Author Archive for Rohana R. Wasala

Looking forward to a hopeful future

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

By Rohana R. Wasala All sensible adult citizens of Sri Lanka confidently hope that today’s youthful politicians will realise the importance of working together with their rivals in the national interest while maintaining their separate political identities, because, in the final analysis, all politicians of whatever party or faction they are affiliated to have no […]

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May the UNHRC respect the common humanity of all Sri Lankans before seeking to punish them for human rights violations uncommitted

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

By Rohana R. Wasala The 73rd anniversary of independence was officially celebrated in Colombo on February 4 with some of the accustomed pomp and pageantry associated with the event. Faced by the still rampant Covid menace and the looming economic and political crises, the current regime, which is still struggling to reach its cruising altitude, […]

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Rubber, the Tree of economic development

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Rohan Abeygunawardena ACMA, CGMA. When I was a kid while helping with homework, my mother told ‘’look at this eraser, it is made in England, but do you know this is made out of rubber from our country?’’ That was in early sixties. Then in mid-sixties my father showed me a newspaper heading ‘’Soviet Union […]

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“Gota’s War” ‘a hagiographic monograph’?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy Sunday Island Signs are that anti-Sri Lanka forces at home and abroad are already gearing up for a wishfully devastating diplomatic assault on the country during the forthcoming 46th session of the UNHRC in Geneva in March 2021. Politicizing the artificial burial issue and the innocuous ‘peniya’ to resist/treat Covid-19 […]

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STICKING TO SCIENCE IS THE BEST WAY TO BEAT SUPERSTITION, POLITRICKS, CORONA AND COMMUNAL VIRUSES

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

By Rohana R. Wasala We have all read or heard Aesop’s fable ‘The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey’: A man and his young son set out taking their donkey to market to sell it there. Listening to different censorious comments of a number of people they encountered on the road, they first rode the […]

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To the attention of the Sri Lankan Media Minister: ‘Teacher stuck on a horn”

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Rohana R. Wasala    Watching the 11:55 A.M. Hiru News/January 7, 2021 (Live Stream) I was dismayed by a news ticker in Sinhala characters that flashed intermittently during a news item that covered a press briefing presided by His Eminence Malcom Cardinal Ranjit, the Archbishop of Colombo, who was raising concerns about some environmental degradation […]

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Unrealities of call for Covid-related burials: London protestor’s carrion call

Monday, January 4th, 2021

By Rohana R. Wasala I would like to kindly alert  readers to certain distorted versions of my articles,and forged documents falsely attributed to my authorship appearing in a fakeFace Book account created in my name by an unknown person, who is probably assuming a pseudonym. However, there are an unknown number of genuine social media […]

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Even you, Minister Ali Sabry?

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala A HAPPY PEACEFUL PROSPEROUS HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO  ALL LANKAWEB READERS INCLUDING THOSE WHO HOLD CONTRARY VIEWS TO MINE! Media secretary Viraj Abeysinghe of the Ministry of Health has issued a press statement warning against spreading false information concocted by certain politicians and websites regarding the subject of whether to bury […]

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Dealing with Islamist madrasas: To mainstream or to ban them altogether?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala According to a news item carried in The Island/December 28, 2020, Russian Ambassador in Colombo Yuri Materiy forewarned Sri Lanka’s Minister of Public Security Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera that extremist Islamic terrorist organizations may channel funds to their Lankan counterparts on the pretext of extending COVID-19 aid. ‘In response the […]

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ATTACKS ON CARDINAL OUTRAGEOUS AND UNACCEPTABLE

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala As evident in the social media, His Eminence Archbishop Malcom Cardinal Ranjit is taking heavy flak from certain quarters for urging the authorities to bring to justice the culprits behind the suicide bomb attacks on three churches and four hotels on Easter Sunday last year on the basis of the findings […]

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Politics as usual no remedy for Islamic extremism

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala A heated exchange took place in parliament a couple of days ago (November 26 or 27) about the so-called Batticaloa Sharia University between Opposition MP Kavinda Jayawardane of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) and Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris MP (SLPP), as reported on Hiru TV. Following is a rough […]

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President’s Address to Nation: Taking the Bull by the Horns

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala I do not normally speak as a Sinhalese, and I do not think that the leader of this council ought to think of himself as a Sinhalese representative, but for once I should like to speak as a Sinhalese and assert with all the force at my command that the interests […]

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UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR’S MISSIVE TO THE PRIME MINISTER AND WHAT AN ORDINARY SRI LANKAN THINKS ABOUT IT

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala UN Resident Coordinator Ms Hanaa Singer’s outrageously meddlesome missive offering unsolicited advice on governance (November 12, 2020) to Prime Minister Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, with copies to the Minister of Foreign Relations Mr Dinesh Gunawardane, and Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous  Medicine Mrs Pavithra Wanniarachchi hasn’t still elicited an official response […]

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‘Truth and Science’ has won the US presidential election; will America win the world through it?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala America is the most religious and the most nationalistic country in the world, in addition to being the only global superpower. When the Democrats who fought the election on a platform of ‘Truth and Science’ defeated the Republicans who were guided or misguided by a person/a cult figure (instead of a […]

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‘Have the Sinhalese been struck blind?’

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala  A simple solution to the tyranny of minoritarianism. This is just a personal opinion for what it’s worth.  Post-independence politics in Sri Lanka has been characterised by a continuous struggle between exclusive minority communalism and inclusive majority nationalism, in the form of roughly thirty years of cold war between the two […]

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THE WAY FORWARD AFTER 20A

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala The Sinhalese in independent Sri Lanka have been nationalistic, but never narrowly communalistic; they have never illtreated non-Sinhala minorities on the basis of race or religion. Those who are wallowing in a sea of misinformation having been swept there by tides of hostile propaganda over the decades, may bristle at this, […]

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Valorising mythology to invalidate known history

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala Feisal Mansoor (‘Muslims and ban on cattle slaughter’/The Island/October 9, 2020) opens his piece with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, obviously taken from the web: The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” However, there is some doubt about the […]

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Clarity is power

Friday, October 9th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala While surfing the net this morning (October 6) I saw a flash of a You Tube video purportedly uploaded by Niroshan Premaratne, former UPFA Matara District MP (2015-20) from the Wimal Weerawansa-led Jatika Nidahas Peramuna. He failed to enter parliament in the general  election held on August 5 this year. It […]

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CLARITY MATTERS

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala While surfing the net this morning (October 6) I saw a flash of a You Tube video purportedly uploaded by Niroshan Premaratne, former UPFA Matara District MP (2015-20) from Wimal Weerawansa led Jatika Nidahas Peramuna. He failed to enter parliament in the general  election held on August 5 this year. It […]

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CONSTITUTION MAKING – A layman’s view

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

by Rohana R. Wasala ‘At least since Rousseau’s Social Contract and the end of the divine right of kings, the state has been seen as party to a contract with the people – a contract to guarantee or supply the necessary order in society. Without the state’s soldiers, police and the apparatus of control, we […]

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Cattle slaughter ban and common sense

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala It was reported in the media (September 8, 2020) that prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s proposal for a ban on cattle slaughter received cabinet approval as well as the approval of the government parliamentary group. Some Buddhist monks and allied groups who have long been agitating for such legislation to be enacted […]

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IN REMEMBRANCE OF ANAGARIKA DHARMAPALA

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala (The 156th birth anniversary of the Anagarika falls today, September 17, 2020. The following lines are in celebration of the event.) The pioneer of true national thinkingWas none other than the historical Hate-figure of anti-nationalistsGreat Anagarika DharmapalaWho engineered social reform through itTo kindle hopes of freedom from foreign rule. History will recognize […]

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Wigneswaran up against a wall of scholarly opposition

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala It seems to me that the former NPC CM and present Jaffna District MP octagenarian C.V. Wigneswaran has taken to dispensing racist hatred in order to wipe out the Sinhalese race as a pest. It is funny, but regrettable that he indulges himself in this sort of thing. But since the […]

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Wigneswaran’s tribal perspectives in perspective

Friday, September 11th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala  The feature article: ‘False historical perspectives of Wigneswaran’ jointly written by Rienzie and Kusum Wijetilleke (The Island/September 4, 2020) provided the cue for the following positive  response. The Wijetillekes’ article makes interesting reading, though Wigneswaran’s tribal perspectives are hardly worth talking about except for the danger of their acquiring a false […]

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A brief history of two monk activists

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island In my opinion, Ven. Athuraliye Ratana and Ven. Galaboda-aththe Gnanasara were following two different lines  of activism in the arena of inclusive nationalism until their recent  joint pratfall in the mire of dirty politics. The first appears to be a shrewd politician who is trying to get involved […]

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No monks in parliament, please!

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island A few Buddhist monks who have long been vocal protestors against the anti-Buddhasasana activities of a large number of foreign funded fundamentalist religious groups and a hitherto unheard of, relatively obscure monk by the name of Wedinigama Wimalatissa are embroiled in a violent controversy over the single national […]

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Elect good, honest, educated, and morally upright people as MPs

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island Elect good, honest, educated, and morally upright people as MPs” is not a new slogan. It has been heard at least over the past half a century without any indication of its being heeded by the average voter. This is usually because the voters have no choice over […]

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An object lesson in archaeological conservation

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala Buvaneka Hotel? I wanted to renovate the place when I was Secretary to the Urban Development Authority, but the owner refused to give it up for renovation. An amused President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to some young men who asked him, during his campaign tour of the Kurunegala district on July 27, why […]

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Five Slaves and Four Slaveholding Presidents in the Early United States of America

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island Stop the Runaway. Fifty Dollars Reward…… A Mulatto Man Slave, about thirty years old, six feet and an inch high, stout made and active, talks sensible, stoops in his walk, and has a remarkable large foot…..will pass for a free man…..The above reward will be given any person […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Friday, July 17th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala Courtesy The Island The SLPP has called off  its scheduled  propaganda rallies for the time being in view of the rising threat of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Its national organizer Basil Rajapaksa has instructed all party organizers to abide by this decision. This must have been a difficult […]

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