The author was born and raised in Sri Lanka. He was a toddler when the country gained independence in 1948. He grew up amidst the changes that shaped the country to what it is today. He was always concerned about the future of the country, and contributed towards reducing ethnic divisiveness among its people. He did this first as a student leader in his high school and university days, and later as an active participant in national politics. In October 1979, he co-founded and led a democratic political party in Sri Lanka by the name Podujana Party (meaning Peoples' party) with a vision of 'One Lanka - One Nation, One Nation - One Family.' This political party prepared for the general election scheduled for 1983. This election, however, did not take place; the incumbent government postponed it to 1989. Meanwhile, the LTTE turned the ethnic crisis of the country into a separatist war in 1983, taking control of its democratic political process. In the aftermath of the commotion that followed, the author left the country in 1984. He now lives in Canada.
He has travelled to many countries in the world, and worked as an engineer, university teacher, development planner and a public service administrator in six of them: Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, and Canada. In his teaching assignment at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, he was promoted from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer in 1975. In his work-assignment in Zambia as the national co-ordinator of a special rural development program (Intensive Development Zones), he represented that country in a number of bilateral and multilateral conferences sponsored by the United Nations. At these conferences he presented varied country review reports on agriculture and rural development. In 1984, he was registered with the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements as an expert in Rural Physical Planning and Water Supply- Infrastructure. Presently he is working with the government of British Columbia, Canada, and deals with, among other things, First Nations' issues in managing and allocating Crown land. Wherever he travelled or lived, he always took keen interest to study the ways of governance in plural societies. He has an excellent knowledge of the international scene. After settling in Canada, he conducted extensive research on the Sri Lankan ethnic crisis. He now has a special message of peace and reconciliation to those committed to bring a lasting solution to it. This book is written to convey that message.
The author has published three books on Sri Lankan topics before, one in English and the other two in Sinhalese, a vernacular language of Sri Lanka. The author wrote these books after a constitutional change in the country, renaming it as The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The book in English, Democratic Socialism, discusses the pre-requisites of democracy. One of the books in Sinhalese, Sri Lanka Desapalanaya, Ayanna, Aayanna, Eyanna, Eeyanna (translation reads as A, B, C, D of Sri Lankan Politics) analyses the contemporary political system of Sri Lanka. The other, Desappremayen Odavadiwa Darudariyanta Kavivalinma Liyu Lipiyak (translation reads as A Letter to Our Children in Poems Written through Patriotism) is a book of poems. It gives a message of mutual respect, love and unity to the children of Sri Lanka in a child's diction. The government of Sri Lanka purchased a number of copies of this book for distribution among its schools and municipal libraries.
In 1989, while he was in Zambia, he wrote and directed a stage drama, Angulimala, depicting a story from Buddhist literature. Later he wrote and directed two other stage dramas in Canada based on historical heroic events in Sri Lanka, Hoisting the British Flag and Keppetipola Heroism, for the 50th Sri Lankan Independence anniversary celebrations held at Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, on 7 March1998. The author was one of the two Overall Co-ordinators of this event.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) in Canada, and an active member of the International South Asian Forum (INSAF). He possesses a Bachelor's degree from the University of Ceylon and a post-graduate degree from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He is married and has three children.