February 20th, 2015

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando

The validity of an article published in a newspaper, magazine, web page or in the Internet is measured by the response it receives out of the number of feedbacks from readership after its publication. To evaluate its effect, newspapers usually devote a special column called ‘ Citizens’ Mail ‘ or  ‘ Letters to the Editor’ or ‘Opinion’ in some instances. Whatever the forms it takes to highlight the ‘after effects’ of the published article, the focus is generally concentrated on the theme or the substance of the article, more than on the author or his writing skills!

Simple causal reasoning about a feedback may be considered as being difficult because the first structure influences the second, and the second configuration effects the first leading to a circular dispute at the end. This type of reasoning can be frequently seen in the internet forums and ‘chain-emails’ when different individuals get involved seriously attempting to outdo the others’ point of view, which only put their adrenalin levels up; the worst being when such emails are sent to a whole list of contacts in their address book without using the ‘bcc’ format (blind copy) many, who are not even interested in the subject matter and completely unknown to such debates, get overloaded with unsolicited mail often causing a lot  of misunderstanding and irritation.

The above preamble takes to the last week’s Life Abroad column, part 116 under the caption ‘ Expatriate Contribution in London – 2007 in which a particular meeting, that took place in an outside London town called London Colney organised by a group of UK’s Labour Party Councillors, was focused on a relevant topic at that time – ‘Terrorism Prevalent in Sri Lanka’

The level of feedbacks on this particular article has been immense, both to the writer and to the President of the Sinhala Association mentioned in the article. Most of the opinions were positive and commendable while a trickle of negative judgments pointed a finger at the author for ‘being partisan’.

 Inadvertence and Pessimism

 The author wishes to extend an apology to those who misunderstood and harboured negative ideas, but would place on record that this particular article was purely focussed on a specific meeting organised by the Labour Party Councillors in the UK at a time when the LTTE had been quite successful in building inroads to the Labour Party; and by no means with the intention of patronising a single personality or isolating others.

In objective journalism one needs to give maximum credit to where it is due, and criticise wherever there are flaws, with the pen dipped in garlic so as to stink to high heaven! Objectivity throws out light on injustices. How are the rulers to be helped if this is not done? How do the ruled find hope if no one does it? In such a drop back the writer has picked up a few positive feed backs that hit his mailbox within a matter of hours of people reading the last week’s column as follows:


One reader responded thus: “Thank you for this article. Many people have now completely forgotten the recent past. It is heartening to note that there still are patriots who remember it and are brave enough to record it, thank you for your efforts.

An old Anandian was curious to find out whether the writer too was an old boy of Ananda College, Colombo: “Were you with Douglas at our school?  I hope, at least, the new government would recognise the fearlessness, patriotism, wonderful debating skills and encyclopedic knowledge of LTTE attrocities of this London Lion and offer him an advisory post in the London High Commission”.

One ‘Asoka’ from Canada put it in a different format altogether: “Take a bow Douglas”, he had written. “Stretch your hand and touch the hand of Mother Lanka who has stretched her’s in “ Thanks”; who recognised you as an amazing son who had defended her when you felt that you had to take care of her. Do take of yourself and keep well”, one of your many admirers in Canada.


Mahinda Gunasekera chose to compliment Douglas Wickremaratne in the following manner:

 “We greatly appreciate the tireless campaign carried out by you almost single handed to provide the correct position relating to issues that affected Sri Lanka.  This task was even more difficult as the diplomats representing Sri Lanka had allowed the bogus allegations to go unchallenged, leaving it to patriots of Douglas ilk to step up and take on the well funded Tamil separatist lies apart and expose them and undermine their fabricated tales.

 “We in Canada salute the magnificent role played by Douglas in defending the motherland in every forum manipulated by the extremist Tamil separatist lobby with the intent of attacking Sri Lanka to advance their goal of a separate state to be established in the North and East of Sri Lanka through violent means, including suicide terrorism. We will always remember the services rendered by Douglas to safeguard the interests of our motherland”.


A former ambassador to Vietnam had this to say on Douglas Wickremaratna’s past performances:


On reminiscing of the years gone by and the inadequacies of Mission representations at crucial meetings, Westminster, the Universities and the media, it is regretful that the GOSL lacked capacity due to many reasons. There was vivid complacency and lack of diplomatic patronage in networking the Sri Lankan diaspora in the UK to negate the extremist racist Tamil misrepresentations about our history and the Sinhala psyche”.

 “Douglas W virtually singlehandedly took the ‘raging racist Eelamist bull by the horns’ and fought valiantly. He was successful even with the now notorious Jon Snow and his C4 team. Sadly, yet again, State patronage and diplomatic assistance to Douglas W was non-existent! Had he been facilitated with some diplomatic assistance, he would have developed the much-needed Sri Lankan expat civil society base to negate the virulent LTTE activists and sympathisers in the UK and Europe. How sad one feels about the deficiencies of our own State apparatus in much needed Foreign Service over those crucial years! Hopefully a truly patriotic capable High Commissioner who will concentrate on Sri Lankan expat empowerment and civil society motivation and cohesion, will be appointed in future to carry on the good work Douglas has done”.

 “I am glad to have been an invitee to the 1985 meeting of the Federation of Sri Lankan organisations held at the London Hilton, I remember, where the late Athulathmudali used the word “boys” to describe the then budding LTTE terrorist cadres, to which my strong concerns were conveyed immediately after the meeting. Sadly the very same “boys” later brutally assassinated him”.

Peter Wijesinghe, who has been attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission from 1948 and who has been a regular contributor to Life Abroad column many a time in the immediate past, did respond in this instance too. He qualifies in the main to recognise Douglas Wickremaratna’s past efforts having known him personally and associated with Douglas closely during his days in the UK (major part of his life was spent in London).


I was very happy to read your article about Mr. Wickremaratne, and agree with every word of what you have written about him. I knew him quiet well during those days and I have had dealings with him as well. In fact I attended many of his meetings too. Mr. Douglas Wickremaratne has done a yeoman service for Sri Lanka, especially at a particular time when there was no Sri Lankans with the guts to speak for this beautiful island, Sri Lanka. Despite all that, there were many elements who were willing to put him downakin to the popular Sinhala fable ‘when there is one Sinhalese struggling to climb out of the pit, there are ten waiting to pull him down by the legs”!

 “Of course, while giving Mr. Wickremaratne all the credit due, I must not forget to mention that there were several others too, such as the late Donald Karunaratne, Chandra Illukpitiya, Dr.Chandra Iriyagolla, Dr. Ari Dissanayake and several others who stood up for this country against the “Tamil hate Sinhalese campaign” (whose names I can not recollect right now)”.

 If Douglas had stood up for any other country’s cause in the same manner he did for Sri Lanka, most probably he would have been decorated with honours, I am certain. I personally think Mr. Wickremaratne deserved more”.


A voluntary silence would be spiritual suicide, and would soundlessly undermine the foundation of the brotherhood we seek”.

“”මහින්ද”” අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනිමට කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්! -Conspiracy to arrest Mahinda

February 20th, 2015

විශේෂ පුවත්

එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ නායක රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාගේ බිඳවැටීමින් තිබෙන අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධුරය රැක ගැනිම සදහා හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනිමට සීමිත මෙහෙයුමක් ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙමින් තිබෙන බව  ඔත්තුකරුවන් අනාවරණය  කරගෙන තිබේ.

In order to prevent collapsing of the Prime Ministership of  UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe it has been revealed that some attempts are being made to arrest former President Mahinda Rajapakse.

ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් ලත් පරාජය පිළි නොගෙන කුමන්ත්‍රණශීලී ලෙස හමුදා සහාය ඇතිව බලයේ රැඳී සිටීමට උත්සාහ කළ බවට චෝදනා කරමින් සිදුකරන පරික්ෂණ වෙනත් අතකට යොමු කරමින් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂට එරෙහිව චොදනා ගොනුකර මේ අකාරයට අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනිමට කටයුතු කරමින් සිටින බව LNW ඔත්තුකරුවන් අනාවරණය  කරගෙන තිබේ.

Lanka News web  moles in the government have revealed that the government is trying to use the allegation already made against the  former president for trying to stay in power with the support of the military as precondition for this arrest

කෙසේ නමුත් මෙම ක්‍රියාවලියට වත්මන් ජනපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන සිය විරෝධය පලකර ඇති අතර ඒ නිසාම අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට නොදන්වාම මේ වන විටත් ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යංශයේ තනතුරු රැසක් වෙනස් කිරිමට මෛත්‍රී කටයුතු කර තිබේ.

However, president Maitripala Sirisena has opposed to this and as a result president has changed number of high ranking military officers even without informing the Prime Minister

හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ කුමන්ත්‍රණශීලී ලෙස හමුදා සහාය ඇතිව බලයේ රැඳී සිටීමට උත්සාහ කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පරීක්ෂණයක් පවත්වන බවට  ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේනගේ පාලනය ප්‍රතිඥා දී තිබුනද පසුව එය මංගලගේ කොම්පියුටර් ජිල්මාට් කතාව මෙන්ම අතේ පැලවෙන පචයක් බව මෛත්‍රී වටහාගෙන තිබේ.

නිවසක් ඇතුලුව හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරුන්ට ලැබිය යුතු කිසිදු වරප්‍රසාදයක් ලබාදිමට මේ දක්වා වත්මන් රජය කටයුතු කර නැති අතර එම වරප්‍රසාදයන් වැලක්විම් පසුපස ඇත්තේද මෙම් කුමණ්ත්‍රනය බව අනාවරණය වී තිබේ.

සුභාෂිතය කවියක් කොටි දත් දොස්තර සඳහා වෙනස් කල වගයි

February 20th, 2015


නුගේගොඩට පැමිණියේ කවු ද?

February 20th, 2015

නලින් ද සිල්වා

පසුගියදා නුගේගොඩ පැවති රැස්වීමට පැමිණියෝ කවරහු ද? විවිධ අය ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් විවිධ කරුණු කියති. ඒ අතර රැස්වීම පැවැත්වීමේ ගෞරවය තම තමන් වෙත දිනාගැනීමට ඇතැම්හු කටයුතු කරති. ඒ රැ්ස්වීමට පැමිණි අය අතර අති විශාල බහුතරය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාට ඡන්දය දුන් අය වෙති. එයට අමතර ව මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතාට ඡන්දය දුන්් පිරිසක් ද වූහ. ඒ දෙවනු කී අයගෙන් යම් පිරිසක් තමන් කළ වරද ගැන දැන් පසුතැවිලි වෙති. අපට ඔවුන්ට කීමට සිදු වී ඇත්තේ ගිය නුවණ ඇතුන් (අලින්) ලවාවත් ඇද්දවීමට බැරි බව ය. 
මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතාට ඡන්දය දුන් අයගෙන් සමහරු වෙනසක් පතා එසේ කළහ. ඒ වෙනස ඇති වී තිබේ. අද උතුරු පළාතේ මහ ඇමති විග්නේස්වරන් ක්‍රියා කරන්නේ කොටියකු ලෙස ය. අද අලින් සහ කොටින් එකතු වී ඇත. ඔවුන් සියල්ලන් පසු පස බටහිරයෝ සිටිති. සිදු වී ඇති වෙනසක් අනුව අප කල් තබා කී පරිදි ම මාර්තු මාසයේ ජෙනීවා සමුළුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට තිබූ ඊනියා මානව හිමිකම් කඩවීමේ වාර්තාව සැප්තැම්බර් දක්වා කල්දමා ඇත. එයින් මැතිවරණයේ දී එ ජා පක්‍ෂය තම ඊනියා නිවැරදි (එනම් බටහිර හා ඉන්දීය ගැති) විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්තිය ගැන කියවා වාසි ලබාගැනීමට උත්සාහ දරනු ඇත. එහෙත් ඔවුන් නොකියන කරුණ වනුයේ දැනට අභ්‍යන්තර පරීක්‍ෂණයකට පමණක් සීමා කරන්නේ යැයි කියන ඊනදයා මානව හිමිකම් කඩකිරීමේ චෝදනා මැතිවරණයෙන් පසු ජාත්‍යන්තර පරීක්‍ෂණයකට ලක්කෙරෙන බව ය. 
නුගේගොඩ රැස්වීමට බස්වලින් සෙනග පැමිණියේ යැයි රාජිත සේනාරත්න නම් සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී ඇමති කියයි. ජනතාව බස්වලින් පැමිණෙන්නේ නැතිව රාජිතලා ගමන් බිමන් යන ආකාරයෙන් කාර්වලින් පැමිණෙන්න ද? ජනතාවට ලංගම බස් නොලැබුණු බවට අපි මැසිවිලි නො කියමු. රාජිත දැනටමත් පරාජිත වී ඇති බව පැහැදිලි ය. 
කෙසේ වෙතත් රාජිතටත් වෙනත් එවැනි පාරාජික වූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා කාරයන්ටත් දැනගැනීම පිණිස කිව යුත්තේ නුගේගොඩට බස්වලින් පැමිණියේ රට බෙදීමට විරුද්ධ ජනතාව බව ය, රටේ ඒකීයභාවය ආරක්‍ෂා කළ යුතු යැයි කියන්නන් බව ය, දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයට විරුද්ධ අය බව ය, දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදයට විරුද්ධ අය බව ය, දෙමළ ත්‍රස්තවාදය පරාජය කිරීම පිළිබඳ ව පුවත්පත් නිවේදන හා පුවත්පත් සාකච්ඡාවලට පමණක් සීමා නොවී හදපත්ලෙන් ම සතුටුවන අය බව ය, පාරාජික ශ්‍රී ලංකා කාරයන් පක්‍ෂයෙන් එළවා දැමිය යුතු යැයි කියන්නන් බව ය, සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී ජනවේග කල්ලියකට තව දුරටත් ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ ඉඩ නොදිය යුතු ය කියන්නන් බව ය, දහතුන් වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට විරුද්ධ වූවන් බව ය, පළාත් සභාවලට පොලිස් හා ඉඩම් බලතල දීමට විරුද්ධ වූවන් බව ය, ඊනියා මානව හිමිකම් කඩවීම් ගැන අභ්‍යන්තර හෝ බාහිර හෝ පරීක්‍ෂණවලට විරුද්ධ වූවන් බවය, මහින්්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ හා ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ හා රණවිරුවන් දංගෙඩියට යැවීමට විරුද්ධ වූවන් බව ය, රුපියල් දහදාහට කහකුඩුවලට රට පාවා නොදෙන්නවුන් බව ය, රටේ ආරක්‍ෂාව බඩේ ආරක්‍ෂාවට වඩා වැදගත යැයි සිතන්නන් බව ය, ….. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 
නලින් ද සිල්වා
2015 පෙබරවාරි 20

Features Daily News Friday, February 20, 2015 -Appoint an Independent Commission

February 20th, 2015

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando

The common candidate at the recent presidential election, Maitreepala Sirisena, zoomed to power with the slogan of ‘yaha palanaya’, focusing mainly on the theme of eradicating bribery and corruption with a sincere promise to bring all those offenders to book, irrespective of their position or power. With this he managed to stimulate the public awareness to an unprecedented level.

Consequently, many people have come forward with numerous allegations against fifty odd prominent politicians and two thousand five hundred approximately other complaints against officials of the previous regime.

This particular area of ‘bribery and corruption’ reached a precipitating platform where the television news became somewhat of an entertainment for the TV viewing public. Nearly 30 days have lapsed out of the promised 100 days, yet the public who voted for the new regime is able to see only a television display of people walking up to the Bribery Commissioner’s office with files and folders in their hand and talking to the press in front of cameras against those prominent personalities whom they had lodged complaints against.

In such a back drop prominent names of the previous administration, that nurtured drug dealers, politicians and a high ranking police official linked to a well known Sri Lankan drug barren named ‘Wele Suda’, alleged to be the main international king pin who is now in custody, have been officially disclosed. What the impatient voters say is that the ‘time clock is ticking away fast, while action expected from the new government is only moving at snail’s pace; the end of the promised one hundred days to bring such brutes to book is round the corner!

 Yaha Palanaya and Palakayas

Many are baffled by the fact as to why the ‘yaha palakayas’ are pussyfooting in their rapid action to frame all reprobates? Is it due to either a lackadaisical approach by some officials of the previous administration who still occupy powerful hot chairs and purposely twiddling their thumbs, or are they up to some monkey pranks purposely to bring disrepute the new interim regime?

However, looking at the problem objectively, it appears there are two schools of thought surrounding this dilemma. On the one hand, the government claims that they do not have proper, adequate and effective tools to deal with the issue until such time various amendments are made to the existing Laws through Parliament, which they hope to do so soon!

On the other hand those who worked hard and helped to oust the old regime, such as the JVP and the Hela Urumaya, have started to raise their voice with subtle warnings of having to follow the same path as they did to oust the old regime if the promises made to the public are not fulfilled swiftly to punish the guilty who were misusing power, engaged in bribery and corruption and hoarded wealth by plundering the nation’s wealth.

In such a scenario it is crystal clear that a red warning light has begun to flash out of the general public as well as the prominent Buddhist clergy who were directly involved in helping the ‘common candidate’ to oust the previous President in a miraculous manner.

According to the police media spokesman, Senior SSP, Ajith Rohana in a recent ‘Jana Handa programme’ too highlighted the fact that according to the existing laws in the country police is able to take any suspect into custody only for a few days, and in the case of a drug offence the maximum days a suspect could be detained in a police cell is limited to 7 days, after which the suspect needs to be referred to a magistrate’s court where a lawyer could bail out the alleged suspect.

         Wele Suda

According to the Police, Wele Suda’s case is akin to ‘conquering the proverbial ‘Mount Everest’, as detectives having to encounter number of ‘snow patches’ that keep on covering ‘the Everest’ during their attempt to climb to the peak’.

It is, however, apparent now with the findings so far the police have extracted out of Wele Suda, there has been a well organised network of elite people in Sri Lanka who were linked to his international drug operation which had been meticulously programmed concealing every possible loophole or grey area that might get exposed to during a common raid.

                   Wele Suda

The other vital factor appears to be that Wele Suda is only a witness who will help to netting other criminals in the whole chain of criminals, and while the Police having to go by only Wele Suda’s self confession, a lot of ground work needs doing by probing into other areas such as contacting foreign bank accounts of all those involved etc.

To extract such intricate details takes time to formulate a solid case before any prosecution, but the police have assured that without mercy perpetrators will be brought to book once the investigations are complete. So this assurance will at least assist to simmer down the frothing emotions of the impatient public.


With regard to the accusations made by the lamenters of the previous regime that ‘the whole bribery and corruption issue has been turned into a television entertainment’ and thereby making an issue of accusing and questioning the meaning of the word ‘yaha palanaya’, decriers have a different view point when they say that the freedom of speech is freely available now unlike in the past where even the ministers of the old regime were kept under an iron boot and forced to suppress their frustrations.

In such a freedom it is natural not only the public, government officials and even some of the ministers of the old regime coming out with what they have to expose, which they could not do so for decades, and now that the access to the Bribery Commission is open for them to get their frustrations out and lodge complaints with dossiers of documents which they carry and display on TV screens.

By the same token we have heard the Bribery Commissioner crying out his inability to deal with the vast number of complaints received within such a short space of time due to a total inadequacy of staff and resources to deal with all the complaints at rocket speed. However, the latest news at the time this article is written is that the government media spokesman, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senratne’s pronunciation about appointing a new Director General to the Bribery Commission with immediate effect.

 No smoke without fire

The other accusation from those who oppose to such TV revelations is that by displaying scenes of that nature on TV, those ‘alleged victims’ are already made guilty of such malpractices in the eyes of the public which is unethical and wrong. But, should the commonsense prevail, it will only go to show that the degree of malpractices and bribe taking that has occurred in the past decade or so among many politicians as well as some of the government officials have been ascended to such levels that some sprats, once upon a time, have grown up to be Throras (millionaires and billionaires), which needs to be accounted for.

Only for that reason and to be fair by the public that a process of enquiry has been set up to let them prove their innocence. After all they have been elected by the people to serve the public and not to plunder public money and if there are complaints about their wealth then they should be subjected to give cause and prove what they have accumulated in the form of wealth and property (and also whether due taxes have been paid to the government) are clean and clear funds. If one is honest, pure and has a clear conscience, then no one needs to develop any anxieties or suffer from fear psychosis; by the same token it can be argued that ‘there is no smoke without fire!

 A certain media spokesman for a particular political party which was aligned to the previous regime is constantly seen rattling during media sessions to defend the guilty and accuse the state machinery for dealing with a person who has committed a criminal offence (altering the date of birth and obtaining a passport for overseas travel thus abusing the power of her ex-minister husband.

Many who are supportive of the actions taken by the interim management of Sri Lanka to fulfill this task of eradicating bribery and corruption and to punish those who were guilty of plundering government wealth say the best and the fastest way to accomplish this task is by appointing an independent panel of reputable, and honest professionals (preferably retired judges and senior police officials, who are familiar with the law) and given them the green light to go hammer and tongs to bring the guilty to book, before a general election in the very near future.

Wigneswaran Damanaya (taming the shrew!) – Part V Tamil separatism and the Karuna paradigm (“Give us what Colombo gets”)

February 20th, 2015

C. Wijeyawickrema

Next Parliamentary election: Are you for or against 13-A?

 In this final segment of the Wigneswaran (Angulimala) Damanaya, a five-part series, we discuss how he could be tamed with the help of the Karuna paradigm. The responsibility in this regard lies with the Sinhala Buddhist leaders of Sri Lanka, those who consider 13-A as a death trap to the continuity of the island as one country. Thus, W Damanaya is actually a Damanaya of the Sinhala Buddhist politicians!

At the next parliamentary election, they will have to tame not only W and his TNA, but also the  federal couple of Ranil and CBK as well as  MahindaR, if he plans to become the next PM, because he had failed to implement the April 2007, SLFP policy of abolishing 13-A, not once, but twice.  If the rally held at Nugegoda on the 18th is an indication, MR’s message, read by the father of 13-A plus, Dayan Jayatilleke, the so-called smart Sinhala patriot, was silent on the 13-A debacle.

Wimal Weerawansa, Dinesh Gunawardena, Udaya Gammanpila and Vasudeva, the four behind the Mahinda come back campaign must disclose if they are for or against 13-A, along with Nimal Siripala, Susil Premjayanth, and Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhita. JHU and JVP must also disclose their stand, anew, at the new election. Sinhala Buddhists in both UNP and SLFP need to be well informed about the 13-A death trap, because, the danger of possible a break-up of SLFP is very likely after the 18th meeting.

At the last presidential election, 13-A was a prohibited word. By working on 13-A as a priority after he formed the cabinet, Ranil with Mangala became dishonest Lichchavis. They had no mandate to think of implementing their old federal plans which people rejected at election after election. The common presidential candidate Maithripala S did not say anything about 13-A. The TNA and other Muslim parties came under his tent voluntarily with no secret or open offers from MS. Their votes for him has no connection with 13-A. Because, if Tamils thought about 13-A positively, they would have voted for MahindaR who was for 13-A since May 22, 2009. Tamil people are not worried about 13-A, it is the TNA and the Ranil-CBK-Managala trio who want do divide the country.

New task before BBS

With Dayan Jayatilleke, the new smart Sinhala patriot attacking BBS and JHU, and CBK assuring Muslims at Thiriyayi that she will put the Bodu BALU Sena in dog cages, it is time for BBS to inform the public about the danger of UNP, SLFP, JHU, JVP, Nalin Silva, Gunadasa Amarasekera trying to bypass the 13-A issue for personal political gain. Only BBS can expose these political rascals and force them to act in the interest of the country. Thus the Damanaya is actually, a Damanaya of practically all shades Sinhala Buddhist political leaders! The Karuna paradigm and the Jana Sabha concept are in agreement with the Buddhist concept of the Middle Path (reasonableness).

Karuna paradigm

Karuna, the former terrorist, later an SLFP Vice President, understood the Tamil problem when he said in 2006, “Give us what Colombo gets.”  Was this not what JVP said in 1971– “Milk to Colombo, fodder to villages?” G. L. Peiris quoted this in his Youth Commission Report prepared for R Premadasa in March 1990. Actually, Karuna and Arun Thambimuttu are different and more enlightened than Jeyaraj Fernandopullai or Lakshman Kadiragamar, (Tamil Obamas?) who were given Buddhist funeral rites! They were both Christians by birth.  Karuna does not want 13-A, Karuna learns Sinhala, and Karuna does not believe in Tamil homelands. So is Arun. There was no Sinhala or Sinhala Buddhist politician in the parliament, but Karuna, to answer the “massacre” talk of Sampanthan. This was after the defeat of MR.

Did they become Sinhalayas or accepted reality and decided to live as proud Tamils?  Was Karuna a Tamil traitor as marked by Mano Ganeshan living in Colombo? Karuna and Arun went beyond the advice given by a former C.J., M.C. Sansoni —if the Tamils’ cry for separatism is given up, the two communities could solve their problems and continue to live in amity and dignity (Sessional Paper No. 7 of 1980). It was in this kind of spirit that the JHU offered a parliamentary seat to Anandasanagaree in 2004, with no strings attached.

This was why Anandasangaree said, that JHU was not a racist party despite Dayan Jayatilleke, the new smart Sinhala patriot’s opinion, to the contrary.  Anandasangaree is a poor Christian and Dayan is a black-white, establishment, Christian-born, Marxist. Samantha Power and the Pilipino-American, Michele Sison, do not like to hear Karuna-Arun kind of stories.  After all, the R2P in the case of Sri Lanka is the world genocide game in another name to camouflage the American interests in the Indian Ocean. Two countries in Sri Lanka mean two American embassies, one near Trincomalee.

The solution

The solution is not just the removal of 13-A lock stock and barrel. 13-A has created a 5,000 strong political gold diggers’ crowd who will fight tooth and nail to retain the PC system which helped nobody, but the corrupt political kith and kin. Actually, the power behind keeping 13-A is not a Tamil or Muslim power, but the nobodies to somebodies power of Sinhala second class new-rich politicians based on local caste system. National leaders tried to use these local somebodies to tighten their hold from Colombo.

The solution, therefore is to replace 13-A with the Jana Sabha concept. This was proposed by the Tissa Vitharana’s APRC committee as well as by the LLRC. Basil Rajapaksa had a post of Director General of Jana Sabha created to implement it, but then suddenly stopped it and went to a mega Divi Naguma Program which was the anti-thesis of people-based, non-partisan Jana Sabha approach.

I think we can understand this solution by examining the essay below which I wrote sometime back as a reply to DBS Jeyaraj, a journalist living in Canada, which is self-explanatory. Only item one can newly add to it is the idea of moving the capital of Sri Lanka to Raja Rata, as a 20-year development plan, to be implemented incrementally. A location inside the triangle, Anuradhapura-Pollonnaruwa-Trincomalee, would be ideal.


DBS Jeyaraj’s third idea – a reply

Last year, Mr. DBS Jeyaraj, printed an essay on his own website under the title, “Sixty-six Years of Independent Sri Lanka and the Tamil State of Mind,” (6 February 2014), which he said was, “an updated version of the DBS Jeyaraj Column article that appeared in the Daily Mirror of February 2nd 2013. In it he appeals moderate Sinhala and Tamil people to find a third way to live amicably in the island of Sri Lanka.

DBSJ says there are three schools of thought clashing, hegemonism, secessionism and pluralism… the Sinhala hardliners want Sinhala-Buddhist domination. They see this country as theirs alone. Others are excluded or reduced to subservient status in this ‘Chinthana.’….

…the Tamil hardliners want a separate state for the north-east known as Tamil Eelam. Just as Sinhala hawks say Sri Lanka is for the Sinhalese, these Tamil hawks say Tamil Eelam is for the Tamils…”

“…..A state for the dominant ethnicity within, excludes by definition, other ethnicities living within these real or imaginary borders. Both these ideas have brought about disunity, violence and destruction. The nation bled profusely and the country diminished drastically.

The third idea is that of establishing an egalitarian and plural society where all children of this country can live together in amity and fraternity. It incorporates a vision where no one will claim superior rights on the basis of belonging to the majority race/religion or claim exclusive rights to their historic habitat…..Power will not be confined to Colombo but shared with the periphery. All people regardless of race, religion, caste or creed will have their say and a role to play…”

Tamil Obama

Lakshman Kadiragamar’s and Jeyaraj Fernando Pullai’s funerals showed that a Tamil Obama in Sri Lanka is not an impossible idea. Both of them were given Buddhist funeral rites by monks came from all over the island despite the fact both were Christians by birth. Take Arun Tambimuttu’s case. What Sinhala Buddhist voter will not vote for him as he is not telling anything different from what the Bodu Bala Sena has been telling for the past two years?

Except for a few adjustments needed, DBSJ is advocating a position that I have been writing for the past 15 years or so. Sri Lanka has a third way, if it can get rid of the two political establishments known as SLFP and UNP. These two parties destroyed Sri Lanka, so said the monks Ven. Walpola Rahula and Ven. Balangoda Anandamaitreeya. The third way is based on reasonableness which is also the Buddhist way.  This must be the way that two Indian ex-presidents meant when they said that “solutions to world’s problems could be found from Buddhism.”

The Tamil state of mind that DBSJ presented was based on facts he considered true and relevant. There are other facts that one can list which would modify what DBSJ used to interpret his side of the story of Sinhala-Tamil drama. Suffice it to say that the black-white ruling class in Sri Lanka converted a Buddhist-Christian clash into a Sinhala-Tamil clash so that the black-whites could thrive while the country goes down.

Local black-whites are supported by global black-whites who use R2P, HR, pluralism and Interfaith as tools of exploitation. Living in peace with minority communities should not make a majority a minority, and if pluralism means that then pluralism will not work. As the army commander Sarath Fonseka once clarified, “Sri Lanka is the country of the Sinhala Buddhists. Minorities could live with equal rights and equal opportunities, but they cannot make unreasonable demands.” This is a good Buddhist approach.

For example, a pluralism pioneer France is however, not ready to deny that France is the country of the French, just like Norway is not ready to deny that Norway is the home land of the Norwegians. Pluralism should mean a majority allowing a minority to live with equal rights and equal opportunities like the majority and no discrimination based on religion or language. But this has to be governed by the doctrine of reasonableness.

A Muslim woman should not expect a right to cover her face with only two hole and walk in public street in a crime-filled, bomb-carrying country, because that is not reasonable. Same way a national anthem or a national flag is a symbol that cannot be dismembered with translations. The Indian national anthem cannot be sung in Tamil or Telegu. Then it is not a national anthem. The Indian national flag has a Buddhist symbol and not a cross or a crescent moon. Hindus, Muslims and Christians cannot modify it.

Sri Lanka’s two problems

Sri Lanka has two problems created by the black-white politicians of green, red and blue colors. One is mismanagement of economy, or their inability to change the colonial economic system. In 1948 there was a majority and a minority. That was Sinhala and Tamil-speaking majority and an English speaking minority. Then there was a rich Colombo crowd and the poor villagers. 1962 coup represented the minority. 1971 JVP insurrection represented the majority.

Rather than learning lessons from these the politicians who came to power tried to stay in power by dismembering constitutions at first, and changing constitutions, and changing parliamentary to executive presidency, thinking that they outsmarted the opponents. Today the country is in a big mess, because these changes gave rise to an evil triangle, the politician, officer and the NGO.

The other is the ethnic problem. There are two aspects to this. First is the fear of Sinhala people that Tamil Nad will grab Sri Lanka. Statement by SJV Chelvanayagam, GG Ponnambalam created this fear which during Dudley Senanayaka’s time came as the DMK threat of illegal immigration Indians into Tamil areas in upcountry (Kallathoni). 1976 Vaddukoddai resolution and the behavior of the leader of the opposition Amirthalingam added more fear and then came Prabhakaran. Today the fear is even worse with western white countries trying to break the country into two.

Next we have the second aspect, Tamil political leaders looking for recognition for them, and in that process creating a thing called; Tamils have aspirations. Tamil politicians living in Colombo talk about it. Whatever its origin, one has to accept that they need a reasonable geographical area for them to promote these aspirations. When Ven. Maduluwave Sobhitha asked Kumar Ponnambalam to name any item that the Sinhalese have but Tamils do not, he paused for a while and said, “Tamils have aspirations.” Tamils have a source region just 22 miles of shallow sea away. The only real estate for the 16 million Sinhala people in a 6 billion world is this tiny island.

The reasonable solution to this ethnic problem is to remove Sinhala fears and to give fairly reasonable geographical areas for the Tamils to engage in their aspirations. One immediate requirement is that Sinhala and Tamil should be taught to school children from grade three. If a solution to these two needs could also handle the first problem of mismanagement so much the better. If the solution also takes care of the ecological problems and global warming related environmental threats then it will be perfect. If it could be in agreement with Buddhist and Hindu principles people will be happy.

I presented such a solution for consideration by LLRC and when I read between the lines of LLRC report I see it written there. The problem was that Lalith Weeratunga who was asked to examine it did not see it in the LLRC report or in the documents forwarded to him by me directly and indirectly. Instead a Divi Neguma thing came, and Geneva March 2014 is a direct result of this unwise behavior of the top government officer. If Sri Lanka is to remain as one country, if Sri Lanka wants to come out of mismanagement and does not want to get labeled as a corrupt, crime-ridden land, I think it has to follow a solution like what I have suggested.

Here is the solution in brief:

1.Demarcate GSN units in Sri Lanka as lowest level ecological units.

RPremdasa had increased them from 4,000 to 14,000, god only knows why. But following the trinity of village-water tank-temple in ancient Sri Lanka, an ecology/hydrology-based GSN unit is a pragmatic gift rulers can grant to people. Engineer D.L.O Mendis recently documented that this kind of eco villages were part of both Jaffna and dry zone farming communities.

  1. Empower a ten-member committee elected on non-political party basis to run the basic daily affairs of the unit identified as a Jana Sabha (if one unit is too small due to geographical reasons then combine them as needed. This committee approach should not surprise anybody as under the Gami Diriya program this method of empowerment has been in practice, yes despite the anger and jealousy of local and national politicians.

3.Because Sri Lanka has 103 river basins, use these GSN units to create Seven River Basin           Regions for Sri Lanka.  See the map attached. This map has seven units so that Jaffna          region gets one large basin area for them to feel that there is territory for Tamil aspirations to       grow.

This division gives a sea face to each region, all of equal size and most importantly because it is language-blind, western white countries or Tamil Nad or Prabhakaran remnants in New York or London cannot talk of a homeland based on the eastern province. That takes away the fear of Sinhala people.

At GSN level there will be so many Tamil units, Muslim units and mixed units where people can talk of aspirations at that level too. The beauty is that no one unit can become a threat to another unit. They will learn to respect each other because, if one unit act selfishly then the other units will also act selfishly and all units will be in trouble.

  1. When one looks at problems of living people face today, they are not big complex problems. How to dispose garbage, how to control Dengue, water supply, water pollution, basic health and basic education, how to get a birth certificate, how to prevent GSN asking bribes or school principal asking sex bribe; these can be easily and effectively handled at local level. This way 70% of peoples’ basic issues can be transferred to local units, which is what people want, empowerment, not devolution of powers to provincial politicians.
  1. Because the basic unit is an ecological/hydrological unit they can be combined to represent an electorate or district-size units before becoming one of the Seven River Basins.Thus this horizontal division can go upward administratively with representatives sitting at a separate national body.
  1. What should be done at the national/central government level to allow minority participation, if more is needed than what is proposed by item 5, such as a new constitution for the country, they can be considered without disturbing the GSN (Jana Sabha) system, proposed.

I hope DBSJ print this essay on his website.

Seven River Basins


  1. Yalpanam
  2. Raja Rata
  3. Dambadeni
  4. Mahaveli
  5. Deegavaapi
  6. Kelani
  7. Ruhunu

(Compare this map with the nine-province
map which cuts all major rivers into artificial


February 20th, 2015


Is it true that President Obama is going to visit China soon? Might be true might not be true but we cannot deny the urgent need of his visit to China. Obama’s recent visit to India no doubt brought India and US closer to each other but at the same time this visit widened the already increasing distances between China and US. The warming up of Indo-US relations especially in the nuclear sphere poses a direct threat to the Chinese national interests and the Chinese leadership is very well aware of this severe threat to China. A few months back, the CNS China published an article with the title, ‘China and the Nuclear Tests in South Asia’.

The article said, “China is now facing a new and potentially more dangerous security environment. Its nuclear neighbors have doubled following the nuclear tests of Pakistan and India in the South, joining Russia in the North. Chinese officials blame India for initiating the crisis in South Asia while Pakistan remains one of China’s oldest and most powerful allies in Asia.

China states that it is mainly concerned with the negative impact of the tests on global nuclear non-proliferation efforts, and Beijing views the tests as a direct threat to regional stability and Chinese security.” Moreover it is not only China but also Russia which looks at India’s nuclear program as a direct threat to its security as well as a threat to the regional peace. After Obama’s recent visit to India, both China and Russia are feeling uneasy over rapidly growing nuclear closeness between US and India.

Apprehending Chinese anxiety over US-India nuclear closeness after Obama’s visit to India, Sushma Swaraj, the Indian Foreign Mistier paid a visit to China. Apparently her visit was to review arrangements for Mr.Modi’s visit to China in near future but in fact it was an attempt to pacify Chinese anxiety. According to the NDTV, the analysts say that Ms Swaraj’s visit to Beijing, which comes just about a week after US President Barack Obama’s visit to India, is being seen as an attempt to soothe Chinese nerves; Mr. Obama’s visit was seen as the forging of a new alliance in the Asia Pacific region aimed at China.

The Indian authorities know it very well that US’ nuclear advancements towards India are not in favour of China, and this present scenario is no doubt a cause of heart-burning for China and that the Chinese authorities must be certainly planning something volatile to counter this situation. Keeping all these realities in view, the Indian leadership is initiating intense diplomatic activities to make China realize that India’s overture to US will not be at the cost of bilateral relations with China. But how could China ignore the policy statement of Mr. Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi which very clearly referred to free sea lanes and air passages in the South China Sea. China considers India’s warming of relations with USA a direct threat to Chinese national interests. Moreover Indo-China relations have never been very cordial and friendly. Both the countries have so many conflicting issues which have always extended the already widening distances between the two countries.

The people of China have a strong disliking for India. Bo Zhen, a well known Chinese analyst on strategic affairs penned down an article in August, 2014, ‘Assessing US-India Relations: A Perspective from China’. Bo Zhen says, ‘The US considers China an emerging threat, and it has historically attempted to make India its pawn in the Asia-Pacific ‘rebalancing strategy’. Its long-term strategy therefore is to use India to contain the rise of China.

The fundamental aim is to contain China by developing friendly but utilitarian foreign relations with India and maintaining its dominant role in the Asia-Pacific region.’ In an article published in the East Asia Forum, Louise Merrington has commented on Indo-China relationship in a very interesting way. She says ‘ Growing closeness between India and the US has caused some concern in China about the possibility that the US may be establishing a policy of containment or encirclement, and this concern in turn affects China’s relationship with both the US and India’.

It means the Chinese authorities are very much confirmed that US interference rather intrusion in the regional affairs of the South Asia is very much suspicious and it would simply cause imbalance in the region with serious implications for global security. Keeping this entire situation in view, the US president will have to do something extra-ordinary to pacify China and to assure China that US is not promoting India as the future super power in the South-Asian region. If the US does not play the expected role, China will have to decide herself how to maintain her supremacy in the region.


Probe religious institutions and individuals promoting religious extremism

February 20th, 2015

Ranjith Soysa

I wish to refer to the request made to the President to appoint a commission to inquire into the “hate campaign and violence against Muslims in the last four years..” byMP ,Faiszer Musthapa and member of Central Provincial council , Azath Sally. While agreeing with the motive of the request i.e to arrest religious violence , I wish to request the President if he is keen to appoint a commission  to broaden the scope of the probe to include  following areas and to expand the period covered from  1977 to date when the foreign funding started up to beef up the extremist religious sects on a massive scale. Such funding were used not only to train armed cadres to aggressively and violently spread religious beliefs but also to harass and harm people who were not seeing eye to eye with the vision of the perpetrators.

If following issues are probed by a commission and concrete remedial measures are proposed while taking a determined action to implement the steps proposed, genuine co-existence of religious groups can be anticipated.

1 The registration of religious bodies should preclude unethical conversions. Unethical conversions should be banned.

2 When the religious institutions are to be sited a proper evaluation of the site and connected issues should be examined.

3 Illegal prayer centers should be curbed.

  1. Foreign funding of religious organizations should be scrutinized thoroughly. The reporting of the utilization of such funds to  a recognized organization such as the Central Bank
    should be made compulsory.
  2. The extremist armed religious groups must be exposed and banned.
  3. Regarding the disputed places of worship eg Kuragla , an impartial inquiries should be conducted and a settlement should be reached.

7  The establishment of a powerful tribunal to take up , discuss and settle religious issues so that disputes can be settled locally preventing violence etc

Ranjith Soysa

 Muslims want panel to probe “hate campaign and violence”

February 15, 2015  10:24 am

Faiszer Musthapha, MP of the Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Azath Sally, Member of the Central Provincial Council, has asked President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint a commission to inquire into the “hate campaign and violence” against Muslims in the last four years and take appropriate measures to ensure that all Sri Lankans are protected.

“Your Excellency is well aware that the instigators of the pogrom in Aluthgma and Beruwela have not been brought to justice as promised by former President Rajapaksa,” they said in a letter to Sirisena, according to the New Indian Express.

Musthapha and Sally pointed out that several other promises made to the Muslims had not been kept and submitted a document giving details of “hundreds” of incidents of violence suffered by the Muslims.

Giving a few examples, they said that government has not kept its promise to allow the construction of a small prayer centre at Dambulla, till alternative land is given for the construction of a mosque.

The older mosque has been under a threat of demolition by the authorities under pressure from the head of a local Buddhist shrine and Buddhist extremists from outside.

The government has not kept a promise made by its predecessor that land would be given for the expansion of the older mosque at Swarna Chaithiya Road, Grandpass, Colombo, whose expansion was halted by the threat of a major riot of the “1983” variety. That promise had been made by Dinesh Gunawardene and Champika Ranawaka, both ministers in the Rajapaksa cabinet.

The site in Kuragala associated with the great Islamic saint, Qutab Muhiyadeen Abdul Cader Jailany, who had visited Sri Lanka over 1,000 years ago, is now under threat by the Bodu Bala Sena. Since appeals to other authorities to protect the shrine had not borne fruit, the two Muslim leaders appealed to Sirisena to do the needful.

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February 19th, 2015


The current political  climate  in Sri Lanka  is fast  becoming more and more merky.   The signals disseminated by the new regime are draging the entire country into a political limbo.

The following are few highlights of issues likely to lead to major crisis  in Sri Lanka:


The Hon Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe is planning to have an all party Unity Government after the General Election, converting the entire Parliament into a government.  In essence, his concept is to eliminate the opposition to the government in the Parliament, thus nullyfying the one of the basic ingredients of democracy.

In contrast, the newly appointed National Organiser of the SLFP Mr Susil Premajayantha  has said the SLFP is against a Unity Government, instead will forge ahead with its plans to form a SLFP led UPFA government after the next general election.


The entire opposition agrees that the appointment of Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Prime Minister was inconsistent with the Constitution.  Yet, no one has so far petitioned for a Court determination on the issue.   This is a clear indication that the opposition has no confidence in the current Judiciary as the appointment of the current Chief Justice is also under a cloud of disputes resulting from chain of three events.  Under such  circumstances,  it is hard to visualise  that a fair and reasonable remedy will be opened through the channels of  judiciary to redress the disputed appointments.


Since assuming power through the back door of the Parliament, the Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe has embarked on a journey of looking after old buddies.  He has so far appointed 3 Tamils for the key positions in government without any consultation.  The appointment of new Chief Justice His Lordship Justice K Sripavan  was the first salvo released, immediately followed by the appointment of another Tamil,  Mr Arjuna Mahendran as the Head of Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

His next deafening salvo was the release of  another Tamil who was staying at the Hotel Galadari under the different name, until it became clearer that a person who has been in self-exile for obvious reasons, dubiously known as PASKA or Mr Paskaralingam’s sudden elevation to the role of Advisor to the Hon Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe.

In Sri Lanka today, the administrative machinery of Justice, Finance and Key Advisory roles are all held by Tamils.  The Hon Prime Minister could not unfortunately find any trustworthy Sinhalaese Legal Luminary, Finance Professional or A Grade Technocrat for these key roles.   If Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe is empowered with Executive Powers, the dangers to the nation cannot be under-estimated.


In the midst of all these musical chairs concert, the President made use of the opportunity to appoint his own brother Mr Kumarasinghe Sirisena as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.  To substantiate this appointment, the entire Curriculum Vitae of Mr Sirisena was released to the public.  The colourful list of qualifications are:

Professional Qualifications :

» Master of Business Administration Degree – 2012-2013
» Master of Public Management Degree – 2006/2007
» Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy & Financial Management – 1997/1998 University of Sri Jayawardhenapura Department of Accountancy & Financial Management
» Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management 1996 – The Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM)–University of Sri Jayawardhenapura
» Diploma in Business Management in National Institute of Business Management of Sri Lanka 1998/1999
» MIOGAF – Institute of Government Accounts and Finance. Associate Membership of the Institute 1999. The Institute of Public Finance and Development Accounting under the Ministry of » Finance and Planning. (Fellow member)
» AAT Sri Lanka – Membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka Year – 1993- Index No. 1186 (MAAT/SAT – Life Member)
» The Preliminary Examination of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Sri Lanka – 1982

» Course of Sri Lanka Taxation 1993 – 1994 . The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka
» Course on Malaysian Public Sector Accounting and Financial Management Systems 1998 in National Institute of Public Service Department. This course sponsored by Asian Development Bank MOF Funds-Ministry of Finance.
» Selected members of “DBFA” Post Graduate of Diploma in Business and Financial Administration. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka public sector wing
» Certificate in Sustainable Forestry Management-Thailand

(It is puzzling whether it is necessary to release to the public the list of highlighted  qualifications (IN BOLD)  above, for someone who has apparently read upto Masters post graduate level.)

With “Computer Jilmart” complaints during two previous Presidential Elections, it is interesting to note the probable significance of President’s Brother to head the Institution which is tasked with the release of final results future General Elections.


The SLFP lead UPFA has nearly 130 members of Parliament out of 225.  With this majority, the UPFA can toss out the Prime Minister and appoint its own member as the new Prime Minister, together with a UPFA Cabinet of Ministers.  If  Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe is allowed to draft the changes to the Constitution, he will make it absolutely certain that his current and future positions are safeguarded.  Mr Wickremasinghe is a very clever analyst of the Constitution.   He is far the best in the market, well ahead of Prof G L Pieris and others in the ring. 

Why should SLFP and UPFA empower UNP?

The President is within his powers to dismiss the current Prime Minister and allow the Parliament to select a new Prime Minister before the next general election.

 Will the President act as a true Leader of Sri Lanka?

Journalistic Privilege Over-rides Request

February 19th, 2015

Prof. Hudson McLean

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February 19th, 2015

PRESS RELEASE Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC 

Washington DC, February 19: Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake visited Washington D.C. from 17th to 18th February and met with senior officials of the Bretton Woods institutions, the US Treasury, the US Department of State and the White House. He met with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, the World Bank’s Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati, and US Assistant Secretary for Treasury Ramin Toloui as well as US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nish Biswal and the senior officials of the White House.

Finance Minister Karunanayake briefed both the Managing Director of the World Bank and Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) of the new government’s policy agenda aimed at long-term sustainable development and inclusive growth following the 100 day programme of the Government which has specific tasks to be accomplished. He emphasized that steps have already been taken to eliminate wasteful expenditures and corruption.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warmly welcomed Finance Minister Karunanayake to the IMF and discussed all aspects of recent developments in Sri Lanka. Minister emphasized the urgent need for increasing government revenue and simplifying country’s tax administration with tax reforms for passing benefits of the development to all Sri Lankans. The Joint Statement issued after the meeting states:
“We had a fruitful discussion about recent economic developments in Sri Lanka and the near-term outlook. These discussions will continue in the context of the next regularly scheduled Post-Program Monitoring mission led by Todd Schneider, which will visit Sri Lanka from February 23 through March 4. IMF Asia and Pacific Department Director Changyong Rhee will also join the mission to meet with senior officials.

The Post-Program Monitoring mission is expected to be followed by IMF technical assistance missions focused on tax policy and administration, public financial management, and financial sector supervision.

Management level dialogue will continue on the occasion of the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in April.”

The World Bank Managing Director Indrawati welcomed the new government’s emphasis on improving governance, transparency and accountability and assured the World Bank’s continued assistance to Sri Lanka in its development efforts, including during this critical transformation period. She assured that the World Bank would favorably consider request for program support under its Development Policy Loan (DPL) scheme. Highlighting the importance of close partnership between Sri Lanka and the World Bank and Managing Director Indrawati echoed the importance of the visit by Bank’s Vice President for South Asia Region Annette Dixon and team currently in Sri Lanka for ongoing consultations with the Sri Lankan Authorities. Minster Karunanayake appreciated Managing Director Indrāvati’s offer of assistance and invited her to visit Sri Lanka at an early date

Minister Karunanayake also met senior officials of the US Treasury and discussed developments in Sri Lanka. The Minister sought US technical assistance for capacity building in tax reforms. Assistant US Treasury Secretary Ramin Toloui assured that official level discussion will continue to identify specific areas for technical assistance.

During the visit, Minister Karunanayake met with Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia and reiterated that the Government will ensure an inclusive political culture and good governance. The Government will focus on sustainable development with the assistance both bilateral and multilateral partners. Assistant Secretary Biswal welcomed the positive initiatives taken by the new government towards an inclusive society in Sri Lanka.

Finance Minister Karunanayke held meeting with the senior officials of the Department of Global Economics and Finance at the White House to discuss recent economic developments in Sri Lanka and briefed White House officials of the Government’s inclusive and sustainable economic policies based on good governance .

Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam were associated with the Minister at these meetings.

Thundering speech by Wimal Weerawanse – reply to Ranil’s and PaCha Ranawake’s bogus corruption allegations

February 19th, 2015

‘මහින්ද’ නමක් නොවෙයි ‘රටක්’ … විමල් නුගේගොඩ ජන ගඟ ඇමතු විඩියෝව මෙන්න..

හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාට එන මැතිවරණයේදී අගමැති අපේක්‍ෂකත්වය බාරගන්නා ලෙස ඉල්ලමින් ඊයේ නුගේගොඩදී පැවති ජනරැුළියේදී පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා විසින් සිදු කරනු ලැබු කතාව

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Tide Rises Against President Maithreepala Sirisena

February 18th, 2015

Prof. Hudson McLean

As a journalist, I consider LankaWeb to be an Open, Independent, portrayal of genuine opinions of Sri Lankans. There are, over the past ten years, contributors have changed their opinions, political parties, and still succeeded to publish their content in LankaWeb.

Since the recent Regime Change on 9th January 2015, the general opinion was in favour of My3 and his dream of cleansing Bribery & Corruption, which has been a part and parcel of Sri Lankan life.

I too heard from many resident Sri Lankans as well as visitors to the Island that, Corruption is Rife, as I have personally experienced during my visits to Sri Lanka.

UNP as the party which governed Ceylon after Independence, started Corruption soon after the Party came into power. Although the UNP Premier General Sir John Kotalawala was a direct and a honest soldier, except for his loose zipper, his arrogant sub-ordinates were busy building own empires, to some extent which brought SWRD sweeping into power on a Nationalistic feeling.

As I have stated earlier, all allegations against the Rajapaksa Regime should be treated with utmost caution, until an Independent Judiciary decides on the verdict.

Whatever is said against the ex-President Rajapaksa, to his credit, all Sri Lankans owe MR their gratitude for eliminating the Cancer of the Terrorist LTTE.

Now by default, the mandate is given to a UNP government, led by RW, a failed, lame-duck politico, now trying to re-write the “Song Sheet”.

President My3 who managed to win the election, largely due to UNP support combined with Tamil-Muslim-Minority vote, is now making himself look like the “Son-of-Modi”.

Dressed in his “Bullet-Proof” vest, in a contrasting shade of brown, on top of his white Sinhala National Dress, facing ex-PM Manmohan Singhe, and with Sonia Gandhi showing her body language, a picture worth a thousand words.

My3’s insipid, weak handshake with Modi, followed by the My3’s subservient “both hands-on-the-wheel” shake, made him look like a little boy with the Headmaster.

From the contributions in LankaWeb, it looks pretty obvious that majority of the writers do have little or No Confidence in the “Stooge”.

With the Prime Minister RW banging away on Corruption and Buckingham Palace look-alikes in Sri Lanka, making both the President and his Prime Minister, look like the comedians Laurel & Hardy, or Tom & Jerry.

As usual, the Sinhala are renowned for in-fighting, which has now turned into a slight religious whipping against the Christians. In the meantime, the Tamils, both domestic and the expats, are sharpening their horns, and waiting the Sinhala-vs-Sinhala to mature, before the Tamils move in.

Point to Add – As a Catholic, I hasten to add that, before I was born, my family helped finance the construction of a Buddhist Temple in the vicinity of Kelaniya.

Any news on General Sarath Fonseka and his future in politics?

If requested politely, would he re-join MR?  Any opinions?

Lorenzo debacle – I have followed Lorenzo, with respect, on LankaWeb for several years. Lorenzo exercised his democratic right to support My3, an ex-MR Minister-of-State, however with a tinted-reputation.  I hope Lorenzo gives his own considered opinion on the way things have and are moving in the current government.

The current government is doing 360° turns on many of their pronouncements, I do hope that My3 decides to do an about-turn on the selection of the Prime Minister, Governor Central Bank, Chief Justice, before its too late.

The Tide has already beginning to Turn Against President My3 Sirisena.



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ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂය නායකයන්ට ඉදිරියෙන් 

February 18th, 2015

නලින් ද සිල්වා 

අද (2015 පෙබරවාරි 18) නුගේගොඩ පැවති රැස්වීම දශක දෙකකට පමණ පසුව එහි වැඩිම ජනකායක් සහභාගි වූ රැස්වීම විය. එ ජ නි සංධානයේ පක්‍ෂ කිහිපයක් එක්විමෙන් සංවිධානය කරන ලද එම රැස්වීමට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සැබෑ විපක්‍ෂවල රැස්වීමක් යැයි කිව හැකි ය. අද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ආණ්ඩුවේ විපක්‍ෂය ද, සැබෑ විපක්‍ෂය ද යනුවෙන් විපක්‍ෂ දෙකක්  වෙයි. ආණ්ඩුවේ විපක්‍ෂ නායකයා නිමල් සිරිපාල වෙයි. ඒ විපක්‍ෂයේ සංවිධායක ජෝන් සෙනෙවිරත්න ය. සැබෑ විපක්‍ෂයේ නායකයා දිනේශ් ගුණවර්ධන වන අතර සංවිධායක විමල් වීරවංශ වෙයි. 
ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයෙ අති විශාල බහුතරය සැබෑ විපක්‍ෂය සමග වන බව පැහැදිලි ය. සාමාන්‍ය පාක්‍ෂිකයන්ගේ හා අනුගාමිකයන්ගේ සිට පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැති ඇමතිවරුන් දක්වා තත්ත්වය එබඳු ය. එහෙත් එය වැඩියෙන් ම දක්නට ඇත්තේ සාමාන්‍ය පාක්‍ෂිකයාගේ මට්ටමේ ය. අඩුවෙන් ම දක්නට ඇත්තේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැති ඇමතිවරුන් අතර ය. නුගේගොඩ රැස්වීමට බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභාවේ ශ්‍රී ල නි ප මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් ඉතා විශාල බහුතරය සහභාගි වූ අතර පාරලිමේන්තු මැති ඇමතිවරුන් ඒ ප්‍රතිශතයෙන් දැකගත නො හැකි විය. එසේ වුවත් ශ්‍රී ල නි ප ඇමතිවරු (ඔවුහු තවමත් ඇමතිවරු වෙති. රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ ආණ්ඩුව නීත්‍යානුකූල ව පත්වූවක් නො වේ) යම් පිරිසක් රැස්වීමට සහභාගි වූහ.
ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ ස්වභාවය අනුව එය පහත සිට උඩට ක්‍රියාත්මක වන පක්‍ෂයකි. අද පක්‍ෂයේ පහත මට්ටම සම්පූර්ණයෙන් ම ඇත්තේ සැබෑ විපක්‍ෂය සමග ය. එහෙත් උඩ නායකත්වයේ කිහිප දෙනකු ඇත්තේ ආණ්ඩුවේ විපක්‍ෂයේ ය. ආණ්ඩුවේ විපක්‍ෂය ක්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ විධායක ජනාධිපති බලතලවල පිහිටෙනි. ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ සභාපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන ය. ඔහු සභාපති වූයේ ද විධායක ජනාධිපති බලතල යොදාගනිමින් මිස පක්‍ෂයේ ව්‍යවස්ථාව අනුව  නො වේ. පක්‍ෂ ව්‍යවස්ථාවට අනුව නම් පක්‍ෂයට සභාපති කෙනකු නැත. 
හිටපු සභාපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා තම දේශපාලන ජීිවිතයේ කරන ලද ලොකුම වරද කරමින් පක්‍ෂ සභාපතිකමින් ඉල්ලා අස්විය. ඉන්පසු මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේනට පක්‍ෂයේ සභාපති වීමට කිසිම අයිතියක් නො තිබිණි. පසුගිය ජනවාරි මුල නිමල් සිරිපාල ද ඒ බව දැන සිටියේ ය. මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති වූයේ ශී්‍ර ල නි පක්‍ෂයෙන් හෝ ශ්‍රී ල නි ප ප්‍රමුඛ සංධානයකින් ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඉදිරිපත් වී නො වේ. ඔහුට ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ සභාපති වීමට පක්‍ෂ ව්‍යවස්ථාවෙන් ඉඩක් නැත. එහෙත් ඔහු විධායක බලතල යොදා ගනිමින් පක්‍ෂ සභාපතිවරයා විය.
පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයේ දී මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේනට ලැබුණේ මූලික වශයෙන් එ ජා ප, දෙමළ හා මුස්ලිම් ඡන්ද ය. ශ්‍රී ල නි ප ඡන්ද  ලැබුණේ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂට ය. ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂය ඇත්තේ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ වටා මිස මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන වටා නො නො වේ. නුගේගොඩ රැස්වීමෙන් හෙළි වූ ප්‍රධාන කරුණ නම් ශ්‍රී ල නි ප සාමාන්‍ය සාමාජිකත්වයට හා සංධානයේ බොහෝ පක්‍ෂවලට මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අගමැති අපේක්‍ෂකයා ලෙස අවශ්‍ය බව ය. මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ රැස්වීමට පණිවුඩයක් එවමින් කියා සිටියේ රැ්ස්වීමේ අභිලාෂයන්ට තමන්ට පිටු පෑ නොහැකි බව ය. තමන් රැස්වීමේ දික්කරන දෑත් තරයේ වැළඳ ගන්නා බව ද පණිවුඩයේ සඳහන් විණි. 
අද මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ සමග සීතල යුද්ධයක යෙදී සිටින බව පැහැදිලි ය. රනිල්ට අවශ්‍ය එ ජා ප කැබීනට් මණ්ඩලයකි. රනිල් ආරක්‍ෂක රාජ්‍ය ඇමති ලෙස තම බෑණා කෙනකු වන රුවන් විජේවර්ධන පත් කළේ ය. එහෙත් මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන විධායක බලතල යොදා රුවන් බෑණාගේ බලතල කපා දමා ඇත. රජිව් විජේසිංහ සිද්ධිය ද ඇතැම් විට දුර දිග යා හැකි ය. මෛත්‍රිපාලට රතන හිමියන්ගේ හා ඉන්දියාවේ අනුග්‍රහය ලැබෙයි. රනිල්ට බටහිරයන්ගේ සහාය ලැබෙයි. බටහිරයන් හා ඉන්දියාව බොහෝ විට එකට සිටියත් ඇතැම් ප්‍රශ්නවල දී විරුද්ධ මත දරයි. 
මෛත්‍රිපාලට රනිල් සමග කරන යුද්ධයේ දී රතන හිමියන්ගේ සහාය පමණක් ප්‍රමාණවත් නො වේ. දින සියය කිනම් ආකාරයකින් නමුත් ගෙවී ගියත් යම් අයුරකින් මැතිවරණයෙන් එ ජා ප ජයගතහොත් රනිල් ආණ්ඩුවේ එක ම බලධාරියා වනු ඇත. මෛත්‍රිපාල ජනාධිපති බලතල සහිත ව වුවත් එහි දී අසරණ වනු ඇත. ඔහුට අල්ලපු අත්ත මෙන් ම පයගහපු අත්ත ද නැති වනු ඇත.
ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ ඉහළ නායකයන්ට මෙන් ම මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේනට ද ආරක්‍ෂාව ඇත්තේ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අගමැති කිරීමෙනි. මෙහි දී පක්‍ෂ නායකත්වය කළ යුත්තේ පක්‍ෂ සාමාජිකත්වය අනුගමනය කිරීම ය. එය පක්‍ෂ සම්ප්‍රදායට විරුද්ධ නො වේ. ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ ද රටේ ද ආරක්‍ෂාව වෙනුවෙන් ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයට ගතහැක්කේ එක් මගක් පමණකි. ඒ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂට සංධානයේ අගමැති අපේක්‍ෂකන ලෙස තරග කරන ලෙස ආරාධනය කිරීම ය. 
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2015 පෙබරවාරි 18

Aerial Photographs of the massive rally in Nugegoda on Wednesday-මහින්ද වෙනුවෙන් නුගේගොඩ දෙගොඩතලා ගිය මහා ජන සන්නිපාතයේ ගුවනින් ගත් පින්තූර වීඩියෝ මෙන්න…

February 18th, 2015

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මහින්ද වෙනුවෙන් නුගේගොඩ දෙගොඩතලා ගිය මහා ජන සන්නිපාතයේ ගුවනින් ගත් පින්තූර වීඩියෝ මෙන්න…හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා එළැඹෙන මැතිවරණයේදී සන්ධානයේ අගමැති අපේක්‍ෂකයා කල යුතු බව පවසමින් ඊයේ දිනයේ නුගේගොඩ නගරයේ පැවති ජන රැළියේ ගුවන් ඡයාරූප හා වීඩියෝ…Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday vowed to return to politics following his stunning defeat in last month’s presidential election and said he may contest for prime minister later this year.

Rajapaksa told a rally of tens of thousands of supporters urging him to return that he is unable to ignore their wishes. Rajapaksa was defeated by former ally Maithripala Sirisena in the January 8 election.



Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message to those who attended the massive rally in Nugegoda on Wednesday  said that what the country was experiencing today was not a defeat but the outcome of the conspiracy against the country.  “This is clear when you consider the two-thirds majority of the Opposition in parliament. I challenge the opponents of the country to state that they had obtained a great victory with their heads straight. I emphasise to them that enjoying the benefits of a shrewd agenda is not a victory,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking at the rally, National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said they called on the people who were disgusted by voting for the ‘Swan’ to come forward to make Mahinda Rajapaksa the prime minister to save the country from the clutches of the Western forces. “The creation of a federal government is imminent in the country and the unitary state of the country is in danger under the present government. We must make Mahinda Rajapaksa the prime minister to save the country. We will go to every city with this national struggle to achieve that goal,’ he told some thousands of supporters. Due to the rally, the roads passing through Nugegoda junction were closed for few hours, as the thousands of supporters filled the roads. The rally was organised to promote former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the UPFA prime ministerial candidate at the next general elections. Mr. Weerawansa said what existed the country today was not a national government but Ranil’s government, where Maithripala Sirisena was president in name only. “If this is Sirisena’s government why are SLFPers being attacked and transferred? This is not a Sirisena government,” he said. He said that for country to be properly governed and developed, Mahinda Rajapaksa should be made the prime minister, adding that he did not lose and would never be defeated. Mr. Weerawansa said the government had deceived the government servants by promising to increase their salaries by Rs. 10 000 but had failed to do so while reducing the prices of inessential items even though they had promised to reduce the prices of essential items. “No one will be able to stop this peoples’ force by mudslinging campaigns and insults. Mahinda Rajapaksa is living in Medamulana. He has no place to live in Colombo. He did not earn property but he earned people.  people have lost faith in the government in 30 days how will things be after the next 40 days?” he asked. Mr. Weerawansa said the government was making false allegations against the previous government regarding corruption but had not been able to prove any of them. “Where are the helicopters, Lamborghinis and golden horses they spoke of? They keep on saying my wife would be arrested but they have not even taken a statement from her,” he said. Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Western Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila said it was the day when Provincial Councilor Azath Salley would leave politics as he had promised to do so if 5000 people came to the rally. Mr. Gammanpila said a separatist agenda was in operation under the pretext of 100 day programme and said they had predicted before the election that if Maithri won it would be the victory of the LTTE. He said that they pressed the government to accept that the LTTE was raising its head again. Mr. Gammanpila said the country which was rescued from the LTTE were being looted by the Western forces and the LTTE was raising its head again and requested Mahinda Rajapaksa to return to politics to protect the country.

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Tirumala lock broken to ensure darshan for Sri Lankan president

February 18th, 2015


TIRUMALA: The authorities at the richest temple in the country nearly experienced a major embarrassment when the lock of the golden door leading to the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala got stuck minutes before Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and his wife reached for darshan early on Wednesday.

However, keeping in mind the VVIP visit, the temple officials broke open the lock with a saw and the Lankan president managed the darshan without any hitch. The lock was subsequently replaced and the darshan of the Lord by devotees went unhindered for the rest of the day.

Tirumala lock broken to ensure darshan for Sri Lankan president
Since the Suprabhatam Seva is performed at 3 am, the priests arrive about 45 minutes early, open the golden door and clean the premises. Three keys have to be inserted into the specially made lock at the same time to open the golden door. On Wednesday, the first key that was put into the lock got stuck and eventually broke.

The drama happened around 2.15 am when the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) priests arrived to open the ‘Bangaru Vakili’ (golden door), the last door that opens to the sanctum sanctorum, to perform the Suprabhatam Seva. ‘Suprabhatam’ is the first daily pre-dawn ritual performed to ‘wake up’ the Lord.

Since the Suprabhatam Seva is performed at 3 am, the priests arrive about 45 minutes early, open the golden door and clean the premises. Three keys have to be inserted into the specially made lock at the same time to open the golden door. On Wednesday, the first key that was put into the lock got stuck and eventually broke.

Sirisena and his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari were already waiting for the doors to open for the Suprabhatam Seva to be performed. “The VIP couple were at the Mahadwaram before the Vaikuntam queue complex and only the Dwajastambham and Vendi Vakili (silver door) lay between them and the golden door, a distance of about 500 ft,” said a witness.

After the priests told the TTD officials accompanying the Lankan president that the lock was stuck, orders were issued for it to be forced open. A saw was then used to cut open the lock and the golden door was opened in time for the Suprabhatam Seva to be performed at 3 am.

“The lock on the golden door worked perfectly well when the priests closed it after the Ekantha Seva at midnight on Tuesday,” TTD deputy executive officer Chinnamgari Ramana told TOI. “However, in the morning, it got stuck and we had to break it open.”

The TTD authorities claimed the locks for the temple premises were specially made and it was the first time such a problem had been reported. “We’ll make sure that such kind of mechanical malfunctioning does not recur,” Ramana said. The temple authorities said there was no need for the performance of special prayers because of the episode.

Tamil Tiger Supportive TNA Dismayed By UN Report Delay? An Eye Opener For the Administration Not to Grant Too Many Concessions!

February 18th, 2015

Insight By Sunil Kumar, 

Feb.17th, 2015
The external report which suggests that Sri Lankan Tamils are dismayed over a delay in the UN probe report is a clear indication of ingratitude on their part  towards being free of the vicious clutches of the Tamil Tigers and their megalomaniac leader Velupillai Prabhakaran who had little concern for their well being as opposed to his own!
Bearing in mind that there are Tamils in Sri Lanka today who owe their very existences, their present livelihoods and the freedoms they enjoy, to the Armed Forces under the Administration of former President Mahinda Rajapalsa and their emancipation from the vicious mendacities of the Prabhakaran terrorists who had them in a stranglehold they truly are an ungrateful lot indeed 
In all probabilities this is a direct result of the TNA egging them on.
Having at times openly and other times surreptitiously supported the LTTE and having had the good fortune not to be barred from entering the political arena in Sri Lanka by virtue of their support for the terrorist outfit which now appears to be an oversight by the previous Administration and perhaps a grave one which could cost the Nation in the future, particularly if it  means granting an inadvertent platform for the resurgence of the Eelamists.
It comes as no surprise that Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party the TNA who  incidenrally many believe have no entitlements to political rights in Sri Lanka have expressed dismay at the decision taken by the Human Rights Council in Geneva to postpone the submission of a report based on an investigation over the war in Sri Lanka.
Despite The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) pushing for the report to be submitted as scheduled next month and having said it will seek a meeting with the council to discuss the latest developments they seemed to be rather blinkered by their demands as there are many factors towards their chagrin relative to an investigative report, the foremost being their support for the Tamil Tiger terrorists during their failed campaign and their continued push towards Eelam which needs no rocket science to infer.They could be culpable for their part in many of the LTTE crimes against humanity and are a dangerous lot in the absence of the LTTE who need to be watched very closely as the reprisals for neglecting this could be dire for the Sinhala nation!The HR  council on Monday agreed to a request by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to postpone the report till September in order to give the new government of Sri Lanka time to address concerns over the war between Tamil Tiger rebels and the military which ended in May 2009.

TNA Legislator Suresh Premachandran  has indicated to the global media that the decision to postpone the report will be a setback to resolve the” Tamil issue” in the island.\ where the so called “Tamil Issue” appears to be categorically a push by the secession minded TNA towards fortifying their resources and readying for another overwhelming attempt towards  their objectives and something the Government needs to stem with every available means to prevent this quite apart from the time taken to put together  a response to the UNHCR questionnaire which in a relative sense is worthless as the Government was acting very legitimately to defend Sovereignity and territorial Integrity regardless of the lies and innuendo presented by those finger pointing at the measures taken by the then Government.

Although the rhetoric emanating from the TNA camp suggests that “The TNA will discuss this matter and seek a meeting with the council soon to raise our concerns. If some countries have backed this postponement then it is totally unacceptable. This is going to be a setback to resolve the Tamil issue in the country. Unfortunately justice has been delayed,”as Premachandran of the TNA has said,  it is also seems indicative of a setback towards their ultimate goal of secession where time could be of the essence in a political climate  which appears to be somewhat circumspect in Sri lanka today!.

The UN Human Rights Council however said that the postponement of the report till September will be a “one time only” delay and the push for accountability will remain. Something which the Government of Sri Lanka  as well as the previous one has always maintained is an internal matter which needs no UN involvement.

TNA Leader R. Sampanthan  has said that he hoped the decision to delay the report would be a one time only delay and it will give time to the government to use the technical skills of the UN to conduct its domestic probe which sounds like an inveterate lack of knowkledge relative to the issue ( what UN technical skills is he talking about in an internal matter concerning Sovereign Sri Lanka with a Sinhala majority) where the TNA could end up being incarcerated for their part in the LTTE terror conflict in their effort to hurry up proceedings.!

Technically there should be no concerns about how long the delay takes as the end result will in all probabilities be the same  and inconclusive as Sri Lanka addresses cardinal issues that were displaced by the Tamil Tiger terrorist inslaught which brought so much destruction to life, limb and property in Sri Lanka.
The Tamils realistically have had their justice set in place by the Rajapaksa Administration and it is now upto the present one to assure continuity without the interference of the TNA who will most assuredly continue to attempt ursurping the process of justice in Sri Lanka as they have done throughout their existence with a little help from friends around the globe.

Wigneswaram holds President’s hands respectfully and stabs him in the back

February 18th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala

 The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Resolution passed a resolution on February 10, 2015 accusing successive governments (from 1948) of committing ‘genocide’ against Tamils and called for an international commission of inquiry. This resolution has dealt the first deadly blow to the reconciliation plans of the Chandrika Bandaranaike-Ranil Wickremesinghe-Maithripala Sirisena regime brought into power by the bloc votes of the Tamils. The absurdity of this Resolution  is revealed in its contradictions. On January 8, 2015 the TNA which runs the NPC votes President Maithripala Sirisena into power and on February 10, 2015 accuses him of heading  the Defence Ministry “in May 2009, during the peak of the government’s attacks against Tamils.” Pin-pointing the  role played by President Sirisena the Resolution states:  “This Council notes that President Maithripala Sirisena was acting defense minister in May 2009, during the peak of the government’s attacks against Tamils. This conclusively demonstrates the need for justice and accountability for the Tamil genocide to be driven and carried out by the international community…..”

 The drama that followed the passing  of the Resolution makes the absurdity into an immoral farce. When President Sirisena asked for clarification from  the NPC the Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran came down to Colombo, held the President’s hands and assured him that it was not  against him  or his government but it was against  the Rajapakse regime. This contemptible act makes it clear that  there is something lacking in Wigneswaran. What is missing, however, is debatable. Is it intelligence or shame? He knew he was lying through his teeth because President Sirisena is identified by name and accused of being acting defense minister at the height of the last stage of the Vadukoddai War. By  naming him Wigneswaran had listed President Sirisena along with the  others (example: Gen. Sarath Fonseka) who are identified as war criminals. Citing President Sirisena’s role in the war the NPC Resolution concludes : “This conclusively demonstrates the need for justice and accountability for the Tamil genocide to be driven and carried out by the international community…..”

 There is only one way of Wigneswaran regaining his reputation as a man of integrity : he should at the next meeting  of  the NPC report faithfully and truly what he told the President because one of the objectives of NPC was to brand every post-independent head of state, from D. S. Senanayake to Maithripala Sirisena, as criminals who committed “genocide” against the Tamils. Of course, the word “genocide” is used very loosely. Its elasticity is stretched to cover all and everything, from the Citizenship Act in 1949 to the liberation of the helpless Tamils used as a human shield to protect the Tamil Pol Pot.

 There is also the other indefensible  act of voting for President Sirisena and then charging  him  with war crimes in the Resolution. He is charged with being the acting defence minister at the height of the election. Since the TNA knew his role as the acting defence minister during the peak of  the government’s offensive against Prabhakaran’s fascist regime and since the TNA was also out to get even with Sri Lanka for defeating their Pol Pot + Boko Haram why did the TNA decide to vote for him on  January 8, 2015? Does  this  mean that the Tamil leadership was ignorant and stupid on January 8, 2015 when they voted for him and suddenly saw the light on February 10, 2015 to name President Sirisena as a war criminal? Or is this a continuation  of the intransigent and unrelenting Tamil politics that led the innocent civilians, under their moronic leadership, from Vadukoddai to Nandikadal? As usual the NPC resolution confirms that Jaffna Tamil thinking has not been so bright: they always tend to take the wrong turn at the most critical times when opportunities came their way for peaceful co-existence.

 Wigneswaran‘s  role  has  also been exposed by the NPC’s Leader of the Opposition, S. Thavarajah. Commenting on the canine  morality of unprincipled Wigneswaran’s stand he said that the Chief Minister shows one face in Jaffna and another in Colombo. Thavarajah hits him hard with  the other  side  of the story. He says: “During the course of his speech, before presenting the resolution in the council, he read out a statement vehemently attacking the Government and the Prime Minister, in a harsh oratorically worded Tamil language…..

 “The somersault by the Chief Minister, contradicting his own statement in the council, is a disgrace and shame. This has been the political tactics of TNA throughout. They arouse the feeling of the Tamils through their emotional appeals in order to get their votes and behave differently in Colombo for their personal gains.” (Ceylon Telegraph – 15/2/2015). The last sentence is a telling point. Whipping  up the feelings of the  Tamils through emotional appeals to get their votes has been the perennial tactic of the Jaffna Tamil leadership and coming from another Jaffna Tamil nobody can accuse Thavarajah  of being a Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinist reacting with a guilty conscience.

 The NPC resolution reveals that there is an inherent demonic factor that bedevils Northern political culture. This has been the bane of peninsular  political culture. It has been a  destructive force, leading the Jaffna Tamils to tragic ends. Furthermore, their historical record leads  to the inescapable conclusion that the Tamil leaders have been the first and the last to commit genocidal acts against their own people. The mass massacre of Tamil Catholics by Sankili is well-known. But take, for instance, the public record of the Chief Minister of NPC, Retd. Judge of the Supreme Court, C. V. Wigneswaran, who tried to capture the moral high ground by declaring in one of his speeches that he “will attend the Independence Day celebrations only after the country’s Tamils got freedom.” What he means is that the laws of the land have not given freedom to the Tamils. If he knew this to be true, what was he doing in the Supreme Court during his  tenure as a judge? Did he once ever dare to declare from the Supreme Court bench that the laws were denying freedom to the Tamils?

 On the contrary, was he not upholding the laws of the land which, according to him, constituted an instrument of oppression of the Tamils? Attending Independence Day celebrations is nothing more than a symbolic act at best. But  upholding the law as a judge has far more  serious  political consequences. So why did this moral purist and defender of the Tamils impose on the Tamils the oppressive laws of the Sinhalese from the  highest court of “the Sinhala State”, as the Tamils are wont  to say? Why didn’t he resign on the pious principle that he propounds now saying that he would not be a part of “Independence Day celebrations until Tamils got freedom”? And why did he wait till he became a politician dependent on Tamil extremist votes to take this stand? According to the litany of complaints in NPC resolution every law that affected the Tamils (language, citizenship etc) was a genocidal act against the Tamils. Going by his own logic isn’t Wigneswaram one of the criminals who committed genocide against the Tamils by administering the oppressive Sinhala laws? Doesn’t this confirm Thavarajah’s accusation that Wigneswaran is exploiting emotions of mono-ethnic politics to advance his career, irrespective  of the consequences to the Tamil people? Is there no limit to his legal, political and moral hypocrisy?

 The NPC resolution is teeming with political inaccuracies, statistical distortions, moral perversions, historical concoctions and damned lies. It is a tendentious document fabricated to denigrate what they call the “Sinhala State”, sweeping under the carpet the historical realities that gave the Tamils of Jaffna, during the post-independent era, their dignity, self-respect, freedoms that were denied to them throughout their  history. Leaving aside the Tamil settlers who established their first feudatories circa 1300s, it was the Vellahlas who penetrated every nook and corner of the peninsula to impose a fascist casteist regime in Jaffna. Vellahla fascism denied  the low-castes even drop of water from the high-caste wells. When in 1976 they passed their power to the children of the Vadukoddai Resolution – the Tamil instrument that legitimized ingrained Vellahla violence – they transformed the north into a veritable hell-hole.

 Vellahla casteist fascism was replaced by the one-man rule of Velupillai Prabhakaran. His political fascism based on the personality cult of a low-caste turned out to be the darkest chapter in the history of  Jaffna. The Jaffna political culture began with Sankilli’s genocidal culture and ended with his true successor Prabhakaran.  The oppressed Tamils had no space to breathe and live freely under all the Tamil regimes that  dominated peninsular politics. The Vellahla oppression of the Tamils reduced them to subhuman slaves. The subsequent fascist oppression of Tamils by Velupillai Prabhakaran confirms that the Tamil leaders were the habitual criminals who ruthlessly committed genocidal acts against their own people. No leaders of any other community in Sri Lanka has committed such genocidal crimes against their own people as the Vellahlas and their anointed successor Prabhakaran. So when the  NPC points one finger at the Sinhala south they must remember that the other four are pointing at them. 

 Apart from this, one of the basic fallacies of the NPC resolution is the attempt to paint a political scenario in which there is only one guilty party – namely, the Sinhala south. Every one of the accusations leveled against the successive states since independence can be challenged and torn to shreds. But there is no space in this single article to deal with all the issues comprehensively. To cut a long story, no one can deny that successive states blundered in several areas like any other post-colonial state facing challenges of nation-building. That is not in dispute. The dispute is in  the validity of blaming only one side when two parties are locked in a do-or-die battle forced on the nation by outrageous demands of one party demanding two-thirds of its coastline and its hinterland for the exclusive use of 12% of the population, shutting  out the rest. Irredentism of this kind is bound to be dead on water at birth.

 Besides, separatism  of this outrageous  type is inseparable from violence. The violence of separatism provoked the counter-violence of the state. The unacceptable flaw in the NPC resolution is that it  blames only one side for the violence that led to violations of human rights. The NPC resolution paints the unrealistic picture of one side using guns and bullets and the other shielding itself with silk saris and vertis. No moral judgment can be made credible by blaming only one side in a complex issue like the North-South conflict. Furthermore, if wars are considered evil then any judgment can be considered valid only by measuring the lesser evil that produces the greater benefit at the end of the day. So which side constituted the lesser evil? The short answer to this was given by two Tamil leaders. S. C. Chandrahasan, the son of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, and V. Anandasangaree, the veteran Tamil leader of the TULF from the old brigade of Chelvanayakam. 

 The first to say that Prabhakaran has killed more Tamils than the others was Chandrahasan. Second was Anandasangaree.  Both agreed that Prabhakaran had killed more Tamils than all the other forces put together. So if the Tamil Pol Pot has killed more  Tamils than any other force who is it who has committed the genocidal attacks against the Tamils? Since the NPC resolution is  obsessed with genocidal attacks on the Tamils why were the mass massacres committed by Prabhakaran not included in the Resolution? Why has the NPC failed to include in their Resolution the war crimes, crimes against humanity and “genocidal attacks” committed by the Tamils against the Tamils? Why the cover-up?

 Besides, if the NPC is all about violations  of human rights why is the NPC resolution aimed at seeking justice only for the Tamils? What about the Muslims and the Sinhalese who were the victims of Tamil terrorism documented in detail by the University Teachers’ for Human Rights (Jaffna)? Don’t they deserve justice? Or is it, in the words of Thavarajah, a move to exploit Tamil emotions for the leaders to collect Tamil votes? Overall, the NPC resolution should be read as a vindictive move to  demonize the post-1948 states on a manufactured narrative that would give a shine to the Tamils as victims of majority oppression of a minority.

 Not surprisingly, the NPC Resolution lists the alleged “genocidal acts” committed against the Tamils since 1948 and finds only the acts committed by the elected states guilty of committing “genocide”. It has studiously avoided the genocidal acts of the only “Tamil state” established by Tamil Pol Pot + Boko Haram in the Vanni. The elected state fought, quite legitimately, not only the fascists terrorists of the north but also of the south. The offensives of the elected states against the north and south fascist terrorist were in defence of protecting and preserving the democratic way of life. And the democratic states won in  defeating the fascists terrorists in both regions.

 The NPC Resolution, however, attempts  to portray the post-1948 states as targeting only the Tamils of the north. But the fact is that the states fought just wars in defence of democracy and its traditional values. The democratically elected states had a right to defend and protect the civilians facing threats to their lives and  properties from unelected fascist terrorists. But the NPC distorts the political realities to project the post-independent states as anti-Tamil military machines fighting wars on ethnic lines. The refusal of the Tamil leadership to accept the hard historical realities facing  them – mainly due to their exaggerated fixations about a history and a culture which can be written on the back of stamp – has been the primary cause that misled them all the way to Nandikadal. They provoke, initiate and organize violence to achieve their elusive political goals and when the elected states respond they cry foul. They declared war in Vadukoddai knowing  that it would lead to untold violations of human rights. Issues of human rights did not bother them one whit in 1976. It is only when they lost in 2009 that they pause to take refuge in human rights.

 The main objective of the NPC Resolution  is to divert attention away from  the genocidal crimes of Tamils against Tamils and, of course, the other communities. Those seeking justice based on human rights cannot argue by diverting attention away from their own crimes against  humanity. But that is precisely what the NPC resolution has done. Besides, the arbitrary cut off point of 1948 too is introduced to point out that the  violence of the democratically elected states were only to target the Tamils. To be fair and just to all, the NPC resolution should have started not from 1948 but from the time of Sankili who laid the political foundation for the Tamils to be slaughtered, oppressed, persecuted, and enslaved relentlessly down the ages by a barbaric Tamil leadership in the three main phases of Jaffna-centric history – 1). the feudatories of the early settlers established around 1325, 2). the Vellahla fascist  rule under colonial masters and 3). the political fascism of Prabhakaran from 1976 to 2009,

 The NPC resolution is aimed at, inter alia, taking the Sinhala  leaders before the ICC. It is only comparable to dragging Churchill, Gen. Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery before the Nuremberg Courts for liberating Europe from Nazi fascism and saving the lives of Jews and civilians trapped in a holocaust. The accusations leveled against all elected states since 1948 is as valid as saying  that Gandhi is a violent man who violated human rights by endorsing Nehru act of marching into Hydrabad and integrating that state into the Indian union. Above all, it proves Thavarajah’s damnation of the Tamil leadership once again rousing Tamil emotion  for gaining some  political mileage.

 The NPC Resolution has been a counter-productive act to impress the  UNHRC to take stand firm  on its proposed action against Sri Lanka. The Tamil Diaspora also lobbied with all their might, using the NPC Resolution, to put maximum pressure  on UNHRC not to postpone the  presentation of its report on Sri Lanka. But the TNA dug their own grave by helping to elect the pro-West, pro-Indian presidency  The victory they scored on January 8 boosted  the image of the Sri Lankan state and blocked all moves to black list Sri Lanka. The victory of the  anti-Rajapaksa forces has boomeranged on the Tamil lobbies. In the main, it has weakened the anti-Sri Lankan force in the Tamil Diaspora. With anti-West Mahinda Rajapaksa the  Tamil Diaspora was able to crank up a hate in the receptive pitches of the West. Now with the pro-West Sirisena the Tamil Diaspora has to grin and bear both in Washington and Delhi.

 Wigneswaran, Sampanthan and Sumanthiran must be regretting their act of rushing into defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was, after all, the best bet they had in two ways.  First he liberated Jaffna from the grip of Tamil Pol Potism and gave the TNA the democratic space needed for  them to  play their games of politics the way the like. Second, he was the best available bogeyman available to the Tamils to demonize Sri Lanka abroad. The TNA dug  their own grave by removing anti-West Mahinda Rajapakse and replacing him pro-West, pro-Indian Sirisena.

 The result makes this clear : UNHRC has postponed the presentation  of its report to its March session. The Tamil Diaspora  and the TNA has lost again. The West and India protecting their man in power  is more important than the human rights accusations of the TNA. Once again the West and India have given the Tamils the karapincha treatment.

 The responses the Tamils are getting from abroad and at home must be compelling them to agree with Mahinda Rajapaksa who told the Tamils quite bluntly : “The known devil is better than  the unknown.”

 (To be continued)

Fly High and Fall Flat

February 18th, 2015

Gomin Dayasri

Think twice before agreeing to appear on the cover of a business magazine.  A cautionary notice (need it be enlarged to the extent of a ghastly warning on a pack of cigarette) as the perilous rate of casualties of the introduced icons is phenomenal.  Those who zoom to the maximum and strike cover page, often end in a free fall to crash land on the buttocks.

In the streets of Colombo, in its halls of infamy-rather than call it loosely, city’s rouge galleries — history keeps repeating itself in perpetuity. Supposedly good guys are notionally made outlaws whereas purported crooks pass off as winsome cowboys carrying the badge of sheriff in the rotating cover pages.

“Nominees of every government, once they plunge from giddy heights to rock bottom, try to cross the great barrier to the other side knowing of the shelters provided with hedged funds and exclusive favours given as a safety measure, in the event of a change of administration. In the gamblers jargon it’s placing bets on a win or a place. Such fall only to rise from the other side”

Featured celebrities have become fugitives running abroad on the night of the elections; holders of passports including diplomatic red been impounded by state authorities; became inmates at the Merchants Ward or a Prison Hospital when they were ordered by court to spend time in remand or in jail; were faulted by the Supreme Court for acts of wrong-doings on Fundamental Rights relating to shady deals; were adjudged as fallen judges allegedly for not been properly appointed/removed; internationally humiliated for serious allegations of misconduct or questioned intensively by the local law enforcement authorities for serious crime and removed from office unceremoniously. Indeed the tumbled idols were in full flight at the time of the photogenic presentation before falling from the sky.

Are the Front Covers an open warrant for the long arm of the law to send sniffing dogs on trail after gaining fame and fortune? Among those that struck front-pages are judges, financiers, businessmen, bureaucrats, sports administrators (fortunately not sportsmen), heads of state institutions and famed politicians. What a lovely bunch of bananas they were – day previous to the fall? Bottom line is their linkage to politicians; unlike men in business for business alone – the genuine purebreds: such rarely seek the front cover.

“In the streets of Colombo, in its halls of infamy-rather than call it loosely, city’s rouge galleries — history keeps repeating itself in perpetuity. Supposedly good guys are notionally made outlaws whereas purported crooks pass off as winsome cowboys carrying the badge of sheriff in the rotating cover pages”

This applies more to journals that ride cuddly with characters in the inner fringe of politics that helps circulation to reach dizzy heights and raise biz barons to social acceptability to hobnob in star class. A word for the genial publishers – the political spectrum is covered across the board in its full splendor, democratically distributed to incur the wrath of none and become every body’s darling or in pithy Sinhala a ‘kageth sundari’.

Such are the numbers of displaced luminaries whose mugs were made presentable for the photo shot with brush and paint of a make up artist: may be prudent on past performance to search for an insurance cover before taking again a photo plunge and launching on a discourse on creative wisdom? Some of the featured characters-down the ages have being made to hang their heads in shame especially after being serenaded while holding office.  To be deflated after being inflated is hard to bear.

There are a few names that hold untarnished images irrespective of being in dubious company on the front covers — those non-buddies of politicians — the self-made men standing on their own feet – great men that ride to their true potential on skills and talents. Wise are they to remain low profile wherever possible without mounting the grand stand. Falling from a pedestal is hard rock when ground is struck.

Biz magazines are in the minscule on the newsstand while the fallen guys in the front – pages sulk at home in silent nights. It’s a Man’s World with a peep hole for the local Barbie dolls’-notwithstanding liberal use of make up are unlikely to make the grade on the covers of business journals’ as much as the same undressed men would not attract a playboy calendar.

Yesterday’s financial wizards, heroes of the Grecian bonds rightfully under investigation are unwarrantedly in the dog-house, spanked by their own master’s chain and by the voters for wrecking the economy on their misplaced guidance. Yet, when the biz pages splashed their worldly wisdom it made good reading in happier days to the strains of : “These are the jolly good fellows” often heard at seminars of many pretexts. Has the mood shifted or shifty shifted or sense regained? Why crow now if you failed to cry foul in the jolly old days!

The replaced mandarins sit pretty on a friendly mini budget that places them in a transitional superman grade, make wisecracks of their betterment of the previous; gems eagerly sought by the fickle business community that claps at every sentence, keeps the unread biz periodicals gathering dust in the lounges that welcome guests. Mind you, master, your day of reckoning will come some day too? That is not a comfort zone for sure. Watch your steps in your interest and be smarter by learning lessons from the bunglers of the past.

Nominees of every government, once they plunge from giddy heights to rock bottom, try to cross the great barrier to the other side knowing of the shelters provided with hedged funds and exclusive favours given as a safety measure, in the event of a change of administration. In the gamblers jargon it’s placing bets on a win or a place. Such fall only to rise from the other side.

Flipping through the covers of prime local business journals featuring the great people of contemporary times, an intriguing question that came to mind was whether they were Colombians or Mahindians? Truth lies in between, as Mahindians became Colombians and the Colombians become Mahindians.

Such is Sri Lanka’s creative editors of rich pages, will shun for a while those lauded luminaries during times of imposed disgrace; once the wheel turns around: a second coming is possible on another cover page and thankfully cosmetics can bridge the interlude between the two epochs; to recreate the aged as youthful looking smiling dudes reappear on the front covers. Who said ‘Punch’ is extinct?

To most on the covers of the last few years –excluding one who worked like a eager beaver- the military triumph over the terrorism-miracle of 2009-went in to their silly heads to think stupid in terms of astrologically that it had lasting powers enabling them to be arrogant, corrupt and lazy and hit by the eternal travel bug at state expense  – never thought the carnival will ever end; Biz Magazines glossed over it many becoming part of the entourage in the kingdom of fun.
No fear – new faces will appear in old places in the magazines in between the same advertising spaces.


February 18th, 2015

‘Sarana Gatha’

  • Under your very nose a regime change has taken place. Does this not shock you? Are you happy at the changes taking place? Do these changes not look too dramatic to you?
  • Are you confident that the elected President can lead the nation and does he have the qualities and leadership will to lead?
  • Are you bothered that an unelected UNP Government is slowly usurping governance from the elected President. Count the number of cabinet MPs to realize that these unelected MPs stooges of the West, pulling liberal Western slogans and die-hard anti-national elements are today holding ministries. Have you looked at the number of people they have fired and replaced? Are these people not shady characters – some like the Governor Central Bank is not even a citizen of the country, others are LTTE-linked elements while some like the 2 Governors are best resting in bed.
  • Did you experience this amount of uncertainty under the former government – does it not look as if much of the allegations have been part of a bogus smear campaign that has been going on for some years now building up to this election? If the allegations made by the present Government had any truths would they have not charged people by now? Nothing has been brought against Sajin Vaas, nothing against Duminda, nothing against Mervyn Silva, enough of stories about mansions and watches and cars but nothing brought before any courts….definitely like politicians, the former Government had their faults but we need to conclude that these were all part of a plan to oust Mahinda Rajapakse
  • Do you want the country to fall into the hands of a new US-India tie up obviously India trying to delay its own balkanization by transferring attention to Sri Lanka using the Eelam quest knowing that the West has been trying to create a Christian foothold in Sri Lanka?
  • Yes the MR Government were fooled by Malcolm Ranjith who fooled Mrs. R using religion but MR and camp needs to realize that a nation will hold together ONLY and ONLY IF and WHEN the leaders surround themselves with the majority. Is that not how Modi won the election, because of the Hindus uniting to vote for him.
  • Do you want to give Eelam thinking that problems will be over
  • Do you want to give the nation to the West thinking that the country will be led better – take a look at all the countries the West has ruined and open your eyes. Do you have children or grandchildren? Do they not need a nation to call their own. Or do you think they can go abroad and live but are these western nations not collapsing one by one where people are finding difficulty in surviving. Does this not make Sri Lanka a paradise still.
  • But isn’t the UNP ruining that paradise with the manner they have led in the month alone. All posts have been given to Christians / Born Agains like Rosy, Assembly of God representatives like Eran Wickremaratne and now the newspaper editors all Christian too. Pacifying the Muslim leaders while under ground the US will be slowly creating Sri Lanka’s next battleground using the fanatics in the East where thanks to Mahinda there is an Arab college and madrassas producing mad fundamentalists with orders to kill.
  • Who will perish? Another lot of Sinhala Buddhists and this looks to be a very clear plan to slowly take the Buddhist generation to oblivion and all the Buddhist leaders / politicians are to take responsibility for this karmic fate.
  • What can be done. Wake up. Don’t be silent. You owe a duty to the nation to save it without lipservice. Do something, Get together and put your heads to devise how WE ALL CAN UNITE TO SAVE THE NATION.


ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජු ඉංගිරිසින්ට භාර දී අවුරුදු දෙසීයයි

February 18th, 2015

නලින් ද සිල්වා

ඉතිහාසයේ කියැවෙන ආකාරයට ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජු ඉංගිරිසින්ට භාර දී අදට (2015 පෙබරවාරි 18) අවුරුදු දෙසියයක් පිරෙයි. මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ ඉංගිරිසින්ට භාරදීමට ඇතැමුන් සැරසෙන්නේ කවදා ද? කෙසේ වෙතත් අද නුගේගොඩ පැවැත්වෙන රැස්වීම එය වැළැක්වීම සඳහා පමණක් නො වේ. ඔහු නැවතත් රාජ්‍ය නායකයා බවට පත්කර ගැනීම සඳහාත් ය. එහෙත් එයට ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ සහාය අවශ්‍ය වෙයි. ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂය නොමැතිව ඒ කළ නො හැකි ය. වාසනාවකට ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ ස්වභාවය අනුව ම පක්‍ෂය යනු ඉහළ නිලතල දරණ අය නොවන බව අපි දනිමු. අනෙක් අතට පෞද්ගලික න්‍යාය පත්‍ර උඩ කටයුතු කරන, සංධානය බිඳ ගෙන ගිය, අවුරුදු පහළොවක් පමණ ක්‍රියාකාරී දේශපාලනයේ නොසිට හිඩැසක් දැක එය පිරවීමට එන, අයට ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයෙන් ඉඩක් ලැබේ යැයි ද සිතිය නො හැකි ය.
කවුරු කෙසේ කීවත් ඉතිහාසය ඒ ආකාරයෙන් ම නැවත නැවතත් සිදු නො වේ. අපට ඓතිහාසික සිදුවීම් අතර යම් සමානකම් දැකිය හැකි නමුත් අසමානකම් ද ඇති බව මොහොතකටවත් අමතක නොකළ යුතු ය. ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජුට දුර්වලකම් තිබී ඇත. එහෙත් මේ දුර්වලකම් ඇති කළෝ කවරහු ද? 1815 දී ඉංගිරිසින් මෙරට පාසල් ඇතිකර නො තිබණි. ඇතැම් විට ඇමරිකන් මිෂනාරිවරුන් යාපනයේ පාසලක් දෙකක් ඇතිකර තිබෙන්නට ඇත. එහෙත් ඉංගිරිසින්ට මහනුවර ත්‍රිත්ව විද්‍යාලය තබා කොළඹ රාජකීය විද්‍යාලයවත් ඇතිකිරීමට තරම් කාලයක් නොතිබිණි. පොළොන්නරුවේ රාජකීය විද්‍යාලය ඇතිවීමට තිබුණේ ඉන් අවුරුදු එකසිය පනහකට පසුව ය. පාසල කුමක් වුවත් ලැබෙන්නේ බටහිරයන්ගේ අධ්‍යාපනයකි.
එහෙත් ඒ වන විටත් මෙරට ඉංගිරිසින්ගේ ඒජන්තයෝ ඔත්තුඔරකැවෝ  මෙරට සිටියෝ ය……. කේම්බ්‍රිජ් උපාධිධාරී ජෝන් ඩොයිලි ඔවුන්ගේ නායකයා විය. එකල සිවිල් සේවය නොතිබුණත් ඔහු  එහි පුරෝගාමියෙක් විය. රජු දුසිරිතට පෙළඹවීමත් ඔහු රදළ නායකයන්ගෙන් ඈත්කර ඔවුනොවුන් කෙටවීමත් ඩොයිලි හා සගයන්ගේ කාර්යභාරය විය. රජුට විරුද්ධව නොයෙකුත් කටකතා පතුරවනු ලැබිණි. එකල මුහුණක් නැති මුහුණු පොත් නොතිබුණත් මුහුණක් නැති කටකතා ප්‍රචාරකයෝ සිටියහ. අද කටකතා සයිබර් අවකාශයෙහි පැතිර යයි. ප්‍රචාරය කෙසේ සිදුවුවත් කටකතා යනු කටකතා ම ය.
රදළ නායකයෝ රජු කෙරෙහි බිඳුණහ. ඔවුහු රජුට විරුද්ධ ව නැගී සිටියහ. ඉංගිරිසින්ගේ ආධාරයෙන් රජවීමට ඇතැම් නායකයෝ බලා සිටියහ. ඒ සියල්ලෝ ම එකතු වී රජු ඉංගිරිසින්ට භාරදුන්හ. මාර්තු දෙවැනි දා ඉංගිරිසිහු ගිවිසුමක් මගින් රට අත්පත් කරගත්හ. රදළ නායකයන්ට ලැබුණු රජකමක් ද නැත. අපට රජෙක් නැති විය. කංකුනාවේ හාමුදුරුවෝ අ්නේ කූඹින්නේ තොපටත් රජෙක් ඉන්නේ ආදී වශයෙන් කවි ලියූහ. 
එකළ වෙල්ලාලයන් සිටිය ද ක්‍රියාකාරී දේශපාලනයෙහි දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයක් නො වී ය. දෙමළ ජාතිවාදය 1833 දී නිල වශයෙන් ඉංගිරිසින් විසින් ඇතිකරනු ලැබිණි. එය දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදය බවටත් පසුව දෙමළ ත්‍රස්තවාදය බවටත් විකාශය විණි. ඉංගිරිසිහු දෙමළ ජාතිවාදය සිංහල ජාතිකත්වයට විරුද්ධ ව යොදා ගත්හ. චන්ද්‍රිකාට හා රනිල්ට අවශ්‍ය වූයේ දෙමළ ත්‍රස්තවාදය හමුදා මෙහෙයුම් මගින් පරාජය කීිරීම නොව ඉංගිරිසින්ට අවශ්‍ය ආකාරයට දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයට කප්පන් දී ඊනියා සාමයක් පවත්වාගෙන යෑම ය. ඔවුන්ට දෙමළ ජාතිවාදය හා දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදය පරාජය කිරීම පිළිබඳ හැඟීමක්වත් නො වී ය. අද ඇතැම් ඇමතිවරුන් හා ඇමතිනියන් රනිල් ඊනියා යුද්ධයට තිත තබා සාමය ඇතිකිරීමට උත්සාහ ගත්තේ යැයි කියන්නේ ඊනියා සටන් විරාම ගිවිසුම් මගින් උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත් දෙමළ ජතිවාදයට පාවා දීමට කටයුතු කිරීමට ය. 
මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂගේ දේශපාල නායකත්වයෙන් 2009 දී දෙමළ ත්‍රස්තවාදය පරාජය කෙරිණි. එය බටහිරයන්ට විරුද්ධව ගොස් කෙරුණකි. තවමත් දෙමළ ජාතිවාදය හා දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදය පරාජය කිරීමට ඇත. රනිල්ටවත් චන්ද්‍රිකාටවත් මෛත්‍රීපාලටවත් එය කළ නො හැකි ය. මහින්දට එය කළ හැකි ය. එබැවින් ඉංගිරිසින්ගේ පාසල්වල ඉගෙන ගත් අයට අද මහින්ද ඉංගිරිසින්ට (බටහිරයන්ට) පාවා දීමට අවශ්‍ය වෙයි. ඔවුන්ට රජකම අවශ්‍ය නැති බව කීවත් බටහිරයන්ගේ හා ඉන්දියානුවන්ගේ සුවච කීකරු සේවක සාමාන්‍ය මිනිසුන් ලෙස සිටිමින් ජනාධිපතිකම් අගමැතිකම් කිරීමට අවශ්‍ය වෙයි. මහනුවර රදළයන්ට සිද වු පරිදි ඔවුන්ට ද කිසි දිනෙක රජකමක් තබා ස්වාධීන ජනාධිපතිකමක්වත් අගමැතිකමක්වත් නො ලැබෙනු ඇත. ඔවුන්ට කුමක් සිදුවූවත් අපට කමක් නැත. එහෙත් ඒ මගින් අප අපේ ස්වෛරීභාවය නැතිකර ගත යුතු නො වේ.
සයිබර් කටකතා මගින් බොරු  බේගල් පතුරවා ඊනියා මහින්ද රෙජිමය පැරදවීමට බටහිරයෝ සමත්වූහ. අපි මහින්ද බටහිරයන්ට පාවා දීමට බටහිරයන්ගේ නියෝජිතයන්ට ඉඩ නොදෙමු යැයි ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජු පාවා දී වසර දෙසියයක් ගතවන අද දිනයේ දී තීරණය කරමු. 
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2015 පෙබරවාරි 18

The Significance of the Northern Provincial Council’s “Genocide Letter” in the context of the ongoing UNHRC investigation against Sri Lanka

February 18th, 2015

Dharshan Weerasekera

The TNA-led Northern Provincial Council has adopted a resolution accusing successive Sri Lanka Governments of committing “Genocide” against Tamils, and asking the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate these matters.

In my view, this latest move by the NPC is designed to advance the Eelam agenda in a very specific way, namely, to lay the groundwork for a demand for a referendum on secession, to be made through the UN, or one of its subsidiary organs.  I shall briefly explain how the aforesaid referendum will be brought about, and make some recommendations as to what the Government ought to do, before it is too late.

i) Why the NPC (and Eelamists in general) are fixated on “Genocide”

In order to understand the general reasons why the NPC (and Eelamists in general) keep harping on “Genocide” it is necessary to appreciate the role that the international law concept of “self-determination of peoples” plays in the overall Eelam agenda.  To put it succinctly, that concept is the very linchpin of the aforesaid agenda.  I’ll first briefly explain this matter.

The Canadian Supreme Court, one of the world’s distinguished courts, considered the question of the “self-determination of peoples” in its landmark ruling in Reference re Secession of Quebec (1998) 2 SCR 217.  In the course of that ruling, the court reviewed the relevant international law that pertained to the conditions under which a people could legitimately demand a separate state (i.e. unilateral secession) by invoking the international law concept of “self determination.”

The court concluded that there were three situations where unilateral secession could be justified.  Here is what the court said:

“A right to secession only arises under the principle of self-determination of peoples at international law where “a people” is governed as part of a colonial empire; where a people is subject to alien subjugation, domination or exploitation; and possibly where “a people” is denied any meaningful exercise of its right to self-determination within the state of which it forms a part. In other circumstances, peoples are expected to achieve self-determination within the framework of their existing state.  A state whose government represents the whole of the people or peoples resident within its territory, on a basis of equality and without discrimination, and respects the principles of self-determination in its internal arrangements, is entitled to maintain its territorial integrity under international law and to have that integrity recognized by other states.” (para. 154)

The Canadian Supreme Court, as I have indicated, is a world-class court, and, since it reviewed all of the relevant law on “self-determination” when reaching the aforesaid interpretation, it is reasonable to presume that, were any other courts, including Sri Lankan courts, to review the same material, their respective interpretations will not differ drastically from the one reached by the Canadian court.  Hence, for all practical purposes, we can take the Canadian Court’s interpretation as authoritative, on the related matters.

To repeat, then, the three situations that would justify secession under the principle of “self-determination” are:  formal colonial occupation; “alien subjugation, domination and exploitation”; and three, possibly where “a people” are denied any “meaningful exercise of their right to self determination” within the existing state, which is to say they are completely deprived of any chance to participate in government, to enjoy their other rights as citizens.

Let’s now turn to Sri Lanka, and put ourselves for a moment into the shoes of a Tamil separatist.  Under which of the aforesaid scenarios would a separatist have the best chance of claiming a separate State within Sri Lanka, by invoking international law?  (Note, the principle of “self-determination” is an ergo omnes principle in international law, which means that, if the claim is justified, the international community has to support it.)

I’ll go through each of the three scenarios.  The first scenario obviously doesn’t apply to the Tamils, since they are not under any sort of formal colonial rule by the Sinhalese.  The third scenario is also of very little help, since, no reasonable person would accept that the Tamils are completely deprived of the ability to participate in government, either as representatives or as voters, or to enjoy their other rights as citizens.

The very fact that Tamils voted in record numbers at the recent Presidential Elections, and played what may well have been a decisive role in the final outcome, would lay to rest any claims that the Tamils are deprived completely of any ability to participate in the democratic life of the country.

As for being deprived of other rights, say, of education, or being able to rise in the professions, there are Tamils in all of the professions, and frequently, occupying the highest positions.  We have had Tamil Attorneys-General, Chief Justices, Deans of the various colleges in the universities, heads of organizations of medical doctors, and so on.

So, as I said, no reasonable person (especially any foreign observer) would be able to say that the threshold has been reached in Sri Lanka, where the Tamils can pursue secession under third scenario discussed above.  That leaves the second scenario:  “alien subjugation, domination and exploitation.”  And this is where the claim of “Genocide” becomes useful.

If the Eelamists can show that the Tamils in this country have been subjected to genocide, i.e. that they have been subjected to systematic attack and decimated as a people, and also that there is a specific area of land inside the country that is a “traditional homeland of Tamils,” it would naturally raise the presumption that they have a right to “self determination” in the aforesaid “homeland,” (in order to escape the alleged genocide).

It should be noted, meanwhile, that the Eelamists’ claim of “Genocide” is invariably accompanied by a claim of “Colonization,” i.e. that successive Sri Lanka Governments have been systematically imposing illegitimate Sinhalese settlements on “Tamil Lands.”  (The “Genocide Letter” to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner in August 2014, by 28 members of the Northern Provincial Council and 5 members of the Eastern Provincial Council, contained both of the above charges.  So does the NPC’s resolution)

To repeat, then, the genocide claim, coupled with the “colonization” claim, is the Eelamists’ only way to agitate for a separate state, using international law.  If the Eelamists can make a prima facie case for “Genocide” and “Colonization” (and, in the absence of a strong reply by the Government to such charges, a prima facie case is almost presumed) they will be able to get the issue of Tamil “self determination” into the agenda at international forums, including the UN and its subsidiary organs.

ii) The role of the UNHRC investigation in advancing the Eelam Agenda

I shall now turn to the UNHRC investigation currently underway, whose final report was to be released next month, but has been postponed to September.  It should be noted that the Eelamists have seen this investigation all along, as something that could serve two purposes:  one, to gain a measure of revenge against the persons responsible for defeating the LTTE; and  two, to get the issue of Tamil “self determination” on the UN agenda.

Here, for instance, are some observations of V. Rudrakumaran, the “prime minister” of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, in April 2012:

“The Tamil Struggle in Sri Lanka for an independent and sovereign state has two dimensions.  One is to create conditions for international recognition and full realization of the Tamils’ right to self-determination and the other to bring to light what happened in the final stages of the war in 2009….The Tamil, community has widely succeeded in focusing the attention of the world’s nations on the war crimes and genocide perpetrated on Vanni soil by the Sri Lankan Government….After justice is done to our people, we want the UN to deliberate, similar to deliberations pertaining to Kosovo, about measures that should be taken to prevent recurrence of genocide on the island of Sri Lanka….And we hope that the UN will organize a referendum to ascertain the will of the people of the North and Eastern parts of the island.”  (“As Tamils have been subjected to Genocide, V. Rudrakumaran urges UN to organize and Eelam referendum,” 4-4-2012,

To turn to the investigation, all indications are that its final report will conclude that the Government committed war crimes during the last phases of the war, and recommend that tribunals be set up to pursue these matters.  It is reasonable to presume that, based on the aforesaid recommendation, the Council will ask the General Assembly to launch the related tribunals.

I must now digress a moment and discuss an important case of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that is pertinent to the present discussion.  The case is:  Al Bashir, Judgment on the appeal of the Prosecutor against the “Decision on the Prosecution’s Application for a warrant of arrest against Omar Hassan Al Bashir,” (The Appeals Chamber, ICC-02/05-01/09-73(3 February 2010).

The elements of the case relevant to the present discussion are as follows.  In 2009, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Omar Hassan Al Bashir, President of Sudan, for complicity in war crimes committed by his Government in Darfur, between 2003-2008.  The Prosecutor also laid genocide charges, but the Court refused to accept these, saying that evidence sufficient to prove genocidal intent had not been presented.

The Prosecutor appealed against the above ruling, and the Appeals Chamber overruled the Trial Chamber.  The Appeals Chamber said that, at the Pre-Trial stage, the Prosecutor did not have to prove the genocide charge, for instance, by showing that genocide was the only possible inference, given the evidence:  all he had to do was to show that there was “reasonable grounds to believe” genocide took place, which is to say, genocide was a possibility, given the evidence.


Based on the above ruling, the Trial Chamber amended the arrest warrant previously issued against Al Bashir, to include the genocide charge.


Let’s now turn to the prospective Tribunals against Sri Lanka.  (Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, and cannot be taken to the ICC, hence, the need for a Special Tribunal.)  In any event, the point is this.  Once the Tribunal is established, the next step will be the issuing of arrest warrants.  At that juncture, the Prosecutor (no doubt with the required encouragement from the Eelam Lobby, along with their “friends” the U.S. and U.K.) can push for genocide charges to be added to the war crimes charges.


Based on the Al Bashir ruling cited above—and there’s no reason to think it will not apply to the Tribunal—it is likely that the Tribunal will indeed add the genocide charges to the war crimes charges (as long as the Prosecutor provides some evidence that genocide may have been a possibility) and issue the arrest warrants.  If that happens, the Eelamists will have succeeded in getting the issue of possible genocide against the Tamil people on the UN’s agenda.


Of course, genocide will have to be proved, if it is to have any legal consequences for Sri Lanka.  But, I believe the Eelamists and their “friends” are not interested in proving anything.  What they are after is the political and diplomatic leverage of having the genocide-issue merely in the UN agenda, which will allow them to move to the next step in their overall game-plan, namely, the call for a referendum on secession.


iii)  Possible ways the Eelamists will exploit the genocide-issue once it is inserted into the UN agenda


I see two possible scenarios:


  1. a) Once genocide charges are added, and arrest warrants issued against key Sri Lankan war-time leaders, the Eelamists and their “friends” will start a massive propaganda campaign—similar to the “40,000 dead” campaign pushed the present investigation—to persuade the outside world that genocide has in fact been committed against Tamils.


Most foreigners are relatively unfamiliar with the situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka, particularly the fact that they were a privileged minority in this country during the colonial era, and that, if there has been a diminution in their fortunes, it has been in terms of making them more equal with the other ethnic groups, particularly the Sinhalese.


The propaganda campaign  will highlight the fact that the UN has issued arrest warrants against key Sri Lankans for committing “genocide” during the war, and insinuate that what was (allegedly) done during the war is only symptomatic of how Tamils have been treated since, say, independence.


Then, with that as leverage, an exploratory resolution can be introduced at some UN forum—similar to the way the first exploratory resolution on the investigation was introduced at the Human Rights Council in 2012—which will set out the idea of a referendum for secession, and asking the Secretary General, or the High Commissioner, to prepare a report on the matter.


  1. b) Since the investigation’s final report has now been postponed to September, that report can incorporate whatever information is generated through any “domestic mechanism” between now and September, and, based on that “new” information, directly recommend an exploratory resolution on the question of a referendum


Either way, the point is to get an exploratory resolution that raises the issue of a referendum on secession.  After that, it’s a matter of ratcheting up the pressure—just as was done with the present investigation—until a final resolution is passed that explicitly calls for the referendum in question.  If this juggernaut is to be stopped, it has to be done now, before the exploratory resolution is introduced.


  1. iv) Recommendations


I have 3 recommendations


  1. a) One or more Provincial Councils where the Sinhalese are a majority must adopt a resolution denouncing the NPC’s resolution, and also giving a point-by-point refutation to the document the NPC had reportedly annexed to the resolution, which gives the NPC’s reasons foe considering that Tamils have been subjected to genocide.


Both the resolution and accompanying refutation must then be sent to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner.  This will put the High Commissioner officially on notice that the NPC’s claims are being actively disputed by other Sri Lankans, and also acquaint him with the arguments of those others.


Once the High Commissioner is officially made aware that Sri Lankans are disputing the NPC’s claims, he can’t issue statements supportive of the NPC’s position, or take any action that promotes the latter, because he would be violating Article 2(7) of the UN Charter, which prohibits interference in the internal affairs of members.


  1. b) The President must immediately appoint a Commission of Inquiry to undertake a comprehensive investigation into the Genocide allegation.


The Commission must probe, among other things, into whether there’s any objective and verifiable data to substantiate the view that Tamils have been subjected to genocide for the last sixty years such as whether there has been a marked decline in the Tamil population, whether there are marked disparities in the quality of life indices between the Tamils and the Sinhalese (in access to education, health services, employment, and so on), and produce a comprehensive assessment, that can be presented at international forums, if needed


The existence of a Commission such as the above would mean that Sri Lanka has in place a domestic mechanism looking into the “Genocide” allegation, which means the UN can’t start looking into it, without risking a breach of Article 2(7)


  1. c) Parallel to the aforesaid Commission, the President should initiate a second Commission of Inquiry, to investigate the possible ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese and Muslims from the Northern Province since the time of independence. This Commission should definitively establish, among other things, the following:  how many Sinhalese and Muslims were living in the Northern Province at the time of independence, how many Sinhalese and Muslims are living in that Province now, and what happened to those people in the intervening years.


Such a Commission will, again, ensure that the UN can’t start looking into the “Genocide” allegation, without risking a breach of Article 2(7).  Meanwhile, information generated by the Commission will be invaluable in changing the outside world’s perceptions about what has really been going on in the North and East of the island since independence, and, in the long run, will be one of the most effective ways of putting an end to allegations such as the ones presently being made by the NPC.



Dharshan Weerasekera is an Attorney-at-Law.  He is the author of, The UN’s Relentless Pursuit of Sri Lanka, and the need for effective counter-measures (Stamford Lake, 2013)

Serendib (Sri Lankan) Spring

February 17th, 2015

Prof. Hudson McLean

 As a firm, unashamed supporter of Patriotic Sinhala Nationalists, I find the response of Mr. Bernard Wijeyesingha Totally Unacceptable, Unpatriotic, will be a fast-track to shed blood!.

 There is No Way, the majority of the Sri Lankan population, including some Tamil & Muslim would accept the creation of a grossly over-crowded Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.

 Apart from rapid-breeding Tamils from Tamil-Nadu taking the newly proposed bridge connecting Mannar <-> South India, within one generation, Sri Lanka would be over-whelmed with Tamils.

 First of all, President Maithripala Sirisena, in his selfish greed, joined hands with the Devil(s), the upcoming General Elections should demonstrate, that the Gang-of-Three is booted out to Tamil Nadu, by foot.

 Examples of Scotland, or Crimea, or any other country as an example is irrelevant.

 Lets look at Ukraine, where so called Russian rebels supported by Russian government is looked-down by the USA & EU.  The reason is that, Crimean Peninsular take-over by Russia was only for self-defense, to prevent its acquisition by NATO.

 USA-NATO-EU supported Kuwait when Iraq invaded, but the only reason for the costly invasion was, Oil. There is no-love-lost between the West & Arabs.

 India would love to move in to help the Tamil struggle and take over Sri Lanka  as one Indian Federal Province, under Tamil Nadu, simply to control the Indian Ocean from the Chinese. The strategic position of Sri Lanka in Indian Ocean, is priceless.

 If the Colombo Harbour extension allows the Chinese to own a patch of the reclaimed land, let that be a condition to prevent India from claiming Northern land from Sovereign Sri Lanka.

 All arrows point towards the Traitors Three – MS-RW-CBK!

 Personally, I would move the next mile, and let MR Rule Sri Lanka, as a Sovereign State, without any whisper of Tamil Eelam, for all the tea in China.

 The most practical solution is that, MR takes the first step to reach out to General Sarath Fonseka, make amends, invite him to be the Prime Minister in the next MR government. Even go the full length and offer him to be VP for one term leading to Presidency.

 According to the Last Election, I repeat……

Last election:

 The last election for the office of president in Sri Lanka was held on 26 January 2010.[ii] Turnout was 74.50 percent and 10,495,451 of 14,088,500 people casted ballots.[iii] Mahinda Percy RAJAPAKSA of the United People’s Freedom Alliance won 57.88 percent or 6,015,934 votes, while his opponent, Sarath FONSEKA of the New Democratic Front, won 40.15 percent or 4,173,185 votes.

 Otherwise, the Traitors Three – MS-RW-CBK! will smoke out a Massive Hornets Nest of Sinhala Spring, and the Trio might have to take a fast flight out of Sri Lanka, to save their hide!

 Since none of the allegations against MR is proven according to an Independent Judiciary, I would consider MR to be Innocent till Proven Guilty.

Responses to “Post Mortem – Post Electoral Analysis”Surprised to read response from Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

 Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

February 16th, 2015 at 11:24 am

If or when Elam is formed Sri Lanka has roughly 2 choices:

 1) a “hot war” between Colombo and Jaffna that will be as devastating as that between India and Pakistan


 2) to work with Elam as a policy of “two nations on one island” with both hopefully working for the better of all.


Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

February 16th, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Mr. B.W.


NO 2 is out of the question, completely out of the equation.


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The Secessionist’s Mission

February 17th, 2015


“If we believe that we are a nation, then we must start behaving like a nation”.

“The question is whether we can mobilise it to a point where we create sufficient leverage so that the Sri Lankan State also takes us seriously. I think that is the key. I believe that they will have to take us seriously, if we are prepared to actually take ourselves seriously with regards to the fact that we are a nation.” – Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam recently stated in an interview with TamilNet-Palaka’ni in respect to the Tamil Eazham cause.

I am a strong advocate for an equal society and mutual respect for all ethnicities in Sri Lanka. I believe it’s essential for prominent figures in minority groups to bring adverse issues facing those groups into light. As well as this we need members in government to be a voice for minority groups and represent their matters at the state level. We should have open dialogue between all groups to come up with better ways that Sri Lanka as a country can represent all communities and their needs.

However, I strongly reject and request from our government to also reject any person or group that promotes secessionist agenda.

I find it disturbing for one to be labelled as racist or ‘Jathi Wadi’ if they start this conversation. We must not forget that we are all Sri Lankan, all of us should identify with it and be attached to it. It should be the desire of all Sri Lankans to live in ONE country that is safe and equal.

Sadly there are persevering separatist groups that keep rearing their ugly heard. They have many faces and come in the guise of ‘human rights’, ‘democracy’ and ‘equality’ but the true underlying intention is its secessionist national campaign. Many have started to ridicule people like Dr Dayan Jayathilleka for voicing their fears and dismiss them as out-of-touch or insane. However this interview cements the fact that these groups not only exist but are also spreading the germ of separatism to the general Tamil public.

I recently read ‘The Dr DJ Syndrome’ by V Kanthaiya in the Opinions section of the Colombo Telegraph. Upon reading the article, my opinion of the writer was that he/she though very intelligent and reasonable was also naive. He/she failed to consider some crucial elements and complexities in the Sri Lankan ethnic problem.

Kanthaiya states ‘The solution is simple. Give the autonomy that the Tamils ask for. DJ’s problem is that giving such power to the NPC would lead to the proclamation of an independent state by C.V. Wigneswaran. Suppose DJs argument is correct, then India wouldn’t be a country, instead there would be 35 countries. There will not be a country the United States of America; instead there would be 50 countries at that geographical location. There would not be a country called Australia, instead there would be countries called Northern Territory, Western Australia, Southern Australia, Victoria, Queens Land, New South Wales and Tasmania.’

I personally guarantee that the central government doesn’t need to fear the possible secession of NPC from the country, no such thing will ever happen. The present Tamil youth in the country are more willing to fight on ‘Facebook’ with their comments, rather than in jungles with semi-automatic rifles. The new generation is more concerned with integrating with the global community, rather than fighting in the name of race and religion, which have become irrelevant concepts in our present life dominated by information communication technology. (V. Kantaiya – Colombo Telegraph)

In normal circumstances I too would agree with V Kanthaiya and say that giving autonomy to the NPC is a reasonable solution to the Tamil ethnic problem. However, Sri Lanka’s history has been far from normal. Up till 2009 we were in the midst of a 30 year long civil conflict during which both Tamils and Sinhalese committed atrocities.

Although I am happy that the war is now over, I wish it could have ended under different circumstances where lives of many Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims could have been saved. Sri Lanka has had a bloody past and I believe 6 years isn’t long enough for the wounds to heal properly. The same extremists that supported the LTTE and the Ealam cause are still prominent members within some Tamil groups in Sri Lanka and overseas.

From what I could fathom, V Kanithaiya like many ordinary citizens of Sri Lanka sounds like an intelligent, level headed and reasonable person. There are probably more of such moderate people within Tamil groups that most likely share the same vision as V Kanithaiya. However if you examine History, you will also see that there were moderate Tamil groups during the early 80’s when LTTE was still in its infancy, all of which Prabahakaran eventually destroyed. History proves that you only need a few rotten apples to spoil the barrel. This is true for all ethnicities and the BBS is a recent example.

Kanithaiya also states that the new generation is not interested in fighting in the name of race and religion and they have become ‘irrelevant concepts’ since our lives are now ‘dominated by information communication technology’. In response, I ask this – Were our lives not dominated by ICT between the years 2005-2009?” Were there no young people who fought in the LTTE during these years? Therefore the concept that the youth will not fight for race and religion in the present day, I believe is incorrect.

In fact, Facebook and Info Communication Technologies were used in the recent coup and ousting of the Ukrainian president as well as the Arab Spring. ISIS have also been known to use ICT and other modern technologies to recruit and spread their message. Therefore we must not dismiss or underestimate the probability of Tamil and Sinhalese youth to fight in the name of race and religion again if misdirected by lunatics like Gajendrakumar and BBS.

Another incident which further proved extremist or separatist behaviour within Tamil groups is the rift caused in the TNA party due to R. Sampanthan’s and M.A. Sumanthiran’s attendance at the recent Independence day celebrations. This noble and diplomatic move by the two M.P’s were rejected by the Party as a whole. If Tamil groups don’t believe in secession, then the independence of our country from the British should be symbolic to all citizens. Suppose that certain disagreements with the Rajapaksa government prevented TNA members from attending in the past, surely attending this year’s celebrations would have been a step in the right direction for the interest of all people in the country, especially Tamils. Sadly even the most moderate of members within the party like M.A Sumanthiran have stated that they ‘will seek to go beyond the 13th Amendment and make it meaningful’ and that the full implementation of the 13th Amendment is only the ‘first step’. (Sunday Observer, 2015)

To summarize, the ethnic problems in Sri Lanka whether it is Tamil, Muslim, or Sinhala are very complex. I’m afraid that Sri Lanka needs a much longer time to heal and gain each other’s trust than 6 years. It took us 30 long years to come out of the war and it may well take another 30 years to move on from it. The ethnic and indigenous problems still affect countries like United States, Australia and New Zealand even after 100’s of years. However, similarly to what Kanithaiya said, we need to look at these countries and perhaps learn something from them. Although there are unresolved ethnic issues in these countries, ultimately they all have a unitary vision. I believe that the full implementation of the 13th Amendment is necessary at some point later down the road. However the combination of a powerless presidency along with a fully autonomous NPC if done too quickly may increase the risk of the formation and uprising of secessionist groups within the country.


Wigneswaran Damanaya (taming the shrew!) – Part IV

February 17th, 2015

C. Wijeyawickrema

Given below is an essay printed in the Lankaweb on July 10, 2009. It is a long essay, full of factual information, and it was written as a response to Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke when he was a supporter of 13-A plus.  Now in 2015, when 13-A cats are all put on a rock by Wigneswaran with his genocide junk, not only Dayan denies supporting a 13-A plus, but projects himself as a smart Sinhala patriot. But, he still considers JHU and BBS as Sinhala Buddhist extremists.

Today we see the “this war was not winnable crowd” is back in power via the back door, I mean the RanilW cabinet and officers appointed such as Jayantha Danapala. Hard to fathom is the behavior of Sinhala Buddhist leaders and the monks, who should demand the removal of 13-A and replacement of it with Jana Sabhas as proposed by the LLRC.

This Wigneswaran thing of Feb 10, 2015, is nothing but a rehash of the 1976 Vaddukoddei thing or the Thimpu-Oslo thing or 2003-4 ISGA-PTOM things or the 2009 GCTCSL thing, mentioned below.  Freed from Ranil-Managala-CBK-Raajitha, black-white federal influence, president Maithripala, could solve this so-called Tamil separatist issue, once and for all, if he takes the Buddhist Middle Path. When two ex-Indian presidents, not born as Buddhists, recently declared that “the solutions to world’s problems could be found via Buddhism” they must have meant the application of the formula, 4NT+8NP, in a secular setting.

Digging from the past writings an attempt will be made to present that solution, which, if followed then, would have made Sri Lanka, a model state for the world by now. It was a national tragedy that one or two individuals took a decision to cancel the Jana Sabha Director General’s Office, and to derail the successful Gami Diriya Village Development Program, reminiscent of the Rural Development and Crime Eradication Society Program floated by the late Ven. Kalukondayawe Panngasekara MahaThero in the 1940s, with the support of ASP Osmand de Silva and Justice Akbar.

This is the last background essay, written five years ago which covered the following topics:

  1. Black-white Colombo elites
  2. A cesarean delivery of 13-A plus
  3. Pyramid of needs
  4. Reasonable behavior/Unprofessional conduct
  5. Purpose of 13-A
  6. Un-Buddhist ideas of Dayan Jayatilleke
  7. Law and fact
  8. 13- A thieves in Colombo
  9. D(evolution) and decentralization of power
  10. Empowerment
  11. Who is a moderate?
  12. White politicians in a flat world
  13. Corruption triangles
  14. Christianization of Asia
  15. Tamil country with a UN seat

Fuel and fire: A Tamil homeland backed by 13-A
Posted on July 10th, 2009

  1. Wijeyawickrema

“A Sinhala police officer cried when Tamil IDPs died in the camp.”
“Sinhala doctors cried when a Tamil IDP child died in the camp.”

Words of TNA MP Padmini Sidambaranathan in Parliament on July 7, 2009, she herself crying twice

 Which is the master?

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” In the case of Sri Lanka, we can ask, “Which came first, Tamil separatism or the Sinhala Official Language Act?” This is a timeless question. The followers of “one language two countries, two languages one country” (the author of this statement later abandoned it) kind of philosophy, then or now, did not bother to ask such non-dialectical questions (In the 1930s and 1940s there was a fear that the Sinhala language will have a natural death and there was a group propagating the idea that Sinhala was a Tamil language). However, this “fear” was no reason for the People’s Bank to send a reply to a Tamil student in Sinhala who completed the loan form in English without an English translation. I once had to help one such student to understand what was in the reply. It was stupid and sadistic. The useless officer and the supervisors should have been fired. Just like sending “SRI” number plated CTB busses to Jaffna correct administrative action by the government‚ one big set of firing‚ would have stopped lot of sabotaging.

Black-white Colombo elites

Who opposed the introduction of the territorial representation system and the universal franchise in 1931?  Why did the Sinhala representative in the 1880s object to making Vesak a public holiday?  Who opposed the preservation of the ancient city of Anuradhapura? Why did Gandhi ridicule those Tamil leaders in South India who could not speak Hindi? Why India made Hindi (a language spoken by about 30-40 percent of Indians) its official language?   Why did Stanley J. Tambiah, a Christian, who forty years later asked “how can Buddhists kill?” (Buddhism betrayed, 1992) go to Thailand to study Buddhism in the 1960s when he could have done his sociology research on the rigid caste system in Jaffna? There is a group who opposes history (can we eat history?) because they do not want people to ask this kind of new questions.

A cesarean delivery of 13-A plus

At present a confusing situation is artificially and deliberately created by the pre-November 2005 anti-national groups in Colombo (ref. H. L. Seneviratna’s essay in the Island newspaper on 11/9/2005 and response on 11/11/2005) by asking the old question of “How soon 13-A plus can be delivered to Tamil politicians,” instead of asking a new question, “Which is the master, 13-A or the Tamil homeland myth in Sri Lanka?” This is a relevant and a reasonable question. It is not a SBC (Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinist) question. An analysis of who write about this old question and who talk about “group rights within a united-unitary state, it is clear that this is the same crowd who wrote about SBCs and on topics such as “this war is not winnable,” Sri Lanka is a failed state,” and “Sri Lanka is the abusive state in the world.”

Pyramid of needs

The top priority in Sri Lanka today should be about how to help the Tamil IDPs and how to get rid of a culture of corruption and crime and not about 13-A. One out of the box approach should have been to bring down to Colombo areas and create IDP shelters in temples, churches, mosques and in willing private homes.  The concerned citizens’ groups writing to newspapers could have organized things like that. If we use Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs (A Theory of Human Motivation, 1943) most of Sri Lankans, not just the Tamil IDPs are at the lowest level of basic human needs. To quote from Wikipedia:

“Maslow’s human needs are presented as a pyramid with human physiological needs at the base [more toilets in IDP camps?] and, highest levels of aspirations at the top [Kumar Ponnambalam’s Tamil aspiration demand]. At the base of the pyramid, at the lowest level are the physiological needs. These are the deficiency needs, most of which animals or even trees cannot live without.’

“Once these are met, seeking to satisfy growth needs drives personal growth. The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are met. Once an individual moves upward to the next level, needs in the lower level will no longer become a priority. If a lower set of needs is no longer being met, the individual will temporarily re-prioritize those needs by focusing attention on the unfulfilled needs, but will not permanently regress to the lower level. For instance, a businessman at the esteem level who is diagnosed with cancer will spend a great deal of time concentrating on his health (physiological needs), but will continue to value his work performance (esteem needs) and will likely return to work during periods of remission.”

“The lower four layers of the pyramid is what Maslow called “deficiency needs” or “D-needs”: physiological, safety and security, love and belonging, and esteem. With the exception of the lowest (physiological) needs, if these “deficiency needs” are not met, the body gives no physical indication but the individual feels anxious and tense.”

Level one- Physiological needs (food, sleep, stimulation, activity) (Body needs)

“For the most part, physiological needs are obvious – they are the literal requirements for human survival. If these requirements are not met (with the exception of clothing and sex) the human body simply cannot continue to function. Physiological needs include: Breathing, Homeostasis, Water, Sleep, Food, Sex, Clothing, and Shelter.”

Group rights and 13-A plus rights can wait for a natural birth (or a natural death due to promotion of individual rights). After all poor Tamils who did not speak English had to wait for 33 years to get their basic physiological needs covered.

Reasonable behavior

The Island newspaper is unique in providing a forum for public discussions on important socio-political topics (burning issues?) and the writers have an obligation to be reasonable in using this facility. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke (DJ), a hybrid, talented person, has every right to use any forum that he can lay hands on to promote his 13-A plus plan. But he has to be reasonable in what he writes and how he writes. As a person who wishes to be born again in a Sri Lankan village, in a peaceful country, I decided to challenge DJ’s unreasonable statements based often on false data and a dialectic mindset (The Island, 6/22/2009). I raised eleven issues (The Island, 7/1/2009) and he answered none of them which was his prerogative. But, Instead, he wrote what villagers call, an undera demala and got it printed twice, first as a postscript (The Island, 7/2/2009), and the next day as a letter to the editor (The Island, 7/3/2009). I hope DJ will avoid this yanne koheda malle pol approach in future because it is intentional abuse of a privilege. It was Karl Marx who said that he was not a “Marxist.” Any person who went to a Sunday Damma school could see the Buddhist Middle Path laced in the Mahinda Chinthanaya. There is no “Wije.. version” of it. If there is a DJ version he should let us know.

Unprofessional conduct 

Knowing very well that Mahinda Rajapakse (MR), the “hawkish” presidential candidate won in November 2005 because of the hard work of JHU and JVP who have opposed the 13-A formula, DJ as MR’s personal agent at the Geneva Sri Lankan Mission, writes promoting his own agenda, stating that the views expressed were purely his personal opinion! Since there are no pure persons there cannot be pure personal opinions. DJ has past experience in the non-purity of people, like when he went to pay his last respect to a fallen war hero General Denzil Kobbakaduwa. People can be cruel but for DJ to think that he would be welcomed was a serious lapse of judgment.

DJ’s behavior is unprofessional and unreasonable as MR’s diplomat. He has been crossing the fine line or the rough line on a regular basis. In the past, he wrote about the “fault line” and the “clash of peoples” (Island, 7/27/2008). We all love theorizing and imagination and an inquiring mind.  Then he began trespassing the territory of 13A Classic (Island, 8/11/2008). His 13A Classic, according to his own words, is a way station on the road to 13A plus and to the Indian “F” model.  These writings, one by one, indicated a pattern reminiscent of the villagers’ saying, diya-redden bella kapanawa (cutting one’s neck using bath robe). His writings, along with the 13A plus-related putting the cart before the horse kind of acts of some ministers, put the president in an awkward situation, waking up some sleeping tigers. People cannot eat 13-A. Tamil terrorists are still shooting at soldiers. Nedumaran thinks Prabakaran is alive!

Repeating the same mistake of making dialectically logical conclusions based on false data (facts), and forgetting what he himself said an year ago about a “ƒ”…”way station,”  DJ now says that those who think that 13-A is path to separatism are silly, because if that were the case Prabakaran would not have rejected it! Prabakaran rejected so many things‚ Northern Province on a platter for 15 years from CBK (and RP?), RPremadasa’s so many irresistible deals, Oslo federalism with Ranil W’s CFA 2002. Prabakaran and previously SJV Chelvanayagam lived and died in delusion. As SWRD once described: (Hansard vol. 31 (June 3, 1958) cols. 244-5)  “[SJVC is surely] one of the most dangerous types of human beings in the world, quite in his own way sincere, in his own way an idealist, but having no idea whatsoever of reality and the practical side of things. Very dangerous people, such people are capable of deluding themselves completely, capable of deluding others too” ((“S.J.V. Chelvanayakam and the crisis of Sri Lankan Tamil nationalism, 1947-77: a political biography” written by the late A. J. Wilson (1994), son-in-law of SJVC, page 10). This characterization applied very well to Prabakaran’s character as well. I wonder if DJ is also at least a borderline case in this regard. Was this what Milinda Seneviratne was trying to tell us as DJ’s Utopia (The Nation, 7/5/2009)?

Purpose of 13-A

The primary purpose of 13-A was to give official recognition to the hitherto mythical fact that there was/is a traditional Tamil homeland in the North and the East of Sri Lanka.  Like the Section 29 (2) of the 1947 Constitution, or the nefarious CFA 2002, 13-A was part of the agreement which restricted the sovereignty of Sri Lankan people. It was part of the humiliation Dixit and India imposed on a helpless president. There is no way Sri Lanka can come out of this mess other than by throwing it out by obtaining a people’s mandate. Even if DJ, or any other person directly or indirectly made promises to any international entity to follow 13-A, they are trustees and not masters of the people. A new constitution must be developed with people’s input and not by husband-wife teams of lawyers sitting in Colombo offices. Colombo is not Sri Lanka.

Un-Buddhist ideas of DJ

While writing this response which I promised to DJ via an e-mail, I saw DJ’s reply to Milinda Seneviratne (The Island, 7/9/2009) in which DJ listed reasons for his bias for a 13A plus.

  1. 13-A is already in place and does not have to be (re)negotiated. It has only to be implemented and Sri Lanka’s military triumph would be politically reinforced instantly.
  2. Tamil nationalism would be split between the hyper-nationalists who reject it and the moderates who accept and participate.
  3. Tamil Diaspora would be divided.
  4. The North-South gap would be bridged.
  5. A renewed cycle of conflict would be less likely or possible.
  6. The impressive weight of India in the world system would be solidly with us.
  7. The international pressure on us would lift somewhat, our allies and friends in the international system would be relieved and vindicated.
  8. External financing would be more readily available.
  9. The anti-Sri Lanka global campaign would be severely weakened and the attempt to encircle Sri Lanka internationally would be defeated.
  10. All these strategic benefits are obtainable right now.
  11. The idea of Tamil Eelam can be defeated only by the counter-idea of reformed and restructured Sri Lankan state which may remain unitary but contains an irreducible autonomous political space for the Tamil people of the North and East. It cannot be defeated by the idea of Sri Lanka shorn of even the 13th amendment.
  12. Armed Tamil secessionism can and has been defeated, but the politics of collective Tamil identity cannot be militarily defeated or suppressed; it can only be politically addressed.
  13. If Sri Lanka had devolved power in 1957, 1966, 1981 (DDCs), 1984 (Annexure c) or 1986 (Chidambaram), there would have been no Indian intervention.

DJ is deluding himself by ignoring the purpose of 13-A discussed above. It was created to recognize a Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka. It even recognized that up to three provinces can decide to merge. Could it be the Central Province, Uva or the North Central?  What DJ listed as item 13 above had happened under the Colombo black-white rulers. Under them since 1832 two Ceylons evolved: (1) Colombo Ceylon of the English-speaking groups and (2) the Other Ceylon where poor and rural, non-English-speaking people of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim origin lived. In 1956 there was a jolt but no significant change. After 1977 a total reversal to pre-1948 era took place.  After Nov 2005 and after May 19, 2009, the two Sri Lankas show signs becoming a unified Sri Lanka. In this new Sri Lanka children will be taught Sinhala and Tamil and they will be taught how to speak in English. This approach will take care of Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala collective identity issues.

DJ’s list above indicates that DJ is deluding himself and trying to delude others. The Mahinda Chinthanaya does not have to worry about anything he listed above. When the former president of India said that Buddhism provides solution to world’s problems he did not mean dirty tricks, divide and conquer or Nixon, Kissinger or Machiavelli tactics.  When the Buddhist American, professor Robert Thurman wrote a book chapter telling how American can create a better America using Buddhist approach he did not think of dirty geopolitics. The American Senator Fulbright did not suggest dirty tricks.  We Buddhists do not want to interfere with Tamil thinking and Tamil plans for a Tamil country. All we say is that geography and history are against trying to create it in Sri Lanka.  What General Sarath Fonseka recently explained was “that minorities should enjoy equal rights with the majority, but they (Tamil politicians) should not make unreasonable demands.” Asking a Tamil homeland is an unreasonable demand when a homeland is there next door in Tamil Nad.  Asking separate group rights is unreasonable when 60% of Tamils live outside the “proposed homeland” and moving south on a daily basis. Nobody interfered with their collective identity expressed in Jaffna, but what about the collective identity of the Sinhalese? Muslims, Christians, Tamils and Burghers have their own source regions or homelands. Sri Lanka is the only real estate for the Sinhalese. In Buddhist temples 20-30% of the sacred space is devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses. Tamils come from South India to worship at Kataragama. Sri Lanka should resurrect the train-boat link with Danushkodi. Sinhala women go to worship the Siva lingam in the ancient Siva Devalaya at Pollonnaruwa.

India followed the 13A like path in India since 1935 and did a big mistake in 1956 by demarcating states on linguistic lines. The original 14 states are now at 28 and another 35 are on the “waiting list.” No day passes in India without an ethnic/language clash. Indian people did not get empowered by these methods. Just like with the PC white elephant in Sri Lanka a new set of local politicians were added to the set of politicians in Delhi. What is important is to remove any chance that some political crooks can find to resurrect racism. Tamil politicians in Colombo gave private tuition to their children to learn Sinhala and prevented poor Tamils in Jaffna learning it free in government schools. The basic requirement here is not to allow any spatial unit created on the basis of language. As far as possible the unit should have a natural boundary, ideally a river basin kind. With this approach there will be units which will predominantly be Tamil or Muslim units. Yalpanam will be one such unit where there will be room for collective identity. Sri Lanka being a scrambled ethnic egg this is the only way people could be prevented from looking for ethnic scape goats and politicians trying to capitalize on it. In 1976 of the 160 electorates 157 had a mixture of Tamils and Sinhalese. APRC majority report wanted to build Tamil police stations to handle this scrambled egg!

The April 2007 SLFP proposals submitted to APRC indicated that people will be empowered at the Gram Raj level. This approach is economical, efficient, ecologically sound and ethnic-friendly. It allows room for group aspirations without disturbing ethnic harmony.  This is beyond DJ’s list on item 13 above and this is what all the countries in the world wanted to do. India selected it as Panchayathi Raj Institutes in 1993. There is no other real estate for the Sinhala Buddhists. They lived with local Tamils for 2550 years. They are capable of living in harmony again when there are no loop holes in the spatial demarcation of Sri Lankan political units for the white politicians, black-whites, Marxists, and a small group of Tamil separatists to try to put their dirty fingers in. Leaders coming out of such local units will be national leaders and not Tamil, Muslim or Sinhala leaders.  Sri Lanka can have a Tamil Obama when a Tamil go to election platforms in the south and speak in fluent Sinhala. Nobody thought of the Tamil ancestry of SWRD when he spoke in so attractive Sinhala on election platforms. JRJ with his Muslim ancestry could not speak that well in Sinhala, still people trusted him!

Law and fact      

Since DJ and other on the 13-A buggy cart start their journey ignoring some basic foundational facts, it is timely to summarize again how the real world handles homelands and separatist demands. The history of human society is a history of a small group of people controlling the rest by using habits and customs and raw physical power which later took the shape of laws in the book. No more law of the jungle! When during the Dutch occupation the punishment for destroying a cinnamon tree was death or when in USA a marriage between a white and a black was illegal it was new law of civilization. Those who are in control pass laws. Under the international law there are rules of law on how a country is recognized and rules on how UDI is also considered as part of that law.

Law is like the tip of the iceberg. The facts are the mass under the water. We call this evidence.  Facts are used to interpret and implement the law (cinnamon trees should not be destroyed).  Any given legal dispute is decided by using facts from eye-witness accounts to historical documents to patterns of human behavior. Thus facts can be acts of commission as well as non-acts (omissions). Not doing something can become a fact, evidence against somebody, some entity. This is how silence becomes approval. One can maintain silence in a given situation due to any number of reasons but in a court of law it can be used as a fact to prove that silence was consent. For example, GOSL rejected the four points in the Thimpu Declaration. But this rejection will become evidence of making such demand at that time, if and when a future Vartharaja Perumal wants to fight for a UDI or a separate country.  This basic difference between law and fact and between acts and non-acts which can become acts, are crucial in understanding why 13-A backers today do not want to answer questions such as “Do you think that there is a Tamil homeland in the East?”

After finishing a 33-year old curse, the MR Administration has a duty on behalf of the thousands of Hasalaka hero mothers to avoid making the kind of blunders made by previous administrations. Each blunder, each non-act will be evidence for a case for Tamil statehood. There are some factors beyond the control of GOSL that must be considered before thinking of developing a home-grown constitution. In this regard the APRC is like a cyanide capsule that Adeline Balasingham (now living happily in London) distributed to teenage Tamil girls.

13- A thieves in Colombo

Historically, there were only three persons who truthfully accepted the true purpose of 13-A: (1) Rajiv Gandhi said in the Indian parliament that he had to force JRJ to accept it (2) Gamini Jayasuriya was the only person in the UNP to protest against it and leave, and (3) the sailor who tried to kill Rajiv Gandhi on the airport tarmac was also truthful even though he was wrong in his approach. No person in Sri Lanka in 2009 can bring lasting peace to Sri Lanka if that person cannot understand that the history and geography of the island (history is past geography) do not support a myth created by a separatist Tamil politician.  “You cannot legislate against geography” (The Island, 2/22/2006). Tamil people and the other people must all be empowered not via 13-A, but by creating a language-blind spatial demarcation units. And Tamil group rights (aspirations) are still possible under a language-blind path without destroying peace and harmony in the entire island, sooner or later, when the present actors are dead and gone, just like JRJ, Mrs. B, RP and AnuraB are all gone (ref. F marriages and water wars, Ceylon Daily News, 9/13/ 2006; Language-blind regional development units, The Island, 10/25/2006).

D(evolution) and decentralization of power

13-A backers use the two words “devolution” and “moderates” all the time but avoid the word “empowerment.”  They want devolution offered to “moderate” Tamil politicians and not empowerment of Tamil people. The only Tamil public figure who indicated an open willingness to abandon 13-A path was Col. Karuna (give us what Colombo gets) and he will become a born-again Tamil homeland backer again if the humiliating 1987 Indo-SL (RG-Dixit-JRJ) pact is given a new leaf of life under the unofficial Dayan J version of the Mahinda Chinthanaya. There should be dialog on this topic and there is no reason to act in a hurry. Politicians give the term devolution a twisted meaning to suit their selfish interests. In a tiny island like Sri Lanka it should mean decentralization of governmental power and not several regional powers. Taking the government to people by making it closer to them was the purpose behind creating nine provinces from the original five. Creating new districts (Gampaha, Killinochchi) and new AGA divisions by the central government are based on this principle of allowing more access. During the RPremadasa rule GSN units were increased from 4,000 to 14,000! These can be rearranged or merged to fit in with ecology-base Gram Rajya units. Unlike the previous blunders the 13-A plus once given will be a point of no return. No military can unravel it.

In Sri Lanka, devolution was a concept over one hundred years old (ref. An alternative to the devolution dilemma” move the capital to Raja Rata (The Island, 4/21/1998). Any regional division based on language will bring in ethnic tension back in to all the regions in the island. This has been the lesson from Belgium (where three-part split after 150 years became a real possibility), Scotland (where devolution is to be replaced by a separate country, just one more election away), Northern Ireland (where religious tensions are buried not dead) and in India (where the 1956 linguistic demarcation of state boundaries keep on adding fuel to more and more separatist units). It is worth noting that under the devolution path the late Neelan Thiruchelvam wanted the Indian “F” model in the merged N-E Province but not the Pondicherry sub model (devolution inside a devolved unit like in Tamil Nadu to accommodate Muslim and Sinhala enclaves).


13-A advocates do not talk about empowerment of people. Instead politicians talk about devolution because they can get new jobs, life-time retirements, help their relatives etc. The best form of devolution of power is giving decision-making powers to spatial units as small as possible (human scale, Small Is Beautiful). The control from Colombo should be minimized and locals should be allowed to run the show locally. In India, this has been the Panchayathi Raj Institutes. In Sri Lanka, it should be village councils re-demarcated to follow natural boundaries as far as practicable.  Within such natural boundaries, group rights are possible without providing any “incentives” to think of separatism. For example, I know that in Panadura, there are at least three areas with Muslim settlements (enclaves): Totawatta, Sarikkali mulla and Eluvila. If these areas are wards or hamlets within larger ecologically bounded village councils or urban areas what would prevent them promoting their own group rights? If Yalpanam is a new province based on a river-basin based re-division of Sri Lanka, then village councils in that area, which will be Tamil majority, can form a higher level Yalpanam spatial unit to celebrate Hindu festivals or to decide not to make Vesak a public holiday within that unit. The important point is that those Tamils in the South as well as Tamils living in the north understand that the unit is not created as a language-based unit. This is the difference between 13-A approach and a language-blind approach. If a Tamil unit decides to ignore Vesak despite the fact that there are some Buddhists within the unit, then that unit will soon learn that a Sinhala unit or a Muslim sub-unit (Oluvil?) could follow the same path depriving Hindu celebrations to Tamils. This is how democracy can work at the grass root level with spatial checks and balances (ref. APRC and the bioregional vision (The Island, 2/25/2009).

Who is a moderate?

13-A advocates and some white politicians hide behind an idea called the moderates. They say extremists are unreasonable and undemocratic people. But who is a moderate is time and place depended (contextual). An extremist in the past becomes a moderate today depending on changed circumstances. Israel’s Arial Sharon was an extremist who promoted illegal settlements in Palestine lands. After 30 years he decided to remove these settlements and he was called a moderate. The settlers, who wanted to kill him, suddenly became extremists! Because there are new extremists, an old extremist idea does not become a new moderate idea. In Sri Lanka federalism-separatism was considered an extremist position by the majority Sinhala people. Simply because a terrorist group wanted a separate country by force does not make the others in Colombo who continue to ask the “F” solution moderate Tamils. This was the logic behind both Sinhala and Tamil concerned citizen groups (ref. Professor Rajan Hoole’s human rights award (The Island, 10/16/2007); An “ƒ” concerned group of Sri Lankans and the kamatha test (The Island, 3/7/2009); Concerned Tamil citizens and the Karuna paradigm (The Island, 5/23 and 5/25/2009).

White politicians in a flat world

I consider DJ writing from Geneva and other “moderates” writing from Colombo on “group rights” and “human rights” as appendages of the white politicians in failed democratic capitalist countries in the west. Just like those days they came with NGOs then called the Hudson Bay Company or the East India Company, they are now hiding behind NGOs called R2P and TI. They created the UN to continue colonialism and UN agents displayed a clear bias toward white politician’s hidden agenda. In the case of Sri Lanka in 2009 white politician’s agenda became UN-HR peoples open agenda. As mentioned in my previous reply to DJ, three world forces work in combination with one goal: to create more tension and conflicts in the world professing democracy and peace to make former colonies unstable and vulnerable. To give just one simple example of this truth: there is a bomb-making factory in rural Oklahoma in USA and if bombs cannot be dropped on some country or cannot be sold to rival fighting groups in some country, the bomb factory workers will be unemployed!

Corruption triangles

Remote-controlled colonialism operates with corruption triangles. At the village level the triangle consists of the NGO-local politician-AGA (GSN). At the national level NGO/INGO-ministers-officers. Some white politicians will work over-time to promote racial tensions not because they have Tamil block votes to be captured in their electorates but because of the three inter-connected processes taking place in the Flat world (made flat by computer technology). They are: (1) Clash of civilization (superiority of western-European sets of values), (2) Christianization of Asia (to make them more civilized and ultimately religiously save them) and (3) exploitation of the Third world resources using free trade as a trade mark.

The index industry (e.g., failed state index) and R2P agents help accommodate the three movements using dollar bills. They got into a crisis mode after the collapse of the system of capitalist democracy in 2008-2009. If the collapse of the Berlin Wall was the first end of history, this collapse of the Wall Street wall was the second end of history. The Western white politicians must create more trouble spots for them to survive. This is the plain and the naked truth. If a Tamil-Sinhala clash is alive in Sri Lanka, sooner or later, USA, UK and Canada can have two embassies each in the island! Unfortunately hybrid products like DJ serves as their cat’s paws, knowingly or unknowingly.

Christianization of Asia

The separatist paradigm in Ceylon did not begin as an issue of collective identity. It began in the 1920s by the actions of two Christian Colombo Tamils (SJVC and GGP). The poor Christians have nothing to do with this. Funny thing is evangelists spent millions in rural Buddhist or Hindu villages but the poverty among Christians in towns is ignored! Christian soldiers fought to save Sri Lanka. But on any given problem in Sri Lanka one can see an organized-establisment Christian ghost behind it. Lasantha Wickramatunge who acted as a double or multiple spy agent was an organization Christian.  Most NGO mudalalis are Christians.

13-A has become an unexpected vehicle for the corruption triangles and for the three world forces mentioned above. 13-A plus in Sri Lanka is an ideal vehicle to create instability in Sri Lanka. The report on unethical conversion of Buddhists to Christianity (ACBC, 2009), on page 192, at paragraph 833, has identified these three forces and describe vividly how they run the business.

Tamil country with a UN seat

DJ’s list above does not cover the demand by world Tamils for a separate country. How is he going to tackle that? There is an entity called the world federation of Tamils which fight for a Tamil country with a UN seat. This is not an organization limited to Sri Lankan expat Tamils. Attempts to form it in the Fiji Island or in Malaysia failed and Sri Lanka became until May 19, 2009 a juicy target. With remnants of Prabakaran’s 30 year-old world net-work rising to raise its head again those Tamils in Colombo, Sri Lanka will work with outside forces to take group right to its logical conclusion of a group country. Therefore, 13-A which is official recognition of a Tamil traditional homeland in North and East should not be accepted as a method to promote group aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The link between Tamil separatism in Tamil Nadu and Tamil separatists in Colombo will always be there. Tamil Nadu politicians will always find some topic to stir the racial pot if the spatial unit created was based on language. It can be water allocation in times of drought or discrimination in allowing dealing with foreign investors or the Kachchativu Island or illegal fishing.  If 13-A set up is continued there will come a time that even a loud fart would become an issue for conflict because in Tamil Nadu there will always be politicians waiting to catch it. Nedumaran still believes that Prabakarna is not dead! These are perennial issues in the Indian devolution system today. There are demands to create two more states out of the present Tamil Nadu, making it three states.

DJ says that MR can solve the Tamil collective identity issue because he has the political capital. Tamil collective identity is not an item MR can handle. Gandhi, Nehru and Indira could not handle it. What MR can do is to provide reasonable spatial space for the JaffnaTamils in Sri Lanka to celebrate their festivals etc., without them thinking that there is “Sinhalization,” a fear created by SJVC. Nobody is there to talk about the collective identity of the Sinhala Buddhists. Actually Sinhala Buddhists themselves do not talk about it.

Unlike the other religions where life is linear, in Buddhism life is cyclical. After death one does not go to a holding-tank to be resurrected at a later time. Everything in the world is impermanent. The Middle Path is the path to follow. Buddhism is 4NT+8NP (four noble truths and the eight noble- path). For people, whose lives are woven around such formula, collective identities are not matters of life and death. Only a handful of university professors and Marxists following western models talk of collective this or that, and then thrive on the instability so created. Five hundred years of colonialism was nothing but humiliation of Asian, African and South American cultures. Sri Lanka has begun a reversal by return-humiliation. The French foreign minister got it. A Canadian MP got it. Even the mighty America’s some politicians got it. Yes, Sri Lanka can! It can live without begging at foreign embassy gates or IMF corridors. Sri Lanka can be an example to other poor countries struggling to come out of humiliation trap they inherited from colonial rule (it is a trap which creates their own corrupt politicians). The sooner DJ shift gears from a 13-A plus delivery man’s role to an anti-humiliation activist (Castro follower) the better for him and for the IDPs and other poor Tamils in Sri Lanka.

  1. Wijeyawickrema


බෙදුම්වාදියාගේ දිනපොත

February 17th, 2015

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වාහනයේ ඇති ගුවන් විදුලියෙන් පැරණි ගීතයක් වාදනය වේ. ඒ මා ළමා කාලයේ දී බෙහෙවින් ඇළුම් කළ නන්දා මාලනීගේ සුකිරි බටිල්ලන්ගේ ගීතයයි. එහි අපූරු පද වැලක් ඇත. ඒ “කන්න දෙතොත් බොන්න දෙතොත් රට උකසට තියල්ලා“ යන්නයි. එකී ගීතය ගායනා කලේ 2015 දී බිහි වන ආණ්ඩුවේ “දින සීයේ වැඩපිලිවෙල“ පිළිබඳ අවබෝධයකින් දැයි විටක මට සිතේ. මතුපිටින් නම් දින සීයේ වැඩපිලිවෙල සුන්දරය. ඉන්ධන මිළ අඩු වේ. වැටුප් වැඩි වේ. කොත්තමල්ලි සහ උඳු වැනි අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය භාණ්ඩ මිළ ද අඩු වේ. මෙකී ප්‍රවෘත්ති මාධ්‍ය සංදර්ශන වලින් මතු කර පෙන්වන අතරේ හොර රහසේම බෙදුම්වාදි දින සීයේ වැඩපිලිවෙලක් ක්‍රියාත්මක වේ. අවාසනාවට ඒ පිළිබද මාධ්‍ය ආවරණයක් හෝ සමාජ සංවාදයක් නැත. එබැවින් අපි එකී වැඩපිලිවෙල මතු කර ගනිමු.

යහපාලනය පෙන්වා බෙදුම්වාදය රජ කිරීම සඳහා මෛත්‍රි නංගි පෙන්වා රනිල් අක්කාට රට භාර දීමේ වැඩපිලිවෙලක් තිබෙන බව පසුගිය ජනපතිවරණයේ දී අපි පැවසුවෙමු. ජාතියේ අවාසනාවට දැන් එය සැබෑ වී ඇත. ජනවාරි 09 දින පසුගිය ජනපතිවරණය ජයග්‍රහණය කිරීම හේතුවෙන් මෛත්‍රිපාල මහතා ජනපති ධූරයේ දිවුරුම් දුන්නේය. එයින් විනාඩි පහක් ඇතුළත කිසිම මැතිවරණයක් ජයග්‍රහණය නොකළ පාර්ලිමේන්තු බහුතරය නොමැති වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා අගමැති ධූරයේ දිවුරුම් දුන්නේය. බෙදුම්වාදි න්‍යාය පත්‍රය ඇරඹෙන්නේ එදා සිටය.

ජනවාරි 11 දින නව ඇමති මණ්ඩලය දිවුරුම් දෙන ලදී. 2001 දී පොලීසිය භාරව සිටිය දී මිලේනියම් සිටි මහ පාවාදීම තුලින් බුද්ධි අංශ කොටින් ඉදිරියේ නිරුවත් කළ ජෝන් අමරතුංග මහතා නැවතත් පොලීසිය භාර ඇමති ධූරයට පත් විය. එමෙන්ම රටේ විදේශ විනිමය නීති උල්ලංඝණය කරමින් කොටි සංවිධානයේ ප්‍රබල ආධාරකරුවෙකු වන රාජ් රාජරත්නම්ගෙන් ඩොලර් මිලියන තුනක් හෙවත් රුපියල් ලක්ෂ 3,900ක් ලබාගෙන අධිකරණය ඉදිරියේ විභාග වන නඩුවක විත්තිකරු වන රවි කරුණානායක මහතා මුදල් ඇමති ධූරයට පත් විය.

ලංකා ඉතිහාසයේ බිහි වුණු කීර්තිමත්ම බුද්ධි නිළධාරියා වන මේජර් ජනරාල් කපිල හෙන්ඳවිතාරණ මහතා සිය ඉල්ලා අස්වීම ලබා දෙන්නේ ජනවාරි 12 දිනය. එදිනනම සටන් විරාම සමයේ ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් තනතුර දරමින් කොටි සංවිධානයට හිතවාදි ලෙස කටයුතු කළ බවට චෝදනා ලැබූ ඔස්ටින් ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතා ද කොටි සංවිධානයට උතුරු සහ නැගෙනහිර පළාත්හි පාලනය භාර දෙන සුනාමි සහන මණ්ඩලයේ නිර්මාතෘ ලෙස සැලකූ ජයන්ත ධනපාල මහතා ද ජනාධිපති උපදේශකවරුන් ලෙස පත් කරන ලදී. ජනවාරි 13 දින දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදි විෂබීජය මෙරට ජනතාවගේ සිත් තුලට ඇතුළු කරන හෙයින් මෙරට තහනම් කර තිබුණු ටැමිල්නෙට් වෙබ් අඩවියට බාධාවකින් තොරව ඇතුළු වීමේ අවස්ථාව ලබා දෙන ලදී.

ජනවාරි 14 දින දෙමළ ජාතික සංධානයේ දිගු කාලීන ඉල්ලීමක් ඉටු කරමින් උතුරු පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාර මේජර් ජනරාල් ජී ඒ චන්ද්‍රසිරි මහතා ඉවත් කර ආණ්ඩුවේ විශ්‍රාමික විදේශ සේවා නිළධාරියෙකු වන එච් එම් ජී එස් පලිහක්කාර මහතා පත් කරන බව නිවේදනය කරන ලදී. පසුගිය රජය සමයේ හමුදා නිළධාරියෙකු උතුරේ ආණ්ඩුකාර ධූරයට පත් කලේ සහේතුකවය. උතුරු පළාත් සභාවේ පාලනය හිමි වුණේ දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදින්ගේ දේශපාලන අංශය වන දෙමළ ජාතික සංධානයටයි. එබැවින් ඔවුන් කරන දෑ පිළිබඳ අවදියෙන් සිටීමට බුද්ධි අංශ වලට සිදු වේ. පළාත් සභාවේ විධායකයේ ප්‍රධානියා ළෙස ආණ්ඩුකාරවරයාට ඇමති මණ්ඩල තීන්දු ඇතුළු වැදගත් ලේඛණ පරික්ෂා කිරීමට අවස්ථාව තිබේ. හමුදා ආණ්ඩුකාරවරයෙකුට බුද්ධි අංශ වලට වැදගත් තොරතුරු හඳුනා ගැනීමට හැකියාව ඇති අතර ඒවා බුද්ධි අංශ වලට යොමු කිරීමට එඩිය ද ඇත. නමුත් සාමාන්‍ය ආණ්ඩුකාරවරයෙකුට බුද්ධි අංශ සංවේදි තොරතුරු හඳුනා ගැනීමේ හැකියාව නොමැති අතර එසේ හඳුනා ගත්තත් අවදානමක් ගෙන ඒවා බුද්ධි අංශ වෙත යොමු කිරීමට එඩිතර වේදැයි සිතීම දුෂ්කරය.

එදිනම තවත් දැවැන්තම පිම්මක් බෙදුම්වාදින් පනින ලදී. කොටි ත්‍රස්තවාදය සහ දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදය අත්හැර ඊට එරෙහිව ජීවිතය පරදුවට තබා සටන් කළ පිල්ලෙයාන් හිටපු ප්‍රධාන ඇමතිතුමාට සපයා තිබුණු ආරක්ෂාව ඉවත් කළ අතර එවැනි කොටි විරෝධි සටනක සිටි ඩග්ලස් දේවානන්ද මන්ත්‍රිතුමාට සපයා තිබුණු පොලිස් ආරක්ෂාව භටයින් දෙදනෙකුට සීමා කරන ලදී. ඊට පසු දින තම පාක්ෂිකයින්ට පැරණි කොටි සාමාජිකයින් පහර දෙන බවටත් දේපල ගිනිබත් කරන බවටත් පිල්ලෙයාන් හිටපු ප්‍රධාන ඇමතිතුමා විසින් හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාට පැමිණිලි කලේය.
ලෝකය පුරා දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදය බටහිර බලවතුන්ගේ අනුග්‍රහය මැද පිම්මේ වැඩන අතරේ උතුරු පළාතට යැවීමට තහනම් භාණ්ඩ 16 සිට 3 දක්වා අඩු කරන ලදී. එමෙන්ම උතුරු පළාතේ සංචාරය කිරීමට විදේශිකයින්ට පනවා තිබුණු සීමාවන් ඉවත් කෙරිණි.

ජනවාරි 16 දින දෙමළ බෙදුම්වාදින්ගේ ප්‍රබල ආධාරකරුවෙකු වන ඩොනල්ඩ් ඥාණකෝන් සහ ලංකාවට එරෙහිව යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා නගන චැනල් ෆෝ නාලිකා අධ්‍යක්ෂ කැලන් මැක්රේ ආණ්ඩුවේ අමුත්තන් ළෙස ප්‍රභූ පර්යන්තයෙන් ලංකාවට පැමිණි බව මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා කලේය.
ජනවාරි 17 දින ඉන්දියාවේ එන්ඩීටීවී නාලිකාවට සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවක් ලබා දෙමින් 13 වන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය සම්පූර්ණයෙන් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට තමන්ගේ ආණ්ඩුවේ සියළුම පාර්ශවකරුවන් එකඟ බව අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පැවසීය. ඒ අනුව ඉඩම් සහ පොලිස් බලතල ද පළාත් සභාවන්ට හිමි වනු ඇත. නමුත් තමන් එවැනි එකඟතාවයක නොමැති බව තවමත් ජාතික හෙළ උරුමය පවසා නොමැත.
ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයේ උපදෙස් මත උතුරු පළාතේ පිහිටුවා ඇති හමුදා කඳවුරු යටතේ ඇති ඉඩම් තව දුරටත් නිදහස් කිරීමට අධ්‍යනයක් කරන බව හමුදා ප්‍රකාශක බ්‍රිගේඩියර් රුවන් වනිගසූරිය මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කලේ ද එදිනමය. 2009 දී යුද්ධ්‍ය අවසන් වන විට උතුරු පළාතේ අක්කර 26,000ක් හමුදා යටතේ පැවතුනත් දැනටමත් එය අක්කර 10,000 පමණ ප්‍රමාණයට අඩුකර ඇති බව ද ඔහු පැවසීය. ඉන්පසු සිදු වුණේ ඔහුව හමුදා ප්‍රකාශක තනතුරින් ඉවත් කිරීමයි. ජනවාරි 18 දින බුද්ධි අංශ තව දුරටත් අඩපණ කරමින් බුද්ධි අංශ භාර නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්පති චන්ද්‍රා වාකිස්ට මහතා මේජර් ජනරාල් හෙන්ඳවිතාරණ ගත් මග ගනිමින් සිය තනතුරින් ඉල්ලා අස්වීය.

සිරිමා – ශාස්ත්‍රි ගිවිසුම අනුව ඉන්දියාවට යෑමට නියමිතව සිටි ඉන්දියානු පුරවැසියන්ට 1988 දී ලංකාවේ පුරවැසිභාවය ලබා දුන්නේ ඉන්දියාවේ සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සරණාගතයින්ට එරට පුරවැසිභාවය ලබා දීමේ පදනමෙනි. නමුත් එරට සිටින ලක්ෂ දෙකකට අධික ලාංකික සරණාගතයින් නැවත ලංකාවට එවීමට කටයුතු කරන බව ඉන්දියානු ආණ්ඩුව නිවේදනය කළාය. නමුත් 1988 දී ගත් තීන්දුව සිහිපත් කිරීමට ලංකාණ්ඩුව ඉදිරිපත් නොවිණි.
බෝම්බ පිපිරවීම වැනි ත්‍රස්තවාදි ක්‍රියා සම්බන්ධයෙන් සෘජු සාක්ෂි ඇති බැවින් රඳවා ගෙන සිටින ත්‍රස්තවාදින් දහසක් නිදහස් කිරීමට ජනාධිපති සිරිසේන තමන්ට පොරොන්දු වූ බවට මන්නාරම රදගුරු රායප්පු ජෝශෆ් ප්‍රකාශ කරන ලදී.

පෙබරවාරි 05 දින අළුයම දී‍ වවුනියාවේ මුර සංචාරයක යෙදී සිටි පොලිස් භට පිරිසකට වෙඩි තැබීමකින් එක් භටයෙකු තුවාල විය. ඒ 2009 මැයි 19 දිනෙන් පසු උතුරේ ආරක්ෂක හමුදාවන් ඉලක්ක කළ පළමු වෙඩි තැබීමයි. මෙම සිදුවීම මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා කළ පසු නිවේදනය කලේ ඌරන්ට ඇට වූ මරු වැලක් පෑගීමෙන් පොලිස් භටයා තුවාල වූ බවයි. බයිසිකලයකින් පාර දිගේ ගමන් කරමින් සිටිය දී අතට වෙඩි වැදීමට නම් අඩි තුනක් පමණ උසින් තුවක්කුව බැඳ තිබිය යුතු අතර මරු වැල තිබිය යුත්තේ පාර හරහාය. නමුත් පාර හරහා මරු වැල් යොදන්නේ නොමැති අතර ඌරන්ගේ උස අනුව අඩි තුනක් උසින් තුවක්කු බඳින්නේ ද නැත. මෙම කරුණු පෙන්වා දීමෙන් පසු වැඩි දුර පරීක්ෂණ කෙරෙන බව පවසා එම සිද්ධිය යටපත් කෙරිණි.

එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ සමූල ඝාතන ප්‍රඥාප්තිය උල්ලංඝණය කරමින් 1948 සිට සෑම ලංකාණ්ඩුවක්ම සිදු කරන ලද දෙමළ ජාතිය සමූල ඝාතනය කිරීමේ වෑයම පිළිබද ජාත්‍යන්තර පරීක්ෂණයක් පැවැත්විය යුතු බවට පෙරබවාරි 10 දින උතුරු පළාත් ප්‍රධාන ඇමති විග්නේශ්වරන් ඉදිරිපත් කළ පිටු 11කින් යුත් යෝජනාව උතුරු පළාත් සභාව සම්මත කරන ලදී. මව්බිම තුලට ජාත්‍යන්තර පරීක්ෂණයක් ගෙන ඒමට මහජන නියෝජිත සභාවක් යෝජනාවක් සම්මත කලේ ප්‍රථම වතාවටයි.

ආණ්ඩුවේ පළමු මාසය තුල සිදු වූ මෙම සිදුවීම් පෙල කියා පාන්නේ ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්‍රකාශිත දින සීයේ වැඩපිලිවෙලට යටින් දිවෙන අප්‍රකාශිත බෙදුම්වාදි දින සීයේ වැඩපිලිවෙලක් තිබෙන බවයි. ආණ්ඩුව කොත්තමල්ලි අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය භාණ්ඩයක් සේ ප්‍රකාශ කර ලාභ කලේ ඉදිරියේ දී සමස්ත ජාතියටම උණ ගැනෙන බව කල් තබා දන්නා හෙයින් ද?

මම එනවා ඔබත් එන්න

February 17th, 2015

by Lankanewsweb Today

රට දෙකඩ වන අනතුරින් වහාම රට බෙරා ගැනිම් සදහා පෙළ ගැසේන මහා ජනතා බලවේගයට භියවු ශ්‍රිලනිපයේ,ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණේ සහ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ ඇතැම් බෙදුම්වාදී ජාත්‍යන්තර ඩොලර් කුට්ටි මත යැපෙන හෙංචයියන් විවිධ කටකතා පතුරවමින් සිටින බව LNW රටපුරා සිටින වාර්තාකරුන් වාර්තා කරයි.නමුත් කුමණ කටකතාවකටවත් හෙට නුගේගොඩ නගරයට එන ලක්ෂ සංඛ්‍යාත ජනතාව නතර කිරිමට හැකියාවක් නොමැති බවයි ඔහුන් පෙන්වා දුන්නේ.

වෙනදාට ගමේ සංවිධායකයන්ගෙන් ලැබෙන අරක්කු බොතලයට,බත් පැකට් එකට සහ නොමිලේ ලැබෙන බස් සේවාවන්ට යටවුනු ජනතාවට වඩා ස්වකීය කැමැත්තෙන් මුදල් එකතුකර සංවිධානය වු දහස් ගණන් ගම් මට්ටමි සංවිධානය වන අකාරය දකින්නට තිබෙන බවයි ඔහුන් සදහන් කළේ.

රට වෙනුවෙන් ගොඩ නැගෙන මේ ප්‍රභල සංවිධානයට හොදටම භීතියට පත්ව ඇත්තේ මහා ඩීල්කරු අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක බව LNW විශේෂ වාර්තාකරු සදහන් කළා.මේ වනවිටත් නුගේගොඩ රැලිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විවිධ අසත්‍ය තොරතුරු වාර්තා කිරිමේ යෙදි සිටින අතර එම පක්ෂයේ නිල මඩ වෙබ් අඩවිය වන ලංකා ටෘත් වෙබ් අධවිය පලකර තිබු පුවත පහත දැක්වේ.

මේ අතර හෙට රැළියට හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ සහභාගි වන බව මේ වනවිටත් නිළ මට්ටමේ සාකච්ඡා වලදි තහවුරු වි තිබේ.ඊට අමතරව

රට බෙදුම්වාදීන්ගෙන් ගලවා ගත හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගොඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතාද සහභාගි වන බව දැන ගන්නට ලැබේ. මේ අතර හෙට දිනයේ නුගේගො පැවැත්වෙන ජනතා රැළිය සඳහා සහභාගී වීමට බන්නාහිර පළාත් සභාවේ සන්ධාන මන්ත‍්‍රි කණ්ඩායම තීරණය කර තිබේ

වරදින්නේ ජ්‍යොතිෂයට පමණක් ද?

February 17th, 2015

නලින් ද සිල්වා

මිනිසුන් අතින් විවිධාකාරයේ වැරදි සිදුවෙයි. බටහිර වෛද්‍යවරුන් අතින් සිදුවන වැරදි ගැන ජනමාධ්‍යවලින් දැනගන්නට ලැබෙයි. එහෙත් ඒ ගැන කතාකරන්නෝ විරළ වෙති. එසේ වුවත් සිංහල වෙදමහතකු අතින් වරදක් සිදුවුවහොත් ඒ ගැන කතාකිරීමට ඉදිරිපත්වන්නන් එමට ය. ඔවුහු ඊනියා විද්‍යාත්මක ක්‍රම අනුගමනය නොකිරීම ගැන බයිලා කියති. සතුන්ට වැරදි සිදුවන්නේ දැයි නො දනිමි. ඒ දැනගත හැක්කේ සතුන්ට වැරැද්ද යන සංකල්පය ඇත් දැයි දැනගැනීමෙනි. වැරැද්ද යන සංකල්පය නැති සංස්කෘතියක වැරදි සිදුවිය නො හැකි ය. එහෙත් තමා ගැන දැනුමක් ඇති සියළු සතුන් අතින් සසර දික්කරන ක්‍රියා සිදුවන්නේ යැයි සිතමි. අවිජ්ජා පච්චයා සංඛාරා යන්නෙහි අවිජ්ජා යනු මූලික වශයෙන් තමන් ඇතැයි ගැනීම යැයි සිතිය හැකි ය. ඒ පිළිබඳ දිර්ඝ විස්තරයක් කිරීමට මේ අවස්ථාව නො වේ. 
වැරදි අතර අනාවැකි වැරදීම යන්න එක් සුවිශේෂ ගණයක් පමණකි. එය බටහිර වෛද්‍යවරයකු අතින් සිදුවන වැරදි වැන්නක් නො වේ. බටහිර වෛද්‍යවරයකු අතින් සිදුවන වැරද්දක ද අඩු වැඩි වශයෙන් අනාවැකි පිළිබඳ වැරදි අඩංගු විය හැකි ය. එහෙත් ඒ ජ්‍යොතිෂයෙහි කෙරෙන අනාවැකි ගණයට අයත් නො වේ. 
සුමනදාස අබේවර්ධන මහතා ගැන බොහෝ දෙනා දනිති. ඔහුගේ අනාවැකියක් පසුගිය දා වැරදිණි. විවිධ පුද්ගලයෝ අද බසින් කිවහොත් ඒ මහතා බයිට් එකට ගත්හ. ජ්‍යොතිෂයට ඔච්චම් කළහ. කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකා වැන්නෝ පංචෙන්ද්‍රිය ගෝචර නොවන සංසිද්ධි විශ්වාස කළ නොහැකි බව නැවතත් ප්‍රකාශ කළහ. එහෙත් මේ ඊනියා විද්‍යාඥයෝ පංචෙන්ද්‍රිය ගෝචර නොවන ගුරුත්වාකර්ෂණය ඇතැයි විශ්වාස කරති. ගුරුත්වාකර්ෂණය යනු පට්ටපල් බොරුවක් බව මේ විද්වත්හු නො දනිති. මොවුන් විද්‍යාඥයන් වන්නේ නමින් පමණකි. ඔවුන් බටහිර විද්‍යාවට එකතුකර ඇති සංකල්පයක් හෝ ප්‍රවාදයක් හෝ නැත. අවශ්‍ය නම් කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකාට මේ ලිපියට පිළිතුරක් ලිවිය හැකි ය. ඔහුට මේ ලිපිය විද්‍යුත් තැපෑලෙන් යැවෙයි.
සුමනදාස අබේවර්ධන මහතා අනාවැකියක් පළකළේ දේශපාලනයෙහි ය. බොහෝ දෙනා තේරුම් නොගන්නා කරුණක් නම් අනාවැකි සම්බන්ධයෙන් ද දේශපාලනයක් ඇති බව ය. පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණය පිළිබඳ ඊනියා විද්‍යාත්මක සමීක්‍ෂණ පැවැත්වීමෙන් පසු අනාවැකි පළ කෙරිණි. ඒ අනාවැකි පළකෙරුණේ විද්වතුන් අතිනි. මෙරට ඊනියා විද්වත් සමාජයෙහි සුමනදාස අබේවර්ධන මහතා විද්වතකු ලෙස පිළිගැනෙන්නේ දැයි නො දනිමි. එහෙත් අර සමීක්‍ෂණ කළ අය විශ්වවිද්‍යාල ආචාර්ය මහාචාර්යවරු වූහ. ඊනියා පර්යේෂණ ආයතනවල සාමාජිකයෝ වූහ. 
මේ බොහෝමයක් ඊනියා විද්‍යාත්මක අනාවැකි ද වැරදිණි. එහෙත් මෙරට සමාජයෙහි ඒ අනාවැකිකරවෝ බයිට් එකට නොගැනෙති. ඔවුන් තම ඊනියා සමීක්‍ෂණ වෙනුවෙන් දීමනා ලබාගන්නට ද ඇත. කෙසේ වුවත් සමාජයට ඔවුන් අමතක ය. මේ අනාවැකි පිළිබඳ දේශපාලනය ය. දැනුම පිළිබඳ දේශපාලනය ය. සමාජයට පෙනෙන්නේ බටහිර වෛද්‍යවරයාගේ වරද නොව සිංහල වෙදමහතාගේ වරද ය. ඊනියා සම්ක්‍ෂකයන්ගේ වරද අමතක කරන සමාජයට සුමනදාස අබේවර්ධන මහතා අමතක නො වේ. බටහිර අධ්‍යාපනය විසින් අප සකස්කෙරී ඇත්තේ ඒ අයුරෙනි.
සියයට සියයක නිවැරදිතාවකින් අනාවැකි පළකළ නො හැකි ය. ක්වොන්ටම් භෞතිකයෙහි නිරීක්‍ෂණ ගැන කිවහැක්කේ සම්භාවිතාවන් පමණ ය. එහි දී වස්තුවක (අංශුවක) අහවල් ගුණය මැන්නොත් අහවල් සම්භාවිතාව ඇතිව අහවල් අගය ලැබේවි යැයි කිව හැකි ය. සාමාන්‍ය ජීවිතයේ ද එසේම ය. අප මෙතෙක් දැක ඇති කපුටන් සියල්ල කළුපාට වුවත් හෙට සුදු කපුටකු දැකීමේ සම්භාවිතාවක් ඇත. ජ්‍යෙතිෂයෙහි අනාවැකි ද සියයට සියයක් නිවැරදි නො වේ. හෙට (18 වැනි දා) නුගේගොඩ පැවැත්වෙන රැස්වීමට සහභාගි වන සංඛ්‍යාව අසාද් සාලි මහතා කියන සංඛ්‍යාවට වඩා වැඩි වන්නේ කී ගුණයකින් ද යන්න පිළිබඳ අනාවැකියක් පළකිරීමට ඉදිරිපත් වන්නෝ වෙත් ද? 
නලින් ද සිල්වා
2005 පෙබරවාරි 17

මහින්ද ලකුණ

February 17th, 2015


A heart to heart  talk with  President Maitripala Sirisena,

February 17th, 2015

By Charles.S.Perera

You have said you do not like honorific  references and would  like to be called the President.

Well I being much older to you, and taking advantage of your preference for non honorific address I have taken the privilege to  address you as Maitripala  without any disrespect to you.

You may be a good man but I personally do not like the way you jumped the queue to obey the call of a set of failed politicians  to sacrifice forty seven years of  your dedicated attachment to Sri Lanka Freedom Party, to become their common Presidential candidate.  Of course it would have been a very tempting proposition, but  good people make greater sacrifices  to  keep their principles.

Even from a Buddhist point of view what you did is not acceptable.  However, now you are the President I congratulate you, even though your victory is a victory gained by the votes of Tamils and Muslims. I have nothing against it, but unfortunately their votes come with conditions like those of American and IMF Aid.  That means Maitripala  with the trio Ranil, Chandrika, Champika  and the NAC you are not a free man-a  President free to do what you think is best for the country.  You are a prisoner of the agreements you have signed and what those Tamils and Muslims who with their conditional votes expect of you.

You know Maithripala, Mahinda was a visionary leader.  He is a born patriot.  He was not ambitious for himself but he was ambitious for the country.  He knew which way to lead the country.  The USA and the West Maitripala  are not our friends.  They are our friends to the extent to which we are ready to extend  them the  rights  over our strategic position in the Indian Ocean.

But the West will never be friend to the extent  to come to our help when we are in need of them if that would compromise their  relationship with other countries. It happened in 1978 when India trespassed into our airspace to drop dry rations to terrorists under siege by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces.  America did not intervene and  the result was the 13 the Amendment to our constitution and the occupation of the north by the Indian Peace Keeping Forces.

Therefore do not have illusions about the USA and the West.  Ranil will mislead you to believe that we should depend on the USA and the West rather than China and Russia. Ranil is looking at the problem from the UNP s’capitalist point of view, which you have been opposed to for the last 47 years as a member of the SLFP.

Maitripala you said when taking over the leadership of the SLFP, that you also owe a gratitude for the UNP for having made you win at the Presidential election.  You are  now the  President and as such you haven’t got to show gratitude to UNP .  It is the UNP that will have to show their gratitude to you.

Because UNP was a party in disarray without any hope of an election victory, rejected 29 times by the people, and today due to your  foolishness they have formed a government with the only objective of bringing allegations of corruption against Mahinda , his family and  persons closely or distantly connected to him, so that the most popular political leader who was a stumbling block  against their wining at an election  one day to form a government of their own.

Foolishness I said because Ranil, Chandrika  and Champika  made of you a pawn to have their own way praising you and paying you excessive respect trying to make of you a gullible fool.

Champika wrote your election manifesto, in that manifesto how much of  it is your own political philosophy.  Why did you allow Ranil to take Mangala Samaraweera in to his cabinet ?   He is a man with so much of hatred towards  Mahinda.  He will do everything opposed to what Mahinda the great visionary leader did to bring Sri Lanka forward in a formidable path of progress. You who had  through out your political life opposed the UNP, are today  doing only what they want you to do.

Maitripala, you know you did wrong  entering into a secret pact with Chandrika, Ranil , Rajitha and Champika  behind the back of the SLFP and its leader Mahinda.  But you are making that worse by conniving with the UNP to force allegations against Mahainda , his brother and family.   You should at least now try to be a good president not vindictive but honest , compassionate and righteous.  But your recent  pronouncements make you a distasteful person, and the people who voted for you- that is those Sinhala Buddhists are already getting disillusioned.

If you allow Ranil and his UNP Ministers have their way , Sri Lanka will plunge into unretrievable chaos.  Already you see signs of it.  Please open your eyes Maitripala and see for your self what the TNA is doing in the North. See the Muslim Ministers who are already starting Muslim settlements.  Have a good look at  the budget presented by Ravi Karunanayake .  It is a farce  to make people lull into a sense of satisfaction while Sri Lanka is slowly turning  away from its real friends, from progress to regression falling into the hands of  reactionary forces.

From the beginning you made mistakes blindly following  the plan presented to you by Chandrika, Ranil, and Champika.  The first error was your  announcement that you were going to make Ranil the Prime Minister.  That was against the Constitution.  Further more when you were elected on the 9th January, there was already  a Prime Minister, Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne and his Cabinet of Ministers.

If you did not want to work with the Prime Minister D.M.jayaratne and his Cabinet the best thing you could have done respecting the Constitution  was to dissolve the Parliament and call for general elections.  Instead the trio from the hades_ Ranil, Chandrika and Champika presented you with a 100 day programme.  You blindly accepted without asking a question and did every thing against the Constitution, and against democracy.

Have you reflected  on what you had been doing since 9th January,2015 ?

You are not with friends Maitripala .  They will be friends to day; but  you will not know what they will be tomorrow.  Mangala Samaraweera was a one time friend of Mahinda  and so was Champika but they are his sworn enemies today.  Maitripala to what extent can you count on them.

Nimal Siripala de Silava believes that he will be the Prime Minister after the April elections, but I am sure there is already a plan to make Ranil the Prime Minister even if the UNP is defeated at the election.  Ranil is already saying that he wants the whole Parliament to be his government.

You too speak of a national government after the election.  All that is according to a plan and if  the SLFP were to win with a majority, in the National Government you propose you will appoint Ranil as the Prime Minister.  You have already breached the Constitution twice and taken undemocratic decision. First to appoint Ranil as the Prime Mi,nister when there is already Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne in place, and secondly when you re-instated the impeached Chief Justice, and sacked the Chief Justice Mohan Pieris.

In reality Maitripala we have  two Prime Ministers –Ranil who does not exist as a Prime Minister in terms of the Constitution and appointed undemocratically as such by you, and  the other  who exists under the Constitution and appointed democratically. It is the same with the Chief Justice one who has not been impeached and still remains the Chief Justice, and the  other appointed by you.

What a mess Maitripala ?  When are you going to take stock of the situation and speak up and say no to Ranil, Chandrika and Champika and disband the unconstitutional NAC ?

You have to do that before things get worse..  Now that you have been accepted back into the fold of the SLFP you should form a SLFP Government, and follow Mahinda Chintanaya. It is the best way out for Sri Lanka. You should appoint Mahinda as your Prime Minister.  I am sure Mahinda  did not humiliate you in the Presence of the representatives of the CTC.  Mahinda always had a plan behind what ever he did and I am sure he was not  humiliating you as you pretended he did.

Mahinda saw through the hypocrisy of USA and the West and was able to stand up to them and say no when necessary.  Mitripala we had been subjugated by the Westas an ancient colony.  We had to struggle to free ourselves from the subjugation of the West.   They were never our friends.   Our friends are the Nations of Asia, Middle East and Africa.  China is one of our great friends , so are Japan,  Russia, Vietnam, and Burma etc., Therefore Maitripala we have to remain in our Asian  orbit. USA thinks it can always dictate terms to us despite the fact that USA remains the country responsible for more war crimes and violation of human rights of other nations.  Therefore, we have to keep our distance from them without breaking away completely from them.

India cannot be counted as our best friend despite her being our next door neighbour.  India has her own agenda .  We should not let India  interfere into our internal affairs.  Implementing or discarding the 13 Amendment is our business and we should not allow India to have a say in it.

Maitripala, please ask yourself why all these people Chandeika, Ranil and Champika want you to give up  executive powers you have.  You should make a reappraisal of the situation and judge for yourself whether its advisable that you give up your executive powers as long as the problems with the Tamils have not been solved.

Once you have given up your executive powers, they- Ranil, Chandrika, Champika and the NAC will be the masters.  On top of that if they pass the 19 Amendment, they can even bring a motion of no confidence against you and remove you with a two third majority vote.  What a pathetic situation that would be ?  They are quite capable of doing that as they are taking orders from USA and the West.

Maitripala, have you asked yourself why Mangala went to USA and met  the Secretary of State and other Officials and then met Ban ki Moon of the UN to request that the Special report on War crimes in Sri Lanka should not be presented on the 25th March this year as scheduled but later in August ?  Do they tell you every thing or do they do things behind your back keeping you ignorant of what is going on behind the scene. ?  Do not forget that it is UNP against the SLFP in the new set up.

Maitripala,  some thing that is evident under yahapalanaya you have  initiated  has benefited the Tamils; even the Budget of the UNP Minister  is a budget to make life easier for the Tamils.  The Tamils in the North have been given mores facilities and every body can now go to the North.  Even Mcrae of the UKChannel 4is in North of Sri Lanka.  Former terrorists who escaped to Europe can now come  and even organise  former terrorist groups.  Omanthai check point has been removed. Chief  Minister has moved a resolution calling for investigation of genocide against Tamils since independence.  Muslims are also organising themselves  soon they may claim the East of Sri Lanka for themselves.

Christian Ministers of  Ranil are raiding even Buddhist Meditation Centres. Sinhala Buddhists are being discriminated   and their concerns come after those of Tamils and Muslims.  Maitripala you are a Sinhala Buddhist, don’t you think that you should pay more attention to them-the Sinhala Buddhists ?

Your friend Champika is trying to split Buddhists vote they say by JHU contesting at the coming elections on its own.

Sajith Premadasa was speaking about a marriage between you and Ranil, he said,  Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s UNP and President Maithripala Sirisena’s SLFP had entered into an unbreakable marriage. “We have no intention of divorcing.” Of course Maitripala the UNP would not like a divorce , because this is the only chance  they have to be in a government as Ministers.

They do not see or pretend to see that the Ranil Wickramasinghe’s government is illegal  not being Constitutional.  Ranil does not command the confidence of the majority in  the Parliament.  The legal,  therefore the Constitutional Government is that of the SLFP  Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne.  If they decide to go to courts and if the judges are not influenced by you and Ranil, the Courts may declare Ranil’s premiership and his cabinet of Ministers are null and void.

You see Maitripala the situation is precarious, with your talk about a unitary government and Ranil’s declared wish that he wants the whole Parliament to be a one whole government.  There is the intention for him to continue to be the Prime Minister of this united government without an opposition. And Nimal Siripala de Silva too  hopes to be the Prime Minister  after the April elections. It will be a great disappointment for him if Ranil continues to be the Prime Minister.

Nimal Siripala has so much of hope of being elected by you as the Prime Minister  after the April elections if the SLFP wins,  to the extent that  he seems to oppose the idea of some political parties of the UPFA proposing to bring in Mahinda as the next Prime Minister.

I wander what you really think of that latter situation.

Maitripala I did not like what you said in Polonnaruw about what would have happened to you if you had lost at the election.  You said you would have ended up in a grave somewhere, and they had plans for your children as well. That was really mean of you to have said that.  Because you know having been with Mahinda for such a long time that he is not a vindictive person,  as much as he is not corrupt.  Ravi Karunanayake and Mangala Samaraweera are making it their lives ambition to prove that Mahinda is corrupt , but they have failed to do so so far, and they will not succeed because Mahinda is not corrupt, as much as Gotabhaya.

I think I will end this conversation for now.  I have told you some home truths and it is for you to think over all that and change your attitude towards Mahinda. It is a quality of a good leader to know his friends.  You may think that you owe them  gratitude , but for them you were the means to have got what they would have never got in  an election.

Maitripala you may have heard about that story about the snake which wanted to meditate.  He went to a meditation teacher and asked him how to meditate.  The teacher said go to a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and lie quietly.  The snake did like wise.  In the meantime there was a woman collecting  firewood  around  the place where the snake had decided to stretch himself and meditate.

The woman after having collected firewood was looking for some thing with which to tie the bundle of firewood.  Looking around she saw what she thought was a long bark, and picking it up she tied the bundle of firewood and took it home .Having arrived at home she untied the bark and threw it away and took the firewood inside.  The bark with which the woman had tied the bundle of firewood was unfortunately the meditating snake. The poor snake was bruised and twisted and in great pain.  He dragged himself painfully to see the  meditation teacher.  When the teacher heard the story he was very sorry and told the Snake that he should have raised his head and shooed to show that he was a snake.

Therefore Maitripala with all this talk about removing the executive powers of the President and proposals by the JVP; JHU , UNP to curtail  your executive powers, it is time you raise your head and show of what metal you are made, and keep your executive powers by all means and take the reins of governance into your own hands.

It is enough with the witch hunt?  Get your Ministers to stop talking  and stop the ignoble hunt for instances of corruption  and start to do some beneficial work and stop terrorism from raising its head again, and above all stop the TNA and the Tamil Politicians of the north  begin their dastardly work  of separatism.

Good luck Maitripala,

theruwan saranai as Mahinda would have said.

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