The letter that New York Times refused to publish

September 2nd, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Noam Chomsky, the left-wing critic of America, pointed out that the Western media falls in line with the foreign policy of the US State Department. Even the prestigious New York Times is no exception.

For instance, Atul Keshap, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, popped in for three days and told the Sri Lankan media that Sri Lanka is the only country that has joined N. Korea and Syria in rejecting UN resolutions. This is factually incorrect. US and Israel have been among the nations that had rejected UN decisions. This was pointed out by me in July when Keshap made this statement which is miles away from the truth. Not surprisingly The New York Times, following the US State Department lies, has repeated it in its editorial attacking Sri Lanka in August.

The New York Times has the right to back any policy it wants. But it should not do so with lies. Besides, when its errors are pointed out it should have the decency to correct them.

The New York Times has sailed under the well-known slogan of: All the news that’s fit to print”. However, when it’s distortions are pointed out it is not considered news fit to print. The following letter was sent in response to its misleading editorial. Needless to say it was not published.

Dear Sir /Madam,

The picture of Sri Lanka’s Intransigence”, painted in your editorial (22/8/2104) would have been complete if the following historical facts were added to it:

  1. NYT: Sri Lanka is in the company of North Korea and Syria that had barred access to UN investigators. The omission of Israel in this category is significant. When UNHRC appointed Richard Falk to investigate the violations of human rights in Palestine territories Israel barred him from entering. US defended and endorsed it.
  2. NYT: It was the Sri Lankan government’s failure over several years to prosecute and punish perpetrators of abuses during the civil war that prompted the United Nations Human Rights Council in March to request a comprehensive investigation.” It didn’t take several years (for the UNHRC) to prosecute and punish” Sri Lanka. UNHRC first moved against Sri Lanka within a week of war ending in May 2009 without any official report/study/analysis to back its anti-Sri Lankan move. This was defeated roundly and a counter resolution was passed by UNHRC commending Sri Lanka for ending the war with the least amount of casualties. But the UNHRC relentlessly pursued Sri Lanka until the US-led resolution was finally passed in 2014.
  3. NYT: Hundreds of thousands of people interned under military guard and 40,000 killed in the final weeks of the war. Fact: 300,000 Tamils held as hostage had nowhere to go when the Army launched the rescue operation. These IDPs were given shelter, food, and medicine in hastily established camps jointly with India. Indian and Sri Lankan doctors worked 24 hours offering their services and expertise. The IDPs were released once the mined land was made safe for them to settle down.
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Security Forces personnel engaged in de-mining activities
  1. As stated in your editorial Ms. Navy Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, has said that she would go forward despite Mr. Rajapaksa’s denial of access.” Her exercise would lack credibility because it is a remote controlled investigation opposed by India and the Asian neighbours who had refused entry visas to the UN investigators. Besides, the Government of Sri Lanka has demonstrated its ability and the willingness to conduct its own investigations with the assistance of international experts. So which one will have the credibility: the remote controlled one or the home-grown one?
  2. Finally, to single out Sri Lanka as one of those member states not complying with UN decisions does not confirm the historical facts. One of the fundamental flaws of the UN system is the failure of member states to comply with UN decisions made at various levels, ranging from Security Council and UNHRC to ICJ. US, for instance, refused to implement the judgment of the ICJ on Nicaragua. US even refused to be a member of UNHRC until recently. Highlighting US’s latest move, Jerusalem Post (18/8/2014) reported: The US and other western powers have exerted pressure on the International Criminal Court at the Hague to prevent a war crimes probe of Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip, The Guardian reported on Monday, quoting former court officials.

Yours sincerely,
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Editor, The Observer (1990 -1994)
President, Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (1991 – 1992)
Secretary-General, South Asia Media Association (1993 -1994)
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Apply Universal Jurisdiction to LTTE

September 2nd, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Today’s wars are not between States. IHL and associated treaties are meant for conventional wars and with terrorism not defined there is a big question mark as to how terrorists are to be charged for their crimes (war crimes and crimes against humanity). The Resolutions and investigation against Sri Lanka inspite of international laws in place has no scope for terrorists and given LTTE is an international proscribed terrorist organization the question is how will an international investigation charge LTTE for its crimes? We are not satisfied to have a Panel declare LTTE guilty on paper with the lame excuse that its Leader is no more. With recent concerns of LTTE raising its head in India, Australia and other parts it warrants for all the nations that continue to maintain the ban on the LTTE to apply universal jurisdiction against all individuals/organizations/fronts/campaigners/fund raisers and even sympathizers (even foreign passport holders) to be investigated and charged for crimes that took place across 3 decades by the LTTE upon innocent civilians in civilian territory and to civilian installations.

Today’s ‘wars’ have been outsourced to groups of people armed to carry out terror. That outsourced terror has spread across the globe and account for 63 countries victims of 560 conflicts all involving militias, guerillas and separatist groups.

AMERICAS:

(5 Countries and 25 between drug cartels, militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups involved)

MIDDLE EAST:

(8 Countries and 180 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups involved)

EUROPE:

(9 Countries and 71 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups involved)

ASIA:

(15 Countries and 128 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups involved)

AFRICA:

(26 Countries and 155 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups involved)

(source: wars in the world)

 Each of these groups is tasked to and thrives because of their brand of terror unleashed upon general masses. There is no war zone in which they fight; their military objectives become ordinary civilians and civilian infrastructure. They have become proscribed as ‘terrorist groups’ because of the terror tactics they adopt. Given that Governments have proscribed them why is it impossible to implement ‘universal jurisdiction’ against the crimes they commit within States and extended globally while their ‘organization’ generally has an international nexus and network wherein intelligence of these countries are well aware and share information about their ‘fronts’ disguised behind charity/NGO and humanitarian organizations in order to raise funds and covertly promote the objectives of these terrorists and their ideology.

What is universal jurisdiction : It is the jurisdiction established over a crime without reference to the place of perpetration, the nationality of the suspect or the victim, or any other connection between the crime and the prosecuting State. The aim of universal jurisdiction is that international crimes affect international order and as such offences affect the citizens of every country. Given that LTTE crimes have lasted 3 decades it is perplexing how with tens of thousands of people killed by the LTTE whose dossier of crimes are well documented by foreign governments and law enforcements, why universal jurisdiction has not been applied. When 32 countries have banned LTTE and LTTE fronts that are now declared banned continue to operate in foreign nations it is in the spirit of diplomacy between States that individuals living as foreign nations should be criminally charged by those nations for States can prosecute their nationals for crimes committed abroad and all these pro-LTTE individuals holding foreign passports have aided and abetted LTTE crimes in Sri Lanka over the 3 decades.

If Terrorism constitutes a criminal offence whether it is defined by the UN or not, the fact that anti-terror laws, international counter terrorism laws prevails necessitates the application of universal jurisdiction against these perpetrators because it is often these entities operating from abroad that help raise funds to purchase the arms and equipment to carry out a protracted terror offensive against sovereign states.

LTTE’s terrorism is nothing the world did not know about. The world knew that LTTE targeted civilians. LTTE violated Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions that prohibits acts aimed at spreading terror among the civilian population. What was done against LTTE’s ‘acts of terror’? These acts had no military advantage except to create mayhem.

With Sri Lanka’s conflict defined as a non-international armed conflict, we would like to know exactly how LTTE followed its IHL obligations?

a)   Did LTTE respect and ensure respect for IHL by all those acting on its instructions, or under its direction or control

b)  Did LTTE allow and facilitated rapid unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief

c)   Did LTTE keep hostages – a violation of Geneva Conventions

d)  Did LTTE keep human shields – a violation of Geneva Conventions

e)   Did LTTE blur distinction between combatant and civilian

What needs to be said is that inspire of LTTE being called ‘freedom fighters’ ‘terrorists’ or otherwise and it does not have any status under IHL, the LTTE does have LEGAL obligations as an armed group and an armed group in an armed conflict has obligations to ensure its members respect IHL at all times. The question is how will the Panel recommend upon the conclusion of its investigation to press criminal charges against LIVING LTTE members without excusing LTTE as now dead.

It must also be noted that LTTE cadres or captured enemy fighters are NOT considered prisoners of war. In non-international armed conflicts, LTTE can be prosecuted for even taking up arms. (Prisoner of War is a special status given under Third Geneva Convention to captured enemy soldiers ‘combatants’ in international armed conflicts ONLY.

While IHL asks governments to grant broadest amnesties at the end of an armed conflict what has IHL done in terms of justice for the dead civilians over 3 decades in Sri Lanka. At every turn LTTE – the killing force that is armed and trained and the sponsoring force comprised of Sri Lankan, Sri Lankans holding foreign passports, foreigners have been aiding and abetting terror acts over the years completely escape investigation and charges for their crimes.

There are guidelines available to press charges. The EU’s Framework Decision on Combating Terrorism as well as the 2001 Security Council Resolution 1373 is what Sri Lanka has applied on over 400 individuals and organizations of late. While Sri Lanka has applied 1373 Resolution it is of concern what foreign nations have done to compliment this by freezing the financial assets of these named LTTE fronts as well as investigating all those associated and holding portfolios in these now banned organizations? What we now need with the ground terror of LTTE no more is for the peaceful elimination of terrorist sponsors and organizations camouflaged as peace doves! These same organizations have covertly aligned themselves to entities attempting to forge regime change in order to enable them to remain unexposed and protected.

The proscribed entities listed in the Gazette consist of the main LTTE and 15 other alleged front organizations of the tigers.The proscribed organizations are as follows- 

01. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam a.k.a LTTE a.k.a Tamil Tigers.

02. Tamil Rehabilitation Organization a.k.a TRO.

03. Tamil Coordinating Committee a.k.a TCC

04. British Tamil Forum a.k.a BTF

05. World Tamil Movement a.k.a WTM

06. Canadian Tamil Congress a.k.a CTC

07. Australian Tamil Congress a.k.a ATC

08. Global Tamil Forum a.k.a GTF

09. National Council Of Canadian Tamils a.k.a NCCT a.k.a Makkal Avai

10. Tamil National Council a.k.a TNC

11.Tamil Youth Organization a.k.a TYO

12. World Tamil Coordinating Committee a.k.a WTCC.

13. Transnational Government Of Tamil Eelam a.k.a TGTE

14. Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly a.k.a TEPA

15 .World Tamil Relief Fund a.k.a WTRF

16. Headquarters Group a.k.a HQ Group

 According to authoritative sources the organizations listed as suspected terrorist entities functioning on foreign soil fall under four broad categories reportedly under the overall control of four key individuals.

 They are the organization/s under-

1. Perinbanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan”;

2. Rev.Fr. SJ Emmanuel

3. Visuvanathan Ruthirakumaran

4. Sekarampillai Vinayakamoorthy alias Vinayagam

It is strange that the GOSL has omitted the wife of Anton Balasingham who was the head trainer of the LTTE female suicide cadres where not only did she train children to kill she gifted each with a cyanide capsule and ordered them to commit suicide. Taking one’s life is a criminal offence and charges need to be pressed against her while she lives comfortably in the UK. Legal luminaries (both in Sri Lanka and overseas) should offer pro bono legal counsel for the families of these children who perished under her orders.

 LTTE ban

  • 1992 – India was the first to ban LTTE following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
  • 1997 ” USA banned LTTE as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on 8 Oct 1997 and
  • 1998 ” Sri Lanka bans LTTE following LTTE attack on Dalada Maligawa, Kandy
  • 2000 ” UK designated LTTE as a Proscribed Terrorist Group under the UK Terrorism Act of 2000
  • 2001 ” USA designated LTTE as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization since 2 Nov 2001
  • 2006 ” EU (Council of the European Union) comprising 28 nations declared LTTE as a Terrorist Organization on 17 May 2006 (Austria, Beligum, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemberg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden & UK
  • 2006 Canada
  • 2009 ” Sri Lanka 7 January 2009  (Note the ban placed in 1998 was removed by the Ranil Wickremasinghe Government on 4 January 2002 to facilitate the infamous Ceasefire Agreement)

 Sri Lanka is not as powerful as US or Israel to declare that they would authorize and use ‘all necessary force’ against nations, organizations or persons they deem as carrying out terrorist attacks. This self-declared authority gave right to US to military intervene in numerous nations without even the mandate of the UN and continue to occupy these nations using scores of reasons to doing so. No UN treaty nor US Secretary General can remove US troops from the countries they are now deployed in. The US ‘war on terror’ has given it all jurisdictional rights of a state at war without a state actually declaring war against the US.

The US, UK and powerful nations do not need universal jurisdiction. They just kidnap people from anywhere in the world and fly them to undisclosed destinations where legal counsel and access to families are also denied. In most cases they simply disappear from the face of the earth!

However in 2013, the US indicted 3 foreign nationals in a Federal District Court for plotting suicide bomb attacks. It is a unique case because the 3 foreign nationals (2 Swedes and 1 British) were captured by an African government while on their way to join al-Shabab, the Somali Islamist group. The 3 had not planned to target US nationals, or facilities or had ever been to the US but the US prosecuted them for their participation in a foreign civil war. If the US could use Article 1 giving Congress the power to punish entirely foreign conduct with no US nexus surely LTTE fronts can be taken and tried in the same way!

The 3 foreign nations were charged under ‘material support for terrorism’ 18 USC 2339B. Why can the same not be done to LTTE remnants, LTTE sympathizers, LTTE fronts overseas that can be complimented under the Define and Punish clause with the law of nations? Why can these LTTE ‘members’ not be charged as co-belligerents?

What our main concern is that the world watched LTTE murder civilians for 3 decades. Their solution was for Sri Lanka to indulge in peace talks, negotiations, ceasefires. None of these solutions stopped a single murder. The bulk of LTTE’s crimes were committed outside the war theatre and specifically targeted against civilians disguising themselves as civilians. These are all criminal acts. The previous Governments and their lethargic officials are to be blamed for not exploring all legal and international avenues to hold LTTE sponsors to task. The eventual option taken was to militarily defeat the LTTE and this has saved 20million people from mental trauma of not knowing if they would return home. The mental satisfaction for 20million people could not be matched by any initiative of the international community to date.

Now with a useless investigation covering just 7 years of a 30 year killing era by LTTE and with the loopholes that will obviously let LTTE off the hook and attempt to charge only Sri Lanka’s leaders and armed forces, it is time for legal luminaries both in Sri Lanka and overseas to see how best they could put their knowledge in how to deal with entities like the LTTE where their brand of terror is controlled from overseas and where the controllers remain still at large assisted by their local puppets, unpunished and conniving further chaos.

 

හිවලුන් වූ සිහලුන් දැනගැනීමට අකමැති ඇත්ත 4

September 2nd, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

   කන්කානියෝ——-  කන්කානියෝ කොටස් දෙකකි ප්‍රධාන හා උප කන්කානි නමිනි. ප්‍රධාන කන්කානි වරු වතුවල වැඩ කලේ නැත. මාසික වැටුප් ලබමින් කම්කරුවන් පාලනය කළහ. කම්කරුවන් ගැන හොයා බලන බව පෙන්වමින් මොවුහු කම්කරුවන්ගෙන්ද  මුදල්  අ  යකර ගත්හ.—වැ න්ඩ න්ඩ්‍රී -සන්—- වැඩට ශ්‍රමය සපයා ගැනීමේ අපහසුව නිසා   දිනපතා වැඩට ගෙන්වා  දෙන සංඛ්‍යාව අනුවද  කන්කානිට  වත්තෙන් කොමිස් ලැබුනේය. වැඩට ආ අයෙකු වෙනුවෙන්ෂතා 06 ක මුදලක් හෙඩ්  මනි  හෙවත්    පෙන්ස්මනි ලෙස  ඔහුට දිනකට  ලැබුනේය. මිනිසුන් 100 ක් ගෙනා අයට්කුට එදා රු.. 6 ක්  අමතරව ලැබුනේය. මේ නිසා අසනීපව සිටින කම්කරුවන් පවා බලෙන්   තර්ජනයෙන් වැඩට ගෙන එන ලද බව   “‘ත්යාගරජා”‘ ලේඛකයා  පෙන්වාදී ඇත ශ්‍රම  හිග කාලයේදී  තම කම්කරුවන්  වත්තෙන්  වත්තට හිටි අඩියේ මාරු කර වතු හිමියන්ගෙන් වැඩි වැඩියෙන් මුදල් ලබා ගැනීමට කන්කානි වරු කටයුතුකළ හැටි  කේ එම  ද සිල්වා  ලේඛකයා විසින් පෙන්වා දී ඇත.කම්කරු වැටුප් මෙකල ගෙවන ලද්දේ කන්කානිවරුන් මගින් නිසා කන්කානියෝ හැකි හැමවිටම  ඒ මුදල්ද වංචනිකව ලබා ගත්හ. 1850 දී  කම්කරුවෙකුට මාසයකටම ලැබුනේ සිලිම් 18 පමණය. එනිසා ඔවුහු නිරන්තර ණයබරින් මිරිකුනාහ. සම හරු රු.. දෙසීය ය දක්වා  නයවූ අතර  සාමාන්‍ය නය ප්‍රමාණය රු.. 100 ක්  විය. ද.. ඉන්දීය කම්කරුවන්ට ඉන්දියාවට යැවීමට කීයක් වත් ඉතුරු නොවුවද කන්කානියෝ මහා ධනපති බවට පථ්වූහ. ශත 13 වැටුපට  1870  පැමිණි කරුපය්යලා  එසේ ඉපයූ නිසා උන්ගේ පුත්තු  අද වතු හිමියෝ කම්කරු නායකයෝ හා ඇමතිවරු වී  75% ක් වූ  සිංහල භුඋමි පුත්‍රයන්ගේ  අයිතිය උදුරාගනිමින් සිටිති .
                                                              1924 වන විටත් නීතිවිරෝධී සන්ක්රමනිකයකු වූ ”’ වානා ඊනා  කානා  රූනා  සෞම්‍ය මූර්ති  තොන්ඩමාන් අද  සිංහලයා පාගා දමියහැකි ඇමතියෙක් වුයේ 1948  පුරවැසි පනත හා  ආගමන විගමන පනත් නිසාය.1950 වන විට තොණ්ඩා අපේ රටේ ඇමතියෙක් ද විය. 1870 දී  ඉංග්‍රීසින් විසින්  ශත 13 වැටුපට මෙරටට ගෙන ආ  තොණ්ඩා ගේ පියා වන කරුපය්යා  කලේ ලංකාවට ඉන්දියාවෙන් හොරෙන් කම්කරුවන් ගෙන්වීම හා සුද්දන්ට කත් අදීමය්. ලැබෙන කොමිස් මුදල් යොදවා මොහු තමන් සේවය කල  වැ වෙන්ඩ න් වතුයායම  1910 වන විට  මිලට ගත්තේය.  1839 දී ද.. ඉන්දීය ශ්‍රමිකයන්  ලංකාවට ගෙන්වීම  ඉන්දීයරජයෙන් තහනම් කර තිබුනේය. මේ අනුව කරුපය්ය  ඉන්දියාවට ආපසු යැවිය යුතු වුවත්  අපේ  ද්‍රෝහියෝ මුන් සේරම රෙද්ද අස්සට ගත්හ. උන්ගේ සල්ලි   ඉදිරියේ  අපේ උන්  උන්ගේ මල්ලිලා විය .. එහෙත් සම හරුන්ට නම් මුන් ජාතියේ පියා  ලා ය . සිංහල ජාතියේ නම් විය නොහැක. සමහර විට””” බහු ජාතියේ”””’ විය හැක..
                                  1860 දී මදුරාසියේ දිනක වැටුප  පන්ස 3 කි . ලංකාවේ  පන්ස 7-9 අතරය. මේ කල්ලතොනින්ට එදාත් ලංකාව සුරපුරයක් විය.  කල්ලතොනින් ගෙන ආ  මේජර්  ස්කිනර්   තම  පොතේ එය මෙසේ දක්වය් ””හ ති දමන  අඩ  බඩගින්නේ  පසුවන  ප්‍රාණීන් විසිදාහක් දකුණු ඉන්දියාවේ වැ ලිකතරින් ගෙනවිත් මෙවැනි දෙව් ලොවකට ඇතුළු කිරීමෙන් මනුෂ්‍යත්වයට කෙරෙන සේවය……………””””’. මෙසේ ගෙන එන ලද අයගෙන්  හතරෙන් එකක්  මියැදුනත්   එය නොසලකා තව තවත්  ගෙන ආහ. මලසියාව ෆීජී  උගන්ඩාව සිගප්පුරුව හා දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව ටද  මෙසේම  ඉංග්‍රීසින් විසින්  ඉන්දියානුවන් ගෙනයන ලදී.  ෆීජී වල 55% ක් ම උන්ගෙන් පිරී රටේ පාලනය පවා උබ  වරක් ඇත විය. එහෙත් බුරුමය ඇතුළු මේ බොහෝ රටවල්  ඉංග්‍රීසින් යනවිටම මොවුන්ද  රටින් පිටමන් කළහ,. ජෝමෝ කෙන්යටා  මේගැන සාකච්චාවට පැමිණි ඉන්දීය නියෝජිතයා හමුවීම පවා ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කළේ මුන් රටට බරක් වී කවදා හෝ ස්වදේශිකයන් මරා ගෙන කන බව දන්නා නිසාය..එහෙත් 1948  සිට අපේ සිංහල නායකයෝ කලේ  — සිරිමාවෝ හැර—– උන්ගේ සල්ලි ගෙන  චන්ද ගෙන තම මඩි ය තර කර ගැනීමය.
                                                                අද අපි වැටී ඇති වලෙන් ගොඩ එන්නට බැරිව දගලන්නේ  එදා  ”’ ජාතියේ පප් පලා””  මෙසේ අපට”’ කෙලවූ නිසය්”’.  මුන්ගෙන් ”’පැවතෙන;”” 40%ක් පමණ තවමත්””  පප් පා වන්දනාවේ””’  යෙදී ඇති හෙයින්  මහින්ද  ප්‍රභාකරන්ටත් වැඩිය උන්ට බයය. මහින්ද චින්තනය සකස් කල යුත්තේ මෙකී නොකීදේ සියල්ල   ඇතුළත්වය.  ””” ඇස්ගෙඩි දෙකට හෙන ගැහී ඇති ”” සිහලුන්ගේ  ඇස අරවන්නට ටිබෙට් ජාතික මහින්ද හිමියන්ට අවශ්ෂ්‍ය වුවත් මේ මහින්දට අවශ්ෂ්‍ය නැතුවා වගෙය්..ටිබෙට්  වුවත් එතුමා  බෞධ්ධයෙකි  බුදුසසුනට ආදරේ ඇත්තේ බෞධ්ධයින්ය.සර්වාගමිකයෝ  පල්ලියේ කෝවිලේ  සහ බබාගේ  අසපුවේ  පහන් දල්වමින්        ””” අනේ මට පිහිටවී  මැරෙන තුරු බලයේ ඉන්නට වරම් දෙ වා වදාරනුමැ නවී  ”””’ ”ය්  යාඥා  කරති මුන්ගේ කනින් අල්ලා ආපසු ගෙනවිත්  නැවත ”””’ නත්තිමේ  සරණං  අංඥ 0 බුද්ධෝ  මේ සරණං ….””  – මට වෙන අන් සරණක් නැත  බුදුසරණ විනා”’ යය්  දිවුරවා කෙලින් හිටවන්නට නම් 75% ක ජනතාව සමග 30000 ක සියලු සංඝයා   ඉදිරියට ආයුතුය.—.

Playing music to deaf-elephants!

September 2nd, 2014

C. Wijeyawickrema

Shenali Waduge’s essay on the subject of TNA’s genocide talk violating Section 120 of the Penal Code is one more attempt by her to educate” GOSL on matters of national importance. However, the black-whites now running the GOSL are the same black-whites operated previously under CBK, RPremadasa or Ranil.

Allowing TNA separatists to behave openly violating law is no different from allowing Mervin Silva to publicly behave like a thug, before he became more or less tamed at present. It is painful to see what is happening in an interfaith-multi-cultural soup promoted in Sri Lanka from the days of CBK, and accelerated under Mahinda R. Selling a hopper for 200 rupees and a whiskey bottle for a staggering price of nine laks are examples of very real progress,” considering that money for whiskey comes from village women who toil under Arab hot sun cleaning Arab toilets.

In my frustration on the plight of the country because of stupid politics, I could find a new definition for genocide that came to my mind several years ago. It is reproduced from the Island newspaper, before C. A. Chandraprema got control of it.

When is genocide not genocide?

by C. Wijeyawickrema

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean different things.”

“The question is, said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

A crime without a name

In August 1941, Winston Churchill delivered a speech on the BBC saying that the Nazi armies were advancing exterminating whole districts in Europe. He thundered, as quoted in the book, A Problem from hell: America and the age of genocide by Samantha Power (2003), “We are in the presence of a crime without a name.” Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew and international lawyer who lost all his relatives during the Nazi war decided to find a name for the crime and he coined term “genocide.” Lemkin would not have expected what was in store for his labour. Recently, white politicians and corrupt NGO agents exploited the word as a cover for selfish purposes. Even private individuals joined in the game. For example, the American lawyer Bruce Fein uses the word genocide frequently because allegedly, he gets $30,000 per month from the owners of the Tamils against genocide website. Arundhati Roy fears of an impending genocide in the No Fire Zone in Sri Lanka. She has had a journalist’s crush on her hero Prabhakaran (ref. The Island, 4/28/2009, essay by Kalana Senaratne)

White political cats

Samantha Power, in her extremely popular book, discussed Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, Srebrenica and Kosovo cases of genocide in which western white politicians gave all kinds of excuses to avoid talking and acting about genocide.

These white politicians banned Prabhakaran’s terrorist outfit in law in their jurisdictions but allowed it to have a free hand in collecting funds and delivering weapons to Kilinochchi. Because Tamil votes were important in elections in London, Toronto or Paris, white politicians had no alternative but to play politics. They knew that Prabhakaran and company were guilty of genocide, but they pretended that they did not know that he practiced it.

Genocide programme of Prabhakaran

The intention to eliminate or harm another human being because of the birth and existence of that human being is genocide. This meaning is hidden due to the fact that race or religion (or both) separates the perpetrator and victim. Also, in previous cases there were large numbers of victims involved.

1. Intention

Prabhakaran intended and did ethnic cleansing by removing Muslims giving them 2-hours’ notice to leave Jaffna. The number was 100,000. This notice was not required for the Sinhalese as he killed them if they remained in Jaffna. Muslims and Sinhalese were victimized because they were not Tamils. The only case we know otherwise is the Sinhala Buddhist monk who lived in Kilinochchi for 25 years!

Prabhakaran’s massacres at Arantalawa, Sri Maha Bodhi, Mosques and other places were not attacks on the military but civilians. These were not isolated incidents, but there was a pattern running over his 33-year ‘rule’.

2. Power’s case study on Cambodia shows that genocide is applicable to differences in what human beings acquire after their birth. Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot killed people of their own race and religion. They were killed because after their birth they had an education, did not support communism, liked western habits, lived in suburban areas etc. This means, when Prabhakaran killed Neelan Thiruchelvam, Lakshman Kadiragamar, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle or Amirthalingam, he committed genocide because killing people of his own race (Tamil) or religion even in smaller numbers makes him guilty of genocide.

3. Taking Tamils as a human shield is an intentional act of destroying them for Prabhakaran’s benefit. Therefore, the name genocide should include this act of Prabhakaran at least for the past 3 months. Even if this human shield business is considered by the white politicians an act of self defence (which is allowed under the western jurisprudence) then the killing of those who wanted to escape from him has to be a crime of genocide. Daya Master has revealed that about 300 people had been killed on two occasions. It may be possible to unearth mass burial sites inside CFA 2002-donated area with the help of surrendering cadres.

An Eulogy for Dr. Ananda W.P. Guruge

September 2nd, 2014

 The text of Dr. Mohan Kumararatne’s funeral oration

Dr. Ananda W.P. Guruge, pre-eminent Sri Lankan Buddhist Scholar, notable Historian, International Civil Servant and Diplomat, and world recognised Buddhist leader passed away  on August 6, 2014. He was 85 years of age.

 Dr. Mohan Kumararatne of Huntington Beach, Ca, USA  who has been active in patriotic endeavours overseas and having in his capacity as Chairman of the Ranviru Foundation in Los Angeles raised funds among Sri Lankan expatriates in California for the 50, 000 houses for soldiers program ( Api Wenuwen Api housing project) was invited by the family of the late Dr. Guruge to deliver a funeral oration at the Memorial Service for Dr. Ananda W.P Guruge, held at the Rose Hills Chapel in Whittier, Ca, on Saturday August 16th, 2014.

 The text of Dr. Mohan Kumararatne’s funeral oration is appended below:

 Hon Clergy, Mrs Dharshanika Guruge and family members, Ladies and Gentlemen

 I will limit my comments to my personal relationship with Deshamanya Kalakeerti Prof Ananda Guruge. I first met Prof Guruge for the first time in the year 1995. By that time I was fully aware of the high esteem, that Prof Guruge was held by the Sri Lankan people. I had read some of his books and was aware of the fact that he was an authority on Buddhism, I knew that he was a retired Senior Civil Servant, I was aware  that he was a national and international diplomat of great repute. I was also aware that he was awarded the highest honours a Sri Lankan citizen can aspire to, Deshamanya for exceptional national service and Kalakeerthi for his literary contributions. However, until 1995 I had not met him or known him at a personal level. In 1995, Prof and Mrs Guruge moved to our community in Huntington Beach, CA and overnight, I became his closest Sri Lankan neighbor. I took it as a gift from the heavens.

 According to the Managala Sutta, the Buddha states in the first stanza:

 Asevanacha balanam, Pandithanancha Sevana

 Pujaja Pujaniyanam, Etham managala Muththamam

 The stanza states do not associate with the weak of mind, associate with the wise

 Honor those who are worthy of honor

 This is the supreme blessing

 Ladies and Gentlemen, I decided to follow this good advice from the Buddha, and took it upon myself to develop a close personal association with Prof Ananda Guruge. I wanted to listen to him, learn from him and of course seek his advice. I visited his home on a regular basis, and he was an automatic and honored guest, anytime I had a function at my residence. I talked to him by phone regularly and communicated with him by email. We car pooled together for Sri Lankan functions. Overtime we became not only neighbors, bur close friends. However, I always addressed him as Professor. Many a time I consulted him for guidance on personal as well as community related matters. He helped me with formulation and translation of documents from Sinhala to English and vice versa. He educated me on the role of the Buddhha, Dhamma and the Sangha in the History and Culture of Sri Lanka and its people. As a close advisor to Prime Ministers and Presidents of Contemporary Sri Lanka, he informed me about the real reasons why certain actions were taken by Presidents and successive governments. He told me of his role as our top diplomat in Washington during the terrorist war. Following these discussions, I had a better understanding of these subjects and sometimes I had to change my beliefs on these subjects. For example, I was totally opposed to President Jayewardena signing the Gandhi Jayewardene pact, inviting the Indian Peace Keeping Forces to Sri Lanka. Prof Guruge explained to me that the pact was signed by President Jayawardena under duress, in order to avoid the imminent threat of invasion by India.

 He was a great storyteller. During our conversations, he told me many stories about people and events, as they unfolded in real time. He had the unique ability to make a personal connection with the people he interacted with.  He told me the story of how he was welcomed and hosted by the Station Master Jaffna, on his arrival at the Jaffna Station by the Yal Devi in 1954 to take up his first first appointment as a cadet in the Ceylon Civil Service. The station Master was my grandfather the late Sirisena D.A. Weerasinghe. Prof Guruge went on to tell me the story of Mr. Weerasinghe, who was a poet, who wrote about the ruins of Seruwavila. Prof. Guruge was a valuable member of our community who was involved in the Huntington Beach High School District. He motivated students from the high School to the graduate level to follow their dreams. In 2004 he motivated my wife Savithri to pursue a doctoral degree in Religious Studies at the University of the West. Prof Guruge was Savithri’s  mentor and faculty advisor. Prof Guruge’s academic standards of course were very high, and  It took Savithri 10 long years to obtain her Doctorate on May 16th 2014. Savithri therefore has the unique distinction of being the last student to obtain her doctorate, under the direct supervision of the leading Buddhist scholar of our times, Prof Ananda Guruge.

 Prof Guruge was a philanthropist who donated not only cash but also his personal papers and books to various charities and libraries. Anytime I asked him for donations for Sri Lanka charities, he gave lavishly, with no questions asked.

 Prof Guruge, had a great impact on policy, at a national and international level. As a Buddhist scholar of repute, he had a great impact on Buddhist Thinking. Therefore his death is a great loss to Sri Lanka, the World and Buddhism. At the same time, he was a good friend and neighbor. Therefore it is also a personal loss to me, my family and our community. We will miss him deeply. May his journey through Samsara be short, may he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana 

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 Photo taken on the occasion of the Graduation Ceremony held at the University of the West on Saturday May 17th 2014, where Mrs. Savithri Kumararatne was conferred her Doctorate in Religious Studies. Her Faculty Advisor and Mentor was Dr. Ananda W.P. Guruge. Pic shows from left to right Natalie Kumaratne, Savithri Kumararatne, Prof. Ananda Guruge and Dr. Mohan Kumararatne

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 Picture: Dr. Mohan Kumararatne (in white national dress) handing over a cheque worth Sri Lankan Rupees 12.5 million to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a brief function held in the Temple  Trees  ( Picture by Sudath de Silva )

 

 

Balancing Investor Friendly Land Policies and the National Interest

September 2nd, 2014

Pathfinder Economic Flash

Land: A Crucial Determinant of Economic Prospects.

As a factor of production, land is a crucial determinant of a country’s economic prospects. Under-utilized land undermines opportunities for gainful employment and wealth creation. It is important to recognize that the real value of land is not in itself but in the economic activity it facilitates. It also self-evident that land cannot be taken out of the country. In an economy, which is characterized by both a savings-investment gap and a deficit in the current account of the balance of payments, it can be counter-productive to introduce legislation which would deter foreign investment that can release the full value of large extents of under-utilized land. Discouraging foreign investment in a crucial factor of production, such as land, can transmit negative signals more broadly which will discourage much needed non debt-creating external inflows which are essential to achieve the government’s growth targets. It is a matter of concern, therefore, that the government is bringing forward legislation which could reduce foreign investment which can address the savings gap and the current account deficit in a sustainable manner.

The growth rates set out in the government’s medium-term Road Map cannot be met without a significant increase in foreign investment. Sri Lanka’s debt dynamics are such that the country’s growth model needs to become less dependent on foreign commercial borrowing and more on foreign investment. The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) is returning to the land policy theme for a third time because the twin objectives of releasing the full value of land and attracting significantly more foreign investment are crucial for realizing the country’s economic potential. This has to be an important part of the recipe of breaking-out of the legacy of mediocre economic performance that has characterized Sri Lanka’s post-independence era. More detailed treatment of these issues can be found in the PF’s 27th & 33rd Economic Flashes at www.pathfinderfoundation.org

Complexity and Sensitivity of Land Issues.

With economic modernization, land-related issues become more complex and sensitive. It becomes more difficult to balance the competing claims of food security; equity considerations related to asset ownership; shelter; provision of essential services; and releasing economic value, while attaching priority to environmental sustainability. For these reasons, land is an extremely emotional issue everywhere, particularly in small countries. It is imperative, therefore, to take a holistic view of the challenges related to land policy and undertake a constructive discussion on the subject. It should not be forgotten that land was one of the key issues underlying the separatist conflict that plagued the country.

As Sri Lanka is a small island nation, one can make a case for introducing some limitations on foreigners acquiring land. However, this argument needs to be balanced by the fact that the state continues to own about 80% of the land and there are large tracts of under-utilized land in the country. Foreign investment can assist in realizing the potential of this mostly under-utilized asset. In the rural sector, there is scope to review land-use patterns and crop mixes (particularly cultivation of high value crops for export). In urban areas, the potential exists to release state-owned land, particularly those belonging to government departments, such as the railways and the postal department. This would also serve to mobilize funds to strengthen the government balance sheet. The PF has advocated the establishment of a land bank supported by an online site.

Can Sri Lanka Afford to Transmit Negative Signals to Foreign Investors?

The proposed legislation is expected to prohibit freehold transfer of land to foreigners (non-citizens); foreign companies incorporated abroad; and companies incorporated in Sri Lanka where foreign shareholders account for more of the capital, unless they have been operating in Sri Lanka for 10 consecutive years. The last provision creates uncertainty regarding its practical implications, as a Sri Lankan company floated on the stock exchange can become a majority foreign owned company at any given time. Uncertainty is created when this is taken together with the proposal that the legal validity of a transfer of land to a locally incorporated company with less than 50% foreign shareholding will only be maintained if the foreign shareholding remains below 50% for a minimum of 20 consecutive years. Hence, if the ownership structure changes through legitimate share market operations whereby foreign ownership exceeds the 50% threshold, a previously legal land deal is invalidated. It is important, therefore, that the legislation is drafted in a manner which takes into account the nature of stock market operations. Failure to do so, will create uncertainty that deters both domestic and foreign investment (both FDI and foreign flows into the stock market).

The proposed legislation is also expected to introduce a Land Lease Tax of 15% on land transfers to the three categories of foreign entities specified above. It involves an one-off upfront payment based on the lease value of the land. It is 7 ½% for companies which are locally incorporated where the foreign shareholding is above 50%, provided such a company has been operating in Sri Lanka for a minimum of 10 consecutive years, as well as for condominia, based on conditions which have been specified in relation to the length of the lease. The lease of land in the BOI zones; tourist development areas; industrial estates; and other areas stipulated by the Minister concerned will also be subject to the reduced 7.5% tax.

The Land Lease Tax will raise prices and discourage purchases resulting in inflationary implications for the property market and the construction industry with consequences for overall growth, employment and incomes in the economy.

Throwing the Baby out With the Bathwater.

The proposed legislation on foreign ownership of land imposes restrictions which are likely to deter foreign investment. While a number of important exemptions have been built-in to the legislation, and the Minister responsible for land along with the Cabinet of Ministers, have the discretion to grant further exemptions, the overall message is likely to be negative. In a world where almost all countries are competing for internationally mobile capital, introducing restrictions, uncertainty and unpredictability through legislation reduces the competitiveness of a country as an investment destination. The proposed Land Lease Tax has to be seen as a tax on all foreign direct investment as it will inflate land/property prices which are an important determinant of the destination of a large proportion of FDI. Domestic businesses will also be adversely affected by the increase in the price of land. Large and small businesses will be discouraged by this trend with particularly negative consequences for start-up and expansion plans.

Measures, which discourage or deter foreign investment in a country with twin savings and foreign exchange gaps (and concerning debt dynamics), can well be seen as a case of ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’.

This is the Fifty First Economic Flash published by the Pathfinder Foundation. Readers’ comments are welcome at www.pathfinderfoundation.org

Disgraced Navi Pillay, declared agent of West leaves UN Human Rights Council in shame

September 1st, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Accolades will soon pour in from quarters that are fully satisfied with the role played by Navi Pillay in facilitating their agendas. It showcases how UN has been turned into a peace body flooded by puppets and agents of the West who are being used to legally redraw governance of sovereign nations and through UN legislation, remove the governing power held by sovereign nations. Third World, China, Russia and perhaps now India need to realize the gameplan and resolve to address this ground reality. Navi Pillay’s role on behalf of the West has been unprecedented creating precedents outside of the mandate afforded to her. These precedents have been created primarily as a result of sovereign nations sending incompetent representatives not passionate enough to defend their country’s integrity and sovereignty. It is not difficult to benchmark in whose interest the UNHRC has been used during the six years Navi Pillay has held office.

The UN Human Rights Council created by UN General Assembly resolution 60/251 on 15th March 2006 succeeded the UN Commission on Human Rights established in 1946. The position of UN High Commissioners has existed since December 1993. Navi Pillay took over from another disgraced UN High Commissioner Louise Arbor on 1st September 2008.

To add meat to the credentials of Navi Pillay, her function must be exemplary, unbiased and transparent. These were all lacking in her performance not just against Sri Lanka but all the non-Western nations she helped put down. A good look at all statements and actions by Navi Pillay and her office since 2008 will show no actions taken against US, UK or NATO countries. Is it not strange that from the time Navi Pillay took over as UN Human Rights Chief she has not made a single call to investigate US, UK or NATO for their crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq while she called for not only investigation but intervention upon Libya and Syria?

Can she then argue that she has honorably carried out her duties? It will be these countries that would soon shower praises and accolades at the wonderful work she has done and of course they can afford to do so, Navi Pillay has facilitated their agendas to perfection.

Agent for West against Libya

  • Navi Pillay abused office to demonize Gaddafi and son to lay groundwork to facilitate calls for an international intervention.
  • Navi Pillay stands accused of turning a nation without debt, a nation that had $150billion reserves to a nation in anarchy.
  • Navi Pillay used lies of NGO Bouchiguir to suspend Libya from UNHRC so that Libya would not be able to reply to the charges made against it. This meeting which she chaired, she called for the international community to ‘act without delay’ to protect Libyan civilians. After the US-mercenaries created anarchy in Libya she has failed to make any calls to ‘protect Libyan civilians’.
  • Navi Pillay prevented Libya from appointing a new ambassador to the UN and Libya had to use Rev. Miguel D’Escoto Brockman (former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister) but was blocked by US Susan Rice showing how UN and officials have shamed their roles.
  • Navi Pillay without basis referred Libya to the UN Security Council and called ICC to lead an international investigation against Gaddafi and son.
  • Navi Pillay’s lies include quoting casualty figures without verifying truth – She claimed that 250 people had been killed in Libya going on to say widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population” which may amount to crimes against humanity.” – these were all lies prepared for the intervention by US and NATO.
  • Navi Pillay is morally responsible for destroying Libya. Navi Pillay / the US or Allies have NOTHING to show that Libya is better in ANY WAY after Gaddafi to how the country was under Gaddafi.

Agent for West against Rwanda

  • Rwanda’s civil war was in reality a stage managed conflict as part of US conglomerate foreign policy of gaining strategic and economic advantage in Africa (not for Americans but for the handful of corporate that run America).
  • Navi Pillay is accused of being party to the agenda of the West as she carried out role of President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
  • Lawyer Justry Patrice Lumumba Nyaberi objected to Navi Pillay as President of ICTR in view of her bias.
  • Navi Pillay and Stephen Rapp prosccutor at ICTR were accused of covering US culpability.

Agent for West against Syria

  • When people congregate and commit money to fund ‘rebels and supply equipment’ there has to be a catch. The plan against Syria was set in early 2011 through ‘Friends of Syria’ initiated by Canada and represented by 70 countries with US committing to provide ‘communications equipment’, Saudi and Qatar pledging large sums o money for regime change and Canada committing $8.5m. Fast forward and when Navi Pillay issues statements on violations of human rights, calls for international intervention, Syria to be referred to the ICC we should all know what was in store for Syria.
  • That plan made sure President Assad who was repelling mercenaries funded by the West was faulted and accused of crimes against humanity and an arrest warrant was issued turning Assad into an international fugitive.
  • Navi Pillay took side of Western-backed rebels most of whom were non-Syrian nationals outsourced from other countries. She chose not to take the side of the legitimate Syrian Government trying to protect the country from rebels using lethal arms supplied by Western Governments. US have admitted sending lethal aid to Syrian rebels.
  • Navi Pillay’s role in Syria regime change alleges her guilt in violating Article 1 and 2 of the UN Charter that says regime change within a sovereign country is a war crime and no one can threaten regime change.
  • Navi Pillay quoted only from casualty figures supplied by foreign-backed Syrian opposition (just like she quoted from pro-LTTE sources against Sri Lanka)
  • Why has Navi Pillay not accused Al Qaeda / Al Nusra and Takfiris arriving from 40 states facilitated by Qatar and Turkey? Why has Navi Pillay not condemned Qatar for spending $3billion for the war in Syria?
  • Why does Navi Pillay not allow sovereign Syria the right to protect its country and its people especially when Syrian people have given overwhelming thumbs up for Assad?
  • The accusation that Navi Pillay functioned as an agent of the West was seen in predicting massacres to take place in Al Oseir 20 days before the events started.
  • When Navi Pillay does not have a mandate to refer countries to ICC why was she allowed to function outside her mandate just like she is functioning outside her mandate on Sri Lanka?
  • The words of the Syrian delegation at UNHRC aptly sums up the bias – ” My country’s delegation inspected the Commissioner’s report and wants to express their deep denunciation and regret at the obvious bias which Pillay practices in her dealing with the events in Syria’. (Faisal Al-Hamwi) / If the High Commissioner’s office isn’t qualified to give documented data, then it’s better for it to remain silent,” / from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates: It is really strange that she used the UN human and financial resources against Syria, based on lies and calls outside her jurisdiction,” / The Commissioner has rejected to consider the acts of terrorist groups as crimes against humanity, although all standards of identifying crimes against humanity apply to them, and chose instead to level this accusation at the state which is doing its duty in protecting its own people,”

Sri Lanka’s issues with Navi Pillay.

Question of Conflict of Interest

  • Nemo iudex in causa sua implies no one should be a judge in their own cause. A principle of natural justice is that a person should not judge a case in which they have an interest as it would undermine confidence in the process as well as impair the individual’s ability to perform duties and responsibilities. Not only must Justice be done; Justice must be seen to be done. Thus the recusal of judges (required by law under Continental civil law systems and by the Rome Statute, organic law of the International Criminal Court) is imperative for true impartial justice and Navi Pillay should have chosen to judicially disqualify herself from taking part in affairs related to Sri Lanka.
  • Navi Pillay is of Tamil origin and born to a Tamil family who had migrated from Tamil Nadu to South Africa. Tamil Nadu is home to 72million Tamils and first launched a bid to separate from India in the early 1930s. The calls from Tamils for a separate land continue to come from Tamil Diaspora and Tamils all over the world. Therefore, being Tamil is it fair for her to sit in judgment in Sri Lanka’s conflict which revolves around an aspiration to create a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka?  Does her emotional, genetic and ethnic ties being Tamil not stand in the way of unbiased, neutral and impartial judgment? Her lack of appearance of objectivity and neutrality is evident when looking through every statement issued by her in her official capacity against Sri Lanka especially when she quotes extensively from pro-LTTE/LTTE fronts sources. When she visits ‘victims’ who are spouses of former LTTE but does not pay a single visit to the Sinhalese and Muslim victims of LTTE terror this adds to her list of bias
  • Navi Pillay’s Indian Tamil community in South Africa was said to be aligned with LTTE, funding LTTE and secretly operating military camps to train LTTE – these camps were dismantled by President Mandela after consultations with former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar.
  • Her February 2014 report calls for an international investigation against Sri Lanka but she has never called for international investigations against military interventions by US and Allies. The pattern of her behavior is not the same.
  • Navi Pillays conclusions on Sri Lanka are arbitrary and selective and she has cared not to provide a single piece of evidence to substantiate her allegations
  • She has never made a single reference to the violations committed by Indian Peace Keepers during their 3 ½ stint in Sri Lanka
  • She can listen with empathy to spouses of dead LTTE leaders but she has no time to travel to other parts of Sri Lanka where LTTE struck terror for 30 years.
  • Her calls for international investigations echoes similar calls against Libya and Syria at the behest of US and NATO and questions the framework that UNHRC is planning for Sri Lanka using the false reports likely to be compiled.
  • She is attempting to polarize communities by creating the image of discord out of isolated cases but not issuing a single statement despite 700 attacks on mosques in UK
  • Navi Pillay is accused of procedural bias for not circulating Sri Lanka’s response to her incriminating report.

There are many Uncle Toms and Aunt Sally’s amongst us. Their backgrounds and living styles are such that they cannot connect to the heritage of the country they have been born into to feel pride or passion to defend their nation. They feel they belong to other foreign cultures and will do whatever to feel belonged to that culture. These people will immediately take offence for accusations made against Navi Pillay because they belong to the same category which is why they would argue in favor of Navi Pillay by explaining why she demanded investigations against Libya and Syria but did not do the same for Iraq and Afghanistan against the US & NATO? Supporters of Navi Pillay must also explain why she lost sleep about 300,000 IDPs immediately following the end of conflict (all of whom are now out of refugee camps 5 years after the end of conflict) while she remains mum on 12MILLION people living as refugees for over 10 years?

Her supporters may also like to answer why she has not taken a single action to investigate international mercenaries who are being used by Western governments to destabilize nations. Her supporters need to also explain why she has not taken action against the West for using and supplying banned chemicals including white phosphorus and sarin gas which these governments have openly admitted. Her supporters may like to also let us know why she does not investigate NGOs and other religious institutes who are foot soldiers for Western regime change and why she has not made any statement on unethical conversions which are an issue for Asia including India. Her supporters need to also tell us why she has not initiate investigations or made calls for such on terrorists who function under charities and NGOs abusing tax-free status to transfer money across the world. Anyone defending Navi Pillay must supply reasons to showcase why the issues mentioned have not been included into the action plan of Navi Pillay during her 6 year term. When Canadian anti-war  activist Ken Stone accuses Pillay of abusing her power to facilitate western intervention and regime change it sums up the argument quite aptly.

The cases referred above are cause for alarm because no one expected Syria to face this calamity but now Syria is in a mess, no one expected a debtless Libya to have its leader publicly killed. No other thought that internal conflicts could be created inside nations to form the grounds for foreign presence/intervention – that’s what happened to Rwanda. Faked documentaries and films are media inducements to fool international public- Syria and Libya are victims and Sri Lanka too. No one thought Kosovo or South Sudan could happen but they did and these are all precedents. Sri Lanka’s international investigation is also a precedent. It is the FIRST time a country is being investigated for a concluded conflict but that investigation covers just 1/3 of the entire conflict. The officer chosen by Navi Pillay had been expelled by the Somali and South Sudan governments for doctoring reports so we can imagine how Sri Lanka’s report will be compiled when they have already declared that they have already compiled necessary details.

Sri Lanka’s leaders need to seriously wonder what is the urgency, time and effort behind 3 Resolutions and a UNHRC investigation and it has to be far more than simply regime change. We need to realize that the puppets are preparing to legitimatize a grievance and from that build up a legal argument for creating a separate state in Sri Lanka (for the moment it will take the form of Eelam but in reality it is not an Eelam for Tamils, at least not for the Hindus). It is good for India to start relooking at the entire scenario.

If it could happen to Syria, Kosovo, South Sudan, Libya, Rwanda and Sri Lanka it could happen to any other country so countries should not be lukewarm in their response. There is a serious flouting of international laws by public officials of the UN and Navi Pillay is just one of them.

Navi Pillay has not done anything for the Non-Western World to be proud of.

Mahinda Rajapakse: the 13th amendment and his tryst with destiny

September 1st, 2014

ByMario Perera, Kadawata

We Asians believe in the cyclic nature of life and events. It would seem that Mahinda R has done his full circle. Yet there does not appear to be anyone who can dethrone him at this juncture and that because of his apparent commitment to a Unitary (and not United) Sri Lanka and all it entails. No one else has those credentials. Mahinda’s international leanings for all apparent purposes are totally different from those of the UNP. The fear of betrayal is far less with Mahinda than with all others. This is Mahinda’s saving grace.

However a nation’s past is no respecter of persons and comes back to plague everyone. The UNP dug its own grave a long time ago. Ranil indulged in antics with Prabharakan, cutting and chopping SL with scalpels and know-how placed in his hands by the Wild West. That the West is wild was zoomed in before the eyes of all recently than ever before. The USA showed its real wild colours during the Ferguson event and England is now known as the greatest breeder of Islamic Terrorists, one of them even decapitating another of their American allies before video cameras. As for France, it was recently reported that one of six Frenchmen support Muslim terrorists. So much for these hypocritical virulent supporters of ‘human rights’. What they ultimately did was to promote terrorism from behind their see through shield of ‘human rights’.

Back home the head lines these days are full of the TNA congratulating and back patting themselves snugly at Modi’s guarantees regarding Tamil autonomy. They  boast of Modi’s unstinting support for obtaining for them the 13A + more. So what SL sowed with the JR-Rajiv Agreement has never ceased to haunt us even though the matter was shelved a very long time ago. There are reasons for Modi’s willingness to project himself into the international limelight. A wave of discontent seems appearing on the horizons for Modi. It was all talk and show blitz at the beginning but no action after. Relations with Pakistan have deteriorated since the warm embrace between him and his Pakistani counterpart. The Kasmir issue has cropped up once again with a vengeance with both armies firing at each other across established frontiers. So also the border issue with China. In India itself Hindutva is claiming its due submerging the rest.

People who talk a lot are expected to deliver fast. But Modi is behind time considering the intensity of his empty rhetoric and mumblings that were promises. With discontent within the home borders, what else can he do but focus his attention on matters of no concern for him. The so called Tamil issue which seemed of no concern to the BJP considering that Tamil Nadu was thrown out of the electoral equation now serves him as foil to redeem himself by pushing his bulk around somewhere, and where better than in someone else’s  backyard..

As for MR, his vociferous cries of SL for all, where everyone can settle anywhere he or she wishes has proved to be all smoke with no fire. The bone of contention the 13A which he wrested into his hands by vanquishing Prabha and could have thrown away in the dustbin of history has now been thrown instead into the arena with the carnivorous TNA  hovering and growling over it with the protective shadow of Modi looming behind. The stitch in time was never executed by MR. Now it has multiplied into the symbolic nine.

MR’s tactics was to show the world his concern for the North and its people, the Tamils. Most of his borrowing and spending were to reconstruct and beautify the North as a gesture of appeasement to a vanquished group. In comparison the South, meaning the rest of the country, received step motherly treatment. Yet as a mature politician who had ‘blooded’ under so many regimes he should have known better. With his extravagant spending for the North he was doing with brick and cement, what Prabha was trying to do with gun and grenade. Now the truth has zoomed before his eyes with Modi getting ready to tie his hands behind his back while the TNA prepares to cut his neck before video cameras. He might one day have to tell the TNA what Caesar told his erstwhile protégé: et tu Brute! (yours is the worst cut of all O Brutus).

One will recall how certain sections of our intelligentsia beamed with glee at Modi’s victory especially when he strutted on the victory scene seemingly with good will to all his independent and sovereign neighbours (what a laugh!) and ill will to none. Now with that platform appearing to have cracks he is clutching on to branches (no not the olive ones) tendered to him by the ever ready Tamil politicians of this counry’s North. MR’s labours to appease the un-appeasable Tamils have blown a fuse and were in vain. He forgot what his grand mother taught him so many years ago that… charcoal even when washed with milk will never change its colour.

The so called Tamil issue is not an issue within the country. It is the platform for Indian hegemony, power and domination. That ambition is as old as the hills. When Sir John insisted on maintaining English military bases here, Nehru questioned the wisdom of that move. Sir John in his typical straight forward style told him: what if India decides to invade us? Nehru’s reply was a guarded one. He answered: what nonsense John that will not happen as long as I am there. Of course Nehru thought his dynastic rule will never end. Little did he realize that his own daughter would contradict him.

Subramanian Swamy sounded a different note. He decried the Tamil attitude of the TNA as a hare running to the Indian fox for support. He reminded them that Sri Lankan issues must be solved within the confines of the ‘Independent and sovereign State’ that Sri Lanka is. He even gave Sri Lanka the assurance that he was speaking as the mouth piece of Modi. The 13A, he said was of no consequence to India. But his is a voice crying in the wilderness. He is nowhere near the helm of power and what he said was as writ in water. Swamy’s statements are now being contradicted by no other than Modi himself. Swamy seems to have made himself into the joker of the BJP pack.

For MR the game is up. The noose is drawing nearer and nearer. The electoral execution platform (not necessarily Uva) is looming ahead. Indeed the Titanic that he was when he kissed the soil of Mother Lanka has begun to sink. All the roads and highways that he has built now, in spite of their obvious utility, will soon be considered as white elephants by an over burdened and impoverished population. If they held up the MR titanic it was in the hope that he would lay the so called ‘Tamil issue’ to rest once and for all with the crucifixion and burial of Very Rev,Father S.J.Emmanuel’s Jesus Christ alias Prabha. But MR has turned into the unwilling ally of Emmanuel by acting the Holy Spirit part in resurrecting the dead Jesus by his incapacity or unwillingness to throw away the magic Tamil wand of the 13A.

MR forgot the price the Sinhala nation paid for its independence by eliminating the scourge of Tamil separatist ambitions. MR has wittingly or unwittingly helped them to regroup. The blood of the preponderantly Sinhala youth spilled on Lanka’s soil will, in a not so far future, cry out for vengeance. That blood that once eliminated Prabha will see to it that his apparent conqueror himself is eliminated. That now invisible blood has been transformed into the hand that has begun writing on the wall…in blood red letters. Those words are full of foreboding for MR. They tell him: your days are numbered.

Anybody who has visited the north recently would vividly remember the monument to the Hasalaka warrior who with grenades in his hands protected by the supporting fire of a comrade fearlessly ran towards the fast approaching massive Tamil bulldozer charged with explosives to blow up that entire army camp and destroy all the lives it sheltered. He made the ultimate sacrifice by jumping into the open turret blowing himself up with everyone and everything within. He terrorized the terrorists. The army now mounts a 24 hour emotionally charged vigil by the statue of their comrade. What is the army but the Sinhala youth mounting vigil over the unitary mother country which they are officially and legally empowered to protect?  If MR fails, which now appears to be the more likely scenario , the army, must rise against MR and crush him as it did Prabhakaran.

Much as I would like to desist from penning this final thought it is nevertheless bursting out. We all know where the vacillations of SWRD led him to. History could repeat itself, especially considering that this particular facet of history is pivoting on the same axis. I am reminded of the words Martin Scorsese puts into the mouth of the Saint Paul of his film: The Last Temptation. Saint Paul tells Jesus who is fleeing from accomplishing his mission: If I have to kill you to save the world, I will kill you. The LTTE replaced the word ‘world’ with ‘ealam’ and did away with many. Titles, name, positions, prestige and fame counted fore nothing and were not even weighed in the balance. Let us hope that the word ‘world’ will not have to be replaced with ‘the Sinhala Buddhist Nation’.

Mario Perera

Kadawata

TNA’s GENOCIDE claim: Violates Section 120 of Penal Code. Sri Lankans are hurt by attempts to create ill-feeling amongst communities

September 1st, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

For too long TNA and other remnants of the LTTE propaganda machine have escaped public indignation for irresponsibly using their political privileges to make public statements and attempt to create ill-will and excite hatred amongst communities. The letter signed by 33 members of the Tamil National Alliance representing the Northern and Eastern provincial council to outgoing human rights head Navi Pillai claiming that the Tamil people strongly believe that they have been, and continue to be subjected to Genocide by Sri Lanka’ is totally unwarranted and legal action should be taken against the TNA in view of the dangerous path it has opted to take. Legal action should ensure that TNA does not use its political privilege to steer Tamil people and the rest of the Sri Lankan populace towards another era of death, destruction and animosity.

 Genocide : Origin of Term

In 1944, Raphael Lemkin, a Police-Jewish lawyer to describe Nazi policies of systematic murder of Jewish people created the word ‘genocide’ by combining the ancient Greek word genos (race, tribe) and the Latin word cide (killing).

The term genocide was used by the UN after the Holocaust and was defined as any of the following actions committed with intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.

Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, or forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

 In 1946, the UN General Assembly Resolution ‘affirmed’ that genocide was a crime under international law though a legal definition of the crime was not provided. In 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide giving the legal definition of genocide.

In 2006, the UN Security Council Resolution 1674 committed itself to protect civilians in armed conflicts against acts of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

In 2008, the UN Security Council expanded the definition of genocide with Resolution 1820 and included ‘rape and other forms of sexual violence to constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity or a constitutive act with respect to genocide’.

 The TNA’s ridiculous and total lack of responsibility of position and total disregard and respect for the rest of the communities in Sri Lanka is revealed in looking at the history of examples that have constituted and belonged under the purview of genocide.

  • Armenia (1915) – More than 1million ethnic Armenians massacred
  • Jews (1945) – Nazi policy against German Jews led to millions of Jews being forced into concentration camps and killed.
  • Cambodia (1975) – Khmer Rouge executions is said to have killed 1.7 to 2million Cambodians.
  • Rwanda (1990) – Hutus are accused of killing upto 1million Tutsi’s in 100 days.
  • Darfur (2003) – Since 2003, an estimated 300,000 people have died and as many as 2.7 million people have been displaced within Darfur, with several hundred thousand more fleeing into neighboring countries. In September 2004, President George W. Bush declared the crisis in Darfur genocide” — the first time a sitting American president had made such a declaration regarding an ongoing conflict.  

The pre-1948 examples of genocide (by England, France, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, German) remain uninvestigated and were as a result of European empire expansions conquering and taking over lands belonging to indigenous races in Americas, Africa, Australasia and Asia.

  • Pre-colonial Americas (16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries) – estimated population varying between 8.4m – 112m had declined by more than 80% after arrival of colonizers. These genocidal acts (Indian Removal Act 1830, Trail of Tears, Sand Creek Massacre, Mendocino War) against the indigenous populations have yet to be admonished.
  • Spanish conquest of the Americas – 8m indigenous people dead. Encomienda policy that converted to Christianity and fostered cultural assimilation, forced labor and exploitation of natural resources.
  • Portuguese colonial expansion in Africa/Brazil – Over 80 indigenous tribes had disappeared between 1900-1957. A population of 1m was reduced by 80% through deculturalization, disease and murder.
  • British Empire expansion – Doctrine of terra nullius used by British to justify seizure of territory in Australia and Tasmania killing thousands of Aboriginal Tasmanians.
  • Belgium genocide of Congo – Under Leopold II of Belgium 60% of Congo’s population was reduced.

The question is where has there been genocide in Sri Lanka to fit into the internationally and legally accepted terminology accepted and endorsed by the UN?

Were the deaths in Sri Lanka ONLY those of Tamils to warrant claim for genocide?

Who throughout the 3 decades of terror died in Sri Lanka?

Did the campaign on terror unleashed in the early 1980s first target villages hacking to death scores of Sinhalese villagers including children and pregnant women?

Did the LTTE not thereafter carry out 384 attacks that killed thousands of Sinhalese, Muslims and even Tamils as well as foreigners?

Did the LTTE not kill over 250 Tamil politicians, public servants, clergy, academics, civil servants, Tamil policemen etc – this list excludes scores of leaders of other Tamil groups who were gunned down so that LTTE could reign supreme as well as killings of scores of LTTE cadres who did not follow Prabakaran’s law. The list also omits scores of Tamils living abroad who have died or were bumped off for not subscribing to LTTE’s fund raising kitty.

Have the signatories forgotten that only hours was given for all Sinhalese and Muslims to leave the North in what can easily be charged as ‘ethnic cleansing’ to create a fictitious ‘Only Tamils live in North’ propaganda that continues to this day by the very political party that has signed the present letter.

 Have these signatories forgotten that LTTE’s attacks on civilians were all outside of any military zone and was specifically targeted on innocent civilians and civilian installations resulting in a country not knowing when they would return home. This fear that grappled an entire nation for 3 decades exists no more and for 5 years not a single bomb or suicide attack has occurred.

 Have these signatories forgotten that most of them reside amongst the Sinhalese and their official addresses are all outside the North and East though they claim to represent the ‘Tamil Eelam Nation’.

Have these signatories not wondered if there is any claims to genocide why majority of Tamils are living by choice amongst the Sinhalese and not a single has been killed for living with the Sinhalese while the Northern Provincial Chief Minister is on record for saying that Sinhalese are not welcome in the North.

 It is ok for these Sinhalese to rebuild for Tamils the homes, roads and other infrastructure that the LTTE destroyed but it is not ok for the Sinhalese to purchase lands and live in the North where historically Sinhalese also once lived. If Tamils claim a right to the North the Sinhalese have every right to make that same claim too and they should.

Right of Freedom of Movement and Right to Residence wherever one likes is another legal action to be filed against the TNA’s public statements.

 The TNA’s irresponsible actions of claiming genocide when facts speak for themselves depicts the mentality of those that serve this very narrow-minded group of politicians claiming to again be the SOLE representatives of the Tamil people.

Their insular thinking fueled by the fact that they are being funded and promoted to carry out a diabolical post-conflict agenda necessitates immediate address through the legal structures in Sri Lanka so that legal due process is taken to ensure that no group or individuals impede the peace in place or attempt to cause ill-will and hatred amongst the communities.

 It is for this reason that Legal Action citing section 120 of the Penal Code should be adopted against the TNA immediately.

 Whoever by words, spoken or intended to be read, or by signs; or by visible representations, or otherwise, excites or attempts to excite feeling of dissatisfaction to the President or to the Government of the Republic, or excites or attempts to excite hatred to or contempt of the administration of justice, or excites or attempts to excite the People of Sri Lanka to procure, other than by lawful means, the alteration of any matter by law established, or attempts to raise discontent or dissatisfaction amongst the People of Sri Lanka, or to promote feeling of ill-will and hostility between different classes of such People,  shall be punished with the simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years”.

 The accusations of genocide against Sri Lanka by the TNA is not the first time. Its 2004 election manifesto spoke of ‘genocidal acts’ against Tamils. Reference to genocide is made in political speeches. Tamil legal luminaries including the present Chief Minister of the Northern Province has requested that the Tamil politicians desist from using the word ‘genocide’ in view of the legal ramifications and international scope the word incites and it is for this reason that legal action against TNA must be taken.

 33 Signatories to the letter sent to Navi Pillai

NPC Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Environment Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan
NPC Minister of Fisheries, Transport, Trade and Commerce B. Deniswaran
NPC Minister of Education, Cultural Affairs and Youth Affairs T. Gurukularajah
NPC Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine P. Sathiyalingam
NPC Deputy Chairman Antony Jeyanathan
NPC Councillor and former MP M. K. Shivajilingam
NPC Councillor and former MP Dharmalingam Sithadthan

Northern Councillors

Ms.Ananthy Sasitharan
Pasupathy Ariyaratnam
Emmanuel Arnold
Ayoop Azmin
B.Gajatheepan
Dr.Gnanaseelan Gunaseelan
Ramanathar Indirarajah
Vinthan Kanagaratnam
V.Kanagasundaraswamy
Ms.Marykamala Kunaseelan
T.Linganathan
A.Paramsothy
S.Pasupathipillai
M.Thiyaga Raja
Thurairajah Ravikaran,
Dr.Kandiah Sarveswaran
Kesavan Sayanthan
Primus Siraiva
Dr.Sivapragasam Sivamohan
Velupillai Sivayogan
S. Suhirthan

Eastern Provincial Council members

Former MP and Councillor Gnanamuththu Krishnapillai

Councillors
Rasiah Thurairathinam
Niththiyanantham Indrakumar
Thavarajah Kalaiarasan
Kumarasamy Nageswaran

 

 

 

හිවලුන් වූ සිහලුන් දැනගැනීමට අකමැති දේ

September 1st, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

1886 නුවර එලිය දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ පාලන වාර්තාව ලියු  ලමසුරිය  උප දිසාපති  දක්වන අන්දමට  එහි බදු නොගෙවීම නිසා  කුඹුරු  2889 ක් වෙන්දේසි කරනලදී. උදා හරණයකට  පහත විස්තරය දක්වමි. 1889–1881 අතර…….
1   කොහොක ගමේ  පෑ ල  2 විශාල  කොහොම්බල් අරාව ඉඩමේ හිග බද්ද  ශත 18 ට අඩුය්  එහි තක්සේරු වටිනාකම  රු.. 200.00 විකිණුවේ  රු.  2.ශත 60 ටය
2  යටි පළාතේ  මීගහ අරාව පෑ ල්  3 හමාර  හිග ශත 18 ට අදුය්. තක්සේරුව  රු.400.00 එහෙත් විකිණුවේ  රු. 12 ටය.
3. උඩගම්පහ අංක 2050 කුඹුර  අමුණු 1ය්  හිග බදු  ශත 50 ට අදුය්. තක්සේරුව රු.. 600 ය්  එහෙත් වික්කේ රු. 20 ශත 50 ටය් .
කරුණු වටහා ගැනීමට පමණක් සුළු විස්තරය දක්වු යෙමි. මෙසේ රු 3150ක්  වටිනා ඉඩම් වික්කේ  20/ 68  ක් වූ හිග ධාන්‍ය බදු අය  කර ගනී මට  වීම   මෙම ඛේද වාචකයේ  අතිශය අනුවේදනීය අංශයය්  මේ මහා වින්නහියේ  අවසාන ප්‍රතිඵලය   දිසාපති විසින්ම  මෙසේ වාර්තා කර ඇත. ඉඩම් අහිමි වූ   මිනිහෙක් හා ගැහැනියක් කුඩා ළමයෙක් සමග මහපාරේදී ලසුරියට  හමු විය — ඒ ආර්  1887 නුවර එලිය උපදිසාපති වාර්තාව —–
ප්‍රශ්නය– නුබලා කවුද  පිළිතුර– අපි වලපනේ මිනිස්සු
ප්‍ර .— ඇයි  ගම අතහැරියේ  පිලි .. අපේ ඉඩම් සේරම අපට නැතිවුනා.
ප්‍ර  .- එක කොහොමද වුනේ .පිලි .— අවුරුදු තුන හතරක  වීබදු හිග හිටියා ගෙවාගන්න බැරුව .පස්සේ කිසිම අනුකම්පාවක් නැතුව  එකපාරටම  ගෙවන්න කිව්වා  , බැරිවුනාම ඉඩම් ව්වෙන්දෙසිකලා.
ප්‍ර .— දැන් මොකද කරන්නේ      පිලි —- අපි ජීවත් වෙන්න රැකියාවක් හොයාගන යනවා
ප්‍ර — දැන් කොහාටද යන්නේ .  පිලි .— අහවල් තැන කියල  කියන්න තරම් තැනක් නැහැ
ප්‍ර – ඇ ය්  තේ හරි කොපි  වත්තක හරි වැඩට නොයන්නේ  .  පිලි .—- අපි එහෙම කළා. එත් ගන්න වැඩට හරිහමන් කුලියක් ගෙවන්නේ නැහැ අපි හම්බ කරන දේ  සේරම කන්කානි නයට හිලව් කර ගත්ත  ඉතින් හැමදාම නය. ඉවරයක් නැති නය..
                                                        
 මේ වා  මවිසින් ඉදිරි පත් කරන්නේ  දුහුනන් දැනුම් සඳහාය.  1995 දී පමණ  රැස්කළ මේ සියලු කරුණු  1999 දී ”” ජාතිය පාවාදීම”” නම් වූ මගේ පොතින් එලි දක්වුයෙමි . එම පොත  හඳුන්වා දුන්නේ””””’ අපවත්කල ”’  ගංගොඩවිල සෝම හිමියන්ය. සිංහලේ ප්‍රභවය , ප්‍රකුර්තිය  හා විකුර්තිය  එහි තේමාවන් විය.  පෙම් කතා මිස මෙවන් පොත් කියවන    අ  ය  අඩු නිසා   විශාල ආර්ථික අලාභයන් සිදුවුවත් එම අලාභයන් දරා ගෙනම මම තවතවත් පොත් ලිව්වෙමි . ඒ    ධර්මදානය උතුම්ම දානය නිසය්
                      දැන් නන් ඳගේ  ප්‍රශ්නයට පිළිතුරක්——— බින් තැන්  න වැදී   ජනතාව ගේ ප්‍රදේශය තමය්  ටෙනන්ට අනුව මේ ප්‍රදේශය හැ . 98 දිගය  පළල හැ . 48 කි උව  සහ මැ ද මහනුවර කඳුකරයේ සිට මුහුද දක්වා දිවයය්  පසු කාලයේදී බිනතැ ටන්නෙන් කොටසක් බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයට ඈ දන ලදී  වැඩි කොටසක් ඇත්තේ මඩකලපු දිස්ත්රික්කයටය. —- 
                                                          ඉහතින් දක්වූ කන්කානියන් ගැන  මීළඟට  ලියමි

හිවලුන් වූ සිහලුන් දැන ගැ නී මට අකමැති දේ 2

September 1st, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

හිවලුන් වන්නේ රටට ද්රොහිවූ සිහලුන්ය  බාහු  ජී.එල්. රාජිත  රනිල් චන්ද්‍රිකා  ආදීන්ය. තවලම් ගිය අවලම්මුය. සුදු නෙලුම් කාරයෝය. අලිමංකඩ  පාමංකඩ නො හදුනන්නොය… මුන්ට වඩා ටිබෙට් ජාතික මහින්ද හාමුදුරුවොත් .   ලොරෙන් සෝ ත් .. සිංහල යය්  අපි කියමු. ඒ ගැන දැනට ඇති.
                                                   
                                                    1821 වන තුරුත් සිංහලේ ඉඩම්  විකිණීම  තහනම්ව පැවතුනි. උකස්කර ථිබූ ඉඩමක් වසර 100 කින් පසුව වුවද  නිදහස් කර ගැනීමට  එදා හැකිව තිබුනේය. එහෙත් 1821    01   14  දින බාන්ස් ආණ්ඩුකාරයා පංඅවූ නියෝගය අනුව  උඩරට ඉඩම් මරක්කලයන්ට මිලට ගැනීමට ඉඩ සලසන ලදී.  මහා ජාතියට විරුද්ධව සුළු වාර්ගිකයන් උසිගැන්වීම සුද්දාගේ අරමුණ විය,. මේ අතර සිංහලයාට අරක්කු  හා අබින් පුරුදුකරවා  බංකලොත්  වීමට සලස්වා  ඔවුන්ගේ ඉඩම් මරක්කලයින්ට හා හෙට්ටින්ට අයිති වීමට ඉඩ සලසන ලදී. මුලදී අරක්කු දුන්නේ නොමිලයේය. 1840 රජයේ ඉඩම් වලට අනවසරයෙන් ඇතුල් වීමේ පනතත් 1844 මායිම් විනිශ්චය කිරීමේ පනතත්  1897 මුඩුබිම් පනතත් මගින් සිංහලේ   ඉඩම් ඉංග්‍රීසින් විසින් කොල්ලකන ලදී.1840 පනතේ 7 වගන්තියෙන් හේන  ප්‍රයෝජනයට ගැනීම තහනම් බව නිශ්චිත වම කියා ඇ  ත. අක්කරය සිලිම් 5-10 අතර ගණනකට  උඩරට ඉඩම් කොල්ලකා  උඩරට සිංහලයන් අන්ත අසරණ තත්වයට පත් කර  ඉන්දියාවෙන් ගෙන එන ලද කම්කරුවන්ට අපේ උරුමය පාවා දෙනලදී. අසරංඅවූ  සිංහල උඩරැටියන් සමහරු  කොලනිවලට ගාල් කරන ලද අතර , සමහරු කොළඹ හාමුලාගේ  මන්දිරවල ආවතේව  සඳහා   ”’මැ නිකා ලා  , බන්ඩ ලා”’  ලෙස ගෙනයනලදී. කොලනිවලට ගාල් කලේ  කළු සුද්දනුත්  සුද්දනුත්  උඩරටින් අල්ලාගත්  ඉඩම් අයිතිකාරයන්ට ආපසු දීමට   සිදුවෙයය් බියෙනි  අනාගත සැලැස්මක් තිබුනේ නම්  කවදා හෝ දෙමළුන් මේ සිංහලයන් එළවා නොදමනු පිණිස වැඩ කටයුතු යෙදිය යුතුව තිබුනේය.
 
1833 වන විටත් යාපනේ ස්ථිර පදිංචියක් ඇති ජනතාවක් නොසිටි බව කොල්බ්රුක්  කොමිසම ඉදිරියේ සාක්ෂි දුන්  කලෙක්ටර්වරයා  පවසා ඇත. එහි සිටියේ කලින්කලට ඉන්දියාවෙන් යන එන  සන්ක්රමනිකයන්ය. මේ නිසා යාපනෙන් ස්ථිර ආදායමක් ලබාගත නොහැකි  වූ හෙයින් කුලීවදට ගෙනා කම්කරුවන් එහි පදිංචි කර  තෙසවලමි නීතියෙන් විශේෂ රැකවරනද ලබා දුන්හ. අදටත්  මේ වෙසවලමි   අහෝසිකිරීමට  එකෙක් මේ රටේ නැත.
                           මත්පැන් පිලිකුල්කල  උඩරට ජනතාව  බීමත්කමට  ඇබ්බැහිවීම ගැන  බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය රජය වකිවයුතුබව ග්රෙගර්ය් ආණ්ඩුකාරයා විසි 1882 දී පැවසුවේය. උන් 1850 දී ප්‍රථම අබින් හල අරඹා  1905 වනවිට අලෙවිහල් 65ක් මගින් විවුර්ත කළහ. රාත්තල් 850 න් පටන්ගෙන මේ අතර තුර 20000 දක්වා ආනයනය  වැඩි කළහ.. මෙසේ අසරණ කල උඩ රටියන්ගේ ගම්බිම්  අයිති වුයේ ඉංග්‍රීසින්ට උදව් කල පහතරට රෙන්දකාරයන්ටත්  මරක්කලයන්ටත්ය. . මේ කොල්ලය හදවත් කම්පා කරවය්. 1880-1892 තුල පමණක් වී බදු ගෙවා ගත  නොහකිවූ  උදරටියන්ගේ ඉඩම් අක්කර 37751 ක් වෙන්දේසි කරන ලදී. උඋව පළාතේ  දිසාපති  එෆ්. සී  ෆිෂර්  1888 පාලන වාර්තාවේ  මෙසේ දක්වය්.”” බදු නොගෙවීම නිසා අත්පත් කරගත් ඉඩම් වෙන්දේසි කිරීම  නැවත පටන් ගන්නා ලදී, උදපලාතේ ඉඩම්  23ක්  අක්කරය( රුපියල් වලින් .)   රු.. 4  බැගින්ද  දම්බවිනි පළාතේ  ඉඩම්  28ක්  3.50  ගන්නේද  විකුණන ලදී. මුස්ලිමුන් සහ පහතරට සිංහලයන් විසි මේ සියලුම ඉඩම් මිලට ගන්නා ලදී.”””’…………… වී බදු නොගෙවීම නිසා ඌ ව  උඩු කිද  දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ  ඉඩම් වලින්  සියට විසි දෙක හමාරක්  වෙන්දේසි කරන ලදී. —-  ද  එවික්ෂන්ස් -. මින් අක්කර 694ක් පහත රට සිංහලයන් ද  446ක් මුස්ලිම් හා දෙමළුන්ද  මිලට ගත හ  මේ වෙන්දේසිය නිසා  පවුල් 2930 ක් එනම් පුද්ගලයන් 14650 ක්  අතර මන් වුඋහ. අතරමන් වුඋවන් පළාතේ ජනගහනයෙන් 49% කි. 6 00 කට පළාත අතහැර යාමට සිදුවිය..—- 2000 පමණ අලුත් ගැනුම්කරුවන්ගේ කුලී කාරයන්  බවට පත් වූ අතර 127 දෙනෙක් යන එනමන්  නැතිව අතර මන් වුහ   ——-land  tenure  පිටුව 119——.  

President Rajapaksa opens Madulla Multi-Purpose Trade Centre in Bibile Requests a resounding victory in Uva PC elections

September 1st, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the patriotic people of Uva have sacrificed immensely for the freedom and the sovereignty of the country placing the country above everything else. He also requested the people in the Uva province as they have always stood by the government, to grant a resounding victory for the UPFA in the forthcoming Provincial Council election to continue the development activities in the post conflict situation. He further said that victory in Uva will help to strengthen the march forward of the country.
The President expressed these remarks addressing a crowd present at the opening of the Madulla Multi-Purpose Trade Centre in Madulla, Dambagalla in the Bibile electorate on Sunday (31). The new multipurpose shopping complex will open a space for the local farmers to sell their products. The President inaugurated the first phase of the new commercial centre which was constructed at a cost of Rs: 25 million and the whole project is estimated to cost Rs:70 million. 
The President further noted that he had instructed the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa to start a project to desalinate sea water. He said Uva people have always faced numerous difficulties without pure drinking water and the shortage of water supply in the area for farming and therefore the government has placed its attention to initiate a project to supply purified sea water as is being done in Maldives, Middle East and in other countries.  He said this will bring relief to the people living in the drought stricken areas and such a programme would help the country to face any drought in the future. 
The public welcomed president with cheerful applauses.

Ministers Vijith Wijithamuni De Soyza, Mrs. Sumedha Jayasena, Nirmala Kothalawala, Felix Perera, Johnston Fernando, Mervin Silva, S.M.Chandrasena, Deputy Minister Sarath Weerasekara and Chief Minister of the North Central Province S.M Ranjith and party representatives of the province were present at the ceremony

5 years post-LTTE defeat those who ‘counted’ the 40,000-125,000 ‘dead’ are yet to name them

August 31st, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Its been 5 years now and while there’s no shortage of people coming forward to make their predictions on the number of dead during the last stages of Sri Lanka’s war on terror, what they have failed to do is to find a single name for the dead. If they can count them, surely they should be able to name them! The accusations are endless and made with such viciousness using every form of media channel and all we can do is to re-quote US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Congressman Eni F H Falemavaega who posed a question to former envoy Robert Blake why are we picking on a little country like Sri Lanka”, going on to ask why US was ‘focusing only on the last few months of the war and failing to acknowledge…almost 30 years, the Tamil tigers hacked to death innocent men, women and children in Sri Lanka and carried out some 378 suicide attacks more than any other terrorist organization in the world’.

We have absolutely no issues in Gordon Weiss initially quoting 7000 civilian casualties during the last phase but to boost his book sales inflaming numbers and placing 40,000 as dead but changing the figure to 10,000 when challenged but the simple logic should be anyone quoting numbers of the scale that is being quoted must be responsible enough to make accusations aligned to proof and evidence.

In other words, if anyone is accusing the Sri Lankan troops of killing 40,000, 60,000, 80,000, 100,000, 125,000 or even more, they must collaborate their accusations with some solid proof. These evidence need to include

  • names of the dead
  • locating the relations of the dead
  • where did the dead live
  • if they didn’t have death certificates they must surely have birth certificates/NICs or some other form of identification, where are these?

The most important thing is the accusations were made immediately following the defeat of the LTTE so there was hardly room for skeletons which means there would have had to be bodies with flesh and we know that the American Association for the Advancement of Science identified ONLY 3 graveyards one of which belonged to the LTTE and showed 960 burials. How in the world could 40000-125,000 dead bodies with flesh be placed one on top of the other without it being caught on the satellite imagery?

The next question is with so many people claiming to be ‘eyewitnesses’ with trendy phones able to take first hand accounts of supposed ‘extra-judicial executions’ and ‘deliberate killings’ why have in 5 years the infamous documentaries winning global awards not produced a single footage of armed troops digging graves and shoving dead bodies inside? It has to take more than a few hours and days to dig graves while gunfire is taking place but how many graves does it take to dig to put 40,000 or 125,000 and why has the satellite images failed to pick up such graves. Another question, that should also be answered is exactly how many bodies with flesh can actually fit into a grave. A standard grave is 2 ½ feet wide and 8 feet in length and 4 feet deep. Exactly how many adult bodies can fit into such a grave and why has no ‘eyewitness’ mobile phone taken any shots of troops digging these graves, placing the dead inside the graves or at least killing the supposed dead?

These are important questions which remain unanswered 5 years on but there are plenty of people ever ready to take the podium and shed crocodile tears about counting the dead and even writing books on the subject.

We have absolutely no issues with anyone quoting numbers of civilian casualties but this is not a game they are playing on who can quote the highest number. Those quoting numbers may not realize the dangerous repercussions of distortions to which they are party to. These lies and distortions are likely to impact a nation of 20million people and the story does not end with the handful of targeted leaders being declared guilty of war crimes. Every decision being taken to target them will impact on every citizen of the nation and this is what should alarm and wake up the people of Sri Lanka. The country’s future is at stake and so too is the future of the people of Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

මුඛයෙන් හා අධොමුඛයෙන් කතා කරණා ඩේවිඩ් කැමරන්

August 31st, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම

   චෝගම් බොරුව සඳහා ලංකාවට පැමිණ, දෙමල ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් උදෙසා කඩේ ගිය කැමරන් ගොයියා ගේ පිටිපස්ස රත්වී ඇත්තේ ඉරාකයේ ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් ඇමෙරිකානු ජාතික ජෝන් ෆෝලි ගේ බෙල්ල කපන ආකාරය දැක්කාට පසුවය. මීට කාලයකට පෙර වියට්නාමයේ හාමුදුරු නමක් ධ්‍යානයට සම වැදී ගිනි තියා ගත් අන්දම දැක ජෝන් කෙනඩි වෙව්ලා ගියේ ය. ඩින් ඩියම් අවසන් ගමන ගියේ ඊට පසුවය.  සුළු ජන කොටස් වල මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් යන බොරුව ඉස්සරහට දමා මේ සුද්දන් කරන්නේ නව රිමෝට් කොන්ට්‍රොල් යටත් විජිත පාලන ක්‍රමය බේරා ගැනීමට වලි කෑමය. සර්‍වාගමික පූට්ටුව, බහු ජාතික සමාජයක් යන කොඩි එල්ලා ගෙන පණ යමින් සිටින සුදු අධිරාජ්‍යවාදයට දුප්පත් රටවල කළු සුද්දන් ලවා මුක්කු ගස්සවා ගැනීම මොවුන්ගේ න්‍යාය පත්‍රය වේ. ලංකාවේ අඥාන පණ අදින අගමැති, ගොන් ඇමතිවරු, විරුද්ධ පක්‍ෂය හා ජනාධිපතිද මේ ලණු ගිලගෙන අමාරුවේ වැටී සිටී.

    කැමරන් දැන් කියන්නේ මොකක්ද? “අපගේ විවෘත සමාජ සංකල්පය, අන්තවාදයට ඉඩදීමක් ලෙස පටලවා ගැනීමට සලසා නිහඬව බලා සිටීමට අපට නොහැකිය. වෙනස් ජාතීන්ට (සංස්කෘති වලට) තමන් කැමති විධියට වෙනම (සෙපරේට්) ජීවත් වෙමින් අපගේ බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ජාතික අගය (වැලියුස්) යන්ට සම්පූර්‍ණයෙන්ම පටහැනි වන ආකාරයට හැසිරීමට ඉඩ දිය නොහැකිය. ඉරාකයේ-සිරියාවේ ඉස්ලාම් කාලිෆට් එක විෂ න්‍යාය ධර්‍මයක් මිස ආගමක් නොවේ. බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පුරවැසියන් 500 ක් පමණ ඉරාකයේ ඉස්ලාම් සටනට සහභාගි වෙන බවට ශාක්‍ෂි ඇත.”

    රුසියාවේ පූටින් මෙය මීට වඩා හොඳින් කියා සිට් යේය. ඔහු කිව්වේ, ඉස්ලාම් අයට රුසියන් නීති හා රුසියන් ක්‍රමයට අනුව ජීවත් වීමට බැරි නම්, ඉස්ලාම් ක්‍රමයට රුසියාවේ ඉඩක් නැති නිසා, ඒ ඉස්ලාම් අය වෙන ලෝකයේ ඉස්ලාම් රටක් හොයා ගෙන රුසියාවෙන් පිටවී යා යුතු බවය.

    යුරෝපීය සුද්දන් තමන්ගේ පාරවල් අතු ගෑමට හා කක්කුස්සි හේදීමට ඉස්ලාම් මිනිසුන් ගෙන්නා ගත්තේය.   ඓතිහාසිකව එංගලන්තය කලේ න්‍යාය මතවාද උඩ ලෝකයේ අතරමංවූ අයට එරටට පැන ඒමට ඉඩ දීමය. කාල් මාක්ස් හොඳම උදාහරණය ය. නමුත් දැන් එංගලන්තය කරන්නේ තමන්ගේ ප්ලෑනට එකඟ නොවන රටවල හතුරන්ට එංගලන්තයේ ක්‍ෂේම භූමියක් සදා දීමය. ඇන්ටන් බාලසිංහම් හා ඇඩිලින් ඇතුළු ප්‍රභාකරන් ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් ලංකාව කඩන්නට ක්‍රියා කරන්නේ කැමරන් ලාගේ අනුග්‍රහය පිටය.

    ඕලන්දය ද මෙසේ බහු ජාතික සිංදුව ගැයූ රටක් විය. දැන්  ඒ රට ට හති වැටී ඇත. යථාර්‍තය මතු වී ඇත. සරත් ෆොන්සේකා රොබට් බ්ලේක් ගේ ලණුව කන්නට පෙර පූටින්ටත් වඩා හොඳින් සුළු ජාතික අයිතිවාසිකම් ගැන පැහැදිලි කිරීමක් කලේය. “ලංකාව සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්ගේ රටය. මේ රටේ සියළුම සුළු ජන කොටස් වලට සාමයෙන්, සියළු අයිතිවාසිකම් හා සමාන අවස්ථා ඇතිව ජීවත් වීමට හැකිය. එහෙත් මෙම සුළු ජන කොටස් අසාධාරණ (අන්‍රීසනබල්) ඉල්ලිම් ඉදිරිපත් නොකල යුතුය.” 1957 දී මහාචාර්‍ය ගුනපාල මලලසේකර මහතා බෞද්ධ කොමිසන් වාර්‍තාව ඉදිරිපත් කල අවස්ථාවේ දී කියා සිටියේ ද මෙය මය. බුද්ධාගම රාජ්‍ය ආගම කිරීම ආදී දේශපාලකයින්ගේ බොරු යෝජනා අනුමත නොකරන නමුත්, රටේ ජනගහනයෙන් සියේට හැත්තෑවක් වන බෞද්ධයින්ගේ ආගමට නිසි තැන දීම හා එය සතුරන්ගෙන් ආරක්‍ෂා කර දීම රජයේ වගකීම බව ඔහු පෙන්වා දුන්නේය. ලංකාව, මේ කුඩා දිවයින, හැර වෙන රටක් සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්ට නැත.    
   
    ක්‍රිස්තියානී අන්තවාදයට වඩා ශීඝ්‍රයෙන් ඉස්ලාම් අන්තවාදය ලංකාව ගිල ගනිමින් සිටී. කාස්මීරයට, ඉන්දුනීසියාවට, ඇෆ්ඝනිස්ථානයට, මාල දිවයිනට, කොරියාවට සිදුවූ දේ ලංකාවට සිදුවන බව සෝම හාමුදුරුවන් පෙන්නා දුන්නේය. එය දැන් සිදුවන බව බොදු බල සේනාව ඔප්පු කර ඇත.

    චන්ද වලට කෑදර කම නිසා රට පාවා නොදී හසලක වීරයා සටන් කල රට රැක දීම මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ යුතුකමය, වගකීමය. සර්‍වාගමික පූට්ටුව ට හා බහු ජාතික කෝලමට බයි බායි කීමට තවමත් ප්‍රමාද නැත. රාජිත ලාගේ වාසුදේව ලාගේ ලණු කෑවා මදිද?

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

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka

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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.


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