Author Archive for Dilrook Kannangara

Pakistan Had to Supply Weapons to Ukraine to get IMF Loan, What’s in for Sri Lanka?

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara IMF facility for Sri Lanka looks more and more like a bigger trap than a solution. Recent Pakistani experience shows there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes to get IMF facilities approved than what is openly discussed. USA as the largest stakeholder of IMF, calls the shots and never misses to […]

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If Easter Sunday Massacre Was a Political Plot, How About the Woman Suicide Bomber Who Died with Her Three Children at Home? 

Monday, September 11th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Easter Sunday terrorist attack must be investigated and all involved must be punished. Due to the absence of a credible investigation and justice, various conspiracy theories have emerged. That is natural and the only way to silence them is through justice. The allegation that the Easter Sunday terrorist attack was carried out with […]

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With Both Elected President and Prime Minister Out, the Present Regime Has No Mandate

Sunday, September 10th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Representative democracy is all about government through elected representatives. This is the only form of democracy in the world. Sadly, the top two elected representatives have been removed from their positions (and many other top vote winners too). The president and the prime minister currently serving have no mandate to rule the country. […]

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Why BRICS, China and Other Sensible Parties Do Not Help Sri Lanka

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara A wrong view is circulated by some claiming that China, BRICS or the New Development Bank of BRICS would help Sri Lanka. They don’t and they shouldn’t. For very good reasons. Over 81% of Sri Lanka’s loan creditors are in NATO-QUAD military alliance countries or those countries themselves! NATO includes USA, UK, France, […]

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Mahinda Failed to Emulate Modi Magic

Thursday, August 24th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Modi is a remarkable political success story in the world’s largest democracy. He has not only protected his vulnerable vote base from the threats of terrorism, separatism, poverty, external threats and demographic challenges, India has made unprecedented and even unbelievable progress under Modi’s leadership. His strategic thinking and visionary skills have turned him […]

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13 Plus Cannot Bring Minority Votes for Ranil; Just Drop It

Tuesday, August 15th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara 13 Plus has the best chance of passing parliament this time as all parties desperately try to win minority support. However, since all parties support 13 Plus, no party can gain political mileage over others using it. Ranil won most Tamil and Muslim votes whenever he contested for president (1999 and 2005), however, […]

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Power of the Unsaid: “Sinhalas Awake! Save Bodh Gaya” (From Hindus)

Tuesday, August 8th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Anagarika Dharmapala is undoubtedly one of the greatest strategic thinkers; certainly the best ever in his community. His ability to strategize his plans for the optimum impact baffles an inquisitive thinker even today and is at times beyond belief. None of his contemporaries seems to have understood him fully as he was light […]

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Now is the Perfect Time for 13 Plus

Saturday, August 5th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara It has been 14 years since Sri Lanka promised 13 Plus to the UN (May 29, 2009) but no government since then implemented it as a Constitutional amendment. For good reasons. When the President visited India recently, the Indian PM made it very clear that Sri Lanka must devolve more powers to Tamils. […]

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“Give Them Anything to Keep Sri Lanka in One Piece” Bankrupted the Nation and the Majority

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara What is termed as the ethnic problem (started in 1911) was never about problems faced by an ethnic group. It was always about profiting from sympathy and bankrupting the nation and its majority. By holding hostage the majority’s desire for one-nation-in-the-island, shrewd tribal politicians skimmed them to the maximum until the national economy […]

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Merge Western, Central, Wayamba, Southern, Uva, Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provinces into One Province

Sunday, July 30th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Provincial Councils are again in the news. These useless, money-guzzling and inefficient white elephants must be put to rest to reduce governance costs, corruption and bring Sri Lanka out of bankruptcy. However, India and Indian minorities want provincial councils to continue so that the island nation will be economically doomed forever. Instead of […]

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Public Health Sector Crisis in Some Government Hospitals Due to Ethnically Discriminatory Funds Allocation

Monday, July 24th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Sri Lankan government spend on public health is not the same across the provinces. There is acute discrimination against some provinces. Healthcare cost is measured in per head (per capita) spend so it is a fair and comparable measure. When per head public healthcare cost is compared across the provinces, a terrifying and […]

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Asianization Set to Dominate the West in a Generation

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara The West is in a death spiral. Unable to sustain demographic, military and economic dominance over the rest of the world, the West has resorted to beef up its population with the help of Asians and Africans. A massive push to bring millions of Asians and Africans is underway in many Western nations. […]

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ඉතිහාසගත සාක්ෂි අනුව පුරාණයේ ලංකාවෙන් බිහිවූ එකම දෙමළ බෞද්ධයෙක්වත් නැත

Friday, June 30th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara බෞද්ධ සිද්ධස්ථාන පිළිසකර කිරීමට එරෙහිව දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරු සහ අනෙකුත් දෙමළ පුද්ගලයන් කල්ලි ගැසී ඇත. ඔවුන්ගේ ක්‍රියාකාරකම් රටේ නීතියට සහ සංහිඳියාවට පටහැනි වෙතත් ඔවුන්ට විරුද්ධව කිසිම දඬුවමක් ක්‍රියාත්මක නොවීම රටේම කරුමයකි. දෙමළ ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් පවා අත නොතැබූ කුරුන්දි බෞද්ධ විහාරයේ නටබුන් වැනසීමට තැත්කිරීම සාපරාධී වරදකි. මෙම බෞද්ධ විරෝධයට වක්‍රාකාරයෙන් දායක වන පිළිලයකුත් සිටියි. […]

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Domestic Debt Restructure

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Sri Lanka’s central government long term debt, excluding the debt of government entities, amounts to $84 billion as of 2023. About half of it is foreign debt and the other is domestic debt. After months of negotiations, foreign debt holders agreed to debt restructure. However, holders of domestic debt are dragging their feet […]

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How the Vallipuram Sinhala Inscription (1 Century AD) was Distorted with Tamil Letters Between 1950 and 1990

Monday, June 26th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara The Vallipuram Inscription or Vallipuram Gold Plate is an important ancient artifact that busted fake homeland claims of a certain ethnic group found. It was unearthed as part of archeological excavations carried out during the British era. It states that the Sinhala Buddhist temple in the area now known as Vallipuram (Veli Pura […]

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No Historical Evidence of Sri Lanka-Born Tamil Buddhists in Ancient Times

Sunday, June 25th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara There is a concerted attempt to hand over ancient Buddhist shrines to Tamils today including the Kurundi Vihara. If this unfortunate attempt succeeds the fate of those Buddhist shrines will be as catastrophic as the fate of a number of ancient Buddhist shrines in the Eastern and Northern provinces – they have been […]

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India is Strategically Important for USA to Dominate Asia (by Providing Cannon Fodder in a War Against China)

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara For over 50 years since 1947, USA and India didn’t have many things in common in the defence space. There was a time when USA and India were close to war and Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program was supported by USA. The current iconic Indian PM was once branded a war criminal” by US […]

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After Two Centuries of Indulging in Hate Speech Anti-Sinhala and Anti-Buddhist Elements Have to Adjust to ICCPR World Order

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara What changed?” demands anti-Sinhala and anti-Buddhist elements in Sri Lanka when the ICCPR Act is implemented. They have been used to a life of hate speech against Sinhala and Buddhist interests for the past 200 years. Instead of changing to the new world norm of human rights, they blame the Act and live […]

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Bangladesh Separating from Pakistan Did Not Trigger Separatism in West Bengal, India or Elsewhere in India

Sunday, May 28th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara There is a wrong view in some sections of Sri Lankans that India will never allow an Independent Tamil Eelam as that would trigger separatism in India. This belief cannot be more wrong. In fact, the opposite is true. Both Bangladesh and West Bengal state of India are mostly habituated by Bengali people. […]

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What Changed in Sri Lanka Since Aragalaya

Sunday, May 14th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Last year (2022) saw some unprecedented events in Sri Lanka. For the first time in history, a president and a prime minister were removed and replaced without a vote. Although the parliamentary composition remains same, the direction, policies, events, decision-making, priorities and international standing have changed for the better. While some lament their […]

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Only Legal Action Against Local and Foreign Conspirators Behind 2022 Regime Change Gives Credibility to Claims and Saves Sri Lanka from a Repeat

Friday, May 12th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Those who allege local and foreign conspiracy in 2022 regime change have a responsibility to their people. If their allegations are true, it is a very serious violation of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, the Constitution (on many counts), the franchise, fundamental rights of individuals, the Penal Code and many other laws. Internationally, it is […]

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Over 98% of India’s 0.7% Buddhists are Classified as Dalits

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara India’s sudden interest in Buddhism seems to be driven by militarization than anything noble. India uses Buddhism as a weapon against China, a bargaining tool against Burma and Bhutan and as an extortion tool against Sri Lanka. All this happens while India’s Buddhists endure acute discrimination, marginalization and deprivation. This has many learnings […]

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Public Opinion Submission for New Anti-Terror Bill

Monday, May 1st, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Sri Lanka needs anti-terror and anti-subversion laws. Sadly, the seven decades since Independence are dotted with subversion, violence, disruption and terrorism. Current Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) introduced in 1979 has its use but falls short of many security risks the island faces. Parts of it are outdated. Singapore’s Internal Security Act is […]

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Differences Between Euromaidan and Aragalaya

Saturday, April 29th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara A recent book by a parliamentarian equates the events of Aragalaya (2022) in Sri Lanka to Euromaidan uprising (2013) of Ukraine. However, the two are vastly different; in fact, opposed to each other. Most of these claims are unsubstantiated and only based on either hearsay or guesses. Understanding key differences between Euromaidan and […]

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Sadly 4/21 Will Not Be the Last of Its Kind as Underlying Problems Remain

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Major problems, ailments and disasters brew slowly. There are unmissable signs of impending danger that are often disregarded for convenience. At other times humans simply do not want to hear them as they have enough on their plate. They wish the problems will go away or find an easy scapegoat. These are the […]

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Only Two Options for Sri Lanka: Total National Capitulation or Escape It Like an Amputee Soldier in Battlefield

Sunday, April 9th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Sadly the nation has been pushed to a corner without many options. Who did it is a bygone debate now as time is running out. Sri Lanka needs a surviving mechanism. Without it the island nation will totally capitulate to the New Great Game. Those who dream about utopian options that does not […]

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The Good of Privatization of State Enterprises to Foreign Companies

Friday, April 7th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Selling state enterprises is not the right thing to do. If Sweden, Singapore and even Sri Lanka before 1972 could do it, state business undertakings can profit and run efficiently. However, the current state of affairs surrounding state businesses is pathetic and they cannot be salvaged. On top of that Sri Lanka is […]

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University Quotas by Ethnicity Can Remedy Ongoing Teacher Tussle and Dearth of Doctors

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara As if economic crises are not enough, the nation has to deal with never-ending strikes by teachers at various levels of teaching and exam marking and a worsening lack of doctors and other professionals. Both these are tied to long term economic instability. The nation needs a steady flow of professionals for its […]

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Central Bank Must be Independent to Save the Economy

Saturday, March 18th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara Even a schoolkid who has studied Year 11 Commerce would tell you that the Central Bank must be independent of the government. And that’s how it is around the world. However, Sri Lanka does not follow the rest of the world. Well established norms are questioned, challenged and changed in Sri Lanka to […]

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NPP Position on 13A Shows Political Maturity (13A Neither a Vote Winner nor a Vote Loser)

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

Dilrook Kannangara JVP was the last of the Sinhala political parties to accept 13A and provincial councils in 1999. By then UNP, SLMP, SLMC, EPRLF, SLFP and PA had succumbed to the 13A honeypot. It was a wise decision of the JVP to at last embrace the inevitable. 13A has no benefits for the nation; […]

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