Investigation on Sri Lanka – a violation of the time frame given under UNCHR resolution

August 17th, 2014

S. Akurugoda

As can be seen from the flowing facts, the ‘time frame’ covered under the UNCHR Resolution A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1 has been extended by the Navi Pillay’s controversial Panel by misinterpreting the time frame covered in the LLRC.

Under the terms and reference of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka published in the web page http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx, , the ‘time frame’ of investigation is defined as the period under investigation is that covered by the LLRC, that is, from 21 February 2002 until 15 November 2011, when it presented its report to the President of Sri Lanka”.

Time Frame covered in UNCHR Resolution A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1

Section 10 (b) of the UN HRC resolution A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1 dated 26 March 2014 states as follows.

To undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations

and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the

period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders;”

 Time Frame covered in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)

As per thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lessons_Learnt_and_Reconciliation_Commissionthe ‘time frame’ given in the LLRC is as follows.

“To inquire and report on the following matters that may have taken place during the period between 21st February, 2002 and 19th May, 2009, namely:.. ”

Thus the above extension of time is s a blunt violation of the time frame given by the Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/25/1. This is a clear indication of the direction as to what we will get at the end of its so-called investigations. As per the previous UN reports and the way things are happening, such as the infamous Darusman Report, it is justifiable to believe that the ‘final’ report has already been cooked up & ready for presentation at the appointed time.

 

අපි කව්ද ,,අපට වෙච්ච දේ ,,සහ අපි කුමක් කල යුතුද -1 කොටස

August 17th, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

අපි  කවුද
වත්මන්  බොහෝ සිංහලයෝ  තමන් කවුදැ ය්  නොදනිති . අපට උගන්වා ඇත්තෙත්  අපි විජයගෙන් පැවතෙන්නන් ලෙසය. මහාවංශ කරුවාගේ සිට  ඉංගීසි ඉතිහාසඥයන් හා ඔවුන්ගෙන් ඉගෙනගත්  අපේම අයත්  කියන්නේ විජය එනවිට  අප රටේ හිටියේ  අමනුෂ්‍යයන් බවය් . කුවේණි යකින්නක් නම් ඇය  සමග රති සුව විඳි   විජය යකුන් කන පරා ක්ෂයෙකු විය යුතුය  . බුදු හිමි තෙවරක් අපේ රටට වැඩම කර ඇත එකල  සිටි යක්ෂ   , නාග  වැනි  මිනිස් කොටස් .. බුදු හිමි ස්රිමුඛයෙන්ම බන ඇසූ  අ  ය  වූහ .  විජය වැනි ආර්යයන් එන විටත්බොහෝ  වැසියෝ බෞද්ධ  වී සිටියහ . බුදු මුවින්ම  නිර්මල දහම ඇසූ  මොවුහු ඉතා දැහමී අයව සිටියහ. විජය සටන්කාමියෙකි . තරමක හෝ මදාවියෙකි. දඹදිවින්   බුදු දහම  අතුගා දැමීම සඳහා හින්දු බ්‍රාහ්මණයන්  ගත පියවර නිසා එරට සිටි  බෞද්ධයෝ  මේ වන විට  කල කිරී සිටිය මෙන්ම  ආත්මාරක්ෂාව සඳහා අබෞද්ධ  හතුරන් සමග  සටන් කිරීමටද  පෙළබී  සිටියහ  ඔවුහු    එවකට මේ රටේ සිටි  හෙළ බෞධයන්ට  වඩා  බල පරාක්‍රමය පෙන්වීමට පුරුදුවූ අය  වන්නට ඇත්තේ  මෙසේ අබෞද්ධ   හ  තුරන් හා සටන් කල අය    වූ නිසා විය හැක,   කෙසේ හෝ  දැහැමි හෙළ බෞධයන්ට    බෞද්ධ ආර්යයන්  සමගත්  ආර්ය බෞධයන්ට    හෙළ බෞධ්ධයන් සමගත් පයුරුපාසානය  අපහසුවක් නොවුයේ  දෙවර්ගයම බෞද්ධයන් වූ නිසාය. ආර්යයන්ට අ  කැමති   වූ ස්වදේශිකයන්ද  මේ අතර සිටියහ.

බුදුන් උපන් දේශයෙන් පැමිණි නිසාත්  බෞද්ධයන්   වූ නිසාත්  බලපුලුවන්කම් පෙන්වන  සටනට බරඅ  ය නිසාත්. හෙළයෝ  ආර්ය  මුලිකක්ත්වය  බාරගෙන මිතු රුවන්නට ඇත.. මෙහි පැමිණි ආර්යයන්  එවකට මෙහි සිටි ස්වදෙශික යන්ගේ ගනනට වඩා බෙහෙවින් අඩු විය යුතුය. කුඩා බෝට්ටු හා නැ ව්  වලින්  දස දහස් ගණන් පැමිණෙන්නට නැත.

විජය ගේ පිරිස 700 යනු 70 ද විය හැක්කේ  සාහිත්‍ය කාරයෝ අතිශයෝක්තියෙන් වර්ණනා කරන නිසාය. දාමරිකයෙක් 700 ක්  සමග  පිටුවල් කරන්නට රජෙක් කටයුතු කරය්ද ..හෙළ ආර්ය මිශ්‍රන යෙන්  සැදී සිංහල ජාතියේ  හෙළ ප්‍රතිශතය  ආර්ය ප්‍රතිශතයට බෙහෙවින් වැඩි විය යුතුය. . මිහින්තලේ සෙල්ලිපියේ සඳහන් පරිදි මිහින්දුහිමියන් විසින්  රාක්ෂ ශයන් 500 ක් මහන කරන ලදී. .

එක ගෙදරක  4ක් සිටියත් මේ පවුල්වලම  2500 කි.. මහන වන්නේ කීයෙන් කීදෙනාද. අද බෞද්ධ  මිලියන  14  ට ඇත්තේ  භික්ෂුන්  30000 ට අඩු ගණනකි. එක අවස්ථාවක පමණක් 500ක් මහ න කිරීමට  විශාල ජන ගහ නයක්  සිටි .ය යුතුය.  මේ නිසා අද සිංහල ජාතිය  යනු  ආර්යයන්ට වඩා   හෙළයන් ගෙන් යුක්තය. .  සිංහලයන්ගේ පෙනුමෙන් යුතුඅ  ය වෙන රටවල නැත.

  මානෑවේ  විමලරතන හිමියන් විසින් සොයාගෙන එලිදක්වූ  ”’වරිග පූර්ණිකාව” ට අනුවද  දැරණියගල හා සොමදෙවයන්ගේ පුරාවිද්‍යා  ගවේෂණ වලට අනුවද  මහින්දාගමනයට  පෙර සිටම අපරටේ දියුණු මිනිස් කොට්ඨාසයක් විසූ  බව   තහවුරුවෙමින් පවතී. මේ ගැන  මහා චාර්ය නලින් ද සිල්වා ලිපි   කීපයකම  පැහැදිලි කර ඇත. නලින් කියූ පසුව මමද ඒ  වරිග පූරනිකාව  කියවුයෙමි. මේ කරුණු අනුව  බලි තරු රාවන යුගයන්  මිත්‍යා ලෙස ඉවත දැමූ යුගය අවසන් කිරීමට සිදුවනු ඇත.’

මේ පොත අනුව කවිලාශ  අග්නිපාලි හෙවත් මුක්තලතා රත්නාවලි එකල සිටි රහත් මෙහෙනියකි. පුන්න වෙළෙන්දා   වෙළදාමට පැමිණි අවස්ථාවක  ඇය  බන අසා සෝවාන් විය  පසුව  ඇය  බුදුහිමියන්ට මෙහි වඩි .න ලෙස පුන්න මගින් ඇරයුම් කලා ය..ඇ  ය ගිරි දේශයේ  ගිරි භද්‍ර නම් සෙනෙවියාගේ බිරිඳය.  බුදු හිමියන්ගෙන් බන අසා රහත් වුවාය.  මේ කිසිවක් ගැන   බොහෝ සිංහලයන්ට දැනුමක් නැත  සුද්ද ඉගැන්වූ ඉතිහාසය ම  වමාරමින් සිටිනවා හැර බොහෝ ඉතිහාසයග්නයන්ට  මේවා අවශ්‍ය නැත .. අපි දඹදිවින් ගත්තේ  බුදුදහම පමණි හින්දු සිරිත් විරිත් පුදපූජා ඇතුලත් සංස්කෘතිය ගත්තේ නැත.  එනිසා අපි ඉන්දියාවට ගැ .තිවිය යුතු නැත අපි අපටම විශේෂ වූ ජාතියකි  මේ ජාතිය වෙන රටක නැත.      .        

එක්තරා මිනිසකුගේ සංඥා පද්ධතිය.

August 17th, 2014

චන්දුසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.

වසර ගනනාවක පුරා පලමුවන ලෝකයේ ජීවත් වූ ඔහු කටුනායකට ලගාවූයේ, බොහෝ කාලයකට පසුවය.,

උදෑසන මද ශීතල ගතිය ඔහුගේ මුලු සිරුරම පිනවන්නට විය. මහත් අමන්දානනයට පත් ඔහුගේ ස්පර්ශේන්ද්රියන් “ෂ්හ හරි සනීපයි” යන වදන පෙල නිකුත් කලහ. ඔහුඟේ සිතද මේ පිරිසිදු වාත දහරාව ඇලුම් කල බවක් පෙනිණි.

ගමන් මහන්සිය, නිදිබර ගතියක්. සිරුරට ආරෝපනය කලද, ඔහුගේ දෑස් ඔහුට නිදා ගැනීමට අවසරයක් දුන්නේම නැත. රට සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම වෙනස් වෙලා, මේ වෙනස බලා ගන්න ඕනි ඈස, ඔහුට බල කරන්නට විය. රථය මෙන්ම රියදුරාද, නව පනක් ලද දේශයට, අනුකූලව, නිර්මිතව ඇත. රියදුරු කථාවක ආරම්භයක් අපේක්ෂාවෙන් සිටී. නමුත් මේ මහ වෙනස, ඔහුට රියදුරු හා කථාවකට ඉඩ දෙන්නේම නැත. ඇස ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ, නිර්මිතව ඇති, අධිවේගී මාර්ගයේ හා දෙපස ඇති සෞන්දර්යේ රස විදින ලෙසයි. පලමු ලෝකයේ රටකින් පැමිණි ඔහුට, අධිවේගී මාර්ග යනු නැවුම් දෙයක් නොවුනද, තමන් කිසිදා බලාපොරොත්තු නොවුන දෙයක් තම මවුු බිමේ සිදුව ඇති බව නම දැනේ. ඇස ගැටෙන ගැටෙන තැන ඇති සුන්දරත්වය,ඇස මනා ලෙස වාර්තාකරණය කලද, තමාගේ වාතාකරණය හේතුවෙන් මේ මිනිහා හොදටම හෙම්බත්ව ඇති බව වටහා ගත්හ. “ඔහු කැමති වුනද, නොවුනද, මේ දකින්නේ සිදුව ඇති මහා වෙනසයි. ඒ නිසා මම දකින දේ, මම වාර්තා කල යුතුයි. ඒක මගේ කාර්යයයි” ඇස සත්යේ පදනම මත සිටගත්තාය. “වාර්තාකිරීම පමණක් නොව, මේ වාර්තා මනාව සුරක්ෂිතව ගබඩා කරන ලෙසද මොලයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියාය.

“හ්ම්! මේ අධිවේගි මාර්ගය කොහ‌ෙට වෙනකම් යනවද?” ඔහු රියදුරු තැන අපේක්ෂාවෙන් සිටි කථාව ඇරඹුවාය.

“සර්, මේක පෑලියගොඩින් ඉවරයි.”

ඔහුට සියුුම් සතුටක් හැඟිණි. “මේකද මේගොල්ලො මහ ලොකුවට වර්ණනා කරන අඩිවේගී මාර්ගය” ඔහුට සිතිණි.

“පොඩි දුරක්නේ” ඔහුගේ මුවින් පිටවිණි.

“ඔවු සර් හරිම කෙටි දුරක්, ඒ වුනාට ලොකු වැඩක් කරන, කෙටි හයිවේ එකක්” රියදුරු මහතාගේ පිලිතුර විය.

රියදුරුගේ පිලිතුර, ඔහුගේ නොසතුටට හේතු විය. “බක පණ්ඩිතයෙක්” ඔහුට සිතුණි.

“මේකට කීයක විතර වියදම් යන්න ඇද්ද?”

“ඒක නම් දන්නෙ නැහැ සර්”

“කිලෝ මීටරයකට රුපියල් බිලියන 1.8ක මුදලක් වියදම් කරල තියෙනවා,ඇත්තටම, මහා අපරාධයක්. මේ රටට මේ වගේ ලොකු වැඩ කරන්න, ආදායම් තියෙන රටක් නෙමෙයි. මේ ආණඩුව කරන්නේ, මුලු අනාගත පරපුරම ණය කරල හයිවේස් ගහනවා, මේව කණ්ඩද අයිසේ?” ඔහු තුලවූ සගවා ගත යුතු යමක්, කඩා පැනනේ ඔහුගේ පාලනයේ දුර්වලතාවය හේතුවෙණි.

“සර් ඉන්න රටේ හයිවේස් නැද්ද?”

“එහෙ තියෙන්නෙ මෙහාට වඩා විශාල හයිවේස්.” ඔහුට ඒ රටවල්වල සැරිසරන ජීවියකු බව සිතුන විටත් මහා සතුටක්ද හැගිණ.

” සර් පොඩඩක් හිතල බලන්න ඉස්සර මේ ගමනට පැයකුත් විනාඩි 15ක් විතර යනවා. දැන් විනාඩි 15කින් ගමන ඉවරයි. මේ පාරෙ දවසකට යන්නෙ, 40,000ක් කියල නිකමට හිතන්න. ඒ කියන්නෙ සර් දවසකට මිනිස් පැය 40,000ක් උපයනවා. ඕක තව විදියකට කියනව නම් දවසකට, වැඩ කරන දින 5000ක් මේ හයිවේ එක උත්පාදනය කරනවා. ඒ දිනක ආදායම වූ රුපියල් මිලියන 4ක ආදායමට අමතරව තවත් රුපියල් මිලියන 4ක් ජනතාවට බෙදල දෙනව වගේ වැඩක් නේද  සර්.”

“දවසක ආදායම රුපියල් මිලියන 4ක්!” රියදුරු මහතා කිව් කථාවේ, ඔහු කැමතිම වගන්තිය යලි යලිත් සිතන්නට විය.

“අපේ ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුව ගෙන මේ හයිවේ කෑල්ල ලබා ගත්තත් ඇතිනේ ” ඔහුට සිතිණ.

“මේ ආණ්ඩුවෙ ලොක්කො මේ වැඩෙන්, බිලියන ගනනාවක් හමබකරගෙන ඉවරයි. ඒක මේ රටේ ඉන්න මෝඩයින්ට තේරෙන්නෙ නැහැ.” ඔහුගේ හිතේ ඇති වෙෙරය මුවින් එලියට ගලා එනන විය.

” ඉස්සරට වඩා දැන් කොච්චර ලස්සනද? ඇස තව තවත් දෘෂ්ය රසය විදින ගමන්ම “මේව ඉතින් කටට පේන්නෙ නැහැනේ, ඔහේ කියවනවා, තේරුමක් නැතිව ” යයි සිතුවාය.

ඇසට කට කංකරචලයක් සේ හැගුණි. ඇස තමන් දකින හැම දෙයක්ම නිවරදිව වාර්තා කලද,, මුවින් පිටට ගලා එන්නේ, ඇසින් දකින සංවර්ධනයට එරෙහි ව වචන මාලාවන්ය. “මොලය ඇයි හරියට වැඩ කරල මම වාර්තා කරන දේ එලිදක්වන්නේ නැත්තේ? මේ මිනිහා වැඩ කරන්නේ මෙහෙම නම්, මෙයාට ඇස් වල සේවය වැඩක් නැහැනේ” ඇසට සිතිණි.

“ඔයා කීවනේ මේකෙන් දවසකට රජයට රුපියල් මිලියන 4ක ආදායමට අමතරව ජනතාවට, මිලියන 4ක පමණ වටිනා කාලයක උරුම  වෙනවා කියල. හොදයි කියන්න බලන්න, ඔබට උරුම වෙන ඒ කාලයෙන් ඔබ මොනවද කරන්නේ කියල?” ඔහු නැවතත්  රියදුරු මහතා සමග කථාව ඇරඹුවාය.

“සර්, ඇතතටම මේ වගේ ව්යාපෘතියක් හරියට මී වදයක් වගේ, මේ ව්යාපෘතිය, පටන් ගන්න වෙලාවෙ ඉදලම රටට ලබා දෙන්නෙ ප්රතිලාබ. මේකෙන් සර් කීව වගේ මැති ඇමතිවරුනුත් විශාල ලාභයක ලබනවා, මේ කොන්ත්රාත්තුව ගන්න සමාගමත්, විශාල ලාභයක් ලබනවා, මේකට භාණඩ සපයන සමාගම් වලටත් විශාල මුදල් කන්දරාවක් ලැබෙනවා, මේ යටතේ උප කොන්තරාත් කරුවන් රාශියක් බිහි වෙනවා, ඒ අයත් ඉතා හොදට මුදල් හම්බ කරනවා. මේකෙ ඉන්ජිනේරු මහතඒමයාගේ ඉදල කම්කරුවා වෙනකම් විශාල පිරිසක් සේවය කලා, ඒ හැමෝම මේ වැඩේ හින්ද හොදට ජීවත් වුණා. ඒ විතරක නෙමෙයි සර් හොරකම හැම තැනම තියෙනවා. ඔය පාර දෙපැත්තෙ මිනිස්සුත් හම්බ කලා. දැන් වැඩේ ඉවරයි. අපිට කාලය ලබාදීල තියෙනවා.අපිට පුලුවන් මේ ලබාදීල තියෙන කාලය, විනාශ කරන්නත්, ඒ වගේම ඒ කාලය මුදල් බවට පත් කරල අපේ පවුලේ දියුණුවට යොදවන්නත් පුලුවන්. මම ඉස්සර මේ වගේ හයර් එකකට, යන්න එන්න ගත්තම පැය තුනක් යනවමයි. දැන් මම පැය දෙකහමාරකට හයර් දෙකක් යනවා. ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌මේක නිසා මගේ අදායම නම් වැඩි වෙලා. හැබයි මම තව කාව හරි අල්ලගෙන මේ වැඩේ විවේචනය කර කර, මේකෙන් ගහපු මිනිස්සු ගැන කිය කිය හිටියට කාටත් වැඩක් නැහැ. සර්, දැන් අපි ලැබිල තියෙන එකෙන් පල ප්රයෝජයක් ගමු”

මේ අවස්ථාවේදී කණ තමන්ගේ කාර්යය නිසි ආකාරයට ඉටු කලාය. හොද වැඩේ මේ මිනිහට මම හැම දෙයක්ම හොදට පෙන්නලත් ඇත්ත දැක්කෙ නැහැ. ඇසට සිතිණ. දැන ටිකක් මහන්සියි ඇස් දෙක පියා ගන්න ඕනි. අස් පහාටු ඇසේ අණ පිලි පැදීමත් සමගම, මහා අදුරක් සමග වටපිටාවේ සුන්දරත්වය, මේ පුද්ගලයාට ලබාදීම තාවකාලිකව නැවතිණි.

 

Foreign Secretary Level Talks between India and Pakistan

August 17th, 2014

By Afshain Afzal

 Despite all pressures and coercive measures to fail any dialogue between two potential defence allies, Pakistan and India are once again going to have Foreign Secretary level talks, tentatively on 25 August 2014. The military brass and secular parties are much aggrieved to see Prime Minister Mr. Narandra Modi and his counterpart, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif applying new theories of international politics and political science that as sovereign Muslims and Hindus neighbours, Pakistan and India are not threat to each other. In other words, all theories relating to religion as instrument of clash between civilizations are going to be challenged. As the date is approaching nearer, media in both the countries have renewed their campaigns of intensifying enmity drills. Salman Khurshid, spokesperson of Congress party, who also remained Indian External Affairs Minister, criticized BJP government’s dialogue strategy with Pakistan, jumping straight to Foreign Secretary level talks. He linked dialogue process with improvement or expectation of improvement in relations between the two countries and enquired basis behind the decision to send the Indian Foreign Secretary to Pakistan.

 As the media in Pakistan and India are projecting the two neighbours as traditional enemies, engaged in border / Line of Control (LoC) violations and having potential to indulge into a nuclear war, Mr. Narandra Modi is quite optimistic that neither Pakistan nor India is going to use their nuclear deterrent against each other. The recent media’s twisting of statement of Indian Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, on the very first day of assumption of charge, was among the steps to mentally prepare Foreign Secretaries of both countries to think on the old lines of continuity of hate-hate relation due to suspicion and communication gap. However, recent rescue of India Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, Satyasheel Yadav, who had unintentionally crossed over to Pakistani territory and his honourable return by Pakistani authorities to BSF authorities has exposed media’s yellow journalism. The smiling faces of Pakistani and Indian personnel on media after the incident gave a hope that India would realize that unfortunate and sad incident of beheading of Lance Naik Hemraj of Indian Army along the LoC in Poonch sector on 8 January 2013 was not carried out by Pakistan personnel and was handiwork of some common enemy of Pakistan and India. Ironically, Indian Media even tried to give this incident negative touch by claiming that Pakistani military personnel interrogated him, ignoring the facts that procedure in both the countries requires completion of Interrogation Report before handing over to the country of origin.

 With regard to unprovoked firing and violation of cease fire, Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, Commander Indian Northern Command had have been complaining New Delhi a sharp increase in the incidents. Basing on intelligence reports from Military Intelligence and BSF, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 16 Corps, Lieutenant General K H Singh had been repeatedly claiming infiltration by ghost infiltrators from Pakistani side. It is difficult to confirm authenticity of such reports of infiltration; however, on firing from Indian side, Pakistani troops also retaliate. Pakistani troops deployed at the LoC also receive similar kind of intelligence input of sneaking by Indian agents and same procedure is adopted. Carrying out firing drills against unseen targets by both the countries has become routine affair. This drill is being followed by both sides since decades and reported as Cease Fire Violations”. Ironically, as always, when any positive move in confidence building and cooperation between Pakistan and India is scheduled, the firing between the two Armies and intelligence inputs against each other intensifies.

 In a recent development relating to major bone of contention between the two countries Jammu and Kashmir state”,  Government of India has asked United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which has strength of 40 military Observers, 23 international civilians and many locals, to vacate its rent free building in New Delhi or start paying rent. Interestingly, UNMOGIP annual budget US $ 19.64 million (2014-2015) but the group has very little contribution in the shape of either reports on cease-fire violations along the LoC or reporting of developments that could lead to cease-fire violations. Islamabad is of the view that asking UNMOGIP to move out of the building does not abolish the mandate which was given by the UN Security Council under Resolution 91 of 1951 and as long as the Kashmir dispute is not resolved, the UNSC mandate remains. On the other hand, there is a debate in India that UNMOGIP has outlived its mandate and that its role has been overtaken by the 1972 Simla Agreement. One wonders there is no harm in resolving all the outstanding issue between the two countries bilaterally on the basis of Simla Agreement. However, New Delhi must come forward with a formula giving assurance that documents relating partition of India including Independence Bill and Cabinet Mission plan would not be sidelined. 

 As the date and agenda point is being finalized between the two countries, there is a lot of optimism in Pakistan and India. There are high hopes that Prime Minister Mr. Narandra Modi and his counterpart would be able to achieve breakthrough in overcoming suspicion and misunderstandings due to communication gap and misreporting by intelligence agencies and interest groups. The foreign offices of both the countries, for the time being, need to ignore media reports and intelligence alerts to make the talks successful. There are a lot of avenues as Prime Ministers of both the countries will also be getting opportunity to meet on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session in September.  Let the military brass and intelligence agencies do their job, which has nothing to do with diplomatic and political efforts to remove the curtain of suspicion, mistrust and speculations between the two countries.  Let there be delay in granting MFN status to India and commitment of Kashmir and other outstanding issues but both countries should keep their hopes high for a better tomorrow.  Pakistan and India need to be cautious that foreign powers, especially powers outside the region, would never like peace and stability to prevail in the region. It is in the interest of both the countries that irrespective of the results, we must not give up hope in dialogue. Let us develop mutual trust and try to accommodate each other rather than feeling proud in defeating the other side.  There are high hopes that if we meet with an open mind without preconceived suspicions, in a matter of couple of meetings, we would comfortably win each other.  afshain@hotmail.com

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka condemns reported evictions of Christians by ISIL

August 17th, 2014

Press Release -The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Muslims and the global Muslim community are shocked and dismayed by reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has ordered the forceful eviction of Christians in Mosul and Yazidee community and other provinces. This action is against the vehemently condemns this act of barbarism and calls upon the ISIL and other groups to desist from ethnic cleaning of non–‐Muslims in Iraq. There is no place in Islam to commit injustice against any people. The rights of all as per the teaching of Islam are unambiguously clear. It commands the establishment of brotherhood based on liberty, equality and equity. Islam commands Muslims to show kindness to even their adversaries at all times, especially in times of need. The great amnesty given by Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) at the time of the great Meccan victory to those who persecuted him and his followers is an outstanding example and guidance to Muslims of all time.

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Disunited Nations Organisation.

August 15th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

United Nations Organisation ceased to exist the day George Bush with false evidence of  an imagined Iraq’s stock pile of weapons of mass destruction provided by the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair stepped over UN to wage a war against Sadam Hussain of Iraq.

The President Barrack Obama  did nothing to revive the UNO after  the debacle of George Bush. He instead made UNO an unofficial  Agency of the US State Department  making a  puppet of its Secretary General. The President Barrack Obama who every one expected would change the aggressive United States foreign policy,  made it worse by ignoring the UN forming a United Front with his Western allies using the NATO Forces to destroy Nations, and kill National Leaders.

They bombed Libya, killed its Leader and left it in chaos.  America avoided UN as a forum to settle disputes amoung countries, and  imposed sanctions on Iran and North Korea.  Barack Obama with his allies in EU used lies to impose sanctions on Russia. Like Tony Blair’s lies about WMD in Iraq USA accused Russia without any proof for the shooting down the Malaysian Air plane.  USA and its allies of the UE have become a law unto themselves. They assist rebels against governments in place. Libya, Syria and Ukraine are examples of their  thuggery” to make UN powerless.

UN Secretary General is a puppet who bends backwards to accommodate the new  world order being set up  by USA and its allies.   Ban Ki Moon lies to implicate Nations without knowing their ground situations, without respect to their culture and in breach of their Sovereign Status.

Ban Ki Moon who said that the report of the  Darusman Panel on Sri Lanka was an advisory report  without  official status, allowed Navi Pillai a Tamil woman  who was the UN High Commissioner for Human rights to use the Darusman report as an official UN Document to allow her to take revenge from Sri Lanka for the elimination of the group of Tamil terrorists in Sri Lanka. USA and its allies backed  false evidence provided by Navi Pillai, as they did to destroy Iraq, Libya and now Ukraine on false information, to back an unwanted probe into Sri Lanka’s just war against terrorism.

USA and its allies of the EU are interfering every where in the world  to create political catastrophe against Sovereign Nations that do not fall in line with their views.

It is time that the member States of UNO  demand the USA and its  Western allies of EU to dismantle NATO Forces and realine with  a renewed UNO or in the alternative abandon the UNO to form another more realistic Organisation of Nations outside USA and the West.

The USA and the EU are working together to subordinate  China, Russia, and India to their leadershp in the world.  They want to form a hegemony of military power to  force the other nations outside their circle to accept their leadership, to become vassal Sates. USA and  its Western allies of the EU with their NATO forces cannot fulfil the original intentions of those who mooted the idea of an Organisations to avoid wars and settle disputes in dialogue.

Today  China and Russia are ready to help Nations in need of help to rise above their  economic backwardness, which the USA and the West failed to do.   They –USA and its allies have their laws first to protect themselves and develop their countries, and keep others at bay  by making them get caught in their  debt trap  giving aid without transference technology.

USA and UE Countries are destructive forces as they have never helped third world countries to develop to come out of their under development.  They stand by their preoccupation of their own protection and development, making others depend on crumbs falling from their sumptuous tables.

They want  wars in the world to provide employment for their Armed Forces.  USA and its allies  have a lot to learn from Sri Lanka as to how the Armed Forces could be used not to destruct but to construct.  They want to dictate terms without learning from others how best to govern and use their manpower for constructive employment.  It is in giving you receive.  It applies to countries as well as to persons.

USA and the West should learn to look outwards and contribute in some way to unity in the world and peace without armed conflicts. The conflict in Ukraine could have been  settled by a sincere dialogue with the willingness to find an acceptable solution, without expecting the other party to give into demands by the USA and UE.

The Middle East is  in turmoil.  The Nations from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, Israel to Palestine are unable to find peace amoung themselves making religion a barrier for a political settlement. Muslims are divided according to their own belief systems.  The world is different today from the time when the Bible  or the Koran were written.  The Creator God is the same for the Muslims, the Christians and the Israelites.  Therefore why bring the religion to stand in the way of their unity ?

There is already a faction of the Israelites who are not averse to unity between the  Palestinians and the Israelites to  form a nation living together in a multi-ethnic environment.  Why cannot the UNO take this question  with the support of USA and EU to the Israel hardline Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu to demand him to be flexible and accept a reconciliation with Palestine ?

The USA has  miserably failed in its military adventure in Iraq, proving that political problems cannot be solved by bombs, by sanctions, massacres,  destruction of people and property, or by inflicting  torture in American Military Prisons.

What is the voice that can bring sense to stubborn minds of USA and Netanyahu ? Ban Ki Moon is clueless and the UNO is laid to rest.

There should be a sincere effort to find reconciliation between communities without  politicians standing in the way of the people.  Let to themselves the people will be able find solutions.  It is the ambitions of politicians and religious leaders that bar unity of the people whether it is in Palestine and Israel, or between Sunnis and Shias in Middle East or between Tamils and Sinhala in Sri Lanka.

USA and the Western Countries are out to create conflict within countries hoping that it would be a means to keep developing countries under their control and stop the forward march of China and Russia to win over the trust and  confidence of the developing nations in the world.

Can the Pope intervene ?

But the old God of the Bible or the New Testament has failed to establish peace amoung people from the beginning of time, and what solutions can we expect from the same old God for the present day conflicts.  It is not the God but it is for the men to find peace amoung themselves and for that we should have correct political leaderships that find salvation  for the people in the modern day conflicts.

That was the reason why the world leaders in Europe  after the World War  I, sought to set up the League of Nations to stop  the world suffer no more from Wars. Its intension was to prevent wars through collective security and disarmament, and settling international disputes through negotiations  and arbitration.  It was a failure and the Second World war began soon after. It was replaced by the UNO after the Second World war in October,1945.

Its objects are large but with passage of time they have become blurred and   indistinct due to interferences by powerful countries making use of the UN for their own selfish ends.   This was not foreseen in its  Charter where all member states were equal without distinction of  their size or wealth.  Failure of the UN is due to rich member States using their wealth and power to dictate terms to UN and withholding contributions (sanctions) when necessary  to cripple the  UN System.  It is no different from USA imposing sanctions on countries with which it has disagreement-Cuba, Iraq, Iran, and now Russia.

Hence the UNO has either to be replaced by another organisation with different objectives. The UNO should not be allowed to be  manipulated by rich and powerful countries of the West, which has already made it different from what it was intended to be.  The Member States of the UN should demand USA and the Western Countries to disband the NATO or bring it within the control of the UN.

An Objective of the UNO, amoung others is the maintaining of International peace and Security and thus stop wars. Therefore its Member States should not have their own Armed Forces  which would then be a rival  force to usurp the objectives of the UNO. It is the actions of the Member States of UNO such as USA and the Western Countries that has prevented the UNO becoming an institution to provide  security  and ensure peace in member states. UNO has thus lost its confidence amoung the rest of the Member States.

When there are incidents in a member state of UNO, it should first be reported to the UNO.  The  role of the UNO then is  to interact with the country not as a wrong doer but as a Member State to examine  the incidents and settle it in an open dialogue with the Member States, without making it an interference into the internal affairs of the Member State.

No Country should be allowed to act contrary to any decision of the UNO.  This has not happened in the recent past.  Even the present issues in Iraq, with ISIS, Ukraine  with Russia and Syria  between rebels and the Government, should be taken over by the UNO barring USA and its allies interfering on the issues arming the rebels or the people.

The UNO therefore  has a primary role to play concerning its member states, not a secondary role, sitting obediently behind USA and its allies.

The freedom with which Sri Lanka’s Media denigrates Sinhala Buddhists

August 15th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

The freedom with which Sri Lanka’s Media denigrates Sinhala Buddhists

§  There are accusations that there is no media freedom in Sri Lanka.

§  There are accusations that the majority are discriminating the minorities in Sri Lanka.

§  There are accusations that the minorities are unable to voice their views in Sri Lanka.

 The following headlines are for readers to decide if this is the freedom that is claimed to be denied.

 The below specimen samples are just but a handful of hundreds of other online and even print name calling.

 Buddhist monks have been referred to as : mob of monks’, ‘marauding monks’, ‘monkish terror’, ‘monkish violence…represents evil incarnate’, ‘thug monks’, ‘these are the modern day Devadattas and Buddharakkithas who are out to destroy Buddhism’, ‘delegation of saffron robed horrors’, ‘bhikku death squads’. ‘monkish anarchy’

 The high priests were not spared as well:

‘most revolting of all is the capitulation of the Mahanayake of the Malwatte chapter in the face of this unprecedented monkish thuggery’.

 The Malwatte Mahanayake thero was accused of ‘limp acquiescence’ and accused of turning himself ‘into a cipher’.

 Given that Sri Lanka’s media has been only too pleased to carry such articles it is not difficult to imagine how people are commenting on the below titles too. These comments are too vile to showcase as examples however, most often the websites themselves make comments entering pseudonyms to project that in Sri Lanka the Sinhala Buddhists are hated.

 What would be a nicer thing is to reveal exactly why they are angry but that is an unlikely option because behind the denigration there is another plan.

Title/Link

Date

Justice Minister (and leader of the Muslim Congress) Rauf Hakeem at a meeting in Kalmunai had demanded President Rajapakse should defeat ‘yellow-robed terrorism’

 

Aug 2012

Fascists’ in saffron robes? The rise of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist ultra-nationalists

http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/32133

 

July 2014

Buddhist extremists attack innocent

http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2014/06/buddhist-extremists-attack-innocent.html

 

June 2014

Barbarism of Sinhala Buddhist extremist forces against Muslims

http://www.latheeffarook.com/index.php/9-sri-lanka/1188-barbarism-of-sinhala-buddhist-extremist-forces-against-muslims

 

June 2014

Bodu Bala Sena’s Thug Leader Gnanasara Thero Should be Flogged Publicly and Chased on the Road with Full Exposure on TV

http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/29655

 

4 May 2014

Why Gnanasara has to be dealt with’ 

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=102690

 

3 May 2014

Saving Sri Lanka from the Monkish Terror

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=102281

 

26 Apr 2014

Expose Thugs In Robes And Isolate Them

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/04/27/expose-thugs-in-robes-and-isolate-them/

 

27 April 2014

The ‘Mad Monk’ Phenomenon: BBS as the underside of Sinhala-Buddhism

http://groundviews.org/2014/04/15/the-mad-monk-phenomenon-bbs-as-the-underside-of-sinhala-buddhism/

 

15 April 2014

Saffron robed destroyers of Sinhala-Buddhism

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=101536

 

11 April 2014

An unholy alliance of Buddhists

http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2014/04/an-unholy-alliance-of-buddhist.html

 

April 2014

Email subject heading circulating amongst ‘intellectuals’ & Colombo elite

 

Yellow robed Jackals of the BBS invade Fatima Church”

 

Aug 2014

Summon Lord Buddha to Geneva – Sharmini Serasinghe

Colombotelegraph

 

Jan 2014

Buddhist Extremists Hope to Attain NIBBANA” by Attacking Muslims, Mosques and Muslim Owned Businesses

http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/24278

 

14 Aug 2013

Buddhist fanatics on the streets

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=80392

Jun 2013

Mad men of Dambulla

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/04/29/the-mad-men-of-dambulla/

 

Aug 2012

 The editors were well aware of the contents of the articles. Yet they published them.

 The newspapers owners were well aware that their newspapers were carrying articles with inappropriate headings, yet they allow such publications.

 The 1964 Press Commission Report is invaluable for its findings remain valid in todays context and highlights the same issues.

 No other minority religion has been called by such names to the extent the Buddhist priests have been subject to, even the Catholic priests who have been linked to LTTE have not been subject to the same denigration despite terror links.

 There were and are no foreign envoys, UN special rapporteurs, UN human rights head, civil society organizations that came out to say that the trend of denigrating the majority Sinhala Buddhists of Sri Lanka via disproportionate media coverage was incorrect, unjustified and unethical. Yet, we ask, is this the freedom with which media should function?

 When these examples are highlighted the easy way out is to claim that  these are attempts to incite ‘racism’ for it affords the perfect excuse to evade responding.

 With the examples given it is for the readers to decide for themselves.

 Shenali D Waduge

 Further reference:

https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/buddhism-bashing-columnists/ 

Buddhists, victims of HATE SPEECH and Media manipulation

August 15th, 2014

Shenali Waduge

They say you cannot fool the people all of the time and the recent announcement by a Minister who thinks he is doing a favour to those he closely associates with is like a blessing in disguise for the real victims of hate speech and the likelihood that it is going to boomerang on the very authors of the proposed hate speech legislation is something they have not yet taken into consideration. Almost 50 years ago the Press Commission Report of 1964 revealed some startling truths on the conduct of the Press and its manipulative activities, which 50 years on remains relevant. Victims of hate speech were and continue to be the Buddhists and there is ample evidence to prove it.

To approach the argument of hate speech we need to re-visit the Report and re-state the golden words contained in para 112, page 56 of the 1964 report of the Commission that was chaired by Justice K D de Silva, Press Commissioner:

If these English language newspapers were sufficiently patriotic they could have made a very useful contribution to bringing about unity among the various communities after the country achieved its independence. They should have advised the minority groups to adapt themselves to the changing circumstances and exhorted the majority to be generous towards the former. They failed to do that. What they consistently did was to poison the minds of the minority groups and encourage them to fight to retain the unjust privileges they had received during the era of foreign domination. ”

In today’s context is the above statement not relevant to the manner in which the private English language mainstream newspapers function?

Taking into consideration the editorial population: –

* How many of these editorial posts are held by Buddhists?
* How many of these newspapers belong to non-Buddhist ownerships?
* Who are the regular columnists and to what ethnicities and religions do they belong to?

* How many articles are regularly featured that denigrate Buddhists through these private English newspapers or subtly attribute the fault at the doorstep of the Buddhists?

Now the answer to the real victims of hate speech becomes easier to comprehend.

Buddhism bashing columnists

The regular columnists appearing in all the private English newspapers are: Anne A (never misses a chance to engage in Sinhala and Buddhism Bashing), Dharisha B, Dushey R, Harim P, Kishali P, Kumar D, Latheef F, Shanie (Notebook), Tisaranee G, Uvindu K, R Philips, Sonali S, Fredrica J, RM Senanayake, Izeth H etc… these articles are then complimented with another set of regular columnists that include Kumar R, Surendra Ajit, Basil F, Nimalika F, Pakisothy, Jehan P, Dayan J. Their writings do not shower praises about the Sinhalese, the Buddhists or their love for the country.

What they write is not their personal opinion either. By virtue of their profession, the allegiance to forums, organizations and other associations they are tasked to denigrate the Buddhists in a plan to project a Mahavansa Mentality” so as to take away the nationalistic pride that the Sinhalese Buddhist possess in view of their heritage and Buddhist civilization. Recolonization and subservience appears to be the goal. We now need to call their bluff.

A closer look will also reveal links to foreign funded organizations most of whom back destabilizing of the nation, distorting history by regularly feeding lies which the English readers come to accept, most linked to non-Buddhist organizations that have a clear plan to demonise and denigrate the Sinhala Buddhists, break their will and confine them to a corner even legislatively by slowly planting their people into key Governmental roles secured by virtue of their English education, contacts that promote their position and because they belong to the fashionable circles of Colombo society.

Thus, Sri Lanka has been accustomed to opening the English newspapers to read headlines that almost always carry fascist Buddhists”, Buddhist extremists”, Sinhala supremacists”, Racist Sinhalese Buddhists” and the list is endless. Some headline names are appalling.

In contrast, how many articles are written that praise the Rajapaksa government or our Buddhist Kings or heroes in our ancient past? The literary achievements of the Sinhalese in the pre-colonial era are hardly covered. And if anyone writes about how nice the roads are in Colombo, or how well the infrastructure is in the North – is that equated to mean that the writers are pro-Rajapaksa? Can people not write about the good things the government does without them being labeled? Do people always have to write like the above columnists painting a sordid picture of a failed state?

What appears to be the difference from then and now is that the THEN” Buddhism bashing or slandering slogans were silently accepted by the majority Buddhists without challenge and thus these hate speeches” had been so commonly used that it did not appear as hate speech” and it was almost as if every article had to use these terminologies to get published. But, the ballgame has now changed. There is a limit to what the people can tolerate or should tolerate. Now, when the Buddhists are demanding fair play and equal platform with right of replies and equality in newspaper coverage in the private English media – the response is to quickly gather the editors and columnists together and project a picture of victimhood using the statistical reality of the population yet ignoring the statistical reality of how the minorities were using the private English media to totally ridicule the Sinhalese Buddhists and generate contempt for them. This is the issue that needs to be highlighted and addressed.

False depiction of Buddhists as intolerant

The 1964 Commission report perfectly summed this up: With regard to the English reading public, the impression has been created that the communal and religious minorities must get together and oppose the Sinhalese Buddhist majority if they are to get any rights at all. The point of view is put forward that the Sinhalese Buddhist majority is intolerant and is trying to deprive the minorities of their rights. As a matter of fact it is not so.’”(PCR para 46, pages 25 -26)

This is further strengthened by Sir Nicholas Attygalle, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ceylon in his evidence who said that he had come across mischievous propaganda against the Sinhalese on his visits to England and USA, and he believed that the source of this false news was our own leading newspapers. (PRC para 49, page 27).

All the columnists mentioned above are regularly quoted internationally – therefore should we be in the least surprised why the world gets a wrong impression of Sri Lanka? Some of them are even invited to international conferences where they tearfully” bemoan the fate of journalists” and the lack of good governance” in Sri Lanka. No one is bold enough to challenge them at the virtuous ways they function!

Insinuations

The challenges therefore are that there are many local journalists who are being funded and sponsored to write against their own country. Most are now located in foreign stations claiming to be victim”. Some of these are able to quickly pack a suitcase and take a flight, get a scholarship and a job while for us the process of visa application, submission of financial statements and sponsorship letters and interview decides whether we are to be given visa or not.

They are paid to use their local knowledge and talent to fabricate lies, create mischief, engage in slander, twist stories and promote disunity among communities through well-funded websites and email campaigns. If we say this is gutter journalism” who can disagree and who will demand freedom of expression for such journalists?

So where in them do we find ethics”?

Take a segment of any private newspapers – browse through the articles published and count the number of articles that ridicule the Buddhists and blame the Sinhalese for all the troubles in Sri Lanka.

Buddhist Channel

The media fraternity that is ever ready to cry foul over freedoms denied may well like to explain why they have selected attacks on what and about whom they write. A good example is how all these years the media kept very silent on Lalith Kotelawala and his corrupt investment activities because they were all part of what was called the kept press”. How many can afford to silence media from publishing news by virtue of how well they can look after” the press? Is press freedom and journalism equated to mean that the English press can laugh at a heritage or be paid to write untruths? Is it unfashionable for them to speak about the Sinhala Buddhist kings who kept the civilization of Sri Lanka together and they would prefer to write more about how many times the Queen sneezes or the DNA of Prince William? As against the pro-West news that dominate the English newspapers how many articles are published about Asian heroes, Asian leaders or their high achievements? Does the media ever attempt to promote links between Sri Lanka and Buddhist Asia? Do we want to belong to the Asian continent? Are we to always follow copy cat type of journalism where we do not create our own niche but replicate what is available in Western news? Do we always have to wait for a Westerner to praise Asia to write about something Asian? The editors of English newspapers in Sri Lanka feel satisfied by running a one page Poya day supplement to argue that equal status to Buddhism is given in a nation that has over 70 per cent Buddhists but are poorly served with a lack of quality feature articles and news stories concerning Buddhist events and Buddhist personalities. The ‘Buddhist Channel’ based in Kuala Lumpur provides a good role model for choice of content.

Discrimination

The discrimination is very visible. The Hate Speech will certainly provide an opportune platform with which to bring out with examples of how not a single editorial was written when Wahhabi gangs in Bangladesh attacked Buddhist temples and destroyed the artefacts, when even the Thai PM’s visit to Sri Lanka was given step-motherly treatment and not a single line was written about the Thai King while she was in Sri Lanka. Juxtapose this was the manner the newspapers were full of articles when the Middle East went on a rampage over a video that the rioters hadn’t even seen!

The situation is really no different in India. The mainstream English media is owned by the Christians and Muslims and when Hindus make their voice the immediate reaction is to claim hate speech” and this was well articulated by Dr. Subramaniam Swamy as well.

No government should think it can throw a lavish cocktail and court media personnel and think they can twist their stories to national advantage. Those that are courted by foreign interests earn far more than what the government can afford to give.

Therefore, the best way to move forward is to properly remedy the problem and that remedy must come in the form of another National Media or Press Commission along the lines of the Justice K D de Silva Press Commission of 1964 where a thorough content analysis can be made of print and electronic media and expose the anti-national, anti-Buddhist, pro-LTTE bias of the media. Hate speech must first target those that created, initiated, and planted the chaos before going after those that react. Those that cause the conflict must be first named and accused.

Witch-hunt

The government which has come to power on the exclusive Buddhist vote must not fall into traps laid by those who support the ‘NGO Chinthanaya’ attempting to slyly promote sinister agendas.

These legislative proposals must be rejected because the country is now beginning to open their eyes and to understand what is taking place. Certainly ‘hate speech’ is welcome for it will enable the Buddhists to come out in their numbers and log complaints with the Police given that they have been the victims of the witch-hunt all these years. It is now time to name and shame. In all matters the playing field must be level – then only there is fair play.

*This article appeared on 20th June in the state run daily News under the title; Buddhists, victims of HATE SPEECH and Media manipulation”

OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka

August 15th, 2014

 Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne Australia

UNOG-OHCHR
The Chairman,
Dear Sir/Madam

Your mandated inquiry into alleged Human Rights Violations is for the period year 2002 to May 19th 2009.

You have exceeded your authority by extending this period 15th of 2011, obviously your intention is to pry into internal affairs of Sri Lanka administration. It has been crystal clear since the conclusion of the brutal conflict in Sri Lanka all UN affiliated organizations have been parroting the concocted allegations against Sri Lanka word to word as they appear on the Tamilnet online forum!

 Your obstinate decision without paying attention to due process makes a mockery of the UNHRC constitution. This action in itself is a violation of your jurisdiction!

 We Sri Lankans vehemently protest not only to this illegal extension of investigative period but also for the whole charade!

 Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya,

Melbourne

Australia

In response to the news bulletin of the 12th Augest 2014 under the caption “Buddhist extremists oppose Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka”

August 15th, 2014

Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne

In response to the news bulletin of the 12th Augest 2014 under the caption “Buddhist extremists oppose Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka” I posted the following.

http://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-buddhists-up-in-arms-over-papal-visit/71654

If the Holy See has been invited by the Government I don’t think non-Catholics have any objections to that. Buddhists are tolerant; they have been co-existing with all religious denominations in Peace and Harmony for many many years.

Since of late it is becoming obvious that the minority religious groups have started to misappropriate the goodwill that existed between these two groups by capitalizing on the wrath that the West developed against the country since Sri Lanka went on to annihilate the LTTE movement regardless of Western interference at the last phase of the conflict!

Sri Lanka was plundered of her riches, Buddhist Temples flattened to the ground and churches built on the sites, Buddhist Monks were slaughtered and Buddhist literature burnt by Dutch, Portuguese, English and Catholism was indoctrinated compulsorily.

Therefore anyone has the right to demand for compensation for all the devastation in the past, be it BBS or anyone else!

Sri Lanka is festooned with anti Sri Lankan NGOs indirectly funded by the LTTE coffers. Naturally they are infested with Traitors”, who are ready to sell their mother if the price is right!

The Government currently has appointed a committee to inquire into the issue of missing persons. If a meeting was called to discuss this issue, the correct procedure would have been to go to this committee instead of conducting a separate  meeting with journos, Embassy reps, Nuns, Priests, human rights activists, lawyers & lay people. Looking at the calibre of those present would put a doubt in any sane mind as to the real nature of this meeting; whether another episode for Ch4 is being concocted here. Or is it a coaching session in readyness for the international investigation on Sri Lanka by UNHRC.

There was no conflict between Sinhalese and Tamils; it is only a conflict between Sri Lankans Vs brutal LTTE movement. It has become a famous slogan to say Sinhalese/ Tamil conflict purposely to tarnish the Sinhala Buddhist name by every English newspaper and the anti-Buddhist groups. For the heck of it, if a census of those who joined the forces to fight the LTTE terrorists is taken, one might be surprised to note the percentage of the non-Buddhists. Fortunately, patriotic Catholics in Sri Lanka believe that some radical Catholic groups are working against Sri Lanka thus tarnishing the good image of the

Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya,

Melbourne

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගේ දෙවන කෙටි කතා සංග්‍රහය ජොනතන් හාකර්ගේ මරණය ඇතුළු තවත් කෙටි කතා

August 15th, 2014

මංජුල වෙඩිවර්ධන ඇන්සි ප්රංවශය.

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංගේ දෙවන කෙටි කතා සංග්‍රහය  ජොනතන් හාකර්ගේ මරණය ඇතුළු තවත් කෙටි කතා ගොඩගේ ප්‍රකාශකයන්   විසින්  මුද්‍රණද්වාරයෙන් එළි දක්වා තිබේ. මෙම කෙටි කතා සංග්‍රහය පෙරවදනක් සපයන මංජුල වෙඩිවර්ධන  මෙසේ අදහස් දක්වයි. . 
 රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග නම් වන දේශසීමා බිඳහෙලන චෙකොෆියානු සාහිත්යශකරුවා.  ස්වකීය  ෆ්රොවයිඩියානු සමාජ විශ්ලේෂණයන් යළි වරක් සාහිත්ය  සමාජය හමුවේ විනිෂ්චය පිණිස තබා ඇත.  පරිවර්ථනීය කෘතියක ධ්වනි නැංවෙන නාමයක් පෙරටුකොටගෙන ය.  « ජොනතන් හාකර්ගේ මරණය » කැටුවැවිත් සිංහලෙන් ජීවිතය ලිහා පහදන වෛද්යවරයා සිය වෘත්තියේ සිමා මායිම් පුළුල් වීමට සමාන්තරව සාහිත්යල භාවිතයද විස්තාරණය කර පෙන්වයි. එනයින් ගත් විට ඔහු සිය සාහිත්ය යික සායනයට කැඳවන පාත්රයයනට දේශ සීමා නැත.  ඔහු, තමන් අත්දකින,අත්විඳන වටපිටාවේ වන ඕනෑම ජීවිතයකට එබී බැලීමට මැලි වන්නේ නැත. 
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« රෝගියාගේ ඇඳ අසල වූ කුඩා පුටුවේ වාඩි වූ තරුණ වෛද්යමවරයා මේසය මත වූ දුබල ලාම්පු එළියේ ආධාරය ඇතිව දිනපොත කියවීම ඇරඹීය. කැඞීගිය පිටු අතර තිබූ පළමුවන සටහන වෙත වෛද්ය වරයාගේ අවධානය යොමු විය. »
මරණ මංචකය හමුවේ ශ්වසනය හා පොරබදන ජොනතන් හාකර්ගේ මරණය පසුබිමේ වන ජීවිතය හා මරණයට හේතු වන්නට ඇතැයි පාඨකයට සමීප කරවන නිෂ්චිත සිද්ධිදාමයෙන් තෝරාගත් සිද්ධි කිහිපයක් රුවන් මෙකී දිනපොත හරහා ප්රීබන්ධ කර පාඨක මනස කළම්ඹයි.  ප්රූබන්ධයේ එන වෛද්යයවරයා රුවන් ම බවත්, ඔහු කියවන දිනපොත ඇත්තම දිනපොතක් බවත් මොහොතකට අනුමාන කර කතාව කියෙව්වද මේ නම් සූර වියමනකි.  අනුන්ගේ දිනපොත් වලට එබීම සාහිත්යතයික වශයෙන් වැදගත් බව ෆ්රොවයිඩියානු විශ්ලේශකයා අපට හඟවයි.  වෛද්යසවරයෙකු සතු විශේෂ අවසරය හේතුවෙන් අන් දිනපොතකට එබීමට රුවන් අවසර ගන්නේ නැත. 
නමුත් « සංවාදය » අරඹමින් රුවන් සම්මතයක් ඉදිරියට දමයි.   
« දෙදෙනකුගේ සංවාදයට කන්දීම ශිෂ්ට සමාජය අනමත නොකරන බව සැබවි.  මම ද එම රීතියි අනුගමනය කරමි. එහෙත් එම ශුද්ධ නීතීය මා කඩකළේ මන්ද?  මා පෙළූ කාන්සිය නිසාද? » 
කථකයා වෛද්යෙවරයෙකු වෙතැයි නිෂ්චිත නැති බැවින් ඔහු සම්මත රීතිය පිළිපදින්නට කැමැත්තකු බව රචකයා අපට මෙනෙහි කරවයි. ඒත් ඔහු අතින් ඒ ශුද්ධ නීතිය බිඳ වැටෙයි.  නමුත් කතාව අවසානයේ පාඨක සිතට නැඟෙන්නේ එකී සම්මතය බිඳදැමීම සාහිත්යඒයික වශයෙන් යහපත් වන බව නොවන්නේද?  බිලී සහ සැන්ඩි යන මොන්ටිසෝරි දරුවන් දෙදෙනා හරහා රචකයා අප අබියස විවරණය කරන ලෝකය අපගේ භාව ලෝකය ප්රැකම්පනය කරවන්නේ දේශ සීමා විනිවිදිමිනි.  අනවසරයෙන් මොන්ටිසෝරියෙන් එළියට බැස සිටින දරුවන් දෙදෙනා ගොඩනංවන සංවාදය මොහොතින් මොහොත සංකීර්ණ වන්නට පටන් ගනී.  රුවන් අප හමුවේ තබන බටහිර ජීවිතයේ අතී සමීප රූපය මොන්ටිසෝරි ලෝකය පිළිබඳ ඇස් ඇරවයි. බලන්න !
« නුඹ පපාට ආදරේද ? » ගැහැනු ළමයා ඇසුවා ය.
« නෑ, මම ලොකු උණාම පපාට වෙඩි තියලා මරණවා. »
« දෙවියනේ, ඒක මොන තරම් භයානකද? ඇයි නුඹ එහෙම නපුරු වැඩ කරන්නේ? »
« පපා ගෙදර ඇවිල්ලා මමාට ගැහුවා. එතකොට මම මේසේ යටට රිංගුවා. පපා මමාගේ ඔලුව බිත්තියේ හැප්පුවා. මමා අඬාගෙන බිම වැටුණා. එතකොට පපා මමාට පයින් ගැහුවා. ටීවී එක උස්සලා පොළොවේ ගැහුවා. »
« නුඹගේ පපා හරි දරුණුයි. » ගැහැණු ළමයා පැවසුයේ පිළිකුල් හඬකිනි.
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”මම දැන් අවුරුද්දකින් විතර පපාව දැක්කේ නෑ. පපා අපේ ගෙදර එන්නේ නැහැ.” ගැහැනු ළමයා කීවේ දුක්මුසු ස්වරයෙනි. ඇයගේ දෑස් වලට කඳුළු පිරුණි.
« නුඹ අඬන්න එපා, මම නුඹට ආදරෙයි. » කළු පිරිමි ළමයා ගැහැණු ළමයා තුරුල්කර ගත්තේ ය. ගැහැනු ළමයා පිරිමි ළමයාගේ අත තරයේ අල්ලා ගත්තා ය. « මම අපේ ජෙරල්ඞ් බාප්පා තරම් උස ගියාම නුඹව බඳිනවා. » පිරිමි ළමයා ගෑණු ළමයාගේ දෑසට එබී කිව්වේ ය. « නුඹ මාව බඳින්න කැමතියි නේද? » ඔහු ඇගෙන් ඇසුවේ දෑස් ලොකුකර ගනිමින් ය. 
ඇය පිරිමි ළමයාගේ අත ගසා දැමුවා ය. « මට බැහැ නුඹව බඳින්න. එල්සි නැන්දා දවසක් කිව්වා සුදු ගෑණු කළු මිනිස්සු බැන්දම ලැබෙන්නේ කළු පැටව් කියලා. මට ඕන රත්තරන් පාට හිසකේ තියෙන ළමයි. »
« මට පුළුවන් නුඹට රන්පාට හිසකෙස් තියෙන ළමයි දෙන්න. » මෙහිදී පිරිමි ළමයා පරාද වීමට අකැමැති හඬකින් පිළිතුරු දුන්නේ ය.
« එහෙම නම් මම නුඹව බදින්න කැමතියි. » ඇය යළිත් පිරිමි ළමයාගේ අත අල්ලා ගත්තා ය. 
 « සංවාදය » විසින් අප හමුවේ තැබෙන සංවාදය වනුයේ, සාහිත්යතයේ කොදෙව්භාවය බිඳදමන්ට කැස කවන රුවන්ගේ නිර්මාණ පරිශ්රනමය පලදායි වන්නේ ද යන්නයි.  ඔව්, එය පලදායි වන්නේ යැයි පැවසීමට මහත් ශ්රශමයක් දැරිය යුතු නැත.  ඔහු වචන ඇසුරින් මවන සාහිත්යා ලෝකයට පිවිසීමෙන් පමණක් වුව එය හඳුනා ගන්නට අපට පිළිවන. ඔහු වඩ වඩා නිර්ව්යා ජව එය ස්ථානගත කරන්නට උත්සුක වන්නේ නම් එය පළල් ලෝකයකි.  සාහිත්යතය යන්න මෙසේ වියමන් වන්නේ නම් පරිවර්ථන සිඟමන් යදිමින් කල්මැරිය යුතු නැති බව දේශාඨනයේ යෙදෙන චෙකොෆියානුවා අපට මෙනෙහි කරවයි.  
මේ වනාහි අතිශයින් රුවන් විසින් සිදු කෙරෙන දැනුවත් ප්රයවේශයක් යයි මම පවසමි.  ඔහු ස්වකීය දේශසීමා බිඳ දැමීමේ සාහිත්යවයික කැරැල්ල අරඹන්නේ ඔවුන්ගේ පළමු කෙටිකතා සරණිය වූ « සැන්ට බාබරාහී යාචකයා » තුළිනි.  එහිදී එනමින් ම යුතු ප්රණබන්ධයට අමතරව « මැක්සිම් ඉවානවිච් », « හිමවතිය » සහ « ගුප්ත ආගන්තුකයා » ඔහු අපට සම්මුඛ කරයි.  පරිවර්ථනීයව පමණක් පැමිණෙන පාත්රහයන් ඔරිජිනලීය සෙයියාවන්ගෙන් අතිශයින් නිරුපද්රි තව සිංහල අකුරු අතරේ සැරිසරනු දැකීම විසින් මා කෙරෙහි මහත් විඳුමක් ජනනය කෙරෙයි.  
මෙකී සාහිත්යුයික ජවයට ඉතිහාසයක් ඇත. ඔහු දිවයිනක් වූ තම ජීවිතය විශ්වයක් බව පත් කරගනු ලබන්නේ නව යෞව්වනයේ ආත්මීය ජවයද සමඟිනි.  එතැන් පටන් ඔහු ඓන්ද්රී්යව උපන් බිම හා ගැට ගැසී සිටියද දේශසීමා රහිත සාහිත්යියක රුවගුණ ගවේශනයේ යෙදෙයි.  එය ස්වයංසිද්ධ වන තරමටම දිග්ගැස්සෙනුයේ ඔහුට ගැටගැසෙන්නට සිදුවූ අවකාශය පුරා හිටගෙන සිටි ගැහැණුන් මිනිසුන් දේශසීමා හරහා ඇවිද යමින් සිටින්නන් වන බැවිනි.  ඔහුගේ බොහෝ කතාවන්ට මූලාවේශ වනුයේ මෙකී ජීවන සන්ධර්භයයි.  
ඔහු ජොන්තන් හාකර්ගේ මරණය කරා ළංවන විට පළමු කෘතියට වඩා වැඩි ප්රීතිශතයකින් මෙම අලුත් සම්ප්ර්දායට ගොණු වෙමින් සිටී.  ඒ අනුව කෙටි කතා 13කින් 8ක්ම « කහකුරුල්ලා » මෙන් දේශසීමා මඟහරිමින් අවකාශයේ සැරිසරයි.  උණුසුම් කන්ද දැකගන්නට නම් අහම්බයකින් හෝ බඩ එළිය යා යුතු බව වෛද්ය් රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග උත්ප්රාටසයෙන් යුතුව පවසයි.  නොඑසේ නම් අනුන්ගේ මුව තුළ තලුමැරුණ චුයිංගම් ගුලියක් බඩේ ඇලුණු කලෙක මෙන් බඩ රුජාවෙන් ඔත්පලව මිය යා යුතුය.  ඔහු සංඛේතාත්මකව ප්ර ශ්න කරන්නේ මෙකී සාහිත්යෙයික මිය යාම සිදුනොවන්නට නම් අපට කුමක් සිදුවිය යුතුද යන්න නොවේද?  ඉදින් එබැවින් දේශ දේශාන්තර ජීවිත ගවේශනය ඔහු විසින් අවිච්ඡින්නව සිදු කෙරෙයි.  
ඕහෙන්රියානු පන්නයේ « පාදඩයා » තව නිදසුනෙකි.  ගැටළුව ඇත්තේ භෞතික ලෝකය තුළ නොව සංකල්ප ලෝකය තුළ බව රුවන් නිමැවන පාදඩයා අපට පහදයි.  දේවි කිරාන්ගේ නැතිවුණු පසුම්බිය සුරක්ෂිතව ආපසු ලැබෙන්නේ මෙතෙක් කතාව පුරා පිළිකුළ දැනවූ සංඛේතය නිසා බව අනාවරණය වීමෙන් පසු ඔවුන්ට තමන් කෙරෙහිම පිළිකුළක් දැනුනේද?  මහේන්ද්රබ සින්ග්, වැන්සන්ගේ කරට අතදමාගෙන කෝපි අවනහල කරා පිය නඟන්නේ කවර සංධර්භයක් හරහාදැයි විග්රනහ කර ගැනීම රුවන් අපට ඉතිරි කර තබයි.  මීට අමතරව « සතුරු ඉසව්ව », « අවන්හල » සහ « කාන්තාර කුණාටුව » ඔස්සේ ඔහු සිය සාහිත්ය මය චාරිකාවේ අප රැගෙන යයි.  මෙවන් කතා කොදෙව්ව තුළ ස්ථානගත කළ යුත්තේ කොතැනකදැයි පහදා ගැනීම සහෘදයනට බාර කළ යුතු ය.  
විශේෂයෙන් කාන්තාර කුණාටුව බඳු කතාවක ඇති විශ්වීය ගති ලක්ෂණ, සිංහලෙන් සාහිත්යම කියවන සමාජය නිවැරදි තැන ස්ථාන ගත කර ගනු ඇත.  මා වෙසෙස් අවධාණය යොමු කළේ වෙනත් භූගෝලිය, සමාජාර්ථික හා සංස්කෘතික වටපිටාවක පුද්ගල මනෝභාවයන් රුවන් විසින් ග්රභහනය කර ගැනෙන අයුරු පිළිබඳ මගේ සාහිත්යතයික ආකල්පය සංක්ෂිප්තකර ලෙස පැහැදීලි කර ගැනීමට ය.  මා අපේක්ෂා කරන පළමු දෑ ඒ තුළ ඇත.  මගේ කැමැත්ත ය.  මා ඊට කැමැතිය.  මගේ කැමැත්ත නිෂ්පාදනය වනුයේ රුවන් ලේඛනගත කැරමින් සිටින සරලරේඛීයව මෙන් පෙනෙන සිද්ධීන් තුළ වන සංකීර්ණතා සැබැවින්ම අත්විඳිමින් සිටිනා බැවින් වන්නට පිළිවන.  ඉදින් ඔහු  විසින් දේශිය සංදර්භයක සිදුකෙරෙන  දිගහැරුම්  විග්රිහ කර ගැනීමට ඕනෑතරම් කාලය ඉතිරිව තිබේ යැයි අවසන් වශයෙන් පවසමි. 
මංජුල වෙඩිවර්ධන
ඇන්සි ප්රංවශය.
2014 මැයි 03.

What is love; You just have to wait, love does not come easy.”

August 15th, 2014

Dr Hector Perera             London

According to theoretical physicist and science writer, Jim Al-Khalili, ‘Love is chemistry’. Then he says, biologically, love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent. We talk about love being blind or unconditional, in the sense that we have no control over it. But then, that is not so surprising since love is basically chemistry. While lust is a temporary passionate sexual desire involving the increased release of chemicals such as testosterone and oestrogen, in true love, or attachment and bonding, the brain can release a whole set of chemicals: pheromones, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin and vasopressin. However, from an evolutionary perspective, love can be viewed as a survival tool – a mechanism we have evolved to promote long-term relationships, mutual defence and parental support of children and to promote feelings of safety and security.

The answer remains elusive in part because love is not one thing. Love for parents, partners, children, country, neighbour, God and so on all have different qualities. Each has its variants – blind, one-sided, tragic, steadfast, fickle, reciprocated, misguided, and unconditional. Then others such as psychotherapists, many philosophers, nuns and romantic novelists, also have described love differently.

Looking for a suitable partner

This is not an ordinary marriage proposal but a chemical one. Even in any marriage people say, Get the chemistry right”. This is how I looked at some of the chemicals in the periodic table of elements; bonding or falling in love with each other. Perhaps this might inspire some Chemistry students to remember some properties of chemicals in a human aspect, a different way. When I asked about the combination power or the valency of some elements, ionic and covalent bonding, sometimes the students find it difficult to figure it out with reasons. The discoverer of the periodic table of elements, Mandeleev tried to show the repeated similarity of the properties of the elements in a light hearted way with compared to musical notes; he called it law of octaves, what happened to him? Even the scientists at that time ridiculed him, said he was mad but much later found out that he was perfectly correct. Then he was honoured and named the periodic table as Mandeleev’s periodic table.

Please let me try to show how salt is formed as a love story, little fairy story style, in an airy fairy way that might help them remember some properties of elements easily, any way let me put it this way.

A Marriage Proposal for Princess Odium

This gorgeously pretty, attractive Princess has six in the family and she is the second. Very slim, tall, pretty with 2, 8, 1, don’t think 28, 32, 26, she is different. Unlike any other elements, she is soft and so light even floats and dance on water. She melts with water, showing the true silvery colour and dance swiftly on the surface of water, sometimes igniting and fuming. Her rhythm even sets fire to water. I think she is the dancing Queen.

She has a family tree of rich and famous 103 members, called the Periodic table of elements. There are Royal Family members as well in the family tree, to name one or two, Her Royal Highness Helium and Prince Krypton.

Alkali family is seriously looking for a suitable partner, must be a non-smoker, cast, colour, race are immaterial.

 Suitable proposals for princess Odium

There were lots of proposals from all rich and famous families came from all four corners of the world including from Sri Lanka, making the choice too difficult. She had to turn for her loving sisters for help and advice. When the invitation came from Hydrogen, one of them advised, Trust the invitation to feel happy, now that comes from a kind and sincere heart.” He has three in the family but two of them are living abroad, not contacted for a long time. Someone said, He has no recognized place among the other members of the family but him as an individual, a light hearted nice person”.

Ruby or Rubedium said, If, over the last few years, you’ve had some rotten luck with members of the opposite sex, the time has come for change.” She insisted to think about a proposal from halogen family. Fortunately she found out more about that family because Her Royal Highness, Argon is a good friend and said to her sister, Listen to me, this year, you’ll be particularly lucky until May when Jupiter, will pair up with Uranus to create some sparks in your love life”. The sister insisted, Trust the invitation to feel happy now that comes from a kind and sincere heart.” At this point Miss Odium very shyly, looked at her lovely, helpful sisters and lost for words.

Your warm exuberance will blow him away

The third brother of the Halogen family comes from down south of Sri Lanka, came up with this proposal to his second brother Chlo or Chlorine. Brom and Idine have been to see the alkali family, met the whole family and seen the proposed girl as well. Later when they came home, the conversation went on for a while and only some of it is included here.

Brom asked his brother, What kind of girls you like”? Chlo and Brom are close like friends even they are brothers, he said I think it’s sexy when girls have a little bit of a belly. I don’t want to feel her ribcage when I hug her and embrace to rock hard.” Brom sat back and listened to brother, I never want to see a girl smoking a cigarette or chewing dip, nice teeth is a must too.” Chlo went on, I don’t have a preference for skin colour, all ethnicities look beautiful to me.”Then at the end, he said that he would date a girl who wasan inch or 2 taller. Brom said, Take my word, she is prettier than you ever think”. He was pleased to see his brother liked the proposal.

According to tradition, most Asians believe in family birth chart before getting married but some don’t believe in them. According to Chlo’s chart there are seven electrons or lucky stars in the last orbit of the planets. The third brother of Chlo, insisted to match up the charts.

Loving sisters

After listening to all these fancy words, the eldest sister, Fraces or Francian said, The more inaccessible you are, the more he’ll roll out the red carpet for you. Your warm exuberance will blow him away and he’ll wonder how he ever lived without you.” With all these encouraging advice from her loving sisters, Odium felt so shy to talk about but had to think quite seriously.

Astrological jargon

I know this is some astrological jargon but one has to believe that there is this astrological matching up taking place quite seriously among the Asians. Unlike any other culture, these traditional Asians believe in matching up horoscopes before marriage because most of the marriages among Asians are arranged, not forced. I am sure most Asians would agree with me, am I correct?

Aunt’s advice

Aunt Alum or Aluminium came to see the family, after hearing these marriage proposals, she said, I looked at all the horoscopes”.  She said, The planetary influence of this year gives you a desire to express yourself and your beliefs. This time of the year, Saturn’s passage, a corner will be turned. Saturn continues his residence in your communication sector. Right now, Venus gives you the love; Moon and Mercury give you sweet dreams and emotional balance. According to you and Chlo’s birth charts, both of you are perfectly matching”. Venus gives you the love; Moon and Mercury give you sweet dreams and emotional balance. According to you and Chlo’s birth charts, both of you are perfectly matching”. Aunt asked, Any questions”. Then the youngest sister, Lithi asked, Aunty, what is love”. Aunty couldn’t stop laughing but she said,” It is one of the most difficult questions for all of us.Centuries have passed by, relationships have bloomed and so has love. Butno one can give the proper definition of love. To some, Love is friendship set on fire, for others, may be love is like luck. You have to go all the way to find it. No matter how you define it or feel it, love is the eternal truth in the history of mankind. It cannot be bought or sold; there is nothing it cannot face; love is life’s greatest blessing. Love is chemistry.”

For you little Princess, You just have to wait, love does not come easy.” The little girl felt very shy and jumped to mum’s lap. Yes, yes, I do, I do, I do”.

The other sisters in the family and the mum the nucleus and dad Atom, also joined the conversation and the decision. The loving sister’s message was, Navigating from logic to passion, you’ll remain resolutely optimistic about where your relationship’s going. If he’s not possessive in nature, he’ll not get bored around you.” After consulting the family, the dad said, There’s no chance of you spoiling things this year with trivial matters.” At this point Odium gave her consent with no reservations but too shy to say, Yes, yes, I do, I do, I do”.

Matching up of charts.

Miss Odium has 2, 8, 1 and Mr Chlor has 2, 8, 7 lucky stars. If these people get married then their charts match in such way that they fall in love then the last planet of Miss Odium enters to the 7th planet of Mr Chlor. This would happen definitely when they electrostatically undergo ionic bonding between the two loving couple. I know this is some astrological jargon but it’s true.

Future of them as a couple.

If Miss Odium marries Mr Chlor that means Odium Chlor becomes Odium Chloride or Sodium Chloride, it will be a perfect match of the year as shown in the astrological charts. Their love is so much; it will be a model couple. Their love can fill up the seven seas; how deep is the love; no one knows exactly, similarly how deep is the deepest place in the ocean but again in which ocean? No person or persons can separate this loving couple, Sodium chloride by any means. Love is forever and Sodium chloride is forever. You can heat, cool or freeze or do anything they stay together as a loving couple forever. Once married, they are no longer the individuals, they are a couple called Sodium Chloride or pet name Salt. The other envious people will try to separate this loving couple due to their jealousy. They also would try heating, cooling or freezing, you cannot get Chlorine or Sodium separated, try, not a chance!

Salt and Love are they the same?

Everybody needs love, everybody needs salt, too much love is good for nothing, can spoil you similarly too much salt is bad for you, gives high blood pressure or hypertension. You always you need love, in the morning; lunchtime and nigh time, bed time, you need salt at least three times a day. Don’t say no; try eating fish and chips without salt, Yuck.” Put too much salt again, Yuck.” Just get it right, Yummy” perera6@hotmail.co.uk

 

INVESTIGATE THE JVP DURING THE 1987 – 1992 PERIOD

August 15th, 2014

Nalin de Silva Courtesy The Daily News

 The UNP, TNA, JVP and some other political parties are propagating various stories on Paranagama Commission that has been appointed to investigate into what happened during the humanitarian operations, especially with regard to those who disappeared and losses of property. The official terms of reference of the Commission may not be the same as above but essentially it has to look into the disappearances of individuals and property losses.

JVP violence in 1988-8901

 What is interesting is that there are not many complaints from Mannar area where Bishop Rayappu Joseph claims that there was a massacre of civilians. In fact there are some people including members of Western Governmental Organisations and dispersed Tamils in the West who make charges against the government and the armed forces of genocide of Tamils.

The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C. V. Wigneswaran and some others have said that they are prepared to give evidence before the Navi Pillai Committee. However, whether they would give evidence before the Paranagama Commission is not clear. Wigneswaran is a retired Judge of the Supreme Court but who apparently does not know the 13th amendment to the constitution. It has been revealed recently that he has instructed or given orders to the Secretary of the Northern Provincial Councils that do not come under his purview. It could be even abuse of power though nothing has been mentioned on this aspect. In any event what could be asked is whether Wigneswaran saw any of the “war crimes” supposed to have been committed by the armed forces. It is not clear what he is going to tell Navi Pillai Committee, and we cannot make any observations on Wigneswaran’s evidence in advance.

 It is not clear how the Pillai Committee is going to deal with hearsay evidence but Wigneswaran and other stalwarts of the TNA could go before the Paranagama Commission in “open court” so that we in Sri Lanka could find out from them their opinion on so called charges. The Bishop Rayappu Joseph, of course has already gone on record stating that he has no faith in the Paranagama Commission. He should have tried to convince the commission of his view rather than expressing his reservations of the commission.

JVP violence in 1988-8902JVP violence in 1988-89

Paranagama Commission

 The most recent volunteer to have expressed his willingness to appear before the Paranagama Commission is Mangala Samaraweera. He claims that the Commission has been appointed to protect the Rajapaksas meaning of course the President and the Defence Secretary and to betray some officers in the armed forces. He is of the opinion that Mr. Desmond de Silva and two others have been appointed as consultants to the Commission for this purpose and he would give evidence before the commission though it is not clear what he is going to reveal.

However, unlike the Bishop of Mannar, Mangala Samaraweera does not say that he has no faith in the commission.

 He is expressing his views on the appointment of the consultants and it may be that he thinks that the Commission would have come out with an unbiased report if not for the consultants. In the meantime the President has said that he wants to appoint more experts as consultants to the Commission, and we will to have to wait to find the opinion of Mangala Samaraweera on those appointments. Would they be appointed to protect some others is something that people of the ilk of Mangala Samaraweera could tell us?

However, Mangala Samaraweera has to be congratulated on not confusing the consultants to the Commission with the members of the Commission. There are some UNPers and others who would say that the President has appointed Mr. Desmond de Silva and others to the Commission. Either these people are ignorant of the difference between members of a Commission and its consultants or are trying to mislead the people.

 The government should either extend the terms of reference of the Paranagama Commission to include an investigation into the acts of the JVP as well as the armed forces during the period from 1987 to 1992 or appoint another commission to look into these acts. The JVP like the LTTE took up arms against the state and many innocent lives were lost during this period. It is true that the JVP did not fight to establish a separate state and undermine our limited sovereignty, but fought to change the system and establish what they believed to be a socialist state.

JVP violence in 1988-8903

 The JVP is essentially a Marxist Party, though many self acclaimed Marxists would deny the Marxist status to the JVP on theoretical and practical grounds but the cadre and the majority of sympathizers of the JVP think that theirs is a Marxist Party. Though the Party cannot poll more than three hundred votes in the entire country it can do better than all the other “super” Marxist parties that are almost unheard among the people.

 The JVP is occasionally dragged into nationalistic policies but it is not a nationalist party. In fact they would oppose anybody who would claim that the JVP is a nationalist party claiming that Wijeweera has given a Marxist solution based on class analysis to the so called ethnic problem.

 The JVP also thinks that there is an ethnic problem in the country; they like parrots go on repeating that the Sinhalas, Tamils and the Muslims should be treated equally in the country. What the JVP does not understand is that as individuals all are equal before the law in the country, the way law understands it, and in Sri Lanka the basic problem is denying the Sinhala Buddhist culture its due place.

 The JVP based on its class analysis does not see the problem that way and like all the other parties that refuse to take a nationalist line would lose votes as they go by. However, the JVP unlike the other Marxist Parties has the uncanny ability to be drawn into nationalistic politics and they could make an impact, though very limited, on Sri Lankan politics unlike the “Super” Marxist Parties that are only walking dead bodies at present, sixty years after the hartal. In another sixty one years only the historians would be interested in these parties.

The JVP is supposed to have killed many civilians during the 1987- 1992 period and it is hilarious to see Anura Dissanayake, the leader of the JVP complaining against both the UNP and the UPFA for organizing demonstrations after nominations to the Uva Provincial Council elections.

 Disappearances and property losses

 It is very likely that the JVP was not adhering to the instructions of the Commissioner of Elections but they were unable to organize demonstrations in Badulla and Moneragala far away from Colombo Fort Railway Station and Lipton Circus. I am not condoning the actions of the UNP and the UPFA but the JVP is not the innocent party that Anura Dissanayake projects on the stage. It was the JVP that threatened to kill the first person who went to the polling booth at the elections to the first provincial councils and we know that it was not only a threat. They are supposed to have killed many innocent people though they did not use the public as a human shield the way the LTTE did. On the other hand many LTTE cadres and innocent people are supposed to have been killed by the armed forces and the government should institute an investigation into these events.

 The human rights people are only interested in what is called the “thirty year war” that was supposed to have begun in the late seventies. What these Samaritans forget is that the 1987-1992 period is not outside the “thirty year war” period and the government is bound to investigate the actions of JVP and those against it, especially regarding disappearances and property losses.

Life Abroad – Part 91 ON HIS BIKE ALL THE WAY TO UK!

August 15th, 2014

Dr.Tilak Fernando

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Arthur L Alvis in his youth reached his ‘dreamed land’ (England) in 1954 converting his young and mighty calf muscle power into the pedals of a push (Raleigh) bicycle, which he used to boast about as energy generated out of ‘Kiri Kos’ (Jack curry) and ‘Kurumba Londha’ (Kernel of young coconuts)! Using his 2 HP calf muscle power, it took him over eighteen months to cross over fourteen man made frontiers from Colombo before he could reach England. It was a challenge and a dream he had to fulfill which became a fixation in his mind that drove him to take such a bold step in that manner when no one had ever dared before!

After such an exhausting journey across unknown territories, he finally ended up in a TB sanatorium in England where he had to spend almost the same amount of time to recover from tuberculosis, which he had contracted during his cycling tour.

Immigration control was not restrictive at that time, so once recovered completely from his illness he did many a job from hospital porter, kitchen-hand in London hotels and then as a concierge at star hotels. Finally he joined the H.M. Government Clerical Service as a white-collar worker and later got married to an English girl and produced a son.

Self-made entrepreneur

Arthur was determined to be a self-made entrepreneur! Seemingly he decided on a business, which he thought would be beneficial for the entire Sri Lankan community in the UK. In this regard another well established Sri Lankan in the travel business (Joshua?) afforded him the opportunity to gain the requisite experience in the UK travel trade.

artheralwisAurthur Alvis

Arthur was a fast learner, and once he mastered himself with the nitty-gritty of the travel trade he decided to open his own travel company in the heart of London’s Regent Street alongside with other big names such as Pan American and British Airways. These two international airline giants identified Arthur’s potential and appointed him as their Coordinator, which helped him further to forge ahead with the air travel trade. Next step in his agenda was to form a social club with the intention of chartering planes from London-to Colombo. The Anglo Asian Social Club was set up later for this purpose.

Arthur Alvis was a socialite, who possessed the gift of the gab, and his marketing skills blended harmoniously with the fluency of his English language to flourish. In his next move, he managed to rope one of the youngest Lords of the Manor, a leading Queen’s Counsel to support his entrepreneurial activities.

This rare specimen of a Sri Lankan soon embarked on charter flight operations from the heart of London, which helped mainly Sri Lankans living in the UK to visit home during festive seasons and school holidays at cut-rate prices on airfares. I too had the occasion, as a student, to fly home in Arthur Alvis’s inaugural charter flight to Colombo for as little as £112!

Arthur executed this operation for five consecutive years successfully until such time stringent civil aviation regulations in the UK managed to cripple the cheap London-Colombo holiday flights altogether to the disappointment of many Sri Lankan expatriates (especially families with children).

The vacuum created by the sudden stoppage of charter flights was replaced soon by cheap international dialing facilities using phone cards that emerged into the market in England by various business minded entrepreneurs. During this era mobile phone, which has become a ‘common toy’ among children as well as the elders today, was not heard of. IPhones, I Pads, Tablets of various makes along with email facilities, face book, Skype, Google Chat, Vibor or the twitter were never heard of.

More the hardships and difficulties confronted the charter flight industry, greater became Arthur Alvis’s resolve to divert his energies to develop the tourism industry to Sri Lanka. Along with Ceylon Tourist Board offices in London and Germany, major tour operators in the UK such as Kuoni, Thomas Cook etc., were more effective in their operations with colour brochures and numerous holiday packages to Sri Lanka.

Arthur foresaw this area as a lucrative expanse of the business as well as to educate, promote and introduce Western tourists to Sri Lanka. To fulfill his ambition he came up with a brilliant idea to compile and publish a comprehensive colour tourist guide to Sri Lanka (Book Ref. 942282 – London: AVIS Holiday Services, containing 173 pages).

Arthur was a socialite. This very nature helped him to become a close buddy of his Bank Manager in London who granted him an overdraft facility of £30,000 (lot of money at that time) to help him proceed with bulk printing of the guidebook.

Arthur did much of the spadework himself by doing his own research and incorporating information, photographs, maps etc., and carried out a professional advertising campaign too. He chose a large colourful posture of the Buddha statue at Verahena Temple at Matara as the front cover for his guidebook, while the formation of the museum (underneath the statue) was under construction.

Hiccups

He encountered his initial hurdle at the launch of the book in Colombo, which had been organised in a grand scale. To meet the deadlines he has had to remove part of the bulk of printed books from the printers in London and ship it to Colombo in order that they arrived in time to coincide with the book launch program in 1982.

The unpardonable mistake he did was not to have gone through proof reading with a fine toothcomb, due to the lack of time availability, but taking the printer’s word as gospel truth for accuracy of printing. However, much to his disappointment, he found series of errors in the book, which was too late! One such was Sigiriya identified as Pidurutalagala Mountain with a completely erroneous description! Hostile journalists who reviewed the book showed no mercy but turned unreceptive towards Arthur Alvis’s efforts and came out with accusatorial criticism.

In such a backdrop of adverse publicity, all hell broke loose within six months of Arthur Alvis’s arrival in Colombo when foreign tourists started to leave the country within forty-eight hours due to the JVP turmoil. The travel industry naturally hit the lowest ebb and Arthur too became marooned in Sri Lanka to face the music with more and more disastrous and unanticipated circumstances.

Presence of mind

Sri Lankan passport holders who enjoyed PR facilities in the UK had to return to base within two years of living abroad, once they left the country, to qualify for that concession, according to the immigration regulations that existed in the UK. In the case of Arthur Alvis, the circumstances that prevailed compelled him to stay put in Sri Lanka for a longer period than expected. This made him overstay in Sri Lanka than the permissible time frame to re-enter after living outside of Britain!

In order to overcome impending obstacles Arthur used his intelligence and presence of mind by writing a personal letter to Mrs. Margaret Thatcher (British Prime Minister) from Colombo explaining the dilemma he was in, and seeking her kindness to re-enter Britain without conditions attached to his entry visa. That letter was copied to the British High Commissioner in Colombo at the time, David C. Gladstone, a brilliant lawyer and a grand nephew of William Gladstone (UK PM in 1894). As a final straw he sought an appointment to see the High Commissioner personally and convinced David Gladstone that his family (English wife and son) was in England. Finally the English compassion helped him to re-enter Britain again, on humanitarian grounds, which I carried as a news item at that time under the caption ‘ALA – Arrived in London Again’!

When Arthur was once again back in London he tried hard to recover his losses by preparing to launch a multi-million rupee project with a sound viability report to substantiate it. Although the Director of Civil Aviation at the time gave his blessings on the project National Carrier (Air Lanka) went against it. Had Arthur Alvis approached the Minister of Finance and Planning instead of the Civil Aviation, the Minister would have certainly understood it as an ‘invisible revenue’ project to prop up the sagging tourist economy right at that time, he confided in me.

Arthur Alvis became devastated both financially and emotionally amidst a barrage of problems that began to steam roll his hard resistance. As an escape route he embraced alcohol to drown his depressions and dejections, which finally affected his health and ‘unexpectedly’ had to face death in London with a lot of unfinished projects in his mind; his red BMW car was gathering dust in an abandoned stage!

Arthur L. Alvis was a reliable friend, hard worker, optimist, fearless, strong-minded and a determined Sri Lankan that I ever came across and always maintained that he could not simply be discarded as a defeated pack of cards.

In America, corporate’s are THE Government

August 14th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

It would be a shock to most Americans when eventually 300million people realize that they have been and are being fooled and manipulated. If anyone were to say the US Government is run by Wall Street, mega corporations, their lobbyists and the super-rich” they are certainly not far from the truth. The knowledge of this should drive home why countries are being invaded and companies end up gaining the contracts while placing their own American soldiers in harms way. It should also make people begin to realize why freedom of speech, monitoring and surveillance systems through the National Security Act has been to actually silence people who begin to see the truth while the supposedly ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’ media is part of the problem. For the rest of the world it is extremely important that foreign governments realize that in dealing with the American Government they are actually having to deal with the shadow of US corporate’s and their lobbyists, for it is their say that prevails in the global arena.

America is a nation that is $17trillion in federal debt, $6trillion in State debt, $125trillion in corporate debt, $15trillion in personal debt and $1trillion in credit card/student loan debt and $128trillion unfunded liabilities.

America is close to $294trillion in debt.

While the country’s figures look dismal, the “richest 1 percent in the United States now own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined. The average employee needs to work more than a month to earn what the CEO earns in one hour.  The top 10 U.S. banks control 77 percent of all U.S. banking assets  (Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo) now control assets equivalent to approximately 60 percent of America’s gross national product. More than 50 percent of all stocks and bonds are owned by just 1 percent of the population. It is said that 147 companies control the entire global economy. Anyone earning more than $380,000 enters the 1% elite in America. The next shocking bit of news is that these 147 companies are controlled by just 4 companies - McGraw-Hill, Northwestern Mutual, CME Group and Barclays. http://www.forbes.com/sites/brendancoffey/2011/10/26/the-four-companies-that-control-the-147-companies-that-own-everything/

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023619479

The extent to which Americans are influenced and manipulated is proved when 5 corporations control 90% of US mass media and they are all linked to the political establishments. Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany and Viacom (CBS). Thus they are able to influence how America and the world thinks via newspapers, magazines, books, radio, tv, movies, web news. They are able to influence Americans and the world on social, political, economic and even value systems that they conform to.

All these 5 media corporations contribute generously to both Republicans and Democrats and are also members of key US think tanks that formulate the US Government policies. The think tanks have been responsible for Iraq War (CFR), US control of Eurasian landmass (CFR), bombing of Serbia and Libya and even overthrow of elected government in Ukraine (CFR). The 5 media corporations naturally deliver biased coverage.

So when the US ‘Government’ tells countries they are a ‘failed state’ is it the corporate America talking? If the US ‘Government’ accuses countries of ‘human rights violations’ ‘ war crimes’ etc are these the slogans coming from corporate America and their lobbyists challenged via their media?

Is it ‘corporate America’ that decided to make Saddam Hussein a ‘friend’ before he was turned into a ‘foe’? Did the same happen to Osama bin Laden too? Are the current ISIS terrorists also in their control? Is it because corporate America wants to remain in Iraq that these ‘Islamic Jihadi’ movements suddenly spring into being?

The newest group of ‘influencers’ are the corporate ‘lobby’ tasked to ‘buy’ people and given salaries that range from $300,000 to 1million for their success. New York Times (2008) also revealed that the salaries of 13,000 lobbyists bribing Congress combined was $3.5billion!

Corporate America abusing human rights of 2million prisoners

Another example to showcase how powerful corporate America is over its own Government is the influence they have on the over 2million prison population most of whom are Black or Hispanic and who are made to work in various industries for pittance, who do not dare to strike, who work full time, are never arrive late or get absent, no family problems to solve, no insurance and in case an odd one does refuse the solution is confinement in isolated cells! These prisoners produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, shirts, pants, tent bags (Left Business Observer) There’s a lot more that the prison population of the US manufacture too!

Corporate America stands guilty for over 2million deaths since WW2

US direct and indirect military interventions have lefts over 2million dead and counting whiles we cannot fathom the numbers of injured, maimed or the economies and environments of countries that the US has destroyed while needlessly sending its own US citizens to death for wars that were never declared against the US. A good look at most of the conflicts that US has started is indicative of a corporate interest which again highlights how far corporate steer US policy.

US corporate agenda for Europe began with the Marshall Plan (European Recovery Plan) legalizing and institutionalizing US foreign aid. The Balkan wars were again engineered to assure trade markets, control of world resources and to make non-Western nations conform to an economic plan that would cripple nations and leave them eternally indebt and under control and domination by a group of people who now control the world.

US foreign policy and military adventures in Asia have been disastrous but nonetheless US has supported regimes that have killed thousands. Vietnam War, Cambodia are some of these misadventures.

Corporate US in action in the Middle East was seen how Iran’s democratically elected leader Mossadegh was overthrown by the CIA and the Shah installed into power. Mossadeghs crime was his intention to nationalize Iranian oil and the US approved the overthrow of a democratically elected leader to stop this. US has treated Iraq as both friend and foe. Iraq was a friend to be used against Iran and Iraq soon became foe when it was fooled into invading Kuwait. Today Iraq is a devastated nation. Its people are displaced, living as refugees even inside their own country, mercenaries abound and armed to ensure Iraq is not at peace, military personnel are sent to guard the ‘interests’ of US companies who have taken over virtually all Iraq’s assets.

Lebanon became a target of US because its banking system was not connected to the international central bank network. The targeting of Syria, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Libya were all for the same reasons. None of the attackers of 9/11 were Afghans but Afghanistan was attacked and occupied again to secure business interests inside Afghanistan. Is it a surprise that the manufacture of opium and its transport across Europe has increased! It then should not be a surprise to wonder why the Republic of Congo, resource rich remains in strife and came at the cost of killing a dynamic leader – Patrice Lumumba because he would have stood in the way of corporate interests.

Latin America has been victim of the US Monroe Doctrine’s protectorate policy denying countries outside the Western Hemisphere to interfere in Latin America. Latin America was turned into a continent suffering poverty, corruption, illiteracy and disease. Guatemala’s fate was sealed when elected Jacobo Arbenz adopted reforms for the poor. All it took was for the US banana companies to phone the US and CIA began training ‘rebels’ and Arbenz was history. 100,000 Guatemalans died because US corporate interests would have been affected due to land reforms!

Thus corporations and their lobbyists have influenced US government policy. Scandals involving MPs are all part of the plan to bring politicians to kneel before them. Look at the contractors, whatever their failures their contracts never end. There is little checks and balances when these companies have other means to ‘silence’ the governmental system and ensure no actions are taken against them. When media is also in corporate control would they ever expose their own unless it involves a bigger plan wherein they will benefit once more?

The US corporations today resemble the former European monarchies possessing power, control, dictating the rules under which people and government functions. US corporations, like it or not control even the judiciary, America’s national wealth and who gets elected as US President. The Supreme Court removed all legal restraints on the extent of corporate financial involvement in politics. Need we wonder whether these corporate would work in the interest of the people?

The corporate CEO salaries have never gone down because of recession and to top it all they even get ‘bailouts’ when they want to crash their companies! Most of the US companies are today abolishing pension systems for their employees (IBM).

The treatment of the Occupy Wall Street protesters is enough proof that corporate America is very much in control of how Americans live. The boardroom is where the American people need to take back the leadership from the selfish hands that now rule America and influence the world too.

This is a dangerous scenario. The lobbyists are tapping into the hard earned money of Third World governments promising that they would influence western governments but not delivering on those promises. This trend should not be allowed to continue. The current scenario is making a mockery out of governance and governments and placing the lives of the entire world into the hands of corporate interests who are concerned about nothing but profit and luxurious living at the cost of anything and anyone.

 

 

රාජිත සේනාරත්නගේ කෝටි සීයේ මාළු ලෑල්ල

August 14th, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම

විමල් වීරවංශ ඇමති වරයාගේ වෙබ් අඩවියට අනුව රාජිත, වාසු, ඩිලාන්, එස් බී, රාවුෆ් හා බතියුතීන් යන හය දෙනා විසින් බොදු බල සේනා බලවේගයට විරුද්ධව ක්‍රියා කිරීම සඳහා කැබිනට් උප කමිටුවක් පිහිටු වීමට යන බව එලි විය. කැබිනට් එකේ අගමැති ද ඇතුළු නොයෙක් ආකාරයේ තක තිරුවන් සිටිනා බව අපි දනිමු. නමුත් මෙසේ බොදු බල සේනාවට එරෙහිව කැබිනට් හතුරන් හය දෙනෙක් වෙනම කොටසක් වශයෙන් ක්‍රියාකිරීමට තීරණය කිරීමත් ඒ සඳහා ඉඩදී ජනාධිපති නිහඬව සිටීමත් කොසොල් රජතුමාගේ සීන දාසැය මතක් කර දේ. එවැනි ක්‍රියාවක් නැවැත්වීමට හැකියාවක් ජනාධිපතිට නැද්ද? එසේ නැත්නම් එය ජනාධිපති විසින් බළලුන් ලවා කොස් ඇට බා ගැනීමට කරන උත්සාහයක්ද? එසේත් නැත්නම් එය හැම පැත්තෙන්ම ෂේප් වී සිටීමට හැකියැයි සිතා නිශ්ශබ්දව  සිටීමක් ද?

ඇමෙරිකන් සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාවට අද්විතීය සේවයක් කල රැල්ෆ් නේඩාර් විසින් අල් ගෝර් ගැන කිව් කතාවක් මට මෙහිදී මතක් වේ. ගෝර් ජනාධිපති චන්දය ඉල්ලන විට ඔහු වඩාත්ම කැමති කෝක් වලටද පෙප්සි වලටද කියා පත්තර වාර්‍තා කරුවෙක් ඇසූ විට ඊට උත්තරයක් දීමට ගෝර් තත්පර විය, අදිමදි කලේය. හේතුව දෙකෙන් එකක් තෝරා ගත්තොත් අනිත් එක බොන අය ඔහු සමඟ අමනාපවී ඔහුට චන්දය නොදේවීය කියා සිතීමය! බොදු බල සේනාව කියන කතාවේ යම් තරමින් හෝ වත් සත්‍යයක් තිබෙන බව පිළිගැනීමට දේශපාලකයින් මැලි වන්නේ මුස්ලිම් හා ක්‍රිස්තියානි චන්ද වලට තිබෙන භය හෙවත් කෑදර කම නිසාය. රටට හෝ බුද්ධාගමට වඩා තනතුර රැක ගැනීම මොවුන්ට වැදගත් වී ඇත. ජේ ආර් කරදුන් විනාශයක තරම එසේය. ඔහුගේ හුචක්කුවට ගෑනියෙක් පිරිමියෙක් කරන්නට බැරි වුනත්, පිරිමින් නපුංසකයින් කල හැකි සේය. ඩිලාන් ගැන ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් කියන මේ කතාව අනුව සිංහල බෞද්ධ චන්ද රවටා ගෙන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ගිය එකෙක්වත් සිංහල බෞද්ධයාට වන අසාධාරණය ගැන නිහඬ වන්නේ මේ නිසාය.

විමල් වීරවංශ ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ට නොයෙක් චෝදනා කිරීම කණගාටුවට කරුණක් වන්නේ මෙහි සඳහන් සිංහල කැබිනට් මුග්ධයින් හතර දෙනාට වඩා ඔහු වෙනස් නිසාය. ඔහු නිකරුණේ අහක යන නයි අල්ලා ගැනීම හෝ කොහොල්ලෑ බබෙක් වී සිටින්නේ ඔහුගේ භාර්‍ර්‍යාව වඳුරඹ සිරාගේ දායිකාවකව සිටින නිසාද කියා මට සිතේ. බොදු බල සේනාව හා ජාතික හෙළ උරුමය සමඟ එකතුවී ක්‍රියාකරන්නට ඔහුට මොළය පෑදේවීය කියා මා සිතන්නේ යුද්ධය දිනාගැනීමේ කාරියේදී, එල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හාමුදුරුවන් සමග ඔහු කල විශාල සේවය නිසාය. දේශපාලනය නිසා සිය අධ්‍යාපනය කඩා කප්පල් කරගත් ඔහුට විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයට ගිය එස් බී දිසානායකලාට වඩා බුද්ධියක්, ආත්ම ගෞරවයක් හා රට ගැන ආදරයක් ඇත. සිංහල බෞද්ධයාට සිදුවන අසාධාරණය ගැන කතා කිරීම මුස්ලිම්, දෙමල හෝ ක්‍රිස්තියානි ජන කොටස් වලට කරණ හිරිහැරයක් නොවේ.

මෙම සටහනින් මා විමසා බලන්නේ ඉහත සඳහන් හතර දෙනා එසේ හැසිරෙන්නේ කුමක් නිසාද කියාය. මුස්ලිම් දෙන්නා එසේ හැසිරෙන්නේ ඔවුන් මුස්ලිම් නිසාය. ඔවුන්ට අරාබි සල්ලි, වහාබි තර්‍ජන ඇතත් නැතත් පවතින පාලන ක්‍රමය යටතේ ඔවුන් ඉතාමත් සමෘධිමත්‌ව සිටී. රාවුෆ් හකීම් ව දුම්මල ගසාවත් ඇමතිකමින් එලවා ගත නොහැකි මේ නිසාය. අනිත් මුස්ලිම් ගොයියාටද නොයෙක් වරප්‍රසාද ලැබේ. විල්පත්තුවෙන් කෑල්ලක් වුනත් ඔහුට දීමට සූදානම් අය සිටිති.

සිංහල හතර දෙනා ගේ භීතියට හේතු කවරේද? මොවුන් වලිගේ පාගා ගත් අය නොවේ. මොවුන්ගේ පැටිකිරිය ගැන හිතා බලන විට මොවුන්ගේ හැසිරීම පුදුමයට කරුණක් නොවේ. ගංගොඩවිල සෝම හාමුදුරුවන්ගේ දෑවැද්දේ බලයෙන් 2005 දී යාන්තම් ජාං බේරාගත් මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ වලිගයේ එල්ලුන මේ අය සෝම හාමුදුරුවන් කී දෙයට ද්‍රෝහිවෙමින් 2005 ට පෙර කතාකල අතර දැන් ආණ්ඩුව ඇතුලේ සිටම තම සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී ව්‍යාපාරය ගෙන යමින් සිටී. මේ අය ලංකාවේ අවාසනාවට මතුවූ පිලිකා වැනිය. සමහර විට කරු ජයසූරිය හැරෙන විට මුළු යූ එන් පී එකම බොදු බල සේනාවට බය ඔවුන් රට බෙදන පෙඩරල් කාරයින් නිසාය. දකුණු ඉන්දියාවට පාලමක් දාන්නට රනිල් අගමැති යෝජනාවක්ද ගෙනාවේය.

1. මාක්ස්වාදී පඬරැල් වීම

රාජිත, වාසු හා ඩිලාන් මාක්ස්වාදී රොඩුය. එස් බී ත් කාලයෙන් කාලයට මාක්ස්වාදී සින්දු කාරයෙකි. වික්‍රමසිංහ යටතේ ඔහු සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී මාර්‍ග ආයතනයේ හිටපු සේවකයෙක් හැසිරෙන ආකාරයට හැසිරුනේය. බොදු බල සේනා බලවේගය අනුගමනය කරන “කම් ඇන්ඩ් එක්සැමින්” මූල ධර්‍මය ලංකාවේ බොරු මාක්ස්වාදීන්ට පුරුදු නැත. සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්ට ප්‍රශ්න ඇත, ඒවා සාකච්චා කිරීමට එන්න කියමින් අවුරුදු දෙකක්ම බොදු බල සේනාව ඉල්ලා සිටියත් දේශපාලන රැල (නිල්, කොල හා රතු) එය ශත පහකටවත් ගණන් ගත්තේ නැත.

2. ක්‍රිස්තියානී හොල්මන්

ඩිලාන් ක්‍රිස්තියානිය අතහැර බුද්ධාගමට ආවද කියා මම නොදනිමි. නමුත් කැලේ මාරුකලාට කොටියාගේ පුල්ලි මාරු වේද? රට කැඩීමේ වහෙන් හොරෝ කාඩිනල් පාර ඩිලන්ගේ ද පාර ය. මුස්ලිම් චන්ද වලට කෑ ගැසීම වුනත් කල හැකි, කල යුතු ක්‍රමයක් ඇත. ගොනා වලන් බිඳිනවා සේ බේගල් ඇදබා අමාරුවේ වැටෙන්නට අවශ්‍ය ද?

3. රට බෙදීමේ ව්‍යාපාරය

මේ හතර දෙනාම මේ යුද්ධය නම් කවදාවත් දිනන්න බෑ කියූ අය ය. මංගල සමරවීරලා සමඟ සුදු නෙළුම් නෙලූ අය ය.  යුද්ධයෙන් නොකැඩුන රට සාමයෙන් කැඩීම මේ අයගේ ක්‍රියාවල ප්‍රතිපලය වනු ඇත. රටේ සිදුවන බලවත් සදාචාරාත්මක පරිහානිය හා මුස්ලිම් බෝකිරීම ඉදිරියේ ලංකාව දශක දෙකක් හෝ තුනක් ඇතුලත මුස්ලිම් රටක් වන බව ඔවුන්ට වැදගත් නැත.

4. බහු ජාතික පිස්සුව

බටහිර සුද්දන් ගේ අලුත්ම උපක්‍රමයක් වන බහු ජාතික රටවල් වල ජීවත් වීම මේ හතර දෙනාද කරේ දා ගෙන ඇත. එංගලන්තය, ප්‍රංශය පමණක් නොව ලංකාවේ දෙමල ජනයාට ඒමට ඈත කාලයක සිටම ඉඩදුන් නෙදර්‍ලන්තය පවා මේ බහු ජාතික නාඩගම දැන් දැන් ප්‍රතික්‍ෂේප කරමින් සිටින බව මොවුන් නොසිතයි. සිංහල බෞද්ධ රට අනාදිමත් කාලයක සිටම අන් ජාතිකයින්ට හා අන් ආගම් වලට හිරි හැර නොකල බව ඔවුන්ට අමතකය. දෙමල ජනයාට හිරිහැර කලා නම් එය කලේ ක්‍රිස්තියානි සිංහල කොළඹ කළු සුද්දන් මිස රටේ ජනතාව නොවන බව ඔවුන් අමතක කරන්නේ මාක්ස්වාදී කළු සුද්දන් ද ඊට හවුල් කාරයින් වූ නිසාය. සමතැන පිස්සුව මගින් පොන්නම්බලන්ගේ පනහට පනහ පටලවා සිංහල මිනිසුන් භය කලේ ඔවුන් ය. බංග වේවා පතුරවා කම්කරුවන්ට ද්වේෂය පටවා 1971 වන විට දේශපාලනය උඩ මිනිසුන්ගේ බෙලි කපන කොටසක් බිහිකලේ ඔවුන් ය.

5. සර්‍වාගමික පූට්ටුව

මේ හතර දෙනාම සර්‍වාගමික පූට්ටු කාරයෝය. මොවුන් ජනාධිපතිවද අමාරුවේ දමා ඇත. කූට උපක්‍රම මගින් බෞද්ධයින් හා හින්දුන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි හා ඉස්ලාම් කිරීම කරගෙන යන අස්සේ හැම ආගමක්ම කියන්නේ එකම දේය කියා ලෙබ්බේ ලා ගේ හරක් මස් සමග ඇතැම් හාමුදුරුවරු එක මේසෙට කෑම කති. බුද්ධාගම බේරා දෙන්නට ද මේ ලෙබ්බේලා හා පාදිලිලා ඉදිරිපත්වී ඇත. රාජිත නම් තමාට මොහමඩ් රාජිත කිව්වත් කමක් නැතැයි බොස්ටන් ලංකා ටී වී එකට කිව්වේය. සර්‍ව බලධාරී දෙවි කෙනෙක් ලෝකය මැවුවා කියන ආගම් හා බුද්ධාගම පෑස්සිය හැකිද? කම් ඇන්ඩ් බිලිව් සමග කම් ඇන්ඩ් එක්සැමින් ගැලපේද? බහු ජාතික විගඩම වගේම මේ ආගමික පූට්ටුවද පරණ යටත් විජිතවාදයේ අළුත් හොල්මන් ය.

6. හතර දෙනාම ඇමති රක්‍ෂාව බකල් කරගෙන තිබීම

සීනි (හකුරු) වලටත් ඇමති කෙනෙකු ඉන්නා දැන් අබුද්දස්ස කාලේ මේ ඇමතියන් හතර දෙනාට භාරදී ඇති ඇමති විෂයයන් බකල් කර ගෙන ඉන්නා අය ය. මේ නිසා මොවුන්ට ශබ්ද කිරීමට වෙනත් මාතෘකාවක් අවශ්‍යය. ඉන්ටිග්‍රේෂන් ඇමති වාසු එය කරන්නේ කසාද මගින් සේ පෙනේ. ඔහු විග්නේෂ්වරන් පවුල හා ඉන්ටිග්‍රේට් වී දැන් රට ඩිස්-ඉන්ටිග්‍රේට් කිරීමට කසාද මස්සිනාට උදව් කරන්නේ නිමල්කා ප්‍රනාන්දු  හරහා ය. මැය රැස්වීම් වලදී හාමුදුරුවරුන්ගේ සිවුර ඇදීමට තරම් නිර්භීත වාසු ගෙන් ලැබෙන හයිය නිසාය. පාසැල් වල සිංහල හා දෙමල අනිවාර්‍ය විෂයන් වශයෙන් ඉගැන්වීම මිස වෙන දෙයක් මේ ඉන්ටිග්‍රේෂන් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය නැත. වාසු ගේ දුව කරගත්තා වගේ මිනිසුන් තම තමන්ගේ ඉන්ටිග්‍රේෂන් කර ගන්නවා ඇත. වාසු කරන්නේ තිබෙන ඉන්ටිග්‍රේෂන් එකත් විනාශ කිරීමය. මයිකල් රොබට්ස් නම් තුප්පහි වෙබ් සයිට් කාරයා (බර්‍ගර් ජාතික ඔහු ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ ඇති ඔහුගේ වෙබ් අඩවියට දී ඇති නම තුප්පහියා යන නමය) මෙන් වාසු ද ජාතික ගීය දෙමලෙන් ගයන්නට කියන්නේ හරියට දෙමල ජනතාව ඒ ගැන පෙලපාලි යනවා වගේය. වාසු ලා කල යුතු දෙමල ජනතාවට කක්කුස්සි හා ලිං හාරා දීම මිස ජාතික ගීය ගායනය කර වීම නොවේ.

එස් බී යනු ගමෙන් ආ බණ්ඩා කෙනෙකි. සිංහල මාධ්‍යය නිසා විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයට යා හැකිවූ ඔහු උසස් අධ්‍යාපනය බකල් කර විශ්ව විද්‍යාල හිර ගෙවල් බවට පෙරලා ඇත. ඔහු ඉංගිරිසිය හා බටහිර ප්ලෑන් බදාගෙන දඟලන ආකාරය විශ්මය දනවයි. ලෝකයේ විශ්ව ව්ද්‍යාල 13 ක අවුරුදු 40 ක් ගත කල මට සිතෙන්නේ ලංකාවේ විශ්ව විද්‍යාල හිර ගෙවල් නිසා ඉන් එලියට එන්නේ ඇට්ට කුනා වුන නරුමයින් පිරිස් බවය. විශ්ව විද්‍යාල ශිෂ්‍යයාට නිසි සේ සලකන තුරු  ලංකාවට ගොඩ ඒමක් ඇතැයි මම නොසිතමි. ජේ වී පී කාරයින්ට විශ්ව විද්‍යාල අල්ලා ගෙන ඉන්නට හැකිවී තිබෙන්නේ ද මේ නිසාය. සල්ලි කාරයින් තම ලමයින් ඉන්ටර්නැෂනල් පාසැල් වලට යවා රට යවා ජොලියේ ඉන්නා අතර ගමේ දුප්පතාගේ ලමයි නෝට්ස් කඩපාඩම් කරමින් වැඩවර්‍ජන කරමින් සිටී. ලංකාවේ ආශ්චර්‍යයක තරම එසේය. ලංකාවට අවශ්‍ය එක අධ්‍යාපන ඇමති කෙනෙකි. මේ දැන් සිදුවන විකාර අල්ලස් තනතුරුය. මේ එක ඇමතියෙකුට වත්, උප කුලපති කෙනෙකුට වත් සිසුන් ඉදිරියේ ශාස්ත්‍රීය දේශනයක් දීමට හැකියාවක් තිබේ ද?

ඩිලාන් ගොයියාට භාර ප්‍රධානම දේ නම් ලංකාවේ තරුණ ගෑණුන් රට යවා සල්ලි ගෙන්නා ගැනීමේ ජොබ් එකය. මේ ගෑනු අරාබි ගෙවල් වල කක්කුස්සි හෝදා එවන සල්ලි වලින් ලංකාවේ මරුවෝ ලැම්බගානි එලවති. මේ ගෑනුන්ගේ පවුල් හා දරුවන් බොහෝ විටම අතරමංවී යති.  ගෙදර තබා යන පිරිමියා ඉක්මනින්ම හොර ගෑනියෙක් සොයා ගනිති. මෙම නූතන වහල් ව්‍යාපාරය නොකරම බැරි නම් එය කෙතරම් හොඳට ක්‍රමානුකූලව, නම්බුකාර වෘත්තියක් වශයෙන් කරන්නට ඉඩ සලසා දියහැකිද? ඒ වෙනුවට සිදු වන්නේ පගාවට, කාමාශාවට යටවුනු දූෂිත මගඩියක් නොවේ ද? ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් ඩිලාන්ගේ රෙදි ගැලවූයේ අසාර්‍ථක වුන ඇමතියෙක් බොදු බල සේනාවට විරුද්ධව බොරු කීමා නිසාය.

රාජිත බොස්ටන් ටී වී එකේදී කයිය ගැහුවේ ඉන්දියාවේ ධීවර ඇමති ඔහුව පුද්ගලිකව දන්නා බවත්, ඔහු ලංකා-ටැමිල් නාඩ් ධීවර ප්‍රශ්නය විසඳන බවත් ය. ඉන්දියන් ධීවරයින් හොරෙන් මාළු ඇල්ලීමට ඔහුත් ජනාධිපතිත් දී ඇති විසඳුම නම් හොර ධීවරයින් හිරේට ගැනීම හා ටික දිනකට පසුව හිරෙන් මුදා හැරීමය. මේ සඳහා ඇමති කෙනෙක් ඕනෑද? පයාගල-අළුත්ගම පැත්තේ මුස්ලිම් චන්ද සඳහා පොලිසිය යොදවා මුස්ලිම් වරුන්ට වාසි ලබා දීම හැර වෙන යමක් මොහු කර තිබේ ද?

මේ අස්සේ තිලංග සුමතිපාල, මර්වීන් සිල්වා, ජානක බණ්ඩාර තෙන්නකෝන් යන අය අල්ලාගෙන රාජිත මහානායක හිමිවරුන්ට ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් ගැන ආයාචනා කරයි. ඔහු හොඳටම බය වී ඉන්නේ ඊලඟ චන්දයේදී සිංහල බෞද්ධ චන්ද නැතිවීමෙන් ඔහුට වන අකරතැබ්බය ගැනය. හාමුදුරුවන්ගෙන් වන්දි කෝටි සීයක් ඉල්ලා නඩු දැමීමට යාම කරන අස්සේ අස්ගිරි මල්වතු පන්සල් යන්නේ ගොඩින් නඩුව ඉවත් කර ගන්නට මඟක් පාදා ගන්නට නොවේද? හොර දේශපාලකයින් විසින් නොකලයුතුම දෙයක් නම් උසාවියේ සාක්කි කූඩුවට නැගීමය. ඔහු කොටි වලිඟයක් අල්ලා ගෙන ඇත. දැන් රාජිත කර ඇත්තේ කුමක්ද? ඔහුගේ දේශපාලන රෙදි ගැලවී යාමට ඔහුම පාර කපා ගත්තා නොවේද? තමන් දේශපාලන ශාන්ත දාන්ත කූඩුවක් නොවන බව හොදින්ම දන්නේ රාජිත මය.

   මීලඟ මහ මැතිවරණයේදී මේ හොරුන් පැරද වීමට බොදු බල සේනා බලවේගයට හැකි වේවායි යන්න දැන් අනාථ වී සිටින සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්ගේ එක් ප්‍රාර්‌ථනාවක් බව නිසැකය.

නියගය මහා සම්පතක් කර ගනිමු.

August 14th, 2014

චන්දුසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි.

නියගය ජනතාවට මහා පීඩනයක් ගෙනදෙන බව අපි දනිමු. මේ පීඩනයට මුහුණ දීම‌ට මෙරට ජනතාවට වසරකට වරක් හෝ දෙවසරකට වරක් අනිවාරයෙන්ම සිදුවේ. මේ සිදුවීම නියගය බල පවත්වන ඒ ඒ පලාතරවල ජනතාව මත මහා පීඩනයක් ඇති කරන අතර, ඒ සමගම, රජය ඒ ඒ ජනතාවට සහන සැලසීමේ කටයුතු වල නියලේ. ඒ සමගම විපක්ෂය ජනතාවට, මේ පත්ව සිටින අර්බූදයෙන් ගලවා ගැනීමේ කටයුතුවල නියෙලෙනවා වෙනුවට, රජයට නියගයේ වරදද පවරමින් සිටී.

නියගය යනු යලි නියගයක් සෑහෙන කාලයකට රටට උදා නොවීමට කටයුතු කල හැකි මහගු අවස්ථාවකි. මේ අවස්ථාවේදී රජය කල යුතු වන්නේ, සිය රාජ්ය බලය යොදා, වෙනත් ව්යාපෘතිවල ඇති මුදල් යොදා හෝ වහාම මේ සිදී ගොස් ඇති සියලුම වැව් හෑරීමට මහා බලකායක් යෙදවීමයි. දිවා රෑ වැඩ කරන මේ බලකාය උදාවී ඇති මේ මහගු අවස්ථාවෙන් උපරිම පල නෙලාගෙන සියලූම වැව් හාරා මහා  ජල ධාරතාවයක් තැන්පත් කල හැකි ආකාරයට සියලුම වැව් සකස් කල යුතුය. මේසේ කිරීම තුලින් මීලග වර්ෂා කාලයේදී විශාල ජල ධාරිතාවක් මේ වැව්වල තැන්පත් වීම හේතුවෙන් ගංවතුර පාලනයක්ද මීලගට කාලයකට නියගයක බලපෑමද අඩුවෙනු ඇත.

මේ හදිසි කටයුත්ත සදහා, රාජ්ය ආරක්ෂක ලේඛම්තුමාගේ මග පෙන්වීම යටතේ යුඩ හමුදාවද යොදා ගැනීම තුලින් අපේක්ෂා කරන සියලුම ඉලක්කයන් සපුරා ගැනීමට හැකිවනු ඇත.

මේ කටයුත්ත කිරීම සදහා රජයේ සියලූම ප්රභලයන්ගේ අවදානය යොමු කරවන ලෙස සියලූම දිව්යමය බලවේග වලින් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු.

World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference – Resolution to establish a Standing Committee on Animal Welfare

August 14th, 2014

Senaka Weeraratna  (Hony. Secretary,German Dharmaduta Society)

The 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists will be held in Baoji, China from October 15 – 19, 2014.

The German Dharmaduta Society being a Regional Centre will be proposing a Resolution to establish a Standing Committee on Animal Welfare at this Conference.

The draft of the Resolution is attached for your information.

The support of the other Regional Centres of the WFB is vital for the successful passage of this Resolution.

Senaka Weeraratna

(Hony. Secretary,

German Dharmaduta Society)

The 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists

Resolution

  1. Name of the Host of the Resolution (Proposer)

 

Senaka Weeraratna

 

Position: Hony. Secretary

 

Name of the WFB Regional Centre or Organisation

German Dharmaduta Society

Contact Address

14, Bethesda Place, Colombo 05, Sri Lanka

Tel. + 94 (011) 258 9687

+ 94 (011) 259 0388

+ 94 (077) 343 5160 (mobile)

Email: senaka.weera@gmail.com

  1. The Title of the Resolution

Proposal to establish an Animal Welfare Standing Committee

Text of the Resolution

Whereas

Buddhism places an unequivocal high emphasis on peace and non –violence, expresses moral concern and respect for the lives of all living beings on the indisputable basis that life is dear to all, and extols the cultivation of loving – kindness and compassion on par with that of a mother who protects with her life her only child, and calls on humanity to cherish all living beings with a boundless heart radiating kindness over the entire world (Karaniya Metta Sutta);

Whereas

As much as the protection of the ecological environment including its living creatures is of paramount importance, and a moral and civic responsibility has been cast on humanity to prevent the rapid diminution of earth’s resources which are finite, likewise the curtailment of the abuse and cruelty committed on animals is a moral obligation that need to be emphasized and supported particularly by Buddhist Organisations committed to the propagation and spread, and practice of Buddhism;

Whereas

The World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) has responded to the need for supporting humanitarian causes in the world by establishing a Standing Committee on Humanitarian Services;

Likewise it is Hereby Resolved by the General Council of the WFB at the WFB 27th General Conference 2014 to establish a Standing Committee on Animal Welfare:

i) To promote Animal Welfare, Animal Rights (right to life and to be free from suffering) and Buddhist tenets of compassion for all living beings,

ii) To monitor legislation and enforcement of laws on Animal Protection, Animal Rights and Animal Welfare in various countries with a view to ushering in reform and updating of such legislation incorporating modern standards of treatment of animals, and

iii) To provide an Annual Report with Recommendations and Measures adopted towards the prevention of cruelty and abuse of animals; and promotion of animal welfare in the member countries of WFB, and in the rest of the world.

  1. The Conceptual Framework of the Resolution

It is based on the Buddha’s First Precept of the Pancha Seela, the Noble Eightfold Path, Karaniya Metta Sutra and in line with the overall teachings of the Buddha.

 

  1. How the Proposed Resolution will be implemented if it is adopted by the General Conference

a)      The main purpose of the Standing Committee is to give voice to the suffering of animals and draw the attention of Buddhists and Buddhist countries to their plight and recommend measures to eliminate or reduce their suffering in line with Buddhist teachings

b)      To support the enactment and / or updating of Animal Welfare legislation in Buddhist countries

c)       To prepare policy papers for release by the WFB reminding Buddhists that the Buddha extended compassion and non – harming to all sentient beings and accordingly act in specific contexts of animal abuse and suffering.

 

  1. Participation and allocation of the budgets by those concerned for realization of the Resolution

The primary purpose of the Standing Committee on Animal Welfare is to give voice to the suffering of animals. However if any funds are required then efforts will be made to seek such funds from established Animal Rights and Animal Welfare organisations and other charitable institutions.

 

  1. Observation and / or recommendation (if any)

This step of the WFB in moving towards Animal Welfare and Protection of Animals is long overdue for the premier World Buddhist Organisation.

 

Signed ……………………………………………

(Senaka Weeraratna)

Position: Hony. Secretary, German Dharmaduta Society

Date:   August 14, 2014

 

Questions for Navi Pillai’s unnamed International Probe Team and facts for intelligent mind searching, before coming to conclusions.

August 13th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

 If they have no answers or if the answer is no” to most of the questions, the team and the three advisors should resign if they have any self-respect, as there cannot be a probe against Sri Lanka Armed Forces if evidence presented to them are beyond reasonable doubt.  

 To be accused for a crime the crime should be pre-meditated , deliberate and intended.  The Sri Lanka Armed Forces were carrying out a war” against terrorists who were not fighting according to  any convention, who had no human considerations. It was a terrorist war.  In such a war there is no winner.  Because in Sri Lanka the winner won over the terrorists who were the winner’s own people turned terrorists, who forced a war upon themselves.

 Sri Lanka armed forces during the last phase of the war were fighting against the terrorist who were  not visible shooting from behind their human shield of TYamil civilians.  If there were civilian deaths,  who could really recount as eye witnesses who killed whom, unless the dead come to life !!! 

 If there are witnesses coming forward now to tell what happened they are only imagining or repeating what had been told to them, and recount from imagination what may have happened.  And what is the law which allows to accepts such evidence,   as evidence beyond reasonable doubt.

 If the Sri Lanka Armed Forces are accused for that, any war against terrorism is a crime. Because the terrorists themselves are after all civilians who takes arms  mislead by their false convictions.

 If the Sri Lanka Armed Forces  are accused for war crimes it is then all the people of Sri Lanka that should be held responsible for those war crimes, as it is in protection of them and to free them from the thirty years of suffering due to terrorism that  the Sri Lanka Armed Forces were made to fight the war against terrorists.

 Was their terrorism in Sri Lanka ?  Was the group of Sri Lanka Tamil terrorists banned as a group of ruthless terrorists in 32 countries in the world ? Were the Sri Lanka Armed Forces fighting against terrorist or against Sri LabnkaTamils ?

 Is Sri Lanka the most dangerous Country in the world because it eliminated the group of ruthless Tamil terrorists five years ago ? Are the people in Sri Lanka now living in  fear of explosion of  claymore or suicide bombs of the terrorists ?

 Did  the Sri Lanka Army carryout airstrikes against  Jaffna  from Colombo, like Israel is doing against  Palestine ?  Does the President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka order  air strikes against Muslims in Sri Lanka, like President Barrack Obama does against ISIS in Iraq or  did against Colonel Gaddafi in Libya ? Do Sri Lanka Buddhists tell the Muslims to become converted to Buddhism or die as ISIS tells Christians in Iraq ?  Are Sri Lanka Armed Forces taking women as sex slaves as ISIS is doing to Yazidis in Iraq ?

 Are Sri Lanka Armed Forces or armed groups in Sri Lanka chasing  Christians and minorities at gun point like the Jehadists are doing  in Iraq ? Have  Sri Lanka  armed terrorist groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria  kidnapping young girls and holding them prisoners in jungle ?  Has Sri Lanka a terrorist group like  Al Shabaab in Kenya, that kill innocent people in Super Markets ?

 Has Sri Lanka military prisons  like those of Abu Ghraib in Iraq where the USA military police and CIA physically and sexually abused, tortured , raped, sodomised and killed  Iraqi prisoners ?  

Has Sri Lanka detention camps like those of Guantanamo Bay where prisoners were treated like animals ?

 Prisoners, according to Jamal, were told they had no rights. “They actually said that–’you have no rights here.’ After a while, we stopped asking for human rights–we wanted animal rights.”In Camp X-Ray, my cage was right next to a kennel housing an Alsatian dog. He had a wooden house with air conditioning and green grass to exercise on. I said to the guards, ‘I want his rights,’ and they replied, ‘That dog is member of the U.S. army.’”  http://www.counterpunch.org/2004/04/01/tortured-at-guantanamo-bay/

Had the Sri Lanka army taken captured terrorists in helicopters up in the air and drop one to make others talk,  as American pilots did in Vietnam ?

He also told us a good way to get POWs to talk was to take 2 up in a helicopter and throw 1 out, and the other talked immediately. He said it in a very serious vein. I rec’d no meaningful instruction whatever on the law of land warfare while I was in West Point. I did not know what the law of land warfare was until I returned from Vietnam in 69.” http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=48;t=000156;p=0

Has Sri Lanka imposed sanctions or trade embargoes  to North and East of Sri Lanka  where the Tamils live,  like USA practiced sanctions against Iraq as an instrument of American policy ? 

 When asked on US television if she [Madeline Albright, US Secretary of State] thought that the death of half a million Iraqi children [from sanctions in Iraq] was a price worth paying, Albright replied: This is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it.”

(Governor Richardson:Well, I stand behind the sanctions. I believe that they successfully contained Saddam Hussein. I believe that the sanctions were an instrument of our policy. [Emphasis Added] http://www.globalissues.org/article/105/effects-of-sanctions

 Did  Sri Lanka impose sanctions  to North and East Sri Lanka during terrorism as an instrument of policy like USA does to Cuba, or now imposing on  Russia over Ukraine ?

The 28-member nations tied to the EU were first to acknowledge in a statement Tuesday that they’ve agreed to impose broader sanctions to limit access to EU capital markets for Russian State-owned financial institutions, impose an embargo on trade in arms, establish an export ban for dual use goods for military end users and curtail Russian access to sensitive technologies particularly in the field of the oil sector.” http://rt.com/usa/176516-bank-moscow-financial-sanctions/

THE United States first placed an embargo on Cuba in 1960, one year after Fidel Castro seized power and one year before Barack Obama was born. It has since become part of the furniture of American foreign policy. Five decades of use will wear anything thin, and the logic behind the embargo looks ever weaker. It has failed to dislodge the Castro regime of either Fidel or, since 2006, his brother Raúl. Indeed, by enabling the island’s rulers to present themselves as the victims of hegemonic bullying, it has shored up support for Cuba abroad and given an excuse for totalitarianism at home. America’s allies think the embargo is counter-productive at best, vindictive at worst.” http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21600117-would-be-especially-good-time-change-americas-relations-cuba-if-not-now

Didn’t Sri Lanka send food and Medicine to North and East of Sri Lanka during terrorism even when the those  food and medicine were plundered  by the terrorists for their own use ?

Did Sri Lanka Armed Forces drop napalm on terrorists as USA did over Vietnam burning and mutilating civilians and poisoning the ground ?

Napalm is a gel, which in its original form contained naphthenic and palmitic acid plus petroleum as fuel.  The modern version, Napalm B, contains plastic polystyrene, hydrocarbon benzene, and gasoline.  It burns at temperatures of 800 to 1,200 °C (1,500 – 2,200 °F). When napalm falls on people the gel sticks to their skin, hair, and clothing, causing unimaginable pain, severe burns, unconsciousness, asphyxiation, and often death. Even those who do not get hit directly with napalm can die from its effects, since it burns at such high temperatures that it can create firestorms that use up much of the oxygen in the air.  Bystanders also can suffer heat stroke, smoke exposure, and carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Are the Sri Lanka soldiers after the terrorist war suffering from post traumatic  stress disorders like the American war veterans  ?

 …. a very large number of veterans haven’t made it all the way home from the war in Southeast Asia. By conservative estimates, at least half a million Vietnam veterans still lead lives plagued by serious, war-related readjustment problems. Such problems crop up in a number of ways, varying from veteran to veteran. Flashbacks to combat… feelings of alienation or anger… depression, loneliness and an inability to get close to others… sometimes drug or alcohol problems… perhaps even suicidal feelings. The litany goes on.  » 

On the Contrary, hasn’t the Sri Lanka made use of its armed forces after eliminating terrorism to rehabilitate the displaced civilians and  beautify Sri Lanka as it had never been before ?

Did not the people of Sri Lanka from North to South and East to West suffer for over  thirty years from a ruthless terrorism  ?  Did the USA and the European Countries help Sri Lanka to stop terrorism and help the people find peace and freedom ?  Where were USA and the Western Countries accusing Sri Lanka Armed Forces now, when the Sri Lanka Armed Forces were fighting a well armed ruthless terrorists amidst difficulties sacrificing its young soldiers ?

Was there a war in the world in which in  its fight against the enemy did not put the civilians in danger and some died as victims of those wars ?  If they are not regarded as war crimes how can such death of civilians in Sri Lanka war against terrorism be considered as violation of human rights or  war crimes ?

The Navi Pillai Investigation team known only to herself, should ask why Sri Lanka is singled out for a probe for war crimes when there are wars carried out by USA and its allies of the West, where there war crimes are well documented and they could be taken to war tribunal with documented proof  of their war crimes.

The Navi Pillai’s team probing war crimes of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces should ask themselves whether their probe is for the UN Human Rights Commission or a personal probe  for Navi Pillai,  who as a Tamil is taking revenge from Sri Lanka Armed Forces for eliminating her favourite Group of Tamil Terrorists.

Some facts on Poaching by Tamil Nadu & Katchchativu for India and Sri Lanka to solve

August 13th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

When thousands of boats with GPS monitoring systems violate the International Maritime Border Line that divides Sri Lanka and India and Tamil Nadu crafts travel as far as Trincomalee and pilfer fish that belong to Sri Lanka’s fishermen where is the problem? Is the problem the arrest of Indian fishermen or the violation of internationally demarcated territorial waters and the poaching of fish? How have the arrest of Indian fishermen, the confiscation of their boats taken over the discussion focus when it is the violation of thousands of Indian shipping vessels looting fish and depriving the livelihood of thousands of Sri Lankan fishermen that should be the priority item? The next focus needs to be the realization that the use of bottom trawlers which ruined the seabed of India’s coast depriving breeding ground for fish resulting in the absence of fish is likely to lead to the same catastrophe for Sri Lanka if the problem is not dealt with leaving aside theatrics and politics.

The goodwill and cordial relations that Sri Lanka has shown to India has been at the cost of watching Tamil Nadu fishermen poach on Sri Lankan waters and make millions in exporting fish that belong to Sri Lanka and depriving Sri Lankan fishermen of a livelihood. Hard as it is to accept, this is the truth.

The question is can Sri Lanka or should Sri Lanka continue to watch Tamil Nadu illegally violate IMBL and poach fish while also ruining the marine sea bed of Sri Lanka simply to maintain cordial relations? Lives of 600,000 Sri Lankans are affected and so too is marine sea life. Would India have done the same in the reverse situation?

Cordial relations between two nations is one thing but the issue at hand is the livelihood of fishermen (Sri Lankans and Indians), future of Marine fish (on Sri Lankan and Indian waters) and officials of both countries need to realize that domestic political compulsions or current income status should not mar the ground realities. Eventually both sides will end up losers.

We need to also add that these Indian fishermen come from the same families that helped LTTE throughout the 30 year conflict and were very much involved in smuggling goods to and from Sri Lanka.

What exactly is the problem?

  • Main problem 1 : Tamil Nadu fishermen poaching in Sri Lanka’s territorial seas & depriving Sri Lankan fishermen of their livelihood.
  • Main problem 2 : Tamil Nadu fishermen are poaching in Sri Lanka’s waters because they have ruined the Indian side of the maritime border where there is no fish now. That is why Tamil Nadu fishermen are poaching in Sri Lanka’s waters. By using internationally banned bottom trawlers Sri Lanka’s marine sea bed will get destroyed and lead to no fish on either side.
  • Main problem 3 : Tamil Nadu fishermen stealing fish and earning millions in revenue that rightly belongs to Sri Lanka. This is depriving Sri Lankan fishermen and families of livelihood and Sri Lanka is losing out on an income that belongs to Sri Lanka.
  • Indian fishing boats have GPS (Global Positioning System) devices on their boats and so are well aware when borders are crossed! Over 4000 Indian vessels have GPS installed. The device  also supports SMS, GPRS, HSPA packet data and an alarm sounded to the vessel informing them they are straying and should return.

 Unanswered Questions:

  • Is the Tamil Nadu State Government not aware that

o   Tamil Nadu fishermen are poaching on waters that do not belong to India?

o   Tamil Nadu fishermen using internationally banned bottom trawlers?

o   Tamil Nadu marine sea bed has no fish because these same fishermen have destroyed the marine sea bed because of their selfish methodology of fishing?

o   Tamil Nadu fishermen CANNOT continue poaching on waters belonging to another country, CANNOT steal fish that belong to fishermen of another country and Tamil Nadu should not deprive the Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen most of whom are the one’s who are getting affecting from the loss of livelihood.

o   Tamil Nadu fishermen come in massive steel boats and ram into the small fiberglass one’s belonging to Sri Lankan fishermen and even cut their nets. (nets are purchased with a loan of Rs.100,000)

o   Tamil Nadu has opened 400 processing plants despite knowing that these are for fish that have been stolen from Sri Lankan waters.

The Poaching Scenario

  • What is Tamil Nadu’s coastal length – 1076km
  • How large is the Tamil Nadu fishing population – 1million living in close to 600 fishing villages across 13 coastal districts
  • How large is the fleet of ships/crafts used by Tamil Nadu fishermen – over 6200 mechanized fishing crafts / 54,000 traditional crafts.
  • Over 1000 Indian boats (of varying sizes) cross illegally to Sri Lanka daily.
  • $20m worth shrimp is stolen by Indian fishermen / total loss is in excess of $730m (Minister Senaratne)
  • According to experts, there are nearly 250,000 tonnes of tuna in the Bay or Bengal which move in schools northward during breeding season. Tuna, in the international market, can fetch anything between US$ 6-10 per kg (nearly US$ 30,000 or about Rs 18,00,000 in the international market. )
  • Indian fishermen steal 65million kg of fish that belong to Sri Lanka annually.
  • Allegations against Tamil Nadu fishermen illegally crossing the international maritime border and poaching fish that belong to Sri Lanka thus getting arrested by the Sri Lankan Naval authorities has resulted in claiming that fishermen are being harassed and arrested without reason and thereafter forcing a diplomatic row between the 2 nations using domestic politics as bait, an easy ploy that leaves little choice for the Indian Central Government in view of the need to cooperate with State Governments to pass domestic legislation.
  • Yet, Sri Lanka has sacrificed its income and livelihood of its own fishermen and their families for cordial relations with India in view of South Indian coastal fishing industry having to close down if Sri Lanka does take a sterner stand.
  • The most damaging impact is the use of bottom trawlers which with their weighted nets not only destroy the seabed and corals but deny breeding ground for fish (this is why the Indian side of the IMBL does not have fish because fish cannot breed there)

What is the scale of the problem to Sri Lankans

  • Sri Lanka’s marine fisheries resource base has a total extent of 538500 km2
  • Northern and eastern coastal belts cover nearly 60 percent of Sri Lanka’s coastline. This 60% was subject to fishing restrictions throughout the 3 decades of war. The restrictions affected livelihood of traditional fishermen and fishing families.
  • In 1980 fishing industry in North Sri Lanka accounted for 100,000 metric tons. By 2009 that figure was a dismal 15,000 mt while Indians were stealing 615,000 mt of fish from Sri Lankan waters.
  • Fishing is the livelihood of coastal families
  • Fishing provides employment for 150,000 and indirectly to 250,000 people (Northern Sri Lanka is home to an estimated 28,000 fishermen) The poaching problem has affected 600,000 people.
  • 1.7% of GDP comes from fisheries.
  • In 2012 national fish production was 486,170 metric tons (417,220 mt of marine fish/68,950 mt inland fish)
  • Exchange earning from fish exports and fishery products was Rs.26m. Sri Lanka exported 18,631 mt processed fish to the value of Rs.26.3m. 70% of annual protein intake for Sri Lankans come from fish.
  • At present there are 16 fisheries harbours in operation. Most of these fisheries harbours do not have adequate facilities and unable to accommodate large vessels. Poor fisheries infrastructure hampers the development of off shore and high sea fishing. Additionally, inadequate ice production, storage and transport facilities have constrained the quality improvement and improved distribution of fish Loss of revenue to Sri Lanka from poaching by Indian fishermen is beyond $730million.  
  • UK and Japan are the largest international buyers of Sri Lankan fisheries products, accounting for 25 percent and 22 percent of total fish exports respectively, followed by France, Germany and the U.S. The European Union is the main buyer for Sri Lankan fisheries exports

Some quotes from article by Meera Srinivasan writing for The Hindu (June 2014)

  • Unless India acknowledges that fishermen from Tamil Nadu trespass into Sri Lankan waters, the northern province fisher folk will have no hope”
  • I will have a job only if the Indian trawlers stop coming.” Gently nudging a reluctant crab out of the fishing net with a stone, J. Rajeswari speaks of the acute impact the Indian trawlers have had on Pesalai, one of the biggest fishing villages in Mannar, Sri Lanka. On the days that the trawlers come our fishermen don’t go to the sea. If they don’t go, I have no job.”
  • Trapped between a natural affinity for Tamil Nadu and growing anger over its response to the fisheries issue, he says: They [people of Tamil Nadu] are our people and we have very strong links with them. They always speak up for us. But the Tamil Nadu fishermen should realise we are just piecing our lives together after a brutal war. We need to eat. We need to live.”
  • According to Justin Soysa, president of Federation of Mannar District Fishermen Associations. Many of us have lost our nets. Some fishermen have mortgaged their assets to cope with the crisis. We have nothing more to lose,” he says.
  • The Tamil Nadu fishermen are adamant in their stance. They want three years to phase out trawling. Isn’t that unfair?” asks Mohammed Alam, president of the union of fishermen’s cooperatives in Mannar.
  • K Rajachandran president of a Jaffna-based cooperative. To start with, the trawlers pose a serious threat to marine resources and in the long run, it would affect not just fishermen of northern Sri Lanka, but all fishermen in the region. At another level, he says it is unreasonable on the part of Tamil Nadu fishermen to expect them to negotiate without bringing in the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) into the discussion. How can we speak about the issue without bringing in the problem of poaching?” asks Mr. Rajachandran, who participated in the recent talks in Colombo.

However, what the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has been reluctant to admit is that Tamil Nadu fishermen go well past Katchatheevu into what is legally Sri Lanka’s fishing territory across the IMBL.

After a brutal war spanning nearly three decades the fishermen are desperately trying to put their lives back on track. Unless the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister recognises this and acknowledges that fishermen from her State are trespassing into Sri Lankan waters — as has been repeatedly proved by satellite images — the fisher folk of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province will have no reason to cling on to hope. They have already been pushed to the very edge.

What is the Katchchativu problem?

  • In 1974 and 1976 a bilateral agreement was signed between India and Sri Lanka.
  • That bilateral agreement legally signed between 2 sovereign nations drew up the International Maritime Border Line.   
  • With the IMBL Katchchetivu officially came under the jurisdiction of Sri Lanka.
  • Historically, Sri Lanka has made claim to Katchchaitivu in 1924 and as far back as 1876 even colonial invaders accepted Katchchativu as belonging to Sri Lanka.
  • The 1976 Agreement allowed Tamil Nadu fishermen to use Katchchativu only to dry wet nets and to attend the Catholic festival annually held on the island.
  • Tamil Nadu fishermen stray beyond Katchchativu though it is around Katchchativu that shrimp can be found
  • It is an open question whether the Tamil Nadu demand for Katchchativu is to hide the fact that fish abound around Katchchativu.
  • The legal status of Katchchativu was settled in July 2014 except for the political spin via media. The Indian Central Government in its affidavit responding to a Public Interest Litigation filed by L A Peter Rayan of the Fishermen Care with the Madras High Court concluded that
  1. Katachchativu is a sovereign property of Sri Lanka
  2. The 1974 and 1976 agreements between India and Sri Lanka do not confer any fishing rights around the island for Indian fishermen
  3. Indian fishermen and pilgrims will enjoy access to Katchchativu without travel documents or visas only to dry nets and for annual St. Anthony’s pilgrimage.  Right of access does not cover fishing rights.

 The solution :

When the IMBL an international and legal border is being violated it is a matter for officials of the 2 nations signatory to the agreement to solve. The State violating the IMBL cannot or should not be allowed to determine the action plan that the two sovereign nations discuss and conclude upon. It is therefore, better for India’s Central Government to analyze the faultlines on the Tamil Nadu side, weigh them against the legalities and violations and with the State Chief Minister ensure that the Indian Central Government gives assistance for alternate fishing methodologies so that the IMBL is not crossed.

 The legal status of Katchchativu is a settled matter. Katchchativu belongs to Sri Lanka. The affidavit by the Indian Central Government suffices to not waste time arguing on this.

 The next three problems are

  1. the straying into Sri Lankan waters by Tamil Nadu fishermen,
  2. the poaching of fishing and looting of earnings that belong to Sri Lanka and its fishermen
  3. the gradual destruction of Sri Lanka’s marine sea bed as a result of bottom trawlers used by Tamil Nadu fishermen.

 These are the 3 areas that need to take centre stage of the discussions. What is now happening is that those doing the harm are presented as the victims and the arrest of the Tamil Nadu fishermen who are violating the IMBL, the confiscation of their boats are taking centre stage.

 The authorities on both sides need to put the argument in perspective to genuinely reach a solution.

YMMA DELEGATION MEETS PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR

August 13th, 2014
 I WAS IN ISRAELI JAIL FOR 11 YEARS AND MASTERED THE HEBREW LANGUAGE – Palestinian Ambassador

On 12th August, 2014 a 5-Member Delegation from the National Council of YMMAs of Sri Lanka met the Palestinian Ambassador His Excellency Zuhair M.H. Dar Zeid at his Embassy.

The Ambassador profusely thanked the people of Sri Lanka for the love displayed towards the Palestinians. The gifts and show of support, in spite of their difficulties, is bringing tears to his eyes. He further said that he too was in the Israeli prisons for no fault of his for nearly 11 years. During this period, he mastered the Hebrew language which is helping him now to go into the Israeli Web sites which is mainly in Hebrew. He could therefore minutely understand their movements and ideas..

1. No goods will be collected henceforth by YMMA Maligawatte. Whatever Milk Powder, Biscuits and Tea collected for the children of Gaza will packed in cartons for easy distribution. These items will be sent either through Egyptian Embassy, Jordanian Embassy or Red Crescent as Palestinian Embassy has no means to despatch them before the expiry date of these products. cepted by the YMMA Maligawatte, 323, Jumma Masjid Road, Colombo-10 – Tel: 0112692312- Email: ymmamaligawatte@gmail.com. Those who wish to send donations may do so by depositing to the YMMA Account No.007010283442 – HNB Pettah Branch – SWIFT CODE : HBLILKLX. YMMA Maligawatte is an Incorporated body by an Act of Parliament and is also an APPROVED CHARITY. Tax rebates could be obtained on production of our official receipt.

3. US $ 2000 will be handed over to the Palestinian Ambassador initially to be sent to Gaza to purchase needed medicine for the KIDS.

LET US JOINTLY SHOW OUR SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIANS WHO ARE LIVING IN OPEN PLACES SIMILAR TO A HELL BECAUSE OF THE ISRAELIS. GIVE GENEROUSLY AND ALMIGHTY ALLAH WILL BLESS YOU ALL

SOUTH ASIA’S FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY: A LOOK AT MODERN SRI LANKA WITH AMBASSADOR KARIYAWASAM

August 12th, 2014

By Michael D. Mosettig  -Diplomatic Connections: September – October 2014

In a satellite photo of the Indian Ocean, the nation of Sri Lanka looks like a mere dot southeast of India. But to the extent that geography can be destiny, this nation of 21 million has a key position in international politics. More than two-thirds of the world’s petroleum pass through these waters, as does an increasing share of the Western world’s trade with a dynamic Asia.

Sri Lanka is now the fastest growing economy in South Asia, but its path to recent prosperity has been anything but easy. In 2009, the government prevailed in a 6-year civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). While the U.S. and other governments had labeled the LTTE a terrorist group, it joined other Western governments and human rights groups seeking an investigation into allegations that the army killed, rather than captured, rebel leaders’ as the conflict ended.

Sri Lanka’s new ambassador to the United States, Prasad Kariyawasam, told Diplomatic Connections that his country has begun a process of reconciliation.

Diplomatic Connections: Excellency, thank you for joining Diplomatic Connections for this interview. Your country has been through a rough several decades — a 26-year civil war, the 2004 tsunami. How are you healing at this point?

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam: Sri Lankan civilization spans about three millennia with a recorded history of over 2,500 years. In our history, we have had several periods of stress and trial. But we have always had the courage, fortitude and commitment to come out of situations of stress in our country. In the last 30 years, we had a very intense situation when a terrorist group waged a terror campaign to create a monoethnic state in the north of Sri Lanka. Before that, about 40 years back, we had a Marxist insurgency in southern Sri Lanka. That was also a drain on our country. Our governments have been able to contain and defeat insurgencies and terrorism, but at an unavoidable human and material cost. We are back to normal now. We are in the process of healing, reconciliation and consolidating peace.

Diplomatic Connections: I’ll get to the reconciliation later. I wanted to focus on a couple of more geopolitical items first. You’re in the center of one of the world’s most vital areas, equidistant to the most important sea routes between the Strait of Hormuz and the Straits of Malacca. But you’re a small nation, only the size of West Virginia. How does your country protect its freedom of action in such a geopolitical situation?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: Sri Lanka straddles a strategically important location in the world, the sea connecting the Orient with the Occident. Our ports have been used by ancient mariners, and now modern mariners as well, as a transit location and more. We are an island nation and islanders naturally welcome external influences, and enrich themselves by the positives of those interactions. As a result, we are today a multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-religious nation. And similar to the U.S., we are also one of the oldest democracies in the world. In fact, as far back as 1931, Sri Lankans, both men and women obtained universal franchise. Since then we have championed democracy. As islanders with no land borders, we value our independence. Like the U.S., we have in our history struggled to retain our sense of independence. Therefore, although we are far away from America and with only 21 million people as compared to your 314 million, we have certain ethics and values that are similar to protect our freedom and independence.

Diplomatic Connections: Given that people like Robert Kaplan and other strategic analysts are talking about the Indian Ocean becoming a place of major global competition in the coming years and decades, particularly between China and India, and perhaps the U.S. from a distance, what does Sri Lanka consider its vital interests in this situation?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: Our primary interest is to sustain a peaceful environment in the country and in the maritime domain around Sri Lanka so that the economic and social development of our people can progress unimpeded, unrestrained. For that we require, and we are committed to ensuring, the maritime security around Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean and beyond. In that context we are ready to work with regional countries as well as extra-regional powers to ensure that the Indian Ocean remains a region of peace, with secure sea lanes and protection against piracy. We want to work towards preventing transnational crimes such as human trafficking as well. We are willing to work with all countries that are interested in making the Indian Ocean a zone of peace.

Diplomatic Connections: In practical terms, what kind of port or basing arrangements do you foresee with other countries like India, China or even the United States?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: Colombo Port is the largest transshipment port in South Asia. It is a deep seaport that is open for all countries in the world, and it is owned by the Sri Lanka Port Authority, but we have several private sector entities effectively managing piers. Colombo Port is one of the most efficient in Asia. We have another new deep water port called Hambantota Port in the deep south which is still being developed to reach its full capacity. Sri Lankan ports are open for all shipping in the world. We welcome all interested businesses to use our ports for shipping related activities, which no doubt can be profitable. With regard to our connections with navies in the world, we are similarly open for exchanges and for arrangements that can make the seas and ocean around us secure. We are friends with the entire world.

Diplomatic Connections: Given the major countries that are in your neighborhood, how do you describe at the moment your relationship with India?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: India is our closest neighbor and a very close friend for centuries. We have civilizational connections with that country. Our relations with India have remained very robust, and of course like with any neighbor, there have been periods of stress and strain. But, being right next door, we solve issues amicably. We are good friends with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries and beyond as well, such as China and Japan. All these relations are mutually exclusive and close relationships.

Diplomatic Connections: You described your relations with China as friendly?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: Yes, close and friendly and a commercially and economically productive relationship.

Diplomatic Connections: Some of the analysts I’ve been talking to say there are two big stories in Sri Lanka: the economic story and the political, human rights story. To start with the economic story, an Australian newspaper recently said your country is going through an economic miracle; your stock market is up 700+ percent over 13 years, which makes it look like a pretty good place to invest. What are the keys to becoming what economists call a middle-income country?”

Ambassador Kariyawasam: Yes, we are a middle income country now and our growth rate is the highest in the region, and inflation around 5 percent. We enjoy good macro-economic fundamentals. Keys to success for developing countries are peace and stability. We achieved that in 2009 when we defeated a terrorist group that was disturbing our country, and eliminated terrorism from our soil. Added to that is the high physical quality of life of our people, which means a higher literacy rate, good health indicators, and equal opportunities for men and women, and educated women. We have done very well on these social indicators for long years and now we are reaping results. Our people continue to enjoy free healthcare and free education, even at the university level. We continue to be proud of those achievements. We are in a sense a model developing country that has reached high levels of development at a lower cost. It is now required from our international friends to understand that we are on a painstaking, gradual and carefully planned reconciliation process. Time and space must be allowed to achieve our goals with our own efforts. Any unsolicited attempt to hurry us or force our hand will only vitiate the atmosphere and will lacerate wounds of the past that will make it much more difficult to consolidate peace.

Diplomatic Connections: Is that why your government has objected now to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) investigation of the events of 2009? This time we are talking about a group headed by one of the world’s most respected statesmen, [former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate] Mr. [Martti] Ahtissaari of Finland.

Ambassador Kariyawasam: The primary reason is that we have ourselves set about achieving reconciliation and harmony locally, but at our own pace. It is against international law and practice to intervene in countries before domestic efforts and domestic processes are allowed time to fully flourish and mature. It seems these are motivated attempts to direct and force our hand toward objectives that are not in tune with what the people of Sri Lanka are comfortable with. That is why we are against international intervention in our situation, especially when Sri Lanka’s situation is not a human rights or international security crisis in the world. Since there is no human rights crisis in Sri Lanka, it is baffling as to why Sri Lanka is in focus with such high-level attention. Some in Sri Lanka wonder whether it’s due to lobbying efforts by Sri Lankan separatist groups living overseas who seem to be seeking retribution for the defeat of the Sri Lankan separatist terrorist group LTTE. Sri Lankans wish to seek restorative justice,” and not retributive justice,” which seems to be the focus of the UNHRC investigation. Even the current high level set-up of this investigation seems to be way above the mandate given by the UNHRC.

Diplomatic Connections: Well, again, the United States and some other Western countries — India of course has changed its position now — have continued to push this. What do you tell the American government in this circumstance?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: The U.S. and Sri Lanka have a long and abiding productive relationship and we value that. The U.S. has stood by us every time we had an unexpected difficulty, including the tsunami disaster and in our struggle against terrorism. The U.S. is one of the first countries to ban LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization. The U.S. is our biggest export market. We have about 350,000 Sri Lankan-Americans, and they are a very good medium for our connection to this great country. We appreciate our relationship with the U.S. and we are keen to further promote this valuable partnership, but there is dissonance with U.S.A. on the issue of human rights in Sri Lanka, especially the human rights related focus on the last stages of our armed conflict with the terrorist group. We need to work on these issues bilaterally to create a better understanding and more confidence in the U.S. with regard to the processes we have in motion, locally, to address their issues of concern. We have chosen a path of reconciliation based on recommendations of our own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, which are being implemented progressively.

Diplomatic Connections: You say progressively.” Over what kind of timespan are you thinking of? I think there’s some feeling in U.S. official circles that the Tamils represent 17 percent of your population, but they are not yet really fully participant in the economic, political and social life of your nation.

Ambassador Kariyawasam: First of all, that’s a misconception. Colombo City has more Tamils than Sinhalese. That is the capital city of Sri Lanka. Seventy percent of Colombo City’s businesses are owned or run by Tamils, and there are Tamil cabinet ministers in the government. More Tamils live outside the Northern Province among Sinhalese. Tamil is an official language like Sinhalese. The Northern Province has an elected Tamil Chief Minister for the first time. This assertion that Tamils are not participating in the governance or economic activity of the country is a diabolic assertion. Second, with regard to further strengthening and sharing of political power both at the center and the periphery in the provinces, including the Tamil-dominated Northern Province, we have an ongoing process of consultation in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. This is to work out arrangements that would be acceptable for all communities in the country, including Sinhalese and Muslims, too. Muslims are important as they are 11 percent of our population and have their own issues. I am afraid Tamil separatist groups who have been campaigning against Sri Lanka for long years will be having a very different idea of how Sri Lanka should evolve. Sri Lanka is not a country that is looking at mono-ethnic separatist entities, but at multi-ethnic, multicultural integrated regions, like those in the United States.

Diplomatic Connections: Do you have any idea of when that goal might be achieved?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: We had a 30-year conflict with its attendant pain, emotional baggage and feelings of historic injustice perceived by all communities. These have to be handled step by step. You cannot heal all wounds overnight and we have to allow time and space. Just look at other situations in the world to see how much time has been taken in such scenarios. But we have been one of the fastest in rehabilitation and healing activities with certain landmark achievements. Let me tell you a few. At the end of the conflict, we rescued nearly 300,000 Tamils from LTTE custody.

We resettled all of them within two-and-a-half years. That’s a record. We had about 11,000 LTTE cadres in custody by the end the conflict. Almost all of them have been rehabilitated and released. We had large tracts of mined areas and all have been de-mined. In many other post-conflict situations around the world, people are still trying to de-mine. What we have achieved is monumental. But, when you deal with hearts and minds, initiatives can take even more time.

Diplomatic Connections: You’ve had a very interesting diplomatic career serving in a lot of important posts, including the United Nations and India — your most important neighbor. How has that prepared you for this job, which as we have been discussing, the relations with the United States have had their ups and downs? So how do you feel taking on this job as a new ambassador here — taking on this job in this city, which has its own funny ways of doing business?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: I look forward to this challenge. I worked here at this embassy from ’95 – ’98. I recall during that time, in 1997, when I was here, the U.S. naming LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization. I have good memories of the U.S. as a country that stood by us then, and I don’t think that our relationship with the U.S. is down. It’s only some dissonance in terms of some issues that we have to find the best possible way forward, so that we can work in tandem. That is what I have set about to achieve. We think of the U.S. as a country which we should have a strong and sustained relationship with. My objective will be to achieve a relationship that we can call as having reached a level of irreversible excellence.

Diplomatic Connections: The United States is now your largest export market. What are you doing to encourage even more, and particularly more American, investment in Sri Lanka?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: We are very eager that the U.S. engages with us economically, much more than now. There is great potential for investment for U.S. companies in Sri Lanka. We think U.S. businesses should look at Sri Lanka as a launching pad to reach the Indian subcontinent and leap into East Africa and to Southeast Asia by using the excellent sea connections we have from Colombo Port and Hambantota Port. Around Hambantota Port you have large tracts of land that can be used for manufacturing for export. We think U.S. investment could look at Sri Lanka as a manufacturing hub for production and for sale into the whole of Indian Ocean littorals.

Diplomatic Connections: On that point, you’re getting a million tourists a year, but most of them come from Europe and an increasing number are coming from China. Any plans afoot to try and encourage more American tourism in your country?

Ambassador Kariyawasam: We would welcome more American tourists, but we recognize we’re a little far away. In a sense, we need to create packages that will attract American tourists, like for instance let’s say a total experience in tea and ancient culture. This means tea connoisseurs could go to Sri Lanka, stay in very comfortable accommodation in a hill country tea garden, drink and feel tea. Then they could marvel at monuments of our ancient civilization and feel our culture as well. Of course around our country there is warm sea water and golden sands. We can attract U.S. tourists for very specific excursions that will suit their individual tastes. Sri Lanka is one of the unique countries in the world where you can see the largest sea animal, whales, and the largest land animal, elephants, from the same location. Near the city of Trincomalee, one can sit in a place near the sea and on one side one can see elephants, the other side one will see whales frolicking in the sea.

Diplomatic Connections: I’ll have to get there myself. Excellency, thank you very much for this interview with Diplomatic Connections. We appreciate it.

Ambassador Kariyawasam: Thank you very much.

IS IT TIME FOR NEW UN CONVENTIONS OR A COMPLETELY NEW INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR THE 21 st CENTURY?

August 11th, 2014

Dr D.Chandraratna, Perth

There is a dire need to revisit UN Conventions in the light of changing world conditions of the modern era. Be it refugees, humanitarian law, torture, friendly relations, human rights etc., the conditions of the modern world demand a revision of these Charters. There is a reason to take a dim view of the United Nations for the abject failings, which we are witnessing on a daily basis. Diplomacy has become a duplicitous activity suggesting an ominous meaning befitting the worst of interstate relations. The activities of foreign missions in Sri Lanka are beyond credulity and in fact the external affairs department has cautioned the diplomatic community in Colombo in polite terms as lacking in objectivity. Lakshman Keerthisinghe in one of his substantive articles to the Daily News reported that following an incident of protesters disrupting a meeting between some Colombo-based diplomats and relatives of disappeared persons, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry had stated that while it recognized the fundamental right to freedom of assembly and expression, ‘a certain section of the diplomatic corps (US, UK and the usual Western cavalcade) appear to be involved in a manner lacking in objectivity, in events organized for a particular region and community. The Ministry politely requested the missions to be ‘conscious of local sensitivities when attending events of an emotive nature.’

Sovereignty, multilateral relations, diplomacy and international mores are breached daily with dire consequences to millions of people. In regard to interstate relations it is noteworthy that Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who visited Sri Lanka recently, to attend a special workshop, at the BMICH, on ‘India under Modi’, said India regretted the late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, being instrumental in promoting terrorism in Sri Lanka. Apparently Dr Swamy alleged that she funded the terrorists, including LTTE, PLOTE and helped them procure arms to continue their struggle against Sri Lanka. But in a redemptive note Dr. Swamy re-iterated that the BJP Government would never ever repeat Indira’s mistake. It was praiseworthy that senior and wise counsel of the BJP to have reported that BJP government would not interfere in internal matters of Sri Lanka nor allow such interference in the future or encourage western countries to meddle in Sri Lankan domestic matters.

A delegate at the BMICH conference even said that Human Rights are used as a tool by some quarters to belittle Sri Lanka’s achievement in crushing one of the most ruthless terrorist outfits in the world. The reference here was to Pillay’s outfit that is acting as a PR front for the White Europeans. The reasons are obvious and need not labor the point. As the Indian delegation mentioned no other country has so decisively defeated terrorism, which alone is unpalatable to the many European countries. Many tend to entertain the view that the European countries are in ‘love’ with the Tamils which is a misnomer; the naked truth being that it is the Tamil Diaspora that is available for the moment as a camouflage for the pro China stance of the Sri Lankan state.

It is because of the duplicity and unpredictability of the international mechanisms that we are compelled to take a dim view of the doings of UN. Human Rights chief Navaneetham Pillay whose tenure will fortunately ends this August comes up with various efforts to put Sri Lanka in trouble. She tried to come to Sri Lanka to conduct the investigation, which was categorically turned down by the Sri Lanka government. Tainted by partisanship and conflicts of interest she has done the worst possible degradation to the concept of human rights and any organization that stands for human rights. These people in high places have been corrupted by money and the good life when millions are suffering in the world. When we hear of human rights gurus shouting what immediately comes to mind are international picnics, travel jaunts, good hotels, international cuisine and good pay packets. The utter arrogance on the part of Pillay is not to take seriously her total lack of objectivity against the Sri Lankan issue when not one country in the region is prepared to issue visas for her team. Navi Pillay tried to access the closest country to Sri Lanka, which she failed. Even with SAARC she was unable to push her clandestine efforts to damage Sri Lanka. She does not take the non-European nations seriously and that speaks a lot about the manipulation of the UN by the Nordic countries.

The Sri Lankans are justified in asserting that the rebuff to her team, led by a woman who was expelled from another country, was a moral victory to Sri Lanka. With the backing of Western counties she is trying her best to execute this unwarranted probe with representatives from Britain, France, and America. Totally disregarding the rejection from the SAARC region she is trying to do a remote controlled investigation with some members ‘who have not seen Sri Lanka in their lifetime’. We have been well aware of the disgruntled groups who are heavily funded, as some NGO’s in Sri Lanka, and some foreign states are hell bent to concoct evidence against Sri Lanka’s heroic security forces to be presented to the UNHCR investigation team interviewing these persons who are said to be relatives of disappeared persons through Skype. The numbers of the disappeared also grow similar to the numbers of 40,000 civilians killed in the terminal phase. The bishop Rayappu came out with 170,000 today as the number and surely he must be having divine powers to multiply the dead. The interesting news is that interviewees prepared to give falsified evidence are offered Rupees Two Hundred Thousand each to provide such mis-information assisted by some interested diplomats. This must be from Pillay’s book on jurisprudence. Is it any wonder that Sri Lankan people are mad with the diplomats who are behaving as prostitutes and pimps? It will be a sweet day for the world when this woman leaves the UNHRC.

Look at the terrible tragedies, which are reported daily. The ongoing carnage of innocent civilians in many quarters is grim and horrendous. There is plenty of reason for us to be angry with the UN for its inertia and inaction. Where is the international reckoning for the travesty of justice in the Middle East? Who must be blamed for the group that pressed the button for the heat seeking missile (?) that destroyed the lives of innocent passengers in MH 17? If the government that pressed the button is responsible then the outside agents that initially created the chaos in Ukraine must equally be responsible. Those agents for NATO cannot escape culpability for provoking, fuelling and sustaining the unrest in Ukraine. The Western Press will be the last to give a balanced analysis of the event any day. Their sole objective is to get at their No 1 geo political foe, Mr. Putin. How can anyone believe in a multilateral force to redeem the violation of the right to life of many people in the world with the current organizations? Is it time for us to think of a better world with a newer UN or may be demonstrate to the world of such revision of Charters by creating an Asian equivalent of the same as a demonstration model for the Asian countries. The time is right now.

බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ ටැක්සි ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තයට තල්ලුවක් දෙයි

August 11th, 2014

ජනක අලහප්පෙරුම ලන්ඩනයේ සිට

ලන්ඩනය, බර්මින්හැම් සහ මැන්චෙස්ටර් යන බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ ප්‍රධානම නගර තුනක ටැක්සි 300ක් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අසිරිය විදහාපාන අලංකාර ඡායාරුප ප්‍රදර්ශනය කරමින් මෙරට සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය නගාසිටුවීමට ඉදිරිපත් වී තිබේ. ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යංශයේ මග පෙන්වීම යටතේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධන කාර්යාංශය මෙහෙයවීමෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය ලොව පුරා ප්‍රචලිත කිරීමේ ප්‍රචාරණ ක්‍රියාවලියේ මුල් පියවරක් ලෙස බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය, ප්‍රංශය, ජර්මනිය, ජපානය සහ කොරියාව යන රටවල සංචාරකයින් ආකර්ෂණය කර ගැනීමට ගත් පියවරක බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය ඉලක්ක කරමින් ගෙන යන ප්‍රචාරක කටයුත්තේ එක් අංගයක් ලෙස මෙය නම් කල හැකිය.

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මෙමගින් එංගලන්තයේ අනෙකුත් ප්‍රධාන නගරද ආවරණය වන පරිදි ලන්ඩනය, බර්මින්හැම් සහ මැන්චෙස්ටර් යන නගර මුල් කරගෙන එක් නගරයකට ටැක්සි 100 බැගින් පුරා සති 12ක්  මුළුල්ලේ මෙලෙස ටැක්සි භාවිතා කරමින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ජනතාව අතර ප්‍රචලිත කිරීමට කටයුතු සැලසුම් සකසමින් තිබේ.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධන ආයතනය මෙම ප්‍රචාරණ කටයුත්ත සඳහා බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ මීඩියා ඒජන්සි ගෘප් නමැති දැන්වීම් ප්‍රචාරක ආයතනයක් සමග ගිවිසුමකට එළඹ ගෙන ඇත.

එම දැන්වීම් ප්‍රචාරක ආයතනය සඳහන් කර තිබුනේ අගෝස්තු 11 දින සිට ආරම්භ කරන මෙම ප්‍රචාරක කටයුත්ත මගින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආකර්ශනීය සංචාරක මර්මස්ථාන නිරුපනය කරන දර්ශනීය ඡායාරුප බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ජනතාවගේ ඇස ගැටීමට සලස්වන බවයි. “ශ්‍රී ලංකා 2014 අ ජර්නි අවෙයිට්ස්- ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරයකට පැමිණෙන්න” ලෙස ඇරයුම් කෙරෙන තේමාවක් යටතේ නම් කර ඇති මෙම ප්‍රචාරණ කටයුත්ත මගින් බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ ප්‍රධාන නගර තුනක අති විශාල ජනතාවක් අතර ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය පිළිබඳව ලබා දෙන පණිවිඩය මගින් යහපත් ප්‍රතිඵල ලැබෙනු ඇති බවත් මෙය ඉතාමත්ම සාර්ථක ප්‍රචාරණ මාධ්‍යයක් බවත් මීඩියා ඒජන්සි ගෘප් ආයතනයේ ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලධාරී ලී ඩෙන්ටිත් මහතා පැවසිය. මෙමගින් ටැක්සි වල ගමන් කරන මගීන්ටත්, පාරේ එහා මෙහා යන අනෙකුත් වාහන වල යන ජනතාවටත්, පදිකයින්ටත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය පිළිබඳව කිසියම් හෝ පණිවුඩයක් ලබාදීම මෙමගින් අපේක්ෂා කරන බවත් ඔහු වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කළේය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධන ආයතනය පසුගිය මාර්තුවේද මේ ආකාරයටම ජර්මනියේ බර්ලින් නගරය මුලික කරගෙන ටැක්සි භාවිතයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය නාග සිටුවීමට අවශ්‍ය ප්‍රචාරණයක් ලබා දීමට කටයුතු කර තිබුණි. මීට ප්‍රථම ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් සේවයත් ලන්ඩනයේ ටැක්සි භාවිතා කරමින් මෙවැනිම ප්‍රචාරණ කටයුත්තක නියැළුණි.  
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ස්වභාවික පරිසර අලංකාරය, රමණිය මුහුදු තිරය, ඓතිහාසික නටබුන් සහ සිද්ධස්ථාන, වන ජීවින්, ආයුර්වේදය ආදී විවිධ  මාතෘකා නිරුපනය කෙරෙන ආකර්ශනීය ඡායාරුප ඇලවූ ටැක්සි එංගලන්තයේ විදි පුරා, නගර හරහා ඇදී යන දර්ශනය කාගේත් අවධානයටත් ආකර්ෂණයටත් ලක්වී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තයට සවියක් වේ යයි කාගේත් පැතුමයි.පසුගිය වසර දෙකහමාර තුන ඇතුලත ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කීර්තිනාමයට හානිවන බොහෝ දේ සිදුවෙද්දී එයට ප්‍රතිචාර වශයෙන් අර්ථවත්, හරවත් උපායශීලි ලෙසින් කිසිවක් සිදු නොවුණු වකවානුවක ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යංශයත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධන ආයතනයත් මැදිහත් වී කරන මෙම ප්‍රචාරක කටයුත්තෙන් හෝ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට කිසියම් යහපත් ප්‍රචාරණයක් ලැබුනහොත් එය පොදුවේ රටටත් සංචාරක කර්මාන්තයේ වර්ධනයටත් සෙතක් වනු ඇත.

  ඡායාරුප: ප්‍රනීත් හෙට්ටිආරච්චි

Time to stop foreign diplomatic corps involvement in local politics

August 11th, 2014

S. Akurugoda

 According to media reports, a tense situation prevailed at a meeting organized by a NGO named, Right to Life Human Rights Centre” involving families of disappeared persons from the North and representatives from US, France, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland missions in Colombo, when, another NGO, the Dead and Missing Person’s Parents Front”, had sought access to the meeting, demanding that their grievances be heard too.

Later the US, France, Germany, Britain and Switzerland issued statements condemning the incident and demanding the government to enforce the rule of law.
The external affairs ministry, in response, said to have hit back at the diplomatic corps based in Colombo for organizing events for a particular region and community in Sri Lanka, that could lead to ‘volatile situations giving rise to the perpetuation of mistrust amongst communities’ and urged the diplomatic community to “be more conscious of local sensitivities when attending events of an emotive nature.”

Foreign interference, both political and economic, with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka was minimal prior to 1977. Sri Lanka became an active member of the non-align movement and in early 1970s and late Prime Minister Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike was elected as the chairperson of the movement. She nationalised foreign owned businesses such as, estates, oil distribution and insurance with hardly any problems. The only threat she had to face was the 1962 abortive coup orchestrated by the top brass of the police and armed forces after the takeover of the missionary (but government aided) schools.

Almost all countries including, the West and the Soviet bloc came to assist Sri Lanka when 1971 uprising broke out.

With the emergence of open economy policy and the short-sighted foreign policy of the government elected in 1977, various forms of foreign interference started emerging. The collapsed of the Soviet Union followed by the non-aligned movement also strengthened the level of foreign interference with time.

India became the first country, since independence, to interfere with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, in the late 1980s with the so called Indo-Lanka Pact of 1987 and the IPKF. India had to pay a heavy price for its misdeeds later.

Norwegians became the second country to interfere with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, under the guise of ‘peace facilitation’. Simultaneously, various secretive foreign funded non-governmental organisations which appear before the public under various guises, such as ‘peace’ free media’ human rights’ no war’ abduction”, disappearance” and so on, have started emerging and are still continuing their old dramas on the same themes, violating the basic norms and guidance which they are expected to adhere.

Disappearances, abductions and killings were carried out daily by the Tamil Tigers terrorists, at their liberty, in areas under their control for nearly three decades while the so-called international or local ‘human rights champions’ were marinating a blind eye towards them.

The so-called ‘peace facilitation also led to the emergence of undue interference of the   foreign diplomatic corps based in Colombo notably US, France, Germany and Britain as never seen before.

These diplomats, who are representatives of the superpower, are gradually becoming part and parcel of our local political system and we see no significant difference between their day-to-day tasks in Colombo and those of the opposition parties including LTTE proxy TNA.

Statements issued by various foreign diplomats in Colombo, notably those of former and current US ambassadors, almost one after the other concerning the internal affairs of our country, and reported visits and secret visits said to have been made to meet the opponents of the democratically elected government to discuss ‘undisclosed’ matters related to internal politics of the host country are typical examples of their failure of self-controlling, what appears as, some sort of a ‘superiority’ complex when serving in tiny nations.

How much damaged to our country’s reputation, peace and harmony has been done as a result of so-called ‘concerns’ on our ‘peace’, ‘human rights’, ‘free media’, etc by some of the notable former diplomats such as US Ambassador Robert O. Blake, British High Commissioner Dominick Chilcott of Britain, the German Ambassador Weerth during their tenure of office in Colombo are now part of the history. We also remember how so-called advisors like Allan Rock and officials like Sir John Holmes from the United Nations came here, time to time, and provided the moral support to those diplomats to strengthen their activities in the past.. These western diplomats and the UN officials based in Colombo attempted their best to prevent the ‘peace’ we are enjoing today, calling for an immediate ceasefire at every stage of the war against LTTE. The theme of their common story was simply ‘Do not touch Prabhakaran’

After reading the analysis of speeches and considering the extent of involvement in the internal affairs of the US embassy, one may tends to believe that there is no other foreign diplomat who could match the potential of Mrs J. Sison , when figuring out a solution to the ‘human rights’ situation in Sri lanka. Perhaps she may have not come up to the same standard of Mr A.N, Dixit, who attempted tofind a solution to the so-called ‘ethinic’ problem, during late 1980’s while serving as the Indian High Commissioner. However Mrs Sison must have definitely exceeded, by now, the efforts of one of the former British High Commissioner who was made ‘persona non grata’ by President Ranasinghe Premadasa due to the diplomat’s unwarranted interest in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka.

Just over a month ago, the US embassy had to withdraw its overall plan to implement a project called ‘Election Support through Voter Education’, through local NGOs after the Sri Lanka government authorities revealed their ‘concern’ over hidden intention of the project to undermine the government ahead of Presidential polls.

It is also interesting to note how the champions of democracies of the world, who define ‘human rights’ and pretend to show that they are the owners of ‘human rights’ of the world, are responding to situations affecting their nations. These democracies are also champions when it comes to interpretation of the words to suit their benefit while following a different policy towards smaller developing nations such as ours.

 Being a passionate in the day-to-day events of Sri Lanka, Mrs Sison must be aware of the growing concern, among the Sri Lankan population about the undue foreign interference and bullying through the diplomatic missions in Colombo and apparent pressure on the government to take remedial action to safeguard the sovereignty of the country.

The meddlesome foreign envoys in Colombo should need the growing concern, among the Sri Lankan population about the undue interference. It is time the government to take remedial action to safeguard the country’s sovereignty.

 

Investigation against Sri Lanka: UNHRC & Navi Pillay cunningly exceeding mandate

August 11th, 2014

Eric Perera Australia

A Letter of Protest to the OISL

Dear Sirs/madam,
I am writing to record my protest against the continuing efforts of UNHCR (aka Navi Pallai ) at the behest of USA UK EU and selected others, making a mockery of the once respected body called the United Nations and its associated organisation.
Hounding Sri Lanka without a strand of Factual Evidence on alleged War Crimes, after Sri Lanka restored peace and prosperity to its people by militarily defeating the most ruthless Terrorist Organisation (FBI Terminology) the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). Is to say the least Outrageous.!!!
I am forwarding herewith an analysis of the issues made by  Shenali D Waduge which sets out in detail, the fraudulent methods etc adopted by UNHCR for your attention.
It is indeed a matter for much regret and dismay to find people of your standing even accepting the assignment “brief” full of holes and falsehoods etc.
Please take note that the overwhelming majority of Nations of the World do not accept the UNCHR biased resolution sponsored by USA Britain etc, who have the worst record of War Crimes and Crimes against Civilian Slaughter post World War II, starting from Hiroshima Nagasaki to the present Day.!!!!
Yours Respectfully
Eric Perera
Australia

Investigation against Sri Lanka: UNHRC & Navi Pillay cunningly exceeding mandate

What started out as the world’s indignation against Sri Lanka for the events that took place during the last three months of the war has changed leaps and bounds with each successive resolution being passed by same camps of nation. With the obvious lack of any credible proof to nail Sri Lanka the next option has been to include items that could easily have been dealt with at the Universal Periodic Review. The Resolutions passed since 2009 have had nothing to do with the war, the last phase of the war or even cared about the victims. But the architects of the resolutions have found common ground in their hunger to avenge those that eliminated the LTTE. Like it or not, none of the Resolutions can bring back to life either the LTTE or its Leader, Velu Prabarakan. He is very much a dead man and the people of Sri Lanka are thankful he is no more even if a handful of others are angry he is dead. In the present context what is important is to highlight that the UNHRC head before bidding adieu has cunningly included into the terms of reference for the investigation a period that was not included in the mandate. The Resolution was to cover the period under LLRC investigation. This period was 2002 to 2009. Why has the UNHRC Resolution put self-appointed itself to investigate from 2002 to 2011? The GOSL instead of wasting money and time lobbying useless groups need to immediately make objections to this even if it is not cooperating.   
 
The OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka quotes the Resolution :
 
In its resolution A/HRC/25/1 adopted in March 2014 on Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”, the United Nations Human Rights Council requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders”.
 
 
Note: The OHCHR Resolution was clear that it was to cover
1.   Both parties (LTTE and Sri Lankan Government)
2.   Period covered by the LLRC (2002 to 2009)
 
This clearly establishes the need for the investigation to ensure it is covering both parties (LTTE and GOSL) and to also ensure it covers the period that LLRC investigated 2002 to 2009.
 
Does Navi Pillay and OHCHR think that we are fools to accept upto 2011 just because the LLRC handed over their report in 2011 and that gives Navi Pillay and her office to go beyond her mandate and put the timeframe to 2011?
 
The OHCHR has also been cunning enough to add The OISL will also take into consideration any contextual and other relevant information that may fall outside this timeframe which may provide a better understanding of events or which may be pertinent regarding continuing human rights violations.
 
This raises the question what does ‘other relevant information that may fall outside this timeframe’ have to do with the LLRC period covered, the crimes by both parties and/or the last phase of the war?
 
Given that the OHCHR is investigating FOR THE FIRST TIME a country where a conflict has ended (the first country in the world to eliminate terrorists) why is it investigating 1/3 of the entire conflict ONLY?
 
 
The OHCHR website includes the timeframe of the investigation which reads as thus:
The period under investigation is that covered by the LLRC, that is, from 21 February 2002 until 15 November 2011, when it presented its report to the President of Sri Lanka”
 
Note: (If it is the period covered by the LLRC surely it is the period that the LLRC investigated. That period was 21 February 2002 to 19 May 2009)
 
 
What is that mandate. The LLRC mandate as per its website declares:
To inquire and report on the following matters that may have taken place during the period between 21st February, 2002 and 19th May, 2009, namely;
·         The facts and circumstances which led to the failure of the ceasefire agreement operationalized on 21st February, 2002 and the sequence of events that followed thereafter up to the 19th of May, 2009.
·         Whether any person, group or institution directly or indirectly bear responsibility in this regard
·         The lessons we would learn from those events and their attendant concern, in order to ensure that there will be no recurrence;
·         The methodology whereby restitution to any person affected by those events or their dependants or their heirs, can be affected;
·         The institutional administrative and legislative measured which need to be taken in order or prevent any recurrence of such concerns in the future, and to promote further national unity and the reconciliation among all communities, and to make any such other recommendations with reference to any of the matters that have been inquired into under the terms of the Warrant.
 
The Sri Lankan Governments response to the 2014 UNHRC Resolution is also noteworthy.
 
SRI LANKA ACCUSES UNHRC OF VIOLATING HRC RESOLUTION
·         “The draft resolution in its key Operative Paragraph vests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with an investigative mandate in violation of the HRC resolution 60/251 and the IB package.”
SRI LANKA SAYS UNHRC DOES NOT HAVE A MANDATE TO CARRY OUT AN INVESTIGATION OR RESOURCES:
·         In addition to not having the mandate to conduct an investigation, the OHCHR also does not have the capacity or the resources to do so.”
SRI LANKA OBJECTS TO LACK OF CLARITY AND USE OF AMBIGUOUS LANGUAGE:
·         Operative Paragraph also contains lack of clarity in reference to ‘relevant experts’, thus deceptively opening the door to third party elements in the guise of an investigation by the OHCHR. The reference to an international investigation mechanism is clear though crafted in ambiguous language which could be open to interpretation”
SRI LANKA ALSO HIGHLIGHTS INCONSISTENCIES & CONTRADICTIONS
·         Additionally, this Operative Paragraph which requests the OHCHR to conduct an independent investigation is mutually inconsistent with Operative Paragraph 2 which calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into alleged violations.”
 
SRI LANKA’S COMMENTS ON THE PERIOD TO BE COVERED UNDER THE UNHRC RESOLUTION (THIS INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT RECONFIRMS THE PERIOD TO BE COVERED)
·         “By a deliberate failure to specify a time period in Operative Paragraph 10 (b), the draft resolution may confine its ambit between 2002 and 2009, by adopting a narrower interpretation of the period covered by the LLRC, thus completely excluding the atrocities and violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law committed by the LTTE prior to 2002”.
 
SRI LANKA ALSO POINTED OUT THE DANGERS OF THE PRECEDENTS BEING SET BY THE UNHRC AND WARNS MEMBER STATES
·         “This violation of established methods of work of the Council, as well as the deliberate lack of clarity of language in key Operative Paragraphs set a dangerous precedent with wider relevance to all member and observer states of this Council. If the Council is to maintain its credibility, it is incumbent upon all members to take note of such procedural irregularities and halt their continuation through the clear rejection of resolutions such as this”.

What is clear then is that the Resolution passed indicated that the Resolution was to cover the period covered by the LLRC. The LLRC period covered 2002 to 2009 and NOT 2011. Just because the LLRC handed over the report in 2011 it does not give Navi Pillay the right to childishly play around with numbers and craftily extend the investigating time period.
No sooner the Resolution passed the media highlighted the period of investigation to cover 2002 to 2009. Any search of mainstream media news on the Resolution will indicate this period.
To further highlight this period and strengthen the argument against Navi Pillay for abusing her power and mandate, we give the statement by US Ambassador Michelle Sisson herself:
There have been many questions about why the time frame of the investigation was limited to this period. It is not because the international community only cares about what happened between 2002 and 2009. In fact, an independent and credible investigation into all actions, by all parties, for the entire period of the conflict would be good for Sri Lanka, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele J. Sison said addressing to the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo.

Ambassador Sison’s Remarks to the Foreign Correspondents Association April 3, 2014
 
Obviously the mischief on the part of Navi Pillay and her investigating team is because she or her UNHRC does not have anything to hold against the Sri Lankan Government on the last phase of the war. Given that the conflict has been determined as an internal armed conflict it strengthens Sri Lanka’s case further.
 
Nevertheless, what is important is that there is an official objection to exceeding the mandated time frame by including years that were not approved by the UNHRC voting members in March 2014. Navi Pillay and her office has no right to add years or remove years or add other items that were not approved by the Members that voted for the Resolution.
The Investigation inspite of flaws, contradictions and discrepancies must however remain confined from 21 February 2002 to 19 May 2009….NOT EXTENDED to 2011.
Friends of Sri Lanka at the UN must also speak on behalf of Sri Lanka and highlight the mischief being played. This is totally unethical and totally unjustified.
 Shenali D Waduge

 

Indian Buddhist leader Dr. B. R. Ambedkar deserves to be honored with a commemorative Postage Stamp in Sri Lanka

August 11th, 2014

By Senaka Weeraratna

The article appended below was first published in the Lankaweb, Asian Tribune and Daily News in January 2012. It has been re-published in the Ambedkar Times based in USA on August 06, 2014.  Though the Indian political scene has changed dramatically both nationally and particularly in Uttar Pradesh, the main assertion of the article that Dr.  Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, be given due recognition In Sri Lanka for the enormous contribution he has made for the revival of Buddhism in India following the footsteps of Anagarika Dharmapala, whose 150th Birth Anniversary will be commemorated worldwide on September 17, 2014, is still valid and deserving of necessary action.

The Govt. of Sri Lanka has taken a correct and important step in honouring fellow Asian freedom fighters and revolutionary leaders ike Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam who was honoured recently in Sri Lanka with the issue of several commemorative postage stamps bearing his image and the unveiling of a bust of Ho Chi Minh at the Public Library in Colombo. To draw Asian countries closer to each other cannot be done purely on an economic footing. There must also be cultural trappings and moreover a sense of solidarity drawn from a common struggle and shared past.

The de-colonization phase of contemporary Asian history threw out many Asian leaders of the calibre of Gandhi, Nehru, Subhas Bose, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Ambedkar, Mao – Tse -Tung, Chou En lai, Sukarno,  U Nu, Aung San, Ho Chi Minh,  General Võ Nguyên Giáp, Hideki Tōjō, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Anagarika Dharmapala, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike among others. 

They were icons both within and outside their countries, and had an appeal and worldwide following that today’s leaders of Asia do not have. There is a crisis in Asian leadership today largely related to moral inertia and lack of outspokenness.  

The Bandung Conference of 1955 brought both Asian and African leaders together. It captured public imagination. The 60th anniversary of ‘ Bandung’ falls next year. It serves as a good occasion for the Asian block of nations to re- generate a common Asian spirit and togetherness that we find well expressed among western countries linked to the EU and Islamic countries linked to OIC.

Senaka Weeraratna

August 11, 2014 

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The need to honour Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

As a leading Buddhist country in the world, the Buddhists of this country should seriously consider requesting the Government of Sri Lanka to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honour of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for the great work he has done for his people and the cause of Buddhism in India. 

There are nearly 250 Million Dalits in India which is virtually 1/4th of the Indian Population.

Sri Lanka should befriend these people.

Buddhism can cement ties between Indian Dalits and Sri Lanka. 

Mayawati, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, is a staunch Buddhist. She heads the Bahujan Samaj Party, which represents the Bahujans or Dalits, the weakest strata of Indian society. This is her fourth term as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. She is an icon for millions of India’s Dalits. She is sometimes referred to as Behen-ji (sister). 

With a population of over 200 million people, Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state, as well as the world’s most populous sub – national entity. Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the second largest state-economy in India, with a GDP of $103.5 billion in 2009. The annual per capita GDP of the state was $1586 in 2009. It contributed 8.34% to India’s total GDP in the financial year 2010.

UP also has several sites important to Buddhism: the Chaukhandi Stupa marks the spot where Buddha met his first disciples, while the Dhamek Stupa in Sarnath commemorates Buddha’s first sermon. Further, the town of Kushinagar is where the Buddha attained Maha Parinirvana.

Sri Lanka should invite Mayawati to visit Sri Lanka and in turn seek the strengthening of economic and religio -cultural ties between Uttar Pradesh and Sri Lanka, The Buddhist World must give her recognition outside India.

The example of Ambedkar embracing Buddhism should be given the widest publicity in the North and East ( as Gamini Gunawardena has suggested) to motivate the so called low caste Tamils in these areas and the Hill Country of Sri Lanka to pursue a similar path. 

Buddhism teaches equality. This was Dr. Ambedkar’s message to his fellow Dalits.

Indian Dalits who are Buddhists (in the absence of Dr. Ambedkar) may well spread that message among Tamils in Sri Lanka who feel persecuted and oppressed by members of the higher profile Tamil castes.

Dr. Ambedkar’s inspiring legacy may well play a bigger role in Sri Lanka’s efforts at reconciliation between various communities.

ගී සිළුමිණ – Gee Silumina

August 11th, 2014

siri Bandara

සිංහල ගී කෙත සැරසූ ඔබ අප රසවිඳි අපූර්වතම හරවත් ගී සමුච්ඡයක රසය සහ ගීතයේ කතාව පිළිබඳව විවරණයක් සමඟින් ඔබට එම ගී තව තවත් සමීප කර වන්නට අපි ගන්න පුංචි උත්සාහයක් තමයි ගී සිළුමිණ. 
 
මේ සඳහා දායක වන්නේ හෙළ ගී කෙත පෝෂණය කරන්නට තම නිර්මාන දායකත්වය නිර්ලෝභීව පුදන ගේය පද රචක සහ කාව්‍යය රචක ලන්ඩන් විහාර වාසී පූජ්‍යය කෝන්වැවේ අරියරතන ස්වාමින් වහන්සේ. 
 
මුල්ම ගීය උතුම් මව් පදවිය වෙනුවෙන් අප වෙන් කළා. මෙය රස විඳ කරුණාකර ඔබේ අදහස් අපට දන්වන්න. කරුණාකර මුහුණු පොතේ අපේ පිටුවට පිවිසෙන්න ඒ වගේම යාළුවන් අතරේ බෙදා හරින්න අමතක කරන්න එපා.

Investigation against Sri Lanka: UNHRC & Navi Pillay cunningly exceeding mandate

August 10th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

What started out as the world’s indignation against Sri Lanka for the events that took place during the last three months of the war has changed leaps and bounds with each successive resolution being passed by same camps of nation. With the obvious lack of any credible proof to nail Sri Lanka the next option has been to include items that could easily have been dealt with at the Universal Periodic Review. The Resolutions passed since 2009 have had nothing to do with the war, the last phase of the war or even cared about the victims. But the architects of the resolutions have found common ground in their hunger to avenge those that eliminated the LTTE. Like it or not, none of the Resolutions can bring back to life either the LTTE or its Leader, Velu Prabarakan. He is very much a dead man and the people of Sri Lanka are thankful he is no more even if a handful of others are angry he is dead. In the present context what is important is to highlight that the UNHRC head before bidding adieu has cunningly included into the terms of reference for the investigation a period that was not included in the mandate. The Resolution was to cover the period under LLRC investigation. This period was 2002 to 2009. Why has the UNHRC Resolution put self-appointed itself to investigate from 2002 to 2011? The GOSL instead of wasting money and time lobbying useless groups need to immediately make objections to this even if it is not cooperating.   

 The OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka quotes the Resolution :

 In its resolution A/HRC/25/1 adopted in March 2014 on Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”, the United Nations Human Rights Council requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders”.

 http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx

 Note: The OHCHR Resolution was clear that it was to cover

  1. Both parties (LTTE and Sri Lankan Government)
  2. Period covered by the LLRC (2002 to 2009)

 This clearly establishes the need for the investigation to ensure it is covering both parties (LTTE and GOSL) and to also ensure it covers the period that LLRC investigated 2002 to 2009.

 Does Navi Pillay and OHCHR think that we are fools to accept upto 2011 just because the LLRC handed over their report in 2011 and that gives Navi Pillay and her office to go beyond her mandate and put the timeframe to 2011?

 The OHCHR has also been cunning enough to add The OISL will also take into consideration any contextual and other relevant information that may fall outside this timeframe which may provide a better understanding of events or which may be pertinent regarding continuing human rights violations.”

 This raises the question what does ‘other relevant information that may fall outside this timeframe’ have to do with the LLRC period covered, the crimes by both parties and/or the last phase of the war?

 Given that the OHCHR is investigating FOR THE FIRST TIME a country where a conflict has ended (the first country in the world to eliminate terrorists) why is it investigating 1/3 of the entire conflict ONLY?

 The OHCHR website includes the timeframe of the investigation which reads as thus:

The period under investigation is that covered by the LLRC, that is, from 21 February 2002 until 15 November 2011, when it presented its report to the President of Sri Lanka”

 Note: (If it is the period covered by the LLRC surely it is the period that the LLRC investigated. That period was 21 February 2002 to 19 May 2009)

 What is that mandate. The LLRC mandate as per its website declares:

www.llrc.lk

To inquire and report on the following matters that may have taken place during the period between 21st February, 2002 and 19th May, 2009, namely;

  • The facts and circumstances which led to the failure of the ceasefire agreement operationalized on 21st February, 2002 and the sequence of events that followed thereafter up to the 19th of May, 2009.
  • Whether any person, group or institution directly or indirectly bear responsibility in this regard
  • The lessons we would learn from those events and their attendant concern, in order to ensure that there will be no recurrence;
  • The methodology whereby restitution to any person affected by those events or their dependants or their heirs, can be affected;
  • The institutional administrative and legislative measured which need to be taken in order or prevent any recurrence of such concerns in the future, and to promote further national unity and the reconciliation among all communities, and to make any such other recommendations with reference to any of the matters that have been inquired into under the terms of the Warrant.

 The Sri Lankan Governments response to the 2014 UNHRC Resolution is also noteworthy.

 SRI LANKA ACCUSES UNHRC OF VIOLATING HRC RESOLUTION

  • “The draft resolution in its key Operative Paragraph vests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with an investigative mandate in violation of the HRC resolution 60/251 and the IB package.”

SRI LANKA SAYS UNHRC DOES NOT HAVE A MANDATE TO CARRY OUT AN INVESTIGATION OR RESOURCES:

  • In addition to not having the mandate to conduct an investigation, the OHCHR also does not have the capacity or the resources to do so.”

SRI LANKA OBJECTS TO LACK OF CLARITY AND USE OF AMBIGUOUS LANGUAGE:

  • Operative Paragraph also contains lack of clarity in reference to ‘relevant experts’, thus deceptively opening the door to third party elements in the guise of an investigation by the OHCHR. The reference to an international investigation mechanism is clear though crafted in ambiguous language which could be open to interpretation”

SRI LANKA ALSO HIGHLIGHTS INCONSISTENCIES & CONTRADICTIONS

  • Additionally, this Operative Paragraph which requests the OHCHR to conduct an independent investigation is mutually inconsistent with Operative Paragraph 2 which calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into alleged violations.”

 SRI LANKA’S COMMENTS ON THE PERIOD TO BE COVERED UNDER THE UNHRC RESOLUTION (THIS INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT RECONFIRMS THE PERIOD TO BE COVERED)

  • “By a deliberate failure to specify a time period in Operative Paragraph 10 (b), the draft resolution may confine its ambit between 2002 and 2009, by adopting a narrower interpretation of the period covered by the LLRC, thus completely excluding the atrocities and violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law committed by the LTTE prior to 2002”.

 SRI LANKA ALSO POINTED OUT THE DANGERS OF THE PRECEDENTS BEING SET BY THE UNHRC AND WARNS MEMBER STATES

  • “This violation of established methods of work of the Council, as well as the deliberate lack of clarity of language in key Operative Paragraphs set a dangerous precedent with wider relevance to all member and observer states of this Council. If the Council is to maintain its credibility, it is incumbent upon all members to take note of such procedural irregularities and halt their continuation through the clear rejection of resolutions such as this”.

What is clear then is that the Resolution passed indicated that the Resolution was to cover the period covered by the LLRC. The LLRC period covered 2002 to 2009 and NOT 2011. Just because the LLRC handed over the report in 2011 it does not give Navi Pillay the right to childishly play around with numbers and craftily extend the investigating time period.

No sooner the Resolution passed the media highlighted the period of investigation to cover 2002 to 2009. Any search of mainstream media news on the Resolution will indicate this period.

To further highlight this period and strengthen the argument against Navi Pillay for abusing her power and mandate, we give the statement by US Ambassador Michelle Sisson herself:

There have been many questions about why the time frame of the investigation was limited to this period. It is not because the international community only cares about what happened between 2002 and 2009. In fact, an independent and credible investigation into all actions, by all parties, for the entire period of the conflict would be good for Sri Lanka, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele J. Sison said addressing to the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo.

Ambassador Sison’s Remarks to the Foreign Correspondents Association April 3, 2014

http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/45462-probe-on-the-entire-period-will-be-good-for-sl-us.html

 Obviously the mischief on the part of Navi Pillay and her investigating team is because she or her UNHRC does not have anything to hold against the Sri Lankan Government on the last phase of the war. Given that the conflict has been determined as an internal armed conflict it strengthens Sri Lanka’s case further.

 Nevertheless, what is important is that there is an official objection to exceeding the mandated time frame by including years that were not approved by the UNHRC voting members in March 2014. Navi Pillay and her office has no right to add years or remove years or add other items that were not approved by the Members that voted for the Resolution.

The Investigation inspite of flaws, contradictions and discrepancies must however remain confined from 21 February 2002 to 19 May 2009….NOT EXTENDED to 2011.

Friends of Sri Lanka at the UN must also speak on behalf of Sri Lanka and highlight the mischief being played. This is totally unethical and totally unjustified.

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