Paul Dewar says “Time for real Canadian action on Sri Lanka”

November 8th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada

8 November 2013

The Editor (Letters)
EMBASSY, Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Editor:

In your Opinion Diplomacy column Member of Parliament Paul Dewar says, -Time for real Canadian action on Sri Lanka-.‚  Wrong!‚ ‚  Hold your horses Paul Dewar, it is -Time for real Sri Lankan action on Canada.-

No right minded Canadian can ignore the fact that there were countries that aided and abetted the Tamil Tiger terrorists to fight their separatist war in Sri Lanka , and Canada happened to be one of them and we were front and center on this misguided adventure. Canada prolonged that war and let the Tamil Tiger terrorists become serial killers and suicide bombers.

Canada during the Liberal Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin let the Tamil Diaspora collect two million dollars a month for 13 long years to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest to buy sophisticated weapons to fight that war and along the way killed innocent unarmed civilians in the thousands.‚  And it was in 1994 that they cut a cheque for 7.5 million dollars from a bank account of a Tamil from a Bank in Vancouver ‚ to purchase 10 tons of RDX and 50 tons of TNT from the Rubezone Ukraine Chemical Factory. It were these explosives that were used in the truck bomb to bring down the Central Bank Building in Colombo on 31 January 1996, killing 114 innocent people and maimed for life another 1,338.‚ ‚  It was the same explosives that were used in a truck bomb on 15 October 1997, to attack the World Trade Centre in Colombo killing 12 and injuring 113 others. And these explosives were used in another truck bomb to attack the sacred Temple of the Buddha-â„¢s Tooth in Kandy in the hill country on 25 January 1998, killing 12 and injuring 13 others and destroying its ancient historic faƒ§ade.

Paul Dewar may recall the two Liberal cabinet ministers Paul Martin and Maria Minna together with several back benchers attended a $60-a-plate fund raising dinner on 6 May, 2000, for the Tamil Tigers organized by‚ the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT).‚  The money was used to purchase more sophisticated arms to continue the Tamil Tiger Human Rights violations by hijacking the right-to-life of 22 million Sri Lankans for decades.

Perhaps, Paul Dewar ‚ may want to revisit Efficacy of Diplomacy 101 which might help‚ him to retool his thoughts on ‚ Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Summit.‚ ‚  Paul Dewar cannot live in a glass house and throw stones at Sri Lanka.‚  It-â„¢s time for real Sri Lankan action on Canada and not the other way around.

Asoka Weerasinghe‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ 

Raj Thavaratnasingham of Canadian Tamil Congress does not want the Commonwealth summit to be held in Srt Lanka

November 8th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

8 November 2013

The Editor (Letters)

EMBASSY, Ottawa

Dear Editor:

Raj Thavaratnasingham, the President of the Canadian Tamil Congress-â„¢s‚  Opinion Diplomacy essay, -Why Commonwealth nations should boycott the Sri Lanka meeting- is silly and churlish.

-Sri Lanka should be suspended from the Commonwealth for these abuses, and certainly should not be hosting CHOGM,- Raj continues.

If Raj-â„¢s barometer of judgment is human rights violations of a country to qualify for the approval of other Commonwealth nations to host a Commonwealth Summit, then he is out of luck.‚  I will bet my last dollar that the present host, Sri Lanka, will have an immense difficulty to send out invitations to the Commonwealth nations who are squeaky clean on human rights and of its violations to sit around the table with the Queen-â„¢s representative, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth and the host for a High-Noon Ceylon-â„¢s Orange Pekoe Tea Party with Sri Lanka-â„¢s traditional goodies like kavun and kokis.‚ ‚  And neither would Canada get an invitation with our record of human rights violations of our aboriginal women.‚  That is indeed the rub.

Nor has Canada the moral right to be judge and jury for Sri Lanka to be in the Commonwealth, when Canada has failed miserably to acknowledge the classic text book example of promoting human rights in Sri Lanka when they gave back the most treasured human right to her 22 million people, their right-to-life, when they eliminated the most ruthless Tamil Tiger terrorists militarily on 19 May 2009, who had hijacked that right from‚  every citizen of Sri Lanka for 27 bloodying years. ‚ ‚ Other western nations acknowledged this achievement by patting on Sri Lanka-â„¢s back and saying -Bravo! Way to go Sri Lanka.-

Canada did abdicate the crown as the promoter of squeaky clean human rights in Sri Lanka when‚ Canada has‚ had difficulty to acknowledge yet, that the Sri Lankan armed forces liberated 295,873 Tamils on 19 May 2009, from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers who held them for 30 months as a human shield.‚  And worse, Canada nor the Canadian Tamil Congress protested to the Tamil Tigers to let these 295,873 Tamil go and not shoot at them when they wanted to break away from the shield. Not a pip-squeak of a protest.

Further more Canada has had difficulty to acknowledge another classic text book example of promoting human rights when puny Sri Lanka performed a miracle by preparing a million meals a day to feed these liberated Tamils a hearty, breakfast, lunch and a dinner for months until the surrounding terrain was demined of over a million landmines and their homes were repaired and rebuilt for them to‚ return to their homes which happened within three years after the war ended.

Raj is full of piffle and got it wrong in a big way, and Canada has no moral right to tell the Sri Lankans that -We are Holier than Thou,-‚ ‚  This is a Canadian ‚ hypocritical trait that I have difficulty to swallow.

Asoka Weerasinghe

 

WHY WOMEN IN CHINA DO NOT GET BREAST CANCER

November 8th, 2013

By Prof. Jane Plant, PhD, CBE-‚ Extracted from Your Life in Your Hands, by Professor Jane Plant/‚ 

I had no alternative but to die or to try to find a cure for myself. I am a scientist – surely there was a rational explanation for this cruel illness that affects one in 12 women in the UK ?

I had suffered the loss of one breast, and undergone‚  radiotherapy. I was now receiving painful chemotherapy, and had been seen by some of the country’s most eminent specialists. But, deep down, I felt certain I was facing death. I had a loving husband, a beautiful home and two young children to care for. I desperately wanted to live.

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Fortunately, this desire drove me to‚  unearth the facts, some of which were known only to a handful of scientists at the time.

Anyone who has come into contact with breast cancer will know that certain risk factors – such as increasing‚ age, early onset of womanhood, late onset of menopause and a family history of breast cancer – are completely out of our control. But there are many risk factors, which we can control easily.

These “controllable” risk factors readily translate into‚  simple changes that we can all make in our day-to-day lives to help prevent or treat breast cancer. My message is that even advanced breast cancer can be overcome because I have done it.

The first clue to understanding what was promoting my breast‚  cancer came when my husband Peter, who was also a scientist, arrived back from working in China while I was being plugged in for a chemotherapy session.

He had brought with him cards and‚  letters, as well as some amazing herbal suppositories, sent by my friends and science colleagues in China .

The suppositories‚  were sent to me as a cure for breast cancer. Despite the awfulness of the situation, we both had a good belly laugh, and I remember saying that this was the treatment for breast cancer in China , then it was little wonder that Chinese women avoided getting the disease.

Those words echoed in my mind.
‚ ‚  Why didn’t Chinese women in China get breast cancer?‚ ‚  I had collaborated once with Chinese colleagues on a study of links between soil chemistry and disease, and I remembered some of the statistics.

The disease was virtually non-existent throughout the whole country. Only one in 10,000 women in China will die from it, compared to that terrible figure of one in 12 in Britain and the even grimmer average of one in 10 across most Western countries.
‚ ‚  It is not just a matter of China being a more rural country, with less urban pollution. In highly urbanized Hong Kong , the rate rises to 34 women in every 10,000 but still puts the West to shame.

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki‚  have similar rates. And remember, both cities were attacked withnuclear weapons, so in addition to the usual pollution-related cancers, one would also expect to find some radiation-related cases, too.

The conclusion we can draw from these statistics strikes you with some force. If a Western woman were to move to industrialized, irradiated Hiroshima , she would slash her risk of contracting breast cancer by half. Obviously this is absurd.
‚ It seemed obvious to me that some lifestyle factor not related to pollution, urbanization or the environment is seriously increasing the Western woman’s chance of contracting breast cancer.

I then discovered that whatever causes the huge differences in breast cancer rates between oriental and Western countries, it isn’t genetic.

Scientific research showed that when Chinese or Japanese people move to the West, within one or two generations their rates of breast cancer approach those of their host community.

The same thing happens when oriental people adopt a completely Western lifestyle in Hong Kong . In fact, the slang name for breast cancer in China translates as ‘Rich Woman’s Disease’. This is because, in China, only the better off can afford to eat what is termed ‘ Hong Kong food’.

The Chinese describe all Western food, including everything from ice cream and chocolate bars to spaghetti‚  and feta cheese, as “Hong Kong food”, because of its availability in the former British colony and its scarcity, in the past, in mainland China .

So it made perfect sense to me that whatever‚  was causing my breast cancer‚  and the shockingly high incidence in this country generally, it was almost certainly something to do with our better-off, middle-class, Western lifestyle.

There is an important point for men here, too. I have observed in my‚ research that much of the data about prostate cancer leads to similar conclusions.

According to figures from the World Health Organization, the number of men‚ contracting prostate cancer in rural China is negligible, only 0.5 men in every 100,000.‚ In England, Scotland and Wales , however, this figure is 70 times higher. Like breast cancer, it is a middle-class disease that primarily attacks the wealthier and higher socio-economic groups, those that can afford to eat rich foods.

I remember saying to my husband, “Come on Peter, you have just come back‚  from China . What is it about the Chinese way of life that is so different?”

Why don’t they get breast cancer?’
We decided to utilize our joint scientific backgrounds and approach it‚  logically.

We examined scientific data that pointed us in the general direction of fats in diets.
Researchers had discovered in the 1980s that only l4% of calories in the average Chinese diet were from fat, compared to almost 36% in the West.
But the diet I had been living on for years before I contracted breast cancer was very low in fat and high in fibre.
Besides, I knew as a scientist that fat intake in adults has not been shown to increase risk for breast cancer in most investigations that have followed large groups of women for up to a dozen years.
Then one day something rather special happened. Peter and I have worked‚ together so closely over the years that I am not sure which one of us first said:‚ “The Chinese don’t eat dairy produce!”‚ It is hard to explain to a non-scientist the sudden mental and emotional’buzz’ you get when you know you have had an important insight. It’s as if you have had a lot of pieces of a jigsaw in your mind, and suddenly, in a few seconds, they all fall into place and the whole picture is clear.

Suddenly I recalled how many Chinese people were physically unable to‚  tolerate milk, how the Chinese people I had worked with had always said that milk was only for babies, and how one of my close friends, who is of Chinese origin, always politely turned down the cheese course at dinner parties.

I knew of no Chinese people who lived a traditional Chinese life who ever‚ used cow or other dairy food to feed their babies. The tradition was to use a wet nurse but never, ever, dairy products.

Culturally, the Chinese find our Western preoccupation with milk and milk‚ products very‚ ‚  strange. I remember entertaining a large delegation of Chinese scientists shortly after the ending of the Cultural Revolution in the 1980s.

On advice from the Foreign Office, we had asked the caterer to provide a pudding that contained a lot of ice cream. After inquiring what the pudding consisted of, all of the Chinese, including their interpreter, politely but firmly refused to eat it, and they could not be persuaded to change their minds.

At the time we were all delighted and ate extra portions!

Milk, I discovered, is one of the most common causes of food allergies .
‚ Over 70% of the world’s population are unable to digest the milk sugar, lactose, which has led nutritionists to believe that this is the normal condition for adults, not some sort of deficiency. Perhaps nature is trying to tell us that we are eating the wrong food.

Before I had breast cancer for the first time, I had eaten a lot of dairy
‚ produce, such as skimmed milk, low-fat cheese and yogurt. I had used it as my main source of protein. I also ate cheap but lean minced beef, which I now realized was probably often ground-up dairy cow.

In order to cope with the chemotherapy I received for my fifth case of‚ cancer, I had been eating organic yogurts as a way of helping my digestive tract to recover and repopulate my gut with ‘good’ bacteria.

Recently, I discovered that way back in 1989 yogurt had been implicated in ovarian cancer. Dr Daniel Cramer of Harvard University studied hundreds of women with ovarian cancer, and had them record in detail what they normally ate. Wish I’d been made aware of his findings when he had first discovered them.

Following Peter’s and my insight into the Chinese diet, I decided to give up not just yogurt but all dairy produce immediately. Cheese, butter, milk and yogurt and anything else that contained dairy produce – it went down the sink or in the rubbish.

It is surprising how many products, including commercial soups, biscuits and cakes, contain some form of dairy produce. Even many proprietary brands of margarine marketed as soya, sunflower or olive oil spreads can contain dairy produce
I therefore became an avid reader of the small print on food labels.

Up to this point, I had been steadfastly measuring the progress of my fifth cancerous lump with callipers and plotting the results. Despite all the encouraging comments and positive feedback from my doctors and nurses, my own precise observations told me the bitter truth.

My first chemotherapy sessions had produced no effect – the lump was still the same size.‚ 
Then I eliminated dairy products. Within days, the lump started to shrink
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About two weeks after my second chemotherapy session and one week after giving up dairy produce, the lump in my neck started to itch. Then it began to soften and to reduce‚  in size. The line on the graph, which had shown no change, was now pointing downwards as the tumour got smaller and smaller.

And, very significantly, I noted that instead of declining exponentially (a graceful curve) as cancer is meant to do, the tumour’s decrease in size was plotted on a straight line heading off the bottom of the graph, indicating a cure, not suppression (or remission) of the tumour.

One Saturday afternoon after about six weeks of excluding all dairy produce from my diet, I practised an hour of meditation then felt for what was left of the lump. I couldn’t find it. Yet I was very experienced at detecting cancerous lumps – I had discovered all five cancers on my own. I went downstairs and asked my husband to feel my neck. He could not find any trace of the lump either.

On the following Thursday I was due to be seen by my cancer specialist at‚  Charing Cross Hospital in London . He examined me thoroughly, especially my neck where the tumour had been. He was initially bemused and then delighted as he said, “I cannot find it.” None of my doctors, it appeared, had expected someone with my type and stage of cancer (which had clearly spread to the lymph system) to survive, let alone be so hale and hearty.

My specialist was as overjoyed as I was. When I first discussed my ideas with him he was understandably sceptical. But I understand that he now uses maps showing cancer mortality in China in his lectures, and recommends a non-dairy diet to his cancer patients.

I now believe that the link between dairy produce and breast cancer is similar to the link between smoking and lung cancer.
‚ I believe that identifying the link between breast cancer and dairy produce, and then developing a diet specifically targeted at maintaining the health of my breast and hormone system, cured me.

It was difficult for me, as it may be for you, to accept that a substance as ‘natural’ as milk might have such ominous health implications.
But I am a living proof that it works and, starting from tomorrow, I shall reveal the secrets of my revolutionary action plan.

 

 

Shell Shock to Palali Syndrome -” Slide Show

November 8th, 2013

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.

Palali is a well-known area in the Jaffna Peninsula in the Northern Sri Lanka. Palali has an important airport that serves as the main lifeline in the North. A large number of soldiers travel to the Northern Peninsula through the Palali Airbase. During the Eelam War, Palali Air Base played a key role (like the Tan Son Nhut Air Base during the Vietnam conflict) providing essential food items, medicines and ammunition to the troops.

Throughout the Eelam War, many battle casualties were transported to Colombo via Palali. Therefore, Palali is a part of the combatants who fought in the Eelam War for nearly three decades. Palali is in their memories, sometimes in their intrusions. Palali has become a symbol and metaphor that recounts combat trauma in Sri Lanka.

Palali represents the symptom complex of battle stresses that has been experienced by the new generation of combatants.‚  It has developed in to a syndrome.‚  Palali syndrome describes various clinical and psychosocial ailments experienced by the Sri Lankan combatants and in the final scores how it affects the society at large.

Shell shock to Palali Syndrome was a long and agonizing path for the soldiers who fought numerous battles. These battles were fought in different countries under different circumstances. But in every battle the combatants experienced the gruesome realties of war. Combat trauma made dramatic transformations among the soldiers.

Some were healthy transformations and some transformations were extremely detrimental. Shell Shock and Palali Syndrome describe the destructive effects of combat trauma on soldiers, their family members and the society.

Shell Shock to Palali Syndrome: You Tube Presentation (contains graphic images)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN6cgq1vGu0

Buddhist group: Don-â„¢t allow religious and ethnic lines to worsen

November 8th, 2013

by Qishin Tariq, The Star, November 3, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Isolation between races and cultures will lead to mistrust and fear as groups grow more separate, warns an international Buddhist group.

The chairman of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), Dr Harsha Kumara Navaratne, from Sri Lanka, said isolation would happen if a country allowed religious and ethnic lines to worsen.

-The people in Sri Lanka live in separate areas, attend separate schools and speak separate languages. This isolation contributes to mistrust and fear,- he said, adding that other groups become abstract and were easily stereotyped.
Dr Harsha was speaking at the International Buddhist-Muslim Forum on Peace and Sustainability which was held at the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (Ikim) on Friday.

The other speakers included Ikim director-general Datuk Nik Musta‚­pha Nik Hassan and International Movement for a Just World (JUST) secretary-general Anas Zubedy.

-If Buddhist and Muslim communities can overcome the challenges that confront them, there is tremendous potential for the growth and development of ideas and values that may help to transform the region,- said Dr Harsha.
More than 200 people attended the forum held to promote Buddhist and Muslim relations in the region.
Ikim deputy director-general Prof Datin Dr Azizan Baharuddin, JUST president Dr Chandra Muzzafar, INEB founder Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa and INEB advisory committee-â„¢s Rev Alan Senauke, who were also at the forum, discussed moderate ways of addressing social issues between the two religions.

Dr Chandra noted that in the South-East Asian region, Muslims and Buddhists made up 40% and 42% of the population, respectively. -If we allow violence to erode relations between followers of the faiths, it could destabilise peace in the region. Thus, we must come together to maintain relations,- he said.
The INEB conference has been held every two years since its inaugural gathering in Bangkok in 1989.
The conference has since been hosted in countries such as India, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.
This year-â„¢s conference also discussed the Buddhist and Muslim tensions that occurred in certain countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Glory of Holy Qur-â„¢an.

November 8th, 2013

By A. Abdul Aziz.

‚ (Given below is the script of the address by Dr. Ifthikar Ahmad Ayaz at Ahmadiyya Convention -” U.K.-2013).

‚ Dr. Ifthikar Ahmad Ayaz

‚ OBE (Officer of the Excellent Order of the British Empire)

Alfred Einstein Nobel Medal for Peace

Man of the Year in Human Rights 2010

International Peace Prize

University of Cambridge Ambassador of Knowledge

Honoured as a Cambridge Blue

Included amongst the Great Minds of the 21st Century and 500 Greatest Geniuses of the 21st Century.

Dr Ayaz is the Consul General for the Pacific islands of Tuvalu in the U.K. He is Senator of the World Nations Congress.

Vice Chancellor World Academy of Letters

Deputy Governor of the American Biographical Institute

Deputy Chair of the Pacific Peace Forum and a member of several organisations related to Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Peace.

Dr Ayaz is an eminent member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama-â„¢at in Islam.

He visited Sri Lanka in 2009 and in 2012 he attended as Chief Guest at Peace Symposium, Organized by Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama-â„¢at in November, 2012.

‚ The verses of the Holy Quran which I have just recited succinctly describe its origin. They challenge all people for all time who deny the divine origin of this formidable Scripture. Allah the Exalted says:

-This is a revelation from the Gracious, the Merciful-. (41.3)

-A Book, the verses of which have been expounded in detail -” the Qur-â„¢an in clear, eloquent language -” for a people who have knowledge- (41:4)

Say, -If mankind and the Jinn gathered together to produce the like of this Qur-â„¢an, they could not produce the like thereof, even though they should help one another.- (17.89)

For those who understand, these verses are an inalienable truth. All those who have attempted to malign the Holy Qur-â„¢an have ultimately failed in their wretched endeavours. Although the pagan Arabs created malicious rumours about the Holy Qur-â„¢an as it was being revealed, their mischievous efforts were fruitless. During the lifetime of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) the vast majority of Arabia accepted the Holy Quran as the word of Allah also accepting the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as its source recipient.

Allah has declared that the Holy Qur-â„¢an is the highest teaching that was revealed to the crown and seal of the prophets, Muhammad (PBUH) and that no new scripture would be revealed after it.

The Holy Qur-â„¢an comprises teachings based on eternal truths incapable of being successfully assailed. It is the most comprehensive and exacting almanac of the future of all creation that mankind has ever witnessed.

The victory of the Holy Quran is therefore no surprise, so much so that, the Holy Qur-â„¢an is now one of the most widely read and sacredly held books that has ever existed.

ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE HOLY QURAN

Whether historical or contemporary, the challenges to the Holy Qur-â„¢an are in all cases superficial spasms which lack penetrative analysis.‚  Flippant as they may be, the opponents of the Holy Qur-â„¢an have three main allegations:

the authenticity of the text of the Holy Quran;

the structure and style of its Chapters; and

their perception of some of its teachings.

Some argue that the Holy Quran is composed by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) of earlier Commentaries of the Talmud, and the Old Testament.

This is not true.‚  Prophethood is bestowed upon men whom God has chosen because of their perfections. God makes them instruments through whom His message is revealed to the world.

The inspiration of a Prophet is directly through God.‚  He owes nothing to anyone in this world.

The truth is that whenever the Holy Prophet (PBUH) received a revelation, he would ask for a scribe and dictate to him the text of the revelation he had received.‚  The Prophet is not a scholar who learns through books certain truths, nor one who learns from other human beings transmitting that learning. Accordingly, the Holy Quran is not a collection of acquired knowledge but a pristine pure divine revelation vouchsafed to the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).

In support of its faithful transcription, a well-known historian, Theodor Noldeke (1836-1930) who won the prize of the French Academy for his history of the Holy Quran writes:

-The efforts of European Scholars to prove the existence of later interpolations in the Holy Quran have failed.- (Enc. Britannica 9th Edn. -” Quran)

The Structure and Style of the Holy Qur-â„¢an

Some suggest that several verses of the Holy Quran have been abrogated. Many base such objections on a misguided understanding of the following verse in the Holy Quran:

-Whatever Message We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than that or the like thereof. Dost thou not know that Allah has the power to do all that He wills? (Ch. 2 v 107)-

‚ In fact the abrogation referred to above is of messages and commands contained in pre-Islamic Scriptures, not abrogation of any of the verses of the Holy Quran.‚  There is significant evidence to support this.‚  In the Holy Quran, God has vouchsafed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):

‚ -Verily, We Ourself have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely We will be its Guardian- (Ch.15 v 10)

‚ This was a grand and unique Prophecy.‚  God expressly declared that the Holy Quran would receive His Guardianship for all time and the Holy Quran shall remain preserved in every way.

Even non-Muslims have accepted the truth of that prophecy.

More than 1200 years after its revelation, Sir William Muir (1819-1905), a world-renowned Orientalist, best known for his scholarly work on Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), affirmed this Prophecy concluding-

-We may, upon the strongest presumption affirm that every verse of the Quran is the genuine and unaltered composition (The life of Muhammad xxviii).-

This preservation was made possible due to the numerous safe-guards implemented by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In addition to having every verse transcribed and arranged in Chapters during his lifetime he personally taught and supervised the memorisation of the entire Holy Quran.

In this age, Allah continues to safeguard this book through His special people. He has sent His reformer, the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) to safeguard Islam from the wrongdoers who would mislead and misdirect by attempting to introduce alterations into the Holy Qur-â„¢an or bring replacements in its place.‚  The failed publication of Furqan ul Haq is one such futile example where an American evangelical Christian church tried to create a new manuscript intermixed with portions of the Holy Qur-â„¢an.‚  Needless to say, it was totally unsuccessful.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama-â„¢at in Islam believes that the word of God cannot be abrogated. Its Founder Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian – The Promised Messiah (peace be on him) states -”

-The Holy Quran is that authentic, pure and final Word of God in which man has absolutely no involvement, not even to the extent of a dot or stroke. In all its contexts, in all its words and meaning, it is from Allah the Exalted in totality and no sect of Muslims has any excuse not to accept it as such. Its each and every word has an excellent order of continuation and succession. It is an immutable revelation that will always remain safe from any kind of change or interpolation.

Structure and sequencing

Critics allege that the structure and sequencing of the Holy Qur-â„¢an is haphazard and based on length -” the longer Chapters in the beginning and the shorter ones towards the end.

Karen Armstrong alleges in her book -ËœA History of God-â„¢ that after the demise of the Holy Prophet (PBUHs) the editors put the longest Chapters at the beginning and the shortest at the end- (A History of God pg. 140).

Of course Armstrong is quite wrong. Surah Al Shuara the second longest Chapter with 228 verses is positioned not at the front as Armstrong-â„¢s logic would suggest, but at the 26th Chapter of the Holy Quran.

Equally, why Al Fatiha, one of the shortest Chapters at just 7 verses, is the first Chapter of the Holy Quran?

It is obvious then, that sheer length was not the organising principle of Quranic Chapters. Neither were the editors, as Armstrong dubs them, responsible for their arrangement.

It is clear therefore that these allegations have no basis at all.

Addressing both the compilation and arrangement of the Holy Quran, the Second Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Community writes:-

-It is sometimes asserted that the arrangement of the Chapters of the Quran is the work of Hazrat Osman (ra). This is not correct.

Both intrinsic and extrinsic evidence conclusively shows that the present arrangement of the Chapters and verses of the Holy Quran was effected by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) himself under the guidance of divine revelation.-

CHALLENGES TO ITS TEACHINGS

In recent years, there has been a renewed intensity in attacks on the Holy Quran with an objective of defaming Islam and challenging its teachings.

‚ At a religious level, Christian, Jewish and Hindu scholars have sought to attack and defame the Holy Quran.‚  Part of the reason for that must be that Islam fulfils the needs of the time and people are turning towards Islam after examining the teachings of the Holy Quran.

‚ During the lifetime of Ahmadiyya Founder – the Promised Messiah (peace be on him), a Christian priest, Imaduddin wrote a book by the name of -Tauzeenul Aqwal- specifically criticizing and vilifying the Holy Qur-â„¢an.

The Promised Messiah in reply wrote the book, -Noorul Haq-, in which he profoundly revealed the depth of The Holy Quran-â„¢s inherent knowledge and distinguished teachings. The Promised Messiah (as) stated that:

-God Almighty has raised me so that I expose to the world more buried treasures of the Holy Qur-â„¢an and purify and cleanse those buried treasures of the vicious muck of criticism heaped upon them by the opponents of Islam.-

‚ Such unfounded vilification continues. On 20th March 2011, a Christian pastor in Gainesville, Florida, America, by the name of Terry Jones, put the Holy Quran on what he called -trial-. He presided over this trial as a judge and appointed a jury comprising of 12 members. On receiving the -Ëœguilty-â„¢ verdict of the so called jury, he oversaw the burning of the Holy Quran.‚  He repeated his devilish act again on April 28th 2012.

‚ He claimed that Islam is a religion of violence, bloodshed and terrorism.‚  As I will go on to explain, nothing could be further from the truth.

Terry Jones is joined by Fay Weldon, an English author of the book -ËœSacred Cows-â„¢, Conor Cruise O-â„¢Brien, an Irish politician and historian and a Canadian Christian missionary called Don Richardson. Richardson quotes Ch.2:179 in his book, -Secrets of the Qur-â„¢an-

-O ye who believe! Equitable retaliation in the matter of the slain is prescribed for you- (2:179).

He does so out of context, to create a false association between the Holy Qur-â„¢an and bloodshed.

In reality, this verse comprises a very important principle of civil law that is equality of man and necessity of handing out proportionate punishment to all offenders without distinction. That aligns fully with the modern day principle expounded in Dicey-â„¢s Rule of Law.

Richardson further argues that Islam does not grant freedom of religion. He quotes another verse of the Holy Qur-â„¢an that is Ch.2:194

-And fight them until there is no persecution and religion is professed only for Allah- (2:194).

‚ In doing so, again he misleads by stripping the reference of any existential, historical and textual context. In doing so he grossly misinforms readers.‚  When the preceding and following verses are read, it becomes clear that Islam treats war only as a tool of self defense.

Secularists have also challenged the Holy Qur-â„¢an. Dutch parliamentarian and Islamophobe, Geert Wilders, is the author of -Marked for Death; Islam-â„¢s war against the West and Me-, and producer of the widely condemned documentary -Fitna- which attempts to paint the Holy Qur-â„¢an as a violent book which incites to evil. His principal criticism of Islam is similar to that of Terry Jones; that the Holy Qur-â„¢an incites to violence, extremism and aggression.

‚ Wilders claims that the Holy Qur-â„¢an prescribes death as a punishment for apostasy. This is not true. Wilders fails to give a single verse in support of his patently false accusation, precisely because none exists- the Holy Qur-â„¢an addresses apostates‚  specifically saying:-.

-And who so from among you turns back from his faith and dies while he is a disbeliever. It is they whose works shall be vain in this world and the next. These are the inmates of the fire and therein shall they abide- (2:218).

After the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (peace be on him) through his writings and discourses was the most vociferous defender of the Holy Qur-â„¢an that mankind has ever seen.‚  He proved that all such allegations were not only baseless, but that the Holy Quran was far superior to every other Scripture.

He cogently demonstrated that the Holy Quran points out the deficiencies of previous Scriptures, and corrects all their shortcomings. He challenged the entire world to counter his arguments in defence of the Holy Quran.

In response to criticisms against the Holy Quran, His successors -‚  the Khalifas of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community took up its defence with vigour and ultimately, tremendous success.

Second Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Community commenting on objections to the Holy Qur-â„¢an said,

-to criticize is an easy exercise. Those who refuse to accept the truth, limit their attacks to such criticism and never present any solid arguments. They criticise the Holy Qur-â„¢an but never present any other teaching that could be compared to the one in the Holy Qur-â„¢an, let alone be superior to it.

His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, in the most decisive terms obliterated the detractors allegations.‚  Through comprehensive speeches, he challenged their rhetoric reiterating that Allah is the source of all knowledge, that Quranic teachings are beyond any reproach and that whilst enemies may try their utmost they can never create its equal.‚  He also elucidated that Muslims should react to such disdainful enmity by peacefully presenting the beauties of the Holy Qur-â„¢an through their word and deed, so that the world itself condemns the perpetrators.

Let me now briefly address the responses to these criticisms. Underlying the objections raised by Imaduddin, Jones, Weldon, O-â„¢Brien and Richardson is an unfounded perspective that Islam is a faith unsuited to the modern age.‚  A faith that was established when there was no understanding of science or human rights.‚  Their presumptions highlight their monumental lack of understanding of the Holy Quran, which is without doubt the most comprehensive human charter that ever has and ever will exist.

At this point, it is worth reiterating that Islam does not specifically belong to any geographical location. The Holy Qur-â„¢an declares that the east and the west both belong to God.

The Promised Messiah (peace be on him) says:

-The Holy Quran aims at the reform of the whole world and is not addressed to any particular people but states plainly that it has been revealed for the benefit of the whole of mankind and that the reform of everyone is its purpose- (Essence of Islam, vol.1, p471).

The Holy Qur-â„¢an therefore presents solutions not out of any resentment for the west, but out of love for humanity vouchsafing for mankind every human right.

The Holy Qur-â„¢an in its entirety teaches freedom of religion, conscience, peaceful coexistence of humanity, racial and economic equality and recognizes human diversity.

The critics of Islam allege that the Holy Qur-â„¢an allows the use of force and coercion to convert others to Islam. This is another false allegation. The fact is that freedom of conscience and belief are amongst the basic principles of Islam.‚  Compelling a person through coercion to accept a religion or to punish a person for leaving a religion is clearly forbidden.

Islam-â„¢s concept of freedom of conscience and belief is perfectly compatible with, and I would argue, a precursor to an important charter of our time, The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

Islam-â„¢s compatibility with article 18 of the UDHR follows from the Quranic verse, -there shall be no compulsion in religion and whoever rejects the faith his deeds have doubtless come to naught and in the hereafter he will be among the losers- (2:257).

‚ Underlying freedom of religion is Islam-â„¢s guarantee of justice.‚  In responses to those criticisms that Islam is unjust, the Holy Qur-â„¢an further emphasizes the pivotal role of justice for all without any distinction. Everyone is answerable to Allah while dispensing justice.‚  Allah commands,

-Do not let hostility towards a people incite a Muslim or a Muslim state to act unjustly towards them.

Justice, even towards one-â„¢s enemy, is a unique feature of Islam and the Holy Qur-â„¢an.‚  Muslims are required to be just even in times of war, with self-defence being the only justification for war.

‚ Those principles are precisely why The Holy Qur-â„¢an says that the killing of an innocent person is tantamount to killing all mankind. This is an injunction which is absolute and without exception.

The dreadful picture of Islam that is presented in the West by some, and the concept of Jihad that is practised by some in the Islamic world today have no basis in the Holy Quran.‚  Neither do any such examples exist in the life of the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).

The reality is that a number of violent extremists have created gross misunderstandings about Holy Quran.‚  The fact is that in Chapter 25, verse 53 of Holy Quran Muslims are obligated to do Jihad by introducing through kind words and loving actions, the beautiful teachings of Islam.

In the context of the above stated verses to accuse the Holy Quran of encouraging warfare is false, unjust and tantamount to inflaming religious bigotry.

The worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community rejects the radical view of Jihad. We categorically declare that there is no room for shedding blood in the name of religion. The appropriate response to written attacks on Islam is by the pen. The Promised Messiah, peace be on him, wrote more than 80 books which was the true manifestation of Jihad by the pen.

In response to Wilders and others-â„¢ criticisms, Islam does not prescribe punishment for apostasy. The Holy Qur-â„¢an repeatedly enjoins patience in the face of blasphemy. Blasphemy is condemned on moral and ethical grounds but no physical punishment is prescribed in Islam.

‚ Criticisms that the Holy Qur-â„¢an allegedly restricts freedom of speech and expression are false. The fourth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (rh) said:

-Islam goes one step further than any other religion in granting man the freedom of speech and expression.

The truth is that God grants the right of free speech to people of all faiths. How they choose to exercise this right can and will be judged by God alone.

For worldly matters, Islam enjoins obedience to those who are in authority. God Almighty says in the Holy Quran -”

‚ -Oh ye who believe, obey Allah and obey His messenger and those who are in authority among you- (4:60).

Allah forbids anarchy of any kind, even that exercised in the name of reform.

Allah admonishes in Ch2 v.13 –

-Beware, it is surely they who create disorder, but they do not perceive it.-

‚ The Holy Qur-â„¢an is also very particular about the rights of all humans particularly the vulnerable and women.

1400 years after women-â„¢s rights were vouchsafed in the Holy‚  Quran, American Justice, Pierre Craibitts, has rightly observed,

-Muhammad 1400 years ago assured the mothers, wives, and daughters of Islam a rank and dignity not yet generally assured to women by the laws of the west.

The emancipation of women was very dear to the Holy Prophet-â„¢s heart. A high profile western convert to Islam, Yvonne Ridley, states that the Holy Quran is a -magna carta for women-.

Many leading philosophers, scholars and academics express great admiration for the Holy Qur-â„¢an.‚  German Philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, said –

-gradually [the Holy Quran] attracts, it astonishes, and, in the end forces admiration.

Professor Laura Vaccia Vaglieri explains,

-The miracle of Islam par excellence is the Qur-â„¢an. This is a book which cannot be imitated. Each of its expressions is a comprehensive one, and its style is original.

Bernard Shaw who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925 said,

-I have always held the religion of Muhammad in the highest esteem because of its wonderful vitality. I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad, that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.

John Burton writes in his book -Collection of the Quran- -

-the text which has come down to us is in the form in which it was organised and approved by the Prophet.

Sir William Muir writes:

-there is probably in the world no other work which has remained 12 centuries with so pure a text.-

Dr Morris Buchaille writes in his book, -ËœThe Bible, the Quran and Science-â„¢ –

-Today-â„¢s editions of the Quran are all faithful reproductions of the original copies.‚  In the case of the Quran there are no instances of rewriting or corruption of the text over the course of time.

The Promised Messiah and Mahdi, peace be upon him, writes about the Holy Quran,

-Of all the revealed books which we find today, it is the Holy Quran whose claims of having been revealed from God is established on the strength of irrefutable arguments. The doctrines it propounds are so perfect and well founded that they are entirely supported by powerful and irrefutable evidence.-

Our beloved Imam(The Present Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community), Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifatul Masih V (atba), May Allah be his Helper said in a recent Sermon:

-We invite our adversaries to look at the teachings and contents of the Holy Quran attentively and discern its excellences with respect to its spiritual, moral and social guidance of mankind- (Friday Sermon 29.02.2008).

The Holy Quran tells us that the people who have taken up to malign the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and the Holy Quran will not escape the consequences and we have seen the fulfilment of this warning throughout history. The consequences are imminent if the behaviour is not changed; no false God will be able to save them when the time of consequences arrives.

The honour of the Holy Quran cannot be maintained by placing a price on heads or wrongful demonstrations. When these teachings become evident to the world, God-â„¢s decree will manifest to be a mercy for believers and a balm for injured hearts.

Let us be clear, the Holy Qur-â„¢an is indeed the book that was revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the seal of the prophets and has stayed unaltered.‚  The attempts to alter it have neither succeeded in the past and nor will they succeed in the future for Allah has promised to safeguard it.

In the face of baseless criticism, evil and unfounded accusations and violent attacks against the Holy Quran, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a role model of peace responding to challenges against Islam and the Holy Quran through unbeatable logic, cogent argument and a global effort to propagate the true teachings of the Holy Quran.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community proliferates and elucidates the beauties of the Holy Qur-â„¢an, holding thousands of Holy Qur-â„¢an exhibitions and distributing copies of it for the world to see its light and glorious truth.

And why would we not? The Holy Qur-â„¢an offers the only way forward to peace and the resolution of mankind-â„¢s problems. The Holy Qur-â„¢an is a source of tremendous wisdom and a guarantee of the serene existence of mankind.‚  It is a pathway to peace in this world and a conduit to the sweet fruits of the next.‚  It is a book of perfection, a guide to all things and a source of admiration for all right thinking people.‚  It is a book of unmatched qualities, irreplaceable wisdom and contains within it so many inherent beauties that millions upon millions of God-â„¢s creation are besotted by it.‚  May all of mankind have the honour and privilege of beholding even a morsel of its penetrative insights.

And may Allah enable us to suffuse our soul, our heart and our mind with its dazzling radiance and through our word and deed enable us to spread its effulgence to the corners of the world.

And my last words are, All Praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

It is “wrong” for energy firms to increase their bills when wholesale prices are “not going up substantially”, the British Prime Minister has said.

November 8th, 2013

Dr Hector Perera‚ ‚ ‚  London

When some energy giants put the prices up by 10% who gets affected, it-â„¢s the millions of customers who use gas and electricity. Even the British Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron states that is -wrong- to do so due to various reasons but I wonder if the energy giants would reverse the increase. His comments came as fuel poverty campaigners demanded that party leaders act on the ”national crisis” of cold homes. The UK is second only to Estonia among European nations for the number of people who are struggling to pay their energy bills, according to research by the fuel poverty alliance Energy Bill Revolution. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he would not allow all green levies to be axed following the PM’s surprise announcement earlier this week that he would take action on the environmental charges which were driving up energy bills by an average ‚£112 per household a year.

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Then Archbishop of Canterbury as well has spoken out about the same problem and even the opposition parliamentarians as well are on the side of the general public but with all that I have my doubts if the price rise would be reversed in order to help the general public. Well if the energy giants cut down the prices by at least 1% the things could have been different.

To save energy, the energy firms say it-â„¢s better to get better insulation of the houses to prevent any heating lost, install a new gas boiler and radiators and many more solutions. In a way they are right but what about the people who have got them already?

Nearly everybody talk about energy involved in heating the houses and keeping the occupants warm and cosy only. Some people say why not wear extra jumpers, wrap up warm to keep them warm. I am wondering if they use gas and electricity only for heating and keeping them warm, is that all? You mean they do not use any gas or electricity at all for eating or cooking? May be a negligible amount of energy is used for cooking in England. I heard many people eat nothing but unhealthy junk or takeaways so no cooking is involved, in that case the people do not have to worry about energy used for cooking. Just plug in the kettle to boil water for a cup of tea or coffee or to make a cup of soup. One need to understand its energy prices have increased that means both gas and electricity.

Let me again put forward my scientific energy saving idea to save some energy, yes some energy only. I assume quite a few people eat takeaways because then no problems of cooking and energy saving. They can be obtained either in takeaway shops or even in supermarkets. Most of them are ready to eat and a few of them need a bit warming up in the microwave oven for few seconds. How many people eat things such as pasta, spaghetti, rice, chicken, fish, boiled carrots, boiled potatoes, boiled vegetables, mutton and even vegetable curries? If they eat these kinds of foods, they need to be prepared at home or else can be ordered or sit and eat in restaurants. Some people think these foods need lot of time to cook and are tedious to prepare them so they again prefer to go out and eat. Perhaps you understand that eating out can be done only occasionally than on every single meal because it-â„¢s expensive.

If anyone would like to prepare these kinds of foods at home economically, cleanly and easily at home then you may follow my scientific method of cooking. One must understand that anything can be explained on writing but nothing like showing practically then only they understand them clearly. If I say you need to set the cooking at thermodynamic equilibrium sate, I am certain hardly anybody understood what I was talking about. That is why I demonstrated my scientific energy saving cooking practically even in May 2013, to ITN TV then to a crowd of about 50 people in Colombo. In both occasions I used many scientific terms but always shown practically what that was all about.

‚ I am sure when many people learned to drive; they had to take many lessons because they couldn-â„¢t get the hang of driving with one or two lessons or by looking at driving. They could have read about driving by books but it cannot be understood without proper practical instructions. First the driver must have shown how to drive; you might have given the chance to drive in quite roads. I must say it couldn-â„¢t be that easy at all. That means needs practice, similarly one needs to learn cooking systematically if they need to do it properly. Our servants back home were excellent cooks due to years of dedicated practice. They never had the present facilities such as gas and electric cookers, just the smoking firewood stoves.

The only way to make the steam hotter (and/or to boil the water at a higher temperature) is to put the system under pressure. If the steam pressure could pull or push tons of steel trains, you mean it cannot cook some rice? What I am trying to do is adopt our normal cooking pots to pressure cooker conditions but I must say it-â„¢s not always possible. Not everybody can afford these expensive pressure cookers but you may device your normal utensils to some extent. Have you noticed when they cook rice they always put the lid on? That helps to build the pressure but when it froths they take it off immediately, decreasing the pressure, losing clouds of steam. If we fit an absolutely tight cover to the pan so no steam or little steam can escape while we continue to add heat, both the pressure and temperature inside the vessel will rise. The steam and water will both increase in temperature and pressure, and each fluid will be at the same temperature and pressure as the other. One thing you need to understand how to control the over flow by manipulating the heat that needs some practice.

Steam has six times the heat potential when it condenses on a cool food product. This increased heat transfer potential is why steam is such an effective cooking medium.

If you put water into a pot and cover it with a lid, the steam will remain trapped and pressure will build and that rises the temperature at which the liquid boils. This can be done by choosing equipments with high thermal conductivity and with a fairly heavy lid. Remember this device is not the same as a pressure cooker but it works to some extent.

I avoid aluminium pans because it-â„¢s less dense. Imagine at 15psi your food is cooking at 257oF instead of just 212oF that is a little high pressure. When you turn off the heat and begin to drop the pressure you will sometimes hear the food begin to boil inside the closed pot as the pressure drops and the contents come back down to the normal boiling temperature.

I am sure these explanations cannot be understood unless it is accompanied with a proper demonstration. I said about 60% wasting gas can be saved by adopting my kind of scientific cooking. I am sure; you cannot believe a word I mentioned so the best option is to give you another energy saving cooking demonstration. Let me invite these so called energy experts without delay to see my kind of energy saving cooking demonstration.

Now who would give me a chance for this scientific energy saving cooking demonstration? Yes I was given more than one chance to demonstrate this kind of cooking to ITN TV audience then for chat shows with them then also at TNL or Young Asia TV both in Sri Lanka but not had a single chance to demonstrate in England. Have I contacted the right people? If the energy experts or scientists proved that it-â„¢s wastage of time, not practical, does not save any energy at all then I am prepared to compensate by paying them. According to science, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, I am sure you know what I mean?

If further details are required please get in touch perera6@hotmail.co.uk

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Platinum 1 partners Konsept Centro for Nolte Pantries

November 8th, 2013

Media Release

Newly re-branded home furnishings consultancy Konsept Centro, formerly Centrepoint interiors, has been awarded the contract for the import, supply and installation of high-end German pantries at the exclusive and luxurious PLATINUM 1 residential skyscraper.

The sole Sri Lankan agent for Nolte of Germany, which offers a full range of high-end pantries, kitchens, etc., Konsept Centro has been contracted to fit out PLATINUM 1-â„¢s 20 floors, which encompasses a premium residential condominium that comprises 66 apartments and four duplex type penthouses, along with luxury shopping and recreational space.

Located in the heart of the city, at Number 1, Bagatalle Road, Colombo, including Galle Road frontage, with expansive Ocean Views, PLATINUM 1 was designed by renowned architects Manitayakul Associates of Thailand in collaboration with Design Advocacy of Sri Lanka.

Said Mr. Niranjan Weerasinghe, Chief Marketing Officer of Konsept Centro; “We are thrilled to be working on a project as unique and as state-of the-art as PLATINUM 1, which has publicly made known its intention to only offer its customers the best. This is fitting because the Nolte Pantries from Germany that we will be providing are likewise the best pantries available in the market today and, without doubt, what a project like this deserves.”

Over the past five years, as Centrepoint Interiors, Konsept Centro has worked with homeowners at many of Sri Lanka-â„¢s top condominium projects in furnishing customers-â„¢ apartments to suit their lifestyles. These projects include hundreds of kitchen, bedroom and wardrobe units at high-profile condominiums such as Trillium, Hedges Court, the Empire, the Emperor and (soon to be completed) On320, in addition to the Lobby area of the recently refurbished Taj-â„¢s Gateway Airport Garden Hotel. In addition, the consultancy will also soon unveil its ultra-chic, multi-storey showroom at No. 141, Vijaya Kumaratunga Mawatha, Polhengoda, Colombo 5.

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From Left to Right is Mr. Niranjan Weerasinghe, Chief Marketing Officer of Konsept Centro, receiving the contract from Mr. Kishore D. Reddy, Managing Director, and Mr. Ranajit Kundu, Assistant General Manager for Projects, both from PLATINUM 1.

JOHN SNOW, PEEP-SHOW

November 7th, 2013

The Daily News Editorial

The figures they pluck from the air! Channel 4’s John Snow in the run up to CHOGM interviewed the affable Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, and in his ignoble hurry to trip him up, tripped himself up, with a figure of 12000 disappeared in Sri Lanka since the year 2009!

The figure was not substantiated by a jot, and not sourced — but coming from Channel 4 this is fairly standard practice. But yet, 12000 disappeared – after the war was over?!

The enormity of the canard boggles the mind. These people are nothing short of criminals. John Snow if he can malign a country in this way without feeling the need to substantiate what he says with an infinitesimal jot of evidence, is obviously of a criminal mindset as the charges he makes sets him up as a direct agent for seeking to maliciously prosecute key persons in the higher echelon of the Sri Lankan Establishment.

Being accessory to malicious prosecution is a crime — but also the man would be guilty of all kinds of libel.

But yet, having stated that, it has to be added that the biggest crime that John Snow commits in the interview is none of the above but the one against stand-up comedians.

This is beyond comic — that a man on an accessible free to air television channel calling himself a broadcast journalist, thinks that he could quote a figure of 12000 disappeared since the end of the war, without seeing the need to name at least a reasonable sampling of these disappeared people or their kith and kin!

This is not a murky period in time when due to the fog of war, there can be no real details of such disappearances, if such allegations were real. But then John Snow is on a roll in his program.

His line is that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be shaking hands with 50 leaders of countries or more because CHOGM is being held in Sri Lanka. Obviously there seems to be tremendous envy here, but that is only incidental.

He says that the Sri Lankan Head of State should not be allowed to shake hands with so many leaders as he stands accused of many crimes against humanity! He is talking about a President of a country who has not been charged in any court of law in any part of the world least of all a world court, for any kind of human rights violations.

The UN Human Rights Commissioner too despite all her prejudices has only called for an internal investigation into the last phase of the war so-called, yet she too has not said in any way that the President is guilty of any kind of war crimes.

Yet, Snow, the comic John Snow, has the cojones to ask Kamalesh Sharma whether he is accessory to allowing the President of Sri Lanka, accused he says of ‘crimes against humanity’, to shake hands with so many world leaders.

This is the standard of British broadcast journalism. That all this comes from the land that was embroiled in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, comes as no surprise.

Channel 4 represents the other side of the News of the World coin. This is tacky, lurid pants-on-fire journalism that’s not fact checked, not sourced or corroborated. It is journalism on the far side of the moon.

In sum it is pure fiction, nothing more. These people in Channel 4 really should have been accredited to CHOGM in some other category as they obviously are not journalists, but then if the British government says they are broadcasters we are all willing to accept that with a big laugh.

Obviously the British have redefined journalism but then again, after the phone hacking scandal and the paparazzi journalism there, anything is not only possible, but anything is to be expected in that quarter.

But to butcher the fundamentals of journalistic practice in this way is a crime against journalism and journalists — though the hyperbole shouldn’t be used to state that in fact it is a crime of sorts against humanity!

– See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/editorial1#sthash.zc2xF2gZ.dpuf

CHOGM-What does it matter Manmohan Singh comes or not, or Stephen Harper boycotts it ?

November 7th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

‚ CHOGM is a bi-annual meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Governments.‚  It is like an association of‚  past Students‚  of a school.‚  Being a meeting of politicians they talk about politics as it affects them and each other.‚  Governing a country is no easy matter.‚  There are those who are critical, and those who are supportive. There are those who are rational and those who are irrational.

‚ Each country has different problems that require different solutions .‚  Therefore, there is no effort on the part of those attending the CHOGM to evolve a unitary method of solving problems or keeping the antagonist forces together.

‚ It is an opportunity for the Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth to understand the cultural difference of participants and understand that each country has ‚ to adopt different methods to solve problems they have, be they economic, social or human rights , in keeping with each others cultural, social, and economic back ground.

‚ CHOGM ‚ is not‚  an occasion for them to advise each other as to how they should govern and solves their problems , but to understand why the same problems in the 53 different member countries of the Commonwealth ‚ have different solutions ‚ according to cultural, social and economic back ground of ‚ each country.

‚ It is this difference, and the understanding of that difference, that brings together the Countries of the Commonwealth not to face accusations but to understand that in politics what is sauce for the goose, is not the sauce for the gander.‚  Therefore, the Heads of Governments attending CHOGM should not have ‚ individual agendas to respect.‚ 

‚ They are not participating or not in the CHOGM for the wants of the electors back home, but as governments of the Commonwealth, governed by different people of different backgrounds to understand better and share ‚ the solution each one of them has for their political problems.

‚ Sri Lanka-â„¢s main problem comes from the Tamil minority Community which refuses to accept the hand of fraternity extended ‚ to them by the Sinhala majority Community and seeks a solution separated from the Sinhala Community.‚  However much the Government seeks reconciliation with the Tamils, they ‚ refuse to cooperate, and have‚ ‚  friendly ties to build a Nation together with the rest of the of the Communities.‚ 

‚ The solution to this should be found by Sri Lanka alone, and not by other governments who have their own problems which are not the same as that of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka could use legal, cultural, social and religious incentives to bring the Tamils in to the fold.‚  It is for Sri Lanka Government to experiment with, and not on the advice of the other member States of the Commonwealth who‚  are unable to understand the problem in the given context. More over‚  doing so would ‚ be an interference into the internal affairs of the country which is not a gesture expected at a CHOGM.

‚ The Leaders of the Governments of the Commonwealth do not attend the CHOGM for the want of the people of the respective countries, because it‚  has become now a custom for the these heads of‚  States‚  to meet bi-annually in different member Countries of the Commonwealth as venue.‚  They may discuss political matters affecting each other and make a report of the outcome and ‚ discussions to their people.

‚ It is the duty of the UK Prime Minster David Cameron to attend the CHOGM as the Commonwealth is a British brain child.‚  Nevertheless, he comes as an equal member of the Commonwealth of Nations.‚  It would be wrong for him to attend the CHOGM to fulfil the demands of the Tamils in Great Britain. ‚ 

‚ David Cameron need not go to the North of Sri Lanka because the Tamil Community wants him to do so, because that would be an interference into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka.

‚ David Cameron should have the courage to tell the Tamils living in UK with British Passports that they are British Tamils.‚  Their allegiance is to UK and the affairs of UK. They have no right as British subjects to contribute in any way‚  for the separation of Communities in Sri Lanka which is a Member of the Commonwealth with its own rights and privileges as a Sovereign State. ‚ Cameron should emphasise that their continued activities against a Member Nation of the Commonwealth will result in the suspension of their citizenship as such activity would cause a diplomatic crisis.

‚ In India David Cameron said about Indians in UK, “We want to see British Hindus, British Indians in the top of our judiciary, we want to see them at the top of our armed forces and we also want to see them at the top of our politics,”‚  ‚ 

‚ For that to be so the British Indians should have unflagging allegiance to Britain, without interfering in the affairs of India in a manner detrimental to India. Similarly, the British Tamils too should‚  show their allegiance to‚  Britain‚  and stop interfering into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka in a manner detrimental to it.

‚ In Sri Lanka too, the Government ‚ would like the Tamils to shed their separatist cloak, and engage wholely and completely in the development process holding the hands of‚  unity with all those who people Sri Lanka.

‚ It is also the duty of Manmohan Singh the Prime Minster of India to attend the CHOGM, being the head of an important Government of the Commonwealth and a neighbour, if not a friend of Sri Lanka.‚  His inability to make up his mind to do his duty through fear of antagonising the TamilNadu is his weakness as a political leader.‚  A good leader should be able stop irrational politicians from interfering into matters on which he has to take‚  a political decision.‚  TamilNadu which harboured Sri Lanka terrorists and‚  helped ‚ them in the assassination of ‚ Rajiv Gandhi a promising young political leader of India and a Prime Minister, has no right what-so-ever to dictate terms to the Prime Minister of India as to what he should do and should not do.

‚ Manmohan Singh should be able to tell the TamilNadu politicians that they as Indians should‚  think and act as Indians and their interest in the Tamils in Sri Lanka is misplaced.‚  It is the Central Government of India that has to take a decision with regard to Foreign Affairs,‚  therefore to decide to attend or not to attend‚  the CHOGM in Sri Lanka cannot be decided on the whim and fancy of TamilNadu.

‚ The undue interest of the Tamil Nadu politicians in the affairs of Sri Lanka is mainly due to the fact that India has failed to develop Inter State social, and‚  cultural relations.‚  No attempts seem to have been made to bring together the people of different‚  Indian States through the ‚ organisation of Cultural‚  and Social events.‚ 

‚ On the other hand Sri Lanka Government has done more than what is necessary to bring the Communities together, though it had been hindered and made impossible by the egoist political leaders of the TNA.‚  In Sri Lanka the only way to bring about even a semblance of a Communal unity would be by removing TNA, like it was by eliminating the terrorists that the call for ‚ separatism by the terrorists was ended.

‚ Stephen Harper the Prime Minister of Canada is a foolish man to say the least.‚  He has to gain nothing except perhaps the votes of the Canadian Tamils, by boycotting CHOGM.‚  It was an opportunity for him to have ‚ seen Sri Lanka and understand the situation first hand, and report back to the Canadian Tamils what he has come to understand of the situation in Sri Lanka.‚ 

‚ The Canadian Tamils should be more interested in the affairs of‚  Canada, being Canadian Citizens and perhaps build a closer relationship with the Canadian First Nation and help them improve their condition of living which has been neglected by Stephen Harper and his government.‚  It will help their‚  future existence as an important Canadian Tamil Community.

‚ If the Prime Ministers of India and Canada are led by‚  certain groups holding before them, ‚ like a carrot before a donkey ‚ their voting rights, it is their business if they were to ‚ lead their nation into a political precipice.‚  The CHOGM in Sri Lanka will nevertheless‚  be held.‚ 

‚ However, Sri Lanka will in its own way,‚  at its own phase settle the ethnic problem and march forward with its development process unhindered who attended or‚  who did not attend the CHOGM.

PRINCE CHARLES HOSTS ST JAMES-â„¢ PALACE RECEPTION PRIOR TO CHOGM 2013 VISIT

November 7th, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE‚  Sri Lanka High CommissionLondon


‚ HRH and DrCN1

HRH Prince Charles with HE Dr Chris Nonis

at St James-â„¢ Palace

‚ Prince Charles hosted a reception at St James’s Palace for members of Britain’s Sri Lankan and Indian communities to mark the royal couple’s tour of India and Sri Lanka.

H.E. Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka-â„¢s High Commissioner to the UK,‚  was joined by India-â„¢s Acting High Commissioner to the UK, Virendra Paul, at the Palace to extend a ceremonial welcome to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. Dr Chris Nonis said -The President and people of Sri Lanka extend a warm welcome to Their Royal Highnesses, and look forward very much to their visit. We also take this opportunity to congratulate Prince Charles on the birth of his first grandchild, HRH the Prince George.-

The guests at the event included prominent British Asians from a variety of sectors. Amongst the Sri Lankan guests were Niranjan Deva-Aditya, MEP,‚  Member of the European Parliament;‚  Professor Sir Arulkumaran Sabaratnam, FRCS,FRCOG, President of the British Medical Association; Professor Ravi Silva, Professor of Engineering, Surrey University; Harendra De Silva, Q.C. President, Sri Lankan Lawyers Association; Councillor Nizam Ismail;‚  Sir Desmond De Silva QC, PC; Suran Goonetileke, OBE.

HRH Prince Charles last visited India to represent ‚ Her Majesty the Queen at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, and he has visited Sri Lanka on two previous occasions, in 1998 at the celebration of Sri Lanka-â„¢s Independence, and in 2005, a few months following the Tsunami. On this occasion, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 14th November, on Prince Charles-â„¢ 65th Birthday. The Heir to the throne will represent Her Majesty the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2013), which commences on the 15th November. Dr Chris Nonis added, -HRH has a strong interest in charitable work, and two of his charities are already working in Sri Lanka on youth entrepreneurship and sustainable development projects, and the CHOGM theme -Growth with Equity; Inclusive Development- has a particular relevance-.

‚ Sri Lanka High Commission

London

Context-free versus Context-dependent Political Strategies – the dilemma for Sri Lankan Rulers

November 7th, 2013

R Chandrasoma

It can be argued that politics must be based on inalienable moral principles that are unflinchingly applied irrespective of consequences. Thus, it may seem eminently reasonable that the Death Penality should be abolished because the taking of the life of even a convicted murderer is morally wrong and judicial executions cannot be be carried out in a civlized nation.

It will be admitted by all that such ‘context-free’ decision-making by rulers is the exception rather than the norm. A moral stand can win the plaudits of the devout but may be politically unworkable or even foolish. Much of the opposition to MR’s rule is based on the supposition that he is opportunistic in matters where the the moral position on a politically sensitive question is well defined.

Those who argue thus appear to ignore the fact that ‘real politic’ is strongly context dependent – that what appears an unambiguous moral issue is muddied by the fact that there are practical consequences that no politician can ignore. Let us take the case of the licensing of gambling-houses.

The moral issue – that gambling is a pernicious vice – is not questioned. Matters becme problematic when rich foreigners who see gambling as a ‘money-game’ that does no harm except to the purses of the rich are debarred by a law that has no moral force for them. If these aliens do good to us by patronizing oases of luxury in our morally strait-laced country what harm is done? If some ‘Buddhists’ – mostly of the ‘Pecksniffian’ kind – find all this a moral offence, it must be pointed out that a secular ruler acts to maximize the well-being of his subjects – not to uphold a moral law that has no consensus. Gambling – like sex – may be good or bad depending on circumstances. The Bond-Market is not essentially different from a gambling-house but nobody finds this institution obnoxious.

The lesson that must be well understood is that in politics and state administration there is no clear line of action based on a moral consensus. Some like to eat beef and see no wrong in the humane slaughter of cattle to serve the vital nutritional needs of mankind. In ruling on such matters, it is not the moral law that is paramount – it is the feasibility of the law given the many-faceted nature of the human condition. Ignoring this results in disasters of which the best example is the judgement of Western Nations on Prahakaran and the Tamil insurgency.

The Nations of the West view the death of thousands in the final phase of the Eelam Wars as a horrendous moral faliure for which the Sinhala leaders must be held accountable. This is a lamentable judgement based on a context-free assessment of an unavoidable tragedy. The colossal error here is the making of a sweeping moral judgement while ignoring the context – the background and the compelling

constraints that made MR and his advisors resort to war and conquest. Life is such that in order to sustain it and to maximize well-being the seemingly immoral has to be done given the dire nature of the challenge.

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In Focus Life Abroad – Part 52:JOKES APART!

November 7th, 2013

Dr.Tilak Fernando

The topic of immigration has always given adequate ammunition to politicians to woo public votes, of late, mainly in the UK and Canada. Illegal immigrants seeking entry to Australia has become world wide information. Consequently, the Australian government is spending a fortune on advertisements on Sri Lankan TV to discourage ‘boat people’. Many such illegal immigrants have perished in sea beds unaccounted for, so far.

People are tempted to seek ‘imaginative’ greener pastures by raising loans to pay immigration racketeers who promise them a better world; also perhaps toeing with the idea of educating their children in developed countries hoping it would open a whole new world for the new generation in the future.

British pensioners turned boat people

The topic of ‘immigration’ has emerged in the UK from 1900s with the Irish migration to Britain. Later, British passport holders from former colonies had direct access to the mainland. Some of the soldiers from British colonies, who fought the enemy with the British Army and managed to survive during the World War II , have got married to either English, Irish or German women and settled down in the UK.

Students

At the beginning privileged students from Sri Lanka secured placements in UK Universities as bona-fide students. They completed their degrees at Oxford and Cambridge and returned back to Sri Lanka to take up politics.

When it came to international students, Britain warmly welcomed them with their educational, commercial, political and developmental skills, to help and expand their knowledge out of the British education. In return, students were expected to get back and work for the development of their home countries. The British Council, UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, helped the cause by operating in six continents and over 100 countries.

Such policies made many international students enroll at British Universities paying ‘overseas fees’ and helping their budgets to maintain equilibrium while subsidising local undergraduates. Many overseas students paid their course fees privately, yet the British government and other organisations such as the University Grants Commission provided a number of scholarships and awards to help international students to study in the UK.

In 1964 responsibility for the UGC was transferred from HM Treasury to the newly constituted Department of Education and Science. The UGC was wound up on April 1, 1989 with its powers transferred to a new body, the Universities Funding Council, which became directly responsible to the Parliament.

Breakdown of monopoly

‘Iron policies’ of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, as the Prime Minister, suddenly raised the overseas students university fees to an unprecedented level which deprived many students from developing countries to enter British universities, but only helped a handful of students from oil-rich states thus depleting the numbers entering British universities and making a shattering effect on university funds.

Soon prominent hairline cracks in the university funding structure began to appear which some economists prophesied as ‘the downfall of the UK economy’ as many foreign students started to deviate from UK studies to other destinations such as Germany, Japan, Russia, India etc., as alternative grounds for higher education.

It was commonsense that when students were trained in a particular country they automatically became accustomed to the machinery, engineering and technical knowhow which they learnt from, during their training, and when they assumed responsibility as Company Directors, CEOs or entrepreneurs at home, they automatically preferred to place orders with countries where they were trained and familiar with their modes of training and operation.

Thus, the monopoly the Britain enjoyed in exporting began to dwindle seemingly which was described by economists as “the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise”, which meant Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s short sighted policy on University fees had begun to have depressing consequences for business”.

Sri Lankan migration

Over the years the flow of immigrants to Britain seemingly increased with each government in power trying to curb the inflow of immigrants to the UK.

Following the insurrection in 1972 by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Sri Lankans arriving in the UK to settle down by various means helped to swell Lankan immigration figures in the midst of mass immigration from other former British colonies.

The JVP unrest in the country continued for a decade or so, and when the security forces were mobilised to put an end to the rebellion by Prime Minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, such actions deepened the pathway as an escape route for many to seek refuge in Britain.

This was followed by the Tamil youth rebellion in the North and spreading to the East later. This led to an unknown Tamil youth called Prabhakaran becoming a megalomaniac terrorist leader to fight a democratically elected government on the pretext of helping the Tamil people for 30 years! The unpleasant scenario in 1983, termed as ‘racial victimisation,’ added fuel to fire and facilitated a mass ‘exodus’ of Tamils from Sri Lanka to the UK and other countries as political refugees which has today given rise to what is known as the Tamil Diaspora!

Refugee problem

All these meant that the immigrant population in England was getting increased day by day, and files on ‘refugee’ applications were piling up by the thousand at the Home Office in London. In the midst some who arrived in England on ‘visitors’ visa decided to stay back using ‘legal loopholes’ in the British Immigration Law.

Such occurrences became an overbearing problem for the British authorities. With so many ambiguity in the immigration law and ‘refugees’ working illegally and moonlighting, despite receiving social welfare funds, it reached a stage where boundaries of the immigration laws were having a bursting effect at the seams, and ‘the temporary leave to remain in the UK’ for refuge seekers was seen as “dumping tortoises to water”!

Perks and welfare

In certain cases immigrants to the UK and benefits given to them immediately after their arrival in the country included brand new fully furnished and equipped apartments in Glasgow, Scotland. Such privileges to refugees were seen by those in local council housing lists for many years (in certain cases families placed in bed and breakfast hotels) as getting step-motherly treatment by their own government/local councils.

This naturally caused antagonism towards the entire immigration community in the UK and began to have detrimental impacts which lead to hatred, violence, discrimination and far-right political parties such as the British National Party (BNP) to emerge, become popular, even contest parliamentary elections and ultimately win seats purely campaigning against the UK immigration policy.

The immigration issue has become deep rooted day after day where immigrants have been subjected to racial attacks; in some stances ending up in cold blooded murders on the streets of London, Birmingham and other towns.

It is exceedingly clear that the average Englishman is getting fed up with the absorption of more immigrants to the UK than the country could afford. Of late, Eastern Europeans have started to swamp London towns, as legal migrants under the EU agreements. There is a certain amount of disquiet among the British public when these latest type of migrants grab many jobs, which the British people used to do, by undercutting existing labour charges. These new groups also get preferential treatment in housing, employment, as much as in unemployment and social benefits in the UK which is causing uneasiness!

Illustrating the British general feelings of the treatment and benefits what the refugees enjoy at present, a carefully worded email is doing the rounds at present, which hit my mail box this week. The message trying to convey to the public through a picture of ‘old white pensioners’ in a boat in mid sea depicting the ‘boat people to Australia’ is somewhat hilarious and written in lighter vein, but it portrays the feelings and predicament of the UK pensioners in a rather subtle form.

The email reads as follows: “The Royal Navy intercepted three boatloads of people off the coast of Kent today. This placed the Royal Navy in an awkward position, as the boats were not heading to, but away from Kent towards France”.

“Another surprise finding was that they were loaded with British people who were all seniors of pension age. Their claim was that they were trying to get to Calais so as to be able to return to the UK as illegal immigrants and therefore be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate UK pensioners.”

tilakfernando@gmail.com

This email picture and message may be a spam or intended to be a joke, but certainly carries an underlined serious message to the British Authorities.‚ 

-Sinhalese should be allowed to live in Jaffna-, says Tamil movement

November 6th, 2013

‚ Asada M Erpini

An interesting news item that appeared in the media on 06 November is that that was attributed to one Ravi Kumar: -Sinhalese who wish to live in the Jaffna peninsula should be allowed to do so-.

The report is interesting from many angles.

Firstly, it is heartening to note that there exists a Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association. Most Sri Lankans are used to associating the Sinhala ethnic group with the Buddhist religion, so much so that there is even the phrase Sinhala Buddhists, an expression in which the two ideas go hand in hand. As opposed to that, nearly all Tamils are Hindus, with a small proportion being Catholics (or Christians), just as one would find those who belong to other religions in the case of the Sinhalas.

Secondly, which, in fact, is the more important point, is that the Sinhalas (or the Moors or other ethnic groups) do not have to be granted permission by any association in Jaffna -” be it Sinhala, Tamil, Buddhist, Hindu, Moor or Muslim – to live in Jaffna. All that they have to do is to acquire property legally to do so. Tamils who have taken over Wellawatte and Kotahena never asked for or were given permission by the Sinhalas to move in massive numbers to some of the most priced real estate in the periphery of Colombo to -live in harmony- with people of other origins or religions.

Sri Lankans of all ethnic or religious groups have the right to live in any part of the country, if they wish to do so. A barrier to that as far as Jaffna is concerned is the thesavalamai law in Jaffna that prevents non-Tamils from buying property in Jaffna. No law or practice of this calibre exists in any other part of the country, and the Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association would do well to at least initiate steps to get such illegal laws removed for good.

A point that is worth mentioning in this connection is that one should also be wary of how some of the propagandists of Eelam interpret the existence of many Buddhist ruins and inscriptions in the North: they claim that such artefacts were evidence of Tamil Buddhists who populated the Northern regions for thousands of years and that there were no settlements by people belonging to the Sinhala (Buddhist) group. The writer sincerely hopes that the Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association espouses the pristine values of Buddhism and is not prodded on by some extremists who wish to use the innocent-sounding association to gain their ulterior motives.

Asada M Erpini

Support of CHOGM

November 6th, 2013

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson United Sri Lanka Association,

To: Rt Hon. John Key,
Prime Minister of New Zealand.

‚ Dear Mr Key,

I am writing further to our brief meeting earlier this evening at the Diwali Celebrations in Parliament,‚  to reiterate the deep appreciation of the Sri Lankan community in Wellington and New Zealand , atyour continued and enthusiastic support of the CHOGM in Colombo, despite the relentless barrage questioning your stance.

This barrage is based on poorly substantiated and often patently untrue allegations against Sri Lanka , originated by the international Tiger Diaspora, but now being orchestrated by powerful media and NGO allies often acquired through inducement received from their ill gotten war chest of billions.

One such glaring example is Amnesty International orchestrating these allegations in NZ having admitted to receiving a US 50,000 grant from the Diaspora in January 2012 in Canada.

It is also ironical that this Diaspora, now renamed ‚ ‚ British Tamil Federation, World Tamil Federation and Trans National Government of Tamil Elam, are the ones who financed the Tiger Terrorists for three decades when they threatened ‚ 20 million Sri Lankans with violation of their‚  most basic human right , ‚ the right to life. The very same ‚ ‚ are now leading the charge to allege human rights violations by the Sri Lankan forces during the last three months of their war of liberation from Tiger Terror!

Another motivation for the Diaspora to continue with such allegations is‚  that, a peaceful Sri Lanka would, for many of them, see an end to their comforts in the west as‚  refugees.

By withstanding this barrage as you did on the issue of boat people and human smugglers, you have demonstrated an extent of strength of character and courage of conviction , not easily ‚ seen among‚  politicians and leaders. We applaud you for these attributes ‚ ‚ and‚ ‚  feel very pleased to be in a New Zealand led by you.

We hope and trust that you would take these attributes to the CHOGM ‚ too and help to guide it to meaningful and constructive conclusions for all.

With our heartfelt and sincere thanks and best wishes ,

Yours Sincerely,

‚ Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM

FRCP/FRACP

Spokesperson

United Sri Lanka Association,

Commonwealth gathers momentum in Colombo

November 5th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala

‚ Under normal circumstances the life span of a loose, scattered and wobbly institution like the Commonwealth of Nations does not tend to be long. It should have withered and died shortly after its birth in the London Declaration of 1949. But it survived for 64 years. Today it stands as a union of 53 heterogeneous nations yoked together under a Queen who was also the head of the extinct Empire. The unbroken continuity also speaks for its stability and viability.

‚ Sri Lanka was a founding member of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is appropriate that Sri Lanka should play its part in bringing the nations together. And the willing and friendly response of the nations to come together in Sri Lanka, despite the massive attacks, adds to the stature of President Mahinda Rajapakse as a leader who cannot be isolated or ignored in‚  the international arena. It is a resounding victory for the image of the nation. It is also a feather in the cap of the Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris, who worked tirelessly to make this event happen.

‚ The transition from Empire to Commonwealth is remarkable considering the monumental contradictions that stood in the way. It was something like putting together diverse ingredients and baking the lot into one wholesome cake. ‚ One way of defining it is by highlighting the contradictions. ‚ The head of the Commonwealth is a Queen who is totally alien to most of its members. This is an institution that has no money. It depends mainly on the generosity of Britain, Canada and Australia. For a body of its size -” second only to the UN — it has no central organization with significant capacity to make it an effective international instrument to pursue a broad agenda for the good of the world. It is said that there is more staff running the UN canteen than the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House.

‚ It is not a military alliance like NATO. It is not an economic bloc like EU. It is‚  not a political organization united with a common will to achieve selected international or national goals. It has no‚  powers to enforce its decisions. It is a conglomeration of republics, monarchies, dictatorships, and democracies each doing‚  their own thing. They vary in size too. It ranges from India, the largest with a population of 1. 2 billion to Tuvalu with‚  only 12,000.‚  Some are suspended. Some withdraw. The Gambia refused to be a part of it saying that -it will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution, will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism.- It is meant to be a union of ex-colonies though. But Ireland quit after it became a republic. Others like Australia and Canada are debating whether‚  they should sever its umbilical links to the Queen and become a republic.

‚ And yet there is a queue waiting to join it. South Sudan, Madagascar and Yemen are some of the nations waiting to be admitted.‚  Its most celebrated ritual is to meet once in two years in one or the other Commonwealth country like the way big families get together for Christmas or a wedding and disperse never to meet until the next bi-annual. These meetings also have all the characteristics of one of the exclusive British clubs where deals are done on the side with a bit of influence-peddling. Above all, it remains as the remnants of an extinct volcano -” the British Empire. No other empire -” from the Roman to the Soviet Union -” left a legacy that bonded together the people who came out of a rejected colonial past.

‚ Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, however, regarded the commonwealth as a -healing process-. It is a process of not‚  forgetting the past but of forgiving the past. The sun continues to run its diurnal rounds over the Commonwealth of Nations as it did over the British empire without setting. Perhaps, what holds it together is not only the shared past but also a great degree of tolerance of each other-â„¢s differences. No‚  one tends to‚  stand over the other though of late there are some‚  signs of this obscenity raising its ugly head. And when something like that happens members rebel. Zimbabwe, rightly or wrongly,‚  quit partly due to the stand over tactics of Britain.

‚ What then is the‚  Commonwealth of Nations? Is it just a gathering of assorted nations to remember a past they hated and rejected? Or is it a bit of political theatre where the past meets the present in a bi-annual ritual to make- believe that they mean something to each other and the world at large? Where does it take them? Does it matter whether they meet or not?

‚ In essence it is diversity at its varied best looking for some bonding commonality. It is like an unwritten theme/book going in a search an author who can give it some form and meaning. It is actually nothing trying become something. If nothing else the endeavor to hang on to each other for survival alone is worth it because there is the possibility of some order coming out of a collective of differences. The fact that such an oddity exists alone is a wonder and worth recognizing and respecting it.

‚ Of‚  late, it has been gaining in importance slowly but surely. The first point to note is the eagerness of non-Commonwealth nations to join it. The second point is the presence of Prince Charles. He is coming to Colombo on a mission of his own. His main task is to impress that he is a worthy successor to his mother, the Queen. In the event of the Queen abdicating or passing away her position as the Head of the Commonwealth does not pass to Prince Charles automatically. It is up to the members to elect the next successor. He is coming to Colombo to make sure that the Crown of the Commonwealth remains within British royalty. He was first sent to school in Australia to dampen the rising republican movement and to win the hearts and minds of the Australian for British royalty. The idea was to sell the British Crown as belonging to the Commonwealth and just not to the British. Similarly the choice of Prince Charles for the Colombo CHOGM is a calculated move of the British establishment to make sure that the British Crown remains as the head of the old British empire reincarnated as the Commonwealth. Though there was local media hysteria claiming‚  that the Queen had snubbed the choice of Sri Lanka as the venue for CHOGM the hidden agenda was to ensure the succession of Prince Charles to the Crown of the Commonwealth.

‚ So when the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, the current Chairperson-in-Office, passes the baton to President Mahinda Rajapakse, the latter will be the next Chairperson-in-Office until the next CHOGM is held in Mauritius in 2015. ‚ David Cameron and Stephen Harper of Canada, the fire-breathing dragons of the defunct empire, will have to deal with President Rajapakse whether they like him or not. He has stepped into the seat of the Chairperson-in Office at a critical time when the British establishment is still aiming to retain its grip on the old empire through the symbolic British Crown.

‚ Unlike other CHOGM events the Colombo meeting is threatened with unwanted unsavoury politics of boycotts (Canada) and threats of boycotts (India) and fire-breathing attacks from Britain. All three instances are driven by domestic politics which should‚  have been kept far away from CHOGM. This is the first time that the host country is under siege by some of its leading members even before they set foot in it. It smacks of -neo-colonialism-, as stated by The Gambia. In contemporary politics neo-colonialism sneaks in from various angles dressed in the Emperor-â„¢s clothes of human rights. David Cameron is due to come to Colombo waving the imperial British stick about justice and human rights. It doesn-â„¢t cut much ice at a time when Britain is paying compensation to the victims of British barbarity in colonial Kenya when‚  it was fighting for its independence.

‚ Before he lands in Colombo accusing ‚ Sri Lanka of the manner in which it ended the 33-year-old Vadukoddai War ‚ he should look up the chapter on how Britain ended World War II by carpet bombing Dresden ‚ in which 300,000 innocent Germany civilians died purely because the imperialist British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, wanted to end the war in a hurry. ‚ On the contrary, the Sri Lankan forces ended the war by saving the lives of 300,000 Tamils who were held as a human shield to protect the life of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Tamil Pol Pot who killed more Tamils than all the other forces put together, according to Tamil leaders.

‚ As for justice, someone should remind Prime Minister Cameron of how Britain reacted to the ethnic cleansing of the Chagossians from the island of Diego Garcia. When the High Court of England restored the right of the Chagossians to return to their traditional homeland in Diego Garcia -” the indigenous people were evicted forcibly by the British in 1971 for the Americans establish a base in the Indian Ocean -” an ‚ Order-in-Council issued by the Queen reversed the High Court judgment and blocked the re-entry of Chagossians to Diego Garcia. Thanks to the British imperial diktat, overriding the judgment of its own High Court, the helpless Chagossians are now‚  roaming‚  the world homeless, rootless and penniless. So much for David Cameron-â„¢s British justice!

‚ There is hope for the Commonwealth if some of the White Sahibs and the Brown Sahibs cease to exploit it as a platform to strengthen their vote banks in their domestic electorates. Besides, their claim to dictate from the‚  top of the moral high ground rings hollow because they know that there are‚  no untainted righteous men in their neck of the woods who can claim to be lily white. ‚ The Westerners pose of being morally white is only skin deep. The multi-cultural Commonwealth is all about putting‚  the past behind and getting together to build a common future for the collective benefit of all its multi-coloured members. If the White Man is bent on raising‚  the ghosts of the past they must begin from the grim graveyards they left behind, rattling‚  with the bones of innocents massacred by their predatory plunderers who spared no blacks, reds, browns or the yellows in conquests of lands that never belonged to them.

‚ When they came to conquer there were no enforceable laws, national or international, to punish them for their war crimes and crimes against humanity. They made their own laws as they went along to grab the land with impunity. They declared that the imperialist White Man was the legal owner because their legal fictions proclaimed that there were no prior owners. There was no UN Charter or human rights activists to protect the helpless victims of imperial conquests. That came later when they were leaving. Before leaving they introduced‚  international humanitarian law which gave them the upper hand in manipulating global institutions and norms to dominate the world they were forced to leave. International humanitarian law, applied only to small, ex-colonies, is viewed suspiciously as legal concoctions to retain the neo-colonial grip of the old colonial ‚ masters. When they came‚  first they brought with them the missionaries to -civilize the natives- -” meaning that Christianity was their -soft power- to ideologically tame the resisting natives and make them obedient to their alien rule. Now they bank‚  roll their hired claque in NGOs to do their dirty work of defending, promoting and retaining their neo-colonial grip under the legal fictions of international humanitarian law which does not apply to drones killing civilians in Afghanistan or ethnic cleansing in Diego Garcia.

‚ Take the case of Sri Lanka. The UN report blamed three parties: 1. the LTTE, ‚ 2. the Sri Lankan government and 3. the UN itself. Of these ‚ the intense focus has been only on Sri Lanka. The Western accusers insist on punishing only Sri Lanka virtually exonerating the other two. Why only Sri Lanka and not the other two? Quite a lot of them are in, Britain and India. In Britain there is Adele Balasingham, -the White Aunty-, as she was known among the Tamil under-aged girls whom she trained as killers and suicide bombers. Leading Tamil churchmen, who sat on the right hand side of Prabhakaran, the Tamil Pol Pot (New York Times), as if they were sitting on the right hand God, justified the stoking of fires of racist‚  extremism which resulted in the violence against‚  the Sinhalese,. Quoting the Bible, they raised funds to promote terrorism, violating UN Security Council Resolution 1373. These agents of terrorism act openly in UK with David Cameron looking the other way. What would David Cameron do if he found an Adele Balasingham, who trained forces to terrorize UK, in his backyard and front yard too?

‚ Take also the case of UNHRC. The 33-year-old war ended on May 18, 2009. Ms. Navi Pillay, head of the UNHRC, drafted her speech slamming Sri Lanka on May 25, 2009 -” i.e., within seven (7) days, without any substantial report from any credible source, without any valid statistics, without‚  any studies on the ground realities in the aftermath of the war and without any acceptable guidelines, except‚  hearsay, for her to act. She had only the draft copy of the EU Resolution ‚ against Sri Lanka to guide her. Can a responsible head of an international organization dealing with ‚ human‚  rights, at that, accuse a member state on assumptions without substantial evidence backing her case? What was her hurry -” within 7 days, mark you — ‚ to fall in line with the anti-Sri Lankan machinations of the EU? Why did she fail to wait for non-political and non-partisan institutions to present whatever evidence was available? Why did she compromise her independence and objectivity in rushing into places where angels fear to tread?

‚ Second, she accused Sri Lanka by selectively picking only the happenings in the last five months of a 33-year-old war. Why only the last five months? As the watchdog of global human rights it was her moral and legal duty to take into account the violations of international humanitarian law that occurred throughout the entire 33 years of the Vadukoddai War. But that would have meant including ‚ (a) the Indian IPKF, (b) Western nations ‚ ending‚  their backyards as havens for raising funds for terrorism in Sri Lanka, (c) the entire Tamil leadership who were actively in the camp of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Tamil Pol Pot, who was guilty of mass murders, war crimes and crimes against humanity, (d) the UN itself turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the Tamil Pol Pot. ‚ So she conveniently skips 32 years and seven months and focuses only on the last five months in which the Sri Lankan government fought to save 300,000 Tamil civilians held as a human shield to ‚ protect the retreating Tamil Tigers. Isn-â„¢t this a deliberate ploy to exonerate the other guilty parties who were involved in the 33-year-old Vadukoddai War waged by the Tamil terrorists?

‚ Third, after the Cold War the global agenda turned to fight terrorism to protect and restore democracy. Sri Lanka represent‚  the classic‚  example of defeating fascist terror comprehensively with the minimum of casualties. It did not end the war with the‚  use of weapons of mass destruction as in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nor did it end up in the dead-end of Iraq where, after toppling Saddam Hussein ten years ago and after investing $60 billion to restore democracy, peace and stability during that ten years, America, the super power, is still nowhere near stabilizing Iraq. In contrast, what Sri Lanka has achieved‚  within four years, without $60 billion dollars, without American contractors and expertise, without the backing of super powers, and with all conceivable hostile anti-Sri Lankan interventions of I/NGOs and UN institutions thrown to block its way to recovery, ‚ is remarkable by any comparative standards.

‚ The greatest triumph is‚  not only in ending a war that was rated as -unwinnable- but, more‚  importantly, in liberating the Tamils who were kept under the jackboot‚  of Tamil Pol Pot. Restoration of democracy to the north for the first‚  time in its entire‚  history is a landmark that history cannot erase. ‚ 

‚ This‚  is not to claim that Sri Lanka has finally reached El Dorado. It means that with great sacrifices Sri Lanka has made a great start for a new beginning on the road to the peace, reconciliation and‚  democracy. Raking up the past for‚  vindictive politics is not going to redeem the past. The past must be remembered only to get away from‚  it.

‚ As the second largest international body next to the UN the Commonwealth has an opportunity to carve out a new path, without the eviscerating and crippling big power politics that bedevil global peace and stability. It-â„¢s strength so far has been ‚ the pro-active role of the Secretariat to prevent it becoming a tool for member states to meddle in each other-â„¢s domestic affairs. Keeping the Commonwealth away from the menacing and exacerbating intervention of big power politics accounts for most of its success. Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General, has stood up for the Commonwealth of Nations and its independence. He has not given in to the arm-twisting and hypocritical politics of Canada and Britain. His neutrality is essential to hold the Commonwealth together and make it work for the good of all. ‚ He has dealt with the latest issues raised by Canada and Britain in his quiet, diplomatic way without letting them blow up into a major confrontation. He has deftly stymied ‚ the Tamil separatist ‚ agents ‚ who had successfully penetrated and manipulated‚ the Canadian and British establishments.

‚ The task of the Colombo CHOGM is to make it a viable institution for the‚  future. Not to wallow in the blood and bitter bile of its past. If, however, there are those who insist on revisiting the past to revive vindictive politics in the guise of human rights then it is nothing but fair that they ‚ must go as far back as the time when the barbarity of the colonial masters ‚ knew no limits.

‚ There is no future in the failed past. The Colombo CHOGM has the opportunity to redefine and reconfirm the goals of the Commonwealth by rejecting the past and paving the path to a promising new future.

Sri Lanka: What are the names of the -Ëœ40,000 dead-â„¢ -” Where did they live and where are their relatives?

November 5th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

There appears to be a scramble among LTTE supporters to compete with each other as to whose guestimates can embarrass the Sri Lankan Government and its Armed Forces. What is preposterous is that the sources for these guestimates come from LTTE sources. Leaving aside the exaggerations behind these claims what must not escape anyone-â„¢s attention are a few simple questions a) Where are the 40,000 or even 125,000 bodies of the supposed dead? b) What are their names -” the dead must surely have names and those claiming anyone is dead must surely know who the dead person is c) where did these dead live -” give a list of addresses and d) who are the relatives of the dead and on what grounds can they claim it was the Armed Forces who killed them -” this again brings us back to the question, where are the dead bodies, at least the skeletons and how did the army manage to bury so many dead bodies without a single video footage landing in the hands of Channel 4 who are making merry and getting international notoriety by repeatedly concocting tales on the instructions of those funding them and winning awards from agencies that were pals of the LTTE too. So we have a nice web of international players all ganging up against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka should categorically say that the country will not waste time energy and money because a handful are paid to drop numbers of death figures without an iota of credible evidence. Therefore, produce the names of the dead – 40,000 or 125,000 even if its 300,000 it does not matter. Their names-” their addresses must be produced.‚  ‚ 

‚ The guestimate competition started with the appointment of the Darusman Panel. This Panel was appointed by the UN Secretary General in his capacity as UN Secretary General to appraise him of the final stages of the war. Note -Ëœappraise him-â„¢ thus the Panel, its investigation, its findings or even its conclusions were not mandated by the UN General Assembly or its Members. That is why the report was titled THE REPORT OF THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL-â„¢S PANEL OF EXPERTS. Thus, the Report should not have been allowed to gain international acceptance in the light of being the ONLY such personal appointment when there are scores of conflicts older than Sri Lanka-â„¢s which ideally should call for similar Expert Panels to be appointed.

‚ Excuse us for asking but what were these international figures and UN Secretary General-â„¢s including Ban Ki Moon doing for 30 odd years watching LTTE blast people to bits, kill pregnant women, babies and learned people and no sooner the LTTE is vanquished they are quick to come out demanding accountability, transparency, holding Geneva Rights all leading to demand why the LTTE were killed? What kind of hypocrisy are we witnessing?‚ 

‚ When Supramaniam Swamy says it is ridiculous for the Tamils to demand the release of the LTTE accused for killing Rajiv Gandhi simply because they are Tamils and the arrest hurts the sentiments of the Tamils. This needs to be reminded at this stage to all the international and local supporters of the LTTE. As Subramanium Swamy says the LTTE were killers and they deserve just punishment. If this is the rationale for Rajiv Gandhi and this should not change for ordinary civilians that the LTTE killed? Moreover, the East was liberated far before the North -” why did these same organizations not place the same attention to the East as they are doing to the North?

‚ Raising our eyebrows further is the fact that the Darusman Panel gives LTTE a certificate of approval as a -Ëœdisciplined group-â„¢ and simply copies what we know of the LTTE – -Ëœknown for its forced recruitment and use of child soldiers, including boys and girls-â„¢ while claiming to have -Ëœcredible evidence-â„¢ of -Ëœcredible allegations-â„¢ in the final report against the armed forces. What the sources are for the -Ëœcredible evidence-â„¢, how the evidence was examined, why allegations were accepted or rejected, how the credibility of eyewitnesses were qualified and other criteria was never disclosed which dampens the credibility of the Panel findings especially when it quotes Tamilnet the propaganda machinery of the LTTE. This is why Yasushi Akashi, Senior Adviser on Foreign Policy in Japan said -Ëœthe Darusman Report though intended only to be an advisory report to the Secretary General of the UN is IMPROPER-â„¢.

‚ Be that as it may the 3 member panel quoted 40,000 dead in its 2011 report.

‚ Thereafter Robert Blake, former US Ambassador started quoting 40,000 dead and used this figure at the US Congressional Hearing too.

‚ Then the figures became a sport and LTTE supporter Siobhain McDonagh (Labor MP for Mitcham and Morden) declared 100,000 people had died and 40,000 of them were civilians. She must have counted the dead!

‚ Amnesty International in a special report titled -ËœWhen will they get justice? Failures of Sri Lanka-â„¢s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission-â„¢ published in 2011 quoted 10,000 civilian deaths.

Gordon Weiss former UN official initially quoted 7000 dead. Then the entrepreneur in him took over and to boost his book sales, the figure changed to 40,000 which he changed to 10,000 at his book launch and disowned responsibility for the change of numbers attributing it to the printers! Thereafter plenty of other -Ëœauthors-â„¢ gained fame for joining in the bandwagon quoting death figures and they have amassed plenty of wealth by doing so. It has become a lucrative venture now to quote numbers of dead in Sri Lanka.

‚ The number of dead quoted by the UN country team in Sri Lanka was 7721 people. The UN Expert Panel however says that these figures are too low to accept. Does this next imply that bizarre guestimates is the way to go?

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

‚ Then there is the satellite analysis report on the graveyards in Mullaitivu by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They identified 3 graveyards which had expanded to a highest number of 1346 and one of the graveyards belonged to the LTTE showing 960 burials. Why did satellites not detect 125,000 dead bodies or even 40,000?

‚ To have dead bodies there must be HUMANS. In July 2011 Tamil Officers (mostly teachers of the North) did a population survey of the North covering migration, deaths, untraceable persons from 2005 to 2009. These officers declare 7896 as dead including LTTE terrorists while the number of natural deaths due to old age and sickness was 1102.

‚ Then came the Charles Petrie review of the UNSG-â„¢s report which came up with another fantastical figure -” 70,000 completely ignoring the deaths reported by the UN Representatives office in Colombo as 7721. Let us also remind readers that even Tamilnet the LTTE propaganda wing reported a total of 7398 deaths. So for what reason or for whose agenda is these numbers being quoted without names, addresses or details.

‚ When the LTTE ran its defacto rule, they had their own courts, own judges own LTTE legal doctrines -” therefore it is not difficult to gage what happened to anyone standing on the LTTE dock before an LTTE judge in an LTTE court. The nonsense of treating terrorists on the same platform as democratically elected governments is a tragi-comic exercise by multicultural liberalists who have nothing better to do than turn accepted norms into bizarre secular theories.

How can a group of people who rule ONLY because they hold gun in one hand and bombs in the other have any credibility over governments that are elected by millions of people voting for them? If Governments are to be accused by LTTE terrorist sources and their stooges then voters are equally guilty and if voters are to be placed on the dock simply because LTTE sources say so then we would like to add that no one asked the LTTE to take up arms, no one forced them to kill or to adopt the murderous path of suicide terrorism and to plan and execute people. If the LTTE did so and thousands of innocent people became targets of their heinous agenda of crime and terror -” it is the justice for them that should be taken up first. Whoever has heard of terrorists being given justice totally ignoring the deaths of innocent victims they snuffed out?

‚ The Armed Forces have been too good to these murderers. Let it not be forgotten that TWICE the President of Sri Lanka appealed to the LTTE to give up their arms and surrender. The LTTE response was that they would fight to the last man and when the LTTE makes such a decision no one has any right to be pointing fingers. The LTTE threw a challenge, the LTTE was given umpteen chances to mend their ways. That they did not is no fault of the Sri Lankan Government or the Armed Forces. A Just War concluded in May 2009. If Tamil civilians and entire villages were taken by the LTTE for whatever reasons best known to them it is the LTTE that must be blamed for compromising their own people. The legality of combatants and non-combatants clearly denies any civilian the protection of a non-combatant if they had been taking part in hostilities. Hard as it is to accept this fact -” it is a fact that is legally enshrined. The LTTE itself declared the civilians were helping them -” if so they lose their civilian status. We continue to question how many of these -Ëœcivilians-â„¢ were realistically -Ëœcivilians-â„¢ But we are giving them the benefit of the doubt because if they had been digging trenches for the LTTE then it makes them no less guilty than the LTTE. If civilians were subject to the definition of a combatant -” it is the LTTE that has to be blamed not the armed forces.

‚ In wars there are collateral damage and no terrorist will handle with care any non-LTTE (be in military personnel or Sinhalese/Muslim) alive in their possession. The language the LTTE knew was to only kill and it is the language they only understand. So they must be treated in the language they comprehend for they have never shown mercy to others and we have lists of even Tamils who have been gunned down and killed.

‚ Yet, 300,000 Tamils were saved and brought to safety and nothing happened to 11,000 LTTE fighters -” most of them are now rehabilitated and reintegrated into society -” that speaks volumes. ‚ 

‚ If this ritual of screening a paid documentary sponsored by sources that are kept in the dark before foreign parliaments and even UN, gives the nod of acceptability why do we need to appoint learned people for roles and have local or international courts with internationally accepted benchmarks for judgements? Moreover, we knew Channel 4 would reveal a documentary close to CHOGM with Terrorist TV anchor Issipriya becoming the focus of the latest release. If we are to accept for argument sake that this is an authentic clipping we would next like to have answered why Channel 4, its director and the sponsors of the documentary kept this video for 3 years without releasing it if justice and not commercial and political mileage was being sought? Why did they keep this to use only on occasions specifically targeting the Government of Sri Lanka?

‚ Is this not why the Channel 4 documentaries are being screened across the world, its director sheds crocodile tears and the whole gang are invited for roundtable talks by Human Rights Organizations that invites ONLY LTTE apologists as panel members?‚ 

‚ What needs to be categorically said is that to have dead bodies -” there must first be people. For there to be people they must have names, therefore anyone making allegations must first come with a list of 120,000 names or even 40,000 names and not simply throw numbers into the air.

‚ Next is a Government elected by people is not answerable to a private channel that produces documentaries on sponsorships and funds. No Government or even citizens of Sri Lanka need to respond to any allegations that a private channel like the Channel 4 makes.

‚ If we are talking about victims -” victims starts from the very first person LTTE gunned and it is from the beginning that investigations should start not why the LTTE was killed because the LTTE chose death and it was the LTTE that opted to kill and no one else. That needs to be very clearly understood. LTTE took to guns, LTTE killed scores of people mostly civilians including Tamils and it is these crimes that were never taken up by the very parties that are now suddenly producing the red card. Why did they sit silent watching innocent Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims be killed by the LTTE over 3 decades and why are they now coming to action after the LTTE defeat is a question these international protagonists now need to answer.

‚ It is time these LTTE apologists started to answer some questions first.

‚ Whatever anyone says it was our BRAVE SOLDIERS who LIBERATED the Tamil people from the LTTE. It was Sri Lanka that suffered 30 years of TERRORISM, it was TERRORISTS who were defeated in May 2009 (not Tamils).

‚ Therefore on what grounds have we accepted the notion of reconciliation? Why do we need reconciliation when we fought a war with Terrorists and Terrorists are no lambs. They have no qualms about taking lives of others – who says Terrorists need to be given preferential treatment?‚ 

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What a bleeding heart and compassionate soul we have in Karunanidhi!

November 5th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

-Ëœ”We have been left wailing” over Britain-â„¢s Channel 4 video that shows a group of soldiers surrounding a half-naked Tamil lady,” DMK chief M Karunanidhi said-â„¢. That is how some Indian media, quoted by those in Sri Lanka, refer to Karunanidhi-â„¢s -Ëœdesperation-â„¢ after Channel 4 of the UK aired its reportedly fake video.

The report on the wailing by the long-past-the-sell-by-date gentleman (and obviously his ilk) raises many pertinent issues that need the attention of the discerning reader.

First and foremost, if the allegations made by the Channel 4 team are proved -beyond any reasonable doubt – the Sri Lanka government should deal with the guilty as provided by the laws of Sri Lanka.

A second point is that all these fantastic videos produced by Channel 4 surface when there is a major international event. Channel 4 produced one under the title -Sri Lanka-â„¢s Killing Fields- and took all possible measures to give the widest possible publicity to it in 2012 and 2013 when the UN was having its annual Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva. And, now when Sri Lanka is poised to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) in Colombo this month (November), Channel 4 is going -full steam ahead- to get the maximum publicity to its latest masterpiece that purportedly is evidence of a harmless Tamil woman who had been tortured and killed by Sri Lanka-â„¢s armed forces. Clearly Channel 4 did not want to miss the fabulous opportunity of getting the maximum mileage at the expense of the much-maligned Sri Lanka. The question that comes to the mind of many a reader is why Channel 4 waited for four years to broadcast its cinematic offering when the LTTE military defeat was completed on 19 May 2009.

A third point worth mentioning is that the Channel 4-â„¢s -Killing Fields-, the makers of which have even been nominated by LTTE propagandists for an Oscar, is clearly a fake. The writer is no expert in analysing TV and video recordings, but those who are in the know such as Siri Hewawitharana, internationally renowned expert in broadcast video systems and Executive Director of IPTV Systems, Australia has shown the inconsistencies between the visuals and the audios of the video of the -Ëœcaptured LTTE cadres-â„¢ being shot by Sri Lanka-â„¢s armed forces. The complexions of the victims, whose faces or names are not divulged at any stage, appear more like that of the fair-skinned Sinhala (soldiers) rather than that of the dark-skinned Tamils. The alleged Sri Lanka soldiers wear flip flops, whereas this type of foot ware is not part of the regulation issue to the armed forces. More importantly, the original videos have the killers speaking in the Tamil language, the language of the LTTE, but the version that has been doing the rounds all over the world has the shooters ‚ speaking in Sinhalese, naturally to apportion blame the Sinhala soldiers.

The point of the highest interest is the story of the TV presenter Isapriya killed by the soldiers of Sri Lanka-â„¢s armed forces. She was a so-called lieutenant colonel of the LTTE, and there are many photos of this woman wearing the LTTE fatigues, which support the position that she apparently held in the LTTE. But for the LTTE rump and Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu she was an innocent woman, who would not hurt a fly, dishing out news.

Karunanidhi should stop wailing over what has allegedly occurred in Sri Lanka, If there is any energy left in his aged body and functioning grey matter in his senile brain, there are enough problems in Tamil Nadu over which he should devote his hours when he is awake (not -Ëœnidhi-â„¢).

As long as Tamils who emigrated to the most affluent countries in the world -” but not to Tamil Nadu that is located a mere 30 kilometres from Sri Lanka -” saying that they were discriminated in Sri Lanka and corrupt politicians in the West who want to solicit their support are there, Sri Lanka will continue to be bombarded with allegations of human rights, murder of Tamils and rape and murder of Tamil women.

Sri Lanka is left with only one option. Endeavouring to respond to the allegations does not work. The country has to be proactive and should launch a massive and robust publicity campaign to tell the rest of the world the truth: the fact that Sri Lanka-â„¢s armed forces rescued almost 300,000 Tamils from the clutches of the LTTE in the final stages of the war or that tens of thousands of innocent civilians of all ethnic groups were massacred by the LTTE is rarely mentioned by any of the human rights protagonists. All that seemed to have happened is human rights violations (by the armed forces) in the last stages of the war!

 

PRE- CHOGM REFLECTIONS FOR -ËœSOUL SEARCHING-â„¢ BY INDIA

November 5th, 2013

Nihal Pathirana – Former Deputy Director Geological Survey Department.

We in Sri Lanka were pleased to hear of the ‚ -ËœTimes of India-â„¢ report ‚ that ‚ India has resolved its ‚ differences with China. India has signed nine agreements with China, including pacts on border cooperation and on sharing of trans-border rivers. The agreements on border defence will boost communication between the two sides about manoeuvres along the frontier, jointly combat smuggling there and assist each other in locating people who may have strayed across the line.

“We have agreed that peace and tranquillity on border must be the foundation of growth in the relationship between the two countries. We have decided to institutionalize greater exchanges between the armed forces of India and China ,” Man Mohan Singh said. He further added that the agreement on Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) will add to “existing instruments to establish peace and tranquillity on the borders of the line of control. ‚ ‚ ‚ Li ‚ said that Wednesday’s meeting will “inject new momentum and vitality into the China-India relations

This will be great news for CHOGM to be held in November in Colombo and augurs well for the peace in the region as well for global peace. We are conscious that many irritations eventually leading to conflicts between countries have their origin in border issues.‚  This is the opportune time for India, in the same sober spirit,‚  to revisit some of the issues it has with the neighbour Sri Lanka.‚  We appreciate that in times of elections some‚  political moves are taken by governments to please certain elements. But countries should have mature long term foreign policies based on mutual respect to sovereignty of other countries.

India should appreciate that Sri Lanka went through a 30 year struggle with the fierce separate terrorists who also took away a valuable life of a great Indian leader. Some Indian political analysts showed that the terrorists were a threat to India-â„¢s internal territorial integrity as much as to Sri lanka. They were ‚ aware of the insidious plans to tear apart India and that LTTE terrorists would have served as a powerful instrument to achieve that end. They were also mindful that the desire for Tamil Nadu to break away as a separate state at the time of India-â„¢s independence has not completely‚  died down.

The 13th amendment which was virtually forced down Sri Lanka-â„¢s Parliament contained some obnoxious provisions, the details of which cannot be discussed in a brief note like this . Suffice it to refer to the provision relating to land which gives virtual ownership to the provincial council. Fortunately for the sovereignty of the country, the Supreme Court comprising of some eminent Tamil judges ruled that the central government has the ownership and rights of the land in all parts of the country.

Even today tensions are created by India ‚ ‚ by allowing Tamil Nadu State fisherman to poach in the Sri lanka waters. If they are genuinely concerned about Tamils in Sri lanka, they must realize that they are depriving the livelihood of Tamil fishermen by encouraging such encroachments.‚  There are reports in India-â„¢s news papers that the assets are best shared between Tamil Nadu and Sri lankan fishermen. ‚ ‚ ‚ Where in the world are the boundaries of countries ‚ ‚ being shared by individuals?. ‚ As a signatory to international conventions, India should respect the international maritime boundary. The ‚ daily transgression of South Indian trawlers contravenes the bilateral Maritime Agreement signed between Sri Lanka and India in 1974 and disregards Sri Lanka -â„¢s concerns for the sustainable management of marine resources. Moreover, bottom trawling used by South India trawlers destroy Sri Lanka -â„¢s marine resources and damage the marine ecosystem. Bottom trawling is an extremely destructive and enormously wasteful form of fishing, banned by the Fisheries Ministry of Sri Lanka. The loss incurred by Srilanka due to poaching by Tamil Nadu fisherman in Sri lanka waters has been estimated at over us$ 750 million annually ‚ as stated by Mr. Roshan Fernando the chairman of the Exporters Association when he met the Fisheries minister Mr. Rajitha Senaratne‚ 

In recent times we had caved in substantially in respect‚  our relationship with India, with a view to maintaining good relations with our neighbor. ‚ We have ‚ ‚ allowed embassies to be established all over the country. ‚ including future strategic points like Hambatoota. We have given a place to locate the Sampur Power plant knowing well that the scale weighed in favour of India. Unlike all similar projects which we eventually own at the end of an stipulated period,‚  thereis no such provision in the sampur agreement. We have‚  given oil Tanks in ‚ Trincomalee ‚ to an Indian oil company. Indian business is thriving and expanding in our land.‚  There should be reciprocation to such good gestures.

We can never have a antagonistic mindset against India because for us it is land of birth of Lord Buddha. It is the land from which we got the greatest treasure -” Buddhism. However in the same breath we have fiercely fought through millennia for our territorial integrity. We have a history of taking on mighty empires and repelling many invasions. That resilience is still in our blood. Few nations would have survived a 30 year bloody conflict with a terrorist group that had the backing of powerful states.‚  It cost us many lives.‚  Bur we have come out unscathed not only economically‚  and socially but psychologically as well.‚  We have-â„¢nt lost‚  our spirit.

As much as we aspire to maintain good relations with India, we will continue‚  our cordial relationships with China. We recall‚  the‚  helping hand that China gave to us from the time of the rice rubber pact in 1950s. The mega investments with Chinese assistance will bring enormous benefits to present and future generations.‚  A grateful Sri Lanka thinks of China as a great friend‚  who stood by its side in times of a seeming crisis at the recent UN Human‚  Rights meeting.

‚ It is a fitting tribute to China that we hold the CHOGM conference in the‚  Bandaranaike international Conference Hall, which was gift of goodwill by China ,to be remembered with great gratitude‚  for long years to come.

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-India’s foreign policy is defined also by values very dear to the Indian people-, says PM of India

November 5th, 2013

‚ Asada M Erpini

A media report dated 04 November quotes the Indian Prime Minister as having said, -India’s foreign policy is not defined merely by its interests, but also by the values which are very dear to the Indian people-. That certainly is a profound truth and the gentleman needs to be applauded by all, provided that this is a genuine sentiment and stance.

But when one reads the background to the pronouncement and the statements attributed to the Minister of State and the Environment Minister in the same report, a completely different picture emerges. It is not the values of the Indian people that determines India-â„¢s foreign policy, but, at least as far as the current indecision of the Indian PM vis a vis CHOGM is concerned, it is the vociferous anti-Sri Lanka elements in Tamil Nadu that determine the direction in which India should go. It is a pity that the federal government in New Delhi, representing 1.2 billion individuals has allowed itself to be blackmailed by a handful that claims to be the guardians of approximately 72 million in Tamil Nadu.

The PM of India can arrive at whatever decision that he wishes and go by it and any that is advocated by his foreign policy advisers. For the past thirty years Sri Lanka was at the receiving end of the horrendous actions of a bunch of ruthless terrorists, nurtured, financed and trained by India, which caused unimaginable havoc in the once-peaceful island nation. Whether the PM of India attends CHOGM is immaterial to all peace-loving Sri Lankans: all that they would ask for is for Sri Lanka to be left alone so that it can carry on doing what is best for its citizens.

 

Pan Africanism Vs International Criminal Court

November 5th, 2013

by Amadi Ajamu

‚ The International Criminal Court has made it its mission to depose African leaders who have dared to move their nations towards greater political and economic sovereignty. Western financiers have manufactured an international judicial policy of destabilization and recolonization in order to gain control‚ of‚ Africa’s human and natural resources.
So far, the ICC has eight African nations under investigation: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda, Sudan, Republic of Kenya, Libya Arab Jamahiriya, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, and Mali.
At the same time, western nations have accelerated‚ their vicious assault on African nations on the continent and in the Diaspora with impunity.
The United States overthrow and kidnapping of Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristede; NATO forces assault on Libya and the assassination of President Muammar Gaddafi; French military intervention resulting in the capture and arrest of Cote d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo; French military intervention in Mali; US, UK, Canada, France etc. deadly economic sanctions imposed on the Republic of Zimbabwe; and the institutional racism inside the United States inflicted upon its Black population are just a few of the heinous crimes they’ve committed.
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The New York based Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee delegation, led by the December 12th Movement and the International Association Against Torture travelled to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, to deliver their own communication against United States, Britain, France, Canada, Italy and NATO for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by these nations.
The communication was delivered on June 18, 2011, to The Office of the Prosecutor, the first day of work for the‚ new‚ Prosecutor, Mrs. Fatou Bensouda of The Gambia. Attorneys Roger S. Wareham (US) and David Commissong (Barbados) requested a meeting with her, to no avail.
Nevertheless, the communication awaits the ICC’s investigation and indictment of these western nations whose war crimes and atrocities are world renowned.
-We are crystal clear that this court is a weapon for western nations. A weapon of mass destruction when you examine all of its ramifications. We dared to take these criminals before their own court to prove its illegitimacy,- stated Attorney Wareham.
-The Rome Statute that so many African nations signed on to was -unsigned- by the United States and Israel in 2002, both citing infringement on their national sovereignty.‚ ‚ Yet the US is still a principal player in ICC policy.
We hope our effort‚ in the ICC‚ will‚ catalyze an international‚ campaign for Pan African unity and development,”‚ Wareham concluded.
‚ When Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was indicted in 2008, several African states, including Comoros, Djibouti, and Senegal called on African states parties to withdraw en masse from the Rome Statute in protest that the Court targets Africa.
The sword of national sovereignty and the shield of Pan Africanism are the only defense to the International Criminal Court’s relentless onslaught on African leadership. One by one, the Western nations intervene in the internal affairs of African‚ nations. These acts‚ ‚ must end. Pan Africanism or perish.

UK-â„¢s tough message to Sri Lanka

November 5th, 2013

By Neville Ladduwahetty

November 5, 2013, 12:00 pm
At a media meeting with Myanmar-â„¢s Aung San Suu Kyi, Britain-â„¢s Prime Minister David Cameron is reported to have stated that he plans to have:”some very tough conversations with the Sri Lankan government-¦ I-Ëœm not happy with what they-â„¢ve done following the conflict and we-â„¢ll have some very frank conversations to make those points” (Daily Mirror, October 31, 2013). This was followed up by UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Hugo Swire in a statement to the House of Commons where he had said: “When visiting Sri Lanka for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) we will take a tough message to the Sri Lankan Government that they need to make concrete progress on human rights, reconciliation and political settlement” (Daily Mirror, November 2, 2013). Continuing, the report stated: “During the CHOGM the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and I will see the situation on the ground in Sri Lanka and deliver clear massages to the Sri Lankan Government that concrete progress is needed on human rights” (Ibid).

It is apparent from the foregoing that the British government has already made up its mind on the situation in Sri Lanka long before its representatives “see the situation on the ground”. The need to indulge in tough talk without the need for a prior first- hand assessment as a matter of curtsey and for giving the benefit of doubt, is obviously motivated by compulsions of domestic politics back home. It is shameful that democracy today has deteriorated to such abysmal levels where the need to harvest votes at any cost has compelled political parties to indulge in practices where diplomatic restraint and the need to give the other side a “sporting chance” is sacrificed for political gain, even at a cost to a country-â„¢s national interests and in the case of U.K., to its special role as the originator of the very concept of the Commonwealth and its ideals.

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INFLUENCE of PAROCHIAL INTERESTS

The Conservatives and Labour parties have been the victims of Tamil diaspora influence by way of votes and money. The current balance between these two parties is so tenuous that every influence counts. It is this background that has compelled successive U.K. Governments to cater to parochial interests of the Tamil diaspora in order to finance election campaigns even if their vote banks are relatively insignificant. However, this dynamic could change if Scotland votes for independence and Scottish Labour ceases to be represented in the British Parliament. Such an outcome would alter the current balance between the Conservatives and Labour in favour of the Conservatives in an English Parliament; a situation that would free England to pursue its politics without the need to engage in tough talk to placate puerile interests of new immigrants at the expense of the interests of the hosts.

In the case of India, these compulsions have reached such proportions that she is prepared to sacrifice the larger geopolitical and strategic interests as a regional power of the whole Indian nation in order to harvest the Tamil Nadu votes judging from its uncertainty as to its participation at the forthcoming CHOGM. The dilemma faced by India is how to balance participation in the CHOGM proceedings without jeopardizing its national interests while also showcasing its participation in a manner that reflects disapproval of the current regime in Sri Lanka in a manner that would satisfy the pretentious politics of the Tamil Nadu politician who by day vociferously express their concern for the Tamils of Sri Lanka and by night rob them of their livelihood by poaching in Sri Lanka-â„¢s territorial waters.

The Prime Minister of Canada on the other hand has decided not to participate in the CHOGM, despite the fact that Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth, due to pressures and influences brought to bear by the Tamil diaspora in Canada. Under the circumstances, nonparticipation is tantamount to snub Canada-â„¢s own Head of State and Head of an institution that is meant to be a carryover of the former British Empire. If the reason for nonparticipation is because Sri Lanka is the venue and as an expression of disapproval of the current regime, Canada-â„¢s decision would make sense if she decides to leave the Commonwealth at least until so long as Sri Lanka-â„¢s President and Head of State is its Chairman for the next two years.

The need for the formation of coalition governments is what projects parochial influences to the forefront. If parochial compulsions are to determine whether or not to participate in the forthcoming CHOGM, would their absence not amount to undermining opportunities to revisit the goals and objectives of the Commonwealth and modify them to fit present circumstances? If the reason for tough talk or non-participation is due to the state of human rights in Sri Lanka, objective introspection would reveal that the state of affairs in Sri Lanka is not that different to what exists in former colonies in Asia and Africa. The common thread that binds former colonies is the struggle to cope with the legacies left behind by colonial powers such as Britain. Ironically, the very pressures successive U.K. Governments are experiencing in its domestic politics is from a remnant of this very legacy -” the Tamil diaspora.

COLONIAL and other LEGACIES

Sri Lanka-â„¢s national question is a legacy of the policy of “Divide and Rule” where influential ethno-religious and socio-religious minorities were artificially created and majorities were marginalized. This policy was common to most of the former colonies in Asia and Africa and further compounded by arbitrary boundaries that even today assign the same tribe to separate countries in Africa. What has taken root over centuries is expected to be corrected in decades while maintaining high standards of Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law. While it is the desire of former colonies to live by these ideals for their own sake and in a form that best suits their respective cultures, the situation on the ground reflect the pitfalls experienced on their journey which often end up in violence of a sort that did not exist prior to the arrival of the colonizers.

There has to be accountability for the past. And it cannot be in the form of tough messages whether by Britain or by India. What Sri Lanka is struggling with is how to rebalance the aspirations of emerging generations with fresh priorities while being compelled to be governed by a political legacy in the form of the 13th Amendment imposed by India. Just as much as Britain wants to talk tough, India insists that Sri Lanka implement the 13th Amendment following intervention in Sri Lanka-â„¢s internal affairs in violation of International instruments to which they shamelessly subscribe. Notwithstanding the fact the 13th Amendment is not acceptable to the overwhelming majority in Sri Lanka the sticking point for India is still, according to The Indian Express is for the “implementation of the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution for equal rights to Tamil citizens” (Sunday Island, November 3, 2013).

Since the Northern Provincial Council is empowered to exercise all the powers devolved under the 13th Amendment to the same degree as exercised by the other 8 Provincial Councils -” no more no less, it is beyond comprehension how India could possibly maintain that Tamil citizens DO NOT have equal rights with the rest. The only explanation for the prevailing misguided impression has to be either ignorance, or as victims of misinformation perpetrated by parties interested in discrediting Sri Lanka. Whatever the case may be, compelling whole populations to live under a political arrangement that is not of their free choosing is not only undemocratic, but also morally wrong because it violates the universally recognized right of national self-determination of a whole Peoples.

CONCLUSION

The Commonwealth is supposed to uphold values of Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law. The situation in respect of these values has to vary considerably from time to time among its 53 members. Consequently, assessments are often driven by compulsions based on political expediencies. In the case of U.K., India and Canada such expediencies are driven by parochial influences of minorities at the expense of the national interests of the national majorities in their countries. The reality on the ground is an erosion of representative Democracy.

Considering the traumas of centuries old legacies left behind as a result of the injustices perpetrated by colonial policies of divide and rule where artificially created minorities were privileged and majorities marginalized, where crimes against humanity that included slavery were committed during their colonial rule, the situation in former colonies reflects the struggles they undergo and the challenges they have to overcome, often at great cost in blood and treasure to correct the wrongs perpetrated by their colonizers.

Under the circumstances, the forthcoming CHOGM should be an occasion to acknowledge that any deficits in respect of Democracy and/or Human Rights needs to be a shared responsibility between former colonies and their colonizers because the present is not free of the past. In the case of Canada, Australia and New Zeeland CHOGM should be an occasion to acknowledge the crimes they have committed against the Indigenous Peoples in their respective countries. Similarly, India should be held accountable for compelling a whole nation to live under a political system thrust on Sri Lanka by force to satisfy the parochial interests of Tamil Nadu; one of India-â„¢s coalition partners in Congress. Only then would CHOGM become an occasion for catharsis, healing and reconciliation so necessary in many members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

CHOGM IS A PUZZLE IN THE AMERICAN MIND

November 4th, 2013

By Shelton A. Gunaratne*

‚ The insular American press has ignored the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting‚  (CHOGM), scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka from Nov. 15-17. It comprises 53 independent countries (with a total population of 2.25 billion occupying almost one-third of the world-â„¢s land area) that were once British colonies.

I wrote this column to point out that this omission reflects a serious flaw in the news judgment of the American media establishment and the hired journalists who filter the news that-â„¢s -fit to print.-

Before I substantiate this thesis, let me introduce some basic facts about CHOGM to allow the reader to assess the magnitude of the flaw.‚ 

The origin of CHOGM was in The First Colonial Conference of 1887. The subsequent periodic meetings were identified as Imperial Conferences from 1907 onwards. With the de jure end of colonialism, the countries realized the need to adopt new terminology that reflected the changed international political structure. Thus, the 17 top-level meetings held from 1944 to 1969 were called British Commonwealth Prime Ministers-â„¢ Conferences.

This nomenclature was inadequate to describe the new phase of the Commonwealth in which Britain relinquished its leadership role to be a coequal with other member nations, which assumed diverse political structures headed by presidents, prime ministers, monarchs, and military chiefs. The term CHOGM (wherein HOG stands for head of government) solved the problem.

‚ Although the biennial CHOGM has gathered 22 times since 1971, hardly a small fraction of Americans knows anything about it because the elite press of the country (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today), as well as the non-elite press (e.g., The Forum of Fargo, N.D; the Grand Forks, N.D., Herald) has failed to report on any of the CHOGM meetings. If you think I am exaggerating, do a Google search.

Now, I shall give the reasons for adducing my thesis:

First, the exclusion of CHOGM as a process or event ignores all the news values journalists learn in American textbooks and journalism schools (i.e., impact/ importance, timeliness, prominence, proximity, conflict, currency and necessity).

The American media establishment seems to believe that these news values apply only to the reporting of the Western and the affluent world. They appear to think that reporting about the conflict over human rights in Sri Lanka, the Canadian prime minister-â„¢s decision to boycott the conference over this issue and the immense pressure of Tamil Nadu on the Indian prime minister also not to attend would not benefit but merely bore the American media consumer.

Second, the American media establishment conscientiously underestimates the impact of international organizations dominated by developing nations without the guiding presence of the United States, which they believe to be the primus inter pares (first among equals) of the world.‚  The inclusion of Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand does not make much of a difference.

Third, the American media establishment does not see any resemblance between its colonial experiences under British hegemony and those of the developing countries under the same hegemonists. They think that Britain was instrumental in -civilizing- the barbarians of Asia, Africa and the Americas whereas the Europeans who immigrated to America were superior to the imperial British.‚  Therefore, the reporting of CHOGM and the grievances of the participating -natives- would not benefit the American media consumer.

Fourth, the American media establishment is very good at preaching media ethics, freedom and responsibility while breaching these principles unabashedly in every day practice. Its biases in reporting the Middle East conflicts, its failure to give voice to all points of view, its reversal to sensationalism at the expense of social responsibility, its allegiance to capitalism and vastly unequal wealth distribution, and its refusal to view the poor countries as the victims of exploitation by the manipulative financial capitalists are some of the many reasons for the omission of reporting CHOGM-related processes and events.

Finally, the American press seems to have placed the responsibility of unfolding foreign news to the American public on the World Wide Web and the Internet. Yet, it has to ask itself how the American media consumer could sort out what to read from the plethora of news output spewed out by their smart phones and desktops without the initial orientation to news selection by their local or national rags.

-30-*The writer is a professor of mass communication emeritus and the author of a recent autobiographical trilogy titled From Village Boy to Global Citizen. He lives in Moorhead, MN.

CHOGM a Club of old -friends- ?

November 4th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

‚ A club is defined as a formal association of people with similar interest.‚  Hence we could perhaps call the CHOGM a Club where the old Colonial Ruler and the leaders of its former colonies get together for a friendly pow-wow about each other and their concerns.‚  They have shed their Colonial garbs and meet as leaders of Sovereign States on equal terms.‚ 

‚ They meet as friends now‚  though‚  memory of the colonisation by the British is filled with hatred for the brutality‚  beyond‚  any comparison to -violation of human rights- with which it clamped the rebellions against colonial rule by the‚  native National leaders, who are still remembered by the people of these countries as heroes.

‚ That extreme ‚ brutality with which the Colonial rulers enforced their authority over the native population cannot be erased from the minds of the people however much they‚  Club out as friends.‚ 

‚ In addition to that is ‚ the modern idea of a -violation of human rights- with which‚  the former‚  Colonial British turned a Commonwealth member Nation,‚  and the members of the Commonwealth fraternity such as Canada, accuse Sri Lanka. It is an aberration of the whole purpose of being members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

‚ The different Nations of the Commonwealth having a grievance with any other Nation of the Commonwealth, ‚ should forget those grievances and give time for the people of the now‚  independent former Colonies to erase those ‚ memories of the past from their minds and make an effort to establish real acceptable political ‚ relationships ‚ for a meaning full ‚ existence of the Commonwealth of Nations.

‚ The members of the Commonwealth should evaluate concepts such as violation of human rights and examine the context in which it could be applied. Accusing any country for violation of human rights in the course of its fight against terrorism is not correct. Such cases should be ‚ taken out side the ambit of violation of human rights.‚ 

‚ Sri Lanka which suffered under terrorism for thirty years has, while ‚ making great human and material sacrifice eliminated terrorism, and at last breathes the air of peace and freedom and is going ahead with development of the country which had been neglected for over three decade.‚ 

‚ Is it now correct for the Nations that form the fraternity of the Commonwealth of Nations to accuse Sri Lanka for violation of human rights at the ‚ last phase of the ‚ elimination of terrorism- ‚ terrorism ‚ which for three decades almost on a daily basis had‚  been massacring its innocent people, assassinating and wounding‚  its ‚ Presidents, intellectuals, Ministers, Military Commanders,‚  officials, and so on ?

‚ Sri Lanka is ready to forget‚  the past and forge ahead contributing to the fraternity of the Commonwealth of Nations, provided the other members understand the situation of Sri Lanka and in the spirit of the unity of the Commonwealth of Nations discuss matters concerning her in a civilised manner, without adopting‚  low tac-tics merely to reach out to ill informed expatriate Tamils in return for their votes.

‚ The CHOGM is ‚ the meeting of the Head of Governments‚  belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations.‚  It is held once in every two years in different countries of the Commonwealth in rotation.‚  The first CHOGM was held in 1971 in Singapore .‚  There had been 21 such meetings so far.‚  The venue is selected on the invitation of a Member State.‚  There is nothing special in the selection of the country of the meeting.‚  This year the CHOGM is to be held in Sri Lanka.‚ 

‚ There is an unusual and‚  unseemly uproar about the event being held in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka had been one of the poor developing countries within the Commonwealth until now.‚  It had gone through an unprecedented upheaval‚  through ruthless terrorism introduced to it by a neighbouring Sate using the youth from‚  Sri Lanka-â„¢s Tamil Community, creating an ethnic bias. This ethnic bias ‚ continues to hamper Sri Lanka-â„¢s progress and development even after the elimination of‚  terrorism.

‚ It is this ethnic bias which has created present commotion with regard to the holding of the CHOGM in Sri Lanka.‚ ‚  CHOGM is only a normal event, but the elimination of the terrorism is being used by some interested parties as a discrimination by the Government against the ethnic Tamil Community to which the terrorists belonged. These anti Government Tamil population based ‚ in Countries abroad are forcing some Countries like Canada, India and even UK to boycott the CHOGM to be held in Sri Lanka.

‚ It is not in the spirit of the Commonwealth of Nations to uphold the voices coming from out side Sri Lanka against the participation in the CHOGM.‚  The venue for the holding of CHOGM is not selected for political, social or cultural reasons.‚  It is selected ‚ on an invitation extended by a Country of the Commonwealth, and accepted at the previous CHOGM.‚ ‚ 

‚ The last CHOGM was held in Australia, and it was then that the invitation to hold the next CHOGM in Sri Lanka was accepted.‚  The next venue for the CHOGM may probably be in Mauritius if the invitation is accepted at the CHOGM held in Colombo.‚  Therefore all the commotion that has been let loose in India , Canada, and UK‚  should not affect in any way the holding of the CHOGM in Sri Lanka.

The CHOGM‚  discusses issues such as , –¦. ‚ ‚ include international peace and security, democracy, climate change, multilateral trade issues, good governance, sustainable development, small states, debt management, education, environment, gender equality, health, human rights, information and communication technology, and youth affairs. -

It is said that, -After a formal opening ceremony and a formal Executive Session, the leaders meet privately in a -ËœRetreat-â„¢ setting. The atmosphere is informal, encouraging a full and frank exchange of views, and decisions are reached by consensus. -

They meet in CHOGM‚  to discuss matters affecting each other. They discuss how their relations could be improved and in what different ways the problems of one country‚  could be settled‚  by help and support from the others.

Therefore, in CHOGM there are no fist cuffs, bashes and brawls. It is not a‚  tribunal or an unfriendly get together where they accuse each other and‚  chose‚  winners or losers.‚ ‚  Nor do they behave like a pack of hyaenas‚  growling and snapping at each other over an animal carcass.

CHOGM helps to keep the Commonwealth of Nations together. They speak the same language, therefore‚  they can make each other understand, and better understanding brings better relationships.‚  At CHOGM they‚  discuss political , economic, cultural or‚  social matters in different ways and find remedies to problems.‚ 

They do that to help each other as ‚ Members of the Commonwealth of Nations and not to please outsiders, or win elections. Therefore both Canada and India should‚  attend the CHOGM as members of the Commonwealth, to discuss problems and offer solutions.‚  Their political problems are not the concern of the CHOGM.

Both India and Canada should learn to separate their internal political problems, from their affiliations with the Commonwealth of Nations, and attend the CHOGM at least through respect to the participating Nations of the Commonwealth.

4thOPEN LETTER TO C.V.VIGNESWARAN A GOOD JUDGE DOES NOT SIT ON HIS BRAIN

November 4th, 2013

By Stanley Perera, Melbourne

A good judge does not sit on his brain, but a good judge may sit on a case.‚  Then what kind of a judge is Vigneswaran?‚  It is up to the reader to decide and judge what kind of a judge is Vigneswaran judging by his behaviour and utterances.

A good judge does not utter anything that is useless or anything to upset anybody.‚  Then what kind of a judge is Vigneswaran?‚  Vigneswaran is a dumb judge who utters things that upset patriotic Sri Lankans.‚  Vigneswaran says that he will join with Tamil Nadoo to win his demands.‚  If a fool keeps his mouth shut everybody will doubt whether he is a fool or not.‚  Vigneswaran has opened his mouth and cleared all the doubts and proved himself a fool.‚  A good judge also does not open his mouth too often.

A good judge is the one who does not associate with the people who are of low morale and below dignity.‚  Tamil Nadoo-â„¢s Jayalalitha was kept as a mistress by late MGR.‚  Such a woman cannot be one who should be respected.‚  Karunanidhi, Vaiko, Nedumaran and Seman are un-educated bunch of thugs, who have racist ideas against Sri Lanka.‚  These Tamil Nadoos supported and are supporting the Terrorism in Sri Lanka.‚  Therefore they cannot be people of any substance.

‚  Vigneswaran is practising the Tamil Nadoo racist ideology and harbouring the racial tension amongst Sri Lankans.‚  BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.‚  If such slogans are uttered in an Arabic country, he will be flogged to death.‚  If that was uttered in Russia or China, Vigneswaran will be shot in his family jewels.‚ 

THIS MAD JUDGE CAN DO IT ONLY IN SRI LANKA AND STILL CALLING FOR HIS FREEDOM OF SPEECH.‚  THE WRITER IS CHALLENGING VIGNESWARAN TO SPELL OUT WHAT HIS GRIEVANCES ARE.‚  THE MAN IS DUTY BOUND TO TELL ALL SRI LANKANS WHAT HIS GRIEVANCES ARE.‚  WITHOUT TELLING THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA AT ALL WHAT THIS MAD JUDGE IS TALKING OF.‚ 

The man has been told by the Supreme Court where Vigneswaran was a judge that land powers are not meant for the PCs.‚  The President Rajapakse has said in public that Police powers are never to be given to the PCs.‚  Still this mad judge is saying that he will enforce the 13A fully.‚  What a bloody idiot he is?‚  The man thinks he is the President of Sri Lanka.‚  He does not know what his duties and responsibilities are as the Chief Minister under the Governor of North.‚  At this rate Vigneswaran is going, very soon he will run out of steam.

The man does not know where to stop.‚  In his vocabulary there is no sense of reconciliation or peaceful coexistence with the other communities.‚  So far, since becoming the CM, it is all confrontational politics that this mad judge is practicing.‚  It is important to Vigneswaran to know what happened to Perumal.‚  Soon this mad man will undergo Perumal-â„¢s fate.‚ 

Just two massacres for PM Cameron-â„¢s consideration

November 4th, 2013

Durand Appuhamy Negombo‚  Courtesy Island

November 4, 2013, 12:00 pm

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Given the unending torrent of unsubstantiated accusation against our security forces and the abuse resorted to against the good name of our country by the British government and some of the British Parliamentarians-”a few of whom are alleged to be in the pay of the foreign LTTE-”I regard it appropriate to resurrect just two, out of many, massacres committed by the colonial British on the Kandyan freedom fighters. I offer no comment as I have dealt with them in my two books, viz. THE REBELS, OUTLAWS AND ENEMIES TO THE BRITISH and THE KANDYANS-â„¢ LAST STAND AGAINST THE BRITISH. Here they are:-

In an order signed by Deputy Assistant Adjutant General attributed to Governor Brownrigg dated 6th January 1818 one finds a massacre in a mountain cave near Madulla. “The number of about fifty men were in the cave, while the captain proceeded with the remainder of his brave soldiers to the front. The alarm was given within, the inhabitants set up a hideous yell (probably don-â„¢t shoot!) and rushed from the cavern. Twenty of them were killed by our troops and the remainder precipitated themselves down the steep declivity of the mountain, by which they must have severely suffered. In the darkness that prevailed, one woman and child were also unfortunately killed” (CO/54/70 Letter by Brownrigg to Bathurst, 30th Jan. 1818).

Lt. Henderson actively participated in the military campaign against Matale Kandyans in 1848. He admitted to the slaughter of Kandyans not only in his book but also when he appeared before UK-â„¢s House of Commons Committee on Ceylon 1849. The quotation is from his book, THE HISTORY OF REBELLION IN CEYLON P.24 et passim. The quotation refers to the massacre of Kandyans at Wariyapola coffee estate where he was one of the slaughterers of the Kandyans.

“The Kandyans who stood under the jack tree were panic struck. They stood with their guns in their hand without attempting to fire on us or fly. Had the rifle-men been led up in a soldier-likeway, and formed in front of the rebels, the latter on being summoned, would have at once surrendered and no lives would have been lost. However, this was not done. The first Riflemen who came up began firing into the body of the Kandyans. These did not appear to resist. The Malays now used their bayonets and krises, one who stood near me plunging the whole blade of the latter weapon into the chest of the Kandyan, till his hand rested on the chest of the man. Of all those Kandyans who stood under the tree, few or none escaped unwounded and most of them probably mortally. I think I am pretty accurate in stating that the panic-struck mob under the large tree did not use their fire-arms”. The official report mentioned the death of only a few Kandyans. But Governor Torrington had to admit the truth to Colonial Secretary Grey in London that ” it has since been ascertained that the total number killed and wounded amounted to little more than two hundred” (CO/54/250 Torrington to Grey 14th Aug. 1848)

However late it may be, the victims of those massacres deserve atonement and retribution especially from British politicians flaunting selective “tough talking” on Human Rights to humiliate Sri Lanka. Is there any compassion left in the still colonialist mind-set of these politicians? Your comments, please Prime Minister Cameron, on the above massacres by your ancestors.

Durand Appuhamy

Negombo

UK minister turned GTF policy advisor in CHOGM sabotage bid

November 4th, 2013

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island

November 3, 2013, 10:21 pm

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Joan Marie

Former British Labour Party Member of Parliament Joan Marie Ryan, on behalf of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), has thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for backing its ongoing efforts to prevent Indian participation at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka.

She represented Enfield North between 1997 and 2010. Ryan, is a former minister as well as UK-â„¢s Special Envoy to Cyprus, has written to Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalithaa in her capacity as the GTF policy advisor. The Oct. 25 dated letter has been jointly endorsed by Ryan and GTF President, Rev. Dr. S. J. Emmanuel.

The GTF dispatched the letter to CM Jayalalithaa in the wake of the Tamil Nadu assembly passing a resolution that the central government of India should boycott the summit. GTF spokesperson, Suren Surendiram made available a copy of the letter to The Island.
Expressing -Ëœsincere thanks-â„¢ for the resolution, Dr. Emmanuel and Ryan have said: “The support shown by you and the Assembly for truth, accountability, justice and human rights in Sri Lanka is most welcome, as is the commitment displayed to the fundamental principles of the Commonwealth. Your actions have been an eloquent expression of the solidarity of Tamil Nadu with the on-going Tamil struggle for an honourable existence in Sri Lanka.”

The duo claimed that Canada and the British Labour Party, too, supported the GTF efforts to deter Commonwealth member states from attending the Colombo summit. The GTF has also urged Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC) Gwede Mantashe to take up the Commonwealth issue with the South African government. Interestingly, the letter dated Oct. 25 sent to Mantashe has been signed only by Dr. Emmanuel.
External Affairs Ministry sources told The Island that the GTF and the British Tamil Forum (BTF) had been able to secure the support of several sitting MPs as well as those voted out of parliament.

A STORY UNTOLD

November 4th, 2013

By. Dr. Nishan Wijesinha (Specialist Consultant) MIS Services, St. Anthony-â„¢s Road, Colombo

Reminiscing the ‚ memories foretold of my great grand father Mudaliya Louis Corneille Wijesinha, who was and the first national scholar to translate the world famous Mahavansa from Pali to English; was a close associate to D.M. Rajapakse who was a State Councillor for Hambantota in the 1930s; and Danister Serasinghe, a reputed lawyer of the imperial era; from the Beliatta constituency.

It was one of their visions that Hambantota could be made the commercial hub of sea and air transportation and the hydropower giant to aid all of then Ceylon by extending the gallant Lunugamwehera tank from the point of south to connect with Tissa wewa. by expanding the Lunugamwehera tank from the point of its south to connect with Tissa Wewa; and the Yoda Wewa. The latter being still to be implemented will be the sole solution for the Islands shortage of Electricity.

These ideologies were upheld by the Rajapakse family and were carried on to Mahinda Rajapakse who took over as the SlFP candidate for Beliatta constituency and was then elected to Parliament in 1970 as the youngest Member of Parliament at the age of twenty four. He now-â„¢ as the Executive President of the entirety of the Republic has bravely upheld the development to the nation through these visionary aristocracies of the past.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout on the official visit to Sri Lanka on November 6-7, 2013

November 4th, 2013

PRESS RELEASE-Embassy of the Czech Republic

After meeting his counterpart Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris in New York in September 2013, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout will be visiting Sri Lanka on November 6-7, 2013 during the regional visit to South Asia in order to deepen the bilateral dialogue and support the business cooperation.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout will be visiting Sri Lanka accompanied by the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Jiri Balvin, Deputy Minister of Environment H.E. Mr. Tomas Tesar, representatives of Czech Senate, powerful business delegation, representatives of the Czech film industry, Prague Zoo and journalists from Czech Public TV and Czech Public Radio.

On the agenda of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout are meetings with various Sri Lankan ministers and officials with whom he will discuss aspects of future bilateral cooperation. Primarily, H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout will meet Minister of External Affairs Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, who visited the Czech Republic in March 2011. Both Ministers intend to establish the regular political dialogue on the highest level, which would be vital for further enhancing mutual cooperation in various fields. Czech delegation will further meet Minister of Economic Development Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Environment Hon. Sushil Premajayantha, Minister of Petroleum Industries Hon. A.P. Yapa, Minister of Energy Hon. Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Minister of Sugar Industry L.P.J. Senewiratne. H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout is also supposed to meet Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, and Hon. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

There will be included over 20 companies in H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout-â„¢s delegation, representing the sectors of energy and renewable energy, engineering, sugar industry, civil aviation, banking or real estates. The -¾Czech -” Sri Lankan Business Forum-, inaugurated jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout and Minister of Industry and Trade of Sri Lanka Hon. Abdul R. Bathiudeen, will take place in the premises of National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka on November 6. During the Business Forum, Memorandum of Understanding between the Czech Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka will be signed, enabling exchange on business opportunities in both countries.

Following the successful exchange of animals in autumn 2012, when Government of Sri Lanka generously gifted to the Czech Republic a pair of elephants in the exchange of other rare animals. The Czech Republic would like to continue in this mutually enriching cooperation. In this regard, the Memorandum of Understanding on the exchange of rare species of animals will be signed between the Prague Zoo and Department of Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Sri Lanka in 1957, both countries are craving for continuous improvement of our ties in all possible aspects. According H.E. Mr. Miloslav Stasek, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic accredited to Sri Lanka, the Czech Government steadily supported Sri Lanka Government in difficult time of civil war. The Czech government has also provided long-term development assistance to Sri Lanka, focused primarily on environmental protection. After the end of the civil war in 2009, the new era of relations is opening up for our two countries, he said.

Huge impetus for bilateral relations came from the visit of Minister of External Affairs Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris to the Czech Republic in the spring 2011 when the Agreement on Protection of Investment had been signed. Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Mr. Martin Colourer visited Sri Lanka in October 2011. The milestone in our mutual relations was the visit of Minister of Economic Development of Sri Lanka Hon. Mr. Basil Rajapaksa to the Czech Republic in March 2013, which provided an extraordinary political momentum to the joint exploration of new areas of mutual cooperation.

Since 2002, there has been a‚ continuous growth in mutual trade with only minor deviations, over the last 10 years it has increased more than nine-fold. In 2012, two ways trade was ramping up with 43 million USD import from Sri Lanka (74 % garments, the rest mainly with agricultural products) and 14.7 million USD export from the Czech Republic (mainly rubber articles, mechanical appliances)

The Czech Republic sincerely welcomes the recent positive economic developments in Sri Lanka, in particular regarding infrastructure development and fiscal policy. Czech companies have a special interest in cooperation with Sri Lanka in areas such as infrastructure, energy, water and environment protection, food processing, sugar industry, leisure, recreation and hospitality or higher education.

The Czech Republic is looking for every opportunity to improve our relations with Sri Lanka. Therefore, Sri Lanka is among 15 countries that can apply for Czech Republic/UNESCO scholarship in the academic year 2014/2015.

Sri Lanka is also among the countries to which the Government of the Czech Republic will provide developmental aid in 2014 under the umbrella of so-called -Small Development Project-, aimed at positive change in Sri Lanka. In the past, the Czech Republic under this scheme financed the project in water management and vocational training.

6,000 Czech tourists visited Sri Lanka in 2012, with this number growing every year as Czechs gradually start preferring Sri Lanka for their holidays instead of traditional locations in Mediterranean region.

Miloslav Stasek

Ambassador of the Czech Republic

Tamil Politicians -” Priests -” Public Officials and Academics killed by the LTTE

November 3rd, 2013

Shenali Waduge

However much the TNA or the new Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran attempts to turn a megalomaniac terrorist banned by 32 foreign nations as a Terrorist Organization, into a -ËœHERO-â„¢ there are some hard facts that Tamils should not forget. First reminder is - LTTE-â„¢s first killing spree started not by killing Sinhalese but by killing Tamils -” the popular Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappah became Prabakaran-â„¢s first target followed by scores of Tamil police officers gunned down while on duty. There are many Tamils who bemoan that a Tamil cannot become the President of Sri Lanka. They however are reluctant to admit that Mr. Lakshman Kadiragamar well on his way to becoming the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka was gunned down at his own home by the LTTE. The lists of Tamil politicians, academics, priests and other learned public officials and civil society members gunned down by the LTTE especially in -Ëœtheir-â„¢ supposed -Ëœhomeland-â„¢ terrain of Jaffna goes to show with what fright the Tamil people would have lived under LTTE rule, something they are still too proud to admit mesmerized by the notion that whatever LTTE crimes even killing their own people, the LTTE were afterall Tamils. We then would like to know whether the living Tamils have no sympathy for the Tamils slain by the LTTE over the years and why they do not seek justice for their deaths like the rest of the Sri Lankan citizenry. These men who had been gunned down were educated, people of standing, respected by all communities and future leaders -” they held all the qualifications that stood in the way of LTTE dictatorship which is why LTTE eliminated them preferring to keep the handful of politicians within the TNA who were ever ready to tow the LTTE line.

For Tamil politicians of the class of TULF/ACTC and even those in the present day TNA they cannot shy from addressing the caste/class factor which they had to swallow while rebel movements of low caste youth began to dictate how Tamils were to live and function. That freedom came in May 2009 with the elimination of the LTTE yet again it is nothing that the caste/class Tamils would ever admit for in attempting to keep alive the link through the -Ëœhero-â„¢ worship of the LTTE, the new Tamil leaders are hoping to once again hide the psyche of what dictates Tamil rule over Tamils and this was perfectly displayed in the bizarre ceremonial inauguration afforded to the new Chief Minister and the attire that showcased the exact nature of the mentality that the caste/class continue to suffer. While absorbed in what would continue to be a master-slave mentality unbeknown to the majority Hindus their -Ëœhomeland-â„¢ is being deviously converted at all levels by the very sources that were helping LTTE thrive and survive! The scenario tragically is being replicated in India and in particular Tamil Nadu.

Be that as it may -” the contentious argument has always been that the LTTE has been and was formed to protect the interests of the Tamil. The deaths below which excludes the ORDINARY TAMILS killed by the LTTE is proof that LTTE is not a representative of the Tamils however much hero worship the TNA and Wigneswaran currently attempts to do. The continued link to LTTE despite its elimination goes to show that the rest of the links that kept LTTE alive is keeping the TNA and Wigneswaran puppets on strings as well. These are all lessons for the Tamil polity to decide exactly where they want their future to go -” not now but in 20 to 30 years and beyond and it is no better a time than now for Tamils to wonder where the TNA or Wigneswaran or even the LTTE fronts of the Christian sponsored organizations of the Tamil Diaspora are taking the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. It is these same players that are pulling the strings of the celluloid politicos in Tamil Nadu where for an aspiring to be super power -” we do not expect India to go on bended knees to the theatrics of just one state. We never thought that India-â„¢s foreign policy would be determined by celluloid players of Tamil Nadu!

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ASSASSINATION OF TAMIL PRIESTS/GOVT OFFICERS/ SINCE 1978

1 20/04/2008

2 Tamil Catholic Priests killed by LTTE

Rev Fr M.X .KARUNARATNAM- Chairman of the NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights(NESOHR) – known as ‘Father Kili’ among LTTE cadres. Claymore mine‚  attack – Kilinochchi
2 26/09/2007 Rev. Fr. NICHOLASPILLAI PACKIYARANJITH- (Mannar District Coordinator of Jesuit Refugee Service) Claymore mine‚  attack – Mannar
3 21/09/2008

4 Tamil Hindu Priests killed by LTTE

SIVAKUGARAJ KURUKKAL – Chief Priest (Kurukkal) of KONESHWARAN Kovil Shot dead – Trincomalee
4 07/02/2007 HINDU PRIEST SELLAIYA KURUKKAL PARAMESHWARAM‚  KURUKKAL (Santhveli Pullayarkovil – VAKARAI) Shot dead – Batticoloa
5 03/01/2006 PRIEST SELLATHAMBY VINAGARATHNAM ( Sathively Kanagranman Temple) Shot dead – Batticoloa
6 14/09/2005 ‚  HINDU PRIEST SABANANDA SHARMA (Maradanamadam Hindu Temple) Shot dead – Jaffna
7 28/05/2005

6 Tamil police personnel killed by LTTE while on dutry – ‘Note: 3 of the killings were well before 1983 July riots

Mr. SA THAYAGARAJA (Sub Inspector – Batticaloa ) Shot dead – Batticoloa
8 23/09/1992 SP MR. THEOPHILUS - Shot dead – Colombo
9 01/07/1979

Tamil politicians have bemoaned that Tamils are not represented in the Police – They forget that the Tamils who served in the police were killed and others were too scared to join lest they too would be killed!

IP Mr. GURUSAMAY – A witness of the SANSONI Commission. Shot dead – Jaffna
10 07/04/1978 IP Mr. BASTIANPILLAI Investigator into terrorist activities. Shot dead – Mannar
11 06/05/1978 IP, Mr. PATHMANADAN‚  Investigator into terrorist activities. Shot dead – Jaffna
12 07/09/1978 IP Mr. KUMARU Shot dead – Jaffna
13 11/03/1986

1 Tamil Judge

Mr. P.K KIRUBAKARAN – Judge, Primary Court. Shot dead
14 05/05/1984

1 Tamil Justice of Peace

SINNATHAMMBY APPUKUTTY AMBALAVANAR,‚  JP Shot dead – Oddusudan
15 12/07/2007

11 Tamil Principals (including 1 Tamil lady Principal) killed by LTTE

Mr. MANIYAM KANAPATHIPPILLAI-‚  Sivapirakasa Maha Vidyalaya. Shot dead – Jaffna
16 11/10/2005 Mr. NADARAJA SHIVAGADASAN‚  ( Principal of J/Christian College KOPAY) Shot dead – Jaffna
17 11/10/2005 Mr. K. RAJADORAI ( Principal of Central College – JAFFNA) Shot dead – Jaffna
18 01/11/1995 Mrs. PASUPATHIPILLAI – Principal of Manipay‚  Hindu Vidyalaya. Shot dead – Jaffna
19 31/01/1988 Mr. S.SITHTHAMPARANATHAN – School Principal. Shot dead – Jaffna
20 13/05/1988

Targeting of Tamil principals by LTTE was directly to send a message to the Principals who were not willing to allow Tamil children to be kidnapped and trained to become LTTE child soldiers. Many children were taken from schools and trained in combat

Mr. MASALAMANI KANAGARANAM (Principal of Arampathi. Maha Vidyalaya) Shot dead – Jaffna
21 03/11/1987 Mr. E. DHARMALINGAM – Principal of‚  Puttur College. Shot dead – Batticoloa
22 14/12/1987 Mr. K ELIYATHAMBI‚  KANDASAMY – Principal of Palugamam Maha Vidyalaya Shot dead – Batticoloa
23 14/12/1987 Mr. K. E. KANDASAMY Principle of PALUGAMAM Maha Vidyalaya. Shot dead – Batticoloa
24 05/08/1986 Mr. SIVALINGAM – Principal, Sittandy Ramakrishnan Mission School. Shot dead – Batticoloa
25 26/06/1985 Mr. C.E ANANDARAJAH – Principal of St’ Johns College. Shot dead – Colombo
26 14/12/1987

3 Tamil teachers killed by LTTE

Mr. VELAMPPODI GUNARATNAM -” Teaching PALUGAMAM Maha Vidyalaya. Shot dead – Batticoloa
27 03/10/2005 Mr. PARAMESHVARAM ( A Teacher of OLR school JAFFNA) Hand Grenade attack – Jaffna
28 11/10/2006 Miss SHIVAGHANA SELWAM ( Teacher of Saraswathi College- KINNLADY) Shot dead – Batticoloa
29 27/05/1990

4 Tamil civil society members

Mrs. THAMBIMUTTU – Social worker/Wife of Mr. SAM THAMBIMUTTU, EPRLF MP for Batticaloa. Shot dead – Batticoloa
30 27/10/1988 Mr. RAJA SHANKAR – President of the Citizens Committee. Shot dead – Jaffna
31 17/12/1987 Mr. K. SUGATHADASAN – Ex President of AMBALANTHURAI Citizens Committee. Shot dead – Batticoloa
32 22/08/1985 Mr. D K THAMBIPILLAI President of Citizen Committee Shot dead – Oddusudan
33 12/01/2007

21 Tamil Gramasevaka’s in public service‚ 

Mr. VELLAYAN PREMACHANDRAN (Gramasevaka – J-383‚  GS Division) Shot dead – Thondamaru
34 20/09/2007 Mr. MUTHUKUMARAN PARAMASODI – (Gramasewaka- Palaththadichenai) Shot dead – Palaththadichenai
35 20/04/2008 Mr. KANAGARATHNAM ANADI – Gramasewaka- Kalmunai Shot dead – Batticoloa
36 16/10/2006 Mr MARKANDU MAHENDRAN (Gramasewaka – J/95 ARIALAI Shot dead – Jaffna
37 20/06/2005 Mr. MARIMUTTU PASKARAN ( Gramasevaka Kalmunai – 3) Shot dead – Ampara
38 21/09/2005 Mr. A. JEEVARATHNAM (Gramasevaka – Kinniady) Hand Grenade attack – Batticoloa
39 19/10/2005 ‚  Mr. PERAIRA WEERASINGHAM ( Gramasevaka – KANKANKULAM) Shot dead – Vavuniya
40 09/07/2004

These Tamil Gramasevaka’s were only doing their duty to the citizens of Sri Lanka and did not deserve to be killed by the LTTE.

Mr KUNJITAHMBI SIVARAZA ( Gramasevaka Karadyanaru ) Shot dead – Batticoloa
41 20/11/1991 Mr. S WIJERATNAM – Gramasevaka, Kokkadicholai. Shot dead – Batticoloa
42 23/11/1991 Mr. K PODIWEERARTNAM Gramasevaka -Pandariyawela. Shot dead – Batticoloa
43 28/01/1990 Mr. KANDASAMY SADANANDAN JOTHI (Gramasevaka of‚  Nilaveli Division). Shot dead – Trincomalee
44 09/09/1989 Mr. KRISHNAMOOTH – Gramasevaka Shot dead – Velvetithurai
45 09/09/1989 Mr. SHAMMUGHANATHAN – Gramasevaka Shot dead – Velvetithurai
46 12/10/1989 Mr. SIVENDRARAJA – Gramasevaka Shot dead – Batticoloa
47 09/04/1987 Mr. KANAPATHIPILLAI SUNDARALINGAM – Gramasevaka Shot dead – Kalavanchikudy
48 26/11/1987 Mr. P. SINNADURAI – AGA, Mr. HANIFFA‚  – Gramasevaka Shot dead – Trincomalee
49 17/12/1987 Mr. P. SUNDARANAYAGAM – Gramasevaka , Kokkadichoalai Shot dead – Batticoloa
50 17/12/1987 Mr. P. UNDARANAYAGAM Gramasevaka of Kokkadicholai. Shot dead – Batticoloa
51 23/08/1986 Mr. S VISHVALINGAM – Gramasevaka Shot dead – Trincomalee
52 03/10/1985 Mr. VADIVEL PERIMBAM – Gramasevaka Shot dead – Valachchenai
53 25/05/1984 Mr. VATHTHIYAMPILLAI FRANCIS -” Gramasevaka of Madagal. Shot dead – Sandilipai
54 07/01/2008 30 Tamil public officials killed by LTTE Mr.PARASURAMAN NANTHAKUMAR – President of Batticaloa District Volunteer Teacher’s Union. Shot dead – Batticoloa
55 07/01/2008 ‚  Mr.PARASURAMAN NANTHAKUMAR – President of Batticaloa District Volunteer Teacher’s Union. Shot dead – Batticoloa
56 05/01/2007 * Union Leaders Mr.V.GANESHALINGAM (Agrcaltural officer) Claymore mine‚  attack – Vavuniya
57 05/01/2007 * Agriculture Officers Mr.V.MAHENDRAN (Agrcaltural officer) Claymore mine‚  attack – Vavuniya
58 22/01/2007 * Education Officers Mr. DARAMAKULASINGHAM ( CTB Depot Manager- VAVUNIYA) Shot dead – Vavuniya
59 26/01/2007 * Engineers Mr. THANGARASA UDAYARASAN Shot dead – Trincomalee
60 24/04/2006 * Government Agents Mr. ARIYARATHNAM LINKGESHWARAM‚  (Education Office – VALACHCHENAI) Shot dead – Batticoloa
61 26/05/2006 * Supervisors / Managers, Secretary’s Mr. RATHNAM RATHNARAJAH‚  (Provincial official Director Irrigation Engineer – BATTICALOA) Shot dead – Kalliyankadu
62 21/06/2006 ‚  Mr.SINNAMAM THARMARAJAH ( Manager of URELU Cooperative Society) Shot dead – Jaffna
63 04/08/2006 Includes K.T. Loganathan – Deputy General of the

Secretariat Coordinating for Peace Process killed by the LTTE during the infamous 2002 ceasefire agreement

Mr. PONNATURAI GANESHA MOORTHI- ( Bank Manager of People’s Bank- KANKASANTHRAI)‚  Shot dead – Jaffna
64 12/08/2006 Mr. K. LOGANADAN ( Deputy General of Secretariat Coordinating for Peace Process) Shot dead – Colombo
65 04/04/2005 Mr THYAGARAJA KAILANADAN ( Director of Vocational Training Centre attached to Ministry of Hindu Cultural Affairs )‚  Shot dead – Batticoloa
66 10/04/2005 ‚  Mr SIVARATHNAM ARUNAMBALAM ( Development Registrar of Samurdhi) Shot dead – Ampara
67 15/04/2005 ‚  Mr T. THAWARASA ( Divisional Secretary) Shot dead – Ampara
68 07/04/1989 ‚  Mr. RAMANATHAN – AGA, Jaffna. Shot dead – Jaffna
69 01/05/1989 ‚  Mr. V. M.‚  PANCHALINGAM‚  – GA, for‚  Jaffna. Shot dead – Nallur
70 02/05/1989 ‚  Mr. PANCHALINGAM – Assistant Manager of Marketing Depot – Kilinochchi Shot dead – Kilinochchi
71 10/05/1989 ‚  Mr. MAHALINGAM – Asst manager of marketing Depot – KLN Shot dead – Jaffna
72 28/06/1989 ‚  Mr.‚  K. PULENDRAN – AGA, Kopay Shot dead – Jaffna
73 03/08/1989 ‚  Mr. ARASARATNAM‚  GANESHAPILLAI supervisor of the Irrigation Department Shot dead – Batticoloa
74 06/09/1989 ‚  Mr. P. RAVINDRAN – Station Master Shot dead – Kilinochchi
75 30/11/1989 ‚  Mr. K SUNDARALINGAM (Clerk of the MPCS Union, Pandirippu) Shot dead – Batticoloa
76 11/05/1988 ‚  NADARAJAH KUGADASAN – Co-operative Manager Shot dead – Batticoloa
77 15/09/1987 ‚  Mr. P. VIGNARAJAH – AGA, Samanthurai. Shot dead – Ampara
78 28/09/1987 ‚  Mr. ARUMUGAMPILLAI – Secretary UC, Trincomalee Shot dead – Trincomalee
79 08/10/1987 ‚  Mr. S. S. JEGANATHAN – AGA, Batticaloa Shot dead – Batticoloa
80 06/11/1987 ‚  Mr. V S PARAMAGURU Dept Engineer Shot dead – Trincomalee
81 14/12/1987 ‚  Mr. KANAPATHIPILLAI SUNDARALINGAM -” Member of Gramodaya Mandalaya Shot dead – Batticoloa
82 24/02/1985 ‚  Mr. S‚  GNANACHANDIRAM GA , Mullaitivu. Shot dead – Kilinochchi
83 18/09/1984 ‚  Mr. SAMYTHAMBI GOPALAPILLAI -” Special Service Officer of Thambiluvil. Shot dead – Batticoloa
84 08/12/1984 ‚  Mr. U RAMAIAH supervisor of Cement Corporation – KKS. Shot dead – Jaffna
85 21/09/1989 2 Tamil University Lecturers Dr. RAJINI THIRANAGAMA – University Lectuter married to a Sinhalese, Political activist. Shot dead – Jaffna
86 24/05/2004 ‚  Mr. KUMARAVELLU THAMBAIYA ( Lecturer of Eastern University) Shot dead – Batticoloa
87 28/05/2008 5 Tamil media personnel killed by LTTE Mr. Paranirupasingham Devakumar – Jaffna correspondent for the independent channel News 1st Stabbed – Jaffna
88 12/08/2005 ‚  Mr. & Mrs Relangi Selvarajah‚  – Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corp Shot dead – Colombo
89 10/05/1989 ‚  Mr. MAHALINGAM‚  – Reporter of the Island News Paper. Shot dead – Jaffna
90 18/02/1989 ‚  Mr. MYLVAGANAM editor of the Daily “ELAMURUSU” Shot dead – Jaffna
91 14/07/1989 1 Tamil Ayuredic physician Mr. KRISHNAPILLAI – Ayuvedic Physician Shot dead – Batticoloa
‚  ‚  ‚  ‚  ‚ 
‚  90 Tamils murdered by the LTTE ‚  ‚ 
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2

Catholic Priests ‚  ‚ 
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6

Members of Civil Society ‚  ‚ 
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21

Gramasevaka ‚  ‚ 
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3

Teachers ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

30

Public officials ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

11

principals ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

1

political organizer ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

2

media ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

2

lecturers ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

1

Justice of Peace ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

1

Judge ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

3

Hindu Priests ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

1

health official ‚  ‚ 
‚ 

6

police ‚  ‚ 
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90

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Assassination of Tamil Politicians by LTTE since 1975

All Ceylon Tamil Congress -” 2

Communist Party -” 1

EPDP members -” 16

EPRLF -” 7 including its leader

PLOTE -” 8

TELO -” 7 including its leader

TNA -” 5

TULF -” 16 including General Secretary Amirthalingam

UNP -” 13

TMVP -” 1

Foreign Minister -” Lakshman Kadiragamar

Jeyraj Fernandopulle

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ASSASSINATION OF TAMIL POLITICIANS SINCE 1975

SRL NO

DATE POLITICAL PARTY NAME OF TAMIL POLITICIAN KILLED BY LTTE MODUS OPERANDI

1

00/01/1900 1st Tamil killed by LTTE – a Tamil Mayor Mr. ALFRED DURAIAPPA‚  – MP and Mayor of JAFFNA. Shot dead – near Kovil

2

05/01/2000 ACTC – General Secretary Mr. KUMAR PONNAMBALAM -” General Secretary of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress(ACTC)/ leading lawyer. shot dead

3

25/01/1989 ACTC – Tamil Candidate Mr. N K SIVAGNANAM‚  – All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) Candidate. shot dead – Jaffna

4

08/03/1988 Communist Party – Secretary Mr. S VIJAYANATHAM‚  – Secretary of the Ceylon Communist Party in JAFFNA. shot dead – Jaffna

5

04/02/1999 EPDP Member Mr. NADARAJAH SIVARAJH -” The Vice Chairmen of Valikamam East Provincial Council and an EPDP member. shot dead – Jaffna

6

04/02/1999 EPDP Member Mr. BANDARI KANDASAMI -” EPDP member of Valikamam East Provincial Council. shot dead – Jaffna

7

31/05/1999 EPDP Member Mr. THIYAGARAJAH RAJKUMAR -” EPDP/Member and Vice Chairman of Provincial Council, Nallur. shot dead – Jaffna

8

12/10/1999 EPDP Member Mr. THAMBIRASA VINAYAGAMOORTHI @ VASIKARAN -” EPDP Co-ordination Officer. shot dead – Ampara

9

02/11/1999 EPDP Member Mr. NADARAJAH ATPUTHARAJAH -” EPDP, MP/Secretary of the Politbureau of the EPDP/Editor of -THINAMURUSU- (a Tamil tabloid paper). Shot dead – Colombo

10

02/03/2000 EPDP Member Mr. ANTON SIVALINGAM – EPDP/Member of‚  Municipal Council, Jaffna. shot dead

11

18/04/2003 EPDP Member Mr. MARIYAMUTTU RAJALINGAM @ JEGADEESAN‚  the Chairman of the Alayadivembu Pradeshiya Sabha. (member of EPDP). shot dead – Ampara

12

03/05/2003 EPDP Member Mr. DHARMARAJAH JEYARASA‚  – EPDP, Former Chairman of the Nelliady Pradeshiya Sabha. shot dead – Jaffna

13

16/06/2003 EPDP Member PONNIAH RAMACHANRAN @ PRATHAB,‚  Candidate Contesting the Local Govt. Election for the BATTICALOA Urban Council . Shot dead – Batticoloa

14

21/07/2004 EPDP Member Mr.RAVINDRAN VELAUDAN @ KAMALAN- the Chairman of the Alayadivembo Pradeshiya Sabha. (Member of EPDP). Shot dead – Batticoloa

15

16/08/2004 EPDP Member Mr. BALRAJ NADARAJAH AIYAR @ ILEIYAVAN, the EPDP Tamil media spokesman / an EPDP candidate for the Jaffna District at the General Election 2004 and a Senior journalist. Shot dead – Colombo

16

10/09/2004 EPDP Member Mr. ATHMALINGAM RAMANI @ PANDIYAN, the Deputy Orgniser of the EPDP for TRINCOMALEE. shot dead – Trincomalee

17

11/09/2004 EPDP Member Mr. MAYAN CHANDRA MOHAN @ ARULDAS – An‚  EPDP member, (Ex-member of KYTS ATCHUVELI Pradeshiya Sabha). shot dead – Jaffna

18

18/09/2004 EPDP Member Mr. THAMBITHURAI SIVAKUMAR @ BAWAN, the EPDP leader of THILLADI, JFN. ( An EPDP candidate for the JAFFNA District Parliamentary Election 2004). shot dead – Puttalam

19

13/05/2008 EPDP Member Miss MAHESHVARI VELAUTHAM – MP DOUGALS DEVANANDA’s‚  Adviser. shot dead – Jaffna

20

19/06/1990 EPFL Member Mr. PERIYATHAMBY KIRUBAKARAN -” Finance Minister of North East Provincial Council . Shot dead – India

21

19/06/1990 EPRLF – LEADER Mr. KANDASAMY PATHMANABHA – EPRLF leader. Shot dead – India

22

28/04/2005 EPRLF – Member Mr MURUGESU WARDARAJA, EPRLF, A member of‚  PORATHIVU Pradeshiya Sabha ( Former EPRLF deputy leader in BATTICALOA.) Shot dead – Batticoloa

23

28/01/1990 EPRLF – Tamil MP Mr. P GANESHALINGAM -” EPRLF, Ex Provincial Council Member. Shot dead – Trincomalee‚ 

24

07/05/1990 EPRLF – Tamil MP Mr. SAM THAMBIMUTTU -” EPRLF MP for BATTIALOA. Shot dead – Trincomalee

25

19/06/1990 EPRLF – Tamil MP Mr. V K YOGASANGARI -” EPRLF, MP for JAFFNA District. Shot dead – India

26

27/09/2004 EPRLF Member Mr.VALLISUNDARAM , a former member of the VALIKAMAM NORTH Pradeshiya Saba (from 1998-2002) and a member of the EPRLF ( Vardaraja Perumal group). shot dead – Jaffna

27

12/08/2005 Minister of Foreign Affairs – a Tamil Hon LAKSHMAN KADIRAGAMAR -Minister of Foreign Affairs. Shot dead at home

28

06/04/2008 Minister of Highways and Road Development Hon. Minster JEYARAJ FERNANDOPULLE‚  – Minister of Highways & Road Development and Chief Government Whip. Suicide Attack.

29

10/09/2000 People’s Alliance – Candidate Mr. R. J. PERIMANAYAGAM -” PA Candidate for Batticaloa -” General Election 2000. shot dead – Ampara

30

02/09/1999 PLOTE – Deputy Leader Mr. K MANICKADASAN -” Deputy leader of PLOTE. shot dead – Vavuniya

31

14/06/2003 PLOTE – Deputy Leader Mr. SUBADDIRAN @ ROBERT, Deputy Leader of PLOTE. shot dead – Jaffna

32

31/12/1994 PLOTE – Leader Mr. ARUMUGAM CHELLIAH @ KARAVAI KANDASAMI -” Vice President of DPLF/ Leader of PLOTE . Shot dead – Colombo

33

10/12/1999 PLOTE – Leader Marias Anton aka David Shot dead‚ 

34

13/01/2000 PLOTE – Member Mr. VADIVELU WIJAYARATHNAM -” UC Chairman, Point Pedro. shot dead – Jaffna

35

15/07/1998 PLOTE – MP Mr. SARAVANABAWANANDAN‚  SHANMUGANATHAN @ VASANTHAN -” PLOTE, MP for Vavuniya District. Claymore mine attack – Vavuniya

36

05/05/1999 PLOTE – MP Mr. VEERAHATHAHY GUNARATHNAM -‚  PLOTE Provincial Council member for Pachchilaipalli. shot dead – Vavuniya

37

13/05/1999 PLOTE – MP Mr. KAILASAPATHI -” PLOTE, Pradesiya Saba member of Valikamam East. shot dead – Jaffna

38

16/07/1989 PLOTE Leader Mr. Uma Maheswaran – Chairman of the LTTE who created PLOTE Shot dead – India

39

16/07/1999 PLOTE Leader Mr. BASKARALINGAM -” PLOTE leader in Vavuniya. shot dead – Vavuniya

40

11/06/1995 Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Mr. PATHMANANDAN – Chairman of Thirukkovil Pradesiya Sabha. shot dead – Ampara

41

29/05/1999 Razik Group Leader Mr.MOORTHILINGAM GANESHAMOORTHI- RAZIK Group Leader. Suicide Attack – Batticoloa

42

03/10/1997 SLFP Jaffna Office President Mr. S P THARMALINGAM -” President of‚ ‚  SLFP Jaffna office. shot dead – Jaffna

43

28/04/1995 SLFP Organizer – Tamil Mr. K. VINODAN- Former SLFP Organiser, JAFFNA Shot dead – Colombo

44

03/09/1994 TELO – Deputy Leader Mr. T JAYARAJAN‚ ‚  -Deputy leader of TELO/ Chairman of the Provincial Council in Batticaloa. Shot dead – Batticoloa

45

25/05/2005 TELO – Member Mr. PERIYAPUDI SOORIYAMOORTHI , Former Mayor of TRINCOMALEE ( A TELO member) shot dead – Trincomalee

46

07/06/2000 TELO – MP Mr. KANAPATHIPILLAI NAVARATHNA RAJAH @ ROBERT – TELO, member of Pradesiya Saba, Arapathi, Batticaloa. shot dead

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15/07/1994 TELO – Pradeshiya Member Mr. VELEPODI ALAGIAH – TELO, Pradesiya Saba member. Shot dead – Batticoloa

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06/06/1986 TELO Leader Mr. S. Sabaratnam – TELO Leader Shot dead by LTTE’s Kittu

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01/06/2003 TELO Member‚  Mr. KALIRAJAH RAMANAN Former member of the Batticaloa Minicipal Council and Former TELO member. Shot dead – Batticoloa

50

26/10/1995 TELO Member / Deputy Mayor Mr. ANTHONY THOMAS – Deputy Mayor. (TELO member) Shot dead – Batticoloa

51

02/06/2008 TMVP Member Mr. PUSHPANADAN AIYATHURE – Vice Chairman of KALUTHAVALI Pradeshiya Sabha. Shot dead – Batticoloa

52

30/03/2004 TNA – Candidate Mr.RAJAN SATHYAMOORTHY, a TNA candidate for Batticaloa District. Shot dead – Batticoloa

53

19/10/2004 TNA – Tamil MP Mr. KINGSLY RAJANAYAGAM , a former TNA MP for Batticaloa. Shot dead – Batticoloa

54

25/12/2005

TNA – Tamil MP Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham – TNA MP Batticoloa Shot dead – Batticoloa

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08/08/2006

TNA – Tamil MP Mr. Nataraj Raviraj Shot dead – Colombo

56

20/10/2000

TNA – Tamil MP Mr. Kingsley Rasanayagam – TNA MP Batticoloa Shot dead – Batticoloa

57

08/03/1989 TULF – Chief Organizer Mr. SINNATHAMBI SABANANDAN -” Chief organiser of TULF. shot dead – Jaffna

58

13/07/1989 TULF – Chief Organizer Mr. SINNATHAMBI SAMBANDANMOORTHI‚  -” Chairman of District Development Council /Chief organizer of the TULF in Eravur. Shot dead – Batticoloa

59

26/12/1998 TULF – District Secretary / Chairman MGR Ramachandran Foundation Mr. PONNADURAI MATHIMUGARAJAH -‚  District Secretary of the TULF, Nallur/ The Chairman of the International M.G. Ramachandran organisation. shot dead – Jaffna

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13/07/1989 TULF – Gen. Secretary Mr. A. AMIRTHALINGAM, MP, Secretary General of the TULF/ a Former Opposition Leader. Shot dead – at home in Colombo

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15/07/1990 TULF – MP Mr. K KANAGARATNAM – MP for POTTUVIL Shot dead – Pottuvil

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16/05/1998 TULF – MP Mrs. SAROJINI YOGESHWARAN -” Mayor of MC, Jaffna/ Wife of Mr. V. Yogeshwaran TULF MP for Jaffna who was killed by the LTTE on 13/07/1989. shot dead – Jaffna

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01/09/1985 TULF – Tamil MP Mr. K THURAIRATHINAM – TULF MP for POINT PEDRO. shot dead – Jaffna

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03/09/1985 TULF – Tamil MP Mr. K RAJALINGAM -” TULF, MP for UDUPPIDDI. shot dead – Jaffna

65

03/09/1985 TULF – Tamil MP Mr. V. DHARMALINGAM‚  -‚  TULF MP‚  for MANIPAI Father of Mr. D. SIDDHARTHAN‚  (PLOTE leader) shot dead – Jaffna

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03/09/1985 TULF – Tamil MP Mr. K ALALASUNDARAM‚  – TULF, MP for KOPAY. shot dead – Jaffna

67

13/07/1989 TULF – Tamil MP Mr. V. YOGESHWARAN -” TULF,‚  MP for JAFFNA. Shot dead – Colombo

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05/07/1997 TULF – Tamil MP Mr. ARUNACHALAM THANGATHURAI -” TULF MP for Trincomalee. Shot dead – Trincomalee infront of hundreds of school children

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29/07/1999 TULF – Tamil MP Dr. NEELAN THIRUCHELVAM -” TULF MP (National list)/Constitutional Lawyer. Suicide Attack.

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07/11/2000 TULF – Tamil MP Mr. ASHLEY NIMALANAYAGAM‚  SAUNDRANAYAGAM- TULF MP for Batticaloa. Shot dead – Batticoloa

71

11/09/1998 TULF – Tamil MP / Mayor Mr. PONNADURAI SIVAPALAN -” TULF/ Mayor of MC, JAFFNA- succeeded slain Mrs. Yogeshwaran Time Bomb Attack – Nallur kovil, Jaffna

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20/03/1988 TULF – Tamil Organizer Mr. VELUMURUGU -” TULF organizer. Shot dead – Batticoloa

73

01/01/2008 UNF – Minister Mr. T. MAHESWARAN – A former Minister of UNF government shot dead – at Colombo kovil

74

17/11/2001 UNP – Candidate Mr.SINNATHAMBY RAJKUMAR -” UNP Candidate for Batticaloa district -” General election 2001. Shot dead – Batticoloa

75

06/10/2008 UNP – Organizer Dr. RAJA JOHNPULLE -‚  Organizer of ANURADHAPURA District and wife Suicide Attack – Anuradhapura

76

11/10/2008 UNP – Tamal Organizer Mr. T.M TAVACHELVAM- UNP organizer, Vavuniya shot dead – Vavuniya

77

24/05/1981 UNP – Tamil Candidate Dr. THIYAGARAJAH -” UNP Candidate for‚ ‚  District Development Council (DDC) elections -” 1981 / MP for Vaddukodai Shot dead – Batticoloa

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29/04/1983 UNP – Tamil Candidate Mr. K. V. RATHNASINGHAM -” UNP Candidate for UC elections -” POINT PEDRO. shot dead – Jaffna

79

04/06/1983 UNP – Tamil Candidate Mr. SINNATHAMBI THILAGAR -“UNP, Candidate for Local Govt elections – 1983. shot dead – Jaffna

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01/03/2004 UNP – Tamil Candidate Mr. SINNATHAMBI SUNDARAMPILLAI, UNP candidate for the Batticaloa District at the General Electen 2004. Shot dead – Batticoloa

81

01/09/1983 UNP – Tamil Municipal member Mr. MALA‚  RAMACHANDRAN -” UNP Member of Municipal Council. Shot dead – Batticoloa

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02/10/1980 UNP – Tamil Organizer Mr. SUBRAMANIAM‚  – UNP Organiser for KILINOCHCHI. Shot dead – Kilinochchi

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15/11/1982 UNP – Tamil Organizer Mr. VALLIPURAM THAMBIPILLAI -” UNP organiser for PUNNALAIKADDUVAN. shot dead – Jaffna

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19/01/1983 UNP – Tamil Organizer Mr. K.T. PULLENDRAN – Ex-MP/UNP organiser for VAVUNIYA. shot dead – Vavuniya

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12/08/1983 UNP – Tamil Organizer Mr. AG RAJASOORIYAR -” UNP Chief Organiser for JAFFNA. shot dead – Jaffna

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30/04/1983 Urban Council Candidate Mr. S. S. MUTTIAH – 1st Candidate for UC elections, CHAVAKACHCHERI. (retd PWD) shot dead – Jaffna

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