Author Archive for Senaka Weeraratna

A.T. Ariyaratne and the Bauddha Jatika Balavegaya (BJB)

Saturday, April 20th, 2024

Senaka Weeraratna I got disillusioned with politics. An idea was born in my mind that a social revolution minus political colouring should be staged. The Sarvodaya Shramadana movement was the outcome of this thinking” A.T. Ariyaratne The passing of A.T. Ariyaratne at the age of 92 years on April 16, 2024, removes from the national scene […]

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India’s new Criminal law reforms are intended to remove all remnants of colonial servitude

Saturday, March 16th, 2024

Senaka Weeraratna India has repealed three colonial-era laws that governed India’s Criminal Justice System namely the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Indian Evidence Act, and three new laws were enacted by the Parliament in December 2023. The three new laws are Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) 2023, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita […]

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Serving ‘Manioc’ as the only option for Vegetarians diminished the ‘Diversity’ image of the Royal – Thomian encounter

Saturday, March 9th, 2024

Senaka Weeraratna People attend the Royal–Thomian match to see the cricket and enjoy the attendant fun. Not necessarily toeat food. But eating becomes necessary when spending a day there. This is when the trouble starts. At this year’s Royal–Thomian match meat eaters were well catered with slaughter products ranging from Beef to Pork, and Chicken, […]

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False interpretation of Secularism to deny Freedom of Religion to Buddhist Students to listen to Pirith at Royal College

Monday, February 19th, 2024

Senaka Weeraratna An old boy who has expressed opposition in an article in the Daily FT recently, to the chanting of Pirith in a Buddhist religious ceremony at Royal College on grounds that it is ‘Anti Secular’, has given a false interpretation of Secularism. Moreover, he has made false allegations against the school authorities that […]

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Asoka Weeraratna’s Visit to Hamburg in March 1953

Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Senaka Weeraratna In 1953, Asoka Weeraratna, Founder and Honorary Secretary of the Lanka Dhammaduta Society, paid a second visit to Germany and surveyed Buddhist activities in that country. On this trip Asoka travelled widely all over Germany, i.e. Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, Bremen, Frankfurt, Bonn, and Cologne among others, meeting leaders of Buddhist organizations in […]

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Decision Review System (DRS)

Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Wikipedia The Decision Review System (DRS), formerly known as the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), is a technology-based system used in cricket to assist the match officials in their decision-making. On-field umpires may choose to consult with the third umpire (known as an Umpire Review), and players may request that the third umpire consider a decision of the on-field umpires (known as a Player […]

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Is the ICC cheating Sri Lanka?

Friday, January 12th, 2024

Senaka Weeraratna  The Cricket loving public and the taxpayers of Sri Lanka have every right to ask the Govt. and the Minister of Sports whether they have demanded from the International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Geoff Allardice on his recent visit to Sri Lanka, adequate compensation for the use of a Sri Lankan invention, the Decision Review […]

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Multi-culturalism breeds conflict, sometimes leading to terrorism  

Monday, January 8th, 2024

Senaka Weeraratna The fundamental duty of all people living in Sri Lanka is to live in harmony with each other, particularly in harmony with the predominant religious culture and beliefs, and not hurt the moral sensitivities of the ethnic majority, which has made the biggest contribution throughout history to the building of the country and […]

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Usman Khawaja Speaks After ICC Disallow Use of ‘All Lives Are Equal’ Message on Shoes | The Quint

Sunday, January 7th, 2024

The Quint Read the Comment on the Double Standards of the International Cricket Council (ICC) when it comes to matters involving non-European cricketers and inventors. The Decision Review System (DRS) is another example where the ICC has failed to ‘play cricket’ in the true spirit of the game. ICC has a moral obligation to the Cricket […]

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New Year Greetings from the German Dharmaduta Society

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

Senaka Weeraratna   On the occasion of the New Year (2024), the German Dharmaduta Society wishes to thank all its members, well-wishers, and supporters including the Dayakayas (Patrons) of Das Buddhistisches Haus ( Buddhist Vihara in Berlin – Frohnau) for their help in numerous ways in the past years and takes this opportunity to […]

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Maithri Panagoda book launch

Thursday, December 21st, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna In October 2022, Maithri Panagoda (Partner) published Pursuing a Vision of Justice”, a collection of 25 essays by judges, academics, historians, diplomats, friends, and family. The book, which was officially launched last year in the NSW Parliament House, shares stories from Maithri’s early years in Sri Lanka and his 45-year legal career in Australia.  Her Excellency the […]

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If Japan had not fought in WW2, the entirety of Asia would have become a ‘ White Man’s ‘ colony 

Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna In 1939 there were only there were only two countries in Asia that were not under direct Western occupation, namely Japan and Thailand.  The rest of the hate speech was 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 […]

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ක්‍රිකට් නීති පොත වෙනස් කළ සේනකගේ DRS සංකල්පය අයිසීසී ය හොරෙන් ඉස්සුවාද?

Friday, November 17th, 2023

Fawz Mohammed  (Dinamina)  Courtesy:  ‘Silumina’ December 17, 2022 ඔහු නමින් සේනක වීරරත්නය. ‍හෙතෙම ප්‍රවීණ නීතිඥයෙකි. ලේඛකයෙකි. චින්තනවාදියෙකි. ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් පිටියේ දැඩි අවධානයට ලක් වූ ලිපියක් වසර 1997 මාර්තු මාසයේ 25 වැනිදා ‘දි ඔස්ට්‍රේලියන්‘ පුවත්පතේ පළ විය. ‘third umpire should perform role of appeal judge‘ ශීර්ෂ පාඨය යටතේ පළ වූ එම ලිපියෙහි සඳහන් වූයේ ඒ වන විට […]

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The Price of Glory is Death

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

by Senaka Weeraratna A crisis of cataclysmic proportions brought about by natural disasters e.g.  Great Fire of Lisbon (1755) and man made wars in Europe on ground of religious enmity (Wars of the Reformation and Counter – Reformation),  gave rise to the Enlightenment philosophy in 18th-century Europe that placed a higher emphasis on reason and […]

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

By Senaka Weeraratna This is an updated and edited version of a Public Talk delivered on World Animal Day (October 4, 2015) at the Dharmavijaya Foundation, Colombo. ………………………………………. New Vision We need a new vision for this country and its civilizational advancement.  It must begin in our schools. The primary purpose of education is to […]

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Tilak Gunawardena Scholarship Fund launched by Sri Lanka – Malaysia Business Council

Sunday, October 1st, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna A decent man with childlike innocence, he will be remembered by all those who treasured his company and sagacity. I would like to end this tribute to Tilak with a plea to his family and friends to strongly consider reprinting a facsimile edition of the Buddhist Youth magazine originally published in 1969 for […]

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Repression of Buddhism in Sri Lanka by Portuguese

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna The Portuguese landed in Colombo in 1505. Within a few years of their arrival they were able to establish permanent trading settlements and then indulge in a game of intrigue and blackmail with the various rulers and minor chiefs of the country. They harassed Bhuvenakabahu (King of Kotte from 1521 ?1551) to a […]

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Death of Professor A.D.T.E. Perera

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna    Professor A.D.T.E. Perera, renowned Buddhist Scholar, with a Ph. D. from the Australian National University, passed away on September 17, 2023 at the age of 87 years of age.  Professor A.D.T.E. Perera was formerly an Associate Editor, Encyclopaedia of Buddhism, Government of Sri Lanka, publication, Research Associate and Professor, Department of Philosophy, University […]

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India pays tribute to Buddhism at G20 Conference with Prime Minister Modi welcoming world leaders in front of a giant Buddhist Dharmachakra

Sunday, September 10th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke new ground at the opening Day of the G20 Conference in Delhi yesterday when he greeted world leaders with a ‘Namaste’ and shook hands with them in front of a giant-sized Dharmachakra (also called Asoka Chakra) at the newly opened Bharat Mandapam. It was a huge boost for […]

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Pope’s visit to Mongolia – Buddhists Beware

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Whenever the Europeans entered a non-European country it spelled doom for the indigenous people. This is the history of the world beginning with Christopher Columbus.  On June 7, 1494, Pope Alexander VI published a Bull ‘ inter caetera’ to divide the New World between Spain and Portugal. Tordesillas – How the Pope divided the […]

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India’s Tryst with Destiny

Friday, August 25th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna When the Indian Rocket ‘ Chandrahayan’ 3 landed on the Moon on August 23, 2023, it created a stunning moment that comes but rarely in history, when an age of dreaming ends and a new one begins.  The moon landing has shaken not only the soul of a single nation but that of […]

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Animal Welfare Bill – A Comparative Study Book Launched 

Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna  A Book entitled ‘ A Comparative Study – Animal Welfare Bill Proposed by the Law Commission (2006) and the Animal Welfare Bill as Amended (2022) by Senaka Weeraratna,  Attorney-at-Law, was launched at the Public Library, Colombo on Monday, August 07, 2023 A picture of the participants at the Press Conference conducted by the Coalition for a Pro Animal […]

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New role for India in ICC administered Cricket 

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna, the inventor of DRS, has revolutionized the game of Cricket. India under Narendra Modi can play a bigger role in the Cricket world wherever there is racism, sexism, and the like in ICC-administered cricket. The recently released damning Report on racism in English cricket is equally true of similar types of racism and […]

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The Beira Lake and its History 

Friday, June 16th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna I refer to the article by Nicholas Dias Abeyesinghe in Lankaweb on the Beira Lake I checked the meaning of the word ‘Beira’ in Portuguese using Google. The answer given by Google is that it means ‘  Border ‘.  The Portuguese word for Lake is  ‘ Lago ‘  Using the word ‘ Beira’ for […]

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Article 9 – a detectable flaw in the translation

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Attorney at Law Mr. Krisantha Nissanka, Attorney at Law, and Convenor of Lawyers for Buddhist Rights in an interview with Mr. Mahieash Johnney ( Ada Derana English) on June 13, 2023, explains the Buddhist point of view with respect to the current controversy on the limits of Freedom of Speech, the necessity to respect […]

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Why do Most Indians believe ONLY Blue-eyed Whites Can be inventors? 

Sunday, June 11th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna EMAIL Inventor Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai This is the same story with respect to the Decision Review System (DRS) which is the invention of a Sri Lankan Lawyer ( under the concept of ‘Player Referral’ conceived and published for the first time in the ‘Australian’ Newspaper dated March 25, 1997, calling for a Right […]

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The Decision Review System ( DRS) is Sri Lanka’s biggest contribution to the development of the game of cricket in the modern era.

Sunday, May 21st, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna  Shashi Tharoor has said  DRS is such a major innovation. I never want to see international cricket without DRS ever again. It is so indispensable and eliminates so many bad decisions, and it creates an additional form of excitement for the viewer. It adds an extra element of tension to the plot and […]

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Global Buddhist Summit on Protection of Buddhism

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna Buddhism is the most endangered religion in the world. Buddhism has lost more territory and space worldwide to other religions in the last one thousand years, than any other World Religion. The encroachment of Buddhist territories still continues. The danger is there for everyone to see. Now the competitors are at the Gates of Buddhist […]

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Vesak – a Unique ‘No Harm’ Religious Festival

Friday, May 5th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna The most outstanding religious festival in the world in the sense of moral eminence is Vesak. Why? Because no harm is caused to any sentient being in the celebration of Vesak, which is slaughter-free by both custom and law (in Sri Lanka). Slaughterhouses are closed. Meat houses are shut. Supermarkets are prohibited by […]

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India combined with Buddhist Asia can become a World Superpower

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

Senaka Weeraratna India with the support of Buddhist Asia can become a World Superpower. Not necessarily militarily but economically, morally, and spiritually. Buddhism which has heavily influenced the moral and ethical foundations of a wide range of countries in South Asia, South East Asia, and the Far East in the past two millennia, can again […]

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