මාසික ප්රගති සමාලෝචන රැස්වීම

June 4th, 2015

වෛද් රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග

මාසික ප්‍රගති සමාලෝචන රැස්වීමේ දී තමා ප්‍රදේශයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා අමනාප කරගත් බව විජේවර්ධනට සිතිණි. ප්‍රදේශයේ සංවර්ධන වැඩසටහන් වලදි සංඛ්‍යාලේඛණ අතිශයෝක්තියෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ඉදිරියේ ප්‍රශස්ථ ගායනාවක යෙදුන සකළසූරිය ඉදිරිපත් කළ විගඩම් නාටකය තව දුරටත් බලා සිටීමට නොහැකිව ඔහුගේ කටහඞ ප්‍රාණවත් විය. 

මුලින්ම විවාදය ඇති වූයේ විජේවර්ධන හා සකළසූරිය අතරය. කෙමෙන් කෙමෙන් සකළසූරිය දළ බිඳ ගනිත්ම ඔහුගේ සහායට ප්‍රදේශයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ඉදිරිපත් විය. ඉන් පසුව මත ගැටුම ඇතිවූයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරයාත් විජේවර්ධනත් අතරය. අනෙකුත් නිළධාරින් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා උදහස් වී ද යන සැකයෙන් තම ටයි පටි වල ගැට ලිහිල්කර ගත්හ. ඇතෙමෙක් යටි සිතින් විජේවර්ධනට සහ මන්ත්‍රීතුමා අතර ලියලන ඝට්ඨනය තමන්ගේ වාසිය සඳහා යොදා ගන්නේ කෙසේදැයි සිතූහ. තවත් සමහරෙක් විජේවර්ධන මෝඩයෙකු බවත් මන්ත්‍රීතුමා කියන සෑම දෙයක්ම හිස නමා පිළිගැනීමෙන් තොරව ඔහු හා වාදයට යාමෙන් විජේවර්ධන කළේ ගලේ හිස ගසා ගත් බවත් තරයේ විශ්වාස කළහ. අතලොස්සක් පමණ වූ කොටසක් පමනක් මෙම ජවනිකාව දෙස බලා සිටියේ විජේවර්ධන කෙරෙහි හට ගත් අභිමානයෙනි. කොන්ද කෙළින් තබාගත් නිළධාරින් තවත් ඇති බවට ඔවුහු ප්‍රත්‍යක්ෂ කළහ. 

නිළධාරින්ගේ බහුතරය මන්ත්‍රීවරයාට සර් කියමින් හිස සහ කඳ පහත් කරමින් කථා කළ නමුදු විජේවර්ධන ඇතුළු නිළධාරි තුන් හතර දෙනෙක් පමණක් ශරීරය සෘජුව තබා ගනිමින් දේශපාලඥයාට මන්ත්‍රීතුමා ලෙස ඇමතූහ. මෙය මන්ත්‍රීවරයාගේ සිත් නොගත්තේය. තවද විජේවර්ධන දුටු මුල් දිනයේම ඔහුගේ සිතට යම් අප්‍රසන්නතාවක් දැනුණු අතර එය කෙලෙස මතුවීද යන්න ඔහු නොදත්තේය. එහෙත් එම අප්‍රසාදය සඳහා දැන් හේතුකාරක ඇති බවට ජනතා නියෝජිතයා විසින් අවබෝධ කරගන්නා ලදී.

“සර් වැඩ සටහන හොඳට කෙරුනා. ඒත් සමහර නිළධාරින් නම්‍යශීලි නැති වීම ටිකක් වැඩකරගෙන යන්න බාධාවක්. ˜ සකළසූරිය විසින් සතියකට පසුව දුරකථනයෙන් තමන්ට පවසන ලද්දේ විජේවර්ධන ගැන බව මන්ත්‍රීවරයාට වැටහිණි. කොන්ත්‍රාත්කරුවන්ට මුදල් ගෙවීමේදී අනවශ්‍ය ප්‍රශ්න​ මතු කිරීම, ඇතැම් විට මුදල් රෙගුලාසි මත ගෙවීම් නොකිරීම නිසා තම හිතවත් ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් නෝක්කාඩු කී අවස්ථා තිබුණි. එසේම ඔවුන් මැතිවරණ සඳහා කරන ලද වියදම් ඇතුළු අනෙකුත් කැපකිරීම් සීමා රහිතය. 

“සකලේ මගෙ මිනිසුන්ට අසාධාරණ වෙන්න ඉඩ තියන්න එපා˜ මන්ත්‍රීතුමා සකලසූරියට කීවේ බංගලාවට ගෙන්වාගෙනය. එය කියන විට මුදල් ගෙවීම පමා වීම නිසා මුහුණ ඇඹුල් කරගෙන සිටි කොන්ත්‍රාත්කරුවන් දෙදෙනෙකු සිටියහ. 

“අපි අපේ දුප්පත් චන්දදායකයන්ට සේවය කරන්න ඕන. මම මේ ගමන යන්නේ දහසකුත් එකක් බාධා මැද . මේ නිළධාරිවාදය අපි හොඳින් හරි නරකින් හරි කඩන්න ඕන.˜ එසේ කියමින් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා තම අතේ තිබුණු බෝතලයෙන් කොන්ත්‍රාත්කරුවන්ගේ වීදුරු පිරවීය. 

” සර් මේකයි ප්‍රශ්නේ. අපේ සමහරු හිතන්නේ තාමත් බලයේ ඉන්නේ පාරාද වෙච්ච පක්ෂය කියලා. මේ මිනිස්සු නිතරම ඔබතුමා විවේචනය කර කර ඉන්නවා මිසක් වැඩක් හරියට කරන්නේ නැහැ.˜ සකළසූරිය බයාදු ලෙස මන්ත්‍රීතුමාගේ මුහුණ බලමින් කීවේය. අනතුරුව තම වීදුරුවේ තිබූ මදුවිත කටට හලා ගත්තේය. 

එකෙනෙහින් ම මන්ත්‍රීවරයාගේ මුහුණේ මතුවූයේ යක්ෂාවේෂ වූ බැල්මකි. 

“මේකලා දන්නේ නැහැ මගේ හැටි. මට බුලට් දෙක තුනයි යන්නේ. මුන්ගේ කුණවත් හොයන්න හම්බවෙන්නේ නැහැ” මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ගෙරවීය. 

මන්ත්‍රීවරයා කෝපවූයේ දැයි සකළසූරියට සිතුණි. වහාම කළ යුත්තේ ඔහුව අස්වැස්ස වීමය. ඉන් පසුව තමාගේ සැලැස්ම ක්‍රියාවට නැංවිය යුතුය. ඒ සඳහා සුදුසු යමක් ඔහුට එකවරම ඔළුවට ආවේ නැත. 

“සර් මේකයි වැඩේ. අපි කලබල නොවී මේ කට්ටිය ගැන ඇහැ ගහගෙන ඉමු. මේ අය බෝධිසත්වයින් නෙවෙයිනේ. මගෙත් මිනිසුන් ඉන්නවා. මොකක් හරි වැරුද්දක් අහුවෙච්ච හැටියේම වැඩේ දෙමු නැගිටින්න බැරි වෙන්න.˜ සකළසූරිය කීවේ සූක්ෂ්ම දඩයක්කාරයෙකුගේ විලාසයෙනි. 

කාර්‍ය්‍යාලයේ තමා බලවත් වූවද විජේවර්ධන ඇතුළු කිහිපදෙනෙකු තමා නොතකා ක්‍රියා කිරීම පිළිබඳව සකලසූරියට ඇති වූයේ කෝපයකි. ඒ හැර තමාට නිතරම කේලාම් සපයන පිටකන්ද හා සැමුවෙල් යන දෙදෙනා ඉදිරියේ විජේවර්ධන තමන්ව හෑල්ලූකොට මන්ත්‍රීගේ පන්දමා ලෙස හැඳින්වීම නිසා විජේවර්ධනට වැඩක් දියයුතු බව නොයෙක්වර හැගී තිබුණි. විජේවර්ධන මන්ත්‍රීතුමා සමග පැටලීම වනාහී දෙවියන් විසින් තමා වෙත එවන ලද ත්‍යාගයකි. එබැවින් අව්ව වේලෙන්නට පෙර පිදුරු ටික වේලා ගත යුතුය. 

විජේවර්ධන විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයයේ සකළසූරියට වඩා වසර දෙකකින් පමණ කනිෂ්ඨය. විජේවර්ධන විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේදී නිහඩ චරිතයක් විය. ඔහු නොකඩවාම දේශණ වලට ගිය අතර හොඳින් ඉගෙනීමේ කටයුතු කළේය. එහෙත් සකළසූරිය ඊට ප්‍රතිවිරුද්ධ චරිතයක් වූ අතර විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයයේ දී ශිෂ්‍ය අරගල වලදී නායකත්වය ගත්තේය. ඉගෙනීමේ කටයුතු වලට වඩා ශිෂ්‍ය අරගලයන්ට ඔහු සිසුන්ව යොමු කළේය. එසේම තම ජනප්‍රියතාව උපයෝගි කරගෙන ඔහු ප්‍රධාන දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක අනුග්‍රහයද ලබා ගැනීමට සමත් විය. ඒ නිසා ඔහුට තම වෘත්තීයේ ඉහලට නැගීමට හැකි වූයේ අන්‍යයන්වද පහලට හෙළමිනි. 

පැවැත්ම සඳහා ජීවියා පරිසරයට අනුකූලව හැසිරිය යුතුයි. මෙම ශුද්ධ  නීතිය කඩකරන්නන් ඉබේම වඳ වී යනු ඇත යන්න සකළසූරිය ඇදහුවා පමණක් නොව  ඒ අනුව තම වෘත්තීය ජීවිතයද ගොඩගා ගත්තේය. සකළසූරියගේ හැඳින්වීම අනුව විජේවර්ධන   අයත් වන්නේ ඩයිනෝසරයන්ගේ යුගයටය. එහෙත් කාර්‍ය්‍යාලයයේදී විජේවර්ධනට සුවිශේෂී ගරුත්වයක් ඇති බවත් එවැනි ගෞරවයක් තමන්ට නැති බවත් ඔහු පසක් කළේය. විජේවර්ධනව දුෂ්කර ප්‍රදේශයකට මාරු කළ හැකිනම් සටනින් අඩක් දිනාගත හැකි බව සකළසූරියට වැටහිණි. 

මන්ත්‍රීවරයා උදහස් වීම ගැන විජේවර්ධන තුළ ඇති කළේ මිශ්‍ර හැගීම්ය. මන්ත්‍රීවරයා පිස්සු බල්ලෙකු බව ඔහු දැන සිටියේය. අට වැන්නට පමණක් උගත්, බුද්ධිමත් බවක් අසලකින්වත් නොගෑවුණු ජරා ජීර්ණ වූ දේශපාලන මඩ ගොහොරුවේ නිෂ්පාදනයක් වූ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා ඉදිරියේ තව දුරටත් ආත්ම අභිමානය පාවා දීම කළ නොහැකි දෙයකි. උපාධිධාරි නිළධරයන් අඳ බාල දේශපාලඥයා ඉදිරියේ දීන වන අයුරු ඔහු බලා සිටියේ කලකිරීමෙනි. මුලදී කසිප්පු පෙරා, මුදල් හම්බ කළ පසුව මුදලාලි කෙනෙකු බවට පත් වූ මේ මිනිසා කැළැවේ ගස් කැප්පවිය. මුදල් යහමින් විසි කිරීම නිසාත් මැර බලය නිසාත් ඔහුට පාර්ලිමේන්තුව දක්වා යාමට හැකි විය. ප්‍රදේශය සංවර්ධනය කිරීම පිණිස තීරණ ගන්නේ මෙවැනි මිනිසුන් නම් එවැනි රටකට යන කලදසාව කුමක් විය හැකිද යන්න විජේවර්ධනට සිතුන අවස්ථා එමටය. ටයි පැළඳගත් නිළධරයන් පිරිවරාගෙන සුදෝ සුදු කොකෙකු සේ දිස් වන මන්ත්‍රීවරයා හිස් වචන පවසන අතර බණ දේශණාවකට සවන් දෙන්නාක් මෙන් නිළධරයන් එකත්පස්ව ඔහුට සවන් දෙති. සෑම දෙයකටම එහෙයි කියනවා මිස මන්ත්‍රීවරයාගේ මුග්ධ අදහස් වලට අභියෝග කරන්නෙක් නොවීය. 

“මට එක වෙලාවකට හිතෙනවා මේවා ඔක්කෝම දමලා ගහලා පිටරටකට යන්න විමලේ.˜ විජේවර්ධන පැවසුවේ කළකිරීමෙනි. විමලසිරි හා තවත් කිහිපදෙනෙකු හැර තමාගේ හිතේ පවත්නා පීඩනය පැවසීමට කෙනෙකු නැත. සමහරු බලා සිටින්නේ කටින් යමක් වැටෙන තෙක්ය. එය වඩාත් ඔප මට්ටම් කොට සකළසූරියගේ කනේ තැබීමට ඔවුහු නොපැකිල ඉදිරිපත් වෙති.

“ඕවා ගනන් ගන්න එපා. ලංකාවේ කොතනත් මේ ප්‍රශ්ණ තියෙනවා.˜ විමලසිරි අස්වැසුම් බස් කීය. 

“මට දැන් හිතෙනවා ගිය අවුරුද්දේ නිවි සීලන්ඩ් ජොබ් ඔපර් එක ආපු වෙලාවේ ඒක ගත්තේ නැතුව මම කළේ මොඩකමක් කියලා….˜ තමන්ගේ රටට සේවයක් කරන්න ඕන කියලා හිතාගෙන හිටියේ. ඒත් ඒකට සුදුසු වාතාවරණයක් නැත්නම් කරන්න තියෙන හොඳම දේ තමයි වෙන අතක් බලා ගන්න එක.” විජේවර්ධනගේ ස්වරයේ කළකිරීමක් දැක ගත හැකිවිය.

” අපට රට හදන්න බැහැ විජේ. නිළධාරි හැටියට අපට තියෙන්නේ මුං කරන හැම ගොං පාට් එකකටම කරබාගෙන අත්වැල අල්ලන්න. අපි සාධාරණය, අසාධාරණය ගැන කථා කරන්න ගියොත් කියන්නේ අපි විරුද්ධ පාක්ෂිකයන් කියලා. ඒ පක්ෂය බලයට ඇවිල්ලා කරන තෘණ භක්ෂක ක්‍රියාවක් අපි විවේචනය කළොත් ඒ අය ඒට කියයි අපි බී පක්ෂයේ එහෙයියලා කියලා. ඒ නිසා හොඳම දේ තමයි රට යන අතට අපිත් යන එක”

 විමලසිරි පවසන්නේ ප්‍රායෝගිකවාදියෙකු සේය. විමලසිරිගේ කථාවෙන් පසු විජේවර්ධන  ගේ හිතේ පීඩනය මදක් අඩු විය. එහෙත් ඔහු පිළිතුරු වශයෙන් කිසිවක් නොකීවේය. හිස් බැල්මකින් විමලසිරි දෙස බලා සිටියා පමණි‚. 

කාර්‍ය්‍යාලයයේ පවතින්නේ උදාසීන ගතියකි. සකළසූරිය රැස්වීමකට යන බව කියමින් නිළ රථයේ නැගී උදෑසනම පිටවී ගොසිනි. දුරකථනය වරින් වර නාද වේ. ඒ අතර පිටකන්ද විජේවර්ධනගේ කාමරය අසලින් ඒ  මේ අත යන්නේ සවස සකළසූරියගේ තැබීමට සුදුසු යමක් අහුලා ගැනිමටය. 

“සර්, තේ ගෙනාවා.˜ මහළු කාර්යාල සහයකවරයා විජේවර්ධනට තේ කෝප්පය පිළිගන්වමින් කීවේය. මහළු සේවකයා දෙස දයාවෙන් බැලු විජේවර්ධන  ඔහුව ඇමතීය. 

“හබෑටම පීටර් දැන් මෙතන අවුරුදු කීයක් වැඩද?˜ 

මහළු සේවකයා බුලත් කහට බැඳි දත් පෙන්වමින්  මඳ  සිනා පෑවේය. 

“අවුරුදු තිස්පහක් වෙනවා සර්”

 අවුරුදු තිස් පහක් මෙවැනි කාර්යාලයක සිත එකලස්ව තබාගෙන පීටර් වැඩ කිරිමට හැකිවූයේ කෙසේද? සෑම දෙයක්ම උපේක්ෂාවෙන් බැලීමට සමත්වූ නිසාද? පීටර්ගේ සේවා කාලය තුළ මෙම කාර්යාලයට නිළධරයන් සිය ගණන් එනන්ට ඇති. ඇතමෙක් ඛෙලි කැපිළි, පන්දම්, වන්දිභට්ටයන් හමුවේ පළා ගියහ. සමහරු ඊට එදිරිව ගොස් කළු ගලේ ඔළුව ගසා ගත්හ. තවත් සමහරක් කොඳු නාරටි ඉවත් කොට පරිසරයට අනුවර්ථනය වූහ. මේ වර්ග තුනටම අයත් නොවන මේ සේවකයා ගැන විජේවර්ධනට ඇතිවූයේ ගෞරවයකි. ඉහළ අධ්‍යාපනයක් නැතත් පීටර්ගෙන් ඉගෙන ගැනීමට යමක් ඇත්තා සේය. 

“සර් ධනසේන මහත්තයා ඇවිල්ලා එකවුන්ටන් ලඟ කෑගහනවා˜ විජේවර්ධන ගේ කාමරයට කලබලයෙන් පැමිණි මාධවී පැවසුවාය. 

“කවුද ධනසේන කියන්නේ?.  විජේවර්ධන තරුණියන්ගෙන් ඇසුවේ විමතියෙනි. 

“සර් මන්ත්‍රීතුමාගේ සෙකට්‍රි, කන්ට්‍රැක්ටස්ලාට පේමන්ට් කලේ නැහැ කියලා බනිනවා˜ ඇය තැතිගත් ස්වරයෙන් පැවසුවාය. 

විජේවර්ධන පුටුවෙන් නැගිට්ටේ ගණකාධිකාරී වෙන යාමටය. ප්‍රශ්ණයේ කෙළවරක් නැත. එය විවිධ අවස්ථාවලදී විවිධ ආකාරයට එයි. කළ යුත්තේ කුමක්ද? පහරට පහර දීමද, පහර වළක්වා ගැනීමද? නැතහොත් පහර කා බිම ඇද වැටිමද? 

“විමලේ සකළසූරිය උදෙන්ම මාරු උනේ මේක සෙට් කරලද කියලා හිතෙනවා, කවුද මේ ධනසේන කියන හාදය? විජේවර්ධන විමළසිරිගෙන් විමසුවේ තව ස්වල්ප වේලාවකින් තමාට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවන ප්‍රතිවාදියා කවරෙක්දැයි දැනගැනීමටය. 

“මෑන් රිටායඩ් පොලිස් සාජන්ට් කෙනෙක්. දැන් මන්ත්‍රී සෙකටී්‍ර හැටියට වැඩ කරනවා. මන්ත්‍රීට එන ඉංග්‍රීසි ලියුම් ට්‍රාන්ස්ලේට් කරන්නයි,  ඒවාට උත්තර ලියන්නයි මිනිහව තියාගෙන ඉන්නේ. නොම්බර එකේ බේබද්දා. සමහරු කියනවා මිනිහා තමයි මන්ත්‍රීට පගා එකතු කරන  ඒජන්ට් කියලා. කෝකටත් පරිස්සමෙන් දන්නේ නැද්ද මේ යක්කුංගේ හැටි.? වැඩේ ෂේප් කරලා දාන්න, පැටලෙන්න යන්න එපා.˜ විමලසිරි අවවාදාත්මක විලාශයෙන් පැවසීය. 

විජේවර්ධන ගණකාධිකාරිගේ කාමරයට යන විට එතැන ගාලගෝට්ටියකි. මන්ත්‍රීගේ ලේකම් උස් හඩින් ගණකාධිකාරිට බනිමින් සිටියේය. අසරණ ගණකාධිකාරි තුෂ්නිම්භූතව කිසිවක් කියාගත නොහැකිව තමාට පිහිට වන්නැයි හැගෙන බැල්මකින් විජේවර්ධන දෙස බැලීය. 

“මොකද මිස්ට සිගේරා ප්‍රශ්නේ ? විජේවර්ධන අමුත්තා මගහැර ගණකාධිකාරිගෙන් විචාලේය. 

“සර් මෙතන පේමන්ට් ගෙවන්න බැරි ප්‍රශ්නයක් තියෙනවා. කන්ට්‍රැක්ටස්ලා එග්රිමන්ට්ස් අනුව වැඩ කරලා නැහැ. අපි පේමන්ට් කළොත් ඔඩිට් ක්වෙරි එකක් එන්න පුළුවන්.˜ ගණකාධිකාරි තැතිගත් ස්වරයෙන්ම පැවසීය. 

“කොන්ත්‍රාත්කාරයෝ එග්‍රිමන්ට් එක උල්ලංඝනය කරලා තියෙනවා නම් කොහොමටවත් ගෙවීම් කරන්න බැහැනේ.˜ විජේවර්ධන ඉංග්‍රීසි භාෂාවෙන් අමුත්තාටත් ඇසෙන සේ ගණකාධිකාරිට කීවේය. 

“මෙතන එග්ග්‍රිමන්ට් උල්ලංඝනය වෙලා නැහැ මිස්ටර්. මම තමයි මන්ත්‍රීතුමාගේ සෙකට්‍රි. කොන්ත්‍රාත්කාරයෝ මේ ප්‍රදේශය සංවර්ධනය කරන්න වියදම් කරනවා.  ඒ අයගේ වැඩ වලට ගෙවීම් කරන්න ඕන. මෙතන යන්නේ වෙන ගේමක්. විරුද්ධ පක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීගේ රූකඩ වගයක් ඉන්නවා මේ ඔෆීස් එකේ, අපේ මන්ත්‍රීතුමාගේ වැඩ බකල් කරන්න.  ඒවා කොහෙද අපි ඉන්නකං. මේවා අපේ ගම් පළාත්. අපිට මේ ගැන කැක්කුමක් තියෙනවා. ජරාව දුන්නානම් ඔක්කෝම ගෙවීම් අනුමත කරලා මෙලහකට.˜ අනාරාධිත අමුත්තා අප්‍රසන්න ස්වරයකින් විජේවර්ධන දෙස බලා පැවසීය. 

විජේවර්ධන මොහොතක් ධනසේන හෙවත් මන්ත්‍රීගේ ලේකම් දෙස තියුණු බැල්මක්ම හෙලීය. අභූත චෝදනාව ඔහු තුළ ඇති කළේ කැළඹීමකි. නොදැනුවත්වම ඔහුගේ මිට මෙලවිණි. මේ අවස්ථාවේ තමාට ඇති විකල්ප කවරේද  විජේවර්ධන  පරිඝණකයක් මෙන් දත්ත විශ්ලේෂණය කළේය. වේගවත් පහරක් මන්ත්‍රීගේ ලේකම්ගේ මුහුණට එල්ල කිරීම, අනතුරුව බැහැපිය බල්ලා ඔෆීස් එකෙන් එළියට යැයි කියමින් කමිස කරින් අල්ලා දොට්ට  දැමීමද? මෙය ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ හොත් මොහොතකට තමා වීරයෙකු වනු ඇත. සකළසූරියද බලා සිටින්නේ මෙවැනි අවස්ථාවක් එන තෙක්ය. අනතුරුව මන්ත්‍රී ඇතුළු ඔහුගේ චක්ගෝලයන් අවි අමෝරා එනු නිසැකය. පසුදා පුවත්පත් මෙලෙසම වාර්තා කරනු ඇත.

“මන්ත්‍රීගේ ලේකම්ට පරිපාලන නිළධාරියා පහර දෙයි ” 

ඉන් පසු විනය පරීක්ෂණ ඇතුළු දහසකුත් ක්‍රියාමාර්ග. දෙවැනි විකල්පය කුමක්ද? ධනසේනට තමාගේ කණගාටුව ප්‍රකාශකොට ඔහු ඉදිරියේ සිගේරාට මඳක් දෝෂාරෝපණය කරමින් ගෙවීම් කරන ලෙස බලපෑම් කිරීම. විගණන පරීක්ෂණ වලදී උත්තර දිය යුත්තේ ගණකාධිකාරිය. එහෙත් ස්වං දෝෂාරෝපණයක් සිත පුරාම ජනිත වී ඇති හෙයින් දෙවැනි විකල්පය කෙරෙහි සිත යොමු නොවීය. 

මා කළ යුත්තේ කුමක්ද? වහාම කාර්යාලයට ගොස් අස්වීමේ ලිපිය ලියා ගෙදර යාමද? එමගින් තමා පරාජිතයෙකු වන බව විජේවර්ධනට හැගුනේය. එසේනම් මෙම අවස්ථාවේදී ගතයුතු පියවර කුමක්ද? එසමගින්ම මහළු පීටර්ගේ රුව ඔහුගේ සිතේ ඇදිණි. ඔව් මේ අවස්ථාවේදී උපේක්ෂාව හැර අන් විකල්පයක් නැත. 

“මේ මහත්තයා,  විජේවර්ධන සන්සුන් ස්වරයෙන් මන්ත්‍රීගේ ලේකම් ඇමතීය. අපට ප්‍රශ්නේ තේරෙනවා. අපි පේමන්ට් එක කොහොම හරි කරමු. මේ කොන්ත්‍රාත්කාරයින්ට කියන්න ඇවිල්ලා මාව හම්බවෙන්න කියලා. එග්ග්‍රිමන්ට් එකේ අඩුපාඩු බලලා රජයටත් පාඩු නොවෙන්න ඒ අයටත් පාඩු නොවෙන්න ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයක් ගමු. සාකච්ඡාවෙන් විසඳාගන්න බැරි ප්‍රශ්නයක් නැහැනේ. 

විජේවර්ධනගේ ප්‍රකාශයත් සමග අමුත්තා ගේ මුහුණේ ස්වරූපය වෙනස් විය. 

“නෑ, සර්, දන්නැද්ද මේ කන්ට්‍රැක්ටස්ලා උදේ හවස ඇවිල්ලා මන්ත්‍රීතුමාට කරදර කරනවා ඉතුරු වැඩ කරගෙන යන්න සල්ලි නැහැ කියලා. ඉතිං   ඒ  මිනිස්සුත් ජීවත් වෙන්න එපැයි “

“අපි මොනවා හරි කරන්න බලමු. ˜ අනිවාර්‍ය්‍යයෙන්ම අපි බලමු මොනවා හරි කරන්න. නීති උල්ලංඝනය කරන්නේ නැතුව යමක් කරන්න පුළුවන් කියලා මට විශ්වාසයි.විජේවර්ධන පැවසුවේ මේ ප්‍රශ්නයට මුල්‍ය රෙගුලාසි උල්ලංඝනය නොකොට ගත හැකි ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයක් අවංකවම ගතයුතු යයි සිතමිනි. 

“සර්ට තරහා ගියාද දන්නේ නැහැ. මම ටිකක් හයියෙන් කථා කළාට. දන්නැද්ද මම හිටපු පොලිස්කාරයෙක්නේ.˜ අමුත්තා තම කණගාටුව ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. 

“ඕවා සුළු දේවල් මිස්ටර් ධනසේන˜ මෙවර විජේවර්ධන අමුත්තාට ඔහුගේ නමින්ම ආමන්ත්‍රණය කළේය. 

“යං මගේ ඔෆීස් එකට, අපි තේ එකක් බීලා කථා කරමු”

 කාර්යාලයයේ සියළුම දෙනා තුෂ්නිම්භූතව බලා සිටිති. ඇවිලීමට ගිය යුද්ධයක් කිසිදු වෙඩිල්ලක් පත්තු නොකරම නිමා වූවා සේය. ඇතමෙක් සැනසිලි සුසුම් හෙලුහ. තවත් සමහරෙක් යුද්ධයක් සිදු නොවිම නිසා අපේක්ෂාභංගත්වයට පත්වූහ. සකළසූරියගේ ගිරා පෝතකයන් වල්මත් වූවා සේය. 

මහළු සේවකයා නිහඩව කොරිඩෝවේ මකුළුදැල් කඩමින් සිටියි. අමුත්තා සමග තම කාමරය වෙත යමින් සිටි විජේවර්ධන මහළු සේවකයා ඇමතීය. 

“පීටර් අපි තව තේ එකක් බොමුද? හොඳට කිරි දාලා මේ මහත්තයාටයි මටයි තේ දෙකක් ගේන්න “

“පීටර් හදන තේ බිව්වම දවල්ට නොකා උනත් ඉන්න පුළුවන්˜ මහළු සේවකයා විජේවර්ධනගේ නියෝගය සහ ප්‍රශංසාව භාර ගත්තේ බුලත් කහට බැඳුණු දත් පෙන්වන මද සිනහවෙනි. 

“පීටර්, පීටර්˜ ධනසේන සමග තමන්ගේ කාමරයට යමින් විජේවර්ධන තොල් මතුලේ. මහා පීටර් රජතුමාටත් වඩා ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨයි. ලබන මාසේ මාසික ප්‍රගති සමාලෝචන රැස්වීමට පීටර්වත් ගෙනියන්න පුළුවන් උනොත් මන්ත්‍රීට මුහුණ දෙන හැටිත් ඉගෙන ගන්න පුළුවන්, ඔහු සිතුවේය. පසුගිය ප්‍රගති සමාලෝචන රැස්වීමෙන් පසු මේ දක්වා තමන් තුල වර්ධනයව පැවති පීඩනය සහ අසහනකාරී ගතිය ක්‍රමයෙන් අඩුවී යන බවක් විජේවර්ධනට දැනුණි. මොහොතකට පෙර තමාව ප්‍රකෝප කළ අමුත්තා නෙරෙහි විජේවර්ධන තුල දැන් ඇත්තේ උපේක්ෂා සහගත හැගීමකි. තම රාජකාරි අසුනේ සෘජුව ඉඳගත් විජේවර්ධන අමුත්තාටද අසුන්ගන්නා ලෙස කාරුණිකව ආරාධනා කළේය. 

වෛද් රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග

India’s Tajikistan Card and ISIS

June 4th, 2015

By Afshain Afzal

The Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Mr. Aslov Sirojidin Muhridinovich visited India from 11 to 15 May 2015. It was not a coincidence that the visit of Tajik delegation came within days when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his country is ready to join a Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan Trade and Transit Agreement as the fourth partner. The delegation’s visit to South Block on 13 May was quite significant, when it met heads of Indian intelligence agencies including Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) and the newly American sponsored Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA). Mr. Muhridinovich was briefed about threats of ISIS to Tajikistan as well as increasing influence of Taliban in Afghanistan and its neighbourhood. It was quite impressive, when New Delhi shared technical intelligence of Afghan nationals, posing themselves as defected Taliban members of ISIS and claiming to wage Jehad inside Tajikistan. Interestingly, Mr. Muhridinovich was also prompt enough to share that his country was concerned about the movement of Taliban along the borders between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The on ground display of Indian sponsored terrorism was really impressive, when on 27 May 2015, an in an attack near Tajik Embassy and Street No 15 in the Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul authenticated Indian Intelligence inputs, shared during visit of Mr. Muhridinovich to India. Ironically, four Afghan militants dubbed as Taliban, armed with Rocket Propelled Grenades and Sub Machine Guns were killed in the said attack, without an injury or burses to Afghan Security Forces or civilians.

In the another development, US trained Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, who commanded the Tajikistan’s elite force that carried out operations against criminals and Islamic militants, appeared all of a sudden on media. He was reported missing by Tajik Police since April this year. As expected, it was reported that he joined ISIS and threatened terrorist attacks. In a media message, recently released, Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov was wearing a black turban and holding a sniper rifle. Colonel Khalimov confessed in the video that he traveled to US three times and received training there from notorious US contracting company, Black Water. He warned, “There are many intending to return to Tajikistan to re-establish Shariat.” The jinni of Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov has been released to start Western cum Indian drama of ISIS in Tajikistan. The sole aim is to destroy centuries old Islamic holy sites, Muslim heritage and harass people as so called members of ISIS did in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. As a joint strategy, the Russian, Americans and Indian are hunting orthodox Muslims in their stronghold and blaming ISIS for their joint cold blood murders. Attempts are being made to create room for only those who are far away from their divine religions and are no threat to “Free World”.

As a result of extensive western and Indian propaganda about ISIS and Taliban militancy, Russia has been persuaded to extend military aid to Tajikistan to prevent alleged movement of Islamic militants including Taliban near Afghan-Tajik border. Last year, Russia signed an agreement on joint modernization of Tajikistan’s military, with an objective to strengthen the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. In the same context, Russia has deployed 7,000 personnel at a military base near Dushanbe, which pricks US, NATO and allies, especially after strategic military and defeat in Afghanistan, Georgia and Ukraine. If we recall, the Tajik political leadership is in real fix ever since release of a video by Tajik militants in January that reflected that Tajik militants have asked permission from to wage Jehad in Tajikistan along the side of Jamaat Ansarullah but refused by ISIS Caliph Abu Bakar Baghdadi. In December, as planned Tajikistan’s court convicted 11 persons for having links with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) for their desire to fight in Syria. Interestingly, till to date there is no evidence of ISIS on the Tajikistan’s soil or at the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, however, there is much hue and cry at international level. No doubt, the bloody game in Tajikistan is being played to divert world attention from the blood baths by the western forces in Mali, Libya, Iraq, Palestine, Jammu & Kashmir and elsewhere. afshain@hotmail.com

Taming Reckless Driving

June 4th, 2015

Dr.Chandana Jayalath

Any accident is a bad scene disheartening and dreadful. Lorries, buses and containers overtake blindly. Around 2,000 people die out of 6,000 recorded accidents every year, being the number one killer among people in the 15 to 29 age group. At least a one person dies in each 4 hours. The annual social cost of road traffic injuries runs to over Rs.10 billion, and the trend is upwards.

Amongst the manmade perils are the VIP scods and private buses running races. Particularly, those in long sectors such as Colombo Matara, Colombo Anuradhapura, Colombo Trincomalee and Colombo Kandy engage two more ‘drivers’ to wave hands and give signals standing at the footboard. ‘Suicide Overtake’ is the word newly added to the jargon amongst these drivers to say overtaking in the wrong side at unclear abrupt turns. On the other hand, VIP convoys move fast beeping horns and flashing head lights, harassing other motorists, adding a new dimension in the arena of ‘public nuisance’. During election times, many were knocked down by vehicles canvassing votes. Sarcastically, there were ambulances also accompanying with those convoys.

Though there are warnings not to cause problems to the public in driving fast by VIP vehicles hitting innocent people on the roads, it is important also for the Police to have immunity from possible political influx into their investigations. Also, there is no point of keeping Policemen at designated points since at those points the routine drivers become ‘disciplined’ in driving for a while. The best solution would be for the Police personnel to travel up to some distance in civil suit similarly as passengers and prosecute the culprits on the spot allowing no time for political influx into the legal process.

Another side of the story is that those driving in long run for instance Trincomale to Colombo are taking liquor and drugs at points they stop-over for meals. Pedestrians on the other hand seem to consider roads as their private domain while walking along the yellow lines without paying any heed to moving traffic, assuming that Yellow lines are a license to cross roads at any time, obliviously risking their own lives. Even in driving rashly on the wrong side of the road and in red lights (where in many countries a criminal offence) it is an irony that even the passengers traveling on the bus tend to support the driver to get the bus released that will help them to go home early. Therefore, it is no secret that the number of road accidents is increasing by leaps and bounds.

It would be far more effective therefore to have a traffic patrol officer as a bystander at such points of operation to penalize an offender or chase after an errant motorist who does not obey the road rules. Unlike in other countries where mobile traffic patrol squads on motor cycles and police panda cars have the powers to indict offenders, Sri Lankan patrol squads are not seen engaged in the same tasks but seen rather escorting VIPs. More than any other source it is public responsibility that should take first to discourage not necessarily crossing the lines nor fast driving but uncontrollable reckless driving.

Under circumstances, it is time, while many other actions to restore road discipline, the entire Omni bus service sector underwent a comprehensive revamping process including minimum qualifications for new drivers, proper training by licensed instructors, educating on public rights, law and procedures, constant vigilance on violations, periodical tests on medical fitness, licensing the job profile, introduction of a uniform (all for both the driver and conductor). Such steps must be made inevitable since Omni bus is a significant public service in Sri Lanka so as to avoid reckless driving at least to some extent, boost up discipline and evolve occupational recognition. It is of fundamental importance, that justice should not only be seen, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.

No Flowers Bloomed In The First Hundred Days

June 3rd, 2015

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

At the end of the glorified 100 days the nation is left with a sense of déjà vu, if not disappointment and frustration. Nothing significant stands out as exemplary achievements of the Sirisena–Wickremesinghe regime to crow about the promised “difference” (when-a-suck). The failure of the Yahapalanaya (good governance) to achieve its promised objectives – not to mention upholding the higher values promised in the manifesto of the Yahapalanaya – has left the people standing empty handed at square one. No government has risen to heights of great expectations within such a short time and no government has sunk to low depths within 100 days as the Yahapalanaya led by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime. Like all promising alternatives in politics it began as the sweetest thing. But then “the sweetest things turn sour by their deeds. / Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.” (Sonnet 94 – Shakespeare).

Worst of all, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime had no compunction in riding rough shod over basic norms respected and accepted in a democratic polity, let alone the vaunted values of Yahapalanaya. >From day one it was in such a mighty hurry to reinforce its grip on power that it resorted to arbitrary strokes of the Presidential pen to legitimize its illegal acts to retain power of a minority government which was not elected by the people. Wickremesinghe claims a mandate because he helped the President to win. This no better than the best man claiming after the wedding the right to go to bed first with the bride because he helped the couple all the way to the final act of handing the ring to seal the marriage and make the ceremony a success.

As confirmed by the former Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva, the very first two acts of President Sirisena – appointing 1. the Chief Justice and 2. the Prime Minister — were illegal. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s appointment of a Singaporean to head the Central Bank was illegal because the new head, Arjuna Mahendran, had sworn an oath of allegiance to the state of Singapore. The first major act of the new head of the Central Bank that led to the biggest Treasury bond scandal was illegal. Wickremesinghe’s political instrument, the Financial Crimes Investigating Division, (FCID), a.k.a., the Fascist Centre for Indicting Dissidents, was illegal from the inception. Wickremesinghe usurping the powers of the IGP and directing operations to handpick dissidents for remanding is illegal. As of now the entire edifice of Yahapalanaya built after January 8, 2015 hangs on illegality and immorality.

The new regime is sailing on the myth that they were vested with absolute power in the presidential election to override all norms, practices, conventions, traditions, laws to consolidate their new regime, including the appointment of a prime minister who had no majority in Parliament. A candidate who has been defeated 29 times in the polls claims the right to be the prime minister because he piggy-backed on the shoulders of a winning presidential candidate. Can the parasitic leech have the right to survive by sucking on the blood of the body politic? Or should the creature be removed for the healthy survival of the body politic?

The failure to fulfill the pre-January 8th promises condemns the Yahapalanaya as one of the biggest hoaxes of our time. But there is one notable achievement. Though the marketed propaganda promised to make a “difference” (when-a-suck) to the preceding political culture the ulterior political objective was to enthrone Wickremesinghe as Numero Uno which the people had refused to grant him 29 times before. In the guise of constitutional changes he tried deviously this time to transfer the presidential powers to his office of prime minister. But his pet 19th Amendment failed. And it is this failure that can be listed as the biggest achievement of the “100 days”. His failure to stage a constitutional coup saved the nation from manipulations to grab presidential powers which he is incapable of handling responsibly, with due regard to the rule of law. Combining the presidential powers with his prime ministerial powers would have been a dangerous concentration of political power in the hands of any one individual leading decisively and unerringly to a untrammeled constitutional dictatorship..

Wickremesinghe cannot be trusted with even a sub-atomic particle of power put into his hands. His record shows (as in the notorious CFA) that he uses power to sell the nation to its enemies. He uses power arbitrarily and dictatorially to betray the vital interests that protect the future and the security of the nation. He signed the CFA with Velupillai Prabhakaran without telling the President, parliament, Cabinet, his party and, above all, the people. Fortunately, his stupidity was neutralized by the stupidity of arrogant and power-drunk Prabhakaran who proved to the world that he can run rings round Wickremesinghe – even to sign the nation’s death warrant.

However, considering the over-ambitious agenda outlined in the 100-day program, a point can be stretched to excuse the failure to fulfill all the promises. What cannot be excused is the corruption that shocked the nation even before the Yahapalana-yakos could warm their seats of power. The main plank in the promised agenda of making “difference” was to run a clean administration, free from corruption. Those who expected the political nirvana at the end of 100 days were left flabbergasted by the financial, political and judicial scandals that make all those who preceded the Yahapalana-yakos look like arahats. The current political theatre unfolding in Sri Lanka is reminiscent of the hapless people condemned to live in a Shakespearean Denmark – a state rotten to core.

Some of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies dealt with politics of the state. Macbeth focused on behind-the-scene criminal machinations aimed at grabbing power at any cost. Julius Caesar dealt with the fate of idealistic Brutus, trapped in brutal politics to grapple with the dictatorial state. Coriolanus is the brilliant general whose flawed character leads him to fall on his sword of pride and arrogance. Antony and Cleopatra depicts the catastrophic consequences of mixing politics with sex. Distracted and infatuated Antony dismisses Rome as irrelevant (“Let Rome in Tiber melt)” and he sees nobleness only in kissing Cleopatra. Lear paints the pathetic plight of a man fallen from power. Hamlet, the greatest and the most philosophical of Shakespeare’s plays, traced the tragic course of the youth rebelling against a corrupt state. Like all youth the options available to Hamlet was to either withdraw and “suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune / Or to take up arms against a sea of troubles / And by opposing end them. (III – 1).

Here, I admit, I have reduced the luminous insights and thematic profundities in the tragedies of Shakespeare to one-liners — a device adopted purely to highlight Shakespeare’s magisterial grasp of realpolitik without indulging in theoretical mumbo-jumbo. The focus here is on Hamlet because he is the most relevant figure to us. Hamlet’s task is to clean up the rotten state. That is the message his father gives him, rising from his grave. The play opens with Claudius who had not only grabbed power after killing his brother, Hamlet, father of young Hamlet, but also marrying Gertrude, his brother’s wife to consolidate his grip on the throne. In the opening scene Claudius’ court is merry-making in a drunken orgy while Hamlet is haunted by the spectral figure of the murdered father goading him for revenge from the grave.

In Hamlet Shakespeare delineates the most rotten of the states he has surveyed. There isn’t a single redeeming feature in the state of Denmark. From the obsequious Polonious, the spineless bureaucrat who sees only whatever his master sees without demur, to the “incestuous” bed of Hamlet’s mother, the corrupted state of Denmark is in a state of tense vacuum and dithering, uncontrolled chaos, with key decision-makers plotting against each other, or speculating on what the next move would be. Hamlet, haunted by the injustice done to his father, poses the most serious threat to the state of Claudius, the ruling king who murdered his brother, Hamlet’s father, to grab the throne. Claudius, feigning innocence and purity, is nervous that his disjointed “warlike state” is “out of frame,..” (Hamlet, 1.2).

Young Hamlet, in this sense, is the universal symbol fighting against the most common evils in politics : corruption, sex, murder, violence and disorder with the least ability/power to take on the state. Of the many interpretations that go to explain Hamlet, there is the possibility of reading it as a Jacobean play of bloody vindictive violence. But Hamlet is not the Machiavellian Prince. He is generally viewed as the idealistic intellectual looking for noble redemption which is almost verging on a kind of madness There is, however, a method in Hamlet’s madness. He feigns madness to retain his sanity. Hamlet is in a state of despair, not knowing how to act decisively to challenge the corrupt politics of his time and end it. He is burdened by the unbearable weight of his time lying heavily on his conscience. What is more he does not know how to resolve it. Therein lies his dilemma. He is virtually paralyzed by the moral responsibility cast upon him to set it right. He says: “The time is out of joint. O, cursed spite, / That ever I was born to set it right.” (Ibid – 1.5)

His conscience is divided, if not paralyzed, not knowing whether to go into action against his own kith and kin which would end invariably in death and destruction. Hence his vacillation. His oft-quoted question, “To be or not to be” echoes the central theme in the sacred book of the Hindus, Bhagavad Gita, where Arjuna is faced with the identical problem paralyzing his conscience : to kill or not to kill his kith and kin in the battlefield. The parallels are remarkable. Stunning! There is enough material for a doctoral thesis in this theme. Shakespeare’s genius shines in all its glory in this philosophical play.

The tragedy facing the nation today too is that of Hamlet in Denmark : the heavy duty of cleaning up the rot in Sri Lankan politics. The magic cure was to come within the “promised 100 days”. It has come and gone without the promised “difference” (when-a-suck) making any significant impact on the lives of those who voted in hope. Apart from the state of rottenness, the entire political framework on which it stands is incredibly bizarre, imaginable only in a Kafkesque nightmare. An elected President is watching passively, with his arms folded, while an unelected Prime Minister, without a mandate, is running a vindictive Jacobean drama of persecuting and remanding members of the opposition on charges far less than those committed by some of the biggest crooks in his government swindling billions of people’s money.

As stated by Sarath Silva, the former Chief Justice, President Maithripala Sirisena’s action in creating his government was “illegal from its inception.” As he states the Yahapalanaya began with two illegal strokes of the President’s pen. First, by breaking all traditions and established legal procedure, he removes the sitting Chief Justice and appoints another with a stroke of his pen. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government was in an indecent hurry to capture the strategic seat in the judiciary that it abandoned all traditions upheld at Hulftsdorp and rushed to install a new Chief Justice. It was more than a case of where justice was not seen to be done : it smacked of grabbing the judiciary from the Rajapakses and securing it for the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime. Commenting on this Sarath Silva said that “the manner in which Mohan Peiris, the then sitting Chief Justice was removed reduced the judiciary to a ‘comedy.’”

He added : “That’s the first thing. And then suddenly Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oaths as Prime Minister. This is whilst a Prime Minister was still in his seat. Is that good governance? This government was illegal since its inception,” he said. (Daily Mirror — 29/5/2015)

The removal of a Chief Justice and the Prime Minister with two strokes of a Presidential pen violates all the respected and accepted traditions and legal norms in a democratic polity. If anyone deserved to be removed any regime has a right to do so within the accepted norms of the law. But when President Sirisena cashiered Mohan Pieirs with a stroke of his pen he knew he was violating the legal procedure because he participated in the Select Committee process laid down in the Constitution when Parliament decided to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. So why did President Sirisena, aided and abetted by Wickremesinghe, step out of the law known to him and remove the Chief Justice with a stroke of his pen? It is the illegality of the process adopted by Sirisena – Wickremesinghe regime in removing and appointing the Chief Justices and the Prime Ministers that exposes them as corrupting the state from day one.

If President Mahinda Rajapakse is summoned before the Bribery Commission for offering Tissa Attanayake a ministerial portfolio – a common practice accepted by both sides of the House to consolidate power — how should these two illegal acts, committed by two strokes of the President’s pen to consolidate two of his key power bases be judged by those who yearn for a Yahapalanayak? Put another way, has President Sirisena reduced the rule of law to the rule of his pen? Is he trying to prove that his pen is mightier than the law of the land?

 To be continued

Mahinda will certainly contest, says Weliwita

June 3rd, 2015

AdaDerana

There is no doubt, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest at the forthcoming general election, Rajaapksa’s media coordinator Rohan Weliwita has told the BBC.

He has pointed out that the former President will certainly contest at the election regardless of Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) decision to award nomination to Rajapaksha, or not.

“Rajapaksa hopes to contest under the SLFP ticket. If the party refuses to give nomination, the former President will contest under another party,” he said.

UNP – uphold Parliamentary traditions and practices!

June 2nd, 2015

Shenali D Waduge

 The parliamentary traditions and practices have suddenly come under threat and questions need to be posed to the UNP as to whether it is embarking on a very detrimental path subjecting not only all norms of good governance but jeopardizing the stability of the country as well.

 The Presidential election concluded on 8 January 2015. A new President was elected on 9 January 2015. Simultaneously a PM was appointed while the sitting Prime Minister had not been sacked or had resigned. Thereafter, strings of other errors and malpractices that question the UNP’s respect for democracy and good governance have come to light and these do not add well to the public opinion gathering momentum worried about the state of affairs in the country.

 

The 19th amendment was hurriedly brought and coincidentally matched regime change in countries where the same 100 day program and changes to the Constitution has been made. Sri Lanka’s case seemed an exact replica fashioned by the propaganda hype CHANGE.

 

What is now questioned is the Constitutional Council a very important provision which originally was left to the President to decide and which now rests under a group.

 

While we must add that the 19a that the President-installed PM pushed for is certainly not the document that eventually became passed in Parliament and we must thank the Opposition that kept on its toes demanding changes to stall a very dictatorial provisions violating the Constitution taking place. We can safely say that 19a is not what the President-installed PM wanted or planned for but has to now make do with. Ranil has been caught in his own trap!

The 19th amendment http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items12/English-19A-Final-15-May-2015.pdf

 

Nevertheless, while the Chair of the Constitutional Council is to be the Speaker there is a provision, mandatory to in 19a, chapter Vii A, article 41A (4) that in nominating the 5 persons referred to in sub-paragraph (e) of paragraph (1), the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition SHALL consult the leaders of political parties and independent groups represented in Parliament.

 

Its been 2 weeks since the 19a has been passed and with scores of lawyers inside Parliament including the President-installed PM and the Opposition Leader it is baffling that NO ONE NOTICED that SHALL clause entails for the party leaders to be consulted. Does the Government know exactly what was passed as 19a? Why have the party leaders been bypassed. This is a major violation of the standing orders and an insult to parliamentary ethics and traditions. Ignorance cannot be accepted as an excuse!

 

Moreover when the Speaker is the Chair of the Constitutional Council why was he absent? 

We really must now wonder whether there are elements inside Parliament attempting to create a lawless state out of Sri Lanka and seriously wonder on what grounds such motives are being laid out.

 

It is for Sri Lankas Parliament to realize that in silently watching the country fail and fall into a crisis situation is not going to do any of them any good politically. The public will all look upon them as having betrayed the stability of the nation.

 

The current behaviour of the Government in the manner it is functioning seriously questions how far it is willing to go to cling to power at any cost and breaking all parliamentary decorum in the process.

Obviously even the Justice Minister with all his qualifications seems clueless and did not even know the age change of a contesting Presidential candidate much to the laughter of the House! Another area that has been violated is that the 19a bill was handled by the Justice Minister whereas Parliamentary requirement is for the Leader of the House to handle it. That was how the 1978 Constitutional Amendment was handled by Premadasa as Leader of the House. Why did the President-installed Prime Minister give the 19a to the Justice Minister to handle when there was a Leader of the House to handle it? These standard practices are now being violated by the new Government and does not look good on maintaining disciplined parliamentary practice and traditions.

What is important to realize is that while the MPs will change with a change of government the 3 independent members will remain for the entirety of the 3 years.

The public are watching these developments and malpractices. The UNP must now stop the reckless path it is taking and honour parliamentary traditions and practices and good governance which is not one-sided and meant only for the Opposition.

 Shenali D Waduge

Murdered scribes & ‘promising’ politicos

June 2nd, 2015

The Island Editorial  -03/06/2015

President Maithripala Sirisena has recently pledged to bring the killers of journalists to justice. This is something long overdue and we hope he will carry out his promise. His predecessors, too, wept buckets for journalists who were either killed or injured in attacks, but they, true to form, reneged on their promises to have those crimes probed for obvious reasons.

A crucial election is drawing near and politicos of all hues are falling over themselves to woo the media, which they obviously despise and detest at other times. It is being claimed in some quarters that the change of government in January has helped restore media freedom. But, we believe what we are enjoying at present is only an interval in hell, as we have argued previously. Respite will be over before long and we will undergo torments of inferno after the next parliamentary election. On the other hand, coercing media persons through various means into practising self-censorship is as bad as physical violence directed against them.

Neither the UNP nor the SLFP cares to probe crimes against the media. Unlike Jefferson, they would rather have governments without newspapers which refuse to toe their line. There are only two politicians who don’t pose a threat to journalists; one is dead and the other unborn.

Politicians take up the cudgels for journalists not because they are great lovers of the media; they only infantilise scribes in a bid to project themselves as knights in shining armour on a mission to save the media and gain some political mileage in the process. Their media freedom campaigns are like animal rights movements led by meat eaters!

If President Sirisena really wants to catch the killers of journalists and the perpetrators of arson attacks on media organisations, he is now in a position to do so. A special presidential commission of inquiry has been appointed to probe corruption. Why no such all-out effort has ever been made to investigate attacks on the media is the question.

Media institutions came under attack and several journalists were killed during the Rajapaksa government. A similar situation prevailed under the Kumaratunga administration as well. Journalists perished while the UNP was in power in the past. All those savage attacks on the media must be probed thoroughly and the culprits brought to justice without further delay.

The UNP, currently in power, told Parliament in 2008 that it knew who was carrying out attacks on journalists. The then Chief Opposition Whip and UNP MP Joseph Michael Perera made a special statement in the House on July 08, 2008. BBC reported his speech thus: ‘…Opposition MP Joseph Michael Perera told parliament that the attacks were carried out by a ‘special team’ controlled by Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka … Mr. Perera said the government should arrest the offenders and ‘immediately bring them to justice’. ‘ … We are told by those in the army itself that journalists are abducted and subjected to grievous injury by none other than a special unit under the army commander,” Mr. Perera, a former parliamentary speaker, said.’

The UNP-led administration which is extolling the virtues of good governance ought to probe this serous allegation if it has told the national legislature the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth or apologise to the former war-winning army commander, Parliament and the public for having uttered a diabolical lie. Let no lame excuses be trotted out. President Sirisena, who was a prominent minister of the Rajapaksa government at that time, is duty bound to ensure that a high level inquiry is conducted into the UNP’s allegation.

It is time politicians stopped making promises to probe attacks on the media and took some action. Let them be urged to fish or cut bait!

An appeal to elected representatives of the People of Sri Lanka

June 2nd, 2015

World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka PO Box 4066, Mulgrave VIC 3170, Australia

Dear Honourable Parliamentarians protecting the national interests in this critical hour,

We are concerned about some reports of the persons nominated to the Constitution Council of Sri Lanka by the Government.   If the names mentioned  in the media are correct then we wish to request you to revise the list to  bring in a  more balanced representation to the Constitution Council.

Our concerns are mainly regarding the representatives of NGOs who have been selected essentially to appease the foreign interests.   It is not necessary to further emphasise the anti-national stance of the NGOs during the critical days of Vadukoddai separatist War.  Their consistent stand has been to appease the Tamil Tiger terrorists banned by the  international community in the name of peace which never came, even with the CFA and P-TOMS which gave them territory and power bordering on an independent state.

With the brazen support of the West and the pro-Western elements in the Government these NGOs have come to fore once again to push their anti-national politics in the name of reconciliation which they assume is one way – i.e., the Government giving in all the way with no reciprocal goodwill/advances from the other partiers. NGO representatives have crept into the administration of the Yahapalanaya in devious  ways and getting a foothold in the Constitution Council will be the icing on their cake.

We wish to recommend the following distinguished persons as deserving, knowledgeable and patriotic candidates for the Constitutional Council.

1 Mr Gomin Dayasri, P.C.

2 Mr Manohara De Silva, P.C.

3 Dr Anula Wjesundara.

4.Prof. Gerald Pieris,

5 His Excellency C. G. Weeramantry

6 Mr Romesh De Silva P.C..

7.Mr Prasantha Lal de Alwis

8 Mr Neville Laduwahetty,

  1. Mr Jayantha Weerasinghe P.C

In the interests of the peoples you represent and their future we appeal to you to keep foreign-funded NGO representatives away from all national institutions. We request you humbly to follow the example  of India and Russia where the NGOs are kept in their place with the least amount  of interference in national affairs.

We wish you all success in protecting our national interests at all time.

Yours sincerely

Ranjith Soysa-Spokesperson

On behalf of

  • Society For Peace, Unity And Human Rights For Sri Lanka –Victoria
  • Western Australia Society For Peace, Unity And Rehabilitation In Sri Lanka (WA)
  • Society For Peace, Unity And Human Rights For Sri Lanka – New South Wales
  • Society Foe Peace, Unity And Human Rights For Sri Lanka – Queensland
  • Lanka Friendship Forum – Middle East
  • Hela Bima – Middle East
  • Veera Parakramabahu Foundation – New South Wales
  • Sri Lankans Against Terrorism – New South Wales
  • Sri Lanka Public Affairs Council (SPAC) -USA
  • Patriots For United Sri Lanka – USA
  • Jathika Ekamuthwa -Victoria.
  • Sri Lanka United National Association –Canada
  • United Sri Lankans of London-UK

සාමා එන්න මල් පිපීදැයි බලන්න

June 2nd, 2015

තිස්ස ගුණතිලක, සිඞ්නි නුවර සිට

යහපාලනයත් සමගම මුඵ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේම මල් පිපෙන බවත් එවිට මල්වලින් සැරසුන මං පෙත් දිගේ පිය නැගිය හැකි බවත් අනාගතය මල් යහනාවක් වන බවත් ජනතාවට පැවසුයෙන් ඔවුහු පසුගිය ජනවාරි අටවනදා යහපාලනයක්ම ඇතිකරගත්හ. මාස පහක්ම බලා හිටියත් පිපුනු මලක් නම් නැත. සමුර්දියත් මහපොලත් වැඞිකරන බව හිසේ අතතබා දිවුරා කීවත් දැන් මාස හතරක් තිස්සේ ලැබුන වැඞිවීමක් නැත.

මල් පිපීමට ඇති ‍එකම බාදාව එවකට රාජ්‍යකල වුන් ගෙනා ලැම්බෝහිනි, රත්තරන් අස්සයෝ, සාදා ඇති මාලිගා, සුඛෝපභෝගී අහස්යානා බව මොවුන් පවසනු ඇත. සයිබර් අවකාශය හරහා මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂයන්ට එ‍ල්ලකල එකම චෝදනාවක්වත් ඔප්පුකර ගැනීමට නොහැකිව යහපාලකයෝ ඉතා ප්‍රකට උපදේශිත බලලෙකුගේ (proverbial cat) තැනට පත්වී ඇත. නමුත් තවමත් එදවස සයිබර් අවකාශයේ මුදාහල බේගල් බටහිරයින්ගේ උපකාර ඇතිව අන්තර්ජලය තුල පවත්වා ගැනීමට මොවුන් සමත්වී ඇත.

සඟවා ඇති ඇමරිකානු ඞොලර් බිලියන් දහඅට සෙවීමට ඇමරිකානු විශේෂඥයින් පිරිසක්ද යහපාලකයින් ලබන මස ලංකාවට ගෙන්වාගැනීමට නියමිතය. මොවුන් විශේෂ විශාලක කාචද (magnifying lens) රැගෙන එන අතර එය සගවා ඇති රාජරත්නම් කොමිස් ඞොලර්ද, ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකු වෙන් බැංකු බිල්පත් හරහා වංචාකල බිලියන්ද නොපෙනෙන ලෙස විකරනය (modify) කල යහපාලන කාචයක්ම වනු ඇත.

සුරංගනා කථාවල නිමක් තිබිය යුතුය. යහපාලකයෝ ලබන මැතිවරණය අවසන්වන තෙක්ම මෙම සුරංගනා කථාවල නිමග්න වී සිටිනු ඇත. කෙසේ හෝ කෙක්කෙන් නැතිනම් කොක්කෙන් හෝ ඔවුන් මැතිවරණය ජය ගැනීමට හැකි සෑම දෙයක්ම කරනු ඇත. සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාව සිතිය යුත්තේ පසුගිය මාස පහ තුල මොවුන් රඟදැක්වු ලැජ්ජාශීලි බටහිර දන්ඞ නමස්කාර පාලනය නැවත දැකීමටත් තවත් පස් වසරක් මේ පාපයට සම්මාදම් විමටත් කැමතිද කියාය,

මේ යමපාලකයින් තම නොහැකියාව වසා ගැනීමට අපට හා අප රටට ජීවිතදානය ලබාදුන් රජපක්‍ෂවරැන්  කෙරෙහි උපන් වෛරයෙන්, ක්‍රෝධයෙන් හා ඊර්ශාවෙන් කටයුතු කරයි. මොවුන් වෛරයෙන් ඉපදී, ඊර්ශාවෙන් පෝෂණයවී, ක්‍රෝධය වනපොත්කල පිරිසකි. මොවුනගේ සිත් තුල කැකෑරෙන වෛරය දැන් සමාජයටද බෙදාදී හමාරය. පසුගියදා විද්‍ය නම් අහිංසකාවිය දූෂණයවී ඝාතනය විය. මෙතරම් සංඛ්‍යවක් අතින් මේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාද්වීපයේ දැරියක්  කෙලෙසුන අවස්ථාවක් ඔබ මීට පෙර අසා ඇත්ද? සමාජය පිරිහී ඇති අන්දම සිතාගැනීමට මීටත් වඞා නිදසුන් අවශ්‍යද? වෛරී සමාජයක විය නොහැක්කේ කුමක්ද?

රටේ පලමුවන කාන්තාවවූ ශිරන්ති රාජපක්‍ෂවද අපරාධ විමර්ශණයට ලක්කිරිමට තරම් පහත් තත්වයකට යහපාලකයෝ පත්වීමම ඔවුන්ගේ අවිනීතකම ජනතාවට තවතවත් පසක් කරයි. ඇය කර ඇති වරද අසරණ සරනය සඳහා පුණ්‍ය‍ය ගිනුමක් තවත් වැදගත් කාන්තාවන් දෙදෙනෙකු සමඟ පවත්වාගෙන යාමය. රටේ ප්‍රථම කාන්තාව සමාජ සුභසාදනයට සහභාගිවීමම  අගය කලයුතු ක්‍රියාවකි. එවැනන් සිටිනා රටක ජීවත්වීමද වාසනාවකි. එම පුණ්‍ය‍ය කටයුත්ත මගින් ඇය තම සැමියා මෙන් කීදෙනෙක් ජීවත් කරවන්න ඇතිද? ජනතාවට ආදරය කරන සෑම ජන නායකයෙක්ම මෙවැනි සමාජ සේවාවල යෙදෙනු අරැමයක් වන්නේ මොනම දෙයක්වත් ආරම්භ කිරීමට හේතු වාසනාවක් නැති වත්මන් යහපාලනයට පමනි.

සිංහල ජාතිය තවමත් ලෝකයේ සිටින යහපත්ම වීනීතම ජාතියයි. සැමටම නීතිය  එකසේ අදාල බව සත්‍යයය. එහෙත් කිසිම කමකට නැති, පදනම් විරහිත චෝදනා නගා රටේ ප්‍රථම කාන්තාවවූ අයකුට අපහාස කිරීමට තරම් අපගේ විනීතකම පිරිහුනේ මේ යහපාලනය තුල නොවේද? සෝබිතගේ යහපාලනයට පුන්‍යකටයුතු අනනුසාරි (නොදිරවන) බව දැන් පැහැදිලිය.

රට රැකදී තැන තැන පිපුරැන බෝම්බවලට අප බිලිවීමට නොදී අපට ගලවාගත් ජාතියේ ආරක්‍ෂකයානන්වු රාජපක්‍ෂයන් වෙහෙසට හා අපකීර්තියට පත්කර ජනතාව ඵතුමා කෙරෙහි බිදවීමට හැකි සෑම දෙයක්ම මේ යහපාලකවරැ ලබන මැතිවරණයට පෙර කරනු ඇත. පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරයේදි සයිබර් අවකාශය හරහා සිදුවු දෙය මෙවර බොරැ චෝදනා සකසා හිරභාරයට පත්කිරීමෙන් හෝ මාධ්‍ය සංදර්ශණ හරහා අපකීර්තියට පත්කිරීමෙන් මොවුන් සිදුකරනු ඇත.  අරාබි වසන්තය උදාවූ සෑම රටකම සිදුවූයේ මෙයයි. බටහිරට නුරැස්සන පාලකයන් හා එම පාලනය වෙනස්කරන්නේ මේ ආකාරයටය. බුද්ධිමත් ජනතාව මෙය තේරැමේ ගතයුතු කාලය දැන් එලැඹ ඇත.

යහපාලනය තුල කිසිදාක සුන්දර පැහැපත් මල් පිපෙන්නේ නැත. ඉදහිට පිපුනත් ඒ පිපෙන්නේ බාඳුරා හෝ නියගලා වැනි හලාහල විෂ සහිත මලකි. නැවත ලස්සන මල් බලන්න නම් මහින්දගේ දෙවන ආගමනය සිදුවන දින තෙක් සිටීමට සිදුවේවි. එදින මල් පිපි මුඵ ලක් දෙරණම සුවදවත්වනු ඇත. එවිට අපි සියඵ දෙනාම එක්වී සාමාටත් අපේ අනාගත දූ දරැවන්ටත් ආයෙම මල් බලන්න එන්න කියමු.

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2015 ජූනි මස 2 වනදා

Hotel California: The Great Metaphor

June 2nd, 2015

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge

The rock band Eagles released their super hit Hotel California in 1976 and up-to-date this song remains one of the popular songs that is adored by millions of fans around the world.  The hit song Hotel California is well written both lyrically and musically. This song contains a deep connotation and was written by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glen Frey. The song was an instant success. Many believe that Hotel California is not a place; it is a metaphor.   As the true interpretation of Hotel California, Don Henley told Rolling Stone magazine once that Hotel California was about “facing some of the harsh realities of fame and life in Hollywood.”  On the contrary there are several interpretations of Hotel California.

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Materialism and Hyper Consumerism

Hotel California reflects the materialism and hyper consumerism in the Western World. Consumerism is an economic policy that states that the market is shaped by the choice of the consumers. Under the Consumerism systematic creation and fostering of a desire to purchase goods and services in ever greater amounts take place. The Economists who advocate consumerism believe that the key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction. People are encouraged to buy and consume various products despite the necessity. The consumerism increased in the West rapidly after the WW2.

Consumerism has negative repercussions on people and the society.  Ecological imbalances, environment pollution and economic recessions have become the unavoidable realities under the hyper consumerism. The extravagant lifestyle in LA which is a mixture of materialism and hyper consumerism has caused nostalgia and emptiness. The Eagles echoes the California lifestyle and the culture in the ’70s with their all-time greatest hit. For the Eagles    Hotel California was their interpretation of the high materialistic life in Los Angeles.

Hotel California is a Metaphor for Cocaine Addiction

As the music critics view this song is an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction. Hotel California is a first person narrator who is driving in the dessert. Then he sees a sparkling light and decides to go there and have a night rest.

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair

Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air

Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light

My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim

I had to stop for the night

The narrator is on an exotic experimental mind journey. The “Dark Desert Highway” refers to a craving drug trip that has a disastrous aftermath. The warm smell of Colitas (the Spanish term for tumble weeds) makes his head heavy and sight dim. While high on cocaine, he has delusional feelings of grandiosity.   He feels more energetic and sociable. While on his wild drug trip the narrator experiences euphoria and hallucinations. His mind goes through a mystic fathomless fantasy.

There she stood in the doorway;

I heard the mission bell

And I was thinking to myself,

’this could be heaven or this could be hell’

Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way

There were voices down the corridor,

I thought I heard them say…

 

Welcome to the hotel California

Such a lovely place

Such a lovely face

Plenty of room at the hotel California

Any time of year, you can find it here

It is a well-known factor that prolonged use of cocaine leads to paranoia and delusion. Cocaine has correspondingly intense effects on the body – and on the mind. Cocaine has powerful psychological addictive properties. Therefore the users find it difficult to refrain from indulging in it.

Relax,’ said the night man,

We are programmed to receive.

You can checkout any time you like,

But you can never leave!

Cocaine addiction is something similar to the journey that has no return. The narrator was told “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave”

Hotel California is a Metaphorical Music of the Vietnam War

The Vietnam conflict has been called “America’s first rock-and-roll war” because of the predominance of rock music that permeated the American experience there. As draft quotas were raised and deferment and exemption loopholes closed, an overwhelming number of military personnel belonged to one generation: the average age of combat soldiers was 19 and, according to some figures, 90 percent were under 23 years of age.  Many of these conscripts did not want to be in Vietnam, and no one wanted to be alienated from his own generation back home. Therefore, many GIs imported their tastes in music into the war zone. Rock music was the most popular genre, and beads and peace symbols were worn with and on many uniforms.(  Fasanaro.C)

Hotel California resonates with the combat experience in Vietnam. The Old French Fort in Tay Ninh that was about sixty miles North West of Saigon was nicknamed Hotel California. During the Tet offensive the Old French Fort became a place of safety to many combatants. Often the soldiers were   greeted at the Old French Fort saying “Welcome to the Hotel California”

The Vietnam War changed the American social landscape. The nation was divided. Some openly protested the war. Young naïve boys were drafted and sent to Nam. Most of them were 19 years old and 12,000 miles away from home. During the war the innocence was lost. Atrocities like My Lai Massacre shocked the American public. Over 50,000 US solders never returned home alive.

The United States also paid a high political cost for the Vietnam War. It weakened public faith in government, and in the honesty and competence of its leaders. Indeed, skepticism, if not cynicism, and a high degree of suspicion of and distrust toward authority of all kind characterized the views of an increasing number of Americans in the wake of the war. The military, especially, was discredited for years. It would gradually rebound to become once again one of the most highly esteemed organizations in the United States. In the main, however, as never before, Americans after the Vietnam War neither respected nor trusted public institutions.  (The Postwar Impact of Vietnam by Harvard Sitikoff)

In his autobiography “Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001) Don Felder wrote that my views on the Vietnam War were unpatriotic. Don Felder was

A rebel during his teenage years frequently at odds with his   parents and ran away from home. In later years he closely worked with the anti-Vietnam war protestors. His anti-war attitude resonates in Hotel California.

Deep sarcasm is associated with the line that states  “Welcome to the Hotel California, such a lovely place, such a  lovely face ” The war is welcoming young soldiers. In every war propaganda is maintained to hide the ugly realties that have horrendous nature.  War front is a lovely place and it has a lovely face until the solder becomes a casualty.   To depict the harsh realities of the war Don Felder and his co-writers use euphemism to arouse wistful feelings in the listeners.

Hotel California is a Mental Hospital

Some believe that Hotel California is a mental hospital (probably the Camarillo State Mental Hospital that became functional in 1932) In 1960s many psychiatric hospitals had  many allegations such as abusing the mental patients, giving high doses of sedations to them, excessively using ECT and performing unethical  prefrontal lobotomy etc.

In this song the narrator describes his firsthand experience at the mental hospital. His delusional thought process is described as follows.

Her mind is tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz

She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends

How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.

Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

Tiffany-Twisted – this may be a term used to describe a mental health nurse like  the Nurse Mildred Ratched (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest) who had absolute authority over the mental patients.

So I called up the captain,

please bring me my wine’

He said, ’we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine’

Until 1969 many Mental Hospitals used to give wine as a sedative or a sleep starter for the patients. When asked for a glass of wine his request was turned down and he was told  ’we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine’

The narrator was hearing auditory hallucinations (voices in his mind) calling from a faraway distance.

And still those voices are calling from far away

When he wakes up he experiences thought echo or another set of auditory hallucinations.

Wake you up in the middle of the night

Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the hotel California

Such a lovely place

Such a lovely face

They livin’ it up at the hotel California

What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Hotel California is about Spiritualism and Occultism in 1960s 

With the rise of   Beatle mania and hippie subculture in the West a deep void of spiritualism was to be seen. Many youth became the followers of Guru Maharaj Ji , Osho Rajneesh ,Maharishi Mahesh Yogi etc. The materialism, hyper consumption, war in Vietnam, wide spreading drug abuse had wreaked the Western Civilization. The traditional Christian Church had no answers for the youth who were desperately seeking universal truth about existence. To fill this spiritual vacuum many embraced the Eastern spiritualism.  In the same period there was another inclination towards the Occultism. Satanic worshipers were emerging.  During this time period Charles Manson forms his family and commits multiple murders.Manson’s predicted  Helter Skelter- an apocalyptic war between blacks and whites.These events profoundly affect the Eagles.

Mirrors on the ceiling,

The pink champagne on ice

And she said ’we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’

And in the master’s chambers,

They gathered for the feast

The stab it with their steely knives,

But they just can’t kill the beast

There was a human sacrifice and the narrator had witnessed it. He was terrified and wanted to flee. But now he is a prisoner and he cannot escape. He has to face his destiny. This human sacrifice reminds us the self-immolation by Norman Morrison who immolated himself outside of the  Defense Secretary  Robert McNamara’s office as a protest against the Vietnam War.

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 

President Sirisena has become a prisoner of the UNP: Bandula

June 1st, 2015

Courtesy Adaderana

President Maithripala Sirisena has become a prisoner of the United National Party (UNP), former Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

The former Minister asserted that the UNP always had the backing of some foreign elements for the victory at the January 8 polls.

“There was a foreign conspiracy behind UNP’s win. With respect to our situation here, term ‘conspiracy’ has been defined by Ashok K. Mehta, who is a former Major general of the Indian Army, and a columnist on defence and security issues. He explains this as a ‘rainbow coalition’ which assisted to topple the former Government,”   Gunawardena added.

Ashok K. Mehta in an article to the Hindu News paper said “The rainbow coalition that toppled Mr. Rajapaksa was cobbled together in secret meetings over 18 months in London, New Delhi and Colombo between an odd mix of right and left-wing politicians, intellectuals, lawyers and Buddhist clergy that included former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, constitutional expert Jayampathy Wickramaratne, left-wing academic Kumar David and Sinhalese Buddhist monk Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. The difficult part was poaching Mr. Sirisena so that Mr. Kumaratunga and Mr. Wickremasinghe, bitter political opponents, could sit together. The 100-day transition and reform plan, to which all parties in the coalition are signatories, will repeal the 18th Amendment, revive the 17th Amendment to restore institutions of governance, and replace the Executive Presidency with a Parliamentary system. A parliamentary election is planned for later in the year to ensure a two thirds majority to alter the constitution. But what after 100 days?,”

“Sirisena is entangled in the trap laid by the UNP,” he said, adding that the President has also been brainwashed by the UNPers. “That’s why he said, the former President has no right to contest at the forthcoming election,”

He also went in to say a recent observation made by Sirisena indicates that not only the Diaspora but the president himself shows enmity and hatred for former President Rajapaksa. “Not as the Prime Ministerial candidate, even the President doesn’t want Rajapaksa to contest at the election,” Gunawardena said.

“According to provisions included in the 19th amendment to the constitution, Sri Lankan nationals who possess dual citizenships are not permitted to contest in the General Election. This particular term was added to prevent Gotabaya Rajapaksa of entering politics,” he said.

SRILANKAN TAMIL DIASPORA AND THEIR PAROCHIAL INDOCTRINATION ENDEAVOURS

June 1st, 2015

Kanthar P Balanathan, Australia

General Paranoia

We Tamils are inflicted with parochial superiority complex and paranoia. No one understands and agrees that the racial and ethnic confrontation was launched by our so called Malaysian born SJV Chelvanayaka (m), when he floated the Federal Party (FP) in 1949. SJVC could have fought for a federal system from the British, prior to granting independence, however, he did not, and other politicians did not, that cause has not been disclosed. The main reason that could be ascribed to may be: if asked, the British might not grant favours to those Tamil elites who went to UK for studies and settlement. What was most important to the Tamil elites, who were misleading the Tamil mass, was their family growth: economically, educationally, and accumulation of wealth. The minds of the Tamil elites were inflicted with self-centred selfishness, which was dominating their parochial superiority psychoses mind.

Their first phase was Ghandi yam style struggle. FP was creating the government immense governing problem. The details are well known to SriLankans, and need not be detailed here in this article. If the government did not respect the minority issues, they could have enacted by act of parliament to eliminate such anti-government propaganda, hartals and Satyagraha. However, SWRD, DS, and the politicians made efforts to formulate schemes to satisfy the Tamil politician’s power hunger greed.

  1. If one could focus on the country. The British gave independence to the island as “CEYLON”. The British did not consider traditional homelands of different ethnic groups in the island to grant independence. It was “CEYLON” that received its independence. Can we get this concept through our thick skull?
  2. The second concept was that the country will be governed through “DEMOCRACY”.
  3. The British throne will be the ultimate head of state.
  4. Privy Council will be the supreme judiciary.

The Tamils had strong focus for their family advancement and migration to the west.

The weakness of the Tamil’s is their “Superiority Complex”, with inborn megalomania.

The second phase was armed struggle.

It is absolutely, with no doubt, we all know that the youngsters Thangathurai and Kuttimani took up arm struggle, and the driver behind them was FP, through a representative in Valvettiturai. The above two youngsters were nothing but smugglers.

With these two Vellupillai Prabakaran who did not even complete his year 9, got involved. Following LTTE, more than 25 armed groups gave birth. Subsequently majority of the groups were aligned to the government. Now we have to apply the democratic principle here, don’t we?

The Vaddukoddai declaration was FP driven, declared on the 14th May 1976 for a Tamil Nation called, “Tamil Eelam”. This is an unexpected birth of a young new born baby, creating chaos in the minds of the SriLankans. Not all the Tamils welcomed and cuddled this declaration.

  1. We can concurrently state that the country was in turmoil for 22 years of Ghandi yam disturbances by the FP. (1948-1970)
  2. For 25 years the country’s assets were destroyed and human life sacrificed, not valued, with the murder by LTTE. (1970-1995)
  3. For 14 years LTTE invaded Vanni and conducted their mushroom administration.

Can one SriLankan raise his finger and say that the government did not attempt to solve the issues?

GOSL attempted to bring about a solution through various discussions, Thimbu etc., however, it did not get through the thick skull of neither Vellupillai Prabakaran, nor the Tamil Diaspora & local politicians. For the Tamil Diaspora and the local politics they planned a conspiracy to eliminate VP because they would not accept the caste of VP.  Money making perpetrators wanted the struggle to prolong so that they could accumulate wealth.

SriLankan economy was quite poor, and the government until 2004 did not take any positive measures to impede the terrorist actions, nor improve the economic condition. Only Tamils, were on illegal entry to Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, and Europe. Tamils in these countries established a safe haram and these Tamils were marked as “scapegoats” by the elite Tamil Diaspora to destroy SL under various slogans.

After the “war against terrorism” that ended in 2009, Tamil refugees flooded various European countries including Australia and New Zealand. It was LTTE’s super plan to send youngsters and even children at the age of 13 or 14, as refugees for their mission to destroy SL. All of LTTE’s terrorist efforts ended in 2009 with the LTTE supporters accumulating wealth through Benami transactions.

Current Paranoia of Tamil Diaspora

Currently, Tamil Diaspora, particularly refugee migrants, and uneducated are being used as scapegoats by mysterious, clandestine, veiled Tamil elites, and these poor peasants are on the run to gain popularity among the Tamils, that they are patriots of Tamil Eelam.

These peasants should remember one key aspect: If they are patriots, then they should go back to SL and contest an election and fight for a solution, rather living on dole, and propagating big lies.

It is dishonouring and disgracing to note Tamil radios have allowed some programmers to talk about people who died 30 years ago, in the pretext that the SL navy killed a girl called, “Kumuthini”. These radios frequently talk about the war against terrorism, as freedom fight and about the Tamils killed. These Tamils have not got the guts to talk about the thousands of innocent people, politicians, prime Ministers, and Presidents killed by the LTTE. LTTE is a slaughter group, embracing nil principle, but killed all those who did not agree with them. It is known that the world should know how many thousands of humans, LTTE has slaughtered.

LTTE is no different to AL-Qaeda. LTTE had a group called “Black Tigers”. It is the suicide squad. Principally, if a terrorist group embrace suicide squads, killing children as 16/18years, then the group can only be stamped as, “RUTHLESS MURDERERS”.

It is all because of the shortfall in the intelligence of the young uneducated youth that were being used as scapegoats by the Tamil Elite politicians.

  1. Currently the talk of the town is that drugs are being sold and used in the North. Who are selling the drugs? Who is buying the drugs? It is the Tamils who are selling and buying the drugs.
  2. Rapes and sex are on the increase among youngsters. Who are these youngsters? It is the Tamils again.
  3. Theft is on the increase in the North. Who are the thieves and burglars? They are Tamil again.
  4. Liquor is being sold in the North, which is blemishing the youngsters. Weren’t there any liquor shops in 1950/1960/1970? Who is selling these liquor? It is the Tamils again.

A politicians made a statement that liquor is being consumed by young boys of age as 16. Whose fault is this? Where are the parents? Why don’t they address this issue? Why is a politician talking about this on a foreign soil?

The key issue is: Tamils in the North are flooded with cash from their relatives overseas. They do not know how the poor uneducated peasant refugee, sacrifices his life to earn the money and send it to his/her parent/brother/sister in Jaffna. Tamils in Jaffna enjoy. Why don’t the politicians visit villages and towns to study the pattern?

One agenda that is being signalled around, over the Tamil radio is: Although the terrorist war has ended, have the Tamil’s got what they wanted? What! NPC was given, elections held in 2013. Tamils are still woofing. Why? It is because Tamils will never be contended. We are megalomaniac and suffer from superiority complex.

Here Tamil Diaspora peasants have forgot a term called, “Democracy”, “majority rule, minority rights”. Well, the minority cannot have everything. Rule and governance goes by the democratic principles. The country cannot shovel the majority to a side, and give everything to the minority, which is undemocratic.

In the case of Tamils, Tamils tell the lower caste, that elites are being elected democratically. Elites hold all leading positions and allow the lower caste to do menial work only. Mentally how does this project to an educated person? The elite Tamils and politicians contradict to whatever they say.

According to a gentleman’s view who had returned from SL is that Tamils are on a spree of building temples in the North, giving business to the Indians. Have the Tamil Diaspora thought whether this is a good act for Tamil’s future?

Jaffna has an array of jewellery and finance shops. This means that Tamils in Jaffna have abundance of wealth to purchase jewellery, and abundance of assets to borrow. Why groan about widows? Why cannot the Tamil Diaspora who swindle money, help these poor widows? Radios waste more time talking about martyrs and widows, why not talk about helping widows, rather building temples.

Well,

  1. A challenge to those Tamil Diaspora hillbillies: Don’t howl, growl, and woof on foreign soil and via Tamil radios. If you have the guts, then go back to SriLanka and contest an election to see if you can win.
  2. If a family loses its breadwinner, the family does not go on woofing for ever. They shut up and find ways and means of growing to meet the challenge in life.
  3. Just because the microphone in the Tamil broadcasting radio station is in your hands, don’t think that whatever you say is the right opinion, and whatever listeners say is wrong. That’s identified as a character of “megalomania”.
  4. Carrying tiger flags on foreign soil may pose a threat to the country’s national sovereignty. Tigers, whatever, people say, were identified as terrorists, even by USA.
  5. Think to yourselves that LTTE’ wealth accumulation was out of drug dealing & wheeling only.
  6. If a military person farts on the roads of Jaffna, Tamils woof that its human rights violation. Think that Tamils are on the run of drug dealing and wheeling, rapes and murder, thefts, and all of ill felt acts in the North.
  7. Tell the parents to look after their children, and manage the family well.
  8. Understand that liquor shops were in Jaffna for donkey years. NPC should address if there are illegal shops, and those that violates the law and the culture.
  9. Drug dealers were doing business in Valvettiturai even before the 1950s. That’s how VVT man became rich. NPC should address the drug dealing and wheeling, and take this up with the PM.
  10. Remember, the war against terrorism was not invited by the majority or the government of SriLanka, but it is the Tamil politicians, with shortfall in intelligence, perception and competence, invited and launched the terrorist war. Where are the children and grandchildren of those politicians?
  11. Where did terrorism give birth? It is in “Valvettiturai”. Think why?
  12. Remember 49% of the Tamils in SriLanka live outside the North & East. What do you want to do with them? Why not the Tamil radios talk about it?
  13. Why is Tamil Nadu using Tamils in SL as scapegoats?
  14. Why are Tamil elites using lower caste Tamil refugees as scapegoats for anti-government propaganda?

We know that only a few Tamils are now engaged in an attempt of indoctrination through radio & Internet, of the Tamils, to wage war against GOSL and the Sinhalese people. The 19th May incident in Jaffna is a typical paradigm. The refugee peasants who have invaded countries should endeavour to study the country’s language, and make use of the country’s facilities. They should not use the country’s freedom and facilities to wage terrorist war against SriLanka through sleeping cells in the North. Any country will tolerate up to its sovereignty not being threatened.

UNP MP Vijayakala Maheswaran praises LTTE – how many more think like her!

June 1st, 2015

Shenali D Waduge

It is sad and unfortunate that within just 6 years we hear of people publicly praising an internationally banned terrorist organization. The fault lies in the failure to denazify the LTTE but it also establishes that though LTTE leader is no more the desire to continue armed militancy still prevails. The background to understanding this scenario requires us to realize that LTTE eelam project existed to fulfil the agendas of groups/individuals with vested interest. The calls for LTTE to prevail is to enable these agendas to continue for they not only generate money but are means of livelihood to these supporters.

The backdrop to this is the rise in reported rapes taking place in the North. What needs to be established before the propaganda mills start weaving stories is that each of these rapes were committed by Tamils upon Tamils. It is just as well the army has been confined to barracks and this removes them from being used as scapegoats.

What also needs to be made clear is that post-war has opened flood-gates of social issues – liquor consumption has increased which inadvertently has led to domestic issues and wife/children beating. Narcotic intake has increased / pregnancy and abortions have increased and all these are issues that Tamil politicians in particular the Northern Provincial Council are expected to deal with though the Chief Minister is only obsessed with getting the military out of the North.

Nonetheless, it is foolhardy to claim that the social issues that Tamils face now did not exist during LTTE for a bigger problem prevailed as a result of LTTE’s terror unless we are to believe that Tamils like the LTTE to prevail because the LTTE targeted non-Tamils (Sinhalese – civilians and the military & Muslims) and only the Tamils who went against LTTE, therefore all other Tamils were quite safe so long as they did not go against the LTTE.

However, just because 2million people were not harmed by LTTE 18million people cannot live in fear! This is the simple mathematics people need to accept.

Therefore, it is crucial that we listen to UNP Mahesaran herself to understand the gist of what she is trying to convey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP8pXKk6Hr8&feature=youtu.be

The gist of what she says is summarized

  • Before the Army took over the North, the people were safe under the LTTE:
    • By ‘people’ who does she imply – is it LTTE cadres / supporters / or does she mean that the entire Tamil population in the North barring the Sinhalese/Muslims felt safer under the LTTE
    • If so why were they begging and appealing to be saved? Why did the UNSG and foreign envoys make appeals to release the Tamils who were with the LTTE?
  • She says the females were very safe under LTTE rule
    • Then who has been writing about Tamil children getting kidnapped to made into child solders – if they were safe under LTTE, it means that the parents would have voluntarily donated children to the cause – if this is so, why didn’t high class/caste Tamil children not become cadres, why was it always poor lowcaste/class children who were becoming child soldiers/cadres!
    • Females were walking out at 12midnight – is she referring to female LTTE cadres on duty otherwise what parent would want to have their daughters walking on the road at 12midnight!
  • She says the people especially the females had no problem under LTTE rule – no white vans, no murder, no problem for children – in short she says under LTTE the people had no problem
    • Perhaps she can tell us who killed Alfred Duraiappah, several other Tamil mayors, scores of Tamil policemen, teachers/principals, other Tamil militant leaders & their cadres, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, then who was shooting at the Tamils during the last stages of the war where there is footage as evidence, who killed the injured LTTE cadres putting them into buses and setting them on fire (again evidence and eye witness accounts prevail) and in short who killed her own husband!
    • It is also pertinent to ask whether she was actually living up North all these years to say with experience that she had no problem living under LTTE – it may be also good to know why none of her children were ‘volunteered’ to serve the LTTE!

Rape is nothing confined to only Sri Lanka. It prevails everywhere even in the nations with the strictest of laws in place. Obviously it is a human malady for which we have yet to see solutions. Rape has also been used as a war weapon – US marines were ordered to rape women in Vietnam, World War 2 had 2million cases of rape of women by Allied troops between 8years-80years.

There are 19,000 sexual assaults in the US military with 237,878 victims of rape annually in the US. The film ‘The Invisible War’ estimates some 500,000 women have been sexually assaulted in the US military since 1940s.

The UN estimates 100,000-250,000 women as being raped during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Over 60,000 women had been raped during the civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002), over 40,000 women had been raped in Liberia (1989-2003). Close to 60,000 women had been raped in the former Yugoslavia (1992-1995).

However, other than allegations even HRW has been able to present on 75 cases against Sri Lanka’s military.

Immediately following the elimination of the LTTE, the NGOs quickly re-strategized on how to sustain themselves and the time-tested rape allegations was just perfect for it was their propaganda against Sri Lanka and they controlled the media and the voices of the West!

Compounding matters is a report by The Toronto Sun that Namibians were coached to tell Canadian authorities to lie about genital mutilations, forced marriage etc in order to fool authorities and claim asylum. Trauma coaching centres in the UK have found a lucrative business in taking money to inflict wounds on asylum seekers from Sri Lanka to claim these wounds were committed by the Sri Lankan army! Therefore, there is a business taking place using rape and other crimes for a bunch of people to make money!

They also began by alleging some 40,000 – 125,000 have been killed during the last stages of the conflict but no one can produce even 50 names of the dead!

The outcome of that was a 41page report by Human Rights Watch – “We will teach you a lesson : sexual violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces”. They detailed 75 cases occurring between 2006-2012 and called this ‘widespread rape’.

However, there are 12 cases of rape by army personnel in the North for which action was taken against these soldiers after producing accused before a court of law and by the Army holding an inquiry. Thus, 6 have been discharged from the army, 1 has been sent on suspended on half pay, 1 has been demoted, 3 are pending inquiry, 1 has been found not guilty by army inquiry while the court decision was pending.

In the East, there were 3 cases of rape by army between 2005 – 2013 for which a court case plus army inquiry were held. 2 were discharged from army and the other pending inquiry.

Thus, for both North and East there were 15 cases of alleged rape between 2005-2013 against the military. That 8 military personnel had been discharged shows that the army has taken action against those found guilty in both court/army inquiry.

The Sri Lankan authorities have documented 105 cases of rape/7 cases of attempted rape in both North & East between 2008 to April 2014. Of these 112 cases (victim ages 8 months – 83 years), 110 had been after May 2009. 3 of the rape victims had been murdered, 28 victims had been below 10 years of age.

None of the 112 cases were committed by the Sri Lankan security forces and these were all civilian rapes – Tamils raping Tamils. Thus, before Viththya’s rape and murder 112 cases of documented rape had taken place which questions why such an uproar took place unless it was planned for other reasons!

Lest we have forgotten there was an organization called DAI (funded by USAID) selling rape kits at $20 in the North and a lot of hype was built about its initiative but none of them have come out to say anything on the 112 cases of reported rape by Tamils upon Tamils between 2008-2014! The emphasis has always been against the Sri Lankan security forces totally ignoring the real scenario of Tamils raping Tamils.

But returning to the argument of the UNP MP claiming that Northern people are better off under LTTE the statement deserves a response from the UNP leadership.

What needs to be said is that rape is an issue that takes place in the First World and the Third World and despite laws and punishments rape has not reduced. Nevertheless, women and children need to be better protected but in the case of the North majority of these rapes are by parties known to them and often they are relatives.

The UNP MP’s premise that life was better off with the LTTE is ridiculous because it questions why LTTE has been proscribed in 32 nations if LTTE was that wonderful and seriously makes us wonder how many others think like her!

Shenali D Waduge

The Government should immediately stop Discrimination against the native Kandyan peasants and preferential treatment for the Estate Tamils who call themselves People of Indian Origin or Indians.

June 1st, 2015

Dr Sudath Gunasekara President Mahanuwara Senior Citizens Movement 1.6. 2015.

I want all patriotic citizens, more particularly the Kandyan Sinhalese, to draw their serious attention to the news item below that appeared in the Daily FT of 5th May 2015 on a 10-year National Plan of Action for Plantation Infrastructure Development

“The Ministry of Plantation Infrastructure Development has initiated an action to formulate a 10-year National Plan of Action 2015-2025 for social development of the plantation community with the technical assistance of the United               Nations                Development        Progrogramme UNDP 

The key objectives of the National Plan of Action (NPA) are to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the plantation areas, especially in the estate sector.

The comprehensive 10-year NPA is expected to be finalized by end of July 2015.
Given the national importance of this”

The 10-year National Plan of Action for Plantation Infrastructure Development is intended for social development of the plantation community with UNDP assistance to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the plantation areas, especially in the estate sector. This is also classed as a Top Development Project of the present Government. The short period of completion stipulated, broad areas of development covered and the tight time frame and the national importance given to it clearly show the high degree of priority the present  Government has assigned to the estate Tamil votes, while criminally neglecting and betraying shamefully all the Sinhala people particularly living in the Central, Sabargamuwa and Uva Provinces

Going by past experience I am more than convinced neither the present Minister of Plantation Kiriella, nor the government or any other Sinhala politician representing the Kandyan areas will take any serious notice of this news item as a discrimination or a betrayal against Kandyan peasants, as none of them cares a damn for their rights or the injustice inflicted upon them. Bagging the Tamil vote is their only concern.

Because firstly, they know that Kandyans are a dead entity (as they have been already killed) as a social group who have no leadership or organized political or civil lobbying power either at home or abroad, unlike the Estate Tamils and they will cast their vote in any case like a herd of cattle to the candidate of the pre-selected political party of their choice. Secondly, since it is not the vote of the Sinhalese but the vote of the estate Tamils that is critical in forming the Government. As such it is politically suicidal to disappoint the Tamils. If you talk against this ill treatment of the Sinhalese then you will be branded as a chauvinist Sinhala communalist who is trying to create ethnic trouble. I think Kandyans are the only social group in the whole world who are treated like this by their own politicians in their own motherland.

I have no grouse at all for improving the standards of life of the Estate Tamils or any other group of people. But my grievance is as to why the Governments of this country are giving this type of preferential treatment for a foreign labour force brought from South India in the late 19th century to work for the British planters, just to get their vote, while they betray and discard the Kandyan Sinhalese who have a millennia old birth right over this very territory from the dawn of history and paving the way to the extinction of Kandyan peasants. This was their beloved land inherited from their ancestors that was taken over by force by the British; this was the land their ancestors lost for the British and on which they died in battle in thousands; this is the only land in the world where they have to fall back and pray and get buried when they die where as the Tamils have South India to rush in as they do even for a piss. These estate Tamils have never considered this country at any time as their mother land. Even today they call themselves Indians and not Sri Lankans. Going back to India they call repatriation. That too shows that they consider India as their motherland. They came here to earn a living and work for the British. As a State officer I know all what they earned including gold and money was taken back every year and deposited in India. I don’t think there is any change in this practice even now. Those days they went by train but today they fly, that is the only difference. All these clearly conclude that they have no permanent interest or love to this country. My question is as to why the Sri Lankan Governments are so concerned with the welfare of such a pack of alien people while they ignore and betray their own men and women at home who have been living on this land since the beginning of history.  Now the latest they call themselves IOTs (Tamils of Indian Origin) and they want to increase the number of seats to 14 that is double the present number. Remember this is not to serve this country but to get more political clout to earn more and repatriate more Sri Lankan wealth to India and to strengthen their claim for a separate state at the same time.

Now let us first take a closer look at how the successive Governments have treated the sons of the soil. Although the KPC report that was the Magnum Opus on the problems of the Kandyan Peasants that included proposals for their alleviation was officially out in 1951, no government or no Sinhala politician ever took the kind of interest they are taking now to solve the problems of the Tamils. No one has shown the same enthusiasm to look at the problems of the Kandyans. Mean while last year, the previous Government closed down even the nominal KPC Department, the only organization set up in late 1980s after much agitation by few Kandyan leaders. Even then it was a lame duck that had no power, money or political will and backing to implement an effective development plan that could have covered at least 5% of recommendations in the KPC Report. Though the report had been in existence for 64 years since it was mooted in 1951 it had not done anything substantial for the Kandyans. Basil Rajapaksa did this treasonous act of closing down the KPC in 2014 to create his pet Divineguma Department and he will go down in history as the biggest betrayer of the Kandyan Peasants. Isn’t it a shame for the MPP in Parliament and politicians representing Kandyan area at Provincial and Divisional levels in Kandyan electorates at that time to have behaved like deaf, dumb and blind stooges when Basil severed the neck of the Kandyans in this manner, fearing the loss of their positions and privileges, thereby criminally betraying the people whom they are supposed to represent. Did a single Mp from these areas speak one word against that decision? What a bunch of betrayers we have sent to Parliament to represent our interest. Their attitude clearly shows what commitment they have to look after the interests of Kandyans.

The estate Tamils have Thondamens, Annamales, Puthrasigamanis, Karupaiyas Suppaiyas and now Digabambarans who were made heroes by our own treacherous politicians. But we have none among the 80 odd ‘Magodistumas’ who have snatched our votes to go to Parliament. Should the people curse these MPP or curse themselves for voting such a pack of self-seeking parasites in to Parliament.

On the other hand Look at the mighty hurry with which Minister Kiriella and our politicians act when it comes to estate Tamils who have just come here to earn a living and who have now become a veritable canker in the body politics of this country, while they have miserably failed even to set up the Development Authority proposed by the KPC in 1951 up to date. For 64 years, what have they done to Kandyan peasants. Isn’t it a first class tragedy that there is not a single Mp, Provincial Councilor or Pradesiya Sabha member to speak one word on behalf of nearly 7 million hapless Kandyans. They have failed to ‘return’ even an inch of land to the rightful owners of the motherland even after 66 years; they have failed to carry out any meaningful work to alleviate the poverty, landlessness, infrastructure problems like roads, housing, health facilities and schools of the Sinhala villagers even though  66 years have passed since Independence.

Besides not taking any interest in the Kandyan people isn’t it a big tragedy that none of these politicians including the present Minister of Plantations understand the abysmal depth of the real problems the central Hill Country pauses in a broader national context of this country. All our politicians think “social development of the plantation community” is the most critical problem.  Yes of course for our politicians it is the most critical because it decides their political fate. The present Government has created four Ministries Viz 1 Ministry of Plantation 2 Ministry of Plantation infra Structure Development (both Cabinet rank) 3 State Ministry of Plantations and 4. State Ministry for estate Education and has appointed four Ministers. On the other hand there is not a single Ministry today to attend to the burning problems of nearly 7 million Sinhala villagers who are called Kandyan peasants.  Even the nominal Department that was there for few years with no power and money is now gone thanks to Basil Rajapaksa.

In the process of proving facilities to Estate Tamils on the other hand they also continue to dig and disturb the already fragile highlands which the British had ruined for centuries and thereby destroy the even the remaining little physical stability of the heartland of this Island nation that decides the fate of the entire life system in this country. Do our politicians think that what the British had done over the years is not enough? Either they don’t have the brain to understand the gravity and the seriousness of this national problem or they don’t want to see it either, as they are only a set of fire fighters who are looking forward only for the Tamil votes.  We don’t have a Parakramabahu or a modern Chief of Seattle to protect mother Lanka.

This situation clearly shows how Sinhala politicians betray the motherland and the heritage in order to realize their mean and short term political ends. Sirima did it 1962 by appointing Thondaman as an appointed MP and in1964 by granting citizenship to 600,000 Indians and JR did it in 1978 and 1988 by giving citizenship to all the rest merely on an affidavit singed on a Rs 1 stamp violating the Nehru-Kotalawala Agreement.  I think Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only present day Leader who never betrayed the Sinhalese or the country to Tamils. Not only he won the so-called unwinnable war against the LTTER but he also kept the other minorities in their due places.

Each time Thondaman (Sr) made the best out of the follies of Sinhala leaders but neither Sirima nor JR got the Estate Tamil vote at subsequent elections. Every time there is a new Government these Tamil leaders get from it what they failed to get from the previous Government. The same thing will happen to Ranil (who give lads to these people now) or any other leader that follows as well, irrespective of how much they give. In the eyes of the Sinhala people all these three leaders will go down in history as persons who have betrayed the nation in a manner unprecedented in Sri Lankan history. None of these leaders had a consistent policy or a vision either on Sri Lanka Citizenship or the future of the country and the nation except that they all were consistent to the hilt on one thing and that is the deep rooted greed to get the Estate Tamil vote to come to power and remain in power perhaps for life. Today Saumyamurthi Thondaman must be celebrating in his grave, the victory of his cherished dream.

Meanwhile it was reported (Lankadeepa 12th May 2015 P10) that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha has already handed over the first set of outright ownership deeds to estate Tamils at Talawakele few days back. Under this program each family will get 7 perches of land with a house on it worth Rs1.2m. The houses will be built by the Government. According to this press report this programme will cover the districts of Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Ratnapura and Kegalla. Perhaps thereby Ranil has laid the foundation stone for the expanded boundaries of the future Malayanadu of South Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka. It was also reported that he has promised to give 12 Tamil Medium Schools with full facilities to study Advance level Science subjects for these areas. See the difference of been a Tamil of Indian origin in Sri Lanka and been born as a native Sinhalese in this country.

I can vouch for certain that as things are turning around, unless a miraculous Sinhala leader emerges from somewhere immediately to take control of this political gamble,  the day Sinhalese race becoming an extinct tribe like the Red Indians in North America or the Aborigines of Australia want be that far.

As Charles Dickens said in his opening passage of Tale of Two Cities, now for the Tamils of Indian origin ( as they are very particular to state) who were brought here in the late19th Century as coolies to work on tea estates on lands belonging to native Sinhalese ( plundered by the British colonial invaders and left behind when they left in 1948), “it is the best of times, it is the age of wisdom, it is the age of belief, it is the season of light, it is the spring of hope, they  have everything before them, they are going direct to heaven, thanks to the  unpatriotic, treacherous, selfish and power hungry Sinhala politicians who have shamelessly betrayed their own people and the motherland just to get their vote.

For the native Sinhalese on the other hand who had been here from the dawn of history, whose ancestors died in tens of thousands in battle against the invaders in defense of their motherland, ‘it is the worst of times it is the age of foolishness, it is the epoch of incredulity, it is the season of darkness, it is the winter of despair, they have nothing before them, they are directly moving towards extinction as a nation on their own land, thanks to their own politicians whom they themselves have elected after 443 years of subjugation, exploitation colonial depredation and bitter struggle to liberate their motherland in search of freedom. ‘Who owned the land then and Who own it now, above all Who sold that land to the Indians’.

Let curse be on these Sinhala leaders –rather Sinhala betrayers who are responsible for this historic and treacherous act. Thanks to the blunders of these politicians the Sinhala nation at last has already lost its 2500 year heritage, the HADABIMA of the Sinhala Nation- the central hill country- to a pack of south Indian labourers, thus paving the way for the imminent extinction of the Sinhala Nation from the surface of this planet. Now they have got the citizenship, voting rights, language rights, the land (claim for territorial rights) and over 150 years of domiciliary rights, they have got everything to start agitation for a claim acceptable to the West and India to support these Tamils for a separate State. I have no doubt the day they declare a separate State-a Malayanadu and joining hands with the North and East to declare the EELAM is not that far thanks to the follies committed by our politicians, especially since 1962. Very soon the Tamil speaking population (Tamil and Muslim) will overtake Sinhalese firstly, as their rate of natural increase is very much higher than that of Sinhalese (about 4 times (T) and 10 times (M) respectively). Secondly, they will increase it further with the newly acquired confidence on domination supported, aided and abetted by our own politicians. Thirdly with the daily landing illicit south Indian immigrants settled all over the Island; on estates, in villages, in towns and jungle in the dry Zone.

I quote below what Thondaman has said to T. Sabaratnam in 1988 (Out of Bondage) when asked as to what made him to join JR Jayawardena’s Government because at least it will be an eye opener to the sleeping Sinhalese and treacherous Sinhala politicians to realize as to what is taking place around and seriously ponder about the uncertain future of their posterity.

“President Jayawardene was anxious to solve the citizenship problem and he was the only Sinhala leader with the political strength and moral courage needed to solve the citizenship problem. He also knows the political importance of the Indian Tamil vote. If he happens to be in the opposition he will never permit the SLFP to grant citizenship and win over the Indian block vote. And another thing he said smiling mischievously, it is the UNP which derived us of our citizenship and voting rights. We must make the same UNP give them back to us”

Don’t these few words speak volumes on the far sightedness and political cunningness of Thondaman as against the stupidity, short sightedness and treacherousness of our present day Sinhala leaders,  all of whom should be squarely held responsible for the mess we are entangled in today, obviously with much more to come in the near future.

None of our present day politicians has eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to feel and a nose to smell the imminent dangers of Tamilizing the Central Hill Country in this manner. For example as John Still, the planter and antiquarian predicted in 1930 the plantations as an economic activity will disappear from the Hill Country very soon. The reasons could be natural and human. There will be a terrific dearth of Estate Tamils labour in future as they have already begun to migrate to urban centers. Even those remaining behind will claim higher wages that may be unbearable for the industry. Already the cost of production in Sri Lanka compared with Africa and India is very high and our tea is becoming less competitive in the world market due to that and other reasons like low quality. It is very unlikely that Sinhalese people will replace the Tamils for obvious natural and cultural reasons. Mechanization of plucking tea leaves may provide a temporary solution to the labor problem. But the eventual collapse of tea plantation industry in the hill country is inevitable due to natural reasons like land degradation and economic factors like competition and high cost of production. The left over Tamils in upcountry areas will move over to other agricultural pursuits like potato, vegetable farming and cattle rearing and sprawl all over the hill country as permanent South Indian settlements with a distinct culture and with little or no control to the Government as they will be always manipulated by India. Their new activities are bound to tax the land at unprecedented levels causing soil erosion and depletion of water and forests even to levels unheard and unseen before, on these hills. This process will get accelerated as the Prime Minister Wickramasingha has already promised to start separate villages for Tamils and Muslims in the near future. I have no doubt that it will also accelerate communal tension and finally lead to total disintegration of the Sri Lankan State.

This is why I have been repeatedly saying that the destiny of this country should never be left only in the hands of selfish politicians.  Do these vote hunters know that all the rivers that keep the entire life system of this Island have their sources on these hills? Do they know that if these rivers run dry due to the wanton destruction taking place on the hill country and if the hill country gets degraded this country will end up as a desert sans any form of life? Do they know that if we don’t restore the physical stability of the Central Hill Country early, including its forest cover, rivers, mountains and the soil cover all development in this country will come to an end? Do they know that if we fail to arrest this destruction immediately, in few decades from now, the curtain will fall not only on the entire life system of this country but it will also wipe out the very civilization from the face of this Island?

Therefore I strongly suggest that the Government should immediately declare the Central Hill Country above 5000 ft Msl as a strictly reserved forest and a protected area. Even on land below 5000ft all new development activities that disturb the forests, rivers and the land and soil on these fragile hills has to be strictly controlled. It is better to confine tea to mid and low country in future.  Even here an aggressive programme need to be adhered to arrest further soil erosion and degradation of natural resources and restore the physical stability before they embark on any haphazard vote catching development focused on one community which activities that are definitely going to bring disaster to this Island nation in the not so distant future.  Weaning out settlement from the hill country should be another strategy we may have to seriously think about as increasing human settlements in any case will adversely affect the physical stability of the land and environment.

Protecting the physical stability of the Hill Country therefore should be the priority number one of all development in this country as it forms the bedrock on which rest the survival of the entire life system and the civilization in this country. In my opinion this should be adopted by Parliament as a State policy in this country, at least now.

Finally I also strongly reiterate the need to address the following three issues as a national priority before one resort to any ill-conceived, haphazard and politically motivated action like giving title deeds to estate labour and creating mono-Tamil settlements on the hills.

First and foremost is the need to solve the problems of the Kandyan peasants, the true sons of the soil, taking the recommendations of the KPC Report as the basis. Re-establishing the Kandyan Peasantry Development Authority as recommended by the KPC in 1951 should be the first logical step under this programme. It should also come directly under the Head of the State with sweeping powers and resources (of course with additional power and new mandate to enable it to resolve the current situation). Their problems that need to be addressed include areas like landlessness, roads, poverty, education, health and socio-economic as listed in more detail by the KPC.

                             Second, once and for all finalize the citizenship status of all Estate labour of Indian origin according to the Nehru-Kotalawala Agreement of 1954 (under which learning  Sinhala is mandatory) so that at the end of 10 years all of them will be permanently integrated to the Sri Lankan native society and cease to be IOTs (Tamils of Indian Origin) anymore. Of course those who are not prepared to do so will definitely have to renounce Sri Lanka citizenship they have got as a political windfall and go back to India. I must mention it clearly here that all those who have got citizenship without satisfying the conditions stipulated in 1954 agreement need to once again go through the process laid down in that document and satisfy the conditions laid down therein before they become full citizens of this country. And no Estate Tamil should be given outright ownership of any land in this country until and unless he/she satisfies the conditions stipulated under the N/K Agreement of 1954.

And Third, Formulate an Estate Village Integration programme through a mixed settlement system where Sinhalese and Tamils who get citizenship under the above criteria will live together thus paving the way for permanent social integration as one nation and put an end to Sinhala Tamil dichotomy forever in central Sri Lanka.  And in the long run they will cease to be Indian anymore and be an integral part of the Sri Lankan society like the Karave and Halagama people.

The estate Tamil labourers encouraged by the anti Sinhala and pro-Tamil policies of this Government have already declared war against Sinhala people by openly demonstrating in Hatton demanding for 20 perches for residential and 20 acres for agriculture this Government should take the full responsibility for the mess it has created. I have no doubt Ranil and his Government will definitely concede to this request as he knows pretty well that he cannot get the Tamil votes without that.

Since none of the politicians representing the Kandyan areas dare to speak a single word against this betrayal by Ranil, Kiriella and Sirisena, they all should resign from their seats forthwith. If they don’t resign voluntarily all of them should be physically dragged out by their legs and dumped them in deep seas so that such betrayers will never return to politics in this country.

In this scenario all Sinhalese should immediately protest against the present programme of handing over of ownership of lands to estate Tamils and demand the Government immediately to stop it until the above steps  are completed.

Today this country badly needs a modern Dutugemunu or Parakramabahu supported by a team of Patriotic Statesmen of unblemished character with far reaching vision and strength who put the country before self and dedicate their life to protect the wholly Trinity of Rata, Deya and Samaya and who are prepared to implement the above programme with regard to the Central Hill Country and who will solemnly declare and affirm to govern this Island nation according to the age old Buddhist principles of state craft.

‘Kalo ayan te Bhante Mahasanga, the protecting  deities of this nation who have protected it for the past 2500 years , to rise against this ‘Great Betrayal’ by these treacherous bunch of politicians to save this country and the Sinahala Buddhist nation from its imminent disappearance form the surface of this planet. Wake up from the deep slumber and rise up like the phoenix in tens of thousands of Theraputthabhayas, Kadahapolas and Wariyapola Sumangalas as defenders and protectors of this Country, the Nation and the Sasana. I humbly plead you to do it today as the dawn of tomorrow is very unlikely.

SAMPOOR. a gift to Tamil “refugees” and India to control Trincomalee harbor

June 1st, 2015

RANJITH SOYSA

Vidura camp in Sampoor was closed to provide lands for the Tamil ‘refugees’ who rejected alternative lands offered to them due to the pressure exerted on them by TNA and pro-LTTE fronts. They were carrying on a political agitation on behalf of their ‘masters’ to grab a piece of land in this critically strategic area. Before the Mavil Aru incident. R, Sambandan was leading a program of illegal settlement of the poor Tamils along with LTTE activists around the Trinco harbor mainly in Sampoor area for very obvious reason of having the control of sea routes to Sri Lanka from the Eastern coast.

According to the Government information sources the total number of families which are to be settled in Sampoor is around 825. After allocating 20 perches per family the total land requirement for the settlers are 1650 perches, approximately 110 acres. But, the total area in Sampoor which was to be allocated to the landless as mentioned in the Minister Swaminathan’s  ministerial paper was around 900 acres.

What will happen to the 900 acres in Sampoor? Who will get it?

Once the area is made vacant apart from the new settlers , ONLY the Indian Coal Fire project will remain in Sampoor to utilize the vast expanse of land. In spite of many adverse reports submitted by the eminent environmental groups and individuals including the questions raised by the economists with regard to the long term viability of the project, the Indians are not going to be moved out.

Finally, India with its management of Oil Tanks located close to the harbour and being the only company operating in Sampoor will rule the roost in Trincomalee, the strategically most important international harbour and its hinterland!

Is this the price to be paid to India for assisting the change of the Government? It is indeed a gloomy situation for the whole country with India ‘s increased interference in Sri Lanka’s internal and external politics and the economy.

RANJITH SOYSA

Govt. heading for financial crisis: GL

June 1st, 2015

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The government will run into a serious financial crisis as it has failed to give legal effect to the taxes proposed in the budget to raise revenue for the financial year under review, former External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said yesterday.

Addressing a meeting in Tangalle yesterday, Prof. Peiris said though the government proposed various taxes such as Super Gain Tax, Mansion Levy and all, none of them had been enacted in Parliament in the form of laws to give them legal effect.

Therefore, he said, none of these taxes would be valid.

“The budget is a fairy tale. The government cannot raise revenue now,” he said.

Commenting on the Treasury Bond issue, he said , for the first time, a person who had renounced loyalty to Sri Lanka, had placed his signature to the currency notes of Sri Lanka. He said this situation had arisen with the appointment of Arjuna Mahendran, a Singaporean, as the Central Bank Governor.

Prof. Peiris held Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe responsible for this appointment, and said it warranted a no-confidence motion against the government. Also, he said the proposed electoral reforms should be enacted in the form of 20th Amendment through a majority government, and the present minority government should be replaced through a no-confidence motion.

Once that is done, he said, President Maitripala Sirisena could appoint someone commanding the majority support in Parliament as the Prime Minister. –

 

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Shiranthi responds

June 1st, 2015

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa responding to the Siriliya Saviya allegations stated that political opponents of the Rajapaksa government had alleged that the three individuals including Mrs. Rajapaksa authorized to sign cheques on behalf of the NGO had provided ‘false’ NIC numbers to the People’s Bank.“The names and addresses of all three signatories in the bank’s system are correct but an error has obviously been made in entering the identity card numbers into the computer system,” the office of the former President in a statement said.

 


The full statement;Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa gave a statement to the FCID this morning to assist in an investigation concerning ‘Siriliya Saviya’ an NGO run by her. The FCID was informed that Siriliya Saviya is a charity; an NGO registered with the National Secretariat for Non-Governmental Organisations and is financed by local and foreign donations.

Mrs. Rajapaksa also stressed that no state funds were utilised in running this organisation. The Carlton Suwa Udana Programme is a part of Siriliya Saviya and was started with the aim of building a children’s hospital with residential facilities for the mothers who look after their sick children.

A fund was being raised for this purpose. Mrs. Rajapaksa also said in her statement that owing to the freezing of the Siriliya Saviya bank account, she has come to know that three patients who had been receiving financial assistance from the organisation had died.

Political opponents of the Rajapaksa government have alleged that the three individuals including Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, authorised to sign cheques on behalf of Siriliya Saviya had provided ‘false’ national identity card numbers to the People’s Bank Suduwella Branch. When the bank account was first opened by officials of the organisation a copy of Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa’s passport was given to the bank and the other two signatories Mrs K. H.A.N.Jeewani Kumari and Mrs S.K.K. Dissanayake, provided copies of their national identity cards to the bank.

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යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව සමලිංගික වූයේ කෙසේද?

June 1st, 2015

අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ

ජාත්‍යන්තරය හමුවේ සමලිංගික සේවනයට පක්‍ෂව පෙනී සිටියේ කෙසේදැයි ආණ්ඩුව රට හමුවේ පැහැදිලි කළ යුතුයි – ජා.නි.පෙ

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහා මණ්ඩලයේ අය-වැය කාරක සභාවේදී සමලිංගික සේවනයට අදාළ යෝජනාවක් ඉදිරිපත් වූ අවස්ථාවේදී සමලිංගික සේවනයට පක්‍ෂව පෙනී සිටියේ කෙසේදැයි වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුව රට හමුවේ පැහැදිලි ප‍්‍රකාශයක් සිදු කළ යුතු යැයි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ අවධාරණය කරයි.

අද(31) බත්තරමුල්ලේ පිහිටි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ප‍්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේදී පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී එහි ප‍්‍රචාරක ලේකම්, මොහොමඞ් මුසම්මිල් මහතා මෙසේ පැවසීය.

එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ මොහොමඞ් මුසම්මිල් මහතා මෙසේද පැවසීය.

‘‘ඊනියා යහපාලකයන් ගෙවී ගිය කෙටි කාලය තුළ මේ රට අස්ථාවර කළා පමණක් නොවෙයි, සංස්කෘතිකමය වශයෙන් ද විනාශය කරා රැගෙන යමින් තිබෙනවා. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහා මණ්ඩලයේ අය-වැය පිළිබඳ කාරක සභාවේදී රුසියාව විසින් යෝජනාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කළා ‘එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්ය මණ්ඩයේ සිටින සමලිංගික පවුල් සඳහා වරප‍්‍රසාද ලබාදෙමින් සිටිනවා. එසේ ලබා දෙන වරප‍්‍රසාද අහෝසි කළ යුතුයි’ කියලා. එසේම එම යෝජනාවේ සඳහන් වෙනවා, ‘සමලිංගිකභාවය පිළිගැනීම හෝ පිළිනොගැනීම පිළිබඳව එක් එක් රටට ස්වාධීන තීරණයක් ගැනීමේ අයිතියක් තිබෙනවා. ඒ ඒ රටේ පවතින සංස්කෘතියට සාපේක්‍ෂව තමයි ඒ පිළිබඳ තීරණයක් ගත යුත්තේ’ කියලා.

ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව ඉතාමත් අවාසනාවන්ත විදිහට එම යෝජනාවට විරුද්ධ වී තිබෙනවා. ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව එහිදී පෙනී සිටින්නේ සමලිංගිකභාවයට, සමලිංගික පවුල්වලට පක්‍ෂව. මේක ඉතාමත් බරපතළ තත්ත්වයක්. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාරක සභාවකදී ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව සමලිංගිකත්වයට පක්‍ෂව පෙනී සිටීම, ඊනියා යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුවේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිමය තීරණවල වෙනසක්ද? කියා අපි අහනවා.

අපේ රටේ දණ්ඩ නීති සංග‍්‍රහය අනුව මේ සමලිංගික සම්බන්ධතා නීතියෙන්ම තහනම්කර තිබෙන දෙයක්. දැන් මේ ආණ්ඩුව සමලිංගික සම්බන්ධතා පිළිගන්නා ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිමය තීරණයකට පැමිණ ඇති බවයි පෙනෙන්නේ. අපි මේ ඊනියා යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුවෙන් අහනවා, ‘මේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිමය තීරණය ගත්තේ කොතැනදීද?’ කියලා. මේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිමය තීරණය ගනු ලැබුවේ අගමැතිවරයාගේ ප‍්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ඔහුගේ කාර්ය මණ්ඩල ප‍්‍රධානී සාගල රත්නායක මහතා ඇතුළු පිරිසගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් පැවති කමිටුවකදීද? එසේ නොමැති නම් විදේශ අමාත්‍ය මංගල සමරවීර මහතාගේ ප‍්‍රධානත්වයෙන් පැවති අමාත්‍යාංශ නිලධාරීන්ගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් පැවති කමිටුවකදීද? සමලිංගික සේවනය පිළිගැනීමේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිමය තීරණය ගනු ලැබුවේ මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ ප‍්‍රධානත්වයෙන්, රාජිත සේනාරත්න, චම්පික රණවක යන ඇමතිවරුන්ගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් පැවති කැබිනට් මණ්ඩල රැස්වීමකදීද? එසේ නොමැති නම් අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක මහතා සහභාගී වූ ජාතික විධායක සභා රැස්වීමකදීද? ආණ්ඩුව මේ පිළිබඳව වහාම ප‍්‍රකාශයක් කළ යුතුයි. මේක හංගලා, ජනතාවට කොලේ වහලා යන්න දෙන්න බැහැ.

ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව වසර 2500කට අධික කාලයක් බුදු දහම මත පදනම්ව ගොඩනැගුණු සංස්කෘතියක් තිබෙන රටක්, බෞද්ධ සම්ප‍්‍රදායන් පවතින රටක්. ඒ වගේම හින්දු, ඉස්ලාම්, කතෝලික ආගමික සංස්කෘතීන්වලින් පෝෂණය වූ රටක්, ආසියාතික සංස්කෘතියක් පවතින රටක්. මේ සියලූ සංස්කෘතීන්හි මූලික තැනුම් ඒකකය පවුල. ජාත්‍යන්තරය ඉදිරියේ සමලිංගිකත්වයට පක්‍ෂව, සමලිංගික පවුල්වලට පක්‍ෂව යමින්, මේ එන්නේ සංස්කෘතික ආක‍්‍රමණයක්. මේ සංස්කෘතික ආක‍්‍රමණය හරහා ‘පවුල’ කියන අපේ සංස්කෘතියේ මූලික තැනුම් ඒකකය විනාශ කිරීමටයි සූදානම් වෙන්නේ.

රටේ දේශපාලන අස්ථාවරත්වය හැදුවා වගේ, ආර්ථිකය විනාශ කළා වගේ, නව ලිබරල්වාදයට ගැලපෙන සංස්කෘතියක් හදලා බුදු දහමින්, හින්දු දහමින්, ඉස්ලාම් දහමින්, කතෝලික දහමින් ඔප් නැංවුණු අපේ අපේ සංස්කෘතිය විනාශකර දමන්නයි මේ අය සූදානම් වන්නේ. ‘සමලිංගිකත්වයට එරෙහි මේ රුසියානු යෝජනාවට’ සියලූ දකුණු ආසියාතික රටවල් පක්‍ෂව ඡන්දය දුන්නා. නමුත් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව පමණක් ඊට විරුද්ධ වුණා.

‘ඇප දිය නොහැකි වරදක්’

දණ්ඩ නීති සංග‍්‍රහයේ 365 වගන්තිය අනුව ‘අස්වාභාවික වැරදි’, 365(අ) වගන්තිය අනුව ‘පුරුෂයන් අතර තදබල අශෝභන ක‍්‍රියා’ යනුවෙන් මෙම සමලිංගික සේවනය අපරාධ වරදක් ලෙස දක්වා තිබෙනවා. දණ්ඩ නීති සංග‍්‍රහයේම දක්වා තිබෙනවා, සමලිංගික සේවනය, ‘ඇප දිය නොහැකි වරදක් කියලා. ඒ වගේම යමිකිසි කෙනෙක් සමලිංගික සේවනයට අනුබල දෙනවා නම් ඒකත් දණ්ඩ නීති සංග‍්‍රහය අනුව අපරාධ වරදක්.

ඊනියා යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව පැහැදිලිව සමලිංගික සේවනයට අනුබල දී තිබෙනවා. ඒ අනුව මේ ආණ්ඩුව රටේ නීතිය උල්ලංඝනය කර තිබෙනවා. එසේම මෙරට විදේශ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිය හෑල්ලූවට ලක්කර තිබෙනවා.

රුසියාව අපේ රටට ඉතා මිතුරු රාජ්‍යයක්. එවැනි මිතුරු රටක් ගෙන එන යෝජනාවකදී මෙතරම් විරුද්ධ වීමෙන් පෙනෙනේ කුමක්ද? ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය හරහා අපේ රටට එන ප‍්‍රශ්නවලදී එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ ආරක්‍ෂක මණ්ඩලයේ නිෂේධ බලය හිමි රුසියාව ඉතා වැදගත්. එම ප‍්‍රශ්නවලදී රුසියාවේ සහයෝගය ලබා ගැනීමට තිබෙන අවස්ථාව අහිමි කරලීමේ දිශාවටයි මේ ඊනියා යහපාලකයන් ගමන් කරමින් සිටින්නේ.

මෙතැනදී සිදුවන්නේ දැවැන්ත සංස්කෘතික ආක‍්‍රමණයක්. එය මේ ඊනියා යහපාලන ආණ්ඩුව දැනුවත්ව සිදු කෙරෙන සංස්කෘතික ආක‍්‍රමණයක් බව ඉතා පැහැදිලියි. මේක අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ, විදේශ අමාත්‍ය මංගල සමරවීර, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍ය අකිල විරාජ් කාරියවසම්, අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යමණ්ඩල ප‍්‍රධානී සාගල රත්නායක, එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂ රත්මලාන ආසන සංවිධායක උපුල් ශාන්ත සන්නස්ගල යන මහත්වරු එකතු වෙලා හෝ තනි තනිව හෝ ගත්තු තීරණයක් වෙන්න පුළුවන්. නමුත් ‘මේ රටේ විදේශ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිය, සමලිංගික පවුල් පිළිගන්න තැනට පත් වුණේ කොහොමද?’ කියන බරපතළ ප‍්‍රශ්නයට මේ ආණ්ඩුවේ බලධාරීන් වහාම පිළිතුරු දිය යුතුයි’’

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ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ
2015-05-31

FCID යට ප‍්‍රකාශක් ලබාදීම – ශිරන්තිගෙන් නිවේදනයක්..

June 1st, 2015

lanka C news

FCID යට ප‍්‍රකාශක් ලබාදීම – ශිරන්තිගෙන් නිවේදනයක්..ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ හිටපු ජනාධිපති ආර්යාවගෙන් සිරිලිය සවිය සංවිධානයේ ගිණුම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොලිස් මූල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්ඨායට ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබා ගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මාධ්‍ය ප‍්‍රකාශක රොහාන් වැලිවිට මහතා විසින් මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කර ඇත.එම සම්පූර්ණ නිවේදනය මෙසේය.

Shiranthi responds to allegations

ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණිය සිරිලිය සවිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොලිස් මූල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්ඨායට ප්‍රකාශයක් ලබාදීම

ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණිය ප්‍රධානත්වය දරණ සිරිලිය සවිය නැමැති රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධානය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කෙරෙන විමර්ෂනයට සහය වීම පිණිස එතුමිය විසින් පොලිස් මූල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශයට අද පෙරවරුවේ ප්‍රකාශයක් කරන ලදී. එහිදී එතුමිය මුල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශයට දැනුම් දුන්නේ සිරිලිය සවිය යනු රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන පිලිබද ජාතික ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ ලියා පදිංචි වූ පුණ්‍යාධාර සංවිධානයක් බවයි. මෙකී සංවිධානය දේශීය හා විදේශීය මූල්‍ය හා ද්‍රව්‍යමය පරිත්‍යාග මත කටයුතු කරයි. මෙහි කටයුතු සදහා රජයේ මුදල් හෝ දේපල කිසිවක් භාවිතා වී නැති බවත්, එතුමිය මූල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශයට දැනුම් දී සිටියාය. කාල්ටන් සුව උදාන වැඩසටහන සිරිලිය සවිය යටතේම පැවති අතර එහි පරමාර්ථය වූයේ ළමුන් බලාගන්නා මව්වරුන්ට නේවාසික පහසුකම් ද සහිතව නව ළමා රෝහලක් ඉදි කිරිමයි. ඒ සදහා අරමුදලක් ද ආරම්භ කොට තිබුණි. සිරිලිය සවිය බැංකු ගිණුම් අත්හිටුවීමේ හේතුවෙන් එම සංවිධානයේ මූල්‍ය ආධාර ලබමින් සිටි රෝගීන් තිදෙනෙකු මේ වන විට මියගොස් තිබෙන බව ආරංචි වූ බවද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණිය මූල්‍ය අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශයට දැනුම්දී තිබුණි.

රාජපක්ෂ ආණ්ඩුවේ විරුද්ධවාදීන් මුල සිටම කළ චෝදනාවක් වූයේ සිරිලිය සවිය වෙනුවෙන් චෙක්පත් අත්සන් කිරිමට බලය ලත් රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණිය ඇතුළු පුද්ගලයින් තිදෙනා මහජන බැංකුවේ සුදුවැල්ල ශාඛාවට ව්‍යාජ ජාතික හැදුනුම්පත් අංක සපයා තිබුණු බවයි. එම සංවිධානයේ නිලධාරීන් විසින් මේ බැංකු ගිණුම ආරම්භ කරන අවස්ථාවේදී බැංකුවට ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ මැතිණියගේ විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍රයේ පිටපතක් සපයනු ලැබූ අතර සෙසු බලධාරීන් දෙදෙනා වන කේ.එච්.ඒ.එන්. ජීවනී කුමාරි මැතිණියත්, එස්.කේ.කේ. දිසානායක මැතිණියත් තම ජාතික හැදුනුම් පත් වල පිටපත් බැංකුවට සපයා තිබුණි. අදාල පුද්ගලයින් තිදෙනාගේ නම් සහ ලිපිනයන් නිවැරදිව සදහන් වුනත් බැංකුවේ පරිගණක පද්ධතියට ජාතික හැදුනුම්පත් අංක ඇතුලත් කිරිමේදී යම් කිසි අතපසු වීමක් සිදුවී ඇති බව පෙනේ. සිරිලිය සවිය සංවිධානය වෙනුවෙන් චෙක්පත් අත්සන් කලේ ව්‍යාජ පුද්ගලයින් නොව තවමත් එම සංවිධානයේ සේවය කරන සැබෑ පුද්ගලයින් තිදෙනෙක් බව සැමගේ දැනගැනීම පිණිස අප කියා සිටින්නෙමු.

රොහාන් වැලිවිට
හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ මාධ්‍ය සම්බන්ධීකරණ ලේකම්

President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi on “Canvas”: Representing Sino-Indian Buddhist Cultural Bonds

June 1st, 2015

Master Jinke Xuanlei with the painting of President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. From dailymail.co.uk

The portrait of Modi. From dailymail.co.uk

Venerable Kuanxu, abbot of Daxingshan Temple in Xi’an, and Indian prime minister Modi holding the Bodhi leaf painting. From english.cri.cn
In anticipation of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to China to promote Sino-Indian ties and to celebrate his interest in Buddhism, two paintings were created under the guidance of the head of the Sino-Esoteric Buddhist Association, Master Jinke Xuanlei: one of Chinese president Xi Jinping and Modi together, and another of Modi alone. While it was intended to formally gift the paintings to the Indian prime minister during his visit, the Beijing Jinke Mandala Painting and Calligraphy Institute, which had spent months preparing the paintings, was told two weeks before the scheduled visit that it would not be possible: Modi’s Beijing schedule was simply too tight.
The first painting, a vertical depiction on hand-crafted paper, shows Hindu and Buddhist deities showering blessings on the two leaders, who are smiling and shaking hands. A white elephant and a dragon, symbolizing the cultural link between the two nations, appear on either side. In the other painting, this time on silk, Modi stands next to “The Three Friends of Winter”—plum, pine, and bamboo—representing the qualities of moral rectitude, survival in the face of adversity, and the possibility of renewal. Prayers are written on both paintings, with that on the painting of Modi alone, according to the Hindustan Times, signifying the wish that his heart “attain the ultimate wisdom and reach perfect enlightenment.”
The paintings were executed at the institute, which is run by the Sino-Esoteric Buddhist Association, by two of Master Jinke Xuanlei’s disciples, Jinke Yindang and Jinke Yinduan. The work each day was preceded by Buddhist rituals and purification. “We had to shower before beginning to paint. Burn incense. Meditate for about 45 minutes. Then make offerings of fruits and flowers. We chanted Buddhist mantras while painting,” Yindang told the Hindustan Times.
As well as representing the friendship between India and China, the paintings were motivated by the artists’ belief that their spiritual order is descended from India, according to the Hindustan Times. “That is why we were keen to present the paintings. To promote bilateral ties. Our founders were Indian monks. This was our way of paying respect to our ancestors and masters,” said Yindang.
A monk in Xi’an was more fortunate. When the Indian prime minister visited the city’s Daxingshan Temple its abbot, Venerable Kuanxu, was able to present him with another painting, this time depicting “the Buddha’s Shadow” on a Bodhi leaf. According to CRI English.com, painter Yue Yu had spent a year reading Buddhist sutras and had even gone on pilgrimage to India before starting work on the painting. The Indian Bodhi leaf combined with a traditional Chinese painting will let the world know about China’s contribution to Buddhist civilization and culture, he said.
“I will always cherish this special gift,” the prime minister wrote on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter (CRI English.com).
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The Ties that Bind: Buddhism at the Heart of Sino-Indian Relations

June 1st, 2015

Buddhistdoor International 

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an. From famouswonders.com

Modi tweets his visit to Giant Wild Goose Pagoda with Xi Jinping. From Twitter

Abbot Kuanxu at Giant Wild Goose Pagoda with Xi and Modi. From rediff.com
A state visit to China this month by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi included visits to a number of Buddhist sites of historical significance in Sino-Indian relations. Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, for example, is famous for being one of the repositories of the sutras and statues that the Chinese monk-pilgrim Xuanzang (602–64) brought back from India in his acclaimed journey to the west. Modi also visited Daxingshan Temple (a short distance from Xi’an’s southern gate), which hosted the influential tantric master Amoghavajra from 756 until his death in 774. In both places, Buddhist scriptures of various schools were painstakingly translated from Sanskrit into Chinese, marking one of human history’s most successful examples of cultural assimilation.
By visiting these hubs of Sino-Indian religious exchange, Modi offered Asia watchers, policymakers, and commentators a statement about the bonds that bring nations together to work toward shared prosperity and purpose. By paying tribute to a common tradition between his country and China, he was touting a bond that existed between the two countries long before they were even invented in the modern sense. Buddhism was the conduit connecting China and India while they were still “civilization-states.” Modi is well aware that cultivating all-important economic and geopolitical ties needs deeper cultural (preferably religious) symbolism to set legitimizing parameters for a narrative of joint heritage and fortune shared.
 This is not Modi’s first time to invoke Buddhism in international diplomacy: as the first country he went to as prime minister, he prioritized Buddhist Bhutan. Aside from developing Buddhist sites for the tourism industry, he has also made commitments to excavate and preserve such sites across 17 Indian states. Modi is also notable for being the third prime minister to commemorate Vesak—official celebrations of this festival since Indian independence have been confined to 1956 and 2007. In his Vesak message, Modi positioned the festival within a much larger pan-Asian story, stating that the Buddhist teachings were a vital part not of India’s heritage alone, but also of Asia’s heritage as a whole.
While Modi was in China, the state-owned Chinese Film Corporation and Indian firm Eros International made a carefully timed announcement that actors Huang Xiaoming and Amitabh Bachchan would star in a co-produced film about Xuanzang—an example, one imagines, of the far-reaching, reciprocal benefits awaiting cultural development and business. If envisioned creatively and coordinated competently, such partnerships between Chinese and Indian non-profits, state institutions, and private enterprises could extend beyond entertainment into other fields. For example, a new and modernized Journey to the West route for sightseers, starting from Xi’an and stopping at real-life locales mentioned in Wu Cheng’en’s novel, could be an imaginative economic and cultural investment.
Sino-Indian relations aren’t perfect and despite Modi’s political pragmatism, his government is not shy to express grievances. During his China visit, diplomats tiptoed around the disputed border issue in the Himalayas. Of much greater concern was Indian foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s claim that India was never approached about the Silk Road Economic Belt. The belt is a plan to resurrect the Silk Road for the 21st century by building a network of railways, roads, and ports from China and Central Asia to Rotterdam and Venice. It is the continental component of Xi Jinping’s central geopolitical ambition, the “One Belt, One Road” vision, which also includes the littoral aspect of the Maritime Silk Road, embracing Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean. Jaishankar pointedly called the Silk Road Economic Belt “a Chinese initiative,” hinting that it would be up to the Chinese to approach India for the latter’s inclusion in the plan. Military disputes and wrangling over “One Belt, One Road” could therefore distract from initiatives for Buddhist-themed Sino-Indian development, which would require significant time, negotiation, and investment to enact.
Those who believe that Buddhism can play a constructive part in the Sino-Indian conversation should define the debate as a choice between diplomatic distractions and stagnation versus an unmatched opportunity to nurture the “civilizational continuity” between China and India—with Buddhism at the heart of the narrative. There are grounds for optimism. Along with a slew of European and Asian countries, India is already a founding member of China’s other great project, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). As it claims to focus on integration and connectivity, it seems sensible for the AIIB, once it is fully established by the end of this year, to invest in projects that bring India and China closer while connecting the dots between sustainable economic growth and cultural and social development (Buddhism being among these cultural dimensions).
For centuries, Buddhist symbolism was deployed to legitimize the rule of monarchs across Asia.* This month, a contemporary form of Buddhist “legitimation” was appropriated by Modi to make a statement about the relationship between China and India. However, if his visits to Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Daxingshan Temple are to have any meaning beyond the merely symbolic, Buddhism should function as a stimulus for sustainable and interconnected economic projects that encourage cultural and religious awareness as well.
Beyond India and China, Buddhism can serve as an impetus for deeper unity between the various regions of the world that share its heritage. Buddhist ties can be strengthened between countries like India and Mongolia, China and Thailand, or Japan and Vietnam, among many others. Even countries that have an archaeological history of Buddhism (not necessarily a living tradition), such as Afghanistan or Pakistan, could share in this endeavor. As Eurasia becomes ever more integrated, Buddhism could offer a universal language of peace to cultures increasingly diverse.
*Sinologist Erik Zürcher explained how Buddhism, after the 4th century, sanctified Chinese emperors with Indian ideas like the chakravartin (universal ruler), skillful means (upaya), and the supramundane protection of the imperial court through the manifestation of Buddhas and bodhisattvas (Zürcher 2013, 96–97).
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References
Zürcher, Erik. 2013. “Buddhism in a Pre-Modern Bureaucratic Empire: The Chinese Experience.” In Buddhism in China: Collected Papers of Erik Zürcher, edited by Jonathan A. Silk, 89–103. Leiden: Brill.
 

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US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalise Russia

June 1st, 2015

By Finian Cunningham Courtesy Strategic Culture Foundation

The saying goes: don’t mix politics and sport. That is exactly what the United States’ authorities seem to be doing over this week’s dramatic arrests of World Cup officials and allegations of rampant fraud amounting to $150 million.

The ostensible American concern is to clean up the tarnished image of the «beautiful game» in a global sting operation, which saw the arrest of seven senior members belonging to FIFA – the international federation that organises the quadrennial soccer World Cup finals.

But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilise Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia is to host the world’s biggest sporting tournament in 2018. The event carries huge prestige for the host country giving an enviable spotlight for millions of television viewers around the world to showcase modern infrastructure and national prowess. There is also the inestimable «soft power» that comes with consolidating friendly international relations by welcoming football teams and fans from over 30 nations. Russia already availed of such benefits in its successful hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which Western leaders sought then to spoil by boycotting that event over unconvincing human rights concerns.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

Russian officials also moved to quash any suggestions that the 2018 finals would be disrupted by the ongoing US-led probe into alleged FIFA fraud.

«I see no threat to Russia or any problems», said Vitaly Mutko, the Russian sports minister, according to a New York Times report.

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich alluded to the political dimensions of the American investigation, referring to the FIFA arrests as «another case of illegal extraterritorial application of US laws», adding: «We hope this will in no way be used to tarnish the international football organisation in general and its decisions». The latter point is no doubt a reference to FIFA’s selection of Russia as the host nation for the 2018 tournament.

Suspicions that there is much more to the US investigation into FIFA affairs are aroused by the unmistakable sense of political orchestration behind the high-profile move by American law enforcement officials this week.

Accompanying Western media glare across all the major news channels, as well as well-honed soundbites, pointed to a politically engineered «story».

Even the Washington Post, among other Western outlets, remarked on the «colourful details» disclosed by US officials in bringing dozens of indictments against FIFA figures, ranging from bribery, tax evasion, money-laundering and racketeering. The crackdown, carried out with the collaboration of Swiss police, was conducted in the style of a sting operation more often seen being deployed against organised crime syndicates. The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

While FIFA executives were being bundled into Swiss police cars, their heads covered under white hotel bedsheets, the highest ranking US law enforcement authorities were coordinating across the Atlantic in a full-court press conference.

«The beautiful game was hijacked», said FBI director James Comey in emotive tones about a sport not usually associated with high-level American interest. The FBI chief added: «The defendants fostered a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world. Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks and bribes became a way of doing business at FIFA».

Richard Weber, the criminal investigation chief at the US Internal Revenue Service, described the alleged wrongdoings at Swiss-based FIFA as the «World Cup of fraud» and added «we are showing FIFA the red card». The Washington Post, reporting on the press conference, made the telling comment on how «officials seem to vie for the best soundbite».

Also speaking at the high-profile US press conference was attorney general Loretta Lynch. She lambasted FIFA over «rampant, systemic and deep-rooted corruption». Lynch said: «They [FIFA] were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest. Instead they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and enrich themselves». She also tugged on public heart-strings by claiming that FIFA embezzlement had deprived millions of children in poor countries of sporting facilities.

A report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper said of the «dramatic, unprecedented» American probe that it «represents a political decision that an international sport that has captivated a generation of US players should no longer be seen as above the law».

The Guardian gets it half-right. It certainly smacks of a political decision, but the real motive, naively misplaced by the Guardian, has little to do with American authorities stamping out corruption in sporting finances.

In a more realistic admission of the bigger geopolitical picture in regard to the FIFA scandal, the New York Times noted that «the United States and its European allies have sought to isolate Russia with sanctions after its annexation [sic] of Crimea in 2014 and the conflict in southeast Ukraine. The World Cup has taken on added significance for Russians intent on projecting their international standing», added the New York Times with perhaps an unintended acknowledgement of the ulterior political agenda at work.

Another indication of the political origins of the latest crackdown on FIFA is that the US legal case relies on evidence provided by former American soccer executive Chuck Blazer. Blazer was facing a long prison sentence in the US for alleged tax evasion before he turned FBI informer in a plea bargain. It is information purportedly gleaned from Blazer that has reportedly propelled the US-led arrests of the FIFA executives this week.

Allegations of corruption and commercial fixing have dogged FIFA officials for many years, from at least since the early 1990s, including allegations against the federation’s five-time elected president, Swiss national 79-year-old Sepp Blatter. There have been suspicions that FIFA’s selection of South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host was marred by bribery involving $10 million. Similar allegations have been made over the 2018 finals in Russia and the proceeding tournament in 2022 to be held in the Persian Gulf gas-rich sheikhdom of Qatar. One source of such allegations against Russia and Qatar is the London Times, a long-time purveyor of Western disinformation.

Whatever the truth about the corruption allegations at FIFA, it seems plausible that the sudden and strenuous criminal probe launched by the US authorities is intended to undermine Russia’s World Cup ambitions and, by extension, the Russian government’s global standing. US officials warned this week that their investigation into FIFA is «just the beginning» and that it will continue until it gets to the bottom of corruption claims. That suggests the convenient setting up of a long campaign that will further discredit FIFA and its associated World Cup spectacle – with Russia, as the next venue for the event, likely to be embroiled in the US-intended climate of scandal and smear.

Earlier this year, the US-backed Kiev regime that took over Ukraine in an illegal coup in February 2014, called for an international boycott of the World Cup in Russia. That notion floated by Kiev President Petro Poroshenko seemed at the time like another ludicrous announcement from the Western-backed regime in its hysterical claims against Russia. Now it appears the idea has gained the full backing of Washington under the guise of a contrived, high-profile corruption probe against FIFA.

It might also be noted that the undeclared Western hybrid war against Russia in Ukraine is running out of steam, with the political objective of sanctioning and destabilising Moscow failing. In particular long-running US allegations of Russian state subversion in eastern Ukraine are increasingly becoming threadbare and lacking in credibility.

A report this week from Reuters was headlined with the breathless words: ‘Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine – witness’.

The Western news agency, which has been caught previously fabricating anti-Russian claims over the downed Malaysian civilian airliner last July, reported thus: «Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week».

Such disinformation impact the Western public over alleged Russian malevolence in Ukraine is by now suffering from a diminishing «overdose» response. To be blunt, US claims of Russian aggression and expansionism are sounding increasingly hollow and hackneyed.

US secretary of state John Kerry’s «respectful» attendance at a World War Two memorial in Russia’s Sochi earlier this month, along with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, may have suggested that Washington was paring back its covert aggression toward Moscow in a tacit admission of failure on that front.

However, having not been able to gain much traction from hybrid war against Russian interests in Ukraine, it appears that Washington is shifting tactical gears in its regime-change objectives against Vladimir Putin’s government. Spoiling Russia’s World Cup plans will endeavour to hit Moscow with heavy economic costs, as well as to undermine the country’s global reputation.

But the US-instigated corruption probe at FIFA is, in footballing terms, more like a shabby dive by the Americans with the real aim being to penalise Russia. It’s a risky tactic that may well backfire on Team America.

It’s also a sign of how low Washington will stoop when it is using «a beautiful game» much loved by millions of people the world over in order to score its ugly political objectives against Russia.

© Strategic Culture Foundation

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How Ranil prevented elimination of Prabhakaran – please watch

June 1st, 2015

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India: the New American Disposable Paper?

May 31st, 2015

Dilrook Kannangara

Use them and dump them is the doctrine used by the global policeman towards its non-European allies. It can be seen right throughout the history it has teamed up with a nation or a group, particularly after 1945.

Interestingly, one of its first captives was Sri Lanka (Ceylon) which signed the Anglo-Ceylon Defence Partnership Agreement in 1947. Making use of this, the west forced Ceylon to sign and promote the San Francisco Peace Treaty (1951) against China. By this treaty, China permanently lost some of its territory grabbed by the Japanese Imperial army since 1895. The right thing would have been to return Chinese territory back to China which was denied by the SFPT. Current tension in East China Sea over Senkuku/Diaoyu, etc. islands is the result of the SFPT to which Ceylon was a party to. Pakistan was the other independent Asian country that supported it. After making use of Ceylon, the west dumped it soon thereafter leaving it without protection. In 1987 facing an Indian invasion JR Jayawardane made a frantic attempt to revive the 1947 agreement but to no avail. Used, then dumped.

Afghan rebel groups were used by the US against the Soviet invasion but soon dumped them when the invaders retreated. It created a global terror epidemic which is now sweeping westward from Iraq. At the same time Pakistan was used to coordinate weapons transfers to the rebels. Part of these weapons leaked to radical elements within Pakistan which made it ungovernable. Having achieved its objectives, USA left Pakistan high and dry. It is the same story in Afghanistan (part 2), Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Ukraine, Bosnia, Turkey, South Vietnam, Yemen, etc. Even Israel has been deserted by the US over Iran recently as Iran’s help is sought by Washington to fight off IS rebels. Interestingly, USA deserted its closest ally, the UK over its war with the IRA. USA refused to take sides and even allowed help to flow to the IRA. Groups and nations fooled by western gimmicks committed themselves to a disastrous plan only to find the west deserting them when things turn difficult.

Never ending sufferings of Libyan, Syrian, Egyptian, Ukrainian, Iraqi, Pakistani, etc. people must be a stark warning to India which is USA’s latest use and dump toilet paper. Unfortunately for India, its ultra nationalist rulers don’t see what is in stock for it by playing its role assigned by USA. In its latest blunder, India has joined USA and Vietnam in disrupting China in the South China Sea. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Since the past four weeks, USA made several military advances in South China Sea. It spied on newly constructed Chinese islets, decided to place its nuclear warhead carrying planes in northern Australia against China (an extremely dangerous and irresponsible move), agitated ASEAN countries to take on China and entered into weapons transfer agreements with them. India jumped in and responded immediately by entering into a strategic defence agreement with Vietnam against China. India has already sent a destroyer and three accompanying vessels to South China Sea to further antagonise China.

This follows India’s retaliatory response to China supposedly building a ‘string of pearls’ around India. The absurd ‘string of pearls’ concept is a US made concept to demonise China’s commercial infrastructure in South Asia and pit India into  confrontation against China. In fact, there is no Chinese attempt to encircle India. Most Chinese trade and vital oil imports pass through the Indian Ocean and defending these trade routes is of paramount importance. On the other hand, the South China Sea has no relevance to Indian trade. However, if India tries to enter into the South China Sea dispute as it already has done so, China will be left with no option but to respond in like manner.

The odds are against India for several strategic reasons. Firstly the sheer size of the Indian navy is incomparably smaller than that of China; and outdated. India’s technology mentor Russia is severely lagging behind naval technology and indigenous technology is extremely poor and unreliable. Indian air force is also plagued by outdated Soviet era technology, very poor local products and the absence of an upgrade for the past 20 years. Most Indian planes are dubbed ‘flying coffins’ by pilots and as a result there is a severe shortage of pilots. Chinese economy is making larger strands than India further widening the gap.

Secondly, India is a landlocked country with hostile neighbours thanks to its own making. In case of war disrupting Chinese and Indian shipping, India will collapse as its oil and other imports cannot reach it and its exports cannot leave its ports. China on the other hand has land routes out of China to Europe and out into the Pacific. China also has oil pipelines through land and within the next three years will have most of its petroleum needs coming via land routes. Therefore a sea battle of hostilities will have only one definite loser – India.

Thirdly, there is the Pakistan factor. Pakistan is already a nuclear power which can match India’s nuclear capabilities. In retaliation to India teaming up with Vietnam, China will arm Pakistan even more. This will place India in a grind as two nuclear armed neighbours aim their missiles at India. Its coastal nuclear power plants and economic nerve centres will also come under severe threat of 2008 type of small attacks which will ruin the Indian economy.

Fourthly, as India cosies up with USA, it is fast losing its all weather friend – Russia. Already Russia is hedging its dependence on India with Pakistan and China. As India sinks further into the US lap, Russia will distance itself from India. This is the perfect situation the US is looking for. It will further galvanise India into the US plan as it has no other partner to turn to. As a result India will lose its weapons flow (currently India is world’s largest importer of weapons) and technology donations. Western weapons are far more expensive and the west doesn’t share military technology. The Indian economy will go red trying to buy these expensive weapons.

Fifthly, India is a very unstable country with ethnic boundaries running crisscross. Most Indian states (including Tamil Nadu) have active yet suppressed separatist movements to gain independence. The fragility of this ethnic enclave model was seen from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. Faced with the Indian threat, China and Pakistan will help these state movements and break up India. On the other hand, a confrontation will only galvanise China together.

When things go bad, India will be unable to locate US help let alone receive them. The fate of the pro-US Ukrainian government will befall India. However, Indian decision makers are oblivious to these facts and are happy to play the US game against China. India’s embrace of death and destruction will have no different end results from that of other countries that have already gone through it. Ask Ukrainians or the South Vietnamese.

What MR should learn from the UNP

May 31st, 2015

Courtesy Island

The event that captured everyone’s imagination last week was former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva’s broadside against the government. The CD of his full speech has started doing the rounds. One of the reasons why Silva’s speech is so significant is the range of issues he has dealt with – from the way Ranil Wickremesinghe was made prime minister while D.M.Jayaratne was still holding office, to the way Mohan Peiris was ousted, and the way the Financial Crimes Investigation Division was created. His most scathing criticism was leveled at the FCID which he called an illegal set up investigating non-existent crimes because the matters it deals with such as ‘grievous financial crimes’ do not appear anywhere in the Penal Code.

Another matter that earned the former CJ’s ire was the way the Kaduwela Magistrates court was kept open till almost midnight to remand Basil Rajapaksa. Silva said that he had never seen anything like that in his entire 47 year career nor had he heard of such an incident even from overseas. What was most important about Silva’s broadside was that he was one of those who ignited the yahapalana campaign by opposing Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid to contest the presidency for the third time. Speaking further he said that never in his life had he seen a government that flouted the law in this manner. The manner in which a ministry secretary has been arrested for alleged financial misappropriation also came in for criticism with Silva pointing out that these arrests of officials had been made without carrying out any investigation and in contravention of existing laws and regulations. However Silva’s opinions will be derided by those who remember his recent apology for a judgment he delivered as well as some of his actions as CJ.

Former CJ Sarath Silva thus became the first yahapalana intellectual to find his voice. Many of the intellectuals who supported the yahapalana platform were either maintaining a stolid silence or making all kinds of implausible sounding excuses to justify what was happening. Take Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero for example, the monk who really began the whole yahapalana movement by calling for the abolition of the executive presidency – the present writer found it difficult to understand how Ven Sobitha could support the 19th Amendment as it was finally passed and even refer to it as a ‘mal wattiya’ when in fact it was the biggest betrayal of trust in Sri Lankan political history. It was supposed to abolish the executive presidency and transfer all power to the prime minister and cabinet but in reality nothing of the sort has been achieved and the executive presidency is still very much intact.

This writer had occasion recently to interview Victor Ivan, the editor of Ravaya who also supported the yahapalana platform and when asked about the manner in which Chief Justice Mohan Peiris was ousted his answer was that the way his predecessor Shirani Bandaranayake was removed was even more reprehensible. However, if one compares the way the two former CJ’s were removed from office, it becomes obvious that the constitutional procedure was adhered to in the removal of Shirani Bandaranayake – a procedure that has been made use of on two occasions by the UNP (though they did not go the whole hog) once by the JVP and once by the UPFA. In contrast to that, Mohan Peiris was removed from office by a combination of mob action and presidential fiat. It set a horrendously dangerous precedent for the future.

When this writer asked Ivan about the doings of the FCID, his response was that if people are arrested on allegations of corruption even with the motive of exacting political revenge, still this will instill fear in those in power and help curb corruption after several rounds of politicians imprisoning one another vengefully! That would be a way of using a bad motive to achieve a good outcome but is not a method that this writer would recommend because vengeance will not stop at imprisonment but will inevitably escalate into murdering one another when the opportunity presents itself. Such responses to questions in a way highlights the plight that most yahapalana intellectuals find themselves in. They dare not say anything even against the most unpardonable doings of the yahapalana government for fear that anything that they may say will go in favour of the rising pro-Mahinda tide in the country.

The fact that Sarath Silva did not suffer from such mental blocks from the beginning of the yahapalana government stands much to his credit. He was in fact the first yahapalana pioneer to speak up against the manner that Mohan Peiris was ousted though that early expression of disapproval was not a major broadside against the yahapalana government like his OPA speech last week. The latter was in fact not disapproval of individual acts of the not-so-new government but a rejection of it in toto. Sarath Silva went to the extent of saying that he too voted for Maithripala Sirisena but that he now regrets it and further that he had misgivings when Sirisena was made the candidate and that though the yahapalana election campaign managers had sent him a list of meetings at which he was supposed to speak, he had simply thrown it into the dustbin.

The hooting boomerangs

Sometimes, major political events are triggered by minor events. The incident where former minister Pavithria Wanniarachchi was hooted at when she attended her first pro-Mahinda pocket meeting in Balangoda after resigning her portfolio has done immense damage to the pro-Mahinda cause because that has given other potential defectors the impression that they will not be accepted by the crowd even if they defect at this stage. That has obviously convinced them that their best chance of survival would be to stay on in the Sirisena camp and hope for the best at the election.  They probably feel that rejection by the pro-Mahinda crowds, would doom them politically, but by remaining with the Sirisena camp they would at least have a fighting chance.

This writer has been pointing out all along that it is not the political leaders who are in control of things in the pro-Mahinda camp but the masses from below who are propelling things forward. Hooting incidents of the kind that Pavithra had to face are not really orchestrated (though some may suspect the hand of political rivals in it) but largely spontaneous. The politicians cannot control such shows of disapproval and are constrained to accept whatever advantage or disadvantage that flows from the public mood. Since those who accepted ministerial portfolios from Sirisena now know that they will not be accepted by the Pro-Mahinda camp even if they relinquish their portfolios, Sirisena is now in the happy position of having quite a number of SLFP politicians who now have to stand or fall with him.

It is obviously because Pavithra Wanniarachchi was hooted at, that the resignations of SLFP holders of ministerial office suddenly stopped. Quite apart from resigning, three more MPs, Chandrasiri Sooriyaarachchi, Hemal Gunasekara and Pandu Bandaranayake received state and deputy ministerial portfolios on Friday. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene were promoted a notch. The hostility of pro-Mahinda crowds to those perceived to have ‘sold the party out’ may have worked in President Sirisena’s favour, but how useful this will be in the end is yet to be seen. Only about ten of the UPFA politicians supporting Sirisena (by having accepted ministerial portfolios) have a strong presence in their districts.

Of them, S.B.Dissanayake, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Mahinda Amaraweera and Sudarshanie Fernandopulle are the strongest, having obtained more than 100,000 votes. Several others like Mahinda Samarasinghe (who got just under 100,000 votes)  Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, Jagath Pushpakumara and Shantha Bandara (Kurunegala district) are also fairly strong in their districts. These are the people who have the best chances of survival if the SLFP splits and the Sirisena faction has to contest on its own.

Others like S.B. Nawinna, A.H.M. Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage, Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Felix Perera, Reginald Cooray, Jeevan Kumaratunga, Dayasritha Tissera,  Lalith Dissanayake (Kegalle district) and Lasantha Alagiyawanna are on a much weaker wicket. Lakshman Seneviratne who is also in the Sirisena faction was not elected on the UPFA list. He won the 2010 parliamentary election on the UNP list and defected. It is still unknown how the SLFP voter will react to him. But judging by the voting pattern in the Mahiyangana electorate after he crossed over, it is evident that he has brought a considerable number of UNP votes into the SLFP so he may be a fairly strong candidate at an election.  The three new recipients of portfolios  Hemal Gunasekera, Chandrasisri Sooriyarachchi and Pandu Bandaranayake are also politicians on a weak wicket.

It need not be stressed that the electoral prospects of even the strongest candidates in the Sirisena camp depends to a large extent on the credibility of their leadership. It has to be borne in mind that the next parliamentary election will be held to elect a ‘government’. Due to the rhetoric surrounding the 19th Amendment the public perception now is that power has shifted to the prime minister and the cabinet. Thus, the prime ministerial candidate of the party will be all important. The side that has the most popular prime ministerial candidate will be at a distinct advantage. While that gives the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp a head start over everyone else, it seriously handicaps the Sirisena faction. Not only do the latter not have an attractive prime ministerial candidate, as of now they seem reluctant to even name a PM candidate! That is certainly going to place all those contesting through the Sirisena faction at a serious disadvantage.

Another factor that will influence the outcome of the next election will be the base vote of the contesting political parties. The UNP, TNA and JVP as well as the various Muslim parties all have their base vote. The SLFP base vote at the next election will be split between Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa. At the last presidential election, it is clear that the base vote of the SLFP voted for MR with Sirisena getting perhaps a tiny proportion of it. Even though MR will not be having the SLFP party and symbol next time, one still may surmise that he will get the vast majority of the SLFP base vote. For more than a quarter of a century, the SLFP has not contested an election in its own right and it has been only one party in an alliance led by a charismatic leader. If the Sirisena faction contests separately, this will be the first time in recent decades that the SLFP contests an election on its own and without anybody to lead the parliamentary election campaign as PM candidate.

That fact is certainly going to skew the chances of even the most popular MPs supporting Sirisena. Other factors like the dissolution of the local government institutions controlled by the SLFP, the nagging suspicion among SLFPers that Sirisena does not want an SLFP victory at the next parliamentary election, his insistence on a national government and the acute awareness that he became president not on SLFP votes but on the votes of the UNP are all factors that will be prejudicial to retaining the SLFP base vote. In fact if at all a proportion of the SLFP base vote remains with the Sirisena faction, that will be not because of Sirisena but because of the popularity and persuasive powers of the MPs supporting him – especially the persuasive powers. If the May Day fiasco at Hyde Park is any indication of which way the cookie will crumble, the Sirisena led SLFP will be reduced to a rump at the next parliamentary election.

The Mega betrayal

The statement made last Wednesday by Ven Athureliye Rathana Thero that they would not allow parliament to be dissolved until the 20th amendment is passed, would have sent shock waves through the UNP. The monk even threw down the gauntlet and challenged anybody to get parliament dissolved if they can. In making this statement, he was in fact challenging the UNP and not anyone else. Of the parties within the yahapalana government, it is the UNP that has been agitating for an early election. The JVP has been agitating for the same thing from outside the government. Since the UNP accounts for 80 to 85% of the votes of the yahapalana government, one would think that their needs would be the needs of the government. It is a part of the privileges of a governing party to decide on holding elections at a moment deemed advantageous to itself. Virtually all governments in the recent past have made use of this privilege. In India however, elections are held only when they are due regardless of whether the situation happens to be advantageous to the ruling party or not.

But the practice that has evolved in this country is different. J.R.Jayewardene held the 1982 presidential election before the due date at a moment deemed advantageous to himself, as did CBK in 1999 and Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2010 and 2015. So there is nothing wrong in the UNP wanting to have an early parliamentary election to cash in on the price reductions and salary increases they made. Each passing week without an election places the UNP at a disadvantage. Yet the entity that provided over 80% of the yahapalana votes is unable to gets its wishes respected and is being stymied by the likes of Athureliye Rathana Thero and the JHU that can command at the most 1% of the yahapalana votes. Even the vast majority of the UPFA is not averse to the idea of an early election though they may not be pursuing it with the same enthusiasm as the UNP. It’s only a small cabal around Sirisena including the JHU and the defectors from the SLFP who joined Sirisena who are against an early parliamentary election.

From the very beginning the UNP wanted to abolish the executive presidency through the 19th Amendment while they were not very enthusiastic about electoral reform through the 20th Amendment because they deemed the present electoral system to be more favourable to them. The compromise reached was that the UPFA would extend their support to the 19th Amendment while the UNP would extend their support for the passage of the 20th Amendment so that both parties would be getting something. The UPFA also decided not to insist on the simultaneous passage of both the 19th and 20th Amendments on the basis of an undertaking given by President Sirisena that he will get the UNP’s support for the passage of the electoral reforms. The 19th Amendment was passed on that basis and someone may say that the UNP is now morally bound to support the passage of the 20th Amendment. But the fact is that the 19th amendment delivered nothing in terms of abolishing the executive presidency though that was the promise held out at the election. The executive presidency is still very much intact so there is no reason at all for the UNP to help in the passage of the 20th Amendment.

As at present, the UNP is maintaining a public silence on the 20A. If the UNP agrees to this amendment, they would be giving up the advantage they have under this electoral system without having gained anything in terms of reducing the powers of the executive presidency. This deceiving of the general public and the UNP on the question of abolishing the executive presidency was in fact the biggest political betrayal in post independence history and the UNP is under no moral obligation whatsoever to vote for the 20th Amendment.

We should add however that the reform of the electoral system is necessary. If the abolition of the executive presidency had been carried out, then the reform of the electoral system would have been an absolute must. But now that the executive presidency has not been changed, the retention of the present electoral system will only mean the continuation of the situation that existed for the past three decades for a while more. There is reason to believe that the next parliament may be a more conducive environment to discuss the complete abolition of the executive presidency and a simultaneous electoral reform.

The simmering resentment within the UNP for the way they were duped on the abolition of the executive presidency issue can be seen by the way the pro-UNP website Lanka e News reacted to the appointment of Champika Ranawaka last week to the Constitutional Council as the representative of the president. They had described Ranawaka as an extremist and wanted to know whether the president didn’t have a moderate individual who could be named to the CC. After saying many unflattering things about Ranawaka, Lanka e News stated that by thus appointing Ranawaka the president has let the cat out of the bag as to who he used as a cat’s paw to sabotage the 19th Amendment. They asserted that it is now clear that it was the president himself who employed Ranawaka to sabotage the 19th Amendment and that these maneuvers expose the real face of President Sirisena.

In a separate article last Thursday, Lanka e News said that parliament was not being dissolved even after the 100 days had expired because of President Sirisena’s fear of being held responsible for the defeat of the SLFP after he took over the leadership. They reminded Sirisena that 6.2 million people had voted for him to solve the problems of the country and not those of the SLFP. They said that by delaying the dissolution of parliament president Sirisena was committing suicide and that with each day of delay he is losing the support of the forces that brought him into power as well as those supporting Rajapaksa. There are lessons that MR has to learn from the agony that the UNP is going through  – NEVER trust a confirmed betrayer and give him the power to determine your political fate.

MR rejects Ranil’s claims

May 31st, 2015

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

While rejecting allegations that his government had misappropriated some Rs. 28b at the Highway ministry, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today charged that the current government is engaging in a smear campaign against him and an attempt to belittle the solid achievements of his government in infrastructure development.

Issuing a statement the former President said;

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe alleged yesterday, that I had in my capacity as the Minister of Highways taken a loan of Rs. 55 billion from the National Savings Bank for 28 road projects but that Rs. 28 billion of this money had been used for other purposes such as helicopter rides and providing free meals to people.

This is a part of the ongoing smear campaign against me and an attempt to belittle the solid achievements of my government in infrastructure development. The Road Development Authority did indeed obtain a long term credit facility of Rs. 55 billion from the NSB for 28 road projects. The Rs. 28 billion referred to by the Prime Minister is not a part of the Rs. 55 billion long term loan.

It is a separate short-term loan that was negotiated between the Road Development Authority and the NSB to meet payments relating to various ongoing projects.

The Treasury has in fact issued ‘letters of comfort’ to the NSB asking them to release this short-term loan to the RDA to be settled later through the 2015 budget. All road projects are evaluated by RDA engineers and tender boards and payments are certified based on the work done.

The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) can verify the work carried out by the RDA on the basis of the NSB credit facilities. The Rs. 28 billion short-term loan from the NSB was utilised for most part to meet the ‘local component’ requirements in projects funded by foreign donors like JICA and the ADB.

Some of it was used for the maintenance and repair of existing roads. In any event all the money was spent on Road Development. As for the other Rs. 55 billion taken from the NSB, some of the projects coming under that long-term loan are still ongoing and the entire amount has not yet been utilised.

I wish to state that provision was made in my last budget for the repayment of the entire short-term loan of Rs. 28 billion to the NSB and it was approved by parliament.

The reason why the present government is concocting various stories about this Rs. 28 billion is obviously because they have mis-spent the money allocated in my budget and are now unable to make the scheduled payment to the NSB. –

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Who will get the economy going? No one, unless truth is told

May 31st, 2015

by Sanath Nanayakkare  Courtesy Island

With the parliamentary elections approaching, Sri Lanka is on the verge of entering another phase of its familiar ‘pledge cycle’, therefore, it’s high time the main political parties told the masses the absolute truth on the status of the country’s economy, and the masses demanded to know the truth and nothing but the truth before the country would end up in an economic crisis, think tanks of the Pathfinder Foundation told the media in Colombo last week.

Pathfinder Deputy Chairman Dr. Indrajith Commaraswamy, Executive Director – Luxman Siriwardena and Dr. Sirimal Abeyratne-Professor of Economics, University of Colombo and Senior Fellow of Pathfinder held this press briefing concurrent to the launch of the Foundation’s valuable booklet titled ‘Charting the Way Forward : Prosperity for All’.

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Dr. Sirimal Abeyratne

The booklet discusses 12 highly relevant topics in a very succinct style. They include: Maintaining Sound Macroeconomic Fundamentals, Improving the Business Climate, Land/Labour/Capital Markets, Exports and FDIs, SMEs, Ways to Increase Agricultural Productivity, Training and Skills Development, Empowering Plantation Community, Reform Strategy for Public Enterprises, Efficient Public Service Delivery, Social Protection and Capitalizing on Emerging Mega Funds.

Commenting on the independent, analytical work presented in the booklet, Pathfinder Executive Director Luxman Siriwardena said,” It’s timely to inform the manifesto preparation process of the political parties, and stimulate public discussion on the important determinants that enable successful transition of the Sri Lankan economy to a sustained high-growth path. We’re submitting the reform proposals in the spirit of constructive engagement to promote the improvement of the lives of all Sri Lankans”.

Hitting the nail on the head, Siriwardane said,” The hole in the budget deficit was dented by the Budget Speech – November 2014 as well as the Interim Budget – February 2015.

We need to get out of this vicious cycle and deal with the harsher economic realities without misleading the people”.

Dr. Sirimal Abeyratne,-Professor of Economics, University of Colombo and Senior Fellow of Pathfinder said,” Sri Lanka needs to follow good practices which are being pursued by an increasing number of countries around the world. Welfare measures promised through the political manifestos must be cost -calculated and shown where the funds would come from to deliver them. This will enable the voters to assess the financial viability of the promises they vote for. 10% economic growth is necessary in the next 10-20 years to meet the growing aspirations of the people, and this is doable and feasible if the right policy framework is followed with consistency”.

Pathfinder Deputy Chairman Dr. Indrajith Commaraswamy noted,” We are not saying that the country is in an economic crisis, but we may end up in a crisis if we don’t take action. There’s a lot of discussion on political and constitutional reforms, legal reforms etc., but the management of the economy is the most important thing”.

“The debt dynamics have changed substantially and the scope for the State to borrow is no longer there. The budget deficit is likely to deteriorate as a result of the non-fundable ‘budget handouts’ that we saw in the recent past. Lee Kwan Yu said that elections in Sri Lanka are an auction of non-existent resources. The boost given to consumer demand is no longer sustainable. The Balance of Payment is under pressure. It’s only a matter of time that we will have tax increases, expenditure cuts, interest rate increases and depreciation of currency or some mix of this prescription. This is why we need to implement major economic policy reforms at this juncture,” he pointed out.

“The impact of the economy on the day-to -day lives of the people is of paramount importance. The Pathfinder Foundation feels the need to get the whole country focusing on economic issues and all other issues. The longer you wait the more intense the pain will be, so we need to achieve macroeconomic stabilization as soon as the elections are over. For this, the political leaders, the academics, the public and private sectors and the whole society have a responsible role to play. Facing the economic reality in a realistic way could see us through the looming crisis’, Dr. Commaraswamy said.

 

Sri Lanka’s admirable Buddhist missionary achievements in the West: Anagarika & Asoka offer role models to emulate

May 31st, 2015

Shenali D. Waduge

As the Buddhist public in Sri Lanka begin to close ranks to meet the challenges facing the continuity and preservation of the Buddhist ethos and heritage in the light of planned incursions, it is good to take stock of the admirable services rendered by Sinhala Buddhists who have carried the torch of Buddhism and ignited it on foreign shores. Anagarika Dharmapala and Asoka Weeraratna are two such leading pioneers among many others who should be gratefully remembered for helping spread Buddhism on western shores. Their legacy must be publicly acknowledged and continued to draw inspiration of fellow Buddhists.

Poson Poya marks the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Poson commemorates the occasion of King Devanampiyatissa embracing Buddhism after listening to the Dhamma preached by Arahat Mahinda. Buddhism came to Sri Lanka by royal invitation and all kings/queens thereafter ruled the nation according to the dasa raja dhamma.

anagarikadharmapalaAnagarika Dharmapala 1864 – 1933

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Anagarika Dharmapala as Ven. Siri Devamitta Dharmapala ( circa 1931)

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Asoka Weeraratna  ( circa 1956) (1918 – 1999 )

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Ven. Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi (circa  – August 1972)

The similarities between Anagarika and Asoka are striking. Both were from wealthy backgrounds. Both renounced their birth names that had a foreign and colonial orientation. Anagarika Dharmapala was originally Don David Hewavitharana while Asoka Weeraratna was originally Alfred Weeraratna. They both realized the need to take Buddhism beyond the shores to satisfy a growing hunger for an alternate spirituality among people in the West. In other words, a spirituality that gave high prominence to peace and non – violence. They pioneered the establishment of Buddhist Viharas in Europe. Anagarika founded the London Buddhist Vihara in 1926 while Asoka Weeraratna opened a new chapter for the spread of Buddhism in Germany and Europe by establishing the Berlin Buddhist Vihara in Dr. Paul Dahlke’s Das Buddhistische Haus in 1957 with monks from Sri Lanka stationed on a long term footing to spread the Dhamma. This was the first Theravada Buddhist Vihara in Germany and continental Europe.

Anagarika Dharmapala is gratefully remembered by the  Buddhist public for saving the Mahabodhi Temple in Buddha Gaya while Asoka Weeraratna in establishing the Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya, a forest hermitage to enable Buddhist yogi monks to meditate in peace, helped revive one of  Buddhism’s most supportive and protective structures, namely meditation.

Both Anagarika Dharmapala and Asoka Weeraratna entered the order of the Sangha by renouncing their lay life – Anagarika at the age of 66 ( becoming known as Ven. Devamitta Dharmapala) and Asoka at the age of 53 years ( becoming known as Ven. Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi). This was the supreme example of letting go and going forth (pabajja) the essence of what Buddhism was all about and the most difficult hurdle for lay people who are materially well endowed to clear. It is this factor more than anything else that distinguishes these savants of Buddhism from many others who have in their own ways and in different disciplines contributed to the advancement of Buddhism and Buddhist teachings worldwide.

Today, years after their demise what these icons have left behind continues to be the embodiment of what Sri Lanka can further explore and requires many more such Anagarika’s and Asoka’s to be born in Sri Lanka and take the flame of Buddhist missionary work beyond the shores of Sri Lanka to enable people in other parts of the world to realize the essence of what the journey of truth and life is all about.

On this Poson Poya Day (June 2) let us therefore while acknowledging the indebtedness of this country to both Emperor Dharma Asoka and Arahant Mahinda for bestowing on us the greatest gift i.e. gift of the dhamma, also take time to remember with gratitude the icons drawn from our own local traditions and heritage who bravely took on the challenge of going overseas to propagate Buddhism.

Beginning with the London and Berlin Buddhist Viharas, a stream of Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka and other countries, have taken up residence in several Buddhist Viharas in the West.  They have braved the cold winters of Europe and the innumerable difficulties that prevail in Western countries, particularly for Buddhist monks from Asia. These monks together with dedicated Buddhist lay people from Sri Lanka and other Asian countries have contributed substantially to dispel centuries old negative impressions about Buddhism in the Western consciousness, and have given solace to a large number of Europeans seeking a philosophy that places a high emphasis on self- reliance, non – violence and loving kindness to all living beings. It is a remarkable achievement.

VICES OF OPEN ECONOMY COURTESY UNP

May 31st, 2015

By Cecil Atukorale

Sri Lanka today is not the country that was known to the world, some 30 years ago. In the past this island was known to the world as the Land of Dhamma. But today with the open economy, things have turned topsy-turvy. Hardly, a day passes without something being said in our media about gruesome murder or rape.

Today corruptions and vices of all sorts are endemic in the country much to the dismay of civic conscious decent citizens.

Open Economy is not all about export, import & free trade: – neither about road development and building construction: for it has derived almost  all its social objectives from  Hugh Hefner’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Hefner)PLAYBOY Philosophy : Competition , Consumerism , Drug trafficking , Sexism, Sex liberation and the likes of which are not visible to our open eye of flesh. We need an eye of wisdom to see things in its correct perspective. When this country got the open economy under the J.R.Jayawardena regime, we got the system in its entirety with all its inherent vices, which are not suited to a Buddhist country like Sri Lanka.

Today the country is endemic in all sorts of vices: Casino, Porn films, rapes, gruesome Murder & Prostitution.

Open Economy does not promote public morality: for it is committed to the needs of the rich that exploit the poor people. In open economy woman is deemed to be a super product for sale in the sex trade. Rich can survive well only if the poorer majority are made unintelligent fools. One needs knowledge in order to fight for ones rights and for the rights of others. Public ignorance of politics is a joy for them. This is indeed, one of Playboy’s purposes. But its overall program is a tool fashioned to pervert society with its dirty animal philosophy to lead people away from values that can be only described as bestial to distract them from struggle and activity and turn them into near animals moved by two instincts : Hunger & sexual abuse.

Under the guise of promoting tourism we have being promoting sexism and liquor. During the J.R Jayawardena regime the UNP government had taken steps to distort the content of school textbooks as well for some obscure reason.

In 1986, at the annual literary festival held at Matara, J.R.Jayawardena himself raised the question as to whether literature would help anyone to make a decent fair living. He humiliated the value of Literature.

During that period even the school Buddhist textbooks were distorted to suit the needs of the business class. Buddhist religion was equated with other religions. Accordingly we were told all religions were alike . This was the message the school text books conveyed to the learner.

Thus, Eat, Drink & Make Merry became the guiding philosophy of the life of the younger generation.

Now the present UNP leaders are shedding crocodile tears about the present messy state of the country’s education and also they are lamenting about the current indiscipline prevailing in the society

All this happened because we did not have educated learned elected representatives to launch a struggle against this disastrous economic development program of UNP government

The lesson we have to learn from all that is to be very cautious when we cast our vote at future elections.


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