A reply to The Economist -the latest recruit for “Sri Lanka Bashing” with its article: Rajapakse’s big cover up.
Posted on November 4th, 2010

by Charles S.Perera

The article in  The Economist  dated 28 October,2010,  may have been  written by an expatriate Tamil or some one bought by the expatriate Tamils. In either case the person who wrote that article is certainly not cultivated, but lewd.

However, The Economist which is  supposed to be a serious journal that does not indulge in slander or defamation, seems to have fallen into the category of  a cheap Western gossip magazine, casting aspersions , with intention to discredit  the good President of Sri Lanka, and his government. 

Barely clad women,  be it frescoes on stone walls  or  in real life situations do not receive  either humour  or disapproval, neither by the President  nor by the people of Sri Lanka.  The barely clad women drawn  on stone walls about 500 years ago fall into a different category, from photos of bare legged women as objects in advertisements  influenced by the West, pasted on street walls.

The paintings of barely clad women on the Stone wall at Sigiriya  are not appreciated for their nudity which perhaps excite the libido of the correspondent of The Economist, but these precious old paintings are respected and looked at for the beauty of their execution  and  appreciation of the ancient artists who had enlivened the bare stone wall with their artistic talents.

It  was not an uncommon sight in old days in  Sri Lanka to see women  with uncovered upper bodies- like in Africa or Latin America.  Those women in our cultures did not provoke humour or  receive disapproval , because they were a symbol of motherhood, that inspired respect, rather than arouse vulgar carnal desire. 

If it has changed  it may be the result of  the advent of the Western culture into ours that has backslid  respect for motherhood in our society, by daring to use  an image of a   barely clad woman showing her bare legs  on a poster of  publicity to attract attention to an object on sale. It is in order to stop such degeneration of accepted social values  that the President and the government have started a campaign  against indecency in posters for publicity.

We in Sri Lanka have had appreciably  good  moral values,  which have been unfortunately vulgarised  since  coming in contact with  Western values.

In the West with  pornography, Xfilms, pedophile, incest, child abuse, naked or half naked dancers, images of women as a sex symbol used for publicity,  have caused a moral degeneration despite  pretentious Christian high morals, yet  they see the chip in the others eyes without seeing the log in their own eyes.

Isn’t that what  The Economist is exactly doing ? Isn’t that moral degeneration in the West a lesson for our President to take precautions to avoid such a deterioration of moral values  taking place in Sri Lanka as well ?

Therefore, it is justifiable that the President  Mahinda Rajapakse  is bringing legislation  against display of obscenity in public places.  It is not to please the West or The Economist that we should give into  practices  considered immoral or indecent turning  a blind eye to such contemptible acts,  that are ruining  the Western Society.  The Catholic Church is facing charges of child abuse. There is incest and child abuse  on the increase in the West though they try to pontificate to us sitting on their imaginary high horses.  

The US Justice Department recently issued a statement that 239 000 minors  who are runaway youths or thrown out of their homes and living in streets are victims of prostitution net woks in the United States . The Catholic Church , the Churches of which Duleep de Chikera is a member are absent in America to aid these young minors  caught in prostitution,  and others  victims of human trafficking. 

The US Justice Department says  that the resources needed for girls found on the street “”…” such as accommodation, medical attention and therapies “”…” are not available when they are brought before the courts, and a number of cases of Mexican or Central American women deceived or kidnapped and brought to the United States, are forced to work in the sex industry.

These are the matters that The Economist should write about, because prostitution and drug trafficking in the West are economic issues.  Sri Lanka after elimination of terrorism is trying to develop the country without sacrificing  its cultural and moral values. Therefore, The Economist cannot discredit the government of Sri Lanka which is making an effort  to remove false moral values incompatible with our own culture, that continue to be forced on us by  the West.

Many  film producers in the West invariably include one or two crude  sex scenes into their films  to make the film popular. In the West the nudity of  a woman and sex  are both  lucrative  commodities. But our cultural values have still not fallen so low, therefore, what ever The Economist says about it, it is very much appreciable  that the President of Sri Lanka is taking necessary actions against such base immorality creeping  into  the Sri Lankan business advertising community.

The Economist is quite aware, that the  West is trying to discredit the Government of Sri Lanka in every way possible since the Government Forces eliminated the terrorists.  The reasons adduced for this change of attitude of the West is that there is lot of money  in any sort of “publicity” against Sri Lanka-UK Channel 4,  Washington Post, Human Rights Watch, and many more have  cashed in, and there seems to be more awaiting for those who are ready to play the ” game of Sri Lanka bashing”.

Therefore, it may not be incorrect to assume that The Economist is also in the game, queuing  up to receive generous  distributions from the coffers of the former terrorists, now in the hands of the pro-terrorist Expatriate Tamil groups in UK, and USA.

Lot of  countries in Africa and Latin America were simple, sane, civilised and contended  before  they were conquered by the nations of the  West with their Christian Morality.

To these hitherto unspoilt, un sullied countries of Latin America  the Spanish conquerors  issued a Requerimiento , a proclamation to Native Americans, before conquest:

“We ask and require you to acknowledge the church as the ruler and superior of the whole world and the high priest called pope and in his name the king of Spain as lords of this land. If you submit we shall receive you in all love and charity and shall leave you, your wives and children and your lands free without servitude, but if you do not submit we shall powerfully enter into your country and shall make war against you, we shall take you and your wives and your children and shall make slaves of them and we shall take away your goods and shall do you all the harm and damage we can.”

African Continent and India, China, Vientnam, Sri Lanka etc., suffered the same fate under  other European conquerors, though there were no Requerimientos.  Since they introduced us to their  Christian civilisation things were never the same.  These conquerors did not only steal our faith, and mutilated our cultures with the introduction of their own Christian culture, but also infested us  with maladies  hitherto unknown to us.

“Thus the large-scale contact with Europeans after 1492 introduced novel germs to the indigenous people of the Americas. Epidemics of smallpox (1518, 1521, 1525, 1558, 1589), typhus (1546), influenza (1558), diphtheria (1614) and measles (1618) swept ahead of initial European contact, killing between 10 million and 20 million people, up to 95% of the indigenous population of the Americas. The cultural and political instability attending these losses appears to have been of substantial aid in the efforts of various colonists to seize the great wealth in land and resources of which indigenous societies had customarily made use.

Such diseases yielded human mortality of an unquestionably enormous gravity and scale “”…” and this has profoundly confused efforts to determine its full extent with any true precision. Estimates of the pre-Columbian population of the Americas vary tremendously.” (Wikipedia)

Syphilis and gonorrhoea were brought to  America and then to Africa by the Western conquerors.  The colonised  countries in Asia were not an exception.  In Sri Lanka not only deadly viruses,  but also  the religion, culture and the  living conditions of the people were contaminated by the  “viruses ” of morality, religion and the education that the Western colonialists brought with them.

 

Those “cultural and moral” viruses that  have taken root in our society have to be eliminated to  give new ( or to bring back the old) moral and cultural values, but elimination of the false values introduced to us by the West is not as easy as it was to  eliminate terrorism. It is therefore appreciable that the President of Sri Lanka is, at least now taking necessary steps to cleanse our society, of the impurities of Western culture that had been forced upon us.

The West cannot always be trusted to do what is good to our country or our people  therefore the Government of Sri Lanka has to be vigilant. 

The Economist is an example of causing intentional damage to the image of our country and the aspiration of our people, who have begun to make an effort to  free themselves from these fragments of colonialism still hovering over them. The Economist is  inventing situations to discredit our saviors , benefactors, and heroes to dominate us and stop our development .

And besides that, there are other dangers that need careful investigation.

The following is from an article in AllAfrica.Com (http://allafrica.com/stories/200907270648.html),   written by Dr.Sam Okuonzi:

“However, the theory that cannot be discounted or disproved is that HIV was manufactured in a US military lab by American and British doctors.It is alleged that local western doctors based in Africa were recruited to spread AIDS to Africans.

In Uganda, a local British surgeon based at Mulago Hospital, was said to be administering the virus to Ugandans. He was thrown out of the country in 1987. “

How about that The Economist-  the moralist that is critical of our President- who is trying to clear the poisonous atmosphere left behind by  white benefactors?  Those historic events that preceded our governments after independence from the colonialists, are  more in line with The Economist’s investigating correspondent, who dared to write  the article to discredit the President of Sri Lanka Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse.

The Economist,  should listen to our own people speaking from our own country rather than what is being prompted to The Economist by people who are strangers to our country and our culture.

This is what Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, writing to the Lankaweb, says in an article,
” Decency-What a price ?”.  She is not a Sinhala Buddhist  which is the target of foreign media, but a patriotic Sri Lankan.

“..Recently there  had been some efforts to bring abut a little decency into our decadent society by our president. I would like to draw his attention to a serious breach of decency  in our society.

Wherever there is a function often there will be some scantily clad  lady dancers inaugurating it. Unlike those days where there was elegance and beauty combined with decency  in the dances, most of these functions nowadays consist of young girls dressed in what can be termed as an excuse for a dress, consisting often merely part of a bra and a low hipped thigh hugging transparent dress and the dance consisting  of just some vulgar suggestive gyrations. Some troops just keep changing their dresses, each more revealing than the earlier ones and doing the same gyrations in the name of dances.”

The  Economist, does not leave with its scornful criticism of  the Sri Lanka President Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse’s  campaign against indecent publicity posters,  but goes beyond to the campaign of  stopping cuddling and kissing couples in public places which The Economist calls real life lewdness. 

These are again the influence of Western culture  through films, and electronic media. It is better such behaviour is checked as one does not know to where  such “innocent” escapades may lead. The Economist cannot be unaware that in the West,  children leave their homes, to be independent of parental control before they are even majors.

Drug addiction , and  sexual impropriety among the youth are problems that concern the political and religious leaders of the West, though The Economist,  is being critical of what our President is doing with regard to the same problem, though it is still not as acute as it is in the  West. 

Often in the West these youth lost to their parents become victims of rapists and psychopaths who pursue young women, and children,  in parks  and lonely stretches of roads, sometimes  leaving behind their victims as cold corpses. 

Therefore the campaign against “real life lewdness”  as The Economist calls it, of the President of Sri Lanka is meaningful and should be appreciated, not treating it with the sarcastic lightness in which The Economist treats it in its very undignified article not worthy of a journal which seems to be respectable only in its title.

These actions of our President may even help the West to put right corrupted sexual practices, and for other developing countries to help the youth to be more caring of their parents, and pursue activities more useful and helpful to the society.

Love and sex have their proper place and time, without having  to  seek such gratification in public places, in parks ,  behind trees and bushes.

The Economist , if it is on a moralising campaign , there is much work to be done in the West where The Economist is published. It is better,  if  The Economist as a journal on economy is  seeking other fields for its investigations  remain  in its own home ground., the culture of which The Economist understands, more than that of the far away Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has a predominantly Buddhist culture and the actions of the President Mahinda Rajapakse to prevent the deterioration of our cultural, religious and social values will be backed not only by the Buddhist Priests, but also by the other religious leaders and people- be they communal wise Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim- who understand the values we uphold in Sri Lanka. 

The Economist– what have your really against Sri Lanka, be frank – if being frank is really in your vocabulary ?

We may not be able to  recover Sri Lanka’s cultural purity, which existed before any of the Western conquerors laid their dirtied soles on this blessed land of ours, but nevertheless it is worthwhile trying to bring back at least a fair amount of those  values  to make Sri Lanka a truly unique Nation of all the communities  it harbours.  And that The Economist,  is what our President Mahinda Rajapakse is making an effort to do”¦.and that  you will find difficult to understand  being a stranger to our cultural perspectives.

The Economist, please do not be misled by a handful of people  ganging together to pay you to publish articles in your once “respected”  journal to discredit Sri Lanka, because they are outsiders- mostly expatriate Tamils, and not speaking even for the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. 

In Sri Lanka there are economists and students of economy, who would like to read your magazine but who may be dissuaded because of these anti Sri Lanka articles you had been writing to discredit the President, who is   respected and admired by a larger majority of  the people of Sri Lanka.

Please believe me I know better, there was never as good a President before him, and there may not be another for quite some time after him.

4 Responses to “A reply to The Economist -the latest recruit for “Sri Lanka Bashing” with its article: Rajapakse’s big cover up.”

  1. Siri Says:

    Great article Mr. Charles S.Perera. Congratulations on confronting these misguided hypocrirtes. Most of the US Magazines that were good and impartial like the Time, Newsweek etc. have been reduced to common rags for want of more money to exist in this age of the internet where reading news from a magazine is becoming obsolete. These magazines are fighting a battle for survival in a diificult era. They will grab any chance to make a buck without being aware of the consequences of their actions. However it is not worth throwing the baby with the bath water. They still have a few good articles which are worth reading. Sometimes their articles tend to get blurred when they try to put a twist to the facts instead of just publishing only the known and verifiable facts in the right perspective.

  2. herman Says:

    Sri Lankans better get use to more articles from the west, In the name of democracy, these “witch doctors” will cast their evil spells as SL progresses and develops and here SL should learn lessons from Singapore where the govt had taken some leading European and American magazines, newspapers and journalists to courts and made them poorer by the millions including the economist magazine.

  3. Kit Athul Says:

    Excellent analysis of Economist publication. We must also recognize that there is a small section of the populous that lives in the pre May 19th 2009 era and their appetite for such articles has to be fulfilled. Pepole who write these articles probably live in Sri Lanka and get big money once it gets published. At the last count, I found out that Raj Rajaratnem had a big stake in it. May be other Sri Lanken publishing houses might have financial partnerships with it. I bet the next article in the Economist will be: Sri Lanka MUST slow down the economic growth (there was one such article on Lankaweb few weeks ago) and implement the 13th amendment to satisfy Tamil Nadu Tamils, whereby there will be eternal heavenly peace as envisaged by Robert Blake.

  4. cassandra Says:

    I have read the ‘offending’ article in the Economist and cannot help feeling that your article is something of an over-reaction.

    The Economist article reflects a flippant bit of writing, and protesting against it only serves to accord it some sort of recognition it does not deserve. I believe the best way to treat such trivial and worthless writing is to simply ignore it. Let’s not be upset by such shallow journalism

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