Amarakeerthi’s female underwear

May 5th, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema

Source: Anti-Sinhala Buddhist website Colombo Telegraph

 The writer Liyanage Amarakeerthi (Islamic Culture And The Challenge Of Buddhist Fundamentalism) is a senior lecturer at department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, and visiting scholar at university of Santiago, Spain

            One can understand all out anger against Bodu Bala Sena from the English-speaking people. BBS is an idea, a plant or a germ, a paradox originated with a group of relatively unknown four Buddhist monks and a layman just one year ago. It spread like wild fire. One can understand a Christian Marxist like Dayan Jayatileke shouting against BBS, but how can a village boy like Amarakeerthi who got the opportunity to receive a higher education in USA, who cites Dhammapada claiming his Buddhist background talk of Buddhist fundamentalism and female underwear?

            We expect such people, who think they are the cream of the university culture to be objective and reasonable. They should analyze data and be of balanced learned men. They should not get biased and thus get cheated on their own simply because there are websites like the Colombo Telegraph to use them.

            Is Amarakeerthi an educated man?  On what grounds he says that BBS is Buddhist Fundamentalism? About his female underwear problem, does he not know that chemical contamination is possible, and a woman can be made barren by the use of contaminated underwear? In any case how can a Peradeniya university teacher who craves to tell the reader his Harvard links use this female underwear case to sling mud at the BBS movement?

            It is Amarakeerthi”‘s right to praise and embrace Muslims or Islam culture. But can he ignore or try to bury all the cruelties of Islamic rulers did to other people?  One must be able to see both sides. Amarakeerthi speaks of “…”savagely racist”‚ speeches of BBS in Kandy.  I did not see any racist speeches. I saw facts disclosed and giving Muslim employer an opportunity to defend or disprove. Racist is the one who says Muslims are bad because they are Muslims. To disclose to the general public that a certain Muslim business man is exploiting poor Sinhala girls and boys is not racism.

            I have two simple reasonableness tests for this Amarakeerthi.

(1)   Not eating pig meat or any meat is a good idea. But is it reasonable to ask non-Muslims to not eat pig meat by forcing a halal certification on them? Who wants to worry about whether a tooth brush or a comb has pig oil or not? When one group in society wants halal certification introduced what is wrong with another group affected by it wanting to remove halal certification. For example when Muslim MPs want the speaker to stop serving pork curry at the Parliament subsidized canteen, what happens to John Amaratunga”‘s or Rosy Senanayake”‘s right to eat pork?  

(2)   A woman can cover her whole body or part of the body as long as it does not become a public pollution or provocation issue. If a Muslim woman covers her face with a mask with only two holes for the two eyes, and begins this in Sri Lanka suddenly after 2009, can the state prevent it for security reasons? Under the gonibilla cover can be a Muslim wahabi woman, man or a terrorist or a rapist. If tinted car glass windows are prohibited why not the gonibilla cover in public? If the police is unable to stop this why not people demand it with rotten eggs after adequate warning. Are there any rights without duties? If a halal head (gonibilla cover) has a haram bottom (exposed bottom with clear cleavage), then does not halal become a political tool rather than a calm-meditative mind?

Because Amarakeerthi hates arrack, I must say I am for what NM Perera suggested in the 1960s to allow each household to make toddy from one coconut tree, just like in USA marijuana is becoming legal one state at a time. This is better than people drinking rat juice or battery acid brew illegally and secretly.

Cwije7@gmail.com

John Baird says Sri Lanka is “Evil”

May 5th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

2 May 2013

Hon. John Baird, PC. MP 
Minister or Foreign Affairs for Canada
House of Commons, Ottawa

Dear John:

This letter to you is in response to four news articles which you have been quoted in reference to Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads Summit in November and Canada wanting to deny it happening because of the alleged human rights violations.  My response to it is “- “…”See who is talking?   Phew! Canada has a mighty big ego with an attitude of “…”We are Holier than Thou”‚ to say that we are squeaky clean when it comes to Human Rights.   That is a string of Byward Market baloney.  I will come to that later.”‚

The four articles are “- 1.  Pressure Sri Lanka on political reforms, The Nation (UAE) Editorial of 30.4.2013;   2. The Colombo Page of May 1, 2013 – Canadian Government not to send full delegation to CHOGM in Sri Lanka;  3. The Ottawa Citizen of 1 May 2013 “- Commonwealth failing on Sri Lanka, Baird says; and 4. The Ottawa Citizen of May 2, 2013 “- A rebuke to Sri Lanka.

For starters John, wipe out that Cheshire-cat grin off your face and stop gloating about the Ottawa Citizen”‘s Editorial: “‘ A rebuke to Sri Lanka”‘.  It said, “…”One of the biggest insults a government can deliver to another “- the diplomatic equivalent of a slap in the face “- is for the leader of one country to refuse to attend a high profile gathering hosted by another.  Well, Canada has just slapped Sri Lanka.”‚

Well John, the Ottawa Citizen wasn”‘t doing you, Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Canada any favours, as its reverse Logic saw Canada being isolated and 52 other Commonwealth Nations slapping Canada back for its  unprecedented stupidity as they all will be attending the Summit.  And I hope those 52 slaps did hurt Canada.  Sri Lanka being the host is the 53rd nation who has been watching and laughing at this Canadian fiasco and the out of step dance by Hon. John Baird, Canada”‘s Foreign Minister, and isolating his nation.

John, it is very likely that Sri Lanka”‘s President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take the leaders of the other 52 nations  one early morning in luxury coaches to the shores of the Nandikadal lagoon where the Tamil Tigers were wiped out on 19 May 2009, to watch the sun rise from the east of the island and report back to you and Prime Minister Harper that the sun  indeed rose over Sri Lanka from the east, and Canada not participating at the Commonwealth Summit, did not impact or shake Sri Lanka at all.  John and that is how the cookie crumbles.  And you can send Minister Jason Kenny to Toronto as your emissary to report back to the separatist Tamils that Canada did make an honest effort to stop the sun rising from the east of that island that they seem to hate, but you all unfortunately failed and not to penalize the Conservatives and beg for their bloc vote in the Greater Toronto Area at the next federal election.

John, if your intention was to bully the puny democratic island nation, Sri Lanka, with your brand of Canadian-Parliamentary-Terrorism, and along the way annoy non-Tamil Sri Lankans, you did an excellent job and since you got my goat I would give you an A+.  But getting the A+ doesn”‘t get you off the hook for being a huffing-and-puffing Canadian “…”Humbug”‚ parliamentarian.

John, here lies my problem with you.  I being aware of your pit-bull persona, I know you would go to any length to achieve your party”‘s policy on Sri Lanka.  The policy is “- let”‘s beat up Sri Lanka and make over the 80 percent of the 300,000 Canadian-Tamils who are Eelamists in the Greater Toronto Area happy and then pick their bloc vote at the next federal election and hang on to the Conservative majority in parliament.   Who cares about Sri Lanka! Right, John?  It”‘s a case of us”‚¦.us”‚¦us”‚¦and damn Sri Lanka which has come through a nasty 27-year war with the Tamil Tigers.  Let”‘s do more to cripple her and the Conservatives will govern Canada for the next 50 years with the separatist Tamil vote.  Right, John?

Continuing with that thread, John, do you really want me to take you seriously, when you are a politician who has difficulty to decipher between a classic text-book example of human rights achievements and that which is not?    Stop challenging my intelligence by bullying me into believing that what you say about Sri Lanka”‘s alleged human rights violation during the last five months of the 27 year Tamil Tiger War is the truth and nothing but the truth.  I am afraid, John, you got that one wrong big time, as I don”‘t believe you nor do I trust you.

So just come off it John, and for Pete”‘s sake get off that high-horse of yours as that thrown doesn”‘t belong to political pit-bull con-artists.

When the UN reviews Canada”‘s records on rights the way we treat the First Nations peoples you have the gall to question Sri Lanka”‘s alleged human rights violations.  It is not I who is questioning this; it”‘s the Governments of Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sweden and Mexico who have submitted written questions in advance asking what Canada is doing to tackle their sordid human rights violations against the aboriginal women.   That itself should penalize you going around the international political campus circuit questioning Sri Lanka”‘s human rights and speaking ill of that island saying they are “…”evil”‚, and when you come out of these meetings meet and shake hands with the Tamils the Tamil Tiger supporters and not with the Sinhalese as you did in London recently.  What a crock full of cods-wallop, John!

When you as the Foreign Minister of Canada haven”‘t as yet recognized Sri Lanka”‘s human rights achievements like giving back the basic human right of the right-to-life to 22 million of its peoples on 19 May 2009, by eliminating the most ruthless terrorists in the world, the Tamil Tigers, what moral right can you claim to question the alleged human rights violations during the last five months of a 27 year long war.   That is not “…”evil“‚ John that is Sri Lanka”‘s Buddhist compassion of  Metta.  I am a Buddhist.

 John what moral right have you got to question Sri Lanka on the unsubstantiated human rights violations when  Canada aided and abetted that war by allowing the Tamil Diaspora collect 2 million dollars a month for 13 years and stuffed it into the Tamil Tiger war chest to purchase sophisticated killing weapons to snuff out innocent Sinhalese and Muslims by the thousands.  That is what it is, John?  Let”‘s come clean with some honesty.

Is it because Canada is guilty and trying to hide from that fact, to having aided and abetted the Tamil Tigers”‘ truck-bomb  assault which brought down the Central Bank Building in the Fort in Colombo on 31 January 1996,  killing 114 and maiming for life of  another 1,338.  If I was Judge and Jury I would charge Canada as culpable of this criminal act.

Do I hear you say, “…”Oh, No, we had nothing to do with that bombing and killings.”‚

And this will be my response. “…”John, you were not in Canada”‘s Tamil Tiger supporting political picture in 1994, so you wouldn”‘t know.  It was during that year that the Tamil Tiger supporters cut a cheque for $7.5 million dollars from a bank in Vancouver to purchase 60 tons of RDX and TNT explosives from the Rubezone Chemical plant in the Ukraine.  It were these explosives bought out of Canadian dollars that brought down the Central Bank Building in Colombo,  on 31 January 1996.  And logic and association says that Canada was culpable of this criminal act.  Canada is no goody two-shoes, John.  Go after Sri Lanka as you do, much will be revealed and Canada will get fried as brainless and vindictive.  If you do your research well, you will keep your bully-hands off Sri Lanka.”‚

“…”Evil”‚, you called Sri Lanka.  Explain to me how you would equate “…”evil”‚ with the Sri Lankan armed forces liberating 295,873 Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers on 19 May 2009, who were used as a human shield for 30 months when the cocky  “‘invincible”‘ Tamil Tigers were retreating like rats with their tails between their legs.  John, I didn”‘t hear a whimper of   protest from you nor from your boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, against the Tamil Tigers when the Tamil human shield was moved from the west coast to the east coast like a herd of unwashed cattle.   Where were you two when this was happening?

Surely John, I don”‘t have to twist your arm to have these Sri Lankan soldiers nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Do it John.  These guys deserve it.  They were not “…”evil”‚, when they chanced their lives when they carried frail Tamil grandmothers and grandfathers in their arms like babies to safety dodging Tamil Tiger bullets during the last phase of the war.  And these old Tamil folks kissed the Sinhalese soldiers cheeks and said “…”Thurunuwan sarani Putha”‚. “…”May  the Triple Gem bless you Son.”‚  John, these are facts and I doubt that you can be crass to call it acts of “…”evil”‚.  These are acts of valour in compassion.  Where the hell did you get that notion of Sri Lanka being “…”evil.”‚  This cruel joke could only come out of the pit-bull persona of John Baird, and no one else.  Right, John?  And you seem to be proud of yourself.

John, I doubt you knew that Sri Lanka performed a human rights miracle during the months after the Tamil Tigers were wiped and the 295,873 Tamils were liberated from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers.  The Government prepared a million meals a day to feed these liberated Tamils three hearty meals “- breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.  I cannot see how you could equate this effort of compassion as “…”evil”‚.  The majority of the people who prepared the food were from the Sinhalese community as they did not want the members of the Tamil community die of starvation.  And you call it “…”evil”‚.  You are a strange man, John, some sort of a Humbug.

Let me conclude this note to you by pointing out one more embarrassing incident by one of your Conservative colleagues trying to intimidate Sri Lanka.

Minister of Citizenship Jason Kenney goes to Sri Lanka and on January 7th sits with the Sri Lankan Government officials like a Laughing Buddha, and introducing himself as “…”I am the son of a Preacher-man”‚ and preach on Human Rights and how Canada is concerned about the alleged human rights violations in their island.

The stupidity of all this was that on that very day, a stone”‘s throw away from his parliament office the First Nation peoples were demonstrating against the Canadian Government about the violation of their human rights, and their Attawapiskat Chief  Theresa Spence was on a hunger strike.  How stupid can Jason be to preach to the Sri Lankans that “…”We are Holier than Thou,”‚  when we are damn well not. What crap was that John?  Do you all really think that these Sri Lankans are a bunch of stupids”‘.  And I am sure these Sri Lankans laughed Jason out of their office that day.

And Jason was lucky, that the Sri Lankan hosts were diplomatically polite, or else he would have been  told -  Minister get that arse of yours back to Canada and resolve your human rights problems as we are appalled the way you treat your First Nation peoples.  Once you get your act cleaned up, then you may want to come and preach to us about Human rights.  Until then keep your hands off Sri Lanka.

Well John, Canada”‘s stakes are high in the Commonwealth as we have isolated ourselves.  And as for Canada participating at the summit and Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotting the Summit, the Sri Lankan”‘s couldn”‘t care two prairie straws.  And I am certain that most Sri Lankans would want yours and Prime Minister Harper”‘s feet kept off from their holy, sovereign kabook soil.    I will let you into a secret John  “-the Sri Lankan resent unfriendly people who want to hurt their much treasured island nation. And I don”‘t blame them either!

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe

නව ජලවිදුලි බලාගාරයක් බ්‍රෝඩ්ලන්ඩ්ස්හි ආරම්භ කිරීමට පියවර.

May 5th, 2013

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A rebuke to Sri Lanka

May 2nd, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

2 May 2013

The Editor

The Ottawa Citizen.

Sir:

You say in today’s editorial,”… the diplomatic equivalent of a slap in the face – is for the leader of one country to refuse to attend a high profile gathering hosted by another.  Well Canada has just slapped Sri Lanka,” by announcing that Prime Minister Stephen Harper not wanting to attend the Comonwealth Summit in ColomboThe reason being that there has been alleged human rights violations during the last five months of the 27 year long Tamil Tiger terrorist’s Eelam War for wanting their separate mono-ethnic, Tamil state.

On the contrary, I see that Canada had got egg all over its face, when Prime Minister Harper thought that he could be the Commonwealth’s Pied Piper and hoping that all other 53 nations would stand behind him wanting to boycott the summit.   Not so.  There has been no takers so far and Canada has been isolated.

But then, what moral right has Canada got to preach human rights to Sri Lanka when Canada was part of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger terrorist problem when Canada aided and abetted the Tamil Tigers by allowing the Tamil Diaspora collect two million dollars a month for 13 Liberal party governing years to stuff it into the Tamil Tiger war chest to buy sophisticated war weapons to kill over 100,000 innocent civilians.  And  the  RDX and TNT explosives used in the truck bomb which brought down the Central Bank Building in the Fort in Colombo killing 114, and maiming 1338 others for life on 31 January 1996, were bought  from the Rubezone Chemical plant in the Ukraine with a seven-and-a-half million dollar cheque cut from a Tamil account in a Vancouver Bank in 1994.  So let’s not paint Canada lily-white.

And more to the point with Canada’s human rights violations of its native peoples which is a concern of the UN,  Canada’s presence  at the summit

with all that  questionable baggage and double-speak will only tarnish that gathering of the Commonwealth leaders in Colombo.

If Canada wants to boycott the summit, so be it.  That Commonwealth Summit will  certainly do well without Canada’s classic hypocrisy.

Asoka Weerasinghe

A Rebuke to Sri Lanka May 2,2013

May 2nd, 2013

Ira de Silva London, Canada

The Editor
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario
 
Dear Sir:
 
You state that “the diplomatic equivalent of a slap in the face - is for the leader of one country to refuse to attend a high profile gathering hosted by another. Well, Canada has just slapped Sri Lanka”. Based on the decision of the other members of the Commonwealth to dismiss Canada’s strident, aggressive, prejudiced attack on Sri Lanka,  one news report calls it “John Bairds Campaign” and states that Canada was the lone voice raising the issue of Sri Lanka, could it be said that Canada has been slapped by many? It just depends on whether you support Canada’s views or not.

 You are right when you say that the whole situation reeks of hypocrisy but fail to acknowledge that it is primarily Canada’s hypocrisy. It is not only senior Commonwealth members - the United Kingdom, Australia, and India, who appear to think principles only apply when they don”‘t intrude on purported national self-interest. Canada’s hypocrisy is the most blatant because  Canada’s attitude to Sri Lanka is based on pandering to the LTTE supporters in Canada as confirmed by another minister  earlier this year, Mr. Jason Kenny, who stated that policy on Sri Lanka is based on Canadian domestic politics.  The picture of Mr. Baird greeting  the LTTE supporters in London confirms the unholy alliance between the LTTE and Canada.  

 If Canada is in fact concerned about human rights when is it going to deal with the violation of human rights in Canada? It has been faulted by the U.N. for many years about the deprivation of the human rights of it’s indigenous people and women but has done nothing. When is Canada, as you say,”going to do the right thing”? Should it not do so before it’s song and dance about Sri Lanka? Does it not undermine Canada’s credibility?

 As for principles. morality etc. that you seem to think Canada has and other countries do not, you are correct when you state that the Conservative government may not be completely pristine in its principles.  Canada’s version of principles  is that successive Canadian governments permitted and encouraged Canadian citizens to fund Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka for decades. Two millions dollars a month were sent by Canadian citizens to fund LTTE terrorism. Politicians even helped in that fund raising.  The most high profile bombing was that of the Central Bank in 1996 which the RCMP confirmed was paid for by these pillars of democracy, the Canadian supporters of the LTTE. Is Canada going to accept responsibility and be accountable to the dead and injured? That does not seem to be the Canadian way.

 While the government insists its position is not politically motivated can it explain it’s close alliance with the Tamil diaspora that supports the LTTE? This alliance is personified and illustrated by Mr. Baird greeting the supporters of the LTTE in London after the meeting of the Commonwealth perhaps to show the Tamil voters in Canada that he is “their man” but the rest of the world sees it as Canada’s identification as an ally of the supporters of the LTTE. Is it any wonder that they did not agree with Canada’s position?

 If Canada does not want to send a “full delegation” to the summit in Sri Lanka, that is Canada’s decision. As for Sri Lankans, knowing that Canada is supportive and speaking for the  LTTE, the absence of Mr. Harper and Mr. Baird at the conference may be a welcome relief. There is no guarantee that Mr. Baird will not have another tantrum and spew hatred against Sri Lanka as is his trademark.  Sri Lanka will be constrained because they will not be rude to a guest, a principle which Mr. Baird may not understand.  Canada represented by a full delegation  would only serve to remind Sri Lankans of the horrors they suffered during the thirty years of LTTE terrorism fully supported  by Canada.

 Yours truly,

 

Ira de Silva

London, Canada

 P.S. A picture of Mr. Baird with  LTTE supporters in London on April 26,2013 just in case you doubt the “impression” he gave to the rest of the world as a true spokesperson for the LTTE.

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Canada’s Flawed Policy on Sri Lanka

May 2nd, 2013

Ira de Silva London, Ontario

Hon. John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Sir:
 
A news report dated May 1, 2013 indicates that Canada will not be sending a “full delegation” to the Commonwealth meeting in Sri Lanka this year. I am assuming that this is diplomatic jargon to say that Mr. Stephen Harper and perhaps you will not be attending the summit. Your decision was made after you, representing Canada at the meeting in London on April 26th, were unable to bully and coerce other members of the Commonwealth to move the meeting out of Sri Lanka. The news report calls it “John Bairds Campaign” and states that Canada was the lone voice raising the issue of Sri Lanka.

 I trust that you have realised that in the Commonwealth, Canada can have it’s own opinions but does not have the right to condemn a member state, bully or coerce other members or conduct it’s foreign policy in a holier than thou attitude, a bull in a china shop manner as personified by you on the international stage. Your  display of ignorance and lack of diplomatic skill is what is appalling. It has diminished Canada. As a picture is worth a thousand words, I am sending you a news report titled “Canada Fury at Sri Lanka choice for Commonwealth talks” with a picture of you. The picture personifies your personality – a belligerent, unprofessional, undiplomatic, uninformed individual who represents the “new” Canada on the international stage.

http://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/canada-fury-at-sri-lanka-choice-for-commonwealth-talks/

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 You had a tantrum in London because you could not please the supporters of the LTTE (Tamil terrorists) who influence your policy on Sri Lanka making Canada the new leader of the Tamil diaspora wanting to divide Sri Lanka by any means possible.  Canada’s attitude to Sri Lanka is based on pandering to the LTTE supporters in Canada as confirmed by another minister of your government earlier this year, Mr. Jason Kenny, who stated that policy on Sri Lanka is based on Canadian domestic politics, i.e. getting votes.  The picture of you greeting  the LTTE supporters in London confirms the unholy alliance between the LTTE and Canada, that Canada speaks for the LTTE.  The news report refers to it as  “John Baird’s Campaign”, see below.

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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird greets Tamil protesters after the CMAG meeting. Pic: Sri Lanka Campaign.

 Your performance in London shows that it is supportive of the LTTE diaspora. You hope that your statements and actions will get you the Tamil vote in Canada. The other political parties play the same game. Canada thinks that the rest of the world is unaware of the fact that successive Canadian governments permitted Canadian citizens to send two million dollars a month to fund terrorism in Sri Lanka while some Canadian politicians even helped in the fund raising. Canadian politicians provided political backing for terrorism in Sri Lanka.  The people of Sri Lanka, who suffered because of Canadian sponsored terrorism, know Canada’s role in supporting the LTTE  and equate Canada with LTTE terrorism because those who supply the bombs, guns and political leadership are as guilty as the terrorists who do the bombings, massacres, murders and extreme violence of the LTTE that had Sri Lankans living in fear for thirty years. Canada can not preach  human rights, democratic rights and the rule of law to Sri Lankans because it has violated these principles for decades.
 
While you have confirmed Canada’s leadership of the LTTE diaspora, members of the Commonwealth, who are not pandering to the Global Tamil Diaspora,  who have a balanced and objective view and do not need Tamil votes to get elected, have voted against Canada’s biased, flawed and dictatorial opinions. What is appalling it not that Sri Lanka is going to hold the next summit but that Canada has confirmed to the world that it’s foreign policy is predicated on lies, deception and supportive of terrorism.  Your appalling performance has diminished Canada’s image internationally. As for Sri Lankans, knowing that Canada is supportive and leading the  LTTE, your not attending the conference may be a welcome relief as it would only serve to remind them of the horrors they suffered during the thirty years of LTTE terrorism. 
 
Yours truly,
 
Ira de Silva
London, Ontario

‘Meegamuwa’ sets the trend for an investigative provincial press in Sri Lanka

May 2nd, 2013

By Shelton Gunaratne, professor of mass communications emeritus @ MSUM

 I spent a couple weeks touring Sri Lanka late March and early April after an absence of 13 years. One main purpose was to attend a book debut event organized by the mass communication faculties of the Sri Palee Campus and the Kelaniya University to promote my autobiographical trilogy published in the United States late last year”¢â‚¬Village Life in the Forties and From Village Boy to Global Citizen (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2).

On our arrival date, three promising journalists visited me at the home of Athula Jayamanne, an eco-engineer in Negombo.  The trio”¢â‚¬Nandana Perera, Wasantha Kumara and Sugath Senarath”¢â‚¬told me that they had started publishing a monthly investigative newspaper called Meegamuwa to serve as a voice for the people of Negombo and the vicinity.

Having graduated from the mass communication program at Kelaniya University, they were aware of my writings on the Buddhist approach to journalism. They gave me a copy of the latest issue of Meegamuwa (March 2013) to elicit my feedback. I was glad to oblige.

I told them that Meegamuwa stood to gain much if it were to follow the Buddhist approach to journalism, which, as explained by Douglas McGill, is “…”a journalism of timely, truthful and helpful speech based on the Noble Eightfold Path.”‚   This approach would also require de-emphasizing individualism and focusing on investigative stories that would help reduce suffering/ sorrow (dukkha).                

 The Buddhist approach to journalism would also require adherence to a high code of conduct, ethics and morality encompassing right speech (samma vaca), right action (samma kammanta), and right livelihood (samma ajiva).                         The codes developed by mainstream western journalists are vitiated by the capitalist profit-motive, which fosters desire (tanha) and attachment (upadana), two of the main factors that exacerbate suffering. Western journalism is excessively dependent on advertising, commercialism and competition, which breed conspicuous consumption.

 The mainstream media in Sri Lanka has slavishly followed the Western news paradigm blaming it all on globalization and its co-arising corollary, mediatization of society. I told the three tyro journalists that their attempt to start an investigative provincial journalism might engender young journalists to start provincial newspapers in towns such as Galle, Matara, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunegala, Kelaniya, Kotte, and so on.

The capitals of the Northern and Eastern provinces and Kandy have had a sort of provincial press meekly following the mainstream Western model. The Buddhist model I have in mind is one that truly serves the community”¢â‚¬a non-profit medium distributed at cost or free perhaps funded by the local authority through a small tax on all households. Because most Buddhist principles are common to the Abrahamic religions (see the Ten Commandments minus the faith in God), Buddhist journalism should not be construed as a biased religious journalism.

Buddhist journalism emphasizes the group or collectivity rather than the “…”individual”‚ as is evident from its concept of asoulity or no soul (anatta). The ingenious paticca samuppada formulation identifies a living being as a namarupa made up of the five aggregates (panca skandha) plus consciousness (vinnana). It is the interaction of these ever-changing (anicca) interdependent aggregates, an ongoing process, that we conventionally identify, incorrectly, as an “…”individual”‚ and presume “…”it”‚ to have a self or soul (atta).

Thus, promoting individualism, a hallmark of mainstream Western journalism, goes against the fundamental Buddhist belief that a soul/self does not exist. Ignorance (avijja) of this fact, perpetuated by mainstream journalism that reifies the “…”individual,”‚ prolongs a namarupa”‘s ability to end dukkha in cyclic existence (samsara).

Therefore, Buddhist journalism requires an emphasis on the interdependent collectivity, group or community rather than on an “…”individual.”‚ It should identify a namarupa by name only as a conventional convenience to avoid confusion. It should shun or minimize the dissemination of ego-boosting news.

Moreover, because Buddhism is based on systems thinking, which envisages the universe as a mega-system of a multitude of subsystems where all elements are interdependent, interconnected and interactive, Buddhist journalism should apply systems analysis in its investigative reporting of community problems.

This means adapting Buddha”‘s method in the dependent co-origination (paticca samuppada) formulation to analyzing problems:

This being, that becomes;

From the arising of this, that arises;

This not being, that becomes not;

From the ceasing of this, that ceases.

The journalist has to take into account that cause-effect processes are never the outcome of a single “…”independent”‚ variable as the classical Newtonian paradigm permits. On this basis, it is pure poppycock to conclude that Sinhala chauvinism was the cause of the Tamil uprising. The causes and the effects have changed their roles frequently over time creating new nonlinear phases of the ongoing process.

The March 2013 issue of Meegamuwa that the three young journalists handed me confirmed my conviction that Buddhist principles are the most suitable for provincial journalism.

The lead story and the editorial of the March issue correctly focused on a very local matter: the misidentification of Negombo”‘s historical mahogany tree as an oak when the Archaeological Department gazetted it as a National Heritage Tree. However, the editorial, which also dealt with the dilapidated Portuguese/Dutch Fort encompassing the mahogany, needed simpler language intelligible to people with a grade school education.

I also got the feeling that this issue devoted too much of the newshole to promote ego-boosting individualism with the center pages devoted to two local female politicians. Group interviewing and group reporting would have helped to transform these story ideas into Buddhist journalism.

Pakistan eases tariff on three Lankan commodities

May 2nd, 2013

Media Ministry of Industry & Commerce

  • 100% waiver for coconut oil exports!
  • Lanka-Paki trade jumps by a strong 174%!
  • Y”’12 total trade at $ 433.69 Mn
  • 11th JEC Sessions coming before end-”’13
  • Secy level meetings conclude successfully in Islamabad

Boosting Lanka-Pakistan bilateral trade levels and cooperation and ahead of the next JEC meet, Pakistan has now eased tariffs on three Lankan commodities it directly imports from Sri Lanka. “…”On behalf of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, I thank the government of Pakistan for honouring Minister Basil”‘s requests and reducing tariff on three Lankan export items. This is a step in the right direction as opportunities under our FTA are not fully utilised and it”‘s time to do so”‚ said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka on 24 April.

Minister Bathiudeen was addressing (HE) Maj Gen Qasim Qureshi, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka on 24 April when (HE) Qureshi made a courtesy call on Minister Bathiudeen at the EDB premises, Colombo. This was the first courtesy call by (HE) Qureshi on Minister Bathiudeen.

“…”I too fully agree that many opportunities under Lanka “- Pakistan FTA are not fully utilised and it”‘s time to do so. Our bilateral trade basket needs to be diversified further since its concentrated around 4-5 major commodities. For example, Pakistan has a big sugar industry but Sri Lanka does not import sugar from Pakistan. Also, exploring a formal mechanism for interaction of various bilateral Business Chambers is a way forward to boost our trade and more importantly, investments”‚ said (HE) Qureshi.

Currently, there are 25 BOI projects undertaken by Pakistani investors in Sri Lanka covering garments, chemicals, petroleum, rubber, plastics, leather products, food and beverages, and tobacco.  (HE) Qureshi added: “…”Sri Lanka”‘s (import) tariffs are a problem for Pakistan. But we have eased our import tariffs on three commodities from Sri Lanka-namely crude coconut oil, betel leaves, and bottle cooling machines.”‚

According to the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Pakistan imports 5,000-6,000 MT of betel leaves annually.  Sri Lanka is the largest supplier followed by Thailand, Bangladesh and India. Pakistan is the only single market for Sri Lanka”‘s betel leaves. Pakistan has reduced Lankan betel import tariff by 35% (In 2010, $ 5.77 Mn valued Lankan betel leaves were exported to Pakistan). Pakistan has also reduced tariff on Lankan crude coconut oil by 50% and with effect from July, the crude coconut oil duty waiver will be 100%! (In 2011, Sri Lanka exported $ 1.25 Mn crude coconut oil to Pakistan. Previously, Pakistan agreed to remove crude coconut oil from its no concession list and phase out in two annual installments and provide market access for bottle cooling machines on a Margin of Preference of 50%).

Followed by India, Pakistan ranks as the second largest buyer Sri Lankan products in the SAARC region, accounting about 10% of Sri Lanka”‘s total exports to the region.

“…”Bilateral trade between both countries experienced a substantial growth after Free Trade Agreement between the two countries was implemented in 2005. The total trade which stood at $ 158 Mn in 2005 rose to $ 433.69 Mn in 2012, showing a strong 174% growth!”‚ stressed Minister Bathiudeen.

The balance of trade has always been in favour of Pakistan. Natural rubber, vegetable products, coconuts, brazil nuts, tea, wood,  Oil cake, new pneumatic tyres (rubber), Coconut (copra) oil are Sri Lanka”‘s main exports to Pakistan.

Both Minister Bathiudeen and (HE) Qureshi were on the consensus that the 11th Joint Economic Commission Sessions should be concluded before the end of Y2013. The bilateral Commerce Secretary level meetings on the forthcoming 11th Joint Economic Sessions (JEC) between both countries, which started on 29 April successfully concluded on 30 April in Islamabad. The previous (10th) Lanka-Pakistan JEC was held in Islamabad on 4-5 July 2011 successfully covering a wide range of subjects, including trade in goods, services, agriculture, tourism, science and technology, education & air services, and  technical assistance.

 

Life Abroad – Part 26: WITHOUT CAP, GOWN OR CONVOCATION

May 2nd, 2013

Dr.Tilak Fernando

Sir Arthur C. Clarke found his way to Sri Lanka in 1956 intending to stay for six months to write a book on exploration of the Sri Lanka”‘s coastal waters. Until his demise, not so long ago, he decided to remain here for life. Sri Lankans are generally reputed to a have a higher intelligence quotient (IQ). For a small country of 20,263,723 (2012 Census) million people she has raised outstanding scholars in a multiple of professions out of which a good proportion has left her and living and working abroad to raise the economies of other nations.

A British Franciscan missionary nun, who lived in Sri Lanka for 60 years, was quoted once as saying: ‘”…”The day I reach Heaven, I am going to ask one question from the Almighty God”‚ – as to why God did not let her be born in Sri Lanka”‘!

For those of us who have been blessed a little more in many respects can only be thankful to God for our Sri Lankan birth, figure, and form, literal and metaphorical.

By the same token it has to be acknowledged that the ingenious intellectual acumen of the Sri Lankan brains have also been put to nefarious activities even at international level!

How many of us who live in Sri Lanka and abroad have an inspiration of the many-faceted beauty of our Motherland? We once became a divided nation with a terrorist war ripping the very fabric of our society.

Sri Lanka, the paradise isle that enchants all

Now that we have achieved peace after 30 long years we need to pull ourselves together to maintain our brotherhood as a people who used to enjoy without allowing it to disintegrate into smithereens.

Missing link

We need not allow once again to raise the ugly head of race, hatred and division in our social fabric or on religion, but need to try our best to be united and understanding.

Something seems to have gone wrong with our fundamental education system from the very beginning that some of us, who are recognised as “‘educated genius”‘, seem to lack the knowledge and experience of our Motherland? Is it due to such a vacuum that we often fail to blossom into a patriotic love and commitment to make our Motherland more than a taste of Paradise?

Being “‘educated”‘, intellectual, or professional alone will not help our country”‘s urgent need. Various kinds of educational reforms over the last few decades have not made the majority of us to be visionaries either! Even University education at home, Oxford, Cambridge and London curricula have managed, largely to confine only to cap, gown, and convocation! Is it then a sense of pure humble and humanistic inspiration the simple answer we need to overcome this problem?

Deep down in every one of us, Sri Lankans, there is this peculiar innate feeling for “‘just being there”‘ rather than doing something for the country. Amidst such a paradox there emerged a single Sri Lankan who shone from the London expatriate community and elevated to greater heights with humanitarian feelings, dedication and a lot of determination to help the poor and needy at home. Podi Appu Hamy (“‘Podi”‘) whom I referred to in my previous week”‘s column did a modest job as a cook at the Sri Lanka student Centre while working hard at the Supreme Headquarters of American Allied Forces in Europe at 7, Grosvenor Square, London. He was not an affluent type to be seduced by alien values and culture even after living in the heart of London for over four decades.

Human qualities

His sober and humane qualities gave him the power to fan into a bright glow and to be recognised and treated as a real charitable man who by-passed even his personal financial perimeters to extend a helping hand to his people at home at the hour of need.

Starting from self-effacing beginnings in London since 1962, he achieved his goal over the decades without any Oxford, Cambridge curricula or a cap, gown and convocation, but doing his humble bit by feeding the hungry stomachs of students with his culinary skills as a “‘modest”‘ cook!

Sri Lankan expatriates

Once the Student Centre was closed down and he retired from his second job with the Americans in London, he set his mind to do a service to humankind, especially to his own people, the very who needed the most – the poor, disabled, sick and the orphaned in Sri Lanka, out of his life”‘s savings with the cooperation of the Sri Lankan expatriates in the UK, especially at a time Sri Lanka needed desperately.

His aim was to give access to the down trodden and the helpless in far out terrorist border villages with free medical facilities during the terrorist war.

By coaxing and reassuring the UK based Sinhala Diaspora he opened eight free small scale medical centres (dispensaries) in many remote villages in Anuradhapura, (including one at Atamasthanaya), Pollonnaruwa, Kotiyagala, Tantirimale, Willachchi, Kiriwehera and Ambilipitiya.

He also gifted industrial power generators to Kataragama, Vidyodaya Pirivena at Maligakanda, Vidyalankara Pirivena at Peliyagoda, Mirisavatiya in Anuradhapura and Parama Dhamma Chaittiya Pirivena at Ratmalana.

With the help of his friends in Sri Lanka, especially with the support extended by the former IGP Rajaguru, Podi managed to establish an operational base in Ratmalana and made a plea to many local pharmacies to undertake and help those dispensaries in border villages with free pharmaceuticals and drugs.

His altruistic wisdom of innovative ideas of free medicine and mini dispensaries hit a chord over a short period of eight years his with the village folk, unknown to many intellectuals, policy makers or experts in Sri Lanka, to break down the barriers of nation and race and reach out to the poor and the helpless.

Without much publicity container loads of valuable items to the Sri Lanka Police and the Army arrived out of his involvement from London at a time the Sri Lankan Army ran his Kotiyagala and Tantirimale dispensaries.

On January 2, 2001 his shipment in a 40″‘ container contained 50 artificial legs, 200 wheel chairs, 2,000 clutches, one remote control surgical bed, 18 hydraulic beds with cupboards and mattresses, 1,000 oxygen masks, four commode chairs, one electric scale cum chair, boxes of surgical bandage, surgical gloves and equipment, 1,000 spectacles, lenses, clothes, shoes and children”‘s books and toys. In addition, there were medical journals and books to be used in the Medical College and a piano and 50 kV generator for the Dhamma School at Vidyalankara Pirivena Peliyagoda, Kelaniya.

A collection of such a magnitude is not an easy task, especially single handed in England. Podi achieved this with the help and moral support of his equally dedicated friends in the UK. All the medical equipments had been sourced from the National Health Service and shipping charges were borne by Podi”‘s own purse.

When containers reached Sri Lanka Podi Appuhamy was always there in person to punctuate the occasion and to see to its fair and equal distribution with the help of Police escort. I had lost his bearings for the past many years but at the eleventh hour when I sat down to write this column; suddenly Podi”‘s voice reverberated in my mobile phone.

This time he had come down to Sri Lanka to participate in a three month”‘s alms giving for his former general practitioner in London, the late Dr. Daya Silva, who acted as the Sri Lanka High Commission”‘s GP in London.

During his short stay in Sri Lanka he was, as usual involved in participating in various “‘Dana”‘ at different venues. When I tried to contact him just after the Sinhala New Year holidays he was at Rajamaha Vihara, Kotte to offer another Dana.

His mate at the Student Centre, Shelton Silva, left employment at the Ceylon Students”‘ Centre prior to its closure, ventured into a business of his own (mobile service) by making his own brand of curry powder and Sri Lankan spices.

Within months his business flourished and he opened up his own “‘corner shop”‘ at Swiss Cottage NW London under the name of “‘Fleet Food”‘ which gave access to many Sri Lankans to buy their Sri Lankan food items.

Diversifying his business 2nd “‘Fleet Food”‘ shop emerged from Colindale, Edgeware, Middlesex. He was last seen in London running about in a Jaguar motor car carrying a bulky “‘prototype”‘ mobile phone which was known to Sri Lankans as “‘Gadol – baage”‘.

“…”Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”‚

- Winston Churchill

tilakfernando@gmail.com

NDP campaigns to boycott Commonwealth summit in Colombo

May 1st, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

27 April 2013

Paul Dewar, MP (NDP Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre)
Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP (NDP Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge River)
House of Commons, Ottawa

cc.  Mr. Kamlesh Sharma, Secretary-General, The Commonwealth, Marlborough House, London, UK

Dear Paul and Rathika:

Re: NDP launching a national campaign to boycott Commonwealth Summit in Colombo

I was intrigued to read that you two have ganged together to launch an NDP campaign to boycott Sri Lanka”‘s Commonwealth Meeting.

The Press Release said that you two “…”have launched a national campaign to pressure the Conservatives to fully boycott the Commonwealth meetings in Sri Lanka unless an independent and international investigation into alleged war crimes are accepted by the government of that country.”‚

Before  I come out with my spiel to tell you two that you two have no moral right as Canadians to seek a fully boycott of the Commonwealth Meeting, as we Canadians were part of the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka  in a big way. And  I want you to know that I am no Johnny-come-lately on this file as you two are.

And then what moral right do you two have when the UN reviews Canada”‘s  records on rights about the murders of aboriginal women.  This is no flippant comment as it is the Netherlands, the UK, Slovenia, Sweden and Mexico that have submitted written questions in advance of Canada”‘s Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council of Geneva.   Well Rathika,  you should be ashamed of yourself not being concerned about our treatment of members of your gender in the aboriginal communities.  And dear Paul Dewar, you as a parliamentarian should hang your head down in shame. Don”‘t you two find it strange and out of sync concerned about Sri Lanka when human rights violations are happening in our First National communities under our very eyes?

*Paul, I was on this Sri Lanka file since 4 August 1983, when I went on national TV on the 6 o”‘clock  national news with another Sinhalese, another Asoka from Chalk River, to tell the flip side of the story that the Tamils had been spewing and spitting at us Sinhalese since  25th July. I have been on this file ever since day in and day out for almost 30 long years, and  perhaps a thorn in the flesh of the supporters of Tamil Tiger terrorists, like your partner in crime, Rathika.

*Paul, I was the one as Chairperson of Project Peace for a United Sri Lanka who met your dear Mum, Marion, at her office on Metcalf Street when she was the President of the NDP to complaint about your NDP MPs, Ernie Epp and Michael Cassidy for speaking Tommy-rot on Sri Lanka supporting the Tamil cause during Question Period.  Let me tell you Paul, your dear Mum gave me a good and a sincere hearing, and after seeing the photographs of the Tamil Tiger massacres of the Sinhalese, especially those of the meditating Buddhists under the Holy Tree at Anuradhapura her eyes were well with tears.  The Tamil Tigers drove down in trucks and shot and killed 120 unarmed Buddhist devotees who were meditating and wounded 85 others on 14 May 1985.

Before I left she pulled me towards her, planted a kiss on my bearded cheek and said, “…”Keep up the good work and I promise that I will see what I can do with Ernie and Michael”‚. Both of them went silent in the House after that, and I had a long correspondence with Ernie and finally he was embarrassed enough to tell me in Ed Broadbent”‘s office on the Hill, that he was sorry for trying to be a cocky MP who pretended that he knew of the Tamil issue when he knew very little about it.

*Paul I was the one with the beard who presented myself on 30 March 2009 to the Parliament”‘s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development chaired by MP Kevin Sorenson, and you were part of that Committee, and you asked me: “…”What is your take of what Sri Lanka”‘s Prime Minister had said that the Government”‘s war with the Tamil Tigers is a Humanitarian War?”‚ 

My response was, “…”I would go further than that by saying that it is not only a Humanitarian War it is also a Liberation War, trying to liberate the 300,000 Tamil civilians who are being held by the Tamil Tigers as a human shield.”‚

Your come back was: “…”I know where you are coming from but I don”‘t agree with you”‚, and you got up with a huff and you walked out of the meeting and you never came back.  Remember?

*You might wonder how I ended up in Ottawa that long ago, and the reason why I got involved in this Sri Lanka-Eelam War file and stay on course for 30 long years.

In 1970, when the National Museum of Canada were searching for a liberal scientist to Head the Thematic Research Section of the Design & Display Division for the renovation of the Victoria Memorial Museum on Argyle Street to complete 15 brand new exhibition halls they head-hunted and found that I fitted their requirement and invited me to come over from London, England.

When you as a 11-year old visited the National Museum of Natural Sciences and the Museum of Man in October 1974, you were reading the texts on wall panels of the Dinosaur Hall (Life through the Ages) which I wrote, and you heard the long poem Trail of Mankind which was piped through the ceiling of the Museum of Man”‘s Orientation Hall was my poem which was used as the storyline for that hall.

And as to how I got involved in the Sri Lanka-Eelam War file in 1983, – that was easy.  When the Canadian-Sri Lankan-Tamils were lying through their teeth and spitting at the Sinhalese Buddhists, they were also spitting at me as I am a Sri Lankan-Canadian Sinhalese Buddhist.   If they were going to speak of me, then I wanted them to tell the truth and nothing but the truth if not I was going to open up and tell the Canadians the truth.

So I did Paul.  Do you know what?  More than 200 letters to the editor of newspapers had appeared from St.John”‘s in Newfoundland to Vancouver in British Columbia and not a single letter was challenged by these Rathika-Tamils.  They were smart.  They knew that I knew the facts and if they had challenged that they would have opened a window for me to prove that they are a bunch of liars one more time.

But they, however, did challenge me in a cowardly way as a bunch of gutless, spineless nincompoops, who threatened me on the phone that they would blow me off this earth by blowing off my face.  And they threatened to blow up the 15 storey Centennial Building at 200 Kent Street as I was working for DFO Communications on 9 June 1987 and there was a major security concern in Ottawa that day..  If you wish to know details I will speak to you confidentially in the presence of you partner in crime, Rathika.  Get back to me.

Paul in your press release you said “…”I invite all Canadians to join our campaign and pressure the Conservatives to fully boycott the upcoming Commonwealth meeting hosted by Sri Lanka, unless that government allows an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes.”‚

I tell you what Paul and Rathika, I will be the first Sinhalese-Canadian to accept your invitation on one condition.  That you two be honest enough to add these words to that request. “…””‚¦.unless that government allows an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes and also investigate those persons and countries that aided and abetted the alleged war crimes to happen by supporting the Tamil Tigers.”‚

Let”‘s throw the net afar a field reaching places like India, Norway, UK, Germany, and France and close to home, Canada.

*I said close to home because the Canadian Government under the leadership of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin let the Tamil Diaspora collect 2 million dollars a month for 13 years to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest to buy sophisticated war weapons to kill my Sinhalese people;

*I said close to home because the Tamils cut cheques from Vancouver bank accounts to purchase 60 tons of RDX and TNT explosives from the Rubezone Chemical plant in the Ukaraine.  A sum of $990,987 was wired from the bank account of one B. Thambirajah from his bank account in a Vancouver Bank to a Tamil Tiger procurement account overseas to purchase the above consignment of explosives in 1994.  This was part of the $7.5 million that was sent to Ukraine for that purchase.

It were these explosives in a truck bomb that brought down the Central Bank Building in the Fort in Colombo on 31 January 1996, killing 114 and maiming for life 1,338 others.

*I said close to home because the Liberals, Paul Martin (Finance Minister), Maria Minna (CIDA Minister) and several back benchers like Jim Karygiannis attended a $60-a-plate fund raiser in Toronto on May 6, 2000, for the Tamil Tigers, organized by the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT).  Paul Martin was the chief guest of honour.  So they aided and abetted the war crimes in Sri Lanka.  FACT had been identified by the US State Department in its annual list of terrorists groups as “…”front organizations”‚ for the Tamil Tigers.  Let”‘s rein in these Canadian parliamentarians for aiding and abetting the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, as they are not lily-white and haul them to an International War Crimes court;

*I said close to home because there is information that Manivannan Karunananthaswamy, World Tamil Movement (WTM) leader in Montreal, presented the TRO (Tamil Rehabilitation Organization) with a letter which was sent from Manivannan Veerakulasingham (aka V. Castro), leader of the Tamil Tiger International Secretariat, stating that the TRO in Canada should collect money from non-Tamil people only as it is the responsibility of the WTM to collect money from Tamils.  Let”‘s find out whether it did happen, if it did who was involved in collecting the funds to aid and abet the Tamil Tiger war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Paul and Rathika, there are oodles of other incidents that happened in Canada which make you hold the buckets for the aiders and abettors of these alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.  Without casting the net far and wide across Canada, you have no moral right to be selective and  campaign to boycott Sri Lanka”‘s Commonwealth Meeting.

With such piffle from you two, who are on the way to get embarrassed, if I were you would keep your hands off Sri Lanka. And as for you Rathika, you have better things to do in your constituency like looking after the interest of your seniors without trying to nail Sri Lanka to the wall. 

By right you should go on your knees in front of Lord Siva with your palms together  thanking Sri Lanka for liberating 295,873 of your Tamils from the clutches of your ruthless Tamil Tigers who were eliminated by Sri Lanka”‘s armed forces on 19 May 2009.  

Both of you seem to be disingenuous politicians.  Rathika, what you have not told your partner in crime is that when you were brought over to Canada  when you were 5-years old, that it was not because of  discrimination, which  you wouldn”‘t have understood even  if the words -D I S C R I M I N A T I O N was parachuted down to you from heaven on Babi dolls, but it was because you happened to be a prime candidate to be kidnapped by the Tamil Tigers and brain washed and trained to become a suicide bomber.  Of the 388 suicide bombings that the Tamil Tigers executed  over half of the bombs were young Tamil Tigeresses.  And, of course, according to UNICEF there were over 5,700 child soldiers and you may have been one among them.  And the Human Rights Watch (HWR) says there were over 21,000 of child soldiers.  So stop going around town saying that you came over because you were discriminated  as you knew it was not so even though you were a Babi-doll hugging kid playing hop-scotch in the hot sun under a mango tree.

So Paul and Rathika, let me know whether you are prepared to accommodate my suggestion to re-write that clause to include the possible aiders and abettors from Canada of the war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Just one more thing in passing, John Baird our Foreign Minister had said that Sri Lanka has failed in the fundamental Commonwealth values of “…”freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of good law and good governance.”‚  

This guy, I am sure is competing for the year end award of, “…”Canada”‘s Best Joker of the Year”‚.  This is the guy as a Foreign Minister  who hasn”‘t had the honesty and gumption to acknowledge that the Sri Lankan government had eliminated the Tamil Tigers the most ruthless terrorists in the world, who perfected the art of suicide bombing, and killed two heads of state, Rajiv Gandhi of Indian and President Premadasa of Sri Lanka, and gave back the right-to-life (the paramount human right) to 22 million of its people that had been hijacked  for 27 bloody years.  This guy who is not willing to acknowledge this classic text book human rights example executed by the Sri Lankan Government has no business to comment on Sri Lanka.  He is one pathetic politician we have to live with.

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.)

Commonwealth failing on Sri Lanka, Baird says

May 1st, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

 1 May 2013

 The Editor

THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

 Sir:

 You said that “Foreign Minister John Baird says that Commonwealth is failing its greatest test by letting Sri Lanka host this year’s leaders summitbut that Canada has no intention of leaving the organization.”

 Why not?  That’s a copout isn’t it?  What he has not told us is that with the Conservative’s bullying Sri Lanka about its alleged Human Rights violations during the last five months of a 27 year war which saw 100,000 civilians killed Canada has now got egg dripping  from all over its face  after Prime Minister Stephen Harper failed to be the Commonwealth’s Pied Pipers wanting to move the summit away from Colombo, and there were no takers.

 Minister Baird is also disingenuous and has no moral right with such a complain when Canada has failed to recognize the paramount  miraculous acts of human rights in Sri Lanka, when they gave back to its 22 million people their right-to-life which had been hijacked by the Tamil Tigers, the most ruthless terrorists in the world,  for 27 years with daily claymore mine bombings, suicide bombings and massacres for the want of their separate, mono-ethnic, racist Tamil state, Eelam carved out of the North and East of that island.  The Tamil Tigers were eliminated militarily on 19 May 2009.

 And when Canada has still not acknowledged that Sri Lankan  armed forces liberated 295,8733 Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers who kept them as a human shield for 30 months, and that the Sri Lankan government showed the world the text book example of humanitarianism by preparing a million meals a day to provide these liberated Tamils three hearty, breakfast, lunch and dinner a day from 19 May 2009 for months, until were sent back to their rebuilt homes and not watch them starve to death.

 The Minister also says, “And if Canada is the lone (country) to stand up and speak truth to power, we can all be tremendously proud.”  That is nonsense.  Canada has now isolated itself in the Commonwealth with such foolishness, and being stubborn with their stupidness for the sake of seeking the Tamil bloc vote in the Greater Toronto Area at the next Federal election.

 I will support Canada not attending the Summit, as they do not need hypocrits with double-speak atbthat palaver,  who have little understanding of human rights, and for Canada to quit the Commonwealth as the rest of the Commonwealth nations do not need blind-hypocrits who cannot ditinguish what is classic text book examples of Human Rights acts and  what are not for selfish reasons to garnish Tamil votes from a community of 300,000 Tamils in the GTA.

 Asoka Weerasinghe

A CIVILIZATION IN RETREAT- AN ASIAN PERSPECTIVE

May 1st, 2013

 BY JANAKA GOONETILLEKE

 INTRODUCTION

 The news of today, whether it is the Bombs in Boston, gang rape of a young woman and her demise in India or the continuous wars in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, the violent demonstrations in Egypt and the continuous security checks are a reflection of the dehumanisation of the present society, a failure of trust and a reflection of the insecurity of society and its leaders, a clear indication of regression.

It is time we understood the reality of this present world order and understand the mind set of the rulers who have imposed this new world order on an unsuspecting humanity. Be it Obama, George Bush, Saddam Hussein or any other present leader be it in a Democracy or Dictatorship have all lost the right to give any moral leadership to this world. In the eyes of the society they are all corrupt and untrustworthy and lack the charisma and leadership qualities necessary for a peaceful world order. They are there because there is a large void in men with charisma, morality and humanity that has gained the trust of the society.  However society gets the leaders it deserves or the qualities of the leadership is a reflection of that society

Evolution of the human brain geared to civilization

 It took millions of years for humans to establish a social etiquette for harmonious existence with each other. Recent advances in neuroscience have confirmed that the Big Brain or the neo cerebrum has been developed to cater to the social interactions in society. On the other hand the primitive brain the site of fright and flight is the centre for the protection of self. Human development has resulted in civilization where the insurance of protection of the individual was a social responsibility rather than an individual task.  Hence an organized system of social utilities was created to protect that inherent value system. That is not to say that sometimes when societal controls are deficient humans are not forced to resort to safe guarding one self.  Religion and philosophies were geared to a spirituality to enhance this communal life style with the ultimate aim of liberation of one self so that life is trouble free. Civilization thus was a commitment for the benefit of the many as against self-indulgence. Never the less it will be hypocritical to believe that self motivation was never there amongst especially the ruling classes but it was usually never in the extreme in progressive civilizations.  This inherent value system was firmly implanted in the genetic make up of the individuals sustained by the transfer of the emotional elements by the nurturing of mothers and the environment in which they lived.  Thus an Asian mind is different from a European mind as proved by the research in Michigan. All this is reflected in the thought process and it is these thought”‘s that run this world. Highjack the thoughts and one highjack”‘s the world. It is this thought process that has been high jacked by the present world order. A re circuiting of the brain from societal responsibility to self-indulgence.

 It is the monopoly money that fuels it and it is the high- jacking of the thoughts that maintains it, Creating illusions of grandeur the result is the gradual dismantling of society aided by the wide discrepancies in wealth, which accelerates this process.

 Dismantling of society

a)   Failure of motherhood

Nurturing of the future society is in the hands of mothers. They are the once who inculcate social responsibility and help in the emotional development especially of the male children. To day motherhood has been relegated to a secondary role whose primary role is to earn money. Elizabeth Warren in her lecture on bankruptcy of the middle classes compare two families of equal status in 1970 and 2005. In it she finds that in 1970 in most households only one person worked but in 2005 both had to work. In 1970 they saved 16% of the income and in 2005 none was saved. More concerning is the fact that a 16yr old had a better chance of he mother being home than a 6 months old baby in 2005. Most children are nurtured by a number of surrogate mothers in nurseries who are unable to give a stable emotional environment that a mother could give. Today we are seeing a community of young individuals void of maternal influence. They are emotionally deprived and suffer from increased incidence of disrespect for women as reflected by the increased incidence of rape, which are filmed and shown on the Internet. Family bondage has been replaced to a fair degree by self-centered behavior. Social consequences of which range from increased divorces to abuse that is reflected in a disruption of society.

2) Re circuiting of the brain by media and new technology

Consumption economics is the name of the game created by slave labor in poor countries.  A mindset of instant gratification is created by continuous media advertisement which sub consciously seduces the consumer. A 16 year old in the USA sees 360 hrs of advertisements for a year.  Completely brainwashing them to be yearning for a labeled products.  It is interesting that unknowingly these consumers buy items that are not absolutely necessary. In other word they are completely out of reality well reflected by their proven inability to concentrate and meditate. Consumption promoted by unnecessary greed completely out of reality fueled by monopoly money ultimately leading to the increase in debt and bankruptcy. An illusionary state of the mind has been created bordering on addiction and mental disorder a condition sold to the consumer as the economic growth ignoring the depletion of resources, its effect on the environment and the waste of energy and it over all inefficiency.

Computer games, social networking sites, e mails have made communication fast how ever there is no emotional element in the interactions. A process that has desensitized people and enhances self-interests at the expense of human responsibility and morality.  A phenomenon that could explain the inhumanity of man to man reflected in the high school shootings, Rape, bankruptcy of the banking system etc, made worse by the failure of motherhood.  This anti social behavior deprives humanity of the cohesion and morality that is needed in society to maintain a civilization.

 3) Urbanization, Environment and Pollution

 Mass migration of rural people into urban areas is another phenomenon that has been characteristic of the present world order made necessary by the widening wealth gap. Another phenomenon created by a illusionary form of modernity and development firmly implanted in the minds of the rulers, all assessed in the proxy of monopoly money. It is said that 27% of Indians live in slums. The middle classes are forced to live in apartments, which are confined spaces, like fowl pens. These people who live in a claustrophobic environment finds it difficult develop social interactions with their fellow community partly due to the want of space. A format, which unfortunately does not allow societal interaction and cohesion thus encouraging self-centeredness. An element that rural communities never faced before. The ruling classes encourage this as a reflection of modernity but on reflection it may very well be a form of slave camps well geared to enslaving the masses. There is no doubt governmental violence and increased military spending are geared to local controls not foreign invasions. This is certainly not civilized form of governance. This has been seen in the spring uprising in the Arab countries, In Spain, Greece and now cypress so called democratic countries where the corrupt still high jacked governments in the pretext that you cannot allow the system to fail but the price is paid by the workers, pensioners and the poor. A modern form of slavery.

 Environmental changes due to consumption economics have created agricultural failures and lack of water resources.  In china alone 28 rivers have gone dry. Their effects on rural societies are immense. Health care and medical problems also have taken its toll. In china there has been a million premature deaths per year due to environmental changes.  The new world economic system has created such great morbidity unfortunately not accounted for in their assessment of economic growth. This creative accounting has misled the populace to the reality of the so-called economic progress.

Agricultural out put of Russia have gone down by 19% this year certain other countries as much as 50 %. This rural deprivation has further accelerated urbanization and that has not certainly improved the quality of life of the rural people. No civilization can survive when the population is deprived of sustenance and is subject to disease.

 Poor governance and a debt driven economy

 Today the world is run on valueless paper money mainly Dollars printed willy nilly and circulated through a corrupt banking system that lacks accountability. The pensions of workers are stolen; countries are living on debt ably supported by the IMF and The World Bank with monopoly money. Thugs, drug dealers and criminals have infiltrated the ruling classes and no day passes without an exposed scandal of corruption. (Predatory governments that is hell bent on stealing from the masses) Banks legitimize the ill-gotten wealth of the corporatist, politicians etc. resulting in an incesous relation ship between the politicians, bankers and the corporatist to steal from the masses. Mainly the poor and the future generations have to pay the price of this mayhem.  It is ironic that Greece is selling its beaches, Palaces and all the valuable assets to pay the debt mostly incurred by the rulers, all in the name of development, Globalization, open economy, free world and Democracy. The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Poorer. More importantly the damaged environment would not be able to sustain humanity for very much longer.  In Sri Lanka imported fertilizer have polluted the north central province with arsenic that has resulted in 10-15% of the populace to be inflicted with Kidney disease and it is threatening the whole country with the poison been disseminated through agricultural products. Up till today no one has been made to account.

The ruling classes live in an illusionary world. They think they are in control of humanity and the environment. To perpetrate themselves the corrupt have instituted security checks on the law abiding, created violence in the hope they can control humanity (divide and rule), used the media to give a false image, high-jacked human rights, created religious disharmony but they daily keep loosing the trust of humanity. As Confucius said no government can survive if they loose the trust of the people.  No civilization can survive if the people loose trust of the world order.

 CONCLUSION

A  civilization run by the corrupt 1% that has created a web of corruption that has virtually enslaved 99% of the civilization is unsustainable.  We in Asia that believed in harmony, cared for our environment, protected it has now been brain washed into believing in a hubris that humanity is in control of the environment and that the environment is meant to be maximally exploited for the benefit of a few using the rest as slave labor. The present civilization is in retreat. No civilization, which lives in an illusionary world completely out of reality sustained on the short term by violence and immorality, has the right to survive.  We as Asians should lament that we have abandoned our age-old principals and accepted an immoral system that will be to our own detriment. The Himalayas that is mother to all civilizations in Asia be it Indian, Chinese, and many sub civilizations is at its deaths door. We will follow unless we have leaders who are honest, moral and who have the wisdom to correct our errors of the past. A radical change! Will the ruling class have the wisdom to carry it out?

 

Crackdown on Russia’s civil society after Putin’s return to the Presidency

May 1st, 2013

Frank Reitzenstein Courtesy Pravda

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April 14, 2013 Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International today released “Laws of Attrition – Crackdown on Russia’s Civil Society after Putin’s Return to the Presidency”.

http://www.hrw.org/node/115058/section/2

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International who watched NATO kill 50,000 blacks, women and children in Libya are agitating because the laws passed by the Russian Duma interfere in the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), seeks to cast government critics as clandestine enemies, thereby threatening the viability of Russia’s civil society.

The new laws “clearly seek to limit, or even end, independent advocacy and other NGO work by placing new, draconian limits on association with foreigners and foreign funding”.

The new law regulating NGOs, requires, among other things, organizations that receive foreign funding and supposedly engage in political activities to register as foreign agents.

To make a comparison (we are so Western-centric), if North Korea and Iran sponsored an NGO in the vicinity of the Deutscher Bundestag for the purpose of “political activities” then this would not be a problem? Would they be allowed “freedom”?

Perhaps NATO have a better Human Rights track record than these countries then? In my opinion the comparison is not unfair. Iran has not killed more than a million children as NATO did in Iraq.

I find it amusing that curtailing the activities of politically motivated, Washington funded organisations in Russia threatens the viability of civil society (individuals). That’s not an honest statement now is it? Nor is describing Washington funded NGOs as “independent”.

It looks to me that http://www.usaid.gov/ is in fact a government organisation not an NGO. It just happens to be the government which has interfered the most in foreign countries, usually to steal their resources.

Don’t forget that Putin jailed Khodorkovsky, one of the many Oligarchs who had raped Russia’s resources after Glasnost, nationalised his oil and gas fields and paid off the debts of the Russian Federation in 5 years. Just before his arrest Khodorkovsky wired all his money to Jacob Rothschild who runs the corrupt City of London, without proper financial regulation, so that 60% of the UK GDP is fraud. Is that who you worked for Mikhail?

Even the US is (was?) so much better regulated, that Fanny Mae and all those scandals had to pass through the City of London. What was the result? Is this the world we want? Putin started seriously cleaning up that aspect of the Russian mess, but we are still at the mercy of the financial terrorism of the one percent and the Rentier Class. Germany recently was behind a move to steal bank deposits of Cypriot citizens.

A business associate told me that his friend in the UK recently got a mortgage at 3%. This is what caused the debt problem in the first place. House prices continue to rise well above what a family can afford and the accrued debt continues to increase. I believe that the UK recently was given a warning regarding the debt levels.

Back to “Laws of Attrition – Crackdown on Russia’s Civil Society after Putin’s Return to the Presidency”.

“The United Nations Committee Against Torture, for example, said the law could be interpreted as prohibiting the sharing of information on the human rights situation in the Russian Federation with the UN”.

Well close down Guantanamo jail then, if you ever do anything but talk.

The article continues:

“Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled that several of the law’s provisions were unconstitutional, and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe found that the amendments represent “a step backward for the protection of freedom of assembly” and urged Russia to repeal or revise key provisions.”

The Russian Constitutional Court would like to see lower fines against individuals contravening the new protest laws. What about the Council of Europe?

The best known bodies of the Council of Europe are the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights, and the European Pharmacopoeia Commission, which sets the quality standards for pharmaceutical products in Europe.

Funny then that according to the Daily Mail, Britain is set to pull out of the “discredited European Convention on Human Rights that has allowed dangerous criminals and hate preachers to remain in the UK”. Same problem as in Russia perhaps?

When an advisory body passes a judgement, find out more about them. When you visit an “NGO” website check out the directors and patrons. USAID was one that I remember Putin had issue with.

http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/leadership-listing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajiv_Shah

So we see for example that the administrator had worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. What sort of things are they into?

In 2011 alone, the Bill and Melinda Gates’ polio vaccine campaign in India caused 47,500 cases of paralysis and death.

Bill Gates pushes Big Pharma who are involved in endless scandals in third world countries. It appears that the Council of Europe regulates Big Pharma or more like it, gives them a carte blanche to implement faulty breast implants. Their role in Europe must be similar to ex Wall Street head of the Department of Justice Eric Holder in the US slapping bankers on the wrist for money laundering.

So the NGOs are in bed with multinational corporations and banks everywhere, leaving a trail of sickness, bankruptcy, unemployment and death. They are also in bed with the NATO aligned councils wagging the finger at Vladimir Putin.

My analysis is that the Russian Duma truly has the Viability of Russia’s Civil Society at heart, and has the wisdom and courage to deal with these vampires.

 

13th AMENDMENT INCOMPATIBLE with LLRC RECOMMENDATIONS on DEVOLUTION

May 1st, 2013

Neville Ladduwahetty

The recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) have come to be accepted as the holy-grail by the International Community judging from the repeated references to it both nationally and internationally in complete disregard to the Government”‘s National Plan of Action that was developed by incorporating selected recommendations in the LLRC Report. In fact, this acceptance has led many to believe that the implementation of the LLRC recommendations would bring much needed relief to Sri Lanka”‘s bruised image.

Since it was the search for a political solution that led to the three decade long conflict, it is relevant to critically examine the recommendations of the LLRC in regard to what the Commission considers should be the contours of a political solution that would foster reconciliation and a durable peace. With this in view, given below are all the relevant paragraphs (9.229 to 9.237) in the LLRC Report under the header “…”THE NEED FOR DEVOLUTION OF POWER”‚.

“…”The need for devolution of power”‚

9.229 Many persons who appeared before the Commission stated in clear terms that reaching a political consensus that will facilitate devolution of power to be of critical importance, to further the process of reconciliation after the ending of LTTE terrorism, which was the main obstacle against achieving such a consensus for a long time.

9.230 It is vital that the Government should provide leadership to a political process which must be pursued for the purpose of establishing a framework for ensuring sustainable peace and security in the post-conflict environment. In this endeavour the rights of all communities, including those who have been members of the LTTE, must be ensured. To this end a political settlement based on devolution must address the ethnic problem as well as other serious problems that threaten the democratic institutions. This political process should culminate in a constitutional foundation and mechanisms that provide opportunities for development and implementation of necessary socio-economic policies.

9.231 Devolution should necessarily be people-centric in nature and the following considerations should be borne in mind “-

a. Devolution should essentially promote greater harmony and unity and not disharmony and disunity among the people of the country. The promotion of this “‘oneness”‘ and a common identity should be the principal aim of any form of devolution while protecting and appreciating rich diversity.

b. The focus should be to ensure that the people belonging to all communities are empowered at every level especially in all tiers of Government. Devolution of power should not privilege or disadvantage any ethnic community, and in this sense, should not be discriminatory or seen to be discriminatory by the people belonging to any ethnic community within the country.

c. The democratic empowerment of the people should take place within the broader framework of the promotion and protection of human rights which is a fundamental obligation of the elected government deriving from specific provisions of the Constitution and the Treaty obligations the country has voluntarily undertaken.

d. In addressing the question of devolution two matters require the attention of the government. Firstly, empowering the Local Government institutions to ensure greater peoples”‘ participation at the grass roots level. Secondly, it is also imperative that the lessons learnt from the shortcomings in the functioning of the Provincial Councils system be taken into account in devising an appropriate system of devolution that addresses the needs of the people. It should at the same time provide for safeguarding the territorial integrity and unity of Sri Lanka whilst fostering its rich diversity.

One of the LLRC sittings. File photo

9.232 An additional mechanism that may be considered is the possibility of establishing a Second Chamber comprising Representatives from the Provinces. Such a mechanism is likely to generate a sense of confidence among the political leadership and among the people in the Provinces, that they too have a vital role to play in the legislative decision making process, inter alia, by examining legislative measures that may have a bearing on issues of particular relevance to the Provinces.

9.233 All parties should recognize that the real issue of sharing power and participating in government is the empowerment of the people and making the political leaders accountable to the people. This applies to Sri Lanka as a whole and includes the needs of citizens of all communities, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and others. The effective functioning of the democratic system which fulfils these needs, together with a consensual framework of devolution will, by virtue of attributes and institutions intrinsic to it, also provide the answer to the grievances of minorities.

9.234 All parties must commit themselves to finding solutions internally through negotiation with each other. The Tamil leaders should take account of the unnecessary internationalization of the ethnic issue and the external pressures exercised by the Diaspora and its impact on the negotiations for a political settlement. The perceptions of external threat and intervention can create a sense of insecurity that can seriously impede the progress towards an acceptable solution.

9.235 The Commission is of the view that it is an imperative that any devolutionary or power sharing mechanism should be realized within the broad framework of a sovereign, politically independent and multi-ethnic Sri Lankan State. While the distribution of meaningful powers to the periphery is essential, there are powers which form the core responsibilities of the State and which cannot be so devolved, and need to be retained and exercised by the Government at the centre. It is also important to ensure that any power sharing arrangement has inbuilt mechanisms that would effectively address and discourage secessionist tendencies and safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of the State.

9.236 The Commission wishes to underline the critical importance of making visible progress on the devolution issue, in order to ensure the success of any process of lasting and sustainable reconciliation. The Commission therefore recommends that the present opportunity be utilized to launch a good-faith effort to develop a consensus on devolution, building on what exists “- both, for maximum possible devolution to the periphery especially at the grass roots level, as well as power sharing at the centre. This consensus should be one that will enable peoples”‘ participation in governance decisions affecting them and avoid costly and unnecessary duplication of political, bureaucratic and other institutional structures that hamper efficient, cost-effective and transparent governance.

9.237 To this end, the Government must take the initiative to have a serious and structured dialogue with all political parties, and those representing the minorities in particular, based on a proposal containing the Government”‘s own thinking on the form and content of the dialogue process envisaged. That dialogue must take place at a high political level and with adequate technical back-stopping.

Key features in the recommendations

1. “…””‚¦safeguarding the territorial integrity and unity of Sri Lanka whilst fostering its rich diversity”‚.

2. “…”It is also important to ensure that any power sharing arrangement has inbuilt mechanisms that would effectively address and discourage secessionist tendencies and safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of the State”‚.

3. “…”The Commission therefore recommends that the present opportunity be utilized to launch a good-faith effort to develop a consensus on devolution, building on what exists “- both, for maximum possible devolution to the periphery especially at the grass roots level, as well as power sharing at the centre”‚.

13th Amendment incompatible with the recommendations

The 13th Amendment recognizes the Province as the peripheral unit. A three decade long conflict was waged to create a separate state consisting of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Taken together the two provinces amount to a 1/3 of Sri Lanka”‘s land mass and 2/3 of its coastline. The Province as the peripheral unit is a threat to the territorial integrity and unity of Sri Lanka because its size, both in terms of land mass and length of coastline, together with access to the natural resources such as Trincomalee Harbour, present prospects that are too tempting to discourage secession.

The 13th Amendment has no provision for “…”maximum devolution to the periphery especially to the grass roots levels”‚ since all powers are devolved ONLY to the Province. No powers are constitutionally devolved to the grass roots levels. According to Article 154G (1) “…”Every Provincial Council may, subject to the provisions of the Constitution make statutes applicable to the Province for which it is established with respect to any matter set out in List I of the Ninth Schedule”‚. Since every Provincial Council MAY make statutes the task of maximum devolution especially to the grass roots levels is left entirely to the discretion of each Provincial Council; an arrangement that is totally unsatisfactory and would inevitably lead to devolved powers being asymmetric among the Provinces.

The 13th Amendment has no provision to share power at the Centre. Consequently, all peripheral units are excluded from participating in the Executive branch of the Government. Whatever representation there is for the periphery at the Centre, is only in Parliament. The reference in the LLRC report to a Second Chamber is a feeble attempt for the provinces to be represented at the Centre. Parliament is already representative of the provinces and the communities within them. Therefore, the major communities need to be represented in the Executive. This is not provided for in the 13th Amendment.

A compatible arrangement

A peripheral unit that would offer greater guarantee of territorial integrity, dissuade secession and foster diversity would be the District, with the provision that no two or more Districts are permitted to merge as in the Constitutions of the US and Switzerland; a precaution that is not provided for in the 13th Amendment. Powers devolved to the Districts, Pradeshiya Sabhas and Gramarajas based on the principle of subsidiarity would meet the recommendation in the LLRC of maximum devolution to the grass roots levels.

Since Parliament is already representative of communities and territories, the need is to provide for the major communities to share Executive power at the Centre in order to foster inclusion of all communities in executive decision-making processes on an equitable basis. Such an arrangement should be constitutionally provided for and could be based on the ratio of ethnic representation in Parliament.

The strident call both nationally and internationally is for the implementation of the LLRC recommendations. Equally strident is the regional call to implement the 13th Amendment.

While LLRC recommendations have been accepted internationally, the 13th Amendment is an internal constitutional arrangement.

However, the incompatibility between the two requires that a choice is made.

Since recommendations of the LLRC pertaining to devolution are a key to reconciliation the Government could justifiably abrogate the 13th Amendment and replace it with a fresh amendment introduced in keeping with the arrangements proposed above for devolution to peripheral units such as the District, Pradeshiya Sabhas and Gramarajas together with Executive power sharing at the Centre, which are all compatible with the recommendations of the LLRC.

Casinos conflict with culture of Sri Lanka – Relocate them elsewhere

April 30th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

The religious texts of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam all explicitly prohibit and discourages gambling and other such related vices. Nevertheless, numerous casinos have been operating in Sri Lanka over the years. It has now emerged that one of the world”‘s biggest and most famous casino operators is eyeing on setting up a mega casino complex in the heart of Colombo. A common census amongst the 3 main communities of Sri Lanka would like that due respect must be given to the cultures and values most of us still wish to uphold and would like to propose that ALL CASINOS be relocated to an exclusive area where foreign gamblers can even fly in and out without troubling the culture and affecting the lives of the people.

Many people who enjoy gambling as a form of entertainment don”‘t often think about the ethical or moral implications of their pastime but in a Third World country such as ours we need to look at the serious implications that such vices will result.

The question is not about the investment brought or the increase in the number of foreign visitors that would result. From the casinos operating already we know how ordinary citizens caught into the web of risk taking and gambling have ended up losing all at the cost of an entire family. This is an unbearable loss for any family whatever religion or race they belong to.

Of course amongst all the communities there are the elite few for whom gambling is a risk well worth taking and the losses are minimal compared to what they earn. Their number is miniscule in the context of the entire population of Sri Lanka. There is also a lot of black money floating which are spent on such endeavors given that banking such would lead to questions.

While we are aware that banning already existing casinos is impossible the best alternative in a win-win scenario is to have all these casinos relocated to a place like Kalpitiya where flights can operate for foreign gamblers in an area exclusively created for such activity but banned from local entry except for the local gamblers obtaining membership. This can be a Macau like scenario where large profits for the country can emerge but will not compromise on the culture and heritage that we wish to continue without tarnishing. The likely scenarios causing collapse of families promotes that we look into these ground realities first before resorting to damage control later.

From the rising examples of violence at nightclubs and the business accrued by brothels these are lessons that as a community we must come together and say NO to. We do not want our country to be turned into a brothel or casino paradise and we would remember at one time with the lack of monitoring of the tourists, Sri Lanka was once described as a pedophiles paradise and there were many catering children for profits.

These are all lessons that we need to learn from and not feel sorry afterwards. Every child is a child of Sri Lanka and we must nurture good citizens with good morals and values that respect the history and culture of Sri Lanka.

All governments should protect the most vulnerable in our society from casinos that exploit human weaknesses and addictions. This request is for the community leaders of all faiths to take up at higher levels

In the “…”Sigalovada Sutta: The Layman”‘s Code of Discipline.”‚, Buddha describes six evil consequences in indulging in gambling:

1.    The winner begets hate,

2.    The loser grieves for lost wealth,

3.    The loss of wealth,

4.    His word is not relied upon in a court of law,

5.    He is despised by his friends and associates,

6.    He is not sought after for matrimony; for people would say he is a gambler and is not fit to look after a wife.

The Bhagawat Gita says “No illicit sex, no meat-eating, no gambling, no intoxication.”

The sacred text of Islam, The Holy Qur”‘an, says: “…”O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination, “- of Satan”‘s handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. Satan”‘s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?”‚ (Sura Ma”‘idah 5:90,91).

 

 

 

The forum expresses disappointment over Canadian Government stance on Sri Lanka

April 30th, 2013

CANADIAN SOUTH ASIAN FOR PEACE UNITY FORUM PRESS RELEASE

We observed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s stint at possibly changing the venue for November, 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka.  We also observed Foreign Minister John Baird’s immature biased statements highlighting a misguided Canadian foreign policy.  It is further appalling to understand the real driving force behind this current trend that wishes to cause unnecessary harm to a tiny nation that is slowly recovering from a post colonial conflict which lasted over 30 odd years.

True reconciliation starts with all actors and characters actively participating and engaging with the required source.  By turning a blind eye to reconciliation and playing into hands of separatist partisan politics in order to secure votes the Canadian Government will be missing a great opportunity to emerge as a true world leader.  With a large contingent of Sri Lankans living here the Canadian Government  should not use double standards in the House of Commons in the case of Sri Lanka.  It is vital that the Conservative caucus research all available ground realities before jumping into one sided conclusions.

Canada and Sri Lanka has always enjoyed a good relationship and it is unfortunate that CHOGM has created a rift partly due to furious unchecked statements issued by Stephen Harper and John Baird. To us such mechanism is seen as an anti Sri Lankan drive against ordinary Sri Lankan citizens in Canada and around the world who are enjoying the peace and a way forward.  What we truly request from the Canadian Government is to rethink its current stance, and fairly observe all developments in Sri Lanka by relaying information to the public which it receives from visiting delegations, as well as the Canadian high commission in Colombo without any censorship.

We are truly disappointed that our member of the Commonwealth, who was once the champion of world peace is now constantly poking its head to punish a tiny democratic nation due to an over exaggerated human rights record intertwined to its internal democratic process, in contrary the Harper Government to this date is yet to address any of its own human rights issues and remains very quick to block critics. However, time is now for Conservative Government to act and engage with Sri Lanka allowing it to achieve a desirable reconciliation for lasting peace. Any negative buildup on the Canadian Government part to isolate or push for a boycott of CHOGM venue will only lead to a derailed foreign policy allowing separatist fundamentalists to take the Harper Government for a ride, while damaging local Conservative support, economic interests and influence in South Asia.

 

CANADIAN SOUTH ASIAN FOR PEACE UNITY FORUM

E-mail: csafpeaceunity@gmail.com
Web: www.canadiansouthasiansfpau.wordpress.com

“Thank you, US. Sri Lanka has more than two provinces that need help”

April 30th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

A news report titled “…”U.S. support for community development in Eastern Sri Lanka”‚, which appeared in the media on 30 April, talks of the assistance given by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to build a public market and a bus station in Batticaloa. It mentions further that USAID previously supported Pollumalai through healthcare improvement programs and community services. To accompany the story, there is naturally the picture of the gleaming US Ambassador, who obviously will be a darling of the people of the Eastern Province.

Sri Lankans are grateful to the US, the US ambassador and USAID for the good deeds they are doing.

A point that is worth bringing to the fore, and to the attention of the “‘generous”‘ US, is that Sri Lanka has seven other provinces in addition to the Northern and the Eastern Province. The majority of the inhabitants of these provinces, too, are facing numerous difficulties, for no fault of theirs. The situation is not enviable in many other places such as Hunnasgiriya or Hanguranketha in the Central Province, in Nochchiyama or Mahavilachchiya in the North Central Province or in Mahiyangana or Girandurukotte (It is somewhat sad that all these place names sound typical Sinhalese). The good lady would be doing a yeoman service to the poor if she can get her bosses in the US and the US donor agencies to include at least a few of the above communities to be beneficiaries of the generosity of the mighty US.

Sri Lankans will not forget how the previous US ambassador spent her energies in transporting local politicians in the East to East Timor to get a first-hand look of how the new nation, which until its independence was a part of Indonesia, was running its affairs. This type of help is certainly not what Sri Lanka needs.

 

 

 

Questions on the “Chef”- Student “Kumar” Enigma

April 29th, 2013

Kanthar P Balanathan

28th April 2013

Mr Trevor Grant

Spokesman

Tamil Refugee Council

Dear Mr Trevor Grant

It has befitted crucial to write, as stories emanating from the Tamil quadrants have reached beyond veracity. I am a SriLankan born Tamil, but a patriotic Australian, and I can confidently affirm that I comprehend our (Tamil & Sinhalese) culture, customs and behavioural patterns more than anyone else outside our ethnic group or in any NGOs. I would like to discuss with you on the matter of SriLanka, “…”Kumar”‚, and “…”Refugees”‚ in general, and I appreciate a reply from you. If I do not receive a reply from you then it is evident that my assumptions are accurate to an acceptable gradation.

SriLanka

It is evident that the SriLankan complication has gone beyond mind control of foreign nationals, and it is evident that foreign powers are injecting vituperative and toxic proclamations with intent to destroy SriLanka. Is that why we do have a UN? UN could spend more time in developing and educating nations (third world), rather wasting time in reaping assumed blemishes.

Some journalists are spending time in imputing SriLanka. However, the very same people have forgotten what happened in Iraq & Vietnam. How was the Al-Qaida prisoners treated in Guantanamo Bay detention camp? I have seen videos where the US army has violated HR. I have seen pictures of army personnel raping women.

Addressing the Biafra war has anyone analysed why such a war crept up and who was responsible for the guerrilla war and who was responsible for the killing of the Ebo people. A foreign power was responsible for the war behind the Biafra people, all because of the oil. May be journalists do not know the extent of HR violations practiced then in the late 60s, and how people died out of hunger and starvation, and in some cases people turned cannibals.

These events are circumvented from the rest of the world, with UN and some media taking charge to propel with heavy thrust about HRV in SriLanka. One should examine the torture carried out by the LTTE. The entire population in SL was living in fear until 2009, until HE MR delivered the people from bondage. We Tamils should consider HE MR as the Moses of SriLanka of the 21st century.

Addressing the UNHRC, the UNHC for Human Rights, with high credentials, is ignoring the HR violations in India. The current situation in India has to be investigated by the UNHCR as it is deplorable in each of the states.

Kumar”‘s enigma

According to the passport pictures from ABC video, Kumar landed in Australia on the 26th November 2008. It is learnt that he came to Australia on a student visa. Between now and then, Kumar”‘s passport indicates the following dates:

  • 5th June 2012 to 4th July 2012 in SriLanka (Although the dates are not clear, it is assumed that the dates are as stated.
  • On the 29th December 2010 Kumar was in transit in Malaysia to Colombo for four days.
  • Further, Kumar landed in Colombo on the 30th March 2013. The reason for his recent visit was stated as due to his uncle”‘s sickness. However, subsequently a statement negates that he went to manage his uncle”‘s restaurant. His statement also states that he and his brothers were taken by two army intelligence in a white van after a week. This confirms that they may have been abducted (hypothetical) around the 7th April 2013? Kumar states that on the fourth and final day of his ordeal his back was branded with hot irons. This confirms that the final day was around the 11th April 2013.
  • However, ABC states that Kumar was abducted three weeks ago, which means that the re-enactment of the incident and interview had taken place after the 28th March 2013. Where was the re-enactment of the incident videoed? Who videoed the re-enactment? When did ABC interview Kumar? Who treated the burns? Have we access to talk to the Doctor who treated him SL?

It is my intention to request answers from ABC to the Australians, as we live in a democratic country.

The corroboration of the incidents seems to be inconsistent. The credibility of Kumar may be questionable.

  1. Kumar left SL in 2008 and landed in Australia. Did he come on a student visa? If so, then this should have been clearly propagated to the public by the ABC.
  2. If he landed in Australia on a student visa, then he left SriLanka legally with a clearance and without any encumbrance from GOSL.
  3. Kumar commenced doing a “…”Chef”‚ course, which most temporary immigrants commence doing in Australia because it is easy to obtain permanent residency in Australia. I do not think we should debate on this because I am aware where Accountants, Attorneys and technical people commence doing “…”Chef”‚ course once they land. This may be a weak point on the part of the Australian migration pre-requisite. Isn”‘t there Australians who could qualify as Chefs?
  4. Kumar has been to SL on the 5th June 2012 and has stayed for almost a month. What happened then?
  5. Presumably, Kumar has been in transit in Malaysia on the 29th December 2010 to Colombo. The dates are not clear; however, what were the reasons for his trips to SL.
  6. It is evident that Kumar has travelled to Colombo for reasons unknown, which should have been underscored by the ABC.
  7. If Kumar, as stated; was interrogated by the army intelligence prior to 2008 and that is why he had to come to Australia, then why did he make multiple visits to SriLanka?
  8. Current trip has been stated as a trip because of his uncle”‘s health condition, but this is been controverted by stating that he had to manage his uncle”‘s restaurant. This is shocking.
  9. Where was the re-enactment of the incident videoed?
  10. Who videoed the re-enactment?
  11. Kumar”‘s friend from Malaysia, Samjee narrates the incident; as if he was present, looking at the abduction and the torture. Is this plausible?
  12. The whole incident looks like a cooked up story and not substantiated.
  13. Last, where did he obtain finance for the study and multiple travels to SriLanka? Remembering that he had his family with two kids in Australia.

Refugees

Australia is a developed country, and ideal democracy prevails in Australia with European honesty, integrity and customary practices, which is why illegal immigrants scud into Australia, and NOT to South East Asia, South America or Africa. Illegal immigrants should not attempt to take for granted that Australia will listen to their, may be, untrue stories. Australia should not be considered as a Social Welfare Camp for illegal immigrants from the third or developing world. Further, it is noticeable the immigrants are not prepared to change, but try to inflict their own culture into Australia. I am not a racist; I want to be an Australian, and would like Australia to be ideal Australia.

SriLanka was confronted with illegal boat people from, mostly Tamil Nadu up to mid- 20th century. SriLanka had to create a separate law authority called TAFII to protect SL from illegal immigrants from India. It is a long known culture of Tamils for illegal scudding into greener pasture.

To continue maintaining justice, harmony, peace and unity in SL, and protect the integrity of Australia, this matter should be further investigated by authorities such as (i) ABC, (ii) The AGE, (iii) ASIO, (iv) Federal Police and (v) Immigration, which I intend to request from these authorities.

Won”‘t you agree that the Australian immigration authorities should check Kumar”‘s activities in Australia for the last five years? Kumar may be casseroling up this story in order to gain refugee residency in Australia, and bring discredit to SL. Finally, what is his credibility? Kumar should come clean and open with true answers.

It would be wise for ABC and those in the Refugee Council to examine cases carefully before making a conclusion. It is crystal clear that the boat people are scudding into Australia for economic gains and not any other issues.

Mr Grant, Australia should study the situation in which refugees scud into Australia, and how they behave in detention camps, and their dictatorial attitude of demanding refugee/residency status in Australia. With such behaviour in detention camps, we can imagine how they would have behaved in their own country?

Definitely, all refugees come for greener pasture and most of them may pose a threat to Australian National Security. They masquerade with fallacious stories, which are supported by some Australian authorities without understanding the gravity of the situation. Again, I wish to press that Australia is not a Refugee Social Welfare Camp, but a country for ideal Australian citizens who are quite fluent in English Language.

It would also be highly appreciated if we could meet with a few SriLankan in Melbourne, and discuss to bring the acrimonies to an end, please.

Mr Grant, a reply would be highly appreciated please.

Thanks

Kind Regards

Kanthar P Balanathan

Prabakaran kept India out of Sri Lanka – why are we not doing the same?

April 29th, 2013

 Shenali Waduge

India admits that initial training for Tamil militant groups including LTTE was given by India and that training continued from post 1983 to 1987 which is why the Indian Government took pains to remove details of India”‘s training from the Jain Commission report. Be that as it may, Prabakaran never trusted India and ensured India was always kept in its place though India was able to fool successive Sri Lankan Governments and probably continues to do so. Ironically, if ever patriotic Sri Lankan needs to be thankful at all to Prabakaran “- that is for keeping India away from Sri Lanka and given the current scenario of things “- that gratitude is deserving.

The proof is in the statistics itself. Throughout the conflict there was hardly 10 Indian companies operating in Sri Lanka. Today, in just over 3 years the number of Indian companies have jumped to over 100 and probably the number of illegally operating Indians number far more.

India”‘s direct investment to Sri Lanka in 2011 was worth US$150million.

In 2011, the Indian exports to Sri Lanka stood at 4.33 billion USD compared to 2.47 billion USD in corresponding period in 2010, registering a growth of 75.33%. The Sri Lanka exports to India stood at USD 528.82 million compared to USD 471.23 million in corresponding period in 2010, registering a growth of about 14.62%. Is this something for Sri Lanka to be proud of?

Bilateral agreements between India and Sri Lanka include Free Trade Agreement signed in 2000, a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, a Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement. Bilateral agreements/MoUs on Air Services, Small Development Projects, Cooperation in Small Scale Industries and Cooperation Doing Business in Sri Lanka in Tourism and an Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology,  Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is under negotiation

More than 125,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka in 2010, making up nearly 20% of the total tourist inflow into Sri Lanka. A similar trend continued in 2011, with tourist arrival from India amounting to 171,374, out of a total of 855,975 tourists arrivals in Sri Lanka, contributing about 20.02% of all tourist arrivals. Sri Lanka”‘s tourists to India number just over 200,000 “- now they too are being harassed and India says its “…”isolated”‚ incidents!

India has been given stakes in oil distribution, oil exploration, telecommunication, banks, tourism, hotels, vehicle and machinery, utilities, renewable energy, plantations, fertilizers, agro-processing, food processing, pharmaceuticals, education and knowledge, IT, bio-tech and despite the many warnings real estate culminating in a $460m Tower in the heart of Colombo spelling further dangers to Sri Lanka”‘s security.

Main Indian investments are:

  • Lanka IOC “- a public liability company listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange with a profit of SLRs.51billion “- LIOC holds 1/3 shared in Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd as well. LIOC”‘s investment was USD95million.
  • Bharti Airtel Lanka “- a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel commencing operations in 2009. Airtel has 1million Sri Lankan customers. Airtel investment was US$200million.
  • Piramal Glass Ceylon “- named so in 2008 after Ceylon Glass Company was acquired by Gujarat Glass Company a member of Piramal Enterprises. Its investment is US$55million.
  • Taj Hotels “- has been in Sri Lanka for over a quarter of a century and is represented by Taj Samudra, Vivanta, Bentota Beach, Gateway Hotel-Airport Garden
  • UltraTech Cement “- has a plant capacity of 0.6MTPA with initial investment of USD11million. Current turnover is USD59million and expected to reach USD110million by 2013/14.
  • JV Gokal Ceylon “- exports Black, Green and Flavored tea bags under brand Super Tea and other private labels around 31 countries.
  • Tata Communications Lanka “- has an External Gateway Operator Licence “- niche in catering to global telecommunications needs of customers
  • Banks from India “- State Bank of India, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank,
  • Asian Paints “- acquired Delmege Forsyth and Co (Paints) in 1999 and renamed Asian Paints in September 2000.
  • CEAT-Kelani Associated Holdings “- joint venture of CEAT India, Associated Motor Ways PLC and Kelani Tyres PLC “- the largest tyre manufacturer in Sri Lanka.
  • MphasiS Sri Lanka “- started operations in 2010 and provides Applications, BPO, ITO services
  • L&T Infrastructure Development Projects – is a Special Purpose vehicle formed in 2006 to implement a Joint Venture agreement with National Housing Board of Sri Lanka to develop the Iconic Diamond Tower Project, a mixed development urban infrastructure project, situated on Darley Road.
  • Lanka Ashok Leyland – a Joint venture between
  • Lanka Leyland Ltd (a wholly owned company of Government of Sri Lanka) and Ashok Leyland Ltd India, to carry out the business of importation of Ashok
  • Tata Housing “- a project of $400million to be complete in 8-10years
  • Welcome Hotels Lanka – WLPL has acquired land at Galle Face in Colombo on a 99-year lease from the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka with an intention to set up a mixed use project, including luxury hotel “- nature of project yet undecided.
  • Dabur Lanka – new plant will be set up at Gampaha over 50 acres with capacity to produce 2.8 lakh cases of fruit-based beverages per month and will be exportoriented
  • Indocean Developers – has acquired two-acres of land opposite the Beira Lake for an upmarket USD400m condominium development  
  • Shree Renuka Sugars – Sri Lanka”‘s Ports Authority have approved about $200 million project by Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd, to set up sugar refinery project in Hambantota Port

Other areas that certainly are of concern is the manner in which MOUs are being signed totally ignoring the political dynamics that prevail and the history of Indian interventions that should cause concern for caution at all times in signing anything with India.

For all the initial investments made the tax holidays given and other concessions granted EXACTLY what has Sri Lanka got back IN RETURN? If its long term advantages that are being promised “- we would next like to know EXACTLY what those future benefits are?

S&T Co-operation “- where India is taking great pains to tie Sri Lanka to not seeking its sovereignty in developing its own potential for future satellite and telecommunication with partners of its choice and not have to depend only on India.

MOU on Ferry Service “- was signed in January 2011 for a Passenger Transportation by sea and ferry services between Colombo, Tuticorin, Talaimannar and Rameshwaram “- exactly to whose benefit is this? In what ways are we likely to be securing Sri Lanka”‘s territorial integrity? Do we have the systems in place to know who is staying legally, illegally and in what ways we can legally deport them back to India without that too becoming a political drama staged in South India?

MOU on Agriculture “- signed in 2012 between Indian High Commissioner and Secretary Ministry of Agriculture. The MOU is said to promote cooperation in the fields of science and technology, agricultural production, agro-processing, exchange of scientific materials, information and EMPHASIS ON PERSONNEL “- we know how Indian labor was brought in as farmers and probably continue still despite public statements denying so.

MOU on Telecommunications “- signed in 2012 is again something that warrants caution given that soon everything will end up being tapped by India”‚¦

Sri Lanka”‘s investments in India include only Lion Brewery, MAS Holdings, Brandix, John Keells Logistics, John Keells Foods India while  Ceylon Biscuits (whose project in Patiala is under subjudice)

The issues patriotic Sri Lankans have are simple:

  • Free flow of Indian labor (legal and illegal) challenges the employability of our own people and is denying them employment. This is a violation of the rights of the Sri Lankan populace.
  • Most of the Indians that come as professionals function as CEOs, Advisors “- the remuneration given to them in terms of salary, rented housing and other perks could give more than a handful of jobs to Sri Lankans or help train a Sri Lankan senior officer to take that same role.
  • The number of prime property given to Indians will mean the building of condominiums that Sri Lankans cannot afford will invariably mean that Indians will soon enjoy residency status in greater Colombo areas and completely change the country”‘s demography in time to come. Colombo will become a weekend holiday-home for them.
  • The lack of political will and laws to curtail purchase of lands, property etc for foreigners and considerations given to marriage to foreigners vis a vis land ownership may end up with Indians marrying Sri Lankan women and indirectly owning lands “- another long term tragedy awaits us. There is a new wife-for-weekends in Indian states where foreigners are “…”purchasing”‚ local women for the weekend “- are we proposing to prostitute our women to such levels too?
  • The current deals with India and the signing over of strategic focal points that should be kept within Sri Lanka”‘s hold would spell great calamities long term if an Indian Government more hostile towards Sri Lanka takes over “- with Sampur likely to further raise electricity in the forth coming months allowing India to dictate how Sri Lanka gets its electricity means we can be put into darkness any time India desires.
  • The quality of the Indian investments “- Indian pharmaceuticals and the subquality of the medicines have affected the health of Sri Lankan consumers “- Sri Lanka”‘s Health Minister is still introducing the Bibile Formula!
  • The high quality of Ceylon Tea is being compromised by Indian tea being mixed and sold as Ceylon tea “- soon we are likely to lose that market too!
  • Sri Lanka is allowing Indian investments around key ports that would loose the strategic interest of it

The Sri Lankan army lost limb and lives and fought for decades to rule out the terror of Prabakaran and the LTTE and to give to us at the sacrifice of the lives of our heroes a land without terror “- it would be such a shame that we find that we have a land without terror but that land is leased and taken over by India that is running virtually every industry in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankans would soon find out they are foreigners in their own country.

A government that has been pressured beyond what it deserves by the international community has to take risks and balance policies but there are certain deals that cannot violate the constitution, that should when signing anything first consider the national security and territorial integrity, that must at all times not jeopardize the livelihood or freedoms of its citizens and compromise on the natural assets of the country to external sources whilst some areas should remain no-go areas for foreigners “- these are the key areas that must remain on the minds of every public official and politician whenever signing deals with foreign investors and foreign governments. In the case of Prabakaran “- it was NO to India all the way”‚¦ in the case of Sri Lanka”‘s Government we now question whether they have seriously addressed these concerns and how they propose to assure the country and its people that their futures have not been jeopardized for unsuited risks that serve only a handful of people but not the country at large.

Moreover, whatever ties have developed between the Sri Lankan Government, officials and politicians and India, despite no ill-will for Indian people “- Sri Lankans remain distrustful of the Indian Government and Indian investors in general “- that has not changes pre-conflict or post-conflict either. We simply do not trust Indian Governments.

 

 

How to handle Western Media

April 29th, 2013

S de Silve – London

Well, I have been a consistent critic of the incompetencies of the GoSL in the past in the handling of Western media.  However when the GoSL does it much better I need to applaud that  too “- and there is a lesson here for all Sri Lankan representatives abroad on how to handle the media.

I refer to the Interview between the   cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella and BBC”‘s international correspondent - Lyse Doucet:

See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22325775

That is the way the situation should be handled, Not in a servile manner nor in an unnecessarily confrontational manner but in a robustly  defensive manner with facts and logic.  I particularly liked Keheliya”‘s bit in reference to the HR accusations on SL when he said that the accusations by Canada are sponsored by LTTE bribes from the vast Canadian Tamil Diaspora”‚¦..  To the challenge by  Lyse Doucet “…” have you got any proof of that?”‚ Keheliya immediately responded “…”Have YOU got any proof of HR violations by the GoSL??!!. “- no answer.  Well done and that is the way to go

Ban Hate Speech – Begin with the Bible and Koran

April 29th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

Everybody looked forward to the Rally for Unity “- a vigil held in Colombo on 28 April 2013 to oppose hate speech. The event was marred and exposed by the reporting of BBC”‘s Charles Haviland who showed the hypocrisy of the entire exercise “…”About 500 people have marched through the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, protesting against a recent wave of ethnic hatred which has seen hardline Buddhists targeting the Muslim minority”‚. So if the theme in arranging a unity rally was to target one group (without the possible knowledge of the participants) what can we really say about who are inciting “…”hate speech”‚? Finger pointing at the majority Sinhala Buddhists “- is nothing uncommon in Colombo. It happens all the time. 

Buddhism bashing is the favourite pass time of the English language press and their favored columnists, international news agencies e.g. BBC, and minority led lobby groups “- who cant wait to put a spin to every article against the majority Buddhists. The columns of the daily and week – end newspapers bear witness to it. These new rallies and vigils which are heavily funded from overseas show the efforts being taken to reduce the space and territory of the people belonging to the older culture in the Buddhist hinterland and exert enough public opinion for the Government to turn the other cheek and bring in legislation against the majority Buddhists.

These covert schemes have thankfully raised awareness amongst the Sinhala Buddhists who are now no longer prepared to idle and wait on the sidelines.

However, Buddhist protests are construed as hate speech, while the same groups ignore the hate speech well integrated in the religious texts of Abrahamic religions that spur their followers to view Sri Lanka as another trophy to be won like the Maldives, Indonesia and South Korea, all of which countries were once a upon a time Buddhist.  

The world has had enough of hate. It is hate that is destroying man and his habitat all over the world. There are endless entities all assuming to end hate but their efforts have proven futile. From the time we are born our upbringing through the values taught in the home, the learning given in schools and the religious texts to which we are subject to develop people into thinking and acting as they do. Given the importance of learning in the early years of our lives the place of religious texts that create divide and dissent plays a major role in determining the root causes to most of the hate that prevails today.

While the Buddhist texts does not have a single line to hate another or to fight against another neither does the Bhagawad Gita. However, both the Bible and the Koran are guilty in this respect and whatever excuses made the fact that between these 2 religions the hate for others have clearly shown by the wars and conflicts that have taken place through history. It is these two religions that not only are responsible for wars and conflicts but the hate they have against each other are affecting the entire world. 

http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog_koran_hate_speech.htm /The Koran Directly Attacks Christianity  

·         The Crusades (Holy Land, Europe “- from 1095 to 1291 between Islam and Christians killing 3million)

·         Thirty Years War (Holy Roman Empire from 1618 to 1648 between Protestants and Catholics killing an estimated 11million)

·         French Wars of Religion (France “- from 1562 to 1598 between Protestants and Catholics killing an estimated 4million)

·         Nigerian Civil War (Nigeria “- from 1967 to 1970 between Islam and Christians killing 3million)

·         Second Sudanese Civil War (Sudan “- from 1983 to 2005 between Islam and Christians killing 2million)

·         Lebanese Civil War (Lebanon “- from 1975 to 1990 between Sunni, Shiite and Christians killing 250,000 people)

Like or not these are simple facts that need to be accepted and it is possibly the best time to omit these lines altogether from the texts so that future generations of children will not be exposed to such references where they are taught to hate non-believers and people who do not belong to their faiths. Though it must be reiterated and stressed that there are many who are Christian or Muslim who are able to intellectually take what is relevant and not from these texts but what about those who are brainwashed into following these lines of hatred and who end up being used to wage wars and conflicts?

Both the Bible and the Koran tells followers to destroy, kill and harm others. “…”Others”‚ are those who do not agree, is not a believer, is gay “- in other words it is any who are not following their religion.  The speech by Geert Wilders on the Koran is given below:

 http://www.irfi.org/articles4/articles_5001_6000/geert%20wilders%20on%20hate%20speech%20in%20the%20koranhtml.htm

 “…”Madam Speaker, I acknowledge that there are people who call themselves Muslims and who respect our laws. My party, the Freedom Party, has nothing against such people, of course. However, the Koran does have something against them. For it is stated in the Koran in Sura 2, verse 85, that those believers who do not believe in everything the Koran states will be humiliated and receive the severest punishment; which means that they will roast in Hell. In other words, people who call themselves Muslims but who do not believe, for example, in Sura 9, verse 30 [actually 9:29], which states that Jews and Christians must be fought, or, for example, in Sura 5, verse 38, which states that the hand of a thief must be cut off, such people will be humiliated and roast in Hell. Note that it is not me who is making this up. All this can be found in the Koran. The Koran also states that Muslims who believe in only part of the Koran are in fact apostates, and we know what has to happen to apostates. They have to be killed.

Then he goes on to call for consistency in the application of Dutch laws that restrict speech that incites to violence, but which have never been applied to the Qur’an or to the hate-filled imams who preach jihad and Islamic supremacism in obedience to Qur’anic dictates:

Madam Speaker, the Koran is a book that incites to violence. I remind the House that the distribution of such texts is unlawful according to Article 132 of our Penal Code. In addition, the Koran incites to hatred and calls for murder and mayhem. The distribution of such texts is made punishable by Article 137(e). The Koran is therefore a highly dangerous book; a book which is completely against our legal order and our democratic institutions. In this light, it is an absolute necessity that the Koran be banned for the defence and reinforcement of our civilisation and our constitutional state. I shall propose a second-reading motion to that effect.”‚  

The issue of hate speech stemming from religious texts is that whenever such examples are highlighted it seeks cover under “…”freedom of religion”‚ “- which sweeps the issue out of focus.

What must be reiterated is that most of todays”‘ conflicts are associated with followers of Christianity and Islam and their religious texts have lines that build up hatred amongst innocents learning the faith.

The genuine peace seekers must take a new initiative to ensure that such lines are omitted or sidelined in the greater interest of PEACE and STABILITY in the world and for the future generations.

We do not need or want any clash of civilizations “- we have had enough wars and hate.

 

 

The TNA And Pro-Eelamist Diaspora Are Singing In Unison Calling For Venue Change Of CHOGM Which points To An Anti Government Conspiracy Involved!

April 29th, 2013

Insight By Sunil Kumar

April 30th 2013

It seems to be a travesty of justice that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been tolerated as Parliamentarian and given any political rights in Sri Lanka as these are the very same deadbeats who once openly supported and carried banners for the treacherous terror group the Tamil Tigers until they were destroyed by the Government and the TNA began chirping  different tunes to cover their derrieres. Once the terrorists were put down it appears to have been a great oversight on the part of the GOSL to have given any leeway to the TNA knowing fully well their track record and that they would continue to attempt reviving the terror group and it seems plainly visible they are doing exactly this in collusion with the global Tamil diaspora as well as their pals in Tamil Nadu as every anti Government manouvre is is co-ordinated post haste by them and their response to the CHOGM is a simple  joining of hands with the diaspora whose concerted  efforts have spurred on some gullible world leaders  and a clear indication of their direction relatively speaking.

It also seems apathetic that the issue of  alleged  human rights violations in Sri Lanka  has been blown so much out of proportion despite the absence of tangible evidence and some world leaders prefer to imbibe  in the concoctions of the diaspora con artists whose conflicts of interests and biases stick out in glaring perspective where perhaps it may not be too late to outlaw the TNA and drive them away from the political arena over the singlemost issue of being collaborators with the Tamil Tigers and that they present a danger to the security of Sri Lanka where they would probably better serve some place such as Tamil Nadu for example where their skullduggery, conniving mentalities and the yell for a revival of Eelam would surely be very welcome bearing in mind that in these days and times there is little chance of a Hanuman type monkey bridge as a likely threat regardless of the extent to which they might regroup !

They could form themselves into a band of deadbeat politicians or a three ring circus if better applicable whilst coralling in other deadbeat clowns  such as Jayalalitha, Karunanidhi and Vaiko in a long list of obstreperous, directionless excuses  for political leadership displaying their particular brand of flybynight politics sans real political pedigree or circus showmanship the latter for which they seem to be well suited.

Whatever the case might be their collective actions not only compromise the credibility of their homeland India but also the good name of the decent people of Tamil Nadu some of whom want no part of their partisan politics nor the extent to which they attempt (albeit unsuccessfully) to interfere into Sri Lankan matters on an ongoing basis using the lame excuse of sympathy for Sri Lankan Tamils which might as well be sympathies for the devil if one considers the Tamil Tiger perspective which was once led by a demonic sycopath and his putrid idealogies!

It also needs to be mentioned very audibly for the world to know that there are many comfortably settled Tamils in Sri Lanka today who want no part of all the TNA as well as Diaspora shenanigans and have gratefully accepted the Government of Sri Lanka as their mentors and providers while being very thankful for the freedoms restored to them as a community and it seems somewhat perplexing that there  still remain entities and groups with particular emphasis on the TNA, the Tamil diaspora and the clowns in Tamil Nadu in the guise of politicos who regardless of this continue to attempt their ursurpances of what’s good and progressive in Sri Lanka.

Perhaps when a certain  M. A. Sumanthiran yesterday defended campaigning in London against Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo later this year and The TNA has requested a venue change from Sri Lanka  regardless of a previous decision to allow Sri Lanka to host the meeting it is a clear example of the conspiracy involved with no valid reason other than the ongoing labelling of Sri Lanka as human rights violators which the accusers will have a hard time proving.

National List MP Sumanthiran while  criticising the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) for giving Sri Lanka the honour of hosting the summit  has taken the liberty to indulge in unsubstantiable rhetoric  about the Government violating Commonwealth doctrine, including Latimar House principles that dealt with the judiciary of member states where he has no privy to his comments relative to Government policy nor the entitlement to comment on issues which appear to be beyond his entitlement as well as mandate as the individual is simply unqualified towards the privilege with neither fact nor statistics to substantiate any of his claims beyond the cacophony of a bucket carrying sycophant of Tamil Nadu and disgruntled Tamil Tiger supportive diaspora perhaps.

The  Sri Lanka Administration  has responded strongly  against what appears to be an affront to its credibility that Sumathiran along with Dr. Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, overall Coordinator of programmes conducted by Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has campaigned against the CHOGM venue being Colombo.
They have made representations in London where messers Sumanthiran and Saravanamuttu,  the latter an executive director of the CPA have launched a joint campaign in London ahead of Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma”‘s announcement in favour of Sri Lanka.

News sources which have made this public allege that the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), too, had campaigned alongside the TNA and the CPA where the clear indications of a conspiracy to discredit the Government of Sri Lanka needs no rocket science to percieve and to reiterate, what need is there for the Government of Sri Lanka to tolerate entitities like the TNA who resort to what is blatant treachery as opposed to conducting themselves towards the well being of Sri Lanka?

Nonetheless the Meeting should go on as planned and unimpeded~ placard carrying vociferous demonstrators who may need quelling and containing notwithstanding, as there are more that matter,  in agreement with the venue than there are dissentors and a reality that needs to be portrayed to all concerned.

The following excerpt from the connected news bulletin released lays bare the extent to which these conspirators against the Government of Sri Lanka would go to discredit it and for the distortion of facts , the innuendo and speculative concoctions perhaps needing confrontation as they portray a seriously  distorted image of Sri Lanka today simply to uphold their accusations which should be unconditionally trashed and the culprits brought to justice whilst synonymously being challenged to substantiate their accusations with tangible proof, bearing in mind these are grave accusations against a world respected Sovereign Democratic Nation whose unprecedented,  victorious campaign to eradicate a global terrorist entity has been acknowledged and acolladed  around the world!

Any collaborating Tamil Tiger Terror friendly members of the Tamil Diaspora should also be extended an invitation to join the proceedings and face the music towards an incarceration which will not only be deserving but also  legitimate!
Quoting~
London based GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran told The Island, before Sharma”‘s announcement, that Tamil grouping wanted the change of CHOGM venue from Colombo to Chennai. Surendiran stressed that the GTF would push for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to skip the Colombo summit.

Sumanthiran said that during his visit to London for some other event he had the opportunity to attend the launch of “‘A Crisis of Legitimacy: The Impeachment of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and the Erosion of the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka”‘, at the House of Lords. “Subsequently, I was invited by the Commonwealth Journalists”‘ Association for a meeting where contentious issues were raised. I reiterated my position that as Sri Lanka had violated Commonwealth standards, particularly Latimar House principles it shouldn”‘t be given the honour of hosting the summit.”

Asked whether he had campaigned jointly with CPA chief Saravanamuttu against the government, Sumanthiran said that the latter, too, was present at meetings.
The MP politely declined to identify those whom he had met in London. Responding to a query, the TNA rising star said that the issue was the government in spite of failing to address both local and international concerns on accountability issues. The government move to take over thousands of acres in the Jaffna peninsula as well as the Vanni mainland meant that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had no intention of resettling those displaced in their original places of living, the MP alleged. Instead of national reconciliation, the government had been working overtime since the conclusion of the war to strengthen its military position at the expense of Tamil speaking people, the MP said. The bottom line was that the government was reversing national reconciliation process instead of taking meaningful measures to reconcile.” end of quote where the  request of Chennai as an alternate venue and the call for PM manmohan Singh to boycott the Colombo meeting lays bare the most elementary  aspects of what gives rise to the conspiracy theory.There seems little or no reason to doubt that  The TNA And Pro-Eelamist Diaspora Are Singing In Unison  Calling For Venue Change Of CHOGM which points to an Anti Government Conspiracy involved where nothing of any value towards discrediting  Sri Lanka seems forthright or plausible beyond the mumbo jumbo of lies, innendo and contradictions .

Sri Lankan Abuses Spur Ottawa to Eye Boycott of Summit

April 29th, 2013

 Mahinda Gunasekera Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Canada

April 27, 2013

The Editor

Globe and Mail

Toronto

Dear Editor,

Sri Lankan Abuses Spur Ottawa to Eye Boycott of Summit

Your news report of April 26th speaks of Canada’s failure to convince other Commonwealth members at the Ministerial Action Group in London to move the venue of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting from Sri Lanka which was selected at the prior CHOGM sessions to host it. The move by the Conservative led Government of Canada supported by the other federal political parties who are also vying for votes of the vociferous Canadian Tamils who backed the Tamil Tiger terrorist group in their separatist war in Sri Lanka, based on unsubstantiated claims deemed “credible allegations” of HR violations mostly fabricated by these Tamil propagandists was spurned by the rest of the Commonwealth.

The selfish aims of the Canadian politicians with an eye on the Tamil votes in the GTA was clearly exposed making them a set of opportunists without principles who seek to judge the conduct of Sri Lanka in her military action against a group of ruthless terrorists that bled the nation for over three decades, on highly questionable allegations which lack compelling evidence needed for purposes of investigation, judicial review and action by the Sri Lankan authorities.

Canada herself has had a long history of human rights failings with several unresolved issues affecting the living conditions of the First Nations Peoples that have yet to be sorted out. It is hoped that wiser counsel will prevail, and Mr. Harper will attend the CHOGM in Sri Lanka and find out the situation at firsthand and thereafter engage with Sri Lanka if there were any issues of concern.

Yours truly,

Mahinda Gunasekera

 

 

 

Harper in Commonwealth staredown

April 29th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

 April 27, 2013

 The Editor

The Ottawa Citizen

 Sir:

It was only yesterday (April 26) that you reported that ‘UN reviews Canada’s record on rights.  Will bring up murders of aboriginal women.’ And today you report that ‘Harper in Commonwealth staredown. Canada likely to boycott meeting in Sri Lanka over human rights record.’

 Good.  A hypocritical Canada should stay away from the Commonwealth Summit as the Summit will do good without Canada’s presence.

 Canada talks of human rights violations in Sri Lanka when we had difficulty to acknowledge the classic text book example of promoting human rights in Sri Lanka when they liberated 295,873 Tamil civilians from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers  on 19 May 2009, who had used them as a human shield for 30 months herding them like unwashed cattle  from the west coast to the east coast  while retreating from  Sri Lankan armed forces’ offence before they were eliminated militarily. 

 Canada had difficulty to acknowledge that the Sri Lankan government performed a human rights miracle preparing a million meals to feed these liberated Tamils three hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner a day, without letting them starve to death.

 Canada has had difficulty to acknowledge that the Government of Sri Lanka by eliminating the Tamil Tigers on 19 May 2009, gave back the right-to-life to its 22 million people which had been hijacked by the Tamil Tigers for 27 long years when they killed over 100,000 innocent civilians.

 With that kind of hypocrisy, Canada has no place at that Summit.  I say keep away Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

 With the intended unprecedented boycott of the Commonwealth Summit by Canada, I sense that it would be the ominous death-knell of the Commonwealth of Nations.  It should be disbanded.  With hypocrisy  of ‘We are Holier than Thou’ attitudes of countries like Canada which is not lily-white have no place at such palavers.

 Asoka Weerasinghe 

Sri Lankan Abuses Spur Ottawa to Eye Boycott of Summit

April 29th, 2013

Ira de Silva London, Ontario Canada

The Editor
Globe & Mail
Toronto, Ontario.

Dear Sir:

                            Re: Sri Lankan Abuses Spur Ottawa – April 27,2013

The news report states that Mr. Harper’s representatives emerged from the meeting of the Ministerial Action Group in London on Friday, April 26th, miffed because Canada was out voted and did not succeed in it’s myopic, inaccurate and vindictive opinions on Sri Lanka. The current Canadian Government has been spewing hatred and objections against Sri Lanka since before the last meeting of the Commonwealth in 2011. Before and after the meeting in 2011 Mr. Harper has been saying that he will not attend and providing a list of conditions for Sri Lanka to fulfill for him to attend.

The report states that Canada is appalled that the meeting will be held as scheduled in Sri Lanka in spite of Canada’s strident objections. Canada has learnt the hard way that the Commonwealth is a group of equal members. Canada can have it’s own opinions but does not have the right or ability to condemn a member state or conduct it’s foreign policy in a holier than thou attitude and a bull in a china shop manner as personified by John Baird on the international stage. This display of ignorance and lack of diplomatic skill is what is appalling. It has diminished Canada.

This governments statements on Sri Lanka show that it is supportive of the LTTE diaspora and bases it’s policy on Sri Lanka on what the LTTE supporters in Canada feed it without any independent verification hoping that they will vote Conservative. The other political parties play the same game. However, members of the Commonwealth, who are not pandering to the Global Tamil Diaspora, who have a balanced and objective view and do not need Tamil votes to get elected  have voted against Canada’s biased, flawed and dictatorial opinions.

Whether Mr. Harper or any other representative of Canada attends the meeting is just academic. In 2011, sixteen members did not attend. If Canada does not attend, so be it. For the members at the meeting who oppose LTTE terrorism and whose citizens did not fund terrorism in Sri Lanka for decades as Canada did, it may be a relief.

Yours truly,

Ira de Silva
London, Ontario 

How Harper’s ancestors “kill the Indian in the child”

April 28th, 2013

Herold Leelawardena

A Canadian Indian Michael Cachagee did spent 12 years in three different schools from 1944, Associated Press said as he said: “I was beaten. I was put in tubs of hot water. I suffered great pains of hunger. I was force-fed rotten food.” Michael Cachagee added: “The intent was to destroy the Indian.” It is also a known fact that some of the students in residential schools were sexually abused. Such was the cruelty and ill-treatment inflicted on The First Nation of Canada in the so-called “‘residential schools”‘.

 Lifting children from native Indian families and planting them in residential schools began in the 19th century and continued until the 1970s. At those schools, children were forbidden to use their own languages and they were discouraged from learning about their own cultures. It is obvious that the aim was to “kill the Indian in the child” until “there is not a single American Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed”. Today, the native population makes up about 4% of the population of Canada though it remains among the poorest. In the then Ceylon, Christian missionaries have done the same in their boarding schools except induction may have been deception and bribe, but the purpose remained the same.

 In 1998, the Canadian government issued a general apology for hundred and fifty thousand students that were forcibly taken from their homes for enforced assimilation and destroying their culture. But mentality of the descendants remains the same as that of their ancestors. So, when the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper”‘s made a formal apology on June 11th in 2008 to former students of Indian Residential Schools and sought forgiveness for the students”‘ suffering and for the damaging impact the schools had on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language is indeed a surprise. He did not do so out of love for Indians but because the Australian prime minister at the time, Kevin Rudd, had issued a similar apology to his country’s aborigines taken from their families as part of a similar assimilation programme there.

To see whether apologies make any difference read here what the Statement of the Government of Canada on Indian policy (The White Paper, 1969 but modified in 2010) says; “…”The Government does not wish to perpetuate policies which carry with them the seeds of disharmony and disunity, policies which prevent Canadians from fulfilling themselves and contributing to their society. It seeks a partnership to achieve a better goal. The partners in this search are the Indian people, the governments of the provinces, the Canadian community as a whole and the Government of Canada. As all partnerships do, this will require consultation, negotiation, give and take, and co-operation if it is to succeed. Many years will be needed. Some efforts may fail, but learning comes from failure and from what is learned success may follow. All the partners have to learn; all will have to change many attitudes.”‚ 

Aims of the original assimilation efforts by the colonialists were so successful, 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indians today have been fighting a 13 year court case to classify them as off-reserve aboriginal people to be entitled to same constitutional rights as “Indians” under the Constitution Act, and fall under federal jurisdiction. So, neo-colonialists of Canada are taking all time and space in the world to settle problems they have deliberately created for the natives of that country in their own way.

Has Canada that accuses Sri Lanka for not treating Tamils equitably solved its own problems at least by now? UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya says; he had made a request in February 2012 to visit Canada to investigate the “…”human rights situation of Indigenous peoples,”‚ and he is still waiting for a response from Ottawa. According to a letter he sent to the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) on February 20, Anaya has written the federal government at least three times to be permitted to visit Canada. This is not surprising for analysts say, human rights abuses in Canada have increased dramatically during Harper”‘s government. The government is under fire for its violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in Canada. It is a fact that many of Canada”‘s natives live in poor conditions with unsafe drinking water, inadequate housing, addiction, and high suicide rates. This shouldn’t be so in a first world country. In a report released on December 19, 2012, Amnesty International asked Canada to address human rights abuses in the country, particularly with respect to the rights of indigenous peoples. 

 Canada is a large country and has no history worth talking about for it was established only in 1867 as a country. So, Harper”‘s Canada think Sri Lanka has Human Rights problems. Being whites they think, they know how to solve our problems better than us. Being neo-colonialists, they think Sri Lanka also must find solution to race based demands by Tamils like they did to the Quebec sovereignty movement. They do not appreciate the culture and the mindset of Sinhala people living in a unified country for more than two and half millenniums with a written history of its both sovereigns and invaders since. 

 That”‘s why at the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting in London,Harper’s (Canada) Foreign minister, Baird said; prospect of Sri Lanka chair the Commonwealth summit “…”appalling,”‚ affording Sri Lanka hosting duties is “an accommodation of evil” and treatment of the country”‘s Tamil minority as “…”soft ethnic cleansing.”‚ Then he lectured his fellow descendants of colonists and their servitude on The Commonwealth fundamental values – freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, good governance – and he said the government in Colombo has failed in all of those respects,” For whatever reason, Australia disagreed with Canada and said boycotting the CHOGM would be counter-productive.

I am sad that our man at the meeting did not say at least a bit of what I wrote above to point out the hypocrisy by successive Canadian governments to their point man there at CMAG.

Moving Commonwealth Summit from Sri Lanka

April 28th, 2013

Ira de Silva London, Canada  

Mr. Harper, the Canadian Prime Minister, has been saying that he would prefer Sri Lanka to not hold the Commonwealth summit since before the last meeting in Australia in 2011. It is not just a “hint”, it has been his stated policy that he would not go to Colombo unless the GOSL met with his long list of “conditions”. It is important to note that the list of those calling for the meeting to be moved are the same countries that did their very best to save the leadership of the LTTE in 2009.   Since 2009 therefore it has been a continuous attack on Sri Lanka because Sri Lanka refused to be coerced by the  Milibands and Harpers  and militarily defeated the LTTE terrorists.  For Sri Lanka and many of the other members, the relevant question today is what purpose the Commonwealth serves except as a forum for the colonisers and the white colonies to inflate their egos recalling past glories of empires and continuing to make believe that they know best. 

 There is ample evidence that the current Canadian Government’s policy on Sri Lanka is based   on and reflects the demands of LTTE supporters in Canada. Canada has  been in the forefront of the effort to stop Sri Lanka from being the host to the CHOGM to satisfy their Tamil vote base.  Just this January Mr. J. Kenney, who is a minister in the government and leads the governments effort to win the so-called ethnic vote, visited Sri Lanka and on his return reported to his political party’s  LTTE supporters in Toronto.  He proudly tweeted  “Did Tamil media roundtable to review my recent trip to Sri Lanka”. At his meeting with his LTTE supporters on January 26th he confirmed his government’s policy when he said his “government acted against it’s own domestic interests in “helping” Colombo by banning the LTTE”. He further said that because Canada had banned the LTTE Sri Lanka should now “reciprocate” by doing what Canada wants – in other words he believes that Canada can dictate to Sri Lanka.  All political parties in Canada are now vying with each other to get the “ethnic vote” and hope to get the Tamil vote by attacks on Sri Lanka. As for the statement by Mr. Bob Rae, he belongs to the very party that not only allowed the collection of millions of dollars for terrorism in Sri Lanka but whose members and leaders  helped to raise funds for the LTTE to terrorise Sri Lanka.  

 Regarding the statement that Sri Lanka  “has become a lightning rod for concerns about the future of the 54-member Commonwealth” and that  “the future of the Commonwealth was in danger if the organization could not credibly address human rights, democratic rights and rule-of-law abuses by some of its member states”, let us examine what items should be on the agenda  so the future of the Commonwealth will not be endangered. 

 1) Gross violations of human rights, suppression of democratic rights, massacres and exploitation  of the indigenous populations of the Commonwealth committed by some members.   Documentation of these acts are ample and easily available.  Canada talks of human rights  ignoring  it’s own record. The UN has faulted Canada on human rights which it has not credibly addressed. This  illustrates Canada’s hypocrisy.

 2)  Acceptance of responsibility for the actions listed above.

 3) Accountability – the urgent necessity to  establish a mechanism to assess the amount of reparations due to all the former colonies.  Canada’s accountability to Sri Lanka is required in that it permitted Canadian citizens to fund terrorism in Sri Lanka for decades, that politicians even helped in  the fund raising which resulted in several bombings, massacres, economic destruction and extreme violence on all Sri Lankans and that even today Canada is continuing to harass and threaten Sri Lanka merely to get votes in Canadian elections.

 4) Since the countries calling for the boycott/moving the meeting are the same countries that supported LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka, would it be better to cancel the CHOGM or get rid of it altogether? It could be argued that the Commonwealth is a testament to the crimes and atrocities committed  for hundreds of years and now members such as Canada and Britain, while calling for democratic rights, human rights and the rule of law, support terrorism in other member states.

 5) Should  the former colonies  get an apology for the crimes against them? Should Canada, India  and Britain apologise to Sri Lanka for supporting LTTE terrorism?

 6) Reparation for the exploitation and outright robbing of the wealth of the countries that were colonies. Discuss the subject of justice for the millions of people who were brutally killed and deprived of their land and livelihood to enrich the colonisers.  

 It is these concerns that endanger the future of the Commonwealth, not Sri Lanka. The  countries that are faulting Sri Lanka are the same that supported LTTE terrorism as well as the current  illegal wars that are killing thousands and wounding tens of thousands all in the name of their war on terror  which is the new colonialism. They terrorise and support terrorists to suit their own agendas and use the Commonwealth as a “voting bloc” at the various international forums to force these agendas. It is time that the countries of the Commonwealth wake up to the fact that they are no longer colonies and lead the effort for reform, responsibility and accountability within the Commonwealth.  Members of the Commonwealth have equal votes. It is time they demonstrate to Canada and Britain that they can not dictate how a member should be dealt with merely to suit their own domestic political agenda.  

 Yours truly,

 Ira de Silva

London, Canada   

(The Canadian Press)

Harper hints he”‘d be open to moving Commonwealth summit from Sri Lanka

April 26, 2013, 9:27 pm

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hinting he”‘d like to see this year”‘s Commonwealth summit moved out of Sri Lanka in protest of the country”‘s human rights record.

Harper has made it clear for more than a year that, without major reforms, he personally will not be attending next fall”‘s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo.

On Wednesday he appeared to take it step further.

Liberal MP Bob Rae rose in question period to cite the Sri Lankan government”‘s “appalling human rights record” which he said includes impeaching the country”‘s former chief justice and murdering journalists.

“I wonder if the Prime Minister would consider this proposition: Why would Canada not invite the Commonwealth countries to come to Canada for Canada to host the conference and for Canada to become the chairman of the Commonwealth for two years?” Rae asked.

Harper responded to Rae by saying “he and I and almost all members of this House are of one mind on this issue.”

“I know we are deeply troubled by the direction in Sri Lanka and the fact that Sri Lanka is, at this point, the host of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” Harper continued.

“I know suggestions have been made of any number of countries who would be willing to host that.”

Harper said that “in the meantime” his government would continue to monitor the situation and continue to put pressure on Colombo to reform, adding that as the situation stands “it would be very difficult for this government to fully participate.”

The Prime Minister”‘s Office, when asked to clarify the remarks, did not address a direct question about whether Harper”‘s comments in parliament indicate he”‘d like to see the venue changed.

But as recently as last month Canada”‘s special envoy to the Commonwealth, Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal, was assuring Sri Lankan media that Harper had “at no time” indicated he wanted the country stripped of the conference, which is held every two years.

“There is no Canadian boycott of CHOGM. There will be a Canadian delegation in Colombo for CHOGM,” Segal was quoted telling a local newspaper online on the eve of a fact-finding trip to Sri Lanka last month.

Sri Lanka has received international condemnation since it brutally suppressed a long-standing Tamil insurgency on the island nation in 2009.

And the country has become a lightning rod for concerns about the future of the 54-member Commonwealth.

An internal report presented at the last leaders”‘ summit in Australia in 2011 flatly asserted that the future of the Commonwealth was in danger if the organization could not credibly address human rights, democratic and rule-of-law abuses by some of its member states.

Canada is home to perhaps the largest diaspora community of Tamils in the world, and their concentration in certain urban ridings has made them an attractive electoral target for both Liberal and Conservative politicians.

An internal Conservative email during the 2006 election campaign that brought Stephen Harper to power revealed the party was attempting to keep their promised terrorist ban on the Tamil Tigers out of the media for fear of alienating Tamil voters.

The issue remains a sore point for the government in Colombo, and Segal was asked directly by his Sri Lankan interviewer last month whether domestic politics was at play in Canada”‘s tough stance on the Commonwealth summit.

“It is rubbish that the Canadian government go against Sri Lanka due to Tamil vote bank,” Segal is quoted responding.

“The government of Canada does not enjoy or has not enjoyed any particular support from the Tamil community.”

 

Dayan’s gods and theories that failed

April 27th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala

My friend Dayan Jayatileka ‘s latest book Long War, Cold Peace is exactly what I anticipated it to be: 1. overloaded with quotes from the Marxist mafia; 2. an equal measure of theoretical puffery; 3. self-contradictions; 4. self-congratulatory passages; 5. the least amount analysis of the historical roots that preceded the official declaration of war by the Tamil leadership in 1976; 6. total blackout of the internal dynamics of the mono-ethnic extremism of peninsular politics, propelled by the Jaffna jingoist elite; 7. Vellahlaism — the most powerful driving force in Sri Lankan politics, greater than even Marxism, in the post-independence era — ignored by a “political scientist” who never tires of invoking dialectics; 8. a preponderant focus on the south to make the north look like the victims of the south; 9. habitual repetition of the conventional anti-Sinhala-Buddhists propaganda projected as in-depth theoretical analysis; 10. an abysmal failure to analyse in all its dimensions political violence which dominated the better part of the 20th century in Sri Lanka, 11. Marxism turned upside down, and 12. last but not the least, an obsessive but predictable ideological fixation on the failed theories of the I/NGOs.

It is just not possible to deal with all these aspects and more in this series. Any such exercise to expose the historical, theoretical and political fallacies contained in his book of 500 pages would run into another book of the same length or more. Reviewing the book within the limited space available it can be said that, at best, it is like the curate’s egg: good only in parts. On the whole, the book reveals that he is quite content to live happily inside his closed theoretical box while the world outside has moved miles away from his excessive glorification of Marxist Cuba which has no relevance even to the post-Che Guevaran Cubans who are, slowly but surely, in the process of dismantling Castroism. His nostalgic demigod continues  to be Che Guevara. His presence was so overwhelming in Dayan’s salad days (not that he has got over his political romance now that he is a grown up kid) he quotes his distinguished father Mervyn de Silva, who wrote in May ’68: “You see him everywhere”. (p.489). Of course, he was not referring to the JVP’s fascist leader, Rohana Wijeweera who was labouring to imitate Che, with his beret and all. But it is Che who is invisible now except to his loyal afficianados. Who sees Che now in the same light he was seen in Dayan’s youth? Leaving aside the bloody violence unleashed by Che Guevarism what is left of the original idealism that fired the imagination of the likes of Dayan?

Of course, the Dayan who memorised chunks of Che’s writings in his “revolutionary” days is no longer the same Dayan now. There is a degree of realism that has dawned on him — a realism that makes him believe in the incomplete bourgeois revolution that is yet to fulfill its potential as opposed to the failed Marxist revolution of the expanding working class overthrowing the dwindling capitalist class. My, my, mai-ee, Dayan! What would Che think of you now? Dayan accepts that the new capitalists, vastly different from the Dickensian predators of Marx’s time, are here to stay in the foreseeable future. The fall of socialism symbolised in the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in communist China — i.e, a new bourgeoise rising within a communist political framework — are two compelling and irrefutable signposts for any objective scholar to acknowledge the collapse of Marxism. It has ceased to be the theoretical framework for political guidance or action, except for the lunatic fringe like those in the Peradeniya University running a Marx School. Besides, Marxism which was supposed to release the suppressed inner potential of mankind to rise above all oppressive forces never materialised under Stalinist regimes that were replicated in the West, including Cuba. It was capitalism, with all its inner contradictions and infirmities, that continued to be the creative and flexible historical force, burying Marxism and liberating the human spirit to be a dynamic force for the future of mankind.

Now comes the crunch. After acknowledging the failure of socialism Dayan arrives at a conclusion which shocked me. I can’t believe that a “political scientist”, as he claims to be, could ever come up with such an inane explanation. He says : “Humanity’s Socialist experiment was undone precisely by fundamentalism and fanaticism by the Osama/Taliban mindset, whether it belonged to religious or secular agencies: Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge, Hafizulla Amin or Bernard Coard, Kampucheans wearing spectacles tortured to death in the Tuol Sleng extermination centre, the pregnant women revolutionaries tortured by the SVAMA (Iran’s military intelligence apparatus) and murdered in Teheran’s Evian prison, Grenada’s Maurice Bishop — all these were victims of ‘left’ fundamentalism and fanaticism; a fundamentalist fanaticism that on a behaviourial continuum with fascism. (Sic).” Then he concludes: “It is this eruption of the fundamentalist phenomenon in late modernity that weakened socialism internally to the point of ensuring its defeat in the New Cold War. That phenomenon has to rooted out (sic) or at least contained before humanity moves on to its next tasks or resumes its interrupted ones.” (p. 468).

Though the printer’s devil in this passage  is the excusable the weird theory he advances to explain the failure of socialism is not. Who would believe that Osama bin Lada and Pol Pot are responsibile for the failure of socialism? What made Dayan write this bunkum theory is beyond belief. If he is blaming the fundamentalist fanaticism that  exterminated the ‘left’ and, consequently,  led  to the failure of socialism, then he should begin not with Osama and Pol Pot but with his hero, Stalin, who was the master exterminator of anything and everything that moved against him. He hunted Trotsky, his arch rival, until his agent in Mexico buried a pick axe in the brain of the greatest intellectual / activist of the Russian Revolution. Stalin filled his gulags with the left-wing dissidents. Tens of millions of kulaks, farmers who resisted collectivisation, dissident students, intellectuals and activists were tortured and executed summarily under his “socialist” experiment.

Blaming Osama et al is the most lame excuse I’ve ever read for the failure of socialism. The implosion that tore apart socialism in the land of its birth, USSR, and reverberated right across the globe, was caused by complex factors. The Soviet system began to corrode from within the Russian bureaucratic class that failed to live up to its ideals, or even deliver basic goods and services to the people. One expects a deeper insight into the failure of socialism than this weird blame game of accusing Osama bin Lada and Pol Pot. Is this Marxism or farce-cism? Dayan is bound to come back with the usual excuse of misquoting, misrepresenting or taking it out of context. Let’s wait and see which one he will pick.  The best he can do is to say mea culpa and I hope he would do so.

At the outset I must confess that I have an instinctive aversion for fanciful political theories which are dime a dozen in “political science” — a term which in itself is a myth. “Political science” is a hyped up term concoted to put it on par with the predictable and immutable laws of science without achieving anything near a testable theory that can accurately and scientifically predict the outcome of open-ended history as it advances into the unkonwn future. The total failure of Marxism which was hailed as “scientific socialism” as opposed to “utopina socialism” proves that “political science” has a long way to go to achieve the credibility and the predictability of physical sciences. At best Marxist theories did throw some light into the past. But when it comes to predicting the future it fizzles out like a damp squib. For instance, even the average man knows that penicillin has been one of the wonder drugs of the 20th century, except for those who are allergic to it. “Political science” is yet to produce a reliable, predictable, and viable solution like penicillin for social evils. “Philosophy”, Marx wrote disdainfully, “stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as onanism to sexual love…” Does theory stand in the same relation to Dayan study of the actual world?

Dayan would know that history, in fact, has been the graveyard of political theories that were still born, or crippled or blind with hardly any muscle to move the present into the future. Some of the biggest battles of the so-called “political scientists” have been waged by “political scientists” against their own “fellow-scientists”. Despite their claim to be peer reviewed theorists they expose each other as humbugs writing to promote their academic careers or to win the favour of those in power. In the end, it is the innocent people who had to pay with their lives for the theoretical sins of bogus “political scientists”. The victims of the “scientific socialism” of the Marxists, it is well known, add up to mega millions, beginning from Dayan’s early hero Stalin to Pol Pot and the fascist JVPers. In other words, a “political scientist” is the closest thing to the mythical Abominable Snowman — a mythical creature said to be denizen of the Himalayas but never seen.

I must add that Dr. Dayan Jayatillake isn’t that bad. Actually, when he is good he is brilliant. But when he is bad he is horrible as seen in the instance of blaming Osama for the failure of socialism. His latest book, which I am reviewing at his request, is disappointing, to say the least, because he has, in the main, repeated all what he had stated before without showing any signs of evolving into a more enlightened analyst. (Please note I avoid the term “political scientist). To those who have followed Dayan regularly will find this book  to be somewhat of a deja vu. It is buried so much in his ideological past than in the existential historical past experienced by the people in their daily lives that I feel like asking a refund of the money I paid for the purchase of the book, plus postage.

This is one of the basic failures of his book. The book also confirms that Dayan has been all over the political spectrum from the time he entered “revolutionary politics” that it is rather difficult to pin down his political persona to a definite political identity, say as a Varadarajperumalist, or a Stalinist or any other “ist” of which there are many. However, I can vouch for the fact that his political tergivesations caused much pain to his loving parents, particularly to his dear mother, Lakshmi, while his proud father, Mervyn de Silva, put on a brave front while trying to rescue him from one predicament to another. But from his own descriptions in the book it is clear that Dayan was prone to political adventurism, swinging from one branch to another — all of which, of course, were based on high moral principles. Some of his principles were of the Shavian type of Englishmen who supported the king on loyal principles and cut his head off on republican principles. Though some of arguments for  political swinging sound plausible it is difficult to go along with him all the way because he had done it so many times. Dayan deftly justifies each position he took which can be impressive only if you are inclined to accept all his theories.

Of course, he has to justify each one of his political somersaults which makes one to conclude that he has more lives than that of a cat. He is the only academic I know who had been a political activist of many hues. He has had a unique opportunities in his career. First. he had a worm’s eye view of politics as an underground activist. Then he flew high into the diplomatic circles where he got a bird’s eye view of politics. Now he is back in the  den of dodos at the Colombo University where he has the opportunity to view the political scene at the  eye-level with pragmatic realism. He is well qualified to draw political conclusions which could throw new light on the entire course of violence that ruled his life and times. But his hands-on experience has not enriched him to the extent of taking him out of his Marxist box, or that of his fellow-travellers in the NGO circuit.

His intellectual exercises range from extolling Che Guevara to Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, two opposite extremes, if there was ever, in the political spectrum. How can a Che loyalist praise “Paki” in the same breath? Can anyone hail Margaret Thatcher and Mao in the same breath? Incredible! He is no better than the founding fathers of Marxism who came from Western universities and raved and ranted against the capitalists in the UNP and the feudalists in the SLFP and ended up in their bosom when they finally realised they had nowhere else to go. Did they ever believe in their fire-breathing rhetoric, really? Did they believe in the coming of the revolution at all? As N. Shanmugathasan, the Communist Party leader (Peking wing) told me, pouring acid scorn on the Marxist leaders of the time, if they believed in the revolution which would overthrow the capitalist establishment Dr. Colvin R. de Silva would never have invested in building flats for rent, nor would Dr. N.M. Perera invest in the Moragolla estate which he said was a safety net for his old age.

Marxism begat a breed of political primitives whose theories and actions put the clock back for nearly half a century. Sri Lanka would have emerged as a democratic Singapore if the Marxist mob did not divert the political energies of the people into their theoretical cul – de – sac. The nation is paying today for the theoretical obsessions and the follies of the Marxists. In the end, perverted Marxism ended in the hands of the lumpen JVPers who reduced Marx and Che Guevara into five lectures. Dayan, however, operates at an intellectual / theoretical level and, considering his zig-zagging career from one end of Marxism to the other, and even beyond, he may agree that his theoretical pyrotechnics may dazzle some but not the people who have run away from Western theorists in droves at each election, trusting more in their home-bred philosophies which had served them well down the ages.

(To be continued)  

Why the 13 th Amendment is inimical for our development and how it will create a separate State

April 27th, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent Matara District..

 I have in several of my Papers detailed as to  Why the 13 th Amendment should be abolished. I have detailed my experiences in my eighteen years”‘ service in the Administrative Service implementing development programmes islandwide. To state briefly if I were to work in either the agricultural marketing sector, the agrarian extension sector or the small industries sector I will not be able to achieve any target purely because the subjects are devolved(not decentralized) and the implementation of any policy determined by the Minister working at the Centre, on policies laid down by the Houses of Parliament  will depend on the whims and fancies of the Provincial Ministers.

 The full effect of the 13 th Amendment even without devolving land and police powers has not yet been felt because the Provincial Ministers have not asserted their full rights.

 I am most thankful to Cecil Dharmasena of the Department of Agriculture, for his insightful article that appeared in The Island of 22/4/2013. Let me quote a few of his words, which fully support my above statement:

Referring to agricultural extension today he states:

“…”The lack of an organized and coordinated extension and advisory system today as we had in the past(prior to the Provincial Administration System) where the Department of Agriculture through its comprehensive islandwide extension Division provided an efficient service appears to be the biggest drawback in agriculture at present.”‚

 The situation today he says is that “…”all types of agencies of the Provincial Councils and private sector offer confusing services”‚.

 He details what happened to the Department of Agriculture after the implementation of the 13 th Amendment. The Department was broken up, the research division broken into independent institutes, the extension service given to the Provincial Councils and the seed farms sold to the private sector.

 Harking back to my days “- up to 1973, the Department of Agriculture had a full control over the technical side of Agriculture. At the divisional level there was an Agricultural Instructor, an officer who had two years”‘s study at the Agricultural School. Under him were several  Overseers- Krushi Vyapti Sevakas at the village level. They had an year”‘s training in agriculture. This was an effective service. In addition, after the Paddy Lands Act was enforced in came the Agrarian Services Department with cultivation committees at the grass roots level. This Department had Divisional Officers at the Divisional level and Overseers at the village level. The Overseers had an years”‘ training in agriculture. The Cultivation Committees took over grass roots level planning. Today the Paddy Lands Act is no more and the cultivation committees do not exist.

 Another important change that took place is that the  Overseers of the Agriculture Department- the Krushi Vyapti Sevakas were all promoted as Grama Sevakas( now Grama Niladharis) during the time of President Premadasa. No official trained in agriculture took their place.  After a few years”‘ lapse when the Agricultural Instructor at the Divisional Level did not have a single Overseer Assistant, during the days of President Kumaranatunge , O Level qualified youths were appointed as Niyamakas.

 This was the extension system that was bequeathed to the Provincial Councils. Cecil Dharmasena has stated that the efficiency of the extension system depended entirely in the hands of the Provincial Minister of Agriculture.

 My own experience with the agricultural extension system under the Provincial Council administration is detailed in my book: “…”How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka.& Alternate Programs of Success”‚.(Godages):

“…”The entire  agriculture department has to get a bone shake which I hope can get done. In about 1997, running my small family farm I had the occasion to visit the extension centers at Kadawata and Delgoda. The officers there did not know the exact amount of fertilizer that I should use and when. At my insistence they raked their files and provided me with details. The circular advised the use of  ammonium sulphate and urea  at the basal stage  and no mention was made of the top dressing. “‚¦ About a year later I dropped into one of these Centers and to my amazement  I found that even then  the top dressing had not been incorporated into the advice. . In our inefficiency we are wasting fertilizer.”‚. This fully supports Cecil Dharmasena”‘s statement that the extension system is in shambles. My comments pertain to the late Nineties while Dharmasena speaks of the extension service of today.

 Sri Lanka is a small country which is smaller than a State in India and there is no necessity to devolve any subject in administration. Under the 13 th Amendment we have devolved many subjects and accordingly the extension sections of the Department of Agriculture and the Department oif Agrarian Services has been handed over to the Provincial Councils.

 In my days in the Agrarian Services, I was once in charge of fertilizer distribution and we sent out the first circular on fertilizer use for the entire island and this was immediately enforced through the cultivation committees. Not so any more. The futility of devolution is easily realized when one realizes that the Kegalla and Ratnapura Districts which come under the Sabaragamuwa Province is only some 25 miles away from the City of Colombo. It is inimical for Provinces situated in close proximity to have an extension service that is not coordinated.

 It is also well known and not disputed by anyone that the 13 th Amendment was drafted by India and imposed on our country under duress by Rajiv Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India. Though President Jayawardena shivered in his boots and gave in and forced his Members of Parliament to vote for it and though the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, also under duress (judges quarters were stoned),gave legitimacy to it, the 13 th Amendment remains a foreign appendage onto our Constitution.

 Another factor that is of immediate concern is the impending Election of the Northern Provincial Council. As pointed out by me earlier the existing Provincial Councils have not asserted their powers and thus even without police and land powers the full effect of the 13 th Amendment has not been felt.

 I am certain that if any Provincial Council asserts itself, the working of all Government Departments will totally cease from the Centre and the implementation of the policies laid down by Acts of Parliament can no longer be a reality.

 This will be the situation once a TNA which is pro Tamil Nadu and also following the LTTE agenda of separation is elected.  The Government will be faced with a crisis of severe dimension, a situation that will eventually lead to the formation of a separate State.

 All this is not surmise. As an experienced administrator with four decades”‘ experience, I can sense what will happen.

 The abolition of the 13 th Amendment is the only option if we are to retain a sovereign island..

 The International Community, India and the LTTE Diaspora whom we are trying to please by retaining the 13 th Amendment and implementing it are having their act cut and dry. Their one aim is to enable a separate State in the North and the East of Sri Lanka and it is hoped that our leaders will realize this fact before it is too late.

 We will be done for if we cannot identify our enemies.

 Garvin Karunaratne

Former Government Agent Matara District.

27 th April 2013

Canada’s Persistence In Haranguing Sri Lanka Over the CHOGM Meeting Leaves Much To Be Desired.

April 27th, 2013

Insight By Sunil Kumar

April 30th 2013
While it is the prerogative of the Canadian Government to launch any attack on Sri Lanka’s “appalling” record on democratic accountability based on how Canada percieves it, perhaps in a myopic and distorted perspective relative to assumed “human rights abuses”, Canada has also chosen to create controversies which merely intensify world opinion over the Commonwealth’s decision to allow Colombo to host the CHOGM meeting later this year.
 
It also seems quite authoritative as well as unilateral on Canada’s part tantamount to being bourgeoisie and arrogant despite the lack of tangible evidence yet Canada maintains this ‘gung ho’ attitude in typical “Bull in a Chinashop’ manner where other informed nations have stuck to their guns maintaining that there is no cause for an abandonment of venue and that Sri Lanka today is a Nation to be admired not trodden upon.
 
Whether Canada and some other Commonwealth Nations boycott the sessions or not seems academic at this stage as the world needs to be made aware that the main reason for all the commotion is based mostly on the pressure the Global Tamil diaspora and a’ few’ other critics of Sri Lanka are exerting towards the issue and none other as neither Canada nor any other nation finger pointing at Sri Lanka really have a smidgen of evidence beyond speculation and hearsay towards the charges levelled at Sri Lanka where regardless of the stand they choose to take eventually the sessions in all probabilities will go on uninterrupted as Sri Lanka has sufficient support and credibility on the internatiuonal stage towards this.

In support of this concept it has been heartening to learn that the Commonwealth General Secretary has stated that ” he saw no reason to strip Sri Lanka of the honour of staging the meeting in November despite mounting international concern over the country’s failure to tackle human rights abuses and demonstrate a clear commitment to democracy and the rule of law ” a concern more conjecturial than relevant to the realities of what Sri Lanka has been in the past and is today, which has now apparently become a regular cliche created by the adversaries and enemies of Sri Lanka.

Quck to jump on the conjecturial bandwagon and not surprisingly John Baird, Canada’s foreign minister has said he was stunned that Colombo was not facing censure for its behaviour but seems to have conveniently bypassed being shocked and stunned at what some of the real violators of Human Rights Abuses and suppressors of freedoms rampant in today’s world in glaring perspective are getting away with ( literally murder and genocide in the truest sense! ) and probably needs to re- assert his doubts about Sri Lanka and find out facts about what has transpired in Sri Lanka as a result of the horrors of Tamil Tiger terrorism over the past three decades and what the Nation has been transformed into today through the efforts of the present Administration while acollading it rather than condemning it .

There is nothing apalling about how Sri Lanka prepares to host the CHOGM and to be the chair-in-residence of the Commonwealth for two years,” contrary to what the Canadian Government representative has indicated as realistically it is a privilege for Sri Lanka as well as  deserving and being justifiable towards the cause based on how the administration  and the armed forces  conducted matters relative towards the preservation of sovereignity and territorial integrity in the face of a huge terrorist onslaught which was eventually put down.
What is truly apalling is the nerve nations like Canada have towards opposing an unprecedented stand against a dangerous terrorist group which could easily have become a global manifestation as well as  an infestation perhaps had they been permitted to continue.

The Canadian Minister  has also stated somewhat incongruously that” Canada  did not get involved in the Commonwealth to accommodate evil; we came to combat it.”  where the response of combatting evil wherever legitimately applicable may be well and good but the term evil perhaps taken out of context and unbefitting and an apology to Sri Lanka perhaps in order! The only EVIL Sri Lanka knew in recent times has been the attrocities of the murderous Tamil Tigers the real axis of evil in Sri Lanka  who have incidentally quite ironically albeit thankfully from a Sri Lankan standpoint have been banned and outlawed in Canada so there appears to be also an inadvertent double standard here.
 
Needless to say whether Canada or any other Commonwealth Nation demands it or not Sri Lanka has already set in place  notwithstanding the anticipated CHOGM hosting, to demonstrate its commitment to upholding the Commonwealth values of good governance, respect for human rights and that all important move towards establishing and maintaining a plurality towards accommodating the needs of every Sri Lankan in a climate more often than not hampered by the never ending haranguings by Canada’s “Holier than thou” mentality where Canada should focus attention to areas with a felt need towards the restoration of law and order and maintaining human rights which are abused on a daily basis quite unlike Sri Lanka where the climate has been calm and tranquil in the aftermath of the elimination of terrorism.”
 
Canada has also made comments about displeasure over the impeachment of former Chief Justice as well as other Administrative decisions which are exclusively  internal matters within the Nation’s Justice System and Constitution and not a privilege of Canadian entitlement and it is also recommended that a Canadian contingent visits Sri lanka today to judge for themselves whether all the accusations being thrown at Sri Lanka are really credible.
 
Perhaps in conventional wisdom Canada should re-think the current stand on Sri Lankan matters to be more conducive towards the sanity that prevails there today while acknowledging the great measures of progress and development taken by the Administration from a first hand perspective rather than attempt to disrupt it whether inadvertently or not from a distance.


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