Author Archive for S. Akurugoda

Disclosure of foreign secretary raises eyebrows

Monday, August 31st, 2020

S. AKURUGODA According to the disclosure of Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage to the media, the government is to appoint one time Minister Milinda Moragoda, as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner of Cabinet rank to India and, once such status is afforded, Mr. Moragoda will be able to interact with the leaders of both the countries […]

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How the 16th Amendment turned the Official Language Policy upside down

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

S. Akurugoda I refer to the two articles of Kalyananda Tiranagama, Executive Director, Lawyers for Human Rights and Development, under the titles Is Sinhala the Official Language of Sri Lanka” and   How Premadasa turned the Official Language Policy upside down” appeared in The Island dated 28th and 29th respectively. The articles quoting typical examples […]

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දියවන්නාව, පරිසරය, කැළණි ගඟ සහ මුහුද අපවිත්‍ර කල හැකිද?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

සoගදාස අකුරුගොඩ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් 225 දෙනාම දියවන්නා වැවට විසිකල යුතුයයි සමහරුන් පවසනන බවත්, එසේ කළහොත්,  පරිසරය පමනක් නොව කැළණි ගඟද දූෂණය වියහැකි බැව් එක්සත් ජාතික පකෂයේ නායක, හිටපු අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිoහ පසුගිය දිනෙක බියගම පැවති රැස්වීමක සිනාසෙමින් පැවසූ බැව් වාර්තාවේ. වරක් තොප්පිගල,  කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික්කයටත් වඩා විශාල කැලයක් බවත්,  එය අත්පත් කර ගැනීම නිෂ්එල ක්‍රියාවක් බවත්, […]

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Whose fundamental right is to choose parliamentarians to make a government?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

S .Akurugoda As per media reports, several Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions were filed at the Supreme Court,  challenging the decision of the President to dissolve Parliament, on March 2, and the decision by the Elections Commission to reschedule elections, on June 20, amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre […]

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India’s undue interference despite past and current failures

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

 S. Akurugoda According to the latest media reports, ethnic violence in India’s capital has left more than 40 dead and hundreds injured after a Hindu nationalist rampage, stoked by the rhetoric of Narendra Modi’s populist government. Violence has been a stain on India’s history since partition in 1947 when Pakistan was formed as a separate […]

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Time to investigate the activities of foreign funded NGOs

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

S. Akurugoda Foreign-funded NGOs had influenced our education system in subtle ways and an expeditious investigation will be carried out into the ideas being put into the minds of schoolchildren through school text books, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said at the National Dhamma School Convention and Awards Ceremony held at Irattaperiyakulam in Vavuniya few days ago. […]

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Swiss embassy and exercising the rule of law

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

S. Akurugoda On 16th December 2019, soon after a face-to-face meeting of Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock with Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapakse, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has issued a statement to the media criticizing lack of due process in the case against their local employee who is detained (after a court ruling) […]

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What are the Swiss up to?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

S. AKURUGODA Courtesy The Island December 18, 2019, 7:04 pm On 16th December 2019, soon after a face-to-face meeting of Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock with Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has issued a statement to the media criticising the lack of due process in the case against […]

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What makes it different?

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

S. AKURUGODA As reported in the media, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is to hold crucial talks with his deputy Sajith  Premadasa amid a deepening crisis over their party’s presidential candidacy. Although there were disputes among the hierarchy of the UNP back in 1988 on similar matters the issues were not taken out onto the streets […]

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Ranil’s leadership and shared goals of foreign powers

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

S. Akurugoda As per a news item appeared in The Island dated 9th July 2019, the newly appointed Chief Executive Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC,) Sean Cairncross has written to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stating that he looks forward to Wickremesinghe’s continued leadership to advance their shared goals. It is interesting to find […]

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Bring the politicians behind terrorism, directly or indirectly, to justice.

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

S. Akurugoda According to media reports, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith flayed the government for its lackadaisical attitude and not doing enough to bring those responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings to justice. He has expressed his dissatisfaction with the security measures that have been taken since the attack and doubt whether anything meaningful […]

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Who is this powerful politician?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

S.Akurugoda As per the headline news item appeared in The Island  dated 23rd April, Petroleum Resource Development Minister Kabir Hashim has revealed that following some incidents in the Mawanella area, Intelligence had unearthed cache of explosives at Lacktowatta in Wanathawilluwa, Puttalam. During the raid two key suspects were captured. However, due to the intervention of […]

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Law and order – Where are we heading?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

S.Akurugoda A police force of any sovereign state is empowered to enforce the law, to protect people and property, and to prevent crime and civil disorder. Is it happening in this country? After working and living in four countries over 25 years, other than my own country (including two developing countries which are poorer than […]

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MR must learn from past mistakes

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

S.AKURUGODA The excellent political analysis done by Mr. N.A.DE S. Amaratunga under the above titled , appeared in The Island dated 17 June 2018 (  is an I opener to the people who can sense the perilous situation the country is in under the present Sirisena – Ranil regime. Mr. Amarathunga, while analyzing positives and […]

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Our country’s  image

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

S. Akurugoda As per the news items appearing in the media, almost daily, it is apparent that our country has earned notoriety as a rogues’ paradise. Both the Country’s President Sirisena and the Parliamentarians  of the same ruling gang  such as MP Marikar pointing each other  as “pick-pocketer” while no legal action has been taken […]

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ජාතියේ සතුරන් හඳුනා ගනිමු

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

එස්. අකුරුගොඩ ඉතිහාසය පුරාම ආක්‍රමකයින් බලය ලබාගැනීම සහ පවත්වා ගැනීම සදහා අවිආයුධ වලට අමතරව ජනමතය විවිධාකාරයෙන් යොදවාගත් ආකාරය අපි අසා දැන ඇත්තෙමු.  ජාතිද්‍රෝහීන්ගේ ක්‍රියාකලාපයන් හේතුකොටගෙන අපි ශතවර්ෂ ගණනාවක් විදේශීන්ට යටත්ව සිටියෙමු.  1815 -1818 කාලය තුල බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය  ආක්‍රමකයින් රට තුලින්ම සොයාගත් බලලෝභී පුද්ගලයින් මගින් ජනමතය හසුරවමින් බලය ලබාගත් ආකාරයත් බලය තහවරු කරගැනීමට යොදන විවිද උපක්‍රම මේ […]

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Time to identify our enemies

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

S. Akurugoda As stated in recent editorial of a printed media titled  ‘Crooked and fleas’, our country today, has earned notoriety as a rogues’ paradise. The basic question we have is ‘who is responsible for creating this situation?’. The eradication of terrorism militarily under the Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) leadership was of ‘grave concern’ to some […]

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India’s confusion over its territories, despite its past failures

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

S. Akurugoda As per media reports, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has received an assurance from India that it will support the ongoing constitutional making process until it could be brought to a successful conclusion. According to the  said news item,  TNA  Leader Sampanthan has urged  the Indian Foreign Minister to exert pressure to the […]

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IGP manhandling Police HQ staff

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

S. Akurugoda A video was circulating on social media showing Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara manhandling two minor staffers of the Police Headquarters, who claimed to have disobeyed departmental rules of performing the morning meditation. The actual incident portrayed on the footage had reportedly taken place on April 11 this year, as mentioned by the gossip […]

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President’s Mahinda phobia

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

S. Akurugoda President Maithripala Sirisena, as per a news item appeared in The Island dated  10 July 2017, while virtually declaring a three-month deadline for his UNP-led coalition government to prosecute those responsible for murders such as Lasantha Wickrematunga and Wasim Thajudeen murders and mega corruption cases, has told his cabinet that cases would have […]

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Wijayadasa takes on ‘mental patients’

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

S. Akurugoda Courtesy The Island While making a statement in response to a question raised in the ‘Salakuna’ programme of Hiru TV, Mr Wijayadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice and Buddhist Affairs said the mental condition of the signatories to an advertisement in a national newspaper rejecting extremists should be examined and there was clear evidence that […]

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Are the  Sampanthan’s claims acceptable to the Ranil-Sirisena Administration?

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

S, Akurugoda In an article titled “War crimes: Lanka overwhelmed by Sampanthan’s unsubstantiated allegations” appeared in The Island dated March 28, 2017 , its writer described what the leader of the TNA, Sampanthan, has claimed against the Sri Lankan  security forces and  its implications against the backdrop of different figures quoted by the UN, and various […]

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Repercussion of short memories

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

S. Akurugoda Answering a question by The Irida  Divaina Journalist, Manoj Abeydeera, Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said that  the mislead people of the country is responsible for the current pathetic situation prevailing in the country. He was blaming the   country’s majority community, for believing the lies propagated by the opponents of their administration […]

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Time to have a strategy to defeat separatist’s agenda

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

S. Akurugoda It would be  interesting to find out how many public protests have taken place since the inception of the Sirisena-Ranil regime and how many were suppressed using teargas or other means.   The regime used force to  suppress a protest  arranged by neglected  disabled soldiers, who sacrificed their limbs and   many more for the sake […]

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හමුදා හා දේශපාලන කුමන්ත්‍රණ

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

එස්. අකුරුගොඩ විවිද කුමන්ත්‍රණ මගින් රජයන් පෙරළීම සහ දෙමල බෙදුම් වාදයට එරෙහිව තම රාජකාරිය නොපිරි හෙලා ඉටුකල රණ විරුවන් සිරගතකොට දෙමල බෙදුම් වාදීන්ගේ මනදොල  පිරවීම  පිලිබඳව එජාපයේ නායකයින්ට මනා ඉතිහාසයක් ඇත. 1961දී  පාසැල් රජයට පවරා ගැනීමත් සමඟ හමුදාවන්හි සහ පොලිසියේ ඉහල තනතුරු හෙබවූ ක්‍රිස්තියානි ප්‍රභූන්  සමූහයක් (12 – සිoහල, 6 – ද්‍රවිඩ 6 – බර්ගර්) […]

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President  Maithripala Sirisena’s  comments on Pada Yathra

Monday, August 1st, 2016

S. Akurugoda Addressing a meeting in Mawanella , President Maithripala Sirisena has said that if the previous government had governed the country properly its members, currently in the Opposition, would not have had to hoof it until they got blisters on their soles. Speaking further, President has said ” The previous government had boasted of […]

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Is this a process for reconciliation or a process for betraying our armed forces?

Monday, July 25th, 2016

S.Akurugoda As per a Information Note Circulated by Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Prime Minister has appointed a Secretariat to seek the views of the public on  so-called process and mechanisms for reconciliation in Sri Lanka and seek suggestions for ‘their’ design of; Office of Missing Persons Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recirrence Commission Judicial Mechanism Office of Reparations […]

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අපට අහිමි කරවන අපේ රට

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

එස්. අකුරුගොඩ අද අප රටේ බොහෝ දෙනෙකු රටේ ඈත ඉතිහාසය තබා මෑත ඉතිහාසයවත් හරිහැටි නොදන්නෝ වෙති.  දුටුගැමුණු රජු මහා දුෂ්ඨයෙක් බවත් රුවන්මැලි මහා සෑය මහා පාපකර්මයක් බවත් කියන අලූත් පරපුරේ ඊනියා විචාරකයින් මෙන් පෙනී සිටින මන්දබුද්ධිකයින් මෙන්ම අප රටට බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයෙන් නිදහස ලැබුන වර්ෂය හෝ ජනරජයක් කල වර්ෂය වත් නොදන්නා වත්මන් පරපුරේ සුපිරි ගායකයින් රූපවාහිනී නාලිකා […]

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Misleading Editorials

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

S. Akurugoda Following section appeared under the  Editorial  of Irida Divaina dated 17 January 2016, titled “මේ ගොනුන් දැක්‌කිය යුත්තේ කවර පට්‌ටියකටද?” 1960 ගණන්වලදී ශ්‍රීල.නි.ප. ආණ්‌ඩුවක්‌ පැවැති කාලයේදී ආණ්‌ඩු පෙරැළි කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්‌ සංවිධානය විය. එහෙත් එය ක්‍රියාත්මක වීමට කලින් සැකකරුවෝ අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබූහ. එයින් එක්‌ සැකකරුවකු වූයේ එ.ජා.ප. යේ ප්‍රබල ආධාරකරුවකු වූ දොඩම්පෙ මුදලාලි ය. යුද […]

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ජාතියේ අනන්‍යතාවයට සිදුවූ දේ ආගමටත් වේද?

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

එස්. අකුරුගොඩ 1948 දී සුද්දාගෙන් නිදහස ලැබුවද 1957 වනතුරුම රජයේ භාෂාව  වූයේ ඉoග්‍රීසි යයි. ඉoග්‍රීසි උගතාට පමණක් නොව කලිසමට තිබුන තැනවත් එදා සිoහල උගතාට තිබුනේ නැත. එවකට විජේවර්ධනලාට අයත්ව වික්‍රමසිoහලා පාලනය කල ලේක්හවුස් ආයතනයේ ඉoග්‍රීසි පුවත් පතක පලවූ කාටුනයක සිoහල උගතා වඳුරෙකුට සමාන කර තිබිණ. රජයේ පමනක් නොව පුද්ගලික ආයතනවල පවා ලිපිකරු සේවයේ සිට පරිපාලනය […]

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