After smoking, a high-fat diet is the second most lethal habit.

December 31st, 2013

Dr Hector Perera        London

All foods are comprised of essential components of or macronutrients, fat, proteins and carbohydrates. These diets are based on research that indicates high carbohydrate consumption increases level of insulin in the blood. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body to convert food into energy in the form of glucose or sugar. High insulin levels have been linked to medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus type 2, cardiovascular diseases and obesity. These diseases are all part a syndrome called Insulin Resistance Syndrome or Syndrome X.  According to researchers and medical evidences, high-fat, high-sugar foods not only cause obesity and promote heart disease, but they can also contribute to conditions like osteoporosis by weakening bones. If this trend continues, this overlooked ‘silent robber’ will begin to cripple large numbers of at-risk baby boomers, said researchers at the University of Michigan and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute. While this high-fat, high-sugar diet trend and the subsequent risk of osteoporosis are climbing frighteningly fast, there’s hope, said Ron Zernicke, dean of U-M’s School of Kinesiology and a professor of orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering. The medical community and the public can reverse this trend by confronting the problem head-on and immediately, through diet, exercise and, in some cases, medication. Today, about a quarter of America’s two-to-five-year-olds and a third of its school-age children, including adolescents, are obese or overweight. “Boomers themselves the oldest now 66 have reached the stage in life when they’re most susceptible to bone and joint disorders,” Zernicke said. Consider these sobering statistics: the U.S. surgeon general forecasts that by 2020, half of Americans over 50 will develop or be at risk for osteoporosis of the hip. This is particularly bad news for women, who develop osteoporosis at two-to-three times the rate of men. Right now, roughly 12 million Americans over 50 have osteoporosis,” said Cy Frank, executive director of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute and an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Calgary.

Let’s remind again what causes osteoporosis, it is a diet related problem. Dietary fat contributes to the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, because excess weight subjects the major joints to extra wear and tear. The fatty cuts of meat products, including sausages and pies, butter, ghee, lard and cheese, especially hard cheese, savoury snacks, chocolates, confectionery, biscuits, cakes and pastries have these so called high fats and sugars. Strictly speaking if these are consumed in moderation and occasionally sure it cannot do much harm.

When there are high sugar and fat in the diet it weakens the bones in two ways. First, diets high in saturated fats and sugar block calcium absorption. The problem arises due to regular consumption of these foods in large proportions. Some people eat nothing but fatty foods such as fried chips, sausages, bacon and other oily foods on regular basis for years then the problems arises. Let me reiterate that an occasional treat in moderation certainly acceptable. What happens to the calcium in the diet? Instead, calcium needed for healthy bones development washes through the body in the urine. Second, saturated fats tend to form insoluble ‘soaps,’ which coat the intestines and can block necessary calcium from bones. Again, calcium passes through the body unused. However much you eat calcium rich food if the diet has high saturated fats and sugars then it will be not used, just flush through the body then goes down the toilet. The result, excessive junk food layers fat onto a weakened skeleton that struggles to support the extra weight, Zernicke said. Osteoporosis, the so-called ‘silent thief’ because it shows no symptoms, robs bones of tissue and leaves thousands of tiny pores in the bones. It is worth remembering again this high sugar and saturated fat mixture in diets are responsible for causing osteoporosis. Porous bones can break with little stress. When cakes and biscuits are baked this high sugar and saturated fat mixture is added, is that correct? So by eating too much of too many varieties of cakes and biscuits, we treat our greedy eagerness without giving any consideration to the health of the body.

Treating osteoporosis: fractures costs approximately 18 billion 
dollars a year, a cost expert predicts it will double by 2025. Diet and exercise are primary preventions against osteoporosis, Frank said. A growing child near puberty rapidly lays down new bones. Healthy foods and physical activity optimize bone growth and accumulation, which lowers the likelihood of osteoporosis fractures later in life. Again, healthy diet, exercise and medication to slow bone loss, if necessary, can reduce the likelihood of osteoporosis fractures.

What about the breakfast, usually it is high sugar and fat breakfast cereals. I know for fact certain breakfast cereals taste better than the others due to too much sugar or even honey added to them. Correct me if I am wrong, back in Sri Lanka you cannot find locally made this kind of tasty breakfast cereals, why? Oh yes imported ones are plenty in supermarkets, so even if local products are available most people go for the imported products.  For breakfast, some people also eat a few slices of bacon, not just one but a few sausages and may be two fried eggs. There is nothing wrong if they eat in moderation but they tempt to eat too much that again due to greedy eagerness.

 Currently in England this problem is discussed within Parliamentarians as well, that is obesity within school children. So this sugar and fat diets are a serious problem. We must try and understand what the doctors found by research, it is too much is not healthy but within reason, sure it will do no harm. If you look at a chocolate slab or a bar, did you notice it is divided into small sections or squares so that it can be broken into smaller parts? May be it is designed and expected to eat only what you want but most children and even adults finish them in no time. As mentioned earlier hard margarine is nothing but trans fats and that is one of the ingredients in cakes. Things are made out of trans fats to give the products a longer time to keep. Cakes made out of butter are tastier but health wise not good to eat too much. One cannot just put the blame on just on cakes but what about certain Asian foods such as “chicken buriyani” and fried rice because sometimes they are prepared with lard which is nothing but pig fat. Some say they don’t eat pork on religious grounds but eat things prepared out of pig fat, how is that?

If we look back, just a few days ago we had Christmas and then New Year celebrations, during that time, how much cakes, Christmas puddings. I believe that many Sri Lankans had the chance to taste, “Watalappans”, “Dodol,” “bundi” [yummy], “Muscat” and many more local sweets, yes I mean in excess. Then some of those sweet meats are packed into their luggage bags and fly back or soon returning to other countries because some of them mainly arrived in Sri Lanka to celebrate these holiday festive seasons with relative and friends. Some countries do not allow certain foods because of health reasons. When questioned, “Have you anything to declare”, their answer was, “No sir” or sometimes they go through the nothing to declare gates. I am sure if they are for personal use only, not for commercial purposes then allowed, hurrah, you can start eating them again but try not to exceed the limits of what you eat.

A healthy, balanced diet includes vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and limits saturated fats, salt and sugar. But prevention goes beyond diet and exercise. It’s critical to manage the environment that influences food choices. Eliminating junk food from places charged with promoting healthy lifestyles schools, recreational centres, hospitals would also help. As a precautionary measure, the one of the education authorities in England has prohibited any fast food takeaway places within a certain distance from the school limits. Suppose the children are allowed to go out during the lunch hours they might get tempted to get junk food. One thing, I have noticed is after school, there are queues outside fast food and takeaway places for cheap food such as chips and fizzy drinks. The students must be properly educated about the dangers of eating these kinds of junk food. Unless they make it a point to keep off from these kinds of junk food places no parents and school authorities are able to do anything, again it comes to the same point of self discipline.

We actually need sugar

Every few years, there’s a few food bad guy in town and right now, it’s sugar. Some experts have even declared it a “poison” that’s “killing us.” Yet could the sweet stuff people have been eating forever really be so terrible?
“We actually need sugar; it’s our body’s preferred fuel,” says Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Centre. “But we eat too damn much of it.”
Naturally occurring sugar which gives fruit, some veggies, milk and their sweet taste is perfectly healthy. It’s added sugar (sweeteners put in during processing and prep) that we need to not exceed the limits. No need to cut out dessert, the key is to eat strategically. How about curd and coconut or “Kitul trickle”, yes it tastes better if left over night in the fridge.
The American Heart Association (AHA) links added sugar to obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In a nutshell, eating too much sugar can cause
fat build up in the liver,
which can lead to these problems.

It’s not all bad. “There’s no need to avoid the naturally-occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables and non-fat dairy,” says Rachel K. Johnson, professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
How much is OK?
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends most women get no more than 24 grams of added sugar per day. That’s about six teaspoons or 100 calories a little less than the amount in one can of soda. Some people need 4 teaspoons full of sugar at a time in a cup of tea or more in coffee. Thing is, the average American woman eats about 18 daily teaspoons, how about Sri Lankans ladies? Any comments pleas
e perera6@hotmail.co.uk

Saudi Funded Terrorists Carry-out Heinous Attacks on Russian Civilians

December 30th, 2013

- Kumar Moses

Saudi Arabia had its plans to subjugate Syria and expand its hegemonic presence in the Middle East. However, they collapsed when Russia brokered a peace deal backed by warships and nuclear submarines in the Mediterranean. Arabian leaders offered several bribes to the Russians but failed to implement their evil plan. Powerful Prince Bandar, head of Saudi intelligence, then threatened the Russian President to disrupt Sochi Winter Olympics.

In his own words to President Putin Prince Bandar said, “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

“These groups (Chechnyan terrorists) do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.”

True to his word, Saudi operated Islamic terrorist groups have carried out two disgusting terrorist attacks in the same manner they attacked London transport system in July 2005 (7/7). In two separate Islamic terror suicide bomb attacks, dozens of Russian civilians have died. This comes just weeks to Sochi Olympics. It is a clear act of vengeance by Saudi Arabia in punishing Russia for brokering a peace deal in Syria (ruled by a Shia Muslim) and Iran (largest Shia Muslim nation).

Saudi Arabia has emerged as the Mecca of Terrorism. Its terrorist operations range from Indonesia to USA and Russia to Africa crisscrossing the world. With rapid increases in defence expenditure, Saudi Arabia is now the world’s top defence spender after USA, China and Russia. Saudis have made it clear to pursue nuclear ambitions either on its own accord or through Pakistani nuclear weapons technology. It must be stopped before it unleashes terror as a political tool against the civilized world.

(The writer is a qualified defence writer specializing in Violent Extremist Organisations (VEOs)).

Twin bombings at Volgograd

December 30th, 2013

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM  Spokesperson, United Sri Lanka Assn,

Dear Editor,

The Age
 Melbourne, Australia.
The agony of the victims & families of the twin suicide bombings in Volgograd Russia, can be best appreciated by the likes of us of Sri Lankan origin, who had to endure these and much worse for three decades.

The irony is that the reward the British Prime minister bestowed on the Sri Lankan President for  putting an end to this carnage in may 2009,  is to threaten to haul him & his country before the UNHRC in March 2014 for allegations of war crimes by his troops during the last weeks of putting an end to this Tiger  terror.

It is an open secret that these allegations originated from the Tiger diaspora, funders of this terror, many of whom enjoy safe havens especially in Britain despite these war crimes and wield the heavy stick of  deciding votes in key marginal electorates, to whose tune the British PM sang his threats at the recent CHOGM.

Whilst Prime Minister Tony Abbot along with NZ PM John Key , are owed plaudits no end  for  their balanced stand, events like the bombings in Volgograd, emphasize that they should do what it takes to  veer  the British PM away from his unconscionable stand.

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM

Spokesperson,

United Sri Lanka Assn,

Lower Hutt , New Zealand

Follow-up to “Scribes of Prostitution” – Do Value Chain in Media Pay Taxes?

December 29th, 2013

Prof. Hudson McLean

The following article published in LankaWeb received several positive comments as well as an important question from a friend.
Follow-up to “Scribes of Prostitution” – Do Value Chain in Media Pay Taxes?
The question raised one pertinent point. 
Since it is alleged that some of the journalists acting for the leading newspapers, TV producers, are “in the make”, and publicly known fact,
 
Does this mean that the “illegally & unethically earned (Tax Free?) revenue is shared between the Publisher as well as the Editorial & Management Staff?”
 
If this is the case, if such (Grey) income is not declared for State Taxation, then Should the entire Value Chain be opened for investigation for Tax Evasion, Fraud, Bribery & Corruption?
 
I am told that most of the Senior Journalists who demand Payment for Publication, dispense  their sudden ill-gotten wealth on luxury vehicles and building Sri Lankan Pyramids.
 
The Income Tax Officers with the help of CID  should now investigate such “road” to  luxuries and recover Taxation. There are many simple ways to catch the culprits. Hopefully, the Tax Officers are do not get dragged into the Drag-net! 
 
The Scum of Journalism, those who Write for Bucks, have reduced the Credibility of Sri Lanka, down the drain-pipes.
 
As it is, as published in my earlier article, Sri Lanka is well down and still going down in the Ratings of Corruption, from bad to worse. Possibly the  journalists are adding “Fuel to the Fire”.
 
Pen is Mightier than the Sword or a Suicide Bomber
The Rajapaksa Regime damned well proved it Right!
 
Whilst I “Take my Hat-off” to the incredible fete of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa for annihilating LTTE & Terrorism, the “Golden Globe” should be awarded to Dr. Gothabhaya Rajapaksa, the Defense Secretary.  I feel that it is Gothabhaya who can block this type of “Off-Road Corruption”.
 
With this kind of bad or poor unethical reputation of journalism in Sri Lanka, could one assume that both the Pen & the Sword are up for grabs to the highest bidder?
 
The Kalanduru or Cyprus Rotundus, of the Terrorism is spreading underneath the green green grass of Sri Lanka with many wealthy Tamil dissidents pouring fertilizer on top, simply to keep the Terrorism alive. On the other side of the fence, the Tamil Nadu leaders are watching & waiting, largely supported by USA, EU, Australia, Norway etc.
 
I do hope that the Owners, Publishers of the Sri Lanka media take-note of whats going on within the Sinhala-operated media, and pay the journalists a decent wage, with incentives to maintain independent uncorrupted Press. An independent and ethical Press also adds value to the Advertising Rates.
 
With cell phones, phablets, tablets,  laptops available from US$30-; its a matter of time when the powerful promoters offer sponsored-equipment at give-away prices, for almost nothing.
 
Printed media have a limited life-span even in Sri Lanka, when the poorest of the poor will turn into the Internet sooner than later. With Free Internet and with the likes of LankaWeb, many Interactive Voices will erupt, flushing toilet (news) paper down the loo.
 
Lets hope that the 2014 brings a cleaner journalistic talent!
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Why does Everybody Hate Sri Lanka?

December 29th, 2013

by padraigcolman

A Facebook friend asked me to explain why the Sri Lankan government has come under such criticism. A recent example was David Cameron’s November 2013 visit to Sri Lanka for CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of government Meeting). “Can you tell me why you think the country is coming in for criticism? Did the Tamil Tigers manage to get favourable international media coverage? Can you fill me in a little on how they were defeated and why Sri Lanka gets criticised for that?”

I have written about this in the past and, after receiving that question, canvassed the views of my Sri Lankan contacts.

“No one likes us, we don’t care”

In the late 70s, Millwall football fans in the Cold Blow Lane stand  used to sing this to the tune of Rod Stewart’s (We Are) Sailing (written by the Sutherland Brothers). This was in response to sustained criticism of their behaviour and the media assumption that Millwall fans were the worst kind of hooligans. Various commentators, including Rod Liddle, have questioned why the name of Millwall became synonymous with hooliganism, creating a siege mentality amongst ordinary, law-abiding Millwall fans.

South London writer Michael Collins wrote: “At the end of the 19th century around the time Millwall FC was formed, middle-class journalists used to descend on the area like Baudelaireian flaneurs, to report on the urban working class as though they were discovering natives from the remote islands of the Empire.”

It is interesting that Rod Liddle is one of the few English journalists to have criticised David Cameron’s flaneurist behaviour in Colombo recently. Liddle wrote in The Spectator back in 2005 about a riot at a game between Liverpool and Millwall after which three Liverpool supporters were jailed. The FA exonerated Liverpool and fined Millwall. Liddle commented: “the FA wished to make a political point and saw Millwall ” a small club, unfashionable and not especially popular as an ideal target.”

Here is the title of Liddle’s recent article on the London Sunday Times blog about Cameron’s behaviour in Sri Lanka: “That s the president of Sri Lanka, PM, not one of your fags”. American readers should note that “fag” refers in this instance to the system of servitude in English schools for toffs like Cameron. A fag at Eton would be bullied by the Bullingdon Club.

Genuine Concern

I will have a look at the simplest answer first. What if criticisms of Sri Lanka are fair? What if Cameron, William Hague and Alistair Burt are acting from a genuine concern for human rights? What if Stephen Harper and Barack Obama genuinely want to see justice done in Sri Lanka?

There are certainly many things that could be improved in Sri Lanka.

  • The 18th amendment to the constitution was a bad idea.
  • The impeachment of the Chief Justice showed the government in a bad light.
  • It is not good for the army to shoot dead unarmed protesters.
  • For ordinary people the never-ending grind of rising prices is debilitating.

One of my respondents said: “I think, perhaps the UK is concerned that more civilians have been killed than they were assured would be, and they feel some guilt for not having intervened in 2009”.

Unfortunately, Cameron, Harper and Obama invite the charge of hypocrisy by focusing on what happened in the final months of the military action that defeated the Tamil Tigers. People in Sri Lanka are likely to say what about Iraq, Kenya, Guantanamo, drone strikes?

Cameron’s thinking seems to be directed by simplistic sound bites that totally discount the realities of war.

Jealousy

The Sri Lankan government was proud of its victory and keen to share its experience with the world. The Ministry of Defence organised seminars to which it invited foreign observers. The third of these was held in September 2013. There were many calls from human rights organisations to boycott the seminars. US Defense Attach© to Sri Lanka, LTC Lawrence Smith, attended the 2011 seminar and questioned the credibility of surrender offers made by senior LTTE leaders. He got in trouble because of it. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: “My understanding is that the defense attach© was there as an observer and a note taker. His comments reflected his personal opinions. There’s no change in the policy of the United States, and his remarks do not reflect any change in our policy.”

In his article in The Atlantic dated 1 July 2009 entitled To Catch a Tiger, Robert D Kaplan acknowledged the success of the Sri Lankan government in defeating the Tamil Tigers. Kaplan admitted that tiny, cash-strapped Sri Lanka, generally thought of as ”third world” or ”developing”, has succeeded where the mighty USA has failed. The man who dominated Sri Lankan life for the worse for thirty years, Vellupillai Prabakharan, leader of the Tamil Tigers, was dead, while Osama Bin Laden was, at the time, still living, a free man.

Kaplan asks if the US can learn from Sri Lanka’s success but answers:

”These are methods the U.S. should never use.”

My detailed critique of Kaplan is here: http://pcolman.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/fantasies-of-virtue/

The gist of my critique is that the US has, indeed, used methods far worse.

A respondent in Colombo says: “as you know, the Sri Lankan side refused  to carry out the wishes of the UK and US embassies during those last hours of the ending of the war. They now think that we should be taught a lesson for being naughty. It’s stupid and shows a total misreading of the realities on the ground of that time.”

Domestic Electoral Considerations

Many of the Sri Lankans that I canvassed for this article made the point that western politicians were motivated by electoral concerns.

A respondent who lives in Toronto, a hot-bed of pro-LTTE activity, told me: “The only answer that I can give would be the ‘local politics’ in any country…It is a fact that the elite and the influential and the rich, English-speaking Tamils live either in Colombo or in England /Canada…”All these English politicians have figured out that the diaspora is a deciding factor in winning elections.  … They need the diaspora which has money to spend on them and get them to power. The Tamil diaspora is pretty much active in Toronto, unlike the Lazy/divided/ Sinhala Buddhist diaspora”.

A Sri Lanka resident echoed that view: “LTTE supporters among the Diaspora are part of the electoral constituencies of some of the political leadership in the UK, Canada and the US and are exerting pressure on them.”

The release by WikiLeaks of a batch of diplomatic cables endorsed this view.  Then UK foreign secretary, David Miliband visited Sri Lanka towards the end of the war against the LTTE, pressing for a ceasefire and negotiations. Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa scolded him and reminded him that Sri Lanka was no longer a British colony. The cables reveal that Miliband exerted his influence to get Sri Lanka’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games rejected: the UK did not want Sri Lanka to be given legitimacy for its actions in defeating the Tamil Tigers. Another cable revealed that Miliband supported US efforts to delay an IMF loan to Sri Lanka.

In a cable dated 7 May 2009, the British Foreign Office “Sri Lanka team leader”, Tim Waite, wrote that, with UK elections soon due, and with many Tamils living in marginal UK constituencies, the UK government was calling for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka and would later pay close attention to the IDP (internally displaced persons) camps. Miliband said that he was spending 60% of his time on Sri Lanka. Miliband and his aides wrote about “ratcheting up” the case for humanitarian relief efforts: “[That] cable,” said one Sri Lankan writer, “exposes how a matter of a few thousand British votes took priority over the fate of a small state battling against a ruthless terrorist enemy”

Before the November 2013 CHOGM, Labour MP Siobhan McDonagh had warned Cameron that UK participation in Colombo would be nothing but endorsement of the massacre of civilians. McDonagh represents Mitcham and Morden in the  south London Borough of Merton (an area in which I lived for ten years). She likes to present an image of left-wing libertarianism and sell herself as a champion of human rights. However, her voting record in the House of Commons tells a different story. Siobhain McDonagh voted very strongly FOR the Iraq invasion, very strongly AGAINST an investigation into the Iraq war, very strongly FOR Labour’s anti-terrorism laws, very strongly FOR introducing ID cards, very strongly FOR a stricter asylum system. Her libertarianism and concern for human rights seems very selective.

The Wimbledon Guardian, which I fondly remember as being full of rapes and perverts (how unlike the Wimbledon I knew and loved) reported that McDonagh was given a petition signed by 196 residents at Morden’s Civic Centre on October 10 2008. “Representatives from the British Tamil Forum met Siobhain McDonagh to ask for support in tackling human rights abuses. They asked her to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, a group of MPs campaigning to highlight the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka.”

The subtext is that McDonagh recognised that the support of pro-LTTE campaigners might be useful to her in her constituency. Hers is by no means a safe Labour seat. She won it from Conservative Dame Angela Rumbold on her third attempt. It would require a 16.4% swing for her to lose it. McDonagh had a majority of 13,666 in 2010. A Tamil with Muslim support, Rathy Alagaratnam, was an independent who ran against her in 2010 and 2005. McDonagh’s parliamentary work-rate is not impressive. She is below average for the number of times she has spoken in debates, and for her written questions. She is well below average for the number of times she has voted in the Commons.

Geopolitics

Robert O Blake was US ambassador in Colombo at war’s end. Later, he moved to the State Department. Blake caused some alarm in Sri Lanka when he made a statement before the Senate subcommittee on the Middle East (West Asia) and South Asia. His address included a telling phrase. This was the first time he had  gone on record to publicly state, “Positioned directly on the shipping routes that carry petroleum products and other trade from the Gulf to East Asia, Sri Lanka remains of strategic interest to the US.”

Once in Sri Lanka, he tried to soft-pedal. ”In my official meetings today, I assured the Sri Lankan government that the US is committed to a strong long-term partnership with Sri Lanka and that reports of our alleged support for ‘regime change’ have no basis whatsoever. I expressed support for the government’s efforts to recover from its devastating civil war, and encouraged further steps towards reconciliation, and a peaceful, united, democratic Sri Lanka. I think the government has made some positive progress. It is very important that this progress be sustained. ”

One of my respondents noted “a certain amount of concern with regard to SL’s lean towards China, and away from India, the latter being ‘one of us, as it were”.

Profit and Globalisation

A respondent who had migrated to Australia but is now back in Colombo told me: “UK is hell-bent on criticizing us to make the LTTE rump in UK happy. Their dream was to see the creation of an Eelam here. Many Western nations are angry with us because they profited from this war by being able to sell arms but today it is not possible thanks to peace. No matter what we do, UK will think that we are still their colony!”

Another respondent who lives in Sri Lanka told me: “The neo-colonial powers want to push through globalisation, which reduces national sovereignty, and hence the power of governments to interfere with global corporations. Weak governments are made weaker by separatism. Western criticism of the GoSL was muted while JR (President Jayewardene) was in power, although it began to get shriller after Sri Lanka strayed into India’s ambit. However, the real escalation of criticism took place after Sri Lanka became part of China’s zone of influence.”

Arrogance and Hypocrisy

When David Miliband became foreign secretary in June 2007, there were already allegations about possible British involvement in overseas torture by other countries’ intelligence services. Ironically, the UK’s involvement in the revolution in Libya brought to light evidence of its dirty dealings with Quadaffi. Libyan Islamist Sami al-Saadi, also known as Abu Munthir, claims that in 2004, he and his family were detained by MI6 and handed over to authorities in Libya, who tortured him. Documents show that MI5 gave Tripoli reports on Libyan dissidents living in Britain and identified at least one organisation using UK telephone numbers.

In the London Review of Books, Gareth Pierce wrote about Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian given leave to reside in the UK. “British intelligence and the Americans and Moroccans for 18 months slashed the most intimate parts of his body with razors, burned him with boiling liquids, stretched his limbs causing unimaginable agony, and bombarded him with ferocious sound.” Binyam Mohamed claimed Moroccan interrogators tortured him by using scalpels or razor blades to repeatedly cut his penis and chest.

As David Miliband was personal advisor to Tony Blair while Labour was in opposition and played a major role in the election victory of 1997, it seems unlikely that he was unaware of what was happening before he became foreign secretary.

Philippe Sands was Binyam Mohamed’s lawyer. He wrote that Miliband cannot avoid charges of complicity demonstrated by his actions as foreign secretary: “he could have announced that he wanted to establish a proper inquiry. He didn’t do that ” and was a senior member of a government that later actively resisted calls for an inquiry. That is not to say he was idle throughout this period; he seems to have put considerable energy into defending a number of claims in the English courts relating to torture against his department.”

A special investigation, published in the 29 August issue of the New Statesman, showed how British troops regularly handed over suspected insurgents to the Afghan authorities with little guarantee that they would not be tortured.

Miliband personally approved some interrogations involving countries with poor human rights records. While campaigning for the Labour leadership Miliband was forced to confront claims that he allowed the interrogation of three terror suspects who allege they were tortured in Bangladesh and Egypt. Faisal Mostafa, a chemistry lecturer from Manchester, who has twice been cleared of terrorism offences in court, was detained in Bangladesh. He claims he was hung upside down and electrocuted while interrogators interrogated him about two Islamist groups.

Sands wrote: “Many would not be surprised if all roads led to Tony Blair (who described Guant¡namo as ‘understandable’ in his memoir)…It is not unusual to hear the suggestion that Miliband’s actions may have been motivated in part by a desire to protect the reputation of his colleagues… His attitude to the Iraq war is equally unhappy, invoking the refrain that ‘if I knew then what I know now I would have voted against’. This recognises that the war was the wrong decision but falls well short of an expression of regret”.

The British adopted a rather superior tone about the Americans in Iraq. They claimed that British  experience in Northern Ireland made them experts at counter-insurgency in urban areas. News reports now coming out suggest that their methods included under-cover agents shooting unarmed civilians.

Gareth Pierce on the UK’s hypocrisy: “We inhabit the most secretive of democracies, which has developed the most comprehensive of structures for hiding its misdeeds, shielding them always from view behind the curtain of ‘national security’. From here on in we should be aware of the game of hide and seek in which the government hopes to ensure that we should never find out its true culpability.”

The Press

Professor Michael Roberts makes the point that western journalists felt a sense of solidarity with beleaguered Sri Lankan journalists and were unlikely to give the Rajapaksa government the benefit of any doubt. I have dealt in detail elsewhere with the distorted churnalism that emerged as a result of this.

Professor Roberts cites the example of an article in the London Times in early July 2009, by Jeremy Page. Page told the world that 1,400 people were dying every week at the Menik Farm IDP camp. No evidence was provided to support this. No evidence could be provided because it was just not true. Page quickly moved on to deal with the Eastern province where there were no camps and the war had ended two years previously. The government had asked the Red Cross to scale down its operations in the east because the situation was under control. Page elided this with the canard about deaths at Menik Farm to give the impression that the government was callously booting out the Red Cross while people were dying.

The LTTE propaganda machine took global advantage of this.The western media were and are prone to see the Tamils (and thus the LTTE) as underdogs. My Toronto respondent said this: ” The LTTE collected millions during their tenure so that money still can be used to fight a different kind of war…. Many media organizations have been bought by the diaspora to work from them for example CP24 here in Toronto has connections , and the money can buy publicity easily while the truth takes a long time to emerge of its own.”

Displacement and Diversion

My Toronto respondent continued: “The US/UK  are getting hit for their own human rights blunders so they need something to hold on to. Even at the UN, while Syria was burning, they paid attention to Sri Lanka where there is peace now. They will make a big issue next time to play the cover up game of their own for sure. This will not stop for another generation until such time our kids grow up as they are the only diaspora that was not affected by war. They get the education they deserve and will one day work against it.”

Siobhan McDonagh tried to explain her support for the invasion of Iraq and her opposition to an inquiry: “Yes, some of us feel bad about Iraq; some were even in the Government when that decision was made. I think that deposing a murderous tyrant such as Saddam Hussein and introducing democracy to that part of the world was the right thing to do.” That seems to distance herself from any direct personal responsibility. McDonagh declared: “We cannot constrain our troops by telling them, ‘You fight now””we’ll decide whether you were right to fight later.’ We cannot tie their hands behind their backs.” How about deposing that murderous tyrant Prabakharan? What about the Sri Lankan soldiers who fought in good faith?

Confirmation of the hypocrisy of the US, UK and EU always plays well in Sri Lanka; and the WikiLeaks cables revealed what everyone already knew about the use of cluster bombs and abuse of civilians by the US and UK. Freedom of speech is an important issue for the West when it deals with Sri Lanka, and there was much legitimate concern about the murder of the Sri Lankan editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Yet western politicians have called for Julian Assange to be assassinated and the whistleblower Chelsea (Bradley) Manning has not been  treated kindly.

Rod Liddle

I will leave the last word with Rod Liddle:  “Ah, off you go, Dave. The reason that you can go to Jaffna at all is that this Rajapaksa-wallah, over the course of three years, eliminated the terrorist threat of the Tamil Tigers. The country is now at peace, not merely economically stable but with a rate of economic growth that would inflame the loins of George Osborne. I dare say Rajapaksa has been a ruthless authoritarian, that not everything he has accomplished would earn the approval of the European Court of Human Rights. But for 26 years the murderous, maniacal Tamil Tigers waged war in Sri Lanka  -assassinations, suicide attacks, using children as hostages, planting bombs. And they were able to do so thanks to the money that flooded in largely from the UK via the Tamil diaspora in, mostly, London.

For decades we turned a blind eye to the relentless fundraising for these terrorists and the Tamil Tigers were themselves only proscribed as a terrorist organisation (rather than lauded as freedom fighters) in 2001, a year, incidentally, when we all opened our eyes to terrorism. So maybe after ticking off this gentleman for the way he runs his country, a short apology from Cameron might not go amiss.”

BBC Sinhala service head suspended

December 29th, 2013

by Kurulu Kariyakarawana Courtesy The Sunday Observer

BBC Sinhala Service (Sandeshaya) head Priyath Liyanage who aired a news bulletin unfavourable to the controversial BBC World Service documentary “Sri Lanka’s Unfinished War” by Frances Harrison, has been suspended with immediate effect.

Liyanage who had authorised a three-minute bulletin that carried defensive comments from Military Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasuriya in response to Harrison’s documentary on abuses and human rights violations in the North during the last stages of the war against terrorism is believed to have triggered the removal of the former from his position, the Sunday Observer reliably learns.

The news bulletin which has now been removed from the list of archives of the Sinhala Service bulletins was broadcast after Harrison’s documentary was screened for the first time on the BBC World Service on November 9.

It is learnt that the BBC had made moves to suspend Liyanage who himself conducted the bulletin on the interview of Military Spokesman had allegedly intended to attack Harrison’s documentary on Sri Lanka.

A non-Sinhala supervisor, Dejan Radojevic, (BBC World Service Europe Editor) has been appointed to head an all-Sinhala staff on the Sinhala service for the first time in history.

The staff of experienced media workers of the Sinhala Service office in London comprising Chandana Keerthi Bandara, Saroj Pathirana, Upali Gajanayake, M J R David and Wimal Hewage are now confined to translate only news items gathered from other Sri Lankan news portals and publications.

Former BBC Sinhala Service Sri Lankan Correspondent Elmo Fernando has been summoned back from his retirement to report despite his successor Azzam Ameen functioning as the Colombo Reporter.

Also 10 provincial freelance correspondents of the Sinhala Service have not been assigned any work nor paid for their contributions for a month now, sources in London said. Liyanage has been suspended following an inquiry conducted by two BBC officials.

Have Sri Lankan Journalists turned into Scribes of Prostitution?

December 28th, 2013

Prof. Hudson McLean

 Before Christmas I contacted two Sri Lankan journalists through a reliable local contact to ascertain the acceptability of an article for publication.
 
I was astonished to receive a response, “Journalists don’t publish articles for free anymore. Even my friends ask for US$1000 (one lakh) sometimes to publish business ones. “
 
If this is true, specially the leading media might Confirm or Deny, then the Credibility, of anything published in Sri Lanka Media, Press (printed or Internet), TV and any other medium, is down to below Zero.
 
Actually, this makes LankaWeb the only TRUE & INDEPENDENT VOICE of SRI LANKA!
 
As a British journalist myself, during my time in Press & Public Awareness programmes in London, when Fleet Street was the Flagship of Independent Press in the Democratic World, no British journalist would accept any form of Bribery & Corruption, to publish a Press Release.
 
The Financial Times of London (FT), was so strict in their policy of accepting Press Releases, getting a few column inches was a miracle. FT Conduct & Etiquette was and still is, lays foundation for the highest standards in Journalism.
 
Then came an East European immigrant by the name of Robert Maxwell (RM), who started the first run in deterioration of the British standards, followed by another with similar initials (RM) Rupert Murdoch, an Australian, who ran down (still is and questioned by Parliamentary Committees) the standards of journalism with low ethics & corruption with his Might & Power.
 
Said that, both British & American Press have full transparency as well as the Power of Democracy, where politicians have yet to control the Press Freedom for any length of time.
 
However, in countries like Sri Lanka, the politicians tend to keep both their feet right on top of the Media, controlling them with fear and torture. On top of that, when Scribes or the Prostitutes with the Pen, make it an opportunity to collect their Pension Fund, then the publications are worth less than toilet paper.
 
I have been a Contributor to LankaWeb for over 18 years, mainly supporting the political leaders who safeguard the Rights of Sinhala (I am not ashamed to stand-by that), against the Tamil Terrorist LTTE led by Prabhakaran. Must say that 99.9% of my Contributions were published without any amendments or comment by the Editor(s). 
 
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The Endgame.

December 28th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

For thirty long years the people of  Sri Lanka suffered .  The people of Sri Lanka suffered as the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka refused  coexistence with the other communities, specially with the Sinhala Majority Community.

The Tamil Community wanted to be different.  Because of their desire to be different  Sri Lanka  was made to suffer.  India profiting from this situation trained a group of Tamil youth to take up arms against the Sinhala and Muslim Communities, and terrorise the country.  India desired from this a separation of a part of Sri Lanka as a Eelam State, which it may have thought could take under its protection for strategic reasons.

The suffering of the people of Sri Lanka begun by the Tamils of the North continued for thirty years in with a flow of  blood, in which men ,women, and  children of all communities were massacred.  There was none to stop that terrible period of utter suffering.

Prabhakaran the terrorist Leader was not politically matured and took pleasure in  shedding blood for his dream of a separate State for the Tamils.  It was for him a game the children play, which in adult hood and thereafter turns to be more challenging  and disastrous, a game in which there is no turning back until the end what ever it would be .

Some Tamils were forced to follow Prabhakaran,   some followed him  blindly as their  hero ” a film star ,  some followed him as they had no alternative, and for others he was a spring board for political power.

Tamils have no love in the sense of  a motherland for Sri Lanka. Their ancestors came from South India, to plunder, and take away whatever they could lay their hands on, and later some settled down, and ruled a part of the land, until they were defeated in war by the Armies of the Sinhala Kings.

Therefore, the descendants of the marauding Tamils from South India, cannot have any great love to Sri Lanka as their motherland. It is for Tamils only a settlement where they would like to meet and be with their own community. They had to fight against Sinhala Kings who loved Sri Lanka and never wanted it divided.  Therefore the Tamils of today have no affinity with the Sinhala.

They are still carrying on their ancient ancestral wars with the Sinhala. They want in turn to tear away a part of the territory of Sri Lanka  the motherland of the Sinhala people.  The Sinhala who love Sri Lanka as their motherland would not allow any body to separate it territorially, nor would they  like any  foreign power interfering into it.

It seems that it makes no difference where the Tamils  are brought up,  they will always have the same DNA characteristics or genomic relations to their ancient marauding ancestor.  CM C.V.Wigneswran is an example of unchanging DNA characteristics. It is the same with the dispersed Tamils in foreign lands.

The problem is how in this situation could one  make the Tamils understand deeply and philosophically the necessity for coexistence with the proximate  Communities  with less genetic variations, to  avoid interference by unrelated  foreigners with greater genetic difference which is not in the interest of the  Tamils or in the interest of  their proximate neighbours-the Sinhala and the Muslims.

The Tamils do not seem to care:  ” Tamil National Alliance (TNA) legislator Suresh Premachandran said that his party would push their case when the UN Human Rights Council meets next March in Geneva. ………. for an independent international probe into alleged war crimes committed during the final phase of the civil war against the LTTE in 2009. ”

The Tamils, the Sinhala, the Muslims, and the other Communities have a common interest despite their differences to unite, for every ones peace, progress and ultimate happiness.  The moment you let some one without any  cultural proximity to  interfere, then it would be the cause of every ones suffering.

We saw it happening in Libya. Even with political differences the Libyan ” rebels” and the Libyan Government  had no difference, the moment the Libyan “rebels” called  foreign attention it was the hell that opened up, with the International Community interested neither in the “rebels” nor in the Libyan Government ordered the NATO Armed Forces to bomb Libya destroying every thing that stood erect.  Perhaps our Tamils in the North may not care even such an eventuality because they have no love for Sri Lanka.

But the Tamils do not seem to want to know this reality.  Unless the political leaders of the Tamils understand this there cannot be a true reconciliation.   No amount of bilateral talks  would bring about even a modicum of understanding.

The problem now is with regard to the Tamil leadership.  For nearly 26 years it was Prabhakaran who led the Tamils, some by force, some willingly,  some blindly, and others  to share in the “spoils”.

But now who leads the Tamils.  Probably the dispersed expatriate Tamils who inherited the vast sums of money collected and being collected to promote terrorism in Sri Lanka.  One faction is lead by Father Emmanuel ”a Catholic Priest whose allegiance is not to a motherland but to the holy land in Rome. 

The dispersed Tamils of the so called diaspora too have their allegiance to the countries where they live and which they will never leave, but it is their part time activity to interfere on the question of Tamils in Sri Lanka.  They are the ones expecting to share in the “spoils”.

The other faction, perhaps the  intellectual section is led by Rudrakumaran,  The TNA is only the Agent  for those anti Sri Lanka pro terrorist dispersed Tamils living abroad.

But TNA has no leader.  Sampanthan is a coordinator , but he is unable to coordinate as each of the others take their own decisions. Sivagnam Sritharan is directly connected to the dispersed Tamils,  the rest iof them  Sumanthiran, Santhiran, Premachandran, Sivagnam do not form a  united team.  CM Wigneswaran is just a “puppet” he does what others ask him to do without a voice of his own.  Perhaps he is under threat to say what he says , and do what he does.

All their activities are to hinder the government from extending its administration to the Northern PC.  They will not consent to any thing that the Government requests, nor are they able to do any thing constructive for the welfare of the people of the North.  They go on with their “warfare against” the Government of Sri Lanka. One demands schools not to hoist the National flag of Sri Lanka, another  does not want to sing the National Anthem, another wants to have the Governor removed, another wants the Armed Forces removed, and another wants to celebrate the death anniversary of their dead terrorist chief.  It goes on………

The President requested the TNA to come together with the government  to find a national solution and achieve reconciliation.  But Sumanthiran  says that he does not believe that the Parliamentary Select Committee is the right mechanism to find solutions to the Tamil people’s issue.

Premachandran  says that TNA is  not averse to  restarting bilateral talks , but cannot expect any thing fruitful from the PSC.  The TNA MP Sumanthiran  Speaking on the Governments proposal to conduct a census to ascertain the number of dead and disappeared in the terrorist war, says the TNA feels that the census is not being conducted properly. They are proposing to have their own “census”  These are the issues that take their time, some as MPs and  others as PC Councillors

They seem to be playing for time, expecting some thing to happen at some stage or other.  Prabhakaran was also playing for time until the very end of the military operations expecting some thing to happen .  Whatever he  expected did not materialise.  Perhaps the TNA thinks they would be luckier.

TNA keep on insisting in having a civilian  Governor, complaining of the antecedent military carrier of the present Governor Mr.C.A Chandrasiri,  who is now a civilian.

The TNA are against  the Military presence , because they complain that with the presence of the Army their women are not safe.

The government should therefore construct married quarters for the Military Officers and Soldiers in the North for them to settle down with their families, to ensure that  the TNA will stop complain of the  safety of the Tamil women in  the North.

The Tamil Diaspora is in the mean time exceedingly busy organisation groups and caucuses to demilitarise the North. Asia Tribune reported :

“…. Nimmi Gawrinathan focused on the alarming level of militarization in the North-East, in particular the impact it has on Tamil women. She said that the militarization is a “calculated institutionalized practice and pervasive ideology which has the ability to deepen the impact of repressive policies”, and that militarization in the North-East has an “active impact on politics and social interactions as a form of state repression.” She stated that a recent survey in Sri Lanka found that defense forces occupied over one third of the land inhabited by the Tamil population in the Northern Province. 

She told the American lawmakers and their staff present at the inauguration of the ‘Caucus’ that interviews conducted (by her) with members of civil society highlighted militarization as the biggest problem facing the Tamil people today.”

The continued opposition to the Sri Lanka Government’s every effort to  get the NPC to cooperate with the government and allow the normal function of  the administration  in the North,  shows a secret planning in progress.  The TNA and the Tamils in the diaspora with the blessings of India, perhaps presume that in the continued  opposition to the government’s effort of reconciliation and the request for a dialogue, the Government  would be reluctant to enforce any drastic measures for fear of intervention by the International Community in favour of the TNA and the NPC led by CM Wingneswaran. They have thereby created an impasse.

What is the way out of it ?

What is  the  sense of being a Sovereign State if  it cannot govern its people according to its  Constitution, its Laws, and  tradition ?

If the International Community Intervenes into the internal affairs of a Sovereign State it is a serious breach of laws of Democracy, violation of the Human Rights of a Sovereign State to Manage its own Affairs. Such an act by any country of the International community  should be condemned by all Free Independent Nations in the world, and they should in the name of democracy stand by any Sovereign State whose Sovereignty is thus questioned.

The Government of Sri Lanka should stand without fear  by the Constitution and the Laws of the Country and demand the Provincial Council of the North to abide by the Constitution of Sri Lanka. In its  failure to cooperate with the Governor or act in any way in contravention of the Constitution and the Laws of the country the Provincial Council should be dissolved and the Administration of the Province handed over to a Commission.  If there is no such provision in the Constitution, legal advice should be sought to meet the situation.

Secondly:  the Government Should immediately take action to  remove the 13 Amendment from the Constitution, without any further delay.  If it is unable to get a two third majority of the Parliament then the Government should call for a referendum for the removal of the 13Amendment.

Thirdly:  the Government should take action to disband the TNA, which had continuously contravened the Constitution of Sri Lanka.  And make provision to disband all Political Parties with a Communal distinction.

Fourthly:  a proclamation should be made demanding the National Anthem to be sung in Sinhala every where in the Country, and the National Flag should be hoisted at all ceremonies.

Fifthly: abrogate Thesavalamai.  Bring back the former Sinhala Residents of the North and provide them with land and provide them aid to construct their homes.  Bring landless Sinhala people from South and provide land for them in the North and the East.

Sixthly: The Government Should consider moving a Resolution against USA and UK for violation of human rights and accountability.  It does not matter whether the resolution is passed or not, it would at least be on record.  The Government could repeat it every year.

The Government should not continue to give in to the TNA  or to the International Community, in carrying out its functions for which the majority of the people  of the country had voted  the President of Sri Lanka and his Government in to power placing their full confidence in the President and his Government.

The TNA,Tamil Diaspora , India and their supporters  should realise that a Tamil Eelam is only a mirage after which they are chasing.   Sri Lanka, will always remain an undivided Unitary State.

R. Sampanthan and the Sinhala black-whites

December 28th, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.

A parliament full of idiots

            “…Two of the tallest leaders, Mr. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Mr. Dudley Senanayake      who served this country, signed these Pacts (7/26/1957, 3/24/1965) and along with the         undisputed leader of the Tamil people, the late Mr. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, in their capacity as Prime Ministers of this country. Their idea was that the territorial identity of  minority peoples, who preponderantly occupied the Northern and Eastern Provinces, must  be preserved…” Parliamentary speech by TNA Leader, R.  Sampanthan on December 14, 2013).

             After talking about the infamous B-C & D-C pacts and on the Mrs. Chandrika drama of Neelan-GL package deals, TNA leader Mr. Sampanthan thanked the members of parliament for not interrupting him during his speech which is a good sign of learning self-discipline by a pack of rowdy MPs. But was there a single Sinhala MP who could reply to Sampanthan with facts & figures (plus history) so that the Hansard has the whole story recorded? This is pathetic and I am glad that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has finally realized the urgent need to consider sending BBS MPs to the parliament, learning from the mistakes made by the JHU. This Sampanthan speech and others by Sumanthiran and Co. will be used as evidence at UN-HR forums to trap MahindaR on his own words and to transform him from a Sinhala Vessantara to a failed Siri Sangabo.

            There was a time in Sri Lanka that people like Gamini Irriyagolla, W.S. Karunaratne and K.N. Jayatileka who told the world (embassies in Colombo) the other side of Chelvanayagam’s bogus story now repeated by the Sampanthan crowd. Fortunately, on the false story that land colonization was a project against the Tamils, the geography professor G. H. Peiris has gifted us with well-researched wealth of data and documentary evidence that so far no Tamil separatist academic was able to dispute or dare to touch. If one wants to think of an episode that was a very pro-Sinhala settlement scheme (Sinhalization?) it was the dedicated service rendered by the late R. G. Senanayake, son of F. R. Senanayake, in getting Sinhala people to settle down in the Trinco area. This was a private effort and not a government project linked with the Monsoon season-based migratory work habit of Sinhala fishermen in the South.

Humiliated black-whites

            Why the likes of Sampanthans can talk this way forgetting history and distorting facts was due to the mental weakness and ignorance of the black-white PMs and Presidents Sri Lanka has had. Grew up under the humiliation paradigm (yes, white masters came to civilize us, the natives) before and after 1948, these people did not know island’s history or geography and believed in European superiority. The older and new generations can still remember what JRJ, R. Premadas and Mrs. Chandrika did but what SWRD and Dudley did could still be in memory of people over 65 years of age. Therefore, I wish to record the other side of the story that Sampanthan did not want to reveal to the international HR lobby. Readers will see that my approach is non-traditional and certainly not politically correct. I want to call a spade a spade and sugar-coated biographies should be discarded, if Sinhala Buddhists and poor Christians in Sri Lanka to escape from Tamil separatists’ and Sinhala politicians’ cheating game. When it comes to the Tamil separatists issue both SWRD and Dudely were not “tall trees” as Sampanthan thinks but two Sinhala black-white opportunists.

Post of king of the world

            I can remember one UNP election poster in the 1960s with Dudley’s picture on it which said in bold big letters, “[I] will not betray the country even if [I was] offered the post of world kingship-Sakvithi Rajakama.” But, only after reading an interview given recently by S.L. Gunasekera that I came to know Dudley did exactly that (betrayed the country), if the country Dudley referred to was the country that has a Sinhala Buddhist heritage of 2500 years. Dudley’s mother was from a Christian family and Dudley became second PM of Ceylon via a conspiracy. The conspiracy was to use Sir John as a lap dog by Dudley’s father to get rid of SWRD from UNP. The second conspiracy was by Esmond Wickremasinghe and Sir Oliver to deny PM post to Sir John when DSS died suddenly by an accident. It was a continuation of such “king-making” coups that the British and black-whites jointly did in chasing out Anagarika Dharmapala and Sir D. B. Jayatileke to India. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand that Dudley could betray the country to stay in power. Felix Dias and UNP were separately bargaining with FP to form a government, and Dudley won the game after agreeing to an anti-national bad deal. What Sampanthan is talking about, the Dudley-Chelva Pact was the result of it. So Dudley may be a tall leader for Sampmanthan, as a mile post in his separatist drive, but no Sinhala Buddhist will consider him tall at all if they know the whole story. Whenever, he becomes the PM, his brother Robert comes through the back door and runs the show. When JRJ proposed a national government with Mrs. B, Dudley opposed it.  Both Dudley and JRJ were behind the 1962 Coup supporting Oliver G.

            SWRD was not as bad as Dudley considering his situation as the last descendant son of generations of dedicated British agents. Half way into their role, it was not clear whether actually the British governor controlled them or they controlled the governor. Their family circles were on the top of lots of other competing agents from the non-Govigama castes. With all the privileges he had within the inner white colonial circle, SWRD was least affected by the humiliation complex and thus from the process of becoming a black-white. A simple example was his decision to wear a national dress and give a speech that impressed even the Royal representative on the day of Feb 4, 1948, while DSS, the jungle john, was sweating under his three-piece suit and the top hat in hot damp weather in Colombo that day (Sir Muttu Coomarswamy’s European dress dazzled even Queen Victoria, but it was in London’s cold weather). SWRD had no shame in supporting native things such as the Ayurvedic medicine. The Five Great Forces was a native thing that he embraced. His weakness was, he came to a point of accepting anything which would help him to become the PM. Thus he wanted to act as a reasonable person, but did some unreasonable things. SWRD not appointing CC Dissanayaka as IGP because the latter was not a Buddhist ended up as the 1962 coup led by CCD and a group of Christians.

Victims of history (and geography)

            Both SWRD and Dudley studied, if at all, the history of England and the geography of Europe (history is nothing but past geography). Dayan Jayatileka and others say that SWRD was a supporter of a federal system in Ceylon. When SWRD came back after his education in England, the division and rivalry between low country and Kandyan Sinhala black-whites was so acute, and SWRD thought a federal system will make both groups happy. But long before he married a Kandyan Buddhist woman (DSS also married a Kandyan-Christian woman) SWRD gave up his federal idea as he became more knowledgeable of the population geography of his native country. But both SWRD and Dudley did not show signs of knowing the settlement geography of the island. The northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka were replete with archaeological ruins proving that these were Sinhala areas, before the Colonial rulers created Northern and Eastern Provinces, and before SJVChelvanayagam created an idea called a traditional Tamil Homeland. SJVC’s son-in-law, A.J Wilson wrote that SJVC created this myth so that a viable political unit can be created combining NP and EP.  One can understand SWRD’s and Dudley’s ignorance of geography, when even Jehan Perera was not aware of the historical fact that Trinco area was under the Sinhla kings during the Dutch period!

Malaria mosquito and Tamil Buddhists

            It was the Malaria mosquito that sabotaged a future Tamil homeland in the East or in the Wanni. Tamil and Muslim settlements were limited to the littoral areas of the east and Colonial attempts to create Tamil settlements in the Wanni. But as the white field administrative officers reported then, the Sinhala settlements known as the “Purana Gam” were there continuously in the interior of the dry zone of Ceylon, ever since the collapse of the Raja Rata irrigation system. Tamils’ preference to avoid the dry zone with all its problems became very clear when the Puttalam cement factory was built (1969-70). It was expected that Tamil workers would move from KKS cement factory to Puttalam with promotions and new employment. But it did not happen as expected and those who came grudgingly made weekend trips to their wives the first bus they could take on Friday evening. There was even a joke that they run home because their silos (cement is stored in round silos) were full by the weekend!  With this shortage of manpower the factory manager had to get down people from his home town area, Kegalle and Kandy. 

            The new theory by some separatist-oriented academics that the ancient Buddhist cave inscriptions have some examples of Tamil cave donors and therefore, there were lot of Tamil Buddhists even before the arrival of the Arhat Maninda in the island cannot be used as a justification for a Tamil homeland. If so, why Tamil terrorists destroyed archeological sites of those ancient Buddhists Tamils, need a good explanation. The Tamil Buddhist Association in Jaffna now is rejecting separatism and questioning why Buddhist monks go to Europe and America, instead of visiting Jaffna to help Jaffna Tamils. Buddhist monks were never in the habit of exploiting social injustice as a conversion gold mine and thus avoided meeting the low caste Tamils discriminated against by the high caste Tamils, whether Hindu or Christian. Sinhala Biddhists were never in an expanding mode (Lebensraum) was clearly evident from this reluctance to fish in this troubled Harijan caste water. Even after passing a law to prevent caste discrimination (Prevention of social disabilities act of 1957), monks did not target Jaffna low castes for conversion. Even in India when Dalith leader Ambedkar embraced Buddhism with millions of followers, there was no involvement at all by Sri Lankan Buddhist monks. Ambedkar said that he selected Buddhism for the reason, among other things, that it is in harmony with Hinduism and will not harm Hinduism unlike Christianity or Islam.

Sinhalaization and Tamil traitors

            The funny thing about the Sinhalization complaint by the separatist Tamils stationed or domiciled in Colombo is that it was anchored on the colonial policy of divide and rule. First is the artificial division of the island in to nine provinces with an NP and an EP.  Next is the use of EP as part of a Tamil homeland by SJVChelvanayagam. Third is the desperate search for evidence to argue that there was a Tamil kingdom as old as or even older than the Sinhala kingdom. Even the Muslim Congress and the new Ulama groups now make such homeland claims. With the grant of universal franchise in 1931, for which both the Tamil and Sinhala black-white raised objection (the only politician who supported it was the labor leader A. E. Gunasinghe), Colombo Tamil leaders realized that they could no longer be the controllers of political power in Ceylon like the way they had numerical power over government jobs and other professions learned via English.

            Thus began an era of labeling anything and everything done by the Colombo government as an attempt of Sinhalization and discrimination against Tamils. G.G. Ponnambalam complained to the Soulbury Commission that allocation of money for the preservation of Anuradhapura ruins was an example of such discrimination! Nationalization of private bus companies, removal of the power of English language as a colonial subjugation and humiliation weapon, citizenship laws, removal of British control of Trinco naval base and Katunayake air force base, nationalization of schools, land reform law, nationalization of tea estates, all such actions came to be identified as acts of Sinhalaization. If, any Tamil decided to cooperate with the Colombo government he was branded as a Tamil traitor by Tamil separatists. GG Ponnambalam as the minister of industries got a cement, a paper and a chemical factory for Tamil areas and yet he was also branded as a Tamil traitor during that phase of his life. Jaffna Mayor Duraiyappa, Postal Minister C. Kumarasuriyar, Col. Karuna and the latest the cricket baller Muralitharan (according to the Chavakachcheri p.S) were Tamil traitors. Somebody like Colombo-living Mano Ganeshan is yet to call Arun Tambimuttu a traitor for opposing Tamil separatism.

Fake Buddhists

            Any politician who claims that he is a Sinhala Buddhist and does unreasonable things, just to placate or fool the Sinhala Buddhists is not a Buddhist. Until 1956 Colombo government was like a Christian kingdom (like the Ranil Wickrmasinghe cabinet during 2001-04), and at least DSS had the courage to admit it when he said, “there is no Fourth Refuge in Buddhism called I take refuge in the government.” Despite the clear warnings given by both the Donoughmore and Soulbury Commissions, the black-white PMs and Presidents of Sri Lanka could not act reasonably as a good Buddhist would do and be fair to both the poor people in Sri Lanka, whether they were Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or Christian. These PMs and Presidents, each had Christian shadows in their kitchens or bed rooms and did not know the true meaning of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Noble Path. Because of this weakness and their propensity to cheat Buddhists to get elected, they never could act properly and eradicate the Tamil separatist cancer from Sri Lanka by taking the bull by the horns. They did not learn from the 1971 and 1988 insurrections in the south. These insurrections were partly a reaction to the Marxists blunders in Sri Lanka who had no Buddhist influence.

            It is not clear if those who wanted to university status to Vidyalankara and Vidyodaya Pirivenas were genuine or not. What should have happened was not to copy the Peradeniya plan, but make room for monks to have their traditional education enhanced by the addition of foreign languages, more history, geography, more sociology and more political science and international relations. The environment that helps a monk to become a better monk with knowledge should have been the goal. Instead, what has happened was V and V became places where monks got the temptation to have girlfriends and most of them giving up robes. Actually it was better than bad behavior while remaining as a monk. But the end result was Buddhists lost two great institutions of monk education which produced great, fearless and disciplined monks who shaped the independence movement in Ceylon.

            Think of Dudley making Sabath Day a working day and making pre-Poya-Poya weekend holidays. It was a disaster as the rest of the world was closed for business on Sunday. Unlike the V and V case this was a pure political gimmick to placate Buddhists. It is like a Buddhist president going to Rome to invite Pope to visit Sri Lanka. The Vatican considers it divine duty to somehow Christianize Asia. A Buddhist cannot therefore invite Pope to visit Sri Lanka. But a Buddhist president should not object if Pope himself decides to visit or the Arch Bishop in Colombo or poor Christians decide to invite him. His duty is to provide state security. Vatican has billions of dollars, but when a president invites him who will pay the bill? These have become silly matters. That was why Ranil W wanted to invite Portuguese PM to come to Sri Lanka to celebrate completing 500 years of Portuguese control. What Buddhist people can remember is how Buddhist temples were destroyed and their stones used to erect churches. But Ranil (ghost) writes (books on Buddhism and talks about Ajasat!

Greatest land robbery (1840-56)

            If 2002 CFA was the world’s greatest giveaway of land, native people, especially people of the demolished Kandyan Kingdom, faced several land robberies by the colonial master after the 1832 division of the island into five provinces. They were: the Crown Land Ordinance (1840, 1851), Wasteland Ord. (1850), Temple and Devale Lands Registration Ord. (1856).  May be SWRD or Dudley, perhaps, did not know about these, even though their ancestors also heavily benefitted from them. Actually, if one looks at the 50 or so State Councilors elected in 1931 under the Donoughmore Constitution only a handful were not enriched from dirt cheap land (50 cents or 1.50 per acre)  that their parents or grandparents could buy via these ordinances and become walaw dwellers! Except for the new rich popped up after JRJ’s economic liberalization, war commission sharks and flukes like Sakvithi Ranasinghe, Sri Lankan economy is now under the  control of descendants of these1840s-1850s land robbers.

            The result of this land robbery was not just white men came to begin coffee and tea plantations. Fortunately, Adams Peak was saved from denudation because of the Sri Pada, otherwise it was hell with land clearing and soil erosion and the Mahaveli River becoming brown from blue. There was a suggestion to bring Irish labor to work on the tea plantations, but the availability of much cheaper South Indian labor prevented it. The group suffered most from this stealing of land was the Kandyan peasants/villagers. They became the most neglected segment of the colonial land. They were squeezed into narrow valleys and other marginal lands not wanted by the planters. After independence a commission was appointed to look into their survival issues and nothing much had happened to elevate their poverty. One purpose of the land settlement schemes in the dry zone was to help relieve the pressure on this land-less villagers and empty land suitable for their resettlement as rice cultivators was available in the dry zone of which Eastern Province was one section. A new factor uncovering now is that 90% of the irrigation technical officers handing these settlers in the dry zone were Tamils. One can imagine the suffering and harassment helpless new settlers faced in the hands of these technicians on the field, especially when there was also a language barrier. One of the reasons for the not so successful results from these colonization schemes can be due to useless way these Tamil officers behaved, with top level of the irrigation department in Colombo was dominated by Tamils.

Unreasonable pacts

.           Thus Sampnathan’s long story needs to be considered in the light of all these interlinked factors. The complaint that colonization schemes were government projects aimed at Sinhalization cannot hold water when examined in detail. How can SWRD agree to give power over land to a group of Tamil separatists when their aim was to create a separate country joining with Tamil Nad?  Only in 1962, with nationalism cry during the Indo-China war that Nehru gained sufficient courage to ban Tamil separatism by a constitutional amendment. This means SWRD’s time was not separatism free period in Ceylon. Even though it was not as bad as what Dudley did, as Sambandan’s speech records””” (F) It  was agreed that in the matter of colonisation schemes the powers of the Regional Councils shall include the power to select allottees to whom lands within their area of authority shall be alienated and also power to select personnel to be employed for work on such schemes””SWRD was willing to remove monitoring power of the central government.

            But a real disaster came with Dudley. During his time the DMK proscribed in India was a severe problem in the Kandyan areas plus the Kallathoni illegal immigrants, yet Dudley agreed to a giveaway similar to what RanilW did in 2002. Thus, as Sampanthan reveals, “Mr. Senanayake further agreed that in the granting of land under colonization schemes the following priorities be observed in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

(a) Land in the Northern and Eastern Provinces should in the first instance be granted to landless persons in the district.

(b) Secondly, to Tamil-speaking persons resident in the northern and eastern provinces.

(c) Thirdly, to other citizens in Ceylon, preference being given to Tamil citizens resident in the rest of the Island.”

This order of priority means a landless Tamil in Dehiwala or Hambantota will get preference over a landless Sinhala in NP or EP! The Thesawalmei law blocks any outsiders buying most lands in NP. Thus Tamil separatists want all for them, and none for others.

            This behavior of Dudley for the simple reason of keeping the PM job  for him was arbitrary and he had no power to decide a national matter like this without a people’s mandate in a clear statement in an election manifesto. Therefore, citing D-C pact as a historical incident in the march toward separatism has no moral or legal authority. The behavior of these politicians at least since 1948 only proves what the Anagarika Dharmapala said in the 1940s. He said that the white master will leave the island after creating a group of black-white group of about 20-30,000 people and that they will continue to do what the white master trained them to do.

 

From Sri Lanka, questions about wars

December 28th, 2013

Praveen Swami – Courtesy The Hindu

Florence-on-the-Elbe, they used to call the historic German city of Dresden, before it began to turn to ash that evening in February 1945. Inside of days, the United Kingdom and the United States bomber command dropped some 3,900 tonnes of ordnance over the city, creating an inferno which would claim an estimated 25,000 lives.

The military utility of the slaughter is still debated by historians: proponents claim it destroyed key Nazi communication hubs, and broke the will of Germans to resist; opponents say it was vengeance, plain and simple.

“There is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre,” wrote Kurt Vonnegut, who watched the destruction of Dresden from a prisoner of war camp, in his classic Slaughterhouse Five .

Perhaps Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would agree: neither he, nor anyone else in the Indian government, has attempted to explain his controversial decision to stay away from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka. That leaves supporters of the choice to contend it was driven by high principle, and opponents to claim low politics triumphed over pragmatic foreign policy.

It is time New Delhi thought of something intelligent to say on the issue, because it goes far deeper than India’s interests in Sri Lanka. Instead, the issue is enmeshed with how India fought the wars it believed were necessary to survive as a nation ”” and how it will fight the wars it is fighting today, and the ones yet to come.

Making sense of the killing that unfolded in Sri Lanka in the last days of the Eelam War isn’t easy: we don’t know how many lives it claimed or, indeed, whether a genocide took place at all. Estimates for civilian fatalities, produced by the United Nations and human rights groups, range all the way from 20,000 to 1,47,000. There is no expert consensus on whether civilians were targeted on purpose, and, if so, when. There are indeed several well-documented cases of extrajudicial executions, but these are not the same as a genocide.

The numbers

It is important to understand why so many different numbers exist, what they mean, and what they imply.

The methodology behind these figures was first proposed by the University Teachers for Human Rights, a Jaffna-based human rights group. In essence, the UTHR proposed deducting the number of civilians who arrived at the government’s refugee camps from those known to be living in the so-called no-fire zone. This gave a number for people who could be presumed to have been killed.

However, no one knows how many people were actually living in the no-fire zone to start with. The government agent in Mullaithivu district, K. Parthipan, estimated the population to be around 330,000 in February 2009. Mr. Parthipan, though, had no way of conducting a census in the no-fire zone; he relied instead on reports from local headmen. He did not have any tools to distinguish civilians from LTTE conscripts and irregulars. He had no way of accounting for people who fled the zone to safety as the Sri Lankan forces closed in.

Mr. Parthipan’s numbers weren’t supported by the United Nations Panel of Expert’s analysis of satellite images, which suggested a population of 2,67,618. The U.N. experts then attempted a rule-of-thumb calculation of 1:2 or 1:3 civilian dead for every person known to be injured, which suggested 15,000 to 22,500 fatalities ”” much lower than the estimates that have now become commonplace. Finally, the panel plumped for an estimate of 40,000, based on Mr. Parthipan’s numbers.

Notably, the panel did not distinguish between civilians and the LTTE cadre ”” a fact noted by the U.S. State Department’s December 2009 report to Congress. The LTTE’s regular forces, estimated by experts at around 30,000, were backed by irregulars, the makkal padai , as well as press-ganged conscripts.

Deliberate killing?

It isn’t unequivocally clear, either, that disproportionate or indiscriminate force was used to eliminate these forces. Satellite imaging shows that right up to May 17, the Sri Lankan Army was facing fire from the LTTE’s 130 mm, 140 mm and 152 mm artillery. The Sri Lankan Army claims to have been losing over 40 soldiers a day during the last phases of the war. The former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert Blake, sent a confidential cable to Washington, DC, on January 26, 2009, saying that the Sri Lankan Army “has a generally good track record of taking care to minimise civilian casualties during its advances.”

Jacques de Maio, head of operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross, concurred: on July 9, 2009 he told a U.S. diplomat that Sri Lanka “actually could have won the military battle faster with higher civilian casualties, yet chose a slower approach which led to a greater number of Sri Lankan military deaths.”

It is worth noting, too, that the U.N. panel acknowledged that the LTTE put some of those civilians in harm’s way. The report found “patterns of conduct whereby the LTTE deliberately located or used mortar pieces or other light artillery, military vehicles, mortar pits, and trenches in proximity to civilian areas.”

D.B.S. Jeyaraj has graphically described how the LTTE forced civilians into the Karaichikkudiyiruppu area to defeat an offensive by the Sri Lankan Army’s 55 division and 59 division. Photographs taken by a cameraman for The Times of London on May 24, 2009, for example, show what appear to be pits for siting mortar, an arms trailer and a bunker, in the midst of a civilian location in the no-fire zone.

None of this, of course, settles things one way or the other ”” and that’s the point. There is very little doubt that the Sri Lankan forces did commit crimes. They worked with savage paramilitaries who were out to settle scores with the LTTE. It doesn’t follow from this, though, that Sri Lanka’s campaign against the LTTE was genocide. And this brings us to the larger question.

The language of war

The real question is a simple one: when, and how much, is it ethical to kill in war? Through the history of modern warfare, commanders have confronted the same dilemmas that Sri Lanka faced in 2009, or Winston Churchill confronted in 1945. Iraq, the University of Washington’s Amy Hagopian and 11 co-authors have estimated, lost 461,000 lives, either directly or indirectly, because of the U.S. invasion.

In April 2004, up to 800 civilians were reported killed when the U.S. tried to clear insurgents from the Iraqi city of Fallujah ”” a cost so high that embarrassed commanders were forced to call off the campaign. Iraq continues to see abnormally high rates of birth defects, which some researchers attribute to depleted-uranium munitions used.

The second battle of Grozny in 1999-2000, when Russian troops backed by armour and air-power battled Chechen insurgents, saw the city reduced to what the U.N. later called “the most destroyed city on earth”.

For decades, India has propagated the comforting fiction that its counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations are conducted within the framework of everyday criminal law. Leaders and lawmakers have, at once, countenanced extra-judicial executions, torture, and collective reprisals against civilians. This hypocrisy is corrosive to the armed forces, and to India’s polity.

This isn’t reason to countenance sanctimony. The laws of war, as we know them, were written in the wake of 1945 ”” driven by a particular historical experience of war. They continue to evolve mainly in Europe and the U.S., where nation-states have no lived experience in generations of the hideous consequences ”” and costs ”” of existence-threatening insurgencies.

In India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, though, there has been next to no first-principles discussion of the ethics and law. We have lost our ability to talk honestly about war, and what it entails ”” and that won’t do.

“The language of war is killing,” 9/11 bomber Khalid Sheikh Mohammad told his interrogators, perhaps unconsciously borrowing words from the great strategist, Carl von Clausewitz. He was right. How to speak it is something we must learn to honestly discuss. Sri Lanka is as good a place to begin as any.

praveen.swami@thehindu.co.in

The real question in the debate over India’s Sri Lanka policy isn’t whether it is pragmatic or ethical. It goes, instead, to the heart of the ethics of the wars our country fights, and will fight in years to come

Urgent request to stop an illegal construction in Knuckles Conservation Forest.

December 28th, 2013

RUHUNU VOICE

December 27, 2013
To:
Mr. K.P. Ariyadasa, Conservator General Forest Department
Senior Deputy Conservator of Forests (Protection & Law Enforcement)
Divisional Forest Officer, Matale
Request to take action regarding Illegal construction in Knuckles World Heritage Site
We wish to bring to your immediate attention, an illegal construction currently taking place in Knuckles World Heritage site. This illegal construction is taking place between Riverston and Pitawala junction. It has been branded as an “eco-lodge” and built in an area adjoining an existing tea shop. As seen in the photo below, the large structure has already been built threatening the fragile  eco-system and endangering it’s status as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Hence, we request you to take immediate action to halt and remove this illegal construction and bring those responsible to justice.
Thank you
Mr. Sriyantha Perera
Mr. Keerthi Hewagoda
Mr. Jayantha Wijesinghe

International Ahmadiyya Convention began in Qadian.

December 28th, 2013

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.

 The 122nd Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of Qadian (Punjab, India) began yesterday –  (27th December 2013) in India. More than twenty five thousand of Ahmadiyya Muslim delegates from all over the world and India are Participating in this unique gathering and out of which more than 5000 Ahmadiyya Muslim devotees are from neighboring Pakistan.   

 The foundation stone of this unique annual spiritual gathering was laid in the pious hands of Hazrat Mirza; Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi of our time in the year 1891 and as many as 75 persons had attended the Jalsa (convention) at that period of time. But today this type of convention (Jalsa Salana) has been conducted in all its branches spreading all over the world.

 This unique spiritual annual gathering is a symbol of unity, love and universal brotherhood among mankind.

 Apart from India, visitors from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany England, Sri Lanka,  Malaysia, , Holland, Ireland, Kuwait, Japan, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arab, Singapore, Sweden, U.A.E, U.K, U.S.A, consisting of twenty two countries have already reported their presence in this convention

After hoisting the Ahmadiyya Flag in Ahmadiyya ground at 10 A.M. the recitation of Holy Quran. After the inaugural address thousands of Muslims took their hands for pray for  the convention (jalsa) success. Speeches were delivered on various topics.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Supreme Head of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will address the convention on the last day of the Convention (on 29th December) from London LIVE via MTA (Muslim TV Ahmadiyya International ” ASIASAT 3 ” 100.5° EAST ” Freq: 3760 ” Symbol Rate: 26000) at 3.30 P.M. (Sri Lankan Time).

 Objectives, Purposes & Blessings of the Convention (Jalsa Salana) In the Words of the Founder of the Community ” The Promised Messiah (Peace be on him)

Purpose of the Convention (Jalsa Salana)

“The primary purpose of this Convention is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits; They may enhance their knowledge and ”due to their being blessed and enabled by Allah, The Exalted- their perception (of Allah) may progress. Among its secondary benefits is that this congregational meeting together will promote mutual introduction among all brothers, and it will strengthen the fraternal ties within this Community..”

(Ishtihar 7 Dec. 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 340).

 Not an Ordinary Convention

“It is essential for all those who can afford to undertake the journey, that they must come to attend this Convention which embodies many blessed objectives. They should disregard minor inconveniences in the cause of Allah and His prophet (peace be upon him.). Allah yields reward to the sincere persons at every step of their way, and no labour and hardship, undertaken in His way, ever goes to waste. I re-emphasize that you must not rank this convention in the same league as other, ordinary, human assemblies. This is a phenomenon that is based purely on the Divine Help, for propagation of Islam.”

(Ishtihar 7 Dec. 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 341)

 Prayer

” I conclude with the prayer that everyone who travels for [attending] this Convention that is for the sake of Allah: May Allah, the Exalted, be with him, reward him in abundant measure, have mercy on him, ease up for him his circumstances of hardship and anxiety and eliminate his anguish and grief. May He grant him freedom from every single hardship and lay open for him the ways of [achieving] his cherished goals, and raise him up, on the day of Judgment, among those of His servants who are the recipients of His blessings and Mercy. May He be their Guardian in their absence until after their journey comes to an end. O Allah! O Sublime One and Bestower of bounties, the Ever Merciful and One Who Resolves all problems, do grant all these prayers, and grant us Victory over our opponents with scintillating signs, because You alone have all the prowess and power. Aameen! Aameen!!”

(Ishtihar 7 Dec. 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 342)

  The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam was founded in 1889 in a small town Qadian, in Punjab, India.  Its founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) claimed to be the Promised Reformer of the age.  Ahmadiyya Muslim Community stands for the brotherhood of mankind and tries to establish peace on earth through love, persuasion and tolerance.  It is a spiritual Community and has no political agenda.

 Qadian is the birth-place of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam.

SURFACING OF CEYLON HISTORY AFTER FIVE DECADES – II

December 27th, 2013

Dr.Tilak Fernando

Cdn-2010-tag---In-Focus---i_0.jpgFor nearly half a century Professor Laksman Susantha Perera’s research, bound in three volumes, consisting nearly 1400 pages on ancient inscriptions in ‘ Ceylon’ between 3rd Century to 10th Century AD gathered dust at the Peradeniya University, occasionally used by many scholars, lecturers and students over the years.

Of late, however, the University was sensible enough to convert the text onto microfiche format and save it from destruction. This has been the one and the only historical piece of evidence to the way of life of Ceylonese who lived during that era under Ceylonese Kingdoms.

This gem of history about Ceylon has been regularly used at the University by generation of historians until many of its pages were reduced to shreds by constant usage. Some who claimed to be ‘eminent scholars’ have used Perera’s Volumes as ‘ their original idea’ for personal glory, conveniently forgetting to acknowledge the authorship!z_p09-CEYLON.jpg

Over the years, Professor Perera’s ambition as a patriot to get this valuable piece of history published with a view to disseminating his stored up knowledge to the present generation was marked only by a single word ‘rejection’ by profit orientated publishers in the county. It was an unfortunate state of affairs and more so as Sudharshan Seneviratne, Prof. of Archaeology, University of Peradeniya once put it, a clear cut example of poverty of human values rather than poverty of history”. There were three copies available of the manuscript, one of which had been handed over to his guru Dr. Mendis, second copy to the Peradeniya University and the third copy remained with him for solid five decades.

‘Never say die until really dead’ !

As much as his enthusiasm to complete the study, Professor Perera’s attempts at publishing and making it known to the world never died. Decades after, while in retirement in London, he approached The International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Kandy. Its Executive Director, Prof. K.M. de Silva and Prof. Srima Kiribamune, Senior Research Fellow, enjoyed and identified it as a first rate study on vitally important aspects of the history of Sri Lanka. A silver lining, in Professor Perera’s ambition, began to emerge through dark clouds of many a year.

The laborious task of updating the references to inscriptions used in the text after 50 years and typing of 1500 crumbling and discoloured pages, which could not be scanned, were successfully completed by Prof. Sirima Kiribamune, assisted by Dr. Piyatissa Senanayake of the Department of Archaeology of the University of Peradeniya. Consequently Volume 1, (out of three) under the title ” The Institutions of Ancient Ceylon from Inscription (from the 3rd century BC to 830 AD) was released to the public in July 2001 at the Jayawardena Centre in Colombo amidst a distinguished gathering.

After the publication of Volume I, Professor Sudharshan Seneviratne was quoted as saying thus: ” The future, of both historical and archaeological studies in Sri Lanka, is at cross roads facing a dilemma of priorities, choices, resources, resource persons, attitude and above all quality of research. . After 53 long years, Prof. Lakshman Perera’s Masterpiece finally appeared in print as a classic. But that was only in part ( volume I). Unfortunately it is at present out of print and as the writer understands no more publications of this will be”.

Volume 1 which is factual history, containing 322 pages (from the 3 century BC to 830AD) bound in hard cover subsequently became available for the public to purchase from the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, Kinsey Terrace, Colombo 8 and most of the bookshops in Colombo.

Final Part

Volume II, part I and Volume II, part II came out of publication in 2003 and 2005 respectively, prepared by Prof. Srima Kiribamune and Dr. Piyatissa Senanayake . It is equally interesting to note that the author Lakshman Susantha Perera’s name appears on both volumes in Sinhala Script which belonged to the 9th Century AD to coincide with the contents of the publications.

The final part of the three-volume work deals with the gradual evolution of the Island’s institutions political, economic and religious aspects, beginning from 3rd Century BC to 1016 AD – which is the Anuradhapura period of Sri Lanka history

An array of complimentary reviews by many eminent Sri Lankan scholars has commented as follows: “Author’s systematic approach dealing with each phase in a chronological sequence, under various headings, political, economic, social and religious, gives a clear picture of the development that has taken place over the centuries in Sri Lanka; the evolution of kingship, and the king’s role as ‘Defender of the Faith’, and the development of the Sangha from a cave dwelling, amorphous community to a more complex, compact one, controlling large economically independent establishments, the growth of the local government institutions, the irrigation system, taxation, the use of money, diet and many other facts; each of which is sufficient to open new vistas of historical research for an interested student”.

Dr. Lorna Dewaraja in her review states: ” In Prof. L. S. Perera’s meticulous study, he has expressed the life of a society in its political, economic, religious and social aspects and shows that in any society institutions are inter-related and affect each other” .

Overall inspirational reviews of this publication have shown that ” reading through the author’s masterly analysis of the earliest inscriptions, one is struck by the fact that they authenticate even in minute details of the Mahavamsa, which has been condemned by some as myth and legend. Not only can outstanding rulers like ‘Devanampiyatissa, Vattagamini and Dutthagami be identified in the inscriptions, they say, but even one of the latter warriors mentioned in the Mahavanmsa, Senapati Nandimitta could be identified with a good deal of accuracy’.

The writer learnt from the International Centre for Ethnic Studies that Volume I has already gone out of print and it will not be available in the future ! It would , therefore, be prudent for the authorities concerned with the history of Ceylon ( Sri Lanka) for this volume to be reprinted and published continuously as ” this path-breaking dissertation on which it is based was the first to use epigraphically in writing the history of ancient (Ceylon) Sri Lanka, and more so according to many comments, ” it is equally important, the author’s interpretations of the institutional structure in his dissertation on early Sri Lanka continue to be part of the current historical debate in the country as many of his insights have still not been challenged”

Prof. Lakshman Perera has expressed his deepest gratitude and thanks to Professor K M de Silva and the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (Kandy) and particularly to Professor Srima Kiribamune and Dr Piyatissa Senanayake who did the editing and supervision of the camera ready copy for printing and to the staff of the ICES, Kandy and the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) programme, a consortium of US Colleges, whose funding made possible the publication of his thesis

Profile

In his normal academic career Prof. Perera became the Administrative Head of four sub-departments in the second Faculty of Arts in Colombo when in 1952 the Faculty of Arts was shifted to the new campus in Peradeniya. He became the Professor of History of the Colombo Campus and later he was elected to the office of the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Being a member of the Editorial Board of the Revised University History of Ceylon and the Ceylon Journal of Historical and Social Studies, Professor Perera contributed several chapters, covering the period of his research, to the University of Ceylon.

In 1973 Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended him to the Education Department of the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Senior Consultant on Universities and Higher Education where he continued in this position for a decade till 1983. Even after his retirement from the University he has been serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth.

On a bright mid-summer early morning in 1998, Prof. Perera was woken up by a long distance telephone call from Colombo. It was an old friend, Mr. George Coorey to seek permission to nominate him for the prestigious award for the Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa (D. Lit) offered to luminaries by the Colombo University.

On 15 August 1998, Professor Lakshman Susantha Perera was decorated at the convocation held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, thus evidently becoming ‘the flower, which appeared to have been born & unseen and wasting its sweetness in the Sri Lankan air’ for nearly 50 years, had suddenly come to bloom so as not to ‘waste its sweetness any longer’!

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THE C4 VIDEOS ABSOLUTE FAKES -ICTA chairman decries misuse of technology:

December 27th, 2013

Video forgery is a technique for generating fake video by altering, combining, or creating new video content …:

Experts who extensively studied the content of videos produced by Channel 4 in UK have clearly stated that these videos are forgeries, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) chairman Professor P. W. Epasinghe said.

Speaking as the Chief Guest at ICTer 2013 held at the BMICH recently, Prof Epasinghe decried the misuse of technology and reminded the audience that the country had witnessed the negative impact of the controversial video ‘Channel 4′.

“We all know how technology could be used against humanity and the stability of an emerging nation like Sri Lanka. Some media organisations sometimes misuse technology to pursue their own agendas. Some misuse technology, especially communication technology to achieve their narrow individual objectives,” he said.

“As citizens of this country, we all witnessed the negative impact of the controversial video, ‘Channel 4′ attempting to disseminate falsehoods about the last days of the humanitarian operation in the North.

“According to subject specialists, video forgery is a technique for generating fake video by altering, combining, or creating new video content,” Prof. Epasinghe said.

“The videos produced by Channel 4 have been extensively studied by experts who have stated in no uncertain terms that they are forgeries,” said Prof. Epasinghe who is also the Peradeniya University Chancellor.

Prof. Epasinghe, who is a Senior Presidential advisor also strove to drive home to the audience the need to stand for fairness in the global community.

“Do small militarily weak countries have access to justice even before a body such as the United Nations?” he asked.

He gave an example that indicated the precarious situation that some emerging nations found themselves in. “For example, Mr. Robin Cook, a former British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary was asked on a live international television show in 2003 by the BBC whether he had any fears that some of their officials would be dragged to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for their unjustified invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and subsequent murders of tens of thousands of citizens of those countries. Britain also holds veto powers on the UNSC; the one organ where the ICC derives its authority from.” Mr. Cook said: “This is not a court set up to bring to book Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, or Presidents of the United States”.

Courtesy: news.lk

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Tamil leaders whether they be political or commercial, seem to hit the “Jack Pot” and come crumbling down like “Jack” in Jack & Jill.

December 27th, 2013

 Prof. Hudson McLean

They seems to be excellent examples of the Peter Principle.
Definition of Peter principle: Observation that in an hierarchy, People tend to rise to their Level of Incompetence.
But in the case of Tamils, their curve tends to go down the spiral sooner than most other Asian ethnics. Sorry ole Thosai fruit!
 
A mere comparison of two Sri Lankan Tamils, one in UK and the other in USA.  And then one of the Sri Lankan Tamil Founding Father of Fraudulent Swindlers……Dr. Emil Savundra (see below)….
 
Subaskaran Allirajah (born 2 March 1972) is the Group Founder and Chairman of the Lycatel and LycaMobile Groups of companies. Lycamobile operates in 14 countries across European and Australian markets with the largest international footprint of any international mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). In the 5 years since launch, Lycamobile has grown its subscriber base to over 8 million customers. (Wikipedia).
This is most likely a “balloon” with a time-bomb attached to it, as in the case of Raj “the King Kong” Rajaratnam, who also rubbed shoulders with the big & mighty for a while.  If I am not mistaken, he had some contact with the SLG power brokers too.
Raj Rajaratnam (Tamil: ராஜ் ராஜரத்தினம்; born June 15, 1957) is a Sri Lankan American former hedge fund manager and billionaire founder of the Galleon Group, a New York-based hedge fund management firm, now languishing in American jail. (Wikipedia)

Michael Marion Emil Anacletus Pierre Savundranayagam, usually known as Emil Savundra and also styling himself Doctor Savundra (6 July 1923 ” 21 December 1976), a
Tamil, was a Ceylonese or Sri Lankan international swindler and confidence trickster active in Belgium, Ghana and England, and was behind the collapse and scandal of the Fire, Auto and Marine Insurance Company in the United Kingdom. He was at least twice imprisoned for his crimes of fraud. (Wikipedia)
And the Singing & Dancing Tamil rich & famous Dr, Pakiayasothi Savaranamuttu,

The Executive Director of the Colombo-based Centre for Policy Analysis has slammed the hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka later this year.
 
Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu called the awarding an “absolute sham” and criticised that Sri Lanka, a government accused of war crimes, will be the chair of the Commonwealth.  _http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=8152
All these Tamil “vadai-durais” should jump in the Tamil Nadu band.wagon, their Motherland, and see if they even get an opportunity to clean the buckets.
Whilst the current SLG leadership is in good hands, under the guidance of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers, ie Gothabhaya & Basil, the next rung in the runners-up, is still a question mark.
Whatever the foreign public opinion is, SLG must continue with the Defense Plan of Sri Lanka, continuous monitoring of the Northern & Eastern territories, irrespective of who live.  There are no Sinhala or Tamil areas as such. The entire Island of Sri Lanka belongs to the Citizens of Sri Lanka, beyond the boundaries of Race, Creed or Ethnicity. Those who are trying to ferment antagonism against the Catholics & Christians are as obnoxious as the Tamil Terrorists.
A major issue is the impending elections in India and who might end up as the Prime Minister of the subcontinent.  In any event, the possibility of Jayalalitha placing her plump rump in the hot seat is a possibility which the SLG should consider the repercussions seriously.
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Lessons to be learnt from Mandela’s nationalism -Part II

December 26th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala

 Nelson Mandela triumphed gloriously by tapping into S. African nationalism ” the indelible political force still alive in global politics despite the theoreticians pooh-poohing nationalism as something of the past. When President Barack Obama says “God Bless America” he is expressing patriotism at the highest divine and terrestrial levels. When David Cameron sings “God Save the Queen” he is glorifying his Queen and his country which, incidentally, stands, in essence, only for the Westernized-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant (WASP) ideology.

 In  subtle but over-determining ways White-Christian supremacy reigns supreme in the West. While tolerating non-white minorities under liberal principles in a limited way the supremacy of the dominant white majority remains intact. They reveal their fangs whenever they perceive that their White-Christian culture is threatened by the minorities. The hostile legislative, political and social reaction to the Muslim  minorities in Western societies reveal that non-White-Christian cultures are tolerated only as long as they are not a threat to the dominant White-Christian  culture. The non-White-Christian minorities have a place only as a marginal entity that lies low without disturbing the dominance of the majority.

 For instance, Barack Obama was elected as president not because he was black but because he was more white than George Bush. He has killed more civilians than Bush. He has strengthened the American empire more than Bush. Though his rhetoric is dove-ish his practices go beyond that of Bush to sit down every Tuesday in the White House and decide with his co-killers in the CIA, State Department, FBI etc., as to who should live and who should die to preserve “the core interests of the American nation”. This is the political meaning of “God bless America”: asking God to give America all the power it needs to eliminate its perceived enemies, whether it be in its own backyard in Wacko or distant Yemen.

 Take also the example of the highest  public symbols. Take the case of their national flags. No special/significant place for minorities is given like in the case of the multi-ethnic Sri Lankan flag. The Union Jack and the American are symbols only of the White-Christian man and do not reflect the multi-ethnic composition of their nations. And both national anthems are sung only in English. The Hispanics in America  ( 52 million constituting nearly 17%) are fighting tooth and nail to have Spanish recognized as a language of the states without any success. Flags and languages are highest national symbols and practices of all nations. They also represent the overall cultural composition of the nation. They define the underlying social layers that go to make the nation. So when it comes to recognizing and expressing pluralism and multi-ethnic values how far has the US and UK flags, currencies, stamps, passports, official forms etc., gone to accommodate the minorities in comparison with that of Sri Lanka? Doesn’t the Sri Lankan flag stand out like that of a rainbow nation compared to the exclusively white supremacists symbols of the Western neo-colonialists?

 Those who decry nationalism invariably have refused to recognize the undying and reinvigorating forces of nationalism. The fashionable theoretical propositions that announced the premature death of nation states, especially with the rise of regional blocs and market forces cutting across sovereign borders, have yet to explain how the UN has been growing over the years into an entity of 193 nation states, with no end in sight. Post-World War II  and post-Cold War periods, which decolonized Western and Russian empires, saw the biggest rise of nation states. Even the revolutionary movements of China, Vietnam and Cuba were driven primarily by nationalism though the theoreticians attributed their success to Marxism. Mao, Ho Chi-Minh and Castro were essentially nationalists dressed in the garb of Marxism. Besides, Marxism was supposed to unite mankind  in a brotherhood of workers. But Sino-Soviet border clashes, Sino-Vietnam wars debunk this Marxist theory. These wars establish that nationalism was a far more potent force than the brotherhood of the workers.

 Leading revolutionary movements of the 20th century tend to substantiate the thesis that the success of Marxism was more due to nationalism than to class antagonisms. Practically, all the revolutionary movements that won were against foreign imperialists than against the local bourgeoisie. Even the October Revolution in Russia was a coup staged by the Marxist elite and not a mass revolution that rose up from the ground, awakened by Marxism. The subsequent success of pragmatic Stalin over theoretical Trotsky, with his theoretically desirable but practically unattainable permanent global revolution, can be attributed to the power of home-grown solutions over airy-fairy internationalism.

 As seen in the total collapse of the USSR nationalism knocked Marx’s class war into a cocked hat. It was essentially an elitist ideology. For instance, Sri Lankan Marxists, consisting initially of the returnees from the West, became the pop culture mainly of the English-educated middle class, with devotees from Prof. E. F. C. Ludowyk’s English Department rushing to embrace it as a panacea for all evils.  Eventually the Trotskyite elite at the top divided themselves into sub-atomic particles, supposed to be on theoretical differences though in reality, as Reggie Perera once told me, it was all about personal rivalries of the leaders at the top to exploit the  misled  masses for  their personal gain. What appealed to the English-educated middle class Trotskyites was the anti-British nationalism more than hair-splitting dialectical materialism. They saw the Senanayakes and the Bandaranaikes as the Brown Sahibs who had replaced the White Sahibs. Decades later, when Marxism fell into the hands of the Sinhala-educated youth they abandoned the incomplete and inadequate theoretical Marxist ballyhoo and turned it into a force of nationalism reduced to five lectures, some of which were anti-Indian and anti-Tamil.

 The first wave of Marxists were spearheaded by one-eyed theoretical Jacks who sought to impose imported theories to grass-roots issues. In the evolving post-independent stages when the nation was looking for directions the Marxists were asking stupid questions like “What would Lenin do in these circumstances?” while D. S. Senanayake and S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike  applied home-grown solutions to national problems. “DS”, “SWRD” and now President Mahinda Rajapakse triumphed because they championed Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism. Repeatedly, nationalism has been the consistent winner beating all other anti-national forces, be it left-wing Marxism or right-wing Ranilism, which is allied to pro-Tamil federalism/separatism, pro-West, pro-Indian politics.  

 The lessons are there for anyone with eyes to see on the score board. “SWRD” beat Sir John Kotelawela hands down because the latter was identified as an anti-national, Westernized alien ” just like Ranil Wickremesinghe. Sir John was accused of roasting a pig on spit in the Buddha Jayanthi year. And Ranil Wickremesinghe roasted our heroic soldiers on Thoppigala when they were sacrificing their lives to save the nation. The current cosmetics of a  Leadership Council, or the tinkering with the various non-functioning parts of the UNP’s dilapidated electoral machine, will not lift them into the seats of power. This is why Sajith Premadasa, more than others in the UNP, is seen as an acceptable and credible figure : he projects the image, like his father, of a man coming from grass root Sinhala-Buddhist forces. Nor has he denigrated the nationalist  forces that won  the Vadukoddai War. Even the minor parties like the JVP and the JHU came up because they pursued the nationalist line.

 In politics people have the instinctive capacity to (1) identify their collective interests and (2) who can serve those interests best. Their consistent political behaviour reveals that they invariably rely in times of crisis on  nationalists as their most  reliable saviours. This is something that Ranil Wickremesinghe and his anti-national “henchaiyas” who surround him will never learn. With the threat of India looming large, with the menace of the Tamil diaspora breathing fire against the nation, with the Western  powers flexing their muscle to destabilize Sri Lanka, a la Syria, the people have nowhere to go except into the arms of President Mahinda Rajapakse. Wickremesinghe has been  heading closer and closer to the anti-national forces with each crisis. The more he goes in that direction the more the people turn to Mahinda Rajapakse. The electoral failure of Wickremesinghe can be attributed to one single factor: people do not trust him because he is identified too much with anti-national forces, both internal and external.

 The inner coterie which controls the levers of power in the UNP are trying to save Wickremesinghe instead of saving the party and/or the nation. Their capacity to ignore the fundamental forces that gang up  against anti-national Wickremesinghe is, to say the least, astounding. They have only to look at the Indian neighbourhood to see the emerging trends. Modi is on the rise because  he represents the Hindutva dogma which has no hesitation in crushing the Muslim minority. Hindutva is on the rise again. It also means the rise of Hindutva imperialism. It’s time for Indian neighbours and minorities to be on their guard. Having  crushed the Muslims in India  he  is also talking  tough on Kashmir. Whether it is for good or bad, it is clear that nationalism, in whatever form it appears, pays dividends. Wickremesinghe and his gang of “yes-men.” are the only suicidal maniacs who not only refuse to read the signs staring  in their faces but also kill the ideals on which their founding fathers built the nation.

 This explains why he has failed repeatedly at the polls. The people have been willing to pay any price for nationalism. But they will not buy anything from traitors. And Wickremesinghe is doomed to go down in history as the man who could not save himself, let alone the nation. He has tried every trick in the book and failed. Why? If you take the ground realities every factor should  have merged into a one gigantic force to win over Mahinda Rajapakse. But he has failed for the simple reason that the people trust Mahinda Rajapakse and not Wickremesinghe  And people trust Mahinda Rajapakse because they know that he will fight for the nation and not cow down to anti-national forces. Whereas Wickremesinghe hopes to win by running down the nation. It’s as simple as that.

 At best he is a con artist. His most  laughable con act ” apart from marketing his “juck-muck” politics by riding bullock carts against  the cost of living — was to wave the Sri Lankan flag with R. Sampanthan in Jaffna. He was hoping  to impress the nation that he had conquered the north by waving the flag with Sampanthan. But no one believes that they are committed defenders of the Lion flag. The convincing proof will be when Sampanthan and C. V. Wigneswaram, the Chief Minister, will raise the national flag in the north. Can Ranil make that happen?

 It is the failure of Wickremesinghe’s political stunts that has made him the joker in the  pack. The steady decline of the vote bank under Wickremesinghe’s leadership indicates clearly that he is not wanted by the people. The divisions within the party and the mass exodus from the UNP to the government indicate that he is not wanted by the Party. And the fact that he is propped up by a few of his “henchaiyas” leads to the conclusion that he is a dead man walking. As a last resort his “henchaiyas” have decided to keep him in the ice box, hoping  that  the electorate will come round to accept UNP cryonics : the unproven art of reviving corpses preserved in a frozen state until they can be revived in a future  date that is not on the calendar.

 When he decided to back Gen. Sarath Fonseka as the presidential candidate in the  last election it was  a public admission that he was not fit to be the leader of the nation. Obviously, he conceded that the people will vote for Fonseka and not him. Now he is negotiating  with other parties for the next leader to contest Mahinda Rajapakse. He has no winning card for bargaining with any party. Any common  front in the opposition must find a candidate  who can  beat Mahinda Rajapakse ” and there is none.  Even the parties with whom Wickremesinghe is negotiating will not want  him as the next candidate. Finally, the fact that he is not wanted by the Party was demonstrated for all to see when he was kicked upstairs as Leader of a Council of Yes-men.

 And it is this unwanted loser who had the gumption to announce that Mandela could have continued to be the leader if he wanted to but he didn’t. Clearly, he was lauding the  ideal standard set by Mandela as a lesson to Sri Lankan leaders. So why doesn’t he give the lead by following Mandela’s example and go home for good? More than to the people he would be doing the greatest service to himself, particularly to his reputation of which there is none left.

TNA can do something positive for the Tamils of the North ” for a change

December 26th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

It is rarely, if ever, that one gets a chance to read the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) or those at the higher echelons of the TNA saying anything positive about what the Sri Lanka government is doing.

Sumanthiran is now reported to have said that the Parliamentary Select Committee is not the right mechanism to find solutions for Tamil people’s issues. The same report additionally mentions a political solution to the ethnic problem.

Peace-loving Sri Lankans have got tired of hearing the “ethnic problem” or the “Tamil people’s issues”, ad nauseum. It is long overdue for the TNA and its supporters to clearly spell out what these problems are. Without first identifying the problems, no one on earth can think of solutions.

In fact, many of the problems that the Tamils living in the North face today are of their own making. For a thirty year period, they overtly or covertly supported a megalomaniac who originated from the North and was hell bent on creating a mono-ethnic Eelam at any cost. In the process many Tamil lives ” both young and old ” were sacrificed and the infrastructure in the North was destroyed. The sleepers in the Northern railway were removed by him and his supporters to create bunkers and in the final stages of the war of liberation that the legal armed forces of the Sri Lanka government was compelled to undertake, the massive water tank at Killinochchi was destroyed by the LTTE.

The LTTE and its supporters abroad still have millions of dollars with them. As the money is not being spent at present on arms and explosives, it is being used to buy corrupt politicians, media persons and TV producers to give the LTTE’s version of what happened in Sri Lanka during the war. Readers were dished out “War without witnesses” by one of the western correspondents some time back, whereas the reports filed by the Indian Correspondent Muraly Reddy, who witnessed everything from the inside and who says that what he wrote could be despatched with no restriction whatsoever, are rarely mentioned by anyone.

It is time that the TNA stopped harping on the hackneyed themes of Tamil issues or Tamil problems. Instead of the money that is with the LTTE leaders who operate from the affluent countries being spent on politicians who are ready to sing for their supper, TNA could do well to get their colleagues to spend some of these millions of dollars in re-developing the North. Agricultural projects, food canning and garment factories are a few that appear feasible. Let the investors only employ Tamils, if that is what they want. Then, instead of spending a vast proportion, amounting to over 80%, of the budget of poor Sri Lanka in reconstruction of the North, as was done by the Sri Lanka government last year, such monies can be diverted to infrastructure development in the rest of the country.

Mandela’s anti-homeland nationalism reflects Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism -Part 1

December 25th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala

All shades of political opinion have rushed to claim the legacy of Nelson Mandela after his death than when he was alive. All of them hope that some of the saintly shine that glorifies Mandela will rub on them. In a sense, these claims by diverse actors in the political spectrum indicate that Mandela has suddenly become relevant to Sri Lankan politics. He, in fact, became relevant directly just shortly before his death when President Mahinda Rajapakse discussed with President Jacob Zuma of S. Africa at the last CHOGM in Colombo the applicability of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the post-Nandikadal search for reconciliation.

In S. Africa this Commission set up by Mandela went a long way not only to ease the tensions that had built up between the white minority and the black majority but also to put aside the bitter past in order to renew faith in a constructive future. It wasn’t a mechanism to dig into the wounds of the past to keep them bleeding like the beggar’s wound to exploit guilt or for vindictive political bargaining. It was not a means to point an accusing finger at one party or the other. Rather it was a means of bringing down the boiling temperature to a tolerable level where shattered lives could return to normalcy and move on to bigger and greater fields ahead.

The success of Mandela’s enlightened nationalism guiding a volatile ethnic volcano, with the polarized white and black extremists ruling the day, made him an outstanding political genius of the 20th century. Mandela’s biography, Long Walk to Freedom, reveals that he relied only on one uncompromising strategic ideology: pure African nationalism. Mandela categorically rejected the political interpretation of the Marxists who came with their text books crying that it was a class struggle. He grasped the realistic historical facts in which a white racist minority was oppressing a black majority with inhuman disregard for basic rights. He had his feet firmly rooted in the soil of Africa. He and his leading colleagues in the ANC were wary of imported theories peddled by Marxists and Western ideologues who were trying to hijack African nationalism from committed patriots like him.

His political philosophy determined his political strategies. His attitude towards other political parties is made quite  clear when  he wrote: “I was among the Youth Leaguers who were suspicious of the white left. Even though I had befriended many white communists, I was wary of white influence in the ANC, and I opposed joint campaigns with the party. I was concerned that the communists were intent on taking over our movement under the  guise of joint action. I believed that it was undiluted African nationalism, not Marxism or multi-racialism, that would liberate us. I even went as far as breaking up CP meetings by storming the stage, tearing up signs and capturing the microphone. At the national conference of the ANC in December, the Youth League introducing a motion demanding the expulsion of all members of the Communist Party, but we were soundly defeated. Despite the influence of the passive resistance campaign of 1946 had on me, I felt about the Indians the same way about the communists: that they would tend to dominate the ANC, in part because of their superior education, experience and training.” (p.124 ” Long Walk to Freedom, ABACUS, 1994).

In 1962 he was picked up by the S. African police when he was driving a car disguised as a chauffeur. According to the current correspondence in The New York Times the S. African intelligence was tipped off by CIA which had categorized him as a communist. It was the height of  the Cold War and the Americans viewed all nationalists as reds under their beds. Mandela was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment. What was thought to be victory for apartheid proved in the end to be the undoing of the  most  pernicious and oppressive regime structured by the White Man.

In short, he became the ultimate symbol of his people who trusted him as a passionate and uncompromising African nationalist. It won him the biggest political prize of his time. His overarching nationalism is revealed in his dealings with his nephew Daliwonga, a leading figure promoting separatist Bantustans, which was a ploy by the apartheid regime to split the unity of the rising nationalist movement. Referring to his discussion with Daliwonga he says unequivocally: “I did not want to complicate the discussion by introducing grand political theories. I would rely on common sense and the facts of our history.” (p. 215 ” Ibid). This fact does not leave room for Nietschean “interpretations”. Mandela and his fellow-nationalists viewed the grand imported theories as a ruse to subvert the nationalists fighting to liberate themselves not only from political oppression but also from the ideological an cultural cringe.

In his biography he makes it known that he was not for federalism or tribal claims for separate Bantustans, or for communism, or for imported Western ideologies. He fought within the Youth League to keep the tribal separatists fighting for their homelands, the Indians, the Communists, and the White Left, however well-meaning they were, as far away from ANC as possible. His goal was a united S. Africa under a unitary constitution led by the nationalists of the ANC. He saw through the maneuvers of Prime Ministers P. W. Botha and F. W. de Klerk for power sharing, or to reserve powers in the constitution for the white minority. He saw it as a devious mean to retain the grip of the minority on the levers of power.

The resistance of the  white minority rule was to stem the rising tide of black majority yearning to overthrow the colonial oppression first by the British and then by the Afrikaners, the descendants of the Dutch. The  white minority of Afrikaners was hanging on to the seats of power derived from a white colonial legacy. Analyzing the historical realities he informed P. W. Botha of where he stood: “I said the rejection of majority rule was a poorly disguised attempt to preserve power. I suggested he must face reality. ‘Majority rule and internal peace are like two sides of a single coin, and white South Africa simply has to accept that there will never be peace and stability in this country until this principle is fully applied.” (p. 654 ” Ibid).

He added: “At the end of the letter (to Botha) I offered a very rough framework for negotiations: Two political issues will have to be addressed; firstly, the demand for majority rule in a unitary state; secondly, the concern for white South Africa over the demand, as well, as the insistence of whites on structural guarantees that majority rule will not mean domination of the white minority by the blacks. The most crucial task which will face the government and the ANC will be to reconcile these two positions.” (Ibid).

Mandela’s nationalism was home-grown which like all other nationalist movements was opposed to outside intruders. The S. African government allowed foreign dignitaries to visit him to test his political nerve as well as his political ideology. On one occasion he told Prof. Samuel Dash of Georgetown University and Lord Bethell what his minimum conditions were. He wrote: “I laid out what I saw as the minimum for a future non-racial South Africa: a unitary state without homelands, non-racial elections for the Central Parliament and one-person one-vote. (pp. 619-620 ” Ibid).

He also defined his nationalism more  precisely when he was dealing with the Eminent Persons Group. He says: “Various members  of the group had concerns about my political ideology and what a South Africa under ANC leadership might look like. I told them I was  a South African nationalist, not a communist, and that nationalists  came  in every hue and colour, and that I was committed to a non-racial society.” (p. 629 — Ibid).

A comparative study of Mandela’s nationalism will confirm that his brand of nationalism did not differ from the other popular  nationalists who represented the will of the people. Besides, clearing the historical injustices left behind by the departing colonial masters was not an easy task for the leaders of  the new order. Managing the transition was a balancing act as tricky as that of walking a tight rope across the Niagra: one misstep and you plunge into the unmanageable turbulent waters.

At the heart of the transition period  was the critical issue of managing the privileged minority forces who were ruling the roost under the white man’s rule. The task before the new nationalist leaders was not only to overthrow the minority rulers dictating terms to majorities but also to dismantle constitutionally ” and sometimes by force ” the powers of oppressive colonial institutions and their allied agents, mostly minorities. Besides, adjusting historical injustices inflicted on the majority, who were denied their rightful place in the nations under colonialism, emerged as the most divisive issue. Mandela too had to face this issue. The dismantling of unjust and unfair privileges, perks, positions and power structures that gave the minority the upper hand over the majority was an inevitable and a necessary process to restore the lost rights of the majority and redress the historical injustices.

The passing of power from one entrenched  group to another is always a revolutionary moment ” a moment  pregnant with the  potential of erupting into resistance and violence. A privileged community seldom relinquishes power without resistance. Mandela was facing the unenviable task of dismantling the power bases of the most vicious racist elite who were a part and parcel of African soil. Unlike the colonial masters they had nowhere to go. S. Africa was their home. Simultaneously, Mandela had to fight every inch of  the way to prevent the white minority agitating for self-government, or having  reserve powers entrenched in the constitution either for power  sharing or gaining guarantees for them  to control the government through the back door. The subsequent reconciliation that averted a violent backlash came when the white minority in S. Africa accepted the democratic principle that a minority has no power to rule a majority.

The transition from colonialism to independence had its own pitfalls and risks. Various nationalist leaders handled it  their own way informed by the overwhelming historical forces released by the departing colonial masters. The most difficult task was to maintain, at any cost, the democratic process while redressing the historical imbalances with majorities and minorities crying foul at every turn of events.  Mandela had the backing of the majority and the moral force that came with it though the West interpreted his anti-white apartheid as a communist plot to overthrow the white  regime.

 Mandela had a clear vision of the white forces ranged against  him. He wrote: “The premise of apartheid was that the whites were superior to Africans, Coloured and Indians and the function of it was to entrench white supremacy forever. As the Nationalist put it, ‘Die wit man moet altyd bass wees.’ (The white man must always remain boss’)….The Dutch Reformed Church, which furnished apartheid with its religious underpinnings by suggesting that Afrikaners were God’s chosen people and that blacks were a subservient species. In the Afrikaner’s world view, apartheid and the church went hand in hand.”

In 1948 S. Africa took a vicious turn to racist extremism. The National Party, led by Daniel Malan, a former minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, “were a bitter party animated by bitterness ” bitterness towards the English, who had treated them as inferiors for decades, and bitterness towards the African, who the Nationalists believed was threatening the  prosperity and purity of Afrikaner culture…. Malan’s platform was known as apartheid (apartness) .” (p.127 ” Ibid.)

The fascist culture of the Nationalists was confirmed when they went out of the way to back the Nazis of Germany in World War II. They adopted  Hitler’s racism in toto. Mandela states: “The Nationalists’ slogan encapsulated their mission: ‘Eie volk, eie taal, eie land’ ” Our own people, our own language, our own land.” (p.128 ” Ibid.)  This populist slogan runs through as a common thread linking violent fascist movements in the West and the East.

In the same year, the Youth League reacted with a clear manifesto against the apartheid regime. It was a document that aimed at (a)  the overthrow of white domination, (b) rejected “the communist notion  that the Africans were oppressed primarily as an economic notion rather than as a race”, and (c) “creating a powerful national liberation movement under the banner of African nationalism and ‘led by African themselves’”. (p.129 ” Ibid).

However, “the document also spotlighted the push-and-pull between two rival theories of African nationalism, between the more extreme, Marcus Garvey-inspired, ‘Africa for the Africans’ nationalism and the Africanism  of the Youth League, which recognized that South Africa was a multiracial country…..The Youth League was marginally more friendly to  the Indians and the Coloureds, stating that Indians, like Africans were oppressed, but that Indians had India, a mother country that they could look to. The Coloureds, too, were oppressed, but unlike the Indians had no mother country except Africa. I was prepared to accept Indians and Coloureds provided they accepted our policies, but their interests were not identical with ours, and I doubted whether or not they could  truly embrace our  cause.” (p. 129 ” Ibid.)

By now the readers who are familiar with the evolution of our post-independent era would have recognized the similarities between Mandela’s African nationalism and that of the nation-builders like D. S. Senanayake and S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike. S. African nationalism and Sri Lankan nationalism clearly had run on parallel lines. The irony is that Mandela’s nationalism is hailed as a model while Sri Lankan nationalism, led primarily by the Sinhala-Buddhist majority, is denigrated as “chauvinism”.  More of this in the next installment.

Try Buddha’s eightfold path to restore amity and sanity

December 25th, 2013

By Shelton A. Gunaratne -professor emeritus in communication(1)

Eastern philosophies, particularly Buddhism, have caught the attention of the American public even though the U.S. mass media have failed to highlight this processual development.

Although some might construe Buddhism as an Oriental intrusion intended to discombobulate the predominantly Judeo-Christian culture of the Occident, those who revere the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are most likely to appreciate the contribution that Buddhism could make to remove the mental fetters that have caused much agony and discontentment (dukkha) among people living in a society driven by excessive materialism.

The Union-Tribune San Diego has estimated that in 2012 the United States had 1.2 million Buddhists, of whom 40 percent lived in Southern California. This number does not represent conversions from Abrahamic religions to Buddhism. Rather, it reflects the religion of the East Asians””primarily Chinese and Japanese””who migrated to the U.S. since the mid-19th century, and the influx of South and Southeast Asians following the abolition of the National Origins Formula in 1965.

Some authorities speculate that the number of American Buddhists to be more like 4 million.  This is entirely possible because many Americans who have adopted Buddhist practices do not to identify themselves as Buddhists. Buddhism does not require formal conversion and allegiance to Buddha, who realized Nibbana (cessation of cyclic existence) upon reaching Enlightenment””knowledge of the Four Noble Truths.

The goal of a Buddhist is to realize Nibbana (Sanskrit: Nirvana) that Buddhist scholar Lily de Silva describes as “a state to be attained here and now in this very life and not a state to be attained only after death.”

Nibbana is the state of the mind resulting from uprooting the three poisons or unwholesome roots called kleshas: ignorance (avijja), clinging (upadana) and craving (tanha)””later extended to 10 defilements by the commentators to include hate (dosa), greed (lobha), delusion (moha), conceit (mana), wrong views (mitccaditthi), doubt (vicikiccha), torpor (thinam), restlessness (uddaccam), shamelessness (ahinkam), and recklessness (anottampam).

The crux of Buddhism is wrapped up in the Four Noble Truths:

1. The truth that life in the world is dukkha (suffering, distress, unsatisfactoriness, etc., associated with birth, old age, sickness and death).

2. The truth of the arising (samudaya) of dukkha, the main cause of which is ignorance (avijja) conditioned by desire (tanha) and other defilements.

3. The truth of the cessation (nirodha) of dukkha.

4.  The truth of the way (magga) that leads to the cessation of dukkha.
Thus, the Buddhist’s goal is to follow the Noble Eightfold Path (or the magga or the fourth noble truth). The magga provides a set of

  • Three principles for cultivating moral/ethical living (sila dimension): right speech (vaca), right action (kammanta), and right livelihood (ajiva).
  • Three methods of meditation (samadhi dimension) to purify the mind: right effort (vayama), right mindfulness (sati), and right concentration (samadhi).
  •  Two mental steps (pa±±Ä dimension) essential to become an arhant, “a perfect one” thereby ending dukkha to realize Nibbana/Enlightenment: right understanding (ditthi), and right intention (sankappa).

The Four Noble Truths (including the Noble Eightfold Path) is the foundation of all three major schools of Buddhism””Theravada (in South and Southeast Asia), Mahayana (in East Asia) and Vajrayana (in Tibet, Bhutan and Mongolia). The differences have arisen because of adjustments to culture in the practicing countries.

All elements in the magga are interdependent, interconnected and interactive as in any living system. Thus, Buddha emphasized the need to cultivate all eight elements of the eightfold path simultaneously.

The Sila dimension of the magga provides a magnificent code of conduct for the international journalistic community.  The responsibility of implementing this code lies with the journalist himself or herself, and not with a press council, an ombudsman or an editor. The magga provides the middle path between any two extremes as understood in the yin-yang dichotomy in Daoism.

In a secular sense, the samadhi dimension of the magga empowers the journalist to make sound decisions on the ethical aspects of managerial demands, advertiser pressure, and the complications arising from the rise of citizen journalism and machine-produced copy in the digital age. Any adherent from any religion could practice the eightfold path and enjoy the bliss of mental purity to realize the ineluctable Nibbana.

(1) The writer, a professor emeritus in communication, conducts a Buddhist discussion group in Moorhead, Minn., every second Saturday of the month.

British PM Cameron’s gimmicks in Sri Lanka exposed in Tamil Web site

December 25th, 2013

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

 During the CHOGM in Sri Lanka, some British papers gave full publicity to PM Cameron’s gimmicks in Sri Lanka. He was keen
to be in the North than to participate in the summit. One paper carried a photo of him with Tamils with the heading, ‘Tamils praise Cameron as a god’. Another said, ‘Cameron had heated discussion with the President of Sri Lanka’. And so on.

Now Cameron had been exposed in a Tamil Website named ‘ Athirvu’. According to the website, a Sri Lankan Tamil by the name of Subaskaran Aliraja who owns a Telephone Co in the UK called ‘Lyce mobile’ had funded the Conservative party at the last elections. Therefore obviously, he is indebted to the Tamil diaspora. The website had reported that Subaskaran had donated 420,000 sterling pounds to the Conservative party. So the website claims that Cameron’s gimmicks about Tamils in the North and steering anti Sri Lanka propaganda while in Sri Lanka  had been at the behest of Subaskaran.

Treatment of Minority in India

December 25th, 2013

By Afshain Afzal

The state citizens of disputed Jammu and Kashmir are not Indian nationals and are struggling for their independence from the Indian illegal occupation of their state. Jammu and Kashmir state is among those numerous independent states of British India who were forcibly included in Indian union without any legal provision. Struggle for independence is their fundamental and legitimate right guaranteed by United Nations but a drama is being staged as if internal unrest in India is linked with freedom struggle in held Jammu and Kashmir state, insurgency in the North East and left wing movement in the country.

In a recent statement, Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief disclosed, “The spread of Indian Mujahideen (IM) is the biggest threat to Indian internal security”. A week earlier, while addressing a three-day conference of Directors General of Police (DGPs) he dubbed members of IM as terrorists and declared the organization as threat to the world peace.

Interestingly, the worthy well informed Intelligence chief failed to realize that Indian Mujahedeen are Indian nationals and his statement would be an evidence that proves that home-grown terrorism comes from within India. One wonders how New Delhi could miss another opportunity to blame neighbouring Pakistan and freedom struggle in Jammu and Kashmir state behind the acts of terrorism in India.

It appears that there is a communication gap between New Delhi and its Intelligence network as IM has nothing to do with independence movement in Jammu and Kashmir. It seems that the statement has been propagated to hide the series of terrorist acts carried out by Hindu extremist groups, who have already made confession before Indian courts with regard to their involvement in Mumbai, Bangalore, Nandand, Samjhota Express and other bomb blasts.

Confessing Indian home-grown terrorism, Indian Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde claimed, “The terror outfit IM is responsible for three out of four terror attacks that have taken place in the country this year while the forth blast that took place in Bangalore was the handiwork of some misguided Indian fundamentalist belonging to Al-Ummah outfit”. The Home Minister pronounced, “India is facing multifarious challenges on the internal security front in the form of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir insurgency in some parts of the North East, the threat of left wing extremism and terrorism in hinterland of the country”. In other words, the Minister has admitted that terrorists behind Hyderabad twin blasts, explosions in Bodhgaya, Patna and Bangalore were carried out by Indian home grown terrorists.

In the same regard, Indian government claims major breakthrough in fight against terrorism by arresting hundreds of Indian terrorists in order to bring them to justice. With all the respect for Indian IB’s judgement in differentiating between freedom struggle, insurgency and terrorism, how they term Kashmiris’ links with Kashmiris across the Line of Control (LOC) in Pakistan as insurgency, when right of self determination of Kashmiris on both sides of LOC have been recognized by UNSC’s resolutions. No doubt, the artificial LOC cannot stop the Kashmiris including the minority to visit their own land on the other side.

During the recent Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) at New Delhi, top Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani as well as other Kashmiri leaders of repute met the Pakistani delegation and demanded a resolution on the Kashmir issue. Although, under the mutual agreement between the representatives of Hindus (All India National Congress) and Muslims (All India Muslim League) on partition, state of Jammu and Kashmir as well as other independent states were to be dealt vide Cabinet Mission Plan but in 1955 India backed out from the agreement and illegally announced held Jammu and Kashmir state as integral part of India.

The Resolutions of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed in 1948 and 1949, accepting the right of self determination of Kashmiris through plebiscite were also not honoured by New Delhi. Criticizing meeting of Kashmiris with their Pakistani brothers on the sidelines of ASEM, Indian puppet Chief Minister of disputed Jammu and Kashmir state, Omar Abdullah while dubbing Kashmiris as enemies of India said, “The biggest misfortune of Kashmiris is that our enemies are not outside our state, we ourselves are our enemies.” The Kashmiris are behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ but how long the civilized countries of the world and International humanitarian organizations would ignore right of elf-determination of these Indian black propaganda ridden state citizens, internationally recognized as refugees.

It is interesting to note that Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh in his address to the UN General Assembly this year pronounced UN Resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir outdated, asked Pakistan to shut down terrorist machinery on its soil and said that there can be no compromise on the territorial integrity of India of which Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part. He said, “State-sponsored cross-border terrorism is of particular concern to India, also on account of the fact that the epicentre of terrorism in our region is located in our neighbourhood in Pakistan.” If we analyse the statement of Chief Minister of disputed Jammu and Kashmir state we would come to the conclusion that Kashmiris who vow for the right of self-determination on the basis of UNSC resolutions are treated as enemies of India,    “… our enemies are not outside our state, we ourselves are our enemies.” One wonders why India fails to track back her own statements about its home grown terrorism and malign Pakistan for terrorism on India soil at international forums and platforms. It has become a routine for Indian leaders visiting foreign countries during conferences, seminars, workshops and high level visits to malign Pakistan for her own misdeeds but this time they have crossed all limits and dubbed their own Muslim minority as terrorists.

The international intelligence community has been so much brainwashed by Indian agencies and leadership that they are unable to distinguish between persons holding hard-line beliefs for independence and terrorists. It is an open secret that the Indian Army Northern Command and Para Military Forces have been tasked by New Delhi to hunt Kashmiris in fake encounters and operations, just like wild rabbits, in order to prove their link with other half of their state in Pakistan. Kashmir living in Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir state are lucky that their state is not under the Indian Union otherwise their fate would not have been different from Indian Muslims who are dubbed as Indian Mujahideen.

New Delhi is much perturbed as Indian terrorists have penetrated in a number of foreign countries including Gulf and neighbouring South Asia states. According to an estimate, alone in Pakistan, over 4.8 million Indian national are residing illegally. Most of them penetrated illegally after 1972 and many of them have even arranged computerized national identity cards to evade their illegality and are in occupation of abandoned properties. In the recent past, on the request of Indian government, Saudi Arabia has deported three wanted Indian terrorists, who have been identified as Abu Jundal, who was involved in Mumbai attack, IM activist Fasih Mohammed, who was involved in Delhi and Bangalore blasts and another terrorist Abdur Rayees, who was involved in  2009 explosive haul case in Kerala. Few day back New Delhi has again requested Saudi Arabia to deport a group of another four Indian terrorists, who entered Saudi Arabia on Indian passports.  The said so called terrorists are claimed to have been involved in bomb blasts Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi. It has also come also come to light that a number of Indian terrorists have been successful in acquiring Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali passports to operate their terrorist activities from other countries. One wonders how a country like India can dreams permanent seat in UNSC when it dubs its own Muslim minority as terrorists and is not ready to honour UNSC resolutions.

afshain@hotmail.com

Newton was born on Christmas, but Jesus was not.

December 25th, 2013

by A. Abdul Aziz.

Most of the Christians in the world are celebrating Christmas, on December 25.

The Orthodox Christians in Russia will be celebrating Christmas on January 7th.  There is a 40-day Lent preceding Christmas Day, when practicing Christians do not eat any meat. The Lent period ends with the first star in the night sky on January 6 ” a symbol of Jesus Christ’s birth. Many Orthodox Christians go to the church to attend a Christmas liturgy that evening.

The Coptic Church will also celebrate Christmas on January 7th.  One of the Coptic website states:

The earliest known indication to such a celebration comes in a passing statement by St. Clement of Alexandria who mentions that the Egyptians of his time celebrated the Lord’s birth on May 20. At the end of the 3rd century, the Western Churches celebrated it in the winter, and this was only accepted in Rome in the middle of the 4th century.

 No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! No date is given in the Bible, so why is it celebrated on the 25th December? The early Christians certainly had many arguments as to when it should be celebrated! Also, the birth of Jesus probably didn’t happen in the year 1 AD but slightly earlier, somewhere between 2 BC and 7 BC (there isn’t a 0 AD ” the years go from 1 BC to 1 AD!).

Jesus’ birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar which corresponds to January in the modern-day Georgian calendar. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near Southern Solstice (i.e., the Roman Writer Solstice); a further Solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse[a] identifying Jesus as the “Sun of righteousness.”

The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336 AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica:

The early Christian community distinguished between the identification of the date of Jesus’ birth and the liturgical celebration of that event. The actual observance of the day of Jesus’ birth was long in coming. In particular, during the first two centuries of Christianity there was strong opposition to recognizing birthdays of martyrs or, for that matter, of Jesus. Numerous Church Fathers offered sarcastic comments about the pagan custom of celebrating birthdays when, in fact, saints and martyrs should be honoured on the days of their martyrdom””their true “birthdays,” from the church’s perspective.

 The precise origin of assigning December 25 as the birth date of Jesus is unclear. The New Testament provides no clues in this regard. December 25 was first identified as the date of Jesus’ birth by Sextus Julius Africanus in 221 and later became the universally accepted date. One widespread explanation of the origin of this date is that December 25 was the Christianizing of the dies solis invicti nati (“day of the birth of the unconquered sun”), a popular holiday in the Roman Empire that celebrated the winter solstice as a symbol of the resurgence of the sun, the casting away of winter and the heralding of the rebirth of spring and summer. Indeed, after December 25 had become widely accepted as the date of Jesus’ birth, Christian writers frequently made the connection between the rebirth of the sun and the birth of the Son. One of the difficulties with this view is that it suggests a nonchalant willingness on the part of the Christian church to appropriate a pagan festival when the early church was so intent on distinguishing itself categorically from pagan beliefs and practices.

 The Holy Quran, however, describes the season, when Jesus, (may peace be on him) was born.  In a chapter named after Jesus’ mother, the Holy Quran describes angel visiting mother Mary, when she gave birth to Jesus and reassured her and guided her in these words:

Then he (angel) called her (Mary) from beneath her, saying, ‘Grieve not. Thy Lord has placed a rivulet below thee; and shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree; it will cause fresh ripe dates to fall upon thee.  So eat and drink, and cool thy eye.’ (Al Quran 19:25-27)

So, according to the literal word of God, the Holy Quran, Jesus was born, when dates are ripe in the Middle East, which is not December or January.

In short, there is controversy about, when Jesus was born and when Christmas should be celebrated.  But, one thing is certain that Sir Isaac Newton was born on December 25, 1642.

Alexander Pope composed a couplet, in honor of Newton.  In one line he raised Newton’s status to God sent. He said:

Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in Night. God said, ‘Let Newton be!’ and all was light!

 The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History is a 1978 book by Michael H. Hart, reprinted in 1992 with revisions. It is a ranking of the 100 people who, according to Hart, most influenced human history.[1] 

“The 100”³ is perhaps one of the greatest books on the analysis of history ever written.  He has sold more than 500,000 copies and the book has been translated into 15 languages.  The first person on Hart’s list is the Prophet of Islam Muhammad. Hart asserted that Muhammad was “supremely successful” in both the religious and secular realms. He also believed that Muhammad’s role in the development of Islam was far more influential than Jesus’ collaboration in the development of Christianity. He attributes the development of Christianity to St. Paul, who played a pivotal role in its dissemination.  Another person, who supersedes Jesus, may peace be on him, in influence over the world, according to this book, is none other than Sir Isaac Newton.

The disciples of Jesus had prayed for Allah’s blessings, not only for their own generation, but for generations to come for centuries.  Their prayers were granted and it is recorded in the Holy Quran:

When the disciples said, ‘O Jesus, son of Mary, is thy Lord able to send down to us a table spread with food from heaven?’ he said, ‘Fear Allah, if you are believers.’

They said, ‘We desire that we may eat of it, and that our hearts be at rest and that we may know that thou hast spoken truth to us, and that we may be witnesses thereto.’

Said Jesus, son of Mary, ‘O Allah, our Lord, send down to us a table from heaven spread with food that it may be to us a festival, to the first of us and to the last of us, and a Sign from Thee; and provide sustenance for us, for Thou art the Best of sustainers.’

Allah said, ‘Surely, I will send it down to you, but whosoever of you disbelieves afterwards ”” I will surely punish them with a punishment.’ (Al Quran 5:113-116)

 Sir Isaac Newton was indeed a fulfillment of those prayers of Jesus and his early disciples.

He was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (“Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”), first published in 1687, laid the foundations for most of classical mechanics. Newton also made seminal contributions to optics and shares credit with  Gottfried Leibniz for the invention of the  infinitesimal calculus.

Newton’s Principia formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation that dominated scientists’ view of the physical universe for the next three centuries. It also demonstrated that the motion of objects on the Earth and that of celestial bodies could be described by the same principles. By deriving Kepler’s laws of planetary motion from his mathematical description of gravity, Newton removed the last doubts about the validity of the heliocentric  model of the cosmos.

Newton’s monument (1731) can be seen in Westminster Abbey, at the north of the entrance to the choir against the choir screen, near his tomb. The monument features a figure of Newton reclining on top of a sarcophagus, his right elbow resting on several of his great books and his left hand pointing to a scroll with a mathematical design. The Latin inscription on the base translates as:

Here is buried Isaac Newton, Knight, who by a strength of mind almost divine, and mathematical principles peculiarly his own, explored the course and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, the tides of the sea, the dissimilarities in rays of light, and, what no other scholar has previously imagined, the properties of the colours thus produced. Diligent, sagacious and faithful, in his expositions of nature, antiquity and the holy Scriptures, he vindicated by his philosophy the majesty of God mighty and good, and expressed the simplicity of the Gospel in his manners. Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race! He was born on 25 December 1642, and died on 20 March 1726/7. ”” Translation from G.L. Smyth, The Monuments and Genii of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and of Westminster Abbey (1826), ii, 703”4.

From 1978 until 1988, an image of Newton designed by Harry Ecclestone appeared on Series D £1 banknotes issued by the Bank of England (the last £1 notes to be issued by the Bank of England). Newton was shown on the reverse of the notes holding a book and accompanied by a telescope, a prism and a map of the Solar System.

A statue of Isaac Newton, looking at an apple at his feet, can also be seen at the Oxford University Museum of Natural history.

Christmas began to be widely celebrated with a specific liturgy in the 9th century but did not attain the liturgical importance of either Good Friday or Easter, the other two major Christian holidays.

With half of the population in Europe becoming agnostic and atheist, in the Western Europe, with their emphasis on science, it may be relevant to include Sir Isaac Newton’s birthday as part of Christmas celebrations, so people of other faiths and no faith can fully participate in the celebrations of the holidays in December.

Merry Christmas and happy Newton’s birthday!

Source: The Muslim Times, U.S.A.

CAMERON, TORIES FUNDED BIG BY DIASPORA

December 24th, 2013

Courtesy The Daily News

Conservative party given 420,000 Sterling Pounds:
British PM’s Jaffna visit at behest of Subaskaran Allirajah:

Funding for the British ruling coalition partner, the Conservative Party and the indebtedness of British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Tamil Diaspora has been exposed by a Tamil language website — Athirvu.

The website points out that Sri Lankan born Subaskaran Allirajah, the founder and owner of British telephone company Lycamobile, is the second largest provider of funds to the Conservative Party and hence David Cameron acts as ‘an instrument of the Tamil Diaspora and against the Sri Lankan government.’

The website disclosed that Subaskaran substantially funds the British Conservative Party and points out that Subaskaran gave 420,000 Sterling Pounds to the Conservative Party as a one-off donation. The website claims that he has given over 20 million Sterling Pounds to the Prince Charles Foundation as well. The article claims that David Cameron’s visit to Jaffna and his statements against the Sri Lankan government were made at the behest of Subaskaran. It points out Cameron’s Jaffna visit was facilitated by the Ganam Foundation established by Subaskaran in Jaffna to steer their anti-Sri Lankan government activities.

Courtesy: news.lk

- See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/local/cameron-tories-funded-big-diaspora#sthash.z5CqkudH.dpuf

Where is the human compassion for Animals at Christmas

December 24th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

Except Buddhism and Jainism all other religious festivities are celebrated by denying the life of animals. Buddhists and Jains are the only religions that has festivities without culling animals as sacrifice or for food. Celebrations for Abrahamic religions of Christianity and Islam means to slaughter animals and deny them their right to life so that human beings enjoy their right to rejoice. Thus throughout the year, every celebration has meant millions and millions of animals being slaughtered to be consumed as food.

The 5th commandment says ‘you shall not kill’ does this then not refer to animals? The Roman Catholic Church permits and supports slaughter of animals for food. If animals are created by God, just as man is, where does it say that animals are to be sacrificed? How did the RCC determine that animals were created to be consumed as meat? Is it because the Church excommunicated vegetarians in the 6th century AD? Those who became vegetarians in order to save animals from slaughter were sent to hell to suffer everlasting torment while those who tortured animals were rewarded with heaven.

The Church supports stockbreeding which is also a key component of environmental pollution as an enormous amount of greenhouses gases are released from the livestock industry which are 18% higher than what issues from transportation. These greenhouse effects eventually causes floods, hurricanes, droughts and other forms of disasters we see rising all over the world. The Church should seriously address their role in helping these disasters by encouraging stockbreeding. It may be a better option to encourage compassion towards animals as it would also save the environment. Moreover, consumption of meat has been the cause of a rise in a number of diseases amongst humans and these are affecting people’s health and their purses.

What does Christmas means for animals?

Approximately 20million turkeys are killed in the UK each year and around a third of them are slaughtered for the Christmas table. Britain’s biggest turkey producer processes 100 birds a minute in the run-up to the festivities

The majority (90%) of turkeys reared for their meat are kept in windowless sheds, with some containing as many as 25,000 birds. Turkeys have to endure a number of routine mutilations, such as beak trimming and toe cutting. Beak trimming is mostly carried out to prevent or control behaviour which could result in injury. It involves slicing off about one-third of the beak, usually with a red hot blade when the turkey is around five days old (breeders may be de-beaked again at 14 to 18 weeks). This can be extremely painful for the bird and studies on de-beaked chickens have shown pain to be prolonged and perhaps indefinite. The natural lifespan of a wild turkey is around 10 years, but they are normally slaughtered between 9 and 24 weeks old, depending on the size of bird being produced.

Around 9.8 million pigs were slaughtered in the UK in 2011. 2m Pigs are reared primarily for bacon, ham, pork and sausages. Sows are first mated when they are six to eight months old, with the majority of sows in the UK being serviced by artificial insemination.

Geese are bred for their meat, feathers and fat, with around 15 million geese and ducks killed in the UK in 2011

In all, 62 billion animals died to feed Americans in 2010.
Over a lifetime, this amounts to 16,000 animals per meat eater.

An article written by Deborah Jones titled ‘Christmas without cruelty’ http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/articles-christmas.html calls upon people to refrain from killing animals

What a witness it would be to the birth of the Prince of Peace if all Christians were to desist from colluding in the slaughter of millions of fellow sentient creatures – and replace the ‘Christmas’ turkey/goose/duck with a perfectly delicious vegetarian alternative.’

Her message is one that all Christians may like to read:

But the Bible has to be seen in its entirety. It has been put together as a collection of writings with a beginning, a middle and an end. Creation and the Garden of Eden mark the beginning; the coming of Christ on earth is the central event; and finally, there is the revelation of a new creation, when Christ will come again at the end of time. The natural world, so damaged by sin and destruction, is to be wonderfully renewed and the original harmony restored ‘at the end of time’. This new creation, the kingdom of God in its fullness, is to be one of justice, love and peace.

A sign of that kingdom to come is to live as if it were already here – in other words, to live lives of justice, love and peace. To take part in the deliberate killing of any part of creation, especially for the excuse of simply ‘liking the taste’ of a dead animal or bird, is a sign, not of the Kingdom, but of this fallen, sinful world.

One principle which most people, Christian or not, would support is that we should try to ensure that the least harm is committed in the world, the least violence inflicted and the least stress and pain suffered as possible. So it is consistent to propose that, where plants can serve human need, plants, not animals, should be destroyed for food.

The refusal to kill and eat animals has a long Christian tradition. The early monastic movement embraced total abstinence from meat. The monks modelled their lifestyle on Jesus’ forty day sojourn in the wilderness, which he spent peaceably in the company of ‘the wild beasts’. As Athanasius said of Antony of Egypt: ‘His food was bread and salt, and for drinking he took only water. There is no reason even to speak of meat and wine, when indeed such a thing was not found among the other zealous men.’ St Ambrose’s  homilies on Genesis included the following exhortation: ‘We ought to be content to live on simple herbs, on cheap vegetables and fruits such as nature has presented to us and the generosity of God has offered to us.’ Such a modest life-style would also be good for the environment and for enabling more of the world’s poor to have enough to eat. It would even benefit the health service, as the over-consumption of meat, dairy and fatty products is one source of poor health in the prosperous West.

In terms of rights, I propose that the right to choose to eat animals simply for pleasure, for taste or by convention should give way to the duty to preserve the life of animals; and the right to produce animals for meat should give way to the duty to provide sufficient healthy food for the world’s entire human population. For anyone who does claim the right to kill animals for food, Dr Marie Hendrickx, a leading Vatican theologian, asks:

“Does the right to use animals for food imply the right to raise chickens in tiny cages where they live in a space smaller than a notebook? Or calves in compartments where they can never move about or see the light? Or to keep sows pinned by iron rings in a feeding position to allow a series of piglets to suck milk constantly and thus grow faster?”

The birth of the Christ-child at Bethlehem inaugurated a whole new creation: the Kingdom of God to be experienced in its fullness by the whole of creation. In acts of loving-kindness, in gentleness, in beauty, in compassion, we can glimpse facets of this new creation. Let us celebrate Christ’s birth in a manner consonant with the values of the Kingdom; let it not be the cause of yet more suffering, more blood shed, more cruelty. Let this year see a bloodless, happy Christmas for all God’s creatures. We can pray that this is so.

LEAVE ANIMALS ALONE

December 24th, 2013

Shripal Nishshanka

Every moving being has its own right to live in this world equally.  The days are well gone if we think that some animals are ‘created’ for the benefit of the mankind. Those believers can be also categorized as part of cannibals. 

The lust for the meat of animals is interpreted in many ways. If any patient is said to consume any animal food, then definitely there is some problem with the practitioner.  The food chain starts from plants. So how come there is no natural medicine for any illness or sickness?

The unseen energy or the spirit exhausting from the slaughtered animal has a momentum. There is no need of any theory to prove that as it is common sense.  Consumers of meat products contribute to a gravel sin and that performed energy has a value of negative or below zero.

The best thing a human being can do in this world is to acquire and accumulate positive energies (merits in other worlds) so that the next form of life or after the death is absolutely peaceful.

Let us be free from animal products from this holiday season onwards.

LOOKING AHEAD AT 2014

December 23rd, 2013

By  Gomin Dayasri

 In a Rajapakse almanac, a general or presidential election is an event slotted to a season of festivity ” to sync with times of good cheer when the spirits are soaring and money jingles in the pocket with allowances, bonuses and advances. So, 2014 maybe the election year or become the year that leaps to an election in 2015.

 Stimulating elections according to a successful doctrine is likely between New Year (April 2014) and Wesak (May 2014) or weighted between Christmas (December 2014) and New Year (April 2015). Though it would truncate his present term: those lost days can be tagged to the succeeding term from a judgment in court.

  Mahinda Rajapakse will advance elections to calibrate it to a climate in a manageable economy on the polling date. His concerns would be (a) economy (b) northern nationalism and the (c) outcome in Geneva in March 2014. He could adroitly convert (b) and (c) to his advantage.

 Bashings by the West/India/TNA make a stressed nation rally around the national flag that features the portly figure of Mahinda Rajapakse than the iconic lion emblem – much to his vantage. He does need fear are the economic sanctions that might be imposed, wistfully, seeking a regime change. Before it impacts, elections will be held according to a Rajapakse calendar featuring the pin up boy in many poses. Sanctions take time to materialize. A government heavily into the bond market should fear a hasty manipulated recall according to western dictates-that would surely hurt.

 Government picked its candidate with the 18th Amendment jettisoning the two-term presidency and kick-started the campaign with the Budget in November 2013. An early start can make a campaign look stale at the time it need peak. Flip side is an election can be positioned instantly for the most favorable moment as the candidate is on the campaign trail.

 One thing is for sure ” UNP cannot afford to forfeit the presidential election twice and remain a credible alternate government- a man in a green shirt has to emerge. Green tunic comes easier than finding a suitable wearer. Slotting late has pitfalls if deep rifts surface again, on an eve to an election, to spell doom.

 A maverick candidate from the south is a certainty- inserted as a spoiler to split and extract the Sinhala Buddhist bulk protest vote and siphon it off Rajapakse’s traditional winning slate. Yet such a spoiler can drain much of the dissatisfied UNP vote, unless the UNP nominee is not well ahead.  It happened when the JHU won 10 seats in 2005 picking the UNP’s middle class disenchanted vote. A spoiler candidate is likely to pick votes from both camps and end as a non-entity; but a wild card act is hard to sustain in a presidential election- easier at a general election.

  A relevant factor in the equation is the substantially orchestrated vote from the North/East flowing after a long duration that is assuredly anti”government and will tilt towards a formidable southern candidate appealing to Tamil sentiments. UNP will target this vote that can be a bounty or if mishandled backfire in the South. Rajapakse will have to build formidable majorities in the Southern districts to cover the emerging threat from North/East. Northern vote has been reduced with many taking residence elsewhere the majorities can be wiped out with a strong southern showingelsewhere.  UNP stands to gain in a close call. Though the image of a war hero fades with time, President’s charisma stands strong.

  Coming results of the elections to the Western Provincial Council is the trend-setter to the future where economic hardship hurt the urban people most, where voters are conscious and concerned of bribery and corruption living in the midst of the opinion makers and is the homeland of the UNP where the minority vote can swing marginal electorates and trading community is present in abundance-both leaning towards the opposition. It’s bound to be a prelude to a national election in a pulse checking operation of the people. If the UNP is to make an impact in the coming elections, they need win or be beaten by a whisker in the Western Province to set the momentum. Southern Province will reflect whether the majorities obtained are sufficient for the President to offset the North/East vote.

 Beneath it all, is the economic well being of the people. Urban population bares great strain but eases it with their own skills making homes an business haven of many ventures as reflected in the numerous commercial sign boards displaying services held out as cottage industry. This is absent in the North because of the social backwardness of an enterprising community reawakening after a long internment that gassed them to sleep and presented a lost generation.

 This upward mobility in the South has contributed greatly in making Sri Lanka a truly middle-income nation with several family members becoming contributors to the household income. Number of vehicles that congest roads ”motorcycles, three wheelers, light vehicles and vans- reflect it. Yet the cost of living has reached unbearable levels for the fixed wage earners that form the bulk of the urban lower middle class, which delivered a motivated patriotic vote after the war. Still, if economic conditions toughen in the coming months the mood will change. Economy will remain cosmetically rigged until the twin elections are over-thunderbolts will strike thereafter.

 By holding the Commonwealth Conference in Colombo we unnecessarily re- focused the spotlight on Sri Lanka. Cameron deserves the local battering received ” yet it will make Britain more determined to press for international inquiry in 2014 after the lashing. Supporting encores will be received from India, Europe, and U.S.A and South American states with a liberal outlook on human rights. It will be the toughest test we will encounter and to make it worse our Foreign Ministry is not alive to the task; spending their time jetting around seeing the wonders of the world. Importance is to place the impending danger on a slow track by diplomatic maneuvers and attend to the necessary domestic chores at home however belatedly and make the hands of our friendly nations stronger to defend us. Instead we behave like a bunch of mixed-up morons.  

 North bewilders a government unable to distinguish Northern nationalism from the TNA’s quest to lead to separatism.

 Northern nationalism emanates from the bosom of the people in the search of ethnic value, belief, tradition and vision; on another plateau, TNA is fostering disharmony exploiting northern nationalism to a forbidden pitch to create ethic rifts on which they hope to thrive. TNA is a party of many shades of political ideology where eventually a moderate Wigneswaran has already morphed into a radical Sridharan since he is an odd man out without a political base (Had Wigneswaram being out of politics he could have contributed much with his intellectual ideology in fostering ethnic harmony- now a square peg in a round hole)) Till the government comprehends the true spirit of northern nationalism – the aspiration of the bulk of the peninsula that shudders of a thought of igniting terrorism again; and are helpless with the TNA still pursuing separatism. Government will continue to play blind mans puff attending to wayward development without adding value to the personal economy of the individual. It will incur great expenditure to which the flow of votes will not be proportionate. Much of it originates due to intellectual incapacity.  

 Difference lies with the Lankan voter whose gratitude and obligation is more steadfast than the British who booted Churchill after winning the war. It has much to do with the Sinhala Buddhist civilization of amiable tolerance and lasting gratitude until the tiger is at the gate and lived for ages on the splendor and grandeur of the past and thrives presently on living with with glory and pride after winning the war: a view that has permeated to the patriotic Christian/Islamic population. After 30 years of war, people know the difference between those who brought peace and ended terrorism and those who cohabit with foreign forces trying to disgrace an emerging nation. The state of the economy lies in between and could make the difference.

 It is the state of mind of the people at election time that matters in a coming election year. 

Chief Minister Wigneswaran against ‘Sinhalization’ of the North and East.

December 23rd, 2013

by Charles.S.Perera

Chief Minister of NP C.V.Wigneswaran speaking at the AGM of the  Sarvodaya Movement had said that the people in the North are not against the Sinhala per se, but against “Sinhalization ” of the North and East.  Gihan Nicholas of Ceylon Today,  had qualified it as a “bold statement”, but coming from Mr.Wigneswaran, it is the most  “cowardly statement” he has made.

 Because the two sons of the Chief Minister Wigneswaran are married to two Sinhala women, therefore it is perfectly in order to ask him whether  his two  sons have been Sinhalized or his two daughters-in-law got Tamilized ? 

 I am sure they live in perfect  coexistence with plenty of  love,  with the two sons of Wigneswaran remaining Tamil,  and  his two daughters-in-laws remaining Sinhala.  We wish them  and their children all the happiness.

One of my best friends was a Tamil  and he was married to a beautiful Sinhala woman.  They were the most happiest of couples I had met. My friend remained Tamil(until he died recently) and his wife remains Sinhala.

The CM Wigneswaran is an ideal person if he wants to, to reconcile the Tamils and the Sinhala and bring in more Sinhala to settle in the North, to make him more at home in an environment  in the North similar to that of the South of Sri Lanka where he was born and lived all his life.  CM Wigneswaran is a perfect example to make the Tamils in the North not to fear “Sinhalization” of the North by the Sinhala people coming to reside side by side  with them .

In speaking at the AGM of the Sarvodaya he seemed to have forgotten that fact.  He also has forgotten that having been born in the South, living  with the Sinhala people, studying with the Sinhala students, working with the Sinhala, and  living side by side with the Sinhala families he has not been Sinhalized, and is very much a Tamil, like Sampanthan, Santhiran, Sivajilingam, Anandi Sasitharan,  and all the rest of them.

There are more than 55 percent of the Tamil population living in the South, they have their, Kovils, residential homes, Commercial Units, Restaurants etc but the South has  not become Tamilized, nor have the Tamils in the South become Sinhalized,  or the Sinhala people Tamilized.

So what does this “bold Statement ” of the Chief Minister of Northern Province mean ?  He is speaking like a man who has been brainwashed by the TNA and hence forgotten his anticedents.

Perhaps it may be another way of taunting the Sinhala going on the old adage “Sinhalaya modaya. ”   No more Mr. Wigneswaran, the Sinhala will suffer indignities to a point but not beyond that, you can be sure.

 The CM NP Wigneswaran continues, “We have no doubt that the Army is stationed in the North with ulterior motives. We see it taking place. Our lands are being grabbed. Our businesses are being grabbed. Our employment opportunities are being grabbed. How long does the government want to keep its military forces in the North? These are questions which must be posed by reasonable, ordinary, humane Sinhalese in the South. It is indeed their duty to do so.”

It is indeed the duty of the Sinhala in the South to cry out  for the Chief Minister, his fellow Councillors, the TNA MPs, and the Tamils of the North to hear,  that we in South want the Armed Forces to remain in the North and the East in greater numbers as much as they are in the South.

Because we the Sinhala remained in the South trusting that the Tamils in the North and the East will remain peaceful, harmonious, honest and  conciliatory.  But they allowed themselves to be fraternised by the Indian RAW spies amoung them,  and allowed  their children to be trained as terrorists, unleashing terror in the whole of the island of Sri Lanka.

Do we want it to happen again ?

No,  we will not want it to happen again. And we the Sinhala in the South want the Sri Lanka Armed Forces to remain in the North and East for now and for ever.

 The Chief Minister of the North his fellow Councillors, the TNA ,  and the Tamils of Sri Lanka should never forget that the Sri Lanka Soldiers who eliminated terrorism in the North and East and brought peace have become a part of the North and East anointing the land with their own  blood.

Some of these young Buddhist Soldiers breathed out their last breath in   the precincts of North and East in  giving their lives for the freedom of the Tamil people in the  North and the East.

Hence Mr. Chief Minister Wigneswaran if you believe in a soul, the souls of those Sinhala Buddhist Soldiers who died  in the North and East have already commenced the process of “Sinhalization” of the two provinces.

Therefore, as the first Chief Minister of the Northern Province  after the eliminatiuon of terrorism, please adopt a different attitude than that of the TNA MPs of less education, and destructive political philosophies.

After the elimination of the Terrorists a new era has dawned in Sri Lanka.  The people in the North did not vote for the TNA. They voted thinking that you as an ex Judge who lived all your life with Sinhala people could change the lives of  these poor Tamil people in the North from what it had been before terrorism, during terrorism, and after terrorism.

These Tamil people of the North deserve new hope and new relationships outside a narrow Communal system,  and end  having to live under the continuing aggressivity of the  TNA MPs.

Therefore Mr. Chief Minister, please do not act like  a  robot manipulated by the TNA, but act like a wise man who can take his own decisions, being nobody’s puppet.

 The Chief Minister then spoke  of media gossip of the anti Government Lanka News Web, “The latest we hear is that a former LTTE military commander is being commissioned to restart an LTTE outfit, subservient to the powers that be. Thus the ‘White Van’ drama could now be enacted by a different cast.”

It is another ruse to serve on a platter to  the International interferers, of another possible means to discredit the government and making it difficult at the UNHRC Sessions in March next year.

 There is no reason for the government to endanger the country with another round of terrorism even under its own control. The Armed Forces itself will not support such an adventure.  These are rumours that should not perturb any one, least of all the Chief Minister of the Northern P.C.

Speaker Chamal hosts Budget Dinner 2014

December 23rd, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma

 Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa hosted his customary dinner for Ministers and Parliamentarians after the 2014 Budget was passed with a majority of 95 votes over the last weekend. Sixty members voted against the Budget while 155 voted in favour. Budgetdinner07

The proceedings of the Budget 2014, which started in November when President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Finance presented the budget in parliament.  As usual the main opposition United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) voted against the budget on last Friday (20 December).

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President Rajapaksa, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe, Deputy Leader of UNP Sajith Premadasa, Leader of TNA, R. Sampanthan and a host of other guests were present at the occasion.  Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was a special guest at the dinner.

Budgetdinner02Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva warmly received the President and the First Lady upon arrival at the Speaker’s official residence. However, there was greater enthusiasm among parliamentarians of both the Government and the Opposition as President Mahinda Rajapaksa walked in.

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They all took turns to exchange pleasantries with the President. Many Ministers and parliamentarians sang several popular songs at the occasion. Irrespective of their political affiliations, Ministers and parliamentarians joined in, singing and clapping.

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What has hit Sri Lanka to consider South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a model ?

December 22nd, 2013

By  Charles.S.Perera

The Sri Lanka political leaders who mooted this strange idea of taking South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a model for another Commission in Sri Lanka, should immediately go to a  hospital to get their brains examined.  We have enough problems with our own LLRC with its uncalled for recommendations , on top of which these brain damaged Sri Lanka Government Officials want another Commission in the model of the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

What relation has Sri Lanka’s political issue with that of South Africa.  Without going into details and statistics what happened in South Africa is that a small community of whites, controlled the majority South Africans , taking away their land and depriving them the citizenship of their own country.  The South Africa’s self imposed White regime confined the native south Africans in  Homelands for Blacks ”Bantustans which were shanties without water, light and sanitation.  They had to have their own passports to travel from Bantustans to White South Africa to work and earn a  meagre living doing menial and  inferior services to the white masters.

This never happened in Sri Lanka.  The Tamils were never segregated, and the Sri Lanka Government was not carrying out an  apartheid system of Administration.  The Tamils from North to South and West to East of Sri Lanka were “our people” treated equally with the other communities.  The Sri Lanka Government provided the North as much as to the South with infrastructure developments,  water, electricity, sanitary systems, education, health facilities and employment opportunities and above all provides the length and breath of the Island with security,  employing its Armed Forces which have become a people friendly Security Force.

The Tamils in Jaffna, the TNA and the Chief Minister Wigneswaran should take special note that,  the “…….Tamils of Jaffna do not donate blood because of their high caste mentality and majority of blood supplied to the Government hospitals in the North is by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces who donate blood on a voluntary basis regularly to ensure the blood bank (in Jaffna) is not short of blood. It must also be said that Muslims too do not donate blood but they are recipients of blood by Sinhalese. A little appreciation for this gesture is quite in order instead of always finding fault with the Sinhalese.” Shenaly.D.Waduge.

 Sri Lanka should not debase itself accepting any foreign systems of Reconciliation Commissions to satisfy the interfering West and America which readily swallow lock, stock and barrel any horror story the anti Sri Lanka pro-terrorist Tamil diaspora relates,  with money to go,  supported by  UK Channel 4 the specialist in making videos of falsified news stories.

It is  the blood money of the terrorists that rules the West and not the truth.

The West and America do not want the truth about developing nations, because it is the falsehood about them which provides the material to keep these countries poor and dependent on the west.  Therefore they welcome fabricated falsehood to accuse developing countries and Sri Lanka for violation of human rights or war crimes, and interfere in to the internal affairs destabilising the countries  and putting people against people.

The TNA and its patrons the Tamil Diaspora, the World Tamil Forum  and the fake TGTE sing in unison the praise of South Africa and ANC.  The TGTE had even got the ANC to mention their presence as an Organisation at the Funeral Ceremony of  late Nelson Mandela.  But what connection  have they to South Africa and how can the Tamil ethnic  problem they are mounting brick by brick be resolved with South Africa’s intervention.

From what we see South Africa’s problem  has not been resolved and much has to be done before it could intervene in Sri Lanka on behalf of  the Anti Sri Lanka Tamil Diaspora and its extension the TNA.

Nelson Mandela’s great feat was the ending  of the reign of an  illegal regime set up by white foreigners which  plundered the wealth of the native South Africans and deprived them  their right to occupy freely their own motherland.  But, having changed the white regime Nelson Mandela failed to give back to the South African people the pride of being a Nation owning its own motherland  cultivating their proper land and  managing their wealth for the benefit of the South Africans.

Nelson Mandela’s political vision was short sighted.  He did not want a confrontation with the whites, but did not plan for an equitable distribution of wealth, to ameliorate the living conditions of the people.  He did not have even the wisdom to take over the direction of the country for more than one term and left without offering to the South African political leadership a long term plan to transfer the wealth of the Nation  from its former owners back to its people while retaining a peaceful co-existence of  a white and black citizenry.

What has the Truth and reconciliation Commission given to the South Africans, the rich are still rich and the poor are worst off.  The shanties continue to exist and the crime rate is in the increase.  It is said ” despite the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa has the highest income inequality in the world, a level that has remained relatively unchanged between 1990 and 2011.  This is one of the biggest challenges facing the country and has a detrimental impact on the country’s economic development and business environment.”

The following is a list a think tank ( leader.co.za)has made showing the problems South Africa is faced with today:

  1. Too few South Africans in work
  2. The quality of school education for most black people is sub standard
  3. Poorly located and inadequate infrastructure limits social inclusion and faster economic growth
  4. Spatial challenges continue to marginalise the poor
  5. South Africa’s growth path is highly resource intensive and hence unsustainable
  6. The ailing public health system confronts a massive disease burden
  7. The performance of the public service is uneven
  8. Corruption undermines state legitimacy and service delivery
  9. South Africa remains a divided society.

Another says:  ” Current problems in South Africa include widespread poverty, despite the BEE (black economic empowerment) initiatives, high crime rate, high unemployment, and rising xenophobia directed at African migrant workers from other countries. Authorities have also noted a rise in brain drain. Moreover, one of the lesser known but major problems is that of land redistribution as farmland in South Africa is predominantly owned by whites. ”

Is this from where Sri Lanka is going to  find ways to end the “ethnic problem” about which the TNA and its Tamil Diaspora is shouting high and low , appointing another Commission  modelled on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission ?

TNA are just political dreamers without any plans for governance and administrations or any idea about how to set about carrying out work projects.  Their only means of survival and only ideas of development of  the north and bring prosperity to the people is not getting down to work harnessing the know how of the south and cooperating with the government , but carrying on a confrontational  rather than a conciliatory relation ship with the South and the Government.  That is their modus operandi  for a continued  political existence.  To which the Chief Minister Wigneswaran blindly contributes.

In that confrontation they perhaps expect Government giving in by making proposals of development for which they may get  aid from the Tamil Diaspora and the anti Sri Lanka Western countries, in addition to that of the Government of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka should stop giving into the TNA and the Diaspora and the threats of the anti Sri Lanka countries of the West.

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission is no model for Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka has its own LLRC and it should go on doing whatever is possible with it. The rest the government should initiate without  awaiting the approval of the TNA or the  Interfering West.

The UNHRCouncil Sessions are an annual exercise and its major function is to pass resolutions against Sri Lanka.  If the worst come to worst Sri Lanka should give notice and withdraw from the UNHRC, instead of wasting money and time preparing to answer accusations it will be levelling against Sri Lanka every year, without ever wanting to accept any explanation.

Sri Lanka’s War had Witnesses : Indian Journalist B. Murali Reddy

December 22nd, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

Firstly Sri Lanka’s war did have witnesses. The witnesses were however NOT ” Gordon Weiss, Francis Harrison, Channel 4, the Darusman Panel, Charles Petrie and a whole list of others who have promoted themselves as witnesses when they are not because they were never inside the war zone. They were only passing between themselves a version they have contrived that fits well within a different agenda that has nothing to do with what they claim it is. Questioning their credibility further is their sources ” who happen to all be pro-LTTE. However, there was a witness throughout. He was foreign and his name is B. Muralidhar Reddy, an Indian journalist working for The Hindu/Frontline and his account “Final HoursAn eyewitness account of the last 70 hours of Eelam War IV’ gives a real eyewitness account of what he himself saw. http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2612/stories/20090619261200900.htm

The accusations and allegations against Sri Lanka have been pouring in and much of these allegations had been prepared in advance even before the war ended. What cannot escape anyone’s attention is that the Indian journalist Murali Reddy was in fact the only foreign journalist who was virtually in the thick of things and remains the best witness who was able to see how the Sri Lankan military was carrying out its military operation as well as being aware of the status of civilians and their safety. None of Murali Reddy’s breaking news sent which he admits was never wetted nor was he denied internet access carried even a word or subtly implied that the armed forces were deliberately compromising the safety of the civilians. Murali Reddy’s accounts become both significant and important in the light of those who had never been anywhere near the war zone but depicting supposed atrocities as taking place as if they had witnessed these themselves when none of these collaborate with Murali Reddy’s witness account.

 Accusation: No Foreign Journalists allowed into War Zone

 Accusation Falsified: Murali Reddy was a journalist part of a group of journalists from The Hindu/Frontline and All India Radio/Doordarshan. These were the ONLY foreign print/electronic media allowed access. The Indian journalists were attached to the 58 Division of the Sri Lanka Army headed by Brig. Shavendra Silva.

 Accusation: Sri Lanka Government restricted coverage from war zone

 Accusation Falsified: The Indian journalists confirm that there was no conditions spelled out on the coverage from the war zone. ‘we were allowed unfettered and unhindered movement upto about 400metres from the zone, where pitched battles were fought between the military and the remaining cadre and leaders of the LTTE.’….’We also got an occasional peep, under the watchful eyes of senior officers, into the operations room at the headquarters of 58 Division, where 24/7 imagery of the war zone, obtained by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, were beamed on small and large television screens. In addition, the military conducted tours, often 300 to 400 metres away from the last battle zone, once the ground situation was under the firm control of the forces.” Gordon Weiss, Francis Harrison or C4 never had NO such access. What they ended up doing to obtain for themselves world fame was to make 2+2 into 40,000 and more.

 ‘Most important was the fact that we had interference-free access to the Internet, including TamilNet, the website perceived to be pro-LTTE and based somewhere in Europe. Within the constraints of Internet time available, and not-unexpected problems of connectivity and speed in a war zone, there was just enough time to read and absorb the reports on the website before sending news dispatches to our headquarters. No questions were asked.’  In stark contrast all embedded journalists of the Gulf Wars had every item written security reviewed.

This also indicates that if the journalists were having access to the internet they also would have been aware of the allegations of civilian casualties being made and they would have themselves been best placed to confirm the allegations or kept a watchful eye.

Nothing of Murali Reddy’s ‘Last Hours” remotely suggests any foul play in the last 70hours of the Eelam War IV starting out at 3p.m. on May 16 and stops at 12.30p.m. on May 19th 2009.

According to Murali the last batch of Tamil civilians who fled LTTE-occupied zone were 80,000.

What is also interesting is that Murali’s discussions with this last batch showed that the LTTE by 10th May had realized they approached their Waterloo and that there was no purpose in holding on to the civilians. Murali however accepts that the LTTE were not clear on how the LTTE wanted to end the war. They could have kept the civilians, used them as human shields, or killed themselves along with the civilians but that would depend on how much of ammunition they had left. What LTTE did decide by 11th May was to desert the sentry points, dismantle the defense lines and destroy whatever they could.

 Accusation: Army fired indiscriminately at civilians during the last phase

 Accusation falsified:

  • If according to Murali the LTTE by 11th May had decided to destroy the sentry points and dismantle the defense lines the fact that the civilians were allowed to move out of LTTE stranglehold started on May 12/13.
  • The most important piece of information comes when Reddy says ‘by the night of May 15 there was no civilians left in 1.5sq.km area the Tigers were boxed into’. It was because there were no civilians that the International Committee of the Red Cross who were the only other outfit present inside the war zone decided to suspend humanitarian operations.
  • This announcement was made because it was clear that all civilians had been moved out of the war zone to safety and only the army and the LTTE were left to fight out the final battle. This reveals that there was absolutely no civilian after 16th May to 19th May inside the war zone. How could then 40,000 or even 125,000 have been killed?
  • The last of the civilians were members of LTTE families was seen in the detention of Sea Tiger Chief Soosai’s family by the Navy on 15/16 May. On 16th May close to 50,000 escaped to safety. It must also be mentioned that Prabakaran’s parents too would have accompanied the civilians for they were eventually found on 27 May by the military in a camp.
  • Reddy also says that Soosai’s wife had confirmed that Prabakaran was inside the war zone along with his son Charles Anthony, Pottu Amman and Soosai.
  • Reddy’s quote of Tamilnet “An uncounted number of dead bodies, between 2,000 and 3,000, are lying all over the place in civilian congested area and the civilians are all struck by a heavy stench of dead bodies.” deciphered in essence must mean that 2000-3000 were not ‘civilians’ but LTTE cadres ” either they had been shot by the Sri Lankan army or the LTTE had shot their own cadres those who perhaps would have been injured and unable to move with the others. We saw how LTTE killed their own cadres by putting their own men/women into a bus and setting it on fire.
  • It was also on 16th May that President Rajapakse had declared at the G11 Summit in Jordan that the LTTE was defeated and that he was returning to Sri Lanka ‘as a leader of a nation that vanquished terrorism’.
  • It was at this same G11 summit that President Rajapakse had informed ICRC that the Sri Lankan Government was ready to accept the surrender of the LTTE it is was unconditional. The LTTE were however not ready to surrender to the military.
  • President Rajapakse at the G11 Summit goes on to say “History has taught us that solutions externally prescribed, with little understanding of the complexity of the problem on the ground, are prone to failure. My government is, therefore, firmly committed to seeking a home-grown solution acceptable to all communities living in Sri Lanka,”

Thus according to Reddy the end of the LTTE inside the war zone without Tamil civilians began on May 16 with the clearing of the coastline.

That the coastline was cleared and under the Sri Lankan army reveals that the LTTE was now cornered inland. This led to an intense battle on 17 May as early as 5a.m. Murali Reddy himself say’ the tigers waged a hopeless battle in a bid to prolong the inevitable, if not exactly to save the LTTE top brass’. Reddy calls it a 22 hour battle and says that by 18th May the army chief was not able to confirm the death of Prabakaran.

Murali Reddy had also been taken to the spot where the bodies of LTTE top brass were brought for identification. There were 18 of them including Charles Anthony, Prabakaran’s eldest son. What is also interesting is that Reddy says that these LTTE leaders ‘appeared to have died either of gunshot wounds or in suicide blasts triggered by the cadre’, some had even swallowed cyanide. This shows that there was more possibilities of the LTTE taking their own lives before being either captured or shot by the Sri Lankan army.

Alongside the 18 LTTE leaders a further 250 bodies were also found. There is also the telephone message by Nadesan and Pulithevan to their contacts in Europe on 18 May that around 1000 wounded cadres, civil officials of LTTE and civilians remains inside the safety zone. That there was no mention of any 40,000 civilians inside the zone is another proof that this number is nothing but a concocted lie.

It was only on 19th May in the afternoon that the troops had recovered the bodies of Prabakaran and Soosai though Tamilnet quoted KP as saying that Prabakaran was ‘alive and well’.

Reddy also quotes Marie Colvin (The Sunday Times, London) who had in the 24 May internet edition written that Nadesan had contacted her on 17 May to ask her to broker a surrender for himself and Pulithevan. What was clearly implied was that the LTTE leaders themselves were breaking ranks with the LTTE leadership.

 Thus, Murali Reddy’s Last Hours covers from 3p.m. 16h May to 12:30p.m. 19th May 2009.

10th May LTTE realizing their fate
11th May LTTE destroying their belongings
12/13th May LTTE allows civilians to leave
15th May Important events  .

  • No civilians in 1.5sq.km that LTTE was boxed into
  • ICRC suspends operations because there are no civilians.
  • No civilians from 16th to 19th May ” How could there have been 40,000 to 125,000 civilians?

 

16th May
  • 50,000 civilians escape (could this be the figure that is being alleged as dead?)
  • President Rajapakse informs ICRC that his Government will offer an unconditional surrender which LTTE refuse.
17-18th May
  • Pitch battle between LTTE and Sri Lankan Army
19th May
  • Announcement of Prabakaran’s death

The witness accounts by Murali Reddy given as hot news from the war zone itself shows a different version to what is today being used against Sri Lanka so much so that the UN is claiming it had failed when the UN should ideally accept that it failed 20million Sri Lankan citizens by allowing LTTE to thrive for 30 years.

The UN Office in Colombo estimated that approximately 7000 civilians were killed in the final stages of the war. The 7000 or something figure was jacked up to 40,000 by Gordon Weiss after landing in Australia. He changed this number to 10,000 at his book launch and disowned responsibility for the change of numbers attributing it to the printers!

There are others joining in the guestimates ” Charles Petrie says 70,000 in his report

The number of dead quoted by the UN country team in Sri Lanka was 7721 people while the Tamilnet the LTTE propaganda wing reported a total of 7398 deaths.

The comprehensive survey by the Government in the Northern region placed the number of dead and missing during the final phase at 7400 dead and 2600 missing. The 7400 dead included LTTE fighters killed in combat. Of the 2600 missing, 1600 had been with the LTTE whereas only 438 had disappeared in areas under military control.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science could only report 960 burials and we again come back to the golden question where are the 40,000 dead bodies?

We just have to ask how these people counted the dead bodies or what benchmark they are using to calculate the numbers given that in a Tamil population of 2.2million of which 1mllion Tamils are now living overseas.

Even so, the dead must have names ” what are their names? The dead must have relatives ” where are the relatives? How come none of these 40,000 relatives submitted their names to the Darusman Panel? To date we do not know who these 40,000 or 125,000 are and it is time we call the bluff and demand to know the exact names of the dead without throwing barren accusations.

As for Reddy, he is an Indian journalist and has no requirement to speak on behalf of either the LTTE or the Sri Lankan army. His accounts of the Last Hours have been as he had witnessed them and in taking his version against the allegations been made ” we can only conclude that someone is lying and it appears the liars are those who were never witness but are claiming to have seen 40,000 dead bodies but they don’t know who they are and 4 years on they still cant find their names or relatives.


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