Author Archive for Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha

Marapana as compromise Prime Minister

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today While there is much uncertainty now about what will happen to the country, certain certainties are assured. Chief amongst them is the headlong destruction of his reputation that Ranil has precipitated in the last three years. I do not refer only to his unashamed capers with regard to the […]

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The March of Folly The sad death of liberal Karu

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

By Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today The saddest casualty of the Yahapalanaya Government determination to abandon all pretence of promoting democracy, let alone good governance, has been Karu Jayasuriya. I once thought of him as a decent man, weak but never doing dastardly deeds on his own. When he first started abusing the Office of Speaker, […]

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The March of Folly A simplistic and confused Attorney General

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

By Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today A little learning is a dangerous thing. It is also sad when limited intellect leads to high appointments on the grounds that there will be unthinking support of the appointing authority. This seems to be the case with the current Attorney General (AG), who seems in a couple of weeks, […]

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Invoking intelligence in the foreign ministry Mission impossible:

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

By PROF. RAJIVA WIJESINHA Courtesy The Island October 22, 2017, 9:41 pm The details of the Sri Lankan triumph in the 2009 Geneva special session as described in Sanja de Silva Jayatilleka’s Mission Impossible Geneva, should be essential reading for all those concerned about Sri Lanka’s foreign relations. It is of particular importance that members of […]

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The March of Folly The dance of deceit

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

By rajiva Wijesinha Ceylon Today Features Amongst the more endearing explanations offered by Ranil’s friends for his involvement in the Bond Scam is that he was taken for a ride. The response then to the question why he defended Mahendran so vociferously is that Mahendran also was taken for a ride. Then the answer to the […]

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The march of folly The mirror cracks

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today Developments in the two weeks I was away suggest that the government is, a year before I expected it, hurtling towards its end. Or rather I should say towards its end as we know it, since the manner in which the Elections Bill was changed at whim suggests that we are back […]

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Suggestions for Improving the Quality of Our Legislators

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Presentation at the OPA / Association of Scientific and Techinical Officers Seminar  by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha July 29, 2017, 6:42 pm Let me begin with some very simple concepts, since these will help us to understand what exactly we should aim for in trying to improve the quality of our legislators. First, we should examine […]

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The SLFP core

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today Dayan Jayatilleka’s current forceful advocacy of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the best possible future leader of this country has raised many hackles, but I believe he has answered the criticisms raised effectively. What he has not explored is the irony of there being two contradictory approaches adopted, one accusing him of inconsistency in […]

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Western encouragement of terrorism

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy The Ceylon Today Another mark of increasing age, though I suppose I should be pleased at this one, was a request to deliver a memorial lecture. The topic given to me was “The March of Folly”, which led me to look up the origin of the phrase. I knew it was the title of […]

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End of a long road

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Rajiva Wijesinha The election was held on 17 August and four days later I learnt that I had not been put into Parliament. I had been on the UPFA National List, which I gathered had been with the approval of both factions of the SLFP. But it had become clear almost immediately that the polarization that […]

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Dealing with adverse propaganda

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

By Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today Concerted attacks, however, lay far in the future. In 2009 we were dealing rather with generalizations, and the threat then was not allegations of war crimes, but rather efforts to galvanize international opinion against us and stop the slow but steady progress of the forces in the North. I had […]

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The Paranagama & The Geneva Reports: Attempts To Mislead The Public

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Prof. Rajiva Wijesingha I have refrained thus far from getting involved in the debate over the Geneva Resolution for a number of reasons. One is a commitment to finalize a few books, and in particular an account of what Sri Lanka did right, in winning the war, and then did wrong in losing the peace. […]

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Chandrika’s techniques of character assassination-The lessons of Batalanda

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

By Prof Rajiva Wijesingha – Seeing all the posters asserting that ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen was murdered, I was struck by the similarity to the allegations made when Chandrika Kumaratunga was President regarding Batalanda. The Sunday Leader in December 2001, soon after the UNP won the election she had called, wrote: ‘The legacy of evil that […]

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Ranil’s dishonesty gets worse by the day

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Ranil’s dishonesty gets worse by the day. But even more startling perhaps is his brazen hypocrisy. And what seems to be open mockery of the President. There have been multiple allegations of corruption with regard to the last government, but most were generalizations. There was in fact only one clear instance cited […]

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Ranil and Highways

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Second instalment of roadscam, you might like also to question the Secretary who was suddenly dismissed, Mr Udaya Seneviratne, and perhaps the Chinese Embassy too about the earlier and curent projects, since the Prime Minister claims that the EXIM Bank of China will be funding this project too Dealings of the current […]

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What went wrong for the ‘rainbow coalition’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Island Rajiva Wijesinha was one of the main figures in the yahapalana coalition that overthrew President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January this year. Before former chief justice Sarath N.Silva began to speak up against the yahapalana government, Rajiva was the most prominent yahapalana intellectual to openly express his discontent at what the new government […]

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Did Gotabaya Precipitate The Crisis With Chris Nonis?

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha In the course of the frenetic travel programme I had set myself before the usual budget period, I had just two days in Sri Lanka last week. They were packed, with Parliament, and an overnight stay with a cousin visiting after several days, and the 92nd birthday of my most distinguished aunt, […]

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Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Sleepy (Part 3)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha October 11, 2014 in Enemies of the President’s Promise | Tags: C R De Silva, Darusman, G L Peiris,H. M. G. S. Palihakkara, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Ministry of Human Rights, Mohan Pieris, National Human Rights Action Plan, Rohan Perera, study group, UN, UN Secretary General, Walter Kalin,Wimal Weerawansa Enemies of the President’s Promse: […]

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Enemies of the President’s promise

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By PROF. RAJIVA WIJESINHA Courtesy Ceylon Today In May 2009, Sri Lanka seemed on top of the world. Under President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan Government and forces had defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which had dominated Tamil politics in Sri Lanka. It had survived conflict with not just successive Sri Lankan Governments, but […]

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Enemies of the President’s Promise – 3 Sleepy

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Prof. Rajiva  Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today GL’s appointment as Minister of External Affairs, in 2010, was generally welcomed. Bogollagama had lost the election, which made the President’s task easier since, given his complaisant approach to those who supported him, he would have found it awkward to replace Bogollagama. The only other serious candidate was Mahinda […]

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Understanding American attitudes: International Relations and Security

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP Courtesy The Daily News  One of the sadder aspects of Tissa Jayatilaka’s celebration of American values and conduct with regard to Sri Lanka is his suppression of the change that took place in American policy with the change of government at the beginning of 2009. While many of us thought that, […]

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International Relations and Security: Moving forward with India

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP Courtesy The Daily News  With regard to the collapse of relations with India in the eighties, the reasons are clear enough. If anyone doubted the corrosive effect of President Jayewardene’s Cold War adventurism, the Annexe to the Indo-Lankan Accord makes crystal clear what India feared. At the time the Liberal Party regretted […]

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Dealing with allegations of war crimes

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha Some weeks back I was sent, by a friend in England, a book entitled The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media. It was by someone called Lila Rajiva, but doubtless that was not the only reason to assume it would interest me. I took some time to start on […]

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Playing by rules

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Prof. Rajiv Wijesinha-Courtesy The Daily News When I was asked recently, in fulfillment of my work on the Human Rights Action Plan, to assist the Ministries of Justice and of Child Development and Women’s Affairs to finalize the draft of an act to replace the Children and Young Person’s Ordinance, I was struck by the […]

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Wasting the money allocated to education

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha–Courtesy The Island A couple of days back I predicted that the FUTA strike would soon be resolved by yet another increase in the salaries of university staff, with no correctives with regard to the grave problems now facing our education system. Recent reports in the papers suggest that this will indeed be […]

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Manipulation of the body of young Balasinghman-Further excesses of Channel 4

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP-Courtesy The Island March 22, 2012, 8:44 pm In dealing with the allegations made by Channel 4, one needs to look carefully at what they present as their most damning evidence, the pictures of the dead body of Prabhakaran’s son. The killing of a child is always shocking and, unlike the […]

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Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation Counters Channel 4 Film

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation, In a statement from Geneva, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Presidential Adviser on Reconciliation, responded to claims in the latest Channel 4 film on Sri Lanka. Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha is currently Chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats and was re-elected leader of the Liberal Party of Sri […]

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Falsehoods in the British House of Commons

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP I was deeply shocked by various pronouncements in the recent debate in the House of Commons on what was termed the issue of Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent. Much of the debate was about Kashmir, and several MPs weighed in against India in what seemed a very unfair and biased […]

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Shoddy and suspicious details in UN Panel Report

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Prof Rajiva WIJESINHA, MP I have not yet seen the full report issued by the panel appointed by Ban ki Moon, but the Sunday Island of the 17th carries a fascinating extract – “In the early morning hours of January 24, hundreds of shells rained down on the NFZ. Those with access to the United […]

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Bruce Haigh’s Mischief Making

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

By Prof Rajive Wijesinha -MP Sri LankaParliament I am writing, as Head of the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat in 2009, to correct some errors in the opinion piece on “ƒ”¹…”The Drum’, reproduced it seems from ABC News. It seems best to make annotations direct on the published text, though I hope you will also reproduce […]

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