Sri Lanka: End of India-â„¢s -ËœPanchasheel-â„¢

November 15th, 2013

By Janaka Perera

‚ The level of Indian participation in this year-â„¢s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) reflects the deterioration of Indo-Lanka relations within a span of less than 40 years. ‚ When the last major international conference, the Non-Aligned Movement Summit, was held in Sri Lanka in 1976 the ties between the two countries were at their peak.‚  The Bandaranaike and Gandhi families were like relatives.‚ ‚ 

‚ Up to the end of the 1970s Sri Lanka was one of the very few South Asian countries which had the least problems with India both having maintained systems of parliamentary democracy despite many shortcomings. In 1976 when the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi attended the NAM summit Sri Lanka-â„¢s PM Sirima Bandaranaike vacated her official residence -ËœTemple Trees-â„¢ for Gandhi to stay there for the duration of the conference.

‚ Two years before, in 1974, the two leaders signed a pact where they agreed to grant citizenship to the 150,000 Indian Tamils whose status was left resolved by the Sirima-Shastri Pact of 1964 under which 525,000 Indian Tamils were to be repatriated.‚  Another 300,000 would be offered Sri Lanka citizenship.

‚ Despite her close relations with Indian Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi, Mrs. Bandaranaike held firm to Sri Lanka-â„¢s national interest.

‚ Not surprisingly Tamil extremists were highly critical of these agreements calling them Indian collusion with Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) against Tamils.‚  ‚ ‚ But that was the time Indian centre was strong and therefore its decisions could not been swayed by parochial politics. ‚ Earlier the centre under Prime Minister Nehru had dealt successfully with Tamil secessionism in South India.

‚ Those were the days when India under Nehru agreed to abide by Panchasheel – the‚ Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence -” a set of principles to govern relations between States.‚  The principles were:

1.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

2.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Mutual non-aggression.

3.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.

4.‚ ‚ ‚  Equality and mutual benefit.‚ 

5.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Peaceful co-existence.

‚ Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru emphasized these principles in a broadcast speech at the time of the Asian Prime Ministers Conference at Colombo, a few days after the Sino-Indian treaty was signed in Beijing.‚  The five principles were subsequently incorporated in modified form in a statement of 10 principles at the historic Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in April 1955.

‚ India-â„¢s first ignored the principles when she intervened in former East Pakistan, leading to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. By the 1980s India-â„¢s commitment to the same principles concerning Sri Lanka too began to decline rapidly. Also contributing to this state of affairs were the blunders the UNP Government committed after coming to power in 1977.‚ 

‚ The steps India took to halt SL-â„¢s successful anti-LTTE military offensive in 1987 heralded the beginning of the end of Delhi-â„¢s Panchsheel. ‚ Delhi-â„¢s scant regard for the five principles was epitomized by India-â„¢s then High Commissioner in Colombo J.N. Dixit -” better known as India-â„¢s -ËœViceroy-â„¢ in Sri Lanka for he apparently considered this country an Indian protectorate.

India-â„¢s Sri Lanka policy since the 1980s prompted a Sri Lankan writer Palitha Senanayake to state:‚ -If Sri Lanka is to solve the -ËœTamil problem-â„¢ once and for all, it has to physically drag the island away from its present location and locate it in a place away from the ambit of India.- (Chapter 19 in the book, Sri Lanka -” The War Fuelled by Peace)

‚ Today it goes without saying that the Indian Centre has become the virtual hostage of Tamil Nadu-â„¢s racist politics which are completely indifferent to the geopolitical realities of the region and India-â„¢s own long-term foreign policy interests. There is no better example of this than Indian PM Manmohan Singh-â„¢s failure to participate in the CHOGM.

‚ In an interview with the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, this week, India-â„¢s Janatha Party President Subramanian Swamy attributed Manmohan Singh-â„¢s non-participation to Sonia Gandhi and her Congress politics.

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UNP and the CHOGM

November 15th, 2013

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

The CHOGM is now in full swing. During the last few weeks‚ there was so much talk about countries which were going to boycott the Summit. Mean while in the domestic front, we have the UNP and TNA which‚ boycotted the CHOGM. The UNP is in a mess and some claim that there are signs of a split. And the UNP as usual is putting the blame on the govt for this internal row.
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This week, when the newly formed ‘United leadership Council’ met, another group calling the ‘Organisation for building national unity’ had gathered outside Sirikotha‚ and engaged in a protest. This had led to a clash between the 2 groups. In the rush, Ranils car had been attacked as he arrived.
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To coincide with the CHOGM, the UNP had organised a Human Rights summit. Along with this, they had also put up an exhibition of missing persons. It had been reported that these two events are similar to those organised by the TNA in Jaffna. On the day‚ the exhibition was opened, there had been a protest by‚ another group saying ‚ that the UNP is betraying the country and aligning with the LTTE rump, when an international event is held.
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The UNP‚  is famous for betrayals. They laughed at Eelam war iv and sided with the West, NGO’S, TNA etc and tried to sabotage the victory.‚  So at a time when‚  some countries and groups were trying to scuttle the summit, it is no surprise that the UNP joined them.

The ugly Englishman and their servants

November 15th, 2013

Professor Nalin de Silva.

‚ The Channel 4 (of the BBC) crew that has come to Sri Lanka with Visas to cover the CHOGM is not doing what they have being given accreditation to do. It is clear by their behavior that they are interested in cooking up another video footage(s) against the Sri Lankan government and the armed forces and of course the Sinhala people though not clearly expressed. They think that Sri Lanka is still their colony and are angry that the President, the Defense Secretary and the armed forces were able to defeat the LTTE terrorists against the wish of the former. They disregarded all diplomatic and media courtesy on Tuesday to jump at the President after a formal meeting where nobody else asked questions. Presumably they wanted to go to Vavunia on Wednesday where no CHOGM activities were held, but had to come back to Colombo without fulfilling their objectives when people objected to their visit. They are after all not in Sri Lanka on ordinary tourist visas and they know the conditions of accreditations well. They would say that they are against violations of human rights by the LTTE also but these are mere balancing exercises practiced by the hypocritical English media. How many video footages have they come up with on the LTTE activities.‚ 

‚ We should not think that the channel four is on their own. They are doing a job for the English government with its colonies Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as it is England that is preoccupied with sending the President and the Defense Secretary to the guillotine on cooked up charges on war crimes. We are not surprised to find Snow of Channel 4 coming to Colombo with the English Prime Minister Cameron. It is England that created the Tamil problem and had been using especially the English educated Tamils, which includes the rump LTTE dispersed in London and Toronto and some clergy and NGO peace vendors against the Sinhala people who fought and are still fighting against repressive English colonialism. Snow, Macrae and others are only serving Cameron and his government. I have described the English involvement in creating the Tamil problem in -An Analysis of Tamil Racism in Sri Lanka.- The English want to take revenge for defeating the LTTE terrorists whom England supported through Norway and other countries. The role of those countries is over and England has been forced to remove the mask it has been wearing so far. England may have banned the LTTE but all its front organizations have been allowed to function and sometimes demonstrate against Sri Lanka closing the main roads in London for hours. The hypocrisy of the Ugly Englishman is well known in the former colonies of England.‚  When Hague lambasted Sri Lanka at Hikkaduwa he only expressed his wrath at Sri Lanka for defeating the LTTE.

‚ There are some so called Liberals and Marxists in Sri Lanka who still want to serve the ugly Englishman following their fathers, uncles, step fathers and the rest, and they would not be able to come to power through ballot for some time. These people have joined hands with the ugly Englishman, and they think that they could topple the government and send the Rajapakses to the guillotine for so called war crimes. It is not necessary to describe the war crimes committed by‚ ‚  England during the last two hundred years or so but those in Sri Lanka who serve the ugly Englishman are incorrigible Anglophiles having no inhibition to join hands with the ugliest of the ugly in the history of the humankind. The servants of the ugly Englishman who opposed the humanitarian operations against the LTTE terrorists will never understand that it was their master who created and nurtured the Tamil problem, and that there is no vote in the English suburbs at the elections in Sri Lanka.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ 

Downgrade diplomatic relations with Canada!

November 15th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

‚ There was a time, some decades ago, when Canada was viewed as a distant country, which gave aid to Sri Lanka, and not having any malicious intent towards the small island nation. There were Canadian railway engines that chugged along the age old rail tracks, assistance following the December 2004 tsunami and a few other projects to which Sri Lankans at the time were grateful. A government of Canada website mentions that development assistance dates back to the 1950s and that the annual bilateral assistance amounts to $6 million.

‚ An important matter as far as the relations between Canada and Sri Lanka is concerned is that Canada declared the LTTE, and with it the World Tamil Movement, as a terrorist organisation in April 2006.

‚ In spite of the -long standing friendship- and the banning of LTTE as a terrorist group, the Canadian MP Deepak Obhrai, in the company of the Canada-â„¢s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, had laid flowers at an LTTE cemetery in Elephant Pass on 11 November 2013 when the former had arrived in the island to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The two Canadians took this action disregarding the request of a Sri Lankan official not to do so. The MP is representing the Prime Minister of Canada, and one would conclude that the move received the blessings of Canada-â„¢s current leader.

‚ The Canadian High Commission in Colombo had later stated -MP Deepak Obhrai laid a wreath at Elephant Pass to honour all innocent Sri Lankan victims of violence-.‚  This is rubbing salt into the wounds caused by Canada. In the same breadth Canada continues, -Canada will continue to stand by Sri Lankans- and that the wreath laying was -to honour all innocent Sri Lankan victims of violence-. ‚ But it is patently clear that -all Sri Lankans- as far as Canada is concerned are the Tamils and the LTTE backers operating in Canada.

‚ How all Sri Lankans suffered at the hands of LTTE – the darlings of Canada – is fresh in their minds. A few of the horrendous massacres for which the LTTE and its Canadian Tamils of Sri Lankan origin, who financed the macabre projects to the tune of $2 million per month, are responsible, are listed below (For want of space, the writer does not wish to add to the list, which can go on and on):

‚ First and foremost is the blowing up of the Central Bank building in Colombo and with it killing 114 innocent civilians in 1994. The explosives used in the LTTE bravado had been bought using money donated by Canada-â„¢s Tamils.

‚ The massacre at Anuradhapura Sri Maha Bodi -” one of the most sacred places for the majority Buddhist community of Sri Lanka – in May 1984 resulted in the death of 146 devotees. The attack on a civilian bus at Habarana on 17 April 1987 -” two days after the Sinhala New Year, the most joyous event for the Sinhala ethnic group -” led to 127 deaths. The LTTE killed 110 innocent civilians on 21 April 1987 when it exploded a bomb at the Central Bus Stand in Pettah, Colombo. 600 policemen had surrendered to LTTE on the orders of the President of Sri Lanka in June 1990, but were gunned down by the LTTE in cold blood. Muslims preying at the Kattankudy Mosque were the target of the LTTE on 3 August 1990, and 147 got killed.

‚ If the Canadian Prime Minister-â„¢s representative wished to remember the dead, going to the Central Bank premises would have been a mere hop step and a jump from the hotels reserved for the CHOGM delegates. Furthermore, the Pettah Bus Stand is almost walking distance, provided the gentleman dared to walk. It was not necessary for him to wait until he landed at Elephant Pass, nearly 350 kilometres away from Colombo, to lay wreaths to remember the dead.

‚ A rethink of Sri Lanka-â„¢s diplomatic relations with Canada is long overdue. According full diplomatic recognition to Canada in the same manner as being done to countries such as China, Pakistan and Russia that help Sri Lanka a great deal, and many others who treat the island nation as a friend, is an insult to the concept of international diplomacy. Downgrade diplomatic relations with Canada with no further delay.

 

 

 

Cameron, Manmohan Singh, Maccrae and Valmiki

November 15th, 2013

Professor Nalin de Silva.

Going by the reports that appeared in Indian news media I thought that finally the Indian Prime Minister would come to Sri Lanka to participate at the CHOGM even for a few hours at least to mark his presence. However, it was not to be. Remember that it is not Manmohan Singh who is not coming to Sri Lanka but the Indian Prime Minister. The talk of how many CHOGMs the Indian Prime Ministers have missed during the last fifty or sixty years is nothing but diplomatic mockery. After all it is not the same as the Indian Prime Minister not going to Perth as Colombo or (Sri) Lanka tolls a different bell to Indians at least from the time of Valmiki. The Indian Foreign Office has lost to Jayalalitha who is in effect the Indian Minister for Sri Lankan affairs. I feel sorry for Mr. Kurdish, whose portfolio has been devalued. The Indian High Commissioner in Colombo who must have done his best to see that Manmohan Singh came to Sri Lanka should also be a worried person.

However, I am not unhappy that Manmohan Singh is not coming to Sri Lanka as it would end our dependence on India to solve the Tamil problem. Sri Lanka is now out of the Indian yoke, and The Indian government will not be in a position to apply pressure on the Sri Lankan government with so called solutions such as the 13th amendment plus or minus. The Indian Foreign Office must have realized this but Jayalalitha who has played to the gallery in her entire adult life does not seem to understand the intricacies of non celluloid politics. I am sure that the Chief Minister of the Northern Province is also worried of the situation but he should realize that it gives us an opportunity to solve our problems without foreign interference. Let us talk of the commonalities between Tamil Shaivite culture and the Sinhala (Hela) Buddhist culture without importing concepts such as reconciliation from the west. After all it is said that Shiva Thandava Stotra was composed by Rawana who had later become a Buddhist if we go by the Lankavatara Sutta of Mahayana Buddhism. Non dualistic Advaitha Vedantha is so close to and so different from Bududahama that Sankaracarya was considered as a camouflaged Buddhist. It was Nagarjunapada of Madhyamikavada with his Sunyathava that made a Nirgun Brahman possible and it is clear that Nirgun Brahman is the -Athmic- (with soul) version of Sunyathava. The Theravada Buddhism of the third council (Sangayana) has tried to accommodate what I call instant soul theory in the form of Dhammavada and Kshanavada. Let us not be fooled by Valmikis and Maccraes (of infamous Channel 4) who had and have different agenda. Let us be Lankans of Rawana and not Ceylonese of George III (the English).

As we said last week the Commonwealth is an unsuccessful attempt by England to keep its empire intact in a different form. Thus England could not boycott the CHOGM nor send a low powered delegation to the meeting. However, England is not happy with Mahinda Rajapakse becoming the chairperson of the Commonwealth for the next two years. England and Canada have already said they would not contribute to the maintenance of the commonwealth. England supported the LTTE through Norway and other western countries including Canada, and operated behind the screen. Now Norway and the other Scandinavian countries have no role to play and England has come to the forefront in the struggle to send Mahinda Rajapakse and Gotabhaya Rajapakse to the guillotine as war criminals. We request the Sri Lankan government to appoint a Presidential Commission to inquire into the assistance given by foreign countries, NGOs, some churches to the LTTE, which violated human rights not only of the Sinhala people but as well as of the Muslims and Tamils. England is unhappy that the heroic Sri Lankan armed forces were able to defeat the LTTE under the political leadership of the President and the direction of the Defense Secretary against its wishes. Both India and England used the LTTE against Sri Lanka but India realized its mistake when Rajiv Gandhi was murdered by the terrorists. However, people such as Jayalalitha who play to the gallery will never understand the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka. She does not know that in Sri Lanka Tamils enjoy much better facilities than in India. Tamil is an official language and a national language in Sri Lanka and it is only in Sri Lanka one could obtain a Ph. D. in the Tamil medium. There is no discrimination on the ground of ethnicity or religion in Sri Lanka as anybody walking round in Colombo or any other city, town or village would realize. While Muslim women are not allowed to wear their traditional dress in some western countries in Sri Lanka there is no such restriction. In the cabinet of ministers there are Tamils, Muslims, Hindus, Christians together with Sinhala Buddhists unlike in England say for that matter. How many Muslim cabinet ministers are there in England, which has a substantial Muslim population?

The Tamil problem in Sri Lanka arose as a result of English favouring the Tamils, and nurturing the Tamils to be the leaders of the country over the Sinhala people. However, with universal franchise given in 1931 the Sinhala leaders became the leaders of the country and the English educated Tamils began to lose the privileges enjoyed by them under the English colonialists. These losses in privileges were interpreted by the Tamil leaders with the assistance of the English rulers as injustices caused to the Tamils in general, and the English were able to create the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka. The English used the educated Tamils against the Sinhala people who fought against colonialism from day one, and even today employ the rump LTTE found as the dispersed Tamils (so called Tamil diaspora) some TNA members, some clergy and lay people in some Churches and NGOs.

The Prime Minister of England, Cameron is here to talk tough to the President of Sri Lanka. He is with people such as Snow and Maccrae who can come out with a Video Clip against the Sri Lankan armed forces and the government at the drop of a hat if not of a few pounds sterling. Maccrae has been given a visa to cover the CHOGM and it is hoped that he does not go beyond the conditions under which the Visa was issued. The two green ladies who came from down under on tourist visas to have press conferences with Sumanthiran who is of the same Chinthanaya as the ladies, would have learnt that not only Cameron but we also could be tough. All these people claim that in the last week of the humanitarian operations against the LTTE the armed forces were engaged in killing innocent Tamils at will. This is absolute rubbish created by the English in order to take Rajpakses to a so called international war tribunal for defeating the LTTE terrorists against the wish of the English Prime Ministers. As the Defense Secretary has said these accusers should either come out with evidence or shut up. It is well known that during the last stages of the operations the LTTE used about three hundred thousand innocent Tamils as a human shield. What were the armed forces expected to do? Were they to let the LTTE keep the innocent Tamils protecting the terrorists until England and the other western countries sent a ship to rescue the terrorist leaders or to massacre the innocent Tamils? The armed forces did neither, but were instrumental in helping the innocent Tamils to come to the armed forces getting away from the terrorists.‚  It is inevitable that during the cross fire some civilians would have died for which the LTTE was mainly responsible. It is the LTTE that did not want to lose the human shield and it is very likely more people died as a result of the terrorist gun fire. In any event the armed forces would not have killed any civilians intentionally and Maccrae can go on producing video footage to satisfy Cameron and others who are interested in sending the Rajapakses and the -war- heroes to the guillotine. Thousands of years ago Valmiki, most probably a Vaishnavite, came out with Ramayana to charge Rawana of various crimes including molesting Sitha, while praising Rama who was an avatar of Vishnu. Valmiki did not charge Rama or Lakshmana for amputating the nose and the lips of Supranika without any surgical instruments. Valmiki wanted to justify the killing of Rawana by Rama. However at the end Sitha passed the chastity test after going back from Rawana but ironically could not do so after she was with Valmiki! It is more appropriate to call him Val Miki (Miki the cad) in Sinhala. To me the Rama Rawana battle at that time was one for supremacy between Vaishvanism on one hand Shaivism and Buddhism on the other.

Similarly Maccrae is doing a job for Cameron and he is silent on bombing of Iraq by England under the pretext that the former country was in possession of chemical weapons. There are so many crimes committed by England against all the other commonwealth countries including Sri Lanka and India, and it is suggested that at the CHOGM in Colombo Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse bring a motion condemning all the atrocities committed by England against all the other Commonwealth countries and asking England to pay compensation and return all the treasures taken to England from those countries. We are in the midst of another battle that is between the Greek Judaic Christian Chinthanaya and the other Chinthanayas.

Sri Lanka-â„¢s National Shame -” lack of effective modern legislation to protect animals

November 15th, 2013

Shenali D. Waduge

‚ If the international community were to raise the issue of the lack of effective legislative protection for animals in Sri Lanka incorporating modern standards of treatment of animals, ‚ in addition to their never-ending spotlight on the country-â„¢s human rights track record, Sri Lanka-â„¢s politicians and law makers will have nowhere to turn. We will become a pariah state overnight in world councils and will be placed in the same category of -Ëœfailed-â„¢ states that lack a moral and ethical foundation for proper governance. We must realize even now that the subject of animal welfare can no longer be sidelined without paying a heavy price particularly in respect to a country-â„¢s international image.

‚ With over 70% of the population being Buddhist it is a national shame that our elected representatives have fallen shy of enacting the Animal Welfare Bill tabled in Parliament in 2010 as a Private Member-â„¢s Bill and which has its genesis in the Animal Welfare Bill drafted and approved by the Law Commission in 2006.

‚ It is disgraceful and morally indefensible that our law makers have descended to this low level of indifference and neglect towards the welfare of animals. Due to our pro- crastination, we have moved very close in this respect to several Islamic nations like Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan that by deliberate choice refuse to provide legislative protection to animals. In their view, animals are there to serve the needs of man (and woman) as prescribed in their religious texts and therefore how one treats animals is none of the business of the state. To us in Sri Lanka these are unenlightened attitudes which go against the grain of Buddhist thinking and practice, but it is the sad reality of today, that it is these unenlightened views that increasingly shape both public policy and law making in this country. A far cry from the noble principles of governance prescribed in the Dasa Raja Dharma (Ten Royal Qualities) and Avihimsa (non- harm to other living beings) being one of them.

While our law makers drag their feet over this proposed new bill of law, thousands of animals both in captivity and wilderness continue to suffer and die. In turn, Sri Lanka has unnecessarily gained huge amounts of negative media coverage, tourist literature critical of treatment of animals in Sri Lanka and condemnation from animal welfare groups based locally and overseas because of our Parliament-â„¢s almost total disregard for animal welfare. The Parliament of Sri Lanka has further become conspicuous in comparison to the legislatures in several other countries by the marked absence of voices in Parliament dedicated to the noble advocacy of calling consistently for better treatment and protection of animals. ‚ ‚ 

The need to enact the Animal Welfare Bill is further strengthened by an international Petition sponsored by the Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) which was launched in the USA recently and gathering momentum the world over, calling for the immediate enactment of the Animal Welfare Bill in Sri Lanka.

http://dharmavoicesforanimals.org/petitions/

Sri Lanka-â„¢s Ministry of Justice excludes animal welfare from law reform initiatives

It is relevant to pose the question, what sort of legislative reform is the Ministry of Justice supposed to be undertaking when the primary legislation in Sri Lanka governing the protection and welfare of animals to this day is an antiquated statute enacted in 1907 during the British colonial era i.e. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, where the maximum punishment for a heinous crime committed on an animal is a mere Rs. 100 (less than one US Dollar)? This is hardly a deterrent to combat animal cruelty.

‚ What explanation can the Ministry of Justice give for this wanton neglect of an important area that is deserving of law reform attention given Sri Lanka-â„¢s close association historically and culturally with care and concern for the welfare of all living creatures.

‚ At present three countries offer specific protection in their respective states Constitutions for the protection of animals, namely India, Germany and Switzerland. The Constitution of India prohibits the slaughter of cows and declares the existence of a fundamental duty on the part of every Indian Citizen to have compassion for living creatures. The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany imposes a responsibility on the State to enact appropriate legislation to protect the natural foundation of life and animals. ‚ The Federal Constitution of Swiss Confederation recognizes animals as sentient beings and places a responsibility on the State to legislate for the protection of animals.‚ 

‚ The Constitution of Sri Lanka

In contrast, the Constitution of Sri Lanka has failed to establish or declare animal welfare principles. This is a huge disappointment. Despite Buddhism-â„¢s clear acceptance of the sentience of animals ‚ and Arahant Mahinda-â„¢s resounding call to King Devanampiyatissa in their very first encounter at Mihintale, 2300 years ago in the following words:

‚ --Oh! Great King, the birds of the air and the beasts have an equal right to live and move about in any part of this land as thou. The land belongs to the peoples and all other beings and thou art only the guardian of it.-

‚ which had a dramatic impact and together with other Buddhist moral injunctions helped formulate the ethical foundations of public policy and governance strenuously followed by all 180 Buddhist kings who ruled Sri Lanka, the post -” independence Governments of Sri Lanka have miserably failed to live up to the high ideals followed by the pre-colonial rulers of Sri Lanka.

‚ The Mahavamsa (Sri Lanka-â„¢s ancient chronicle) records in great detail the noble conduct of our past rulers and extols righteousness, justice, piety and the need to strive for human perfection with love and compassion towards all, both human and non -” human.

‚ There is no need for any further delay in the enactment of the Animal Welfare Bill. We must not allow the religious bigotry of a few with different, dangerous and extremist beliefs and agendas including members in the Cabinet to stand in the way of the State establishing a Dharmishta society where a Buddhist Social Order prevails like in the days of our ancient Buddhist Kings who upheld righteousness and projected themselves as role models of piety to the subjects.

A Video: Sri Lankan diplomat says rights criticism a -Ëœproxy propaganda war-â„¢

November 15th, 2013

Just watch how Dr. Nonis shreds this CNN guy apart…just brilliant! I bet they won’t rebroadcast this clip!!

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/14/world/asia/sri-lanka-commonwealth-nonis/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

Callum MacRae (Tiger Director making Films-for-Pay)

November 15th, 2013

Divaina.com

November 14, 2013

The Pet Tiger, Callum MacRae, who recently arrived in Sri Lanka to report on the CHOGM, cannot be dismissed as a mere idiot. Having been educated at Britain-â„¢s Edinburgh Arts College, he is an educated crafty man. Therefore, his vile activities have some impact and public acceptance. Britain, the birthplace of Colonial Imperialism, which stole a significant portion of the world-â„¢s wealth over a period of 500 years and sucked out and digested all that was of value in Sri Lanka, is Callum MacRae-â„¢s birthplace. He is a news reporter available to all and sundry for rent.

In the international battle field there are mercenaries, but generally there are no mercenary media journalists. Filling this deficiency, around 2010 Callum MacRae made a documentary video in support of the Tiger terrorists in return for payment of blood money. During the 2011 United Nations Annual Meeting that made-for-pay video was used to stage a vast comedy by the expatriate Tiger activists, and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora who enable and feed their terrorism. That attempt was not as successful as they had expected. For that reason, the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora hired Callum MacRae to produce a second video. Recently, Callum MacRae has been earning his keep screening that video in Tamil countries and Tamil communities worldwide. This proves that Callum MacRae is an opportunist who can be bought and sold very easily for money. This became very clear the day before yesterday from his comment during a discussion with the Island newspaper staff. He said that the LTTE, who sustained him all these years, should be investigated immediately for their war crimes! Why does Callum MacRae say this about the Tiger movement who fed and nourished him until now? At the moment he said it, he was in Sri Lanka, so does he think that he should adapt his comments to please Sri Lankans? Why has he not said in his native England, even in passing, that the Tigers should be investigated for war crimes? We think he will not say one word against the Tigers, for if he does that he will lose his pay, and his life!

Sri Lanka is a country that having defeated the terrorists who sought to breakaway a part of its territory and offer it for consumption by Tamil Nadu, is attempting to breathe freely again. What wicked mercenary media manipulators like Callum MacRae are trying to do is to tightly pinch our nostrils just as we attempt to breathe again. This is a characteristic of the abusive relationship between the neo-colonialists and their former colonies. Many Sinhala journalists, who are similar mercenaries, also exist, but they live under the protection of European countries. We all know that, compared to the number of terrorists who died in the separatist war in Sri Lanka, many more …. hundreds-of-thousands …‚  terrorists have been slaughtered in European conflicts. For destroying the Taliban and Al-Quaida movements, the United States drops bombs daily on the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In these bombings, Taliban activists, together with government employees, shoppers buying goods, traders selling dates, sleeping children expecting to go to school the next day, die by the hundreds without distinction. Why doesn-â„¢t Callum MacRae make a video, or stage a play, about these vile acts? Spying on half-the-world by American President Barack Obama-â„¢s National Security Administration (NSA) was recently exposed. Why doesn-â„¢t Callum MacRae make a video, or a play, about this? The whole world knows that the wicked British Colonialists slaughtered tens of thousands of innocent Sri Lankans in suppressing the Uva-Welassa Revolt of 1818, also ravishing thousands of women, decapitating thousands of children, and burning hundreds of thousands of homes. Why does Callum MacRae avoid making a historical movie about this awful genocide? The mercenary journalist for rent that he is, is it impossible for him to find a sponsor for this movie?

Patriotic Sri Lankan expatriates should initiate and fund projects like this.

Our understanding is that there is no ethical or legal room for Callum MacRae, as a journalist, to even contemplate, much less actually make, any movies under signed contractual agreements with a proscribed terrorist movement such as the LTTE.

Response to Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “Sins of Sri Lanka” -

November 15th, 2013

Ira de Silva, Ontario, Canada

F. Harrison states that she has interviewed these people in the U.K. They have gone there to claim refugee status. All over the world those claiming refugee status make these claims. If they are in the U.K. why do they not go to the British courts? It is said that they have lawyers – perhaps they are immigration lawyers who are using these allegations to get them refugee status. Why not go to open court, provide details and file a case? Is it because they want to go back to Sri Lanka for holidays?

Just yesterday a refugee who came to Canada made a statement. Having come to Canada as a refugee and claimed torture etc. gets Canadian citizenship and returns to Sri Lanka without any fear, settles down there, starts a business, gets married, has children. He then imports 600 cell phones illegally in 2007. It is important for people like you to know that cell phones were used extensively by the LTTE to detonate bombs killing civilians on buses, trains, streetwalks etc. He has no explanation as to why or for whom he got these phones without a licence. He is taken into custody. He is taken to court pleads guilty and is fined. He is released in August 2010. He continues to live in Sri Lanka and returns to Canada in April 2011. He immediately claims torture etc. This is the same refrain for all these people who claim refugee status. If there is a pattern for asylum seekers, this is it. Why do these organizations not produce evidence in a court of law in the U.K., Canada etc?

Regarding the reports which you claim are UN reports – the Darusman Report is NOT a UN report – it was an advisory report. Regardless of the figures they reported the most telling facts are
1) page 6 – it was an advisory panel and that it was not engaged in any investigation,
2) page 14 – stresses that the panel’s mandate precludes fact finding or investigation,
3) on page 3 it is stated “the panel has not conducted fact finding as that term is understood in United Nations practice,
4) most importantly in paragraph 53 the panel states “this account should not be taken as proven facts, and any effort to determine specific liabilities would require a higher threshold”.
5) the panel admits that facts detailed in paragraphs 55 to 245 are not proven facts which same “facts” it states indicates the commission of crimes.
Further, the submissions are sealed for 20 years. Why? Based on the above it is because these are allegations and can not be proved – that us why.

The UN reports from their office in Sri Lanka stated that the number killed in the final phase was 7021. That number was verified by them and has not changed. Even the propaganda arm of the LTTE claimed that the number killed was around 3000. That has changed so that the media can keep adding to the numbers.

Re Senator Segal’s statements – he claims that Canada’s boycott is based on defending the principles of the Commonwealth. Members have equal rights. As for human rights abuses, if that is the criterion, then Canada has also been faulted for human rights abuses and is currently under investigation. In fact all the members have similar allegations made against them. Based on human rights, the Commonwealth should be disbanded as it has been called a meeting of the violated and the violators who want to re-live their colonial past. Perhaps that is why Canada believes that it can dictate to Sri Lanka?

Segal says there was no local government in the north – his ignorance and bias is reflected in this statement. There was no election in the north because the LTTE which was fascist did not permit elections to be held as in the other provinces. It is only because the LTTE was eliminated that the people were able to vote. Further, he claims that the powers of the northern province have been curtailed. The act that created the provinces gave the same powers to all the provinces. There was no “special” act for the northern province. Based on his ignorance it is surprising that he is considered to be an “expert” on Sri Lanka. He is merely making statements to support his political masters.

As for your question, has Canada not been critical enough of the Sri Lankan government? Please do not give Canada an importance which it does not have. All members of the Commonwealth are equal. Canada is not the colonial ruler of Sri Lanka. It can express an opinion that is all. Regarding Sri Lanka it is in no position to criticise nor does it have any leverage because successive Canadian governments have supported it’s citizens sending two million dollars a month to terrorise Sri Lankans. The bombing of the Central Bank was paid for by the Canadians who are talking of human rights abuses. What can be more of a violation of human rights than to kill? Politicians fall over themselves to support them for votes in Canada which costs lives in Sri Lanka. Canada can criticise all it wants, it has no impact on Sri Lanka which links it to LTTE terrorism. If Canada wants accountability, let it first be accountable for terrorism, apologise and pay compensation. Otherwise it has no say.

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One final comment about your credible organizations -
The BBC is also known throughout the world as the Biased Broadcasting Organization. It like the CBC has it’s own agenda and reports to suit it.
Amnesty was paid $50,000 by the front organizations of the Tamil Tigers in Canada and are funded throughout the world by others with the same agenda.
The same applies to Human Rights Watch who are funded to carry on the propaganda to suit it’s donors.
May be credible to you but very questionable to others who know who they are working for and their agenda. They are experts in making allegations but rarely can provide proof.
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I am sorry that this is so long. You too have, as in the past, been so keen to fault Sri Lanka that you accept these questionable statements as fact. I hope you read this and educate yourself. If you want further clarification, please advise.

 

CHOGM 2013: UK reps behaving as if we were still a colony – Gotabhaya

November 15th, 2013

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the UK government was acting as if Sri Lanka were still a British colony.

The actions of some of the British representatives here for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) had undermined bilateral relations, Rajapaksa said.

He was responding to statements attributed to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire at the British High Commission and Chaaya Tranz, Hikkaduwa, respectively.

Defence Secretary Rajapaksa said that they would never have behaved in such a way in any other country. Recalling former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband-â„¢s admission that he spent two-thirds of his time on Sri Lanka due to a very vocal Tamil Diaspora in the UK, numbering over 300,000, the Defence Secretary emphasized that the situation remained the same, though Labour lost the last parliamentary election to pave the way for a Conservative-Liberal Democrat administration.

Their criticism was meant to create a hostile environment ahead of President Mahinda Rajapaksa-â„¢s meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday (15), he alleged. The meeting will take place soon after PM Cameron returns from Jaffna.

The Defence Ministry has made available a special SLAF flight for the convenience of the British delegation.

Asked whether the government was concerned about the UK threat to push for an international war crimes investigation, unless the incumbent administration addressed accountability issues to the satisfaction of the global community, the Defence Secretary alleged that the British approach was unreasonable as well as inappropriate. He said: “A section of the international community is demanding a credible local investigation. But, accusations directed at us are based on information provided by nameless people whose identities are known to the UN Secretary General-â„¢s Panel of Experts (PoE) and the UK media outfit, Channel 4 News. They allege the final battle claimed the lives of 40,000 people.”

The British should explain whether any country accused of killings on such a scale would accept the PoE-â„¢s recommendation that its -Ëœsources-â„¢ would remain classified for 20 years, since the release of the report on March 31, 2011.

According to the PoE report, the three panelists, Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), Steven R. Ratner (US) and Yasmin Sooka (South Africa) had received over 4,000 submissions from 2,300 persons, in response to a notice posted on the UN website on October 27, 2010.

The continuing refusal to name sources on the basis of confidentiality of the PoE-â„¢s records meant such a report/evidence couldn-â„¢t be acceptable in any court of law or special investigative mechanism, the Defence Secretary said. “Disclosure of credible sources is necessary to facilitate investigations. If the UK is keen for credible investigations, it should urge Channel 4 News as well as the UN to produce those eyewitnesses before international judicial authorities, without further delay.”

He said that Sri Lanka couldn-â„¢t be hauled up before an international war crimes probe on unsubstantiated allegations. It would be pertinent to mention that over a decade after the invasion of Iraq, on the basis of false UK intelligence reports, the UK was yet to finalise a domestic inquiry into the war. None other than UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, of the Liberal Democratic Party had admitted in parliament that the invasion of Iraq was illegal. “The Iraq war inquiry report is yet to be released, though the UK accuses Sri Lanka of failing to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.”

-ËœWe reject illegal killings-â„¢: Germany suspends drone purchase

November 15th, 2013

RT

Berlin has suspended the purchase of armed drones on the grounds that it -categorically rejects illegal killings.- This follows a report by Amnesty International that accused Merkel-â„¢s government of aiding the US with drone strikes in Pakistan.

A draft agreement between the Social Democrats and the Conservatives obtained by Der Spiegel condemns the use of drones for targeted attacks.

“We categorically reject illegal killings by drones. Germany will support the use of unmanned weapons systems for the purposes of international disarmament and arms control,” said the statement. The government says that before acquiring the remote-controlled craft, it must thoroughly examine -all associated civil and constitutional guidelines and ethical questions.-

In spite of significant opposition in Germany -” 59 per cent of the population according to a Pew Research poll in 2012 -” outgoing German defense minister, Thomas de Maziere, spent hundreds of millions of euros on drones that were not permitted to fly in German airspace.

-We cannot keep the stagecoach while others are developing the railway,- declared Maziere, who announced to the German public in May that talks were underway to discuss the purchase of US Predator drones and Israeli Heron drones.

 

 

http://rt.com/news/germany-halts-drone-purchase-763/

CBC’s THe Current on HR violations in Sri Lanka -Nov 14th

November 14th, 2013

Mahinda Gunasekera Agincourt, Canada

November 14, 2013

CBC, The Current
Toronto, Ontario

Dear Sir/Madam,

I watched The Current this morning and submitted the following comment in respect of matters discussed in the program.‚  It appears as though Sri Lanka is being tried by the media on numerous allegations deemed “credible”.‚  What does “Credible allegations” mean?‚  If these are not formally presented to the Sri Lankan authorities and the accusers are unwilling to corroborate or substantiate these allegations, they will remain mere allegations that cannot be proceeded on and perpetrators if any tried in a court of law and punished for crimes committed if any.‚  Even the UN Secretary General’s so called Panel of Experts made several allegations which they termed as being ‘credible’, but decided to lock away the one sided information reviewed by them for a period of 20 years.

It is the standard practice among refugee seekers to concoct stories about rape, torture and other misdeeds in order to obtain asylum, especially at a time when hostilities in Sri Lanka have ceased making it more difficult for claimants to obtain refugee status outside.‚  A classic case is that reported in the National Post of one Mr. Samathanan who came to Canada as a refugee apparently claiming rights violations in Sri Lanka, and then proceeding to Sri Lanka, getting married, having children and settling there disproving his refugee claim earlier made to Canada. In 2007, he starts a business and without permission imports 600 cell phones which devices were being used by the Tamil Tigers to blow up bombs planted in buses, trains, shopping centres, etc.‚  When his case was heard in the courts he agreed to plead guilty to a single count of illegally importing an electronic device. He paid a fine and was released in August 2010 but he only‚  returned to Canada in April 2011.‚  But this man with the assistance of a rights group is seeking to sue the Sri Lankan authorities for torture and what have you, when his conduct clearly shows that he is unreliable and untrustworthy.

The number of civilian deaths in the last 4 months and 18 days ended on May 18, 2009 has been grossly exaggerated by the various rights groups and the UN Panel based on one sided information coming from prejudiced sources in order to demonize Sri Lanka and punish that country that defeated the brutal Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and rescued nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians held hostage as a human shield by the LTTE terrorists, who were being funded by members of the Tamil diaspora spread out in western countries with over 30 percent of the funding going from Canada according to Janes Intelligence.‚  A detailed analysis carried out by Kath Noble under the title -ËœNumbers Game-â„¢ published in the Island newspaper on July 3, 2013 and Prof. Michael Roberts-â„¢ notes in his blog reveals the discrepancies earlier pointed out. Refer : http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/numbers-game-reviewed-by-kath-noble-the-full-monty/#more-9822 .

Comments made by me on November 14, 2013 to CBC’s The Current Program

“The number of civilian deaths in the period Jan 1 to May 18, 2009 published by the UNSG’s Panel and subsequent review by Petrie are guesstimates of 40,000 and 70,000 plus respectively pulled out of thin air, based on one sided hearsay information deemed as credible allegations, which the Panel locked away for 20 years. The figure of 7,721 ascertained by the UN Resident Rep’s office in Colombo for the same period gathered from their over 200 Tamil local staff who remained in the conflict zone and came out alive are not spoken of but held back.‚  The Tamilnet, a propaganda arm of the Tamil Tigers reported a total of 7398 deaths w/o differentiating between combatants and civilians. The Sri Lanka government carried out a census of the north and east in 2012 using Tamil Teachers and Tamil Public officials as enumerators and arrived at a total count of 7,432 war related deaths, of which the cause of 584 remained unknown.‚  Even Gordon Weiss who worked in the UN office in Colombo who was aware of the UN’s count of 7,721 deaths initially claimed a figure of 10,000 and later stretched it to tens of thousands to be around 40,000 in order to sell his book titled ‘The Cage’ to the million strong Tamil expats in the diaspora. Should we reject the local UN office count, that of the Tamilnet and the GOSL census and accept the baseless guesstimates of the UNSG’s Panel, Petrie report, CH4, Frances Harrison and other rights groups estimates made from outside the country?

PM Harper said he would keep away from CHOGM in Sri Lanka in response to a question from a Tamil journalist attached to the ethnic press, as the Conservatives have been wooing the Tamil vote in the GTA where their support could tip the scales in some of the ridings.‚  If you want Sri Lanka to act on alleged rape, torture and wrongdoings, the parties making the allegations must be prepared to formally present the evidence to the authorities for follow up and action against the perpetrators if any, as media videos alone are insufficient and same needs to be corroborated in a court of law, as otherwise they remain unsubstantiated allegations.‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Mahinda Gunasekera‚  ”

Yours truly,

Mahinda Gunasekera

Agincourt, Canada

BBC-â„¢s never-stopping propagation of baseless lies: -UN reports 40,000 civilians killed by Sri Lanka-

November 14th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

A report in the media, dated 14 November, quotes BBC as saying, -UN estimates 40,000 civilians were killed in the last five months of the war-. BBC is obviously referring to the war of liberation that culminated on 19 May 2009.

The fact that there was never a UN report that gave the figures stated above clearly is irrelevant to BBC -” the once prestigious British institution that none would pay a tuppence today to watch, especially when it comes to its news broadcasts.

The UN Office in Colombo at the time said that it estimated that approximately 7000 civilians were killed in the final stages of the war, but did not release it as an official count of the dead as it had no way of verifying the figure.

A high level U.N. official responsible for humanitarian operations subsequently stated that the number dead in the months before the war that ended on May 18 was unclear. Furthermore, he disputed the 20,000 deaths in the final month that had been mentioned by The Times correspondent. The UN’s position as regards the number killed was, -It may be right, it may be wrong, it may be far too high, it may even be too low. But we honestly don-â„¢t know.” The official had added that the initial figure of 7,000 deaths had been far too questionable for official publication.

One of BBC-â„¢s previous correspondents Frances Harrison had said that she had spoken to many civilians and that over 40,000 civilians died in the last stages of the Eelam War IV war.

The 40,000 figure was something that was plucked out of thin air by the one-time UN employee Gordon Weiss. When he was based in Colombo the figure was 7000. The figure was quoted by Michelle Monas, UN General Secretary-â„¢s New York spokesperson, who added in response to a query by Inner City Press reporter Matthew Lee, “We have no way of knowing the exact count”.

The 7000 (questionable) total ballooned to 20,000 and by the time Gordon Weiss landed in Australia, it had got jacked up to 40,000. The figure of 40,000 had been quoted in the so-called UN report, which in fact was not in any way the data obtained by a UN sanctioned investigation: a group of three individuals, whose objectivity as far as Sri Lanka was concerned could be questioned, had been appointed by the UN Secretary to advise him. All the major anti-Sri Lanka media are quite ready to refer to the report as a UN Report although it never was the outcome of a decision by the UN Security Council or the UN General Assembly.

It is sad that BBC, which was a few decades ago regarded by many in the former British colonies as an objective and dependable source of information, is being driven by an agenda that probably is promoted by anti-Sri Lankan groups in the affluent countries.

Sri Lankan diplomat says rights criticism a ‘proxy propaganda war’

November 14th, 2013

By Susannah Cullinane, CNN

(CNN) — Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Britain has blamed criticism of his country’s human rights record on a “proxy propaganda war” being carried out by those who funded the nation’s “terrorist conflict.”

(Video Link) :

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/14/world/asia/sri-lanka-commonwealth-nonis/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

 

Tamil Eelam returns to Tamil Nadu, India

November 14th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

‚ The charade of setting up Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka has lasted long enough -” 30 years to be precise. Tamil Nadu has been happy to watch from the balcony attempts to set up the foundation for Eelam in Sri Lanka as prescribed by Indian Governments. With the vanquishing of the LTTE that hijacked the Eelam idea thus bringing a lot of hounds to the region the scenario has become complicated. Too many players all out to get their own pound of flesh. Be that as it may, sheer grit and commitment won the day with necessary leadership backing to vanquish the tiger and its ability to strike terror through weapons. Eelam in limbo meant a quick pooling of minds moving on to plan B and that was to take Eelam to where it was originally meant to be, now that 30 years has been sufficient a time to lay the foundations in the original place it was to be enshrined. We begin to understand the calls of the wild from across the Palk Strait and the efforts taking place to plug the North of Sri Lanka into a Greater Eelam as a token of appreciation for all the 30 years of toil having coaxed Sri Lanka-â„¢s Government into holding elections and placing as Chief Minister one inspite of his education and legal experience is willing to chirp the Eelam song. But alas, India-â„¢s iron fist has come down hard -” India within days have done what Sri Lanka took 30 years to do -” the memorial built in honour of Tamil -Ëœmartyrs-â„¢ in Sri Lanka has been demolished within days of inauguration.

‚ Nullifying External Affairs Ministers excuse that the non-attendance of Indian Prime Minister to the CHOGM in Sri Lanka was partly due to Tamil sentiments in Tamil Nadu has been the demolition of the Memorial opened for Prabakaran in Tamil Nadu. Now the demolition of a memorial does not constitute upholding Tamil sentiments, doest it and especially so when it comes within days of Manmohan sending a love letter of excuse to President Rajapakse?

‚ The Mullivaaikal Memorial was opened by P. Nedumaran, the President of the Ulaga Tamizhar Peramaippu (World Tamils Federation) at Vilar, village in Tanjore on 6th November 2013 after permission was granted by a judge of the Madras High Court. Incidentally, quite a number of high profile members had been involved in the setting up of the memorial including M. Natarajan husband of Sasikala, close aid of Chief Minister Jayalalitha. Numerous people from Sri Lanka living in Sri Lanka and overseas had also contributed funds. This directly links them with LTTE initiatives throughout the terror in Sri Lanka.

‚ Worthy of mention too is the recent demolition of Prabakaran-â„¢s underground bunker in Pudukurippu by Sri Lanka-â„¢s army and whatever else are reminders of the tiger leader and killer despite some STILL holding him in reverence.

‚ What is also interesting is that unlike Sri Lankan authorities made to shy from taking actions on account of pressures that would come their way through various other means, India not only demolished the memorial wall and park but gave instructions to Tamil Nadu chief minister to arrest 6700 extremist and pro-tiger terrorist elements including Vaiko across 135 places including Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupur and Madurai who were protesting the total boycott of CHOGM by India in Sri Lanka.

‚ With all these developments Leena Manimekalai, the directress of the controversial -Ëœwhite van-â„¢ documentary has accused Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for playing a double game by passing resolutions against Sri Lanka but arresting people and destroying memorials. That is in deed a good question posed to Jayalalith to answer.

‚ Dr. Subramaniam Swamy in a recent discussion raised the question of the logic in why those accused of killing Rajiv Gandhi should escape punishment because it affected the Tamil sentiments. Using the same argument how many of the dead and injured in the IPKF killed by LTTE were from Tamil Nadu? If none of the killed or injured IPKF were Tamils of Tamil Nadu what would Tamil Nadu say of the sentiments of the families of the slain IPKF soldiers demanding justice for the killing of Indian soldiers on duty by the LTTE -” the very organization for which the memorial has been inaugurated? Why has it taken India 25 years to lay a memorial that too established by Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan soldiers? Why has no such memorial been established in India for these Indian jawans who came on behalf of India to disarm the LTTE as part of the promise given to Sri Lanka -” a job they claimed they could do in hours but couldn-â„¢t or didn-â„¢t want to or was ordered not to, which eventually led to IPKF being unceremoniously been asked to leave Sri Lanka. If Tamil Nadu are Indians and proud Indians too why do they hesitate to remember the IPKF but raise funds to erect a memorial for Prabakaran the very leader who carried out the killing of Rajiv Gandhi on Tamil Nadu soil? There is something certainly amiss here.

‚ We would like to remind Indian authorities that its intelligence agency that claimed LTTE as their -Ëœboys-â„¢ taking orders initially from them may perhaps be influenced by western sources resulting in the Indian Government being misled no different to how the Indian military were misled by Indian intelligence on numerous occasions in Sri Lanka when they arrived to disarm the LTTE. Indian Government is well advised to investigate how many of its officials are placing India-â„¢s integrity and sovereignty above the other interests they are working towards and that probe must start with Tamil Nadu with the open question of whether now that Eelam has returned to India-â„¢s Tamil Nadu will India simply stop at demolishing memorials or completely take the bull by the horns.

‚ At this stage we cannot but wonder if Prime Ministerial candidate Modi will fall for the tune of Tamil Nadu and the Eelam lobbyists controlling it -” we think not, which is why Sri Lanka strongly feels that Narendra Modi is the best thing that could happen to India at least to save it from digging its own grave.

‚ In whatever synonym Eelam is promoted what it cannot hide is the ultimate endeavor to carve out a separate state from its current allegiance -” therefore whether it is in Sri Lanka or India that separate state endeavor is the ultimate objective. Sri Lanka has clearly said NO (though there are some politicians happy to help carve out Eelam) but now that the ball is in India and the chicken or rather the tiger has come to roost there, far more serious than not attending CHOGM is India-â„¢s decision on what it proposes to do with Eelam. That decision, in real terms to safeguard India-â„¢s sovereignty, India needs to keep all elements linked to Eelam be it in Sri Lanka, India or elsewhere at arms length and some Indian politicians may not like this too much.

‚ Eelam be in Sri Lanka or India is of strategic concern for both nations, the region and China and Russia in particular.

‚ Nevertheless, what is interesting is that Eelam has finally returned to India-â„¢s Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka can now watch from the balcony how India handles it.

‚ What needs to be added is that inspite of India-â„¢s callous attitude and haughty actions upon Sri Lanka with word going around that Sri Lanka-â„¢s foreign policy is being run by Indian foreign office, our leaders continue to allow India stakes in Sri Lanka and watches India leverage its hold leading to a possible takeover of the country without even a whimper by our leaders except that which comes from the nationalists.‚ 

‚ A good example of the servility towards India is in the manner the Government ignored concerns about giving Trincomalee and Sampur and has now plans to give India to handle all communication channels of the Sri Lankan armed forces. If all goes well and cabinet approves this all that our armed forces say and do will be monitored by India. When the Defense Secretary-â„¢s phone was tapped by the Indian telecommunication company set up in Sri Lanka to run at a loss but to be used strategically, should we be giving all our strategic stakes to India for a song and then turn to the nationalists to save the day after putting the entire country in jeopardy?‚ 

‚ These are questions that Sri Lanka-â„¢s leaders need to ask themselves without being too engrossed in the oomph of CHOGM and the fanfare surrounding it. What the Government should be more concerned about is the next election when a common candidate (despite a dark record) will emerge aligning all opposition/minority parties against the present Government, inside which plenty of snakes prevail ready and bargaining to do a kangaroo.

 

 

Sri Lanka does not need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

November 14th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

A country that has become the 1st to eliminate a terrorist movement should not have to look at or copy models of other nations when what prevailed in South Africa is totally different to the scenario that prevailed in Sri Lanka. South Africa-â„¢s issue was apartheid -” invading colonial settlers taking control of all that rightfully belongs to the indigenous blacks. It was a clear case of black-white discrimination. Sri Lanka-â„¢s case as proven beyond doubt was one of TERRORISM. Terrorism meant that though LTTE fighting force were all Tamils, its supporters and other aligned were people were of all ethnicities even foreigners. Therefore, there is no common enemy for Sri Lanka except all those directly or indirectly taking part or supporting terrorist activity. Why should Sri Lanka have to reconcile with Terrorists, when the truth of their terrorism can be proven with facts. Sri Lanka need not reconcile with those that wish to disturb and destabilize the nation using terror to advance their agendas. If at all we need to have ONLY a TRUTH COMMISSION to bring out all the facts into focus. It is unacceptable to plug -RECONCILIATION-â„¢ for Sri Lanka defeated Terrorists and not Tamils. It is a ploy the Sri Lankan Government should not fall prey to.

‚ The TRUTH is

‚· Eelam originated not in Sri Lanka but in Tamil Nadu, India and thus Tamil Eelam is and was always meant to be in Tamil Nadu -” the Eelam in Sri Lanka call is simply a whitewash

‚ ‚· Tamil militant groups including the LTTE were first clandestinely trained by India in India (Jain Commission report gives training details including camps)

‚ ‚· 1983 was an Indian-planned riot to establish LTTE and other militant groups as legitimate promoters of the Eelam cause and bring them out into the open from hiding. (Politicians both Sinhala and Tamils were equally responsible -” agitating people for their own personal gains)

‚ ‚· The initial Indian-trained gangs did not receive the blessings of the Tamil people thus ending up robbing banks etc. It was in using the -ËœEelam Homeland-â„¢ bid that allowed Tamil militants to demand -Ëœdonations-â„¢ from Tamils.

‚ ‚· LTTE hijacked the idea of eelam after 1983 riots to showcase its legitimacy and India helped with providing the false propaganda.

‚ ‚· The Eelam bid was not a collective Tamil bid but a situational drive in order to keep those Tamils who were not in agreement silenced while forcing all Tamils to contribute towards a -Ëœcause-â„¢ that was supposed to be for them.

‚ ‚· All communal riots were initiated by Tamils

‚ ‚· The first killings were carried out by LTTE to provoke the Sri Lankan army.

‚ ‚· LTTE-â„¢s first killing of army personnel was on 15th October 1981.

‚ ‚· LTTE-â„¢s first killing of a Tamil was in 1972 with the assassination of Jaffna Mayor, Alfred Duraiappah -” a Tamil, followed by killing scores of Tamil policemen on duty (this nullifies claim that LTTE represented the interests of ALL Tamils).

‚ ‚· A -ËœTamil Eelam-â„¢ call would help LTTE hide from arrest for their international criminal networks. This is why Prabakaran chose to walk away from partial devolution bids because then he and his outfit would not have been able to carry out their illicit activities (human smuggling, narcotics etc)

‚ ‚· LTTE-â„¢s killing of both Tamils and non-Tamils was meant to show that people were either with the LTTE or would face elimination (LTTE crimes would reveal the statistics on the Tamils and non-Tamils killed)

‚ ‚· LTTE also killed off other militant leaders trained and established by India

‚ ‚· Tamils in particular high class/caste benefited by LTTE because they left Sri Lanka to be domiciled overseas whilst LTTE used the low castes to generate their cadres.

‚ ‚· illegal immigration form a key historical factor contributing to the change of demographics and the attempts to raise the populations of minorities. Both Tamils and Muslims are guilty of this factor ignored by politicians of present and past for their own greedy benefit but creating the problems over time. The act of compassion and benevolence has turned against the majority populace.

‚ ‚· The correct perspective of Sinhala Only act -” marketed erroneously to project an anti-Tamil stand which needs to be corrected with facts.

‚ ‚· It was the Tamil politicians who instigated the Tamil people to seek independence from the Sinhalese (Vaddukodai resolution seeking a separate state)

‚ ‚· International players, foreign governments, religious entities and their associations, international organizations were assisting LTTE (in some form or the other) over the years to advance their own agendas.

‚ ‚· Locally -” even some politicians, local entities, people in public and private sector, members of local organizations, some members of the police and armed forces had on numerous instances even collaborated with the LTTE for various remunerations. A Truth Commission will expose all these traitors.

‚ ‚· A Truth Commission would show how Tamils were deceived and fooled by both the LTTE terrorists and India and continue to be.

‚ These are just a handful of examples given to showcase that the conflict was no straightforward one and over the years numerous players jumped into the bandwagon on the pretext of wanting to help the -Ëœproblem-â„¢ without identifying the problem because no one wanted to identify the problem but wanted to push -Ëœsolutions-â„¢ that would realize their interests ONLY. So we had a situation where no one knew what the problem was but enough of solutions were being offered.

‚ This was how the conflict dragged on for 30 years without identifying LTTE as a terrorist outfit and then applying the same principle that US and world applied to the Al Qaeda -Ëœwar on terror-â„¢.

‚ We seem to be enveloping 2 issues together unnecessarily which the present Government must have the pluck to disjoint.

‚ It is true that the LTTE hijacked the bid for an eelam and used it as a cover to legitimize and forcefully acquire for itself a platform across the world stage but in so far as the question of what ailed Sri Lanka vis a vis the loss of life, destruction of property and the anarchy that prevailed, the answer is TERRORISM. That Tamils were killed especially all Tamils who were learned and had the capacity to become future leaders by the LTTE showed that LTTE desired to silent all Tamils who went against them. Where was the democracy in bumping of one-â„¢s own people?

‚ The aspect of Eelam cannot be solved by Sri Lanka alone. We cannot escape the reality that Eelam bid was launched in India against the Hindi hegemony. The anger against Hindi rule remains very much alive. India has not given half the privileges that Tamils enjoy in Sri Lanka to Tamils in India.

‚ The Eelam or the initial Dravidastan bid started as far back as the 1920s. There were movements like the -ËœWe Tamil-â„¢ movement that was crushed by India before it would gather momentum and it served India-â„¢s interest to pass the pillow of Eelam across the Palk Strait and to facilitate this drive further it clandestinely trained militant groups to do the dirty work marshaled by Indian intelligence -” a courtship which even the Indian military did not know of and resulted in issues when the IPKF came to Sri Lanka.

‚ What needs to be clearly said is that there cannot be self-determination for the same ethnic group in all corners of the world. It would signal a bad precedence. What if Chinese called for self-determination in Australia, UK or America, what if Sikhs did the same in UK?

If Tamils numbering 75million or more have not been lucky to have a nation to call their own that is not the fault of Sri Lanka. The calls for a separate state for Tamils at independence in India did not generate the welcome that the Southern leaders expected. Therefore, in any discussion or debate on Eelam we cannot omit that the Eelam bid was first launched in Tamil Nadu and should rightfully be in Tamil Nadu and not elsewhere. In a small area such as Sri Lanka, wherein the Tamils themselves live outside of the enclave they refer to as -ËœEelam-â„¢ it is virtually impossible to put 75million even for a Tamil AGM! Eelams cannot be created in every country that Tamils end up calling for self-determination (even if it is masked as internal or external and within a united Sri Lanka -” these are just lose words without any meaning)

‚ Therefore, for any eelam to realize both India and Sri Lanka must consent to it. If India desired to create an Eelam for Tamils it would have done so no different to how it created Bangladesh. That India has not given independence to either the Punjab or Tamils despite calls for such goes to show that India is not interested in agreeing to a glasnost/perestroika type solution that Gorbechov fell for instrumental by the Americans. However, with America playing a key role behind the scenes in India, India is well on track to be balkanized by its own folly without the interference of any western powers.

‚ The issues faced by different nations have their own histories and whatever models they have applied it becomes of no relevance for Sri Lanka as our problem is nothing experienced by them and their problem was not experienced by us. South Africa faces a black-white discrimination problem called apartheid. The examples of atrocities in South Africa never took place in Sri Lanka.

‚ The tragedy in Sri Lanka is that the same players who had been contributing through advice and steering policy in the wrong direction detrimental to the nation continue to be kept in the policy making decision process raising concerns of the type of advice being given considering their past record of folly.

‚ Simply to get foreign governments off the backs of Sri Lanka-â„¢s leaders it is childish to agree to proposals brought forward through these same advisors which are likely to lead in catastrophic consequences.

‚ Those that promoted giving to India all that India demanded including ignoring advice not to go forward with giving India access to Trincomalee and not to sign the Sampur power agreement will now realize that India-â„¢s interests cares nothing about whether it is suitable or agreeable to Sri Lanka. Translated this should mean that Sri Lanka-â„¢s leaders are not elected to please foreign leaders, foreign governments or foreign natives but to put the interests of the country first and decisions taken to ensure that the territorial integrity, sovereignty and the Constitution of the country is not compromised.

‚ Returning to the topic of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission along the model of South Africa what needs to be said is that while we certainly need a TRUTH COMMISSION we do not need a RECONCILIATION COMMISSION for Sri Lanka defeated a Terrorist Movement and not Tamils and Sri Lanka does not need to RECONCILE with terrorists.

‚ Moreover we need to learn from the follies of the LLRC which omitted mention of or even reference to scores of submissions made by patriotic nationalists and none of their sentiments and concerns have been addressed or taken cognizance of. It is no suitable a time than to publish all these submissions for the rest of Sri Lanka and the world to realize that a major portion of people-â„¢s thoughts have been left out of the LLRC which diminishes its credibility.

‚ In so far as solutions go we need to ask how far a country needs to back to please a minority to a stage or period of time wherein the minorities enjoyed undue privileges while the majority was pushed to a corner and denied all rights. This period was during the divide and rule policy of the British. While in the present scenario no Tamil is denied anything that is exclusively enjoyed by only Sinhalese this was not the case in the period that Tamils wish to return to. How can such a situation bring satisfaction to the Tamils and what would that mean for the Sinhalese Buddhists in this new proposed scenario. More importantly is this the proposal that government and politicians are agreeing to accept at the cost of the nation though it give them bogus applause globally but what would their future be thereafter?

No business in Sri Lanka for Indian business mission!

November 14th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

‚ A high level business mission is apparently in Colombo now, according to media reports dated 12 November. The gentlemen and the lady constituting the team should be given a plain and simple answer: -You have no business in Sri Lanka-.

‚ The Prime Minister of India has already written to the President of Sri Lanka that he does not wish to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is scheduled to open in Colombo on 15 November. Instead, he opts to send a team headed by his Minister of External Affairs, giving no clear reason for the move.

‚ Diplomatic protocol and the procedures in international relations probably do not allow Sri Lanka to tell the Indian PM that CHOGM is for Heads of government and not for those of other ranks, which means that a Minister of External Affairs, or a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as the all-powerful and squeaky-clean Canada is sending, does not qualify to share a common forum at the event with Heads of Government.

‚ If the elected Prime Minister of India feels -” for whatever reason -” that he would give a miss to CHOGM, all these Indian business people, too, should follow the PM-â„¢s lead. Talks of the team meeting Sri Lanka-â„¢s Minister of Industry and Commerce and -participating in the Reflection of Sri Lanka: Exposition on Trade, Tourism & Investment- are irrelevant and are mere hogwash.

‚ More importantly, the sugar-coated expressions or titles such as “The Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and SAARC: Building New Partnerships” of business forums will not fool any right-thinking Sri Lankans who love their country. India voted against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council Sessions in 2012 and 2013, and now even feels proper to abstain from participating in CHOGM. Various panjandrums of India-â„¢s External Affairs Ministry have been saying that the Head of Indian government had attended only five of the past ten CHOGM-â„¢s. Be that it may, Sri Lankans know that it is to curry favour with the gangs of anti-Sri Lanka Tamils in Tamil Nadu, which includes the bigwigs in politics, that the PM of India decided to take this action: human rights abuses allegedly committed by Sri Lanka-â„¢s armed forces have nothing to do with the move.

‚ Sri Lankans know who their real friends are, and India or any of its business people are certainly not among those!

 

 

 

My comment to The Daily Mirror 14/11/13:

November 14th, 2013

‚ S de Silva London

The Daily Mirror reports that William Hague MP expects -Accountability for Past Crimes-.‚  Fine! ‚ Please remind Mr Hague, without being vague!, that ANY accountability has to apply to ALL and that must include the LTTE and their financial backers in the West and also cover the full 30 years of the conflict and NOT just the last 3 months for the convenience of the LTTE.‚  And while Mr Hague is on the theme of accountability he should really direct his mind also to ‚ the vast crimes his forefathers have committed during their illegal occupation in Sri Lanka over a Century – Otherwise all this will be a load of utter hypocrisy!!

‚ 

Yours Sincerely,

‚ S de Silva

London

The Commonwealth should take over the mantle of bringing about economic development, the need of the hour,

November 14th, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.

It has been aptly said that the sun did not set in the days of the British Empire.‚  The Empire included Australia, Canada, India and‚  many African countries and the sun did shine every minute‚  on some part of that vast Empire.

‚ With the countries gaining independence one by one, the power of the British Empire was on the wane and then began the Commonwealth in 1949. The countries that became independent were entitled to become members of the Commonwealth. Today 53 countries cooperate and are held together. It is a force that covers a majority of the people of the world, only next to the United Nations..‚ 

‚ To my thinking the prime need of the Commonwealth countries today is economic development in terms of‚  poverty‚  alleviation, employment, controlling inflation and increasing the incomes of the people. In all these respects all countries in the world including Japan, the US and UK have miserably failed. The economy of the United States of America, the‚  mighty superpower totally closed down last month.

‚ The Third World countries have been at the mercy of the IMF since the Seventies when the IMF poured its Structural Adjustment Programme(SAP) down the throats of all Third World countries‚  making them indebted in the process.‚  The IMF‚  policies provided financial aid to the countries provided they gave up controlling their foreign exchange earnings and did away with national planning, exchange controls, import controls and allowed the multinationals‚  and the Private Sector to rule their countries. The‚  development infrastructure of national planning and development tasks‚  were privatized and abolished. In this process countries like Sri Lanka that were not indebted swallowed the SAP pill along with many other countries of the Commonwealth. Professor Jeffery Sachs says :”The IMF and the World Bank virtually ran the economic policies in Africa… these programmes had little scientific merit and produced even fewer results. By the start of the Twenty First Century Africa was poorer than‚  in the late 1960s when the IMF and the WB had first arrived on the scene.”(End of Poverty) ‚ Ironically Jeffery Sachs himself implemented the failed IMF policies in many countries.

‚ ‚  Because‚  the use of foreign exchange was totally released‚  the aid funds that came in flowed back to the developed Donor countries in some form or other- for luxury imports, to educate the children of the rich in foreign universities, for luxury travel etc simultaneously‚  leaving the country indebted.‚  At first loans were given by the World Bank‚  with sweetners-at 2% interest with 20 to 30 year long periods of grace‚  . Later the interest rates were increased and currently these countries have had to borrow at rates like 9% interest. . The indebtedness increases in leaps and bounds. The countries are trapped and have no option but to‚  slave on the same path to increase exports and allow foreign investors to come in to plunder their remaining assets and the countries have to borrow further to service their debts. That is what the IMF did to the Third World.

‚ It would behove of the Commonwealth to lend a hand to these‚  countries to get back on their feet. . It is not a question whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,‚ ‚  and Prime Minister Steven Harper attends the CHOGM parley or whether Desmond Tutu can fool the world further while the blacks remain landless and unemployed in his own backyard. The Singhs and Tutus and the Harpers will all come‚  begging if the Commonwealth has something unique to offer. .

‚ It has so happened that‚  the development effort of the World is marred with many failures. India-â„¢s famous Community Development Programme of the Fifties and Sixties was a miserable failure. It ended up as a programme‚  of bricks and mortar that forced people to build roads and contribute their labour without any increase in their incomes.(Karunaratne: The Failure of the Community Development Programme in India- :Community Development .Journal. April 1976)‚ ‚ ‚  Today in India, the TRYSEM and the IRDP, both gigantic programmes offer grants, loans and training‚  which have failed to alleviate poverty.‚  While the thousands trained in the TRYSEM get no guidance to become employed, the grants‚  provided by the IRDP‚  to enable people to buy an income generating asset like a milking cow, has been sold again and again at a higher price‚  as a cow was required to get the loan.‚  The number of cows did not increase but the prices increased due to the demand for cows as the loan was given only to buy a cow. The IRDP continues with the Government claiming the increased amount so granted as a success!(Karunaratne: Alleviting Poverty In India: Can it ever be done,- Asian Tribune15/02/-7)‚  Canada-â„¢s famous Blue Mountain Pottery closed down causing all trained craftsmen to fill the ranks of the unemployed.‚  Canada had no mechanism to resurrect it.‚  South Africa-â„¢s development can be seen in its high unemployment‚  and high poverty levels.

‚ Thus the greater task of the Commonwealth lies in providing the know how to bring about economic development‚  to the Third World countries that have been made indebted by following the IMF policies.

‚ Ideally the Commonwealth has to come up with a new paradigm for development and move the countries to salvation. This should be‚  the long term aim.

‚ In the short term- something that has to be done immediately is to provide employment avenues and increase the incomes of the people.‚  The IMF policies enabled‚  the high earners to get three million rupees a month(Deputy Chairmen of Golden Key, Sri Lanka) while the masses- garment factory workers have to eke out a life with a mere Rupees twelve thousand a month. The IMF-â„¢ hall mark was for the rich to become richer.

‚ One has to search for development programmes that have been successful and find how they have been successes amidst‚  a sea of programmes that miserably failed…

‚ In the annals of development history there are only two development programmes that have been an acclaimed success and have left their imprints on the sands of time.‚  One is the Comilla Programme of Rural Development and the other is the Youth Self Employment Programme, both of Bangladesh.. The latter is a creation of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation.

‚ Instead of getting down to a doctrinaire text book exercise it would appear appropriate to deal with real achievements and how the policies and designs‚  that brought about the‚  achievement can hold‚  the Commonwealth in a poverty alleviation and income increasing exercise for the future. There is no point in listening to experts who have never had hands on experience.

‚ The Comilla Programme of Rural Development came up as an attempt by the Government of Pakistan(then included Bangladesh as East Pakistan) to find the best method of development to create employment avenues and increase the incomes of the masses. The Government of Pakistan sought ideas from the world. Michigan State University enthusiastically offered to put its might behind the programme. It was the foremost land grant university that put academic might at the service of the country to bring about the development of the USA. The Government selected one of its officers Dr Akhter Hameed Khan to head and the idea was that instead of a programme encompassing the entire country they would select a Thana- a division and try out various methods and arrive at the best and quickest method of enabling development to flower through.‚  The Kotwali Thana of the Comilla District was selected and Michigan State University sent a few of its ablest professors to guide the Director in furthering development.

‚ Within a decade the area saw massive development. The yield of paddy was increased from‚  less than 20 maunds per acre to as much as 46.5 maunds. Full employment was achieved and even people in adjacent Thanas were offered employment. The entire area was developed with tractor stations, a cheese and butter creamery etc. through cooperatives.‚  The result: was an oasis of development amidst a poverty stricken country.

‚ How was this chieved:

The Programme involved developing a number of models for rural development aimed at‚  decentralized and coordinated rural administration, building the infrastructure of roads, drainage and irrigation, cooperative development with people in cooperatives -”all members meeting every week when specialists would guide them,‚  the selection of a village level worker, a volunteer from amongst the people, having a second tier of cooperatives to handle all development activities, with the Thana Officer as head. The Cooperatives spearheaded development in every aspect‚  and people were accepted as foremost with the chance to develop their abilities to increase incomes. This effort was guided by an education cum extension institute called the Academy where the Director was Akhter Hameed Khan.

‚ The detailed method in Dr Khan-â„¢s words were

-The setting up of an‚  institutional training‚  and development center with a team of departmental experts and a regular routine of meetings and workshops for delegates from village groups-¦ the formation of a group in each village(cooperative),‚  the organization of small farmers-(From Chapter 23 in Karunaratne: How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka.)

‚ Even today the Academy is at work guiding the villagers at work in their cooperatives. Development has been an acclaimed success. It is a continuing programme..

‚ The other programme is the Youth Self Programme of Bangladesh. This was a programme imposed on 40,000 youths who were being trained annually by the Ministry of Youth Development.‚ In a nutshell.‚ the trainees were motivated‚  to commence activities to become self employed in the area of their training, encouraged to establish‚  ventures in their homes..‚  The Lecturers at the Training Centers guided the activities‚  till they were proved commercially viable.

‚ The Achievemanet

This‚  Programme which was established in 1981 was rapidly expanded and today guides 160,000 a year to become self employed.‚  By 2011 February this programme had guided as much as two million youths to be self employed‚  on‚  a commercially viable basis.(Statement by Bangladesh to the 34 th Session of the Governing Council of IFAD, dated19/02/2011)

It is s easily the largest employment creation programme the world has known.

‚ This Programme began in a peculiar manner when‚  The Hon Minister of Labour and Manpower‚  at a Conference held of‚  Heads of key Ministries to vet the youth development programmes questioned me as to what I could contribute for Bangladesh

.Without batting an eyelid I stated that the vocational programmes for the 40,000 youths whom we trained every year in an array of vocations should be supplemented by a self employment programme to ensure that the trainees are self employed, so that the trained youth would end their training as entrepreneurs and not join the ranks of the trained unemployed. Then they would become contributors to the country‚  as opposed to remain as an encumberance on the economy. There was a marked silence. I was told that the creation of self employment was a task that cannot be achieved and that it will be a waste of funds because in the earlier three years the ILO had tried to do it in Tangail,‚  Bangladesh and had miserably failed.‚  The Secretary‚  to the Treasury and other Secretaries, some of whom had post grad degrees from Harvard and other universities questioned‚  whether it‚  will not amount to a waste of funds. I explained that we could guide the youths in training to establish ventures and guide them to be profitable . When I had won that battle, I was confronted with the argument that employment creation did not belong to the Ministry of Youth. Instead it belonged only to the line Ministries of Agriculture and Industry. I submitted that instead of involving the youth in fun and games it would be ideal to guide them to end up as entrepreneurs.

The battle went on for an easy two full hours the Minister listening in silence till his patience was exhausted.‚  The Minister asked whether any of the line ministries had any training programme that guided people to become entrepreneurs and the answer was none. He immediately approved my suggestion. The Treasury stumped me stating‚  that there will be no additional funds to which I said that we will use the youth training funds and re deploy staff as necessary. This was approved. It was a non subsidy programme entirely based on extension‚  where the aim was to guide the youths to develop their abilities in managing their income generating projects. .

‚ We started planning work that night itself. The next morning I was addressing trainees at the training centers and also training our Lecturers and Youth Officers on how the programme should be done. All Training Institutes were altered to Training and Extension Institutes where we did not forget the graduands after training. They were guided to become self employed. Overnight we established a special extension service for the lecturers to go out and help the youths who faced problems.‚  The youths‚  drafted their own projects to become self employed, started small farms even with a few cows or chicks. Dresses were sewn using the machines at the training centers that were kept open after work.‚ ‚  The method was to intensively guide the trainees in the management of their enterprises. Every action from the planning of their projects, to the purchase of raw materials, the chicks, the feed, the process of manufacture the process of the growth and sale of cattle, the making of garments and their sale was all monitored on a non formal basis where the youths were trained to look at the advantages and disadvantages of each course of action and act on their own. They were monitored closely and helped when they failed. . The trainees were taught basic economics related to their ventures‚  The training included understanding the free market economy and the youths were allowed to think understand and increase their ability in the process. The achievement was within the village setting where the projects became family concerns with brothers and sisters becoming involved. Training sessions were provided impromptu where everyone could participate.

‚ The effort was to make a youth movement to make youths establish ventures and guide them till they are income bearing equal to the earnings of a clerical officer in the Public Service.

‚ This Programme began in 1981 with a few trainees and was expanded to 2000 by 1983,. My task was also to train the officers to carry on the programme after my‚  two year period of service ended.‚  True to a man Bangladeshi officers carried on the ardous task and‚ ‚  today 160,000 youths are being guided annually. By February 2011 as much as two million youths had established commercially viable ventures.

‚ The importance of this programme is that it was a creation of the Commonwealth. It was designed and established by me‚  when I served as the Commonwealth Fund Expert on youth development. In the application of development processes I closely followed non formal education concepts and principles that I had learned at Michigan State University under professors who had worked at Comilla and also under Dr Akhter Hameed Khan who served as a professor in 1978.

‚ It is also important to note that this Commonwealth Programme of self employment creation‚  has achieved more than any other development programme‚  ever attempted by any of the United Nations organizations.

‚ I am certain that it will be possible for the Commonwealth Fund, the technical extension arm of the Commonwealth to undertake an employment creation programme in each country and this experience will enable a new paradigm of economic development to emerge. This will enable each country to develop the abilities of a core of local administrators‚  who can guide development and‚  this will enable India to get more out of their TRYSEM and IRDP,‚  and also enable Canada to avoid pitfalls like the closure of the famous‚  Blue Mountain Pottery.

‚ It is hoped that the details provided in this Paper will urge the leaders of Commonwealth Countries to address the issues of poverty alleviation, employment creation and increasing the incomes of their people.‚  The entire world yearns for that development today.

‚ Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University‚ ‚  11/11/2013

Former Commonwealth Fund Advisor in Youth Development to the Govt of Bangladesh,

‚ Author of;

-How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka and Alternative Programs of Success (Godages)2006

-Success in Development-(Godages)2010

-Papers on the Economic Development of Sri Lanka-, Godages 2012

Sri Lanka Media Watch

November 14th, 2013

Ira de Silva Ontario, Canada

The Editor

National Post
Toronto, Ontario

Dear Sir:

Reference this article, what is interesting to note is that Mr. Samathanan came to Canada as a refugee. The inference is that he would have claimed persecution, discrimination, torture etc. to support his application for refugee status. That he lied to get refugee status‚ is clear‚ because he returns to Sri Lanka without any fear, starts a business, gets married has children and settles back in Sri Lanka.‚ He does not seem to have had any intention of hurrying back to Canada in fear of his life.

He then imports cell phones without a licence, another act which was illegal. Everyone in Sri Lanka knows that these items were used extensively by the LTTE terrorists to blow up buses, trains, buildings on a regular basis and that they were banned items. This took place in 2007 at the height of LTTE terrorism against civilians. He however proceeds without fear or permission to import these items, knowing full well that he was breaking the law hence the charge of “acting in a manner prejudicial to national security”.‚ It seems that laws do not have any meaning for him as long as he gets his own way.‚ He was unable to explain why he would need 600 cell phones or who was going to be the customer.‚ When he has no explanation about this illegal activity he is taken into custody. He once again falls back on his claims of‚ torture.

When his case was heard in the courts he agreed to plead guilty to a single count of illegally importing an electronic device. He paid a fine and was released in August 2010 but he only‚  returned to Canada in April 2011. If he was in such fear of the law and his situation in Sri Lanka,‚ how does he explain why he stayed on till April 2011?‚  The conclusion could be that he had no fear of living in Sri Lanka.

His wife and children have arrived in Canada in January this year. To coincide with the LTTE supporters‚ claims of torture etc. which is a‚ regular but unsubstantiated claim by‚ those claiming refugee status,‚ he has once again claimed torture and given an interview to the media‚ just in time for the Commonwealth meeting and the media have once again obliged. It appears that the Canadian media are so intent on blaming Sri Lanka of human rights abuses that they are unable to analyse his statements and recognize the lies.‚ While Canada is welcome to the likes of Mr. Samathanan it is time the‚ Sri Lankan authorities wake up to this type of fraud‚ and‚ make note of his claims‚ just in case he once again attempts to return to Sri Lanka for the “good life”.

Yours truly,

Ira de Silva

Ontario, Canada

CORRUPTED JOURNALISM: CHANNEL 4 AND SRI LANKA

November 14th, 2013

Sri Lanka Media Watch

Engage Sri Lanka has published Corrupted Journalism: Channel 4 and Sri Lanka. It is a 222-page study of the allegations made by British television broadcaster Channel 4 against the Government of Sri Lanka regarding events in the last few weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war, fought between the government and “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” (LTTE, also known as the “Tamil Tigers”) rebels. In the course of two hour-long programmes, presented by Jon Snow, Channel 4 alleged that war crimes and human rights abuses had been committed by the government as the war ended in 2009.

‚ The well-known British journalist, A A Gill, noted of the claims made by Channel 4:

‚ “The channel has accumulated a large collection of samizdat amateur footage from mobile phones and video cameras -” mostly unattributed and uncorroborated . . . Snow-â„¢s commentary was intemperate and partisan, and it was all held together by assumptions. Channel 4 News has drifted from providing news broadcasts into being an outlet for nodding spokespeople and assorted NGOs and environmental pressure groups, or anyone who can provide interesting or sensational film. It really was the most astonishing and misjudged editorial decision from a news broadcaster that has grown into the habit of poor judgment on almost everything…”

‚ Channel 4 sought to present their programmes in a quasi-legal format. There is of course a name for those courts in which one person is the accuser, judge and jury: a kangaroo court. Channel 4-â„¢s programmes were the journalistic equivalents of such a court.

‚ Channel 4 claimed its programmes were forensic in their approach. Corrupted Journalism: Channel 4 and Sri Lanka shows that Channel 4′s programmes were unprofessional, prejudiced and inaccurate, both in the content presented, the claims made as well as in the material and facts they omitted. The inaccurate and sensationalist Channel 4 narrative regarding the end of the war in Sri Lanka repeatedly ignored the well-documented fact that the hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in the last weeks of fighting had been forced into the combat zone by the LTTE, who bore the‚  resultant responsibility for any casualties. Similarly, while claiming that Sri Lankan forces shelled no-fire zones they themselves had established, Channel 4 News once again ignored clear evidence that these areas were actually shelled and mortared by the LTTE and that the LTTE themselves fired from within the no-fire zones, often from the vicinity of hospitals. The programmes claimed to be a forensic account of events and yet they ignored a range of facts and evidence that clearly contradicted its narrative. Channel 4 News also made questionable claims regarding video and mobile phone footage that continue to be unsupported by the findings of the UN Special Rapporteur. Similarly, while claiming that the government had a policy of killing those members of the LTTE who had either surrendered or been taken prisoner, Channel 4 News ignored the fact that more than 11,000 LTTE fighters were taken into custody -” the overwhelming majority of whom were subsequently released.

‚ Channel 4′s assertion that up to 40,000 civilians may have died in the last month of the war was plucked out of the air. Corrupted Journalism: Channel 4 and Sri Lanka shows that the claim is statistically and methodologically impossible.

‚ The claims made by Channel 4 regarding Sri Lanka should provide a wake-up call for developing countries. They provide yet another example of a self-selecting, white western ƒ©lite, on the basis of flawed -Ëœadvocacy-â„¢ propaganda, seeking to interfere in the internal affairs of a developing country emerging from decades of civil war. Channel 4′s self-indulgence is undermining Sri Lanka-â„¢s peace and reconciliation process and prejudicing ongoing legitimate investigations into the events of May 2009. Equally disturbing is these kangaroo court trials by western media appear to be shaping aspects of western foreign policy.

‚ In perhaps the most jarring aspect of Channel 4′s skewed claims about Sri Lanka, the British media regulator has ruled that “there is no requirement in the [British Broadcasting] Code for issues to be treated with due accuracy.” The implications are clear. Western media would appear to have a carte blanche to distort and misinform perceptions of events within the developing world

‚ Note to Editors

‚ Engage Sri Lanka can be contacted on info@engagesrilanka.com

‚ Engage Sri Lanka is a British initiative established in 2011 to make the case for the United Kingdom engaging more closely with Sri Lanka. Britain has a very old and historic relationship with Sri Lanka. This relationship is also a cultural, political and economic one and it is vital that our country maintains and develops its connection with one of our oldest partners. In an age of economic uncertainty, British business must make the most of its reputation in Sri Lanka and expand its involvement in the Sri Lankan economy. Sri Lanka-â„¢s commercial law is based on that of the UK and there is a skilled work force. Britain is already the second-largest market, after the United States, for Sri Lankan exports. World Bank figures show that the Sri Lankan economy is growing by 8 percent a year. Sri Lanka is also a strategic partner for British business in South Asia and is a key point of entry into the rapidly growing Indian market. Sri Lanka has the highest ranking in the World Bank-â„¢s -Ëœease of doing business-â„¢ ratings in the region.

‚ The United Kingdom must engage as fully and vigorously as possible with Sri Lanka. British business already faces fierce competition from China and other countries: We must challenge any obstacles to our country-â„¢s political and economic relationship with Colombo, especially those originating from partisan and self-serving quarters.

‚ Sri Lanka Media Watch is a project of Engage Sri Lanka. It was established to monitor coverage of, and reporting on, Sri Lanka in the international media. Sri Lanka Media Watch evaluates this coverage against universally accepted journalistic standards of accuracy and impartiality and, where necessary, a right to reply.

Use CHOGM To Direct The Focus On Tiger Diaspora

November 14th, 2013

Dr. Chula NA Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson,,United Sri Lanka Ass., Lower Hutt, NZ

The Editor

Lanka Web.
‚ 
Dear Editor,
‚ 

The CHOGM offers an excellent opportunity to focus the spot light on the Tiger Diaspora who are the ones at the bottom of the international media woes for Sri Lanka currently.

They are the ones once again terrorizing Sri Lanka, this time with the pen through internationally orchestrated ‚ misinformation. To do this they are now ‚ using powerful ‚ allies acquired through the use of their ill gotten war chest of billions. At this time it is most notably the Amnesty International, whoreceived $$50,000 grant in Canada in Jan 2012.

Such a focus ‚ ‚ could be made by raising relevant issues as pointed out below, at :

1.The Conference table it self .

2. At press conferences both of thePresident , Minister of Foreign Affairs and other Sri Lankan officials as well as relevant visiting heads of state and ministers most particularly PM David Cameron and Foreign Secretary Hague of Britain.

3. These could be raised also ‚ in the ‚ TV & News Papers too.

The questions to be asked would be as follows:

1. The Tiger Diaspora funded tiger‚ ‚  terrorism that deprived 20 million Sri Lankan-â„¢s of the most basic human right of all, the right to life, for three decades till their defeat in may 2009,

Despite this , how is it that this ‚ Tiger Diaspora, can still continue operate freely in some countries particularly in the UK, un fettered and unquestioned, directing the misinformation campaign that is once again terrorizing Sri Lanka and threatening their peace.

2.This Diaspora now renamed World‚  &‚  British Tamil forum respectively, and the Trans National Government of Tamil Elam, even celebrate their anniversary annually in the premises of the Parliament in London. In March this year over 40 MP-â„¢s from both sides of parliament headed by foreign secretary and shadow foreign secretary attended these.

Do ‚ the British Authorities have no qualms about ‚ permitting and supporting these festivities, when the Diaspora has the blood of the‚  100,00 victims of tiger ‚ terror on their hands and have culpability to the threat of a similar fate to the rest of the 20 million Sri Lankans .

3. Now that this is being pointed out, will the British Authorities make amends by curtailing their activities and instituting‚  ‚ investigation into the role of these individuals in funding and sustaining three decades of terror in Sri Lanka.

4.The President of Sri Lanka representing 20 million Sri Lankan-â„¢ was deprived of his basic human right of speech in the UK on two occasions . First in ‚ 2010 when he was invited to address the Oxford Union and then in 2012 when he was invited to address ‚ a business ‚ forum, by having both these meetings cancelled owing to agitations from the Tiger Diaspora.‚  How is it that Britania that once ruled the waves could not ensure the basic human right of speech to the visiting President of a sovereign state,in the face of agitation from a Diaspora best known for funding terror in that state?

5.Even as recently as September 2013, the film – Madras Cafƒ©-, a Tamil Nadu made film exposing the role of the Tamil Tigers in the assassination of‚  the‚ late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Ghadhi, had to be withdrawn from screening due to fear of protests and agitation by the Tiger Diaspora. Has Britain surrendered decisions on freedom of speech and‚ ‚  freedom‚  of screening , especially on matters pertaining to Sri Lanka, to the Tiger Diaspora.

‚ 5. With the above track record on ensuring freedom of expression ,or the lack of it, what moral authority does Britain have to question and lecture to Sri Lanka on similar matters as their leaders are planning to do, on their visit to attend CHOGM.

6.Are the British leaders prepared to acknowledge these shortfalls and give assurances to correct these on their return , particularly in relation to bringing to book Tiger Diaspora for‚  having‚  funded three decades of terror in Sri Lanka .

‚ Dr. Chula NA Rajapakse MNZM

Spokesperson,,United Sri Lanka Ass.,

Lower Hutt, NZ

Deepak Obhrai lays a wreath for the Tamil Tigers at a cemetery at Elaphant Pass

November 14th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

13 November 2013

Hon. Deepak Obhrai, MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Deepak:

Today-â„¢s Sri Lanka-â„¢s THE ISLAND reports that -PM Harper-â„¢s rep lays flowers for Tigers-‚  It continues to say that you had laid flowers at the Elephant Pass cemetery on your way back from Jaffna.‚  -They entered the cemetery in spite of a Sri Lankan official accompanying them requested not to lay flowers there.-‚  ‚ And Deepak you went ahead and did it, anyway, disrespecting the sovereignty of a country.‚ ‚  You Canadian parliamentarians, Stephen Harper-â„¢s gang think that Sri Lanka is a Canadian colony, don-â„¢t you?

That act showed that you are brave, arrogant as well as being stupid. ‚ And that you are too big for your britches.‚  Lately on the Sri Lanka file our Members of Parliament and Cabinet Ministers have shown that they are too big for their britches when dealing with Sri Lanka, while supporting the most ruthless terrorists in the world, the Tamil Tigers, just to garnish your palms with the Tamil votes in the Greater Toronto Area.‚ ‚  And don-â„¢t tell me you are not and for God-â„¢s sake Deepak, ‚ don-â„¢t you ever challenge my intelligence on the Sri Lanka file.

‚ I am not sure whether you were in Canada in 1967, 46 years ago, or whether you were still in High School in Tanzania.‚  For your edification Deepak, this is what happened.

On July 24, 1967, during a state visit to Expo-â„¢67, General Charles De Gaulle, President of France, and a hero of the 20th century, proclaimed from the balcony of Montreal-â„¢s City Hall, a sentence that would change the history of Canada.‚ ‚  He repeated the slogan -Vive le Quebec Libre-, the slogan of the Quebec-â„¢s separatist party, and De Gaulle provoked a diplomatic incident and cancellation of his visit immediately.

‚ Then Liberal Prime Minister Lester Pearson went on television to tell De Gaulle that his statement was -unacceptable to the Canadian people.-‚  The newly appointed Minister of Justice, Pierre Trudeau, asked what the French reaction would be if a Canadian Prime Minister shouted -Britanny to the Bretons-‚  After these rebukes‚  De Gaulle cut short his visit and was asked to leave Canada.‚  And he did.

Your arrogance of laying a wreath of flowers for the Tamil Tigers was tantamount to what De Gaulle did in 1967.‚ ‚  And you have been damn lucky Deepak, that Asoka Weerasinghe was not the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, and that I would have told the Sri Lankans on TV of your ‚ arrogance of laying a wreath even after being requested by an official not to do so, and that I have asked you to get off the Sri Lankan kabook earth and would have accompanied you to the airport and put you on the next plane out of Colombo.‚ ‚  And I would have been there to see that the plane took off with you and if it didn-â„¢t, I would have gone onto the tarmac and pushed that plane off that runway.‚  ‚ ‚ Representing Canada at the CHOGM‚  would‚  not have given you immunity for your‚  arrogance and stupidity.

The bottom line was you had abrogated the protocol of a sovereign country and you were just another visitor.‚  And who the hell do you think you are?

But here-â„¢s where you blew it big time Deepak.‚ ‚  You would have compensated your arrogance if you were smart enough to have proceeded to the most Sacred Temple of the Buddha-â„¢s Tooth Relic in Kandy and laid a wreath of araliya flowers for the 12 who got killed when the Tamil Tigers bombed the temple on 25 January 1998, ‚ with a truck‚  packed with ‚ RDX and TNT explosives bought from a Chemical Factory in the Ukraine for 7.5 million Canadian dollars funded by the Canadian-Tamils, in 1994.‚  It were the same explosives that brought down the Central Bank Building in Colombo which killed 114, and maimed for life 1,338 others, on January 31, 1996.

What the hell were you thinking Deepak?‚  You Conservatives seem to be getting better in‚ provoking the ‚ majority Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Government, aren-â„¢t you?‚ ‚  It would be interesting to ‚ know where we are heading in our bilateral relations, ‚ but in‚  the mean time you‚ Conservatrives are making me sick.

Sincerely,‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ 

Asoka Weerasinghe

Killing Fields: Threadbare Journalism on Display at Curtin University in Perth

November 14th, 2013

Dr D. Chandraratna

As recently as last month there were two instances in Australian Universities when academic freedom became mere sophistry and nonsense. In the first case, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University, an academic from Israel-â„¢s Hebrew University was refused permission to respond to a talk given by another academic who, according to the Jewish lobby in Sydney, blatantly misrepresented Israel-â„¢s position. The second instance was the screening of Killing Fields at Curtin University in Perth where the Sri Lankan community was refused a chance to present their side of the story to the viewing audience. The Vice Chancellor and the Head of Human Rights Centre refused our request citing the unhindered freedom of expression. Killing Fields is a documentary produced by bankrupt journalists looking to salvage their threadbare respectability by exploiting the freedom of expression to promote anti Sinhalese sentiments which are the antithesis of demands by the majority Sinhalese in Sri Lanka for coexistence and peace. Sri Lankans stand up for the humane treatment of all people and the current regime has safeguarded the rights of all by dismantling a marauding brutal terror outfit which held 22 million people hostage in that country for thirty years..

Both these instances highlight the lack of freedom to those who are misrepresented to put forward their case to the same audience who would otherwise be misinformed. The Universities need to recognize that in allowing anti state organizations to present their views without a critical perspective is only doing a disservice to those freedoms that they so fondly revere. The authorities ought to understand that there are no freedoms without limits and suppression of balanced debate will only erode the liberties that a University is committed to uphold. As a former academic at Curtin University I am saddened by the freedom given to screen such offensive unsubstantiated material to young students by merchants or their agents of terrorism. The purveyors of terror and their academic agents are a disgrace to the legacy of those who have adorned those academic positions in the past. The Vice Chancellor of Curtin University appears to have not understood that these events erode the good reputation of the University which promotes itself in Sri Lanka as the wonderful institution to which Sri Lankan students should come to experience a critical discourse. These actions do not justify such grandeur claims.

I believe that it is the responsibility of good journalism to check what they publish is truthful.‚ ‚  What we often see now is that the journalists depend for facts from advocates of varying causes with vested interests. Journo’s are under the misapprehension that -Ëœgood-â„¢ groups which profess attractive labels like human rights, environment and social justice are not misleading them. Inept journalists such as Callum Macrae may perhaps intentionally do so to arrest his diminishing respectability in the profession. There are activists of one sort or another who take cover under -Ëœgood-â„¢ labels and feed fabricated information. But it is up to ethical journalism to check for the accuracy of what is published. Sri Lanka is under attack from the left-over residue from its war. It is about time that as reading public we treat with skepticism the provenance of the facts supplied in the manner of Killing Fields against Sri Lanka. It has now come to light that many of these -Ëœgood-â„¢ groups are in the pocket of various interests who pull strings from behind. The environmental groups in Australia are used by the anti Sri Lankan elements through indirect bribery. The UN agencies are entrapped by various powerful groups who pay their salaries. The international game is up for sale to the highest bidder. If it was ethical journalism the producer of Killing Fields ought to have the decency to screen it with the caveat that the footage in the Killing Fields has not been independently verified. To do otherwise is threadbare journalism which in some respectable quarters is called gutter journalism. Only the bankrupt would stoop that low. Such low quality journalism cannot demand accountability from democratic governments and intelligent public should not be hoodwinked by many of the current breed of journalists, be they international or local.

The principal motive behind many of the news blogs is the destruction of the current regime in Sri Lanka. The irony of it all is that while these journalists and activists clamour for democratic governance they cannot abide by the democratic decision of the people who have immense faith in the current government despite all its failings. That the news media is owned by some proprietors who have a feverish hatred for Mr. Rajapaksa is no secret.‚  By abandoning the search for truth or by farming it to other groups masquerading as ‘do-gooders’ the journalists have blighted the good name of the profession. The investigation, observation and reasoning, the ingredients of good journalism have been put out of the window. If we only remember Watergate, the two journalists who uncovered it, Woodward and Bernstein, relied on -Ëœdeep throat-â„¢ informants only to confirm what they had already unearthed and not vice versa. It took more than a year of forensic investigation before they uncovered the story. In comparison the charges against the Sri Lankan state and forces has been cooked up overnight and flashed across the international blogs. It is a crying shame that the European countries who profess higher standards from others do not subscribe to the same standards when they want to destroy some one else. For a country like UK to talk war crimes, surely is a fat joke if only they are aware of the past stories of Churchill or the present stories of Iraq. Afganistan and Egypt etc. Prime Minister Cameron guided by LTTE news blogs noted for -Ëœthe he said, she said, pick a box stuff-â„¢, is becoming tedious and uninformative. These politicians on the public payroll are not delivering the quality expected of them.‚ ‚ 

Crisis Looms As Second PM Shuns CHOGM

November 14th, 2013

Dr. Chula NA Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson,,United Sri Lanka Ass., Lower Hutt, NZ‚ 

The Editor,
Letters to the Editor,
Dompost.
Dear Editor,

The Indian Prime Ministers absence from the CHOGM being hosted by his neighbor Sri Lanka, would‚ ‚  cause as much a crisis as it did to the‚  very successful Perth CHOGM two years ago , by the absence of ‚ it-â„¢s neighbor, the New Zealand PM.

The shameful thing however is that both the Indian & ‚ ‚ Canadian Prime Minister-â„¢s absences are being dictated by internal political considerations rather than any human rights issues as they ‚ make out.

The chilling documentary – No Fire Zone- referred to, like it-â„¢s predecessors, is a collection ‚ of video-â„¢s , un-attributable and uncorroborated, with muffled voices and blurred faces, with Tiger Diaspora posing as an independent witness,‚  held together by a partisan commentary, blaming all the gruesome carnage of war shown, on the Sri Lankan forces .The Tigers who caused carnage in Sri Lanka for three decades are made to look like the -good guys-.

UK PM Cameron who plans to put serious questions to President Rajapakse, needs to himself explain why funders of ‚ three decades of terror in Sri Lanka, the Tiger Diapora are permitted to operate freely in UK,‚  despite the blood of over 100,000 victims of this terror, being on their hands.

Dr. Chula NA Rajapakse MNZM

Spokesperson,,United Sri Lanka Ass.,

Lower Hutt, NZ

PM Harper’s Representative laid flowers at Elephant Pass LTTE Cemetery

November 14th, 2013

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

Canadian PM Harper’s representative MP Deepak Obhrai had laid flowers‚ at the Elephant Pass LTTE cemetery. LTTE terrorists fought against the lawfully established govt of Sri Lanka.‚  Obhrai’s action‚ would of course boost the morale of the Tamil diaspora. Obhrai had done this despite the fact that even in Canada the LTTE is proscribed as a terrorist organisation.‚  Accompanying Obhrai‚ had been the HIgh Commissioner for Canada, Shelley Whiting. A request‚  by the Sri Lankan official, who accompanied them,‚ to refrain from doing so had been ignored. This is something that should be‚ looked into by higher authorities.
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Obhrai may have taken‚ this step‚ with Harper’s approval.‚ From now on, there could be others who would follow the‚ Canadian Rep to‚ please the Tamil diaspora by laying flowers at ‘Tiger’ cemeteries. The British PM Cameron,‚ who is making all the noise and jumping up and down could try his hand at this to collect a few more votes.
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Navi Pillai tried to be smart by laying flowers at Nandikadal lagoon, to commemorate Prabhakaran and the terrorists who died at the recent war. The Sri Lankan officials who accompanied her strictly warned that‚ the tour in Wanni would be cancelled if she goes ahead with her plan. Sri Lankan officials who provide security to foreign‚ delegates, should be briefed against laying of flowers for terrorists at LTTE‚ cemeteries by visitors. They can lay flowers or put up monuments in their own countries for Al Qaida, Taliban and other terrorist outfits.
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A blot on the commonwealth

November 14th, 2013

Dr. Chula NA Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson,,United Sri Lanka Ass., Lower Hutt, NZ

‚ The Editor,
Letters to Editor.
‚ 
Dear Editor,
‚  Your editorial ‚ fails to recognize important realities of ‚ ‚ today-â„¢s Sri Lanka.

The Rajapakse administration in 2009 rescued SL from ‚ ‚ three decades of Tiger Terrorism , that denied‚  twenty million Sri Lankans‚  the most basic human right, the right to life. Since then SL has overwhelmingly endorsed this administration in Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial elections. Following demining, three hundred thousand displaced Tamil civilians have been resettled . ‚ 12000 ‚ rehabilitated‚  former combatants , six hundred child soldiers‚  reunited with parents, now pursue normal civilian lives . The war ravaged regions have been rebuilt recording 24% growth vs national average of 7%. Even Callum Macrae , the producer ‚ of ‚ a series of films falsely maligning Sri Lanka is, ‚ back in SL to cover the CHOGM. Is this -authoritarianism- ?

Pitched against SL is the Tiger Diaspora who funded the terror in Sri Lanka now aiming to terrorize SL again‚ ‚  through misinformation‚  ‚ orchestrated by the Amnesty International having received a grant of $50,000 from them in Canada in 2012. Sitting in judgment in a dispute between Sinhalese and Tamils in SL, is the Tamil UNHRchief.‚  How impartial can they be?

The -Blot- would be if the CHOGM fails to recognize this unfairness.

Dr. Chula NA Rajapakse MNZM

Spokesperson,,United Sri Lanka Ass.,

Lower Hutt, NZ

 

Harper’s Rep Lays Flowers for Tigers

November 14th, 2013

Ira de Silva Ontario, Canada

Regarding Mr. Harper’s representative laying flowers for the Tigers, it illustrates clearly that Canada has become the new spokesperson for the Tamil Tigers in their continued effort to divide Sri Lanka and create their Eelam.‚  It also proves that Canada who has‚ supported Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka for decades continues to do so and‚ is treating‚  the dead LTTE cadres the same way as they treat fallen Canadian troops. It is ironic that on November 11, which Canadians‚ consider remembrance day honouring‚  Canadian troops who died in defence of‚  Canada’s freedom,‚  is‚ the day‚  Mr. Obrahai and the Canadian High Commissioner laid flowers in tribute to‚ the dead LTTE cadres.‚ By this act, it appears that‚ Mr. Obrahai and‚  Ms. Whitting‚ have added the LTTE terrorists to the ranks of Canadian soldiers. If anyone doubts that Mr. Harper‚ is not attending the summit because of‚ his domestic agenda of wooing the Tamil votes and keeping his promise to them that he would not attend, this should dispel all doubts.
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What is disturbing is the‚ statement that the two Canadians‚ “entered the cemetery in spite of a Sri Lankan official accompanying them requesting them not to lay flowers there”.‚  It illustrates‚ the arrogance and insensitivity of these Canadians and is an insult to all those who were killed by these LTTE cadres. Canada’s close relationship with the LTTE terrorists, with full knowledge that‚ they were terrorists,‚ gives the lie to Canada’s stated policy of not supporting terrorism.‚  Canada is made‚ a partner of LTTE terrorism.‚ This also applies to the U.K. because Mr. Cameron and all the British Governments in the past have also supported the LTTE as proved by the documents‚ released by Wikileaks.
‚ 
I trust that this incident has been videoed and is repeatedly broadcast on local news channels and the print media as well as given to all the foreign media present to illustrate the close association Canada has had and has with the LTTE. This is the opportunity for‚ the Sri Lankan media and government to broadcast the hypocrisy of the‚  countries whose citizens supported the suicide bombings, massacres, destruction and extreme terrorism inflicted on Sri Lanka by these supporters of the LTTE.
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The media‚ should persist in‚ asking for‚ a media briefing from Mr. Obhrai‚ to ask him why he laid flowers at LTTE graves and ignored paying tribute to‚ those who died defeating terrorism. Further, he should be asked if he is aware‚ of the thousands of people, not just the Tamils in the north, who were the victims of LTTE terrorism and have been displaced throughout the island and are not getting much support in their rehabilitation with the concentration of the effort in the north. ‚ Since Canada had said that it is concerned about human rights violations, is Canada going to pay compensation to the thousands of civilians who were the victims of LTTE terrorism supported by Canada.‚  Even if‚ Mr. Obhrai‚ leaves the country without a media conference these are the questions that should be asked of the Canadian‚ High Commissioner on every occasion when Sri Lanka is accused of human rights violations.‚ The same applies to the representatives of the United States and Britain in particular.‚ 
‚ 
As for the statement that “officials alleged that other delegations visiting Jaffna, too, would try to follow the Canadians” is it not time that these “officials” grew up and handled this type of situation‚ in a firm manner. All this type of “events” should be recorded and videoed.‚  It should be made known to these “guests” that‚ not only are they rude and‚ arrogant‚ but that they are violating the human rights of Sri Lankans by supporting the LTTE who terrorised the population.‚ The Foreign Office in Colombo should table these abuses to Sri Lanka at the summit by these so-called defenders of human rights. It will‚  prove that most of those‚ accusing Sri Lanka of human rights abuses are in fact more abusive of rights than those who they accuse.‚ ‚ ‚ 
‚ 
Yours truly,
‚ 
Ira de Silva
Ontario, Canada

Do Tamils Control the Indian Government?

November 12th, 2013

Prof. Hudson McLean

For almost thirty years Tamils dominated BBC News, and suddenly disappeared when the LTTE was decimated by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

India, so it seems has not learned a lesson of “going-to-bed” with LTTE, even after LTTE terrorists blew-up Rajiv Gandhi during his visit to Tamil Nadu.

The latest reaction from another Prime Minister of India demonstrates the Indian politics being subservient to the Voice of Terrorists. Having exerted pressure on the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, the Tamils managed to control the Head of India.

Looks like when the (Tamil Terrorist) Tiger wags the tail, the turban nods its head!


War Crimes were promoted by Indian led Tamil Terrorists
Its a known fact that Indian Tamils have been attempting to gain political and geographical control in Sri Lanka for millennia, without success.

The thirty year old terrorism was headed by Norway & India, to gain both political & commercial‚  interests, as well as to secure a strategic sea lanes between the West & the East. Both countries lost out to better intelligence of the Sinhala.

This public humiliation is too hard to chew, specially to the Indians, who now prove without any doubt, are controlled by Tamil Nadu.

This action now gives more strength to President Rajapaksa to apply strength to ensure that the country is not about to be sold to the Devil.

India strengthens China influence in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is not short of strength, in friends supporting the efforts to contain global terrorism.

China has stood-by Sri Lanka since the dawn of Independence from British domination.‚  So has Pakistan.‚  Russia has vested interests in Indian commerce specially the defense sector supplies. However Russia has more back-bone than both Canada & USA packed together.

Sri Lanka has maintained a balance in the defence supplies with China and Pakistan, and this will further strengthen the on-going relationship.

Furthermore, Sri Lanka may develop the commercial ties between Sri Lanka and China-Pakistan axis, to keep Indian influence at-bay.

Indian actions of boycott gives Pakistan better political position.
Now India is strategically surrounded by China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and by the Indian Prime Minister’s current action, India has lost the warmth of Sri Lanka.

The Oxford educated economic genius has “Cut off the nose to spite the face” by trying to humiliate Sri Lanka publicly. The fact that the Conference will proceed will be a slap in the face to India.

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Deporting the Australian Senator and the New Zealand MP is the correct move

November 11th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

‚ The Sri Lankan Immigration authorities asking Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon and the New Zealand MP Jan Logie, as reported in the media on 10 November, to pack their bags and get out of Sri Lanka is the correct response to their engaging in activities not permitted under the conditions on which they were granted visas. While the two deportees state that they had received tourist visas in the -ËœSpecial Project-â„¢ category issued by the Sri Lankan consulate in Australia, they seem to ignore the fact that the Sri Lankan consulate in Australia is a representing body of the Ministry of External Affairs based in Colombo and that the latter has every right to override the decisions made by its embassies or consulates abroad.

‚ Anyone who has ever obtained a tourist visa to visit another country knows clearly that the visa allows the visitor to visit places of tourist interest: it is illegal for him or her to get engaged in any activity that falls outside those of ‚ -tourist interest-, such as getting employed, being involved in any trade, participating in political activities, etc.

‚ The two Australian and New Zealand nationals concerned must be thinking that all Sri Lankans, as well as those in the latter group, who have had the opportunity to travel abroad, except the Tamil separatists who support them, are babes in arms. The two -Ëœtourists-â„¢ are reported to have met representatives of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi, TELO, PLOTE and EPRLF, and that their talks centered on the government taking over land, disappearances, those in detention for long periods, war time atrocities, etc., according to a report in Island on 10 November. Even a primary schoolchild knows that these matters do not fall within the ambit of those of tourist interest.

‚ The most hilarious aspect of the whole story is that the two individuals concerned who had travelled to the North of Sri Lanka were planning to use the TNA Office in Bambalapitiya to conduct their illegal news briefing to the media.

‚ Colombo has enough and more of venues where a media briefing could be conducted: a media briefing is two or three speakers telling the media persons, who obviously do not add up to hundreds, what they did, and responding to the queries posted. The TNA MP Sumanthiran saying that the TNA offered its office clearly shows what the purpose of the visit and of the proposed news briefing was and who really would have been behind the whole episode.

‚ Sri Lankans have done many silly things in the past, but they are not such fools as the TNA MPs believe. In spite of vociferous opposition, cajoling and threats by all categories of people -” human rights merchants, peaceniks and ministers of affluent countries -” Sri Lanka pursued the war against the Tamil terrorists to its logical conclusion, and since May 2009, the island has enjoyed peace. Showing the door to the Australian Senator and the New Zealand MP is another of those correct things that the much-maligned Sri Lanka has done.


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