Moment of truth for JVP

September 4th, 2016

Editorial Courtesy The Island

 

The ruling pigs—in the Orwellian sense—under any government are more equal than other animals in kapati suit in this country. They enjoy legal impunity.

The present administration consists of self-proclaimed messiahs who secured a popular mandate to savour power again by promising to eliminate bribery and corruption and restore the rule of law and democracy among other things. But, the special police units and the obnoxiously politicised CID are not called in to probe the corrupt deals of the government grandees close to the powers that be. Instead, committees of pro-government elements are appointed to investigate allegations against them. Committees for government crooks and Gestapo for their Opposition counterparts!

When the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), under the chairmanship of JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti, undertook to probe the bond scams involving the then Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran it was thought that the watch dog committee would get to the bottom of it. But, sadly, the government is making a despicable attempt to muddy the water and frighten the officials who have the courage to reveal the truth into submission. We are informed that it has decided to prevent the independent Central Bank officials from being summoned before the COPE again to clear the air vis-à-vis attempts at obfuscation; only the newly appointed incumbent CB Governor, who is not quite au fait with how the bond heist, as it were, was carried out, will be summoned hereafter, we are told. This is tantamount to the suppression of evidence!

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is reported to have said he would open COPE proceedings to the media. If that pledge is honoured the press should be able to hear not only the CB Governor’s version of the bond scam at issue but also the testimonies of other officials who have said and are willing to say again what the government does not want to hear. Besides, the onus is on the Speaker to ensure that the officials who testify before the COPE are not insulted by its members. When the then Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake had to suffer indignities at the hands of some arrogant UPFA members of the Parliamentary Select Committee which prepared the grounds for her ‘impeachment’ the UNP raised hell—and rightly so. Regrettably, those who pretended to be great democrats at that time are resorting to the same despicable strong arm tactics today to cover up a mega racket.

As for the bond scams the COPE is only scratching the surface of the problem. There is evidence that many questionable bond deals have been carried out since this government came to power promising good governance last year. Strangely, the Joint Opposition (JO) does not flog this issue the way it should. It is running around like a headless chicken instead of educating the public on the corrupt practices of the present government. It has also failed to remain argus-eyed to prevent Bills inimical to the national interest being brought in and call for judicial review thereof. JO members are only adept at staging what may be described as kindergarten protests in the well of Parliament and dog and pony shows elsewhere.

It is popularly believed that one can cleanse oneself of all the sins committed throughout one’s life by worshiping at the Kelaniya temple once. Similarly, the Rathu Sahodarayas will be able to absolve themselves of all their political sins, which have been dogging them for decades, if they defy political pressure from the highest echelons of government in probing the bond scams.

A rare opportunity has presented itself for the JVP to shore up its crumbling image and regain lost ground. It must ensure that the racketeers who caused a loss of billions of rupees to the state coffers through bond rackets won’t go scot free. Will it take the tide at the flood or let its political voyage be bound in shallows and miseries?

Frantic talks at Finance Ministry but issue of mass resignations unresolved….  News Item

September 4th, 2016

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

PM laments poor performance of some Treasury Officials ……..News Item.

Quote

MP D Gunawardena said the Financial Crimes Investigations Unit (FCID) has become a threat to the private sector and to public servants.

“Some public servants have tendered their resignation fearing questioning from the FCID”, MP Gunawardena said “The government should take measures to reinstate them without delay. The people will not be able get anything done from the state sector if these public servants leave.”

Unquote

Recently I wrote an opinion about the same matter ,and I wonder whether the PM has read i.e. have been running a State Enterprise as well as a Private Company and ,I have come across many treasury officials who know only to block any progressive proposal  (citing AR and outdated FR)  put forward by the heads of the enterprise.

Their complain, that they may be called by FCID is just an excuse to get  out of the responsibility .If  a board member of the enterprise does not agree with any development proposal ,presented to the board, and if he feels that the proposal violates the FR or AR he has the right not to agree ,but record his concerns. Then the chairman can make a ruling and take the decision on the basis of votes from majority of the board.

If they claim that only a treasury official will be held responsible for the decision made by the board, they are mistaken, Whole board should be held responsible for the action.

If the government wants the development to go ahead, they can impose e rule that FCID should make a representation to the Public Service Commission and request authority to call the subject treasury officer to FCID for questioning .One ex secretary was questioned by FCID in the same manner ,how an uneducated policeman ( who will call Mr. rather than Sir ! like in UK)    questions  a suspect in the police station .In police station ,an arrested person suspected of a crime is treated as if he is already convicted suspect.

I am in London now and that day I was walking along the high road and noted a white young male wearing a police uniform having a name tag on the back which says “Enforcement Officer” .He stopped another young female on the road who threw away a cigarette butt on the pavement ,and claimed that she violated a law .I  stopped and watched how he explained   ( this female who may have been a eastern European origin ,who was not very good in English ) why he is going to impose a penalty . This Officer was never rude or aggressive but firm and smiling imposed a penalty of 100 Pounds and she paid that with her credit card!

I am told by one of the ex-secretary of the previous government who was called by FCID ,that some officers makes such remarks during interrogation as if the subject is already guilty .

No wonder why many State Officers are scared or reluctant to visit FCID.

PM says that it is the Judiciary, but I do not agree .It comes under sub judic’e when you are charged and taken to courts, .cardinal rule is you are Innocent until you are found guilty by court of law.

I suggest that educated young professional law enforcement officers are appointed to FCID who have no political affiliation, and provide an office with a friendly atmosphere (with a coffee machine and an attractive receptionist  !)  So that people love to visit FCID!

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

Buddhist monk assaulted at anti-Rajapaksa protest

September 4th, 2016

Source: Free Malaysia Today

September 4, 2016  03:48 am       

The chief monk of the Sri Lankan Buddhist temple in Sentul was assaulted by a small group among demonstrators conducting a protest against former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa who is visiting Malaysia.

The group of about 50 people had gathered in front of Putra World Trade Centre to protest against Rajapaksa’s attendance at an international conference of Asian political parties.

The protesters went to the Sentul temple when rumours of Rajapaksa’s supposed visit began to spread.

The group comprised members of the Malaysian Indian Progressive Association, Malaysian Tamilan, and the Malaysian Indian Education Transformation Association. They began to burn an effigy of Rajapaksa in front of the temple.

When the chief monk came out of the temple, some unknown individuals went to question him about Rajapaksa’s arrival. They then abused him with vulgarities and obscenities.

The assault began after one person touched the monk’s face, prompting another to punch his in the face. Two members of the crowd also kicked the monk, forcing Sri Saranan thero to retreat inside the temple.

Sentul police prevented the crowd from further attacking the monk, and MIETA chairman A. Elangovan entered the temple together with the police to apologise to the monk.

He said his group had gathered at the temple “because we want to give a stern warning to all Buddhist temples to not allow the mass murderer here.”

Elangovan agreed it was wrong to assault anyone at a protest and said he did not know who the attackers were. Several people had just joined the crowd to protest. “They are a bit emotional. But still, we can’t beat them up because this is a religious place.”

He said he had agreed with the chief monk that no one should be restricted from coming into a temple. “This is a religious place. We have no right to dictate who should come here and not.”

He said that if Rajapaksa came to the temple “to seek forgiveness from God, then it is fine. We have no say in who should come and not”.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

-Agencies

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This govt. is not stable – Mahinda

September 4th, 2016

This govt. is not stable – Mahinda

ශ්‍රීලනිප යේ ජනතාව ඉන්නේ අපි එක්ක… හිටපු ජනපති මැලේසියාවේ සිට පවසයි.

 

Prasanna explains reasons why he doesn’t back President

September 4th, 2016

Prasanna explains reasons why he doesn’t back President

මට පුළුවවන් ද මෛත්‍රීපාල ජනාධිපතිවරයත් එක්ක වැඩ කරන්න… – ප්‍රසන්න රණතුංග

LTTE backing Tamils know who really defeated them – Gammanpila

September 4th, 2016

LTTE backing Tamils know who really defeated them – Gammanpila

හැබැයි මොකුත් නොකරපු මහින්ද මහත්තයව මරාගෙන කන්න හදනවා… පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල පවසයි.

Death and Democracy

September 4th, 2016

by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

 We cannot glorify death whether in the battlefield or otherwise. We, on the other hand, must celebrate life, and are fiercely committed to protecting and securing the sanctity of life, which is the most fundamental value without which all other rights and freedoms become meaningless” Neelan Tiruchelvam

In 1991, even when half a million American troops were a few hundred kilometers away from Baghdad, President Bush restrained from invading Iraq. This was a wise move on his part – to control Saddam Hussein’s aggression, by stopping the invasion of Kuwait and not completely dismantling Iraq.

After 9/11, probably the second largest attack on US soil after Pearl Harbour, the US operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’ in 2003 deposed Saddam Hussein on the grounds of possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). US Air power was seen as invincible against any geography until the soldier’s boots hit the ground to work with Iraqi people to establish a democratic system of governance which became a nightmare. Following the collapse of the state what we could witness today is a sectarian carnage with many lives lost.

The US intervention to overthrow Saddam Hussein has created a situation that remains untenable for the people living in Iraq. An important question that needs to be addressed is whether the supporters of the US-led invasion had a plan to rebuild the country after dismantling the Saddam’s regime. The political climate worsened after the invasion and Iraq has been at the receiving end of innumerable suicide attacks. During Saddam Hussein’s reign, radical and jihadist elements were not present and Shias and Sunnis co-existed. Jihadism crept into Iraq when its borders were forced open from all directions. Al Qaeda, which was already present, paved the way for the Islamic State (IS).

Since the US-led invasion in 2003, one of the deadliest attacks on Iraq was few weeks ago in the Karrada district, which targeted innocent civilians and killed over 100 while injuring over 300. The bombing happened when a lorry with explosives detonated while families were out in celebration of Ramadan.

In July 2016, around the same time as the blasts, the Chilcot report was released. The Chilcot report or the Iraq Inquiry report clearly stated that it was a mistake to disband Saddam’s army and that this led directly to the insurgency and that there was no imminent threat from the then Iraq leader Saddam Hussein, the strategy of containment could have been adapted and continued for some time. It also categorically said that military action at that time was not a last resort.” Finally, the report claimed that the Iraq invasion was made on the basis of flawed intelligence assessments, which it were not challenged, and should have been.

Considering the findings of the report in a country with democracy at its helm, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair’s behaviour was clearly undemocratic, bordering on dictatorial. Looking at the chain of command and the decisions taken, there was no representative democratic practice evident. In such an instance, it is interesting to contrast it with the Sri Lankan war crimes issue raised by Western governments, who are keen to investigate the chain of command in the Sri Lankan war against terrorism. As the Iraq Inquiry’s findings indicate a complete lack of democratic process, the British law firm, Public Interest Lawyers, has already presented many cases of violation by the British forces before the ICC and has not refused to rule out prosecuting anyone held responsible, including Blair. The ICC reported, in Preliminary Examination Activities 2015 (pg 9), that it had received 1,268 allegations of ill treatment and unlawful killings committed by British forces, and of 259 alleged killings, 47 were said to have occurred when Iraqis were in British custody.

How do the US and the UK undo the damage done to Iraq and its people? It was evident that Iraq lacked a post-war strategy and an appropriate counter-insurgency strategy. Thousands of lives have been lost during and after the Iraq invasion. Iraq taught a crucial lesson to some Western policy experts who believed that invasion and the dismantling of the state was the last resort.

There are certain geopolitical values that are important and should be given the highest priority. German historian, Oswald Spengler in his 1918 work, The Decline of the West pointed out the rise of the urban Western civilisation and it morphing into a world civilisation would be increasingly divorced from the soil and this will have serious consequences. This is evident in the present day, with the rise of violent non-state actors and economic inequality which have created an unjust world which in turn has lost trust in the present global order.

What is seen now are people appreciating their own civilisation, their own geography, their own values and, to further quote Spengler, “each springing with primitive strength from the soil of a mother-region to which it remains firmly bound”. A one-size-fits-all approach to overcome the geopolitical challenges will be unsuccessful and it is essential to find homegrown solutions in partnership with local communities as the way forward.

 Asanga Abeyagoonasekera is a visiting lecturer and the Director General of Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka(INSSSL). The views expressed here are personal and do not reflect those of the Government of Sri Lanka or INSSSL. This article was initially published at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies(IPCS) New Delhi,India for“Dateline Colombo” http://www.ipcs.org/article/peace-and-conflict-database-early-warning-and-conflict-alert/death-and-democracy-5097.html

No ‘compassion’ for NGO in India leaves Kerry worried

September 4th, 2016

Courtesy:  The Hindu

MHA says it will relook at FCRA ban case on Compassion International

Raising the pressure on the government on the issue of NGOs, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced concerns over the treatment of American NGO Compassion International at the strategic and commercial dialogue held here this week, Indian and American officials present at the meeting confirmed to The Hindu.

Mr. Kerry’s request is the highest level at which the NGO issue has ever been taken up bilaterally, though the government’s action against Christian and climate change NGOs has been a thorn in India-U.S. relations for over six years. Officials say they may reconsider their action after the request.

According to very senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ms. Swaraj told Mr. Kerry at the meeting: “India expects all NGOs operating here to adhere to our rules and regulations.”

However, the government also directed the MHA to look at the case again.

Kerry raised NGO issue with Sushma

According to the officials, Mr. Kerry spoke to Ms. Swaraj directly, asking that India reconsider its move to put Compassion International on its ‘prior permission’ list on March 28, cancelling its ability to transfer funds directly to NGOs in the country.

Asked whether Compassion International could now be removed from the ‘prior permission’ list, a senior North Block official told The Hindu: “We have received the request. We may consider it.”

Mr. Kerry’s request was unusual not just because it was taken up at the highest level, but because he singled out the Colorado-based Christian advocacy group for consideration, out of several U.S. NGOs currently under extra scrutiny by the MHA’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) division. The other NGOs are Mercy Corps, the National Endowment for Democracy and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

Compassion International had been under scrutiny for transferring funds to a Chennai-based NGO and other non-FCRA- registered NGOs, including one allegedly involved in religious conversions, an MHA official told The Hindu. “We put them on the watch list after monitoring them for many months.”

According to the data with the MHA, Compassion International was the top foreign donor during 2012-13 when it donated Rs. 183.83 crore to NGOs in India, and had been transferring approximately Rs. 150 crores every year since then until it was put on the ‘prior permission’ list.

Courtesy:  The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/no-compassion-for-ngo-in-india-leaves-kerry-worried/article9070473.ece

Divide or unite?

September 4th, 2016

By A Special Correspondent  Courtesy Ceylon Today

Absence of the Joint Opposition (JO) leaders at the 65th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) shows another split – this time almost vertical – in the national political party that ruled the country for three and a half decades compared to the United National Party (UNP) rule of three decades.

Thus, the 65th Anniversary of the SLFP was marked by a deep crisis within the party. The crisis is not limited to personality clashes but also its grass roots level organizational structure and, more importantly the policies of the party.
We are aware that the SLFP was formed by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, breaking away from the UNP in 1951. But Bandaranaike’s dream of a new party and its policies goes back to the 1930s. He formed the Sinhala Maha Sabha and as many as seven ministers and five other members of the 1936 State Council joined the party founded by the young Oxford-returned politician. They include C. W. W.Kannangara, A. Rathnayake, R.S.S. Gunawardane, Bernard Aluvihare, A.P. Jayasuriya, Jayaweera Kuruppu and Harris Ratwatte.

Prominent politicians

Meanwhile, a group of prominent politicians, including George E. de Silva, Siripala Samarakkody, Dudley Senanayake, J.R. Jayewardene, and E.A.P. Wijeratne reorganized the Ceylon National Congress.
When the UNP was formed, the two groups joined the new national party headed by D.S. Senanayake, which came to power in 1947 General Election.
Bandaranaike left the UNP before the completion of its first five-year tenure of the government. Although the newly formed SLFP could win only nine seats in the first election it faced, the party came to power five years later in 1956.

Two-party system

Formation of the SLFP introduced a healthy two-party system, which is considered a prime requirement for a parliamentary democracy. The results of general elections in Sri Lanka show that these two parties command 25 per cent to 30 per cent solid vote base each. However, this fluctuates from time to time with the incumbency factor working against the party in power.
Sunday (4 September ) SLFP Anniversary was labelled as a show of strength between the two groups within the party. The SLFP headed by Maithripala Sirisena wanted to use the anniversary rally to show its strength by large attendance, the dissidents headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa wanted to show strength by the absence of numbers.
The UNP has the advantage of the solid party vote bloc to come to power by gaining a fair portion of the floating vote. On the other hand the SLFP, almost always, could come to power when the party formed an alliance of like-minded parties, mostly leftist and socialist parties. They did not have any difficulty in forming alliances despite theoretical differences, because the leftists always considered SLFP to be a pro-socialist centrist party.

Sinhala-Buddhist bias

The main difference between the leftists and the SLFP was that the SLFP always had a Sinhala-Buddhist bias and orientation and it believed that as a national party it could not ignore the interests of the majority. The only leader who attempted to veer away the party from this policy was Chandrika Kumaratunga who came to power in 1994. However, the ruthless terror tactics of the LTTE prevented her from implementing a devolution package and she too had to take the party back to the traditionally accepted pro-Sinhala path.
The Unity Government has given an opportunity for Maithripala Sirisena to make the SLFP truly a national party that could attract the people from all the communities. Furthermore, he has the double advantage as a leader of a party that could be the rallying point for all the forces including the leftists, socialists, centrists as well as nationalists, rightists and conservatives in the UNP.
The crisis in the SLFP is not different from the crisis the party faced earlier due to Anura-Chandrika spat and Chandrika-Mahinda spat or the issues within UNP in different decades – Dudley-JR, Premadasa-Dudley, Lalith, Gamini-Premadasa power struggles within the UNP.

The results of the Presidential elections in January 2015 and the Parliamentary Elections of 17 August gave a new strength to the SLFP second-level leaders to act decisively as the former leadership underwent a complete change. Initially the old guards were over cautious, but gradually they managed to regroup.
The new SLFP leadership is yet to reconcile with the new political scenario of Unity Government. In Colombo or in the Cabinet they have no problem of cohabitation with the UNP leaders. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc, the SLFP also had to veer away from strong socialist policies and move towards market economic principles. Hence, there is hardly any difference between the economic policies of the SLFP and the UNP.
However, at the grass root level it is not easy to introduce the policy of cohabitation. The local government bodies have become heavily political institutions with strict demarcation by party lines, the sworn enmity between the UNPers and SLFPers cannot be erased merely because President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe succeeded in finding political harmony.

Future options

Now that the 65th Anniversary is over, the two factions will have a time to review and evaluate future options. Division of the SLFP will not serve their personal interests or the party interests. It will only help the UNP to assert its position. The grass root level UNP organizational structure, which was in disarray for ages have been rejuvenated in recent months and the party will romp home easily at the next local government elections if the SLFP splits in the middle and contest elections as two different parties.
A political party cannot have two leaders and now Maithripala Sirisena is firmly seated as the Chairman of the SLFP. The supporters will have to accept this fact – a fact accepted by party heavyweights such as Nimal Siripala de Silva, Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, S.B. Dissanayake, John Seneviratne, Sarath Amunugama, Thilanga Sumathipala, Mahinda Amaraweera, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane,Dilan Perera and Vijithamuni Soysa and many others. Whatever the reason – whether their party loyalty or the fact that they did not want to be in the opposition for five years -, they remained in the party and the government.

Those who are on the fence will have to decide now whether they take the risk of going into the political wilderness or grab the hand extended to them by Maithripala Sirisena when he addressed the media last Friday stating, “Let us work together to develop the country, eliminate poverty, reduce the debt burden and to establish a free, democratic nation of contended citizens with equal rights, living in perfect harmony.

Let us unitedly face the challenges such as the UNHRC resolution and ensure unity among the communities while zealously guarding the honour of the valiant war heroes.”

බැසිල්ව හිරේ දාන්න හේතු වුණ කොඩි කණු මෛත්‍රීපාලගේ ශ්‍රීලනිප සංවත්සරයට ගහගනී.

September 4th, 2016

www.mahinda.info

2016/07/19 දින මව්බිම පුවත්පත 2 පිටුව

[1]. රජයේ මුදල් යොදාගනිමින් ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා වලට යකඩ බට ලබා දුන්නා කියමින් මීට මසකට පමණ ඉහතදී සති දෙකකට වඩා වැඩියෙන් බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතාව එජාප ආණ්ඩුවෙන් රිමාන්ඩ් බන්ධනාගාරගත කළේය.

 

[2]. රජයේ මුදල් තවත් රජයේ ආයතනයකට දීමක් මිස, ඒවා පෞද්ගලික පරිහරණයට යොදාගත් බවක් FCID එකට සොයාගත නොහැකි විය. ඒ අනුව බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතාව නිදහස් කරන ලදී.

 

[3]. බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා එම කොඩි කණු ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා වලට ලබා දුන්නේ ප්‍රාදේශීය මට්ටමෙන් සිදුකරන උත්සව එනම් වෙසක් උත්සවයේ සිට බෞද්ධ පින්කම් වලට කොඩි දැමීමට, අනෙකුත් ආගමික උත්සව සඳහා ආදී කාරණා වෙනුවෙනි.

 

[4]. කෙසේ වෙතත්, බැසිල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා විසින් එවකට ජනතාවගේ ප්‍රයෝජනය සඳහා ලබාදුන් එම කොඩි කණු අද දින ශ්‍රි ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලන ප්‍රචාරක කටයුතුවලට ‍යොදා ගන්නා ආකාරය දැක්වෙන ඡායාරූප ගොණුවක් අප වෙත එවා තිබූ තිබෙන අතර ඔබගේ අවධානය සඳහා ඒවා පහත අමුණමි.


  

 

[5]. මෙහි පිළිකුල්සහගතබව නම් අදාළ කොඩි කණු ප්‍රවාහනය කිරීමට පඬුවස්නුවර, වාරියපොළ හා මාවතගම යන ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාවට අයත් ලොරි රථ ම යොදා ගැනීමයි. ව්‍යාජ වැරදිවලට රාජපක්‍ෂවරුන් සිරගත කරන FCID ය කෝ? පොදු දේපළ පනත කෝ? වංචා දූෂණ පෙරමුණ කෝ? ඇස් දෙන නළලේ තියාගෙන කෑ ගහන රතු අලි පැටියා කෝ? නීතිය නවන පොල්ස්පති කෝ?

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September 4th, 2016

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[1]. “පෝර්ට් සිටි එක හැදුවොත් කොළඹ ඉඳන් කල්පිටියටත්, කොළඹ ඉඳන් හික්කඩුව වෙනකනුත් වෙරළ සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම නැති වෙනවා.” යනුවෙන් එදා පැවසූ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ ආණ්ඩුවකින් පෝර්ට් සිටි එක නතර කරන බව 2015 ජනාධිපතිවරණ කාලයේදී පැවසුවේය. ඔහු එසේ පවසන වීඩියෝව පහතින්.

 

[2]. මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ජනාධිපතිවීමෙන් පසු මහ මැතිවරණය තෙක් පෝර්ට් සිටි තාවකාලිකව නැවැත්විය. පසුව මෛත්‍රීපාල මහතාගේ සම්පූර්ණ අනුග්‍රහයෙන් එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂය මහ මැතිවරණයෙන් දිනවා ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටවූවේය. “මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ” නැමැති නමටත් බියක් දක්වන එජප ආණ්ඩුව ඉන් පසුව සිදුකළේ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ නම සහිත පුවරුව පෝර්ට් සිටියෙන් ඉවත් කිරීමයි.

 

[3]. ඉන් පසුව සිදු කළේ පෝර්ට් සිටි නැවතත් ආරම්භ කිරීමයි. නවතා තිබූ කාලයට චීනයට තවත් වන්දි ගෙවීමක්ද සිදුකළේය. එදා එලෙස පෝර්ට් සිටි නතර කරනවා කී රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ අද මෙලෙස පෝර්ට් සිටි වර්ණනා කරයි.

රාජිත සේනාරත්න අමාත්‍යවරයා පහත වීඩියෝවේ කාලය විනාඩි 2:44 සිට පවසන්නේත් වරාය නගරය යළි ආරම්භ කරන බවයි.

 

[4]. මීට දින කිහිපයකට ඉහතදී එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයෙන් පත් වූ අමාත්‍ය එරාන් වික්‍රමරත්න මහතා පැවසුවේ “පෝර්ට් සිටිය ඉතා හොද ව්‍යාපෘතියක් බවත්, එහි හොද නරකද තීරණය කළ හැක්කේ විශේෂඥයන්ට මිස දේශපාලකයන්ට නොවන බවත්” ය. “ඡන්ද කාලෙට කියන ඒවා එතරම් ගණන් ගත යුතු නැති බව” ද ඔහු පැවසීය. ඔහු එසේ පවසන වීඩියෝව පහතින්.

 

[5]. එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයෙන් පත් වූ අමාත්‍ය එරාන් වික්‍රමරත්නට අනුව රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පවසන දේවල් ගණන් ගත යුතු නොවේ. එය අපත් දනිමු. තොප්පිගල කැළෑවක් බව රණවිරුවන් පිළිගත්තානම් ඔවුන් ජීවිත පරිත්‍යාගයෙන් නැගෙනහිර අත් පත් කරගන්නේ නැත. එදා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාව විශ්වාස කරමින් පෝර්ට් සිටියට බනිමින් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාට මඩ ගැසූ උදවියට දැන්වත් සත්‍යය කුමක්දැයි වැටහේවි යැයි අප බලාපොරොත්තු වන්නෙමු.

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September 4th, 2016

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 ගොයම් කොළයෙන් ආපු ජනපතිවරයා මමයි කියමින් එස්.ඩබ්.ආර්.ඩී.බණ්ඩාරනායකගේ සම්ප්‍රදාය රකිමින් බණ්ඩාරනායකගේ පස්සේ යන බව කියමින් චන්ද්‍රිකාගේ මොක්කදෝ එකක් සිබින සිරිසේන බණ්ඩාරනායකලාට සලකන අකාරය අද කුරුණෑගලදි තහවුරු වුනා.

මේ දිනවල කුරුණෑගල නගරය තුල මාර්ග ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය සිදුවන බව පවසමින් රණවිරු ස්මාරකය ගලවා දමා උතුරේ කොටි ඩයස්පොරාවේ පාහරයන් රැළියට ගෙන්වාගත් සිරිසේන කුරුණෑගල නගරය තුළ ස්තාපනය කර තිබු බණ්ඩාරනායක පිළිරුව ගලවා ඉවත්කර ඇත්තේ බණ්ඩාරනායකලාට සලකන නිසාද?

මාර්ග ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණයේ දී බණ්ඩාරනායක පිළිරුව ඉවත් කීරීම ගැටළුවක් නොවුවත් ඒසදහා නිසි ගෞරවයක් ලබාදීමට කටයුතු කලයුතුය. නමුත් මෙහි ගැටලුව වන්නේ මාර්ගයේ මැදට වන්නට ඇති ප්‍රේමදාස ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ පිළිරුව ඉවත් නොකර පැවතීමයි.

අහෝ ඛේදයකි …කයිවාරු ගසන මෛත්‍රී ගේ පක්ෂය බණ්ඩාරනායක පිළිරුව ගලවනකම් බලා සිටි……….

Bandaranayaka (3)

බණ්ඩාරනායක පිළිරුව ගැලවෙයි ..

Bandaranayaka (2)

ප්‍රේමදාස පිළිරුව නොගැලවෙයි ….

UN-ACCOUNTABLE: What Ban Ki Moon did not admit in Sri Lanka

September 3rd, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

He came, he saw, he went. Thankfully there was no joint statement. Obviously, the ground situation would have been sussed up by his advisors as not conducive to any controversial statement. Instead, the unity government would have assured all of UN’s wishes would be met by their side without publicity. That was enough for UN and UNSG. It is a pity that no one questioned the UNSG on the legality of using his internal report as a basis for successive resolutions by nations flouting all customary laws and questioned the non-binding nature of UN resolutions and the most important question is why the UN and UNSG views only Tamils as being the victims while he also needed to be reminded that the Sri Lanka Army fought against terrorists and not Tamils and why the UN and the IC are mixing up two issues the separatist claims of which have no basis at all. It is good for the UN/UNSG and IC to know that the governments they elect may be gullible but the general public of Sri Lanka know what nations have been ruined by whom and they also know the same people are now targeting Sri Lanka.

Deciphering Ban Ki Moon’s speech

“I congratulate the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on passing the 19th Constitutional Amendment and the recent Right to Information Act”.

Since when have UNSG’s started interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states by commending on internal matters and is Ban Ki Moon aware that RIA denies over and above what it claims to give as rights?

“I commend your efforts to move forward on a comprehensive transitional justice agenda, and on a constitutional reform process”.

What exactly is being implied by comprehensive transitional justice agenda? Why is UN so interested in changing our country’s constitution, does the UN ask the US, UK or EU to change their constitutions?

“I also welcome the symbolic steps you have taken, including the decision to sing the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil on Independence Day last February for the first time since the 1950s”.

Does the UN ask US to allow the Native Americans to sing their anthem alongside the US anthem? Why doesn’t UN Chief ask India to incorporate Tamil into the Indian national anthem given that there are over 70milion Tamils living in India? These remarks all constitute interference into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka and is a violation of the UN Charter.

“More can and should be done to address the legacy of the past and acknowledge the voices of the victims.”

Who are the victims you are referring to – LTTE cadres? LTTE families? LTTE child soldiers? LTTE civilians? Can UN give us statistics of who exactly died to claim war crimes was committed?

 “Sri Lanka is still in the early stages of regaining its rightful position in the region and the international community.”

Who are the international community – if it is only to please the US, UK and EU no thank you because these nations make up hardly 15% of the UN membership but are using UN to fleece nations of the third world. Why has the UNSG not appointed an internal PoE to appraise him of the reasons for the increase in conflicts and connect that with all the covert/overt operations involved by US,UK and NATO nations by arming militants and overthrowing governments. How is it that the UN is not addressing the root of all problems in this world?

“There is still much work to be done in order to redress the wrongs of the past and to restore the legitimacy and accountability of key institutions, particularly the judiciary and the security services,”

The UNSG has no business to be questioning a country’s judiciary or any of its internal systems – this again constitutes a violation of the UN Charter. He has no right to even suggest changes. Corruptions are taking place even inside the UN – corruption hasn’t lessened either, whistleblowers end up losing their jobs or getting sidelined inevitably cornered into leaving their job. A UN that did nothing throughout 30 years to end terror and came into the scene ranting ‘Accountability’ after the SL Army ended terrorism has no business to be preaching about ‘wrongs of the past’. How many wrongs has the UN committed over the years  – even Kosovo and South Sudan are in a bloody mess after helping to declare them independent. While UN allows NATO and US to forcibly and illegally occupy Iraq and Afghanistan while doing nothing about bombing Syria or arming mercenaries. The emphasis by the UN bodies on reducing Sri Lanka’s army in the North is unfounded and again constitutes an interference in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan National Army can be stationed ANYWHERE in its legal territory and does not need the permission of US, UK, NATO or UN. What is the UNSG doing about all the illegal military occupations by US & NATO? The US has close to 1000 overseas bases in 38 countries – if UNSG treats all as equals why is he not calling for the removal of troops from Iraq & Afghanistan or Libya?

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“Sri Lankans across the country have suffered too much from decades of violence. People now need ways to overcome distrust between communities and mend the fabric of their society. This country is at a crossroad and I commend your bold decision to face the past and deal with the legacies of conflict. The United Nations also has to address the legacy of its actions in Sri Lanka which did not meet the expectations of the people and the world”

What the UNSG needs to admit is that they did NOTHING to stop LTTE terror from 1980s to 2008 which is far bigger than not doing anything during the last 3 months! Overcoming distrust cannot be achieved by pouring more distrust which is what the UNSG just did by arriving for the second time and going only to the North and just to camouflage doing a short trip to the South to meet students. We will not fall for such sham tactics.

I met Tamil leaders to discuss ‘transitional justice and peace building and reconciliation’

Ban Ki Moon these Tamil leaders you are speaking with was formed by the LTTE, they took separate oaths in front of Prabakaran, they were regularly summoned to LTTE and dictated on how they should function. How can reconciliation coincide when these leaders are seeking separatism? What transitional justice are you talking about when the conflict was against terrorists and not Tamils. Are you and your organization taking all of us for a jolly good ride selling us reconciliation while you are contriving to separate Sri Lanka as was done to Kosovo and South Sudan and both these nations are today in peril. These two examples suffice to say your organizations solutions to ‘transitional justice’ are absolutely failures and you should not interfere to create another failure out of Sri Lanka!

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A journalist questioned UNSG on the UN’s double standards and whether UNSG believes war crimes took place, Ban ki Moon response was that they followed ‘one standard, one value, one vision when we work with member states….. one UN Charter’

If this were the case why has the UNSG not appointed a single PoE on US and NATO follies? Why is the UNSG not calling for changes to US judicial systems where they have changed terminologies, why is the UN not stopping extraordinary renditions and tortures by the US upon people who have no access to even lawyers and their families do not know where they are? Why is the UN silent on regime change operations where US and Western governments are sponsoring NGOs to topple democratic governments and replace them with puppets who would help Western imperial agendas? Why does the UNSG not admit that Islamic terrorism is co-sponsored by Wahhabi nations supplying the manpower and Western nations providing the arms and directions to destabalize countries and in the migrant/refugee crisis is part of that gameplan to further destabalize even continents!

‘True that there was lack of involvement by the UN’….‘I launched in internal investigation …we found lapses.. lack of involvement on the part of UN’

What is the assurance that the same lapses will not continue. We are talking about 30 years of lapses that had given no relief for the people of Sri Lanka and still the lapses continue with the UNSG’s visit indicating that in his eyes the victims are only Tamils totally forgetting that LTTE had a civilian armed force who were fighting with the army and we do not know who were in that force and if they died during hostilities that is not a war crime. The problem we have is that no Tamil will admit that they either voluntarily or involuntarily supported LTTE terrorism. But until we know this and who they are it is unfair to treat all as victims forgetting the Sinhalese and Muslim victims who had nothing to do with LTTE at all and were targeted and killed.

‘the victims and families cannot wait forever’

Justice must come to the people LTTE killed not the LTTE who were killed. The enemy of all was the LTTE not the Sri Lankan Army. This is where the UN and UNSG and all others in the same camp have got their knickers in a twist. Throw all these dumb vocabularies of ‘transitional juctice’ ‘reconciliation’ to the dustbin we want to know who created LTTE and other armed militants, who funded and trained them, who was paying for their arms and ammunition, who ran their propaganda, who gave them orders to kill.. this is the TRUTH we want. The battlezone is a battlezone. The fight was fair and square. LTTE were given 2 chances to surrender they refused. Inspite of that the Army saved 300,000 people. When guns are exchanged from both sides no one is sending roses. There are deaths. But the deaths were caused because LTTE refused to release the people they were keeping by force. Ban Ki Moon may remember that he too appealed for the release of these people which LTTE ignored. However, the deaths were minimal in the light of the greater lives saved this is a factor we all need to accept. If anyone is claiming that an X number of people died, why don’t they come and name these dead. Without naming dead it is the most stupidest idea to have a war crimes tribunal.

We have been going round the mulberry bush for 7 years now. The UN had 2 investigations which apart from fairytale reports they produced they have not produced any evidence to claim systematic war crimes deliberately was committed. If individual soldiers have done wrongs the military courts and the courts of Sri Lanka are quite able to take on these trials after producing evidence. Even that is not forthcoming. Instead the UN has come up with some dumb witness protection program sealing identities of people for 20 years and an imprisoned soldier will have to wait minimum 20 years to be told that no such witness ever existed and the file in the UNHRC is bogus. We will not agree to subjecting a soldier to such humiliation and ruining his career and family life just to please people’s egos.

It is also a pity that the media did not make reference to the expert opinions of the international terrorism experts who have in their deliberations argued that the SL Army did not commit war crimes and this is the key to nullifying demands for war crimes tribunals and will question the absurdity in hurriedly passing the Office of Missing Persons bill which is opening a can of worms that will backfire on the present government electorally.

There is nothing special in the UNSG’s visit. In a world of chaos with UN having no control the question is why should member nations put up with such a body when a handful of nations are bullying the rest. The Philippine and Venezuelan leaders have called for nations to quit the UN and nations must seriously ponder this and Russia and China must come up with a viable alternative that would no longer treat the developing nation as a battering ram for the West’s imperialism.

Shenali D Waduge

http://www.dailymirror.lk/115177/Ban-dodges-query-on-presumption-of-War-Crimes

Occupational Health & Safety SYSTEMS AND HUMAN SERVICES IN INDIA

September 3rd, 2016

By Kanthar Balanathan, Australia

The West and the developing world is focussed on Safety systems for human services at workplace. The respective governments enact regulations, acts, and continue to publish amendments to keep people and workplaces updated of its current knowledge and the regulations and acts they have revised, to cover the hazards employees face during work. Different Acts and Regulations such as, (i) Occupational Health & Safety Act, (ii) OH&S Regulations, (iii) Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) Act, (iv) WH&S Regulations are in place.

Citing excerpts from the Victorian OH&S act: Ref: Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Act No. 107/2004i

  1. to secure the health, safety and welfare of employees and other persons at work; and

(b) To eliminate, at the source, risks to the health, safety or welfare of employees and other Persons at work; and

(c) To ensure that the health and safety of members of the public is not placed at risk by the conduct of undertakings by employers and self-employed persons; and

(d)To provide for the involvement of employees, employers, and organisations representing those persons, in the formulation and implementation of health, safety and welfare standards—having regard to the principles of health and safety protection set out in section Accidents are investigated, Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is carried out to prevent such hazards.

Fireworks Accidents-India

Analysing Indian workers condition at workplaces, it is a crime that the employers in India does not want to enforce Health and Safety systems in their workplaces. Fire cracker factories in the N&S of India are a potential hellhole, where several accidents have occurred with serious injuries and death. The Law in India, may be, turn a blind eye towards employee’s age restriction. Several poor young children are taken away from school to earn money to run their family, where they become the main breadwinners.

A report by Dr. Godsen Mohandoss Senior Technical Expert, NCPCR. Ref: http://www.ncpcr.gov.in/view_file.php?fid=21. Excerpts from this report: “Tamil Nadu has been in limelight for long in terms for its child labour problem where innocent children fall prey to the exploitative labour in firecrackers and match industries”.

 

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Reference is made to Review of Risks to Workers Associated with Fireworks Industry by Dhruv Katoria1, Dhruva Mehta, Dhruva Sehgal3 and Sameer Kumar. Ref: International Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management. ISSN 2231-1319, Volume 4, Number 3 (2013), pp. 259-264 © Research India Publications Ref: http://www.ripublication.com/ijeem_spl/ijeemv4n3_16.pdf

 Cleaning Industry-India

 It’s depressing and frightening to observe the way Tamil Nadu and India in general, how they carry out their maintenance of drains, sewer, storm water draining etc. India boasts to be a growing potential super power with eminent IT specialists, who rotate around the Silicon (SV) Valley area in USA, and the named SV area in Bangalore.

Examples of cleaning industry:

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Humans go into sewers and carry out the cleaning. May be the Indian employers and the government do not understand the meaning of PPE- Personal Protective Equipment. This includes face masks, hard hats, ear plugs, respirators, gloves, boots, safety harnesses etc., and if necessary oxygen for breathing. Picture # 3 shows a person in the sewer, with no PPE, carrying out the work while a person inside the sewer is also helping the second person. Picture # 1 is calamitous. Picture # 6 is an indication of the transport industry in rural areas in the North. Picture #5 is the way how the brainless Tamil Nadu people think of their Chief Minister, while she enjoys the worship of the clueless retrograde people. However, the Chief Minister who was once a movie star, unmarried, not a Tamil, enjoys people worshiping her. PPE is equipment worn by workers to minimise risk to the person’s health or safety, which includes a wide range of clothing and safety equipment. Politicians, may have PPE standard of wearing white Dhoti and white shirt, to uphold their uneducated superiority.

Killing of Dalit Humans-India

 The caste system in India, is growing to a large proportion where the stamped, Dalit people are being massacred by the Indians, whereas the Dalits are the true inhabitants of the Indian continent. The Brahmins of India are clueless or do not want to accept this fact. Two examples of killing:

  • Dalit people were killed on the roadside in Assam, a girl stripped and kicked, because the Dalits asked for more pay in the tea plantation.
  • Dalit student were massacred and killed within the Law College campus in Chennai.

These are a two examples, however, young girls are being raped and killed. The caste difference does not allow the upper caste to mix with Dalits, however, what law or custom allows them to have sex with Dalit women? Thousands of incidents occur in India every day. However, politicians are busy with bribes, corruption etc. to maintain their position in the ruling industry. Government in India has become an industry for wealth accumulation. Every peasant who enters the parliament becomes a multi-millioner in a few years.

There may be no powerful body or Union to represent the Dalits or to fight for their HR violation. Dalits of India are almost held into slavery by the Indians, and the police cannot do anything about it. It is evident that Tamil Nadu government and its people are the main perpetrators for Human Rights violations.

Human Rights-UN

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has been a milestone document in the history of human rights. Ref: http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

There are a few questions to be asked:

Q1:       Does the United Human Rights Centre is aware of this?

Q2:       Does the UNHR Commissioner know about this activities and sufferings?

Q3:       Does not the UN consider these activities as HR violations at work place?

Q4:       If UN does not have the authority to question India on this discrimination and HR Violation, then who is?

Can we consider that UN fails in her activities and responsibilities of identifying HR violations in developing countries? India has hundreds of standards for workplace and designs. Do the employers and designers comply with the IS/IEC standards, Acts and Regulations? India should come out of their fundamental beliefs of caste, ethnicity, superstitious beliefs and the differential thinking, and make the industry safe for all people, irrespective of caste, creed and ethnicity.

May be UN staff should pay visit(s) to Indian workplaces, to inspect and satisfy whether India complies with their own standards or international standards, rather wasting time in unnecessary political campaigns.

Politicians like Vaiko, Dr Ram doss, Nedumaran, Seeman and the lot should redirect their attention to their own citizens, to sort out the sufferings they undergo. They should forget about SriLanka, because SL has top class operating methods in Industries.

 It is unclear how India is going to help SL with the ETCA agreement. Addressing the method, means, manner and condition in which India operates in all their technological sphere, including cleaning, transport etc. industries, one could be suspicious how it will impact on their local industry. It is a belief that India does not comply with standards drafted by human, but superstitious beliefs. India will make the country into which they creep, a garbage tip.

 Definitely no country in the West or Sri Lanka treats human beings like that of India. India should sort out their differences before stepping foot on foreign platforms. Indian politicians should refrain from making media statements of human rights violations in SL.

බැන් කි මූන් චාරිකා හා සංහිඳියාවේ අරුමය

September 3rd, 2016

තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි

2009 දී හා 2016 දී ශ්‍ර්‍ර්‍රීී ලංකාවට පැමිනි විට පැවති  තත්වයන් අතර වෙනසක් දුටුවාදැයි තමන් එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහලේකම් බැන් කි මූන් ගෙන් විමසූූ බවත්, තමන් විශාල වෙනසක් දුටු බව ඔහු පැවසූූ බවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනාධිපති මෙෙත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන  පවසයි.

එය ප්‍රත්‍යක්ෂය. මන්ද 2009 දී එජා මහ ලේකම්වරයා ලංකාවට පැමිනියේ මැයි මස 23 වන දා ය. ඒ ද පැය 24 ක කාලයකටය. ඒ වන විට දශක 2 1/2 ක ට වඩා ඇදී ගිය දරුණු සන්නද්ධ අරගලය නිමවී යන්තම් දින 5 කි.මේ චාරිකාවේදී ඔහු වවුනියාව මැණික් ෆාම්හි අවතැන්වූවන් රඳවා  සිටි කඳවුරු කරා ගිිය අතර යුද මුක්ත කලාපය ගුවනින් නිරීක්ෂණය කලේය. ඊට අමතරව ජනාධිපතිවරයා සහ විදේශ ඇමතිවරයාද, තවත් ප්‍රධානීන් ද සමග සාකච්ඡා කලේය. තම පැය 24 ක කාලය අවසානයේ නික්ම යනු පිනිස ගුවන් තොටුපලේ රැඳී සිිටියදී ඔහු ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ, එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ  කාර්යාලයේ සම සභාපතිවරුන් සමග තම නිරීක්ෂණ හා නිර්දේශ පිිලිබඳව පැහැදිලි කරන්නට අමතක කලේ නැත. දශක දෙකහමාරක් තිස්සේ රටක ජන ජීවිතය ප්‍රධානව භෞතික සම්පත්වලට අති මහත්  හානියක් සිදුකල මේ බිහිසුණු යුද්ධය නිමවූ විගස ඔහු ශ්‍රීී ලංකාව දකිින්නට ඇත්තේ යකුන් නැටූ පිටියක් මෙනි.  ඔහුට කතා කරන්නට ලැබුන, භයංකර සිහිිනයකිින් මේ දැන් අවදි වුනාක් බඳුව සිටි අවතැන් කඳවුරුවල ජනතාව ගැන කවර කතාද? 

දැන් උතුරට ගොස් එජා මහලේකම්වරයා සතුටු කරනු වස් විවිධ දේ කියවන මංගල සමරවීර, විදේශ ඇමතිවරයා මෙන්ම තවත් රජයේ මැති ඇමතිවරු කිහිප දෙනෙකු කීවේ බැන් කි මූන් මෙවර තම වුවමනාවෙන් පැමිනි බවත් 2009 දී පැමිනියේ එවකට ජනාධිපතිව  සිටි මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ ඉල්ලීම මත බවත්ය. විදේශ ඇමතිවරයා හැටියට මේ කරුණ යතාර්ථවාදීව වටහා ගැනීමට තරම්වත් බුද්ධියක් මංගලට නැතිවීම කණගාටුදායකය. මාස කිහිපයකට පෙර ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය විසිින් ඡායා කැබිනෙට්ටුවක් ස්ථාපිත කල වෙලාවේ එහි විදේශ අමාත්‍යංශය භාර වූයේ නාමල් රාජපක්ෂටය. මේ ගැන කතාකල කවුදෝ එජාප ඇමතිවරයෙක් ” මේ පිටරට කීප වතාවක් ගිහින් ආව කියල විදේශ ඇමතිකම් කරන්න පුලුවන්දැ’යි ඇසීය. එය සැබෑවක් වන අතර ඔවුන්ගේ ඔරිජිනල් විදේශ ඇමති මංගල සමරවීරටද එම සත්‍ය එකසේ බලපායි. ඇමතිවරයකුගේ පුතෙකුව ඉපිද, ඒ අනුහසින් කොළඹ රාජකීය විදුහලේද, එක්සත් රාජධානියේද විලාසිතා නිර්මාණය ඉගෙන ගත් ඔහු ගැනද කිව හැක්කේ ඒ ටිකමය. මේ සුදුසුකම් රටක, විශේෂයෙන් වර්ගවාදී යුද්ධයක් නිසාම සංකීර්ණ වූ විදේශීය බලපෑම් වලට ගොදුරු වූ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වැනි රටක විදේශ අමාත්‍ය තනතුරක් හෙබවීමට ප්‍රමාණවත් වූයේ කෙසේද යන්න අර කතාව කල ඇමතිවරයාට වැටහුනේ නැතිවා විය යුතුය. මේවා නම් අපේ ‘අති විශේෂ’ දේශපාලන සංස්කෘතියේ ලක්ෂණය .ඒ දේශපාලන සංස්කෘතියේම ඵලයක් වන මංගලට 2009 දී මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිවරයා, යුද්ධය නිම වූ විගසම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිනෙන ලෙස එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහ ලේකම් වරයාට කල ආරාධනය කුමන හේතුවක් නිසාදැයි වටහාගත නොහැකි වීම ස්වාභවිකය.

ඒ වන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජනවාර්ගික ගැටලුව මුල් කරගත් සන්නද්ධ අරගලය ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රශ්නයක් බවට පත්ව තිබිනි. විදේශීය රටවල පිහිටුවා තිබූ එල්ටීටීඊ කාර්යාල හරහා අරමුදල් රැස් කෙරුනේය. ආයුධ ගණුදෙනු සිදු වූයේ ජාත්‍යන්තර මට්ටමිනි. ඇමරිකාව, බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය ඇතුලු රටවල එල්ටීටීඊ ය තහනම් සංවිධානයක් වුවද මේ වාර්ගික ප්‍රශ්නය ඔවුන්ගේ අවධානයට ලක්ව තිබුනේය. එල්ටීටීඊ නායක ප්‍රභාකරන් ජාත්‍යන්තර පොලිසිය මගින් අපරාධකරුවෙකු ලෙස වරෙන්තු ලැබ සිටියේය. එමෙන්ම රජය හා කොටි සංවිධානය අතර සාමය ගොඩ නගනු පිනිස නෝර්වේ, ජපානය ඇතුලු රටවල සාම නියෝජිතයෝ මැදිහත් වූහ. මෙවන් තත්වයක් තුල ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ මරණයත් සමග අවසන් වූ සන්නද්ධ අරගලයේ සැබෑ තතු එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගෙ සංවිධානයට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම රජය විසින් කල යුතු විනිවිද භාවයෙන් යුතු කර්තව්‍යයක් විය. 

එදා, 2009 මැයි මස එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහ ලේකම්වරයා විසින් ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය හා එක්ව නිකුත් කල ප්‍රකාශය කිසිසේත් එවක තිබූ රජයට විරුද්ධව නම් නොවීය. එය හුදෙක් තම සාකච්ඡාවන්හි ඇතුලත් වූ කරුණු සහ මහ ලේකම්වරයාගේ නිරීක්ෂණ ඇතුලත් ප්‍රකාශයකි. යුද්ධය නිල වශයෙන් අවසන් කල පසු 2009 මැයි මස 19 වන දින ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී කල ප්‍රකාශයේ අඩංගු වූ කරුණු  එනම් රජයක් ලෙස ජාතීන් අතර එකමුතුව ස්ථාපිත කිරීම සම්බන්ධවත්, සහන සේවා, පුනරුත්ථාපනය, නැවත පදිංචි කිරීම හා මෙම ගැටලුවට දේශපාලනමය විසඳුම් ලබාදීම සම්බන්ධවත් අඩංගු වූ කරුණු පිලිබඳ තමා සෑහීමකට පත් වූ බවත් ඒවා ඉටු කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටින බවත් එහි සඳහන් වේ. එල්ටීටීඊ යේ හිටපු ළමා සොල්දාදුවන් සහ කාඩරවරුන් පුනරුත්ථාපනය කිරීම සඳහා රජය ඒ වන විටත් යුනිසෙෆ් වැනි සංවිධාන සමග එක්ව මූලික අඩිතාලම යොදා තිබූ බව මහ ලේකම්වරයා පිලිගත් අතර ඒ ගැන තම ප්‍රසාදය පල කලේය. මෙවන් සංහිඳියා වැඩ පිලිවෙලක් ඉක්මනින් ස්ථාපිත නොවුන හොත් යලි එල්ටීටීඊ ‘ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වය’ හිස ඔසවනු ඇතැයි ද මෙහි සඳහන් විය.

මේ ජනවාර්ගික අර්බුදයට හේතු පාදක වූ කරුණු වලට නිසි දේශපාලන විසඳුමක් ඇති කිරීමට හා මානව හිමිකම් ස්ථාපනය කිරීම සහතික කරනු වස් ඉහල වගවීමක් ඇති කරනු පිනිස නිපුණත්වය සහිත එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කණ්ඩායමක සහාය ලබා දිය හැකි බවට මහ ලේකම්වරයා කල යෝජනාව සම්බන්ධව ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය ප්‍රතිචාරයක් නොදැක් වූ  බව ඔහු පවසා තිබිනි. එහිද වරදක් කිව නොහැක. 1994 දී රුවන්ඩාවේ හුටූ සහ ටුට්සි ගෝත්‍රයන් අතර ඇති වූ සමූල ඝාතන ලේ වැගිරීමේදී එරට ස්ථාපිත කල එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ හමුදාවක් සිටියද 890,000 ක් ටුට්සීන් මරා දමත්දී ඔවුන් අනුගමනය කලේ එය රටේඅභ්‍යන්තර ප්‍රශ්නයක් ය යන පිලිවෙතය. අද පවා කොංගෝවේ හෝ බුරුන්ඩියේ සිදුවන සිද්ධීන් දෙස ඔවුහු අනුගමනය කරන්නේ ද එම පිලිවෙතමය. 80 දශකයේ අග ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිදු වූ ඛේදනීය සිදුවීම් පවා ඔවුන්ගේ අවධානයට ලක් නොවීය.

ඒ වන විට අවතැන්ව සිටි ජනතාවට ආහාර, ඇඳුම් ඇතුලු මූලික අවශ්‍යතා සැපයීමට මිස, ජාතික හා ජාත්‍යන්තර රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධානවලට වෙනත් අරමුණු සහිතව අවතැන් කඳවුරුවලට ඇතුලු වීම වලක්වා ලීමට රජය විසින් කටයුතු කර තිබිනි. ඒ දින කිහිපය තුල කවුරුන් විශ්වාස කරන්නද නොකරන්නද යන අවිනිශ්චිත බවක් වූ අතර යුද්ධය පැවති සමයේ බොහෝ සංවිධාන ක්‍රියා කල ආකාරය මත මේ පිරිස විශ්වාසයට ගැනීමට අපහසු වීම පුදුමයක් නොවේ. 

කඩිනම් නැවත පදිංචි කිරීම පිලිබඳ කාරනයේදී එල්ටීටීඊ ය යටතේ පැවති බොහෝ ප්‍රදේශ ඔවුන් විසින් වැලලූ බිම් බෝම්බ වලින් ගහනව ඇති බවත්, එම බෝම්බ නිශ්ක්‍රීය කටයුතු සඳහා යම් කාලයක් අවශ්‍ය වන බවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය මහ ලේකම්වරයාට පැහැදිලි කර දී තිබිනි. ඒ සම්බන්ධව ඔහු නිසියාකාරව අවබෝධ කරගත් අතර එම ක්‍රියාවලිය පිලිබඳව තම සතුට පල කිරීමට නොපැකිලිනි.

ඉතින් ඒ එදා තත්වයයි. වත්මන් ජනාධිපතිවරයා පවසන අන්දමට බැන් කි මූන් මහතා මෙම චාරිකාවන් දෙකේදී දුටු තත්වයේ වෙනසක් දකියි නම් එය ඉතාම සාධාරණය. නමුත් යතාර්ථය නම් මේ මුලු වෙනස ඇති වුනේ 2015 ජනවාරි 8 වන දායින් පසු නොවන බවය. එම පලාත්වල ප්‍රතිසංස්කරනය කෙරුනු යටිතල පහසුකම් සියල්ලම පාහේ පසුගිය රජය සමයේ සිදු වූ ඒවාය. 

එදා 2009 දී උතුරේ ජනතාව ආර්ථික හා දේශපාලනික වශයෙන් යථාවත් කරන්නට රජය කැපවන බවට සහතික වූ බව බැන් කි මූන් එදා තම චාරිකාව අවසන ප්‍රකාශ කලේය. සත්තකින්ම එය සිදු නොවුනා කියා කිසිවෙකුට කිව හැකිද? 2010 අප්‍රේල් මස පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණයේදී දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයට ආසන 14 ක් දිනා ගත හැකි වූයේ තම අභිලාශය අනුව චන්දය පාවිච්චි කල නිසාය. එවේලේ එහි රැඳී සිටි හමුදාව අයුතු ලෙස බලපෑම් කලා නම් එය සිදුවනු ඇතිද? ( 1981 සංවර්ධන සභා චන්දය මෙන්) 2005 ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී තම චන්දය පාවිච්චි කලා කියා තීන්ත ගෑ සුළැඟිල්ල පූජා කරන්නට සිදු වූ කිලිනොච්චි වැසියා පිලිබඳ පුවත ඔබට මතක ඇති. 2009 න් පසු එවන් සිදුවීම් වාර්තා වුනේ නැත. 2013 දී පැවති පලාත් සභා මැතිවරණයේ දී ද්‍රවිඪ ජාතික සන්ධානයට ආසන 30 ක් සහිත විශාල බලයක් හිමිවිය. 2010 ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ ප්‍රතිවාදියා වූ සරත් ෆොන්සේකාට යාපනයේ චන්ද වලින් 63% ක් ද, වන්නි දිස්ත්‍රික්කයෙන් චන්ද 66% ක් ද, මඩකලපුවේ චන්ද වලින් 68% ක් ද ලැබිනි. මේ ප්‍රභාකරන්ට එරෙහිව යුද වැදුනු ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේ ප්‍රධානියාට උතුරු නැගෙනහිර යුද්ධයට මැදිව බැට කෑ ද්‍රවිඪ ජනතාව චන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කල අරුමයයි ! සැබැවින්ම මේ චන්ද ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම තුල ගැබ්ව තිබුනේ ප්‍රධාන දේශපාලන පාර්ශ්වයන් තුල වෙනම රාජ්‍යයක් සඳහා වන ප්‍රතිපත්තීන් ඒ ජනතාවට කා වැදුනු ආකාරයයි. මේ ජනතාව මේ තුල තම දේශපාලන අභිලාශයන් කරා පියවර තැබීම අරඹා නොතිබිනිද? එමෙන්ම 2015 ජනවාරියේදී මහින්ද රාජක්ෂ බලයෙන් ඉවත් වීමට ප්‍රධානවම බලපෑවේ ද මේ උතුරු නැගෙනහිර චන්දයි. අප මොන තරම් සංහිඳියාවේ දෑත දිගු කලත් වෙනම රාජ්‍යයක් සඳහා ප්‍රභාකරන් විසින් ඔවුන්ගේ ඉස්මොල  තුලට කැවූ හැඟීම් නොවෙනස් වන බව මින් පැහැදිලිය. එදා 2009 දී යුද්ධය අවසන් වූ පසු අවතැන්ව සිටි ජනතාව වෙත ආහාර, ඇඳුම් හා පානීය ජලය වැනි අත්‍යවශ්‍ය දේ රැස් කරමින් ලොරි වල පටවා යවන්නට දකුණේ ජනතාව ඉදිරිපත් වූයේ සැබෑ සහෝදරත්වයකින්ම නොවේද?

යුද්ධයේ අවසන් භාගයේදී ජනතාවගේ කැමැත්තෙන් තොරව ඔවුන් මිනිස් පලිහක් සේ තබා ගන්නට එල්ටීටීඊ ය උත්සුක විනැයි 2009 මැයි මස ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය හා එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානය එක්ව නිකුත් කල ප්‍රකාශනයේ එක තැනක සඳහන් වේ. ඒ එල්ටීටීඊ යසැම විටම භාවිතා කල උපක්‍රමයයි. ඔවුන් 1987 සාම ගිවිසුම යටතේ උතුරේ ස්ථාපිත කල ඉන්දීය සාම සාධක හමුදාවට පහර දුන්නේ සිවිල් ජනතාවට මුවා වෙමිනි. එසේ ප්‍රකෝප කරන ලද ඉන්දීය සාම හමුදාව තම කෝපය මුදා හැරියේ සිවිල් ජනතාව මතය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාවට සිදු වුනේ ද එයමය. මෙවන් සිද්ධීන් අවසන ඔවුන් ලෝකයට ගතු කීවේ තමුන් නිදොස් වෙමිනි. මේ උපක්‍රමය තුල සිවිල් ජනතාව මිරිකුන අයුරු ඔවුන්ට ගැටලුවක් වූයේ නැත. 

ඉන්දීය හමුදාව සහ එල්ටීටීඊ ය අතර සාමකාමී බව බිඳ වැටුන පසු ප්‍රභාකරන් විසින් එවකට තමිල්නාඩුවේ මහ ඇමතිව සිටි එම්. ජී. රාමචන්ද්‍රන්ට පවතින තත්වය පිලිබඳ ලියා යැවූ දීර්ඝ ලිපියක මෙසේ සඳහන් වූ බව ඔහුගේ ජීවිත කතාවේ සටහන්ව ඇත. ‘අපගේ සටන් කරුවන් දහස් ගණනක් මරා දමන්නට වුවහොත්, ඊට වඩා කිහිප ගුණයක් සාමාන්‍ය වැසියන් මරා දමන්නට සිදුවනු ඇත. විමුක්ති කොටි ජනතාවගෙන් නොමිදුනේ වෙයි. ඒ ජනතාවගේ සංවිධානයකි. කොටි වනාහි ජනතාවය. ජනතාව වනාහි කොටිය. ඒ නිසා ඉන්දියාව අප හට එරෙහිව කරන යුද්ධය සාධාරණීකරනය කල නොහැක.’ මේ තම වියරු බලකාමයේ අණසකට තම ජනතාව යොදා ගන්නට ප්‍රභාකරන් කටයුතු කල අයුරුය. එබැවින් 2009 ත් 2016 ත් අතර වෙනස කතාකල යුත්තේ මේ සියලු කරුණු ඔස්සේය. ද්‍රවිඪ ජනතාවගේ අභිලාෂයන් ඉටු කරන බව පවසමින් තම ජනතාවම එසේ ‘පාවිච්චි කල’ නරුමයකු වෙතින් මේ යුද්ධයේදී වෙඩි තබා, බෝම්බ පුපුරුවා, කපා කොටා මරා දැමූ  සිංහල සිවිල් වැසියන් වෙත වෙන කුමනාකාරයේ ප්‍රතිචාරයක් අපේක්ෂා කරමුද?කණගාටුවට කරුණ වන්නේ මේ අයුරින් තම ජීවිත අත හැර දමන්නට සිදු වූ ජනවර්ගයන් දෙකෙහි ජීවිත වල වටිනා කම දෙආකාරයකට තක්සේරු වීමය. මිය ගිය ද්‍රවිඪයන් වෙනුවෙන් නගන හඬ තුල මිය ගිය සිංහලයන් වෙනුවෙන් නැගෙන හඬ යටපත්ව යන්නේ ජාතිවාදී ලේබලයක භාරය යොදමිනි.

සංහිඳියාව යන ප්‍රබුද්ධ වචනය විකෘති කරන්නට එපා යැයි මෙෙත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිවරයා මාධ්‍ය වෙතින් ඉලලා සිටියේය. ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම එය විකෘති කරගෙන ඇත්තේ රජය විසින්ම නොවේද? යුද්ධයකදී අගතියට පත්වන සියලු පාර්ශ්වයන් දෙස සාධාරණව නොබලන ඔවුන් අද උතුරේ විග්නේශ්වරන්ලා සිවාජිලිංගම්ලා කරන කියන සියලු දේ ඉවසා වදාරති. ඒ කුරිරු යුද්ධය නිම කරනට කැප කල හා මුල් වූ අය වරද කරුවන් සේ දකිති. තමන්ගේ වාසියට තමන් යුද්ධය ඉවර කලා කියන්නට පසුබට නොවන සරත් ෆොන්සේකාට ඒ සඳහා උරදුන් රාජපක්ෂලා ‘හැත්තකි’.

දිනෙන් දිනම තමන් උපන් රටේම කොන්වන සිංහල ජනතාව උතුරේ කඩා බිඳ දමන හැටි, රණවිරු ස්මාරක උගුලා දමන හැටි බලා සිටින්නේ සිත් වේදනාවෙනි.

මේ සියල්ල අවසන සංහිඳියාව සඳහා පෙරට එන්නැයි කියා ජනාධිපති ඇතුලු රජයේ ඇත්තෝ සිංහලයාටම කියති.

 

පුර පෝය හඳ  හෙළදිව  ”’අළු ” කරය් ,ban  කල යුතු කොරියන් හඳ හෙළදිව  ”හළු ”’කරය්

September 3rd, 2016

ධර්ම සිරි  සෙනෙවිරත්න

 ”   චූන් ”  වීමේ රිසියෙන්    කල්යල් බලමින්  සිට   ”සම රිසියන් ” බලයට පත් වූ සැනින්  කොරියන්  moon  කෙනෙක් නොබෝදා මෙරටට පෑ යුවේය මූන් චූන්  කලේ කිසිදු මංගල කරුණක් නොදත් රටට අවමන්ගල්යයක්ම වන මන්ගලයෙකි ඒ සඳහා රට” අකමැති ”පෝරකාධිපති”’ මුලික විය සම්බන්ධීකරණය  සම්බන්ධන් ගෙන් ය .ත්‍රස්තයන් වෙනුවෙන් කඳුලුත් හොටුත් පෙරපෙරා  ආ  මූන් 75% වන සිංහල යන වෙනුවෙන් කතා කරන කිසිවෙක් හමු නොවී ඒකපාර්ශවික තීන්දු තීරණ ගෙන පාලකයන්ට උපදෙස් දී  වලාකුළු අස්සෙන් රිංගා අතුරුදහන්විය .
                                                         බැන්කී මූන් කොරියන් ජාතිකයෙකි . මෑතක් වනතුරුම කොරියාව බෞධ්ධරටකි දැන් අබෞධ්ධය . අබෞද්ධ කළෝ කවුද කලේ කෙසේද . අබෞධ්ධවී තම වත්මන් ස්වාමි වරුන්ගේ අවශ්‍ය තා ඉටුකිරීම සඳහා හඬ සින්හලරටටද  පායා ආවේය .කොරියාවට සිදු කලදේ සිංහල දේශයටත්  කරනු නොඅනු මානය . ඊට පෙර සමහරවිට බෞද්ධ ඇෆ්ගනිස්තානයට  සිදුවුනා මෙන් මෙරට මුස්ලිම් රටක් වෙන්නද බැරි නැත  . සිංහල බෞධ්ධ්යෝ මේ බලාසිටින්නේ කවුරු ඉස්සරවෙදය් දන ගැනීමටද
                                                       කොටි සමුලඝාතනය කර ඒ  උණුසම පිටම  13අ සහ පළාත් සභාද අහෝසි කලානම්  මහින්ද තවත් දුටුගැමුණු කෙනෙක් ය . එහෙත් ඔහු නියම ජාතිකවාදීන් ගේ බස් වෙනුවට ගෙම්බන් මෙන් එහාට මෙහාට පනින ‘ෆෙඩරල් වාදීන්ගේ බස් අසා මුලාවිය . එනිසා මහින්ද මුරුංග ඇත්තේ නොතබා අපි කවුරුත් සිදුවූ වැරැද්ද ඔහුට පහදා දී  ඔහු වටා සිටින ෆෙඩරල් වාදීන්ගෙන් ගලවා ගත යුතුය .දිනේෂ්,  සරත් වීරසේකර වැනි දේශපාලනඥයන් ට මේ කාරිය කල හැක මහාචාර්ය නලින්ද සිල්වා ගුණදාස අමරසේකර  බෙන්ගමුවේ නාලක හිමි වැනි යද මේ සඳහා පෙරමුණ ගත යුතුය .  නලින් හැමදාම කියන්නේ  මේ හදන්නේ ථෙරවාදී බුදුදහම හා එහා බඳුන සංස්කෘතිය විනාශ කිරීමේ  පියවරක් බවය . මේවාට එදත් මහින්ද එතරම්  මනාපයක් දැක්වුයේ නැත .ගොඨ භයට එයට වඩා අවබෝධයක් ඇත .කෙසේවෙතත් දැන් මහින්ද අවශ්ශ්‍යය .ගම්මන්පිලටත් අවබෝධයක් ඇත.විමල් ට තවටිකක්  බුද්ධ ධර්මයට වඩා  මාක්ස් ධර්මය ගොචරදය් සිතේ . එහෙත් ඔහුත් අවශ්‍යමය දයාන් ජයතිලක ජී එල් පීරිස් කවදා කොහාට පනීදය් විමසිල්ලෙන් සිටිය යුතුය ඩලස් හා ජී එල් මහින්ද පැරදුන පසු මාසයක් පමණම මහින්ද මගහැර සිටියාලු නේද ..මහින් ද මිත්‍යාදෘෂ්ටික දෙවියන් පසුපස නොයාසමය යක් දෘෂ්ටික දෙවියන් ගේ ආශීර්වාදය ලබා ගැනීමට ඉටා ගතයුතුය ඒ සඳහා පුදපුජා අවශ්‍ය නැත  අවශ්‍ය ශීලයය් පුජා අවශ්‍ය  තිරුපති  වලටය . දෙක බෙහෙවින් වෙනස්ය . ඉන්දියාව නම් රටෙන් ප්‍රවේසම් විය යුතුය . 

Oscar Wilde: the Man who Challenged the Victorian Duplicity

September 3rd, 2016

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.

“There are moments, psychologists tell us, when the passion for sin, or what the world calls sin, so dominates a nature, that every fibre of the body, as every cell of the brain, seems to be instinct with fearful impulses. Men and women at such moments lose the freedom of their will. They move to their terrible end as automatons move. Choice is taken from them, and conscience is either killed, or, if it lives at all, lives but to give rebellion its fascination and disobedience its charm.”Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was one of the outstanding playwrights, poets and a Classicist in the early 1890s. His witticism and philosophy reached beyond the shores of England. He was well known for his aestheticism and passion for life. Wilde was a man head of his times. Oscar observed much about human nature, especially his own, in an era when convention was not challenged, knowledge was taught and appearances were everything (Miller, 2013).

Oscar Wilde was overpoweringly influenced by his mother Jane Francesca Elgee who was a poet and a gifted linguist. Oscar attended Trinity and Oxford. He was a bright student with natural curiosity and enthusiasm for art. Oscar Wilde had international cultural influence and he was a product of globalization of the British Empire in the late nineteenth century (Chen, 2009).

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Since his young days Oscar Wilde observed the guilt-ridden Victorian society that preached pseudo-morality. He ridiculed the social hypocrisy of the Victorian age, championed the individual, and pleaded for a more tolerant and forgiving society in his many books, plays, and letters (Otolaryngol, 2000). Eventually he became one of the iconic victims of 19th-century English Puritanism (Adut, 2005).

According to Macias (1993).Oscar Wilde produced a work which described his own problems without any ambiguity. Most of his novels and plays represented his inner fantasies, unresolved emotional conflicts and repressed hidden desires. He did not see immorality in these inner thoughts and in his fantasies. Instead he saw a colorful life filled with ecstasy. Each elegant word he wrote was an innate experience for him. His bliss, eagerness, hedonism, obsessions, anguish, disappointments and suffering often reflected through his work.  From the dynamic successes and tragedies of his own life Oscar knew that everything worthy of existence is worthy of art, including its ugliness and suffering (Miller, 2013).

Oscar Wilde’s famous novel the Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the modern classics of Western literature. The Picture of Dorian Gray symbolizes Oscar’s profound fantasies and intra-psychic conflicts. Dorian Gray was Oscar’s prime fantasy. He had the fullest desire to live in these fantasies. He was involved in a lifelong fantasy that contradicted with his society’s norms.

According to Lynn and Rhue (1988) Fantasy Prone Personality is a disposition or personality trait in which a person experiences a lifelong extensive and deep involvement in fantasy.  Oscar Wilde’s personality could be described as a Fantasy Prone Personality .Throughout his life he was trapped between fantasy and reality and he was shifting and struggling between these two boundaries. The Picture of Dorian Gray reveals Oscar Wilde’s enriched inner fantasies of beauty, endless youthfulness and sensuality. Also it reveals his uncertainties and fear of unknown.

In the Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde wrote.

“I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream — I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all the maladies of mediaevalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal — to something finer, richer than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself. The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives. We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.”   

The novel’s subtle theme -homo-eroticism became a subject of controversy. The Victorian moralists criticized the novel as a work of immoral and spiritual putrefaction. To the critics Oscar replied: “If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly will see its moral lesson”. Also he wrote: The sphere of art and the sphere of ethics are absolutely distinct and separate.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic gothic horror fiction. The Picture of Dorian Gray explores the fantasy of invincible vice only to discover that, while justice can be dodged there is no escape from conscience (Fitzpatrick, 2013). According to Carroll (2005) the Picture of Dorian is a psychodrama.

The Picture of Dorian Gray comes across as a very effeminate novel, both in its presentation and in the way the characters are described. (Muriqi, 2007).According to Fitzpatrick (2013) the Picture of Dorian Gray was Wilde’s brutal call for recognition of Victorian duplicity. However a parallel theme can be found between the Picture of Dorian Gray and Oscar Wilde’s tragic destiny (Macias, 1993).

For Oscar the Picture of Dorian Gray was a self-fulfilling prophecy.  His belief and behavior became parallel probably due to behavioral confirmation effect. As described by Thomas (1928) if men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences. The three chief male figures in the novel all embody aspects of Wilde’s own identity, and that identity is fundamentally divided against itself (Carroll, 2005).

The protagonist Dorian Gray is an orphan.  He is described as an attractive and handsome blond man. He meets a talented artist named Basil Hallward. They become friends and Basil Hallward decides to paint the portrait of Dorian Gray. Hence Basil and Dorian Gray become very close to each other.

Dorian’s meeting with Lord Henry- a nobleman and believer of the new Hedonism becomes a turning point in his life. Lord Henry is an uncompromising critique of the Victorian society that filled with deception and hypocrisy. Dorian admires his friendship with Lord Henry. Despite Basil’s advice Dorian Gray gradually becomes close to Lord Henry. Under Lord Henry’s influence innocent and naive Dorian Gray turns in to an emotionally detached epicurean.  He starts perusing sensual pleasures disregarding social norms and customs. Thus the innocence was lost and selfish egocentric creature was born. Dorian Gray is giving up life for internal youth.

The gift of internal youth, his lust and selfish desires corrupts his soul up to the core. His elevated ego, evil mind and self interested arrogant lifestyle gravely hurt many people around him. Gradually he transforms in to a cold un-empathetic unremorseful person who has no respect for life and virtues. Like Narcissus, Dorian Gray falls in love with his own image and ultimately the self love causes his demise.

Dorian Gray admires the artistic talents of a young beautiful actress Sybil Vane. Unspoiled and innocent Cybil falls in love with Dorian. But this love is short lived. Dorian Gray’s coldness, insensitivity and illusory behavior dives Sibyl to commit suicide.

When Dorian Gray is hurting people and heading towards self destruction Basil Hallward determines to confront Dorian’s irresponsible behavior. It was a mortal attempt. During the argument Dorian Gray becomes extremely angry and stabs Basil Hallward to death. The evil that Dorian commits has no impact on him.  He has no guilty conscience. Therefore his picture becomes his conscience. It absorbs all the sins committed by Dorian Gray. The portrait grows old while Dorian remains forever young.

Dorian Gray exposes the immorality of self-absorption, as Dorian’s portrait becomes more disfigured with each one of Dorian’s selfish acts. This self-absorption, then, appears to be an inevitable consequence of aestheticism (Duggan, 2010).

Dorian lives according to what Lord Henry professes without hesitation, and what Lord Henry inspires Dorian, through persuasive rhetoric, is an attitude indifferent to consequence and altogether amoral (Duggan, 2010). His hedonist lifestyle corrupts his mind. Nonetheless Dorian is unable to cope withpsychological maturation. His narcissism, dysmorphophobia and immaturity become more severe over time. Dorian’s downfall is caused by the narcissistic defenses against time-dependent maturation and intellectual regression.

As Carroll (2005) indicates Dorian’s problem is not merely that he indulges in “excess.” His problem is that he fails to create or sustain affectional bonds. He betrays all the people who are closest to him; he destroys them or leads them to ruin. After many years causing harm to others Dorian Gray becomes tied of his eternal life. He is frustrated and tied of being alive. He becomes a victim of immortality. Guilt-ridden Dorian Gray decides to destroy the picture.

But this murder–was it to dog him all his life? Was he always to be burdened by his past? Was he really to confess? Never. There was only one bit of evidence left against him. The picture itself– that was evidence. He would destroy it. Why had he kept it so long? Once it had given him pleasure to watch it changing and growing old. Of late he had felt no such pleasure. It had kept him awake at night. When he had been away, he had been filled with terror lest other eyes should look upon it. It had brought melancholy across his passions. Its mere memory had marred many moments of joy. It had been like conscience to him. Yes, it had been conscience. He would destroy it. (The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)

He destroys the picture and inevitably kills himself. Dorian has a glimpse before his death of the horror of his own soul (Carroll, 2005).

Dorian Gray is often read as an explicit proclamation of the worthiness of living life in accordance with aesthetic values. This is due in part to the flourishing Aesthetic Movement of Victorian England at the time of the novel’s publication, as well as Oscar Wilde’s association with the movement itself (Becker, 2002; Duggan, 2010). The Aesthetic Movement believed that art in its various forms should not seek to convey a moral, sentimental or educational message but should give sensual pleasure (Anderson, 2011).  The emergence of narcissism in Dorian and its correlation with his newly adopted aesthetic philosophy is integral to Wilde’s novel as it emphasizes the frequent hostility between aestheticism and morality that Wilde cautions against. (Duggan, 2010).

Dorian Gray embraces the Epicurean way of life. Wilde believed that Epicureanism can liberate one from fears of death and the supernatural. However the philosophy of Epicureanism -an ethic of individual pleasure as the sole or chief good in life was rejected by the early Christianity and some of the Eastern religions. Epicureanism was rejected and considered as a sin.

Most of the 19th Centaury literary critics saw the Picture of Dorian Gray as a work of moral impurity. Some Victorian Moralists tried to prosecute him under the law against obscene publications dating from 1857.Wilde defended his novel arguing;

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” 

Wilde vaguely discussed homoeroticism in his novel and he implies that there is a gay relationship between Basil Hallward and Dorian Gray. Although Aestheticism can disguise homoerotic feelings between the men, the novel Picture of Dorian Gray does not contain any explicit statements of homoeroticism (Muriqi, 2007). Conversely Basil becomes intimate with Dorian Gray. It was more than a platonic love.

“Don’t speak. Wait till you hear what I have to say. Dorian, from the moment I met you, your personality had the most extraordinary influence over me. I was dominated, soul, brain, and power, by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream. I worshipped you. I grew jealous of every one to whom you spoke. I wanted to have you all to myself. I was only happy when I was with you. When you were away from me, you were still present in my art…. Of course, I never let you know anything about this. It would have been impossible. You would not have understood it. I hardly understood it myself. I only knew that I had seen perfection face to face, and that the world bad become wonderful to my eyes — too wonderful, perhaps, for in such mad worships there is peril, the peril of losing them, no less than the peril of keeping them… (The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde takes unique attempts to conceal the homoeroticism in the Picture of Dorian Gray almost certainly to avoid legal consequences. Wild becomes discreet narrating the life of Dorian and his relationships with men. As indicated by Muriqi (2007) Secrecy and shame were significant issues in The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Young Dorian Gray was Wilde’s romanticized gay image and his inner fantasy. He wrote the novel in 1890 and ironically less than a year (in mid 1891) an English poet – Lionel Johnson introduced Wilde to Alfred Douglas. Alfred Douglas or “Bosie” was a young aristocratic blond man and he instantly became Oscar Wilde’s central attraction. Alfred Douglas was 22 and Wilde 15 years his elder. Wilde may have unconsciously perceived Alfred Douglas (Bosie) as Dorian Gray. They became attracted to each other until Wilde’s death.

Wilde was immensely attached to Alfred Douglas and he wrote: “My Own Boy, Your sonnet is quite lovely, and it is a marvel that those red-roseleaf lips of yours should be made no less for the madness of music and song than for the madness of kissing.” Alfred Douglas referred to Wilde as “the most chivalrous friend in the world” Oscar Wilde knew that this relationship wracks his marriage and social status. But he was fatally attracted to Alfred Douglas.

Dorian Gray was an orphan without parental affection.  Alfred Douglas had stormy relationships with his father and numerous times his mother left home following her husband’s physical abuse. Symbolically Alfred Douglas was an orphan too. He saw a lover and a father figure in Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde was having a double life. He lived like Basil Hallward and Lord Henry of his novel. As Wilde stated “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks of me.

Oscar described his relationship with Alfred Douglas as thus.

 “The love that dare not speak its name” in this century is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art, like those of Shakespeare and Michelangelo, and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood, so much misunderstood that it may be described as “the love that dare not speak its name,” and on that account of it I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an older and a younger man, when the older man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope and glamour of life before him. That it should be so, the world does not understand. The world mocks at it, and sometimes puts one in the pillory for it.

In the novel Basil says that “as long as I live, the personality of Dorian Gray will dominate me”. Correspondingly Alfred Douglas’s personality dominated Oscar Wilde until his death. Like Dorian Gray Alfred Douglas became corrupted and at times emotionally blackmailed Oscar.

Although Wilde discreetly expressed the homosexuality in the Picture of Dorian Gray with Alfred Douglas he had an open relationship. They lived in hotels in London. Their affair became a public secret.

Alfred Douglas was mainly responsible for Oscar’s downfall. He introduced Oscar to gay prostitutes who later testified against him.  Alfred Douglas dragged Oscar to take legal action against his father -John Sholto Douglas, the Marquess of Queensberry and it was a serious mistake which backfired and Oscar Wilde was charged with gross indecency.

Oscar Wilde hugely challenged Victorian sensibilities. As he discussed in the Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar and Alfred Douglas tried to adjust their personal moral and ethical codes to suit their own needs and desires. But it was catastrophic. Like in the novel Basil Hallward (Oscar) perished after the imprisonment and self exile. Dorian Gray (Alfred Douglas) declared bankrupt and died in 1945.

According to many biographers before meeting Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde had homosexual impulses. But he was married to Constance Mary Lloyd and had two children.  He was profoundly influenced by his mother. She even ordered him to stay in England and face the trial. Macias ( 1993) was of the view that Oscar Wilde’s homosexuality, his stage sense, his dandyism, as well as his taste for provocation and scandal are seen in the context of an unconditional relationship with a powerful mother whom he attempted to find in his quest for substitutions love objects.

By implication in his other work Oscar Wilde conversed about homoeroticism. His 1895 play “The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” was recognized as a farcical comedy. He targeted Victorian morality. In this play Oscar reveals some of his life secrets and hidden desires.

The Importance of Being Earnest is an ingenious play, which uses its surface content to garnish a powerful manifesto on the way one should live life- the dandy way (Thacker, 2011). The two protagonists of the play are Algernon Moncrieff who lives in London and Jack Worthing who lives in the country. Both are tired of their tedious lives and explore adventure. Algernon and Jack are dandies who live double lives. Similarly Oscar Wilde was a dandy who lived in hotels in London with his male partners most of the times and sporadically with his family home in Tite Street.

According to Thacker (2011) dandies have to live double lives to escape from persecution by their society; they are in love with themselves, principally their appearance and its effect on others; and they indulge in the high and low extremes of life. Wilde unconsciously exposed his double life using the famous expression that was used in the play – Ernest in town and Jack in the country. Wilde was a Bunbury who made up excuse to get out of his home and to be with Alfred Douglas. In the play Algernon and Jack were bunburying to get out of their homes and responsibilities.

Earnest’s character contains both Jack and Algernon. Earnest becomes their alter ego. A person with an alter ego is said to lead a double life. In this context Oscar Wilde was leading a double life with an alter ego. In psychoanalytical milieu Oscar is maintaining a sense of omnipotence to face the narcissistic crisis.

In his play the Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde confronts Victorian social rules and discusses homoeroticism and sexual liberation in an elusive manner. In a subtle way Wilde indicates the homoerotic behavior in Lady Lancing.

According to the play, Lady Bracknell describes how the French maid made a great deal of change in a very short time in Lady Lancing and after these changes even her own husband did not know her. In reply to her Jack says that “and after six months nobody knew her,” Here Wilde indicates that Lady Lancing experiences a dramatic transformation (in her sexual orientation?) after meeting with the French maid and she becomes a new person.

Wilde uses most female characters, mainly Lady Bracknell and Gwendolyn, to represent the pressure Victorian society puts on others to behave and control oneself (Thacker, 2011).In addition Wilde highlights that the Victorians showed little sympathy to illness and death. For instance referring to Mr. Bunbury’s chronic illness Lady Bracknell says: Well, I must say, Algy that I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or die. Wilde throws bold criticism on Victorian morals. At the end of the play through Jack Worthing Oscar Wilde declares:  It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Oscar believed that he was telling the truth via his work.

Throughout his life Oscar Wilde struggled with his identity and sexual orientation. He knew that he had an inclination towards homosexuality. For Wilde, identity consists of two main elements, sensual pleasure and moral pathos, and in his moral universe these two elements are usually set in opposition to one another. Sensual pleasure associates itself with egoism, worldly vanity, and cruelty. Moral pathos is sometimes associated with devoted love, but it manifests itself primarily as pity for the poor and as tenderness toward children. Erotic passion allies itself with sensual pleasure (Carroll, 2005).

Oscar Wilde’s sexual orientation was recorded as bisexual. According to McKenna (2003) Wilde was aware of his homosexuality at the age of 16. In developing his theory of male sexual preference, Freud asserted that heterosexual as well as homosexual preferences required explanation, that neither could be assumed to be innate (de Kuyper, 1993). Freud suggests that infantile sexuality is bisexually orientated the final object choice due to repression of either homosexual or heterosexual desires(Heenen-Wolff, 2011).Nevertheless Freud found homoeroticism compatible with normal psychological functioning (Kirby, 2008).

In his other work too Oscar Wilde discreetly indicates his unconscious fantasies of homosexuality. His short story the Happy Prince was first published in 1888. Although it was a children’s story it has a profound gay theme. In this short story Oscar narrates love between a male Swallow and the statue of the late Happy Prince. Although he was called Happy Prince in reality he had never experienced true happiness until he met the Swallow. A strong homosexual undertone could be detected in the relationship between the Swallow and the Happy Prince.

  ‘When I was alive and had a human heart,’ answered the statue, ‘I did not know what tears were, for I lived in the Palace of Sans-Souci where sorrow is not allowed to enter. In the daytime I played with my companions in the garden, and in the evening I led the dance in the Great Hall. Round the garden ran a very lofty wall, but I never cared to ask what lay beyond it, everything about me was so beautiful. My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness. So I lived, and so I died. And now that I am dead they have set me up here so high that I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city, and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot choose but weep.’ (Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde)

The love between the Swallow and the Happy Prince grows. Both of them are content and become closely connected. The Swallow decides to stay with the Prince without flying to Egypt. But he knows that the winter is approaching and his death is inevitable. Finally the Swallow sacrifices his life for the love of the Prince.

The poor little Swallow grew colder and colder, but he would not leave the Prince, he loved him too well. He picked up crumbs outside the baker’s door when the baker was not looking, and tried to keep himself warm by flapping his wings. But at last he knew that he was going to die. He had just strength to fly up to the Prince’s shoulder once more. ‘Good-bye, dear Prince!’ he murmured, ‘will you let me kiss your hand?’……..

……….. ‘It is not to Egypt that I am going,’ said the Swallow. I am going to the House of Death. Death is the brother of Sleep, is he not?’  And he kissed the Happy Prince on the lips, and fell down dead at his feet.  (Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde)

The Happy Prince was a symbolic story between two individuals who were gay. There are subtlerepresentations of femininity in the Happy Prince and Oscar’s scrutiny implies that the Happy Prince is someone with a female psyche in a male body or a Uranian.

Both never experienced joy in their lives and until they met with each other. Their encounter with each other helped them to discover their true sexual orientation and they become strongly bonded. The Swallow makes the Prince’s life blissful. But the winter (the Victorian social rules and the legal structure) is approaching to swallow their loving relationship. The Swallow had a chance to fly to Egypt (flee from the Victorian society) but the Swallow decides to stay with his Prince and face the consequences. The harsh winter (the Victorian social rules and legal structure) kills the Swallow.

Wilde’s other story the Selfish Giant too was based on his homoerotic fantasies. Although it was a children’s story, allegorically it indicates Homosexualism in the Victorian era.

According to the story the Selfish Giant (the Victorian moralists)   built a wall (Victorian prohibition against homosexuality and other social restrictions that led to persecution of the gays) around his beautiful garden (in the English society) to keep children (the LGBT community) out. It was always winter in the garden for no other season would venture there (as Oscar indicates following social restrictions and repression the LGBT community is being persecuted ant they suffer relentlessly and found no joy in their lives). Then one morning, a child (Oscar may be referring to himself) brought spring back, and the giant’s heart melted along with the snow (this may be his inner wish that the Victorian society would understand the LGBT rights and end persecution by removing the anti gay laws).

He saw a most wonderful sight. Through a little hole in the wall the children had crept in, and they were sitting in the branches of the trees. In every tree that he could see there was a little child. And the trees were so glad to have the children back again that they had covered themselves with blossoms, and were waving their arms gently above the children’s heads. The birds were flying about and twittering with delight, and the flowers were looking up through the green grass and laughing. It was a lovely scene, only in one corner it was still Winter. It was the farthest corner of the garden, and in it was standing a little boy. He was so small that he could not reach up to the branches of the tree, and he was wandering all round it, crying bitterly. The poor tree was still quite covered with frost and snow, and the North Wind was blowing and roaring above it. ‘Climb up! little boy,’ said the Tree, and it bent its branches down as low as it could; but the little boy was too tiny.

 And the Giant’s heart melted as he looked out. ‘How selfish I have been!’ he said; ‘now I know why the Spring would not come here. I will put that poor little boy on the top of the tree, and then I will knock down the wall, and my garden shall be the children’s playground forever and ever.’ He was really very sorry for what he had done. ( The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde saw the selfishness that prevailed in Victorian society and once stated: Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one. In this story Oscar appeals to the Selfish Giants of the Victorian society to have a compassion for the LGBT community who led secretive as well as distressed lives.

Oscar’s internal psychic structures and ego-driven fantasies created invaluable thematic materials in his mind. These psychic representations emulated in his work.  Oscar vicariously lived through the characters that he created.

The French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan elucidated   that the human psyche functions within three orders: the Real, the Imaginary, and the Symbolic. Lacan placed the concept of the imaginary alongside the categories of the real and the symbolic. Hence the   essential determination of the imaginary is the primary relation of the ego to the image of the similar (Gekle, 1995). Oscar decorated most of his stories with imagery and symbolic representations. In addition some of the stories like Dorian Gray represent Oscar’s narcissistic fantasies.

As Lacan suggests that narcissistic fantasies are misleadingly seductive because they-in occluding the internal rifts and antagonisms of the subject’s being-alleviate his or her anxieties about the contingent basis of existence (Ruti, 2008). Oscar made attempts to maintain a sense of omnipotence and to compensate his transitory narcissistic crisis states. His narcissistic crisis states mainly occurred following social pressures that fell upon him.

Through these stories Oscar Wilde discreetly expressed the homosexual fantasies and impulses that he was struggling to hide from the Victorian moralists. However his attempt was failed. After being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 Oscar Wilde was incarcerated for two years.

The prison life consumed his health and most of his literal ability. After his release the persecuted genius Oscar Wilde became a social outcast. His native country banished him. Wilde died in Paris in 1900 at the age of 46. The Victorian society could not endure Wilde’s outrageous paradoxes. He became a victim of repressive and judgmental social forces. His life was a perfect example of Icarus tale. He flew too close to the sun, and he fell to earth.

As indicated by Di Segni Obiols (2006) since 1895 when Oscar Wilde was put on trial, almost 80 years passed until the beginning of the process that led to delete homosexuality from DSM (APA) and contributed to its despenalization. His aphorism– “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars was a remarkable expression of his spiritual emancipation. Perhaps Oscar foresaw his destiny and many years after his death he would be considered as a gay martyr and hailed as a hero by the LGBT community.

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Ranaviru Panatha

September 3rd, 2016

 

Alleged war crimes Hands off Sri Lanka!

September 3rd, 2016

by Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe (The writer is an Attorney-at-Law with LLB, LLM, MPhil(Colombo) Ceylon Today

Who made thee the ruler and judge over us?-Exodus 7.27 –The Bible
Asian Tribune on 20 August reported that the American Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap addressing a reception in Jaffna on 16 August had stated, “We know the government has committed to establish judicial mechanism to investigate war crimes.” This declaration by the ambassador is a strong message to the people of Sri Lanka, their armed forces that defeated the secessionist-terrorist Tamil Tigers and to opposition political forces. This appears to be a clear indication what Washington’s Department of State is giving to the Sri Lankan regime.

Following the former government’s military defeat of the internationally proscribed terrorist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, Sri Lanka embarked on an essential and long-term twofold post-conflict strategy: (i) rehabilitation and reintegration of former LTTE combatants, and (ii) the rebuilding of the conflict-affected Tamil communities of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The rehabilitation programme was by many counts a success, with demonstrated cognitive transformation in attitudes and behaviour of most of the formerly radicalized combatants.

Reconciliation efforts
Reconciliation initiatives were implemented to fulfil the urgent social, political, and economic needs of the conflict-affected communities of the North and East. However, despite the many effective state-led and other reconciliation efforts undertaken by Sri Lanka, the relentless disinformation campaign against the Sri Lankan State pursued by the remnant LTTE cells surviving internationally appear to be gaining ground.

The three decades long “Sri Lankan conflict” came to a conclusive end in May 2009, following the military defeat of the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers, an internationally proscribed terrorist organization known for its horrific brutality.
The LTTE was notorious for its horrific terror tactics such as the use of suicide bombers in carrying out attacks on civilians and the country’s leadership, the abduction of children for recruitment as child soldiers, forced money collection from Tamils with threats to life in case of non-compliance, attacks on the country’s economic infrastructure such as the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and the only international airport, “ethnic cleansing” of Sinhalese and Muslims from the North and East of Sri Lanka, the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the assassination of Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, the systematic assassination of more than 40 prominent mainstream Tamil political leaders, including the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, and deliberately inflicting casualties by holding civilians as human shields during the final phase of the war and shooting at those who attempted to flee. The LTTE’s brutality was amply demonstrated when it used a pregnant Tamil mother to be as a suicide bomber to assassinate the then Army Commander presently Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

Post-conflict years
It is to be noted that some news reports that have appeared internationally in the post-conflict years, have attempted to undermine the moral legitimacy of the previous government, by bringing in charges of war crimes due to alleged high numbers of Tamil civilian casualties and cases of torture. They do not attribute names to their sources and choose not to call for the prosecution of the LTTE cells and front organizations which continue to operate outside of Sri Lanka.

These statements have not only dampened Sri Lanka’s hard-won victory over one of the world’s most lethal terrorist groups, it has also brought suspicion over some remarkable and globally unprecedented post-conflict reconciliation efforts undertaken by the government. Although the LTTE was a despotically run militant organization that directly threatened the sovereignty of Sri Lanka and the security of its people, the government asserts that these views do not take into account the “principles of self-defence or reasonableness of retaliation, proportionality, or a technical analysis of the trajectories of the shells allegedly fired, to determine their source.

Guerrilla-cum-terrorist group
It also has to be kept in mind that the LTTE was the only guerrilla-cum-terrorist group in the world which had an infantry (“Military”, which included an elite fighting wing and the “Black Tigers” suicide commando unit), a maritime wing with a shipping fleet (“Sea Tigers”), an air wing (“Air Tigers”), a highly secretive intelligence group (“Snow Tigers” as well as international political and procurement offices.

Presently, the LTTE primarily exists overseas in the form of the Nediyavan faction (“Oslo group”) Joe Emmanuel faction (“London group”), Global Tamil Forum and British Tamils Forum), Rudrakumaran faction/ Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (“New York group”) and Vinyagam faction (“Brussels group”). The LTTE has a presence in 44 countries outside Sri Lanka, with established structures in 12 of them. Some of the most active pro-LTTE lobby groups are located in Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, the United States, Switzerland, and France. Pro-LTTE front organizations exist also in India, Germany, and Australia, corresponding to the large number of diaspora Tamils who have settled in these countries. It is apparent that these organizations have succeeded in misleading the international community by their intensive false propaganda against Sri Lanka on alleged human rights violations.

Next steps for US engagement
Sometime ago it was reported that then US Ambassador Michele J. Sison in an address to the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo spoke “about the next steps for US engagement with Sri Lanka”. She said the 2012 resolution simply asked the government to fulfil its own commitments to its people from its Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, and to meet its own international commitments. If one were to investigate the accountability of the United States in its own record of human rights violations all over the world taking place in the form of cowardly drone attacks killing large numbers of innocent women and children in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries in the world where will it end? Subsequent to the 9/11 attacks in the United States by the Al Qaeda, the United States appears to be engaged in a witch-hunt indiscriminately murdering humans all over the world in acts of unwarranted revenge targeting innocent Muslims wherever and whenever it suits them to do so.

It is indeed surprising that the present and past US Ambassadors appear to be conveniently unaware of the human rights violation in the form of atrocious torture committed by the US troops in Vietnam, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Graib, Bagram and other prison camps maintained by the US.
Bush Administration
The US government under the Bush Administration adopted the American Service-members’ Protection Act (ASPA) in an attempt to protect any US citizen from appearing before the International Court of Criminal Justice (ICC). US President Obama is liable to be charged before the ICC for war crimes committed under his command responsibility by the drone attacks. Why is the US Government engaged in employing double standards in protecting human rights in the world?

The Bible states, “No man should sit upon judgment on another lest he be judged.” This saying is more relevant when applied to a wrongdoer assuming the role of a judge over others. As that great British Jurist, then Master of the Rolls Lord Alfred Thompson Denning once questioned: “Who made thee the ruler and judge over us?” repeating the saying in Exodus 7.27 –The Bible. Post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction is by nature a long-term process. Thus, Sri Lankans, the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, and the world must allow the democratic, culturally developed, and traditionally ethnically harmonious country Sri Lanka to heal itself.
In conclusion, Sri Lanka requests the Americans to put their house in order first before venturing to protect human rights all over the world. It is a fact that the United States has immense military power and has caused devastation in Iraq, Libya and some other countries in the Middle East and succeeded in grabbing their petroleum supplies, but did those invasions benefit the people of those countries devastated by the Americans?
Sri Lankans are a dignified, courageous and a peace-loving nation whose spirit can never be broken down by threats, torture or a show of force. There is peace and tranquillity in our land and the great majority of the Sri Lankans do not desire any foreign interference in the internal affairs in our land.

Why did the LTTE fail? Thamilini’s answers

September 3rd, 2016

 M.S.M Ayub Courtesy The Daily Mirror

he defeat in 2009 of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which had overrun many huge military bases in the north and the east for over two decades would definitely have puzzled many in Sri Lanka as well as in other countries.
It was an organisation that had overrun the Elephant Pass Army camp complex killing the majority of its 11,000 soldiers in April 2001.
Only around 250 out of around 1,500 soldiers were able to escape when the LTTE launched a surprise attack on the isolated but heavily fortified Mullaithivu Army Camp in June 1996.
It rolled back the 18 month long military operation, the Operation Jayasikuru involving more than 30,000 soldiers in 1998.
What then really happened to the world’s only guerilla movement that had all three military branches, the Army, the Navy and an ‘Air Force?
This was the question Subramaniuim Sivakami alias Thamilini, the women’s political wing leader of the LTTE had attempted to answer in her 268 page autobiography.
One of the outfit’s strong critics and former EPDP Parliamentarian Nadaraja Ramesh, who was assassinated by still unidentified gunmen in the late 1990s once in the heyday of the LTTE wrote in Thinamurasu, the then highly popular Tamil weekly, he was editing that it would be difficult for one to attribute the successes of the LTTE, if he or she tried to paint every action of the organisation in black.


The essence of Thamilini’s book contends on the other way around-if everything was rosy on the part of the LTTE one would not be able to explain its defeat.
She had put this point in the very preface of the book.
“I have questioned myself as to why I should write this. Only one answer has been pushing me to write. I must tell a truth that is still stuck in my throat to the people, whom I love as I love my very soul. Our struggle which was conceived in order to win the political aspiration of a race had been built on the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of lives. What then ended it up in zero? This is the question that is being posed by the world that was shaken by
that defeat.”
Hence, it is natural for her autobiography to become critical of major decisions by Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of her organisation and earn the wrath of those who blindly love that leadership.
However, even while criticising her leader for his decisions and attitudes that had led to the loss of thousands of lives of her colleagues as well as ordinary people and to the immense hardships that the people had to face, she had not lost her affection and respect to him.
Thamilini and her husband Mahadevan Jeyakumaran had expected the repercussion of her criticism of the LTTE leadership to be highly unwelcome.
Jeyakumaran in his preface to the book says “I gave her the assurance that even if she was banished from the community after being criticised for telling the truth, I would be prepared to share that punishment.”

They were correct. The Tamil politicians including the leaders of the Tamil National Alliance, who were present at her funeral last year were not to be seen when her autobiography was released in Kilinochchi a few months later.
Although it was called an autobiography the book mainly covers her life in the LTTE, only with a very brief reference to her childhood.

Having acted as a propagandist of the organisation for over 16 years, Thamilini seems, through her book, to have had a very strong language command with an eloquent flow in expressing herself.

Many factors such as antagonising India, Tamil and Sinhalese intelligentsia and Muslims by the LTTE, exposure of the organisation’s unreliability to the world during the peace talks with the Ranil Wickremesinghe Government, which led to the proscription of it in more than 25 countries, a unique political-military combination on the part of the Government, destruction of LTTE ships by the SL Navy with the help of foreign intelligence and the moral decay within the rank and file of the LTTE among others contributed to the defeat of the organisation.
Many of these situations had been created as a result of the peace talks and the ceasefire. However, Thamilini had dealt only with one of these aspects, the moral decay, in her book that contributed to her organisation’s downfall.
She mainly criticises her leader for his decision to conscript young Tamil boys and girls as rebels and sending them to the battlefront without proper training.
She says that there was a time during the last phase of the war when the organisation had stooped to the level of satisfying itself with the ability of a person to just pull the trigger of a gun before he was sent to the battlefront
“My stand is that the most important among the worst decisions taken by leader Prabhakaran was the one to conscript youth by force,” she says and adds in another page
“When the organisation arrived at the decision to conscript in order to increase the man power, people began to see another devilish face of
the organisation.”
In many places in the book she had compared the plight of the people, who had been trapped in the horrific effects of the war with the professed aim of the struggle and questions herself as to whether the people deserve the plight. When explaining the situation after the security forces recaptured Kilinochchi, the administrative capital of the LTTE in January 2009, she says:
“I was extremely distressed by the plight and the deaths of the people that had been unfolding before our own eyes. The blood of the people in whose name we set out to fight had been flowing like a river. I could not appease my mind with any of the justifications of the war we had been engaging in. I in fact hated the armed struggle in that situation.”
Thamilini’s writing skill is clearly manifested in her reading of her own self in so many places of the book.
“I felt as if a sense of prestige and arrogance creeping into me when I first wore the LTTE’s striped military uniform and the shoes” She had told. It seems to be a very honest self criticism.
On the day Prabhakaran’s body was found on the bank of the Nandikadal lagoon, Thamilini was in the custody of the Army with whom some Tamil youth had been collaborating in identifying the frontline Tigers.
She says “A Tamil youth brought the day’s newspapers and showed us some pictures in it. They were the pictures of the leader who had then been killed.
“Your leader has died, all cry,” he shouted while crying mockingly. A sudden noise that rose from among the detainees subsided immediately and abruptly.
It is extremely difficult to explain the situation where we tried to pretend that we did not hear what we heard about the death of the man, whom every militant had firmly enshrined in his or her heart as a respected brother, a loving father and the god present before his or her own eyes and whose words were taken as a divine command and followed.”
Thamilini explains an incident where she had been sent for a medical checkup carried out by a young judicial medical officer while she was in the custody of the CID in Colombo.
“The young lady doctor told me in broken Tamil ‘killing life is a sin. This world is very beautiful. Why have you been a terrorist for so long? Learn to love the lives in future.”
“Her advice extremely touched me. Was I a militant or a terrorist? I was pondering as to what basically made me a militant as well as a terrorist. It was the politics. It was the politics that taught us that the gun would bring us freedom. It was the same politics that branded me as a terrorist. I was brought up as one who loved the lives of others during my childhood. It was the belief that I would be able to protect the future of the people that pushed me into the struggle. But I have been responsible for the deaths and destructions carried out in the name of freedom. It is a treachery against my conscience to deny or conceal it.”
Thamilini’s narration about these three incidents points as to how serious and vivid she was when she reads her own self.
One might say that the autobiography of the women’s political wing leader of the LTTE was one-sided. As a rehabilitated former LTTE cadre, she might have had restrictions for the book to be one-sided. But that wouldn’t prevent one from accepting the facts explained in the book as facts. It might be a clear picture of one of the two sides. Besides, the once mighty LTTE had been decimated. As Thamilini says it wouldn’t have happened had everything on the part of the outfit been perfect. It is definitely food for thought.

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/115155/Why-did-the-LTTE-fail-Thamilini-s-answers#sthash.4N5IDdJV.dpuf

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dodges query on presumption of War Crimes

September 3rd, 2016

Hafeel Farisz and Nabeela Hussain Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Visiting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon while evading the issue of a presumption of ‘War Crimes’ being committed in Sri Lanka, instead said the United Nations failed in its duty “particularly during the last stages of the conflict”.

Answering questions posed to him by the Daily Mirror at the concluding media briefing held at the Galle Face Hotel last evening, Moon evaded specifics and instead couched his answers with diplomatic jargon.

“Its true that there was a lack in the level of achievement or lack of involvement by the United Nations and that I admitted to in my statement. That’s what we have admitted to a long time ago. We really wanted to see why it had happened to that level and how. The United Nations could have done better in Sri Lanka particularly during the last stages of the war” he said instead.

Speaking further he also asserted to “terrible events of the time”.

“The UN has to address the legacy of its actions in Sri Lanka which did not meet the expectations of the people and the world. We reviewed our involvement of the terrible events of the time and continue to take steps to ensure that human rights are at the center of our decision making”

Speaking further Moon denied the assertion that the United Nations exerted “double standards” with regard to global superpowers and Sri Lanka.

“With due respect to all of you, I would not agree that there has been a double standard with regard to the actions of the United Nations. There has been one standard, one value and one vision with which we work with” he said.

Moon arrived at the podium in which he stood alone for close to half an hour just past 7 pm and immediately commenced the reading of a detailed statement. In it he addressed issues of accountability and commended the “ Unity Government headed by President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe” in the steps taken towards “reconciliation”.

When questioned as to why the UN did not agree to a ‘ homegrown solution’ with regard to the ethnic conflict, Moon said that although a ‘gap’ did exist between the present government and the International Community, it had improved from his previous visit in 2009.

“It has been rather difficult sometimes, even for me to talk with the government and the leadership. There was a gap between the expectations of the international community and the level of government help. Even though I think we are not fully there the level of gap can be reduced as soon as possible,” he said.

He further commended the progress in the North since his previous visit.

“Since my last visit in 2009, there has been great progress. I welcome the initiative that the president and premier has taken to undertaken to promote good governance. I visited Jaffna and saw an enormous contrast with my experience back in 2009. Great progress has been made in elevating the problems associated with mass displacement” he said.

He however asserted the need of expediting the process of reconciliation stating that the “ victims cant wait for ever”.

“Reconciliation will not be accomplished overnight. It is a complex process which needs continuous nurturing. I welcome the establishment of the office of missing persons and the process of constitutional amendment. These are positive steps but more needs to be done. The victims cant wait forever. They deserve credible transparent and solid transitional justice mechanism” he said.

The Secretary General also remained non committal on the issue of the participation of foreign judges in the proposed transitional justice mechanism.

“I think both the UN and the government is involved in this process. There may be some level of difference in the level of involvement, difference of advancement and progress in major issues” he said. (Hafeel Farisz and Nabeela Hussain)

 

 

Video by Sanath Desmond and Janaka

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/115177/Ban-dodges-query-on-presumption-of-War-Crimes#sthash.3PLAmwds.dpuf

UN-Accountable: Ban Ki Moon you have no time to see a Single Sinhalese victim of LTTE terrorism who are 74% of Sri Lanka’s population

September 2nd, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations arrived in Sri Lanka in May 2009. He did not have time to see a Sinhalese or Muslim victim of LTTE terror. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations has arrived again in September 2016. He still does not have time or desire to see a single Sinhalese or even Muslim victim of LTTE terror. Ban ki Moon has conveniently omitted from his itinerary the need to visit the real victims but he has enough time to see political parties linked to LTTE terror, enough time to visit and speak to LTTE linked people, enough time to visit only the North disillusioned into thinking terror struck only in the North of Sri Lanka. This is the Secretary General of the UN preaching equality, justice and accountability. Ban Ki Moon do you have no feelings for the people LTTE killed? Are they not Victims? Do they not deserve a visit from you?

Is it because these victims of LTTE terror are Sinhalese and not Tamil that you will not see them and give them the same sympathy and empathy you and your organization are giving even to LTTE families and LTTE cadres who stole our freedom and our peace. Everywhere that terror is striking now and the screams of fear by people of the West was experienced by us every day, every week, every month, every year for 30 years. Why have you and your organization forgotten this?

WHERE WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION WHEN LTTE WAS KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE THROUGHOUT 30 YEARS?

WHAT IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY YOUR ORGANIZATION WILL HOLD AGAINST LTTE AND LTTE SUPPORTERS?

WHEN WILL JUSTICE BE DELIVERED FOR LTTE WAR CRIMES?

Ban Ki Moon you have no time for thousands of people killed by LTTE in border villages. These innocent people had their bodies cut open, throats slashed and heads dismembered.

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Ban Ki Moon have you any idea of the number of buses carrying innocent civilians, the LTTE has bombed or do you not care?

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Ban Ki Moon do you have any idea of the sorrow of these families to have heard that their children/parents/husbands/wives are no more. This was no war zone. These civilians were going about their daily chores. What harm have they done to LTTE. Please note the ‘civilians’ your organization are showering empathy towards were either part of LTTE civilian army or were taking part in some kind of hostilities and some of these ‘civilians’ are from LTTE families.

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Ban Ki Moon your favourite terrorist organization even struck the national carrier of Sri Lanka and killed an entire British family and scores of other foreigners as well.

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Ban Ki Moon is it a waste of your time to be reminded of LTTE’s attacks on commercial buildings specifically targeting innocent civilians and killing them. You have come twice to Sri Lanka, you cared not once to give even a minute of your time to speak to some of these victims of LTTE terror who are still dressing their wounds, some are still blind, some cannot work, some paid a paltry compensation that is not even enough to pay for their medical bills….. are these not civilians?

Mr. Moon is the UN terminology for civilians restricted to Tamil civilians only?

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Ban Ki Moon, you may be an evangelical Christian, the UNO may be pro-Christian but you or your organization have no right to ignore and turn a blind eye to the calculated and systematic historical quest to destroy the place of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

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Ban Ki Moon have you ever called for accountability for these crimes? These are student Buddhist monks who were waylaid by LTTE and killed by cutting them to pieces one after another. Do these deaths not mean anything to you or your organization?

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Ban Ki Moon you have time to meet LTTE linked people but you cannot spare a minute for the families of the missing 5000 soldiers. Your organizations has not issued one statement on them despite their families logging their details with the UNHRC. LTTE cadres are not POWs, their wives are not war widows, LTTE are not entitled to any of the privileges of a POW, legal status quos are being violated by your office and by your officials and even by NGOs paid by foreign governments. LTTE cadres are not soldiers. What right do they have for compensation. Who asked them to take guns, it is those who trained and armed them who should look after the dead LTTE cadres and their families not the Sri Lankan tax payers. Our families are without at least one member or we have suffered some sort of terror because of the LTTE – we are against paying any compensation to any LTTE cadre. Anyone wanting to do so are welcome to from their own private funds!

Ban Ki Moon have you been sent to carve out a piece of our island to these murderers and barbarians who remain banned in 32 nations? Is this their gift by you and others for their support to create a base in Sri Lanka for Western Agendas? Is this why you, your organization and the West does nothing to investigate the entities linked to LTTE who are lobbying you and your officials freely and openly without no shame.

Lest you and your organization have forgotten LTTE ran a virtual de facto state. LTTE had its own police, its own courts, its own currency, its own planes, boats/ships and it HAS a thriving international criminal syndicate that involves human smuggling, boat people smuggling, prostitute supplying, credit card scams, money laundering, hawala system, gold smuggling from which they bought arms and ammunition but with the ground force eliminated LTTE foreign networks must be having more money to throw around which explains the scores of white ‘rights’ activists coming forward to cry crocodile tears for LTTE and we can bet our last dollar that these individuals will soon be manning the OMP desks of course the UN would smear them with decorative names and honors! See the appalling levels Sooka has stooped to! Even the former UNHRC head has confirmed the conflict of interest claims – after leaving UNHRC one of the her first jaunts as chief guest was to an LTTE front event!

So all tracks are covered to ensure LTTE surviving cadres are protected and packaged as ‘witnesses’ or ‘victims’ while the soldiers who sacrificed their lives and limbs to rid the nation of the scrooge of terror will be hauled to the stands and without the right to defend himself he will have the gavel come down and declared war criminal and put to prison… then decades later just like what happened to Slobadan Milosevic he will be declared not guilty of war crimes but it would be too late… Milosevic died, his wife and children were left without a husband and father and no one even remembers to shame the UN for what they did…. This is going to happen to our soldiers and it is a crying shame that there are people like you, your organization and countless others who would stoop so low. What has happened to humanity …the lies the UN and UNHRC has been party to are unimagineable. There is no place in hell to put these traitors to the world and peace.

Ban Ki Moon do you or your organization know who exactly died in the last stages? Can you categorize them as and give a number to these. It is only if and when you can give numbers that you can claim civilians were killed.

What if children who were child soldiers died engaged in hostilities with the army –it is not a war crime.

What if civilians who had been given training in armed combat died engaged in hostilities with the army –it is not a war crime.

What if LTTE cadres in civilian clothing engaged in hostilities with the army died in combat – it is not a war crime.

So can you, Mr. Moon tell us when 300,000 people were saved as well as 12.000 LTTE cadres in civilian clothing surrendered including 545 child soldiers, who exactly do you claim as ‘civilians’ were killed during the last phase when you and none of those making accusations can give 100 names of the supposed dead. On what grounds are you demanding a war crimes tribunal?

Ban Ki Moon please tell us how many during the last phase of the conflict were:

  • LTTE cadres
  • Belong to the Sri Lankan Army
  • Civilians (who were not involved in any type of hostilities either by force or voluntary)
  • Civilians who were part of LTTE’s armed brigade
  • LTTE cadres who fought as civilians
  • Children who were children
  • Children who were child soldiers

We think we are not wrong in guessing that you and your organization have egg on your faces and so the office of missing persons will do its utmost to turn the lie into a truth through bizarre tweakings of the law that would allow any tiger to come forward as ‘witness’ accuse a soldier of a crime, deny being cross examined so the lie remains a lie and then storm the military establishments to demand confidential documents and none of these weird and crazy laws can be even questioned even through a right of information act which denies the public right of information! To secure status quo further the OMP bill gives provision for foreign aid and foreign officials to man the office thus further denying justice so that none of the lies and fabrications can be leaked. This is appalling conduct for the UN and UNHRC.

Is this the democracy, good governance and CHANGE that the people were promised. People have been gagged and denied freedoms and the nation is told they are having the best of democracy. Libya is now realizing life was better under the ‘dictator’ the West killed and Libyans were promised liberation! Iraqi’s are also realizing life was far better when ‘dictator’ Saddam was around and the Iraqi’s were promised democracy and freedoms. Syrians at least are standing by their ‘dictator’ Assad.

Ban Ki Moon for just one incident (9/11) the UN immediate took action against Al Qaeda, with LTTE committing over 300 acts of suicide terror alone why did the UN not take action?

You come to Sri Lanka, you can shake hands and meet government officials who will provide VVIP treatment but the majority of Sinhalese have only contempt, anger and disappointment at the biased and double standards seen by your conduct.

You can meet TNA the party that the LTTE formed, you can meet TNA officials who are now openly canvassing for the same demands LTTE made and you have all the time to meet them as well as LTTE families and LTTE sympathizers but you have no time to meet a single Sinhalese or even a Muslim family who had been victims of LTTE terror. May we remind you that Sinhalese comprise 74% of the country’s population and a good look at the living conditions of the minorities should make you wonder how they can thrive and be rich when 7 out of 10 people are Sinhalese!

We are very disappointed by the conduct of the UN Secretary General…. and probably we can all guess the type of joint statement likely to come at the end of the visit which will be another nail in the coffin of the sovereignty of this country.

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Ranil can’t do and Maithripala won’t do while the rogue queen is too corrupt to do

September 2nd, 2016

Concerned Sri Lankan Citizen

From the time Ranil got into politics in 1970 to date, he has achieved very little for the country while causing a lot of damage. In 1994 he stopped the teaching of Sri Lanka history to children as a result of which the new generation have no idea of the 2600 years of our glorious past. Having lost elections over 29 times he was extremely unpopular and the UNP wanted to get rid of him as the leader of the party. However, he changed the constitution of the party so that while he was alive no one else could become the party leader in 2008. It is alleged that 60 UNP members defected to the UPFA during Ranil’s leadership. Even the killing of Gamini Dissanayake has been attributed to Ranil W by none other than Maithripala Sirisena, the current President. See: http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/08/30/%E0%B6%9C%E0%B7%8F%E0%B6%B8%E0%B7%92%E0%B6%AB%E0%B7%92-%E0%B6%B8%E0%B7%90%E0%B6%BB%E0%B7%94%E0%B7%80%E0%B7%9A-%E0%B6%BB%E0%B6%B1%E0%B7%92%E0%B6%BD%E0%B7%8A-%E0%B7%83%E0%B7%92%E0%B6%BB%E0%B7%92/

Of course, much has been written about Ranil and Batalanda. I reproduce a note from Cerberus in Lankaweb below which says it all. Quote

“I lived through those years of terror which were unleashed by the UNP on the innocent Sinhala Buddhist youth whose only crime was that they were seeking employment and the removal of the illegal 13A which was forced on Ranil’s uncle JR Jayawardene’s whose Govt like the current Govt calling themselves “Yahapalanaya”  called themselves “Dharmishta”. John Ameratunga was the Minister for Law and Order was a large part of these activities. As has been pointed out by you, Ranil always wanted a “Big boy” behind him. So he got himself Gonawela Sunil who was called Ranil’s husband by those who knew about the relationship. I worked in the vicinity of Batalanda and heard about the goings on there through the people who worked at Sapugaskande. Some of the drivers at Sapugaskande whose vehicles were commandeered by the army told stories of how the army went into villages and rounded up any youth who were hanging around since they were unemployed and asked them to dig pits and lined them up before the pits and shot them. That is how the Minister for Youth Affairs Ranil W solved the unemployment problem of the country. He has been protected by the West for their own purposes and now the “Dittha Dhamma Vedaniya Kamma Vipaka” is hitting the West. Ranil W as soon as David Cameron resigned immediately appointed Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as a Minister so that he has a big boy to protect him. Ranil is a psychologically warped human being and when he is dying one day as we all do I do not know how he will come to terms with all the pain and death he caused so many people.” Unquote.

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqSW3cKNb7k

During the war, he signed the infamous ceasefire agreement with the LTTE without showing it to Parliament or the President and in exchange was willing to hand over 2/3 of the country to the LTTE. Luckily President CBK at that time in 2002 removed him from office. He also prevented the removal of Prabhakaran and destroyed the elite group who were going to remove Prabhakaran. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZWO5fWDikQ

He was so unpopular that he knew he could not run directly for office. So he ran with Sarath Fonseka as a front in 2010 and with My3 as a front in 2015. When My3 was elected the President he appointed RW as Prime Minister when there was an already existing Prime Minister and Parliament, which was against the Constitution. My3 said it was because the west wanted RW as Exec PM. See: http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/04/18/ranil-must-be-pm-i-am-ordered-to-do-so-by-india-west-president-sirisena/.  RW, in turn, appointed Paskaralingam, a well known Govt servant who is supposed to have amassed an immense amount of wealth under a previous President and had gone abroad, as head of the Treasury, and also a Singaporean citizen, Arjun Mahendran, as the Governor of the Central Bank. The Central Bank called for an auction of Bonds to a value of Rs 1 billion at 9.5% then accepted a bid of Rs 10 billion at 12.5% from Mahendran’s son-in-law’s company Perpetual Treasuries where Rs 7 billion was lined up through the Bank of Ceylon. A cool 3.4 billion went to pay the Sirisena campaign debts and some leftovers to the pockets of those who planned the heist I think.

See: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/arjuna-mahendran-is-innocent-another-betrayal-by-yahapalanaya/

RW immediately covered up by appointing a committee and when due to public outrage My3 asked him to remove Mahendran RW just ignored My3. There was a second bond issue and after that, there was a COPE report and Mahendran was removed and Dr. Coomaraswamy was appointed. RW then promptly appointed him to another Senior Post.

So what has either My3 or RW achieved since their appointments in Jan 08’15? When you look at the 100 days plan one of the main highlights of the program was the elimination of the Presidency and creation of the Westminister type Govt. As far as I can see very little of what was promised was achieved. My3 is still sitting as the President doing very little other than globe-trotting, shaking the Queen’s ungloved hand and opening various buildings built by MR Govt while putting the cornerstones with his name on it. One of the priests in Batticaloa got so mad that he had taken a sledgehammer and broken it up. See: http://lankacnews.com/sinhala/main-news/145210/

RW created an FCID which was also illegal since the Police had a CID. Then My3 also created his own Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption, and Abuse of Power State Resources and Privileges. During the last almost two years the only work they have done is to go after the Rajapakse Govt members and officers and the army intelligence. Right now there are 9 intelligence officers of the army in remand without a shred of evidence against them.

The Judiciary in Sri Lanka now appears to be very one sided. For some examples see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x5ae5f9m7o

How about the promises of RW? He and the UNP did a major tilt to the West hoping for major financial help from them. The went to the extent of co-sponsoring the USA sponsored UNHRC resolution. As a result, even countries friendly to Sri Lanka could not help since Sri Lanka itself had sponsored a resolution against its own self.

Before the election, he kept on blasting China and calling MR Govt idiots for going to the Chinese for help. So far very little help has manifested from the West.

RW took 40 of his favorites and went to the Davos conference in Switzerland. This is one of the most expensive cities in the world where a room can cost up to $2000/night. He thought he could get all the billionaires who were there such as Soros to invest heavily in Sri Lanka. He was very disappointed. I wonder how much the whole trip with expenses such as Mahendran’s expense report of $11,000 cost Sri Lanka? How many maids would have had to go to the middle east and work for that money to be burnt by these jokers?

He made lavish promises of free Wi-Fi, a Volkswagen car factory in Kurunegala, etc. He promised very high raises to all public servants, cheap fertilizer to farmers, solve kidney problems in the NC province, cheap cars for anyone to purchase, a Megapolis by combining greater Colombo area. Nothing has manifested so far.

He went to China to negotiate regarding the Port City after debunking it as a white elephant in February this year. China was supposed to start on it immediately. So far nothing has happened. There was a big announcement that China has now decided to not penalize Sri Lanka for the delays in the project. Now it appears that the reason was because GoSL agreed to give an extra 2 hectares on a 99-year lease in additional to the original 2-hectare land. Now he is promising a big development plan next year same as what he did last year.

I think the people of this country are getting tired of waiting.

President, Dictator or a villageThug ?

September 2nd, 2016

By Charles.S.Perera

Sri Lanka until 2009, devastated by terrorism, a country that never saw real development, never saw a highway, and depended on potholed old net work of Macadamised roads  in poor condition, built by the colonial rulers to facilitate their tea, and rubber trade,  seems to have got since 8th January, 2015, what it deserves- a ruinous Yahapalanaya..

A country which since independence built two dams, constructed an irrigation canal and a  completed few other projects by way of development, a country which was proud of its ancient ruins witness to a glorious past, a country which was in the grip of a seemingly never ending  ruthless terrorism, was suddenly whisked away from that small time  development, sad plight in the claws of terrorism, to become a peaceful country, with an assured security with its heroic Armed Forces deployed around the country, and  dropped into the lap of  modernity, with a higher standard of living with all the fetishes of development, nevertheless, with the human weakness of wanting more,  never satisfied with what one has been give.

The Man Who Changed Sri Lanka.

All that unexpected development never hoped for by a people who were  living in the hellhole of terrorism without knowing what fate awaits them on the  dawn of the next day, was brought about by a single man who had one ambition and that was to end terrorism and bring peace and security to his country and his people and make Sri Lanka a developed country.

That great man was Mahinda Rajapakse.  A man like him had not been seen since Independence, and no one comparable to him  cannot still be seen in the horizon.

That man that gave all that to a nation which had surrendered to hopeless grief and tragedy, is today ridiculed, accused of bribing the terrorists, for fattening the pockets with gifts, commissions and bribes, and for allowing his friends and family to thrive on stolen riches.

The Critics of that Man who changed Sri Lanka

Strangely the accusations come from those who with their actions made the suffering of the people of Sri Lanka greater.

These critics are from JVP- that massacred unknown numbers to establish a Marxist regime, the UNP that killed and burnt on heaps of tyres young Sinhala youth to stop the establishment of a Marxist regime of the JVP. The UNP that established secret torture camp in Batalanda, and else where, and signed a CFA with the terrorist leader strengthening terrorism and allowing them to massacre more innocent persons, army officers, soldiers, and Ministers. There was also that wretched woman,  who offered the North of Sri Lanka to the terrorist leader to rule over it for ten years.

Tamils who do not want reconciliation but a separate Eelam

Since Independence there were many governments that faced the danger of division of the country and separation of communities. The Tamils had always been a community which wanted to be apart from the rest of the population. They- the  Tamils were then and now  against any reconciliation with the rest of the population. These Tamils in Sri Lanka-every one of them, are Indians in their hearts and in action. They have no love for Sri Lanka as their motherland, hence they want a separate territory carved out of it for themselves. They say they do not want reconciliation, but devolution, when they have everything, that everyone else has in Sri Lanka. The Tamils want a Tamil Provincial Council (Eelam)  under a Federal Constitution. The Yahapalanaya has made them the Parliamentary Opposition to the Government

JVP the Marxists who create trouble.

The JVP politicians  were a  group of political adventurists, who made terror and massacre a means to achieve their romanticised Marxist revolution. Even today JVP is a Political party trying to become popular by making popular national leaders like Mahinda Rajapakse unpopular. They cannot promote any political ideology to the people other than political hatred towards popular political  figures –Mahinda Rajapakse, his family, and supporters, hoping that they would be the recipients of the popularity and adulation of those  people who would be dissatisfied with Mahinda Rajapakse on the accusations they  make about  him and his family.

Of the several Prime Ministers, Governors, and Generals Sri Lanka had since the beginning of terrorism, no one  was able to solve the problem of terrorism , as a result of which  the people were subjected to endless suffering.

Mahinda Rajapakse who ended people’s suffering

Finally, it was Mahinda Rajpakse who saved the country and the people from the suffering they underwent for 30 long years. Now, everyone says that they give him credit for elimination of terrorism, but yet he is condemned without any proof relying on suppositions, probabilities, hearsay, rumours and vague gossip,  for bribery, corruption, money laundering  and what not.

There being no people- friendly media,  even the media supports the disastrous yahapalanaya rather than support  the one Political Leader-Mahinda Rajapakse  the one and only man Sri Lanka could rely upon  to make Sri Lanka remain an Independent sovereign state, and progress into  development and a brighter future.

The following extracts from the “unpatriotic non people friendly) media reports show how the media carry out the role of political destabilisation to confuse the people about  unpopular unpatriotic politicians and  patriotic popular politicians.

Kishali Pinto Jayawardhana  22 March,2015 Sunday Times states :

First, let us go to the common positives. Both speakers emphasized home truths, pointing out that credit must be given for enabling dissent and criticism without fear of consequences. That said, this obvious fact need not be unduly repeated. This was precisely the reason why the Rajapaksa regime was rejected by an electorate tired of gross corruption, rampant communalism and delusions of grandeur. Measuring itself by the standard of Rajapaksa evils and patting itself on the back therein is self-delusionary. This is not why a new government was voted in.

වංචාවට, දූෂණයට, නාස්තියට හා හොරකමට ඔටුනු පැළඳු අයට නැවත මේ රටේ පාලනයකට ඉඩ නොතබන බව ජනාධිපතිතුමා අවධාරණය කරයි. සුන්දර සංවර්ධනයක් පිළිබඳ කථා කරමින් පසුගිය රජය කෝටි නව ලක්ෂයක ණය බරක් සමග රට ඇද දැමූ ආර්ථික අර්බුදයෙන් ඒකාන්තයෙන්ම රට ගොඩගැනීමට අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මැතිතුමා සමග එක්ව කටයුතු කරන බව ද ජනාධිපතිතුමා අවධාරණය කළේය.

The Island Editorial.

The former rulers are no angels and the general consensus is that they helped themselves to a great deal of public funds and lined their pockets with kickbacks unconscionably. Everything became a deal for them. Therefore, those who voted for Sirisena and the UNP thought the ill-gotten wealth of the Rajapaksas would be recovered, confiscated and utilised to ameliorate the economic woes of the country as well as the public. But, nothing of the sort has happened and cases are being filed against the grandees of the former regime for buying galvanized pipes of all things!

Accusations based on suppositions, probabilities, hearsay, rumours and vague gossip.

But these reports as  already mentioned are not based  on proved reliable information, but on suppositions, probabilities, hearsay, rumours and vague gossip, to accuse Rajapakses for bribery, corruption, money laundering  and what not.  It is a shame that the Sri Lanka media is so low as to condemn a popular, rare and a reliable political leader in order not to antagonise the all powerful Yahapalanaya government, which is ruining Sri Lanka, to pretend they are objective National news papers.

These well prepared  distortion of news and scathing rumours to make the ex President unpopular are the work of experienced foreign Agents  of CID, RAW,MI5, who have helped regime changes and  removal of progressive leaders of developing countries in Africa, Middle East,  South America etc.  They use Ranil Wickramasinghe, Chandrika Kumaratunga and Mangala Samaraweera as their tools, it is obvious from statements that they make from time to time.

Mahinda Rajapakse as the President did not call for early elections because he feared  the inability to payback the “accumulated debts”, or because he feared facing the Geneva human rights Resolution. When he called for elections he was “sure” to win. If he was “sure” to win he also knew there were  “ accumulated debts” or “ unfavourable Geneva Resolution” and he would have known how to face those issues.  He  of opurse knew that there were accumulated debts which were taken for the development of the country.  China, Russia and Iran etc., were his dependable friends. He managed the Administration of the country well.

White Van Culture was not a Making of the former Government.

The white van culture, that Yahapalanaya uses to accuse exPresident Rajapakse and his government is another rumour that got stuck to the former government, but it was  never proved as initiated by any one of the Rajapakses. It is again a rumour, hear say  and considered as a  possibility, without any proof. Even today business men and others are kidnapped using  white vans.  How can then  the Mahinda Rajapakse and his government be accused for a white van culture ?

The Change to Yahapalanaya.

Today China , and Russia etc., are not with Yahapalanaya Government, and they will not help Sri Lanka in the  settlement of “debts”.  America and the West will never help Sri Lanka solve its financial problems . They will only extract the maximum benefits for themselves. Sri Lanka is today in a very serious political and financial situation and it has no way out unless the country is taken back by Mahinda Rajapakse. It is only Mahinda Rajapakse and the Joint Opposition  which have the key to solve the problems of Sri Lanka, and take the country forward.

Maithripala Sirisena who is not capable of taking responsibilities of a President is being manipulated by USA and the West through their Agents Ranil Wickramasinghe, Chandrika Kumaratunga and Mangala Samaraweera.  The other stalwarts in Yahapalanaya like Rajitha Senaratne, S.B.Dissanayake, Sarath Amunugama, Mahinda Samarasinghe may not be direct agents of USA and the West but stand by Maithripala Sirisena through their greed for power, to hold ministerial positions, and evade accusations for bribery and corruption.

JVP may perhaps be working for the USA and the West as they expect to come to power one day with their help.

Maithripala Sirisena is not wise enough to Administer the country, therefore he will remain dependent on Ranil Wickramasinghe for his own survival. He does not speak like a President, but as a village thug who is sure he has his supporters to help him to avoid danger to his person. President Maithripala Sirisena’s actions and his speeches do not give him  credit, as the President of Sri Lanka.  He is a helpless “puppet” , with power gone to his head, but yet unable to use it for his own benefit or  for that of the country.
Maithripala Sirisena like a mafia leader speaking  at the  first year anniversary celebration of Yahapalanaya stated that if he did not win the Presidential election of the 8 January,2015, Sri Lanka would have faced great danger with the Geneva Resolution and the accumulated debts. He said that he was able to bring back democracy, an Independent judiciary, media freedom, and avoided the electric chair for some. He asked the people what would they have gained if Mahinda Rajapakse won the Presidentital elections on the 8 January ?

What would have Sri Lanka got if Mahinda Rajapakse was elected President on the 8th January,2015 ?

But the ordinary people who have no personal ambitions but want better  living conditions and a low cost of living  know that Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil wickramsinghe and their Yahapalanaya have already ruined the country and they see no way out of the miserable condition into which the people and the  country has already been put to by an unconcerned  President and his government controlled by Ranil Wickramasinghe and his UNP cronies.

They also know that if Mahinda Rajapakse won the Presidential election on the 8 January,2015. Sri Lanka would have seen more development, the Kandy –Colombo Road  would have been completed.  The villages and provinces that needed development would have been  looked after providing them with , water, electricity, and  roads. The “Nelum Kulunna” would have been completed.  Kandy Town would have been beautified and more, parks and areas for recreation would have been created.

If Mahinda Rajapakse was re-elected  he would have improved and reconstructed Buddhist temples. He would not have allowedrthe National Anthem sung in Tamil and may perhaps have even removed the Orange and Green stripes on the National Lion flag. The construction of the Mahasaya in Anuradhapura would have been completed. The security of the country would have been strengthened with perhaps more military camps, deployed in strategic areas in the country.

If Mahinda Rajapakse was elected President on the 8th January,2015, he may have perhaps arrested Wignesvaran the Chief Minister of the NPC for high treason and breach of the Constitution. He would not have written a new Constitution but retained the old with  Amendments. He would have removed the 13Amendment, and encouraged resettlement of the Sinhala and Muslims in the North and East. He may have also arrested the Muslim politicians who act in breach of the Constitution or cleared  the Wilpattu forest reserve  to create Muslim Settlements.

It is not an easy task to be the President of Sri Lanka.  The ex President had to deal with difficult problems in different situations.  He was not working with honest Ministers, who loved the country as much as he loved the country and the people. He had to be a man with a strong character to run  a cabinet of Ministers like Maithripala Sirisena, Nimal Siripalade Silva, S.B.Dissanayake, Rajitha Senaratne, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Dilan Perera, Sarath Amunugama and the rest. We now see what “rascals ” they are.  We can imagine how difficult it would have been to work with such deceitful scoundrels.

Impeachment of the Chief Justice.

Ex President is very much criticised  for the impeachment of the Chief Justice Shiranee Bandaranaike.  But that impeachment was carried out in terms of the Constitution, there was nothing wrong in it. Only thing one could adduce against the impeachment is perhaps the reason for her impeachment, which was not her allowing the passing of  the Janashakti Development  bill.

Sri Lanka after elimination of terrorism was  being taken progressively  forward with development of the country at a very fast pace, and in that development process the Government  had to have every sector of the country the Judiciary, Executive and the legislative to help him in the process of development. But when the Judiciary was  turning out to be a barriers against his  moves to develop the country, it seems correct that such barriers are removed.  He was doing it for the benefit of the country and not for his own personal benefit.

Democracy as well as Human Rights  were imported from the West where both are mercilessly flouted.

Democracy is good for a developed country, with  media freedom, legislative independence, freedom of speech, to manifest against the governments actions etc.  But for a developing country like Sri Lanka specially after having been battered by terrorism, media freedom independence of judiciary and even manifestations could be barriers for development and therefore has to be used stringently, without allowing the slowing down of development processes.

We can now understand that there may have been persons around Mahinda Rajapakse the President, who used their position to “feather their own nests”.  The possibilities were there. But Mahinda Rajapakse would not have resorted to bribery and corruption as he is not a fool not to know that  once he is out of power every one will accuse him and search to prove he was dishonest.   He may have had other resources without resorting to bribery , fraud and stealth. Why not look at the situation positively without being negative , searching only to accuse him without giving cfredit to him for vast development he initiated for the benefit of the country and the people ?

A President, Dictator, or a village Thug ?

We have now a President who is weak and very much dependent on persons who cannot be trusted to help him run the country to develop it and provide comfort, security and better living conditions to the people.  But in acting  to prove that he is intelligent , strong and in control of his yahapalanaya government, he behaves like a thug, or a Dictator of sort. But he  acts like a subordinate of his Prime Minister.

Capitalism and Socialism cannotboth be in the same Government ..

It is  a pity, that those from SLFP who joined  and acclaim  Maithripala Sirisena as their Leader, and the President of SLFP are dishonest hypocrites only  protecting their position for their personal aggrandizement. They do not realise that in being with UNP to form a Yahapalanaya government they are only helping UNP to use them to ruin the country with its capitalist policies.

Being friendly with USA and the West and following their dictates do not help the country. Furthermore in that situation the socialist policies of  the founder of SLFP are being flouted by  the President Maithripala Siriesna, in having  Ranil Wickramasinghe and UNP as partners  of he same government.

Revisiting Kotmale Five Decades Later

September 2nd, 2016

By Garvin Karunaratne Former Assistant Commissioner of Agrarian Services at Nuwara Eliya Government Agent, Matara

 

Kotmale, a Valley of great beauty and charm,

where our celebrated poet Wimlaratne Kumaragama once lived,

The hallowed residence where he penned verse after verse

When he was DeeArrOoo is no more.

The waters of the Kotmale River took it all.

All when the Kotmale Dam was built.

 

Fifty one years ago, working at Nuwara Eliya

My weekly circuits to Kotmale, to settle paddy land disputes

I did amicably settled them then.

But all to no purpose.

The waters of the Kotmale River took it all

All when the Kotmale Dam was built

 

I recall the Kotmale Valley

Teeming, vibrant with Sinhala lads and lassies-

A bold peasantry

Transplanting paddy, growing cardamoms

Home gardens thriving with spice and produce

All  Gone- now we import what we then produced.

We now call it “trade and development” and acclaim it as great!

A Valley that thrived with the smiles and laughs of a simple people,

flowing with innocence from their hearts

Now, no more.

The waters of the Kotmale River took it all

All when the Kotmale Dam was built.

 

A vibrant Sinhala community shattered at its roots

Scattered to the Vanni and other areas- far and wide

Their land grabbed to provide hydro power

To light the lamps of the rich- the State called it “development”

Their habitats flooded, soaked with their tears

The waters of the Kotmale Oya took it all

All when the Kotmale Dam was built

 

I relive meeting- associating them again and again

Faces Laden with gleaming smiles

Those whom I met incessantly at schools, at  the DeeArrOoo office

Then, I revelled in serving them with mirth and pleasure

Sad, I cannot trace any of them now.

Wasn’t my endeavor a waste of time?

The waters of the Kotmale River took it all

All when the Kotmale Dam was built

 

As I visited the Kotmale Dam this August Day gone

I was sad.

The Valley was desolate, drab and bare.

Everything in sight was lifeless, bone dead.

Tears swelled in my eyes.

A Valley that was once vibrant with life, farmers ploughing,

Children upto tricks, fun and frolics winding their way  to school,

Peasants carrying produce to market, cows and buffaloes grazing on verdant verges,

All taken away by “development”

A Valley teeming with Sinhala folk

Ethnically Cleansed for good.

The waters of the Kotmale Valley took it all

All when  the Kotmale Dam was built..

 

Garvin Karunaratne

Former Assistant Commissioner of Agrarian Services at Nuwara Eliya

Government Agent, Matara

2 nd Sept.  2016

UN Resolutions are NON-BINDING – Sri Lanka’s Government helping create Precedents that would be detrimental to sovereignty of all UN Members  

September 2nd, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

Member nations of the UN are advised to keep a close watch on the current developments in Sri Lanka. They must take note of the manner Sri Lanka is being used as a guinea pig by Western imperial powers using UN & UNSG as their puppets to tweak national laws and undermine the nation’s security, sovereignty and territorial integrity. This experiment is clearly to bring Sri Lanka under the rule of UN laws and the success of the experiment using local sepoys and lascoreens will have equal and adverse impact upon other UN member states who will be subject to these same nuances now being rolled out and accepted with open arms by local puppets in government. These are all aligned to the plan to remove the nation-state system whereby nations will no longer have sovereignty over their people or the resources in their countries. The pathetic situation Sri Lanka is today experiencing and the precedents being created must worry other UN member states for they are likely to be the next targets.

First let us look at the non-binding nature of UN resolutions.

The powers and functions of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) are clearly set out in Article 10 through 17. GA resolutions are merely recommendations, not laws, and thus not binding on member states. In short there is no legal obligation by governments to implement or even consider UN resolutions. If such is the status quo for the UN General Assembly resolutions why has Sri Lanka’s advisors not made this clear to the Sri Lankan governments who have accepted UNHRC Resolutions drafted by nations that commit crimes with impunity without even diplomatically wording the status quo! (refer : Hurd, Ian (2011), International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice)

Under the principle of pacta sunt servanda (‘agreements must be kept’), treaties are binding on the parties and must be performed by them in good faith. But this does not mean that every provision of a treaty creates a legal obligation, the breach of which entails non-compliance.

Resolution 1653 states the use of nuclear weapons would constitute a direct violation of the UN Charter. However, the US used Agent Orange in Vietnam, US used white phosphorus in Iraq and the US has been flouting every customary law passed by the UN. In fact Julian Assange in 2007 claimed that US has at least 2386 ‘non-lethal’ chemical weapons deployed in Iraq. US is alleged to have used sarin nerve gas in Laos.

If all members of the UN are equal how is it that US and NATO nations can flout all laws and universally accepted norms while these violators can use the podium of the UN to point fingers at other nations and draft resolutions for UN to take action against them? We are puzzled. There cannot be different laws for some and no laws for others while some can flout all laws and nothing happens to them while propaganda and false reports can accuse other countries and these countries alone are subject to the UN gavel!

The lies that facilitate UN intervention

Genocide propaganda lies

  • 40,000 figure was used in Srebrenica and same figure is being used against Sri Lanka. How convenient!
  • Media went to town, foreign nations went to town, lies and propaganda sufficed to break up Yugoslavia and create Kosovo which was really to set up a NATO base that could target Russia. So you have to wonder what the aim of the 40,000 dead in Sri Lanka is all about when none of those claiming the figure can produce names or details of the dead but want to set up an office where fabrications can continue until the objective is achieved.
  • Funnily enough the hype ended up a virtual “puswedilla” with less than 2000 dead! We know the same fate will await Sri Lanka’s bogus ‘genocide’ claim where Tamil population is increasing amidst genocide!

http://www.telegraf.rs/english/1681155-the-genocide-in-srebrenica-is-a-lie-that-justifies-the-ethnic-cleansing-of-serbs-in-operation-storm-confessions-of-a-french-spy-has-the-world-talking

 Farcical ‘war criminal’ propaganda

  • The President of Serbia, Slobadan Milosevic was called the Butcher of Serbia, he was ridiculed arrested where he died suspiciously in prison and then 14 years later the ICC now says Milosevic is not a war criminal. Not even an apology or compensation for his family or the nation the UN/US & West broke up.

Incubator lie that resulted in invasion of Iraq in 1991

  • Forgotten is the lies that went into coercing Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait and thereafter using the media to create incubator death of children story to justify the invasion by US of Iraq in 1991 (Gulf War 1) which resulted in scores of deaths, the Iraqi sanctions and the UN complicity in Oil-for-Food program.

WMD lies that justified Iraqi invasion in 2003

We have not forgotten how Colin Powell lied to the UN the extent of details that went into establishing the lies can be gaged by reading the transcript http://www.un.org/press/en/2003/sc7658.doc.htm  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ughtKRK78-g

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9/11 used to attack Afghanistan

  • None of the hijackers were Afghans but US & NATO attacked and continue to occupy Afghanistan with no end to reducing military presence.

http://www.mythsandfacts.org/conflict/10/UN_resolutions.htm

Lies continue to justify strikes against Syria that has virtually devastated the country and made refugees of its people, with the migrant crisis spilling across Europe as part of a bigger game to destabalize European nations the same is taking place in South America as well.

We now come to Sri Lanka. Everyone knows Sri Lanka has been ravaged with a terrorist problem otherwise why else would 32 nations ban LTTE as a terrorist organization. However, throughout 30 years of killings the UN and Rest of the World had only one advice ‘talk to the terrorists’ and talk we did but it did not stop the terror or killings inspite of ceasefires, negotiations even change of climate taking terrorists to foreign climes and even hosting them in 5 star hotels!

None bothered to investigate the links to terrorist organizations and tabulate the parties/individuals/governments and other players that were helping terrorists thrive to advance their own agendas. For Christian NGOs people in peril was an opportunity to convert them to balance the declining and deserting Christians in the West, for the arms traders any conflict sufficed so long as they could sell their wares, for western governments and the puppet UN it was a golden opportunity to use the volatile environment to enter as conflict resolutionists with their excel sheets, seminars, peaceful coexistence programs carried out on the surface but working underground to ensure the conflicts did not end and also researching and tabulating where and how the national powers could be tweaked and transferred to be controlled by Western sources and their locally paid stooges happy to forsake their nation and people for them to live a life of luxury.

What needs to be said is that the UN did not stop terror in Sri Lanka, did not stop child recruitment to LTTE, did not stop Tamil low caste civilians from being forcibly inducted to the LTTE, did not stop unpaid labor by LTTE, did not stop LTTE’s violation of UN fundamental rights and when the Sri Lankan Army did eliminate the LTTE ground force while also saving close to 300,000 Tamils (some of whom were LTTE in civilian clothing) the UN cries foul, demands accountability, demands tribunals and now wishes to set up missing offices wherein the war criminals are the Sri Lankan soldiers and the victims are the LTTE.

This is a repeat of what the UN did in Yugoslavia and how UN helped the creation of Kosovo (incidentally the architect is now investigating Sri Lanka for UNHRC) and South Sudan where the UN are abandoning the people having done its mission on behalf of the West – http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/26/they-ran-to-the-u-n-for-help-they-got-tear-gassed-instead/?utm_content=buffer219d6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

What is currently noteworthy in the UN/UNHRC hysterical role in Sri Lanka’s accountability is the manner that the UN is getting the local stooges to virtually hand over governance on a platter to the UN.

Leaving aside the illegality of the resolutions based on a personally commissioned report for the UNSG and the conflict of interest by the former UNHRC head who after leaving office attends LTTE front events overseas a lot of lies has gone into castigating Sri Lanka in order to justify a war crimes tribunal.

The new OMP bill will be not subject to right to information or can be questioned by local court in any of its deliberations. The office can compile any amount of lies and not have the witnesses cross –examined. What kind of legal and justice system is this!

But wait and watch the UNSG will have a prepared speech showering praises about the OMP and anyone going through the contents will be shocked at how the UN has managed to sweep powers upon itself and this case is detrimental to other member nations of the UN who can be subject to the same scenario simply by tapping into groups of weak locals ready to sell their soul. People’s integrity have waned… throw some money, use a woman/man/or others and sexual promiscuity has brought down even Presidents! Promises perks and privileges and these locals would just about do anything. Such is the state of affairs that has befallen Sri Lanka.

Those following the UN and its bodies and connecting the programs they are presently rolling out (Agenda 2030, Global Goals etc) will notice how far the UN is contriving to remove the powers national governments control and transfer them to UN which invariably means a handful of private corporates and lobbies will be controlling the world, the people and all resources in time to come.

While we have seen little opposition by India to these developments, we would like to see Russia and China coming forward to counter these by ensuring that the UN does not remove the sovereign national powers vested in nations failing which Russia and China must call for all nations to exit the UN and formulate a better global forum which does not have one law for some and no law for others.

Shenali D Waduge

 

 

FIRST EVER REVENGEFUL GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA-CORRUPT, INEFFICIENT TEAM WITH A SHORT POLITICAL LIFE- INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE THIEVES AT THE HELM  HURTING SINHALESE

September 2nd, 2016

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

There is massive political crisis in Sri Lanka.

(a) Its Executive President is likely to face  Australian Federal Police investigation on bribery and corruption charges.  The Australian Broadcasting Corporation “Four Corners” programs  ignited the First Part of the  Episode.  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

(b) Tamil political group TNA  won 15 out of 225 seats in Parliament at the general election.  Its leader  Mr Sambamtham was appointed the Opposition Leader by anti-Sinhala Ranil Wickremasinghe.  Now Sambanthan is dictating terms to Sinhala people.  According to him, ” No need to divide the country, just devolve power”.

(c) Plans to destroy the political future   of Dr Gotabaya Rajapakse are underway.

(d)  A former President  who appear to be suffering from alzheimer disease is  becoming very acute in her illness

(e) Statues of Lord Buddha in North and Eastern Provinces are being destroyed, the culprits have not been caught.

(f) Members of general public who hooted at a Minister  had been arrested and brought before the Court,

(g) a Leading Minister  ( who became a Buddhist Monk for a short period) who knocked down a young boy in his vehicle has not been apprehended,

(h) A Singaporean who became the Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka and violated the foreign exchange controls, corporate governance compliances, is still a Free Man.

(i) On more than 4 occasions, the Government has violated the Constitution in its attempt to bring Money Bills in the Parliament;

(j) The Government is failing to bring legislations to collect taxes in line with its policies, as it continues to play “hide and seek” with the public;

This is the Government of Sri Lanka, highly praised by Ban Ki Moon, Obama and other Western Cronies.

Enough is enough!

By the way: Hon. Prime Minister said: ” Sri Lanka beat Australia in Test Series, because Mr Maithreepala Sirisena is President”!

What would be the  outbursts of old boy of Royal College today? “Sri Lanka lost to Australia in ODI series because of former President Mahinda Rajapakse!

මානව හිමිකම් සුරකීමේදී බාලා තම්පෝ ගේ භූමිකාව

September 2nd, 2016

ධර්මන් වික්‍රමරත්න         

 ලංකීය වෘත්තිය සමිති ව්‍යාපාරයේ දැවැන්ත නායකයෙකු වූ බාලා තම්පෝ ජීවිතයෙන් සමුගත්තේ මෙයට හරියටම වසර දෙකකට පෙර එනම් 2014 සැප්තැම්බර් 2වැනිදාය. සිය 92හැවිරිදි දිවිය තුළ ආත්ම ගෞරවය පාවානොදුන් වැඩකරන පන්තියේ නායකයෙකු ලෙස හෙතෙම ප්‍රචලිතය. දශක 7ක් තුළ ඔහු විසින් සටන්පාඨ වලට පමණක් සීමා නොකර පාලකයින්ට එරෙහිව වෘත්තීය සමිති ව්‍යාපාරය මෙහෙයවූ බව බොහෝ දෙනා දැනගෙන සිටි බවද නොරහසකි. එහෙත් 70 සිට 90 දක්වා දශක 3 තුළ ලාංකීය මානව හිමිකම් සුරකීමේ ක්ෂේත්‍රය තුළ බාලා තම්පෝ භූමිකාව යනු ජීවිත ආදර්ශයකි. එය ඉතිහාසයේ ධෛර්යය පිරි පරිච්ජේදයකි. අවසන් සුසුම තෙක් පන්ති සටනට පමණක් නොව මානව හිමිකම් සුරකීමටද ඔහු ජීවිතයම කැපකල අයෙකි.

Dharman Wickremaretneධර්මන් වික්‍රමරත්න විසිනි.

පිලිප්ස් බාලේන්‍ද්‍ර තම්පෝ නොහොත් බාලා තම්පෝ 1922 මැයි 23 වැනිදා උපන්නේ මීගමුවේදීය. පදිංචිව සිටියේ රත්මලාන නාමල් මාවතේය. තම්පෝගේ පියා මහේස්ත්‍රාත්වරයෙකුවූ තමෝදරම්පිල්ලේ තම්පෝය. එදා 1927දී ආරම්භ වූ ලංකා වෙළද සේවක සංගමය නමින් හැදින්වූ පසුකාලීනව ලංකා වෙළඳ, කාර්මික සහ පොදු කම්කරු සංගමයයේ (සීඑම්යූ) ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් තනතුරට බාලා තම්පෝ 1948 පෙබරවාරි 1වැනිදා පත්වූයේ එහි සමාරම්භක සභාපති ඒ.ඊ ගුණසිංහ 1947 සැප්තැම්බර් මැතිවරණයෙන් තේරී පත්වූ ප්‍රථම එජාප ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඇමති ධූරයක් භාරගැනීමෙන් පසුවය. එදින සිට තම්පෝ මියයන තෙක්ම සීඑම්යූ ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් තනතුර හෙබවීය. ලංකා විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයට 1939දී ඇතුළත් වී උපාධිය ලබාගැනීමෙන් පසු රජයේ පේරාදෙණිය කෘෂිකර්ම විදුහලේ උද්භිද විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳව කථිකාචාර්යවරයෙකු වශයෙන් සේවයට බැදුණු තම්පෝ 1947 ජුනි 3වැනිදා රජයේ සේවකයින්ගේ  මහා වැඩ වර්ජනයට සහභාගිවීමේ ප්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස රැකියාවෙන් පහකරනු ලැබූවෙකි. අධිනීතිඥවරයෙකු ලෙසින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ ඔහු දිවුරුම් දුන්නේ 1953දීය.

තම්පෝට දේශපාලන ‘උණ’ හැදුණේ වයස අවුරුදු 14දී එනම් 1936දීය. එවකට ඔහු රාජකීය විද්‍යාලයේ සිසුවෙකි. දෙවැනි ලෝක යුධ සමයේ ජපනුන් 1942 අප්‍රේල් 5වැනිදා කොළඹට බෝම්බ දමා යළිත් 1942 අප්‍රේල් 9වැනිදා ත්‍රිකුණාමලයට බෝම්බ දැමීමට පෙර සමසමාජ නායකයින් බේරා ගැනීම තම්පෝට පැවරිණි. බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අණසකට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව යටත්ව තිබූ එකල සමසමාජ නායකයින් පිරිසක් සිටියේ බෝගම්බර හිරගෙදරය. කුරුප්පු නැමති ආරූඨ නමකින් පෙනී සිටි තම්පෝ සිරගෙදර සුළු නිලධාරියෙකුගේ උදව්වක් සහිතව හිරකූඩුවේ යතුර සබන් කෑල්ලක සටහන් කරගෙන යතුරක් හදාගෙන එම අභියෝගය භාර ගත්තේය. එසේ හිරෙන් එලියට ගත් එන්. එම්, කොල්වින්, පිලිප්, එඩ්මන් හිරෙන් එලියට ගෙන ඉන්දියාවට යැවීමට පෙර අනුරාධපුරයේ නිවසක රහසිගතව තැබුවේද තම්පෝය.

dharman03091602ජවිපෙ 71  කැරැල්ල සහ 2වැනි කැරළි සමයේ මානව හිමිකම් වෙනුවෙන් නිර්භයව පෙනී සිටි අධිනිතිඥ බාල තම්පෝගේ ජීවිතයේ විවිධ අවස්ථාවන්.

මාක්ස්වාදයෙන් පෝෂණය වුද 1917 ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨ ඔක්තෝබර් විප්ලවයෙන් ආභාෂය ලැබුවාවූද බාලා තම්පෝ සිය දේශපාලන භාවිතාව ලංකා සමසමාජ පක්ෂයෙන් ආරම්භකල අතර සමසමාජ ව්‍යපාරය 1964දි සභාගවාදී දේශපාලනයට යොමුවීමත් සමඟම සමසමාජයට සමුදෙන ලදි. වරක් ඔහු ලාම්පුව යටතේ මැද කොළඹට ඡන්දයද ඉල්ලුවේය. ඔහු වසර 15ක් සමඟ හතරවන ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාධරයෙකු ලෙසද ජාත්‍යන්තර නායකයින් සමඟම අන්තර්ජාතිකවද කටයුතු කළේය. කලක් 4වැනි ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ ලංකා ශාඛාවවූ විප්ලවීය මාක්ස්වාදී පක්ෂයේ ලේකම්වරයාද විය.

බාලා තම්පෝ විසින් නිර්මිත සටන් පාඨ කිහිපයක් විය. ඒවා අතර අයිතීන් දිනා ගන්න එකතු වි සටන් කළ යුතුය. පංතිය හරියට තෝරා ගන්න – යුක්තිය සඳහා වැඩ කරන්න. වෘත්තිය සමිති යනු එකා සැමටත් සැම එකාටත්ය ඇතුළු සටන් පාඨ ගණනාවක්ම වේ.  ඔහුගේ දිවියේ වැදගත් ලක්ෂණ දෙකක් නිරතුරුව දැකගන්නට හැකිවිය. එකක් ක්ෂණික තීන්දු ගැනීමට ඇති හැකියාවය. අනෙක තමන් වෙතට වෘත්තීය සමිති නායකයෙකු සහ මානව හිමිකම් නිතිඥයෙකු වශයෙන් උපදෙස් පතා එන අය සතුටු කිරීමට යමක් කියා පිටත් නොකර තම්පෝට අවාසිදායක වුවද ඇත්ත ඇති සැටියෙන් දැනෙන භාෂාවෙන් ඔවුනට කියාපෑමය. තම්පෝ ජාත්‍යන්තර කම්කරු උපදේශකයෙකි.

dharman03091603ඡායාරූපයේ ඉහළ වමේ සිට, රෝහණ විජේවීර 71 මහා නඩුවේ සාක්ෂි විභාගයට බන්ධනාගාර නිලධාරින් විසින් ගෙනඑන අවස්ථාව, 71 කැරළිකරුවන් හම්බන්තොට නගරයට ඇතුළුවන පුවරුව විමුක්ති නගරය ලෙස නම් කර තිබූ අයුරු, ජවිපෙ කැරළිකාරියකව සිටි කතරගම ප්‍රේමවතී මනම්පේරිට ආරක්ෂක අංශ මගින් අතවර කොට මරාදැමීමෙන් අනතුරුව එම නිවසට ගොස් පවුලේ අයගෙන් කරුණු විමසන අයුරු සහ ප්‍රේමවතී මනම්පේරි වැළලූ ස්ථානය ගම්වැසියන් සමඟ නිරික්ෂණය කරන අයුරු මෙහි වේ. රතු රවුමකින් දක්වා ඇත්තේ කැරළිකරුවන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් සහ වින්දිතයන්ගේ අයිතීන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනීසිටි අධිනීතිඥ බාලා තම්පෝය. බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ එවබරි සාමි සහ අධිනිතිඥ ප්‍රින්ස් ගුණසේකරද මෙහි වේ.

හදිසි නීතියට හා මර්ධනයට එරෙහිව නොබියව හඬ නැගූ තම්පෝ එම අරගලයේ ඉදිරියෙන්ම සිටි අයෙකි. ජවිපෙ විසින් 1971 කැරැල්ල දියත් කිරීමට පෙර රජය විසින් හදිසි නීතිය ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කරමින් ආරම්භ කල මහා මර්ධනයට ප්‍රථමයෙන් අවි අමෝරා ගත්තේ ලංකා වෙළඳ සේවක සංගමය විසිනි. එමෙන්ම අසූව දශකයේදි උතුරේ සහ දකුණේ හදිසි නිතිය සහ ත්‍රස්තවාදී මර්ධන පනතතට එරෙහිව එම සංගමය මගින් ඉතිහාසයේ නොමියන ක්‍රියාමාර්ග රැසක් බිහි කරන ලදී. මෙම තීරණාත්මක සමයන්හි දක්ෂිණාංශික දේශපාලනයෙන් සහ ව්‍යාජ වාමාංශික දේශපාලනඥයින්ගෙන් මිදී නිවහල්ව සිතන්නට සහ කටයුතු කරන්නට පෙරට ආ මිනිසුන්ට එය ශක්තියක් විය.  ප්‍රථමයෙන්ම එම ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයට එලැඹියේ 1971 මාර්තු මස 21වැනිදා ශාඛා සමිති 157 දෙනෙකුගෙන් යුත් සාමාජිකයින් 362කගේ සහභාගිත්වයෙන් පැවැත්වූ රැස්වීමකදීය. සමඟි පෙරමුණ රජය හදිසි අවස්ථාව ප්‍රකාශ කළේද 1971 මාර්තු 16වැනිදාය.

ජවිපෙට එරෙහිව සමඟි පෙරමුණ ආණ්ඩුව මගින් 1971 අප්‍රේල් කැරැල්ලට පෙර සහ පසු දරදඬු මර්ධනයට එරෙහිවද 71 කැරැල්ලේ ඇතැම් චුදිතයන් වෙනුවෙන් කොමිසම හමුවේ පෙනී සිටිමින්ද තම්පෝ කටයුතු කළේය. මෙහිදී නොමිලේම පෙනීසිටි අතර එය ආන්දෝලානාත්මක නඩු තීන්දුවක් බවට පත් කළේද ඔහුය. කතරගම ප්‍රේමවතී මනම්පේරි තිරස්චින ලෙස 1971 අප්‍රේල් 17 ඝාතනය කිරීම ඇතුළු සදාකාලිකව වැලළීමට ගිය යුධ අපරාධ කරළියට ආවේ බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ එවබරි සාමි, අධිනීතිඥ ප්‍රින්ස් ගුණසේකර සහ අධිනීතිඥ බාලා තම්පෝගේ සෘජු මැදිහත්වීමෙනි.

dharman03091604කොළඹ 1969 මාර්තු 15 පැවති උද්ඝෝෂණයකදී එය නතර කිරීමට පැමිණි පොලිස් පරික්ෂක අබ්දුල් කාදර් ගෆූර් සමඟ උණුසුම් කථාබහක නිරතවන නිතිඥ තම්පෝ.

සීඑම්යූ සඳහා කොල්ලුපිටියේ පිහිටි විශාල කාර්යාලය විවෘත වූයේ 1975 මැයි 1වැනිදාය. එදින තම්පෝ කියා සිටියේ සූරාකෑමට හා මර්ධනයට එරෙහිව සටනෙහි යෙදී සිටින්නන් හා එම සටනේදී ස්වකීය ජීවිත, නිදහස හෝ ජීවන මාර්ගය අහිමි වූවන් සඳහා එම ගොඩනැගිල්ල කැප කෙරෙන බවය. ජවිපෙ 1971 කැරළි නායක රෝහණ විජේවීර 1977 නොවැම්බර් 2 නිදහස් වීමෙන් පසු සිරගෙදරින් කෙලින්ම ගියේ තම්පෝගේ සී.එම්.යූ කාර්යාලයටය. දේශපාලන සිරකරුවන් නිදහස්කර ගැනීම සඳහා ඔවුන් වෙනුවෙන් නඩුවලටද වින්දිතයින්ගේ අයිතීන් වෙනුවෙන්ද තම්පෝ පෙනී සිටියේය. හැත්තෑව දශකයේදී සීඑම්යූ සාමාජිකත්වය 38,831 විය. 

තමාට අයත් 8 ශ්‍රී 9479 ෆොක්ස් වැගන් කාර් රථයෙන් රටපුරා ගිය තම්පෝ 1949 සීඑම්යූ ප්‍රථම වැඩ වර්ජනය, 1957 ටයිම්ස් ඔෆ් සිලෝන් පිටමන් කිරීම, 1956 ලේක්හවුස් වැඩ වර්ජනය,1964 වරායේ මහා වැඩ වර්ජනය, 1966 ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාවේ වැඩ වර්ජනය ඇතුළු වර්ජන සිය ගණනකදී සිය අණසක පතුරුවා ලීමට සමත් විය. වෘත්තිය සමිති එක්සත් ක්‍රියාකාරි කමිටුව මගින් වසර 1980 ජුලි 15වැනිදා ‘දඩි බිඩි’ ලෙස ඇරඹූ 80  ජූලි වර්ජනයට සහභාගිවී සිය සාමාජිකයන් අමාරුවේ නොදැමූ තම්පෝ එහෙත් වර්ජනයෙන් පාරට වැටුණු 40,356ක් වූ ජුලි වර්ජකයින්ගේ අයිතීන් වෙනුවෙන් අවසානය දක්වාම පෙනී සිටියේය. යාපනයේ දෙමළ ජාතික දෙමාපියන්ට දාව උපන් තම්පෝගේ නායකත්වය පිළිගත් සීඑම්යූ සාමාජිකයන්ගේ සියයට 90ක් පමණ සිංහල ජාතිකයින්ය.

dharman03091605මානව හිමිකම් සුරකීම පිළිබඳව පෙළපාලියකදී සිය අයිතීන් පිළිබඳව පොලිස් නිලධාරියෙකුට පෙළපාලියේ යන අතරතුරදීම කරුණු පැහැදිලි කරදෙන අධිනිතිඥ තම්පෝ.

වසර 1978 සම්මත කරගත් එජාප ආණ්ඩුවේ ඒකාධිපති විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය අහෝසි කරන ලෙස මුළින්ම හඬ නැගුවේද තම්පෝය. ජනතාවගේ මූලික සමාජ ආර්ථික අවශ්‍යතාවයන් සංවර්ධනය කිරීමට පමණක් නොව ජනතාවගේ ආරක්ෂාව සහ මූලික ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රීය අයිතිවාසිකම් මෙන්ම සිවිල් සංවිධාන ක්‍රියාකාරිත්වය ඉහළ නැංවිමට විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය බරපතල බාධක ඇති කරන බව හෙතෙම පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

මානව අයිතීන් උදුරා ගනිමින් සරසවි සිසුන් නීති විරෝධීව අත්අඩංගුවේ තබාගැනීමට එරෙහිව ඔහු පෙනී සිටියේය. එය දකුණේ පමණක් නොව උතුරේ සරසවි සිසුන් වෙනුවෙන්ද එම හඬ විවර විය. යාපනේ සරසවි සිසු අප්පුතුරෙයි විමලරාජා 1982දීද, ශ්‍රී ජයවර්ධනපුර සරසවියේ නිහාල් කිත්සිරි 1986 ජනවාරි 28වැනිදාද, මොරටු සරසවියේ චිරත්ත වීරවර්ධන 1986 අගෝස්තු 18වැනිදාද, කැලණි සරසවියේ සහකාර කථිකාචාර්ය පුල්සරා ලියනගේ 1986 නොවැම්බර් 1වැනිදාද අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබූ අවස්ථාවේදි ඔහුගේ මැදිහත්වීම මානව හිමිකම් ක්‍රියාකාරින්ට අස්වැසිල්ලක් විය.

dharman03091606වෘත්තීය සමිති නායකයෙක් ලෙසද ප්‍රබල භූමිකාවක් ඉටුකල බාලා තම්පෝ සිය පැරණිතම සී.එම්.යූ සාමාජිකයින් පිරිසක් සමගින්. බෲක්බොන් ආයතනයේ 1951 ජුලි මස පිහිටවූ ලංකා වෙළෙඳ සේවක සංගමයේ සමාරම්භකයෙකුවූ රොබට් කොයිල්, වර්තමාන ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් සිල්වෙස්ටර් ජයකොඩි සහ නියෝජ්‍ය ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් එස්. පී නාදන් ඇතුළු පිරිසක්ද මෙහි වේ.

හදිසි අවස්ථා රෙගුලාසි වල 13 සහ 40 යන වගන්ති දෙකෙන් ජනතාවගේ මූලික ප්‍රජාතන්තවාදී අයිතිවාසිකම් උල්ලංඝනය වන බැවින් එම රෙගුලාසි අවලංගු කරන ලෙස ඔහුන් නිරතුරුවම රජයට අවධාරණය කලහ. පොලිස්පතිවරයාගේ පැහැදිලි ලිඛිත අවසරයක් නොමැතිව බස්නාහිර පළාත තුළ ප්‍රසිද්ධ පෙළපාලි සහ රැස්වීම් පැවැත්වීම 13වන වගන්තියෙන් තහනම් කර තිබිණි. වැඩවර්ජනය කිරීම සඳහා කම්කරුවන්ට ඇති මූලික අයිතිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් වැඩ කරන ජනතාවට තර්ජනයක් 40 වගන්තියෙන් ඇතිවීය.

පොලිස් හෝ ආරක්ෂක හමුදා අත්අඩංගුවේ සිටියදී ත්‍රස්තවාදි ලේබලය අලවා සැකකරුවන්ට විවිධ හිංසා සහ කෘර ලෙස මරණයට පත්කිරිමට එරෙහිව ජාත්‍යන්තර මානව හිමිකම් සංවිධාන රැසක් සමඟම තම්පෝ කටයුතු කළේය. ජවිපෙ 71 මෙන්ම අසූව දශකයේ අග භාගයේ පැවති ජවිපෙ 2වැනි කැරැල්ලේද තරුණයින් ත්‍රස්තවාදී හංවඩුව ගසා සිරකරගෙන සිටින විට ඔවුන්ගේ ප්‍රජා සහ මානව අයිතීන් සුරකීම සඳහා ඔහු නැගි සිටියේය.

dharman03091607පාරිසරික අයිතීන් වෙනුවෙන් එප්පාවල පොස්පේට් නිධිය රැකගැනීමේ සටන තුළ ප්‍රබල භූමිකාවක් ඉටුකරන තම්පෝ.

මුරුත්තෙට්ටුවේ ආනන්ද හිමියන්ගේ නායකත්වයෙන් රාජ්‍ය සේවා එක්සත් හෙද සංගමය 1986 මාර්තු 19වැනිදා ආරම්භ කල ඓතිහාසික දින 26ක මහා හෙදි වැඩ වර්ජනයේදී ඇතැම් වෘත්තිය සමිති එය නොදැක්කා සේ සිටියදී තම්පෝ එයට නිර්භයව සහාය දුන්නේය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඒ වන විට හෙදියන් 6,909 සිටි අතර ඉන් 6,683ක් රාජ්‍ය සේවා එක්සත් හෙදි සංගමයේ සාමාජිකයන්  විය. රජය හෙදි සංගමය 1986 අප්‍රේල් 2වැනිදා තහනම් සංවිධානයක් ලෙස ගැසට් කල අතර අභයාරාමයේ තිබූ සංගමයේ මූලස්ථානයට සීල්ද තබන ලදි. බැංකු ගිණුම්ද තහනම් කරන ලදී. හෙද හෙදියන් ලැගුම් ගත් නේවාසිකාගාර වල විදුලිය සහ ජලය විසන්ධිකර  නේවාසිකාගාරවලින් එලියට ඇද දමන ලදී. රටපුරා ජනතාව සමඟ එක්ව හෙදි සටන දිරිමත් කිරීමට බාලා තම්පෝ එක්වූ අතර සීඑම්යූ මූලස්ථානය සම්බන්ධීකරණ ස්ථානයක් ලෙස යොදා ගැණිනි. හෙදි සටනට ආධාර පතා නන්දා මාලනීගේ පවන සංගීත ප්‍රසංගයද වෙනත් රැස්වීම්ද සීඑම්යූහි පැවතියේ තම්පෝගේ අනුග්‍රහයෙනි. වෘත්තීය සමිති ගැසට් මගින් තහනම් කිරිමට එරෙහිව ජාත්‍යන්තරය දැනුවත් කළේ ඔහුය. අවසානයේ හෙදි සටන 1986 අප්‍රේල් 17වැනිදා ජයග්‍රාහිව නිමාවිය.

dharman03091608ලංකා වෙළඳ, කාර්මික සහ පොදු කම්කරු සංගමය(සීඑම්යූ) වර්තමාන ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් සිල්වෙස්ටර් ජයකොඩි විසින් ලියුම්කරුට අධිනීතිඥ තම්පෝගේ භූමිකාව විස්තර කරමින්.

දේශපාලන සිරකරුවන් නිදහස්කර ගැනීමේ ව්‍යාපාරය(ක්‍රොප්) ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ 1975දී පමණ ආරම්භ කරන ලද්දේ රාජනිතිඥ නඩේසන්, මහජන එක්සත් පෙරමුණේ හිටපු සභාපති සහ ජවිපෙ හිතවත් නීතිඥයෙකු වූ එම්. බී රත්නායක ඇතුළු කිහිප දෙනෙකුගේ මැදිහත්වීම මතය. එහි ආසන්නම අරමුණ වූයේ ජවිපෙ 71 සිරකරුවන් නිදහස් කර ගැනීමට මැදිහත් වීමය. හදිසි නීතිය 1976දී ඉවත් කිරීමට ක්‍රොප් සංවිධානයේ උද්ඝෝෂණයන්ද බලපෑ අතර හදිසි නීතිය ඉවත් කිරිමත් සමඟම 1976දී ජවිපෙට පනවා තිබූ තහනමද ඉවත් විය. පසු කළෙක ක්‍රොප් සංවිධානයේ මෙහෙය වූයේ මර්ජ් ආයතනයේ සභාපතිවරයා වූ චාල්ස් අබේසේකරය. මතිමතාන්තර නොතකා දේශපාලන සිරකරුවන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටීම ක්‍රොප්හි මූලික අරමුණ වේ. එහි ක්‍රියාකාරි කමිටුවට ආණ්ඩු පක්ෂය හැර සෙසු පිළිගත් දේශපාලන පක්ෂවල නියෝජිතයින්ද විය.

වසර 1987 ජුලි 29වැනිදා අත්සන් කරන ලද ඉන්දු ලංකා ගිවිසුමේ කොන්දේසියක් අනුව උතුරේ බෙදුම්වාදී සංවිධාන සමඟ එක්ව රජය පෙරලීමට කුමන්ත්‍රණය කළේයැයි චෝදනා කරමින් නඩු පැවරූ රතු භටයෝ සංවිධානයේ නායක හෙන්රි පෙරේරා, කඳුරට විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ නායක අබ්දුල් කාදර්, විකල්ප කණ්ඩායමේ 23ක් සහ සමාජවාදී ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරයේ 44ක් රජය මගින් 1988 අප්‍රේල් 22වැනිදා නිදහස් කරන ලදී. ක්‍රොප් සංවිධානය ඉහත බෙදුම්වාදී සංවිධානවලට සම්බන්ධ යැයි චෝදනා කරමින් රජය මගින් නඩු පැවරූ චුදිතයින් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටියද ජවිපෙ 2වැනි කැරැල්ල ඇරඹූ 1986න් පසු අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් දකුණේ සරසවි සිසුන් ඇතුළු තරුණයින් වෙනුවෙන් මුනිවත රැකීය. එම සංවිධානයේ සමලේකම් නීතිඥ දුෂ්ෂ්‍යන්ත සමරසිංහ ක්‍රොප් සංවිධානයේ ඒකපාර්ෂික ස්ථාවරයට විරෝධය පළකරමින් 1987 නොවැම්බර් 17වැනිදා ඉල්ලා අස්විය.

dharman03091609තම්පෝ සිය පවුලේ සාමාජිකයින් පිරිසක් සමගින්.

එහෙත් මානව හිමිකම් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි බාල තම්පෝගේ ක්‍රියා කලාපය මෙයට හාත්පසින් වෙනස් විය. ඔහු ඉහත දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදි සංවිධාන සමඟ එක්ව රජය පෙරලීමට කුමන්ත්‍රණය කළේ යැයි කියන හෙන්රි පෙරේරා ඇතුළු සියළුම දෙනාටද සරසවි සිසුන් ඇතුළු දකුණේ ජවිපෙ තරුණයින් වෙනුවෙන්ද නිර්භයව පෙනි සිටියේය. කිසිදු මුදල් අයකිරීමකින් තොරව තම්පෝ ඔවුන් වෙනුවෙන් අධිකරණ ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයන්හි පෙනී සිටියේය. ජවිපෙ 2වැනි කැරළි සමයේ ඔහු විසින් බේරාගත් තරුණ ජීවිත සංඛ්‍යාව සිය ගණනකි.  දහස් ගණන් කඳවුරුවල රැදවියන්ගේ මානව අයිතීන් හිමිකර දීම සඳහා ජාත්‍යන්තර රතු කුරුසය ඇතුළු මානව හිමිකම් සංවිධාන සමඟ ඔහු අඛණ්ඩ සම්බන්ධතාවයක් පවත්වා ගත්තේය. අතුරුදහන්වූ පවුල්වල වින්දියන් වෙනුවෙන් සිය යුතුකම් ඉටු කළේය. වාර්ගික හෝ දේශසීමා රහිත ජගත් පුරවැසියෙකු බව තම්පෝ එහිදී සනිටුවන් කළේය.

වෘත්තිය සමිති අරගල, මානව හිමිකම් ක්‍රියාකාරකම්, දේශපාලන සටන් සහ ක්‍රියාකාරකම් හරහා ඔහු තම පරිණතභාවය සහ සටන්කාමීත්වය කදිමට විදහාපෑවේ සමාජ අසාධාරණයට එරෙහිවය. නීති ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ සහ උසාවියද ඔහු තම සටන් බිමක් බවට පත්කර ගත්තේය. එප්පාවල පොස්පේට් නිධිය රැකගැනීමේ ජන අරගලයේදී වැඩකරන ජනතාව සමඟ ඔහු දුන් නායකත්වය අගනේය. පොස්පේට් අරගලය පරාජයෙන් බේරා ගැනීම පුරෝගාමි මෙහෙවරක් ඉටු කළේය. ගොවිජන ව්‍යාපාරයටද ඔහු ආගන්තුකයෙකු නොවීය. පුවත්පත් ජනසතුව නමින් 1964දී පුවත්පත් රාජ්‍ය ඒකාධිකාරියට යටත්වීමට යෑමේදී එහි අනතුර කලින් දුටු අතලොස්සක් අතර තම්පෝද විය.

dharman03091610සී.එම්.යූ  මැයි පෙළපාලියක දසුනක්.

ලාංකීය අරගල ඉතිහාසයේ මහා පුරුෂයෝ දුලභය. ඔවුන් බිහිවන්නේ ඓතිහාසික සමාජ අවශ්‍යතාවයන්ගේ ගැබෙනි. ඉතිහාසය ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨ මිනිසුන් බිහිකරන අතර ඔවුන් ඉතිහාසයේ ගමන්මඟ හසුරවති. ඉතිහාසය ගමන්මග වෙනස් කිරීමේ තම මෙහෙවරලා දිවිගෙවු ඔවුහු පරාජිතයෝ නොවූහ. ඒ බව ඉතිහාසයේ ලේඛනගත වන්නේ ඔවුන්ගේ ජීවිත කාලයේදී නොව ඉනික්බිතිවය. මානව හිමිකම් සුරකීම වෙනුවෙන් කොන්දේසි විරහිතව පෙනීසිටි අධිනීතිඥ බාලා තම්පෝ නම්වූ වෘත්තිය සමිති නායකයාද නික්මගියේ එම ඉතිහාසය වෙත අපරාජිතවය.(ජවිපෙ 2වැනි කැරළි සමයවූ 1986 සිට 1990 දක්වා පළවන මෙම ලිපි මාලාව ලබාගැනීම පිළිබද විස්තර පහත ලිපිනයට ඔබගේ ලිපිනය යොමු කිරීමෙන් ලබාගත හැකිය. ධර්මන් වික්‍රමරත්න, තැපෙ 26, ශ්‍රී ජයවර්ධනපුර. දුරකථනය: 011-5234384 විද්‍යුත් තැපෑල: ejournalists@gmail.com)

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September 2nd, 2016

කැප්පිටියාගොඩ සිරිවිමල නාහිමි පේරාදෙණිය ගැටඹේ රාජෝපවනාරාමාධිපති DIVAINA – 02/09/2016

ඉතිහාසයේ කිසිදාක සිදු නොවූ තරම් මේ මොහොතේ ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සිංහල ජනසමාජයත්, රටත් බරපතල ලෙස අර්බුදයකට මුහුණපාමින් සිටින බව නොරහසකි. ඇතැම් දෙස්‌ විදෙස්‌ බලවේග මේ රටේ උරුමයන් විකෘති කිරීමට, විනාශ කිරීමට මාන බලමින්, උපක්‍රම යොදමින් ක්‍රියා කරන අයුරු බියජනකය. විශේෂයෙන් රට තුළ නොයෙක්‌ වෙනස්‌කම් සිදු කිරීමට දරන උත්සාහයන් ගැන මේ වකවානුවේ විමසිලිමත් විය යුතුය. නව ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාව සැකසීමට දරන ප්‍රයත්නය ලැබෙන ආරංචි අනුව දේශයේ උරුමකරුවන්ට හිතකර බවක්‌ නොපෙනෙයි. රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන හා යටපත් වී ඇති ත්‍රස්‌ත සංවිධාන යළිත් හිස එසවීමට දරන ප්‍රයත්නයන් කෙරෙහි ආරක්‍ෂක පවුරක්‌ ලෙස වටකොට තොරතුරු සෙවීම යුගයේ ජනමාධ්‍යයේ වගකීමකි. පවතින ඇතැම් මාධ්‍යයන් මෙකී බලවේගයන්ට උඩගෙඩි දෙනවා විනා ඒවා නිවැරදි කිරීමට හෝ රටට හෙළි කිරීමට ප්‍රයත්න දරන බවක්‌ නොපෙනේ. එබැවින් සියලුම ජනමාධ්‍යයන් වගකීමකින් යුතුව ක්‍රියා කළ යුතුව ඇති කාලය එළඹ ඇතැයි පෙන්වා දීමට කැමැත්තෙමි.

මේ රටේ වසර 30 කට අධික කාලයක්‌ පැවති යුද මානසිකත්වයෙන් රට ගලවා ගත් රණවිරුවන්ගේ ජීවිත පරිත්‍යාගය අවතක්‌සේරු වන වැඩ දැන් සිදුවෙමින් පවතින බවක්‌ පෙනී යයි. කුරිරු ත්‍රස්‌තවාදී යුද සමයේදී දහස්‌ ගණන් ජීවිත පූජා කළේ රට කැබැලි කොට ජාතිවාදී පදනම මත ප්‍රාන්ත පිහිටුවීමට නම් එදා අපේ දරුවන්ගේ ජීවිත බිලි නොදී එක පෑන් පහරින් හිටපු නායකයන්ට ඒ දේ කළ හැකිව තිබිණි. එබැවින් මේ සඳහා පෙළ ගැසී සිටින දෙස්‌ විදෙස්‌ කුමන්ත්‍රණකරුවන්ගේ උත්සාහයන් පරාජය කළ යුතුව ඇත. අද ඇතැම් මැති ඇමැතිවරුන් බුදු දහමට හා ශාසනයට ඇඟිලි ගැසීමට දරන උත්සාහයන් පිළිබඳ අපට ඇත්තේ බරපතල ගැටලුවකි. පසුගිය කාලයේ ථෙරවාදී පනත මහා සංඝයා මැදිහත් වී බැහැර කළ අතර එය සංඝයාගේ කටයුත්තක්‌ බව පැහැදිලිව පෙන්වා දුන් විට පනත හකුළා ගත් ඔවුන් එය වෙනත් මුහුණුවරකින් ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නට සූදානම් වන්නේ කවර යටි අරමුණක්‌ සඳහා දැයි විමසා බැලිය යුතුය. සංහිඳියාවේ මුවාවෙන් සිදු කෙරෙන වෙනස්‌කම් සිංහල බෞද්ධයාගේ අයිතීන් නොතකා කරන්නේ නම් මේ රටේ මහා සංඝයා ඒ වෙනුවෙන් නැඟී සිටිය යුතුය. පාලකයන්ගේ වගකීම විය යුත්තේ බිඳ වැටී ඇති ආර්ථිකය ගොඩගැනීමට කටයුතු කොට ජනතාවට පහසුවෙන් ජීවත් වීමට මඟ සැලසීම විනා නැති ප්‍රශ්න ඇතිකරගෙන රට අවුල් කිරීම නොවේ.

මේ රටට නව ආණ්‌ඩු ක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවක්‌ කිසිසේත් අවශ්‍ය නොවේ. ඡේ.ආර්. ජයවර්ධන ජනාධිපතිතුමා වැනි දුර දක්‌නා නුවණින් යුක්‌ත ප්‍රබල නායකයින් මෙය නිර්මාණය කොට ඇති බව සිහිපත් කරන අතර මෙකී ව්‍යවස්‌ථාව තුළ ඇති විධායක බලය හා සම්බන්ධ ඇතැම් වගන්ති සංශෝධනයට ලක්‌ කිරීම පමණක්‌ ප්‍රමාණවත් වේ. ජනතාවගේ ඉල්ලීම වූයේ ද එයයි. අවුල් සහගත පාලන ව්‍යqහයක්‌ සැකසී ඇති මේ මොහොතේ වගකීමකින් තොරව ව්‍යවස්‌ථා සැකසීම හානිකරය. ජාතික ආණ්‌ඩුවක්‌ යෑයි කීමට ජාතික ආණ්‌ඩුවක ආකෘතියක්‌ ප්‍රකට නොවන තැන විවිධ මැතිඇමතීන් තම තමන්ගේ න්‍යාය පත්‍රයන්ට අනුව ක්‍රියා කරන හා කතාබහ කරන යුගයක ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවක්‌ වැනි රටට බලපාන බරපතල කටයුත්තක්‌ කිසිසේත් නොකළ යුතුමය.

රජය මේ රටේ අනාගතය ගැන සිතා තීන්දු ගන්නා බවක්‌ අපට නොපෙනේ. නුදුරේදීම ශ්‍රී ලංකාව හා ඉන්දියාව අතර අත්සන් කිරීමට යන එට්‌කා ගිවිසුම බැලු බැල්මට අයිසින් ගෑ කේක්‌ ගෙඩියක්‌ සේ පෙනුණ ද යට ඇති කේක්‌ ගෙඩිය විෂ යොදා ඇති බව රජයට නොතේරේ. මේ රටේ වියතුන් බුද්ධිමතුන් අනතුරු අඟවද්දී එට්‌කා ගෙන ඒමට දරන උත්සාහය නිසා අනාගතයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඉන්දියානු ප්‍රාන්තයක්‌ වීම නොවැළැක්‌විය හැකිය. මෙයටම ලැබෙන තවත් භයානක තීරණයකි, දෙරට යා කෙරෙන පාලමක්‌ ඉදිකිරීම. මේවා මේ රටේ ජනතාව ඉල්ලූ දේ නොවේ. ඉල්ලූ දේ පසෙක තබා ජනතාවට තිත්ත දේ දෙන්න උත්සාහ කරන්නේ ඇයි දැයි විමසිය යුතුය. මෙම ගිවිසුම මගින් සිදුවන්නේ දකුණු ඉන්දියානුවන්ට ලක්‍ෂ ගණනින් නිදහසේ රටට ඇතුළුවීමට හැකිවීමයි. යළි ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය හිස එසවීමට ද ඉඩකඩ ඇති අතර එවිට රජයට කිසිසේත් එය පරාජය කිරීමට ඉඩකඩ ලැබෙන්නේ නැත. මේ රටේ ඉඩකඩම් ඉන්දියානුවන් සතු වීම ද වැළැක්‌විය නොහැකිය. විරැකියාවෙන් පෙළෙන්නන් ලක්‍ෂ ගණනින් සිටින අපේ රටේ රැකියා අවස්‌ථා ද ඉන්දියානුවන්ට ලබාදී යටත්විජිතයක්‌ බවට පත් විය හැකිය. අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්ගේ යුගයේ කන්ද උඩරටට පැමිණි ශ්‍රමිකයන් අද වන විට වෙනම පාලනයක්‌ ඉල්ලා සිටීමට තරම් ප්‍රබල වී ඇති අයුරු මෙයට හොඳම නිදසුනකි. මෙවන් ප්‍රකට සරල සාධක පවා අවධානයට යොමු නොකර රජය මෙවන් අදූරදර්ශී තීරණ ගන්නට උත්සාහ දරන්නේ ඇයි දැයි ජනතාව ප්‍රශ්න කර සිටිති.

මේ මොහොත වන විට මේ රටේ දෙපයින් නැගී සිටීමට, හුස්‌ම ගැනීමට බියකරු හද ගැස්‌ම සනහාලීමට ජීවිත පරිත්‍යාගයෙන් කටයුතු කළ රණවිරුවන් රට වෙනුවෙන් ඔවුන් සිදුකළ යුද මෙහෙයුම් වලදී අතුරුදන් වූවා යෑයි සැලකෙන්නන් පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු සෙවීමට කාර්යාලයක්‌ පිහිටුවීමට මහජන නියෝජිතයන්ගේ ඡන්දයකින් තොරව පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළ ගාලගෝට්‌ටි මත සම්මත කර ගැනීම බරපතල ගැටලුවකි. බටහිර ජාතීන්ගේ ඕනෑඑපාකම් ඇමැතිවරුන් කීපදෙනෙකුගේ අවශ්‍යතා මත ඉටුකරදීමට කටයුතු කරන්නේ මේ රටේ උපන් රණවිරුවන්ගේ ජීවිත පිළිබඳ අවතක්‌සේරු කරමින් නොවේද? යුද පිටියේදී මිය ගිය ත්‍රස්‌තවාදීන් ද අතුරුදන් වූවෝ වෙති. ඔවුන්ගේ ඥාතීන් මෙම කාර්යාලයට ඔවුන් පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමේදී ත්‍රස්‌තවාදීන් අහිංසකයන් සේ සලකා කටයුතු කිරීමට ඇති ඉඩකඩක්‌ පවතී. මෙම පනත සම්මත කර ගැනීමෙන් ඇතැමුන් අපේක්‍ෂා කර ඇත්තේ ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය තුරන් කිරීම සඳහා අණ දුන් දේශපාලන නායකයන් දඩයම් කිරීමට විය හැක. එසේ නොවේ, නම් තමන්ට රටක්‌ ලබාදුන් රණවිරුවන් පිළිබඳ ලෝකයට තොරතුරු ලබාදීමට උත්සාහ දරනු ලබන්නේ වෙන කවර අවශ්‍යතාවක්‌ සඳහා දැයි ජනතාව ප්‍රශ්න කර සිටී. පිළිගත් සම්ප්‍රදායන් පවා නොතකමින් හදිසියේම මෙවන් පනතක්‌ සම්මත කිරීමම රටට ජාතියට සිදු කරන ෙද්‍රdaහිකමක්‌ යෑයි ඔවුහු පවසති. අගතියෙන් තොරව රට ගැන සිතා ක්‍රියා කිරීමට වගකීමක්‌ ඇති සුදුසු විරුද්ධ පක්‍ෂයක්‌ නොමැති වීම රටට විපතකි. මහජන නියෝජිතයන් ජනතාවට වගකිව නොහැකි වන සේ ක්‍රියා නොකරන අතර රූකඩයන් ලෙස කටයුතු කිරීම පිළිකුලට කරුණකි. එබැවින් මේ පිළිබඳව ජනාධිපතිතුමා මැදිහත්ව රණවිරුවන් හා රට ගලවා ගැනීමට ක්‍රියා කළ දේශපාලන නායකයන් ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම උදෙසා ක්‍රියා කළ යුතුය. මේ රට භාර දී ඇත්තේ ජනාධිපතිතුමාට මිස හිතුවක්‌කාර ලෙස අත්තනෝමතිකව වෛරයෙන් තීරණ ගන්නා ඇතැම් මැතිඇමැතිවරුන්ට නොවන බවද දැඩිව අවධාරණය කර සිටිමි. එසේ නොවේ නම් මේ රටේ ඉරණම තීරණය කරන මේ මොහොතේ ජනතාව සිහි බුද්ධියෙන් ක්‍රියා කළ යුතු අතර මාධ්‍යයට ද මේ කරුණු පිළිබඳ බරපතල වගකීමක්‌ ඇති බව සඳහන් කළ යුතුය.

විශේෂයෙන් මේ රටේ ජාතියේ මුරදේවතාවුන් සේ සැළකෙන මහා නායක මාහිමිපාණන් වහන්සේලා ප්‍රමුඛ කොට ඇති මහසඟරුවන අවදියෙන් සිටිය යුතු කාලය එළඹී ඇති බව ගෞරවයෙන් සිහිපත් කිරීමට කැමැත්තෙමි.

What UNSG forgot

September 2nd, 2016

Editorial Courtesy The Island

 

UNSG Ban Ki-moon has concluded what his office may describe as a successful tour of Sri Lanka. He squeezed as many meetings as possible into his tight schedule and whether he was able to ascertain anything substantive from his powwows is anybody’s guess. He is sure to deliver the message prepared well in advance before leaving the country.

This comment, however, is not about the UNSG’s visit or the statements he has already made or is likely to make from his office. It is about something he forgot to do here. He should have tendered an apology to the people of Sri Lanka on behalf of the UN.

The UN chief and other panjandrums wouldn’t have had to take the trouble of coming all the way here to press for probing accountability issues etc if the UN had not failed here. The war which was thankfully ended in 2009 had lasted for nearly 25 years with the UN doing precious little to help tackle a terrorist group hell bent on destroying a UN member state.

UNICEF pathetically failed to liberate the child soldiers from the clutches of the Tigers. There were some UN officials like Olara Otunu, who courageously took up the cudgels for the child combatants and strove to pressure the UN to adopt stringent measures against the outfits including the LTTE for forcible child conscription. But, the Security Council chose to skirt the tough measures proposed by human rights groups; only a list of shame was issued as if terrorists had any sense of shame!

The UN also did not care to prevent its member states such as the UK, Canada, France, the Scandinavian countries etc from harbouring LTTE activists who raised funds and coordinated terrorist activities internationally. But for the funds the LTTE received from its activists operating freely in those countries it wouldn’t have been able to destroy so many lives and graduated from a ragtag army to a conventional combat force with air and naval capabilities to plunge this country into a conflagration, only the last phase of which the UN is now probing at the behest of the western bloc.

The UNHRC issues condemnatory statements on this country at the drop of a hat, but never did it utter a word against the LTTE. After the resumption of hostilities in 2006, Prabhakaran had the UN compound in Kilinochchi stormed and the UN flag pulled down and desecrated. Then he had two UN workers abducted for allegedly helping a group of civilians leave the LTTE-held terrain. The UN Colombo Office kept the abductions under wraps and chose to act illegally; it had clandestine talks with the LTTE in a bid to secure their release. The then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was kept in the dark about the incident until we exposed it much to the embarrassment and consternation of the LTTE backers in the garb of UN workers in Colombo, who had even tried to arrange for a meeting between Annan and the LTTE in the Vanni on the pretext of helping tsunami victims. This shows the extent to which terrorist groups have infiltrated the UN system through various rich, influential fronts.

The UN again failed to ensure the safety of its own staff here. While the war was raging with the LTTE using civilians as a human shield, the UN struggled desperately to secure the release of its staff and 75 of their dependents including 40 children and 35 women, whom the LTTE prevented from leaving the war zone, though 15 of those children had contracted respiratory diseases.

Such was the impotency of the UN vis-à-vis LTTE terrorism. Today, we are not short of UN bigwigs and civil society Rip Van Winkles championing human rights and calling for war crimes probes. The UNSG should have apologised to Sri Lankans for the pathetic failure of the UN to be of any help to them during the war years.


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