Author Archive for History

Historian seeks legal action against Akshay Kumar’s ‘Ram Setu’ for using his research work without permission and ‘fabricating’ story

Monday, October 31st, 2022

Courtesy Entertainment Times Ashok Kumar Kainth, a historian is reportedly threatening legal action against the makers of ‘Ram Setu’ starring Akshay Kumar in the lead.According to reports, the Punjabi, who heads the department of Ramayan Research Committee in Sri Lanka, alleged that his research work and life story have been used in the film without his permission. Read Also‘Ram […]

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Sri Lanka’s Christian Colonial Dark History

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022


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‘Ravan Was The First Aviator’: How Sri Lanka Sees The Ramayan

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Seema Guha Courtesy Outlook India The epic tale says that Ram with the help of Hanuman and Sugriv rescued Sita from Ravan. The epic also mentions that a bridge was constructed by the Vanaras to help Ram and his army cross the ocean. The Ramayan continues to evoke passions in the faithful on both sides […]

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අපේ පැරණි අහාර | Food history of Sri lanka | Neth fm Unlimited History 110 – 02

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

NU1’s VLOG හෙලයන්ගේ අක් මුල් සොයා යන රේඩියෝ ටිකාව හෙවත් අපේ ජාතික කතාව , පසුගිය වැඩසටහන් සියල්ලම මෙතැනින් ලබාගත හැක… සීගිරි රාජධානියෙ සිට ගෙන ආ සියලුම වැඩසටහන් මෙතැනින් ලබාගත හැක… අපට අනුග්‍රකත්වය දැක්වීම සදහා ඔබ කැමති නම් අප අමතන්න. 0112507080 0711 95 95 95 whatsapp only ශ්‍රී ලංකා වේලාවෙන් උදෑසන 09 ත් සවස […]

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Worldwide Devastation-The history of the British Empire’s violence.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

By Howard W. French Courtesy The Nation British colonials with a pet cheetah in Secunderabad, India, 1906. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images) In 2005, Britain’s then–Labour chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, chose the backdrop of Tanzania to make a dramatic statement about his nation’s unmatched record of imperial conquest and rule. The time is long gone,” […]

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Sri Lanka’s ancient hydraulic civilisation and birth of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

by Satyajith Andradi Courtesy The Island Sri Lanka continues to be in the grips of many high profile crises of recent origin such as the COVID–19 pandemic, chronic difficulties in servicing foreign debts, shortages of essential items such as food and fuel, skyrocketing cost of living, and crop failures due to the ban of chemical […]

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Promoting Gandhara

Friday, February 4th, 2022

By Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani Courtesy The News Today, on February 4, the people of Sri Lanka are celebrating their 74th Independence Day to commemorate their freedom and sovereignty from British imperialism. The 5,000-year-old ancient island is also described in the sacred Hindu book ‘Ramayana’ as Lanka where Sri Ram had fought with the demon king […]

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Bengali elite’s role in Dharmapala’s mission to liberate Buddhagaya

Monday, January 24th, 2022

P.K. Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, January 25: The name of Anagarika Dharmapala (1864-1933) is deeply etched in the history of Buddhism as the man who passionately and single-mindedly (if not single-handedly), strove to liberate the Buddhist shrine at Buddhagaya in North India from the clutches of a Hindu priest. Sadly, Dharmapala could not achieve […]

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Sinhalese the result of a tidal wave of migration or long process of non-linear development

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022

By Seneka Abeyratne Courtesy The Island Brahmi inscription on a drip ledge at Vessagiriya, Anuradhapura. Pic courtesy: Preethi de Silva Ruminations on Sri Lanka’s ancient past – Part X By Seneka Abeyratne A distinguishing feature of the Early Historic Period, between 500 BCE and 300 CE, is the dramatic appearance of lithic Brahmi inscriptions, which […]

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Fossilised remains of a herd of Rhinoceros unearthed in Lunugala

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The fossilised skeletal remains of a herd of Rhinoceros that died in a meteoric shower more than 80,000 years ago have been unearthed from an 80ft deep gem mine at the foot of Rilaulu hill range in Lunugala in Modalsima. Biologist of the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology Kelum Nalinda Manamendra […]

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When Coffee and Ceylon were synonymous

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Governor William Gregory’s term from 1872 to 1877 was the golden age” of Ceylon coffee Colombo: Today, Sri Lanka is synonymous with tea and not coffee. As on date, it is way down in the list of coffee producing countries, 43 rd. to be precise. But back in the 1870s, Ceylon, as Sri […]

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Prehistoric community heterogeneous despite Sinhalese character and ethnos

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

By Seneka Abeyratne Courtesy The Island Kozakian Shamshir weapon made of crucible steel from the collection of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels The ancient kings, inspired by Buddhism and the constant need to feed a growing population, produced a new culture as well as a new economy. They also […]

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Catholic Priest Destroyed the Entire Mayan Written Language

Saturday, December 25th, 2021

Courtesy HINDUISM AND SANATAN DHARMA The Maya writing system was used in what is now Mexico and Central America for almost two thousand years, until after the arrival of Cortés. It was written in bark paper books, carved on public monuments and inscribed on personal objects of pottery, bone and jade. The invading Spanish outlawed […]

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Reminiscences of Hela Havula proponents at a Boarding House in Mt. Lavinia

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

by Tudor Wijeratne I would like to share my memories of a group of young boarders barely out of their teens, who later became household names in the fields of Arts, Music, Linguistics, Sinhala Literature, Journalism, and Medicine. They were boarders in my grandfather’s house in Mt. Lavinia, in the period 1940s – 1950s. Most […]

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Role of Theosophists in Buddhist revival in Ceylon.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Princeton University Social Anthropologist Prof. Gananath Obeysekere has said that Theosophists led by Col. Henry Steel Olcott introduced a protestant” and purified” form of Buddhism in Ceylon when Buddhists in the island were demoralized” by the disestablishment” of their religion by the British rulers. But Obeysekere’s view is challenged by […]

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Showcasing the Gandhara Buddhist civilization

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, November 30: The remnants of the Gandhara Buddhist civilization in Pakistan are a sight to behold, not just for Buddhist pilgrims but also for art lovers.  Imposing stupas with intricate and lifelike carvings depicting various events in the Buddha’s life and his past births abound in the Swat Valley […]

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Kandyan peasant armies kept Europeans at bay for two centuries

Friday, November 26th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia The Kandyan Kingdom’s dogged resistance to European invaders from the 17 th. Century to the second decade of the 19 th., Century has not received the attention it deserves from military historians, laments historian Dr. Channa Wickremesekera, the author of Kandy at War: Indigenous Military Resistance to European Expansion in […]

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Lankan PM launches Pak-Lankan documentary on Gandhara civilization

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, November 16 ( A documentary on the Gandhara civilization in Pakistan, jointly produced by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, was launched by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa here on Tuesday. Titled  Gandhara” the documentary is jointly produced by the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka and Siddhivinayak Cine Arts (Private) […]

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Saga of the takeover of Kandy seen through British eyes

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, November 10: Events leading to the controversial takeover of the Kandyan kingdom by the British in 1815 and the aftermath have been written about both from the British and the Sri Lankan viewpoint. The British view is vividly presented in Ceylon Ancient and Modern published by Chapman and Hall of London […]

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Sri Vikrama Rajasinha wore royalty on his sleeve even after losing his Kingdom

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Colombo, October 26: The reign of Kandy’s last King, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (1798-1815), was at once colourful and tragic. On the one hand, it was marked by the transformation of Kandy into a beautiful celestial city” and on the other, it stood out for political intrigue, disloyalty, inhuman retribution, British machination and […]

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Some facets of the history of Muslims in Sri Lanka

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

By Uditha Devapriya/The Island Colombo, October 22: In 851 AD, an Arab merchant called Soleyman wrote an account of his travels to the island of Serendib. Impressionistic but insightful, it records the earliest known engagement of a Muslim with Sri Pada, also known as Samantukuta. Soleyman does not refer to Sri Pada as aadam malayi”, […]

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පුර්තුගීසීන් තිරිකුණාමලේ කොටුවට බිලි ගත් පුදබිම

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

විමල් පටබැඳිගේ (ශාස්ත‍්‍රවේදී, නීතිඥ, විශ‍්‍රාමික සොලිසිටර්* පුදබිමක් බිලි ගනියි තිරිකුණාමලේ (ගෝකණ්ණ පටුනේ* වෙළඳ කටයුතු ආරම්භ කළ විගස කොන්ස්ටන්ටයින් ඩි සා ඩි මෙනෙෂෙස් එහි බලකොටුව ගොඩනගන ලද අවස්ථාවේ ඒ භූමියේ තිබූ පුදබිම (පැගෝඞ්* විනාශ කරන ලද බව පුර්තුගීසි පූජකයෙකු සහ ඉතිහාසඥයෙකු වූ ෆර්නාඩෝ ඩි ක්වේරෝෂ් එළිදරවු කොට ඇත. පුර්තුගීසීන් විසින් විනාශ කරනු ලැබූ පුදබිම හින්දු කොවිලක් […]

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Monday, September 27th, 2021

by S.A. Wijayatilake (former Principal, Ananda College) * Three and a half centuries of foreign aggression and occupation – at first partial, but since 1815 complete – of the land had not only demoralized and emasculated the Sinhalese people generally, but had adversely affected the position of Buddhism in this Island in particular. The Portuguese, […]

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විහාරාධිපති අභයගිරිය ලෝක උරුමය බිලි ගනී..- පුරා විද්‍යා ලොක්කා බරපතල හෙලිදරවුවක…

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

ආචාර්ය සෙනරත් බණ්ඩාර දිසානායක හිටපු පුරාවිද්‍යා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් පුරාවිද්‍යා විධිනියම හා සම්මත නොතකා අභයගිරිය ලෝක උරුමය වනසන්නේ යයි හිටපු පුරාවිද්‍යා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් ආචාර්ය සෙනරත් දිසානායක විසින් නිකුත් කර ඇති නිවේදනයක් මෙහි දැක්වෙයි. විහාරාධිපතිගේ බිල්ලට නතු වන අභයගිරි ලෝක උරුමය. අභයගිරි විහාරය තනන ලද්දේ  වලගම්බා රජු විසින් ක්‍රිස්තු පූර්ව දෙවන සියවසේය. […]

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Sri Lanka’s unrecognized historical connection with Kerala

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran/Colombo Diary Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, June 30 (Daily Mirror): While Sri Lanka’s connection with the Tamil country in South India is repeatedly mentioned in the island nation’s ancient chronicles, the Mahawamsa and the Deepawamsa, its connection with Kerala, which is also in South India, finds no mention in either. Kerala appears for the first time only in […]

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Secret of the “Universe Gate” in the Holy City

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily News Tissa Wewa The Holy City of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka is a place unlikely to be the setting for a fascinating tale of flying objects and other mundane events. Anuradhapura, named after a King’s chieftain called Anuradha, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. It thus means […]

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Chinese Admiral Zheng He and the Tamils of Sri Lanka

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

By Dr.Nirmala Chandrahasan/The Island Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, June 9: The recent discovery of name- boards in public institutions which have omitted one of the national languages, namely Tamil, only to replace it with Mandarin Chinese has caused a furor with Tamil members of Parliament and other politicians voicing their protests. Certainly, this is most unfortunate […]

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The unsolved mystery of Sri Lanka’s ‘Stargate’

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

By Demi Perera Courtesy BBC In recent years, the internet has been alight with speculation that a chart-like carving in Anuradhapura is a stargate: an ancient gateway through which humans can enter the Universe. Sri Lanka’s sacred city of Anuradhapura is an unlikely place to be enmeshed in a fantastic tale of UFOs and otherworldly […]

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Premier Zhou Enlai’s visit to Ceylon in 1957

Sunday, April 25th, 2021

Tony Donaldson, with underlining emphasis inserted bt The Editor, Thuppahi Courtesy Thuppahi’s Blog On 1 October 1949, the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed by Mao Zedong. Two months later, on 6 January 1950 the Ceylon government recognised Red China– one of the first countries to do so. Seven years later, in early 1957, the Premier of […]

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Minute on Indian Education by Thomas Babington Macaulay – [February 2, 1835] This Day in History

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Thomas Babington Macaulay What happened? On 2 February 1835, British historian and politician Thomas Babington Macaulay presented his ‘Minute on Indian Education’ that sought to establish the need to impart English education to Indian ‘natives’. This minute is a very important document for UPSC history. Aspirants should know the gist of this minute and its impact on […]

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