Gota frowns on TNA-Blair talks on accountability etc BHC: We aren’t coordinating former Prime Minister’s visit

January 6th, 2016

By Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy The Island

One-time Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had talked about accountability issues in Sri Lanka, whereas the UK was yet to release its own war crimes investigation report that dealt with alleged atrocities committed by British forces during six-year deployment in Iraq. UK quit Iraq in 2009.

War veteran Rajapaksa told The Island that Blair himself had been under investigation as he ordered the British deployment on the basis of falsified intelligence reports pertaining to non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq.

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The former Defence Secretary was responding to Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan discussing accountability issues with visiting former British leader.

They discussed current political situation, release of Tamil political detainees, inquiry into missing persons, military presence in the Northern Province, releasing of land held by the military. The TNA quoted Sampanthan as having told Blair that accountability needed to be addressed on the basis of truth, justice, reparation and the assurance of non-recurrence.

The Blairs visited Colombo last August.

“The LTTE resumed war in August 2006. We didn’t have any other option but to fight back. In fact, the Norwegian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission blamed the LTTE for resumption of offensive action with simultaneous attacks on Jaffna front lines.”

Rajapaksa said Blair made a desperate effort to halt the Sri Lankan military offensive in April 2009. Had former President Mahinda Rajapaksa given in to British pressure, the top LTTE leadership would have survived and the TNA would still be under Prabhakaran’s thumb, Rajapaksa said, adding that Blair sent his Foreign Secretary David Miliband to force a halt to the offensive. “Former President Rajapaksa earned the wrath of the British for turning down Blair’s ultimatum.”

The former Defence Secretary stressed that the TNA had been one of the major beneficiaries of the LTTE’s annihilation, though the four-party alliance never appreciated the freedom now enjoyed by them.

Responding to a query, Rajapaksa said Blair should request former Whitehall official Sir John Chilcot at least to give a definite date for the publication of Iraq war crimes report. Chilcot launched the investigation in 2009.

Asked whether the British High Commission in Colombo had facilitated Blair’s visit, a BHC spokesperson said; “Former UK PM Tony Blair is here on a private visit and the British High Commission in Colombo is not coordinating his visit or meetings.”

Blair arrived in Colombo last Sunday. He is scheduled to attend a government organised two-day economic forum on January 7 and 8 at the Cinnamon Grand. Among other guests are international investor George Soros and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

Rajapaksa said Blair wouldn’t have even considered visiting Colombo if not for Sri Lanka’s triumph over terrorism over six years ago.

The former Defence Secretary emphasized that the previous government had created a climate here to attract foreign investment. Pointing out that Trincomalee District MP Sampanthan during discussions with Blair had called for a comprehensive development plan for the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Rajapaksa said that wouldn’t have been realistic if the LTTE survived. The LTTE would never have allowed large scale infrastructure and livelihood development projects under any circumstances, he said.

End of the road for high speed internet in SL?

January 6th, 2016

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

In a bizarre turn of events, the newly appointed Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), Sunil S. Sirisena has decided to discontinue the National Broadband Initiative (NBI), which ensured high speed broadband internet access to citizens at affordable prices, Mirror Business learns.

It is also learnt that the man who spearheaded the NBI for three years, Sanath Siriwardena, has been shown the door from the TRC, effective from December 31, 2015, for reasons best known to the new Director General.

However when inquired, Sirisena denied such moves to shut down the NBI but said he had taken a decision to discontinue the contracts of all consultants at the TRC, including that of Siriwardena’s.

Despite his claims to run the unit with the leadership of another senior official at the TRC, it is uncertain as to how to continue the NBI without the required expertise at the TRC for broadband technology.

Mirror Business later discovered that the contracts of three other consultants at the TRC have not been terminated as claimed by Sirisena but only of Siriwardena’s.

The termination of Siriwardena’s services is suspected of the culmination of a personal grudge wielded by a section of the top brass at the TRC against Siriwardena for some time.

It is also speculated that the possible shutting down of NBI is also part of a scheme by a certain operator as Siriwardena saved billion of tax payers’ money being siphoned off to such an operator under the guise of providing internet to schools.

Either way, the biggest losers will be the country’s citizenry who had hitherto enjoyed one of the world’s fastest internet services at an extremely affordable price.

The NBI was established under the guidance of the then Secretary to the President and the Chairman of TRC, Lalith Weeratunge as an extension to the National Broadband Consultative Committee which was established in 2010 to spearhead broadband Internet development in Sri Lanka.

Since the formation of the initiative, Sri Lanka has made significant strides in the development of its broadband platform.

In 2014, Sri Lanka was ranked among top 50 countries with access to high speed broadband (speed above 4 Mbps), outperforming countries like Australia, Malaysia, China and India.

This was possible in a very short span of time by continuously making broadband affordable while increasing the quality of services; the two goals simultaneously pursued by the NBI.

In 2012, Sri Lanka was ranked world’s number one for the lowest entry level fixed broadband charges by the International Telecommunication Union.

Senior retired public servant, Sirisena, who served 36 years as a member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service was appointed as the TRC Director General on October 15, 2015 subsequent to the President’s Counsel M.M. Zuhair’s tenor as the Director General came to an abrupt ending after a few months in office under the good governance regime.

Sirisena had previously served as the Secretary to the Ministries of Education, Co-operatives and Internal Trade and Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare. Siriwardena is a highly regarded expert in the mobile broadband technology who has been working as a consultant to the TRC since 2010 before taking the reins as the head of the NBI in 2013.

He was instrumental in setting the standards for broadband in Sri Lanka and they are now being benchmarked by several other countries in the region to uplift their broadband service quality. During his 5-year tenor at the TRC, the broadband subscriber base increased from 500, 000 to 2.6 million as of today. He introduced many industry firsts; one of which was the speed testing facility which enabled subscribers to measure the broadband internet speed enjoyed by them, compelling the service provider to keep to the advertised speeds. After seeing the system, Maldives had asked TRC to implement the same in their country.

Absence of the NBI will leave the subscribers at the mercy of the operators as there will be no state body to lodge complaints against unscrupulous service providers.

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/101223/end-of-the-road-for-high-speed-internet-in-sl#sthash.6cfOMGN9.dpuf

Strange bedfellows falling out

January 6th, 2016

Editorial Courtesy The Island

The JVP has started kicking the government it has been kissing for months. It is going to stage a protest on Jan. 08, when the first anniversary of defeat of the Rajapaksa government and President Maithripala Sirisena’s first year in office will be celebrated. What has prompted it to do so?

The JVP’s smooch-and-spurn method is not of recent origin. In 1970, it was supportive of an SLFP-led coalition, which captured power in Parliament. It then took up arms to topple that administration in 1971. Following the UNP’s victory in 1977, which led to the release of Rohana Wijeweera from prison, the JVP started playing political footsie with the UNP so much so that its critics derisively dubbed it Jayawardena Vijeweera Peramuna. A few years later, the JVP took on the UNP and went so far as to unleash mindless terror to dislodge the governments of J. R. Jayewardene and Ranasinghe Premadasa in the late 1980s.

In 1994, the JVP cosied up to the SLFP again and backed Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s presidential bid. But, towards the end of her first term, it became one of her bitterest critics. In 2004, it opted for a political marriage with the SLFP and received 39 seats as a wedding gift at the parliamentary polls in that year. Interestingly, the then Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa opposed a coming together of the JVP and the SLFP, tooth and nail, but in vain. The following year the JVP broke ranks with the Kumaratunga administration but threw in its lot with Rajapaksa in the presidential race. Thereafter, it backed Sarath Fonseka, who unsuccessfully challenged Rajapaksa in the 2010 presidential race and threw its weight behind Maithripala Sirisena at the last presidential election. Now, it has turned on the incumbent government.

The JVP wants to keep the polity in a state of flux and thrives on disorder, promising to bring order out of chaos. To achieve this end it is willing to share bed with anyone and its political alliances are ephemeral.

The coming together of the UNP and the SLFP to form a joint administration would have created a situation where the JVP could project itself as an alternative to both parties at the next general election; its plan went awry because of the so-called Joint Opposition consisting of UPFA dissidents loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The JVP is bent on eliminating the Rajapaksa factor which has become an obstacle in its path, but this is a task it cannot accomplish on its own. It is co-operating with the government for that purpose as evident from the friendly Q&E sessions its leader and the government have in Parliament; they go to the mat with each other on many issues. It has in the process come to be seen as an appendage of the government. This may explain why it could secure only six seats at the last general election.

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has publicly declared his party’s intention to capture state power in 2020. The need has, therefore, arisen for it to look more anti-government than the Joint Opposition if it is to gain the lost ground and improve its performance at the next local government polls let alone win the 2020 parliamentary election; it has been left with no alternative but to launch a frontal attack on the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration to shore up its crumbling image and arrest the erosion of its support base.

Having been an integral part of the oppositional movement which brought about the Jan. 08 regime change and paved the way for the present state of affairs, the JVP will find it difficult to absolve itself of the blame for the wrongs it is accusing the incumbent government of. As a prominent member of the so-called National Executive Council under the UNP-led interim government, it is also responsible for the unfulfilled promises it is now flaying the government for.

The JVP may be able to hold a successful rally on Jan. 08 thanks to its dedicated, indefatigable cadres, but whether it will be able to pull the wool over the eyes of the discerning public remains to be seen.

Dirty linen

January 6th, 2016

Ainsley de Silva, Kohuwala  Courtesy The Island

‘Flog them, flay them,’ screamed the head of the yahapalanaya administration. Not to be outdone, the leader of the BBS joined the clamour. And, whose scalps were they all baying for? Those of the organizers of a music show featuring an iconic international singer!

It is hardly the fault of the organizers (or the singer himself for that matter), that a woolly-headed bimbo threw her bra at her idol. This sort of behaviour is usual at musical shows in the west. If our young women decide to ape the West––why is it always women, one never hears of young men throwing their jockstraps and amudes in this fashion––must it necessarily be the duty of the leaders of the land to correct it?

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To get back to this flagellation business, OK, let’s go for it, but with a proviso! The treatment must be extended to much more serious transgressions such as looting the public purse, defrauding business partners, inciting racial tensions, defender abductions, etc., yes, even bribery and corruption and of course, nepotism. Would that not send a powerful message to the sort of people really ruining the country’s morals? Why are our leaders getting their priorities consistently wrong? The public is left dumbfounded.

This whole business points to a huge attempt on our leaders’ part, to draw our attention away from the more serious stuff taking place with abductions and the like, currently on show. The chaotic web of lies and deceit our current set of politicians are weaving is fooling nobody. The general public sees through their white clothing.

So, come on you, the self-professed representatives of the people! Forget the business of enforcing cultural purity through the adoption of corporal punishment. Start doing some constructive work to reduce the burden placed on the masses. Their patience is surely running out. If you do not pay attention to this, you may soon be voted out of office by an exasperated public.

Ainsley de Silva, Kohuwala

Wartime secret negotiations between UN mission in Colombo and LTTE

January 6th, 2016

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island


Had the UN acted swiftly, and decisively, Sri Lanka wouldn’t have had to experience terrorism for nearly three decades. In actual fact, the UN, and its agencies, deprived successive Sri Lankan governments of much needed support during her battle against terrorism.

Last week, The Island examined the failures on the part of the UN, against the backdrop of a commemorative event, held at Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission, in New York, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the then Ceylon’s entry in to the United Nations, where the gathering was reminded of sometimes strained relations between Sri Lanka and the global body, with special emphasis on the situation during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency.

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in New York Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, PC, told the gathering: “As in other relationships, the relationship between Sri Lanka and the United Nations has, at times, undergone stresses and strains. This was particularly so during the conflict, and in its immediate aftermath.”

Sri Lanka was among over a dozen countries admitted to the UN, on Dec 14, 1955.

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President Maithripala Sirisena shares a light moment with Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan at an event at the UN compound, Colombo in late Oct. 2014 to commemorate the UN’s 70th anniversary. Jaffna District MP M.A.Sumanthiran and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Subinay Nandy look on.

UN policies contributed to spread of terrorism in Sri Lanka. Having immensely contributed to a catastrophic situation here, by neglecting its responsibilities, for over two decades, the UN made its biggest blunder at the onset of Sri Lanka launching the Vanni offensive, in early, 2007. Instead of taking tangible measures to thwart the LTTE from preventing Tamil-speaking people taking refuge in areas under government control, the UN facilitated the terrorist project. The Colombo-based UN mission secretly communicated with the LTTE in a bid to secure the release of Tamil employees, of the UN, accused of helping civilians to flee the war zone.

The UN mission, in Colombo, conveniently failed to immediately bring the Vanni situation to the notice of the then government. The mission negotiated with the LTTE, clandestinely. The UN, in New York, too, wasn’t briefed of the crisis. The UN mission in Colombo never explained its decision not to bring the detention of two UN workers immediately to the notice of the government.

Having failed to secure their release, in spite of secret negotiations, for perhaps over a month, the UN brought the situation to the then government’s attention in April 2007 (LTTE detains UN workers-The Island, April 20). The UN mission in Colombo never responded to The Island revelation. The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) comprising the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi, TELO, PLOTE and EPRLF, too, remained silent. In fact, none of those, who had been demanding accountability on the part of the then administration for causing civilian deaths during the final phase of the offensive, ever bothered, at least, to issue a statement calling for the release of UN workers and an immediate end to restrictions imposed on the movement of people. The Norwegian-led five-nation Scandinavian truce monitoring mission, as well as Co-Chairs to Sri Lanka’s Peace Process, refrained from commenting on the incident.

The UN and LTTE, in May, 1998, agreed that free movement/resettlement of civilians should be respected. (The UN-LTTE agreement was dealt comprehensively last week.).

The UN, and a section of the Colombo-based diplomatic community, had desperately tried to settle the issue without involving the government. Prominent Diaspora activists, particularly those with the influential British Tamil Forum (BTF), remained mum. The Colombo-based UN bigwigs kept the seizure under wraps believing the LTTE would eventually release them (‘UN had talks with Tigers on the sly’ with strap line UN workers in LTTE custody-The Island, April 23, 2007).

The UN policy eventually led to the LTTE forcing the vast majority of the Vanni population to retreat, along with its fighting cadre, across the Kandy-Jaffna A9 road, towards the Mullaitivu coast, where Velupillai Prabhakaran made his final stand, in May, 2009. The retreat began in early 2007.

The then Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, strongly condemned the UN’s approach towards terrorism. The war veteran alleged that Western powers, Diaspora activists as well as an influential section of the media, which champion human rights, remained silent. Both print and electronic media, including Colombo-based international news agencies ignored the UN-LTTE dispute. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa revealed the abduction of UN workers took centre-stage at a meeting of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance held at the Defence Ministry in April 2007. Chaired by the then Human Rights Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe, the CCHA met bi-weekly to discuss the situation in operational areas. The consultative apex body first met on Oct 14, 2006. Among those who had been present at the CCHA discussion, on the plight of UN workers, was the then US Ambassador in Colombo, Robert O. Blake. The LTTE resented UN workers interfering with its strategy. The UN was told in no uncertain terms that anyone challenging its authority would have to face the consequences.(Lanka urges UN not to shield Tigers with strap line UN workers in LTTE custody-The Island, April 25, 2007).

In late April, 2007, the UN admitted that its Colombo mission had withheld information pertaining to the detention of UN workers. When the issue was raised at the daily press briefing, at the UN, on April 25, 2007, UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, acknowledged that its mission in Colombo hadn’t informed New York of the incident. Without referring to exclusive The Island reportage of the incident, Montas said: “We don’t have any confirmation of those newspaper reports. We have heard them. As soon as we have a confirmation, we’ll get something for you on that. I’m checking with the UN presence there (in Sri Lanka.” Montas stressed that the Colombo mission hadn’t confirmed the newspaper reports. “I don’t know. We don’t have any confirmation. They have not confirmed those reports. I heard them through the press also.” Two days before the UN briefing, the then government strongly condemned the UN’s approach towards the abduction of UN workers (UN HQ admits Colombo office kept it in the dark with strap line The Island expose of UN employees abducted by LTTE-The Island, April 28, 2007).

Now that the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government had co-sponsored a resolution in Geneva paving the way for a comprehensive judicial investigation into alleged atrocities committed during the eelam war IV (Aug. 2006-May 2009), the culpability on the part of the UN, too, should be investigated. Had the UN and other members of the CCHA took tangible measures in the wake of the abduction of UN workers, the LTTE could have been discouraged from carrying out their dastardly project to use the Vanni population as human shields. The LTTE needed the population to ensure conscription of fighting cadres as well as use them as a tool to protect their military assets/positions.

It would be important to keep in mind the circumstances under which the LTTE moved to block those living in Vanni from seeking refuge in the government-held area. By February, the military had taken the upper hand in the Eastern theater of operations. Major LTTE bastions had been under heavy pressure in the Eastern Province while the Army was preparing to open up a new front west of the Kandy-Jaffna road. The LTTE realized that there could be an exodus of people from the Vanni in case stringent measures weren’t taken. Having lost the Jaffna peninsula, in early 1996, and its Eastern cadre in total disarray, due to split in the organization, caused by one-time field commander Karuna Amman, the LTTE couldn’t under any circumstances deprived itself of the population. The LTTE needed fresh fighting cadre. The top leadership obviously feared an exodus of civilians could have affected the morale of fighting cadre. The then Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka was on the verge of opening up what was later called the Central front where the newly raised 57 Division fought. The Division was tasked with the liberation of Kilinochchi, a task it achieved on January 1, 2009, jointly with the celebrated Task Force I (later named 58 Division).

Perhaps, it would be pertinent to examine the detention of UN employee, secret negotiations between the UN and the LTTE meant to secure their release, and correspondence between the UN mission in Colombo and its headquarters in New York. Although the then UNSG’s spokesperson Montas promised to reveal its stand on the issue, it never materialized.

Let me mention the countries/ organizations and their representatives informed in late April 2007 of the February 2007 abduction of UN workers by the LTTE, namely US (US Ambassador Robert O. Blake, European Union (Head of Delegation Julian Wilson), Representative of the President to the Council of the European Union (Ambassador to Germany Juergen Weerth and UK High Commissioner Dominic Chilcott), Japan (Ambassador Kiyoshi Araki), UN (Frederick Lyons and Neil Bhune), UNHCR (Amin Awad), UNICF (Ms Joanna Van Gerpen and Philippe Duamelle), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Valentin Gatzinski and Ms Zola Dowell), WHO (Dr. Agostino Borra), WFP (Taft-Dick, Mohamed Saaheenn and Adhnan Khan), Food and Agriculture Organization (Marc Bellemans), ILO (Ms Tine Staermose), UN department of Safety and Security (Security Advisor Chris du Toit), European Community Humanitarian Office (David Verboom), ICRC (Toon Vandenhove and Paul Castella). In addition to foreign representatives in the CCHA, the apex body included two representatives of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, namely Executive Director Jeevan Thiagarajah and Deputy Executive Firzan Hashim.

As CCHA had met on 28 occasions (first meet on Sept. 14, 2006 and the final one on May 11, 2009), its minutes can facilitate ongoing efforts to establish the ground situation in the Vanni region during the war. Mahinda Samarasinghe, who had chaired CCHA can as a member of the new administration speak on the deliberations at CCHA meetings, including detention of UN workers.

The minutes of CCHA deliberations are available with those who had been tasked for that particular assignment.

Although the previous government lashed out at Western powers and occasionally criticized the UN as well as the NGO community, for want of an effective strategy, it never conducted a thorough investigation into their activities. CCHA minutes should be made available to the proposed war crimes court. Although the government and the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) are yet to announce the composition of the war crimes court, the government should endeavor to produce all relevant information before the investigative mechanism.

The UN still retained vital documentary evidence which can be used to counter accusations that the Sri Lankan military had killed over 40,000 civilians during the final phase of the government offensive. In fact, the Report of the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka in March 2011 repeated widespread accusations as regards the death of 40,000 civilians. The panel asserted: “In the limited surveys that have been carried out in the aftermath of the conflict, the percentage of people reporting dead relatives is high. A number of credible sources have estimated that there could have been as many as 40,000 civilian deaths. Two years after the end of the war, there is no reliable figure for civilian deaths, but multiple sources of information indicate that a range of up to 40,000 civilian deaths cannot be ruled out at this stage. Only a proper investigation can lead to the identification of all of the victims and to the formulation of an accurate figure for the total number of civilian deaths.”

However, those who had been demanding accountability on the part Sri Lanka over the deaths of 40,000 deaths during the last phase, are yet to specify the period the killings took place.

Interestingly, UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s panel rejected a comprehensive study conducted by his own mission in Sri Lanka with the support of the ICRC as well as NGOs based in the war zone during August 2008 to May 13, 2009 period. In spite of it being the only such study which placed the number of deaths at 7,721 including those of the LTTE during that period, Western powers, too, rejected the report. The previous government never raised the issue publicly at Geneva. Instead of countering propaganda with solid information, the previous government engaged in wasteful and futile projects such as employing expensive PR firms. Such image building exercises certainly didn’t help Sri Lanka. Those still loyal to former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa are yet to review their previous strategies. They seemed to be still thinking that the proposed war crimes court can be averted and in case the present government accepted foreign judges the issue exploited to its advantage. A rethinking of their strategies is necessary.

Against the backdrop of Sri Lanka and UN celebrating the 60th anniversary of the then Ceylon’s entry in to the United Nations, a genuine reexamination of ties will help both parties. Those genuinely interested in knowing the truth, pertaining to the number of persons, both civilians and the LTTE dead, should reveal the still classified UN report which placed the number of wounded during Aug. 2008 to May 13, 2009 at 18,479. Those who contributed to the report can be summoned by the proposed court. Those who had declared that the UN report cannot be accepted because the figures pertaining to the number of dead and wounded were, too, low, readily acknowledged unsubstantiated accusations propagated by persons whose identities remained confidential until 2031 in accordance with UN requirement. The UN confidentiality clause relating to nameless witnesses remains in force with Sri Lanka officially taking it up with the global body. Sri Lanka needs to request the UN to review its confidentiality clause and present the UN report on the Vanni war to the proposed court. Those who had been opposed to the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government should pressure the new administration to take up relevant issues with the UN, instead of playing politics with accountability concerns. Having caused irreparable damage to Sri Lanka’s cause due to foolish handling of the accountability issue, decision makers of the previous government should at least now rectify their mistakes.

To be continued on Jan 13

How Saudi executions followed giant US arms deal

January 6th, 2016

The executions caused global outrage and increased tensions with Iran, due to the killing of revered Sheik and scholar Nimr al-Nimr.

His death sparked protests across the region as Shiite Muslims expressed anger at the execution of the cleric who stood against violence.

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman after their meeting alongside the G20 summit at the Regnum Carya Resort in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015 © Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman after their meeting alongside the G20 summit at the Regnum Carya Resort in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015 © Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Three of those executed were also teenagers at the time of their arrest.

The New York Times Editorial Board condemned the executions: “America’s longstanding alliance with the House of Saud is no reason for the Obama administration to do anything less than clearly condemn this foolhardy and dangerous course with a more robust response than its call Monday for both sides to exercise restraint.”

The latest contracts between the US and Saudi Arabia include US$24 million for Raytheon Company, $12 million to Advanced Electronics and millions more for Boeing’s laser air-to-ground weapons system.

When President Barack Obama first announced the US$1.29 billion deal for 18,000 bombs and 1,500 warheads late last year, Amnesty International and other groups called on him to cancel them since this violated the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which forbids the sale of weapons when there is knowledge the weapons will be used against civilians.

“Given the evidence of how Saudi Arabia has employed such arms to date, there is overwhelming reason for concern that Saudi Arabia will use such arms to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen,” Michael O’Reilly from Amnesty’s US branch warned on December 10. “We urge President Obama to cancel this deal.”

Saudi Arabia, which carried out more than 157 beheadings in 2015, according to the AP’s tally, provides a rich market for US and UK arms manufacturers.

The US supports the Saudis in their war against Yemen as part of the coalition. They provide assistance through intelligence, training, refueling and weapons. More than 2,000 civilians have been killed since the airstrikes began in late March.

Saudi’s air strikes in Yemen are not void of civilian casualties. More than 100 attacks on hospitals have been documented by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Following the mass executions, the US State Department released a statement saying Washington “frequently raised”concerns about the legal process in Saudi Arabia with Riyadh’s top officials.

“We reaffirm our calls on the Government of Saudi Arabia to respect and protect human rights, and to ensure fair and transparent judicial proceedings in all cases,” the State Department said calling on Riyadh to “work together with all community leaders to defuse tensions in the wake of these executions.‎”

The House of Saud funds American politicians, lobbying groups, PACs, and media companies, employing a well-funded PR machine through companies like Edelman to influence US opinion.

The Clinton Foundation also receives funding from the Kingdom, as do a number of universities and think tanks, as reported by The Intercept.

https://www.rt.com/news/328019-saudi-executions-us-contract/

The Historical & Constitutional rights of Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka

January 5th, 2016

PATRIOT

 In 2015 David Cameron declared ‘Britain is still a Christian country‘, Christianity is the official religion of Britain. Germany’s Angel Merkel from the Christian Democratic Party says Germans must stand up for Christian values. There are only 58% Christians in Germany. The state religion in Norway is Protestant Christian (Evangelical-Lutheran). All Muslim majority nations have Islam as state religion. Roman Catholics are the only religion to have a country (The Vatican). In 2015 Liberia’s constitutional amendments include introducing Christianity as state religion. On what grounds is the foremost place given to Buddhism to be removed from the Constitution when over 70% of the populace are Sinhala Buddhists?

Buddhism was the chosen religion of the 180 rulers that ruled the Sinhale nation. Even Elara followed the precepts of Buddha. Buddhism was sent to Sinhale by royal invitation. It has been the endeavour of the colonial rulers and post-independent interfering nations to do their utmost to dilute the status of Buddhism because the nations they represent were either Christian or Islam with solid funding to cause mischief via NGOs, trade and other scheming mechanisms. This is a primary cause for Buddhism’s ceremonial status with these entities able to tap into the weaknesses of Sri Lanka’s post-independence politicians.

Thus with each change of government and in the present precarious case of attempting to change the constitution we see a well thought out plan to slowly remove the place of Buddhism because the enemies know that so long as Buddhism prevails the sanctity of the nation will remain and the Sinhalese would rally to save their nation and the civilizational heritage and legacy they are bound to protect. Why should individuals and organizations funded or on payroll of foreign nations be tasked with drafting a country’s constitution. These are civil society organizations working for the agenda of other nations and not in the interest of what is best for the citizens of this country.

New cultures, slogans like multiculturalism and multi-faith are attempting to enter the hinterland of the Buddhists, remove the foremost place given to Buddhism by plugging in Christian or Islamic values with a larger plan to make Sri Lanka into a South Korea or Maldives.

It is for the Sinhala Buddhist politicians who have selfishly contributed to the erosion of the space and place of Sinhala Buddhists to realize the historical mistake they are making.

It was with the Sinhale nation that the British signed the 1815 Treaty, the British should have returned the Sinhale nation in 1948 not as Ceylon. It is surprising that no political party of politician brought out this valid point.

The Sinhale Buddhists will continue to fight for their nation taken from them since 1815. It is the Sinhale Buddhists whose rights need to be restored and no one else. All other ethnic groups are not indigenous to Sri Lanka and came as migrants or traders and were allowed to stay on out of the goodwill and generosity of the Sinhale Buddhist leaders. The gratitude for that is now being shown by trying to displace the Sinhale Buddhists from the land they built over centuries where archaeological and historical evidence prevails of their existence from North to South and East to West in every inch of Sri Lanka.

 

http://www.ibtimes.com/muslims-protest-liberia-proposal-institute-christianity-state-religion-call-1869556

Dinesh: Unitary State, place of Buddhism omitted in new proposals

January 5th, 2016

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The government had omitted certain significant Articles of the 1978 Constitution, including those on upholding the Unitary State of the country and giving foremost place to Buddhism from the new Constitution, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) MP Dinesh Gunawardane charged today.

Speaking at a media briefing MP Gunawardane said the people were not informed about the omission of two Articles, which mainly affect the country. He charged that the government’s intention was to obtain approval of the people through a referendum only for two issues – to abolition of the Executive Presidency and replacement of the Proportional Representation System with the First Past the Post System.

He claimed that the clauses about the Unitary State and place of Buddhism had not been mentioned in the document submitted to MPs with regard to the proposals to be presented to Parliament on January 9. He said he suspected whether the changes were a result of the proposals presented by the Tamil National Alliance, and the Muslim Congress.

“Even though the first anniversary of the government is falling on January 9, pledges made by the government to the people have not yet been fulfilled. The so-called good-governance and economic development are not established in the country. Meanwhile, the country is being going to another dangerous situation. If these proposals are made laws, eventually the country will be divided into two.

The government should carefully work on the proposals which affect the country without being relied on political parties. We should stand against this dangerous situation irrespective of caste and religion,” MEP Leader said.

He said before major changes regarding the Unitary State or the place of Buddhism are made in the proposed new Constitution, people should be consulted at a referendum.

Speaking on the abolishing of Executive Presidency, he said even if the Executive Presidency should be abolished, certain powers which decide on the national security should remain as they are needed to make strong decisions on issues pertaining to national security. (Piyumi Fonseka)

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/101595/dinesh-unitary-state-place-of-buddhism-oms#sthash.RUgvipme.dpuf

නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ රාමුව ෆෙඩරල් ද?

January 5th, 2016

ආචාර්ය දයාන් ජයතිලක – Rivira

2016 වසරට පිවිසි අපට මෙම වසරේ මුහුණ දෙන්නට වන අභියෝග කවර ස්වරුපයක් ගනිද යන්න පිළිබඳ දළ චිත්‍රයක් මවා ගැනීම අසීරු නැත. මෙහිදී 2016 කි විට මගේ මනසට ක්ෂණිකව එන අදහස වන්නේ එය 1956 පෙරළියේ හැටවන සංවත්සර වර්ෂය බවයි. එනම් 1956 වසරේ ඇති වූ සදමාජ දේශපාලනික විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්තිමය සහ සංස්කෘතික පෙරළිය නැවත වතාවක් නොපිට පෙරළන ව්‍යාපෘතින් ගණනාවක්ම 2016 මුදා හරිනු ලබන බව ඉතිහාසයේ සරදමක් හා ඛේදවාචකයක් ලෙස සදහන් කරන්නට සිදුව ඇත.
ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉහළම නායකයින් විසින් හෙළිදරව් කර ඇති පරිදි 2016 වසරේ මහා දේශපාලනික ආර්ථික ව්‍යාපෘති අඩුම තරමින් හතරක් හෝ පහක්වත් සමගාමීව මුදා හරිනු ලබන බව පැහැදිලිය. එතැන සුවිෂේශි අවදානමක් ඇත. ඒ මන්ද යත් ලංකාවේ මින් පෙර කිසිදු අවස්ථාවක එවන් මහා පරිමාණ පරිවර්තන කිහිපයක් එකවර කරන්නට උත්සාහ නොදරා ඇති බැවින් ම පමණක් නොව, ලෝක දේශපාලනය අනුව බැලුවත් එවන් මහා පරිමාණ පරිවර්තන රැසක් එක් සීමිත කාල රාමුවක් තුළ කිරීමේ පිළිවෙතක් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදි රටක දකින්නට නැති බැවිනි. ලිබරල් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදි නොවන රටවල පවා මහා පරිමාණ පරිවර්තන කෙරෙනුයේ ඉතා පරිස්සමෙනි. මෙහිදී මහා පරිමාණ පරිවර්තන රැසක් එක් සීමිත කාල රාමුවක් තුළ ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්නට යනවිට ඇති වන්නේ විශාල ලෙස විසංවාදි හා ගැටුම්කාරි තත්ත්වයකි. මෙම ගැටුම් හේතුවෙන් ඉරිතැළීම් ප්‍රතිවිරෝධතා සහ පිපිරීම් පවා සිදුවිය හැකි බව මගේ අනාවැකියයි.

මෙම මහාපරිමාණ පරිවර්තන කවරේද? ඒවායේ ප්‍රතිවිපාක කවරේද? ඒ පිළිබදව කෙටියෙන් හෝ විමසා බැලීම වැදගත්ය. එම පරිවර්තන වන්නේ , 1833 සිට ලංකාවේ පැවති ඒකීය රාජ්‍ය රාමුවෙන් පිට පනිමින් ෆෙඩරල් දිසාවකට ගමන් ගන්නා වූ නව රාමුවක් ඉදිකිරීමයි. මෙය බිහිවන්නේ නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක මුවාවෙනි. එය හුදෙක් නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් නොවේ. 1947 සෝල්බෙරි ව්‍යවස්ථාව 1972 පළමු ජනරජ ව්‍යවස්ථාව, 1978 දෙවන ජනරජ ව්‍යවස්ථාව මෙන්ම එම ව්‍යවස්ථාවල සියළු සංශෝධන ගත්විට ඒ සියල්ල සිදුවූයේ නිල වශයෙන් හෝ නිල නොවන ආකාරයට පැවති ඒකීය රාජ්‍ය රාමුව තුළය. විවිධත්වයක් සහිත කුඩා දිවයිනක් ලෙස එනම් මහ අසල්වැසියෙකු ළඟ සිටින කුඩා දිවයිනක් ලෙස තිබිය යුතු ශක්තිමත් තනි කේන්ද්‍ර දේශපාලන ක්‍රමය ඒකිය රාජ්‍ය ක්‍රමයේ හරයයි. එම ශක්තිමත් මධ්‍යම ආණ්ඩුව බිඳ දමා ඒ වෙනුවට ස්වයං පාලිත පළාත්වලින් සමන්විත වූ රටක් නිර්මාණය කිරීම නව ව්‍යස්ථාවේ අරමුණු බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාගේ ප්‍රකාශ තුළින් පැහැදිලිය. එහිදී නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ ආකෘතිය ඔස්ට්‍රියානු ආකාරයේ ආකෘතියක් විය යුතු යැයි කීමෙන් පෙනෙන්නේ සුපැහැදිලි ෆෙඩරල් ආකෘතියක් පාවිච්චි කරමින් , ඇතැම්විට ෆෙඩරල් යන වචනය භාවිතා නොකරමින් ලංකාවේ රාජ්‍ය ක්‍රමය සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම වෙනස් කිරීමට උත්සාහ දරනු ලබන බවයි.

ඒ අනුව මෙම උත්සාහය දරනු ලබන්නේද අසම්මත හා නුසුදුසු ක්‍රමයකටය. ඕනෑම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් වෙනස් වන ආකාරය එම ව්‍යවස්ථාව තුළම තිබේ. හරි දේ හරියට කළ යුතු අතරම සාධාරණ නීතිය අනුව එය ඉටු කළ යුතුය. එමෙන්ම ව්‍යවස්ථාව වෙනස් කළ යුත්තේ ව්‍යවස්ථාවට අනුවයි. මෙයට ව්‍යතිරේකයක් ලෙස තිබුනේ 1972 ව්‍යවස්ථාවයි. එහිදි ව්‍යවස්ථා දායක සභාවක් හරහා අලුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් අලුතින්ම ආරම්භ කළේ ඊට පෙර වූ ව්‍යස්ථාව යටත් විජිතවාදීන්ගේ දායාදයක් වූ නිසාය. යටත් විජිතවාදී සොල්බෙරි කොමිසම යටත් විජිතහරණයට පාර කැපීම සඳහා ව්‍යවස්ථාවත් සම්පාදනය කළේය. එම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ හොඳ මෙන්ම නරකද තිබුණි. එහි තිබුණු එක් විශේෂාංගයක් වූයේ බ්‍රිතාන්‍යය උසාවිය වන ප්‍රිට් කවුන්සිලය විසින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නඩු අවසන් වශයෙන් විභාග කරන්නට තිබු හැකියාව සහ නාමික වශයෙන් ලංකාවේ නායිකාව ලෙස බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය රැජින පිළිගනු ලැබීමයි. එම පෙකණිවැල කැපීම සඳහා එම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ අඩංගු නොවු නව ආකාරයකට අනුව යමින් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සම්පාදනය කළ යුතුව තිබුණි. එය සාධාරණය. එහෙත් ජනරජයක් ස්ථාපිත වූ දා සිට ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් වෙනස් කරන්නේ නම් එය සිදුකළ යුත්තේ ලෝකයේ අනෙකුත් රටවල් ව්‍යවස්ථා වෙනස් කරනු ලබන ආකාරයටයි.

එනම් පවතින ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ ක්‍රමවේදය හා රෙගුලාසි අනුවය. මෙහිදී රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ ආණ්ඩුව කරන්නට උත්සාහ දරන්නේ ව්‍යවස්ථා පරිවර්තනයකට ව්‍යවස්ථාව තුළ තිබෙන ක්‍රම වේදය බැහැර කිරීමයි. මෙය සැබවින්ම සිදුවන්නේ චන්ද්‍රිකා බණ්ඩාරනායක ව්‍යවස්ථා විප්ලව න්‍යාය අනුවය. මෙම ව්‍යවස්ථා විප්ලව න්‍යාය පවා ලෝකය දන්නා න්‍යායක් නොවේ. එවැන්නක් ගැන කිසිදු පොතක මා නම් කියවා නැත. එය චන්ද්‍රිකා ගේ සිතැඟියාවක් පමණි. ඊට අනුව මහ මැතිවරණය දෙකක් ජයග්‍රහණය කළහොත් ව්‍යවස්ථාව වෙනස් කළ හැකිය. එහෙත් ඉකුත් මහ මැතිවරණයෙන් 2/3 ක ඡන්දයක් ආණ්ඩුවට ලැබුණේ නැත. 2/3 බහුතරය ආවේ ඡන්දයෙන් පසුවයි. ඒ අනුව මහජන මතය නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවකට සහයෝගය දෙන මතයත් ලෙස අපට හුවා දැක්වීමට නොහැකිය.

මේ වන විට ව්‍යවස්ථා පරිවර්තනයකට ඇති ව්‍යවස්ථානුකුල මාර්ග සිතියම නොතකා වෙනස් ආකාරයකට ව්‍යවස්ථා මාරුවක් කරන්නේ නම් එය කොතෙක් දුරට නීත්‍යානුකුල සහ යුක්ති සහගත අයුරින් පිළිගත හැකිද? එසේ වුවහොත් එම ව්‍යවස්ථාව අවජාතක ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් නොවේද? මෙය පළමු පරිවර්තනයයි.

මෙහි දෙවැන්න වන්නේ විශේෂ නීති ගෙනැවිත් විශේෂ උසාවි පිහිටුවා නීතිපති කාර්යාලයක් නිර්මාණය කර විදේශික විශේෂඥයන් යොදවමින් රට එක්සේසත් කළ පසුගිය ජයග්‍රාහී යුද්ධයේදී සිදු වූවා යයි කියන යුධ අපාරධ සම්බන්ධයෙන් හමුදා නායකයින් හා එම ජයග්‍රාහි යුද්ධයට නායකත්වය දුන් දේශපාලන නායකයින් පිළිබඳ නඩු විභාග කිරීමයි. මෙයත් වෙන රටවල සිදුවන දෙයක් නොවේ. වෙනත් රටක් මෙවැනි ක්‍රියාමාර්ග වලට යන්නේ පරාජිත වූ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවිරෝධි ත්‍රස්තවාදි හෝ ෆැසිස්ට්වාදී බලවේග සම්බන්ධයෙනි. එසේ නොමැතිව නීත්‍යානුකුල හමුදාවක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් එවැනි තීරණ ගන්නේ නැත. මෙහිදී ගත යුතු වන්නේ සහ වෙනත් රටවල කෙරෙන්නේ පවතින දණ්ඩ නීති සංග්‍රහය අනුව පවතින උසාවි ව්‍යුහය ගැන සොයා බලා දඬුවම් කිරීමයි. මෙය දෙවැනි මහා අසම්මතයයි.

තුන්වන මහා අසම්මතය වන්නේ ලංකාවේ සම්පූර්ණ පැවැත්ම සහමුලින්ම වෙනස් කරන ඊනියා හනුමන් පාලම ඉදිකරීමයි. හනුමන් පාලම යනු මගේ වචනයක් නොවේ. එය ඉන්දියාවේ පුවත්පත් වල සඳහන් වන පරිදි එය ලංකාව හා ඉන්දියාව යා කොට තනන අලුත් පාලමට දැනටමත් නම් කොට ඇති නමයි. රාමායනයට අනුව රාම රාවණ සිතා යන තිදෙනවා ගේ කතන්දරයට අනුව බොහෝ දෙනෙකු දන්නා දෙය වන්නේ හනුමන්ගේ ක්‍රියාකලාපය සාර්ථක වූයේද රාවණාගේ අභ්‍යන්තර පිරිසේ සිටි ද්‍රෝහියෙක් නිසාය. මේ අතර ඉන්දියානු මහා මාර්ග ඇමති ඉන්දියානු මහා මාර්ග ඇමති ඉන්දියානු පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ නිල ප්‍රකාශයක් කරමින් කියා සිටියේ ඉන්දියාව හා ලංකාව යා කරන මුහුද යටින් දුවන උමගක් පාලමක් මෙන්ම දුම්රිය මාර්ගයක් ඉදිකිරීමට ආසියානු සංවර්ධන බැංකුව දැනටමත් මුදල් වෙන් කර ඇති බවත් එම ව්‍යාපෘතිය පිළිබඳව දැනටමත් ඉන්දීය අගමැති මෝදි ශ්‍රී ලංකා අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කර අවසන් බවත්ය. එම කතාව බොරුවක් නම් විදේශ අමාත්‍යංශය ඒ පිළිබඳව ප්‍රකාශයක් නිකුත් කොට ලංකාවේ මහ කොමසාරිස් නවදිල්ලියේදි ඊට විරුද්ධව පළකළ යුතුව තිබුණි. එහෙත් එවැන්නක් සිදුවූයේ නැත.

ඒ අනුව අපට නිගමනය කරන්න සිදුවන්නේ එම කතාව සත්‍යයක් බවයි. ඉතා මැතකදී එන්රිකේ ගේ සංගීත සංදර්ශනයක් නිසා ආන්දෝලනාත්මක කතාබහක් ඇති වුණි. එහිදී සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිවරයා කියන ලද්දේ රටක සංස්කෘතිය සහ සම්ප්‍රදායක් නීතියටත් වඩා රටට වැදගත් බවත් විදේශ සංස්කෘතික ආබාධයන්ගෙන් මනස පුරවා ගත් පුද්ගලයින්ට නිරුවත පාරේ ගමන් කරන්නට නිදහස ලබා නොදෙන බවත්ය. මෙම සංස්කෘතික ප්‍රශ්නයේදී කිසිදු ස්ථාවරත්වයක් දැක්වීමය කිසිසේත්ම මට අදහසක් නැත. ඒ මෙහි දෙපැත්තක් ඇති බැවිනි.

කෙසේ නමුත් සංගීත සංදර්ශනයේදි ඇති වූ සිද්ධියෙන් පෙනෙන්නේ ජනවාරි 8 වෙනිදා ඇති වූ පරිවර්තනය හා යහපාලනය පිළිබඳ කිසියම් සංඥාවක් තරුණ පරපුර අතරටත් සමාජයටත් ගොස් ඇති බවකි. එසේ නැත්තම් මෙවැනි සංඥාව සහ එම චර්යාව ගැන කිසිදු අදහසක් මට නැත. එහෙත් ඊට වඩා වැදගත් කාරණයක් සංස්කෘතිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් මෙහි තිබේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංස්කෘතිය, සභ්‍යත්වය, අපේකම, ආගම ආදි මේ සියල්ලම මතුවුයේ සහ හැඩගැසුණේ ඉන්දියානු මහද්වීපයෙන් වෙන් වූ ස්වාධින දූපතක් ලෙස ලංකාව පැවති බැවිනි. ඉන්දියානු අර්ධ ද්වීපයේ කොටසක් ලෙස ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පැවතියා නම් මෙහි ආගම වන්නේ හින්දු ආගමයි. බුදු දහමට ඉන්දියාවේ අත්වූ ඉරණම ලංකාවේදී අත්නොවුණේ ලංකාව ඉන්දියානු අර්ධද්වීපය සමඟ සම්බන්ධ නොවු බැවිනි. එනම් සහමුලින්ම වෙනත් පැවැත්මක් සහිතව සැතපුම් දහනවයක සාගරයකින් සහතික කර තිබූ බැවිනි. එම සාගරය නොතිබෙන්නට අපේ සම්පූර්ණ ඓතිහාසික සහ සංස්කෘතික ඉරණම වෙනස්ය. එහිදී අපේ භාෂාවද සිංහල නොවන්නට ඉඩ තිබුණි.

මෙහිදී ඉන්දියාව හා ලංකාව යා කරන පාලම හුදෙක් රටවල් දෙකක් යාකරන පාලම් නොවේ. එය දිවෙන්නේ රාමේශ්වරන් හා ධනුෂකොඩි අතරය. එනම් තමිල්නාඩුව හා දමිළ භාෂාව කතා කරන උතුරුකරය අතරය. එය තවදුරටත් පැහැදිලි කරනවා නම් බෙදුම්වාදී මතයන් ප්‍රසිද්ධියේ ගෙනහැර පාන තමිල්නාඩුව අතරය.

තමිල්නාඩුවේ මහ ඇමතිනි වන ජයලලිතා නිල ලියමනක් මඟින් මෝදි අගමැතිවරයාගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියේ මෙහි තමිල් ඊළමක් පිහිටුවන්නට ඉන්දියාව සහයෝගය දියු යුතු බවයි. එවැන්නක් සිදුවන්නේ යැයි මෙහිදී මා නොකියන අතර මගේ අදහස වන්නේ එවැනි රෝගයක් ඇති තමිල්නාඩුව සමඟ එවැනි රෝගයක් නැති තිස් අවුරුදු යුද්ධයකින් බේරාගත් උතුර යා කරන්නට යන්නෙ කවර අරමුණකින්ද යන්නයි. එවැනි යා කිරීමකින් මෙම කුඩා දූපත ඉන්දියාවේ කොටසක් බවට පත්වන්නේ නැද්ද? එවන් තත්ත්වයක් තුළ ඊළඟ පරම්පරාව පරිණාමය වන්නේ කෙසේද? බිලියනයක ජනතාවක් සිටින අර්ධ ද්වීපයක් සමඟ මෙම කුඩා දූපත ඇමිණ ඇති විට එහි අනන්‍යතාවයට, සංස්කෘතියට සභ්‍යත්වයට සිදුවන්නේ කුමක්ද?

ඒ අනුව සංස්කෘතික සභ්‍යත්වයට හා අපේ කමට මරණීය තර්ජනයක් වන්නේ එන්රික්ගේ සංගීත සංදර්ශනයේ වූ සිදුවීමෙන්ද? එසේත් නැත්නම් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාගේ අනුමැතියෙන් ඉදිකරන්නට යන මුහුදු උමඟ සහ හනුමන් පාලමද? මෙහිදී තරුණියකගේ උඩුකය වසන යට ඇඳුම වේදිකාවට ගලවා දැමීමේ යැයි කියා සංවිධායකයින්ට මඬු වල්ගයෙන් තැලීම සුදුසු නම් ඒකීය රාජ්‍ය සංකල්පය ඇමරිකානු වේදිකාවට ගලවා විසිකර හනුමන් පාලමක් ඉදිකරන්නට අනුමැතිය දෙන අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයාට කුමකින් තැලිය යුතු දැයි අප නොදනිමු. කෙසේ නමුත් මෙය තෙවන විශාල පරිවර්තනය බව සඳහන් කළ යුතුය.

හතරවන පරිවර්තනය වන්නේ ඉන්දියාව හා ශ්‍රි ලංකාව පෙබරවාරි මාසයේ අත්සන් කරන්නට යන ECTA ගිවිසුමයි. එය ආර්ථික සහ තාක්ෂණික සහයෝගිතා ගිවිසුමකි. මේ ගැන නොයෙකුත් මත ඇති නමුදු ආණ්ඩුව කියා සිටින්නේ ශ්‍රම වෙළඳ පොල ඉන්දියාවට විවෘත නොකරන බවයි. එනමුත් ECTA ගිවිසුම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඉන්දියාවේ හා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ වෙළඳ කටයුතු භාර අමාත්‍යංශවල ලේකම් වරුන්ගේ සාකච්ඡා වලින් පසු නිකුත් වූ නිල ප්‍රකාශයේ සඳහන් වන්නේ ඊට වඩා වෙනස් දෙයකි. ඒ නිල ප්‍රකාශයේ ඇත්තේ ශ්‍රම වෙළඳපොළේ විවෘත නොවන අංශ දෙකක් ඇති බවයි. එහි එක් අංශයක් වන්නේ බෝට්ටු සහ නැව් ඉදිකිරීමයි. අනෙක් අංශය වන්නේ තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණයයි. මෙය ඉතා භයානක තත්ත්වයකි.

අදවන විට තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ ක්ෂේත්‍රයේ ලංකාව විශාල දියුණුවක් අත්කරගෙන ඇති අතර පරම්පරාවක්ම තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය පිළිබඳ දස්කම් පෙන්වා රැකියා වලට පිවිස ඇත. එම ක්ෂේත්‍ර යෙන් දැනට ඔවුන් ලෝක වෙළඳපොළ සමඟ ද බද්ධ වී තිබේ. මෙම තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ ක්ෂේත්‍රයට ඉන්දීය තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය හා සම්බන්ධ තරුණ තරුණියන්ට ඇතුළු වන්නට ඉඩ දුන්විට අපේ තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ ක්ෂේත්‍රයට සිදුවන්නේ කුමක්ද? තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ අංශය රටක වැදගත් මර්මස්ථානයක් බව අප අමතක නොකළ යුතුය. අසල්වැසි මහ බලවතාගේ තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ පුහුණව ලද ශ්‍රමිකයන්ට එම ක්ෂේත්‍රයට ඇතුළු වීමට ඉඩ දුනහොත් එය අපේ ස්වෛරිත්වයට ප්‍රශ්නයක් වනු ඇත.

එහිදී ස්වෛරත්වය පිළිබඳ ප්‍රශ්නය පසෙක තැබුවත් තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් දස්කම් දක්වා ඇති ලාංකික තරුණ පිරිසට රැකියා අහිමි වීම හෝ විශාල දැනුමක් සහිතව පැමිණෙන ඉන්දියානු තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ උපාධිධාරීන් යටතේ කටයුතු කරන්නට එහදි සිදුවනු ඇත. මෙයත් විශාල පරිවර්තනයකි.

අවසන් මහ පරිවර්තනය වන්නේ රටේ ආර්ථිකය සහමුලින්ම පාහේ පෞද්ගලිකරණය කිරීමට ගෙන ඇති තීන්දුවයි. මෙම තීන්දුව සංකේතවත් වන්නේ 2016 වසරේ භාණ්ඩාගාරයේ නව ලේකම්වරයා විසින් පත්කරන්නට යන චරිතය විසිනි. පුවත්පත්වල පළවන ආකාරයට මහාචාර්ය රසීන් සාලි භාණ්ඩාගාරයේ නව ලේකම්වරයා ලෙස පත් කිරීමට යන බව කියවේ. ඔහුට ලාංකික සම්භවයක් ඇති නමුත් ජීවිතකාලයේ වැඩි කලක් බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය යේ ජිවත් විය. එපමණක්ද නොව ඔහු සළකනු ලබන්නේ ලොව අන්ත දක්ෂිණාංශික රැඩිකල් පෞද්ගලිකරණවාදි ආර්ථික මතධාරින්ගේ ජාත්‍යන්තර සංගමයන්හි සාමාජිකයෙක් ලෙසටයි. ඔහු දැනට ලියා ඇති ලිපි වලින් පවසා ඇත්තේ ලංකාවේ ආර්ථික ආකෘතිය විය යුත්තේ චිලි රටේ 1973- 1974 වසරේ තිබු ආර්ථික ක්‍රියාවලිය බවයි. එම වැඩ පිළිවෙල ක්‍රියාත්මක වූයේ අන්ත දක්ෂිණාංශික ඇමරිකානු ගැති ෆැසිස්ට්වාදි හමුදා ආණ්ඩුවකින් බව ඔහු පවසා නැත.

ඒ අනුව සමාජ සුභ සාධනයට සහමුලින්ම විරුද්ධ අන්ත දක්ෂිණාංශික නව ලිබරල් වාදී ආර්ථික චින්තකයෙක් ලංකාවේ භාණ්ඩාගාරයේ ලේකම් ලෙස පත් කරන්නේ නම් ලංකා ආර්ථිකයට ඉන් සිදුවන්නේ කුමක්දැයි අපට සිතාගත හැකිය.

එහිදී අලුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාව හා ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිපත්තිය අතරත් සම්බන්ධකමක් තිබේ. මේ දෙක සහ හනුමන් පාලම අතර සම්බන්ධයක් තිබේ. මේ සියල්ල ක්‍රියාත්මක වූ විට අප අපගේ ජිවිතයේ ඉතිරි කාලය ගෙවන්නේ සහ අනාගත පරපුර බිහිවන්නේ කවරාකාර ලංකාවක් තුළද? නව ව්‍යවස්ථාව ක්‍රියාත්මක වුවහොත් ලංකාවේ සියලු පළාත් ස්වයං පාලිත වනු ඇත. මධ්‍යම ආණ්ඩුව හැකිලෙනු ඇත. ඒ අතරවාරයේ ආර්ථිකය සහමුලින්ම පෞද්ගලිකරණය වනු ඇත. එවිට ඌව පළාතක් වැනි පළාතක් සංවර්ධනය වන්නේ කෙසේද?

බස්නාහිර හා ඇතැම් විට දකුණු පළාතද තරමක් දුරට සංවර්ධනය වීමට ඉඩ ඇත. උතුරු පළාත නම් සංවර්ධනය වනු ඇත. මන්ද තමිල්නාඩුවේ ප්‍රාග්ධනය, දමිල ඩයස්පෝරාවේ ප්‍රාග්ධනය උතුරු නැගෙනහිර පළාත්වලට ලැබෙන බැවිනි. මෙහිදි ප්‍රාග්ධනයක් නොමැති පළාත්වලට මධ්‍යඹ ආණ්ඩුවේ හව්හරණක් නැති කටයුතු කරන්නට සිදුවන විටදී ඔවුන් විසින් කරන්නේ එම පළාතේ තියන සියළුම දේ විදේශිය කොම්පැණි වලට විකිණිමයි. එය විකුණන්නේද ඩයස්පෝරාව පාලනය කරන හෝ ඉන්දියානු කොම්පැණි වලටය.

ඒ අනුව උතුරු දකුනු සංහිඳියාවක් අපේක්ෂා කළ නොහැකි අතර ස්වයං පාලිත පළාත් සහිත රටක් සංවර්ධනය වන්නේ සමස්ත ජාතික විඥානයකින් නොවේ. හුදෙක් ගැඹුරු ප්‍රදේශවාදි විඥාණයකිනි. ඒ අනුව සර්ව ලාංකික විඥානය කිසිසේත්ම ඇති නොවන අතර සිංහල ජාතික විඥාණය පවා පළාත් වශයෙන් බිඳ විසිරී යනු ඇත. ඒ අතරවාරයේ තමිල්නාඩුව නමැති කාන්දමට උතුරු නැගෙනහිර තල්ලු වී යන ආකාරයට මධ්‍යම ආණ්ඩුව දුර්වල කර එම පළාත් ස්වයං පාලිත පලාත් බවට පත්කරනු ඇත.

මේ සියල්ල සිදු කරන්නට යන්නේ 2016 වසරේදීය. එබැවින් එළඹෙන වසර මහා පරිමාණ නෛතික දේශපාලන විදේශ ප්‍රතිපත්තිමය සංස්කෘතික සහ සදාචාරමය ගැටලු වලින් ගහන වසරක් වීම වැළැක්විය නොහැකි වනු ඇත.

 

මහින්ද අලූත් පක්‍ෂයක් හදන සාකච්චා අරඹයි.. ලකුණ ජලයේ පිපෙන මලක්..?

January 5th, 2016

lanka C news

මහින්ද අලූත් පක්‍ෂයක් හදන සාකච්චා අරඹයි.. ලකුණ ජලයේ පිපෙන මලක්..?ඉදිරි පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයට පෙර නව පක්‍ෂයක් පිහිටුවීමේ සාකච්චා පෙරේදා දිනයේ කොළඹදී පවත්වා ඇතැයි ලංකාදීප පුවත්පත වාර්තා කරයි.

මෙම සාකච්චාව සඳහා හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ඇතුළු ගිය රජයේ ඇමතිවරුන්, හිටපු මහ ඇමැතිවරුද සහභාගී වූ බව එම වාර්තාවන්හි දැක්වෙයි.

එසේ පිහිටුවන නව පක්ෂයේ ලකුණ වශයෙන් ජලයේ පිපෙන මලක නමක්ද යෝජනා වී ඇතැයිද එම වාර්තාව කියයි.

Parliament has no right to formulate a new Constitution: Nalaka Thero

January 5th, 2016

Courtesy Adaderana

The current Parliament has no right to form a ‘Constitutional Council’ to formulate a new Constitution, President of the National Movement to Protect Soldiers Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero says.

The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (05).

“Some politicos, who had been rejected by the people at the election, are still in Parliament. Thus, the present Parliament does not represent the voice of the people”, said Nalaka Thero.

The Thero pointed out these ‘rejected’ politicians have no right to be a part of the Constitutional Council. “This is against the democracy,” Nalaka Thero said.

Nalaka Thero also slammed the government for not doing ‘enough’ to ensure the National Security. “After this government came to power, it did nothing, but trivialized and undermined the National Security,” the Thero said.

CURRENTLY THE OVERRIDING QUESTION GIVING BELIVERS SLEPLESS NIGHTS MUST BE, WHEATHER TO REMAIN OR NOT REMAIN A MUSLIM?

January 5th, 2016

Mahinda Weerasinghe

08.12.2015

By the author of: -Origin of species According to The BUDDHA & MISSION TO Oslo

Since Mohamed proclaimed to the world his “religion of peace”, it has been bumping off people left right and centre in the name of Allah (or God or whatever)! This, by invoking a simple formula, which he relayed to the believers as commanded by Allah. Popularly these were known as the five injunctions; and were termed:

1: There is no god but ALLAH and MOHAMMAD is the Holy Prophet [Faith or E-mann].

2: Perform Prayers

3: Pay the Zakat [Payments to Poor]

4: Make the Pilgrimage [Hajj]

5: Fast in the Month of Ramadan [Fasting]

Now most Muslims follow these Injunctions, and they sound simple enough, but entrenched deep within its wording, there is a death trap to unbelievers. Indeed the Muslims separate believers from the rest of the humans by stipulating those who do not subscribe to their version of the truth SIMPLY as: UNBELIEVERS!

In fact it’s another one of ‘God’s (Allah’s) clubs and no different from Catholic, Jehovah’s witnesses or what have you… But members of this club had being allocated some special privileges: they have the right to bump off anyone who does not believe in their obvious, ‘Truths’!   Strangely enough, they cringe and solicit (human) rights when they find themselves in a minority, but never consider giving others any rights, once they gain a majority status in a society! A good ensample is Saudi Arabia; where if an unbeliever was to bring a picture or a small stature of a Buddha it would be thrown in a dust bin at the customs. Indeed if someone has smuggled such an item in to the country and be apprehended with such an item, then the punishment would be; off with that persons head!

In fact the Judeo-Christians have specific words to describe such people who do not belong to their club such as: heathen, kaffir unbeliever, a pig dog or idol worshipper (in which category Buddhist and Hindus were placed) and quite demeaning!

Indeed if some has been a believer and subsequently was to become a un-unbeliever; then he is termed an apostate; and such a man should be shunned or killed according to the Prophet’s injunction!

Burdened with such precise and concrete dogmas its logical why they did, what they did, in Paris recently!

Such brain dead Muslims have got carried away by such injunctions so they entered a nation of unbelievers and began executing whoever they netted!  Indeed these un-believers did not sit around passively as the Buddhist had done in the Silk Road, but they in their own turn bumped off the ones who fell into their clutches and hunted the ones who escaped with impunity.

As far as those members of ISIL, who lost their lives for such acts of valour after serving Allah, they would wake up in paradise and get some virgins thrown into the pot as well! In fact they must be enjoying the virgins as we speak in paradise!

There is nothing worse than apostasy; that is a Muslim cannot change his religion for fear that; in such cases the true believers have the right to kill such a person as an apostate! No wonder no one with any sense would change their faith and become unbeliever thus exposing oneself as an apostate; it as good as owning a death wish?

Under the circumstances what they did in Paris recently was logical!

The actors who took part in that exercise were brain dead Muslims and got carried away by such injunction that they entered a nation of unbelievers and began executing the innocent people for them being just that: “unbelievers”!

In this connection Holiness H azrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad declared in JAPAN to his flock;

“You should reflect upon the blessings God has manifested upon you as a result of living here. There are no restrictions upon your worship. You are not imprisoned for referring to your Mosques as ‘Mosques’. Rather than resulting in a prison sentence, your salutations of ‘peace’ are appreciated and welcomed in this nation.”

 I view of his above utterances we need to establish his Holiness’s assertion as a Muslim; does he accept the first injunction of Islam which informs: There is no God but ALLAH and MOHAMMAD is the Holy Prophet [Faith or E-mann].

That is to say MORE CONCREALY; does HE believe that Mohamed is the Holy Prophet and the Koran?

Now 80% of Muslims are Sunni and they do not consider you or your flock as being a bona fide Muslim sect! So why should you go on and on, hitting you’re head on a wall; just change your name and be done with it!

Calling yourself as Muslim would jeopardize your believer’s existence and jeopardize even YOUR HOST THE Japanese, who are mainly Buddhist or Shinto, besides as far as I know Muslims are not welcome in Japan? So with a simple name change, you could achieve peace, harmony and respectability? As Putin Brazenly put it: To Forgive the Terrorists (or believers) is up To God, but dispatching them to Him is my Duty”

In fact just a few days back, UN Security Council took a vote to declare ‘war on Islamic state of ISIL’?  Naturally you would, and should query if you were a Muslim; how come all of us were put into one basket by the UN Security council?

For indeed the Security Council believe to give out such a declaration must be under an opinion, that ISIL ‘hangers own’ aren’t bona fide believers (Muslims) or do not subscribe to the holy Koran and the prophet?  But according the ISIL Members they are Sunni hence; pure Muslims. So what is this difference of a born again believer of Koran and the believers of a watered down version of the holy book! This is vital to establish right now, for once they finish off with the ISIL bunch, and they would be looking out for the gray areas of Islam believers! Hence it’s vital that you seek an answer to this vital question straightaway?

In this connection the following article of mine gives a better idea and might be helpful?

(I posted this article in 2013!)

WHAT IS THE RATIONAL BEHIND THIS THRUST TO DISMEMBER SYRIA, BY THE SUNNI JILHADIST & THE WESTERN NEXUS!

In Islam there is no democracy to be found when it comes to apostasy; that is, a Muslim cannot change his religion for fear that as their creed blatantly decrees it that the true believers must execute an apostate! No wonder anyone with any sense would refrain from exposing oneself as an apostate!

Now Sunni is a majority of 80% of the Muslims and Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar are within Sunni orbit hence they are true believers.

Though turkey was under the cliché’s of true believing Sunnis, Ataturk (the father of turkey) was totally against this absurd belief!

Indeed Afghanistan was one of the most prosperous Buddhist Nations and was 100 % Buddhist before the arrival of Muslim hordes? Today not a single Buddhist is left in that country. Ditto all the nations along Silk Road?  One can imagine how the Buddhist has been massacred alone the Silk Road, now they grieve about poor palatine Muslims; do we hear anyone grieving about those tolerant Buddhist who were massacred mercilessly en-Toto by these true believers.   Thus keeping to injunction of the prophet! If one need more information just read?

‘THE RELIGION OF PEACE’ IS IMPLODING!!!    06.04.2011

So why did USA and UK back the Murderous ISIL for so long? In fact ISIS can be an extension of Saudi mind set? So what was the USA and UK aim for propping up such brutal feudal tribal mishmash?

Indeed USA & UK were minting money (or oil) from the Saudi state, for anyone buying oil had to pay in dollars!  In fact why did they bump off Sadam Husain and Kaddafi? Due indeed to an inescapable fact; for these two requested for payment for their oil in Gold and not in some printed paper called $’s on which was written ‘In God we trust’.

And these dumb Saudi Arabs buying advanced weapons technology had to pay them with oil, for dollars they can get printed as much as they want!!

Now Syria is a thorn in Saudi Arabia’s in particular and Sunni believer’s butt!

So with the massacre in Paris everything stood on its head Vis a vis European attitude to terrorism! A book written by MARK CURTIS: BRITAINS COLLUSION WITH RADICAL ISLAM;   Spells out vividly the British mentality and all of its double stands! Through USA is involved, it is English mental gymnastics which lay the gambit and now they find, all of their tickey games have come home to roost? I quote Cutis’s book with thanks here:

London in the r990’s was one of the world’s major centres   for radical Islamic organisations such as Algeria’s Armed Islamic Group (GIA), the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and Egyptian Islamic jihad. And al-Qaida itself (through its office, the Advice and Reformation Committee) all established bases in London. Al-Qaida considered London to be the ‘nerve centre’ of its operations in Europe, and Many of Bin Laden’s top lieutenants operated from there!

One Millions pounds were raised in Britain to fund terrorist causes and recruit militants to fight across the globe, from Afghanistan to Yemen. …A key feature of Londonistan was the operation of a so-called ‘covenant of security’ between radical…

Crispin Black, a former Cabinet Office Intelligence analyst, described the covenant as ‘the long-standing British habit of providing refuge and welfare to Islamist extremists on the unspoken assumption that if we give them a safe haven here. They will not attack us on these shores. ‘A Special ranch officer said that ‘there was a deal with these guys. We told them that if you don’t cause us any problems, and then we won’t bother you.

Abu Hamza, the former imam at the Finsbury… that he believed AI5 Operated whereby his activities would be tolerated as long as they targeted only foreign soil. He recalled how Scotland Yard Intelligence wing, the Special Branch, assured him that ‘you don’t have anything to worry about as long as we don’t see blood on the streets’.

Khaled al-Fawwaz, the head of Bin Laden’s London office in the mid-1990’s, told Swiss journalist Richard Labeviere in April 1998 that ‘London is our association’s headquarters … The authorities are very tolerant, as long as one does not interfere in Questions of internal politics. The ‘covenant’ can only be interpreted as utterly extraordinary, amounting to a ‘green light’ from Whitehall for groups to undertake terrorist activities overseas. The deadliness of this policy was revealed from the late r98os onwards, as British-based groups, notably the GIA, Egyptian Islamic jihad and the ARC began to be involved in atrocities around the world. It was only after 9\11 that…”

Indeed Sri Lankans know for a fact how, Jaffna Catholic Tamil terror organisation operated from London and still maintain an office and a catholic priest is leading it, one Fr. S.J. Emmanuel

This terror organisation is which laid the ground work for modern terrorism! Indeed on Friday, 27 November, a rally was held in London to commemorate the life of Prabhakaran (LTTE) head of one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations in the world until six years. Now would they allow supporters to commemorate the death of Osama bin Laden? Ops sorry, they had not killed anyone in UK or Paris for that matter! So they are keeping to good old double standards? Thanks to such absurd, egocentric, self centred thinking they are paying a huge Price!

In fact we cannot put the complete blame on these tribal Arabs; who came up with a crude religion informing that that as Allah has spoken to a prophet, which the English would have accepted whimsically and patronisingly, for they had reason to use such imbecilic creed IN ORDEE TO FUFILL their own ends. Net results we find; a major portion of the world is in turmoil!  This we have to thank British self interest and their peculiar whims?

Indeed one cannot help notice subtle English touch which has been working to destabilise the global civilisation! Yet “when one rare a viper they are bound sting one” is an old Sinhalese saying!  Strangely when 9/11 stuck, it did not hit Europe, but far away New York?  Now with this hit on Paris it’s inching closer to centre home base of the terrorist capital London.  No wonder Prime Minister David Cameroon was in a rush to bomb ISIS off Syria and distance UK by getting a bad name as terrorist tolerating capital of Europe! They are shameless, for they do not have permanent friends but permanent (self) interest!

 

For an example we know how the British manipulated the slave trade! Did the world notice that? See the following article in the net;
PROLOGUE: HOW SRI LANKA CAME TO BE MANIPULATED BY CATHOLIC CHURCH – (Part III)

Indeed by 1800 British Empire was the sole owner of India proper. And they have planned to break the backs of all other slave exploiting nation. In such a manner British Empire ended as the solo super-duper power, as they landed at the top of the heap as the only coli Tamil slave using nation! They had Indian, collie slaves and they had their Uncle Tom Jaffna Tamils who were ever, ready to lick the white man’s ass.

In this above part I document how anglicised Jaffna Tamil Catholics gave their full cooperation to the British Raj to exploit coli India and use their cousins as slaves.

Indeed I am dedicating this part to those Indian collie slaves whose lives were destroyed by the Jaffna Tamil Catholics, and ended their lives in misery, pain and anonymity.

It is time we expose their game of duplicity by the British.

It took almost 3 decades for Indian coli slaves as indentured labourers to replace the dearth of slaves taken out from Africa.  By that time only other power around was French. Came the First World War and Ottoman Empire crumbled and fell; and through the League of Nations British and French divided the booty. Only positive thing Lloyd George did at that point of history was he gave Jews a nesting place in Palestine.

Finally two hundred years ago, on March 25, 1807, the British Parliament outlawed the trans-Atlantic African slave trade. But it did not deal in slaves within the colony per se! Eventually, in 1833, Britain was to make slavery itself illegal throughout the empire. It needed 23 years to finally do away with slavery why?
From hind sight we can see how shrewd the English colonials must have been. In fact they were killing two birds with one stone. How?

Colonial British control of the Indian sub-continent by the late 18th century up to 1940! It gave them an extraordinary possibility of manipulating grabbing wealth and power and at the same time keeping the good name for the empire!

So they had laid their plans covertly! They fathomed the Indian Psychology perfectly. Indians had class, cast, language divisions and myriads of other differences. If they pacify the upper crust leadership the lower level masses can be exploited as slaves. They called it indentured labour, in order to provide employment to masses of people but in fact it was slavery by another name only cheaper  and easier to handle!

On the other hand ablution of slave trade was done with fanfare by the British. As they were the epitome of decency and enlightenment.

In such a manner British exported Indian slaves and pulled the rug from under from the rest of the slave trading colonial powers such as Spain, Portugal, Holland, Denmark and USA.

Indeed by 1833 after reinstating their estates with Indentured slaves British declared that no one can transport slaves or use slaves in the plantations. In such a way they knocked out other slaving nations as they had the gunships to back up the claim.  Read the following;

HOW JAFFNA CATHOLICS AIDED THE BRITSH Empire of EXPLOITATION The INDIAN COOLI SLAVES! (Part III of III)
Posted on March 9th, 2014

Indeed one would have through that USA has fought a war to get out of its colonial status but the British bankers are milking s American cow not withstanding!

  • Ray Pensador Follow informs that: The United States could easily print her own money, and maintain control of both, the money supply, and interest rates.
  • Instead, every (paper) dollar in circulation is borrowed from commercial banks (at interest), who are linked to the Fed, or Central Bank.
  • The Fed is a very secretive private institution.
  • The Fed came into being in 1913 in the aftermath of market manipulation by JPMorgan which resulted in the 1907 financial crisis.
  • The banking cartels basically bought off some members of Congress, and also bankrolled the campaign of President Woodrow Wilson, who promptly signed The Federal Reserve Act, which had been written in secrecy by the most powerful bankers of the time (JPMorgan, Rothschild, and Rockefeller).

Speech in Congress in 1934:

Mr Chairman, we have in this Country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks, hereinafter called the Fed. The Fed has cheated the Government of these United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the Nation’s debt. The depredations and iniquities of the Fed have cost enough money to pay the National debt several times over.

Now you will wonder why am I mixing all these tropics and it, looks like I am mixing oranges with mangos. And where am I going with all these mixed balls? In fact lot of people are blaming USA etc., etc., but there is a bigger culprit who even Obama dare not point the finger at? And pray who is that? By now you would have an inkling of they must be? Banks? Not any bankers? But Rothschilds, Rokerfellows, JPMorgan; A Jewish Cartel of Bankers supported by no other than The Bank of England!

  • Who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation. — James Garfield
  • Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881 and died of his wounds several weeks later. Chester A. Arthur succeeded Garfield as President.
  • In 1896, William McKinley was elected President in the middle of a depression-driven debate over gold-backed government currency versus bank notes borrowed at interest from private banks. McKinley favored gold-backed currencies and a balanced government budget which would free the public from accumulating debt.
  • McKinley was shot by an out-of-work anarchist on September 14, 1901, in Buffalo, NY, succumbing to his wounds a few days later. He was succeeded in office by Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Finally, in 1913, the Private Central Bankers of Europe, in particular the Rothschilds of Great Britain and the Warburgs of Germany, met with their American financial collaborators on Jekyll Island, Georgiato form a new banking cartel with the express purpose of forming the Third Bank of the United States, with the aim of placing complete control of the United States money supply once again under the control of private bankers.
  • Owing to hostility over the previous banks, the name was changed to “The Federal Reserve” system in order to grant the new bank a quasi-governmental image, but in fact it is a privately owned bank, no more “Federal” than Federal Express.
  • Indeed, in 2012, the Federal Reserve attempted to rebuff a Freedom of Information Lawsuit by Bloomberg News on the grounds that as a private banking corporation and not actually a part of the government, the Freedom of Information Act did not apply to the “trade secret” operations of the Federal Reserve.
  • The decline of the British Pound as a result of too much emphasis on financial activity to the neglect of agriculture, industrial development, and infrastructure (not unlike the present day United States).
  • Although pre-war Germany had a private central bank, it was heavily restricted and inflation kept to reasonable levels. Under government control, investment was guaranteed to internal economic development, and Germany was seen as a major power. So, in the media of the day, Germany was portrayed as the prime opponent of World War One, and not just defeated, but its industrial base flattened. Following the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was ordered to pay the war costs of all the participating nations, even though Germany had not actually started the war.
  • Led this war (WW1) in vain.”  – Winston Churchill in The Times (1919)
  • “We will force this war upon Hitler, if he wants it or not.” – Winston Churchill (1936 broadcast)
  • “Germany becomes too powerful. We have to crush it.”
  • Winston Churchill (November 1936 speaking to US – General Robert E. Wood).
  • “This war is an English war and its goal is the destruction of Germany.” Winston Churchill (- autumn 1939 broadcast)
  • Germany’s state-issued value based currency was also a direct threat to the wealth and power of the private central banks, and as early as 1933 they started to organize a global boycott against Germany to strangle this upstart ruler who thought he could break free of private central bankers!
  • As had been the case in World War One, Great Britain and other nations threatened by Germany’s economic power looked for an excuse to go to war, and as public anger in Germany grew over the boycott, Hitler foolishly gave them that excuse. Years later, in a spirit of candor, the real reasons for that war were made clear.
  • “The war wasn’t only about abolishing fascism, but to conquer sales markets. We could have, if we had intended so, prevented this war from breaking out without doing one shot, but we didn’t want to.”- Winston Churchill to Truman (Fulton, USA March 1946)
  • “Germany’s unforgivable crime before WW2 was its attempt to loosen its economy out of the world trade system and to build up an independent exchange system from which the world-finance couldn’t profit anymore. …We butchered the wrong pig.” -Winston Churchill (The Second World War – Bern, 1960)
  • As a side note, we need to step back before WW2 and recall Marine Major General Smedley Butler. In 1933, Wall Street bankers and financiers had bankrolled the successful coups by both Hitler and Mussolini. Brown Brothers Harriman in New York was financing Hitler right up to the day war was declared with Germany.
  • And they decided that a fascist dictatorship in the United States based on the one on Italy would be far better for their business interests than Roosevelt’s “New Deal” which threatened massive wealth re-distribution to recapitalize the working and middle class of America. So the Wall Street tycoons recruited General Butler to lead the overthrow of the US Government and install a “Secretary of General Affairs” who would be answerable to Wall Street and not the people, would crush social unrest and shut down all labor unions. General Butler pretended to go along with the scheme but then exposed the plot to Congress. Congress, then as now in the pocket of the Wall Street bankers, refused to act.

When Roosevelt learned of the planned coup he demanded the arrest of the plotters, but the plotters simply reminded Roosevelt that if any one of them were sent to prison, their friends on Wall Street would deliberately collapse the still-fragile economy and blame Roosevelt for it. Roosevelt was thus unable to act until the start of WW2, at which time he prosecuted many of the plotters under the Trading with the Enemy act. The Congressional minutes into the coup were finally released in 1967 and became the inspiration for the movie, “Seven Days in May” but with the true financial villains erased from the script.

 

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service as a member of our country’s most agile military force — the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent more of my time being a high–class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. “I suspected I was just a part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service. Thus I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that the Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals and promotion. Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints.

I have written about if the Muslims were to come out of this circle of violence, they have to do certain specific things? IF Saudi Arabia didn’t have the oil reaches no one would have bothered and Muslim creed bite would be without any teeth!

They would soon realize with the free energy and all sort of things such as carbon as new material and capacitors replacing batteries, so their days are also numbered.

No wonder the British premier was in awful rush to bomb ISIS Sites!

If Muslims are to avoid the blow back effect, they have got into, then have to get away from;

  • Undemocratic mental set up and refrain from killing of apostates! That is disregarding the first injunction!
  • Women should not be used as ‘production machines’ and curtail the production of children to one or two!
  • Abstain from terror thoughts and let Allah look after his patch.
  • Government of Lanka. Should regulate reproduction of one child to a family!
  • In such a manner; Water air and the rights of all creatures are to be maintained!

Now the most vital point of cutting the head of this multithreaded Muslim hydra is; Global society must make it possible get new identities and find refuge for such escapees, if they are to escape from the fate of being born into? That is IF THOSE WHO DO NOT Want to remain as Muslims and practice their democratic right?

Create a TV channel to debate all sects’ points of view. WHEATHER IT BE ISLMIC, CHISTIAN, JEWISH, Hindu or atheist, this would be the absolutely certain way to break the fundamentalists back. This TV station should be kept in neutral territory and couldn’t be approached by any fundamentalist grope especially Muslim?

Mahinda Weerasinghe

08.12.2015

By the author of: -Origin of species According to The BUDDHA

& MISSION TO Oslo

CURRENTLY THE OVERRIDING QUESTION GIVING BELIVERS SLEPLESS NIGHTS MUST BE, WHEATHER; TO REMAIN A MUSLIM OR NOT?

Since Mohamed proclaimed to the world his “religion of peace”, it has been bumping off people left right and centre in the name of Allah (or God or whatever)! This, by invoking a simple formula, which he relayed to the believers as commanded by Allah. Popularly these were known as the five injunctions; and were termed:

1: There is no god but ALLAH and MOHAMMAD is the Holy Prophet [Faith or E-mann].

2: Perform Prayers

3: Pay the Zakat [Payments to Poor]

4: Make the Pilgrimage [Hajj]

5: Fast in the Month of Ramadan [Fasting]

Now most Muslims follow these Injunctions, and they sound simple enough, but entrenched deep within its wording, there is a death trap to unbelievers. Indeed the Muslims separate believers from the rest of the humans by stipulating those who do not subscribe to their version of the truth as: UNBELIEVERS!

In fact it’s another one of ‘God’s (Allah’s) clubs and no different from Catholic, Jehovah’s witnesses or what have you… But members of this club had being allocated some special privileges: they have the right to bump off anyone who does not believe in their obvious, ‘Truths’!   Strangely enough, they cringe and solicit (human) rights when they find themselves in a minority, but never consider giving others any rights, once they gain a majority status in a society! A good ensample is Saudi Arabia; where if an unbeliever was to bring a picture or a small stature of a Buddha it would be thrown in a dust bin at the customs. Indeed if someone has smuggled such an item in to the country and be apprehended with such an item, then the punishment would be; off with that persons head!

In fact the Judeo-Christians have specific words to describe such people who do not belong to their club such as: heathen, kaffir unbeliever, a pig dog or idol worshipper (in which category Buddhist and Hindus were placed) and quite demeaning!

Indeed if some has been a believer and subsequently was to become a un-unbeliever; then he is termed an apostate; and such a man should be shunned or killed according to the Prophet’s injunction!

Burdened with such precise and concrete dogmas its logical why they did, what they did, in Paris recently!

Such brain dead Muslims have got carried away by such injunctions so they entered a nation of unbelievers and began executing whoever they netted!  Indeed these un-believers did not sit around passively as the Buddhist had done in the Silk Road, but they in their own turn bumped off the ones who fell into their clutches and hunted the ones who escaped with impunity.

As far as those members of ISIL, who lost their lives for such acts of valour after serving Allah, they would wake up in paradise and get some virgins thrown into the pot as well! In fact they must be enjoying the virgins as we speak in paradise!

There is nothing worse than apostasy; that is a Muslim cannot change his religion for fear that; in such cases the true believers have the right to kill such a person as an apostate! No wonder no one with any sense would change their faith and become unbeliever thus exposing oneself as an apostate; it as good as owning a death wish?

Under the circumstances what they did in Paris recently was logical!

The actors who took part in that exercise were brain dead Muslims and got carried away by such injunction that they entered a nation of unbelievers and began executing the innocent people for them being just that: “unbelievers”!

In this connection Holiness H azrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad declared in JAPAN to his flock;

“You should reflect upon the blessings God has manifested upon you as a result of living here. There are no restrictions upon your worship. You are not imprisoned for referring to your Mosques as ‘Mosques’. Rather than resulting in a prison sentence, your salutations of ‘peace’ are appreciated and welcomed in this nation.”

 I view of his above utterances we need to establish his Holiness’s assertion as a Muslim; does he accept the first injunction of Islam which informs: There is no god but ALLAH and MOHAMMAD is the Holy Prophet [Faith or E-mann].

That is to say MORE CONCREALY; does HE believe in Mohamed and the Koran?

Now 80% of Muslims are Sunni and they do not consider you or your flock as being a bona fide Muslim sect! So why should you go on and on, hitting you’re head on a wall; just change your name and be done with it!

Calling yourself as Muslim would jeopardize your believer’s existence and jeopardize AND YOUR HOST THE Japanese, who are mainly Buddhist or Shinto, besides as far as I know Muslims are not welcome in Japan? So with a simple name change, you could achieve peace, harmony and respectability? As Putin Brazenly has put it: To Forgive the Terrorists Is up To God, but dispatching them to Him is my Duty”

In fact just a few days back, UN Security Council took a vote to declare ‘war on Islamic state of ISIL’?  Naturally you would query if you were a Muslim; how come all of us were put into one basket?

 

For indeed the Security Council believe to give out such a declaration must be under an opinion, that ISIL ‘hangers own’ aren’t bona fide believers (Muslims) or do not subscribe to the holy Koran and the prophet?  But according the ISIL Members they are Sunni hence; pure Muslims. So what is this difference of a born again believer of Koran and the believers of a watered down version of the holy book! This is vital to establish right now, for once they finish off with the ISIL bunch, and they would be looking out for the grey areas of Islam believers! Hence it’s vital that you seek an answer to this question straightaway?

In this connection the following article of mine gives a better idea and might be helpful?

(I posted this article in 2013!)

WHAT IS THE RATIONAL BEHIND THIS THRUST TO DISMEMBER SYRIA, BY THE SUNNI JILHADIST & THE WESTERN NEXUS!

In Islam there is no democracy to be found when it comes to apostasy; that is, a Muslim cannot change his religion for fear that as their creed blatantly decrees it that the true believers must execute an apostate! No wonder anyone with any sense would refrain from exposing oneself as an apostate!

 

Now Sunni is a majority of 80% of the Muslims and Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar are within Sunni orbit hence they are true believers.

Though turkey was under the cloches of true believing Sunni, Ataturk (the father of turkey) and was against this absurd belief!

Indeed Afghanistan was one of the most prosperous Buddhist Nations and was 100 % Buddhist before the arrival of Muslim hordes? Today not a single Buddhist is left in that country. Ditto all the nations along Silk Road?  One can imagine how the Buddhist has been massacred alone the Silk Road, now they grieve about poor palatine Muslims; do we hear anyone grieving about those tolerant Buddhist who were massacred mercilessly by these true believers.   Thus keeping to injunction of the prophet! If one need more information just read?

‘THE RELIGION OF PEACE’ IS IMPLODING!!!    06.04.2011

So why did USA and UK back the Murderous ISIL for so long? In fact ISIS can be an extension of Saudi mind set? So what was the USA and UK propping up such brutal feudal tribal mishmash?

Indeed they were minting money (or oil) from the Saudi state, for anyone buying oil had to pay in dollars!  In fact why did they bump off   Sadam Husain and Kaddafi? Due to an inescapable fact; for these two requested for payment for their oil in Gold and not in some printed paper called $’s on which was written ‘In God we trust’.

And these dumb Saudi Arabs buying advanced weapons technology had to pay them with oil, for dollars they can get printed as much as they want!!

Now Syria is a thorn in Saudi Arabia’s in particular and Sunni believers butt!

So with the massacre in Paris everything stood on its head vis a vis European attitude to terrorism! A book written by MARK CURTIS: BRITAINS COLLUSION WITH RADICAL ISLAM;   Spells out vividly the British mentality and all of its double stands! Through USA is involved, it is English mental gymnastics which lay the gambit and now they find, all of their tickey games have come home to roost? I quote Cutis’s book with thanks here:

London in the r990’s was one of the world’s major centres   for radical Islamic organisations such as Algeria’s Armed Islamic Group (GIA), the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and Egyptian Islamic jihad. And al-Qaida itself (through its office, the Advice and Reformation Committee) all established bases in London. Al-Qaida considered London to be the ‘nerve centre’ of its operations in Europe, and Many of Bin Laden’s top lieutenants operated from there!

One Millions pounds were raised in Britain to fund terrorist causes and recruit militants to fight across the globe, from Afghanistan to Yemen. …A key feature of Londonistan was the operation of a so-called ‘covenant of security’ between radical…

Crispin Black, a former Cabinet Office Intelligence analyst, described the covenant as ‘the long-standing British habit of providing refuge and welfare to Islamist extremists on the unspoken assumption that if we give them a safe haven here. They will not attack us on these shores. ‘A Special ranch officer said that ‘there was a deal with these guys. We told them that if you don’t cause us any problems, and then we won’t bother you.

Abu Hamza, the former imam at the Finsbury… that he believed AI5 Operated whereby his activities would be tolerated as long as they targeted only foreign soil. He recalled how Scotland Yard Intelligence wing, the Special Branch, assured him that ‘you don’t have anything to worry about as long as we don’t see blood on the streets’.

Khaled al-Fawwaz, the head of Bin Laden’s London office in the mid-1990’s, told Swiss journalist Richard Labeviere in April 1998 that ‘London is our association’s headquarters … The authorities are very tolerant, as long as one does not interfere in Questions of internal politics. The ‘covenant’ can only be interpreted as utterly extraordinary, amounting to a ‘green light’ from Whitehall for groups to undertake terrorist activities overseas. The deadliness of this policy was revealed from the late r98os onwards, as British-based groups, notably the GIA, Egyptian Islamic jihad and the ARC began to be involved in atrocities around the world. It was only after 9\11 that…”

Indeed Sri Lankans know for a fact how, Jaffna Catholic Tamil terror organisation operated from London and still maintain an office and a catholic priest is leading it, one Fr. S.J. Emmanuel

This terror organisation is which laid the ground work for modern terrorism! Indeed on Friday, 27 November, a rally was held in London to commemorate the life of Prabhakaran (LTTE) head of one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations in the world until six years. Now would they allow supporters to commemorate the death of Osama bin Laden? Or sorry they had not killed anyone in UK or Paris for that matter! So they are keeping to good old double standards? Thanks to such absurd, egocentric, self-centred thinking they are paying a huge Price!

In fact we cannot put the complete blame on these tribal Arabs; who came up with a crude religion informing that that as Allah has spoken to a prophet, which the English would have accepted whimsically and patronisingly, for they had reason to use such imbecilic creed IN ORDEE TO FUFILL their own ends. Net results we find; a major portion of the world is in turmoil as a result!  This we have to thank British self-interest and their peculiar whims?

Indeed one cannot help notice subtle English touch which has been working to destabilise the global civilisation! Yet “when one rare a viper they are bound sting one” is an old Sinhalese saying!  Strangely when 9/11 stuck, it did not hit Europe, but far away New York?  Now with this hit on Paris it’s inching closer to centre home base of the terrorist capital London.  No wonder Prime Minister David Cameroon was in a rush to bomb ISIS off Syria and distance UK by getting a bad name as terrorist tolerating capital of Europe! They are shameless, for they do not have permanent friends but permanent (self) interest!

 

For an example we know how the British manipulated the slave trade! Did the world notice that? See the following article in the net;
PROLOGUE: HOW SRI LANKA CAME TO BE MANIPULATED BY CATHOLIC CHURCH – (Part III)

Indeed by 1800 British Empire was the sole owner of India proper. And they have planned to break the backs of all other slave exploiting nation. In such a manner British Empire ended as the solo super-duper power, as they landed at the top of the heap as the only coli Tamil slave using nation! They had Indian, collie slaves and they had their Uncle Tom Jaffna Tamils who were ever, ready to lick the white man’s ass.

In this above part I document how anglicised Jaffna Tamil Catholics gave their full cooperation to the British Raj to exploit coli India and use their cousins as slaves.

Indeed I am dedicating this part to those Indian collie slaves whose lives were destroyed by the Jaffna Tamil Catholics, and ended their lives in misery, pain and anonymity.

It is time we expose their game of duplicity.

It took almost 3 decades for Indian coli slaves as indentured labourers to replace the dearth of slaves taken out from Africa.  By that time only other power around was French. Came the First World War and Ottoman Empire crumbled and fell; and through the League of Nations British and French divided the booty. Only positive thing Lloyd George did at that point of history was he gave Jews a nesting place in Palestine.

Finally two hundred years ago, on March 25, 1807, the British Parliament outlawed the trans-Atlantic African slave trade. But it did not deal in slaves within the colony per se! Eventually, in 1833, Britain was to make slavery itself illegal throughout the empire. It needed 23 years to finally do away with slavery why?
From hind sight we can see how shrewd the English colonials must have been. In fact they were killing two birds with one stone. How?

Colonial British control of the Indian sub-continent by the late 18th century up to 1940! It gave them an extraordinary possibility of manipulating grabbing wealth and power and at the same time keeping the good name for the empire!

So they had laid their plans covertly! They fathomed the Indian Psychology perfectly. Indians had class, cast, language divisions and myriads of other differences. If they pacify the upper crust leadership the lower level masses can be exploited as slaves. They called it indentured labour, in order to provide employment to masses of people but in fact it was slavery by another name

On the other hand ablution of slave trade was done with fanfare by the British. As they were the epitome of decency and enlightenment.

In such a manner British exported Indian slaves and pulled the rug from under from the rest of the slave trading colonial powers such as Spain, Portugal, Holland, Denmark and USA.

Indeed by 1833 after reinstating their estates with Indentured slaves British declared that no one can transport slaves or use slaves in the plantations. In such a way they knocked out other slaving nations as they had the gunships to back up the claim.  Read the following;

HOW JAFFNA CATHOLICS AIDED THE BRITSH Empire of EXPLOITATION The INDIAN COOLI SLAVES! (Part III of III)
Posted on March 9th, 2014

Indeed one would have through that USA has fought a war to get out of its colonial status but the British bankers are milking s American cow not withstanding!

  • Ray Pensador Follow informs that: The United States could easily print her own money, and maintain control of both, the money supply, and interest rates.
  • Instead, every (paper) dollar in circulation is borrowed from commercial banks (at interest), who are linked to the Fed, or Central Bank.
  • The Fed is a very secretive private institution.
  • The Fed came into being in 1913 in the aftermath of market manipulation by JPMorgan which resulted in the 1907 financial crisis.
  • The banking cartels basically bought off some members of Congress, and also bankrolled the campaign of President Woodrow Wilson, who promptly signed The Federal Reserve Act, which had been written in secrecy by the most powerful bankers of the time (JPMorgan, Rothschild, and Rockefeller).

Speech in Congress in 1934:

Mr Chairman, we have in this Country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks, hereinafter called the Fed. The Fed has cheated the Government of these United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the Nation’s debt. The depredations and iniquities of the Fed have cost enough money to pay the National debt several times over.

Now you will wonder why am I mixing all these tropics and it, looks like I am mixing oranges with mangos. And where am I going with all these mixed balls? In fact lot of people are blaming USA etc., etc., but there is a bigger culprit who even Obama dare not point the finger at? And pray who is that? By now you would have an inkling of they must be? Banks? Not any bankers? But Rothschilds, Rokerfellows, JPMorgan; A Jewish Cartel of Bankers supported by no other than The Bank of England!

  • Who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation. — James Garfield
  • Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881 and died of his wounds several weeks later. Chester A. Arthur succeeded Garfield as President.
  • In 1896, William McKinley was elected President in the middle of a depression-driven debate over gold-backed government currency versus bank notes borrowed at interest from private banks. McKinley favored gold-backed currencies and a balanced government budget which would free the public from accumulating debt.
  • McKinley was shot by an out-of-work anarchist on September 14, 1901, in Buffalo, NY, succumbing to his wounds a few days later. He was succeeded in office by Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Finally, in 1913, the Private Central Bankers of Europe, in particular the Rothschilds of Great Britain and the Warburgs of Germany, met with their American financial collaborators on Jekyll Island, Georgiato form a new banking cartel with the express purpose of forming the Third Bank of the United States, with the aim of placing complete control of the United States money supply once again under the control of private bankers.
  • Owing to hostility over the previous banks, the name was changed to “The Federal Reserve” system in order to grant the new bank a quasi-governmental image, but in fact it is a privately owned bank, no more “Federal” than Federal Express.
  • Indeed, in 2012, the Federal Reserve attempted to rebuff a Freedom of Information Lawsuit by Bloomberg News on the grounds that as a private banking corporation and not actually a part of the government, the Freedom of Information Act did not apply to the “trade secret” operations of the Federal Reserve.
  • The decline of the British Pound as a result of too much emphasis on financial activity to the neglect of agriculture, industrial development, and infrastructure (not unlike the present day United States).
  • Although pre-war Germany had a private central bank, it was heavily restricted and inflation kept to reasonable levels. Under government control, investment was guaranteed to internal economic development, and Germany was seen as a major power. So, in the media of the day, Germany was portrayed as the prime opponent of World War One, and not just defeated, but its industrial base flattened. Following the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was ordered to pay the war costs of all the participating nations, even though Germany had not actually started the war.
  • Led this war (WW1) in vain.”  – Winston Churchill in The Times (1919)
  • “We will force this war upon Hitler, if he wants it or not.” – Winston Churchill (1936 broadcast)
  • “Germany becomes too powerful. We have to crush it.”
  • Winston Churchill (November 1936 speaking to US – General Robert E. Wood).
  • “This war is an English war and its goal is the destruction of Germany.” Winston Churchill (- autumn 1939 broadcast)
  • Germany’s state-issued value based currency was also a direct threat to the wealth and power of the private central banks, and as early as 1933 they started to organize a global boycott against Germany to strangle this upstart ruler who thought he could break free of private central bankers!
  • As had been the case in World War One, Great Britain and other nations threatened by Germany’s economic power looked for an excuse to go to war, and as public anger in Germany grew over the boycott, Hitler foolishly gave them that excuse. Years later, in a spirit of candor, the real reasons for that war were made clear.
  • “The war wasn’t only about abolishing fascism, but to conquer sales markets. We could have, if we had intended so, prevented this war from breaking out without doing one shot, but we didn’t want to.”- Winston Churchill to Truman (Fulton, USA March 1946)
  • “Germany’s unforgivable crime before WW2 was its attempt to loosen its economy out of the world trade system and to build up an independent exchange system from which the world-finance couldn’t profit anymore. …We butchered the wrong pig.” -Winston Churchill (The Second World War – Bern, 1960)
  • As a side note, we need to step back before WW2 and recall Marine Major General Smedley Butler. In 1933, Wall Street bankers and financiers had bankrolled the successful coups by both Hitler and Mussolini. Brown Brothers Harriman in New York was financing Hitler right up to the day war was declared with Germany.
  • And they decided that a fascist dictatorship in the United States based on the one on Italy would be far better for their business interests than Roosevelt’s “New Deal” which threatened massive wealth re-distribution to recapitalize the working and middle class of America. So the Wall Street tycoons recruited General Butler to lead the overthrow of the US Government and install a “Secretary of General Affairs” who would be answerable to Wall Street and not the people, would crush social unrest and shut down all labor unions. General Butler pretended to go along with the scheme but then exposed the plot to Congress. Congress, then as now in the pocket of the Wall Street bankers, refused to act.

When Roosevelt learned of the planned coup he demanded the arrest of the plotters, but the plotters simply reminded Roosevelt that if any one of them were sent to prison, their friends on Wall Street would deliberately collapse the still-fragile economy and blame Roosevelt for it. Roosevelt was thus unable to act until the start of WW2, at which time he prosecuted many of the plotters under the Trading with the Enemy act. The Congressional minutes into the coup were finally released in 1967 and became the inspiration for the movie, “Seven Days in May” but with the true financial villains erased from the script.

 

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service as a member of our country’s most agile military force — the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent more of my time being a high–class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. “I suspected I was just a part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service. Thus I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that the Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals and promotion. Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints.

I have written about if the Muslims were to come out of this circle of violence, they have to do certain specific things? IF Saudi Arabia didn’t have the oil reaches no one would have bothered and Muslim creed bite would be without any teeth!

They would soon realize with the free energy and all sort of things such as carbon as new material and capacitors replacing batteries, so their days are also numbered.

No wonder the British premier was in awful rush to bomb ISIS Sites!

If Muslims are to avoid the blow back efforts they have got into, and then have to get away from;

  • Undemocratic mental set up and refrain from killing of apostates! That is disregarding the first injunction!
  • Women should not be used as production machines and curtail the production of children to one or two!
  • Abstain from terror thoughts and let Allah look after his patch.
  • Government of Lanka. Should regulate reproduction of one child to a family!
  • In such a manner; Water air and the rights of all creatures are to be maintained!

Now the most vital point of cutting the head of this multithreaded Muslim hydra is; Global society must make it possible get new identities and find refuge for such escapees, if they are to escape from the fate of being born into? That is IF THOSE WHO DO NOT Want to remain as Muslims and practice their democratic right?

Create a TV channel to debate all sects’ points of view. WHEATHER IT BE ISLMIC, CHISTIAN, JEWISH, Hindu or atheist, this would be the absolutely certain way to break the fundamentalists back. This TV station should be kept in neutral territory and couldn’t be approached by any fundamentalist grope especially Muslim?

Mahinda Weerasinghe

08.12.2015

By the author of: -Origin of species According to The BUDDHA

& MISSION TO Oslo

 

PPFA bats for early completion of Guwahati War Memorial

January 5th, 2016

Rupam Barua, Jagadindra Raychoudhury, Nava Thakuria, Pramod Kalita, Girindra karji, Anup Sarma

PPFA bats for early completion of Guwahati War Memorial By Our Correspondent Guwahati, 5 January 2015: Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) in northeast India has urged the Assam government to complete the construction of proposed war memorial on the northern bank of Dighalipukhuri in the city at the earliest.  The forum, while supporting the arguments of All Assam Ex-Servicemen Association that ‘the project would in no way distort the heritage appeal, aesthetic beauty and ecological sanctity of the historic water-body’ also appealed to the section of citizens, who are opposing the endeavour, not to hinder on its earliest completion.

It may be mentioned that a citizens’ body, led by noted academician Dr Hiren Gohain, had opposed the project arguing that the concrete structure has violated ‘norms concerning preservation of heritage/historical sites and water-bodies, besides impacting the tank’s ecology adversely’.

However, Col (retired) Rabin Das, who is the secretary of the ex-servicemen association, commented, “It’s unfortunate that some citizens have raised objections to the construction of the proposed war memorial at the portion of the land which had been lying absolutely disused with a dilapidated Assam-type house.”

Das pointed out that the war memorial is being constructed on the available vacant land in the northern bank of Dighalipukhuri and that it is no way over the water-body to disturb the aquatic animals and ecology of the historic pond.

Das, further pointed out that the proposed war memorial would comprise the statues of Mohabir Lachit Barphukan with other soldiers in the Battle of Saraighat,  an Amar Jawan Jyoti reverse rifle with a helmet on top, an uniformed soldier with his rifle reverse arm salute and also relevant murals depicting various battles of post & pre-independent India.

The PPFA, in a statement issued today, reiterated that a war memorial in the city was a long standing demand from the patriotic people of the alienated region and hence the project must not get suffered at the final stage of construction. The forum also urged the political parties and civil society groups to avoid using the southern bank of Dighalipukhuri as their frequent protest-demonstration venue.

MAHELA JAYAWARDENE ILLUMINATES  ADELAIDE CRICKET GROUND

January 5th, 2016

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

South Australian capital of Adelaide has no Opera House.  Adelaide has no Harbour Bridge of Sydney.    Adelaide has no skyscrapers like in Melbourne.  Adelaide has no Gold Coast.  And finally Adelaide City is not overlooking sea and Freemantle Doctor is not present unlike in Perth.

Yet, Adelaide is Australia’s  best kept secret.  Anyone who may have lived in other cities of Australia will testify the people of Adelaide  or South Australia are different to most Australians in other States.  They are very kind and understand compassion, even though they are not Buddhists.  The city’s main attractions apart from the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia, includes the world’s most picturesque  cricket ground, The Oval.

The Sri Lankan Legend Mahela Jayawardene, representing the Adelaide Team, known as Adelaide Strikers, illuminated the Adelaide Cricket Ground today in a sparkling manner.  Usually come into bat at the first drop, today he was promoted to open.  With 37 balls faced, Mahela scored 57 runs, including 2 towering sixes.

On the Big Bash Ladder, Mahela has put his team Adelaide Strikers to the top.

We hope the cricketing legends  like Mahela, Kumar etc will continue to  bring positive image for Sri Lanka and the game of cricket.

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF SRILANKA

January 5th, 2016

Kanthar Balanathan DipEE(UK), GradCert(RelEng-Monash),DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), C.Eng., MIEE,  MIE(Aus) CPEng, (Retired) Former Director of Power Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd, Consulting Electrical Engineers

 

6th January 2016

Hon Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe

Prime Minister of SriLanka

No.30, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha

Colombo 7

SRILANKA

Dear Prime Minister,

As a patriotic SriLankan (SL) Australian I am compelled to write this letter to you, as the sovereignty, democracy, and national security is growing to be under threat as a result of significant number of actions by GOSL, since takeover on the 8th of January 2015. Please do not consider this as an allegation, but look on a lateral view as a patriotic politician/leader of SriLanka.

Competency

Politicians in the third world, particularly Asia, Africa, Middle East, South America, are deemed to be incompetent, and greedy for power and wealth, and their avidity for such thing grows while in power. We SriLankan Diaspora are forced to view the politicians of SriLanka, the same as African politicians and may be also the citizens. Notwithstanding India has to be placed within this category.

In SriLanka, we can place the Tamil politicians as first class, top, unpatriotic, incompetent politicians. We talk of “Rights” What rights don’t we have in SriLanka? Every Tamil degree holder in engineering, medicine, arts, science and PhD, had their education fully free of charge out of SriLankan citizens wealth. These people have now earned millions of dollars on foreign soil, and they still demand “Rights & Tamil Eelam”. TGTE personnel Rudrakumaran received his Law degree from SriLanka free of charge. In my view these people are ungrateful, unpatriotic creatures. The reason is that the Tamil Politicians are unable to understand and grasp what is required for the Tamil people of SriLanka. Although they sprint to qualify and get a Law degree, their appreciation of the theoretical and practical training acquired can be regarded as nothing. May be, the main reason could be attributed to the perception, knowledge and intelligence of the Tamil Community. The direction in which the politician drive is to maintain their seat in parliament by the worthless, truth less, “Tamil Eelam” (TE). There was never, ever, a country called “Tamil Eelam” in the Island. God knows who created this land called TE.

In my book titled, “SriLanka, Sovereignty, Democracy and Terrorism” I have addressed the migration of Tamil people into the North. Although, Indians invaded SL over several centuries, the kings who were not really Tamils, were unable to establish their own land, because the Sinhala people were bold and courageous enough to drive them out of SL. The rowdy who invaded the North was “Magha” of Kalinga with his own people plus a few people from South India in 14 AD. (1215-1624 CE) Magha relates to the Sinhala people, and not definitely Tamil. Since then People from Malabar (Kerala), Andhra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu migrated into the East and North. Subsequently Arabs, called, “Pattanis” migrated to the East and assimilated with certain caste called, “Mukkuvars” of the East, and became Moors. Over years Tamil historians misled SL by rewriting history. Tamils are cowards: they invaded Java, Sumatra, South Eastern Asian states, and also Ceylon, but nowhere were they able to establish their root as Tamil Land. They were chased out of those countries. Then under the British, Portuguese and Dutch, Tamils opted to go as slaves. It is for this reason that Tamils are everywhere. Today Tamils go as refugees and live in detention camps. Most of them work as security guards, cleaners etc. That’s our nature and culture. The reason for this is “Greed”.

Tamil politicians wanted to find a suitable platform that will enable them to be in politics for ever. SJV Chelvanayagam who was born in Malaysia, chose the word Federalism, but in Tamil he propagated words such as, “Tamil Kingdom”. The shortfall of intelligence of these politicians is that they never thought of economics, technology, industrialization, expanding the agrarian, fishing and Palmyra industry, provide a stable continuous work platform to the Tamil people in the N&E. People blame SWRD Bandaranaike, which is incorrect. SWRDB introduced the Sinhala only bill only after SJVC formed the Federal Party. Well, every patriotic politician has the right to protect his own language, culture and religion.

I need not rewrite history, as Hon PM should be aware of the occurrences and frequencies that struck since 1949-1970, and then 1970 to 2009. Please instruct your finance minister to carry out a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the losses, damages, and destruction to assets, property, lives, caused by LTTE over the 39 years. Who is responsible for these losses? Will Sambanthar, Sumanthiran, Mavai Senathirajah or Vigneswaran take accountability and economic responsibility for the losses?

Every Tamil is blaming the racial riots and the losses. However, the losses caused by LTTE can be quantified to be hundred thousand fold than that of the racial riots. This is the shortfall of the Tamil man. We are selfish and have a high degree of egotism, not to admit our faults and failures, but blame others.

Sir, I would like to address some of GOSL failures since 8th January 2015, and highlight certain international political contriving.

Neo-Colonialism

There are several modes of invasion and or control over geopolitics by super powers or higher power countries on smaller countries.

  1. Military invasion like that of US on Iraq, Afghanistan and some other countries.
  2. Invasion by a mode called “Neo-colonialism”.
  3. Introduce instability in one country to spread to the region chosen by the super power, thereby taking control over the region.
  4. Disintegrate a country’s intelligence unit(s) and military capability.
  1. Invasion:

US thinks that they have the right to invade any country on some rubbish context. While US is unable to solve their own problem, they mislead their citizens by distracting them from local activities to that of their foreign activities/invasion to boast of their courage. It is a belief that US destroyed the entire South America for their own geopolitical control. France did the same thing in Vietnam etc. Today it is a payback, where Muslims are destroying the country. Recent bombing of Paris is an example. The west invaded Middle East, Asia, and the Far East. Time has come for payback where Muslims are flooding Europe and soon they will take over Europe. Are these activities driven by a super power for their geopolitical control?

  1. Neo-colonialism

Definition by Britannica: Neo-colonialism, the control of less-developed countries by developed countries through indirect means. (Ref: http://www.britannica.com/topic/neocolonialism)

Less developed countries are forced to privatise all of their industries and business. A system of stock exchange/market will be introduced. Shares will definitely be bought by the powerful countries, here the super powers. The country’s economy is in control of the super power. The super power will drain all the profits, meaning the people of SL, for example own nothing. How can you call yourself a sovereign Republic?

To achieve this the super power needs a puppet government and a puppet leader. This is what happened to South America. South America has the richest countries in the world with significant amount of natural resources. However, the people/citizens there live in poverty with little or no education. If the head of state does not bow down to the super power, then he will be somehow replaced.

If we carefully analyse: Today, there is an influx of Arab refugees flowing into Europe. Why not UK, Canada or US. Who is behind this Arab refugee influx into Europe? If all the countries recognise Euro, and start to by all of their imports and pay with Euro, what will happen to the US dollar and the economy of US? US economy will be threatened and the dollar will be weak as Zimbabwean dollar. May be that’s why Gadhafi was eliminated.

It is a belief that GOSL is embarked on privatization. Is SL a fit enough country with intellectuals, to go for privatization? Is it because your economists and financial experts are not competent enough to custom design a suitable framework for SL.

What happened to the Central Bank Bond scam? Isn’t there a competent expert in SL to manage the Central Bank? A real patriot.

Sir, SL is a country full of bribery and corruption. No one is patriotic. How do you propose to control these activities? Once SL was known to be the best country in the Indian Ocean free of Bribery and corruption. In my experience, I can vouch, because when I visited India in 1975, I had to face with lots of bribery demand by Indian government staff. However, in SL, I was able to walk into any office and get things done quick and easy with NO demand of bribery. Can anyone vouch that it is the same now in SL?

  1. Geopolitics

A superpower is interested in causing political instability in SriLanka. This instability will automatically extend to the neighboring region, which is Tamil Nadu, and hence India. The advantage is that the super power will then be able to take control over the region in addition to the neo-colonialism. For example: Why is Tony Blair visiting SriLanka. He made the blunder of joining George Bush to invade Iraq under the pretext WMD, which was truth less and rubbish. Will the UN stamp Tony Blair as a war criminal. For SriLanka to entertain such a person, it has become suspicious. These are preliminary tasks of super power in their project plan. What right has TB got to talk with Sambanthar? Is Sambanthar an incapable and incompetent politician not to conduct talks with GOSL to solve their issues? Well, that seems to be the case.

  1. Dismantle intelligence Units and military command(s).

Sir, you are aware the SriLankan military was praised to have defeated the foremost terrorist outfit in the world, which is the LTTE. We can observe that GOSL is in the run to disband this superior command and send them home. Is this a punitive act to pave the way for a super power’s geopolitical activity? Why disband intelligence units? Why make SriLanka a dumb country, not to monitor anti legal activities? Or is GOSL paving the way to make SriLanka another colony of the US, like Hawaii?

Issues among Tamils

You are aware of the caste issue among the Tamils. The Tamil elites who are descendants of Magha, and Kalinga, Kerala, and Andra, were discriminating and oppressing the lower and middle caste Tamils for years. It was only after independence, the SriLankan government placed all Tamils equal. Lower and middle caste Tamils were able to get suitable employment in government services, only afterwards.

The elite Tamils thought is that of the orthodox illiterate people in that, a toddy tapper’s son should become a toddy tapper, and a barber’s son should become a barber, and that they do not need education. Last year’s poisoning of a village school drinking water is a typical example. Even if someone gets a job and gets posted to Jaffna, then they will suppress the person’s credibility and put a stop to their promotion of becoming a manager.

Absolute power to the Tamils will be devastating as there will be disaster, lead to future violence and pogroms among the Tamils.

49% of the Tamils live outside N&E. What is the necessity of devolution of power to the North? To whom are they going to show their credibility in governing? The NPC, in their last budget allocation, have spent only 40%. Why have they not spent the balance? The main reason is they spend their time planning and scheming to fight GOSL for more power, and/or they do not want to develop areas of lower/ middle caste people. The Jaffna municipality and the NPC have not got the guts to plan a garbage disposal scheme, but dump hospital infectious wastes, sewerage, and garbage at Kallundai. Please see the pictures below. People living in Navaly South are subject to infections and deceases. This garbage disposed place is only 2 miles from the City of Jaffna. Jaffna has become a city of dump, stray dogs and wandering cows.

Jaffna Garbage dump

From such activities, as the PM of SL, you should be able to evaluate the competency, credibility, and honesty of your government officials and politicians in Jaffna. It’s disgusting, Sir. Jaffna man has proved that he is worse than the Africans. However, we are of the same stock anyway.

What Tamils need is development of the North, which can be done by the SriLankan government.

What is required in the North is:

  1. A reservoir with a large catchment area. Already Thondaimannar/Vallai area has been proved suitable by competent SriLankan engineers. Plus the required distribution schemes for agrarian services.
  2. Small boat docking platforms for fishing.
  3. Loans for boats and fishing establishment on a co-operative basis or individual basis.
  4. Development of the Palmyra industry.
  5. Cattle and chicken farms. Provision of the cattle or suitable loans for purchase of cattle.
  6. Promote cottage industry among the Northerners to maximize productivity, rather talking and wasting time on Tamil Eelam.
  7. Promote Sole Trader business.
  8. Introduce a system of building permits to be approved by Councils (rural areas). The reason is most masons who call themselves builders (uneducated) oversize building, wasting resources. This will engage small sole trader civil designers to design plans for small dwellings. Well, of course, the scheme should be corrupt and bribery free within council. This scheme will generate employment. (This scheme could be introduced island wide to minimize unemployment rate)

These developed industries could be owned by GOSL or on a combined basis.

If GOSL will do all of this then why talk of federalism, separate country, equal rights etc.

Sir, you will agree that when a person receives a degree from the University of Jaffna, he/she wants to leave Jaffna, and seek employment in Colombo or overseas.

We Tamils have hundreds and hundreds of associations, Sangam, organizations etc. The reason is power avidity. We want to show that we are somebody. We have no talent to be creative, innovative, and set example to others as role models. Just talk and fool people. It’s a megalomania symptom.

GOSL’s Punitive Actions

  1. Since taking over the government, UNP and SLFP joined hands to govern, which is unbelievable. Both are like the magnetic poles of the planet. You promised a maximum of 30 Ministers. What is the strength of the Cabinet and non-cabinet ministers now?
  2. 500 staff were transferred out of the Bank for leaking information on the 2 billion bond scandal.
  3. Police and army personnel were transferred with no cause.
  4. Several army command officers have been retired, suspect forcibly.
  5. Nepotism practiced by several ministers.
  6. Economy is down.
  7. GOSL promise to import foodstuff cheap from overseas, thereby forcing people to lose their productivity and look for other jobs. Has GOSL got alternative training scheme for those who lose their industry?
  8. The recent handling of the NDT student protest. Have seen the massacre and ill treatment of female students, just like that of Assam Dalit people.
  9. Forcing officers and people to falsify evidence to enable arrest of opponents.
  10. The whole SL is aware of Pillaiyan and Karuna being murderers. However, GOSL is taking things easy with the two culprits. In your opinion, do you think that these two should be active in politics?
  11. What happened to the code of Conduct and the activity of some ministers? A poor peasant, if he steals a loaf of bread, he is bashed, punished, and may be jailed. What about your minister’s activity. How is that ministers become rich when they assume power?
  12. Wilpattu is been invaded by insects. What is GOSL doing about it?
  13. SriLankans are aware of your portfolio holders sleeping in parliament. If a shift officer sleeps on his job he is punished and may be sacked. What are your thoughts on this please?

Constitutional Amendments

Sir, SriLanka has to be a unitary state. What Tamils have been allocated on Provincial Administration is far mode adequate for the population strength and our mentality. There can be no division.

Any more division or increasing powers to the PCs will cause political instability in the region. Tamil Nadu will start their secessionist demand, generating political instability and adding advantage to a super power for their geo-political control.

What the Northern peninsula needs is what has been discussed above. If SL can provide all those, then why do we need another separate administration for a small minority of one million people against the 22 million?

Already NPC Tamil administration has proved that they are incapable and incompetent in governance. What more can they provide with a new constitution and any division?

We know that right from 1949, Tamil politicians are incompetent. They never wanted to develop Jaffna because they live in Colombo. They live with their legs on two boats.

Sir, please check your revenue from the North. Apart from tax on buying and selling products from the South, do we produce, and pay tax?

Today Jaffna is infected with the following:

  1. Worms in food.
  2. Worms in Kottu Roti.
  3. Worms in rice flour.
  4. Sewerage in food supply.
  5. Oil contamination in water.
  6. Rowdies fighting and killing with swords.
  7. Child rape.
  8. Student’s sex increase.
  9. Girls at 15 become pregnant.
  10. Drug trafficking and usage on the increase.
  11. Brothel house on the increase.
  12. Dumping of hospital infectious waste, sewerage and garbage in the Northern City of Jaffna. This dump could be easily converted and developed as a tourist spot.
  13. Do you think that the Chief Minister could not act on these with the help of the police? CM does not need police power to act on illegal behavior.

Are Tamils planning to ask for another Tamil Eelam in Toronto in 50 years’ time?

Hon PM, Please keep SriLanka a unitary state.

I Remain,

Yours Obediently

Kanthar Balanathan

Cc: His Excellency the President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena

පළාත් පාලන ආයතන අක්‍රිය වීම නිසා ජනතාව අසීරුවේ “දැවී ගිය විදුලි බුබුළක් වත් මාරු කළ නොහැකි තත්වයට පත්වෙලා“ – කැෆේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්

January 5th, 2016

මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය කැෆේ සංවිධානය

නුවරඑළියේ  කානේෂන් මඩකලපුවේ  සිටුවන පරිපාලන ක්‍රමයක් මේ වන විට මෙරට පළාත් පාලන ආයතන රැසක ස්ථාපිත වී ඇති බව කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා පවසයි. අද (5) වන දින පෙරවරුවේ කොළඹ පදනම් ආයතනයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී ඒ මහතා මේ  බව පැවසීය. මහජනතාවගේ දෛනික ක්‍රියාවලියට  අත්‍යවශ්‍ය වන පළාත් පාලන ආයතන රැසක කටයුතු  මේ වනවිට අක්‍රිය වීම නිසා රටතුළ බරපතල තත්වයක් උද්ගත වෙමින් පවතින බව ඒ මහතා පැවසීය. දිවයිනේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතන රැසක් මේ තත්වය යටතේ නීති විරෝධී අන්දමින් කොමසාරිස්වරුන් යටතට පත්කර ඇති බව ද ඒ මහතා අවධාරනය කළේය.

කසල එකතු කිරීම, මාතෘ සායන, ළමා සායන, ආදී සියලු මහජන කාර්යයන්  සඳහා  අත්‍යවශ්‍ය වන පළාත් පාලන ආයතන අක්‍රිය වීම නිසා මේ වන විට දැවී ගිය විදුලි බුබුළක් මාරු කිරීමට වත්  නොහැකි  වාතාවරණයක් උද්ගත වී ඇති බව කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා අවධාරණය කලේය.

පළාත් පාලන ආයතන  කොමසාරිස් වරුන් හා පරිපාලන නිලධාරීන්  අතට පත්කිරීම  තුළ  ජනවරම ට පිටුපෑමක් සිදුව ඇති බව ද ඒ මහතා කීය.එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ කිර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා

මේ වනවිට පළාත් පාලන ආයතන බහුතරයක් නීති විරෝධි ලෙස පවත්වාගෙන යන්නේ.පොදු මහජනතාවගේ සියලු කාර්යයන් වලට මැදිහත් වන ඒ කාර්යයන් පවත්වාගෙන යාමට උපකාරී වන  මේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතන  ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍ර විරෝධි විදිහට තමයි පවත්වාගෙන යන්නේ. ඒ කියන්නේ මහජන නියෝජිතයින්ගේ මැදිහත්වීමකින් තොරව පරිපාලන නිලධාරීන් තමයි මේ ආයතන වල තීරණ ගන්නේ.මේ තත්වය වහා වෙනස් විය යුතුයි. වහාම පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණය පවත්වලා ජනතාගේ නියෝජනය ස්ථාපිත කළ යුතුයි“  

මෙහිදී අදහස් දැක්වු දෙහිවල ගල්කිස්ස මහ නගර සභාවේ හිටපු නගරාධිපති කේසර ලාල් ගුණසේකර මහතා පෙන්වා දුන්නේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතන සක්‍රීයව ක්‍රියාත්මක නොවීම නිසා මහජනතාව දැඩි අසීරුතාවට පත්ව ඇති බවයි.පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සහ පළාත් සභාවට මාසයක් වුව ක්‍රියාත්මක නොවී සිටිය හැකි නමුත් පළාත් පාලන ආයතනයකට එලෙස ක්‍රියාත්මක නොවී සිටිය නොහැකි බව ඒ මහතා පැවසීය.මහජන නියෝජිතයින් රහිතව ගන්නා තීන්දු තීරණ මහජනතාවගේ අවශ්‍යතාවන් වලට අනුකූලව ක්‍රියාත්මක වීම පිළිබඳ ගැටළුවක් පවතින බව ද  කේසරලාල් ගුණසේකර මහතා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

මහරගම මහ නගර සභාවේ නාගරික මන්ත්‍රී නීතිඥ තුෂාර දිසානායක මහතා අදහස් දක්වමින් සඳහන් කළේ මන්ත්‍රීවරු නොමැතිව ක්‍රියාත්මක වන පළාත් පාලන ආයතන  මනාලිය නොමැති මඟුල් ගෙදරකට සමාන කළ හැකි බවයි.

මහජනතාවට සේවය කිරීම සඳහා පිහිටුවා ඇති ආයතන මහජන නියොජනයකින් තොරව පවත්වාගෙන යාම නීති විරෝධී බව පෙන්වා දුන් ඒ මහතා වැඩිදුරටත් පැවසුවේ පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණයට බාලගිරි දෝෂය වැළඳී ඇති බවයි. වත්මන් සම්මුතිවාදී ආණ්ඩුව සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමන් නියෝජනය කරන පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමය එකඟතාවක් නොමැති වුවද පළාත් පාලන  ආයතන නිසි පරිදි ස්ථාපිත කිරීමේ සටනට තමන් අන් පක්ෂ හා එක්ව සහයෝගය ලබා දෙන බවද ඒ මහතා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

මෙම අවස්ථාවට මාතර මහ නගර සභාවේ හිටපු විපක්ෂ නායක උපුල් නිශාන්ත,බොරලැස්ගමුව නගර සභාවේ හිටපු  නාගරික මන්ත්‍රී අරුණ ප්‍රියශාන්ත,  වලිකාමම් ප්‍රාදේශිය සභාවේ  හිටපු මන්ත්‍රී එස් සුගීධරන් සහ මහරගම හිටපු නාගරික මන්ත්‍රීනි චන්ද්‍රිකා දහනායක ඇතුළු පළාත් පාලන නියෝජිතයෝ රැසක් එක්ව සිටියහ.

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කැෆේ සංවිධානය

2016 ජනවාරි 05 වනදා

SRI LANKA: වායු දූෂණය හා මහනුවර පරිසර ව්‍යාධිය “Air pollution and the devastation of the environment in Kandy”

January 5th, 2016

by Suni Ranasinghe. සුනිල් රණසිංහ  Asian Human Rights Commission

 

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MUSLIMS SHOULD ACCEPT THEIR SHORT COMMINGS AND CORRECT THEMSELVES POLITICALL AND SOCIALLY.

January 5th, 2016

By Noor NizamPolitical and Peace Activist & Political Communication Researcher and former SLFP District Organizer – Trincomalee District, and Convener – The Muslim Voice, and Former Press and Information Officer to HE. Mahinda Rajapaksa, January 4th., 2016.

Enrique’s Sex and Love tour: Two Cabinet Ministers pressured Colombo Mayor to give green light. The Muslim Voice was always right when it questioned the Muslim “UNSCRUPULOUS” politicians. The Muslim voice consistently requested HE. President Maithripala Sirisena to probe the Mayor M.S.M. Muzammil regarding the Enrique’s Sex scandal which has already damaged the image of Sri Lanka and the President internationally, on which a price tag cannot be put, let it be alone the CMC had lost Rs. 30 million on taxes due. Comments made by the Convener – The Muslim Voice in many web newspapers stressed on this point for many days. Some web sites denied the publication of these comments. But Adaderana, Ceylon Daily News and certain foreign webpapers published the comments. Lankaweb.com is the ONLY web newspaper which allows and respects dedicated freelance journalists and Academia by allowing their article/comments and opinions published, irrespective of the sensitiveness of the content – an example of TRUE JOURNALISM PRACTICED and the promotion of Press/Media and Journalism Freedom within the Press and Media industry of Sri Lanka.
The President has got the CMC Mayor to spill some beans. It is reported in the press/media that two ministers have been named as those who pressurized the mayor to do the UNWANTED. Minister Faizer Musthapa being one, seems NOT extraordinary. Shame on him and the Sri Lankan Muslims. No doubt “Sinha Le will have enough reasons to wack us in the future – God AlMighty forbid it should NOT happen. But ALL the BEANS have NOT been spilled by the Mayor. HE. President Maithripala Sirisena should still continue the “probing” to find out, how many Rs. 35,000/= tickets were given to politicians as complimentary ticket, especially to Minister Faizer Musthapa and how many ounces of kerala ganja and heroin and many bottles of hard liquor were traded at the grounds that evening and who were the culprits that were engaged in those nefarious activities. These may be “political passing cloud incidents” to these culprits, but the President taking stern action against these incidents and exposing them to the public, will bring the people to gather around the President Maithripala Sirisena, be it the Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims, whether they are SLFP, UNP, MEP, JVP, LSSP, FSC, SLMC, ACMC, National Muslim Congress, CWC or the TNA or the ITAK. The FAILURE of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to do this during his tenure as President was his downfall. The same Muslim Politicians who “sucked” him are also around the President Mathripala Sirisdena now. So President Maithripala Sirisena, should not give up the probe on this event.

In addition to this, the recent media/press publications “Suspected Ministry Official carrying gold in anus” (http://www.adaderana.lk/news/33513/ministry-official-carrying-gold-in-anus-arrested) was also another scandal where the personal staff member of the Muslim Affairs Minister was arrested by the Sri Lanka customs and charged for carrying into the country 04 gold slabs weighing 400g concealed in his rectal cavity, worth Rs. 2 million. What a shame again on the Muslim Community. Why NOT we accept that we are those who habour the most number of smugglers and racketeers in our community (including businessmen, politicians and political stooges) and begin to correct ourselves and live the “Muslim way of Life” Insha Allah. IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL SRI LANKAM MUSLIMS, INCLUDING BUSINESSMEN, POLITICIANS AND POLITICAL STOOGES ARE PRACTISING THIS “CULTURE OF HIPOCARCY” IN THE SRI LANKAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY. The incident has now been politically swept under the carpet. But President Maithripala Sirisena should not fail to revisit this incident and to bring the culprits and the gang behind this episode before justice and punish them, if found guilty. Again this will bring the people to gather around the President Maithripala Sirisena.

Sri Lanka media forums and Sri Lanka Muslim journalists and Muslim civil society and religious leaders should blast these news and call for a commitment by all Sri Lankan Muslims, including Muslim politicians to stop this “added Muslim culture of deception and smuggling”. The “Derana 360” political program, The Derana “Black and White” Political program, The Derana “Wadapitiya” TV program, Sirasa “Satana” Program, ITN, Rupavahini and Swarnavahini Tamil political programs  should take this dreadful spreading Anti-Social Muslim culture within the Sri Lankan Muslim community in there popular TV/news programs and trash it down in public debates/public TV talks and help the Sri Lankan Muslim community to get rid of this menace. Not only this, let us be bold and ashamed to accept that our Community government officials, especially in the Sri Lanka customs (not all) also connive in making this possible to the Muslim business gangs who under the disguise of “religious travel” are the biggest culprits in this smuggling operations. Muslim entrepreneurs in the Travel and Tours Trade (not all) also aid and have abetted this culture within the Sri Lankan Muslim community. Some of the Muslim politicians are also hand in glove in these operations, but deny and wash their hands and pretend to be “Mr. Clean” when caught. The other segment of the Sri Lanka Muslim Community are some of the Muslim Lawyers who, notwithstanding the FACT that they are very good practicing Muslims, still provide legal support (but for high legal charge/fees) and appear on all apprehended smuggling cases and make sure that the culprits are free from all allegations and charges, or by paying a small fine, within the law. These community elements help the authorities fix a “scapegoat” and get out of the allegations. The Indian Muslim community also have a great influence in these activities, especially from South India and also from Singapore/Hong Kong. The “SMUGGLING CULTURE” practiced by these unscrupulous Muslim gangs has to be condoned in full and eradicated totally from the Sri Lankan Muslim community. President Maithripala Sirisena along with the media should help the Muslim Community in this fight against the “The Smuggling Culture and Deceptive Political Culture” in Sri Lanka. This comment may create a volcanic eruption in the Sri Lankan Muslim Community with a lot of violent opposition from these elements within the Sri Lankan Muslim Community with the support of the money and political/social power available to the smuggling and political deceptive Muslim gangs, but the Sri Lanka Muslim Community has to once and for all get rid of these menace and allow the Sri Lankan Muslims to live a respectful and dignified social and political life and practice the TRUE “Islamic Way of Life” that the Holy Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon him) has preached to us and that which has been revealed in the “Holy Quran and guided by the “Al Hadith”.

THE ‘COMMUNALIST’ CONSTITUTION AND THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO THE SINHALA STATE:  WHAT MUST BE DONE

January 4th, 2016

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA

The persons who are pushing the new Constitution and the forces behind them (i.e. the US, UK and India) have anticipated almost all contingencies.  Unless something drastic happens to derail their plans, here’s what I predict will happen:  On the 9th, the government will convert Parliament to a Constitutional Assembly, and over the next 6 months or so proceed to generate a new Constitution.

Meanwhile, an Opposition will grow to challenge the Constitution, and, just before the vote in Parliament, it will seem as if this Opposition will prevail.  At that point, the President will give one of his signature televised addresses to the nation, where he will solemnly promise that, whatever ramifications the new Constitution will have, he will never allow it to divide the nation.

The above will be enough as far as Parliament is concerned:  the Government will get its 2/3 majority and the draft will be approved.  It will then be submitted to the People at a referendum, and the following will happen:  the Tamils and Muslims will vote en masse in favour, the UNP vote-base, reportedly 30% of the national electorate, will follow suit; finally, a very small fraction of the Sinhala-Buddhists will also be cajoled, bribed or intimidated into voting ‘yes,’ to cross the 50% mark.

The new Constitution, dubbed a triumph of ‘consensus-politics’ by the ‘Free Press,’ will be enacted into law with congratulations pouring in from all over the world, including Barack Obama, Ban Ki Moon, Zeid Al Hussein the Human Rights High Commissioner, and others.  Champaign corks will pop in Toronto, London, New York and other Diaspora hubs, as throngs of sweaty Tamils dance in the streets.

The Sinhala-Buddhists, roughly 49% of whom will have had their franchise made a mockery of, will retire to their dens to lick their wounds, if not their pride.  But, it will be no consolation, because they will have lost their country.  A civilization that has lasted roughly 2500 years will come to an end.  Is there any way to prevent this debacle?

A MODEST PROPOSAL

In my view, the only way to prevent the said debacle is to form an Opposition based explicitly and brazenly on an assertion of Sinhala-Buddhist identity, and implemented through an Organization whose name contains the explicit words ‘Sinhala-Buddhist,’ for instance, ‘Sinhala-Buddhist Front,’ ‘Sinhala-Buddhist Alliance’ or some such thing.

Since the entire point is to unite the Sinhala-Buddhists in terms of their ethnic or civilizational identity, the Alliance will be ineffective if it doesn’t contain the words ‘Sinhala-Buddhist’ in its name.  Those two words are in effect its best recruiting-tool, or rather, they convey automatic membership on all Sinhala-Buddhists, and it is up to each individual member to only decide if they support the program of action of the Alliance and if so to what extent.

At present, though there is a growing Opposition, as far as I’m aware it is comprised of various groups with differing agendas and ideologies.  True, they share a commitment to the Sinhala-Buddhist civilization along with the territorial integrity of the country.  Nevertheless, in my view, the impetus that brings them together is logistical and political convenience than an animating principle deriving from the Sinhala-Buddhist identity.

Unfortunately, the enemies of the Sinhala State have figured out a way to undercut coalitions such as those mentioned above.  The tactic, to repeat, is to use the minority vote aggressively and systematically against the Sinhala-Buddhists, and to exploit political differences among the Sinhala-Buddhists to peel of a sufficient number of the latter to vote with the minorities:  in other words, to make communalism the be-all and end-all of Sri Lankan politics.

In a situation such as the above, coalitions of the Sinhala-Buddhists based on logistical or political convenience can’t compete against persons and/or forces that can command the minorities to vote en masse based on ethnic, linguistic or religious identity because the latter categories are more elemental, which makes the voting blocs more reliable.

The only way to counter the persons and/or forces manipulating the minority vote in this way is to beat them at their own game, which is to say, to form an alliance based on ethnic identity, and nothing else.  If the Sinhala-Buddhists coalesce according to their ethnic identity, they can’t be pulled apart as easily.  Given the fact that they are the numerical majority, in any contest with the minorities, even with a nominal Sinhalese element thrown in, the Sinhala-Buddhists will win hands down every time.

COMPOSITION AND PURPOSE

The Alliance or Front I’m proposing will be comprised of three primary components:  first, Sinhala-Buddhist public intellectuals, professionals, artists and other specialists who will provide the intellectual stimulus as well as advice and guidance; second, the Sangha, which will provide the Alliance with the backbone and the moral authority; and finally, the Sinhala-Buddhist populous organized into manageable groups based on the principle of absolute democracy.

  1. B. Rambukwelle, one-time Principal of the Sri Lanka Law College, but also at different times in his life a practicing attorney, judge, among other things, and a life-long student of history, has observed that the three constants of Sinhala-Buddhist civilization until 1815 were the Monarchy, the Sangha and the village-collectivities (See, P. B. Rambukwelle, Commentary on Sinhala Kingship, 1993). Though I’m hardly an expert on Sri Lanka history, Rambukwelle’s observation seems to me reasonable.

The three components I have described as the main planks of the proposed Alliance are intended to reflect the historical categories identified by Rambukwelle.  The monarchy and the village collectivities no longer being viable, the public intellectuals, professionals etc, on the one hand, and the Sinhala-Buddhist populace on the other, will fill in for those missing elements, with the Sangha providing the unwavering constant.

The point is that the three components are intended to fit naturally into the civilizational structure of the Sinhala-Budhists, so that the Alliance is an organic outgrowth of such structure, rather than something artificial or contrived, imposed from outside.

Meanwhile, to the above three pillars will be added a fourth:  the vast population of expats around the world who, if I’m not mistaken, are seething with frustration and rage at what is happening to the Old Country.

This fourth pillar will provide logistical and financial support, advice and guidance, and also most crucially promote and defend the cause of their brethren in Sri Lanka before the governments and other influential circles in their home countries, much in the way the Tamil Diaspora is dong for their own ‘people.’

The Alliance will have two primary goals, that go far beyond resisting the Communalist Constitution.  Resistance to the Constitution is obviously the impetus for the creation of the Alliance, and will allow it to flex its muscles, but the two real goals are:  First, to establish Sinhala-Buddhist sovereignty over the entire Island, which in practical terms means re-populating the North and East, especially the North, with significant numbers of Sinhala-Buddhists, at least to the levels that existed circa 1980.

And second, to give a vital spark to the political, social and cultural life of the country, which in turn will lead to a renewal and resurgence, infused with creative energy, of all the components of civic life, including the law, letters, science, and the arts, and reflected objectively, as is always the case with civilizations in their youth and vibrancy, in an heightened and more refined aesthetic sensibility.

In short, the purpose of the Alliance is nothing less than bringing about a complete renewal and resurgence of the Sinhala-Buddhist civilization, in order to consolidate the victory of the armed forces in May 2009 in gaining physical control over the entire country, by incorporating the civilizational infrastructure that would ensure Sinhala-Buddhist predominance in the island for centuries to come.

OBJECTIONS

I anticipate that there will be three main objections to the proposal above:  one, it is racist and/or chauvinistic and will alienate the Christians, Muslims, and ‘Moderate Tamils’ who still remain friends with the Sinhalese; two, if successful the Movement will turn Sri Lanka into a Buddhist Theocracy; and finally, it is so contrary to the interests of the Indians and the Americans that they will do everything they can to destroy it, which entails plunging the country into another round of internecine war.

First, will setting up an Alliance that brazenly advertises itself as ‘Sinhala-Buddhist’ alienate Christians, Muslims and ‘Moderate Tamils’ still friendly to the Sinhalese thus depriving the latter of much-needed support at this crucial juncture?  In my view, the Sinhala-Buddhists are facing cultural and civilizational annihilation:  they have to think first and foremost about their own survival rather than the feelings of their friends.

In my view, the reality is that the bulk of the minorities are firmly in the enemy camp.  The Christians, Muslims and Tamils who remain the friends of the Sinhalese because they truly empathize with the plight of the Sinhalese, and also appreciate the danger to the minorities themselves in the long run if present trends continue, will remain friends through thick and thin.  Besides, once the Sinhala-Buddhists grab power, they can compensate their friends adequately, for hurt feelings, etc.

To repeat, the issue is not about alienating the minorities.  The minorities who have already been alienated are beyond redemption; those who remain with the Sinhala-Buddhists will go the distance.  In short, the Alliance will not suffer from brazenly and aggressively advertising itself as ‘Sinhala-Buddhist.’  In fact, it will be its greatest source of strength.  When the minorities, or anyone else, cries “Racist!” “Chauvinist!’ all that a member of the Alliance has to say is, ‘Proud of it.  See you at the Polls!’ End of story.

The second objection is that an Alliance of the type I’m proposing, with the Sangha at the very center of it, will inevitably end in turning Sri Lanka into a Buddhist Theocracy, a fate not much more palatable than a tyranny of the minorities, or of foreign interventionists.  I admit that there is a danger of this happening.

Personally, the end result that I hope for if the Alliance is a success is a stable democracy where individual rights are sacrosanct, where every citizen, irrespective of whether they are Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, or anything else, can live in peace and pursue whatever avenues of happiness and prosperity they wish to pursue.

What I oppose are attempts by the minorities to claim special treatment because of the fact that they are minorities, i.e. the claim that they have ‘grievances’ or some such things endemic to them by virtue of their ethnic, linguistic or religious status, and the related claim that they have special historical and moral rights to particular areas of this country, rights not shared by the Sinhalese.

But, I recognize that a Movement based on ethnic identity, with its elemental undercurrents, can morph into a repressive and intolerant orthodoxy.  I am hopeful that the more reasonable and sensible among the Sinhala-Buddhists, including the Sangha, will prevent such a thing happening.

Indeed, the history of the Sinhala-Buddhists offers an exemplary record of toleration and amity. I am reminded that the origins of the Muslims in the Eastern Province is that the Sinhala King invited them to settle in those areas when they were being persecuted by the Portuguese and driven out of their homes in the areas around Colombo.

Similarly, when the Dutch took over control of the coastal areas from the Portuguese, and began to persecute the Catholics in those areas, the Sinhala King invited them to settle in the Matale district, the very heart of his kingdom, and I am informed that the descendants of those Catholics live in those areas to this day.

It is difficult to suppose that a people with the above type of history, a people whose religion has as one of its central tenets the doctrine of Karma (i.e. ‘What goes around comes around’) along with a commitment to the Middle Path (i.e. a shunning of extremes) will as a rule allow themselves to degenerate into a repressive and intolerant society.

In any event, my point is that, the immediate need is for the Sinhala-Buddhists to survive as a civilization, and this must take precedence over any danger that may lurk in the future, as a result of forces unleashed to meet the present need.

The final objection is that the foreigners, i.e. the Indians and the Americans, will not like the Sinhala-Buddhists coming to power in the island, and will trigger a second internecine war in order to prevent such a thing happening.  I’ll deal with the Indians first.  I admit that the Indians will probably repeat the tactic they used in the 80’s if they feel that their interests are sufficiently threatened.

As I indicated earlier, however, the Sinhala-Buddhists are at present facing an existential crisis, which is to say, they are facing annihilation as a culture and a civilization.  What the objection says is that the Sinhalese are finished if, in trying to survive, they take steps that clash with Indian interests.  In other words, the Sinhalese are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

Under the circumstances, it makes no sense to give in passively to the Indians out of fear for what they might do.  The imperative is to survive first.  If the Indians decide to set up terrorist camps or whatever else to disrupt the State, so be it:  the Sinhala-Buddhists will have to cross that bridge when they come to it.

On the other hand, the Indians themselves are not invulnerable:  Indian politics is in constant flux; it has been shown for instance that Modi is no longer invincible.  A solid Sinhala-Buddhist power-base in Sri Lanka will be able to influence these trends.

In short, it may not be so easy for India to meddle in the affairs of this country if the Sinhala-Buddhists consolidate power.

I’ll now turn to the Americans, who I think are the ones really driving events in Sri Lanka, even more than the Indians.  What would the Americans do in the face of a Sinhala-Buddhist Alliance of the type I’m suggesting?  In my view, this is where things get interesting.  I lived for quite some time in the United States, and flatter myself that I understand something of how Americans think.

The urgency with which the new Constitution is being pushed by the present regime, coupled with the fact that top-level American emissaries have been visiting the island almost every month, indicates to me that the Americans have realized the local puppets they’ve put in place are far more incompetent, venal and vacillating than they imagined, and the window of opportunity to hook Sri Lanka permanently into America’s ‘Informal Empire’ is fast shrinking.

One must combine the above with a well-known fact about the way the Americans run the said “Informal Empire.’  Generally speaking, it is run by putting in place, in the countries that are brought within the ambit of the ‘Empire’ a local strongman or junta, backed by an Army specifically trained and equipped to be used continually and relentless against the local population, to keep the latter in check and allow US interests to have their way in the country.

To digress a moment, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman in their classic study, The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism (South End Press, Boston, 1979) make a distinction between what they call ‘constructive terror’ and ‘benign terror.’  ‘Constructive terror’ is state-sponsored violence by regimes directly subsidized or supported by the US, for purposes of furthering the US’s interests.

‘Benign terror’ is violence by various fringe groups and/or regimes about which the US is indifferent, either because the victims are not of sufficient interest to Americans, or the regimes though not directly subsidized by the US nevertheless do business with the latter, and therefore policy considerations entail that no feathers be ruffled.

Chomsky’s and Herman’s conclusion is that the number of persons killed and brutalized by “constructive terror’ is exponentially greater than the number killed and brutalized by ‘benign terror.’  My point is this:  what the US is in the process of doing in Sri Lanka is making this country a directly subsidized and supported client State, which means that the next step one can expect is the said ‘constructive terror.’

Unfortunately for the US, the Sri Lanka Army, a war-winning army, which in its very ethos exists as an institution of national defence, is in its present form incapable of being used on a mass scale against the local population, and it’ll take years of ‘reform’ to turn it into a tool that can be used for that purpose.  (It is reported that the said process of ‘reform’ has begun, with help from Britain, one of the US’s customary agents when it comes to these operations, but still it’ll take years to complete.)

To make a long story short, if the Sinhala-Buddhists were to grab power in Sri Lanka, the US in my view will be helpless to do anything about it.  They’ll have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan to topple the new government, which will not be easy, because the Sinhala-Buddhists will hopefully have learned from their first experience.

More important, the US itself is increasingly distracted by more pressing concerns, including on the one hand domestic calamities, and on the other, the imperative to contend with the rising power of China and Russia in regions where the US had for years enjoyed unquestioned hegemony.  In short, the present may be the best time, perhaps the only time, for the Sinhala-Buddhists to assert themselves and retake their country.

Dharshan Weerasekera is an Attorney-at-Law.  He is the author of two books:  The UN’s Relentless Pursuit of Sri Lanka (2013), and, The UN’s Subversion of International Law:  The Sri Lanka Story (2015)

 

Submissions made to the LLRC with Proposals for Revision of the Constitution

January 4th, 2016

Mahinda Gunasekera

By E-mail                                                                                January 4, 2016

His Excellency, Maithripala Sirisena
President of Sri Lanka

Copes to: Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, PM and Senior Cabinet Minister/MPs

Your Excellency,

I have pleasure in re-submitting the memorandum sent by me on March 28, 2011 to the Secretary of the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation wherein I have outlined historical facts relating to the separatist conflict carried out by extremist elements of the Tamil community led by the internationally designated terrorist movement known as the LTTE, aka Tamil Tigers with intent to break up the unitary, sovereign state of Sri Lanka.  I have also proposed revisions to the Second Republican Constitution of 1978 currently in force, with a view to eliminate the district-wise electoral process and make provision for election of representatives for each electorate while permitting outstanding citizens with special qualifications being co-opted proportionate to the total votes polled by each political party.

It is my view that the peripheral provincial councils be replaced by District Councils with scaled back powers whilst providing for sharing of more powers at the Centre thereby creating a more cooperative parliament where the government and opposition parties, majority and minority community representatives, will be called upon to contribute for the betterment of the country in a non-confrontational role envisioned therein.

Sri Lanka, being a civilizational state with a recorded history dating back to over 2,500 years, it is incumbent on the present generation to give due recognition to the unique heritage and culture of the people.  It must be reminded that even the last colonial ruler, namely, the British, undertook to safeguard the ‘Religion of the Budhoo’ in the treaty signed in 1815 known as the Kandyan Convention entered into between Britain to whom power had been ceded by the Chieftains of Sinhale.

Whilst building friendly ties with all nations, we must strive to retain the limited protection enjoyed by us as an island nation, that has helped us to develop our own traditions and customs based on time tested values upheld by our people.  It would indeed be foolish to spend enormous sums of borrowed money on building bridges and/or tunnels to the Indian Sub-Continent
in a region from which numerous invasions have been launched into our territory, and in recent times engaged in destabilizing Sri Lanka by arming, training and funding terror groups including the LTTE which sought to break up the island nation by carving out territory to form a separate state. Even today, the Indian side continues to blatantly violate our territorial waters by sending hundreds of boats to illegally catch our fish stocks and also damage the breeding grounds by resorting to internationally banned bottom trawling methods.  We would also face a much higher problem of illicit immigration from Southern Indian states and furthermore bring back the dreaded Malaria scourge which Sri Lanka’s Health authorities have after a sustained campaign of over 50 or 60 years succeeded in eliminating this disease from our land.  There is certainly no need for a bridge or tunnel to link our country with India when the ocean water separating the two countries is less than 25 miles which is easily navigable throughout the year.  Although the Sri Lankan authorities had not made a formal announcement of the proposed linkages, the Hindu newspaper quoted India’s Minister of Transport as having said that the plans are being implemented and that Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister had given the nod when he last met with India’s Prime Minister Modi in India.  If Sri Lanka claims that the new administration is committed to ‘Yahapalanaya’, then the leaders must be forthright and not be devious, or rule by stealth or subterfuge.

Is the matter of Constitutional revision being handled by the Ministry of Justice, or by a foreign funded NGO with a somewhat negative record which sought proposals from me by email?  I have not responded to the CPA as I am not aware if they have been entrusted with this important task by the Sri Lankan authorities, which need not outsource this matter which concerns the vital interests of all the people of the country.

Yours sincerely,

Mahinda Gunasekera

Encl.
—– Original Message —–

From: M. Gunasekera

To: Secretary, Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation

Sent: Monday, March 28, 2011 5:20 PM

Subject: Submission to the LLRC

By E-mail                                                                        84 Tambrook Drive

Agincourt, Ontario

Canada M1W 3L9

March 28, 2011

Mr. S.B.Atugoda

Secretary to the Commission of Inquiry on

Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation

Lakshman Kadirdamar Institute of International

Relations and Strategic Studies

24 Horton Place

Colombo 7, Sri Lanka

Dear Sir,

Submission to the Members of the Commission of Inquiry:

I have pleasure in sending the following submission for reference of the Commission of Inquiry and shall be glad if you would kindly bring same to the attention of the Chairman and other Commissioners for their study and consideration.  Although I have been a permanent resident of Canada since 1975, I have been closely following developments in the motherland and actively contributing to the ongoing discussion of national issues in the capacity of the Executive Vice President of the Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada (SLUNA) from 1983 and latterly as its President since 1995.  I have also served as the first General Secretary of the World Federation of Overseas Sri Lankan Associations in 1985-1986 and of recent times been affiliated to the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) headquartered in Melbourne.

Ceasefire Agreement of February 21, 2002:

Whilst the Commission’s mandate is primarily concerned with the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) of February 21, 2002 and subsequent events, I feel it is important to review prior periods to determine the causes for the ethnic divide and flagrant violations that took place. The CFA itself was poorly drawn up in virtual secrecy without even proper consultations between the President, Prime Minister and Cabinet of Ministers, or discussed in parliament, but put in place with the hope and intention of striving towards a negotiated settlement between the opposing forces comprised of the legally and democratically elected Government of Sri Lanka and the armed militant group led by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which had been designated as an international terrorist movement by the UN Security Council Resolution Number 1373 of September 2001, which had unlawfully and through violent means taken possession of parts of the sovereign territory belonging to the legitimate state of Sri Lanka in the northern Vanni region and areas of the eastern province.  This illegal occupation was described as defacto control of territory by the LTTE, and the MOU and CFA drawn up to govern the peace process tended to almost equate the legitimate government of the GOSL with an internationally recognized terrorist group.

The Ceasefire Agreement was a flawed document which allowed the LTTE cadres to enter into government controlled areas whilst barring unarmed representatives of the GOSL from entering the illegally controlled areas held by the LTTE.  Even the requirement to keep the A9 Highway open for through traffic from the south to the north and vice-versa was obstructed by the LTTE which installed barriers at the entry points to their areas, and even resorted to extorting funds from civilians passing through.  It was a lopsided agreement prepared by the Norwegian facilitator with input from the LTTE’s theoretician and adviser, the late Anton Balasingham who was a close associate of the  Norwegian representative and cabinet minister, namely Eric Solheim, who was the key architect of the failed peace process put in place in 2002.

Even though the Government of the day and the Norwegian facilitator had stated that the LTTE have signaled their willingness to give up their claim for ‘Eelam’, it is clear from the following quote of Prabhakaran’s speech published in the TamilNet on November 27, 2001, wherein he reiterates the same goal of a separate state using a different set of words which have equally serious implications:

“The Tamil people want to maintain their national identity and to live in their own lands, in their historically given homeland with peace and dignity.  They want to determine their own political and economic life; they want to be on their own.”

Despite the selection of Norway as the peace facilitator, establishment of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission made up of members of the four Nordic countries and the creation of a high powered overseeing body named the Co-Chairs of the Peace Process represented by the USA, EU, Norway and Japan, there was no effective machinery to penalize the violator of the accord except for keeping scores of the violations.  The SLMM reported that there were 7300 complaints against the LTTE between the period 2002 to 2006, and of the investigations carried out at the time, they ruled that the latter had violated the CFA on 3471 occasions including the killing of over 400 members of the security forces, political leaders such as the late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other civilians, whilst there were 1313 complaints against the government’s armed forces mainly relating to obstructions at checkpoints of which 162 were deemed as violations of the CFA  In addition, the UNICEF reported the abduction and forced conscription of nearly 6000 Tamil youth, many under the age of 15 years which falls into the category of a war crime.  Conscription of underage Tamil youth by the LTTE continued in spite of repeated undertakings given to the Special Rapporteur, Olara Otunnu of UNICEF of discontinuing this practice and releasing the youth to the care of UNICEF for restitution of the child soldiers to their respective families.

Furthermore, the LTTE which agreed to international mediation during the ceasefire period never negotiated in good faith, but continued to build its fighting forces and amass an enormous stockpile of weapons including a squadron of night bombers, showing their intent of establishing their mono-ethnic, separate Tamil racist state by grabbing terrain extending to over 1/3rd of the island’s land area bounded by 2/3rd of the coastline by force of arms.  The international community which supported the peace process publicly intimated their firm and unwavering backing for Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity whilst their policies tended to slant towards a two state solution or in the alternative a federal arrangement which would serve as a stepping stone to separation or division into two states.  The powerful foreign powers engaged in the peace process funded both local NGOO as well as the INGO serving in Sri Lanka to carry out their end strategy by promoting federalism that would provide a platform for separation by adopting the Quebec Option by merely holding a referendum in the region opting for self-determination and independence.  They later discovered that federalism was not acceptable to the people of Sri Lanka and deemed the ‘F’ word as intimated by the Hon. Bob Rae a senior Liberal Party politician of Canada who sought to push federalist ideas and a federal structure through the Canadian Forum of Federations of which he was the President, in partnership with the Sri Lankan Centre for Policy Alternatives heavily funded by Canada and other western countries.

Sri Lanka’s newly elected President, H.E. Mahinda Rajapakse called on the Norwegian facilitator to arrange for a renewed round of peace talks in November of 2005, to which the LTTE consented, but did not come to the table and instead used their visits to Geneva and Oslo to meet with their international representatives to seek enhanced funds to pursue their military option.  In fact, the Human Rights Watch report dated March 15, 2006, titled ‘Tamil Tigers Extort Diaspora For Final War Funds’ confirms the fact that the LTTE was merely going through the motions and buying time to rebuild their forces and weapons stockpile for resumption of hostilities.  The following quote taken from the News Release issued by HRW confirms the LTTE’s decision to adopt the military route to achieve their goal of a separate state:   “ In late 2005, the Tamil Tigers launched an aggressive and systematic fundraising drive in Canada and parts of Europe to pressure individuals and business owners in the Tamil diaspora to give money for what they called the “final war” between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government. The fundraising campaign coincided with an escalation of LTTE attacks against Sri Lankan forces that threatened Sri Lanka’s four-year-old ceasefire.”

Continuation of the CFA any longer would have seriously jeopardized Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity, her ability to function as a viable independent sovereign state, facing division and hostile borders resulting in unending military incursions and war readiness to defend the remaining land and territorial waters.  The Sri Lankan regime called the LTTE’s bluff in time and successfully carried out a military action to defeat the terrorists and regain the country after a three decade long period of death and destruction, whilst at the same time rescuing the 300,000 plus Tamil civilians who were held hostage by the LTTE and upholding the right to life of all her citizens who had earlier been subjected to claymore mine attacks, train, bus and shopping centre bombings, suicide bomb attacks, ethnic cleansing massacres and every form of violence on a daily basis by these very terrorists. 

Separatist aspirations and political maneuvering by the Tamil community:

The propaganda carried out by the Tamils tend to claim that their desire to establish a separate Tamil state began after the adoption of Sinhala as the official language in 1956, which they say resulted in discrimination of Tamils in education and employment.  On the contrary, the separatist cries of Tamils in South India represented by the ‘We Tamil Movement’ and the Tamil Justice Party’ around 1918 seeking a separate country for the Tamils to be called ‘Dravidastan’ had its echoes in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) as well.  The Sinhala Language Act introduced in 1956 was to take effect in 1961without depriving Tamils of education in the mother tongue up to the university level.   In the interim, ‘The Reasonable Use of Tamil Language Act’ was passed in 1958.  As the Tamils pointed out the shortcomings of this legislation, moves were made in 1965 to provide further concessions in the operation of the language regulations.  Even though the Official Language Act recognized the language spoken by 76 percent of the population, the Tamil minority felt shortchanged, resulting in the further enhancement of Tamil by the Second Republican Constitution of 1978 making Tamil a National Language and language of administration in areas with a Tamil speaking majority, thereby providing far more linguistic rights than that enjoyed by French in bi-lingual Canada where the French Canadians are recognized as one of two founding nations.  Tamil has since been elevated as an official language on par with Sinhala, and it is hoped that the Tamil community will cooperate with the authorities in its implementation which they abandoned during the 33 year long violent separatist campaign which ended in 2009.

After the British took possession of the Dutch territories of Ceylon in 1796, they openly implemented a discriminatory policy by providing better educational facilities to the Tamils in their main areas of residence in the north and east, with few and far between in the Sinhala areas under their divide and rule policy.  The Tamil community benefited greatly from the favored treatment extended to them by the British colonial administration, which also gave preference to Tamils in employment in the public service of Ceylon but also in the British colony of Malaya.  As a result, the Tamils came to dominate the public service, the commercial and private sector as well as the professions holding a far greater ratio of jobs than any other community in Sri Lanka.  They used their new found dominant position to favour members of their community in the filling of vacancies ensuring their continued dominance which was tantamount to discrimination of other communities in the island.

When the British government was taking steps during the second world war to grant independence to many of her colonies in South Asia, the Tamil leaders of Sri Lanka sought 50 percent of the seats of the new parliament of independent Sri Lanka to be reserved for the minorities describing it as balanced representation allowing for communal parity, whilst the Sinhalese comprising 76 percent of the population was required to contest and win the balance 50 percent of the seats of the legislature.  This was apparently a move to retain the dominant place gained on account of the largesse extended by the colonial ruler to the Tamils numbering 12 percent, even in post-independent Ceylon.  Lord Soulbury who headed the Commission to hear the views of the British subjects in the island rejected this request which met with severe disapprobation by the commissioners. They stated that “any attempt by artificial means to convert a majority into a minority is not only inequitable, but doomed to failure”

Tamil cooperation with the majority community following the grant of independence from Britain was short lived, as a section of the Tamils led by Mr. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam broke away from the Tamil Congress as early as 1949 to form what they called the ‘Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi’ (Lanka Tamil State Party) where they conjured up a Tamil Nation, but disguised it in English as the ‘Federal Party’ which would stay within the Sri Lanka state, masking their hidden agenda of establishing a separate state for the Tamils.  They also claimed that there was no state without Tamils, but that the 70-80 million Tamils lacked a state of their own.  The reasons for adopting the separatist path were other than Sinhala being made the official language or their perceived discrimination which were negotiable, but the hidden motives of using the combined resources available to the Tamils worldwide including the power base of Tamilnadu where 55 million Tamils lived just across the narrow Palk strait to break up the tiny island state of Sri Lanka to create their dreamland of “Tamil Eelam”.  Towards this end, they carried out a systematic campaign to distort the history of the island’s people by claiming to be the original inhabitants and misleading the Tamil youth and the rest of the community into acts of civil disobedience, smuggling of weapons which led to 30 plus years of violence including suicide terrorism for a cause based on deceit and dishonesty.

Post–Military defeat of the LTTE:

Following the military defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, the Sri Lankan authorities were faced with the enormous task of registration, providing housing, food and water, medical, educational and other facilities to the nearly 294,000 Tamil civilians rescued from the illegal control of the Tamil Tiger terrorist cadres who had forced them to abandon their villages and move with the retreating LTTE fighting units to be exploited for their labour, conscripted to replace fallen cadres and to be herded behind the high earthen dams and deep ditches put up to bolster their defenses, and to also serve these terrorists as a human shield.  There were also the 11,000 odd former Tiger cadres that had surrendered to the security forces to be held separately and processed for re-habilitation and prosecution of charges if any, and in addition the task of screening the IDPs to detect any cadres who were hiding amongst the displaced civilians.

Although the GOSL estimated their ability to de-mine the villages, repair and rebuild homes, restore the infrastructure and administrative set-up and re-settle the IDPs within the space of six months, it proved to be a much more difficult task as the LTTE had laid almost 1.5 million landmines including explosives laden booby traps, and had also removed the roofing sheets of the buildings which suffered heavy damage through exposure to the elements.  Nevertheless, they succeeded in re-settling about 95 percent of the IDPs within a space of 18 months to re-engage in farming and fishing activities. The GOSL was creating the ground for both private and public sector livelihood ventures that will help sustain the newly re-settled Tamil civilians that had been forced to wander across the Vanni from west to east for a period in excess of two years under orders of the LTTE.  The UN and leading members of the international community were complaining about the delay in re-settling the displaced Tamil civilians probably at the behest of the Tamil Diaspora who were being wooed for their votes in their respective electorates, despite the fact that the USA, the world’s richest nation is still grappling with the re-settlement of the victims of Hurricane Katrina even after a lapse of five years.

Reconciliation Process to bring about Peace and Harmony in the wider Community:  

Whilst reconciliation is foremost in everyone’s mind, it is not something that could be achieved though legislation or by government action alone, as it is a multi-way process where the parties concerned both as individuals and communities should reach out and touch the other in meaningful ways that will lead to healing and reconciliation.  It is not a quick process but that which is achievable on an incremental scale both in the short and long term.   No community can be considered blameless.  All have suffered in different ways with some perhaps more so than others because of the situation faced by the country during the 33 year insurgency of the militant Tamils led by the LTTE.

The members of Sri Lanka’s Security Forces that made it possible for the suffering mass of displaced Tamil civilians to escape from the control of the Tamil Tiger Terrorists who forcibly confined them within the high earthen dams put up in the narrow 14 sq. km strip of land in the Puttumatalan area to be used as a human shield for their final stand, not only breached these well defended dams under unrelenting fire risking their life and limb, but also helped the elderly and weak among them by carrying them to safety and even handing over their meal rations to the freed IDPs.  We also saw these brave men and women of the Sri Lankan Army hurriedly providing medical attention to those civilians who had suffered bullet wounds as the LTTE trained their guns on these Tamil people who abandoned their tormentors to reach the safety of government controlled territory. They further displayed their compassionate and kind ways by preparing warm meals to feed the mass of people that sought refuge amongst them in the midst of doing battle with the vicious enemy.  The Tamil IDPs who were so cared for should realize that their welfare was foremost in the minds of all Sri Lankans who rushed to their aid with stocks of food, clothing, bottled water, medicine, toys, and other essentials to comfort them in their time of need.

It must also be stated here that the people of the south almost entirely from the Sinhalese community rallied to fill over 14 railway goods carriages hitched on to the train from Matara in November 2008 specially named the ‘Brotherhood Train’ organized by the Thawalama Development Foundation, with food, water and other essentials valued at over Rs.35 million for delivery to the 40,000 Tamil IDPs provided refuge at Vavunia at the time.  Among the donors were very poor persons who delivered a pound of rice, a packet of sugar or a coconut, which was a substantial part of their day’s income in order to help their fellow countryman from the Tamil community who were in dire straits awaiting re-settlement.  We too contributed money for this most noble act of goodwill from the Sinhalese of the south to the displaced Tamils of the north.  

We for our part, as a patriotic overseas association, namely, Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada (SLUNA) also shipped two lots of medicine valued at $70,000.00 obtained from Relief Aid International and Health Partners International of Canada, which we shipped by air in February and March 2009 to be dispensed to the IDPs via the Government Medical Officers Association of Sri Lanka.   We also provided school supplies to Tamil children attending a newly built junior school at Shanthimale in the eastern province, and 500 mosquito nets to the Tamil villagers of Omanthai. Whereas, the almost million members of the comparatively affluent Tamil Diaspora living in the west only contributed monies to the LTTE to purchase explosives and weapons to kill and maim the people of Sri Lanka including the abduction and forced conscription of underage Tamil children into the Tiger fighting units, but little or nothing for their own people who had been dispossessed by their heroic Tamil Tigers.

A ‘Truth Commission’ like in South Africa is meaningless with the elimination of the LTTE leadership and them not being present to admit to their wrongdoing.  Regurgitating the unsavory aspects may open up new wounds instead of healing the heavy hearts which is required at the moment.  It is not a good guys versus bad guys issue, but acceptance of the fact that decisions made from time to time are not necessarily perfect and meeting the aspirations of all competing sectors.  The nation has to adopt a forgiving and tolerant attitude to seek well balanced policies in attempting to rectify any shortcomings while ensuring that all citizens are secure from harm and treated justly.  Action that may be taken by the authorities on an urgent basis in assuring the people, especially the minorities who loudly proclaim injustices and discrimination, would be as follows:

  1. a) State authorities should without delay take steps to have a full complement

of competent staff to implement the language laws in the Statute Book;

  1. b) Take immediate action to appoint independent Commissions made up of

competent and distinguished persons to administer the Police Service,

Public Service, Judicial Service, and Elections Department in a manner

that would win the confidence of the public at large.

  1. c) The leaders should lead by example, by adopting simple lifestyles and

taking all necessary steps to reduce graft, corruption and waste.

  1. d) Take steps to curb political interference in public life and ensure that due

process will be speedily applied in accordance with the laws of the land.

  1. e) Scale down the level of politicization and resultant political rivalry which

unduly pits one against the other within society, by at least allowing for the

election of members of local government bodies based on individual

preferences instead of on party lines for each ward or electorate without the

need to confront each other on party lines on a district basis, as prevailing in

most countries.

In addition to the above, it is necessary to have the reputed historians, archaeologists and other qualified persons of related disciplines from all communities who are knowledgeable on the history of the island of Sri Lanka and her people to come together and determine the real and unadulterated history. This is necessary, as distorted versions invented recently by separatist Tamils have not only misled the members of the Tamil community to seek to violently break-up Sri Lanka to establish what they believed was their homeland of “Eelam” which had been usurped by the majority Sinhalese community who arrived at a later date and grabbed their land, depriving them of their ancient homeland.  In fact, the very word “Eelam” according to the Tamil Lexicon published by the Madras University states that same had been derived from the Pali word SIHALA meaning Sinhala, which was Tamilised as SIHALAM ( or SINKANAM) and later shortened to “ILAM”, also spelt as “EELAM”. The authority on Tamil language and history, Prof. S. Krishnaswamy Aiyangar of the Madras University stated on the 29th of August 1926, writing the foreword to Mudliyar C. Rasanayagam’s book titled ‘Ancient Jaffna’ that “Eelam” did not mean the homeland of the Tamils, but meant the Land of the Sinhalese.  Not only should the correct history be presented to the people but it should be taught to all as it will give an insight to one’s roots and bring about an understanding of our past and place in the evolving world.

Certain Tamil leaders and some foreign powers including India have said that a meaningful power sharing arrangement which gives the Tamils a due place must be put on the table in order to create the stage for reconciliation to take place between the majority Sinhalese community and the minority Tamils.  Some want the 13th Amendment introduced as a result of threatened military intervention by India bringing about the infamous Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 (where India failed to fulfill her obligations) fully implemented, whilst several Tamil leaders seek 13 A Plus, and yet others advocate a federalist model.  The Tamils who today number around 8 percent of the total population following the large scale migration of over a million Tamils to the west and other developed countries, have moved out of the north and east with almost 54 percent now living in the rest of the country with a high percentage in and around the capital city of Colombo, in mixed ethnic surroundings.  The Tamils also form the largest single ethnic group in the capital city.  Whilst the voluntary relocation of the Tamils is welcome, it is best to similarly arrange for other communities to be settled amongst the Tamils of the north and east in order to form similar multi-ethnic societies that will live side by side as in the more densely populated areas of the south to build better human relations leading to peaceful co-existence of the various ethnicities.

13th Amendment lacks consent of the people

The 13th Amendment which lacks the consent of the people has given rise to Provincial Councils which virtually overlap the areas covered by the Centre where political patronage has resulted in a burgeoning bureaucracy that is both wasteful and a drain on the economy.  Devolving power to provinces created by the British colonial administration, and permitting two or more provinces to merge to form a larger unit as allowed by the 13th Amendment, leaves room for those who took up arms including suicide terrorism in pursuit of a separate state to similarly use the powers set out in the list to achieve the same objective in the not too distant future bringing forth worse chaos and violence in its wake.

Adverse impact of the 13th Amendment:

The adverse impact of the laws promulgated under the 13th Amendment which were adopted without the due consent of the people following the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 need to be fully reviewed. These laws aim to create a constitutional structure similar to that prevailing in India which is a vast land with numerous disparities unlike that of Sri Lanka.  These laws were hastily drawn up at the insistence of our giant neighbour under the threat of military intervention and division of our country on ethnic lines based on pressure from Tamilnadu, as it was their perspective that the Tamil minority was being discriminated against by the majority Sinhalese community that held electoral power.

Needless to say,  the 13th Amendment had not previously been envisaged by any of the political parties and therefore was not part of the party manifestos presented to the people at the general elections held earlier.  These laws were adopted by the people’s elected representatives in a most unethical manner, where the then head of the government, President J.R. Jayawardene, resorted to coercion by threatening to use the undated letters of resignation that he had earlier obtained from each and every member of the ruling party’s caucus to remove them from elected office as a member of parliament in order to have them vote in favour of these controversial laws.  In matters affecting constitutional changes which tend to establish multi-faceted structural changes, it is the norm to firstly seek the consent of the people and thereafter to even allow a free vote to all parliamentarians   Our association (SLUNA) along with others challenged its adoption in the Supreme Court where a split decision resulted, leaving the Chair of the Panel of Judges whom I believe was Justice Parinda Ranasinghe to take the unusual step of casting his chairman’s vote in favour of the Bill relating to the 13th Amendment, allowing its passage into the Statute Book.

I firmly believe that devolution of powers as contained in the 13th Amendment to provinces whose residents are predominantly of a single ethnic community is bound to give rise to separatist tendencies especially in the northern and eastern regions where the Tamil extremists engaged in an armed confrontation including suicide terrorism to seek a separate state during the past three decades.  National cohesiveness too will seriously suffer with provincial boundaries forming artificial barriers with time, thereby impeding

national identity and national development.  The poorly and hastily crafted legislation will also give rise to inter-provincial as well as province versus centre litigation costing the nation unnecessary expense and waste of valuable time.  These provincial legislatures which are superfluous to our needs will only add another level of government plus an enormous bureaucracy which will be a major drain on the public purse as well.  Furthermore, with the majority of Tamils residing outside the northern and eastern provinces, devolution to provinces will not resolve their perceived grievances or aspirations as a constituent ethnic group within Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic fabric.

The division of powers between the province and central authority also leaves room for much contention, especially powers in the provincial list covering the areas of ‘police and public order’, ‘matters re land’, ‘irrigation’, ‘ancient/historical monuments’,  ‘mines and mineral development’, and in the shared or concurrent list, those powers concerning ‘acquisition/ requisition of property’.  This multi-level power sharing structure leads to a waste of resources and personnel, and at the same time, generates a multitude of procedural rules and regulations or a maze of red tape that needs to be understood and followed by the general public.  Re-establishing the unity and sovereignty over the national territory and extending the writ of the state to all parts of the country after the great sacrifices of blood, sweat and tears by our sons and daughters could come to naught if we embark on the treacherous route of devolution and regionalization.

An Alternate Constitutional Arrangement:

The present presidential system where a large proportion of power has been vested in a single Executive President who is also the Commander of the Armed Forces could be of use during a period of internal strife, where these powers could be effectively used to combat the insurgent forces and bring about peace, order and stability in the country.  As the aim is to see beyond the era of armed conflict that has been ended, it is best to opt for a Westminster style parliament where a Prime Minister and Cabinet of Ministers would govern in consultation with the elected representatives and voting public.

Broadly speaking, most are fully in favour of retaining a Unitary Structure of governance as opposed to a Federal, Quasi-Federal based on the Indian model, or other multi-level structure where powers need to be devolved to the semi-autonomous units that are to be set-up for various regions within the tiny island of Sri Lanka, which is the common homeland of all her people.  Federal or quasi-federal systems have been successful to some extent where countries such as Canada, the United States of America, and India with an extensive landmass, involving the coming together of independent colonies in the first two countries, and the weaving together of disparate ethnic and linguistic groups as found in India, to form a single federal state or country.  Federal systems where limited powers have been devolved to linguistic regions in Switzerland and Belgium too would not fit into Sri Lanka’s demography which is multi-ethnic and multi-religious in character, except for the northern province which has been ethnically cleansed of the Sinhala and Muslim communities who were driven out of the region after 1981.  Furthermore, Sri Lanka is a tiny island which cannot afford to create artificial regional barriers based on language or ethnicity that tend to divide the nation state, as her pluralistic society and territorial integrity could best be safeguarded via a locally crafted unitary system of governance that improves on the existing arrangement which is well understood by the people at all levels.

Enhanced Sharing of Power at the Centre:  It is my firm belief that a revised arrangement to implement an enhanced level of sharing of power at the Centre between the various ethnic communities that make up the demographic mosaic of the population of Sri Lanka could take the nation from its present tug-of-war for extensive or limited devolution to an area of amity, harmony and stability.  The critical ingredient that the legal draftsmen should take into account is to ensure that the minorities also play a role in the decision making process by contributing to the initiation and development of policy, but also, allow them to play a role in the implementation and monitoring of such policies.  This would not only eliminate the alleged charge of majoritarian rule by the minorities that claim they are kept away by the system of governance which is dominated by the majority Sinhala community but also allow them to play a constructive role in the day to day governance.  Such a scheme of power sharing would help to compensate for the corresponding adjustment of powers not duly conferred by the people to the provinces as envisaged in the process adhered to at the time of adopting the 13th amendment.

In order to arrive at the goal of enhanced sharing of political power at the centre, I would recommend a blend of the Westminster model with the old Committee System that prevailed during the State Council days prior to independence, to be able to accommodate the minorities in all aspects of governance entrusted to the elected legislature.  I think that the electoral process should be revamped incorporating the following steps to achieve the desired objective:

  1. a) All political parties should nominate their candidate for each electorate as in the past instead of nominating a whole slate for each district. This would eliminate the need for each candidate to seek ‘preferential votes’ from the entire district at a great deal of time, effort and expense, thereby drastically reducing the total election budget needed by each candidate to a manageable level.

This would in addition help to reduce the tendency for elected representatives to acquire funds or other assets through corrupt and illegal means to recover the large sums that they would otherwise spend to seek preferential votes district-wise at the election.

  1. b) The bonus places or additional seats given to nominees in the National List to which the political parties become eligible could still be determined based on the overall voting strength of each party.  These additional seats could preferably be    reserved for enlisting competent persons who are recognized for their outstanding knowledge, technical skills or volunteer services to the larger community.
  1. c) The senior positions in government that may be reserved for members of the

minority communities are given below:

  • Minister of Tamil Language and Culture
  • Deputy Minister of Disaster Relief and Re-Settlement
  • Deputy Minister of Community Development and Social Inequity Eradication
  • Deputy Minister of Education
  • Deputy Minister of Health Care and Nutrition
  • Deputy Minister of Local Government and District Councils
  • Deputy Minister of Justice and Law Reform
  • Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries
  1. d) It is also recommended that Parliamentary Adjunct (or Consultative) Committees comprising a minimum of 3 or a maximum of 5 elected representatives be

co-opted from all parties including those in the opposition by a formal ballot in parliament, to assist the Minister and Deputy Minister of each and every ministry.  They may initiate policies for review by the Minister and the Deputy Minister, and also assist the Ministry in monitoring the implementation and assessing the progress of adopted plans.  This Adjunct Committee may elect a Chairperson and coordinator on a rotational basis, and also have the assistance of a ministry official to provide secretarial services.  Each elected member will now be able to make a positive contribution whilst retaining the right to participate in the debates as in the past, with no special remuneration other than a nominal budgetary allocation for such committee work.

They will form a parliamentary support group to the ministry, but will not have any authority to give directives to the ministry officials other than the special officer assigned to assist them.  This will enable members of the minority communities to work with others and play a role in the development of policies and implementation thereof, allowing them the opportunity to participate in the day to day governance in matters of state.  Such an arrangement will foster better relations between those in the ruling party and the opposition groups, helping to move from the present confrontational relationship to one that will generate cooperation in the national interest.

Replacing Provincial Councils with new Regional District Councils:    The proposal to share enhanced power at the Centre also envisages a scaling back of devolved powers to the regions as existing at present under the Provincial Councils Act, as the latter structure has proved to be more of a burden than a boon to the ordinary citizens.

This calls for the replacement of the Provincial Councils Act by a Regional District Councils Bill that would provide for an adequate extent of devolution of powers to the Regional District Councils.  The members of the District Councils may be elected by a separate election for a term of up to 3 years, or picked from among local city, town and village council members who will declare their intention to serve both locally as well as at the district level when they present themselves as candidates for the local council.  Each district council will be headed by a District Chairman who may be picked by the voting public or by the elected councillors.  The District Secretariats established by the Central Government could be suitably modified to serve the needs of the District Councils, thereby economizing on staff usage, facilities and administrative expenses.

Some of the powers to be devolved to the District Councils amongst others to be determined by a competent authority, are listed below for your perusal:

  • Licensing of Automobile Vehicles in the district
  • General Health and Sanitation
  • Local power generation
  • Minor roads and bridges
  • Administration of District Courts, Family Courts and Local Dispute Arbitration
  • Junior Technical Colleges
  • Primary School Education
  • Special Police to handle Court duties, Traffic control and non-criminal offences
  • Welfare services
  • Sports and Cultural activities
  • Small scale industries
  • Agrarian services to localized farming communities

The District Councils may hold an Annual Conference to discuss issues of common interest, with a view to bringing same to the attention of the Central Government.  Such conferences could also determine the composition of Special Deputations to represent the districts in talks with the Centre aimed at resolving issues in dispute.

Decentralization of State Services:   De-centralization of state services from the capital city to other towns in all parts of the island will not only help to bring qualified personnel to outlying areas, it would also act as an incentive to the development process creating a demand for housing and other services.  The state services that are so de-centralized should be done selectively to areas that would benefit most, based on the available resources and special needs of the area.

Human Rights Administration:  The Human Rights Commission should be empowered to speedily investigate all complaints and take appropriate action on an expeditious basis.  It is also best to ensure that at-least one member of the Investigating Panel is from the same ethnic, linguistic or religious background as the complainant and the alleged offending party, in order to build confidence in the system.

In addition to the existing bodies set up by parliament such as the Human Rights Commission, it is felt that a useful role could be played by an Independent Ombudsmen who may be authorized to look into complaints of abuse by the state sector or other establishment or person, as a large segment of the people are too poor to litigate or seek  redress for wrongs done or perceived to have been done against them.  At the same time,  steps should be taken to ensure equality of all citizens before the law and grant equal protection to every citizen by re-visiting the Fundamental Rights Chapter.

Conclusion:  I strongly believe that this submission contains valuable ideas that could be incorporated in drawing up a new constitutional framework creating a workable arrangement which will help the minorities to play an important role in the day to day governance, encourage the establishment of an atmosphere of co-operation amongst competing political forces, whilst making it a home made solution that will remove the threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity faced by the nation from armed separatist groups including what is left of the internationally designated terrorist group known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.  I believe that the proposed model will help the various communities to share the tasks of government and benefit equally from the fruits of the unitary state of Sri Lanka, without seeking a separate future that calls for establishing artificial provincial barriers leading to the tearing apart of the island homeland.  I have also emphasized the need for improved human rights monitoring and at the same time having an Ombudsman to befriend the needy who are too poor to seek redress through the normal channels.  Also, to build a society that is free from corruption, the lead needs to be taken at the top, and it must necessarily flow from the highest echelons by each and every person committing themselves to lead lives that are free from exploitation and misappropriation.

I trust that the proposals contained above would be studied carefully and due consideration given to all aspects including the crafting of a new constitution for the people of our motherland.

Yours very truly,

Mahinda Gunasekera

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January 4th, 2016

Hiru

අමාත් අමීර් අලීගේ උපදෙස් මත ඔහුගේ සහකරුවන් පිරිසක් මඩකලපුව දිස්ත්රික්කයේ පූනානි සහා නාවල්අඩි ප්රදේශවල වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට අයත් කිලෝමීටර් 28ක් දක්වා දිවෙන කොටසක් බලහත්කාරයෙන් අත්පත් කරගෙන සිටි අතර පසුගිය දෙසැම්බර් 29 වනදා වනසංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ මැදිහත් වීමෙන් එම පිරිස පොලීසිය විසින් අදාල ඉඩම්වලින් පලවාහරිනු ලැබුවා.

එසේ නමුත් රජයේ වනාන්තර අනවසරයෙන් හෙලි පෙහෙළි කිරීම නඩු පවරා දඩුවම් දිය යුතු බරපතල වරදක් වුවත් එම පිරිසට නීතිය ක්රියාත්මක නොකර පලවාහැරීමට පමණක් කටයුතු කරමින් පොලීසිය නීතිය ක්රියාත්මක කිරීම පැහැර ඇති බව බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධානය චෝදනා කරනවා.

එමෙන්ම රටේ වෙනත් ප්රදේශයකදී මෙවැනි බරතල වරදකට අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන නඩු පවරන නමුත් මුස්ලිම් බහුතරයක් සහිත ප්රදේශවලදී පොලීසිය නීතිය නිසි ලෙස ක්රියාත්මක නොකරමින් එකම රටේ පුරවැසියන් දෙපිරිසකට දෙයාකාරයෙන් සලන බවත් තුළින් එක පිරිසකගේ පුරවැසි අයිතිවාසිකම් උල්ලංඝණය කර ඇති බටවත් එම සංවිධානය අවධාරණය කරනවා.

මේ පිළිබදව සදහන් කරමින් අදාළ අපරාධකරුවන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්නා ලෙස බලකරමින් බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධානය පොලිස්පතිවරයාට ලිපියක් යොමු කර ඇති අතර පිළිබදව බොදු බල සේනා ප්රධාන විධායක නිලධාරී කථිකාචාර්ය දිලන්ත විතානගේ මහතා දැක්වූ අදහස් වැඩිදුරටත් පහතින් [හඩ පටය]

Tamils Satisfied With Lanka’s Move Toward Constitutional Reform

January 4th, 2016

By PK Balachandran Courtesy The New Indian Express

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Tamils as well as Tamils of Indian Origin are satisfied with the progress towards constitutional reform and ethnic reconciliation, as the island nation enters a New Year with many promises to fulfill and international obligations to meet.

“Very meaningful first steps have been taken by the government with intent. On January 26, The Lankan parliament will have its first sitting as a Constitutional Assembly to draft a new constitution,” said M.A.Sumanthiran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP and party spokesman.

Tamils are well represented in the various committees formed to bring about constitutional change, pointed out Mano Ganeshan, Indian Origin Tamil leader and Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and National Languages.

In the second week of January, the 24-member Public Representation Committee will begin to travel to various parts of the country to ascertain views of the people on constitutional change, devolution of power and ethnic reconciliation. The panel is headed Lal Wijenayake, lawyer and leader of the Leftist Lanka Sama Samaj Party.

Asked about the progress towards setting up a international cum domestic Judicial Mechanism to fix war crimes accountability as per the joint US-Lanka UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution of October 2015, M.A.Sumanthiran said that government is drafting new laws to accommodate such a hybrid mechanism.

The enabling legislation is expected to be presented to parliament in late February or early March and the mechanism itself is expected to be established by June, when Lanka has to give an oral update to the UNHRC, Sumanthiran added.

Mano Ganeshan noted that the cabinet has decided to set up a ‘Secretariat for Reconciliation’ which will coordinate the work of commissions charged with finding the truth about the war; arranging reparations for the victims; overseeing the judicial process to bring about accountability; and ensuring non-recurrence of ethnic strife. The Secretariat will have representatives from the Ministries of External Affairs, Resettlement, National Coexistence, Justice, Official languages and Defense.

There will be a Cabinet Sub-Committee on the development of a national Lankan identity embodying unity in diversity and another on constitutional reform. The national identity committee, headed by the Prime Minister will have Rajitha Senaratne, Sarath Amunugama, D.M.Swaminathan, Mano Ganeshan and Imtiaz Bakeer Marikkar. The Sub-Committee on Constitutional Reform, also headed by the PM, will comprise Mano Ganeshan, D.M.Swaminathan, Rauff Hakeem, Rishad Bathiyutheen, Susil Premajayantha and Champika Ranawaka. The nine-member Technical Committee to advice on constitutional reform will be headed by constitutional lawyer, Jayampathy Wickramaratne, and will have representatives of all political parties in parliament.

Govt must perform or its stability can dissipate

January 4th, 2016

Courtesy Ceylon Today

The Yahapalana Government elected after the landmark Presidential Election has accomplished a number of achievements when it comes to constitutional and electoral reforms. The government has passed a number of Bills ensuring greater power to Parliament, limiting the powers of the Executive President and ending the preferential voting system. All these are promises President Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other leaders promised.

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to make a speech in Parliament on 9 January. The President will make this statement on the first anniversary of his tenure in office as President and this will be the true beginning of the political change that the President and the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) promised.
“We promised a number of social, economic and political changes. Although we have made some progress in changing the political culture, I see the establishment of a Constituent Assembly as the beginning of true political change,” Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim said.
In addition, the government is to prepare a new draft of a Constitution which abolishes the Executive Presidency by June and to hold the Local Government elections after the Delimitation Committee completes its work.
In addition, we have also seen great advances made regarding ensuring human rights and other fundamental freedoms. There is a visible improvement with regard to freedom of expression and the plight of political prisoners. Sirisena and Wickremesinghe are openly criticized not only by Opposition MPs but also members of their own parties. Despite lingering endemic issues the Police and the judicial system now seem to be working independently and there has been a noticeable decrease in custodial deaths, shooting suspects ‘while attempting to escape’ and the unacceptable use of force in dispersing protesters.
On the other hand the progress made on punishing those who have committed mass financial fraud during the tenure of the Rajapaksa administration, which was one of the main election promises of Sirisena, has been painfully slow. While a number of former ministers and MPs have been questioned by investigative bodies, no one has been prosecuted, this has enforced the belief of still hardcore pro-Rajapaksa voters that all the allegations made by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe are false and disillusioned those who voted for Sirisena on 8 January 2015.
Progress made on the economic front has also been negligible and this has already dented the belief that the UNP is much better at managing the economy than the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). This was a belief that survived the decade of Rajapaksa rule which, at a point in time seemed, would last for another decade. Just like when the people believed that the American economy will bounce back immediately after the election of Obama, a significant number of people believed that the Sri Lankan economy will bounce back soon after Sirisena was elected. However, the economy has not bounced back and it is also absurd to expect the government to magically erase the colossal damage done by the Rajapaksa administration to the Sri Lankan economy. However, the government has failed to come up with a framework that can improve the Sri Lankan economy. Even the 2016 Budget seems completely geared to attract foreign investment. Apart from a number of pro-business liberalizations, which include the facilitation of foreign transfer of funds and procurement of local assets by foreigners, the 2016 Budget makes little effort to stimulate agriculture or manufacturing. This is a risky manoeuvre considering that there was a net capital outflow last year from emerging markets, the first time since 1988.
However, there also does not seem any existential threat to the government, for the time being. Those who voted for Sirisena on 8 January 2015 will keep supporting him until Mahinda Rajapaksa continues in politics and the pragmatists who voted for Rajapaksa on 8 January and 17 August 2015 have moved towards the government en masse in the last few months. But what the dramatic eviction of Rajapaksa from power showed us was that if the government does not keep its promises, the apparent stability and strength can dissipate in a few months.

ඉන්දියාවට හා එංගලන්තයට අවශ්‍ය ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය

January 4th, 2016

නලින් ද සිල්වා

 ආණ්ඩුව කලින කියා සිටියේ නව ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවක් පිහිටුවීම සඳහා සමස්ත පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ම ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවක් බවට පත්කරන බව ය. ඒ ව්‍යවස්ථා විරෝධී බව අපි පසුගිය 30 වැනි දා රිවිර පත්‍රයෙන් පෙන්වා දුන්නෙමු. ඒ අතර ආණ්ඩුවේ පිරිසක් තම මතය වෙනස්කරගෙන ඇති බව පෙනෙයි. ජනවාරි 9 වැනි දා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ විවාද කිරීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වන බව කියන යෝජනාවෙන් කියැවෙන්නේ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 75 වැනි වගන්තිය අනුව නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සම්පාදනය කිරීම සඳහා විසිඑක්නෙකුගෙන් සමන්විත ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවක් පිහිටුවන බව ය. මේ අතර ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා විශාරදයකු බව කියන රාජ්‍ය ඇමතිවරයකු ද නොවූ මන්ත්‍රිවරයකු කියන්නේ ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කරනු විනා නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සම්පාදනය නොකරන බව ය. ඒ අතර ඔහු මුළු පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ම කාරක සභාවක් කිරීමක් ගැන ද කතාකරයි. එයට අමතරව ආණ්ඩුව මහජන මතය විමසීම සඳහා යැයි කියමින් තවත් කමිටුවක් ද පත්කර ඇත. මේ දෙක ම ඇස්බැන්දුන් ය. එය කිසිසේත්ම ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවට අනුකුල නො වේ. 75 වැනි වගන්තියේ එලෙස කමිටු පිහිටුවීමක් ගැන සඳහන් නො වේ. ආණ්ඩුව ඊනියා ජනමතය විමසීමට තම හෙංචයියලාගෙන් සමන්විත කමිටුවක් පත්කරන්නේ ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ කිනම් වගන්තියක් යටතේ ද?
 
ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ අදාළ වගන්ති විශ්ලේෂණය කිරීමට පෙර මේ ආණ්ඩුව පත්කළේ කුමකට ද යන්න ගැන සුළුවෙන් නමුත් නැවතත් කිව යුතු ය. අප මේ බව කිහිප වරක් ම සඳහන් කර ඇති නමුත් ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරයේ නව පඬිවරුන් ඒ පිළිගන්නා බවක් නො පෙනෙයි. මේ නුතන පඬිවරු කලක් බෙදුම්වාදය වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටියෝ ය. ඔවුහු බලය බෙදීම සඳහා සම්මන්්‍රණ පැවැත්්වූහ. රූපවාහිනී විවාද සංවිධානය කළහ. අද ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයට ඇති ප්‍රධාන ප්‍රශ්නයක් නම් එහි නායකයන් බොහෝ දෙනකු කලක් බෙදුම්වාදීන් වීම ය. ඔවුන් තම බෙදුම්වාදී මතය අත්හළේ ඇයි දැයි අපි තවමත් නො දන්නෙමු. එහෙත් ධර්මපාලතුමාට නිකම් ම නිකම් ධර්මපාල යැයි කියන ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරයේ නූතන පඬියන්ට අවශ්‍ය ඔවුන්ගේ බසින් කියන්නේ නම් ජාතික ව්‍යාපාරය “මොඩ්” කිරීම ය.
 
මේ අවුල් ආණ්ඩුව පිහිටුවනු ලැබුයේ එංගලන්තයේ හා විශේෂයෙන් ම ඉන්දියාවේ අවශ්‍යතාව පරිද ය. ඉන්දියාවට අවශ්‍ය වෙළෙඳ හා වෙනත් ගිවිසුම් (සීපා නමින් නොවූවත්) ඇතිකිරීම, මුහුදු (හනුමා) පාලම ඉදිකිරීම හා අවසාන වශයෙන් ලංකාව ඉන්දියාවේ ආර්ථ්ික හා දේශපාලන ග්‍රහණයට ගැනීම ය. එහි දී වැදගත් ම කරුණ වනුයේ ඉන්දියාවට අවශ්‍ය තරමට දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයට දොළපිදේනි දීම ය. දෙමළ ජාතිවාදය පාලනය කර තබාගැනීමට ද ඉන්දියාවට අවශ්‍ය වෙයි. නැතහොත් තමිල්නාඩුවට එය බලපා ඉන්දියාවට ප්‍රශ්න ඇතිකරන බව ඉන්දියානු නායකයෝ දනිති. අද ලංකාවේ ඉන්දියාවේ අවශ්‍යතා දෙමළ දේශපාලනයෙහි නියෝජනය කරන්නේ සම්බන්ධන්, සුමන්තිරන්, තොණ්ඩමන් ආදීන් විසිනි. ඔවුන් විවිධ පක්‍ෂවල සාමාජිකයන් වීම ඉන්දියාවට ප්‍රශ්නයක් නො වේ. ඉන්දියාව විග්නේෂ්වරන්ගේ දේශපාලනයට විරුද්ධ ය. විග්නේෂ්වරන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ බටහිර රටවල, විශේෂයෙන් ම එංගලන්තයේ සිටින විසිරුණු දෙමළ ජනතාවට අවශ්‍ය අන්දමට ය. ඒ දේශපාලනයේ අරමුණ ඊළමක් පිහිටුවීම ය. එය තමිල්නාඩුවට ද ප්‍රශ්නයක් වනු ඇත. ඉන්දියාවේ අවශ්‍යතා සිංහල දේශපාලනයෙහි නියෝජනය කරන්නෝ ද වෙති. ඔවුහු මැති ඇමතිවරුන් අතර මෙන් ම ඊනියා සිවිල් සමාජයේ ද වෙති.
 
ඒ කෙසේ වෙතත් එ ජා ප හා ශී ල නි ප එකතුකිරීමේ අවශ්‍යතාව ඉන්දියාවට කලක සිට ම පැවතිණි. එයට හේතුව වශයෙන් ඔවුන් දුටුවේ ඉන් එක් පක්‍ෂයක් බලයට පත්වී දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයට දොළපිදේනි දීමට යෑමේ දී අනෙක් පක්‍ෂය විරුද්ධ වීම ය.  එබැවින් පක්‍ෂ දෙක එකතුකර ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවා දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයට දොළපිදේනි දීම කලක සිට ම ඉන්දියාවේ අවශ්‍යතාව විය. (එහෙත් විසඳීමට යන්නේ යැයි කියන ප්‍රශ්නය මේ යැයි කිසිවකුවත් මෙතෙක් කියා නැත.) අපවත් වී වදාළ සෝභිත හිමියන් සමස්ත ලංකා කාන්තා බෞද්ධ සමිති සම්මේලන ගොඩනැගිල්ලේ 2005 පමණ ඈත කාලයක පැවති රැස්වීමක දී පක්‍ෂ දෙක එකතු කර ඊනියා දෙමළ ප්‍රශ්නය විසඳිය යුතු යැයි දේශනා කර ඇත. උන්වහන්සේ ඊනියා සාධාරණ සමාජයක් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටිම පුදුමයක් නො වේ. බෙහෝ දෙනාට අමතක කරුණක් නම් සෝභිත හිමියන් සමග සාධාරණ සමාජයක් ගැන කතාකළ පළමු තැනැත්තකු වූයේ ඌව පළාත්සභාවේ බදුල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයට සංධානයෙන් වෙන් වී තරග කළ පක්‍ෂයක නායකයකු බව ය. සිංහල බෞද්ධයෝ වර්තමානයෙහි පමණක් ජීවත්වෙති. ඔවුන්ට අතීතය අමතක ය. ඔවුන්ට අනුව අනාගතය තවමත් පැමිණ නැත.
 
අගමැති වීමේ සිහිනය බොඳ වී තිබුණු මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී ප්‍රතිවිප්ලවයෙන් (ඊනියා ජනවාරි 8 විප්ලවය යනුවෙන් හැඳින්වෙන්නේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී ප්‍රතිවිප්ලවයකි. එය පනස්හයට විරුද්ධ ව ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙයි. අද අපේකම ගැන කතාකරමින් සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය තනපට විප්ලවයෙන් බේරාගැනීමට තැත්කිරීම තම සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධී ප්‍රතිවිප්ලවය අමතක කිරීමට කරන වෑයමක් පමණකි) පසු එ ජා පක්‍ෂයට එකතුවූයේ ශ්‍රී ල නි ප යැයි කියන කොටසකුත් සමග ය. එමගින් ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂය මරාදැමුණු බැවින් ඉනදියාව අපේක්‍ෂා කළ පරිදි පක්‍ෂ දෙකේ එකතුවක් ද සිදු නොවිණි. අද ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ සිටි පනස්හයේ දරුවෝ ඉන්දියාවේ අවශ්‍යතා පරාජය කිරීමට කටයුතු කරති. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය වෙන ම දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂයක් පිහිටුවන තුරු ඔවුන් පනස්හයේ දරුවන් ලෙස හැඳින්වීම උචිත යැයි සිතමි. ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇත්තේ ජේ ආර්ගේ දරුවන් ය.
 
අප කතාකළ යුත්තේ ආණ්ඩු ක්‍රම ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ විශේෂඥයා කියන සංශෝධන ගැන ද? පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට නවවැනිදා විවාදයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන යෝජනාව ගැන ද? කිනම් ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාව ගැන ද? මේ ආණ්ඩුවට පැහැදිලි ප්‍රතිපත්තියක් නැත. අයවැය කී වතාවක් සංශෝධනය විණි ද? නවවැනිදා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දී කිනම් යෝජනාවක් විවාදයට ගනිවි ද? අද තකතීරු පුවත්පත් සාකච්ඡා මගින් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන දේශපාලනය ආණ්ඩුවත් (ජේ ආර්ගේ දරුවන්) විපක්‍ෂයත් (පනස්හයේ දරුවන්) වහාම නැවැත්විය යුතු ය. ඒ ඒ සාකච්ඡාවේ දී එක් එක් දේශපාලනඥයා තම මතය ප්‍රකාශ කරයි. ඒ වෙනුවට නිලබලයෙන් ලිඛිත ප්‍රකාශ ජනතාවට ඉදිරිපත් විය යුතු ය. පවත්නා ක්‍රමයෙන් ඊනියා ඉලෙක්ට්‍රොනික ජනමාධ්‍යවේදීන්ට තමන්ගේ හිතෛෂී දේශපාලනඥයන්ට ප්‍රසිද්ධිය ලබාදීමටත් අකමැති දේශපාලනඥයන්ගේ ප්‍රතිරූප විනාශ කිරීමටත් අවස්ථාව ලැබෙයි.
 
ඒ කෙසේ වෙතත් අපි කතාබහට ලක් වී ඇති ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 75 වැනි වගන්තිය සලකා බලමු. ඒ වගන්තියෙන් කියැවෙන්නේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට නීති සම්පාදනය කිරීමේ බලය ඇති බව ය.  ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කිරීමටත් අහෝසි කිරීමටත් නීති සම්පානය කිරීමට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට බලය ඇති බව ද ඉන් කියැවෙයි. එහෙත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවෙන් කොටසක් ක්‍රියාත්මක වීම අත්හිටුවීම හෝ අහෝසි කිරීම හෝ කළ හැක්කේ නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවකින් ඒ ප්‍රතිස්ථාපනය කිරීමෙන් පසුව ය. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සියළු පණත් කෙටුම්පත් ගෙන එන්නේ 75 වැනි වගන්තියෙන් පවරා ඇති බලය අනුව ය. කිසියම් පණත් කෙටුම්පතක් ඉදිරිපත් කරන විට ඒ කෙරෙන්නේ 75 වැනි වගන්තිය යටතේ යැයි අමුතුවෙන් කිවයුතු නො වේ. ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කිරීම හෝ අහෝසි කිරීම හෝ සඳහා කිසියම් ආකාරයක කමිටු පිහිටුවීමට 75 වැනි වගන්තියෙන් බලයක් පැවරී නැත. අනෙක් අතට ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කිරීමට හෝ අහොසි කිරීමට හෝ පණත් කෙටුම්පතක් ඉදිරිපත් කරන විට ඒ කරන්නේ 75 වැනි වගන්තිය යටතේ යැයි කිවයුතු නැත. එසේ කිවයුතු නම් ඕනෑම පණත් කෙටුම්පතක් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමේ දී ද ඒ කරන්නේ 75 වැනි වගන්තිය යටතේ යැයි කිව යුතු ය.
 
ආණ්ඩුව මේ අවස්ථාවේ දී පමණක් 75 වැනි වගන්තිය මතක් කරන්නේ ජනතාවගේ ඇස්වලට වැලි ගැසීමට ය. 75 වැනි වගන්තිය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට බලය පවරන වගන්තියක් පමණ ය. ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව සංශෝධනය කිරීම හෝ අහෝසි කිරීම කළ හැක්කේ 75 වැනි වගන්තියකට අනුව නොව ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ ඒ සඳහා ම වූ 12 වැනි පරිච්ඡෙදය යටතේ ය. එ සඳහා ගතයුතු ක්‍රියාමාර්ග හා අනුගමනය කළ යුතු පිළිවෙත් ගැන එකී පරිච්ඡෙදයෙහි සඳහන් වෙයි. ආණ්ඩුව 75 වැනි වගන්තියට මුවා වී 12 වැනි පරිච්ඡෙදයට පිටින් කටයුතු කිරීමේ සැලැස්මක් පවතියි. ඒ පරාජය කිරීම පනස්හයේ දරුවන්ගේ කාර්යභාරය හා වගකීම වෙයි. එහෙත් ඒ ඊනියා පුවත්පත් සාකචඡාවලින් කළ හැකි කාර්යයක් නො වේ.
 
12 වැනි පරිච්ඡෙදයෙහි තුනෙන් දෙකක ඡන්දය ලබාගැනීම පමණක් නොව ව්‍යවස්ථාවෙහි ඇතැම් වගන්ති සංශෝධනය කිරීම හෝ ඉවත්කිරීම හෝ  සඳහා ජනමත විචාරණයක් අවශ්‍ය බව ද එහි 83 වැනි වගන්තියෙහි සඳහන් වෙයි. ඒ වගන්ති අතර  රටේ ඒකීයභාවය, ස්වෛරිභාවය, ජාතික කොඩිය, ජාතික ගීය, ජාතික දිනය, බුදුදහමට දී ඇති ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානය, සිතිමේ නිදහස, වදහිංසාවලින් නිදහස පිලිබඳ වගන්ති වෙයි. මේ වගන්ති බොහෝමයක් ඉන්දියාවේ ද, දෙමළ ජාතිවාදීන්ගේ ද, සිංහල බෞද්ධ විරෝධීන්ගේ ද, ඊනියා සිවිල් සමාජයේ ද ඇස්වලට කටු අනින වගන්ති වෙයි. ඉතා පැහැදිලිව ම තමන් සිංහල බෞද්ධයකු බව මහ හඬින් කියන පොළොන්නරුවෙන් පැමිණි මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන පුලස්ති සෘෂිවරයාට මෙන් ම විජයබාහූ හා පරාක්‍රමබාහු රජුන්ට ද ආප්ප කැවීමට සැරසෙයි. ඒ ඉන්දියාවත් ඔහුගේ නව මිතුරනුත් සතුටු කර තවදුරටත් බලයේ රැඳී සිට මීළඟ අගමැති වීමට ය. ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂය මරා දැමූ ඔහු මේ සැරසෙන්නේ තනපට විප්ලවය ගැන කියමින් පනස්හයේ පෙරළිය ආපසු හැරවීමට ය. වෛරය විසින් මිනිසකු ගෙන යනු ලබන දුර කෙතෙක් ද?
 
එහෙත් ජනමත විචාරණය තම තමන්ට අවශ්‍ය ආකාරයට සිදු කිරීමට ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යස්ථාවෙන් ඉඩක් නැත. ඒ සඳහා වෙනම ම 13 වැනි පරිච්ඡෙදයක් ව්‍යවස්ථාවෙහි වෙයි. ඉහත කී වගන්ති සඳහා ජනමත විචාරණයක් පවත්වන්නේ නම් ඒ එකින් එක ගෙන වෙන වෙන ම ජනමත විචාරණ පැවැත්විය යුතු ය. ආණ්ඩුව සූදානම් වන්නේ එකී වගන්ති හා විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය අහෝසි කිරීම එක පොදියට ගෙන එක් ජනමත විචාරණයක් පවත්වා ජනතාව මුළා කිරීමට ය.  එයට කිසිසේත් ම ඉඩ නොදිය යුතු ය.
 
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January 4th, 2016

ලසන්ත වික්‍රමසිංහ යුතුකම සංවාද කවය

සිරිසේන ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය පාවා දී දැන් වසරකට වැඩිය. එම පක්ෂයෙන් එළියට බැස ප්‍රථමයෙන්ම ඔහු චන්ද්‍රිකා යටතේ සිටිමින් මෙන් ආන්දෝලනාත්මක මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් පැවැත්වීය. ඔහු එහිදී වැඩියෙන්ම පැවසූයේ තමාට ඖෂධ පනත සම්මත කරන්නට නොලැබුනු බවයි. මහින්ද විසින් එය හොරකම් කර ඇති බවයි. පනතක් හොරකම් කිරීම යනු විකාර කතාවක් යයි ලක් වැසියන්ට එදා තේරුනේ නැත. එය මහ ගොන් කතාවකි. පාසලේදී දෙන ගෙදර වැඩ කරගෙන යන්න බැරි වූ විට කුඩා කාලේ ගුරුවරුනට කියන එක බොරුවකි පොත නැති උනා යන්න. නුවණ මුහුකුරා ගිය ගුරුවරු ඒ බොළඳ බොරු වලට නොරැවටෙති. සිරිසේන පුංචි කාලයේ වුව රචනා පොත මහින්ද හොරකම් කළ නිසා රචනාව ලියන්න බැරි උනා කියා ඒ බව ගුරුවරයා විසින් පිළිගත්තද සමාව ලැබෙන්නේ එක් දිනකට පමණි. ඊළඟ දවසේ පොතක් නැතිනම් කොළයක හෝ රචනාව ලියාගෙන පැමිණිය හැකිය.
 
පනතක් නැතිවීම යනු පොඩි එකෙකුගේ රචනා පොත නැති වීම වැනි දෙයක් නොවේ. පනතක් කෙටුම්පත් කෙරෙන්නේ කිහිප දෙනෙකුගේ මැදිහත් වීමෙනි. එහි පිටපත් අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම් ඇතුළු එම කාර්යයට දායක වන කිහිපදෙනෙකු ළඟ තිබිය යුතුය. එසේම අද කාලයේ මේවා පරිගනක තුළද තිබිය යුතුය. ඔය කොහේවත්ම නැතත් ඒ පනතේ ප්‍රධාන කරුණු කාරණා විෂයභාර අමාත්‍යතුමාගේ සහ අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම්ගේ ඔළුවේ තිබිය යුතුය. ඒ සියල්ල එසේ තිබියදී “පනතක් හොරකම් කළා” යන්න කිසිදු ආකාරයකින් හිතේ මවා ගත නොහැකි අමුතු සංසිද්ධියකි. එහෙත් සිරිසේන දැඩි වෛරයෙන් කීවේ තමාගේ ඖෂධ පනත මහින්ද හොරකම් කළා කියාය. නමුත් මෙරට විශේෂයෙන්ම උගත් බුද්ධිමත් මධ්‍යම පාන්තික ජනතාවට මේ වගේ ගොන් බොරු ප්‍රමාණවත් බවට නිවැරදි තක්සේරුවක් සිරිසේනට විය. මේ සියල්ල ප්‍රමාණවත් වූයේ සිරිසේන ගැන කිසිවක් ඒ වන විට මිනිසුන් නොදැන සිටි නිසා විය හැකිය.
 
මේ බොරුව කොතරම්ම ගොන්ද කියනවා නම් සිරිසේන නැති කරගත් ඖෂධ පනත නව සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමති රාජිත සම්මත කළේය. දැන් නැති වූ පනත සොයා ගත්තේ කවුද? අර පෙර බොරුවලට රැවටුන එකෙකුට සුළු හෝ තාර්කික බුද්ධියක් වේ නම්, සිරිසේනගේ නැති වූ පනත සොරකම් කර තබා ගෙන සිට ඇත්තේ රාජිත සේනාරත්න බව පෙනී යා යුතුය. නැතිනම් අර මනුස්සයා නැති උනා, සොරකම් කරලා කිය කියා වසර ගණනාවක් පුරා හඬ හඬ පැවසූ ඖෂධ පනත රාජිත දින කිහිපයක් ඇතුළත සම්මත කරන්නේ කෙසේද යන පැනය ඔවුන්ගේ ඔළුවට නොඑන්නේ ඇයිදැයි නොදනිමි. සිරිසේනගේ බොරු මේ තරම්ම නින්දිතය. නමුත් සරලය. ලක් ඉතිහාසයේම මෙවැනි බොරු කාරයෙක් මෙහි නායකයා වී නැත. ඔහු පැවසු “ඇමරිකාවේ බකිංහැම් මාළිඟයෙන්” ගෙනා රත්තරං අශ්වයන් ගැන මෙන්ම මහින්ද සිය උපන්දිනයට තෑගි වශයෙන් ළමයින්ට දුන් හෙලිකොප්ටර් ගැනද විශ්වාස කළ මෝඩ නමුත් උගත් බොහෝ පිරිසක් මෙහි විය. සිරිසේනට හැමදාම බොරු කිය කියා පාලනය ගෙන යන්නට ලැබෙන්නේ නැත. අර කලින් බොරු වලට රැවටුනු පුද්ගලයාද කල් යත්ම මේ සිරිසේන යනු අංක එකේ බොරු කාරයෙකු බව දැනගෙන අවසන්ය.
 
ඇවන්ට්ගාඩ් බොරුවෙන් නඩයම රෙදි ගලවා ගත්තේ අවසානයේ එය ඔවුන්ගේම අභ්‍යන්තර අර්බුදයක් දක්වා දුර දිග යාමෙනි. තාජුඩීන්ගේ මිනිය වැඩිම වුනොත් තව දෙවරක් පමණ ගොඩ ගෙන යළි වළලා දැමිය හැකිය. චූදිතයෙකු නැතිව, ඊට වඩා වාර ගණනක් ගොඩගන්නට යාමෙන් තාජුඩින්ගේ මිනියද මිනිස්සුන්ට එපා වනු ඇත. ඒ නිසා සිරිසේනට මේ දිනවල කරන්නට කියන්නට දෙයක් නැත. නැවත වරක් සෙරප්පු සාප්පුවකට ගොස් සෙරෙප්පු මිල දී ගෙන එය ප්‍රචාරය කළ නොහැකිය. එවිට සරල අයෙකුට කළින් ගත්තු කුට්ටම කැඩෙන්නට පෙර යළි අළුත් කුට්ටමක් කුමටද යන ප්‍රශ්නය මතුවේ.
 
තව නොබෝ දිනකින් තමා ජනපති වී වසරක් ගත වේ. කරපු දෙයක් කර ඇත්තේ කොටින්ටය. ඇප ලබා දුන්නේ උන්ටය. කොටි වෙනුවෙන් ඇප ලබා දීම දේශපාලකයින් විසින් තීරණය කරන අතරේම අධිකරණය ස්වාධීන යයි පැවසුවද අපේ රටේ සිටින උගත් ජනතාවට එහි පරස්පරයක් පෙනෙන්නේ නැත. ඉන්දියානු ඇමරිකානු සහ බටහිර වහලෙකු බවට පත්ව ඇති සිරිසේන රෙජීමය රණ විරුවන් විසින් යුධ අපරාධ කළ බව පිලිගෙන එය අනෙක් රටවලට යෝජනා කිරීමටද පසුගිය වසර තුළ සමත් විය. සුද්දන් ලව්වා ත්‍රිකුණාමලයේ නාවුක හමුදා කදවුර පරීක්ෂා කරවා එතනින් කිහිප දෙනෙක් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනිමටද මෙම වහල් රෙජීමය සමත් විය. සුද්දාට කෙරෙන වහල් කම අනුව යමින් සුද්දන්ගේ මුදලින් මෙරට තුළ නඩත්තු වන තීන්දුව දැන්ම දන්නා විශේෂ විදෙස් අධිකරණ පිහිටුවෙන්නේ ලබන වසර තුළය. මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස්ගේ ක්ෂේත්‍ර කාර්යාලය මෙරටට එන්නේ ද ලබන වසරේය. මෙරට ඒකියභාවය නැති කරන, ඉඩම් පොලිස් බලතල සමඟින් 13න් එහාට යන බලයක් උතුරු නැගෙනහිරට ලැබෙන ඊළාම් ගමනට නව පණක් දෙන අළුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ වැඩ පටන් ගන්නටත් තව සති දෙකක් පමණ ඇත. ජනවරමට එරෙහිව කෙරෙන ඒ ඇමරිකන් වහල්කම මෙරටට ඉතා තීරණාත්මක වනු ඇත.
 
රණ විරුවරුන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුම ත්‍රස්ත මර්දන පනත යටතේ අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීම සහ ජිනීවාවලදී රටට තොණ්ඩුව දමා ඔබාමාට කඹයේ කෙළවර දී පැමිණීම හැරුණු විට මේ වසරටම සිය පාලනයෙන් කළ ඇඟට දැනෙන මංගල්‍යයක් නැත. චම්පික සමඟ එක් දිනක් ව්‍යායම පවත්වා එය මාධ්‍යයේ දමා ගැනීමද තවත් සාර්ථකව අවසන් කළ කර්තව්‍යයකි. පසු ගිය වසරේ සුවිශේෂම සිදු වීම වූයේ රැජින විසින් මේස් ගලවා සිරිසේනට අතට අත දීම බව නොකිවමනාය.
 
මේ අල්ලපනලේ කාන්තාවක් සිය තනපට ගලවා එන්රිකේ වෙතට විසි කළාය. එන්රිකේ විසින් පසෙකින් තැබු තනපට අපේ ජනපතිදු දෝතින්ම ගත්තේය. එන්රිකේට පමණක් නොව, එතුමාටද වේදිකාව මත භූමිකාවක් අවශ්‍යය වීම සාධාරණය. හැමදේම මං දැනන් හිටියේ නෑ හිටං කියා රටක් පාලනය කළ නොහැකිය. දැනට රණ විරුවන්ට තැලීමට සිරිසේනගේ අතට සුද්දන් විසින් ලබා දී තිබෙන මඩුවලිගය බොරුවට හෝ තමන් වෙතටද යොමු විය හැකි බව මේ තනපට ගලවා අහසට විසින කරන අලුත් පරපරේ තරුණියන් වටහා ගත යුතුය. සුද්දන්ගේ රටවල මාධ්‍ය තුළ සිරිසේනගේ තනපටේ ප්‍රකාශයට ඉඩක් ලැබෙන්නේ උන් රට බෙදන්න දුන් මඩුවලිගයෙන් මේකා අර කෙල්ලන්ටත් තලාවිද යන සැකයක් උන්ටත් ඇති වූ නිසා බව මේ කෙල්ලන් දත යුතුය. තනපට ගලවන උන්ට තැලීම මඟින් රණවිරුවන්ට තැලීම සඟවා තැබිය හැකි බව සිරිසේන දනී. පනතක් නැති උනා කියා රටක් රවටපු මිනිහෙකුට කවුරුන් හෝ විසින් ගලවා වෙනකෙකු වෙත විසිකරන බ්‍රෙෂියරයක් දෝතින් ගෙන යළිත් රටම ඇන්දවීම කජ්ජක් නොවේ. අනෙක එතුමා ෆේස්බුක් එකේ වෙන්නේ මොනවාදැයි හොදින් දනියි. එතුමා නිතරම ෆේස්බුක් ඉන්නා බවත් අර තනපට ගලවන තරුණියන් ප්‍රවේශමෙන් මතක තබා ගත යුතුය.
 
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Govt embroiled in discord

January 4th, 2016

BY Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today

President Maithripala Sirisena has been accused of using a bra to distract many issues, but in their rush to defend the indefensible, have the voters also lost the plot?. People may forget the year, but none with a living memory of 2015 will forget Vithya or Seya.

Crime and violence against women and children, especially sexually related, are alarmingly on the rise. As most crimes are unreported due to inadequate data collection, statistics are hazy. From what is available, it is estimated that a woman is raped every 90 minutes and three to five children are molested every day. In that context, was President Sirisena wrong to be outraged by a woman stripping her undergarment in public?
He is wrong, judging by the posts in the social media. Almost in one voice, the woman in question is being defended for her indiscretion. Many people see it as an act of liberation than provocation. Ironically, even the President does not blame her for her action, but the concert’s organizers. His contention with the organizers was that the high-priced tickets included alcohol, which resulted in the audience losing self-control.

Responsibility
Yet, as this was organized with the approval of the Colombo Municipality, a certain amount of responsibility of what transpired then falls on the authorities as well. Again, apart from that flaw, was the President wrong? Can anyone defend her action in the context of our values? Was the President himself not been indiscreet to discuss this matter with his young audience?
This is precisely the confusion he sought to create, another host of posts accuses him. The President remained silent when the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) questioned some top-ranking military officers who fought the war. He also kept mum when the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) hauled the military intelligence officers before Courts. Meanwhile when Wilpattu was rapidly deforested for settling people who are apparently not of Sri Lankan origin, did he show his outrage?
Did the President throw a bra to distract the public from the burning issues?
Maiden Budget
Trade unions have reacted to the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe maiden Budget like wasps disturbed in their hive. The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has given the government an ultimatum till 4 January to correct four ‘violations.’ The Water Board workers twisted the government’s arm until their year-end bonus of Rs 25, 000 was increased to the usual figure of Rs 37, 500. Though both President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had backtracked on a number of issues, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) inspired budget tried to introduce various measures. The situation is still simmering.
Dinesh Weerakkody, the presenter of The Great November Revolution, has noted that the unemployment rate from 4.3 per cent in 2014 (which was 4.4 per cent in 2013) had risen to 4.5 per cent by 2015. However, political analysts put the figure as high as 5 per cent. Earlier in the year, nearly 200 construction workers, thrown out of their jobs, camped out at Sethsiripaya entrance for months. In Avant Garde alone, around 5,000 ex-military personnel lost their jobs in the year’s last quarter. Soon after Christmas, its Chairman Senadhipathi axed his personal staff.

“I’ve been with the company for ten years,” says Jackie, “and six working in his residence, altogether 16 years. But he told me he can no longer keep me. The past few months had been difficult as he couldn’t pay on time or the full amount. But I didn’t remind him of the arrears.
He had helped me so much when he had. I just thanked him and left.”
Jackie’s story
A single mother of a ten-year-old daughter, Jackie is looking at a very bleak 2016. The writer learns reliably from one of Senadipathi’s beneficiaries that an ‘envoy’ had just met the President. After listening carefully to them, who had lost all support from Senadipathi, the President had promised to look into their grievances. Can the government, already strapped for cash, take over Senadipathi’s burden? Various media are reporting that Senadipathi’s lucrative businesses are to be distributed among neighbouring countries under the directive of a private company sympathetic to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). If true, this will not bode well for the people or our economy.
It appears that people are not only set to lose their jobs as the government is planning to pinch dormant saving accounts. Whether it will come to pass or not remains to be seen, but it does not bode well for the President to be more concerned with undergarments than people’s savings.

Indiscreet woman
Incredibly, all the voices that had risen as one in defence of this indiscreet woman are yet to speak up on behalf of women like Jackie. On the other hand, most had not lost sight of Hirunika’s alleged thuggery. Police arrest military officers but they wait for more evidence to nab Hirunika.
UNP loyalists are the most annoyed with her “for being another Mervyn Silva.” Having accommodated her at the cost of their veteran Rosy Senanayake, the UNP today stands accused of replacing ‘white vans’ with black Defenders. It is troubling that this is not her first offence. She lost the public sympathy for a while when CCTV placed her with four others in Dammika Siriwardena’s property on 14 March 2013, allegedly manhandling him.
There may be many other incidents not caught on CCTV. President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe have their modest security arrangements. However, why should a young Parliamentarian be surrounded by so many security men?
A long standing UNP supporter said the party hierarchy , should take a firm decision over Hirunika.

Support bases
“Both Mervyn Silva and Duminda Silva have strong support bases,” he points out. “But during the
general elections,the President had the courage to reject them because they were behaving the way Hirunika is behaving now. Had he given them nominations, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) would have certainly got more votes and Mervyn would have definitely given Sirisena his support. The Prime Minister should not break that precedent and keep those who behave like thugs just to get votes.”

However, after the general elections, the President appointed his supporters who were defeated through the national list. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe strongly refused to do so. Wickremesinghe was widely hailed as a champion of good governance.
“The President had to oblige,” justifies the supporter. “They were his supporters and he couldn’t afford to lose them. It was only because he did that he managed to weaken the Opposition. Otherwise, the government wouldn’t have even managed to move this much. Wickremesinghe didn’t have such an issue. He had the UNP’s full backing.

Hirunika
“Although people like Rosy, she was not elected. On the other hand, Hirunika had always worked against us and joined the UNP at the last moment. She did so as she had no other option. Finally, the UNP has to deal with Hirunika.”
“Seasoned UNPers such as Thilak Marapan resigned when there was a conflict of interest. How can the party tolerate new comers like Hirunika who creates problems?”
The President has slammed those who castigated him in the social media. Whether he used a bra to distract the public attention has to be seen. The pressing question today is whether men would respect women who remove their inner ware in public.

Enrique’s Sex and Love tour: Two Cabinet Ministers pressured Colombo Mayor to give green light

January 4th, 2016

Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today

With events that followed the ‘Sex and Love Tour’ concert by Latin pop singer Enrique Iglesias grabbing the momentum than the event itself, spotlight was taken away from the brewing conflict in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
At a time where two incidents, a girl who happened to be the daughter of incumbent Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force getting cosy with the irresistible pop singer and a brassiere being tossed at him, going viral on social media with bit of a comical twist to it, President Maithripala Sirisena’s remarks on the concert made after a week of the event received the attention of local and international media.
This uncalled-for wide publicity was given to remarks President Sirisena made addressing a public event in Ampara slamming the organizers of the ‘Love and Sex Tour’ concert.
Despite the fact that female fans storming the stage when Enrique is performing and undergarments being tossed at him, is common elsewhere in the world, Sri Lanka’s Head of State described the show as most ‘indecent’ and ‘uncivilized’.
Seemingly disappointed President Sirisena said it is not the women who behaved in such manner that should be punished but the organizers of the event. He said the organizers of the show should be whipped with ‘toxic stingray tails’ over the behaviour of female fans.
His remarks were widely reported in countries such as the US, the UK, France, India and even Korea within a short span of time. BBC, AFP, Daily Mail, Sky News, Fox News , NDTV were leading wire services and media organizations that reported the Sri Lankan President’s remarks with an explanation to their audiences about the punishment President Sirisena referred to.
“Whipping with the tails of stingrays was reserved for hardened criminals in medieval Sri Lanka and is used as a popular idiom for extreme punishment of wrongdoing. In conservative Sri Lankan society, public displays of affection, even among married couples, is frowned upon. Police are known to have arrested courting couples for kissing in public parks or sea-front promenades.”
However, Sirisena must have been fully aware about the consequences as he also added: “Some people may criticize me talking about these issues. But I am a Sinhala Buddhist. It’s my duty to talk about these matters.”
Colombo Mayor explains
President Sirisena telephoned Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil, who returned to the country after holidaying abroad, and demanded to know on what grounds the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) granted permission to the concert which was held at the CR & FC Grounds that comes under CMC.
The Colombo Mayor had explained to President Sirisena that the Council did not want to give permission to the event as the organizers of the event had not even fulfilled basic requirements.
After listening to him carefully, the President had advised him to hold a press briefing and explain everything to the public.
Addressing the media on Wednesday (30) Mayor Muzammil revealed that the CMC blacklisted the company Live Events which organized Enrique’s ‘Sex and Love tour’ concert at the CR & FC Grounds on 20 December for not settling the entertainment tax of Rs 29 million.
He said that the CMC would take legal action against the company of which, the former cricketing captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena are the main stakeholders, if they failed to pay Rs 29 million in taxes owed to the Municipality.
It is reported that the due entertainment tax amounts to a staggering Rs 29,125,845.
The Colombo Mayor alleged that the company has not disclosed all the proceeds from ticket sales to the Council and paid only Rs 6.4 million to the CMC as tax on the income from a portion of the ticket sales.
The Mayor said the CMC will not allow the company to hold any other event within the Colombo Municipal limits even if it settles the payment owed to the CMC.
Political influence
Even though Mayor Muzammil revealed to the country of the tax evasion and other irregularities as he described them to the President, he did not reveal to the country everything else he revealed to the President.
Sources close to both the Mayor and the President revealed that Muzammil revealed to President Sirisena about the immense pressure he was under to give permission for the event from certain Cabinet Ministers.
Upon being pressed to the wall by the President to reveal the names of those ministers, Muzammil had said it was Ministers John Amaratunge and Faizer Mustapha who influenced him to give the green light.
The Mayor had also said that even though he could understand the interest of Amaratunge on the event as the Minister of Tourism Development, Provincial Councils Minister Mustapha’s keenness on the matter is only known to the latter.
It is said that President Sirisena will however, question Mustapha over the matter in the coming week.
However, Mayor Muzammil was once again pressured by some Cabinet Ministers even after the event forcing him not to publicize the blacklisting of the Live Events.
Nevertheless, the Colombo Mayor went public about the event management company being blacklisted over tax evasion.
Prior to that, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, the Directors of Live Events in a joint statement issued on their Facebook accounts on 28 December said, with regard to the taxes the company remains transparent in its operations.
“With regard to recent reports concerning Live Events and Municipal entertainment taxes, we categorically state the company remains transparent and ethical in all its operations.”
“Live Events will continue to ensure full compliance with all relevant tax commitments and is providing all necessary information to the Colombo Municipal Council, in order to clarify facts and the way forward. Accountability and integrity is paramount to us and we believe it to be the same for the organizers,” the duo said.
TNA facing the storm
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which remained the largest alliance of prominent Tamil political parties was having its own share of internal battles in the recent past but things went out of control about two weeks ago when Northern Province Chief Minister Canagasabapathy Visvalingam Wigneswaran announced the formation of a new political front, Tamil People’s Council (TPC), with the aim of being an alternative to the TNA.
With three-hour one-on one discussions between TNA Leader R. Sampanthan and C.V. Wigneswaran on Christmas Day failing, political circles are expecting a split in the TNA.
The crisis started brewing hot with extremists groups in the TNA accusing current leadership of being cosy with the government. In short, politics in the North today is a reflection of what is taking place in the South.
Like those in the South are accusing the government of jeopardising national security and spreading the fear of returning terrorism, those extreme groups in the TNA are accusing those who appear to be moderate as betrayers of the Tamil people.
Leaders like R. Sampanthan, Mavai Senathirajah and M. Sumanthiran are facing the repercussions of loosening the tight grip Extreme Tamil groups and pro-LTTE Diaspora had in the TNA.
As long as they played gallery politics their popularity swelled but as soon as they showed the signs of being moderate and adapting to geopolitical realities the popularity declined and those who were not appeased being moderate started to rebel.
With the ‘change’ that dawned on 9 January 2015, the TNA started showing signs of distancing from the long prevailed policy of asking for the entire pound of flesh on many occasions.
Just like the government made an attempt to change the atmosphere of War Heroes Day which falls on 18 May every year since 2009 by calling it a day of remembrance of all those who got killed in war, the TNA also changed its attitude and for the first time made an appearance at the State celebrations of the Independence Day.
Though, still debatable of the appointment, the theoretical appointment of R. Sampanthan as the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament may also seemed to have had an effect on the stance they held so far.
Instead of acting on their comfortable geographical zone in the country’s politics, TNA seemed to be thinking and analysing politics as a country when taking decisions in the recent past.
Hence the change in the stance they held thus far on the release of Tamil prisoners. Instead of their usual ‘government must release those prisoners unconditionally’ stance, the TNA seemed to have bent into the reasoning by the government that only those who were kept in prison without having any legal action against them would be released.
On the other hand, the government has also displayed a softened policy in catering to the rational and practical demands of the TNA. Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, so far has been successful in maintaining a healthy relationship with the Tamil Diaspora which is the decisive factor when it comes to Tamil politics in the country. It had gone as far as inviting President of the Global Tamil Forum father S. J. Emmanuel to the country and lifting the ban on several Tamil organizations which were earlier considered as pro-LTTE.
It is in this midst the crisis in the TNA has reached volcanic proportions with both camps refusing to budge. Political analysts also claim that Chief Minister Wigneswaran and TPC Leaders including Suresh Premachandran and Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam are capitalizing on each avenue available for them including that of the health condition of TNA Leader Sampanthan.
However, the litmus test on the TPC or any other political party that seems to have a strong voice will be at an election. It is rarely an individual party performs well in an election in this country unless it is part of a bigger alliance, with United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) being exceptions.
This was evident in all major elections held in the past few decades. While certain political figures, be it Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Tissa Witharana, Dinesh Gunawardena or D.E.W. Gunasekara may appear strong in day today politics, when it comes to a point where people actually utilize their franchise all their political parties failed to perform well unless they became a part of a bigger coalition.
Sarath Fonseka or his Democratic Party failed miserably in the General Election despite him being the only Field Marshal this country saw.
Even Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s best performance in an election, so far, remains the 2004 election in which all its candidates became first in each district they contested under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) banner by putting SLFP giants like Anura Bandaranaike in Gampaha into second place.
However, even they failed to maintain the momentum when they contested alone.
Likewise, it is expected no matter how strong the PLOTE, EPRLF, EROS or TNPF is in the regional politics or in media they will have a tough time in performing alone. For instance, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam was able to secure a Parliamentary seat both in 2001 and 2004 elections by polling 29,641 and 60,770 respectively from Jaffna District by contesting under TNA (ITAK).
However, after he broke away from the TNA and contested under newly formed Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) both his attempts to get elected to Parliament in 2010 and 2015 failed despite his being the grandson of G.G. Ponnambalam.
Future of Yahapalanaya
Alongside President Maithripala Sirisena completing one year in office, the yahapalana government too will mark the completion of one year. However, the popularity and faith it had in January 2015 had arguably declined over the past few months.
It was the key topic when President Sirisena met key figures in the UNP and the SLFP earlier last week.
Several ministers have pointed out that the lack of commitment displayed by both leaders in taking action against those who were branded as corrupt and criminal has had a greater contribution in declined popularity of the government.
They have pointed out the need of bringing back those forces that were with them in electing Maithri with a hope of establishing good governance in the country in order to face the imminent threat of toppling the government.
President Sirisena on an earlier occasion revealed he had received some alarming intelligence reports that there will be an attempt to topple the government with the dawn of New Year.
The reports indicated that while there is a political leadership in this attempt it will come as a trade union move.
The President also said as he was aware about the political involvement he will take necessary steps at the right time to bring those under control.
“But everything else lies in your hand. Work closely with officials in your respective ministries and departments. Do not ignore issues that could lead to trade union action. If you work closely and listen to your subordinates we can face this successfully,” he advised Ministers.
By last week the details of the report indicated a prominent politician in the Rajapaksa Government who is lying low at present claiming to be not involved in active politics is behind this planned trade union action.
A prominent Cabinet Minister revealed that action will be taken to expedite all pending cases and initiating legal action against those who have allegations of corruption and other crimes. Accordingly, it is expected several former and current VIPs will go behind bars within the first few months of the year, including those involved in the murder of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.
Joint Opposition up in arms
With the government planning to get its reins tightened, the Joint Opposition is also mapping to launch their protests in the New Year. At a meeting held at the residence of former Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, the Joint Opposition has decided to oppose the proposed drafting of a new Constitution.
The government said it will convert Parliament into a Constituent Assembly, once the House meets on 8 January, to draft the new Constitution which would see the abolition of the Executive Presidency.
However, the Joint Opposition is planning to oppose this move, as they view the abolition of executive powers would jeopardize national security and destabilize the country.
It had also had discussions on forming a new political alliance in the near future and if discussions go as planned and it was able to get the assistance of those who have claimed to be disappointed with current stance of the UNP, SLFP and JVP are planning to contest the forthcoming Local Government election under the new political alliance.

Thilanga threatens legal action against Arjuna

January 4th, 2016

The newly elected Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala said today he would take legal action against former SLC President Arjuna Ranatunga over certain statements Ranatunga had allegedly made.

Sumathipala was elected as SLC President with 88 votes defeating SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga by 56 votes on Sunday. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/101785/s-legal-action-against-arjuna#sthash.BYkCzwII.dpuf

Terrrorism from Kebetigollewa Village  to Bataclan Theatre  in Paris, France

January 4th, 2016

By Charles .S.Perera

Paris never sleeps.  At any time in the day or night you could find a good restaurant perhaps already full and noisy where you could get a fine meal.  The French like to enjoy their meals , with a  good bottle of vintage red wine. After a glass or two of it the tongues begin to wag, they laugh over pleasantries , jokes, and banal friendly chatter .

They take their meals slowly savouring each mouthful of delicious French dishes  stopping now and then in between  talk and laughter, to wash down the food with a mouthful of wine rolled in the mouth to warm it before  it is sent slowly down the gorge. The French enjoy eating their meals slow and long as they say they make love.

Friday evening is the beginning of a long week end, and they make much of it after a week of “ metro and boulot” meaning  transport and  work  which is tiring and stressful. They like to  dine out and go looking for  a dance hall to dance late into the  night .  One can select an appropriate dance hall to dance a romantic slow, swirl to a French waltz, or swing to a tango.  Leaving that to the older the young go for disco, rock and roll  and watch and dance to the noisy tunes of  band music.

It was an American Band “Eagles of Death Metal” that had been invited to play at the Bataclan Theatre on the night of the 13 November, 2015.  1500 fun seeking young French couples and singles happy and noisy  determined to enjoy the night,  packed into  the Theatre that festive  Friday night.

The “Eagles of Death Metal” had tuned their guitars and the drums were beating, the crowd of dancers cheered  the  vocalist Jesse Hughes as he sang unrecognisable words  into  the din of the   noisy musical instruments.  But that is how the French fans liked it.  There was no reason to suspect any thing and the 1500 revellers  had abandoned themselves into a  frenetic dancing mood.

At 21 hours 55 into the night when music was loud and enjoyment of  the revellers, were at its peak, a van stopped just outside the Bataclan Theatre in Boulevard Voltaire in the 11 arrondisement of Paris, from the van descended three men strangely clad in black. They were armed with assault rifles.   They entered the hall of the Theatre unnoticed, climbed the stairs and took position on the mezzanine.

They  called out loud and clear over the din of  the musical show “Allahu Akbar”- the name of their God-in whose beloved name they commit all atrocious crimes and opened fire at the packed crowd of dancers in the dancing hall below, reloading and emptying the guns three or four times, while throwing hand grenades in between. The dancers first taken by surprise and then by fear stampeded out into the streets through emergency exits, or took cover in  toilets and office rooms, crying and screaming falling over one another they scrambled seeking escape roots in  utter confusion, while others lay still on the floor pretending to be dead.

The shooting lasted 20 minutes. There were  coordinated attacks taking place in six different locations within the city- in a football stadium ,cafes and restaurants.  In all the attack which was described as the deadliest in France after world war II,  took a toll of 120 killed and 200 people injured. Islamic State of Iraq and Levant claimed responsibility. Saying it was in retaliation to  French Air strikes on ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq.

The whole of  France taken by fear and shock rose to mourn the death of  those innocent French youth massacred inside Bataclan and elsewhere. They came in hundreds with flowers and   candles to the Statue of the Republic which became a temple to commemorate the untimely massacre of their beloved children.  The Nations from USA, Canada, Australia rose in shocked surprise to mourn with  France,  singing  the French National Anthem to show their solidarity with France. In grief.

The Telegraph reported , “The French capital has been subjected to a terrorist attack leaving 129 dead and 352 injured after Kalashnikov shootings, grenade and suicide strikes. In the wake of the attack, there has been an outpouring of reaction across social media as people offer their support and show solidarity with France.” People on Facebook have been putting a tricolour filter on their profile pictures to support Paris.The social media platform is awash with blue, white and red as people all over the world support Paris. ”

In June 2006, 68  innocent villagers  from Kebithigollewa a village in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka,   amoung  them 15 school children,  several pregnant women going to the hospital, and others going to work were massacred by  two claymore bombs set in the bus by LTTE terrorists in Sri Lanka.

America issued a statement carefully worded without accusing and condemning the terrorists.

“The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack on a bus in Sri Lanka that killed 60 civilians, including at least 15 children. This vicious attack bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It is a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement that the Tamil Tigers claim to uphold. The United States calls for an end to the violence that is causing so much suffering for the people of Sri Lanka and resumption of negotiations to bring peace to the country. The Tamil Tigers must renounce terror and enter into direct negotiations with the Sri Lankan government.”

However for the Kebithigollewa massacre there was no solidarity shown by the American , Canadian, or European nations.  They did not gather to sing our National Anthem ( which unfortunately Sri Lanka has  mutilated in the name of a reconciliation since Sirisena became the President), nor did they hoist our National flag in their cities as a mark of solidarity with Sri Lanka shocked and in grief that day with 68 of their beloved  innocent people massacred by ruthless terrorists.

The French media has gone agog with the 13 November, 2015 massacre at Bataclan Theatre, discussing what would happen next and how to put a stop to ISIS activities in France and Europe.  They never questioned how it is that ISIS has become a formidable terrorist forces, and who was responsible to have allowed it to happen

It all began  when without a consensus in the UN Security Council,  and when   France then under President Jacque Chirac, vehemently protested against military intervention in Iraq, George Bush decided unilaterally to step over UN Security Council to declare war against Iraq brandishing a false document prepared by Tony Blaire the Prime Minister of UK that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. USA  State Department never learnt lessons.

USA with its Monroe Doctrine and the theory of manifest destiny wants to control and spread its influence through out the world. USA is a self centred  sytem alien to the world outside. USA has never, with its economic power and  world leadership role, helped any country to develop and assert their  economic and political independence.

USA even after  its mistaken  role of the  saviour of the world from Iraq,  did not stop from interfering  into other  countries to stop them decide their own political destinies, and intervened instead to destroy and change regimes  to have  American friendly governments. ISIS is therefore the making of the USA in its short sighted political actions, commenced by its unilateral declaration of war against Iraq.

Idea of ISIS grew in the mind of a Jordanian street thug Abu Musab al-Zarqawi when he was in Afghanistan. From there he fled to Iraq . There his presence was not of any significant value. He was abiding time. The USA  created the necessary chaos in Iraq for al-Zarkawi, after USA armed forces left Iraq in 2003 to form his own Party Jama’at al-Tawhid w’al Jihad( Party of monotheism and Jihad,) the fore runner to ISIS.

Syria was also being mutilated as a country by USA through its interference, as it was with Libya where  USA assisted  rebellious protesters  fight against Libyan Army;.  In the same way USA was assisting the armed protesters in Syria  helping them open war fronts against President  Bashar al-Assad.

Abu Bakral-Baghdadi hardened fighter who set  up his Jihadist party became a force to be taken note of in Syria. The young Muslim youth  where ever they are in the world has taken note of Baghdadi’s call for them to pledge   allegiance to the Caliphate and support its agenda.  Its key tenant is  the offensive Jihad –the forcible expansion  into countries  that are ruled by non-Muslims.  The waging of war to expand the Caliphate is an essential duty of the young Muslims.

In 2006, however, the USA killed Abu Musab by bombarding his location. Next, in 2011, the US killed Osama bin Laden. These were critical victories for the US and the rest of the world. Unfortunately, these victories were short lived. The radical ideas of Osama and Musab did not die. Abu Musab, like Osama, inspired a whole bunch of kids to fight against the West. These kids grew up to lead the ISIS and are currently fighting to achieve the grand vision of Musab. The recent Paris attacks were part of those efforts.

 (https://www.quora.com/How-did-ISIS-form-When-and-where-did-ISIS-begin)

Every terrorist death in France and Europe is a result of the unwise expansionist American role, now taken hold of by President Obama and his State Secretary John Kerry.  They are  setting the world on fire.

It is time that USA learn from these disasters to which it is directly or indirectly connected and adopt a positive role in the world.  That role should not be in terms of the Monroe Doctrine nor the concept of manifest destiny.  USA should learn from China and Russia to help other nations to develop and assert themselves as independent Sovereign States.  The problems within countries should be left for the countries to settle finding their own solutions without foreign interference.

The greatest mistake USA did and continue to do is not recognising terrorists as terrorists. Obama, John, Kerry and Hilary Clinton categorised terrorists.   They recognised those who attack USA or its Western allies as terrorists and other terrorists in developing countries as rebels or freedom fighters.

In America there were two terrorist attacks, in Paris too ,there were two.  But when the ISIS terrorists carried out an attack on the 13 November, 2015 the USA and the Western Nations rose to show their solidarity.  But in Sri Lanka there were hundreds  of terrorist attacks in which men ,women and children were savagely brutalised and massacred , but none of  the countries of the West including USA rose against those attacks and stood in solidarity with Sri Lanka.

But strangely USA and the West that rose like one in solidarity against one attack in France, got together to pass resolutions  against Sri Lanka at the UNHRCouncil in Geneva for elimination of the Terrorists in Sri Lanka and for ending thirty years of suffering and regular massacres of innocent people.

If the USA and the West continue their practice of ignoring terrorism in other countries concentrating only on changing regimes responsible for elimination of terrorism from their country, USA and West will only be inviting more terrorism in their own countries.

Terrorism has become today the number one danger to human existence and the countries like USA and the West who have the means to fight terrorism should not become friends of terrorists elsewhere and treat them differently from terrorists attacking their own countries.

USA and the West should give a hand to every country rich or poor  in the world to denounce and eliminate terrorism raising its head..  Any group that takes up arms against an elected government in any country are terrorists and should be treated as such, and help any  government to eliminate terrorism in their soil.

If USA and the West goes against any government of any country, and use any means to change the government elected by the people, USA and the West become no better than the terrorists who come to their countries and  kill the innocent people- as it happened in Bataclan Theatre in Paris on the 13th November, 2015.

Terrorists who massacred 68  men , women and children in Kebethigollewa in Sri Lanka  in June , 2006 and the Terrorits who killed 120 or more people in Bataclan Theatre in Paris are just terrorists.

If any one tries to support  those terrorists in Kebethigllewa in Sri Lanka and condemned those terrorists in Bataclan Theatre in Paris, France , one is forgetting that basic human factor, that  those people in Kebithigollewa in Sri Lanka and those people in  France belong to the same human family. The human condition such as colour, rich or poor, should not stand in the way of  spreading once love from one human being to another, or show solidarity in grief without discrimination against one set of human beings, and another set of human beings.

I give below a list of deaths by terrorists attack in Sri Lanka, and remind the readers that USA and the West did not show solidarity with Sri Lanka at any time, when Sri Lanka suffered  from this savage, ruthless massacres.

But USA and the West have risen together as one to condemn Sri Lanka Armed Forces  that valiantly stood against terrorism in Sri Lanka and eliminated them in May,2009, and proposed a hybrid court of Justice to condemn our soldiers as war criminals.

Notable and deadliest attacks[edit]

Attack Date Location Death toll Sources
1990 massacre of Sri Lankan Police officers 11 June 1990 Eastern Province 600-774 [4][5]
Kattankudy mosque massacre 3 August 1990 KattankudyBatticaloa District 147 [6]
Anuradhapura massacre 14 May 1985 AnuradhapuraAnuradhapura District 146 [7]
Habarana bus massacre 17 April 1987 HabaranaAnuradhapura District 127 [8]
October 1995 Eastern Sri Lanka massacres 16 October 1995 Eastern Province 120  
Central Bus Station Bombing 21 April 1987 Pettah, ColomboColombo District 113 [9]
Palliyagodella massacre 15 October 1991 Palliyagodella, Polonnaruwa District 109 [8][10]
2006 Digampathana bombing 16 October 2006 Digampathaha, Matale District 92–103 [11]
Central Bank bombing 31 January 1996 ColomboColombo District 91 [7]
Kebithigollewa massacre 15 June 2006 Kebithigollewa, Anuradhapura District 66 [12]
Dehiwala train bombing (1996) 24 July 1996 DehiwalaColombo District 64 [13]
Kent and Dollar Farm massacres 30 November 1984 Mullaitivu District 62 [14]
Lionair Flight 602 29 September 1998 off the cost of Mannar District 55 [15]
Gonagala massacre 18 September 1999 GonagalaAmpara District 54 [16]
Assassination of Gamini Dissanayake Ossie Abeyagoonasekera 24 October 1994 Thotalanga, Colombo 52 [17][18]  
Kallarawa massacre 25 May 1995 KallarawaTrincomalee District 42 [19]  
Aranthalawa Massacre 2 July 1987 Aranthalawa, Ampara District 35 [20]  
Assassination of C. V. Gunaratne 8 June 2000 RatmalanaColombo District 22 [21][22]  
Air Lanka Flight 512 3 May 1986 Bandaranaike International AirportGampaha District 21 [23]  
Havelock Road bombing/Assassination ofRanjan Wijeratne 2 March 1991 Havelock Road, Colombo 19 [24]  
1998 Temple of the Tooth attack 25 January 1998 Temple of the ToothKandy 17 [7][25][26]  
Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi 21 May 1991 SriperumbudurChennai, in Tamil NaduIndia 15 [27][28]  
Assassination of Ranasinghe Premadasa 01 May 1993 Armour Street, Colombo 11 [29][30]  
Kokilai massacre 1 December 1984 KokilaiMullaitivu District 11    
Gomarankadawala massacre 23 April 2006 Gomarankadawala, Trincomalee District 6 [31]  
2009 suicide air raid on Colombo 20 February 2009 ColomboColombo District 2 [32]  

Attacks by decade[edit]

Below are the deadiest attacks for each decade.

1970s[edit]

Main article: List of attacks attributed to the LTTE, 1970s

1979

Date Attack Location Sinhalese Tamils Muslims Death toll Sources
  S. A. Emmanuel of Chankanai, Thaadi Thangarajah of Kondavil, A. Krishnagol of Velvettiturai, T. Poopalasingham of Chunnakam and A. Sivarajah of Thondamannar are executed by the LTTE for providing evidence against them to the police. Jaffna District   5   5 [33]
  PC Gnanasambandan, PC Sivanesan, Inspector Guruswamy, S. Swarnarajah and his wife are executed by the LTTE. Jaffna District   5   5 [33]

1980s[edit]

Main article: List of attacks attributed to the LTTE, 1980s

1985

Date Attack Location Sinhalese Tamils Muslims Death toll Sources
14 May Anuradhapura massacre: LTTE gunmen shoot dead 146 Sinhalese civilians and injure 85 others as they were praying at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred Buddhist shrine in Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura,Anuradhapura District 146     146 [34]

1990s[edit]

Main article: List of attacks attributed to the LTTE, 1990s

1990

Date Attack Location Sinhalese Tamils Muslims Death toll Sources
11 June 1990 massacre of Sri Lankan Police officers: Over 600 unarmed police officers are shot dead by the LTTE in Police Stations across eastern Sri Lanka Eastern Province 600-774     600-774 [4][5][35]

2000s[edit]

Main article: List of attacks attributed to the LTTE, 2000s

2006

Date Attack Location Sinhalese Tamils Muslims Death toll Sources
16 October 2006 Digampathana bombing: A suicide bomber in a truck kills 103 Sri Lanka Navy sailors on buses going or returning from leave at a transit point and wounds over 150 other sailors. Several civilians may also have died. Digampathana,North Central Province 103     103 [36]

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Can the CDKU- the Kidney Disease be eradicated

January 4th, 2016

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D

The other day when I was in  Anuradhapura, my mind lingered to the 25,000 farmers of the North Central Province who have succumbed to the CDKu- the Kidney Disease.  Some of them may have been the young farmers with whom I worked in the 300 cultivation committees I set up in 1962. Then there was a hive of activity- the thrust of it was to use high yielding varieties and supplement with fertilizer. This was accomplished.

Sad to say,  some two decades later certain  administrative changes that were made did decimate the very effective   agricultural extension system that we had.  The agricultural overseers at the village level who formed the king pin that guided fertilizer and weedicde use at the village level were promoted as Grama Niladharis and till today no extension overseer with any training has taken their place. In addition with the abolition of the Paddy Lands Act in the Eighties, the agrarian services with its overseers at the village level ceased to exist.

To my mind this lacuna in the agricultural extension system is the main cause for the misuse of fertilizer and weedicides that has caused the kidney disease. We have taken many steps, like providing clean water in barrels, establishing water treatment plants, having kidney dialysis machines at hospitals but these do not touch the core cause.

Guiding famers to use the essential fertilizer, weedicides and pesticides is the key, In paddy cultivation we have high yielding varieties that require a fertilizer input.  This matter cannot be settled until we have a trained overseer at the village level and also buiuld up a vibrant agricultural extension system. Left to themselves without any technical input the farmers misuse fertilizer, using the wrong fertilier and unnecessarily large doses of it.  The massive subsidy given for fertilizer helped the misuse of fertilizer.

To those who require more details I reproduced an article I wrote in 2013 which provides full details:

It is my opinion that in addition to all other factors that have been identified the excessive use of fertilizer is a major cause.
The problem with the use of fertilizer is that there are three varieties, phosphate, potash and sulphate. Each fertilizer has to be used at different stages of the paddy plant and can have negative results if misused.  Further the effect of some varieties like ammonium sulphate and urea is easily visible which make farmers use this variety only and ignore the rest. Thus for best results a vibrant extension service is essential.
Let me draw on my experience as an administrative officer. I handled fertilizer distribution to the entire island in 1962 in the Agrarian Services Department and was instrumental in sending out the first island wide circular which detailed the amount of fertilizer to be used, which fertilizer and at what stage. At that time farmers used very little fertilizer and the green revolution was pursued apace with the introduction of new varieties of paddy that had a high response to inorganic fertilizer.
Later in 1962 to 1964, I was implementing the Paddy Lands Act in the Anuradhapura District, establishing cultivation committees and planning the use of fertilizer and high yielding varieties. The farmers were very enthusiastic and there was great progress.
The use of fertilizer proceeded apace and Sri Lanka almost reached self sufficiency whilst implementing the rice ration scheme, issuing rice at reduced rates by 1970.
During these years of expansion- I was working in Sri Lanka till 1973 and even for another decade later there was no major problem about the negative use of fertilizer.
At that time there were two major Departments that attended to agricultural extension. The long standing department was the Department of Agriculture, which was well staffed with qualified officers. At the District level there were District Agricultural Extension Officers(DAEO) who were authorities in the use of fertilizer. Under them in each District there were Agricultural Instructors at the Divisional level. They had studied agriculture for two years. I have met them again and again on my visits and I was always impressed with their knowledge. Each Agricultural Instructor had a number of Krushikarma Vyapti Sevakas(KVSs)- Field Assistants who were posted at the village level. These officers had an years training in paddy cultivation.
With the establishment of the Agrarian Services Department in 1958, to implement the Paddy Lands Act a boost was given to paddy cultivation by the establishment of cultivation committees. Each District was headed by an Assistant Commissioner and under him there were District Officers  who had around half a dozen Field Assistants.  The Field Assistants were trained in agriculture. This staff guided the work of the cultivation committees and we got down to planning the use of fertilizer at the village level. The KVSs of the Agricultural Departments  also worked with the cultivation committees. Peoples participation was foremost in the working of the cultivation committees and this combined strength of the Department of Agriculture and Agrarian Services did create wonders in increasing paddy production.
However this efficient extension service went through four major changes from the Seventies.
Firstly the Agrarian Services Department which was following the socialist concept of people’s participation was given less and less prominence and ultimately the cultivation committees were disbanded with the abolition of the paddy lands act. Though the Agrarian Services yet has petty offices at the divisional level, these offices have hardly any tasks and their work today is a fraction of the work we did in the Sixties and early Seventies.
The Department of Agriculture which was the technical department with specialist officers had a major shake up when President Premadasa decided to absorb all KVSs as Grama Sevakas. Out went the qualified officers who were working at the village level guiding the farmers. For a few years there was no agriculture staff at the village level under the Agricultural Instructors, till President Kumaranatunge created the Samurdhi Niyamakas.O Level qualified youths were appointed and they knew no agriculture. Till today these Niyamakas continue. Some of them have of their own accord mastered something in agriculture due to their enthusiasm but unfortunately to date they have never been trained.
Another change was devolving Agriculture and Agrarian Services to the Provincial Councils by the 13 th Amendment to our Constitution. Thenceforth the efficiency depended on the whims and fancies of the Provincial Minister of Agriculture.
A fourth force was the IMF and the World Bank which came up with their Training & Visit System of Agricultural Extension which did away with the use of peoples institutions- cooperatives and in Sri Lanka, cultivation committees and instead drafted a direct role for the Departments of Agriculture. This did away with popular participation. There is room to think that this move of the World Bank was aimed at crippling the development in agriculture that was taking place apace in the Developing Countries. One will be convinced of this sabotage only when one learns about the ill effects of the Structural Adjustment Programme which  the IMF introduced to our countries in the next few years, which I have detailed in my book: “How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka: (Godages)
In 1995 I came back to Sri Lanka and working on my small family farm, I had the occasion to go again and again to the extension offices at Udupila and Kadawata. I have narrated my experience in my book: “How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka”.
“The officers there did not know the exact amount  of fertilizer I should use and relate it to the high yielding varieties of paddy. At my insistence they raked their files and provided me with details. The circular advised the use of ammonium sulphate and urea at the basal stage and no mention was made of its use as the top dressing.. I brought this to the notice of the Secretary to the Ministry and .months later I got a reply to the effect that the advice given to me was out of date by half a dozen years. About a year later I dropped into one of these Centers  and to my amazement I found that even then the top dressing had not been incorporated into the advice. There is not a single farmer who does not know that ammonium sulphate/urea has to be used as the top dressing.
What this illustrates is a total break down in agricultural extension. This corroborated by Agricultural Officer Cecil Dharmasena in his very insightful article in The Island of  22/4/13, he states,
The lack of an organized and coordinated extension and advisor system today as we had in the past(prior to the Provincial Council Administration System), where the Department of Agriculture through its comprehensive  island wide extension division provided an efficient service appears to be the biggest drawback in agriculture at present.
He refers to both the decision of President Premadasa to make all KVSs Grama Niladharis leaving a gap at the village level as well as the decision based on the 13 th Amendment to our Constitution to devolve the subject of agriculture to the Provincial Council as the cause. He even states that today “all types of agencies of the Provincial Council and private sector offer confusing services.
These details about the lacuna in the extension services is further  corroborated by another Agricultural Officer, Ranjith Mulleriyawa in The Island of 4/6/13, where he states that after the promotion of the KVSs- the Field Assistants at the village level to become Grama Niladhari, the Agricultural Instructors had to supervise and offer extension services to as much as 13,000 farmers at Yodakandiya and 3,500 farmers at Ranoruwa. Covering even 500 farmers is a major task for a single officer and covering thousands mean that the service will be severely crippled. Even today the Agricultural Instructors cannot offer a proper service as their assistants are the Niyamakas who in their ignorance of agriculture are actually the laughing stock of the farmers. Having met a few farmers here and there on my annual visits I can definitely corroborate with both Ranjith Mulleriyawa as well as Cecil Dharmasena for the total breakdown of agricultural extension. The heading of Ranjith Mulleriyawa’s article  itself“Truth is Stranger than Fiction: Messing up Agriculture” speaks volumes.
In fact I was convinced for long about the fact that the extension system had broken down with fertilizer being misused but I wanted definite corroboration and this paper emerged after reading their insightful comments. I am most thankful to them.
The fact that the extension service is broken up is also clearly evident because the planting of paddy is now not adhering to the rainfall pattern, though the bulk of paddy cultivation is rainfed. In the earlier system under the Vel Vidanes of the days when the Government Agents handled minor irrigation and later when the cultivation committees handled paddy cultivation there was a definite system where the farmers met at Kanna meetings at the beginning of each season and decided when to cultivate, what seed to use and when to harvest etc. Even fines were decided which was strictly enforced by courts of law.  After the cultivation committees were disbanded these Kanna meetings are not held systematically, with the result that late cultivation is common and the harvest gets damaged by the oncoming rains.
It would augur well for our Ministry of Agriculture to please consider establishing a people’s institution like the cultivation committee to handle paddy cultivation and the use of fertilizer could be attend to by this organization. This is a prime requirement today.
With the breakdown of the extension service the farmers are left to their own devices. I have spoken to a few farmers on my visit last year and they were using ammonium sulphate and urea at the basal stage, Every one research paper I have read of fertilizer use tells me that ammonium sulphate or urea if used at the basal stage just leaches into the soil in the absence of a standing crop to absorb it. To my thinking this misuse of fertilizer is one of the main causes for the CDUK disease. I have no doubts about it.
Further the Niyamakas have to be trained and may I suggest that this be taken up immediately- at least a months’ crash course in paddy plantation.
I fear that the neglect in agricultural extension which is key to neglect in the use of fertilizer if not corrected will lead to the  kidney disease spreading in Sri Lanka which may kill perhaps millions. Let that predicament not happen to my motherland. We do have the ability to avoid it.

Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D
Author of “How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka & Alternate Programs of Success, Godages.
Former SLAS-Senior Assistant Commissioner of Agrarian Services. & Govt Agent, Matara District
28/12/2015


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