Author Archive for Sena Thoradeniya

PART V OF: THE MYTH OF MALIMAWA: A COMPASS WITHOUT THE MAGNETIC NEEDLE

Friday, July 5th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya (Continued from June 20, 2024) [As a typographical error appeared in sub-heading 1, paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part IV (posted onJune 20, 2024) of this series, the error 1989 is being corrected as 1994. Para 2, line 5 should be read as: Janith Priyantha Vidyatilaka Vipulaguna who obtained the highest number […]

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PART IV OF THE MYTH OF “MALIMAWA”: A COMPASSWITHOUT THE MAGNETIC NEEDLE

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya (Continued from May 25, 2024) [The previous version of Part IV of this essay and background material for the remaining parts were lost beyond retrieval due to a technical mishap. As a colleague said that it was good and recreation may make it better, the writer attempted to recreate it; but found […]

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PART III OF MYTH OF MALIMAWA: A COMPASS WITHOUT THE MAGNETIC NEEDLE:  ANURA KUMARA PRESIDENCY IN A CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

Saturday, May 25th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya (Continued from May 18, 2024) 1.Personal Attributes of GR Though he failed as a President due to various factors and had to abdicate his presidency, there were many personal attributes favourable to GR. These personal attributes profoundly augmented his victory at the Presidential Elections. He was hailed and acclaimed as a hero […]

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PART II OF MYTH OF MALIMAWA: A COMPASS WITHOUT THE MAGNETIC NEEDLE:  ANURA KUMARA PRESIDENCY IN A CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

Saturday, May 18th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya (Continued from April 09, 2024) 1. Introduction- Economic, Political, Socio-cultural Factors Influencing Polls In our earlier essay posted on April 09, 2024, we invited our readers to forget arithmetical calculations and predictions based on absurd statistical computations and to pay attention to economic, political, socio-cultural factors influencing polls, in relation to Sri […]

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MYTH OF MALIMAWA: A COMPASS WITHOUT THE MAGNETIC NEEDLE:  ANURA KUMARA PRESIDENCY IN A CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya 1. Introduction In this essay we do not intend to discuss the (i) surge of NPP/JVP activities in recent times  displayed by its public rallies and reality of such activities (ii) Anura Kumara’s visits to some foreign countries (iii) visits of foreign envoys to NPP headquarters (iv) election forecasts of US funded […]

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Dumbara Beyond Colombo’s English Mists & Myths

Sunday, March 31st, 2024

By Kanishka Hevavisenthi – Courtesy Sunday Island of 31 March 2024 (Sena Thoradeniya’s Latest Work: Dumbara Rata: Volume I: Foundation Essays) * Returning to Kandy in 1949 Minnette de Silva set up practice, away from Colombo but at the heart of traditional Lanka – the home of lacquer work, Dumbara mats and religious & feudal […]

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SPEAKER’S STATEMENT: JULIE CHUNG AND HER FELLOW CONSPIRATORS IN THE DOCK AGAIN

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya 1. How the Speaker Was Pressured? Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena deserves plaudits of all anti-imperialist, anti-fascist, anti-hegemonic, anti-anarchist Sri Lankans for the bold statement he made immediately after the No Confidence Motion of the joint opposition on 21 March 2024. He revealed for the first time foreign powers (it is obvious who […]

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Impromptu Resignation:

Friday, March 8th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya Ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) has written a book, The Conspiracy to Oust Me from the Presidency”. We have not read it yet. Our critique of the book can wait. In this essay we thought of bringing into the notice of GR and his ghost writer about a publication titled, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa […]

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In the Name of “Public Diplomacy”: Glory Days of Julie Chung, Welcoming Liz Allen, Afreen Akter, Lindsey Ford and Richard Verma : Silence of Anura Kumara

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya US Ambassador Julie Chung was very busy welcoming Liz Allen, US Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, (on February 17), Afreen Akter, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs (Feb. 21), Lindsey Ford, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of  Defense for South and South East Asia […]

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Anura Kumara in India: The Village Boy Enticed by Gopis, – Lost in Vrindavan!

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was in India. Media reported that it was on an invitation by Indian Government. According to Indian media reports this visit was organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) affiliated to the Ministry of External Affairs and the delegation was accompanied by Eldos Mathew Punnoose, Counsellor at the […]

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THE STRANGE TALE OF NPP (MALIMAWA) AND JVP (SEENUWA): VULGAR REPRESENTATION OF MARXIST UNITED FRONT POLITICS

Tuesday, January 30th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya A dog is smarter than its tail, but if the tail were smarter, then it would wag the dog”. 1. Relationship Between NPP and JVP Even for the political analyst it is problematic to comprehend the concrete and organic relationship that exists between the Jathika Jana Balavegaya (National Peoples’ Power – NPP) […]

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JULIE CHUNG OPPOSES ONLINE SAFETY BILL:  CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACKYARD AT ALABAMA, BEFORE YOU TRY TO CLEAN UP SRI LANKA’S BACKYARD! 

Friday, January 26th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya Julie Chung, the Korean – American ‘Viceroy’ of Sri Lanka having climbed Sri Pada, with pilgrims and fellow adventurers appreciating the natural beauty”, enjoying the magnificent views at sunrise” on 19 January 2024 (how Chung saw a dissimilarity between ‘pilgrims’ and ‘adventurers’ is the biggest question! She does not bring Lord Buddha, […]

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A Sri Lankan Buddhist Priest as a Chaplain in US Defense Establishment: A Shocking Revelation by Julie Chung

Friday, January 12th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya Julie Chung the Korean – American ‘Viceroy’ of Sri Lanka, in her X message posted on 11 January 2023 had revealed some interesting information which we ordinary Sri Lankans are not aware of. Her message says: Today I met with Bhante Piyaratana a Buddhist Chaplain of Sri Lankan origin working with veterans […]

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Red Sea Deployment: Ranil Plays Pandu With Sri Lanka’s Security to Please the Americans

Friday, January 5th, 2024

By Sena Thoradeniya Whilst making an address at the Shilpa Abhimani 2023” Awards Ceremony held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre on 3 January 2024, RW had the audacity to say that he is considering to send a warship to Red Sea in support of a US – led operation. It is astounding that […]

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“Helplessness and Confusion” In the Coming Year

Sunday, December 31st, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya Lenin in his Note, Helplessness and Confusion” dated May 21, 1913 stated that, chaos and confusion among modern Social-Democrats and ‘near Social-Democrats’ are not only external but also internal. A huge number of old ‘prominent Party people’ are completely confused, they have understood absolutely nothing about the new state of affairs” and […]

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JANUS-FACED JVP: FALSE CONCEPTIONS AND HARINI AMARASURIYA FACTOR

Thursday, December 14th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya Hitherto men have constantly made up for themselves false conceptions about themselves, about what they are and what they ought to be. ……They the creators have bowed down before their creations. Let us liberate them from the chimeras, the ideas, dogmas, imaginary beings under the yoke of which they are pinning away”. […]

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KANDYAN CHIETAINS UNDER THE BRITISH – FINAL PART (PART IX)

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya (Continued from 24, October, 2023) Some Land Claims of Kandyan Chieftains 1. SABARAGAMUWA AND UVA In 1875 a vast quantity of valuable forest land was claimed by Chiefs and Headmen what were known as British Grants” – conferred upon them soon after the Kandyan War of Independence in 1817-1818 for the services […]

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ANURA KUMARA’S (AKD’S) TRYST IN AMERICA AND JULIE CHUNG’S APOLOGISTS

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has started his Presidential campaign” in America, months ahead of any Republican or Democratic candidate! He began his campaign in Los Angeles on October 28, 2023 addressing some Sri Lankans domiciled in the US, who do not have voting rights in Sri Lanka or cannot influence the […]

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KANDYAN CHIEFTAINS UNDER THE BRITISH –PART VIII

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya (Contd. From 07 October 2023) 1. Empire Day, Accession Day, Coronation, King’s Birthday, Victory Day, Armistice, Celebrated in Ceylon Empire Day (date of Queen Victoria’s birthday), Accession Day (anniversary of the date the Monarch took office), Jubilees, King’s Coronation, King’s Birthday, Victory Day and other public occasions were celebrated throughout the Island, […]

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KANDYAN CHIEFTAINS UNDER THE BRITISH – PART VII

Friday, October 6th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya (Contd. From 26 September 2023) Government Agent’s and Assistant Agent’s Circuits in the Provinces/Districts 1.Official Diaries: The activities of Government Agents and Assistant Agents were not limited to office work in kachcheris. They travelled throughout the Provinces and Districts respectively under their authority every month, sometimes several weeks continuously reviewing the work […]

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“Galle Face Protest: Systems Change or Anarchy? – Politics, Religion & Culture in a Time of Terror”

Sunday, October 1st, 2023

Reviewer –   Prof. N.A.de S. Amaratunga PhD, DSc There are two major impressions that the discerning reader will not miss while reading Galle Face Protest: Systems Change or Anarchy? – Politics, Religion & Culture in a Time of Terror”,writtenby Sena Thoradeniya. One is the vast amount of information it carries regarding the machinations that the […]

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KANDYAN CHIEFTAINS UNDER THE BRITISH – PART VI

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya (Contd. From 17 September 2023) 1. Land Claims of Chieftains In 1875 a vast quantity of valuable forest land was claimed by Chiefs and Headmen what were known as British Grants” conferred upon them soon after the Kandyan War of Independence in 1817-1818 for the services rendered by them to the British […]

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KANDYAN CHIEFTAINS UNDER THE BRITISH – PART V (Contd. From August 22)

Sunday, September 17th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya N. B. In a time of chaos, confusion, disorder and uncertainty discussing about Kandyan Chieftains may be interpreted as something akin to engaging in  ecstatic revelry, overlooking current issues. But as a modern myth has been created, that Kandyan Chiefs subverted” the policies of the British, expressed their resistance to British colonialism”, […]

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Channel 4, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith: Some Unanswered Questions and GR’s “Second Coming” (?)

Monday, September 11th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has become a celebrity newsmaker, a prominent object of media attention, like a Cardinal Superstar! (No comparison with 1973- American film Jesus Christ Superstar”). Oftentimes he gets an opportunity to create news and get media attention. These opportunities are made for him by either local politicians and bureaucrats or […]

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Julie Chung Re-writes History of Mannar

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya These days Julie Chung, the US Ambassador is in Jaffna peninsula. Her Tour de Jaffna, meeting families of the disappeared, female officers of CBSL regional office Kilinochchi, woman-majority workforce producing and packaging curry and chillie powder, people engaged in USAID- funded see weed cultivation, North Central Naval Commander (discussed challenges to maritime […]

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KANDYAN CHIEFTAINS UNDER THE BRITISH – PART IV

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya N. B. In a time of chaos, confusion, disorder and uncertainty discussing about Kandyan Chieftains may be interpreted as something akin to engaging in  ecstatic revelry, overlooking current issues. But as a modern myth has been created, that Kandyan Chiefs subverted” the policies of the British, expressed their resistance to British colonialism”, […]

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India Paints Sri Lanka (in Red?)

Friday, August 18th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya Several decades ago, at school we used Philip’s Modern School Atlas and saw countries of Asia, Africa and South America were given different colours to symbolise which colonialists – British, French, Belgian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch or Italian – had subjugated those countries. On the occasion of the 77 th Independence Day of […]

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KANDYAN CHIEFTAINS UNDER THE BRITISH – PART III

Friday, August 11th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya Beginning with the third part of this essay we give examples to illustrate the unholy alliance that existed between the British Colonialists and Kandyan Chieftains perpetuating Colonial Administration in Ceylon. This aspect will be discussed under several sub-headings. At the outset it should be mentioned that there are certain limitations to this […]

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KANDYAN CHIEFTAINS UNDER THE BRITISH – PART II OF “DULLEWA ADIGAR AND SOMANA CLOTH –AN EXAMPLE OF “ELITE” SERVILITY”

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya The first part of this article was published on May 13, 2023 in LankaWeb three months ago. As we were engrossed in a major work in the last few months, we did not have time to see its conclusion. (1) Debunking Myths The main objective of the second part of our article […]

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Julie Chung Commemorates “Black July”

Wednesday, July 26th, 2023

By Sena Thoradeniya  On 24 July, 2023 Julie Chung the American Ambassador, on the anniversary of Black July”, attended a special exhibit” of the sculptor (who moved the Court of Appeal against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s candidature that he had not renounced his US citizenship), to see the powerful and moving stories expressed through art that reveal […]

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