Officer who arrested me is bigger rogue than me – Namal

October 12th, 2016

Officer who arrested me is bigger rouge than me – Namal
තමන් එෆ්.සී.අයි.ඩී යට නඩු දාන්න පටන් ගත්තා පමණක් බවත්,තවත් නඩු දමන බවත් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසයි.

Some calling for the country to be divided – Mahinda

October 12th, 2016

Some calling for the country to be divided – Mahinda
මඩකළපුව මංගලාරාමයේ නවීකරණය කළ බුදුමැදුර විවෘත කරමින් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා කළ කතාව.

CB bond scam has been confirmed in probe report – Dinesh

October 12th, 2016

CB bond scam has been confirmed in probe report – Dinesh
මහබැංකු බැඳුම්කර වංචා සිද්ධියේ වටිනාකම රු.බිලියන 5-15ත් අතර මුදලක් බව අනාවරණය වී ඇති බව ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ නායක,පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී දිනේශ්
ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පවසයි.

Lankan Scientists to present evidence before Hague court

October 12th, 2016

Lankan Scientists to present evidence before Hague court
ග්ලයිපොසෙට් තහනම ඉවත් කරන්න ඉල්ලන උගතුන්ට දුන්නු පිළිතුරක් ලෙස
වෛද්‍ය චන්න ජයසුමන කළ අභියෝගය

GLOBAL EXPO ON TEA & COFFEE COMES BACK TO MUMBAI FOR 4TH TIME IN A ROW

October 12th, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

  • Pavilions from Sri Lanka Tea Board and Tea Board of India to be an integral part of this niche event being held from 20th – 22nd Oct 2016 at Bombay exhibition centre, Goregaon East, Mumbai
  • 2-day Hi Level Conference plus Workshops on last day to determine trends, address issues related to the sector and impart skills

The “World Tea & Coffee Expo” is to be held for the 4th time at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon East, Mumbai from Thu 20th Oct to Sat 22nd Oct 2016. WTCE is a dedicated global trade event for the Tea, Coffee and allied sectors and consists of an Expo, a 2-day hi level conference and workshops. WTCE gives an opportunity to showcase products, services & technologies, network with focused buyers, upgrade knowledge and find practical solutions to issues faced by this vital sector. In addition to catering to a huge and growing domestic market, the Hot beverage segment is a major forex earner providing large scale employment opportunities especially to women. The Expo showcases the best that India has to offer as also makes accessible world class products and technologies to Indian businessmen.

The 2016 edition has about 70 Exhibitors from 7 countries including Pavilions from Tea Board of India and Sri Lanka Tea Board. On display are New-age Tea & Coffee Products and Brands, Specialty Tea & Coffee, Vending Solutions, Premixes, packaging solutions, Machineries, Retail Chains, Technologies, accessories, ingredients, Certifications etc. The Expo offers huge potential for appointing Distributors, Bulk orders, joint ventures, franchising, networking, knowledge-sharing, meeting government officials, marketing alliances and overall branding. International buying delegations visit the expo to look for credible business partners in India.

Since its inception in 2013, the expo has brought the global industry players closer, enabled mega deals in addition to being the definite launch pad for new products and technologies especially for SMEs who aspire for national / international expansion but have low budgets. This trade fair is supported by the Ministry of Commerce (Tea Board of India) and is also supported by leading national and international bodies.

WTCE is thus a must-visit show for Tea Garden & Coffee Estate owners, Tea & Coffee Distributors/ Retailers/Wholesalers, Hoteliers/ Institutional Caterers, Restaurateurs & Café Owners, Importers & Exporters, Hotel Supplies Dealers, Purchase Managers of Large Offices & Retail Chains/ Mass Grocers/Supermarkets/Malls, Packaging professionals, F & B/Catering Managers, Dieticians / Nutritionists / Food Professionals, Chefs & Cooking Experts and Tea & Coffee Aficionados.

Says Priti Kapadia, Director, Sentinel Exhibitions Asia P Ltd, organizers of this unique Expo, “An integral part of the Expo is a High level, 2-day conference by Industry leaders, academicians and policy makers and also workshops by Tea & Coffee experts.” The conference covers diverse topics like Sustainability, GST impact, Design and Innovation especially in packaging and branding, changing prospects due to increasing cafe culture etc whereas the workshops shall impart skills on Tea Tasting, Coffee brewing, Coffee roasting, Tea/Coffee pairing etc.

Hot Beverages are getting more popular across the world and are witnessing positive growth since the last few years thanks to intensive marketing campaigns by players, launch of innovative products, the emergence of upscale cafes offering convenience, affordability and quality. The global market for RTD (Ready-to-Drink) Tea and Coffee is expected to reach $150 billion by 2021 with an annual growth rate of 9%. The Asia-Pacific region is the largest market and also showing maximum growth.

‘ප‍්‍රභාකරන් ජාතික නායකයා’ යාපනයේ පෝස්ටර් අලවති..

October 12th, 2016

ලංකා සී නිවුස්

‘ප‍්‍රභාකරන් ජාතික නායකයා’ යාපනයේ පෝස්ටර් අලවති..

කොටි සංවිධානයේ හිටපු නායක වේළුපිල්ලේ ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ පින්තූර ‘ජාතික නායකයා’ යන හැදින්වීම සහිත පෝස්ටර් යාපනයේ තැන තැන අලවා තිබේ.

ඒ සමගම කොටි සංවිධානය විසින් එකල භාවිතා කල සංකේත ‘ජාතික සංකේත’ ලෙස දක්වමින් පෝස්ටරද අලවා ඇති අතර සහ කොටි අනුස්මරණ දැක්වෙන පෝස්ටරට ස්ථාන කිහිපයක අලවා තිබී ඇත.

මෙම පෝස්ටර් දමිල සමාජ ජාල ගිණුම් ඔස්සේ අන්තර්ජාලයටද මුදා හැර තිබේ.

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තාත්තා ලැවරිය විකුණු සජිත් පේ‍්‍රමදාසට මෙතරම් සල්ලි කොහෙන්ද.. යාල කැලේ වසා යන්ත‍්‍ර දමාගෙන නිධන් හාරයි..

October 12th, 2016

ලංකා සී නිවුස්

මැදකොළඹ ලැවරිය විකිණු හිටපු ජනාදිපති රණසිංහ පේ‍්‍රමදාස මහතාගේ පුත් සජිත් පේ‍්‍රමදාසට මෙතරම් මුදල් කොහෙන්දැයි සොයා බැලිය යුතු යයි දකුණු පළාත් සභා හිටපු ඇමති ඞී.වී. උපුල් පවසයි.

යාල අභය භූමිය වසා තිබියදී එතුලට යන්ත‍්‍ර සූත‍්‍ර ගෙන ගොස් නිධන් හාරන බවත් එසේ කරන්නේ කවුදැයි සොයි බැලිය යුතු බවත් ඔහු කියා සිටී.

ජනපතිට දවසට කෝටි 02යි.. වැය ශීර්ෂය 320%කින් ඉහළට..

October 12th, 2016

අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ ලංකා සී නිවුස්

ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ වැය ශීර්ෂය 2016 වසරට සාපෙක්ෂව 320%කින් ඉහළ දැමූ, අධ්‍යාපන වැය ශීර්ෂය 57.6%කින් කපා දැමූ විසර්ජන පනත් කෙටුම්පතක් 2017 වසර සඳහා ඉදිරිපත්කර ඇතැයි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රචාරක ලේකම්, හිටපු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මොහොමඞ් මුසම්මිල් මහතා පෙන්වා දෙයි.

ගැසට්කර ඇති 2017 විසර්ජන පනත් කෙටුම්පත කෙරෙහි මාධ්‍යයේ අවධානය යොමුකරවමින් ඒ මහතා අද(11) එම පක්‍ෂයේ පිටකෝට්ටේ පිහිටි ප්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේ පැවැති විශේෂ මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී මේ අදහස් පළ කළේය.

2017 අය – වැයෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරයාට දිනකට රුපියල් කෝටි 02ක මුදලක් වෙන්කර ඇති බැවින් ‘සරල ජනාධිපති’ යන අන්වර්ථ නාමයෙන් තමන්ව හඳුන්වා ගන්නා එතුමා එවැනි මුදලක් වෙන්කර ගැනීම කොතරම් සදාචාරසම්පන්නදැයි මෙහිදී මුසම්මිල් මහතා ප්‍රශ්නකර සිටියේය.

එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ ඒ මහතා මෙසේ ද සඳහන්කර සිටියේය.

දෙවන පචවැලත් ඇවිල්ලා.. ජනපතිට දවසට කෝටි 02යි.. වැය ශීර්ෂය 320%කින් ඉහළට..

“රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයකු වන ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන පවසා තිබුණා ‘පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය 2017 ජුනි මාසය දක්වා කල් යා හැකියි‘ කියලා. දැනටමත් මේ ඡන්දය කල් දමා මාස 20ක් ගෙවි ගොස් තිබෙනවා. 2017 ජුනි මාසය වන විට එම කාලය මාස 30 දක්වා එනම් වසර දෙකහමාර දක්වා ඉහළ යනවා. පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය වසර දෙකහමාරකින් කල් දැමීම, මේ ආණ්ඩුව පුනරුච්චාරණය කරන යහපාලනයට හෝ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයට ගැලපෙන්නේ නැහැ.

‘අද වතුර ටිකක් දෙන්න කෙනෙක් නැහැ‘

පළාත් පාලන ආයතන විසුරුවා හැරලා ඒවා නිලධාරිතන්ත්‍රයක පාලනයකට යටකොට තිබෙනවා. මාස 20ක් තිස්සේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතනවල මහජන නියෝජිතයන් නැහැ. මහජන නියෝජිතයන් නිලධාරිතන්ත්‍රයකට වඩා මහජනයාට සමීපයි. ඒ නිසා මහජනයා සමඟ සමීපව ඔවුන්ගේ බිම් මට්ටමේ අවශ්‍යතා සපුරා දෙන්නේ පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරයා. උදාහරණයක් ලෙස නියඟයක් ඇති වෙලා තිබෙන මේ අවස්ථාවේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතන සක්‍රියව තිබුණා නම් ජනතාවට පානීය ජලය ටිකවත් නිසි ආකාරයට බෙදා දෙන්න තිබුණා. ඒ වගේම ඩෙංගු රෝගය ඉතා තදින් ව්‍යාප්ත වීමටත් මේ තත්වය බලපෑවා. කසල බැහැර කිරිමේ ප්‍රශ්නය අද උග්‍ර වෙමින් ඇත්තේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතන අද අක්‍රීයකර ඇති නිසයි. ඡන්ද කල් දමා, ජනතා පරමාධිපත්‍යය කොල්ලකන්න මේ රටේ කිසිවකුත් යහපාලනයට බලය ලබා දී නැහැ.

‘මැකොලා-කැෆේලා නිහඬයි‘

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ පාලන සමයේදි ඉතා සුළු වශයෙන් හෝ මැතිවරණ නීතී උල්ලංඝනයක් සිදු වුණොත් රටටම ඇහෙන්න හඬ තලපු අය හිටියා. එක් කෙනෙක් තමයි මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ සභාපති මහින්ද දේශප්‍රිය මහත්තයා. අනෙක් කෙනා තමයි කැෆේ(CAFE) සංවිධානයේ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහත්තයා. මේ අය යහපාලන පුරුෂාර්ථ ගැන මහ ඉහළින් කථා කරපු අය. ඔවුන් අද හාවක් හූවක් නැහැ.

‘සිරිසේනලාට 04 වැනි තැන‘

එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ ඇතැම් නායකයන් පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය ඉල්ලනවා. වෙනත් දේශපාලන පක්ෂ ද මේ මැතිවරණය ඉල්ලනවා. නමුත් මේ මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීම ප්‍රශ්නයක් වෙලා තිබෙන්නේ මේ ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉන්න සිරිසේන කල්ලියටයි. දැන් පවත්වනු ලබන සමුපකාර ඡන්ද ප්‍රතිඵලවලින් සිරිසේන කල්ලිය බය වෙලා ඉන්නේ. උදාහරණයක් ලෙස ඇතැම් සමුපකාර ප්‍රාදේශිකවල ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ නියෝජිතයන් 80ක් පත්වන විට , එජාප නියෝජිතයන් 10ක් පත්වන විට, සිරිසේන මහත්තයාගේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයෙන් පත්වී ඇත්තේ නියෝජිතයන් 1යි, නැතිනම් 0යි. ඒ නිසා පවත්වනු ලබන ඉදිරි මැතිවරණයේදි තමන්ට ලැබෙන්නේ 03 වැනි හෝ 04 වැනි තැන බව මේ සිරිසේන කල්ලිය දන්නවා. ඒ නිසයි කොට්ඨාස ක්‍රමයක් ගැන කතාවක් ඉස්සරහට දමලා ෆයිසර් මුස්තාෆා, ඩිලාන් පෙරේරා , ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන ඇතුළු සිරිසේන කල්ලිය පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය දිගින් දිගටම කල් දැමීමට උත්සාහ ගන්නේ.

‘දෙවන පචවැලත් ඇවිල්ලා’

2017 ‘අය-වැය‘ හෙවත් 2017 විසර්ජන පනත් කෙටුම්පත මේ වන විට ගැසට් කොට තිබෙනවා. ඊට කලින් 2016 අය-වැය ගැනත් වචනයක් කියන්න ඕනෙ. 2016 අය-වැය වැඩිම වාර ගණනක් සංශෝධනය වූ අය-වැය බවට පත් වූවා. ඒ නිසා අපි මේ අවුරුද්දේදීවත් බලාපොරොත්තු වුණා, ‘ආණ්ඩුව 2017 වසර සඳහා ‘පචවැලක්‘ වෙනුවට අය-වැයක් ඉදිරිපත් කරයි’ කියලා. නමුත් 2017 සදහා ඉදිරිපත්කර ඇති විසර්ජන පනත් කෙටුම්පත දෙස අවධානය යොමු කරද්දී අපට පෙනෙන්නේ මෙවරත් ඉදිරිපත්ව ඇත්තේ පචවැලක් බවයි .

2014දී 5.7%ක්ව පැවැති අය-වැය හිඟය 2015දී 4.4%ක් දක්වා අඩු කරන බව තමයි මේ ආණ්ඩුව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ. නමුත් එය 7.4%ක් දක්වා ඉහළ ගියා. ඒ වගේම 2014දී 6%ට ඉහළ අගයක තිබු ආර්ථික වර්ධන වේගය 2016 දෙවැනි කාර්තුව වන විට 2.5%ක් දක්වා පහත වැටී තිබෙනවා. ඒ තමයි මේ ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉන්නවා කියපු ආර්ථික ඔස්තාර්ලාගේ කෙරුවාව.

‘2016 වසර සඳහා දළ ජාතික නිෂ්පාදිතයෙන් 6%කටත් වඩා වැඩි අගයක් අපි අධ්‍යාපනයට වෙන් කළා‘ කියලා මේ ආණ්ඩුව පම්පෝරි ගැහුවා. පාසල් පද්ධතිය සතු ගොඩනැගිලිවල, ක්‍රීඩාපිටිවල, ඉඩකඩම්වල වටිනාකම් එකතු කරලා මහා වංචාවක් කරලයි මේ අය එදා එහෙම 6%ක් පෙන්නුවේ. එහෙම කරලා අධ්‍යාපනයට 2016 වසර සඳහා බිලියන 185.9 වෙන් කළා කිව්වානේ. නමුත් මේ ඉදිරිපත්කර ඇති විසර්ජන පනත් කෙටුම්පත අනුව ඒ බිලියන 185.9න් 57.6%ක් කපා හැරලා තිබෙනවා. අපට මතකයි මේ ආණ්ඩුව බලයට ගෙන එන්න පාර කපපු, බොරු ගොතපු නිර්මාල් රංජිත් දේවසිරි වැනි මහත්වරු රාජපක්‍ෂ පාලන සමයේ අධ්‍යාපනයට 6%ක් ඉල්ලලා පාගමන් ගියා. අපි අහන්න කැමතියි ‘ ගිය අවුරුද්දේ පෙන්වපු බොරු ගණන්වලිනුත් 57.6%ක් කපා හැරලා 05/2015 චක්‍රලේඛයෙන් පාසල් නඩත්තුව සඳහා සෑම පාසල් ශිෂ්‍යයකුගෙන්ම මුදල් අය කරද්දී ඔය මහත්වරු දැන් නිදිද?‘ කියලා.

‘ජනපතිට දවසට කෝටි 02යි’

මේ ඉදිරිපත්කර ඇති විසර්ජන පනත් කෙටුම්පත දිහා බලපුවාම පෙනෙන තවත් දෙයක් තමයි, සරල ජනාධිපතිවරයාට දිනකට කෝටි 02ක මුදලක් වෙන්කර තිබීම. 2016 වසරට සාපේක්ෂ්ව මෙවර ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ වියදම් 320%කින් ඉහළ දමා ගෙන තිබෙනවා. වී, තේ, රබර් ගොවීන්ට හිමි පොහොර සහනාධාරය කපා හැරලා, නියඟයෙන් පීඩාවට පත් ජනතාවට සහන නොදී, පාසල් නිල ඇදුම් කප්පාදු කරලා, සාලාව පිපිරුමෙන් හානි සිදුවූ ජනතාවට වන්දි නොදී ජනාධිපතිගේ වැය ශිර්ෂය ඉහළ දමා ගැනීම මොනතරම් සදාචාරසම්පන්නද? මේවා දිහා බැලීමේදී මේ ඉදිරිපත්කර ඇති අය-වැයත් පචවැලක් බවට පත්වන බව පැහැදිලියි. ජනතාවට ලබා දී ඇති පොරොන්දු බොඳ වූ සිහින බවට පත්වන අය- වැයක් බවට 2017 අය-වැයත් පත්වන බව තමයි අපට පෙනෙන්නේ.”

 

ETCA අත්සන් කලොත් අගමැති රනිල්ගේ මරණ වරෙන්තුව අත්සන් කලා කියා හිතාගන්න..

October 12th, 2016

ලංකා සී නිවුස්

ETCA අත්සන් කලොත් අගමැති රනිල්ගේ මරණ වරෙන්තුව අත්සන් කලා කියා හිතාගන්න..

ඉන්දියාව හා ශ‍්‍රි ලංකාව අතර අත්සන් කිරීමට සැලසුම් කර ඇති එට්කා ගිවිසුම පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් තොරව අත්සන් කිරීමට අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා කටයුතු කලහොත් එය ඔහුගේ මරණ වරෙන්තුවට අත්සන් කිරීමක් සේ සැලකිය යුතු බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී වාසුදේව නානායක්කාර මහතා පවසයි.

කොලඹදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් අමතමින් ඔහු මෙසේ කියා සිටියේය.

සැප වාහන 800ක රේගු පරීක්‍ෂණ ඉහල අණින් නවතී… රජයට පාඩුව බිලියන හතරයි..

October 12th, 2016

දිවයින

October 12, 2016 at 4:06 am

තක්‌සේරු වටිනාකම අඩුවෙන් දක්‌වමින් මෙරටට ගෙන්වූ සුඛෝපභෝගී වාහන අටසියයකට (800 ක) අධික සංඛ්‍යාවකට අදාළ පරීක්‍ෂණ අත්හිටුවන ලෙසට රේගු අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජනරාල්වරයා කළ නියෝගයක්‌ නිසා රේගු නිලධාරීහු දැඩි අපහසුතාවකට පත්ව සිටිති.

මෙම පරීක්‍ෂණ අත්හිටුවීම නිසා රේගු බදු වශයෙන් රජයට අයවිය යුතු රුපියල් කෝටි හාරසීයක මුදලක්‌ අහිමි වන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්‌ රජයේ වෘත්තීය සමිතියේ ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් ඩබ්ලිව්. ආර්. පී. විඡේකෝන් මහතා පැවසුවේය.

රේගු අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජනරාල්වරයාගේ නියෝගය පසුගිය 21 වැනිදා රේගු අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ පී. ආර්. අතුකෝරළ මහතා විසින් සියලුම රේගු නිලධාරීන් වෙත ලිතව දැනුම් දී ඇත.

රේගු අධ්‍යක්‍ෂවරයා මෙම නියෝගය දී තිබෙන්නේ මුදල් ඇමැති රවි කරුණානායක මහතා විසින් 2015 පෙබරවාරි 10 දා නිකුත් කළ 1901/03 දරන ගැසට්‌ නිවේදනය ද උල්ලංඝනය කරමින් බව විඡේකෝන් මහතා පැවසීය.

සැප වාහන 800ක රේගු පරීක්‍ෂණ ඉහල අණින් නවතී… රජයට පාඩුව බිලියන හතරයි..

මිල තක්‌සේරු කිරීම සඳහා රේගුවේ රඳවාගෙන පරීක්‍ෂණ පවත්වන වාහන අටසියයට අධික සංඛ්‍යාවට බෙන්ස්‌, අවුඩි, බී. එම්. ඩබ්ලිව්, රේන්- රෝවර් වැනි වාහන අයත් බව ද හෙතෙම කීය. රේගු අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජනරාල්වරයාගේ නියෝගය නිසා මෙම වාහනවල නියම තක්‌සේරු වටිනාකම ගණනය කර ඊට අදාළ රේගු බදු අයකර ගැනීමේ පරීක්‍ෂණ අකර්මණ්‍ය වී ඇතැයි කී විෙ-කෝන් මහතා, අදාළ ගැසට්‌ නියෝගයට අනුව රේගු නිලධාරීන්ට මෙම වාහනවල නෛතික මිල වටිනාකම තීරණය කිරීමේ බලය ලබාදෙන ලෙස ජනාධිපතිවරයාගෙන්, අගමැතිවරයාගෙන් සහ මුදල් ඇමැතිවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින බව ද පැවසීය.

 

NEVER A SMART POLICY

October 12th, 2016

 By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror

If Pakistan had been our neighbour and we had Muslim majority provinces, we would probably have had a complex and troubled relationship with Pakistan and unstinted friendship with India, but our geographic destiny was otherwise.

Prudent, pragmatic leaders of Sri Lanka, beginning with DS Senanayake, always tried to balance off our great neighbour, because of the potential/latent threat from Tamil Nadu and its effect/influence on the Tamil populace of the island.

With the South Asian region splitting in 1971, Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike resisted heavy parliamentary pressure from her powerful coalition partners, the pro-Soviet Communist party and the pro-Bengali Indophile LSSP, to support the ethically sound cause of the birth of Bangladesh. The (then) influential Daily News argued editorially that Ceylon should temporarily “tilt to the Islamabad–Beijing axis” as its national interests would be jeopardized by the successful precedent of secession under Indian auspices.

There was a joke doing the rounds in DPL circles in Colombo, sourced to an exchange between a High Commissioner and the Editor of the Daily News. “Question: When will Colombo recognize an independent Bangladesh? Answer: After the last country in South Asia does so.”

The very next year (1972), writing in the quality Indian press about rising Tamil secessionist nationalism, Prof. Urmila Phadnis, the doyenne of Delhi’s Lankanologists, warned prophetically of a “Tamil Bangla in Sri Lanka”.
As PM-cum-Minister of Defence and External Affairs, Madam Bandaranaike had an astute, coldly realistic grasp of geopolitics and our national interest.


A lucid Realism would have led Colombo to be the last to be seen to head for the exits over the SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad this year. Instead it was one of the first to trigger the collective exit by invoking the argument of unsuitability of the environment. What this and the earlier co-sponsorship of the US resolution in Geneva 2015 demonstrate is that the present administration has become a tame, timid, fellow traveller of India and the West, irrespective of the imperatives of balance as dictated by national interest.


When Prime Minister Tony Blair ignored British public sentiment and interests and waded into Iraq with President Bush invoking the “special relationship” with the USA, he was dubbed a ‘poodle’ of the US. When our current Prime Minister’s father advised Sir John Kotelawela, Ceylon played a similar role in Bandung in 1955, which contributed to the UNP’s electoral demise a year later, rendering it a one-term administration. The present Sri Lankan government risks being perceived as a “poodle” co-owned and shared by both the US and India (or the Indo-
US axis).

When the airdrop of 1987 took place preventing an early military defeat of the LTTE (an episode which Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne refers to in his book as, “a rape of our airspace”), we were far more isolated internationally and infinitely more vulnerable than Pakistan is today. Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was dispatched by President Jayewardene to Pakistan and China to seek support — evidence of who/where we turned to in the direst need. Unprovoked betrayal of a reliable ally, partner and friend is never smart policy.

The PM’s characteristically cavalier remark that if SAARC doesn’t get its act together Sri Lanka would have to look at other options, isn’t the smartest of stances either. By contrast, Dr. Iftekar Ahmed Chowdhury, the sagacious scholar-diplomat and former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, the birthplace of the idea SAARC, had this to conclude:

“Few South Asians, if any, see the benefit of burying SAARC forever…That being so it would be unwise to bring about the demise of SAARC even if there are periods of severe strain in intramural relationships in the region. SAARC is an organization whose ownership belongs to the peoples rather than to the governments. The Sikh pilgrim to the gurdwaras of Lahore would vouchsafe for that. If SAARC leaders, politicians or generals cannot meet for ‘reasons of State’, there is no reason why their writers, artists and thinkers should not. SAARC’s achievements in politics or economics might not come anywhere close to that of the European Union or even the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, but it has given the South Asian a sense of identity , both in the region, and increasingly so among its diaspora abroad. Given the nature of State-formation in South Asia, there will always be the problem of the adjustment as to the stressing of commonalities vis-a-vis the underscoring of distinctiveness. The commonality enables the people to share an ethos, and the distinctiveness justifies separate sovereignties. Both for India and Pakistan, the inability of a group of nations or sub-nations in the region to hold together could have far-reaching ramifications.”
(“SAARC in Shambles? The Future of Regional Cooperation in South Asia”, ISAS Insights)

Looking beyond this regional issue, it is worrying that the Prime Minister has forgotten the basic lessons that the UNP repeatedly learns only to forget:
(A) The West and India turn out in the final analysis, to be electorally expensive allies (or liabilities) because the Tamil Nadu and Tamil Diaspora factors make India and the West push for reforms of such magnitude that the Sinhala support base of the UNP led regime shrinks.

(B) Alliances with Tamil nationalists which carry the UNP into power or help it form coalition governments also serve to turn these governments into one term administrations precisely because those Tamil allies ratchet up their political demands to the point that they damage the UNP by midterm and sink it electorally at the end of the first term.

As in 1952-1956, 1965-1970 and 2001-2004, this UNP-led coalition is looking unmistakably like a one-term wonder, if it doesn’t trigger an ‘Arab Spring’ or Hartal ’53 sooner.

Further evidence lies in the Foreign Minister’s refusal to rule out federalism and reiterate a commitment to unitary parameters at a September 25 event in LA, according to veteran journalist Hassina Leelaratna (widow of Deeptha Leelaratne, also a well-known newspaperman). In a noteworthy piece entitled “Mangala in Los Angeles: Says no separation but leaves door open for federalism”, she reports: ‘“A federal state is not a separate state. I assure you Sri Lanka will remain a united, undivided country,” he said…The minister was responding to my question as to whether the government would continue to uphold a unitary constitution “and avoid a federal state.” …In contrast to other Sri Lankan leaders who from time to time have addressed the expatriate community here, Mr. Samaraweera, speaking for about 20 minutes, solely in English, did not have one good thing to say about Sri Lanka from independence to present. None of the warm nostalgia for the homeland usually evoked by leaders from all sides of the political divide. Quoting extensively from the late Lee Kuan Yew, founder and prime minister of Singapore, he painted a grim picture of “a country that couldn’t evolve”… …

Emphasizing that the island will be a strategic military hub in the Indian Ocean and a gateway to Asia…he said the government will take measures to make it easier for foreign nationals to buy land… …Reconciliation was key to coming to terms with the “tragedies of the past” which was why, he said, the government felt it important to “show the world” its commitment by cosponsoring the Geneva Resolution…’(Report and photos by Hassina Leelaratna, http://srilankaexpress. org/ms) In the meanwhile, the PM has promised to sign ETCA by year end, explaining that it would mean a massive infusion of Tamil Nadu and South Indian capital into this island, i.e. chunks of our economy can be bought and controlled by Tamil Nadu. He also had discussions with Indian Minister of Highways and Railways, Nitin “Hanuman Bridge” Gadkari about a network of highways linking the North and East of Sri Lanka with Colombo and Anuradhapura. Hanuman never had it so easy.

Capitalist society in disarray – Buddhist compassion, right livelihood and Buddhist banking/economics is the answer

October 11th, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

 7 billion populace live in 195 countries. Some countries are rich others are poor – all countries are in debt. People are obsessed with wealth. Media projects the notion that wealth is the answer to all. Films aggravate situation by glorifying the lifestyles of the elite. Even those who preach the faith are shown as ‘prosperity preachers’. Size is shown as a qualifier. The phrase “the American Dream” reveals how materialistic we are. Sadly, no matter how big our homes are and no matter how many shiny new toys we accumulate, we never seem to be happy. The world needs peace, more compassion and a new economic order that departs from creating disparities. We need to take a serious step back and move towards a more harmonious means of living.

The capitalist model concentrates power and money in the hands of a few. We live in a materialistic world where acquisition becomes the norm. Sadly, studies reveal that buying things does not make people happy. Liberal experiments have turned cultures upside down and created zombie cultures which people are made to follow as the latest trends. People are experimenting and making wrong choices and eventual discovery of truth leads them to greater depression.

Capitalist ideology is controlled by a handful of elites through organizations that they control – the IMF and World Bank are western controlled oligarchies. Their loans are conditional and subject to a government reducing welfare to people in need, structural adjustments force privatization, massive tax cuts for the rich, the crushing of trade unions, deregulation and opening economy to what suits external investors, IMF even forces removal of controls over flows of capital.

Freedom from trade unions and collective bargaining means the freedom to suppress wages. Freedom from regulation means the freedom to poison rivers & pollute environment, endanger workers, charge iniquitous rates of interest and design exotic financial instruments. Freedom from tax means freedom from the distribution of wealth that lifts people out of poverty. Marketisation of public services such as energy, water, trains, health, education, roads and prisons has enabled corporations to charge for its use.

Neoliberalism has impacted countries politically. No person without money can contest elections. No political parties can survive without throwing money. Money buys votes and even voters. Those funding campaigns do so expecting returns with interest!

Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian prime minister with his decision to ban Rothschild banking became the 1st European nation to even close down the IMF office in Hungary.

Let’s look at what the world looks like..

The wealthiest one percent now have 65 times more wealth than the entire poorest half of the global population does. The ultra-wealthy have approximately 32 trillion dollars (that we know about) stashed in offshore banks around the planet.

The poorest half of the world’s population only owns about 1 percent of all global wealth, and about a billion people throughout the world go to bed hungry every night.

An article in the Economic Collapse says U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.

US trade deficit is $8trillion!  More than 102 million working age Americans do not have a job. Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs. Everything is getting outsourced overseas. In 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs. In 1985, US trade deficit with China was approximately $6million in 2012 US trade deficit with China was $315billion.

In Qatar petrol is cheaper than water. There are over 4000 millionaires in Qatar yet poverty prevails.

In Saudi Arabia – the average foreign worker earns as little as $266 a month – there are 9million foreign workers. Saudi unemployment rate is closer to 27 to 29%, rising to 33% among youths between 20 and 24 years and 38% for 24 to 29-year-olds (source ARAMCO employee),

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression (5% of the world population)

The wealthiest one percent of all Americans control 40 percent of all the wealth in the United States. Over a million American families are kicked out of their homes for not paying mortgage. The banks keep the mortgage that they previously paid plus the house as well! The same applies to all other items – stop paying and you forfeit that to the banks. The “too big to fail” banks now control 77 percent of all of the banking assets in the country.

The number of millionaires in the United States rose 16% to 7.8 million in 2009. US debt is $18trillion / UK debt is £4.8 trillion

The average American supermarket stocks 40,000 unique items, while European stores have approximately 18,000 items. American cars are much larger than their international counterparts as are all other items.

In 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese today that number is 36%, and likely to rise to 42 percent by 2030. United States has the highest divorce rate in the world. According to Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married as compared to 72% in 1960.

According to CBS News, the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, while residents of the U.K. only use 40 gallons per day and residents of China use just 22 gallons per day.

It is estimated that 75 percent of India’s surface water is now contaminated by human and agricultural waste.

According to a UN study on sanitation, far more people in India have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet.

Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. 12.5% of the world population are under nourished. In 2010, an estimated 7.6 million children — more than 20,000 a day — died. 525.6 million in Asia are hungry. 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women. 50% of hungry people are farming families. Cash crops result in exporting food!

Yet, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), says about one third of global food production (around 30 to 40%), is lost or wasted annually. Every year rich countries waste more that 220 million tonnes of food.  Institution of Mechanical Engineers say 2bn tonnes of food never makes it on to a plate. The annual food waste in Italy could feed 44 million people – all of Ethiopia’s undernourished population. The annual food waste in France is enough to feed the entire population of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just five per cent of United States’ food waste could feed 4 million people for one day.

Sadly the Eastern upcoming nations are following the same Western capitalist fundamentals thus the need for these nations to take a pause and not follow the same failed journey of the West.

This is where Buddhist fundamentals can offer a solution and people need not be baptized or give up their faith to follow the fundamental theory of Buddhist ideology.

When Buddhist philosophy urges man to make profits by not harming others no one can go against this, when Buddhist philosophy asks man to engage in right livelihoods without slaughtering animals and treat them as sentient beings, that too cannot be faulted. When Buddhist philosophy encourages people to be more compassionate and kind to all, this too is nothing that people can object to.

Sadly it is Europeans who are again bringing out the concepts of Buddhism. E. F. Schumacher in his book “Buddhist Economics,” says “Right Livelihood” is one of the requirements of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path”…. Buddhist economics must be very different from the economics of modern materialism, since the Buddhist sees the essence of civilization not in a multiplication of wants but in the purification of human character.”…. “The keynote of Buddhist economics, therefore, is simplicity and non-violence.”

“The modern Western economist is used to measuring the “standard of living” by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is “better off” than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption”

“From the point of view of Buddhist economics … production from local resources for local needs is the most rational way of economic life, while dependence on imports from afar and the consequent need to produce for export to unknown and distant peoples is highly uneconomic and justifiable only in exceptional cases and on a small scale.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Eo3k-jCHRo

Clair Brown economist at University of Berkeley created a Buddhist Economics course and says that applying Buddhist principles to the way an economy operates would produce an economy designed primarily to meet the needs of people. “In the traditional economic model, it makes sense to go shopping if you are feeling pain, because buying things makes you feel better,” Brown wrote in her class syllabus. “Yet, we know from experience that consuming more does not relieve pain. What if we lived in a society that did not put consumption at its center? What if we follow instead the Buddhist mandate to minimize suffering, and are driven by compassion rather than desire?”

Thai Buddhist monk and philosopher, P.A. Payutto that one should not be a Buddhist or an economist to be interested in Buddhist economics. Buddhist ethical principles and their applications in economic life offer a way of being and acting, which can help people to live a more ecological and happier life while contributing to the reduction of human and non-human suffering in the world.

The Wall Street Journal carried an article titled “Buddhist Monk in Thailand Relies on Karma for Lending Success” – the more a borrower repays, the lower the interest rate will be the next month, unlike at commercial banks, which calculate interest rates at set levels.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/buddhist-monk-in-thailand-relies-on-karma-for-lending-success-1431459001

Why cannot business models be based on Right Livelihood – people can be rich but not at the poverty of others!

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No country is flourishing, all countries are in debt, people are unhappy, environment has also been impacted …everything is on the decline because of man’s greed. We need to return to the concept of small is beautiful, to learn to prioritize people, environment and animals over products and creativity over consumption. Neither capitalism or socialism has provided us answers. The third alternative is Buddhist economics and the concept of right livelihood as well as greater compassion.

With over 535million world Buddhists and many philanthropists as well the onus is on them to come out with a Buddhist economic/banking model that encapsulates all that will help salvage nations, people, animals and the environment. It is advised that the Buddhist associations create a forum for this and come up with a new formula that would become a new breakthrough in a world that is like a volcano ready to erupt. A small town/city can be selected to implement a new economic/banking system that puts people, animals, environment before wealth and greed.

We do not need wars – we need peace, we do not need stress, pressure and depression – we need to relax and be at one with our inner being, we do not need to inflict pain on others because karma will return that pain to us – we need more compassion in the world for all. We do not need greed – it is never ending. We do not need to acquire –it doesn’t bring happiness and we do not take anything when we ultimately depart. Let us all contribute towards a model of living that does not create inequality, imbalances, conflicts and chaos.

Shenali D Waduge  

Sources:

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/tag/greed

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/13/half-world-wealth-in-hands-population-inequality-report

http://www.trueactivist.com/victory-hungary-becomes-first-european-nation-to-ban-rothschild-banks/

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/raj-patel-value-of-nothing-interview-buddhist-economics/19827037/

Observations on FM Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s comments on ‘separation’ and ‘federation’ in Sri Lanka

October 11th, 2016

 Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .  Canada

11 October 2016

Hon. Mangala Samarawera, MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Government of Sri Lanka
Colombo 1,
Sri Lanka

Dear Minister Mangala Samaraweera:

I was absolutely excited when I came across the report by Hassina Leelarathna,in Lankaweb, reproduced from Sri Lanka Express under the title “FM Managala Samaraweera in L.A. says no separation but leaves door open to federalism.” And I was hoping that this report would be the one that I was searching for to retool my faith in the Yahapalanaya Government when I lost it for many reasons within the first 50-days of you all being elected.  That was a crying shame.

  1. So the Yahapalanayoes, promoted yourselves as the white knights of Sri Lanka’s ‘Good Governance’ painting a grim picture of the former regime as a bunch of good-for-nothing-pariahs as frauds and crooks plundering public funds, and that nepotism was one of their pillars of government and their weakness was to appoint their relations and cronies to high-paying jobs at home and abroad to line their pockets with their ill-found dough.  “We are lily-white, we are clean as a sarong washed with an extra dose of love Comfort washing powder, hanging between two bamboo stakes to dry under a hot sun”, you all insinuated. Ha! What lies!!
  1. My trust and faith in you all came crashing down like a ton of Kelaniya-kilned bricks when the President showed his middle finger at the voters and then placing his thumb of his right palm on his nose and  then wiggled the other four fingers telling the voters, “Na-nana-naa-na; Na-nana-naa-na, I fooled you didn’t I, but  this is what my “Good Governance” is all about.  I not only gave a place in my government to those you had rejected by your democratic vote, but also gave some of them Cabinet posts.”

Wow! Minister, that set the tone of what to expect from the Yahapalanayoes, and so far my Crystal Ball readings about you all have not betrayed me.  Phew!  I could croak!!

‘Nepotism’ by the Rajapaksa regime was the bug-bear that made you all crank up Sri Lanka’s cultural vindictive, witch-hunting politics, and thumped and bludgeoned the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at every public event.  You, yourself have been pretty good at that too, Mr. Minister.   But then, you did not go after your leader, President Maithripala Sirisena when he appointed his younger brother, as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom.  I couldn’t care whether Kumarasinghe Sirisena was the most brilliant candidate to head that institution, but according to my lexicon, it is “Nepotism’ underlined in red.  And that too happened within the 100 day programme. So show me the difference between the Rajapaksa’s and the Yahapalanayoes.  Nothing much, isn’t it?

Well…well…well….Minister, President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the  winners circle of the political arena after winning the elections with a roll-call of magul-bera, promising to end family rule and eradicate nepotism, and 12 months later what do we have? Yahapalanayoes husbands and wives in top government posts, like holding positions as Secretaries of Ministries under President Sirisena’s government, not just one or two but a gaggle of them.  And State media appointments and as diplomats, as well.  You know what Minister Samaraweera, if it were a competition between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the present President Mathiripala Sirisena as to – ‘Anything you could do I could do better’, in appointing relatives and cronies to high positions in their Governments, tally the numbers and you will find that President Sirisena would have won hands down.   And there you are and I will bet my last dollar on it. You will find this remarkable achievement by the Yahapalanayoe’s ‘Good Governance,’  amazing yet disingenuous stuff, I say.  Don’t you?

Coming back to the report by Hassina Leelarathna,  you had said “Unitary constitution” and “Federalism” are just terms being thrown around.  “Don’t go by what’s on social media”.

But here is the problem that I have with those words.  I don’t think that the Yahapalanayoes understand and realize that both those words are active words and culminates with a desired ending.  ‘Unitary Constitution’ marks unity or uniformity, and the word “Federalism” means a polity  in which several states form a Unity but remains independent.  So lets be serious Minister.  Let’s not fool around with these words unless you express a specific desired meaning without Mangaling and confusing the minds of the ordinary people.

But, then, the headline of the report says “FM Mangala Samaraweera in L.A. says no separation but leaves door open to federalism.”

And then the Sri Lanka Express quoted you as saying “A federal state is not a separate state.  I assure you Sri Lanka will remain a united, undivided country. 

If this is indeed the case, why on earth are you giving hope to the Federalists when the President and Prime Minister says quite emphatically repeating like a mantra that there will be no ‘federalism’ and no ‘separation’.  On October 7, as reported in Business Standard, said “Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today dismissed as irrelevant a call by the chief minster, of the Tamil-majority northern province for a federal solution.”

If you, as Foreign Minister of the country go on preaching to the ordinary masses that a ‘federal state;’ is not a ‘separate state’, you are being simplistic and not telling the absolute truth.    What is indeed your problem not to tell the masses, “Yes, although a federal state is not a separate state, it indeed is the stepping stone to becoming a ‘Separate State.  And I am being somewhat cautious with the northern Tamils as they live by the tenet ‘little now, more later.”

Minister, it is time that you study the classic example of the French federal Province of Quebec in Canada.  It will tell you how wrong you are and will make you aware of the possibilities of a metamorphosis in ‘federalism’.

The official campaign for separation of Quebec from the rest of Canada, since its founding federation in 1867, started on October 2, 1995. The Referendum was launched solely by the Provincial Parti Quebecois government of Jacques Parizeau.  And by the time the campaign approached October 30th, the day of the Referendum, all of Canada of 32 million peoples was on pins.  And on the day of the Referendum vote, all members of Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Liberal Government were peeing in their pants. It was touch and go.  The official results for the ‘Yes” vote was 49.4% and the “No” vote not to separate from Canada was 50.58%.  It was the largest voters turn out in the history of Quebec (93.52%).

Do you know what, Minister?  That Referendum did not close the chapter and gates of the separatist French Quebecois, they are still clamouring to separate, as our Northern Tamil community does, wanting to have their own, mono-ethnic, racist, Tamil state  Eelam since the 1930s.

I well appreciate your position now that you have cornered yourself  on behalf of the Yahapalanaya Government and decided to co-sponsor the 2015 Resolution of the UNHRC, thus accommodating the wishes of the main sponsors.  You are now skating on thin ice and I do not see any wiggle room for you to get onto thicker ice to skate comfortably for a sustained survival as a winner in a bullying geo-political arena. And you have placed the noose around Sri Lanka’s neck, and she is not comfortable as she feels it tightening on her slowly every time you open your mouth at an international palaver.

But here is an interesting ‘Geo-political’ incident that happened in October 1995, about Quebec’s Referendum to separate from Canada.   French President Jacques Chirac, while answering a call from a viewer in Montreal on CNN’s Larry King Live, declared that, if the “Yes” side were successful, the fact that the referendum had succeeded would be recognized by France.

Minister Samaraweera, I am sure you are cognizant that the Tamil people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces who are clamouring for their mono-ethnic, racist Tamil separate state, Eelam, have 77 million of their uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and other relatives living just 18 salt water-miles way from our northern shore.

These were the Indira Gandhi’s Indians who took thousands of our barefooted Tamil ‘separatist’ youth  to train them at 32 military camps at Chakrata, North of Dehra dun for commando and army combat, and instructing them how to make bombs, jungle warfare, weapons training at military camps in Kumbakonam,  Meenambakkam, Parangamali, Sengalpattu, etc. and sent them back after graduating as terrorists  in army fatigues, jackboots, cradling Kalashnikovs like babies in their arms  and with festoons of live bullets around  their necks to destabilize Sri Lanka.

These are the same Indians who mounted on the evening of 4 June 1987, Operation Poomalai, involving five An-32s of the Paratroop Training School in Agra, escorted by five Mirage 2000s of the No.7 Squadron  flying screaming violating Sri Lanka’s sovereign airspace to drop 25 tons of ‘parippu’ relief for 800,000 Tamils in the Jaffna peninsula   A token but effective bullying to scare the hell out of President J.R.Jayewardena who was shaking like an autumn leaf in the wind under his pants.   The end result was the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord and their Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi boasting in Madras “I got more than what was expected from Sri Lanka for the Tamils.” 

And it was the same Indians who voted for the Resolution at the UNHCR to tighten the noose around Sri Lanka’s neck.

Do I trust these Indians, Minister?  Na!, not even if  they come to me in a Halloween Costume as a Greek in a colourful Foustanella with a tray of gold  with gifts of Indian sweets- Agra petha, Gulab Jaman, Imarti, Besan laddu, Gajar ka halwa, honey Murukku and a cup of good Darjeeling tea.  But I would hesitate to open the small gold threaded trinket box in case it has a gold plated live bullet that may go off later.

And this is why you Yahapalanayoes surprise me, by stripping the army and their camps in the north making Sri Lanka’s north vulnerable making its sovereign real estate insecure to let our enemies in sheep’s skin clothing enter as they have no need to play the game of “knock…know..who is there..”..  Our enemy  can walk in with  claymore-bombs, guns and bullets as  the Northern door to Sri Lanka is wide open as the Security Guard has been dismissed by the foolish ‘Good Governance’ Yahapalanayoes.

All this is because you, Yahapalanayoes bowed down to western countries pressure at the UNHRC, which they had absolutely no business calling Sri Lanka, a sovereign state, which had only recently emerged after a 30 year-haemorrhaging Tamil Tiger terrorist war, challenging its territorial integrity and to proceed in reducing the numbers of our security forces from the North of the island and return the land acquired for security reasons.  It is a pity that Sri Lanka’s second name was not Israel or India, as the UNHRC wouldn’t  have dared try those shenanigans as it would have been snubbed big time.

And as a final comment let me impress upon you that ‘ethno-federalism’ or ‘linguistic-federalism’ has no place in Sri Lanka.  There has to be an understanding of a critical analysis, and a rational understanding of the local specific issues facing the island, including the understanding of the future implications because of the size of the island which is under the shadow of our neighbouring giant that house 77 million Tamils, the kith and kin and brethren of our Northern Tamils, the geo-political implications and the national security due to the island’s position in the Indian Ocean along the silk route.

You Yahapalanayoes should not create a situation that would break up the country apart and not having a clue of what it was going to do and look like after the bifurcation.  That would be a disaster and a good reason for our next generation and the next to say POX to all you Yahapalanayoes of the Sirisena-Wickremasinghe government.

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe

Ottawa, Canada

පැතිකඩ – මහ බැංකු හොරකම සහ වංචාව 11th October 2016

October 11th, 2016

 

We all are running out of our patience

October 11th, 2016

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

If you ask any head of a private company, state sector or a corporation, authority ,about any development project ,what do you hear ?

Shear frustration and criticism .Cart is driven by many horses in different directions .No minister is able to spearhead development despite promises given by the Prime Minister .Doesn’t this give wrong signal that two leading horses are pulling the cart to two different directions ?

People complain openly and write freely under Yahapalanya but nothing moves

Another 5 years of hibernation awaiting the nation

I salute our countrymen who are now somewhat tolerant, waiting for boom in economy, with hopes .At least people now have Small Maruti to drive around , and some Indians under Etca come and push us ?

We always have lived in hopes and move forward .Earn you money hook or crook let the governing people flourish and you also share little if you can

 

PREMADASA KEPT US ON PINS, CB KEPT US WAITING ,MR KEPT US HELPLESS,DB KEPT US SLEEPING AND NOW MS KEEP GIVING US (NO) HOPES ???

October 11th, 2016

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

I have been working in establishments in private and public sector under all above presidents. Only good thing I learnt  was during RP’s time when he kept us on pins and we delivered. I used to get calls at 4 am from Keselewatte about a problem related to public inconvenience somewhere and wanted me to attend .He did not ask the Minister or the Secretary he came direct .All heads of state sector and chairmen of corporation were sleepless .

Despite all the problems in the country ,where tigers JVP were playing havoc country moved forward .

DB came am we all felt sleepy and CB came and we went to sleep as country was on a stand still, MR comes with a bang and we could not do much as only a selected crowd was trying to run the admin functions with all top ministries under his close confidantes .I was never able to get a time to meet MR  in contrast to RP ,DB and CB where I could meet them to solve problems

What do we have now ? I get invited to various committees headed by southern development minister and even PM to present our cases related to delays in investments. Minutes are sent to heads of departments and secretaries  and the ministers in charge gives  a hoot !

I have a classic example of development of Boat Building and the decisions made by the CCEM (Cabinet committee for  Economic Management) where top level ministers get together and make decisions are conveyed to a particular minister via the secretary and they sleep on it .

How far we can go when decisions made at that high level are ignored

I am willing to testify at any inquiry and explain so that whole country knows that we are “eagerly waiting with hopes for  a change “

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

දහම් සිරිසේන විසින් පිස්තෝලයක් තියලා තර්ජනය කර ඇත්තේ ක්‍රිස් බල්තසාර් ටයි – නිවැරදි කිරීමකි.

October 11th, 2016

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[1]. පසුගිය දා විධායක ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ පුත් දහම් සිරිසේන විසින් නයිට් ක්ලබ් එකකට ගොස් කලබල ඇති කර තම ආරක්ෂකයින් ලවා එහි සේවකයන්ට පහර දීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් වූ සිද්ධිය යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට බැර කිරීමට යහපාලන අන්තර්ජාල මඩ ඒකකය කටයුතු කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අප පැහැදිළි කිරීමක් සිදුකළෙමු. එහිදී අප දැක්වූ වීඩියෝවක අදහස් දක්වන්නේ වත්මන් FCID ප්‍රධානියා වන ජේෂ්ඨ නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති රවීන්ද්‍ර වෛද්‍යාලංකාර මහතාගේ පුත් අසේල වෛද්‍යාලංකාර මහතා ලෙස දැක්වුවද ඒ ඔහු නොව දෙහිවල ගල්කිස්ස නාගරික මන්ත්‍රී ක්‍රිස් බල්තසාර් මහතා බව අපට පසුව අනාවරණය විය. අන්තර්ජාලයේ මෙන්ම සමාජ ජාල වලද එම වීඩියෝවේ අදහස් දක්වනේ අසේල වෛද්‍යාලංකාර මහතා බවට වැරදියට දැක්වෙයි. කෙසේ නමුදු වත්මන් FCID ප්‍රධානියා වන ජේෂ්ඨ නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති රවීන්ද්‍ර වෛද්‍යාලංකාර මහතාගේ පුත් අසේල වෛද්‍යාලංකාර මහතා ටද දහම් සිරිසේන තර්ජනය කර පහර දී ඇත. නම් මාරු වීමෙන් සිදුවූ අපහසුතාවය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඒ මහත්වරුන් දෙපිරිසටම අපගේ කණගාටුව ප්‍රකාශ කරමු.

 

[2]. දහම් සිරිසේනගේ වැඩ කිඩ අප කාටත් පැටලෙන බැවින් සහෘදයින්ගේ පැහැදිළිකරගැනීම උදෙසා යහපාලකයින්ට බොරුයි කිව නොහැකි මූලාශ්‍ර සමගම නැවතත් දක්වන්නෙමු.

(i). 2013 වසරේ නැගෙනහිර පාසිකුඩා වෙරළේ නිවාඩු නිකේතනයකදී ඔහු සහ ඔහුගේ මිතුරන් පිරිසක් වත්මන් FCID ප්‍රධානියා වන ජේෂ්ඨ නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති රවීන්ද්‍ර වෛද්‍යාලංකාර මහතාගේ පුත් අසේල වෛද්‍යාලංකාර මහතාට පහර දීමෙන් දහම් සිරිසේන පලමුවෙන්ම මාධ්‍ය අවධානයට ලක්වන ලදී.

පසුගියදා පාසිකුඩා වෙරළ තීරයේදී මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන අමාත්‍යවරයාගේ පුත්‍රයා ඇතුළු පිරිසක් විසින් සිදුකළ මෙම පහරදීමෙන් නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති රවී වෛද්‍යාලංකාරගේ පුත් අසේල වෛද්‍යාලංකාර තුවාල ලබා රෝහල්ගත කෙරුණා. [මූලාශ්‍රය: දහම් – අසේල පාසිකුඩා ගැටුම hirunews.lk]

(ii) දෙවන සිද්ධිය වූයේ දෙහිවල ගල්කිස්ස නාගරික මන්ත්‍රී ක්‍රිස් බල්තසාර් මහතාගේ හිසට දහම් සිරිසේන පිස්තෝලයක් එල්ල කිරීමයි. දහම් සිරිසේනගේ කැරැට්ටුව ක්‍රිස් බල්තසාර් මහතාගේම අත්දැකීමෙන් පහතින් අහන්න.

(iii). තුන් වන සිද්ධිය සිදුවූයේ යහපාලන රජය බලයට පත්වී දින කීපයක් ගිය තැන 2015 ජනවාරි 10 වන දිනය. එදිනද ඔහු මේ ආකාරයටම රාත්‍රී සමාජ ශාලාවකට ඇතුළු වී යකා නැටීමෙන් ලැජ්ජාවට පත් වූ විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඔහුට වැඩි දුර අධ්‍යාපනයට යැයි කියමින් එංගලන්තයට යවන ලදී.

(10) රාත්‍රියේ කොළඹ 07 රීඩ් මාවතේ තුරග තරඟ පිටියේ පිහිටා ඇති ‘Clique’ නැමති රාත්‍රී සමාජ ශාලාවට PSD වාහන 8 ක් පිරිවරා පැමිණ ඇති දහම් සිරිසේන රාත්‍රී සමාජ ශාලාවට ඇතුළුවද්දීම සමාජ ශාලාවේ ආරක්ෂක අංශයන්ට නියෝග කොට ඇත්තේ සමාජ ශාලාව තුල තිබෙන සියළුම CCTV කැමරා ක්‍රියා විරහිත කරන ලෙසයි. එයට අකමැති වී ඇති සමාජ ශාලාවේ ආරක්ෂක අංශයන් හට PSD නිලධාරීන් ලවා තර්ජනය කරමින් පසුව සියළු CCTV කැමරා ක්‍රියා විරහිත කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව සමාජ ශාලාවේ සිටි අයට හිරිහැර වන ආකාරයෙන් පිස්සු කෙලින්නට පටන් ගෙන තිබේ. [Source: rasavahini.com]

(iv). හතර වන සිද්ධිය වූයේ හතර වන සිද්ධිය වූයේ එංගලන්තයේ නිවාස සමාගමකට පොලු තැබීමයි.

බකිංහෑම්ෂයර් විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයට ඇතුල් වූ දහම් සිරිසේන එහිදී නිසි අධ්‍යාපනයක් නොලද අතර අධ්‍යාපන කටයුතු අතරමග නවතා නැවතත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණුනි. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයට යාමට ඔහු නවාතැන් ගෙන සිටි නිවසේ මාසික කුලිය හිඟ තබා නිසි ලෙස එය නැවත භාර නොදී දහම් ලංකාවට පැමිණීමෙන් අනතුරුව අදාළ දේපළ සමාගම ලන්ඩනයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහකොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයට දිගින් දිගටම ඔහුට නඩු පවරන බව දක්වමින් එන්තරවාසි එවා තිබිණ. පසුව ජනාධිපති වැඩිමහල් දියණියගේ හා බෑණාගේ මැදිහත්වීමෙන් ප්‍රශ්නය නිරාකරණය වුවද දහම් සිරිසේනගේ නම මේ වන විට අදාල දේපල සමාගම විසින් අසාදු ලේඛණ ගත කොට (Black list) ගත කොට ඇත. [මූලාශ්‍රය: දහම් යන්නෙ කොයි පාරේ – මාලකගේ අඩි පාරේ!! lankanewsweb.net]

(v). පස්වන සිද්ධිය වූයේ ක්ලික් නැමැති සමාජ ශාලාවට ගොස් එහි සිටින ආරක්ෂකයෙකුට තර්ජනය කර, පසුව සිය ආරක්ෂාවට යොදවා තිබූ පියාගේ ජනාධිපති අරක්ෂකයින් ලවා එම සමාජ ශාලාවට පහර දී කුඩු කර, එහි සිටි ආරක්ෂකයෙකුට බරපතල තුවාල සිදු කිරීමයි.

According to information received by Colombo Telegraph, Daham Sirisena and a relative named Dias, a notorious character from Ganemulla, along with a group of Presidential Security Division Personnel were denied entry to the night club around 2 am today. They had then left and returned with poles and had initially hit one security guard on the head with a flower pot. Thereafter the mob went berserk smashing the glass panes at the entrance to the building. Some of the other night club revelers waiting to enter the night club had also been assaulted by the group. [Source: Sirisena Brat Led Mob Smashes Night Club And Assaults Staff colombotelegraph.com]

 

[3]. වත්මන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ පුතා එවැනි අපරාධ ගණනාවක් සිදුකර ඇතැයි අප සිතුවේ නැත. විශේෂයෙන්ම “යහපාලනයක්” වෙනුවෙන් පැමිණි විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ පුතා එවැනි දෑ සිදුකර, ජනවරමක් නොමැතිව එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සමුළුවට ගොස් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නියෝජනය කරාවියැයි අප “සිහිනෙන්වත්” සිතුවේ නැත. ඒ අනුව මෙම ලිපියට ප්‍රස්තුත වූ වීඩියෝව දහම් සිරිසේනගේ වෙනත් අපරාධයක් නොව කවුරුත් දන්නා පාසිකුඩා සිදුවීමයැයි අප අනුමාන කළෙමු.

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Alice in Wonderland – II

October 11th, 2016

Last Sunday, Alice Akka was ambling to her vegetable plot when she fell into a rabbit hole. She went hurtling down a dark void and, a few moments later, landed on her back with a thud. She found herself in Wonderland.

A deposed king with his family was seated on a sidewalk. They were apparently planning to regain the kingdom which, they had once thought, was their grandma’s estate. Street lights were on and Alice Akka saw a posh nightclub over yonder. All of a sudden, several Defenders appeared from nowhere, thundered past her and screeched to a halt near that place.

The reigning king’s son got off, surrounded by many palace guards armed to the teeth. When the king was away the prince was at play, someone muttered to himself. The swashbuckling skolly was showing off his gym toned muscles maintained with public funds and sought to force himself into the club only to be stopped by some bouncers blocking the entrance. An argument ensued and then the armed guards pounced on the security personnel. It was like a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster. One of the bouncers was rushed to hospital.

What Alice Akka saw next was retchingly disgusting. Some police bigwigs were doing their damndest to save the prince. Police spokesman was ordered to make himself unavailable to the media. He went missing. The victims who received knuckle sandwiches from the king’s guards were forced to withdraw their statements and the perpetrators were let off the hook. The media chose to play it safe as they knew the victims would be frightened into submission. They opted for self-censorship.

Disappointed with what she saw Alice Akka retraced her steps in disgust, found the rabbit hole and clambered up its rugged slope to the surface. She felt immensely relieved that she was back. She was elated to see a vibrant press exposing wrongdoers and naming and shaming them intrepidly. Many a Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells fearlessly gave vent to his pent up anger through opinion columns. Political leaders’ sons were observing sil; they would not harm even an ant let alone assault bouncers at nightclubs. They were leading simple lives without wasting public funds.

The President was waxing eloquent on good governance and morality. He was threatening to whip any woman who threw bras at musical shows. He was waving a stingray tail or madu walige by way of a dire warning. Alice Akka wondered how tough he would get with anyone who dared get involved in drunken brawls over women in nightclubs and smashed up those dens of vice.

The Prime Minister was at the office of ethics and morality, pontificating on the virtues of good governance and stressing the need for people to meet and disperse peacefully like Licchavis even at nightclubs. He was explaining the government plans to strengthen the rule of law and ensure that everybody was equal before the law.

The IGP was urging the police to carry out their duties and functions without fear or favour and threatening to sack errant cops. The Media Minister was flaunting the new Right to Information Act. Media rights groups were holding a rally to celebrate the newfound media freedom under the present dispensation and Alice Akka, amped and hyper, shouted: “Long live the Sri Lankan media!” Civil society organisations remained Argus-eyed and ready to take on the government at the drop of a hat. She was happy that democracy was blooming with good health.

Alice Akka felt disgusted with the rulers, the media personnel and the guardians of law in Wonderland she had just been to. She wondered how on earth any land could become so bad with the rulers and their progeny being above the law and a self-castrated Fourth Estate looking the other way. She could not understand why Wonderland could not emulate her beloved country, where good governance was overflowing like the turgid waters of Mahaweli Ganga during torrential rains. She felt proud to be a citizen of Sri Lanka––a land like no other.

After Nandikadal: Is it LTTE Kaput or are SL Forces betrayed?

October 11th, 2016

By Lalin Fernando Courtesy The Island


“There is an industry of vexatious allegations against…Forces during … war. We will investigate but will stop abuse of the system. There are 1, 500 allegations. … these (allegations) appear to be above the law… Two law firms are taking advantage of UK’s legislative approach to besmirch the reputation of…Army…. Bring injustice to end … Allegations can be taken to ICC only if there is systemic abuse” (Theresa May PM of Britain after Brexit)

“Find killers of our soldiers and civilians” (father of soldier son killed)

article_imageHow is it that the SL Army that liberated the country from the fascist, terrorist LTTE after nearly 30 years of conflict during which about 100,000 died, is facing war crimes charges but not the defeated terrorist LTTE? The terrorists also killed an ex Indian Prime Minister, 27 SL transit passengers at Meenabakham airport, Chennai, India (1984) and a Japanese nun in Jaffna. Yet SL co sponsored a resolution in 2015 with the West to charge the Army with war crimes including attempted genocide. Which country in the world has done this before? The West that conspired to prevent ‘The total destruction of the Tamil Tigers’, (Morecraft) has with insidious local support, set into motion Operation ’Destroy SL’s Army’.

The conspiracy against the Army was hatched by the West many years ago when SL for its survival went out of the West’s orbit to be supported especially by China and Pakistan. War crimes trials, pulling out troops from Jaffna, retiring the most successful Army officers and drastically downsizing the Army were all recommended by hired Western military experts before 2005.It was to humiliate and neutralize the Army as a measure to appease the terrorists while seeking a completely elusive peace. It was meant to wrench SL from being traditionally non aligned to supplicant of the West (with an Indian shawl). After the scourge of the terrorists was destroyed and absolute and true peace, comfort, contentment and security had prevailed for the first time since 1979, why is this happening?

Today the Army is being hunted by SL’s new found so called ‘international community’ meaning Britain with the USA and some European baggage, out of 195 nation states. They, until the end less USA, sabotaged SL. Had these ‘allies’ been on SL’s side then, it is SL that may have been destroyed. The ‘West’ however will never submit their Forces to international jurisdiction even though responsible for the worst outrages since WW2.

These ‘allies’ are former Imperialists who grew rich on the abomination that was slavery, colonized and robbed non Europeans for 500 years, waged two World Wars killing over 50 million, used atomic bombs, killed 2 million in Vietnam and Laos and another million in Iraq and Afghanistan. They now fervently preach morality which brings rich rewards and business for them. They include manufacturers of military hard ware (used to be the manufacture of cluster bombs too) and brief less lawyers seeking appointments in international courts. It all helps to sustain them as the world bullies.

In war, there are objectives for each phase. It could be to advance on a broad (Bradley 12 (US) Army Group with Patton etc, Russians under Zhukov, Konev, Chuikov) or narrow front (Montgomery- 21 (Brit) Army Group, and Chuikov in the race for Berlin) in WW2. Opposition can be by passed to strike deep and fast taking risks leaving flanks open (Guderian, Rommel, Patton) or engage all enemy defended localities, secure flanks and proceed albeit more cautiously and slowly. The withdrawal (‘retreat’ or as the Russians say ‘mobile defence’ while the Americans in Korea called it ‘bugging out’.) could be by day (ill advised as at the Elephant Pass debacle) or night. In the defence it could be to hold (invariably a dominating or strategic feature) or deny ground. In the attack, it is either to capture or destroy. At Nandikadal the choice was destroy. It was the correct decision. It was perfectly legitimate. It was to be proportionate.

The Army had fought for nearly 30 years to defeat the Northern terrorists. Bitter fighting in the last two years led to nearly 6,000 troop deaths (KIA) and 29,000 WIA. The about 20,000 to 30,000 terrorists of whom 60% were children, 6,000 among them girls, chose Putumattalan to Mullivaikkal, an open unpopulated scrub land to the East of the Nandikadal lagoon in Mullativu as their main defensive position. The sea was to its rear. They had 10 foot earth bunds together with land mines covering all approaches. They launched desperate and formidable including suicide counter attacks from strong covering positions in Putthukudiyiruppu to the West of the lagoon as the Army closed in. Once those defences were driven in from all sides, Mullivaikkal was naked except for the 300,000 Tamil hostages taken voluntarily, by force, inducement or deceit. The hostages had to be rescued before the terrorists could be destroyed.

In conventional warfare the battle field is clear of non combatants. No claims of collateral damage occur or can be made as in villages, towns and cities where people are resident by choice. These hostages, camp followers, forced labour and militia whatever were used to fortify the defence by digging trenches, bunkers and building formidable earth bunds behind the lagoon. They had their artillery and even homemade MBRLs that caused more casualties to them than to their targets. The Sea Tigers patrolled the lagoon murderously. This was conventional warfare decided on by the terrorists that had disdained their acclaimed forte as guerillas in the neutral jungle. So who were the non combatants at Nandikadal who were supposedly killed in an attempt at genocide?

Late Mrs. Subramanium Sivakarani alias Tamilini, a surrendered former LTTE women fighter in her book published in 2016 titled ‘Oro Kooralin Nizhalil’ (The Shadow of the Sharp Sword) states Tamil hostages attempting to escape were ordered to be shot in their knees by the terrorist leader Prabakaran (VP) himself. Her revelations pinned down, shocked and exposed the terrorists’ foreign and local collaborators who had looked to VP as their saviour. There could be no denial. They disowned her. The absolute silence of the West, UNSG, TNA and GTF and ruling elements in SL, is significant. How many hostages were shot were killed or left to die is not certain but there is no doubt the terrorists were best positioned and motivated to inflict the maximum casualties. The parallel would be the Nazis in Berlin in WW2 who killed thousands of Germans as the Russians closed in. Were Moon’s 2016 hysterics in SL an attempt to snow over or by pass this damning evidence? He did not even refer to it.

If ISIL, al Qaida or Taliban had decided to follow the LTTE example at Velamullivaikal in staking out open land to fight the Western Coalition, those wars would have been be over in a short time. That they did not and continue to fight as guerillas, insurgents and terrorists hiding among people in villages, towns and cities show the fatal mistake the LTTE, fortunately for SL, made. Instead, Gotterdammerung -catastrophic collapse of the LTTE followed as it did for the Nazi’s in WW2. There were no suicides among the terrorist leaders as in Berlin where another fascist megalomaniac in a bunker under the bombed out Reichstag, also rode to hell.

There are some intriguing coincidences with the Nazis and Hitler. An authority on counter terrorism Walter Laqueur has said of the LTTE “in respect of ruthlessness and fanaticism… could find only one parallel; the fascist movements of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s”-that murdered its way to power in Germany and Italy. Prabakaran was called the “Pol Pot of Asia” (John Burns). Hitler just before the end ordered the wholesale destruction of German industry but his Minister of Armaments and Industry Albert Speer deliberately refused to obey. The terrorists blew up and set fire to their wealth – guns, vehicles, machinery and munitions. The resultant inferno was blamed on the Army. Hitler too refused to surrender but he did not try to escape like VP. He had been a decorated WW1 German corporal. VP had been a smuggler.

The Nazi SS divisions shot hundreds of Germans attempting to flee Berlin as the Russians entered the city. At the end, the SS, Hitler Youth fanatics and Volkssturm (Old men and women mainly in Nazi militia) occupied a very small patch of land (9 miles long by 1-3 miles East to West) behind the river Spree with its high concrete embankments and formidable tank and artillery defences. The LTTE’s last stand was in a patch of land 800 m X 800 m behind the Nandikadal lagoon. Both megalomaniacs’ bodies were cremated but it was not by choice in the case of VP. Both SL at night and Russia (140 units stationed 200 yards apart producing 100 billion candlepower –it blinded both sides) made use of search lights in the final battles. Unlike VP who was expecting to be rescued by the West as was being planned, Hitler was hoping to get to his Alpine Redoubt in Salzburg where he fancied he could hold out against the Allies indefinitely. Meanwhile Churchill tried to double cross Stalin on the agreement to allow the Russians to take Berlin. Perfidious Albion was stymied by Eisenhower in WW2 and Rajapakse in Eelam war IV.

When France was liberated in 1944, 20,000 collaborators were killed. In SL except for one, (who ironically a LTTE suicide bomber killed), they all survived.

That the SL Forces took time to overcome the LTTE defences in Mullivaikkal was not because they could not have finished off the LTTE in 48 hours after they surrounded the LTTE. It was because the LTTE held 300,000 Tamil civilians hostage using them as a human shield. ISIL and Al Qaida have still not reached that point in depravity. They probably know what happened to the LTTE in May 2009. It shook the world. The Nazis as sworn defenders of the Germans never even contemplated such treachery. The now smoothly purring LTTE mouth pieces TNA and many of the one million Tamils in Western countries and Tamilnadu did not lift a finger to object. Neither did Wiggy in Colombo. It mattered not for them as long as the LTTE survived. Anandasangaree and Devananda did, were targeted by the LTTE but are now left out of ‘reconciliation’ maneuvers for their pains and for their dauntless loyalty to SL. Once the hostages were rescued, the propaganda war resumed. It was funded by unlimited Tamil blood money to win back what was lost in battle at tremendous cost in lives to the Tamils. The West trapped SL.

Until the hostages were rescued, the SL Forces were hamstrung. They could not use their fire power that included MBRLs and aircraft to the full. That caused the delay. They did not have heavy artillery (175mm guns and above) as has been spuriously alleged or cluster munitions. Ironically it was the US Military study team that recommended it to SL in good faith.

Once the hostages were rescued there was nothing legally or morally as far as waging wars go, to restrain the Forces. The land the terrorists were occupying was SL sovereign land. The proscribed, fully armed terrorists were a military target by law, custom and tradition. Their destruction was justifiable. The force used was proportionate and legitimate. The allegations of war crimes against the West took place in countries they criminally invaded.

Gen Montgomery before the Alamein battle that stopped Rommel for good in North Africa wanted ‘everyone’ in his Eighth Army to kill the enemy. He even told the padres before the Alamein battle to do so too and to resounding cheers to make it two kills on Sundays! .In the North some clergy worshipped VP.VP reciprocated and killed tens of thousands!

Undeterred by its atrocious conduct especially in Iraq and Afghanistan and driven into a frenetic moral frenzy by LTTE supporters with votes in the bag, western media and leading Western politicians and their collaborators made out that SL had attempted genocide towards the end of the war. The rescue of 295,000 hostages not withstanding! Neither was the fact that 12,000 former terrorist cadres, who were captured or had surrendered, were rehabilitated. In contrast the USA has Abu Graib and Guantanamo to showcase its best practices in dealing with Asian prisoners of war developed in to its present form in Vietnam in the 1970s. SL was complicit in this criminality by allowing ‘rendition flights’ to use Colombo airport during the ‘Spring’ of 2001-5.

LTTE terrorists dressed in civilian attire qualified traditionally to be shot as spies but were not. Nor were the captured terrorists tried by SL for war crimes. In retrospect this appeared to give a warped West controlled UN an opening – to try the SL Forces instead- for defeating the fascist LTTE!

In WW2 in the Ardennes Battle of the Bulge (1944) the Nazis had shot 86 American captives and Belgian civilians at Malmedy. Captured German troops in American uniforms were shot or ‘died suddenly’. The terrorists shot many hundreds of captives at Pooneryn, Mullativu and Elephant Pass and hundreds of fleeing Tamil hostages at Mullaivaikal. The Army did not reciprocate. There will be NO charges against the LTTE while all possible charges will be made against the Army by a SL co sponsored resolution in Geneva. Words are hard to find to describe this betrayal. Maybe what someone said at the ‘Geneva and you’ presentation at the SLFI on 29 Sep 16 about a father giving his daughter for prostitution would convey the moral indignation of very many voiceless people.

Surrender offers by the LTTE

It was a PM of SL quoting inappropriate laws, long after the conflict ended and when there were no terrorists concealed among fishermen who wanted Indian fishermen poaching in SL’s territorial waters shot. Why then is the West that he supports, thrashing SL about allegations of shooting terrorists who had perfected suicide bombings that killed thousands including rescued Tamil hostages that apparently wanted to surrender?

The terrorists were under an oath not to surrender as broadcast worldwide. They, including Mrs. Balasingham now in UK, all carried cyanide capsules to bite in case of capture. Which soldier would expect a surrender offer by any of them as genuine? They had not surrendered before. They had never respected the norms, practices, traditions or customs and laws of war especially in conventional war as chosen by them in extremis. They could not expect any mercy. They had killed or tortured and bled to death troops and policemen (600 in the East alone in one day in 1990) by the thousands. The 600 Sinhala and Muslim policemen—the Tamil policemen were released— were butchered by specialist killer groups of the LTTE like the Einssatzgruppen and the Sonder Commando of the Nazis after being asked to surrender; they were given a guarantee of safe passage. The then groveling government was also complicit in this massacre as it ordered the police not to fight back but surrender. To date the fate of the policemen has been ignored. Is it because it will shed light on one the worst atrocities that ever happened in battle anywhere in the world and expose who was responsible? Only in numbers was it different from what happened at Babi Yar in the Ukraine (Sep 1941) when 33,771 Jews were asked to lie down at the bottom of a ravine, shot with automatic rifles and covered lightly with soil, before another lot were shot with machine guns – all in 36 hours. It is a mockery of justice, “transitional” or “hybrid”, not to try all those responsible for this slaughter, this real attempted genocide. Are SL and its Army if not the Police then not the real target for the West wearing moral or bloody terrorist camouflage?

The SAS in the 1980 Princes Gate Iranian Embassy siege killed all but one the 6 terrorists and rescued all but one hostage of 26. The SAS operation took just 11 minutes. Orders had been given to take no prisoners. “There can have been little opportunity to ask a clearly identified terrorist whether or not he was armed or was really surrendering” (Secret Armies -James Adam). This British exemption apparently did not apply to the SL Army during the closing stages of a 30 year war in tropical jungles. Six thousand soldiers were killed in two years after capturing 12,000 terrorists and rescuing 295,000 hostages who were shot at by the terrorists.

Apparently surrender offers were made on the telephone from all over the world to non military people, were accepted and broken. In the battlefield surrender has to be negotiated and accepted by the field commanders and no one else. Nowhere in the world are ridiculous pleas of brazenly self appointed negotiators (Ms Colville (UK), TNA MPs etc) and nondescript players given any credence.

Beguiling troops with white flags was just another treacherous ruse. Would they be a cover for a raiding party or worse? The Army, fully aware of how deceitful the terrorists were during the 26 years of the conflict, was wary. Four cease fires were broken by the terrorists without warning by launching massive and devastating attacks on Army camps, killing thousands. Suicide bombers intermingling with rescued hostages blew themselves up killing over 30 during the hostage rescue. Which soldier in any army would accept an offer of surrender from such depraved terrorists especially if he has seen the terrorist shooting his comrades minutes before? This was a 26 year war. A lot of lessons were learned. What man would trust the terrorists knowing their own assurances to surrendering troops were always dishonored. If in the circumstances any terrorist(s) were actually unarmed, aberrations could have been made in what had to be split second decisions in battle. Let SL judges decide what was legitimate or not on the banks of the Nandikadal. ‘Hybrids’ or even hermaphrodites, retired, recycled, reborn or jobless nondescript international lawyers must not be allowed in SL to judge SL’s soldiers.

The Forces had undone what the 1983 ‘Sonder Commando’ of the Dharmista Government started with petrol cans, knives and swords towards finding their ‘final solution’. They should be the first accused for starting the war according to the Nuremburg findings.

No Fire Zones

SL offers of No Fire Zones (NFZ) for the hostages were rejected by the LTTE. Thus there were no NFZs legally as one party had not agreed to it. The LTTE instead actually occupied the NFZs and cynically intermingled with the 300,000 hostages. They expected to get a respite from the Army’s fire and assault. They did, until the hostages escaped.

In effect the LTTE’s denial of the NFZs meant the whole conflict area was a Free Fire Zone (FFZ). The Forces however did at no time treat any part of the LTTE occupied areas as a FFZ until the hostages had escaped. Fire was selective and minimized at considerable cost in lives to the troops. The LTTE did not have such compunctions and fired their artillery from civilian inhabited areas and where hospitals were located.What is not verified is how many hostages were actually killed by the LTTE.

But the same politicians that backed Premadasa who treacherously supplied weapons and ammo to the LTTE, shamelessly denigrated the troops and their commanders (2008) and genuflected to the terrorists for endless years now protest from roof tops that they will never ‘betray’ the fighting forces of whom 23,000 were KIA in 26 years. Who on earth wishes to believe them?

Is the army that liberated SL to be sacrificed, now that danger is over? If so by whom? What is the real target?

“Be absolutely proud of the fact that in our Armed Forces we have men and women who are willing to put themselves on the line for our safety and to do things that that most of us would not contemplate being willing to do in terms of our own safety” … who ‘conducted an unpopular war, poorly resourced, poorly planned and when they return.. They are pursued for decades afterwards by spurious allegations (Johnny Mercer MP, retired British Army Officer)

US polls debate

October 11th, 2016

P.A.Samaraweera

 The US polls are to be held on the 8th of November. The first debate between Hilary Clinton (HC) and Donald Trump (DT) was held a few weeks ago. According to political commentators, HC was ahead in that debate.  The 2nd debate was held on the 9th of October. In this debate, among other topics, the focus was on DT’s tax evasion and his attitude towards women. With regard to the first, DT diplomatically avoided the topic by referring to ‘depreciation’.  As a defence against the second accusation, DT compared it with the allegations against Bill Clinton who was sitting in the audience. DT reminded HC, that four of his victims are sitting in the front row. DT also referred to the 33,000 emails sent by HC. She accepted it and said it was a mistake. Unlike in the last debate, HC could not give a knock out and according to some commentators, DT had an edge over her. Some had claimed that HC is the winner while others had said that she failed to put the nail in the coffin. A few had analysed it as an even split. DT has little experience in politics whereas HC had been in politics for 30 years. The final debate is on the 19th of Oct.

In 2008 HC failed to get nominations from the Democratic party. It had been argued that both are unpopular and the floating voters have to choose the best out of the worst. HC, who was the former US Secy of State may follow Obama foreign policy which was talk peace and wage war. She was hard on Sri Lanka after the war and  she visited Jayalalithaa to discuss the post war Sri Lankan situation. During the last Presidential elections, there were allegations that she accepted donations from the LTTE. Later it was reported that the funds were returned saying that she was unaware that the LTTE was a terrorist organisation !   If HC wins the election, she will undoubtedly throw her weight on Sri Lankan politics. 

JFA extends support to Pak scribe Cyril Almeida

October 11th, 2016

By Our Correspondent

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern that the Pakistan government in Islamabad has  issued indirect threats to a senior scribe for his report published in Dawn. The northeast India based scribes’ forum argues that the Nawaz Sharif government  should respect the freedom of Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida who reported about the ongoing rift between the civilian government and the Pakistan’ armed forces in the backdrop of Indo-Pakistan conflict.

It may be mentioned the Islamabad regime got angry over Almeida’s report titled ‘Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military (www.dawn.com/news/1288350/exclusive-act-against-militants-or-face-international-isolation-civilians-tell-military)’

and put him on an exit control list meaning Almeida can be stopped from leaving the country.

“I am told and have been informed and have been shown evidence that I am on the Exit Control List,” twitted  Almeida recently. He however clarified that he loves his country very much.

The exclusive report was published a week after the Indian armed forces conducted a surgical strike on terrorist camps inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Carried out on 29 September, the unique strike was in revenge against the 18 September terror attack in Uri of J&K by the Pakistan based militants killing 19 Indian soldiers.

Later the Pakistan government issued a statement claiming the news report ‘was clearly violative of universally acknowledged principles of reporting on national security issues and has risked the vital state interests through inclusion of inaccurate and misleading contents’. Prior to it, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had an exhausted discussion with the country’s  army chief General Raheel Sharif, ISI chief  Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, interior minister Nisar Ali Khan and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The JFA pointed out that the Pakistan government should respect the scribe’s right to report in the recognized media outlets and also urged both New Delhi and Islamabad regimes to deal with the situation affectively to prevent further escalating the violence in the border.

Constitution should reflect real needs

October 11th, 2016

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today

At a seminar organized by young professionals, “Geneva and You”,Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke observes that Sri Lanka is in a perpetual cyclical pattern. First, we prepare, learn from our mistakes and achieve a significant victory that could change the course. Yet, we are unable to maintain our victory. The third phase is a ‘period of appeasement and unilateral retreat’. However, in the final phase we are back on the path of “recovery, resistance and victory”.

We are, he identifies, currently at the third phase. He cautions that unless we quickly move to the fourth phase and roll back the ‘ill-advisedly co-sponsored’ Geneva Resolution, “the political stability that we require for foreign investment, reconciliation and a stable peace will be seriously jeopardized.” This exacerbated crisis will lead to a “renewed cycle of political conflict”.
However, this time, if a conflict – political or otherwise – were to erupt, it might not be so easy. The reason being, the military is now under intense investigation for alleged irregularities and excesses that had supposedly taken place during or after the final war against terrorism. The pressure on the government to address these allegations is relentless.

Military intelligence

The resulting much publicized arrest of military intelligence (MI) officers and personnel being detained for over a year without trial is bad enough. Withholding their remuneration has put their families into severe economic hardship. The trauma is multifold with the public parading of these personnel to and from Courts in cuffs and chains, as common criminals.

Major General Kamal Gunaratne warns at an interview with “Ada Derana 360”, that MI will be rendered useless if fear is instilled into them. Our intelligence is one of the highest ranking in the world. This is exemplified in the manner they captured the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE) remaining senior-most leader, Kumaran Padmanathan, on foreign soil and returned to Sri Lanka. It took years and much experience to build our intelligence to this superior level, he explains. They will be demoralized if current situation continues and it will take years more to rebuild their confidence. By then, events would have proceeded.

General Daya Ratnayaka agrees. “Everything revolves around the intelligence system. That’s why we can’t have anyone with a criminal mind frame. The Army never tolerates any criminal behaviour and have always weeded such persons out. Many times, soldiers have been sent home, sentenced to prison or given even the capital punishment.”

‘Road to Nandikadal’

The fourth chapter of Major General Gunaratne’s book, Road to Nandikadal , describes the strict steps the Army took to deal with conduct contrary to their code. The incident was while manning a polling station during the 1983 referendum. A skirmish with the terrorists there killed this conflict’s first soldier. Enraged, a rampant group of soldiers destroyed property and even killed a civilian. When a large group of soldiers protested in solidarity against the termination of those who gave leadership to the rampage, all the officers who were present at camp that day – even those who were about to go on leave – were immediately sacked.

“When after detaining these officers for so long,” says General Ratnayaka referring to the MI officers currently in custody, “and if still nothing concrete has been found to proceed, then what does it mean? I feel, there is an unseen force that is behind this whole thing, preventing a proper conclusion from being reached.”

Commenting on the pivotal importance the MI plays in national security, he comments, “This should have been handled much more discreetly. If the MI has committed any irregularity, other intelligence bodies – as in the Air Force – should’ve been tasked to investigate.”

However, in 2015, Army Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake was found guilty for the murder of eight civilians in Mirusuvil, Jaffna and was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Courts. In 2016, the same Court found former Lieutenant Wimal Wickrema guilty of causing the death by negligence of an LTTE suspect who was attempting to flee military custody in 1998. Though both convictions come after over 10 years of trial, public perception, rightly or wrongly, is that the incumbent administration is responsible for the ruling. The public do not accept the judgments as fair and just as seen by their sympathy.

Indeed, if the military loses faith in the State and fears that law would haunt them eventually for actions they were compelled to take in extreme conditions, then the nation’s security would be at tremendous risk. This is the same premise the current British administration holds regarding the British soldiers accused of human rights violations that may amount to war crimes. Despite 1,500 allegations of abuse in Iraq and 550 in Afghanistan, the British are unwavering in their solidarity.

Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth, Moor View and former captain in the Royal Artillery states it best when he says, “We cannot ask our fighting troops to adhere to European Human Rights law, which was designed in good faith for civilian life in Europe. PM May needs to grasp that our attitude towards looking after this Afghanistan and Iraq generation of servicemen will define this nation’s relationship with its military for the next 50 years.”

Fundamental difference

There is a fundamental difference between the situations the British troops and the Sri Lankan troops find themselves. The former was engaged in what was essentially an invasion of not one, but two sovereign nations. The latter was engaged in protecting the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka – which every soldier undertakes to uphold – from a secessionist group that grossly violated human rights to coerce the Sri Lankan Government into their demands. The threat perceived to British citizens that led to the military intervention in oil-rich countries was purely theoretical and has since proved to be false.

Yet, the same pressures that exonerate the British troops are exerting on the Sri Lankan Government to investigate.

This is despite, observes

Dr. Jayatilleke, a pro-West government being in power. “If the resolutions were merely a pressure tactic to bring us into line for geopolitical reasons, then logically now that there is a pro-Western government in place in Colombo, the pressure should be lifting.” It is not for, “when the West looks at the world it’s not just geopolitics in a strategic sense. There are certain communities, nations and parts of the world that they somehow view as unreliable, hostile or inimical”.

That is why, “there is an attempt to change the deep structure of the Sri Lankan State. That’s the attempt to federalize, as well as the attempt to effect what is known as “security sector reforms”. One of the targets is the Sri Lankan Army, because it’s seen as the most patriotic of the services.”

Nation’s sovereignty

Against this backdrop, how can the very force that protects the nation’s sovereignty and civilians their lives protect it from being hounded, humiliated and eventually dismantled? General Ratnayaka explains we are in this vulnerable situation, because of our Constitution’s inherent weaknesses.

“We must all have a proper understanding of war,” he states, “because war means national security.
“In ancient Sri Lanka, we revolved around three pillars: the royal decree, agro-economy and Buddhist civilization. This was destroyed by colonial forces and now we are struggling. They replaced our caste system with a class system, and introduced the democracy we have today.
“In 1948, we should’ve characterized that democracy to Sri Lankan way of life. The issues we have today are because we failed to do so. There are certain characteristics that had worked for us for thousands of years. For instance, we always had one rule.”

In the aftermath of the victory against terrorism, some elevated President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the status of King. That acceptance of him as such indicates a society that misses their King – even 200 years later. The Asian countries, that were similarly colonized but stand successful today, are those that had gone back to one-rule leadership – even under the guise of democracy. Countries like Iraq and Libya, where such rule was rudely taken out, are absolute wrecks today. Sri Lanka has been oscillating from one major party to the other and has nothing to show beside empty pockets.

Strength of family

“The other thing we don’t talk about much is that in our culture, our strength is our family. As individuals we developed ourselves as individuals to look after the country. That had been our ingenuity. Then we, even our kings, drew strength from our large families. People might deride this as family rule.

“If family members are put into position in blind nepotism, then it’s a problem. But if qualified family members are placed, then they become the ruler’s strength. The Gandhi family is one example out of so many. The main reason MR could win this war was his family. From this side, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was fighting the war and from the other side, Basil Rajapaksa was managing the economy.

“We have got all these things mixed up. We not only don’t have a proper National Security Act, we don’t have a Constitution that reflects our needs. If our Constitution cannot keep our country together, fails to fit in all segments of society and frequently changes, then it’s not the right Constitution for us.

“In the post-independent era, we have faced so many challenges, which were all new experiences to us. But we won the war after we developed a comprehensive master plan to lead to a holistic solution. We put physical fighting, international relations, psychological operations, media campaigns and so on all together in place. We used all the elements of national power together for this transformation.

Political stability

“Political leadership then came with political stability and above all, there was political courage. As all these came together GR was there to coordinate it. The three commanders and field commanders were battled hardened and had come up with the system. So people supported and became part of the masterplan. When pressures came, we had a leader who absorbed that pressure, never allowing it to permeate to the field level. That’s how we became successful.”

As per Dr. Jayatilleke’s observation, we could not hold on to our success.

“That shows the inherent weaknesses of the present Constitution,” says General Ratnayaka. “These issues we face are not isolated, and indicate to have been designed by some other force. This highlights that our Constitution has little understanding of domestic, regional and international aspects.

“When fighting against terrorism, we are forced to go beyond the normal boundaries and practices of law and order. If we had acted within the Prevention of Terrorism Act at the time, but in the post-conflict, we are to be tried under normal law and order, then something is radically wrong. To try an extreme situation under normal circumstances is like fitting a square peg into a round hole.

Post-conflict era

“The events that happened in the post-conflict era are beyond the call of war. Things happened in rapid form as various elements tried their best to destabilize us. It’s not that we didn’t know their agenda, but the threats were too huge to counter before we could fully exploit the success of winning the war and achieve social, economic and political stability.

“People were promised good governance. Now, good governance is the extreme level of democracy. But first as a society we need to be disciplined, and then developed. Then only democratic policies can be developed. In Sri Lanka, we are trying to achieve this in the reverse order. Nowhere in the world had any country achieved top-class, five-star democracy, then development and finally discipline.

“If soldiers have committed certain acts with good intention, you can’t blame the legal system, or thePolice or the soldiers for what they’ve done when there’s a mismatch in all these things.”
ranasingheshivanthi@gmail.com

 

Wigneswaran – the born-again avatar of racist Prabhakaran

October 10th, 2016

Ranjith Soysa MEDIA RELEASE For Global Sri Lankan Forum

9th October 2016

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (ACHC) has issued a statement in defense of the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, Mr. C. V. Wigneswaran. The main objective of the statement is to deny that he is a racist. ACHC goes as far as saying that it is a “sin” to say so. Denying that the speech made by Mr. Wigneswaran on September 24 at the “Rise Tamils” meeting was based on racial hatred  ACHC insists that those who criticise Mr. Wigneswaran should  stop “forthwith” all criticism against him because he is not a racist.We would very much like  to oblige ACHC, particularly to advance  the cause of 1. Peace and  2. Reconciliation. But since neither can be achieved on lies, distortions, and deception we have to regretfully reject their call forthwith.

Let us begin by examining the claim that  Wigneswaran is not a racist. Dressing him up as a holy sadhu ACHC, like all Tamil political parties, scapegoat the Sinhala-Buddhists for not  giving into the latest raft of demands of the Tamil extremists  led by Wigneswaran. Quite smugly, ACHC states that “a few extreme communal minded politicians and religious leaders are taking forward communal hatred propaganda through the media.This must be halted forthwith.” If the pro-Wigneswaran activists are so worried about the southern leaders “taking forward communal hatred” shouldn’t they first set the example for others to follow? But  they haven’t. From the day after the  elimination of the fascist dictatorship of Velupillai Prabhakaran they have moved in the international and national fora to demonise the Sinhala-Buddhists with concocted accusations and fictitious figures.Their exploitation of the UN, the West, India and other I/NGOs is very well documented.

But let’s go to the highest Tamil institution led by Wigneswaran. He and his mob lost no time in  invoking  the name of Prabhakaran in the  NPC election campaign to boost their electoral chances.Wigneswaran even  proclaimed that Prabhakaran was a hero like Keppitipola. Last but not the least, he moved  a resolution in the NPC, labelling  the entire southern leadership, since independence, as genocidal murderers.This  came at a time when he was beginning  to think like a “native Jaffna Tamil man” after he retired from the judiciary of the “genocidal state”. The NPC resolution contained unadulterated hate propaganda packed with lies and distortions to demonise the Sinhalese.Was this an act to promote peace  and reconciliation, or was it a pack of lies cooked up by Wignesewaran to provoke racial  hatred ?

The notorious “genocidal resolution” of  the NPC was a deliberate act to portray the Sinhala south as the permanent enemies of the Tamils. The inflated rhetoric, the anti-Sinhala thrust and the distortions woven into the NPC Resolution selectively were highly provocative aimed at igniting racial  hatred. It was an aggressive declaration of hatred against the Sinhalese to divide and to keep the two communities  apart. Besides, this was the anti-thesis of  a key provision in the UNHRC Resolution which stipulated that everybody should act to prevent “non-recurrence of violence”. Common sense would dictate to Wigneswaran and  his mob that rousing anti-Sinhala  hatred can never lead to peace and reconciliation. The NPC resolution was aimed at exacerbating racial tensions and not healing  it. There was no need to pass such a provocative resolution at a time when the nation is struggling  to break away from the past and advance towards reconciliation and peace.

What is more, there would have been some justification for the NPC resolution if the contents in it contained  testable truths that could nail the Sinhala leaders. But, his own life experiences, living  and working within the Sinhala-Buddhist framework, denies the lies  he included in the NPC Resolution. If what he says about the post-independent states is true then isn’t he  guilty of  being an integral part  of  “genocidal regimes” because, as a Supreme Court judge, he was one of three main pillars of the state — the legislature, the executive and  the judiciary. Each time he sat on the bench, wearing  the wig, representing the authority of the state, he would  have known that he was serving the “genocidal state” and no one else. It means that when he was a judge in the Supreme Court he was collaborating with the “genocidal state” and delivering “genocidal” justice and not the untainted justice of a rational state enforcing just laws. He would know that judges can  base their judgments only on the  laws of  state. So, if as he  states, the post-independent states were “genocidal” then he could  not have delivered anything else but “genocidal” laws that targeted the Tamils.

This raises the question as to why he  didn’t quit the “genocidal” judiciary which could have dispensed only “genocidal laws” against the Tamils. For the better part of his  life he served with glee the “genocidal state”. And  he becomes saintly and moral only in the  last stages, after he left the “genocidal” judiciary, just to get a handful of votes. With this self-serving and opportunistic conduct can he be trusted or regarded as a moral  man? He  derived the  best – power, perks, and privileges – as a key functionary of the “genocidal state”. He now draws even a pension from the state which he condemns as “genocidal”. According to his  logic, he  derived all these benefits by delivering “genocidal justice” against the Tamils. So why is  her crying foul now? When he was enjoying the power, perks and privileges given by the “genocidal state” he never once  objected to “the genocidal laws” and acts. He never once refused to serve the “genocidal state”. In fact, his record shows  that he was one of the most obedient servants of the “genocidal states” that were killing Tamils, according to his NPC resolution. He can’t even claim the excuse of the Nazi criminals, including Eichmann, who declared at the Nuremberg Trials and in Tel Aviv that they were carrying  out  orders of the fascist Nazi  regime. On the contrary, he joined  the judiciary of  the “genocidal  state” voluntarily and climbed to the peak of the “genocidal” judiciary voluntarily  and merrily, and retired from the “genocidal state” quite  proud  of serving the “genocidal state”. This poses a serious  question to ACHC : Who  is telling lies? How many poojas will the ACHC organise  to pay for the sins of  his lies ?

His own life experiences prove that his  hypocrisy is as demeaning as his lies. The judge  who enjoyed being a part of  the “genocidal states” and its laws throughout  his  adult life has now done a political karnam (somersault) to make him look like a hero  in the eyes of the gullible Tamils. He knows that his political stunts can impress  the  Tamil extremists who are looking for  the return of another Prabhakaran. The duty of Wigneswaran is to give up his posturing as the next saviour  of the Tamils because he, like the other Tamil leaders who ended in Nandikadal, have consistently misled the Tamils. He should  tell the Tamil people  the truth. He should tell them that both G. G. Ponnambalam and S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and their  elected representatives participated in the governments of  D. S.Senanayake and Dudley Senanayake.Would Ponnambalam and Chelvanayakam join  a “genocidal state” targeting the Tamils? So who is lying, eh ACHC ?

Like the Vadukoddai Resolution (1976), the NPC (2015) resolution is a tissue of lies fabricated to  keep the two communities  apart. The lesson taught at Nandikadal is that the lies of  the Tamil  leaders and their hate politics are doomed to fail. It  is also clear  that Mr. Wigneswaran is posturing  as if  he is  the  next Prabhakaran ready to take  on the  “genocidal state”. But he is already beginning to feel the heat. He  is now crying out  loud saying  that there are attempts on  his life. He has unleashed  the violent Jaffna forces who have begun to threaten the dissenting Tamil leaders in the TNA.  At a book launch held in Jaffna pro-Wigneswaran mob  had heckled  and threatened TNA MPs. The  signs are ominous.

Wigneswaram should know that he can’t escape the heat of the flames if he lights a fire. If something tragic happens  to him (absit omen!) then  he should  take full responsibility because he is going all out to re-ignite the fires that were put out Nandikadal. The Tamil leaders will hide among the Sinhalese, as they did in the past  leaving the  Tamils of  the north to fend  for  themselves. It is the misled Tamils of  the north who will have to sacrifice all what they have, including  their school-going children, to escape the  fascist fury of their “Tamil liberators”.

In the interests of the war-weary people we wish to plead with ACHC, Tamil People’s Council and the NPC to think twice before they decide to go down the  fatal path to Nandikadal once again.

Yours Sincerely,

Ranjith Soysa

Media Spokesman

For Global Sri Lankan Forum

Preservation Of A Unitary State, A Strong Central Government, No To Bogus Homelands, No To Merger Between Any Two Provinces And Enhanced Civic Rights A Must In A New Constitution

October 10th, 2016

Chairman, Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement

07th October, 2016

Dear Sir,

Many persons, especially Sinhala Buddhists and the Sinhala people are having very strong reservations about the drawing up of a new constitution. There are widespread fears that a federal constitution will be brought in surreptitiously with a ‘unitary’ label to hoodwink the Sinhala Buddhists and the Sinhala people. Surely, a small country such as Sri Lanka does not need a quasi federal constitution since only countries which are large in size adopt quasi federal constitutions for better management purposes and small countries have adopted unitary constitutions for good reason.

The 13th Amendment Is Already Quasi Federal. Therefore Make Its Quasi Federal Features Unitary

Overturn A Provincial Statute In Parliament By A Simple Majority

The 13th amendment to the constitution is already quasi federal. This is due to the fact that, to overturn a statute approved by a provincial council with regard to a provincial subject which is inimical to the country, the parliament needs a two thirds majority to overturn such a provincial statute. This is in sharp contrast to a simple majority that parliament needs to overturn a law which has been approved by parliament i.e. the central government. Surely in a unitary state, to overturn a provincial statute, parliament only needs a simple majority? We urge that in a future constitution, if it really is unitary, then parliament should be able to overturn a provincial statute, if it is inimical to the country, by a simple majority in parliament. If the constitution really is unitary, the legislative at the centre should be able to wield its power over the legislative at the provincial level without any hindrance.

Any Law Approved By Parliament Should Automatically Be Applicable Countrywide, Even If It Concerns A Provincial Subject

Further, let us say that a law is approved by parliament with regard to a subject, which is also a provincial subject. Each of the nine provincial councils needs to consent such a law for that law to become enabled within each province. Surely, in a unitary state, if a law is approved by parliament, it should automatically be applicable countrywide, regardless of whether that law concerns a provincial subject. We urge that in a future constitution, a law approved by parliament should automatically be applicable countrywide, even if it concerns a provincial subject. If the constitution really is unitary, the legislative at the centre should be able to wield its power over the legislative at the provincial level without any hindrance.

The Governor Of A Province Should Be Appointed By The President Only

At present, the governor of a province is appointed by the president only. We hope this remains the case and the appointment of the governor will not be at the discretion of both the chief minister and the president since this will surely make the constitution federal in nature. If the constitution really is unitary, the executive at the centre should be able to wield its power over the executive at the provincial level without any hindrance.

No To Amendment Of The Public Security Ordinance

At present, if a provincial council acts out of line and declares unilateral independence, for example as in the case of the then chief minister Varatharaja Perumal, the president has the right to dissolved the said provincial council and govern that province from the centre using the relevant clauses of the Public Security Ordinance. We urge that the relevant clauses of the Public Security Ordinance remain intact and not be amended or deleted as the OHCHR’s Prince Al Hussein, the TNA, other separatists, the US, EU, UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India wants. If the constitution really is unitary, the executive at the centre should be able to wield its power over the executive at the provincial level without any hindrance.

The Concurrent List Should Not be Abolished

At present, there is a concurrent list of subjects. Even countries such as India and Pakistan, which are federal, have concurrent lists. However, the TNA, other separatists, the US, EU, UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India want the concurrent list gone and this should not happen in a unitary state. The concurrent list is essential in a unitary state and should remain.

No To Fiscal Powers

Under no circumstances should land, police or fiscal powers be provided to provincial councils. There are grave fears that certain fiscal powers will be provided to the provinces. All fiscal matters should be decided by the central government or parliament since provision of even certain fiscal powers to a province will make the constitution federal in nature and only end up encouraging a separate state. In a small country like Sri Lanka, fiscal matters should be centrally planned and executed by the central government which would be the only efficient thing to do and make a lot of common sense. For example, what loans the country should obtain for what, from where and from who should be decided by the central government only. All foreign loans etc. should be channeled via the central government or parliament.

Certain taxation powers should not be handed over to the provincial councils since this will make the constitution federal in nature. Besides, nine different councils will then have nine different tax regimes. At present, industrial development has indeed happened in the Western province. However, with nine different tax regimes, a competition will be created between provinces to attract investment and to industrialize. However, a country is obliged to keep at least 30% of its land area forested as per the Sustainable and Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. Besides, Sri Lanka is a predominantly agricultural country and therefore, most provinces should indeed devote themselves to agriculture. In order to promote tourism, nature reserves and forests should be preserved. Sri Lanka should plan at the central government level, where industries will be located. Location of industries can be in any number of locations in any number of provinces but the central government should decide this matter in a planned way. Sri Lanka should plan at the central government level where agriculture will be located and where nature reserves and forests will be located. Therefore, encouraging nine provinces to compete with each other to industrialize and in order to achieve that, provision of certain taxation powers to provincial councils, is not advisable at all.

No To Land Powers

Land powers should not be handed over to the provincial councils under any circumstances. A small country has only a small amount of land area, coastline and exclusive economic zone or EEZ (the ocean around Sri Lanka which belongs to Sri Lanka and which is four times the size of Sri Lanka) which every citizen has the right to fully utilize. If the present provincial councils are given land powers, political parties such as the Tamil National Alliance who are clearly separatist in nature will deny all other ethnic, religious and linguistic groups in the country, apart from Tamils, the right to live in the North or even in the East, if they can. This would then constitute a grave violation of a vast majority of the citizens of this country to fully enjoy the right to live in or utilize effectively 28% of the land area of the country, over 66% of the coastline and almost 66% of the EEZ (since the North and the East constitute 28% of the land area of the country, over 66% of the coastline and almost 66% of the EEZ). Since over 87% of the citizens of the country live outside the North and the East, this will effectively deny over 87% of the population of the country the right to live in the North and the East and most especially this will affect the Sinhala people, who are over 74.9% of the population, the most. This is not acceptable under any circumstances. Therefore the fundamental right of a citizen to live in any part of the island and the right to utilize the resources of the entire island should be guaranteed by the constitution without favouritism towards any particular ethnic, religious or linguistic group.

The same goes for decisions regarding who can in the future be relocated to the North and the East. Surely, the TNA will deny the above mentioned right to the Sinhala people or to those of the Buddhist faith especially or anyone else who is not Tamil. This is a violation of the fundamental right of a citizen of this small island to live anywhere in the island which should be guaranteed by the constitution by ensuring that land powers remain with the central government.

In the early 1980’s, the ethnic cleansing of the entire Sinhala people of the North took place at the behest of the LTTE leader Prabhakaran. In the 1990’s, the ethnic cleansing of the entire Muslim people of the North took place at the behest of Prabhakaran. Over 65,000 Sinhala people and over 75,000 Muslim people were ethnically cleansed from the North. Until 2009, these desperate and unfortunate people were living in small tin roofed huts in the Puttalam District and in other parts of the country for over 26 years. The LTTE also ethnically cleansed the entire Sinhala population of the Batticaloa District in the East of over 25,000 Sinhala people.

Today, the Sinhala people and their descendants of over 135,000 are yet to be resettled in the North and in the Batticaloa District and Muslim people and their descendents of over 115,000 are yet to be resettled in the North. We demand that the over 135,000 Sinhala people and their descendents ethnically cleansed from the North and the Batticaloa District be resettled immediately. Similarly, the over 115,000 Muslim people and their descendents ethnically cleansed from the North should also be resettled immediately. According to the most recent census carried out in 2012, over 32,000 Sinhala people and over 32,000 Muslim people have been resettled in the North. Therefore, the majority of the Sinhala and Muslim people displaced from the North are yet to be resettled. The majority of the Sinhala people displaced from the Batticaloa District are yet to be resettled too. If their original lands and houses have been granted by the LTTE to family members of LTTE cadres, then these Sinhala and Muslim people displaced from the North should be provided with alternative lands, adequate alternative housing facilities and resettled immediately.

Many Buddhist archaeological sites are located all over the dry zone, inclusive of the over 273 important Buddhist archaeological sites present in the North and in the East, and in particular the over 21 Buddhist archaeological sites in Jaffna in the North. We urge that the over 273 important Buddhist archaeological sites present in the North and in the East, and in particular the over 21 Buddhist archaeological sites in Jaffna, be preserved and to ensure their security. The preservation and the security of hundreds of minor Buddhist archaeological sites in the North too should be ensured.

No To Police Powers

Police powers should be with the central government and not the provincial councils. This is due to the fact that we cannot have nine different police forces in the country answerable to the chief ministers of nine different provincial councils. In a small country like Sri Lanka there should only be one police force, modernized, with the police administrative system computerized and connected electronically. The police force should be answerable to the entire public of the entire country via such a system. Since there is an independent police commission, as a counterbalance, there is no need to change the system that there is at present. Considering the fact that, for example, the Northern provincial council is very likely to be governed by the TNA which is separatist in nature, what would happen if a separate police force in the North answerable only to the chief minister of the North commence harassing for example Sinhala people or those of the Buddhist faith in the North?

Already, TNA councillors have threatened Sinhala villagers in the Bogamuyaya village in Vavuniya. The TNA councillors have threatened the chief priest of the Nagadeepa Buddhist temple not to build a Buddha statue. The TNA constantly makes complaints even if a few Buddha statues are built in the North. Buses going on pilgrimage to Nagadeepa have been attacked with stones on a number of occasions. Very recently, the leader of the opposition R. Sambandan has by force entered an army camp and made threats to the army to vacate the camp. Imagine if the Northern provincial council was given police powers. They will ethnically cleanse all the Sinhala people from the North. If the Northern provincial council was given land powers, they will ensure that no Sinhala person ever lives in the North since they will ethnically cleanse all the Sinhala people from the North.

No To Non-Existent (According To History) And Bogus Homelands

The clause in the 13th amendment which states that the Northern and Eastern provinces are the homelands of the Tamil speaking people is totally incorrect as attested by the history of the island.

The Sinhala Buddhist Kingdom of Rajarata (600BC-1400AD) which encompassed the North Central, North Western and Northern provinces was situated in the dry zone of the country (please refer to The National Atlas of Sri Lanka, 2007 printed by The Survey Department for a map of the thousands of irrigation reservoirs located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka). The Eastern Province was part of the Sinhala Buddhist Kingdom of Ruhuna (600BC-1400AD) which encompassed today’s Eastern, Uva, Central and Southern Provinces. There was a third Sinhala Buddhism Kingdom called Malayarata (600BC-1400AD) which encompassed the rest of the island. The Kandyan Kingdom (1400AD -1815AD) encompassed most of the island inclusive of the Eastern and 90% of the Northern province. So it is very clear that this island always was a unitary state. The present provincial boundaries were drawn up by the British colonialists as per their divide and rule policies in order to suppress the rebellious Sinhala people who they did not like at all (1815-1818 and the 1848 rebellions made the British very vary of the Sinhalese).

Further, Sinhala Prakrit writing written using the Brahmi script has been found all over the island inclusive of the North and the East, earliest being 600BC. Buddhist statues, relics, remains have been found all over the island, inclusive of the North and the East, dating back to earlier than 300BC. Other remains have been found all over the island dating back to earlier than 900BC. Even in 900BC Anuradhapura was a large village and expanded into a city by 600BC. Actually our tribal ancestors, Vaddho, have been living in the island since 37,000 years ago as earliest human remains found on the island date back 37,000 years. So it is very clear that all parts of the island is the homeland of all its citizens. This includes the North and the East. Therefore the clause which states that the Northern and Eastern provinces are the homelands of the Tamil speaking people is totally incorrect.

This should be replaced by a clause which states that the entire island is the homeland of all its citizens in total. This not only historically accurate but is only just and fair towards all the citizens of the country.

There is also the irrigation system built by the Sinhala Buddhist civilization consisting of over 10,000 large, medium and small scale irrigation reservoirs located in the dry zone of the country (please refer to The National Atlas of Sri Lanka, 2007 printed by The Survey Department for a map of the thousands of irrigation reservoirs located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka). For example, the Yodha Wewa in the North in the Mannar District was built by the Sinhala King Dathusena, the Pavatkulam irrigation reservoir in the North was built by the Sinhala King Mahasen and the Kanthale irrigation reservoir in the East was built by the Sinhala King Agbo II.

Further, the history of the Tamils commence mainly with the Dutch and the British bringing in large numbers of people from Tamil Nadu to work in tobacco and Indigo plantations commenced by the Dutch and the British in Jaffna. There was the Jaffna Kingdom set up by an invader, Aryachakrvarthi, just prior to the arrival of the Portugese. However, that kingdom was confined to the Jaffna Peninsula only and was very sparsely populated. However, people such as the chief minister of the Northern province Mr. Vigneshwaran, is creating his own fake history.

Therefore we urge that the history and archaeology of the island be taught at school as a subject based on actual historical and archaeological finds so that the next generation is taught our very long history, who then will acquire a good idea of the actual factual history and archaeology of the island.

No To The Merger Between Any Two Provinces

The 13th amendment allows for the merger between any two provinces. Is this not a cynical ploy by the TNA, other separatists, the US, EU, UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India to somehow merge the North and the East, two disparate and unrelated provinces, just to ensure that a large separate state is created? Therefore, for the sake of justice and fairplay by all citizens, the clause in the 13th amendment which states that any two provinces can be merged should be deleted.

A Unitary State Should Be Guaranteed

The state should be unitary since Sri Lanka is a small country. Almost all small countries of the world are unitary for good reason. When considering the history of Sri Lanka, it has always been a unitary state. A constitution should reflect the history of a country too and considering the above mentioned evidence of the unitary nature, the independence and freedom of the country for over 2600 years, it is only right, just and fair that Sri Lanka remains a unitary state.

Only a unitary state will create an impression amongst all the ethnic, religious and linguistic groups living in this country that we are indeed living together in one country. If the country is in pieces (very powerful provincial councils for example will only break this small country apart considering the separatist nature of the Tamil National Alliance, for example) and will not do justice to the fact that, as shown above, that during the very long history of this island, it has always been unitary, independent and free. Therefore if provincial councils are provided further powers than at present, the unitary nature of Sri Lanka will collapse and Sri Lanka will fall apart especially since the separatist TNA and the like are likely to hold power in the North, for example.

If the constitution really is unitary, the executive at the centre should be able to wield its power over the executive at the provincial level without any hindrance. If the constitution really is unitary, the legislative at the centre should be able to wield its power over the legislative at the provincial level without any hindrance. Further, there is a suspicion that a special constitutional court will be set up to deal with disputes that may arise during the implementation of the new constitution. We strongly urge that the present judicial system be used to resolve to any legal conflicts that may arise during the implementation of the new constitution and not a special constitutional court. This is since this special constitutional court may consist of personnel who, in the past, have been under the pay of foreign dollar funded NGOs, who would then be concerned about the welfare of those countries who have paid them in the past i.e. the US, EU, UK, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India.

We are also gravely concerned that due to the pressure of the TNA, other separatists, the US, EU, UK, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India, Sri Lanka is in grave danger of being divided up on ethnic lines into two, three or even four different pieces. Is this not crazy? There are suspicions that the TNA proposals were drawn up by experts whom the TNA hired from the UK, Canada, Belgium, Norway, the US and the like. Is this not interference in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs by foreign powers, even to the extent of trying to draw up Sri Lanka’s constitution?

The State Religion Should Be Buddhism

As stated in the present constitution, Buddhism should be safeguarded and be provided a foremost place. This is reconfirming the historical reality that since 300BC, Buddhism has indeed been the state religion whether it was during the Rajarata period (600BC-1400AD) or during the Kandyan Kingdom period (1400AD-1815AD). A constitution should reflect the history of a country too and provide due respect to that history. Therefore it is only right and proper that Buddhism is provided a foremost place in the constitution and going further, be safeguarded as the state religion.

If Buddhism becomes the state religion, promoting, fostering and the safeguarding of Buddhism, as at present, will be a duty of the state. As such, Buddhism must be taught at school as a subject (those of other faiths should be taught their own religions) as at present. If this is not done, knowledge of Buddhism will disappear from the island altogether, which cannot be accepted. It will also lead to deterioration of morals, values and ethics in society. There are fears among the Sinhala Buddhists and the Sinhala people that a secular constitution will be brought in. However, when looking at the history of the island, it is amply clear that Sri Lanka was at the forefront of preserving Buddhism being one of the first countries to write down the Buddhist scriptures and then propagating Buddhism to South and South East Asia. Scholars from all over the world came to Sri Lanka to take back the Buddhist scriptures to their own countries during ancient times. Sri Lanka was one of the foremost centres of Buddhism in the ancient world. In fact, we would say that Buddhism is, without any doubt whatsoever, the foremost and primary identity of the country or the soul of the country. Therefore Buddhism should be provided the foremost place in the constitution and be made the state religion. We are sure that almost no one will object to this.

Considering the Lal Wijenayake Committee regarding acquiring public views with regard to drawing up of the new constitution, some of our own members forwarded our views too. However, it is very clear that the members of this committee are very partisan and many suspect that they have, in the past, been under the pay of foreign dollar funded NGOs. Therefore, are they really interested in the welfare of Sri Lanka or those countries who paid them i.e. the US, EU, UK, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India. Many Sinhala Buddhists and the Sinhala people have no faith in this exercise, as a result. There were only 3,655 responses from individuals and organizations with heavy inputs from the five Northern Districts, the Eastern Districts and the Colombo District. Surely this tells us that Sinhala Buddhists and the Sinhala people’s views are in no way represented in this committee report. The report provides a very distorted view since 3,655 responses can in no way represent over 20.3 million people’s views.

Further, the entire parliament has become a constitution making assembly, drawing up the new constitution. Can 225 parliamentary members, some of whom who lost at the general election but have since been appointed via the national list, draw up a new constitution in secret and even that, in a few months? Surely it takes at least a few years to draw up a new constitution and the widest possible views of the entire Sri Lankan public must be sought, not 225 members drawing up a new constitution in secret.

There are suspicions among the Sinhala Buddhists and the Sinhala people that a new constitution has already been drawn up in secret by known federalists such as Dr.Jayampathi Wickremarathna and other federalists along with the US, EU, UK, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India at their behest.

If there is to be a new constitution we would urge the preservation of the unitary state, a strong central government, no to bogus homelands, no to merger between any two provinces and enhanced civic rights as a must in the new constitution. Surely, as long as citizens are provided enhanced civic rights within the new constitution, even the minorities will have no reason to complain.

There is a view that the general Sri Lankan public does not want a new constitution and that it is the TNA, other separatists, the US, EU, UK, Canada, Sweden, Norway and India who want a new constitution. We are personally of the view that in order to preserve the unitary state, it is best that the presidential system remains and that the proportional representation system is the most fairest. Therefore, is drawing up a new constitution an extremely urgent matter or even necessary at present? Does the government not have other pressing and urgent matters to attend to, like governing the country? Can amendments not be brought in as necessary, if any need arises to change a certain matter in the present constitution?

Yours faithfully,

Chairman,

Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement

President’s delegation to US included 73; only ‘palace dog’ didn’t go

October 10th, 2016

Courtesy Adaderana

October 8, 2016  06:00 pm

UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila says that President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent delegation to the United States, to take part in the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, included 73 people and that only the “palace dog” was missing.

Addressing the ‘Joint Opposition’ public rally in Ratnapura today (8), the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s “golden age” will be in the near future.

He claimed that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are now competing to travel around the world because they will have to go home defeated if an election is held.

Gammanpila stated that when one of them is leaving the country the other is arriving, and vice versa.

He said that only the “palace dog” was not part of the recent visit to the US and that when the President returned from there, the PM went to New Zealand. When he came back, the President flew to Thailand and now the Prime Minister is preparing to visit Belgium when the President returns, he charged.

The Gal Oya Project 60 years on

October 10th, 2016

by Ajit Kanagasundram Courtesy The Island

Not many people today remember the Gal Oya Project but for 20 years it was the showpiece of modern independent Ceylon. It was later overshadowed by more grand (grandiose?) projects like Mahaveli where billions more were spent but the Gal Oya Project remains the standard by which all other projects should be judged.

The Gal Oya Project, moreover , stands as an exemplar as to how things should be done under ideal circumstances. The project was done and paid for within our own resources, managed by local administrators and completed on time and all major objectives relating to the clearing of forest, settlement of colonists and irrigation of land were accomplished. Even more remarkable, all through the project there was no whiff of scandal, though many millions were spent on equipment. My father when he was Chairman of the Gal Oya Board and building his house in Colombo, would not order building supplies under his own name as he feared unsolicited discounts from suppliers. Very different from later projects like the Mahaveli where it was a standing joke that the Mahaveli had been diverted from Trinco to Finco.

Let me first confess my bias – I have been intimately involved in the project since childhood. My father was the Chairman of the Gal Oya Board from 1952 to 1957, when the bulk of the work was done – like the building of the main dam, clearing the jungle, constructing the irrigation system and settling 70% of the colonists. Among my happiest memories are holidays spent at Ampara and Inginiyagala when the area teemed with with wildlife – my lifelong passion. After graduating from Cambridge my first job (given by R.L Kahawita, then Chairman of Gal Oya Board, was as a field worker paid Rs 10 per day (!) in a socio-economic survey of the colonists’ standard of living. I was later the Assistant Secretary to the Gal Oya Project Evaluation Committee headed by one of my Cambridge professors B.H. Farmer, and where the Secretary was Tissa Devendra my first (and best) boss (!), and one of the last of the truly distinguished public servants. Yes – I am biased but the facts speak for themselves and I hope that they will teach us that, like in the days of the great Sinhala kings, we Lankans can still do great public works for the general good and do it to world class standards.

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The Genesis of the Project

The genesis of this projects, and indeed all other projects that followed it like the Mahaweli, was our first Prime Minister D S Senanayake’s vision to settle the dry zone with Sinhala colonists from the Kandyan areas, provide them with cleared land, irrigation and housing and redress in some way the historical injustice done to them when the British expropriated their ancestral lands – especially after the Kandyan revolt of 1848 (under the infamous Waste Lands Ordinance ) and then cleared the land and cultivated coffee and tea with alien Indian Tamil labourers. This was the first “ethnic cleansing” in Sri Lanka.

Was there an anti-Tamil racist element in DS’s thinking? Historians who have studied him will not agree and my father, who knew him well, confirmed it to me. DS was pro- Sinhala not anti-Tamil. It was the Sinhala people who had their traditional homelands expropriated by the British and who suffered from endemic land hunger especially in the Kandy and Kegalle areas. Furthermore, the lands to be colonized were in jungle areas (albeit within the “historical homelands’’ of the Tamils (according to the Federal Party) and during the project not a single Tamil farmer was displaced. On the contrary there was generous provision for village expansion in the Purana lands cultivated by Muslims and Tamils. The Sinhalese settled were for the most part, true farmers – goviyas – and were able to make full use of the government largesse. If DS had any prejudice it was to favour the goigamas and vellalas!

Once , travelling to Batticaloa by train my father was told by SJV Chelvanayagam, the founding father of the Federal Party, ” Young man – do you realize that you are driving a dagger into the heart of the Tamil people?” My father patiently explained that as AGA Kegalle he had witnessed the dire land hunger of the Kandyan peasantry. The lands colonized were jungle lands uninhabited, and there would be ample village expansion lands for the Tamils and Muslims in the Purana lands. All to no avail. Chelvanayagam exhibited the same dog-in-the manger attitude that the Federal Party was to show till the 1970s when JR Jayewardene settled the issue once and for all, this time with an overtly racist motivation and used the Mahaveli project to settle tens of thousands of Sinhalese in the North-east and forever changed the demographic balance in the East and destroyed forever the Eelamist dream of a Tamil Ealam in the North and the East. This time the colonization was not accompanied by village expansion schemes for the Tamils in their traditional lands and many were evicted from their ancestral lands. From Sri Lanka’s point of view a desirable end was achieved but at the cost of unnecessary suffering for the Tamils displaced.

But now, back to the history of Gal Oya – in the late 1940s, DS consulted a small group of engineers in the Irrigation Department about the possibility of a major colonization/irrigation project in place of the incremental colonization that had been done in the 30s and 40s when DS was the Agriculture Minister in the colonial era State Council. The engineers, headed by R L Kahawita and Kennedy, recommended Gal Oya (Kahawita and Arumugam were the two greatest hydraulic engineers we have produced.) Incidentally Kahawita’s son, Professor Renee Kahawita, is a Professor of Hydraulics at the University of Montreal and the principal consultant to the Chinese government in the Three Gorges Project – the greatest engineering project in history. They recommended the following:

1) They could design the dam and irrigation network but Ceylon lacked the engineering depth to implement the main dam project.

2) Modern equipment be used to supplant the traditional labour intensive schemes to accelerate implementation of building the irrigation system and clearing the land for the colonists

3) 50,00 colonist families could be settled in cleared land with housing and irrigation within five years – a monumental task.

DS set to work immediately – an international tender was called and within three months given to Morrison Knudsen, a US firm that had earned its spurs constructing airfields for the US military under Japanese fire. They were known not to waste time. Kahawita was sent to Boulder, Colorado to design the dam with a world famous engineer, whose name I have forgotten. Then DS looked around for the best administrator he could find and picked Huxham, an Australian Civil Servant who was the Head of the Treasury ,to head the project, at the then princely salary of Rs 3,000 per month – unheard of in the Civil Service!

A Bill was passed in Parliament setting up the Gal Oya Development Board – hereinafter GODB. It was to have plenipotentiary powers over 1,400 square miles – combining the powers of the Government Agent, Irrigation Department, Electricity and Water Boards and all local authority functions.

But things moved too fast for Huxham who was used to the more sedate ways of the British Civil Service. Kahawita finished the design and Morrison Knudsen arrived in Ceylon like an invasion force.

Meanwhile equipment for the irrigation work, which was to be done by the GODB, started arriving at Colombo harbor and piled up – no store room, no inventory .The Board members also were not on speaking terms – in other words – chaos! Huxham could not deal with it and suffered a heart attack.

DS then looked around and chose my father, then 39-years old and enjoying his first posting in Colombo as Land Commissioner. In my father’s words – “The PM called me to his room and Dudley was also there looking pensive and smoking a pipe. ‘Kanagasundram’ said DS ‘ I want you to take up the post of Chairman Gal Oya Board with immediate effect’ That was all” – The first thought that hit my father was that he would have to resign from his beloved Civil Service and, then, what about his pension (beloved by the Jaffna man).? But that was the end of the conversation and my father was dismissed. Later, when he visited Huxham in hospital he was told – “Young man – this is an impossible job and will be the end of your career;’’ in ways that he could not have foreseen Huxham was right!

The Gal Oya Board consisted of the following people – my father K Kanagasundram was the Chairman, N E Weerasooria ( a leading UNP lawyer) , Arthur Amaratunga a shrewd UNP operative and R L Brohier, a distinguished former Surveyor General. Civil Servant Shirley Amerasinghe was the Resident Manager in Ampara. The first thing my father did was to restore harmony among the Board members, who were at that time not on talking terms and prone to fling files at each other during Board meetings, and get down to the arduous task of bringing order to the existing chaos. He later told me he could not see the end result but tackled each challenge one – by – one. Eventually, some type of order was restored and the goal of having 150,000 acres ready for colonization in two years was in sight.

The contract with Morrison Knudsen stipulated a bonus payment if they completed the dam at Inginiyagala early .With the military precision with which they had come to Ceylon they decided to bypass Colombo and Trinco ports as transport to the site would be a problem but instead used Batticaloa harbor and widened the road to Inginiyagala – they also built luxurious housing for their staff. Many of the buildings like the present Rest House at Inginiyagala still remain. They furnished these quarters to American standards with air conditioners, fridges and freezers – unheard of luxuries then. I still remember being fascinated by a juke box containing records with the latest Broadway hits.

Using the latest heavy equipment and working round the clock shifts and methods perfected in the heat of war Morrison Knudsen were on track to finish the dam – the largest in Ceylon – early and earn a substantial bonus. Ceylon had never witnessed anything like this.

But Ceylon had a team to meet the challenge – the Minister of Agriculture was Bulankulama Disawa, an old style Kandyan aristocrat who delegated full power to his team( in five years he only intervened in Board affairs once – to get a family retainer land under the scheme). The GODB was led by Kanagasundram, the outstanding civil servant of his generation. The Board had varied experience and the Resident Manager was Shirley Amerasinghe, who later distinguished himself on the world stage as the author of the Law of the Sea when he was our Ambassador to the UN. What a team – the original “dream team”! The GODB had to scramble to build the right and left bank irrigation channels, clear the land and build 30,000 colonist cottages to be ready in time.

There were interesting stories from this time – during land clearing a wild elephant once charged a group of workers seriously injuring six, but a bulldozer driver charged the elephant in his machine and killed the poor animal who was only defending his turf. The rush to be ready caused the only wrong decision by the Chairman – in hindsight it would have been better to use the traditional slash and burn methods rather than the mechanized option chosen, as this would have preserved the top soil better. But given the rush to be ready for the colonist there was no choice.

By 1953 the dam, power station and irrigation system with cleared lands and colonist cottages were ready. A record breaking feat by any measure! And colonists were brought by train to Batticaloa and thence by truck to their new homes – in their tens of thousands. It was an encouraging sight to see so many eagerly looking forward to their new lives, and carrying their meagre worldly posessions with them. The early colonists were pampered lot and got two acres of high land and five acres of paddy land – together with cooking utensils and farm implements. This was later reduced to two acres of highland and three acres of paddy land. There was a Colonization Officer to look after the wants of every 100 families and their progress was measured. Never before or since was so much care taken to ensure the welfare of colonists. By 1957, 70% the colonization process was completed.

There were many other achievements: a 10 MW hydro power plant, a tile factory, a huge rice mill (sourced by Raju Coomaraswamy – another of the Civil Service ‘mafia’, later a high official in the UNDP) and a sugar factory. The latter was one of the few failures of GODB. Land suitable for sugar cane was identified and a sugar factory was built. But to keep it profitably running you needed the output of 25,000 acres of sugar land. Even in tea plantations where we had 100 years of experience there were never more than 1,500 acres under one management .The GODB had an out- of- the- box solution – to bring in Japanese farmers (the Japan International Co-operation agency – JICA – had a scheme to settle Japanese farmers in Brazil and they were to do the same for Sri Lanka) – imagine what 500 Japanese farmers – the best the world – could have done for farming and horticulture in Ceylon! But before the scheme was implemented the government changed and the SLFP vetoed the scheme. The result was predictable – the local farmers, unused to sugar cane cultivation, were never able to supply more than 18% of the factory’s requirements – another wasted opportunity!

‘Camelot’ in the East

Then the Gal Oya valley entered an idyllic period – the main objectives were being met on time, the farmers were bringing in their first crops, there was a thriving Club for officers of the GODB at Ampara with tennis, tombola for the ladies, bridge, snooker and carrom. It was a thriving community of Sinhalese , Tamils and especially Burghers attracted by the pioneering challenge. There were even a few European refugees from World War II, settled under a UN scheme for the stateless – all highly qualified. There was Burkhart, a barrel-chested native of Danzig – who earned the respect of his tough Sinhala workers by being able to repair any type of machine with his bare hands. Chekovitz, a Jewish refugee from Czecoslovakia, who was the GODB architect – he introduced the concept of airy building using natural ventilation even before Geoffrey Bawa. He was responsible for the office and staff quarters that were later criticized by the Gal Oya Evaluation Committee as too extravagant. But best of all there was Stan Francis – a gentle giant of a man from the South African railways. Not only was a he a superb mechanical engineer but he was an excellent organizer and motivator who cajoled his Sinhala workers to Herculean heights.

Morrison Knudsen had left behind all their heavy equipment used in the dam construction. Stan Francis set up a base workshop and repaired and refurbished these machines and had them ready for round the clock work on land clearing and building the irrigation system which was the responsibility of the GODB . My father later said that he not only had he saved the country millions in foreign exchange but also cut down the time required by six months !

DS’s dream had been fulfilled – Camelot had been created in the jungles of the Eastern province- but then a dark cloud descended.
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End of the Dream

In 1956 the government changed and the SLFP took over with necessary but different priorities to peasant colonization. The communal bogy raised its ugly head and the Gal Oya workers, instigated by Minister Philip Gunawardane after the Galle Face satyagraha by the Federal Party politicians, rioted against the Tamil staff in GODB. The 1956 riots were the first of many later pogroms against the Tamils. Later it was revealed that about 100 Tamils were killed.

Eighty five Tamil staff and families with infants, including two pregnant women, sought refuge at the Ampara Rest House which was surrounded by a mob of 500 Sinhala workers. My father and mother were there as well and did their best to keep everyone calm. For two days they endured the siege with little food but on the third day the water and electricity were cut. The workers had already broken into the dynamite stores. The (25-year-old) Sub-Inspector Pathmanathan in charge of six Sinhala policemen – told my father he had to have the necessary authority to open fire or he could not guarantee the safety of the women and children. My father, who was vested with the authority, had previously told him that under no circumstances was he to shoot, finally gave him permission. My father told my mother to tie her thali around her waist and be prepared to run as the mob surged forward. Sub inspector Pathamanathan gave the order to shoot and three rioters dropped dead and, as if by magic, the mob disappeared.

Pathmanathan later told my father he had been unsure as to whether his Sinhala policemen would obey the order to fire on their fellow Sinhalese in defense of Tamils, but it says a lot for police discipline, then, that they did. The next day, the army detachment led by Colonel F C de Saram arrived and order was soon restored. One incident worthy of mention is that a mob pf Sinhala colonists proceeding in commandeered GODB lorries to join the mayhem in Ampara was ambushed by Tamil farmers from the Purana lands (expert shots from the experience of defending their lands from marauding wildlife) in the newly opened Siyambalanduwa road and rioters were killed. Dr.Usvatte Aratchi( later on the Committee to Evaluate the GODB) , then an economics undergraduate at Peradeniya University, was engaged with other students in a socio-economic survey of the Gal Oya valley under Professor S.J.Thambiah . The Sinhala and Tamil students involved escaped in a GODB lorry – driven, in Dr.Usvatte’s words, ‘by a madman’- along the same route! The few East Europeans in Gal Oya also escaped to the hills of Nuwara Eliya by the Siyambalanduwa road and shortly after sailed back to Europe.

During all this my sister and I were picked up by Sydney de Zoysa (a legendary Police officer and family friend ) and driven through the night to the GA’s Residency in Batticaloa – I remember being fascinated by the Sterling sub machine gun he had with him.

The SLFP government appointed a Commission of Enquiry under a retired High Court Judge to enquire into the events that took place. They took extensive oral and written evidence from all parties and came to some firm conclusions: The Gal Oya Board was not blamed for the events, the Board administration remained in force even during the recent traumatic events, order was restored within a week when the armed forces arrived and pointed the finger at – though did not name – political involvement from a key party within the government.

The Report of the Commission was suppressed and, I presume, it is still gathering dust in some government archive waiting for a future historian. Maybe the new Freedom of Information Act can be used to unearth it.

The riots ended ‘Camelot’ and broke the optimistic spirit that had permeated the Gal Oya Valley. A proposal to use the Board’s newly acquired engineering skills to build a dam in the Purana areas to benefit Tamil and Muslim farmers, at a very attractive cost, was shelved for no good reason. A year later the original Board was dissolved – I will tell the story in CP de Silva’s words in the next paragraph. CP had been a batch mate of my father in the Ceylon Civil Service – my father the first and CP the 12th in the order of merit at the time of appointment. They were good friends, and C P de Silva was by then the Minister of Lands responsible for the GODB and 10 years later as well the Minister for Agriculture in the later Dudley Senanayake government from 1965 to 1970. After a desultory Civil Service career, he had joined SWRD in politics and was rewarded by being given the plum Ministry of Lands portfolio.

Later CP suffered a stroke, and was in London recuperating in our house – at this time my father was the Acting High Commisioner in London when these events took place.

“Kanaks – I couldn’t help it. Philip spoke to Banda and said we can’t have a Tamil in such a powerful capacity as Chairman Gal Oya Board. If you don’t change him I will bring my unions out. Banda, being weak, gave in and that is why we dissolved the Board.” The government realized that they had done an injustice to a highly effective and respected Civil Servant and so offered him the London post as Deputy High Commissioner. My father, after a short break in London, where he sat for and passed the Bar exams with honours, accepted the offer for the sake of his children’s education, but he was broken man. His heart was in dry zone peasant colonization and above all in Gal Oya which was near to his heart. The glamour of dinner at Buckingham Palace and endless diplomatic cocktail parties bored him, and he died five years later of a heart attack during a game of tennis, while he was our Ambassador in Jakarta.

In 1966 the Dudley Senanayake government appointed a Comittee to Evaluate the Gal Oya Project. It consisted of a distinguished set of people:

  •  BH Farmer – Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge; author of ‘Pioneer Peasant Colonization in Ceylon’ and ‘Ceylon – A Divided Nation’; leading authortity on South Asia’; former Chairman, 1965 Land Commission
  • Dr G Usvatte Aratchi, Central Bank economist, under secondment to the Ministry of Planning, who later distinguished himself at the UN
  • T P De S Munasinghe – former Director of the PWD
  • S Arumaugam, former Deputy Director, Irrigation Department and an outstanding engineer
  • D S de Silva – former Auditor General
  • Tissa Devendra of the Ceylon AdministrativeService who went on to a remarkable career in public service as GA in Matara, Trincomalee and Jaffna and the Chairman of the Public Service Commission was the Secretary.
  • I was the Assistant Secretary

At the outset the Committee decided to confine themselves to a strictly technical approach eschewing the political dimension as many of the people involved were now with the government. The Committee would do a cost-benefit analysis of the project, agricultural policies and the secondary industries started etc.

After a year of intense work the Committee published their findings [ Sessional Paper 1/1968]

  •  From a purely cost/benefit point of view the project was a failure. However from a colonization, paddy production point of view the project was successful.
  • The Committee chose to ignore the fact that the main objective was Sinhala colonization in the East – and this was achieved
  • Total costs up to date and projected were Rs 1 billion while expenditure was approximately the same and, if one accepted a discount rate of 10% ,the net result was negative. I will comment on this finding below.
  • The power generation project was a success even using the unreasonably low cost then prevailing for alternatives means of generation. The oil crisis was then far away.
  • The returns on the improvements in irrigation and flood control of the scheme in the Purana lands was very positive.
  • The sugar project was a disaster given the fact that the output of sugar cane never satisfied more that 18% of the factory’s need – but I have pointed out earlier the Board was aware of this challenge and proposed to bring in Japanese farmers (Japan was the still recovering from the war and was eager to encourage emigration) – this out- of- the- box solution was rejected by the government.
  • The other projects like the rice mill and tile factory had only a marginal impact
  • One obvious conclusion – not explicitly stated in the Report – was that by 1957 all the dams, irrigation works, land clearing roads, bridges, workshops had been completed and 70 % of the colonists settled, but the GODB spent the same amount over the next ten years to achieve very little. The GODB had a scheme to move all the equipment and staff to the Walawe project but this was not achieved due to political interference and unnecessary new infrastructure was created at Walawe. If the GODB’s activities in Gal Oya had been wound up in 1958 or 1959 and its infrastructure moved to Uda Walawe, as was the plan of the GODB , then the economics of the project would have been very different. Once again the culprits were with the ruling party now.
  • The Committee also faulted the Board for being extravagant in the expenditure on roads, staff housing etc. But this had been necessary to attract suitable staff into the wilderness of the Eastern province, and the roads and bridges and schools built still serve this area.

The reason that the first conclusion was not correct is that in the eyes of the Project founder – DS Senananayake – the main rationale of the project was Sinhala colonization of the Tamil dominated Eastern province and this was achieved. This started the process – later carried on by the accelerated Mahaveli project – to change the demographics of this province. In hindsight the results of the Eelam war may have been different if this had not been done.

Also the Committee started with a low yield per acre of paddy of 30 bushels with modest improvements over time. Today the yields are higher than projected, the overall project economics would have been positive. I intend proving this by funding a study by the Faculty of Agriculture at Peradeniya on the paddy production in Ampara

Today the Gal Oya valley is a peaceful backwater where all communities thrive – now with the third and fourth generation of the original colonists. The original colonists and their descendants now number a quarter of a million and had forever changed the racial composition of the Eastern Province as DS had originally intended. The main problem now faced by the Sinhala colonists is that their children prefer the bright lights of Colombo and the Middle East to the hard, but rewarding, life of farming.

It is a lovely part of the island and well worth a visit – beautiful paddy lands fringed by mature coconut trees and elephants bathing in the Senanayake Samudra are unforgettable sights. DS’s vision has been fulfilled and was achieved by Ceylonese administrators working with our own funds – no foreign aid was sought or needed. Foreign “experts”, no less than foreign judges, are peripheral to our achieving our aims. We need to recapture the self confidence and self reliance we once had

The writer is a retired banker [e.mail: ajitkanagasundram@gmail.com]

Namal files defamation case against FCID officers, නාමල් එෆ්සීඅයිඩීයේ දෙදෙනකුගෙන් මිලියන 200 ක්‌ වන්දි ඉල්ලයි

October 10th, 2016

By Chitra Weerarathne Courtesy The Island

UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa yesterday filed a defamation case against the OIC of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division, Premaratne and Sub Inspector, FCID, Don Shanthalal.

The plaintiff has said that these officers filed a malicious, politically biased complaint against him in the Fort Magistrate’s Court, defaming him. Damages up to Rs. 100 million have been demanded from each of the FCID officers cited as defendant in the District Court plaint.

The complaint made by the FCID is of alleged money laundering. Rajapaksa has said that his public reputation as a representative of the people has been tarnished by the defamatory complaint.

ඒ. ඡේ. ඒ. අබේනායක උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින

අස්‌ථාන චෝදනා නගා නිසි විමර්ශනයකින් තොරව තමා අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන රක්‍ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර භාරයට පත් කිරීමට කටයුතු කළ මූල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්‌ඨාසයේ ස්‌ථානාධිපති ඇතුළු නිලධාරීන් දෙදෙනකුගෙන් රුපියල් මිලියන 200 ක වන්දියක්‌ ඉල්ලා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා විසින් ඊයේ (10දා) කොළඹ දිසා අධිකරණය හමුවේ නඩු දෙකක්‌ පවරනු ලැබීය.

මූල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්‌ඨාසයේ ස්‌ථානාධිපති ප්‍රධාන පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක ආර්. ඒ. කේ. ප්‍රේමරත්න හා උප පොලිස්‌ පරීක්‍ෂක විතානගේ දොන් ශාන්ත ලාල් යන මහත්වරුන් එම නඩු දෙකෙහි වගඋත්තර කරුවන් ලෙස නම් කොට තිබුණි. දූෂණ විරෝධී හඬ ව්‍යාපාරයේ කැඳවුම්කරු වසන්ත සමරසිංහ විසින් කරන ලද පැමිණිල්ලක්‌ අනුව ක්‍රිස්‌ ලංකා නමැති ඉන්දියානු සමාගමක්‌ රගර් ක්‍රීඩාව ප්‍රවර්ධනය සඳහා ලබාගත් මුදලක්‌ අවභාවිත කිරීමේ චෝදනාව යටතේ මූල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්‌ඨාසයේ නිලධාරීන් විසින් තමා අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන කොටුව මහෙස්‌ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කළ බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා අධිකරණයට පෙන්වා දී තිබුණි.

පසුගිය ජුලි 11 වැනිදා එලෙස අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කළ තමා ජුලි 18 වැනිදා දක්‌වා රක්‍ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර භාරයේ තැබීමට කොටුව මහෙස්‌ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණය විසින් නියම කළ බවත් වගඋත්තරකාර මූල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්‌ඨාසයේ නිලධාරීන් නිසි විමර්ශනයකින් තොරව ඉදිරිපත් කළ කරුණු නිසා අධිකරණය තමා රක්‍ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර භාරයට පත්කිරීමට නියෝග කොට ඇති බවට විශ්වාස කරන බවත් නාමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා සිය නඩු දෙක මගින් වැඩිදුරටත් අධිකරණයට කරුණු දක්‌වා තිබුණි.

එලෙස රක්‍ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර භාරයට පත්වීමට සිදුවීම නිසා තමාගේ කීර්තිනාමයට පිරිමැසිය නොහැකි අගතියක්‌ මෙන්ම තමාට බලවත් මානසික හා ශාරීරික පීඩාවට ලක්‌වීමට සිදු වූ බවත් සිය නඩු දෙක මගින් පෙන්වා දී තිබූ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා එබැවින් වගඋත්තරකාර මූල්‍ය අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්‌ඨාසයේ නිලධාරීන් දෙදෙනාගෙන් එකී වන්දිය අය කරදෙන ලෙස නීතිඥ අතුල ද සිල්වා මහතා මගින් ගොනු කර තිබූ එම නඩු මගින් ඉල්ලා තිබුණි.

360 with Kamal Gunaratne – 19th September 2016

October 10th, 2016

මෙතුමා කතා කරන වචනයක් වචනයක් පසා මගේ ඇගේ හිරිගඩු පිපුනා.මගේ තාත්තා යුද හමුදා නිලදාරියෙක්.ඒ මිනිස්සු කොචර ලොකු කැප කිරීමක් කරනවද කියන්න මම හොදටම දන්නවා.මගේ තාත්තාගේ උණුහුම මට මගේ පුංචි කල ලබන්න වාසනාව තිබුනේ නෑ.මට අවරුදු 12ක් වෙනකන් මගේ තාත්තා හිටියේ ක්‍රියාන්විතයේ.එහම කැපකිරීමක් කරපු යුද හමුදා නිලදරීන්ට මේ විදියට සලකන ඒක සම්බන්දව මට ඇති වන්නේ පිළිකුලක්.ඒ වගේම ජෙනරාල් කමල් ගුණරත්න මහතා මටනම් ජාතික වීරයෙක්.ඔබතුමාට නීරෝගිමත් විෂම දිවියක්.

විශේෂඥ වෛද්ය කාමලිකා අබේරත්න සහ HIV ආසාධිතයෝ

October 10th, 2016

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 

විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය කාමලිකා අබේරත්න HIV ආසාදිත වන්නේ රුධිර පාරවිළනයකදී සිදුවූ අතපසුවීමක් නිසාය. HIV ආසදිත වීමෙන් පසු ඇයගේ වෘත්තීය සගයෝ ඇයව වසංගතයක් සේ බැහැර කරති. වෛද්‍යවරියක වූ කාමලිකා අබේරත්න මිය තම සහෝදර වෛද්‍යවරු වෛද්‍යවරියන් අතින් වෙනස්කම් කිරීමට ලක් වීම ඒඩ්ස් සම්බන්ධව සෞඛ්‍යය වෘත්තිකයන් තුල තිබෙන මුග්ධතාව මෙන්ම ප්‍රාග්විනිශ්චයන් පෙන්වන්නකි. මේ සාවද්‍ය ආකල්ප මෙන්ම කලංකයන් අප විසින් බිඳ දැමිය යුතුය.

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මා විසින් ලියන ලද Stress Management පොත මා පුද කරන්නේ විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය කාමලිකා අබේරත්න මහත්මියටය. නමුත් ඒ කාලය වන විට ඇය ජීවතුන් අතර නොවූවාය. ඒ නිසා එම පොත මා පිලිගැන්වූයේ ඇයගේ සැමියා වූ විශේෂඥ ශල්‍ය වෛද්‍ය මයිකල් අබේරත්න මහතාටය.

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නිල ඇදුම් ඇති  ‘පාතාල පොලීසි‘ යුගය අවසන් කළ යුතුයි.

October 10th, 2016

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon

 අතුරුගිරිය, නිට්ටඹුව, ගණේමුල්ල, හබරාදුව පොලීසිවල මෑත කාලයේ සිදු වූ නිල අපරාධ සදහා වගකිව යුතු නිලධාරීන්ට එරෙහිව විධිමත් විමර්ශන තුලින් ‘පාතල පොලිස්‘ යුගය අවසන් කළ යුතුව ඇතැයි කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා පැවසීය. 

අතුරුගිරිය පොලීසිය විසින් පාතල අපරාධකරුවෙකු බවට හංවඩු ගසන ලැබූ තරුණයා ගේ මව සහ නිට්ටඹුව පොලීසිය විසින් සොහොනකට රැගෙන ගොස් පහර දෙනු ලැබූ තරුණය ජනමාධ්‍ය වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් අද මරදානේ පැවැති පුවත්සාකච්ඡාවක දී තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා ඒ බව පැවසීය.

අද විවෘත සමාජයක් තිබෙනවා. නමුත් පොලීසියේ පහළම නිළධාරීන් නිල ඇදුමින් ගිහින් මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝණ්‍ය කරනවා.  දැන් ඉහළ පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්ගේ අවධානය ඒ පිළිබදව යොමුවී තිබෙනවා.  ඒ නිසා තමයි පොලිස්පති පූජිත ජයසුන්දර මහතා කියන්නේ ‘නිල ඇදුම් මැරයින්‘ ගැන.  අද පොලීසියට පුළුල් ප්‍රතිසංස්කර අවශ්‍යයි.  අහිංසකයින්ට බෝම්බ දමා අත් අඩංගුව ගන්නා, පොලීසියට රටක නීතිය රකින්න බෑ.

නීතිඥ මේජර් අජිත් ප්‍රසන්න මහතා පැවැසූවේ ‘වරෙන්තු නැති, පැමිණිලි නැති, චෝදනා නැති, මිනිසුන් අපරාධකරුවන් බවට පත් කරන්නේ අතුරුගිරිය පොලීසියේ දුණුසිංහ කියන නිලධාරියායි.  ඔහුගේ වත්කම් පිළිබද විමර්ශනයක් කලොත් මේ පුද්ගලයා අහිංසකයින් පීඩාවට පත් කොට උපයාගන්නා ධනය පිළිබද හැගිමක් ලබා ගන්නට පුලුවන්.  පැමිණිල්ලක් ආපුවාම දෙපැත්තෙමන්ම සල්ලි ගන්නවා.  අතුරුගිරිය පොලීසිය අහිංසකයින් දෙදෙනෙකුට බෝම්බ දමා නිරපරාදේ නඩු දමා තියෙනවා.  එයින් එක් අයෙක් අද මානසික රෝගියෙක් වෙලා යැයි ද පැවසීය.

 මෙම අවස්ථාවට අතුරුගිරියේ වෙඩි ප්‍රහාරයට ලක් වූ අර්ජුන් ගමගේ ගේ මව සහ නිට්ටඹුව පොලීසියේ පහරකෑමට ලක් වූ තරුණායා ද එක් ව සිටියේය.

 

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon
Executive Director/CaFFE
Executive Director/CHR-Sri Lanka
100/19 A, Welikadawatta Road,
Rajagiriya,Sri Lanka.


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