Author Archive for Senaka Weeraratna

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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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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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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An in-depth study about TRADE between British and it’s Colonies-Eye Popping Revelations: US$45 Trillion Fraud By British Raj In India Alone

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonisation of India – as horrible as it may have been – was not of any major economic benefit to Britain itself. If anything, the administration of India was a cost to Britain. So the fact that the empire was sustained […]

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Establish a Public Commission of Inquiry to investigate the state and activities of the Media, with a view to reform of the National Media

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna The situation of the Press is far worse today It is totally anti-national and anti – Buddhist. A content analysis of the Political Columns of any English language mainstream newspaper will reveal this stark truth.  The Govt. has the mandate to establish a Commission of Inquiry like what Mrs. Bandaranaike did in 1963, to investigate and report […]

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The Buddhist Youth Magazine (1969)

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna In November 1968 Sepala Amarasuriya took an initiative to form a Buddhist Youth Forum and invited a number of his classmates, school friends, and friends outside these two circles to join the Forum. The Office bearers were: Anusasaka or Patron: Ven. Piyadassi Thera of the Vajiraramaya President : Hiranthi JayasuriyaVice President: Tilak GunawardanaJoint […]

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Anagarika Dharmapala – 157th Birth Anniversary ( Date of Birth – September 17, 1864) The Life and Legacy of Anagarika Dharmapala

Friday, September 17th, 2021

By Senaka Weeraratna In the modern history of Sri Lanka no one stands taller than Anagarika Dharmapala. In a country that had witnessed the overthrow of its last king in 1815, seen successive waves of Portuguese, Dutch and British invasions sweeping away much of the traditional Buddhist culture of the country, the unsolicited entry of […]

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70th Anniversary San Francisco Peace Conference (1951 – 2021)

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna If Japan did not enter the second world war in 1941 the whole of Asia would have have come under Western colonial domination. There was not an iota of thought in any western country in 1939 to give freedom to people in European colonies. The possibility of what happened to the native Americans, […]

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No one has a Constitutional Right to kill an animal in Sri Lanka under the guise of freedom of religion

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna There must be a total ban on Animal Sacrifice as it hurts the sentiments of a vast majority of people of this predominantly Buddhist country. No one in Sri Lanka has a Constitutional Right to kill an animal under the guise of freedom of religion. The State is the Guardian of all Animals […]

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Is ‘Multiculturalism’ suitable for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna In the light of the growing problems with certain minority communities culminating in the Easter Sunday Massacre in 2019 that caused the death of 270 innocent men, women and children, and severe injuries to over 500 others, we have to ask ourselves whether the current social order we have today, based on ‘Multiculturalism’ […]

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Has God forsaken humanity in the time of the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna  The horrifying tragedy that is unfolding before our very eyes worldwide but particularly in India, and God fearing traditional Christian countries such as USA, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France, U.K., Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Norway and Sweden raises fundamental questions not only in respect to humanity’s capacity to combat the spread of […]

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Day of infamy and ‘ Pearl Harbour’ moment in Sri Lanka’s history

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna April 21, 2019 is destined to be marked as a date which will live in infamy. Paraphrasing President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he delivered the famous infamy speech on December 08, 1941 soon after the attack on Pearl Harbour by Japan,,  posterity may well designate  April 21, 2019 as the Blackest day and […]

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Portuguese era – Dark Chapter in Sri Lanka’s History

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna I wish to respond to the article published on ‘ Lankaweb’ (April 06, 2021) under the caption ‘Was Portuguese proselytization ruthless as portrayed?’ byP.K. Balachandran, as I find the contents inaccurate, misleading and contrary to well established historical facts. The writer Balachandran relies on Sir James Emerson Tennent, Colonial Secretary from 1841 to […]

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