Author Archive for Chandre Dharmawardana

Partitioning water between agriculture and hydro-power to maximize Sri Lanka’s clean energy output.

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

By Chandre Dharmawardana.National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa and Department of Physics and Astronomy Université de Montreal. The largest drain on Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange earnings is in purchasing  fossil fuels for power and transport,  and in feeding  the 22 million people who depend on a mere million hectares of arable land, as compared to […]

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Journalists must NOT use “Maveer”, or “Mahaviru” and other glorifying names for suicide terrorists who are “Maha-viyaru” individuals.

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada Many English newspapers, and even some Sinhalese language newspapers have carried news items with headlines like Mullaitivu and Jaffna courts prohibit Mahaviru commemorations”,  Court orders to prohibit Mahaveer Commemorations”. To  unthinkingly  take over the narrative and vocabulary of the pro-Tiger activists and use them in news items and headlines is a corruption […]

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මාධ්‍ය වීදීන් සහ ලේඛකයෝ “මරු-වියරු” වූ එල් ටී ටී ඊ ත්‍රස්තයන්ට “මාවීර්”, “මහවිරු” වැනි ගෞරව් නාම නොදිය යුතුය.

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

චන්ද්‍ර ධර්මවර්දන විසිනි මේ නොබෝ දා පුවත් පත් වල පල වූ ශීර්ෂ තල අනුව මුලතිවු (මූලදූව ) සහ ජාපනය උසාවි මගීන් “මාවීර අනුස්මරණ උත්සව” පැවැත්වීම තහනම් කොට ඇත. එම අන්දමේ පුවත් පල කරන විට එවැනි ත්‍රස්තයන් ට  “මාවීර” වැනි ගෞරව පූර්වක නාමයන් නොදිය යුතුය. ඔවුන් හින්සාව සහ ත්‍රස්තයෙන් වියරු වැටුනු, එනම් පිස්සු වැටුනු, මාර චේතනා […]

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The LTTE’s “Maaveer” celebrations: Packaging Suicide Killers as liberation Heroes.

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Chandre Dharnawardana The 26th of November is the Birthday of the dreaded leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who was shot dead in 2009. Prabhakaran assassinated the elected leaders of the Tamil community in the 1980s [1], massacred other rival groups, suppressed dissent, and  hijacked the control of Tamil politics, to  launch a […]

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MONLAR’s fear-mongering claim: “currently released fertilizer being of low quality and high in heavy metals”.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Chandre Dharmawardana, National Research Council of Canada According to a news report (Island, 2-11-20), Mr. Chinthaka Rajapaksa, who is said to be the moderator of an organization known as  the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR)” claims  a high probability that the fertilizer currently released to the market were of low quality and high […]

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The Chapa Interview with US-military professor Dr. Mendis: US policy in Sri Lanka

Monday, October 26th, 2020

Chandre Dharmawardana. Please listen to an interview of Dr. Mendis (( which touches on US policy and Sri Lanka, and hear between the words.  See how a  Sri Lankan young man straight out of a Pollonaruwa school system gets educated in the US via a scholarship to becomes a complete supporter of the American Manifest […]

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Who is the Sun King, Raavana or Prabhakaran? Pseudo-histories of Tamils and Sinhalese.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Chandre Dharmawardana. Tamil Nationalists are making their myths, extending their history to ancient times and claiming that they were in Sri Lanka (and even in Africa, Babylon and Egypt) since the beginning of time, and that Tamil language is the source of the ancient Sumarian language. Wigneswaran, the ex-Chief Minster of the Northern province, has […]

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Who is the Sun king, Raavana or Prabhakaran?Myth-making is a past time of both sides – Tamils as well as Sinhalese.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Chandre Dharmawardana Tamil Nationalists are making their myths, extending their history to ancient times and claiming that they were in Sri Lanka (and even in Babylon and Egypt)  since the beginning of time, and that Tamil language is the source of the ancient  Sumarian language. Wigneswaran has captured the lime light recently, with such fairy […]

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Sri Lanka’s power supply, blackouts, and how to prevent them.

Monday, August 31st, 2020

By Chandre Dharmawardana Sri Lanka recently had a nationwide blackout that cost millions and even compromised its security. A blackout may be compared to a sudden heart attack, leaving a debilitated individual. This was the fifth  heart attack” suffered by the grid since the end of the Eelam wars, with blackouts in  2009, 2015, twice […]

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Wigneswaran’s attempts to construct an alternative history of local Tamils going back to millenia.

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Chandre Dharmawardana “Wigneswaran …..Presumably hoping for a wider, protracted debate on that element. The Govt side very effectively scuttled his hopes by nixing any such debate during event.” This sort of thing has gone on since the 1930s. In fact, the first Sinhala-Tamil riot in 1939 August occurred when G. G. Ponnambalam alluded to the […]

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Tamil speaking voters decisively reject vengeance-peddling Genocide-Claiming parties in Sri Lanka’s elections.

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada.  Sri Lanka, a nation troubled by decades of civil strife and a separatist war  has just concluded a parliamentary election bringing back the war-winning government. Western observes have keenly focused on the North, with its Tamil population (5% of the Nations population) previously controlled by the separatist Tigers. Their  MaVeer”  (suicide fighters  […]

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No big call for renewable energy in today’s political manifestos

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Chandre Dharmawardana All the political parties have now issued their manifestos. A large part of the government’s foreign exchange budget goes for purchasing fossil fuels for generating electric power, and for feeding the fleet of vehicles, tractors, trains and other internal combustion engines used in Sri Lanka. These total some 8-10 million engines. All this […]

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

by Chandre Dharmawardana. Mr. Soyza writes (Lanka Web, 27-04-20) that “We hear many a good story about how Hela Vedakama can restore immunization in the human body from Hela Suwaya school of medicine.  The time tested methods are available to our citizens in these times of fear to protect them from a virus for which […]

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The evolution of the Covid-19 in Sri Lanka and prospects for relaxing many constraints.

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

By Chandre Dharmawardana [This is a shortened version of a more technical paper, 15-04-2020] Introduction. An outbreak of a new type of  pneumonia like disease was first reported on 31st December 2019 from Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China. It was identifies as caused by  a ‘Novel Corona Virus’ on 7th January 2020, […]

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Presidential Pardons for criminals, terrorists, and who else?

Monday, March 30th, 2020

By Chandre Dharmawardana. When the family of Czar Nicholas, children, and women included,  were brutally killed by the Bolshevik revolutionaries, that was justified by a throng of intellectuals who were ready to defend anything done in the name of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. Clever dialectical arguments were presented as to why even the children had […]

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මාර්තු 15 ඉරිදා දිවයින පත්‍රයෙහි පල වූ අනුර ජයසේන මහතාගේ “රසායනික පොහොර වලින් තොර” වගාව පිලිබඳ ලිපිය සම්බන්ධවයි.

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

ආචාර්ය චන්ද්‍ර ධර්මවර්ධන විසිනි. දැනට ඇහැලියගොඩ ආපන ශාලවක් පවත්වාගෙන යන අතර අක්කර හතරක ගොවිතැන් සහ බෝග වගාවක් ද  වවන  අජිත් පිරයන්ත  තරුණ මහතගේ ප්‍රයත්නය ගැන ලක්ෂණ ලිපියක් පසුගිය ඉරිදා දිවයින පත්‍රයෙහි පල විය. එම ලිපිය අනුව:  තම පියාගේ ආභාෂය මත කුඩාකල සිටම කුඹුරට, කමතට ඇලූම් කළ අජිත් කැත්ත උදැල්ල කමතට අවනත කරගැනීමට වැය කළේ කෙටි […]

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Hiru Govi Sangarmaya – Another Tamasha to deceive the masses by those already deceived?

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

By Chandre Dharmawardana The event, Hiru Govi Sangraamaya -Thun Helayei Ranketh Udhaanaya” may be visited at A part of the title means Hiru farmer’s battle”. But what does Uddaana” mean? In Sanskrit, Uddaana implies the act of binding, fastening together”, while it also denotes the entry of the sun into a zodiacal sign. In […]

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Raising Sri Lanka’s firm energy capacity rapidly and cheaply by 20-30% without coal, LNG, solar or wind or biomass!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

By Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana Mr. G. A. D Sirimal (GADS)   has lobbied consistently for  a  continuation of the  traditional and well-tested energy plans of earlier decades  in his writings  to the Island newspaper, and calling for the further expansion of coal-burning power plants, even though  the Norochchollai power plant is limping between shut downs and […]

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Is Sri Lanka the “country eating the most amounts of Toxins”, and should it ban Palm Oil?

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

By Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa  had stated  on January 14th at Embilipitiya that According to the WHO, Sri Lanka is the country eating the most amount of toxins (ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානයේ වාර්තාවල් අනුව ලෝකයේ වැඩිම වස විස බුක්තිවිදින රට තමයි ලංකාව)! Meanwhile, an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry has called for a  ban on […]

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US funded MCC – silence on vital environmental issues

Friday, January 24th, 2020

By  Chandre Dharmawardana (This article is  also to appeared in the Island Newspaper January 23, 2020) The so-called  Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC)  of USA  proposes to grant nearly half a billion dollars to Sri Lanka’s development. Sri Lanka has already received  over  2.5 billion in Chinese aid, and this is a US initiative to counter […]

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රජරට පැතිරී අති අළුත් මාදිලියේ වකුගඩු රෝගය පිලිබඳ අලුත්ම කරුණු.

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

ආචාර්‍ය චන්ද්‍ර ධර්මවර්ධන විසිනි,   රජරට බොහෝ ගම් වල අලුත් මාදිලියක වකු ගඩු රෝගයක් වසංගතයක් මෙන් පැතිර ගොස් ඇති බව කවුරුත් දනී. සාමාන්‍ය වකුගඩු රෝගය අධික  රුධිර  පීඩනය සහ දියවැඩියාව සමග ඇතිවේ. නුමුත්, නව වකුගඩු රෝගය එවැනි කිසි රෝග ලකුණක් නොදක්වා,  ලෙඩය අසාද්‍ය වූ විට පමණක් හෙලි වෙයි.    මෙමෙ ලෙඩය 1992-2004 වකවානුවේදී මහනුවර වකුගඩු ව්ශේෂඥ දොස්තර […]

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His Eminence the Cardinal calls for clean energy instead of corrosive coal and fossil fuels.

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana A floating solar array system installed recently in France. According to an Islan d news report (, His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says no to coal, and environment-friendly power projects which utilize renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power must be prioritized.The Cardinal is said to have made this remark […]

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Disposing garbage along a wall on Sri Lanka’s sea coast – Please rethink

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada Emeritus Professor Ariyasena de Silva of Moratuwa University, writing in The Island (1st Dec. 2019) suggests the following. “[making] blocks one metre long and 0.5 m across … outside plastered with a thin layer of cement mortar … Compressing the garbage into a steel casing can also be done with a […]

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Gotabhaya’s Visit to Delhi and the Nation’s Environmental and Constitutional concerns.

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

By Chandre Dharmawardana The Indian government, by acting with strategic alacrity  managed a diplomatic advance in inviting the New President of Sri Lanka to Delhi, within the first breath of the new presidency. The new president, in accepting the invitation equally rapidly has shown his friendliness and openness for dialogue, at a time when Tamil […]

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The ITAK’s Thirteen-point letter – are we going back to Batakotte?

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

By Chandre Dharmawardana. According to news reports (e.g., Island 18-Oct.-2019), the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi”, a constituent party of the  The Tamil National Alliance” (TNA) has hurled a 13-point request letter into the political arena of the presidential stakes, even though the prospective president has been shackled by the 19th amendment crafted by the Jayampathy-Sumanthiran […]

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Ex-Governor Ajit Cabral’s proposal for Expressways covering the Country.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

By Prof. Chandre Darmawaradana. The former Governor of the Central Bank (2006-2015) has made proposals with the objective of  A new impetus to revive the Economy from 2020-2025” (Island, 25 Sept-2019). These include  (1) a new elliptical expressway parallel to the coast at a distance of about 40-50 km from it around Sri Lanka, (2) […]

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The Place-name “Pothuvil”

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Chandre Dharmawardana Pothuvil  පොතුවිල් is Tamil usage. Its earlier sinhala usage  was indeed පොතුවිල, possibly derived from Budhuvila Bodhivaalaබෝදිවාල. Let the sinhalese writers at least begin to call it by the sinhala form පොතුවිල and NOT POTHUVIL. Please see my discussion of the place name given in The link takes you to the letter P. […]

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An Environmental policy statement is a MUST for every presidential candidate.

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

By Chandre Dharmawardana Today, even if you wish to dig a canal to provide water to rural people who are suffering from kidney disease owing to having consumed brackish well water contaminated with fluoride, an environmental impact statement is needed. Any major undertaking needs environmental impact statements. One of the reasons given for the cancellation […]

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Attacks on the Mahawamsa.

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Chandre Dharmawardana, This is a very good analysis by Susantha Goonatilleke. We should agree that Sri Lanka, even more than India, has a strong historical memory, and the Mahawamsa falls in line with the Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and the writings of Herodotus. The Indian Epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata contain far more myth than […]

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Garbage Mounds, Political hounds and the food you eat.

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada. Nearly 4000 metric tons of illegally imported hazardous garbage, contaminated with hospital waste and human organs have been found in Colombo’s free trade zone. The foul stench emanating from the illegal cargo had let the cat out of the bag! The Island Newspaper Editorial and writers like Dr. Ratnasiri (I29-07-2019, Island)  […]

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