LankaWeb – H. L. D. Mahindapala

By: Lankaweb  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Politics, Human Rights

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  There are five major communities in Sri Lanka – 1. the Sinhalese, 2. the Tamils of the North; 3. the Tamils of the East who consider themselves to be distinct from the Northern Tamils in culture and caste (Mukkuvars as opposed to the Vellahlas); 4. the Indian Tamils of the central [..]

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  In one of my earlier columns (September 3) I referred to “some deluded fanatics in the Muslim community” but took special care to add “not all”. Izeth Hussain (IH), a former Sri Lankan diplomat, has thought it fit challenge me on this and other aspects in my column. In his response [..]

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The Tamils who migrated from S. India and colonized the northern peninsula in the 12-13th centuries were ruled by three main home-grown regimes which dominated the Jaffna political culture: 1. the self-appointed kings; 2. the self-appointed upper-caste of Vellahlas who shot up in rank overnight from the lowest Sudras to the [..]

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Over and above all other factors there is only one single over-determining character that defines the culture of Jaffna in all its dimensions – and that is caste. Jaffna without caste does not exist. Nor is there a peninsular culture outside the rigid caste system. Focusing on the “caste character” embedded [..]

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala reporting from Geneva  At a side-event at the UN Human Rights Council held on September 11, 2011, Mohan Peiris, the former Attorney-General, lambasted the American Ambassadress, A. Donahue, when she threatened Sri Lanka with “growing pressure from the international community” if it does not demonstrate a willingness or ability to conduct [..]

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala Hopefully, the expected return of Robert O, Blake Jr, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, to Sri Lanka should augur well this time because he is armed with the critical information in the Country Report on Terrorism, 2010, published by his own State Department. There [..]

Monday, August 29th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The greatest tragedy in the life of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike is that his progeny had never stood up spiritedly – or even faintly — in defence of his path-breaking role of restoring in 1956 the lost Sinhala-Buddhist heritage to the people who, down the ages, had directed their innovative [..]

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

 H. L. D. Mahindapala Whenever Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) opens her mouth it reminds me of her own characterization of the way Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) talks. Tired of getting nowhere with RW in their numerous talks to arrive at a formula to solve the north-south conflict she said: “Ranil katha karanney katin nowei” (Ranil [..]

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala The most pragmatic solution to the Vadukoddai War waged relentlessly by the Tamil Tiger terrorists was prescribed by the London Times on August 10, 1995. (Please note the date). In a telling editorial it said: “The elimination of one man, Prabhakaran, could fashion a miraculous change in the island’s politics of [..]

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Under-Secretary General for Children in Armed Conflict, was caught red-handed once again engaged in anti-Sri Lankan activities. UN staff were shocked to find a daily press review issued from her office propagandizing the controversial footage of Channel 4 titled “Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”. In her daily press [..]

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala Wars are evil exercises that must be avoided at any cost. But history tells us that wars are also unavoidable. From time to time, wars occur to win over-ambitious goals going beyond established political and territorial borders or to eliminate or neutralize enemies that threaten national interests. This is the short [..]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  To: Julia.Gillard.M, Tony.Abbot.MP, Kevin.Rudd.MP, “Bishop, Julie (MP)” , Anthony.Byrne.MP, “Robb, Andrew (MP)” , “Dodd, John (Sen B. Brown)” , “Ferguson, Laurie (MP)” , john.alexander.MP, A.Albanese.MP, Don.Randall.MP, “Tudge, Alan (MP)”, senator.Evans, senator.brandis I thought of sending you the attached snippet from the London Times (please see below) to focus on one fact: if there [..]

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala The very brief intervention of the Defense Attaché to the US Embassy in Colombo, Lt. Col Lawrence Smith, at the seminar on terrorism in Colombo last week, attended by 40-nations, was a severe blow to the post-Vadukoddai War campaign launched to denigrate Sri Lanka in the eyes of the world. In [..]

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala The 118 members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that met in Bali last week would have gone home feeling that it is no longer the prestigious moral force that stood in the middle of two big power blocs competing for dominance at the height of the Cold War. When the two [..]

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala The Vadukoddai Resolution, which declared war on the democratically elected state and the nation as a whole, is “a crime against peace”. This principle was first enunciated and tested at the Nuremberg trials in convicting the fascist Nazis and later incorporated into the UN Charter. When peaceful alternatives were available to [..]

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The latest blow to the anti-Sri Lankan Tamil expatriate lobby came last night (May 12, 2009) when the European Parliament rejected a move made by the Socialist Greens to establish immediately an international justice mechanism to inquire into Sri Lankan affairs.  Without recommending any need for an international inquiry the EU [..]

Monday, May 9th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  In appointing an Advisory Panel of Experts (APE) Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General, has grabbed (literally and metaphorically) the tiger’s tail: he can’t let it go because he is under pressure from the Western and Tamil lobby (represented partly by the anti-Sri Lankan Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy within his own Cabinet) nor can [..]

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  In a finger-biting drama of forty minutes President Obama watched his elite SEALS execute his shoot-to-kill order, without giving Osama bin Laden – the number one enemy of America – a chance to hit back or face charges, whatever his crimes may be. It was a spectacular and vote-winning military operation [..]

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala Introduction: Laurie Ferguson is from the left-wing of the Australian Labour Party. He leans heavily towards the Tamil lobby. The following letter sent by H. L. D. Mahindapala after meeting him in Canberra is self-explanatory. Dear Laurie, Thank you for the time you spent with us listening and arguing which was [..]

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala The report of a handful Christians demanding the release of the report of Ban Ki-Moon’s Advisory Panel of Experts (APE) – a political move led by Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe (BISKILL) — begins quite appropriately by saying that Jesus was killed “by the rulers of that time, with complicity of high priests [..]

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The chain of events that finally forced Ban Ki-Moon to get involved directly in the Sri Lankan conflict and appoint arbitrarily a three-man panel, without the authority of the UN, constitutes an intriguing saga in itself. Almost immediately after the war the West was maneuvering at the United Nations Human Rights [..]

Monday, April 18th, 2011

By H. L. D. Mahindapala  The East-West alliance that is designed to shape the global agenda in the 21st century was defined by Robert O. Blake Jr, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in his testimony given before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 5, 2011. He said categorically that America [..]

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

 H. L. D. Mahindapala The crimes committed by the Caucasian West against humanity throughout their history, held together mainly by the common Christian ideology, demonstrate incontrovertibly that they do not have the moral right to dictate human rights commandments to the rest. Their engagements in innumerable wars of colonialism, racism, capitalism, communism, fascism, religion, [..]

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  Alan Keenan claims to be a Senior Analyst and Sri Lanka Project Director with the International Crisis Group (ICG). This means that he is paid to be an analyst to do his homework on the relevant facts and figures to substantiate whatever case he presents on Sri Lanka. Since he presented [..]

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The American Ambassadress, Ms. Patricia Butenis, has come out fighting on behalf of the NGOs. This should be greeted with applause because her intervention, coming from the biggest power on earth, adds an extra dimension to the on-going local debate on NGOs — the most obscene four-letter word in the Sri [..]

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala  The political agenda of Jehan Perera and “Paki” Saravanamuttu was to stop the war to give breathing space for Prabhakaran to strengthen his hand to regroup and prolong the war – a programme that would have kept the NGOs in business forever. They were running from Western capital to capital lobbying [..]

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala As expected, Mahinda Rajapakse won the local government elections. And, as expected, Ranil Wickremesinghe lost. The surprise, if it is a surprise at all, is not in these result but in the solid grip Mahinda still has on the electorate. The pundits were predicting losses for Mahinda, saying that his magic [..]

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Part III Understanding the whole from the parts and vice versa tends to dominate the study of history. It is this symbiotic relationship that weaves the panoramic view of history. Of course, the grand sweep of history has to be viewed in parts – parts such as periods, regions, themes, castes, clans, class, etc., which [..]

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Part II  Before I go any further, it must also be mentioned that this publication is not meant to fall into the usual category of academic theses written for doctoral awards supervised and approved by the professoriat ruling the departments of history, political science, and other social sciences. I am a journalist by profession and [..]

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The bloody road from Vadukoddai to Nandikadal.  Part 1 The post-Prabhakaran period, settling down to a new era far removed from the blinding smoke of gun fire and exploding bombs, opens up new perspectives to view the past that was dominated by dogmatic ideologies, theories and formulas constructed for the analysis of the convulsive events [..]

Keywords: Human Rights, Politics

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