Life Abroad – Part 87-NEW LIFE, NEW WIFE and a NEW HOME

July 11th, 2014

Dr.Tilak Fernando

Continuation from Pt.86 ………Jinadasa Vijayatunga told me that Sir Solomon had a weakness for English women”.. ……..

Lady Daisy Dias Bandaranaike was at the time President of the Ceylon/Colombo Women’s Federation/Association. I immediately wrote to Mrs. Margaret Cousins at the Theosophical Society in Adyar, South Chennai (formerly Madras) in Tamil Nadu, India when she (Mrs. Cousin) made arrangements for Lady Daisy Dias Bandaranaike to go and stay with Mrs. Cousins for some time. She (Lady Dias Bandaranaike) spent some time with Mrs. Cousins and returned back to Colombo after her mental recovery“.

“When in Colombo, Lady Daisy Dias Bandaranaike wrote me a letter thanking me profusely for helping her at a time she was mentally devastated. These letters were at our home in Pondicherry. As I have not been to Pondicherry after 1959, I do not know whether they are still there. But my letters to Lady B will be among her papers. My letters to Mrs. Cousins will be in the Theosophical Society archives”!

“The last time I saw Sir Solomon was at Brown’s Hotel, London. I told him my wife Elizabeth was a horse-woman and he said he would like to meet with her, but knowing his reputation I did not introduce to him, though I told her about it”.

In India Vijayatunga got involved in many tasks. He participated in the activities of the Mahabodhi Society and became an active lecturer on Buddhism. Vijayatunga’s speech of great magnitude delivered, at the Buddhist Vihara, Reading Road, on the theme of “Precept and Practice in Buddhism today” made a great impact and prominence in the Indian Press. One year later Mahabodhi Society invited Vijayatunga to lecture on Buddhism in New York. His sermons in New York on Buddhism had not gone well; being despondent about it he had to remain three years in New York devoting his time lecturing extensively in Clubs, Churches and Universities. He also went into broadcasting of his discourses over every leading radio station in New York, as much as writing many reviews and articles on Buddhism to the New York Press.

Indian politics

In 1929 Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru declared that, “the object of the Indian struggle was not to attain dominion status but to be absolutely independent”. During this period Vijayatunga became very much involved in Indian politics. A controversial article Vijayatunga once published in The New York Times titled ‘Maharajahs are puppets rulers’ brought the hornet’s nest upon his shoulders. Consequently he received marching orders to leave New York immediately despite the fact that he held an un-expired legal resident visa!

In 1932 March, when Vijayatunga was in London at a round table conference with Mahatma Gandhi at Lancaster House, St. James’ Palace, India League made him their London representative. In London he became a freelance journalist attached to the Fleet Street and contributed regularly to the news chronicle “Star“. He also sent dispatches to The Spectator, New Statesman and Time & Tide journals. After many moons, he still enjoyed telescoping his memory to a canny article he had once written about the English under the caption – ‘Water and the White Man’. He winked at me and said that his intention was not to talk too much about the toilet habits of the English – smiled and said – “you know what I mean….. ‘the passa paththa’ . But in the article, I only emphasised on the fact how allergic the Englishman was to water……… you know what I mean” ?

In 1935 he zoomed to more and more fame and glory with his literal talents thus becoming the first Sri Sinhala person to publish a modern classic under the title “Grass for my feet” which went into four editions making the name ‘Vijayatunga’ flash in New York and London newspapers with excellent reviews.

Lake House correspondent

Mr. D. R. Wijewardene (Lake House) could not have decided an opportune moment to appoint Vijayatunga as The London Correspondent for the Ceylon Daily News at the time the Duke of Windsor abdicated his Throne and George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s coronation took place in 1937. On January 12, 1938 the doors of the London Registry Office for marriages at Hampstead were wide open to welcome a Ceylonese author and a well-known journalist, Jinadasa Vijayatunga, son of Mr. William Dias Vijayatunga of Puwakpitiya and Mrs. Esther Emila (Edirimanna Mohotti) to bring into wedlock with Elizabeth Sadler, the younger daughter of the late Captain Henry Sadler and Mrs. Maud Elizabeth Sadler of Brighton.

With the breaking out of the World War II, many families were affected. Young Vijayatunga was not very fortunate either with his new marriage when he joined the Ministry of Information, Colonial Intelligence section. Subsequently, on the grounds of desertion, their marriage was dissolved in a divorce court. A new life, new wife and a new home, all combined came to reality for Vijayatunga in 1948 in Pondicherry when he re-married Sita Rodrigo. They were blessed with three daughters and a son born in Bangalore. At the time of my meeting with Jinadasa Vijayatunga in London, Sita Vijayatunge was still living in Pondicherry.

During his stay in Bombay (Mumbai) and moving with the social and political hierarchy he was elected as the President of the Indian Stage Society which edited India Independence Bulletin weekly journal VIGIL. He also had the grand opportunity of visiting Ananda Bhawan, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (Nehru’s residence) and maintained a closely-knit friendship with Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. Jinadasa Vijayatunge during this period often communicated with Rabindranath Tagore as well. By Command of the King to Kathmandu, he was invited to the Coronation ceremony of King Mahendra Beerbikram Shah Deva and Queen Ratnarajya Lakshmi Devi by the Coronation Committee.

Back in London

Towards the latter part of 1963 Vijayatunga arrived back in London to resume his literary career and took up the appointment as the Editor of India Today. Describing how gentlemanly and humble the British aristocracy was at the time, particularly their behavior in public, he described how the British Prime Minister Harold McMillan helped him into his over coat at a literal get together in London. Having assisted this Sri Lankan with his overcoat, the Prime Minister had politely spoken to him and asked Vijayatunga, “How long are you staying in England?” Jinadasa Vijayatunge had seized the opportunity and responded with a smile by saying, “Sir, until I receive the Nobel Prize for literature“, which naturally made the British Prime Minister chuckle.

However, when he spoke to me in his London flat, he still believed in all seriousness that he would be nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature! He had every reason to think and was entitled to think so, as he had been the leading Sinhalese journalist and poet with bags of experience behind his career for decades. His novel, ‘Grass for my feet’ went into print over and over again up to four editions. Jinadasa Vijayatunga happened to be close neighbor of Lord Mountbatten living at 12, Clivendon Place London and his work had been praised by Connolly and Spender.

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Continued in…..88 

Korean Christians Stir Controversy By Holding Service At Sacred Buddhist Site

July 11th, 2014

HuffPost Korea,

Seoul, South Korea — The local Buddhist newspaper Beopbo Shinmun reported this week that Korean Christians were observed singing hymns and missionary prayers, allegedly doing Ddangbarpgi in a Buddhist temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mahabodhi Temple.” Ddangbarpgi refers to the act of Christians worshiping at sacred locations of other religions, primarily Buddhism.

The incident came to light through a video sent to Beopbo Shinmun by a Buddhist nun, Venerable Beopsu, who has been at the Mahabodhi Temple for several months practicing silence, the newspaper reports. The temple is in Bodh Gaya, an area in the northeast of India that is reputed to be where Buddha obtained enlightenment.

In the video, a Korean man plays the guitar while two others appear to be singing and praying. Beopsu broke her silent meditation to ask them to stop immediately and leave the temple, wondering how they could “do such a disrespectful thing in a shrine where Buddha found enlightenment,” the paper reports. However, they reportedly told her that the Christian God is the only savior and that they were preaching the word of God because [they] pity those who have not been saved.”

When Beopsu told the Christians that she would “inform Korea what they did,” they left in a hurry, according to the paper. Beopbo Shinmun reports that “this state of affairs is significant because, when it becomes public that Korean Christians performed such an outrageous missionary act in the Mahabodhi Temple, serious religious conflicts and diplomatic problems may come into play.”

Even among Korean Christians, Ddangbarpgi is seen as controversial and is often criticized. In 2010, a video was circulated in which young people held Christian services in Bongeunsa, one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Seoul. Following the video’s controversial reception, the group officially apologized to Bongeunsa. Also in 2010, the Christian Council of Daegu was seen in a video holding Christian services at the Donghwasa temple, a Buddhist temple in the city of Daegu. In December of that year, the Korean Church Press Association stated via the daily newspaper Kukmin Ilbo that “Ddangbarpgi is not considered to reflect legitimate Christian doctrine or practice.”

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This post was translated from Korean and was originally published on HuffPost Korea.

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Jul 10, 2014

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Sinhala-Muslim Riots”: Sri Lankan local media blackout on version of Ayagama Samitha Thero

July 10th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Media has transgressed from its mandated role. The role of reporting and allowing the public to decide has been replaced by media taking upon itself to declare who is guilty and then going to town to use every mode of media coverage to completely tarnish and ridicule their version of the guilty party. What ensued in Aluthgama is one such instance among scores of others. Before going to print the guilty party was already decided and it was just a matter of generating the publicity to embed in the minds of the people who the guilty were. In such a scenario we must be thankful that one local newspaper (though in Sinhala medium) published a version that would never have made it to public domain. The Sunday Divaina, published on 6th July 2014 an interview by Indrajith Subasinghe, with Ven. Ayagama Samitha Thero, the chief priest who was attacked on poson poya 12th June 2014 and recounted incidents that the local English people have purposely shunned from publication.

Ven. Ayagama Samith Thero took over as chief incumbent of the Kurunduwatte Sri Vijayaramadhipathi temple in Dharga Town in 2009. The temple is said to have a history of over 100 years. There were only 3 priests at the temple. The temple has over 120 dayakas who maintain the temple. Muslims live on the other side of the temple wall.

The English newspapers have purposely suppressed instances that the Ven. thero had been thrown colored water by Muslim children on bikes while walking to the temple. The thero had not even informed the incident to the dayakas lest it would lead to issues.

The media also blocked mention of how the other priests walking to the temple had been subject to humiliating remarks and how these priests had recounted with sadness the experience. The thero’s decision to use a threewheeler so as not to subject the other priests and thereby allow room for bigger issues is also worthy of mention but again purposely left out of public domain by the supposedly unbiased media. The cost for the threewheeler usage was borne through the sale of coconuts from 20 trees inside the temple premises which drew Rs.6000.

Purposely omitted was the most important incident that took place 10 days before the events erupted in Aluthgama.

Why did the English newspapers and the unbiased commentators omit to mention that a dead cow’s head and 4 dead chickens had been thrown into the temple premises? Was this act an example of peaceful co-existence and how did it tally with the peaceful slogans that are being promoted worldwide with only Buddhists declared the guilty party.

The English newspapers also blocked out an incident in 2006 when Muslims destroyed the Dharmachakra at the temple premises leading to the Buddhist priests having to withdraw in fear from the temple and the temple being shut for some time.

The issue of police inaction is highlighted when the thero went to the police to lodge a complaint as to who would thrown carcasses into the temple compound. Not only had the police taken away the evidence they had simply done nothing. The police have a lot to answer for.

The police of the area cannot deny that over a period of time the behavior of the Muslims in and around Dharga town is what erupted into the clashes that ensued because the police and politicians were taking only one side. Removed from mention was the two policy adopted by the police with Sinhalese being charged for not wearing helmets while Muslims could ride motorcycles without. The people of the area had been silent suffers and none of these grievances have ever made headlines.

We next come to the most important question. Exactly what happened in Aluthgama.

No riot takes place without a reason. 12th Jun 2014 was poson poya. The Ven. thero had been returning from a bana held at the Pathirajaweela temple in a threewheeler. The road had been blocked by a threewheeler and a motorcycle and despite the thero’s driver horning 3 times the response had been Don’t make too much noise, these are our villages”. The thero had beckoned his driver to compose himself and not be intimidated. The thero’s threewheeler was not able to proceed 100metres before a motorcycle with 2 men arrived and attempted to forcibly take the thero’s driver out of the threewheeler. The 2 men were joined by another who came running towards them. The thero had descended and attempted to break the altercation when he was attacked by one person. Upon hearing that an attack was taking place the Pathirajawela temple head priest arrived and asked why a Buddhist monk was being attacked. The response given by the Muslims standing around them was whether he too wanted the same treatment. Not a single newspaper carried how the Prathirajawela chief monk was denied entry to his temple on 13th June 2014 and had to seek assistance of the STF to do so.

Samitha thero was admitted to the Seenawatte hospital and from there he was taken in an ambulance to Nagoda hospital. There was no Bodu Bala Sena involvement or presence on 12th June 2014 when the thero was attacked by a Muslim man for trying to stop them harassing his threewheel driver. The thero was not a member of Bodu Bala Sena nor did he know them. Therefore, the question is for asking the threewheeler to move so that he could travel to his temple what was the crime that the chief incumbent of the Kurunduwatte Sri Vijayaramadhipathi temple in Dharga Town committed?

The most important details that do not tie up to the much projected opinion that innocent Muslims were attacked are the series of incidents that have been taking place. Much of the unreported incidents if made known would certainly tip the opinion but we know that media would not do so.

Please take note that the throwing of the carcasses, throwing of blue dye onto the Buddhist priests, the destruction of the Dharmachakra in the temple, the humiliations that priests walking along the road to the temple passing the mosque was subject to were all done in the absence of any involvement or presence of the BBS. These were all taking place over a period of time. The Buddhists of the area had to silently suffer because neither the police nor the politicians took the issues on the merit of attempting to ensure that people lived peacefully. These grievances numbered many and included how politicians would attend birthday parties of Muslims but not attend the funeral rites of a Buddhist priest. The unheard of grievances were many.

The Buddhist priests of the temple including the chief incumbent had no history of any altercation with the Muslim community whatsoever to be subject to the abuse and humiliation that they suffered. This background information has been purposely blacked out by media.

The next question is how did BBS enter the scene. Having heard what had happened to the chief incumbent and been informed by the grieving public, the BBS is said to have decided to bring the priest to the temple with the respect that had been denied to him and conduct a meeting to address the people. The meeting organized was on 14th June 2014 in the evening at the Aluthgama junction turning to Dharga town, two days after the attack on the priest.

On 12th June at the police station where people had gathered to know what the police was planning to do the police had fired tear gas creating unwarranted tension.

We next come to the most important question. How did the clashes ensue? After the meeting which had a gathering of close to 10,000, the people were asked to return home while the organizers would take the chief incumbent to the temple. When the people began slowly walking home a single unwarranted act led to what we are told is a Sinhala-Muslim riot.

It is extremely important to note the next flurry of detail.

14th June 2014 the day the public meeting was organized was a Saturday. Why would the mosque gather 2000 people at the mosque since there was no reason to gather such a large number of people? Why would the mosque also gather huge stones kept piled to be used, the first of which had struck one of the people calmly returning home? There was no mention of who threw the first stone. For that stone was what led to putting out all the anger and humiliation that the people had been suffering. What is also noteworthy is that there was never any media highlighting the 7 Sinhala homes that had been razed to the ground or the 20 Sinhala homes destroyed there was under reporting of the Sinhalese warded at Nagoda hospital?

What is interesting is that the 1915 riots began with a stone. The stone happened to have been thrown by the same parties. The Muslims threw the first stone in 1915 at a Buddhist procession no different to the 2014 incident where the first stone descended from the mosque by people who had piled up huge stones with the intent of creating an altercation. Incidentally, the 1915 riots was on a Poson poya just as the 2014 riots. If coincidences are counted further the numbers even add up to 7 for both years.

There is a pattern to the denigration. All this shows that there has been a very unfair and unjust coverage of the incident and a totally unfair denigration of Buddhists. But, we understand the reasons for this too. It is well within a larger gameplan and one tied to decades of efforts to denationalize and divide the Buddhists and systematically remove the power they have that holds the country together. Sadly, ignorant Sinhala politicians for power and money have become pawns without realizing that they can and will only lead in a nation that is held together by Buddhists. If Sri Lanka ever turns into a South Korea or a Maldives (as the twin plan shows) none of the present lot of Sinhala politicians will ever find themselves eligible for even election or be elected!

The general reaction as a result of biased media coverage was seen in the manner the usual culprit the Opposition Leader questioned why those attending the BBS meeting had gone through Dharga Town – with lack of knowledge of Sri Lankan landscape the Opposition Leader was not aware that anyone going to Aluthgama had to pass through Dharga town. We can recall his comment on Thoppigala!

We reiterate again that Sri Lanka’s problems have erupted because of politics and in particular politicians. Likewise, the thero explicitly mentions Rajitha Senaratne as continuing to ridicule the Buddhists as he had been doing in the past. We can only question why such people are given portfolios to continue to mislead and destroy harmony while there are scores of other Ministers doing the same. The Thero in the interview does mention the names of the Transport Minister, Minister Champaka Ranawaka, Provincial Council MP Piyal Nishantha who had looked into the welfare of the Buddhists.

The Thero had been presented at the meeting arranged during the arrival of the President but he had not got a chance to address his views.

What the media should have taken time to highlight was how Samitha thero had spoken about the many good Muslims in Dharga town wherein one such Muslim had even visited him in hospital and apologized for the behavior of other Muslims.

Media is not interested in merit or publishing good deeds and so the many acts that the thero had taken part in was again purposely left out. The media thus never said a word about how Samitha thero distributed sweatmeats during the Sinhala New Year, where he would parcel these items himself and distribute to poor Muslims homes. Media never highlighted how Samitha thero would give coconuts and jackfruits from the temple compound to poor Muslims as well. Samith thero in the interview cited an occasion where a poor Muslim operating a tractor who had met with an accident had come to him to ask Rs.2000 but the thero had only Rs.1000 and had given it saying he did not need to return the money. Why did the media purposely omit to mention how Samitha thero had chanted pirith at the Nagoda hospital to sick Muslim children or the fact that even the temple compound is being given to a poor Muslim to maintain so that he would have a livelihood. It was to such a Buddhist priest that the Muslims attacked in Dharga town. Should the people have not been given these details to decide for themselves who the guilty were?

Moreover, much has been left out. There is never mention of the Muslim-Muslim rifts and how far the Sufis of Sri Lanka are being targeted by fellow Muslims via Wahhabi funded movements, groups so much so that these people are being forcibly evicted from where they lived. The media blackens out how far the Wahhabi influence is what contributes to the change in Muslim dress, manipulating Muslims in their submission to the religion to adopt Wahhabi cultures and behaviors that are not only distancing Muslims among Muslims but creating the dent in peaceful co-existence.

Dr Ameer Ali, a scholar and former Advisor to the Australian Government has quite rightly asked that Muslims should first wonder whether they want to be Muslims of Sri Lanka or Muslims in Sri Lanka. He says that Muslims are self-segregating themselves calling it a ‘self-inflicted alienation’ and then blaming the Sinhala Buddhists. Dr. Ali’s advise for Muslims to indulge in self-introspection ended up in him being at the receiving end of vituperative attacks by Muslims themselves. A Muslim himself is declaring that Muslims in Sri Lanka were not intermingling. Dr. Ali also highlighted an aspect that thus far had not been openly mentioned and that was to question why Muslims did not hoist the national flag and most do not even know the national anthem. Dr. Ali was compassionate even to view the manner why cattle slaughter was being objected to, and also confirmed what we have been saying all the while that the abaya was never seen in Sri Lanka until immediately late 2000 and he confirms too that the abaya has nothing to do with Islam and it was on this argument that France secured the ban. That the politicians and corrupt municipal and provincial counsils have allowed mushrooming churches and mosques was highlighted in 58 mosques in Kattankudy some with less than 20 people attending.

History has repeated. The police were bribed in 1915 to stop drumming when the Buddhist perahera was passing the mosque along the perahera route. Unwritten laws were violated by Muslims no different to the grievances that had been omitted by media. It was the Sinhalese Buddhists who were arrested by the British Government. Punishment for offence was to be death. D S Senanayake, his brother F R Senanayake, D R Wijewardena and D B Jayatilake were also arrested, falsely charged and imprisoned. Martial law was declared. It was Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan a real statesmen who came to the rescue and travelled to England to argue the case on behalf of the Sinhalese. Sir Ponnambalam argued the case so well that not only was he able to transfer the Governor, recall the head of the British military but get all the Sinhalese released as well. The horse drawn carriage arranged in Colombo was not drawn by horses but by all the illustrious Sinhala leaders who carried Sir Ponnambalam to his residence to show their appreciation. We wonder whether Sri Lanka will ever have such leaders.

The cause of the 1915 riots was the inept handling of sensitive issues ignoring the  sensitivities of the Buddhists in a Buddhist civilization that they had built and have been throughout claiming acknowledgement of. The 2014 incident has been a sad repetition. The media has much to account for the mischief that ensues in Sri Lanka.

Shenali D Waduge 

Attached is the interview with Ven. Ayagama Samitha thero published by Sunday Divaina on 6th July 2014 (in Sinhala)

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Ill Treatment Claims By Asylum Seekers ­ Dompost 10.7.14

July 10th, 2014

Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson, United Sri Lanka Assn.

The Editor,

Dear Editor,

Ill Treatment Claims By Asylum Seekers – Dompost 10.7.14

The above report bears out that the Boat People being returned to Sri Lanka are treated fairly and in fact treated better than down under where they may have been subjected to ill treatment.

Children have been discharged , adults released on bail and only the people smugglers detained following a court hearing in Galle. Sri Lanka

It is the Tiger Diaspora and their collaborators   down under that orchestrate the claim of unfair treatment, persecution and torture of returning boat people to Sri Lanka, to prevent their return to Sri Lanka. The above report has demonstrated this claim to be baseless. So did many earlier Australian TV documentaries on the subject,

What the Australian & New Zealand public need to be aware of is that the ultimate aim   the Tiger Terrorist Diaspora based down under is to smuggle in as many as possible , who would be under their clutches for life. This would enhance their political clout in marginal electorates that would determine the outcome of national elections, so that non of the main political parties , would dare challenge them as has happened in Canada and UK.

Australians and New Zealanders should be wary of falling for sob stories spun by Tiger terrorists.

 

Chula Rajapakse MNZM

Spokesperson,

United Sri Lanka Assn.

Lower Hutt.

Refugee policy awash with lies

July 10th, 2014

Andrew Bolt Courtesy Herald Sun

WHY have the Greens — and leftists such as former prime minister Malcolm Fraser — made Sri Lanka their favourite villain?

Is it to better pretend that boat people from its Tamil minority are genuine refugees?

Is it so they can now attack Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a criminal for sending back two boats with 200 Tamils intercepted a week ago?

I suspect so, because the Left’s self-pleasuring rage is almost pornographic, with Fraser even tweeting the return is redolent off (sic) handing Jews to Nazis in 1930s”.

Meanwhile, Greens leader Christine Milne called the Government shocking and cruel” for sending people back to the people who have persecuted them”.

But wait. First, if Sri Lanka really is a tropical Third Reich, why did newspapers report in December 2011 that Milne was off on a holiday in Sri Lanka and a rare chance to relax”?

If Sri Lanka’s Tamils are so persecuted, why did the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees last month boast it had helped over 11,400 Sri Lankan refugees who have returned voluntarily to restart their lives”?

 Why did the UNHCR also praise Sri Lanka for its great strides in reintegrating 573,651 returning internally displaced persons”, mostly Tamils driven from their homes by the civil war?

And why did the most famous Tamil, spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan, attack Western critics, saying: In wartime I went with the UN, I saw (the Tamil north), how it was. Now I regularly go and I see the place and it is about a 1000 per cent improvement in facilities.”

I don’t deny there are still some bitter hatreds and police abuses. But let’s not be so naive about the Tamils claiming to be refugees, and choosing to sail 5400km to Australia rather than 30km to India’s Tamil Nadu.

Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald, for instance, portrayed the latest boatloads of Tamils as fleeing a country suspected of systematic abductions, torture, rape, extrajudicial killings and the ‘disappearing’ of its citizens”.

But the story eventually quoted the wife of one of the Tamils, who admitted her husband had actually been living lately in Tamil Nadu. Moreover, he had crippling debts and had needed to escape to a country where he could earn money”.

So not a refugee. Not from Sri Lanka. And not sent back to Fraser’s Nazi state.

Originally published as Refugee policy awash with lies

Malcolm Fraser would find no Nazis in Sri Lanka

July 10th, 2014

by: DINOO KELLEGHAN  Courtesy:  The Australian

IT is a crying shame that a country that has dragged itself up by the bootstraps from twin ruthless Marxist and ethnic insurgencies that devastated its economy and killed almost 200,000 people during the past 45 years should become a pawn in the game to bash the Australian government over its anti people-smuggling strategy.

Those who demonise Sri Lanka are acting on misinformation fed to them by a manipulative pro-Tamil Tiger terrorist lobby that makes political gain by painting the country as a sinkhole for rule of law and human rights, specifically for the Tamil minority.

The country is by no means perfect: there is corruption, political thuggery, a parliament unhealthily weighted because the main opposition party, once mighty, has shrivelled to a peanut, splintered and unelectable.

But it’s not Nazi Germany.

And the Tamil minority has the same rights as anyone else.

The street signs are in English, Sinhalese and Tamil. There are Tamil television stations, and government documents mostly come in Sinhalese and Tamil. Tamil children study in Tamil, there are Hindu temples celebrating extravagantly colourful festivals wherever there is a sizeable Tamil community in the Sinhalese-dominated south as well as the Tamil-dominated north. The armed forces, once wild and acting with scant regard for human life, have been transformed into a tightly disciplined force whose members receive regular human rights training overseas and routinely act in UN peacekeeping efforts around the world.

Nazis?

Those who fling the allegation around should be held to account. Malcolm Fraser will look in vain for Tamils scrubbing pavements with toothbrushes if he ever has a first-hand look at Sri Lanka — the country, he tweeted to the world, that treated its Tamils the way the Third Reich treated its doomed Jews.

Mr Fraser won’t see death camps or a fascist state. He’ll see Tamils and Sinhalese rejoicing in being able to work together without being bombed or blown up.

Genocide? The population of the capital, Colombo, was 30 per cent Tamil in 2001 at the height of the civil war, and now Tamils and Muslims outnumber Sinhalese. Many of those Tamils fled the fighting in the north but choose to stay in the Sinhala-dominated south even though the war is over.

Of course, the jobs are in the south, but would that keep them there if they feared persecution?

Will Mr Fraser look for rule of law? He’ll find it, faulty though it is with corruption and inadequate resources.

Is there anything in The Australian’s reporting of the humdrum court process of the returned boatload of 41 asylum-seekers and ­people-smugglers to suggest evil?

Presidential, parliamentary and provincial and local council elections have been held all over the country since the end of the civil war in 2009. Tamils have exercised their right to vote freely, choosing the Tamil Nationalist Alliance for representing their interests in the north but leaving intact the thumping majority of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United People’s Freedom Alliance for national government.

The TNA, which reflects the agenda of the Tamil Tigers, travels freely overseas to lobby foreign governments to impose sanctions against Sri Lanka and successfully lobbied the EU to handicap exports on human rights” grounds.

There is no decree sequestering Tamil property: two of the six richest Sri Lankans listed by Forbes magazine last year are Tamils, Hari and Mano Selvanathan.

Kristallnacht? Muslim-owned shops, not Tamil, are being targeted in scattered attacks by radical Sinhala monks whose Buddhist Theravada brothers in Myanmar have been slaughtering Muslims with an impunity not tolerated in Sri Lanka.

Perhaps the telling rejoinder to Fraser’s assertion of a Gestapo state in Sri Lanka comes from the Tamil heartland in Jaffna, where the Chief Minister is a Tamil former Supreme Court justice, the TNA’s CV Wigneswaran.

Two media reports illustrate why the asylum-seeker lobby here should keep its heart warm but take with a grain of salt the information fed by Tiger lobbyists.

Last month, Mr Wigneswaran told India’s The Hindu newspaper he lived with an occupying military force which systematically seeks to subjugate the populace, change the demography, destabilise the economy, impose an alien culture and stultify legitimate democratic aspirations”. Hot stuff, and at odds with his assertion the previous month that he had summarily rejected the army’s application to buy 20 blocks of land in Jaffna. People no longer fear the army,” he added in The Hindu article. He praised the self-confidence that has dawned on our people … we have still been able to usher in a sense of purpose and confidence among our people.”

Persecution? Genocide? Let the buyer of propaganda beware.

(Dinoo Kelleghan is a Sri Lankan-born Australian with part-Tamil ancestry who was foreign news editor of this paper when Sri Lanka’s civil war broke out in 1983. She was a member of the Refugee Review Tribunal for seven years and was assisted by DFAT to make a fact-finding visit to Sri Lanka to aid refugee determination. She lived in Sri Lanka for much of last year and visited Jaffna interviewing students, academics and returned asylum-seekers who all but one acknowledged having left for economic gain. She found Sri Lanka to be safe and thriving.)

 

New Challenges for India

July 10th, 2014

By Afshain Afzal

Ten US Senators, led by Senator Barbara Boxer, recently wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, calling on to take immediate action to combat gender based violence and improve the safety of women and girls in India. The letter demanded that more efforts needs to be put in to prevent violence against women, improve victim support services, bring perpetrators to justice, and address other forms of gender-based violence including child marriage.Washington wantsincreased engagement with the Government of India to ensure effective action to curb gender violence. To achieve this objective, beside other tools, International Violence against Women Act, which calls for the US in countries where it is extending foreign assistance, to address the issue of violence against women and girls by helping them to create programs to educate local populations about recognizing and preventing such violence. These clouds indicate that there would be a galaxy of foreign and foreign sponsored NGOs in India, which will leave no stone unturned to implicate Mr. Modi as perpetrator of violence against women.

Interestingly, according to the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Report for India , 2013, “for every woman who obtains a job, two women are killed at birth, abused in childhood, burnt over dowry, or sexually harassed at work.” Thousands of International and national as well as regional Non Governmental Organizations have joined hands and demanding from the countries like US, Britain and Canada financial support to civil society organizations that are defending the rights of marginalized women and campaigning against the perpetrators of violence before the Indian justice system. These organizations have pulled up their sleeves to campaign against Mr. Modi dubbing him as biggest supporter of violence against women. The basic reason of choosing Mr. Modi as prime target is his convection to highlight true face of India, which is not liked by many Indian parties and the West.

No doubt, India is great tourist attraction but New Delhi must reverse international image of India as safe haven for the sinner and drug addicts to enjoy daughters and mothers of India as cheapest sex recreation point in the world. The Western INGO and their local support organizations will never allow the purity of Eastern women to be restored. In the name of freedom and empowerment of women, an Indian woman has become a commodity for sale. Mr. Modi has a golden opportunity to prove that India is a peaceful country, which honours its people, especially the women folk. Ironically, people around the world come to see India as great land of civilization and culture but keeping aside old historic sites and some development projects, Indian masses prove themselves in worst state of humanity, where women are only seen as symbol of fulfilling desires of characterless locals and foreigners. One wonders why West wants to see Indian women out of their culture, working for others for exploitation.

West is projecting Mr. Modi as symbol of fundamentalism as well as enemy of minority, democracy and secularism. Keeping aside the negative propaganda against Mr. Modi and other Hindu fundamentalists, they proved better leaders in the past as compared to the so called the secularists and atheist. History will also prove in favour of these sons of the soil, if they are allowed to rule for a longer period. If we recall, US Department of State revoked Mr. Modi’s tourist/diplomatic/business visa due to violation of International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). In this regard, David C. Mulford, United States’ Ambassador to India declined permission to Mr. Modi to travel to the US. Nevertheless, Mr Modi’s landslide victory and becoming Prime Minister of India has compelled Washington to issue a waiver, surprisingly, US has extended an invitation to Mr. Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress at Washington.  The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has proposed Mr Modi’s meeting with American leadership on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session, to be held in New York in September 2014.

On one side Washington is expressing such a positive gesture but on the other millions of dollars have been recently awarded to anti-Modi leadership from back channels, especially Italian origin Ms Sonia Ghandhi, to start a new campaign to force Indian bureaucracy and general masses to voice against Mr. Modi’s Premiership. The US Embassy in New Delhi, had forwarded forecast back home that there were remote chances of Mr. Modi’s even winning provincial elections and would be voted out of power in Gujarat. Fareed Zakaria wrote an article, when campaigns for assembly elections just started in 2012, Modi is unlikely to become a national leader, by December he might not even be a regional leader”. This reflected what Western journalists viewed about an honest and dedicated person like Mr. Modi; his only crime was that he followed Hinduism and was not ready to dance on western themes secularism and hypocrisy. US intelligence agencies including Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and CIA had been closely working with Indian Military Intelligence (MI) and Indian DIA to plot against Hindu religious groups including BJP and RSS.

As a pawn of joint strategy backed by Indian and Western agencies, Ms Sonia Ghandhi has written a letter to Prime Minister Modi to execute Polavaram Irrigation Project, knowing well that it would be having negative environmental effects and will also spark hatred against Mr. Modi that would internationalize the issue. Despite strong opposition by major stakeholder i.e. Muslims, Indian Congress decided to go ahead with controversial bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into two, with Hyderabad as temporary capital of State of Telangana for ten years. The sole purpose of this bifurcation was to divide India on religio-ethnic lines and prepare grounds for other minorities to demand their separate states. Ms Sonia Ghandhi demanded in the letter to resettle around 50,000 families, predominantly from the State of Telangana. It is pertinent to mention here that natives of Khammam and other districts have refused to agree on resettlement and have threatened to resist forcible relocation.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been quoted to have said that US and India look forward to strengthening partnership based on common values, shared democratic traditions and the binding ties between peoples. One wonders can US’ Western values and Eastern values move together without serious clash? Mr. Modi will tough resistance from Washington to continue his office. He will face tough resistance to restore Eastern Values”, especially for the women, who were once respected as deities. Vigilance of the society will be another issue as West and so called Indian puppets, in the hands of Western agencies, would strongly resist enforcement of Eastern values. Relationship with Muslim and other minorities will be another irritating issue but if Mr. Modi acts wisely and take along Muslims and other minorities in decision making, the conspiracies of enemies of India will never bear fruit. The bitterness in relations with Pakistan has already sweetened up from the body language of Mr. Modi during meeting with Pak Premier at New Delhi. India must burry the past, identify its follies and come up as symbol of tolerance, non-violence and Eastern values so that people of India as well as nations in its neighbourhood could also get a chance to restore their own culture and traditions and live in peace for the larger cause of humanity. afshain@hotmail.com

Ambassador Hangawatte attends Prize- giving ceremony in Tamil School, Bondy

July 10th, 2014

 Embassy of Sri Lanka Paris

Liens et cultures, (Links and Cultures), a Tamil cultural association located in the Paris suburb of Bondy celebrated its 6th end-of year student graduation at the City Hall in Bondy.

tamilfranceSri Lanka’s Ambassador to France H.E Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte invited as chief guest to this event, was warmly welcomed by Mrs.Sylvine Thomassin, Mayor of Bondy, Town Council members of Bondy and Mr.Sivanatham Rajendram, President of Association Liens et Cultures.

Addressing a large audience of students, teachers, special invitees and officials of Liens et Cultures, Ambassador Hangawatte emphasized on the importance of learning one’s mother language and acquiring a solid awareness of one’s culture and origins. I am always delighted to be invited to the city of Bondy and to see the happy, smiling faces of children” he added.

tamilfrance1The Mayor of Bondy, Mrs.Sylvine Thomassin, reiterated the importance of such cultural events which allow the diverse ethnic community in Bondy to come together in sharing elements of their respective cultures. Driven by the need for unity and harmony within her community, Mrs.Thomassin expressed her strong belief that diverse communities in Sri Lanka were well on their way to rebuilding peace and unity within their country since the end of the war in 2009.

tamilfrance2Over one thousand Tamil language learning text books were offered to students of Liens et Cultures by the Government of Sri Lanka in view of their next school year as part of the book donation program applicable to all schools in Sri Lanka. It is hoped that a rapprochement of cultures will arise from a higher proficiency in the Tamil language, especially for students born and raised in France helping them develop a closer bond with Sri Lanka, their country of origin.

මම සිංහල බෞද්ධයෙක් වුයේ ඔබ රැ ක ගන්නය් (1 කොටස)

July 10th, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

සිං හල බෞද්ධ යය්  කීම බුදුදහම පවාදීමකිය් සමහරු කියති   මෙය ඒ ගැනය් 
පාරමී ඇත්තෝ අරන්ය ගතවී බවුන් වඩති . පාරමී නැති මම, පුත්ත දාරස්ස සංගහෝ- දරුවන් හදමින් රකිමින්,- සල්ලහුක  හෙවත්   සැහැල්ලු දිවියක් ගෙවීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය  සාරධර්ම බුදු දහමෙන්  ” පදමට ගෙන”‘ සැකසු   සංස්කෘතියක් රකින්නට දඟලමි . පාරමී ඇති, පින් ඇති ඔබට නිවන් මගේ ඉදිරියට යාමට  එමග කටුකොහොල් ඉවත් කරමින් සිටිමි . ඉවක් බවක් නැතිව අන්යා ගමිකයන්ද මරමින්  එකිනෙකාත් ඇන  කොටගන්නා  ආගමික කල්ලියක් 6 වන  සියවසේ සිට  ලොව  වනසමින් සිටිති   සොල්දාදුවෙකු විසින් බිහිකළ නිසාම මේ ආගම  භීෂණය  ආත්ම කොට ඇත . මොවුන් බෞද්ධ රටවල් කීපයක්ම විනාශ කර ඇති බව  මම ඉතිහාසයෙන් ඉගෙන ගෙන ඇත්තෙමි. මුන් දැන්  සිංහල බෞද්ධ රටේ ද හොල්මන් කරන්නට පටන් ගෙන ඇත  පෙර  භවයන්හි මම චෝල පරංගි ලන්දේසි හා ඉංග්‍රීසි කාරයන්ගේ   මෙවැනි ක්‍රියා වලට විරුද්ධව සටන් කලෙමි .

මේ භාවයේදී කොටි ත්‍රස්තයින් විනාශ කිරීමට උදවු කලෙමි  මේ සියල්ලන්ටම වඩා   දැන් හොල්මන් කරන ගෝනි බිල්ලෝ භයානක බව   මම ස්ථිර වශයෙන්ම දන්නේ උන් ගිය ගිය තැන  කල මහා විනාශයන් ඉතිහාසයේ  ලේ වලින් ලියවී ඇති නිසාය  ආගම වෙනුවෙන්  මිනී මැරීමෙන් දෙව්ලොව ගොස් කන්‍යාවන් 72ක්  සමග  ජොලි කල හැකි බව උන්ට උගන්වා ඇත්තේ ආගම විසින්මය  උන් 6වන සියවසේ සි ට කල බිහිසුණු ක්‍රියා ගැන ඔබ නොදන්නේ  කෑම  බීම  ගැන මිස  ඉතිහාසය  ගැන ඔබ නොදත් නිසාය .

ඇ ෆ්ගනිස්ටනයේ  ඓ තිහාසික  බුදුපිළිම කැ ඩූ  හැටිවත් ඔබ ටී වී එකෙන් හෝ නොදැක්කේ  මැච් මිස වෙන දෙයක් නොබැ ලූ නිසය්. ඉතින් මම මෙය ලියන්නේ  පාරමී ඇති ඔබද ආරක්ෂා කර ඔබේ ගමන යන්නට ඔබට   අත  හිත දෙන්නට  පාරමී නැති මම කැපවෙන  බව ඔබට දන්වන්නටය් . ඔබට නොතේරුනාට මම නැත්නම්  ඔබද නැති බව මම දනිමි. ගෝනි බිල් ලන්ට අහුවුනොත් පාරමී ඇති නැති සේරම කපෝ තිය. බවුන් වඩන් නන්   තබා ගල්  රුපයක් වත් ඉතිරි කරන්නේ නැත . එනිසා පවුකාර මම  ගමන යා  හැකි  ඔබට වත් උදවු කරමි. වෙන මොනවා කරන්නද  පින්වත ඔබ මගපල ලබා මට පින්දෙන්න . ඔබ වෙනු වෙන්  අද නිවන postponed  කලාට  මම එය ඇත හැර නැත . අගයද දනිමි. මාගේ ව්‍යායාමය හුදෙක් මා සඳහාම නොව  පාරමී ඇති  ඔබ සඳහාත් බව  කරුණාවෙන් සලන්න.  මෙය කියව බලා ම මට නිගරු කිරීමෙන් දැන්වත්  වලකින්න .

කොටින්ට එරෙහි සටනේදී බෞද්ධ අබෞද්ධ පඬියෝ   බෞද්ධ  සිංහල රටක මෙබඳු හිංසනයක් කරන්නේ කෙසේදය්  කියමින් අකම්පා වුහ  ඔවුන්ට  මේ රට  සිංහල බෞද්ධ වුයේ  මේ වෙලාවේ පමණය . අනිත් හැම විටම උන්ට මේ රට බහු ජාතික බහු ආගමික රටකි . සමහර බෞද්ධ පඬියෝ  අභිධර්ම පාඨ   ඇදබාමින්  යුද්ධයට විරුද්ධ වුහ. මෛත්‍රිය කරුණාව හා  ප්‍රාණ ඝාතයෙන්  වැලකීමාදී  ධර්මතා  හුවා  දක්වමින්   
 ඔවුහු  ජාතිකවාදී ත්‍රස්ත විරෝධීන්ට  ජාතිවාදී ලේබල් ඇලවූහ  බුදු දහම පාවා දෙන්නන් යය්  කීහ.  දුටුගැමුණු එළාර කතාව ඉගැන්වීම පවා  නතර කරවුහ.

  නන්දා මාලිනි  සුනිල් ආරියරත්නට බහ දුන් පසු මේ සිංහල අපගේ රටය්  ගීය ගයීමත් ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කළාය . මේ පුවත  “”අනේ මන්දා  නා ලිනි”‘  මැ යින් පුවත් පත් වල  පලවිය .  මහගම සේකරල සමග ඇසුරු කලානම් ඇයට  මෙහෙම වන්නේ නැත .- අසේවනාච  බාලානං —- තවත් කවුදෝ “‘ බන අහන රටක් බන කියන රටක්  යුද බිමක් වුයේ කෙලෙසා” යය ලිව්වේය.

බන අහන බන කියන බෞධයන්ද ඔය යුද්දේ පටන්ගත්තේ  නැත්නම් ඊලාම් වාදීන්ද . ලිවිය යුතුව තිබුනේ “”බන කියන බන අහන උන්ගේරට වනසන්නේ  ඇ ය්  ද කොටියා ” වැ න්නක්  වුවත්  මොවුන්ගේ බටහිර අධ්‍යාපනය  ඊට ඉඩ දෙන්නේ නැත. නන්දා මෙන්  රචකයා සමග  එකතුවී ව්‍යාපෘතියක් ලෙස  එඩ්වර්ඩ්  මෙය ගයන්නට නැතුවඇති. එහෙත් මෙවන් රචකයන් ගෙන් ගායකයද ප්‍රවේසම් වියයුතුය් . සුනිල් 70% බෞධයන් ගැන සොයනවාට වඩා   අතේ ඇඟිලිවලින් ගණන් කළහැකි දෙමල බෞද්ධයන් ගැන පොතුත්  ලියය් නැති දෙමල බෞධයන් ගැන ලියන්න දෙයක් නැති විට  වෙනත් කරුණු වලින් පොත        පුරවා පඬි  බව රැකගනිය්  “”අනේ දෙමල බෞධ්ධයන්ද ඉන්න නිසා කොටින්ට ගහන්න   එපා””” යය් . අපට අන්ගවන්නද මේ.  අමරදේව ඉන්දියාවේදී  සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධීන් පිනවීමට  සිංහලයන් ගැන කඩොලු කතාවක් කර පස්සේ  යාන්තම් ජාම බේරාගත්තේය. මේ සේරම සිද්ධ වෙන්නේ බටහිර  ගැ ති  පඬියන්ගේ  දැනුම් ආධිපත්යට  අහිංසකයන් බය නිසාය.  මේ බය ඇති කරන්නේ   බටහිර දැනුම නිසා බඩ  රැ  ක ගන්නා  පඬියන් විසිනි. උන්ට තනතුරුත්  කාම භෝගී ජීවනක්රමයත් රැකගත හැක්කේ එසේකළහොත් පමණි.

බටහිරයෝ විරුද්ධ වන්නේ ථෙරවාදී බුදුදහමටය .  දලය්  ලාමා  ගැන ප්‍රශ්නයක් නැත්තේ එතුමා  කරන්නේ  ආගම්  එපාවූ අමරිකානුන්  පිනවීම පමණක් නිසාය. මියන්මාරයේත් ලංකාවෙත්  බහුතරය සුළු වාර්ගිකයන්ට  හිරිහැර කිරීම හොඳ නැති බව එතුමා කිය. ය් .  තමන්ගේ රටවල් රැකගැනීම සඳහා අත්මාරක්ෂක සටන් කිරීමට  මේ දෙරටටම අයිතියක් ඇත. ළමා තුමා එසේනොකල නිසා දැන් ටිබෙටයටත් ප්‍රශ්නය. සුද්ද 1815 සිටම සිංහල බෞධයන් විනාශ කිරීමට යොදා ගත්තේ දෙමල සහ මුස්ලිමුන්ය.දැන් සුද්ද තම සිංහල ඒජන්තයන්  යොදවා කියවන්නේ  අපි  පිටස්තරයන්ට බෙල්ල දී සුවපත් වේවා යය කින ලෙසය . එදා අපි සුද්ද ඉදිරියේ එහෙම නොසිටි නිසා ඒ පලිය ගනීමටය්  දැන් උගේ සුදානම. ඒජන්තයෝ   සුද්දාගෙන් තමන් ලබාගත් බටහිර දැනුම්  මගින්  දැ  න්  දරුවෝ  අත්  අඩංගුවට  ගෙන  ඇත.

Lanka to honour Vietnam Buddhist martyr

July 10th, 2014

Janaka Perera

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Vietnam Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe will be a special guest invited by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Council at the ceremony on Saturday July 12 – National Martyrs Day – to commemorate the sacrifice of the Buddhist monk, Venerable Thich Quang Duc 51 years ago in protest against the American-backed dictator Ngo Din Diem in what was then South Vietnam. 

The commemorative event is being organized by the Vietnamese Government and the Sangha Council to be held at the National Martyrs Cemetery in Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province.  (The 50th Anniversary of the Ven. Quang Duc’s supreme sacrifice was commemorated on July 11, last year).

At the commencement of the war against the U.S. occupation, Americans used to ridicule Vietnamese resistance fighters as “bare footed Buddhist paddies” seeking shelter under the Communist flag.

Washington began giving military aid to the Diem regime the repressive policies of which led to the formation in 1962 of the South Vietnam National Liberation Front. The NLF gained control of the rural areas by the following year. Large scale demonstrations – in which South Vietnamese workers, artisans, students, Buddhists, intellectuals and a section of the middle classes played an active role – were held in towns.

Among these the event that created the greatest impact was the much publicised self-immolation of the Buddhist monk, 66-year-old Venerable Thich Quang Duc. On June 11, 1963, he calmly sat down in a busy intersection of Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in front of the Cambodian Embassy, while a fellow monk poured gasoline over his head. A moment later he set himself on fire. 

Thich Quang Duc was protesting against the Diem Regime’s systemic religious discrimination against Buddhists who were not allowed to practice their religion in public, serve in the armed forces, and were routinely discriminated against despite the fact South Vietnam was in pre-dominantly Buddhist (90 percent).

Outside the country many Buddhists who had lived through the Western colonial domination in Asia and having had similar experiences of denial of religious freedom and true equality for their religion, were very much moved to extend support for South Vietnam’s Buddhist struggle.

On May 9th, 1963 unarmed Buddhists in Hue, South Vietnam attempted to fly a Buddhist flag on Phat Dan, the birthday of Gautama Buddha, they were shot dead in the street by the dictator’s army. This incident incited the major protests and civil disobedience among the country’s Buddhist population, known as the Buddhist Crisis.

Ven. Quang Duc, along with several other monks, demanded that Diem submit to their five-point -plan for equality. All they were asking for was freedom to fly the Buddhist flag, religious equality between Buddhists and Catholics, compensation for the victims’ families, an end to arbitrary arrests, and punishment for the officials responsible. Although Diem claimed he’d hear them out, upon meeting with the Buddhist delegation, he basically just told them to get out, insisting that none of this discrimination” was happening.

 The photo taken by Associated Press Photographer Malcolm Browne of Ven. Quang Duc self-immolating sent shock waves around the world. It had such a strong impact on the then U.S. President John F. Kennedy, though formerly an ardent Diem supporter, that he was quoted as saying: “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as this one“.

 Even when the fire engulfed the monk he did not even flinch, according to eye witnesses and continued to sit in meditative posture (as the pictures show) until the charred body collapsed to the ground. Even after the self-immolation and later cremation the Ven. Quang Duc’s heart remained intact.

Though the world was moved by the event South Vietnam’s de facto First Lady (1955-1963), the vicious and arrogant Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu scoffed at Ven. Quang Duc’s self-immolation and called it a barbecue.”  She said: Let them burn and we shall clap.” 

She was the wife President Diem’s brother and Chief Adviser Ngo Dinh Nhu.  

Ven. Quang Duc’s self-immolation sparked a sense of solidarity among Buddhists in Vietnam and brought the fight for religious equality and freedom to a success in 1963. His remains were later re-cremated at 4,000 degree Celsius, but his heart did not burn and remained intact. Therefore, the heart was considered to be holy and placed in a glass chalice in Xa Loi Pagoda.

Thich Quang Duc was declared and honored as a Bodhisattva in 1964.

The last words of Thich Quang Duc before his self – immolation contained in a letter were as follows:

Before closing my eyes and moving towards the vision of the Buddha, I respectfully plead to President Ngo Dinh Diem to take a mind of compassion towards the people of the nation and implement religious equality to maintain the strength of the homeland eternally. I call the venerables, reverends, members of the sangha and the lay Buddhists to organise in solidarity to make sacrifices to protect Buddhism.”

Sri Lanka provided meaningful support to the Buddhists of South Vietnam. Venerable Narada Maha Thera heads the list of supporters in having made 17 journeys on Dharmaduta missions to that country. The Bauddha Jatika Balavegaya (BJB) ( Buddhist National Force) led by L.H. Mettananda spearheaded the campaign of public protest. There were public meetings and public demonstrations throughout the country.

One huge public rally held at Ananda College, Colombo sponsored by the BJB following a three hour long Buddhist demonstration in Colombo called on the Government to extend maximum support to the beleaguered Buddhists in South Vietnam.

Prime Minister Sirmavo Bandaranaike who was very sympathetic to the cause of Buddhism, promptly instructed Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United Nations R S S Gunawardena to highlight the grievances of Vietnamese Buddhists at the UN. His pleas articulated in an outspoken manner and with mounting evidence coming almost daily over the wires of repression of Buddhists in South Vietnam, resulted in the UN General Assembly adopting a motion on October 8, 1963 to send a UN fact – finding mission to South Vietnam to inquire into the grievances of the Buddhists. 

While the UN team was in Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem’s Government was overthrown in an Army Coup on Nov. 2, 1963.  Diem and his two brothers were killed as a result. Their downfall led to the disappearance of even a semblance to a government which the U.S. tried to establish and keep in power in the South Vietnam capital – despite the Americans installing new puppet rulers.

When Saigon fell to the liberation forces on April 30, 1975 two years after U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam there as widespread jubilation both in and outside the country.  The Ceylon Daily News of Thursday May 1, 1975 ran pictorial article under the headline, VIETNAM IS FREE: STORY OF AN EPIC STRUGGLE.

Ambassador Amarasinghe has also been honoured to assist in building a lasting memorial in the form of a large Buddha statue in Quan Tri, around the 17th Parallel – the demilitarized zone, separating the South and North of Vietnam.  It is also where over 600,000 soldiers laid down their lives during 20 years of war (1954-1975).  The river nearby was red with blood of the dead.

The decision to build the Buddha statue was taken by the Peoples Committee of Quang Tri Province to commemorate the dead on both sides of the conflict.

According to the ambassador, the Vietnamese believe that the Sri Lankan Buddha statue has a face that emanates a special calmness, peace and radiance unparalleled elsewhere.  He has already supplied the statue in Padmasana where it will be on display in a special pagoda complex now under construction in Quang Tri. Ambassador Amarasinghe has been invited to open the complex and name it Lankaramaya in honour of Sri Lanka. 

He hopes to plant there a sapling from the Sr Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura in view of the fact that the Vietnamese believe that the spirits of their dead tend to frequent their houses and pagodas until sufficient merits are bestowed on them to move on to higher levels of the journey through samsara – the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.  Even some top Government officials have on the highest position in their residences, a Buddha Statue and on either side pictures of the departed.

They light incense every morning and pray for the departed and in turn their spiritual blessings for a productive and peaceful day. They also have similar regular practices at the cemetery where the dead were laid to rest or the Pagoda where the ashes were interred. They also believe, similar to Native Americans and many others around the world with spiritual beliefs that the “spirits” of the dead prefer to rest on trees nearby.

The three Bo saplings brought to Viet Nam by the well-known Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Most Venerable Narada Maha Thero in the 1950s are now massive trees thriving in three Pagodas in the South.

Today, Vietnam is a veritable phoenix arisen from the ashes.

Remembering India’s forgotten holocaust

July 10th, 2014

Rakesh Krishnan Simha – Courtesy tehelka.com

 June 13, 2014
 
 [British policies killed nearly 4 million Indians in the 1943-44 Bengal Famine]
 
The Bengal Famine of 1943-44 must rank as the greatest disaster in the subcontinent in the 20th century.
 
Nearly 4 million Indians died because of an artificial famine created by the British government, and yet it gets little more than a passing mention in Indian history books.
 
What is remarkable about the scale of the disaster is its time span. World War II was at its peak and the Germans were rampaging across Europe, targeting Jews, Slavs and the Roma for extermination.
 
It took Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts 12 years to round up and murder 6 million Jews, but their Teutonic cousins, the British, managed to kill almost 4 million Indians in just over a year, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill cheering from the sidelines.
 
Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a manmade holocaust” because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster.
 
Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh.
 
Author Madhusree Mukerjee tracked down some of the survivors and paints a chilling picture of the effects of hunger and deprivation.
 
In Churchill’s Secret War, she writes: Parents dumped their starving children into rivers and wells. Many took their lives by throwing themselves in front of trains. Starving people begged for the starchy water in which rice had been boiled. Children ate leaves and vines, yam stems and grass. People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.”
 
No one had the strength to perform rites,” a survivor tells Mukerjee. Dogs and jackals feasted on piles of dead bodies in Bengal’s villages.”
 
The ones who got away were men who migrated to Calcutta for jobs and women who turned to prostitution to feed their families. Mothers had turned into murderers, village belles into whores, fathers into traffickers of daughters,” writes Mukerjee.
 
Mani Bhaumik, the first to get a PhD from the IITs and whose invention of excimer surgery enabled Lasik eye surgery, has the famine etched in his memory. His grandmother starved to death because she used to give him a portion of her food.
 
By 1943 hordes of starving people were flooding into Calcutta, most dying on the streets. The sight of well-fed white British soldiers amidst this apocalyptic landscape was the final judgement on British rule in India”, said the Anglophile Jawaharlal Nehru.
 
Churchill could easily have prevented the famine. Even a few shipments of food grain would have helped, but the British prime minister adamantly turned down appeals from two successive Viceroys, his own Secretary of State for India and even the President of the US .
 
Subhas Chandra Bose, who was then fighting on the side of the Axis forces, offered to send rice from Myanmar, but the British censors did not even allow his offer to be reported.
 
Churchill was totally remorseless in diverting food to the British troops and Greek civilians. To him, the starvation of anyhow underfed Bengalis (was) less serious than sturdy Greeks”, a sentiment with which Secretary of State for India and Burma, Leopold Amery, concurred.
 
Amery was an arch-colonialist and yet he denounced Churchill’s Hitler-like attitude”.
 
Urgently beseeched by Amery and the then Viceroy Archibald Wavell to release food stocks for India, Churchill responded with a telegram asking why Gandhi hadn’t died yet.
 
Wavell informed London that the famine was one of the greatest disasters that has befallen any people under British rule”. He said when Holland needs food, ships will of course be available, quite a different answer to the one we get whenever we ask for ships to bring food to India”.
 
Churchill’s excuse — currently being peddled by his family and supporters — was Britain could not spare the ships to transport emergency supplies, but Mukerjee has unearthed documents that challenge his claim.
 
She cites official records that reveal ships carrying grain from Australia bypassed India on their way to the Mediterranean.
 
Churchill’s hostility toward Indians has long been documented. At a War Cabinet meeting, he blamed the Indians themselves for the famine, saying they breed like rabbits”. His attitude toward Indians may be summed up in his words to Amery:
I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”
 
On another occasion, he insisted they were the beastliest people in the world next to the Germans”.
 
According to Mukerjee, Churchill’s attitude toward India was quite extreme, and he hated Indians, mainly because he knew India couldn’t be held for very long.”
 
She writes in The Huffington Post, Churchill regarded wheat as too precious a food to expend on non-whites, let alone on recalcitrant subjects who were demanding independence from the British Empire. He preferred to stockpile the grain to feed Europeans after the war was over.”
 
In October 1943, at the peak of the famine, Churchill said at a lavish banquet to mark Wavell’s appointment: When we look back over the course of years, we see one part of the world’s surface where there has been no war for three generations. Famines have passed away — until the horrors of war and the dislocations of war have given us a taste of them again — and pestilence has gone… This episode in Indian history will surely become the Golden Age as time passes, when the British gave them peace and order, and there was justice for the poor, and all men were shielded from outside dangers.”
 
Churchill was not only a racist but also a liar.
 
A history of holocausts
 
To be sure, Churchill’s policy towards famine-stricken Bengal wasn’t any different from earlier British conduct in India.
 
In Late Victorian Holocausts, Mike Davis points out that here were 31 serious famines in 120 years of British rule compared with 17 in the 2,000 years before British rule.
 
In his book, Davis tells the story of the famines that killed up to 29 million Indians.
 
These people were, he says, murdered by British State policy.
 
In 1876, when drought destituted the farmers of the Deccan plateau, there was a net surplus of rice and wheat in India.
 
But the Viceroy, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, insisted that nothing should prevent their export to England.
 
In 1877 and 1878, at the height of the famine, grain merchants exported record quantities of grain. As the peasants began to starve, government officials were ordered to discourage relief works in every possible way”.
 
The only relief permitted in most districts was hard labour, from which anyone in an advanced state of starvation was turned away.
 
Within these labour camps, the workers were given less food than the Jewish inmates of Buchenwald, the Nazi concentration camp of World War II.
 
Even as millions died, Lytton ignored all efforts to alleviate the suffering of millions of peasants in the Madras region and concentrated on preparing for Queen Victoria’s investiture as Empress of India. The highlight of the celebrations was a week-long feast at which 68,000 dignitaries heard her promise the nation happiness, prosperity and welfare”.
 
In 1901, The Lancet estimated that at least 19 million Indians had died in western India during the famine of the 1890s. The death toll was so high because the British refused to implement famine relief. Davis says life expectancy in India fell by 20 percent between 1872 and 1921.
 
So it’s hardly surprising that Hitler’s favourite film was The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, which showed a handful of Britons holding a continent in thrall. The Nazi leader told the then British Foreign Secretary Edward Wood (Earl of Halifax) that it was one of his favorite films because that was how a superior race must behave and the film was compulsory viewing for the SS (Schutz-Staffel, the Nazi ‘protection squadron’)”.
 
Crime and consequences
 
While Britain has offered apologies to other nations, such as Kenya for the Mau Mau massacre, India continues to have such genocides swept under the carpet. Other nationalities have set a good example for us. Israel, for instance, cannot forget the Holocaust; neither will it let others, least of all the Germans. Germany continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars in cash and arms aid to Israel.
 
Armenia cannot forget the Great Crime — the systematic massacre of 1.8 million Armenians by the Turks during World War I.
 
The Poles cannot forget Joseph Stalin’s Katyn massacre.
 
The Chinese want a clear apology and reparations from the Japanese for at least 40,000 killed and raped in Nanking during World War II.
 
And then there is the bizarre case of the Ukrainians, who like to call a famine caused by Stalin’s economic policies as genocide, which it clearly was not. They even have a word for it: Holodomor.
 
And yet India alone refuses to ask for reparations, let alone an apology.
 
Could it be because the British were the last in a long list of invaders, so why bother with an England suffering from post-imperial depression?
 
Or is it because India’s English-speaking elites feel beholden to the British?
 
Or are we simply a nation condemned to repeating our historical mistakes?
 
Perhaps we forgive too easily.
 
But forgiveness is different from forgetting, which is what Indians are guilty of. It is an insult to the memory of millions of Indians whose lives were snuffed out in artificial famines.
 
British attitudes towards Indians have to seen in the backdrop of India’s contribution to the Allied war campaign.
 
By 1943, more than 2.5 million Indian soldiers were fighting alongside the Allies in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. Vast quantities of arms, ammunition and raw materials sourced from across the country were shipped to Europe at no cost to Britain.
 
Britain’s debt to India is too great to be ignored by either nation.
 
According to Cambridge University historians Tim Harper and Christopher Bayly, It was Indian soldiers, civilian labourers and businessmen who made possible the victory of 1945. Their price was the rapid independence of India.”
 
There is not enough wealth in all of Europe to compensate India for 250 years of colonial loot.
 
Forget the money, do the British at least have the grace to offer an apology?
 

Or will they, like Churchill, continue to delude themselves that English rule was India’s Golden Age”?

http://www.tehelka.com/author/rakesh-krishnan-simha/

IndiGo’s A-320 fleet to undergo major maintenance in Sri Lanka

July 10th, 2014

Courtesy The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: No-frill carrier IndiGo’s Airbus A-320 fleet would now on undergo major maintenance checks in the hangars of SriLankan Airlines in the island nation.

An agreement to this effect was signed between SriLankan and IndiGo’s parent company, InterGlobe Aviation Limited, to enable the Indian carrier’s fleet of 78 A-320s undergo ‘C’ checks by SriLankan’s Engineering Division at the country’s second international airport, Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota, a SriLankan release said.

A ‘C’ check is performed approximately every 20-24 months or a specific amount of actual flight hours or as defined by the manufacturer.

This extensive check requires a large majority of the components to be inspected in a hangar, thus putting the aircraft out of service for almost two weeks.

The agreement would not only help IndiGo to save a considerable amount by not sending an airplane to Europe for similar checks, but also secure a multi-million dollar revenue for SriLankan over the long duration of the agreement.

The SriLankan’s Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO), training and other related infrastructure facilities at MRIA celebrated its first year of operations last month.

“This agreement stands as confirmation of the level of trust SriLankan Engineering has always maintained among its partners and the efficiency of world class service offerings it has maintained in its 30 year long history of operations.

“In addition, with Sri Lanka fast moving ahead in terms of developing itself as a hub for air and sea transport, this agreement will kick start the MRO operations at the MRIA which will deliver the same high quality and efficiency,” SriLankan’s CEO Kapila Chandrasena said.

SriLankan Engineering has been providing quality maintenance services to state-of-the-art technology aircraft for the past two decades. Its specialities include servicing and repair of airframes, engines, component maintenance and inventory management, Base Maintenance services in Colombo. It has satellite operations in South India and Male

KASHMIR-WHERE EVERY DAY IS 13th JULY

July 10th, 2014

ALI SUKHANVER

 ‘We won’t let you visit the Kashmir valley because we have turned it into a blazing hell of death and horror’, it must have been the honest response to every request presented to the Indian authorities by the international human rights caretakers for the visit of Indian Occupied Kashmir. And this situation is not a new one; even ten years back, the response must have been the same. I remember in the first week of March 2003, a delegation comprising of six-members belonging to a US legislators group from New Hampshire, visited India in a hope that they would be given an opportunity of visiting the Indian part of Kashmir. On his return, the group leader Mr. J. Guide complained about the silence from Embassy of India and said: I have personally written two letters to the ambassador of India in Washington to grant my delegation visas so that we can visit the Indian side of Kashmir but unfortunately I have received no letter.” Senator Frank V. Sapareto, a member of that group was more pungent in his comments. He said, Whatever is happening there in the Indian Occupied Kashmir is a pure genocide, nothing less than a holocaust.”

 And now in 2014, the situation there is still the same. India does not allow international observers and foreign reporters in Kashmir just to keep the atrocities of the Indian Army hidden from the eyes of the world around. Muslims are the 90 percent of Kashmir’s population but in spite of being in such a majority, the Damocles’ sword of rape and murder is always hanging upon them.

These Kashmiris are neither the terrorists nor the criminals; they are just protesting against the violation of their basic human rights but unfortunately more than 700000 Indian troops are treating these innocent Kashmiris as if they are terrorists. These so-called ‘Security-Troops’ are the major source of spreading fear, horror and insecurity among the Kashmiri people. I remember a few sentences of an article which was published a few years back in some English newspaper.

The article said, From nine year old girls to the eighty year old women, today no woman is safe in Kashmir. Once you open the record books you’d find women of all ages being brutally raped & molested by the Occupying Indian Forces. These troops have simply forgotten that they have mothers, sisters, wives of their own”. So this is the way the story of atrocities and human rights violations in Kashmir goes on and that is the reason that the international journalists, reporters and observers are always kept away from entering this once ‘paradise on earth.’ God knows better whether the people of Kashmir would ever succeed in getting their basic human rights and if there would be a day in their life when they would be considered an independent nation but one thing is very much clear; the illegal immoral and unethical occupation of India on Kashmir has defamed the whole of the Indian nation.

By default or by temperament, the Indian nation is one of the best nations. In the field of poetry, music, painting, film making, medicine, science and technology, this nation has ever served the humanity with its extra-ordinary skill and talent. But the actual problem lies with the Hindu extremists who are in abundance everywhere from politics to policy making. The Hindutva philosophy has grasped the whole of Indian social fiber in its cruel clutches. Be it the Muslims or the Christians or the Sikhs and even the Hindus belonging to the low-castes; all are facing the same fate at the hands of the Hindu extremists.

The issue of the Indian Occupied Kashmir is neither racial nor geographical, neither political nor territorial; it is simply a religious issue. The Hindu extremists desire to kick-out the Muslims from Kashmir and make it simply a Hindu majority state and this is the reason they are making the lives of the Kashmiri Muslims hell through their atrocities.

 The story of human rights violation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir is not a ‘new-born’ story. Whatever is the situation today in July 2014, same was in July 1931. It was 13th of July 1931 when thousands of people gathered outside the Central jail Sri Nager to witness the court proceedings against a young man Abdul Qadeer who was charged for instigating Kashmiris to defy Dogra rule. At Zuhar prayer time, a young man stood up for the call of prayer but the Dogra soldiers silenced him with their guns.

Another young man rose to continue the call but was also shot dead. Ultimately 21 persons were killed in their attempt to complete the call for prayer. This brutally sad incident made the 13th July immortal in the history of human rights violation. Throughout the world, wherever there are Kashmiris and wherever there are people who care for the human rights, this day is observed as Kashmir Martyr’s Day. But in my opinion, in the valley of the Indian Occupied Kashmir, everyday is a Martyr’s Day.

Narendra Modi’s Modified India ….

July 9th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

In what Sri Lanka can recall as examples taken from President Ranasinghe Premadasa, Indian Prime Minister has rattled India’s 3million bureaucracy with edicts that they cannot ignore. Indian bureaucrats are often referred to as babus in India have been in for a jolt. Indian offices are to be all about maximum governance and minimum government and just like President Premadasa, Indian officials can expect unannounced visits and early morning wake up calls! But, the Indian bureaucracy are certainly charged up. A survey conducted found over 70% happy with Modi’s shake up and feeling energized too. They are relieved too that they have direct access to him and orders are clear about NO Ministerial interference or influence. If successful, it would be a huge turnaround that would bring a thumbs up from the Indian populace as well as from external players and stake holders as well. Despite Indian officials chosen from tough competitive examinations the State apparatus has been ranked Asia’s worst.

  • All bureaucrats have to report to work by 9a.m. – they may even have to work 6 days a week
  • All bureaucrats are encouraged to use computers
  • All bureaucrats are asked to think creatively and take risks to overcome administrative paralysis
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that all official documents must be written in Hindi – attempting to wipe away the nearly six decades of dominance by the Congress party, traditionally dominated by those who spoke English at home and which had shaped Delhi’s bureaucratic landscape. Hindi is spoken by 45 percent of India’s 1.2 billion people,
  • Bureaucrats are being watched – Modi  government has asked for a list of bureaucrats who belonged to New Delhi’s golf clubs. Modi has also ordered the removal of all golf bags from Ministry offices after hearing how often some top bureaucrats played golf during office hours! No more lunches at Delhi Gymkhana and Golf Club.
  • Bureaucrats are forbidden from extended breakfast/lunch breaks and even playing cards. Bureaucrats asked to resist interference by MPs and politicians
  • Bureaucrats are to be alert and attentive. Education minister Smriti Irani recently pulled up a bureaucrat at an office meeting when she saw him fiddling with his cellphone while discussions were going on
  • Top bureaucrats in government can if a good proposal is blocked by their Minister take it directly to the Prime Minister in powerpoint format as Mr. Modi hates reading long documents.
  • Bureaucrats asked to clean up desk and get rid of unwanted files (officers are now clearing up rooms, corridors, staircases, broken furniture, unusable ACs). Officials in the two ministries have been told that an explanation will be demanded if files aren’t cleared for a week. The Home Ministry had discovered 150,000 unwanted files in their cupboards! The Health Ministry issued a statement saying that 35 steel cabinets, three water coolers and 40 chairs had been cleared from its corridors. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched a tender to auction off “obsolete/unusable/unserviceable items”. Modi has forbidden Indian offices to continue to be grimy places with red spit from chewed betel nut staining walls, toilets which are rarely clean and stinks, discarded furniture lying all over offices included corridors and staircases.
  • Ministers and Top officers are ordered to do the rounds of their allocated offices every day at 9a.m. personally supervising the cleanup (Modi’s visits to Indian offices found – cigarette smoke in no smoking office rooms, dirty tea cups everywhere, litter boxes overflowing)
  • Modi hosted 77 of India’s most senior bureaucrats at his official residence aweek after taking office. Modi gave all those at the meeting his phone numberand personal e-mail address
  • Modi has also dissolved four committees that had been formed to makedecisions on natural disasters, prices, trade and subsidies.

 The country has much hope in Modi in particular the Hindus, and rightly so. Nevertheless there are some grey areas that Modi himself needs to be aware of as well as the nationalist elements in India.

The first area is the extent to which foreign influence is being exerted.

Modi’s image is boasted by a PR company – APCO worldwide, the same company that created ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ and brought Gujarat to world stage. On paper, Apco works for the Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), the Gujarat government’s nodal agency for investments. But for all purposes, it is identified as the public relations manager of the Gujarat chief minister. 

Its success story also includes : being hired by Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev to extricate himself from a four-year-long dispute with his former son-in-law Rakhat Aliyev, being approached by Hewlett-Packard Co’s board after accusations of harassment against its chief executive officer. APCO also  handled crises as diverse as Merck & Co’s scandal involving Vioxx the arthritis drug that killed thousands before it was withdrawn, Apco has 32 offices, including in Mumbai and Delhi, and employs 600 people worldwide. Apco and Kissinger Associates (owned by Henry Kissinger) formed a strategic alliance. Apco also built a broad network or coalition of conservative pro-Zionist lobbyists and consultancy groups including Heritage Foundation, Frontier of Freedom, Jewish Policy Center, etc. APCO also  supported George Bush and defended British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s unpopular move to enter the Iraq war. Apco’s involvement in various intelligence and security-related projects is done through its strategic partner and sister company Asero Worldwide. While Apco’s expertise is in the field of communications, Asero specializes in homeland security and risk management consultancy.

Ken Silverstein, the editor of Harper’s Magazine (June 30, 2007) described Apco lobbyists as the crucial conduit through which pariah regimes advance their interests in Washington

http://greatgameindia.com/mechanics-of-narendra-modis-pr-agency-apco-worldwide-orchestrating-our-future/

India and even Asia is happy to see a decisive Indian lead India. It promises stability and builds confidence in the country. But, with the ties to the Western PR agents, we need to wonder how much of these changes are naturally Modi’s or whether they are PR stunts only? We only hope that the changes are all in the interest of India and Indians and keeping India very much part of Asia without no threat to its neighbors. Of course Indians are looking for Modi to give a new direction to foreign relations but that new direction must be indigenous and by indigenous Indians and not one paid for. This is where the liberal economic policies will test how far Modi is actually India-centric. In a world where everything appears to be orchestrated and engineered and the public comes to know of these dirty lies only after the damage has been done it is better for people to start wondering and keeping an eye on every decision being taken. Sometimes leaders have pretended to be enemies when they were actually friends and pretended to be friends when they were really enemies. Of course the quick defense is that Modi is closely attached to and greatly influenced by the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) a Hindu nationalist party and that continues to give hope. We hope that Narendra Modi will be a different post-independent Indian nationalist leader and not another stooge of the West in Indian suit.

මුසල්මන් අන්තවාදීන් සහ සුමනසිරි ලියනගේගේ ලඡ්ඡා නැතිකම

July 9th, 2014

හැරල්ඩි ලීලවර්ධන

වින්ස්ටන් චර්චිල් කියු ‘‘ජයග‍්‍රාහී පක්ෂයට මහත්මා ගතියක් තිබිය යුතුය’’ යන්න සුමනසිරි ලියනගේ කොපි කර ලීවේ එහෙම මහත්මා ගතියක් ලංකාවේ අපට නැති බව කීමටයි. සුමනසිරිලාගේ ලඡ්ඡා නැතිකම මහමුදලිකමටත් වඩා ලොකු බවයි මට නම් පෙනෙන්නෙ.

 ජයග‍්‍රාහී ශ්‍රි ලංකා හමුදාවට මහත්මා ගති නොතිබුනේ නම් 13,000 ක්වූ සයනයිඩ් කරල් බෙල්ලෙ එල්ලාගත් මරාගෙනමැරෙන සහ මිනීමරු සහ වෙනත් LTTE කාඩරයන් යුද්ධපිටියේදීම මරා දමනවා මිස හිරබාරයට ගන්නේ නැති බව මේ මිනිසාට නිකම්වත් හිතුනේ නැත. හිරභාරයට ගත් සියලුම කොටි  කාඩරයන් (මිනීමරුවන් හැර) පුනරුත්තාපනයකර වෘතියක් පුහුනුකර ස්වයං රැකියාවක් කරගන යාමට මුදලකුත් දී නිදහස් කල බව මොහුට අමතකයි. බටහිරයෝ විසඅවි හොයන්න කියා ඉරාකයට පැන ලක්ෂ ගනන් මිනී මරා යුද්ධය දිනා තෙල් ලිං අල්ලගෙන තමන්ට පක්ෂ අාන්ඩුවකුත් පිහිටුවාගෙන දැන් වසර 14කුත් ගෙවිගොස් අැත. නමුත් සාමය ගෙනාවෙත් නැත, ප්‍රඡාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ගෙනාවෙත් නැත. අඩු ගනනේ බිරිතානියෙ චිල්කොට් යුද්ධය ගැන කල පරීක්ෂණ වාර්ථාවවත් එලි දැක්වූයේ නැත. දැන් ගහපු බෙරේකුත් නැත, බෙරේ පලුවකුත් නැත. ISIL ඡිහාඩ් කාරයෝ ඉරාකයෙන් භාගයක් අල්ලාගෙනය. වසර 30 යුද්ධයකින් පසු ලංකාවේ පවතින සාමය සංසන්දනය කලයුත්තේ එවැනි රටක් සමගයි. සුමනසිරිලා අැත්ත නොලියා බොරු ලියා චර්චිල් කියපු එක දෙයක් බදාගෙන ශ්‍රි ලංකාවට තඩිබානවා නම් එ් ලඡ්ඡා නැතිකම නිසයි.

 චර්චිල් කියපු බොහෝ දේ තියනවා. එ් අතර මෙහෙම දෙයකුත් කියල තියනවා. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.” එය සරලව සිංහලෙන් කියුවොත් ‘මුස්ලිම් පුද්ගලයන් උසස් ගතිපැවතුම් පෙන්නුම්කරාවී, නමුත් අාගමේ(ඉස්ලාම්) බලපෑම එය විශ්වාසකරන්නන්ගේ සමාඡ වර්ධනය අන්ඡබඡල් කරනවා. ඊට වැඩි අාපසුදක්කවන බලයක් මේ ලෝකයේ තවත් නැහැ.’ ඉතින් චර්චිල් අැත්ත කියන අයෙක් සේම ලඡ්ඡා නැති අයෙක් නොවන බවත් කිවයුතුමයි.

 සුමනසිරි කියන පරිදි රාජිත සේනාරත්න ඇමතිවරයා මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවගෙන් සමාව ගත්තාට අපට රුදාවක් නැත. ඔහුට චන්දය දෙන මුසල්මනයන් රැකගැනීම ගැනත් අපට විරුද්ධවිය නොහැක. අප විරුද්ධවන්නේ ඔහු මුසල්මනයන්ට එලිපිටම නීති කඩන්නට ඉඩදීම ගැනයි: දර්ගා නගරයේ මුසල්මනයන්ට නිතියක් නැහැ. මුසල්මන් ගැටයන් සාමාන්‍යයෙන් බයිසිකල් පාර්ක් කරන්නේ පාරවල් අවහිර වන්නටය. ඔවුන් බයිසිකල් පදින්න හෙල්මට් දමන්නේත් නැත. චන්ද්‍රසිරි විඡයවික්‍රම මහතා කියන විදියට ‘කෙතරම් දුරට මුසල්මනයන් පුම්බා ඇද්ද කියනවානම් අම්මා සමඟ කඩේට ආ පිරිමි ලමයාගේ ලිංගයේ කොන මිරිකීමට තරම් මුසල්මන් කඩකාරයා එඩිතරවි අැත.’  

 දර්ගා ටවුමේ තවුහීද්කාරයන් හාමුදුරුවන්ට පහරදී කෝලාහලයකට මුලපිරීමට සති දෙකකට පෙර හරක් ඔලු සහ බඩබොකු පන්සල ඉදිරිපිටට දමාගොස් අැත. එවැනි සිද්ධි පොලීසියට පැමිණිලිකලාට වැඩක් වී නැත. පොලීසිය කියන්නේ මෙවැනි පැමිණිලි ඡාතිබේද අැදෙනවැඩ නිසා නිශ්ශබ්දව සිටින ලෙසලු. ඔික තමයි අලුත්ගම තිබුන තත්වය. ඉතින් පොසොන්පොහොය දිනයේ බනට වඩින හාමුදුරුවන්ට තව්හීද් ඡිහාඩියන් ගහන එකත් වැඩක්ද? අප විරුද්ධ වන්නේ අලගිය මුලගිය තැන් නොසොයා රාඡිත විසින් ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ටත් සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ටත් කරන දෙස්දෙවොල් තැබීමට සහ සුමනසිරිවැන්නන්ගේ අාවැඩීම් වලටයි.

 2005 තීරනාත්මක ඡනාධිපතිවරණයේදී රාඡිත සිටගත්තේ බොරු සාමකාරයාගේ පැත්තේය. මහින්ද ඡනාධිපතිවීමෙන් පසු නොයෙකුත් යුධ විරෝධී රැස්වීමි පටන්ගත්තේය. ඒ රැස්වීම් වල වාසුදේව, රාජිත, ඩිලාන් හා මනෝගනේෂන් වැනි අරක් අරගෙන සිටියේය. LTTEය මාවිල්අාරුව වසා යුද්ධය ගෙන අාවිට රාඡිත කීවේ වතුර ප්‍රශ්ණය යුද්ද නොකොට කථාවෙන් බේරාගතයුතු බවය. දැන් මිනිහා කතා කරන්නේ යුද්ධය පටන්ගැනීමටත් ඉවරකිරීමටත් ඔහු මූලික වුවෙක් ලෙසය. එ් දේශපාලුවන්ගේ හැටිය. රාඡිත, රාඡපක්ෂ අාණ්ඩුවට එල්ලුනේ යුද්ධය පටන්ගත්තාට පසුව බව නොදන්නා කෙනෙක් නැත. පසුව වුවත් රාඡිත රඡයට එක්වීම අගයකලයුතු වැඩකි. නමුත් එ් රාඡිතගේ අවස්ථාවාදී දේශපාලන පිලිවෙත බව නොකියා බැරිය. රාඡිතට ඡන්දය දෙන සිංහල මිනිස්සුන්ට මේවා මතක්කර දුන්නොත් එයා කොටඋඩය.

 සුමනසිරිට අනුව මුස්ල්මනයන් අාරක්ෂා කරන භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේනිර්භයය, සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් අාරක්ෂා කරන භික්ෂූන් අන්තවාදීන්ය. සුමනසිරිට නොවැටුනාට කලක සිටම වටරැක විඡිත හිමිගේ දායකයන් සහ අාවතේවකරුවන් වී අැත්තේ සාලි අශ්රොෆ් වැනි අන්තවාදී මුසල්මනයන් බව සාක්ෂි සහිතව පත්තරවල පලවී හමාරය. විඡිත හිමි යනු බොරුකාරයෙකි. ඔහුගේ චරිත කතාව හරියට අර නයි-නළගනගේ කතාව වගේය. වටරැක කොටුඋනේ පහරකෑවැයි කියන ගමන ගැන එයා පොලිසියට දුන් කටඋත්තරයත් එයාව රැගෙන ගිය පුංචිඅම්මාගේ පුතා දුන් කටඋත්තරවලත් අතර අැති නොගැලපීම්ය. නමුත් සුමනසිරි කියන්නේ පොලීසියට මොන බොරු පැමිණිළි කලත්, හිමිනම මුසල්මනයන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනීසිටින නිසා ඔහු නිවැරදි බවය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොලීසිය සර්ව සාධාරණයයි මම නොකියමි. නමුත් දැන් විඡිත හිමිට විරැද්ධව උසාවියේ නඩුවක් අැති නිසා ඉදිරිපත්වන සාක්ෂිවලින් කාට කාටත් අැත්ත නැත්ත ඉක්මනින් දැනගතහැකිය.

 තවඑකක්! කිරම විමලජෝති හිමියන් බොදුබල සේනා සභාපතිත්වයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වී නැහැ. ඉතින් සුමනසිරි, අැයි මේ අතේ පත්තුවෙන බොරු කියන්නේ? යම් මතබේද නිසා ක්‍රියාකාරිත්වයෙන් අෑත්වෙලා සිටින බව උන්වහන්සේ පැහැදිලවම ප්‍රකාෂකරල තියනව. නමුත් පැනල යන්නෙ නැතුව බොදු බල සේනාවෙ සභාපති හැටියට අපරාධ චෝදනා තිබේ නම් එ්වාට මුහුනදෙන බවත් උන්වහන්සේ කියල තියනව. විමලජෝති හාමුදුරුවො බොදු බල සේනාවට සම්බන්ධ උනේ අැයි කියලත්, ඔය කලකෝලාහල අහඹු සිදුවීමක් නෙමෙයි කියලත්, එය පිටුපස බෞද්ධ විරෝධී කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් අැති බවත් ගිය ඉරිදා ලක්බිම කියවුවහොත් ඔිනෑම අයෙකුට වැටහේවි. නමුත් සුමනසිරිල වගේ සමහර උගතුන් තෝරාගත් කොටස් පමණක් ලියන්නේ ගමේ අපි මෝඩයෝ කියල හිතාගෙනයි.

 සුමනසිරිල වගේ උගතුන්යයි කියාගන්නා කොටසකටත්, බටහිර තානාපති පිල්ලිවලටත්, බෙදුම්වාදීන්ටත්, ඡේවීපී කරයන්ටත්, එන්ඡීඹි නඩයටත්, ඉවැන්ඡලිස්ට්ලාටත්, තව්හීදිලාටත්, යූඑන්පීයටත් තියෙන්නෙ වෙනවෙන අවශ්‍යතාවයන්. බටහිරයන්ට අවශ්‍ය යුද්ධය දීනාදුන් නායකයින් දංගෙඩියට යවන්නයි. ටීඑන්එ් බෙදුම්වාදීන්ට අවශ්‍ය ෂයිලොක් වගේ මස් රාත්තලමයි. යූඑන්පීයට අවශ්‍ය රාඡ්‍ය බලය ඩැහැ ගැනීමයි. රනිල් හිතන්නෙ උතුරට අැසිමෙට්‍රික් දීල රීගේනින් ලංකා නැවත බලගැන්වූ විට සියල්ල හරි කියාය. ඉවැන්ඡලිස්ට්ලාට අවශ්‍ය නිදහසේ ක්‍රිස්තියානිකරනය කරගන යන්නයි. ඡේවීපීයට අවශ්‍ය පරන ගේම අලුත් ක්‍රමයට ගහන්නයි.

 මහින්ද බලයේ ඉන්නකම් තමන්ට අවශ්‍ය දේ කරගන්න බැරි බව මේ කිමූ නොකී හැමෝම දන්නවා. ඉතින් ඔක්කොමලම අවශ්‍යවෙලා තියෙන්නෙ කල්ලිගැහිල හරි මහින්දව පන්නන්නයි. ගියසැරෙත් ඔය අරමුනම තමයි පොදු අපේක්ෂකයට තිබුනෙ. අපි දැක්කනෙ ෆොන්සේකා පැරදුනහම කට්ටිය කැඩිල හැදිගෑවිලා ගිය හැටි.

 සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවො නම් කියන්නෙ ඡනාධිපතිධූරය තමයි අද රටේ තියන ලොකුම ප්‍රශ්ණෙ කියලයි. එයා කියන්නෙ ඡනාධිපතිධූරය අහෝසිකලහම ඔක්කෙකාම හරි කියලයි. එයා චන්දෙ දිනල ඡනාධිපතිධූරය අහෝසිකරල රට කරගනයන්න අගමැතිට බාරදීල එයා අාපහු පන්සලට යනවලු. බහුබූත කතානෙ. ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කරන්න එයාට කොහෙන්ද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවෙ 2/3 ක බලයක්? මතකනෙ චන්ද්‍රිකගෙ ව්‍යවස්ථාවට රනිල් කරපුදේ. සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවො එ්වා නොදන්නවා නොවෙයි. සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවො කියන්නෙ මෝඩයෙක් නෙවෙයිනෙ. ඉතින් මට නම් හොදටම පැහැදිලියි එයාගෙ පලැන් එක අාපහු පන්සල් යන්න නෙවෙයි රෂ්ඨ පාලනය කරගනයන්නයි කියල.

 සෝභිත ඡනාධිපතිට වෙන්නෙ දීමූවම අගමැති කොරන්නයි. මොකද බහුතරය තියෙන්නෙ පොදු පෙරමුනටනෙ. හොදයි දීමූව විධායක අගමැති කොරල සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවො අාපහු පන්සලට වඩිනව කියමුකො. වල පයයි ගොඩ පයයි තියාගෙන ඉන්න විධායක අගමැතියෙකුට පුලුවන්ද අැට්ටකුනා වෙච්ච පුද්ගලික න්‍යාය පත්‍ර තිබෙන මැත්තන් ටික එකට තියා ගන රට කොරන්න. කවදාත්ම බැහැ. විධායක ඡනාධිපති බලතල තිබෙද්දීත් චන්ද්‍රිකාට හවුල් අාන්ඩුවක් කරන්න පුලුවන් උනේ ඉතාම ටිකකාලයකටයි. හවුලෙ කැද උයන්නවත් බැරිලු. අහල තියනවනෙ අාඩි හත් දෙනාගෙ කැදහැලිය. වෙන්නෙ මුලුරටම අස්ථාවර වෙනඑක විතරයි. ප්‍රඡාතන්ත්‍රවාදී රටක හවුල් රඡයක් ගෙනියන්න පුලුවන් මහින්ද වගේ දක්ෂ කපටි දේශපාලඥයෙකුට පමණයි.

 හොදයි සෝභිත ඡනාධිපති පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරෙව්වොත් රනිල්ට පුලුවන්ද මහ මැතිවරණයකදී මන්ත්‍රි බහුතරයක් දිනන්න, එහෙමත් නැත්නම් හවුල් අාන්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවන්න. බැහැනෙ. අන්ත වාමවාදී ඡේවීපීයයි අන්ත බටහිරගැති යූඑන්පීයයි මහපාෙර මරාගනියි. අසූගනන්වල වගේ අපි බැටකයි. රට කොට උඩ යයි.

 අර කලින් කියපු කල්ලියෙ හුගදෙනකුට අවශ්‍ය රට අස්ථාවර කිරීම පමණයි. සුමනසිරිත් කොරන්නෙ එ්කෙ වැඩ කොටසක් තමයි. එ්කනෙ මෙයා කියන්නේ ටීඑන්එ් වැඩකිඩ දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ සටන් කියල. අැත්ත තමයි එ්කනෙ දෙමළ ජනතාව චන්දෙ දීල ටීඑන්එ් එක පත්කරගත්තෙ. සටන් කොරන්න නෙමෙයි නම් දෙමළ ජනතාව සසිදරන් වගේ කොටිකෑලි උඩින්ම පත්කර ගනියිද? ඉතින් දෙමළ ජනතාවගෙ මූලිකම සටන වන්නේ දෙමළ ඊලම හදාගැනීම බව අපට නම් හොදටම පැහැදිලියි. අද උනත් ටැමිල්නාඩ් එකේ යටින් යන සටනත් ඔිකම තමයි.

 ලෝකය පුරාම සිටින කොටිකෑලි හියුමන් රයිට්ස් කරේතියාගෙන පිරාපකරන්ගෙ ගුන ගායනාකරනව, පොත් එලිදක්කවනව. කොටිකෑලි විසින් දැනටමත් කැනඩාවෙ දේශපාලන පක්ෂ ඔක්කොටම අරක් අරගෙන. එ් අතර මලයාසියාවේ රඡය එහි සිටින සරණාගතයින්යයි හදුන්වාගත් කල්ලියක් අත්අඩංගුවට ගත්තෙ ඔවුන් එල්ටීටීඊ ක්‍රියාකාරීන් සහ ත්‍රස්තක්‍රියාවලට සම්බන්ධවූවන් බවට තහවුරුවී අැති නිසයි. කොටිකෑලි කරන වැඩ ටීඑන්එ් වැඩකිඩ වලට සම්බන්ධ නැතිබව සහ නැවත හමුදාබලයක් වශයෙන් හිස ඔසවන්නෙ නැති බව තමයි සුමනසිරි කියන්න හදන්නෙ. ගිහිපෙනෙල්ලෙන් බැටකාපු අපි කලාමැදිරියටත් බය බව මෙයාවගේ අයට තේරුම්කරන්න බැහැ. මවාගත් අදහස් සත්‍ය දේ හැටියටත් නුදුටුදේ අැහින් දුටුදේ හැටියටත් මේ ගොයියන්ට ලියන්න පුලුවන්නම් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ඡනාධිපති කුමන්ත්‍රණකාරයන්ගේ අරමුනු ඡනතාවට පහදාදීමේ අැති වැරැද්ද මොකක්ද?

 මම කියන්නෙ නැහැ මහින්ද තමයි ඡනාධිපතිකමට නියම සුදුස්සා කියල. නමුත් මම එකක් දන්නවා. එ් ඡේවීපී කාරයින්ට නම් කවදාවත් ශ්‍රි ලංකාවෙ ඡනාධිපති වෙන්න බැහැ කියන එකයි. ඡනතාවට ඡනාධිපති තනතුර අහෝසි කරන්න ඔීනෑ කියල ගායක් තවම නම් හැදිල නැහැ කියලත් මට පෙනෙනවා. එනිසා එන චන්දයේදී මහින්ද නැවත ඡනාධිපති කරනවද රනිල් ඡනාධිපති කරනවද කියන එක තමයි ඡනතාවට තීරනය කරන්න වෙන්නෙ. 70% වන සිංහල බෞද්ධයන්ගේ පළමු වගකීම වන්නේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී බටහිර ගැති රූකඩ පරාඡය කිරීම බවයි මගේ හැගීම.

HOW CREDIBLE ARE THE THREE MEMBERS – PANEL- APPPOINTED BY NAVI PILLAY?

July 9th, 2014

Malin Abeyatunge

UNHRC Commissioner Navi Pillay recently appointed a three member panel to investigate into alleged Human Rights Violations by Sri Lanka during the war against the most brutal terrorist out fit in the world. Navi Pillay  branded her panel as three distinguished people and they are Martti Ahtissari-a Nobel Peace prize  laureate, Asma Jahangir – prominent lawyer and a Human Rights Activist from Pakistan and Sylvia Cartwirigt- a supreme Court Judge From New Zealand.

No wonder US hailed Navi Pillay  for the selection of the panel as she has always carried US agenda to appease the American politics and the west.

Marttti Ahtissari

There are enough Emails cascading in the public domain that the investigator Martti Ahtissari alleging to have taken a bribe of 40 million Euro dollars from Albanian Mafia to help to create a separate state for Kosovo. The Emails going around in the global domain expose the transaction details with relative accounts on this kick back of 40 million dollars alleged to have paid to Martti Ahtissari. This information has been exposed by the Global Information System confirming the existence of a report by German intelligence service BND regarding payments to Ahtisaari. In fact, if there is any veracity of this information, his credibility is questionable and he is not fit to be one of the investigators. The LTTE supportive Tamil Diaspora is very smart and skill full in buying important people to influence their cause. Hence, no one will be surprised if the LTTE Tamil Diaspora may try to buy him over to get a judgement in their favour as they have been doing in the past and continue to do so even now by buying over so called Human Rights organisations planted in the west and the politicians in the US Congress, UK & Canadian Parliaments. LTTE Tamil Diaspora with an annual collection of funds through dubious means running into millions can easily afford to throw away tens of millions of dollars for their cause in establishment of an Eelam State by hook or crook. The question is when money talks, can we rely on Ahtissari for an impartial and fair assessment on Sri Lanka?

Asma Jahangir

The other investigator appointed to the panel is  a Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer and Activists named Asma Jahangir.  To her credit  Asma Jahangir is a human rights lawyer based in Pakistan. She was a former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan She has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief since 2004.  Previously, she served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary and Summary Executions.

So much has been said about the credentials of Pakistani Lawyer Asma Jahangir as Human Rights defender and activists. Her well paid UN job is to looking into HR Violations by the Sri Lankan forces during the conflict. Well, the irony is that  Pakistan the country she is representing as Human Rights Activists  has the most brutal human rights violations in the world. It’s happening in their daily life. I am referring to HONOUR KILLINGS of women but nothing is said about her working against HONOUR KILLINGS in Pakistan which is a daily occurrence. When it comes to human rights violations, Pakistan is number one on human rights violators for women .

Quote”Last year alone according to Human Rights org in Pakistan there were 869 women who were subjected to HONOUR KILLINGS.Ünquote”(source;Google) This number is a gross underestimate as most honour killings among the Muslim family circles never got reported to police  or treated as murders. But she is one of the three selected to investigate HR Violations alleged to have happened during the war between the Sri Lankan forces and the most brutal terrorist outfit LTTE. When 869 were reported killed  as HONOUR KILLINGS last year (over the last decade where she had been actively engaged in HR activists, the number would exceed10000 Honour killings  as an average)  WHAT HAS SHE DONE? When there are HR Violations in her own back yard in abundance, as a lawyer and a judge she has miserably failed to  bring those murderers to justice thro the law enforcement authorities or create a strong and constructive awareness in the society to stop the HONOUR KILLINGS. What credentials does she has to probe into Sri Lanka investigation when she has abandoned her own people mainly of her gender. Therefore, we cannot expect any reasonable justice from her. Since she was a failure in her own country to stop HR Violations happening on a daily basis on women in Pakistan, she should gracefully withdraw from the three member panel appointed by Navi Pillay to investigate into alleged HR violations by Sri Lanka.  If that happens, Sri Lanka will hail her as a true Human Rights Activist true to her conscience.

Sylvia Cartwright

Quote”” Cartwright was appointed to sit as one of two international judges in the Trial Chamber of the Cambodia Tribunal by Cambodia‘s Supreme Council of Magistracy.[14]

Multiple Defense requests that she stand down from this position have been consistently rejected by both the Trial Chamber and Supreme Court Chambers on their merits unquote (source; Google)

The above comments prove that she is also not without any opposition for some reasons ( not known) on this Cambodian war Criminal Panel. However, the writer couldn’t find any questionable comments about her in the public domain.

 

 

මහා නායක හා අනිකුත් හාමුදුරුවරුන් ගැන නහයෙන් අඬන චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම

July 9th, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම

    අයිලන්ඩ් පත්තරේ අයිතිකාරයාසේ ක්‍රියාකරන සී ඒ චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම, ලංකාවට අළුතෙන්ම පහලවූ දිවසේන කුමාරයා යයි කටපුරා කිවහැකි ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් ගැන බොරු ලියමින් මඩ ගැසීමේ තවත් උත්සාහයක් ජූලි 6 දා ඔහු සන්ඩේ අයිලන්ඩ් පත්තරේට ලියූ ඥානසාර ථේර ඇන්ඩ් ද යු එන් පී (ඟ්නනසාර Tහෙරො අන්ඩ් ඨෙ UNP) යන හෑල්ලෙන් කර ඇත. එහි එය නිර්‍ණාමිකව ලියා ඇත්තේ ඔහු බව මට දැනගත හැකි වූයේ ඩී බී එස් ජෙයරාජ්ගේ වෙබ් අඩවියේ ඔහුගේ නමින් එය නැවතත් පලකර තිබුණ නිසාය. මේ වගේ දේවල් නමක් නැතිව අයිලන්ඩ් පත්තරේ දැමීම ඔවුන්ගේ පත්තර නිදහස හෝ නිවට කම හෝ විය යුතුය. කොළඹ ඉන්නා ඉංග්‍රීසි කළු සුද්දන්ට ඔහු ලියන මේ ජරා මවා පෑම් වල සත්‍ය තත්වය පෙන්වා දීමෙන් අපට ඔහුට සේවයක් කල හැකිය. හැමදෙනාම කොන්ඩේ බැඳපු චීනුන් නොවන බව ඔහුට පෙනී යා හැකි නිසාය.

    ඔහුගේ ලිපියෙන් එළිවන කාරණයක් නම් ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ට ආණ්ඩු පෙරලීමට කෙසේ වෙතත් ආණ්ඩුවට බරපතල හිසරදයක් වීමට හැකි බව දැන් ඔහුද පිලිගෙන ඇති බවය. මීට පෙර ඔහු ලිව්වේ හාමුදුරුවන්ව සමච්චලයට හා හෑල්ලුවට ලක් කරමින් ය. ඔහුට දැන් කේන්ති ගොස් ඇත්තේ මල්වත්තේ මහා නායක හාමුදුරුවන් හා මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත හාමුදුරුවන් ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් හා බොදු බල සේනාවට විරුද්ධව කතා නොකිරීම ගැනය. දයාන් ජයතිලක මෙන් ඔහුත් ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවිය බලා අපේ අදහස් දැනගෙන ඒවා කොපි කිරීමට තැත් කරන බවක්ද දැන් පෙනී යයි. උදාහරණයක් වශයෙන් ආණ්ඩුව සිංහල බෞද්ධයාට, මහානායක හිමිවරුන්ට තැකීමක් නොකිරීමත්, කාර්‍ඩිනල්ට සැලකීමත් ප්‍රශ්නයක් බව ඔහු දැන් කියයි. මේ බව බොදු බල සේනාවද නොයෙක් වර පෙන්වා දී ඇත. හිත හොඳ ගෑනී ගේ කතාවද දැන් ඔහුට ඒත්තු ගොස් ඇති සේය.

    හැකි උපරිමයෙන් යමෙකුට මඩ බෝල ගැසූ විට ඉන් එකක් දෙකක් හෝ වත් යාන්තමින් හෝ ඇඟේ වැදී යනු ඇත යන උපක්‍රමය අනුව යමින් චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම කියන මඩ කතා බොහෝ ය. ඒවායින් එලි වන්නේ ඔහුගේ බලවත් මානසික විකෘතියත්, ආතතියත්, ඔහුගේ හා ඔහුගේ පත්තරේ පහත් කමත් ය. ෆෙඩ්‍රීකා ජෑන්ෂ් මාළු ඔතන පත්තර ගැන කිව්වේ මේ නිසා විය යුතුය. 1960 ගණන් වලදී පුවත් පත් කොමිෂම පත්තරකාරයින්ව ගනිකාවන්ට සමාන කලේද මේ නිසා නොවේද?

චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම කියන දේ!

(1) 2011 දී අප්‍රසිද්ධ හාමුදුරුනමක්වූ ඥානසාර හිමියන්ට ඇමෙරිකාව අවුරුදු පහකට විසිටර්‍ස් වීසා දුන්නේ ඔහු රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ ඉත්තෙක් වූ නිසාය.

(2) චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම ඥානසාර හිමියන් කියන කෙනෙක් ගැන දැනගත්තේ හලාල් ගැන මතුවූ ප්‍රශ්නයේදීය. ඊට පෙර මේ හාමුදුරුවන් නොවැදගත් කවුරුත් නොදන්නා පුද්ගලයෙකි. ඔහු සිතුවේ ගලබොඩ ඥානිස්සර නම් ප්‍රසිද්ධ හාමුදුරුවන් මේ හලාල් ගැන කතා කරනවා කියාය.

(3) බීමත් ව වාහනයක් එලෙව්වා කියා වරද පිලිගත් හා කොළඹ යුධ විරෝධී පෙරමුණේ මීටිමකට (කුමාර් රූපසිංහලාගේ) කඩා පැන එයට බාධාකල කෙනෙකුට ඇමෙරිකන් වීසා දීම ගුප්ත සහගත බව චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේමගේ මතයය (මේ බීමත් කතාවේ සුල මුල ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් රටටම කියාදී ඇත. රට ජාතිය, ආගම වෙනුවෙන් උන්වහන්සේ කල මේ බීමත් වුනාය කියන කැපවීම ගැන මාසික සංඝ ශීල/විනය/ශික්‍ෂාපද කාරක සභාව විසින් සලකා බලා ඇත (පාටිමොක්ඛ?)). ඔහු සිතන්නේ විසා දුන්නේ හාමුදුරුවන් ඇමෙරිකාවට ප්‍රයෝජනවත් ලෙස ක්‍රියා කරනවා නම් ඇමෙරිකාව උන්වහන්සේ ගැන බලා ගන්නට සූදානම් බවට දුන් ඉඟියක් හැටියට කියාය.

    ඉංග්‍රීසි ජාතික දාර්‍ශනිකයෙක්වූ බර්‍ට්‍රන්ඩ් රසල්ට වත් විශ්ව විද්‍යාල රක්‍ෂාවක් භාරගැනීමට ඇමෙරිකාවට ඒමට වීසා දුන්නේ නැත. මේ නිසා මේ වීසා දීම ගැන යමෙකුට තනි මතයකට ඒමට නොහැකිය. 1978 දී ඇමෙරිකන් වීසා ගැනීම සඳහා මට පස් හය වතාවක් එම්බසියට යාමට සිදුවිය. ඇමෙරිකන් නිලධාරීන් සමඟ අවංකව හා කැත්තට පොල්ල වගේ සිටිය යුතුය. මා වගේ බලය, ධනය හෝ කනෙක්‍ෂන්ස් නොතිබූ අයෙකුට ඒ කාලයේ රුසියාවට හෝ ඉන්දියාවට හෝ වත් වීසා නොදෙන්නට ඉඩ තිබුණත් ඇමෙරිකාව එසේ නොවේ. 2008 මෝඩිට විසා තහනමක් දැමූ ඇමෙරිකාව 2014 දී ඔහුට ඇමෙරිකාවට එන ලෙස ආරාධනා කලේය. මේ නිසා ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ගේ වීසා කතාව වාතයක් වෙඩිල්ලක් කර ගැනීමකි.

(4) ඥානසාර හිමියන් ඇමෙරිකන් හා නොර්‍වේ සම්බන්ධතා ඇති කරගන්නට පෙර යූ එන් පී කාරයෙකි. ඒ කාලයේ ඔහු දේශපාලන ලෝකයේ හිඟන්නෙකි.

(5) හාමුදුරුවෝ 2010 දී සරත් ෆොන්සේකාට වැඩ කලේය.

(6) රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ හලාල් සහතිකයට විරුද්ධවුනේ ඥානසාර සම්බන්ධය නිසාය.

(7) නලිනි ව්ජේවර්‍ධන (රනිල්ගේ අම්මා) මරණාසන්නව සිටින විට පිරිත් කිව්වේ ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවෝය. බුද්ධාගම විනාශ කරන මෙවැනි තග් මන්ක් කෙනෙක් ලවා එසේ පිරිත් කියවා ගැනීම ගැන චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම විමතිය පල කරයි.

(8) චෝගම් දවස්වල බොදු බල සේනාව සිරි කොත ආක්‍රමණය කල විට එහි සිටි යූ එන් පී කාරයෝ හාමුදුරුවරුන්ගේ පුරුෂ ලිංග ප්‍රදේශය මිරිකුවේය (මෙවැනි දෙයක් ජාතික හෙල උරුමයේ හාමුදුරුනමකට කථානායක තේරීමෙ චන්දයේදී පාර්‍ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරු කලේය. මේ කතාව චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම ලියන්නේ මන්ද?) කොබ්බෑකඩුව ආදාහනයට ප්‍රේමදාස වෙනුවෙන් කනත්තට ගිය දයාන් ජයතිලකව ජනයා නිර්‍වස්ත්‍ර කල විට වසාගත්තේ එන් එම් පෙරේරාගේ ලේකම්ගේ දුවවන තිසරනී ගුණසේකර විසින් ඇගේ සාරි පොටින් ය. චන්ද්‍රිකාගේ කාලයේ වයඹදී කාන්තාවක් නිරුවත්කර පාරේ යැව්වේය. මේවා තිරිසන් වැඩය.  (ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ට සිරිකොත ගෑනු කොන්ඩා කටුවලින්ද ඇන්නා කියා චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම ලියයි. දයාන් ජයතිලක විසින් බෞද්ධයෙක් ලෙස හඳුන්වා දෙන්නේ මේ චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම වය)  සිරිකොතට ගියේ එහි ඇතුලේ සිටි යූ එන් පී ප්‍රබලයෙක්ම සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී ප්‍රදර්‍ශනයක් ගැන දැනුම් දුන් නිසා බව දිලන්ත විතානගේ එලිදරව් කලේය. චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම හා දයාන් යන දෙන්නා උග්‍ර මාක්ස්වාදීන් මිස බෞද්ධ සාර ධර්‍ම දන්නා අය නොවේ.

(9) යූ එන් පී එකට කරගන්නට බැරිවූ ආණ්ඩුවට බැටයක් දීම ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ට කල හැකිවීම ගැන මවිතවී සිටින යූ එන් පී කාරයෝ හාමුදුරුවන්ව හිරභාරයට ගත්තොත් ලංකාවේ මහා කලබගෑනියක් හටගන්නවා නිසැකයයි කතාවක් පතුරවනවා යයි චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම කියයි.

(10) ඉස්ලාම් තලිබාන් කාරයින්ට ලංකාවේ කල හැකි දෙයක් නැත. ඔවුන් ගැන බිය වීමට අවශ්‍ය නැත. එවැනි ප්‍රශ්නයක් මතු වුනත් එය විසඳන්නේ යුද්ධ හමුදාව මිස හාමුදුරුවරුන් නොවේ යයි චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම කියයි.

(11) ඉස්ලාම් ප්‍රශ්නයක් මතු කරන්නේ ඉස්ලාම් රටවල් ලංකාවට හතුරන් කිරීමටත්, ජාත්‍යන්තරයට ලංකාව බකල් කිරීමට ඉඩ ලබා දීමටත් ය. චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම හා රාජිත හාමුදුරුවන්ව දෙමල ටයිගර්‍ලා සමඟ පෑස්සීමට උත්සාහ කරයි.

(12) දවල් කාලයේ කාර් හා මෝටර් සයිකල් රේස් 1970 ගනන් වලද නුවර දී සිදු විය. රේස් පටන් ගත්තේ දළදා මාළිගාව අසලින් ලු.

(13) මහා නායක හිමිවරුන් හා අනිකුත් වයෝවෘධ හිමිවරුන් බොදු බල සේනාවේ මැර ක්‍රියා නතර කරන්නේ නම් හෝ ඒවාට සහයෝගය නොදෙන්නේ නම් මහානායක හිමිවරුන්ට ලැබෙන ගෞරවය වැඩිවෙනු ඇත. මල්වත්තේ මහානායක හාමුදුරුවෝ ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ට බෞද්ධ විරෝධී මැර වැඩ කිරීමට බ්ලෑන්ක් චෙක් එකක් දුන්නා යයි චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම කියයි.

(14) ගෝඨාභය හා බොදු බල සේනා අතර සම්බ්න්ධයක් නැත.

(15) සිංහලයින්ට නායකයෙක් ඇත. ඔහු මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂය.

    මේ කාරණා පහලොවෙන් වැදගැම්මක් ඇතොත් ඇත්තේ අංක 14 පමණය.  අංක 10 ගැන කියයුත්තේ යුද්ධය දිනාගත්තේ හාමුදුරුවරුන් දුන් ජීව ශක්තිය නිසා බවය. එල්ලේ ගුණවංශ හාමුදුරුවන් නම් සටන් බිමේ ම ලැගුම් ගෙන සිටියේය. යුද්ධයට විරුද්ධව රනිල්ලා, රවි කරුනානායකලා, කිරිැල්ලෙලා කියපු දේවල් ඔවුන්ගේ පක්‍ෂයට දැනට 20 අවුරුදු ශාපයක් ගෙනදී ඇත. පොලිස් සුනඛ ලොක්කා යොදවා මිලෙනියම් සිටි ප්‍රහාරක බුද්ධි ඒකකය විනාශ කිරීම රනිල්ගේ ජාති ද්‍රෝහි ක්‍රියාවක් ය. හසලක වීරයාට පන දුන්නේ මේ රටේ හාමුදුරුවරුය. 

    බොදු බල සේනාව යනු මෑතකදී සෝම හාමුදුරුවන් විසින්, ඒ වන විට චන්ද්‍රිකා, මංගල සමරවීර, රනිල් යන අය විසින් නිවටයින් බවට පත්කර සිටි සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්ට මානසික ශක්තියක් හා ආත්ම විශ්වාසයක් ලබා දීමට ජීවිතය පූජා කර කල ව්‍යායාමයේ අළුත් මුහුණය. සෝම හාමුදුරුවන්ගේ උත්සාහයේ දෑවැද්දට හිමිකාරයෙක් වුන මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ඉන්ටර්ෆේත් කාරයෙක් හා බහු ජාතික දාර්‍ශනිකයෙක් වීම නිසා සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්ට සිදුවූ ඓතිහාසික අසාධාරණ කම් ගැනවත්, මෑතකදී සිදුවන සදාචාරශීලි නොවන අන්‍යාගම්කරණය හෝ ඉස්ලාම් තලිබාන් ෂාරියාකරණය ගැනවත් ක්‍රියා කලේ නැත. රාජසිංහ රජ්ජුරුවන් මලයාලි ගුරන් නිසා පන්සල් කැඩුවා වගේ, ආර් ප්‍රේමදාස මලයාලි කට්ටඩියන් නිසා ඔල්මාද වූනා වගේ නොවීමට මේ ජනාධ්පතිතුමාට තවමත් ඉඩ ඇත. මේ ගැන අවුරුදු දෙකක්ම කාරණා ඉදිරිපත්කර, දුක්ගැනවිලි කියලාත් කිසි ප්‍රතිපලයක් නොලැබුණ නිසා ඒවා මහජනයා ඉදිරියට ගෙන යෑමට බොදු බල සේනාවට සිදුවිය. බොදු බල සේනාව කලාය කියන අපරාධය මෙය ය.

        ගොන්, දෙමල කොටියන්සේ වැනි වූ ඇමතිවරුන්ට පරයින් කීමෙන් පටන්ගත් මේ එලිදරව් කිරීම රජෙකුට බඳු ආදරයක් ලබාගෙන තිබූ ජනාධිපති කෙනෙකුට, මහ උන්දෑ ඕයි කියා කීමෙන් කෙලවර විය. යුද්ධය දිනාගත් රජා කියා ඉන් මන් මත්වී ඔහේ එලවේසමට චන්ද ලබා ගැනීමට මෙතෙක් ඇරී තිබුණු දොර දැන් වැසෙමින් පවතී. වින්ස්ටන් චර්‍චිල් හිට්ලර්‍ගෙන් රට බේරා දුන්නත් ඊලඟට ආ මැතිවරණයේදී පරාද විය. සිංහල ජනයාගේ හැසිරීම එසේ නොවේ. ප්‍රේමදාස මැරුනු විට රට පුරාම රතිඤ්ඤා පත්තු වුනේත්, ජේ ආර් මධ්‍යස්ථානය විවෘත කරන විට දුසිමක්වත් නාවේත් මහජනයා ප්‍රකෘති තත්වය ඉවෙන් මෙන් දැනගන්නා නිසාය.  ඉදිරි මහ මැතිවරණයකදී, මෙතෙක් කල් දුප්පත් සිංහල කතෝලික හා සිංහල බෞද්ධ චන්ද ලබාගෙන පාර්‍ලිමේන්තුවේදී අසිංහල ලෙස හැසුරුණ මන්ත්‍රීලාට, අබ සරණ ලබා දීමට බොදු බල සේනාව ගමින් ගමට යනවා නිසැකය. චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේමලා, දයාන්ලා බය වෙලා ඉන්නේ මේ නිසාය. ඥානසාර හිමියන් රැක ගැනීම අපේ වගකීමය. පන්සල ලොකු කරගෙන සුඛොපභොගී ජීවිතයක් ගෙවන්නට ඔහුට ඉඩ නොතුබුණාද?     
   
    බොදු බල සේනාව තමන්ගේ බෞද්ධ වත්ත සුද්ද කරගන්නට ක්‍රියා කරන්නට යද්දී, බෞද්ධයින්ට ඇති ප්‍රශ්න ගැන සාකච්චා කරන්නට අවශ්‍ය බව ඉස්ලාම් හා ක්‍රිස්තියානි කොටස් වලටත්, ආණ්ඩුවේ ඒජන්ට්ලාටත් දැනුම් දුන්නත් සතුටුදායක ප්‍රතිචාරයක් නොලැබුණි. ඒ වෙනුවට සිදුවූයේ රැවුල ගිනිගත් ආණ්ඩුවකින් සුරුට්ටු පත්තු කර ගන්නා ඉස්ලාම් තදියම්කි.  ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුමලා අරාබි තෙල් සල්ලි වලින් අරාබි රජෙකුගේ නම දමා හදන තලිබාන් විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයකට මුල්ගල් තැබුවේ හොර රහසේමය. ටකරන් පල්ලි ලහි ලහියේ මතු විය. ග්‍රෑන්ඩ්පාස් ස්ටෝරුව පල්ලියක් වීමේ වංචාව බුද්ධ ශාසන යැයි කියා ගන්නා අමාත්‍යාංශයෙන්ම ඇති කල ලෙඩක් විය. ආණ්ඩුව සිංහලයින්ට අසාධාරණකම් කරන නීති අයින් කිරීම හෝ අළුත් නීති පනවනවා තබා රටේ තිබෙන නීතිය වත් හරියට ක්‍රියාත්මක කලේ නැත. රාජිත සේනාරත්නගේ බලපෑම මත අළුත්ගම පොලිසිය කෙතරම් දුරට සිංහල විරෝධී ලෙස ක්‍රියා කලාද යත් සිංහලයින් පොලිසිය වටලන හා පොලිසිය බේරන්නට ආ මන්ත්‍රීන්ලා එලවන තත්වයට වැටුනි. හරියට දුමෙන් දුම නසනවා, විෂෙන් විෂ නසනවා වාගේ, උද්වේගකර, ජාති මාමක කතාවක් දීමෙන් සිංහල ජනයාගේ ආවේග මැඩ පැවැත්වීමට හා ආත්ම විශ්වාසයක් ලබා දීමට ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ට හැකි විය. ඊට කලින් බහුජාතික කතා කියමින් පොලිසිය බේරන්නට මන්ත්‍රීලා ගියවිට ඔවුන්ට මාරාවේශවී සිටි සිංහල ජනයාගෙන් ගුටි නොකා පලා යන්නට සිදු විය. උන්වහන්සේ පණ්ඩිත විභාගයට, (අසරණ භාවයට පත්වූ) මිනිස් සිත ක්‍රියාකරණ ආකාරය ගැන ඉගෙන ගෙන තිබෙන්නට ඇත.

    කම් ඇන්ඩ් එක්සැමින් නොට් කම් ඇන්ඩ් බිලීව් (Cඔමෙ අන්ඩ් එෂමිනෙ, නොට් චොමෙ අන්ඩ් බෙලිෙවෙ) කියා කියන ආගමක් හා මිනිස් ජීවිතයේ අනිත්‍යය ගැන සිතන හා මැදි පිලිවෙත අනුගමනය කරන බෞද්ධයින්ට අන්තවාදීන් විය නොහැක. බෞද්ධයින්ගේ මේ සම්බන්ධ පැටිකිරිය ඔටුවාට හිස දාගන්නට ඉඩදීම වගේ කතාවක් මිස කඩුවෙන්, අරක්කුවලින්, වංචාවෙන් මිනිසුන් පල්ලි වලට දඩයම් කර ගැනීමක් නොවේ. තුවක්කුව රැගෙන එන මිනිහෙකුට හෝ පොසොන් පෝය දවසේ අසල පන්සලකට බණක් කීමට යන අල්ලපු ගමක නිතර දැක ඇති හාමුදුරුනමකට පාර අවහිර කර හිරිහැර කිරීමට තලිබාන් කොල්ලෝ තුන් දෙනෙක් රාජිතගේ බලය උඩ පුෂ්පාට් දමනවා නම් හෝ ධම්මපදය පෙන්වීම හෝ නව ගුන වැලක් ගැනීමට යෑම නන්දා මාලිනිගේ සිංදුවේ කියන ආකාරයේ නිශ්ඵල වැඩකි.

    ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් බොරු සෝබනයට වැඩ කරන කෙනෙක් නොව අධ්‍යාත්මික වශයෙන් හා සමාජ සේවය සඳහා කරන කැපවීම අතින් පරිණාමය වූ අන්දම මෙහි පහතින් දක්වන ඔහුගේ මෑත ඉතිහාස කතාවෙන් පෙනී යනු ඇත. ඔහු ප්‍රසිද්ධිය සඳහා දුව පැන ගිය අයෙක් නොවේ.  මෙම විස්තරය මට ලඟදී ලැබුනේ ගංගොඩවිල සෝම හාමුදුරුවන්ට ඉතා කිට්ටුවෙන් සිටි මා දන්නා සිංහල බෞද්ධයෙකුගෙනි. සෝම හාමුදුරුවන් රුසියාවට යෑම වැලැක්වීමටද ඒ කාලයේ ඔහු උත්සාහ කලේය. ඔහු ජාතික සංඝ සම්මේලනයේ (ජේ එස් එස්) මැදපෙරදිග කෝර්‍ඩිනේටර් වශයෙන් සේවය කලේය. මේ ඔහු කියන දේ ය.

    “….ඥානසාර හිමි නිසා නොවේ නම් ලංකාවේ උතුර-නැගෙනහිර ප්‍රභාකරන්ට අයිති වීමට තිබුණි. 2005 දී ඥානසාර හිමිත් අතුරැලියේ රතන හිමිත් ජේ එස් එස් හරහා පීටොම් වලට විරුද්ධව බලවත් ව්‍යාපාරයක් දියත් කලේය. 

    රතන හිමි වංචාකාරී අන්‍යාගම්කරණයට ප්‍රතිකර්‍මයක් කරන ලෙස චන්ද්‍රිකා ගෙන් නිතර නිතර ඉල්ලා සිටියත් ඇය අඩු තරමින් ඇයව මුන ගැසීමට අවස්ථාවක් වත් දුන්නේ නැත. මේ නිසා 2004 දී දවසක් මහ රෑ රතන හාමුදුරුවන් අපට කතාකර මේ නායකයින්ගෙන් වැඩක් නොවන බවත් මේ නිසා ජේ එස් එස් පාර්‍ලිමේන්තුවට යායුතුව ඇති බවත් කියා සිටියේය.

    මැදපෙරදිග සිටි සමහරු මෙසේ ජේ එස් එස් පාර්‍ලිමේන්තුවට යෑමේ අදහසට අකමැති වුනත් එයට ආධාර කිරීමට අපි සමහර දෙනෙක් තීරණය කලෙමු.

    මේ අතරතුරදී සෝම හාමුදුරුවන් නැතිවූ අතර උන්වහන්සේගේ දේහයට රාජ්‍ය ආදාහනයක් නිදහස් පිටියේදී දිය යුතුයයි රතන හිමියන් චන්ද්‍රිකාට දන්වා සිටියේය.

    චන්ද්‍රිකා එය ප්‍රතික්‍ෂේප කල විට උඩුවේ ධම්මාලෝක හා කොලොන්නාවේ සුමංගල යන හාමුදුරුවරු දෙන්නා චන්ද්‍රිකාට බල කර සිට්‍යේය. මෙම සිදුවීම ජේ එස් එස්/ජේ එච් යු භූමිකාවේ වැදගත් සන්ධ් ස්ථානයක් විය.

    ආදාහනයට පසුව පාර්‍ලිමේන්තුවට යෑමේ අවශ්‍යතාවය බොහෝ හාමුදුරුවරුන්ට හොඳින්ම තහවුරුවූ අතර ඒ සඳහා මූලිකත්වය ගත් රතන හාමුදුරුවෝ චම්පික රණවක සමඟ එක්වී ජාතික හෙල උරුමය නමින් දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂයක් සදා 2004 දී පාර්‍ලිමේන්තුවට ගියේය. චන්ද්‍රිකා ජේ වී පී එකත් සමග ආණ්ඩුවක් හදා ගත්තේය.

    මේ අතර කථානායක තේරීමේදී ජේ වී පී එකත් සමග ගැටුමක් මතු විය. එහිදී මැද පෙරදිග සිටි අප තීරණය කලේ ජේ එච් යූ වෙනුවට ජේ එස් එස් එකට ආධාර දීමය. මෙසේ කලේ, ඒ වන විට ජේ එච් යූ එකට අරමුදල් පිලිඹද ප්‍රශ්නයක් නොතිබුන නිසාත් මැද පෙරදිග සිට දේශපාලන ව්‍යාපාරයකට මැදිහත්වීමට අපට හැකියාවක් නොතිබුන නිසාත් ය. මේ නිසා කෘර ප්‍රභාකරන් මර්‍ධනය කිරීමට අපි අපගේ අවධානය යොමු කලෙමු.

    2004 දී ෂුනාමිය ආවිට නොයෙක් එන් ජී ඕ නඩ එය හරහා රට කැඩීමේ ව්‍යාපාරය ගෙන යන්නට ක්‍රියා කලේය. ජේ වී පී හා ජේ එච් යූ පක්‍ෂ මෙම ව්‍යාපාරයට ලොකු බාධාවක් බව මේ විදේශ නඩ වලට මේ අවස්ථාවේ දී පෙනී ගියේය.

    පීටොම් ගෙනාවේ මේ නිසාය. ඒ මගින් රට කැඩීම ඉක්මන් කරගන්නට මේ විදේශ නඩ සිතුවේය. පීටොම් ලොකු විනාශයක් වන බව පිටරට සිටින අපට ඒත්තු ගියේය. මේ අවස්ථා වේ දී අපගේ ආධාර ඇතුව ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් මැදිහත්වී රට පුරාම පීටොම් විරෝධී ව්‍යාපාරයක් ගෙන යෑමට නායකත්වය දුන්නේය.

    මේ අතර තුර ලක්‍ෂ්මන් කදිරගමාර් ඝාතනය සිදුවිය. කනත්තේදී කතා කල මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ කියා සිටියේ ජේ වී පී හා ජේ එච් යූ පක්‍ෂ ඔහුට සහාය දෙනවා නම් පීටොම් අවලංගු කිරීමට ඔහු පොරොන්දු වනවා කියාය.
   
    භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේලා 500 ක් සමග ඥානසාර හිමියන් අගමැති කාර්‍යාලයට පා ගමනින් ගොස් දළදා මාලිගාව ඉදිරිපිට සත්‍යක්ග්‍රහයක් කරන බවට ප්‍රතිඥාවක් දුන්නේ මේ අවස්ථාවේ දීය. ඥානසාර හිමියන් නිසා නොවේ නම් මේ පා ගමන සිදු නොවේ.

    මේ හැම දේම කරද්දී පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලනයට නොගෑවීමට ඥානසාර හිමියන් තීරණය කලේ අපගේ පූර්‍ණ අනුමැතිය ඇතිවය. 2005 චන්ද කාලයේ ඔහු දඹදිව වන්දනා ගමනක් ගියේ ද මේ නිසාය.

    2005 චන්දයට පසු ශ්‍රීපති සූරියaාරච්චිගේ ලඟ මිත්‍රයෙක්වූ ලෙෆ්ටිනන්ට් ආනන්ද සමග, ඥානසාර හිමියන් හා ජේ එස් එස් එක අන්‍යාගම්කරනයට විරුද්ධ ව්‍යාපාරයක් ආරම්භ කලේය. ශ්‍රීපති හා මංගල සමරවීර ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඉවත්වුනේ මේ කාලයේය.

    මංගල සමරවීරට කිට්ටුවෙන් සිටි හැම දෙනාවම හිරභාරයට ගන්නට සී අයි ඩී එක ක්‍රියා කලේය. මේ නිසා ලෙෆ්ටිනන්ට් ආනන්දවත් ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්වත් අත් අඩංගුවට ගන්නට වරෙන්තු නිකුත්විය. මේ නිසා ඔවුන් දෙන්නා මැලේසියාවට පලා ගියේය.

    මැලේසියාවෙන් ලංකාවට ආපසු මහජන වේදිකාවලට යෑමෙන් වැලකුණ ඥානසාර හමුදුරුවෝ නිහඬව දිගටම ජේ එස් එස් වැඩ කටයුතුවල නිරත විය. එසේ වුවත් යුධ විරෝධ් කොළඹ කඳවුරේ රැස්වීම් වලට නිර්‍භීතව කඩා නොපැන සිටීමට උන්වහන්සේ ගේ රුධිරය ඉඩ නොදුන්නේය. ඒ රැස්වීම් වල සිටියේ වාසුදේව, රාජිත, ඩිලාන් හා මනෝගනේෂන් වැනි අයය.

    මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ, ශ්‍රීපතිට හා මංගලට කිට්ටුව සිටි අයට තර්‍ජනයක්ව සිටි කාලයේ  සරත් ෆොන්සේකාට සපෝට් කිරීම හැර වෙනත් විකල්පයක් ඥානසාර හිමියන්ට නොවීය. සරත් ෆොන්සේකාගේ නියම රංගනය එලිවූ විට ඔහු ගැන කලකිරුණු ඥානසාර හිමියන් බොදු බල සංවිධානය පිහිටුවා ගත්තේය.

    දිලන්ත විතානගේ ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන්ට සහාය දෙන ජාති මාමක සිංහලයෙකි.

    දැනට ලංකාවේ ඉන්නා දේශපාලකයින් හැමදෙනාටම වඩා තම මව්බිමට සේවයක් ඥානසාර හිමියන් කැපවීමකින් හා ආත්ම පරිත්‍යාගයෙන් කර ඇති බව මගේ නිගමනයයි. මා දැනට ජීවත් වන්නේ ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා වේය..” 

    ඥානසාර හිමියන්ට අපහාස කරන අය හඳට බුරන බල්ලන් වගේ නොවේ ද?

The Buddha’s universe vs western science

July 9th, 2014

[Buddhist Spectrum] By Karuni Bodhinayake

(Readers are strongly requested to read the contribution by commentators)

Western Science will tell you that the Big Bang marks the beginning of the Universe. But, for the Buddha, the Universe evolves and devolves in an ongoing cycle, with no beginning or ending.

“This is what the Buddha outlines in the Discourse titled Agganna (in the Digha Nikaya)”, says Prof. Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri, Sri Lankan Canadian Buddhist scholar, outlining his latest research. I met with him recently in Canada.

Big Bang

A century ago, Dr. T W Rhys Davids, a pioneer in Pali Buddhism, saw “a good-humoured irony” in the Discourse. Present day scholars see it no differently. For Prof. Steven Collins of the U of Chicago, USA, it is a ‘satire’ and for Prof. Richard Gombrich, Oxford University, UK it is a ‘parody of an earlier Vedic creation myth’. By contrast, this latest research seeks to establish that the Discourse is a historically and scientifically accurate characterisation of the cyclical cosmic process. “What is called the Big Bang, of 13.5 billions years ago, in fact, is the end, i.e., Devolution, of the earlier Evolutionary phase, bringing in a new Evolutionary phase” says Prof. Sugunasiri, interviewed in Toronto.

So how did the breakthrough come? It was by taking a closer look at the Pali original closely he says. He endeavored to understand the original meaning intended by the Buddha. The first being to appear in the new Evolutionary phase is called Abhassara Satt.

Both traditional and Western Buddhist scholarship consider this to refer to a being in the Abassara Brahma realm. But Prof. Sugunasiri, as a Linguist, with a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, wanted to take a closer look. And he saw a different meaning, translating it literally: ‘hither-come-shining arrow’ (< – + -bh s + sara). But then he asked himself, “What on earth could this be?” “My knowledge of Science could be written not on a pin head but a pin point”, says the Professor chuckling. But it was enough to lead him to the idea that the reference here was to a primordial type of photon, as identified in Western Science.

Photon

So what’s a ‘photon’? It is a ‘quantum of light’, in the words of Einstein, or ‘quantum of energy’. But how did a photon get into the picture? The Buddha hints at it when he talks of an Abhassara Being. In his Teachings, a human being who meditates, and attains the 2nd Jhana, ‘supercalm in knowledge,’ ends up, upon death, in the Brahma world as the Professor puts it. Lucky for them, it looks! At the end of the Devolutionary phase, everything goes up in flames.

Western Science calls it the Big Bang, but the Buddha explains it as scorching seven suns. It’s so hot that humans, animals, plant life, mountains, rivers, etc., of the earlier Evolutionary phase, all come to be burnt down. Happily though, the fire doesn’t reach the Abhassara Brahmaloka!

So it looks like those in the Brahma world wait for things to cool down in the new Evolutionary phase when first it is ‘all water’ (as in the Discourse). A photon can then be said to be a Brahma Being of the earlier Evolutionary phase. Having no human form, an bhassara Being can only be a form of energy. And this is what a photon is.

The photon in Western Science is a mere electrical charge, but in the Buddha’s characterisation, it is ‘mind-made’! This is about a ‘sentient being’, i.e., one with senses, here the mind-sense, he is referring to. It is also said to be, in the Sutta, ‘sky-flying’.

World Evolves again!

But, ‘after a very long stretch of time’, meaning some Kappas as in Buddhist literature, or billions of years by Western calculation, the hot phase gives way to ‘all water’, when everything is ‘blinding dark’. Gradually, the moon and the sun appear, and then the Earth. The Buddha now says, ” The world evolves again”. This, by Western calculation, brings us to 4.5 billion years ago. With the earth beginning to be more vegetation-friendly, there come to be, again over long stretches of time, three types of vegetation, the last being rice.

Beings, of course, don’t just stand around. They evolve alongside evolutionary changes in physical nature. Feeding now on the emerging vegetation, there begins ‘craving’, says the Buddha. Their skin colour and skin quality begin to change, too. Soon the better looking ones disparage the not so good looking, and here now emerges jealousy and hatred! After the lapse of long periods of time, still counted in millions if not billions of years, sexuality matures in women and men (listed in that order). Before long, they come to lust after each other, and engage in sex. Others throw mud and dung at them, calling them ‘filth’. But they build homes to get some privacy, now with families and communities beginning to grow. Some piling up rice in their yards for use later, the poorer ones begin to steal. With craving, jealousy, passion, etc., on the rise, there also comes to be moral decay. So the people come together to elect the first Great Elect (Mahasammata), to deal with the ills of society.

In an overview, covering a period from 13.5 billion (Big Bang) to 150,000 (‘anatomically modern humans’), suggests the following:

1. That the universe goes through a cycle of Devolutionary (samvatta) and Evolutionary (vivatta) Phases.

2. That, there was sentient life in the universe prior to the existence of the earth, this going against the view in Western Science that life began after the earth.

3. That the origins of such sentient life were in space!

4. That with the appearance of the earth there came to exist conditions conducive to sentient life.

5. That over time, to be counted in billions, millions and thousands of years, sentient life culminated in human life (and society, as later in the text).

Western Science is specific as to numbers – billions, millions and thousands of years, in terms of the material universe and plant and animal life. While the Buddha is sketchy in this department, he is more detailed when it comes to human life. The reason is obvious. The Buddha’s description of evolution of the physical Universe is only as a backdrop to the story of how Abhassara Beings end up as human beings. So the Buddha is not talking about evolution just for the sake of explaining the universal flow, but to set in motion the evolution of man in his relationship with nature.

The story of the present Evolutionary Phase takes up only 7 paragraphs of the Agganna Sutta. Following this, the Buddha goes on to point out how while knowing the origins may be wonderful, knowing the Dhamma is better!

Prof. Sugunasiri thus sees the Buddha as a Scientist. In fact, he sees him as improving on Western Science. The Big Bang, for all its scientific claims, suggests a theistic-like first cause. The Buddha’s universe is cyclical, no beginning, no end. We only have to think of the seasons – rain giving into dry weather but turning into rain again. Or the night and day, following each other. The Big Bang itself is the end of the earlier Evolutionary phase, making it the Devolutionary phase. Here then is the improvement on Western Science.

Another feature of the Discourse is that it has a moral dimension, missing in Western Science. It was over five decades ago Sugunasiri left the shores of ‘Ceylon’ on a Fulbright Scholarship to study Linguistics. Today, in his retirement, his research is primarily on the Buddhadhamma. The original scholarly paper (of 87 pages), “Devolution and Evolution in the Agganna Sutta”, appears in the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, Number Nine (2013), available for free download at : <http://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjbs>.

He is also the author of a popular treatment of the Abhidhamma, ‘You’re What You Sense: Buddha on Mindbody, 2001 (Sri Lanka: Buddhist Cultural Centre; also online: <https://tspace.library.utoronto. ca/handle/1807/4328>). Another recent (2012) breakthrough research of his is Arahant Mahinda as Redactor of the Buddhapuja in Sinhala Buddhism (also online <https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/33767>, and on YouTube).

Prof. Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri may be contacted at <suwanda.sugunasiri@utoronto.ca>.

හොර ශුරා කවුන්සිලය( Shoora Council) තහනම් කරනු

July 9th, 2014

බොදු බල සේනා

බොදු බල සේනා  අලුත්ගම අපරාධ වලට වගකිව යුතු බව ප්‍රකාශ කරමින් “ජාතික උපදේශක සභාවක්” නමින්  ආයතනයක් මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කර ඇත. ආගමික කටයුතු ගැන ගැටළු නැවත ඇතිකිරීම සඳහා විව්ධ පාර්ශව ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන වැඩපිළිවෙලට  හා බෞද්ධ හා මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවන් අතර අවබෝධය ඇති කිරීම පිණිස බොදු බල සේනා විසින් නිහඩව බිම් මට්ටමෙන් ක්‍රියාත්මක කර ඇති            “විස්වාසා පරමා ඤාතී ”  වැඩසටහන් වලට බාධා කරමින් මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදී කණඩායම් හා මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදී දේශපාලකයින්ගේ අවශ්‍යතාවයක් මත මෙවැනි නිවේදන නිකුත් කරන්නේද යන්න මුලින්ම සොයා බැලිය යුතුය.අප්‍රකට හොර සංවිධානයකට  ප්‍රසිද්ධිය ලබා දීමේ කොන්ත්‍රාත්තුවක් කිරීමේ අවශ්‍යතාවයක් අපට නොතිබුණද මේ රටේ පාලකයින් අතීතයේ සිදු කල වැරදි නිසා දුක් විදින අපි අනාගත පරපුරට වඩා සුභදායක පරිසරයක් නිර්මාණය කිරීම සඳහා මෙම හෙලිදරුව් කිරීම් සිදු කළයුතුව ඇත.

දෙවන ගැටලුව වන්නේ අලුත්ගම අපරාධ වලට බොදු බල සේනා වගකිව යුතු බව ප්‍රකාශ  කිරීමට ඇති පසුබිම කුමක්ද? ඔවුන් කතා කරන ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී ක්‍රමය තුල අපට මෙසේ මඩ ගැසීමට ඔවුන්ට ඇති අයිතිය කුමක්ද? ඔවුන්ට  මෙවැනි ප්‍රකාශයක් කිරීමට  ඇති  සදාචාරය කුමක්ද? මෙලෙස අපරාධ පිළිබඳ තීන්දු ප්‍රකාශ කොට වගකිවයුත්තන් පිලිබඳ තීරණය කිරීමට ඔවුන්ට ඇති නීතිමය අයිතිය කුමක්ද?

අපි පැහැදිලිව එක්  කරුණක් දනිමු. බොරු කීමේ පාපය නිසා ඔවුන්ට  හා තව බොහෝ දෙනාට මෙන්ම නිරයේ දොර විවර වී ඇති බවය. එත් ඔවුන්ට සිය පාපයන් ගෙන් සමාව ලබා ගැනීමට ඔවුන්ගේ දෙවියන් අවස්ථාව ලබා දෙනු ඇතැයි  මෙත් සිතින් යුතුව ප්‍රර්ථනා කරමු

තුන්වන  ගැටලුව වන්නේ  මේ අලුතින් කරලියට ආ “ජාතික උපදේශක සභාව”  කුමක්ද යන්න සොයා බැලිය යුතුය.  ඇත්තවශයෙන්  ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් සියලු දෙන  මෙම “ජාතික උපදේශක සභාව” කුමක්ද යන්න සොයා බැලිය යුතුයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජාතික උපදේශක සභාවක් ස්ථාපිත කර ඇත. ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් එය “The National Consultative Council”  නම් වේ. ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවට අනුව The භාවිත කර ඇත. ඒ අනුව එවැනි සභාවන් පැවතිය හැක්කේ එකකි. එය National Shoora Council ” ලෙසද නම් කර ඇත. මෙවැනි ආයතනයකින් ප්‍රකාශයක් නිකුත් කලවිට, එය මාධ්‍ය වල පළවූ විට ඒ ගැන ජාත්‍යන්තරව හා ජාතිකව බුද්ධිමතුන් මෙන්ම සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාව සොයා බලනු ඇත. National Shoora Council ”  යනු මුස්ලිම් රටවල රාජ්‍ය පාලනයේ කොටසකි. එය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක උත්තර මන්ත්‍රී මණ්ඩලය විය හැක. ඒ අනුව බාහිර පුද්ගලයින් සිතන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නම් මුස්ලිම් රටේ ඇති රාජ්‍ය පාලක සභාවකින් බොදු බල සේනාවට මෙම චෝදනා ඇති කරන බවය.

උදාහරණයක් ලෙස සෞදි අරාබියේදී ශුරා කවුන්සිලය යනු කුමක්ද සොයා බැලිය යුතුය. : http://www.shura.gov.sa/wps/wcm/connect/ShuraEn/internet/Home/ 

ශුරා කවුන්සිල්  වර්ග කිහිපයක් ලෝකයේ ඇත. විකිපීඩියා අනුව ඉන් සමහරක් පහත දැක්වේ

Majlis-ash-Shura, religious body regarding caliphate

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

 Shura Council, house of the Egyptian

 parliament   : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shura_Council

Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia

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

Consultative Assembly of Oman

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

Consultative Assembly of Qatar

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

Majlis-e-Shoora, Pakistan’s legislative body :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majlis-e-Shoora

Consultative Council of Bahrain house of the National Assembly of Bahrain :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consultative_Council_of_Bahrain

Majles-e Shura-ye Eslami, parliament a.k.a. Majlis of Iran

Majlis al-Shura, consultative council of Hamas

 :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majlis_al-Shura

එමෙන්ම ජාතික උපදේශක සභාව යන පදය  භාවිත කිරීමට මෙම කණ්ඩායමට ඇති අයිතිය කුමක්ද? ඔවුන්ට ඒ සඳහා නීත්‍යානුකුල බලයක් රජය දී තිබේ ද?

මේ රට තුල තවත් ව්‍යාජ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක් නිර්මාණය කර විකල්ප ආණ්ඩුවක් රට තුල ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමක්ද? පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මන්ත්‍රී වරුන් මේ ගැන අවදිව සිට කටයුතු කරන්නේද?

ජාතික උපදේශක සභා පත් කරන්නේ සාමාන්‍යයෙන් ජනාධිපති වරයා විසිනි. මෙම පත්කිරීම හා නම් භාවිත කිරීම ජනාධිපති කාර්යාලය දැනුවත්ව සිදු වෙන්නේද යන්න පිළිබඳ ව අප සොයා බැලිය යුතුය.

අනාගත මුස්ලිම් රාජ්‍යක් සඳහා නිර්මාණය කරනු ලැබූ මනංකල්පිත මුස්ලිම් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවක් සඳහා පිඹුරුපත් සැකසීම සඳහා අරාබි කුමන්ත්‍රණයක ප්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස මෙම ව්‍යාජ ආයතනය දෙස බලන ලෙසත් මෙම ජාතික (විජාතික) ශුරා සභාව තහනම් කරන ලෙසත් අප රජයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. එමෙන්ම ආයතන පිහිටුවීමේදී හා නම් භාවිත කිරීමේ දී මෙලෙස රිසි සේ කටයුතු කිරීමට ඉඩ නොලැබෙන ලෙස නීති සකස් කරන ලෙස අප ඉල්ලා සිටිමු.

මෙම ශුරා කවුන්සිලයේ පුද්ගලයින් කවුද? ඔවුන් විදේශ සමග පවත්වන සම්බන්දතා  කවරේද? ඔවුන් යුෂුෆ් අල්කර්දාවී සමග පවත්වන සම්බන්ද ය කුමක්ද ? ඔවුන්ට විදේශ රටවලින් ලැබෙන අරමුදල් මොනවද? යන්න සොයා බලා ඔවුන්ගේ ජාත්‍යන්තර දේශපාලනික කුමන්ත්‍රණ මොනවද යන්න සොයා බැලීමට කටයුතු කල යුතුය.

මෑතකදී මාධ්‍යට නිකුත් කල ඉරාක හා සිරියා ත්‍රස්තවාදී මුස්ලිම් රාජ්‍යයේ සිතියමට අනුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවද  ලෝක මුස්ලිම් රාජ්‍යයේ මුල් පියවරට ඇතුලත් වන බැවින් එම කුමන්ත්‍රණය අනුව අනාගත මුස්ලිම් රාජ්‍යයේ මෙරට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ (ශුරා කවුන්සිලයේ) මනංකලපිත ව්‍යුහය මෙයද යන්න සොයා බැලිය යුතුය.

අප “සිංහල පොලිසියක්” ගැන කතා කිරීම ගැන බොහෝ දෙනාට රිදී ඇත.  අපගේ රටේ අපට තිබු නම කියන්නට අප බිය විය යුතු නැත. එය නැවත ඉල්ලා සිටින්නට අප බිය විය යුතු නැත. අප බිය විය යුත්තේ අනාගතයේදී මෙම රට ඉහත ත්‍රස්තවාදී සිතියමට අනුව ” සපිරිස්ථානයක්” ලෙස නම් කිරීමට මිස  සියලු ජනවර්ග වලට සෙවනක් වූ ” සිංහලේ” කිරීමට නොවන බව සියලු දෙනා දන ගත යුතුය.  අප කතා කලේ සිංහල ජාතිකයින් පමණක් සිටින පොලිසියක් හා හමුදාවක් ගැන නොවේ. අප කතා කලේ සිංහල හා දෙමල භාෂා කතා කරන සියලු දෙනාට සේවය කල හැකි සිංහලේ නම්වූ පැරණි නමින් වූ අපගේ රටේ හමුදාව ගැනය. එය තේරුම් ගැනීමට රටේ නියම ඉතිහාසය මේ රටේ සියලු දෙනාට පැහැදිලිව ඉගැන්විය යුතුය. විශේෂයෙන් “මද්රසා” වලට හිරවී සිටින අරාබි ඉතිහාසය පමනක් උගන්වා මේ හිරකර ඇති සිංහල හා දෙමල ඉස්ලාම් භක්තිකයින්ට මේ රටේ ඉතිහාසය හා සංස්කෘතිය ඉගැන්වීමට සාමයට දියුණුවට කැමති සියලු මුස්ලිම් බලවේග කටයුතු කල යුතුය.

අපගේ රට  ඉංග්‍රීසින්  විසින් ආක්‍රමණය කොට අල්ලා ගැනීමට පෙර නම් කලේ “සිංහලේ” ලෙසය. අපගේ කොඩිය වුයේ ” සිංහ ” කොඩියයි. අපගේ ප්‍රධාන භාෂාව වුයේ “සිංහලයි”.  විදේශිකයින් නම් කල සිය රටේ නම “බුරුමයේ සිට මියන්මාරය ලෙස නම් කර ගැනීමට එරට පාලකයෝ දේශප්‍රේමී විය. අපගේ නම් ගම්, ඇඳුම්  , නගරවල නම්, පාරවල් වල නම් පමනක නොව අපගේ අධ්‍යාපනය, සෞඛ්‍ය , රාජ්‍ය පාලනය, නීතිය ආදී සියලු දේ විදේශික අවශ්‍යතාවයන් අනුව සිදු වෙමින් පවතී. අපගේ පාලකයින් ඔවුන්ගේ හුදෙක් රුකඩ ලෙස ක්‍රියා කරමින් තිබේ. වසර 2300 ක් තිස්සේ අවිච්ජින්නව බුදු දහම සුරැකි ලෝකයේ එකම ජාතිය වූ සිංහල ජාතියේ අක්මුල් සිඳින්නට සියලු විදේශ බලවේග අද ගෝලීයකරන බලවේග ලෙස මෙම දීන ජාතික ප්‍රතිපත්ති වලට හා පාලකයින්ට සහය දෙමින් හා විටෙක එළිපිට විරෝධී වෙමින් ක්‍රියාත්මක වේ. 

මේ රටේ මුස්ලිම් නමින් නගර හා කලාප ඉදි වෙද්දී, මුස්ලිම් වෙනම කලාපයක් සඳහා ” ඔලුවිල්” ප්‍රකාශ නිකුත් වෙද්දී , අපගේ ආහාර පද්ධතිය “හලාල් සහතිකකරණය” යටතේ ආක්‍රමණය වෙද්දී, මුල්‍ය , බැංකු හා රක්ෂණ ක්‍රමය “ෂරියාකරණයට” ලක් වෙද්දී, ක්‍රිස්තියානි මුලධරමවාදීන් අපගේ ගම බිම් සාමකාමී සහජීවනය විනාශ කරද්දී , ගෝලීය මුල්‍ය, දේශපාලනය, මාධ්‍ය, ආගම්  මෙන්ම  ත්‍රස්තවාදයද  ගෝලීය බලවේග ලෙස අපට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙද්දී  නාමිකව ජාතික බහුතරය නමින් ස්වයං වින්දනය ලබන එහෙත් ගෝලීය සුළුතරයක්  වී හැමවිටම පහර කමින් සිටින අපට අප සිංහලයින් ලෙස නිහඩ කිරීමට අපගේ පාලකයින්ම උත්සහ දැරීම දෛවයේ සරදමකි. එහෙත් බොදු බල සේනා මේ ගැන නිහඩව සිටීමට සුදානම් නැත.අප අප සතු ව්‍යවස්ථානුකුල රාමුව තුල බෞද්ධ ධර්මයට අනුව අපගේ අයිතිවාසිකම් සුරකින්නට දිවි හිමියෙන් කටයුතු කරන බව දැඩි ලෙස ප්‍රකාශ කරමු.

හොර ශුරා කවුන්සිලය(Shoora Council)  තහනම් කරනු

 බොදු බල සේනා  – 2014/7/8

“ලංකා කාර්මික සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලයේ කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික් කාර්යාලය මගින් පවත්වනු ලබන න්‍යායික හා ප්‍රායෝගික තාක්ෂණික පුහුණු වැඩසටහන් 2014 වර්ෂය”

July 9th, 2014

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සාම්ප්‍රදායික කර්මාන්ත හා කුඩා ව්‍යවසාය සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යංශය යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන ලංකා කාර්මික සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලයේ කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික් කාර්යාලය මගින් 2014 වර්ෂය සඳහා තාක්ෂණය ලබාගැනීමට අපේක්ෂාවෙන් සිටින ව්‍යාවසායකයන්හට,ප්‍රායෝගික හා න්‍යායාත්මක තාක්ෂණික පුහුණු වැඩසටහන් පැවැත්වීමට කටයුතු සංවිධානය කර ඇත.

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 කාන්තා පාවහන් නිෂ්පාදනය පිළිබඳ දින 5ක තාක්ෂණික පුහුණු පාඨමාලාවක්  2014 අගෝස්තු මාසයේදී පැවැත්වීමට කටයුතු සලසා ඇත.

 මූලික තාක්ෂණය, කාලීන නවීන මෝස්තර නිර්මාණය, අමුද්‍රව්‍ය ඵලදායීව භාවිතය පිලිබඳ තාක්ෂණය හා ප්‍රමිතියෙන් යුතු අමුද්‍රව්‍ය ලබා ගන්න ස්ථාන පිලිබඳ තොරතුරු ලබා දෙනු ලැබේ.

 වැඩසටහන සාර්ථකව අවසන් කරන අය සඳහා ලංකා කාර්මික සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලය මගින් පිළිගත් වටිනා සහතිකයක් පිරිනමනු ලබන අතර  මුල්‍ය පහසුකම් ලබා ගැනීම හා කළමණාකරන, අලෙවි දැනුම සහිතව පසුවිපරම් සේවාවන්ද ලබා දෙනු ලැබේ.

 වැඩි විස්තර ලංකා කාර්මික සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලය,98, දෙවන මහල, හයිලෙවල් ප්ලාසා ගොඩනැගිල්ල,දෙල්කඳ,නුගේගොඩ යන ලිපිනයෙන් හෝ 0112815009 යන දුරකථන අංකයට අමතා හෝ idbcolombo@gmail ට ඊමේල් පණිවිඩයක් ලබාදීමෙන් ලබා ගත හැකි වේ.

Neither TRUTH nor RECONCILIATION in South Africa

July 9th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge  

It would be interesting to see what Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa who arrived in Sri Lanka has to say about the outcome of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission established in 1996. Indigenous Black South Africans suffered because of policies of white rule. Sri Lanka’s case was one of 30 years of terror unleashed by LTTE upon all the communities living in Sri Lanka. If the TRC model attempted to whitewash and favor perpetrators – these were mostly the white apartheid rulers and included members of Nelson Mandela’s own party. It served the interest of both ANC and White apartheid rulers to reconcile and not have their crimes out in the open. Sri Lanka’s perpetrators and human rights violators were the LTTE. Therefore, on what ground and on whose advice is the GOSL considering adopting the South African TRC even if it is fine tuned? When it suited the West it was victor’s justice (Nuremberg Trials) and when it suits the West it is restorative justice as in South Africa because the worst perpetrators were white! While the reconciliation barometer poll finds 43% rarely or never speak to someone from another race! White rule that prevailed openly under apartheid continues to prevail in silence. A handful of elite blacks are happy to belong amongst the white while the rest of the blacks continue to suffer. In short, 5 million whites continue to rule 44million South African blacks. 

Apartheid ran from 1948 to 1900. Electing Nelson Mandela in 1994 as President did not make any difference. The handover from white rule to black rule came with the compromise of amnesty – omitting accountability for human rights violations, which ANC was ready to compromise upon in view of its own guilt. However, 14,000 were killed during the 4 year negotiation period. 

Previous Truth Commissions were held in Chile, El Salvador, Argentina, Uganda – ALL with no impact whatsoever and each one was fine-tuned from the former! 

South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in 1996. Three years later the Commission declared it as a failure. In 2013, the Commission Chairman, Desmond Tutu declared South African society is now more violent than it was under apartheid.” … “Very simply, we have become one of the most violent societies. That is not what we were even under apartheid, but we are now.”  

Our question is what has the TRC actually given the South Africans that suffered from apartheid in a nation of 49million that was violently ruled by just 8% whites who continue to own 70% of land? 

Can South Africa’s TRC be a success story because NOW 10% blacks who make up the elite, control the stock market? 

Inequality is worse than during apartheid. 60% of the population earns less than R42,000 per annum (about US$7,000), whereas 2.2% of the population has an income exceeding R360,000 per annum (about US$50,000). 4million blacks live on less than $1 a day. The promise by Mandela to redistribute 30% of land from whites to blacks was never honored. The skin colour factor still remains. More than 50 murders a day are committed throughout the country, which comes to more than 18,000 a year, a woman is raped every few minutes, and someone is robbed every few seconds. 6 million of its 49 million inhabitants are infected with the AIDS virus.   

Good schools are in expensive neighborhoods and thus out of reach of blacks. Only 12% blacks attend higher school. Global competitiveness survey has placed South Africa last (148th place) in the quality of maths and science. 

South Africa’s TRC was established through the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act No 34 of 1995. The TRC had 3 committees: the Human Rights Violations Committee / Amnesty Committee / Reparation & Rehabilitation Committee. 

TRC members – Archbishop Desmon Tutu (Chairman), Dr. Alex Boraine, Mary Burton, Chris de Jager, Bongani Finca, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Sisi Khampepe, Richard Lyster, Wynand Malan, Reverend Khoza Mgojo, Hlengiwe Mkhize, Dumisa Ntsebeza, Dr. Wendy Orr, Denzil Potgeiter, Mapule Ramshala, Dr. Fazel Randera, Yasmin Sooka, Glenda Wildshut, Emma Mashini. 

Victims of South Africa were naturally angry. Steve Biko was the anti-apartheid activist killed by white police. His name joins many other victim’s whose families claimed that the TRC robbed them of their right to justice. What a farce when victim stories were nicely tabulated but then told that no funds were available for reparation! 

On what grounds is the ‘collective violence’ term being used. If apartheid meant that whites took over by force what rightfully belonged to black Africans and simply because the Africans fought against the violent actions of white rulers on what basis is this violence treated equally? Did the action not result in reaction? Violence begets violence and if blacks did not live in violence perpetrated by the whites they would not have themselves resorted to violence. 

While the tamasha’s over forgiving took precedence why did inequality and lack of empowerment never take precedence? Is poverty not the root cause of most ills in the Third World? Let us not forget that Africa was drained and continues to be drained by imperialists and the blacks in power are joining the imperialists adding to the injury. 

Legislation for South Africa’s TRC was formulated by NGOs and the Church leading us to question if repentance is necessary for forgiveness or can forgiveness come about without repentance and for what reasons should these be dictated by the Church and its beliefs only? If the TRC is meant to have replicated the Christian confession system (confess one’s sins and be absolved of all sins) both P W Botha and F W de Klerk refused to admit they had done wrong. What is the guarantee that the Church-based confession system in exchange for amnesty will not be used by an international court at a later date for war crimes when the possibilities of taking countries who have not signed the Rome Statute of the ICC is also possible? 

The TRC let off the hook some of the worst perpetrators simply to record their stories. Disproportionate opportunity was given to white victims in testimonies of 21,000 victims with only 2000 appearing before public hearings. 7112 amnesty applications but only 849 amnesty granted while 5392 were refused. http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/amntrans/index.htm 

The announcement of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission for South Africa certainly made news and was spurred by world press as moving towards the ‘miracle’ transition to democracy. Empty vessels make the most noise and South Africa’s story was one such. 

The TRC hearings were almost entirely boycotted by whites. Many of those applying for amnesty did not even show remorse – (Amnesty-seeker Jacques Hechter, a police captain whom journalist David Goodman has described as “a particularly prolific assassin,” was not unusual in his boast: “I did a good job…. And I’d do it again…. I’m not really fuckin’ sorry for what I did.”) 

If South Africans themselves believed that both the TRC and the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) were political necessities that have not delivered 18years later the proof is in the pudding. CODESA focused on restoring political rights which gave ANC leaders power and glory but ignored economic power and ownership of land and inequality that remained very much under white control.

Restorative justice was all about saying sorry, apologizing and thereafter all was to be forgotten. That apology granted total amnesty with no legal entanglements. It was obviously early Christmas for perpetrators. Thus the systematic violence that black South Africans suffered since 1948 were never addressed. All that the victims got was to see their perpetrators face and accept apology while hearings were never heard on land issues, education systems, migrant labor system, role of companies that collaborated with and profited from apartheid. Under apartheid, mass removals of millions of blacks made room for white cities, white suburbs, white farms. Under apartheid, the average black rural woman had to walk eight miles each day for water and firewood. From 1990-1994, 69,000 black miners lost their lives in appall labor conditions.

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 How can Sri Lankan politicians agree to a political success story cheered by the West and cohorts which in reality will have no bearing for the victims of LTTE terror?  

Simply because a handful of ANC leaders were elevated to be accepted by the elite society of White rulers is this the success story Ramposha will relate to Sri Lanka’s President? 

Racial segregation existed in South Africa but it does not exist in Sri Lanka. Tamils have nothing to prove of being segregated from governance legislatively or constitutionally. 

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Sri Lankan Government is untiringly attempting to do whatever it takes to make the White West nations happy knowing that the multipronged attack against Sri Lanka in reality is to overthrow the Government and reduce the powers the majority holds by various reforms camouflaged under bogey of names – multiculturalism, secular democracy, education systems attempting denationalize the people removing the historical bondage, economic collapse via robust programs that is leaving generations in debt. 

Sri Lankan leaders cannot be foolish not to realize that even those holding ministerial portfolios are conniving to remove legislative and constitutional powers that would clip the ability to hold the country together. These traitors are kept in Parliament enjoying taxpayers hard earned money. 

If we are talking about truth – Sri Lankans and the world need to be told the truth. How did armed Tamil groups emerge (India). Who trained and armed these armed groups in the 1970s (India). How many countries ‘handled’ LTTE (Initially India but LTTE was used by the West to forward its own agendas). Who are involved (Western nations, Indian intelligence, Nordic nations, LTTE Diaspora, Foreign NGOs/INGOs, local sepoys and lascorins, local media). Truth must bring out these names into the open. Every man or woman who played a part (direct/indirect/covert/overt) must be named. 

If restorative justice means that they are not going to be judicially punished then they must be shamed in public if this is the best deal we can get from Truth & Reconciliation. The perpetrators (especially those who pulled strings from behind the scene) must be made public. The people of Sri Lanka can be satisfied that at least their names have been publicly humiliated. We do not need to waste time, energy and money on Commissions that would end up fattening a handfuls bank accounts. 

Sri Lanka is into the 5th year of post-conflict peace. Close to 12,000 LTTE cadres have gone through rehabilitation and most are integrated into society. What purpose would it serve to bring them once more into the open and to face victims that they obviously do not know when they were themselves only following instructions to kill? 5 years on would perpetrators be interested to relate how they carried out mayhem or wish to listen to the victims relate their anger for snuffing out the lives of their loved ones? This drama may be amusing to those watching but what purpose does it serve for either the victim or the perpetrator? Is the rehabilitation program not meant to ensure repetition of crimes do not prevail? All that the victim-offender dialogue does is to provide employment to those being trained as mediators. With perpetrators again exposed in public while the victim and perpetrator may reconcile what if the public knowing who the perpetrator is castigates him/her in public – how will he be able to face people in public?  

As things stand the public in Sri Lanka know that 12,000 LTTE cadres surrendered and they were put through a rehabilitation program and reintegrated into society. The people are happy that 5 years on there is no incident of bomb, assassination or suicide mission. The people thus do not wish to even know who these LTTErs are so long as they do not get up to similar mischief and the public have faith in law enforcement and the Armed Forces because they are equipped to handle such scenarios. Thus, we do not see any reason for victim-perpetrators to meet and trade accusations, emotions and then depart after a simply ‘sorry’. 

We would rather not know who these perpetrators are for their own conscience would deliver the karmic justice they deserve.

Sri Lanka is different from South Africa

July 9th, 2014

By Nalin de Silva Courtesy Island

A delegation led by South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaposa arrived here yesterday. The visitors were warmly welcomed by Leader of the House and Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, and MP Sachin Vas Gunawardane at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake.

Whether the Deputy President of South Africa is touring Sri Lanka as a visitor, diplomat trying to solve the ‘ethnic’ problem in Sri Lanka a la South Africa or enjoying a few matches between the South African and Sri Lankan cricket teams, the average Sinhala person is not bothered by his presence. The average Sinhala person would not write to the press even in Sinhala and is not influenced by what the so called educated, meaning of course western educated, whatever the medium of instruction may be, people in various fora have to say. When I said over a television channel somewhere in March 2013, that western science is pattapal boru (blatant lies) almost all my middle class friends and relatives thought that it was a blunder, and of course they did not approve the way I ‘behaved’ in that particular programme. However, the reaction of the common people I met on my visits to various parts of the country was entirely different. Whether they understood what I said the way I understood it or not they approved ‘my views’, and said that I had done my duty by the ‘gama’ (village).

These people had understood the Kalama Sutta in a different way from the educated though the latter did not behave in a way different from the common man in principle. However, there is a difference in selecting the Vinnus. The common man always had the Vinnus in the Sinhala Buddhist culture whereas the educated hypocrite without referring to Vinnus (they had not read what I call part II of Kalama Sutta) followed westerners as Vinnus. (I wrote an article in Divaina more than twenty years ago on Part II of Kalama Sutta and as usual the educated ignored it) They always quoted western Vinnus in their articles and speeches though they pretended to follow only Part I of Kalama Sutta ignoring Vinnus. I am glad to find Prof. Carlo Fonseka now referring to Part II of Kalama Sutta though most of his Vinnus are from the west.

Recently, Derana TV concluded its Dream Star season V and the last 48 contestants were selected by SMS. I watched some of the programmes and I was not surprised to find the winner was essentially a singer who sang songs by Jothipala, MS Fernando and the likes. The second and fifth places went to singers who mainly sang songs with a “deshiya” (national) flavor, and not the Amaradeva types. This implied that those who sent SMS to Derana were mainly interested in music that is not to the liking of the educated who are supposed to be “prabhuddha” (enlightened). Twenty seven years ago when Jothipala died thousands of fans flocked to Kanatte and no “prabhuddha” artiste had ever been respected by so many people at his/her funeral. The funeral of Jothipala made Dr. Sarath Amunugama (the present minister) as a western sociologist to write an article on “janapriya sanskrthiya” (popular culture), of course using a western sociological concept. I was a “prabhuddha” fan then and I replied to him demeaning the so called “peachang” (third rate) artistes. It was Jothipala who had previously asked the pregnant question “Api peahangda” (are we third rate)? The judges of the Derana contest, especially Nadeeka Guruge, a former member/sympathizer of the postmodernist X group that calls me a fascist writer, tried to give respectability to “peachang” artistes, but it is very unlikely that the “prabhuddha” fans were interested in what they had to say.

The educated are conditioned by the education that they receive at schools especially after the GCE (O/L) and universities irrespective of the medium of instruction, and the so called dropouts are conditioned by the Sinhala Buddhist culture. Dalai Lama has made a statement that has been written by somebody else, on so-called harassment of Muslims by Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, and it is the ‘prabhuddha’ who are disturbed by these statements publicised by by the western media. The common man does not have to worry of these statements by so called international figures. It is unfortunate that Theravada countries are not only poor but also disunited. Perhaps it is this disorganization that has made some western sociologists to state that there is no Theravada Civilization as such. It is the Theravada countries Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand that are blamed by the western media for so-called harassment of Muslims as if the Muslims enjoyed unbridled freedom in the western countries.

In Sri Lanka for the last five hundred years there have been attempts to weaken, if not destroy, the Sinhala Buddhist culture and the west has accelerated their programme in preparing for the Presidential Elections any time during the coming months. While doing everything possible to tarnish the image of the country and the government ‘internationally’ the west is trying to promote the candidature of Ranil Wickremesinghe for presidency nationally. Ven. Sobhitha Thera is only a vote splitter in the eyes of the west that will try to alienate the Sinhala Buddhists from the government. However, though it is only the ‘prabhuddha’ lot that the west would be able to convince, the government should seriously consider the western project. It is unfortunate that the government is surrounded by advisors who were Marxists, Liberals only the other day and also by former student leaders of the Independent Group of the University of Colombo. The media is manipulated by these anti-Sinhala elements and they have to be told that the South African experience is entirely different from the Sri Lankan experience.

It is true that there is a similarity between the two countries in the sense that the majority was exploited and harassed by a minority with assistance of western Christian colonialism. However, the similarities end there and South African experience has no relevance at all to the Sri Lankan situation. In South Africa influential of the majority had been converted to Christian culture and culturally the west could not lose anything buy transferring the power to the black majority. In addition through a deal with Mandela, the west was able to make sure that the economic power remained in the hands of the white minority and the west did not lose their control by admitting that the majority blacks were discriminated against and harassed by the minority whites. Further there was a nation building process that had to be carried out in South Africa as there had been no nation in the country, whether in a Liberal or Marxist (Leninist) sense of the word.

Though the ‘prabhuddha’ lot in Sri Lanka may not understand after their exposure to the western education, the majority Sinhala people had been discriminated against by the west and their agents among the so called minorities for centuries now. The west would never admit that, and hence the ‘prabhuddha’ would not ‘understand’ it, as the admission amounts to harassment against Sinhala Buddhists. The common man and the Maha Sangha feel this harassment and discrimination in spite of theories (stories) by western intellectuals to the contrary. In South Africa the west did not face such a situation and they could admit harassment of the majority by the minority.

Then, there are other differences as well, some of which we have mentioned previously, but one of the main stumbling blocks is associated with the so called nation building. If a ‘prabhuddha’ with all his knowledge was to tell a ‘peachang’ in the village that the nation has to be built the latter through his Buddhist upbringing would not enter into an argument with the former, but as far as the latter is concerned it is an insult to the already existing Sinhala nation.

As mentioned previously Theravada countries are not united and the Sinhala Buddhists are accustomed to think as a nation for millennia without any reference to the other Theravada countries. It is not difficult to formulate criteria for a group of people to become a nation in order to show that the Sinhala people constitute a nation. The concepts of nation and nation state have been formulated by the western intellectuals to justify that first the English and then the other Europeans formed nations and these concepts like the other concepts are all relative and not absolute.

The projection of Sinhala people, especially the Sinhala Buddhists and the Bhikkus as hate mongers only adds insults to the injury, and the ‘prabhuddha’ by comparing the Sri Lankan situation to South Africa are only helping the west to harass and discriminate against the Sinhala Buddhists further.

 

Atrocities, torture and war crimes in Sri Lanka?

July 9th, 2014

Lockton Mawby Dover, Tasmania.

Atrocities, torture and war crimes in Sri Lanka? definitely!

Kidnappings, suicide bombs and child soldiers in Sri Lanka? definitely!
Ruthless beatings, executions and murder in Sri Lanka? definitely!
All of the above crimes, committed, for 30 years, by the brutal terrorists, ‘Liberation Tamil Tigers Eelam’ Now, they take advantage of not only our ignorance of these facts, but pathetically, hinge onto our generosity.
Recent facts, over 2,000 Tamil child soldiers successfully re-united with their distraught families, over 20,000 former terrorists, re-trained, rehabilitated and re homed with their families.
Sri Lankan government spends millions on reconciliation, forgiveness programs and rebuilding it’s war ravished country.President Mahinda Rajapaksa, guarantees that Tamils are not being tortured or persecuted and our government backs that up as well.
What a waste of our Navy’s time, when they have ‘genuine’ asylum seekers to rescue.

Expansion of Sri Lanka’s leisure, entertainment economy has led to new social crisis – Ranawaka

July 9th, 2014

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka addressing the Biennial Conference on Science and Technology (BICOST) at Waters Edge Hotel

Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka addressing the Biennial Conference on Science and Technology (BICOST) at Waters Edge Hotel

The expansion of Sri Lanka’s leisure and entertainment economy had led to a new social crisis and a dialogue had also emerged in society on corruption and good governance, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka stressed on Monday (07).

Addressing the seventh Sri Lanka Biennial Conference on Science and Technology (BICOST) and the launch of National Research and Development Investment Framework for 2015-2020 at Waters Edge Hotel, Minister Ranawaka said that no clear dialogue had yet emerged on the future strategic direction of Sri Lanka’s economic development.

Some people believed that an enhanced service economy, with a vibrant leisure-and-entertainment sector would result in economic growth, while some others talk about corruption and good governance but not about economic development, the minister said. Another section criticised anything and everything as usual with little knowledge of the subject of economic development, he added.

The country was gradually being ensnared in what was known as the middle income trap, Ranawaka said, noting that Sri Lanka was steadily progressing from the rank of a lower middle income country towards the next higher income bracket of USD 4,000–8,000.

“The time has come for us to view the economic future of the country from a more rational perspective,” Ranawaka added. “There is no reason why Sri Lanka’s economy cannot leap-frog straightaway to an innovation-driven economic growth as its dominant strategy for growth.”

SRI LANKAN EXHIBITORS OF CEYLON TEA AT NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE FAIR, 2014 SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW

July 8th, 2014

Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC Press Release  

Let’s work together for an ambitious plan for doubling current market share of Ceylon tea in the US market”, stated- Sri Lanka’s new envoy to USA, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam.

Continuing the vigorous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the United States, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC and the Sri Lanka Tea Board organized the Sri Lankan pavilion at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest food and beverage fair, which was held from June 29 to July 1, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York.

Number of leading Sri Lankan Tea exporters namely Basilur Tea, Classic Teas, Vintage Teas, Adamexpo, Tea Tang and Millennium Teas displayed an exquisite array of value added Ceylon teas under Ceylon Tea pavilion attracting many visitors.

To coincide with the show, the Embassy in association with Sri Lanka Tea Board arranged number of side events to promote Ceylon Tea. The networking Dinner held on June 30 was well attended with the participation of large number US Tea Industry leaders, media personnel and key officials of the US Tea Council. Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Maj. General Shavendra Silva and Ms. Premala Srikantha, Deputy Director of Sri Lanka Tea Board were also associated at this event.

Sri Lanka’s new envoy to the US, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam thanked the Sri Lankan exhibitors for their valuable participation at this important event with a view to gaining a strong foothold for Ceylon Tea in growing specialty tea segment in the US market.

The breakfast seminar on Ceylon Tea – Sri Lanka’s Gift to the World was held at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce for the second consecutive year with large gathering including a cross section of tea connoisseurs in New York City, tea trade and media personnel.

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam delivered the keynote address at this important seminar highlighting the unique characteristics of Pure Ceylon Tea as a beverage with numerous health benefits. He appealed US tea consumer to be tea connoisseurs to admire good cup of tea in this growing speciality tea market segment. Ceylon Tea over its 147-year history has been world renowned for its excellence, exclusivity, premium quality and distinctive taste. When you consume tea, look for lion logo on Ceylon tea, which is the symbol of quality and you will not only enjoy a good cup of tea but also will be endorsing a brand of tea which is carefully hand picked and produced in socially responsible manner, he opined.

Mr. Mark Jaffe, President of Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, addressing the audience indicated that Sri Lanka produces and exports quality tea and requested audience to assist Sri Lankan tea industry by consuming more quality tea from Sri Lanka.

A detailed presentation on Ceylon Tea was made by Premala Srikantha, Deputy Director/Promotion of Sri Lanka Tea Board.

Bandula Somasiri, Minister (Commercial) of the Embassy in Washington DC organized this promotional programme on Ceylon Tea.

Pictures:

Ambassador Kariyawasam with Hemantha Perera of Basilur Tea.
Ambassador Kariyawasam with Hemantha Perera of Basilur Tea.


Ambassador Kariyawasam with Idris Shabbir of Adamexpo
Ambassador Kariyawasam with Idris Shabbir of Adamexpo.


Ambassador Kariyawasam wih  Chamth Hettiarachchi and Arithta de Livera of Millanium Teas
Ambassador Kariyawasam wih Chamth Hettiarachchi and Arithta de Livera of Millanium Teas.


Ambassador Kariyawasam with CHaminda Karunathilake and Anton Rajendram of Tea Tang
Ambassador Kariyawasam with Chaminda Karunathilake and Anton Rajendram of Tea Tang.


Ambassador Kariyawasam with Mahinda Karunanayake and Vinod Vijethunga of Vintage teas
Ambassador Kariyawasam with Mahinda Karunanayake and Vinod Vijethunga of Vintage Teas.


Ambassador Kariyawasa with Yasas Mihinkanda of Clasic Teas
Ambassador Kariyawasam with Yasas Mihinkanda of Clasic Teas.


Ambassador Kariyawasam with Mark Jeffe, Presiden tof New York Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Kariyawasam with Mark Jeffe, President of New York Chamber of Commerce


Ambassador with US guests at Networking Dinner
Ambassador with guests at Networking Dinner.


Bandula Somasiri, Minister ( Commericla) of Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC welcoming the guests
Bandula Somasiri, Minister (Commercial) of the Embassy welcoming the guests


Ambassador Kariyawasam addressing the invitees at the netwrking Dinner in New York
Ambassador Kariyawasam addressing the invitees at the Networking Dinner in New York


Ms. Premala Srikantha in conversation with the US tea imporers
Ms. Premala Srikantha, Deputy Director of Sri Lanka Tea Board in conversation with the US guests.

Thus Replied To Zarathustra

July 8th, 2014

Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.  

 Zarathustra who are you?  Are you the book for all and none? At the age of thirty you go into the wilderness and enjoy your spirit and your solitude. You had been there for ten years. What did you bring to us? Did you bring happiness or emancipation? Zarathustra the time has come. We shall meet.

Zarathustra this is the gathering. This is our meeting. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. That is the Jungian notion. So we are transformed Zarathustra. This is our transformation. Transformation is intricate. It appears to be complicated. Thousands of years ago Confucius said life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.  Indeed Zarathustra we made it complicated. Let us simplify life. Simplifying life is a great journey. It is renunciation. With renunciation life begins.

Zarathustra I need to understand. I need self realization. I follow the universal elements that are tangible.  I need knowledge that can be understood. As Rene Descartes said everything is self-evident. I am looking for the Aha! Experience. Knowledge is experience, everything else is just information. I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. Instead I am looking for truth. Zarathustra what is truth?   Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. Do you believe that?

One universal truth is everything changes and that nothing stays the same. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Let the river flows in you. Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

Zarathustra you spoke of silence. I agree with thee. Silence is worse; all truths that are kept silent become poisonous. Silence is on the other hand argument carried out by other means. Who said that the silence like a cancer grows? May be he was wrong. Silence is a source of great strength. Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Do you concur?  Anyhow what cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.

Zarathustra there is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Therefore do not let them laugh in your face. Lose your mind and come to your senses. Then climb the highest mountain. He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary. Remember Khalil Gibran once said: wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. Anyhow you have the last laugh Zarathustra. I know it as a fact.

Zarathustra you said: I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance. Are you referring to the God Nataraja – the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for the god Brahma to start the process of creation? Did you see the cosmic dance of Shiva? Do not listen to me Zarathustra. But listen to the   the words of Carl Sagan. He said that here is the deep and the appealing notion that the universe is but the dream of the god who after a 100 Brahma years… dissolves himself into a dreamless sleep… and the universe dissolves with him… until after another Brahma century… he starts… recomposes himself and begins again the dream… the great cosmic lotus dream.

Do you believe in the words of Carl Sagan? Zarathustra what is your explanation? I think in simple. Perhaps the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths.  Shiva’s dance may be the dance of subatomic matter. Can you see the particles smaller than atoms dancing according a celestial rhythm?  I think Michio Kaku saw the celestial rhythm. He said: in string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics is the harmonies on the string; chemistry is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe is a symphony of strings, and the ‘Mind of God’ is cosmic music resonating in 11-dimensional hyperspace.

Zarathustra, you spoke of ashes. What you meant when you said: you must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes. Are you talking about Phoenixes? Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes. Smoke your pain but keep the ashes forever. What you see at the end only ashes. I recall what Robert Oppenheimer said:  I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.  One must have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star. Shiva is the dance. Shiva is the symbol of ‘Brahmn’, the universal consciousness.

Zarathustra, do you believe in creation?  Listen to the different versions.

The lord Vishnu, the protector and caretaker of all creation, sleeps in the middle of a vast ocean on the giant snake Sheshnaga. When the cycle begins, Lord Brahma is born out of the ‘Anda’, an allusion to the egg which is the origin of all life. This ‘Anda’ comes out of the navel of Lord Vishnu. The first sound of Lord Brahma is Om, the origin of all creation.

In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water.  Then God commanded, Let there be light”—and light appeared…..And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In the Agganna Sutta Bhagavath Gothama says:   There comes a time, Vâseþþha, when, sooner or later, after the lapse of a long, long period, this world passed away. And when this happens, beings have mostly been reborn in the World of Radiance; and there they dwell, made of mind, feeding on rapture, self-luminous, traversing the air, continuing in glory; and thus they remain for a long, long period of time. There comes also a time, Vâseþþha, when sooner or later this world begins to re-evolve. When this happens, beings who had deceased from the World of Radiance usually come to life as humans.

Zarathustra do you understand the process? If not think what William Shakespeare said: All of Creation’s a farce. Man was born as a joke. This is what Karl Marx told us: Man is directly a natural being. As a natural being and as a living natural being he is on the one hand endowed with natural powers, vital powers — he is an active natural being. These forces exist in him as tendencies and abilities — as instincts. On the other hand, as a natural, corporeal, sensuous objective being he is a suffering, conditioned and limited creature, like animals and plants. … A being which does not have its nature outside itself is not a natural being, and plays no part in the system of nature. A being which has no object outside itself is not an objective being.

But remember one thing: the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.

Zarathustra, the creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.  What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Zarathustra, Osho says that each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally–you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. Never forget: you can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.

Remember Zarathustra the mind is everything. What you think you become.

Zarathustra, you are preaching on Overman- Man who is above human a superman. He is the one who is willing to risk all for the sake of enhancement of humanity. “Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman–a rope over an abyss… What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end: what can be loved in man is that he is an overture and a going under. Overman is the one who is willing to risk all for the sake of enhancement of humanity. Keep in mind Zarathustra great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.

Zarathustra, according to Confucius the superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.   What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. What’s special about Superman is that he will always make the right choice.

Zarathustra, some say knowledge is power. No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.  Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills. A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.  Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.  The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

Zarathustra, all our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason. There are no facts, only interpretations. Life begins where fear ends. The world is independent of our will.  If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.  Man is a universe within himself.

Zarathustra, information is not knowledge.  True knowledge is love and light and vision. Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes.  The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Zarathustra, Spinoza thought that there is no free will. Free will is an illusion. Listen to Albert Camus. Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will’s impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly.

Zarathustra, I didn’t lie! I just created fiction with my mouth. Do you know that life is largely a matter of expectation?  What is the happiness in your life? The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness. Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.

 Zarathustra, grow enthusiasm in you. Enthusiasm has great strength.  There is no greater strength than enthusiasm.  There is nothing which is not attainable in this world for the enthusiastic.  In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.  Zarathustra, act intelligently. Intelligence can accomplish things more easily than army and weapons.Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.

Remember Zarathustra three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.  There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.  The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.

Zarathustra, you speak for truth and seek justice. There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.  Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Time is the justice that examines all offenders. Perhaps there is no justice in this world only power. We have all become power worshipers. Where there is power, there is resistance. I heard Michel Foucault saying that freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.  The world itself is the will to power – and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power – and nothing else! But I agree with Mahatma Gandhi -Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.

Zarathustra, you said -Gott ist tot or the God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.  Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?” Listen to Anthony Hopkins. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist. Our existence is beyond our understanding. No one has an answer.

Zarathustra, I hear your moral preaching. Tell me what are morals? Remember Wild? We nailed him and banished him. At the end he stated: Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual. I think compassion is the basis of morality.  A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives – of approving of some and disapproving of others.

Zarathustra, what is suffering?  Buddha saw Dukkha or suffering in birth, suffering in existence and suffering in death. Life is suffering, suffering of change impermanence therefore suffering. Zarathustra, do not cling to the word suffering. It’s not what it means. Its not anguish, misery or agony. It has a universal meaning. Dukkha is not day-today suffering. It has a deep philosophical meaning.

 Zarathustra, mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.

Zarathustra, try to find a meaning in suffering. A suffering without a meaning is utter despair.  Follow Frankl. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Zarathustra to live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. Read the Book of Revelation: He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Zarathustra, what is evil? I read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s, The Gulag Archipelago: If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? Remember knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

Zarathustra, A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. I follow Oscar Harris.  Racism isn’t born, it’s taught. It is learned behaviour. When you have your boot on someone’s neck, you have to justify it. Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. Our true nationality is mankind.

Zarathustra, we are our choices. You are — your life, and nothing else. Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.  He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being.    Zarathustra these are the words of Jean-Paul Sartre. The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.

Zarathustra, Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. The free man is a warrior but do not worship the hero. Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.

Freedom in society is gauged by our success in getting what we want and conditioned by status and power, by race, class and gender. In the internal world of the psyche, however, freedom means something very different. It is the ability to opt for our long-term physical and spiritual well-being as opposed to our immediate urges. Absent that ability, any talk of ‘free will’ or ‘choice’ becomes nearly meaningless.

Zarathustra, do you hear Richard Wagner – the Ride of the Valkyries. Did you notice the Apollonian- Dionysian duality? The two forces prevalent in the human world. Human mind is sometimes Apollonianism and sometimes Dionysianism. It is the conflict between emotion and reason. This is the birth of tragedy. Tragedy is around us.

Zarathustra, do you fear death? Everywhere resounds the voices of those who preach death; and the earth is full of those to whom death must be preached. Only where there are graves are there resurrections.  The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good. Death is not the worst thing; rather, when one who craves death cannot attain even that wish.

 Zarathustra Did you listen to Goethe’s great dramatic poem Faust?  A man who sold his soul to the Devil. Remember what he said Zarathustra:  Wild dreams torment me as I lie. And though a god lives in my heart, though all my power waken at his word, though he can move my every inmost part – yet nothing in the outer world is stirred. Thus by existence tortured and oppressed I crave for death, I long for rest.” One thing is sure – Age is no second childhood—age makes plain, Children we were, true children we remain.

Zarathustra, read Dante’s Divine Comedy. Read it every day. There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.  The man who lies asleep will never waken fame, and his desire and all his life drift past him like a dream, and the traces of his memory fade from time like smoke in air, or ripples on a stream.

This is how it ends Zarathustra: Everything has to come to an end sometime. All that must disappear is but a parable. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. I repeat the words of Jiddu Krishnamurti: The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm of pain and pleasure.

References

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An Article (in Sinhala) on the tense finish in the Lord’s Test match in the ‘Rivira’ – June 22, 2014

July 8th, 2014

The Sunday ‘Rivira’ newspaper – June 22, 2014

Please click the following web link ( url) of the Sunday ‘ Rivira ‘ paper dated June 22, 2014.
The web link connects page 23 of the Rivira Newspaper..
http://www.rivira.lk/epaper/sunday/2014/06/22/index.html

The article in the bottom half of the page is focused on the draw successfully achieved by Sri Lanka in the First Test match played against England at Lords.

The author of the article is Devasiri P. Hevavidana (originally from Galle) but now based in London. He is an old Anandian who contributes to the Rivira newspaper regularly on the scene in London.

In the last four paragraphs of the article, the author quotes Australian spin wizard Shane Warne as saying that there were two heroes in the Test match namely Nuwan Pradeep who defended his wicket in the last five balls of the tense match and the DRS (Decision Review System)  which made it possible for Nuwan Pradeep to successfully appeal against a wrong decision given by Australian umpire and former Test player Paul Reifel.

The writer thereafter proceeds to reprimand the ICC for not giving due credit to an Asian ( and fellow Sri Lankan) for the latter’s innovative concept ‘ player referral’ which is the lynch pin of the DRS.
In the very last paragraph of the article the writer Hevavidana refers to both batsman Nuwan Pradeep and the author of the DRS as heroes ( ‘ viraya’ ) and says that they deserve the applause and gratitude of the entire nation.


දිරා පත් නොහොත් ලුණු බත් නොහොත් ලංකාවේ රාජ්‍ය සේවය කොට උඩ යෑම

July 7th, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම

    2012 වසරේ මා ලංකාවේ මාස හයක්ම රස්තියාදු වූ කාලයේ මගේ උප්පැන්න සහතිකයේ කොපියක් ගැනීමට පානදුරේ ආණ්ඩුවේ කන්තෝරුවට ඇප්ලිකේෂන් එකක් යැවු වෙමි. මාසයකට පමණ පසු මට ලැබුනු පිලිතුර නම් “දිරා පත්” කියාය. මේ කියන්නේ කුමක්ද කියා විමසූ විට පානදුරේ කන්තෝරුවේ උප්පැන්න වාර්‍තා ලොග් පොතේ පිටු විනාශ වී ගොස් ඇති බවත් සමහර විට කොළඹ රෙජිස්ට්‍රාර් ජෙනරාල් කන්තෝරුවෙන් කොපියක් ලබා ගත හැකි බවත් මට දැන ගැනීමට ලැබිණ. ඒ සඳහා කොළඹ  ගොස් සල්ලිත් බැඳ ආවත් පිලිතුරක් ආවේ නැත.

    මේ දිරා පත් කියන වචනයට ඉංග්‍රීසි වචනය කුමක්ද කියා මට සිතා ගත නොහැකිය. මේ වචනය යකාගේ උත්තරයකි. දිරා පත් උනා, දිරා පත් කරලා මිස දිරා පත් කියා කීමෙන් වරද පැටවෙන්නේ ස්වභාව ධර්‍මයටය! මේ අනුව ලොග් පොත හෝ එහි පිටු විනාශවී ඇත්තේ කාගේවත් වරදකින් නොව ලොග් පොතේම වරදකින් ය. ලොග් පොත තමන්ගේම වරදකින් තමාව දිරාපත් කරගෙන ඇත. එක ගොඩ නැගිල්ලකින් වෙන එකකට මේ ලොග් පොත් ගෙන යන විට හෝ වහලෙන් වතුර වැටී හෝ කාවන් මීයන් කා හෝ මේ පොත් විනාශවී ඇත්තේ දැන් කාලයක සිටම මකබෑ වී ඇති රාජ්‍ය සේවය නිසාය. යම් නිලධාරියෙක් යම් අවස්ථාවක තම රාජකාරිය පැහැර හැරීම නිසා මේ දිරා පත් කිරීම කර ඇත. දේශපාලක හොරුන් නුසුදුස්සන්ට රක්‍ෂාව දී මුළු රටම බල්ලාට දැම්මේය. හැම එකාම බලන්නේ තමන්ගේ හොද්ද බොරකර ගත හැකි ක්‍රමයක් මිස රට වෙනුවෙන් අඩු තරමින් තමන් ගන්නා පඩියට පවක් නොවනසේවත් සේවයක් කිරීම නොවේ.

    මේ ලඟදී කටුගෙයි පඩි පෙල කඩා වැටී පාසැල් සිසුන්ට තුවාල සිදුවිය. ඒ පඩි පෙල අවුරුදු සීයක් පමණ පරණ එකක් බවත්, එය හොඳටම අබලන්ව ඇති බවත් නිලධාරීන් දැන සිටියේය. නමුත් මුන් අන්ධයින් හා බීරන් මෙන් හැසුරුනේය. මේ හැසිරීමට ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් කියන්නේ ට්‍රැජඩි ඔෆ් ද කොමොන්ස් කියාය. තමන්ගේ ඇඟ බේරා ගෙන ෂේප්වී සිටීමය. උදාහරණයක් වශයෙන් පඩි පෙල කඩා වැටෙන තරමට දිරා ගොස් ඇති බව ඩිරෙක්ටර් අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්ට දන්වයි. ලේකම් එය ඇමතිටත් මහා භාන්ඩාගාරයටත් දන්වයි. ඉන් පසු වෙන දේ කුමක් වුවත් නිලධාරීනුත් ඇමතිත් එගොඩය. කටුගෙට සෙනඟ ආවත් එකය, නාවත් එකය. නිලධාරීන්ට පඩිය ලැබේ. වගකීම හා යුතුකම වෙන කෙනෙකුට තල්ලු කර වෙන කෙනෙකුට විය හැකි පොදු හානිය නිසා තමන්ට වහාම හානියක් වීමට ඇති ඉඩකඩ වැසීම මින් සිදුවේ. මෙය පාරේ කාරා කෙල ගැසීම හෝ ඩෙන්ගු මදුරුවාට වතුර සප්ලයි කර දීම වගේම වැඩකි. හානිය සිදුවන්නේ අන් අයටය. දැන් දැන් මය. ඒ හානිය තමන්ටද ප්‍රමාදවී, කැරකී, ඉදිරියේදී එනවාය යන න්‍යාය දැනට වැදගත් නැත.  පුද්ගලික කොම්පැනියක නම් මෙසේ ක්‍රියා කල නොහැකි වන්නේ ඉක්මණින්ම කොම්පැනිය බංකොලොත් වන බැවිනි.

    බම්බලපිටිය අසල රේල් පාර දිරා පත් වූ නිසා කෝච්චි පෙට්ටියක් පීලි පැන ඇත. ලුනු වතුර නිසා පීලි මලකඩ කාලාලු! ප්‍රභාකරන් මුහුද කිට්ටුව පොලොවේ වලලා තිබූ ආයුධ ෂුනාමි නිසා ලුණු වතුරෙන් මුහුදුබත් විය. මුහුදුබඩ රේල් පාර අවුරුදු සීයක්වත් පරණය. සුද්දන්ගේ කාලයේත් මුදෙන් ලුනු හුලඟ හැමුවේය. නමුත් කවදාවත් රේල් පීල්ලක් හොඳටම දිරන කම් ඔවුන් අන්ධයින්, කොරුන්, බීරන්, තකතිරු හරක් සේ බලා සිටියේ නැත. 1970 ගනන් වල එක ලං ග ම බස් එකකට සේවකයින් 20 ක් පමණ සිටියේය (මුළු සේවක සංඛාව දුවන බස් ගනනින් බෙදූ විට). එහෙත් බස් එක ඇතුලේත් පිටත් දූවිල්ල හා ජරාවය. පැය ගනනක් බස් එකක් එනතුරු බලා ඉන්නා විට හිටපු හැටියේ බස් වැලක්ම පැමිණේ. බස් එක බොහෝ විට අතරමඟදී කඩා වැටේ, නතර වේ. දේශපාලකයින් මේ වාට රිංගා ගෙන මේ හැම දෙයක්ම විනාශ කලේය. 1978දී බස් වලට හා බස් ස්ටෑන්ඩ් වලට රතු නිල් උඩින් කොල පාට ගාන විට ජේ ආර් චන්ද ස්ටේජ් වල ගාන්ධ් මෙන් බිම ඉඳගෙන් කලේ ප්‍රෝඩාවක් මට පෙනී ගියේය. මා ලංකාවෙන් මේ හොරුන්ගෙන් ගැලවී පැනයාමට තීරණය කල එක් හේතුවක් මෙයය.     

    ලංකාවේ ජනයාගේ මුග්ධ හැසිරීම නිසා හා දේශපාලක හොරුන්ට ඉතා ලේසියෙන් ඔවුන්ව රැවටිය හැකි නිසා ඔවුන් පුදුම විධියට දුක් විදියි. ලංගම වෙනුවට ආ ප්‍රයිවෙට් බස් කාරයෝ දුවන බස් ඇතුලේ හරියට කෙලින් හිටගෙන යාමටත් නොහැකිව පිට කොන්ද නමා ගෙන යෑමට සිදු විය. ලංගමට පෙර ඩ්‍ර්‍යිවර් හා කොන්දොස්තර වැඩ නිමකර ගෙදර  ගියේ බස් එකත් හෝදලාය. ඒ වෙනුවට ලංගම සේවකයෝ කොල. නිල්, රතු වශයෙන් බෙදී ලංගම විනාශ කර ගත්තේය. බස් සේවය රජයේ පොදු මහජන සේවයක් වියයුතු නොවේද කියා මා ලංකාවේ බස්වලින් යනවිට මට සිතුනි. කහ ඉරට කිසිම තැකීමක් නොකරණ වෙන රටක් නැති තරම් ය. මා අනුරාධපුරයට කෝචිච් යෙන් ගිය ගමන මරණයත් සමඟ හිනාවෙවෙවී ගිය ගමනක් වැනි විය. ඇතුලෙන් ඇහෙන ශබ්දය කණ බීරි කරවයි. දැන් පීල්ල පනී, දැන් පීල්ල පනී කියා සිතේ. ඒ අතරතුර වැස්සක්ද වැස්සේය. දෙවන පන්තියේ කොටස වතුරෙන් පිරී ගොස් ය. හේතුව ජනේල වල වීදුරු ඇර දමා නිසාය. ඒ කොටස් හිස් ය. කෝච්චිය ගමන ඇරඹීමට පෙර ඒ ජනේල වසා තිබිය යුතු නොවේද?

    ලංකාව ගැන මට ඇත්තේ දුකකි. මේ විනාශය රටට කරන්නේ මිනිසුන්ම නොවේද? ස්වභාව ධර්‍මය සරු සාර දූපතක් දී ඇත.එහෙත් කාලකන්නි පාලකයින් 1948 ටේ සිටම මේ රට විනාශ කලා නොවේද කියා මට ඇත්තේ කණගාටුවකි, කේන්තියකි. මා බොදු බල සේනාවට අනුග්‍රහයක් දක්වන්නේ ලංකාව මේ කාළකණ්නි චක්‍රයෙන් එලියට ගැනීමට එයට ඉඩක් ඇති බව පෙනෙන නිසාය. නිදා සිටින, අතරමංවුන ජාතියකට ගංගොඩවිල සෝම හාමුදුරුවන් කිව් බණ නිසා උන්වන්සේව රුසියාව හරහා එලොව යැවීමට කාගේ හෝ හස්තයක් ක්‍රියා කලේය. මෙවැනිම දෙයක් කොටගම වාචිච්ස්සර හාමුදුරුවන්ටත් කලාද කියා සැකයක් ඒ කාලයේ තිබුනි. දැන් ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් පරණ අනාගාරික ධර්‍මපාල ක්‍රමයට පර සුද්දන් වෙනුවට පර ඇමතින්, පර දේශපාලකයින් ගැන බණ මඬුවල සිට නොව මහජන වේදිකාවල සිට සිංහයෙක් මෙන් ගර්‍ජනා කරයි. ඔහු නූතන දියසේන කුමාරයා කියා අසරණවූ ගැමියා සතුටුවන අතර මේ යුද්ධය නම් කවදාවත් දිනන්න බෑ කියු කොළඹ කළු සුද්දන් ඔහුට බැටන් චාජ් කරන්නට යෝජනා කරයි. සියළුම ආකාරයේ දේශපාලන හොරු අන්ද මන්ද වී ගලේ මොකක්ද කල බළලුන් සේ හැසිරෙනු පෙනේ.

KHALIFA OF ISLAM CONDEMNS MUSLIM LEADERS AND CLERICS FOR MISGUIDING ISLAMIC WORLD

July 7th, 2014

By A. Abdul Aziz.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also condemns latest anti-Islam film and says Muslims should respond peacefully and by invoking salutations (Durood) on the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

 The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has used his first Friday Sermon of this year’s Ramadan to appeal to the Muslim world to adopt righteousness.

 Speaking from the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, on 4 July 2014, the Khalifa said it was a source of great regret that the majority of Muslim leaders and religious clerics did not uphold the moral standards required by Islam. Instead they were consumed by political motives and a desire for power. His Holiness said there was no benefit to fasting if it was not accompanied by righteousness and piety.

 His Holiness condemned so-called Muslim leaders and clerics who were calling on Muslim youths to fight in wars and misleading them entirely by claiming that they were doing their religious duty of Jihad.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 The Muslim leaders and so-called clerics are not righteous or God fearing and as a result those under their influence are being entirely misguided. The clerics are pushing young people, who know no better, towards evil and cruelty by falsely claiming it will lead them towards God.”

 His Holiness continued:

 No one is guiding such youths or the wider Muslim community that such cruelty is neither righteous nor just. What they are doing is not Jihad because murder and bloodshed can only take you away from God.”

 The Khalifa said that murder, cruelty and all forms of injustice were completely against the teachings of Islam. He said that God Almighty could never grant Khilafat (Caliphate) to such groups. 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 Could Allah ever permit for such evil people to establish Khilafat and to be His representatives on earth? Could that God who is the Merciful God ever assist tyrants and the cruel? Never!

 Could that God who sent the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a mercy for mankind let cruelty dwell in the earth in the name of his blessed prophet? Never!”

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that in this era there was only one true Khilafat and it was the Khilafat that led the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It was the same Khilafat which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had foretold of during his life.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 According to the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) the true Khilafat in this era would be the Khilafat that followed the Promised Messiah and with the Help and Support of Allah it has been established. Apart from this true Khilafat, every other claim to Khilafat is false, and such claims are made only for the sake of gaining worldly power or to take over governments falsely in the name of religion.”

 His Holiness said there was only one way for the Muslim world to emerge from its current state of despair and conflict and it was by accepting the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 If instead of opposing the Promised Messiah, the Muslim community joined together to help and further his mission then the restlessness that exists amongst Muslims in every Muslim country would cease. The disorder, strife and in-fighting that exists would transform into love and harmony.”

 His Holiness also used his sermon to condemn an anti-Islamic animated film set for simultaneous release in the United States and Germany. He said Ahmadi Muslims would respond to this provocation in a law abiding and peaceful manner. He added that Ahmadi Muslims should be regular in invoking salutations (Durood) on the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

 The English Translation of the Sermon – the video link of which is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6SD5QC-Yio&feature=youtu.be

ලංකාවේ ඉදිරි ආර්ථීකගමන පිළිබදව අන්ත දෙකට සීමා නොවී වෙනස් ඇසකින් දැන් අප බැලිය යුතුයි

July 7th, 2014

අමාත්‍ය චම්පික රණවක –

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඉදිරි ආර්ථීක උපායමාර්ගය කවරක් වියයුතු ද යන්න පිළිබද තවමත් පැහැදිලි සංවාදයක් නැත. සේවා ආර්ථීකය තවදුරටත් පුළුල් කිරීම හා විනෝදාස්වාද ආර්ථීකය වේගවත් කිරීම මගින් ආර්ථීකය තවදුරටත් වර්ධනය කළහැකි යැයි ඇතැම්හුු කල්පනා කරති. ඒ අනුව කි්‍රියාත්මක වෙති. තවත් අය රටේ පවතින දුෂණය හා යහපාලනයේ ගැටළු පිළිබදව මිස ඉහත කී උපායමාර්ගය ප්‍රශ්න නොකරති. මන්ද එය ඔවුනගේ ද එකම උපායමාර්ගය නිසාය. රටේ ආර්ථීක ප්‍රතිපත්තිය පැරැණි සංවෘත ආනයන ආදේශක නිෂ්පාදනය සදහා දේශීය සම්පත් යොදාගත් යුගය වියයුතු යැයි තර්ක කරන්නෝ ද වෙති. තවත් බොහෝ දෙනෙකුට මේ පිළිබදව කිසිදු අදහසක් නැතිවත්් උස්හඩින් විවේචනයේ යෙදෙති. ලංකාවේ ආර්ථීක ඉදිරිගමන පිළිබදව ප්‍රහර්ශයට පත්වු අතිශෝක්තියත්, නිර්දය හරසුන් විවේචනයේත් අන්ත දෙකට සීමා නොවී වෙනස් ඇසකින් දැන් අප බැලිය යුතු බව තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍ය පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක මහතා අවධාරණය කර සිටී. අමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කර සිටියේ බත්තරමුල්ල වෝටර්ස් ඒජ් හෝටලේ අද(07) පැවති තාක්ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ සංවර්ධනය පිළිබඳ පස් අවුරුදු ආයෝජන සැලැස්ම පිළිබඳ ”විද්වත් සංගායනාව” ආරම්භ කරමිනි.

අපි අපේ ඉතිහාසයේ විවිධ ආර්ථීක මාදිලි ක්‍රියාත්මක කර ඇති අතර විවිධ සමාජ දේශපාලන ප්‍රශ්න ආර්ථීක වර්ධනයට බාධා ලෙස හදුනා ගෙන ද ඇත. විශේෂයෙන් 1956-70 යුගයේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වු රජය මැදිහත් වී බැර කර්මාන්ත හා කෘෂීකර්මාන්තය කිරීමෙන් රටේ ආර්ථීකය ගොඩනැංවීමට දැරූ උත්සාහයත් ,1970 -75 යුගයේ ආනයන ආදේශක නිපදවීම මගින් ස්වයංපෝෂනය වීමට දැරූ උත්සාහයත්් ,1977 න් පසු අපනයන නිෂ්පාදන මුලික කරගත් නිදහස් වෙළ`දපොල ක්‍රමයත් අප විසින් අත්හදා බලා ඇත. නිදහස් වෙළ`දපොල ක්‍රමයට මුල දී සංස්කෘතික ප්‍රහාරයක් එල්ලවු අතර ඉන්පසුව උතුරේ හා දකුණේ චක්‍රීය ත්‍රස්ත ප්‍රහාරවලට මුහුණදීමට ද සිදුවිය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආර්ථීකය විවෘත කළ මුල් වකවානුවේ ( 1978-82) ආර්ථීක වර්ධනය ඉහළගිය අතර රටතුළ අපනයන නිෂ්පාදන විශේෂයෙන් ඇගළුම් අපනයනයට පදනමක් වැටිණි. දකුණු ආසියාතික කලාපයේ මුලින්ම විවෘත කළ ආර්ථීකය නිසාත්, ගම්බද ශ්‍රම වෙළදපොල ලාභයට තිබු නිසාත්, බටහිර දේශපාලන උපායමාර්ගය අනුව කටයුතු කළ නිසාත් ණය, ආධාර හා ආයෝජන ගලා ආවේය. නමුත් 1987-91 වකවානුව පෙන්වා දුන්නේ විරැකියාව ණයබර, උද්ධමනය,  දේශපාලන අස්ථාවරත්වය, සමාජ අසහනය ආදියෙන් රට උග්‍ර අර්බුදයක කොටු වී ඇති බවය. 1994-2000 වකවානුවේ මෙය කිසියම් දුරකට ස්ථාවර වී නැවත 2001-04 වකවානුවේ අර්බුදයට ගියේය. දේශපාලන අස්ථාවරත්වය, බලශක්ති අර්බුදය හා සමාජ අසහනය කරළියට පැමිණීම සිදු වූ බව අමාත්‍යවරයා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

ලංකාවේ විද්‍යා තාක්ෂණ ෙක‍ෂ්ත්‍රයේ ආයෝජන පිළිබද විවේචන දෙකක් පවතී. එකක් නම් ආණ්ඩුව හා පුද්ගලික අංශය පර්යේෂණ ස`දහා වියදම් කරන්නේ සොච්චමක් බවය. අනෙක් කර්කශ විවේචන නම් රාජ්‍ය අංශයට හා පුද්ගලික අංශයට පර්යේෂණ ස`දහා දී ඇති අරමුදල් හා බදු සහන ආදියෙන් ආර්ථීකයට ප්‍රතිඵලදායක කිසිවක් සිදුනොවී ඇතිබවය. පළමුව කිවයුත්තේ පර්යේෂණ ස`දහා හෝ අධ්‍යාපනය ස`දහා ආයෝජන කළ පමණින් ආර්ථීකයට ප්‍රතිලාභ  නොලැඛෙන බවය. පර්යේෂණ වානිජකරණය වන වෙළ`දපොලක්, උගතුන් කළමණාකරුවන් කරනා වානිජ සමාජ වටපිටාවක් ද තිබිය යුතුය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දැනුම් ආර්ථීක සංගුණකයෙන් ඉතා පසුපසින් සිටින්නේ මේ නිසාය. අපි ඉදිරි පස්වස (2015-2020) ස`දහා ප්‍රමුඛතාවය දියයුතු ක්ෂේත්‍ර දහයක් හ`දුනාගෙන ඇත. ඒවානම් ජලය, ආහාර,සෞඛ්‍යය, නිවාස, බලශක්තිය, ඇගැළුම්, ඛනිජ සම්පත්, දැනුම් සේවාවන්, මුලික විද්‍යාවන් හා තාක්ෂණයන්, පරිසරය ලෙසය. එමෙන්ම ඒ ස`දහා ක්‍රියාමාර්ගික මැදිහත්වීම් දහයක් ද හ`දුනාගෙන ඇත. ඒ ප්‍රතිපත්ති සම්පාදනය,පර්යේෂණ,නව උත්පාදන, නිනිති තාක්ෂණය, ජීව තාක්ෂණය, තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණය, දේශිය දැනුම, විද්‍යා යටිතල පහසුකම්, හැකියා ප්‍රවර්ධනය හා අලෙවිකරණය හා ප්‍රවර්ධනය ලෙසය.

1952 හා 1972 පස් අවුරුදු සැලසුම්වලින් පසු ජාතික සැලසුමක් සහිත රාජ්‍ය ආයෝජනයක් සිදුවී නැත. ඉහත පර්යේෂණ ආයෝජනය රාජ්‍ය හා පුද්ගලික දෙපාර්ශවය සම`ගම කළයුතු ක්‍රියාවලියකි. මේ ස`දහා අධ්‍යාපනය, ආර්ථීක හා මුල්‍ය ප්‍රතිපත්ති, සමාජමය ප්‍රතිපත්ති හා දේශපාලන ප්‍රතිපත්තිවල ව්‍යුහාත්මක වෙනසක් අවශ්‍යය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට තිරසර අනාගතයක් අවශ්‍ය නම් අපි රට ඒ වෙනස කරා මෙහෙය විය යුතු බව අමාත්‍යවරයා වැඩි දුරටත් අවධරණය කර සිටියේය.

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