The Metta of Meals

August 31st, 2014

Buddhistdoor International Lulu Cook

2014-08-15

What would the practice of metta look like if we applied it to eating? The cultivation of an attitude of unconditional friendliness, or metta practice, is foundational to Buddhist teaching. It is often practiced on the cushion, using particular phrases and other techniques to generate a sense of open-hearted caring for oneself and others. It is sometimes taught as an action-oriented practice, used to underpin the busy-ness of our day, such as by wishing well-being to all those we may pass on our commute. This intention toward caring is also uniquely appropriate to enhance continuity of practice as we select, prepare, and consume the meals that fuel our lives. These activities can be a support for our metta practice toward ourselves, the environment, and all living beings.

Linking metta practice with mindful eating is suggested by the reason that the Buddha first taught the practice, which was as an antidote to fear. In the Metta Sutta, the Buddha recommended to a group of monastics who had been frightened by the ferocious goings-on of a group of forest spirits that they should return to that same scene, this time intent upon radiating kindness” toward the tree deities. When the monks followed the Buddha’s instruction, the spirits were pacified and became great supporters of the monastics’ practice.

At a time when many of us relate to food with fear—fear of contamination (ranging from genetically modified organisms to pesticides), weight gain, not being able to trust ourselves to make healthy choices—we may benefit from resurrecting the Buddha’s antidote and applying it to feeding ourselves. We may discover that, like the monastics practicing in the forest, an experience that had previously been fraught with anxiety and concern can open up into a deep bed of support for our practice and aspiration toward liberation.

We may begin our investigation of the metta of meals by reflecting on what we eat, considering the first precept and expanding beyond simply not killing.” Our intention toward harmlessness invites us to consider more nuanced ways in which we can express caring, via what we choose to consume. For many of us, this may entail choosing a plant-based diet, which represents a movement toward well-being for the Earth, other living beings, and ourselves. The scientific evidence is clear that plant foods are much more sustainable from an environmental standpoint than animal foods, and meat production is one of the most environmentally harmful industries (per information provided by groups such as the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Environmental Working Group).

We also apply our aspiration of unconditional friendliness toward all beings to include those animals who are raised for food production and slaughter, as well as those insects and small beings who may be inadvertently harmed in growing food. This may move us further toward a plant-based diet, knowing that through our good intention we are not karmically implicated in causing suffering when we choose plants rather than animals for food. We can be inspired here by the contemplations Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village community offers before eating: May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.

Finally, we act with loving kindness toward ourselves when we choose more plant foods. While it is possible to include some animal products in a healthful diet, it is also clear from the consensus of scientific evidence that consuming an abundance of produce is not only delicious and satisfying, but also an excellent way to care for ourselves. Plants can meet all of our needs for protein, fats, and carbohydrates, and they come bundled with a wide range of micronutrients, fiber, and antioxidants that are protective of our health and well-being. Diets that are high in plant foods, particularly well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets, show benefits that include easier maintenance of healthy weights, protection against diseases like some cancers and diabetes, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. So we see that choosing a plant-based diet is a way we can care for ourselves, and those in our lives whom we love and for whom we want to stay healthy.

Whether produced and harvested by ourselves or others, our practice guides us to select foods that have been grown with mindful attention and the least environmental harm possible. With such wholesome ingredients, we are ready to prepare our meal, and here again we can cultivate the intention of kindness toward ourselves and those we feed. It is a beautiful meditation to prepare a meal while chanting verses of loving kindness, either in our thoughts or aloud. Whether it is the Metta Sutta, formal phrases, or arousing the feeling of metta in the heart, these wishes of health and happiness create a joyous practice period while we are cooking and add immeasurable good to the meal. We slow down, allowing ourselves to notice the blessings of preparing nourishing food. We appreciate the aroma, smell, and sensation of this healthful food satisfying our physical hunger.

With the meal firmly grounded in metta, from the production of the ingredients through to its consumption by oneself and perhaps others, we can be free of much of the fear and anxiety that sometimes accompany eating. We enjoy the food with confidence, knowing that it serves to strengthen us in order to continue our practice. This is the kind of meal that expresses metta toward all beings and moves us toward liberation.

Courtesy: Buddhist Door International


Tomatoes are only one kind among many nourishing plants that provide adequate nutrition for human bodies without needing to turn to meat.

From Lulu Cook.

http://newlotus.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/41446

This Is Thisara Perera! Who Almost Retired From International Cricket.

August 31st, 2014

Top Spin By Suni

August 30th 2014

Just recently, prior to his recall into the Sri Lankan ODI squad  there were news reports that Thisara Perera Sri Lanka’s brilliant allrounder was contemplating retirement from the international game and what an opportune thing it seems to be for Sri Lanka that he was talked out of it ( It has been learned that the President was his most compelling influence to change his mind ~ Thank you Mr President!) and that he proved his mettle whilst contributing to the manner Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the ODI Series after overwhelming them in the previously concluded two Test Series where perhaps Thisara’s inclusion may have been meritworthy where he was unaccountably excluded from other series’ also,  despite the opinions of certain big wigs within the Board who may disagree that it seems a cardinal error to have left out someone of his performance capabilities.
 
And there is sufficient reason to believe that it is indeed the choices and inopportune decision making of these same persona within the SL Cricket Board selection committee that may have denied Thisara’a inclusion for the South African Tour of Lanka which may have had quite a different peerspective to what transpired in the end and somewhat demoralising for the Sri Lanka cricketers as well as their huge following of fans as they returned to the drawing board  somewhat dejected after resounding losses to the Proteas.
 
Perhaps it is time appropriate to acknowledge the brilliance of this young and dynamic cricketer whose place in the Squad needs to be assured as this is a brilliant match winner whose records and stats alone are a testimony towards his capabilities and how invaluable a player he could prove to be as Sri Lanka moves towards the next World Cup in 2015.
 
Thisara despite  his brilliance and fiery nature on the playing field is a soft spoken, gentle giant off it and loved by all who know him. A brillianr product of St Josephs College, Maradana alongside his captain Angelo Mathews the other brilliant Joe in the side and someone who fully deserves all the acollades and awards where hopefully his presence in the Sri Lankas squad will serve the country well for many years to come.
Bravo Thisara !
 
The Following Stats are through the  courtesy of UPI and Cricinfo :
 
Thisara Perera – 79 matches, nine MoM awards Stats highlights from the third ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Dambulla, which Sri Lanka dominated from start to finish to set up one of their most convincing wins

8 The number of times Pakistan have been bowled out for less than 102, which was their total against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. One of those eight scores was against Sri Lanka, when they were bowled out for 75 in Lahore in 2009, after Sri Lanka had scored 309.

1 The number of times Pakistan have been bowled out for less than 102 after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, as they did in Dambulla. The only such instance was against West Indies in a Benson & Hedges World Series game in Brisbane in 1993, when Pakistan were bowled out for 71 in 23.4 overs. West Indies chased down that score with 30.4 overs to spare.

9 The number of Man-of-the-Match awards for Perera in 79 ODIs, of which four have been against Pakistan. He is already 11th among Sri Lankans with the most such awards. Both his Man-of-the-Series awards have been against Pakistan.

Highest frequency of MoM awards  (min. 50 ODIs)

S. No. Player Matches MoM awards Matches / MoM award
1 IVA Richards 187 31 6.03
2 CG Greenidge 128 20 6.40
3 HM Amla 92 14 6.57
4 SR Tendulkar 463 62 7.47
5 MD Crowe 143 19 7.53
6 V Kohli 136 18 7.56
7 MA Atherton 54 7 7.71
8 Zaheer Abbas 62 8 7.75
9 GS Chappell 74 9 8.22
10 NLTC Perera 79 9 8.78

178 The number of balls that were remaining when Sri Lanka knocked off the target. Only six times have Pakistan lost an ODI by a bigger margin, in terms of balls remaining. Their largest such defeat was against West Indies in 1993, again, this time in Cape Town in a triangular tournament. They were bowled out for 43, their lowest ODI score, and West Indies knocked off the runs in 12.3 overs. Sri Lanka have won an ODI with more balls to spare on 13 occasions, but it was their biggest such win against Pakistan.

15-5 Sri Lanka’s win-loss record in ODIs in 2014. They’ve won series against Bangladesh, Ireland, England and Pakistan – apart from winning the Asia Cup – and lost a series only to South Africa.

26 Sharjeel Khan’s highest score in his last ten ODI innings, during which period he has scored 133 runs at an average of 13.30. In his first ODI innings he scored 61.

106 Fawad Alam’s batting average since his return to the ODI team. In five innings he has notched up scores of 74, 114*, 62, 30 and 38* – 318 runs at a strike rate of 84.12.

103 The number of ODI wickets for Thisara Perera, which makes him the 14th Sri Lankan to make it to the 100-wicket club in this format. Twenty-nine of those wickets have come in 18 matches against Pakistan, at an average of 24.27. At home, he has taken 55 wickets in 32 games at an average of 19.25; overseas, he has 48 wickets in 47 matches at 34.72.

40 The number of 50-plus scores for Tillakaratne Dilshan in ODIs since the beginning of 2009, which is the third highest, after Kumar Sangakkara (52) and Virat Kohli (48). In 134 ODI innings during this period, Dilshan has scored 5478 runs at an average of 45.65.

 

THREATS TO ANCIENT BOROBUDUR ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE

August 31st, 2014

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International Ahmadiyya Convention in United Kingdom concludes.

August 31st, 2014

by A. Abdul Aziz.

 The 3-day Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) which began on Friday, 29th August, 2014, at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Hampshire, United Kingdom, concluded yesterday (Sunday) with closing address of Ahmadiyya Khalifa Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

 Earlier on Saturday, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered an annual report of the global activities and progress of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

 During his report, His Holiness announced that more than 550,000 people had joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during the past year. He also announced that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was now established in 206 countries of the world and that during the past year Ahmadi Muslim communities had been established in Belize and Uruguay for the very first time.

 His Holiness further announced that during the past year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had completed the translation of the Holy Quran into the Maori language and thus the Community had now translated the entire Quran into 72 languages.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that the progress of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was due to Help of Allah and indeed many people had been guided towards the truth of Ahmadiyyat Islam by Allah the Almighty through dreams.

The annual report was the fourth address given by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad at this year’s Convention (Jalsa Salana).

 On Friday, he delivered his weekly Sermon and then later delivered the inaugural address of this year’s Convention (Jalsa) during which he spoke about the true and pure character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

The Quran has deemed the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the ‘mercy for mankind’ – and his mercy and compassion was not limited to Muslims but encompasses every person, in every place, in every time. Thus, the mission of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is to spread the mercy and compassion of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to the corners of the world.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uThLuftVOI&feature=youtu.be

 During the Convention, His Holiness also raised the Flag of Ahmadiyyat Islam, whilst Rafiq Hayat, the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom, raised the Union Jack. 

 At the Convention, also on Sunday, an estimated 33,000 Ahmadi Muslims from 97 countries pledged allegiance to the Khalifa (Caliph) in a ceremony known as International initiation Ceremony ‘Bai’at’.

Millions of Ahmadi Muslims around the world also took part in the ceremony whilst watching live on MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya) International. 

 As mentioned, the Convention concluded on Sunday afternoon with an address by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. Various other speakers also took to the stage.

 The Eminent Ahmadi Scholar Dr. Ifthikar Ayaz, who recently visited Sri Lanka also addressed the convention – the video link of which is:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNTG-HURI_4&feature=youtu.be

Investigation against Sri Lanka – then what?

August 30th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

It does look a bit odd that a UN existing since 1945 having done nothing to put an end to 30 years of LTTE terror, suddenly gears into action under the stewardship of the outgoing UN Human Rights head who is spearheading an ‘accountability’ exercise after the terror group has been vanquished. With the leadership of the terror side eliminated the new ‘both sides to blame’ scenario does raise some eyebrows given the context of hypocrisy in ‘accountability’ that prevails by UN and its officials.

There are some things that we need to first make clear.

LTTE terror started out not because they were spurred by any grievance or discrimination but because a neighboring country saw fit to take unemployed Tamil youth and clandestinely train them as opposing groups on their soil under the tutelage of former military personnel and instructed by their intelligence personnel. Sufficient evidence clearly establishes that Tamil armed groups emerged because they were trained, armed and financed by a foreign nation. LTTE’s emergence is no different to the manner Islamic groups are mushrooming into existence. Whether that connotes to mean state-sponsored terrorism is for political pundits and the UN to answer.

These created monsters were tasked to carry out a guerilla warfare and that lasted 3 decades. It is possibly with the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi that LTTE changed hands to be under the charge of other forces and factors.

As far as victims are concerned, victims cannot be confined to a period and victims must start with the LTTE’s first acts of terror. The UN has conveniently omitted this from scope and a look at newspaper archives will reveal UN and international community reaction to the villagers hacked and killed by LTTE was nothing but lukewarm and nothing of the kind Sri Lanka experienced with the likelihood of LTTE finally getting eliminated was in the horizon. It is a pity that UN and its Panel, scores of humanitarian organizations have conveniently omitted to include LTTE’s crimes committed every day, every month that lasted for 3 decades which included suicide attacks, bus bombs, bombs placed in civilian installations, assassinations, killing of clergy, public servants and anyone that stood in their way. Even foreigners had fallen victim to the LTTE.

Having done nothing to stop LTTE’s murderous ways for 3 decades isn’t it a bit too late in the day for the UN to now want to investigate crimes and seek accountability? The question is simple – what did the UN do about LTTE’s killing spree?

It was after all an internationally proscribed terrorist entity and the UN and foreign governments are well aware that the international rackets that LTTE were involved in under stewardship of foreign passport holding Diaspora elements continue unabated still. So what is this game about holding LTTE accountable when it is obvious that with the leadership now no more it becomes a very tedious and unnecessary exercise if there is and was no sincerity about holding every person who was part of the LTTE at some time or other and that list includes even leaders of foreign nations that were molly coddling the LTTE over the years. If that reality and the fact that these personages are to be omitted and their names unlikely to come out and be investigated there is hardly any reason to bring out only half of those responsible.

In the same manner in describing Sri Lanka’s conflict as an armed conflict the arguments that are being brought forward to project the Sri Lankan troops as intentionally killing is not only unwarranted they do not hold water. No one making the accusations can give reasons to why the military saved close to 300,000 Tamils at the cost of over 2500 soldier lives and delaying the inevitable military victory. The simple logic is that had the military intended to kill or were even ordered to kill they would not have waited 5 months to finish off the operation, nor delayed even until India held its domestic elections or even braved landmines and other booby traps to save 300,000 Tamils, nor would they have kept alive close to 12,000 LTTE cadres who had surrendered when they could have easily bumped them off ‘deliberately’ too. Therefore, with these live examples at hand the ghost estimates being thrown from different sources who are being kept secret and not disclosed raises the question of ‘authenticity’ and ‘credibility’.

Now that 5 years have elapsed and people are going on with their lives and the Government has visibly shown the people of the North, East and in other parts of the country development of a kind that the people had not seen in previous years, we really must wonder what all this accountability fad is about.

The accusation of militarization is a key component of complaint by Navi Pillay and a host of others. What have they done about LTTErization of the North in taking over lands and property of Tamils over the period they ruled? Have Tamils been given back these properties or are they too scared to ask them back? Does the UN know how much of lands the LTTE and their families have confiscated over 3 decades? Why have these aspects not become a topic of discussion EVER?

Why did UN agencies stationed in the North not do anything to stop children being kidnapped and trained as cadres when these children were moving around them with gun in hand?

Why were UN, its agencies, INGOs/NGOs silent throughout the time LTTE ran its defacto rule with own courts, own police, own currency, own banks, own laws and regulations etc – did these not include deliberate killings, extra judicial killings, take over of land and property, extortion, intimidation and was there any freedom for the Tamil people?

Moreover, in comparison to the manner the military interventions have taken place with lies, distortions and fake reports as well as total disregard for international laws by US and NATO nations – the UN or Navi Pillai is doing NOTHING to call for accountability, it is simply showcasing the UN as being biased, lacking credibility and proper work ethics.

In terms of victims why have ALL the victims of LTTE atrocities not been given due justice?

In terms of terror why has the entire period of LTTE terror not been taken to account?

Nevertheless, as a nation we are well aware that LTTE functioned with the blessings of not just nations but very powerful external factors. How else would they explain why LTTE prevailed for 3 decades for none of the Western nations went after the LTTE as they are supposedly going after the Al Qaeda, ISIS or other Islamic militant groups. We are also aware that LTTE fronts continue to enjoy external support and they are being used for political mileage.

We are next aware that with the hypocrisies with which the UN, the international community and even our own politicians function people just want to get on with their lives. None of the dead are going to come alive by simply having a tribunal and claiming LTTE was the perpetrator. We all know what the LTTE did. We do not need a 3 member UN panel to tell us in a report that will be based on what suits them to tell us what LTTE did. We know LTTE brutality very well.

We also know that there would have been collateral damage inspite of a very honorable quest to conduct operations with zero casualty. It is that policy that rescued close to 300,000 Tamils, ensured close to 12.000 LTTE cadres remained alive and delayed the inevitable defeat of the LTTE. The army did not have to go this length to do what it did and therefore it is totally out of line to be hounding an army with ghost estimates of people accused of being dead when they cannot even give a name, a date of birth or even find skeletal remains of these supposed 40,000 or even 125,000 people. Let us also remember that the GOSL had to only provide ACCESS to humanitarian aid and NOT AID itself!

We the public are well aware that there would have been deaths, the army was not dealing with a conventional military. The LTTE were brutal terrorists who have not signed, ratified or cared to follow international laws except to demand that these laws be applied to save them. Had the LTTE taken the upper hand not a single military soldier would have been spared and evidence is available in the manner that LTTE cut off supplies to several camps in the past and these soldiers met a very tragic inhuman death. So, yes people would have died but people were also saved and these saved people were not just a handful but ran into almost 300,000 and this is no small number to have been saved within just a short number of days amidst firepower.

So what exactly are these investigations attempting to do? Declare ‘both parties’ as guilty, then what? We have moved on as a nation. None of the dead are going to come alive. We are all more concerned about the present and ensuring that the future does not bring out more people like LTTE. Therefore, if the UN and these investigators are concerned at all they need to first list out and expose all the people who had been part of the LTTE in some way or the other. These people have every potential to create other militant movements and lobby with them, they are also serial killers in so far as accepting money and being tied to the LTTE nexus.

We are totally fed up with these commissions because they are all set up with different agendas. Collateral damage have gone ignored in all of the illegal military interventions taking place infront of the UN and its Human Rights head. Sri Lanka’s was a legitimate army taking on an illegal and internationally proscribed terrorist entity. The military option qualifies for a just war determined by the failures in peace talks, negotiations, ceasefires and foreign mediation held over 3 decades. The UN is well aware that the LTTE listened to no one even the UN Secretary General. Appeals to release civilians fell on deaf ears and we do not need a panel to tell us that there would be no civilian hostages or human shields had the LTTE released the civilians when they were asked to. Moreover, the UN or the UN panel is challenged to let us know exactly how many of these civilians were involved in combat either voluntarily or by force. While this question remains unanswered we are prepared to keep this an open question if there are no bombs, there are no assassinations and there is no likelihood of another 3 decades to haunt us.

Therefore, in our eyes we cannot see why the UN and the outgoing human rights head should waste such time, colossal amounts of funds to end up saying ‘both sides’ are to be held accountable. Then what is the next step, LTTE leader is dead so LTTE is guilty by paper only. What about the Sri Lankan Government – the President, the armed forces commanders, the defense secretary and all line commanders are to be held accountable. Then what – is the next step to declare that they be arrested? We feel that this is going a bit too far and out of scope. The investigation covering ongoing events self-mandated by the Panel is to showcase as excuse to portray a fearful gruesome scenario in Sri Lanka, the same paid NGOs enjoying millions of disbursement are ever ready to issue local reports portraying the version that the UN panelists want to hear. These versions though given maximum publicity do not even create a ripple.

There is more to the investigation than meets the eye. Is Sri Lanka’s case being used as a testing point to create precedents, for surely the President of Sri Lanka and all others that are attempted to be implicated for war crimes do not pose any international threat. So we continue to question, what is this panel investigation all about and what mischief is the UN and its heads upto?

The Financial Missiles of the IMF that made sovereign countries indebted..

August 30th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University)

 Argentina is in the dog house once again. This time it is hounded by the Vultures”- the Hedge Funds  who have obtained a ruling from the US  Supreme  Court that the debts amounting to $ 1.5 billion on bonds has to be paid at full value immediately.  That decision made the Argentinian Economic Minister Kicillof remark that the Hedge Funds were Vultures as they refused to negotiate terms for payment and instead obtained the Court Order.

 Back to 2001,  Argentina  had a massive debt of $ 132 billion and failed to pay up. Then they had to freeze bank accounts, workers were not paid for months all because under the IMF’s neoliberal model- the Structural Adjustment  Programme(SAP) which Argentina had closely followed they did away with exchange controls, freed imports and allowed the people to raise foreign loans and when it came to paying  up the loans in foreign currency the economy crashed. . Then I wrote:

In its 2002 Budget Argentina agreed to implement budget cuts of  $ 8 billion, tighten the stomachs of the people further. This did not satisfy the IMF to release funds. Riots erupted and the Government of  President De La Rua gracefully resigned. Mounted Police charged the unarmed crowds and bullets rained in vain. (The Island: 3/1/2002)

 Since then Argentina tried hard and actually paid up all its dues to the IMF , but Two Hedge Funds –The Vultures led by a US billionaire – who snapped up Argentinan bonds at rock bottom prices following Argentina’s  $ 95 billion foreign debt default in 2001 (went to the US Supreme Court.) . The US Court in Washington decided that the debt should be paid in full”(Argentina fears new crisis as Vultures Circle after US Supreme Court ruling” in The Guardian 18/6/2014)

 Let us see what this Lesson holds for Third World Countries.

 Most Third World countries in the Fifties and Sixties  had sound economies, stable currencies, had no foreign debts and could meet their foreign commitments through   careful handling the foreign exchange they earned. Sri Lanka then even had funds to finance the Gal Oya Irrigation Project entirely without seeking any loans and so were Ghana, Tanzania  and all Third World countries. In fact it is on record that like in the case of Sri Lanka, in 1977, Tanzania  was advised, because it had ample reserves, (in the words of Cheryl Payer in Lent and Lost”): to abolish the foreign exchange budgeting system… lift controls on imports: and consequently by the end of 1978,  Tanzania had only reserves  for ten days worth of imports. Then the IMF imposed its Structural Adjustment reforms. Tanzania which had a stable self reliant economy was broken down and brought to its knees”(From my book: How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka..”(Godages)

 This is exactly what happened to many other countries that followed the IMF policies.

Today these countries have for decades gone on the path dictated by the IMF to disband exchange controls, allow free imports, have a low tax regime, impose burdens on the poor through austerity measures and they all have economies that have in that process piled up an unbearable foreign debt- to service which- they have to raise further loans.  Today,  Sri Lanka is saddled with a massive foreign debt of around  $39 billion .  In fact a former Permanent Secretary Chandra Maliyadde commented that  that At the end of 1976 the total outstanding Aid to Sri Lanka was only $ 75 million.” This was then the foreign debt.  Referring to the current debt he questioned; how the external debt liability was increased by more than 500 times in 35 years?” (The  Island23/6/13) The answer is simple. Sri Lanka borrowed money and spent in on unnecessary imports, foreign travel and extravaganza- all as dictated by the IMF.

 The current situation of Third World countries is that all are indebted and have to adhere to open their economies further and further to investors from abroad, for them to come in and exploit the resources in the country and take away fat profits. The IMF’s solution was a new strategy called the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative(HIPC) by which they wrote off some debt, but in actual fact in writing off the debts they compelled the countries to open their economies for more exploitation by investors. When the IMF forgave the foreign debt of Ghana the new conditionality included forced privatization of water services and opening up agriculture for foreign companies. Though Ghana was given a reprieve of $ 4 billion in 2006, the liberal economy without exchange controls and free imports meant that by 2011 the foreign debt had balooned to $ 13.4 bn..

 What happened to the Third World countries is clear when we find that African countries got $ 540 billions in loans during 1970tro 2002,  paid back  $ 550 billion and was left with a debt of $ 295 billion. The situation of every country is that they have to pay debts eternally. For instance  as of 2004  Kenya had a debt of $ 6.8 billion and it sends back to the rich nations from whom the money was borrowed  a million dollars a day.

 How was this done? At first the IMF and the World Bank gave loans at low interest and with long grace periods to lure the countries into their ploy. The long grace periods meant that the leaders who took the loans were mostly out of office when the time came to pay up the loans. Again this exposes the sinister motives of the IMF to have agreed to such loans..

  Gradually the IMF and the World Bank backed out and the Governments were forced to get loans at even 8 % interest from commercial sources. Finding this too a difficult task the Governments have now resorted to raise foreign funds through issuing sovereign bonds.. Zambia launched a 10 Year Euro bond  for $ 750 million.  Ruwanda raised a bond of  $ 400 million. This list is endless.

 This is the current modus operandi of Third World Countries. The Central Banks have found an easy method of finding foreign funds by raising sovereign bonds, little knowing how they can ever be repaid as the funds are used for consumption purposes and not used in any developmental manner- i.e. a manner in which some foreign exchange expenditure will be saved or  foreign exchange will be produced.. It is important to note that  the Indian Government has resisted the temptation to issue foreign currency sovereign bonds.”(The Economic Times, 9/6/2014)

 In fact the African Department of the IMF  has issued a clear warning:

International Sovereign Bonds may not be the best option for  financing infrastructure investment and other funding options may need careful consideration”(Issuing International Sovereign Bonds: Opportunities and Challenges for Sub Saharan Africa”, IMF Africa Department, 2014/

 Many Countries have authorized Banks and other Government Institutions to raise foreign funds through bonds.    The funds thus raised are loaned to the Government for spending.

  Next the Governments have authorized private companies and even currency dealers to obtain foreign currency leans.  Indian companies had raised  $ 36.4 billion in 2014 and  $ 29.2 billion in 2013.(Business Standard:30/8/2014)   The Reserve Bank o India  has banned companies from borrowing abroad to pay local dues.(The Hindu Business Line:9/5/204)  The fact that loans from foreign countries can be obtained at less that 6% interest, while local loans are at a far higher interest- as much as 15 to 20% should have been known to the Central Banks.

 Sri Lanka’s Minister of Technology, Tissa Vitharana   has warned , Banks are getting caught in a severe debt trap by raising loans in international markets”(Sunday Times :22/6/2014)

Funds so raised are used for domestic use as inadvertently admitted by the CEO of Sri Lanka’s National Development Bank: NDB raised $ 200 million in 2014. A part of it was invested in Government Bonds… a part is swapped into Rupees but the majority was lent tro local companies with dollar income.”( Daily FT: 13/8/2014)

 The Central Banks call these highly irresponsible and ridiculous methods as prudent financial management.

 This is where what happened to Argentina comes into focus. There the crisis was loans not taken by the Government but bonds- when the economy crashed in 2002, the bonds had low values and were sold at discounted rates. In Russia when the economy broke down a dollar bond  was sold as low as 20 cents. This happened in Argentina too and the bonds were whipped up by the Hedge Funds who have now resorted to go to the US Supreme Court and obtain the  ruling that the bonds have to be paid at the full value and that done immediately. Argentina could  not meet that payment and that is the crisis today. President Kirchner is correct when she says that  Financial Missiles also Kill”.

 The IMF’s Structural Adjustment Programme(SAP) is actually a Financial Missile that kills. It kills people by taking over the foreign exchange earnings of a country and channeling it to get back to the Donors- the Developed Countries through imports, and other methods like foreign tours- all spent abroad. The IMF  denies the right of a sovereign country to handle its own foreign exchange earnings in the national interest; it binds the hands of sovereign governments by dictating that the foreign exchange has to be handled by the banks. Local banks are gradually closed down and foreign banks rule the roost. In fact the foreign currency that comes in is sold by the banks that collect it at a higher rate at their discretion. This did happen in Sri Lanka on 25/01/2001 when the State banks had to pay a large oil bill and their collection of foreign exchange was insufficient. They went with hat in hand to the other commercial banks  who increased their price- the rupee that was trading at Rs 85 to the dollar  went to Rs. 106 to the dollar and the Central Bank had to admit that it controlled only the domestic money supply and allows the market forces to determine the exchange rate”(The Island 17.02.2001  From How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka..(Godages).  It is clear that in the intake of foreign exchange the banks- mostly foreign manipulate the exchange rate and even caused a devaluation!

 Devaluation of the currencies of the sovereign countries is inevitable in this process where the market forces(the banks that manipulate the values of the exchange rates, importers,  traders and multinationals) determine the exchange rate. When Sri lanka accepted the IMF’s conditionality in 1977 the local Rupee was devalued by over 100%, from Rs. 15.50 to the pound in 1977 October to Rs. 31.64 in 1978.  Currently the value is at Rs. 220.00 to the pound, kept at that level by careful manoeuvre -obtaining foreign loans as well as buying foreign exchange in the local market and feeding it into the system. This causes an increase in the foreign debt. When I went to Turkey on holiday and cashed a few pounds, I got  2,600,000 Lira to the pound and I could no longer carry the Lira in my purse. I had to take it in a small suitcase. The Turkish Lira has dropped in value from  Lira 336 to the pound in 1983  to Lira 2,640,000 to the pound in 2007 marking a drop of  787,000%. In 2014 August the value of the Lira is as much as 3,610,000 Lira to the pound. (3.61 New Lira to the pound, where the value of a New Lira is equal to one million old Lira). There are vast Expressways hardly used because people have no money to run in cars. The Ghana Cedi is today (2014) in distress. In  1965  1.04 Cedi equaled a  pound. . By 1980 there were 2.8 Cedi to the value of a pound and by 2007  the value was 9,300 Cedi to the pound.  In 2014 the value of one pound was as much as 51,000 Cedi ( 5.1 GHC).  In fact Ghana has had to stop foreign currency holders from withdrawing foreign funds from their own bank accounts. They can withdraw  only 6000 pounds and that too on evidence of foreign trips(BBC News, Africa, 6/2/14).

 Ghana  exports gold, cocoa,  bauxite and manganese and this is their source of foreign income. All these products are now reduced in value to the extent of the devaluation. One can imagine the low prices at which Third World countries have to sell their products.  There is no mechanism by which local prices are jacked up to combat the devaluation. The local produce is exported  at the original value and gets paid at the devalued rate.  This Devaluation mechanism of the IMF is meant to enable the Super Countries to obtain raw materials at low rates. The problem today is that our economists have failed to fathom the losses caused by the IMF to our countries through the neo liberal economics of Friedman which we all follow.

 Once the countries are in debt the countries have to dance to the tune of the IMF.  In  2004 the Minister of Finance in Zambia said, We are running the country,  but the budget is controlled by donors.:”(From: Fraser & Lungu, For Whom the Windfalls Winners and Losers in the Privatization of Zambia’s Copper Mines”2007)

 What Can be done?

The sovereign countries trusted the IMF and the World Bank and never thought of being misled in development. It is only after decades of implementing the SAP of the IMF that the countries find themselves steeped in foreign debt. The Central Banks of the countries that is staffed with the cream of economists are all mouthpieces of the IMF. The IMF retains  economists who can argue and bluff their way through. Even Professor Jeffery Sachs and Professor Joseph Stiglitz the main critics of the IMF & World Bank today were once in their pay and then they furthered the  IMF agenda of selling an economic system which makes the countries indebted. Both of them hold no recipe for bringing back the sovereign countries to become  self reliant economies. They actually colluded with the IMF to restructure the economies of the sovereign Third World Countries to make them contribute towards the economies of the Superpowers and get into foreign debt in the process.

 In the circumstances what is necessary is to find an algorithm that will enable the countries to get on their feet.

 In a speech before the UN General Assembly on 21/9/2004 President Kirchner of Argentina said: An urgent tough and structural redesign of the IMF is needed to prevent crisis and help solutions…..” The IMF must, change that direction which it took from being a lender for development to a creditor demanding privileges”.

 The immediate reply  from the Group of Seven Industrial Superpowers was  to warn Argentina.  They warned President Kirchner that Argentina had to come to an immediate debt restructuring agreement with creditors… and impose structural reforms to prove to the world financial community  that it deserved loans and investment” (Wikipedia)

 Actually Argentina has now paid back its dues to the IMF but is now hounded by the Hedge Fund Vultures.

 It is only President Rafael Corea of Equador  that has decided to take the bull by the horns. He had declared that the IMF has to be held responsible for putting the countries on  a path that led to the foreign indebtedness of the countries. And in comes  John Perkins  with complete proof. Perkins in Confessions of An Economic Hitman” has admitted working for a Multinational and drafting plans and programs which when implemented sends the foreign funds borrowed  back to the donors in various forms(consulting, travel extravaganza and through imports  etc.) leaving the country indebted to the extent of the loan. The manner in which the loan was disbursed sent off the funds to the Donor Countries leaving the burden of repaying the loan as a foreign debt! . President Corea has appointed a Commission to judge the foreign aid that was really meant for development and has refused to pay the rest that was intended to ruin the country and make the country indebted.

 It is hopeful that the BRICKS is establishing a new international bank and I hope the message in this Paper gets to them.

 To my mind, what has to be done is simple. Our leaders have to get back to controlling the foreign exchange they earn and use it in the national interest instead of enabling this hard earned foreign exchange obtained at high interest to fund the most elegant bathroom ceramics and such extravaganza that help the rich all increasing the national foreign debt.

 We have to have national planning back again to decide how the resources of the country have to be developed with employment creation aims and incomes for local entrepreneurs, instead of fat profits for foreign investors, who come in to exploit the country’s resources. It is sad that even in the distribution of water, the creation of hydo power foreign investors come in and create a situation which enable profits to flow from the Third World country to the foreign  investor for ever. .  .

 We have to have massive projects and programs that will enable the development of local resources, create local employment and see to the end of the youth- the cream of the country  going in search of menial work in the Developed Countries and sending back money to feed their relatives. The countries now look forward to these remittances. These Countries today pay more attention to obtaining these remittances and pay lip service to establishing projects and programmes to enable self reliant development. Perhaps their hands are tied  because they have to be in the good books of the IMF to enable investors to come in.

 As far as foreign exchange is concerned the golden rule is to ensure that every dollar borrowed will create foreign funds- in terms of developing local resources, obviating imports through implementing import substitution industries. If  any  Government borrows foreign funds  for local expenses it is paving the path for a major disaster. Banks and  government institutions should handle foreign borrowing on a strict basis and no outside source like companies and foreign exchange dealers should  be allowed to borrow from foreign sources.. It is sad if this is not realized.

 Today, in the entire world there is not a single University studying the neo liberal economics of Milton Friedman. Friedman died recently having taken almost all Third World Countries to ruin, exactly like the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Our leaders should take to create local research institutions that will grapple with the economy and not be subservient to the failing recipes provided by the IMF. These institutes should be charged with bringing about development- the economic algorithm that will succeed in annihilating poverty and enabling the development of resources in the national interest, ways and means of bringing about development(administrative strategies, community development  and non formal education methods). It is sad that there is not a single University anywhere that tackles this subject.  In this regard I recall the Comilla Program of Rural Development established by the Government of Bangladesh(then Pakistan and Michigan State University to find the quickest and best method to bring about development. That programme implemented in Kotwali Thana in ten years ushered a situation of full employment and doubled the yield of paddy. Today this Institute- The Academy for Rural Development  is active but is starved of funds to attract  high calibre researchers. However though this was achieved by an American university, this achievement was ignored by the IMF which wanted instead to milk dry the resources of the sovereign countries and restructure their economies to function like colonies, to contribute to the coffers of the Superpowers through its Structural Adjustment Programme which all countries have to follow.. 

 The sovereign Third World countries have been moved to become indebted by the IMF and have had their economies restructured to become the consumers of the products of the Developed Countries.

 It is important to note that the Friedman neo liberal model of development forced on the Third World by the IMF has lasted only a few decades from the Seventies to today and has already brought in its wake poverty and destitution- foreign debt and servitude to the Third World Countries and economic bankruptcy to the Developed Countries.

 It is necessary that a new algorithm for development- a New Model has to be created- and it is hoped that  the new BRICKS Bank will take on this mantle for development.

 Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University

Author of :

How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka  and Alternative Programs of Success(Godages)

Papers on the Economic Development of Sri lanka(Godages)_

28 th August 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS -10th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON BUDDHIST STUDIES

August 30th, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS

 10th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON BUDDHIST STUDIES

Friday 26th  – Saturday 27th December 2014  

Invitation to members of the public

organised by

The Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenapura

in association with

The Buddhist Times Trust 

Academics and researchers are invited to present papers relating to Buddhism from a variety of disciplines such as Philosophy, Civilisation, History, Psychology, Sociology, Buddhist Textual Languages and Literature and other related disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences. They can be presented in either English or Sinhala. Abstracts of research papers should not exceed 350 words and must include: Title, Author(s), Affiliation, Address, Tel/Fax, E-mail address. Abstracts can be sent by e-mail to hgoonatilake@hotmail.com with a copy to yatagama3@yahoo.com as attachment in Word, or by fax to Fax No: 0112803196 by post to The Head, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 15th October 2014

Announcement of Acceptance: 30th October 2014

Submission of Full Papers: 1st December 2014

Coordinators: Ven. Dr. Magammana Pannananda Thera (pmagammana@gmail.com/ 0779303407)

Ven. Dr. Medagampitiye Wijithadhamma Thera (yatagama3@yahoo.com/ 0714511863)

Convenor:       Dr. Hema Goonatilake (hgoonatilake@hotmail.com /077-6261374)

 

 

Third term of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the President

August 30th, 2014

Nalin de Silva

It is clear by this time the opposition has realised that they have no ability to field a candidate who can win at the next Presidential elections whenever it is held. They have failed to find a so called common candidate and Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera can campaign for abolition of executive President until the Presidential election is announced and then find that no political party is prepared to nominate the Thera or anybody else as the common candidate.

There will be a number of candidates from the opposition and their best hope at the elections would be no candidate securing the fifty per cent of the valid votes plus at least one more vote forcing the commissioner of elections to count the second preferences of the voters.

However, it is a remote possibility and the deciding factor at the elections would be the defeat of the LTTE and Western interference in local politics. Navi Pillai and her successor would help Mahinda Rajapaksa with their reports, and England in the two hundredth year since the 1815 English Sinhala Pact would realise that it cannot conquer the Sinhala mind. The fact that the elections would be held close to 2nd March 2015, two hundred years after the Sinhala English Pact of March 1815, would help Mahinda Rajapaksa who defeated Prabhakaran and the other terrorists who were supported by England and her ally US, and not Ranil Wickremesinghe who signed the ceasefire agreement with Prabhakaran at the insistence of those two countries through the Scandinavian countries.

Presidential election

It would not be a bad idea to hold the Presidential elections on the 2nd of March 2015 with history supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa and the people teaching a good lesson to the English and their cohorts of Fridays, WGOs that include peace vendors and others.

The election results will carry a message to Geneva where in March the United Nations Human Rights Council will be discussing Sri Lanka and not US where Blacks are being killed indiscriminately 150 years after the “end of the civil war”. There will be no “reconciliation” among the whites and the blacks in USA for another 150 years but in Sri Lanka Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the so called extremist organisation has joined hands with a Hindu organisation and going by newspaper reports some Muslims have already complained to BBS against some other Muslim organisations that have prevented certain Muslims going to Mecca!

Ven. Sobhitha Thera and the team would fail with their slogans such as good governance, abolition of Executive Presidency, as the people of this country know how the UNP governed the country under several leaders. Ranil Wickremesinghe has already shown his character in association with Soththi Upali and others, and Sajith Premadasa is only an also ran politician. It is not necessary to discuss the JVP and other parties, which would poll less than one million votes among themselves. Thus the Commissioner of Elections will be spared the agony of counting the second preferences.

Under these circumstances when the Presidential elections are between a person who saved the country from the LTTE that was supported by England led Western countries and a person who betrayed the country by signing CFA with the LTTE there is only one way left for the opposition. That is to try their luck at the Supreme Court by objecting to the candidature of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the next Presidential elections. The first salvo has been already fired by none other than Sarath Silva, a former Chief Justice of the country, in the form of an interview given to Irida Lankadeepa, which has a management related to Ranil Wickremesinghe.

I am neither a lawyer nor an expert in English but I know that Sarath Silva is not the only lawyer nor the only CJ this country has produced. Law is mainly about legal principles, interpretations and precedents, and even in Mathematics that uses natural languages to a minimum as much as possible there are different interpretations. Law depends on language and interpretations play a significant role in legal matters. I have some personal experience as I have resorted to litigation against the University of Colombo for dismissing me and most of the other universities for not appointing me to an academic position.

Supreme Court

I filed a case against the University of Colombo in the labour tribunal which decided that the University of Colombo should pay me a sum of Rs. seven lacks even though I had lost about five million rupees in wages and other benefits as a result of being on extended sabbatical leave for more than ten years. The university appealed to the High Court that decided that not a single cent be paid and decided that I was guilty of all the charges. Then I appealed to the Supreme Court and a three member bench presided over by Sarath Silva CJ decided that the University should pay me Rs. five lacks. To this day I do not understand the rationale behind these judgments, and five lacks is not even the arithmetical mean of seven lacks and zero.

I do not think that Mr. S. L. Gunasekera who appeared for me free of charge from the labour tribunal to the Supreme Court understands the judgments either. As there is no court of law above the Supreme Court the University had to abide by the latter decision and as a result I lost about 4.5 million rupees.

When Western Physics is not objective one would not expect Roman Dutch or any other law to be objective. Three different courts of law gave three different judgments but we are forced to go to courts of law seeking justice. It was Wittgenstein who said that problems in Philosophy are problems of language.

It appears that Law thrives on problems of language. However, politics has a way of dealing with language, where intuition plays a big role. The political intuition of Mahinda Rajapaksa who himself as a lawyer, knows how to deal with problems of language associated with law. It is the legislators who know the intention of passing of laws and not the interpreters who are confined to language and convictions.

Sarath Silva in his interview seems to have given the impression that he depends on two interpretations, which needless to say are subjective. In law as it often happens lawyers first come to conclusions and then try to justify the conclusions interpreting the law accordingly. In general we do not come to conclusions by rational arguments but almost always rationalize our convictions, and I am no exception.

Legal intricacies

According to Sarath Silva, Article 31 (2) of the Constitution that says “No person who has been twice elected to the office of President by the People shall be qualified thereafter to be elected to such office by the People” has already disqualified Mahinda Rajapaksa.

It appears that Sarath Silva’s argument is that Mahinda Rajapaksa was disqualified to contest a third time the day he was elected to the office of the President, the second time. However, the above article does not say categorically that a person who has been elected twice to the post of President is disqualified to be elected to that post again.

It could be said that the article 31 (2) becomes operative only at the point when the person who has been elected twice decides to contest Presidential elections, and not before. That was never to come as long as the Article was in the Constitution, and now the article has been repealed by the eighteenth amendment. Mahinda Rajapaksa is now not bound by a repealed article, and legal intricacies on retrospective validations are not the order of the day.

The second interpretation that Sarath Silva banks is on Article 31 (3a) (i) that states “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding provisions of this Chapter, the President may, at any time after the expiration of four years from the commencement of his first term of office, by Proclamation, declare his intention of appealing to the People for a mandate to hold office, by election, for a further term.”

The eighteenth amendment replaced the words fist term by the words current term, and Sarath Silva is apparently of the opinion that current means first. However, the eighteenth amendment has no upper limit on the number of terms a person could be elected, provided of course the people elect him/her, and in the light of the eighteenth amendment current does not appear to mean only the first.

Let us await the decision of the Supreme Court if a voter goes before it based on Sarath Silva’s interpretations, but more importantly on Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political intuition that would tell him what action he should take in view of the interpretations. 

හිවලුන් වූ සිහලුන් දැ න ගැනීමට අකමැති ඇත්ත

August 30th, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න  විසිනි

තිරිකුනාමල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ  සහකාර ආණ්ඩුවේ ඒජන්ත තැන  වූ  ලුෂින්ටන්  1898 වසර පරිපාලන වාර්තාවේ  පළමුවන කොටස පිටුව  17 —–දිවයි න  ලිපිය—
“”කඩ් ඩු කුලම් පත්තු ප්‍රධාන ගම්මුලා දෑ නි  කොට්ඨාසය
————————————————– ත්‍රිකුණාමල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මෙමෙ කොට්ඨාසය  තුල උඩරට  සිංහලයන්ගෙන් පැවතෙන අය  වාසයකළහ.. මෙම ජනකොටස අහිතකර බලපෑම්  වලට ලක්වන බවද කරයෙන් අභාවයට  යන බවද පෙනේ.අත්හැර දමනලද හෝ පිළිසකර කරනලද  වැව් වලින් ගැවසීගත් මෙම පළාත සිත්ගන්නා සුළුය.  ගැමියෝ උඩරට පාරම්පරික සිරිත් බොහොමයක්  තවමත් පිළිපදිති . එසේවුවද ඔවුන් වේගයෙන්  දෙමල කරණයට පත්වෙන බව පෙනේ  . මෙය නම් කනගාටුවට  කරුණකි .ඔවුහු දෙමල ජනයා සමග ආවාහ විවාහ වෙති .. බොහෝදෙනෙක්  දෙමල භාෂාව මෙන්ම සිංහල භාශාවද කතා කරති. රජයේ පාසා ගුරුවරයාද දෙමල ගුරුවරයෙකි..එම පාසලේ උගන්වන්නේ  දෙමල බස පමණකි. අවාසනාවකට මෙන් ඇතැම් සිංහල ගම්මාන   දෙමල ජාතිකයන් විසින් මිලට ගෙන ඇතිඅතර  ඒවායේ ඇති සියලුම  කුඹුරු හා ඉඩම්  ඔවුන් සතුවී ඇත.. ඔවුන්ගේ නම්ද දෙමල ඌ රුවට  හැඩගැසී ඇත. මෙය පුදුමයට කරුණක් නොවන්නේ  කච්චේරියේ සිටින තෝල්කයන්  පෙත්සම්ලියන්නන්  හා වෙනත් නිලධාරීන් සියලුදෙනා  දෙමළුන් බැවිනි. මෙය නම් ඛේදනීය කරුණක් බව  කිවයුතුය. ඉංග්‍රීසි දැනීමක් ඇති ප්‍රබල  සිංහල ගම්මුලාදානියෙක්  මෙම පළාතේ ප්‍රධාන  ගම්මුලාදෑනියා  වශයෙන් පත්වෙනවා  දැකීමට මම කැමති වෙමි. තවද දෙමල පාසල  අහෝසි කල  යුතුයයදා  මම සිතමි.””””
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ වනාන්තර පරිපාලනය  නමින් වන සංරක්ෂණ සේවයේ  වින්සන්ට් මහතාගේ 1882 අංක 43 දරන සැසි වාර්තාවේ  1 පරිච්චේධයේ  පිටු අංක 2 හි මෙසේ  දැක්වේ ”””නැගෙනහිර වෙරළ තීරුව  ඔස්සේ දෙමල ජනාවාස ව්‍යාප්තවීම සහ උතුරු පළාත සහ තමන්කඩුව පළාත  හැර අනෙක් පෙදස්වල  වෙරළබඩ කොටස්  දෙමල ජ නාචාස කරණය වී නොතිබීම  සැලකිය යුතු කරුණකි  දෙමල සහ මුස්ලිම් ජනයා  පදිංචියට පැමිණි සියලු ප්‍රදේශයන්හි  සිංහල ජනයා එළවා දැමීමෙන් පසුව එම සිංහල ජනයා  යාබද කැ ලෑ  වලට සංක්‍රමණය වී හේන්  ගොවිතැන් හෝ දඩයම් කිරීමෙන් ඉතාම අවදානම් සහගත ජීවිතයක් ගත කළහ.””

1921 සංගණන වාර්තාවේ දී මඩකලපු කච්චේරියේ  එස්. ඕ . කනගරත්නම්  මෙසේ කියය–””’ මඩ කලපු දිස්ත්‍රික්කය උඩරට රජතුමා යටතේ පැවතුනි……සිංහල ගම අභාවයට යන බව පෙනේ.. සිංහල  ගම විනාශය වැලක් වීමේ අරමුණින්  බින්තැන්න පත්තුව නම් නව සිංහල කොට්ඨාශයක්  වෙන් කරනලදී ”””’
සිංහලේ රටේ සිංහලයාට ගිය කලක් !

Life Abroad – Part 93 INTERACTION WITH THE GOD’S MEN IN CLOTH – Part 1 of 3

August 30th, 2014

Dr.Tilak Fernando

 At the height of the LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka, a delegation from the Council of Churches in the UK visited home on a peace promoting exercise. Upon their return, Sinhala expatriates in London had an inter-action meeting with the team that visited Sri Lanka, which turned out to be a vociferous confrontation. To counter the myth that dominated at home at the time to the effect that ‘the expatriates’ involvement or contribution to help their mother country was much to be desired, the meeting that took place in June 1999 was published in a Sri Lankan daily by the same writer. This is being dug out from the archives and reproduced in a sequential format in the Life Abroad Column for the benefit of those who were not aware of the incident and/or who were lachrymose and pointed a finger at the expatriate Sinhala community for their lack of enthusiasm in helping the motherland in the hour of need.

The venue was London, it took place on the 27th of June 1999, at the height of LTTE terrorism when the Council of Churches in Britain and Ireland decided to take a keen interest and a prominent role to diffuse what they termed as an ‘unhealthy situation in Sri Lanka,’ thousands of miles away from their land when in fact, at their very doorstep, IRA problems existed without any proper means to resolve their own problems.

SSIBMeetingA Meeting at the SSIB

Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland appeared to be committed to God’s mission on earth, while its members seemed to believe that they, as Christians, could not cut themselves away from the problems of the world, and the Church was duty bound to try and address any conflict situation anywhere in the world! They, therefore, idolised getting involved and being part of the proof of trying to promote peace in Sri Lanka at any cost. That was surely believed to be the life of the church!

Good intentions

In such a backdrop, with good intentions and objectives, the Council of Churches in Britain and Ireland sent a delegation to Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Christian Council in Sri Lanka to ‘observe the existed situation’ at home. The team of representatives consisted of Rev. Norman Taggart (Methodist Church of Ireland), Rev. Dr. Andrew Wingate (Church of England) Fr. Pat Davis (expired on February 16, 2010)) and Dr. Elizabeth Harris (Methodist Friends of Peace).

Rev. Fr. Pat Davis discharged his celestial duties attached to the St. Sebastian and St. Pancras Church at Hay Lane, Kingsbury, NW of London at the time. In the same diocese at Kingsbury lived an associate priest from Sri Lanka, Rev. Fr. Christopher De Silva. Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre at Kingsbury, affiliated to the World Buddhist Foundation, being in the same neighbourhood had a common factor in service when it came to Interfaith Movement activities.

In view of this kind of correlation, Fr. Davis on his return from the ‘Sri Lanka Peace Mission tour’ contacted the chief incumbent of the SSIB, Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi to brief on his team’s experiences in Sri Lanka. Ven. Piyadassi suggested that it would be most fitting if he (Fr. Davis) could give a reflection on their fact finding tour to a Sri Lankan audience, mainly the Dayaka’s of the Centre. Fr. Pat Davis mutually agreed and a meeting took place at the SSIB Centre on June 27, 1999, at 8.00 p.m.

Smooth start

Ven. Piyadassi advised the packed audience of Sri Lankan expatriates that the meeting was arranged only to pay attention to his (Fr. Davis) observations during their peace mission to Sri Lanka, and it was a rare opportunity for Sri Lankan expatriates in London to give an ear to the church delegates’ observation and comments. He also stressed that it was an occasion to discuss any relevant points and iron out any objectionable and/or inappropriate areas before an official report was published by the Church delegation to Sri Lanka.

Wimal de Silva, a retired member of staff from the Sri Lanka High Commission, who was a senior devotee at the SSIB, officially introduced Fr. Davis as one of the delegates who had been to Sri Lanka as part of an organisation called the Churches together in Britain and Ireland to observe the existed situation in Sri Lanka, seeking ‘a solution for peace and reconciliation’.

Though it was not categorically stressed, the forgone conclusion among the Sinhala audience was that Rev. Fr. Davis and the Christian team had been sent on a study tour to monitor the war situation in Sri Lanka.

Fr. Davis had all the requisite qualifications to be chosen for such a mission as a Christian, with his past experience in conflict, peace and reconciliation background, particularly after working as the Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Wales and England with an added know-how on international affairs.

At that time he functioned as a part-time moderator for the Church in Britain and Ireland and had a particular interest in peace and reconciliation issues in South Africa and Bosnia. In such a backdrop, he possessed all the qualifications to be included in the ‘promoting peace and reconciliation’ tour to Sri Lanka.

Mapping that went wrong

Fr. Davis outlined their Sri Lankan tour at the outset by displaying a traditional map of Sri Lanka instead of referring to the distorted map that the LTTE had marked north and the eastern areas of the country in red as ‘traditional Tamil home land’! He continued his discourse by elaborating on the areas covered as Kandy, Vauniya, Mannar, Madhu, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Puttlam, Kalpitiya, Negombo, Panadura, Bulathsinhala, Hiniduma and Weligama. He appeared quite contended having had the opportunity of speaking to a ‘full spectrum of Sinhalese, Tamils, Buddhists, Christians including the Catholic priests and the Buddhist clergy’ in areas mentioned.

The audience however took a dim view at this stage, particularly when they noticed that Jaffna had been avoided completely in the visiting group’s agenda. The whole purpose of their visit was believed to be to find out whether there was a demand for third party mediation at all to ‘the problems that existed in Sri Lanka’.

Naturally, several persons in the audience interrupted him, but Father Davis disregarding such turbulences maintained that their visit had been organised with the blessings of the Sri Lanka Government! Ultimately, excusing himself that he was not a good public speaker, he suggested having an interactive question and answering session with the audience.

Expatriate responses

One of the popular Sri Lankan characters in London at the meeting was Wijeratne (George) Parapitiya who resembled the late President R. Premadasa as an identical twin to a certain extent in appearance. George was once in Sri Lanka on holiday and went to meet with the chieftain of the Veddha community Uruwarige Wanniyalaththo. The confused chieftain’s remarks were: “Ah Manhituwa Maha Uramarilakiya” (I thought the Chief had died sometime ago!) – mistaken identity for the late President R. Premadasa!

However, George Parapitiya was noted as a fearless and a bold person to fire questions at any one (even at Government Ministers and other dignitaries who visited London) during various meetings held in connection with the LTTE conflict. He initiated the ‘question and answer session’ by referring to the ‘Delegation for Peace’ to Sri Lanka in 1998 (at the invitation of the Churches in Sri Lanka, National Christian Council and National Peace Council) calling it not as a religious visit. He addressed Fr. Davis thus:

“Father Davis, obviously it was not a religious visit, am I correct? Father, you and your colleagues went to observe an existing problem in Sri Lanka, but not to resolve whatever there was. Your delegation was asked to meet with some people and ask questions! May I ask you then, what sort of inquiries did you make from the Tamils, Sinhalese, Churches and the Buddhist monks”?

Fr. Davies answered politely, ‘the delegation did not have any pre-conceived agenda – in that sense, but the tour had been arranged by the Church Solidarity Movement in conjunction with the National Council for Churches in Sri Lanka, and the Church intended to help and facilitate the peace process in whatever form it took.’

Parapitiya was not convinced and raised another question: “Fr. Davis, I am still not clear whether your delegation was on a religious basis or something to do with any other matter”!

Father Davis at this point simply smiled at Parapitiya and kept quiet!

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Pt. II, of the meeting’s proceedings will be continued next week 

Madoluwawe Sobita Hamudurwo and the Executive Presidency

August 29th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

 Madoluwaw Sobita Hamudurowa is known for his  Buddhist sermons and not for his political views.  We had monks from JHU , who tried their best to  make political changes  to help people live peacefully in a political environment  appropriate to a Sinhala Buddhist Culture.  These monks of the JHU saw for themselves  how difficult it is to bring about political changes to make Sri Lanka follow Buddhist principles  making it a country where every one  may live together in peace and contentment.  

 Unfortunately they could not even pass  legislation against conversion, against cruel meaningless killing of animals at Munneswaram Kali Temple, or even against  consuming of liquor.  However, these Buddhist Monks may have learnt  that they cannot  change the political environment  of the country to make it  a better place for all communities  to live peacefully and in unity by becoming legislators and prepare legislation to correct the ills of the Society.

 But they may have learnt that  the Buddhist Monks could  change the people and through them the country by bringing the people closer to Dhamma, encouraging them to live according to the teachings of the Buddha, rather than by becoming legislators and sit in the Parliament.

 The Parliament and Legislations cannot change people to do what is right or wrong, but it can pass laws and authorise enforcement authorities to make people do what is legally right and refrain from doing what is legally wrong.

 Hence enforcing laws to make people law abiding citizen, and teaching people to understand through Dhamma what is wrong and should refrain from doing,  or  what are  wholesome and worth doing,   are two different things.  Therefore, there are politicians to pass legislations and the Police Force to ensure that the laws are followed.

 The Buddhist monks  are there to explain to the followers the teachings of the Buddha and make them understand why one should do what is good and refrain from doing what is wrong. They  should use appropriate methods to bring about that mental change in the people, which they cannot do as politicians.  On the other hand Buddhist monks may advice and give good council to politicians as to how they should use their political power to change society, when the religion has failed to make people understand  what is morally right.

 Therefore,  a learned monk- learned in the teachings of the Buddha, should know by now with the experience the monks of the JHU have had , that being a Buddhist monk, and being a politician are two different vocations one different from the other, each having its own methodology of learning and its application. The politicians deal with the worldly aspect of man and the monk his spiritual aspect. Otherwise it would be like the well known folk tale of the donkey, attempting to replace the dog  to warn the master of thieves.

 The sudden talk about a common candidate and some ambitious politician who cannot think straight and unable to think of a  politician who could successfully challenge  the President Mahinda Rajapakse, has thought of  tapping into Buddhist monks and come up with Madoluwawe Sobita hamudurowa as  likely to take more votes than the President Mahinda Rajapakse, or at least split the Buddhist vote to  put the President Mahinda Rajapakse at a disadvantage   at the next Presidential elections, and therefore a more apt common candidate. 

 This has apparently gone into the head of Sobita Hamudurowo , who has found it more attractive, and far more easier than seeking enlightenment according to the teachings of the Buddha .  He has therefore thought doing better than the Buddha by becoming the first President of Sri Lanka in a yellow robe !!!  

 Madoluwawe Sobita hamuduruwo has left aside the scriptures,  and turned to learn about politics.  He has found that a President without executive powers is more a prestigious decorative position, with the Prime Minister and the Government taking over  the executive powers now vested in the President. Therefore he will have the prestige of being the President of Sri Lanka without having to deal with more onerous duties cast upon an executive President.

 Therefore,  we  now have Madoluwawe Sobita Hamuduruwo assuring himself that if he were to be elected at the next presidential election he will be without those bothersome executive duties of which he knows nothing.  He is a foolish man” momentarily blinded with the glory of the  possibility of becoming a President.

 Sobita Hamuduruwo  merely repeats what the other very ambitious politicians of the Opposition who are prepared to sign a MoU with the devil himself if they could defeat the President Mahinda Rajapakse  at the next Presidential election or make the government fall before that eventuality.

 Executive Presidency comes from the Constitution of Sri Lanka and without changing the Constitution one cannot do away with the executive powers of the president.  These opposition politicians including  Sobita Hamuduruwo should know that without the executive powers of the President terrorism could not have been eliminated. 

 If  the  President Mahinda Rajapakse was without executive powers he would have had to put every military strategy proposed by the Armed Forces in its war against terrorism to the Parliament, and receive its approval before the Armed Forces are informed that they can go ahead with their proposed military operations, while terrorists  would have go on attacking the armed forces  in barracks awaiting Parliamentary approval for action.

 With all the manoeuvres of  the diaspora, and planned attempts by Navi Pillai (who is a biased Tamil woman even if she was a former Judge of the International Criminal Court), to disrupt the government and help the Tamil diaspora with the help of the politicians of the TNA to divide Sri Lanka, the  executive powers of the Present President should be retained as long as this danger exists. 

 The danger of some of rightist political evolution in Sri Lanka with the backing of the pro terrorist Tamil Diaspora, the USA and its allies ( like  Cameron and Harper depending on Tamil votes  for their political success) to create political chaos in Sri Lanka with the aim of dividing the country,  cannot be ruled out. 

 Therefore,  its is only a President with executive powers like President Mahinda Rajapakse who will be able to hold the enemies in check.  Hence talking about abolishing executive Presidency is  foolish without taking into account the local and international  political movements afoot against  Sri Lanka.

 President J.R.Jayawardhana misused his executive powers in signing the Indo-Sri Lanka Pact and including the 13A into the Constitution forcing the MPs to vote in favour of the Amendment, which has caused all the problems we are bewildered with at present.

 President R.Premadasa became an intolerable despot eliminating his opponents, and arming the terrorists without consulting the Parliament.  President Chandrika Kumaratunga was weak. She was unable to use the executive powers of her Presidency, thus allowing  her Prime Minister Ranil Wichramasinghe sign a CFA with the terrorist leader Prabhakaran  without consulting the  elected President of the country or the Parliament.

 On the other hand President Mahinda Rajapakse has utilised the Executive power vested in him meaningfully, to eliminate terrorism  and then for  a constructive development of the country in various ways. No one in the opposition or in the Government could point his finger at  President Rajapakase for  abusing the executive powers vested in him.

 President Mahinda Rajapakse is not a power greedy man.  He is insightful and takes appropriate action for the welfare of his people and the country whatever his adversaries make him out to be.   All these critics of the President Mahinda Rajapakse have forgotten that it is thanks to him that they are able today to open their big mouths to speak against the President and address meetings without the fear of being blown into pieces. 

 There are those who want him to loose at the next Presidential election and a former Chief Justice who helped the terrorists to bring bombs to the south by ordering the removal of check points, swear that the President Mahinda Rajapakse cannot contest the Presidential election  for the third time or hold portfolios on more than two occasions.

 While the Sri Lanka Opposition parties are all out to see the end of the Presidency of Mahinda Rajapakse, the country is peaceful, the development projects are taking Sri Lanka to an unimagined prosperity, with a remarkable economic progress.  Normal political, economic and social  problems any country would be faced with are being exaggerated by the opposition to the government,  anti-Sri Lanka Tamil diaspora and their vote seeking USA and its allies. 

 Nevertheless, the country and its people are content that they have at the helm of Sri Lanka an able President who has shown his ability to handle all problems at his own pace, unruffled and with patience. May he go from success to success despite all the barriers put on his way. Because his failure would be the  is failure of  all the people of Sri Lanka.

Professor Nalin de Silva and the Bodu Bala Sena

August 29th, 2014

C. Wijeyawickrema

Why this essay

          We can handle a Dayan Jayatilaka or C. A. Chandraprema or a Kumar David. We can ignore Tisaranee Gunasekara or the Colombo Telegraph website.  We can confront a Bahu or a Vasu.  But how can we deal with a Prof. Nalin, when he writes that Bodu Bala Sena is an extreme organization?  It is difficult because it is as if pani waraka gahata hena gahuva wage,” (lightening thunder bolt on the sweet jack fruit tree).  Anyway, I have decided to give it a try using the Buddhist Path to respond to him—The Come and Examine Path or the reasonableness test to be followed by a separate essay ASAP.

          Nalin (N) has every right to support Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid for a third term.  He is now a member of UGC appointed by MR. He can use any argument/logic to back up why he wants MR to be a third term president.  But, he cannot be allowed to call BBS an extremist group (his essay in the Daily News on August 29), because it is not true either from the subjective or objective criteria that N often suggests in his writings or talks.  I think he is taking the kabaragoya becoming a talagoya approach. N who has done lot of service to Sri Lanka, suffering tremendously due partly to the actions of GL Peiris, the slippery black-white VC of Colombo University, taking this new approach now, is sad and unfortunate.

          N and I both come from Panadura, he from Wekada, myself from Walana. We are of the same age, and had grown up in the shadow of the Ven. Migettuwatte Gunananda Statute located at the site of the Great Panadura Debate.  Our educational paths were totally different due to economic poverty of my parents with a big family to feed.  My childhood was associated with the Siri Siddhartharamaya at Walana where Ven. Walane Siddhartha lived. Very few know it today, that in the 1840s Ven. Siddhartha went from Panadura to Ratmalana, to be at the battle front” (frontier?) to save Buddhism. He started the Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena  and his students created  the Vidyodaya and Vidyalanka  Pirivenas, the two citadels, two power houses that rejuvenated Sinhala Buddhist heritage in the then Ceylon.

          Nalin and I are the Children of the 1956. But he opposes BBS and I support it to the tilt. I agree with the BBS idea 99.9%. Why we differ is not like comparing the late Ananda Guruge with Neville Jayaweera  (two CCS men who had poor, disadvantaged child hoods) or the question Prof.  J. B. Dissanayaka once asked, Why Stanley Tambiah and Lakshman Kadiragamar were so different in their attitude toward the Sinhala Buddhists that they grew up with,” but will help readers to understand the mission and role of BBS better.

          Pondering over this matter, I realized that I had an encounter with N in April 2004. He objected to JHU in April 2004. He was behind Mrs. Chandrika! I was able to trace from the Internet an essay that I wrote then which is copied below. Before I write a new essay, this time in Sinhala, this old essay is reproduced to show how we evolve or become wiser in our ideas as we get older, which means that I would have made slight modifications to my old essay, if I were to rewrite it today.

          It is my sincere wish that I could have a fruitful dialogue with Prof. Nalin on the relevance and the role of Bodu Bala Sena in saving Sri Lanka’s 2600 year-old Sinhala Buddhist heritage .

http://lakhanda.itgo.com/professor_nalin_de_silva.htm

 

 

Professor Nalin de Silva (2004) and Sir Isaac Newton (1686)

C.Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.

Introduction

A recent piece of writing by Nalin titled, The peace of Chandrika” (The Island, May 19, 2004), reminded me of two previous math professors: C. Sunderalingam and Sir Isaac Newton. The write-up is incoherent, chaotic or disorganized. It reveals a disturbed mind set. Sunderalingam was ready to die to prevent caste pollution of Hindu kovils, so blind and so unconcerned of social science or political geography. As the odd couple who became the two most prominent among several cats on a rock, Nalin and his social philosophy teacher Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera, behave after April 2nd more like two wounded wild boars. Their pride and prediction shattered, they continue to attack JHU movement with a vengeance just like Sunderalingam attacked the harijanas in Jaffna with palmyra sticks. More unfortunate is Nalin’s similarity with Sir Isaac Newton. Daniel J. Boorstin, in his classic, The Discoverers (Random House, 1983, pages 408-417) recorded for us the wild boar nature and the dishonest aspects of Newton. Newton did not know Buddhism, but Nalin wrote mage lokaya.” We have a right to expect Nalin to practice what he preaches as his latest writing piece is evidence against him for violating Mettha and Muditha. After all, the Unibomber got caught because of his writing.

Nalin says his friends tell him about e-mails. Since I sent e-mails directly to him and because the e-mails did not return and there is clear signal in his later writings that he has seen those e-mails that I sent to him, I cannot understand what kind of pride Nalin is trying to build up for him by denying that he is beyond the reach of e-mails. In a previous letter that I sent to the Island, titled, God Vishnu and Professor Nalin de Silva,” I tried to bring to his attention several rules of commonsense. Island did not publish my letter but my letter went as an e-mail to both Nalin and his philosophy teacher Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera and to several e-mail networks. I also prepared a research essay titled, The Anti-Mahavamsa Movement in Sri Lanka.” The Island newspaper did not publish it, but it was on the internet. I sent a copy of this to both Nalin and his teacher asking them to educate me.” After reading Nalin’s latest Island write-up I however, felt that I can try to educate the duo a little bit.

Mathematics, the language of science

Nalin, in his Peace of Chandrika,” and Gunadasa, in his Olcott Buddhist?” (Island, same day) tell us that Tissa Devendra cannot read Sinhala. The use of language incompetence as a weapon to attack another is a black white tradition in Sri Lanka. Since language is only a vehicle of communication just like a type writer or a bicycle, what is important is the person and not the vehicle. Two Englishman, Rhys Davids and [Scotsman] Paul Harris helped Sinhala Buddhists without first speaking in Sinhala. SWRD had only grade 2 or 3 level of Sinhala writing and reading competence. Ardent LSSP member Amaradasa Fernando once wrote to the Island (in July 1999) stating that Professor F. R. Jayasuriya could not read or write in Sinhala. A common trait that I have experienced with all those who called JHU a karumaya before April 2nd and now demanding a Dharmarajjaya from it which even the King Ashoka could not deliver (he kept killing two peacocks and a deer for dinner), that they go blind to what they have been preaching and attack others below the belt. For example, recently I had to tell a journalist not to worry about my law degree since he did not have a law degree of his own to talk about.

Leave Olcott alone

Nalin and his teacher talk about a concept of Olcott Buddhists. In their frustrated behavior this odd couple has become no different from a Jayadeva Uyangoda or a Gihan Perera or Tyronne Fernando or Mangala Samaraweera. They do not realize that they are dropping two drops of cow dung to the pot of milk that they themselves were so painstakingly help collecting since the beeshana samaya. One of them says that Olcott Buddhists were there before Olcott came to Ceylon in 1880. If so why not leave Olcott alone?

Sri Lanka’s problem was not Olcott but about 200 families who have been destroying Sri Lanka since the 1830s. When these families opposed to declare Vesak a public holiday in Ceylon, Olcott fought for it along with the white colonial governor. These families started wearing Buddhist masks in the 1920s and 1930s and SLFP and UNP ruling families have been either Christians or bedroom Christians. Because the duo made a mistake of supporting a sandhanaya, which has a record of so far so bad (as opposed to JHU’s so far so good record in and outside parliament), instead of rethinking what went wrong they are trying to bring in new concepts to cover their sinhalatva mask.

Proud service of Olcott’s grandchildren

The April 2nd election results in Sri Lanka were a math lesson by God Vishnu. The human agency in this regard was the brains of those who thought it necessary to connect the former SU with JSS to prevent the agents of the 200 black white families hijacking the sacrifice that Ven. Soma made on behalf of Sri Lanka. Nowhere in the modern world, 500,000 voters (Olcott Buddhists?) brought career politicians to beggars kneeling down for votes inside the parliament. Overnight the Asapuwa became the place presidents and prime ministers creep in the middle of the night. Seven Buddhist monks became the king makers of Sri Lanka, where the words Sinhala Buddhists were ugly and bad adjectives a few months ago. In America for hundred years the third party movement could not do what took place in Sri Lanka within two months.

During 1920-24, the 200 ruling Christian families in Ceylon agreed to a formula to nullify the majority status of the Sinhala Buddhists. Two Colonial commissions of white men (Donoughmore and Soulbury) rejected this formula. But in 1978 JR Jayawardena and AJ Wilson implemented this formula with a suicidal parliamentary election system. The plan was not only to kill the Sinhala Buddhist heritage but to prevent any local level unity among the Five Great Forces. But God Vishnu intervened and brought exactly the opposite results of what JRJ and AJW intended. 500,000 Olcott Buddhists decided the fate of Sri Lanka. Both SLFP and UNP suddenly gave up non-Buddhist candidates and elected Buddhists as prime minister and speaker. Even the parliamentary election was so peaceful in 2004 because of the influence of the JHU party.

The Sinhala Buddhists got a beachhead in the parliament to dissolve the corrupt system both from within and from outside. What makes Nalin and others so upset (as evidenced from his incoherent writing piece) is the realization that before the next presidential election, 500,000 urban JHU will become a 5 million or more great force in rural Sri Lanka. SLFP and JVP are actually doing the leg work for JHU by their own inappropriate and desperate behavior of attacking JHU rather than attacking Tamil terrorists and the UNP which fed the snakes.

E-mail Dutugemunu’s

It is sad that Nalin does not realize that King Dutugemunu is not a name to drag into an e-mail business. E-mail has become a powerful tool linking people just like the way that I was able to e-mail Nalin and his teacher my essays. If they want to treat them as arrows or flowers is their own business. We are happy to harvest the benefits. Already at least Nalin’s mind is in disarray. One fact that he needs to know is that so many e-mail senders also send foreign exchange. While the workers in Arab countries send money orders to their kith and kin, those who live in the west send money for projects that benefit poor people (not blood relatives) in Sri Lanka.

I can remember an occasion that my e-mail helped Nalin. He accused that Norway had voted against the UN Declaration to make World Vesak Day. I used e-mail to verify this from the UN Documentation Librarian and she informed me by e-mail that Norway was actually a sponsor of the Vesak Day and that it was adopted unanimously. I conveyed this to Nalin via e-mail, so that he will not look like a joker before the world of readers. Norway can be bad in handling SL politicians but that is no reason to blame Norway based on false facts.

Seventh Great Force (Olcott’s great grandchildren)

Nalin must understand that the e-mails are from what we call the seventh great force in Sri Lanka. This is the 1956 children who went to Sri Lankan universities in the Sinhala medium who now live in the west. Most of them tried to serve their motherland after graduation and left it due to frustration of corrupt politics of 200 families and their officer catchers. This was more like Jinadasa’s trip to Sinhale in the movie Gamperaliya. The only pasture they had in Sri Lanka was their education.

Whatever west Nalin has in mind, the seventh great force believes that masses in the east and the west are under a tiny group of ruling families in any given country or a continent or the global economy. West is full of corrupt habits but in the west there is better recognition of individual freedom and choice. Both western ruling families and the western masses can benefit from the Dharmarajjaya concept that the JHU is offering. Sinhalatvaya will be automatically protected when we go towards the Dharmarajjaya, one step at a time. Offering a seat to Anandasagaree was an example. Neutralizing the two stolen votes of rogue JHU MPs was another. This is similar to what the Milinda Panna records of the Devadatta rock meeting the protective rock. The impact resulted in a piece of neutral rock that hurt the Buddha’s foot. Please do not let Sinhalatvaya die with the two of you or even before your death. Do you want to be like another Vasudeva or a Bahu movement?

Sir Isaac Newton’s dark side

..Newton became a councilor, and then in 1703 president—in effect, dictator— of the Royal Society….As his prestige grew, so did his dyspepsia, his unwillingness to give credit to others or share credit for his great discoveries..[compare with Nalin’s joker story]

..When William Whiston, his former assistant in mathematics at Cambridge .was proposed in 1720 [for a Fellowship] Newton threatened to resign as president if Whiston was elected… [compare Whiston with Champika Ranawaka]

..In 1686, when Newton sent to the Royal Society the completed manuscript of Book I of the Principa, Robert Hooke immediately claimed that the basic ideas had been plagiarized from his communications to Newton a dozen years before…

..far from acknowledging Hooke’s priority, Newton went back to his manuscript and deleted references to Hooke’s work….He kept Hooke as his favorite enemy for the next seventeen years…

..Newton’s later years, when he had become the idol of Philosophic” London, could be chronicled in his acrimonious quarrels with subordinates and his vindictive plots against any who threatened to become his equal.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan agree to enhance defense cooperation

August 29th, 2014

Janaka Alahapperuma

Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt called on Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Defence Secretariat in Colombo this morning (August 29) and discussed ways to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting, a cordial discussion was held between Secretary Defence and Air Chief Marshal Butt on matters of bilateral cooperation and mutual interest. Mementoes were also exchanged between Secretary Defence and Pakistan’s Air Chief to mark the occasion. Commander of the Sri Lankan Air Force Air Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake, Air Commodore Hamid Rashid Randhawa and Defence Attaché of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Col Muhammad Rajil Irshad Khan were also present at the occasion.

Air chief with sec def 1)

The Pakistani Air Chief, who is on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka, also met his Sri Lankan counterpart, Air Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake.  During the meeting it was agreed to enhance the cooperation between the two Air Forces and new dimensions be given to already existing friendly relations. Air Chief Marshal Tahir Butt also assured his counterpart of sustained support and cooperation in the fields of technical training and professional expertise.

In a subsequent development Air Chief Marshal Butt also held meetings on matters of professional interests with Commander Sri Lankan Army Lt. General Daya Ratnayake and Commander Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera at their respective services headquarters.

 
 

Sri Lanka: OHCHR Investigation per UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1

August 29th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) Sri Lankan (Sinhalese)-Canadian  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1. Canada

24 August 2014

Hon. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York 

Hon. Ban Ki-Moon:

Re: OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka per UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1 of March 2014 & ‘UN Chief encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international inquiry’

It does seem that the UN has still not come out of the day-dreamer’s silly season when dealing with the sovereign nation of Sri Lanka. Just too bad!

What stymied me was to read what was reported from New York in ColomboPage : The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has encouraged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international inquiry launched by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights into human rights violations during Sri Lanka’s war, his Spokesperson said.”

Surely, you are not serious, are you, Ban Ki-Moon? For God’s sake give me a break. Give the Sri Lankans a break! Surely, you are not asking Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to endorse the cunning, fraudulent, the hammer-and-nail-hate-tantrums of your High Commissioner in Geneva. She gloated with the I finally gotcha, Sri Lanka” smile, when the Resolution A/HRC/25/1 in March 2014 granted her as the High Commissioner an investigative mandate in violation of HRC Resolution 60/251 and the IB package which was in direct conflict with her limits of authority thus making any findings null and void. For crying out loud, don’t you see this blatant aberration?

Then there was her vulgar, cunning and fraud when she on her own extended the period of investigation from February 2002 to November 15, 2011, when the resolution covered the time line of February 21, 2002 to May 19, 2009. Who the hell does she think she is – the Hindu Goddess Sheba? Rein this out of control woman in, before she leaves your arrogant, cheating disingenuous institution.   Show us that you really want to clean up this UN’s satellite office on Human Rights in Geneva.

But here is what you and Navi Pillai missed by miles about President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka.     This politician, a former human rights lawyer, has taken his responsibility as the leader of a nation of 22 million peoples seriously. When he took over his job given to him by a democratic vote by Sri Lankans, his people were shivering like fronds of Hikkaduwa beach coconut palms in the tropical breeze every time they stepped out of their homes, not knowing whether they will return home alive to their loved ones, or would return in a puzzle of bloodied head, limbs, heart and bones in a wooden casket, having been blown to smithereens by a Tamil Tiger bomb placed under a seat of a bus or a train or at a busy street corner. These were the most ruthless terrorists in the world you said, who were aided and abetted by countries like India, Norway, Canada, UK, US and several others to create Sri Lanka a killing field. And what did your UN do about it. You all did a despicable sweet nothing, Ban. And that is a raw fact.

President Rajapaksa ended that shivering of his peoples which had reached epidemic proportions by the 27th year of the Eelam war, when he and his valiant soldiers, eliminated the foreign trained and funded Tamil Tigers on 19th May 2009, when their leader Prabhakaran was shot dead through his forehead on the beach of Nandikadal lagoon. With that killing, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his valiant soldiers gave back the dignity to his peoples with the most treasured and precious human right, their right-to-life which had been hijacked by the Tamil Tigers for 27 bloodying years.

And do you honestly think that President Rajapaksa will hand that hard fought and having scarified thousands of his valiant soldiers, the  much earned dignity of his peoples on a platter to you to be sullied by endorsing the immoral-cunning of Navi Pillai who thinks she has I finally Gotcha Sri Lanka.” to nail Sri Lanka to the wall for the only reason that they eliminated terrorism in that island nation almost single handed, hopefully for good? No way Hozay! Dream on Ban, dream on Navi! This President is not that foolish nor is he stupid.

The Sri Lanka Daily News reported on August 22, 2014, that Sri Lanka’s Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha had said that United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneethan Pillai’s statements do not frighten Sri Lanka.” Well, Ban, perhaps she might as well discard the Tamil Tigress Halloween costume and try another South African Goni Billa tribal mask to scare President Rajapaksa and his masses with her disingenuous foxy cunning.

And do you know what, Ban. She followed your stupid mistake appointing her questionable panel of investigators who had lost their credibility as UNs international investigators. You were down right stupid when you appointed the anti-Sri Lanka Darusman gang to advise you on Sri Lanka’s alleged human rights violations, which questioned the impartiality of the panelists.   Here’s where you failed miserably with this exercise. Marzuki Darusman, the former Attorney General of Indonesia who was heading the panel was also a member if the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIEGP). This Darusman left the panel with a huff disagreeing with the Sri Lanka Government and made hostile observations about Sri Lanka, and yet signed the report without paying a single visit to Sri Lanka to ascertain himself the actual ground situation. And you appointed him to the panel to advise you. Durh……! What impartiality did you expect from your supposed to be expert”, Ban?

The second panelist was Steven Ratner, an adviser to a Non-Governmental Organization known as Human Rights Watch (HRW) that has been very critical of Sri Lanka from the inception of the Tamil Tiger terrorists Eelam War.   Ratner had also co-authored a book, with Jason Adams titled Accountability of Human Rights: Atrocities in International Law beyond the Nuremberg Legacy”. On page 123 he had stated that the convention on banning apartheid should be invoked in relations to countries such as Sri Lanka”. With that backgrounder Steven Ratner should have been dismissed instantly as a panelist.   So, Ban, what impartiality did you expect from Ratner, your supposed to be expert”? Durh…..!

The third panelist was South African Yasmin Sooka who was a close associate of the South African Tamil Navi Pillai who was the patron of the Sooka Foundation, and also responsible for the failed resolution that was brought against Sri Lanka before UNHRC in May 2009. In the world of ‘you scratch my back and I will scratch yours’, what impartiality did you expect from Sooka, Ban? Durh…..!   Stupid wasn’t it? Not smart was it, now!

More to the point, why is your Commissioner in Geneva using the Darusman Report produced by your expert anti-Sri Lanka gang as the bible of Sri Lanka’s Human Rights violations during the last phase of the Eelam war when they were explicit in saying on the opening page of the report: Due to the scarcity of objective reporting from the conflict zone, it was difficult to determine precisely what had happened during the final military assault.” Ban, do I notice a vindictive rat in your UN office in Geneva?

You having established stupidity in appointing partial panelists to advise you with the expressed intention to obtain negative readings on Sri Lanka’s alleged human rights violations, so has your High Commissioner in Geneva following her boss’s thesis with her controversial picks for her expert panel. The outcome was this – a sham and a disaster:

When a country given independence on July 2011 by the West declares a UN Human Rights Officer, a persona non grata and expels her from the country for ‘unethical reporting’ as she had doctored records,  (give me a drum-roll, Ban…..) the country was South Sudan and the officer was Sandra Beidas.   So your Commissioner in Geneva thinks that Beidas is the right person to investigate Sri Lanka’s human rights violations!   Ha! What a bucket of hog-wash, Ban.   Give me a break.   Give the Sri Lankans a break, as they deserve honesty and much better respect and nothing less.

Sandra Beidas was also expelled from Somalia too and banned from Somalia in 2011. The ministry…has the honour to convey the decision of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to declare Mr. Scott Cambell and Miss Sandera Beidas…persona non grata”, the statement said.

Ban, you must be nuts to let your Commissioner in Geneva bring disrepute to the UN which you are heading. Little wonder, why Sri Lanka will not allow such ‘international throw-outs’ into their country to investigate alleged human rights violations. How right President Mahinda Rajapaksa is! Bravo! I say to President Rajapaksa. You got it what it takes, Mr. President! Lock out these ‘UNs international throw-outs’ not with one but with two wrought-iron padlocks at the entrance gate to Sri Lanka.

Added to this arrogance by your Navi Pillai, she appointed Dame Silvia Cartwright, who was a judge on Khmer Rouge Tribunal to head the investigation of Sri Lanka. Defence lawyers sought her removal as she had been having secret meetings with the prosecutors.

Here’s more about the unsavoury picks by Commissioner Navi Pillai for her 12 member Team of investigators, forensic experts, a gender specialist, a legal analyst complete with a coordinator.  

You know as well as I do that the selected experts of Navi Pillai’s Kangaroo Court on Sri Lanka have been an integral part of a neocon brigade of projects designed to capture the globe since the orchestration of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and NATO expansion projects. The Colour Revolutions, Arab Springs and other conspiracies aimed at regime change in targeted countries are part of this neocon brigade projects that these experts have been involved in, courtesy of the international hedge fund billionaire George Soros’s Open Societies Foundation You know all this don’t you Ban, and this is nothing new to you.. I won’t be surprised that you and billionaire George Soros are Tea Ceremony buddies.

Martti Ahtisaahri and Asma Jahangir are a another couple who are part of the Navi Pillai’s team to report on Sri Lanka’s alleged human rights violations during the final five months of the 27 year long bloody Tamil Eelam war.   This war prior to the last five month phase had killed over 100,000 peoples, and saw over 5,700 Tamil child soldiers sent to the front line after a three month military training by the Tamil Tigers only to be mowed down by bullet-fire like a field of bleeding red poppy fields.

The question that goes begging in my mind is how loyal is Navi Pillai serving the neocon agenda to hand over Sri Lanka to this neocon brigade to make this post-Eelam War vibrant democracy as part of their divide and rule regime change agenda.

Martii Ahtisaahri’s first involvement with high level US diplomacy was during the signing of the Tripartite Accord when he was sent to Namibia in April 1989 as UN’s Special representative” to head the UN’s Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG). It was during that Mission that Ahtisaahri took advice from then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to allow the South Africans deploy its troops which lead to the killing of scores of hundreds of South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) Independence fighters.   You know this story, don’t you, Ban?

Ahtisaahri’s major value to the neocon brigade’s global project of ‘divide and rule’ happened when he was appointed in November 2005, by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the Special Envoy for the Kosovo status process. This appointment followed the UN occupation of Kosovo in 1999 following the illegal US and NATO bombing of Yugoslavia to achieve itself as an independent sovereign state, which they did in February 17, 2008. The US, UK and France recognized Kosovo as an independent state the following day. The rest is history. And Navi Pillai’s expert Ahtisaahri of her Kangaroo Court on Sri Lanka was a catalyst of Kosovo’s metamorphosis in becoming an independent sovereign state.

Another appointed member of Navi Pillai’s Kangaroo Court on Sri Lanka is Asma Jehangir, a lawyer from Pakistan who has a few spunky-words for Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This lawyer has threatened to use sources on the ground” to obtain information on the Eelam war if she is not allowed to visit Sri Lanka.   She continues with her warning that any attempt by the Sri Lankan government to prevent people from testifying at the inquiry would only be detrimental to them.” Ban, I wonder whether she will invite me to testify. I doubt very much that President Rajapaksa would stop me from testifying.   He, most likely will say, Go Asoka, tell them the truth. What you have to say may not be in line with their agenda, but nevertheless, go and tell them the truth!”

It is important for you to note that Asma Jehanjir is a seasoned rider on the UN’s Human Rights gravy train heading to the pig’s trough, and served as an UN Special Rapporteur twice. This is one of Pillai’s expert” members of the Kangaroo Court on Sri Lanka who should be locked out at Sri Lanka’s entrance gate for her arrogance and gall. Who the hell does she think she is Ban? Looks like she is another clone of the Hindu Goddess Sherba.

We are told that these experts” of   Navi Pillai are supposed to provide advice and guidance” as well as independent verification through the investigation by these neocons.

If you are really smart Ban, you will have your Human Rights Commissioner in Geneva appoint investigators with cleaner records to investigate whatever you all want to investigate in Sri Lanka.

And I say to President Mahinda Rajapaska, close your island gates on these neocon investigators.   Don’t let them in.

When Sri Lanka accused outgoing Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillai for seeming to influence the OHCHR investigation, Pillai said that there is a wealth of information outside Sri Lanka which can be tapped into for investigation.

Good! Alright then Navi Pillai, my litmus test on you is whether the wealth of information that you are going to tap beyond the cut-and-paste material from the TamilNet News is according to the Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect. Will you have your panelists investigate the Norwegians and produce them by the horns of their Viking helmets at an International War Crimes Court for aiding and abetting the Tamil Tigers to fight the war by providing them with state of the art communication systems during the Ceasefire period, and the Scandinavian Ceasefire Monitors allowing the Tamil Tigers bring in 11 ships loaded of sophisticated armoury of bullets, landmines, RPGs, AK47s, heavy armoured cars and trucks , SAMS, four dismantled Czech ZLIN-Z 143 light planes for night bombing sorties, et cetera, through the east coast.   They let the Tamil terrorists dispense every bullet embedding them in the hearts of innocent Sinhalese and Muslim civilians and also during the final phase of the war in the hearts of Tamils who wanted to run away from the Tamil Tiger human shield, as the millions of live bullets most certainly were not brought in for duck hunting. If they used them to kill their perceived enemies, predominantly Sinhalese, among who included innocent civilians, pregnant mothers and infants still sucking on their mother’s breasts, then these Norwegians were culpable for all these killings. If not for the weapons let in by Norway, there wouldn’t have been killings in scores of thousands by the Tamil Tiger terrorists during the Ceasefire Period. There wouldn’t have been innocents killed nor human rights violations, and not by the army soldiers who were giving their lives to liberate the Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tiger terrorists, the most ruthless in the world. And by the end of the war the  Sri Lanka Government’s armed soldiers had liberated 295,873 Tamils who were herded like unwashed cattle as a human shield from the west coast to the east coast for 30 months.   Well…what do you know Ban and Navi, this certainly happened.   Chalk it down as a must for your investigators, Navi.

The Norwegians culpability was proven positive when then President Chandrika Kumaratunga kicked out Norway’s General Tryggve Tellefsen who was heading the Scandinavian Monitoring Mission for jeopardizing Sri Lanka’s national security when he was accused of informing a Tamil Tiger terrorist armoury ship of a Sri Lanka naval ship coming to intercept it, and the Tamil Tiger ship loaded with arms turned around and steamed out of sight. This General also had the gall to propose to the Sri Lankan Government to recognize the Tamil Tiger terrorist’s naval arm, the Sea Tigers, as a de facto navy.

For the record, a couple of years prior to the Ceasefire was brought to an end the Tamil Tigers, according to the Scandinavian Monitoring Mission had violated the Ceasefire over 7,300 times which included the killing of over 400 members of the security forces and politicians, compared to 1,313 complaints against the Government armed forces which were mainly related to obstructions at checkpoints of which 162 were deemed as violations of the Ceasefire Agreement. Perhaps, one may want to consider the Tamil Tigers as the major culprits of human rights violations taking away the right-to-life of those who were killed by these terrorists. There shouldn’t be any ifs and buts.

The final question to you UNs Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and your Human Right Commissioner Navi Pillai in Geneva is this, which will prove the investigations honesty in this rather bizarre, suspect exercise, or it will reveal that the investigative Mission by the Navi Pillai’s neocon gang of investigators is to Rape Sri Lanka to achieve their agenda of accomplishing a regime change as Sri Lanka is indeed a target country for this exercise.

Since the majority of Tamil Tigers ground leadership were eliminated by 19 May 2009, will Navi Pillai’s investigators investigate those who got away and now living in foreign lands, like Canada agitating to dissect Sri Lanka into two.

The Tamil Tigers partners in crime are still operating collecting funds abroad to resurrect and regroup the Tamil Tigers to fight another war.   Follow the thread of extortion of monies, bank accounts, laundering of monies…follow the smell of gun powder and drugs….study the FBI photographic records of those who got away being trained in the Tamil Tiger firing ranges by Tamil Tigers in fatigues to pull a trigger, and how to bury landmines, et cetera and Walla, you all would have got your men involved in Tamil terrorism, for the want of their mono-ethnic, separatist, racist Tamil state, Eelam.

Let’s get this one right Ban Ki-Moon. Your Human Rights Commissioner in Geneva has been a controversial figure in relation to Sri Lanka that got rid of Tamil terrorism militarily, and these Tamil Tigers also happened to be from her South Indian ethnic clan – Tamil.

It is also important to recognize what has been investigated in Sri Lanka is mainly related to ethnic divisions, and Navi Pillai belongs to one of these ethnic groups, Tamil. And with her objectionable cunning on UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/25/1 she should not have been made party to appointing members to the investigating committee, as it opens up for serious suspicions of the credentials and the personal agenda of the appointees. It certainly is not fool-proof.

And it is clear as a Sunday morning sounds of church bells, what the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, We do not accept the probe. We are against it.” As for the UN investigators appointed by Tamil Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillai, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, We will not allow into the country.” And I just do not blame him as he has displayed his right as President of his sovereign democratic nation to safe guard his 22 million peoples from vindictive, no good snoopers.

Sincerely

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) Sri Lankan (Sinhalese)-Canadian

Reporter Terry Glavin on Sri Lanka’s ethnic cleansing of Tamils

August 28th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove, Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

  28 August 2014
 
The Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
 
Dear Editor:
How wrong Terry Glavin  was when he said, “Let’s say, too, that the reason Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth conference in Sri Lanka last November was mostly because 300,000 Tamil-Canadians have had to watch helplessly as their families back home were being subjected to ethnic cleansing”, in his essay ‘Look to our  diasporas for foreign policy in put ‘.
 
This is utter nonsense and how wrong he is.  When 27,000 Sinhalese who had lived in the north of Sri Lanka  for generations were kicked out having been terrorized by the Tamils between 1971 and 1981,  and that was ethnic cleansing of the Sinhalese by Tamils.
 
When in August 1977, 400 Sinhalese undergraduates and lecturers at the Jaffna University were stoned and chased out of the campus by the Tamils  and were bused south lying on the floors dodging of the hail of rocks and stones, and that was ethnic cleansing of the Sinhalese by the Tamils.
 
In October 1990, 100,000 Muslims were given 24 hours to get out of the north leaving all their valuables and gold at the nearest Mosque, making Idi Amin look an angel who gave three months for the Ugandan-Indians to leave Uganda.  That was ethnic cleansing of the Muslims by the Tamils.
 
Liberating 295,873 Tamils by 19 May 2009, by the Sinhalese army soldiers who were herded like unwashed cattle as a human shield for 30 months from the west coast to the east coast by the Tamil Tigers was not ethnic cleansing of  Tamils by the Sinhalese, but liberating the Tamils by the Sinhalese from  their Tamil Tiger terrorists.  These are all recorded  historical facts that no Tamil can dispute
 
Where did Terry Glavin get all his information about the Tamils being ethnically cleansed in Sri Lanka?   And this is where Stephen Harper got is  cues wrong which made his foreign policy on Sri Lanka look so silly and juvenile and isolating Canada from the rest of the 51 Commonwealth sister countries at the November 2013 Summit in Colombo.  This was all about the Tamil votes in nine ridings in the Greater Toronto Area at the 2015 federal elections and nothing else.
 
Asoka Weerasinghe

The world does not need ISIS.

August 28th, 2014

by A. Abdul Aziz.

 The news of the beheading of American journalist James Foley is another outrageous addition to the list of atrocities ISIS has committed in the last few months. I am appalled by its behavior not only as a human but also as a follower of Islam that it has been continuously and repeatedly abusing by its unjust, inhumane and cowardly actions.

It has created a so-called caliphate that does not and cannot represent true Islam. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I want the world to know about our spiritual leader, the true Khalifa of Islam, His holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad who has been striving for peace and unity among Muslims and non-Muslims against all forms of terrorism for years.

As a leader with followers in 200 plus countries worldwide, he compels his followers to live by the community motto Love for all, Hatred for none” even when they are faced with hate, prejudice and even persecution. The world does not need ISIS, the world needs peace and tolerance. The world needs to listen to the Ahmadi Muslim Khalifa.

A traitor can be noticed!

August 28th, 2014

Vernon Botejue Senior Attorney at Law

It is extremely distressing and regrettable, to note, under caption UPFA Govt. a threat to peace-loving people – Sajith” an article published in the Daily Mirror at page A4 of Wednesday August 20, 2014

 traitor

The news report elaborated; the people in the country were totally confused as to from whom Sri Lanka should be saved, when all Ministers and the President go round the country saying that the country has to be saved from ‘extremists and anti-nationalists’ requesting to help the government to eradicate them. UNP stalwart, Hambanthota District Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa said.”

On scrutiny of the reported utterance, of the UNP stalwart Sajith Premadasa, that The people in the country were totally confused as to from whom Sri Lanka should be saved,” it is self evident that total confusion reigns supreme in Sajith’s own mind and not in the mind of the people in the country as alleged by him in his speech as reported in the news item under reference in which he himself says all ministers and President Rajapaksa say the country has to be saved from ‘extremists and anti- nationalists”.

‘Extremists’ are persons who deny and eschew the rule of law and the democratic way of life and governance. The anti-nationalists are those who are citizens of a nation who act in an unpatriotic manner against his or her own nation and her flag. Poet Sir Walter Scott refers to them Breathes there the man with soul so dead/ who never to himself hath said/ this is my own, my native land.”

In the eye of the Supreme Law the Constitution of Sri Lanka, a citizen who belongs to whatever race or creed, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Moor or Burgher including the LTTE terrorists who act in an unpatriotic and treacherous manner fall into the anti-nationalist group and most certainly they are a serious threat to the sovereignty of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as all citizens of Sri Lanka owe allegiance to the Constitution and the national flag and the national anthem of Sri Lanka. Our Superior Courts have consistently held that a citizen may change his nationality but not his race.

Tamil diaspora

It is no secret that the LTTE terrorists who escaped and fled the country now enjoy the freedom of asylum and hospitality of certain foreign states with the help and co-operation of the so called Tamil diaspora resident therein.

In Canada, Great Britain, USA, France and Germany and in certain states manipulated through bribery and corruption to extend hospitality to them and become hostile to Sri Lanka as evidenced by the wrongful and illegal conduct in trumping up or supporting false and fabricated charges of war crimes and violations of human rights against Sri Lanka before the UNHRC Geneva that has no rights whatsoever or jurisdiction to inquire into or investigate such charges under any law against the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka an independent sovereign state and member of the United Nations entitled to equal status with other members under the Charter of the United Nations.

This writer has repeatedly expressed this legal opinion in the Ceylon Daily News available to readers per internet.

Adverting to the utterances of Sajith Premadasa, in particular to his allegation that the people in the country were totally confused without any exception prompted this writer to join issue with this young politico, the son of an illustrious father for whom this writer had great respect that he publicly expressed in his communications – the late President R. Premadasa.

Global community

In the premises, it is not irrelevant to the current issue, for mention herein that the late R. Premadasa himself had his own political opponents and critics, that late President Premadasa valiantly fought back in his rise to the top.

One of such allegations, by his critics was that after he succeeded late President J. R. Jayewardene, that he President R. Premadasa provided arms to the LTTE terrorists, who were waging a war against the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, to attack the purported Indian Peace Keeping Forces.

In the North and East of the country, however that finally caused the Indian Government to withdraw the IPKF back to India – that this writer deemed was expedient and necessary in the greater interests of the independence and sovereignty of Mother Lanka.

It was President J.R. Jayewardene then leader of the UNP who was compelled to sign the pact with Rajiv Gandhi under threat of an invasion of Sri Lanka and surrender to a peaceful invasion of the country by permitting the Indian Army to keep its forces in Sri Lanka under the guise of maintaining peace in the North and East of the country against the war that was being waged by the LTTE terrorists to carve out a separate Elam State.

Certainly at that point of time, opinion was divided on the issue of the purpose and presence of the IPKF in the North and the East of Sri Lanka. Critics of President R. Premadasa alleged that he was wrong, while others complemented the President that he got rid of the millstone tied round the neck of our motherland – derogatory to the territorial jurisdiction and sovereignty of Sri Lanka and in truth, fact and reality, was undoubtedly beneficial to the terrorists who strengthened its position in the territory illegally held by them during this period in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

This writer complemented President R. Premadasa in a written message to the President and added that his Excellency’s initial R” should stand for Redeemer” of our motherland – Sovereignty” of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Reverting to the news report under reference, it is recorded, Mr. Premadasa said the government must take the responsibility for the negative image it has created among the global community by deceiving them all the time”. Undoubtedly a very serious and defamatory accusation to be made by a citizen of Sri Lanka.

But it certainly exposed the power hungry bankrupt politician, by his treacherous outburst of adoration for the hostile Global Community is supporting the vanquished LTTE terrorist gang, the most ruthless known to the world, to stage a come back, reminding one of the colonial era, when boot licking was the order of the day for enjoying colonial government patronage and perks.

The news report continues, Mr. Premadasa said, The government attempts to prevent an international investigation against Sri Lanka but it will not succeed as the global community has firmly decided to go ahead and frame war crime charges against Sri Lanka.” This opinion publicly expressed by the UNP Stalwart Sajith Premadasa is certainly twinned with the desire that exposes the hidden object behind it.

Harrowing tales of death and destruction

That the main opposition political party the UNP is ready, willing and able to support the militarily powerful members of the global community to achieve for his political party through the bullet what his party has failed to achieve up to date through the ballot.

People of Sri Lanka remember the fate of Iraq: The combined armed invasion executed by Britain and USA: The arrest and mock trial of the Head of State and his illegal execution by hanging. That has resulted in harrowing tales of death and destruction that continues even today unabated according to news reports.

The citizens of Sri Lanka have not forgotten the unbearable suffering, death and destruction caused by the LTTE terrorists for over three decades; and certainly owe a great debt of gratitude to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the gallant members of the armed forces who vanquished the terrorists now endeavouring to stage a come back with the support of the anti-nationalists and certain members of the international community hostile to Sri Lanka.

On scrutiny of the utterances of Mr. Sajith Premadasa, Quote The government attempts ………………..will not succeed as the global community has firmly decided to go ahead and frame war crime charges against Sri Lanka.” The UNP stalwart Sajith agrees with this utterly illegal and foul action of the global community.

Thus it is self evident that Sajith’s wish and desire – is the unkindest cut of all – to betray the tried and trusted leader of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa that is akin to the great betrayal reported in the Bible of Jesus Christ by Judas Iscariot for thirty pieces of silver. The task is to incite and agitate the global community to act firmly and frame war crime charges against the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa who saved our motherland from the scourge of LTTE terrorists and eradicated them root branch and tree from the soil of Sri Lanka; not to pave the way for power hungry politicians to establish puppet regimes in Sri Lanka to please the global community as desired by Mr. Sajith Premadasa.

Restoring peace and harmony

Most certainly President Mahinda Rajapaksa is eminently qualified and deserving to receive the Noble Peace Award for 2009 for vanquishing terrorism and restoring absolute peace and harmony not only in the whole island of Sri Lanka but also in the SARC Region.

This writer firmly believes that the patriotic citizens of Sri Lanka will never allow or condone at any cost, power hungry politicians to realize their dream through the bullet not the ballot.

On weighing and evaluating the thrust of the speech of Sajih Premadasa an irresistible and reasonable inference that may be drawn is that Sajith falls into the group of anti- nationalists like his party comrade from Matara Mangala Samaraweera who has publicly proclaimed that he will testify before the illegal UNHRC.

This writer has in his previous publications in the Ceylon Daily News (available to interested readers per inter net) his legal opinion – that the UNHRC is only a subsidiary body of the UNO and a forum for discussion but has no legal authority or jurisdiction to inquire into or investigate or even refer charges to a war crimes tribunal or the ICJ under the provisions of the UN Charter – that confirms that Sri Lanka is an Independent Sovereign State enjoying equal Sovereign Status and no other member of the UNO has any right or authority to interfere in her internal affairs.

Banning Glyphosate – Shooting the sentinel to coveer the culprit?

August 28th, 2014

By Chandre Dharmawardana.

A news item states that the Task-force on Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDU) has got the government to ban Glyphosate, a harmless herbicide, in agricultural provinces like Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Badulla. Doing something” about CKDU has become a political necessity.
But glyphosate is the sentinel that stands guard against weeds clogging up our plantations. Minister Abeywardena says that according to agricultural experts the country’s economy would collapse if glyphosate was banned”, but the loss of a life could not be measured in terms of money”. What proof lives will be saved? Unfortunately, not one human life will be saved, although the lives of many weeds will be saved.
It is a grievous case of a strong divergence between the public perception and scientists’ perception of things. The type of unreasonable public fear resulting from incomprehension is quite common.
Many readily accept that CKDU, and all sorts of other ills are due to industries or modern agriculture. Of course, generally speaking this is good sense, especially in societies where the rules regarding public safety etc., are not properly enforced. The collusion between politicians and big business wishing to cut corners and make a profit is well known. The same is suspected of the global food business which sells unhealthy highly-sugared pop-drinks and salted, processed , preservative-laced foods. These are, however, much safer than the traditional Kalu-dodol, vatalappan or Kiri-paeni” etc. for sugar, and Lunu-miris, Jaadi or karawala” or kola-kaenda” for salt. In fact, the environment” has become far safer than ever before. Hence people live longer, and the population is increasing at a dizzing rate. Their common ailments (diabetes, hypertension, and consequences there of) are related to their life-styles or due to aging (cancer, dementia etc.) rather than to the environment”.
A king-pin of traditional agriculture was human labour, be it in the form of slaves, surfs, or indented” labour. Modern tea estates (and other crop plantations) use vastly less labour per bushel of produce than in the 1960s. In addition, we have far more plantation acres than ever before. This great elimination of human suffering and servitude has been possible by the introduction of safe herbicides, fertilizers and modern know-how from agricultural science and plant physiology. This is why a couple of farms in Saskatchewan, operating only in the summer, can produce all the parippu” (dahl, lentils) that Sri Lanka needs! Sri Lanka is not there yet, and imports its dahl from wintry Canada.
Thus the discovery of the virtually non-toxic Glyphosate by John E Franz in 1970 was an epoch-making event in agriculture. Glyphoste acts only on plants and not animals. This made it possible to eliminate a huge burden in manual weeding, soil erosion due to constant uprooting, as well as the time up-take in planting. Glyphosate was commercialized (under the name Roundup”) by the agri-giant Monsanto for many decades till its patent ran out, and since then other companies have re-marketed it under other names, and even began trade wars against ‘Roundup’.
In Sri Lanka, just recently, in desperate gestures to pin the blame on CKDU on a politically attractive target like agri-business, it was first claimed that the water, as well as our tea, rice and vegetables coming from the Rajarata are contaminated with Arsenic, or Cadmium and other toxins. The boycott – Lanka Diaspora lobby caught onto this with glee. When the extensive WHO-study, as well as other studies (Chandrajith et al, Japanese-Sri Lankan studies, Australian-Sri Lankan Studies) showed that such toxins were not present in critical amounts, a desperate attack on Glyphosate was undertaken, even when there is clear evidence that Glyphosate is NOT perceptibly present in our water or soils.
CKDU was first detected in the Balkan regions in the 1950s, long before the discovery of Glyphosate. In Sri Lanka, CKDU may have begun in the 1980s, decades before the use of Glyphosate.
So why ban it when it cannot be the culprit? Why not go for its likely causes? Why not provide clean water to the people?
What is the cause of CKDU? Many plantations and farmers use five to ten times the needed amount of fertilizer (containing potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus), hoping to get booster harvests. Clearly, someone makes money by selling more fertilizer, subsidized from the state coffers. But the excess fertilizer gets washed by the heavy rains in the hills. It is brought to the Rajarata by irrigation schemes like the Mahaweli and contaminates the water. This writer believes that CKDU arises from the contamination of drinking water (a detailed discussion is given in a recent research article in Environmental Geochemistry and Health”; http://link.springer.com/journal/10653 or http://dh-web.org/place.names/posts/ckdu-article.pdf ).
If we are to save lives, fertilizer should be sold to farmers in controlled quantities, just as pharmaceuticals are sold to patients using a prescription. Then nature, and heavy monsoons that wash away the offending stuff, will soon bring matters to normal.
Banning glyphosate, or banning modern inorganic fertilizers outright, will indeed lead to extensive starvation, loss of lives as well as the rapid collapse of our agricultural sector.
chandre.dharma@yahoo.ca

Can North Rule Sri Lanka? – Possible.

August 27th, 2014

By  Gomin Dayasri

 Election procedure is flexed in such a manner the day is not too far away, when the Northern Province determines the declaration of the next President of Sri Lanka. Token assistance will be required from the Eastern Province to make it definitive and that will be forthcoming.

 This would have been conclusively established in 2005 if Prabhakaran did not prevent the people of the north from exercising their franchise. That was the election that Mahinda Rajapakse won by a whisker. He obtained a mere of 0.2% above the required 50% of the valid vote. At that election Mahinda Rajapakse obtained 4,887,152 votes (50.2%); Ranil Wickremasinghe polled 4,706,366 votes (48.4%). Mahinda Rajapakse became President on receiving 28,632 votes more to vault over the mandatory 50% barrier [Difference between 50.2% and 50%]. Otherwise it would have required a second count to determine the second preference.

 At that election in Jaffna District only 1.2% of the registered voters cast their vote of which 70% were in favor of Ranil Wickremasinghe while in Wanni District 34.3% of the voters cast their ballots of which 77% of the vote went in favor of Wickremasinghe. If the franchise were exercised freely in the North, Ranil Wickremasinghe would have been the President. The prohibition sealed a flow of votes to Wickremasinghe and made him the loser which otherwise would have established him the sure winner at a close election. History may not have been altered for the better.

 That was an election Prabhakaran could have fabricated to select a President of his choice. Indeed he did so impliedly: by not allowing the northerners to exercise their franchise, knowing well the trend in the North was for Wickremasinghe, which he aborted and did select the ultimate winner. Believe it or not, Prabhakaran unintentionally maneuvered the northern vote to stay with the southern vote and made the choice of the south to prevail without permitting the north to express their free will. He felt Ranil Wickremasinghe with his international connections would pose a greater threat to him. It was one of the many colossal mistakes that he made that led to his downfall and spiked history.

Northern Province enjoys a unique position – it’s a virtual single party province (except for the presence of Douglas Devananda and the EPDP faintly around the islands) consisting predominantly of one ethnic group with no other formidable northern political parties/independent groups to rival TNA. At the last provincial council elections on a poll of 353595 votes TNA received 78.4% of the vote. TNA is capable of diverting the major portion of total vote of the north (of the 719,477 registered voters at the Provincial Council elections in 2013, 450,574 voted for several political parties – 67.5% voted) to a candidate of their choice in a close election, which makes the southern beneficiary the winner with the flow of a bulk vote unseen in other districts where elections are more competitive. At a heavier poll in the North, TNA’s exclusive vote bank could reach around 375000 to 400000 votes. In addition, at the provincial council election of the eastern province TNA collected 193827 votes. Therefore the TNA has a vote bank around 575000 to 600000 votes to offer to the south. This is tough to set off against the southern majorities unless there is a high swing towards a candidate.

 TNA has another option to present a candidate of their own to collect the maximum vote and tilt the preferential vote to the favored candidate of their choice in the south. This is unlikely as it is cumbersome and could carry a hiccup.

 In a nutshell the south can elect a candidate of their own choice without compromising the north only if at the presidential election of 2014/15 (a) the polling is heavy in the south (b) winner carries the south comprehensively (except for a few urban electorates) and (c) with large majorities in friendly electorates: to offset the bulk vote of around 57500 to 600000 from the north aided by the East where Tamils vote uniformly. In short, it has to be a repetition of a slightly less rigid replay of a 2010 presidential election situation. South is capable of angrily reacting to northern manipulations and grounding it by a preemptive voting display.

 Alarm bells would ring less louder if the preferred candidate of the Northern vote is elected as the President: if it were at a hotly contested close election in the south as was in 2005. In such a case either candidate could win or nearly win the election in the south but with the help of the north/east the winner is nudged ahead, yet holds substantial support in the south to be acceptable especially in the Sinhala Buddhist electorates.

 However if at a presidential election the south votes comprehensively in favor of one candidate but yet the majorities are not fat enough to overtake the bulk one -way street vote from the north aided by the East, it could lead to a perilous situation. The ugly head of ethnicity would raise its head to make governance after an alleged contrived election wary with a possible backlash. Such a government has a short life expectancy and a resulting election could be fought on a strict ethnic dimension that is unhealthy for the reconciliation exercise. More so if such projections are featured it could lead to tactical voting patterns emerging in the north and south with conflicting results emerging on either side of the aisle at an election.

 Tamils of the North/East has the right to vote according to their preference, which is their scared democratic right; who ever they vote for is their right in exercising the franchise according to their choice. TNA as the prime political party of the North has the right to give them leadership and issue directions unlike in LTTE times where they were under command.

 Instead, the blame should be laid at the feet of Prabhakaran for denying the people of the north their right to exercise the franchise. However that blame need be shared with the TNA: for they meekly followed the dictates of the LTTE and acted as their visible agent. Suspicion is aroused in the minds of the south that the TNA while now enjoying the fruits of democracy and holding office that was denied to them by Prabhakaran; is trying to reach the goals that Prabhakaran had set through a democratic process which would result in a more divided Sri Lanka worked on a ethnic framework.

 It augurs ill as a sense of mutual suspicion savors between the two major communities. There was great hope placed with the coming of Wigneswaran into politics that a difference was in the making. He has proved to be a dismal failure-possibly pleasing none but him. He has not shown character or wisdom in working towards a meaningful reconciliation process where northern nationalism” with its distinct culture and ethos – that is far removed from terrorism – and is the aspiration of Tamil supremacy- has a pride of place in the Sri Lankan society.

 National political parties should come to the forefront, over shadowing the ethnic political parties and are capable of winning seats in every district, as did the UNP and the LSSP of the old. D.S. Senanayake as a UNP Prime Minister held a very representative cabinet of all ethnicities representing every region. Reconciliation process has achieved its goal, the day the UPFA or UNP, can win a few seats in every district including the north where a northern Tamil from the UPFA or UNP sits as a cabinet minister. Probably a Tamil Prime Minister is a distinct possibility in the future with Lakshman Kadirgamar having nearly made it.

 For the process to fast track a few parliamentarians of the TNA or SLMC from the North and East should join either the UPFA or UNP with the hope of being elevated as Cabinet members.

අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපකෂ මහතාගේ ඇමරිකානු සංචාරය.

August 27th, 2014

Chandrasena Pandithage

මේ වනවිට අතිගරු මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා, ඇමරිකාවේ සංචාරයක් සදහා පිටත්ව ගොස් ඇති බවට පුවත් පලව ඇත. මේ සංචාරය දෙස මෙරට ජනතාව විවිධ කෝණ තුලින් බලා තම තමන්ගේ මත පල කරමින් සිටී. ජනතාවගෙන් යම් කණ්ඩායමක් එතුමාගේ සංචාරයට හේතුව, බරපතල අසනීප තත්වයක් හේතු වෙන බව පල කරන අතර, තවත් කණ්ඩායමක්, මෙය එතුමාගේ පෞද්ගලික සංචාරයක් බව ප්රකාශ කරයි. කුමන තත්වයක් යටතේ හෝ මෙය, නිල මටථටමේ රාජ්ය සංචාරයක් නොවෙන බව පැහැදිලිය. මෙය නිල මටටමේ රාජ්ය සංචාරයක් නොවෙන බැවින්, ඊට පසුව ඇත්තේ නොනිල මට්ටමේ රාජ්ය සංචාරයක්ද එසේ නොවේ නම් ඒ මහතාගේ පෞදගලිකවූ සංචාරයක්ද යන දෙකරුයි. මේ කරුුණු දෙකෙන් මොන කරුණක් සදහා හෝ ඔහු පිටත්ව ගොස් ඇත්තේ, ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදයටයි

මෙරට ජන මනස තුල ඇති බලවත්ම කරුණක් වනනේ, අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහිනද රාජපකෂ මහතාගේ අංක එකේ සතුරු රාජ්ය ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය බවය. ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය දකුණු ආසියාව පාලනය කිරීම උදෙසා දසක ගනනාවක් පුරා උපක්කරමිකව ගොඩනැංවූ කොටි ත්රස්තවාදය විනාශ කල අතිගරු මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාව කුමන පදනමකින හෝ විනාශ කිරීමට ඇමරිකා එකසත් ජනපදය පරමුඛ බටහිර බලවේග වෙර දරණ බව මෙරට ජනතාව මනාව හදුනාගෙන සිටි කරුණකි. මේ කරුණ දේශපාලනයේදී, වේදිකාවක් වේදිකාවක් ගානේ අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාද ස්ථාපිත කරමින් තමාව මේ බටහිර ජාතීන් විදුලි පුටුවේ හිදුවා මරා දැමීමේ අදිටනින්ම වැඩකරන බව පල කරන ලද වාර ගනනද  ඉතා විශාල සංඛ්යාවකි. මේ ඉතා මෑතකදී පොදුරද මඩුලු ක්රීඩා උලෙල සදහා බ්රිතාන්යට යාම ප්රතික්ෂාප කලේද, තම සංචාරය සදහා එම රජයට නිසි ආරකෂාව සැලසිය නොහැකිය යන හේතුව මත බව, මාධය තුලින් ප්රකාශ විණි. එසේ නම් මේ ඇමරිකා සංචාරයේදී, එතුමාට ආරක්ෂාව සපයන්නේ කවුද යන පැනයද මෙරට ජනතාව ඉදිරියේ පැන නැගී ඇති තවත් එක් කරුණකි

එතුමා සමග අත්වැල් බැදගෙන සිටින මෙරට ජනතාව, මේ ලෝකය සමබන්ධව ඉතා හොදට දනී. ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය සමග ඇත්වැල් බැදගෙන ඉරාණයට වසර ගනනාවක් පහරදුන් ඉරාක ජනාධිපතිතුාවූ සදාම් හුසේන්ව අල්ලා බල්ලෙක්සේ එල්ලා මරා දමන ලද්දේ ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය බව මෙරට ජනතාව දනී. තවද,ලිබියානු ජන නායක ගඩාෆිට බල්ලෙකුට සේ පහරදී මරා දමන ලද්දේද ඇමරිකාව බව මෙරට ජනතාව දනී. එපමණක්ද නොව යුගෝස්ලෝවියාවේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති වරයකු වූ මේලෂොවිච් මහතාව පරීක්ෂණයක් සදහා ජාතයනත්රණ අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත කර, හිර ගෙය තුලදීම මරා දමා, පසුව ඔහුව නිදොෂ්කර නිදහස කරනු ලැබූවේද ඇමරිකාව බව දනී. ඇමරිකාවට යම් රාජ්ය නායකයකු මරා දැමීමට ඇවැසි නම් කුමන ලෝක ධර්මතාවයකට එරෙහිව හෝ සිටගෙන ඒ අරමුණ ඉටුකරගන්නා බව දන්නා මෙරට ජනතාව, අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ, මේ ඇමරිකානු සංචාරය දෙස බලා විටින්නේ විශ්මිතවය.

හිටපු පලස්තීන ජනාධිපති, යසර් අරපත් මහතා, අසනීපයකට පරතිකාර ගැනීම සදහා,ප්රංශයට පිටව යන මොහොතේ, මේ රටේ ජනතාව,මේ යසර අරපත මහතා පිටව යන්නේ මහුගේ අවසාන ගමන බව දැන සිටියහ. ඒ යසර් අරපත් මහතාව සුුවකර දෙන ලෙස ඔහුගේ මරණයම අපේක්ෂා කල සතුරු රාජ්යකට භාරදීම කුමන තර්කයකටවත් නොගැල පෙන්නක් වූ බැවිණි.මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාද මේ පිටව ගොස් ඇත්තේ වෙෙද්ය ප්රතිකාර සදහා නම, මේ කරුණද  ඒ සිද්ධිදාමයට සමානවූ කරුංක් බව මෙරට ජනතාවට සිතේ. එසේ නොවීමට නම්, විශේෂිත හේතුවක් තිබිය යුතු බව මෙරට ජනතාව සිතයි. මෙරට ජනතාව, තවමත් අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා කෙරෙහි විශ්වාසය තබා කටයුතු කරන අවස්ථාවක සිදුවූ මේ සංචාරය, මහජන මානස තලය මහා භූමිකම්පාවකට අසුවූ නගරයක තත්වයට පත්කර ඇත.

මේ සිදුවන්නේ කුමක්ද?යන්න මෙරට ජනතාව විවිධ කෝණ වලින් දකී. මේ තමනගේ දේශය ආරක්ෂා කල ජනාධිපතිවරයාය යන්න, මෙරට ජනතාව හා ජනාධිපතිවරයා අතර ඇති ඥාතිත්වයයි.  නමුත් මේ රටේ ජනතාවගේ ජනාධඊපතිවරයා, ඔහුගේ දරුවන්ගේ, පියාය. එතුමාගේ බිරිදගේ දයාබර ස්වාමි පුරුෂයාය. සිය සහෝදර පරපුුරේ, අයෙකුට, මල්ලීය තවත් අයෙකුට, අයියාය. මේ ඥාතිතවය, ජනතාව හා බද්ධව තිබෙන ඥාතිත්වයට එහා ගිය දෙයක් බවද මෙරට ජනතාව දන්නා අතර, ඒ පෞද්ගලික ලෝකයේ කටයුත්තක් සදහා ගිය ගමනක්ද යන පැනයද ජන මනස තුල ඇත. කුමන කටයුත්තක් සදහා හෝ එතුමා පිවිස  ඇත්තේ යක්ෂයාගේ අඩවියට බව ජනතාව දනී.

මේ වන විට ඇමරිකාව ජාතයන්තර තලයේ හා ජාතික තලයේ අර්බූද ගනනාවකට මුහුණ දෙන රාජ්යයක් බවට පත්ව ඇත.එදා චේ ගුවේරා සහෝදරයා ලෝක ප්රජාවගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටි, එකම කරැණ වූ, ඇමරඊකාවට එරෙහිව, එක වියථනාමයක් නොව වියට්නාම ගනනාවක් බිහි කරව් යන්න අද සිදුව ඇත. ඉරාකයේ, සිරියාවේ, ඇෆගනිස්ථානයේ, පලස්තීනයේ, ලිබියාවේ, යුක්රේනය අද ජාත්යන්තර තලයේ ඇමරිකාව ගිලී යෑමට නිර්මිතව ඇති මඩ ගොහොරුව බවට පත්ව ඇත. මේ මඩ ගොහොරුව දිනපතා ලොවපුරා පුලුල් වෙමින් ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය නම්වූ අධිරද මහල්ලාට කිසිත් කර ගත නොහැකි තත්වයකට පත්ව ඇත. ඉතාම විශේෂිත යුධ භූමිය න‌ිර්මාණය වූයේ මෑත බාගයේදී යුක්රේනයේය. මෙය ලෝක බලවතුන් දෙදෙනා මුහුණට ම ුහුණ ලා ගැටෙන යුධ බිමක නිර්මාණය කර, ඇමරිකාවට මේ වනවිට මහා පරාජයන් රාශියක් උරුම කරදී ඇත. මේ යුද්ධය අවි ගැටෙන රණ බිමකට වඩා බුද්ධිය ගැටෙන රණ බිමක් බවට පත්ව, රුසියාවේ බුද්ධි බලකාය ඉදිරියේ මහා පරාජයන් රාශියක් ලබමින් සිටී. මුලු යුරෝපා සංගමයම ඇමරිකානු, බුද්ධි උපක්රම හමුවේ,පරාජිතව අසරණ වී ඇමරිකාවෙන් ආධාර ඉල්ලා සිටී.එය දී ගත නොහැකි ඇමරිකාව අද දිනෙන් දින මානස තලයේ තම මිතුරන්ගෙන් වියෝවීම අරඹා ඇත. මේ සිද්ධි මාලාව අතරතුර,ඇමරිකාවේ බහුතරයක් මුදල් මත යැපෙමින්, ඇමරිකානු හිතවාදීව, කටයුතු කල එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානය, ලෝක ප්රජාවගේ ගැරහීමට ලක්ව ඇත. වරතමාන ලෝකයේ බලවත් රටවල් ඩොලරය භාවිතා කිරීම අත් හැරීම ඇමරිකා ලැබූ විශාලම පරාජයක් වන අතර, එයට කිසිදු විකල්පයක් නැතිව බලා සිටින තත්වයකට ඇමරිකාව පත්ව සිටී. මේ අතරතුර, ලෝකයේ බලවත්ම රටවල් පහක් එක්ව, ලෝක බැංකුවට වඩා බලවත් බැංකුවක් ස්ථාපනය කිරීමටද පියවර ගෙන ඇති අතර, එය මේ වනවිට, මුලු ලොවෙහිම අවදානය එම බැංකුව වෙත ගොනුකර ගැනීමේ මෙහෙයුමක් දියත් කර ඇත. BRICS නම්වූ මේ බැංකුව නව ලෝක රටාවක පදනම වන අතර, එය සෘජුවම ඇමරිකාවට එරෙහිව දියත් කල ත වත යුද්ධයක් බවට පත්ව ඇත. සියලු සිදුවීම් අතරේ, තමන් දශක ගනනාවක් පුරා, ගොඩ නැංවූ මහා ව්යාපෘතියක් ඉන්දීය මහා මැතිවරණය සමග විනාශයට පත් විය. ඉන්දියාව පාලනය ඇමරිකන හිතවාදී සුදු කාන්තාවගන් එය ඉන්දීය ජනතාව විසින් මුදා ගැනීමත් සමග දකුණු ආසියාවේ මහා වෙනසක් නිර්මාය විණි. මේ වෙනසත් සමග දකුණු ආසියානු කලාපයේ, ඇමරිකානු බලය අතරමංව සිටින මොහොතක, මෙරට ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ඇමරිකානු සංචාරය සිදුවීම සුවිශේෂීය. මුලු මහත් ජාත්යන්තරයේ සුවිශේෂීම යුගයේ, අතරමංව සිටින, ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදයට ගොස් අතරමං නොවී, යලි මේ දිවයිනට පැමිණෙන්නේ කෙසේදැයි යන පැනය මෙරට ජන හදවත තුල මුල් බැස ගත් පැනයක් ඇත. සෑම මිනිසෙකම දිනෙන් දින වෙනස වන බව දන්නා මෙරට ජන මනස, එදා කොටි ත්රස්තවාදයෙන් මේ රටත් ජනතාවත් මුදාගත් ඒ ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට තිසරණ සර ලැබේවා!යි ප්රාර්තනා කරයි

Dr. Ruwan Jayatunge Explores Near Death Experiences

August 27th, 2014

Written by:  Janice L. Ponds; M.A., LADC, CBIS

Ruwan M. Jayatunge, M.D. describes Near Death Experience (NDE) as a subjective experience with many NDEs depending on the individual’s education level, cultural factors, and religious beliefs.  Although NDE is not defined as a universal experience, it does have common elements associated with it.  These elements include characteristics such as out of body experience, traveling through a tunnel, floating, levitation, and seeing a light.  This phenomenon certainly warrants more scientific investigation by researchers.
Dr. Raymond Moody coined the term NDE in his famous bookLife After Life.  Dr. Moody documented more than one hundred case studies of people who experienced NDE. Subsequent to interviewing over a thousand people who had these experiences, Dr. Moody made the following conclusion:  It has given me great confidence that there is a life after death.  As a matter of fact, I must confess to you in all honesty, I have absolutely no doubt, on the basis of what my patients have told me, that they did get a glimpse of the beyond.”
From a scientific perspective, the latest research on NDE has revealed that neuro-physiological reactions occur in the brain.  Some research suggests NDEs are the result of stimulation of the hippocampus by endogenous endorphins; resulting in limbic and temporal lobe seizures. During these seizures, it is believed that the stress of dying generates natural opiates” such as enkephalins and endorphins; which subsequently disinhibit the hippocampus, as well as lower the seizure threshold within the temporal lobe.
Upon reading Dr. Jayatunge’s article on NDE, I recalled an experience that my own father had which he must have retold at least fifty times.  He was given the wrong medication while in the doctor’s office, and went into a state of being unconscious.  While efforts were occurring to resuscitate him, my father later explained how he literally saw himself leave his body.  He described in great detail how he floated toward the corner of the ceiling, and viewed in detail all the efforts to revive him.  Then he suddenly found himself in front of a beautiful body of water that he described as a river in heaven.”  On the other side of the river were hundreds of children dressed in white apparel, dancing gleefully as if they did not have a care in the world.  My father described how everything within him wanted to cross over to the other side” but he couldn’t.  At that moment, he found himself back in the doctor’s office, and slipping back into his body.  He later described to the doctor in precise detail exactly what they were doing to resuscitate him. The doctor was shocked to hear the accuracy of what my father described, despite being unconscious during these events.
Another NDE that I am personally aware of involved my sister-in-law who passed from cancer.  On her death bed, she was gasping for breath as her husband was by her side.  Suddenly, she sat up with much ease and looked up toward the ceiling, looking intently as if she was staring straight at something or someone. She then said, Lord, I thought you were going to heal me!”  She then paused and said Okay Lord, I understand, I understand.  I love you too!” She settled back down onto the bed, closed her eyes, and peacefully passed away.
On a final note, the Apostle Paul had significant encounters with death that he survived.  Of significance, it is believed that Paul visited heaven on a given occasion after being stoned. This is described in 2 Corinthians 12:1- 4: Let me tell about the visions I’ve had, and revelations from the Lord. Fourteen years ago I was taken up to Heaven for a visit. Don’t ask me whether my body was there or just my spirit, for I don’t know; only God can answer that. But anyway, there I was in Paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man’s power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others).” TLB
NDE leaves one with many questions. Maybe as the future unfolds, we will grasp a deeper understanding of this phenomenon.  The conclusion that I’ve come to is best described in an old hymn called By and By.”  One verse in this song states:  By and by when the morning comes; All the saints of God will gather at home; We will tell the story of how we overcome; And we’ll understand it better by and by!”

Ananda Guruge: chronicler of the Buddhist revival

August 27th, 2014

Susantha Goonatilake

When Dr. Ananda Guruge died several days ago, the Buddhist revival of Sri Lanka which he chronicled, and its international spread were reaching the desired effects in the West. Beginning in the 1950’s, yoga started to take hold among the white middle classes in the West to become today a key element of Western physical culture. Currently Buddhist vipassana meditation is following suit as both psychology theory and therapy.

But amidst this success is a counter narrative in that colonial field of anthropology which has falsified and vilified the Buddhist revival. For those who want to know about Sri Lanka, it is this fictional counter narrative amounting to around 40 books published in the West that provide a (wrong) window on us. And for students of the geopolitics of knowledge like the present writer, the contrast could not be starker between the two narratives. In fact, it was the subject of the most recent communications that I had with Guruge. He wanted me to write a popular article to an American magazine contrasting the two narratives, but I demurred. So let this article be a small apology for my failure.

Let us begin with the Buddhist revival. In the 16th-century the barbarous Portuguese under direct instructions (through their papal Bulls) of the then Popes to destroy and conquer other lands had devastated almost all our Buddhist centres of learning. One of those wondrous Popes was Alexander VI with his bull Inter Caetera, a license for plunder and death. His bull still stands. A truly spiritual man Alexander had many mistresses including his own daughter who gave him a child. Alexander became a model ruler for Machiavelli. Such monstrous papal bulls resulted in huge massacres around the world for which the more recent Pope John Paul II (1978 – 2005) apologized over 100 times. As the Portuguese historian/priest Queroz noted, Sinhalese had then literally laughed at Christian practice and considered the Portuguese unclean not given to washing. But their laughter was stilled as under pain of death conversion was enforced.

Local Buddhists may have laughed but they did not kill Catholics who under pain of death converted. In fact when they were later persecuted by the Protestant Dutch, our kings gave them refuge, just like when the Portuguese were hunting for Muslims, they too were given refuge. The situation was different in East Asia where Buddhist/Confucian kings of Japan and Korea stopped Christian entry or killed the converts. The current Pope on his visit to Korea made saints of the killed converts. A recent Pope visiting Sri Lanka made Joseph Vaz a saint for his work from the Kandy Kingdom among our Catholics when the Protestant Dutch banned them. But so magnificent was Christian charity, that while previous Popes had apologised for the crimes committed around the world that visiting Pope did not apologise for the cruelty done to us (being indeed Children of a Lesser God).

The Catholic devastation was so strong that Buddhist learning had to be reimported in the 18th and 19th centuries from Siam and Burma where in previous centuries, it had been transmitted from Sri Lanka. Although the Treaty of 1815 was to guarantee Buddhist practice, the British did not allow temples to emerge in the Western Province, especially Colombo till the mid-19th century. With a strong historical memory comparable to that of the Chinese and the Greeks, the revival was local and culturally inevitable. It was again this historical memory that made our Buddhist revival spread outwards to other parts of the world.

Guruge was a chronicler of this revival and an activist in it.  His two collections of global correspondence from and to Sri Lanka in his From the living fountains of Buddhism: Sri Lankan support to pioneering western orientalists and his Return to righteousness, a collection of speeches, essays and letters of the Anagarika Dharmapala provide nearly 1,500 pages of raw material for those interested in the revival. Not having seriously read this collection, our colonial anthropologists (I bought and read all their torturous writings) invented a fictional Protestant Buddhism for the revival. They claimed that Olcott and Blavatsky, two persons who were running away from Protestantism had introduced Protestant ideas to the revival. The situation was just the opposite as both arrived with intellectual begging bowls in hand. Blavatsky was mostly ignored and Olcott only used for the anti-colonial struggle, but rejected when he went against Buddhism and tried to infuse mystical theosophist ideas. Referring to the 1970 article by Gananath Obeyesekere, the high priest of this Protestant counter narrative, Guruge declared Protestant Buddhism is an infelicitous term as it is misleading”.

But unfortunately, the rot set in as subsequent writers misinterpreted. Several of the uninformed like Jonathan Spencer embraced this Protestant fiction. Another, Tambiah wrote in a book sponsored by Finland’s WIDER Institute that Dharmapala was an uncharitable propagandist”. WIDER became notorious after a Cover Story exposure in Finland’s main newsmagazine of its then Sri Lankan head. He and his gang left in disgrace. Kapferer wrote several negative books on us based unbelievably on just three Sinhalese having total faith in exorcism. Ven. Bellanwila Wimalaratne publicly despaired at the antagonism of H.L. Seneviratne to the revival, in spite of Seneviratne himself coming from a poor background and was thus a direct beneficiary of the campaign for free education led by Buddhist  monks. This was the period when anthropology was being denounced by Africans as a white man’s derogative view. It was also the period where the psychology of Freud was being denounced as fraudulent with, in the coming decades Buddhist meditative therapy accepted as effective. Unfortunately, it was also the period when Obeysekere was trying to look at our reality through Freud’s fraudulent theories. These writings were one of the biggest intellectual con acts in history mostly because unfortunately even in universities that came out of the Buddhist revival does not read this anthropology fiction primarily because they are in English.

But looking at the life work of Guruge as well as his publications, it is clear that his global impact was more through his activism than through his academic publications. As a recent Buddhist activist, he stands with others like the late Ven. Mapalagama Vipulasara and the earlier Ven. Narada who had a major impact on Asia. And the Ven. Bodagama Chandima is now following in the latter’s Asian footsteps. After World War II, US political penetration with Christian fundamentalists following, Christianization had begun in once Buddhist East Asia, including the demolition of Korean Buddhist temples. Allied to Buddhist forces in Korea, Ven. Vipulasara helped thwart this Christianisation. In Vietnam, a minority Catholic dominated government siding with France and the USA worked against Vietnamese independence. Decolonisation prevailed and Ven. Vipulasara became a key figure in the new dispensation and later, after the Vietnamese freed Pol Pot’s Cambodia helped restore Buddhism there.

Christianisation project was underway when halted thanks to Ven Chandima and his supporters.

Meanwhile Walpola Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught with its many language editions gave the world an authoritative introduction to Buddhism. And Henepola Gunaratana’s Mindfulness in Plain English with over a quarter of a million copies sold, introduced meditation – higher Buddhist practice to the West. These writings followed the pioneering efforts of the 19th century and early 20th century scholar monks documented by Guruge as well as of the Royal Asiatic Society which both together gave the world the first authoritative translations of Buddhist writings.

Guruge’s activism started as a member of the then Ceylon Civil Service, when at the young age of 25, he was entrusted by the then government to organise the different activities of the Buddha Jayanti. This was a seminal event in the recovery of Buddhism on the global stage. It stands up with the Panadura Vaadaya, Anagarika Dharmapala, the writings of the scholar monks especially through Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara (Guruge wrote a long article on them) and the establishment of various Buddhist organisations by G.P. Malalasekara and D.B Jayatilaka (on the latter, Guruge wrote a book). Guruge wrote of the various international figures influenced by Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara and the implied introduction of free education through Vidyalankara.

In the coming months, both India and Sri Lanka are to issue commemorative stamps on Dharmapala. Guruge would have been pleased. Anagarika was not only the father of international Buddhism that Guruge documented but also of the dalit movement among South Indian Tamils (Dharmapala called them Aryans). It eventually turned into the chauvinist DMK. And Dharmapala, in contrast to Gandhi was a proponent of industrialization. Surprisingly, I discovered that most of Guruge’s publications were not through regular academic publishers, but unfortunately self-published. Pity, such a knowledgeable and erudite man who spoke eloquently without notes should have been better known in international academia. It would have countered the anthropology fiction on the Buddhist revival that is taught even in our universities which came out of the revival. Guruge has extensive documentation for our ignorant and unread anthropologists.

 

So-called NGOs are not innocent

August 27th, 2014

By Nalin de Silva- Courtesy Island

 There are attempts by some people who are mainly interested in maintaining the western Christian hegemony to paint a rosy picture of the Western Governmental Organizations in the country as innocent outfits. These organizations are referred to as NGOs the name given by the westerners themselves, and our so called intellectuals who can imitate but not create any knowledge, continue to use the tag the Non Governmental Organizations. The moment one identifies the WGOs as NGOs their structures are covered and the people get the impression that these organizations are innocent civil society organizations such as Mahila samithis, Maranadhara Samithis (Funeral aid societies) that depend mainly on the members themselves. These latter societies may get a contribution in kind or money but the societies are maintained mainly by the membership fees and may be funds collected by the members. The funds are usually collected from the villagers but occasionally they may go outside the particular village but very often will be confined to the boundaries of the country.

NeruNehru: The Congress Party though pretended to be nationalistic was not so but was guided by the Cambridge education that Nehru received as a son of an elite in India. 

These societies do not get involved in politics party or otherwise and the office bearers usually do not have an ambition to enter politics. There may be a few individuals among the office bearers who would wish to be elected as a member of Pradeshiya Sabha but it is very unlikely that they would get involved in national politics. The office bearers are hardly known outside the village in which they operate and not known in the country through national media. The media is not interested in the opinion of such office bearers and the journalists usually ignore them.

 The WGOs on the other hand were established by the western governments either directly or indirectly, and have been financed by those countries. Initially the organisations were helped on the pretext of giving aid to social work but very soon those organisations also revealed their political ambitions, even if they may not have been interested in politics at the beginning. Sarvodaya is good example in this regard, where the leader could not hide his political inclinations. It is not known whether he had managed to hide his politics at the initial stages but the powers in the country at one time considered him a political threat.

 The later established WGOs have been openly engaged in politics though the leaders may not have shown any interest in contesting at national level either for the Presidency or even for a Parliamentary membership. However, they have been propagators of western ideology and have been financed by western countries. It is the Scandinavian countries and Canada that are mainly responsible for pumping money into these organisations, though the ideology that is propagated is from England and US. When the Congress was in power in India it is clear that both England and US used the former against Sri Lanka, though the role played had been different during UNP days and SLFP dominated alliances days. The US and England were behind the Indo Lanka Accord signed in 1987, and they were Godfathers to the accord literary and literarily. It is not my intention to go into details but without US and England there would not have been a thirteenth amendment. The Congress Party though pretended to be nationalistic was not so but was guided by the Cambridge education that Nehru received as a son of an elite in India. It served the masters and mistresses not only the Mountbattens but the English queens and kings as well. The Congress leaders were Fridays serving their masters Robinson Crusoes and the BJP had to be established as a nationalistic party that respects Hinduthva and not Kristhuthva.

 The WGOs as we have said were established by the western countries mainly in non western countries in the sixties after the African countries were given limited independence by the Europeans. The WGOs were financed by the western countries and the organisations were expected to continue to maintain the African countries as colonies in economics, politics and culture. I had the opportunity of serving the University of Malawi when my wife spent a semester there on sabbatical leave. I was on extended sabbatical leave from the University of Colombo, and I saw at first hand the cultural and political colonialism practised in the country. The history of Malawi began with the arrival of the Europeans as far as the propagators were concerned and various WGOs functioned in association with the Christian Churches of various denominations. Once I asked my students who had discovered Lake Malawi and their immediate response was it was Livingstone. I had to tell the students that their grand, grandparents had known Lake Malawi before the Europeans arrived in their country but they being students in Physics were not interested in what I had to say. Fortunately, no lecturer or student complained to the Vice Chancellor that I was teaching Malawi Chinthanaya to the students and I was spared the opportunity of being granted extended sabbatical leave from that University.

 The WGOs in general in all countries except perhaps in the western countries are propagating western ideology for money. It is the money or other aid that the WGOs receive from the west that is of concern to the country. Any organisation that receives funds without being channeled through the Sri Lankan government has to be scrutinised thoroughly as they should not enjoy the so called freedom of expression in the abstract. The local Fridays could quote chapter and verse followed by the academia and the legal institutions but we should not be fooled by these quotations. The freedom of expression has its restrictions and in the west there is no absolute freedom of expression for individuals or organisations especially when national security is under threat. The Fridays who serve their Crusoes should be asked to clarify what is meant by freedom of expression for foreign funded organisations.

 Foreign funding is a concern of those who deal with security of the country as I have some personal experience in this regard. In the late eighties and early nineties I was the President of Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) and we were in a trade union struggle over the salaries of the university teachers. One night at about two am I was given a telephone call by an OIC of a police station claiming that he wanted to record a statement by me. He said it was so urgent that he had to record the statement before the sunrise, as if the sun would have upset all his plans. I agreed and he came with a battalion and recorded my statement. The following day at about midnight a posse of policemen numbering more than twenty five came to our home, scaled the gates and after surrounding the house asked me to open the door telling that they were from the police. When I opened the door the OIC (now a bigshot in the police hierarchy) said he wanted to take me to the police station to record another statement. I told him that he could do it at my home but he insisted that I leave immediately with the police personnel who had had come in several vehicles. I was not taken to the particular police station that they told my wife I was being taken but to the Gregory’s Road Intelligence Bureau office, and when my wife and eldest son went to the particular police station they had been told I was not there! Anyhow the bigwigs at the Intelligence Bureau were interested in finding out whether FUTA obtained funds from some other organisation here or abroad. I had to tell them that FUTA was a trade union federation that received membership fees from the member unions and other than that FUTA had no other source of income. Some of the Fridays were high-ups in the academia and most probably members of some University Teachers’ Association (UTA) or other but they neither as individuals nor in their capacity as members of our union backed me. This happened during the days of Premadasa Regime, to use one of Ranil W’s favourite expressions, and I had to fight on my own. I am revealing this in order to show that the security forces are very much concerned with the funds received by organisations, and it should not be different in the case of WGO’s.

 It is well known that the west is interested in installing its puppet governments in the non western world and WGOs are used for that purpose as well. It has also to be reminded that most of the WGOs served the peace project of the west and were against the humanitarian operations against the LTTE. They were for CFA of Ranil W and have almost always followed the western policy. If the Fridays think that freedom of expression is unconditional then they are mistaken. The country or the government should not allow the west to use the WGOs on their pay role to go against the wish of the majority of the people. The Fridays after all is a tiny minority who serve the Crusoes, who are influenced by western ideology of bogus freedom of expression, which is not practiced in the west itself.

A few reasons that are shocking to hear about beef industry.

August 27th, 2014

Dr Hector Perera         London

However much it is stated that beef is unhealthy to eat due to a number of reasons, still people eat beef in their daily diet. It may be in the form of beef burgers, also called hamburgers, stakes, roast or cooked. The number of reasons why beef is unhealthy to eat are far too many to mention here but a few are as follows. Sometimes the supermarkets sell beef in attractive prices to keep the business going and the customers find it is too difficult not to buy beef for their daily meals. Far too many chemicals are either injected or fed the cattle during it’s life time and eventually those chemicals enter into human digestive system. That may be because they are not properly cooked still some chemicals remain in beef even after cooking. Some chemicals may be antibiotics, anti-parasitic drugs or growth hormones. Apart from the chemicals fed and injected to cattle, the supermarkets add more chemicals to beef to keep them fresh looking. Have you not noticed the packs of beef or lumps of beef displayed are always look pink and fresh looking? Those packs might have done a week ago but still they look quite fresh due to carbon monoxide and other chemicals added to them.

beef

More reasons to say why beef is unhealthy to eat

Eating beef products, which are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat, is a good way to increase both your waistline and your chances of developing impotence and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and asthma. Research has shown that vegetarians are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease than are meat-eaters, and they have 40 percent of the cancer rate of meat-eaters.

Plus, meat-eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than vegans are. Every time you eat animal-derived products, you’re also ingesting bacteria, antibiotics, dioxins, hormones, and a host of other substances, some toxic, that can accumulate in your body and remain there for years. 

Dioxin is one of the most toxic chemicals known to humankind

Deposition of airborne dioxins onto plant and soil surfaces, and subsequent ingestion of this contaminated vegetation and soil by food animals, is considered the primary pathway by which dioxins enter the food chain (Fries, 1995).

Dioxins belong to a class of 75 chemicals with similar properties; the most toxic is 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). Dioxins are known to cause cancer, immune suppression, and birth defects in animals. They can act as endocrine disruptors, which means that they have the ability to mimic or block hormones in the body.” 

Where does it come from?

“The main sources of dioxins are municipal waste incineration, metal smelting, medical waste incineration, chemical and plastic manufacturing, and pulp/paper bleaching. Dioxins can travel long distances in the atmosphere via air currents. Rain, snow and dust carry it to the ground, and it eventually enters the food chain when animals, such as cattle, graze on the dioxin-contaminated crops. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over 90% of our exposure to dioxins is through food, with major sources including beef, dairy products, milk, chicken, pork, fish and eggs. Dioxins are also passed from mother to developing infant across the placenta and through breastfeeding.

“Dioxins and related compounds are highly persistent in the environment and in living organisms. It is believed that almost all living beings on earth have dioxin-like compounds in their body tissue. No amount of dioxin exposure can be considered safe, as very small amounts have been associated with impaired development, reproduction, neurological, and immune function. The EPA’s most recent report concluded that the cancer risk to the general population from dioxin is now as high as one in one hundred people.

 Dioxin in beef

Beef contains significant quantities of the most toxic organic chemical known – dioxin. This chemical is toxic in the trillionths of grams. (A trillionth of a gram, called a picogram, is one million millionth of a gram. A gram is about 1/30th of an ounce.) Dioxin has been linked to cancer, endometriosis, Attention Deficit Disorder (hyperactivity in children), reproductive systems defects in children, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune system deficiency, and rare nerve and blood disorders. A single hamburger (a little less than 1/4 lb, or 100 grams) contains up to 100 picograms of dioxin. That is 300 times as much as the EPA says is “acceptable” for a daily dose for an adult! Beef has a high amount of saturated fat, which harms your heart. These fats have no C=C double bonds in the structure. Saturated fats elevate low-density lipoprotein, a bad form of cholesterol. LDL can build up in the insides of your arteries, causing narrowing, which requires your heart to work harder. The strain on your heart not only elevates your blood pressure, but it also puts you at risk of having a heart attack. You should not get more than 10 percent of your daily calories from saturated fat, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.

Consuming too much beef further damages your heart by altering your good-to-bad cholesterol ratio. High-density lipoprotein is the good cholesterol that transports LDL to your liver, where enzymes break it down and get rid of it through waste. When your HDL levels become too low, LDL concentrations continue to rise, increasing your chances of cardiovascular disease.

 Beef can harbour a deadly new germ, called e. coli O157:H7. This new germ is now a major cause of serious food poisoning. Beef and dairy cattle can carry the germ with no apparent adverse health effects. The germ, found in cattle faeces, has contaminated beef and produce grown with cow manure.

Antibiotics and hormones increase the cow’s growth and the farmer’s profit. Mass-production of beef cattle is a huge industry in the U.S with animal-fattening facilities known as feed lots used to produce the most beef in the shortest possible amount of time. Chemicals and hormones are commonly given to beef cattle to prevent disease, tranquilize the cows and stimulate growth. These chemicals can remain in the beef you eat, even after it is cooked that means when people eat those beef containing antibiotics and other chemicals injected to cattle goes into human digestive system.

Some British TV chefs cook lumps of beef in a matter of minutes by tossing up and down then quickly cut and serve the presenter but showered with different sources as well to cover up the uncooked situation. When it is cut, one can see just the outside is grey looking while the inside is red or pinkish red that means it’s not cooked properly. The presenter must say Yummy” to the TV as that is meant to be but the question is who would agree it’s healthy? The presenter knows as well but he or she cannot help, it’s a part of the job.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are commonly fed to feedlot-raised cattle in the U.S, although Europe and other areas of the world do not allow antibiotic feeding to meat animals. Small doses of antibiotics can increase an animal’s weight gain by as much as three percent overall, so ranchers and farmers commonly feed these small doses of antibiotics to cattle throughout their lives. Some 15 to 17 million lbs. of antibiotics are used annually in U.S. meat animals.

Anti-Parasitic Drugs

Veterinary drugs called anthelmintics are used widely for the treatment of parasitic worms in beef cattle. A study reported in the February 2011 issue of the journal “Food Additives and Contaminants” indicates that many of these drugs remain in the beef through the processes of cooking and consumption. The anthelmintic drugs such as oxyclozanide, clorsulon, albendazole, closantel, ivermectin, mebendazole and fenbendazole all remained in beef throughout a roasting or frying cooking process also in BBQ. The drugs nitroxynil, levamisol, rafoxanide and triclabendazole were reduced, though not eliminated, by conventional cooking.

Hormones

According to Professor Epstein of the University of Illinois, beef cattle are commonly dosed with a range of hormones intended to promote faster growth. In 1990, the “International Journal of Health Services” indicated that the beef industry switched to natural sex hormones as replacements for the growth promoter diethyl-stilbestrol which was banned in 1979. Natural sex hormones used in the beef industry include testosterone, progesterone and estradiol. All these hormones are potentially carcinogenic to humans, as stated by Professor Epstein of the University of Illinois.

Effects on Human Health

Antibiotic use in beef cattle poses a risk to human health when bacteria in the animal become antibiotic-resistant. If a human becomes sick after eating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, those same antibiotics cannot be used as an effective cure. Other chemicals, drugs and hormones used in non-organic beef production are potentially carcinogenic.

A hamburger does not have any ham in it. Well, it’s not supposed to, Hamburger meat usually is made of 70-80% beef and fat and spices.
 Still fancy a hamburger?

Your comments are welcomed, perera6@hotmail.co.uk

Invitation: Canadian Sri Lankan Student Alliance SLSA Cricket Carnival & After Party – Saturday August 30th 2014

August 27th, 2014

Toronto SLSA team

Dear Canadian Sri Lankan Community, Leaders & Friends,

Sri Lankan Students Alliance which was established in 2003 at York University have now grown Canada wide with over 20 SLSA Alliances.  Toronto Sri Lankan Students Alumni Alliance EST. 2010 [AKA Toronto SLSA] which is an independent parent body of SLSA is hosting a cricket carnival starting at 8:30 am to 7:30 pm and an after party at night starting at 10:30 pm to fundraise for a school infrastructure project in Sri Lanka this coming Saturday August 30th at Simeon Private Park in Stoufville, ON (30 minutes north of Toronto on 404). This event is a first of its kind for Sri Lankan students and Grads in Canada. Please do come out and support this annual family event as there is something for everyone.  Please see flyer attached for more details and share this e-mail with your friends and family.  For more information about or event or organization please visit our Facebook like page at www.facebook.com/torontosrilankan.studentsalliance If you are interested in making sponsorship or contribution for our current charity project or future events please e-mail us at torontoslsa@gmail.com or contact our info line at 416 819 1435.  Please come out and support to build a united prosperous Canadian Sri Lankan Student Grad Community. We hope to see you all there.

 

Thank you,

Peace Unity & One Love”

Toronto SLSA team

Anagarika Dharmapala -Greatest Sri Lankan of the 19/20 centuries

August 26th, 2014

Chanaka Bandarage

Why Dharmapala is Great?

Adversaries may say Dharmapala only fought for the Sinhalese Buddhists. This is wrong. When Dharmapala fought against the British imperialists, he fought for all Sri Lankans.

True, Dharmapala spoke largely for the Sinhalese Buddhists.

Sri Lanka is a country where its base (foundation) is Sinhala Buddhist. The nation was founded soon after the demise of Lord Buddha, where Vijaya , a Prince from northern India (Sinhapura Village in Wanga Land of Lata Nation, located in Bengal ) landed in Sri Lanka (Thambapanni).

During his massive campaigns against meat and liquor consumption – ills that were introduced by the western imperialists, Dharmapala spoke to his fellow countrymen, sometimes in harsh language; people listened to him intently, acknowledged his views and refrained from eating meat and consuming alcohol. Prior to colonisation in 1505, Sinhalese did not slaughter animals for consumption nor did they drink methylated spirits.

Dharmapala also asked his fellow countrymen to refrain from killing living beings; he also asked people, including children to follow the 5 Buddhist precepts. People largely followed Dharmapala’s advice.

Dharmapala asked people to change their Portuguese and English names to Sinhala. He also advised them not to give western names to their offspring. A fine example was how he instantaneously changed the name of young Pedris Silva (then 14) to Piyadasa Sirisena, who became one of Sri Lanka’s literary giants. Owing to Dharmapala’s action, hundreds and thousands of Sri Lankans started to have Sinhala (Arya) names.

Another very successful campaign launched by Dharmapala was asking the Sinhalese (both men and women) to renounce western attire and wear traditional Sinhala Buddhist dresses. He started off the campaign from home, asking his mother, the meritorious lady, Mallika Hewawitharana, to wear ‘Kandian Osariya’.

When working with his mentor, HS Olcott, Dharmapala assisted Olcott’s campaign to establish many Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka (numbering about 50). This includes Ananda College.

A prolific writer, Dharmapala wrote to his fellow countrymen regularly through his then very popular newspapers, ‘The Buddhist’ and ‘Sinhala Bauddhaya’. He gave good counseling to people to lead a pious and meritorious life.

Being a Buddhist leader, Dharmapala stressed that Buddhist children must attend Sunday ‘Daham Pasal’ to learn Buddhism, and among such things like respecting elders. Parents and teachers positively responded to Dharmapala’s request, there was a massive revival of the Sunday Daham Pasal. The trend continues to this day.

Dharmapala was instrumental in translating Tripitaka from Pali to Sinhala. He entrusted this work to his brother.

The biggest and most notable contribution to Buddhism by Dharmapala was the saving of Buddhagaya for Buddhists from Hindu fundamentalists. Buddhagaya is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. Dharmapala restored stupas there.

This was an achievement of unprecedented proportion.

Thanks to Dharmapala thousands of Buddhists from all over the world visit Buddhagaya today, one of the most sacred places for world’s Buddhists.

If not for Dharmapala, Buddhagaya today would have become a place of Hindu worship.

Dharmapala saved Mulagandha Kuti in Saranath for Buddhists. He built stupas there (opened by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1930). Mulagandha Kuti is the place where Buddha made his first sermon, to the 5 disciples. It is situated in close proximity to Baranes Nuwara Isipathanaramaya.

Dharmapala restored many important Buddhist sites in India. He built a massive temple in Calcutta – Dharmaraajika temple, then, pilgrims rests in major Indian cities including in Chennai and Calcutta. One of Dharmapala’s main ambitions was to re-introduce Buddhism in India (Dambadiva), a country that he genuinely loved. He laid the foundation for this, his follower Ambedkar very successfully carried forward the task.

Dharmapala achieved his tremendous successes in India, wholesomely a Hindu country, without causing any commotion there.   This is a remarkable achievement; in effect, a silent revolution. Rather than despising him, the Indians liked Dharmapala. Even today, there is admiration for him in India. It is reported that India will honor Dharmapala by issuing a postage stamp on his 150th Birth Anniversary. It is stated that even today one of the main streets of Calcutta – presumably,   the street where the Mahabodhi Society in Calcutta was then located, is named after Dharmapala. It has been stated that the famous US Golfer, Tiger Woods, is an admirer of Dharmapala, he had kept a portrait of Dharmapala in his room (Tiger’s mother is a Buddhist from Thailand).

Dharmapala propagated Buddhism in many parts of India and the West.

This shows Dharmapala was a man of truly international significance.

Wrongful Imprisonment

The British alleged that Dharmapala instigated Buddhists to riot during the 1915 Sinhala-Muslim riots. There was no documentary evidence to prove the charges against Dharmapala, he was totally innocent. When the riots happened, Dharmapala was in Calcutta, India. Being a good Buddhist, Dharmapala never instigated violence against anyone. Basically, he had absolutely nothing to do with the Sinhala – Muslim riots. Yet, the British incarcerated him for a long period of time (6 years). National leaders like DS Senanayake, FR Senanayake and several others were also incarcerated over the same incident (the Sinhala – Muslim riots -they were also innocent). William Pedris, a brave young man, was brutally executed at Welikada prison. EW Perera took a letter to the King of England concealed in his shoe sole to obtain the release of DS Senanayake and FR Senanayake and few others.   He was successful, but the British kept Dharmapala imprisoned (under house arrest in India). Fortunately, like Pedris, they did not kill Dharmapala, but, restrained him badly. Dharmapala was in his early 50s during that time. Dharmapala never recovered from the mental agony he suffered as a result of the unlawful imprisonment. He suffered because he did nothing wrong; it is alleged he was punished solely because of the British’s hatred towards him. It is alleged, it was a case where the British took revenge from Dharmapala who spoke against the British rule in Sri Lanka. There were some Sinhala leaders, loyal to the British, who worked against Dharmapala.

Dharmapala was not a racist

Adversaries of Dharmapala say he uttered statements that in today’s context can be categorised as racist. True, Dharmapala used language such as hambaya, demala, marakkalaya, padiliya, etc but, he did not use them to denigrate another race. Such was the language used at that time –the late 19th and early 20th century. He never used ‘para’, an offeensive adjective before referring to those communities, he used ‘para’ only against the British. Even to his fellow Sinhalese, Dharmapala sometimes spoke in harsh language. He called them gona, meeharaka, gon aliya etc.   It was his way of getting through the message to the masses and his method was effective. People accepted his counsel without protest. Dharmapala never used filthy language against any people.

True, sometimes Dharmapala used harsh vocabulary, but, as stated before, he used them without malice, in good faith/intention to uplift the morale of the Sinhalese. One can never find a statement by Dharmapala where he had denigrated/defamed other minority races or religions. Furthermore, he never propagated violence.

The vocabulary Dharmapala sometimes used may sound harsh, but, they are not racist.

What Dharmapala emphasised was that if minority races do so well in trade and commerce, why cannot the average Sinhalese do the same. Dharmapala motivated the Sinhalese to work hard and prosper just like their Muslim and Tamil counterparts. There is no harm in saying that. Thanks to his advice many Sinhalese emerged as successful businessmen (Dharmapala himself came from a successful business family – his father’s business, H Don Carolis & Sons, was a premier business establishment of the time).

Being a Sinhalese, Buddhist leader, true, Dharmapala primarily fought for the rights of the Sinhalese Buddhists, who were very badly suppressed by the British imperialists of the time.

Dharmapala never stated that only Sinhala Buddhists should live in Sri Lanka or that other races must leave Sri Lanka. He basically encouraged Sinhalese to come out of their closets and be successful like the ethnic minorities.

Fearless, brave Leader

During the 18th ad 19 the centuries Sri Lankans were subjected to harsh imperialistic rule and their morale was low. Dharmapala did everything to improve the self-confidence of his fellow countrymen. Dharmapala, who came from a ‘high society family’, possessed a pleasing personality – a dark man of almost six foot tall, Dharmapala wore a yellow coloured Sinhala garment. His presence caught the eye of everyone. He was a great communicator. Dharmapala spoke fluent English and his English writing skills were exceptionally good. He was well educated (an old boy of St Benedict’s College*, he was a civil servant before starting the Buddhist propagation work (*at St Benedict’s, he had an altercation with the school hierarchy when he saw a Catholic Priest shooting down a bird). Dharmapala was mentored by the American, HR Olcott. Dharmapala watched Panadura Vaadaya where the Buddhist priests won the debate over their Christian counterparts.

Oozing with confidence, Dharmapala was fearless; he never hesitated to fight against discrimination and injustice. He always fought for the downtrodden; he aspired equality and justice. The following incidents illustrate his fearlessness and bravery:

a). Robert Chalmers (the then Governor) allowed Dharmapala to attend his office, but, Dharmapala was kept waiting in the office for a long time –for nearly 2 hours. Dharmapala became angry; during the meeting he complained to Chalmers that he too was busy and that Chalmers should have stuck to the appointment. Dharmapala remonstrated that Chalmers deliberately wasted his valuable time, he had no confidence in Chalmers. Despite Chalmers’ request to stay, Dharmapala left the office early without completing the meeting. This was like a slap on Chalmers’ face, his staff witnessed what happened. Chalmers never expected that type of ‘bravery’ from a Sinhalese; at that time the whites sometimes considered the locals as a species of sub-human.   Note, when Dharmapala was imprisoned, Chalmers was still the Governor of Ceylon. Governor North released Dharmapala.

b). In late 1920s Mahatma Gandhi attended the function to open the Calcutta Mahabodhi Society. In his address, Gandhi stated he understood the Greatness of Lord Buddha after reading Sir Edwin Arnold’s ‘Light of Asia’. Dharmapala was the last speaker of the event (listed to give the ‘Thank You’ address). Dharmapala said that Lord Buddha was born more than 2,400 years ago in India (Dambadiva), he regretted that Mahatma Gandhi had to wait to read the Englishman’s book to realise the Greatness of Lord Buddha.   Dharmapala said that Lord Buddha was not just the Greatest person ever produced by India, he was the Greatest Person ever produced by the world. Gandhi was somewhat taken back by Dharmapala’s ‘rebuke’; he nodded and smilingly listened to Dharmapala. Gandhi was prepared to learn from Dharmapala. After the speech Rabindranath Tagore, a close friend of both Gandhi and Dharmapala, congratulated Dharmapala for his oratory skills. At that time no one would dare criticise Gandhi, who was the undisputed leader of India’s independence struggle, but brave Dharmapala did not hesitate to say what he had to about his acquaintance, Gandhi, inside Gandhi’s own India. The remarkable thing is that Dharmapala did this without antagonizing Gandhi. Dharmapala had a great respect and admiration for Gandhi; but on that occasion, he believed he had to make the utterance. This is due to his love for Lord Buddha and Buddhism which preceded everything else for him. It is stated that Gandhi was saddened to hear the death of Dharmapala in 1936.

c). Dharmapala who was HR Olcott’s private secretary (Olcott was Dharmapala’s mentor) saw a replica of the casket of the scared tooth relic lying on the floor of Olcott’s house. HS Olcott, a Buddhist, genuinely wanted to propagate Buddhism and worked tirelessly towards that end. He spent his own monies and raised other monies to propagate Buddhism. But, he did not follow Pancha Seela that most Buddhists follow. For Dharmapala, who most devotedly worshipped and venerated the Buddha every day, it was a sight unbearable (Olcott did not do this in any way to insult Buddhism, he did not understand the gravity of his act).   This incident (and other ideological differences in relation to Olcott’s Theosophical Society) led to the breakup of the relationship that existed between the two for over 20 years. Dharmapala continued to admire Olcott, but disassociated working with him.

d). When travelling by train in India and Sri Lanka on two separate occasions, Dharmapala was confronted by unruly white British men (in Sri Lanka, by a white planter), who demanded that Dharmapala leave the 1st class compartment that they were in.   They could not tolerate travelling in the same compartment with Dharmapala – a Buddhist preacher, who wore ‘strange’ yellow robes and demanded that they stop consuming alcohol (whiskey) on the train. Dharmapala, a brave man, did not bow down to his white opponents; he directly confronted them.   Dharmapala had a stronger personality than his white opponents, the whites ‘lost the battle’ – they fled the compartment allowing Dharmapala to travel freely.

Fine Diplomat

Dharmapala was an avid traveler. Those days the voyages were made by ship. Lots of Dharmapala’s time was spent on travelling to various countries to promote Buddhism. His speech at the Chicago conference in 1893 was exceptionally powerful and was of very high standard. Dharmapala became the ‘key person’ at the Chicago conference, most of the representatives were Christian. The 6,000 odd delegates flocked around Dharmapala as if he was a movie star. Dharmapala gave a mesmerising speech to the audience about Lord Buddha and Buddhism, even Swami Vivekananda who represented the Hindu faith of India had to openly embrace him. Chicago was a major watershed event in Dharmapala’s life.

Dharmapala supported Buddhist countries, for example,   Japan – at a time when most countries despised it.   He was clever to collect monetary donations from Japan. He had leading Japanese businessmen friends in Japan. When he visited Burma, sometimes he was invited to the king’s palace where he had audience with the Crown Prince. The Burmese Crown Prince made small financial contributions towards Dharmapala’s legal battles in India to save Buddhagaya.   Dharmapala had a deep gratitude for Burma for helping establish the Siam Nikaya in Sri Lanka. Dharmapala maintained a good relationship with the Thai Royalty. Dharmapala visited Shanghai in China few times, he also visited several Asian and European countries.

Dharmapala had a remarkable knowledge about international affairs and world religions.

A Great Business Mind

Dharmaplaa liked Western Capitalism, and impliedly encouraged it. He had a great ‘entrepreneurial mind’; he raised hundreds and thousands of dollars for his noble tasks. Dharmaplaa needed money for his many projects – the ’Save Buddhagaya’ project itself needed lots of money – the litigation in India was protracted and lots of money was required for legal fees, pay compensation etc. Expelling the illegal Hindu squatter (Mahantaya) from Buddhagaya, who had patronage from the Indian state, was a herculean task; only Dharmapala could do it and so he did. Not only Dharmapala started Buddhist philanthropy projects in Sri Lanka (there were many), he embarked on noble Buddhist projects in many countries, mainly in India, and the West – notably in the UK and US. He raised money well. We should not forget it was Dharmapala who founded the London Buddhist Vihara (Saddhatissa Centre of North London – the main Theravada Buddhist centre in the UK). He established Buddhist presences in San Francisco, Boston and New York. Dharmapala was clever in persuading his family to financially support his Buddhist ventures. The main donor for his projects was Mary Foster Robinson, the US philanthropist. Mrs Foster Robinson was impressed of Dharmapala after his historic speech in Chicago. She donated many thousands of dollars for Dharmapala’s various causes. Dharmapala ran a large farm type project in Hiniduma. He was instrumental in establishing Sri Lanka’s first handloom weaving school (Hewawitharana Weaving School). He started a Free Hospital in Colombo 10 in memory of Mrs Foster Robinson. Dharmapala’s diary notes show that though he dealt with lots of money, he spent them thriftily and very carefully. Dharmapala was 100% honest in financial affairs. Dharmapala valued the financial donations he received and accounted for every cent. This is why people like Mrs Foster Robinson continued to fund him. Obviously his opponents, who were jealous of his money raising and contact making ability and the enormous standing he had in the community; attacked him from left, right and centre.

A Great, Practising Buddhist

Dharmapala was a Great Practising Buddhist. He tried to follow the Buddha’s teachings to the letter. Dharmapala dedicated his life for Buddha, Buddha was in his mind and thoughts always. That is the reason why he became ‘Anagarika’. Most devotedly, Dharmapala tried his best to worship Buddha every day, each of his speeches and writings were laced with Buddha’s teachings.

Dharmapala venerated his mother, he predeceased her.

Dharmapala wished that he be born again and again in India (Dambadiva), not because he was disgusted with Sri Lanka. Dharmapala loved his native land, Sri Lanka and as pointed out in this article, he did so much for Sri Lanka. Being a follower of Buddha (Dharmapala became a monk in the last stages of his life – Ven Siri Devamitta Dhammapala), he wished that he be re-born in India. This is due to his eternal love for Lord Buddha – an Indian,- and also of his affinity with Buddhagaya, the place that he rescued for the world’s Buddhists. Ven Dhammapala passed away starring at the Mulagandha Kuti Stupas that he built. His fellow monks moved his bed outside of the building he was living; as it was the desire of Ven Dhammapala to view the Stupas upon his demise (when a portion of Dharmapala’s ashes were brought to Sri Lanka (Colombo) by a specially decorated ‘Buddhist train’ from India, hundreds and thousands of Sri Lankans lined along the railway track yelling ‘Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu’. They threw fragrant flowers at the train. It is stated that more than 50,000 people flocked inside the Fort Railway Station to receive the train. There were more people outside of the station. A massive Buddhist memorial service was held at Vidyodaya Pirivena in Maligakanda presided by the Mahanayakas).

End

The biggest gratitude we can show to Dharmapala is to follow his footsteps and follow the 5 Buddhist precepts preached by Buddha that Dharmapala so vehemently asked us to follow. It is our solemn duty to protect and safeguard the Buddhists sites both in this country and outside, especially in India that Dharmapala rescued/built.

We are duty bound to preserve and protect the Dharmapala Legacy – the Greatest Sri Lankan to live in the 19th and 20 centuries, Sri Lanka.

chanakab@hotmail.com

දංගෙඩිය , වංගෙඩිය ,හා කෙං ගෙඩිය

August 26th, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න 

ප්ර භා  මරාදැමු  මහින්ද  දෙමල ජාතිවාදයත් සහමුලින්ම අවසන් කිරීම සඳහා  13අ සහ පළාත් සභාත්  වහාම අහෝසි කරනු අතය්  ජාති හිතෛශීහු අපේක්ෂා කළහ. මේඅ  යට  දැන් ඒ ගැන විශ්වාශයක් නැත. එනිසා මහින්ද   ගැන තිබු ප්‍රසාදය දැන්  ක්ෂය වී ඇත, 75% පාවාදුනහොත්  පිටර ට  අ  ය නොව රටේම අ . ය මහින්ද දන්ගෙඩියට දක්කනු ඇති බව ඔවුන්ගේ විශ්වාශයය්. ප්‍රභා මරණ සටනේදී වත් 40% ක පමණ  ඒ.ජා  පාක්ෂිකයෝ සහයෝගය දුන්නේ නැත,. බටහිරයොත්  සමසමාජ කාරයොත්  මෙහිදී මහින්දට විරුද්ධව සිටියහ .මේ  කරදර අස්සේ ඔහු උතුරත් නැගෙනහිරත් වෙන්කළේය .ඉන්දියාව සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අමනාපකරගෙන තම සතුරන් මැද්දේ  ගෙදර යන්නට වුවහොත් යන බය ඔහුට තියෙන්නේ  75% ක සිංහල ජනතාව ගැන සම්පූර්ණ විශ්වාශයක් තැබිය නොහැකි හෙයිනි.  ප්‍රභා මැ රු සතිය තුලදීම ඒ ජය පිටම මේවා කලේ නම් රට තුල  විරුද්ධ කාරයන් එකෙක් වත් එලිබහින්නේ නැත. එසේ නොකළේ අනාගත  සැලසුම් නොතිබීම නිසය්.  මහින්ද චින්තනයේ ඇති මහා කෙං  ගෙඩියක් නැත  මිෂනාරී අධ්‍යාපනය වෙනස් කිරීම   රටේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ උරුමය ස්ථාපිත කිරීම රටේ නම සිංහල ජාතියේ නමට ගලපෙනන්නක් කිරීම ආදී කිසිවක් එහි නැතිවා මෙන්ම ජාතික ආර්ථිකයක් ගැනද නැත. .මෙවැනි අයගෙන්  ත්‍රස්තවාදය අතුගා දමා සැපෙන් සතුටින්  කල්යවීමට වඩා දෙයක් බලාපොරෝත්තුවන්නට නම්  සඟ වේද ගුරු  ගොවි රණවිරු (බාහු ලාගේ  කම්කරු  නොවේ)  පංච මහා බලවේගය 56 දීට වඩා  සියගුනයකින්  ශක්තිමත් වියයුතුය ..   සියලු සිංහලයන්වත්  තමන්ට සහයෝගය නොදෙන බව  හිතෙනවිට  ඉල්ලගෙන පරිප්පු කා ගෙදර යන්නට තරම් මහින්ද  ශාන්තුවරයෙක් නොවේ ..  .දැනටත් බලය රක ගෙන මහින්ද ඉන්නේ  ඒ.ජා.ප යේ ද්‍රෝහී රැලක ගේ සහයෝගයෙනි. විදේශ අමතියාත්  ජාතික චින්තනයේ හතුරෙක් හා ෆෙඩරල් වාදියෙකි. 75% එකට එකතුවී මහින්ද  තම ග්‍රහණයට  ගැලවී යා නොදී   තමන් ඔහු වටා සිටින බව ඒත්තු නොගන්වුවහොත්  ඔහු කර අරිනු ඇත.

හොරු සහ පාවා දෙන්නන්  1948 සිටම සිටියහ..  නිදහස් අධ්‍යාපනයට   ඩී . එස්  විරුද්ධ විය  බුඋධ්ධ සාෂණයේ දියුණුව සලසන්නේමය් කියා බලයට පැමිණ  රජයට ආගමක් නතය් කීවේ ජෙනින්ග්ස් සරණ යමිනි  1815 දී සුද්දාත් බුදු සසුන රැකීම බාරගත්තේය  එහෙත් මේ අපූරු ජාතියේ පියා  මග හැරියේය,  අනාතවූ උඩරට සිංහලයන් සනාත කිරීමට කියා ආ රම්භ කල  ගල්ඔය ,කන්තලේ ජනපද වලට පළමුවෙන් අයදුම් පත් කැඳවුයේ දෙමලුන්ගෙනි දෙමලු අකමැති වුවිට පමනය් සිංහලයන්ගෙන් අයදුම් පත් කැඳවුයේ. යාපනේට  නුදුරු ඉරාන මඩු ජනපදයට යාමට දෙමලු අකමැති වුවිට කොත්මලෙන් යවූ පවුල් 560 අද ආ ගිය අතක් නැත  එය අබිරහසකි
 මොවුන්ට දිය යුතු දඩුවම කුමක්ද  තවත් පාවාදීම් ඉදිරියට විස්තර කරමි

මහවැලි ව්‍යාපාරය යටතේ 1986 දක්වා  බේ දු ඉඩම් කට්ටි 13000 නන්  9000ක් ම  දුන්නේ දෙමළුන්ට බව  පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී ලලිත් ඇතුලත් මුදලි ප්ර කාශ කළේය. සෝල්බරි කොමිසමට පෙර ඩී . එස්. එංගලන්තයට ගොස් 75% ක් වූ  සිංහල ජනයාට  මන්ත්‍රී ධුර  55% කුත්  සුළු තරයට 45% කුත් ලැබෙන යෝජනාවට  එකඟවී පැමිණියේය. නවරත්න රාජා   සරවනමුත්තු හා මෛත්රීපාලගේ දෙමල  බිරිඳ  රන්ජි  සේනනයක එක්වී  felix  සිරිමාවෝ ගෙන්  රට සභා ක්‍රමය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලුහ. .felix  එකඟ   වුයේ  දිස්ත්‍රි  ක් සභා වලටය.    එහෙත් ජේ. ආර් . හා ඩඩ්ලි   තිරුචෙල්වම් හා  චෙල්වනායගම් ද  එක්වී  ෆෙලිෂ් පොරොන්දුවට වඩා  විශාල බලතල  දීමට එකගත්වයක් ඇති කර ගත්හ. මේ බල ලෝභී හු මෙසේ තරගයට රට පාවා දුන්හ. ඒ.ජා ප. හා  දෙමල සාකච්චාවේදී  ඩඩ්ලි දුන් වාචික පොරොන්දු පිළිගැනීමට චෙල්වා එකග වුවත් ජේ. ආර් චෙල්වාගේ හිත ගැනීමට පොරොන්දු ලිඛිතවම දියයුතුයය් කීවේය.  .. එහෙත් මේ ජේ. ආර් ම 1957 රට සභා පනතට විරුද්ධව පා ගමන් සංවිධානය කළේය. ඩඩ්ලිට   වඩා  ජේ. ආර් විශ්වාසවන්තයෙකය්  පසුව චෙල්වා කියා ඇත.

ජේ ආර් 1941 දී ඉන්දුලංකා fedaration  නමින් වූ සන්දේශයක් ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් ලංකාව ඉන්දියාවේ ප්‍රාන්තයක් කලයුතුයය් කීවේය. දුටුගැමුණු පැරකුම් යුගයන් ගැන අපි සිහින දැකීම වැඩක් නතය් මෙහිදී ඔහු කියා ඇත, කැලණිය දිනාගැනීම සඳහා  අද්යාපන මාද්‍යය සිංහල විය යුතුයය් කියූ ඔහු  ජයග්‍රහණයෙන් පසු  සිංහල හා දෙමල විය යුතුයය්  වෙනස් කළේය. නැවත  1956 02  18  දින ඒ ජා ප. සම්මේලනයේදී  ”’සිංහල පමණක් රාජ්‍ය භාෂා ව විය යුතුයය්”’ කීවේය. සිරිමා  ශාස්ත්‍රී ගිවිසුම අනුව  ඉන්දියාවට යාමට සිටි 98000 ක් හා පවුල්වල අ  ය සමග හාර . ලක්ෂයකට වැඩි ගණනකට  වහාම පුරවැසිකම දුන්නේ  මේ ජේ. ආර් ය.ඒ තොන්දාගේ සහාය ලබා ගැනීමටය.   මතදී ඔහු කල  දුෂ්ට ක්‍රියා ගැන කවුරුත් දනිති. රනිල් සාම ගිවිසුමෙන් රට පාවාදුන්නේය කොටි බලය වැඩිවීමට  කටයුතු කළේය  රහස් ඔත්තුසේවාව සහමුලින්ම විනාශ කළේය  රට බෙදීමට  සටන්කළ ත්‍රස්තයන්  රකිමින්  ආණ්ඩුව පමණක් වෙනස් කිරීමට සටන්කළ සිංහල තරුණයන් 60000ක් පමණ ඝාතනය කලේ ඒ .ජා.ප. නායකයින්ය
 මහින්ද දන්ගෙඩියට  යවන විට මොවුන් ට කුමක්ද?   ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම දරුවන් කෙටවීමට භාවිතා කල  වං ගෙඩිය  යො . දාගනිමුද?

  මහින්ද බෙල්ලෙන් අල්ල අපේ ග්‍රහණයේ තබා ගෙන අපේ උරුමය දිනාගැනීමට මහා සටනක් කරනවා හැර  වෙන කෙං  ගෙඩියක් කරන්නද. මොහු  මේ දේවල් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප  කළහොත්  බලයෙන් පහ කිරීමද අපි කල යුතුය.. එහෙත් විකල්පය ගැන වඩ වඩා    සිහිබුද්ධියෙන් සිතිය යුතුය. සරත් ෆොන්සේකා  ග පුද්ගලික ජීවිතයේදී පවා  තම බිරිඳට  කල හිරි හැර  ගැන ලගම හිතවත්තු විස්තර කියනු මා අසා ඇත.  ඔහුගේ දරුණුකම  අනුව ඔහු  හොඳ ඉඩිඅමින්  සිටි රටටය.  බෞද්ධ ලංකාවට නොවේ . මහින්දලා ගේ රජයේ ය කරන වංචාවල සීමාවක් නැත.  එහෙත් මුදල් වංචා  පසුව හෝ හදාගත හැක.  එහෙත් රට බාරගත් දා සිට කල මූලික ද්‍රෝහී පාවාදීම් ඔඩුදුවමින්  ජාතික දේහය ඔත්පල කරය් .
ඌත්  හොරා  මූත් හොරා අපේ හොරා අපට හොඳා  යනුවෙන් ද කියමනක් ඇත.

1948 දී ඉංග්‍රීසින්ගෙන්  මෙරට පාලන බලය ලබා ගත්තේ   “””රෙද්ද  අ ස්සෙ මහත්තුරු ” සහ  වල්ග කබා කාරයෝ ය.  සමහරු සියවස් 2ක් වත් සිංහල ඉ ති හාසයක්   ඇති අය  නොවුහ. නීල පෙරුමාල් ලා ගේ හෝ තම්බි මුදියන්සේ ලාගේ මිනිස්සු සිංහයන් මර්දනය කිරීමට ඉංග්‍රීසින්ට දරදිය ඇදී  බෙලෙන්ම පහලවූ ඔපපාතිකයෝ වුහ. කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදයේ නිර්මාත්ත්රු  චෙල්වනායගම් මැලේසියාව නිජබිම කරගත්තෙකුගේ පුතෙකි 1898 උපත ලද චෙල්වා  මෙරටට පැමිණියේ 1902 දී ය.  තොන්ඩමන් ආවේ 1924  ය. නුපුහුණු කම්කරුවන් ඉන්දියාවෙන් පිටවීම ඉන්දොයාව විසින්  තහනම් කර  තිබු අතර 1892 න්  පසුව එසේ යම් රටකට ගිය ඉන්දීයයන් ඒ රටවලින් පිටුවහල් කල යුතු බව ඒ නීතියේ සඳහන්විය. 1986 දී ෆීජී  රටේ සිටි සියලුම ඉන්දීයයන්  පිටුවහල් කරන ලද්දේ  ඒ .නී  තිය අනුව යමිනි. මේ අනුව 1924 පැමිණි තොන්ඩමන්නීති විරෝධී සන්ක්රමනිකයෙකි  එහෙත් අපේ උන් මේක ආපසු යැව්වේ නැත. මුන් සේරම එකතු වී  නව ප්රභූ පැලැන්තියක් බවට පත් විය. 

ජේ .ආර්  විනිසුරුවන්ගේ ගෙවල් වලට  කළු ලකී ලවා ගල් ගැ ස්සෙව්වේය.. ගැටඹේ පන්සල වටා කටු කම්බි ගැසුවේය.  ඉංග්‍රීසි රජයේ මාර්ගෝපදේශකයෙක් වූ  තම්බි මුදලි දොන් අදිරියන් ජයවර්දන   සිංහලේට විරුද්ධව ඉංග්‍රීසින් කල සටන්වලදී සේවය කර  ගම බිම් පරිත්‍යාග ලැබුවේය. මාදම්පේ මුදලිතන සථුවූ  ඉඩකඩම් දේපල  මේ තම්බි මුදලිට ලැබුනේය. මෙසේ  ඉංග්‍රීසින්ගේ තනන මාන්න ලබමි සිටින අතර සිංහලයන්ගේ   ලාභ සත්කාර ලැබීමේ බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන්  මේ මිනිහා   ඉහගම කුමන්ත්රනයටද  සහභාගිවීමට තත් කර ඉංග්‍රීසින්ට අසුවිය. එපමණක් නොව රාජ කකුධ භාණ්ඩ  පොද්දල්ගොදින් සොරකම් කර  මාදම්පේ සඟවා තිබී ඉංග්‍රීසින්ගේ අතටම අසුවිය. මෙසේ දෙපැත්ත කන නය්  අපේ රටේ පාලනයට පත් වුහ

ඉන්දියා ව නිදහස් කර ගැනීමට සටන් කල අය  ගාන්ධි   චන්ද්‍රබෝස්  පටෙල් වැනි ඉන්දියානු නම් ඇති ය වෙති  ලංකාවේ    දොන් ස්ටීවන් ඩඩ්ලි  ෂෙ ල්ටන් , සොලමොන්  වෙස්ට් රිජ්වේ ,  දොන් බාරොන්, පෙරේරා , පෙදිරිස්    ජෝන් , ඔලිවර්   ආදීහු ය.   ගාන්ධි ලා  කදාර් රෙදි අඳින විට මේඅ   ය  ඇන්දේ වලිග කබාය.

මේ සියල්ල මෙසේ සිදු වුවිට  ත්   40%  තවමත් මේ මිනිස්සුන්ටම චන්දය දී  ත්‍රස්තයන්  විනාශ කිරීම ගැනද  විරුද්ධ වෙන විට රටකට කලක් යය් ද. ..  දියසේනලා බිහි කරගත යුත්තේද  බෞධ්ධයෝමය  එහෙත්   බොරු දියසේනලා ඇවිත්  දිය රෙද්දෙන් බෙල්ල කපන තුරු  නම් බලා නොසිටිය යුතුය.  අපි මොන කෙන්ගෙඩියක් කරන්නදය් කියමින් අතපය හකුලා ගෙන සිටියොත්  කෙලවෙන්නේ අපටමය  . දන්ගෙඩියට යැවිය යුතු එකාත්     වන්ගෙ ඩි යේ  දමා කෙටිය යුතු එකාත්  වෙන්කර ගනිමු. 

Seek Allah through Obedience to The Prophet (PBUH).

August 26th, 2014

By A. Abdul Aziz.

 (Given below is an excerpt of the Friday Sermon delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, on 15th August, 2014, at ‘BaithulFuthuh’, London, U.K. gave a discourse on seeking Allah through Obedience to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

 Ahmadiyya supreme Head (Khalifa) started by reciting the following Quranic verse:

God states in the Holy Qur’an: ‘O ye who believe! respond to Allah, and the Messenger when he calls you that he may give you life…’ (8:25)

Indeed, God sends His Prophets to give spiritual life to people and through the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) He sent us the complete and perfect Shariah in the form of the Holy Qur’an and made the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) its embodiment. This was felt by those who were close to him, the closer a person was to him the greater was his perception of this. More than anyone the Holy Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) wives were witness to his high morals and when Hazrat ‘Aishah was once questioned about him, her reply was that he was an embodiment of the Holy Qur’an. He practiced whatever the Holy Qur’an states.

Prophets of God are role models and in the aforementioned verse by mentioning God in conjunction with Prophets it has been made clear that they say and do whatever God states. Prophets of God should be followed blindly to attain spiritual life and of course it is stated about the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) that it is essential to follow him in order to attain love of God, and true spiritual life can only be attained through love of God!

Unless Muslims truly accept what the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had announced: ‘…If you love Allah, follow me: then will Allah love you…’ (3:32) they cannot be termed as true followers and true believers. Indeed, as Hazrat ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said the explanation of his practices can be found in the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an which states that even the enmity of a people should not incite you to act other than with justice; the Qur’an states do not shed blood without reason; the Qur’an states that dues of mankind should be paid; the Qur’an states that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was mercy for all the peoples. As indeed the quality of Rahmaniyyat (being gracious) demands that it is without distinction of religion and race and is for one and all. Thus the Holy Qur’an refutes all the objections which are raised by people when they see the wrong acts of some Muslims these days.

Prophets of God come to give life but the practices of Muslims today are devoid of life and their acts are heightened to practically end human life. They kill innocents and widows. Huzoor said that if anyone asks him, as indeed they often do, Huzoor tells them that God and His Messenger gave the answer to their questions in the beginning of Islam. As the verses of Surah Jumu’ah in the Holy Qur’an state: ‘He it is Who has raised among the Unlettered people a Messenger from among themselves who recites unto them His Signs, and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and wisdom, although they had been, before, in manifest misguidance; Andamong others from among them who have not yet joined them. He is the Mighty, the Wise.’(62:3-4) The ‘manifest misguidance’ which is apparent from the acts of Muslims today was also rampant in the time of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and he was sent to remove it and to give the life-infusing message of Islam. And now in order to spread the life-infusing message the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has been sent and after coming in his Bai’at (initiation) the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is now taking this message further, as is its responsibility.

The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) made it very clear that the religious leaders of Islam will one day be the worst of creation, as indeed are the acts of Muslims today. And it was said that this will be the time when the Promised Messiah will descend. We observe that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) claimed that he had brought life-giving water and those who accepted him attained the spiritual life that the water gave.

Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said: ‘The verse: ‘…Andamong others from among them who have not yet joined them…’ (62:4)means that there are only two parties who will attain guidance and wisdom after manifest misguidance and witness the blessings and miracles of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Firstly, the Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) who were embroiled in darkness before his advent and later, with the grace of God Almighty, they experienced the time of the Prophet and witnessed miracles with their own eyes and observed fulfilment of prophecies. Belief brought about a change in them and they became as if of one spirit. The other party which is like the Companions according to the aforementioned verse is the party of the Promised Messiah. Like the Companions, this party also is to witness the miracles of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and is to find guidance after darkness and misguidance. In the verse this party has been given a measure of the blessing of being likened to the Companions. This indicates that just as the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) saw the miracles of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and witnessed the fulfilment of his prophecies, so will these people. The intermediate period will not have a complete measure of this blessing. Thus, exactly this is what happened nowadays and after thirteen hundred years, once again the door to the miracles of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) reopened and people witnessed them with their own eyes.’

He also said: ‘Everyone has personally witnessed the spread of the plague and restrictions placed on going to Hajj. Introduction of the railways in the country and the camels made redundant, all these were the miracles of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) which have been witnessed in this era just as the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) witnessed miracles. This is why Allah the Exalted termed this latter-days party as ‘…from among them…’ so that it may indicate that they are like the Companions as far as observance of miracles is concerned. Think about it! Who else has experienced a time in the precept of Prophethood in the last thirteen hundred years! There are many reasons for our community to be likened to the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them). They witness miracles and signs just as the Companions did, they are suffering from the grief of derision, mockery, cursing and all manner of hurt, abuse and cutting off of ties in the way of God as the Companions did. They continue to attain pure life from God’s evident signs, heavenly succour and teaching of wisdom, just as the Companions did. Many among them weep during Salat and moisten their places of prostration with tears, just as the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) wept’! (Tafseer the Promised Messiah – Vol. 4, pp. 329-330)

The Promised Messiah’s (on whom be peace) claim that he had come to give life to the world was fulfilled with great glory and continues to be fulfilled. Now it is only possible to understand Word of God through the Promised Messiah whose task it is to disseminate knowledge of the Holy Qur’an. People are attaining spiritual life through him, indeed they can attain it through him. After fourteen hundred years, he exhibited a model of being a perfect follower of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and absorbed himself totally in his love. This beneficence continues to this day but those who raise objections at Islam do not look at it, whereas, wrong actions of Muslims garner a deluge of objections and anti-Islam propaganda.

Recently an Ahmadi wrote to Ahmadiyya Khalifa about a conversation he had had with a well- educated Christian friend. He told him about the beautiful teaching of Islam and the services rendered by Khilafat and the Jama’at. The friend wondered why we did not inform the media about this, why the world was not told about this and why newspapers did not carry the news. The Ahmadi told him that of course we inform others about our work, we have Tabligh and we distribute leaflets, now in their millions, we advertise on buses and have other different programmes but the media does not cover all this in the way it covers negative news about Islam. The Christian friend said that the media is on the lookout for sensational news and since anti-Islamic feelings are common, they only cover negative things about Islam and avoid presenting facts!

Ahmadiyya Supreme Head said recently he was interviewed by a BBC correspondent. The interview was quite long and they broadcasted parts of it in a documentary on BBC Asia yesterday. It will either be broadcast on Saturday or begin to be broadcast on BBC World Service Radio. They have included Huzoor’s remark that the beautiful teaching of Islam as presented by the Jama’at is the true teaching of Islam and this is why hundreds of thousands of people are joining the Jama’at. They did not broadcast everything Huzoor said and chose to transmit a selection of His Holiness’s remarks saying that people are joining because they find out the true teaching of Islam and after hearing the life-giving message of Islam, they are drawn to it. There is no deficiency in the teaching of Islam and the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), in fact they are both complete and perfect. The fault lies with the religious scholars who mislead people and those who follow them. If Prophets of God did not give life, then confidence in God would also be removed. Religions devoid of life have mere claims to offer and there is nothing life-infusing about them anymore. This is why people are forsaking those religions and only keep a ceremonial connection with no element of faith.

It is a great favour of God on Muslims that He sent His Prophet in this age and revived its teaching so that we may continue to receive spiritual life. Those appointed by God come with the promise that they will take those who will follow them to success and they will be given spiritual life. This indeed was also the promise made to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace); that he will triumph and his followers will continue to progress. The system of Khilafat will continue to do his task after him and anyone who will rise against it will be unsuccessful and will fail. Khilafat is a blessing of God and cannot be snatched! It is not attained through persecution, through burying innocents alive. Possession of this system cannot be gained through killing people barbarically. It is a source of giving life and not taking life. Any other system which is snatched cannot have Divine succour and never has done!

It should also be remembered that those who accept people sent from God also have to give sacrifices. They are prepared for every kind of sacrifice because they know their sacrifice would never go in vain and at times they sacrifice their physical life for the sake of spiritual life. There were people in the time of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) who gave sacrifice of family, relatives, wealth, business even life! Yet, they did not allow death to overcome their spiritual life. Even today there are hundreds of thousands who happily give the sacrifice of sentiments, wealth, relations and in some places also sacrifice of life. Some accept the life-giving message of Ahmadiyyat, true Islam and are faced with adversities and troubles. Yet, they do not care and give preference to their spiritual lives to their physical lives. There are numerous examples of people who endure such troubles and Huzoor presented a few today.

Usama ud Din Sahib from an Arab county has told that he and his wife belonged to the Tablighi Party and used to go on tours. After watching MTA (Muslim TV Ahmadiyya) he believed in the message of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) finding it truthful and life-giving. His wife became vehemently opposed to him and turned his family as well as the Maulawis against him. On the say-so of the Maulawis she got a fatwa of disbelief passed against him from Al Azhar and they were separated with their Nikah annulled. His family put a lot of pressure on him to leave the Jama’at but he did not take any notice. He was separated from his four children but stayed firm on his Bai’at. He says that he realised the reality of exclusion and was reminded of the saying of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) that Islam began in a state of exclusion and will ultimately be excluded again. Thus blessed are the excluded. He says God has given him refuge and has taken care of him and he prays not to stumble and InshaAllah remain steadfast.

In a region of Tanzania, East Africa, many Bai’ats were received and 90% of people who worshipped at a village mosque became Ahmadi. Bakwata, a Tanzanian Muslim organisation which is considered as representative of Islam started severe opposition of the new Ahmadis. Firstly they harassed and threatened them. Our mu’allim (tutor/teacher) was present in the village, so the faith of the new Ahmadis grew stronger. A stage came when the opponents stopped them from offering Salat in the mosque. Ahmadis organised an alternate place to offer Salat. The local government joined the local police officer who was a Sunni Muslim and started harassing the Ahmadis. They imprisoned the mu’allim and then released him. Again, they imprisoned him along with a few Ahmadi on false charges. With God’s grace they stayed firm of faith although times were extremely difficult.

In Burkina Faso, West Africa, five hundred Bai’ats were received last year including that of the village chief and the Imam. Their close relatives who lived in nearby villages started opposing them and organised social boycott of the new Ahmadis. They stopped all kind of contact. The Ahmadis used to offer Salat in a small place but they were stopped from doing so and the opposition intensified. Yet, with the grace of God, these new Ahmadis who hail from far flung areas and are apparently known as illiterate did not take any notice of the opposition and safeguarded their faith and now God has eased their situation.

As the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said everyone has to go through hardships and there are countless examples of this. His Holiness recounted current examples to illustrate how quickly faith is growing among people making them ready for every kind of sacrifice. People from different countries recognise the message of Ahmadiyyat, true Islam and thus put in order their spiritual lives. This cannot come to pass without Divine help. Indeed, Divine help is with those commissioned by God to facilitate this. Mu’allims too cannot do their task without Divine succour. It is indeed Divine succour which prepares one for sacrifice and grants resolve and fortitude. There are also some Pakistani around the world who accept Ahmadiyyat and meet Huzoor in various places. They too face difficulties. Each time Huzoor tells them that they may have to face difficulties and endure hardship, they would not be able to go to Pakistan or face trouble on their visit, they say that they have reached their decision after due deliberation and Insha Allah will remain steadfast.

It is also the way of the world that in order to attain any objective one has to work hard and sacrifice. Indeed, for higher objectives greater sacrifice is needed. Sacrifice for eternal spiritual life is continuous, however, at times God confers in amazing ways on those who are ever ready for sacrifices without any sacrifice. If man shows even a small measure of Divine attributes on human level, he can confer on others, whereas God gives without measure and even rewards good intention. Huzoor related a worldly tale/parable of human sacrifice and reward.

A Persian king with his wazir (official/minister) passed an old farmer who was planting fruit tree and due to his age it was clear that its fruit would not benefit him. The king asked him, ‘will this tree benefit you?’ The farmer replied, ‘they planted before us and we ate. Therefore we plant so others can eat.’ The king was impressed and signalled to his wazir to give a bag of gold coins to the farmer as a reward. The farmer said, ‘the tree has given fruit even while it is being planted.’ This impressed the king again and he signalled his wazir to give another bag of gold coins to the farmer. Upon this the farmer said, ‘a tree is ready to bear fruit after many years and does so once a year, but my tree has given fruit twice while still being planted.’ Impressed yet again, the king signalled the wazir to give the farmer yet another bag of gold coins and added, ‘let us leave or this farmer may take all our coins!’ While worldly kings confer on others, they are also afraid of their treasures diminishing. However, our God continues to confer and after granting spiritual life grants eternal life. And for this sacrifices like the sacrifice of the old farmer planting fruit tree are needed; sacrifices the fruits and benefits of which are not instant and apparent but have great hidden benefits.

Followers of Prophets of God also give sacrifice based on these principles and they and their communities are successful while the others are disgraced by God. The disciples of Jesus (on whom be peace) were persecuted for three centuries and they endured cruelty with patience and fortitude and continued to give sacrifices until the king of Rome accepted Christianity and this brought about freedom for them. They spent the difficult times hiding in caves. Just as those early Christians hid in mountainous caves to keep their faith alive while firm in the belief that they will have freedom one day, similarly, today the followers of the Muhammadan Messiah are convinced, more than the early Christians, of their ultimate triumph. We too have to safeguard our faith wherever difficulties are faced and have to continuously seek the beneficence of the spiritual water that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) gave us. The early Christians hid behind rocks to safeguard their faith and gave sacrifices, we have to strengthen our faith as hard as the rocks and have to prove that the Promised Messiah’s beneficence still prevails and that the task of one commissioned by God is to infuse new life, to strengthen faith and this we have to achieve under all circumstances in the perfect belief that triumph is destined for the Jama’at of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Each one of us should realise that they have to be a part of this triumph and in spite of all difficulties make efforts for our own lives and for the lives of others.

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote: ‘The days are approaching, nay they are near at hand, when only this religion shall be spoken of with honour and respect. God shall grant this religion and this Movement His choicest blessings and unprecedented success and frustrate the designs of all those who seek to destroy them and shall perpetuate their ascendancy till the time the world comes to its end. They jeer at me now but their jeering shall cause no harm, for there has not been a Prophet who has not been jeered at. It was, therefore, incumbent that the Promised Messiah be also jeered at, as God Almighty says: ‘Alas for mankind! There comes not a Messenger to them but they mock at him.’ ( 36:31 ). It is, therefore, a Sign from God; because every Prophet has been mocked at. Who would laugh at a person who comes down from heaven with a host of angels? Even from this one could understand that the story of Messiah coming down from heaven is no more than a myth.

Remember very well that no one will descend from heaven. All our opponents who live today shall die and none of them shall ever see Jesus son of Mary coming down from heaven; then their children that are left after them shall also die and none from among them shall ever see Jesus son of Mary coming down from heaven and then their third generation shall also die and they too shall not see the son of Mary coming down. Then God shall cause great consternation in their hearts, yet the son of Mary has not come down. Then in dismay the wise among them shall forsake this belief and three centuries from now shall not have passed when those who await the coming of Jesus son of Mary, whether they be Muslims or Christians, shall relinquish altogether this conception. Then shall prevail only one religion over the whole world and there shall be only one religious Leader. I came only to sow the seed which has been planted by my hand. It shall now grow and flourish and there is none who can hinder its growth.’ (The Narrative of Two

Martyrdoms)http://www.alislam.org/books/tadhkiratush%20shahadatain/wordadvc.html

Ahmadiyya Khalifa  said in this post today he read about our boys distributing leaflets, either in Germany or some other European country. The leaflets were about the advent of the Messiah. At one place the boys met some men who told them that they had been discussing about the advent of the Messiah and wondered if he was come down from the heavens why had he not done so and if another Messiah was to come where and how he would arrive! It was during their discussion that Ahmadi boys gave them the leaflets and also an invitation to an exhibition. They said they would definitely come. This is how God opens new avenues and is putting the quest for truth in people’s hearts.

May God always keep us as a part of the flourishing tree and may our belief be as strong as rocks and may we always fulfil our responsibility!

The English & Tamil Translation of the Sermon – the video link of which is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOTT86u3quU&feature=youtu.be

Tamil Parents continue to demand their missing children from TNA’s Ananthi Sasistharan

August 25th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Ananthi Sasitharan is a TNA elected member of the Northern Provincial Council. She is also the wife of LTTE leader Elilan. Elilan was responsible for forcibly conscripting large numbers of Tamil children during the final stages of the war. Ananthi however, filed a court case and went global, crying over her ‘missing husband’ and projecting herself as a voice of ‘missing Tamil children’. On 5th June 2014 was a day when the ‘hunters became hounded’ and Ananthi had to face a barrage of protestors demanding from her the whereabouts of their missing children. The same protestors gathered in July demanding from Ananthi where their children were. The same protestors arrived on 25th August 2014 making the same demands. This time though Ananthi was missing in action what was also missing was Sri Lanka’s media and so far not one NGO or human rights organization have cared to air across mainstream media the cries of these people asking from TNA’s Ananthi Sasitharan what she and her husband did with their children.

Yet, Ananthi Sasitharan is enjoying stardom. She was given VIP treatment in Geneva in March 2014, a much hyped publicity was given when she spoke about her ‘missing husband’ and ‘missing children’ during the time allocated for NGOs representing causes of other countries. She was pictured gleaming with the US ambassador and Stephen Rapp. Since her election she has been on sponsored visits to USA, Germany, Denmark and Norway and visits to South Africa, France, Belgium, Singapore, Australia are on the pipeline. Her husband Elilan, a senior LTTE leader, is the same Elilan that was responsible for taking scores of children and forcibly conscripting them to the LTTE during the final stages of the war. During the cease fire agreement of 2002 as LTTE’s political commissar for Vavuniya and Trincomalee districts, Elilan, was engaged in taxing Tamils and forcible recruitment during a supposed ceasefire. Elilan incidentally was also responsible for blocking the water supply of the Mavil Aru river which is a crime against humanity depriving water to people. Elilan husband of Ananthi’s importance in the LTTE hierarchy is such that upon Tamiselvan’s death in 2007, Elilan was placed in charge of conscription to the LTTE. The nature of conscription in Mullaitivu by Ananthi’s husband has been carefully omitted from entering the mainstream media by the LTTE fronts. Their stories would put to shame the concocted lies taking centrestage. This is why we continue to question why not a single high profile journalist, not a single NGO/INGO, not a single human rights organization, foreign parliamentarian not even the noisy parker foreign envoys in Sri Lanka have cared to ask these 350 families what they accusing Elilan and Ananthi of. Instead, Ananthi is playing the role of victim and all these parties are propping her up as a victim.

Ananthi’s modus operandi was to portray a husband not as an LTTE leader but a civilian gone missing after surrendering to the armed forces. She boldly filed a case against her ‘missing husband’ and on behalf of ‘missing Tamil children’. She has been at the receiving end of rude shocks every time she appeared at the courts.

Tamils parents are now coming out to demand from Ananthi Sasitharan where their missing children are. It is a matter of time that Tamils that suffered under LTTE will also feel encouraged to come out and openly demand from other members of the TNA accountability.

The husband of Ananthi, the man the world presumes is Ananthi’s ‘missing’ husband is none other than Sinnathurai Sasitharan or Major Ezhilan/Elilan. Ananthi carrying vigils for the missing, shedding crocodile tears may like to recall how her husband used swords, knives and poles to hack and assault Tamil civilians to prevent them boarding the ICRC vessel to transport the injured for medical treatment. The ‘injured’ that were allowed were all injured LTTE cadres, LTTE supporters and LTTE family members. Tamils may now be courageous enough to come forward and relate how Ananthi’s husband brandished a sword threatening the Tamil civilians. How many of these Tamil civilians did the LTTE actually kill by firing at them when Elilan issued orders to fire? These incidents are directly related to the violations by LTTE during the span the OHCHR will be investigating.

Why doesn’t the entities claiming to be concerned about the human rights of civilians ask Ananthi what her husband did at the ‘Our Lady of the Rosary’ church in Valainjarmadam where over 900 men and women sought shelter? Why have the details of how Elilan and fellow LTTE cadres dragged out youth and children and fired at those who resisted killing them not gone into the public domain? Why has the so-called free media kept mum on publicizing how Ananthi’s husband took 500 of these Tamils at gun point and forced into buses to be used as cannon fodder. Where are the rest of the 300 or so Tamil civilians who remained at the Church and why have their eye witness accounts against Ananthi’s husband not been exposed?

Ananthi today going to courts claiming that her innocent husband is ‘missing’ seems to have forgotten how her husband shot in cold blood a woman who wanted to cross over to the Government controlled area so that she could give her child some milk. Ananthi’s husband had taken his gun and shot the women into her forehead killing her instantly – what happened to that baby is anyone’s question. The baby’s mother was killed by Ananthi’s husband.

If the world starts looking from the lens of these ordinary civilians who suffered at the hands of the LTTE throughout the conflict and not from the Tamil beneficiaries and Tamil/Non-Tamil and Foreign supporters of LTTE the story of LTTE crimes would have been far different. Obviously, the victims of the LTTE be they ordinary Tamils, Sinhalese or Muslims do not have the funds or propaganda machinery in their favor nor do they have people voluntarily willing to fight for their cause as against the well funded propaganda machinery that is geared to concoct lies, distortions and ever ready to produce people who are ‘eye witnesses’ with stories they cannot prove with evidence.

25th August 2014, over 350 protestors came out again to make their voices heard. Ananthi Sasitharan did not wish to face the same embarrassing situation that faced her in Jun and July 2014 and thus she was conspicuously missing.

The protestors will return and will continue to haunt her and the TNA.

It is no better a time for the rest of the Tamils who suffered under LTTE to start coming out and being counted too.

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The Tamil Families with hand written placards to ask Ananthi where their children are.

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Has a single NGO / foreign journalist / Human Rights Organization asked this lady what happened to her child? Did her story ever go to Navi Pillai?

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Who will listen to this Tamil civilians’ story asking Ananthi Sasitharan, the TNA elected NPC where she and her husband took his child?

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/07/23/parents-of-missing-tamil-children-demand-answers-from-tnas-ananthi-sasitharan/

 http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/06/06/ananthi-tna-ltte-the-hunters-are-getting-hounded/

UNHRC Investigation – If LTTE is found guilty….who among the living will be held accountable?

August 25th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

 This question needs to be asked and answered some time or the other and sooner the better. We are well aware that the LTTE ground leadership is no more including the LTTE leader – V. Prabakaran. However, over the years there have been a host of people living in Sri Lanka, living overseas who have been directly and indirectly part of the LTTE. Unless these names are out in the open identified as ‘members’ of the LTTE Eelam ideology and declared LTTE partners in crime, the entire UNHRC investigation is nothing but a sham and one that is being set up to take ONLY the GOSL to the dock.

 Therefore, if ‘both sides’ has any meaning at all we need to put a list of all those that have been by their actions linked to the LTTE, by their association part of the LTTE, by accepting LTTE funds been associated with the LTTE over the years and it need not necessarily be confined to 2002 – 2009 though we may have to offer some leniency to those who openly gave up association with the LTTE.

 Who will be contenders to take the fall and be held accountable for LTTE crimes?

 TNA?

 TNA is an unregistered alliance formed in 2001 just before the Ceasefire Agreement was signed comprising the ACTC – All Ceylon Tamil Congress, the EPRLF – Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front, TELO – Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization, TULF – Tamil United Liberation Front. It was with the LTTE’s influence that TNA was voted into Parliament.

 What are the examples that showcases TNA-LTTE links.

 In its 2001 manifesto TNA claimed ‘We have also consistently asserted that any attempt to draw a distinction between the LTTE and the Tamil people was meaningless”‘”‚¦‘unless meaningful negotiations are held with the LTTE no just solution can be found to the Tamil national question and that such negotiations should be held immediately ONLY with the LTTE”‘ – while TNA also held the view that ‘no parallel negotiations should take place with any other Tamil political formation”‘.

 The TULF, ACTC, TELO, EPRLF in 2001 demanded that the GOSL ‘lift the proscription imposed on the LTTE”‘ and moreover that such ‘proscription does not constitute an impediment to the free and full participation of the LTTE at such negotiations on behalf of the Tamil nationality”‘.

 TNA in 2001 concluded that for any meaningful solution to the ‘TAMIL NATIONAL QUESTION”‘ had to be based on 4 principles highlighted at the 13th July 1985 Thimpu Talks in Bhutan (Between GOSL and LTTE):

1.      To recognize Tamils of Sri Lanka as a distinct nationality

2.      To recognize the identified Tamil Homeland and guarantee its territorial integrity

3.      To recognize the inalienable right of self-determination of the Tamil nation.

4.      To recognize the right to full citizenship and other fundamental democratic rights of all Tamils who look upon the island as their country.

In 2001 the TNA comprised of the TULF, ACTC, TELO, EPRLF. Their 2001 manifesto put their aims and objectives as

§  Immediate lifting of economic embargo in parts of northeast province

§  Withdrawal of residential and travel restrictions of Tamil nationals

§  Immediate cessation of war currently waged in northeast

§  Immediate commencement of negotiations with LTTE and third party.

The TNA manifesto of 2004 comprised the political parties of TULF, ACTC, TELO and EPRLF.

The 2004 manifesto also spoke of establishing independent Tamil Eelam based on inalienable right to self-determination. The manifesto also spoke about ‘genocidal attacks on the Tamil people”‘ though why the Tamil people continue to live with the Sinhalese despite ‘genocidal”‘ attacks remains unanswered. TNA also says ‘in order to safeguard the life and liberty of the Tamil race and to establish its birthright for self-determination, the Tamil Nation having being pushed to the unavoidable state of armed conflict, as the only way, the war not only broadened but advanced under the generalship of the Tiger”‘s leader Hon.Pirapaharan”‘ (while Tamil alliance politicians for fear of LTTE lived with the Sinhalese in Colombo and cared not a penny for the life or liberty of Tamils in LTTE areas!)

TNA’s 2004 election manifesto reads thus “Accepting the LTTE’s leadership as the national leadership of ‘Tamil Eelam’ Tamils and the Liberation Tigers as the sole and authentic representative of the Tamil people, let us devote our full cooperation for the ideals of the Liberation Tigers’ struggle with honesty and steadfastness. Let us endeavour determinedly, collectively as one group, one nation, one country, transcending race and religious differences, under the leadership of the LTTE, for a life of liberty, honour and justice for the Tamil people.”  

TNA put forward 10 resolutions in its 2004 manifesto

1.       Political solution to the Tamil national problem based on Tamil Homeland and Tamils right to self-determination

2.       TNA position on Muslims because they speak Tamil mother tongue TNA wishes that any solution to Tamil national problem should address the cultural, economic and security concerns of the Muslims – thus ISGA proposals related to Muslims. (what about the Muslims the Tamils chased or the Muslims massacred in Kattankudy)

3.      Sinhala Nation should accept the ISGA ‘excellent”‘ proposals by LTTE to rebuild the Tamil country

4.      The high security zones and army camps should be removed

5.      The armed forces ‘interdiction and oppression”‘ must be lifted and allow Tamils to move freely in their ‘homeland”‘

6.      International community should directly assist humanitarian needs and improve economic life of the Tamil nation.

7.      Political prisoners to be released

8.      International judicial inquiry on the fate of the disappeared by the armed forces and police in ‘our homeland”‘.

9.      Provisions of ceasefire agreement to be completed fulfilled

10.   THIS IS THE BEST LINE OF THE MANIFESTO! – ‘The LTTE has for the past two years put up with the violent, surly behaviour of the armed forces without impairing the conditions for peace and observing the ceasefire and acting steadfastly and firmly towards the path of peace”‘. Hence the international community should remove restrictions on LTTE because it is the ‘authentic sole representative of the Tamil people”‘ – was there not close to 10,000 LTTE ceasefire violations? Can Tamils understand why it is the TNA that has put all Tamils into the LTTE killing basket?

That”‘s not all that the TNA said about the LTTE. TNA goes on to say that it is ‘accepting LTTE”‘s leadership as the national leadership of the Tamil Eelam Tamils and the Liberation Tigers as the sole and authentic representatives of the Tamil people”‘ – do we really need to ask Tamils why they would not come forward to deny this claim made by the TNA?

How many Tamils agree or do not agree when TNA says ‘let us devote our full cooperation for the ideals of the Liberation Tigers struggle with honesty and steadfastness”‘‚¦”‘let us work side by side with the LTTE”‘.

The manifestos were not written by TNA under duress. It is clear that LTTE-TNA are one and the same.

In its 2010 Manifesto, the TNA refers to the LTTE it as the ‘sole military outfit that fought for a separate homeland for the Tamils”‘ as well as the 2002 Cease Fire Agreement based on a set of principles known as the ‘Oslo Communique”‘ which again referred to ‘internal self-determination in areas of historical habitation of the Tamil-speaking Peoples, based on a federal structure within a united Sri Lanka”‘.

There is need to Investigate:

* TNA Parliamentarians attending pro-LTTE events abroad and locally throughout 30 years

* TNA Parliamentarians speaking from LTTE stages, delivering speeches that echo separatist sentiment.

* TNA Parliamentarians paying homage to dead LTTE suicide cadres

* TNA Parliamentarians communicating and liaising with LTTE fronts overseas

* Foreign mission briefings/country data on Sri Lanka that describes ‘TNA as a pro-LTTE party’ while international media too carries the same description

* 2004 EU Election Observation Mission Chief John Cushnahan released the EU report on June 17, 2004 clearly establishing the LTTE-TNA alliance: Quote: Firstly, the LTTE intended that no other rival Tamil party (or Tamil candidate from the mainstream political alliances) to the TNA would be able to claim to represent Tamil interests. A chilling message to this effect was sent early in the campaign when a UNP candidate and an EPDP activist were murdered. Incidents such as this seriously restricted the right of the parties other than the TNA to campaign freely in the Northern and Eastern Districts. During the 2004 elections, the major incidents of violence was perpetrated by the LTTE, whereas at the earlier elections; the primary source of the violence (although not all), were the two largest political parties. Unquote

* 2009 statement by Anandasangaree (President/Secretary of TULF) to the President of Sri Lanka: “Democratic Tamil National Alliance considers the TNA, as the first and the worst enemy of the Tamil People. They should take full responsibility, among many other matters, for the loss of several thousands of lives and for causing injuries for many more….. All have become paupers now. They will find hardly anything left when they return to their homes one day. All these or at least 90 per cent of these could have been saved and total displacement could have been avoided if only the TNA had the forethought to advise the LTTE to release the people from their grip, to go anywhere they liked. The TNA is blamed for this because, when everyone, every organization, every country, the EU, the UN etc. had made this request specifically, only the TNA kept on asking for the war to stop”

Guilty by association

In investigating and establishing the links with LTTE-TNA every killing and act crime committed by the LTTE automatically incriminates the TNA as being guilty by association.

 LTTE’s crimes include suicide missions, destruction of civilian property, premeditated targeting of civilians, denying fundamental rights under the UN Charter to Tamil men, women and even children by forcibly recruiting them as terrorists, denying children their right to life, right to live with parents, right to education and right to freedom of movement, banks heists, political assassinations, narcotic trade, human smuggling and a host of other crimes which TNA by association with LTTE becomes culpable for.

Investigate!

COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY – COLLECTIVE GUILT

 Even thepresent Chief Minister is quoted as having said ‘Prabakaran is not a terrorist. He is a hero and a warrior who fount for the liberation of the Tamil Nation’.   

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 Then there are a list of many others living overseas and top on that list is Adele Balasingham, the head trainer of the LTTE suicide cadres. Her crime includes criminal accountability for instructing people to commit suicide by biting the cyanide capsule given to each trainee. Scores of Tamils men, women and children committed suicide by biting the cyanide capsule and criminal proceedings must be launched as even between 2002-2009 LTTE cadres took their lives.

 There are also many other LTTE fronts and the current ban by the Sri Lankan Government naming these organizations as LTTE fronts under the UNSC Resolution is sufficient to connect them to OHCHR investigation and be held accountable for LTTE crimes.

 So too are non-Tamil LTTE who had been enjoying regular disbursements from the LTTE kitty to be part of the LTTE propaganda channel. Their names are well known but need to be officially put out into the public domain and they too must take the fall and accept accountability for LTTE crimes that the UNHRC is investigation.

 The long and short of it is that we cannot accept the death of LTTE’s leaders and the ground leadership as an excuse for LTTE crimes to go unaccounted. There have to be a host of people lined up to accept accountability at the end of the OHCHR report when they cannot omit from declaring LTTE as accountable for crimes even it is those that they will hold within the time frame of 2002-2009.

 The people of Sri Lanka must compile those that should take that fall and be held accountable first.


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