Author Archive for S. Amaratunga

National integration and 13th A

Friday, November 20th, 2020 S. Amaratunga National integration would mean that in a country which is inhabited by several ethnic communities everyone would harbour similar feelings and thinking about matters of national interest like independence, territorial integrity, sovereignty etc. Development of such sentiments cannot be forced on a people. In this regard what the Indian philosopher S. Radhakrishna […]

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Biden victory – Implications for the World and Sri Lanka

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Prof. N. A. de S. Amaratunga   DSc Joseph Biden has decisively won the US presidential elections in November 2020 though President Trump also did extremely well getting more than 47% of the popular vote. This indicates towards a politically divided America and that Trumpism, or the nationalism that he gave leadership to, could influence future […]

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China is a True Friend, not a gift horse

Saturday, October 17th, 2020 S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island Epithets like Trojan Horse” and Greeks bearing gifts” have been used to refer to offers of assistance by foreign countries to Sri Lanka, when the country is battling a Covid second wave and an economic crisis (The Island 12.10.2020). Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is an […]

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Power sharing arrangements in conflict resolution

Sunday, October 11th, 2020 S. Amaratunga  As discussions on drafting a new constitution gathers momentum the ethnic problem may assume significant importance as it has been an intractable issue in the politics of Sri Lanka. Some political scientists believe that ethnic based conflicts could be resolved by power sharing methods that strengthen democracy (Hartzell CA, 2015) while others […]

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Ethnic Problem and Constitution Reforms

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

N.A. de S. Amaratunga A new constitution is being planned and a committee comprised of leading intellectuals has been appointed to draft it. One of the difficult issues the committee would have to grapple with would be the ethnic issue. Several aspects of the ethnic issue may have to be taken into consideration when tackling […]

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Genealogy of Concept and Genesis of 13th Amendment – A Reply

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 S. Amaratunga Prof. Gamini Keerawella (GK) in an article titled Genealogy of Concept and Genesis of 13th Amendment” (The Island 16th & 17th Sept. 2020) attempts to show that the 13th A was not something forced on us by India, that it was a concept discussed by political leaders starting before independence and that […]

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Constitution Reforms

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 S. Amaratunga The 19th A is being replaced by the 20th A and a new constitution is being planned.  A Committee has been appointed for the drafting of a new constitution comprising some of the leading intellectuals in the country. That would be the fourth new constitution for the country since independence. And there […]

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13th Amendment is a Federal Instrument

Monday, August 24th, 2020 S. Amaratunga Our hapless people battered and bruised by four years of ‘yahapalana’ , the two bank robberies, foreign interference, UNHRC Resolutions, separatism, Easter bombs and Covid have finally crawled to polling booths and stuffed the ballot boxes with lotus buds. Even the creators of the lotus bud may have been overwhelmed and shaken […]

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Sampanthan and The Five Ishwarams of Lord Siva

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Prof. S. Amaratunga TNA leader S.Sampanthan in his letter to the President regarding the Presidential Task Force for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province makes reference to a statement made by Paul E Peiris about the five Ishwarams of Lord Siva which are to be found  in the coastal regions of Jaffna, Trincomalee, […]

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Nation, Nation-State and The Tamil Kingdom – A reply to L.C.Arulpragasm

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Professor S. Amaratunga  DSc L.C.Arulpragasam’s (LCA) article which appeared in three parts under three titles; Decolonization, Nationalism, the Nation State and Democracy – Part I” (Sunday Island, 14.10.2018), Some Unchronicled Consequences of the Colonial Period – Part II  (Sunday Island, 21.10.2018) and The ‘State Nation’ Versus the ‘Nation State’ ” (Sunday Island, 28.10.2018)   is […]

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Intractability of the Tamil problem

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Prof. N. A. de S. Amaratunga To understand the nature of the Tamil problem and why it remains apparently unresolved one must examine its history and origin. It has its origin in Tamil separatism which dates back to 1930s. Tamil separatism is a Tamil construct. When independence for Ceylon was being considered by the British […]

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Shift from Neo-liberalist economy to Nationalist economy – an imperative need

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

N.A. de S. Amaratunga Courtesy The Island The countries which have benefited from Chinese assistance in Asia, Africa and Europe have not suffered a breach of their independence and sovereignty or lost any significant extents of resources. The world economy, international relations, and geopolitics are at present influenced by two strong ideologies; neo-liberalism and nationalism. […]

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Agreements that are Betrayals

Monday, November 4th, 2019

N.A.DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island In the 2500 long history of this country there have been several betrayals that had adversely changed its destiny. Some of them were forced on the rulers and some engineered by them. And some could have been avoided. An act by a ruler that compromises the independence and sovereignty […]

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Ancient Philosophers who attempted to resurrect Buddha’s Dhamma

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Professor  N. S. Amaratunga As Buddha had seen by experience that life is Anithya, Dukka, Anathma” (impermanent, sorrow, no-self) and as he did not want to believe what he could not perceive with his senses, he had to fight against the two extreme metaphysical views that were present in his time; the theory of  […]

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Will there be a change or will the agony continue?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

N.A. de S. Amaratunga First let us recall what has happened in the last four and a half years so that we know what has to change with the election of a new president.  These last four years have been agonizing for the people of this country. The blows fell incessantly and relentlessly one after […]

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End of SLFP and also UNP?

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

N.A.DE S. AMARATUNGA Courtesy The Island We live at a time of unprecedented political turmoil and uncertainty. There is no visible government. The officials are probably running the country, and as there is no political direction the economy is gradually and perceptibly declining, making a huge impact on the lives of the poor people as […]

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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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