Author Archive for Senaka Weeraratna

Dasis Manchanayake – Royal College’s new superstar

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Dasis Manchanayake scored both a stunning century and half-century and then stunned the entire country by leading his team to a splendid victory over their rivals, which will remain etched in the memory of all those who were privileged to watch this unforgettable 144th Royal Thomian encounter. However, there is another story equally […]

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The correct depiction of the identity of Sri Lanka taking into account its ethnic and religious composition

Thursday, March 9th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Sri Lanka is Multicultural, Multi-Religious, and Multi-Lingual.  This is a fact. Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist. About 70% of Sri Lanka’s population is Sinhala Buddhist. This is a fact.  Therefore taking into account these ground realities Sri Lanka’s identity can be defined as follows: Sri Lanka is a predominantly Sinhala Buddhist country with […]

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Buddhism – an antidote to violence and war.

Monday, March 6th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Had the Roman Empire under Constantine embraced Buddhism rather than Christianity we would have had a more peaceful Europe and a more peaceful world. Historically speaking despite all the rhetoric on Peace and Human Rights, Europe remains the same. The biggest battlefield in history compared to other continents. The track record of Europe is […]

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True legacy of Japan in WW2

Monday, February 27th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna For many years it was the propaganda of the Victors full of hate speech directed towards the losers i.e., Axis powers, Germany and Japan, and demonizing one of them i.e.Japanese, as cannibals and savages that characterized the WW2 narrative.  The people of Asia no longer accept the Western sponsored narratives as Gospel truths. […]

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The West hates those who fight against them and their rapacious Colonialism

Saturday, February 18th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna The wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo was clearly in the forefront of that fight.  His fault was that his side lost. But that should not de-legitimize the worldwide struggle to end Western colonial domination and rule in Asia and Africa which was finally achieved at huge cost mostly to the Japanese people. The […]

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What are the external factors that helped Sri Lanka to gain independence?

Sunday, February 5th, 2023

by Senaka Weeraratna Attorney-at-Law & RASSL Council Member Sri Lanka won freedom not in isolation but in step with the rest of the Asian countries in the aftermath of the end of the Second World War in 1945. Many factors contributed to the collapse of Western dominance in Asia. The Second World War was the […]

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Reparations Sri Lanka

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Independence Day – Demands An accountability process for these colonial crimes is warranted through an apology, catharsis, and adequate reparations. An Apology must be particularly directed to the descendants of the Sinhala Buddhist Kandyan people who were singled out as victims of colonial brutalities. These are the descendants of a highly oppressed group […]

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Sri Lanka’s Road to Independence

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 mainly on the back of Japan’s resounding military victories during the Second World War and the Indian independence struggle. The importance of the overthrow of Western colonial powers in Asia by freedom fighters supported by Japan should not be underestimated. If the intervention of Japan had not taken […]

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‘ Freedom Struggles of Sri Lanka – Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward’ edited by Professor C.M. Madduma Bandara et al.

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna I would like to draw your kind attention to the latest study on this subject.  The Book is titled ‘ Freedom Struggles of Sri Lanka – Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward’ edited by Professor C.M. Madduma Bandara. I am attaching the Table of Contents of the Book together with the Foreword of […]

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An Outline of Plan for the Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence

Saturday, January 14th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna  Aims 1)    To research and rewrite the narrative surrounding gaining of independence on 4th Feb 1948 2)    To ensure that the narrative is factually correct 3)    To explore the internal factors and the external factors that contributed to the gaining of freedom 4)    To plan a celebration that gives due place to all […]

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God Delusion in the West leads to search for Sati (Mindfulness)

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna  The consequence of God Delusion in the West largely among the mainstream Christian populace is the increasing search for Sati ( Mindfulness) originally taught by the Buddha in India over 2,500 years ago. Sati Meditation is filling a huge void in the Western consciousness due to the collapse of Monotheistic belief systems. The […]

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What is a True Religion?

Saturday, December 24th, 2022

Justice for Animals and Nature No religion can be true to itself if it is indifferent to the welfare of animals or at worse calls for the exploitation and death of non-humans. The defining quality of a true religion is loving kindness and compassion. It cannot be confined to one species or shared on a […]

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German Dharmaduta Society – 70th  Anniversary Commemoration 

Friday, December 16th, 2022

German Dharmaduta Society The 70th anniversary of the German Dharmaduta Society founded by Asoka Weeraratna (later known as Ven. Mitirigala Dhammanissanti Thero) was commemorated on September 21, 2022, at a Public Meeting held at the Auditorium of the Sri Vajiraramaya Temple at Bambalapitiya, Colombo 04. Ven. Thalpavila Kusalagnana Thero delivered the keynote address. The proceedings […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS -Merry for Humans and Hell for Animals

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

by Justice for Animals and Nature The scene today in the month of December is somber. The unseen sight is that countless millions of innocent animals destined for slaughter are being shipped in large container ships with multiple decks from country to country over long distances in the sea.  Huge trucks with several decks can […]

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Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour changed the course of world history

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Today, December 7 is the 81st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour which finally led to the liberation of the oppressed people in European colonies in Asia and Africa and other parts of the world.  The fightback of the Japanese Imperial Army, Navy, and Air Force, and Japanese people destroyed the […]

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The speech in the Japanese Parliament (Diet)  that won Japan’s abstention on the Resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC

Friday, December 2nd, 2022

Mr. Senaka Weeraratna:  The resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (A/HR/51/5/L1/Rev1) was adopted on October 06, 2022, without Sri Lanka’s prior consent or consultation. The number of votes against the Resolution (7) and the number of absentations (20) totaling 27 votes exceeded […]

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Buddhism stands for universal compassion for all living beings ( all species) and not for selective compassion for only one species i.e. human beings

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The command ‘ Kill and Eat animals ‘ found and endorsed in all Abrahamic religions is a throwback to the primitive hunter-gatherer mindset that prevailed at the commencement of the life of the Homo Sapiens species. Basically, it means you live off other species. But this conduct is morally indefensible for a higher […]

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What is True Humanity?

Sunday, November 6th, 2022

Justice for Animals and Nature The definition of ‘True Humanity’ must go beyond the species of Humanity. This is the true test of our Humanity.  If Humans confine themselves to the well-being of only one species i.e. Homo Sapiens ( human species) and remain indifferent to the well-being of non-human beings (other species) and the […]

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The New Booker Prize Winner 

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna  The new Booker Prize winner appears to be a Empire Loyalist or one with multiple loyalties. Like Arundhati Rao, another Booker Prize winner, who is Anti Majoritarian to the core and whose pastime is repeatedly attacking Hinduism and other Sanatana Dharma religions. To the vast majority of Hindus Arundhati Rao is a traitor […]

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The Crisis facing the Buddhist World

Friday, October 21st, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The Buddhist World lacks an effective mechanism to help save a Buddhist Nation in Danger Colombo, Sri Lanka — The crisis facing the Buddhist world is neither a decline in religious conviction nor an apprehension that truth underpinned by rational argument and new scientific discoveries will one day overtake and outstrip the core […]

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Violation of Buddhist Human Rights during the Euro – Christian era of Colonial Rule in Sri Lanka and other pre-dominant Buddhist countries 

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) the premier international Buddhist organization must establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report on the infringement of Human Rights of the Buddhist communities during the Western Colonial Rule of countries of Buddhist Asia. It is anticipated that there will be recommendations demanding an Apology and Reparations. The […]

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Well Done, Sri Lanka -UNHRC vote – A moral victory for Sri Lanka

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The number of abstentions (20) and the number of ‘No’ votes (7) add up to 27 whereas the ‘Yes’  votes totaled 20.  In the previous year, the same type of Resolution had 22 countries voting in favour. This time the ‘YES’ vote had come down to 20. Last year 25 countries did not […]

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Growing Public Disillusionment with the EU

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The Great Fire of Lisbon of 1755 shattered the myth of a loving God and set Europe on the path to modern Atheism. Voltaire’s book Candide espoused public disillusionment with ‘God’  and it led to later-day books like ‘ God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. At the end of the Second World War in 1945 with […]

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Sri Lanka must raise our voice for Reparations at UNHRC

Monday, September 19th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna Sri Lanka has a strong case for demanding and obtaining reparations from all three Western colonial powers i.e., the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British. We were victims under Colonial Rule. This is indisputable. This is the Message that the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission must convey to the World instead of appearing shamelessly […]

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Talk on ‘Buddhism in Germany’ to mark the 70th anniversary of the German Dharmaduta Society

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The German Dharmaduta Society will mark its 70th Anniversary (1952-2022) commencing with a talk on ‘Buddhism in Germany’ by Ven. Pandit Thalpawila Kusalagnana Thero on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 4.00 – 5.00 p.m., at the Siri Vajirarama Temple in Bambalapitiya. The talk will be relayed on the Zoom platform and YouTube. Join […]

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God Save the King – which King?

Friday, September 16th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna I wish the British were as kind to the Kings of other countries that they conquered in South Asia as they are to their current Monarch today.  We lost our King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, the last King of the Kingdom of Kandy in Ceylon because the British captured him and exiled him to […]

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Watch “PM Modi unveils statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate” on YouTube

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna  Watch “PM Modi unveils statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate” on The narrative on WW2 is being rewritten in India. The unveiling of a huge sculptured statue of the Liberator of India, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, is a water shed moment for […]

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“D.B. Jayatilaka’s pioneering contribution to the Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka as a Buddhist educationist at Ananda and Dharmaraja Colleges”

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

by Senaka Weeraratna Attorney-at-Law 29th August 2022 The Buddhist Revival was one of the great landmarks in the history of Sri Lanka during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was followed by a Buddhist Renaissance in the Post-Independence period when the state machinery was regained by the downtrodden people after nearly 500 years of Euro-Christian colonial […]

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The Impact of  Buddhism in Europe 

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna The greatest impact of Buddhism in Europe is seen in the growth of Atheists (and Atheism) and sharp decline in Monotheism among Europeans of Christian origin.  The Buddha rejected the idea of an external saviour from the very inception of his mission and advocated self reliance and self – effort for your personal […]

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Japan showed that no Western colonial country was invincible 

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

Senaka Weeraratna  It is said that freedom is never given but grabbed. Grabbing was possible in many parts of Asia because the Japanese had given hell for leather to the Imperial Western colonial countries occupying a vast swathe of Asian territory before 1939. At the end of the war in 1945 the Victors were tired, […]

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