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Name change from Ceylon to Sri Lanka has caused utter destruction: Astronomer

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Science writer and astronomer Anura C. Perera claims that the country’s name change from Ceylon to Sri Lanka has caused utter destruction over the past few decades owing to the unfavorable word ‘Sri’.

“From the assassination of S.W.R.D Bandaranaike and Vijaya Kumaratunga, to the bankrupt entities named with it, the word ‘Sri’ has had a disastrous effect. Even the last king of Sri Lanka was named Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe,” he explained. 

He said the use of the word 'Sri' before the name of the country, and the names of leaders, political parties, and government institutions had caused the bankruptcy of the country.

Our country had received bad luck since 1956, with the formation of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) by its founder, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike.

“He used to add the word 'Sri' letter to vehicle number plates, and later the country started a conflict between the Sinhala and Tamil communities. During the conflict, the country suffered a large number of life losses and property damages,” he noted.

“The founder of the SLFP was later assassinated,” by a monk. 

Perera said that several State institutes that used the word Sri, such as the Sri Lanka Shipping Company Limited, Sri Lanka Railways Department (SLRD), the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), and the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), became bankrupt because of the word “Sri” in their names.

Before naming the country as Sri Lanka, our country was either known as Lanka, Sinhale, Thambapanni, Cerandib, Taprobane, Saylan, Ceylon, Heladiva, Daham Divaina, or Lakbima.

“The word Sri was not used,” he said.

The Sinhala dynasty ended up with King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, who was the last of four kings to rule the last Sinhalese monarchy of the Kingdom of Kandy.

“I intend to inform the President and Prime Minister of this word's significance,” Perera said.

There is a school of thought among a group of Sri Lankans who believe that Sri Lanka started its political and economic nose dive after the country removed its British Dominion status and became a Republic with a new Constitution in 1972, which officially changed the country’s name as Sri Lanka from the colonial name Ceylon.In early 90s, President Premadasa tried to rectify this by changing the English spelling to Shri instead of Sri. 

This was because an astrologer had reportedly told President Premadasa that the name spelled misfortune for the Head of State and so he changed the official name of Lanka from "Sri Lanka" to "Shri Lanka" with no constitutional authority and some fabricated justification. 

“The altered spelling appears only on one commemorative coin. The spelling was reverted soon after President Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated May 1993. SHRI spelling was only used on Lanka Stamps issued between June 1992 and December 1993,” one report says. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama and Indika Sri Aravinda)


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  • Rod Wednesday, 19 April 2023 09:59 AM

    Ceylon was hard to pronanuce sri Lanka was easy majority male names are with ending lanka

    Rohitha Jayasinghe Wednesday, 19 April 2023 10:08 AM

    This is correct. Even Lanka is may be harmful becos it may have been adopted from Ramayana. Ramayana brings defeat to Ravana of Lanka. Also there is a place called Lankawee somewhere which misidentfy with Lanka. Ceylon is unique. Besnat

    Bandara Wednesday, 19 April 2023 10:09 AM

    When SWRD was assassinated country was ceylon and even when 1971 JVP insurrection happened it was Ceylon.During the coup when Sirimawo was PM in 1962 the name of the country was ceylon.

    Citizenkane Wednesday, 19 April 2023 10:16 AM

    They are called astrologers not astronomers!

    Shan Wednesday, 19 April 2023 10:19 AM

    Science writer? Do people really believe this?

    Dana Wednesday, 19 April 2023 10:48 AM

    Let's face the reality without talking this useless crap. It's nothing to do with the name. It's our and our leaders' inefficiency

    Firaz Mohamed Wednesday, 19 April 2023 11:18 AM

    Tamilians use illangai or ceylon..indian still Use to call as Lanka..this could be a superstitious statement, but if you look into the history, he is saying right..many countries in the world re naming their country's current names Recently turkey it is called now turkeye´. Why we cannot, sri used for respect to call someone in high position in a religious community. I personally agree with his statement and can be called "Lankawe".

    Mohamed Wednesday, 19 April 2023 12:38 PM

    This is true ,every name and its sound creates a vibration ,which will bring positive or negative energy and effects on a person ,country or an org.This is the reason our Prophet ﷺ emphasised on keeping good and meaningful names to Sahaba and their children

    Channa Wednesday, 19 April 2023 01:08 PM

    So true. Sri was used to indicate that it is a sinhalese buddhist country

    Lanka Wednesday, 19 April 2023 01:18 PM

    Stop all these superficial assumptions and conjunctures ..we are now living in this digital age and people are trying to settle in other planets and in the name of astrology and superficial beliefs this man is taking us bank into dark age . Prefix of (Sri ) does not bring any good or bad but our laziness bring bad luck...Our racism and racial discrimination bring us bad luck... Consider what is going on to this country since war ended.. instead of peace making what did our politicians do ? They created social unrest against all minority communities? So blame human actions not Sri ?

    Chris Wednesday, 19 April 2023 01:57 PM

    It's absolutely correct. It's a cursed name. Ceylon was such a lovely name. Bandaranaike family brought this on us.

    Ceylonese Wednesday, 19 April 2023 02:04 PM

    Change it to pussi, will help a lot.

    Quolp Wednesday, 19 April 2023 02:04 PM

    United National Party has no indication of "SRI" that anyway bankrup sans any single seat in Parliament. After alternation of SRI into SHRI Ranasinghe Premadasa was assassinated. Under astrologers advice Mahinda Rajapaksa lost his power in 2015 election. These are nothing but a BULLSHIT, we are aware of these sorts of controversial subjects has been dragged under IMF advice to bring the name as CEYLON whereas the mission of the US to divide the United Sri Lanka to a Tami EELAM. In many case and records state that ASTROLOGERS brought the country into BANKRUPTCY, undoubtedly, you too an example for that.

    Sammy Wednesday, 19 April 2023 02:17 PM

    Is he an astronomer or an astrologer?

    ceylonesepappa Wednesday, 19 April 2023 02:26 PM

    Wow what a astronomical suggestion for a country run

    Wellwisjer Wednesday, 19 April 2023 02:35 PM

    To many negative comments ,whats wrong in considering this and re branding our country like many others done su h as turkey from turkey to turkiye in the recent past to start a fresh begining

    Rasika Wednesday, 19 April 2023 03:06 PM

    Very true statement sir.

    N V Jen Wednesday, 19 April 2023 03:15 PM

    Name change is secondary. Primarily the policy change on language issue for vote harvesting and horrendous levels of corruption are the main causes that destroyed the country.

    Idea Wednesday, 19 April 2023 03:19 PM

    Yes sri name was a curse from the begining ,in the past we had names like serendip,ceylon,lanka etc why cant we have a new name or go back to one of older such as ceylon or united ceylon as a move to rebrand .our brand ceylon tea is still doing good and have a reputaion .thank god not changing it to srilanka tea .srilankan airline should also change its name to ceylon air and see if this real tk w

    Antany Wednesday, 19 April 2023 04:00 PM

    Ceylon was well established name, also English language was established to ease the communication between Tamils and Sinhalease. But everything was destroyed.

    Roncali Wednesday, 19 April 2023 04:22 PM

    no fuss, of nations going to be annihilated from the face of the Earth.

    Mahanayake Wednesday, 19 April 2023 04:25 PM

    ANURA C PERERA IS HITTING HEADLINES THESE DAYS WITH SENSATIONAL REVELATIONS. WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES AND , ARE ANY ACTIONS CONTEMPLATED ?

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 19 April 2023 05:19 PM

    Stupid arguments.

    Dr Kavan Ratnatunga Wednesday, 19 April 2023 06:45 PM

    Ignoring all the superstitious astrological nonsense which should never be said by anyone with any claimed scientific understanding, I would still like to see the Country's name as Lanka. On the Internet, we are .lk because the two-letter abbreviation was selected in the 1960s when for example the name on the coins from 1963 to 1971 was Lanka. Sri can be traced to the 1944 Hansard when a "Free Lanka Bill" became Sri Lanka Bill.

    Kumara Ilangasinghe Wednesday, 19 April 2023 07:56 PM

    Nothing to do with the name Sri. Some politicians plundered the country's wealth for themselves which caused bankruptcy. What an idiotic statement from the so called astrologer!

    Kumara Ilangasinghe Wednesday, 19 April 2023 07:56 PM

    Nothing to do with the name Sri. Some politicians plundered the country's wealth for themselves which caused bankruptcy. What an idiotic statement from the so called astrologer!

    Rohitha Wijesinghe Wednesday, 19 April 2023 11:26 PM

    Self thought Anura C. Perera had done great service by translating many Astronomy books to Sinhalease which we have read lovingly in 1980ies, but unfortunately his recent statements does not have any scientific basis, may be due to old age.

    Wicie Thursday, 20 April 2023 06:59 AM

    Rstrologgy or astronomy the fact in 1971 was thought yo br Britain gained Indrpendancr FROM Ceylon inb 1948

    Sri is a curse, let's remove it Thursday, 20 April 2023 11:38 AM

    There are mad invisible hands trying to ruin our country keeping the Sri prefix. Lanka is plenty enough, and Sri only denigrates our nation, and adds nothing.

    Bannana Republic man Thursday, 20 April 2023 04:11 PM

    Let's stop arguing needlessly. Call the country The Bannana Republic. It's unique and anybody else who tries to copy us will have to pay us Royaltie s.


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