UNP, JVP, JHU, DNA, TNA and Sarath N.Silva- the Birds of Feather Flock together.
Posted on November 15th, 2014

By Charles .S.Perera

Athureliye Ratana, Madoluwawe Sobita and Omalpe Sobita are naïve politicians playing into the hands of the political sharks of the opposition. They little understand that they are  being made the cats paw to draw political benefits for the opposition political parties. Ranil Wickramasinghe has now dropped every other catch phrase in favour of  implement the 19 Amendment presented by Athureliya Ratana of JHU ”.

 With the Presidential Elections around the corner time is appropriate for the West to intervene to make an Arab Spring” like situation in Sri Lanka.  In Libya all started with a small group in Bengazi manifesting against the government of Colonel Gaddafi  , which was immediately infiltrated into by the CIA Agents in hand, in American  Embassies supplying the manifestants ,  who the west called the rebels and later freedom fighters

 The impact of the Arab Spring concerns protests or by the way attempts to organize growing protest movements that were inspired by or similar to the Arab Spring in the Arab-majority states of North Africa and the Middle East, according to commentators, organisers, and critics. These demonstrations and protest efforts have all been critical of the government in their respective countries, though they have ranged from calls for the incumbent government to make certain policy changes to attempts to bring down the current political system in its entirety. In some countries, protests have become large or widespread enough to effect change at the national level, as in Armenia, while in others, such as Djibouti, were swiftly suppressed.” (Wikipedia)

 There are dangers of  these proxi wars instigated by a major power which does not itself become involved.

 The National Council for a Clean Tomorrow  or the Movement for a just society may well be considered as   movements  organised by concerned political leaders who want to change the present system of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s  government taking away the executive powers given to him under the constitution.  Thus making the President a wingless bird, a decoration.

 But to what extent are these opposition manifestants aware they are probably in the collimator of the West as potential movements for a regime change.  Any attempt to repress such moments by the government would  result in the NATO forces kept alert,  with the American embassy and the UN moving in to warn the government to allow  these political movements to continue their manifestations  against the  Executive  Presidency thus  forcing  an internal struggle for power; to take side with a political leader already groomed to be their puppet.

 Whole of West is playing a hypocritical  role in buying over the developing countries. The EU has always felt most comfortable working on its neighbors with the instruments of trade and aid. In this way it has bound them closer, helped them to become more like European societies – and often, in the end, brought them into the Union – (See more at: http://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_europes_role_in_the_arab_spring#sthash.L21p7RDo.dpuf)

 This should be seen with the recent EU Court’s decision to remove the ban on LTTE and  refusal to buy Sri Lanka fish.

 Therefore the Minister Champika Ranawaka should move into inform the misguided Athureliya Ratana thero of the dangers involved in going against the government;  If the government falls and  Mahinda Rajapaksa is to be sent home as you all want  that would be the end of all the progress Sri Lanka has  made since 2005.

 These politicians of the opposition do not know what they may be in for with   modern methods of regime change the West is employing in a subtle manner,   first by financing them and then  advising them of different methods to adopt to make a success of their movements and then arm them if necessary.

 It cannot be denied that there are already well trained NGOs amoung the manifestants to influence them to make  the peaceful manifestations take  an  uncontrollable dimension ending up in riots. Then it would be police and the army intervening  and one would not know where it would end……..” An Arab spring” ?

 These movements  started by demanding the abolition of the executive presidency, but amoung the politicians present there were variations of these demands.  Sarath N.Silva said that as the SC has  ruled that the President Mahinda Rajapakse  can present himself for a Presidential election for a third term no one can now contest that decision, but can  continue their call for the abolition of the Executive presidency. 

 JVP says that the Election is illegal and therefore they will be protesting against the Presidential election. UNP wants  the Amendment 19 presented by JHU accepted.   Madoluwawe Sobhita wants a modified version of the Executive President.  Hence they are not united in the demand they make.

 UNP says that the President is not respecting the Parliament and acting as if it does not exist.  But every one other than Ranil knows, that the  President Mahinda Rajapakse is very democratic  and respects the Parliament. It is  unlike Ranil Wickramasinghe who turned his back to the President and to the elected President to sign a MoU with Prabhkaran the terrorist.

 Omalpe Sobhita thera in the meantime wants the President Mahinda Rajapakse to be like the King Mahsen.   King Mahasen was a lucky man to have been born in that era, the problems today would have been beyond him to settle.  The Kings those days could fight opposition with impunity.  It was  not like it is today, to-day’s enemies are unpredictable and could strangle a nation in various ways.   Therefore to fight the enemies within and without  President Mahinda Rajapase has to have special powers.  Therefore the executive power is imperative to wade through the barriers put before him,  to develop the country and take it towards further development.

 President Mahinda Rajapakse’s enemies are innumerable.  Sri Lanka now has no major problems but has to be left alone to develop the country.  But yet the West concentrates all its attention on  Sri Lanka, when they should turn to other centres of trouble and turmoil.  In Nigeria on the 14th of April 2014,  276 girls from a secondary school  in Chibok  was kidnapped by the Nigerian terrorists Boko Haram.  To date no body knows of the plight of these young girls. 

 So far neither the Western governments that interfere to question violation of human rights in the elimination of terrorists in Sri Lanka five years ago, or  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein the UN Commissioner of Human Rights very keen on a probe into Sri Lanka  have not  taken any action to get these 276 girls released, though they( west and UN) are ever ready with their NATO forces and their bombs to solve political problems.

 But these are Western countries, therefore  we have to keep our eyes  open to see their hypocrisy and their determination to stop poor countries of the so called third world from progressing  to development and parity with the developed  west.  They are watching  and the moment they see a political leader of a developing country organising the resources for development and prosperity, they  find various means to change such progress by their new method of regime change.

 It is in the interest of our country  that every Sri Lankan should open their eyes to see these threats coming from the West and not allow themselves to be their cats paw for a regime change.  The Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka is a great boon offered by JR Jayawardhane even if some of us do not agree with his politics.  It helped greatly in the elimination of the terrorists and it is still useful to keep at bay the Western wolves at our threshold.

 The American Centres in Jaffna and Colombo are very active.  They can influence young minds against our leaders who challenge the  West for the sake of the development of the country and bring peace, unity and prosperity to our people.  This is a time that we should be  very carful while being alert and watchful to see from where the dangers come  to our  President, his government, the people and the country.

 It is in this situation that  it is sad to see our monks falling in line with the reactionary forces to  allow the deadly vipers of the west to slither into our midst to destroy every thing we have gained  since 2005 after elimination of terrorism.

 The speech of Omalpe Sobita Thera’s speech invoking King Mahasen, at the Jana Raliya –National Council of Clean tomorrow ( cleanliness in what way) shows how ignorant these priests are of the implication of politics in a global sense.

 When he says that Mahinda Rajapakse who once walked from Colombo to Kataragama calling for abolition of  the executive presidency could become another Mahasen, if he only listened to reason, it is he who should listen to reason, as  he confounds with time and place.  It was a different time  and the problems then were not as  serious as they were when Mahinda Rajapakse was elected President in 2005.

 JR Jayawardhane had in fact abused the powers of executive presidency.

 One cannot compare President Jayawardena with President Rajapaksa. When the LTTE was cornered at Vadamaratchi, why did President Jayawardena agree to stop battling the LTTE?. He had the absolute ability to tell Rajiv Gandhi to stop bullying Sri Lanka in the manner that President Rajapaksa told all the Superpowers when they wanted him to stop battling the LTTE in May 2009. But President Rajapaksa could not be moved by all the Superpowers including the USA that at first cajoled him and later even threatened him. President Jayawardena abused his power in becoming a poodle to Rajiv Gandhi and even foisting the 13 th Amendment onto the Constitution of Sri Lanka. On the contrary President Rajapaksa stood by the people of the country and maintained the sovereignty of Sri Lanka in not stopping the assault on the LTTE.”  (Garving Karunaratne in Lankaweb)

 This explains how well the President Mahinda Rajapakse  used his executive powers.  As Sri Lanka is still not really out of the terrorist menace and the Tamils refusing to cooperate with the rest of the communities to unite into one  Nation of Sri Lankans, and the Muslims  calling for a regional administration, the President should keep his executive powers intact as it may still be useful .

 We saw lately the Chief Minister  C.V.Wigneswaran who was invited  to Tamilnadu  for a lecture making use of that occasion instead of making an ennobling lecture ,  to lash out at Sri Lanka Government projecting the Tamil ethnicity, and discrimination against the Tamils by the government keeping them under surveillance by the Armed Forces.

 It is time that CM Wigneswaran realise at least now it is time to stop referring to ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka as they are  all  Sri Lankans.

 Coming back to Omalpe Sobita thero’s speech, he said that it was true that the LTTE’s eventual defeat occurred under President Rajapaksa’s watch, but the abuse of his executive powers in the post war era, left much to be desired and there was no doubt that he had to change his ways. 

 Here  Omalpe Sobita  failed to  mention what abuses of executive power the President has committed.  We the ordinary people know that he has been a model president respecting  democracy and looking after the welfare of the people and developing the country.  If Omalpe Sobita knows of  abuse of the executive powers of the President Mahinda Rajapakse  it is his duty to show them.

 Omalpe Sobhita continued , We are willing to help the President mend his ways and the first step in this direction has to be the abolition of the executive presidency which, with its unbridled powers is the main cause of undemocratic  rule, rampant corruption, breakdown in the law and order situation and the unprecedented crime rate.”

 The President should not listen to this mad ranting of a monk, corruption, break down in law and order cannot be wholely put to the President, who has not failed the people who elected him.  He has governed within the democratic norms.  It is Omalpe Sobita and other Buddhist monks who have abused their role of  Buddhist monkhood to leave the people behind to take to politics who are responsible for  unprecedented crime rate in Sri Lanka.

 Omalpe Sobita stressed that the executive presidency had to be scrapped for the greater good of the country and its people. He hoped that President Rajapaksa would listen to reason.”

 This is certainly not good advice . The giving up of the executive presidency now is committing political suicide, in the sense it would  leave a gap that would open Sri Lanka for its enemies to do what hey want with it.  Sri Lanka’s continued existence as a sovereign state preserving what it has gained so far and what developments it has made depends on the re-election of the President Mahinda Rajapakse for a third term and more.

 This ignorant  Omalpe Sobita says, The President, he noted, was trying to take all the credit for the war victory but he has forgotten that it was “One man cannot take all the credit for the sacrifices made by millions.”

 Certainly the victory over the terrorists is to the credit of  the President Mahind Rajapakse.  If this man  was not elected President in 2005, despite  able  Military, Naval, and Air Force  Commanders , Officers and soldiers , the terrorism would never have been eliminated.    That these foolish people should understand. We should of course be very much thankful to our great heroic Armed Forces, but one man who made the victory over terrorism possible was none other than the President Mahinda Rajapakse.

 To top it all another very power thirsty political monk Athureliya Ratana  has said , The government has alleged that we are being backed by NGO’s funded by Western powers, but they have failed to realize that what you hear today is the people’s genuine voice. Our movement is gathering steam. It has the backing of a cross section of political parties, civil society, professional organisations and the masses. Many Ministers have told me that they would quit the government the day that Mahinda announces a presidential election. He will then realize the strength of our mission,”

 These people little know how the West and its secret services work. The Western Secret Service Agents  will not make funding manifestants and influencing them to militancy and taking up arms openly.  They will not bother with the leaders of these movements. They will select a few influenceable unruly  elements  from the crowd and it is through them they will start their deadly” activity.  This is how they did it in Libya, Syria, and recently in Ukraine.  This is how proxi wars begin.

 JHU should go back to the President and support him to keep his executive powers  and win his third term in office as the Executive President of Sri Lanka.  It is for the good of all of us and the good of our motherland which we all love so dearly.

 Another Constitution for Sri Lanka or Amendments to the Present Constitution should come later during the Presidents third term.

11 Responses to “UNP, JVP, JHU, DNA, TNA and Sarath N.Silva- the Birds of Feather Flock together.”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    So JHU should support MR keep giving the NORTH to TNA and EAST to SLMC?

    I disagree.

    MR should come clean. SCRAP 13 amendment now. DIVERT people’s attention from scrapping 18th amendment by promising to SCRAP 13 amendment.

    Now JHU, etc. have come up with a 19 amendment. but JHU previous had another 19th amendment which was about SCRAPPING 13 amendment. MR should UNDUST it and take it up. Call it the JHU’s 19th amendment and say YES.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    MR should AGREE to JHU’s ORIGINAL 19th amendment which was about scrapping 13th amendment.

    That will STUMP the JHU and all those who support the NEW 19th amendment.

    This is JHU’s ORIGINAL 19th amendment.

    “Whereas the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was purportedly enacted, consequent to the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord being entered into between the President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India in 1987 under duress in defiance of the sovereignty of the people of Sri Lanka and ;

    Whereas the Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka did not approve the provisions of the 13th Amendment Bill as being consistent with the Constitution in as much as only four judges of the Supreme Court out of nine held that the approval of the people at a referendum was not required to enact the 13th Amendment whilst five judges held that at least one or more of the provisions of the Bill were in violation of the Constitution and therefore required the approval of the people at a referendum and;

    Whereas in terms of Article 80(2) of the Constitution “where the Supreme Court has determined that a Bill or any provision thereof require the approval of the people at a referendum” such bill or such provision shall become law only upon the same being approved by the people at a referendum and the President certifies that the Bill or any Provision thereof has been so approved in the manner as set out in the said Article.

    Whereas the majority of the Judges that constituted the bench of the Supreme Court had determined that the Bill or any one or more of the provisions thereof requires the approval of the people at a referendum, such Bill can become law only if complied with Article 80(2) upon being approved by the people at a referendum and therefore the purported certificate of the Speaker endorsed on the Bill purportedly under Articles 79 and 80(1) of the Constitution is invalid and unconstitutional and;

    Whereas the Supreme Court has determined that any Bill or any Provision thereof requires the approval at a referendum the only cause of action available under the law is to comply with the process set out in Article 80(2) and the purported Amendment made to Clause 154G(2)(b) and 154G(3)(b) of the 13th Amendment Bill in Parliament without a further determination by the Supreme Court is unconstitutional and unlawful and;

    Whereas the 13th Amendment in Article 154A(3) provides for the establishment of one administrative unit for two or more Provinces, to accommodate the unlawful undertaking given by the then President of Sri Lanka in the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord to establish one administrative unit for the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka on the erroneous and false basis that the Northern and Eastern Provinces form part of the homeland of one single ethnic and /or linguistic community as claimed by the separatist forces and;

    Whereas the 13th Amendment has sought to abdicate the legislative power vested in Parliament and the Executive power vested in the President by the division of governmental power and restricted the Parliament and the President respectively exercising the legislative and executive power of the people and thereby offended the unitary character of the State;

    Whereas the 13th Amendment has vested inter alia police powers (including powers in relation to maintenance of public order) in Provincial Councils which was hitherto exercised by the Government of Sri Lanka, which will be a serious threat to national security concerns of the Republic in as much as,

    a. The 13th Amendment provides for the Chief Minister of a Province to directly control the Head of the Provincial Police Force and thereby all Police Officers of the said Force and even national police units operating in any province. (vide Item 11 of the Appendix of List 1 of the 9th Schedule) thereby effectively taking away the powers of the Inspector General of Police and the Government of Sri Lanka to exercising any authority over such police force.

    b. The13th Amendment entrusts the responsibility of prevention, detection, investigation of all offences (except the offences specified in the Schedule therein) and institution of prosecutions (subject to the powers of the Attorney General) to Provincial Councils and to enact any law on any such matter and further empower any Provincial Council to prevent any Police Officers of another Province entering such Province (vide the limitations contained in sub paragraph (k) of the 2nd item of List II of the 9th Schedule) and thereby jeopardizing the management of law and order and the national security of the Republic.

    c. The 13th Amendment even restricts police officers of the national police force from being in uniform compelling them to be in plain clothes even when performing the limited responsibilities allowed within a province such as when engaging in prevention, detection and investigation of a scheduled offence (vide Item 10:1 read with 12:1 of the relevant Appendix of the 9th Schedule).

    Whereas the 13th Amendment though based on the Constitutional structure of India, denies the Government of Sri Lanka to intervene in the event of Province acting against the interests of the Republic, although the Central government of India is empowered to intervene in similar situations. (Vide Article 256 and 257 of the Constitution of India).

    Whereas the power of the Government of Sri Lanka to give directions with regard to the manner of exercising executive power by a Province is restricted to a situation where the maintenance of essential supplies and services is threatened or that the security of Sri Lanka is threatened by war or external aggression or armed rebellion (vide Article 154J and 154K) no such limitation is placed under the Constitution on the Government of India and;

    Whereas the 13th Amendment seeks to weaken the Government of Sri Lanka whilst strengthening the Provincial Councils and thereby destroying the unitary character of the State, territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and the sovereignty of its people and;

    Whereas Sri Lanka is a free, sovereign, independent and unitary State and it is the duty of the State to safeguard the independence, sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and the provisions of the 13th Amendment are a threat to the independence, sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka ;

    Be it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows:-

    1. This Act may be cited as the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

    2. The Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the “Constitution”) is hereby amended by the repeal of;

    (a) Chapter XVIIA
    (b) Article 155(3A)
    (c) Ninth Schedule

    3. Article 170 of the Constitution is hereby amended by the substitution, in the definition of “written law” for the words “and includes statutes made by Provincial Councils, orders” of the words “and include orders”.

    4. In the event of any inconsistency between the Sinhala and Tamil texts of this Act, the Sinhala text shall prevail.”

    – dailymirror.lk 2012

  3. AnuD Says:

    Are there how many ministers in the Mahinda Rajapakse Cabinet who were elected as UNP – MPs.

    Is Wimal Weerawansha a former JVPer ?

    I heard even External Affairs monotoring minister is a former “UNP – supporter.

    It is the same old exploiting of voters.

  4. SenaD Says:

    Charles,

    Re. your, “Athureliye Ratana, Madoluwawe Sobita and Omalpe Sobita are naïve politicians playing into the hands of the political sharks of the opposition. They little understand that they are being made the cats paw to draw political benefits for the opposition political parties.”

    If they are that naïve they should not be in politics.

    Re. your, “This should be seen with the recent EU Court’s decision to remove the ban on LTTE and refusal to buy Sri Lanka fish.”

    I remember that it was not very long ago that the EU stopped the so called GSP+ given to Sri Lankan manufacturers and they wanted the Govt. to repeal some statutes and even some parts of the constitution if the govt. wants to retain it. The govt. rejected their unwarranted demands. Later on they wanted to negotiate to re-offer it. If I remember correctly that too was refused and they did not bring it again. The industry did not collapse, though the company profits would have been reduced.

    Re. your, ” UNP says that the President is not respecting the Parliament and acting as if it does not exist.”

    The original of that treacherous CFA he signed has apparently disappeared from where it was (safely!) kept, according to a news item that appeared recently.

    All I can say is look who is taking about democracy, transparency etc.

    Re. your, ” They are watching and the moment they see a political leader of a developing country organising the resources for development and prosperity, they find various means to change such progress by their new method of regime change.”

    To those who witnessed what has gone in the past and what is going on now in the world, it is clear that the West (the Western capitalist corporate behind the elected governments and leaders) is trying to get unhindered access to markets and resources everywhere in the world and they relentlessly work to get it.

    The World Bank, the IMF and the WTO are the instruments that are being used for this purpose. Otherwise, how could one end up with the WB/IMF advising the developing countries to liberalise their markets and cut or completely remove subsidies given to their farmers while the farmers in the West are given subsidies that are suitably camouflaged to hide the fact that they are subsidies with the result that the poor farmers in the developing countries could not compete with the produce dumped on their markets.

    It was not very long ago that in Europe there were the so called butter mountains, beef mountains and wine lakes, because of the subsidies given to the farmers.

    There are still people in the developing countries willing to listen to these humbugs.

    Re. your, ” The Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka is a great boon offered by JR Jayawardhane even if some of us do not agree with his politics. It helped greatly in the elimination of the terrorists and it is still useful to keep at bay the Western wolves at our threshold.”

    In my view it must be kept for the future too, while replacing the absurd electoral system that results in the elector not being able to identify an MP for his area.

    Re. your, “Another Constitution for Sri Lanka or Amendments to the Present Constitution should come later during the Presidents third term.”

    That must not replace the presidential system with a Westminster style parliamentary system, because nobody can rule out problems similar to the current ones or worse appearing in the future.

    In any case the Westminster system is unsuitable for developing countries.

    Lorenzo,

    Re. your, ” MR should AGREE to JHU’s ORIGINAL 19th amendment which was about scrapping 13th amendment.
    That will STUMP the JHU and all those who support the NEW 19th amendment.”
    An excellent idea, the ideal time is just after the presidential election.

  5. callistus Says:

    Yes right thinking people crossed over leaving the UNP and the JVP. That includes me. The brainy ones crossed first, not so brainy ones crossed later. The ones who haven’t crossed over yet have to find their brains. There are some here in this forum.

  6. aloy Says:

    If at the time of declaration of presidential election there is no agreeable common candidate the position should be offered to Maitripala Sirisena. I am sure he might have a much better chance and being a son of soil from NCP which is the heart of Sinhale will do a much better job than MR. If he declines someone from JHU should contest it, come what may.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    LTTE financed MPs and civil groups are trying to sign a COMMON CANDIDATE agreement tomorrow. None other than ERIC SOLHEIM and NORWAY are behind this TGTE-COMMON CANDIDATE MOU.

    If they managed to escape JUSTICE, the nation is in grave danger.

    They should NOT be allowed.

  8. Vimutti Says:

    Mr. Perera’s basic thesis is correct – many Western nations seek to RULE other countries by proxy and really do not care about the will of the vast majority of the people living there. It is therefore imperative that Sri Lanka elect (or re-elect) a government that can stand up to these neo-colonial tendencies of Western powers.

    The UNP has already proven that they will do whatever the West wants them to do as a compliant neo-colony and therefore should be rejected out of hand as a government that can lead Sri Lanka. Whether it is Ranil’s secret deals with the US CIA on rendition and torture of US terror suspects, sending radio transmitters to the LTTE to be used for their propaganda purposes, the 13th Amendment that empowers separatism, the UNP is not capable of looking after the interests of the vast majority of Sri Lankans.

    The threat is therefore more subtle – that the Buddhist majority vote will be divided so that the UNP gets elected by default. This is the REAL significance of the JHU split, not the 19th Amendment they are sponsoring – they are being used as agents to divide the Buddhist majority vote for the benefit of certain Western governments who are losing their grip on Sri Lanka under Rajapaksa.

  9. Christie Says:

    It is India, Indians, Indian colonial parasites and vermin. Excuse me for the words. It is the Third Eye the most rutheless and secretive in the world. We are brainwashed to blame the West by Indian interests.

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    I have THIS ADVICE for those INCURABLY LOST FOLKS bent on UNDERMINING the Govt of Sri Lanka: “Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls … It Tolls For Thee!”

    ………………………….
    Sri Lanka at risk of increased terrorist activity, ranks 36th in Global Terrorism Index

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Nov 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the 13 countries that are being at risk of increased terrorist activity from current levels in the 2014 Global Terrorism Index Report released Wednesday.

    The second edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report, produced by the London-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), has ranked Sri Lanka at 36th place with a score of 4.01 out of 10 among 162 countries.

    The report, which provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 14 years from 2000 to 2013, has highlighted 13 countries that are not in conflict but at risk of higher levels of terrorism.

    In addition to Sri Lanka, Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Iran, Israel, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, and Uganda are identified as at risk of increased terrorism due to the presence of four factors – extrajudicial killing, lack of women’s political rights, lack of intergroup cohesion and political instability.

    The GTI, which was first launched in 2012, is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) which is collected and collated by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

    It ranks countries by the impact of terrorist activities as well as analyzing the economic and social dimensions associated with terrorism.

    The GTI report summarizes trends in terrorism over time and analyses its changing patterns in terms of geographic activity, methods of attack, organizations involved and the national economic and political context.

    According to the GTI report, in 2013 terrorist activity increased substantially with the total number of deaths rising from 11,133 in 2012 to 17,958 in 2013, a 61 percent increase.

    In 2013 more than 80 percent of the lives lost to terrorism occurred in only five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria and terrorism in 2013 was dominated by four organizations – Islamic State, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, collectively responsible for 66 percent of all fatalities.

    In South Asia India ranked at 6th place with significant terrorist activity, including on the border between India and Pakistan. Bangladesh ranked at 23rd, on the GTI, a notch above Nepal at 24th.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    “Sri Lanka at risk of increased terrorist activity, ranks 36th in Global Terrorism Index”

    IF ranked 36th, there is NO significant terrorist threat. That makes SL the MOST PEACEFUL in South Asia!

    Don’t trust the MEDIA REPORT. Check the ORIGINAL ITEM. And that too covers 2000 to 2009 when there was terrrosism!

    If the report was AFTER 2009, the ranking would have bettered.

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