Author Archive for Sena Thoradeniya

Lord Sheh’s Love of Dragons: Galle Face and Dalada

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya Chairman Mao concluded his article titled, Report on An Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan” (1927) quoting the parable of Lord Sheh who loved dragons. As told by Liu Hsiang (77-6 B.C.) Lord Sheh was fond of dragons that he adorned his whole palace with drawings and carvings of them. But […]

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BOOKER PRIZE AND DISSECTING “SEVEN MOONS OF MAALI ALMEIDA”- PART II- “SECOND MOON”

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya This is a sequel to my previous article titled Booker Prize, Chattel Slavery, Sugar, its Politics and Sri Lanka” posted on October 30 th 2022. In the last part of my article, First Moon of Maali Almeida” I had quoted certain passages from the Booker Award winning novel Seven Moons of Maali […]

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Booker Prize, Chattel Slavery, Sugar, its Politics and Sri Lanka

Sunday, October 30th, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya a pile of crooked nonsense” with the winner determined by who knows who, who’s sleeping with who, who’s selling drugs to who, who’s married to who, whose turn is”. That is how A.L. (Alison Louise) Kennedy, a Scottish writer and Booker Prize judge in 1996 described the Booker Prize in 2001. Preamble  […]

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MOVING THE CENTRE OF THE PROTEST TO TEHERAN FROM GALLE FACE GREEN

Saturday, October 15th, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya Engineering the ouster of the Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and satisfied with the ascension of a person of their preference, Western power block headed by the US and INGOs now have moved their operations once again to Teheran, Iran. Iran, known as Persia until 1935, founded by Cyrus the Great has […]

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FROM THE MAY FOURTH MOVEMENT OF 1919 TO GALLE FACE GREEN 2022 

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya Preamble This essay was originally written in April 2022, attempting to provide information in a nutshell of protest movements and demonstrations that had taken place demanding either anti-imperialist interventions, political reforms or ouster of rulers, beginning from the May Fourth Movement in China in 1919. Our aim was to provide new insights […]

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What Protesters (and Politicians) Should Know About Systems, Systems Theory and System Change?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya 1. CALL FOR SYSTEM CHANGE When President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa came into power calling for a System Change” we looked at him positively, that he was promising something his predecessors had failed to deliver. In his pre-Corvid encounters with the villagers in remote areas (Gama Samaga Pilisandarak”) he expressed powerfully in front of […]

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EX-PRESIDENT IN RETROSPECT: A NOTE TO GALLE FACE PROTESTERS AND THEIR NEW MESSIAHS

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya 1. DIDN’T GR HEAR THE GALLE FACE PROTESTERS SING”? When the protesters were occupying the Galle Face Green and protesting at some other sites what were our intelligence personnel and Defense Ministry panjandrums doing was anyone’s guess. Did not the deposed President hear the slogans chanted by the protesters, see placards, banners […]

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GALLE FACE PROTEST AND HOW “OPERATION 2.0” WAS FOILED?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya 1.  A Repetition of History In an article published in an English daily on June 9, I brought to the attention of local and international supporters, sympathisers and theorists of Galle Face Protesters an impending catastrophe that would have sent shock waves through their nerves. Instead of making a detailed description of […]

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Culture of Galle Face Protesters

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya This is the second part of the article, Group Formation and Culture of Galle Face Protesters” posted on August 23.2022. A. Culture of GF Protesters – An Overview In the second part of this essay we discuss an area hitherto untouched by any writer, Culture of Galle Face Protesters (GFP). Since we […]

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Group Formation and Culture of Galle Face Protesters -Part I

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya During their occupation of the Galle Face Green, Galle Face Protesters (GFP) had brought forth the relationship between youth, politics and culture to the focus of cultural critics. Nobody had ventured into study this phenomenon in detail in the uprisings of 1971, 1988-89 and Tamil Eelam War, although fragmentary  references were made […]

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US Footprints at the Galle Face Protest Site

Saturday, August 20th, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya M.P. Wimal Weerawansa participating in the debate on Emergency Regulations on 27 July said that CIA through USAID and NED (National Endowment for Democracy) have funded various Sri Lankan Non-Governmental Organisations aiming regime change and protesters were attempting to destroy the State with the aid of external forces. He disclosed the amount […]

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Who Were Not Afraid of Galle Face Protesters?

Friday, August 19th, 2022

By Sena Thoradeniya Broadly speaking there were two major groups who supported and sympathised with the Galle Face Protesters (GLF); (1) Local players and (2) International players. It was easy to identify the local players, but not the international players who were hidden and used various agents and dubious methods to attain their main objective, […]

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Mirihana Outrage: Harbinger of Present and Some Future Events?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Sena Thoradeniya The previous version of this piece was written soon after the Mirihana Incident (31, March,2022) but I was unable to get it published due to some reasons which do not have any importance to the reader. Whilst accepting that during the past one month (in April) many developments had taken place beyond anybody’s […]

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