MOTHER NATURE SO UNKIND. Dedicated to the Victims of the Tsunami on 26th December 2004.

December 25th, 2014

Susantha Wijesinghe.

 

A lonesome lissome  lass, languish

In solemn silence, on the Sea Shore,

awaiting for Loved Ones in anguish,

refusing to believe, they are no more.

 

Twas 26th dreary doomsday December,

TSUNAMI rose high, frothing foaming fury,

Its verdict was for WORLD to remember,

How mercilessly, it can be Judge and Jury.

 

Had no qualms, in choosing lives,

Of rich and poor, young and old,

Brothers and Sisters, Husband and Wives,

Hear survivors trauma, story unfold.

 

It blew the roofs, edifices mowed down,

The MIGHTY FORCE, no match to withstand,

Devastating Countries, Village and Town,

and snatching babies from mothers hand.

 

People of the world, their hearts lit bright,

With speedy Aid to survivors forlorn,

Eternal Spring of help, now glows light,

BRIGHTENING HEARTS, OF CRUELTY BYGONE.

 

A poem presented in 2005 at Famous Poets Convention,

held at Reno Hilton, Nevada.

 

Susantha Wijesinghe

A Melvin Jones Fellow.

 

කොන්කිස්තදෝස්: අවරෝධයන කරන ලද වේදනාත්මක මතකය  

December 25th, 2014

  වෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 

 කොලට් සේනානායක හා නාරද කරුණාතිලක  යනු  එක්තරා ආකාරයක විවාදාත්මක ලේඛකයන් දෙපළකි. ඔවුන් ඉතිහාසය හදාරති. අප සැමදෙනා දන්නා සංස්කරණය කරන ලද ඉතිහාසයෙන් එහාට ගොස් ඉතිහාසකරුවන් විසින් සඟවන ලද හෝ කාලයේ වැළි තලාවෙන් යටවී තිබෙන ඉතිහාසය මතුකර ගනිති. ඔවුන් දෙදෙනා විසින් මෑතකදී ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරන ලද “කොන්කිස්තදෝස්: ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ක්‍රිස්තියානියට මුල පෑදීම” ග්‍රන්ථය සැඟවී ගිය ඉතිහාසය පෙන්වා දීමකි.  

  ඇතැම් විට සත්‍ය වේදනා හා අලාභහානි ඇතිකරවයි. එම නිසා සැබෑ සත්‍යට වඩා මිනිසා සත්‍යයේ ඡායාව පමණක් ග්‍රහණය  කරගනිමින් වේදනාකාරී  රුදුරු සත්‍යය අවරෝධනය කරයි. මෙය පොදු මානසික තත්ත්වයකි. නමුත් සැබෑ ඉතිහාසය බැහැර කිරීම මගින් අප වර්තමානයද අසත්‍ය මායාවක් බවට පත් කරගන්නෙමු. කොලට් සේනානායක හා නාරද කරුණාතිලක විසින් සම්පාදනය කරන් ලද “කොන්කිස්තදෝස්: ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ක්‍රිස්තියානියට මුල පෑදීම”  වෙනස් කරන ලද හෝ අවරෝධයන කරන ලද ඉතිහාසය යළි මතුකර ගැනීමට කරන ලද ප්‍රයත්නයකි. මෙම “කොන්කිස්තදෝස් ග්‍රන්ථය ආගම්වාදී හෝ එවැනි අන්තවාදී කෝණයකින් යුතුව නොව විචාරාත්මක බුද්ධියකින් කියවිය යුතු ග්‍රන්ථයකි.  

 යේසුස් ක්‍රිස්තුස් නැමැති ඒ උතුම් ධාර්මික පුද්ගලයා කුරුස ගසේ ඇණ ගසා මරා දැමීමෙන් පසුව මතුවූ ක්‍රිස්තියානි පුනරුදය තමන් ගේ බලය පැතිරවීමට මෙවලමක් කර ගැනීම සඳහා නොයෙකුත් පුද්ගලයන් සහ ආයතන ඉතිහාසයේ විවිධ අවස්ථාවල මතු විය​. එම පුද්ගලයන් , ආයතන සහ රාජ්‍ය මගින් ක්‍රිස්තියානි ධර්මය ප්‍රචලිත කිරීම සඳහා ගත් හිංසාජනක ක්‍රියා මාර්ග වලින් මිනිසුන් දස දහස් ගනනක් මරු දුටුහ​. මෙය ඉතිහාසයේ සදාතනික කළු පැල්ලමකි.   

 ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආගම යනු මුල් කාලයේ පීඩිත ජනයාගේ ආගමක් වූ බව ෆෙඩරික් නීට්ශේ විසින් කියා තිබේ. නමුත් පීඩිත ජනයාගේ ආගම පසු කාලයක බලලෝභීන් විසින් පීඩක  ආයුධයක් කර ගැනීමේ මෙහෙයුම් වලින් ඉතිහාස පොත පිරී තිබේ. උදාහරණයක් ලෙස Spanish Inquisition හෙවත් ස්පාඤ්ඤයේ 1478 දී ස්ථාපිත කරන ලද  කතෝලික විනිශ්චය සභා  මගින් විවිධ ආගමික චෝදනා මත  සාපරාධී ලෙස මිනිසුන් අති විශාල පිරිසක් වධයට ලක් කිරීම මෙන්ම මරා දැමීමද සිදු කරන ලදි. මේ හැර  යුරෝපයේ පැතිරී ගිය මායාකාරියන් / මායාකරුවන් දඩයම් කිරීම  (witch hunt  ) මගින් පණ පිටින් මිනිසුන් පුළුස්සා දමන ලදි. මේ වින්දිතයන් අතර මානසික රෝගීහුද වූහ​. මානසික රෝගීන් පවා සාතන් ගේ ඒජන්තයන් කියමින් පුළුස්සා දැමීමට යුරෝපයේ ක්‍රිස්තියානි බලධාරීන් ක්‍රියා කළහ​. නමුත් මේ කාලයටත් පෙර ලංකාවේ බුද්ධදාස වැනි රජවරුන් රෝහල් තනා මානසික රෝගීන්ට ප්‍රතිකාර කළ බවට සාධක තිබේ. ​. එවැනි අතීතයක් තිබූ සමාජයක් යුරෝපීය මුහුදු කොල්ලකරුවන් විසින් යටිකුරු කරන ලද අන්දම කොන්කිස්තදෝස් පෙන්වා දෙයි.  

 යටත් විජිත යුගය එන විට පල්ලියේ ආශිර්වාදය සහිතව යුරෝපීය මුහුදු කොල්ලකරුවන් අසියාවේ , අප්‍රිකාවේ සහ ලතින් ඇමරිකාවේ රටවල් රිසි සේ කොල්ල කන ලදි. එසේම දේශීය ජනයා ජන ඝාතනයන්ට ලක් කරන ලදි.  අවශේෂ ජනයා ක්‍රිස්තියානියට හරවා ගැනීම සඳහා මිශනාරීන් විසින් විවිධ උපක්‍රම අනුගමනය කළහ​. 

 මිශනාරීන් විසින් ඕස්ටෙ‍්‍රලියාවේ , ඇමරිකාවේ සහ කැනඩාවේ ආදීවාසීන් මරා දමන ලද්දේ ආයුධ මගින් පමණක් නොව වසූරිය රෝගීන් ගේ රෙදිපිළි පවා බෙදා දීමෙනි. ඉන්පසු අදිවාසීන් ගේ දරුවන් නේවාසික පාසල් වලට ගාල් කොට ඔවුන්ට ක්‍රිස්තියානී දහම කවනු ලැබීය​. මෙම නේවාසික පාසල් වලදී මිශනාරීන් විසින් ළමුන් ලිංගිකවද අපයෝජනය කරන ලද බව පසුකාලීන සාක්ශි මගින් හෙලි වී තිබේ.  

 මෙම ක්‍රියාවලිය ලංකාවේ සිදු කරන ලද ආකාරය “කොන්කිස්තදෝස්: ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ක්‍රිස්තියානියට මුල පෑදීම” ග්‍රන්ථය පැහැදිළි කරයි. එය ඉතාම වේදනාකාරී සිදුවීමකි.  ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආගමේ නාමයෙන් ජෙනරාල් අසවේදෝ වැන්නවුන් දේශීය ජනයා සංහාරයට ලක් කිරීම​, කිඹුලන්ට විසි කිරීම​, බිළිඳුන් උඩ දමා කඩුව ඇල්ලීම , සිංහල තරුණයන්ට තමන් ගේ මව්වරු ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ දූෂණය කිරීමට බල කිරීම  වැනි හිංසක ක්‍රියා මගින් ආගමට හරවා ගන්නා ලදි. වර්තමාන සිංහල කතෝලික ජනතාව තම මුතුන් මිත්තන් ලක් වූ හිංසනය ගැන දන්නේ ඉතාම අල්ප වශයෙනි.  

  සිංහල ජනතාව අතර පමණක් නොව දමිල ජනතාව අතරද පෘතුගීසීන් ආගම ප්‍රචාරය සඳහා යොදා ගන්නා ලද්දේ මෙවැනි අන්දමේ භීෂණයකි. යාපනය විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ මනෝ වෛද්‍ය දයා සෝමසුන්දරම් මහතා විසින් පෙන්වා දෙන ලද අන්දමට යාපනයේදී  පෘතුගීසීන් විසින් දමිල ජනතාව ආගමට හරවා ගැනීමට කල ජන සංහාරය  තවමත් දමිල ජනතාවගේ සාමූහික අවිඥානයේ තැන්පත් වී තිබේ.     

 “කොන්කිස්තදෝස්: ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ක්‍රිස්තියානියට මුල පෑදීම”  ආවේගශීලීව නොව විචාර බුද්ධියෙන් කියවිය යුතු පොතක් බව  අවසාන වශයෙන් සටහන් කරමි.  

In Focus – Life Abroad Pt. 110 – Pigeon Hearted Act

December 25th, 2014

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando

What inspires a writer to continue with his/her work depends on the amount of feedback one receives from the readership with both positive and negative comments. Such annotations will naturally help him/her to sharpen his/her faculties with inspiration. It is usually said that writing is akin to sharpening a pencil all the time – ‘more often you hone it, pointed and refine it becomes’!

In that respect the writer has been providential to have passable feedbacks from the readership of this column, which has contributed towards its uninterrupted continuity. Acknowledgments and merits in this regard should go to a few avid readers of the column for feeding the writer with interesting anecdotes and their personal experiences abroad always making the light reading aspect much more palatable than the high brow politics all the time!

Last week the writer received the following feed back from a Sri Lankan lady, based in London, who had been working at the BBC world service for several years, who expressed her thoughts in the following manner:

Feedbacks

 Many thanks for daunting and comical incidents, bringing back nostalgic memories of SL HC in late 1960s, when Dr. Malalasekera, of revered memory, and his lovely wife and faithful cook-housekeeper, were in residence.  He refused to serve liquor, and I watched with wry amusement as male invitees took turns to pop out ‘to check on the car’, returning in more convivial mood.”

More somber note, after I met my husband, we both worked at the BBC Overseas Service, and his close relatives and friends (of all communities), I became aware of undercurrents of hostility.  It led me to ponder, and say that if all communities did not work together, some day would see the outbreak of bloody civil war.  Since I had not visited the country, I was laughed at, but my fearful forebodings were borne out in 30 years of dreadful events. I appreciate your articles – the one bright spot in the DN!”

In a complete contrast, another email hit my letter box from Peter Wijesinghe, who has been featured in the Life Abroad column quite a few times with his own experiences surrounding the activities of the Sri Lanka High Commission where he held the record of being the oldest and the longest member of staff from its very inception – from day one, when The Ceylon House” was formally inaugurated   by the late Majesty King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, on 22 October 1948 and functioned from 25 Grosvenor Square, London W1, up to his retirement from 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 .

Peter, who is 86 years of age, now spends his retirement in Kandy. In episode 103, a note from him was reproduced when he touched on ‘ Tamil separatists and the ‘fifty –fifty’ mongers who ran their bucket shops under various manifestation from 85 Albion Gate, London W2. Also he added that ‘so much could be revealed about the LTTE (from his personal experiences) that would fill volumes’!

He continued: One day in the future, if I am still alive, and if there is to be a Commission of inquiry into the workings of the Ceylon High Commission, I would love to be able to tell the story of the Ceylon/Sri Lanka High Commission in London from its birth. Declaring so, he had signed the note exposing his postal address in Kandy.

The article, under discussion on the High Commission, touched partly on his personal life which said, Sir Oliver Goonatilake’s father in Kandy had adopted him as a young kid in Sri Lanka and his special relationship with the High Commissioner Sir Oliver Goonatillake and his father’.

Injustice

 Another vital area that got exposed in the article was how Peter Wijesinghe had written to Queen Elizabeth II in England, Head of the Commonwealth, as a last resort when the Sri Lanka High Commission had treated him unfairly on his PSPF funds after working for the   government for record number of years, which finally ended up in an appeal court in the UK; A tedious and a winded battle squashed the case finally due to a ‘so called diplomatic officer’s (clerk promoted to diplomatic status) enigmatic duplicity  having connived with a ‘local Sri Lankan solicitor’ against him!

This news item which appeared in the column evidently has managed to hit a raw nerve of an old guard, who used to serve at the High Commission in London from 1980- 1984, who now appears to be in retirement in Sri Lanka.

 Peter Wijesinghe says he received an anonymous letter by post highlighting various sections in the article (such as his bond with Sir Oliver Goonatillake family etc.,) pointing a finger at him and calling him a devious and untrustworthy character that, undoubtedly, has managed to distress and offend him.

In his first accusation, the critic had disputed his adoption as a young boy in Sri Lanka by the Goonatillake family and his special relationship with the High Commissioner Sir Oliver Goonatillake and his father etc.”. He had gone further stating, quote: You worked for HCSL for over 50 years-but showed no respect or gratitude, and you took your religion and temple to Court, insulted the HC and humiliated yourself by talking about an unfair dismissal”.

In Defence

Peter Wijesinghe submitting all the documentary evidence (scanned documents relating to the incident, including the copy of the postal envelop with date stamp) wishes to place matter in the right perspective and straighten records by calling the whole issue as a spineless act by a coward, who is afraid to come clean and own up to his statements, and puts very boldly that    most probably this individual may not have even conceived when I was fetching and carrying for Sir Oliver Goonatilake, his father and the Goonatilake family”!

In response to the third accusation of the challenger’s ‘unfair dismissal’, Peter Wijesinghe, denies that he had never used the wordunfair dismissal’ at any time in any of his statements with regard to the Court case, but points a finger at the ‘so called officer’ who shamelessly humiliated the prestigious High Commission Office during the appeal case hearing byclaiming diplomatic immunity’ and running away from facing the truth; the worst being going to the extent of bragging publicly about  Sri Lanka High Commission winning the case, which he claimed  was a fib!

For all intents and purposes, Peter Wijesinghe wishes to emphasise that his appointment to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London was made by the Public Service Commission at the time, because there was no other authority could have appointed an applicant to a government post other than PSC during that period.

As regards the critic’s accusation of his insulting the High Commission, he reiterates the fact that, as a Sri Lankan, he always upheld and kept the dignity and respect of the High Commission, as good as any other self respecting citizen of his motherland.

In an interesting postscript, he subtly poses the question whether this ‘faceless person’, who took all the trouble to write and post a letter to his Kandy address, could be the same old guard who cunningly manipulated with the Sri Lankan solicitor treacherously at the time of the appeal case by instructing the lawyer to sit on the papers deliberately to cause a time lapse and to make the case null and void, and of course, thereby claiming diplomatic immunity!

There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel”- Bible

tilakfernando@gmail.com

Khalifa of Islam condemns Peshawar School Attack and prays for Victims

December 25th, 2014

By A. Abdul Aziz.

 (Given below is an excerpt of the Friday Sermon delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam, on 19th December, 2014, at ‘BaithulFuthuh’, London, U.K. gave a discourse on the recent Peshawar School attack.)

 Ahmadiyya Khalifa said:

We observe these days many incidents of barbarity and brutality carried out in Muslim countries. Such episodes do not take place in other countries or at least they do not occur with the same frequency. The developed world raises strong protests against such incidents whether the perpetrators are government workers or any groups or individuals. Recently strong protests took place in USA over some incidents. However, just as much the religion of Islam teaches love and brotherhood, completely contrary to its teachings Muslim governments of today and groups and organisations formed in the name of Islam perpetrate cruelty for personal interests or in the name of peace and in the name of Islam!

Today numerous organisations have been formed in the name of implementing Shariah and they are perpetrating such viciousness that one is left aghast whether these are actions of humans or creatures worse than animals in the guise of humans! Recently an atrocity took place in Pakistan which was not just an atrocity but was the worst example of brutality and viciousness. It made one’s hair stand on end and it made mankind scream out in response! Anyone with an iota of humanity screamed out! Indeed four and a half years ago such brutality was also perpetrated in our mosques. A television channel here, probably the BBC, mentioned the worst incidents of Pakistan in the last five years and included the incident of our mosques. Anyhow, our grief at the time and the cruelty perpetrated against us was neither deemed worthy of attention, compassion and condolence by the government [of Pakistan] nor the public, perhaps due to fear of the maulawis.

However, Ahmadi Muslims have compassion for mankind and we are moved to see humanity in distress. Whereas these were our compatriots and perhaps all of them were Muslims. Our hearts are filled with compassion and we feel distress for them and have great sympathy. Such cruelty perpetrated on them was going to agonise us as indeed it did. Not only were they Pakistani like most of the people sitting in the congregation but they were also Muslims. Also, this incident exceeded all manner of barbarity. The large majority of victims martyred were innocent children some aged five, six and seven years and others ten, eleven and thirteen years. The younger ones would have probably had no idea of terrorism or extremism and perhaps did not know the difference between Muslims and non-Muslims! Yet their lives were taken in a most brutal manner. May God wrap all of them in His cover of mercy and forgiveness and may He also grant patience and steadfastness to their parents. These children were targeted because the so-called implementers of Shariah wanted to avenge Pakistani army.

What kind of Islam is this? What kind of Shariah is this? The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) had strictly forbidden to use force against women and children of even non-Muslims during battle! And when he once questioned a Companion who had killed a Jew child in action, the Companion replied, O Prophet of God, he was only a Jew child killed by mistake, what does it matter? The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) replied was he not an innocent child of man? Such was the standard of sanctity of humanity demonstrated to us by the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and look at the brutal actions perpetrated in the name of Islam now!

Muslims and non-Muslims both have expressed their horror at this episode of brutality. At the occasion of the first woman Church of England bishop appointed, sentiments of grief were expressed and a minute’s silence was observed and prayers were made. Everyone felt the pain regardless of their faith whereas those who are called Muslims proudly took responsibility of the atrocity and showed no remorse!

We observed that anyone with decency expressed pain and condolence. Hearts of Ahmadis have great compassion for mankind and we are ever ready to share grief of others, our hearts are moved at any painful incident. Many letters were received by Ahmadiyya Khalifa expressing pain and distress. The incident had a great impact on Ahmadiyya Khalifa throughout the day. And in such a situation one prays for the destruction of the cruel. May God soon rid the country of these vicious and wicked people, and rid all Muslim countries of them. Seeing these incidents one is reminded of the oppressions committed against Ahmadis but one also feels great pain for the innocent children. May God grant patience and steadfastness to those children and may He Himself provide for them who have lost their parents. Extremism and cruelty is a tragedy of almost every Muslim country, for example Iraq, Syria and Libya and the worst thing is that all this is being carried out in the name of God and His Prophet!

In the anti-government disturbances in Syria about 130,000 people have died, 6600 of which were children and about one-third were civilians. ISIS has killed thousands and hundreds of women and girls have been lined up and executed because they refused to marry ISIS men. According to another source the number of victims of this oppression and destruction is far greater. One who knows the reality of Islam is befuddled by all this as to which Islamic teaching is being practiced here! And this is being done in the name of the God Who is Most Gracious, Compassionate and Ever Merciful! In the name of the Prophet who was given the title of mercy for all the worlds/mankind! In the name of the Shariah which teaches to be fair to even one’s enemy! ‘O ye who believe! be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity; and let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah. Surely, Allah is aware of what you do.’ (5:9) Here God elevates the level of the faith of a true believer and if this element of justice is missing then faith is not complete. God enjoins that even enmity should not incline you to be unfair and your models of fairness and justice should become witness to the teaching of Islam. If only those who are known as Muslims self-reflect and see if their acts draw non-Muslims to them or not! Their acts are even pushing Muslims away!

Would the children who saw their friends targeted by the vicious barbarity ever consider the perpetrators as Muslims? And if they did, question will arise in their minds about Islam and accepting it. Not only are these people perpetrating evident murder and mayhem they are also distancing the next generation from Islam. If only those known as Islamic religious leaders who have created these extremist terror organisations in the name of Jihad and sectarianism corrected their faith and gave the next generation the correct teaching of Islam. This can only be if they accepted what the Imam of the age taught and practiced true Islam themselves and also got others to practice it.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – Promised Messiah and Mahdi – The true and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) wrote about the Maulawis (Muslim clerics): ‘The Maulawis will do Islam a great favour if they can unite to dispel this notion from the minds of ignorant Muslims. In so doing, they will not only help to reveal the excellences and beauties of Islam, but will also remove the aversion which religious opponents have for it on account of their misconceptions…’ (How to be Free from Sin, p. 13)

Such was the compassion the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) had to spread the true teachings of Islam but who is prepared to listen to him! The objectives of these so-called Maulawis are not to establish sanctity of Islam. Rather they pursue personal and vested interests. There has not been any strong condemnation of this incident by the religious scholars unless they say something today at Friday Prayers. It should be remembered that God states: ‘…And fear Allah…’ and God is not simply aware of everything just for awareness rather, every action of man decides his fate. And those who perpetrate cruelty certainly have a bad ending.

God states about those who profess the Kalima (basic tenets of Islam) that they are: ‘…tender amongst themselves…’ (48:30). Let alone this, today they treat their own worse than one treats the enemy. They kill hundreds of thousands of their own and they martyr their own children! Do they think they will escape chastisement! Never! ‘And whoso kills a believer intentionally, his reward shall be Hell wherein he shall abide. And Allah will be wroth with him and will curse him and will prepare for him a great punishment.’ (4:94) And God further states as to who a true believer is: ‘…and say not to anyone who greets you with the greeting of peace, ‘Thou art not a believer.’ (4:95)

Islam has established sanctity of brotherhood and if anyone tramples upon it and kills one who professes the Kalima then most certainly he will go to Hell and he will always be under God’s curse. Those who die in suicide attacks or while fighting and think they will gain pleasure of God after death are certainly wrong. God has made it very clear that if you kill a believer you will be under God’s curse. They have no right to kill one who wishes them peace as a true believer. What on earth was the fault of the innocent children they killed! Those children were seeking knowledge to become useful part of society, to be assets of the country and to spread peace. These are the reasons why they went to school. It is astonishing to listen to the so-called religious leaders who teach extremism in spite of the beautiful teaching of Islam and listening to which the uneducated and the unaware carry our brutal acts! Maybe they consider Hell something out of fables or maybe they do not have faith in the Word of God for they continue to kill each other. If they do not have perfect belief in the Hereafter, God has also stated about the results of harming the sanctity of brotherhood that one sees in this world: ‘And obey Allah and His Messenger and dispute not with one another, lest you falter and your power depart from you. And be steadfast; surely, Allah is with the steadfast.’ (8:47)

Today this is exactly what the condition of the Muslim world appears to be, their power is diminishing. Due to in-fighting and numerous terrorist organisations most countries are like battlegrounds. They beg Western powers although they have made an organisation of Muslim countries but that has no standing. They do not have each other’s confidence which could facilitate peace and they also have no standing before other countries. Their affairs are managed by the big powers and if their president or prime minister or even military chief visits and has talks with the president or prime minister of a Western country or these countries give them a little encouragement/acceptance our leaders feel as if they have received all the bounties of the world! Their concept of God is all but void and they consider worldly people the source of their permanence. There are endless reasons which are taking Muslim countries towards ruination. An atrocity takes place and there is public outcry for a few days and lo and behold yet again many among the public become instruments in perpetrating barbarity.

Until they accept what God states, until they extend fairness even to the enemy, until they give security to those who greet them with peace, until they establish standards of brotherhood, until governments look after public, until public is complaint to governments and until fear of God is instilled in hearts, such atrocities will continue to take place!

If only our leaders and those known as religious leaders and the public understood this. Pain of Muslim Ummah (community) is also our pain because they are associated with our master. The Imam of the age taught us the ability to have sympathy and love for those who are associated with our master and he said in poetic form:

O heart! Have concession for these people and be compassionate towards them

After all they claim to love my Prophet

They are cruel to us but we do not seek revenge, we pray for their hearts to be clear and may they understand. This feeling of compassion and good will for them has been instilled in our heart by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). In line with Islamic teaching he has taught us to have compassion for your own and for others.

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said the following:

‘True believers and Muslims are enjoined to be gentle and compassionate.’

‘Each person should look at himself every day and see as to how much he cares about these matters and how much compassion and good will he has for his brothers.’

‘The common purpose of the advent of all Prophets is to establish true and real love of God and to instil special import in love for and rights of humanity and among brothers. Until these are practiced all matters are merely ceremonial.’

‘Be compassionate to God’s people and do not oppress them with your tongue, hand or by any other means. Always endeavour for the good of humanity. Do not feel arrogant towards anyone even if they are your subordinate and do not verbally abuse anyone even if they verbally abuse you. Become meek, forbearing and good of intention and be sympathetic to mankind so that you are accepted.’

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote:

‘What does God want from you but this that you treat all humanity with fairness? More than this do good to those who have never done good to you and more than this be compassionate to God’s creatures as if they were your next of kin; as mothers are with their children…The ultimate degree of good is borne of natural instincts like those of a mother.’ (Kishti e Nuh, p. 30 Ruhani Khaza’in Vol 19)

We have had this level of teaching as regards sympathy and compassion and if we practice it then alone can we feel each other’s pain. With the grace of God large majority of our Jama’at has this compassion as indeed Ahmadis should. We have these sentiments for all humanity and in greater degree for Muslims. Our grief is heart-felt over any cruelty perpetrated against Muslims. The atrocity committed in Pakistan is certainly very painful for us and any atrocity perpetrated against Muslims around the world is painful for us. Our pain is intensified when we call out to the world that the Messiah has come according to Divine promises. The Messiah who was to end wars and conflict and spread love and peace; listen to him! In spite of our calling out those who are known as religious leaders are the worst in enmity against us. In such situations lines of fairness and compassion are blurred, disorder takes place and the innocent are killed as indeed it is happening. If only those known as religious leaders understand this and rather than embroil the Ummah in sectarianism, they inculcate the teaching of Islam based on love and peace in them and try and dispel the misconceptions among non-Muslims that Islam is God forbid an extremist and violent religion. May God give them sense! Prayers should be said for Pakistan and other Muslim countries, may God bring peace to these countries and may the governments and the public recognise true Islamic values! May God also enable us to maintain good examples!

Due to the situation in Syria, Iraq and Libya Ahmadis are suffering on two counts there; for being citizens of those places and also for being Ahmadi. Make special prayers for them. May God release them from their difficulties! Some Ahmadis are in dire straits and are living under the open sky. Both sides are against Ahmadis and under the circumstances no help can be sent to them only God may help and have mercy and soon alleviate their difficulties!

The video link of the sermon as below:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_XJI75MCIk

Muhammad Ali, the Quaid-e-Azam

December 25th, 2014

By Afshain Afzal

The 25th of December bears great significance and is the day of rejoice. It is a day of blessings as it is birthday of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Essa Roohallah (Alhe-e-Salam) also known as Jesus Christ in the Christian world.  The birthday of Mr. Muhammad Ali, the Quaid-e-Azam and the founder of Pakistan, also falls on the same day. On this auspicious day where one likes to share feeling of love and good wishes with Muslims and Christian on the occasion of Christmas and Quaid’s birthday, there is a feeling of grief and sorrow over the separation of our Eastern wing which occurred in the same month. It is our prayers that may Almighty Allah keep the people of our separated part, Bangladesh protected, happy and prosperous.

The day also reminds our commitment to complete the mission of our Quaid-e-Azam to strengthen Islamic Republic of Pakistan as bulwark of Islam. The golden words of Quaid-e-Azam during Sibi Darbar on 14 February 1948 are also before us when he said, It is my belief that our salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great law giver, Prophet of Islam (Sal Allah Ho Alhe Wasalam). Let us lay the foundation of our democracy on the basis of truly Islamic ideals and principles. Our Almighty Allah has taught us that our decisions in the affairs of the State shall be guided by discussions and consultations.”

It is an open secret that there are some enemies of Pakistan within our files who are bent upon destroying our country. These people when go to India assure Indian their loyalty and resolve to secularize Pakistan, however, on their return claim to be loyal Pakistanis, dubbing others as enemy agents, extremists and terrorists. If we recall, Quaid-e-Azam in an interview to Reuter’s Correspondent on 25 October 1947 said. As for the two nation theory, it is not a theory but a fact. The division of India is based on that fact and what is more, that fact has been proved beyond doubt by the ugly and deplorable events of the past two months, and by the action of dominion of India in pulling out Hindus from Pakistan. How then it can be said that there is one nation?”

Ironically, Muslims of Pakistan, who are carrying forward the mission of Quaid-e-Azam to strengthen Pakistan as bulwark of Islam, are being dubbed as extremists, terrorists and Taliban. If we recall, over half a decade back, US State Department spokesman, Robert Wood said, Taliban had taken advantage of very difficult situations in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and what we have to do is try to strengthen civil society in these countries, extend governance outward in these countries so that it can be shown that the Taliban just don’t have the support that they claim to have and that they do have in many cases.”

To achieve this objective, beside carrying out state sponsored terrorist attacks inside Pakistan by India and Western adversaries, Cyber Command has been established, which is carrying out espionage and monitoring of computer and telecommunication networks in Pakistan through foreign sponsored private sector systems, especially key infrastructure such as telecommunications and the electricity grid. The Cyber Command has developed the capability to jam and block all hostile communication, including internet sites. The command is also monitoring media and has launched Psychological Operations through fifth columnists and agents. The new move would prevent Pakistan from accomplishing the mission of Quaid-e-Azam by neutralizing ideology of Pakistan.

No one should underestimate Pakistan, as we are a great nation. When our brave armed forces would personnel would be offering guard of honour at Mizar-e-Quaid in Karachi, we must not forget his address to Army personnel at Malir on 21 February 1948, when he said, You have fought many a battle on the far-flung battle-fields of the globe to rid the world of the Fascist menace and make it safe for democracy. Now you have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.”

We need to comprehend that the Pakistan of Muhamad Ali Jinnah was different from the ideas other leaders including Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Chaudhry Rehmat Ali, Sir Zafrullah Khan, Agha Khan and  and those associated with Aligarh movement. The fact can be judged from Sir Zafrullah Khan letter to Quaid-e-Azam dated 7 July 1947 about the official name of Pakistan Dominion.  Sir Zafrullah claimed that Pakistan would have be most suitable vis-à-vis Hindustan but may be confusing for a foreigner vis-à-vis India. Also it connoted an ideal rather than a territory. Why not adopt for it the official designation of the Muslim India”.

The Indian nationals and Western touts in our files from day one are not allowing this country to become a reality because they want a confederation of Muslims states under lose federation within the Indian union. New Delhi has also accelerated their activities to compel Hindus and other minorities to migrate to other countries. There is no doubt that we have a clear direction, vision and mission before us and now it is time that all the Pakistanis including the minorities have to strive together to foil any attempt against our struggle to make Pakistan a reality. afshainafzal@yahoo.com

REJECT THE CONSPIRATORS

December 24th, 2014

Ranjit Wickremeratne

UNP was led down once with an outsider and lost and now again they have selected an outsider as their Presidential candidate to face the incumbent.Who ever comes it will be very difficult to beat the current President in an election at this time.The reason is he is a man of Peace and Fear none except God he believes in. He is a man who goes to the people.He is a man who understand the difficulties of the people.He is a man who have backbone to stand up for the people against all evil odds.He is not a Darling of the west but Darling of all peace loving countries around the world. We all must think without any color or party politics and decide on 8th January whether we give Mahinda Rajapaksa for the third term or we give the power to a puppet of the west financed by western powers.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is a well known figure around the world and a popular person. We all have to give credit to him for ending the most cruel war of thirty years. From 1983 we had so many powerful Presidents and they all failed to end the war because they were all dictated by foreign powers except Mahinda Rajapaksa village Baiya from South. He stood tall amongst world leaders and didnt bow down to any pressure from western powers who wanted to drag the war again and again. In the last election Fonseka was dragged by those evil conspirators to stand up against Mahinda and failed. This time Ranil/Chandrika duel conspired with TNA Diaspora and hijacked a man from the Govt.party to contest against the President. Already we know who is financing him and his election machine. Millions of dollars were distributed to buy votes and run their dirty election campaign by the western powers who are against the current President. Sirisena have signed different treaties with different parties at different times and nothing was disclosed to the public yet. How can we give the power to a person who knows nothing of Governing and promising another person that he will give the power to Govern within 24 hours? What will be his position after 24 hours? What about the lady behind him.What will be her position. If you give Defense to Fonseka what will happen to our beloved Motherland? He is a monster and he will definitely take revenge and it will become a blood bath again.Think of all this before you decide my dear voters.These conspirators were rejected by the people many times before and this time too we must reject them in wholesale if you need to live in peace and harmony.

Ranil never stood for the people of Sri Lanka but always took advise from his western bosses who likes him a lot. He is from a high class family of Sri Lankan society who do not know anything about the poor peasants daily life style. He promises sun and the moon but never fulfill it. He is the man who wrote and signed an agreement to give half of our beloved Motherland to the most ruthless terrorist and his Organization during the war. He is the man who was responsible for killing our most valuable intelligent officers during his time in power. If by any chance he came to power instead of Mahinda at that time our Motherland would have been divided in to pieces and half of it were given to LTTE terrorists and what will be the position of our peoples? Why nobody understand all this.How come our people forget all that very soon? We must reject these traitors to our Motherland on January 8th and give Mahinda Rajapksa to run for the third term to take our nation forward as per his Mahinda Chintanaya. Chandrika is old and haggard and nothing good can be expect from her. She need to go back and live with her Diaspora family in her home country England. She and Ranil,Sirisena trio do not have any vision to our peoples and they were bunch of rejected, expired,evil lot. These traitors and their Financiers must be brought to justice for misleading the public and telling lies to get votes and conspiring to get rid of the President with the help of Diaspora and western Embassies. We the people want to know the truth about their election campaign. How they got money and who Financed them as we saw in the news about Sirisena’s family members were caught with millions of Dollars. Do not believe their sweet talk and dirty politics.They are born lairs and belongs to Mafia groups. Citizens of Sri Lanka must think hard and wisely and use their valuable vote this time to bring our great leader to power once again for the third time period.

Third term is a very long period and the President must act fast to correct his past mistakes and Govern as per the wish of the peoples. We need a decent society to live in peace and harmony. We don’t need drugs and alcohol to be part of our lives. Our peoples need good education,housing,medicines,Universities and higher education to reach the world standard. Eradicate corruption from our society and from politics. We dont need drug lords in the Parliament but educated decent young representatives to represent our peoples. Our Motherland is one and all benefits must be distributed equally from South to North and East to West. We Sinhalese,Tamils ,Muslims,Burgers,Malays must live in Harmony and President must make the environment to have that unity. We are one nation under one flag and all should respect it.Those who talk about separation,Division and doing things against the Motherland must be branded as traitors and brought to justice for treason. We love Peace not war. May Lord Buddha protects our land and give our President Mahinda Rajapaksa strength and will power to overcome all evils and to Govern our beautiful country SRI LANKA.

Don’t miss January 8th.Be wise and use your vote to the right person.Reject the conspirators.

Ranjit Wickremeratne

Do not make a mistake on 08th Jan 2015! If you choose Ayyo Sirisena,  then soon Ayyo Jaathiya.

December 24th, 2014

By Mahinda

It is very clearly proved that the duped coalition of Common presidential candidate is an Unholy Alliance with all the cooks who are ought to cannibalize this island and cook for West and Tigers.

This time the Chef is CBK, who couldn’t do it for her eleven years in office, now she is executive chef have gathered a team of cooks to make that soup. Ayyo Sirisena is the cook at old Walawwa while RW is supervising!

The ingredients!

  • Full implementation of 13 A
  • Removing of Army from North and East
  • Handover land powers to North-East
  • Handover Police powers to North –East
  • ICC Inquiry to cannibalize MR, Military and so on

That part of soup is for the LTTE

The other part of the soup is to USA and West

  • Degeneration of Sinhela culture
  • Destruction and breaking of the spinal of the Buddhism and Buddhists
  • Bring Yankee culture to Sri Lanka, resembling her Jangi culture at Sorbonne
  • Jihad will be swiftly inaugurated with Hakeem and Rishad

This time is the last attempt of all attempts since 1815 to betray and destroy the Sinhela nation never to rise up and our spinals will be broken forever.

Dear Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Daughter, Son, Friends those Sinhela, please do not make that mistake and you will be subjected to endless curse all over the cycle of life span (samsaara) for that sin.

  • Defeat the Imperial conspiracy
  • Kick out the enemy cooks and the French Jangi Cheffy
  • Protect motherland and heritage

Remember, it’s your last chance!

Mahinda

The visiting Pope apologises? Previous Pope apologised over 100 times for events elsewhere

December 24th, 2014

Susantha Goonatilake

In 2013, the Royal Asiatic Society RASSL (of which I am the current president) awarded its gold medal” to Father Dr. Vito Perniola. Although he was proficient in several fields, our main consideration was his 19 volume documentation on the history of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka.

To indicate a Buddhist appreciation of his scholarly work, I had a leading Buddhist monk by my side as the medal was draped on the very pleased Father Perniola, who at 100 years was admiring the medal in almost childlike wonder. In my remarks, I mentioned that Father Perniola had dispassionately collected together much of the information on the Catholic presence in Sri Lanka, especially the very unpleasant events and crimes in its early years. I also made to point out that the recent Pope John Paul II (Pope from 1978 to 2005) had apologised around the world over 100 times for similar crimes elsewhere in the world but not to us in Sri Lanka. As the pope arrives we must recall some basic facts.

Just before the 500 year anniversary of the coming of the Portuguese, the RASSL under my urging convened a group amounting to around 100 persons throughout Sri Lanka to study the Portuguese presence from our point of view. Previous studies had been done under the tutelage of the Catholic Church or of the Gulbenkian Foundation, an extremely pro-Portuguese entity. Ariyawansa Weerakkody, the art director of the only film made on the Portuguese presence in Sri Lanka Sandesaya” was on our team of researchers and he said that he was instructed not to depict Portuguese atrocities in Sri Lanka in the film.

The destruction of almost the totality of Sri Lanka’s civilisation was so thorough that we had to import Buddhist learning and practice from Siam and Burma (the Siam, Ramanya and Amarapura Nikayas), countries to where we had peacefully transferred Buddhism in earlier centuries. The near total destruction has been documented by Portuguese historians themselves, many Catholic priests, for example Queyroz, Trindade and Manuel Farceis de Sousa. Some of them give gruesome details of our sites destroyed as well as how they did it. But the best testimony is found in the mute remains of once flourishing temple communities many of which were visited and photographed by the RASSL teams.

The contrast with Portugal before our destruction is seen in Portuguese comments. Even around 1500, compared with richer European countries, Portuguese were remarking on the simplicity, small size and rough construction in Portugal”. But when in 1552 a Christian father de Morais entered a Sinhalese vihara he said that it was more amazing than many buildings I have visited for I found it to be much richer and more royal than the chapel of the archdeacon [in Portugal]”. He added Some of the viharas in Sri Lanka are richer than the richest church in Lisbon” and that the viharas are all covered in gold of many carats”. These then they destroyed and looted.

The temples destroyed and burned read like a catalogue of the cultural history of this country. They include the Royal Palace at Kotte, the Dalada Maligawa and key temples at Kelaniya, Totagamuwa, Sunethra Devi Pirivena, Devundara, Attanagalla, Weligama, Keragala, Veedagama and a large number of lesser sites. Queroz and others give some lists of sites destroyed as well as the churches that were built on them. The existing sites for example of Kelaniya,

Devundara, Veedagama and Sunethra Devi Pirivena occupy only a small fraction of their original area. Forced conversions were a major part of the Catholic Church program for Sri Lanka. And their sources themselves give insights into their cruelty.

The priest historian Queroz yelled To arms, to arms, to arms and let not Catholic hearts bear to see Heresy [Buddhism] reigning in Ceylon.” Manuel Farceis de Sousa noted, In the height of his success in Ceylon, he [Portuguese commander] forced mothers to cast their children between mill-stones, and having seen them pound to mash, they were afterwards beheaded”. De Sousa goes on to mention how Portuguese soldiers put children on the points” of their swords till they crowed like cocks. And how Sinhalese men were thrown to the crocodiles, so often at the bridge of Malvana, that crocodiles would gather at the sound of a whistle from a soldier.

Father de Salanova noted the difficulties of conversion in Sri Lanka mentioning that to convert people in Sri Lanka, it is not enough to just invite them but it is “necessary to compel them” because if there is no compelling”, they will not convert how much the Catholics tried . Father de Trindade, put the policy of combining brute force and papal power in Sri Lanka succinctly:  The two swords of the civil and the ecclesiastical power were always so close together in the conquest of the East that we seldom find one being used without the other: for the weapons only conquered through the right that the preaching of the Gospel gave them, and the preaching was only of some use when it was accompanied and protected by the weapons”.

And if these brutal methods were not enough, the King of Portugal in pursuit of his religious aims ordered the granting of special favours to converts. He also wanted all non-Christian statues reduced to fragments” and proclaimed rigourous penalties” to those who would sculpt them. And Trindade describes how temples were converted into churches by sprinkling Holy Water and reciting prayers”.

Our Kotte King, Bhuvenekabahu participated in a debate between Christianity and Buddhism but was not moved by it. The King however had no objection to the Catholics preaching their doctrine to his subjects saying you and your friars may preach your religion to my people.  If they accept it, it will be most gratifying to me, and I will never put any obstacle to their conversion”. The Portuguese commentator noted that the king made this statement because he was sure that his subjects would not convert to Christianity. Queyroz mentioned that when Sinhalese saw Portuguese youths praying in the Christian manner, it was a cause of laughter” to the Sinhalese.  This same latter sentiment was noted by de Caminha who in 1547 said that the King of Kandy laughed heartily at the friars and Christianity”.

The best example of Buddhist tolerance even to faiths that they did not believe in was when the Portuguese Catholics chased away the Muslims.  The King gave the Muslims new lands and settled them in the interior away from the reach of the Portuguese.  When the Dutch Protestants arrived to replace the Portuguese, they in turn exhibited true brotherly Christian love to Catholics.  They banned Catholicism and its practice, the Sinhalese King in turn now gave these Catholics protection and allowed their priests, most famously Joseph Vaz to be canonised by the Pope, to operate from areas controlled by the King.

Now the cruel behaviour of the Portuguese in conversion was not the invention of their local commanders, but they were carrying out specific instructions (Papal Bulls) given by different Popes to Spain and Portugal as the latter set sail around the world. In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas interceded by the Pope divided the world into two halves, one controlled by the Spanish and the other by the Portuguese. In 1454, a Papal Bull ordered the Portuguese king to capture and subjugate … unbelievers and enemies of Christ whomsoever and wherever settled; …to invade and conquer their kingdoms…. countries, principalities…. land, places, villages, camps and possessions… to whatever king or prince … they may belong. To reduce to slavery their inhabitants; to appropriate for yourself and your successors, the kings of Portugal”. This heavenly order through the intermediary of the Pope was explicit in its cruel intentions. The destruction and massacres that followed around the world including in Sri Lanka were direct outcomes.

In the early 1970s, a new government of young army personnel threw out the old order in Portugal. In Lisbon a museum on the Inquisition depicting centuries old tortures and murders done in the name of Christ was erected. And by the 1990s even in the home lands of the Portuguese and the Spanish, Catholicism was losing its hold.

And the Catholic Church now tried to make amends for its past crimes.  This included over 100 apologies by Pope John Paul II (Pope from 1978 to 2005) for past Catholic crimes. He apologised for crimes done in the name of the Church in the conquest of Central America; for the involvement of the Church in the African slave trade, for burning dissenters at the stake, for denigration of women, for complicity in the Jewish Holocaust, for sins against other cultures and religions.

These apologies covered among others, the bitter dispute of Roman Catholicism with the Eastern Christians at Byzantine, the Crusades against the Muslims, the condemnation of Martin Luther and Protestantism, the involvement of Catholic priests in the Rwandan genocide and an indirect apology for the Inquisition. John Paul II apologised for the shameful injustices done to indigenous peoples” in Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific by the Church. On the first papal visit to Greece since the great schism with the Orthodox Christian Church in 1054 and his first visit to a Muslim mosque, the Pope apologised for offences against both Muslims and orthodox Christians including for the Crusades.

Pope Benedict XVI (the Pope from 2005-13) had noted that Europe was increasingly becoming a secular state. He cited his former country’s German city of Magdeburg where only 8% claimed to be Christian. He noted that in a few decades time, the bulk of Catholics would be in the former colonies, which we must note were first converted by force by the Portuguese and the Catholics. A BBC documentary showed French churches with African priests preaching to elderly whites, French youth being notably absent. A British poll showed that in Britain, Christianity would disappear within a century. To stop the rot, Pope Benedict had an agenda of re-Christianising Europe to boost fallen church attendance and as part of this campaign visited the former Catholic bastions of Portugal and Spain. Here too, he was met by opposition, especially on the massive expenditure on his visit.

But Sri Lanka is not Western Europe and the changes that have occurred over the last 30 years in the mode of thinking among West European Catholics including in Portugal has not yet reached Sri Lanka. Flores, the only recent Portuguese to author a full-length book on Sri Lanka mentions of the surprise that [today’s Sinhalese] Catholics feel that not all ‘real’ Portuguese go to church as they imagine or would wish”.

The church has been facing a series of allegations in the West on the physical and sexual abuse of little children by Catholic priests. The Irish Prime Minister apologised for around 30,000 women incarcerated in homes run by the church. Australia apologised for a similar situation of children of aborigines forced into church schools. And the church had been successfully sued on these abuses in the West. But the news of these apologies for sexual abuse was deliberately downplayed in Sri Lanka by the then Bishop Malcolm Ranjit. The Asian propaganda organ of the Vatican, asianews.it, has under it the banner Asia our common task for the third millennium by John Paul 11”. This repeated John Paul 11’s message to convert all of Asia to Catholicism. Yet almost all of Asia was once influenced by Buddhism. And what did this late John Paul 11 think of Buddhism. In his important book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, that Pope singled out Buddhism for a major attack because it did not believe in a creator pointing out also that in the West Buddhism was gaining ground.

But Malcolm Ranjit writing in the same propaganda organ asked his local Sri Lanka flock not to believe in the international reporting on widespread sexual abuse calling it an organised and malicious attack by international media”. In the same article, Malcolm called for Sri Lanka Catholics to pray for Benedict XVI and his intentions”, Benedict being the then retiring Pope who wanted to re-Christianise Europe. Malcolm expressed solidarity and support” for the retiring Pope over the paedophilia scandal and requested his Sri Lankan Catholics to express communion with the Pope and the Church”. Malcolm Ranjit had also wanted to excise from Sri Lanka textbooks the massive cruelty done by the church and the Portuguese. Writing in a Catholic organ, Bishop Malcolm Ranjit had once said that the church could bring around reconciliation between the LTTE and Sri Lanka, because there were Catholics among Tamils as well as Sinhalese. He was ignoring the glaring fact of the church and specially Tamil Catholic priests giving support to the LTTE. Unfortunately for him the state finally won the war by defeating militarily, the LTTE.

No Pope unlike to other territories has apologised to Sri Lanka for crimes done to us and asked for our forgiveness. The question is will the new Pope do it in this visit. Malcolm Ranjit, a denier of present and past atrocities, now a cardinal is the key intermediary between the Sri Lanka government and the Vatican. And with him at the helm, even if the Pope wanted it, it is doubtful that Malcolm Ranjit would allow it.

TNA says Negotiations with Sirisena a success – TNA

December 24th, 2014

Hot News

A special meeting was held between common opposition and the Tamil National Alliance at the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike’s residence a few days ago, a report said.

TNA spokesman Suresh Premachandran said the Tamil National Alliance was represented by Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, Selvam Cole Siddharth and MA Sumandiran while common opposition was represented by Chandrika Kumaratunga, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sirisena, Mangala Samaraweera and the lawyers Jayamapathi Wickramarathne at the meeting held on the 22nd December at 11.00 am.

The negotiations were successfully concluded, Suresh Premachandran said.

Presidential Elections: CBK-Maithri-Ranil-TNA Eelam deal & Sri Lanka’s National Security

December 24th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

The voting public of Sri Lanka whatever their political colour or preference of candidate must firmly say no to any move or agreement attempting to destabalize the country, divide its territory or create an atmosphere of chaos. No election campaign or coalition understanding should be allowed to bargain with the national security of the country in particular promise to reduce or remove strategically placed military bases and military personnel as election promises. National security is not a bargaining tool. Political debate in the West never use national security as bargaining tools for their election campaigns. As a priority voters need to first identify and eliminate political parties attempting to weaken national security as part of their agenda for providing political support. However, bad a local leader is, he cannot be as bad as those attempting to rule Sri Lanka through proxies and puppets. It is the patriotic duty of the masses to overrule any attempt to gamble with the national security of Sri Lanka.

The choice of Common Candidate

Whatever the coalition claims, the choice of the common candidate remains secret. No one has so far come out to say why they proposed the name of Maithripala Sirisena as candidate. These details remain very much secret from the public. Moreover, if we are to believe Colombo’s anti-MR chants and the English social media and conclude that Mahinda Rajapakse is unsuited to lead, UNP could have easily contested as a single party and fielded a UNP candidate to win the elections. Why was there any need to hire someone for a 100 day role?

If Ranil was not the choice it is so because of his own failures, and it is on that ground that he is rejected by the voters. Thus, the selection of Maithripala as Presidential candidate is based on the reality that Ranil Wickremasinghe can only command urban votes where non-Buddhists dominate. It is to fill the void and to either break or take the Buddhist votes that Maithripala has been brought into the picture. If this argument is to be believed coupled with the slogan of pluralism that Wickremasinghe preaches and promotes, Maithripala should be considered no hero of the Buddhists for he would by complicity help push the Buddhists further into oblivion and gradually remove their power.

While Mahinda Rajapakse is judged on accusations of corruptions by a select few surrounding him, the Coalition is being judged from multiple fronts all of which lead to the fear that the country would fall into neo-colonial hands or be earmarked for division. If Maithripala is a proxy of Ranil and Ranil is a proxy of Western Christian nations this reality is more than possible and the manner that Ranil led the UNF in 2002 is prime example of what to expect. Link this to the manner CBK led throughout her 12 year rule and what is in store for Sri Lanka rings alarm bells. The allegation of Ranil being a Western proxy is proven by Ranil Wickremasinghe’s membership in the IDU – International Democratic Union – made up of Christian political parties. It is alleged that the UNF Government formed in 2001 comprised 60% Christians and visas were granted to Evangelists to spread their faith while Buddhists were given step-motherly treatment. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items06/061006-4.html

The current revelation of a pact signed secretly with the TNA giving assurance to remove military bases, reduce military personnel in the North as well as remove non-Tamil settlements deserves the attention of the voters. There is also the assurance to carry out a war crimes inquiry which as an election manifesto does not convey much faith in our forces. Ideally what should be said is that our forces did not commit any war crimes and those that accuse so must produce the evidence first, and the reality is that for 5 years apart from accusations and editing film clippings nothing to substantiate war crimes as being produced as evidence.

The exposure of the secret pact comes in the wake of numerous other pacts signed without the contents being disclosed to the public. We have had the Indo-Lanka Accord signed in 1987 under emergency with Ministers having to hand over signed resignation letters. Then came the 2001 Cease Fire Agreement that placed LTTE and a sovereign government as equals and legally demarcated territory as ‘LTTE-controlled’. The period saw LTTE putting up its own courts, own police, own civil administration and openly amass weapons through Sri Lanka’s customs! The next set of secret pacts came in the form of the ISGA and PTOMs – these agreements were signed by Ranil and Chandrika Kumaratunga now the shadow-leaders behind the common candidate. Should the voters not have a right to question what their actual plans are? Are these concerns not more important than simply wanting change? What assurance can they give when the corruptions under UNF and CBK rule are nothing they can debate in public? The public is well aware that ALL POLITICIANS ARE CORRUPT. However, what is more important is the stability of the country. As citizens and stakeholders of the nation do we not have a duty and right to wonder if the country is likely to fall to peril because of the same people that betrayed the nation not too long ago? To reverse the damage they did thousands of soldiers had to lay down their lives.

The first to betray the nation was Don Juan Dharmapala ready to function as a puppet of the Portuguese – incidentally Ranil wanted to celebrated the arrival of the Portuguese forgetting the thousands of natives the Portuguese brutally murdered and converted. In fact the common candidate as General Secretary of the SLFP refered to Ranil as a traitor coming from the lineage of the Dharmapala clan though now the common candidate promises to hand over to Ranil the leadership mantle after 100 days. The betrayal of the nation began on 2nd March 1815 with the signing of the Udarata Givisuma and ever since numerous other pacts necessitate the nation to remain on the alert against traitors.

The Colombo coterie eternally complaining may like to respond to what their contribution was to ending terrorism when they join the UN bandwagon not wanting the people to remember the war victory. They do not want the people to recall the war victory simply because they played no role in it.

Terrorism has to remain on our minds primarily because the deals being struck is with the same political party that was created by the LTTE, the same party that is linked with the Diaspora organizations that the GOSL has banned, the same party that even the EU Elections Monitor Cushanan claimed was the mouthpiece of the LTTE and the nation seriously questions why the GOSL does not take legal action against this party without allowing it to do the damage it is doing using its political privileges?

The memoirs of Nevil Jayaweera (handpicked to be the GA Jaffna in 1963) are referred to recollect and show honor to Mr. N Q Dias (father of Mr. Gomin Dayasri) for his visionary plan to set up military bases in the North taking stock of the possibilities of Tamil Nadu illegal immigrants pouring into Sri Lanka. Again, for petty political motives the reduction of these military bases by JR Jayawardena drastically undermined the national security of the country when Tamil militants began their terror. What Mr. N Q Dias envisaged for which he drew counter measures was proven when in November 2003 the LTTE declared that 35% of its cadres were from Tamil Nadu! http://www.island.lk/2003/11/11/

Mr. N.Q. Dias, CCS (civil servant) then Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defense & External Affairs under Sirimavo Government knew exactly the importance of placing the country’s armed forces at strategic points well ahead of any calamity which the present Defense Secretary Mr. Gotabaya Rajapakse realizes too – what right do politicians have to bargain with the national security of the country? Thus, the GOSL is questioned on why it should give in to demands to reduce and curtail security presence instead of remaining firm on the threat to national security. The GOSL is next questioned on when it will take legal action against all those that have directly and indirectly contributed to LTTE terrorism over the years. For victims to be given any justice people who were linked with LTTE terror needs to be identified and placed before the courts.

The announcement of a secret pact with the TNA to remove or reduce military bases is connected to India’s claim that LTTE continues to fight for an Eelam that includes Greater Tamil Nadu, though it does question why India insists on the implementation of the 13th amendment and full devolution unless India too plans to compete for a separate North that the West would like to use as a base for itself in Asia. It also raises the question why India celebrated the 1000th anniversary of the ancient Tamil King Rajendra Chola (1014ce – Rajendra Chola I was the first Indian king to take his armies overseas and make conquests of these territories). India must realize the message it sends out in being proud of ancient Kings that invaded neighboring nations and questions the relevance to the current context of things.

These angles may be headaches for a lot of voters in Sri Lanka in particular those in Colombo, but their future depends on a secure Sri Lanka. There is nothing more important than the national security of the country. Everything falls into place only when the country is secure and stable. People can enjoy comforts only when the country is safe. The other issues all are secondary and this is why the voters must view how far and who can keep the country stable and the stability comes in ensuring that there are no deals struck with parties that are out to divide the country, dilute the sovereign powers of the country and create chaos thereafter. The examples of Libya, Kosovo, Iraq, Sudan may differ because they are Muslim, located in Middle East/Africa /Eastern Europe but the same players that broke up and have created chaos in these nations are now looking East towards Asia and this is why national security should become the key election pledge by the candidate. Assuring national security by forging secret pacts with players that are working towards dividing the nation has to be firmly rejected in the same manner that people should reject leaders who have secretly signed pacts without divulging its contents to the people and not even to their party members on previous occasions.

No one should be allowed to ridicule attempts to secure the nation’s borders and secure the country. No political party should be allowed to bargain and compromise the national security for petty political gain. Agreeing to dilute the National Security of Sri Lanka cannot be allowed to become as a political propaganda tool. The price of peace remains eternal vigilance and vigilance does not happen without preparation and processes.

In the end every voter has selfish reasons that determines who he/she casts the vote for. That decision must be based on who can provide peace and stability in Sri Lanka while not undermining the national security of the country. No person or organization can hope to live in peace or prosper if there is no peace in the country. Let us be reminded that all those that profited during the 30 years of war were those that were party to the terror and the rest of the country is only now picking up the pieces and it is just 5 years since the end of 30 years of LTTE terrorism.

 

 

A MAITHRI SUPPORTER SENT THIS…. LOOKS TO ME LIKE SEALING VICTORY OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE

December 24th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge 

Copy of the Message Received by Shanali

Dear All,

We are proud to announce you that the new cabinet which will be formed shortly after the victorious conclusion of the presidential election 2015,will comprise only of 18 cabinet Ministers.Now it is in the process of finalization.

1 Prime Minister-Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe

2 Minister of Defense-General Sarath Fonseka.

3 Minister of Finance-Madam Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumarathunge

4 Minister of Buddhist cultural and religious affairs-Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thero.

5 Minister of internal affairs-Mr Rajitha Senaratne

6 Minister of Foreign affairs-Mr Mangala Samaraweera

7 Minister of Trade and commerce-Mr Ravi Karunanayake

8 Minister of Fisheries-Mr John Amarathunga

9 Ministers of Petroleum and Power –Mr Champika Ranawaka

10Minister of Environment-Mr Sajith Premadasa

  • Rest of the posts will be finalized after taking the new developments into consideration. .
  • A meeting on this regard will be held at Hotel Sudu Araliya at Polonnaruwa on 27 December 2015.

We will keep you informed on the new developments.

Let’s bring democracy back to our mother Lanka.

                                  

Maithree Palanayak

 

                            -Pivithuru hetak……

 

Best Regards

 

Four million Kandyan peasants betrayed by the Closure of the Department of Kandyan Peasantry Rehabilitation

December 24th, 2014

Dr Sudath Gunasekara President Mahnuwara Jesta Purawesiyange Sanvidhanaya

20.12.2014

Kandyans

In this essay I refer to all those people who lived within the territory known as the Kandyan Kingdom at the time of signing the Kandyan Convention in 1815 and their descendants irrespective of where they live, here or abroad as Kandyans. The area under reference covers the whole territory within the legal definition of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815. However in this article I am referring to the problems of the people living within the two provinces of Central and Uva only, since the Kandyan Peasantry Commission covered only those two Provinces.  These two provinces cover nearly ¼ the total area of the country and they together claim about 1/5 the population of the Island, which is roughly around 4.million.  Kandyans, particularly those who lived within these two Provinces, were the heroic people who sacrificed everything including their land, freedom and lives in tens of thousands in battle against three powerful invaders, Portuguese, Dutch and English between 1505 and 1815 and subsequently against the oppressive rule of the British colonial intruders in 1817-1818 and 1848 to protect the Motherland, the Sinhala nation and Buddha Sasana in this Island.

The Westerners used the word Kandyans to differentiate the lowlanders from highlanders in this Island. Robert Percival in 1803 (11 Years in Ceylon) called those who inhabited the lowland and parts contiguous to the coasts  who lived under the dominion of  Europeans at that time Cinglese” and those who lived on the hills- Candians (Kandyans), which simply meant the people living on the hill country. Together these two groups Percival call Celonese. Thereby they divided the Sinhala nation in to two rivalry camps, Kandyans and low country people (Udarata and Pahatarata minisu) for the first time in their long history.  (The word ‘Kandyan’ was adopted from the word kanda, which simply meant mountain in Sinhala). Prior to this division the people of this Island were one indivisible united nation called Sinhalayo, which simply meant the people of the Sinhale – the name by which this country was known for millennia. The fact that the name used to refer to this country in the Kandyan Convention was also Sinahale, confirms this long tradition. Even Tamils and Muslim minorities in this country were then known as Sinahalayo, which means the countrymen of the Sinhale. To that extent they all were Sinhalese, although ethnically they were different. (Muslims even adopted Sinhala ge names Like Mudiyanselage, and Vidanelage etc and married Sinhala women as they did not bring women from Arabia, thereby integrating with the natives, unlike the present day communal Muslim politicians like Hakeem who agitate for separate administrative units and try to behave like original Arabians on Sri Lankan soil, although they are only the hybrid set of people whom I have named as ‘Musinghalayo- offspring of Arab men and Sinahala women).

Unfortunately the people of this country, without realizing the future dangers of this colonial conspiracy, continued to use these terms, that is Udarata and Pahatarata, in later years, sometimes disparagingly of each group to the detriment of the unity of the great Sinhala nation. The Sinhala nation has paid a very high price as a result. Therefore at least now Sinhala people in this country must think afresh and act as one indivisible nation called the Sinhala nation, (irrespective of in what part of the country or the world they live) as we were known up to 1815 from the birth of this nation in the 6th century BC.

Today we would never have had a nation called Sinhala or a Country by the name Sri Lanka if not for the heroic battles the Kandyans, ‘marked by the pride of independence and warlike habits’ (as Percival saw them),  fought against these ruthless invaders from 1505 to 1848 and the sacrifices they made. If they had not defended the country in battle we would have definitely lost the 2500 year old Sinhala Buddhist Civilization forever and this country would have been known today only as an insignificant tiny Island in the Indian Ocean on the World map by the name of some unknown European invader, explorer or a sea pirate just like America and many Islands in the Pacific are known today.  We would also never have had Senanayakas, Bandaranaikes, Jayawardhanas or Rajapaksas as our Prime Ministers and Presidents and we would have had Dicks, Toms and Harries instead. We would also have had no Buddhist monuments like Ruwanweliseya and thousands of Buddhist ruins as they would have been razed to the ground by the invaders.

As such the whole credit for defending and protecting this 2500 year old Sinhala Nation, Sinhala Country and the unique Sinhala Buddhist civilization should squarely go to these heroic and patriotic people called Kandyans.  Therefore all Sinhalese should be ever grateful to those great people for having protected this country and the Sinhala race for them.

Although such is the historic realty it is a tragedy that, apart from compiling the Kandyan Pesantry Commission (KPC) Report that was published under Sessional Paper XV111 1951, none of the post independent governments has at least faintly recognized the sacrifices they have made in history and made any genuine attempt to ameliorate the problems of Kandyan people or and taken suitable steps to rectify the historical injustices inflicted upon them by the invaders. Similarly they also have miserably failed to restore their lands and birth rights they had lost in the battle against the invaders.

What a bunch of ungrateful people we have been. Instead of recognizing and engraving their due place in rock, all governments have forgotten and betrayed them throughout history.  Having neglected them politically, economically and socially, today they have been reduced to mere paupers and refugees in their own motherland where they have lived, fought and died for 2500 years or more. Shame on all governments responsible for this situation!

Kandyan Peasantry Report of 1951 had identified landlessness as the main problem among the Kandyans. In 1949 it was 39,000. But today it is over 200,000. The other problem areas identified were roads, irrigation, soil erosion and land degradation, education, health facilities, housing, unemployment and poverty. These problems remain unsolved and they have been so acute that today Kandyan areas are rated as the poorest in the whole country.  The KPC Report recommended the setting up of a high powered Development Board. This was indeed a super Authority and an excellent institutional framework, but it never saw the light of the day up to date. In 1953 the Cabinet accepted the recommendations of the Commission in principle and a six year development Programme was prepared under the direction of the then Minister for Home Affairs A. Ratnayaka, incorporating the major recommendations of the Kandyan Peasantry Commission.

But it was only in 1958 a C grade sub-department was created to implement that programme. It was placed under a toothless coordinator whose function was merely to disburse limited funds for haphazardly selected and scattered minor road development programme. As against the fully pledged and powerful Development Authority proposed by the Kandyan Peasantry Commission, the new department was only a tiny mole. Subsequently the coordinator was renamed as Commissioner in 1964 and the department was upgraded to B class. Then it went in to a deep and long slumber for about 25 years. In 1989 a Project Ministry was created under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and they renamed it as the Ministry of Upcountry (may be feeling shy to use the word Kandyan) Peasantry Development. Meanwhile in 1993 JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) also made a study of the project area that resulted in the preparation of a ten-year Master Plan. The main emphasis of this plan was agriculture and rural development. It estimated the cost of implementation of the ten-year programme at RS 15.4 billion. The plan period ended in 2003 with zero results. Again a new organization called Sri Lanka Udarata Development Authority (SLUDA) was established on 24th August 2005 under Act No 26 of 2005 again for identifying, formulating and coordinating, the implementation of development projects within the Udarata Area”. It was packed with political stooges and made another siphon only for them to suck the meager public funds. It also did a natural death in January 2014 with its closure to accommodate the Divineguma, with no service done to Kandyan peasants.

Now you see how all governments have deceived the Kandyan people for 66 years, playing a game of hide and seek policy at the expense of 1/4 of the nation’s population for whom the entire nation is indebted for defending the country for 350 years against the enemy. Beside some scratchy works like few useless roads here and there, the only development that had taken place was report writing and mere lip service only to ameliorate” the socio-economic conditions of the Kandyan Peasants.

In this backdrop, if you observe carefully the sequence and the manner in which this subject has been handled for the past 66 years you will note how reluctant and lethargic and deceptive the successive governments have been in handling the problems of the Kandyans. The meager and ridiculous financial allocation of Rs. 358,691,957 provided (over a period of 33 years from 1961 to 93) to rehabilitate nearly 1/3 of the total population in the country spread over almost 1/3 the area of the country who fought heroically and paid the biggest penalty for independence, further proves this indifference displayed by the then governments towards Kandyans. The foregoing brief note summarizes the ill-treatment all successive governments have displayed towards the Kandyans over the past six decades until, finally both the Department of Kandyan Pesantry Rehabilitation and the Udarata Development Authority (SLUDA) were wounded up by the present Government in Jan 2014.

The demise of the Kandyan Peasantry Commissioners Department

This decision is the latest betrayal in this long chain of ill treatments and conspiracy by all governments against the Kandyans. I see this as the climax of the long chain of betrayals of the Kandyans. With this act they have finally killed and buried for good, not only the subject of Kandyan peasantry rehabilitation that never took off the ground for 56 years but also the patriotic tribe of proud Sinhala people called Kandyans, as they were dubbed by the British.  It is more than evident now that Closing down the Kandyan Peasantry Department and the Udarata Sanwardhana Adhikariya in January 2014 has completed the last rituals of the Kandyan peasants. The Kandyan Peasantry Commissioners Department and the Udarata Sanwardhana Adhikariya were replaced by the Divineguma Development Department on 8st Jan 2014. It is reliably learnt that this new super department at the moment does only Samudhi work, though the office in the central region operates from the former KPC office at Peradeniya. All activities pertaining to Kandyan Peasantry Rehabilitation has completely come to an end. Why the present Government did this treacherous act against the Kandyans is the million dollar question, I ask from all those responsible for this anti Kandyan decision?  

I do not question the rationale for a separate national level super Department with such super powers and resources called Divineguma since it constitutes a separate issue. Why this Government decided to close down the Department of Kandyan Peasantry Rehabilitation which was the only Government Department set up on the recommendations of the Kandyan Peasantry Commission Report (the most comprehensive Reports on the problems of Kandyan people with down to earth recommendations to address the problems of these areas). The KPC Report was undoubtedly one of the best documents ever produced in this country by eminent people for the rehabilitation and amelioration of historical injustices inflicted upon a set of patriotic people who had lost everything for the sake of posterity in the process of the heroic battles they fought against the enemy over a period of 350 years, with no parallel perhaps in any other country.

Therefore I see the closing down of the KPC Department as the biggest disgrace and betrayal against the Kandyan people by any Government in this country. The Kandyan Sinhalese, though keep silent for obvious reasons like ignorance of what happens under their own noses and fear of political repercussions and mainly due to absence of enlightened and fearless  leaders among them to fight for their rights, will never forgive the government or those so-called representatives voted for this ill-conceived and treacherous bill that has deprived 1/4 the population of this country nearing 4 million of their legitimate rights.  Therefore I request the government to immediately re-establish the SLUDA they have abolished in Jan this year and convert it to the Kandyan Peasantry Development Authority recommended by the KPC in 1951 at least now and hand it over to a competent set of men who are knowledgeable and committed to implement the recommendations of the Kandyan Peasantry Commission with suitable adjustments. That would be the highest honour one could pay to the Kandyans who were in the vanguard   in defending the motherland and the Sinhala nation for 350 years.  That will also help the Government to rectify the wrong done to Kandyans by this Government by closing down the only state institution, even though it was lifeless,  that was there to alleviate their grievances even in a marginal way. I can vouch that, for politicians, this will be a golden opportunity to win over their votes.  If this is not done immediately, I don’t think President Rajapaksa or any one in his Government has any right under the sun to ask for the vote of a single Kandyan man or women, as  it is his Government which is responsible for this heinous crime  of closing it down. One must also remember that closing down of the Kandyan Peasantry Department is both an insult and a deprivation as well, not only to the people of these two Provinces but to all those who are called Kandyans living all over Sri Lanka and even abroad.

Conspiracy to remove all traditional Villages in the Knuckles region.

Adding insult to injury currently a more serious conspiracy is taking place to chase out all Sinhala people from the hill country under the guise of environmental protection and ecological reasons taking refuge under the recommendations of ICUN, a Geneva based international Agency. Under this proposal Knuckles region was declared as a Conservation Forest in 2002 and again an Environmentally Protected area in 2007 and action has already being initiated to remove all the people from traditional villages, 100 or more around the Knuckles mountains that had been there from 3rd, 2nd and 1st centuries BC. sometimes going down to even 500 ft msl in certain villages like Meemure, while keeping deaf, blind and dumb on one of the worst ecological devastations in the world that has been going on for centuries on the central hill country, through deforestation and resulting soil erosion, land degradation, drying up of streams and underground water resources and thereby pausing a serious threat to the survival of the entire life system in the whole Island and the extinction of an ancient civilization from the map of the world.

 I am also compelled to ask the proponents of this move whether they consider frogs, snakes, lizards and insects more important than human beings.

This move is an international conspiracy against the Sinhala nation designed to wipe out Sinhalese from the central part of the Island and convert it to the Home of nearly 1.2 m South Indian Estate labourers, who were brought here by the British, in late 19th century to work as cheap coolies on their plantations and left behind as a flock of stateless men on our soil when they left the shores of this Island in1948. The present Government also shamelessly continues the same betrayal by consolidating Tamil settlements within the tea estates. As against the natives they are also provided with unlimited political, economic and social benefits. All these favours are afforded to them on the part of Governments to get their vote. But none of them have the brain to understand the hidden conspiracy of the international anti-Sinhala lobby deployed through their institutions like ICUN. At every election and often even after, these estate Tamils put their vote on sale by public auction and get their things done at the expense of the birth rights of the natives. What a shame on our politicians who betray a nation for short term political gain?

While all successive Governments have granted privileges to this set of foreign collies who worked for the British and repatriated all they earned to India and continue persistently to treat India as their Motherland in this manner, no government has restored even an inch out of some 600,000 acres forcibly taken over by the British to Bhoomiputras who have lived there at least for 2500 years as the sole owners of this land. Even after the estates were taken over by the Government in 1972 with so much fanfare no action was taken to ‘nationalize’ them by restoring these lands to their original owners, who happened to be the natives who owned them. No government has taken any tangible steps to date even to restore the forest cover on the deforested hills or at least on degraded and marginal lands which form the prime watershed of the Island. No government seems to have realized the devastation these exposed high lands  do by carrying  away millions of tons of soil annually in to the sea turning the Heartland of the nation in to an unredeemable barren sterile desert.

 Governments paving the way for a Tamilnadu at the center of the country

Meanwhile it must also be pointed out that no Government has taken any action, to prevent the rise of a separate Indian Tamil enclave, a Malayanadu, right at the centre of the country. All regimes have allowed them to establish, expand and consolidate, Tamil settlements in these areas that pauses a big threat to the sovereignty of the future Sri Lankan State. The 13th Amendment to the 1987 Constitution granted Sri Lanka Citizenship merely on an affidavit, often bogus, even without a preliminary inquiry to all Tamil estate labour by the JR government.  Furthermore while allowing direct foreign aid to flow freely from India and anti Sinhala and anti Buddhist countries of the west to the plantation areas the government also has provided the estate sector billions and appointed Ministers from among them lavishly without any rational basis., with no regard to the threat they pause to the  future of the natives. While this is how all the Governments have acted when it comes to Estate Tamils the same Governments have denied the right of Sinhalese people displaced by Victoria and Kotmale reservoirs due to their own actions and those displaced as a result of Walapane earth slips to be settled within the estates due to protest by estate Tamils and chased them out to the Dry Zone ( again as a part of the major conspiracy to wipe out the Sinahla people from the Central Hill Country), thereby uprooting them from their natural habitat. This is how our politicians treat the natives as against the aliens. Why should the government of Sri Lanka get permission from South Indian estate Tamils, who had been here only for few decades, to settle a Sinhala victim of a land slide on our own soil, irrespective of where it is located?  The funniest part is that most of these estates belong to the state as they had already been nationalized in 1970s. I wonder whether there is any other country or Government in the whole world which treats its own native people in this manner.                                                                                                                                        

While they chase out Sinhala people from the Hill country in this manner look at the swift action taken by the Government to settle Estate Tamil victims of the recent Koslanda Tragedy and the speed with which the Government has acted.

The Government has taken a decision to build new houses immediately for those who have lost their abodes due to the Koslanda disaster, The Badulla District Secretary Rohana Keerthi Dissanayake said. According to him, the required land has already been identified. The Physical Planning Department and the National Building Research Organization have examined these lands.

Mr. Dissanayake added that the Government will commence building the houses once their recommendations are received. The Badulla District Secretary revealed these details at a meeting held at the Bandarawala Divisional Secretariat to make inquiries into the facilities accorded to the displaced families. Bandarawala Divisional Secretary E.M.S.B. Jayasundera was among those who joined in this meeting”.

(News.LK the Official Govt News Portal of Sri Lanka 9th Nov 2014)

This is how the Sri Lankan Governments react when Indian estate labourers are involved (who always treat India as their motherland and whose allegiance is always with India) in contrast to the stark indifference shown towards the Kandyan peasants. We have no objection what so ever as Sinhalese and Buddhist for helping someone in trouble. But what irritates and hurts our minds is the way they ill-treat the Sinhalese, the sons of the soil, de facto as well as de jure heirs of this land, who have sacrificed so much in history to protect this nation for posterity. This clearly proves how our own Governments treat Sinhalese as outcastes and while they embrace outsiders and enemies of the nation with both hands just to win their vote.

Doesn’t this clearly show how all the post independent governments have given in to estate Tamils for short term political considerations while betraying the sons of the soil? Don’t these displaced natives have a birth right to be settled in their own surroundings that once belonged to them? Meanwhile these Governments also have not done anything to solve problems like roads, irrigation, health and education of those poor Kandyans who live in valley bottom villages wedged in by sprawling plantation raj on the mountains. I only hope politicians will have the brain to understand the difference between the political strength of nearly 5 m patriotic Kandyan Sinhalese who treat this country as their one and only Motherland as against 1.2 m South Indian estate Tamils whose eternal allegiance is to India.  I hope the President will take immediate action to rectify this serious blunder in view of the forthcoming Presidential election at least.

The deaf, dumb and blind so-called representatives of the Kandyan areas

The present Parliament has over 100 representatives who are supposed to be representing Kandyan areas. In addition there are also hundreds of Provincial Council members including five Chief Ministers, 20 other ministers, five Governors and thousands of Pradesiyasabha Members. We know that a good number of them are non-Kandyans.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         But other than the Tamil and Muslim members who represent only the interests of their own community, I think all others have been elected by the Kandyans. Therefore isn’t it a tragedy and an unpardonable omission on their part that there was not a single member in Parliament, Provincial Councils or the Pradeshiya sabha, either in the Government or the Opposition who had the guts to stand up and speak one word against this gross ill-treatment and historic betrayal in Parliament or any other forum. Thereby all these members have collectively and individually betrayed the people who have elected them. We know they have done so for survival as they knew very well that, from nomination day to the last second they sit in their seats at the respective councils, they depends wholly on the pleasure of the party leadership, under the present ‘democratic’ system that prevails in our country. I pity them. But what a disgrace on their part as the descendants of those  proud Kandyans who were once described by Robert Percival as a people ‘whose countenance was erect, his looks haughty, his mien lofty and his whole carriage marked by the pride of independence and they are men with war like habits’. Alas where those lofty qualities of Kandyans are gone? Shouldn’t the present day Kandyans be ashamed of their stupidity and servility which were unheard and unknown in the days gone by.

Could any one of the present day representatives honestly say actually as to whom do they represent? Today the candidates for electorates are selected by the party leadership. Even if the candidate happens to be from Timbaktu or be a polpitta people have no choice but to elect him/her. As such they are not representatives of the people and they are also not answerable to them either. Apart from the brain and the inclination to serve the people they also have no feeling for the people, because their survival solely depends on the will of the party leader and not on the will of the voters. As such none of them, in my opinion, has a moral or an ethical right to remain in their seats and enjoy the enormous and princely benefits and perks of office at the expense of the poor people anymore under the guise of representing them. Therefore all those who voted for this bill should resign forthwith if they have an atom of self respect; I am sure which they don’t have. If they don’t do so the people of these electorates should force them to resign before they are physically chased out by the masses at the next election.

It is also interesting to note that according to the Task Force report of 2003, Kandyan areas fall within the poorest category in the Island. The lowest human Index of 0.694 for the Island is also reported from the Kandy District. Similarly lowest per-capita income in the whole Island and the poorest infra structure facilities, education and health facilities are also reported from Kandyan areas. What do all these indicators show, Isn’t it a mirror image of the interest, lethargy, indifference and the degree of commitment all successive governments have displayed towards the Kndyan areas and their people. Does not this show the degree of efficiency and the capacity of the politicians as well?

Had at least 1 % of the recommendations of that wonderful Kandyan Peasantry Commission Report of 1951 been implemented by the successive governments today the story of the Kandyan people would have been much different. At the same time if the Nehru-Kotalawala agreement of 1953 had been implemented there would have been no Tamil Problem in the upcountry areas as well. They would also have been naturalized and integrated to the Sri Lankan society like the present day Kauravas and Salagama people. At least the present government should persuade Arumugam Thondaman to ask his people to learn the language of the natives and try to integrate with the Sinhala society like how the Kauravas and Salagamas who came from South India in the days gone by have done or leave this country and go back to their much loved motherland in South India without trying to live in Sri Lanka as South Indians. This is how it happened in Burma when it got Independence from the British. I think it is high time that all governments should stop wooing and pleading estate Tamils on their knees by offering political and economic bribes for shorter political gains at the expense of the future of this nation or should take immediate action to solve this eternal national problem by getting them naturalized as Sri Lankans or repatriated to India or United Kingdom before they declare a Tamilnadu right at the centre of this Land of the Sinhala Nation.

Talking about the lack of leaders among the Knadyans, I remember what once Rev Ellawala Medhananda Thera said that ‘even buffaloes have leaders’.  But the tragedy in this country today with the Kandyans is that they don’t have a single leader who has the guts to stand up and utter one word against Colombian or Rohana leaders, either in the Parliament or in any other forum, against these gross discriminations and injustices precipitated on Kandyans. Leaping like frogs from one side to the other, not on principle but purely for survival and personal gain, dancing to the beat of the party leadership like the monkeys at the Sunday fair that perform acrobatics to the command of the snake charmers, washing dirty linen of the leadership, singing hosanna praising the Kings new clothe, hewing wood and drawing water to the leadership among many other servilities known to everybody, that cannot be stated here, the present day so-called representatives of the people only seek their own self-aggrandizement.

Maintaining thousands of these parasites today has become the biggest burden and the curse of the nation. Watching these politicians fighting in Parliament or in other councils and driving like bullets and parading on roads in snow white suits surrounded and guarded by dozens of security officers paid by the suffering masses, seeking protection from the very people who are supposed to have elected them, today has become the only glimpse a voter could get of them.

Therefore at least now the Kandyan Sinhalese should take action to select and elect a set of educated, efficient and uncorrupt leaders from among themselves who will represent their interests in Parliament unlike the present day representatives, who are often either parachutists and political opportunists or both and have become a set of arrogant tormentors catering only to the needs of their leadership at the centre but utterly useless to the people in the village or the town. They should be men/women who are committed to agitate and fight on behalf of the rights of whom they represent and restore their lost rights during the 350 years under colonial rule and thereafter to date. It is a pity and a tragedy too that unfortunately today we don’t have Kandyans of A. Ratnayaka’s, M.D. Banda’s or M.B.W. Mediwaka’s caliber in politics.

If Kandyans fail to take appropriate measures at least now without repeating the follies of the past, the day the Hill country of this Island becomes a Tamil Kingdom and Malwatta and Asgiriya temples becoming Hindu or Muslim Head quarters, (already large number of temple lands are occupied by non-Buddhists mostly Muslims) and the Kandyan Sinhalese getting extinct or at least becoming a minority, is not that far. No Man or even a God will be able to prevent that tragedy in the light of the betrayals done by our politicians in the recent past and are being continued to be committed continuously for their personal gain.

Ethics and the non-religious essence of Buddhism – III

December 24th, 2014

By Rohana R. Wasala

If one understands what the Buddha dhamma is saying, and if one is convinced that the spiritual path explained therein is the right one to follow, and commits oneself to do so, then one is a Buddhist. As Rev W. Rahula points out, though the label ‘Buddhist’ is of little significance from a Buddhist’s unique point of view, there is a long established tradition in this regard in Buddhist countries, which is that for a person to be considered a Buddhist they must ‘take refuge’ in the Triple Gem (Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha) and undertake to observe the Five Precepts (the Pancasila – the five minimum moral obligations of a Buddhist: not to kill, steal, commit adultery, utter falsehoods, or take intoxicating drinks). These are rules of moral conduct that a Buddhist voluntarily undertakes to follow. The average Buddhists may, more often than not, be remiss in the strict observance of these rules in the daily struggle of normal living; but it does impart a sense of self-discipline to them and encourages them on the path to morality. The ritual of ‘taking refuge’ in the Triple Gem is both reassuring and restorative for the practitioner, like prayer in other systems of faith.

However, taking refuge in the Triple Gem  is only a mental tonic for the person embarked on the path leading to the ultimate goal, which is the realization of final release from suffering. The Buddhist teaching is about realizing that the world is suffering, that this suffering has an arising, that there is a cessation of suffering, and that there is a way to bring about an end to suffering. These are termed the Four Noble Truths. The fourth one is called the Noble Eightfold Path (right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration). The eight factors of the Noble Eightfold Path can be categorized into three groups which are sila (ethical conduct), samadhi (mental discipline) and panna (wisdom). Ethical conduct consists in right speech, right action, and right livelihood; mental discipline is to be achieved through right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration; wisdom comes from right understanding and right thought. The student of Buddhism needs to learn what all these terms actually mean. This can be done in various ways such as by consulting a teacher, reading Buddhist literature, listening to lectures, but all these must be accompanied by independent inquisitive thinking.

‘(A) perfect understanding of the nature and structure of reality’ is what the Buddha claimed to have achieved, in the words of Robert A.F. Thurman, a Western Buddhist scholar. Having declared that the universe is unknowable (a fact that even scientific common sense convinces us of), the Buddha narrowed his area of search for truth to the psychological spiritual sphere, which is what really matters in human existence. He stated: Within this fathom-long sentient body itself, I postulate the world, the arising of the world, the cessation of the world, and the path leading to the cessation of the world”. The ‘world’ here is ‘suffering’ (dukkha) according to Rev. Walpola Rahula, author of ‘What the Buddha Taught’ from which I have quoted the Buddha’s statement. Rev. Rahula further explains that the Buddha’s words imply that the Four Noble Truths are  within the Five Aggregates, i.e., within ourselves and that there is no external power that produces the arising and the cessation of dukkha.

The truth that Buddhism teaches is not presented as divine revelation, but as truth to be experienced or realized by the individual through their own effort. The Four Noble Truths that constitute the central essence of the Buddha Dhamma are so called because they are cardinal truths realized by the great savants who have followed the Buddha’s teaching and have attained to the highest spiritual state. They have been called ‘Aryans’ in the Buddhist teaching.

The practicality of the Buddha Dhamma which is focused on mental training and self-discipline is revealed in its structure. The Dhamma is divided into two branches: textual and experiential (the teaching and its practice, respectively). The textual is further divided into three types of verbal teaching: discipline (vinaya), discourses (sutta), and philosophy and psychology (abhidhamma). The experiential is subdivided into three types of mental training: ethical (sila), meditational (Samadhi), and wisdom (panna) as we have already seen above.

It is true that Buddhism teaches the reality of suffering, its arising, its cessation, and the way leading to the end of suffering. But its concern with the truth of suffering does not make it a pessimistic doctrine, because it, with equal zest, teaches the possibility of total release from suffering. Realizing that life is suffering is actually seeing the truth, which leads one to try to put an end to suffering. It is like diagnosing a state of ill health and finding an appropriate cure, all of which is something positive. Buddha’s core discovery was the immediacy of perfect freedom from this suffering (dukkha), from enslavement to craving  or ‘thirst’ (tanha), from ignorance (avidya).

To the ordinary householders the Buddha’s ethical system recommends four Sublime States (brahma-vihara): 1) extending loving-kindness (metta) towards all living beings, 2) compassion (karuna) for all living beings who are suffering, who are in distress, 3) sympathetic joy (muditha) in others’ success, welfare, and happiness, and 4) equanimity (upekkha) in all vicissitudes of life. Preoccupation with self makes it difficult to practice these cardinal virtues taught in Buddhism. Therefore selfishness is to be avoided.

Free from self, and full of compassion for all beings, and disdainful of all forms of attachment, those who truly follow the Buddha’s teaching cannot be a threat to others who hold different views. The parable of the raft suggests that at a certain stage of spiritual development, even the Dhamma has to be abandoned as a used aid. Here, the Dhamma is likened to a raft. Once the wayfarer has crossed a stream in flood using a raft hastily fashioned in the absence of a bridge or a serviceable ferry, it is clearly wrong for them to carry it on their back saying that it helped them to cross a dangerous stream safely.

Buddha’s compassionate disposition towards other belief systems is unequivocal. He advised his disciples thus: ‘ It is not proper for a wise man who maintains (lit. protects) truth to come to the conclusion: This alone is Truth, and everything else is false”……… To be attached to one thing (to a certain view) and to look upon other things (views) as inferior – this the wise men call a fetter” ’ (a hindrance to realizing Nibbana, the Ultimate Reality, the end of all suffering. This state is human mind’s deepest, and most true condition).

Rock Edict XII of the great Buddhist Emperor Asoka of India of the third century BCE was inspired by this tolerant, accommodative attitude of the Buddha Dhamma towards other religions. It declares:

 ‘One should not honour only one’s own religion and condemn the religions of others, but one should honour others’ religions for this or that reason. So doing, one helps one’s own religion to grow and renders service to the religions of others too. In acting otherwise one digs the grave of one’s own religion and also does harm to other religions. Whosoever honours his own religion and condemns other religions, does so indeed through devotion to his own religion, thinking I will glorify my own religion”. But on the contrary, in so doing he injures his own religion more gravely. So concord is good: Let all listen, and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others’.

Followers of Buddhism are expected to extend the same tolerant attitude of sympathetic understanding not only in the moral spiritual sphere, but elsewhere as well.

 In writing this essay in three parts I consulted the following books:

What the Buddha Taught – Rev. Walpola Rahula (1959, 2006)

The Footprint of the Buddha – Prof. E.F.C. Ludowyk  (1956, 2000)

The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Padma Sambhava (8th or 9th century CE), (Eng. Trans.) – Robert A.F. Thurman  (1994,2011)

(Note: The English title is a complete misnomer. The book is actually a compendium of  instructions a la the Tibetan Buddhist tradition about how to help a dying person to face death with a confident, positive frame of mind without fear and anxiety.)

Concluded

In defense of Muslim crossovers

December 24th, 2014

Hilmy Ahamed

The unthinkable has happened. Rishard Bathiudeen, the youthful minister of Industries has given up all his perks and privileges and crossed over to support Maithripala Sirisena, the common opposition’s candidate to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa with one other parliamentarian and 69 other elected members of Provincial Councils, Pradeshiya Sabbha’s etc. Azwer who was forced to resign from parliament to fulfill the long overdue promise of a national list slot for Rishard’s deputy, Ameer Ali is a disappointed man.  Rishard has been one of the incumbent governments most ardent and loyal supporters and continued to defend the government despite the onslaught on his community by extremist Buddhists that was allowed to continue with impunity. No action has been instituted against any of the perpetrators of over 350 incidents of violence and intimidation against Muslim during the last three years.

The relationship and trust between Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Rishard Bathiudeen has been envied by many including members of the incumbent government. This is probably the root cause that led Rishard Bathiudeen to take his unpleasant decision despite his unwavering support to the government and Basil Rajapaksa. The brawl at temple trees a few days back is listed as a result of treacherous scheming of certain powerful members of the current hierarchy to undermine the support and loyalty shown by Rishard Bathiudeen towards minister Basil Rajapaksa. A major onslaught on Rishard’s character has been undertaken with tacit support of certain influential persons at a private media institution. This media institution, despite their hosannas about other crossovers continue to bash Rishard, making the media outlet look more like one of the state media institutions. Whatever the reasons are, the government camp lost one of their most loyal champions.

Rishard’s list of woes could be pretty long. The unleashing of the Bodu Bala Sena on him and his community is seen as the first step in undermining him. The unfounded charges of encroachment in to the Wilpattu National Park by Rishard’s Muslim IDP’s were the beginning of the conflict between Rishard and the government. It is also claimed by Muslims of Mannar that hundreds of acres belonging to them have been appropriated by the armed forces. Large extent of lands belonging to the Muslims was also distributed by the LTTE to Tamils from the Mannar district, which has still not been returned to the Muslims.

Basil Rajapaksa who was in-charge of the presidential task force had the total responsibility for the development work undertaken at the end of the war. Rishard has made valuable contribution towards Basil’s efforts as minister in-charge of resettlement and rehabilitation in that has consolidated Basil’s position amongst the minority communities.

Rishard understood the need for support for IDPs as he himself was displaced in 1990 when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) forcibly evicted the Muslims from the Northern province with less than 24 hours notice. The Muslims were not allowed to take with them anything of value, not even the deeds to their properties. Rishard has fought for the last 24 years on behalf of his forgotten people” who have still not been provided the opportunity of returning to their former homes as they are termed old refugees”.

 The worst straw for Rishard was the besieging of his ministry by the Bodu Bala Sena and the threats made against him, which the government chose to ignore. No arrests were made, nor any action taken despite this thuggery by men in robes that was undertaken in front of the media in broad daylight.

The clear indications from the government that they would not need the support of the Sri Lanka Muslim congress confirm that negotiations with Hakeem and SLMC have failed. Whatever decision the SLMC makes will not make a huge difference in the way the Muslims would vote in this election. The SLMC in all probability would move to support the common candidate with in the next hours.

The last few Muslims to hold on and battle for Rajapaksa are seen by the community as insensitive to the suffering of the Muslim community. Faiszer Mustapaha, who fought valiantly to save the Grandpass mosque is a disappointed man as the mosque remains closed and the promised land for a new mosque has not been honoured. Further, he was an eyewitness to the pogrom in Aluthgama and Beruwela. He too was held hostage at the Naleemiya Institute on the 15th of June by the mobs that came to burn down the institute and his vehicles were damaged. No inquiry or action has been taken to bring the perpetrators of the violence in Aluthgama to justice. With all this, It remains to be seen as to when Faiszer Musthapha will announce his defection.

With the end of the war in 2009, a large percentage of the Muslim community pledged their support to His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa even though the Muslims have traditionally favoured the United National Party. Muslim civil society and religious leadership too engaged in a constructive dialogue with the president and defense secretary. Despite all this, the Bodu Bala Sena was allowed to target Muslims with its hate campaign.  It is unfortunate that elements outside the government has been able to drive a large portion of the Muslim population away from supporting this government during the last three years.  Thus, the defection from the current government is mainly due to its failure to provide security and justice to the Muslim community.

President launches Path to Global Triumph” manifesto -I HAVE ONLY ONE AGREEMENT”

December 23rd, 2014

Chaminda Perera  Courtesy The Daily News

Those blind to the massive development work are hypocrites No one can point fingers at us

Highlights

* Will access a new constitution through means of consensus.

* Is the country going forward consolidating stability, or reversing to a state of instability? Tap your heart and ask yourself.

* I will never allow the fear of death to engulf the minds of our dear mothers.

* The Mahinda Chintana Stage 111 is a program which will elevate the Sri Lankan nation to that of developed nations.

* I haven’t signed a single agreement that has betrayed the country. I don’t have a heap of agreements either. I have one and only one agreement. That is the Mahinda Chinthana.

* We have proved that the Mahinda Chintana is not a political agreement which is forgotten after elections.

* The country cannot go back to an era which will prune the public service.

* War crimes charges are mooted because terrorism was defeated. Corruption charges are leveled because there was development. These allegations are inherited when a country is being developed.

* Will not allow the massive development work underway to be stalled.

* It is because democracy was established after defeating terrorism that the opportunity has arisen to talk about good governance.

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I do not have many agreements but only one agreement and that is the Mahinda Chinthanaya,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

No one can point fingers at us that we did not work for the country and we did not protect the country,” the President said.

The President added that those who are saying that the massive work carried out by the government for the country is useless, are merely making a show of their hypocrisy.

Those who earned money by selling national ventures for a song committed the gravest of crimes in the country,” the President said.

The President was speaking at the launch of Mahinda Chinthana Lova Dinana Maga (Path to Global Triumph), the United People’s Freedom Alliance Election manifesto for the upcoming Presidential Election.

He said he saved the country from these corrupt elements and this history cannot be hidden from the country.

President Rajapaksa said good governance will never survive in a country which is hit by terrorism.

The President added that he restored good governance and democracy by eliminating terrorism from the country.

President Rajapaksa said he is facing a barrage of charges concerning family bandyism.

He added that he was from a family of politicians when he contested the 2005 Presidential election.

The President said they did not earn money from politics. We did a greater service for the development of the country,” he said.

President Rajapaksa said external forces conspiring to divide this nation always connive with treacherous elements within the country.

The President said he will focus on constitutional reforms for which inputs of the Maha Sangha, religious leaders, people’s representatives and civil society leaders will be obtained.

I will make a commitment to ensure the participation of the Maha Sangha, religious leaders, people’s representatives, intellectuals, civil society leaders and members of Trade Unions for the task of constitutional reform,” he said.

The President insisted that his next task is to have major industrial development generating 100,000 employment opportunities a year.

Our next phase is to have major industrial development on this foundation of success that will enable an economy that will generate employment for 100,000 per year. In the recent budget, the government provided opportunities for 150,000 Advanced Level qualified youths to obtain state employment to strengthen public service,” he added.

The President added that this third stage of Mahinda Chinthanaya seeks to raise the standing of the nation to that among developed countries.

He said the government led by him has the strength to achieve and make Sri Lanka secure for the future generation.

The third term of my presidency will be focused on building the country for a new generation and priority will be given to strengthen the Rule of Law eradicating corruption and fraud through institutional structures to achieve this goal. I will be committed to further strengthening and widening national unity to ensure that all communities including Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Burgher obtain the benefits of development and good governance,” the President said.

The launch took place at the BMICH with members of the Maha Sangha, religious leaders, UPFA leaders, ministers and well wishers present.

He said he has never signed a single agreement that went against the country.

I do not have many agreements but only one agreement that is the Mahinda Chinthanaya,” President Rajapaksa said.

No one can point fingers at us that we did not work for the country and we did not protect the country,” he said.

The President added that those who are saying that the massive work carried out by the government for the country is useless is displaying their hypocrisy.

Those who earned money by selling national ventures for a song committed the gravest crime in the country,” the President said.

He said he saved the country from these corrupt elements and this history cannot be hidden to the country.

President Rajapaksa said good governance will never survive in a country which is hit by terrorism.

The President added that he restored good governance and democracy by eliminating terrorism from the country.

President Rajapaksa said he is facing a barrage of charges concerning family bandysm.

He added that he was from a family of politicians when he contested the 2005 presidential election.

The President said they did not earn money from politics. We did a greater service for the development of the country,” he said.

President Rajapaksa said external forces conspiring to divide this nation always connive with treacherous elements within the country.

The President said the government and the Security Forces which succeded in anihilating 30 years of terrorism from the country have to face the allegations of war crimes.

When we brought the country under a massive development drive in the aftermath of terrorism, corruption allegations are leveled against us,” he said.

The President recollected how papers run by feudal overlords (Hamus) leveled various corruption charges against Anagarika Dharmapala, an exemplary leader the country produced in the 20th century.

The attack on Buddhist leader Anagarika Dharmapala was so severe that he was compelled to leave the country,” the President said.

He said late SLFP stalwart T.B. Illangaratne who rendered a greater service to the public by establishing a number of state ventures such as the People’s Bank also faced a gamut of corruption charges.

The entire country knows how he spent his last days,” he said.

The President added that those working for the country and those who love their motherland very much have to face this type of charges.

President Rajapaksa said the government led by him has proved that election manifestos are not a policy document that can be forgotten within a few months, through the Mahinda Chinthanaya policy framework.

We say what we do and we do what we say,” he stressed.

President Rajapaksa said he gave a promise to the people through the Mahinda Chinthanaya to bring peace with dignity to the country and he succeeded in keeping that promise. The people in the country who became the refugees of their own country were given peace with dignity as promised through the Mahinda Chinthanaya in 2005, he said. President Rajapaksa said he was committed towards the development of the entire country while protecting the hard won peace through the Mahinda Chinthana Idiridekma in 2010.

He said the government led by him ensured the development of all sectors and per capita income was also increased from US$1,200 in 2005 to US$4,000.

Thousands of acres of paddy lands were brought under cultivation,” he added. The President added that the environment has been created in the country where people of all communities can travel freely.

Ninety seven percent of households in the country are receiving electricity. No party is able to give promises that it would develop rural infrastructure, remove the gap in the educational sector as we have been successful in meeting these requirements”.

The President added that the government took bold decisions to mould the ethics and moral values of the citizens and new laws were introduced prohibiting smoking or consuming liquor in public places.We ended the era of liquor and cigarette advertisements,” he said.

President Rajapaksa added that his hands are clean as he has not issued a single casino license nor a bar license.

I am proud to say that I have not issued a single casino or bar license though falsehood is being propagated as truth today,” he said.

He said that he will never allow the mothers in the country to be in fear of death.

I will never allow the children and the people in any part of the country to be held in refugee camps,” he said.

The President added that the government increased the strength of the public service which was to be pruned to 2000,000.

He said that the country does not want an imported system with an objective of privatising national assets. What they are striving to do is to privatise the national assets.”

President Rajapaksa stressed that he cannot allow this country to be another Syria, Libya or Iraq.

Mahinda Chintana- Lowa Dinana Maga
envisaged preparation and elevation of the country to the levels of developed countries.In 2005, I promised peace for all citizens and I delivered that within four years. We developed the country as we promised in 2010. The latest part will make the country a developed one, At this election, people should decide if they should go back to an era of destabilised society or go forward with strength and stability. I don-t have many agreements like others. The only agreement I have is the Mahinda Chinthana,” Mahinda Rajapakese said at the launch of his election manifesto at the BMICH in… -Full Story- (lankaweb.com – 24/12/14)

The debacle of Sirisena campaign will save the nation

December 23rd, 2014

Dr. Kamal Wickremesinghe Courtesy The Daily News 

campaigns are made memorable only by instances of genuine display of emotion by the people that brings the relevance of politics to their daily lives. The genuinely warm reception the Tamil people in Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Batticaloa and Ampara extended to President Rajapaksa during his campaign rallies marked one such arresting occasion.

The applause President Rajapaksa drew during his Tamil address in each of the rallies clearly showed that the long-suffering minorities in the North and the East have placed complete faith on the President’s promise to make their lives better. Obviously, they have judged him by the manner he kept his promises during the last five years, since the end of the dreaded war that made their lives hell and have displayed their faith in him.

Another important conclusion to be drawn from the cordiality the Tamil and Muslim masses extended toward the President is that they have grown out of being prisoners of divisive, regressive agenda of the TNA and the numerous ethnically-based Muslim parties. Nor do they seem to have faith in the Northern Provincial Council under the non-performing and inept administration of C. V. Vigneswaran.

The obvious signs of the Northern and Eastern minorities joining the political mainstream augur well for the nations’ future beyond the Presidential election that seems to be settled for all practical purposes.

Such subtleties of national significance however, are unlikely to preoccupy the mediocre and hateful minds of the Chandrika-Ranil-led retinue of foreign and local conspirators behind Maithripala Sirisena. They would have found the tightness of President Rajapaksa’s rapport with all peoples of Sri Lanka devastating to their morale; the sinking-in of the political reality at ground level seems to have accelerated the disintegration of an opposition campaign that never really took off the ground.

The merciful end to the assault on public’s sensibilities of ‘taste’ committed by dressing Sirisena in a Modi jacket” needs to be welcomed. Finally, it seems that Sirisena’s minders have woken up to the fact that the superficial, desperate tactic failed miserably.

The Modi jacket saga was only one faux pas of an unbelievably inept management of the common candidate’s challenge to President Rajapaksa’s re-election bid. The real contest” promised by the American corporate media and the subversive NGOs is fast turning in to a farce.

In its current form, the common candidacy campaign resembles a Vaudeville-like act of light entertainment comprising unrelated individual acts of failing political magic tricks, policy acrobatics and juggling; Support acts like the slag from Wellampitiya appears to be attempting to ease the tediousness of the main acts with vulgar, uncultured remarks. In short, the promised real contest” to President Rajapaksa has failed to materialise, rendering the whole challenge a farce with base characters and improbable circumstances.

The beginnings were inauspicious. The show-opening magic act of Maithripala Sirisena’s defection failed to materialise in the absence of any high-level” crossovers from the government as promised. The trick just dissipated in to thin air. The subsequent campaign performance of Sirisena has reduced him to a clownish parody of a man aspiring for a position far beyond his capabilities.

The shamefully partisan attempts of Sirasa TV Satana” to change this dynamic by attempts to ‘ceremoniously’ parade Sirisena to the applause of a studio-full of his campaign ‘roadies’, and to glorify him by a toadying host have failed to make an iota of difference in the country.

The obvious lack of public support and warmth towards Maithripala Sirisena appears to have caused the virtual disbanding of the disparate collective of individuals who backed the silly idea. Of course, Ranil Wickremesinghe is obliged to continue to ‘follow’ Sirisena, offering his ineffectual oratory to an incredulous public, and Chandrika Kumaratunga continues to run her own campaign in the pursuit of vested interests.

Others, from Maduluwawe Sobhitha thera who irresponsibly first floated the baloney of abolishing the executive presidency in 100 days – obviously without any understanding of the constitution – to Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya appear to have quietly retreated to their own corners.

This has left Champika Ranawaka to champion the case of Sirisena. Ranawaka – with all the charm of a funeral director – has failed miserably to fill the void of strong leadership or to restore popular appeal of a campaign doomed from the very beginning; he has only been able to demonstrate the intensity of his bitterness about losing the Power and Energy Ministry. Ranawaka may scream until his throat bleeds, but the public have sternly refused, justifiably, to buy the trumped up allegations of a family dictatorship and rampant corruption from two people who were happily in the caravan for a considerable length of time.

Then there are interesting sideshows; the media management group made up of the ‘fallen brigade’ of Mangala Samaraweera, Rajitha Senaratne and Rajiva Wijesinha has proved to be nothing more than an excuse to keep away from Sirisena’s campaign. Samaraweera’s stupid idea of initiating a ‘black book’ designed to convince foreign embassies not to issue visas to government politicians only goes to show his inveterate submissiveness to foreign screws. Rajiva Wijesinha has never mattered in Sri Lankan politics and his recent performance is unlikely to change that circumstance.

A bungled manifesto

The sombre, poorly-attended gathering at the unveiling of Sirisena’s manifesto at the Viharamaha Devi Park typified the status of the campaign.

To add to the woes, the highlight” of the manifesto contradicted the raison d’être of the common candidacy. The dilution of the original promise to abolish executive presidency within 100 days to just scaling down” of its powers revealed an ‘emperor without clothes’. It is acknowledged in the manifesto that: The President needs the assistance of the Parliament to change the post of Executive President. That is because it is the Parliament which has the power to amend the Constitution.”

The policy acrobatic and the acknowledgement clearly shows that none in the camp had enough familiarity with the constitution to show the untenability of the idea when it was first mooted by Ven. Sobhitha and was grasped by a desperate Chandrika-Ranil led cabal. All the talk on introducing good governance” by such a mob is not worthy of serious consideration.

The rest of the promises in the manifesto are hardly worth considering in the light of the shameless reversal of position on the issue of abolishing the executive presidency. Just for the record, it is full of clichés determined to be useful in fooling the electorate. Examples include measures to set up a moral society, food security and stable development, healthcare for all, free education overcoming new challenges, international relations that defend the country, industries and services that eliminate unemployment, an advanced and responsible public sector, an energy secure Sri Lanka and a meaningful substantial media freedom”. The list goes on, worse than a bad joke.

The so-called manifesto is laced with rather humorous statements like development economic system will be put in place, where the needs of the common man are addressed while wasteful expenditure will be shelved”.

Expecting such inane motherhood statements -not accompanied by any detail on the exact mechanisms of achieving such worthy objectives, the costs, or how the costs would be met – to persuade the voter is an insult to the intelligence of the 15 million Sri Lankan voters.

Allegations of corruption reduced to election fraud

Just as the promises to abolish executive presidency – variously in 24 hours to 100 days – evaporated to thin air in the manifesto, the public’s rejection of rampant corruption in the government appears to have forced a toning down of wild allegations to just election rigging.

The transparent attempts by Chandrika and Ranil – supported by a mushrooming election-monitoring NGO industry – to seek refuge in a pathetically baseless campaign of ‘crying foul’ over the integrity of the election process reflects the crisis facing the common candidacy camp.

A concerted campaign of unsubstantiated allegations of prospects of election fraud by Chandrika Kumaratunga points to another tactic being dictated by the foreign forces behind the conspiracy. Her allegation of unspecified skulduggery” at the election and the invitation to ‘more and more’ foreign election monitors is aimed at preparing the ground to attribute the inevitable Rajapaksa victory to ‘election fraud’: The plot is similar to the plans to create civil unrest in the aftermath of the election as part of the strategy behind the 2010 Fonseka conspiracy.

Coupled with such tactics are the attempts to Americanise” the contest by Sirisena’s laughable ‘challenge’ to President Rajapaksa for a TV debate. The senseless challenge from his current lowly situation in the contest only points to the prescription in the US embassy coaching manual. The challenge deserves ridicule, rather than any serious response.

Other parties with vested interests are also continuing to seek ways to lend a hand to Sirisena. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu’s frantic attempt to ensure the continuing inflow of euros and US dollars has prompted him to publish the results of an Online survey on Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2015”. The overtly fraudulent methodology of the so-called survey – in addition to making it irrelevant – makes it a sad indictment of corrupt NGOs attempting to pervert the course of democracy.

The reported legal moves by the defected SLFP members against the annulling of their party membership demonstrate their absurd understanding of the concept of fairness. The expectation of retaining the membership of an organisation after defecting from it is a case of wanting to ‘have the cake and eat it too’!

What did Ranil learn at the MIT?

The pathetic state of the broader strategy, choice of candidate and the conduct of the anti-Rajapaksa campaign raises questions as to what specific training Ranil Wickremasinghe received at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during his three-week residency there on regime change in April 2014.

It appears that every aspect of the operation” Ranil has implemented in this particular campaign is contrary to the lessons of history of American presidential politics since the formation of the new American Republic.

In consenting to be part of Chandrika Kumaratunga’s hate-driven agenda of forming a common opposition” to snatch political power goes against the warnings of the author of the US Constitution, James Madison, outlined in Federalist Paper Number 10 – on the risk of takeover of the fledgling republic by factions”.

Madison feared the takeover of America more than the return of the British Empire. He warned that, The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced by faction have been the mortal disease under which Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece perished.” Madison defined factions as a number of citizens with special interests… adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community” – a definition that perfectly fits the group led by Chandrika, Champika and Ranil himself.

There is another close parallel to the current anti-Rajapaksa campaign pinned on the contrived allegation of rampant corruption against the two-term President Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877). Grant who served as the Commander of the Union Army during the Civil War presided over the post-war reconstruction following his becoming president in 1869. The Southerners, bitter about the defeat at the Civil War, and Grant’s measures to protect the rights of the slaves, supposedly freed” by Southern slave owners, kept on levelling baseless allegations of corruption against him.

Despite such allegations, Grant won two terms as president as allowed under the party convention at the time. The failure of baseless corruption allegations by the southern slave owners against Grant should have alerted Ranil to the difficulties in making such allegations ‘stick’ against a president undertaking post-war reconstruction.

Ranil’s performance has showed his failure to learn from the history of his masters, or perhaps his CIA masters kept such relevant detail secret from him.

Either way, the Sri Lankan people will be the beneficiary of the failing opposition campaign that will ensure the re-election of President Rajapaksa with an increased majority.

 

Ranil complains to police over fraudulent document – Tissa Says if the signature is forged let the police investigate but Ranil should deny the content

December 23rd, 2014

Hot News

United National Party (UNP) National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said he had complained to the Police Chief today with regard to a fraudulent document on which his signature and that of common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena had been forged.

In his complaint he said that this misleading document had been issued to the state media.

Meanwhile UNP former Secretary General Tissa Attanayake says that if Ranil thinks that his signature is forged the police should investigate it. Tissa further challenged that while pending the police investigation Ranil should deny the content.

 

විදෙස් මුදල් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට පෙර දහම්ගේ පෙම්වතිය හා ඇගේ මව මුදල් මිටි දෙකක් රැගෙන ගිහින්

December 23rd, 2014

Courtesy Rivira

රත්මලානේදී පසුගියදා අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් රුපියල් කෝටි 15ක් වටිනා විදෙස් මුදල් තොගය රහස් ‍පොලිසිය භාරයට ගැනීමට දෙදිනකට පෙරාතුව එනම් දෙසැම්බර් 17 වැනිදා නව ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී පෙරමුණේ නායක මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ පුත් දහම් සිරිසේන මහතාගේ පෙම්වතිය හා ඇගේ මව පැමිණ ඉන් මුදල් මිටි දෙකක් රැගෙන ගොස් ඇති බව පරීක්ෂණවලදී හෙළිවී තිබේ.

මෙම මුදල් තොගය තිබි ඇත්තේ දහම් සිරිසේනගේ පෙම්වතියගේ පියාගේ වැඩිමහල් සහෝදරයාගේ නිවසේය. එය ගෙනැවිත් ඇත්තේ දහම් සිරිසේනගේ පෙම්වතියගේ පියා විසිනි. එසේ ගෙනත් දුන් මුදල් බෑගයෙන් විදෙස් මුදල් මිටි දෙකක් දහම්ගේ පෙම්වතියත් ඇගේ මවත් පැමිණ මෙසේ රැගෙන ගොස් ඇත. එහි කොපමණ මුදලක් තිබුණාද යන්න තවමත් නිශ්චිත නොමැති බව ‍පොලිසිය සඳහන් කරයි.

කෙසේ වෙතත් මෙම සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධව අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම සඳහා දහම් සිරිසේනගේ පෙම්වතියත් ඇගේ මව සහ පියාත් රහස් ‍පොලිසිය මගින් සොයමින් සිටියි. එහෙත් ඔවුන් නිවෙස් අතහැර පලාගොස් ඇති බව සඳහන් වේ. කෙසේ වෙතත් ඔවුන් විදෙස් ගත වෙතැයි යන සැකය මත දැනටමත් කටුනායක සහ මත්තල ගුවන් තොටුපළවල් දැනුම්වත් කර ඇති බව රහස් ‍පොලිසිය සඳහන් කරයි.

මුදල් විශුද්ධිකරණය වැළැක්වීමේ පනත යටතේ මොවුන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට නියමිතව ඇත. දැනට ඇ.ඩො. ලක්ෂයේ මුදල් මිටි දෙකක් ස්විස් ෆ්‍රෑන්ක් මිලියනයක් ඇතුළුව මුදල් මිටියක් සොයාගෙන ඇත.

බලය බෙදා දීම!

December 23rd, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි

අපට නිතර දෙවේලේ කනට හුරු පුරුදු කතාවකි ඒ. බලය බෙදා දීම. කා විසින් කාටද මේ බලය බෙදා දිය යුත්තේ. කා ලගද මේ බලය ඇත්තේ? කාටද බලය නැත්තේ? මේ සංවාදය යන අතරේ පැන නගින අතුරු ප්‍රශ්න කන්දරාවයි..

අප දන්නා ආකාරයට අප ජීවත් වෙන පෘතුවියට බලය ලැබෙන්නේ හිරුගෙන් වෙන අතර, දෛනිකව හිරු නම් වූ අප සෞර්ය ග්‍රහ මණ්ඩලයේ කේන්ද්‍රය සෑම තප්පරයක් පාසාම නිරන්තරයෙන්ම බලය බෙදා හැරීමක නිරත වෙයි. සූර්යා විසින් නිකුත් කරනු ලබන මහා බල කන්දරාවෙන් මේ පෘතුවිය ලබනුයේ ඉතා ස්වල්පයක් වන අතර, එම බලය මෙම පෘතුවිය මත පවතින ජීවින්ට හා අජීවී පදාර්තයනගේ කාර්යයන් සදහා යොදා ගැනේ. මෙම බලය පෘතුවියේ සියළු කාර්යයන් සදහාම ප්‍රමාණවත් වුවද, මෙම බලය නිසිලෙස බෙදා හැරීමේ කලමනාකරණයක් නැති නිසා දෝ පෘතුවි තලයේ ජීවත්වෙන විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් වූ ජීවීන් හා අජීවී පදාර්තයන් බල ඌණතාවයකින් පෙලේ. මෙම ප්‍රශ්ණය ප්‍රබල සමාජ ගැටළුවක් වන අතර, මෙය වහාම විසදීම සදහා පවතින තත්වයන් සමාජයන්ට බල කරමින් සිටී.

පලමු කරුණ වන්නේ පෘතුවියේ සියළුම පෙදෙස් වලට ඒකාකාරයව මෙම බලය බෙදා හැරීමේ කටයුත්තට අවහිර කරනුයේ සෞර්ය ග්‍රහ මණ්ඩලීය යාන්ත්‍රණය වන බැවින්, එම කාර්යය ස්වභාවය සම්මතයක්  වශයෙන් සලකා කටයුතු කිරීමට අපට සිදුව තිබේ. උත්තර ධ්‍රෑවයට හා දක්ෂිණ ධ්‍රැවයට අවශ්‍ය කරනුයේ ඉතා අඩු බලයක් බැවින් එම පෙදෙස් දෙසට ඉතා අඩු බලයක් මුදා හරින සූර්යයා නිරක්ෂීය කලාපයට විශාල බලයක් මුදා හැරීම හරහා, භූමිමය වශයෙන් විෂමාකාර බල මුදා හැරීමක් සිදු කලද, විශාල සත්ව හා ශාක පරම්පරාවක් ජීවත්වෙනුයේ මෙම නිරක්ෂීය කලාපයට ආසන්නයේ බව අවබෝධ කරගත් විට ස්වභාවයද බල මුදා හැරීමේදී අසාධාරණ ආකාරයකට එම කටයුත්ත සිදු කර නැතැයි යන්න ගම්‍ය වේ.

පෘතුවිය මතට වැටෙන බල ශක්තියෙන් මිනිසාට අත ගැසිය හැකි මානයේ ඇති දෑ සිය වර්ගයා අතර සාමූහිකව බෙදා ගන්නවා වෙනුවට ඉතා සුළුතරයක් දෙනා එම බලය සිය පෞද්ගලික අවශ්‍යතාවයන් සදහා ගොනු කර තබා ගැනීමේ හේතුවෙන් මහා බල අසමතුලිතතාවයක් මෙලොව තුල ජනිතව ඇත.  මේ හේතුවෙන් සමාජමය වශයෙන් බල ඌන තාවයකින් යුත් කණ්ඩායමක් ලොව පුරා බිහිව සිටී.

බල ඌනිත පුද්ගලයින් ගෙන් අති විශාලයක් දෙනා, මේ සිදුව ඇත්තේ කුමක්දැයි නොදනී. මෙම තත්වය පෘතුවි තලයේ සිටින සත්වයින්ගෙන් ප්‍රබලවම බල පාන්නේ මිනිසාට වෙන අතර, මෙම මිනිස් ක්‍රියාකාර කම් හේතුවෙන් අනිකුත් සත්ව හා ශාකද වලටද යම් ප්‍රමාණයකින් බලපෑමක් සිදුවෙන අතර, එය ක්‍රම ක්‍රමයෙන් වර්ධනය වන ප්‍රබල සමාජ ගැටළුවකි..

සූර්යයාගේ බල සම්ප්‍රේෂණය මගින් මෙලොවට අවශ්‍ය කරන, ඔක්සිජන්, ජල කලමණාකරණය, හා ආහාර නිශ්පාදනය මූලිකව ඉටු කරන ප්‍රධාන කාර්යභාරය වේ. මේ අනුව සූර්යා තම බලයෙන් පෘතුවිය මත මුදා හරිනු ලබන කොටස, පෘතුවි වාසී සියල්ලන්ටම අවශ්‍ය කරන වාතය, ජලය, හා ඝන ආහාර වශයෙන්ද තවත් ක්‍රියාන්විතයන් ගනනාවක් යටතේ ලබා දෙයි. සූර්යයා හා පෘතුවි වාසීන් අතර සිදුවෙන බල සම්ප්‍රේෂණ ක්‍රියාවලියේදී අතර මැදියා වශයෙන් ක්‍රියා කරනු ලබන්නේ ශාක ප්‍රජාව වන අතර, ඒ අනුව මේ පෘතුවිය තුල ශාක ප්‍රජාවන්ට උරුම වන්නේ උත්තරීතර තත්වයකි. මිනිසාටවත් උරුම නැති මේ තත්වය සම්බන්ධව මිනිස් ප්‍රජාව තුල වර්තමානයේදී විද්‍යාත්මක් අවබෝධයක් නැති අතර, ගසක් යනු ඕනෑම වේලාවක කපා බිම හෙලා දැමිය හැකි වස්තුවක් ලෙස විශාල ජන කොට්ඨාශයකගේ අවබෝධයයි. මෙම අනවබෝධය හරහා මිනිසාට උරුමව පවතින බලය මිනිසා විසින්ම අන්‍යයන් අතට පත් කර හරින සීමාවකට තල්ලුව ඇත.

මේ අතර, සූර්යා විසින් අඩු සූර්ය තාප ප්‍රමාණයක් මුදා හරිනු ලබන පෘතුවි උතුරු දේශවාසීන්ට අවශ්‍ය කරන බල ඌනතාවය මගහරවා ගැනීම සදහා බල ශක්ති මංකොල්ලයක නිරතවීම ආරම්භව මේ වනවිට ශත වර්ෂ ගනනාවක් ඉක්මවා ඇත. පලමුව කුරුදු, මුතු මැණික්, අනිකුත් කුළු බඩු වලින් ආරම්භව මේ වන විට ඛණිජ තෙල් අමු අමු වේ මංකොල්ල කෑම දක්වා වූ බලය ඩැහැ ගැනීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය නිසි ලෙස කලමනාකරණය කිරීම සදහා විශාල සංවිධානද පිහිටුවා ගෙන තිබේ. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානය යනු මේ බල මංකොල්ලයේදී පෘතුවි උතුරු දේශවාසීන් රැකවරණය සපයන ප්‍රධාන ආයතනය වන අතර, මෙය බල මංකොල්ලය සිදුකරන්නේ කෙසේදැයි තීරණය කරන ප්‍රධාන ආයතනයද වේ.

රටකට එරෙහිව, සම්භාධක පැනවීම, යුද්ධ කිරීමට බලය පැවරීම, ජාත්‍යන්තර නීතිය නමින් අටවා ගත් බලවත් රාජ්‍යයන් උදෙසා බල නොපාන නීති කඩමාල්ලකින් බිය ගැන්වීම,, ආහාර අධාර සැපයීම, සෞඛ්‍ය සේවාවන් සැපයීම, අධ්‍යපන ආධාර සැපයීම යන සකල විද ආකාරයට හැඩ ගැන්වූ ආයතන මගින්, සතුරා බල මංකොල්ලය සිදු කරයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට මෙය මේ සියළු කරුණු වලට අමතරව බලය බෙදා හැරීම නම්වූ සුන්දර වචන කන්දරාචක් මවා පා මේ රට තුල යලි ගින්දර ජාලයක් ඇවිලවීමටද තැත් කරයි.

අප සැබැ ලෙසම බලය බෙදා හදා ගෙන ජීවත්වූ ජාතියක් වන අතර, විවිධ ආක්‍රමණිකයන්ගේ ආක්‍රමණ හේතුවෙන් අපට අප තුල වූ බලය අහිමි විය. අප සතුවූ බලය ආක්‍රමණිකයා සුපුරුදු ලෙස කොල්ලකාගත් අතර, අද අප ජනතාව අතට බලය අවශ්‍යව තිබේ. එය ද්‍රවිඩද, මුස්ලිම්ද, සිංහලද යන වර්ගීකරණයකට නතු නොවී සියළුම ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ටම අවශ්‍ය දෙයක් බවට පත්ව තිබේ. එදා රජ්ජුරුවන්ට කන්න දුන්න ජාතියක් අද රජ්ජුරුවන්ගෙන් කෑම යදින ජාතියක් බවට පත්කල ආක්‍රමණිකයාම වර්තමානයේ මෙරට පාලනයට බලය බෙදා හැරීමක් සම්බන්ධව බලපෑම් කරයි.

මෙරට ජනතාවට උරුම ප්‍රධාන බලය බෙදා හැරීම හරහා සිදුවන්නේ නොමිලේ වාතය, නොමිලේ ජලය, හා නොමිලේ ආහාර ඔවුනට උරුම වීමයි. මෙය ස්වභාවය විසින් මෙරට වාසී සියළු ජීවීන් උදෙසා ගොනු කල ස්වභාවයේ නීතියයි. බටහිර සතුරා මෙරටට පැමිණීමට පෙර මෙරට වාසී ජනතාව සුපිරි වෙළද සැලෙන් හාල් මිලදී නොගත් බව දන්නා අප, කුඹුර නම්වූ හරිත සූර්යය පැනලය නිසි ලෙස නඩත්තු කොට හිරු සපයන බලය සෘජුවම තමන් විසින් නෙලා ගත්හ. ඒ සදහා අවශ්‍ය කරන පොහොරද, බීජද ලබා ගන්නා ලද්දේද නොමිලේම වූ අතර, මෙරට ජනතාවට සැබැ ලෙසම බලය බෙදනවා යනු මෙම කාර්යයන් ජනතාව අතට යලි ලබාදීමය.

මෙම කාර්යය නිසි ලෙස කිරීමට නම් ජනතාව අතර, මෙරට තුල ඇති වගා කිරීමට හැකි, වගා කලයුතු සියළුම ඉඩම් නිසි කළමණාකාරිත්වයක් යටතේ බෙදා දිය යුතුමය. ඉඩම යනු හිමිකරගෙන ඔහේ පාළුවෙන්නට ඉඩහැරිය යුතු කාටවත් උරුම පෞද්ගලික වස්තුවක් නොවන අතර, හරිත වර්ණයෙන් දිදුලන භූමියක් විය යුතුමය. මෙම කාර්යය මනාව අවබෝධ කරගත් ජන නායකයකු වූවේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ඩී. එස් සේනානායන මහතා වූ අතර, ඔහු විසින් නිසිලෙස කරගෙන ආ එම කාර්යය සිද බිදලූයේද එතුමාගේ අකල් මරණයයි.

ජනතාවට බලය බෙදාදීම යනු අතීභාර දූර කාර්යභාරයක් වන අතර තමනට පැවරූ බලය නිසි ලෙස හැසිරවීමට සූදානම්වූ මනසක් නැති ජනතාවකට බලය පැවරීමට කිසිත් කල නොහැකි දෙයකි. එදා මෙරට ජනතාව සතුව තිබු ඒ බලය උදුරා ගනු ගැබුවේ, පලමුව 1818 විමුක්ති අරගලයට එරෙහිව වූ අතර, සියළුම ස්වභාවය සමග අත්වැල් බැදගෙන ගොඩනංවා තිබූ කුඹුරු වතුපිටි  හරකා බාන හා සියළුම ශක්ති මත් පුද්ගලයින්ද දරුණු ආකාරයට ඝාතනය කරමින් ජනතාව තුල වූ සියළුම බලයන් විනාශ කර දමන ලදී. දෙවනුව මෙරට ජනතාව සතු බලය කොල්ල කනු ලැබුවේ එවුන් විසින්ම නිර්මාණය කරනු ලැබූ නීති රීති මගිනි. නීතිය උන්ගේ වූ අතර, මුඩු බිම් පනත හරහා මෙරට ජනතා බලය කොල්ල කණු ලැබිණ. මේ ඉඩ කඩම් යනු හිරු බලය ජනතාව අතට පත් කරන ප්‍රදාන මාධයයයි. මෙවන් වූ අන පනත් මගින් කොල්ල කනු ලැබූ මෙරට ජනතාව සතුව තිබූ බලය මේ වෙන තෙක් කොල්ල කනු ලැබූ ප්‍රවේගයට සමාන වේගයකින් ජනතාව අතට පත් කරනු ලැබුවේ නම් නැත.

මෙරට සියළුම ජන කණ්ඩායම් වලට බලය අවශ්‍යව තිබේ.  ඒ අළුතින් මෙරට රජයකින් බලා පොරොත්තු වෙන බලයක් නම් නොවේ. තමන්ගේ කටයුතු තමන්ට කරගැනීමේ හැකියාව ඇති හැමදෙනාටම ඒ සදහා බලය  අවශ්‍යව තිබේ. ඒ අතීතයේදී මෙරට ජනතාව සන්තකව තිබූණ යටත් විජිතවාසීන් විසින් පැහැර ගන්නා ලද බලයයි. එසේ බලය ලැබීම හරහා මෙරට ජනතාව කේන්ද්‍ර ගත වෙන්නේ මෙරටට රජය සමග වන අතර, රජුට බත, බුලත සපයන්නා මෙරට ජනතාව බවට පත්වෙයි. ජනතාවට බලය අවශ්‍යව තිබේ.

 

 

Metta, Karuna and Peace for all living beings this Christmas and beyond

December 23rd, 2014

Shenali D. Waduge

 There is no better way to honour the founder of a religion than to not shed blood in celebration. December is a time of year for joy, excitement, jubilation, exchange of gifts and pleasantries. It is sadly also a time that thousands and thousands of animals are axed and laid before a Christmas table. Whereas millions of people enjoy the festive season that very festive season becomes a season of horror –  virtually a holocaust – for animals who are fed to be slaughtered in their millions. Buddhism is perhaps the only religion of the four global religions that venerates life in its fullest sense and no milestone of the Buddha is celebrated by denying and depriving the life of any sentient being. This noble example should be extolled and highlighted in our present society where humane standards are in rapid decline.

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Sadly in nations where Abrahamic religions constitute the majority religion their people do not have an opportunity to study the essence of why Buddhism preaches the noble concept of ahimsa – the moral that stands behind the simply logic that all sentient beings have lives, and as much as you love your precious life so do the other living beings and they do not wish to die. Therefore it morally obliges us as right thinking humans not to kill innocent harmless animals and cut short their natural lives.

The next train of thought leads to the karma of killing. We may recall that the Bodhisathwa (the Buddha to be) in a former life according to a Jataka tale, was born as a Deer-King and offered his own life for that of a pregnant doe. In another life the Bodhisathwa had sacrificed his own life to feed a starving tiger and her two cubs trapped in the snow. His moral reasoning was that it was nobler to save 3 lives instead of preserving one i.e. his own.

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All living things fear being beaten with clubs.

All living things fear being put to death.
Putting oneself in the place of the other,
Let no one kill nor cause another to kill.

Dhammapada verse no. 129

If humans experience fear, pain, distress these same sentiments are experienced by animals too. True reverence for life is shown in the Buddha’s teachings and the philosophy behind the noble thoughts of the Buddha requires to be shared among other religions as well. No religion that calls for destruction of lives of other sentient beings can be said to have an exemplary code of ethics. Buddhism urges peaceful co-existence between man and animal. This is one of the noblest ethics of a true civilization. Nobody is born in this world to be offered as food to sustain the life of another. Life is the most precious asset of every living being and a true religion will recognise and uphold that fundamental premise.

It is poignant to recall the historic address of one of Sri Lanka’s most respected Buddhist leaders of yesteryear the late L.H. Mettananda on the occasion of the presentation of the Report of the Buddhist Commission to the Maha Sangha and the Buddhist public at Ananda College on the 4th of February, 1956 where he called upon the State to undertake the implementation of a Dasa Panatha and he gave the highest priority in his list of ten demands to a call ‘To recognize the principle of Ahimsa in all activities’.

The Maha Sangha and Buddhist Organisations in particular during a time of election must push for the inclusion of ‘ Ahimsa’ as a State Policy and call on all contenders for the post of President to public declare their acceptance of this ideal and commitment to work towards the creation of a Compassionate Society in Sri Lanka that is truly inclusive of all living beings. We must commit ourselves to revive the animal friendly cultural heritage that our country sustained for nearly 2000 years and was part of its proud boast to the rest of the world as a ‘ Dhammadipa’ until the unfortunate entry of the Portuguese to our land in 1505.  

The policy of Ahimsa across State apparatus is nothing that any non-Buddhist religion can cry foul over for it essentially means to protect and foster life. This must also be incorporated into state policies for promoting vocations among the unemployed and others seeking an alternate  livelihood in a self employed capacity. As a predominantly Buddhist country the Govt. of Sri Lanka  must encourage right livelihood among the people as Bhutan so nobly does to the great admiration of the  world.  Right ethics must form part of conditions attached to the grant of loans to the public, and the destruction of life in any form should not be supported or sustained by state economic policies.

Every year 20million Turkeys end up slaughtered for the British Christmas table. If anyone were to see what goes on inside slaughterhouses they would all become vegetarians. The recent death of a young cricketer in Australia who was raised in a cattle slaughter farm and the unusual manner of his death i.e. loss of blood to the brain similar to the manner in which cattle are deprived of blood to the brain upon cutting of the throat has given rise to speculation of the possible effects of karma boomeranging on him. You reap what you sow is an eternal principle of life and no amount of prayers to god(s) can protect one from the karmic effects of evil conduct.

The Muslims too celebrate their main festivals with slaughter of innocent animals and every celebration across the Muslim world leads to millions of animals facing their deaths.Today there is a huge amount of agony spread all over the Islamic world due to interminable violence the large scale massacre of young children in Peshawar in Pakistan, the latest such incident.

In such context it is wise to recall the enduring words of the celebrated Russian writer and humanist, Leo Tolstoy,  who said:

1) ‘As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields’

2) “Thou shalt not kill” does not apply to murder of one’s own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai.

Let us therefore enter 2015 with a resolve to usher in a world of compassion for both humans and animals and all other living beings minus animal sacrifice, cruelty and slaughter of any living being.

 

 

Many Goodies in a Bottomless Basket

December 22nd, 2014

Courtesy Island

It is not unusual to have some degree of rhetoric in an election manifesto in a context which is characterized by commodification of almost everything. Politicians, their campaign managers and media are trying incessantly to make the election a business affair that needs loads of money to be spent in the campaign.

Of course, as Prof. Wendy Brown has convincingly argued, this has led to a degeneration of democracy all over the world. However, this is not the issue I wish to discuss in this piece by referring to Maithripala Sirisena’s election manifesto that was released to the public on December 19, 2014. My focus here somewhat closer to the focus of the article Dr. Uswatta-Arachchi had raised in a recent article in The Island. He was referring to Budget 2015 that was passed by the Parliament by a majority vote. Many proposals in the budget were, no doubt, were aimed at forthcoming presidential election. Those promised goodies cost large amount of money and it would definitely have an impact on the actual budget deficit unless they are withdrawn after the election or new revenue proposals are presented to the parliament.

I may disagree with Dr. Uswatta-Arachchi’s views on the role of the state and pump-priming strategies. Nonetheless, what he said was correct that somebody should pay the bills. Well the government has an advantage as it can generate money to pay bills the power a business enterprise or individual does not possess. For accounting reasons, when the budget is presented at least some thought should be given to how the expenditure for those goodies are financed. On the contrary, there is no such compulsion when you write an election manifesto. It is interesting to note that the left parties in good old days explicitly informed how money was to be found to finance government expenditure. Dr. Uswatta-Arachchi referred in his article Maithripala Sirisena’s promise that the salaries of the public servants would be increased by Rs. 10,000 when he comes to power. Back of the envelope calculation will say it alone adds to public recurrent expenditure more than Rs. 150 billion a year. That is not the only promise he has made in his election manifesto that would have considerable impact on the government budget.

Moreover, he promises to increase expenditure on health and education substantially. I am in support of all these new expenditure especially expenditure on education and health. I support increase in salaries of public sector employees, especially lower income groups. In my view, the determination of wages, i.e., price of labour power, should not be left for the market. You need not necessarily to be a Marxist to accept this view as it was strongly supported by Austrian-American economic historian Karl Polanyi.

No Matching Revenue Proposals

It would be interesting to calculate how much money will be needed to finance Maithripala Sirisena’s election promises. The point that I wish to raise is somewhat different from what Dr. Uswatta-Arachchi has raised. I support more government intervention especially aiming at advancing the welfare of the people. I also believe that the state should proactively intervene to reduce economic inequalities. Nonetheless, I strongly hold the view that if a presidential candidate makes such promises that lead to increase in government expenditure she or he should simultaneously inform the public how she or he proposes to finance such expenditure. In the absence of revenue increasing proposals, the promises made would be empty promises.

Sometimes, absences are more prominently present than what is actually in presence. Why does not Maithripala Sirisena’s Election Manifesto include any realistic revenue proposals? In my opinion, this is primarily due to his continuous dependence on and capitulation to the UNP and Jathika Hela Urumaya. At the moment, the total revenue of the government is around 11 per cent of the GDP while total government expenditure is over 22 per cent of the GDP. I hold the view that increasing government expenditure up to 40 per cent would be healthy for the economy provided the government can raise its revenue to the same amount. In the long run, the budget deficit will not be a good policy strategy. Here, lies the difference between left alternative and the Sirisena-Rajapaksa neoliberal strategy. One may justifiably ask the question if the left government wants to increase government expenditure to 40 per cent of the GDP, how it would finance the deficit? In other words, how does a left government increase its revenue? Maithripala Sirisena’s manifesto leaves these two questions almost unanswered.

Champika Ranawaka—Will he be the finance minister in case of Maithripala Sirisena’s victory?—has a formula and Candidate Sirisena has just copied it verbatim in his manifesto. This formula has a close affinity with Narendra Modi’s programme. Whether the economists of Modi government believes it or not, Modi gave a lot of publicity to the idea that bringing black money deposited in foreign banks would give substantial impetus to the economy. Candidate Sirisena proposes: “By stopping mega corruption and waste alone I will act to provide the country with development ten times that of the last six years and provide relief to the people”. Anybody who knows ABC of economics or one with just common sense may not accept this theory even though one assumes that corruption and waste are substantial. Modiconomics is not working in India. So will be the Sirisenomics! Some of my economist friends who support Sirisena candidacy told me that MS government would adopt Temesek model adopted in Singapore. I tried to see whether there is at least one sentence on this in the Manifesto but it is not included in the strategy.

Left Alternative

Why does candidate Sirisena fail to develop realistic proposal to increase government revenue? I think for three reasons. (1) Candidate Sirisena does not have an alternative policy framework to counter MR government. His supporters have declared that MS government will continue the same development path that was taken by MR government of course with less corruption; (2) MS government following Ranil Wickremesinghe-Charitha Ratwatta policies in 2002-2004 would curtail government expenditure whatever the promise they have made in the Manifesto (3) Future MS government will not change present tax structure which is biased towards upper layers of the society.

An alternative to both Rajapaksa and Sirisena candidacies has to be found elsewhere. Public expenditure, not mainly by government departments but by independent public bodies that control education, health, culture activities etc) should be increased. To finance that expenditure, progressive taxation system should be introduced and the tax coverage should be broadened. This policy needs not to be identified with socialism. At one point the US taxation for highest income earners was around 90 per cent. Throughout 1960s and 1970s until Reagan came to power it stood at 70 per cent. Ronald Reagan reduced it to 30 per cent. I just mentioned this to show the present tax structure is a product of neoliberalism. MS does not have idea cross the neoliberalist bridge. In such a context his promises would not go beyond empty phrases.

The writer is the co-coordinator of the Marx School.

Sirisena’s announcement on a war crimes judicial tribunal – SAY THAT AGAIN? – G.L.

December 22nd, 2014

Courtesy The Daily News

Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena has been quoted in media overseas as announcing his intention to appoint a judicial tribunal to investigate war crimes charges against personnel belonging to the Armed Forces, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris stated in a release yesterday.

This is a matter having far-reaching consequences. A clear statement is, therefore, certainly required from the Opposition candidate with regard to the nature of the investigation which he proposes to undertake, the powers and scope of the tribunal he plans to appoint, and the use he plans to make of the findings of the tribunal,” he said.

He also needs to clarify issues relating to the authority of the proposed tribunal to summon and interrogate members of the Armed Forces, Prof. Peiris added. The release added: More broadly, statements have been made by the Opposition to the effect that they will adopt a totally different approach to the international investigation against Sri Lanka.

Here, again, they owe an explanation to the country as to the extent to which the Opposition candidate will capitulate to the demands made in the Resolutions against Sri Lanka.

These are demands which proved unacceptable to a significant swath of the globe.

China, India, Russia, Japan, the Arab world and the overwhelming majority of countries in Asia and Africa declined to support crucial elements in these Resolutions. The country has a right to know whether, for narrow political gain, Mr. Sirisena is prepared to make compromises on this vital issue. He seems to be under the mistaken impression that, simply because Sri Lanka has not signed the Rome Statute, we are in no danger. This is obviously not the case. Recent experience shows that countries which are not signatories, can be vulnerable.

The Opposition candidate, with a view to pleasing forces which are continually exerting pressure on Sri Lanka, appears willing to sacrifice the country’s vital interests and the safety of the Armed Forces, to help himself at the election. While this has been a regular feature of the Opposition campaign, the pledge to institute a judicial tribunal hits a new high. This is clearly a matter which calls for clarification.”

 

Tissa citing UNP-MS secret agreement cries betrayal

December 22nd, 2014

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Courtesy Island

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Former UNP General Secretary and Health Minister Tissa Attanayake yesterday told the media in Colombo that the UNP and opposition common candidate Maithripala Sirisena had, in an undisclosed pact signed on Nov. 1, 2014, agreed to implement all UNHRC recommendations as regards Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes and fully cooperate with the international community for that purpose.

Minister Attanayake said he had documentary proof to substantiate his claim. He distributed among journalists copies of what he called the secret agreement between Sirisena and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. (See the image of the document.)

The UNP and Sirisena had also agreed to reduce the number of troops stationed in the North by 50 percent and dismantle all the High Security Zones and return the lands to their owners, Minister Attanayake said.

Attanayake alleged that Sirisena was trying to please international elements and, therefore, willing to sacrifice the safety of the armed Forces, to help him win the election.

Elaborating on section 2.6-5 of the agreement, Attanayake said the agreement to reduce the number of army personnel located in the Northern Province by 50 per cent had been signed to please the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

Attanayake said Sirisena had promised to probe alleged war crimes and to implement all recommendations given by United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The clause 2.7-1 related to the removal of all High Security Zones in the Northern Province and return of lands to their owners, while 2.7-2 concerns power devolution exceeding the 13th Amendment to the constitution fulfilling demands of Tamils. It further includes, cutting down 40 per cent of funds allocated to the Defence Ministry and to provide the money for the development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Attanayake said.

They were planning to betray the victory of the nation and our war heroes, Attanayake said.

Citing international media reports, he said that Sirisena was intending to appoint a judicial panel to investigate war crimes charges against armed forces personnel.

The former UNP General Secretary said the agreement included a clause that the UNP would give its fullest support to common candidate Maithripala Sirisena to win the presidential election and just after Sirisena secured the victory, he should appoint UNP leader Ranil Wickramesinghe as the prime minister of Sri Lanka and Charitha Ratwatte as the Presidential Secretary within 24 hours.

The sections 2.3 and 2.4 of the agreement stated that the Cabinet of Ministers should be appointed with the understanding of the Prime Minister and the President couldn’t hold any ministries except Defence, Attanayake said.

According to the clause 2.5 of the agreement, 20 Ministries should be given to UNP including Finance, Education, Higher Education, Health, Agriculture, Roads and Highways, Power and Energy, Constitutional Reforms, Media, Local Government and Provincial Councils, Youth Affairs and Trade and Ports.

The 2.7 of the agreement says that within 100 days after Sirisena becomes the President, the executive presidency should be abolished, the 17th Amendment should be re-introduced and the 18th Amendment repealed, 19th Amendment to the Constitution introduced to uphold the right to information, replace the current Preference Voting system and replace it with a mixed electoral system.

 

Here is Sirisena’s plan to betray the nation, devolution of power exceeding 13th amendment, withdraw military from North, hold war crimes inquiry .

December 22nd, 2014

Hot News නිල්-සිරිසේන හොර ගිවිසුම රට පාවාදීමේ මහා කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්

At a press conference held today the former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake revealed the confidential internal agreement signed between opposition presidential candidate Sirisena and the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe

According to this agreement, if Sirisena  wins he will  reduce military retained in the North by 50%, the removal of all high security zones,  devolution of power exceeding what is stipulated in the 13th amendment and  agree to implement all recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Mr. Attanayake revealed.

 රනිල්-සිරිසේන හොර ගිවිසුම රට පාවාදීමේ මහා කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්

* උතුරේ රඳවා සිටින හමුදාව සියයට 50 දක්වා අඩුකරනවා

* අධි ආරක්ෂිත කලාප ඉවත් කර ඒවා මුල් අයිතිකරුවන්ට

* 13වැනි සංශෝධනය ඉක්මවා යන බලය බෙදීමක්

* ගිවිසුමේ 2.7 වගන්තියෙන් දෙමළ ඩයස්පෝ්රාවට රට පාවාදීලා

 සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමැති තිස්ස අත්තනායක කියයි

උතුරේ අධි ආරක්ෂිත කලාප ඉවත් කර යුද හමුදාව සියයට 50කින් ඉවත් කිරීමට පොදු අපේක්ෂක හා එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය අතර ගිවිසුම්ගත වී ඇතැයි එජාප හිටපු මහලේකම්, සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමැති තිස්ස අත්තනායක මහතා අනාවරණය කරයි. හමුදා කඳවුරු බිම් නැවත ජනතාවට ලබාදී උතුරට 13A+ ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට ද එකඟවී ඇති බවද ඇමැතිවරයා කීවේය.

මේ තත්ත්වය යටතේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව පිළිබඳ විශාල තර්ජනයක් බව ‍ෙපන්වා දුන් අත්තනායක මහතා මීට අමතරව විවිධ අභ්‍යන්තර ගිවිසුම් ගණනාවක්ද තිබෙන බවද කීවේය. එජනිස මාධ්‍ය හමුවට ඊයේ (22) එක්වෙමින් එසේ කී සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමැතිවරයා ප්‍රධාන ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශයට අමතරව තවත් එකඟතාවන් රැසක් පොදු අපේක්ෂකවරයාට පවතින බවද එයින් රටේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාවට විශාල තර්ජනයක් බවද කීය.

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් මණ්ඩලය විසින් යුද අපරාධ සහ මානව හිමිකම් කඩකිරීම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට කරන ලද නිර්දේශ සියල්ල ම ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම සඳහා ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව සමඟ සහයෝගයෙන් කටයුතු කරන බවට විපක්ෂයේ පොදු අපේක්ෂක මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන සහ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ නායක රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා අභ්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් එකඟතා ලියවිල්ලකට අස්සන් කර තිබෙන බව සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමැති තිස්ස අත්තනායක මහතා පවසයි.

මෙය ජාත්‍යන්තර මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය මෙරට යුද අපරාධ පිළිබඳ පරීක්ෂණ පැවැත්විය යුතු බවට කර තිබෙන නිර්දේශය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට එකඟවීමක් යැයිද හෙතෙම පෙන්වා දෙයි. එසේම ඒ සඳහා ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව සමඟ සහයෝගයෙන් ක්‍රියා කරන බවට වචනයක් ද මෙම ගිවිසුමට ඇතුළත් කර තිබෙන බව කී ඒ මහතා, අපේ වීරෝදාර රණවි‍රුවන් නැවත නැවත යුද අධිකරණයට හෝ කුමන හෝ නිර්දේශ කරන අධිකරණයකට ගෙනගොස් ඔවුන් දංගෙඩියට යවන බවට වන සහතිකයක් ඡන්දය ලබා ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් සිරිසේන මහතා යොදාගෙන තිබෙන බවද පෙන්වා දෙයි.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ මූලස්ථාන ශ්‍රවණාගාරයේ ඊයේ (22) පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී හෙතෙම මේ බව පැවසීය. තිස්ස අත්තනායක මහතා එහිදී මෙසේද පැවසීය. ජාතික වශයෙන් වැදගත් වන කරුණු සාකච්ඡා කරන අතරම අද අපේ රටට එල්ල වන බරපතළම අභියෝගය පිළිබඳ මහජනතාව දැනුම්වත් කිරීම අපේ යුතුකමක් ලෙස මා සළකනවා. ජනාධිපතිවරණ කාලසීමාව ඇතුළත ජාත්‍යන්තර බලවේගවල වුවමනාව අනුව මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ ඡන්ද ව්‍යාපාරය සම්පූර්ණයෙන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වනබව අපට පේනවා.

ඉන්දියාවේ හින්දු පුවත්පතට විපක්ෂයේ ජනාධිපතිවරණ අපේක්ෂක මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා කර තිබෙන ප්‍රකාශය එයට හොඳම උදාහරණය ලෙස පෙන්වා දිය හැකියි. යුද අධිකරණයක් ස්ථාපිත කරන බවට එම පුවත්පත සමඟ කර තිබෙන සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවේදී එතුමා සහතිකයක් ලබා දෙනවා. ඒ සහතිකය එතුමා ලබා දෙනවා පමණක් නොව යුද්ධයට සම්බන්ධ වූ රණවිරුවන්ට විරුද්ධව ක්‍රියාකරන්න, මෙම යුද අධිකරණය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන බවට සහතිකයක් ද ලබා දෙනවා.

සිරිසේන මහතාගේ දින සීයෙන් අලුත් රටක්, මේක මම නම් ඒකට කියන්නේ දින සීයෙන් රට ඉවරයි කියලයි. එම ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශයෙන් එතුමා නැවත සහතික වෙනවා ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අපරාධ අධිකරණය ස්ථාපිත කිරීම වෙනුවට එයට ලංකාව අස්සන් කර නැති නිසා දේශිය ස්වාධීන පරීක්ෂණයක් පවත්වන්න සූදානම් කියලා. මේක දේශීය කීවත් ජාත්‍යන්තර කීවත් එකක් පැහැදිලියි. ඒක තමයි යුද්ධයට සම්බන්ධ වූ රණවිරුවන්ට දඬුවම් කිරීමට මේ පිළීබඳ විශේෂ අධිකරණයක් මාර්ගයෙන් ඔවුන්ට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියා කරනවා කියලා ජාතියට ම ප්‍රකාශ කරනවා.

ඒක දේශීය ද ජාත්‍යන්තර ද කියන එක නොවෙයි ප්‍රශ්නය වෙලා තිබෙන්නේ. යුද්ධයට සම්බන්ධ වුණු ඒ වීරෝදාර රණවිරුවන්ට දඬුවම් කරනවා කියා ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ තමන්ගේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශයෙන් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා දැන් ප්‍රතිඥාවක් දී ති‍බෙනවා. මෙහි තිබෙන නරක තත්ත්වය තමයි මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පසුගියදා අල් ජසීරා රූපවාහිනියේ සාකච්ඡාවක් තිබුණා ග්ලෝබල් ටැමිල් ෆෝරම් කියන සංවිධානයේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ සුරේෂ් සුරේන්ද්‍රන් ප්‍රකාශයක් කළා.

මේකට රජීව විජේසිංහ සහ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයෙන් හර්ෂ ද සිල්වා මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් සහභාගී වුණා. සුරේන්ද්‍රන් එහිදී පැහැදිලිව හා විශ්වාසයෙන් යුතුව කීවා පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් පසුව සිරිසේන මහතා ජයග්‍රහණය කළොත් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ප්‍රමුඛ යුද්ධයට දායක වූ පිරිස යුද අපරාධ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වරදකරුවන් හැටියට දඬුවම් කරන්න ක්‍රියා කරනවා කියා.  ඒක කිසිසේත් නිවැරදි කළේ නැහැ. හර්ෂ ද සිල්වා මන්ත්‍රීතුමා, රජීව විජේසිංහ මන්ත්‍රීතුමා ඒ අය කීවේ මේක ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ කියන්න එපා කියලා විතරයි. මේකට විරුද්ධයි කියලා එතුමාලා ප්‍රකාශ කරන්න ගියේ නැහැ. බොහොම පැහැදිලියි එතකොට කොටියා මල්ලෙන් එළියට පැනලා කියලා.

බොහොම පැහැදිලියි මේ සඳහා එකඟතාවක් සිරිසේන මහතා ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව සමඟ විශේෂයෙන් බලවේග සමඟ, දෙමළ ඩයස්පෝරාව සමඟ ඇතිකරගෙන තිබෙනවා කියන කාරණය. මේක කියුවාම සිරිසේන මහතා බොහොම ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ කලබල වෙලා කීවා තමන් ජනාධිපතිතුමාවත්,රණවිරුවන්වත් කිසිසේත් ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අධිකරණයකට ගෙන යන්නේ නැහැ කියා. හැබැයි එහෙම කියලා සතියක් යනවිට ආපහු සුරේන් සුරේන්ද්‍රන් කියනවා පුවත්පතකට සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවක් දීලා මේ සියලුදෙනා යුද අධිකරණයට ගෙනයනවා කියලා නැවතත් සහතික වෙනවා කියලා.

මේ සහතිකය දෙන්නේ අභ්‍යන්තර එකඟතාවකට අනුවයි. විශේෂයෙන්ම ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනයට මෙවැනි කරුණක් ඇතුළත් කරන්නේ කවුරුන් සතුටු කරන්නද? ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනය සිරිසේන මහත්තයා හදලා දානකොට ඒ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනයේ කිසිම සාධාරණ වුවමනාවක් නෑ රණවරුවන්ට දේශීයව හෝ ජාත්‍යන්තරව දඬුවම් කරන බවට සහතිකයක් ඇතුළත් කරන්න. එතුමා ඒක ඇතුළත් කරලා තිබෙනවා. ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ ඇතුළත් කර තිබෙනවා.

මේයින් රණවිරුවන්ට අභියෝගයක් කර තිබෙනවා යුද්ධයට සම්බන්ධ වූ සියලුදෙනාට දඬුවම් කරනවා ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පරීක්ෂණයක් කරනවා, ඊට පස්සේ ‍මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අධිකරණ ක්‍රියාදාමයක් ගන්නවා කියලා. ඒ විතරක් නොවෙයි මේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනයත් සමඟම එයින් බැහැරව අභ්‍යන්තර එකඟතා ගණනාවකට අස්සන් කර තිබෙනවා. ඒවායේ සැඟවුණු කරුණු රැසක් ඇතුළත්. මේවා රටේ අනෙක් අයට දැනගන්න ලැබුණේ නැහැ. එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය, ෆොන්සේකා මහතාගේ පක්ෂය හා තවත් දේශපාලන පක්ෂ ගණනාවක් සමඟ ප්‍රසිද්ධ එකඟතා ගිවිසුම් ඇතිකරගෙන තිබෙනවා. රටට පේනන එවැනි ගිවිසුම් අස්සන් කළත් වෙන වෙනම අභ්‍යන්තර ගිවිසුම් ද අස්සන් කර තිබෙනවා.

මගේ අතේ තිබෙනවා එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය සමඟ අස්සන් කළ අභ්‍යන්තර ගිවිසුම. මේ ගිවිසුම ඉතාමත්ම බරපතළයි. ඒවා අභ්‍යන්තර කාරණා. ප්‍රශ්නය තිබෙන්නේ මේ ගිවිසුමේ තිබෙන 2-6, 2-7,7-7.3 කියන වගන්ති වැදගත්. මෙයින් කියන්නේ මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන පොදු අපේක්ෂක සහ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය වෙනුවෙන් එහි නායක රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා මෙයට අස්සන් කර තිබෙනවා. මේ ගිවිසුමේ 2.6.5 කියන කොටසේ තිබෙනවා උතුරු පළාතේ ස්ථානගත කර සිටින හමුදා භටයන් ගණන සියයට පනහ දක්වා අඩු කරනවා කියා.

කාගේ වුවමනාවට ද? මේක දාලා තිබෙන්නේ වෙන කිසිම වුවමනාවකට නොවෙයි ටී.එන්.ඒ. සහයෝගය ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා. මේක හමුදාව අවමානයට ලක් කිරීම සහ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව හෑල්ලුවට ලක් කිරීමට සකස් ඇතුළත් කළ ප්‍රකාශයක්. ඒ විතරක් නොවෙයි 2.7.1 කියනවා සියලු අධි ආරක්ෂක කලාප ඉවත් කර එම ඉඩම් ඒවායේ මුල් අයිතිකරුවන්ට ලබා දෙන බව. මේකත් ටී.එන්.ඒ. වුවමනාවට දාපු ප්‍රකාශයක්. 2.7.2 න් කියනවා දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ අභිලාශයන් ඉටුවන අයුරින් දහතුන්වැනි සංශෝධනය ඉක්මවා ගිය බලය බෙදීමක් සිදු කිරීමට බ‍ලා‍පොරොත්තු වෙනවා කියලා.

මේවා ඇතුළත් කරලා තිබෙන්නේ කාගේ වුවමනාවට ද කියන ප්‍රශ්නය තිබෙනවා. ටී.එන්.ඒ. සංවිධානය දිගින් දිගට ම කියනවා ඔවුන්ට 13න් එහාට ගිය බලයක් ඕනෑ කියලා. ජනාධිපතිවරණය ගැන වැඩියෙන් ම උනන්දු වෙන්නේ අමෙරිකාව සහ ඉන්දියාව කියා සඳහන් වෙනවා. එ‍තකොට අමෙරිකාවේත් ඉන්දියාවේත් වුවමනාවට 13න් එහා ගිය බලතල ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේනත්, රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහත් අභ්‍යන්තරව එකඟ වෙනවා බලතල ඕනෑනම් වැඩියෙන් වුණත් දෙන්න සූදානම් කියලා.

මෙහි තිබෙන නරකම එකඟතාව එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් මණ්ඩලය විසින් යුද අපරාධ සහ මානව හිමිකම් කඩකිරීම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට කරන ලද නිර්දේශ සියල්ල ම ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම සඳහා ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව සමඟ සහයෝගයෙන් කටයුතු කිරීම. මේක කියලා බැලුවාම තිබෙන්නේ මේක බොහොම පැහැදිලියි මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ මේ ප්‍රකාශයත් එක්ක බොහොම සමීප සම්බන්ධතාවක් තිබෙනවා.

දැන් මේ ජාත්‍යන්තර මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සලය එකඟ වූ නිර්දේශ එනම් යුද අපරාධ පිළිබඳ පරීක්ෂණ කිරීමේ නිර්දේශ ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට එකඟතාවක් පමණක් නොවෙයි ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව සමඟ සහයෝගයෙන් ක්‍රියා කරනවා කියා වචනයක් ද දමනවා. ආපහු මේ එන්නේ අපේ වීරෝදාර රණවි‍රුවෝ නැවත නැවත යුද අධිකරණයට හෝ කුමන හෝ නිර්දේශ කරන අධිකරණයකට ගෙනගොස් ඔවුන් දංගෙඩියට යවනවා කියන සහතිකය මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ඡන්ද ලබා ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ කීමයි. මේකයි බරපතළම කාරණාව.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ මහ ලේකම්, ඛනිජ තෙල් සම්පත් සංවර්ධන ඇමැති අනුර ප්‍රියදර්ශන යාපා, වයඹ පාළාත් ප්‍රධාන ඇමැති දයාසිරි ජයසේකර මහත්වරු ද මේ අවස්ථාවට සහභාගී වූහ.

 

Who Should Captain?

December 22nd, 2014

By Dayan Jayatilleka -

In October 1988, accepting the UNP nomination at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa complained in a bitter, biting aside, that as Prime Minister he had enjoyed the powers of a peon”. That status is about to change if the Opposition wins, because the Maithri manifesto makes clear that the centre of gravity of executive power will undergo a decisive structural shift from the Presidency to the parliament and the Cabinet. Thus Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is tipped to be the most powerful Prime Minister since Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike—far more powerful than the infinitely more deserving Mr. Premadasa was under President  Jayewardene. If after a parliamentary election, a breakaway SLFP is the largest party and if ex-President Kumaratunga is the leader of that party, then it is she who will be the most powerful Prime Minister since her mother. In this scenario, Mahinda Rajapaksa would have been shunted home to Medamulana. Is it only me, or is there something wrong with this picture?

What then are our real choices on January 8th 2015? With the joint Opposition’s declared objective ofMaithripala Sirisena occupying a shrunken Presidency and therefore wielding reduced authority, and power being shifted to Parliament and the Cabinet, it will be Ranil and Chandrika who will wield real power and influence. Should we bring them back and toss Mahinda out?

To my mind, what Mahinda Rajapaksa has done wrong- or got wrong–is greatly outweighed by what he has got right and done right. On the other hand, what Ranil and Chandrika got wrong have done wrong, far outweigh whatever it is they did right. Since Mahinda’s positives greatly outweigh his negatives and the opposite is true of Ranil and Chandrika, I see no sense in removing Mahinda and re-instating Ranil and Chandrika, albeit with Mr. Sirisena as the human shield and presidential proxy candidate.

President Rajapaksa should have made Maithripala the Prime Minister. He was wrong not to do so. It is illogical to conclude that Mahinda’s error should be rectified by us by making Maithri the executive President for 100 days and then ceding real power to Ranil and Chandrika. Instead, Maithri must be given the post he is entitled to and suited for, the Prime Ministership, by us voters.

Maithripala Sirisena would undoubtedly make a good President but not right now; Right now, Maithripala would make a superb Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition. He can be a useful counterbalance to Mahinda. We can give him either post through our vote, at the parliamentary election. He can then reintroduce the 17th amendment and thereby reform the Presidency. The next time around, we could make him President.

If anyone should be selected to the top job, he/she must have better credentials, a better track record, than his/her competitor, who may or may not be the present occupant of that post. Are those currently in the Opposition who will have the power to rule over us have a better record of outstanding achievement than the man whose job they hope to take in twenty days, if only to abolish it? Is the opposition more of a proven success than Mahinda Rajapaksa? I have no reason to think so because that’s not what the evidence shows.

How did Chandrika and Ranil discharge their responsibilities in the service of the Sri Lankan state and us, its citizenry, when they were in office? How do they compare with Mahinda Rajapaksa and his record of performance? What is their track record; their ‘form’?

  • President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga viewed her electoral victory as a massive mandate for peace. If she had not made the following mistakes, then she could have won the war, implemented a reasonable autonomy arrangement and constructed a progressive pluralist society.
    • She failed to see that her victory was also the result of the LTTE’s serial decapitation of the UNP.
    • She failed to prudently pick the 13th amendment or the Mangala Moonesinghe proposals (which Madam Bandaranaike had signed off on) as the start-line, and not overshoot the mark and waste time and political capital on a federalizing ‘union of regions’ package.
    • She could have presented the more moderate August 2000 draft in 1995.
    • She should have settled upon Devananda and Siddharthan as her Tamil political partners instead of pursuing the mirage of a negotiated peace with the Tigers right through to 2005.
    • As commander-in-chief, she could have ordered the Tigers to be encircled and destroyed in the liberation of Jaffna (Operation Riviresa) instead of letting them escape with the civilians into the Wanni.
    • She did not use her courageous cousin Anuruddha Ratwatte in the role that President Rajapaksa deployed his brother Gotabhaya.
    • She patronized and encouraged the Sudu Nelum antiwar movement which conducted pacifist propaganda in the Sinhala areas while the war was raging – thereby hampering morale and military recruitment.
    • She failed to give full command and free rein to the best professionals such as Sandhurst-trained General Gerry de Silva instead of the fairly mediocre General Daluwatte who conceived of the disastrous Operation Jaya Sikuru. She failed to send Gen Gamini Hettiaarachchi to the National Defense College in Delhi and instead sent the officer who was the head of her personal security detail. Had the iconic Special Forces commander Gamini Hettiaarachchi been permitted to acquire his NDC qualifications in time, it is he who would have been the Army commander, and could have won the war for us with far fewer civilian casualties and consequent international fallout.
    • She squandered the opportunity of rousing global sympathy for Sri Lanka’s war and against the Tigers immediately after their suicide attack which blinded her in one eye and instead switched on the Norwegian peace track.
    • She wrongly picked Norway, with its obvious Tamil Diaspora instead of Japan (which neither a Tamil lobby nor granted the state any military aid) as the peace negotiator.
    • She wasted the opportunity for a full on counter-offensive with the rapid induction of airpower, presented by her own sterling defence of Jaffna in 2000 after the fall of Elephant Pass.
    • She delayed in authorizing the LRRP deep penetration raids on the Tiger command structure until after the Katunayake attack.
    • She turned her back on the possibilities opened up by the US ‘global war on terror’ by making key speeches in London and Delhi proclaiming that ‘terrorism cannot be defeated by military means’ (which Mahinda Rajapaksa has given the lie to).
    • She sabotaged the Karuna rebellion by permitting the LTTE to pass through the Sri Lankan naval cordon and land in the rear of the Karuna rebel forces.
    • She marginalized Lakshman Kadirgamar and negotiated a post tsunami joint mechanism with the tsunami-weakened LTTE which gave them equal representation with the legitimate state in its top tier and a 5:3 advantage in its vital middle tier, with a headquarters located in the Tiger controlled Wanni.

Therefore one cannot but question her moral right to complain about and criticize her decidedly more successful successor.

What then is the actual level of competence in national political decision-making shown by her current ally and partner, the aspirant to the post of an empowered Prime Ministership?

  • Ranil Wickremesinghe abjectly signed an asymmetrical CFA which did not reflect the actual balance of power between the Sri Lankan state and an LTTE which had begun to be weakened by the first LRRP hits on its command structure (‘Lt Col’ Shanker being killed in Sept 2001).
    • He agreed to disarm the anti-Tiger Tamil groups without mentioning the issue of decommissioning under international auspices of Tiger weapons. He was a model of supine appeasement and failed to respond resolutely to Tiger abductions and killings of Police and army personnel even in the city and suburbs of Colombo.
    • He undermined the morale of his military by the Athurugiriya DMI ‘safe house’ raid and the ensuing interrogations, the dispute with the Jaffna army chief over the HSZs, the intervention in which a Tiger ship was allowed to go unscathed from a Sri Lankan navy ambush.
    • He allowed free passage for sophisticated electronic communications equipment for the Tigers, not to mention the broadcast of Prabhakaran’s warmongering ‘Mahaveera’ speeches through the Rupavahini.
    • He failed to use his ‘Washington connection’ to present Sri Lanka as a frontline in the global war on terror instead of providing an excuse for the Tigers in Washington to the effect that military means should be used against ‘international terrorists’ and not the Tigers (who were manifestly no longer ‘national’ when they blew up Rajiv Gandhi); had he used his supposed international connections to strengthen the Sri Lankan military or secured a public Western commitment so that either could have served as a deterrent to the Tigers – then perhaps the inflation of Tiger territory, power and ego would not have taken place to the extent that they planned and for and publicly proclaimed the imminence of ‘The Final War’ (HRW Dec 2005).

If Chandrika and Ranil had not conducted themselves as they did, their successor and the armed forces would not have needed to wage a war of such huge magnitude and intensity that the collateral damage has caused us to be a target of the international human rights movement.

With this track record, is it therefore wise, is it prudent, is it logical, is it desirable, is it fair and ethical, to usher Ranil and Chandrika into power with Maithripala Sirisena as a ‘human face’, while tossing Mahinda Rajapaksa out? Speaking strictly for myself, I rather think not.

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Elections: Thoughts for the Floating Voters/New Voters on the Common Candidate

December 22nd, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

The floating voters and the new voters are 2 important segments in the arithmatic that would decide who would emerge as President in January 2015. The floating voters are people who may have at one time voted for different parties and now disgusted with voting and contemplating whether to vote or not. The new voters obviously excited about exercising their first time voting right may also be puzzled to determine who to vote for – the incumbent President or a contender in an alliance that will be President for 100 days and thereafter hand power over to another. The floating voter and new voters are important because they can realistically view the campaign slogans from a point of view that would question which candidate is most suited to lead the nation and provide peace and stability to Sri Lanka both at local and international level, which is what all voters need to think about before they place their vote.

What is important about the challenge to the incumbent in the form of a new alliance is that it is promising CHANGE – but this change being promised is by a same set of politicians who have been in politics, enjoyed perks and privileges of office, crossed over several times and have had to tag on to larger political parties for survival at different periods under different leaders. On the face of it there is no CHANGE as the people coming forward with the change mantra are the same politicians wanting to hold on to power under a new set of rules and conditions.

You want change – But what is the Change you are getting?

  • The same people are appearing with a different theme
  • The same people are singing a different song
  • The same people are promising a difference – but their terms in office was nothing the country could be proud of
  • Can the same people be trusted when they had broken our trust some more than once?
  • Do you trust Chandrika? Do you trust Ranil? Do you trust Mangala? Do you trust Wickramabahu? Do you trust Sambanthan? Do you trust Champaka R? Do you trust Rajitha? Can you trust Maithri? – Can they be trusted to entrust the country with 20m people to safeguard?
  • If the same faces that held power and wish to continue power are lining up to promise change, do you seriously think they can bring about change. More importantly is the change they are promising, the change that YOU want to see?
  • Is the risk worth taking in wanting to vote for CHANGE but knowingly voting for people who have been proven failures in office?
  • More importantly these failures are currently taking a back-office role because they cannot come out before the people to contest on their own however, floating voters and new voters need to realize that a future Maithri Government will place all of them in Ministerial roles and these are the very people who were failures in office.

The ambiguity – Maithripalanayak for 100 days and what thereafter?

  • The 1st important thing that floating voters/new voters must note is that the Opposition lobby was one created not amongst them or by them but by another secret group because the main Opposition party’s Leader the present Opposition Leader cannot win elections. He will neither step down as Leader of the Party nor change the party’s Constitution though he wishes to change the country’s Constitution for which he went to get trained in the US.
  • The 2nd important point is that no person or party or parties can form an alliance and contest without drawing the UNP given its traditional vote base.
  • The 3rd important point is the assurance that in exchange for the UNP votes contributing alongside the votes of others forming the new alliance, the deal is for the UNP leader to be handed power thus the 100 day story. Why is it then that the election manifesto, campaign slogan all speak of a ‘Maithri’ – Compassionate ‘palanayak’ only under Maithri …. Shouldn’t  the campaign be a joint Maithri-Ranil palanayake? Is it not for this reason together with certain slip ups by non-UNP supporters in the Maithri wing tilted more towards CBK that they are beginning to wonder whether Ranil or the UNP will have a future or role if Maithri were to emerge President and Maithri would prefer tutelage under CBK instead.
  • If Maithripala Sirisena cannot win without the UNP votes, why should the UNP voters vote a non-UNP when they easily have people to prop up as a contestant instead of Ranil. If everyone was surprised at the meek-looking former General Secretary of the SLFP emerging as a Presidential Candidate what is the harm in fielding a UNP candidate as there are enough of charismatic and strong personalities within the party to select from? Why have none of the other UNP leaders being considered to be groomed as Presidential candidate? Is it because Ranil would lose his place in the Party as a result so he prefers hiring an outsider?

Do you trust the Opposition Camp?

  • Can you entrust the country’s stability to the same faces that have been proven failures in leadership roles?
  • Can we be assured that the peace and stability that currently prevails will continue under their leadership?
  • Can we envisage decision making when all of them can’t agree on anything except wanting to somehow come into power.
    What will bickering amongst these element result in when it comes to crucial international matters where forthright, stern and nation-centric decisions require to be taken?
  • When some in the camp are for division of the country, some want devolution, some want separatism, some want foreign powers to control the country, some will siphon of everything for profit and some are willing to go along with anything because all they want to do is enjoy perks and privileges – what is this scenario likely to lead to for the country?

An important factor for floating voters/new voters to take note of – no Conspiracy theories

  • The Presidential Election is about voting for a leader that can bring stability and peace to Sri Lanka and handle the international lobby against the country. The crucial point is that the nations that are punishing Sri Lanka for ending the war using their influence in the UN/UNHRC are the very nations that are behind the Common Candidate.
  • What is the likely danger if such people are ready to give everything and anything on the deal that they would be kept in power – these are no laughing or exaggerated scenarios for the very nations backing the common candidate have been successful at dividing Yugoslavia to pieces, creating an independent Kosovo and then leaving the people in chaos, arming insurgents in nations that they want stakes in so that the people are kept embroiled in eternal conflict while they escape with the loot (Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and now Libya prime examples) These are certainly no conspiracy stories. These nations have been destroyed by the very nations that are today responsible for selecting a candidate calculating the arithmatic on how votes are likely to sway on paper unless people are informed enough to realize the dangers.
  • Much as most voters may hate informing themselves of what is happening around the world and to countries around the world in particular smaller developing nations that are strategically placed beneficial for global geopolitics, it is time they should especially the Colombo and other urban voters. It is the realization of the gameplans and plots taking place around the world at a political level that a country needs a strong leader and a strong government minus small parties with small vote bases but with the ability to hold a coalition to ransome by their demands.

 Is the country safe in the hands of people who have lead the country before and failed?

If we have not forgotten we need to now recall that

  • More than half of total soldiers deaths occurred during the reign of Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, most battle failures took place under her reign.
  • She was together with Ranil Wickremasinghe ever ready to sign the PTOMs and ISGA whereby legalizing eelam in all but name allowing LTTE to negotiate directly with foreign nations, trade directly with foreign nations, transfer funds directly etc.
  • Ranil Wickremasinghe the supposed visionary of the UNP signed a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE without even showing the UNP leadership the contents of that agreement – only later the country came to know that the agreement legally allocated sovereign territory as LTTE areas and the Colombo backers of the CFA were not bothered about what allocation of territory to the LTTE would mean to the country because they were over the moon that the military checkpoints had been removed which was more of a hassle for them. We cannot afford to function with such short-sightedness for the damage is irreversible.

Do you believe the slogan ‘we will end corruption’?

Please remember that the people now claiming to have come together to end corruption have themselves proven records of mass scale corruption during their tenure in power even those that have crossed over. They too have families – siblings and children very much waiting in the fray to take over. The CHANGE will only be changing the Cover of Corruption only. We must all be realistic to the fact that corruption is embedded in today’s society – even ‘donations’ for school admissions are corruption, even giving Rs.100 to the office peon to place one’s file above the rest is an act of corruption, even bribing the policemen for traffic violations is corruption. Both giver and taker are thus guilty.

The golden rule on integrity

Anyone claiming to be virtuous and uncorrupt can do so ONLY IF they go against coruption when it is taking place and come out against it by claiming to want to have no part in it. No one can claim to be uncorrupt if they have been enjoying privileges themselves and then having been selected as Opposition Candidate point fingers forgetting that four fingers point back at them in return. Let us all note that all those now pointing fingers were very much part of the corruption that they are accusing of – if they themselves were people of integrity they should have come out before elections were announced and before they had been selected to be fielded to form the Opposition.

If we know that

  • Corruption wont end
  • We don’t know who the actual leader is – Maithripala is coming as the Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front, he next says he’s going to abolish the Presidency (totally ignoring that he has no mandate to do so), he says he’s going to appoint Ranil (unclear how that can happen too), then CBK who is politically now a nobody is assured of a role, the other supporters have all ruined the ministeries that they had been holding whatever party they had been in – is this a rosy picture post-2015 for the people? There are more questions than answers!
  • How can CHANGE happen with the same people in a new camp especially when they have a history of crossing back and forth for OPPORTUNITISM and nothing else. Should we not ask whether this is also not an OPPORTUNISTIC decision and thus the camp have no common agenda to serve the people except serve themselves

These are just a handful of questions for the Floating Voters and New Voters to think about before they cast their vote. It is also good for them to do a good background check on all those in the Common Alliance and they question how far they can be trusted to lead a nation and ensure Sri Lanka remains peaceful and stable as it has been since 2009 devoid the threat of terrorism and separatism. Two factors that Sri Lanka does not want is Terrorism or Separatism/Division under any name.

Shenali D Waduge

Mahinda 57.62%,Sirisena 40%,predicted by UNP’s staunch supporters’ survey on presidential election

December 22nd, 2014

lanka C news

It is learnt that from a survey made by some staunch UNP supporters incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa would secure 57.62% votes and the common candidate only 40% votes.This survey has been spearheaded by a non governmental organisation.The figures in this survey had been changed by the UNP and had said the common candidate would become victorious and is going to disclose at a media briefing.The statistics of the survey could be viewed from our Sinhala edition.

ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සමගයි.

December 22nd, 2014

චන්ද්රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි

ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ සම්බන්ධව සමාජ සමීක්ෂණය නොනිල පදනමකින් රටපුරා විවිධ තලයන්හි සාකච්චා වෙමින් පවතී.මේ සාකච්චා වලදී, සැබෑ ලෙසම කථා කරනුයේ, දේශපාලන පොර පිටියේ අපට දිස්වෙන දේශපාලන පක්ෂ නාම පුවරු සම්බන්ධව මිස, සැබෑ දේශපාලන බල වේගයන් සම්බන්ධව නොවේ. ජයගත්තේ මෙන්න මේ නාම පුවරුව සහිත කණ්ඩායමයි, යනුවෙන් ඡන්ද ප්රතිඵල ප්රකාශයට පත්කෙරේ. දේශපාලන පක්ෂ යනු කුලී පදනමක් මත එක එකාට කුලියට දෙන වාහන මෙන් වූ මෙවලම් විශේෂිතයක් බවට පත්ව ඇති බව වටහා ගත් විට, සිදුව ඇති දේ සම්බන්ධව අවබෝධ කර ගැනීම වඩාත් පහසුවේ.. 

  පසුගිය මැතිවරණයන් සම්බන්ධව සමාජය තුල, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ, අන්ත පරාජයක් ලබා ඇතැයි, විවිධ තලවල දේශපාලන සංවාද තුලදී ප්රකාශවේ. මේ ප්රකාශන තුල ඇති යථාර්ථය කුමක්දැයි අප නිවැරදිව වටහා ගත යුතුය. ඇත්තටම මේවන විට, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ නම් වූ දේශපාලන පුවරුවට මුවාවී කටයුතු කරන්නේ‍ කවුද? පැරදී ඇත්තේ ඒ බලවේගය මිස ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ නොවන බව අවබෝධ කර ගැනීමේ වාසිය උරුම වන්නේ, අවබෝධ කරගන්නාට මිස ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණට නම් වූ නාම පුවරුවට මුවාවී සිටින අධිරාජ්‍යවාදී සෙවනැලි වලට නොවේ.

සැබවින්ම 1964දී මෙරට උපත ලද ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ යනු දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක් නොවේ, දේශපාලන බලවේගයකි. එදා මේ දේශපාලන බලවේගයේ, නිර්මිතය, අපේක්ෂා කලේ කුමක්ද ? තම දේශපාලන ගමන ගමන් කලේ කුමන අාකාරයටද? යන්න අවබෝධ නොකරගෙන, වර්තමානයේ, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ අන්ත පරාජයක් ලබා ඇතැයි හඩගෑම නොකල යුතුය. මේ දේශපාලන බලවේගය එදා වෙනමම දේශපාලන දහරාවක් සේ කටයුතු කරන්නට අාරම්භ කලේ, සෑම සියලු දේශපාලන පක්ෂ තුලම මේ බලවේගයේ කාර්යයන් උපරිම සීමාව දක්වා නිමවා ඇති බව පසක් වීමෙන් පසුවය. එදා ඒ අාරම්භවූ දේශපාලන දහරාව, 1970 සමගි පෙරමුණේ, ජයග්රහනය උදෙසා කටයුතු කලාය.  මේ බලවේගයේ අපේක්ෂාව වූයේ, අධිරාජ්යවාදයට එරෙහිව සටන් වැදීමයි. එහි මූලික සටන් පාඨය වූයේ, “අධිරාජ්යවාදයට විනාශය ජනතාවට විමුක්තිය” යන්නයි. මේ සටන් පාඨය නොලිය වුන ගමක් නගරයක් ගල් කුලක් මෙරට නැති තරම්ය. එම සටන් පාඨයේ බලවත් කම නිසාම, බටහිර අධිරාජ්යවාදීන් විසින් මතුවූ සැනයෙන්ම, විනාශකර දැමීමට අඩිතාලම දමන ලදී. 1971 අරගලය එහි පලයකි.

 1978 සිට 1989 දක්වාවූ ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ එම සටන් පාඨය මතු නොකලද, එම සටන් පාඨයේ අාශ්වාදය සෑම සියලු සාමාජිකයකු තුලටම කාවැද්දී තිබිණ. 1994 පසුවද මේ සටන් පාඨයේ අාශ්වාදය විවිධ තලවල හැසිරෙමින් 2005දී මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා බලයට පත්කිරීමේ කාර්යය සිදු කරන ලදී. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා බලයට පත්වීම, ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ ඉතිහාසයේ ලද විශිෂ්ඨතම ජයග්රාහණය විය. අධිරාජ්යවාදී සතුරා ලද බලවත්ම පරාජයද මෙය විය. තමන් සියලු කටයුතු සිදුකර ලබාගත් ජයග්රහනයේ පලය බුක්ති විදීමට ඉඩ ලබා නොදීමට, සතුරාගේ බලවත්කමට හැකියාවක් ලැබුණද, එම පක්ෂය මෙහෙවූ ගාමක බලවේගය, තමන් ලද ජයග්රහණය අත් නොහැර, මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සමග බද්ධව තම අරමුණවූ  “අධිරාජ්යවාදයට විනාශය ජනතාවට විමුක්තිය” යන සටන් පාඨයට අනුව කටයුතු කලහ. 

පසුව පක්ෂ නායකත්වය තම පක්ෂය නාමය, බටහිර අධිරාජ්යවාදීන්ට බද්දට දුන්දා සිට එම පක්ෂ නාම පුවරුව පට්ට ගසනා ලද්දේ බටහිර අධිරාජ්යවාදීන් විසිනි. විටෙක බටහිරුන්  විසින් කුලියට ගන්නා ලද, සියලුම පක්ෂ එකතු කර, මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට එරෙහිව මේ පක්ෂය නාම පුවරුව සැබෑ ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ ලෙස පෙන්වම්න් සටන් මෙහෙයවන අාකාරය දෙස එම පක්ෂයේ ගාමක බලවේගය බලා සිටියේ හාශ්‍ය ජනක ලෙසය.

 එදා  ඒ බෝඩ් එක සුද්දාට අයත්වූ අතර. එහි සැබෑ අන්තර්ගතය වූ ජාතික විමුක්ති බලවේගය මහින්ද රාජමක්ෂ මහතා සමග බද්ධ විය.

 මේ පදනමේ සිට බලන විට, අද මහින්ද රාජපකෂ මහතා තරම් අධිරාජ්ය විරෝධී හඩක් නගන ජන නායකයකු මෙරට නැති තරම්ය. අද ලෝකයේ හැම සමුලුවකම පාහේ “අධිරාජ්යවාදයට විනාශය ජනතාවට විමුක්තිය” යන සටන් පාඨයම වෙනත් අාකාරයකින් හඩ නගන මේ අවස්ථාවේදීම, මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ නායකත්වයෙන් යුත් සන්ධානය ජයග්රාහණ වීමම ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ විශිෂ්ඨ ජයග්රහණයකි.

ඒ සැබෑ බලවේගය මේ මහා තීරණාත්මක අවස්ථාවේදීද 1971 සිට අඛන්ඩව අධිරාජ්‍ය විරෝධී හඩ නගමින් මියගිය විරු සගයන් සමග අත්වැල් බැදගෙන මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ නම්වූ අධිරාජ්‍ය විරෝධී පතාක යෝධයා සමග එක පෙලට සිටගෙන සිටින බව අප අවධාරණය කරමු.

2015 ජනවාරි මස 8 වෙනිදා පවත්වනු ලබන ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් අනිවාර්යෙන්ම සිදුවනුයේ;

අධිරාජ්‍යවාදයට විනාශය — ජනතාවට විමුක්තිය යන ඒ සටන් පාඨය යලිත් වරක් බල ගැන්වීමයි.

Lest  We Forget

December 21st, 2014

N.A.de S.Amaratunga

It is said that Sri Lankans forget quickly and easily and even LTTE terrorist Prabhakaran had said that this is true and had bragged that he made use of this weakness. By the time the presidential election is held in 2015  we would have forgotten some of the most crucial events that took place in the recent past that changed the history of this country. There is no doubt that the country was in danger of being torn apart and thrown into a permanent state of turmoil and unrest. This was due to the terrorist war started by the Tamil separatists who were backed to the hilt by the Western powers who had their own imperialist agenda. The West had successfully engineered the division and disintegration of several nations; Yugoslavia and Sudan are two good examples. The whole of Middle East is engulfed in flames of terror with no end in sight due to the same imperialist agenda of the West. It is the same agenda that allowed the LTTE to extort money, run vast businesses and amass funds that could bring ship loads of weapons capable of blowing this country into smithereens. It is the same agenda that attempted to stop the war when it was about to annihilate the LTTE. It is the same agenda that drives the UNHRC in Geneva which is gunning for our political and military leaders who indefatigably fought the LTTE to a finish. It is the same agenda that is attempting to engineer a regime change at the upcoming presidential election.

The naïve and those who are part of that agenda may ask why the West should have designs on Sri Lanka. They may say we do not have oil which is the reason why the West is involved in the Middle East. The West has a design for the whole world and would like to control its economy and exploit it to their advantage. This is why they colonized most of it in the past and now uses other means to take control of countries which are rich in natural resources like the Middle East and countries which are of geo-political and strategic value like Sri Lanka. Unless they adopt this policy they cannot sustain their economy and living standards. Now they have a strong competitor in China who has the capacity to vie for the natural resources of the world. Now it is imperative for the West to stop the burgeoning  Chinese  advance if they are to remain the dominant global power. Sri Lanka in this regard, being the southernmost country in the Indian Ocean, is strategically important for the West and therefore they would like to thwart the Chinese involvement in Sri Lanka. They would like to have a puppet government or at least a pliable one in Sri Lanka which will do its bidding and move away from Chinese influence. The present leader does not fit the bill as they know by experience that he cannot be pressurized and that he is popular and has a strong character.  They know he leads a party that has a large national oriented vote base. They would like to punish him and show others what happens to those who disobey them. Hence they have made allegations of human right violations against them in the UNHRC in Geneva.

All of the above facts are of vital importance and must be taken into consideration when we vote at the presidential election.  The peace and harmony, sovereignty and independence, not to mention the economic growth and prosperity would be in jeopardy if the voter makes the wrong choice.  This country has gone through two major catastrophes; one was the foreign occupation that made the country a subject nation and ruined our independent economic and cultural growth, and the other was the thirty year war waged by the LTTE that almost tore our country apart and opened the door for foreign intervention which would have been a worse calamity than anything experienced in the past. It was the courageous, astute and strong political leadership that did not capitulate to pressure exerted by both local and foreign forces that resulted in the military victory and saved the country from subjugation. Though the LTTE has been militarily defeated their rump is still very much active and seems to be ever ready to be the tool of the West in their attempt to intervene in Sri Lanka via the UN. The TNA which did not mind being the LTTE proxy during the war appears to be the local agent for the LTTE rump and its master. Therefore the TNA would want their electorate to support the candidate who is most likely to listen to the LTTE rump and their masters. The political fallout could be that they will ask for a separate state or something close to it and the foreign forces would make the government give it. And there are in the opposition as it is constituted now individuals who are capable of such treachery. They are the people under whose command the military losses were huge though they claim 75% victory. They offered the North to Prabhakaran on a platter. They signed a peace agreement which identified boundaries which the LTTE could control as the boundaries of their land. They joined in a prayer campaign conducted in the North very recently to demand the removal of army camps from the North. The Common Candidate does not appear to have the intellect and the strength of character necessary to withstand the tremendous pressure that would be brought upon his head by these individuals and the Western forces and no doubt he would buckle under.  The voter has a very big responsibility to decide wisely because the very existence of our country could be in jeopardy if the wrong decision is made.

 

බුකියේ තොවිලය

December 21st, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.

ඩෙන්න ඩෙනා ඩෙන ඩෙන ඩෙන ඩෙන්න  ඩෙනෝ

ලක් දෙරණේ ජනපතිවරනයක්                   එනෝ

ධවල යකුන් හා මන  බැදි   සියලු                දනෝ

එකට එකතුවී මේ රට කන්න                     එනෝ

ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා!

මිනිකදු හා ලේ විල් මත රජ                  කෙරුවෝ

සියලු ධනය පර දන දෙස රැස්                කෙරුවෝ

දරුවො සමග එහි ගොස් සුර සැප              දැරුවෝ

මෙන්න! ඇවිත් සිටිනව ඒ                   මිනිමරුවෝ

ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා!

චන්ද්ර මඩල සිහි ගන්වන රුදුරු රකුසු     රාජිණියෝ

මෙපුර දනට විනකටීන්ට එතෙරක සිට මෙහි වැඩියෝ

නිරිදු සමග ඇසුරු කරපු මෙත් සිරි හා ගොන් තඩියෝ

එකතු කරන් ලාහෙක ලා සළකණවලු ලෙස‍ මැඩියෝ

ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා!

සිරි සෙන් ගත තුලට වැදුන රුදුරු රකුසු          රාජිණියේ

මෙගත කුලින් ඉවත යන්න කුමන බිලිද ඕනි          වුයේ

ආතුර ගත දැඩිව පෙලන ප්රේත රුදුරු          යක්ෂණියේ

නොපෙල මෙගත ඉවත යන්න කියමි තොපට ලහි ලහියේ

ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා!

බියගත් සිරිසෙන්ගෙ මුහුණ බලව රුදුරු       යක්ෂණියේ

වෙව්ල වේව්ල වපුරන බොරු කොහොමද ඌ පුරුදු වුයේ

තොපට බලය ගන්න මූව ඇමට දමපු රකුසු          ලියේ

ධවල රටට යලි පලයන් තොපෙ දරුවන් එතෙර     ගියේ

ආවඩ ආයුබෝ වේවා!

දුරුතු මහේ අට වෙනිදට සිරිසෙන් මම    දෙනවා

සිරිසෙන් වෙනුවට දියසෙන් අරගෙන මම යනවා

කියව මිනිසුණේ නුඹලට තව ඕනෑ      මොනවා

ධවල යකුන් මෙහ් ඇවිදින් හැම තොට දෙනවා

නුඹට කන්න කිසිදින අප නැත දියසෙන්   දෙන්නේ

උඹෙ සිරිසෙන් සමගම යලි වහ වහ      පලයන්නේ

මහින්ද ලෙස යලි යලි මෙහි දියසෙන් රජ  වෙන්නේ

දියසෙන් ගත මෙ මව්බිම සතුටිනි සිප       ගන්නේ
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