Chinese Interests in the Indian Ocean–A Sober Evaluation in 2013

From The Economist, 8 June 2013, where title is “China’s growing empire of ports abroad is mainly about trade, not aggression”

FROM the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away. But viewed from high up in one of the growing number of skyscrapers in Sri Lanka’s capital, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening: China is creating a shipping hub just 200 miles from India’s southern tip

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An Indian Twist to China-Lanka Relations

 Debasish Roy Chowdhury , in the South China Morning Post, where the title is Passive investor to partner in crime: How China lost the plot in Sri Lanka”
Chinese investments got sucked into the vortex of Sri Lanka’s local politics and were left high and dry when a friendly regime was swept away (Lanka-e-News- 30.March.2015, 11.30PM) The sprightly 30-something engineer at Hambantota port reels off the benefits of this port-industrial complex on the southeastern tip of Sri Lanka about 240km from the capital Colombo. “There’s massive demand for transshipment of vehicles and it’s increasing by the day. Once companies set up their production lines here, we’ll get much more ships,” gushes Chaminda as he gives a tour of the port. Hambantota could use more ships, there are none in sight. The port, which started operations in 2010 and was supposed to challenge Singapore, received all of six ships in 2011 and 18 in 2012. The government finally had to ask ships carrying vehicles to offload their wares in Hambantota rather than Colombo. Continue reading

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The New Government’s Vendettas & Misguided Measures are Squandering Sri Lanka’s Future Prospects

NEIL KARUNeil Karunaratne, courtesy of the Daily Mirror, 30 March 2015, where the title is “Holding Back Development.” 

Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message read in a political rally held in Ratnapura, last week alleged that the current administration has stalled
development in the country. I cannot help, but agree, though grudgingly. This government has held back the country’s development. That is already
reflected in the projected growth numbers: The Asian Development Bank now says that the country’s economic growth would dip to 7 per cent this year,
from 7.4 per cent, last year. As recently as two months back, the ADB projected 8 per cent growth for 2015 and 2016. It however assures that the economy would rebound in 2016 to 7.4 per cent, still short of previous estimates. Continue reading

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Appreciating and Remembering M. J. Perera

Senaka Weeratana

MJ Perera profile

M. J. Perera was a founder member of the Lanka Dhammaduta Society which was founded by Asoka Weeraratna on Sept.21, 1952 ( later re- named as German Dharmaduta Society on May 8, 1957). M.J. Perera was elected as a Vice – President of the Society at its inaugural meeting held on Sept. 21, 1952. Subsequently he was elected as the President of the German Dharmaduta Society (GDS) in 1957 and functioned in that capacity for many years. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the GDS from 1966 – 2000.

He was introduced to Asoka Weeraratna in 1952 while he i.e. M,J. Perera, was the first Director – General, Radio Ceylon, by the late Austin de Silva who was the Editor of the ‘ Buddhist Opinion‘ magazine and dedicated Buddhist Worker. Austin de Silva was also elected as a Vice – President of the GDS at its inaugural meeting in 1952. ……    see also Continue reading

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Sigiriya as Miniature Mount Meru — An American Extravaganza!

SEE YOU TUBE  by so-called US scientists=

SL – VIDEO – Sigiriya – “Discovered” by British…..”Built” by Aliens…..per History Channel. History Channel lies from the start…..”Discovered” by British Army Officer in 18th century….BS….History of Sigiriya is written in the Mahawansa……the history of the Sinhala people…
to some so-called Western “Experts”….all man-made wonders of the NON-Western World…..Asia – Africa – Americas…..are “created /
built” by Aliens….eg….Pyramids – ( Egypt )Machu Picchu –  ( Peru) Nacza Lines – ( Peru ) Angkor Wat – ( Cambodia )Borobudur – (
Indonesia )Palanque – ( Mexico )Chichen Itza – ( Mexico )Tikal  – (Guatemala )…etc – etc – etc…. to these “Experts”….Only Western Civilization……eg starting with Greek – Roman……were by humans….. Continue reading

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Forging New Paths in Sri Lankan and Colonial History

NIRA W-picNira Wickramasinghe’s  Metallic Modern. Everyday Machines in Colonial Lanka, Oxford/New York, Berghahn Books, 2014 ISBN 9781782382423… 192 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-242-3 $70.00/£44.00 Hb Published (January 2014) ….  ISBN 978-1-78238-243-0 eBook

“This is a most engaging book from a well-known author… a timely contribution concerning an important subject that is attracting renewed and sustained interest from historians of late….” · Crispin Bates, University of Edinburgh

“This book is academically rich, analytically sophisticated and full of insightful interpretations that make it a valuable sourcefor scholars and students from multiple disciplines. It will also be a pleasant read for those who are simply curious about the dusty machines that sacredly and majestically occupy a small corner of their grandparents’ homes, still covered with a cloth.” · The International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter Continue reading


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Creeping Self–Determination? Tamil Extremism gets a Boost from Modi

Izeth Hussain, courtesy of The Island, 28 March 2015, where the title reads “Wiggie’s Thunderbolt and 13A- not + as solution”

Modi + Sirisena  This article is really in continuation of my article, “After the Modi visit,” which appeared in The Island of March 21. That article was written hurriedly while I was still convalescent and in a state of alarm. Since then I have had time to consider some important feedbacks that I have received and to study in detail an important policy statement of Prime Minister Modi. I have come to two firm conclusions. One is that seen in the perspective of promoting a political solution to the Tamil ethnic problem the Modi visit was a total unmitigated disaster. Wittingly or otherwise it strengthened the hands of the Tamil racists who have been working, stealthily and steadfastly, towards Eelam or a confederal arrangement close to it. My other firm conclusion is that Sri Lanka can come through unscathed only by occupying the moral high ground. In concrete terms that can best be done by implementing 13A minus – that is 13A without police and land powers. Continue reading

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