PRESIDENT READY TO FACE ANY HURDLES AHEAD

November 14th, 2014

Lucien Rajakarunanayake

Tag-on.jpgIf there was a legal hurdle before him, he had a flying leap over it. Mahinda Rajapaksa now shows he is ready to face whatever hurdles he has to face in politics in the coming weeks and months.

With the birthday anniversary that brought him victory in the poll for the Executive Presidency in November 2005 fast approaching, he is moving swiftly in a strategy of leaping far ahead of rivals, who are still planning their own tactics of opposition. His meetings are with many thousands each day, and the declarations of support keep growing with each meeting. What is emerging is an election, the like of which, in its planning and strategy by the one who holds the reins, has not been seen in this country before.

Meanwhile, there remains glaring uncertainty, in the call for a Common Candidate to match him at the coming polls. The uncertainty on the candidate is compounded by that over both policy and promise. Meetings of many types among political strategists and politicians with great expectations, closed door meetings and those that give statements to the media, and public meetings that give an uncertain message to people gather in momentum, yet with a lack of clarity in purpose.

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Just as the poser in Hamlet – “To be or not to be” – the question that hangs in the air is that of the Executive Presidency. The political strategists who seem to be geared to oppose Mahinda Rajapaksa are faced with a tough question. What is it that will rally the people? Is it the pledge to abolish the Executive Presidency or the pledge to keep it and change the conditions under such a presidency? There is much thinking, both good and bad, on both sides of this divide. But the larger question is how is anyone to believe either of those pledges.

Political circus

All those in the political circus calling for the abolition of the Executive Presidency, not those applying political science to current events or declaring their ideological positions on it, are those who have benefited in one way or the other from the Executive Presidency. Among the loudest voices that call for its abolition come from those who brought the system, with all its ingrained faults, and ruled the land for more than a decade, bringing a series of amendments to it to further strengthen their position. Others who now cry against it are those who took oaths and observed it; gave clear pledges to have it abolished no sooner the oath was administered – or in a few months after that. The months did come and go, but the Constitution with the Executive Presidency remained.

Let’s admit that Mahinda Rajapaksa also pledged to do away with the Executive Presidency. But, in addition to the insufficient majority he had in Parliament to change it at the time, he also realized some important aspects of its value in defeating the terror of the LTTE, which was also a pledge he gave to the same electorate that elected him in November 2005. There are many well versed in political science that see the call for the abolition of the Executive Presidency as not serving the needs of the people. They see the need for changes, who does not? But not to be wholly rid of what did hold this country together during really troubled times, and could in many ways help in the future too.

The personality

The other issue is the need to match the person of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Hardly any of his opponents, even the loudest of them, would doubt his popularity, and his personality; that of a politician who has been at it from his early twenties. He has been in every aspect of political life in the country. He has won and lost elections. He has been on the back benches, made good impacts on the front bench as a Cabinet minister. He has led the Opposition, has been Prime Minister…and then Executive President.

That is certainly no easy record to match in politics and governance. But here is also the experience in agitation and mass action. In organizing and participating in protests for the people; fighting for Human Rights, when those who now call for it today were violating every aspect of it. He did take the issue to the United Nations, and did play a major role in forming and working with the Mothers’ Front to fight the green terror of that time.

He walked with the people for political rights and held hands in chains of unity against the forces of oppression. And, he did use the Executive Presidency to best effect against a Ceasefire with the forces of separatist terror…and saw the end of well nigh three decades of this brutality that had struck the nation. That is no easy persona to match – whatever combinations that may gather in the yet failed search for that Common Candidate.

Sri Lanka has a good history of electoral democracy. Our people know their leaders and the parties they lead. They have elected governments and defeated them too. The trends have been clear both in candidacy and campaigning. But now we see a lack of this in what seems to be rising confusion in the search for the Common Candidate; there seems to be more of Common Chaos. A good election deserves much more good thinking and clear policies than what we see in the desperate hunt for the rival in the coming race.

Pressure from New Delhi

If President Mahinda Rajapaksa had success in the apex legal hurdle in the politics of Sri Lanka, there is another hurdle of law that is emerging from New Delhi. He did initiate a phone call and speak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week, where common issues of concern were discussed. One was that of the five Indians sentenced to death by a Court in Colombo on drug related charges. The concerns were shared by both leaders and suggestions made of possible action, while preserving the good relations between the two countries.

Since then there is more pressure from New Delhi with some authorities there looking at the possibility of an unconditional pardon for the Indian convicts. Journalists, the media, politicians and diplomats too, appear to be pushing harder for this, which can please the politics of Tamil Nadu, much more than the larger interests of India. There is something that those who are making these moves must clearly bear in mind. This is a legal issue, and the practices in such cases are not very different in Sri Lanka and India. It is not the legal tradition to give a presidential pardon when a matter is before the courts. There is also another important issue. The accused were not charged with poaching in Sri Lankan waters. It is not a fishing matter. President Rajapaksa has been always ready to arrange for the rapid release of those arrested and charged on fishing matters, very often done as an act of goodwill towards our closest neighbour. This is a matter of drugs, and such matters are taken with much more seriousness than issues of illegal fishing, even across national maritime boundaries. The death penalty for drug offence is carried out in Singapore and Malaysia.

There is a strong public feeling here about the need for firm action on curbing all dealings in drugs. This is not a matter that could be ignored by these movers in India. Those who are trying to bring pressure on Sri Lanka for an unconditional pardon, as some reliable sources mention, do not seem to realize that there are Sri Lankans too convicted in this case, which does add to the gravity of the issue. What legal sources and more serious diplomats, both in India and Sri Lanka think, is that this is a matter that could be best resolved through commuting of sentences of the convicts, with the Indian convicts serving their prison terms in their own country. This seems a realistic approach to what could be a really vexed question, if there is too much pressure from across the Palk Strait.

I also learn that the new pressure from New Delhi could be due to the absence of Prime Minister Modi from the country. There seems to be a bigger play being worked out now by those close to Tamil Nadu, with the Indian Prime Minister away on a long tour to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji. It is the view of observers in India that this is a matter that should be best left to be resolved through discussion between the two national leaders, with due respect to the legal practices and traditions of Sri Lanka and India, and due recognition of the gravity of the charges presented to court; especially that this cannot be dealt as the matter of poaching by Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, which also needs a truly lasting solution.

– See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=features/president-ready-face-any-hurdles-ahead#sthash.6udznuah.dpuf

Sri Lanka-Israel comparison of how UN/UNHRC officials treat Third World nations

November 14th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

62% of all Resolutions (over 400) at the United Nations have been against Israel. US, UK, EU not even the UN Secretary General or the UNHRC head have hounded Israel the way they have Sri Lanka. This is no exaggeration nor is it unsubstantiated but it is to highlight a very clear bias in how Third World nations are being treated by the UN system. There cannot be a global body that does not treat nations equally. Israel has over 400 Resolutions against it, UNSG never called for an Expert Panel Report, the UNHRC never demanded international investigations and no US, UK or EU nations called for international investigations or reference to the ICC either – why is the treatment for Sri Lanka any different? We are made to understand whether a nation is large or small they would be treated equally as per UN Charter itself.

Israel too have their own grievances. Israel claims the UN & UNHRC are anti-Israel. Israel complains that there is a disproportionate number of Resolutions against it. That may be true, but every Resolution brought to the UN or the UNHRC have been vetoed by the US or watered down into inaction. There are no threats of sanction, cuts in aid/trade, asset freeze, travel bans etc. Sri Lanka has not been so fortunate. Ironically, it is the same countries that do not go after Israel that are pressing for UNHRC action against Sri Lanka!

In 2010 – 5 Resolutions were brought against Israel at the UNHRC

In 2013 – 21 Resolutions were brought against Israel at the UN

There have been fact finding missions on the Gaza Conflict –

The resolutions against Israel covered:

http://guardian.150m.com/palestine/UN-condemnation-of-israel.htm

  • Human rights violations in the occupied Syrian Golan heights
  • Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Grave human rights violations by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem
  • Condemning Israeli attacks against Southern Lebanon and Syria
  • Deplored Israel’s altering the status of Jerusalem
  • Demanded Israel’s withdrawal from Golan Heights
  • Condemned Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Urged sanctions against Israel if it did not withdraw from its invasion of Lebanon.
  • Urged sanctions against Israel if it did not withdraw from its invasion of Beirut
  • Urged cut off of economic aid to Israel if it refused to withdraw from its occupation of Lebanon.
  • Condemned Israeli brutality in Southern Lebanon and denounced the Israeli ‘iron fist’ policy of repression
  • Condemned Israel’s hijacking of a Libyan passenger airplane.
  • Deplored Israel’s attacks on civilian populations of Lebanon
  • Warned Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Conventions
  • Called for a fact-finding mission on abuses against Palestinians in Israeli-occupied lands
  • Resolution 127 recommended Israel suspended its ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem’
  • Resolution 162 urges Israel to comply with UN decisions
  • Resolution 259 deplores Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation
  • Resolution 347 condemned Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty
  • Resolution 425 calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon
  • Resolution 444 deplored Israel’s lack of cooperation with the UN peacekeeping forces
  • Resolution 467 deplored Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon
  • Resolution 517 censured Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demanded that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon
  • Resolution 607 and 608 deeply regretted Israel defying the UN and deporting Palestinian civilians
  • Resolution 673 deplored Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations

The issue is not about whether Israel is right or wrong, what is being conveyed is that the scores of Resolutions brought before the UN and UNHRC wherein even non-cooperation with the UN has been highlighted several times what is the action that the UN has taken? This leads to the next question could Sri Lanka have done the same and would the UN/UNHRC and the other countries that back Israel have not taken action against Sri Lanka?

Our grievance is that in defeating a terrorist movement, globally proscribed by the very countries that drafted the Resolutions against Sri Lanka are continuing to hound Sri Lanka with baseless allegations that keeping piling with allegations that were never included into the original list of allegations. Moreover many other irregularities have also been taking place. The most serious is and continues to be the appointment of an advisory panel by the UNSG in his personal capacity which ended up being the basis on which the UNHRC’s reports and UNHRC resolutions were formulated.

At another level, the Israel Government has been continuously lambasting the UN and UNHRC even going so far as to call it a ‘kangaroo court’ but the most recent has been the international inquiry opened by UNHRC into Israeli violations committed during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

If Sri Lanka felt every right to militarily defeat LTTE terrorists, Israel to feel it has every right as a democratic state to respond to violations by Hamas.

While Israel is always assured of America’s veto and at least 17-20 countries abstaining from voting, Sri Lanka’s case is often dismal as most of these powerful nations end up resorting to give a call of threat and Sri Lanka loses even those that have assured support to Sri Lanka. While US always vetoes Resolutions against Israel UK and EU either abstains or rejects Resolutions against Israel – this they do whether Israel does right or wrong.

The issue is that these very same countries end up giving hundred and one reasons why Sri Lanka should face war crimes charges but insists on punitive action against Sri Lanka completely ignoring the fact that Sri Lanka was dealing with an internationally declared terrorist outfit.

Why is it that the US, UK and EU take the side of Israel when Israel says that Hamas is committing war crimes by firing at innocent Israeli civilians, turning hospitals into military command centres (which LTTE also did), using schools as weapons depots (which LTTE also did), placing weapons in homes and religious places (which LTTE also did) but UNHRC investigation on Sri Lanka has only a selected period of victims covered ignoring most of the victims that the LTTE targeted through its initial years of terror.

If Israel can pull up Hamas for systematically using ‘human shields and blaming Israel for the deaths’ why can’t Sri Lanka say the same of the LTTE though UNHRC have paid little attention to this fact except making a passing comment on it.

UNHRC will be quick to defend itself by saying that it appointed the South African judge Richard Goldstone, but Israel says that the Goldstone Report was renounced by its own author.

Of course the UNHRC heads have condemned Israel, Navi Pillay issued her customary statements almost identical with her statements on Sri Lanka These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”

If Israel can say that Hamas was using these same homes and hospitals to store weapons and carry out attacks against Israeli civilians using Palestinian civilians as human shields, was this not what the LTTE did as well? Pillay’s response to Israel’s allegations was that ‘civilian homes are not legitimate targets unless they are being used for or contribute to military purposes at the time in question….even where a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time and precautions must be taken’. When Israel asks Pillay if she would act proportionately if her home were under terrorist attack and what precautions she would take, can’t Sri Lanka ask the same question?

Israel also questions UNHRC’s determination of International law and asks what UNHRC has done about Hamas violating it in targeting Israeli civilians – the same question Sri Lanka has been asking for 3 decades too. If Israel asks ‘would it be too much to ask Pillay to empathize with the millions of Israeli civilians under rocket fire and the dozens of young Israeli soldiers killed or wounded’ can Sri Lanka not say the same for the thousands of civilians that the LTTE targeted since the 1980s wherein the UN did nothing to stop terrorism in Sri Lanka but have got into a twist because the LTTE is now out of the equation.

What is being conveyed is that despite both the UN and UNHRC drafting Resolutions and issuing statements against Israel and these have run into over 400 and even appointing fact finding missions and investigations, not only Israel can get away by calling them ‘kangaroo courts’ but US will always use its veto power and US and EU nations will back Israel no matter what. These very nations that back Israel no matter what, are hounding Sri Lanka for the same allegations that they ignore against Israel.

While Israel can refer to UNHRC’s investigations as ‘kangaroo courts’ and neither the UN Secretary General or the UNHRC head make any public statements against Israel, we like to cite the stark difference in the behaviour of both UN/UNHRC officials against Sri Lanka.

When Sri Lanka brought to the attention of the UN/UNHRC the arrest of the LTTE cadre who had with him 6 blank submission forms with signatures and no date, it was clear that there was a systematic effort to collect signatures on blank forms and for another party to fill forged accounts and submit to the UNHRC/OISL investigation. Instead of thanking the GOSL for bringing this to the attention of the UNHRC/OHCHR and OISL, the UNHRC head reprimanded Sri Lanka and accused the country of going to ‘extraordinary lengths to sabotage an impartial international investigation’ and not only that going to the extent of saying that Sri Lanka has been uncooperative since 2009.

Instead it raises concerns about the integrity of the government in question. Why would governments with nothing to hide go to such extraordinary lengths to sabotage an impartial international investigation?” Zeid asked

The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid and he agrees with High Commissioner Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate.  And we will continue to urge that they do so,” Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq.

 Nonetheless, it is interesting to see what the reaction of the UNHRC would be now that Israel as rejected the UNHRC international investigation and calling it a ‘kangaroo court’ as well.

What is highlighted however, is that a colossal amount of time and energy is being wasted in drafting Resolutions against Israel when the outcome of nothing happening is clear and on Israel’s part it too has every right to question UNHRC inaction on Hamas. Then we have the same countries that ensure Resolutions against Israel never get beyond drafting and holding elections while the same countries are hounding after Sri Lanka and the UNHRC head and UNSG are careful not to issue derogatory statements against Israel but does so against Sri Lanka!

 

UNHRC Investigates Sri Lanka: What happens when ‘the other side’ is caught collecting blank submission forms with signatures?

November 14th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

The signatures are genuine but the witness account is false – how does the OHCHR/UNHRC and OISL define this? Is it a forgery or false evidence or how else would OHCHR define such mischief? It certainly is not a bonafide witness account. The OISL or the OHCHR have not to date revealed even before the arrest how many such forms they have received despite having experts to detect forgeries and when it was discovered after the arrest that there is a concerted effort in Sri Lanka and probably overseas as well to collect genuine signatures but write false accounts no one but the OHCHR and the UNSG have got upset at the disclosure. Is this not strange?

The UNHRC/OHCHR/ OISL or the UN Secretary General has not satisfactorily responded to the arrest and in particular the findings.

The submission format can vary too – the LTTE Diaspora may have compiled their own submission format. The crux of the matter is that there are groups of people collecting signatures of people with no date and photos, NIC copies and death certificates as well. When a form is blank and the collectors are LTTE, surely we are not childish to think that whoever is making entries will be showering praise or singing hosannas’ for the Sri Lankan soldiers!

Thus, Sri Lanka and the general public have every right to be concerned. That concern is elevated because of several other factors.

  1. On 22nd October 2014, the LTTE unrehabilitated cadre had handed blank forms with signatures to a TNA advisory panel member known as Sun Master. This naturally raises more questions as to how many such forms the LTTE cadre would have handed over. Sun Master however has fled to India.
  2. There are serious doubts as to how many other LTTE cadres would have been given a similar task and how many such blank forms have been thus collected since the announcement of the investigation.
  3. There is also the doubt of the same exercise being carried in countries where Tamil diaspora prevail. We are aware that the GOSL proscribed organizations have launched online appeals via their websites and have set up ‘investigation’ teams to tabulate ‘grievances’. This all leads to the question of who and how many are involved in doctoring information and building up false accounts via ghost writers!

The global scale of this initiative is nothing we should take lightly particularly so when the UNHRC boasts of having wonderful systems in place to assure transparency.

Yet, our surprise and disappointment comes in the manner that both the UNHRC head and UNSG has behaved after the GOSL questioned the credibility of the investigation after the arrest.

Let us also point out that the UNHRC is on record for saying that they have means to detect forgery, if so why has the OISL/OHCHR or the UNHRC not brought up the fact that they have been receiving forged submissions because the arrest of the LTTE with blank forms on 25th Oct 2014 within days of the deadline and the fact that on 22nd Oct 2014 he had handed more blank forms to the TNA member means that this effort must have been taking place for some time and filled forms would have already been sent via soft copy or post to the OISL in Geneva.

That the OHCHR/OISL and the UNHRC have kept mum about receiving ‘doctored’ forms (given that they have systems to discover such) gives Sri Lanka every right to question complicity on the part of the investigators or raise doubt as to the credibility of their in-house systems to discover forgeries.

Of course the quick defence of the OHCHR/UNHRC and OISL would be is to declare that they do not need to disclose how many they have rejected but such secrecy and lack of transparency gives us every right to think that the OHCHR/UNHRC and OISL may not have rejected these forged forms!

The important factor that needs to be continuously stressed by Sri Lanka is that there has been a concerted and systematic effort to collect from Tamils their signatures on blank forms with no date alongside NIC and death certificate copies and photos. The promise of monetary compensation would need to be further investigated because a promise is one thing and an actual payment is another. It would be good to investigate how many have actually been paid and who paid them too.

  • The Sri Lankan envoys need to show the manner in which the OHCHR/UNHRC has treated Sri Lanka following the arrest of the LTTE cadre. That arrest and the revelation and exposure of a well-planned out effort to fix the Sri Lankan soldiers with fraudulent accusations cannot result in the OHCHR head accusing Sri Lanka of ‘continuing a campaign distortion and disinformation’ going on to say that Sri Lanka has been making insidious attempts to prevent possible bonafide witnesses from submitting information to the investigation team’.
  • OHCHR head must realize that blank forms and signatures with no date means that there are no bonafide witnesses and the only ‘witnesses’ submitting information to the OISL investigators are some ghost writers putting together falsehoods to corner Sri Lankan troops to war crimes charges. It is appalling to see the lengths people are going to since they have nothing concrete to hold against Sri Lankan troops.
  • The Sri Lankan envoys should also query about the OHCHR heads statement that says that they have mechanisms to detect forgeries – if so why has the OHCHR not released that they were in regular receipt of such forms without waiting for the arrest of the LTTE cadre which brought this plot out into the open?
  • Had it not been for the arrest Sri Lankan troops would have been charged with war crimes and the OHCHR would have kept mum about receipt of forged submission forms – This is what needs to be continuously brought out among member countries of the UN

http://www.ohchr.org/en/newsevents/pages/media.aspx

OHCHR Head says We don’t accept anything at face value. UN human rights investigators are trained to spot fraudulent submissions. The process of analysis and corroboration of information and evidence is well defined, refined and codified on the basis of many years’ experience,” – See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/en/newsevents/pages/media.aspx#sthash.OSo3HYKX.dpuf

The question is CAN THESE EXPERTS SPOT SUBMISSIONS THAT HAVE GENUINE SIGNATURES BUT FORGED ACCOUNTS?

OHCHR Head also says It is a false equation to suggest that because someone may have been trying to submit false submissions, the inquiry is discredited. In addition, the submissions form only a part of the investigation.” – See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/en/newsevents/pages/media.aspx#sthash.OSo3HYKX.dpuf

The question is if we do not know (only the OISL know but do not say so) how many submissions of the type the LTTE cadre was collecting have actually been submitted to the OISL who have accepted them as ‘genuine’ bondafide witness accounts, the Sri Lankan state has every right to question the OISL investigation on Sri Lanka and declare it has NO CREDIBILITY whatsoever.

What we are continuously reiterating is that not only is there a plan by various pro-LTTE entities to collect signatures on blank forms and fill details that would fit into a plan to fix Sri Lankan troops and send as submissions to the OISL investigation, that these have been accepted by the OISL, though we do not know how many. Additionally, the OHCHR inspite of having mechanisms to detect forgeries have kept mum because they have not disclosed that they were in receipt of forms that had genuine signatures but forged accounts.

The arrest has exposed that silence so now the OHCHR have now got upset that they have been put into a very embarrassing situation.

However this does not warrant the OHCHR, its head and the UNSG to rashly accuse Sri Lanka with unwarranted accusations because they have been exposed.

Thus, the OHCHR and the UNSG must offer an apology to Sri Lanka for accusing Sri Lanka of ‘continuing a campaign distortion and disinformation’ going on to say that Sri Lanka has been making insidious attempts to prevent possible bonafide witnesses from submitting information to the investigation team’.

Now that Israel has rejected the UNHRC investigation and called it a ‘kangaroo court’ we are waiting to see OHCHR Head or UNSG’s statement accusing Israel in the same manner they have insulted Sri Lanka.

UN Member nations need to be appraised of these developments and these arguments via diplomatic channels since the OHCHR has not come clean on forged submissions being sent to them PRIOR to the arrest when it has emerged that forged submissions are being sent as supposed bonafide witness accounts.

Sri Lanka ready to share its experience in comprehensive demining as a ‘best practice’ with other countries

November 14th, 2014

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Geneva

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha has said Sri Lanka stands ready to share its experience in comprehensive demining as a ‘best practice’ with countries which are facing similar challenges. Noting that “Sri Lanka’s continuing progress in demining has been achieved by telescoping what according to some estimates was to take 15 – 20 years, into one of 5 – 7 years duration, he said this was not only a rewarding experience for our people as they now move about freely across the country, but also a positive lesson for other conflict affected countries, where nationally owned and nationally driven programmes could achieve their intended purposes, if the necessary political commitment, resolve and pragmatic vision is put in place”.

 Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations when he addressed the 16th Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the use of Mines, Booby-Traps and other Devices of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on Wednesday (12 November 2014) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons came as a result of an increased international realization that the effects caused by certain conventional weapons may be excessively injurious and indiscriminate.  The Convention and its Protocols together manifest a clear intention and commitment of the Contracting Parties to address this challenge effectively, through the adoption of national programmes and measures.

 Ambassador Aryasinha said “the GoSL successfully embarked on a very difficult challenge of demining an area of approximately 5,000 square kilometers of land initially estimated to be contaminated with mines, out of which approximately 2,064 square kilometers were confirmed as hazardous areas. The scale of the problem Sri Lanka faced in demining can be clearly seen from the number of mines and other devices unearthed and neutralized during the demining process.  Over  1,128,336 explosive devices (1,712- anti tank,  615,669-anti personal and  510,955 UXOs) have been recovered as at September  2014. Five years since the ending of the terrorist conflict in Sri Lanka, so far this year alone, a total of 55,761 explosive devices, including 78 Anti- Tank mines, 28,577 Anti Personnel mines and 27,106 UXOs have been recovered. Demining continues to take place as the number of mines and IEDs laid by the LTTE was extensive and their locations unknown.”

 He said, “75% of this demining work had been allocated to the Sri Lanka Army, which was the largest single area assigned to any of the parties involved in demining and included most of the densely mined regions. The demining process was also supported by funding from donor countries and the UN and carried out by INGOs/NGOs such as the Halo Trust, DDG, MAG, FSD, Sarvatra, Horizon, MMIPE and DASH.”

 “Out of the total confirmed hazardous area, 96.2% has already been cleared and only 78.8 square kilometers of territory remains to be cleared. It is expected that these areas too will be completely cleared in the near future.”

 Ambassador Aryasinha said, “due to this efficient and effective demining process and also to the infrastructure development in the former conflict affected area, the Government of Sri Lanka was able to resettle a total of 510,710 persons (153,837 families) out of nearly 767,748 IDPs (226,824 families), in the Northern Province and 257,038 persons (72,987 families) in the Eastern Province. As per the Joint Study undertaken by the Ministry of Resettlement, the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province (PTF); and the UNHCR, as of August 2014, only a total of 26,056 persons (7,840 families) remain to be resettled, which includes 21,747 persons (6,498 families) from the North and 4,309 persons (1,342 families) from the East.”

 He noted that “while focusing on the operationalization of the Amended Protocol II and considering matters arising from the annual reports presented by High Contracting Parties, it is imperative that special attention is paid to the development of technologies which could protect civilians. Similarly, it is important that concerted efforts be taken to create greater awareness among the public about indiscriminate effects of mines, booby traps and other devices. It may also be timely to look into effective cooperation to ensure the wellbeing of victims in a more coordinated manner.”

ප්‍රංශජාතික මොන්ටෙස්කිව නොදැක්ක සිංහල අපේ ශක්‍ර දෙවියෝ

November 14th, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම

එම්පරර් යට ඇඳුමෙන්

    චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ ජනාධිපති රාජපක්‍ෂව බේරා ගැනීම සඳහා ශක්‍ර දෙවියන් මුණ ගැසි ලබා ගත් උපදෙස අපගේ දැන ගැනීම සඳහා ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවියට වාර්තා කලේය. දැන් කාලයේ සිදුවන දේවල් ගැන හිතන විට ශක්‍ර දෙවියන් පවා හරියට ඔහුගේ හෝම් වර්ක් කරන්නේ නැති සේ ය. අනුර බණ්ඩාරනායක විසින් “මහින්ද සුදුසු හොඳ ඩෙපුයුටි කෙනෙක් ලෙස සිටීමට යයි” කියා සිටි කාලයේ සිටම කවදා හෝ රට බේරා ගැනීමට පුළුවන් පුද්ගලයා මහින්ද යයි ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ වෙබ් අඩවි වල හා ඊමේල් වල ලියූ පුද්ගලයෙකු වශයෙන් මට, අද චන්ද්‍රසේන වැටී ඉන්නා දුක, අසීරුතාවය හොඳින්ම වැටහේ. නමුත් අප හැමට මේ දුකෙන් ගොඩ ආ හැක්කේ අපේම විචක්‍ෂණ බුද්ධියෙන් මිස ශක්‍ර දෙවියන් මඟින් නොවේ. කෞරව-පාණ්ඩව යුද්ධයේදී ක්‍රිෂ්ණා විසින් අර්ජුනට කිව් පරිදි යුක්තිය හා සත්‍යය උදෙසා වැරදි කරණ නෑයන් විනාශ කිරීමට සිදුවුනොත් එය ඉටුකල යුතුමය. ශක්‍ර දෙවියන් නාවත් ක්‍රිෂ්ණා ඊට අවශ්‍ය බලය, ශක්තිය ලබා දේ. වෙනත් වචන වලින් කියනවා නම් එම්පරර් හෙළුවෙන් බව පෙන්නාදීම අපේ යුතුකමය.

බාගෙන කෑම-ඉහගෙන කෑම අතර වෙනස

    බුද්ධාගමේ කියන මධ්‍යම ප්‍රතිපදාව අනුගමනය නොකිරීමේ පාපය පිරිත් කියවා ගැනීමෙන් හෝ බණ ඇසීමෙන් හෝ පන්සල්-විහාර විවෘත කිරීමෙන් හෝ යටපත් කරගත නොහැකිය. ඉහගෙන කෑම හා බා ගෙන කෑම කියන්නේ මේ මධ්‍යම ප්‍රතිපදාව ක්‍රියාවට යෙදීමේ උදාහරණයක් නොවේද? මහින්ද විසින් කරන ලද මූලිකම වරද එයය. මා මෙසේ කියන්නේ ඇයි? ලෝකයේ ස්වභාව ධර්‍මයට (හැමදාම ඉර පායන්නේ නැඟෙනහිරින් ය), සනාතන ධර්‍ම වලට (ඉපදුනොත් මැරෙනවාමය), මනුෂ්‍ය ස්වභාවයට (තන්හාව දුකට මුලය) හා මිනිස් සමාජ සාර ධර්‍ම වලට (බොරුව හා වංචාවට ජය ගත නොහැක) පටහැනි ලෙස මහින්ද ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් දිගින් දිගටම ක්‍රියාකරමින් සිටිනා බව වාසියට ඔහු වටා සිටිනා එහෙයියන්ට මිස මහත්මා ගතිගුණ ඇති කෙනෙකුට නොපෙනේද?

ඇමතිධූර පගා ලෙස පාවිචිචි කිරීම

    විධායක ජනාධිපති ධුරය කොට උඩ යැවීමේ බලය, දැන හෝ නොදැන, ජේ ආර් ගේ බහුභූතය හරහා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ලැබී ඇත (බජට් එක එක චන්දයකින් පැරැද්දුවොත් ජනාධිපති බඩගින්නේය. මේ නිසාය ජේ ආර් මන්ත්‍රීලාගෙන් දිනය නැති ඉල්ලා අස්වීමේ ලියුම් ලබා ගත්තේ). මෙය රටට බලවත් විනාශයක් වූයේ ජේ ආර්, ප්‍රේමදාස සමඟ එක්වී චන්ද ක්‍රමය වෙනස් කිරීමත් සමඟය. මහජනයාට චන්ද කොට්‌ඨාශ අනුව මන්ත්‍රී තෝරා ගැනීමේ අයිතිය, කොළඹ පක්‍ෂ ලැයිස්තුවකට හා දිස්ත්‍රික් හා මනාප ක්‍රමයකට යට කිරීමෙන්, නූගතුන්, හොරුන්, තක්කඩින්, අපරාධකාරයින් මන්ත්‍රීන් වන ක්‍රමයක් බිහිවිය. අද පාර්ලිමේන්තුව කියන්නේ ගංජා සුරුට්ටු කඩයක් වගේ තැනක් නොවේද?

    මෙවැනි පසුබිමක් යටතේ නම්බුකාර පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක් බලාපොරොත්තු විය නොහැකිය. ගමෙන් ආ සරොන් කාරයෙක් වශයෙන් මෙම කොට උඩ යැවීමේ බලය වැලැක්වීමට මහින්දට පියවර ගතයුතුව තිබුණි. මේ නිසා “බලාපොරොත්තු වන අවසාන ප්‍රතිඵලය ඒ සඳහා යොදා ගන්නා ක්‍රම සාධාරණ කරවයි” යන රීතිය උඩ යමින් ඇමතිධූර පගා වශයෙන් දී මන්ත්‍රීන් බිලිබා ගන්නට ඔහු ක්‍රියා කලේය. මෙය මැකියාවේලි උපායකි. ජේ ආර් බහුභූතය ඇලඩින්ගේ පහණක් කරගන්නට ඔහුට හැකි විය. 2007 දී විමල් වීරචංශ නිසා නොවේ නම් මහින්දට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී අයවැය සම්මත කර ගන්නට ඉඩ නොලැබීමටත්, ඒ නිසා යුද්ධය බකල් වී රට දෙකට කැඩී යාමටත් ඉඩ තිබුණි. මේ නිසා මෙය ඥානවන්ත දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාවක් ලෙස මා ලියූ ලිපි ඒ කාලයේ අයිලන්ඩ් පත්තරයේ පවා පළවිය. චේතනාව යහපත් යයි මම සිතුවෙමි. මෙය යහපත් (ධර්මිෂ්ට) ඒකාධිපතියා සංකල්පය වගේය. සිංගප්පූරුව හෝ මැලේසියාව හෝ දකුණු කොරියාව ගොඩගත්තේ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයෙන් නොවේ. අද බොරුකරණ පාසැල් ගුරුවරු, රජයේ නිලධාරීන්, දොස්තරලා යන අයව ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය යටතේ ගොඩ ගත නොහැක.

    පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතරය ලබා ගැනීමට පවතින කුපාඩි ක්‍රමයක් යටතේ මෙසේ ක්‍රියා කිරීමට වීම බුද්ධාගමට පටහැනි නැත්තේ එසේ නැත්නම් ඔහු දේශපාලනය අතහැර අසපුවකට ගොස් භාවනා කර සෝවාන් වීමට බැලිය යුතු නිසාය. නමුත් මෙහිදී ප්‍රශ්ණය වන්නේ ඇමතිධූර හා උප ඇමතිධූර 150 කට කිට්ටුවෙන්නටම පගා දීමට ගියේ කුමක් නිසාද යන්න ය. මධ්‍යම ප්‍රතිපදාවෙන් පිට පැන්නේ මෙසේය. සීනි ඇමති කෙනෙක් පවා ඉන්නා එකම රට ලංකාවය! දැන් පෙනීයන හැටියට මෙය අන්තවාදී ලෙස කර තිබෙන්නේ තුනෙන් දෙක ලබා ගෙන තුන්වන වරටත් ජනාධිපතිවීමට මඟක් පාදා ගැනීමට ය. රටට සේවය කරන්නට අවුරුදු 12 ක් හොඳටම සෑහේ.  තුනෙන් දෙකෙන් කල යුතුව තිබෙන්නේ 13-ඒ ඉවත් කිරීම නොවේද? එය ඉවත්කර ජන සභා හරහා ගම්මට්ටමින් ජනයාට යම් පරිපාලන, සමාජීය හා සංවර්‍ධන බලතල පවරාදීම නොවේද?

සීනි ඇමතිලා වැඩේ කන හැටි

    මේ අන්දමට ඇමතිකම් ඇති කිරීමෙන් සුප් එකට කුක්ලා වැඩිවුනා වගේ දෙයක් සිදුව ඇත. මෙසේ නා නා ප්‍රකාර ඇමතිකම් ඇති කිරීම නිසා කිසි ඇමතියෙක් නිසි වැඩක් කරන්නේ නැත. ලෝකයේ කාරණා සිද්ධවෙන ආකාරයට අනුව දැන් ලංකාවේ කර ඇති අන්දමට විෂයයන් වෙන් කරaැති විධියට යම් ප්‍රතිපත්තියක් යටතේ යම් සැලැස්මක් ක්‍රියාවට නැඟීම දුෂ්කරය. එක ඇමතියෙක් අනිකාගේ විෂයට ඇඟිලි ගැසුවා වේ. උදාහරණයක් වශයෙන් සීනි ඇමති කරන වැඩ කෘෂිකර්‍ම නම් ඇමති කෙනෙක් යටතේ උප ඒකකයක් වශයෙන් සිදුවිය යුතු දේ නොවේද? ගස් වර්‍ග හා සතුන් හදා වඩා ගැනීම භාරව (කෘෂිකර්‍මය කියන්නේ මේ දෙකට නොවේද?) එක ඇමතියෙක් යටතේ සීනි (උක් ගස්) සඳහා මේසයක් තැබීම හොඳටම සෑහේ. අධ්‍යාපන අංශය ගත්තොත් බූරුවන කී දෙනෙක් ඉන්නවාද? විශ්ව විද්‍යාල විකාර වී නැද්ද? ශිෂ්‍යයින් ඉදිරියට ගොස් අවංකව කතාවක් දීමට ශකතිය ඇති උපකුලපතිලා ඉන්නවාද? මොවුන් සුදුසුකමට නොව දේශපාලකයින්ගේ ඉත්තන් බව සිසුන් දන්නා නිසා සිසුන්ගෙන් ඔවුන්ට කිසිම ගරු කිරීමක් නැත.

    මේ ඇමති කතාවේ අනිත් පැත්ත නම් පුද්ගලයින් තුන් දෙනෙක් විසින් වැදගත් අමාත්‍යංශ අල්ලා ගෙන සිටීමය . ආරක්‍ෂක, මුදල් හා ආර්ථික සංවර්‍ධන යන මේ තුනත්, ලලිත් වීරතුංග, අජිත් කබ්‍රාල් හා පී බී ජයසුන්දර යන තුන් දෙනාත් 150 ක් පමණ වන සෙසු ඇමති කුරුට්ටන් විධායක බලය රහිත රොඩු බවට පෙරලා දමා ඇත. මෙවිට සිදුවන්නේ කුමක්ද? රොඩ්ඩෝ කිසි වැඩක් නොකර අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම්ලාට වැඩේ පවරා පුළුවන් හැම ආකාරයකින්ම තම හොද්ද බොර කර ගැනීමය. ඇමති ලේකම් වන්නේ දක්‍ෂයෙක් නොව එහෙයියෙක් වීමට සුදානම් බව පෙන්වූ ඉත්තන් ය. රොඩු ඇමතිලා මේ ලේකම් ලා ගැන සිතන්නේ ජනාධිපතිගේ ඔත්තු කාරයින් කියාය.  මීට එක් කල තවත් ගුණ්ඩුවක් නම් අධීක්‍ෂණ මන්ත්‍රී කමය. රෝඩ්ස් ස්කොලර් ජී එල් පීරිස් ව අධීක්‍ෂණය කරන්නේ උසස් පෙල වත් පාස් නැති වාස් ගුනවර්‍ධන නම් වස්සෙකි. ගොඨාභයව අධීක්‍ෂණය කලේ දුමින්ද සිල්වාය. දැන් අළුතින්ම පබාව ඩිලාන් ගේ වැඩ අධීක්‍ෂණය කරන්නට පත් කර ඇත.

බොරු ප්ලෑන්

    ලංකාවේ දේශපාලකයාට ඕනෑ දිගු කාලීන ජාතික සැලැස්මක් නැත. එවැනි දේ කතා කරන නිලධාරීන්ට තැනක් නැත. ඉතාමත් සාර්‍ථක වූ ගැමි දිරිය වැඩ සටහන නිර්‍මානය කල අවංක නිලධාරියා මට කිව් ආකාරයට දේශපාලකයාට දිගු කාලින සැලැස්ම වල් රුස්සන්නේ නැත. ඔහුට අවශ්‍ය ලොක්කා වශයෙන් සිට මල්ල තර කර ගැනීමත්, ඒ අතරතුර එදිනෙදා පැන නඟින ප්‍රශ්න වලට ඒ ඒ වේලාවට ජනප්‍රිය වීම සඳහා විසඳුමක් දීමත් ය. විසඳුමෙන් හෙට ඇතිවිය හැකි හානිය ඔහුට වැදගත් නැත. මේ නිසා කිසිම අවංක නිලධාරියෙක් රටට ඉතුරු නොවේ. ඉහළට එන්නේ හොර නිලධාරියා ය. ඔවුන් දේශපාලකයා රවටා තමන්ගේ හොද්ද බොර කර ගනී. රට මකබෑ වීම පුදුමයක්ද?

අවවාදය හා ආදර්‍ශය

    අද රට පගා ගුලක් වී තිබෙන්නේ මෙසේ පගාව දී ඇමති කම් ඇති කිරීමේ ඉහළින්ම එන ආදර්‍ශය නිසාය. එය එසේ වන්නේ සීමාව ඉක්මවා හුදෙක් ආත්මර්‍ථකාමී අරමුණු සඳහා එසේ ඇමතිකම් දීම නිසාය. මේ වැඩේ දැන් කෙතරම් භයානක වී ඇත්දැයි කියනවා නම් ජනධීපති අද හිරකාරයෙක් වී සිටී. ඔහු වටා ඉන්නේ පරණ ශ්‍රී ලංකා කාරයින් නොව වෙස්වලා ගත් රට කඩන්නට උල් පන්දම් දුන් යූ එන් පී කාරයින් ය. රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහට ද වැඩියෙන්ම බනින්නේ මේ ආණ්ඩුවේ හැංගී ඉන්නා යූ එන් පී කාරයින් ය. මර්වින් සිල්වාගේ දඩබ්බර ක්‍රියා, මහින්දානන්ද අළුත්ගමගේ ගේ දේපල යනාදිය ගැන විමර්‍ශන නොකරන්නේ ඇයි කියා ප්‍රශ්ණ මතුවන්නේ රටේ අපරධ, දූෂණ ආදිය වැඩිවන්නේ, මෙසේ ඉහළින් නීතිය ක්‍රියාවේ නොයෙදීම නිසාවෙන් ය.

බල්ලට ගිය රට

    මේ තත්වයට ලංකාව වැටුනේ 1948 න් පසුව සිටම හා විශේෂයෙන් 1978 න් පසුව ජේ ආර් ලා කල මගඩි නිසාය. නමුත් දැන් එය වසංගතයක් වී ඇත. මේවා ගැන පොතක් වුනත් ලියන්නට කරුණු ඇත. මෙහිදී උදාහරණ කීපයක් පමණක් ලියමි. එකක් නම් ශිරානි බණ්ඩාරනායක සිද්ධිය ය. ශිරානිව, චන්ද්‍රිකා නඩුකාර තනතුරට පත් කලේ සුදුසුකමක් නැතිවය. ඇය පෙඩරල් වාදී නිසා සමහර විට ජී එල් පීරිස් එය කරන්නට ඇත. කෙසේ වෙතත් 13-ඒ සම්බන්ධ නඩු වලට සහභාගි නොවන ලෙසට උසාවියෙන් ඇයට අවවාද කර තිබුණි. නඩුකාර කමට සුදුසු නොවූ ඇයව මහින්ද විසින් අග්‍ර විනිශ්චයකරු කරණ ලදී. ඇගේ සැමියාට සුදුසුමක් නැතිව බැංකු තනතුරක් දුන් විට එය භාර නොගන්නා ලෙස ඇය විසින් ඔහුට දැන්වීමට තිබුණි. ඔහුට එවැනි තනතුරක් දීම වැරදි බව මහින්ද දැන සිටියේය. පසුව සැමියා හොරෙක් බවට තීරණය විය. අන්තිමේ ඉතාමත් අයුතු ආකාරයට ඇයවද ජොබ් එකෙන් පහ කරන ලදී. මෙහිදී පෙනී ගියේ මේ තුන් දෙනාම වංක පුද්ගලයින්වූ බවය. රටේ ඕනෑ තරම් හොර හිත් ඇති වංක පුද්ගලයින් ඉන්නා නිසා ජනාධිපති ඉබේම ඒ පැත්තට තල්ලු වෙන්නේය.

මහසෙන් රජතුමා

    මහින්ද ජනාධිපතිව මහසෙන් රජු කරන්නට හදන අය මිරිඟුවක් පසු පස යන අය ය. මේ අය කරන්නේ මහජනයා රැවටීමය. ලංකාව බහු ජාතික රටක් බවත්, සර්‍වාගමික රටක් බවත් ජනාධිපති විසින් හා ඔහුගේ අගමැති පඹයා විසින් ද ක්‍රියාවෙන් ඔප්පු කර ඇත.  පෝප් ගේ දේව වරම නම් ලංකාව වගේ රටවල්, ආසියාව, ක්‍රිස්තියානි කිරීමය. එසේ නම් බෞද්ධ ජනාධිපති කෙනෙක් ඔහුට ලංකාවට එන ලෙස ඔහුගේ දෙපා ලඟට ගොස් ආයාචනා කරන්නේ කෙසේද? ඊට අමතරව දුප්පත් මුස්ලිමුන්ට මක්කමට යාමටද උදව් කිරීමට ඔහු සූදානම් ය. දඹදිව නොව අටමස්ථාන බැලීමටවත් යන්නට නොහැකි දිළිඳු මිනිසුන් කෙතරම් ලංකාවේ සිටින වාද? ඔවුන්ට නොමිලේ රේල් ටිකට් එකක් දීමට වත් මේ ජනාධිපතිට නොසිතුනේ ඇයි? නැඟෙනහිර පලාතේ හදන එක මුස්ලිම් පල්ලියකට (බලකොටු) ලැබෙන අරාබි මුදලින් මුස්ලිම් මිනිසුන් 10,000 ක් මක්කමට ගෙන ගිය හැකි නොවේද? මේවා දෙවන රාජසිංහ රජු හා මලයාලම් ගුරන් සිහි නොකරන්නේද? ආර් ප්‍රේමදාසට මලයාලම් ගුරන් සිටියත් ඔහු මෙතරම් අන්තවාදී වූයේ නැත.

යුද්ධ ජය පරාජයක් වීම

    13-ඒ අනුව ලංකාවේ දෙමල නිජ භූමියක් තිබේය යන අදහස ව්‍යවස්ථාවේම පිළිගෙන ඇත. මෙය අමතක කරන්නේ දයාන් ජයතිලක, රජිව් විජේසිංහ වැනි ක්‍රිස්තියානි කළු සුද්දන් පමණ ය. මේ ලඟදී, නොවැම්බර් 6-7, කල්කටාවේදී රජිව් විජේසිංහ කල කතාවක්, ඩී බී එස් ජෙයරාජ්ගේ වෙබ් අඩවියේ නොවැම්බර් 12 දා පළවිය. ඒ අනුව 13-ඒ දැන් නම් කිසිසේත් ඉවත් කල නොහැකි බවත් එය 13-ඒ ප්ලස් කල යුතු බවත් රජීව් කියයි. මේක හරියට මේ යුද්ධය නම් කවදාවත් දිනන්න බෑ කිව්වා වගේම සිංදුවකි. 2005 දී ඔහුට විරුද්ධවූ සියළු දෙනාම අද මේ ජනාධිපතිගේ උපදේශකයෝ ය.

    හිතුවක්කාර ලෙස උතුරු පලාත ටී එන් ඒ එකට භාරදී (විග්නේශ්වරන් කියන්නේ ඉන්දියාවේ බල කිරීම නිසා මහින්ද එය කල බවය), ඉතා නුදුරු කාලයක්දීම පෑනෙන් දෙමල රටක් හදා දීමේ විෂබීජය දැන් මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ රජයෙන් ස්ථාපිත කොට ඇත. ඔහු වටා ඉනේ මාක්ස්වාදී හා යූ එන් පී එකෙන් පැනගත් පෙඩරල් රැලය. මේ නිසා යුද්ධ ජය සිහිනයක් වීම නිසැකය. හසලක වීරයින් දිවි දුන්නේ මේකටද? 13-ඒ නැතිකිරීම ගැන මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත හෝ අතුරැලියේ රතන හාමුදුරුවරු කතා නොකරන්නේ නොදන්නා කමටද නැත්නම් සරත් ෆොන්සේකාට 2010 දී වූවා මෙන් ඇමෙරිකන් ඇමක් ගිලීම නිසාද කියා සැකය.

අධිකරණ ක්‍රමය ගැන විශ්වාශය නැතිවීම

    යම් රටකට සිදුවිය හැකි ලොකුම විනාශය ඒ රටේ අධ්‍යාපන ක්‍රමය කඩා කප්පල් වීමය. ඒ වගේම බරපතල හානියක් නම් මහජනයා තුල රටේ ඉහලම උසාවිය ගැන විශ්වාශය නැති වීමය. යුක්තිය ඉටුවනවා පමණක් නොව එසේ ඉටුවනවා ය යන විශ්වාශයක් මහජනයා තුල තිබිය යුතුය. නඩුකාරයින් පත් කල යුතු සීනියෝරිටි අනුව ය. එසේ නැතිව ජනාධිපති එය කිරීමෙන් දූෂණයට මඟ පෑදේ. අද සිදුවී ඇත්තේ එය ය. යම් නඩු කාරයෙක් අවංක වුනත් ඔහු ජනාධිපතිට පක්‍ෂපාතී ය යන සැකය ඉතාමත් භයානක කාරණයකි. හිට්ලර් බලයට ආවේ පවතින නීතිය යටතේම නොවේද?

මෙත්තානන්ද ලියුම

    1956 අප්‍රියෙල් මස බණ්ඩාරනායක අගමැති කරවීමට බලයක් වූ එල් එච් මෙත්තානන්ද විසින් ඊට මාස තුනකට පසු අගමැතිට යැවූ ලිපියක් මෙත්තානන්ද වෙබ් අඩවියේ ඇත. එම ලිපිය කියවූ විට ක්‍රිස්තියානි නෑයින් සිටි අගමැති කෙතරම් දුරට ක්‍රිස්තියානි බලවේගයට යටවී සිට ඇත් දැයි දැන් අපට පෙනේ. එය අපේ ආණ්ඩුව වී ඇත්තේ මතු පිටින් පමණය. ගමේ මිනිසුන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට රොක්වී සමහරු කථානායක පුටුවේ පවා ඉඳගත්තාට නියම බලය තිබී ඇත්තේ ක්‍රස්තියානී ව්‍යාපාරයට මය. සර් ජෝන් විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවූ එම් එස් තේමිස් ට හතරගාතෙන් වැටෙන්න පයින් ගැසූ මානසික බලය ක්‍රිස්තියානි කළුසුද්දන්ගේ බලය ය. මේ බලය අද කාර්ඩිනල් විසින් එලිපිටම පාවිචිචි කරනවා නොවේද? මහාණායක හිමිවරු අතරමංවෙලා නොවේද?

මොන්ටෙස්කි මුණ නොගැසුණ ශක්‍ර දෙවියා

    මොන්ටෙස්කි විසින් රාජ්‍ය පාලන බලය තුන් ආකාරයකට බෙදුවා කියා අපි ඉගෙන ගෙන තිබේ. ඒ විධායක, ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක හා අධිකරණ අංශ වශයෙනි. මෙය දැඩි ලෙසටම ඇත්තේ ඇමෙරිකාවේය. දැන් එය ඇමෙරිකන් ආණ්ඩු ක්‍රමය කොට උඩ යවන තරමටම ලෙඩක් වී ඇත්තේ දැන් දැන් ඒ රටේ දේශපාලනය කරන්නට එන අය ලංකාවේ වගේම කසි කබල් මිනිසුන් වීම නිසාය. ඇත්තවශයෙන් බලතොත් ඒ රටේද සියල්ල පාලනය කරන්නේ සුළු පන්තියක් විසින් ය.   

    ලංකාවේ වගේම ඒ රටේත් නොයෙක් ආකාරයේ විධායක ඇඟිලි ගැසීම් අධිකරණයට කර ඇත. ඒවා කරන්නේ ව්‍යවස්ථාවට හොරෙන් ය. උදාහරණයක් වශයෙන් ජනාධිපති ලින්ඩන් ජොන්සන් ට කළු ජාතිකයෙක් මහ උසාවියට පත් කරන්නට ඕනෑ විය. ඔහු කලේ එක් නඩුකාරයෙකුගේ පුතාට නීතිපති තනතුර දෙනවාය කියා ඒ නඩුකාරයාට විශ්‍රාම යන්නට රුකුල් දීමය. එසේ කර කළු නඩුකාරයෙක් පත් කලේය. ලංකාවේ උසාවි නඩුකාර කම් එක්තරා පන්තියකට සීමාවූ කාලයක් විය. එහෙත් නීතිය අනුව සීනියෝරිටි අනුව අගමැතිලාට කල හැකි බලපෑමේ එක්තරා සීමාවක් තිබුණි. ප්‍රථම වරට එය වෙනස් වූයේ ෆිලික්ස් ඩයස් කුරුණෑගල නීතීඥ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පාක්‍ෂික ජයා පතිරණව නඩු කාරයෙක් කිරීමෙනි. ජේ ආර් ද නොයෙක් දේ කලේය. එහෙත් අද තත්වය අනුව ජනාධිපති ගේ ගෝල බාලයින් උසාවියට පත් කරනු ලැබේ.

    බලය නිසා මිනිසුන් දූෂණ කරන්නට පෙළඹේ. අති විශාල අසීමිත බලය නිසා පුදුම ආකාරයේ විශ්මය ජනක දූෂණ කිරීමට මිනිසුන් පෙළඹේ. මෙවැනි මඟක් 18 වන සංශොධනය මඟින් මේ ජනාධිපති ඔහුට ලබා ගෙන ඇත. වෙන මොනවා නැතත් අධිකරණයට එසේ කල හැකිවීම කිසිම අවංක පුද්ගලයෙකුට අනුමත කල නොහැකිය. ශක්‍ර දෙවියාට මෙය නොපෙනීම රටේ අභාග්‍යයකි.

    දැන් සොයා ගෙන ඇත්තේ මොන්ටෙස්කි මෙසේ දැඩි ලෙස බලය බෙදීමක් කියා නැති බවය. ඔහු කියා ඇත්තේ සමස්ත බලය හැකිතාක් උපරිම ආකාරයට ඒකක අතර බෙදා හැරිය යුතු බවය. මීට හේතුව ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක හා විධායක බලතල මුළුමනින්ම එකිනෙකින් වෙන් කල නොහැකි නිසාත්, යම් අර්‍ධ අධිකරණ ස්වභාවයේ ක්‍රියා විධායකය විසින් කල යුතුවන නිසාත් ය. විශාල සංඛ්‍යාවක් සමස්ත රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන බලය පාවිචිචි කරණවා නම් තනි ඒකාධිපති ක්‍රමයක් බිහිවීම ඉන් වලකී. හොඳම නිදසුන ලංකාවේ පන්සල් ආයතනය ය. හැම විහාරාධිපති නමක් ම ස්වෛරී ඒකකයකි. මෙය කතෝලික පල්ලියේ ක්‍රමයට වෙනස් ය. එය රෝමයේ වටිකන් නියෝග උඩ දුවන ක්‍රමයකි.

ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ ඉතිහාසයට එක් වීම

    මම ශක්‍ර දෙවියා නම් මම මේ ජනාධිපතිතුමාට දෙන උපදෙස මෙසේය. අනිත් හැම දෙනා මෙන් ඔබද මෙලොව ජීවත් වන්නේ තාවකාලිකවය. මේ නිසා ඔබට ඇති ඉතිරි අවුරුදු දෙක තුල ඔබට කල හැකි දේ බොහෝය. ඉන් සමහරක් මෙසේය.

1. 13-ඒ අහෝසිකර, ජන සභා සංකල්පය ක්‍රියාත්මක කර ජනතාවට ගම් මට්ටමින් (ග්‍රාම සේවක නිලධාරී ඒකක) බලය පවරා දීමට ක්‍රියා කරන්න.
2. චන්ද ක්‍රමය වෙනස් කරන්න.
3. ක්‍රිස්තියානී බලවේගයෙන් හා ෂාරියා ව්‍යාපාරයෙන් සිංහල බෞද්ධයින් ආරක්‍ෂා කරන්න
4. පාසැල්වල සිංහල හා දෙමළ ඉගැන්වීම අනිවාර්ය කරන්න.
5. ග්‍රාම සේවා ඒකක ඉකොලොජිකල් යුනිට් වශයෙන් නැවත මායිම් කරන්න.
6. ඒ අනුව මුළු රටම විශාල ගංඟා නිම්න හතකට බෙදන්න. 1832 සිට එන කෘතිම පලාත් නවයේ බෙදීම මකා දමන්න.

දැනට මේ ටික කලොත් ඔබ මහාවංශයට එකතු වන්නේ ජේ ආර්, ප්‍රේමදාස, රනිල් හෝ චන්ද්‍රිකා මෙන් සවුත්තු රෙකෝඩ් එකකින් නොවේ. 2009 මැයි මාසයේදී දෙමල කාන්තාවක් අඬ අඬා ඔබ ආමන්ත්‍රණය කල මහ රජ්ජුරුවන් කියා ය. තුන්වන වරට ඔබ දිනුවත් ඔබ විශාල දුකකට පත් වෙන්නට බොහෝ ඉඩ තිබේ. ඔබ රට ගැන නොව ඔබ ගැන සලකා ක්‍රියාකරනවා යයි යන මතයක් දැන් ඇත.

    යූ එන් පී එකේ කෙරුවාව ද මෙහිදී සිහිපත් වේ. ඩී එස් ඔහුගේ පුතාට අගමැති කම දීම නිසා සර් ජෝන් ඩඩ්ලිගේ හතුරෙක් විය. ඉන් පසුව ඩඩ්ලි හා ජේ ආර් හතුරන් විය. මේ අතර ප්‍රේමදාස ඩඩ්ලිට හෘදයාබාධයක් එන තරමට පහර දුන්නේය. පසුව ජේ ආර් තුන්වන පාරක් ගැන සිතන විට ප්‍රේමදාස බලය පෙන්වා ඔහුව යටත් කර ගත්තේය. යූ එන් පී මාධ්‍ය සාකච්චා වලදී පිටුපස බිත්තියේ එල්ලා ඇති නායක පින්තූර දකින විට මට මතක් වන්නේ මේ ඉතිහාසය කතාවය. දැන් කාලයේ මේ කතාව දන්නා අය කී දෙනෙක් සිටිනවාද? 2005 දී චන්ද්‍රිකා ඔබට චන්දය නොදුන්නා පමණක් නොව ඔබට විරුද්ධව ඇගේ මල්ලී සමඟ ක්‍රියා කලේය. ඔබව බේරා ගත්තේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ චන්ද දායකයා ය. ඔබට යුද්ධ කරන්නට ශක්තිය පෙව්වේ හාමුදුරුවරුන් ය.  ඔබ තුන්වන වරක් ආවත් සිංහල බෞද්ධ යාට යන කල දසාව දැනට වඩා වෙනස් වේවිද? දැන් සිදුවන්නේ කාර්ඩිනල් සංහිඳියා කොමිසමට ඉදිරිපත් කල න්‍යාය පත්‍රය ක්‍රියාවේ යෙදවීමය. ඔබගේ ගැලවීම ඇත්තේ බොදු බල සේනාවට කන් දීම හරහා ය.

Sri Lanka-Israel comparison of how UN/UNHRC officials treat Third World nations

November 13th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

62% of all Resolutions (over 400) at the United Nations have been against Israel. US, UK, EU not even the UN Secretary General or the UNHRC head have hounded Israel the way they have Sri Lanka. This is no exaggeration nor is it unsubstantiated but it is to highlight a very clear bias in how Third World nations are being treated by the UN system. There cannot be a global body that does not treat nations equally. Israel has over 400 Resolutions against it, UNSG never called for an Expert Panel Report, the UNHRC never demanded international investigations and no US, UK or EU nations called for international investigations or reference to the ICC either – why is the treatment for Sri Lanka any different? We are made to understand whether a nation is large or small they would be treated equally as per UN Charter itself.

Israel too have their own grievances. Israel claims the UN & UNHRC are anti-Israel. Israel complains that there is a disproportionate number of Resolutions against it. That may be true, but every Resolution brought to the UN or the UNHRC have been vetoed by the US or watered down into inaction. There are no threats of sanction, cuts in aid/trade, asset freeze, travel bans etc. Sri Lanka has not been so fortunate. Ironically, it is the same countries that do not go after Israel that are pressing for UNHRC action against Sri Lanka!

In 2010 – 5 Resolutions were brought against Israel at the UNHRC

In 2013 – 21 Resolutions were brought against Israel at the UN

There have been fact finding missions on the Gaza Conflict -

The resolutions against Israel covered:

http://guardian.150m.com/palestine/UN-condemnation-of-israel.htm

  • Human rights violations in the occupied Syrian Golan heights
  • Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Grave human rights violations by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem
  • Condemning Israeli attacks against Southern Lebanon and Syria
  • Deplored Israel’s altering the status of Jerusalem
  • Demanded Israel’s withdrawal from Golan Heights
  • Condemned Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Urged sanctions against Israel if it did not withdraw from its invasion of Lebanon.
  • Urged sanctions against Israel if it did not withdraw from its invasion of Beirut
  • Urged cut off of economic aid to Israel if it refused to withdraw from its occupation of Lebanon.
  • Condemned Israeli brutality in Southern Lebanon and denounced the Israeli ‘iron fist’ policy of repression
  • Condemned Israel’s hijacking of a Libyan passenger airplane.
  • Deplored Israel’s attacks on civilian populations of Lebanon
  • Warned Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Conventions
  • Called for a fact-finding mission on abuses against Palestinians in Israeli-occupied lands
  • Resolution 127 recommended Israel suspended its ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem’
  • Resolution 162 urges Israel to comply with UN decisions
  • Resolution 259 deplores Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation
  • Resolution 347 condemned Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty
  • Resolution 425 calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon
  • Resolution 444 deplored Israel’s lack of cooperation with the UN peacekeeping forces
  • Resolution 467 deplored Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon
  • Resolution 517 censured Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demanded that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon
  • Resolution 607 and 608 deeply regretted Israel defying the UN and deporting Palestinian civilians
  • Resolution 673 deplored Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations

The issue is not about whether Israel is right or wrong, what is being conveyed is that the scores of Resolutions brought before the UN and UNHRC wherein even non-cooperation with the UN has been highlighted several times what is the action that the UN has taken? This leads to the next question could Sri Lanka have done the same and would the UN/UNHRC and the other countries that back Israel have not taken action against Sri Lanka?

Our grievance is that in defeating a terrorist movement, globally proscribed by the very countries that drafted the Resolutions against Sri Lanka are continuing to hound Sri Lanka with baseless allegations that keeping piling with allegations that were never included into the original list of allegations. Moreover many other irregularities have also been taking place. The most serious is and continues to be the appointment of an advisory panel by the UNSG in his personal capacity which ended up being the basis on which the UNHRC’s reports and UNHRC resolutions were formulated.

At another level, the Israel Government has been continuously lambasting the UN and UNHRC even going so far as to call it a ‘kangaroo court’ but the most recent has been the international inquiry opened by UNHRC into Israeli violations committed during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

If Sri Lanka felt every right to militarily defeat LTTE terrorists, Israel to feel it has every right as a democratic state to respond to violations by Hamas.

While Israel is always assured of America’s veto and at least 17-20 countries abstaining from voting, Sri Lanka’s case is often dismal as most of these powerful nations end up resorting to give a call of threat and Sri Lanka loses even those that have assured support to Sri Lanka. While US always vetoes Resolutions against Israel UK and EU either abstains or rejects Resolutions against Israel – this they do whether Israel does right or wrong.

The issue is that these very same countries end up giving hundred and one reasons why Sri Lanka should face war crimes charges but insists on punitive action against Sri Lanka completely ignoring the fact that Sri Lanka was dealing with an internationally declared terrorist outfit.

Why is it that the US, UK and EU take the side of Israel when Israel says that Hamas is committing war crimes by firing at innocent Israeli civilians, turning hospitals into military command centres (which LTTE also did), using schools as weapons depots (which LTTE also did), placing weapons in homes and religious places (which LTTE also did) but UNHRC investigation on Sri Lanka has only a selected period of victims covered ignoring most of the victims that the LTTE targeted through its initial years of terror.

If Israel can pull up Hamas for systematically using ‘human shields and blaming Israel for the deaths’ why can’t Sri Lanka say the same of the LTTE though UNHRC have paid little attention to this fact except making a passing comment on it.

UNHRC will be quick to defend itself by saying that it appointed the South African judge Richard Goldstone, but Israel says that the Goldstone Report was renounced by its own author.

Of course the UNHRC heads have condemned Israel, Navi Pillay issued her customary statements almost identical with her statements on Sri Lanka These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”

If Israel can say that Hamas was using these same homes and hospitals to store weapons and carry out attacks against Israeli civilians using Palestinian civilians as human shields, was this not what the LTTE did as well? Pillay’s response to Israel’s allegations was that ‘civilian homes are not legitimate targets unless they are being used for or contribute to military purposes at the time in question….even where a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time and precautions must be taken’. When Israel asks Pillay if she would act proportionately if her home were under terrorist attack and what precautions she would take, can’t Sri Lanka ask the same question?

Israel also questions UNHRC’s determination of International law and asks what UNHRC has done about Hamas violating it in targeting Israeli civilians – the same question Sri Lanka has been asking for 3 decades too. If Israel asks ‘would it be too much to ask Pillay to empathize with the millions of Israeli civilians under rocket fire and the dozens of young Israeli soldiers killed or wounded’ can Sri Lanka not say the same for the thousands of civilians that the LTTE targeted since the 1980s wherein the UN did nothing to stop terrorism in Sri Lanka but have got into a twist because the LTTE is now out of the equation.

What is being conveyed is that despite both the UN and UNHRC drafting Resolutions and issuing statements against Israel and these have run into over 400 and even appointing fact finding missions and investigations, not only Israel can get away by calling them ‘kangaroo courts’ but US will always use its veto power and US and EU nations will back Israel no matter what. These very nations that back Israel no matter what, are hounding Sri Lanka for the same allegations that they ignore against Israel.

While Israel can refer to UNHRC’s investigations as ‘kangaroo courts’ and neither the UN Secretary General or the UNHRC head make any public statements against Israel, we like to cite the stark difference in the behaviour of both UN/UNHRC officials against Sri Lanka.

When Sri Lanka brought to the attention of the UN/UNHRC the arrest of the LTTE cadre who had with him 6 blank submission forms with signatures and no date, it was clear that there was a systematic effort to collect signatures on blank forms and for another party to fill forged accounts and submit to the UNHRC/OISL investigation. Instead of thanking the GOSL for bringing this to the attention of the UNHRC/OHCHR and OISL, the UNHRC head reprimanded Sri Lanka and accused the country of going to ‘extraordinary lengths to sabotage an impartial international investigation’ and not only that going to the extent of saying that Sri Lanka has been uncooperative since 2009.

Instead it raises concerns about the integrity of the government in question. Why would governments with nothing to hide go to such extraordinary lengths to sabotage an impartial international investigation?” Zeid asked

The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid and he agrees with High Commissioner Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate.  And we will continue to urge that they do so,” Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq.

 Nonetheless, it is interesting to see what the reaction of the UNHRC would be now that Israel as rejected the UNHRC international investigation and calling it a ‘kangaroo court’ as well.

What is highlighted however, is that a colossal amount of time and energy is being wasted in drafting Resolutions against Israel when the outcome of nothing happening is clear and on Israel’s part it too has every right to question UNHRC inaction on Hamas. Then we have the same countries that ensure Resolutions against Israel never get beyond drafting and holding elections while the same countries are hounding after Sri Lanka and the UNHRC head and UNSG are careful not to issue derogatory statements against Israel but does so against Sri Lanka!

 
 

Shenali D Waduge

To contain religious fundamentalism

November 13th, 2014

By Rohana R. Wasala

Whatever religious faith we belong to, or whether or not we profess any such faith, we are all being threatened by a virulent kind of global religious fundamentalism that is undermining the very foundations of human civilization. The fount of this mindless religious extremism is America itself, the only superpower in the world today.  Neuroscientist Dr Sam Harris’s slim volume, New York Times bestseller, Letter to a Christian nation” (2006) deals with what he describes as a moral and intellectual emergency” facing  his nation (America) in the form of a potentially self-destructive and violent religious fanaticism resulting from blind faith in religious dogma. He is careful to tell us that though the book is addressed to Christians in the United States, it is intended for people of all faiths. It presents a well argued case against all forms of doctrinaire religion. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, well-known for his active involvement in an educational moral crusade against irrational religious faith, writes a persuasive foreword to the book.

 Harris identifies the respect we accord religious faith” as an impediment to any intellectually honest, rational discourse on morals, spirituality, and the problem of human suffering:

 One of the greatest challenges facing civilization in the twenty-first century is for human beings to learn to speak about their deepest personal concerns – about ethics, spiritual experience, and the inevitability of human suffering – in ways that are not flagrantly irrational. We desperately need a public discourse that encourages critical thinking and intellectual honesty. Nothing stands in the way of this project more than the respect we accord religious faith.” (p.87)

 We like to believe that all religions propagate the same message to humanity without contradiction: love your neighbour, avoid violence, don’t kill, don’t steal, practise sensual restraint, in short, live a moral life. But the truth is that strict adherence to the articles of faith found in one religion often alienates a person from fellow human beings who happen to profess a different religion. This estrangement can take a violent turn unless checked by what is known as religious tolerance. The problem is that tolerance could be incompatible with being faithful to one’s own religion if it insists on being fundamentalist” (in the sense in which the word was originally used in America around the beginning of the twentieth century). This once innocuous coinage shed its original harmless associations of scriptural authenticity, purity, etc at least some forty or fifty years ago, and has now acquired very negative connotations. Today ‘fundamentalism’ is a heavily loaded word in both religious and secular contexts. Any movement that is prone to violent ideologies and practices tends to be dubbed ‘fundamentalist’.

 Yet religions are not usually accused of deliberately preaching violence even by the faithful of rival (i.e. other) religions. A discrete silence is always maintained on this point (as it has to be, because the same allegation can be levelled against any religion, in addition to the fact that respect for religious beliefs demands such silence). Sectarianism in the interpretation of the dogmas often divides people of the same faith against one another, and this leads to internecine conflicts. Examples would be redundant as this is an obvious fact.

 Non-religionists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, who genuinely care for the future of humanity, for the survival of human civilization, for general human wellbeing, have begun to speak out before it is too late. Though they are still in a minority, they are a compelling presence in the media including the Internet, and they are making an impact on the collective conscience of humanity. Their passionate call for the exercise of rational thought in matters of the deepest personal concern for us must be heeded before we blindly allow ourselves to be devoured by the monster of irrationality in the guise of the sacred in religious ideology and practice.

 Sam Harris, an American born and bred in a Christian culture, argues that the central dogmas of its religion are nothing but meaningless fiction, finding evidence for his conclusions in core religious texts. As Richard Dawkins says in his foreword to the book, Sam Harris doesn’t mess about.” He is direct and blunt. He acknowledges his Christian reader as a serious believer, and puts himself on level ground with the latter at the beginning, and challenges them to prove him wrong if that is the case, but through rational debate. Obviously, this is not a face-to-face argument with the author. Christian (and other) believers are invited to take him on and try to survive his onslaught. Considering the gravity of the situation we are facing under the global hegemony of America whose government is being dominated by a narrow, virulent type of Christian orthodoxy as Harris explains, reading the book and taking follow-up action if necessary will not be a waste of time, to put it in the form of an understatement. It must be emphasized that this is not an attack on or a rejection of the truly valuable ethical content of the central Christian text, if the ethics is based on rational grounds. Dawkins concludes his foreword to Harris’s book with the words: Read it if it is the last thing you do. And hope that it won’t be.”

 We have an exemplar of Christian morality in Mother Theresa. Following is what Harris says about her:

 Mother Theresa is a perfect example of the way in which a good person, moved to help others, can have her moral institutions deranged by religious faith. Christopher Hitchens put it with characteristic bluntness:

 [Mother Theresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”

 Harris agrees with the substance of what Hitchens is saying here. But he doesn’t deny that

 Mother Theresa was a great force for compassion. Clearly, she was moved by the suffering of her fellow human beings, and she did much to awaken others to the reality of that suffering. The problem, however, was that her compassion was channelled within the rather steep walls of her religious dogmatism…”

 Presumably, I need not remind the reader, Hitchens above is alluding  to Mother Teeresa’s absolute opposition to abortion, regarding which Harris writes:

 Mother Teresa’s compassion was very badly calibrated if the killing of first trimester foetuses disturbed her more than all the other suffering she witnessed on this earth. While abortion is an ugly reality, and we should all hope for breakthroughs in contraception that reduce the need for it, one can reasonably wonder whether most aborted foetuses suffer their destruction on any level. One cannot reasonably wonder this about the millions of men, women, and children who must endure the torments of war, famine, political torture, or mental illness. At this very moment, millions of sentient people are suffering unimaginable physical and mental afflictions, in circumstances where the compassion of God is nowhere to be seen, and the compassion of human beings is often hobbled by preposterous ideas about sin and salvation. If you are worried about human suffering, abortion should rank very low on your list of concerns.”

(pp. 35-37)

 Incidentally, this quote about mother Teresa is from an article by British American columnist and author Christopher Hitchens in the magazine Vanity Fair in 2003. It is available on the internet. There are also many videos on the You Tube that reveal the truth about ‘holy’ characters such as Mother Teresa and Sai Baba. No wonder it is said that religions come to the Internet to die. Of course, there are systems of spiritual belief such as Jainism and Buddhism that are not religions in the sense I am using the term here and are not prone to murderously violent fundamentalism, although they are also traditionally put under the category of religion.

 Harris says that religion in fact is a biological phenomenon. It is a product of cognitive processes with deep roots in our evolutionary past. Religion probably served a useful purpose at a certain stage of our evolution by serving to create social cohesion among large groups of prehistoric humans. But it has outlived its usefulness in that sense. The normal belief among the religious is that there cannot be any morality without the existence of a law-giving God. And the believers of each particular religion are sure that no morality can exist outside their own faith. But this is a misconception according to Harris.

 There is no agreement about ethics among different religious communities, which does not make for harmonious existence. But the truth is that there are objective sources of moral order that do not require any divine law-giver. As morality is about problems of human happiness and suffering, there need only be better and worse ways to secure the first and eliminate the second. There are psychological laws that govern human wellbeing, and a knowledge of these, according to Harris, would provide an enduring basis for an objective morality. Though we have not arrived at anything like a final scientific understanding of human morality we are sure that killing and rape cannot be part of it; we also know that love, rather than hate, is one of the greatest sources of our own happiness, and that it involves a deep concern for the happiness and suffering of those we love. Our own quest for happiness, therefore, provides a rationale for altruism and self-denial. The important thing is that we need not believe anything on insufficient evidence to lead a moral life.

 What socially concerned people like Sam Harris look forward to is a religion-less society with good morals. They acknowledge that their wish for a complete elimination of religion (religious belief based on assumptions about reality unsupported by evidence) is not likely to be fulfilled in the foreseeable future. But Sam Harris draws an analogy between religion and slavery in America in this regard. Slavery was so entrenched in that society that it was a waste of time, a dangerous waste of time, to talk with confidence about eradicating it in the year 1775; but it was completely abolished some eighty years later. Religion is probably moving towards such a fate already, despite wishful claims to the contrary that we hear.

 As we have seen, Sam Harris includes all religions in his criticism. He warns against the spread of a very militant form of Islam in Europe, which he finds as obnoxious as Christian fundamentalism. Addressing his compatriot Christians (and by implication, people of all faiths everywhere) he says in conclusion:

 Non-believers like myself stand beside you, dumbstruck by the Muslim hordes who chant death to whole nations of the living. But we are dumb struck by you as well – by your denial of tangible reality, by the suffering you create in service to your religious myths, and by your attachment to an imaginary God. This letter has been an expression of that amazement – and perhaps a little hope.”

 The establishment of a nonreligious ethical system, essentially through secular moral education, which will replace harmful, divisive, and primitive beliefs in meeting a person’s social and emotional needs will be the answer. With proper guidance and education provided by the enlightened in every community, with their differing cultures, it is possible to usher in such a society. That the ethical teachings of major religions (in a neutral sense) have much in common is a source of hope and consolation for all humanity. That is the only hope against religious fundamentalism that exists today. However, education will not be able banish religion overnight. It is likely to take several generations of intellectually emancipated parents for humanity to put an end to irrational  religious faith. The reason for this is that religious belief transmission down generations of human beings takes place usually through childhood indoctrination, which could  cause even the greatest scientist alive  to give up his science in favour of a false religion.

 (Adapted by the author from an article recently published in The Nation on Sunday)

 

High Level Discussions on the Maritime Silk Road

November 13th, 2014

Pathfinder Foundation and Boao Forum for Asia Initiative

 The Pathfinder Foundation (PF), with the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), is organizing a high level Panel Discussion and Roundtable on 21st November, involving political leaders, senior officials, businessmen, academics and the media from Sri Lanka and China. Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development, will grace the occasion as Chief Guest and Mr. Zeng Peiyan, former Vice Premier, will lead the Chinese delegation. Hon. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion, will be the Guest Honour and Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Founder Pathfinder Foundation, will moderate the high level Panel Discussion. The theme will be ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR)’.

Mr. Zeng Peiyan, is currently the Chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and the Vice Chairman of the BFA. He was formerly a Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council of China. Mr. Peiyan, also served as the Chairman of the State Planning and Development Commission. The 40 member Chinese delegation will also include Zhang Xiaoqiang, Executive Vice President, China Center for International Economic Exchanges, who was previously the Vice Minister, National Development Reform Commission; Mr. Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary General of the BFA, who was formerly Ambassador to the United States and Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Mr. Jin Liqun, Head, Working Group for the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

The MSR is being promoted by the Chinese to encourage collective prosperity in the Asian region by strengthening connectivity. Both the MSR and the initiative to revive the ancient land-based Silk Road provide a robust framework to support China’s policy of exporting capital to make use of its enormous reserves and strengthening currency. Sri Lanka is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities generated through this process.

Given Sri Lanka’s strategic location, being equidistant from the Far East, the Middle East and Africa, the MSR can yield considerable benefits for the country. Realizing this potential will serve to enhance Sri Lanka’s connectivity, both internal and external. On the one hand, the concept is complementary with Sri Lanka’s hub-based strategy, which focuses, inter alia, on the maritime and commercial sectors. In addition, there is also considerable scope to take advantage of the connectivity associated with the MSR to maximize the opportunities created by the preferential access to a market of 2.5 billion which is being enabled by the FTAs with India and China.

The high level deliberations at the Panel Discussion and the Roundtable will contribute towards developing a clear vision and actionable program which can boost Sri Lanka’s development prospects. The opportunities associated with the MSR can also be a key driver of strengthening productivity and competitiveness of the economy.

The Boao Forum for Asia is the premier platform in this dynamic region for promoting economic integration. It is the Chinese equivalent of the Davos World Economic Forum.  It was jointly initiated by 28 countries and inaugurated on 27th February 2001. The Forum’s annual conference brings together more than 2,000 senior government officials, corporate leaders and scholars from Asia and other parts of the world. This is the first time the BFA is bringing a delegation to Asia. This is the most senior Chinese delegation of its type to visit Sri Lanka.

AN OPEN LETTER TO TNA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR BATTICALOA S. YOGENDRAM IN RESPONSE TO HIS PARLIAMENT SPEECH ON 12.11.2014 REGARDING SAUDI ARABIA.

November 13th, 2014

By Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist,”Api Marakkalayo Sanvidayaya / Naam Muslim Iyakkam.

TNA says Saudi not a friend of Tamils” Published in all media dateline in Colombo.

Hon. MP. S. Yogeswaran,

How dare you say that Suadi Arabia is not a friend of the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Did you know that many of the LTTE cadres who escaped and could not seek asylum in Western countries and North America, managed themselves into Middle Eastern countries, especially Saudi Arabia. Go ask the Foreign employment bureau or Foreign employment agencies to know how many Sri Lankan Tamils from the North and East are presently gainfully employed in Saudi Arabia and or the Middle Eastern countries. How much of Saudi Riyals are sent to their families and extended families in Sri Lanka, including your electorate Batticaloa, as a result they are leading some what a comfortable life. These Tamil  brothers and sisters live in harmony with the Sri Lanka Muslims and the Sinhalese who are mostly work colleagues with them. If the Saudi government had NOT allowed this expatriate employment facility for Sri Lanka, with out “RACISM” which you have uttered in parliament, what would have been their situation. Just because Saudi and or other Middle eastern countries voted in favour of the US sponsored UN resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC last March, that maybe an issue to you. We Sri Lankan Muslims cherish that support, though a few Sinhalese are grumbling against the Muslims in Sri Lanka. We will definitely educate to make them understand us clear soon. We are a peace loving community and we do NOT wish to be dragged into your issues. The Arabs are our “brethren in Islam”. Please stop your “dam nonsense” from now onward attacking Muslim countries just for political pittance and gain in parliament.

Noor Nizam.

Peace and Political Activist.

“Api Marakkalayo Sanvidayaya / Naam Muslim Iyakkam.

When China Rules the World: And What it Means for Buddhism

November 13th, 2014

Courtesy:   Buddhist Blog

China will soon possess the world’s largest economy, and cultural influence will follow economic power. Martin Jaques argues in his book ‘When China Rules the World’ that this change will shape the next century. But what does it mean for the future of Buddhism?

What is the most significant development in the world over the last three decades: the end of the cold war? The clash between the West and militant Islam? Economic booms and crashes? Martin Jacques’ answer is the rise of China, which has quietly gathered momentum since 1978. When China Rules The World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order argues that, sustained by a population of 1.3 billion, China will be the dominant power of the 21st Century.

When this book’s first edition appeared in 2008 reviewers doubted its prediction that the China would overtake the US and become the world’s largest economy in 2027. But when developed economies stalled after 2008 China’s economy continued growing at 9-10 percent a year and the date when China is expected to take the lead is now 2018. We daily read of Euro-zone leaders imploring China to fund bailouts and the US dollar being saved from depreciation by Chinese-owned Treasury Bonds. Power is flowing from west to the east: welcome to the future.

Jacques makes a persuasive case for China’s future leadership role, though it’s worth noting that that many commentators are more sceptical of China’s capacity to sustain its rate of growth or to avoid fundamental reforms. But why is this relevant to a Buddhist blog? The first answer is that the changing power balance will profoundly unsettle western countries because it challenges our unconsidered assumptions. Those views – what the Buddha called ditthis – have shaped western responses to Buddhism, along with everything else.

Jaques argues that China will become increasingly modern without resembling a western country. The Chinese will look less to Europe and the US than to their own 2000 year-old traditions, finding ballast in their long-standing sense of superiority and centrality; the country’s size and diversity; the traumatic experience of colonisation; China’s sense of itself as a civilisation rather than a nation state; and its profile as both a developed and a developing country. So, Jacques argues, if we equate modernity with western-style liberalism, social democracy and capitalism, we’re in for a shock.

In fact, western ideas of modernity have fractured over several decades, but Jacques is good at articulating the fresh dimension that will come from shifting geopolitics. In the future, no single culture will shape our ideas of what it looks like to be modern, and in that sense, Jaques suggests, we are entering a period of contested modernity. That’s relevant to anyone concerned with how Buddhism needs to re-express itself in the contemporary world. The reference points are changing wherever we look.

Then there is the enigma of Buddhism in China. Religion is largely absent from When China Rules The World and its discussion of Buddhism is largely confined to a few pages o Tibet, which actually focus on political issues. But the heart of Jacques’ argument is his contention that China’s future will be shaped by its past and its culture, of which Buddhism is an important part. Estimates of Buddhists in China start at 100 million and most hover around 300 million though all commentators note the difficulty of assessing numbers because of a paucity of data and the nature of Chinese popular religion (which typically mixes elements of folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and even Christianity). But 300 million, if we take that as a baseline, is a quarter of China’s population and as many people as the total number of Buddhists in the rest of the world.

I know too little about the true state of Buddhism in China to comment further, and friends who know much more than I do agree it’s very hard to get a true sense of it; these days, I am told, making money is the religion of many educated Chinese people. However, it seems that China’s Buddhist traditions and the long-standing connection with Buddhism of many Chinese people have survived Communism and  the Cultural Revolution. When China Rules the World  argues that China is not leaving behind its cultural past as it modernises, but drawing it into a new kind of modernity. The future of Chinese Buddhism is bound to be a central factor is the future of Buddhism as a whole if only because of the sheer scale of everything in China. Taiwanese Buddhism is a significant presence in Buddhist Asia, but China’s population is fifty times greater.

Much depends on how China changes culturally and politically. It can scarcely be called ‘communist’ any more, but an exceptional degree of, sometimes repressive and corrupt, political control remains over the whole of society. History shows that Buddhism doesn’t require democracy to thrive, but a degree of religious freedom is essential. The repression of the 100 million-strong Falun Gong, and basically Taoist, organisation offers a cautionary example.

That brings us to Tibet. Understandably, the issue of Tibetan freedom frames how most western Buddhists regard China. But if it’s plausible to entitle a book When China Rules the World it is surely implausible to imagine that China will stop ruling Tibet. That doesn’t make it right (though Jacques’ discussion of China’s sense of nationhood helps explain why they see Tibet as an integral part of the Motherland). But it is inevitable, and that’s reflected in the Dalai Lama’s reduction of his demands from independence to ‘meaningful autonomy’. The Chinese refuse to countenance even that (and we’ve just heard of the failure of the latest round of talks), and the situation of the Tibetans continues to deteriorate. However, in principle at least, the issues of Tibetan independence and religious freedom are distinct, and it may be that the most realistic hope for Tibetan Buddhists is change within China as a whole.

That intriguing prospect is speculation. However, the speed of the changes we see in the world all around us have eroded our certainties. Jacques’s enthusiasm for China is so undiluted that he sometimes seems an apologist for it – and he is far too weak on China’s faults and limitations. But his subject is not justice but power: the forces that will shape the future whether we like them or not.

When China Rules The World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order
Martin Jacques
Penguin 2008; Second Edition, 2012

http://www.wiseattention.org/blog/2012/06/05/when-china-rules-the-world-and-what-it-means-for-buddhism/

Courtesy:   Buddhist Blog

See also

A Video clip of an earnest appeal to China to lead the Buddhist World  made on the day of the opening of the 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists ( WFB ) at Famen Temple, Baoji , Shaanxi Province , China and televised on China CCTV 4 on October 16, 2014.  The commentary is in Chinese but the brief appeal at the tail end of the video clip is in English.

Duration: 2.05 minutes

[http://search.cctv.com/playVideo.html?detailsid=743155617fd4421fb6fdd61417694424&ad_maima=860010-1102013400&title=%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E6%96%B0%E9%97%BB]

No person other than me to abolish Executive Presidency _ President

November 13th, 2014

Dharma Sri Abeyratne in Kandy Courtesy The Daily News

z_p01-No-person.jpgPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said he has already given the green light to abolish the Executive Presidency.

He said he will never hesitate to abolish the Executive Presidency and added that the process of abolishing the Executive Presidency is in progress through the Parliamentary Select Committee.

“The people who talk much about abolishing the Executive Presidency do not really work for it,” the President said addressing an agriculture summit held under the theme Haritha Udanaya Govi Samuluwa at Gannoruwa, Kandy yesterday.

The President said there is no person other than him to abolish or change the Executive Presidency. “The very people who speak loudly about abolishing the Executive Presidency, are in reality reluctant to abolish it,” he said.

President Rajapaksa added that he has never misused the powers of the Executive Presidency.

The President said he used the powers only for the betterment of the country and the people, aiming to bring maximum benefits to all.

“I have not used these powers to betray the country, enter harmful agreements with terrorists, sign death warrants of 600 police officers or ask the police officers to surrender to the LTTE. We used these powers to establish freedom, ensure the country’s security, uplift the economy and protect the country from foreign influences,” President Rajapaksa said.

He said thousands of lives were lost during 30 years of terrorism.

The government liberated the country from terrorism in 2009 to establish peace and harmony for all communities to live in a peaceful country without fear and suspicion, President Rajapaksa said.

He added that the constitution cannot be changed like changing pillows for a headache.

“It was launched entirely against terrorism. As a result of liberating the country from terrorism, all are living peacefully and happily.

The entire country has been placed on a rapid development track after 2009. The Northern province is not an exception since everyone is experiencing peace dividends,” he said.

“We have to adjust to a healthy food culture. The government allocates millions each year for the fertiliser subsidy to strengthen the farming community. The government introduced guaranteed prices for many crops,” President Rajapaksa said. The government allocates Rs. 3,700 million for the fertiliser subsidy annually. Farmers do not commit suicide any more, he said.

– See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/no-person-other-me-abolish-executive-presidency-president#sthash.MzylVsNr.dpuf

Wijeweera the ruthless killer; so was Premadasa and his Govt.

November 13th, 2014

Charles Haviland South Asia Editor- Courtesy: BBC NEWS 

Twenty-five years ago, on November 13,1989, the Sri Lankan government announced that Rohana Wijeweera, an extreme-left Sinhalese nationalist leader of two failed insurrections, had died in police custody – in unclear circumstances.

I heard about the death. Of course it was not unexpected, I knew it was coming,” recalls his friend, lawyer and election agent, Prins Gunasekara, speaking to the BBC history program, Witness.

Even as the Tamil conflict flared up in the north the island had been wracked by violence in the south. Wijeweera’s Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), or People’s Liberation Front, killed those who rejected its ideology – and was crushed by the state.

He modelled himself on Che Guevara

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The JVP leader depicted in posters
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Wijeweera’s wife and six children were confined to a naval barracks after his death

Charismatic and powerful

So who was Rohana Wijeweera?

Born in 1943 into a rural communist family in Sri Lanka’s deep south, he was not wealthy, nor did he belong to a high caste”, one-time colleague Victor Ivan wrote after his death.

His parents were poor, ordinary people.”

He travelled the USSR and developed an admiration for Stalin. But, with his flowing hair and red-starred beret, he mostly styled himself on the hero of the Cuban revolution Che Guevara.

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Prins Gunasekara, who now lives in London, was Wijeweera’s friend, lawyer and election agent

He was a very charismatic, powerful speaker – he could speak for three or four hours without notes,” recalls another one-time lawyer of Wijeweera’s, P Rajanayagam. That meant that his message struck a chord with many poor rural-dwellers.

But Wijeweera also had an ethnic element to his message. Ceylon, as it was then, was an ethnically mixed island but had no common, over-arching language. And Wijeweera’s natural base was among the majority Sinhalese – people who had been educated in Sinhala at school or university, but had no jobs and blamed the system.

In 1971, while in prison for activities against the state, Wijeweera tried to direct an insurrection. The revolt failed miserably, but several thousand JVP members were killed by the government.

‘Kill the brutes’

In 1982 Wijeweera contested the presidential election, with Gunasekara as his agent. In speeches he accused politicians of tearing up” the people’s rights.

He came a distant third. By the late 1980s the JVP was banned and he was plotting a new, ferociously violent insurrection. The party argued that attempts to make peace with the Tamil Tigers were selling out the Sinhalese.

Prins Gunasekara says it was the president that provoked the JVP by telling his security forces to kill the brutes”.

Those in the JVP or suspected of involvement were being picked up, tortured and killed”, he says.

The JVP killed monks, academics, union leaders, even a popular politician-film-star, Vijaya Kumaratunga, whose wife Chandrika later became president.

The JVP had these kangaroo courts where they sentenced people to death and then would send an assassin to kill that person,” says Priyath Liyanage, editor of BBC Sinhala. On the government side there were death squads, torture chambers. It became a nation of terror in 1989.”

In the green jungles and rice fields, among the Buddhist temples and on campuses, the state wreaked its revenge, says Mr. Gunasekara.

The pro-JVP elements were arrested, beheaded, and their heads were put on poles and planted around a lake in the University of Peradeniya [in the city of Kandy]. So when they see it they know this is what happens if you are pro-JVP.

In my own electorate there were one or two places where they used to bring young men, shoot them and set on fire.”

Burned alive

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The JVP still venerates its icon at rallies and gatherings
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A boy cycles past a burnt out bus believed to have been attacked by the JVP in 1989

In November 1989 Rohana Wijeweera was finally hunted down and arrested while living in disguise on a tea plantation with his family.

According to Prins Gunasekara, President Ranasinghe Premadasa gave the go-ahead for the captive – and one of his colleagues who had been tortured – to be summarily killed.

According to some accounts, he was burned alive.

So ended the insurrection of the People’s Liberation Front. But the state continued to go after alleged sympathisers for months. Thousands remain missing to this day.

Prins Gunasekara says the whole period has left an awful legacy.

This southern conflict claimed perhaps 70,000 lives.

But it failed to attract the international attention that the much longer ethnic one has done, says the BBC’s Priyath Liyanage.

Those caught up in the JVP conflict were mainly Sinhala, rural people, people from poorer backgrounds”, he says.

The JVP became a legal political party. It still venerates its icon, Rohana Wijeweera.

The then government confined Wijeweera’s widow and six children to a naval barracks. Little has been heard of them in the quarter-century since.

President Premadasa and his Defence Minister Ranjan Wijeratne, who was present at Wijeweera’s death, were both later assassinated by the Tamil Tigers.

Prins Gunasekara lives in exile in London and, at 91, still works as a lawyer

Courtesy: BBC NEWS 

– See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=features/wijeweera-ruthless-killer-so-was-premadasa-and-his-govt#sthash.q9QRgcQz.dpuf

The UN’s Corruption Charge Sheet

November 12th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Since the inception of the UN, there have been over 240 armed conflicts around the world. On two occasions the UN actually authorized the use of force – In Korea and Gulf War 1. There is little to show that UN has prevented conflicts and more to show that UN is promoting conflicts globally. The UN demands ‘peace’ presence but is a failure at keeping peace. With over 70% of its blue helmets in Africa, there is nothing UN can show that is has achieved anything meaningful except proudly issue disparaging statistics and beg for more funds. There is little point in restructuring for it is likely to lead nations to further compromise their sovereignty. The best option is to do away with the UN and replace it with an entity that does not have the involvement of any of the stakeholders involved in creating the UN so as to use UN to control the world.

Statistics:

  • Head of the UN is the UN Secretary General – his salary also is around $250,000 exclusive of other stipends. Close to 500 are included into the top-ranking payroll
  • UN members = 193
  • UN Security Council comprises 15 members of which 5 are permanent (US, UK, France, Russia and China) Non-permanent members serve for 2 years.
  • One Country-One Vote at UN General Assembly
  • 57 Member states belong to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (Saudi Arabia)
  • In 1946 the UN had a staff of 300. Within 6 months it became 6000. Today, the staff stands over 44,000
  • UN peace keepers – over 85,000 and 63 peace keeping missions.

Doubts about the UN have been raised by many over the years. Some of these doubts are central to these points.

  • The League of Nations was the forerunner to the United Nations. The League of Nations was created under Versailles Treaty in 1919. The League of Nations was created by the Rockefeller family who funded the entire operation. The ILO is and was also funded by the Rockefeller and Rothschild families.
  • The same families funded Nazi Germany and the Allies too. If both wars were funded by those that created them and they in turn created the United Nations what should we assume?
  • Are we to believe that the UN was created after World War 2 in 1945 or was it really created by the Council on Foreign Relations and drafted in 1943. All 43 delegates of the US at the UN San Francisco Conference were members of the CFR. All of America’s leaders continue to be members of CFR.
  • UN uses mainstream media – CNN which is owned by Time Warner. Time Warner is owned by JP Morgan Chase and Company and Dodge & Cox Inc. Other direct holders include Jeffrye Bewkes who is a member of CFR. CFR is headed and funded by the Rothschild and Rockefeller families. Majority of mainstream media are members of CFR and the Trilateral Commission. Richard D Parsons, Chairman of Time Warner is a Board Trustee and Senior Advisor of Rockefeller Foundation.
  • JP Morgan, Rockefellers all played a role in creating the Federal Reserve System in 1912.
  • The UN was created by the same parties that own mainstream media and thus they are able to influence the entire world through communication. The 5 multinational companies that own media have ties to the Rothschild and Rockefeller families. They are all in turn controlled by the Jesuit Order.
  • Without maintaining peace the UN seeks power to control the environment, population, children …the world
  • The 1994 UN plan to ‘stabalize’ the world was only to reduce population in a depopulation strategy that encourages abortion, sterilization and controlled human breeding. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also claims power not only to grant rights but also to cancel them “as provided by law.”
  • The UN doesn’t settle disputes – it makes them worse! If so why should the UN be allowed to expand Peace Keeping?
  • If UN is a peace organization why would it include Article 42 in the UN Charter giving it authority to “take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security.” How can UN take military action when it is an organization meant to prevent wars?
  • UN was nowhere to be seen when NATO was raining bombs on Yugoslavia
  • UN did not come to Afghanistan’s defense by questioning America as to why it would bomb Afghanistan when none of the 9/11 hijackers were Afghans!
  • UN did little to stop the lies taking place for the invasion and bombing of Libya knowing that the US and Allies were arming rebels, transporting mercenaries and even training them.
  • UN is all talk about proliferation of weapons and arms while number of nuclear power using nations are increasing
  • Most important of all is that despite the knowledge that the terrorist organizations all find their orders back to Western intelligence agencies and to Western arms manufacturers why has the UN failed to stop arms manufacture and sale to terrorists!
  • UN was put to shame in conniving with the US in its fictitious weapons of mass destruction story to legitimize invasion and occupation of Iraq.
  • In 2004 former ambassador to the UN Dore Gold published a book called Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos
  • accusations that the UNSC only addresses the strategic interests and political motives of the permanent members, especially in humanitarian interventions

The UN shuts the doors on its own crimes!

  • In 1988, the top Belgian UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official was one of a group convicted of running a child sex ring.
  • Zimbabwe, UNICEF-donated equipment helped terrorists seize power.
  • 2005 – Allegations against UN included mismanagement, Corruption. UN profited from and covered up billions in kickbacks & corruption (UN profited from and covered up billions in kickbacks & corruption. Benon Sevan’s name appeared on documents found in Iraq after US invasion in 2003. Investigation: Kickbacks by UN officials Independent inquiry headed by Paul Volcker (former head of federal reserve) Investigation concluded that Benon Sevan former head of UN oil-for-food program in Iraq took kickbacks to help an oil company (AMEP) win contracts. Benon Sevon had $160,000 unusual bank deposits. Investigation concluded a senior UN official Alexander Yakovlev from Procurement for soliciting bribes from Societie Generale de Surveillance an inspection contractor. The Volcker Committee asked UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to strip Benon Sevan of his diplomatic immunity but Sevan was allowed to resign from his UN post. Kofi Annan’s own son Kojo is also being investigated as he worked for a Swiss inspection service firm called Cotecna and used UN connections to help win a bid. Annan’s son was paid US$195,000 by an oil-for-food contractor. The Volcker committee did not have sufficient evidence that Kofi Annan personally new of the bidding. Companies accused of paying kickbacks to the Iraqi regime include major global corporations such as Daimler-Chrysler AG, Siemens AG, and Volvo.
  • In 2006 the UN set up a special anti-corruption task force
  • In 2007 James Wasserstrom, US diplomat and the UN’s top anti-corruption officer in Kosovo warned his superiors about a lucrative kickback scheme linking UN officials to a local utility company. What happened to Wasserstrom after he took this info to his superiors – He was arrested, sacked from his job, investigated and treated like a pariah by an employer he had loyally served for three decades. Wasserstrom on Ban Ki Moon “I was informing him all long of what I thought were missteps”, “and he didn’t intervene when he could”.
  • In 2008 that special anti-corruption task force was dissolved (it lasted barely 2 years)
  • The UN’s internal audit division & the Office of Internal Oversight Services has been involved in many scandals and frictions – the former Chief of the unit even accused the UN Secretary General of ‘deplorable’ actions to impede her hiring investigators. She charged that the ‘secretariat is now in a process of decay”.
  • OIOS report had highlighted that the United Nations system was exposed to serious risk of financial loss, as internal controls were inadequate, management supervision and strategic guidance had, at times, been lacking and management had not done enough to exercise due diligence and establish a high level of ethical behaviour and accountability.” (Mark Malloch Brown)
  • 2012 – US$ 1.57 million corrupt deal of UN Food and Agricultural Organization (exposed by Colombo Telegraph)
  • 2010 – A leaked 50 page document by the UN’s Chief Investigator, Inga Britt Ahlenius, dated 14 July 2010 and entitled End of Assignment Report” trashes Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on accountability and transparency

The promises made by UN but not yet kept!

  1. Eliminating corruption within UN
  2. Promising greater transparency
  3. Assuring greater accountability
  4. Eliminating peace keeper rape
  5. Elimination of redundant mandates
  6. Assuring a more ethical culture
  7. Assuring to ‘restore trust’ – made by Ban Ki Moon himself
  8. Assured a system-wide audit – made by Ban Ki Moon himself

These are just a fraction of the corruption, mismanagement, misappropriation and lack of integrity and accountability of the high and mighty United Nations.

The UN senior officials have often behaved as a school-master would to his pupils towards Third World nations. There has been little respect and regard on equal footing evident when taking statements issued by the UN Secretary General, UN heads in the manner they issue communiques to Third World nations and leaders as against the wording used upon Western nations.

As an example we highlight the manner that the new UN Human Rights Head has addressed his statements upon Sri Lanka.

Since the end of the conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka has continued to obstruct any independent investigation despite the persistent, compelling and widespread allegations that possible serious international crimes were committed by both sides during the conflict in Sri Lanka.”  (9-11-2014)

It is obviously clear that the UNHRC Head has already made his conclusions and that gives Sri Lanka no assurance that the UNHRC is conducting the investigation in an unbiased way.

Sri Lanka can showcase numerous other examples via statements issued by the UN.

The Secretary General himself has violated protocol. The below supposed ‘joint-statement’ is the basis on which he appointed an advisory panel which ended up the foundation for UNHRC reports and UNHRC Resolutions against Sri Lanka.

Can anyone reading the below statement honestly say that Sri Lanka promised to hold an investigation or agree to an international investigation?

The Secretary General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The Government will take measures to address those grievances (Nowhere does the Sri Lankan Government commit to undertaking an investigation nor does the GOSL agree to an international investigation)

http://www.mea.gov.lk/index.php/component/content/article/1753-joint-statement-by-the-gosl-a-the-un-at-the-conclusion-of-un-secretary-generals-visit-to-sri-lanka

With the UN’s closet full of skeletons many of which are not cited here for lack of space, is it only correct that the UN clean up its stables before telling others to do so.

The moment UN’s own dark secrets are brought out into the open the pre-emptive strategy ends up to chide the messenger as we can see in the statements issued by the UNHRC and the backing given to him by the UN Secretary General.

Shenali D Waduge

Athuraliye Rathana Thera to face corruption charges

November 12th, 2014

Sri Lankan Hot News

The government is to seek legal redress against the convener of the National Movement for an Immaculate Tomorrow (‘Pivithuru Hetak’).Jathika Hela Urumaya Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera under charges of misusing state funds, criminal breach of trust and forging documents, reliable sources say

Athuraliye Rathana Thero who is currently active in the political scene following his association with Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Tilvin Silva. and Sarath Fonseka stresses that President Rajapaksa should stop the ongoing merrymaking and extravaganza.

Meanwhile, the attorney general has allegedly been instructed the director of the CID to initiate investigations as there is clear evidence that the Thera had obtained Rs. 4.73 million from the state, purportedly to build a Buddhist affairs and reawakening centre, but instead had used the money to build a private quarters for himself.

The report further says that the AG gave the instructions to CID chief SSP L.R. Ranaweera last week, and the presidential secretariat has ordered him to delay summoning him until 12 noon today to obtain a statement.

OHCHR-UNHRC Sri Lanka Investigation (OISL) – Caught with their Pants Down in the Game of Dirty Tricks to Frame Sri Lanka  

November 12th, 2014

 Mahinda Gunasekera Toronto, Canada

It was reported on October 25, 2014, that a Tamil Tiger Cadre named Sinnathamby Sinnarasa who had avoided rehabilitation at the conclusion of the armed conflict ended on May 19, 2009, had been arrested and found to be in possession of ‘blank UNHRC War Crimes Submission Forms’ with signatures of unknown Tamil IDPs since re-settled in the northern region. This was also disclosed by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris, to the Deputy Country Director of the UNDP and the High Commissioner of Australia, and  to Heads of Missions and Representatives of the main proponents of Resolution of March 2014 which was sponsored by the USA, UK, and Canada, authorizing the UNHRC to carry out an investigation of violations of HR and International Humanitarian Laws by Sri Lanka over the same period covered by Sri Lanka’s internal review by her Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister further revealed that on questioning the LTTE cadre Sinnarasa, he had admitted that he had been recruited by one Alva Pulle Vijendrakumar alias Sun Master per LTTE Code Name, who was a close associate of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a proxy political party of the banned LTTE, to obtain signatures on the blank UNHRC forms on the assurance that it was for obtaining monetary compensation from the UN. Sun Master had further instructed that he also collect from the signatories copies of death certificates of family members if any, National Identity Card details of persons who had lost their lives during the last phase of the conflict (not withstanding the fact that it was a combatant or one who may have died of snake bite injury or other natural cause) and personal data of war widows and photos of disabled persons. Sinnarasa was also in possession of a diary containing details of over 400 persons who were deemed missing, dead or injured. Sinnarasa’s handler Sun Master had telephoned him even while he was being questioned by the police.

There is clear evidence of numerous telephone communications between Sinnarasa and Sun Master on a daily basis in the last couple of months. It is clear that several others have been employed by Sun Master to gather similar information including signatures on special serially numbered ‘blank  UNHRC War Crimes Submission Forms’ made available to the TNA and most likely, the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora fronts which funded the 30 year separatist violent campaign in Sri Lanka. We would also like to know if there was an offer of compensation by the UNHRC or any sponsor of the Resolution against Sri Lanka to those signing the blank submission forms by way of an incentive?

Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister expressed concern that there is evidence indicating a close association between prominent personalities of the Tamil National Alliance and Sun Master. Although the TNA has denied that Vijendrakumar alias Sun Master is a TNA official, there is ample evidence including photos of his having played a prominent role in the activities of the political party at several public events. It appears that Sun Master has done the vanishing trick by taking a boat ride across the 22 miles of ocean known as the Palk Strait separating the island from South India. He is apparently in the process of seeking asylum in a western country with the likely assistance of a senior diplomat from a country which has banned the LTTE, with whom he is seen in the photo displayed below.

It is indeed shocking and a matter for regret that the OHCHR-UNHRC secretly arranged to deliver specially printed ‘ War Crimes Submission Forms’ to agents and members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), one of two parties involved in the conflict, whose actions are also being investigated in terms of the same Resolution adopted by the UNHRC. While a formal public announcement made on August 1, 2014 by OISL fixed the deadline for all submissions to be received no later than 12 midnight of October 30, 2014, it is now learnt that an OHCHR Spokesperson in response to a query raised by a Sri Lankan newspaper on November 2, 2014, had unofficially intimated that while the official deadline was 30th of October that late submissions will be accommodated. This decision has apparently been taken following the request made by Ms. Ananthi Sasitharan, TNA member of the Northern Provincial Council, for an extension of the closing date from the three experts of the OISL. These ad hoc transgressions of the OHCHR’s investigation of the conflict in Sri Lanka concluded in May 2009 reflects badly on the integrity and transparency of this UN body.

The other matter of serious contention is the filling out of the blank, pre-signed UNHRC War Crimes Submission Forms by persons supportive of the LTTE other than the signatories, who would invent horror stories for the consumption of the OISL, to mislead, blame, shame and demonize the Sri Lankan Security Forces and the authorities.  The ghost writers who would fabricate these tales could develop a non-existent pattern of abuse and violations and paint a false picture in the minds of the investigators. Was this same procedure of issuing blank ‘War Crimes Submission Forms’ adhered to in the case of the UNSG’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka? In the latter case, the investigating panel recommended the locking away of the submissions for a period of 20 years, supposedly to safeguard the witnesses from coming to any harm. If a similar procedure were to be adopted by the OISL, there will be no way to ascertain the identities of the parties making submissions and determining the truth from them.

When Sri Lanka an equal member of the UN and UNHRC is raising valid concerns relating to serious shortcomings of the OHCHR investigation, it is indeed ludicrous to have the new Head of the UNHRC, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, embarking on a tirade against Sri Lanka, condemning and criticizing the Sri Lankan Government of carrying on a campaign of distortion and disinformation and making insidious attempts to prevent bona fide witnesses from submitting information to the OISL. Mr. Al Hussein, do not merely be a mouthpiece for another power, but looking within and heal thyself.

It is regrettable that the UNHRC adopted Resolution A/HRC/25/1 at its sessions held in March 2014 granting the High Commissioner an investigative mandate in violation of HRC Resolution 60/251 and the IB package, which is in contravention of the defined limits of authority granted to the Commissioner. I find the whole OISL process rotten, and it would be better to investigate the UN and the UNHRC and make it work as an impartial body as otherwise it is bound to lose the confidence of the members and self-destruct before long.

Sunmaster withUS man

Sun Master and US Embassy Political Affairs officer Mike Erwin

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/11/09/questions-raised-on-the-transparency-and-integrity-of-the-oisl/

Yours sincerely,

Mahinda Gunasekera

Toronto, Canada

Do not sacrifice Executive Presidency to please errant politicians and yellow robed political pandits.

November 11th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

In the corporate environment the Executive President” is the officer that exercises the majority of control over a company. It is his/her job to lead the company and guide it into a direction of profit and success. They work often with the COO and CFO of the cooperation to govern the company as a whole. At some companies this title is also referred to as CEO, Chief Executive Officer. If a said company has a Board of Directors the Executive President/CEO will often serve as Chairman of the Board.”

It is the same with an Executive President. During the past nine years It has been demonstrated in Sri Lanka that the Executive President is a positive power centre to fight enemies efficiently and keep at bay intruding enemies to thwart  progress and development of the country, and bring peace and security to the people.  Sri Lanka needed that environment. An Executive President proved extremely useful in the situation it was found in 2005 when Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse was elected to the high Office.

It was more important that the hands of an Executive President were not bound by checks and balances and kept free to exercise his executive powers for the protection of the country and the welfare of its people.  In that the removal of the 17th Amendment was useful and the  18th Amendment that replaced it was essential to allow the Executive President to move freely in the exercise of his office.

Checks and balances do not help very much a President who wants to provide people with welfare measure as it is well seen in USA today.  The President Barrack Obama’s welfare projects have been nipped away by the Congress and the Senate.  Do we want same thing to happen here bringing back the 17 Amendment to limit the powers of the executive President ?

Sri Lanka had not seen any major development since its independence except for a few irrigation schemes,  and  settlements.  The democratic Westminster Parliamentary system with regular changes of government deterred Sri Lanka’s independent development outside the colonial frame.  It was the breakaway from that system to fall back on national values that helped development and progress.

Executive powers of the President is very important,  as  one,  Sri Lanka despite its sovereignty is still interfered into by the West, and  two, an unfriendly Tamil Provincial Council in the North and the Muslims in the east are claiming separate regional administrations.

It is comprehensible that the lay politicians of the UNP, JVP, SLMC and TNA are all out to bring an end to Executive Presidency as they see in that the key to oust the President Mahinda Rajapakse,  and  make Sri Lanka a West friendly underdeveloped mendicant Nation State. But what is not comprehensible is what the Buddhists monks have to do with the abolition of  the Executive President.

The Buddhists Monks taking to politics is the worst thing that could have happened to Sri Lanka with a majority Buddhist population. While a generation of lay Buddhist youth sacrificed their lives to save this country  five times sanctified by the visit of the Great Buddha from its enemies, the political Buddhist Monks  are paving the path to allow    terrorism to raise its head  once again to divide this country.

The Buddhists monks,  the Chief Prelates- the Mahanayakas, Madolowawe Sobhita and Ratana  have no place in politics.  They do not understand the fundamentals of politics.  Their place is  in the villages and with the Buddhist people to bring back the fast eroding Buddhist values amoung the Sinhala Buddhist.

To day the rate of suicide in Sri Lanka is in the increase, criminality makes  Buddhist Sri Lanka stink beyond its shores.  Mothers throws their children in to wells and sea or  give them poison to kill, fathers smash the little heads of their babies on  rocks, fathers, and grand fathers  rape their children and grand children, love affairs end in stabbing the beloved through jealousy and anger, drug addiction, and intoxication amoung the Sinhala Buddhists is on the increase.

Is Sri Lanka a Buddhist Country ?  What is happening  to the Buddha Sasana ?

Who is there to  protect the Buddha Sasana and  help the Buddhists to follow the eightfold path to meditation to attain Nibbana  or are they also to follow the political monks to remove the Executive President through which to find the purity of Buddha Sasana ?

Buddha said to his disciples- the yellow robed monks: Go forth for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, the good and the happiness of gods and men. Let no two of you go in the same direction. Teach the Dharma which is beautiful in the beginning, beautiful in the middle and beautiful at the end. Proclaim both the letter and the spirit of the holy life completely fulfilled and perfectly pure.

The Buddha did not ask them to spread hatred and work to change governments and do politics.  These are pseudo monks a shame to Buddha Sasana.  They should be despised by the Sinhala Buddhists, as they are  abusing the role they are meant  to play as wearer of the robe of a Buddhist monk.

Under SWRD Bandaranayake any progressive development of the country was hampered by Chelvanayagam-Sundaralingam Tamil crowd that pushed back National development by seeking separation of the people on the question of language, raised purely for the sake of selfish political power for the upper class Jaffna Tamils.

Nothing has changed today after 30 years of untold suffering of the whole of the people of Sri Lanka under terrorism, the Tamil politicians have brought Sri Lanka back to square one.  Nine years of enormous  development to the country,  from south to north and west to east  have not changed the mean mental attitude of the Tamils who still seek separation despite the lessons learnt in several riots followed by  an inhumanly  ruthless terrorism.

The Tamil People in the North have been given every thing that they never possessed before , electricity, water, an efficient transport system including a fast and modern train service, education and health facilities, IT communication system, Banks , an Industrial zone, and above all the right to elect their own representatives to a Provincial Council.

Nevertheless the CM  C.V.Wigneswaran  a supposed to be educated man  of  an  above average intelligence and a retired Supreme Court Judge has turned out to be  a virulent Tamil racist all out to keep the Tamil people separated from the rest of the Communities.  This shows the inadequacy of University education in Sri Lanka, which turns out graduates who pass exams merely reading books and notes without developing the ability to think independently to understand meaningful human capacity to  bring people together, rather than aligning towards primitive separatism with a tribal mentality.

Wigneswaran is one of those lacking  the  ability to think independently and intelligently, there by falling into uneducated sentimentality seeking cheap popularity amoung petty crowds to receive  their applause.  It is proved in his  visit to TamilNadu, unable to make  an intellectually ennobling lecture  blew nauseating venom speaking about his  country where he was born and educated.

In TamilNadu Wigneswaran  was a TamilNadu Tamil,  rather than a visiting Sri Lankan intellectual.  He forget that the honour of his being invited to India to give a lecture was the result of the elimination of terrorism by the Government and the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka, and bringing back  democracy  and civilization” to North.

This is what this bafoon Wigneswaran said in Tamil Nadu:  “State violence in Sri Lanka continues. Tamils, though the worst affected by far, are not the only ones… Other minorities such as Muslims and Christians have been targeted with a view to project a government that is representative only of Sinhala Buddhists and to portray new enemies and targets,”.

He then called India’s interference into Sri Lanka…”India has legal and moral obligations to ensure the welfare of Sri Lankan citizens.

“It should do so by holding the Lankan government to its promises and to its obligations under international law. It should lend support to international processes that were in furtherance of justice and truth.  It should do so by ensuring that the right of self determination of the Tamil speaking peoples of Lanka is realised within a united Sri Lanka,” Then recalling his earlier contentions that militarisation of North in Lanka took place to “maintain a stranglehold” over Tamils, he said despite cases pending before the apex court, “Army continues to destroy whatever is left of the buildings, homes, holy places or hallowed school premises inside the High Security Zone.”

I do not think even  today’s Modi’s India will take him seriously though the TamilNadu terrorist friendly bafoons may give him accolade.

It is in this situation that it would be better for Sri Lanka to have  instead of an Executive President a leftwing Dictator, to put traitors into prison and halt Western interference and  govern the country with strong fist.  That is how China was able keep away the west, and break through poverty and underdevelopment,  to be the economic giant that it is today.

UNP knows that Ranil Wickramasinghe would merely  be an also ran”  against President Mahinda Rajapakse. Sajith Premadasa with his big talk hasn’t the back bone to hold even the post of a Deputy  Leader of the UNP let alone presenting himself for a Presidential election. .  When he was once offered  the post of Deputy Leader some time back he shied away proposing that it should be given to  Karu Jayasuriya.

Karu Jayasuriya is eagerly awaiting his chance to be nominated as the Common Candidate, but  he will not be a unanimous choice of the UNP, and may therefore be conveniently overlooked.   They are now proposing Chandrika Kumaratunga knowing that she will not win but may  divide the Sinhala Buddhist votes  putting President Mahinda Rajapakse into a difficult situation.  Kumaratunga may not have the accepted support from the SLFP.

Who would want to back a loosing horse ?

But this anti Executive President band, is so divided and  antagonist towards each other they will not stand a chance to defeat the President Mahinda Rajapakse at the Presidential election.

Executive Presidency should be retained at any cost as Sri Lanka is not out of the tunnel of danger with the Tamils still marking time for a Tamil Eelam, and the terrorist sleepers are awaiting  a chance to wake up.

 What is wrong in an Executive President ?  An Executive President is not a Dictator, though  a left wing Dictator may be more appropriate in the present situation.

An Executive Prime Minister is bound by the Parliamentary procedures and his executive authority has to be approved by the Parliament.  That would be a great handicap when quick decisions have to be taken to avert any danger to the security of the country from inside or outside enemies.

Gambling for a Common Candidate as Sri Lankan President and Global Leader

November 11th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

The Common Candidate Search Group all agree for the need for a Common Candidate but for months on now they are in a twist who to choose. As for the voters of Sri Lanka, what is important when casting their vote is to realize how far they want change, what that change is likely to result for the country and whether any reversal of the gains are likely to result in bringing about that change. It becomes all the more important that our choice of leader for Sri Lanka needs to be looked more upon the ability to protect Sri Lanka from the global sharks than simply wearing the crown of President of Sri Lanka. The contenders all of whom had held leadership roles in the past it is good to look back and take cognisance of how far they have actually protected and guarded the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. If they have not they do not deserve any place in re-contesting to repeat their felonies.

Candidate 1: Ranil Wickremasinghe

Gambling with the prospects of

  • Winning UNP votes (significant number though let’s not forget that there are some UNP voters who put their brains before their hearts and place the interest of the country first. They have done so in the past and they are likely to be the key decider for this election)
  • Winning Muslim votes (significant number of commercially inclined Muslims who believe that only the UNP is capable of drawing Western investments. Lets not forget that a large number of rural Muslims did not vote for the UNP or the Muslim Congress at the last election)
  • Winning Tamil votes (the Northern and Southern votes assured as has always happened)
  • Winning the Christian/Catholic votes (these votes are now split in half and there are again large numbers of people who put brains before heart and vote and generally large numbers of urban voters end up not going to vote too)
  • Not wanting to win the Buddhist vote (this has been a known fact. UNP have never cared to change the status quo and instead preferred to woo the non-majority voters only – a mathematical hara kiri)
  • Will people remember or care to remember
    • The betrayal of the nation and the soldiers as well as over 60 intelligence officers in agreeing to sign an agreement not shared with even his key Ministers? (Cease Fire Agreement of 2002)
    • The appeasement and subservience towards Western domination likely to leave Sri Lanka as a servant state with a puppet leader and bring down the country and reverse all that we have gained post-conflict?
    • The ability to actually lead the nation when needs of the majority populace are purposely ignored in UNP policies is a key obstacle
    • What has Ranil done for Sri Lanka in 40 years of politics – Is 30 election losses an achievement!

Candidate 2: Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

Gambling with the prospects of

  • Winning support of the current Ministers in the UPFA as a support base and cross over
  • Winning support of the majority Buddhist bloc aligned to organizations now calling for the abolition of the Presidency – aim to divide the Buddhist vote
  • Winning support of the UNP vote base as common candidate
  • Winning support of the Muslim vote base as common candidate relying on Muslim Congress support
  • Winning support of the Tamil vote base as common candidate assured of TNA support
  • Winning support of the Christian/Catholic vote base as common candidate
  • Winning the JVP insignificant vote base through friend Mangala
  • Will people remember or care to remember
    • The beeshana period under both her terms
    • Now promises end to corruption – Lest we forget – The ‘chowra rajina’ Bandit Queen allegations and Water’s Edge verdict
    • Now promises Rights for Women – women supporters of the UNP stripped naked and forced to march along the street under her rule
    • Didn’t she pledge to remove the Executive President in six months in 1994 and stayed on for 2 terms!
    • She did promise Prabakaran to allow him to rule the Northern Province for 10 years without elections!
    • We are now told she has bowed out of the Common Candidate race – there’s also the possibility to change one’s mind too!

The web comments are quite interesting and reveal the views of people for other prospective Common Candidates

Anura Kumara Dissanayake – able to drag Sri Lanka into stoneage. Lets also remember that all the people they killed were Sinhala Buddhists and not a single LTTE terrorist!

Sarath Fonseka – Revenge mantra will lead to doom but people like to hear some ‘kalawedda’ stories!

Sajith Premadasa – All Talk No Action

Sobitha thero – Referred to as Mr. by some and that says it all! The thero promises he will hold forte for 6 months if elected and then abolish the Executive Presidency …. Similar story was told by that trishaw driver to Sirisena Cooray at the Municipality Elections but refused to step down thereafter!

Karu – A Journalist claimed he was bribed Rs.50,000 per month for publicity! Not a good start for a Common Candidate

Arjuna – Leading Sri Lanka and representing Sri Lanka on world political stage is no game of cricket!

The common candidate confusion cannot erase and in fact has raised people’s doubts of how the country can be led when the parties vying to select a common candidate have yet to select one and they have been on the job for quite some time now. Just imagine how decisions may be taken after their Common Candidate gets elected and the disagreements likely to arise given the ideological and other political agendas each of the common candidate group are all aligned to. How many promises and pledges must be taking place for the support of each group, what are their demands to canvass their people for votes, will the common candidate President be able to give in to all these demands and will he/she actually honor these demands or will all this end up in further chaos for the nation – these are factors that Sri Lanka’s voters be they Sinhalese, Tamil Muslim, Burgher, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian/Catholic, Islam or atheists and agnostics will need to think about BEFORE they cast their vote!

While the common candidate group are busy selecting a candidate it is good for voters to think about their selection too and most of all imagine what Sri Lanka is likely to be like if their choice of common candidate wins and he/she can’t or won’t honor the promises made to appear as common candidate.

It is also a good time for the general public too to realize that each of us individually have a greater role to play and are ourselves accountable by our actions for taking the country forward or backwards – the blame cannot always be placed on the doorstep of the politicians.

A Leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and has shown the way’.

Aspirants for that role are those who don’t know the way, have gone the wrong way and can’t show the way”.

New book calls on journalists to practice mindful journalism—a genre befitting Digital Era

November 11th, 2014

By Shelton Gunaratne, professor of communication emeritus

 This article is excerpted from the introductory chapter of the book Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital era: A Buddhist Approach” to be published in March 2015 by Routledge in London.
Edited by Shelton Gunaratne  (Minnesota State University Moorhead), Mark Pearson (Griffith University), and Sugath Senarath (Sri Palee campus, Colombo University), the book also contains guest chapters by Asanga Tilakaratne (Colombo University), and Kalinga Seneviratne (Chulalongkorn University).

We thought that in today’s informatized world, engendered by digitization and global mediatization, a need exists for a different breed of journalists who could bring about amity and sanity in the world community.  Their task would be to foster a new genre of journalism, which we identify as mindful journalism, devoid of the profit motive that makes and shapes news a commodity than a social good—a distinction that Juan Somavia (1976) and some other scholars made during the height of the call for a New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO).

Like everything else in the world, we conceptualized mindful journalism as a dynamic process conditioned, but not determined, by a combination of causal laws that operate in nature, whether they be physical laws (utti-niyama), biological laws (bīja-niyama) or psychological laws (citta-niyama).

Buddhist background

We derived the elements of mindful journalism by delving into Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, the crux of Buddhist phenomenology found in the teachings and sermons of the Buddha (Sutta Pitaka), the rules and regulations that governed monastic life (Vinaya Pitaka) for the past 25 centuries, and the ancient (3rd century BCE and later) Abidhamma Pitaka commentaries on the suttas. These three together are called the   Tripitaka.

Because the Four Noble Truths have nothing to do with divine origin or inspiration and are only a set of verifiable statements discovered by an enlightened human being to alleviate human suffering/dissatisfaction, they are worthy of phenomenological or empirical testing by journalists living in a world of global mediatization. Although not all journalists could aspire to be Buddha, a few could become enlightened journalistic kalyana-mitta (admirable friend)—a term that Buddhist scholar Asanga Tilakaratne suggested to supersede my original euphemism journalistic arhant” –who could help others alleviate the suffering that invariably accompanies the continuous process of becoming (bhava) from birth (jati) to old age and death (jaramarana). However, successful personal experience with a course of action is essential before one could venture to recommend that course to others. Ethical conduct would not permit an alcoholic journalist to disseminate stories preaching the ills of alcoholism.

Although eventually Buddhism broke down into two main schools—Hinayana (Lesser Vehicle), which took root in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia; and Mahayana (Great Vehicle), which spread into East Asia—the foundational basis of these two schools and their outgrowths remain the same. However, Tilakaratne (2012) asserts that Theravada was the form of Buddhism that spread to Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia; and that Hinayana was the derogatory name that Mahayanists gave to the extinct Sautrantika and Vaibhashika sects in India.

Four Noble Truths

All schools of Buddhism are based on the core belief in the Four Noble Truths that Siddhartha Gautama discovered to attain Buddhahood: that cyclic existence (samsara) is suffering (dukkha); that desire (tanha), clinging (upadana) and related fetters—identity with a self/soul; doubt, especially about the Dhamma; attachment to rites and rituals; sensual desire; ill-will; lust for rebirth; conceit; and restlessness—all resulting from ignorance (avijja) are the causes (samudaya) of suffering; that a path (magga) exists for the cessation (nirodha) of suffering; and that path is the Noble Eightfold Path, also called the Middle Path or magga.

Therefore, the Four Noble Truths constitute a phenomenology that Buddha discovered through his personal experience in the context of the Buddhist theory of truth. These truths have nothing to do with philosophy as known in the Western world. Anyone can phenomenologically verify these four assertions through personal experience. In Kalama Sutta, Buddha appears to say that people should decide on what is true through subjecting it to personal experience and not because of hearsay or authority.[i] This interpretation, however, gives only a partial rendition of the Buddhist theory of truth.

Inasmuch as truth–seeking is a major concern of modern journalism, it is important for journalists to understand the Buddhist meaning of truth

Buddhist theory of truth

Here, we will very briefly refer to the Jayatilleke (1974: pp. 40-52) definition of truth in Buddhism. He says that truth has the following characteristics:

  • Pragmatism: Dhamma, the truth, is pragmatic although it does not subscribe to a pragmatic theory of truth” (p. 46).
  • Correspondence and coherence: A theory or statement is true when it is in accordance with fact” (p. 43), and has consistency or the lack of contradiction” (p. 44).
  • Verifiability: It is the duty of each Buddhist to try and verify their truth in practice” (p. 47).
  • Middle Path: The truth lies in the mean between two extreme views” p. 47).
  • Partial truths: Aspects of truth [in religious and philosophical theories] based on the misdescribed experiences of the individuals who propounded them” (p. 48) belong to this category. Trying to generalize from a part to the whole is another example.
  • The catuskoti: This refers to Buddhism’s two-value logic of four alternatives, only one of which can be true (p. 49).
  • Conventional and absolute truth: The absolute truth (paramattha) is that in the absence of a self  I” do not exist as an independent individual because I am” merely a composite of ever-changing Five Aggregates. This is because language employs static concepts to describe dynamic processes” (p. 51). Therefore, it becomes necessary to use terms related to conventional truth (sammutti) like I” and me” to skip this problem.

Pure Buddhism, as summarized in the Four Noble Truths is neither a philosophy requiring belief in the authority of Buddha nor a religion that treats Buddha as God. The Four Noble Truths summed up in the three marks of existence (ti-lakkhana)—dukkha (suffering/unsatisfactoriness), anatta (asoulity/ no self) and anicca (inconstancy/ impermanence)—is the absolute truth or paramatta. The empirical approach of Western science, on the other hand, is limited to investigating only conventional truth (sammutti) because it cannot go beyond material forms. Buddhism explores the mind, and science explores matter.

 Truth and journalism

We thought that alleviation of suffering, which means both physical and mental distress, was a concern of the majority of humanity irrespective of religion, race or any other imaginary or manifest division. The prescription to alleviate suffering, the magga, contains methods a person could practice and promote that all religions—Abrahamic or not—could endorse even though the Buddhist path has very different assumptions, worldview and vision.

Magga and the Decalogue

On the surface, the ethical conduct dimension of the magga resembles part of the Ten Commandments or the Decalogue sans reference to God and idolatry. In his Queensland lecture that introduced the concept of Buddhist journalism, the mother of mindful journalism, Gunaratne (2007) pointed out that although the concepts related to ethical conduct looked very similar, the values they engendered were wide apart like the yin and the yang.

Judeo-Christian values are Occidental or Western values, which go well beyond the Decalogue (or Ten Commandments) in the Torah and the Bible. The Jews believe that the Decalogue provides the ideological background for the remainder of the 613 commandments (mitzvoth) that God gave to Moses. Jewish tradition holds that every human being is obligated to observe the seven Noachide commandments (i.e., the prohibition of idolatry, blasphemy, murder, sexual immorality, stealing, eating from a living animal, and the injunction to establish a legal system), considered to be a subset of the Decalogue (Putnam, 2005). Christian values are derived from the Bible (Ten Commandments) and the traditions of the institutional church. Additionally, Christians employ three other sources: practical reason, experience (including emotions and desires), and human learning (in both science and humanities) (Outka, 2005). Note that the moral values specified in the Decalogue—respect for parents; refraining from murder, adultery, stealing, lying, and killing of sentient beings—appear in the Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism, as well as in Hinduism, Jainism, and most other religions. However, with the separation of church and state and the onset of colonialism and industrialization, the Judeo-Christian values became increasingly secularized, with a heavy emphasis on individualism (self) reflected in Weber’s concept of Protestant ethics. Individualism takes a mutual-causality relationship with freedom/independence, rights, competition, capitalism, profit maximization, and so forth. Weber (1930) hypothesized a deep connection between Judeo-Christian (especially Calvinistic) values and the rise of capitalism. He defined the spirit of capitalism as the ideas and habits that favor the rational pursuit of economic gain.” (pp. 18-19)

Getting back to the magga, its mental cultivation dimension receives the endorsement of modern science. No other path exists that brings out the need for mental development as a matter of prime importance.

Its wisdom dimension enables the journalist to get transformative insights in to the real nature of the world we inhabit.

  1. Mindful Revolution

A recent Time magazine cover story (Pickert 2014) drew our attention to the widespread adoption of doing things mindfully based on the mental cultivation dimension of the magga. The Mindful Revolution is currently sweeping the West because many devotees see mindfulness [samma sati] as an indispensable tool for coping—both emotionally and practically—with the daily onslaught” (p. 42). Mark Pearson explains how the mindful journalist could reap the benefits of all three paths of meditation, including right effort (vayama) and right concentration (samadhi). In short, the time is ripe for the emergence of the genre of mindful journalism based primarily on Buddhist principles as proposed in this book.

We believe that the several genres of journalism that emerged in the second half of the last century—development journalism, peace journalism, public journalism and other varieties—contributed much to change the lopsided news structure of the world dominated by the imperial” West. The Internet (supplemented by the Worldwide Web and the social media) allowed the developing countries a voice in the world or at least in their own region. However, despite these gains, the ignorance of the West about the cultures and happenings of the East remains comparatively high because of the intentional blackout of news by the free” media.  For instance, the December 2013 meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Sri Lanka was virtually blacked out by the U.S. media (Gunaratne 2013). Part of the reason for this condescension is the news value system built into the Western news paradigm still used by the majority of journalists in the world.  The adoption of a mindful journalism would necessitate a revision of the West-centric news values.

The printed newspaper in the United States is fighting a losing battle to survive beyond the middle of this century by returning to sensationalism and oligopolistic publishing. The aim of mindful journalism is not profit making but truthful reporting without institutional restraints that might defile the clarity of the trained journalist’s mind. By its very nature, its intention is not competition with commodity-oriented news, which appears to have entered its sickness-and-death (jaramarana) phase.

Magga-guided journalism

Guided by the magga, mindful journalism could establish a set of norms that perceptive human beings could use to compare and contrast with the traits of commodity-oriented news served in a hurry with all its warts or defilements.  Mindful journalism requires no written code of ethics but only a set of guidelines acceptable to most people in the world .

Its attitude, in Western symbolic terms, is similar to that of Winnie the Pooh. Its purpose is to co-exist with all other genres of journalism by setting a formidable example of enlightened journalism. However, the Pooh-way and the mindful way are not one and the same because Pooh follows the Daoist ziran-wuwei (spontaneity-action in nonaction) path while the mindful journalist follows the middle path conditioned by his/her environment.

While many would agree that that mindful journalism is unlikely to be compatible with celebrity and gossip journalism, they could still be optimistic that mainstream commercially driven journalists could apply the mindful approach to 21st century journalism for a range of reason:

  • The demonstration, in the light of the News of the World / Leveson episode, that mainstream journalism had lost its moral compass” and existing ethical codes and laws are inadequate without the tools for individual journalists and bloggers to assess their decisions using a functional schema tried and tested over 2500 years.
  • The loss of relevance of the traditional journalism codes of ethics at a time when journalism is so broadly defined, and so many citizens have turned publishers. Mindful journalism offers a logical moral framework to fill this gap.
  • The potential that the mindful journalism approach offers as a mechanism to appraise critically the ethical dimensions of new media situations – not just journalistic ones – such as the dynamics of the publisher-whistleblower-government relationships in the Assange and Snowden episodes.
  • The potential of the mindful journalism approach to fill the need for a universal code of ethics in the contemporary globalized, cosmopolitan and multicultural world taking into consideration the lessons learned from the resentment of Eastern journalists against the attempt to impose West-centric ethics and philosophy worldwide.
  • The benefits that mindful journalism stands to give both journalists and sources – and society more broadly through ethical and reflective truth-seeking and truth-telling.

Importantly, the adoption of this approach would reduce the likelihood of journalists being traumatized in their news reportage. An understanding and acceptance of impermanence and death is the key to coping with such situations, as mindfulness psychiatric therapy is demonstrating.

Buddha advocated the Middle Path because he knew that the total elimination of defilements lured by the five aggregates (skandhas) that constitute each human being was impossible inasmuch as cyclic existence (samsara) by definition was suffering (dukkha).

However, some exceptional and enlightened” journalistic kalyana-mitta (admirable friends), who have mastered the Middle Path of journalism outlined in this book, could help others in their professional fraternity to alleviate dukkha by controlling their defilements—the third person plural pronoun standing for journalists themselves, as well as their audience—to a high degree. We hope that the exemplary work of mindful journalism would reach the public through the multi-step flow of information dissemination.

(Please contact gunarat@mnstate.edu if you need the reference list related to the citations  in the text of this essay)

මහසෙන් මහරජ  යලි සැ කසූ   වග

November 11th, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

බෝසත් රජපරපුරක ඉපදුනද  සංඝ මිත්ත්‍ර  නම් ;”  වය්තුල්ය වාදී ”” ඉන්දියානුවෙකුගේ  බහට රැවටී  නොමග ගිය මහසෙන්  රජු  මහා විහාරය බිමට සමතලා කොට උඳු  වැ පිරුවේය.

එසේ කලේ නිවැරදි බුදු දහම වෙනුවට  වැරදි දේ  ඔහුගේ මොලයටකුඩා කාලයේ සිටම   අනුන් විසින් ඇතුල්  කර  ”මොල සේදීමකට  ”’  භාජන කල බැවිනි . සංඝ මිත්‍ර  ද උගතෙකි — විදේශීය උගතෙකි  අපේ උරුමය  සිරුරට කාවැදී නැති  ලේ වලට  කිඳා බස නැති ඕනෑම අයෙක්  විදේශීය  උගතුන් ගේ ග්‍රහණයට අ සුවේ.

මහසෙන් වියරු වූයේ  තමන් ගේ  ”’ සංඝ මිත්‍ර  චින්තනය ”’ නිවරදියය්  සිතු  නිසාය.

බුදු දහමේ හෙවත් අපේ උරුමයේ   අරටුව නොසලකා   තැනින් තැනින් ඇහිඳ ගත්  කෑ ලි පූට්ටු කර  සැකසු චින්තනයෙන්  වශීවී මහදුරන්  ගේ අන්තේවාසිකයෙක් වූ  මහසෙන්  වියරුවෙන් කරන ක්‍රියා දෙඅ  විමසිලිමත්ව බලාසිටි  ජනතාව    විෂ ඵලයට  හේතු වූ කරුණු කාරණා හොඳින් වටහා ගෙන   අපේ උරුමය සකසූ  මහා සංඝරත්නය වෙත එළඹ  මේ පිස්සා  යලි යහමගට ගෙනදෙනු  මැ  නව  ස්වාමීනි යය ආරාධනා කළහ

   යලිදු ඔවුහු මෙසේද  කීහ.-”’-මේ මනුස්සයා නරක ඇසුර නිසා වියරු වී ඇත.  වැරදි අධ්‍යාපනයෙන්  විකුර්ති වී ඇත.අංග ලක්ෂණ පෙන්නුම් කරන්නේ යලි සැකසිය හැකි එකෙක් බවය්. හරියට සකස් කලොත්  දෙවියෙක් ද විය හැකි වැරදුනොත් යකෙක් ද විය හැකි මේකා  හදිය හැක්කේ ඔබ වහන්සේලාට පමණි . එහෙයින් අප්‍රමාද වන්න ස්වාමීනි .

”” මහසඟ ගන  ජනතා ආරාධනාව පිළිගෙන  මහා ගර්ජනා මෙහෙයුමකින්  රජු  පුටුවෙන් උස්සා ඉවතට ගෙන  ””බොටුවෙන් අල්ලා””   බන කියූ පසු රජු කරුණු තේරුම් ගත්තේය ජනතාව තමන් රජ කමට පත් කලේ  කුමන බලා පොරොත්තු මතද යන්න මෙනෙහිකර ඒ බලාපොරොත්තු  ඉටුකරනු මිස විදේශ බලවේග  වල   අපේක්ෂා ඉටුකිරීමට ගියහොත්  තමන්ටත් රටටත් යන එන මන් නැතිවෙන   බව තේරුම් ගත පසු  මහසෙන් දෙවියෙක් විය. යක්ෂයා දෙවියෙක් වුයේ  ලාවට  කල මෙහෙයුමකින් නම් නොවේ

අදත්  අපේ මහා උන්  අසුවී ඇත්තේ විදේශීය බටහිර  මිෂනාරී අධ්ධ්යාපන යෙන් මොළ සෝදාගත් උගතුන්   සමුහය කටය.  ඉතිහාසය හා  සාහිත්ත්‍යය පාසලෙන් ඉවත්කළ  මේ බටහිර ගැ ති  මන්ද බුධ්ධිකයෝ  අප අතරින් අපේ කම ඉවත් කර  බටහිරයන්ගේ  දාසයන් බවට අප පත් කළහ.

උතුරත් නැගෙන හිරත්  එක්කලෙත්  13 සහ පළාත් සභා ඇතිකලෙත්  ප්‍රේමදාස සිමෙන්ති  හා ආයුධ දී නැවත කොටි පුනරුත්තාපනය කලෙත්  හොර ගිවිසුම් මගින් අනාත  කොටි සනාත කර  අපේ බුද්ධි අංශ  සහ මුලින්  විනාශ කලෙත්  බුද්ධි නිලධාරීන්ට යනෙන මන් නැතිකිරීමෙන් ජනතාවටද යනෙන් මන් නැතිවෙන බව  දන දැනත් බටහිර ගැතිකම නිසා සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධීව  රනිල් කටයුතු කලෙත්  මේ අන්දමට කොටි නැවත ]නැවතත්  ”’ පුනරුත්තාපනය”” කලෙත්  මැ කොලි සාමි ගේ අධ්ධ්යාපනයෙන්  බිහිවූ  අන්දබාලයෝය.

මොවුන් යලි සකසන මග ඇත්තේ අපේ උරුමයේය. ඒ උරුම යේ නියමුවෝ මහාසන්ඝයාය.  ජාතික වාදී යය කියා ගන්නා පක්ෂත්  බොදුබල සේනාවත්  තම දියාරු ප්‍ර ති පත්ති අතහැර   මහසෙන් මෙහෙයුම නැවත දියත් නොකලොත් රට අනතුරේය. 

මහසෙන්  හිටි හැටියටම  පුනරුත්තාපනය  කලානම්  අද බුදු දහමක් නැත. එදා කලේ මහසෙන් යලි සැකසීමය.

අපේ උරුමයේ මහබල කණුවක් ව සිටි සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවෝ  ද විදේශ බලවේග වල අතකොලුවක් වී සිටින විට  වැඩේ නම් අමාරුය.. සෝම හිමිගේ කාලයේ සෝභිත හිමි  හිරු  දුටු කදෝ  පැ නියෙක්  වී  හීනමානයෙන් පෙළෙමින් සිට  බටහිර චින්තනයෙන් හා  මුදලින් යලි සැකසී ඇත.

  13අ ගැන වත් පළාත් සභා ගැනවත් කතා නොකරන එකෙක් වත් ඉතුරු නොකර  මහසෙන් මෙහෙයුමෙන්  දමනය කල යුතුය .
කාලෝ අයන්තේ       

OPINION: Fearing Russia-EU Economic Integration US Provoking Moscow Over Ukraine

November 11th, 2014

Courtesy RIA Novosti

Washington is using the atrocities committed by Kiev against Russians in Ukraine to force Putin’s hand to send troops to Ukraine, sabotaging Moscow’s prospective economic integration with Europe, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts told RIA Novosti Monday.

WASHINGTON, June 23 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova – Washington is using the atrocities committed by Kiev against Russians in Ukraine to force Putin’s hand to send troops to Ukraine, sabotaging Moscow’s prospective economic integration with Europe, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts told RIA Novosti Monday.

Washington’s purpose is to force Russia to confirm Washington’s propaganda about invasion and annexation, and to use Russian intervention to force Europe to break off economic relations with Russia. Washington is fearful of economic integration between Europe and Russia, especially on such an important front as energy,” Roberts said, adding Putin is hoping restraint on Russia’s part will make it difficult for European politicians to go against their countries’ business interests, thereby frustrating Washington’s plan to isolate Russia from the West.

Germany’s Merkel seems to be more under the thumb of Washington than she is responsive to German business interests,” Roberts asserted, hinting Washington’s efforts to steal $10 billion from France’s largest bank has made France less open to the US.

Roberts underlined that Putin needs to have direct face-to-face talks with Hollande and Merkel and determine whether Washington’s strategy or Moscow’s strategy will win.

Putin needs to do this, because his failure to protect the Russian parts of Ukraine except for Crimea is undermining his support in Russia,” Roberts emphasized, warning that Putin is vulnerable inside his own country as the US can mobilize its NGOs against the Russian President just as Washington put its Ukrainian NGOs in the streets in Kiev.”

The former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury believes if Putin cannot get the right answers from Hollande and Merkel, Russia should turn off energy supplies to Europe, accept that Europe is controlled by Washington, accept that Washington is Russia’s committed enemy, and look to the East.

Russia and China should help India to rise. There is very little left of the West, except monuments.  The populations have been looted. Despite all the talk about democracy and voting, the people have no input into policy,” Roberts said.

Russia and China have emerged from tyranny.  The West is falling into tyranny,” Roberts explained, adding that for Russia and China to be involved with the West is to risk a return to tyranny and Russians should wash their hopes of being part of a decaying, immoral West, a ‘civilization’ that loots its own.”

According to Roberts, the reason the US Department of State plays dumb, or cannot confirm,” when asked by the Russian media or Russia’s Foreign Ministry for responses to atrocities committed against Russian journalists and the Russian diplomatic mission in Kiev is that the atrocities are committed by Washington’s stooge government in Kiev on Washington’s orders.

As Washington’s line is that all the trouble in Ukraine is Russia’s fault, Washington is not prepared to acknowledge any wrongdoing by Kiev,” Roberts said.

The separatists have been declared ‘terrorists,’ and it is permissible to slaughter ‘terrorists.’ The US government has been slaughtering ‘terrorists’ for 13 years, huge numbers of people in seven countries,” Roberts stated.

Russia’s ‘European Partners’ did not complain about Washington’s slaughter and dislocation of millions of people, in which Europe, especially the British, participated, so why should Europe complain about the slaughter of Russians in Ukraine?” the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury concluded.

Saluting war veterans – then and now -From poppy to suriyamal and back to poppy

November 10th, 2014

By Janaka Perera

Poppy Day November 11 this year will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.   I recall over 50 years ago during our school days our teachers told us to observe two minutes silence at the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th month to remember the dead of both World War I and World War II although Sri Lanka was spared of the horrors other nations faced during the two conflicts.

 Few of the present generation are however aware of the controversy surrounding Poppy Day which had its origins in World War I (1914-1918). The four-year conflict left some 10 million dead and 20 million injured. It was called the Great War or the ‘War to End All Wars’ – one of the biggest myths of the 20th Century. The day the war ended was also known as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.

 Calling it a World War however was a misnomer since the conflict hardly affected Asia. The only time Sri Lanka and India came to closest to that conflict was when the German light cruiser Emden sneaked into the Bay of Bengal on August 30, 1914.  The raider shelled oil installations in Chennai (then Madras) and sank or captured a total of 11 ships plying between Sri Lanka and India before the Australian Cruiser Sydney attacked the Emden and set her ablaze off Cocos Islands.

 Over 300 Sri Lankan volunteers fought in the campaigns and battles of World War I. Of these 45 died. Sixty-five of the volunteers were from Trinity College, Kandy. Thirteen of them were killed, 18 wounded and two taken prisoner.  In Trinity’s Cadet Room stands a World War I German machine gun, which the British had captured when they were winning the war. King George had gifted the weapon to the school as a mark of gratitude. Trinity became the first school outside England – on the other side of the British Empire to be thus honoured.

 Among the young men who saw action were Richard Aluvihare (who later became independent Sri Lanka’s first Inspector General of Police), T. Halangoda, P.D. Pelpola and D.B. Seneviratne who was the most decorated WWI Sri Lankan volunteer and hero of the French theatre of the war. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry and served as a sergeant with the British Army of Occupation in Germany from 1918 to 1919.  Later promoted to the rank of major his picture hangs in the Regimental Museum of the Ceylon Light Infantry – the Sri Lanka Army’s oldest regiment – at the Panagoda Army Cantonment. Pelpola was the only Sri Lankan, who had the honour of being elected a member of the Legion of Frontiersmen. The country’s only major tragedy in that war was when 14 student volunteers perished when the Germans torpedoed the troopship Ville de la Ciodat in the Mediterranean in December 1915. 

.Coming back to poppies they were small red plants that grew on the graves of World War I soldiers buried in Northern France and Belgium, especially in the latter’s Flanders Province. The soil disturbances caused by trench-digging and shellfire produced the ideal conditions for poppies to grow.  These flowers symbolised the first sign of life after death and inspired Canadian officer, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, who fought second Battle of Ypres in Flanders, to write the well-known poem:

 In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row…”

 Since the publication of John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields in 1915 the poppy has become an international symbol of remembering fallen soldiers.

 But between the two world wars it became a controversial issue in Sri Lanka (then colonial Ceylon). The Left and many others treated Poppy Day as pure and simple poppycock – a means of colonizing the minds of the natives, who gained nothing from the ‘Imperialist War’ (World War I), which had no relevance to the colonized nations.

When the British colonial regime began commemorating Armistice Day every year by selling poppies and donating the proceeds to World War I veterans a Sri Lankan Valentine Pereira and others complained that their comrades weren’t getting their fair share of the funds. Monies collected by the sale of artificial poppies went to meet the needs of disabled war veterans (mostly British, Australian and Canadian) in the Empire.

 In 1931 Aelian, a member of the official Poppy Day committee, and also President of the Youth Congress, decided to start a parallel committee to sell the local sunflower, suriya mala, on the day before Poppy Day and donate the proceeds to Ceylonese war veterans.

One of those who took part enthusiastically in this campaign was Susan De Silva, an anti-imperialist activist who spearheaded the Youth Leagues. She was also a founder-member of the Trotskyite Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP).  Susan and other volunteers’ appeal to the public to wear the Suriya Mal in the first campaign had a considerable impact, causing concern to the official Poppy Day Committee. 

 Ananda Balika Vidyalaya’s English Principal Doreen Young (later wife of Dr.S.A. Wickramasinghe) succeeded Aelian Perera as President of the Suriyamal Committee and recruited teachers and students for the next campaign.  By this time all of them had come under the leadership of Philip Gunawardene, known as the Father of Marxism in Sri Lanka who joined the South Colombo Youth League after his return from abroad in 1932.

 The Suriyamala became a symbol of defiance against British Imperialism. The campaign gained immense popularity and continued until the outbreak of the Second World War which began on September 3, 1939 following the German invasion of Poland.

By then the political landscape in Asia had changed vastly. Japan had allied herself with Nazi Germany. The independence struggle in neighbouring India had reached its peak. The Japanese claimed that they were fighting to liberate South-East Asia from “white imperialism.” Asian patriots like Subhas Chandra Bose, Aung San and Sukarno sought Tokyo’s help to fight against European colonialists.  World War II thus was of much greater significance to Sri Lanka and other European colonies since it hastened the end of Western colonialism in Asia.

To the local Left however this global conflict too was just another ‘imperialist war’ – that is until Germany attacked the Soviet Union, which had earlier signed non-aggression pact with Hitler. Suddenly the Marxists found themselves in a dilemma. Doctrinaire Socialists split hairs over the Nazi offensive. What was until then an ‘imperialist war’ became overnight a ‘people’s war’ to the Stalinists.

The Trotskyites (LSSP) refused to fall in line and promptly expelled Dr. S.A. Wickremasinghe and Trade Unionist M.G. Mendis from the party. The Stalinists in turn parroting their mentors in Moscow accused the LSSP of being ‘Fascist Agents’ and ‘Fifth Columnists.’

With the Soviets joining the Western Allies against the Nazi-Fascist Axis powers the Sri Lankans who volunteered to serve in this war as members of the Ceylon Light Infantry, Ceylon Garrison Artillery, the British Royal Army Service Corps and the Royal Air Force and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve too became – in the eyes of the pro-Moscow Communists – heroes in the international struggle against Fascism.

World War II ended the Suriyamal campaign.  Since 1945 Poppy Day has staged a comeback as a day for remembering not only World War I veterans but all fallen soldiers especially in Commonwealth countries.

However the question may be asked is not Ranaviru Commemoration Day of far greater significance to us Sri Lankans as a Remembrance Day than November 11.   Over 21,000 security forces personnel paid the supreme sacrifice in defending the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in a 30-year armed conflict that ended on May19, 2009.

Let us honour them with that moving tribute inscribed in every war memorial:

They shall not grow old

As we that are left to grow old

Age shall not wary them

Nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun

And in the morning

We shall remember them”

UNHRC investigation on Sri Lanka : An organized fraudulent submission process favours Tamils and not Sinhalese or Muslim victims?

November 10th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Sri Lanka is accused by the UNHRC head himself of sabotaging an ‘impartial’ investigation. Why…because Sri Lanka revealed the arrest of a LTTE un-rehabilitated cadre who had in his possession 25 blank forms in Tamil of which 6 had signatures? The concern Sri Lanka has every right to raise is that the arrest uncovered a systematic and organized effort to take signatures (in exchange for money) and a third party ends up writing lies and submitting these as genuine witness testimonies. The overseas witness testimonies are most likely to follow the same procedure. If not for the arrest we would not be aware that forms had been created, blank signatures obtained and third parties were filling details to be sent to the OISL investigation team. Is it not natural to next wonder how many blank forms have been distributed, how many signatures obtained and how many bogusly filled forms have actually been accepted by the OISL investigators and how much of the fraudulent entries will end up influencing the OISL final report? What happens when ONLY one group of ‘victims’ get forms and third parties are making fraudulent entries and UNHRC Head and Office show no alarm that such blank forms are being circulated for one group of ‘victims’ only except to berate those who exposed the devious plot!

Our Concerns

  1. We would like to know how many LTTE or non-LTTE members are involved in this exercise of collecting signatures on blank forms of Tamil ‘victims’ only? (anyone can agree to place their signature for a payment when another party is making entries and sending the form to OISL as a ‘victim witness testimony’)
  2. We should know who are the Third Parties involved and tasked to fill the signed forms both in Sri Lanka and overseas?
  3. We are keen to know why the OHCHR head/ UNHRC and the OISL are not alarmed and shocked that printed forms have been distributed amongst Tamils only and third parties are filling details on signed blank forms which OISL is accepting as ‘witness testimonies’ giving 20 years anonymity.
  4. The People of Sri Lanka are shocked that the OHCHR head and UNHRC without commending Sri Lanka and its intelligence authorities for unearthing a sinister plot to manipulate the investigation have resorted to berating the Government instead.
  5. Inquiries from non-Tamils to the OISL email were informed that there was no format to make submissions but that submissions had to be limited to 10 pages (font size/font type was also not mentioned nor was there any acknowledgement or automatic acknowledgement mail to confirm receipt of submissions sent)
  6. In the light of the discovery of formats for only Tamils there is a big question mark as to whether any of the Sinhalese and Muslim submissions have been entertained by the OISL thus far.

 

Questions for OHCHR Head / UNHRC Office / OISL Investigation team

  • Did the OHCHR/UNHRC or the OISL print or advise how to format submission forms to be distributed amongst Tamils only?
  • Did the OHCHR/UNHRC or the OISL agree to make payment for witness information/testimonies and have such payments been made?
  • Why is the OHCHR head/UNHRC or the OISL reluctant to admit or deny if they had any role (direct/indirect) in making available blank forms and compensation payment for testimonies – previous fact finding missions against other countries and leaders and COI have also had allegations of witness payment!
  • Why is the OHCHR head chiding Sri Lanka for exposing a fraud taking place in the investigation when OHCHR/UNHRC and the OISL team should be the first to be shocked!
  • Why doesn’t OHCHR/UNHRC or OISL make a statement that such fraudulent submissions will affect the testimonies of Sinhalese and Muslims who do not have such privilege or favour?
  • Sinhalese and Muslims have not resorted to making submissions in such fraudulent means therefore it is unethical for the OISL team to accept any of these submissions on the format though we may not know if other formats following the same process of blank signatures and third party entries have been adopted in Sri Lanka and overseas as well.
  • Why doesn’t OHCHR head/UNHRC or OISL engage with the GOSL to find out more details about what else the LTTE member/the TNA advisory panel member and other accomplices have been upto to tamper with the investigation?
  • THIS PARTIES FILLING FORMS AND SUBMITTING AS GENUINE WITNESS TESTIMONIES IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE. OISL/OHCHR/UNHRC NEED TO INVESTIGATE HOW MANY SUCH FRAUDULENT FORMS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED THUS FAR FROM SRI LANKA AND ABROAD. THE KEY TO THE CREDIBILITY OF THE INVESTIGATION IS WITHHELD UNTIL THESE DETAILS ARE DISCLOSED OFFICIALLY AND LEGAL ACTION TAKEN AGAINST THE PARTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FRAUD AND MANIPULATION OF THE UN SYSTEM.

All the fancy terminologies that the OHCHR/UNHRC claim to stand for are currently placed on the dock with the international public as jury watching to see how partially or impartially the OHCHR Head/the UNHRC office and the OISL investigators respond to a very clear fact that there are forms available to Tamils only and third parties are filling these forms and submitting to the OISL team. Making matters worse is that for signatures on blank forms a monetary compensation has been promised. Two wrongs for which the UNHRC Head or his office have yet to admit or deny. It is futile reprimanding the messenger for the GOSL had no part in printing forms, promising payment or organizing teams to fill lies.

The OHCHR Head, his office and the OISL investigators need to go after the culprits involved!

The conspicuous absence of empathy for Sinhalese and Muslims by the OHCHR head and his Office and the UNHRC in the light of the arrest and discovery certainly questions the credibility of a supposed impartial office. Let us not forget that the Sinhalese and Muslims have been the real victims of 30 years of LTTE terrorism which is why LTTE came to be internationally proscribed as a terrorist organization, lest people have forgotten that too!

It is extremely important that we unearth who are complicit in the preparation, printing and monetary inducement tactic for it holds the key to the entire credibility of the final report and recommendations therefore if the UNHRC Head refuses to take action by commencing an investigation as to how forms came to be found in the hands of a former LTTE and a TNA advisory panel member.

please refer attachment for the specimen form found on the arrested LTTE cadre with a signature on the blank form (no date and no details – a Third Party would enter lies and submit to the OISL as ‘genuine’ ‘witness testimony’ and claim witness protection and 20 years anonymity)

THE OHCHR COMPLAINTS SUBMISSION FORM THAT LTTE UN-REHABILITATED CADRE HAD ON HIM WHEN ARRESTED ON 25TH OCTOBER 2014

Details on the form (specimen form given below page 2/3)

  1. Details of incident
  2. Place
  3. Witness
  4. Full name
  5. Present address
  6. Telephone number
  7. Relationship with victim
  8. Victims full name, Date of Birth, Address
  9. Details of damages / other damages
  10. Persons responsible
  11. I ……………….request that the secrecy of the details that I forward along with my safety be assured. I certify that the above information is true and request action be taken against those responsible and I be granted redress” Yours faithfully
  12. Date (kept unsigned)
  13. Signature place (on blank form)
  14. Attached NIC,

Comment:

How can there be ‘secrecy of details’ when the person is signing a blank form?

How can anyone claim that ‘information is true’ when the person signing the blank form does not know who or what information is being written?

 The gist of the issue is that there is an organized effort to collect signatures on blank forms and a third party or parties are filling lies and submitting them as true witness testimonies.  

We may never know if the same is being done for overseas submissions as well which is why the OHCHR /UNHRC must launch an internal investigation

Shenali D Waduge

 

මහින්ද පුනරුත්තාපනය කිරීම

November 10th, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

මෙය කරන්නේ කෙසේදය්  ප්‍රශ්නයක් ඇත. පුනරුත්තාපනය  ජනප්‍රිය වචනයය්  ජ වී පෙ කාලයේ එය එසේ භාවිතා විය. එහෙත් නිවැරදි වචනය නම් ප්‍රතිසන්ස් කරනයය් . පුනර්    යනු නැවත යනුය් උත්ථා පානය යනු   නැ ගී ටවීමය් ඉන්න විදිහටම ජ වී පෙ නැගිට්ටේව්වානම්  තවමත්  ලේ වැගිරෙනු ඇත .  මහින්දත්  ඉන්න විදිහටම නැගිට්ටේව්වොත්  වැඩක් නැත.   මහින්ද චින්තනය ජාතික චින්තනයකට හැරවිය යුතුය. 

මහා සංඝයා  ඔහුව බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියට අනුව ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය කිරීම භාරගත යුතුය  ප්‍රේමදාස කාලයේ පිටරට සිටි එක  ක්‍රිස්තියානි පූජක වරයෙක්  ජ වී පෙ  පුනරුත්තාපන කටයුතු බාර ගැනීමට උත්සාහ කළේය . එහෙත් එවක පුනරුත්තාපන කොමසාරිස්  එයට සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම විරුධ්ධවී සිංහල බෞද්ධ දරුවන් 90% ම සිටින විට  ඔවුන් යහ මග යැවීමට  අන් ආගමිකයන් අවශ්‍ය නොවන බවත් එය තවත්  අර්බුදයකට මග පාදන බවත්  ප්‍රේමදාසට දන්වා එය වලකන ලදී. 

මේ අන්දමටම මහින්දත් දැන්  සර්ව ආගම් වලට යටවී ඉන් පෝෂණය වෙමින් ඇති නිසා”’  අන්‍යාගම් කරන”’ පනත පවා  පසෙකට දමන ලදී ඔහුවටා  බහු ආගමික බහු ජාතික බහුබූතයෝ  රැකවල් ලා ඇත.

සිංහල බෞද්ධයෝ තවමත් 70% ක් සිටින හෙයින්  මහින්ද යහමගට ගැනීම හෙවත් ප්‍රතිසන්කරණයට ඉතාම සුදුසු මහා සංඝයාගේ  උපදෙස්ය.  ඒ උපදෙස් පාඩම් මාලාවකින් මහින්ද  ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය කල යුතුය.

රනිල් කෙසේවත් බෞද්ධ මගට ගත නොහැක  ජ වී පෙ ට  ආගම්  තිත් තය ෆොන්සේකා මැරවරයෙකි  අහුවුනා අතේ පහර දෙන්නෙකි. භයානකය.

මහින්ද බහු බූතයන්ගෙන් ගලවා ගැනීමේ කාර්යයට උරදෙන මෙන් සිංහල බෞද්ධ චන්ද දායකයෝ එක හඩි න්   සංඝයා වහන්සේලාගෙන් ඉල්ලාසිටිය යුතුය.

පිරිත් නූල් බැඳීමෙන්  මේ වාදය කල නොහැක  මල්වතු අස්ගිරි මහානායක හිමිවරුත් අනෙක් නාහිමිවරුත්  ආසන වලින්  බැහැරවී  මහා බලවේගයක් මෙහෙය විය යුතුය.  චන්ද අපේක්ෂකයන් වීමට වඩා සංඝයාට සුදුසු  බලවේගය සකස් කිරීමය. මෙය හරි හැටි කලොත් ටක්කෙටම වැඩේ හරියානු ඇත .

මන්දගාමී වුනොත්  මිනිහා මගහරින්නේ  ය.  සමහර හොරු හාමුදුරුවන්ගේ අනුශාසනා අසා  එහෙය්  එහෙය්  කියා  පන්සලෙන් පිටවෙන්නේ හාමුදුරුවන්ගේ පාත්තරෙත් හොරකම් කර ගෙනය. එවැනි  ලාවට කෙරෙන දේශනා වැඩක් නැත .

මහින්ද දැන් ඉන්නේ ගිරයට අහුවුනා පුවක් ගෙඩියක් වගෙය. ගිරේ අ ඩු  දෙපැත්තෙන් අල්ලා  අහකට ඇ  ද දමා””” ඒව අප වෙත,  අපි තොප බේරාගනිමු”””  කියා කනෙන් අද ගෙන ගොස්  බන මඩුවේ වාඩි  කරවා  පාඩම් ප්‍රගුණ කරවිය යුතුය.

crash  progragram  එකක් දැනට සෑහේ . දිගුකාලීන පාඩම් මාලාවකට කල් මදිය. චන්ද දායකයා ට පොලිටික්කන් එක්ක හැප්පෙන්න බැරි වුනත්  සන්ඝාරාධනයක් කලහැක .———උත්සාහ වන්තයා ජය ගනී. කරලා බලමු නේද?

Mettananda’s grim warning of  ‘ A Conspiracy against Buddhism’ (1956) still worthy of serious attention

November 10th, 2014

by Senaka Weeraratna

On the historic occasion of the presentation of the Report of the Buddhist Commission to the Maha Sangha and the Buddhist public at Ananda College on the 4th of February, 1956 the iconic Buddhist leader L.H. Mettananda delivered a memorable speech entitled ‘ A Conspiracy Against Buddhism’ warning the Buddhist community of a diabolical scheme  underway to undermine Buddhism in Sri Lanka by various stratagems employed by subversive religious groups directed and controlled by a foreign power in association with key personalities in both the Govt. and Press.

1956 was the year of the Buddha Jayanthi. The completion of 2500 years of the Buddhist Era (Buddha Jayanti) fell in Vesak ( May) 1956. It was also meant to be an year of great national and religious awakening. To commemorate this unique historical event Buddhists from all-over the world drew programmes to celebrate the occasion in an appropriate manner.

It was while preparations were underway to celebrate this unique Buddhist event in May 1956 that the UNP Government of Sir John Kotelawala decided to hold a General Election in April 1956 just one month before the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations. Knowing very well that elections would necessarily split up people resulting in much confusion and creation of an atmosphere that will not at all be conducive to celebrating the Buddha Jayanthi but in fact will only contribute towards sabotaging the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations, the Government nevertheless went ahead in holding the General Elections in April 1956 despite strong opposition from the Buddhist public, Buddhist leaders and the Maha Sangha. It was a diabolical decision most probably taken under pressure from alien forces having taken a foothold in the country during colonial rule. But the outcome of the election was an unprecedented victory for the Pancha Maha Balavegaya i.e. Sangha, Veda, Guru, Govi, Kamakaru and the toiling indigenous people of the country.

The architects of this unique electoral victory that resulted in what may be termed the Buddhist Revolution of 1956, were L.H. Mettananda and N.Q. Dias, and other Buddhist leaders and monks campaigning under the banner of the Eksath Bhikkshu Peramuna. They went from house to house in a massive national effort calling on the people to overthrow the yoke of Brown Sahibs and Thupphais governing like puppets under the direction of Abrahamic religious influence in a contest that was rhetorically painted as the ‘ Mara Yuddha’. To defeat Mara the scriptural enemy of the Buddha Sasana was a moral obligation of every Buddhist. This appeal to the most vital emotions of the Buddhists struck a deep chord. The Sinhala Buddhists responded in a manner that was never seen before or after in any General Election which ultimately boiled down to a fight essentially on the basis of rectification of historical injustices committed on the majority Sinhala Buddhists under nearly 450 years of western colonial rule.

The Report of the Buddhist Committee of Inquiry established by the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress  (generally known as the Buddhist Commission Report) and the part played by the Bhikkhus in bringing its contents to the knowledge of the Buddhist public were undoubtedly the most decisive factors that helped both S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and the MEP to get elected to power in a landslide victory in 1956.

At a  mammoth pre-election meeting of Bhikkhus and Buddhist laymen held at the Colombo Town Hall on 6th March, 1956 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, the MEP leader, sitting at the feet of Bhikkhus solemnly undertook in the presence of a huge gathering of over 3,000 Bhikkhus that if he were entrusted with the Government of the country, restore to Buddhism its rightful place in the land, as guaranteed by the Kandyan Convention of 1815 and confirmed by the British Imperial Govt. Proclamation of 1818. In the words of Mettananda in a letter to S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike written three months after he was elected as Prime Minister ” It was this undertaking made in public and in a most solemn manner and accepted by the bhikkhus without question in view of the assurance you have for several years given the Buddhist Community – that sent out the Bhikkhus in their thousands to call upon the Buddhist voters to exercise their vote, making the Buddhist question the most important issue at the election”.

The status of Buddhism in Sri Lanka is a critical issue for the Buddhist majority of this country. There is nothing more cherished by the majority of the people than Buddhism. To ignore this factor by any politician is to risk sliding into political oblivion. To hero worship or glorify Christian Missionaries has never been an innate calling of either the Buddhist laypersons or the Maha Sangha. One has  to overlook history particularly during the Portuguese period of rule when Christian missionaries, the Catholic Church under the direction of Papal Bulls worked hand in glove with the oppressive Portuguese colonial Govt. to destroy Buddhism calling it a religion of heathens and force Buddhist monks to flee to the safety of the Sithawaka and Kandyan Kingdoms, leaving behind only Ganinanses (Buddhist practitioners wearing white cloth and in hiding under fear of persecution and even death) to cater to the religious needs of Buddhists in Portuguese controlled areas of Ceylon.

Christian Missionaries, Lascoreens and Sepoys have all worked hand in hand throughout to advance the agenda of conquest of Ceylon by foreign invaders. They were agents of the Colonial empires all out to oppress the natives and plunder their resources. In the Treaty entered into between King Rajasinghe the Second and the Dutch in 1638, Catholic Priests from Portuguese controlled areas were referred to as ‘ Troublemakers ‘ and the King  Rajasinghe pledged the Dutch to not allow them to set foot in areas of control of the Kandyan Kingdom.  Colonialism was a crime against humanity. Colonial history of genocide and mass murder should not be white washed for purpose of appeasement or political advantage. It constitutes a dark chapter and the perpetrators of such crimes owe the Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims of Sri Lanka an unconditional apology and reparations. It is Buddhist monks and Sinhalese freedom fighters who mostly sacrificed their lives in a valiant struggle to protect Sinhale and they were gallantly successful until they were betrayed by our own people to the British in 1815.

Mettananda’s speech warning of  ‘ A Conspiracy against Buddhism ‘ is as important today as it was in 1956 given the unrelenting march of Abrahamic religions into the hinterland of Buddhist Asia. This is what has prompted a growing number of Buddhists to call on China to assume leadership of the Buddhist world. We need a powerhouse to protect Buddhism. China meets that description. China too faces the same challenge from Abrahamic religions as the rest of Buddhist Asia and even Hindu India. The time has come for potential victims in Asia to join hands. Asian Unity must be based on the foundation of Eastern religions and cultures i.e. Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism etc. Let us all hope that the collapse of Buddhism as the historical majority religion in South Korea in the last 30 years will not get duplicated in Sri Lanka.

Senaka Weeraratna              

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(The Address given by Mr.L.H.Mettananda on the occasion of the presentation of the Report of the Buddhist Commission to the Maha Sangha and the Buddhist Public at Ananda College on the 4th February 1956.

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L.H. Mettananda

It gives me great pleasure to have had the opportunity of addressing a few words to you on this memorable and historic occasion. We are indeed at a turning point in our history. The action that will be taken now will decide for ever the future history of the Buddhist religion and of the Sinhalese people in this country.

In reading through the chapters of the Report of the Buddhist Commission you will see for yourselves how three foreign governments for over four and a half centuries did everything in their power to destroy Buddhism. But now that we are independent and ruled by our elected representatives, are we any better than before? Under English rule, it was the Church of England that held sway. In Independent Lanka, it is not Buddhism, the traditional religion of the majority of the people of this country that holds sway, but Roman Catholicism, a religion directed and controlled by a foreign Power,

the Vatican!

A great noise is being made by our Government that much is being done for Buddhism. The Dalada Maligawa is to be provided with a new wing, Mahiyangana is to be restored, the Pattirippuwa and Magul Maduwa are to be given to the Buddhists. The Tripitaka is being translated into Sinhalese. A Buddhist Encyclopedia is being compiled. These are no doubt very good things, but I ask you Will the restoration of old buildings help to revive the Buddhist Way of Life?” The translation of the Tripitaka and the compilation of a Buddhist Encyclopedia are good things, but will they alone help to revive the Buddhist Way of Life? The Buddhists are being given buildings and books; but what does the Government do for the Roman Catholics?

To them a sacrifice is made of the Buddhist children. The Government subsidizes the Christian Organizations almost to the extent of fifty million rupees annually to pervert and denationalize our children in their Church schools. Our sick are being handed over to Roman Catholic Nursing Sisters who are pledged to propagate their faith and extend the dominion of the Pope. Colombo Hospital is under their control. Recently the Government spent 7 1⁄2 lakhs for a home for the Roman Catholic Nursing Sisters at Bogambara Hill in Kandy. The cross that surmounts their chapel built by the Government is seen above the pinnacle that surmounts the Dalada Maligawa!

Kandy Hospital is being handed over to them. Within the next few years other big hospitals will be handed over to them. Again large sums of money are being given by the Government to Christian Organizations for the care of orphans, the aged, the deaf, the dumb and the blind. The large majority of the inmates of these institutions are born Buddhists who are being converted to Christianity with the aid of the subsidy given by a people’s Government.

It is a well – known fact that next to the Government the Roman Catholic Church is the richest organization in

Ceylon. Its financial position is a mystery not only to the Government, but also to the Roman Catholics

themselves. This immensely rich organization does not pay any taxes to the Government. It increases its ever accumulating wealth not only by fleecing the faithful in diverse ways, but also by indulging in commercial activities such as lending on interest, investing in stocks and shares and investing in housing property and real estates.

To make it wealthier, at the request of the Archbishop, large extents of lands are given to Roman Catholics in colonies. In all parts of the Island even where there is not a single Catholic, Crown land is being given for the construction of churches. Buddhists are naturally up in arms against these actions of the Government. The Roman Catholic Church with its vast resources is openly and blatantly exploiting the poverty, the ignorance and the helplessness of the Buddhist masses. The Buddhists have no way of ventilating their grievances and getting them redressed in this democratic land of ours.

The Lake House Newspapers which support the Government and the Roman Catholic Church pay no heed to the grievances of the Buddhists. On the other hand these papers publish glowing tributes to the Catholic Clergy and Nuns and give prominence to Roman Catholic parades and processions. They also suppress any form of local news critical of or detrimental to the Roman Catholic Church. At the same time they advise the Buddhists to be tolerant. The Dinamina, the Silumina and the Janata fool the Bhikkhus and the Sinhalese reading public, while the Daily News and the Observer ridicule the Bhikkhus, the Sinhalese teachers and the Ayurvedic Physicians and the Sinhalese reading public in general. Government rejoices at all these; so does the Roman Catholic Church.

Our Government appears to give the kernel to the Catholics and the husk to the Buddhists. While aiding and abetting the rapid growth of the Vatican’s power in this country at the expense of Buddhism, the Government tries to fool the good -natured Buddhists by delivering acts of appointments to Nayaka Theros, by participating in their funeral ceremonies, and by organising peraheras and other functions at which crowds gather in order to deceive the people that a great deal is being done to Buddhism.

The question now arises: When Buddhist children, the poor, the sick, the helpless and the landless Buddhists are handed over to the Roman Catholic Church to be perverted by it, where are the Buddhists to worship at the shrines put up or renovated by the Government? Where are the Buddhists to read the Sinhalese Tripitaka and the Buddhist Encyclopedia prepared by it?

It is an irrevocable decree of the dictatorial Roman Catholic Church that no Catholic can participate in a Non -Catholic religious ceremony. They are even forbidden to participate in a service in a Protestant Christian Church. Yet we witness the spectacle of a Roman Catholic Divisional Revenue Officer carrying a Bana Book in procession to a Buddhist temple and delivering it to a Bhikkhu requesting him to translate it into Sinhalese.We see a Roman Catholic Government Agent organizing a function for the distribution of awards by the Prime Minister to the Bhikkhus who had translated the Tripitaka into Sinhalese. We see a Roman Catholic lady of very high standing as the organizer of the Buddhist Pageant at the Agricultural Exhibition now going on. Has the Roman Catholic Church relaxed its rigid rules in the case of these worthy people? Or is it a deep laid conspiracy between the Church and the Government to extend the Church’s influence on the one side and to bring Buddhism to ridicule on the other?
Is not the Government aware that Roman Catholic officials belong to a secret movement called the Catholic Action, whose primary aim is to extend the dominion of the Pope and to sabotage and demobilize religions other than Roman Catholicism? It is a shame, a crying shame to entrust Buddhist work to those who are pledged to destroy Buddhism.

Incidentally is it a mere coincidence that the last Government Agent and the present Government Agent of Kandy are both devout Roman Catholics. Kandy, the city that is so sacred to Buddhists and known as the city of the Tooth Relic. Our so-called democratic Government does not in the least mind hurting Buddhist sentiments, because it has the backing of the powerful Lake House Press. We know that Lake House Press is the Public Enemy No. 1 of Buddhism. Both Government and Lake House stand for the American Way of Life. The sobriety, the restraint, the simplicity advocated by the Buddha are anathema to them. them. They stand for libertinism, sensuality and self -indulgence which are the keynote of the life in the decadent West. Lake House glorifies bookies, drunkards, dope dealers and other anti -social rogues while it loses no opportunity to ridicule national heroes, champions of temperance and defenders and promoters of Buddhism. Lake House is truly anti – national and anti – Buddhist.

I must mention here one or two things that have resulted from the Roman Catholic domination of the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations. First, the Government has not yet given notice to the Roman Catholic Church and the

Convent to quit the Sacred City of Anuradhapura. Second, the Home Ministry, on representations made by the Catholic Hierarchy is contemplating legislation to punish the Bhikkhus and others who criticize or attack the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church will then be able to put out its pernicious propaganda without let or hindrance, once the legislation gets into our Statute Books!

There is no doubt whatever that the Government Party is exploiting the Buddha Jayanthi for political ends. We know that some organizers of the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations haunt cocktail parties, gambling dens and night clubs and at the same time appeal to the country to meditate. This is downright hypocrisy. It makes Buddhism the laughing stock of the world. For goodness sake, let us have an end to this tomfoolery and allow the Bhikkhus and sincere Buddhists to take charge of the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations.

The same sort of double-dealing we see in other activities of Government as well. The first Director of Education in Independent Lanka was Dr. Howes, a Roman Catholic. He did more harm to Buddhist education than any of the

Colonial Directors. This enemy of Buddhism is once again appointed by Government to a responsible post in connection with the Six Year Plan.

Here is another case of double – dealing. Sessional Paper XXII of 1946 contains a resolution of a State Council Committee Report to this effect: From January 1, 1957 English shall cease to be the language of administration. It was signed by:

-J R Jayawardene (Chairman)

J H B Nihill

C W W Kannangara

T B Jayah

S Natesan

A Ratnayaka

This resolution was accepted by the State Council. Has Government taken any action to implement it? Since the crowning of our Prime Minister as Emperor of the Donkey – island of Delft during his famous visit to Jaffna, he has promised parity to both Sinhalese and Tamil. The country has opposed this announcement and demanded that Sinhalese only shall be the State Language of Ceylon. Government appears to agree. But it wants to hold a new election to implement it. Government apparently wants to fool the country. Government has no fear.

The anti – national Lake House News papers support this move. We are told that the Government Party has entered into a secret pact with the Tamil M.P’s whereby the Tamil M.P’s will resign from the Party, fight the elections, and rejoin the Party in order to continue with English as the state language of Ceylon, The 1946 State Council decision to discontinue English as the official language from 1st January, 1957 will be thrown overboard. Government of course has no fear. It has the support of the anti-national Lake House Newspapers.

The Government Party’s decision to hold an election just one month before Buddha Jayanthi exposes their duplicity and hypocrisy more than anything else. They are concerned not with Buddha Jayanthi or with the Buddhist Way of Life, but with the elections. They know very well that an election necessarily splits up the people and creates great confusion among them, the more so this time owing to the state language issue.

In such an atmosphere Buddha Jayanthi celebrations will get disorganized and the great religious awakening we looked forward to will be deferred till doomsday. Possibly the Christian strongholds anticipated this and having approached their mahadenamutta got him to time the election so as to sabotage the whole of the Jayanthi celebrations.

Thus we see that under a democratic Government, a political party can exploit Buddhism and advance the Roman Catholic Church at the same time. It is for this reason that we want the State to sever connections with Buddhism and allow the Maha Sangha and the Buddhist laymen to look after the Buddha Sasana.

We are asking that youth of the country be freed from missionary control. Today it is not only the education of the young that is endangered. The adults receive their education largely through the press. We have no grievance against the Times, which is a Catholic controlled newspaper. But we have every right to expect the Lake House Newspapers-the Daily News, the Observer, the Dinamina, the Janata and the Silumina to be run as national newspapers. They were started by a great patriot of this country, the late Mr D R Wijewardene, at the request of another patriot, the late Sir D B Jayatilake.

It was the late Mr Wijewardene who left by will two lakhs of rupees for the construction of the university Sangharama. The Lakehouse Newspapers are now run by his son – in- law, Mr Esmond Wickremasinghe, who happens to be a member of a Christian family.  He has filled the editorial staff and other key posts of Lake House with Christians, especially Roman Catholics. His general policy is to decry the Sinhalese language and Buddhism and to extol the virtues of Christianity and English. He runs his papers as the official organs of vested interests and foreign interests. There is scarcely anything national in his English newspapers. But as his income comes chiefly from the Sinhalese reading public, he gives his Sinhalese newspapers a local look which however rapidly undergoes a change when it suits him.

His inconsistency can be seen from the fact that his English newspapers support English as the State language and ridicule the Sinhalese medium child as a monkey – faced idiot, and Dutugemunu as a pot bellied drunkard, while his Sinhalese newspapers appear to support Sinhalese as the state language and appear to ridicule the denationalized section of our society.

In the forthcoming election, will the Christian son -in -law of an eminent Buddhist leader, surrounded by a host of Roman Catholics ever support the Buddhist cause which his father -in – law would have done, had he lived today? Certainly not, if we judge him by his past record.

In the forthcoming elections, I am afraid the Times and Lake House Newspapers will educate the Buddhist voter to vote for the Party which maintains and supports Christianity and which is deceiving the Buddhists day in and day out. They are the institutions of Mara. Do not be deceived by them. Mara is now controlling the country. The Buddhists must prepare for a great struggle. Let the Maha Sangha give us the lead.

DASA PANATHA

  1. To recognize the principle of Ahimsa in all activities.
  2. To oppose the forces of Mara (evil) in whatever guise they may

appear.

  1. To implement the recommendations of the Buddhist Commission.
  2. Immediately to provide by law that Sinhalese should be made the

official language of the country, and to take all steps necessary to

implement this decision.

  1. To see that democracy is safeguarded and promoted, and to take all

steps necessary to prevent the growth of fascist or communist dictatorship, to repeal all anti-

democratic measures and to reverse all anti – democratic actions committed by the U.N.P. Government.

  1. To promote the revival of our arts and crafts, Ayurveda and all other aspects of our national heritage and a return to a simpler way of life.
  2. While guaranteeing the fullest freedom of conscience and of worship to all and equality of treatment irrespective of religion, to accord to Buddhism the special position guaranteed by the Kandyan Convention

of 1815 and The Declaration of British Sovereignty of 1818, as the religion of the majority of the people of this country.

  1. To ensure a satisfactory standard of life to all our people.
  2. To plan towards a more equitable distribution of wealth.

    10. To see that no government assistance is given to any institution that

tends to emphasise or promote communal differences or create

communal disharmony or inequalities and thereby prevent the growth

of a national consciousness.

 

Colombo Telegraph editor claims Karu Jayasuriya offered him Rs50,000 per month

November 10th, 2014

Hot News from Sri Lanka

According to Colombo Telegraph report Karu Jayasuriya telephoned the Colombo Telegraph editor and offered him a monthly payment of Rs 50,000/- ‘in appreciation of the work that Colombo Telegraph does’. However, Jayasuriya did not state for how long this payment was to be made.

Karu Jayasuriya now appears to be the leading contender as the presidential candidate proposed by the opposition parties, amongst other possible candidates former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, the convener of the National Movement for Social Justice.

The report says that the issue did not arise because the editor politely declined the offer.  The editor, furthermore, reminded Jayasuriya that it was he who interviewed him when he first came in to politics in 1995. At that time Jayasuriya had told the journalist that he hoped he would continue work towards the independence of the media. The Colombo Telegraph editor pointed out to Jayasuriya that he functions today as an independent media entity and said he did not need any money.

One week after the aforementioned phone call, Karu Jayasuriya has been given a lot of prominence in several news websites.  Colombo Telegraph is therefore compelled to ask Karu Jayasuriya whether or not he had made a similar offer to those who run these websites ‘in appreciation of the work they do’ or for any other reason.

Colombo Telegraph feels it is Jayasuriya’s duty to disclose the nature of his relationship with the said websites, particularly in view of the fact that Jayasuriya was the very person who campaigned for the Right to Information and transparency.

Change of medium of instruction was not meant to ostracize English

November 10th, 2014

By Rohana R. Wasala

(This is a revised version of an article published in The Island newspaper (05.11.2014) under a different title.)

It is almost seventy years since the introduction of free education in Sri Lanka. Under the education reforms initiated by Mr C.W.W. Kannangara, the mother tongue of the child was established as the medium of instruction in the primary schools. At that time there were two kinds of schools medium-wise: English schools and vernacular schools, the former for the privileged minority and the latter for the oppressed majority under British rule. The vernacular educated had very limited scope in employment and in other fields. To do well in life, one had to be educated in English. But English education was not available to the children of poor parents. The English medium schools were fee-levying, and beyond their reach. Mr Kannangara’s reforms made education free for all the children of the country.  Through his central schools which were for free English medium secondary school education, Mr Kannangara took the English medium to the rural areas. But with the replacement of English in favour of  native languages as the official languages post-1956, the English medium was gradually taken away (in pursuance of the medium change started at the beginning of free education for all in the mid-1940’s). By the early 1960’s Sinhala and Tamil had completely banished English as the medium of instruction. This change is sometimes wrongly blamed for the general failure of teaching English as a second language in our schools.

However, it is high time that this erroneous view were put to rest. Arguing about it is a futile exercise; it is nothing more than flogging a dead horse. But it has been used, for too long, by a handful of antinational elements traditionally ill disposed towards us to put shackles on our youth in their march into a prosperous future through quality education supplemented with a good knowledge of English, which is achievable without reverting to the English medium as if that were the last resort.  True, the English medium has been brought in recently, but I am not suggesting that the move be reversed. However, English is hardly suited to become the universal medium of instruction in our country.

It has been customary for decades to malign the ‘Sinhala Only’ official language policy born out of the heady patriotism of 1956 that overshot the healthier, calmer, and certainly more viable  trajectory of harmonious national resurgence that the nationalists should have followed as now realized by some with hindsight. The controversial language policy has been appropriately modified since, but it is still unequivocally blamed, in some quarters, for the withdrawal of the English medium from the school system allegedly depriving the masses of a standard education that is not available in Sinhala or Tamil. Needless to say, this is a misconception. The truth is that the switch over to the mother tongue medium was effected in the mid-1940’s as part of the far reaching educational reforms introduced at the initiative of Mr Kannangara for the very purpose of putting quality education within reach of all the children of the country irrespective the social rank or the economic status of their parents, something unprecedented then. To determine whether the medium change was a positive step or a negative one, we need to take at least a brief look at the status quo ante that prompted the reforms, and the role that Mr Kannangara played in bringing about these changes from pre-independence times.

Under the State Council a special committee was appointed in 1942 to look into the state of education in the country and to make recommendations for reforms, with Mr Kannangara as its head. The colonial government which had no ambitious plan for educating the children of the oppressed class (which formed the overwhelming majority) relied on a strictly two tier system of schools: English medium schools for the children of the privileged minority which charged fees, and vernacular schools that provided free ‘education’ not worth the name for the poor majority. The difference in treatment was reflected in the amount of government money spent on the education of the two classes of pupils. The percentage of English medium schools out of the total number of schools in the country in the early 1930’s was 07%, while the corresponding figure for the vernacular schools was 93%. The discrepancy between the amounts spent on the two types of schools percentagewise was: 37% of the money went to the 07% English schools, and the rest 63% to the vernacular schools which accounted for 93% of total number of schools (that is, at least seven times more money was spent on the education of an English medium student than on that of a vernacular student.)  The highest form of employment that a vernacular school qualified young person could expect to secure was working as someone like a primary school teacher, a notary public, or a village headman. The English medium schools meant for the elite turned out the clerks that the government needed to do its routine administrative work and personnel to occupy other more lucrative and prestigious positions in government still under the supervisory control of senior British civil servants. The highly subsidized fees charged for an English school education, being only nominal but too high for  poor parents to afford, were actually intended to keep the hoi polloi out in order to maintain the class divide intact, and the masses indigent, ignorant and easy to govern. Around the time that the Kannangara reforms were being fought for, English, the language of administration, higher education, jurisprudence, business, and other important departments of public life, was available only to about an incredibly low 03% of the population.

Mr Kannangara’s goal was to ensure equal opportunities for education for all the children of the country irrespective of their social, economic, religious or ethnic background. Among the recommendations made by the 1942 committee on education headed by Mr Kannangara the most important one was that education be free from the kindergarten to the university for all the children. Another was for a curriculum for the young learners which would develop their head, heart and hands” (i.e., a holistic education that would guarantee the intellectual and emotional growth of the children along with practical skills development that would enable them to earn a living by being useful members of the society). To ensure that education was accessible to children in every nook and corner of the country, the mother tongue of the child was to be made the medium of instruction in all primary schools. Meanwhile the indispensability of English for being competitive among nations (for making educational and economic headway) was emphasized. So, an associated recommendation was that English be taught as a second language in all schools from Standard III onwards. This was very significant. Earlier the poor had been firmly shut out from English, which effectively ruled out a decent education for them. By the time these reforms took effect, the percentage of English language proficiency among the population, with even those with a bare, smattering knowledge of English counted in, was 06% (Census 1946).

As Minister of Education of the State Council, Mr Kannangara was responsible for the implementation of the reforms which were operative from October 01, 1945. He didn’t scrap English medium education altogether. What he did was to make it available free of charge to the promising young boys and girls of the villages at the secondary level of school through his central school system. Mr Kannangara modeled these central schools on the Royal College Colombo, and established them in village locations outside major towns because his idea was to take quality secondary school education to the rural poor. He planned to build one central school in every electorate. By 1950, there were fifty central schools in the country providing English medium instruction for secondary students in the villages, which was not an insignificant achievement. Mr Kannangara also started a scholarship programme to help bright students to enter these schools and continue their school education in English and enter the university.

It should also be remembered that Mr Kannanagara saw his free education bill through the State Council in the teeth of opposition from representatives of the privileged class including Mr D.S. Senanayake, which knew that justice to the poor majority of the country meant necessary curtailment of their accustomed privileges. (The pragmatic Mr Senanayake probably thought that it was not the right time for educational reforms.)

Though the English medium was phased out from the central school system in the early 1960’s in accordance with the government’s official language policies (which had to come sooner or later in the national interest), these pioneers and every subsequent government have always emphasized the importance of English for education and have spared no effort to teach it to the children.  It was not possible then (and it is not so even now) to make English the universal medium of education for all the children of the country all of a sudden because of obvious reasons. We should be able to teach English as an indispensable second or foreign language along with, if possible, other useful foreign languages such as Japanese and Korean that are likely to give our young people a competitive edge in the job market, because education without a good knowledge of English in these times is empty of meaning. Even far bigger and far more economically and technologically advanced countries like China and Japan focus on English as a second language that they can’t do without. But they don’t try to transform English into their mother tongue in the process.

ජනාධිපති මැතිවරණය හා බොදු බල සේනාව

November 10th, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම

    බොදු බල සේනා වෙබ් අඩවිය මඟින් දැනට කර ගෙන යන සමීක්‍ෂණයට අනුව සියේට 75 ක් පමණම කියා සිටින්නේ දැනට තිබෙන ප්‍රධාන දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ දෙකටම සහයෝගය නොදී අළුත් තුන්වන පුද්ගලයෙක් සඳහා බොදු බල සේනාව සහයෝගය දිය යුතු බවය. නිල්, කොල හා රතු යන කොටස් තුනම බොරු කාරයින් බව අවබෝධවූ ලක්‍ෂ සංඛ්‍යාත පිරිසක් බොදු බල සේනාව වටා එක් රැස්වී තිබෙන බව ඉතාමත් පැහැඳිලිය. තුන්වන බලවේගයක් වශයෙන් පෙනී සිටීමෙන් හා ඉදිරි චන්දයේදී රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාට හෝ ඔහුට විරුද්ධව එන පොදු අපේක්‍ෂකයාට හෝ සහයෝගය නොදීමෙන් මෙම දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ  කරගෙන යන බොරුව රටට එළිදරව් කිරීමේ අවස්ථාවක් බොදු බල සේනාවට ලැබේ.

    ඒ වෙනුවට, ඉදිරි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණය සඳහා සුදුසු අපේක්‍ෂකයින් පිරිසක් තෝරා ගැනීමත්, තෝරාගත් ගමේ පන්සල් මට්ටමින් මිනිසුන් දැනුවත් කිරීමත් බොදු බල සේනාවේ ප්‍රමුඛත්වය ලැබිය යුතුයයි මට සිතේ. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් 10 ක් වත් ඉන්නවා නම් එය විශාල ඉදිරි පියවරක් වන්නේය.

    අතුරැලියේ රතන හාමුදුරුවන් හා මාදුළුවාවේ සොභිත හාමුදුරුවන් විසින් දැනට කරගෙන යන කටයුතු නිසා බොදු බල සේනාවත් මේ රටේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ චන්දදායකයාත් බලවත් අපහසුතාවයකට වැටී ඇතැයි කියා මම සිතමි.  මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ ආණ්ඩුව කියන්නේ නිල් පාට ගාගත් යූ එන් පී කාරයින්ගෙන් පිරුණු ආණ්ඩුවකි. ඔවුනුත් රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ හා කොල පාට යූ එන් පී එකත් අතර විශාල වෙනසක් නැත. වෙනස බොරුවට චන්ද දායකයින් රැවටීම සඳහා කරණ එකිනෙකාට බැන ගැනීම පමණය.

    ජේ ආර් ගේ බහුභූත ව්‍යවස්ථාව හා චන්ද ක්‍රමය වෙනස් කල යුතු බව හැමදෙනාම එකඟවන කරුණකි. නමුත් විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරු හා ජනාධිපතිවරිය ඔල්මාදයෙන් හා පිස්සුවෙන් හැසිරීමට විසඳුම එම තනතුර අහෝසි කිරීම නොවේ. දැනට පවතින චන්ද ක්‍රමය අනුව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට යන්නේ හොරුන්, නූගතුන් හා ගොබ්බයින් ය. මේ නිසා විධායක ජනාධිපති තනතුර අහෝසි කර, එවැනි පිරිසකට විධායක අගමැති කෙනෙක් තේරීමට භාරදීම මෝඩ ක්‍රියාවකි. දැනට රටේ හා ලෝකයේ පවතින දේශපාලන වාතාවරණය යටතේ මෙවැනි ක්‍රියාවක ප්‍රතිපලය වන්නේ ලංකාව දෙකට කැඩීමට ඉතා පහසුවන ආකාරයේ අස්ථාවර, කැලඹිලි කාරී කාලයක් උදාවීමය. එම ධූරය අහෝසි කරණවා වෙනුවට එති ඇතැම් තටූ කපා දැමිය හැකිය. විශේෂයෙන්ම අධිකරණයේ ස්වාධීනත්වය රැක දීමට හා ජනාධිපති නීතියට වඩා ඉහලින් තැබීම ඉවත් කිරීමට ක්‍රියා කල හැකිය. එසේ කර හෙමින් සැරේ අළුත් මහජන ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සාදා ගත හැකිය.

    රතන හා සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවරුන් දෙන්නා පිටිපසින් සිටින හස්ත මොනවාද යන ප්‍රශ්ණය මතු වන්නේ දැන් ඒ දෙන්නා එක්ව ක්‍රියා කරන නිසාත්, ඇමෙරිකන් තානාපතිනිය පිරිකර රැගෙන නාග විහාරයට ගිය නිසාත්, මාක්ස්වාදීන් හා ක්‍රිස්තියානී කොටස් සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවන් පිටිපස සිටින නිසාත් ය. තිස් අවුරුදු යුද්ධයක් අවසාන වුනත් 13-ඒ යටතේ පෑනේ යුද්ධයක් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා විසින් බිහිකර දී ඇත. විග්නේෂ්වරන් කියන්නේ ඉන්දියාවේ බලකිරීම නිසා උතුරු පලාත් සභා චන්දය පැවැත්වූ බවය. මෙය ඇත්තනම් රාජපක්‍ෂ ජනාධිපති විසින් හසලක වීරයාව පාවා දී ඇත. උතුරු වසන්තය හා නැඟෙනහිර නවෝදය ගැන විග්නේෂ්වරන් කියන්නේ පාරවල් සැදුවේ යුද්ධ හමුදා වාහන සඳහාත්, යටත් කරගත් යාපනය බැලීමට එන දකුණේ සිංහල ජනයාට යාම ඒම සඳහාත් කියාය! චෙන්නායි රැස්වීමකදී නොවැම්බර් 9 දා ඔහු කියා සිටියේ දකුණේ ආණ්ඩුව ඒකාධිපති බවත්, අධිකරණය ආණ්ඩුවට යටව ගොස් ඇති බවත් ය. 2015 ජනවාරියේ සිට සත්‍යග්‍රහ ආරම්භ කරණ බවද ඔවුන් ලංකා ආණ්ඩුවට දන්වා ඇත.

    මෙවැනි පසුබිමක් යටතේ 13-ඒ අහෝසි කිරීම ගැන මේ හාමුදුරුවරුන් දෙන්නාත්, ජාතික හෙළ උරුමයත් නිහඬව සිටීම විශ්මය ජනකය. 13-ඒ එක ජේ ආර් ගේ බහුභූත එකටත් වඩා රටට විනාශයකි. එක පැත්තකින් එය රට දෙකට කඩා ගැනීමේ ඉණිමඟකි. අනිත් පැත්තෙන් දකුණේ එය බලුම බලු සුදු අලියෙකි. මේ නිසා 13-ඒ අහෝසි කිරීමට ක්‍රියා නොකරණ පක්‍ෂ ලංකාවේ සිංහල බෞද්ධයා විනාශ කරණ පක්‍ෂ වේ. මේ ගැන ඍජුවම කතා කරන්නේ බොදු බල සේනාව පමණය. 13-ඒ අහෝසිකිරීමට ඇති ලොකුම බාධකය ඉන්දියාවවත්, ටී එන් ඒ එකවත් නොව පුදුම ආකාරයට ඉන් ජීවත් වන පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලකයින් හා ඔවුන්ගේ ඥාතීන් ය. එය ඔවුන්ගේ පවුල් වල මොන්ටිසෝරි එකක් වැනිය.

    උතුරු පලාත් සභා චන්දය වෙනුවට ආණ්ඩුව කල යුතුව තිබුණේ සංහිඳියා කොමිසමෙන් ද කියා සිටි අයුරු ගම් මට්ටමින් මුළු රටේම ජනයාට යම් යම් බලතල පවරා දීමය.    උතුරු පලාත් සභාව සඟවුණු බෝම්බයක් වැනිය. රතුපස්වල දී හෝ කටුණායකදී කල පරිදි වෙඩි තබා 2015 දී එහි ඇතිවන්නට යන සත්‍යග්‍රහ නවත් වන්නට
ආණ්ඩුවට නොහැකිය. එවැනි ගැටුමක් ඇතිවූ විට ඉන්දියාව හා ඇමෙරිකාව එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ සංවිධානය හරහා ලංකාව දෙකට කැඩීමේ මුල් පියවර ගන්නවා ඇත. දැනට ආණ්ඩුව ඉන්නේ කකුළුවා දිය සැළියේ ඉන්නවා වගේය.

    ජන සභා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක ජෙනරාල් තනතුරක් පවා ඇතිකර  ජන සභා පිහිටුවීමට ගත් තීරණය කුමක් නිසා යට ගැහුවාද, ඒ වෙනුවට යෝධ දිවි නැඟුමක් ගෙනාවේ කුමක් නිසාද යන ප්‍රශ්ණ බොදු බල සේනාව විසින් මහජන රැස්වීම් හරහා ඇසිය යුතුය. මෙවැනි යෝධ ව්‍යාපාර වලින් ගොඩ ගත් කිසිම රටක් ලෝකයේ නැත. ගමේ ජනයාට ගමේ ප්‍රශ්ණ විසඳාගන්නට ඉඩ දෙනවා මිස කොස් පැල, එළවළු ඇට බෙදා දීමෙන් මහජනයා දිරි ගැන්විය නොහැකිය.  ඩඩ්ලි සේනානායක මහතා 1970 පැරදුණේ වගා සංග්‍රාමය ගැන ආ බොරු තොරතුරු නෙවිල් ජයවීර විසින් ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාවෙන් ප්‍රචාරය කිරීම නිසාය. පුදුමය වන්නේ ගැමි දිරිය නමින් ජන සභා සංකල්පයට සමාන වැඩ සටහනක් ඉතා සාර්‍ථකව ක්‍රියාවේ යෙදෙමින් තිබුණ නමුත් එය හදිසියේම කඩා කප්පල් කර දැමිමේ කුමක් නිසාද යන්න ය. ගැමි දිරිය දේශපාලකයාගේ ඇඟිලි ගැසීමෙන් තොරව ක්‍රියාත්මකවූ  ව්‍යාපාරයක් විය.

    මේ නිසා පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලනය නිසා විනාශවූ ලංකාව බේරා ගැනීම සඳහා, ආරම්භක වශයෙන් ලංකාවේ තුන්වන බලවේගයක් ගොඩනඟා ගැනීම බොදු බල සේනාව ක්‍රියා කරාවිය කියා විශේෂයෙන් එයට සහයෝගය දෙන සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්, දුප්පත් සිංහල කතෝලිකයින්
බලා පොරොත්තුවෙන් සිටී. මේ තාක් එය ගත් තීරණ ඉතාමත් ඥානවත් තීරණ විය. රතන හා සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවරුන් දෙන්නා ඉදිරියට ආවේ හොොෙසේ නැත්නම් යම් අදෘශ්‍යමාන බලවේගවිසින්  ඔවුන් දෙන්නාව ඉදිරියට තල්ලුකලේ, බොදු බල සේනාව විසින් රටේ ඇති කල විශාල විපර්යාෂය නිසාය. කහ සිවුරට ඇති බලය ඔවුන්ට පෙන්නුවේ ගලබොඩ අත්තේ ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් විසින් ය. මෙම බලය දෙකට තුනට බෙදීමට බලා ඉන්නා පිරිස් අපමණය. සෝම හාමුදුරුවන්ගේ සේවයට නියම උරුමකරු ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් හා කිරම විමලජෝති හාමදුරුවන් බිහිකල බොදු බල සේනාවය.

Destiny of future politics will be decided mainly on how Geneva Battle is dealt with

November 10th, 2014

Dr. Chandana Jayalath

The Congress, British Parliament and the US State Department will continue to push for the international process in Geneva to probe the final months of the battle ‘that sealed the fate’ of the Tamil Tigers. Those who operate locally in parallel with international groups also demand that the Sri Lankan government should show how it will meet the international desires. Some believe, it will at least ease out if the Sri Lankan government makes a genuine effort to implement the 13th amendment. Some even say there will be no question if the Sri Lankan government simply followed the wining proposal in Geneva by 2009.

 Apparently, the idea behind these pressures is to persuade the Sri Lankan government to a local process capable of meeting their ultimate aspiration of a separate land. However, the very purpose behind this so-called local process is to exert a continuing pressure in form of a converted international persuasion. As what Dr. Wasantha Bandara of the Patriotic National Front exactly said, a one group lays the trap and another group pushes the government towards that trap.

 Anyway by the Northern Provincial Council, the government has already stepped one foot on the trap and they now attempt to push the other foot also on the trap. What is apparent is that the concept of separatism is not yet set aside.  In retrospect, asking why the international community is silent on LTTE atrocities is a metaphorical question, as its answer is well known to everyone. Some members of the world community do not give a tinker`s damn about investigating those crimes simply because that does not serve their purpose.

 Sri Lanka is in the present dilemma in Geneva because its incumbent government is not in the good books of the West. Most of its critics are the worst perpetrators of war crimes who are ably assisted by the international media. Sri Lanka is not considered pro-western enough to be of any use to the capitalist bloc in the throes of a mega politico-economic crisis vis-a-vis an emergent bipolar world where China and Russia is acting as a countervailing force in the new world order. However, the end of Sri Lanka`s armed conflict has put paid to the efforts by some meddlesome western governments to remain actively engaged in the affairs of this country, thereby looking to have a strong presence in the region.

 On the other hand, one need not be surprised that in Geneva a concerted global effort to defend human rights is conspicuous by its absence. Instead, various countries and strategic alliances are abusing the UNHRC and human rights to promote their own interests or to acting in line with what the West wants. The US, which is all out to have allegations of war crimes against Sri Lanka probed, has no qualms about defending Israel to the hilt or carrying out drone attacks on civilians in Afghanistan or using torture as an interrogation method. It has even gone so far as to dash UNHRC efforts to call Israel for example.

 It must not be bewildering to say that the UN has no right to bring a proposal of war investigation if it is dead silent on the US actions in Iraq or Afghanistan or even Pakistan right now. Under circumstances, it is important that the Sri Lankan government makes the other countries fully convinced that it will do, and indeed has been doing, the needful in accordance with the constitution, law and order of the country.

 

Unlike Israel, Sri Lanka has no strength to implore a face to face fight for such a cause and there must be diplomats to take up this challenge. It would have been accepted by now if it were meticulously seen to be done since 2009. The next step available would be to exhibit the victories so far gained and confirm the bona-fide actions in time to take. Meanwhile, it must disprove the facts and analysis put forward by the US related to the final stages of the war, and must also induce the other countries that any such pressure would undoubtedly affect the process of building up the national integrity and reconciliation. Actually this option is something that cannot be demonstrated only by surrounding the Geneva Summit. It should have been the ‘government position’ that should have maintained since 2009. To do that, our country, I believe, has the sufficient potency to exert an advanced international process. Unfortunately the government went by poor figures for a poor quality process. However, encircling the Sri Lankan government once again insisting an investigation to proceed will ne never ending and there is no doubt that such a pressure would accompany with economic embargoes.

 

The next choice would be to avoid bringing a resolution by joining hands with the international community and accepting for a combined mechanism as exactly what the separatists and their agents have been saying. However, it cannot be interpreted if not that this option would hang itself simply because the possibility for embargoes once again in case of a deadlock. Indeed, it will not happen if legitimacy is given for so-called war allegations. The resultant effect would then be a report of a combined effort to the Security Council. In turn, China and Russia will face a severe problem of how to oppose such a report. Especially, it is vulnerable when an agenda to change the Sri Lankan government concurrently operates along with the agenda for a war tribunal.

 

Let me quote a few lines of a previous article in Sinhala by Dr. Wasantha Bandara. According to him, the chances to survive on the basis of ‘half obedience and half ascendancy’ will be too remote to speculate. Half obedience will definitely end with full obedience. Along with the change of government or a regime change in aptly speaking the jury of war crimes will be at its foot front. However, the opposition’s recent argument that the Sri Lankan government cannot be brought before a war tribunal since it has not signed the Rome Accord is a fallacy.  According the 7th constitution of the UN protocol, there is a possibility of suing any government on war allegations even against the non-signatories. It is how Al Bashier, the President of Sudan was brought to courts of law. Also, the Security Council has the power to institute war tribunals aside the Rome Accord such as for example Rwanda and Yogoslovekia.

 

The intended effect would be to change the government backed by a series of economic embargoes. Historically the Mahinda Rajapaksha government has enough immunity to face such an upheaval of that kind. However, it is doubtful that the government can practically dissolve its full potential while in today’s ‘dress’. Therefore, one of important conditions for the government to abide by is to show the public the genuinity of its choice going to be made at Geneva is not for its survival but for the country. It will indeed help building up a local mass power in addition to the international coverage. 

 

However, it alone will not fully suffice for building up a local mass power. The government has to show that it is honestly geared towards its choices and, it is possible only when a new constitution that is bountifully oriented towards the masses. The government will have no room to any longer bamboozle the pubic by adulterated constitutional amendments from time to time. The government will have no space to fight alone with this biggest menace and will have no mid way tilting side by side. Rather, it must work for winning the hearts and minds of the masses via showing its genuine efforts in tackling with the issues.

 

As Dr. Wasantha Bandara says, it will soon be realized that, it is a myth if the government go by plastered schemes on part by part basis. Whatever merits it deserves, after March, the history will force the political figures in Sri Lanka to stand on their own feet.  The public masses too will have the time to take the rod. How far the general public would harness this opportunity would decide the future destiny of the country.

එලොවටත් මෙලොවටත් නැති  ලංකාවේ  සමහර  චන්ද දායකයෝ

November 10th, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

ලංකාවේ බොහෝ අ  ය චන්දය දෙන්නේ  තමන් චන්දය දෙන පක්ෂයේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ගැන  අන්දොසන්සාරයක් නොදැනය. පහුගිය වතා වේ මහින්දටනම් දුන්නේ   කොටි පරාජය කල නිසාය .  බොහෝ අයගේ ඇඟට දැනෙන්නේ  මරණ භය පම නකි අනිත් වෙලාව ට ඇ පල්  මුද්දීරප්පලම් රසය පමණකි

 1948 දී අපට පූර්ණ නිදහස එපා dominion  හෙවත් අර්ධ නිදහස්  තත්වය පමණක් අතය් කියා සුද්දන්ට කියූ  d  s   ගේ  පක්ෂයට චන්දය දෙන්නටත් මිනිස්සු සිටියහ.

වසරකට පෙර ගාන්ධි ඉන්දියාවේ දී කල කී දේශප්‍රේමී කටයුතු    දන දැනත්   බණ්ඩාරනායක ප්‍රමුඛ සමහරු පූර්ණ නිදහස ඉල්ලද්දීත් එය එපා කී   මිනිසෙකුට ජාතියේ පියාය යන නාමය භාවිතා කරන තවත් ජාතිය ක් මෙලොව ඇත්ද?

 1815  දී බුද්ධ සෂණයේ ආරක්ෂා ව සලසන  වගන්තිය  පවා  1948 ඉවත් විය  එංගලන්තයේ  මැති ඇමතිවරු දිවුරන්නෙත් ආගමේ නාමයෙනි  එහෙත් ජෙනින්ග්ස්  ඩී  එස් ට කිව්වේ ආගම රජයට ගාවා ගැනීම හොඳ නැති බවය .  ඩී  එස්  එහෙය කිව්වේය  .

ප්‍රසිද්ධියේම ””හාමුදුරුවනේ ආණ්ඩුව සරණන් ගච්චාමි කියන්න එන්න එපා””””’ කියා  හාමුදුරුවරු දුරස් කළේය.1815 දී   සුද්දාත් පිළිගත්  ආරක්ෂාව එසේ නැතිවිය .

හේන්පිට ගෙදර ග්නානසීහ හාමුදුරුවන් රවටා  ඩී  එස් බලය ලබාගෙන  පසුව  එසේ කී හැටි ඉතිහාසය දත්තෝ දනිති 

  පිළිම තලාව මහා අදිකාරම්ගේ ආරියරත්න  නම් මුල් ගුරු තුමා ගේ පාසලේදී මේ කතාවම කීවිට  ගුරු තුමා  එදා ඩී  එස් ගේ කතාවට එළිපිටම විරුද්ධව කතාකලේ උඳුගොඩ විද්‍යාලයේදී  ය.

දී එස්  අකල් මරණයට ගොදුරු විය  ආරියරතන මහතා  1998 පෙබරවාරි දක්වා  ජීවත් වුනේය  කළකම් පල දෙන්නේ  දේශ පාල කයාට පමණක් නොවේ චන්ද දාස ලාටත් එක් කය.

ආරිය රත්න මහහාත විසින්ම මට මෙය  කියූ දෙයක් නිසා හොන්දින්දනිමි .

කන්නන්ගර නිදහස් අධ්‍යාපන පනත් ගෙන එන විට ” ගස් ගෙඩිය කඩා ගන්න වත් එකෙක් නැතිකර න දෙයක් මේක”’ කියා විරුද්ධ  වූ යෙත් ඩී  එස් ය. 

මෙය ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ කියන්නට තරම්  ගංගොඩවිල සෝම හිමියන් ඍජු විය,. පනත අනුමත කලේ ඩී  එස් රටින්  පිට ගිය විට කඩි මුඩි  යේය.

75% ක සිංහලයන්ගේ බස රජබස කිරීමට විරිධ්ධ වුයේ  සමසජ කාරයන්ටත් වඩා ඒ ජා ප යය්  මෙහෙම ද්‍රෝහීහීන් තවත් රටවල සිටීද.

1972 සිරිමා ජනරජ ව්‍යවස්ථාව අනුමත කරන තුරු අපි  එංගලන්ත මහරජිනගේ  යටත් වැසියෝ වීමු  සිරිමා නොසිටින්නට  අපි වල්ග කබා කාරයෝයය  එහෙනම් ප්‍රභා කරන මැරීම බුදුන්මරීමටත් වඩා පාපයකිය් අදහන  සිංහලයන්  සිටින රටක් වන්නට ඉඩ තිබුනේ   රි මෝ ටය එංගලන්තයේ  නිසා ය  නූලෙන් අපි බේරුනේ ය.

යාන්තම් ””ජෝර්ජි මහරජාණන්ට ධීර්ගායුවෙවායය් ‘ ස්තෝත්‍ර නොගයා දැන් සිටිය හැක. අපි ලව කුඩා කාලයේ  මෙසේ ගයවන ලද්දේ මේ ද්‍රෝහියෝය.

ඉහතින් කී එකක් වත්  ඒ.ජා පාක්ෂිකයෝ  ගණන් ගන්නේ නැත. මෙතෙක් මහින්ද නිසා දිවි බේරාගෙන සිටියවුන්ටද  දැන් ඒ ජා පය හොඳ වී ඇත .

පුදුමය්  තමන් යන්නේ කොහිද කරන්නේ කුමක්ද  නොදන්නා  චන්ද දායකයෝ   ස්ටින්නේ මේ රටේ පමණක්ද

  මුළු බට හිර රටවල්ම සිංහලයන් විනාශ කිරීමට ගන්න උත්සාහය තවමත් වැලකී ඇත්තේ  මහින්ද නිසාය 

එහෙත් සමහරුන්ට  සල්ලි  මිස වෙනත් දෙයක් අවශ්‍ය නැත .   මේ රාජ්‍යයේ දූෂණ නම් අපමණය . එහෙත් රනිල් මෙන් කොටින්ට සමග හොර ගිවිසුම්  නොගසා රට බේරාගත්  මහින්ද  රනිල් මෙන් දහස් ගුණයකින් පිදුම් ලැබිය යුතුය. දෙන්නාගෙන් වඩා හොඳ  මහින්දය. 

මිලේනියම් සිට්  විනාශ කල රනිල්   දේශද්‍රෝහී පනතකින් එල්ලා මරිය යුතුයඑහෙත් ද්‍රෝහි යෝ  ඔහු ව  ටේ  රනිල් කොටින් බලවත් නොකරන්නට වසර 3 කින් නොව 1 වසරකි න් ප්‍රභා මරා දැමිය හැකිව තිබුණි මහින්ද ගේ වැරැද්ද 13 අ  සහ පළාත් සභා අහෝසි නොකර හොරුන්ට වංචාකාරයන්ට තැන දීමය්

මේ වරද      ඒ ජා පයේ දේශද්‍රෝහී සමාජ ද්‍රෝහී වරදවල්  වල ට  සම කල හැකිද?  පෙර රජ වරු  මැරෙන තුරුම රජකම් කළහ  මහින්ද හොඳ නම්   කී වරක් ඉල්ලුවත්   කමක් නැත  මහින්ද පුනරුත්තාපනය කර ගැනීම චන්ද දායකයා සතුය  ඒ ජා පය  වහාම දේශප්‍රේමී පක්ෂයක්  විය යුතුය.  

දැනට නම්  ලොකුම දේශ ද්‍රෝහීන් සිටින්නේ එහිය.මා විසි ඉහත විස්තර ක ල  කිසිවක් නොදන්නා අන්ද  බාලයෝ  කීප දෙනෙක් දැන්  රනිල්  ගු  න ව  නති  අහෝ සිංහලේ      .

Open letter to President Mahinda Rajapakse.

November 9th, 2014

 Charles.S.Perera

H.E.President Mahinda Rajapakse,
Temple Trees, Colombo.

Your Excellency Mr. President,

Some say they do not want you to present yourself for a Presidential election for the third time. Some  others say that you have no chance to win because the UNP Candidate Hiran Fernando getting  elected at the Badulla Provincial Council election, may be a sign the voters are coming back to UNP. Therefore it is likely that a UNP Presidential Candidate will win at the next election.  I do not see the logic in it but that is what they say.

There are yet other political groups  looking for a  common candidate as they do not want an Executive President any more. But what do the common people care about an Executive President.  They want a President and they are quite satisfied with President Mahinda Rajapakse,  executive or not.  But your antagonists seem to be at a  lost unable to find one  who would be a challenge to your evident victory.

It was nevertheless  heartening that some at least say that you are the best out of the worst and therefore they may vote for you.  There is a cross section of these critics  of you Mr. President– mainly in the diaspora, and some amoung  the Colombian  intelligentsia, in websites.  Some of them are influenced by the UNP or are in fact from the UNP and may vote for any UNP Candidate.

They ( not all-thankfully) describe you in very uncomplimentary terms –one of them says

MR and his government have stalked and devoured everything decent, moral , principled, constitutional and legitimate in this country and provided the worst governance we have ever seen, and insulted the peoples intelligence, tested their capacity to bear the cost of living, corruption, nepotism, injustice, lawlessness , pompousness, arrogance, unaccountability and extremely bad governance. This government is cheating the people and how the poor and the powerless are being handled, while the maggots of society are being empowered and molly coddled.”

Mr. President, in Sanskrit poetry one reads that the Swan can separate the milk from the water  and drink the milk leaving out the water.  Similarly wise  or intelligent people aught to be able to separate evil from  good, appreciating the latter,  while condemning  former.  But not these pretentious political analysts who see only bad  and overlook the good as absent”.  They are on a campaign to smear your good name.   Corruption Mr. President is a global phenomena.  We have confidence in you and believe you are not turning a blind eye to them, but abiding for the right moment to swoop to remove  corruption as you did with terrorism.

But these political maggots living on dirt, see only dirt and avoid looking at the  vast contribution you have made to Sri Lanka ever since you took office as the President of Sri Lanka.

I do not know where these  blind critics come from,  who see only the worst, and hear only evil.  Because Mr. President if people have eyes they will see what has taken place in Sri Lanka since 2005.  I have my doubts if any normal person in Sri Lanka will agree with these dark angels of doom, who unfortunately come from the so called educated class.  I heard some what similar statements made by Kiriella and Tissa Attanayake, and even Ranil Wickramasinghe to the shame of his Presidential ambitions. Some of these these inveterate critics may either be INGOs or in their payroll, like the man who wrote the Cage, or those from  the UK Channel 4.

Fortunately these critics are a separate category and do not fall amoung the majority of the people of Sri Lanka who accept you as a charismatic leader-one amoung them.  They do not doubt your patriotism, your devotion to Buddhism, your willingness to sacrifice your life for the welfare of them. You are not seeking popularity, because you are already a popular leader.  You are always there with the people in their suffering caused by  natural catastrophes, or  caused through human intolerance  or other exigencies, to pacify them and bring them peace and  comfort.

You can see some of your  critics,  like the devil quoting  the scriptures,  quote Buddhist terms to vilify you and bring  you shame  ignorant that when they look up and spit it falls on their own ugly faces.

JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake had said recently that  the President  Mahinda Rajapakse’s  third term presidency will turn the country into a pool of blood.”  Anura Kumar is not new to    pools of blood”  They had made  enough of such blood pools during JVP’s dark days of evil which they cannot make the people forget.  A relative of mine had his head severed and stuck on a pole and planted in front of his house for  his wife and children to see the gory remains in the morning. Hence, it is not strange that he talks of blood pools now.

Mr. President JVP became civilised only after joining the UPFA and helped in the formation of the Governments of Chandrika Kumaratunga and later your own government. But having dreamt of popularity after  having gained  a substantial  number of votes under UPFA decided to go on  their own. Thus  slipped away their then popularity as a meaningful political party of promising young politicians.

Now JVP has become a rebellious   political group misleading the young University students  with their  firebrand oratory taking them away from their lecture halls into streets making of them  worthless goons, and a problem for their parents , to the society and to the country.

It is also learnt Mr. President that the Leader of the JVP Anura K.Dissanayake is taking it on himself to interpret the Constitution to question your right to ask the opinion of the  SC whether you could present yourself as a Presidential candidate for a third term. It was a wise move Mr. President , but these goons blinded by power cannot understand the wisdom of it.

I think Dissanayake  is going a little too far in assuming that he is capable of challenging you, comparing  the votes JVP  received at Badulla and Moneragala PC elections; improving its  total votes to 4.67% from 2.36% in previous election  in Badulla and 6.61% from 2.82% in previous election in Moneragala.

Mr. President, JHU is also a party that saw popularity being in the UPFA. Champika Ranawaka turned out to be an extremely good Minister making every Ministry he took over a success.  But now  he,  led by Venerable Athureliya Ratana thero has become a threat to your Government. Perhaps Venerable Ratana thero is taking  Venerable Mdoluwawe Sobhita Thero for an example and become politically  ambitious dreaming of  becoming a possible Common Presidential candidate of the Opposition.

Minister Ranawake himself is taking up corruption as a serious  problem that has to be brought into the open before it  expands in to every aspect of government administration. He even published a book revealing some vital facts. It is by itself not a bad move , but we cannot understand why he waited until Minister Pavitra Wanniaaratchi pointed out a fraud of 150 million rupees in the CEB during his term of office as its Minister, to admit it.

He admitted that  he was aware of the coal traffic” but he had left it out from his book. He said  he  gave necessary instructions to stop it apparently without results.  He then stated that he has more information with regard to the mafia” behind corruption with senior administrators in the CEB who continue to serve different governments  in the same places and thus continue their fraudulent activities unchallenged.

He keeps saying that he will reveal the names but has not done so  yet.  But what is the use of complaining without making a clean breast of it and allow the government to put an end to the continuation of corruption ?

Neither the JVP nor the JHU is a threat to your re-election as the President for a third term.  All this commotion had been started by a retired Chief Justice and taken up by the JVP and  the UNP and your other antagonists, is merely to mislead and cast doubt to discourage you.

But you are a statesman led by your own philosophy of development, and not moved to  deviate from the set path of taking the country to progress for the sake of popularity.  We see what has happened to USA President Barrack Obama, who having no Chintanaya” to follow felt the pulse of  the people to take action to please them which finally led him to be rejected by the very people who he tried to please.

Mr.President the controversy over your third term is to mislead the people.  It will not work.

You were even criticised for the impeachment of the  former Chief Justice Bandaranayaka.  But that impeachment was quite in terms of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, and no right thinking person could make even an indirect accusation of that impeachment being irregular and not in terms of the Constitution.

Please  let me give my opinion Mr. President about the Sri Lanka Constitution your antagonists hoist to claim that you have no right to present yourself for a third term Presidential election.  Mr. President,   the Sri Lanka Constitution which was promulgated in 1978 has been Amended 18 times.  Today the Constitution we have is completely different from what it was in 1978.  The present Constitution should be read with all its Amendments, and not at all along with the Acts which have been removed by the Amendments.  The Acts which have been  removed by Amendments are not valid any more.

Therefore Mr.President the Constitution today allows you to contest the Presidential election  for  a third term.  When you present your nominations for the Presidential elections you will be doing so as Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse  just another citizen.  The Constitution is not concerned with what you had been, therefore there is no rule that bars you from presenting yourself as a Presidential Candidate.  That is what it is Mr.President, and no Supreme Court could make  a different judgement. It may be pretentious on my part, but that seems to me the hard fact.

Then there are those who complain why when you  have a two third majority you do not want to remove the 13 Amendment. I also believe that 13Amendment has no place in the Constitution of Sri Lanka.  Further more it was introduced into the Constitution of Sri Lanka on a bilateral contract at the behest  of India in return for which India was to disarm the terrorists.

But India left Sri Lanka without having disarmed the terrorists. Sri Lanka kept its part of the agreement to introduce the 13th Amendment to the Constitution but India failed to keep its part of the agreement to disarm the terrorists.  Therefore the agreement between Sri Lanka and India became null and void the day the Indian Peace Keeping Force left Sri Lanka.  Hence there is no necessity for us to keep the 13th Amendment any more in our Constitution.

But you may have your reasons for keeping the 13 Amendment, perhaps to remove it at the third term of your office. The PC System Mr.President has not given to Sri Lanka a national administrative system.  It should be substituted by a more effective village based system.  Such a system would also give us a greater independence as leaving the 13 Amendment in ourConstitution allows India to interfere in to  the internal affairs of Sri Lanka with its claim that  the 13 Amendment was introduced at their  demand.

Mr. President there is a lot of  activity not amoung the common people, but amoung  the Colombo professional crowd to see that you do not contest the Presidential elections for the third time as they know very well that no one has a chance against you if you present yourself for the Presidential elections.

The Foreign Embassies specially the UK and USA Embassies are already busy becoming very undiplomatic in their frenzy to change the regime.  British High Commissioner John Rankin visits even Veddhas and kicks protocol to dine with a UNP Provincial Councillor  completely over looking the Provincial Governor.

In 1957 UNP election campaign was financed by the American Embassy in Sri Lanka.  This time too it would not be surprising if the CIA Agents are already in place and influencing possible traitors to the country against  the President to  realise their objective of regime change.

It is in that light Mr. President it is  appropriate to ask what interest the BASL led by Upul Jayasuriya has in stopping you from presenting yourself for a third term.  The USA Embassy may perhaps be behind it  and  they may as well use the Opposition parties, the academics, and journalists against you.  It may perhaps be the reason why the British High Commissioner Ranking is even visiting the Veddhas perhaps to   enlist the villagers of Sri Lanka for the Western campaign of regime change.

The 18th Amendment to the Constitution is a boon for the ordinary masses of Sri Lanka as it is they who want you  to continue to lead the nation for a few more terms until Sri Lanka is well on its way to become a developed country.

The countries as people may have some influence of the law of Kamma, it may be why Sri Lanka has been blessed by a leader like you Mr. President.  In 1948 when we became independent the leaders who took over the leadership of the country were still with their colonial mentality and nothing effectively changed.  But it was only  in 1958 when SWRD Bandaranaike broke away from the UNP to form the SLFP that  Independence became meaningful. Our language our religion, our culture,  and our dress as well took a National colouring, abandoning the Colonial values.

You Mr.President  has taken over from that National leader SWRD Bandaranaike and took Sri Lanka further on the path to give Sri Lanka a  uniquely Sri Lankan identity.  Chandrika Bandaranaike did not have that nationalist patriotism, and was a failure.  She cannot give any thing new to Sri Lanka even if she were to be elected to the high office once again.

We Buddhists believe Mr. President that the four Guardian Gods of our motherland  keep a protective eye on our country and its people. A great leader like you that arises  only at intervals when the country needs revitalisation and taken on the correct direction of progress and development, is proof of that blessing cast on  Sri Lanka by the four guarding Gods.

May they protect you and prevail on the people to make the correct choice when it comes to choose a leader of the Nation for the third time, for the protection of  the teachings of the Buddha, and take the country progressively forward as a true independent Sovereign State chasing away the Western enemies  with their heathen beliefs, and misguided culture.

Mr. President  we are grateful to you for  all you have done for Sri Lanka and its people.  If the Tamils were more understanding and ready to extend their hands of fraternity  to the Sinhala people  and accepted your charismatic, non-discriminatory leadership, the people would have been united and Sri Lanka  would have been a peaceful happy Nation keeping away the enemies of the West without allowing them  to undermine our hard won peace.

We pray Mr. President  that  you continue to give Sri Lanka your able leadership for a third time and many more times to come.

Most respectfully, Mr. President

I remain hopeful of your return to give more  of your experience as a Asian Statesman for a further term,   to contribute more, with your brothers to help you,  to develop the country and unite the communities to make of them a great Nation of Sri Lankans.

Charles.S.Perera


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