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Big Power Manoeuvres in and around Sri Lanka: The Bandarage Essay

Mr C .… an orignal piece for Thuppahi** … with highlighting being the work of The Editor, Thuppahi

I found Asoka Bandarage’s essay was okay, but it suffers from a few argumentative flaws I will discuss in this article.  The writer has made many claims. Some of these I agree with. Her main argument comes towards the end of the article which may be summarized as follows: Sri Lanka must avoid being exploited by foreign powers or caught up in geopolitical adventures played out between India, China and the US – a goal which it can achieve by creating food and energy security for itself by exploiting natural resources, and she mentions an area of Sri Lanka containing oil and gas resources. We know Sri Lanka is a fertile land and can easily sustain rice and food crops, if managed properly.

 

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Neo-Colonial Modalities Overwhelming Sri Lanka

Asoka Bandarage, in The Island, 16 May 2022, with this title “Sri Lanka: Debt crisis, neocolonialism and geopolitical rivalry” …. with highlighting in blue being impositions from The Editor, Thuppahi

Sri Lanka is in the throes of an unprecedented economic crisis. Faced with a shortage of foreign exchange and defaulting on its foreign debt repayment, the country is unable to pay for its food, fuel, medicine, and other basic necessities. Notwithstanding the austerities that would be entailed, a bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been accepted as the only way out of the dire economic situation.Opposition political parties, and citizens across the country, blame the Rajapaksa government’s widespread corruption and mismanagement for the crisis, and demand that the President and the Parliament resign. The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa did so on 09 May 2022. However, the protesters at Galle Face Green, and elsewhere, have not been able to put forward an alternative leadership or a viable road map for the future. The country remains mired in confusion, chaos and a highly volatile political impasse.

 

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Bankrupt! Sri Lanka totally bankrupt …..

Marianne David, in theMorninglk, 15 May 2022, where the title read thus “Sri Lanka is bankrupt in every respect: Dr. W.A. Wijewardena”

  • If Ranil Wickremesinghe fails, Sri Lanka will also fail
  • Current economic status is catastrophic
  • Drastic reduction in food production due to insane organic policy
  • Inflation is galloping; external sector worst affected
  • Lankans will have to learn to live through enormous hardships
  • Only strength Sri Lanka has is its human capital
  • Country has to revert to pre-2019 tax regime
  • Country has to revert to pre-2019 tax regime

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Introducing the Ceylon National Congress: Its Agitation & Its Context

Michael Roberts

The four-volume edition of DOCUMENTS OF THE CEYLON NATIONAL CONGRESS was presented by the Department of National Archives in 1977 and has been out of stock for some time now.

Haris De Silva — Deputy Director, DNA in the 1970s

Volume ONE contains a book within a book written by me and entitled ELITES, NATIONALISMS and the NATIONALIST MOVEMENT IN BRITISH CEYLON – in seven chapters and running to ccxxii pages.

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Reviewing the Past with KP …. Pirapaharan’s Best Man & Organisational Genius

Sri Lanka Guardian interview with KP, 4 June 2021, where the title runs thus “Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP speaks after years of silence”

The story of a man who transformed his life to shelter and educate hundreds of kids affected during armed conflict and due to social disparity in Sri Lanka. He is widely known as KP. Selvarasa Pathmanathan is now a social activist and founded the North-East Rehabilitation and Development Organization

When the world’s one-time most wanted man is given the chance to speak, what does he say? When he is given the chance to walk freely, where does he go? When he is given time and freedom, what does he do?

 KP in Kilinochchi ( Pic by Lakshman Dias for Lanka Courier) 

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Beware of Quack Internet Articles on Medical and Agricultural Issues

Chandre Dharmawardana

An article that begins with a scientifically false statement, viz.,
“They talk of how our bodies run on carbohydrates (sugar) but can also run on fat: we are dual fuel energy burners. Medical researchers call this our “metabolic flexibility.” is being circulated in the internet and the email circuit.

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Video: Launch of Lord Naseby’s Paradise Lost. Paradise Regained

Amal Abeyawardene

March 29, 2022 Colombo at the BMICH (Bandaranaike International Conference Hall) Lord Michael Naseby launches his book, Sri Lanka: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained.

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Appreciations of Nigel Kerner from Old Aloysians

 Vale Nigel Kerner …..An Appreciation from Harry Solomons

Indeed, Today is a sad day for many of Nigel’s mates such as Mubarak Jawath, Niranjan Vithanage and myself and thousands of poor Sri Lankans who have benefited from his generosity. Nigel Kerner, St.Aloyssius College Old Boy, famous English Author, Singer, Actor, and Generous Philanthropist, sadly passed away in England. He visited and lived in Sri Lanka each year during the English winter and was famous for his creation of a “Free Hospital” in the Laxapana/Maskeliya region for treatment of the poorest of villagers and plantation workers in those areas. Generous to the core, he entertained and boarded hundreds of Sri Lankan visitors, cricket teams, entertainers, politicians visiting England. I don’t think l have met a more generous human being! Rest In Peace my good friend. My love and Condolences to your beautiful and equally generous wife Denise, Family and close group of friends, who I have had the good fortune to meet and socialise with.

 

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Gross Errors in Financial Management in Sr Lanka under the Gota Administration

Sanjeewa Jayaweera, in The Island, 20 April 2022, with this title “Ali Sabry confesses to the mistakes made”

Ali Sabry (AS), the newly appointed Finance Minister, was unusually candid and forthright in a couple of recent television interviews. He acknowledged the many mistakes made by the government on the economic front. Many believe that repenting over serious mistakes made, causing irreparable harm to the country’s citizens, is still unforgivable. These mistakes were made repeatedly over time, despite many independent economists and financial analysts asking for a reversal, making the crime harder to forgive. The words arrogance, egoistic, pompous, condescending and stupid will easily define those responsible for running the economy in the last two years.

 

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Rebutting Brigadier Ranjan De Silva’s Pro-American Line of Advocac

Fair Dinkum has sent a memorandum in vehement criticism of my Aloysian schoolmate, Brigadier Ranjan De Silva’s Arguments (see below) …… Michael Roberts

The unjustified slurs and smears the Brigadier brings on China cannot go by unchallenged.

First, China didn’t “grab” a harbour of land in Sri Lanka. The word “grab” is a loaded term designed to smear China. There is a history and a context to this [project] which the Brigadier fails to explain. I won’t do so here because all of this has been well documented in many credible sources.

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