Sunday Leader journalist Uvindu Kurukulasuriya’s Rajapakse dynasty probe, and qualification saga.
Posted on January 13th, 2012

By Charles.S.Perera

Sunday Leader is more an anti  National Sri Lankan news sheet , notoriously  scandalizing the President and the Government of Sri Lanka stooging to the anti Sri Lankan West.  It is one news paper of its kind known for its distasteful journalism aired as investigative journalism which had damaged the image of Sri Lanka  in the world by false reporting. 

Its editor Lasantha Wickramathunga was hoisted as an investigating journalist, and an Editorial prepared by the journalists of the paper after his murder was published as written by him before his murder.  Strangely though it was his second wife Sonali Samarasinghe who  reaped the benefits after his murder, becoming the star of the Free Media Moment, receiving on behalf of her assassinated husband a UNESCO World Press Freedom  award  won onto her side the anti Sri Lanka  Governments, human Rights activists and the Free Media moment.

These media rags like Sunday Leader  had been attacking the President Mahinda Rajapakse  ever since he gave the leadership to the Armed Forces and eliminated terrorism

Uvindu Kurukulasuriya, in his attempt at belittling the President Rajapakse following the principle objective of Sunday Leader which has  no sense of respect to  persons or to the people of the country,  brings in the name of the late Minister  Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in the absence of any one else to corroborate his stupid  assertion of the inability of the President to even write an article . 

Late Jeyaraj Fernandopulle  was a very dear friend of the President Mahinda Rajapakse and one very much doubts whether  he was so chummy with Kurukulasuriya  to ridicule with him, the President  his friend.  It is no better than the white flag story with which the Sunday Leader  brought dishonour to a country, a government and its Armed Forces that sacrificed more than Kurukulasuriya and his shameful journal the Sunday Leader could imagine.  In passing this Kurukulasuriya twists his phrases to castes doubt even about the way the President Passed his Law exams.

Wikileaks and American Ambassadors may write what ever they want in their cables, and it is not for us to accept all what had been written in Wikileaks and publish them to vilify a President loved by the people for what he is.  It is only a journalist with no sense of morality who will pick on them to slander  and denigrate the President of Sri Lanka.  These are the people who look up and spit caring less where the spit would fall.

It is a middleclass mentality to talk about qualifications, and respect and honour a person for his qualifications.  Even  if the President Mahinda Rajapakse has no qualifications what so ever, has not he  by his determination  and exceptional love and devotion to his motherland and his country men, done what no one  else with more qualifications  had failed to do. He even without any knowledge of mathematics, had the wisdom to put in place people of  knowledge, experience and ability  who knew how to  add, subtract , divide and multiply figures to bring Sri Lanka from the status of a developing country to a country  moving towards a Middle Income Country.

I do not think that the President Mahinda Rajapakse would deny his Country  Lawyer status, as for the Sinhala people it is an honour to have a President who has risen from them as an ordinary man of the village.  Kurukulusuriya with his town mentality will rundown  and disparage a village man as a “godaya”, but a real Sinhala man will never run down some one for being a “godaya”.  It is not for nothing that it had been said that a Sinhala farmer is fit enough to be a king once you wash off his mud.

Kuruhkulasuriya says that the US Ambassador  Jeffrey J.Lunstead  had described    Mahinda Rajapakse as just a country lawyer, but what is the 44th President Barack Obama, other than a country lawyer himself coming from Illinois who was working for the poor black communities in Chicago.  But nobody speaks of that past of President Barack Obama in any derogatory terms.

Kurukulasiriya of the Sunday Leader’s investigative journalism is to find what ever he could lay his eyes on,  to use them to slander, derogate , vilify and disparage the  President Mahinda Rajapakse. One wanders what the President could have done to be detested by  Kurukulasuriya and the Sunday Leader.  The President surely did not have a hand in the murder of  Lasantha Wickramathunga.  And all those conversations the President  is supposed to have had with Lasantha have not been substantiated. 

You cannot believe any thing , any  one says about a person.  At the beginning of the investigation with regard to the assassination of Lasantha Wickramathunga, even Sonali Samarasinghe was suspected as having had some thing to do with  Lasantha’s assassination.  So do you think Krurkulasuriya you have to believe everything people say ?

Wikileaks only go to prove what a set of hypocrites we get as Ambassadors from foreign countries.  They do not come here to help us to develop our country, or praise us for our goodness.  Their job is to find out the weakness of the countries in which they are stationed and use any information they get to create dissention within the country which would in some way be useful to them to prop up a puppet government of their own stooges if the necessity arises.  The Western Countries assassinated Colonel Gaddafi and set up a puppet government.  Are their Wikileak cables informing of the qualification of the persons they propped up to Govern Libya after the assassination of Gaddafi ?

America had highly qualified mathematicians, economists, Bankers, and highly knowledgeable  Bankers, and business men, but their economy is   in shamble, so are the economies of Greece, Italy , France and UK.  But  Sri Lanka has out done those countries with highly qualified people to govern and manage the economies.  Mahinda Chintanaya  has been a marvelous working document  to develop the country and  bring progress into a country that a few years ago was in ruins, without any hope of immediate progress and development.

Did Kurukulasuriya take into account these facts when he thought of copying the cables of Wikileaks to prepare his investigative journalist masterpiece to derogate , condemn and vilify the President of Sri Lanka .

When you speak of qualifications, University Professors take the front seat.  They are the top among all the rest of the citizens. We have Doctor Nimal Ranjith Devasiri, who unlike the President of Sri Lanka passed his Advance Level and went  through a University education to become a Professor,    Head of the Department of History in the University of Colombo, and the President of The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA).  But with all those qualifications what is he doing ?  He is trying to drag Sri Lanka back into a hell hole, because the government is not paying a 20 per cent increase of Salary to the University Professors.

What has he contributed to the Country ? Had he risked his life for the freedom of Sri Lanka held  in the clutches of a group of ruthless terrorists?   When thousands of Sri Lanka Soldiers who were not getting  even the tenth of his salary sacrificed their lives to deliver their  mother country from the terrorists, what was this Dr.Ranjith Devasiri doing ? 

Now that every thing is hunky-dory  Ranjith Devasiri a highly qualified President of FUTA wants his “pound of flesh”- 20 percent of salary increase.  Is that what you expect Uvindu Kurukulasuriya from e highly qualified intellectuals, academicians who wants more without wanting to sacrifice any thing for the progress of the country and the wellbeing of the people ?

Does Kurukulasuriya knows that in the west there are lot of  books  being published now about the poverty of the old China, how there was even cannibalism as people could not have enough to eat, just to denigrate China and diminish the importance of the Chinas formidable economic growth that had put the West into shade. 

The West forgets that it was the west that contributed to the  poverty of China with the infamous Opium Wars.  Even  the life in the Western countries had not always been “rosy”  before the Industrial revolution and conquest of the New World and putting into destructive use  the Gunpowder  brought from China., to conquer countries and establish Western domination in the world.

With the knowledge gathered from living in the village, experience gained in organizing the village life our President Mahinda Rajapakse  with determination, and the ambition to change the face of  his poor country and provide peace and prosperity to the people of Sri Lanka, has done  more than what the so called qualified Statesmen , politicians and world economists have failed to do in their  rich and modern countries.

The young political geniuses of the JVP are also supposed to be qualified  men, Leader of UNP and people like Jayalath Jayawardhana are qualified politicians, but what have they contributed to the development and progress of Sri Lanka.  They are still discrediting the President and the Government of Sri Lanka without any idea as to how to develop this country.

It is not Robert Blake, Jeffrey Lunstead, or Patricia Butenis with their secret cables that is going to make Sri Lanka a better place for the people of the country.  Their Secret Cables are good for Kurukulasuriya to earn his living vilifying the President of Sri Lanka and for the Sunday Leader perhaps to have a few more copies of the paper sold, but they cannot change the minds of the  ordinary people of Sri Lanka to reject their love and affection to their dear President Mahinda Rajapakse because he did not passed  his advance level examinations.

12 Responses to “Sunday Leader journalist Uvindu Kurukulasuriya’s Rajapakse dynasty probe, and qualification saga.”

  1. gamunu6 Says:

    Dear Charles Pereea!

    I am GLAD that a Sri Lankan living in Sri Lanka has responded to this lunatic, who gets satisfaction by dmeaning OUR OWN HEAD of STATE. In America or any other counntry this non – person will be hanged for DISRESPECTING the President.

    WHY go on finding out what qualifications our President has WHEN OUR FIRST PRIME MINISTER, late Mr. D. S. Senanyaka HAD ONLY GRADE 6 education as some pundiths say. BUT look at his achievments & MOST people in Sri Lanlka as well as in other countries say, HE WAS THE BEST leader we ever had.

    So by be-littling our own leader this MAN, NOT worth mentioning is SPITTING on his own face.

    I think most Sri lankans will take ISSUE with some calous behaviour of a man who gains MORE recognition by BLAMING his own leader & to appease the World Community at large, which wait to see what SCANDLE or violations will take place.
    I feel suitable PUNISHMENT should be meeted out to people of this calibre, who suck up to WEST just to get noticed.

    Thanks very much for your valuable contribution………Gamunu Alahakkone. P. Eng Canada- Retd Engineer

  2. aravinda Says:

    This simple GODAYA, President Rajapaksa, was able to give us a peaceful nation and a future our children. Meanwhile, those sophisticated, well connected, educated and polished ladies and gentlemen were running errands for Prabakaran.

    Are Sri Lankans, the most ungrateful people in this planet? How could 40% vote against Mahinda Rajapaksa and side with those who planned our destruction? Poverty may lead some to take monetary handouts from NGOs. But do they have to be this ungrateful?

  3. Sirih Says:

    Uni education is to get your logic right and has nothing to do with the character building or becoming a good citizen.

    I have seen Phd’s with no logical thinking except good at writing.. Any Uni educated person should contribute to some thing to the society rather than asking for privileges and unfortunately in SL this issue is quite prevalent.

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  5. pam Says:

    Saw the “no brainer” article of this nincompoop Kurukulasuriya and didn’t bother to read it.
    Man, who cares what qualifications H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has in his bag. To me (and to the majority of Sri Lankans who vote for him) he is the greatest leader we have had since D.S. Senanayake.
    I will forever be grateful to president Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa for getting rid of the LTTE cancer from our country.
    It’s not that I’m blind to the reality of things, but my memory of what we lived through with the LTTE horror surpasses any other concern.
    Let’s not forget what the country was like when the madman prabakaran ruled the land with his madness and suicide bombings, sucking out the life of innocent civilians and choking the country.

  6. Marco Says:

    Sometimes ones logical thinking could get compromised!

    They say your mind should rule your heart and not vice versa.

  7. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Does the Education of Politicians Matter?Evidence from a Bachelors Degree Requirement for Legislators in Pakistan
    Case StudyMadiha Afzal School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
    With discussantRadu Ban Development Research Group, World Bank
    In order to contest elections in Pakistan in 2002, all candidates for the lower House of Parliament had to have graduated with a Bachelors degree or higher. This unique policy experiment disqualified 60 of the 207 legislators elected in the 1997 election, allowing us to identify the causal effect of legislator education on policy outcomes for the first time; the outcome we study is their development spending. While it initially appears that a legislator’s education does not affect his development spending, examining the composite effect of higher politician education and various political changes resulting from the experiment, mainly different party identities, suggests a somewhat positive effect. Specifically, in areas where a large party educated legislator replaced the small party uneducated incumbent, there is some evidence that there was an initial increase in development spending by this legislator. These legislators also implemented more projects, perhaps in a move to gain greater visibility in front of their constituents. In addition, where the educated legislator was from the religious parties alliance which swept into power promising greater servicedelivery, it appears that while the number of projects implemented increased, total spending did not, suggesting an effort, perhaps, to fool voters (which does not seem to have worked in the subsequent election). The fact that there appear to be no effects of politician education in those areas where the political party identity of the legislator did not change implies that the previous policies of the uneducated legislator persisted: this may partly be because relatives replaced some ofthe disqualified incumbents in Parliament (Afzal 2009a), perpetuating their policies, or that both educated and uneducated legislators are equally able to cater to the needs of the median voter in their constituencies, thereby rendering this policy experiment somewhat ineffective.
    Full Report

  8. stanley perera Says:

    What Presudent Mahinda Rajapakse did in one term as the President is good enouf for another fifty years.If not for the support of Gotabaya and Sarath Fonseka President Rajapakse alone could not have won the war. No matter what Sarath Fonseka’s command has to be praised. Sarath demonstrated his true soldier’s command. But I do not agree that Basil gave his fullest support to win the war. Still harlf of the country support Sarath Fonseka and if not for the biggest blunder in contesting his master MR, SF would be regarded as a hero who should not suffer in jail.

  9. jay-ran Says:

    No matter how this half backed Sunday Leader journalist Uvindu Kurukulasuriya tries to redicule our GREAT PRESIDENT AND THE RAJAPAKSE FAMILY, the truth remains as THEY ARE THE SAVIOURS OF SRI LANKA WHICH WAS UNDER LTTE TERRORIST FOR ALMOST 3 DECADES.And ITS A MIRACLE THATTHEY WERE ABLE TO DEFEAT THE TERRORIST MENACE WITHIN A SHORT SPAN OF 2 1/2 yrs.The whole problem is thse disgruntled failed pundits are JEALOUS OF THE VICTORY BROUGHT TO MOTHERLANKA BY A VILLAGE LAD AND THE FAMILY leading the country in the correct directions.
    2)Tey are jeolous of the developments brought to the roads in Sri Lanka and the HIGHWAY FROM MAHARAGAME TO SOUTH.
    3)They are all jeolous and unhappy as GREATFULL citizens of Sri Lanka are suppporting President and the Rajapakses for their GREAT dedication to the country.
    4)They are all jeolous of how Mahinda Rajapakse comming to power in 2005 with a majority of 1 vote in Parliament and was able to convince the Patiotic Politicians in the opposition and built a STRONG GOVT to fight against LTTE.
    5)They are jeolous of Rajapakses as Gota reformed the Army,Navy,Air Force and Police and built a STRONG ARMY to combat Terrorism.
    6) They are jeolous as Basil Rajapakse was able to convince the Indian Administration of the danger of LTTE Terrorism in the regent and get their support conducting several discussions with them FOR WHICH, J R JAYAWARDANA’S BROTHER FAILED DURING JR’s RULE and got BELYFULL OF PARAPPU DROPS AND COMPELLING TO STOP THE WAS.
    7)UNP for rediculing the Sri Lankan Forces during the war, has been broken into many pieces with no signs of a settlement-WHICH IS THE RESULT OF COMMITTING OF DITTA DHAMMA VEDANI KARMA according to the Buddhism.


  10. Dilrook Says:

    I think we should not get too excited over this.

    English proficient population is 11% in Sri Lanka. Assuming all of them read newspapers, Sunday Leader accounts for only 1% or less. Sales wise, Sunday Times, Sunday Observer and Sunday Island individually have more sales than Sunday Leader. The first two alone may account for over 8% of the 11%. This puts the maximum local readership of Sunday Leader at 1% though it is 200,000 in numbers. Even that seems an overestimate.

    More in the Diaspora read it than locals.

    It is hardcore UNPers newspaper. Very few discretionary voters read or beleive it. We shouldn’t get too excited about these damn lies.

    I’m sure when the defence secretary asked the question “who is Lasantha Wickramatunga”, he meant this. For most Sri Lankans Lasantha was some journalist somewhere who they had never read.

  11. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Not only Lasantha but many many LTTE goons came from Australia. Australia played a big part in the anti-Sri Lankan issue! For example the Bunker Jegan who designed the LTTE bunkers came from Australia and was hiding as an NGO.

  12. Fran Diaz Says:

    “Country Lawyers” make excellent Presidents. They know the People as well as the Law !
    Example : Abraham Lincoln, truly a country lawyer, one of America’s greatest Presidents. He was self educated too, with just one year of formal schooling !
    Wonder what some of our erring journalists would have to say about Abe Lincoln if they were in America -probably same as they do of our Pres. Rajapakse. Best put these erring journalists into a time machine and send them back to the ltte terror times !

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