country needs a strong leader if it is to come out of the rut it has been dragged […]

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Kumar David’s Gota-phobia

Thursday, July 12th, 2018 S. Amaratunga Kumar David (KD) in a virulent mood says Gotabaya Rajapakse must be defeated, has to be defeated and can be defeated (Sunday Island, 10.06.2018).  Title of his article is Stop Gotabaya-Rex” which is perhaps to suggest that Gotabaya Rajapakse in his activities resemble the dinosaur named Tyrannosaurus-Rex” or T-Rex for short who […]

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