Wednesday, 28 May 2014 20:08

"With the signing of the Indo-Lanka Pact it became the birth of the most dangerous anarchist period of Sri Lankan history associated with merciless killings by the regime with a vengeance; finally the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) hijacked Nicky Karunarathna's efforts and his collective goal".



Friday, 16 May 2014 19:10

“During that era while the JVP (Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna) was living underground, every single political entity was in total disarray, being in an ‘anesthetised’ condition, due to the existed regime being so lethal”.


Among the mixed bag of feed backs on Nicky Karunarathna’s exposures on the masked characters of the yesteryear politicians in this country, especially the so called Socialist comrades who have been cheating and misleading the innocent public, I found another reader last week commenting thus:


The Old Left- Hartal and Trade Unionism

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 21:53

During the Hartal  (general strike)  organised by Marxist parties in 1953  to express public dissatisfaction over the rise in the cost of living, especially the cost of rice, a member of the GCSU ( General Clerical Services Union) Kandasamy  was shot dead by  Police during  a protest march led by   LSSP stalwarts,  NM, Colvin and Lesley et al.  GCSU was a powerful and a prominent confederation of workers at the time which acted as a real power tool to demand worker rights up till 1985.



Saturday, 05 Apr 2014 08:18

"All politicians are great bluffers, hood-winking the people all the time" wrote a member of the blood line of Colvin as a feed back immediately after reading my last week's column under the heading 'Trotskyites Sang Sai Bajans'! He(name withheld) remembershow‘protests organised by N.M always ended up smashing all the glass window panels at show rooms along Darley road, Union Place, Colombo 2".



Saturday, 29 Mar 2014 06:51

As mentioned in my 'Life Abroad Part 71', another Sri Lankan from down under, Nicky Karunarathna from Australia, has come out forcefully with his personal experiences against the LSSP activities of the by- gone years, having read episode 70 under the caption 'Vivian gave beans'.


Birth Of The Press Council

Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 21:05

It is interesting to note that life experiences of those who had lived abroad have appealed to many 'old timers' and are being rekindled by reading various occurrences of fellow Lankans connected with Ceylon at various stages.


Vivienne Gave Beans!

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 20:12

I had the great opportunity of meeting with Violet Vivienne Gunawardena in London, in July 1994, at a luncheon, just prior to her departure by cutting her holiday short to get actively involved in the 10th Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections held on August 16, 1994. Her ambition was again to be an advocate for Left participation in the People's Alliancecoalition government dominated by the SLFP led by Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Seizing the opportunity I 'pushed' some hard questions to her, and she spoke her mind out.


Mental And Physical Is Dental!

Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 20:57

When the word ‘Teeth’ is analysed, it can be used in many forms and phrases such as ‘kick in the teeth, fed up to the back of teeth, etc., but my attempt in this episode is to get my teeth into a Sri Lankan who was very much proficient in dental science in the UK. I do not, however, wish to discuss the 2007 comedy horror film Teeth directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein.


Entrepreneurship And Philanthropy

Monday, 24 Feb 2014 19:15

Good Heavens! I am taken by surprise by the fact that those seniors who are living abroad writing back to me saying how the series rekindle their 'memories of home country and the many Sri Lankans they met in London'. I am thankful to Faith J Ratnayake, wife of Dr. Hema Ratnayake (BBC Sinhala Service 'Sandesaya'- 1959 to 1965) who has worked in many places and with the FAO Colombo for 25 years, for writing to me last week in appreciation.


Several feedbacks on last week's column on Dr. Dora Fonseka concentrated on the difference in the Internet version and the print version but, as I understand, due to space restriction on page 13 the following two paragraphs had been omitted in the print version. For those who read only the print version, I hope the following will suffice:


London was quite a different place, 3-4 decades ago, contrary to what one can witness today. Immigrant community consisted of a few Africans and West Indians at first, 'imported' for cheap labour where the average English blue collar worker hesitated and preferred to be on the doll!


Psycho-Analytical Sojourn

Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 14:11

lthough theology or spirituality has been on the increase among people from time immemorial, Westerners seemed to have woken up rapidly in recent times and become 'star' crazy, which has resulted in some of the British tabloids to introduce a popular 'star guide' column. It is so popular that first thing in the morning when most of the readers open their newspapers, their first inclination has become to gaze at the planetary guide for the day.


Three Tamashas In London

Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 08:56

On January 19, 1996, cocktails overflowed, short-eats vanished, the sounds of laughter and rejoicing of guests in a social intercourse vibrated through five floors of an impressive post-war building in the City of London. The occasion was stage one of three different 'tamashas' to celebrate the relocation of the Bank of Ceylon's London branch to a new premises at No. 1 Devonshire Square, London EC2, from its old haunts at 22-24 City Road, London EC4. To punctuate the occasion and add more allure and grandeur to the event, the General Manageress and Deputy General Manageress (Overseas Trade) at the time, had flown specially to London.


Object Is Immaterial If Core Is Gold!

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 21:21

I should thank advocate Sepala Munasinghe who has advised me whenever I went off beam on certain past incidents that had taken place in London. Last week too, he was very prompt in emailing a feed back to me after reading episode 60 titled 'Not forgetting the old country'.


Continuing from last week's column (Revival of Sinhala in London), Prof. Lakshman Perera could be regarded as a 'rare flower born to blush unseen' (in the words of poet Thomas Grey) considering the fact that his thesis on The Institutions of Ancient Ceylon, which he produced for his PhD as a post graduate student, was allowed to gather dust for half a century.


Revival Of Sinhala In London

Friday, 13 Dec 2013 22:39

If I were to sieve through all the Sri Lankan personalities I have come across in the UK, over a period of time, Prof. Lakshman Perera comes on top of the list as an intellectual and a patriot. I met this former Professor of History, who was attached to the ColomboUniversityin the eighties, when he was holding the post of Education Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.


Towards A Tenacious Approach

Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 06:16

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 ended on November 17 in Colombo. During its post-mortem, many ideas, suggestions, criticism and especially emotional outbursts have spearheaded in the Sri Lankan press, websites as well as in some of the Western press lambasting the British Prime Minister David Cameron's boorish behaviour for acting as a public school principal in the presence of Prince Charles, who was representing the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II.


Legal Charlatans In London

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 20:13

Lawyer' is a professional who advises and represents clients, either on a private basis or by working for a law firm. The term varies from most English speaking countries from lawyer to attorney and advocate.


Stubborn Facts

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 07:54

History means knowledge acquired by investigation or study of the past. History is also referred to as an academic discipline used as a narrative to examine and analyse sequence of past events objectively. Apart from historians’ approach to modern history such as the emergence of coffee and tea plantations in Sri Lanka during the colonial era, stories common to a particular culture or a place are classified as legends which do not support the discipline of history.



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