GO! Go!! Ranil Wickramasinghe people do not want you as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

February 5th, 2017

By Charles.S.Perera

Yahapalanaya goons accused Mahinda Rajapakse for running a  family affair, but Ranil Wickramasinghe makes the government an affair of buddies, with the connivance of the President.

Maithripala Sirisena was elected by the people at the Presidential elections. Therefore he has the peoples’ consent to become the President of Sri Lanka. However,  a large number of Sinhala Buddhists had rejected him.

But the people of Sri Lanka never wanted  Ranil Wickramasinghe as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. If there is a referendum today to ask the people whether  they would like to have Ranil Wickramasinghe as their President, a large majority of the people will definitely say No.

Ranil Wickramasinghe was elected by the Colombo Sinhala,Tamils and Muslims. He was rejected by the mass of the people of this country 29 times consecutively.  But Maithripala Sirisena unconstitutionally appointed him the Prime Minister for personal reasons.

This Prime Minister  of the President Maithripala Sirisena, had his personal plans to enrich his Party the treasury of which had dwindled due to UNP having been outside political power for well over twenty years.

Ranil Wickramasinghe when he became the Prime Minister got around him his buddies- people who could help him fulfil  his personal plans to strengthen his power in the country as the leader of the UNP and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

He appointed Ravi Karunanayake despite a pending  court case against him for money laundering, as his Finance Minister.

Ranil Wickramasinghe  knew that he would be  legally safe in doing even a legally incorrect affair as the Prime Minister. Therefore, in preparation for what ever was in his mind,  he  took over from the Finance Minister,  the Central Bank under his Ministry- Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs.

Then he got down from Singapore Arjun Mahendran ( who is not a citizen of Sri Lanka), a friend of the Finance Minister Ravi Karunananayke, and Raj Rajaratnam. Incidentally  Raj Rajaratnam is the man who financed the Sri  Lanka Terrorists, and whose funds Ravi Karunanayake was accused to have tried to launder”.

Prime Minister Wickramasinghe   recommended to the President  Arjun Mahendran to be appointed the Governor of the Central Bank. The President acceded to his Prime Minister’s request without investigating his background, to assure himself of  the suitability of his appointment to the most responsible and coveted post in the Country.

This irregular recommendation for the appointment of a non Sri Lankan as the Governor of  the Central Bank was evidently an  abuse of  the powers vested in the  office of Prime Minister.

The Governor of the Central Bank  was accused in  reports made by two COPE Committees for the role he played in the  Central Bank Bond Scam in which 5 billion rupees had been swindled by  his son-in-law Arjun Joseph Alloysius of Perpetual Bonds Co.in a Bond Scam.

The Prime Minister’s responsibility for the Bond scam is in  question, firstly,  as the Central Bank comes directly under his Ministry, secondly for protecting the Governor of the Central Bank when the President refused to extend his contract, by employing him as a Consulted in the Prime Minister’s Office. And thirdly for advising the President to dissolve the Parliament before the first COPE report accusing the Governor of the Central Bank was presented in the Parliament. Prime Minister  is also indirectly responsible for the subsequent attempt by the UNP MPs in the COPE committee adding foot notes to the COPE report to dilute”, the legal effect of  the  COPE Report.

Therefore in respect to democracy for which this government often makes a great fanfare,  Ranil Wickramasinghe should step down from the office of Prime Minister without delay, as he is guilty of his responsibility for the Bond Scam on the three counts enumerated above.

In this matter,  the President Maithripala Sirisena should also  take a part of the blame for allowing the Prime Minister to continue to employ Arjuna Mahendran when his services had been terminated by the refusal to extend his contract. Therefore, it becomes imperative that  the President Maithripala Sirisena demand the Prime Minister to submit his resignation.

Sri Lanka should have a Sinhala Buddhist patriot as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Ranil Wickramasinghe does not qualify either as a Sinhala Buddhist nor as a Patriot who loves Sri Lanka and would save and protect the historical heritage  the Sinhala people. 

Ranil Wickramasinghe  depends on the minorities the Tamils and Muslims along with the green even if cut” UNP Sinhala  vote Base to keep himself afloat in the troubled political waters of Sri Lanka. Therefore he will make all sacrifices to satisfy the minorities at the cost of the Majority.

Ranil Wickramasinghe behaved similarly  when he was the Prime Minister of the President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He signed the CFA without consulting either the President or the Parliament, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Soldiers as well as terrorists, and perhaps civilians too which the American Resolution against the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka for violation of human rights during the last phase of the elimination of terrorists does not take into account.

He was also responsible for the Athurugiriya Millenium City raid which resulted in the murder of a number of officers of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces’ Secret Service. He should also take the blame for  building a close relation with the West despite Sri Lanka’s policy of non-alignment. The Prime Minister had also been accused for maintaining torture camps in Batalanda, by a Commission appointed for its investigation.

Now he is all out to prepare himself for the 2019 Presidential elections, having assured that President Maithripala Sirisena will not be a contestant for the Presidency in 2019. He had also assured the  removal of some of the  President’s executive powers with the passing of the19Amendment to the Constitution, which does not even allow the President to dissolve the Parliament until 2020.

It is with that in mind that Ranil Wickramasinghe  is all out to discredit the President Mahinda Rajapakse. Every political manoeuvres he had made so far,  had been with that view in mind. He appointed Sarath Fonseka a man with a rotten mouth without any idea of what is political good sense, as a Minister for the only purpose of getting him to make speeches” in Parliament insulting the President Mahinda Rajapakse. He created the FCID to take into custody and imprison every one that opposes him and would be an obstacle for his Presidential ambition.

Ranil Wickramasinghe has around him corrupt politicians- Lakshman Kiriella Minister of High Ways has appointed 45 of his henchmen as consultants  paying them monthly a sum of Rs.65,000,00. When he was questioned in Parliament on this irregular appointments he said that he was helping those who helped him to win the Parliamentary seat.

Sarath Fonseka is his man to attack the Previous President Mahinda Rajapakse to deny him  political  influence in the country.

Sarath Fonseka is  also a corrupt person who got  the Sri Lanka Armed Forces, when he was the Army  Commander ,  to  purchase bullets and shells for the use of the Armed Forces from his son-in-law Danuna Tillekeratne’s Company Hicorp . The Company got  2 cents for every bullet fired by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces and 20 dollars for every shell.


There is no one capable of leading the UNP, therefore Ranil Wickramasinghe is UNP’s hobson’s choice as its leader. Karu Jayasuriya  is not independent even as the speaker of the Parliament he would not take any decision that would go against the UNP or its Leader. Sajith Premadasa is a man without any self confidence . There was once a group of members of the UNP who proposed him  to take over the leadership of the Party. But he quickly turned down the offer proposing that Karu Jayasuriya should be the leader.

Only person in the UNP who has leadership qualities is Rosy Senanayake. But she was not given even a ministerial responsibility. Rosy Senanayake would have certainly been a better Minister  than Sarath Fonseka- who remains a military man in his speech and behaviour. He is far from being a politician or the likes of one .

Malik Samarawickrama is another buddy of Ranil Wickramasinghe the Prime Minister. Samarawickrama is not an elected Parliamentarian, but he takes lot of initiatives that even a Minister does not take. He interferes with any Ministry he wants without consulting the Minister in Charge. There have been charges of corruption against him which have not been investigated as yet.

Prime Minister fools the people of Sri Lanka by making false statements. The Volkswagan motor car assembly, plant and a foreign glove producing company in Horana were all false publicity given with a view to fool the masses to believe that the Yahapalanaya government is carrying out projects financed by foreign investors.

Prime Minister makes most dangerous proposals without consulting the President , Cabinet or the Parliament. The creation of a Super Minister with powers to act beyond the powers of the Parliament was one such mind boggling project that came out of his mind. With a Prime Minister like him, it is dangerous to allow the passing of Agreements with India such as the ETCA, Hanuman Bridge or under ground tunnels to Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu and  a direct overland transport system from India to Sri Lanka.

It is high time President Sirisena wakes up to stop this megalomaniac from ruining Sri Lanka.

Ranil Wickramasinghe is the one who did not allow a real democratically acceptable opposition in the Parliament, instead he appointed with the connivance of his buddy the Speaker TNA Parlimentarians as the Opposition of the Parliament to allow his  government a political support against the real  opposition.

Mangala Samaraweera is the other buddy, who keeps alive Ranil Wickramasinghe and his governments  servitude to the West. Samaraweera is on his own. He makes statements binding Sri Lanka without consulting the President or the Parliament. That is how he came to sponsor the American Human Rights resolution against Sri Lanka, with the consent of  the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe blinded by his ambition, and to be close to the West.

They all have a wonderful time at the expense of  Sri Lanka. They are able to do that thanks to the President Mahinda Rajapakse, who eliminated terrorism and brought peace to the country  under the blanket of which these Yahapalanaya goons have been so far very safe, to continue their attack on  Mahinda Rajapakse, his family and all who have any connection to him.

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake is the Mervyn Silva of Ranil Wickramasinghe’s Yahapalanaya Government. He is there to catch thieves. He is  an extension to what JVP is doing. JVP members are also the buddies of Ranil Wickramasinghe the Prime Minister. They are all together in the exercise of ruining the Rajapakses and all connected to them along with Wimal Weerawansa who is a strong Critic of this Ayahapalanaya Government.

Ranil Wickramasinghe is completely out of touch with the ordinary masses of Sri Lanka. Raznil says  that when Yahapalanaya came into power Sri Lanka was like a patient on his death bed, and that they are going to treat the patient and bring him back to life to make this country a better place for the young people of this country.

But every one knows that Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has already killed the patient, and now it is only a Zombie that he is trying  to awaken. No good to the young, the old or the country will come by their doctoring a Zombie.

Best that the Prime Minister and his Government can do is to resign for the good of every one.

What is President Maithripala Sirisena doing supporting this man  Ranil Wickramasinghe who is going to hang on to being the Prime Minister at any cost. He will bring Sri Lanka not only to bankruptcy, but also to utter ruin balkanising it to please the minorities. If the President wants to Serve Sri Lanka in a positive manner, he should get rid of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, and appoint a Patriotic Sinhala Buddhist as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

Stop Fake ‘Shared Values’ campaign from replacing Buddhist values that illuminated ‘Sinhale’ nation for over two millennia

February 5th, 2017

Shenali D. Waduge

Buddhism and Buddhist values were the pride of the Sinhale nation for over two millennia. Nothing that this country stood for brought international attention both from near and far than the nation’s commitment to safeguard and foster Buddhism. Buddhist values were the term of reference in national policy making by Sinhalese Kings. Even the Nayakkar (Tamil) Kings of the Kandyan Kingdom respected Buddhist values and never diluted them with ideas alien to Buddhism. Now all what this ancient nation stood for is under grave threat from a Government that is bound by Article 9 of the Constitution to give foremost place to Buddhism and accordingly to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana.

The so – called ‘ Shared Values’ campaign publicized in Newspapers on Independence day (Feb. 4) is nothing but a shameless exercise to bury Buddhist values within a seemingly innocent move to harmonise values that are in-congruent.

There is a world of difference between Buddhist values and values of Abrahamic religions.

For example, the moral universe of Buddhism covers all living beings. Compassion is required of all Buddhists as a matter of faith to be shown to all sentient beings, human and non – human.

No such moral obligation is required of Christians/Catholics and Muslims under their religious codes.

The First Precept is very clear on this ethical conduct required of Buddhists.

The principle ‘ Kill and Eat’ which is at the core of Abrahamic religions is anathema to Buddhist followers, by and large.

Is the ‘ Shared Values’ policy meant to encourage Buddhists to ‘kill and eat’ and accordingly violate the First Precept?

Sinhala Buddhists built this unique civilization that the rest of the world still admires.

‘Mahavansa’ the key historical chronicle was written by a Sinhala Buddhist monk Mahanama in the Anuradhapaura era (5th century AD).

In order to promote a fake and bogus ‘ Multi – culturalism’ an idea that has no roots in our history or with any history, the contributions of the Sinhala Buddhists are being downsized and belittled, and our proud history misrepresented to accommodate others who never figured except perhaps as by standers. 

Ethnic problems created by Western Colonial Governments and Christian Missionaries who descended on ‘Sinhale’ like vultures to forcibly convert our people to their religions, cannot be solved by distorting history to allow these latter day arrivals to regain dominance and hegemony like in the good old days of colonial rule when the minority Christian religion was the state religion enjoying full state patronage of the colonial governments.

The existential fears of the Sinhala Buddhists are legitimate given what has happened to former Buddhist countries such as Maldives, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and lately South Korea.

The failure of current rulers of Sri Lanka to be sensitive to the existential fears of Sinhala Buddhists will be at their peril, politically speaking.

Buddhist values must prevail over all other values. That is the eternal law of Sri Lanka.

The fundamental duty of any ruler is to place Buddhism first and protect it.

The Dasa Raja Dharma must be the fundamental basis of governance whatever party is democratically elected.

The Maha Sangha, the Buddhist Associations/Organizations and all Sinhalese must rise to prevent our history from being uprooted and replaced.

Shenali D. Waduge

If President Trump says AMERICA FIRST how come US citizen Rudrakumaran is ‘Prime Minister’ of a “Government” called TGTE and aspiring to create Tamil Eelam?

February 5th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

 The President of the United States of America has clearly indicated to the world that his administration’s policy will be America First & Americans First. However, US citizen Rudrakumaran who incidentally continues to be banned by the Government of Sri Lanka since April 2014 incorporating the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 is ‘Prime Minister’ of LTTE front Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam and legal counsel for US banned LTTE. There is only one US President and he is Donald Trump. There is no such provision for Prime Minister Rudrakumaran in any US constitution nor provision for a government called TGTE and a state called Tamil Eelam. US citizens are enjoying US privileges not to be creating governments in the sky out of the money that should go into the welfare of the US state. These are important issues that the FBI and US state authorities need to seriously investigate. Many of the LTTE lobbies had been influencing Obama-Clinton Administration & even UN/UNHRC. During the run-up to the elections pro-Eelam Tamil political party TNA members were even dashing over 1000 coconuts to ask the Gods to make Hillary Clinton the President. To balance the scales the same entities had to been lobbying the Trump campaign too. However, if the norm is America First, the US authorities need to seriously investigate TGTE and its ‘Prime Minister’ as LTTE remains banned as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam website – http://www.tgte-us.org

This youtube video shows Rudrakumaran speaking with the banned LTTE flag next to the US flag. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brDnMRWJJvM (2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJecykY5wng (in 2015 in New York again with banned LTTE flag and US flag) how right is this?

Internationally banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE survived 30 years due to support of an international network that funded and lobbied foreign entities to support them. Many holding foreign passports aided and abetted terrorism by providing material/tangible and intangible support.

President Trump must investigate US citizen Rudrakumaran

  • For providing material support to a FTO (Rudrakumaran was LTTE’s legal advisor) as US citizens are prohibited to do so. It is a violation of US federal laws.
  • V Rudrakumaran was LTTE’s legal advisor during talks with the Government of Sri Lanka

o   Thimpu Talks in 1985

o   Canberra Conference in 1996

o   Organized LTTE Heroe’s Day in New Jersey in November 1998 (a year after LTTE was declared a FTO by US Govt)

o   Coordinated agreement between LTTE and South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in July 2002

o   Convened LTTE Constitutional Committee in Paris August 2003

o   Peace Talks in Thailand, Norway, Germany 2003

o   Coordinated defence at Rajiv Gandhi assassination trial in India in 1997

o   He challenged US designation of LTTE as a terrorist organization in the Suresh Manikkavasagar trial in Canada

o   Negotiator for LTTE in Oslo Talks in 2006

o   Negotiator for LTTE in Geneva Talks in 2006

o   Gave LTTE policy statement in Switzerland 2006

o   Addressed Tamils in Germany September 2009

o   Issued LTTE Heroes Day statement in November 2009 (LTTE leader was killed in May 2009 by the Sri Lankan Government forces)

Proof of his role as legal advisor can be sourced from the minutes of meetings held between GOSL and LTTE as well as the Conciliation Resources Publication 2005 and many other websites/internet articles.

US citizens who hold allegiance to the US flag and pledge to uphold American values and US constitution cannot be working for banned entities and holding portfolios as PM of a Provisional Transnational Government and holding elections on US soil while canvassing to create a country somewhere else?

President Trump’s team should investigate to find out how many illegal immigrants are part of this TGTE set up and are using bogus names to cover up their illegal status! As an immigration lawyer, Rudrakumaran has been handling many bogus refugee claimants. Some of these may even be LTTE cadres living and voting illegally in the US and as per new US immigration laws they too need to be vetted.

http://www.c-r.org/who-we-are/people/author/visuvanathan-rudrakumaran clearly identifies Rudrakumaran’s role as legal advisor to LTTE – a FTO banned by US since 1997.

An article by Sarah Stodder on TGTE website is titled The Tiger Lawyer’ (LTTE were known as Tigers) http://souciant.com/2016/04/the-tiger-lawyer/

What Trumps’ team must take stock of is that in June 2010 the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the ‘material support’ statute 18USC 2339B case involving LTTE and Kurdish Workers Party PKK both designated FTOs by US in 1997.

  1. Rudrakumaran has violated US law and should be investigated for ‘knowingly providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization’.

Whether foreign terrorist organizations meaningfully segregate support of their legitimate activities from support of terrorism is an empirical question. When it enacted section 2339B in 1996, Congress made specific findings regarding the serious threat posed by international terrorism. One of those findings explicitly rejects plaintiffs’ contention that their support would not further the terrorist activities of the PKK and LTTE: ‘Foreign organizations that engage in terrorist activity are so tainted by their criminal conduct that any contribution to such an organization facilitates that conduct.’”

Material support = ‘any property, tangible or intangible or service including currency or monetary instrument or financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safe houses, false documentation or identifications, communications equipment facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel (1 or more individuals who may be or include oneself), transportation except medicine or religious materials”. Peacemakers’ were also included to this list.

The case involved demand by 2 US citizens and 6 domestic organizations to provide humanitarian and political support to the LTTE via monetary contributions and tangible aid, legal training and political advocacy.  That the highest court in US upheld that providing material support was a violation means that so long as LTTE remains proscribed as a FTO by the US, Rudrakumaran has no business to continue his TGTE government, function as its Prime Minister or work towards creating LTTE’s Tamil Eelam.

In 2013 Rudrakumaran was publicly reprimanded by the United States Courts Committee on Admissions and Grievances for serious misconduct  –http://www.priu.gov.lk/news_update/Current_Affairs/ca201401/20140109us_court_publicly_reprimands_eelam_leader_rudrakumaran.htm

Though Rudrakumaran will use US 1st Amendment guaranteeing ‘free speech’ to defend himself, he cannot absolve himself of being legal advisor to a banned terrorist organization when the clause ‘under the direction of or is in coordination with foreign groups that the speaker knows to be terrorist organization’. LTTE was banned since 1993 by India and since 1997 by US. Rudrakumaran publicly spoke on behalf of the LTTE: http://tamilnation.co/conflictresolution/tamileelam/cnfZU06/05rudrakumaran.html

Violating USSC 23398 (a) (1)

 Whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both, and, if the death of any person results, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life. To violate this paragraph, a person must have knowledge that the organization is a designated terrorist organization . . ., that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorist activity.”

US continues to ban LTTE as a FTO. Moreover, in 2014 US State Departments ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2014’ confirmed that LTTE’s international support network and financial network was alive inspite of LTTE’s defeat in May 2009. As US is looking to clean up all the misadventures of Obama-Clinton administration which supported LTTE separatism, it is time the new US authorities at least begin investigating these entities which are using its illegal/legally gained monies to lobby US congressmen and other policy makers. With US President declaring that lobbying will not be entertained, the LTTE fronts stand guilty of such misdeeds.

We look forward to President Trump taking action against individuals and groups who are banned by the US Govt as a FTO but knowingly providing material support to them.

Shenali D Waduge

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Delayed Reactions of PTSD

February 5th, 2017

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge

Currently the definition of delayed-onset PTSD encompasses symptoms that surface only up to 6 months following an event. Sometimes PTSD can emerge many years after the original trauma. According to Robertson and colleagues (Ruzich, Looi, & Robertson, 2005), large numbers of older veterans are present with nightmares and intrusive memories of the war. Some are experiencing these features for the first time in their lives. For some World War II veterans, memories of the war can still be upsetting more than 50 years later.

Late onset trauma plagues war veterans in a devastating manner. Those who are in their old age are now troubled by disturbing war memories. The delayed reaction, could be triggered by a subsequent stressful event

In a study of 147 Dutch veterans who had fought in the Resistance against the Nazis in WW2, it was found that forty years after the end of the war over half of these people are still suffering from PTSD and only 4% showed no symptoms at all (Hovens et al., 1992).

A new study (Boscarino & Adams, 2009) that assessed New Yorkers exposed to the events of September 11, 2001 provides additional evidence that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can surface up to 2 years after the event in individuals with preexisting emotional or social problems.

Some of the Sri Lankan veterans too have shown delayed-onset PTSD reactions. They have manifested posttraumatic features many years after original trauma. Combat trauma experienced by them may result in long-term sequelae.

Sergeant TH7 was an experienced combatant who participated in numerous combat operations in the North. During 1988 / 89 insurgency period, his platoon was deployed in the Southern part of Sri Lanka to fight the left wing Sinhala rebels who launched attacks against the Government. In the height of the conflict, the rebels attacked the Army killing several soldiers. This incident escalated to fathomless atrocities.

In 1989, Sergeant TX7 and his group arrested some of the suspects and eliminated them. Sergeant TX7 tortured one of the suspects who was believed to have masterminded the attack on soldiers. He shot the suspect, poured petrol while the victim was alive. Then set fire. When the victim was on fire, he made an unsuccessful attempt to grab Sergeant TX7. Sergeant TX7 narrowly escaped the fire and he became shocked and utterly frightened. Then he aimed his firearm towards the blazing man and fired several shots. Then the suspect died instantly. After a few weeks, he completely forgot the incident.

In 2002, thirteen years after this incident one night Sergeant TX7 s wife tried to light the Kerosene lamp while they were having dinner. Then she accidentally dropped it and the lamp exploded. His wife s clothes caught the fire. She was on flames. Immediately Sergeant TX7 poured water onto his wife and extinguished the fire. She went unharmed. But Sergeant TX7 was utterly devastated.

When his wife was on fire, the 1989 incident came into his mind immediately. Instead of his wife, he saw the JVP suspect who tried to grab him a moment before death. From that night, he had nightmares of the original incident and continuous intrusive memories. Sergeant TX7 startled easily and he was gradually turned in to different person. He became depressed and started abusing alcohol. He lost his life interests. Once he planned to commit suicide. He went to the railway station and walked along the railway tract. When the train was a few meters away, he changed his mind and jumped off.

Sergeant TX7 was diagnosed with PTSD in late 2002 and treated with medication and psychotherapy. (EMDR and CBT). By 2003, he was free of most of the PTSD symptoms.

Sri Lanka eyes China free trade deal

February 5th, 2017

Courtesy The Hindu

Sri Lanka aims to finalise a free trade agreement with China this year and the country’s Prime Minister will visit Beijing in May, the Sri Lankan Ambassador said on Saturday, amid rising concern in the South Asian nation about Chinese investment.

Hundreds of Sri Lankans clashed with police at the opening last month of a Chinese-invested industrial zone in the south,saying they would not be moved from their land.

It was the first time opposition to Chinese investments in Sri Lanka had turned violent.

China signed a deal with Sri Lanka late last year to further develop the strategic port of Hambantota and build a huge industrial zone nearby, a key part of Beijing’s ambitions to create a modern-day Silk Road” across Asia.

Critics, including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, an influential opposition politician who allowed China’s first investment into Sri Lanka when he was leader from 2005 to 2015, say Sri Lanka’s port deal grants overly generous terms to China.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a national day reception at the Sri Lankan embassy in Beijing, Ambassador Karunasena Kodituwakku was upbeat on relations and downplayed the protests.

Sri Lanka wants to finalise a free trade deal with China and a free trade deal with India this year, Mr. Kodituwakku said. In the case of China, this is our 65th anniversary of trade relations,” he said. So this will be the best way to commemorate by signing a free trade agreement.”

‘One Belt, One Road’

China has spent almost $2 billion so far on Hambantota and anew airport and wants to spend much more, part of China’s One Belt, One Road” initiative to build a new Silk Road with massive investments in infrastructure from Asia to Europe and beyond. Mr. Kodituwakku said Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would attend a major summit on the initiative in Beijing in May. — Reuters

Mahendran spent Rs.66mn for his own purposes: VAC

February 5th, 2017

 Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran spent Rs.66mn of Central Bank funds on 163 occasions during a span of 21 months for his own purposes, Voice against Corruption (VAC) Convener Wasantha Samarasinghe alleged today.

He said his allegations were based on an audit report prepared by the CB’s Internal Audit Department and that the money allegedly embezzled was second only to the infamous bond issue, in which Mr. Mahendran is also said to be involved.

The audit report gives details of Mr. Mahendran’s foreign tours and his credit card bills during his tenure up to August 1, 2016. He has failed to produce valid invoices for the 163 occasions he had either purchased goods for himself or had paid hotel bills. On one occasion he is known to have bought a blazer for Rs.2,000,000,” Mr. Samarasinghe said.

The audit report had found more irregularities with regard to Mr. Mahendran’s expenditure in one instance he had produced two invoices for staying at two separate hotels on the same day.

Attention had been diverted from Mr. Mahendran’s misuse of funds with the bond issue coming to the forefront. He is friend of the Prime Minister and also works under him. Former Police Special Task Force Chief has been imprisoned on charges of misusing Rs.140,000 and if so Mr. Mahendran should also be put behind bars for a longer period,” he said.

The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), in its final report on the CB Bond issue held CB’s former Governor Arjuna Mahendran directly responsible for the questionable transaction and urged legal action.

Mr. Samarasinghe said the VAC would complain to the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) as well. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


Video by Buddhi

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Mahendran-spent-Rs-mn-for-his-own-purposes-VAC-123309.html#sthash.viQYYLOS.dpuf

I was forced into a deal with India, Jayewardene told U.S. envoy

February 5th, 2017

Amit Baruah Courtesy The Hindu

 Former Sri Lanka President claimed his troops refused to take Jaffna, reveal declassified papers

Sri Lanka was forced into making a deal with India as its own armed forces had twice refused to take Jaffna”, then President J.R. Jayewardene has been quoted as saying in a declassified document, nearly 30 years after the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was deployed in the island nation.

Jayewardene told visiting American diplomat Peter Galbraith that he had twice ordered his troops to take Jaffna — burn the place to the ground” — and they had talked him out of it on grounds of unacceptably high casualties.

A little over 1,200 Indian soldiers died in IPKF operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in northern and eastern Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990. In May 1991, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who had signed the July 1987 peace deal with Jayewardene, was assassinated by the LTTE.

Rajiv Gandhi and Jayewardene sign the India-Sri Lanka accord in Colombo in July 1987. – Photo: The Hindu Archives  

In response to significant promises of devolution of powers to the Tamil minority and recognition of Tamil as an official language, India agreed to provide military assistance — the IPKF — to ensure peace according to the 1987 Gandhi-Jayewardene accord.

‘A mad fellow’

He [Mr. Jayewardene] made clear that he shared the GOI’S [Government of India’s] implacable hostility toward Prabakaran, calling the LTTE leader ‘a mad fellow’, ” a declassified CIA document said about the February 1988 conversation.

He stressed, though without obvious bitterness, that none of his outside friends would help him, so he had no choice but to make a deal with India,” the CIA document read.

Interestingly, the then President opened up to Mr. Galbraith and said he would hold elections in the Tamil-populated northern and eastern provinces in Sri Lanka. Polls were finally held in November 1988.

Mr. Galbraith also provides an insight into the relations between the IPKF and the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), and the ground situation in the Jaffna peninsula after being flown to the area during his visit.

…the IPKF and the Sri Lankan forces are getting on well together, and…the situation in Jaffna, while still far from normal, is gradually improving,” the American diplomat said in an assessment.

An SLA officer, Brigadier Jayaratne, is quoted in the memo as saying: The IPKF is doing a jolly good job in Jaffna.” He added that the SLA and the Indian troops were getting along famously, like a house on fire.

The document recounted that the Indian officers were warm and responsive” in their interaction with the American visitors, which included Mr. Galbraith and the then U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

Behind the scenes

It appears that the Americans also played a behind-the-scenes role in ensuring channels of communication between President Jayewardene and Prime Minister Gandhi, a second declassified CIA document said.

In 1986, Jayewardene held a very negative view of India given that New Delhi had been training Tamil insurgents as he conveyed to visiting U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy. I am a very peaceful man. But India’s role in this [ethnic] matter is reprehensible and the Indians have to be held responsible for their actions.” Percy, who carried a letter from U.S. President Ronald Reagan to Jayewardene, offered to be of assistance in conveying any message” from the Sri Lankan President to Rajiv Gandhi.

Indian ‘intervention’

Interestingly, a third CIA intelligence assessment of September 1986 stated that India was rapidly expanding” its armed forces to intervene” in Sri Lanka.

India, it said, was improving its ability to deploy airborne troops. The paratroopers probably would try to seize an airfield so that reinforcements could be brought in by air. U.S. defence attaché sources report the Army and Air Force practised such an operation late last year [1985] at Trivandrum, with the assault force receiving offshore fire support from Navy ships.” Trivandrum, the memo argued, resembled Colombo in topography.

In the CIA’s assessment, India would intervene in Sri Lanka in two scenarios — one, if the government collapsed and, the other, if Tamil insurgents established a separate State.

In our view, an Indian intervention would most likely come [exactly what happened in 1987], as in 1971 [to deal with Marxist insurgents] following a request from Colombo to help in restoring internal order,” the assessment said.

Interestingly, the CIA believed that the poorly trained Sri Lankan Army would offer token resistance and opposition to a prolonged” Indian intervention would come from Tamil and, possibly, Sinhala insurgents.

In a prescient observation, the memo concluded: If New Delhi continues to oppose a separate Tamil state, we believe Tamil insurgents would resist the Indians as they now do the Sinhalese.”

Will Norway handover diaspora Tiger leader “Nediyavan” to Sri Lanka?

February 5th, 2017

By D. B. S. Jeyaraj Courtesy The Daily Mirror

What was your first military operation”? was a question posed to Veluppillai Prabhakaran in a media interview many years ago. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader replied Alfred Durayappah”. Prabhakaran was of course referring to the popular former Mayor and ex-MP Alfred Thangarajah Durayappah who was gunned down within the Jaffna peninsula on July 27, 1975. Prabhakaran and three others Kalapathy, Kirubakaran and Satkunam were responsible for the cold-blooded murder which took place opposite the Ponnaalai Varadarajaperumal temple.

An assassination of an unarmed civilian holding elected office is generally regarded as an act of terrorism and not as a military operation. But Prabhakaran claiming the murder of Durayappah as his first military operation is indicative of Prabhakaran’s twisted mindset which perceived an act of terrorism as a military operation. This may perhaps throw much light on the personality of the ruthless Tiger supremo whose organization was responsible for the murders of many political leaders from the Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim communities of Sri Lanka.

Starting with Jaffna Mayor Durayappah, Prabhakaran’s LTTE went on to assassinate numerous political leaders, including a former Indian Premier, a Sri Lankan President, a Sri Lankan ex- leader of the Opposition, Several Cabinet ministers, ex-chairmen of District Development Councils, Parliamentarians and ex -parliamentarians, leaders of rival Tamil militant organizations etc. Many analysts have pointed out that the prevailing crisis of a lack of strong political leadership within the Tamil polity is very much due to the effect caused by the spree of continuous political assassinations by the LTTE.

All this however came to an abrupt end in May 2009 when the LTTE was defeated militarily by the armed forces. The Tiger leadership was eliminated. Over 12,000 members of the LTTE who surrendered were detained and released in stages after undergoing a process of rehabilitation. The overseas structures of the Tigers remained intact, but were seriously undermined by the fall of the LTTE in Sri Lanka. The Diaspora Tigers though active abroad could do a very little damage in Sri Lanka as their capacity to engage in violence on Lankan soil had virtually ended.

Tamil National Alliance 
The Tamil people living in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka in general and their political parties in particular were the main beneficiaries of this changed state of affairs. The premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamil people – the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) – emerged free of the eight-year period of political bondage and servitude suffered under the LTTE. The TNA re-invented itself to changed circumstances accordingly and began chartering its political course independently. The chief constituent of the TNA namely the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) asserted itself more boldly and began playing a more strident role in Tamil politics. The TNA established itself as the dominant political entity representing the Tamils of North – eastern Lanka by doing well at Parliamentary and Provincial Council polls. The TNA won 14 and 16 seats at the 2010 and 2015 Parliamentary elections respectively. The TNA got 11 seats at the 2012 Eastern PC poll and 30 seats at the 2013 Northern PC elections.

Though Tamil politicians would not acknowledge the fact openly, it was in reality the defeat and destruction of the LTTE by the armed forces that had caused this renaissance in the democratic political sphere of Sri Lankan Tamil politics. After many years of being under the Tiger yoke, the Tamil leaders were able to engage in democratic politics without fear. To adapt the Orwellian (George) phrase Big Brother is watching” to Lankan Tamil politics Little Brother” (Thamby) was not watching any more. The danger of democratic Tamil politicians facing death at the hands of the LTTE began diminishing. Assassination of Tamil politicians by the Tigers became a distant memory.

Definite plot to kill

This situation underwent a drastic change last month. After many years of comparative calm and safety, the spectre of moderate Tamil political leaders being assassinated by the LTTE was raised again. The possibility of a Tamil parliamentarian being assassinated by the LTTE on Sri Lankan soil became once again a shocking reality. A definite plot to kill TNA MP for Jaffna district and lawyer M. A. Sumanthiran by exploding a claymore mine on the Soranpatru-Thaalayady road known as B402 road on January 13, 2017 was uncovered by the Police Terrorism Investigation Department (TID). Sumanthiran accompanied by his wife was scheduled to travel along the road to participate at a seminar in Maruthankerni on that day (13). However, due to some private reason, he had cancelled the trip on the previous day. This unexpected cancellation unintentionally thwarted the diabolical designs of the would-be assassins.
Four suspects, all of them former members of the LTTE were arrested and produced at the Kilinochchi Courts on January 20. Police told courts that a claymore mine, detonators and stocks of Kerala Ganja (Marijuana) were discovered in their possession. It was also mentioned that there was a conspiracy to kill a political VIP. Sumanthiran’s name was not mentioned. The four suspects were charged separately for the alleged offences of possessing narcotics and dangerous explosives and for plotting to kill a political VIP. Three B” reports were filed. None of the suspects were charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). All four were remanded to fiscal custody till January 30. They were held at the Anuradhapura prisons. The assassination plot against Sumanthiran had not been reported in the media at this point of time.

Extensive details of the assassination were reported exclusively in Sri Lanka by this column in the Dailymirror” of January 28, 2017.The Indian English Daily The Hindu” also carried a news story by its Colombo correspondent. Subsequently other newspapers too picked up the story. So, when the matter was taken up again at the Kilinochchi courts on January 30, the news about Sumanthiran being the target of an assassination plot was well-known.

Three separate reports

Yet, the Police maintained its earlier stance on January 30 too with one change. One more person, Vijayan from Mannar had been arrested and charged. Now there were five suspects. The alleged offences were still the same. There were three separate reports on charges of narcotics possession, possession of dangerous explosives and plot to kill a political VIP. Sumanthiran’s name was not mentioned explicitly. Police also requested the court to sanction the sending of mobile telephones of the five suspects to Moratuwa University for further decryption and analysis. Two lawyers appeared on behalf of the suspects and requested that they be transferred to Jaffna prisons from Anuradhapura. All five were further remanded until February 13.

After remanding the suspects, Kilinochchi Magistrate and District Judge A. A. Anandarajah summoned the Police to his chambers. The Judge queried from TID officials the name of the targeted VIP. He was informed that it was M.A. Sumanthiran MP. Thereafter Judge Anandarajah inquired from the Police as to whether any other political VIP was also being targeted in this regard. The TID had replied that only Sumanthiran MP was the target. Then the Judge had asked as to why the Police was not naming Sumanthiran explicitly in their reports. The Police had said that they wanted to do that after the mobile phones were scrutinised at the Moratuwa University. Thereupon Judge Anandarajah had advised the Police to combine the three separate reports into one report and file it in courts the following day. He also instructed Police to include Sumanthiran MP as the target of the assassination plot in the report.

This was adhered to promptly by the Police who filed a fresh report B 85/2017 on January 31. In that report filed at the Kilinochchi Courts, TNA parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran was specifically mentioned as the intended target of the suspected assassination attempt planned for January 13, 2017. Five persons, Gnanasekaralingam Rajmathan from Trincomalee, Lewis Mariyampillai Ajanthan from Maruthankerni, Karalasingham Kulendran from Kilinochchi, Velayutham Vijayan from Mannar and Murugiah Thavaendran from Kilinochchi are the five suspects. The next hearing will be on February 13, 2017.

It has been the usual practice in matters like this to charge suspects under the PTA and conduct further investigations. This however is not being followed in this matter. This has led to former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L.Peiris raising the issue. Prof. Peiris in a media interview has questioned the Govt as to why the suspects were not being charged under the PTA. According to authoritative sources, this is so because the Govt had already taken a policy decision to repeal the draconian PTA and replace it with more acceptable anti-terrorism legislation. The Govt had decided not to charge anyone under the PTA until it was replaced. As such, the Govt does not want to utilise the PTA in this respect and is trying to conduct further investigations into the case without resorting to the PTA. Since Sumanthiran MP himself has been critical of the PTA in the past, this Govt’s decision is expected to strike a responsive chord with the TNA parliamentarian notwithstanding the fact that he himself is the target in this case.

Safety and security

The decision not to invoke provisions of the PTA does not mean that the Govt is not concerned about the safety and security of Sumanthiran MP in particular and Tamil MP’s in general. The post-war years have seen many futile attempts to revive the LTTE on Lankan soil. These attempts were strongly backed by LTTE and pro-LTTE elements in the Diaspora. Fortunately, these attempts were checked and foiled on time by vigilant Police and Security Forces. This has been the case in this instance also. The plot to kill Sumanthiran has been uncovered. The crucial difference in this attempt as opposed to the earlier ones is the fact that for the first time a clear conspiracy to assassinate a specific individual has been detected. There is nothing vague or ambiguous about the overseas LTTE-backed plot by ex-Tiger cadres to assassinate Sumanthiran on the Soranpatru- Thaalayady road.

Sumanthiran is resented by the extremists in the Tamil community. This is particularly so with the Tiger and pro-Tiger elements in the global Tamil Diaspora. He has been constantly attacked and vilified in media organs partial to or controlled by the LTTE. In early 2015, there was an orchestrated campaign against TNA leader R.Sampanthan and M.A.Sumanthiran amidst the overseas Tamils. Their effigies were burnt. I have focused on those attacks in detail in these columns written for in the Dailymirror” then.

An excerpt from the article headlined Tamil extremists target Sampanthan and Sumanthiran” which appeared in the
Dailymirror” of February 28, 2015 describes the political role of Sumanthiran and why the Tamil extremists attack him. Here is the excerpt – These ‘opposing’ sections are always on the look out to find fault and embarrass the TNA particularly its leadership. Sumanthiran is singled out specifically because he is the most articulate TNA parliamentarian.

He is widely accepted by Southern politicians nationally as well as leaders and officials internationally. Sumanthiran is the most trusted and able deputy of the octogenarian Sampanthan. In recent times, Sumanthiran has been playing a constructive role in Tamil political affairs.  In a blend of public advocacy along with quiet diplomacy, the TNA national list MP has been rendering yeoman service to his community. In many instances, those who want to weaken Sampanthan use Sumanthiran as a target. The idea is to cripple Sampanthan politically by undermining Sumanthiran”.

Sumanthiran’s political role

Sumanthiran’s political role has been appreciated and praised by many but it has also led to some resentment in certain circles within and outside the TNA. The green eyed devil has much to do in this regard. Among the TNA parliamentarians of today, Sumanthiran is the only MP who has had no interaction with any of the Tamil militant groups including the LTTE prior to his entering politics. Though born at the Mcleod Hospital in Inuvil, Jaffna, he grew up in Colombo and studied at Royal College. Sumanthiran was aloof from active politics, practising law in Colombo until invited by Sampanthan to join the TNA. He was appointed national list MP in 2010 by Sampanthan”.

When I wrote this article in 2015, Sumanthiran was a national list MP. However in the 2015 August polls, he contested from the Jaffna district and was elected MP. The Diaspora Tigers spent huge sums of money to defeat him at the 2015 Elections but he had won handsomely. But the people backed by the overseas Tigers like Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam of TNPF and Suresh Premachandran of EPRLF lost badly. Thereafter the Tigers coordinated and conducted a campaign to abuse and humiliate Sumanthiran publicly at different places in Jaffna and in Western countries like Australia, Britain and Switzerland. The idea was to pressurize him into quitting politics. This too did not happen.

Sumanthiran has been playing a very positive role in bridging the gap among the ethnicities and striving to ensure the restoration of Tamil rights through democratic means. In recent times, he has been making a constructive contribution to the Constitution making process in his capacity as TNA member of the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee and also as co-chair along with Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne of the Management Committee of the Secretariat for the Constitutional Assembly. It is widely acknowledged that the enactment of a progressive Constitution would be a significant achievement that could usher in true justice, equality and ethnic reconciliation. It is an incontrovertible fact that the LTTE elements overseas and pro-Tiger elements within Sri Lanka are extremely antagonistic towards Sumanthiran. Also troubling is the fact that he has been intensively vilified and derogated by pro-LTTE elements in Sri Lanka and abroad. Traitorization and character-assassination has been the usual LTTE practice before and after killing a person. This modus operandi was patently visible in the assassination of Dr. Neelan Tiruchchelvam.

Phenomenon of traitorization

I did write about this traitorization and elimination process extensively in an article titled Recurring Phenomenon of Traitorization” in Tamil Nationalist Politics” published in the Dailymirror” of March 14, 2015. Here is an excerpt – Any Tamil, proposing conciliatory politics or supportive of co-operation with the Government will have the Damoclean sword of Traitorization hanging over them. In the present situation, comparatively moderate TNA leaders such as Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are also being labelled as traitors. Their portraits and effigies are being burnt. The latter is the favourite target of the LTTE elements. He is being vilified widely as a thurogi” or traitor. As noted earlier, the practise in the past when the Tigers were riding high was to demonize someone as a traitor and then exterminate him”.

Mercifully, this is no longer an option for the Tigers and their fellow travellers because of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has bestowed a great gift upon the Tamils by destroying the LTTE militarily in Sri Lanka. In a post-Prabhakaran era, the course of action available is not assassination but character assassination.  The idea is to kill without killing” by portraying the targeted victim as a traitor. Unable to kill physically, the bloodthirsty fiends satisfy their lust by cremating” portraits and effigies. However, there is the danger of this trend acquiring a destructive capacity if left unchecked or not contained now”.

When I wrote the above stated lines nearly two years ago, I was confident that the overseas Tigers and/or their minions would not resort to killing or encourage assassinations in the current post-war situation in Sri Lanka. This is because anyone with a modicum of rationality and at least a tiny amount of concern for the well-being of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka would realise that a resumption or eruption of violence would be suicidally detrimental to the interests

of the community.  But the LTTE and its fellow travellers are guided by the politics of irrationality and complete lack of concern for the Tamil people. The course of events that led to the humanitarian catastrophe of Mullivaaikkal and Nanthikkadal illustrate this.  The idea is to kill without killing” by portraying the targeted victim as a traitor. Unable to kill physically, the bloodthirsty fiends satisfy their lust by cremating” portraits and effigies. However, there is the danger of this trend acquiring a destructive capacity if left unchecked or not contained now”.

When I wrote the above stated lines nearly two years ago, I was confident that the overseas Tigers and/or their minions would not resort to killing or encourage assassinations in the current post-war situation in Sri Lanka. This is because anyone with a modicum of rationality and at least a tiny amount of concern for the well-being of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka would realise that a resumption or eruption of violence would be suicidally detrimental to the interests of the community. But the LTTE and its fellow travellers are guided by the politics of irrationality and complete lack of concern for the Tamil people. The course of events that led to the humanitarian catastrophe of Mullivaaikkal and Nanthikkadal illustrate this.

All changed utterly”

It is against this backdrop that I warned in March 2015 that the effigy and portrait burning campaign against Sumanthiran could take a dangerous turn and acquire a more lethal and destructive capacity if unchecked or not brought under control. The fears expressed then have now come true. For the first time, after the war concluded, the authorities have detected a conspiracy and plan by Tigerish elements to assassinate a democratic Tamil Parliamentarian. Not only Sumanthiran but all democratic Tamil politicians striving to arrive at reconciliation and peaceful co-existence now face potential risk, This has transformed the political situation entirely. As Yeats wrote in his Easter 1916” All (has) changed, changed utterly”.

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt is not unmindful of this changed scenario. After protracted discussions at the National Security Council meeting chaired by the President and at the intelligence services coordinating meeting chaired by Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi, a new security arrangement has been formulated. Protection for leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan and Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran will be provided by the Police Special Task Force (STF). In addition, all TNA parliamentarians and Provincial ministers will be provided enhanced Police security.

This applies even to Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran who has been accused in recent times of playing footsie” with the Diaspora Tigers. The enhanced security scheme came into force from the beginning of this week for Sampanthan and Sumanthiran. The Jaffna district MP who was targeted for death in Jaffna in mid – January undertook a two-day trip to the northern peninsula mid-week to appear for the defendants in a murder trial and also to attend some social and political events. Many people in Jaffna did not expect Sumanthiran to visit Jaffna so soon after the assassination plot was detected. Most of his supporters were pleasantly surprised to see the MP in Jaffna and expressed concern over his safety. Jaffna High Court Judge Manickavasagar Ilanchelliyan told Sumanthiran in court that he did not expect him to be in Jaffna so soon after the plot to kill him was known. He replied that he was committed to appear for the young students charged for murder. Judge Ilanchelliyan instructed that maximum security be provided to Sumanthiran within court precincts and the surrounding environment.  Vetri”,”Maran” and Amuthan”

While it is certainly a matter for satisfaction that five suspects have been apprehended and security has been intensified, the fact remains that the ex-LTTE cadres were actually being controlled by Tiger agents abroad. As stated in these columns last week, TID officials have discovered that three persons namely Vetri” in Australia, Maran” in France and Amuthan” in Malaysia have been planning, financing and coordinating the activities of the five ex-Tigers in Sri Lanka. Lankan law enforcement authorities have alerted their counterparts in all three countries. Investigations have commenced and are continuing in France and Australia but Malaysian security circles have indicated that Amuthan is no longer in that country. Incidently the phone used by Amuthan to communicate to Northern Sri Lanka had a Brazilian SIM card.

Amuthan, Maran and Vetri may have been the puppeteers of the five ex-Tigers arrested in Sri Lanka, but this trio too is part of a larger Tiger overseas network. Sri Lankan security officials firmly believe that this network is led by the Tiger operative known as Nediyavan” whose real name is Perinbanayagam Sivaparan. 40-year-old Nediyavan” is from Sangarathai, Vaddukkoddai in Valigamam West, Jaffna. He bears the nom de guerre Nediyavan” means ‘tall man’. Nediyavan had joined the LTTE in 1994 when he was 18. He was sent to Russia for higher studies by the LTTE and studied political science but apparently Sivaparan did not complete his degree in Moscow.

Interestingly the financial arrangements for Nediyavan’s studies in Russia were handled by Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias  KP” who took a personal interest in the youngster. KP who was in charge of overseas administration, fund raising and procurement before 2002, got someone in France to send money regularly to Nediyavan. Ironically, the very same Nediyavan turned against KP later.

Nediyavan functioned in the LTTE’s political wing and accompanied former Tiger political commissar Suppiah Paramu Thamilselvan to some of the peace talks during 2002-2003. He was later transferred to the overseas LTTE administration section under Veeragathy Manivannan alias Castro. Nediyavan was in charge of Castro’s public relations unit and interacted with several overseas functionaries visiting the Vanni during the peace process. It was then that Nediyavan met his future wife Sivagowri Shanthamohan. She was a Norwegian citizen. Her father’s brother was Gnanendramohan alias Ranjan Lala. Gnanendramohan was one of the pioneering members of the LTTE and a trusted confidante of Prabhakaran. Ranjan Lala was shot in Jaffna by the Army when riding a motor cycle.

Sivaparan and Sivagowri

Many young, unmarried female Tiger supporters who visited the Vanni during the peace process found themselves unable to resist the five flower arrows” of Manmathan” or cupid when they interacted with young Tamil male Tiger militants. Sivaparan and Sivagowri fell in love. Prabhakaran who had been very fond of Ranjan Lala supported the union. After their marriage, Sivaparan went to Norway in 2006. The LTTE had been sending a number of operatives abroad over the years. These cadres belonged to different departments of the LTTE and began functioning as Tiger operatives in these new countries. Most of these cadres were from the political and intelligence wings.

Nediyavan took up residence in Norway. The matrimonial alliance with Sivagowri had strengthened Nediyavan’s clout within the LTTE. Castro used him to communicate with overseas operatives. Contact between the Vanni and Tigers abroad was under strain as the war escalated. So Castro appointed an international representative on his behalf. This person was to be in overall charge of the LTTE overseas branches. This was none other than Nediyavan.

KP, who at one time was in charge of overseas LTTE branches re-joined the LTTE and was appointed head of international relations in January 2009. He, with Prabhakaran’s approval, used this position to re-establish control of the overseas LTTE. This was resented by Castro. With Castro’s authority, Nediyavan spearheaded resistance to KP taking over as global Tiger chief. This resistance continued even after the LTTE leadership was destroyed in May 2009. While KP donned the leadership mantle on account of his seniority, Nediyavan and his loyalists opposed it. After KP was arrested in Malaysia and deported to Sri Lanka in August 2009, Nediyavan established greater control over the overseas LTTE structures.

Nediyavan’s network primarily consists of one-time LTTE branches and front organisations. With the LTTE being proscribed as a foreign terrorist organisation in most western nations many of the identified Tiger branches became dormant or transformed themselves into new entities. New fronts were also established. The Nediyavan group also established a network of elected” organisations in different countries among the Tamil Diaspora. These organisations were called either Makkal Peravai” or Thesiyap Peravai” (Peoples or National Assemblies or Councils) in each country. While these functionaries try to project themselves as democratic political activists at one level, many of them at other levels are involved in shady activity. This is because these outfits are fundamentally LTTE branches pretending to be legitimate political formations.

The ‘Nediyavan’ network
Thus the Nediyavan network, despite its pretensions to the contrary is not transparent or accountable. Its so-called democratic credentials leave much to be desired. Many of Nediyavan’s followers are not committed to non-violence. Moreover, the Nediyavan network is shrouded in secrecy and ambiguity with many activists having shady, controversial pasts. A few of the key office-bearers in different countries are members or ex-members of the LTTE and have had weapons training as well as battlefield experience. Political statements made by the Nediyavan group are released by the LTTE office calling itself the Anaithulaga Seyalagam” (International Secretariat or office).

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan authorities requested Norway to hand over Nediyavan to them some years ago. Oslo did not oblige but Norwegian officials interviewed Nediyavan and warned him that he should not engage in or promote violence while living on Norwegian soil. Thereafter Nediyavan relocated to a place about 240 km away from Oslo. He maintains a low profile and is generally inaccessible. However, it is believed that he continues to communicate verbally with key deputies through trusted couriers and issues instructions. It is suspected that a major decision, such as the ordering of an assassination would have been done by Nediyavan himself.

It appears that the Sri Lankan Govt is likely to make a formal request once again to Norway that Perinbanayagam Sivaparan, also known as Nediyavan should be handed over to them for further interrogation and possible penalization. Sri Lanka’s case seems to be stronger than earlier in the aftermath of the assassination attempt on Sumanthiran. It remains to be seen as to whether Oslo would accede to Colombo’s request this time or not.

D.B.S.Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com  

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GMOA and JVP to hold discussions on SAITM

February 5th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

February 5, 2017  10:25 am

– See more at: http://www.adaderana.lk/news/38966/gmoa-and-jvp-to-hold-discussions-on-saitm#sthash.pnrdfFXH.dpuf

What did I tell you in my article below >>>>

I can understand rationale if the GMOA tries to muster other affiliated unions and organizations to support them .

But why JVP and JO ?  During previous regime they allowed Saitem to function All of a sudden JO is opposing? JVP as usual try to get popularity by stirring any public issue .They have done it before and they want to stir it again .If you read the article below ,I have emphasized that in 1984 ,GMOA was hand in glove with JVP.

I read one article by Dr   Ruwan M Jayathunge under caption     සයිටම් විරෝධය where he clearly mentioned that GMOA should try to improve Quality of Saitem rather than fighting against them


සයිටම් විරෝධය මතු කල යුත්තේ සයිටම් අායතනයේ කොලිටිය වැඩි කිරීම සඳහා මිස පුද්ගලික විශ්ව විද්යාල තහනම් කල යුතුයි කියන ස්ථාවරේ සිට නොවේ. සයිටම් අායතනයේ කොලිටිය වැඩි කිරීම සමගම බොහෝ අඩු ලුහුඞුතා තිබෙන දේශීය වෛද් ආයතන වලද කොලිටිය උසස් කර ගැනීමට සටන් කල යුතුය.

සයිටම් අායතනයෙන් පිටවන දොස්තරලා රෝගීන් මරා දමාවිද යන්න ගැන අනාවැකි කීම නම් තවමත් වේලපහ වැඩිය. නමුත් පසුගිය දශක තුන ඇතුලත ලංකාවේ රෝහල් වල නොසැලකිල්ල නිසා රෝගීන් ගනනාවක් මිය ගියා පමණක් නොව වරක් රෝගී තරුණියක දූෂණය කොටද මරා දමන ලදි.


It is high time that the president who is the  ultimate savior ,interferes and tell GMOA to mind their business and treat patients .One day people in some areas may attack hospitals and doctors with vengeance .What will JVP do ? Save them ?

It looks like that the engineers who also do a yeoman service to the nation ( like CEB,Water Board,RDA ,ect etc ) are  more human than doctors .

It is high time that government takes drastic measure and lock up the GMOA leaders so that their wives and children are left in despair .

Four hour doc strike cripples hospitals

I despise strikes by anyone let alone doctors  .There may be various allegations against some ministers for allowing SAITM to commence teaching ,but we all have to understand that some parents have the right to give education to their children in the medical field .If the state  cannot do that they tend to go abroad and get then educated where our hard earned foreign reserves depletes.

JVP instigated terror in 70 s and 80 s and the doctors stayed home  due to fear, That time GMOA was hand in hand with JVP and helped them.My story below show that they were supporting strike action for no apparent reason .

My wife started working in Sri Lanka after returning from Russia.  During the height of JVP terror, all the doctors were asked to stay home by gun trotting  members of the party ,who were sending Chit” to every house hold,I advised my wife not to give in .She was the only doctors who was working and hospital sent an  ambulance daily for her to go to work ,

GMOA top leaders came to know about it and came to my house in Gampaha to instigate her not to work My wife was at work and I was luckily at home .They had the audacity to come in to our house and to force  me to tell her not work .I asked for justification ,but their answer is that members should abide by the Central Committee decision .I told he that my wife is not educated to be a doctor with public money, but in Communist Russia ,and they have  educated her to treat medical profession as  noble one, and the duty of doctors should come first .I also told GMOA that they do not even recognize my wife’s Medical State University and they have no rights what so ever to press her and asked them not very politely asked them  to walk out of my house .

GMOA can fight their battle in a different ways ,but  making  poor patients suffer is not acceptable .

If you  walk into few private hospitals you will see this doctors doing private practice when  strike is on .

We are supposed to be a Buddhist Country and we should have better compassion and kindness to mankind

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

President calls on politicians, state officials to be honest and committed

February 5th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

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Good old days statements made by leaders are taken very seriously .When I read above news in the media ,I was wondering whether His Excellency President knows the state of affairs in the country. All of us know that 99% of the politicians are corrupt .Politics is a dirty business and people go to politics to earn money.

Recently HE made a statement that procurement officers in the country are highly corrupt .

Quote from Indian Express

Half Sri Lanka’s public procurement contracts are corrupt: President Maithripala Sirisena

“We say call tenders to prevent corruption, but in reality we know that the tender procedures are also corrupt,” said President Maithripala Sirisena


About the state officials I would not say that 99% is  corrupt .But having experience in dealing with many state officials in official matters, I found that most of them want something in return .The word committed may be construes as committed to make some fast buck but not to the well being of the people and the country.

Graph below shows how bad we are .Even under Yahaplanaya we are doing not doing well

Is it ?

THE The president should do something and strengthen the anti-corruption drive by way of  appointing a Attorney General with a string team to bring culprits into books .


February 4th, 2017

Sarath Wijesinghe Former Chairman Consumer Affairs Authority, former Ambassador UAE and Israel

Concept of price control and regulation

It is reported that the price of rice is to be declared as Rs 66.00, apparently to be implemented through the network of the CAA officers attached to the organisation. There may be about 200 officers to implement this thorough the country of 2.3 million and the network of traders round the country. Is it possible and practicable to implement is a moot issue, and the mode of implementation is still difficult considering the different kinds of rice on the market with different prizes and flavours. While indorsing the good intentions of the issue it is the duty of the concerned citizens to point out the practical difficulties, on the process of implementation. CAA has not been successful on implementation of the maximum prices of other items declared under the S18 of the CAA. There is no system of price control in Sri Lanka as before the implementation of the CAA enforced by act no 9 of 2003. There is rampant bribery and corruption by successive governments which increases the ultimate price in the hands of the middle man and corrupt officials. Farmer is exploited giving the profit to the paddy mafia and the corrupt officials supported by politicians. Will this attempt even though partially successful would bring the cost of living is a million dollar question when the prices of every other item are expensive and out of reach to the consumer.

Junk Food, Obesity and Cola Drinks

Rice is the main stable food which is healthier than the next popular alternate- bread- available in abundance to the citizen draining away the much needed foreign currency for the import of flour. Bread is unhealthy and catalyses adiabatic, obesity and many other completions based on bad food habits in Sri Lanka, when diabetes, obesity and connected complications leads to kidney, heart diseases which are spreading fast. Unless urgent steps are taken, Current 27% of dieback population would reach 50% in 2020, leading to many other connected non communicable diseases with many victims from the future generation used to unhealthy junk food and cola drinks fast spreading. Ilford County in the United Kingdom has banned Junk food outlets in the vicinity of schools and the schools have been warned to avoid junk food in the lunch menu .CAA mooted popularization of rice as the main food, make bread out of rice floor, and to make fast food from rice flour. It is a good idea for the CAA to continue the affects further, in view of the shortage of food and spread of non-communicable diseases. Unfortunately the consumption of flour related food is increasing due to convenience for the preparation and ferocious marketing strategies of fast food which has engulfed

the nation with unhealthy cola drinks threatening the health of the nation including the future generation addicted to junk food and thriving food chains. Readers are requested to read the article by the writer on junk food in the worldwide net.

Granary of Asia

Sri Lanka was named Granary of Asia by writers and visitors then,(as the most fertile and main food store) with self-sufficient in rice with the amazing and unique network of water system which has surprised the worldwide agriculturists and water experts even today. Water network that flows to all corners of agricultural network with the network of water streams connection the network of 196 rivers and large and small tanks starting from the from the wet hill country with 80% thickness of forest with large and small reservations of lakes ruining through large towns and small villages for cultivation. Unfortunately the forest thickness has now dwindled down to 28% with disastrous effects on water due to man-made destructions on the environment. After the invasion of Portuguese initially in 1505 to the Maritime Provinces, and other invaders thereafter, the food pattern of the nation was changed and disturbed to bead and fast food which are unhealthy, transforming the most health nation to a sick nation. Thick valuable forest considered to be of best vegetation in Asia was raped and cleared for commercial plantation damaging the top layer of the most fertile soil, allowing it to flow to the sea with the most fertile ingredients. Therefore popularization of rice by providing it at a reasonable prize will be of multiple benefits and advantages to the nation economically to prevent draining of most needed foreign exchange and the nation to be healthy as before. Reactivation of paddy cultivation has many barriers due to deforestation, scarcity of water, want of fertilizer, shortage of famers whose children resort to the modern way of easy life. Lack of knowledge or enthusiasm on exploring new methods on agriculture which are successfully implemented ( especially paddy cultivation) in Vietnam, Indonesia, India, China and Israel (the emerging small but able leader of new technology and emerging most successful scientific agriculture nation utilizing 90% technology in agriculture) are role models for us to follow an implement. In fact Israel offered assistance to Sri Lank in agriculture and technology, in addition to the assistance on defence, which unfortunately Sri Lanka did not follow up. There were number of trade missions to and from Israel sponsored by the Embassies and Trade Associations of both countries results of which are now dormant. It is time Sri Lankan Embassy in Israel takes steps to reactivate the exchange of trade and technology process.

Main Regulator

CAA as the main regulator of consumer items could extend the parameter to organize the trader, manufacturer, Industrials, and the consumer to promote, rice, milk, and locally prepared consumer items to fulfil the aspirations of the CAA and the citizen, as has been done previously. Steps taken by the CAA could be retrieved on the worldwide web which is demonstrated in the consumer pages published weekly and the series of articles available.

Promotion of rice Based products

Promotion of rice and rice based products will lead the nation to a country free from non-communicable diseases due to incorrect eating hobbits. The best way to beat cost of living and lead the next generation in the path of healthy living is to educate them to live with nature, without damaging and districting the nature, by deforestation, garbage dumping, damage to the soil and

environment you live in, and various other ways and means. The best and only method to do this is by educating the masses through consumer associations, NGOs, and the social media which h is fast growing toady.

Learn from Japan

We can learn from Japan coming up with innovative methods to popularise rice based food as fast food in the changing and fast society which is followed by many other countries. Packaging, storing, and making rice based items could be researched the Sri Lanka research institute with the batters of exerts and Scientifics idling or doing other traditional duties with no proper aim or guidance.

Way forward for health and prosperity

It is time for the Food, Agriculture, Consumer, Finance, and Media Ministries to launch concerted efforts on this direction with the help and guidance of the friends and experts in Sri Lanka and worldwide to give consumer the due place as other jurisdictions. The best day to launch is the world consumer day on 15th March when the entire world is celebrating the world consumer day for the consumer with an annual theme Consumer in the Digital Age” and the writer invites you to read the articles on the theme in the world side net. This year the CAA and the IPS will celebrate the day of the consumers to give strength in organizing as a group still not considered powerful and strong as in the west. Rice and prices of all other consumer items will be stabilized once the consumer is well organized.

Writer could be reached on sarathdw28@gmail.com

The Role of Independence in an Interchanging World Order

February 4th, 2017

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

 “Geographic facts do not change, but their meaning for foreign policy will.”Nicholas J. Spykman

A new world order has begun with roles interchanging. United States as the leader of the free world and the architect of globalization is advocating nationalism in a close of its borders while China who earlier spoke about national values is now praising globalization. President Xi during his visit to Davos clearly gave leadership toward the case of globalization. According to President Xi There was a time when China also had doubts about economic globalization, and was not sure whether it should join the World Trade Organization. But we came to the conclusion that integration into the global economy is a historical trend. To grow its economy, China must have the courage to swim in the vast ocean of the global market. If one is always afraid of bracing the storm and exploring the new world, he will sooner or later get drowned in the ocean. Therefore, China took a brave step to embrace the global market. We have had our fair share of choking in the water and encountered whirlpools and choppy waves, but we have learned how to swim in this process. It has proved to be a right strategic choice”.

Back in the 60s US positions on boundaries was explained clearly by President Kennedy in Berlin in his remarkable oration ich bin ein berliner” there should be one Berlin, the iron curtain that divided nations will fall one day and it did fall in 1989. It took 30 years for United States to change its position to build a wall and confine to its boundary. Back in the ancient history, China exercised its power and developed a wall Great Wall” to secure from outside invaders. Today, the US is revisiting what China did several thousand years ago and China has evolved as a nation in this regard.

In geopolitics it is vital to understand the politics of borders and frontiers. According to Robert Kaplan the ability of states to control events will be diluted, in some cases destroyed. Artificial borders will crumble and become more fissiparous, leaving only rivers, deserts, mountains, and other enduring facts of geography. Indeed, the physical features of the landscape may be the only reliable guides left to understanding the shape of future conflict.”

Yale Professor Nicholas Spykman explained in his Rim Land theory the arc surrounding the heartland of Halford J. Mackinder is where tectonics shifts will occur and nations will use their military power in this important crescent. In the 20th century, most wars from Korean war, Vietnam, India – Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Balkan wars were fought on this Rim Land”. The next possible war could also trigger from South China Sea an area of the Rim Land.

It was the capture of greater Caribbean by US Navy after the Indian wars which unlocked the power of US from Panama Canal which was the most significant strategic project. Two oceans the Atlantic and Pacific was controlled with US military strength and NATO was the platform to take forward liberal democratic values as a coalition.

In the same manner one could examine the case of China who is seeking a historical claim of the South China Sea to unlock its power in Indian Ocean. Like in the past in the greater Caribbean region, the US held Panama. Today China has OBOR (One Belt one road) with a $890b investment with 900 projects along the belt and road. A revival of what China had during the past.

The North Atlantic power Axis is clearly turning towards the East. While the newly elected President Trump who has mentioned NATO is obsolete” and challenge its values. China will gain a better control and win more allies in the East. Liberal democracy will be seen by Asian’s as a model that does not deliver efficient results. Asia could drift towards a technocracy a model operated by technical experts and expert government servants which deliver quick results. China has proven clearly more than the 100 liberal democracies around the world that 625m people were taken out of poverty from this model. Singapore has proven as an East Asian miracle performing through a meritocracy at its highest value delivering results to the public. The Public health, water safety, education, infrastructure and all economic indicators are at the highest level. Corruption Perception Index which was release few weeks ago indicates Singapore at 7th place while Sri Lanka is at 95th place worse than last year. The concept of a technocracy will be something to look at to improve on many sectors of the nation. Senior Research Fellow Parag Khanna from LKY school says increasingly, Asians favour pragmatic, outcome-oriented governance, and prefer to be ruled by civil servants rather than politicians” a prediction that Asia could turn to technocrats and depart western democracy.

Duality and double standards was a significant factor in erupting the course of glory of the western empire. It happens within the Nation and not from outside. The double standards on Human Rights, Democratic values and much more are clear indicators that people has lost trust with their own systems. Waterboarding is not torture, it’s one step below torture” says Trump who wish to be the core members of NATO who is against torture. A nation like Sri Lanka is accused by a group (ICTJP) Executive Director Yasmin Sooka for abduction and torture.UK’s Sir John Chilcot report which created much noise about British soldiers committing war crimes in Iraq which accused Prime Minister at that time , has gone completely silent. Certain western experts accuse the Sri Lankan military and suggesting foreign judges in a Hybrid court .

Stratfor Global Intelligence, one of the leading US security think tanks in the world recently published an article about Sri Lanka which explained  Despite its small size Sri Lanka holds substantial strategic value by virtue of its geographic position: it is at the center of Asia’s busiest maritime routes and has a wealth of natural deep harbors”. It further points out Sri Lankan Government owes Beijing $8b more than 12% of its $64.9b debt.

Upon celebrating Sri Lanka’s 69th year of independence, it is important to clearly identify our internal and external geopolitical threats as a nation with the hope of charting our path towards a developed nation.

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera is a visiting lecturer in International Political Economy (IPE) and the Director General of INSSSL the National Security think tank of Sri Lanka

පුද්ගලීකරණය හා විජාතිකකරණය නවතා දේශීය සුදු අලි හඹා යව්!

February 4th, 2017

ආචාර්ය චන්දන ජයලත්

රාජ්‍ය දේපල විකුණන් කෑම හා ඇල් මැරුණු රාජ්‍ය නියාමන ක‍්‍රියාවලියේ එක් වැදගත් පැතිකඩක් හකුඵවා ලිවීමට අදහස් කළේ මේ වනවිට ආයාත නිර්යාත වෙළඳපලක මොඩලයක් හුවා දක්වමින් වරාය ඇතුඵ ආර්ථික මරමස්ථාන හා බොහොමයක් වටිනා දේශීය සම්පත් විජාතිකයින්ට විකිණෙන අනුකම්පා විරහිත රාජ්‍ය ත‍්‍රස්තවාදයක් ඉතා දරුණු ලෙස ක‍්‍රියාත්මක වෙමින් පවතින නිසාය.

අකාර්යක්ෂමතාවයෙන් ඔද්දල් වුණ වැඩ සංස්කෘතියකට නෑකම් කියන අප රාජ්‍ය අංශය තවදුරටත් පවත්වා ගෙන යාම නිස්සාර බව පැහැදිලිය. ජනපති තනතුරේ සිට ග‍්‍රාම සේවා තනතුර දක්වා වූ සියල්ලම පුද්ගලීකරණය කළ යුතුව ඇතැයි සිතෙන තරමටම මෙම ව්‍යවසනය උඩු දුවා හමාරය. භාණ්ඩාගාරයේ පිහිටෙන් හුස්ම ගන්නා මේ සුදු අලින්ව පවත්වා ගෙන යාම නොපෙනෙන වලකට කොන්ක‍්‍රීට් දමනවාක් වැන්න. අකාර්යක්ෂමතාවය, නාස්තිය, පාඩුව සොයා ඊට පිලියම් යොදනවා වෙනුවට බලයට ආ සියඵම රජයන් කළේ ද රාජ්‍ය දේපල පෞද්ගලික අංශයට බදු දීම හෝ විකිණීම පමණි. තමන්ගේ නොහැකියාවට පිිළියම පුළුවන් එකෙකුට කර ගෙන යන්නට ඉඩදීම නම් හමුදාව පොලිසිය හැරෙන්නට අධිකරණය ද ඇතුළුව අන් සියළුම ආයතන බදු දෙන්නටත් පිලිවන් යැයි සිතන්නට වුවද පුඵවන. බයින් ඇන්ඞ් සෙලින්වලට අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ ගිවිසුමක් පමණි. එය පහසු ෂෝට් කට් එකක් විනා ආණ්ඩුවකට වටින හපන්කමක් නම් නොවන වග අපි දනිමු.

නවසිය හැත්තෑ හතේ සිට රීතියක් බවට පත්වුණ පුද්ගලීකරණය සඳහා ආයතන තෝරා ගැනීමේදී කිසිඳු විද්‍යාත්මක පදනමක් මූලිකවම නොතිබුණේය. විෂයමාලා සංවර්ධන  දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවත් වසා දමන්නට විටෙක උත්සාහ කළේ එ් නිසා විය යුතුය. තවත් විටෙක එය දෝර ගලා යන ඇනිකට් ගේට්ටුවක් බඳු විය. ඊට හොදම උදාහරණය පෞද්ගලික බස් ධාවන ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයයි. අදටත් ඊට සක‍්‍රීය මැදිහත්වීමක් හෝ ඇඟට දැනෙන ඇහැට පෙනෙන නියාමනයක් නැත. පෞද්ගලික බස් රථ රියදුරන් පොලිසියට සත්තම දාද්දී බස් හිමියන් ආණ්ඩුවට සත්තම දමති. සහන මිලට නීති කඩන්නට ඉල්ලමින් වර්ජන කරති. බස් ඩිපෝවල පැත්තකට කර මලකඩ කන්නට ඉඩ හැර අනතුරුව වෙන්දේසියේදී තුට්ටු දෙකට විකිණෙන බස් රථ ඉවතට රැුගෙන යාමට අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ අලූත් බැටරියක් පමණි. දේශපාලන හෙන්චයියන්ට අක්කරය රුපියල් දෙකට දුන්නේද වේටෙක්ස්, ගල්ලෑල්ල කිරි කම්හල යනාදී කර්මාන්ත ශාලා සිය ගණනක් පුද්ගලික අංශයට පැවරුවේ ද ඒ ආකාරයටමය. පුද්ගලික අංශය වනාහි ආර්ථිකයේ එන්ජිම යැයි හැඳින්වුවද ඊට අතපෙවීම ට තිබූ හැකියාව ද ක‍්‍රම ක‍්‍රමයෙන් හීන වී ගියේය. කොටින්ම ලාභාංශ මත පදනම්ව කෙරෙන ගණුදෙනුවලට පමණක්ම සීමාවුන පුද්ගලික අංශයට රාජ්‍ය නියාමනයක් නොතිබුනෙන් ජන අභිලාෂය හා  සාමාජීය වගකීම නමැති කාරණාවලට හිමිවූයේ අඩු කෝටාවකි.

පර්ක් කරලියට එන්නේ මේ අතර වාරයේ ය. සමාගම් පනතින් පුද්ගලීකරණයට නෛතික ආවරණය සපයා වසර 14 කට පසුව පර්ක් එන්නේ සුළි කුණාටුවක් මෙනි. ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනය වේගවත් කිරිම උදෙසා රාජ්‍ය ආයතනවලට අවැසි  ප‍්‍රතිසංස්කරණ උපදෙස් දීම, තරඟකාරීත්වය වැඩි දියුණු කිරිම, නව තාක්ෂණය හා විශේෂඥතාව හරහා දේශීය භාණ්ඩ හා සේවා නිෂ්පාදනවලට ජාත්‍යන්තර වෙළදපල විවෘතකර ගැනීම, ප‍්‍රාග්ධන වෙළඳපල පුළුල් කිරීම යනාදී අභියෝග රැුසක් පර්ක් කමිටුවට භාර වී තිබුණි. එහෙත් පර්ක් කමිටුව හරහා පුද්ගලීකරණ වපසරිය පුළුල් වූයේ එකී අරමුණු ඔස්සේ හඹා යාමටම මිස පුද්ගලීකරණ ක‍්‍රියාවලියේ පදනම හා පාරිදෘශ්‍යභාවය සම්බන්ධයෙන් තිබූ ගැටළු විසදාලීමට නොවන වග පැහැදිලි වූයේ ටික කලක් ගිය පසුවය. ප‍්‍රථිපලය වූයේ තවත් ආයතන සියයක් පමණ පුද්ගලීකරණයට නතුවීමයි. වාසනාවකට ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව පදනම් කොට ගෙන රජයේ ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාවත්, ලේක්හවුසියත්, ඛනිජ තෙල් සංස්ථාවත් පුද්ගලීකරණයට තල්ලූ නොවීය. සමස්ථයක් හැටියට පාඩු ලැබූ රාජ්‍ය ආයතන පුද්ගලික අංශයට භාරදීමට පිඹුරුපත් සකස් වූයේ රීතියක් කොට ගෙන මිස විශේෂත්වයක් කොට ගෙන නොවීය. රජයට අයත්ව තිබු ශ‍්‍රි ලංකා ටෙලිකොම් ආයතනයටත් වුයේ එම ආනිසංසයමය. එයාර් ලංකා ආයතනයත්, සැබවින්ම නව තාක්ෂණය උකහා ගැනුමට අවශ්‍ය ප‍්‍රාග්ධන සම්පත්වල හිඟතාව මත විදුලි සංදේශ ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයත්, පුද්ගලික අංශයට ලබාදීම වඩාත් ප‍්‍රථිපල දායක වූවද ඊට ඒ තරම් දිගු කලක් නොගියේ ආණ්ඩු පෙරලියෙන් සිදුවූ මුල් පුටු හුවමාරුවත් සම`ගය. රජයට අයත් ලංකා බැංකුවටත් මහජන බැංකුවටත් අත තැබීමට නොහැකි වුයේ කම්කරු සංගම්වල දැඩි ක‍්‍රියාකාරිත්වය හමුවේය.

පුද්ගලීකරණයට සෘජුවම විරුද්ධවීම වැළැක්වීම් වස් විටෙන් විට ආ රජයන් මගින් උපායශීලි ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග ගත් බව ද මතකය. ඉන් වඩාත් ආකර්ශණීයම උපාය මාර්ගය වූයේ සේවකයන්ව එහි අයිතියේ කොටස්කරුවන් බවට පත්කළ පුද්ගලීකරණය වෙනුවට ආ ‘ජනතාකරණයයි’. එහෙත් පර්ක් කියූ සේ තක්සේරු වටිනාකමට වඩා අඩුවෙන් රාජ්‍ය ආයතන විකුණා දැමීම නතර වූයේ නැත. තවද ගෑස් ඒකාධිකාරය හරහා ජනතාවට උසුලන්නට සිදුවු ජීවන බර එමටය. ගෑස් මිල පාලනයක් ගැන කතා කළද ඒ සදහා වූ නියාමනය ද අසාර්ථක විය. කුඩා ප‍්‍රාග්ධන වෙළදපල, අඩු ඉතිරි කිරීම් අනුපාතිකය වගේම දේශපාලන අස්ථාවරත්වය තුල විදේශ ආයෝජකයින් නැඹුරු නොවීම කරණ කොට ගෙන පුද්ගලීකරණ වැඩපිළිවෙල බලාපොරොත්තු වූ ප‍්‍රශස්ත මට්ටමක් කරා ලඟා කර ගත නොහැකි විය. සමස්ථයක් ලෙස අඩු වැඩි වශයෙන් බොහොමයක් කුඩා ආයතන සම්බන්ධයෙන් ද සුභවාදි අදහසක් දැරිය නොහැකි විය.

සාමාන්‍යයෙන් රජයේ ආයතන බොහොමයක සේවක අතිරික්තයක් පවතී. තම දේශපාලන සහකරුවන්ට රැුකියා ලබා දීමේ යාන්ත‍්‍රණය බවට රාජ්‍ය අංශය පත් වෙද්දී පත්වීම් දුන් දේශපාලඥයින්ගේ අතකොළු බවට එම ආයතන පත්වීම නොවැලැක්විය හැකිය. ඒ අනුව රාජ්‍ය සම්පත් අවභාවිතාවන් සිදුවන්නේ් මහා පරිමානයෙන්ය. ජායා පිටපතේ සිට වාහන පාවිච්චිය හරහා යන්ත‍්‍ර සූත‍්‍ර ගුවන් යානා දක්වා සිදුවන අපහරණය කෙළ කෝටි ගණනයක්ය. ඒ අනුව අතීතකාමයෙන් නොපෙළී අතීතය ගුරු කොට ගන්නේ නම් පුද්ගලීකරණයට වඩා කළ යුත්තේ දේශීය සුදු අලි හා කම්බ හොරු හඹා යාම නොවේ දැයිි මම අසමි. පගාව හා නාස්තිය වෙලා ගත් රජයේ කාර්යාල නිලධාරින් හා සේවකයින් පිළිබඳව දැඩි ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග නොගන්නා තෙක් අපට ඉන් ගැලවීමක් කොයින්ද?

තමන් ගන්නා මාසික වැටුපට සාධාරණයක් ඉටුකරන්නේ ද යන වග තම හෘද සාක්‍ෂියට අනුව කිරා මැන බැලිය යුතුව ඇත්තේ වසරක් ගෙවී වසරක් ඇරඹි ජනවාරි පළමු දින උදැසනින්ම ජාතික ධජය අභිමුව දිවුරා පොරොන්දු වන සේවක ප‍්‍රතිඟාවට අමතරවය. උදාහරණයකට කොළඹ, විජයරාම මාවත, සව්සිරිපායේ පිහිටි ආයතනයට අනුබද්ධව සුනිල් මාවත, පැලවත්තේ පිහිටි ජනවාස නිවාස සැලසුම් මධ්‍යස්ථානය, අකුරේගොඩ පාර, පැලවත්තේ පිහිටි යන්ත්‍රෝපකරණ පුහුණු ආයතනය හා අනුරාධපුර ගල්කුලමේ පිහිටා ඇති යන්ත්‍රෝපකරණ පුහුණු ආයතනය ගනිමු. නවසිය අසූව මුල් භාගයේ ඇරඹි මේ සියලූ ආයතන පාඩු ලබන විගණන ප‍්‍රශ්ණ වලින් ගහන වැඩ පිළිවෙලක් නැති වසර තුන හතරකට සැරයක් දේශපාලනයෙන් පත්වන සභාපතිවරු හා ක‍්‍රියාකාරි අධ්‍යක්‍ෂවරුන්ගේ කාබාසිනියාවට ලක්වූ ආයතන බවට පත්වී ඇත. ගල්කුලමේ අක්කර 65 ක භූමි ප‍්‍රදේශයක් වල් බිහිවී ඇත. මෙම ආයතනවලට එන සියලූ ව්‍යාපෘති හත් අට දෙනෙකුගේ පුද්ගලික ආදායම් මාර්ගයන් බවට පත්කර ගෙන ඇත. භාණ්ඩාගාරයෙන් දෙන මුදලින් හා කොන්ත‍්‍රාත්කරුවන් ලියාපදිංචියෙන් යැපෙන මුදලින් යාන්තම් මාසය සරිකර ගන්නා තත්වයකට ඇද වැටී ඇත. ගරු ඇමතිතුමා ඉදිරියේද බොරු කරමින් සිදුවන ප‍්‍රගති සමාලෝචන ගැන ඇත්තේ ද අතිශය ශෝචනීය තත්වයකි. ඇමතිවරුන්ටද ආණ්ඩු මට්ටු කළ නොහැකි නිලධාරි මාෆියාව තවත් පැත්තකින්ය. මෙහිදි මෙම ආයතන නිපුණතා සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍යාංශය යටතට හෝ ඊට සමගාමී ආයතන වන වෘත්තීය පුහුණු ආයතනය හෝ ජාතික තරුණ සේවා සභාවට පවරා ගෙන නව වැඩ පිළිවෙලක් යටතේ වඩාත් ඵලදායි ලෙස නිසි බලධාරියෙකුගේ සෘජු අධීක්‍ෂණයෙන් ප‍්‍රතිව්‍යුහගත කිරිමත්, ඉදිකිරිම් ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයට අදාල සම්මත පිරිවිතර හා අනෙකුත් ප‍්‍රමිතිකරණයන් ශ‍්‍රි ලංකා ප‍්‍රමිති කාර්යාංශයට පැවරීමත්, ඉදිකිරිම් කොන්ත‍්‍රාත්කරුවන් ලියාපදිංචිය, උපදේශනය, ඉදිකිරිම් ආරක්ෂණ අරමුදල, ප‍්‍රසම්පාදන රෙගුලාසි සැකසීම හා පුණරීක්‍ෂණය, ආරවුල් විසදීම යනාදිය ඇතුළත්ව ඉදිකිරිම් ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයට අදාල ජාතික ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිමය තීන්දු තීරණ ගැනීම හා රාජ්‍ය උපදේශනය ඉදිකිරිම් නියාමන කොමිසම් සභාවකට පැවරීමත්, සව්සිරිපාය ගොඩනැගිල්ල ටවර් හෝල් ර`ගහල පදනමට නැවත ලබාදීම හරහා එම පදනම මගින් කෙරෙන සේවාව පුඵල් කර ගැනීමට ඉවහල් වීමත් වඩාත් ඵලදායි වනු ඇතැයි මම විශ්වාස කරමි. මෙවන් ව්‍යුහමය වෙනසක් හරහා එක තැන පල්වුණ ආයතනවල වැඩ සංස්කෘතිය වෙනස් කළ හැකිවන අතර එහිලා වැදගත් වන්නේ දේශපාලන හූ මිටි නොතබන, දැක්මක් හා කසේරුකාවක් සහිත, ප‍්‍රායෝගිකව ක‍්‍රියා කළ හැකි පිරිසක් අතට පරිපාලනය භාර කිරීමයි.

මේ කුමන ආයතනය ගත්ත ද පොදු සාධක කිහිපයක් ජනතා අභිලාෂයන් බවට පත්වී ඇත. සාධාරණ මිල, ගුණාත්මක සේවාව හා වගවීම එම සාධක අතර ප‍්‍රමුඛතාවයෙහි ලා ගිනිය හැක. ඉල්ලූම සැපයුම මත තීරණය වන වෙළදපල මිල පදනම් කොට ගත් භාණ්ඩ හා සේවා දෙඅංශයටම එකසේ වැදගත් එම අරමුණු මුදුන් පමුණුවා ගැනීමට නම් රාජ්‍ය නියාමනය වූ කලි නිෂ්පාදනය, බෙදාහැරීම, ප‍්‍රචාරණය, අලෙවිය හා අලෙවියෙන් පසු සේවා දක්වා ශක්තිමත් එකක් විය යුතුය. නියාමනයට වැඩ විනය, පසු විපරම්, සමාලෝචනය, ම`ග පෙන්වීම, මැදිහත්වීම, විගණනය ඇතුලත් වන අතර එය හුදෙක් බදු මුදල් එක් රැුස් කිරීමට එහා ගිය ජනතාවාදී ක‍්‍රියාදාමයකි. පුද්ගලීකරණය තුල අප රටේ නැත්තේ ද එයමය. විශේෂයෙන්ම අධ්‍යාපනය හා සෞඛ්‍යය සම්බන්ධයෙන් එම තත්ත්වය ගාල කඩා ගත් එකකි. අස්සක් මුල්ලක් නෑර පටන් ගෙන තිබෙන ජාත්‍යන්තර පාසල් සම්බන්ධයෙන් රාජ්‍ය නියාමනයක් ඇත්තටම නැත. මා හට වඩාත් සංවේදී ප‍්‍රමාණ සමීක්‍ෂණ විද්‍යාව උගැන්වෙන අධ්‍යාපන කඩ 10 ක් පමණ කොළඹ නගරයේ පමණක් දකින්නට ඇත. විදේශයන්හි විවිධ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලවලට අනුබද්ධ යැයි පවසමින් කෙරෙන මෙම වැඩපිළිවෙල සැබවින්ම ජාවාරමකි. කූට වෙළදාමකි. සිවිල් සමාජයක යහ පැවැත්මට සෘජුවම බලපාන්නා වූ සියලූ පුද්ගලික අංශ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන රාජ්‍ය නියාමනය සක‍්‍රීය කළ යුතුව ඇත. එක අතකට රජයක් කළ යුතුව ඇත්තේ ද එපමණකි. නොකෙරෙන්නේ ද එයමය. වැඩ විනයෙන්, වගවීමෙන්, සහකම්පිතබවින් හා කාර්යක්‍ෂමතාවෙන් සුපෝෂිත රාජ්‍ය අංශයක් කෙරෙහි බලාපොරොත්තු තැබිය හැක්කේ නායකත්වය පෙරම`ග ගත හොත් පමණි. පූර්වාදර්ශයක් දුනහොත් පමණි. තම සේවා ස්ථානය සුන්දර පරිසරයක් කර ගත් අතලොස්සක් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින් අපි දැක ඇත්තෙමු. මීට වසර 10කට පෙර කීනවල දුම්රිය ස්ථානාධිපතිව සිටි නිලධාරියා එම දුම්රිය ස්ථානය පිරිසිදුව හා අලංකාරව පවත්වාගෙන යාම සියඵම දුම්රිය මගීන්ගේ ප‍්‍රශංසාවට පාත‍්‍රවිය.  නායකත්වය ගිලිහුණ තැන සියල්ල අඩපණය.

දිනපතා ලක්ෂ 3ක් පමණ රාජ්‍ය සේවක පිරිසක් දුර බැහැර සිට දුම්රියෙන් හා බස් රියෙන් ඇතැම්විට පැය 2-3ක් පමණ ගෙවා කොළඹට එති. තවමත් ආර්ථිකයේ මෙන්ම රාජ්‍ය අංශයේ සියලූ භාණ්ඩ හා සේවා සැපයීමේ මරමස්ථානය මෙන්ම ප‍්‍රධාන පරිපාලන ඒකක කොළඹ කේන්ද්‍රගතව ක‍්‍රියාත්මක වෙයි. වසරකට එවන් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයෙක් අඩුතරමින් පැය 1050 ක්වක් මහම`ග ගෙවා දමති. වසර 30ක රාජ්‍ය සේවා කාලය තුල අවුරුදු 4ක් පමණ කාලය ගෙවා ඇත්තේ බොහෝ විට බස්රථයක් තුල හෝ දුම්රිය මැදිරියක් තුලය. රාජ්‍ය අංශය විමධ්‍යගත නොකිරීමේ අනිටු ප‍්‍රථිපලයක් ලෙස නිකරුනේ මහම`ග වසරකට මිනිස් පැය මිලියන 300ක් පමණ නාස්ති වෙයි. වසරකට ඉන් හරි අඩක්ම නිවාඩු මත යැපෙන ජාතියක ඉදිරි ගමන ගැන මොන කතාද? කළ යුත්තේ මේ ශ‍්‍රම බලකාය රටේ උන්නතිය වෙනුවෙන් ගලපා ගැනීම පිළිබඳව පුඵල් ජාතික සංගායනාවක් හරහා සක‍්‍රීය යාන්ත‍්‍රණයක් ඇතිකරලීම මිස විකිණිම, බදු දීම හෝ කුලියට දීම නොවන බව රට කරවන ආර්ථික ඔස්තාර්වරුන්ට මතක් කර දෙමු.

මේ අතර හම්බන්තොට වරායත්, මත්තල ගුවන් තොටුපලත් අනාථ වන්නට ඉඩ හරිමින් ඊට වූ ණය මුදල් හා පොලිය ගෙවා ගන්නට බැරිය යයි කියමින් විජාතික සමාගම්වලට බදු දීමට රජය තීරණය කරන්නේ යහපාලන ලේබලය යටතේය. රජයක් කැපවිය යුත්තේ සමාජ සමානාත්මතාව උදෙසා මිස පුද්ගලික අංශයේ ලාභ උපරිමනය පිණිස නොවේ. එය ආයාත නිර්යාත වෙළඳපලක මොඩලයක් හුවා දැක්වුවද සැබවින්ම එය දේශීය සම්පත් විජාතිකයින්ට විකිණෙන අනුකම්පා විරහිත රාජ්‍ය ත‍්‍රස්තවාදයක අඵත්ම මුහුණුවරකි. බදු මුදල් හරහා සමාජ සුභසාධන ක‍්‍රියාවලිය වේගවත් කළ හැකි නමුදු පුද්ගලික අංශයට නියාමනයක් අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ ජනතාවගේ පැත්තෙන්ය. උදාහරණයකට ඉල්ලූම සැපයුම මත මිල තීරණය කිරිම ඛණිජ තෙල් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදාල කර ගත නොයුත්තේ ඒ නිසාය.

අපි තවත් පැතිකඩක් විවර කරගමු. රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනය වනාහි රාජ්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ක‍්‍රියාවේ යෙදවීමේ යාන්ත‍්‍රණය ලෙස අර්ථ දැක්වුවද දැන් ඇත්තේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති නොව විටින් විට එන මැති ඇමතිවරු දෙන උපදෙස්, ලණු හා මගඩි ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමක් යැයි කිවහොත් එය කිසිවකුගේ ගෝරණාඩුවකට ලක් නොවෙනු ඇතැයි මම සිතමි. මෙම පරම්පරාව පවත්වා ගෙන යාම සඳහා වාර්ෂිකව වැය කෙරෙන ධනස්කන්දය ගැන කවෙරෙකු නම් සිතුවාද? නිල වාහන, විදේශ ගමන්, සම්මන්ත‍්‍රණ, වැඩමුඵ ඔස්සේ සාප‍්‍රාලේ සිට අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම් දක්වා වූ මෙම වෙස්ට්මිනිස්්ටර් ආකෘතිය මෙරට දළ දේශීය නිෂ්පාදනයට කළ දායකත්වය කුමක් දැයි යමෙකු සිතුවාද? එහි හැඩ ගැස්ම ගතානුගතික නොවේද? එහි ප‍්‍රවේශයන් සම්ප‍්‍රදායි නොවේද? චක‍්‍රලේඛ මත දිවෙන සමස්ථ පරිපාලන පන්ජරියම තැපැල් මහත්තයෙක් බඳු නොවේද? නිකුත් කරන බලපත් හා නිර්දේශ අධීක්‍ෂණයට ලක්කළ යුත්තේ කවුරුන්ද?

අද වන විට රටේ අස්සක් මුල්ලක් නෑර සිදුවන මහා දැවැන්ත වන විනාශය, පස් කැපීම්, වැලි ගොඩ දැමීම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් හාන්කවිසියක හෝ හැඟීමක්, දැනීමක්, තැකීමක් නැති රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනයට යම් ප‍්‍රශ්ණයක් නැගූ කල දෙන්නට සූදානම් කරගත් රෙඩිමේඞ් උත්තර කිහිපයක් අපි දනිමු. ඉන් අංක එකට භූ ගර්භ හෝ පරිසර අධිකාරියේ බලපත‍්‍රය ඇති බව කියපායි. දෙවනුව එය ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරයාගේ රාජකාරී වපසරියට අයත් නොවන වග කියා පායි. මා වෙත තවමත් කිසිවෙකු එවන් චෝදනාවක් ලිඛිතව කර නොමැති බව තුන්වෙනුව කියපායි. හතරවෙනුව රටේ යම් අසාධාරණයකට ලක්වූ  ඕනෑම පුරවැසියෙකුට උසාවියට යා හැකි බව කියපායි. පරිපාලන නිලධාරීන්ගේ මෙම ලිස්සා යාමේ භූමිකාව තුල අතලොස්සක් වූ සද්භාවයෙන් ක‍්‍රියා කරන දේශපාලනඥයින්ටත් සිදුව ඇත්තේ එක්කෝ කෙවිටක් අතට ගැනීමටය. නැතිනම් එකිනෙකාට පිට කසා ගැනීමටය. බොහෝවිට සිදුවන්නේ  දෙවැන්නය. ඇතැම් ඇමතිවරු දේශපාලන අධිකාරියත් පරිපාලන අධිකාරියත් නම්‍යශීලී ගමනක් යනවා යැයි කියන්නේ ඊට විය යුතුය.

මුලින්ම කිවයුත්තේ පරිපාලනය වනාහි රොකට් විද්‍යාවක් නොවන වගයි.  ඕනෑම විෂය ෙක්‍ෂ්ත‍්‍රයක වෘත්තීයවේදියෙකුට මූලික පරිපාලන පාඨමාලාවකින් අනතුුරුව එම ෙක්‍ෂ්ත‍්‍රයේ පරිපාලනයට හවුල් විය හැකි විය යුතුය. එය  ඕනෑම අයෙකුට ප‍්‍රගුණ කළ හැකි පොදු විෂයයකි. පද්ධතීන් හා එහි අන්තර් ක‍්‍රියාකාරීත්වය, රෙගුලාසි හා ක‍්‍රමෝපායන් එහිදී ඉගැන්වේ. රට පාලනයට මෙන්ම රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනයට ද අමුතු කුලකයක් අවශ්‍ය නැත. කාටවත්ම නැති කාගේවත් ඇස නොගැටුන තට්ට තනියම පුටු රත් කරන කොල කෑලිවලින් ජීවිකාව ගෙවන මේ සැගවුණ අමුත්තන්ගේ සීතල මාෆියාව කුඩු පට්ටම් කළ යුතු වන්නේ එය ජාතියේ කුම්මැහිකම තුරන් කරන වැඩ පිළිවෙලේ කොටසක් හැටියටය.

සමස්ථ රාජ්‍ය අංශයම පිරිපහදුවකට ලක්කිරීම සඳහා උත්පේ‍්‍රරණයක් සැපයීම සැබවින්ම අභියෝගාත්මකය. ඒ වෙනුවෙන් පෙරම`ග ගත යුත්තේ රන්ජන් රාමනායක, මර්වින් සිල්වා හෝ පාලිත තෙවරප්පෙරුම ක‍්‍රමයට නම් නොවේ. ඔවුන්ගේ ක‍්‍රියා කලාපය සම්බන්ධයෙන් මට ඇත්තේ විවේචනයකි. උඩු දුවා ඇති ප‍්‍රශ්ණ විසඳීමට ඔවුන් ගන්නා ප‍්‍රවේශය ඉතා ප‍්‍රාථමික මට්ටමක පවතී. වැඩ සංස්කෘතියක් වෙනස් කළ හැක්කේ ව්‍යුහමය හා නෛතික ප‍්‍රතිසංස්කරණ වලට සමගාමීව කෙරෙන ආකල්පමය සංග‍්‍රාමයකින් පමණි.


February 4th, 2017


London based Indian writer Mirza Waheed very vehemently exposed the real face of the Indian atrocities in Kashmir in his article ‘India is blinding young Kashmiri protesters’. The article was published on 18th July 2016. He says, Two sets of images have haunted me these last few days. One is a series of photos of people splashing bucket-loads of water to wash away blood from the streets of Kashmir, where Indian forces have shot dead at least 45 people since 9 July. The other set of images is that of scores of young men with bandages on their eyes, before or after undergoing surgery to remove tiny steel pellets from their retinas. Indian forces deployed in Kashmir now routinely use pellet guns to stymie roadside demonstrations.” India is continuously trying to negate the fact that Kashmir belongs to the people of Kashmir; the Kashmiris are a nation, having an individual identity, a separate culture and independent traditional values; and they could never be treated like animals. They are looking to the world around them in search of someone who could save them from the horrible, miserable blazing inferno of human rights violation.

The enigmatic dreamlike valley of the Indian held Kashmir had never experienced such a horrific and terrible situation regarding human rights violation as it experienced throughout 2016. The cruelest act of 2016 was the brutal murder of the young Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani. His activities on social media made him the most popular leader among the Kashmiris. He was a very staunch supporter of throwing India out of the Kashmir valley. The Indian security forces killed him in a so-called encounter on 8 July 2016. After his murder, there started an uncontrollable series of protest in which more than 85 people died and more than 13,000 civilians were seriously injured. The government had to impose a continuous curfew for 53 consecutive days to crush the protest but it simply proved a futile activity. The peaceful protest converted into violence against the security forces and as a result of it more than 4,000 security personnel were injured. Analysts on Kashmir issue are of the opinion that death of Burhan Wani gave birth to the worst unrest in the region since 2010.

The story does not stop at the brutal killing of Burhan Wani; there are countless other incidents in which the Indian security forces play a callous game with the lives and honour of the people of Kashmir. Their own streets, their own homes have become the most grievous threat for them. They, particularly the young girls, are nowhere safe and secure. The beautiful valley of Kashmir would never forget the after-noon of this April 12, when a 16 year old school-girl was molested by an Indian army officer while going to a toilet next to her school. A bunker of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles was intentionally placed very close to that public toilet in the center of the street. The desperate screams of the minor girl alerted people in the surrounding market and very soon, an infuriated crowd of unarmed locals gathered there. The crowd protested the molestation of the minor girl and demanded the arrest of the army man. However, the troops in the bunker started indiscriminate firing, killing two young men and a woman and injuring at least two dozen other innocent civilians. Indian security forces have ever been using rape as a weapon against the helpless Kashmiris. They are raping the Kashmiri women in the same way as they did twenty-five years back in 1991. The people of Kashmir still remember that horrible night when Indian army soldiers raped more than 100 women in Kashmir’s Kunan and Poshpora villages during a search operation. It seems that Indian security forces want to push out the real owners of the Kashmir valley. They have left not even a single moment without fear. No peace, no security; every morning a new saga of miseries, every night a new tale of suppressions. The Indian held Kashmir has simply turned into a land of death and harassment. The world peace-makers and the so called international peace-fighters are always dumb and silent at the continuous human rights violations going on in this charismatic valley of Indian held Kashmir. The people of the Indian held Kashmir sometimes feel that they are not human beings but lifeless objects; and more unfortunate fact is that except Pakistan there is no one else to listen to their cries of pain and agony. What would be the end-state of all this brutality and cruelty; no one knows.

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February 4th, 2017

Written by Praveen Swami | Published:June 22, 2016 Courtesy: The Indian Express

No Popery”, the mob was shouting, as it tore down down the house of the Earl of Mansfield, in London’s posh Queen’s Square. Richard Ingram, a local resident, told of how he watched some furniture flying out, particularly a remarkable table, which struck my eye; it was thrown out of the two-pair-of-stairs room”. Then, books were set on fire, starting a giant blaze. Ingram tried reasoning with the mob as the building was set on fire, only to find it was a dangerous business: Spies, spies”, the mob cried, spying the black cockade on Ingram’s hat, which identified him as an honorary captain of His Majesty’s Royal Dragoons.

In that summer of 1780, with Britain mired in wars with France, Spain and the US, the English working class had been hit by falling wages, rising prices and unemployment. Two years earlier, Parliament had eased official discrimination against Catholics, partly in the hope of raising more Irish soldiers. The issue was used to whip up working class anger by the Protestant politician Lord George Gordon — leading to attacks on wealthy Catholics, embassies of Catholic countries, and Catholic churches.

The idea of a Britain torn apart by ethnic-religious violence might seem implausible today. This week’s referendum on the country’s future in the European Union makes it imperative, though, to consider just that possibility. Irrespective of the outcome of the referendum, English nationalism has now established itself as a major force, giving xenophobia unprecedented visibility in British political life. The assassination of Member of Parliament Jo Cox demonstrated the violent potential of this nationalism.

English nationalism isn’t an outlier, though. Leaving aside well-established far right-wing tendencies like France’s National Front or Austria’s neo-Nazi Freedom Party, xenophobic forces are resurgent even in Scandinavia’s socialist utopias.

For the European post-World War II ideals of pluralism and democracy, these xenophobic forces are a major challenge. In essence, the post-1945 order sought to build a liberal system based on human rights and democracy, in which questions of ethnic-religious identity would become irrelevant. Europe, it seems, might be beginning the unmaking of this order.

Ever since the autumn of 1980, the lethal potential of the European far-right has been well known. In August that year, 84 were killed when a bomb ripped through the Bologna railway station. Eleven were killed when the Munich Oktoberfest was targeted on September 26; four persons died when a bomb went off in front of a synagogue in Paris on October 2. Though the violence of the right has surfaced periodically — most spectacularly in the form of Anders Breivik’s killing of 77 people in 2011 — it has never acquired the political legitimacy it has today.

How has this come about? It’s no coincidence that xenophobic nationalisms have grown in the three decades during which the European welfare states built after 1945, the product of a century of working-class struggle, were systematically dismantled. In large parts of Europe, this process left working class communities economically disempowered and politically disenfranchised.

In a prophetic 1991 essay, the historian Eric Hobsbawm noted that this economic dislocation came at the end of decades of immigration into Europe — in the main, of workers brought in to work in factories that were now shutting down. He noted that the massive population movements of the past 40 years — within and between countries and continents — have made xenophobia into a major political phenomenon”. There’s nothing resembling evidence to show immigration is responsible for white poverty, but they are an easy scapegoat for intractable frustrations, just as Catholics were in 1780.

Even though the UK is one of the 10 richest countries in the world, David Darton and Jason Strelitz noted in a study conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation last year, its growing prosperity over the last two decades has excluded large swathes of the population. Many people — and in some cases whole neighbourhoods — have fallen further and further behind”, they wrote. Many millions of people are unable to afford goods and services that the majority deem necessary”.

The Open Society Foundation’s granular 2015 study of white poverty in Manchester pointed to the fact that Higher Blackey, a largely white neighbourhood, had never recovered from the loss of industrial jobs a generation ago. That, coupled with educational under-attainment among poor white males, had resulted in a marked and steady decline in democratic engagement and participation over the last 40 years with an increased sense of isolation from mainstream politics”.

Frustration is most marked among the young: One in three of the UK’s 9 million 14-24 year olds live in poverty, surveys have shown. Though black and Asian youth are over-represented in this cohort, over two in three are white.

In a thoughtful analysis of the nationalisms which rose across Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union, the historian Miroslav Hroch noted that where an old regime disintegrates, where old social relations have become unstable, amid the rise of general insecurity, belonging to a common language and culture may become the only certainty in society, the only value beyond ambiguity and doubt”. This disintegration of the old order — and the failure of traditional politics to offer transformative possibilities — has enabled the rise of the new, xenophobic politics.

Europe’s economic and institutional resources sometimes lead to sanguine assessments of its vulnerability to crisis. The German journalist Sebastian Haffner, watching events in the 1920s as Fascism began its inexorable rise, left the world with a contemporary insight which cautions against ignoring the new xenophobia.

Hundreds of saviours were running around Berlin”, he wrote, people with long hair, wearing hairshirts, claiming that they had been sent by God to save the world”. The most successful of them was a certain Haeusser, who advertised on advertising pillars and staged mass gatherings and had many followers. According to the newspapers, his Munich counterpart was a certain Hitler. Whereas Hitler wanted to bring about the thousand-year Reich by the mass murder of all Jews, in Thuringia a certain Lamberty wanted to bring it about by having everyone do folk dancing, singing, and leaping about”.

European liberalism might well be proved to have enough cultural and institutional capital to withstand a similar onslaught. But no one, Haffner’s account should remind us, should dismiss the prospect that such a challenge might lie ahead, in the not too distant future.

Courtesy: The Indian Express

Days of unmaking

Why Sri Lanka will never be Singapore? Article by Eranda Ginige in Daily FT …….

February 4th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

I do not agree with his theory .He talks about the  fact that ,we have to accept who we are and find indigenous development strategy ? and that we do not need Globalization I would like to ask him to name a country which has developed so far after world war 2 which has been following democratic principles .Take Iran ,Iraq,Saudi Arabia,China ,Oman ,even Maldives .Have they not been run by  Authoritarian Dictators who put  country in forefront ?

Singapore developed because Lee Kwan Yew was a dictator who knew the priorities .Our country has a prosperous past and unprecedented development few centuries back .British came and force Democracy to our country which was the bane .

We need a dictator who should identify the path for development and forcibly implement .He talks  about sustainability in Food Supply,. A Ruler can impose strict rules in developing agriculture .When you drive along Southern Highway you could see land mass with plenty of water which can be forced-developed .We pass by and keep telling that what a beautiful sight with no clue that it is a gold mine

Many areas in the country are abandoned and scrupulous land sales companies are blocking out lands and making money .A good ruler can impose strict restrictions and force cultivation or even get Israelis to develop the lands !

There are much shallow sea front Jaffna Peninsular ,which are not harvested Can a dictator recognize the potential and force marine aqua culture development ?

All other proposals in his article are valid, what we lack is a Forced –Implementer. I know by experience that Vision of Lew Kwan Yew is what we need,

We need a Benevolent Dictator

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

Four hour doc strike cripples hospitals

February 4th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

I despise strikes by anyone let alone doctors  .There may be various allegations against some ministers for allowing SAITM to commence teaching ,but we all have to understand that some parents have the right to give education to their children in the medical field .If the state  cannot do that they tend to go abroad and get then educated where our hard earned foreign reserves depletes.

JVP instigated terror in 70 s and 80 s and the doctors stayed home  due to fear, That time GMOA was hand in hand with JVP and helped them.My story below show that they were supporting strike action for no apparent reason .

My wife started working in Sri Lanka after returning from Russia.  During the height of JVP terror, all the doctors were asked to stay home by gun trotting  members of the party ,who were sending Chit” to every house hold,I advised my wife not to give in .She was the only doctors who was working and hospital sent an  ambulance daily for her to go to work ,

GMOA top leaders came to know about it and came to my house in Gampaha to instigate her not to work My wife was at work and I was luckily at home .They had the audacity to come in to our house and to force  me to tell her not work .I asked for justification ,but their answer is that members should abide by the Central Committee decision .I told he that my wife is not educated to be a doctor with public money, but in Communist Russia ,and they have  educated her to treat medical profession as  noble one, and the duty of doctors should come first .I also told GMOA that they do not even recognize my wife’s Medical State University and they have no rights what so ever to press her and asked them not very politely asked them  to walk out of my house .

GMOA can fight their battle in a different ways ,but  making  poor patients suffer is not acceptable .

If you  walk into few private hospitals you will see this doctors doing private practice when  strike is on .

We are supposed to be a Buddhist Country and we should have better compassion and kindness to mankind

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

Male Chauvinism Vs. Feminism

February 4th, 2017

By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today

In my attempt to get rid of unwanted old e-mails, which I received during 2016, I was struck by a particular mail sent by an old female journalist friend, who worked at “The Island” newspaper office some years ago now working in the Middle East. She came with a bold request for me to mull over one of the most controversial issues and wanted me to write about it in my Saturday column.

She had written, “Not only the best cooks are men, but they are the most beautiful creations of God. Just think about it for a moment, it may have been the foregone conclusion to accept that women are the prettiest creations of all, but are they? If women are deemed to be the loveliest and beautiful, why do they need to spend hours on end to prettify at all, on every occasion? Look at ‘man’! Oh! He is simply gorgeous without any layers of make up, or having to run to the hairdresser or beauty parlour every now and then for facials, even at the age of 50, 70 or come 80! In my personal view, male gender is bestowed with natural beauty and dazzling among all of the God’s creations. Do you agree? And why don’t you write about it in your column”?

Proverbial orbit

Her statement unquestionably threw me into the ‘proverbial orbit’, especially she being a woman! My first reactions were the fear of getting myself branded as a male chauvinist in doing so, due to extra sensitivity of the social issue. In my second thoughts, I decided to research into the wider theme of male and female categories, rather than concentrating on the ‘beauty factor’ and came up with something expedient.

The word ‘Gender,’ which has been commonly used in the 20th century was referred to as a noun to denote a person or an object as masculine, feminine or neutral in various languages. The twin meaning refers to the state of being male or female, while gender roles are associated with social and behavioural norms of individuals of a specific sex in the context of a particular culture. Delving into pre-historic culture, one would find the male physique and strong spatial-cognition was most beneficial when it came to various tasks such as hunting of wild animals.


Women have been considered and treated right along history as the ‘weaker sex’ or inferior to man. Economic changes and the fierce activity from the feminist movement in recent times have managed to bring justice to women by exerting pressure and anxiety on men in certain societies when women have begun to join ranks of men with the new technology and switching over to computer expertise. Also, more women seeking higher education have managed to change the scene completely by taking the muscle out of jobs in offices, factories and even in governments by becoming senior executives, directors, chairpersons, members of Parliament and Cabinet ministers, prime ministers and even presidents of certain countries, which were once considered traditionally as positions carved out for menfolk.

Queen Elizabeth II who has been the Head of the Commonwealth since 1952 is a typical example and a pride to womanhood.

Seventy-five-year-old Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated after 33 years on the throne by making way to his son Willem-Alexander, whose coronation took place on 30 April 2013 and became the country’s first king.

For almost over 2, 000 years male chauvinism has remained a controversial issue within Christian beliefs when it came to ordaining of women as priests with the conviction that “the consecration process is set up by God for the administration of religious rites.” Women, therefore, were denied for a long time, and only in 2014 the general synod of the Church of England agreed to introduce women bishops. Yet, some placements and titles are still reserved exclusively for men among Christians such as the Pope, in the Roman Catholic Church.


Humans exhibit sexual dimorphism. Many of the characteristics do have a role in sexual attraction. So, without engaging in an argument over superiority or beauty between men and women, one has to accept the fact that each one becomes a link in a human chain on earth with a purpose and an assignment individually, which most of them fail to fathom.

On the other hand, it is not fair by women to be isolated and label them as beauty conscious creatures,” who spend extra money and time on manicure and pedicure errands, visiting beauty parlours for regular haircuts, highlights, facials, eye brows and spend extravagantly on a variety of hand creams, night and anti-wrinkle emulsions, and on pricey perfumes to make them sensational.

Despite all such analysis, it is a sad affair to see females are being made use of as ‘sex symbols’ in TV commercials and print media advertisements.

By the same token, men too cannot escape calling them as ‘saints either, as some of the male actors in Hollywood, Bollywood and elsewhere and sophisticated men in big cities in the world are spending generously on regular ‘keep-fit’ and bodybuilding undertakings, manicure and pedicure exercises, wax treatment (for removal of chest hair), liposuction to get rid of abdominal celluloid and spend wastefully on designer wigs (hair extensions) to cover their ‘boiled-egg’ type pates and even undergo cosmetic surgery and orthodontics to look handsome.

Sexual characteristic perspective automatically distinguishes boys turning into men with more body hair, moustaches and beards, larger hands and feet (than women), broad shoulders, bigger skull and bone structure, superior muscle mass, a more prominent Adam’s apple, deeper voice and a long shinbone. Apart from this gender demeanour, clothing, hairstyles or body characteristics too become apparent.

What was unfeasible once has become a reality today as currently we live in a scientific world, in which if one feels that one is born to the wrong sex, there is no need to worry about it, as we are now in the hands of high technology and clinical technicians, who have taken over the responsibility of being the ‘creator on earth’. It’s only a matter of time, in making up their mind, to have a sex change.


Why Is President Sirisena Not Applying the ‘Rule – of – Law’ on Ranil Wickramasinghe for the Alleged Murder of Ten Thousand Persons?

February 4th, 2017

By Gandara John

Speaking emotionally the other day on the massive fraud Arjuna Mahendran and others stand accused of, Sirisena declared that he would leave no stone unturned to indict and bring to justice all those involved in the Central Bank bond scam.

Amongst those accused of  benefiting from the massive fraud are Ranil Wickramasinghe and Malik Samarawickrema, two prominent Ministers in the Sirisena cabinet.

Mahendran was appointed Governor of the Central Bank by Sirisena in January 2016 on the recommendation of Wickramasinghe holding, albeit unconstitutionally at the time, the post of Prime Minister.

Sirisena went on to say that to bring the criminals to book he had appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry, the highest level of Inquiry in the country. This was on top of the Parliamentary inquiry (COPE) report, the incriminating findings of which had already been submitted to the executors of the criminal justice system for punitive action.

It is evident that in Sirisena’s mind, an inquiry under the President’s Seal is the credible preliminary step prior to taking criminal action in a court of law against Mahendran and the others.

In the period 1988 to 1990, during the reign of terror of Ranasinghe Premadasa (father of the present Cabinet Minister Sajith Premadasa) thousands of Sri Lankan youth were abducted, incarcerated, tortured and killed; many went missing.

And grieving family members have grown old or gone to the beyond, waiting in vain for their loved ones to return or to be accounted for.

These youth were snatched, from their homes, work places and streets by hooded death squads prowling in unnumbered vehicles. These death squads spread fear amongst the people who could not sleep at night, in dread of hearing that knock on their doors in the middle of the night by Premadasa goons.

Many of these youth thus snatched were incarcerated in secret detention centres where they were tortured, humiliated and abused before being disposed of, many without a trace.

Of the hundreds of illegal detention centres, where murder, torture and abuse had taken place, Batalanda was identified as the most notorious of them all.

This torture chamber, comprising a few houses, was located in the Batalanda Housing Scheme in Biyagama, in the electorate of Ranil Wickramasinghe, a senior member of the Premadasa Cabinet. The ‘secret’ illegal detention centre was occupied by police officers and overlooked by Douglas Peiris and Nalin Delgoda.

These houses were given to the Police, to conduct their illegal operations, by Wickramasinghe.

Wickramasinghe, allegedly tormented by some traumatic childhood experience and driven by a pathological urge, visited the ‘facility’ often, at various times of the day and night without restriction. The aspiring Police officers therein humoured the pathetic politician who advised and gave directions in the running of the operation.

In 1995 a Presidential Commission of Inquiry was appointed to inquire into the horrendous atrocities committed at Batalanda. The Commission comprised Supreme Court Judges Justice Jayawickrema and Justice Dissanayake.

These eminent judges, after hearing evidence for over two years, in their near 7000 page ‘Commission  Report’  found Ranil Wickramasinghe along with some named Police officers culpable for the murder, torture, abuse and disappearance of an estimated Ten Thousand persons at Batalanda.

Ranil Wickramasinghe additionally had given political direction to this State terror apparatus.

Established in the mould of the Presidential Commission convened by Sirisena to investigate the Central Bank bond scam, the Batalanda Presidential Commission too had no powers to award punishment or to initiate judicial action against those found culpable.

In these circumstances the eminent judges of the ‘Batalanda’ Commission, at the end of their hearings, strongly recommended that Ranil Wickramasinghe (along with the named Police officers) be arraigned in a Court of law, for offences that included murder, torture, abuse and disappearance of approximately 10,000 persons in the unauthorised detention centre at Batalanda.

The report was handed over to then President Chandrika Kumaranatunge an old friend of the Wickramasinghe family and a fellow lickspittle of the Clinton Neoliberals in the US.

Kumaranatunge, herself a pathetic figure of Sri Lankan politics, considered it prudent to sweep the Batalanda Report under the carpet and refrain from implementing the much vaunted ‘Rule of Law’ on a man against whom the Judges of the Supreme Court had found credible evidence of being complicit in mass murder like Prabhakaran.

By taking this course of partial action, Kumaranatunge stands accused of ‘gross abuse of her authority’ and the ‘willful waste of public money’, the precious money of the people of Sri Lanka which had funded all the expenses of the Commission.

Kumaranatunge’s crime of Commission (or was it Omission) denied the people of this country the justice they had long waited for and the consolation the loved ones of the victims had been yearning for.

Kumaranatunge by her actions conveyed the impression that she considered herself sovereign, an impression repudiated nicely by an erudite politician who recently said that it is the people who are Sovereign and not the politician.

For criminal offences like murder, torture etc there is no time bar or prescription, which simply means that the accused can be made to stand trial at any time; this is like in the case of the 94 year old Auschwitz guard, Reinhold Hanning, who was tried and convicted in 2016 for being an accessory to the atrocities at the death camp during WW2, simply by being aware of what was going on at the camp.

Was it stark fear of having to face trial or was it a guilty id that prompted Wickramasinghe’s keeper to attempt sneaking in surreptitiously an ‘Immunity from Prosecution’ clause for the ‘super’ Ministers?

All this begs the question, Does the rule of law not apply to Ranil Wickramasinghe?” (or Is Ranil Wickramasinghe above the law?”)

The sound of silence on the issue of prosecuting Ranil Wickramasinghe for the murder of 10000 persons is deafening.

Pray did we hear even a whimper from the self righteous European Union, which pontificates regularly on the ‘rule of law’ and slaps this principle as one of the prerequisites, to lifting their criminal siege – the GSP – on Sri Lanka?

Have we heard a murmur on this matter from the US ambassador who, like Sally Yates, disrespectfully challenged Trump’s authority, publicly?

Have we heard anything on this issue from the usually vociferous Neoliberal lickspittles manning the NGOs, the UN and other like organisations who sing deafeningly for their supper?

The opposition too are not without blame on this matter. Although they have conducted well- intentioned and well organised campaigns on many issues, the opposition creates the impression of having broad – spectrum focus; this has resulted in clouding, in the public mind, the opposition mission statement which should clearly reveal the strategic objective of the opposition.

Some critics argue that the joint opposition are haring after every issue thrown – sometimes deliberately – at them, thereby losing focus of their strategic objective and dissipating the groundswell of antigovernment anger and support that has been reposed in them.

These well meaning critics have advised the opposition to be more coordinated and focused in their efforts and arrive at a single pointed ‘Mission’ that could be decisively accomplished; it is worth repetition that ‘politics is the art of the possible’

Most, if not all of the issues adversely affecting Sri Lanka pivot on Ranil Wickramasinghe, senselessly driven by the American Neoliberal agenda of the Clintons and their cohorts and of course, his personal demons.

In any military campaign, picking the ‘pivotal’ objective from a number of other attractive and competing objectives is the most difficult part of the campaign as was the case in Sri Lanka’s anti terrorist campaign.

It was only in the last three years of the 30 year war, that the military precisely identified their ‘pivotal’ objective. The other objectives balanced on this crucial pivot.

It may be asked ‘how the picking of the ‘pivotal’ objective could be so crucial to a political campaign’; to respond simply ‘all the other alternative objectives balance on this pivot’.

Once that pivotal ‘objective’ had been identified in the political campaign, all effort needs to be focused on dislodging or demolishing that vital ‘pivot’; the other objectives that are balancing on this crucial pivot will collapse like a pack of cards.

If Sirisena is sincere in his proclamations of bringing the Central Bank fraudsters to book and if Sirisena sincerely believes that a Presidential Commission is a mandatory step to take before arraigning the fraudsters in a court of law, he must prove his sincerity in his beliefs by instituting criminal action against Ranil Wickramasinghe who has been found culpable of mass murder by a Presidential Commission comprising Supreme Court Judges.

On this 69th anniversary of our Independence we need to reflect why Justice has not been served to those ten thousand persons who were murdered at Batalanda. Is it because they are poor and the poor do not count in Sri Lanka?

Or is it because the alleged murderer found culpable comes from a wealthy class and he is above the law?

Sri Lanka needs to apply the ‘Rule of Law’ on Ranil Wickramasinghe.

It is preposterous to think that we Sri Lankans find it comfortable to have as Prime Minister a man found complicit in mass murder and untouched by law. We might as well have settled for terrorist Prabhakaran, a pathological killer accused of mass murder.

It is hoped that Sirisena will act on the faith that he has on Presidential Commissions and bring Ranil Wickramasinghe immediately to book.

If not let all the people of Sri Lanka rally round and give impetus to the opposition politicians on this 69th year of Independence to begin a campaign that will not see the end till justice is served for all those murdered at Batalanda.

At Independence, the citizens of ‘Sri Lanka’ must remember who fought to get independence

February 3rd, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

There is little point in raising the national flag if one does not know what the flag stands for and how the national flag came into being. There is little point celebrating independence, if people do not know what it took to gain independence and the centuries of suffering faced by the 3 repressive Western colonial invaders as well as South Indian invaders. There is little point in commemorating independence if child and adult are unaware of the battles that were fought to regain our lost freedoms, the brave men who fought the white occupiers and the famous battles won and lost. No nation has any right to celebrate independence if these heroes are not duly remembered and venerated. No independence can be complete if the men who fought the colonial rulers and the men who fought the LTTE terrorists are not given their due place. An independence Day is not a political affair to drum the achievements of the party in power. It is not a day to reward traitors in power. If our citizens cannot identify a hero from a traitor – there is no cause to be celebrating independence at all.

Sadly, the colonial education system has succeeded in creating brown sahibs who continue to venerate and feel it a privilege to have foreign invaders rule over us. They have no desire to  bring out the cruelty inflicted on our people because many descend from those who betrayed their own to serve the white master. Little appears to have changed and that DNA continues in their blood.

It is to both their advantage to ensure that nationalism, patriotism are only words used at ceremonial occasions and so the pains have been taken to ensure the history of Sri Lanka is diluted or historically erroneous facts and questionable events are taught in schools. The latest stunt is to create a multicultural education/multicultural history – another western experiment duly followed by treacherous brown sahibs – the white man’s surrogates who are now in power.

How many are aware that we had been invaded 18 times by South Indians but never could they take the whole island.

How many are aware that even the Chola King Elara who ruled accepted the sacred place given to Buddhism and himself ruled guided by the Buddhist precepts.

How many know that when the Kandyan Convention was signed in 1815 the two signatories were the British Colonial Government and the SINHALE nation (not Ceylon, not Sri Lanka). Sinhale was the name known by all. The Island’s citizens were Sinhale citizens. It was the colonials who divided us as Majority-Minority / divided us into racial/ethnic groups. There were no divisions on any of the issues promoted today before the white west arrived. This clearly shows that all that we suffer today are those planted by these Western occupiers under their divide and rule policy.

How many are aware of the brave battles fought – none of these are included into any of the history syllabus in the schools. This is denial of our right to know the history of a country that has a history over 2600 years. No political power has any right to change the country’s history. No political power can inject historical versions that is palatable to their own ideology or the ideology of those who fund them into power. No political power can suppress historical events, famous battles, heroes and replace them with heroes while doing their best to turn the western colonial occupiers into heroes and twisting history to give the notion that they have done good completely erasing the horrific crimes and plunder they committed. White man’s crimes are withheld.

These countries that speak and preach human rights were the violators of atrocious crimes over 500 years none of which are acknowledged, accounted for or compensated. Today they carry the bogey of rule of law conveniently ignoring their own crimes and brushing these off as crimes of the past.

A great crime is being committed by governments in power (past and present) to not include the atrocities that the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British committed. Entire villages were set ablaze, livelihoods were destroyed with genocide in mind, women and children were raped, elephants were killed as a sport. These accounts are known only by a handful who take personal measures to read on the true history of Sinhale (Sinhaladweepa)

How many know of the famous battles fought against the occupiers – Battle of Vijithapura (Dutugemunu against Elara), Battle of Mulleriyawa in 1559 against the Portuguese (devastating blow to the foreigners), Battle of Randeniwela in 1630 (entire Portuguese army was routed and the lascoreens-locals who fought for the whites, defected), Battle of Gannoruw in 1638 are just a handful. None of these are in any of the history textbooks taught to the children.

Another reason why the Tamil Homeland myth remains floated is that historians and academics have not come forward to quell this mythical notion using every aspect of history to showcase that the Tamils arrived from South India via migration/invasion and as a result of being imported as labor by the colonials. Tamils evolved in South India where the self-determination bid was initiated. The same ethnic group cannot evolve in 2 countries and use the same reasons to seek homelands/self-determination. These myths could have easily being squashed and demolished if the true history had been taught.

The suffering incurred by mostly the majority Sinhalese and the rest of the citizens have little mention in textbooks either. The manner that all 3 colonial occupiers targeted non-Christian religious sites with the intention of converting the masses and completely destroying non-Christian places of worship and how these are even listed in the historical accounts by Father Queroyz is never mentioned either.

That the Sinhalese were living in the North when the Portuguese arrived and the East was part of the Kandyan Kingdom easily quells the notion that Sinhalese do not belong to North or East. That the Tamils were known by colonials as Malabars/Coolies and the nomenclature Ceylon Tamils was introduced only in 1911 clearly denies the current calls for self determination on the arguments being used. Possibly none of the politicians in power know any of these facts and they don’t spare the time to find out even.

How many know that it was the Sinhale flag that was used when independence was given in 1948. It was the same flag that had been used by the Sinhale kings and was changed only in 1951. The minorities that were included by orange and green stripes are now refusing to sing the national anthem, are demanding separate states and making unjustified demands. The history of how minorities came and the compassion of the Sinhale kings have never been highlighted in the history books.

It is timely that a Sinhale Heroes museum is established and patriotic academics/historians are inducted to set the story straight and put a stop to the distortions taking place. This island nation does not have a multicultural history. The island remains over 74% majority Sinhalese. It is they who built up the island nation. Anyone wanting to write multicultural history can write about created nations like US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand. Even India has a history of just 70years and christened by the British.

At independence, citizens need to know the island’s history, the brave men who fought and died battling to save the nation from the grips of foreign rulers and occupiers, we must remember the role played by the Maha Sangha, the brave Kings who ruled following the dasa raja dhamma and the heroic armed forces who fought and saved the nation from the grips of 30 years of terror. At the same time, we must remember the traitors who were then known as lascoreens and sepoys working for the enemy who are no different than the likes of traitors functioning now.

Celebrating independence is worthless if we do not know our past in its correct context.

Shenali D Waduge





The Amazing Grace of  Judge Christy Weeramantry

February 3rd, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala

By a set of fortuitous circumstances Judge C. G. Weeramantry,  his bubbly wife Rosemary and children had become  a part of our little circle in Melbourne ever since he was appointed to a chair in law at the Monash University in the seventies. Like all migrants we invariably gravitated to little circles of our own trying to recreate and relive that part of the culture and society we left behind. Withdrawing into little identity islands of our own culture, surrounded by alien waves lashing us daily, was a prime  necessity to create a sense of togetherness and security. Being with our own kind rekindled  our  faith in  our  selves when we were trying find our feet in a foreign land. So bumping into a fellow-Sri Lankan in Melbourne in the seventies was like Robinson Crusoe discovering Man Friday. Creating a little bit  of Sri Lanka and living  in it became one of the great achievements of the expatriates. And discovering ourselves in the company of Judge Weeramantry was more than a status symbol. It was like rediscovering Sri Lanka all over again.

In time, particularly in the critical times of post-1983, he became a tower of strength to the community which will be discussed later. And everyone who met him felt his comforting, calming, almost priestly presence. He rose in stature by being the unwavering moral man who,  in the  Kiplingnesque sense, never lost his  head when  everyone else was losing theirs. He carried within him an unshakeable religiosity that influenced his thoughts and actions. His soothing quietude and natural piety” (Wordsworth) was endearing, almost hypnotic, and I used to tease him saying that in his previous birth he must  have been a Buddhist monk meditating in the forest on the eternal laws of samsara (dharma) and the higher values of life that went  with it. That is one aspect that was unmissable  in Judge Weeramantry’s life : his amazing  grace which, incidentally, was one of his favourites hymns  he played on the  piano for all of us at parties that sometimes went on till break of  dawn in Melbourne.

Judge Weeramantry could be in it without being of it – again another quality of his religiosity. He would, for instance, come  to parties carrying a whole bundle  of papers and  while we were belting  out Ka-pal-la, bee-pal-la, jolly kara-pal-la” at the top of our  voices, gathered round the pianist, (who else but his gifted wife, Rosemary!), he  would  slip into a secluded room and write the next chapter of his latest book, or correct exam papers of his law students at Monash University. There was a fine balance in all his  actions as there was in  his judgements. Above all, he was a glutton for work.

He was an indefatigable explorer of paths to peace. He had an inexhaustible and indomitable will to go with it. Combined together he  produced volume  after volume  dealing  critically with the many challenges that threaten modern civilisation and mankind. His dissenting judgment at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declaring the use of nuclear weapons illegal in any circumstances” is a landmark judgment embraced by the global peace movement. It also confirms his moral courage and concern for  the future of humanity. It is inconceivable that learned judges who huff and  puff about human  rights violations in small countries  should take the side of Big Powers armed with nuclear weapons – the most  destructive force that can  wipe out  the  human rights of all mankind in one  flash. The ICJ was divided evenly on this  issue with seven judges for and seven judges against it. The decisive vote of Court President, Mohammed Bedjaoui, tilted the  judgment in favour  of the Big  Powers. Judge Weeramantry was the  leading judge  of the ICJ who stood up for mankind and their right to live in a world without WMDs. His  dissenting judgment was a big blow to the Big Powers who expected the judges to legalise their WMDs,  while dictating human  rights to the smaller nations. It takes enormous courage to be a dissenting judge under these international pressures in  the highest court of  the world while the majority was bending over backwards  to appease the criminal cravings and ambitions of the Big  Powers.

The moral  essence of Judge Weeramantry is enshrined in his dissenting judgment. There is no other  legal force  in the international arena that can  stand up for the powerless defying the Big Powers. His  dissenting  judgment is his everlasting  contribution  to the future of mankind. Considering  the potential to wipe out  humanity with WMDs stored in the  silos  of Big Powers and considering the unforgiveable scale of crimes committed  at Hiroshima  and  Nagasaki, what moral right did the judges of the ICJ have to legalise nuclear weapons? The Court President, Mohammed Bedjaoui, stated categorically : Nuclear weapons, the ultimate evil, destabilize humanitarian law, which is the law of the lesser evil. The existence of nuclear weapons is therefore a challenge to the very existence of humanitarian law, not to mention their long-term effects of damage to the human environment, in respect to which the right to life can be exercised.” Having  said that he cast his decisive vote to legalise the use of nuclear weapons. After such knowledge, what forgiveness?” (T. S. Eliot –  Gerontion )

In some of his conversations with me Judge Weeramantry expressed his utter dismay about his fellow judges who were ignorant of some of the fundamentals of the global culture. One judge, for instance, had thought that Buddhism was some voodoo cult! Though the ICJ was supposed to be a universal court of justice for all mankind it was primarily dominated, like all other UN organisations, by Western, or Western-oriented legal eagles whose limited knowledge on the diverse global culture was  deplorable. He was, perhaps, the  pre-eminent polymath with a 20-20 vision in the land of blind.  In his biography he was critical about international justice system in  which the Western lawyers dominated every department of the international law. The best of specialists in international law came from Western  universities and legal agencies, the prosecutors came from Western legal systems, the majority of judges too were drawn from Western or pro-Western countries. Since the West dominates the international judicial system what chances have the rest in seeking justice at the ICJ?

If  the majority of  the learned  judges  of  the ICJ lacked the moral conscience  to ban the most  destructive  weapons  facing humanity – particularly with nervous and unpredictable  leaders like Kim  Jong-Un  and Donald Trump  having  the  keys  to launch WMDs at will – what faith can we have in the high-sounding instrumentalities  of peace and human rights, all of which are financed, directed and run according to a prepared Western agenda ? WMDs are the anti-thesis of human rights. It is in  this context that  the minority vote of Judge Weeramantry speaks louder  than  the majority vote of misguided  missiles in the  ICJ. Though he  lost  it was great day for  humanity who had no one to speak on their behalf  in the  highest  court of the world. The anti-nuclear  movement  has found in him an enlightened moral leader who could, hopefully, pave the way for  a world  without WMDs some time  in the  distant future.

His dissenting  judgment was in  keeping  with  his  religious  beliefs which elevate the sanctity of human life – the greatest and the glorious manifestation that illuminates an infinitesimal corner of the immeasurable universe. Besides, it reflected his innate tendency to stand up for the highest values. It was also  an affirmation of  his moral conviction  that no one  should bow  down to foreigners of the West simply because they have the power, wealth and the institutions of international law  under their thumb. He had nothing but disdain for those who cringe  before  their superiors  or those who were fawning before foreigners for a fistful of dollars. He dealt with these two aspects  in his book A Call For National Reawakening. In it he expressed his dismay at the direction  in which the nation was heading.

His list of national weaknesses is worth repeating as a reminder to the citizens as well as the powers that pompously pontificate to us so glibly. He wrote: Here are some of  our national weaknesses which we take for granted and tend to gloss over. I shall enumerate some of them, expanding on them in the next chapter : i) Inability to run our institutions without factionalism ; (ii) Envy of success of others; (iii) Lack of respect for law and order; (iv) Lack of a sense of discipline; v) Widespread bribery and corruption; (vi) Lack of transparency in public decision-making, appointment, contract, disbursements; (vii) Multiple division of society; (viii) Using politics as a road to personal advancement; ix) Making extravagant election promises; x) Over indulgence in political rhetoric; xi) Sweeping past wrong doings under the carpet; xii) Waste of resources  on political tamashas; xiii) Cringing before superiors; xiv) Fawning  on foreigners; xv) Flaunting of wealth, possession and power; xvi) Lack of concern for the environment; xvii) Outsourcing  crime through contract killers. (pp. 15 – 16).

A noticeable national weakness is the tendency at many levels of society to show excessive deference to foreigners, particularly from the west” (p.49). His judgements were drawn from his rich experiences that span the colonial and the  post-colonial periods. He wrote nostalgically :  ”We all have memories of the days of friendship and happiness before these communal problems erupted and have a longing for  the restoration of that  happy society.” (p.102). Then he goes down memory lane and recalls : One of my earliest childhood memories was that my father’s friend from his student days in England was Mr. G. G. Ponnambalam, a regular  visitor to our home who used to take me with him n horse back when I was five or six.(p.99).

He was most saddened by the communal violence that consolidated divisive politics. He refused to accept that the break-up of the nation in any form as the solution to communal harmony. In his chapter on Ensuring A Single Sovereign Sri Lankan State he stated quite categorically : The fourth essential – and this is perhaps the most important – is the acceptance by all of the basic principle that any solution whatsoever must  be in the context of a single Sri Lankan sovereign state.” (p.101). It was on this  principle that he came forward to give leadership  to the patriotic Sri Lankan community faced with the aggressive anti-Sri Lankan lobby, led by Prof. C. J. Eliezer, in Melbourne. When the 1983” explosion dominated prime time TV the Tamil propagandists, as usual, played up, quite effectively, the role of being victims of the majority Sinhalese persecuting  the minority Tamils. It was a political ploy manipulated by them to win the sympathy of the shocked Western audiences.

The Tamil lobbyists, at all levels, excelled in dramatizing the theme of victimology to nail the Sinhala-Buddhist majority in the eyes of the world. To them 1983” was a blessing in disguise. It gave them the visual and marketable images of Paradise Burning” to demonise the Sinhala-Buddhists as the evil force that discriminated against the Tamils of the  North – the most  privileged community in Sri Lanka. Prof. Eliezer, who was a lay preacher in the Uniting Church, did not  hesitate to  grab this opportunity to campaign for a separate state. He was an established figure leading  the  anti-Sri Lankan propaganda campaigns.

Non-Tamil Sri Lankans, however, were paralysed not knowing how to counter the sudden wave of sympathy that was sweeping  the Western world in the immediate aftermath of 1983”. Prof.  Weeramantry stepped into this vacuum to give leadership to the rudderless Sri Lankans. He formed a multi-ethnic front, the  Overseas Sri Lankans  Organisation for National Unity (OSLONU) which presented the  alternative narrative. His stature, his vast knowledge of the law and history, his commanding personality, his persuasive presentations were invaluable assets in combatting anti-national propaganda. Our confidence was strengthened by the fact  that a judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka was willing to walk with us in the streets of Melbourne, carrying placards.

For his part, Prof. Eliezer manoeuvred, in  overt and covert tactics, to pursue separatist politics as a Mosessian commandment. He was committed to keep the divided expatriate community apart. Prof. Weeramantry, on the  contrary, was stretching every nerve to bring unity and  harmony. He even led a delegation of Sri Lankans to meet the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, hoping to get the blessings of the Church for communal  harmony. The Archbishop agreed to hold a prayer meeting of all communities for peace and amity. Prof. Eliezer boycotted it at the  last minute and stuck stubbornly to his divisive politics. In a move to reach out to the Tamils, Prof. Weeramantry reserved a place for  the Tamils in OSLONU at the presidential level and  invited them to join the other Sri Lankans in setting an example for communal harmony. But Tamil separatist politics forced them to abandon peaceful co-existence and  communal harmony.

Finally, he achieved his dream when he brought undergraduates from the northern, eastern and southern universities under one  roof at the Subodhi Institute at Piliyandala. In this experiment he discovered that the undergraduates who were at first reluctant to even smile with each other were crying and hugging each other when the time came  for parting at the end of a fortnight’s communal living. He was quite elated that his  experiment had succeeded. He saw great possibilities in it for  the future of communal harmony.

In  his legal career he rose way above the chrematistic, coconut-cracking, black-coated pettifoggers at Hulftsdorp. He went through all the stages that a lawyer could go through. He was a lawyer, a dedicated scholar of the law, a judge, a teacher of  the law, ending up finally as the Vice-President of the ICJ. We have had eminent Sri Lankans shining in various realms  of international law and institutions. Shirley Amerasinghe presided over the UN law-making body of the sea. Jayantha Dhanapala headed the UN Atomic Energy Commission probing deep  into the center of atomic particles. Nandasiri Jasentuliyana soared high into outer space to write the future laws of the new world opening up in the Milky Way. Judge Weeramantry occupied the highest seat of all in the ICJ – the highest court  in the world.

His career path to that seat was foretold by one of  his lawyer friends when he was appointed as the youngest judge of the Supreme Court. He was told that he  would go abroad, be a teacher of the law and at the age of sixty or so he would  win the Nobel Prize if he was a scientist. But as lawyer the equivalent  of  the Nobel Prize was a seat in the ICJ. However, there were many obstacles in his path to Hague. In the first round, Harry Jayewardene, the brother of President Jayewardene, who promised to help him, undercut him and presented  himself as the rival to Prof. Weeramantry. The Foreign Ministry went round the world capitals canvassing for Harry Jayewardene. But he lost. His CV was limited  to one line : an article  in the Daily News. Judge Weeramantry’s impressive CV ran into pages with Ph D’s from international universities.

In the second  round, it was Asia’s turn but the Jayewardene government  had pledged its support to the Pakistani candidate. Zia al-Huq was the head  of  Pakistan. There  was no way that Prof. Weeramantry could win the backing of the Sri Lankan government. There were only a few days left for  the closing  of  applications. By this time the Jayewardene’s were no longer in power. President Ranasinghe Premadasa was in command. But Jayewardene’s commitment to support to Zia’s nominee was in force. Then, as predicted, even world  events turned dramatically in favour of Prof. Weeramantry. Zia went  up in helicopter which exploded and killed him  instantly. The new government of Pakistan said that they were not  interested in  Zia’s nominee. And so the doors  opened for  Judge Weeramantry to win his Nobel Peace prize”.

In  all respects his was a legendary career. In the words  of Lakshman Kadiragamar, his achievements abroad were merely the icing  on the cake. It was baked wholly in Sri Lanka which, he said, broadened his perspectives with its blend of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural tolerance. Though a staunch Catholic he was proud of the Sinhala-Buddhist culture in which he grew up. He even wrote lines  picked from  the Mahavamsa into the texts of  international law in  his  judgment on the Danube contested by Hungary and Slovakia. The following  extract reveals the extent to which  he was influenced  by Buddhism. He wrote : The  teachings of Buddhism go even further, for they require a compassion for all living things even to the extent of recognising the rights of animals to freedom form fear. The sermon of the Arahat Mahinda to King Devanampiyatissa at the time when Buddhism was brought to this country spoke in terms of these rights. The concept of freedom from fear is an advanced human rights concept. Yet more than 2000 years ago the king was told “Remember that these animals are also as much inhabitants of this island as you are”. The king was also told that he was only a trustee of this land, and not the owner of it. Trusteeship is one of the basic principles of modern environmental law. Yet, it was anticipated over two thousand years ago. This basic concept of environmental law is thus deeply ingrained in our traditions having been incorporated in the very first sermon that was preached at the time when Buddhism was brought into this country.” (Sustainable Development : Ancient  concept  recently developed).

If there is one  single  strand that dominated his  thinking it was religion. He believed in the  brotherhood  of mankind and, in keeping with this philosophy, he  titled his three-volumed biography Towards a One World. His faith in  humanity was as great as his faith in religion. He saw in all religions the common  principles that bind humanity together. He viewed the UN Charter, particularly its commandments” on human  rights, as a secular translation of the humane principles enshrined  in all religions. Not surprisingly, the last text he wrote, lying  on his back at the hospital, was titled, Praying the Hail Mary.

He was, by any known standards, a great son of Sri Lanka who never forgot to pay his dues to his homeland.

නිදහසේ උදානය

February 3rd, 2017

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි

රටට සතුරු සුනක රජුනි, සමරනු මැන සයනු කපා,
අති උදාර අපේ නිදහස මිතුන වර්ෂයේ,

සතුරු මිතුන පහස ලබා – සිත කය සතපා
ලැබෙන ධනය වෙත ලොබවී රට ගැන නොතකා
දිවිදුන් ඒ විරුවන්ගේ ගුණදම් නොසිතා

රටට සතුරු සුනක රජුනි, සමරනු මැන සයනු කපා,
අති උදාර අපේ නිදහස මිතුන වර්ෂයේ,

දහසක් ජන රුහිරු හෙළා  පෝෂිත කල මේ රන්බිම,
කැබලි වලට විසුරුවන්න නුබ සතුවූ ඒ බල කීම
රට රකිනා සුර බලසෙන් නුබෙන් අසන බව දැන දැන

රටට සතුරු සුනක රජුනි, සමරනු මැන සයනු කපා,
අති උදාර අපේ නිදහස මිතුන වර්ෂයේ

Sri Lanka Cricket Has Become Derelict and Meaningless as a Result Of Incompetence.

February 3rd, 2017

Top Spin By Sunny

Feb5th 2017

The incompetence seems to arise not from the players themselves entirely but the Chairman of Selectors and the Coach who appear to be making all the wrong choices as a result of which the team seems to be floundering and faltering like a rudderless ship.

Surely there was no reason others than personal  whims and fancies and of course the hitherto unknown vendettas said to exist in the mindset of the Chairman of Selectors with some, to exclude players like Thisara Perera,  Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardena and others who may have made a difference compared to some new players who have failed thus far despite the reality of team building after Murali, Mahela and Sangakkara etc. where the previously mentioned players could have indeed made a difference.

The coach Ford ( heaven knows what his true merits are for the position as he has done precious nothing for the team and should have been replaced long ago!) is certainly not a motivator who imparts skills in the manner of a Tom Moody or a Dav Whatmore under whom Sri Lanka flourished.
To all intents and purposes Ford ‘s  a simple “chair warmer” for which he receives a fat paycheck I’m sorry to say! A Ignominy to say the least!!
Despite the reality that the likes of Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera  are out due to injury or personal reasons and Rangana Herath opting out of the shorter versions, players who could have made a vital difference there are players who are in fine fettle and upto the task but sadly pre – empted as Sri Lanka’s anguish continues and until the aforementioned lapses are corrected Sri Lanka will surely continue to fail.
The Coach and Chairman of Selectors are in definite need of replacement in conventional wisdom if none other and perhaps the President of the Cricket Board too is better off serving the Parliament as Deputy Speaker rather than officiating as President with no real credentials for the job whatsoever in like manner of a Donald Trump waving big bucks!!
Arjuna Ranatunga eat your heart out!
With the rest of the  ODI Series looming where the T- 20 victories for Sri Lanka were a scant consolation as the opposition consisted of a virtual second string of South African players, unless drastic measures are taken such as the ones recommended, Sri Lanka are more than likely to be subjected to further  defeats unless there is a resurgence of the will to win and outstanding brilliant performnces that Sri Lanka  have been reputed for in the past but from where the energy will come from is left to be seen!


February 3rd, 2017

Malin Abeyatunge

Six people were killed and eight wounded when gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque during Sunday night prayers, in what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “terrorist attack on Muslims. As a  Sri Lankan I would not condemn this attack. The simple reason is the Canadian Govts  in the past and the current Canadian premier Justin Trudeau made their country a safe haven for the most brutal terrorist organisation in the world known as LTTE. Adding insult to injury, Justin Trudeau had so much of faith and sympathy for this terrorist group, he had the audacity to boycott the  Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in 2012 because it was held under the patronage of the then president Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka. It was obvious that Justin Trudeau boycotted this important event in the Commonwealth countries directory as a protest against Mahinda Rajapaksa for having annihilated LTTE terrorist group conclusively and to  sustain the LTTE support he has for his political survival.

Now that he is crying over 6 Muslim deaths in this terrorist attack, what was Canadian Government doing when LTTE killed 147 Muslim prayers in a mosques in Kattankudy in Sri Lanka in August 1990. Instead of condemning, what Canadian Govt did was to keep mum and continue welcoming LTTE activists and sympathisers with open arms  into their countries as refugees and asylum seekers and making a safe haven for them. Today’s papers reported that the LTTE guy who smuggled a ship load of Tamils into Canada has been released on bail. Wunderbar!

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reported for having said in a statement: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge”. Sri Lanka has been experiencing LTTE terrorist attacks for 30 years whilst Canada was entertaining runaway LTTE activists and sympathisers and did not shed a single tear for those thousands of people in Sri Lanka who became victims of LTTE terrorists over a period of 30  years.

It’s time that Justin Trudeau realised that terrorist is a terrorist in any form and any part of the world. 

Malin Abeyatunge

GSP is a chocolate coated cyanide capsule – Bandula

February 3rd, 2017


Colombo District UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardane says that the government has brought the economy to such a quagmire that there is no hope of recovery. Here, he is in conversation with the Ceylon Today on core economic issues

?: What are your thoughts on the Treasury Bond Scam and what are the real economic losses?

A: There was never a secret and there is nothing to hide. On the day of it happening, within hours and minutes, all the money markets, stock markets and the capital markets were aware of what really happened.

It was a transaction for which

Rs 1 Billion was initially required but, it was Rs 10 Billion within minutes from Perpetual Treasuries of Arjun Aloysius, the son in law of the then Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. What was also unfathomable was that, Bank of Ceylon which is also marketing Treasury Bills and Bonds had disbursed Rs 10 Billion to Perpetual Treasuries. This was a very big conflict of interest and a transaction which lacked any transparency.

?: Apart from the known loss of Rs 1 .5 Billion from the transaction that day, do you think that the real losses are much more?

A: Nobody has determined the real losses. Not even the Auditor General and the COPE has the foggiest notion as to what the real losses are. It is very imperative that a team of Economists and other intellectuals should do an in depth economic study and determine the real losses.

What is also damaging is that Sri Lanka as a whole, lost total credibility in capital and money and equity markets.

The results were bared immediately. Foreign investors, who had hitherto invested in government securities, had pulled out a whopping US $ 2.6 Billion by then.

The lack of trust among investors in Sri Lanka was paramount. The Government could have easily mitigated the issue by terminating Arjuna Mahendran from the post. This tragedy resulted in the Colombo Stock Exchange plummeting to an all time low and the interest rates also doubled. During the previous regime in the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, interest rates were single digit which were at 8.4 per cent and 9.5 per cent and which has now zoomed to 13.5 per cent. This also means that people have to borrow for housing loans and vehicles at these rates. Then people who have already taken loans have to pay double. It is also the same with the people who take overdrafts as well.

This would have a massive impact on debt repayment as we have to pay more in rupees for the Dollar debts.

It is also moot that the Foreign Direct Investments are declining from 2014 onwards in 2015 and 2016. Even during the war times it was at US $ 450 million which was not bad, given the fundamentals at that time.

It is very important that a team of Economists and other professionals should advise President Maithripala Sirisena on the dire strait of the economy. Another danger is that during these periods of economic ills, the government has provided US $ 4 billion to protect the rupee. This will also create a huge dent in the market with more rupees going for repayment of loans.

?: How would you sum up the international perceptions of Sri Lanka?

A: The Bloomberg Risk Indicators also spell out something on Sri Lanka. When taking into consideration, Norway is at very high in the least risk country with 95 points, while Sri Lanka ranks with 11 points, even below Greece. During the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime foreign reserves was Rs 8 billion which had plummeted to Rs 6 billion now with no chance in hell to increase it. There is no chance of boosting FDIs as well. During the first year of the Rajapaksa Presidency, the rupee was Rs 101 to the dollar and ten years later, it was Rs 131 to the dollar. There was a devaluation of only Rs 30 rupees in ten years Now, in two years of the government, the rupee is 153 to the dollar.

?: So, dont you think that the exporters will be happy as they will get higher earnings?

A: What rubbish! The government has provided Rs 400 billion to protect the rupee. That is notwithstanding the lowering of international prices of petroleum, gold, iron, and all other consumer commodities. But a colossal sum of US $ 4 billion which was petroleum has gone to protect the Rupee.

?: What are your thoughts on the proposed Volkswagen Plant which had a lot of hype?

A: That is the biggest joke. The Government said even from the pre-election campaign that there was a Volkswagen Plant coming up at Kuliyapitiya. The President and the Prime Minister both went to open it, but there was no accredited representative from the German automobile manufacturer. This is also a piece of land without any facilities which has been taken to Court by the Public Trustee. The UNP members are also shocked at the embarrassment! They too do not know in which direction the economy is moving.

?: Any other issues with the other investments?

A: The government is sending mixed signals. In one breath it is saying that it is against privatization. The next breath it is saying that it is for restructuring and privatization. There seems to be some conflicting signals from the government.

?:President Maithripala Sirisena had cancelled a deal where a Rs 130 million factory was to manufacture rubber tyres at Horana and where Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe laid the foundation stone. Your comments?

A: This is another joke. That factory was declared open by former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake long years ago.

?:It is also alleged that one of the reasons that President Maithripala Sirisena cancelled the deal was due to the abysmally low lease rental of Rs 100 per acre, which is nonsensical. Your comments ?

A: That is how the lease rentals work. It is 2.5% of the government valuation. It was also on that basis that companies like Sevanagala Sugar and others were taken. There was no action taken in those also. That shows the clear cut bankruptcy of the government. That is why the government is duping the people by uttering falsehoods.

?: Isnt the Central Bank investigating the former Governor who is mired in controversy?

A: Well according to the information, that I got, he had spent Rs 66 million of the CB just for his foreign trips, both official and personal. It is also strange that the National Freedom Front Leader and MP Wimal Weerawansa was arrested and that too without bail for merely supporting the misuse of official government vehicles. So, if that is so for a party leader, then what should be the punishment for a key government official who has been accused of the biggest crime in the country? Why are Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the FCID so silent, which is smacking of double standards.

?: So, do you envision any cracks in the Government; with the SLFP faction within the Government pulling out and forming a Government with the disgruntled people in the UNP ?

A: The UPFA got 5.8 million votes at the Presidential election and 4.3 million votes at the Parliamentary election and the votes were a case against privatization and other capitalistic theories. The government might crack on cases like the Treasury Bond scam, the Hambantota Port and ever rising Cost of Living.

?:So, with all the anti- government comments, what do you think about Sri Lanka getting the GSP + facility ?

A: This is also another joke, Sri Lanka has been handed over 58 conditions in lieu of the GSP+ and we are supposed to carry out conditions such as finding a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis, approve abortion, change criminal charges, free all the suspects who have been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, implement Prison Reforms and all that. This is also almost compromising our territorial integrity and sovereignty.

It is also true that Sri Lanka exports 28% of its products to the EU of which 10% of it, is to UK. But, with the UK exit of the EU, we are to get only 18%. So, the question arises as to whether it is worth making all the sacrifices merely to get GSP + for three years The GSP is a Chocolate coated cyanide capsule.

This government is in a deep mess and it will be very difficult to change that. Sri Lanka is at the worst crisis of all time, and it is an overheated and turbulent economy. It is a very frightful picture that the government has painted.

This is not the good governance we fought for – Maithri Gunaratne

February 3rd, 2017


පිඬු සිඟා මව් රකින බුද්ධ පුත්‍රයා …!!!

February 3rd, 2017

 දමුණුපොළ – චමින්ද ජයලත්

If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.” ~Buddha

“He who attends on the sick attends on me,” declared the Buddha, exhorting his disciples on the importance of ministering to the sick.

වැඩ වාසය කළ විහාරස්ථානය හැරදමා පිණ්ඩපාතයෙහි යෙදෙමින් ලැබෙන දානය සිය වයෝවෘද්ධ මවට කවා පොවා රෙදි සෝදා නාවමින් පුංචි පැල්පතක වැඩ වාසය කරමින් සිටින ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ නමකගේ තොරතුරු සොයා අපි පසුගියදා (28දා) කෑගල්ල, මොළගොඩ, බුදමවත්ත ග්‍රාමය වෙත ගියෙමු.
මොළගොඩ මැටි කර්මාන්ත ශාලාව අසලින් දකුණට හැරී මීටර් 150ක් පමණ පසුකළ තැන බුදමවත්ත ග්‍රාමයේ දිගින් අඩි 10ක් ද පළලින් අඩි 8ක් ද ලෑලිවලින් වට කොට තහඩු සෙවිලි කළ පුංචි නිවෙසේ මේ වයෝවෘද්ධ මව හා ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ වැඩ වාසය කරති. අප ඉකුත්දා (28දා) පෙරවරුවේ මේ පුංචි නිවෙසට ගොඩවන අවස්ථාවේ දී පූජ්‍ය මොළගොඩ ආරියවංශ හිමියන් පුවත්පතක් බලමින් සිටි අතර මවද කෙඳිරිගාමින් ඇඳේ වැතිරී සිටි අයුරු දැකගත හැකිවිය.
පූජ්‍ය මොළගොඩ ආරියවංශ හිමියන් මොළගොඩ අලුලෙන රජමහා විහාරාධිපතිව වැඩ විසූ අපවත් වී වදාළ පූජ්‍ය දීවෙල ජිනානන්ද නායක ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේගේ ශිෂ්‍යයකු ලෙස පැවිදිව අනතුරුව එම විහාරස්ථානයේ වැඩ වාසය කරමින් සිටියහ.
තම මෑණියන් ලෑලිවලින් වටකර තිබූ දිරාපත්වෙමින් පැවැති තහඩු සෙවිලිකළ වහලයකින් යුත් නිවෙසක දිවි ගෙවමින් සිටියදී ආරියවංශ හිමියන් විහාරස්ථානයෙන් ලැබෙන දානය උදේ දහවල් ඇයට ගෙනැත් දෙමින් වෙනත් අවශ්‍ය දේවල්ද සොයා බලා දුක සැපද බලමින් සිටියේය. සිය මවට කිසිම දෙයක් කරගත නොහැකිව එක්තැන් වූ අවස්ථාවේදී අරියවංශ හිමියන් මීට වසර 3ට පමණ ඉහතදී විහාරස්ථානයෙන් නික්මී සිය මව පදිංචිව සිටින ලෑලි මඩුවට වැඩම කර පිණ්ඩපාතයෙන් ලැබෙන දානය සිය මවට ගෙනැවිත් දෙමින් ලෑලි මඩුවේ කොනක ලී කෝටුවලින් තැනූ මැස්සක රාත්‍රි කාලයට සැතපෙයි. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් කෙටි විස්තරයක් මීට වසරකට පමණ ඉහතදී දිනපතා මව්බිමපුවත්පතේ පළකිරීමෙන් පසු කෑගල්ල ඡායාරූප ශිල්පීන්ගේ සංගමය මඟින් අව්වට වැස්සට වේළෙමින් තෙමෙමින් තිබූ ලෑලි මඩුවට යළි ලෑලි සහ ටකරන් සෙවිලි කර නොතෙමී සිටින්නට හැකි අයුරින් සකස් කොට දී තිබිණ. දැරණියගල ප්‍රදේශයේ හිමිනමක් වැසිකිළියක් හා ගෑස් ළිපක්ද උදුනක්ද පරිත්‍යාග කළ බව උන්වහන්සේ අප සමඟ පැවසූහ. පිණ්ඩපාතයේ වැඩම කිරීමෙන් දානය පමණක් ලැබෙන බවත් යම් මුදලක් හෝ සීනි තේ කොළ ටිකක්වත් නොලැබෙන බව සඳහන් කළ උන්වහන්සේ මව ජීවත් කරවීමට තමාට දැන් අපහසු බවත් ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියහ.
තවදුරටත් අප හා අදහස් දැක්වූ පූජ්‍ය
මොළගොඩ අරියවංශ හිමියෝ මෙසේද පැවසූහ.
“මගේ වයස දැන් අවුරුදු 62ක් පමණ වෙනවා. මම විහාරස්ථානයේ ඉඳලා අම්මා ළඟට ඇවිල්ලා අවුරුදු 03යි. අම්මාව බලාගන්න කාත් කවුරුත් නෑ. මම පිණ්ඩපාතය වැඩම කරලා ලැබෙන දානය අම්මාට ගෙනැත් දෙනවා. වෙන කිසිම දෙයක් මට ලැබෙන්නේ නෑ. මම පසුගිය කාලයේ දින කිහිපයක් කෑගල්ල නගරයේ පිණ්ඩපාතයට වැඩම කර සිටියා. නගරයේ කඩයක් ළඟට ගිහිල්ලා විනාඩි 10ක් 15ක් හිටගෙන සිටියත් මට මොනවත් ලැබුණේ නෑ. පස්සේ මම ඒක නතර කර දැම්මා. ගමේ ඇවිදපුවාම දානය ටික ලැබෙනවා. ඒ හැර වෙන කිසිම දෙයක් ලැබෙන්නේ නෑ. මම අම්මාව ජීවත් කරවන්නේ බොහොම අමාරුවෙන්. අවශ්‍ය දේකට මිල මුදලක් නෑ. මම මෙතැන ජීවත්වෙන්නේ අම්මා සිටිනතුරු පමණයි. ඊට පස්සේ මම කොහේ හරි තැනකට යන්නට බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් සිටිනවා. මම භාවනා යෝගාවචරයෙක්. සිංහල වෙදකම පිළිබඳවත් ජේ‍යාතිෂ විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳවත් මට හොඳ දැනුමක් තිබෙනවා. මම හිටපු විහාරස්ථානයට ආපහු වැඩම කරන්න බලාපොරොත්තුවක් නෑ. කවුරුහරි මට අෑත පිටිසරක වුණත් කමක් නෑ පර්චස් 5ක ඉඩම් කෑල්ලක තියලා කුටියක් සාදා දෙනවා නම් මා දන්න දේවල් මගින් ඒ ප්‍රදේශයේ ජනතාවට සේවයක් කරන්න බලාපොරොත්තු වෙනවා.
අම්මාට කන්න බොන්න හා අවශ්‍ය දේවල් මෙන්ම අනෙකුත් වියදම්වලට යම් මුදලක් මාහට ලබාදෙනවා නම් ඒ මහඟු පින්කමක්” යැයි උන්වහන්සේ වැඩිදුරටත් පැවැසූහ. මොළගොඩ අරියවංශ හිමියන් නමින් කෑගල්ල මහජන බැංකුවේ 027200100018587 ගිණුමට මුදල් බැර කළ හැකි අතර 071-6328616 යන දුරකතන අංකයට ඇමතීමෙන් අරියවංශ හිමියන්ගෙන් වැඩි විස්තර දැනගත හැකිය.
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February 3rd, 2017

අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ මාධ්‍ය ලේකම් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ

ෆෙඩරල් රටක් නිර්මාණය කිරීම, රටේ සම්පත් විකුණා දැමීම හා හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ඇතුළු ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ නායකයන්ගේ ප්‍රජා අයිතිය අහෝසි කිරීම ‘විගඩමක් මේ රූකඩ පාලනය විසින් නටන්නට හදන බවත් එහි තිර පිටපතේ කොටසක් ලෙස ජනපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ව්‍යාජ රනිල් විරෝධයක් පෙන්වන බවත් ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ පෙන්වා දෙයි.

පිටකෝට්ටේ පිහිටි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේ පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී එහි නියෝජ්‍ය නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ජයන්ත සමරවීර මහතා මෙසේ පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වු ජයන්ත සමරවීර මහතා මෙසේ ද සඳහන් කළේය.

මේ දවස්වල ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහත්තයා ව්‍යාජ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ විරෝධයක් සහ ව්‍යාජ එජාප විරෝධයක් පෙන්වනවා. මුදල් ඇමති රවී කරුණානායක ලොතරැයි මිල රුපියල් 30 කළාම ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඒක නැවත රුපියල් 20 කළා. එහෙම කරලා ව්‍යාජ එජාප විරෝධයක් පෙන්වලා වීරයෙක් වුණා.

ඒ වගේම මේ වන විට හෙයන්න ඕනෙ හැම දෙයක්ම හොයලා ඉයර, රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහත්තයාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි සිදු කරපු මහ බැංකු බැඳුම්කර වංචාව ගැන හොයන්න ජනාධිපති කොමිසමක් පිහිටුවලා තිබෙනවා. ව්‍යාජ රනිල් විරෝදයක් පෙන්වලා කොමිසමක් දාලා කල් ඇද ඇද ඉන්නයි මේ හදන්නේ. එහෙම නැතිව රනිල්ට දඩුවම් දෙන්න නොවෙයි. ඒ වගේම ‘මම ඉන්නකම් රට බෙදන්න දෙන්නේ නැහැ. රණවිරුවන්ට දඬුවම් දෙන්න ඉඩ තියන්නේ නැහැ’ කියමින් රටම රවට්ටමින් ජනාදිපතිවරයා වීරයෙක් වෙන්න හදනවා.

දැන් බලන්න, රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහත්තයා නව ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් හදමින් ඉන්නවා. ඒක ෆෙඩරල් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් කියලා දැන් රටම දන්නවා. 13 වැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයෙන් එහාට ගිය බලයක් පළාත් සභාවලට දීලා ඒවා පළාත් ආණ්ඩු බවට පත් කිරීමේ ෆෙඩරල් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් තමයි එතැන හැදෙන්නේ ඒක ජාතිකවාදී බලවේග විසින් හෙළි කළාම, එන ජනතා විරෝධය මැඬ පවත්වන්න ජනාධිපතිවරයා වීරයා වගේ කියනවා. ‘මම ඉන්නකම් රට දෙන්න දෙන්නේ නැහැ’ කියලා. ඊට පස්සේ එයා පසුගිය දවසක නිමල් සිරිපාල ද සිල්වා මහතා ලවා කියෙව්වා ‘13 වැනි සංශෝධනය බලාත්මක කළ යුතුයි’ කියලා. මේ සියල්ලම එකම තිරපිටපතක දර්ශන. මේ රූකඩ, පරගැති හවුල තමන්ගේ බටහිර, දෙමළ ඩයස්පෝරා, හාම්පුතුන්ගේ උවමනාව අනුව රට කඩන්නයි මේ හදන්නේ. එවිට නැග එන ජනතා විරෝධය මැඩ පවත්වන්නයි මේ විදියේ විගඩමක් රඟ දක්වන්නේ.

දැන් එජාප මන්ත්‍රීවරයකු ලවා මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමන් ඇතුළු ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ නායකයන්ගේ ප්‍රජා අයිතිය අහෝසි කිරීමේ සැලසුම මේ රනිල් – මෛත්‍රී හවුල් ආණ්ඩුව එළියට දමලා තිබෙනවා. මේ අයට උවමනා මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා ඇතුළු ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ නායකයින්ගේ ප්‍රජා අයිතිය අහෝසි කරලා ඔවුන් දේශපාලනයෙන් ඉවත් කරන්න. ඔවුන් නැති දේශපාලන පිටියක් හදා ගන්න. එවිට ඒක ප්‍රතිවාදීන් නැති දේශපාලන පිට්ටනියක් වෙනවා. එහෙම පිට්ටනියක මේ අය තනියම සෙල්ලම් කරන්නයි සූදානම් වෙන්නේ. මේ ‘සෙල්ලමත්’ පත්තරයකින්වත් දැක්කේ නැති විදියටයි ජනාධිපතිවරයා අද ඉන්නේ.

කොහොම වුණත් මේ විගඩම ඇතුළේ රනිල්, මෛත්‍රී නිමල් සිරිපාල තමන් දුන්නු භූමිකාව නියමෙට රඟ දක්වන බව පෙනෙනවා. ජනතාව විශේෂයෙන් මේ ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ව්‍යාජ රනිල් – එජාප විරෝධය හොඳින් වටහා ගත යුතුව තිබෙනවා”

අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර රණවාරණ
මාධ්‍ය ලේකම්
ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණ

Do you know who this auto driver is?

February 3rd, 2017

Lesson from India

Do you know who this auto driver is?

He is Indian PM’s elder brother, an auto driver still.
Neither he is taking any advantage of his brother’s position nor Indian
PM interfering in his brother’s personal life.
Indian PM, Mr. Modi, says my brother is living with dignity in his own way,
he has never asked for help.

And on the other side, In Sri Lanka,  we have politicians doing the opposite.


Grievances and resolution: the question of true dimensions

February 3rd, 2017


 Grievances.  ‘Grievances?’ rather.  A word and a question.  The former implies a list or at least two issues that somehow cause distress.  The latter, the question that is, is something that has been customarily ignored or caused much shy-making, toe-watching and navel-gazing.  At best it prompts a highly emotion and even highly stylized narrative which is marked by marking out preserves (of grievances) where there are none and exaggerations where there is some degree of legitimacy to claim.  We are talking of ‘Tamil grievances,’ by the way.
Dr Nirmala Chandrahasan (LLB, LLM, PhD, Attorney-at-Law) in an article titled ‘National Question and grievances faced by a minority’ (which she claims is a response to a piece I wrote, ‘Let’s make Sampanthan’s New Year wish come true’) does not indulge in such histrionics.  She offers some sober reflections on the issue, lists grievances and makes recommendations for their resolution.  They demand response.  
Nirmala begins by quoting the LLRC (Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission) report: ‘The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict lies in the failure of successive governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people (Chapter 9 para 184).’  
One doesn’t have to take the LLRC report as the last word on anything of course.  Those who could be called fellow-travelers in Nirmala’s pro-devolution caravan were shrill in their objections when the LLRC was set up.  The LLRC did not stick to mandate.  A minor misdemeanor, that.  I remember offering some observations on this a few years ago.   When the same shrill voices demanded that LLRC recommendations be implemented forthwith, I pointed out the following important ‘misses’ or ‘forgets’ in their pronouncements: the LLRC was a far cry from a body enacted to draft a constitution. Secondly, some of the recommendations require constitutional amendment and even referenda. A third ‘forget’ can be added: the Government is not bound (as per the mandate-limitation) to implement all of the recommendations. There’s can-do and cannot-do in all this. There is, moreover, ‘done’, ‘doing’ and ‘forget it’ too. There is wanted-speed and doable-speed.” [For elaboration, please read, ‘LLRC and Devolution: the politics of skipping caveats’].
The LLRC note on ‘root cause’ is incomplete.  It is correct that successive governments have been in part responsible on account of their inability to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people, but that is not the only root cause.  Tamil chauvinism predates the much maligned ‘Sinhala Only’ legislation.  But let’s ignore all that.  The key terms here are ‘root causes’ and ‘genuine grievances’.  We’ll take up ‘root causes’ later; for now, the key descriptive of the word ‘grievances’ is the word ‘genuine’.  This has been ignored by those who have hurrahed the LLRC report.  
‘Genuine’ is about true dimensions — fact, not falsehood; history and not myth-models.  
Nirmala, having started with that LLRC quote appears to have forgotten that the issue is root causes in the main. She’s flagged eight points of contention: 1. Implementation of the Language Act, 2.Equal access to services and opportunities, 3. The principle of equality in the dispensation of justice, 4. Fair and just treatment of those detained, 5. Transitional justice, 6. Return to rightful owners of private properties secured by the state during the conflict (Points 4, 5 and 6 being essentially elaborations of Point 3), 7. Lack of state-sponsored economic development in the northern and eastern provinces, and 8. Non-implementation in full of the 13th Amendment.
Of these, Points 3-6 and 8 are not ‘root causes’.  They are issues that have arisen long after tensions snowballed into a full blown armed conflict. Even Point 2, touches on language-related issues, i.e. Point 1.  They are certainly valid concerns and anything less than comprehensive addressing of the same cannot help the cause of reconciliation.  However, to flag these as valid or strong justification for ‘devolution’ is simplistic and demonstrates the pretty thin case for federalism championed by Tamil nationalists long before the LTTE came into the equation.  Indeed, it shows that the unadulterated chauvinism of the Tamil political leadership was as potent a poison as that of their Sinhala counterparts.  They’ve offered therefore a ‘Tamil counterpoint’ to ‘the non-addressing of grievances by successive governments’ by articulating ridiculous aspirations, confusing cause, effect and objective, and thereby feeding militancy among Tamil youth.  They’re as culpable as lax governments in the production of the LTTE and the terrible thirty years of conflict.  
Of course it is the state that has pick up after the fact.  Those who funded, armed and in other ways backed the LTTE can adopt and have adopted a hands-off policy in the matter of infrastructure development and other necessary action to rebuild conflict-ridden territories including rebuilding livelihoods.  It’s never enough, of course.  Charles Haviland, one time BBC correspondent in Colombo, once wrote about a ‘rehabilitated’ LTTE militant in Jaffna who was lamenting about being unemployed.  [For an elaboration of the kind of ailment that the likes of Haviland suffer, read ‘Towards a post-complicit moment for those in pre-sleep slumber’ and ‘HRW and Brad Adams need to get some sleep’]
Haviland’s wail was rich.  Terrorists were offered skills that would help them earn an income, they were allowed to study and sit for examinations, they were released (if anyone wants to know what the countries that champion human rights and have berated Sri Lanka for being ‘non-complient’, all that is required is to whisper the name ‘Guantanamo Bay’ several times before and after meals) and the state is required to find them jobs as well?  It’s great if any state anywhere in the world can do a fraction of all this, but this was being demanded of Sri Lanka, a not yet middle-income country, that was in no position to eliminate unemployment and certainly not required to babysit ex-terrorists!
The issue of justice (Points 3, 4 and 5) are valid. Of course one need not elaborate that injustice is not a badge that only Tamils have to wear.  In fact the entire justice system in its operation heavily favors the privileged.  Privilege is not the preserve of any particular community.   Nirmala’s point is valid when it comes to disappearances.  Proper investigation and follow-up action is necessary and sadly has been most manifest in absence.
Just to get the ‘ethnic’ dimensions of the perspective right, the kind of justice that is sought was something that was not offered to victims of the 1988/89 insurrection either. And, in the larger narrative of ‘reconciliation’, it has to be remembered that it was not just the security forces that were engaged in strewing misery.  Who conscripted children?  Who killed members of rival Tamil political and military groups?  Were all members of the clergy, intellectuals, professional and ordinary people in the Tamil community killed by the security forces?  The LTTE’s track record is known in all this.  And it was not only ‘innocent Tamil civilians’ who were killed.  There were civilians of all communities who died, some were massacred, some villages were burnt and not all of them warrant the ‘Tamil’ marker.  Widowhood.  Becoming orphans.  Sinhalese know all this.  Muslims too.  The baby belongs to the state by default of course, but when we talk about it, we can’t talk of certain widows and not others, certain orphans and not others.  That’s a crime of selectivity that demands the descriptive ‘pernicious’.
Does this absolve the state from finding out what happened to those who were taken into custody and then disappeared?  Can the state shove it all under a carpet called ‘forgive and forget’?  No.  Allegations have to be investigated.  It may take time, but it has to be done.  The LLRC is absolutely right on this.  Nirmala has picked the correct quote which bears re-telling: ‘The government is duty bound to direct the law enforcement officers to take immediate steps to ensure that these allegations are properly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice. It will be recalled that this report came out quite a few years ago, but evidently these recommendations have fallen on deaf ears.’ 
It is a problem.  Not a root cause.  Perhaps a ‘cause’ for delay in reconciliation or even a cause for another round of violence, but certainly not a ‘root cause’ that warranted armed insurrection or even a demand for devolution.  It’s none of that simply because of the error of chronology.
The same holds for Point 4, the indictment or release of those held in detention.  The release of over 90% of those taken into custody at the end of the conflict, many of them as mentioned above after being provided the opportunity to obtain marketable skills and useful qualifications (something unheard of in countries whose leaders regularly lambast Sri Lanka for ‘doing nothing’ by way of reconciliation), is not a valid excuse for denying justice to those who remain in custody.  Again, as pointed above, ‘not a root cause’ but a consequent whose genesis is not neat, not tidy and marked by multiple traces of ‘ethnicity’ if that’s the preferred frame.  The state has to hold the baby, of course since no one is saying ‘I am an LTTE member’ these days, not even the LTTE’s conflict-time proxy, the TNA, which by saying ‘the LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils’ covered itself with the Tiger flag.  The state has to hold the baby, yes, but this doesn’t mean that we say nothing of the baby’s parentage. But again, let us not forget, it’s not a ‘root cause’.
Point 6 is also an issue of justice.  However, demilitarization is a process and no one can say that this Government or the one before did nothing on this count.  Security is and always will be an issue, but ‘return to normalcy’ requires that properties secured for whatever reason be returned to rightful owners, subject of course to the often difficult process of establishing legality of claim.  Thorny, but addressable.  A must, in fact.  The fact remains, it is not a ‘root cause’.  Not a grievance that caused conflict of a military nature.  
The implementation of the Language Act has been slow.  Nirmala is correct.  Reasons include lack of resources and lack of political will.  There’s movement on both, however.  It is a grievance that needs to be rectified, the LLRC is correct.  Perhaps it is a root cause in generating a sense of being subject to discrimination, but whether the dimensions are significant enough to warrant insurrection is not clear.
Let us now take on Points 1 and 2
Point 2.  Equal access to services and opportunities.  Of course.  The Tamils were favored by the British in the public service and that edge did erode.  If that’s a grievance and therefore should be addressed by restoring the percentages we had in 1948 then the Sinhalese would be edged out for all time.  We can play the proportions game in many ways.  We call it multi-ethnic and multi-religious as though the population is equally divided among ethnicities and religious communities.  Not true, but it’s not said is it?  
Nirmala, however, is absolutely correct about the low representation of Tamils and Muslims in the armed forces and the Police.  This has to be rectified.  It will be slow, in the case of Tamils at least, for understandable reasons, but progress should be made.  The recruitment of a full complement of Tamil speaking officials as per the requirement of providing meaningful services to all citizens is a non-negotiable.  Here too, Nirmala is absolutely correct.  Point 2 is a demand and it outlines a genuine grievances.  A root cause?  Well, as much or as little as Point 1, as argued above.
As for job opportunities and the lack of effort by governments to set up factories in the conflict-ridden areas (the ‘development-deficit’ discussed in Point 7), one must understand that it was not possible for thirty years and little thanks to those who went around burning all state institutions, factories included.  People all over the country are struggling to make ends meets.  Farmers all over the country are suffering.  It’s not just Tamil farmers.  As for fisherfolk, there was a time when they couldn’t go out to sea and they can thank the LTTE for that!  
Governments can only do so much.  Much has been done, in particular by clearing the ground for development.  It is unfair to expect a country like Sri Lanka to turn a war-torn territory into a flourishing industrial zone overnight.  Nirmala talks about benefits of development not accruing to ordinary people, but then again when was that ever an objective of any government?  Development was never for Tamil ‘ordinary people’ and not for Sinhalese ‘ordinary people’.  Nirmala should be commended for noting this.  
The one telling ‘deficit’ is a comprehensive irrigation program for the northern province that matches development in this sphere elsewhere.  The issue of a ‘River to Jaffna’ has been debated for a long time.  There are disputes over technical feasibility.  One must take into account that not all areas have the same complement of resources.  However, if devolution is about each devolved entity making do with what’s contained in the relevant geographical boundaries, then the ‘Jaffna River’ is out.  In any event, the lack of development argument only alludes to something that few Tamil nationalists acknowledge or want anyone to mention: 
‘Development-lag is an issue that can gather greater currency if it is dressed in an ethnic garb’.  
Let’s consider devolution.  There’s nothing in Nirmala’s ‘Seven Point List of Grievances’ that makes a case for ‘devolution’.  Point seven, in fact, is dependent on the ‘center’ and not periphery.  It’s not a root cause or a grievance.  An aspiration, yes, but not a grievance.   The grievances, the genuine ones that is, call for action and resolution but nothing that can be pinned on devolution of power.  If there’s a wound in a foot, one doesn’t apply medicine on the neck.  Apples and oranges.  Call it whatever you will. The 13th Amendment is an aberration.  It presumes historicity and scientific validity of arbitrarily drawn lines and markers that neither the Tamils nor the Sinhalese had anything to do with.  The President himself has correctly pointed this out and the most ardent devolutionists have maintained a deafening silence on the matter.
Nirmala asks if devolution is good for everyone, not just Tamils, never mind that devolution to the current ‘lines’ will concretize the myth-models of Tamil chauvinism.  She quotes Mahinda Rajapaksa on this, ‘people in their own localities should be able to guide their own destinies’.  This of course presupposed a neat and equal distribution of resources, but even if that were true, then the devolution logic demands that we move to village councils and not stop at provinces.  Nirmala says decentralization can do it but strangely does not apply that logic to the only two valid ‘issues’ she has flagged (Points 1 and 2).  
Many have misquoted or selectively quoted the LLRC report on the issue of devolution.  Nirmala is not an exception.   I strongly recommend a re-reading of the LLRC report with close examination of Section 9.231 which interjects 4 caveats to the principle of ‘devolution.
Section 9.231 of the LLRC report, which interjects 4 caveats to the principle of ‘devolution’:  (A) Devolution should essentially promote greater harmony and unity and not disharmony and disunity among the people of the country, (B) The focus should be to ensure that the people belonging to all communities are empowered at every level especially in all tiers of Government, (C) The democratic empowerment of the people should take place within the broader framework of the promotion and protection of human rights, and (D) In addressing the question of devolution two matters require the attention of the government: empowering the Local Government institutions to ensure greater peoples’ participation at the grass roots level, and lessons learnt from the shortcomings in the functioning of the Provincial Councils system be taken into account in devising an appropriate system of devolution that addresses the needs of the people, (and finally) it should at the same time provide for safeguarding the territorial integrity and unity of Sri Lanka whilst fostering its rich diversity.
Caveat A imposes the condition of ‘harmony’. Now if devolution uses the current provincial boundaries (randomly drawn, let us not forget), which constitute the basis for the (diminished) Eelamist demarcation, if the majority of Tamils people live outside the North and East (for example), devolution along these chauvinist lines powered by myth-models and exaggeration cannot inspire anything but suspicion and anxiety among the Sinhalese.
Caveat B speaks of empowerment and calls for much better governance and greater affirmation of citizenship-meaning.  Caveat C is about human rights. The upholding or subverting of human rights has nothing to do with the structure of the state (for example, whether it is a federal, unitary or other arrangement). So Caveat C, like Caveat B, is an add-on that is not devolution-specific.
Finally, Caveat D. It is about ‘building on what we have’, i.e. the local government institutions. It is about greater and meaningful participation. Such ‘democracy,’ again does not require devolution as per the 13th Amendment, 13 Plus posturing etc., but about scripting in checks and balances into the relevant articles of the constitution. Caveat D also unequivocally salutes the need to ‘provide for safeguarding the territorial integrity and unity of Sri Lanka whilst fostering its rich diversity’. The devolution debate has gone too far with taking as ‘fact’ and ‘legitimate’ the extrapolations of Tamil chauvinism for any power-devolution to established provincial lines not be seen as a threat to territorial integrity and unity.
A common and not very innocent ‘error’ is to confuse ‘devolution’ with ‘power sharing’.  Power sharing is about checks and balances that forbid the abuse of power, celebrate equality of opportunity in letter, spirit and practice, and about leveling playing fields to the extent possible in a capitalist economy.  Devolution is certainly not a necessary pre-condition; more robust legislation that insulates citizens from power-abuse is.  
Back to basics.  Root causes.  Trotting out issues produced by an armed conflict where the blame for the dismemberment, death, displacement and destruction cannot be placed at a single door is not an enumeration of ‘root causes’ but a description of what any conflict inevitably produces.  The only legitimate grievance Nirmala has expressed is about the language issue and here again it is more about sloth than anything else that one can complain about.
‘Genuine,’ let me repeat, is about true dimensions — fact, not falsehood; history and not myth-models.  Genuine grievances are about true dimensions.  And resolution is about a solution that engages with grievance.  Devolution doesn’t arise from any of the genuine grievances Nirmala has outlined and certainly not the devolution to the Eelamist lines that are taken erroneously as a ‘goes without saying’ which, we all know, comes from a ‘comes without saying’ that has nothing to do with grievance.
*A shorter version of this article was published in the Daily Mirror on February 2, 2017.
Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance writer. Email: malindasenevi@gmail.com.  Twitter: malindasene.  

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