Author Archive for S. Amaratunga

SL leaders and US interests

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

N. A. DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island There is a perceived threat of a major intrusion into the country’s sovereignty and the country being turned into a military base for the US, as part of its strategy for dominance in the Indian Ocean. Several agreements with the US and supportive parliamentary acts are said […]

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Importance of Religion in National Identity

Monday, May 20th, 2019

N. A. de S. Amaratunga Courtesy The Island A high ranking minister has said Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala Buddhist country though the majority belongs to that ethnic-religious community. He may or may not be showing his ignorance and may have been trying merely to attract the non-Sinhala Buddhist voter. Lot of piffle is […]

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Scrapping Presidency will solve everybody’s problems

Monday, April 8th, 2019

N.A.DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island Presidential system is a burden on the country and its people, and when it is like the present arrangement where the president and the parliament do not see eye to eye, it could be disastrous as being proved now. During the last four and a half years, nothing was […]

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Bones, Naseby and Kiriella

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

N.A. DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island Bones found in a mass grave in Mannar have been found to be more than 300 years old by a laboratory in Florida, USA. Lord Naseby has called on all the countries sponsoring the Resolution against Sri Lanka to bring down the official figure of deaths during the last […]

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The burden of the Presidency and 13-A

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

N.A DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island March 6, 2019, 11:33 pm The burden created by the politicians and politics of all hues has become unbearable for everybody, except the politicians who enjoy life like the proverbial crab in the pot. People irrespective of ethnicity are heavily taxed, not for the purpose of development of the […]

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Do away with PCs,13th A and Presidency

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 S. Amaratunga Several Provinces have existed without their Councils with no breakdown of essential services to the people for more than one year due to elections not being held. Though it is argued that not holding elections on time is a denial of democratic rights not holding elections for redundant institutions which in fact […]

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Do UNP, TNA and JVP really want an election?

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

N.A.DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island December 6, 2018, 9:31 pm UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says they would agree to hold an election under a legitimate government. But when he had a legitimate government headed by him he did his utmost to postpone the election. Similarly, Anura Kumara Dissanayake shouts from the tree tops that they […]

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19A – Confusing in present political crisis

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

N. A. DE S. AMARATUNGA If the Constitution is to be sacrosanct, in the first place, it has to be totally free of ambiguity and confusion. The 19th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution appears to be a product of political expedience, rather than something that makes the government more democratic in the service of […]

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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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