Author Archive for Senaka Weeraratna

Beware of ‘Human Rights’ mercenaries 

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna ‘Human Rights’ mercenaries are those who unceasingly vilify the ethnic majority until almost the last pound of flesh is extracted, and are constantly promoting the anti-majoritarian propaganda rhetoric of Multi-Culturalism, Secularism, Reconciliation, and whatnot, and now the Division of the country on Ethnic and Religious lines. The greatest victory in recent times was […]

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JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS AND NATURE  (JAN) PROPOSED WORK PLAN

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna 1. Animal Welfare Bill – Lobby strongly for the enactment of the Animal Welfare Bill which is long overdue since its release by the Law Commission in 2006 2. Animal Protection Education in Schools – Promote animal protection education and see it take root in Sri Lanka’s system of school education beginning from […]

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The Tokyo Trials – How America Sabotaged Justice in the Far East, 1945-58

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna A critical comment Japanese leaders have unfortunately paid the supreme penalty for their defiance of the West. They were brought before Tribunals which in the words of their own American judges were nothing but ‘ high grade lynch mobs’. In a sense, these Tribunals were nothing but ‘ Kangaroo Courts’. A survey of […]

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US fingerprints found behind Sri Lanka unrest

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna This particular discussion was commenced by objecting to the use of inappropriate and humiliating language ‘ Buddhist Terrorism’. It was in that context that Kalinga Seneviratne’s article becomes relevant https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/the-world/asia-pacific/2588-why-a-white-christian-isn-t-called-a-terrorist  ‘ Why are Christians not called Terrorists by the International Media while all others belonging to non – Christian religions are called Terrorists?’  […]

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Time to review the number of reviews in the Decision Review System (DRS)

Sunday, July 17th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The recently concluded Sri Lanka – Australia Test series though it brought joy to Sri Lanka due to the magnificent performance of our cricketers also produced recriminations in Australia. Both Steve Smith and David Warner were subject to heavy criticism  for  wasting a pair of reviews on clear-cut lbw decisions in the second innings of Australia.  […]

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Give Aussies a Ticker Tape parade before they leave Sri Lanka

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Give Aussies a Ticker Tape parade as a farewell gesture by driving them through the streets of Colombo (Galle Road near Galle Face Green) once this popular Australian cricket tour is over. This is exactly what the Australians did in Melbourne on February 17, 1961 when they bid goodbye to the West Indian […]

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Justice for Animals and Nature’ is the next big challenge for lawmakers all over the world.

Monday, June 13th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna A just God must give a hearing to the prayers and cries of all species Prayers are offered by believers on the assumption that these prayers will be heard by God (or Providence) and  accordingly will be responded with relief. With what assumption do animals in slaughter houses scream prior to death? If […]

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What they do not teach in law schools

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna In the name of Justice what is taught in Law Schools is a form of compartmentalized Justice totally focused on the wrongs done to one species I e. Human Species, and the manner of remedying these  wrongs. The teaching of law in law schools desensitizes the student to wrongs done to non human […]

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The Blurb on release of Book containing Essays in Honour of Maithri Panagoda

Sunday, May 29th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Maithri Panagoda has led an exceptional life, worthy of being narrated as a story, from the perspective of Maithri himself and from the perspective of others providing fascinating biographical details of their encounters with Maithri at various stages of his remarkable life journey. Maithri’s autobiographical sketch ‘ Along the Dusty Road’ is a […]

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Sri Lanka’s Independence – a by product of India’s Freedom Struggles

Friday, May 27th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The transition from a colony to political freedom was a peaceful one in Ceylon unlike in a  large majority of Asian countries. Independence was attained by Ceylon relatively painlessly as a by product of India’s Freedom Struggles that were assisted by Japan through its support to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and his Indian […]

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Vesak celebrations at Das Buddhistische Haus ( Berlin Buddhist Vihara) in Germany

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Trustee German Dharmaduta Society Vesak was celebrated at the Berlin Buddhist Vihara on Sunday May 15, 2022 in a fitting manner. The Vesak ceremony was conducted outdoors in bright weather conditions against the backdrop of a picturesque natural setting that is the hallmark of this Temple which is called ‘ Das Buddhistische Haus’ […]

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The British Govt. has a moral responsibility to help the save the Elephants of Sri Lanka.

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The British decimated the elephants and their habitats to plant cash crops and made resounding profits at the expense of the local Kandyan Sinhalese and the wild animals. The wild animals especially the Elephants who were well protected by the Sinhalese Rulers in their natural habitat in the hill country of Ceylon, were […]

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Still no justice after three years

Sunday, April 24th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Is the manner of calling for proper  investigation of the Bloody Easter Sunday Tragedy a true pursuit of Justice or an invidious attempt to side track the focus and instead indulge in blame games in step with the religio – political loyalties and leanings of the callers for ‘Justice’? Eight suicide bombers died […]

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The Vatican must apologize to Sri Lanka

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The Portuguese landed in Sri Lanka in 1505 and after a couple of decades in occupation started the inhumane Portuguese Inquisition intending to destroy Buddhism Temples and the Buddhist Civilization, and convert Buddhists to Christianity. Its inspiration was the Goa Inquisition which led to the Inquisition being conducted in almost all territories of […]

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The Partition of India – A Betrayal of Hinduism

Sunday, April 17th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Both Gandhi and Nehru betrayed the Hindus at the time of partition of India. When Mohammed Ali Jinnah sought a separate nation for Muslims by partitioning India, the leaders of the Hindu community should have demanded likewise for the Hindus. All Muslims in one part and the Hindus in the other part, would […]

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SHUTDOWN THE ZOOS IN SRI LANKA – GIVE FREEDOM TO CAGED ANIMALS.

Friday, April 8th, 2022

Ven Dr Omalpe Sobhitha Thero President Justice for Animals and Nature Minister-in-Charge,Department of National Zoological Gardens,Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha,DehiwalaHon Minister, SHUTDOWN THE ZOOS IN SRI LANKA – GIVE FREEDOM TO CAGED ANIMALS Animals are made to serve a life sentence in miserable conditions in zoos without havingcommitted a single crime. Had any human being been placed […]

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Close down the Dehiwala Zoo

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Close down the Dehiwala Zoo – wrongful imprisonment of innocent animals for life who have done no wrong and away from their natural habitat, is a blot on our moral conscience.  Animals cannot speak for themselves. We have to give Voice for the Voiceless. That is the test of our humanity and moral […]

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The entire cricket world should celebrate the 25th anniversary  of the publication of the ‘Player Referral’ concept in the ‘Australian’ newspaper ( March 25, 1997) which led to the formulation of the DRS

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Shashi Tharoor, the celebrated Indian writer, and author, recently expressed his views on the impact that the Decision Review System (DRS) has had on the modern game, and he stated unequivocally that it has been one of cricket’s best innovations. Tharoor further said that international cricket should never be without DRS in the […]

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Justice for Animals & Nature (JAN) – The Aims and Objectives

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Founder Member and Vice – President (JAN) We are a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the company laws of Sri Lanka as an Association (Registration No.GA236166). In order to create a just society anchored to compassion for all living beings and nature we are carrying on this public fb group, with a view to […]

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Vintage Photograph of the Colombo Law Faculty (1972) unveiled in the Board Room of the Law Faculty by the Vice-Chancellor (U. of Colombo)

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Professor Chandrika N Wijeyaratne, Vice-Chancellor, University of Colombo unveiled a vintage photograph showing staff and students of the Colombo Law Faculty (1972), in the Board room of the current Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, today (Feb. 09, 2022), in the presence of the members of the Faculty of Law, and several invited Guests from the […]

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Sri Lanka’s march to freedom alongside the rest of Asia

Friday, February 4th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Sri Lanka won freedom not in isolation but in step with the rest of Asian countries in the aftermath of the end of the Second World War in 1945. Many factors contributed to the collapse of Western Colonial Domination of Asia. But the outstanding and most notable factor was the epic attack of […]

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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose displaces Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of India’s Independence struggle

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

by Senaka Weeraratna January 25 is India’s Republic Day. It will be celebrated on a grand scale this year as usual but with a marked twist. The Govt. of India will formally salute Netaji Subash Chandra Bose as the father of India’s freedom struggle displacing Mahatma Gandhi from a pedestal that many thought was unassailable. […]

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Animal Welfare Bill granted Cabinet Approval

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Justice for Animals and Nature welcomes the grant of Cabinet Approval for the long-awaited Animal Welfare Bill initially drafted by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka and handed over to the then President Mahinda Rajapakse for enactment in May 2006. It has taken more than 15 years for the Govt. to reach the […]

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New Book ‘Buddhism in Germany’ by William Peiris

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna Buddhism in Germany by William Peiris focuses on the contribution made by the German scholars towards the spread of Buddhism in Germany in particular, and the West in general. The Book narrates the manner in which Buddhism was spread in Germany, who gave leadership in promoting Buddhism and the manner of reception and […]

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Celebrate Christmas on an Eco – Friendly footing without killing billions of defenseless animals and cutting millions of Trees worldwide

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna Vice – President Justice for Animals and Nature A man preaches peace. He is world renown as ‘Prince of Peace’. Yet, ironically his birthday anniversary is celebrated worldwide with unlimited bloodshed of defenseless animals. Turkeys, cattle, pigs, goats, lambs, rabbits, and bird kinds such as ducks, hens, roosters, fowls are all lined up […]

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Douglas Wickremeratne – An outstanding hero

Monday, December 6th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna I was very sad to hear of the passing of Douglas Wickremeratne in London on December 01, 2021. He was in touch with me regularly by forwarding posts until the last and I used to reciprocate.  He has a huge claim for the gratitude of Sri Lanka and its patriotic people for the […]

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ඩග්ලස් වික්‍රමරත්න මහතා

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna I am very sad to hear of the passing of Douglas Wickremeratne. He was in touch with me by forwarding posts until the last. I used to reciprocate.  He has a huge claim for gratitude of Sri Lanka and it’s patriotic people for the stand he took in 1983 when he alone stood […]

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Kandyan Convention of 1815 – A Convention violated and dishonoured

Monday, November 29th, 2021

By Senaka Weeraratna BY SPUR WEB TEAM · MARCH 18, 2019 (This is an edited version of a paper read out at a Public Seminar on the ‘ Kandyan Convention of 1815’ held at the University of Peradeniya, Arts Theatre, on March 09, 2019) The Kandyan Convention (‘Ingrisy – Sinhale Givisuma’) must be examined in the context of […]

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Watch a song about Japan’s Imphal Operation in 1944 “熱砂の雄叫び/東海林太郎” on YouTube

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna The Japanese Govt. was totally committed to the liberation of India from British occupation. Japan launched the Imphal and Kohima operation together with the support of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army in March 1944 to demonstrate to Indian people that it was prepared to sacrifice the precious lives of […]

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Buddhism – the defining characteristic of Sri Lanka

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna Christianity is the defining characteristic of Europe. The European Union is a set of countries bonded by Christian culture, heritage, and values. It is Christianity that gives the collective identity of Europe. Islam is the defining characteristic of 57 countries that call themselves Islamic countries and thereby have acquired membership of the Organization […]

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