Dr D S Bandarage – ‘Father of Modern Management of Sri Lanka’ – 5th Death Anniversary Falls on 1 July 2014

June 30th, 2014

-A Dynamic Management Guru – A Noble Man of Superior Qualities

Jayaweera M Kumarasinghe

The late Dr D S Bandarage

Dr D S Bandarage left us forever from this world on 1 July 2009. It was a very sad ending for the much renowned Management Guru of the 50s up to the 2000s.

For those who associated him, Dr Bandarage was seemed immortal. The aura that spread from him was noble and powerful, anyone would show respect to him. People would naturally get up from their chairs when they would see him approaching them. That was solely due to the respect people had for the Great Man, Dr DS Bandarage.


When Devapriya S Bandarage was born to his upper middle class parents, Baron Gunawardana Bandarage and Margaret Hewawasam Bandarage of Kaikawala, Induruwa, they may have never thought that their eldest son will become such a gigantic figure in Sri Lanka’s Management field. But, that is exactly what he did.

From very young age, D S Bandarage showed signs of extra ordinary talent for studies. He became first in class at his village primary school, then became 1st in the whole of the Southern Province by winning the coveted Valencia Rupasinghe trophy for the most outstanding student from Southern Province to gain admission to grade 2 at Ananda College, Colombo.

After an illustrious studenthood at Ananda, young Bandarage went on to do an Oriental Studies degree, later in life he completed his further Management Studies from reputed universities in the West.

Dr Bandarage had his full secondary education at Ananda College. At Ananda young Bandarage flourished with academic achievements plus extra-curricular activities. He excelled in studies. Young Bandarage was instrumental in forming the Bosath Lama Samajaya” under the patronage of the then teachers, LH Meththananda, P.De S. Kularatne, Ven Balangoda Ananda Maithree Thero and Sagara Palansuriya (then a Buddhist Monk). The members of the Bosath Lama Samajaya included some latter day luminaries as Ananda Tissa De Alwis (former Minister), Ranapala Bodhinagoda (former Chairman ANCL), Duncan De Alwis (former Colombo GA), LBT Premarathna (former Solicitor General), P L Berty Silva (former Assistant Postmaster General), P Walter De Silva (first Sinhalese Army Commander) and LS Perera (Banker). Dr Bandarage was the President of Bosath Lama Samajaya”.

Dr Bandarage was unfortunate to have lost his father, who was a school principal, at young age. His father was an ardent stalwart of Walisinha Harischandra. While growing up as a teenager and until his early 20s he lived in the posh residences in Colombo 7 of his uncle, the legendary, Mr Ponnamperuma, the then Assistant Commissioner of State Languages.

After an illustrious studenthood, young Bandarage commenced working in the corporate sector. A watershed in Sri Lanka’s corporate world arose in late 1940s when Dr Bandarage was appointed as the first ever native born Personnel Manager of a multinational Company in then Ceylon, namely, Shell Company of Ceylon Ltd. During that time most of the top corporate positions in Ceylon were held by the British.

At Shell, Dr Bandarage had an enormous task ahead. He knew that not only he must succeed himself, he must also prove to his white masters that they made the right decision in appointing him to such a top job. At that time the white company directors though they liked Sri Lankan staff were reluctant to offer them anything more than middle management level positions. They thought the locals may not be able to do the top senior executive jobs as good as them. Thus, such positions (especially in the big multinational companies) were rarely offered to locals.

Dr Bandarage knew that if he failed, the doors in Ceylonese corporate world, in the field of human resources of management and other areas may be closed for Ceylonese for many more years to come.

Fortunately WHS Bing (the then Chef Executive of Shell) liked Dr Bandarage and the relationship between the two progressed very well. Bing gave every encouragement to young Bandarage in his 20s to succeed, so he did. Dr Bandarage demonstrated to the British and other European directors of Shell of his incredible talent and managerial skills as a Human Resources Manager/Specialist.

Dr Bandarage’s English was better than that of his white masters. Intellectually, he was far superior than members of his European Board of Directors. The whites knew this. His luck was that his superiors did not envy him, they encouraged him to prosper.

Judging Dr Bandarage, the Europeans realised that the dark skinned Ceylonese could do the same jobs that they did or even better than them. The success of Dr Bandarage at Shell, led many other top level companies to establish personnel departments (human resources departments) in then Ceylon. Noteworthy among them were Lever Brothers (now Unilever), Ceylon Tobacco Company, Walkers, Browns, Whittal Boustead, Lipton, Brooke Bond, Carson Cumberbatch, Aitkin Spence, British Ceylon Corporation (BCC), Collets, Freudenberg, Rowlands, Pfizer, Hayles, Mackwoods, Pure Beverages, John Keels, Ceylon Nutritional Foods (now Nestle), Walker and Greig, Baurs, CIC, Ceylon Cold Stores Ltd (Elephant House), Bartleets, Muller and Phipps, JL Morrison Son & Jones, and United Motors, to name some.

In the early 50s Shell Company was wounded up. Dr Bandarage was quickly absorbed to Lever Brothers by its legendary Chairman, J D Mould and its Scottish Managing Director, Mr Baberlomax.

Dr Bandarage spent nearly 18 years at Levers which time he positively revolutionized the personnel management system not only within Levers but the entire Sri Lanka (then Ceylon).

At Levers Dr Bandarage was determined to unlock doors of executive and senior executive positions to Sri Lankan born people, especially those from rural backgrounds, if they were clever and intelligent. He was looking for young talent who had brilliant academic records with a reasonably good command of English. He was not bothered whether the candidates came from poor backgrounds or villages, his motto was to give the ‘best job to the best qualified person’, disregarding colour, creed, caste, gender and race of the individual. Thus, only the most qualified and skilled people were able to secure employment at Levers. Dr Bandarage had stated to the white masters if the candidate was the best suited, I will give them the job, purely on merit, no matter what the background was”.

This strict ‘non-discriminatory’ policy of his at Levers (which he later practised at other places), effectively unlocked managerial positions to many rural youth who would otherwise never had the opportunity to get in to Ceylon’s corporate sector. Previously persons who studied in such schools as Royal, St Thomas, St Peters, St Josephs, Trinity, St Anthony’s, St Bridget’s, Ladies and Bishops and the elite Tamil schools in Jaffna and Batticaloe were only able to get top jobs in the top private sector firms. It was very difficult for someone from Ananda, Nalanda, Dharmaraja, Visakha or Mahamaya to obtain a top job in a multinational and or other leading company.

During Dr Bandarage’s time at Shell and Levers, there was not a single strike – in both places (during this time the country was turmoiled with trade union actions with leftist Trade Unions having a big say).

During his sojourn at Levers, Dr Bandarage created and published the very popular magazine Lever Pavula” in English and Sinhalese, which was a fascinating read of the time. It basically brought together all of the staff, no matter who they were. Lever Pavula showed to the world that at Levers everyone was equal (‘One Family’). It was such a popular magazine people outside of the ‘Lever Family’ eagerly waited to read it every month. Through Lever Pavula, Dr Bandarage allowed journalists like Mahanama Dissanayake (then Lankadeepa editor), DB Dhanapala (Dawasa Supremo) to do write ups. Gunadasa Liyanage was introduced to journalism through Lever Pavula. Dr Bandarage was ably supported by Ariyapala Pathirana, who was a sub editor of Lever Pavula. Only a genius could produce ‘Lever Pavula’; it was Dr Bandarage.

Dr Bandarage went and recruited a number of managers for Levers, some of them became luminaries in Sri Lanka’s corporate world. Some of Dr Bandarage’s recruits included such management luminaries of contemporary Sri Lanka (considered as Sri Lanka’s management legends) as Stanley Jayawardana (later became Chairman of Levers), Gilbert Jayasuriya (later Director of Levers), Sam Jayasuriya, Dr Seevali Ratwatte (later Chairman Upali Group), Ariyapala Pathirana, Upali WIjewardane (late billionaire tycoon), Upali Wicramasekera, S De La Mott and J Ariyanathan.

In his career as a Personnel Management Professional/Company Director, Dr Bandarage provided traineeships and employment to many thousands of Sri Lankans, selected solely on merit. The white employers at Shell and Levers were amazed in the skillful way Dr Bandarage utilized human resources management techniques to identify the talents and abilities of the prospective job seekers. Those whom he recruited, he organised them to obtain the best possible training. He did this task remarkably well. When doing this not only did he always have the best interests of his company at heart, but also of the country and the candidate that he interviewed.

For example, it was Dr Bandarage who dissuaded the Film Legend, Gamini Fonseka from joining Levers, saying to Gamini that his future lied in film industry; Gamini should not take up the Marketing Representative position that Levers had offered him but should continue with acting. Apparently Gamini had vehemently wanted the Levers job as opposed to his acting career which he had then just started. He wanted to give up acting in lieu of the lucrative career at Levers. Being a visionary, Dr Bandarage saw that though Gamini would be an asset to Levers, but, it was in Gamini’s and the country’s best interests that he continued with films. One day Gamini had gone and put a garland around Dr Bandarage in public to thank him –precisely, at Belihul Oya Rest House in the 70s, where Dr Bandarage was having lunch with some friends. Gamini had stated to the crowd that but for Dr Bandarage’s advise he would have lost the acting career.

Dr Bandarage realised that Sri Lanka as a young nation, which had just obtained independence, vehemently required talented mangers for its emerging mercantile sector, and that doors must be opened up for the best and the brightest, irrespective of their race, creed, class or caste.

Those who tried to canvass him to obtain jobs by various ways and means were immediately disqualified from the selection process. It is stated that Dr Bandarage had stated ‘no’ to very influential politicians and top business persons who had wanted to put their stooges into the companies that Dr Bandarage was involved in. When Dr Bandarage had refused, they had respected his decision.

It is stated that at Levers he ran ‘on the job training’ for the staff so well that the parent company in the UK started sending their staff to Sri Lanka for training, so did Hindustan Levers in India (previously Sri Lankans were sent to those institutions for training).

In the fifties and sixties Dr Bandarage had emerged as a giant in Sri Lanka’s Management field. Along with Sir Cyril De Zoysa (then Chairman of Associated Motorways group), he established the Institute of Personnel Management (Inc). This was way back in 1960. In the formative years of the institute, Sir Cyril was the President and Dr Bandarage was the Secretary of the institute. Later, Dr Bandarage became the President of the Institute and held this position for a long time – he was the President in the 60s and then again for a spell of time in the 80s. He is the first Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management in Sri Lanka – the honour was bestowed on him on 1 November 1976, Brigadier Cecil Caldera was the then President of IPM.

Dr Bandarage established a close link with the IPM until his demise from this world in 2009. When IPM was in strife in early 1980s and nowhere to go, Dr. Bandarage took the Institution to his home at 7 Ohlums Place, Colombo 8. Mr Chanaka Bandarage, his youngest son, commented to the IPM Council last year – one early morning we were astonished to see many filing cabinets, tables etc. piled up on our front lawn.” This action to bring the Institution home saved the IPM from a possible shut down.

At the IPM National Conference in 2003, the Institute bestowed upon him its highest award – the ‘IPM Gold Medal’. He was the First Recipient of this prestigious award.

Today the IPM boasts of having being firmly established in Sri Lanka. It is housed in a multi storey set up in Colombo 5 with scores of staff working. The IPM must profoundly thank Dr Bandarage for his untiring efforts to bring it into today’s position. It was Dr Bandarage who accredited the IPM with other leading Management institutions in the western world, especially with bodies and universities in the UK, US and Australia.

With such management luminaries as Mallory Wijesinghe, Ananda Tissa De Alwis, Brigadier Cecil Caldera, Lalith Godamune, Sena Mahawatthe, Neville Ranasooriya, Mansour Ghouse, Dr Ranjith Cabraal, MC Mathupala, Leo Samson, K Deraniyagala, Gerry Hidellearachchi, Cyril Chinnaih, Dinka Muthukrishna, Upali Wickramasekera etc., Dr Bandarage was involved in the establishment and improvement of several Management Development Institutes in Sri Lanka. The Institute of Management of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) is one of them, where he was a founder member with Mallory Wijesinghe being the first President (in 1978). Dr Bandarage served in the Council of this institute for a long time.

Dr Bandarage served as a visiting lecturer of Management Studies at the Universities of Colombo and Sri Jayawardanapura. His contemporaries at the universities included Professor Gunapala Nanayakkara, Professor Karunasena Kodituwakku, Dr Kamal Karunanayake etc. In fact, it was only few years ago prior to his death that Dr Bandarage finished his sojourn with these universities.

Dr Bandarage was a long standing panel member in the recruitment to the Ceylon Civil Service (later Sri Lanka Administrative Services). Thanks to Dr Bandarage’s brilliant teaching hundreds of educated youth from rural Sri Lankan villages ended becoming senior public servants, including Government Agents and Departmental Secretaries.

During the Prime Ministership of Dudley Seneanyake in 1965 Dr Bandarage was assigned to study and report to the government regarding the formulation of the Five (5) Day week. Dr Bandarage did substantive studies both locally and overseas and recommended to the then government (the Ministry was held by J R Jayawardana) that Sri Lanka should implement a 5 day working week (until then Sri Lanka had a 5 ½ day week, where people worked ½ day on Saturday). The present day workforce must be thankful to late Dr Bandarage for fighting for them to obtain the 5 day working week, which is still in existence.

In 1964 Dr Bandarage edited the Handbook of Personnel Management for Ceylon” which book is even today regarded by the Sri Lanka’s management fraternity as the ‘Bible’ of Sri Lankan Management. It is somewhat impossible for any Personnel Management professional to operate without this Handbook.

Dr Bandarage had written several books on Management Studies, first in English, later in the 90s in Sinhalese. Noteworthy among them are the books Case Methods in Management” Administrative Management”, Comprehensive Management”, ‘විෂ ක්‍රමශික්ෂනය’ and ‘අවබෝධය’ . These are considered landmark text book in the Management Studies of Sri Lanka. They are still selling fast in Sri Lankan bookshops.

Dr Bandarage had written innumerable number of articles on Modern Management which had been published in the Sri Lankan and Asian/US newspapers and journals. He had been interviewed on BBC about Management.

After an exceptional career Dr Bandarage left Levers as its General Manager in the late 1960s and set himself up as a Management Consultant. Dr Bandarage is unarguably Sri Lanka’s first ever Management Consultant. His company provided Management Consultancy to so many companies in Sri Lanka (medium and large scale companies). The help he rendered to Sri Lanka’s private sector is unprecedented.

In 1970 Dr Bandarage was appointed as Chairman of the National Textile Corporation. This appointment was a non-political appointment wherein the then Mrs Sirima Bandaranaike Government had stuck to the principle of ‘giving the best positions of the government to the best qualified people, solely on merit’. Dr Bandarage ran the National Textile Corporation somewhat like a private company, where strict discipline and able administration was the hallmark. He brought the management and minor staff together during important festivals like the New Year, Wesak and Christmas. Corruption was unheard under his leadership. He used the official vehicle only for official purposes; himself and his family used the private family car for private trips. In addition to the two giant textile mills, Thulhiriya and Veyangoda; Dr Bandarage prepared the groundwork to start two new mills in Minneriya and Mattegoda, both of which were later established.

A fine example of his honesty – in early 1970s Dr Bandarage travelled to Egypt with late Charlie Abeysekera, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Industries to purchase cotton wool for Thulhiriya and Veyangoda textile mills. They made big orders there. Some people in Egypt tried to bribe them offering money and cases of expensive liquor – French wine, scotch etc (so that they would buy a low grade cotton wool instead), the two rejected the bribe and promptly reported the incident to the then Minister TB Subasinghe. A special Memorandum of prepared by Dr Bandarage for the Minister to know exactly what happened. This form of honesty by top government servants rarely take place today.

Shortly after taking over the reins of the National Textile Corporation, Dr Bandarage cut costs and showed profits. This was despite the effects of the brutal 1971 insurgency where both Thulhiriya and Veyangoda factories were badly affected by fire (today the National Textile Corporation is permanently dead and all the four factories are closed down).

In late 1970s and early 1980 Dr Bandarage served as a UN Adviser in Africa. The Kenyan Government, including the then Prime Minister of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi, felicitated Dr Bandarage’s efforts to rehabilitate and streamline Kenya’s ailing management and administrative system. A special trophy was presented to him by the Kenya Institute of Administration for the services he rendered to that country. The function was presided over by Mr Moi.

Dr Bandarage associated with the late Upali Wijewardane and helped him to become one of the most successful business entrepreneurs in Asia (it was Dr Bandarage who recruited Upali to Levers as a Management Trainee in the early 60s, after his return to the country obtaining an MA from Cambridge).

Mr Upali Wijewardane, unarguably the richest man of Sri Lanka that time considered Dr Bandarage as his ‘right and left handed man’ (personal friend and top most adviser). Dr Bandarage was very saddened by the untimely loss of life of the Great Sri Lankan son, Upali WIjewardane, which occurred in the early 1980s. Dr Bandarage served as a Consultant/Director of Upali Group. When Mr Upali WIjewardane started his newspaper company, he especially requested Dr Bandarage to pick up the best journalistic talent available in the country at that time. Some of them still work for ‘The Island’ and ‘දිවයින’.

Thanks to Dr Bandarage’s contributory efforts and groundwork Sri Lanka today is well abundant with a huge reservoir of managemental talent.

Dr Bandarage had close association with the NIBM, Lanka Foundation Institute, CISIR and SLIDA and the Sri Lanka Institution for the Advancement of Science.

In the last two or three decades prior to his death Dr Bandarage had not only been involved with management development activities of Sri Lanka, but also in the propagation of Buddhism. Being a great Buddhist and a Philanthropist himself, in many years preceding his death Dr Bandarage lavishly donated monies to charities and Buddhist institutions, especially towards the propagation of Sinhala Buddhist values in rural and urban Sri Lanka.

Dr Bandarage was a long standing active member of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress (ACBC) and the YMBA. Dr Bandarage presided over many committees of the ACBC and helped the ACBC to grow from a small organisation to a mammoth one. He served as Secretary of the Colombo YMBA. He was closely involved with the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) and represented the country at many WFB conferences. Dr Bandarage worked in close collaboration with such Buddhist luminaries of then Ceylon/Sri Lanka as Professor GP Malalasekera, HW Amarasuriya, Albert Edirisinghe, Boghoda Premarathne, YR Piyasena, Douglas Umagiliya, JW Piyatissa, Thomas Amarasuriya, Lawrence Thudawe, HK Dharmadasa, PC Perera, NH De S Wijesekera, Ivor Gunasekera and Leelananda Caldera to name a few.

Apart from Buddhist activities he was involved with many social welfare work for the community (down trodden people). For many years he was the President of the North Colombo Lions Club, an active member of the Jaycees, SSC, Old Anandians and the Colombo Mid Town Rotary Club. As an active playing member of the Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) he is well known to have introduced for the first time a golf tournament solely for the golf caddis (the poor boys who were previously only confined to carrying the golf bags of the ‘higher class’) .

Until his death the doors of Dr Bandarage’s posh residence at 7 Ohlums Place in Colombo 8 were open to the down trodden to come and relate their unfortunate plight. Dr Bandarage helped them with words and deeds. On every Sunday until a few years before his death he conducted classes to disadvantaged university graduates numbering about 20 who were studying for the administrative services exam (former Civil Service exam where he was an examiner and interviewer). These classes were conducted free of charge at his home. Not only he provided the students with free lessons, he also provided them with free food and gave money for travel. On certain Sundays/Poya Days Dr Bandarage would call many beggars in Borella area to his residence and offer them sumptuous fresh food laid out on a table and give them many gifts, money and those who want a bath he would offer them those facilities as well. He would donate new clothes to those unfortunate people, those who are excluded by the mainstream society.

Dr Bandarage was a kind person. To him, the whole world was like his family. He truly believed and practised in the concept that the ‘man’s most noblest duty is to help the fellow man’. He helped so many people without anticipating an iota of personal benefit for himself or his family in return.

We must not forget that it is such distinguished personalities as Dr Bandarage who first started fighting for the motherland against the Tamil extremist elements. It is people like Dr Bandarage who taught us that we Sinhalese can also form organisations to fight to save our country, language and religion (Buddhism). Along with such a wide array of people as Gamini Iriyagolla, Dr De Soysa (dentist), Dharmadasa Wijemanne, Hewage Jayasena, Irnie Peiris, Gamini Jayasuriya, Padma Bailey, Ven Madihe Panyaseehe Thero, Ven Ampitiye Rahula Thero, Ven Keethalagala Seelankara Thero (Dimbulagala Thero), Ven Madhuluwawe Sobhitha Thero, Ven Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero, he formed patriotic associations and worked very hard to save the motherland from the extremist, separatist elements (this was in the late 1970 s, up to 1990s). Dr Bandarage was closely associated with the Sinhala Balamandalaya, Mawubima Surekime Sanvidhanaya, Sinhala Sangvardhana Sanvidanaya and Sinhala Employers’ Federation.

Having known him personally well, the writer could boldly say that Dr Bandarage was a remarkable man with so much wisdom, distinction and persona. Anyone who had met him will never forget the meeting of the Great Man – his kindness, warmth, due care and regard shown to the other and his natural tendency to help the person in front of him. Dr Bandarage had an exceptionally distinguished personality – this is sadly lacking in many of the contemporary leaders of the country (both in the public and private sectors).

Dr Bandarage produced 6 distinguished children, who have been brilliant in their respective spheres to bring distinction to mother Lanka.

May Dr Bandarage Nibbana.

Lies and deceptions cannot prevent America’s decline Part II

June 30th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala

At a time when neither the TNA nor India is talking about federalism” – they talk of only 13+ — Atul Keshap, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, who visited Sri Lanka last week, charged in like a headless bull looking for its chopped tail in a China shop and accused Sri Lanka of not taking steps to advance towards federalism”. This is another example of America’s penchant for making enemies out of friends and driving even non-aligned neutrals into the arms of its rivals.

Politically illiterate Keshaps” are a serious threat to America’s interests abroad. Not all the far-flung 800+ bases blanketing the globe can protect America if the likes of Keshap are let loose to roam unguided in the highways and byways of the world desperately searching for peace and stability. His proven skills are in planting verbal land mines and, accordingly, he should be used in Afghanistan or Ukraine and kept as far away as possible from nations recovering from futile wars like Sri Lanka. He should be caged permanently inside a cubicle in the State Department if the future of America’s interests are to be protected. He stands out as a typical symbol of the declining power of America unable to comprehend the basic grammar of politics in Afro-Asia.

Atul Keshap did not stop at exposing his ignorance. First, he blamed Sri Lanka for not  solving its political problems within five years, even though Iraq, a protectorate of America, is on the verge of collapsing after pouring in billions for the last ten years. In Sri Lanka he insists on playing the role of Speedy Gon”-salez demanding that the North-South issues be resolved in five years – a long time, according to him. But does he know how long it  took America to liberate the Afro-Americans who were brought in and sold as slaves? Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But that remained as a dead letter in statute books for over a century. It was Lyndon B Johnson who finally signed the Civil Rights Act on June 2. 1964 to end lynching, segregation, unlawful imprisonment, injecting the Afro-Americans in the southern Bible belt with syphilis, the denial of voting rights, the use of toilets, and even giving a seat in schools, buses and restaurants to Afro-American children. Sri Lanka sacrificed 26,000 soldiers to liberate the Tamils from the Boko Haramist of Jaffna in three years. How’s that for speed, Mr. Speedy Gon”-salez?

Second. he accused Sri Lanka of being the only country — other than N. Korea, Syria and Iran – that has categorically refused to cooperate with UN probes. This is another instance of America first creating the problem and then blaming the victim of its  interventionist machinations for not cooperating with its self-serving agenda. If America did not initiate and goaded the other members in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to act against Sri Lanka the current problem facing Sri Lanka would not have arisen. It is America that led the anti-Sri Lankan resolution  at the UNHRC the second and third time. It failed the first time in 2009. Then it mobilized its entire global diplomatic forces and got the resolution passed the second and the third time. Keshap who might have been a part of this anti-Sri Lankan machinations is now surprised that Sri Lanka is not conforming to the American agenda which is disguised as UN-approved resolution. Sri Lanka did not reject the first UNHRC decision which reflected the free will of  the international community — free from manipulations and pressures of America and its Western cohorts. What Sri Lanka rejected was the American agenda pushed through the UNHRC after it failed to nail Sri Lanka at the UN and UNHRC.

In the latest turn of events Keshap arrives in Colombo and pushes the State Department line of blaming Sri Lanka. And he resorts to the cheap tactic of demonizing Sri Lanka as the only country, other than N. Korea, Syria and Iran that has refused to comply with a UNHRC resolution. This statement is utterly irresponsible coming from a high-up in the State Department. He has climbed  up the hierarchical ladder in the State Department and arrived at his present key position with impressive credentials. Considering his wide range of experience in diverse international organizations and diplomatic missions one would expect him to have more than a basic knowledge of global affairs. So it absolutely baffling as to why he deviated from the known truth and accused Sri Lanka falsely.

One cannot accuse him being a latter day Rip Van Winkle. Nor is he naïve greenhorn. He knows – or at least should know — his onions. After all he has worked with the Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake Robert O’Blake when he was as Director of the Office of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Bhutan Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. According to his bio-data he is the recipient of several Department of State individual Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, as well as a certificate of recognition from Secretary of State Colin Powell for duties performed in the State Department Operations Center on September 11, 2001 and afterwards.”

Now an American career diplomats of  this standing does not go astray on key aspects unless it is a deliberate ploy to target nation-states that are refusing to fall in line with its political agenda. He knew that long before Sri Lanka refused to let UNHRC appointees to intrude and probe the last stages of the 33-year-old war that Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East, not only expressed outrage” at UNHRC’s decision to probe alleged violations of   international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Gaza strip, particularly in connection with Gaza War, but also quit UNHRC, stating that they would never cooperate with any probes and would prevent any members of the mission from entering the territory.

Sticking to its guns Israel did not cooperate with UNHRC which appointed the South African jurist Richard Goldstone to head the international fact-finding mission. This example gives the lie to Keshap’s statement during his recent  visit that only Sri Lanka, other than Syria, Iran and North Korea, has refused to cooperate with UN probes. He went all out to link Sri Lanka with Syria, Iran and North Korea deliberately omitting Israel. He was obviously twisting the truth to demonize Sri Lanka – a common tactic of the State Department delineated by Noam Chomsky as a prelude to justify drastic action like regime change, as in the notorious case of Nicaragua. Besides, Keshap should know the example of Israel like the back of his hand because US State Department has backed the Israeli stand of refusing to cooperate with UNHRC to the hilt.

Both Israel and Nicaragua are two leading examples where USA refused bluntly to cooperate with the UN. The basic principle involved here is the question of compliance by member states with UN resolutions, judgments, and programs. Before censuring Sri Lanka Keshap should have examined how America had complied with the resolutions and judgments passed by the UN institutions. The most deplorable case of US non-compliance was when US refused to adhere to ICJ’s judgment which ordered US to pay compensation to Nicaragua for laying mines to the entrance of its harbour, violating international law. It was a clear cut case which has drawn the critical condemnation of international jurists. Knowing that the case was going against US it announced in 1985 that it was ending its policy of automatic compliance with Court. So why is Keshap deliberately lying  through his teeth when his own country has refused to comply just not with a UN resolutions – there are many instances of this – but with an independent and objective judgment passed the by the World Court on USA.

The judgment of the ICJ was an outright condemnation of the US violations of international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law. The binding judgment delivered on June 27, 1986 said, inter alia, that it

  •  Rejects the justification of collective self-defence maintained by the United States of America in connection with the military and paramilitary activities in and against Nicaragua the subject of this case;
  • Decides that the United States of America, by training, arming, equipping, financing and supplying the contra forces or otherwise encouraging, supporting and aiding military and paramilitary activities in and against Nicaragua, has acted, against the Republic of Nicaragua, in breach of its obligation under customary international law not to intervene in the affairs of another State;I
  • Decides that the United States of America, by certain attacks on Nicaraguan territory in 1983-1984, namely attacks on Puerto Sandino on 13 September and 14 October 1983, an attack on Corinto on 10 October 1983; an attack on Potosi Naval Base on 4/5 January 1984, an attack on San Juan del Sur on 7 March 1984; attacks on patrol boats at Puerto Sandino on 28 and 30 March 1984; and an attack on San Juan del Norte on 9 April 1984; and further by those acts of intervention referred to in subparagraph (3) hereof which involve the use of force, has acted, against the Republic of Nicaragua, in breach of its obligation under customary international law not to use force against another State;
  • Decides that the United States of America, by directing or authorizing over Rights of Nicaraguan territory, and by the acts imputable to the United States referred to in subparagraph (4) hereof, has acted, against the Republic of Nicaragua, in breach of its obligation under customary international law not to violate the sovereignty of another State;
  • Decides that, by laying mines in the internal or territorial waters of the Republic of Nicaragua during the first months of 1984, the United States of America has acted, against the Republic of Nicaragua, in breach of its obligations under customary international law not to use force against another State, not to intervene in its affairs, not to violate its sovereignty and not to interrupt peaceful maritime commerce;
  • Decides that, by the acts referred to in subparagraph (6) hereof the United States of America has acted, against the Republic of Nicaragua, in breach of its obligations under Article XIX of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the United States of America and the Republic of Nicaragua signed at Managua on 21 January 1956;
  • Decides that the United States of America, by failing to make known the existence and location of the mines laid by it, referred to in subparagraph (6) hereof, has acted in breach of its obligations under customary international law in this respect;
  • Decides that the United States of America, by the attacks on Nicaraguan territory referred to in subparagraph (4) hereof, and by declaring a general embargo on trade with Nicaragua on 1 May 1985, has committed acts calculated to deprive of its object and purpose the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the Parties signed at Managua on 21 January 1956;
  • Decides that the United States of America, by the attacks on Nicaraguan territory referred to in subparagraph (4) hereof, and by declaring a general embargo on trade with Nicaragua on 1 May 1985, has acted in breach of its obligations under Article XIX of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the Parties signed at Managua on 21 January 1956;
  • Decides that the United States of America is under a duty immediately to cease and to refrain from all such acts as may constitute breaches of the foregoing legal obligations;
  • Decides that the United States of America is under an obligation to make reparation to the Republic of Nicaragua for all injury caused to Nicaragua by the breaches of obligations under customary international law enumerated above. Etc.

Defying the judgment of the eminent jurists of the World Court US never paid reparations to Nicaragua. The question that arises from this is simple : if America, the self-appointed guardian  of international law and morality, can reject a judgment of the independent World Court why can’t Iran, Syria and N. Korea refuse to comply with a mere resolution passed by a non-judicial, politicized  body like the UNHRC? America’s failure to give credible moral leadership has undermined and reduced its image to that of a brutal Indian rapist getting away with impunity in Delhi.

Besides, how many resolutions passed by the UN Security Council – the highest law-making body – have been honoured in the breach than in the observance by many other nations? And how many illegal moves have been initiated and implemented by US to block international law? For instance, when Nicaragua went to the UN asking for compensation as laid down in the ICJ judgment US used its veto in the Security Council to block it.

Israel and Nicaragua are only two glaring examples out of the multitude of resolutions and judgments gathering dust in the shelves of the UN. If Keshap had taken greater care to check the facts before letting his loose tongue run riot in Colombo he would have known that there are many skeletons hidden in the cupboards of the State Department. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, his false statement  that Sri Lanka is the only nation, other than N. Korea, Syria and Iran, to have not honoured a UN resolution can explain why US foreign policy has run aground in many critical global flash-points. If the State Department can’t get its basic facts right how can it devise effective policies to resolve global crises?

Sri Lanka like most other small nations has been a victim of Big  Power interventions. Besides, Sri Lanka is in a unique position where the UNHRC in the first instance commended its role of ending the war against Tamil terrorism. So when Keshap lectures to Sri Lanka based on misleading information and double standards to force it to comply with the American-led resolution there is no moral obligation for Sri Lanka to follow the diktats of the State Department. For the sake of argument, Sri Lanka can easily turn round and accuse US of not following the first decision of the UNHRC. If Sri Lanka could gather just a few more votes at the UNHRC to overturn the American-led resolution it could easily end American bullying overnight. Clearly, it is not morality that won in Geneva. America managed to win through its mighty muscle power. Of the three resolutions passed by the UNHRC there is greater moral weight in the first one which commended Sri Lanka than in the second and third ones manipulated by America to suit pursue its anti-Sri Lankan agenda. The only reason why Sri Lanka is under pressure now is because of politico-economic clout of America.

So it isn’t too late for American to adopt a mid-course correction to its misguided and misinformed policy on Sri Lanka and return to its moral base – a base on which it lays so much emphasis – rather than sticking to its might-is-right policy which has driven it insanely into the prevailing international disasters, killing more civilians than Bush Jr., under the stewardship of a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Undoubtedly, a return to basic morality can save America’s lost prestige in the  global theatre which it once dominated with a respectable commitment to values. After attaining great civilizational and technological heights it would be a colossal tragedy if America should be remembered in the history of the multipolar world as a nation that declined because it lost its moral base in its last phase.

America should not leave room for another  Edward Gibbons to write The Decline and Fall of American Empire due to its moral corruption. Gibbon’s verdict on the history of the Middle Ages is memorable, apt and telling: “I have described the triumph of barbarism and religion.”

Is this going to be epitaph on the grave of America?

A Message to the SLFP Parley at Bentota Today

June 30th, 2014

by Garvin Karunaratne

I beg to request the members of parliament of the ruling party to kindly consider bringing some importance to the burning question that ailes the masses today. Our President has already established the infrastructure for development. It is necessary to take this to the next stage of developmentm by establishing small scale industries bring about employment to the rural folk and increasing their incomes and also reducing the foreign exchange commitment we face by making locally what we import.
I annex below one of my earlier paper for kind perusal.

I hope the honourable members will have the time to consider my request.
There is no prolem with funds. We can use funds already approved for development and re orient our staff for development.

A Rural Renaiussance in the Offing
By Garvin Karunaratne

My travel to Kataragama in December 2013 took me to the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa Airport and via the new road that is being built through Lunugamvehera Tank to Kataragama.  .

I have worked stationed within Hambantota for over a year working in the Agrarian Services and Marketing Department and have covered Hambantota from Matara for another two years working on the Paddy Purchasing Scheme of the Agrarian Services Department and the Vegetable and Fruit Marketing Scheme of the Marketing Department. .  I lived in a chummery with  Vet Surgeon Balachandran and Assistant Commissioner Nanayakkara. We had to have a bath under the street tap at night or have a swim in the sea. Hambantota was easily the worst district I worked in.  There was hardly any decent restaurant other than the Rest House . That District has to be developed. The travails of the colonists at Meegahajandura detailed in my novel Mukulita Piyumo Ayi Vana Meda Me”(Godages) and the poverty of the fishing settlements the subject of my novel Landa Liyange Sihina Atare”(Godages) have to cease someday

My work has taken me to remote areas covered by the paddy purchasing unit- the cooperative societies that were seething with life. In my eighteen years’ of life in the Administrative Service I have seen the pulse of the people in the Dry Zone marching from a peasant economy to a commercial economy but the neglected areas were many. While the Mattala Airport has the capability of breathing life to the Hambantota District in particular  and the entire South,  the Lunugamwehera- Kataragama Road will breathe life to a section of villages that were hitherto away from communication links with the rest of the country.

To me the manner in which President Rajapaksa has dealt with foreign aid- in using it to fund development projects- like the Mattala Airport, the Hambantota Port  the Lunugamwhera Road- the massive highways tells me of a shift in the manner of using foreign aid. Hitherto, since the IMF took over the development of our country in 1977 and dictated us to follow the freemarket and the liberalization of foreign exchange, taking away the handling of foreign exchange that comes into the country from the hands of the sovereign government into the hands of the banks, the multinationals and their salesmen.  Instead of using  the foreign aid and the  foreign currency that we earn  for the development of the country and its masses we used it since 1977 to import everything  for the rich in terms of luxury imports, to fund the education of the rich children overseas, for luxury cruises and endless foreign travel for the rich. The foreign aid and foreign income was used to satisfy the luxury craze of a miniscule section of our population instead of being use for the masses. The new Strategy of President Rajapaksa  heralds to me a shift in the use of foreign exchange.
Since 1977  foreign aid was not used for the masses except in  the Mahaweli Project, the brain child of the LTTE assassinated Minister Gamini Dissanayake.

Driving along the Lumugamvehera- Kataragama mud track- which was being built, I saw mangoes in  plenty on the trees and the people, dressed in rags  in their attempt to get some income  chased behind my car with a few mangoes for sale.  It was a sheer attempt to find an income.

Every year I spend a few months in the motherland I love. At Katunayake Airport  I slump into a roadworthy rental cat supplied by King Rent a Car at Battaramulla and clock a few thousand miles driving down the roads I drove once as an administrative officer.  Then I had the ability to listen to the people and do something for them. Now I listen to them and write about them in my endless Papers and novels, hoping that my writing will reach the eyes of someone in power who will be spurred to action.

My recent travel tells me that easily half the crop of mangoes goes waste today.  The Marketing Department Cannery established by us, when I served as an Assistant Commissioner, enabled that Department to offer  floor prices for Red Pumpkin and Ash Pumpkin which were turned into Golden Melon Jam and Silver Melon Jam. Mangoes and Oranges were used to make fruit juice. Now the Cannery  came under the axe of the IMF- the executioner of the Third World, the IMF that decided that the Public Sector should not do commerce and  the Cannery was privatized. The people of the Dry Zone that drew high incomes for their produce now cannot sell their produce.  I have repeatedly suggested that Canneries be opened in Tissamaharama and Dambulla and Anuradhapura to make fruit juice. We have melon in plenty and tomatoes that go waste. Now we import fruit juice, tomatoe and jam from Developed countries like the USA, Australia. While our produce is wasted our people have no incomes. The IMF strategy is for structuring the Third World to contribute to the Developed Country  and we have to follow the IMF because we are an indebted country. That was the legacy of the UNP that accepted the Structural Adjustment Programme of the IMF.  Why do we not realize the folly of following the IMF following it so far for over three decades.

Let me hope that this Writing gets to the eyes of someone in power, The building of the Port, the Airport and the Highways is the first part of progress. Let me hope that Canneries will be set up to bring incomes to the masses that produce. The development infrastructure of Canneries, Small industries that was all abolished by the IMF from 1977 by the United National Party has to be set up once again.

This can be done fast- in a few months if the Government Agents are activated. We established a boatyard that made 40 foot seaworthy fishing boats and a crayon factory that supplies high quality crayons for a tenth of our requirements in 1971 within  three months. Our administrators can do that job. They are used to it. There was one of us that made Paper at Kotmale. Now we export Waste Cardboard to India and buy Paper in return.
That senario must cease to bring employment and incomes to our people. Will we ever learn?

Garvin Karunaratne
Former Government Agent, Matara District
9 th January 2014

Thank you all.
I know only two of you. Mr Nimal Siripala de Silva whom I met briefly on 18 th October1992 when we for hours spoke out at the University of London against the then Jayawardena Government and the open economy and Mr Vijaya Dahanayake when he was a teenage boy when I worked with his father the late Sumanapala Dahanayake when we tried hard to develop Deniyaya. We only got half way and established a handmade Crayon Factory which he developed to provide high quality coop crayon which was sold  in the entire island.
We have to be economically strong to withstand the international forces ranged against us and this message tells how we should proceed.
My thoughts are for developing our country and this message may please reach the eyes of our great leaders.
Garvin Karunaratne, former Government Agent, Matara.

Is Sri Lanka on track to Kosovo

June 30th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Kosovo’s status is governed by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 which envisages only self-government for Kosovo, and acknowledges the “sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.” Kosovo’s status was ONLY INDEPENDENCE. That was the force with which the ‘independence’ of Kosovo was reached. It came on the backdrop of pathetic lies and engineered bloodshed. Today, Kosovo is a drug and prostitution haven and only the West is in control of Kosovo and no one else. The lies, the accusations, the players are virtually all the same as the case is being built up against Sri Lanka. The question is what is Sri Lanka and in particular its citizens going to do about landing Sri Lanka in the same hellhole that Kosovo has ended up? It is a good time for the leaders to realize that the current situation is nothing that they can sit idling and leave it for a handful to solve. The people must be appraised of the situation for in not doing so, the local paid agents are having a field day spreading lies leading towards the same catastrophe that befell Serbia/Kosovo.

Kosovo is obviously a unique case because there’s no other place in the world where the UN has been administering a territory pursuant to a Security Council resolution. 

The Propaganda Lies

  • Media was paid to project that Serbs were killing Muslims (Albanians)
  • Media was paid to project Serbs as murderers and Muslims as innocent victims
  • Media was paid to project that Serbs were killing and forcing Muslim Albanians out of their land
  •      Media was paid to project that Albanian Muslims were the overwhelming majority in Kosovo (If Serbia is a legal entity and Kosovo is not, Sri Lanka is a legal entity Eelam is not)
  • Media together with the West chanted that they tried to win peace, they tried to bring peace, they tried to persuade Milosevic against brutalizing the Albanians but because it did not work they chose ‘independence’. We see how the same chants are taking place against Sri Lanka.
  • The buzz line used by the US, the EU, the UN, the paid media, paid propagandists was – NEED TO PROTECT MINORITIES (claiming commitment to multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-that….the solution was to divide a nation on ethnic lines… GOSL wake up)
  • If Kosovo is an example of an ethnic minority grabbing a piece of territory and permitting unrestricted immigration from neighboring states while ethnically cleansing the territory of all other groups and creating an artificial overwhelming ethnic majority to demand an independent state -  Sri Lanka’s case appears identical. Tamil terrorists chased out Sinhalese and Muslim from North Sri Lanka to establish an ‘ethnic majority’ status and unrestricted immigration from Tamil Nadu is nothing that India can be happy with for the outcome is a pan-Western state out of both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka’s North. Kosovo Albanians have done what Sri Lankan Tamils are aspiring to do to Sri Lanka assisted by the same Western nations and players.
  • Kosovo has hardly a case for independence. Those who live in Kosovo are either Serbs or Albanians. They speak Serbian or Albanian. The Albanians already have a state – Albania. Why should there be 2 states for Albanians. Global Tamils are 76million. 72million of them live in Tamil Nadu (a State in India defined as State for Tamils – where Tamils are the majority, Tamil is the official language and from where Tamils came to Sri Lanka)
  •       Hypocrisy of West. It grants independence to Kosovo while refusing to recognize Transnistria which declared itself independent from Moldova in 1990 after a referendum with 97.2% voting for independence. US, EU however recognized Montenegro’s independence referendum which hardly had a majority and Montenegrins in Serbia were denied right to vote. US, EU, NATO also opposed independence of South Ossetians from Georgia in 1990 though it has its own language. US, EU and NATO also opposed independence of Nagorno-Karabakh

The most important question is why does US, EU, NATO wish to give Kosovo independence while denying others. The answer is simple.

Kosovo is for the West a hub, it has placed a gigantic military base, Kosovo is a deterrent in case Turkey or Greece proves unreliable. Albanians would simply be cannon fodder for future imperial wars.

[Replace Serbs with Sinhalese Buddhists and replace Albanians with Tamils and now Muslims to get a picture of what’s in store for Sri Lanka – Tamils need to then wonder what Albanians actually got]

Some truths people do not know

  • The International Tribunal discovered just over 2000 dead bodies – Mass graves was what Milosevic was accused of. Genocide is what Serbia was declared guilty of. Does this not show close parallels to the accusations of dead against Sri Lanka? There were no mass dead but there were over 5000 killed by NATO.
  • For 3 month’s NATO bombed Serbia and destroyed its infrastructure – buildings, bridges, electricity installations, factories & ‘accidentally’ bombing the Chinese embassy and killing 3 Chinese (US paid $28m in compensation under strong Chinese pressure). NATO used  cluster bombs, depleted uranium and cruise missiles for 11 weeks. 372 public industrial facilities NATO destroyed. The NATO bombings also included : bombing Radio Television Serbia killing 16 media workers, cluster bombing of Nis market shredding humans into meat, deliberate targeting of a civilian passenger train, using depleted uranium munitions and targeting petrochemical plants, causing toxic chemical waste to pour into Danube River even bombing Albanian refugees because they were not a number the West wanted to look after.
  • 250,000 Serbs were forcibly driven out of Kosovo as Albanians represented by KLA accompanies by US Special forces killed and chased out the Serbs while NATO remained in barracks (March 2004)
  • The bombing came with a threat to Serbia – sign the Rambouillet accord or continue to face bombing. The Accord gave provision to US and NATO forces “free and unrestricted passage and unimpeded access throughout” all of Yugoslavia, not just Kosovo. Watch out for Ahtisaari suggesting a similar Accord for Sri Lanka as compromise for Sri Lankan leaders not to be taken for war crimes.
  • Rambouillet Accord gave immunity to invading forces. They were immune from ‘arrest, investigation, detention’ by Yugoslav authorities. They were allowed to occupy and use ‘airports, roads, rails, ports without payment’. All telecommunications and communications were to also be granted to the West. Who took over Madeline Albrights firm The Albright Capital Management Group of which she was head. Kosovo economy was to also function according to free market principles. Milosevic was threatened to sign off Serbia’s sovereign rights. His death has silenced the world from discovering the truth. Will Sri Lanka’s public officials be alert enough to the clauses like to accompany the Pillai investigation obviously on the instructions of Western imperialists?
  • The US, NATO, European allies became the knights in shining armour given approval to KILL and murder Serbs so that Serbs would not kill Muslim Albanians (what logic)
  • Martti Ahtisaari the UN special envoy to Kosovo had been paid 40million Euros by the Albanian Mafia to deliver Kosovo independence. German Intelligence has proof but UN never investigated because other skeletons would come out of the dirty closet.
  • The US built a gigantic military base using engineering skills of Halliburton subsidiary, Brown & Root Services Corp, Camp Bondsteel, covering some 955 acres or 360,000 square meters. The camp also includes a prison. U.S. Army base Camp Bondsteel has been implicated by the Council of Europe as a secret detention and torture facility.  
  • The Kosovo Verification Mission led by William Walker, U.S. ambassador to El Salvador during the 1980s is alleged to have colluded with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) – the biggest lie was the Racak massacre of January 1999 used as an excuse for NATO to bomb Serbia. Clinton allowed Serbia to be bombed by NATO for 78 days in a row.
  • The Kosovo Liberation Army was trained and armed by the West. Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia James Bisset implicated the CIA, along with the British Special Air Service, Germany’s secret service-the BND-began recruiting Albanian Kosovars in 1996 – the KLA massacres led to Serbian response and gave NATO the chance to intervene and bomb Serbia on March 24, 1999 unauthorized by the UN Security Council. An imaginary genocide was created. Just as the same set of people are creating an imaginary genocide of 40,000 to 125,000 Tamils none of whom they can even name as being killed or even born.
  • The mass graves in Kosovo eventually numbered 2,788 bodies though media hyped about a genocide. Most of the corpses were Roma or Serbs killed by KLA forces. The same is happening to Sri Lanka. It is just as well we are able to see the parallels.
  • Martti Ahtisaari’s proposal for Kosovo Independence as UN special envoy of UNSG was delivered after accepting a 40million euro bribe by the Albanian mafia (German intelligence report reveals full details of financial transaction with bank accounts) – Ahtisaari is now appointed as ‘EXPERT’ by Navi Pillai  to probe Sri Lanka.
  • The most important take from Kosovo independence was that THERE WAS NO PLAN TO PERMIT ALBANIANS TO CONTROL AND RUN KOSOVO (Sri Lankan Tamils, please note this). What the West & UN did was to appoint an International Civilian Representative (ICR) a position passed amongst imperialists only.
  • Additionally, the EU established a European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) Mission. This mission was to help establish – sustainability, accountability, independent judiciary, independent police, independent customs service (remember Kosovo is the drug hub), independence from political interference, rule of law (Navi Pillai has been chorusing these for some time on Sri Lanka)
  • The European Security and Defence Policy Mission was given authority to cover war crimes, terrorism, organized crime, corruption, inter-ethnic crimes, financial/economic crimes were ‘properly prosecuted’ (in other words, only EU, US, NATO and their co-partners could commit crimes any others would face ‘rule of law’)
  • NATO established the International Military Presence in Kosovo tasked to train Kosovo Security Force
  • INDEPENDENT KOSOVO has no say in taxation, on foreign policy, security policy, on customs, on law enforcement – What Kosovo got was only the word ‘INDEPENDENT’ of Serbia.  (THE SRI LANKAN TAMILS MUST READ AND BEAWARE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO KOSOVO NOT TO BE PARTY TO THE SAME HAPPENING TO SRI LANKA – Sri Lankan Tamils must now begin to ask themselves if they too want only the word ‘independent’ of Sri Lanka while foreign nations and their collaborators run a divided Sri Lanka?) Lets be clear that the locals supporting this endeavor must be promised places within this new arrangement. As people who have no affinity to country, culture, its history or heritage – money talks and money pulls them on board.
  • Post-Kosovo Independence rule of law (under EU,US, UN, NATO presence and administration) has been plagued with : enforced disappearances, inter-ethnic crime, complaints by relatives of missing and ‘disappeared’ that they have been interviewed too many times by the ‘international police’ with no progress made, trial proceedings conducted in a language not understood by accused or their counsel, no translations only summaries, trials in absentia, use of anonymous witnesses (Refer Amnesty International report). All these things the West demanded of Serbia not to do the West ends up committing in independent Kosovo.
  • Kosovo provides a “free market” for 70 percent of Europe’s heroin in addition to human trafficking services, and murder of non-ethnic Albanians remains common

Quotes to watch out for being repeated on Sri Lanka

Richard Holbrooke as saying “The recognition of an independent Kosovo and eventual membership in the European Union would be the best way to bring permanent peace and stability to the Balkans.’

In June 2005, Annan appointed Norway’s ambassador to NATO, Kai Aide, to determine if Kosovo has made progress in meeting Western standards on democracy and minority rights to merit a decision on its final status. It was just a sham.

Annan appointed former Finnish President Marti Ahtisaari as his special envoy to lead the negotiations on Kosovo’s final status. Ahtisaari was hardly credible. Chairman of International Crisis Group and Board of Soros Foundation, ICG has been pushing for Kosovo independence (ICG has similar chants on Sri Lanka). On ICG’s boards sits Wesley Clark, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Joschka Fischer, Morton Abramowitz and Samantha Power.

There are more questions we need to start thinking about.

Why didn’t Russia come to Milosevic’s aid?

Why didn’t Russia and China come to Libya’s aid?

Sri Lanka cannot PRESUME China will come to Sri Lanka’s aid unless China’s stake in Sri Lanka is important enough to protect. It is the same logic that is reason why Russia has kept West controlled in Syria.

Countries do not come to Sri Lanka’s aid because they like our leaders, enjoy our hospitality or think Sri Lanka is a lovely country. Countries have interests and securing those interests are what they are concerned about. Our fault has been in not aligning ourselves with proper power blocs. We cannot be a friend to two enemies at the same time. The enemies will eventually gang up against us. We are riding too much on luck.

Our leaders need to realize that there are enemies within giving dangerous advice.

Tamils need to realize that the entire ‘Tamil’ minority concern is just a camouflage to be used to ‘intervene’ in Sri Lanka. Do they wish to play a part is what they now need to ask themselves out loud.

Tamil politicians will jump to play apart because they see only personal benefits and care not for Tamils or the future of Sri Lanka and the same can be said of the other politicians as well too.

As Sri Lankans we must together rise to protect our nation.

America blames the victims of their failed foreign policies

June 30th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Part I

 The events unraveling in the Middle East has proved that the vaunted Arab spring” has turned into America’s searing summer of wild fires exploding unpredictably in diverse Islamic fronts without competent firemen to hose down the unmanageable conflagration. It confirms that America has lost its grip on managing and/or directing global politics according to its agenda.

 Global events spinning out of America’s control is another sign of declining power of America. Its shrinking power has manifested in two main ways. On the one hand, America has lost its way in the flowery rhetoric of President Obama. His grand standing speech in the Cairo University has ended in producing two extremes in Egypt : 1. the democracy of the Muslim Brotherhood led by Mohammed Morsi and 2. the dictatorship of the military that overthrew the Morsi government elected by the Egyptians. Both situations have placed America in a dilemma : America could  not act against  the democratically elected government of Morsi nor could it act against the illegal  coup of Gen. Abdel Fattah El Sisi. Action  against Morsi would have been condemned as betraying America’s commitment to democratic principles. And action against Sisi would have been against America’s self-interests. America’s  powers and options are so limited that it is left standing, watching Egypt sliding into virtual chaos. 

 On the other hand, and more damagingly, America is sinking in a bottomless debt hole running into trillions, inhibiting its power to act as  freely as it did in its hegemonic days.. The Washington Post (September 5, 2010) revealed that the Iraqi war has cost $3 trillion. Quoting Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz of the Columbia University and Linda J. Bilmes of Harvard University, it said that if anything, it ($3trillion) is too low”. Mark Thompson of TIME    ( June 29, 2011) reported that the real cost of the war on terror, since 9/11 ( including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan) is $5 trillion. And counting. The report of the Brown University’s Watson Institute of International Studies, put the total deaths at an extremely conservative estimate” to be 225,000 with 365,000 wounded. These grim statistics lead to the ineluctable  question : after investing men, money and material what has America got in return other than an incurable cancer eating into its body politic?

 The advertised role of America in Iraq was to restore democracy and stabilize the divided nation. America strategy was to train and equip an Iraqi force to take on the responsibilities after it leaves Iraq. According to estimates, America invested 25 billion in building up the Iraqi forces alone. But when the armed forces of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) / Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) attacked Mosul and Tikrit the American-trained Iraqi soldiers shed their military uniform and fled. Having withdrawn earlier President Obama is dithering  not knowing whether to send troops again or not. Unable to face the reality of the total failure of American policy President Obama and the State Department are blaming Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister, who was handpicked and planted in Baghdad by America as their man. It’s like Vietnam all over again. They planted a Roman Catholic Din Diem in a majority Buddhist country assuming that he was the answer to the deteriorating situation in Vietnam. But the American cure was worse  than the Vietnamese disease. In the end CIA moved in swiftly to assassinate him because their solution proved to the problem.

 With a few exceptions, the failure of Big  Powers to fix internal affairs of other troubled nations has been a recurring feature. Big Powers assume that they know the answer and when their interventions fail they blame the victims of their misguided meddlesome politics. Right now America is blaming Maliki for the rise ISIS forces advancing  towards Baghdad. India’s role in Sri Lanka is another example. India too stepped in assuming that they can solve the minority issue  of the Tamils. In the end it is the minority Tamils that turned against India and helped the Sri Lankan government to not only throw out  the IPKF forces but also went to the extreme of assassinating India’s Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, the God-father of Indian intervention. After the failure of Indian intervention in Sri Lanka the Big Powers of the West, headed by the Erik Solheim, intervened. They gave the north and the east, with the consent of Ranil Wickremesinghe, to the Boko Haramist of Jaffna. In the end the Scandinavian Peace Monitors complained that Prabhakaran, the Tamil mass murderer, violated 95% of the terms and conditions of the peace agreement. Nor did a single theory, formula, paradigm imported from the West by the NGOs, foreign-funded flunkeys, worked to restore peace. At the end of the day it was the home-grown solution that ended the 33-year-old Vadukoddai War.

 Whether it is the Middle East, Vietnam or Sri Lanka – three outstanding crises in the global calendar of the 20th and 21st centuries – the finger points to the foreign interventionists who had bungled their missions abroad. This is not to say that they have no role to play in maintaining global order for peace and stability. This is to emphasize that their role must be limited and proportionate to each flash-point which has the potential to destabilize global peace. Before jumping in  with both feet Big Powers must first learn when to jump in, when to jump out and when to keep away from it all. Invariably they fail because they rush into places where prudent forces fear to tread. The result is a total disaster for all parties concerned.

 In the three cases mentioned above the role of the interventionists has worsened the situation, leading to deaths and destruction that could have been avoided if they did not rush in to poke their unwanted fingers in the domestic affairs of each case. In the Middle East, in particular, the interventions had undoubtedly exacerbated the ground situation leading to post-interventionist period of chaos. It is America that should be held responsible for subsequent excesses that flowed from their ill-conceived military operations which failed to restore peace, democracy and stability. Eventually, the burden of restoring  normalcy has fallen on the lap of the regimes taking over from the foreign interventionists.

 The legacy of the failed policies of the interventionists gather a momentum of their own, adding to the burdens of the victims of interventionists. The unbearable part of the post-interventionist period is the callous disregard of the interventionists for the consequences they leave behind. At this point they disown total responsibility and gang up to accuse the victims of their follies, as if they had no hand in it. They pretend as if they have been the misunderstood do-gooders who were not allowed to fulfill their constructive role. This is the ruse they adopt in the post-interventionist phase to absolve themselves and divert attention away from their responsibilities arising from misguided roles. They come in on the principle   of Responsibility to Protect. When they leave there is none to take on the Responsibility for the Destruction and Chaos they leave behind. Overnight they turn into Pontius Pilates passing  the buck to victims of their destruction. This washing  of  hands, coupled with the tactic of blaming their victims, is absolutely hypocritical and counterproductive for their own domestic stability and that of the world at large.

 With all the glaring examples behind them, America and India should have learnt the lessons of history. But will they ever?  Compare, for  instance, the developments in  post-war Iraq with post-war Sri Lanka. Saddam Hussain fell  in 2003 and Velupillai Prabhakaran fell in 2009. After 10 years and billions poured into Iraq, under  the protection of the Super Power of the world,  ISIS/ISIL forces are knocking on the gates of Baghdad. The ISIS/ISIL forces have knocked all American investments for over ten years into a cocked hat. America has been humiliated once again. Iraq was the showpiece of America’s war against terror. With the moving events running against its power and glory will America admit its failure in Iraq? The future of Iraq is hanging in  the balance.

 Compare that with the five post-war years in Sri Lanka. The  progress made so far, without American billions or protection, has  been remarkable. The restoration of (1) peace, (2) democracy  and (3) the elimination of extremist violence in the north and the east are  three outstanding achievements which  USA could not achieve in Iraq. These are  three  indispensable factors for any nation to  rebuild and rise from the ashes of a war. But the Atul Keshap, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, pops in for  three days and tells the media that nothing much has been achieved within  five years to satisfy him.  He is  reported in the media as saying : Five years since the war ended I have not seen any meaningful negotiations of the very tricky political issues related to federalism.” The wording is significant. He is not talking  of Provincial Councils, or 13+ but of federalism” –  the unmentionable f” word in the Sri Lankan political vocabulary. It is the explosive word that initially ignited the fires that consumed the north and the south. So is his mission to here to ease tensions and promote peace or to stoke the fires of violence again and then blame the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL)?.

 Keshap is also concerned about the time frame. He is impatient that GOSL has not advanced towards federalism” – America’s goal – in five years. Before blaming  GOSL can he tell the people of Sri Lanka how much successive American governments have achieved in Iraq, leaving aside other countries in the Middle East, during the ten years it occupied Iraq? He can’t be unaware that after reconstructing Iraq for ten years American polices and strategies have collapsed overnight and even President  Obama is not sure of what to do next. But Keshap wants Sri Lanka to wave the magic wand within five years and fix everything to his  satisfaction. Somebody should take him  to the Galle Face Green, hand him a kite and ask him to fly it, if he has nothing better to do!

 Keshap is typical of the bumptious panjandrums of the State Department who presumptuously write prescriptions for the rest of the world without introspectively examining what is wrong with America where the quacks repeat compulsively the wrong mantras for diseases baffling the hacks in the think-tanks and State Department. They can’t even read and interpret messages sent by their own embassies like in the case of terrorist attack on Benghazi embassy where three American diplomats, including Ambassador, were killed. They couldn’t decipher the difference between a terrorist attack and a mob attack. That is the pathetic and parlous state of American foreign policy.

 America’s prescriptions for the global cures are no better than the blankets they offered to the sick the Red Indians – the blankets offered as cures were infected with contagious diseases to wipe out the helpless Indians. These days they don’t offer infected blankets to their helpless victims. These days they send drones to wipe out those human beings they don’t like. It’s the same old death-dealing policy of human extermination but with different tools.

 At the root of the disjointed and disastrous foreign policy is a mental paralysis which has  disabled the intellectual capacity of the State Department to objectively analyze the ground realities and arrive at rational and pragmatic conclusions for the good of global peace and stability. The world is lurching  from crisis to crisis because the American interventionists are engaged  actively in making bad situations worse. The likes  of Keshap pose a serious  threat to global peace  because they can neither get their facts straight nor make comparative studies to  guide  them in formulating policies that can at least serve the self-interests of America. 

 Keshap has merely repeated in Sri Lanka what their flunkeys in NGOs have been saying ever since the war ended five years ago. After the end of the war – perhaps, the most lucrative business for the foreign-funded flunkeys in NGOs – these merchants of death have been marketing the hacked theme of finding  a political solution” because that is the only card they can play to scrape in a few more  dollars from their paymasters in the West. Now if all what Keshap can do is to repeat what the NGOs have been saying then he is either superfluous or a useless broken record running boringly in the  same groove  of  NGOs. If he keeps doing that he will end up only as an expensive parrot caged  inside  a cubicle in the State Department.

 What America  needs now is a State Department that can think creatively outside the box. Obviously, Keshap and Ambassadress Michele Sisson lack the capacity to either make a comparative analysis of the progress made so far in Sri Lanka or to analyze the pragmatic parameters within which a realistic solution, taking into consideration the entire gamut of historical experiences, can be achieved with their backing. It is in the self-interest of America to get out of the rut. There is no future in defending the failed policies of the past. If America aims to retain its leadership in the future then it must abandon its failed policies of past.

 American can make a new start with Sri Lanka.

Should critically discussing Islam be a form of hate speech?

June 30th, 2014

By Benjamin Bull Courtesy: American Thinker

Several days ago, I noted with interest that Danish journalist and historian Lars Hedegaard has been acquitted by a unanimous Dutch Supreme Court of charges that he violated Holland’s notorious “hate speech” laws.  His crime?  He made a public utterance that state prosecutors concluded was “denigrating” of Islam.

Hedegaard dared say that Islam should be criticized for  referencing a Norwegian book concerning the high frequency of sexual abuse in Muslim families, stating, “We hear about that all the time.”  The prosecutor never alleged that anything Hedegaard stated was untrue.  Truth under the Dutch hate speech law is largely irrelevant.

The acquittal follows on the heels of the more widely publicized dismissal of charges against flamboyant Dutch politician Geert Wilders for violating the very same law.  Wilders’ crime was the production of the film Fitna, which had the audacity to draw a connection between certain passages of the Koran and Islamist jihad.  Like the Hedegaard prosecution, Wilders’ prosecutor never alleged that anything in the film was untrue.

While the ultimate acquittals were encouraging, the fact that these men were forced to spend years in court fighting such frivolous charges is more than a travesty.  And this doesn’t begin to take into account the small fortune such legal disputes cost both the state and the defendants.

The irresponsible willingness of governments to promulgate and encourage the prosecution of truthful but critical comments on Islam needs to be closely scrutinized.

In the U.S., voices have been heard calling for Muslim communities to circumvent the federal Constitution and govern themselves using the socio-political component of Islam called sharia.  Sharia itself may fairly be characterized as hatching the monster of all “hate speech” laws.  It calls for capital punishment of anyone who utters criticism of Muhammad or the religion he founded.  The U.K. already is allowing several Islamic communities to govern themselves according to sharia.

For the last several years, Pakistan and its friends have attempted to push a U.N. resolution through the Human Rights Council calling for an international ban on any criticism of Muhammad or Islam.  Such criticism, truthful or otherwise, would fall within the gambit of a new kind of “hate speech” regulation called “Islamophobia.”  What is perhaps most frightening is that this effort is taken quite seriously and backed by almost a dozen U.N. member-nations.

In another startlingly shocking application of such laws, Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah, both pastors in Melbourne, Australia, were sued for their alleged “hate speech” violations.  In March 2002, they held a religious seminar that factually critiqued Islam.  Three Muslims attending the seminar reported what they heard to the local Islamic Council.  Soon afterward, it brought suit against Scot and Nalliah under the state’s then-new “hate speech” law.  The court ruled that the pastors, in criticizing Islam, had violated the law, ordered them to apologize publicly, and banned them from making similar comments anywhere in Australia.  Most notably, as in the cases mentioned earlier, it was never alleged that anything the pastors said was false.

Several years ago, a complaint was filed with the Ontario Human Rights Commission related to an article titled “The Future Belongs to Islam,” written by commentator Mark Steyn and published in Maclean’s magazine.  In a straightforward and factual way, the article outlines the growing influence of Islam in Europe and the West.  In a typical knee-jerk reaction, an Islamic group filed a complaint alleging that Steyn’s work was “hate speech.”  While the commission properly declined to pursue an action against Steyn, it issued a purely gratuitous public statement that condemned the article and characterized it as “hate speech.”  Once again, there was never an allegation that anything contained in the article was factually incorrect.  Sensing a pattern here?

And, of course, we are familiar with well-publicized Islamic groups in America, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which routinely classify true statements about Islam, sharia law, and jihad as “hateful.”

Several years ago, CAIR began a campaign against National Review magazine because of a biography of Muhammad the magazine was then advertising.  CAIR did not assert that anything in the book or National Review‘s advertisement was in any way inaccurate.  Accuracy and truth were seemingly irrelevant.  What was important to CAIR was that Muhammad was being subjected to unflattering criticism and critical analysis.

Prominent Canadian lawyer Roger D. McConchie, speaking out against British Columbia’s hate speech laws, sums up the problem.  When it comes to hate speech laws:

[I]nnocent intent is not a defense. Nor is truth. Nor is fair comment on true facts. Publication in the public interest and for the public benefit is not a defense. Opinion expressed in good faith is not a defense. Responsible journalism is not a defense.

As far as I can observe, he is entirely correct.

Corrected: our thanks to Henrik Raeder Clausen of EuropeNews for corrections on the details of Hedegaard’s charge and his nationality



USA, UK and their Democracy.

June 29th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

USA has a history of only  238 years  where as the indigenous Americans lived their with a history of  thousands of years.  The European settlers  from Spain, France and  UK  eliminated large numbers of the indigenous population and displaced them from their homelands to infertile arid zones  and occupied their rich fertile land.

After several separatist wars they finally united and declared Independence of USA on 4 July 1776.  The wars leading to independence was called the wars of the Patriots- a term of ridicule. USA is a republic it is argued that it is not a democracy. The framers of the USA Constitution  were said to have been altogether fearful of pure democracy. They saw pure democracies, have ever been  spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property, and have in general been as short in their lives  as they have been violent in their deaths.”

What the authors are able to find, despite the deficiencies of the data, is important: the first-ever scientific analysis of whether the U.S. is a democracy, or is instead an oligarchy, or some combination of the two. The clear finding is that the U.S. is an oligarchy, no democratic country, at all. American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s news” media). The U.S., in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious electoral” democratic” countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now. Today, after this exhaustive analysis of the data, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” That’s it, in a nutshell . (Eric Zuesse in Global research.)

Researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power. ‘(Princeton Study).

That shows that Sri Lanka is a pure democracy compared to its distracters the USA, UK, or Canada.   Sri Lanka did not go outside violating the human rights of other nations to ensure peace and security to its own people without distinction of race, or religion. It is the interference of undemocratic USA and its allies that divide the people of Sri Lanka.

The President of USA Barrack Obama failed to pass a people friendly Health Care Law as he proposed, nor was he able to close the Guantanamo Prison.  Presidents of USA have not been able to contribute for the development of any Country in Africa,  Asia or Middle East, though USA has been able to make developing countries poorer, and divide undivided countries.

But yet the USA  Assistant Secretary Nisha Desai Biswal  had said , while we are disappointed that the government has failed over the past four years to take adequate and meaningful steps to support accountability and reconciliation , the United States is Committed to  working with the people and the government of Sri Lanka to strengthen its democracy  and to help the country move towards  a more durable peace.”

Have any one heard of USA working with the people and the government  of any country in Asia or Africa  to strengthen democracy  and help the countries to move towards a more durable peace  ?

We have not heard of such generosity of  the Government of USA. Though we know how USA and its allies moved  countries like Libya, Iraq,  Afghanistan and Slovakia towards   a more durable peace”.

USA  with its  big talk about democracy cannot even send to Sri Lanka an Ambassador who does the work of an Ambassador to develop friendly relations between Sri Lanka and America.  We have seen from  USA Ambassadors Robert O’Blake to Michele Sission that they have only been able to distance relations between USA and Sri Lanka and interfere unconcerned into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka.

If USA is a real democracy and if it wants to be reckoned as such,  it should  seek  not only the  peace and security  of the American people,  and its unchallenged leadership in the world, but, it should also assist  for  peace and Security in every country in the world,  without interfering into their  internal affairs but allowing them to solve their internal problems  by their democratically elected Governments.

America and its allies by their interference make peace and security” more difficult in countries such as Sri Lanka.  If Sri Lanka is left to itself to solve its problems, the country will find  peace and security with its own efforts.

The USA passing a resolution in coordination with the Tamil Terrorist supporting UNHCHR Navi Pillai had acted  contrary to the democratic right of Sri Lanka to find its own solutions for its internal problems.   What  sort of democracy is USA trying to  promote when the USA Assistant Secretary Biswal says , USA is committed to working with the people and the government of Sri Lanka  to strengthen its democracy” ?

Sri Lanka is already a democracy, though it may not be the sort of democracy USA speaks about.  How can USA strengthen the democracy of Sri Lanka when it has no inkling into the sort of Government Sri Lanka has ?

Did USA  strengthened the democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan and provided those countries with durable peace and security ?  Even in Ukraine USA was unable to bring the people together , but got involved in a  politico ideological war with Russia failing to have a democratically inspired dialogue with the people to unite them despite their diversity.  Of course  uniting communities in countries is not within the competence of USA but divide the Communities and Countries is its strong point. Slovakia is and example.  Is USA trying to do the same in Sri Lanka ?

USA and its allies have completely failed as democratically governmed countries and confine their democracy within, becoming terror” states in their foreign relations. UK is failed democracy having confined democracy to the Westminster Parliament. They have instead embraced a new form of democracy of their own in dealing with developing countries, which is to accuse developing nations for human rights violations. Violation of human rights to assert one’s right to space had been practiced from the beginning of mankind.  So why make it an issue to thwart the development of developing nations.

Have not  USA and its allies  pretending to be the protectors of human rights in the world,  themselves  violate human rights in a larger measure than Sri Lanka ?  But why then single out Sri Lanka against which country  Navi Pillai the Tamil UNCHR encouraged by USA and its allies uses up all their energies to interfere into Sri Lanka by appointing Commitess of investigation for violation of human rights during its war against terrorism ?

Is Sri Lanka a country where democratic institutions have collapsed, and is  ruled by unlawful elements like some countries in Africa ?  Sri Lanka after 30 years of terrorism has risen up from the ashes like the mythical Phoenix, and forging ahead towards peace and development , trying to heal the wounds of conflict.  It is still the rump of terrorism that retards its process of reconciliation and development .

USA and its allies should take an intelligent view of the problem of Sri Lanka without giving into the Tamils of the Diaspora who promise their votes in return for disrupting development and reconciliation efforts , and become respectful democracies helping Sri Lanka in its effort of reconciliation without putting spokes in its wheels.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague had said that he welcomes  Navi Pillai’s announcement   on the appointment of  experts to the Sri Lanka investigation  established by the  March Human Rights Council.  He had said that the  UK has always supported calls for this investigation and played a key role in securing it…..”

Of course William Hague is happy as this helps take away the steam over the still unpublished  Chilcot Report of 2003, on UK’s own violation of Human Rights in Iraq. These should be called for by the UNHRCouncil instead of accusing Sri Lanka for fighting against a group of terrorists in its own soil perhaps with inevitable loss of civilian lives.

With regard to  not publishing of the UK Chilcot Report  Philippe Sand QC professor of law at University College London had said ,  that the delay in publication of the report is rather disgraceful”.

He had added  that, the situation in Iraq today is terrible and tragic , but it’s a futile exercise to speculate as the exact connection with decision taken in 2003. It would be more sensible to reflect on what might be learnt from the mistakes of the past.”  That is a more sensible view of a learned English professor than William Hagues rejoicing on the appointment of  a team to investigate into what happened during the elimination of terrorists in Sri Lanka five years ago.

It is shameful for  USA  and UK to support the  investigation into Sri Lanka’s war against the terrorists, which is only  a Tamil woman- Navi Pillai’s personal revenge against the Government of Sri Lanka for eliminating  her childhood hero the Sri Lanka Terrorist Prabhakaran.

In fact it should be USA and UK  that  should  be  asked to address outstanding concerns  related to human rights, justice and accountability in view of the fact that it  was on  UK Prime Minster Tony Blair’s false documents regarding Iraq’s stock of Arms of Mass destruction that George Bush declared war on Iraq and ended up assassinating Saddam Husain,  and killing nearly half a million people in Iraq. UK is democratic within its own boarders but promotes dissention, war  and conflict amoung the people of  other Sovereign States.

David Cameron the Prime Minster of UK came to Sri Lanka and went to meet the Tamil people in the north and asserted their rights as Tamils without considering that in that undemocratic intervention he was dividing the people of Sri Lanka, making the reconciliation of Communities difficult.  David  Cameron not meeting the Sinhala people of the South showed his discrimination of  one community, in preference to another. Is that British Democracy ?  David Cameron should answer .

What is this justice  that is called  for  when the Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department  said , ….we strongly urge  the Government of Sri Lanka to cooperate  fully with the office of the High Commissioner and its investigation.  We continue to urge the government of Sri Lanka  to fulfil its obligations  to its own people and to take meaningful , concrete steps to address outstanding concerns related to democratic governance, human rights , reconciliation, justice and accountability.  The United States stands ready to assist Sri Lanka in facilitating  progress  on these issues.”

This is USA the champion of exerting its rights over other nations threatening them with sanctions if they do not fall in line with its demands.  That is USA’s democratic foreign policy.

USA, UK and Canada please stop being hypocrites, and leave Sri Lanka alone allowing it to solve its problems the way it had solved more destructive problems in the past. Sri Lanka is a great democracy and knows best how to bring the communities together despite their differences.  No multiethnic country is free of sometimes violent disagreements, but Sri Lanka has wise people who love peace and ready to make sacrifices for the unity of the people .

USA which moved the shameful resolution against Sri Lanka should re-think of its error and honourably  request UNHRC to withdraw Navi Pillai’s  Investigating Committee.


June 29th, 2014

World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka PO Box 4066, Mulgrave VIC 3170, Australia

We are shocked to hear the attempts by a group of politicians in Sri Lanka for their political expediency to reveal the names of the officers and staff working for the national security intelligence, We earnestly request these misguided politicians to protect the State secret information for the good of the people in Sri Lanka rather than looking out for political point scoring.

 The officers and the staff of the national intelligence services have played an important role in the war against the LTTE terrorism at the risk of their lives. They provided very important information for the defence forces as well as the civilian organizations to withstand the onslaught of the terrorist LTTE. In the post war period of consolidating the peace and the prosperity enjoyed by the 20 million ordinary citizens the national intelligence play a crucial role in identifying the subversive elements and vitally important information gathering including taking action to counter the moves to destabilize the nation through collection of arms, money laundering etc .

 We have had a nasty experience in the raid of Millennium city raid where again it was put into operation due to short term political gain. When the names of the officers manning the project was named publicly the episode ended by the officers having to pay the supreme price. The critical information on the LLRC was made known in public and the LTTE hunted down 44 officers and killed them mercilessly. It was indeed a pathetic story of a politically motivated effort resulting in destroying the eyes and the ears of national security and demotivating the officers and the staff who practically spend a good part of their lives in protecting the Nation.

 We should consider the issue of the National Security to be above day to day politics especially when Sri Lanka has to withstand a questionable and a baseless UNHRC investigation and has to keep her eyes and ears open to avoid the creation of political springs” of different hues to pave the way to rob the citizens of the gains enjoyed by them for last 4 years.

 We request again all the politicians to play the game avoiding the hits below belt and upholding the crucial importance of the National Security at all times. We also request the Government to consider introducing urgent legislation to protect the National Security and the staff appropriately,

 Ranjith Soysa-Spokesperson

 On behalf of

  • Society for Peace, Unity and HR for Sri Lanka, Victoria
  • Lanka Friendship Forum – ME
  • Society for Peace, Unity and Reconciliation for Sri Lanka, West Australia
  • Sri Lanka Society –the UK
  • Hela Handa –the UK
  • Hela Bima- Middle East                                  29th July 2014

Canada’s Emerging Politics Of Terror

June 29th, 2014

By Camelia Nathaniel Source :www.thesundayleader.lk

CTC’s National Spokesperson David Poopalapillai receiving Prabhakaran’s biography, a guide to the revival of terrorism

Canadian law enforcement authorities and intelligence services are concerned about the LTTE’s penetration of their political establishment. A number of Sri Lankan Tamils tainted by their support for the Tigers seeks to infiltrate the spectrum of Canadian political parties – the New Democratic Party, the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party.

After Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the first Canadian of Tamil heritage, won a parliamentary election in May 2011, she engaged in promoting LTTE interests in Canada. Canadian authorities have observed that Rathika and aspiring nominees are participating in events in Canada and overseas organized by the LTTE, to racialise and radicalize the Tamils.

Shocking even hardline LTTE supporters, Rathika also travelled to India and met with Tamil Nadu’s LTTE support groups. Thol Thirumavalavan, Senthamilan Seeman alias Sebastian Simon, Pazha Nedumaran and V. Gopalasamy alias Vaiko, who provided safe haven for terrorists, posed for photographs with Rathika the same way they posed for photographs with the terrorist leader.

At the launch of Prabhakaran’s book, aspiring Canadian Liberal Party politician Gary Anandasangaree amidst LTTE supporters and terrorist fundraisers

Although many of the Tamil Nadu terrorist leaders are blacklisted and have been deported from Western countries, including Seeman from Canada, the elected Canadian Parliamentarian Rathika Sitsabaiesan, thought it fit either to flirt with or join them. These patrons of violence, terror and extremism who housed terrorist leaders and celebrated suicide bombers seek to revive a defunct group, the very same group that killed India’s Jawaharlal Nehru’s grandson Rajiv Gandhi.

Meanwhile the LTTE fronts in Canada came together to support Rathika’s nomination and election to the Canadian Parliament. They included the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) and Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) which have all been designated as terrorist organizations under UNSC Resolution 1373. In return, Rathika was guided by national spokesperson David Poopalapillai and Executive Director Danton Thurairajah of CTC, the main LTTE platform in Canada for penetrating the Canadian political system. To advance the terrorist agenda, LTTE’s insider Rathika Sitsabaiesan was responsible for opening doors in Parliament to directing figures of terrorist fronts to lobby political parties and politicians.

In classic Tiger style, CTC supported Teo Anthony to seek nomination for Scarborough Central but was rejected by the Liberal Party Green Light Committee recently. While Anthony’s brother Mambalam Swamy raised funds for the LTTE in the US, Anthony himself worked for the LTTE funded television TVI and radio CMR in Canada. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearing on May 14, 2014 revealed that TVI and CMR in Toronto are terrorist funded and controlled organisations.

Determined to penetrate the Canadian political system, the CTC backed three other candidates for the Ontario Provincial election on June 12, 2014. While Neethan Shan for Scarborough-Rouge River contested on the NDP ticket, Ken Kirupa for Scarborough-Guildwood and Shan Thayaparan for Markham-Unionville contested on the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party ticket.

The Canadian Tamil Congress, the main LTTE platform for infiltrating the Canadian political system issued a statement on June 12, 2014 portraying that 300,000 ‘Tamil Canadians’ in Ontario are eligible to vote. The CTC said, We urge every Tamil Canadian in Ontario eligible to vote in this Ontario provincial elections to get out and vote in the elections today. This is our duty, please vote and get your friends and family members to vote too”. There may be 300,000 Tamils in Ontario but not more than 150,000 are eligible to vote.

CTC claimed it is representing the Canadian Tamils, when in reality its membership is only 500. A Canadian shocked at CTC racialising the vote said: The CTC is asking Tamils to vote for Tamils. When you are a Canadian you are expected to vote for the party not the race. As Canada is a multicultural society, the spirit of Canada is not to discriminate on the basis of race”.

Referring to Canadian politicians who supported the LTTE standing next to cut-outs of Prabhakaran and Tiger flags, the CTC also remarked, Many other non-Tamil friends of our community who have stood in solidarity with our community during difficult times are also contesting from all parties throughout the province of Ontario and deserve our support in many other ridings throughout Ontario”.

After the three CTC nominees lost in the June 12, 2014 election, CTC’s live wire Gary Anandasangaree is seeking nomination from the Liberal Party to contest for the Scarborough Rouge Park Riding in Toronto in 2015. Backed by CTC staff and members who are supporting the revival of terrorism, Gary projects himself as a human rights activist. This includes CTC’s serving national spokesperson David Poopalapillai and former CTC communications director Sahilal Sabaratnam, now serving 25 years in a US prison for procuring arms for the LTTE. Together with his associates David Poopalapillai, public relations director and Vanita Nathan, former vice president, CTC, Anandasangaree was at the launch of the book on Prabhakaran at the Civic Centre in Scarborough on July 17, 2013.

In a picture taken at the book launch Mathagal Kannan, the top LTTE fundraiser in Canada is in front of Anandasangaree, and Senthilkumaran, another LTTE fundraiser in Canada is next to Poopalapillai. Anandasangaree also participated in events on May 18, 2014 marking the death of the terrorist leader and his followers, at Peter and Paul Banquet Hall, Scarborough, organized by the CTC and TGTE and also at Albert Campbell Hall, Scarborough, organized by NCCT.

A senior LTTE leader remarked that within the LTTE in Wanni they discussed how different the two Anandasangarees were. In the Wanni office of Weerakulasingham Manivannan alias Castro, the head of the LTTE international secretariat, and his Norway based deputy, Perinpanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan communicated about Gary’s value to their organization. While TULF leader V. Anandasangaree, yearns for harmony and an end to extremism, his son Gary Anandasangaree who continues to hero worship Prabhakaran is supporting the LTTE agenda.

Gary has assured Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party that Canadian Tamils will support him. To prove this point, Gary organized a number of events including a private fund raising event for the Liberal Party at the residence of the Hopper Hut owner on March 31, 2014.

Trudeau was introduced to both LTTE trained members and activists including Thiva Paramsothy who had accompanied Satha Sarachandran to a terrorist training camp in Sri Lanka in 2003. Together with the then CTC communications director Sahilal Sabaratnam, Sarachandran was arrested in the US for arms procurement in 2006 and is currently serving a 26 year sentence.

Gary’s campaign

In order to appeal to LTTE supporters and sympathizers in Canada, Gary posted a video on YouTube in June 2014 that reflects his mindset. http://m.youtube.com/watch?list=UUNvcfcFzxjJDiUc1VI5NX-A&v=nj_GyrP8tX0

In order to build support within the hardline Tamil constituency, Gary used emotive images and words in the video. They include images of Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who ended terrorism and restored peace but viewed by the LTTE and Gary as their prime enemy; the LTTE organized human smuggling ship MV Sun Sea whose asylum in Canada was supported by Gary; civilians escaping the LTTE human shield to government controlled areas but mischaracterized by Gary; and Navanethem Navi” Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, attempted by terrorist fronts such as the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and its Canadian constituents.

The video states: This is the right time for the voice of Gary Anandasangaree to be heard in the Parliament, he has worked hard for the past 25 years for the growth of Canadian Tamils, Canadian Tamil Youth, rights for Canadian Tamil refugees and Tamils rights. Gary Anandasangaree should go to Parliament because he made the voice of Tamils all over the world heard at the UN.

The Sri Lankan Government is facing UN sanctions and to break this it is acting on the human rights activists. Gary is planning to expose the faces of those affiliated to the Sri Lankan government who are trying to block his nomination. Gary is a standing member of the Liberal party for Scarborough-Rouge Park. We will break the Sri Lankan Government’s underground work and identify the Government Supporters. We will make sure that Gary is nominated so his voice is heard in Parliament and make Tamils represented in Parliament”.

In addition to Justin Trudeau, Gary’s propaganda video includes images of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

A Canadian remarked, Why is Gary using a photo of himself with Ontario Premier Wynne in his TV and YouTube advertisement when he did not support the Liberal candidates who ran in Scarborough-Rouge River, Scarborough-Guildwood and Markham-Unionville, especially the Liberal candidate who ran in his own riding Scarborough-Rouge River. He only supports Tamils not the party. He only represents Tamil interests and not the interests of the Canadians, riding or party.

Therefore how can Gary represent Canada in Parliament when he is acting contrary to Canadian values?” Another Canadian said: How can Ontario Premier Wynne and Ontario Liberal Party trust the CTC and their members who are working in Queen’s Park and their riding offices after the CTC press release requested Tamils to support Tamil candidates and not the Liberal Party candidates running in the ridings?

Why was this un-Canadian press release not brought to the attention of the party officials during election time? While Neethan Shan ran for Scarborough-Rouge River on the NDP ticket, Ken Kirupa for Scarborough-Guildwood and Shan Thayaparan for Markham-Unionville ran on the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party ticket. The CTC members working in Queen’s Park and riding offices did not support the Ontario Liberal party candidates who were running in the same ridings”.

Another Canadian added, The CTC conduct is highly unethical. They are damaging the Ontario government and the Liberal Party, and should be weeded out of their riding offices. In future, no party official should trust CTC members or supporters”.

The practice of LTTE fronts providing general guidance for Tamils not to run against Tamils was provided by the CTC at a meeting held in the lead up to the Ontario municipal election of October 2006. Designated for terrorist support activity under UNSCR 1373, Pon Balraj of CTC, now with the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), a terrorist front, provided this guidance.

Furthermore in 2013, Vanita Nathan, former vice president, CTC and Markham School Trustee sought nomination from the Liberal Party to run for Markham-Unionville. In keeping with the guidance, in the election of June 12, 2014, in their own ridings, neither Vanita nor Gary supported the candidates of the Liberal Party of Ontario.

A Canadian questioned, Why do they want to run for Liberal when they are not supporting the Liberals in the Ontario Election. They support only Tamil candidates irrespective of party affiliation. Except when the Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau visited Scarborough-Agincourt, Gary accompanied him with the intention of showing his support for the party.

The LTTE directing figures are strategizing by putting three Tamil candidates in Scarborough North, the new riding of Scarborough Rouge Park, and also the new riding of Scarborough West so that one Tamil can win. The LTTE strategy is to ensure that whoever wins the federal election of 2015 is a Tamil so that they could manipulate him to advance their agenda in Parliament.

The LTTE fronts are producing a generation of Tamil politicians whose priority is to support their narrow interests rather than Canadian interests. Their main aim is not the wellbeing of Canada and Canadians; their aim is the furtherance of their passionate political project in their homeland. The conduct of Rathika Sitsabaiesan in the Canadian Parliament and outside as a Canadian Parliamentarian has demonstrated that she is not committed to advancing Canadian values but the LTTE’s racist interests.

Unless Canadian parties and Canadians carefully screen their nominees and candidates supported by terrorist fronts, in future the Canadian Parliament will be a platform for articulating and generating support for extremism and terrorism.

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Letter To Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksha

June 29th, 2014

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka


‘If there is a leader in the world today, that leader is Vladimir Putin’ – Ronald Reagan’s son

June 29th, 2014

Courtesy  Voice of Russia

Mike Reagan, son of the 40th US President Ronald Reagan, believes that there are few truly influential leaders in the modern world and that Russian President Vladimir Putin is certainly one of them.

In one of his latest TV appearances, Reagan, a political commentator, said that the United States didn’t have a clear and firm foreign policy today, which was one of the reasons behind the successes gained by terrorists in Iraq after the US troop withdrawal.

It’s time for someone to take responsibility, Reagan said in an interview with “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

'If there is a leader in the world today, that leader is Vladimir Putin' - Ronald Reagan's son

Right now, in the world we live in, there is a lack of really strong leaders like Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev or Pope John Paul II, who could stand up and say: “What are you doing? What’s going on? Stop this right now,” Mike Reagan said.

“If there is a leader in the world today, that leader is Vladimir Putin… I wrote about this months ago – that Vladimir Putin is basically the puppet master and everybody else is on the string that he has allowed them to in fact have,” he added.

Nobody in Washington wants to accept responsibility, for what is going on today, like his father, President Ronald Reagan, did following the Iran-Contra affair, Reagan argued.

Mike Reagan is the adopted son of Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman.

In his teens he complained that his father was too busy to spare time for him.

‘Putin’s demonization not a policy but an alibi for the absence of one’ – Kissinger

Henry Kissinger said he had seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support, none of which the parties involved knew how to end. The test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins. Far too often the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other, it should function as a bridge between them, the former US State Secretary, Henry Kissinger, says.

The West must understand that Russian-Ukrainian relations are a matter of great importance. The West must understand that, to Russia, Ukraine can never be just a foreign country. Russian history began in what was called Kievan Rus. The Russian religion spread from there. Ukraine has been part of Russia for centuries, and their histories were intertwined before then. Some of the most important battles for Russian freedom, starting with the Battle of Poltava in 1709, were fought on Ukrainian soil. The Russian Black Sea Fleet, Russia’s means of projecting power in the Mediterranean, is based by long-term lease in Sevastopol, Crimea.

The European Union must admit that its “bureaucratic dilatoriness and subordination of the strategic element to domestic politics in negotiating Ukraine’s relationship to Europe” contributed to turning a negotiation into a crisis. Foreign policy is the art of establishing priorities and the Ukrainians have to be the decisive element here. They live in a country with an extremely complex history.

Russia and the West, and least of all the various factions in Ukraine, have not acted on this principle. Each has made the situation worse. For the West, the demonization of Vladimir Putin is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one.

The United States should avoid treating Russia as an aberrant to be patiently taught rules of conduct established by Washington.

Putin is a serious strategist on the premises of Russian history. Understanding American values and psychology, however, is not his best skill. Nor has understanding Russian history and psychology been a strong point of the current American policymakers.

Leaders of all sides should return to examining outcomes, not compete in posturing.

Kissinger pointed out that Ukraine should have the right to choose freely its economic and political associations.What is more, Ukraine should not join NATO.

If Western leaders do not put their personal ambitions aside, the drift toward confrontation will only accelerate. The time for that will come soon enough.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_29/If-there-is-a-leader-in-the-world-today-that-leader-is-Vladimir-Putin-Ronald-Reagans-son-0437/

Tamils are not oppressed in Sri Lanka and never were

June 28th, 2014

 Shenali D Waduge

Efforts are being made to project a notion that Tamils are oppressed. The mischief behind this endeavor has nothing to do with Tamils but simply as a slogan to create precedents. The organization outsourced to create precedents legally is the UN. Conflicts have become easy to engineer and all it takes is a single skirmish or isolated event for paid media to go to town. There are many ways to silence people and to make people talk as well. Conflicts are begun never to end which is why international charities, humanitarian organizations, peace builders, are all in a thriving profession. The notion that Sri Lanka has an ethnic problem has been an effective mechanism for a handful of people. This notion has bled the country because the problem was never identified as a terrorist problem and dealt with as a terrorist problem. Caught into this milieu are Tamils in whose hands rests the extent to which foreign interference is allowed.  

Let us be clear that Sri Lanka faced a Terrorist problem and not an Ethnic problem. Therefore, it is imperative that solutions being proposed do not confuse the two.

The confusion has prevailed because Tamils have not voiced their opinion against LTTE terrorists. If they had done so, we would not be faced with such confusions. Tamils have enjoyed using the conflict to settle in foreign climes as refugees. Anyone claiming right of stay in a country needs to protect the country from foreign incursions. It is a good time for Tamils to wake up to the manner states are being re-divided according to a template that suits imperialists motivated to ride on conflicts and create armed groups so that the imperialists can take over the resources for themselves. Kosovo is an example that Tamils now need to look carefully upon wondering how far the bogus ‘self-determination’ bid will lead Sri Lanka.

No one can claim 1/3 of Sri Lanka’s land & 2/3 of Sri Lanka’s sea & call it Tamil Eelaam whilst also gaining the right to live in other parts of Sri Lanka. Which country will allow this when historically Sinhalese have been living far longer than any other ethnic group throughout Sri Lanka?

30 years of terrorism was inflicted mostly upon non-Tamils, it was they who were the targets of LTTE. The only other Tamils to be targeted were those that were moderate and wanted to get along with the rest of the communities and the Vanni Tamils from whom the LTTE plucked its foot soldiers. The hierarchy of the LTTE enjoyed all the comforts and are still enjoying fooling Tamils with a promise they know is not real.

The Tamil population at independence was just 880,000. The high caste English educated, English speaking Tamil representatives of this 880,000 began asking for 50-50 representation because they were enjoying benefits virtually on par with the Sinhalese though population-wise they were less than 7% of the total population at independence. The Tamils brought from India by the British numbered far more even at independence.

LTTE’s first target was a Tamil. He was a Tamil Mayor. LTTE went on to shoot Tamil police officers on duty in the North. It was this that made Tamils fear to join the police force.

LTTE’s next targets were Tamil public officials – mayors, principals, intellectuals, politicians even Lakshman Kadiragamar Sri Lanka’s foreign minister. LTTE has killed over 200 such Tamil public servants.

 The negative propaganda makes the world believe that Tamils are discriminated. Sri Lanka’s media are not interested to set the story straight.

Let us see how the Constitution has provided for Tamils.

  • Sinhala & Tamil have been made official languages of Sri Lanka under the 1978 Constitution, Chapter IV (Language Provisions) – Article 18 (1) & 18 (2) amended by 13th amendment. Under Article 20 amended by 16th Amendment – a member of Parliament or a member of a Provincial Council or a local authority shall be entitled to perform his duties and discharge his functions in Parliament or in such Provincial Council or local authority in either of the National Languages.
  • Article 21 (1) amended by 16th Amendment entitles a person to be educated through the medium of either of the national Languages.  
  • Article 22 (1) amended by 16th Amendment entitles Sinhala and Tamil to be languages of administration throughout Sri Lanka. – Article 22(1)  
  • A person has the right to receive communications from, communicate with in Sinhala, Tamil or English.
  • Article 24 (1) amended by 16th Amendment –

 Let us now move on to look at what Tamils enjoy presently in Sri Lanka.

  • In the national flag, ethnical minorities are denoted by color orange for Tamils and Green for Muslims
  • All public documents are in both Sinhalese & Tamil – marriage certificate, death certificate, immigration forms etc
  • All Sri Lankan currency and notes are in Sinhalese & Tamil
  • All public events are presented in Sinhalese, Tamil and English
  • Tamils have rights to own property, land, run business ventures (together Tamils and Muslims outnumber Sinhalese in Colombo) Non-Tamils cannot own land in Jaffna. Tamils openly say they will not sell land or property to Sinhalese.
  • Tamils work in both private and public sectors
  • Tamils can send their children to public, private, semi-government, international schools.
  • Tamils enjoy all healthcare – private and public without impediments. No doctors have denied treating Tamils because they were Tamil. No hospitals have refused admission because they were Tamil, no hospital, doctor or nurse have refused to administer medicine because anyone was Tamil.
  • Tamils enjoy access to every mode of public transport. No Tamil is denied a seat because they are Tamil. There are no separate seats allocated for Tamils. There are no places anywhere in Sri Lanka that is allocated only for Sinhalese. Sadly even the sacred sites of Sinhalese Buddhists are now been transgressed/trespassed under bogey of multiculturalism.
  • Tamils enjoy access to all public utilities.
  • Tamils enjoy access to indulge in any sports and are even selected to represent Sri Lanka at national sports event not because they are Tamil but chosen because of selection criteria.
  • Tamils can visit any hotel, restaurant, guesthouse etc. No Tamil is denied access because they are Tamil.  There is no sign board that says ‘Tamils are not welcome’ or ‘No Tamils’.

 Where there was and perhaps is discrimination

Discrimination, existed not in Sri Lanka. Discrimination in its essence took place in America, in the UK and in South Africa and by the whites against the black people. Discrimination in its essence took place earlier during colonial rule again by whites against the Africans and Asians.

Blacks of America – were treated as slaves, they had to eat separately, sit separately, attend separate schools, use separate toilets, sit on separate park benches, drink from separate water fountains. Blacks had to sit separately at restaurants and some stores forbid blacks from entering. Cinemas had separate ticket booths, libraries had separate black sections, blacks had separate telephone booths. Signboards were everywhere ‘Whites Only’ ‘White neighborhood’. Blacks had no rights to even vote. Democracy prevailed in US but not for blacks.

Blacks of UK - Treated no differently to the blacks of America, UK was home to plenty of racial riots and many types of discrimination in employment, housing allocation and social services exists still.

Blacks of South Africa – their homeland was taken over by whites who ruled South Africa plundering the nation of its resources. Apartheid is a dark chapter in the lives of these black people.

 Tamils Treating Tamils

Tamils in Tamil Nadu – Tamil Nadu means State of Tamils and there are 72million of them. However, close to 20% of Tamils in Tamil Nadu are Dalits (low caste) 60% of them are illiterate. In a state that 99.9% are Tamils, these Dalits suffer verbal abuse, physical abuse, sexual harassment, assault, and 23.2% of them are even raped. The Tamil Nadu Tamils are asking Sri Lanka to take care of Tamils when in Tamil Nadu, Tamils are themselves suffering and living in poverty.

 Discrimination of Tamils by Tamils in Sri Lanka

It is not just in India’s Tamil Nadu, but Tamils in Sri Lanka are divided themselves. The Jaffna Tamils think they are superior to the rest. The Trinco Tamils think they are superior to Batticoloa Tamils and Tamils of Jaffna, Trinco and Batticoloa together have no regard towards the estate Tamils.

In Jaffna members of the same caste only eat together. High caste Tamils don’t marry low caste – those that do are shunned. Unclean Tamils are forbidden from entering Tamil kovils.

At post independence low castes were forbidden from entering schools. S W R D Bandaranaike Prime Minister of Sri Lanka changed this by introducing the Social Disabilities Prevention Act 21 in 1957. The high caste Tamils opposed giving education to their own people. They even wrote to UK against this.

Post-conflict the Government Agent in the North is on record for the number of rapes rising – these were Tamils raping Tamils.

 What happened to the peace between Sinhalese & Tamils

We need to go back in time to recall a history where Sinhalese & Tamils lived at peace with each other until that peace was destroyed shrewdly by the Portuguese, the Dutch & the British. Essentially, the dharmic religious connection must prevail between the Buddhists and Hindus. It is a strength that needs to be nurtured. We suffered 443 years of brutality & oppression whilst a handful benefited from education & conversion. Of the 64 years of independence half of it was plagued with terrorism. Much of the trouble in reality prevails not amongst the ordinary citizens but politicians and their henchman who see opportunities by keeping people divided under whatever theme they can devise. The same opportunities are viewed by external players for these become avenues to advance their power blocs, bases and remunerations.

 We have to now rewrite our history books. The older generation need to separate the realities from the lies, the younger generation should not be taught to carry the aspirations of the old and must be encouraged to live in peace & harmony in a country that belongs to all wherever they choose to live. Those communities that have made their home Sri Lanka arriving as immigrants and traders must acknowledge the historical truth that Sri Lanka was built by the toil of Sinhala Buddhist blood and it was these people that sacrificed their lives to save the nation from those out to invade it.

We must say no to homelands, no to ethnic based solutions or devolutions and no to external interference. This message needs to be clearly carried to all external stakeholders and the local lascoreens who have greatly contributed to the lies that prevail. To this list we need to also add those in Government and those who had previously served in Government because they have by their self-centered decision making created worse problems whilst keeping unworthy characters who are not serving the nation.

 What needs to be clearly said is that Tamils were never discriminated by any constitutional, legislative, judicial provision and that should clearly negate the false propaganda made to the advantage of a handful.

 Shenali D Waduge


Beware of a fake BBS press release circulated by Jihadists

June 28th, 2014

Sri Lanka News

Beware of a fake BBS press release is being circulated by Jihadists linking some hoax BBS activities with the Defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse to discredit the government and the Ministry of Defence. Even though the official email address of BBS is info at budubalasena.org the fake press release is circulated by an email address budubalasena.org at gmail.com with message source as attached below. The message source indicates that the message is originated from IP address  It is up to the law enforcing department to identify the location of the IP address and take necessary action to prevent publication of such terrorist propaganda.

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‘Bribe-taker’ ahtisaari to probe Sri Lanka

June 28th, 2014

Courtesy The Nation

Serious questions have arisen over the inclusion of Finnish politician Martti Ahtisaari in the panel of experts appointed by UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay to assist the international inquiry panel on Sri Lanka.
Ahtisaari was the tenth President of Finland (1994–2000), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work.

Ahtisaari served as the United Nations Special Envoy for Kosovo, charged with organizing Kosovo status process negotiations, aimed at resolving a long-running dispute in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.

Following the independence of Kosovo, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts”. The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia; Aceh and Indonesia.

However, a section of international media, quoting German intelligence reports stated that Martti Ahtisaari has allegedly accepted a 40million euro bribe to deliver Kosovo independence.

Excerpts from an international media report on Ahtisaari’s conduct in Kosovo are as follows,
…The Finnish News Agency, STT, published on June 26 and June 27, 2007, two articles stating that the UN Special Envoy for Kosovo was bought” by the Albanian mafia in order to support independence for Kosovo. The STT articles reported that the information was initially published by the Banja Luka (Republica Srpska, Bosnia & Herzegovina) Daily Fokus on June 21, 2007, entitled Albanian Mafia Bought Ahtisaari”.

According to another report, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had requested that the German Federal Intelligence Service, BND, inform him in detail on what was happening in Kosovo, and he finally received a detailed report on Special Envoy Ahtisaari’s activities in Kosovo.

Based on the Banja Luka article, the UN Secretary General was informed that Albanian separatists in Kosovo had paid for Ahtisaari’s plan which proposed independence for the Serbian province. The BND secret service team, headed by Brigadier Luke Neiman…had recordings of discussions between Ahtisaari and Albanians; how they transferred money; the banks accounts plus codes in Switzerland and Cyprus.
One of the [BND] recordings revealed the transportation of two-million euros from the Swiss Bank based in the city of Visalia, account number 239700-93457-00097, owned by Exhet Boria, which was masked by an offshore account with a code XS52-KOLER to Ahtisaari’s bank account in the Bank of Cyprus, account number 3459346699004533, code VOLANND.”

Meanwhile, strongly criticizing Ahtisaari’s conduct as a peace negotiator, Norwegian peace and conflict studies expert Johan Galtung has said Ahtisaari ‘does not solve conflicts but drives through short-term solutions that please western countries’. It is in this context that UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has appointed Ahtisaari to assist the international war crimes panel on Sri Lanka.
The Swedish Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research labeled as ‘scandalous’ honoring Ahtisaari with the Nobel Peace Prize because his solutions involved militarism and violations of international law

MP Thewarapperuma shatters Sison’s dreams

June 28th, 2014

Courtesy Sunday Observer

Certain countries in the West have already begun their rounds with lavish and expert funding for a regime change. Knowing only too well that it would be hard to challenge the popularity of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, certain elements in the West have resorted to various other tactics.

Surveys by three Western missions here have disclosed that President Rajapaksa would easily win the next Presidential election which is likely to be held next year. Greatly disturbed by the outcome of their surveys, these missions are now adopting various tactics.

Ever since the plans for an early Presidential election were speculated in political circles, lavish funding has filled the coffers of certain NGOs which are notorious for sinister anti-Government and anti-Sri Lanka campaigns. Making the best use of these NGO goons who are greedy for money, certain INGOs are spearheading these campaigns under the direction of certain Western missions in Colombo.

Meanwhile, Kalutara District UNP parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma has evaded a Western trap by putting country before self. The MP was in the news after he was assaulted by unruly mobs during recent unfortunate incidents in Aluthgama and Beruwala.

The US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison showed her unbelievable concern for Opposition parliamentarians in Sri Lanka when she called Thewarapperuma last week. A surprise call from the US Embassy in Colombo made Thewarapperuma to think twice. Ambassador Sison came on line and requested a one-to-one meeting with the MP on Thursday.

…consults Ranil before meeting Sison

Before meeting the US Ambassador, Palitha Thewarapperuma consulted his party leader – Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. While giving the green light, Ranil cautioned how he should face the meeting. MP Thewarapperuma knew exactly what was on store though he responded to her request.

Sison fired the first question soon after welcoming the MP on Thursday morning. What happened in Beruwala and Aluthgama?”

It wasn’t a communal problem between the Sinhalese and Muslims. It was a job of extremist looters. That was clear though some try to project it as communal riots,” he said, much to the disappointment by the US Ambassador.

It was obvious that all questions fired by Ambassador Sison were pointed at one particular target and to use the MP’s evidence to paint a dismal picture of the country.

Despite being an Opposition MP, Thewarapperuma did not wish to play the role of a traitor by betraying the motherland.

Did you intervene because there was a political problem?,” was Sison’s second question.

There was no political problem at all. I intervened to protect people. The Sinhalese and Muslims in the area have voted for me. I went there to assist those people,” the MP replied.

Is there a threat to your life?” she asked but Thewarapperuma replied in the negative and said that he is safe in the country.

In case you encounter problems and face life threats, please speak to us. We will take care of you,” Sison promised.

At the same time, she has asked certain other questions to ascertain the possibility of the MP joining Government ranks, which was none of her business.

Will you quit the UNP?” she asked. Never! I created a name for myself in politics through the UNP. Hence, I would never desert the party and crossover to another political party,” he replied.

She had even inquired whether the MP faced threats from the Government but Thewarapperuma said no” firmly. But Sison offered political asylum to Thewarapperuma in case he faces threats in the future.

Ambassador Sision has said that the US will welcome all efforts made by Sri Lankan politicians to change the negative image that had been created in the minds of international community that the majority Sinhalese were harassing the minorities. The UNP MP informed the US envoy that nearly 26 houses of Sinhalese had also been damaged in the clashes. Thewarapperuma told Sison that over 95 percent of the Sinhalese reject extremism and only a handful were engaged in extremist acts.

Ranil admits UNP’s failure in 1983

Causing religious hatred is an offence: Errant politicians exploit race and religion for personal gain – Faiszer Musthapha

June 28th, 2014

by Uditha Kumarasinghe Courtesy Sunday Observer

Deputy Investment Promotion Minister Faiszer Musthapha said that race and religion had unfortunately become a strategy for some politicians to promote themselves causing irreparable damage to national reconciliation and harmony.

Race and religion are the ideal forum for a politician to market himself, especially if he is not a seasoned politician who considers the country’s development, youth or skills and moreover, if doesn’t want to do anything tangible to improve people’s lives. The best marketing strategy is to go by one’s race, religion and ask for his share rather than saying that somebody is transgressing his rights, the Minister told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

This is dangerous as the dividends of peace need to be used for national reconciliation and harmony. During the war against terrorism, we all worked collectively to defeat the menace. Unfortunately what is taking place in certain quarters today is regrettable, the Deputy Minister said.

Some people who support certain international agendas wittingly or unwittingly help propagate racism. People who propagate racism play into their hands. It is regrettable that some politicians add fuel to fire. The objective of certain parties was to spread hatred is evident from their statements on the recent incidents at Aluthgama and Beruwala.

When one fans religious hatred, extremists in other communities respond accordingly. At the same time, if one spreads religious hatred there is a hurt factor in it, he said.

Causing religious hatred is an offence. At times certain sections of the media too propagate religious hatred. Hence the rule of law should be enforced in the country. Any organisation which fans religious hatred should be banned,” the Deputy Minister said

Five Years in to the Jihad War in Sri Lanka

June 28th, 2014

- Kumar Moses

Conventional wisdom has it that there is no smoke without a fire. It is truer in modern defence which focuses on deterrence and prevention. However, distinguishing between a series of isolated one off events and a phased manifestation of a planned terror war is very difficult. Governments always want its people, investors and other economic and political stakeholders to feel safe. They also want local and international concerned parties to see the rulers in charge of the situation. They cloud the ability to clearly identify an impending war. Ultimately a war is not fought by a government or its armed forces alone. All wars are fought by the people. People and their representatives must be constantly vigilant.

A dating controversy

Little did the general public from 1975 to 1983 June know that the Elam War had started. They carried on their affairs as normal despite sporadic killing of Tamils, Tamil politicians, Sinhala policemen, bank robberies, ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese in August 1977, weapons movements, Tamil racist politicians vowing to create a Tamil exclusive nation in the island and limited news reports. The Elam War started on July 26, 1975 with the killing of Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah. Among the suspects were the LTTE supremo and the son of a very prominent Tamil political party leader. Both were released and the rest is history.

The Elam War could not have been so devastating had the then government kept an open eye on the gathering storm, taken swift action to nip it in the bud using force as necessary and used counter insurgency (COIN) operations. However, therein is the problem. Having faced the 1971 insurrection with a nasty end, the then government was reluctant to show to the populace that there was another war. The new government of 1977 was also reluctant to let the people know that there was a problem; a huge one. Inaction and scant action led to a rapidly increasing violent spree by Tamil groups. By July 1983 the war had started. The war was exactly 8 years old on 25th July 1983. It is factually incorrect to say the war started after the July 1983 riot which itself was the response to an act of war by Tamils.

This controversy of start dates has been created by Tamil sections to deflect the responsibility of starting the war.

Who fired the first shot is the question to ask that can put the controversy to rest. The first shot was fired on July 26, 1975 that killed Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah.

It is no secret today Muslim extremists and terrorists have indicated their desire to use violence against the nation. But the important question to ask is has the Jihad War started already?

Duraiappah event in Jihad War on 24 July 2009 in Beruwala

Going by the textbook definition, the Jihad War is already 5 years old today. It started in July 2009 with the brutal killing of 2 Muslims inside a Beruwala mosque by extremist Muslims. This is the Duraiappah event in the Jihad War. It marked the most striking event that separates a mere one-off event from a well planned Islamic terror attack. It happened soon after the war victory in May 2009 that it missed most observers as the beginning of another war.

Since then Islamic violence has been on the rise and widespread. Along with the rise of violence, the ideological extremism has been rising steadily. South Eastern University has been a hotbed of Islamic extremist ideology grouping much like the Jaffna University in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Direct brainwashing by Middle Eastern funded universities, scholarships and propaganda media have seen an astronomical rise lately. Social media including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are very heavily used by all Islamic terror groups in the world and Sri Lankan Jihad groups are no exception. Beruwala FM, Kathankudy FM, New Moon FM, etc. are clandestine Jihad radio transmissions that are difficult to supress in the long run.

Militancy and ideological extremism are accompanied by the economics and politics of terror. Rise in world petroleum prices and oil trading volumes made Middle Eastern nations that promote extreme forms of Islam very rich. These riches are channelled around the world through Jihadist cells. Closely knitted are Islamic political groups. SLMC was created in the vicinities of Saddam Hussein Town and Gadhafi Town in Eastern Sri Lanka in the mid 1980s. They are standing symbols of Middle Eastern funding of Islamic extremism in the island. However, after 2009 the number of extremist Islamic political parties has multiplied. Now there are 3 of them. The new 2 Muslim parties are All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) and Muslim Tamil National alliance (MTNA). MTNA leader was arrested over alleged terror links last year.

The fifth and final ingredient for a successful terror operation is international links. Local Jihadi terrorists have already established international links with states (mostly Middle Eastern governments) and non-state actors. As the LTTE was initially financed by Indian agencies, Sri Lankan Jihad is financed by certain Middle Eastern agencies. A spate of arrests of Sri Lankan Jihadists in India, Malaysia and Pakistan proves well established terror links already in place. The arrest of Maldivian and Indonesian terrorists in Sri Lanka further demonstrates their close links.

Events in Aluthgama explained

Events in Aluthgama cannot be looked at in isolation. They are well planned milestones in the global Jihad network. Aluthgama is situated next to Beruwala in the south western coast of Sri Lanka overlooking the Arabian Sea. It was the steady march of Islamic terrorism born in Beruwala in 2009 that is now spreading to its surrounds. June 2014 event was the culmination of a long series of events Jihadists have used to evict non-Muslims out of the area. Incumbent chief monk of the Buddhist temple which was attacked by Muslims explains how Muslims used to dump chopped cow heads and legs into the temple; how they block his movements; how young monks are regularly humiliated and how he was assaulted. Repeated pleas to the police and authorities failed to address this issue which boiled over.

Three Muslim violent mobsters were gunned down by the counter terrorism STF unit which dissipated tension. However, similar acts of ‘testing the limits of tolerance’ are carried out by Muslim groups around the country.

Sri Lanka’s attraction to Muslim groups

Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population followed by Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. All countries westward from Pakistan until Israel have a Muslim majority. All northern African countries have a Muslim majority. Nations that are on the boundary of this large stretch of Islam majority countries face tension. These include Nigeria, Kenya, Israel, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Australia, China and the Philippines. These tensions are the result of a continuous push by Islamic communities to expand their spread.

Sri Lanka and India are in a unique location. They act as a wall stopping the contiguity of the Islamic World that starts from North Africa and ends in Pakistan. If not for this wall, it will extend to Bangladesh linking 70% of world Muslim population together.
If Burma and Thailand are also conquered along with Sri Lanka, the North Africa to Asia Islamic corridor will link up almost all Muslim majority countries and 90% of world Muslim population.
Unable to take on India, Muslim groups eye on Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand to make this bridge. Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka must combine their efforts to face this common enemy.   

The island nation’s west coast overlooking the Arabian Sea is particularly of interest to them. This is the only avenue for clandestine weapons movements into the island. Already there is a comprehensive Al Qaeda linked Islamic pirate network active in the Arabian Sea smuggling weapons. Their land bases are directly linked to more than a hundred Islamic armed groups with a never ending supply of weapons. World powers have recognized the threat by Islamic pirate groups and patrol these waters regularly. However, Sri Lanka must keep a close watch of illegal shipping activity linking west coast Muslim communities with Middle Eastern and North African groups. Muslim population in Sri Lanka’s west coast has increased astronomically over the past few decades. This is a boon to Islamic extremist groups to operate within. Withdrawal of US and other troops from Afghanistan and its growing narcotics trade are other huge enablers of Islamic terror in the region. Operating from Sri Lanka, Islamic terror groups have a twin advantage. They can attack and expand their influence locally on one hand while on the other they can disrupt world trade passing close to the island. A Bali style terror attack targeting westerners and Indians cannot be ruled out. The possibility of using Sri Lanka as a platform to launch attacks on India and western interests is a serious threat. The tighter India gets with hardline BJP in power Islamic groups will focus their attention on the softest target in the region – Sri Lanka.

Action needed and constraints

Sri Lanka faces a few constraints to fight off Islamic terror. Local and global divisions hamper attempts to defeat terror. Unconventional COIN capabilities are needed to overcome them. Constant monitoring of telephone, email, website visitation and social media usage of Muslims should be introduced as soon as possible. Elimination of Muslim extremists swiftly without stopping at arrests can deter them and prevent them from operating from within prisons. Attractions for Muslims in Sri Lanka should be taken out of the equation. These include restrictions on mosques, a total ban on foreign Islamic preachers, restriction of extremist websites, a total ban on the use of loudspeakers for prayers, close monitoring of Islamic charities and businesses, deport all Muslim migrants and managing demographic changes for the betterment of the country. These restrictions will take the glamour out of the country as a potential Islamic den.

Threats by OIC countries have no bearing on Sri Lanka as three UNHRC resolutions show. Losing their support has no impact at all. They have played the role of the scavenger by pretending to help save Sri Lanka from the hegemonic west but in reality pushing their own racist agenda. It is no secret OIC countries are in deep calamity which sees no end in the foreseeable future.
The entire region is plagued with Islamic terror – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Afghanistan, Kashmir regions, Burma, Thailand, Iran, Western parts of China, Somalia, Indonesia, etc. It is insane and naïve to think Sri Lanka will remain the only exception. The truth is Sri Lanka is no exception.

තමා අතින් කැපූ වලක හිර උනාද හිමි වටරැක!

June 28th, 2014

මනෝඡ් අබයදීර  -  Courtesy දිවයින

විකෘති කරන ලද සංසිද්ධි නොසලකා හරිමින් හෝ ඒවාට නිදැල්ලේ පැවැතීමට ඉඩදීම නිසා, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වාර ගණනාවක්‌ බැට කා තිබේ. මිථ්‍යාවට පිළිතුරු නොදී “ඇත්ත ඕක නෙමෙයිනේ… ඒක කවුරුත් දන්නවානේ…” යන තැන සිට ප්‍රශ්න දෙස බැලීමේ ජාතික පුරුද්ද හේතුවෙන් දෙමළ වර්ගවාදය වසර තිහක්‌ තිස්‌සේ මේ දිවයින ලෙයින් නෑවූහ. දෙමළ ඊළාම් නිජභූමි මිථ්‍යාව, ඇස්‌ ඉස්‌ මත්තේම බොරුවක්‌ බව පෙනී පෙනීත් ජාතියක්‌ ලෙස එයට හරවා පිළිතුරු දීමට අපොහොසත් වීමේ විපාකය පරම්පරා කිහිපයක්‌ම විඳවීය. දැන් යළිත් බෙදුම්වාදී, වර්ගවාදී හස්‌තයක්‌ පැමිණ අලුත් මිථ්‍යාවකින් ලේ වගුරන්නට අරඅදිමින් සිටියි.

අලුත්ගම සිද්ධියේ පෙනෙන ඇත්ත, පැත්තකට කර සියලු වගකීම් සිංහල බෞද්ධයාට පටවා, සිවුර රතු පාටින් පින්තාරු කිරීමේ වගකීම එන්. ජී. ඕ. නඩය මේ වන විටත් සතුටින් භාරගෙන තිබේ. වටරැක විජිත සිද්ධිය ද ඒ ගිණුමට මුල සිටම බැර කරමින් තිබිණි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොලිසිය විසින් එහි සැබෑව මතුකර නොගන්නට මිථ්‍යාවෙන් ජාතිය බැට කන තවත් සිද්ධියක්‌ ලෙසට විජිත ජාතකයද ලැයිස්‌තුගත වන්නට ඉඩ තිබිණි.

ජුලි 19 වැනිදා හිරණ පාලම ළඟ වැටී සිටින භික්‌ෂුවකි. පිටත, උදෑසන දර්ශනයක්‌ සේ ජනතාව මෙය දකී. පානදුර හිරණ පාලම පිහිටි ප්‍රදේශය, ජන ශුන්‍යම ප්‍රදේශයක්‌ නොවුණාට එහි සාමාන්‍යයෙන් ඕනෑම අයකුට අන් අයකුගේ විමසිල්ලකින් තොරව යමක්‌ කමක්‌ කළ හැකි ස්‌ථානයකි.

පොලිස්‌ හදිසි ඇමතුම් අංකයට ලැබෙන දුරකථන ඇමතුමක්‌ ඔස්‌සේ, පානදුර පොලිසිය විසින් මෙම ස්‌ථානයට යන අතර, දවසේ මෙහෙය සඳහා නික්‌මෙන ජනතාව තම කඩිමුඩිය අතරේම මෙම දර්ශනයට ද එබිකම් කරමින් පියමනිනු පෙනේ. සිවුර පැත්තකට විසිවී, අත් දෙක පිටුපසට වන්නට බැඳ දැමූ, සීරීම් තුවාල සහිතව බොහෝ දුරට නිරුවත්ව, අතිශය අසරණ විලාසයෙන් වකුටු වී වැටී සිටින භික්‌ෂුවකගේ දර්ශනය, දකින කාගේත් හද කම්පාවට පත්කරයි.

පානදුර පොලිසිය විසින්, වටවූ ජනතාවගේ ආධාර ඇතිව “අසරණ වී සිටින” භික්‌ෂූන් වහන්සේ වාහනයකට පටවා ගනියි. ලද කම්පනය හේතුවෙන් හාමුදුරුවන් කතාබහක්‌ ද නොමැතිය. ගමනක්‌ යන්නට සූදානම් වී පැමිණ සිටි නිසාදොa උන්වහන්සේගේ කළු පැහැති කන්තෝරු බෑගයක්‌ පන්නයේ බෑගයද පසෙක වැටී තිබේ.

“ධර්මද්වීපයක හැටි හාමුදුරු කෙනකුටත් මෙහෙම නම් නිකං මිනිහෙකුට කොහොම කරයිද?”

“රටේ නීතිය වළපල්ලට ගිහිල්ලා තියෙන හැටිනේ.”

එවැනි දෙබස්‌ අවටින් ඇසෙන්නේ අසරණ හිමියන් පිළිබඳ අනුකම්පාවෙනි.

පානදුර පොලිසිය විසින් හිමියන් පානදුර රෝහලට ඇතුළු කරනු ලබයි. ඒ වන විටත් රට පුරා මෙම ආරංචිය පැතිරී යන්නට පටන්ගෙනය. “වටරැක විජිත හිමියන් පැහැරගෙන ගොස්‌, කපා කොටා තුවාල කර, පානදුරේ දාලා ගිහින්. උන්වහන්සේගේ පිරිමි ඇඟේ පෙර සමත් කපලා දාලා.”

ආදී ලෙස තටු ගසමින් ආරංචිය පැතිරෙන්නේ ඒ ගැනය.

තමන් කම්පිතව සිටිනා නිසා කතා කර ගත නොහැකි තත්ත්වයක සිටින බව රෝහලේ සිටින පිරිසට දැනෙන සේ වටරැක විජිත හිමි කටයුතු යොදමින් සිටියේය. උදේ 9.15 පමණ වන විට කොළඹ මහ රෝහලට විජිත හිමි ඇතුළත් කරන්නේ ඔහුගේ තත්ත්වයේ බරපතළකම නිසා නොව, සිද්ධියේ බරපතළකම නිසාය.

අතීත කතාව අනුව බලන විට මෙය සුළුපටු සිද්ධියක්‌ නොවේ. රජයේ ඉහළම තැන දක්‌වා මේ ගැන අවධානය යොමු කරන අතර සිද්ධිය පිළිබඳව වහාම පරීක්‍ෂණයක්‌ පවත්වන ලෙස පොලිස්‌පතිවරයාට නියෝගයක්‌ ලැබෙයි. පොලිස්‌පති එන්. කේ. ඉලංගකෝන් මහතා විසින් ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්‌පති අනුර සේනානායක, ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්‌පති ගාමිණී මතුරට යන මහත්වරුන්ට එහි වගකීම පවරන අතර පොලිසියේ ඉහළ නිලයන් එකතුවී ගන්නා තීන්දුව වන්නේ මේ පිළිබඳ පරීක්‍ෂණ කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්‌ඨාසයට පැවරිය යුතු බවය. කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්‌ඨාසයේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ සහකාර පොලිස්‌ අධිකාරි නුවන් වෙදසිංහ යටතට එම වගකීම පැවරුණි. කොළඹ අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්‌ඨාසයේ ස්‌ථානාධිපති ප්‍රධාන පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක නෙවිල් සිල්වා හා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ නුවන් වෙදසිංහ විසින් එම වගකීම භාරදෙනු ලබන්නේ කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්‌ඨාසයේ විමර්ශන ඒකක හතෙන් පළමු වැන්නේ ස්‌ථානාධිපති වන පොලිස්‌ අධිකාරි එරංග ප්‍රනාන්දු වෙතය.

පොලිසිය වෙත ලැබුණු භාරදූර කාර්යයක්‌ ලෙස මෙය ගත හැකිය. ඒ වන විටත් සිද්ධිය ජාත්‍යන්තර මට්‌ටම දක්‌වා දුර ගොස්‌ තිබිණි. අලුත්ගම සිද්ධියෙන් පසුව සිදුවූ මෙවැනි සංවේදී සිද්ධියක්‌ විසින් රට ගෙන යා හැකි දුර බොහෝය. අනෙක්‌ අතට වටරැක විජිත හිමි සිවුරක්‌ අඳින අයෙකි. නමට හෝ හිමිනමකි. මහියංගනයේ ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකි. පූජ්‍ය ගණයට වැටීමත් ජනතා නියෝජිතයකු වීමත් විසින්, පොලිසිය කරන ප්‍රශ්න කිරීම් සඳහා ලැබෙන්නේ අඩු ඉඩ ප්‍රස්‌ථාවකි. මේ සියල්ල ගැන සැලකිලිමත් වන ලෙස ඒ වන විටත් ඉහළ පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන්ගෙන් පරීක්‍ෂණ මෙහෙයවන නිලධාරීන්ට උපදෙස්‌ ලැබී තිබිණි.

කොළඹ ජාතික රෝහලේ 72 වාට්‌ටුවට ඒ වන විටත් වටරැක විජිත හිමියන් ඇතුළත් කර තිබිණි. S/017725 යන ඇඳ ඉහපත් කාඩ්පත යටතේ ලෙඩාට ප්‍රතිකාර කිරීම ජාතික රෝහල භාරගෙන තිබිණි.

නියෝගය ලද වහාම අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ නුවන් වෙදසිංහ, ස්‌ථානාධිපති නෙවිල් සිල්වා හා පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක එරංග ප්‍රනාන්දු යන මහත්වරු ජාතික රෝහල වෙත පැමිණියහ. පරීක්‍ෂණයට මුල පිරීම සඳහා තිබූ පළමු තැත වූයේ විජිත හිමිගේ ප්‍රකාශයයි. සුරංගනා කතාවකදී “එකමත් එක රටක…” ලෙස මුල පුරන්නාසේ පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂණයකදී මුල පුරනා ප්‍රශ්නය වන “කවුද සැක…?” යන තැනින් පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන් තිදෙනා සිද්ධියට එළඹුණහ.

නමුත් විජිත හිමි කතාවක්‌ නැත. වාර ගණනාවකදී උත්සාහ දැරුවත් ඒ සියල්ල ඵල රහිත විය. විමර්ශන අත්දැකීම් බහුල නිලධාරීන් තිදෙනා හිමියන්ගේ සීරීම් තුවාල දෙස හොඳින් නිරීක්‍ෂණය කළහ. හිස, උරහිස ආසන්නයේ හා ලිංගේන්ද්‍රියේ තිබූ සීරීම් තුවාල හැරෙන්නට බරපතළ ගණයේ කිසිදු තුවාලයක්‌ හිමි ශරීරයේ නොවීය. එසේ තිබියදීත් මෙතරම් කම්පාවකට හිමි ලක්‌ වූයේ කෙසේද යන ප්‍රශ්නය නිලධාරීන් තිදෙනාටම විය. සිහිසුන්ව ඇදවැටුණා යෑයි කීවද ක්‌ලෝරෙෆdaම් වැනි සිහි නාශකයක්‌ හෝ නාසය, කට මිරිකාගෙන සිටි ගතියක්‌ද විජිත හිමිගේ ශරීරයෙන් ගම්‍ය නොවීය.

උත්සාහය අත් නොහළ පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීහු ආරම්භක ප්‍රශ්නය දිගටම අසන්නට වූහ. බැරිම තැන කෙඳිරිල්ලක්‌ සේ විජිත හිමි මුමුණන්නට පටන් ගත්තේය.

“අරංගල සමීර මල්ලිත් එක්‌ක… ලොරියේ ආවා. තලාහේනේදී මාව පැහැර ගත්තා…” වචන අතර කෙඳිරිලි තබමින් විජිත හිමි පිළිතුරක්‌ දුන්නේය.

විජිත හිමි සිටි වාට්‌ටුවට පොලිස්‌ ආරක්‍ෂාව ලබාදීමට පියවර ගත් නිලධාරීහු තමන් අමාරුවෙන් ලබාගත් දත්තයන් අනුව ඊළඟ පියවරට ලැහැස්‌ති විය.

අරංගල සමීර මල්ලි, ලොරියෙන් ආවා, අරංගලදි පැහැර ගත්තා… විජිත හිමිගේ පිළිතුරේ එම දත්තවලට අමතරව ඒ වන විට පොලිසිය සතු වූයේ, හිරණ පාලම ළඟ වැටී සිටියා… යන දත්තය පමණය.

කොළඹ ජාතික රෝහලේ සිට කෙළින්ම අරංගල ප්‍රදේශයට මෙම පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන් තිදෙනා ගියේ සමීර මල්ලී සොයාගෙනය. පරීක්‍ෂණ කණ්‌ඩායමේ සිටින පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක එරංග ප්‍රනාන්දු ආසන්න ප්‍රදේශයක පදිංචිකරුවකු නිසා අරංගල පිළිබඳ යම් දැනීමක්‌ හා එම ප්‍රදේශයේ හිතවතුන් ඔහුට සිටියේය. ඒ වන විටත් වටරැක විජිත නම රට පුරා ප්‍රසිද්ධව තිබූ නිසා. විජිත හිමිගේ ඥති වන සමීර මල්ලි සොයා ගන්නට නිලධාරීන්ට වැඩි වේලාවක්‌ ගත නොවීය.

සමීර මල්ලිගේ නිවසට ගිය පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන් තමන්ට පුරුදු සැකය හිතේ තබාගෙන වුවද එදිනෙදා තොරතුරු විමසන මිත්‍රශීලී විලාසයෙන් සමීර මල්ලිගෙන් තොරතුරු විමසන්නට පටන් ගත්තේය.

“මාසයකට සැරයක්‌ විතර හාමුදුරුවෝ අපේ ගෙදර එනවා. ඒ වෙලාවට මම කරන්නේ දරුවොයි නෝනාවයි ළඟ ගෙදරකට යවනවා. එහෙම ආවාම හාමුදුරුවන්ව තනියෙන් තමයි ඉන්නේ. ගෙදර කවුරුත් නැති වග තමයි, පිටට පෙන්නන්නේ. හාමුදුරුවොත් එක්‌ක බොදුබල සේනාව එහෙම තරහ නිසා හාමුදුරුවෝ ගෙදර ඉන්නවා කියලා දැනගත්තොත් කරදරයක්‌ වෙයි කියලා තමයි, මම එහෙම කරන්නේ…” සමීර පොලිසිය සමග කතාබහ කරන්නට පටන්ගෙන තිබිණි. සමීර හා විජිත හිමි අතර තිබූ ඥතිත්වය, ඔවුන් දෙදෙනාගේ පියා හා මව සහෝදර සහෝදරියන් වීමය. 1994 සිට 2011 දක්‌වා කාලයේ සමීර සේවය කර ඇත්තේ වරාය අධිකාරියේ රියෑදුරුවරයෙක්‌ ලෙසය. එම රැකියාව සමීරට සොයා දී ඇත්තේ එකල වරාය ඇමැති ලෙස සිටි ඒ. එච්. එම්. අශ්රොෆaට කියා, විජිත හිමියන්මය.

“18 වැනිදා හාමුදුරුවෝ එනවා කියලා මට කෝල් එකක්‌ දුන්නා. මම මගේ ඇට්‌ලස්‌ 150 වර්ගයේ ලොරියෙන් හාමුදුරුවෝ ගන්න ගියා. හැන්දැවේ හතට විතර මාලබේ ෆqඩ් සිටි එක ගාව, මම හාමුදුරුවෝ එනකං හිටියා. 7.20 වෙනකොට නැනෝ කැබ් එකකින් හාමුදුරුවෝ එතැනට ආවා…” හිරණ පාලම අසල විජිත හිමියන් වැටී සිටීමට පෙර දින, තමන් හා විජිත හිමි කාලය ගත කළ ආකාරය පිළිබඳව සමීර පොලිසියට විස්‌තර කියන්නට පටන් ගත්තේය.

“හාමුදුරුවන්ට දත් බුරුසුවක්‌ ගන්න ඕනේ කිව්වා. පාරේ එහා පැත්තේ කඩෙන් මම එකත් අරන් දුන්නා. ඊට පස්‌සේ කිව්වා. “මට මහියංගනයට යන්න වාහනයක්‌ එනවා බොරැල්ලට, මාව බොරැල්ලට ගිහිල්ලා දාන්න කියලා…” හාමුදුරුවන්ට පහුවදා ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා රැස්‌වීම තියෙනවා කියලා කිව්වා. මාලබේ ඉඳලා බොරැල්ල පැත්තට යද්දී තලාහේනට මෙහාදි හාමුදුරුවන්ට කෝල් එකක්‌ ආවා. ඊට ටික වෙලාවකට පස්‌සේ තලාහේන කනත්ත හරියේදී, ලොරිය නවත්වන්න කියලා හාමුදුරුවෝ කිව්වා. ලොරිය ඉස්‌සරහින් සුදු පාට නෝවා වර්ගයේ වෑන් එකක්‌ නැවැත්තුවා. ඒකේ වීදුරු ටින්ට්‌ කරලයි තිබ්බේ. ඒ වෑන් එකේ ඩ්‍රැයිවර්ල හාමුදුරුවෝ ඉන්න පැත්තේ දොර ඇරලා ටිකක්‌ තදින් වගේ කතා කරලා හාමුදුරුවන්ව බස්‌සගෙන වෑන් එකට නග්ග ගත්තා…”

පැහැර ගැනීමේ ජවනිකාව සමීර පොලිසියට පෙළින් පෙළ කියන්නට පටන්ගෙන තිබිණි.

“ඒ ඩ්‍රැයිවර් අඩි හයාමාරක්‌ විතර උස, උඩු රැවුල හා යට රැවුල තිබුණු කෙනෙක්‌. තලඑලලුයි, මහතයි, තද කළු කලිසමකුයි දුඹුරු පාට ටී ෂර්ට්‌ එකකුයි ඇඳලා හිටියේ. වෑන් එකට නඟින කොට හාමුදුරුවන් මට අතින්, යන්න කියලා කිව්වා. මම ලොරිය හරවගෙන ගෙදර ආවා…”

දවසේ සිදුවීම් පෙළ සමීර පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන්ට පැවසුවේය.

“හාමුදුරුවෝ පැහැර ගත්තා කියලා දැන ගත්තේ කොහොමද….”

“හාමුදුරුවෝ වෑන් එකට නැග්ගාට පස්‌සේ කෝල් කරලා බැලුවේ නැද්ද…”

ආදි ප්‍රශ්න ගණනාවක්‌ පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන් තිදෙනා විසින් සමීරගෙන් අසන්නට පටන් ගත්තේය. කතාව කියාගෙන කියාගෙන ගියද පොලිසියට සෑහෙන තරමේ පිළිතුරු, ප්‍රශ්නවලට දෙන්නට සමීර පොහොසත් නොවීය.

විසි වැනිදා උදැසන යළිත් පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන් තිදෙනා කොළඹ ජාතික රෝහලට පැමිණියේ, විජිත හිමියන්ගෙන් කුමන හෝ තොරතුරක්‌ දැනගැනීමටය. ජාතික රෝහලේ 17 වැනි වාට්‌ටුවේ නව වැනි ඇඳේ විජිත හිමි වැතිරගෙන සිටියේය.

පොලිසිය ප්‍රශ්න අසන හැමවිටම විජිත හිමිගේ පිළිතුර වූයේ ‘මහන්සියි’ යන්නය. පැය හතරක්‌ පමණ විජිත හිමිගේ මහන්සිය ඇරෙන තුරු පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන් බලා සිටින්නට විය.

පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන්ගෙන් ගැලවෙන්නට බැරිම තැන “15 වැනිදා මම කොළඹ ආවා. පල්ලි වල එහෙම තමයි හිටියේ. අලුත්කඩේ උසාවිය පිටිපස්‌සේ ලොඡ් එකක හිටියා. 17 වැනිදා අරංගල සමීර මල්ලිලාගේ ගෙදර ආවා… 18 වැනිදා රෑ සමීරලාගේ ගෙදරින් කාලා, බොරැල්ලට සමීරගෙ ලොරියෙන් යන්න පිටත් වුණා…” ආදි ලෙස සමීරගේ කතාවට සමාන කතාවක්‌ විජිත හිමි කියන්නට පටන් ගත්තේය.

“මාව පැහැරගත්ත වාහනේ හාමුදුරුවෝ දෙන්නෙක්‌ හා තවත් අය හිටියා. මගේ සිවුර ඔළුව උඩින් දැම්මා. එතකොට සිහි කල්පනාව නැතුව ගියා…” යන කතාව විජිත හිමි පැවසුවත් පොලිසිය අතුරු ප්‍රශ්න නඟද්දී, “මට මහන්සියි” කියා දැස පියාගැනීම විජිත හිමි පුරුද්දක්‌ ලෙස කරගෙන ගියේය.

ලැබී තිබුණු උපදෙස්‌ අනුව ඉවසනු විනා, සුපුරුදු පොලිස්‌ භාෂාවෙන් ඇමතීමටවත් පොලිසියට ඉඩක්‌ තිබුණේ නැත.

එසේ වුවත් විජිත හිමිගේ හා සමීර මල්ලිගේ විස්‌තර අතර වෙනස පොලිසිය නිරීක්‍ෂණය කළහ. සමීරට අනුව විජිත හිමි ආවේ 18 වැනිදාය. විජිත හිමි කියන්නේ තමන් සමීරලාගේ ගෙදර ගියේ 17 වැනිදා බවය.

සමීරගේ හා විජිත හිමිගේ කතා අතර වෙනස හඳුනා ගැනීම සඳහා පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක එරංග ප්‍රනාන්දු ප්‍රශ්න කිරීමේ ස්‌ථානයේ වෙනසක්‌ කරන්නට තීරණය කළේය. තම නිවසේ සිට ආරක්‍ෂිත හැඟීමෙන් දෙන පිළිතුර වෙනුවට දෙමටගොඩ පිහිටි කොළඹ අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්‌ඨාසය වෙත සමීර කැඳවාගෙන එන්නේ ඒ අනුවය. එන අතරවාරයේ සමීරට විජිත හිමි හමුවූ බව කියන මාලබේ ස්‌ථානය, වෑන් රථයට නැඟගත් බව කියන තලාහේන කනත්ත අසලද පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක එරංග ප්‍රනාන්දු, සමීර මල්ලි සමඟ බැස නිරීක්‍ෂණය කළේය. කොළඹ අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්‌ඨාසයේදී සමීර මල්ලි විසින් තමන් කලින් දුන් පිළිතුර බොරු බවත් විජිත හිමි තමන්ගේ ගෙදරට ආවේ 17 වැනිදා දහවල් 1.30 ට නැනෝ කැබ් රථයකින් බවත්, පැවැසීය. විජිත හිමි තම නිවසේ සිටි බව කිව්වොත් තමන්ට කරදරයක්‌ වෙයි කියා, හිමියන් ගෙදර සිටි වගක්‌ කාටවත් කියන්න එපා කියා තමන්ට කියූ නිසා එසේ කියූ බවත් සමීර පවසන්නට විය.

පරීක්‍ෂණය සංකීර්ණ වන බව දැනගත් සහකාර පොලිස්‌ අධිකාරි නුවන් වෙදසිංහ මහතා විසින් සමීර ගැන පරීක්‍ෂණ කටයුතු 21 වැනිදා වනවිට පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක රණසිංහ වෙත භාර දීමට තීරණය කළේය. සමීරගේ ලොරියේ විස්‌තරවලින් පටන්ගත් එම විමර්ශන කටයුතු අරංගල සිට තලාහේන දක්‌වා සී.සී.ටී.වී. නිරීක්‍ෂණ තෙක්‌ දුර ගොස්‌ තිබිණි. සමීරගේ නිවස පිහිටා තිබුණේ අරංගල ඉන්ධන පිරවුම්හල අසලය. ඉන්ධන පිරවුම් පලේ සී.සී.ටී.වී. පරීක්‍ෂා කළ නිලධාරීහු එහි ගබඩා වී තිබූ දර්ශන පෙළින් පෙළ බලන්නට වූහ.

නමුත් සමීරගේ ලොරිය එම වේලාවේ මාර්ගයේ ධාවනය වී නොතිබීම පොලිසියට සැක උපදවන කටයුත්තක්‌ විය.

සී.සී.ටී.වී. දර්ශන සමීරට පෙන්වමින් “මේකට බොරු කරන්න බැහැ…. ඔයා ඔය කියන වෙලාවේ මේ පාරෙන් ලොරියක්‌ ගිහිල්ලා නැහැ…. දැන්වත් ඇත්ත කියන්න….” යෑයි පැවසූ පොලිසිය, සමීර ඇත්ත නොකියා බැරි තැනටම කැඳවාගෙන එන්නට සමත් වී තිබිණි.

රටම කැළඹුණ, ජාත්‍යන්තරය ඉදිරියේ සිංහල බෞද්ධයා ම්ලේච්ඡත්වයට පත්කර තිබූ ‘විජිත ජාතකයේ’ ඇත්ත, සමීර කියන්නට පටන් ගත්තේ එතැනදීය.

“මගේ ලොරිය ගියේ නැහැ. හාමුදුරුවෝ අපේ ගෙදරයි හිටියේ. 19 වැනිදා පාන්දර 2.00 ට අපේ තාත්තාගේ වෑන් එකෙන් මහරගම මාලබේ පාරෙන් ගිහිල්ලා, ඇරැව්වල, දොලේ කනත්ත, මාවිත්තර, කැස්‌බෑව, බණ්‌ඩාරගම හරහා හිරණට ආවා. හිරණ පාලම ගාවින් හාමුදුරුවෝ බැහැලා, මට යන්න කිව්වා. ආපු පාරෙන් නැතුව වෙන පාරකින් යන්න කියපු නිසා, මොරටුව පැත්තට ඇවිල්ලා පිළියන්දල පාරෙන් මම ගෙදර ගියා….”

සමීර මල්ලිගේ අලුත් කතාවට අවශ්‍ය සාධක සී.සී.ටී.වී. කැමරාවේ අගේට සටහන් වී තිබිණි. අමතර වශයෙන් හිරණ ප්‍රදේශයේ සී.සී.ටී.වී. ද නිරීක්‍ෂණය කිරීමට හහකාර පොලිස්‌ අධිකාරි නුවන් වෙදසිංහ මහතා විසින් උප පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක කුමාර පෙරේරා ඇතුළු කණ්‌ඩායමක්‌ද පිටත් කර හැරියේය.

සමීර මල්ලිගේ ඇත්ත කතාව කියන විටම කොළඹ ජාතික රෝහලේ ද අලුත් ජවනිකාවක්‌ නිර්මාණය වෙමින් තිබිණි. පොලිස්‌පති එන්. කේ. ඉලංගකෝන් මහතා විසින් සෘජුවම මෙම පරීක්‍ෂණය අධීක්‍ෂණය කරමින් තිබුණ නිසා කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්‌ඨාසයේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ නුවන් වෙදසිංහ, ස්‌ථානාධිපති නෙවිල් සිල්වා ඇතුළු නිලධාරීන් කෑමක්‌ බීමක්‌ නොමැතිව පරීක්‍ෂණ වල නිරත වෙමින් සිටියේය. පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක එරංග ප්‍රනාන්දු ද පරීක්‍ෂණයට මහන්සි වීම නිසා එදින දවස පුරාම සිටියේ කෑමක්‌ බීමක්‌ තබා තේ එකක්‌වත් නොමැතිවය. විජිත හිමි, තමන්ගේ කම්පනයට සියල්ල යට කර පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂණ මඟහරිමින් සිටි අතරවාරයේදී විජිත හිමි බැලීමට පැමිණෙන්නේ අසාද් සාලි වැනි මුස්‌ලිම් පිරිස්‌ය. ඒ අය සිටිනාවිට ප්‍රශ්න කිරීම් කළ නොහැක. රෝහලක්‌ තුළ නිසා එහි දෛනික රාජකාරි ද සිදු වේ. දුෂ්කර තත්ත්වයක්‌ තුළ ඉක්‌මනින් පරීක්‍ෂණ නිමාවට ද පත් කළ යුතුය. සියල්ලට වඩා ඉවසිය නොහැක්‌කේ සීරීම් තුවාල කිහිපයකින් “කම්පාවට” පත්වී සිටි විජිත හිමි, පොලිස්‌ ප්‍රශ්න කිරීම් වලින් මඟහැර සිටීමය. මේ අතරවාරයේදී පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක එරංග ප්‍රනාන්දු වෙත සිය බිරියගෙන් දුරකථන ඇමැතුමක්‌ ලැබුණේය. බිරිය අසන ලද ප්‍රශ්නයට පිළිතුරු දිය හැකි මට්‌ටමක නොසිටිය නිසා ටිකක්‌ සැරෙන් ඇයට කතා කළ පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂකවරයා තම ජංගම දුරකථනය කනේ තබාගෙනම, විසන්ධි කරමින් උපායක්‌ දියත් කළේය. විජිත හිමිට ඇසෙන සේ විසන්ධි වූ දුරකථනයෙන් බිරියට කියන බව පෙන්වමින් තදින් කතා කළේය. මේ කතා බහ සමඟ විජිත හිමි ද යම් බියකට පත්වීය. “මහත්තයෝ මම ඇත්ත කියන්නම්…” විජිත හිමි සියල්ල වමාරන්නට පටන් ගත්තේය.

“මම සාමාන්‍යයෙන් ගමන් යන්න වාහන ඉල්ලන්නේ, මුස්‌ලිම් අයගෙන්. පාදිලි උන්නාන්සේලාත් වාහන දෙනවා…” ආදී ලෙස පටන් ගත් ඒ කතාව සමීර මල්ලිගෙ ඇත්ත කතාව සමඟ හොඳට ගැලපුණේය.

සමීර සමඟ ගිය ගමනේ දී හිරණ පාලම අසලින් බැස ගත් විජිත හිමි මීටර් 40 ක්‌ පමණ පසුපසට ගොස්‌ තම බෑගයේ තිබූ යතුරු කැරැල්ලෙන් හා නිය කටරයෙන් ඇඟම තුවාල කරගෙන සිවුරද අසලට විසිකර දැමුවේය.

සිවුරට යටින් උඩු කයට අදන කඩයෙන් තමා විසින් දැත් සිරුර පසුපසට කර සිර කරගත්තේය.

ජාතියකට නව නින්ගිරාවක්‌ කරන්නට ගත් ස්‌වයං වෑයම එසේ වැමෑරීමත් සමඟ, අසත්‍ය පැමිණිලි කිරීමේ චෝදනාව යටතේ විජිත හිමි අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට පොලිසිය තීරණය කළේය.

විජිත හිමිගේ ස්‌වයං පැහැර ගැනීමේ ජවනිකාවේ යටි අරමුණු, ඒ පිටුපස සිටින චරිත තවම එළිවී නොමැත. අන්තවාදී චරිත විජිත හිමියන්ගේ සිද්ධිය වූ වෙලේ ඒ ගැන මහා කම්පාවකින් කතා කළේය. මේ ගැන ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවක්‌ පැවැත්වූ අසාද් සාලි පවසා තිබුණේ,

“වටරැක විජිත හිමියන් අද උදේ මයියංගනයට යන්න, කොළඹ බස්‌ නැවතුම්පළට පැමිණි අවස්‌ථාවේදී උන්වහන්සේ පැහැරගෙන ගොස්‌ පහරදීලා මහමඟ දමාගොස්‌ තිබුණා. අපි දැක්‌කා පසුගිය කාලයේ වටරැක විජිත හිමි වෙනුවට මොහොමඩ් විජිත කියලා උන්වහන්සේට නම දාලා තිබුණා… මේක ආණ්‌ඩුවෙන්ම සැලසුම් කර සිදුකළ දෙයක්‌ විය යුතුයි…. යනුවෙනි. මෙවැනිම තවත් පිරිසක්‌ සියල්ල ආණ්‌ඩුවට හා සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ට පටවන්නට පටන් ගත්තේය.

තම බෑගයේ තිබූ යතුරු කැරැල්ල හා නියපොතු කපනයෙන් ඇඟ යන්තම් සූරාගෙන ජාතියෙන් පළිගැනීමට තැත් කළ විජිත හිමියන්ගේ අසත්‍ය චෝදනාව රටක්‌ ගිනිබත් කරන්නට තරමේ සමත් කමක්‌ දැක්‌වූවක්‌ විය.

කොළඹ ජාතික රෝහලේ දින හතක්‌ ප්‍රතිකාර ලබා ගත් විජිත හිමි පසුගිය අඟහරුවාදා දහවල් එකට පමණ ටිකට්‌ කැපීමෙන් අනතුරුව රෝහලෙන් පිටව යැමට සූදානම් වනවිටම කොළඹ අපරාධ කොට්‌ඨාසයෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබීය.

පානදුර මහෙස්‌ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට බදාදා විජිත හිමියන් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව ජුලි දෙවැනිදා තෙක්‌ රක්‍ෂිත බන්ධනාගාරගත කරන ලෙස පානදුර ප්‍රධාන මහෙස්‌ත්‍රාත් රුචිර වැලිවත්ත මහතා නියෝග කරන ලදී.

කෝටියක්‌ සංවර ශීලය රැකීමට ප්‍රතිඥ දෙමින් බුදු පුතෙක්‌ ලෙස සසුනට පිවිසි වටරැක විජිත හිමි, තම පැවිදි ගමනේ අතර මඟකදී දෙව්දත් නිකායට ඇතුළු වී තිබෙන බව පෙනේ. විජිත හිමිගේ අතීත ක්‍රියාකාරකම්වල වාර්තා නිරීක්‍ෂණය කරන විට පෙනී යන්නේ, සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ගෙන් පළිගැනීම සඳහා විජිත හිමි කාගේ හෝ අනුදැනුමකින් මෙහෙයවමින් සිටින බවකි. විජිත හිමිගේ සිද්ධියෙන් සිංහල ජාතිය පෙළන්නට බලා සිටි අයට ශෝකාලාපයක්‌ වෙමින්ද වටරැක විජිත හිමිගේ භික්‍ෂු ආත්මය කොමිඩියක්‌ වෙමින් ද එම කතාව නිමාවට පත් විය.


Navi Pillai appoints Martti Ahtisaari bribed by Albanian mafia to deliver Kosovo Independence to investigate Sri Lanka

June 27th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

How credible is the team appointed by Navi Pillai to investigate Sri Lanka? German Intelligence has a report of Martti Ahtisaari accepting 40million euro bribe to deliver Kosovo independence. The Sri Lanka investigation team head has been chased out of both Somalia and South Sudan for doctoring reports. Is there a particular reason why Martti Ahtisaari was chosen in the light of his name being synomous with imperial intervention and the chosen commodity to become the face of UN’s ‘plans for independence’ that camouflaged imperial intervention initiatives via UN puppets such as himself. Pillai’s credibility becomes further dented when Norwegian peace and conflict studies expert Johan Galtung says Ahtisaari ‘does not solve conflicts but drives through short-term solutions that please western countries’.

The Swedish Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research labeled as ‘scandalous’ honoring Ahtisaari with the Nobel Peace Prize because his solutions involved militarism and violations of international law. Ahtisaari’s Nobel Prize $1.4m was reward for delivering Kosovo and helping ‘independence’ of imperial agendas. Therefore, Pillai cannot claim ‘credibility’ of Ahtisaari and should essentially question what mischief Pillai and Western imperialists are upto in their ‘Look Asia’ agenda! Pillai has appointed a fine team to investigate Sri Lanka – its head has been thrown out of Somalia and South Sudan for doctoring reports and Ahtisaari is accused of being an imperial agent having taken bribes from the Albanian mafia. It appears Sri Lanka’s report is virtually sealed even before investigations have commenced.

Journey as Western Agent started with Ahtisaari’s role in Namibian independence. Appointed UN Commissioner for Namibia in 1977, he drew up a plan for independence through a Special Representative in Charge of a UN Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG) with 4650 soldiers, 1500 police and administrators. The Namibian peace process of which Ahtisaari played a crucial role was described by Chester Crocker (former Assistant Secretary State for African Affairs) as ‘another American exercise’. This exercise using UN Special Representatives and foreign troops became the blueprint for future imperialist interventions sealed further through the R2P agenda.

Namibia intervention was simple. It was a state rich in diamonds, uranium and other minerals. It is perfect for western imperialists. The richest 10% enjoying 65% of the country’s wealth are promised their status quo would remain while the rest lives on $2, employment soars to 40% and life expectancy is 46years with HIV/AIDs highest in Africa. Land is under white-owned farms and capital generated is exported to South Africa.

Ahtisaari’s Namibian adventure is smeared in his accountability for the killing of 308 SWAPO (South West African People’s Organisation) soldiers who were peacefully returning to Namibia to vote in November 1989. The permission to shoot the soldiers came from Margaret Thatcher and Ahtisaari who was head of the UN Transition Assistance Group that permitted the soldiers to cross over simply watched as the soldiers were shot in the back.

Namibia also is relevant to the Lockerbie bombing (Pan Am Flight 103) on 21 December 1988  said to have been committed by Gaddafi. What is not said is that 3 months after the bombing in 1989, then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took now Prime Minister David Cameron (then a research assistant) to apartheid South Africa and visited Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia (while South Africa illegally occupied against UNSecurity Council Resolution 435). Thatcher and Cameron concluded a secret nuclear deal with the apartheid government. It is ironical that Bernt Carlsson, Assistant Secretary General of the UN and UN Commissioner for Namibia was one of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing. Carlsson’s error was to have warned of taking legal action against countries and firms stealing Namibia’s uranium.

Ahtisaari in Yugoslavia

With Namibia giving Ahtisaari the credentials to become the best option for imperial agenda, his next task was Yugoslavia in view of the strategic importance of the Balkans following the collapse of the Soviet Union (thanks to traitor Mikhail Gorbachev and his Perestroika and Glasnost). Energy reserves of the Caspian Sea and Central Asia was what the West was after. The quest was to dismantle UNITARY Yugoslav Federation in 1991 by officially recognizing its republics – Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia as independent sovereign states. The modus operandi was to form alliances with the region’s rival bourgeois, criminals and consolidate as the ‘elite’ to rule alongside the West. Serbia was the strongest oppose to capitalist rule.

That did not deter orchestrating the 1992-1995 Bosnian war ending with the first imperial military intervention in the Balkans at the cost of thousands of lives.

Ahtisaari became the Chairman of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Working Group of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia.

Nothing that the people of the new ‘independent’ states were promised has happened.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is economically and politically on the decline. 20% of the population are poor. 30% are vulnerable to poverty. 32% are unemployed.

His role in conceptualizing ETHNIC-BASED-STATES (a recipe to continue division, discrimination, ethnic cleansing & future wars) is what should wake up Sri Lanka’s leaders.

Kosovo independence pursued by KLA had US backing leading to the 1999 NATO bombardment of Serbia.

Western powers have used Kosovo as a pretext for military intervention in Georgia & unilateral recognition of breakaway South Ossetia

Ahtisaari was again appointed Special Envoy by UNSG Kofi Annan and led to Kosovo’s UDI in February 2008.

All is not merry post-UDI. 47% are in poverty. 6 out of 10 people don’t have a job.

Kosovo Serbs refuse to cooperate with Kosovo institutions or the EU. Serbia ignored instructions of the UN Special Representative and held Municipal elections.

Kosovo independence is recognized by only 50 states. 140 UN members continue to refuse to recognize the new country including 5 EU countries with Spain very vocal about its stand. UN supported Serbia’s appeal to the International Court of Justice to rule on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence. The stand of Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Greece, Cyprus that voted with Serbia should be a good message for India and the rest of Asia because these nations sided with Serbia because they feared Kosovo’s recognition would spur separatist movements in their own countries.

Ahtisaari Bought : Kosovo independence paid for

Ahtisaari was ‘bought’ by Albanian mafia. The bribe of 4million euros secured Kosovo’s independence. In fact Ban Ki Moon had asked for a report on Ahtisaari while James George Jatras, Director American Council for Kosovo wrote to UNSG Ban Ki Boon on 24 July 2007, attaching the Defense and Foreign Affairs Special Analysis dated 10 July 2007 titled Evidence that UN Special Envoy for Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari received Albanian Mafia bribes for Kosovo Independence’ issued by the Global Information System confirming the existence of a report by German intelligence service BND regarding payments to Ahtisaari.

In the letter Jatras questioned Ban Ki Moon on holding ‘all UN employees to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior’ and Moon’s pledge for ‘zero tolerance’ on UN corruption. Jatras requested an UN inquiry on Ahtisaari and wished Moon to acknowledge or deny the existence of an intelligence report against Ahtisaari and UN’s action via the ethics office that comes under Moon.


German Intelligence Agency BDN (Brig. Neiman) has recorded evidence of discussions between Ahtisaari and Albanians plus money transfers with bank accounts.

  • ·        2million euros transported from Swiss Bank (Visalia city) account number 239700-93457-00097 owned by Exhet Boria (an offshore account with a code XS52-KOLER) to Ahtisaari’s bank account in Bank of Cyprus (account number 3459346699004533, code VOLANND)
  • ·      2 men carrying 2 silver briefcases visit Ahtisaari at the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNOSEK) on 12 Feb 2007 at 06:23hrs in a black Mercedes SUV with license plate PR-443-22CD belonging to Albanian Government in Pristina. A source inside the UN Mission in Kosovo confirms the briefcases had cash and was handed to Ahtisaari.
  • ·        26 February 2007 at 17:44 the same car with license plates removed visit the UN Mission in Kosovo with Exhet Boria and 2 bodyguards carrying 2 more silver briefcases.
  • ·     Exhet Boria is a Kosovo Albanian involved in organized crime and heroin trade in Europe and right hand to Behgjet Pacolli, Albanian billionaire mafia boss living in Switzerland.
  • ·    The 4 briefcases had diplomatic luggage labels and arrived in Finland without being checked (because of diplomatic status) and were delivered to Ahtisaari’s house. The cash inside the 4 briefcases were 40million euros.
  • ·        German intelligence also confirmed Ahtisaari had many telephone conversations with Behgjet Pacolli.
  • ·    German agents also noted that NATO Kosovo Force four-wheel drive vehicle carried 2 women with Boria’s bodyguard and the 2 women stayed at Ahtisaari’s quarters till 05:17hrs next day and left in the same car.
  • ·   The report resulted in the President of the National Assembly of Serbia to make a formal inquiry into the allegations of Ahtisaari’s involvement in Albanian organized crime.
  • ·      The GIS/Defense and Foreign Affairs station confirms the BND report and that the contents were real.
  • ·     It was in the light of the exposure of Ahtisaari that the UN considered partition of Kosovo, rather than adopting the Ahtisaari plan for granting complete independence to Kosovo
  • ·      Ahtisaari’s plan was to give Kosovo Parliament 120 seats, 100 to the Albanians, 10 seats to the Serbs, 10 to be occupied by the remaining minorities in Kosovo. This left Hakim Thaci, Kosovo Liberation Army leader with 75 seats making him the clear winner to announce the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) for Kosovo. Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hakim Thaci is accused by a Council of Europe inquiry report of being responsible for arms smuggling, drug and human organ smuggling

   That is Ahtisaari and the mafia connection. How about Ahtisaari and Western imperial links? When US State Dept allows Ahtisaari to be privy to its circulars it reveals how far he was working closely to Western agenda.

Questioning his bias further was Gregory Copely of Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute who says We have been observing him (Ahtisaari) ever since he was appointed a UN special envoy for Kosovo status, because we knew he came to that post after working for the International Crisis Group, established by the financier George Soros. We also knew that Soros, as well as the ICG, is firmly backing the independence of Kosovo province. This meant that Ahtisaari obviously wasn’t an impartial person for this position.”

Today, Kosovo is a transition ‘State’ for drugs flowing to Europe. Drug flows come to Europe from Afghanistan and Asian states crossing the corridors in Turkey and the Balkans. 80% of traffic goes through the Balkans. The Northern heroin (Afghanistan – Turkey – Hungary – Romania) and Southern cocaine (Turkey – Greece – Macedonia – Albania – Italy) are the two major routes. Turkey has become a key foothold of drug dealers. KLA is funded by the West to keep its own people in terror. This is a good lesson for the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims to think about in believing that outsiders can offer solutions.

Ahtisaari was

  •  chairman of International Crisis Group 2000-2005
  •  Founder of Crisis Management Initiative 1993 (through which he got involved in Aceh, Indonesia as head of peace negotiations)
  •  Advisor in Open Society Institute and George Soros Foundation.
  •  He has attended Bilderberg sessions

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica declared on 15th February 2007 that ‘Ahtisaari is proposing to rob Serbia of 15% of its territory and wants to change internationally recognized borders against the will of the Serbian State’. He added that this would be a ‘gross violation of the integrity of a democratic European state’.

While Pillai’s Investigating Team 1 will attempt to patch up a virtually finalized report, Team 2 of which Ahtisaari has been declared a ‘credible’ member would be attempting to repeat what he did in Namibia, Yugoslavia, Aceh, Kosovo upon Sri Lanka. This is the danger that awaits Sri Lanka. The country’s advisors have lethargically handled the UN Resolutions that has led to this current impasse. Let us not forget that Albanians bribed Ahtisaari with 4million Euros of drug money. LTTE has a history of bribing too.

As far as Sri Lanka should be concerned, Ahtisaari is bringing to Sri Lanka’s investigation conclusions that will be accepted by the West.

  •  Ethnic-based states (Tamil Homeland /Eelam quest camaflages a Christian satellite state for the West in Asia)
  •  Collective guilt” / Guilt as a nation” – Ahtisaari told Kosovo Serbians ‘You are guilty as a nation’ it was a Freudian slip but he said it out loud – he will tell the same to Sri Lanka

In 1999, as an EU envoy and President of Finland he went to meet Serbian leader Milosevic to persuade Sloban Milosevic to withdraw Serbian troops from Kosovo as part of a ceasefire deal with NATO. An eyewitness has revealed that Ahtisaari had grabbed the table cloth on which coffee and tea cups rested for the negotiators and ripped it from the table, sending cups, saucers, pots and spoons crashing to the floor. That is what will happen to Serbia if you do not accept!” he shouted at Milosevic and other Serbs present. On 3 June 1999, Milosevic accepted the envoys terms and NATO strikes ceased 6 days later.

Is this the same diplomatic technique Ahtisaari will apply on President Rajapakse & Sri Lanka is what we now need to start wondering?

China to host WFB Conference and raise the stakes of Global Buddhism

June 27th, 2014

by Senaka Weeraratna

 China will host the 27th World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) General Conference scheduled to be held at Baoji City in the Shaanxi Province, North East China from 14-19 October, 2014.

 This is the first time that China will be hosting a WFB General Conference and it is likely to use the occasion to convey a strong message to the world that China of the future intends not only to be an economic and military super power but also a source of enlightened thinking and civilizational influence based on Buddhism.    

 Baoji city in Shaanxi Province was chosen as the venue of the WFB Conference because Shaanxi Province is the birthplace of the ancient Chinese civilization. Xi’an was the capital city during the reign of thirteen dynasties (the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang Dynasties), which in total lasted over 1100 years. Buddhism which originated in India was first received in Shaanxi Province.

 Buddhism is deeply rooted in China and is an integral part of the Chinese culture and civilization. It is the only outside influence that was allowed to integrate successfully into Chinese society over a period of over thousand years by a community i.e. Chinese, fully conscious of their place in history and in the unfolding world. 

Though all religions in China suffered a setback during the period of Chinese Communism and particularly at some stage of what was called the ‘Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution’ in the mid – 1960s, Chinese Buddhism has steadily recovered and it is rapidly expanding registering the fastest growth for any religion in China. The number of followers of Chinese Buddhism vary from a conservative 300 million to a liberal interpretation of over one Billion.  

Chinese Buddhism can be expected to be a major drive in the future using the advancements made in the fields of technology and wealth. The Chinese polity is now discovering the priceless value of Buddhism and its huge potential in bonding with other countries in Asia and particularly India, the birthplace of Buddhism. 

The recent moves on the part of both China and India under the newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to draw closer to each other in many spheres using historical Buddhist civilizational and cultural links bodes well for both countries and the greater stability of the rest of Asia.

It was not so long ago in the colonial period that both Chinese and other peoples of Asia were forced to watch with despair and helplessness the inroads that the Christian missionaries were making in Hindu and Buddhist dominated parts of Asia. The Chinese themselves were at the receiving end for decades of Christian evangelization, and of late Islamic resurgence, particularly in the north – western parts of China. 

Today China’s leadership is no longer doctrinaire Communist. It sees a huge potential in Buddhism and views it as a noble path for the moral and ethical progress and spiritual transformation of Chinese society.

It has been observed that Buddhism can also function in reducing social divisions in China much more effectively than any of the Abrahamic religions which are strongly linked to external forces based outside China.  Buddhism has also been seen by Chinese observers as helping believers to cope with fast-changing modes of behaviour and life styles of modern society plagued by wealth gap and social unrest.

China’s close association and patronage of Buddhism will be mutually beneficial to both China and the rest of Buddhist Asia desperately seeking a countervailing power to lead and offset the growing challenges posed by threatening influences emanating from the West.

Senaka Weeraratna

A Damning Asian Human Rights Watch Report Which If Provable Could Have Dire Ramifications Against The Government.If Not The AHRW Is Culpable Of A Distorted Testimonial.

June 27th, 2014

Sunny Sunil’s Column of Critical Analysis

June 27th, 2014

The accusations against the Government of Sri Lanka elaborated in the following item which was posted on the Infolanka News page and composed by the Asian Humen Rights Watch Organization appears to be a testimonial which if provable sounds not only shameful and damning but could carry dire ramifications and this at a time when there are accusations of Human Rights violations during the Tamil Tiger insurgency levelled against the GOSL where it does not augur well for Sri Lanka.

Therefore it seems  imperative that the Government launches an immediate investigation into the matter and examine under oath the individuals against whom these charges are levelled as otherwise it could tarnish Sri Lanka’s image as a humanitarian and compassionate country.Severe penalties need to be imposed and perhaps even a re-structuring of procedures towards protecting the incarcerated as after all the adage “To Serve and Protect” seems universally linked to the conduct of Law Enforcement and is affordable to all citizens or it is hoped!

 While the presentation is not only frightening in its intensity towards the liabilities and excesses of  Government officials~ in this case the Police, surely overstepping their metes and bounds it also conveys a sense of apathetic indifference towards how law enforcement is carried out in a nation that constantly preaches Ahimsa to the world.

 However, bearing in mind the reputation, organizations like AHRW have for exaggerating and misrepresenting facts and figures in an ongoing attempt to play goody two shoes with a comprehensive  agenda linked to the adversaries of Sri Lanka as outlined by certain expert analysts who regularly monitor their activities there is every likelihood that there is more to the story than meets the common eye although the stark reality of the death of the  unfortunate youth ( with a familiar and adulated last name in Sri Lanka to moot albeit with no veritable links towards anything beyond coincidence) while in police custody.

It also looms large towards the impact it could have on the Sri Lanka Police Force in a very derogatory and culpable sense if the case is provable as presented and all the more reason the GOSL needs to act post haste as the accusations incorporate not only police brutality and torture while in custody but also has greater implications towards all the protocols which govern a free society and the manner in which law enforcement in general is conducted in Sri Lanka where the drawn analogies seem to speak for themselves somewhat unfortunately.

 It is fervently hoped that this is not as graphic and melodramatic as it appears and that there is another side to the story as well as all the accusations made against the Government in a country which today has a reputation of an incredible recovery in the  aftermath of the Terrorist conflagaration that took nearly three decades to clear.

There should also be lessons learned from this as what has been outlined in this report is sufficient to shake the existence of Sri Lanka to her very foundations particularly as it hinges on the theme of “impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators” which needs to be proven as the furthest from the truth  towards alleviating  the reputation Sri Lanka under the present leadership has as a just and compassionate nation under a no nonsense leader whose measures often draw criticism from all the unlikely sources unable to contend with them .

Consequently it would negate the intensity of accusations levelled at the Government by an organizations that is not truly kosher in its modus operandi as most human rights watchdogs tend to be and point towards being a distorted testimonial with intent to discredit the Government carrying the related culpabilities as those of the accusers rather than the accused.

SRI LANKA : An addiction to torture

Friday, 27 June 2014, 3:08 pm
Press Release: AHRC


A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission
SRI LANKA : An addiction to torture 17-year-old Sandun Malinga died in police custody on May 9, 2014. He had been wrongfully arrested and beaten. His repeated entreaties for medical attention because of the chest pains he suffered after the beatings were ignored. After his arrest and initial beating, he had been brought before a magistrate. He and his lawyers told the magistrate that he was suffering chest pains. Instead of following protocol and asking for the boy to be examined, the magistrate ignored their pleas and ordered the boy to be detained. He died the next day, still in custody.

His torture and death are part of a pandemic of abuse by state agents. Impunity for the perpetrators is virtually guaranteed. Torture is used for all kinds of reasons, including as revenge for complaints about torture. High-ranking police officers and the judiciary are also compliant in the abuse; complaints to IGPs and ASPs are rarely responded to, and magistrates register even the flimsiest cases by the police.

The Sri Lankan government encourages torture despite public gestures at the international level claiming that it is opposed to torture. The Convention against Torture Act (No. 22 of 1994) is not implemented anymore and this is a policy decision. Another avenue open for torture victims in the past was the filing of fundamental rights applications. This, too, has been discouraged for policy reasons.


The Supreme Court follows a policy of encouraging lawyers to settle cases by negotiation. A torture victim, therefore, is pressed to negotiate with the perpetrator. As a result of this policy, the number of fundamental rights applications on torture has dropped drastically. Thus, by way of official policy, torture victims are deprived of any possibility of finding legal redress. There is also no witness protection law and victims have been assassinated for pursuing justice.

Common methods of torture used in Sri Lanka range from beatings, sometimes with the victim hung upside down, to the use of chili powder applied to the eyes and genitals. Another common method is the use of the ‘dharma chakra’, when the accused is tied up between two poles and beaten. Victims are also often humiliated, forced to strip naked or, upon asking for water, told to drink from the toilet.

Another common practice is, subsequent to severe torture, police officers force the victims to sign blank sheets of paper. These are later used when fabricated charges are laid against victims. The compliance of the magistracy in police abuse is often seen in these cases.

In some cases, collective punishment is exercised in response to complaints about torture. For example, in April this year a group of nine men were arrested and tortured by the Matale police in response to a protest in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police. The protestors were responding to the Superintendent’s attack on a man who had been legally collecting firewood on the estate for this late wife’s almsgiving. The nine men arrested and tortured included people who were not present at the protest.

It can be said that the Sri Lankan police are addicted to torture. The responsibility is not only with low-ranking officers who may be directly involved in torture but also with high-ranking officers like the OICs, ASPs and DIGs, who fail to exercise their command responsibility to prevent torture. There is a belief among policemen that without the use of torture they are unable to do their job. The truth is also that torture creates opportunities for corruption.

Complaints of torture are filed with the IGP and also with the Human Rights Commission, despite the fact that human rights organisations are aware that no real investigations or prosecution will take place. There are hundreds of presentations on Youtube where victims tell their experiences of torture in graphic detail. Besides this, there are other documentations, such as for example the book that was published last year by the Asian Human Rights Commission documenting 400 cases of torture experiences, taken from around 1,500 cases studied by the Commission. The United Nations agencies dealing with torture, including the Committee against Torture, have made so many recommendations to SRi Lanka to investigate torture complaints and to prosecute offenders but the government ignores such recommendations. Besides the police, the Sri Lankan military are also accused of very serious acts of torture, particularly relating to the operation of anti-terrorism law. None of these complaints are being investigated.

Often, there are reports about custodial killings. Some are cases in which victims die due to excessive beatings, such as for example the 17-year-old Sandun Malinga, who was beaten to death recently in police custody. There are other instances in which so called bad criminals are killed, allegedly because they tried to escape from police custody or tried to harm policemen. Of course, such stories are fabricated but there is no authority that is ready to examine the circumstances of these deaths in custody. Therefore, it is no exaggeration to say that Sri Lanka is a torture republic. The only inaccuracy may be about the word ‘republic’, given the constitutional changes which have virtually created an authoritarian system.

Torture is part of the day-to-day operation of the Sri Lankan state. The democratic, rule-of-law-based system that existed in Sri Lanka has been systematically undermined and its governing institutions have been no longer function in their assigned roles. Following the collapse of the rule of law and a functioning criminal justice system, an alternative system based on state violence has been entrenched in Sri Lanka. The impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was the death knell of the Sri Lankan judiciary, the end of a slow death from multiple blows, one of the strongest of which was the 1978 Constitution itself. Without a functioning judiciary, there is no recourse for the citizen in the defence of their rights. At the highest level, Chief Justice Mohan Peiris asks torture victims to settle their cases, and at the lowest level magistrates ignore complaints of torture and return victims to custody, and refuse to inquire into deaths in custody, accepting police claims about self-defence.

At the moment, there are no reasonable grounds on which to believe that torture will be brought to an end in Sri Lanka. All indications are that this problem will increase due to the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrator

නව ඖෂධ පනත, ආණ්ඩුව ඖෂධ සමාගම්වලට යවපු පෙම් හසුනක්

June 27th, 2014

පුබුදු ජයගොඩ- පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්ෂය

අලූතෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති ඖෂධ උපකරණ හා විලවුන් නියාමන අධිකාරි පනත් කෙටුම් පත ආණ්ඩුවට සහ ඖෂධ සමාගම් අතර හුවමාරු වූ පෙම් හසුනක් යැයි පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්ෂය පවසයි. එම පක්ෂයේ දේශපාලන සභික පුබුදු ජයගොඩ මහතා මෙම අදහස් ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේ අද (26) රාජගිරිය එම්.ඞී.ඞී.ආර්. ශාලාවේ පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදීය. නව පනත සේනක බිබිලේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිවලට අනුව සකස් කරන බව කීවත්, එය හා සේනක බිබිලේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිය අතර කිසිඳු සම්බන්ධයක් නැතැයි මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී ප‍්‍රකාශ විය. 

පහත දැක්වෙන්නේ එහිදී ඉදිරිපත් වූ අදහස් කිහිපයකි,

‘‘ ඖෂධ ජාවාරම අනෙක් සියළු ජාවාරම් අභිබවා ලාභගන්න ජාවාරමක්. ෆෝචූන් 500 සමාගම් අතර තිබෙන ඖෂධ සමාගම් 10 ඉතිරි සමාගම් 490 ම ගන්නා ලාභයට වඩා ලාභ ගන්නවා. එහෙම ලාභ ගන්නේ මිල අඩු ඖෂධ විවිධ වෙළඳ නාම වලින් වැඩි මිලට විකුණලා. ඇමොක්සිලීන් විවිධ වෙළඳ නාම 118 කින් ලංකාවේ තියෙනවා. ඔස්ටේ‍්‍රලියාවේ අවසර දී තිබෙන්නේ වර්ග 4 ට පමණයි. ලංකාවේ ඇමොක්සලීන් කරලක් රුපියල් 3.50 සිට රුපියල් 30 දක්වා විවිධ මිල ගණන්වලට විකුණනවා. මෙත්කොමීන් ඖෂධය ශත 90 සිට රුපියල් 23 දක්වා මිලගණන්වලට තියෙනවා. ඒ කියන්නේ ශත 90 ට දෙන්න පුළුවන් පෙත්තට රු 23 ක් ගන්නවා. ඒ විදියටයි ඖෂධවලින් ලාභ ගන්නේ අලූත් පනතේ මේවා පාලනය කරන්න කිසිම ප‍්‍රතිපාදනයක් නෑ. ඖෂධවල මිල පාලනය ගැන එකම බෙහෙත අධික මිල ගණන්වලට වෙනත් වෙළඳ නාමවලින් විකුණන එක වළක්වන්න ඖෂධ සමාගම් වල තැරව්කරුවන් රෝහල්වලට පැමිණ වෛද්‍යවරු හමුවීම නවත්වන්න පනතේ ප‍්‍රතිපාදන නෑ. 

මේ පනතේ රෝගීන් ගැන ආදරයෙන් ලියවුන එක වගන්තියක් වත් නැති වුණාට පිටුවක් පිටුවක් පාසා සමාගම් ගැන පේ‍්‍රමය උතුරා යනවා. මේ පනතේ 35(1)  වගන්තිය යටතේ ඖෂධ නාමයට අමතරව වෙළඳ නාමයත් ලියන්නත් අවසර දී තිබෙනවා. එය මෙතෙක් ලංකාවේ තිබුණු නීතියක් ආපස්සට හැරවීමක් ඖෂධ ලියාපදිංචියට අයදුම් පතක් යොමු කරලා, ඒක මගදී ඉල්ලා අස්කර ගන්නත්් සමාගම්වලට ඉඩදීලා තිබෙනවා. එහෙම කරන්නේ රසායනාගාර පරීක්ෂණයේදී ඖෂධය බාලයි කියලා තහවුරු වෙලා. අසාදු ලේඛන ගත වෙන්න ගියොත් එක නවත්වන්න සමාගම්වලට අයදුම් පත ඉල්ලා අස්කර ගන්න පුළුවන්. කලින් බාල ඖෂධ කියලා ඔප්පු වෙලා ලියාපදිංචි අහෝසි වූ ඖෂධවලට නැවත ලියාපදිංචි වෙන්න අවස්ථාව හදලා තියෙනවා. ඖෂධ සාම්පලයක් අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන මාස 3 ක් ඇතුළත හෝ රසායනාගාර වාර්තා ලැබී මාසයක් තුල නඩු පවරන්න බැරි වුණොත් නැවත නඩු පවරන්න බෑ කියලා වගන්තියක් තියෙනවා. මාසයක් තුළ නඩු පවරන්න නම් ඖෂධ අධිකාරියට නීතිඥ සමාගමකුත් අනුබද්ධ කරන්න වෙනවා. මේ වගන්තිය දාලා තියෙන්නේ බාල ඖෂධ හදන සමාගම්වලට නඩු වැටෙන එක නවත්තන්න. ඒ විතරක් නෙවෙයි ආණ්ඩුව තමන්ටම නඩු දාගන්න හදපු අවස්ථාත් තියෙනවා. ඖෂධයක ලියාපදිංචිය අවලංගු වී සතියක් ඇතුළත එය සමාගමට දැනුම් දිය යුතු යැයි වගන්තියක් තියෙනවා. සතියකුත් දැනුම් දෙන්න බැරි වුණොත් සමාගම්වලට අධිකාරියට විරුද්ධව නඩු පවරන්න පුළුවන්. සමෘද්ධි නියාමක තමන්ම ගස් බැඳ ගන්නවා. හාමුදුරුවරු තමන්ටම ගහ ගන්නවා. අළුත්ගම මුස්ලිම් ව්‍යාපාරිකයෝ තමන්ගේම කඩය ගිනි තියා ගන්නවා කියන ආණ්ඩුව තමන්ටම නඩු පවර ගන්න පටන් අරන් වගේ. 

මේ පනතේ සමහර තැන් විහිළු සහගතයි. පනතේ 110 වගන්තියේ, ඖෂධ ගැන කියද්දී මිනිසුන් හා සතුන් කියලා කියනවා. මේකට සතුන් අදාළ වෙන්නේ කොහොමද? කොහේ හරි තියෙන වගන්ති ටිකක් අඩුම ගානේ කියවන්නේවත් නැතිව කොපි කරලා හදපු පනතක් මේක. රූපලාවන්‍ය ද්‍රව්‍ය විකුණන තැන් ලියාපදිංචි කරන්න  ඕන කියලා තියෙනවා.  ඕනම සිල්ලර කඩයක තියෙන ක‍්‍රීම් වර්ග විලවුන් වර්ග මේ වර්ගයට ඇතුළත් වන නිසා තේ කඩ බේකරි ඇරෙන්න, ඉතිරි හැම එකක්ම ලියාපදිංචි කරන්න වෙයි. නියාමන අධිකාරිය ඇතුළට ඖෂධ සමාගම්වල තැරව්කරුවෝ රිංගන එක වළක්වන්න, අධිකාරියේ සමාජික ධූර කාලයට වසර 5 කට පෙර සහ පසු ඖෂධ සමාගමක සේවය කරන එක තහනම් කරන්න නීතියක් පනවන්න කියලා යෝජනාවක් තිබුණා. මේකේ ඒ මුකුත් නෑ. අධිකාරිය නඩත්තු කරන්න අනුග‍්‍රාහකයන්ගෙන් මුදල් ගන්න පුළුවන් කියලා තියෙනවා. කවුද මේ අනුග‍්‍රාහකයෝ? අන්තිමේදී අධිකාරිය ඖෂධ සමාගම්වල මුදලින් යැපෙන සමාගම්වලින් වැටුප් ගන්න සේවකයින් සිටින සමාගම්වල රූකඩයක් වීම වළක්වන්න බෑ. 

නවලිබරල් ධනවාදය යටතේ සෞඛ්‍යය වෙළඳ භාණ්ඩයක් වෙලා තියෙන්නේ. අපේ ලෙඩ වගේම ලෙඩ වෙන්න තියෙන බයත් ජීවිතයට ඇති ආදරයත් විකුණලා ලාභ හොයනවා. මේ ආණ්ඩු ජාවාරම්කරුවන්ගේ ආණ්ඩු මිස ජනතාවගේ ආණ්ඩු නෙවෙයි. රතුපස්වල ප‍්‍රශ්නය ආවම ධනපතියගේ පැත්ත අරන් ජනතාවට වෙඞ් තිබිබා. ඖෂධ පනත හදනකොට යන්නේ සමාගම්වල පැත්්තට මිස ජනතාවගේ පැත්තට නෙවෙයි. මේ ආණ්ඩු ධනපති ආණ්ඩු කියලා ජනතාව තේරුම් ගත යුතුයි. මේ ඖෂධ පනත සංශෝධනය කරලා වැඩක් නෑ. ඒක සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අහෝසි කළ යුතුයි. ඖෂධ පනත විතරක් නෙවෙයි. සෞඛ්‍ය සේවයේ හැම ප‍්‍රශ්නයක්ම විසඳන්න වෙන්නේ මහජන බලයක් ගොඩ නඟලා.’’  


A reply to one sided writing by Kalana Senaratna

June 26th, 2014

Herold Leelawardena

Very strongly and fundamentally, Muslims believe that Allah had created everything we perceive, and there is no God other than Allah, and Quran has nothing but the word of Allah, and Muhammad is the last prophet that Allah had send. Consequently, every Muslim appreciates, rationalizes and follow Sunna which is the life style and the work of Muhammad.

 What Muslims worship and believe is their own matter. It’s true that we non-Muslims should bother about it and live with dread. Why non-Muslims have to be concerned about the tenets of Islam is; so many verses of the Koran, which supposed to be the word of Allah, tells Muslims what to do to others in detail and the behaviour of Muslims at large.

 But Kalana says he is not concerned about whether or not the Muslims undertake a self-critical view of their own community. What matters to him is how fiery oratory by Gnanasara thero work the mob violence. And the way that the singer Madhumadawa invoked a helping hand to it. And the historical sayings and doings of Anagarika Dharmapala. Kalana had forgotten at least to mention about the only Sinhala-Muslim riot (1915) was started on a Poson Poya day at 1 am by Muslims throwing stones at a procession of carol carts from a roadside mosque just like this time around.

 I see for sure that there are no Muslims around with an outlook similar to that of Sinhalas like Kalana. Muslims are feistily loyal to their race and religion. One only has to read CT to perceive it. All Muslims there including the ones that write under Sinhala names says Sinhala Buddhists are racists and bigots and they are harassing the innocent Muslims.

 What Muslims must do to non-Muslims (kufars) are clearly mentioned in many a verse in the Quran. The word Kill” is mentioned 133 times in one hundred verses in the Quran. If so, do we need to talk about what Muslims would have done to kufars. How Muslims converted kufar to be Muslim, and if not they were forced to pay jizya (poll tax), and if they refuses that they were expelled or killed is clearly written in the Islamic history. Anyone could see that Sinhala Buddhists who has a history of 2,500 years are facing existential challenges from changing modalities of Muslim life in the modern day. How?

 Like in all other countries the world over, Muslims in Sri Lanka are also divided into sects and fight among themselves. Fundamentalists tell us that, that is their problem and not a problem of Sinhalese. People like Kalana accept it in Toto. But we Sinhalas insist that fundamentalists engage in fighting as an effort to breed jihadists. Does not Kalana understand that that’s how fights between Muslims have become a concern for Ven. Gnanasaras.

 On May 29, 1996, ACJU sponsored Wahhabi fundamentalists’ arson struck the Sufi mosque named ‘Thareekathul Mufliheen’ in Kathankoody at 1 A.M. On October 31, 2004, at 12:30 p.m., 500 Tawheeds again crashed in and set the Centre ablaze, destroying its library, along with homes and businesses owned by Sufis. On December 15, 2006, Hordes of Tawheed thugs overran the same Meditation Centre knocked down its minaret then exhumed the body of its founder, MSM Abdullah (Rah) who was buried the day before and burned it. Then they burned around 150 houses of his followers. Two were injured, one lost an arm and many fled the district. Hakeem and co shield these acts from the world. Americans act as if they don’t know it. For Pillay of cause, victims may not have lost their human rights. Pseudo learned like Kalalana thinks those are simple problems that Hakeems ought to solve themselves. And breeding Jihads should not be a problem for Sinhalas. What a BS thought!

 To what extent Muslim fundamentalism has spread to Beruwala can be accessed from the taped sermon that Wahhabi fundamentalist delivered the day after the annual kandhoori (feast) at 150 year old Buhkary Thakiyya of traditional Quadri Sufis on 23rd 2009. The loud-speaker amplified taped sermon of Wahhabi fundamentalist have compared Buhari Thakiyya to a Buddhist Temple, the Kandhoori to a Dansal and the archways erected at the entrance to a Wesak Pandal. In that Wahhabi degraded both Sufis and Buddhists. Sufis complained to the police. Wahhabis avoided the police. But the clash dragged on to the following day.

 Both parties argued about the correct interpretations of the Quran and Hadith at the recently (at the time) opened Wahhabi mosque on 25th and ended in a brawl that killed two and 40 severely injured. Sinhala political vermin who rely on Muslim vote bank covers the fact that Muslims are fighting to breed jihadist from Sinhalas and the world. But they punch on a Buddhist fundamentalism in BBS and RB who expose the threat to Buddhists.

 As I can see, reason for all Muslim fights is the problems in interpreting what’s written in the Koran as Allah’s word that Muhammad said as conveyed to him through angel Gabrial1400 years back. Today, it has become a problem for us as well because Wahhabi and Salafi Tawheeds who were indoctrinated in Saudi are trying to make us dance to their tunes.

 Muslim men and women donned in full covered Arab robes, mantles or hijabs or nicabs or whatever that we have never seen before is in the open in hordes. And traditional Muslims are being undermined and attacked by fundamentalists. And new religious item like hallal are being forced fed us. We need no further convincing that enough jihadists have been bred by now. Since Muslims have become a challenge for Sinhala Buddhists, we too need to know the proper interpretation of Koran. And advise the Buddhists.

 We know very well that Ayagama Samitha thero was attacked by jihadists on the Poson Poya day. Does Kalana sees what we see?

කළණ සේනාරත්නගේ එ්ක පාර්ෂික ලිපි වලට පිලිතුරක්

June 26th, 2014

Herold Leelawardena

සෑම මුසල්මානුවෙක්ගේම මූලික තදබල විශ්වාසය වන්නේ අල්ලා මිස වෙනත් දෙවියෙක් නැති බවත්, අල්ලා දෙවියන් විසින් සියල්ල මවා අැති බවත්, කුරානයේ අැත්තේ අල්ලාගේ වචනය පමනක් බවත්  මොහම්මඩ් අල්ලා එවූ අන්තිම ගැලවුම්කාරයා හෙවත් නබී තුමා බවත්ය. එ් අනුව සෑම මුසල්මානුවෙක්ම ර්‍ණසුන්නාණීයනුවෙන් සදහන් කරන මොහම්මඩ්ගේ ඡීවන රටාව සාධාරණීකරනය කරයි, අගය කරයි, අනුගමනය කරයි’

මුසල්මානුවන්ගේ අැදහීම් සහ විශ්වාසයන් ඔවුන්ගේය. මුසල්මානු නොවන අයට එ් ගැන රුදාවක් නොතිබිය යුතු බවත් අැත්තය. මුසල්මාන් නොවන අයට මුසල්මාන් දහම අදාල වන්නේ අල්ලා කී දේ පමනක් කියනවා යයි කියන කූරානයේ පද ගනනාවකම මුසල්මානුවන් විසින් අන්අයට කලයුතූ දේ ගැන සවිස්තරාත්මකව මුසල්මානුවන්ට උපෙදස් දී අැති නිසාත් මුස්ලිම් ප‍්‍රජාවේ හැසිරීමි රටාවන් නිසාත්ය.

නමුත් කළණ කියන්ෙන් මුස්ලිම් ප‍්‍රජාවේ හැසිරීම හෝ ඔවුන් ස්වයං-විවේචනයකට යන්නේ ද යන්න ඹහුට අදාල නැති බවයි. ඹහුට අදාල වී අැත්තේ ‘ඥානසාර භික්ෂුව අලුත්ගම දී භීෂණය මුදා හැරී හැටිත් මධුමාධව ගායකයා ඊට අත්වැල් දුන් හැටිත් අනගාරික ධර්මපාල ඉතිහාසයේ කල කී දෑත්ය.’ කළණ ඹහුගේ මතය එ්ක පාර්ෂිකව ලොව පුරා පත්තර වලට ලියමින් සිංහලයාට අවමන් කරන්නේය. අඩුම තරමින් කලින් අැතිවූ එකම සිංහල- මුස්ලිම් ගැටුමට 1915 දී-  මුල්වුයේත් මෙවර මෙන්ම එම 1915- පොසොන් පොහෝ දිනත් රාත්‍රි 1 ට පොසොන් ගී කැරොල් කරත්තය යන මාර්ගයේ අැති මුස්ලිම් පල්ලියෙන් එල්ලකල ගල් ප්‍රහාරයක් බව නිකමටවත් කළණ නොකීවේය.

සෑම මුසල්මානුවෙක්ගේම දැක්ම කළණ වැනි සිංහලයන්ගේ දැක්මට හාත් පසින්ම වෙනස් බව මට නම් පැහැදිලිවම පෙනේ. එ් බව තහවුරු කර ගැනීමට CT කියවූවොත් හොදටම අැතිය. මුසල්මානුවන් සියල්ලෝම සිංහල නම් වලින් පෙනී සිටින්නන්ද අැතුලුව- කියන්නේ සිංහල බෞදධයා ඡාතී වාදියෙක් බවත් අාගම් වාදියෙක් බවත් අහිංසක මුසල්මානුවන්ට හිරිහැර කරණා බවත්ය.

 මුසල්මාන් නොවන්නන්ට (kufar) මුසල්මානුවන් විසින් කලයුතූ දේ ගැන කූරානයේ පද ගනනාවකම සදහන්කර අැත. “Kill” යන වචනය කුරානයේ පද සියයක 133 වතාවක් සදහත් වී අැති බව අප දැනගත යුතුය. මුසල්මානුවන් විසින් අන් රටවල් යටත්කර ගැනීමෙන් පසු මුසල්මාන් නොවන්නන්ව බලහත්කාරයෙන් මුසල්මාන් කල බවත් නොඑසේ නම් ඡිස්යා නම් බද්දක් ගෙවිමට අණ කල බවත් නොඑසේ නම් මරා දැමූ බවත් මුසල්මාන් ඉතිහාසය පැහැදිලිව පෙන්වා දෙයි. අද ලංකාවේ වසන මුසල්මානුවන්ගේ හැසිරීමේ රටාව වසර 2500 ක් පරණ ඉතිහාසයක් අැති සිංහල බෞද්ධයාගේ පැවැත්මට අභියෝගයක් වී අැති බව අැස් පෙනෙන ඹ්නෑම අයෙකුට වැටහේ. එ් කෙසේදර?

ලොව අන් සෑම රටක මෙන්ම ලංකාවේත් මුසල්මානුවන් කල්ලි බෙදී ගහ මරා ගනී. එ්ක අපේ ප්‍රශ්ණයක් බවත් සිංහලයන්ගේ ප්‍රශ්ණයක් නොවන බවත් මූලධර්මවාදී මුසල්මානුවන් අපට කියති. කළණලා එය පිලි ගනී. සිංහල අපි කියන්නේ මූලධර්මවාදීන් ගහ මරා ගැනීම් කරන්නේ ඡිහාඩ් කල්ලි බෝ කිරිම ප්‍රයත්නයට බවය. එතකොට මුසල්මානු ගහ මරා ගැනීම් ඥානසාරලාගේ ප්‍රශ්ණයක් වී අැත්තේ එ් අනුව බව කළණලාට නොවැටහෙන්නේදර?

1996 මැයි 29 වනදා වහබි මූලධර්මවාදීන් විසින් රාත්‍රි 1ට කාතන්කුඩිවල ‘තරීකතුල් මුෆ්ලිහීන්’ නැමති මධ්‍යස්ථ සූෆි පල්ලියට ගිනි තිබ්බේය. 2004 ඔක්තෝඹර්  31වනදා රාත්‍රි 12ග30ට පමණ මූලධර්මවාදීන් 500 ක් නැවත එම මධ්‍යස්තානයට කඩි වැදී එය ගිනි තබා එහි අැති පුස්තකාලයට සහ අසල් වැසි සූෆිවරුන්ට අයිති ගවල් වලටත් ව්‍යාපාරික ස්ථානවලටත් ගිනි අැවුලූයේය. 2006 දෙසැම්ඹර් 15වන දින මූලධර්මවාදී වහබි මදාවියන් නැවත එම මධ්‍යස්තානයට කඩා වැදී පල්ලියේ මිනෙරට් කුලුනු කඩා දිනකට කලින් එහි මිහිදන් කර තිබූ ‘තරීකතුල් මුෆ්ලිහීන්’ අාරම්භක සාන්තුවරයාගේ මිනිය ගොඩ ගෙන පුලුස්සා දැම්මේය. ඉන්පසු අවට අැති සූෆි වරැන්ගේ නිවාස 150ක් විනාශ කලෝය. දෙන්නකුෙග් කකුල් කැඩීය. පසුව ඔවුන්ව කාත්තන්කුඩි පලාතෙන්ම පන්නා දැමීය. ඉන් පසු ලංකාව පුරාම අැති සූෆි පල්ලි ගනනාවක් කඩා දැම්මේය. මේවා ගැන හකීම්ලා ලෝකයට වසන් කරයි. අැමරිකන් කාරයාත් නොදැක්කා සේ සිටියි. පිල්ලේට එ්වා හියුමන් රයිට්ස් වී නැත. කළණලා වැනි උගත් ඔස්තාර්ලාට අනුව එ්වා හකීම්ලා විසින්ම විසදා ගතයුතු සුලු ප්‍රශ්ණ වන්නේය. ඡිහාඩ් ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ බෝ කිරීම සිංහලයින්ගේ ප්‍රශ්ණයක් නොවන්නේය.

 වහබි සහ සලාෆි තව්හීද් හෙවත් මූලධර්මවාදය පැතිරී අැති තරම 2009 ඡූලි 23 වනදා බෙරුවලදී වහබි මුසල්මානුවන් විසින් මධ්‍යස්ථ අදහස් දරන කොඩරි සූෆි මුසල්මානුවන් විසින් 150 වසරක සිට පවත්වාගන යන මුස්ලිම් පල්ලි සභාවක දුන් දානයකට එරෙහිව ස්පීකර් යොදා ප්‍රසිද්ධයේ කල අපහාසාත්මක දේශනයෙන්ම පැහැදිලි වෙයි. වහබි මූලධර්මවාදීන් විසින් කල එම දේශනයෙන් සූෆි මුසල්මානුවන්ගේ හැසිරීම් රටාව බෞද්ධ දන්සැල් තොරණ වැනි ක්‍රිරියාවන්ට සමකල අතර දෙගොල්ලන්ටම අපහාස කලෝය.  සූෆි වරුන් පෙලීසි ගියෝය. වහබි වරුන් පොලීසිය මග හැරිෙයා්ය. නමුත් පසුදා ගැටුම දුර දිග ගියේය.

 මුසල්මන් කුරානයේ සහ හදිත් වල අර්ථ කථනයන් ගැන ඉහතකී දෙපිරිස අතර බේරුවල වහබි පල්ලියේදී තර්ක විතර්ක අැතිවී 2009 ඡූලි 25 වනදා එය කෙලවර වී අැත්තේ මුසල්මානුවන් දෙදෙනෙකු මරා දමා තවත් 40 කට හොදටම තූවාල කිරීමෙන් පසුවය. සිංහල දේසපාලුෙවා් අන්තවාදී චන්ද කුට්ටියට යටවී මුසල්මනුන් මරා ගැනීම් කරන්නේ ඡිහාඩ් බෝ කිරිමට බව සිංහලයාට සහ ලෝකයට වසන් කරයි. ශ්‍රි ලංකාවට සහ සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ට අැති තර්ඡනය පෙන්වා දෙන BBS සහ RB එකේ අැතැයි කියන බෞද්ධ මූලධර්මවාදයකට තඩිබායි.

මට පෙනෙන අයුරින් මුසල්මානුවන්ගේ සියලු මරාගැනීම්වලට මුල වසර 1400 පෙර අල්ලා දෙවියන් ගේබ්‍රියෙල් ලවා මොහම්මඩ්ට කීවායයි කුරානයේ ලියා අැති දේ අර්ථ කථනය කර ගැනීම පිලිඹද ප්‍රශ්ණයන්ය. අද එය අපේ ප්‍රශ්ණයක් වී අැත්තේ සවුදියෙන් තෙම්පරාදුවීඅැතිි ‘වහබි’ සහ ‘සලාෆි’ තව්හීද් මුසල්මානු මූලධර්මවාදීන් ශ්‍රි ලංකාවට අරක් ගෙන අපව නටවන නිසාය.

 වසර කිහිපයකට පෙර අපි නොදුටු අරාබි ලෝගු බිල්ලා වැනි අැදුම් අැදගත් මුසල්මානු පිරිමින් සහ ගැහැනුන් රොතු පිටින් කලඑලි බැස අැති නිසාත් සහ මධ්‍යස්ථ මත සහ අදහස් දරන සම්ප්‍රදායික මුසල්මානුවන්ට එරෙහිව මූලධර්මවාදීන් විසින් ප්‍රහාර එල්ල කර අැති නිසාත් සහ හලාල් වැනි කලින් ලංකාවේ නොතිබූ අාගමික යයි කියන සම්ප්‍රදායන් මුස්ලිම් නොවන අප පිටත් පටවා අැති නිසාත් අැති තරම් ඡිහාඩ් කාරයින් බෝ කරගෙන අැති බව තවත් කිවයුතු නැත. ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ සිටින මුසල්මානුවන්ගේ හැසිරීම් රටාව බෞද්ධයන්ට අභියෝගයක් වී අැති නිසාල සිංහල අපත් කූරානයේ ලියා අැති දේ ගැන නියම අයුරින් අර්ථ කථනය කල යුතූය. බෞද්ධයන්ව දැනුවත් කල යුතුය.

 අර අයගම සමිත හාමුදුරුවන්ට පොසොන් පොහෝ දින පහර දුන්නේත් ඡිහාඩ් කාරයින් බව අපට හොදටම පෙනෙන දේ නමුත් කළණට නොපෙනෙන දේය.


How credible are stories of Rape in North Sri Lanka?

June 26th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

There are time-tested ways to embarrass a country. Rape, torture, kidnapping, genocide are just a handful and with mainstream media, roped in journalists, puppet UN officials, money-hungry NGOs forming a team to project ‘allegations’ & ‘stories’ without evidence or proof, a country is automatically declared guilty by default. Rape has been defined a war crime. It is unfair that global entities are using rape as a weapon and making a mockery out of genuine cases of people who have been raped. Obviously, the negative publicity is meant to create a negative perception about Sri Lanka and its armed forces. This discussion attempts to draw attention to how credible the allegations of rape against Sri Lanka’s armed forces are.

A few headlines across the internet will show how powerful negative publicity is in generating wrong perceptions.

  •         Sri Lankan Military raping Tamil Tigers” – Telegraph, UK
  • Sri Lanka: Rape of Tamil Detainees” – Human Rights Watch – 41-page report, titled We Will Teach You a Lesson: Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces, provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 
  • ‘Sri Lankan military ‘still raping and torturing suspected rebels’ – the Guardian
  • Stop torture and rape by security forces in Sri Lanka” – International Truth and Justice Project
  • Tamils still being raped and tortured in Sri Lanka” – Frances Harrison report/BBC

The worst mass rape in history was by the Allied troops during World War 2. The rape of women from age of 8 to age of 80 is estimated to run into 2million rapes by Allied troops. More recently, the US Dept of Defense says that 19,000 sexual assaults annually occur in the US military while 237,878 are victims of rape annually in the US. The film ‘The Invisible War’ estimates that at least 500,000 women have been sexually assaulted in the US military since women joined the armed forces in the 1940s. That is an alarming number of US women raped by forces!

So too is the UN’s own findings:

  •         between 100,000-250,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide of Tutsi’s in 1994. Incidentally French military had fought side by side with the Rwandan army.
  • more than 60,000 women were raped during civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002)
  • more than 40,000 women were raped in Liberia (1989-2003)
  • close to 60,000 women were raped in the former Yugoslavia (1992-1995)
  • close to 200,000 women have been raped in DR Congo since 1998

Adding to the confusion is the coaching element in rape cases:

The Toronto Sun reported that Namibians are coached on what to tell the Canadian authorities when they arrive. Namibians thus claim they are fleeing from violence against lesbians, female genital mutilations and forced marriages, issues that easily draw empathy from gullible Canadians and win refugee status.

In fact the trauma coaching centres is a big money making business in the UK as well, with firms charging upto sterling pounds 5000-6000 for bruises to be inflicted to showcase they have been tortured by Sri Lankan security forces, cigarette butt burns on women to show that was part of the rape and harassment by Sri Lankan armed forces. What a lot of physical pain just to enter the UK, when all it should take is for the UK Government to allow any Tamil to immigrate to UK since tortured marks alone have sufficed to give them entry visa.

There is a political and business element in the rape scene into which UN and NGOs/INGOs are all involved. Organizations created exclusively to deal with rape obviously need funds and to obtain funds they need to have rape victims and to have rape victims the easiest way is to amongst their own network create the stories to generate shock big enough to ensure cheques flow to their accounts and generous people feel sad enough to donate for their ‘cause’.

Blame game

An aspect that cannot be ignored is the manner that all countries targeted for regime change find themselves suddenly slapped with the same set of accusations, with virtually identical statements issued from the same set of organizations and heads and confirmed by UN agencies sufficient enough for the same world leaders to declare R2P and humanitarian military intervention is the outcome. Thereafter, flow of arms to rebels and total chaos while the invading forces end up providing security for the corporates that arrive to take over all the resources that was the raison d’etre for regime change. The puppets installed are given a carte blanche to join in the booty and these are the people vying to take over and function as mouthpieces of the regime changing parties.

What is the GENOCIDE of RAPE in Sri Lanka

We have on the one hand scores of people who make allegations, spend lavishly to promote those allegations, take pains to debate and demand accountability but they cannot produce evidence. They claimed Sri Lanka killed 40,000 to 125,000 if not more Tamils but they cannot even produce 50 names of these dead. They claim Tamil refugees are harassed but it appears there are centers in the UK coaching them and paid to bruise them and then claim rape!

While these accusers have no statistics or names, the Sri Lankan authorities have.

  • Between 2008 to April 2014 there have been 105 cases of rape / 7 cases of attempted rape in both the North and East of Sri Lanka. 
  • 110 of the 112 rapes took place after May 2009 defeat of LTTE
  • Of these 112 cases – 3 rape victims have been murdered (13 year old in Delft island in 2012 / 4 year old in Manditivu by 2 persons / 45 year old in Vavuniya)
  • The 112 rape victims have been in the age group 3 years 8 months to 83 years old
  • Of these 112 rapes victims 28 have been below 10 years of age
  • None of these rapes have been committed by security forces personnel

These were all civilian rapes and it has been tragic that 28 of these cases have been Tamils raping young children some of the accused were grandfathers and fathers even teachers.

Nevertheless, since this aspect is of no interest to the human rights organizations who are determined to showcase that rape exists as a command structure in Sri Lanka’s North believing it is one of many other reasons good enough to demand the Sri Lankan forces to be removed from the North, the emphasis and publicity is given on rape by security forces ONLY, even if it means to create the story.

That’s where the HRW came in with its 2013 report titled ‘We will teach you a lesson: Sexual violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces”. It was a 140 page report giving 75 cases of ALLEGED rape between 2006-2012.  These alleged 75 cases were supposed to be the ‘widespread rape’ taking place in Sri Lanka.

 Sexual offences committed by the Army in the North – 2005 to 2013 (8 years)

  • 12 cases of rape by army personnel
  • 2 forms of action were taken a) Action filed against accused in court of law b) Army Inquiry
  • Actions by Army Inquiry :-

o   Discharged from army = 6

o   Accused not found guilty by army inquiry /but pending decision of court to decide = 1

o   Reduced to rank of Pte from L/Cpl = 1

o   Suspended on half pay = 1

o   Army inquiry pending = 3

 Sexual offences committed by the Army in the East – 2005 to 2013 (8 years)

  • 3 cases of rape by army personnel
  • 2 forms of action were taken a) Action filed against accused in court of law b) Army Inquiry
  • Actions by Army Inquiry :-

o   Discharged from army = 2

o   Army inquiry pending = 1

 Despite the false publicity on rape spread worldwide assisted by local cohorts the evidence and actions taken prove otherwise.

There are only 15 cases of rape by army personnel in 8 years (2005 to 2013) of which 8 army personnel have been discharged from the army indicating clear action taken by the military whilst parallel court of law inquiry has also been carried out.

 Why are organizations distributing rape kits?

However, there are organizations in Sri Lanka that claim rape takes place with ‘impunity’ in the North. The organization calling itself DAI is selling a rape kit at $20. The Guardian newspaper writing about the organization says During the civil and sectarian conflict, rape and other abuse was used quite unequivocally as a weapon, primarily by military forces against civilian women and children.” – we find that hard to believe with just 15 cases of rape by the army in 8 years! Ironically the DAI initiative is funded by USAID and USAID was chased out of Russia for attempting regime change!

The statement by Brad Adams of HRW is amusing too Sri Lankan security forces have committed untold numbers of rapes of Tamil men and women in custody,” Virtually all of those that claim to have been raped are those sitting awaiting refugee status and rape becomes just one of the avenues to win entry.

 Why have rapes in other parts of Sri Lanka been ignored?

Is it not strange that all the emphasis on rape is directed only on North with the single intention of pin pointing the rapes to the armed forces? No attention has been given to rapes in the rest of the country for the obvious reason that it would dismiss the objective of accusing the armed forces of rape in the North. With this likelihood clear, it puts to shame all those pretending to be concerned about rape when rape to them is only a political and commercial tool.

Sexual offences in Sri Lanka (2007 to 2013) in the 9 provinces in total = 11,531 (victim ratio 1.21:1000)

  • Western Province reported the highest rapes for the 6 year period = 2219 offences
  • Northern Province reported the least rapes for the 6 year period = 589 offences
  • Comparing sexual offences during war and post war : Both North and East provinces have seen a 3% increase in sexual offences post-war
  • Sinhalese community counts the highest victims with 9565 (Years 2007-2013)
  • Tamil community victims 1638
  • Muslim community victims 453

 What needs to be reiterated is that the ‘mass rape with impunity’ by the armed forces of Sri Lanka during an 8 year period (2005 to 2013) has just 15 cases in North Sri Lanka as against 11531 rapes taking place throughout the 9 provinces.

It is obvious where the allegations are heading and rape has become a perfect means to demoralize the armed forces as well as publicly and internationally ridicule them whilst pressuring the Government to remove the army from the North. 15 cases even with rape kits made available at $20 and rape coaching at sterling pounds 5000 has not changed the status quo for the people of Sri Lanka are not fools to fall for the lies being concocted.




Mangala wants an Avamangala

June 26th, 2014

Nalin de Silva

What does Mangala Samaraweera, the man who held a Buddha Statue at Punchi Borella while he was a minister, by the neck, showing that he has no respect at all for Bududahama, Budunvahanse or Sinhala Buddhism want? Apparently he is omniscient. He knows exactly what happened at Nolimit, Panadura. He told the press within six hours of the incident, how somebody had set fire to the building having entered from the top floor. It is still not known whether he knew that some people attached to the business venture were sleeping on the same floor.

He knows in detail what happened at Aluthgama Beruwala area and also of the role played by intelligence officers. He knows that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is responsible for the incidents, and asks why Ven. Galgodaatte Gnaasara Thera is not arrested. However nobody would ask why Mangala Samaraweera is not arrested for “revealing” the names of the intelligence officers, as everybody knows that the frustrated politician wants to be a hero by being taken into custody.

One would say that when there is a person of the calibre of Mangala Samaraweera who appears to be omniscient there is no need for a Criminal Investigation Department, but there are incidents such as the theft in his house on the banks of Panadura Ganga (Bolgoda Lake) where he did not know how it happened with the involvement of one of his errand boys.

Sri Lankan politics

It is clear from the days when Mangala Samaraweera formed the Ratavesi Peramuna with some present day patriots who were probably not that patriotic then, Mangala Samaraweera wanted to be in power. If he was instrumental in forming the parivasa (probationary) government with the JVP, during Chandrika days it was his ambition for power that made him come to some understanding with Somawansa Amarasinghe and his boys in red shirts.

Those were the days when Mahinda Rajapaksa was not heard of as the SLFP under Chandrika had no place for Medamulana. If Mahinda Rajapaksa did not become the President of the country, Mangala Samaraweera would still be in the SLFP, with most probably Prabhakaran being the ruler of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

Mangala Samaraweera had his political avamangala, the day he joined the UNP, when he was not given the portfolio wanted by the President. People cannot be too ambitious especially in politics, and it is good to know the limitations.

Mangala Samaraweera does not know his limitations, and as a result he has no future in Sri Lankan politics. Now his anti Sinhala Buddhist attitudes have come to the fore and he wants to follow the devil who smashed the pots and pans before he left (yana yaka koraha bindagena yema). Mangala Samaraweera is now interested only in smashing and destroying Sinhala Buddhism (as a culture) before his political dead body is buried.

I am not a fan of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), but I will defend it against people, especially those middle class enlightened hypocrite Sinhala Buddhists who accuse the organisation for so called aggressiveness. BBS is protecting Sinhala Buddhism, as a culture, and if not for such organisations and individuals, the “pious” Buddhists would not have been able to contemplate on Nibbana let alone attaining Nibbana. It is not difficult to store all the books on Bududahama in a library, may be the British Museum Library of all the libraries, without a Buddhist culture.

It may be good for enlightened middle class Buddhists to have a chat (is it a discourse) on Paticcasamuppada over a drink (not soft), but without a Buddhasasana nothing will come out of the discussion except a feeling of superiority over yakos like me. However, even in Paticasamuppada the enlightened would try their best to revise Vinnana paccaya namarupan, namarupa paccaya vinnanan, to satisfy the British Museum librarian and others claiming that it is cyclic and not logical!

Once I came across the problem of convincing a well known Professor of Sinhala who had obtained a Master’s degree in Buddhist Psychology that Paticcasamuppada contained this particular statement. He did not believe that Bududahama follows a cyclic Chinthanaya and not a linear Chinthanaya.

These enlightened “pious” Buddhists probably do not know that Ven. Mohottiwatte Gunananda Thera bicycled to Colombo in sarong, and carried Buddhist flags in iron bars when the perahera (procession) at Kotahena had to be organised amidst opposition. Anagarika Dharmapala also reminded the Sinhala Buddhists that they had no leaders, and that the suddas will go back leaving kalusuddas to rule them.

Aluthgama Beruwala incidents

Many enlightened Buddhists together with non Buddhists would accuse Ven. Gnanasara Thera for inciting the people at Aluthgama, and they have already come to the conclusion that it was the speech made by the Thera that contributed to the havoc in the area.

Mangala Samaraweera goes a step further pointing his fingers with which he held the Buddha statue by the neck, at intelligence officers as well. I do not want to go into a discussion on cause according to western philosophy following the Scottish Philosopher David Hume but some of these pundits who still debate on the cause of the Agrochemical Kidney Disease while the poor patients continue to die to maintain the supremacy of western medicine, when they can be cured by paramparika vedamahattayas, and unfortunately when Natha Deviyo is more interested in rice business than in curing the patients, have already come to the conclusion that Ven. Gnanasara Thera is the culprit.

It should be left to the Police to investigate whether the BBS as an organisation is involved with the Aluthgama Beruwala incidents and produce the office-bearers and others before a court of law, if necessary. Of course, one could say that the police is not impartial and one is helpless when the BBS goes on attacking innocent Muslims and others. However, I am at a quandary when people including the enlightened Buddhists accuse only the Sinhala Buddhists and their organisations over “ethnic” and “religious” violence.

The Aluthgama Beruwala incidents may have sparked off as a result of an incident involving a Bhikku going for a Dharmadeshana on the Poson Poya day. However, what is ignored is that there are problems hidden under the surface that are not discussed. There is resentment on the part of the Sinhala people not only the Buddhists but the Catholics as well over Muslim expansionism, Muslim cultural aggressiveness etc., that should be discussed openly instead of appeals by Sarvaagamika organisations to be calm after an incident.

The Sinhala Buddhists though always portrayed as racists are not racist at all. If that was the case the Muslim vendors would not have thrived in business over centuries in the country, and also people such as Bakeer Marker from Beruwala, Fowzie from Colombo central would not have been elected to the Parliament. Fowzie is sometimes called Ela Fowzie (as good as elakiri or cow milk) by the Sinhala people and it is with their preferential vote that he finds himself at the top end of the list of elected MPs. I wonder whether the phenomenon is reciprocal.

I have my objections to the BBS especially when they are pro western and it appears that there are currents within currents that have to be taken into consideration. However, Mangala Samaraweera is on a different wicket and it is very doubtful that he is pro Muslim countries when it comes to international politics. Incidentally it is not the Muslim countries that issued statements over the Aluthgama Beruwala incidents but the Western countries spearheaded by USA and England.

Mangala Samaraweera is only interested in tarnishing the image of the Sinhala Buddhism with the intention of destroying it. I am not sure whether he is an enlightened pious Sinhala Buddhist but he is expecting the avamangala (funeral) of Sinhala Buddhism in the country. He has to be reminded that he is neither the first person nor would he be the last person to work for the avamangala of Sinhala Buddhism, which has survived even after direct rule by the Europeans


June 26th, 2014

Susantha Wijesinghe

This is something that is very easy to make, and all concerned about eradication of Dengue, should start.  Also, “FLY PAPER ” too, do trap Mosquitos. It can be imported, or manufactured in Sri Lanka, by a business entrepreneur. He can be a millionaire overnight.  Government authorities should look into this suggestion very seriously. Good luck


Do It Yourself Home Mosquito Trap
Safety From Disease Begins At Home

mosquito-trap-500wMy ‘apologies’ to all branded insecticides in the marketplace but FIGHTING DENGUE MUST START AT HOME.It’s just a mix of water, brown sugar and yeast.

1. Cut a plastic bottle in half, keep both parts. Can be soft drink bottle.

2. Dissolve brown sugar in hot water and let it cool down to around 40C – room temperature (check using a thermometer). Pour into the lower portion of the bottle.

3. Add yeast to the sugar/water mixture (Carbon Dioxide will be formed and will attract the mosquitoes).

4. Cover the bottle with a dark wrap and insert the top portion upside down (like a funnel). Place it in a dark corner in your house.

5. In 2 weeks you will be surprised by the number of mosquitoes killed.





A Muslim spring and a Buddhist spring

June 26th, 2014

Nalin de Silva

A Muslim friend asked me what the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) wants from the Muslims. He is a genuine Muslim whom I respect though I may not agree with him sometimes. Jehan Perera in his column on 24th June states The government appears to have woken up to the gravity of the problem posed by repeated attacks on the Muslim community”.

Jehan Perera unlike my friend is not a Muslim, as far as I know, but he is concerned with the plight” of the Muslims. He was concerned with the plight of the Tamils and was against humanitarian operations, and was a stalwart in the Christian peace movement. It appears that the general opinion, at least among the non Buddhists and of course among some enlightened Buddhists in various fora, is that the BBS and the unenlightened racist Sinhala Buddhists are just attacking the Muslims and those who are called Christian fundamentalists for no reason. (I do not want to call them fundamentalists. They are different interpreters the way Martin Luther or Theravadins as far as the Bible and the Dhamma were concerned.)

This is not an opinion confined to Sri Lanka but it is spread widely in the world where the media is controlled by the Judaic Christian west. Are the Sinhala Buddhists, and of course other Theravada Buddhists in Myanmar and Thailand, insane as to attack ethnic and religious minorities in their respective countries for no reason? What is most interesting is that it was not the Muslim countries in the world that rushed to make statements on Aluthgama Mathugama incidents but the western Christian countries USA and England. Does anybody say that these countries are not Christian but secular going by the constitutional experts whose education is none other than Judaic Christian?

Since the Muslims came to this country around the twelfth century they had been associated with trade. I do not believe the story that the Muslims came from Arab and that they married Sinhala women. If that was the case their offspring would have spoken either Arabic or Sinhala and not Tamil. The Muslims had come from present South India and had spoken Tamil whether they came with women or not.

The Tamil leader Ponnambalam Ramanathan always claimed that the Muslims were ethnically Tamil, and that he represented them in the Legislative Assembly. However, it is not my intention to go into details regarding the origin of the Muslims in this country. Though the Muslims had been in this country there is no record of them trying to convert Buddhists to Islam, except perhaps those whom they married.

On the other hand the Buddhists had not been interested in converting the Muslims either, and in any case it is well known that the Muslims and the Jews are not easily converted to other religions. It has to be recorded that the Sinhala Buddhists had not tried to convert Vedda people to Buddhism, though they had lived among the Sinhalas for several centuries.

The Muslims had lived peacefully with the Sinhala people, and when the Portuguese arrived in 1506 the former were against the latter may be to safeguard their trade interests. What is known is that the Portuguese harassed the Muslims, and the Sinhala kings intervened to settle the Muslims in the present central and eastern provinces. However, the peaceful existence among different groups ceased after the arrival of the Portuguese and ironically when the Dutch Reformists harassed the Catholics who had been converted by the Portuguese and the Catholic Priests who sometimes had the support of the Sinhala kings, it was again the Sinhala kings who came to the rescue of the Catholics.

The presence of Catholics in areas such as Vahakotte near Matale, provides ample testimony to these rescue operations. Since the days of Portuguese new cultural conflicts had begun in the country (it appears that by this time there were no conflicts between the Yagu Kaurava- Yaksha or Hela Buddhism and Sinhala Buddhism.) and ever since Sinhala Buddhists have been discriminated against in the country of their birth and in the country where they built a unique culture. However it appears that the Muslims had continued to live peacefully with the Sinhala Buddhists until 1915 when the Muslims objected to a perahera (procession) in Gampola. It is very likely that this horrible concept of Muslim enclaves had been there though it did not surface until 1915.

Anybody who has gone through such enclaves would have felt the hegemonic attitude of some of the Muslims who think that the Roman Dutch Law is not applicable in their enclaves. Of course there is expansionism of such enclaves, with Muslims buying property from the Sinhala Buddhists who unfortunately are not in a position to compete with most of the others economically. Sinhala Buddhist culture that has inherited a lot from the Hela Buddhist culture is not geared to trade and business, and this has made the Sinhala Buddhists a weak force in the present consumer culture imposed on us by the Christian west. On top of that the Sinhala Buddhists feel the aggressiveness of the Muslims who would exhibit their cultural identity through dress, food and other means.

The Muslim schools have contributed to this aggressiveness most probably imposing a dress code to the students. The fact that the Muslim schools have a different school calendar from the others also has contributed to a kind of separateness. While in Bangladesh or Pakistan the Muslim ladies are free with the dress code in Sri Lanka since late the situation does not appear to be so. Then in the seventies the Ashraf politics that followed Tamil politics have given a political dimension to this cultural conflict, and since then it is Ashraf politics that have dominated the Muslim politics.

The Sinhala Buddhists have naturally reacted to these cultural, economic and political attitudes among some, if not the majority of the Muslims and BBS is only one organisation that has been formed by the former to face up to challenges made by other communities. It is easy to blame the BBS and the Sinhala Buddhists for any incident without going into the root causes of the problem. However, there is a western international dimension to the problem, which many have not considered in understanding it. Today the Judaic Christian culture is engaged in cultural conflicts with the Muslim culture and the Theravda culture, apart from political and economic conflicts with Russia, China etc.

The main cultural conflict is between the Muslim and the Judaic Christian culture, but the west is worried of the Theravada culture as well, and attempts to destroy, if not weaken the latter through various means. The west used and still uses Tamil racism that they created, nurtured and maintained to attack the Sinhala Buddhist culture, and all the NGOs, including the peace vendors are being used in this project. Though the west is at war” with the Muslim culture, they use Muslim culture against Theravada culture in the few Thervada countries in the world. In Sri Lanka it is being done and the west uses the resentment between the Muslims and the Sinhala Buddhists to achieve their objective. In 1915 too they did so on a minor scale.

The west also uses Sinhala Buddhist sentiments to achieve their aims. It is not a secret that the western countries want to topple the present government and bring Ranil W. and the UNP to power as the UNP serves the western interests more than any other party. What the west wants is finally a Ranil- Hakeem- Sumanthiran government and in order to achieve it various springs have been tried. Muslim spring is one such where they want the Muslims to rise against the government, and it is quite clear that Hakeem while being in the government is doing the needful. However, their latest appears to be a Buddhist spring instigating the Sinhala Buddhists against the government.

The government was brought to power by the Sinhalas, mainly by the Sinhala Buddhists and even today they constitute the power base of the government. The west has failed with so many springs, and they are attempting to organise a Buddhist spring. I am not that bothered with the behaviour of Ven. Gnanasara Thero as the Sinhala Buddhism has been protected by such Bhikkus as well. Ven. Mohottiwatte Gunananda Thero had bicycled to Colombo in Sarong and organised a perahera with Buddhist flags in iron bars. It is very unlikely that Ven. Variyapola Sumangla Thero was polite to the Sudda soldiers when the Thero brought down the English (British) flag on that fateful day.

If not for such Bhikkus there would not have been a Buddha Sasana for the pious middle class enlightened Sinhala Buddhists even to talk of Nibbana. (It is unlikely that these hypocrites would attain Nibbana for kalpa kalpas.) However, I am worried of the western bias of Ven. Gnanasara Thero. Recently Thero has said in an interview to the press that the government should establish ties with the western countries instead of the Muslim countries.

The government, it appears is very careful when dealing with problems involving non Sinhala Buddhists and this could be projected as an anti Sinhala Buddhist attitude of the government inciting the Buddhists against the government. The government should not ignore a Buddhist spring organised by the west and in this respect should not alienate the Buddhists under any circumstance. In this regard, as a first step, the government should pay heed to the request by the Mahanayake Theros and stop car races in Mahanuwara. After all, the town is known for the Dalada Vahanse (the moment one says tooth relic the Dhatun Vahanse is reduced to a relic) and the Esala Perahera and not for high speed cars.

Press Release on religious riots at Beruwela and Aluthgama in Sri Lanka

June 26th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

24 June 2014

Andrew Bennet
Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom 
Foreign Affairs, Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Andrew:

Your Statement on behalf of the Canadian government condemning the outbreak of communal violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka, is fair dinkum to a point. The whole world seems to be condemning it and so have the Sri Lankan Government, the Sri Lankan Buddhist prelates, as well as the majority of Sri Lankan expatriates around the world and those living in that island nation. They are incensed.

Your smug, we are goody-two-shoes arrogant statement comes amidst news that pours in from around the world of atrocities by Islamists against members of communities of other faiths. Wow! Andrew, you all at the Foreign Office certainly know how to play a game of Blind-Man’s-Bluff with Sri Lanka with an anti-Sri Lankan fervour.

I am a practicing Buddhist and I too did condemn the riots at Beruwela and Aluthgama. For the records, I also condemned the Taliban-Islamists publicly when they blew the two 6th century Bamiyan Buddhas in the Hazarjat region of central Afghanistan when the whole Buddhist world begged them not to do it. My condemnation came in the last two stanzas of my poem The Bamiyan Buddhas which was published in several Buddhist publications and it went like this:

By then the civilized world was in shock/ by the dastardly act, a knock/ on the belief/ that religions can co-exist. It was an act of Islamic religious bigotry/ and perhaps/fundamentalist medieval brutality.

Among the Buddhists/ there is revulsion at the thought/ that the Talibanis think the act was fine, / but they stand/ condemned in the eyes of mine/ and that of the civilized world.”

Was this act a cause for a religious riot between the angry Buddhists and Muslims in Buddhist countries around the world? Of course, it was, but tolerance prevailed and the Buddhists adorned cloaks of saints, and left the Muslims alone. It was a tough call. Did you know that, Andrew?   Buddhists are not that bad people as you Conservatives think they are.

And indeed if there had been riots your practicing Canadian nomenclature would have said – ‘anti-Muslim riots by the Buddhists around the world’ without even mentioning the genesis of the riots and that the Talibans provoked the riot by blowing up the Bamiyan Buddhas.   Yes? This is exactly what gets my goat, Andrew. The Buddhists are portrayed as the bad guys.

Use your telescopic-binoculars and look around the world Andrew, almost every country in the world has had these religious riots – UK, US, India, Ireland, Uganda, Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, Myanmar you name it, they have all experienced it. But the religious riots nomenclature would almost always, always give the benefit of the doubt to the minority religious community even though they had provoked the riots. They would automatically be projected as the victims.   Did Canada experience any religious riots?   Of course we had our fill with the Jubilee Riots between the Catholics and the Protestants. So we are not lily-white either and Canada should look at such riots with a non-prejudicial mind-set. That is not difficult, is it now, Andrew? And that is what is expected of you as the Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom. Am I right?

Notwithstanding your bombastic press release, Andrew do you know what? Sri Lankan Buddhists have taken too many provoking knocks challenging our patience which could have ended in religious riots.   But sensibility prevailed and all of us changed our gears to tolerance’ and wore halos above our heads which came with it.

Here’s Incident 1:   On 14 May 1985, the day of Vesak the Buddhists holiest day, the Tamil Tigers who were of the Christian and Hindu faiths shot and killed 120 white-clad Buddhist devotees who were meditating under the Bodhi Tree in the sacred city of Anuradhapura. These Buddhists who were killed also included children and they also wounded and maimed for life another 85.

If the Buddhists rioted going after the Tamil-Christians and Hindus in the North for killing these Buddhist devotees, no doubt your nomenclatures would have announced in your Press Release that: Canada condemns violence by Sinhalese-Buddhists against minority Tamil-Christians and Hindus”. Right Andrew! I just don’t trust you guys at the Foreign Office one bit.

You know what Andrew, Canada didn’t care two sweet puffs from between a beaver’s hind legs whether 120 Sri Lankan Buddhist meditating devotees were killed or 200 of them by the Tamil Tigers of the Hindu and Christian faiths. That is where the rub is! No harsh words protesting this act by the mostly Christian and Hindu Tamil Tigers. Why?

Here’s Incident 2. I told you earlier that we Buddhists had taken too many knocks and our sensibilities did not want us to go after the Tamil Hindus and Christians of the North over this incident.

On June 2, 1987, close to the village of Aranthalawa in the Ampara District in the east coast of Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers mostly Hindus and Christians stopped a bus carrying 33 Buddhist monks, 30 of them were novice monks, shot them with machine guns and hacked them with swords as if chopping animal carcasses in a butcher’s shop. Four civilians were among the dead. They were on a pilgrimage to the Kelaniya Raja Mahavihara.

If a stone attack of a Buddhist monk in a car by two Muslim youth was the genesis of the Aluthgama religious riot, then was this Aranthalawa provocation of the Buddhists brutal enough to go after the Tamil-Hindus and Christians in the North by angry Buddhists and the families of the novice monks who were killed.  Of course it was. If harming of a monk is considered to be one of the highest offences in Theravada Buddhism, then this massacre was brutal enough and a perfect recipe for a religious riot. But sensibilities kicked in and doused the angry Buddhists to retaliate. And there was no religious riot and the Sri Lankan Buddhists quite rightly earned their saintly halos.

Andrew, if a riot did happen Canada wouldn’t have cared two prairie straws waving in the summer wind and the Foreign Affairs nomenclature would have produced a pathetic Press Release saying – Canada condemns Sri Lankan Buddhists for attacking the Tamil Hindus and Christians in the North of the island.   I am prepared to bet my last dollar on that Andrew, and that is where the rub is. I just don’t trust you guys for a moment when it comes to expressing the Conservative Canadian government’s sentiments on Sri Lanka.    And the Sri Lankan Buddhists, and I am one of them, have been insulted and sullied by the Canadian government many times and been knocked around, and even a Muhammad Ali shuffle wouldn’t have helped us. And as you see, stop portraying us Buddhists as the bad guys in religious riots. Be honest with yourself and say… to hell with the anti-Sri Lankan rhetoric by the Conservative government. I am performing my job in all honesty. And that is what my Mother taught me!”

And here is Incident 3 and this takes the cake. It happened on January 26, 1998, when 12 unarmed innocent civilians were killed by a high explosive laden truck when it rammed in to the most sacred and holiest Buddhist Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth relic (Dalada Maligawa) in Kandy. It was the Tamil Tigers, mostly Hindus and Christians, who murdered these people and the three suicide bombers blew themselves up with the killing.

What mattered most for these mostly Hindu and Christian Tamil Tigers was to provoke the Sinhalese-Buddhists to riot going after the Tamils, but it didn’t happen. There was a start of it with an initial anger but it fizzled out quickly as the Sinhalese were smart enough to restrain themselves not wanting to fall into the July 1983 trap.

This 18th century Buddhist holiest temple, the Buddhist’s Mecca in Sri Lanka, and the Buddhist’s Vatican in Kandy had its façade destroyed. While the police were collecting the dismembered bodies of the 12 who died, some Buddhist monks sitting at the front of the bomb-attacked sacred temple sobbed and others chanted pirith in unison, and a 90-year old Buddhist man summarized this dastardly act by the Tamil Tiger terrorists, mostly Hindus and Christians, saying, You terrorist, go ahead and kill us, eat us, but don’t attack our shrine where Buddha lives.”

You know what Andrew, Canada didn’t care two dead capelin washed onto the shores of Conception Bay in Newfoundland, as perhaps a comment wouldn’t have bode well with the Sri Lankans as the explosives that were packed in the truck were bought from a Chemical factory in the Ukraine with a cheque cut from a Tamil man’s account from a Bank in Vancouver in 1994, and the Canadian government looked the other way to let it happen.

So don’t give me that preppy-lip insults on us Sri Lankan-Sinhalese-Buddhists, which happened to be the majority of the population in Sri Lanka, when ever there is a communal religious riot in Sri Lanka.   Andrew, perhaps it would make sense for you to do your research before you open your mouth and shoot from your hip on Sri Lanka’s Freedom on Religions.

I notice that the Muslims in Sri Lanka are clamouring to have the UN look into why the riots happened. Good, and I like it!

Let’s find out why the Government of Sri Lanka has found it difficult to rein in the Buddhist and Muslim extremists, whether they are wearing a yellow cloth or a white cloth, as a multi-ethnic civilized society has no room for such extremism.

Yes, let us find out why Muslims, a 10 per cent of Sri Lanka’s population are self-alienating from the majority of the Buddhist-Sinhalese who form 70 per cent of the island’s population, as reported by Dr. Ameer Ali, a prominent Islamic scholar of Murdoch University.   Why the two-and-one -half square kilometer town of Katankudy with 50,000 inhabitants, mostly of the Islamic faith in the east, as pointed out by Dr. Ameer Ali, wants 58 mosques, perhaps a concern and an irritant for the island’s majority Buddhists. Well, Andrew, to get a good handle of this kind of piety, you may want to ask the Muslims of Ottawa’s Orleans, why the Muslim population of 5,000, which represent approximately 1500 families do not have two mosques or three mosques let alone 58 mosques to justify their religious needs.   Interesting!

Yes, let us find out why Islamic extremism is spreading in Sri Lanka like wildfire. Wahhabi, Deobandi, and Mawdudist are some Islamic organizations that are active in Sri Lanka. As has been mentioned often, are there foreign hands helping these groups to prosper with the intention to destabilize Sri Lanka.   Let’s find out to whom these foreign hands belong to.

Let’s go the whole hog, Andrew. Are the Americans involved and are the Canadians involved also. Similar to how the US nurtured the Taliban who later turned against them, is US Ambassador Michele J.Sisson nurturing the Sri Lanka Jihadist groups thus jeopardizing the security of the island.   The reason for all these suspicions are because US, UK as well as Canada wants a regime change. It is that simple as one need not be a Rhodes Scholar to figure that one out. I certainly am not.   I am just a Simple Simon with my antennas stuck out trying to figure out why all you characters want to hurt my Motherland, Sri Lanka and us Buddhist-Sinhalese that form 70 per cent of her population.

And don’t you forget that most of the Sinhalese-Buddhists in Sri Lanka are still polishing their halos that were bestowed on them having practiced Buddha’s tolerance against other religious adversities shot at them..

Just for your records, Andrew, I had to deal with two Tamils, a Roman Catholic and the other an Anglican cloaked in black cloth and with white collars starched towards heaven for spitting at the Sinhalese-Buddhists in Sri Lanka unfairly from their pulpits in front of their congregations in Ottawa and Montreal. And I did shame them for being uncouth and roguish and will do it again if I have to. Bringing their hate towards Buddhists-Sinhalese all the way from Sri Lanka into Canada and spitting at us from pulpits just has to stop.


Asoka Weerasinghe

බෞද්ධයෝ ත්‍රස්තවාදීහූ ද ? Buddist Terrorism : A Deception or Reality

June 26th, 2014

Patali Champika Ranawaka PCR Media

• ශ්‍රි ලංකාව තුළ වපුරා ඇති අන්තවාදයේ බිජුවට විනාශකොට සමාජය තුළ සහෝදරත්වයේ හෘදයාංගම ගණුදෙනුවක් ඇති කර ගත යුතුව තිබේ.

• ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඉංග්‍රීසි ජනමාධ්‍ය, බහුජාතික සංවිධාන හා වාමාශික යැයි කියාගන්නා පිරිස් ලංකාව තුළ බෞද්ධ ත්‍රස්තවාදයක් පවතින්නේ යැයි ගෙන යන සාවද්‍ය මතයට අපි පිළිතුරු දිය යුතුව තිබේ.

• මුස්ලිම් සමාජය තුළ විදේශීය බලවේග සමඟ සම්බන්ධව කටයුතු කරන විවිධ නිකායන් මෙන්ම ආගමික අන්තවාදී සංවිධානවල ක්‍රියාකාරීත්වය විසින් බෞද්ධයන් ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් ලෙස හංවඩු ගසා තිබේ.

• තබ්ලික් ජමාද් සංවිධානය අද ලංකාව තුළ සමාජ ඛෙදුම්වාදයක් ඇති කිරීමට උත්සහ දරමින් සිටින අතර එයට හොඳම උදාහරණයක් පසුගියදා නැගෙනහිර විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයෙන් වාර්තා විය. නැගෙනහිර විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයට ඇතුඵත් වූ නවක මුස්ලිම් සිසුන් 800 කට පමණ අන්‍ය ආගමිකයන් හා අන්‍ය ජාතිකයන් සමඟ කටයුතු කිරීම තහනම් කිරීමට නියෝග කර තිබේ.

• බුදුරජාණන් වහන්සේ මිනී මස් බුදින්නෙක් බවත්, අද මේ රට තුළ තෙරුවන් වැඩ නොසිටින බවත් එය හුදෙක්ම නිශ්ඵල වූ ගල් කැබලි තුනක් බව පවසමින් තවුහිඩ් ජමාද් අන්තවාදීන් බෞද්ධයන්ට අවමන් කරමින් අන්තවාදය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරයි.

• ඉස්ලාමීය රටක පාලනය ගෙන යන පිරිස් එම පාලනය ඉස්ලාමීය ආගමට අනුකූලව සිදු වේදැයි සොයා බැලීම ජමියතුල්ලා උලෙමා සංවිධානයේ වගකීම වුවද අවාසනාවකට අද බෞද්ධ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේද මෙම සංවිධානය ක්‍රියාත්මකවීම කණගාටුවට කරුණකි.

• අද මේ අන්තවාදී කල්ලි කණ්ඩායම් බෞද්ධ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තවත් පාකිස්තානයක්, තවත් ඉරාකයක්, තවත් ඇෆ්ගනිස්තායක් බවට පත්කිරීමට පිඹුරුපත් සකසමින් සිටී.

• මෙවැනි තත්ත්වයකට ඉඩ දෙනවාද හෙට ඔබේ ජාතිය ආගම පාවාදෙමින් මේ අන්තවාදී කල්ලි රජකරවීමට කටයුතු කරනවාද? මේ මතු වන්නේ ඔබේ දරුවාගේ අනාගතයේ අඳුරු සෙවනැලි නොවේද? සමස්ත මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවනි, ඔබේ දියණියත් පාකිස්තානයේ මලාලා මුහුණ දුන් ඛේදනීය ඉරණමට මුහුණ දෙනවාට ඔබ කැමතිද? මෙය ඔබ සැම තීරණය කර යුතුව තිබේ.

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