Do we put Religion or Country first? The answer will show who is a true Sri Lankan

June 19th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Post-independent Sri Lanka has given little time for Sri Lanka to enjoy meaningful peace. All politicians are friends in private but foes in public. Some party or the other is fighting for a piece of a country as small as Sri Lanka. We have failed to carve out an identity for ourselves devoid of and separated from clinging to 500 years of colonial brainwashing. Our leaders have failed to instill in the young even older generation a sense of national pride that should have been incorporated vigorously into the Education curriculum whether it is in public schools, private schools or international. The people must essentially decolonize their minds to feel they are part of a sovereign Sri Lanka and not have to be told they are part of Sri Lanka or pretending to be part of Sri Lanka while attempting to divide Sri Lanka. No one, who feels a part of Sri Lanka, will attempt to create tensions as currently happening even if they are influenced from foreign quarters. The importance is for people to realize that no one can take one’s religion away unless one gives it up, but there are many ways to take away one’s country. We have seen countries divided and we are seeing live versions of countries being officially divided and torn up leaving people divided and devastated. The people of Sri Lanka now need to ask is this where they want Sri Lanka to end up too?

Let us approach the topic by looking at the religions in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka we have the Buddhists, the Hindus, Islam, Christians, Catholics, Atheists and even Agnostics (those who don’t believe in anything). There is little to question and historical evidence proves the Kings that ruled Sri Lanka, over 180 of them followed Buddhist principles/teachings in what is known as the dasa raja dharma (ten royal virtues) and the country’s civilization was built upon these principles. Buddhism was brought by royal invitation from India to Sri Lanka and that sets Buddhism’s place in Sri Lanka.

The religions of Islam and Christianity were foreign to Sri Lanka and came accompanied by traders. Hinduism too came through various means. Hinduism and Buddhism belong to the Dharmic religions and thus Buddhists and Hindus have always had no issues in relation to religion.

The Yonas (Arab traders) arrived in Ceylon far before the existence of Islam as a religion. This aspect is very important because people tend to confuse the Arabs that became Islam after Islam became a religion and equate that with the early Arab traders who were not following Islam, to claim they were Muslims/Islam. Islam became a religion only in the 6th century and started spreading globally after mid 6th century. There’s more than 1000 years apart between Buddhism and Islam. Though Muslims came as traders some were allowed to settle but they were not permitted to own land. Muslims were given ownership of land only after 1815 by the British.

Islam makes up 23% of the world Islamic adherents – 1.57billion. Over 1billion of these live in South/South-East Asia. There are 49 majority-Muslim countries. Indonesia has the largest Muslims. Incidentally, Indonesia was once a Buddhist nation.

Christianity formally arrived in Ceylon only after the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505. Christians make up 2.3billion of the 7billion world population. 25 countries have majority Christian populations.  

Given the foreign nature of the 2 Abrahamic religions of Islam and Christianity the global nature of the calls made upon adherent’s plays a key role in how they function within a country especially so when what they publicly vocalize amongst their own differs to what they vocalize publicly among non-Abrahamic communities.

To explain this it would be good to know why the Vatican asks its envoys to promote the notion of multiculturalism and equal status to all religions in countries where Catholics are the minority while the Vatican encourages the maintenance of the supremacy of the Catholic faith and Christian identity in majority-Catholic nations. While in March 1997 Cardinal Ratzinger predicted that Buddhism would, over the coming century, replace Marxism as the main enemy” of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict himself said Christian values that represent the soul of the continent must remain” part of Europe if it wants to be an example to the rest of the world. http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=4488. The Pope in Spain 2011 advised the Spanish people to retain its Christian identity rather than become secular and multi-cultural. He also opposed Turkey joining the EU on the grounds that 68 million Muslims would dilute Western Europe.

Religious founders did not propagate violence – Religious leaders do

The Catholic Church sanctioned African slave trade caused millions of deaths, Taiping Rebellion in China caused 20m deaths, 1700 years of Inquisition, women and children were sold as sex slaves to increase funding for the Church (Pope Damasus), Pope Urban II had ordered slaughter of 10million Heretics, Pope Pius XII is said to have given Hitler details instructions of how to exterminate non-Catholic minorities across Europe as well as how to construct death camps, Goa Inquisition massacred Hindus, Muslims, Indian Jews and all non-Catholics. Colonial invaders were all Christians promoting trade and converting masses whilst as a policy exterminating non-Christian religious sites.

Killing in the name of Islam is historical. Jihad destroyed a Christian Middle East and Christian North Africa. 60million Christians perished as a result. 80million Hindus were killed. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route – 10million Buddhists perished. Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam. Obviously, no religious texts say to kill but Abrahamic religions have killed in the name of religion and that fact cannot be denied. Then there is the case of Muslims killings Muslims which is the newest phenomena taking place globally instigated of course by Western interests. Muslims have failed to understand how sectarian differences and killing their own can be better than allowing the enemy to dictate annihilating one’s own. 11,000,000 Muslims are said to have been killed by their own since 1948.

Violence in Sri Lanka

What needs to be categorically said is that whoever inflicted damage to lives and property in Aluthgama and surrounding areas were not Buddhists, even if they were born Buddhists and neither did they protect Buddhism by their actions. Buddhism is the only religion that reveres life of all sentient beings including animals and thus the calls against animal sacrifice. Which is why it is important to investigate how far these supposed Buddhists are perhaps funded by foreign elements or advised by foreign elements and working to their instructions? If so, the Buddhists must immediately disassociate themselves from such elements. We do not want to or should allow foreign funded elements (possibly inciting the other side simultaneously) to be protecting Buddhism or the Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka, for their actions are in reality designed to do the exact opposite as post-Aluthgama has shown.

This does not however remove the elements that compose Buddhist grievances which mainstream media ignores and politicians delay solving because mathematics of political survival means more to them than protecting the heritage and identity of the country. Minorities are aware that politicians will sacrifice anything to remain in power and the minorities have succeeded in using politicians to fulfill their agendas and minorities have always ended up the winner ceding nothing but getting more than what they asked or expected (on track towards little now more later)

What also needs to be said is just because someone wears a robe and by so doing projects that he/she is a representative of that religion that does not make him a real representative unless he practices what he is meant to preach. This is applicable to Buddhists, Hindus, Catholic priests, Christian priests, Islamic priests as well.

State within a State

Part of the argument rests on the claim and disparity in vocalizing the desire for peaceful co-existence while creating ghettos of areas mirroring a new culture, new behaviors and new dress codes that did not exist decade ago that are visibly seen now. Halal labeling did not exist, the current increase in Muslim ladies in black did not exist, fully-covered school going children did not exist, men in tribal wear did not exist, open animal slaughter did not exist, shariah banking, demands for shariah laws, loud speakers, madrassas all did not exist – these have all become conflict items questioning how far peaceful coexistence can prevail when by behavior a visibly total new culture is unfolding before everyone’s eyes self-separating them from the country’s majority culture. In short, the desire to live in co-existence is not translated into practice. Some areas of Sri Lanka clearly reveal a state within a state (ex ‘Shariah’ zones in the UK). This is a direct display to show a separate identity from the rest.

What people are always aware of is that Islam is not just a religion but an entire political system wherein the state is inseparable from religious rule. Islamic law, or Sharia is complete and not designed to coexist with or be subordinate to other legal systems, in such a system Muslims are not meant to be ruled by non-Muslims. Quran itself very clearly states that Muslims are to resist unbelievers until they submit to Muslim rule. This is why the process of visible change that people see in Sri Lanka advanced from how Muslims were living earlier shows an interim period of passing time until the stage where supremacy can dictate. This is why people question how far the Government is aware of these ground realities because the Muslim people in all fairness to them are powerless against the orders that come to them on how they should live. As we can see the moderate Muslims are being overwhelmed and are not in control as fundamentalists have taken over dictating how Muslims should function – the sufferings of the Sufis have never been highlighted enough. A lot of Muslims do not concur with this new scenario but they are powerless to do anything about it.

Disparity in Front office ‘Unite” Back office ‘Convert’

The conversion factor plays a key role and strikes a key impediment to ‘co-existence’. When there are calls by the Pope to ‘harvest souls’ and both Islam and Christianity not only encourages but has institutions tasked to propagate the faith and increase their numbers and these are funded through their religious organizations and even States what defence do non-Muslims and non-Christians have against this when even legislation is blocked using influence and arm-twisting diplomacy. Hindus and Buddhists share a common grievance in this.

Buddhist grievances never heard

One thousand years ago Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Kashmir, Indonesia and Maldives were all Buddhist. It is no more now. Buddhists have not gone to any country by force or taken over countries. The countries where Buddhists prevail as a majority are only trying to preserve their culture and identity. The scary aspect of the remaining majority Buddhist nations ending up losing their Buddhist identity, heritage and even being forcibly converted is frightening the Buddhist people. People need to be sensitive of this fear which is historical and nothing made up.

Making this worse is how ‘political correctness’ ‘secular’ ‘multicultural’ slogans are eating into Buddhist space with politicians doing nothing about it. The ground reality of this has created opportunities for elements entering the picture claiming to be the savior when the chances of doing more damage than good end up the final outcome. What worries Buddhists is that their ‘non-violent’ religion is always taken for granted.

The other reality is – religions that seek peaceful co-existence when they are in the minority cannot deny that when they are in the majority they prohibit others from even entering their sacred sites. Non-Muslims are not allowed in Mecca, Vatican will not allow a single non-Catholic religious site inside Vatican City but in Sri Lanka whatever ridicules the country is being subject to there is no denying that churches and mosques, Christian/Catholic/Muslim prayer centers are increasing far more than Buddhist or Hindu temples.

As far as grievances are concerned, it is unfortunate that mainstream media has purposely blocked out view points of the Buddhists. The English media in Sri Lanka enjoy a pet hate with journalists paid to compete among each other on who is best at denigrating Buddhists and Buddhism. Little space is given to even voice issues or question why Muslims are attempting to put up mosques close to Buddhist temples and thereafter play the azan over loudspeakers 5 times a day despite a Supreme Court interim order when the Government has given an exclusive radio channel for Muslims and with mobiles/phones/wrist watches there is no requirement to call anyone for prayer in this day and age. When the West is also bringing moratoriums on mosques why do politicians not wish to even consider this? The issues of halal labels, sharia laws (parallel law to Sri Lanka) and sharia banking, cattle slaughter have not found any response or solution. The new dress code poses great national security concerns as even robbers can dress in same attire, should authorities not look at bringing in rules such as in France where the court ruling was clear – Arabic culture is not Islam.

It is unfair to question Buddhist tolerance when historically Abrahamic religions have shown intolerance through killings. Non-Muslims cannot practice their religions in the Arabian peninsula and the territory and space of Islam is declared non-negotiable and no moderate Muslims have stood against this to make demands on behalf of non-Muslims but Muslims in non-Muslim nations enjoy far more than non-Muslims do in Muslim nations.

How can there be dialogue on peaceful co-existence when non-Abrahamic religions are not officially recognized? Are these not verbal slogans meant to fool the masses and project a wrong notion globally?

While we cannot solve the world’s ills, what we need to do in respect of Sri Lanka is to realize that whatever religion we are born into, we are all citizens of Sri Lanka. It is unfortunate that the very powers that are responsible for global discord are using religion to divide and create chaos. We see how it has successfully managed to leave a trail of death in Africa, Arabian peninsula and now Asia. It should not be a surprise that Sri Lanka would become the next target with LTTE terror at least militarily dealt with.

We were all well aware what the next tension hot spot would be, warnings were given to the Government, politicians however did not heed those warnings in fact they gave permission and waived visa requirements that allowed elements to enter and introduce dissent while the same parties would have encouraged the other side to oppose. This is the same game that has been played for centuries.

Why have we fallen? We have fallen because we have not put the country first. We have to as citizens put aside all other emotions and save our country from being dragged into another unnecessary playing field that the ordinary people will end up victims. People need to realize that religious leaders are not necessarily functioning to nurture any religion except to use the people as tools for a larger agenda.

The challenge today is to bring good morals, good values and ethics into our daily lives and the rest will fall into place.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka request to investigate and BAN BBS – several Muslim groups and the Muslim politicians urge police to stop the rally in Alutgama that preceded the attack was not heeded.

June 19th, 2014

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka

19th June 2014

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksha

President

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Presidential Secretariat

Galle Face,

Colombo 1

Your Excellency,

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka calls upon your Excellency to immediately investigate the actions of all extremist groups and ban those who have been carryout a campaign of hate, intimidation and violence against Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities. The incitement and provocations have been well documented and are available in the public realm. The consequences as witnessed in Aluthgama and Beruwela this week, but also during periodic flare-ups in several other places, have been dire.Appeals made to the police and other authorities by several Muslim groups and the Muslim politicians to stop the rally in Alutgama that preceded the attack wasnot heeded.  We feel that it is necessary and urgent that the climate of impunity with which these groups have been permitted to act thus far is challenged. We urge decisive action by your Excellency’s Government to restore and uphold the rule of law in this country. It is necessary that a culture of respect for ethnic and religious tolerance– a part of this country’s rich and ancient heritage –is endorsed and encouraged at the highest levels. Five years after the end of the war as this country attempts to strengthen peace, democracy and development under your leadership, this violence and hate threatens to undermine the stability that serves as the foundation for the progress of Sri Lanka.

The BLACK June 2014 for Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela reminds us of the black July of 1983, where thousands of Tamils lost lives, livelihood and their properties. The recent incidents have heightened fears that the violence will spread and that Muslims in other areas will come under attack, resulting in deaths and injuries, the destruction of businesses and homes, and the mass flight of Muslims from their homes and communities.Immediately after the pogrom in Aluthgama,extremists had organized a rally in Mawanella on the 18th with provocativemessages on leaflets. It was with a court order that the rally was stopped. On the 17th,a rally was organized in Badulla which led to damages to two shops.Organizing these rallies during the troubled times shows the intention of the extremists. There has been a strategic build up to this violence during the last two years by the Bodu Bala Sena, the Sihala Ravaya and the Ravana Balakaya. Your Excellency, the violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela is not something that happened spontaneously, but was a well planned and coordinated assault to attack the Muslim community and their economic base.

Extremists continue to inflame and incite violence against the Muslims and other religious minorities, and this must be stopped. It is important that, under your Excellency’s able leadership, Sri Lanka will not repeat the same mistakes of July 1983. This country cannot continue to witness private feuds being turned in to racial violence. Therefore we urge you to commence an investigation into these groups’ activities, including into the hate speech, inciting violence and direct involvement in violence, and ensure that they function within the law of this country.  We also urge your Excellency to ban any group that continues with hate campaigns and inciting violence.

The Muslim community are committed citizens of this country and your Excellency’s decisive and immediate action at this juncture will reinforce their faith in your Excellency’s resolve to ensure that all communities will be treated as equal citizens of this, our blessed nation.

Thanking you for your kind consideration.

Yours sincerely

N M Ameen                                                        Asker Khan              

President                                                            Secretary

 

Recent activities of Bodu Bala Sena are rehearsals for Regime Change?

June 19th, 2014

The UNP and the Buddhist monkhood – The Island Review


At the time of writing, a Muslim owned business establishment has been set on fire in Aluthgama ostensibly because the brother of the owner had raped a boy inside the shop and the boy has been hospitalised. In this country, members of the public do take the law into their own hands in instances like murder and rape and in that sense this incident is no different to those that have taken place all over the country except for the fact that two different ethnic groups are involved in this case. Even if the owner was a Sinhalese, that would not have stopped his shop from being torched in an instance like this. But given the background in which this incident has taken place, this too gets interpreted as an instance of Buddhists harassing Muslims.  There is a clash of narratives here – the Sinhalese will claim that a Sinhalese boy was raped and has been hospitalised while the Muslims will claim that their shop was burnt because they were Muslims and that the same thing would not have happened to a Sinhala rapist.

As happens in such cases, opportunistic politicians among the minorities are making hay while the sun shines. What has enabled some Muslim leaders to give an ethnic or religious slant to everything that happens to them is the activities of a handful of monks in the Bodu Bala Sena and other such organisations with unexplained links to Norway. Since a trip to Norway three years ago, these monks have been actively fomenting unrest between the Muslim and Sinhala Buddhist communities.  This is bad for Sri Lanka both externally and internally. Externally we become known as a country that routinely harasses ethnic and religious minorities and internally, sowing this kind of discord enables all Muslims, even the worst scoundrels,  to present themselves to the world as victims, not perpetrators. Quite clearly, this trend has to be brought to a grinding halt by good means or bad.

Historically, it is always the SLFP that has had problems with the Buddhist monkhood and since we have an SLFP government in power, these problems are perhaps to be expected.  Even the founder of the SLFP was murdered by a Buddhist monk as the result of a conspiracy. Today there may not be a monkish conspiracy to assassinate the president – at least none that has as yet come to light, but they are killing this government slowly nevertheless.  Bandaranaike was assassinated physically by a monk with gunshots. But monkish conspirators today are killing the government with small incremental doses of political arsenic by fomenting ethnic and religious unrest.  The UNP in contrast to the SLFP has historically had almost no problems with Buddhist monks and in the rare instances that there have been problems, the UNP has always come out on top. In the 1950s Sir John Kotelawala is supposed to have openly stated that he would apply tar on the backsides of undisciplined Buddhist monks and this comment has just about defined the UNP’s attitude towards the Buddhist monkhood.

This is of course not to say that the UNP leaders were any less Buddhist than the SLFP leaders. But it is true that Buddhist monks have historically been much more inclined to take liberties with SLFP leaders than with UNP leaders. UNP leaders always maintained a certain distance from the monks making it very clear that the UNP does not owe the power that it wield to monks.  Even later leaders of the UNP like J.R.Jayewardene who had a scholarly interest in Buddhism, were no different. When the chief incumbent of the Getambe temple in Kandy criticized him, JRJ fenced off the temple on the claim that the surrounding land belonged to the state. If any monk had dared to openly give a licence to other monks to overthrow his government outside the electoral process, JRJ would have actually carried through the threat made by Sri John and applied tar on the backside of that monk regardless of how high he ranked. Take the present casino controversy for example. Any outsider reading the statements being issued by certain monks and even the Mahanayake theros would be led to believe that casinos were being introduced to Sri Lanka for the first time. But in actual fact casinos have been inexistence for nearly four decades – ever since the UNP came into power in 1977. Before that these were clubs in which gambling was allowed but this was largely restricted to card games and the like. Casinos proper started making their appearance only after 1977. But at that time, no monk dared demand that these be closed because the UNP would not have listened anyway.

The clergy kept on a leash

The letters that the Mahanayakes are now writing to the present government are nearly four decades too late. When the UNP was in power, even the Mahanayakes would only give advice and make suggestions with no demands being made and certainly no letters being issued. Last week we showed how Ranil Wickremesinghe though out of power, still studiously ignores letters signed by all four Mahanayake theros. And neither do we see Ranil Wickremesinghe running to see the Mahanayakes ever so often to discuss problems in the country. The UNP has always had this healthy policy of leaving politics to the politicians and religion to the Mahanayakes. Yet this does not mean that Wickremesinghe is any less Buddhist. Like JRJ, Ranil too is well read in Buddhism. But keeping a distance from the monkhood is the UNP ethos.

Now if we look at the monkish agitation and violence that has gripped this country in the past couple of years, it was first directed at the minorities but is now also directed at the government with the Bodu Bala Sena claiming that they could topple as well as create governments and the Malwatte Mahanayake actually giving the BBS sanction to go ahead with their plans for regime change. We all know that given the political line up in this country, if this government falls it will be the UNP that assumes power. There isn’t a snowflakes chance in hell of the mad monks of the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balakaya, Sihala Ravaya and even the entire JHU all put together being able to form a government. The direct beneficiary of the instability created by the mad monks is the UNP. There is not the slightest possibility of the UNP stepping aside politely and giving the Bodu Bala Sena and others the benefit of their work.

The UNP has been out power now for nearly two continuous decades and they will openly apply tar on the backsides of anybody who dares try to deprive them of their place in the sun when their turn comes round. So then why would any Buddhist monk want to topple the present government and hand over power to the UNP – a political party that has always shown scant respect for monks? If the UNP comes into power, all these monkish organizations will be turned into ciphers overnight.  The UNP recently demonstrated the respect they had for the yellow robe by roughing up the Bodu Bala Sena monks who invaded Sirikotha and despite cries raised by some quarters that members of the ‘Maha Singa’ were assaulted, the UNP’s votes actually increased for the first time. Had they done a Sir John and applied tar on the backsides of those BBS monks, their votes would have increased even more. But perhaps on the day that the Bodu Bala Sena monks invaded Sirikotha, the UNP did not have any tar at hand. They should now always have a bucket of tar at headquarters to apply on the backsides of any monks who come there to create trouble.

Then why are these monks trying to dislodge a government like this which is compliant to the monkhood and respectful of the saffron robe and facilitate a UNP comeback? There is no logic to what the monks are doing. This is why this writer insists once again that this mad monk phenomenon is a part of a Western conspiracy to bring about regime change and also to destroy Buddhism from within. The Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balakaya and the Sihala Ravaya is made up of monks who have been complete non-entities all their lives except in the last couple of years when they suddenly shot to fame with acts of thuggery. Their behaviour indicates that their actions are not meant for the long haul. They know as well as anybody else that their actions are causing consternation among the Buddhist laity and that they will not be able to go from being monkish thugs to transmogrifying into ordinary monks once again. They are fulfilling a short-term contract for their foreign masters and when their task is done, they will disrobe and go overseas to reap the reward for what they had achieved in Sri Lanka. Just as they suddenly appeared from nowhere, they will disappear into obscurity once their task is over.  Just observe the manner in which these rogue monks vie with one another to create trouble out of nothing.

A flogging opportunity

Over the past few days, we saw the Bodu Bala Sena welcoming the setting up of a new police unit to receive complaints about religious matters. They even went on record saying that this was something that they themselves had recommended some time ago and that they were happy that it had been implemented even belatedly. But a couple of days after Gnanasara himself made that statement, another group of mad monks of the Ravana Balakaya went to the Bauddha Sasana ministry and gave an ultimatum to disband the special police unit by Vesak or face an occupation of the ministry by their organization. Yet it was only days ago, that both these groups of monkish horrors visited the Malwatte Mahanayake and got a carte blanche from him to work towards regime change. One would think that when both groups visited the Malwatte Mahanayake together, that one wouldn’t contradict the other especially when one group publicly states that the police unit was their idea and welcomes setting it up.

This is lunacy at its worst. One would think that it is high time that some magistrate orders these monks to be subjected to psychiatric evaluations the way Nishantha Muthuhettigama was. But perhaps there is a method to this apparent madness. This proves one point that this writer has been making all along – that what is important to these madmen is not the issue, but the opportunity to put on public shows that would contribute to the destruction of the faith of Buddhists – the sight of purported Buddha putras wearing the revered robe that the Buddha himself wore, and engaging in unseemly acts of thuggery of the kind that even lay thugs would be too ashamed to engage in public. The other point is of course that this threat to invade and occupy the Buddha Sasana ministry could be a rehearsal for the regime change action that this group of monks received clearance for from the Malwatte Mahanayake. They occupy one ministry first and then go on to other ministries.

So this could be the first of a series of takeovers of ministries. It will start as a campaign to get rid of the special police unit and will spread to other ministries as well on the excuse that the ministries were not doing their work properly.  So we seem set to see an escalation of monkish misbehaviour after Vesak. But the good news is that this threatened takeover of the Buddha Sasana ministry will also be a not-to-be-missed opportunity to re-establish law and order. If Ravana Balaya takes over the Buddha Sasana Ministry, they should be allowed to occupy the premises. In the night, the police should be withdrawn from a two kilometre radius around the ministry, the electricity supply knocked off and in the darkness the monks in occupation should be set upon by unknown persons wielding bulls pizzles and thrashed so soundly that at the crack of dawn they will all decamp from the Buddha Sasana ministry as one and take over the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine demanding herbal poultices for their weals.

On the one hand, this mad monk phenomenon is a problem.  But then on deeper introspection it is not a problem either, because the solution is so mind bogglingly simple. Just one vigorous public thrashing is all that it will take to put an end to all this nonsense. Many people think restoring inter-religious harmony in this country is a difficult thing. But in actual fact, all that is needed to restore inter-religious harmony in this country is a few well seasoned bull’s pizzles. First you thrash the mad monks. Then you thrash with the same bull’s pizzles that Muslim preacher who has been stirring up unnecessary trouble with his Islamic sermons critical of Buddhism in Sinhala. Finally you keep these bull’s pizzles to use on any Christian preachers who create problems in the rural areas and voila! there will be inter-religious harmony in this country.

In 2004, just after the parliamentary election of that year, there was a contest for the election of a speaker in parliament. The opposition won the contest and W.J.M.Lokubandara became the speaker. In the course of the riot that took place in parliament the monks who were elected on the JHU ticket were also assaulted and the whole country knows that in the melee one of the JHU monks had his ding dongs squeezed so hard by a UPFA politician that he had to be hospitalized. And that mind you, was the first election fought by the UPFA (before that this political outfit was known as the PA – People’s Alliance). So the UPFA started its existence with this fracas in which monks were also assaulted. But the UPFA did not lose a single vote for having roughed up the JHU monks even though those were very respectable monks unlike the hooligans that we see on the streets today. The voting public knows that when anybody enters politics, be it monks or laymen, there are certain things that have to be expected and a monk in parliament cannot be expected to be treated any different to a lay politician. Fights break out in the legislatures of even the most developed nations and the Sri Lankan parliament is not exempt.  This is the very reason why so many devout Buddhists are so opposed to monks taking to politics. The Buddhist laity never blamed the UPFA politicians for having squeezed the ding dongs of that JHU monk – rather the monks were blamed for being in parliament to get their ding dongs squeezed.

So how can anyone argue that dealing with these monkish hooligans that we see on the streets today will pose a problem for the UPFA? As for the UNP, they actually increased their votes in all districts after roughing up the BBS monks who invaded Sirikotha. Something will have to be done fast before these monks do something that is irreversible. Though Sir John Kotelawala said that some monks need to have tar applied on their backsides, he never carried out the threat. Given what happened within a few years of Sir John losing power, he was absolutely right. Had Sir John got hold of monks like Buddharakkitha and Somarama when he had power and applied tar on their backsides, then S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike would have been able to live to his natural lifespan. One has to be very careful when there are monks with political ambitions around.

Taking the Leuke precaution

Some basic precautions would be called for. When meeting monks, the Rajapaksa brothers in particular should be very vigilant. Remember Gandhi who was killed by a Hindu fanatic and Bandaranaike who was killed by a Buddhist monk. In 1988, J.R.Jayewardene was invited to grace the Indian Independence day celebrations in New Delhi. The Indian authorities who thought the Sri Lankan side may be worried about such a visit especially in the context of the attack on Rajiv Gandhi while inspecting a guard of honour in Colombo the previous year, had suggested indirectly that perhaps President Jayewardene would like to receive the guard of honour from the podium instead of inspecting it and presenting himself as a target for any possible reprisal by an Indian Jawan. But the then octogenarian president had insisted on inspecting the guard of honour and told his security personnel that he will do what he has to do and that it was the duty of his security personnel to protect him. So Nimal Leuke negotiated with the Indians to have the red carpet placed one meter away from the first line of the guard of honour to give them time to react if something happens.

The plan was that two of the best pistol shots in the STF, the late Upali Silva and Leuke himself would walk five paces behind JRJ when inspecting the guard of honour and if there was an attack, they would shoot the assailant dead. The key here was to draw and fire a sidearm cowboy fashion before any assailant is able to do any damage. The STF had trained many men to draw and fire their sidearms in an instant and Silva and Leuke were among the best at that time. The Rajapaksa brothers should have trained men like that around them when interacting with the public and especially with monks. These mad monks were able to find an ever madder colleague who set himself on fire in front of the Dalada Maligawa in protest against cattle slaughter. One never knows what else some of the madder individuals among the mad monks may be motivated to do.

While the mad monks are getting madder by the day, there is a glimmer of hope at other levels. The first time that this writer recommended that bull’s pizzles be used against unruly monks was in late 2012 when a group of university student monks staged a protest in front of Temple Trees shouting slogans in the most uncouth and un-bhikku like manner possible. The saffron robe represents the Buddhist community and those who wear the robe the Buddha himself wore should take care not to act in a manner in public that would bring disrepute on the whole Buddhist community. If that demonstration in front of Temple Trees by student monks in 2012 was bad, nothing prepared us for what was to come later – middle aged monkish horrors all going mad in unison and behaving in public in a manner as to send shockwaves through the Buddhist community in this country.

But last week we saw a refreshing change for the better.  When university students surrounded Temple Trees again protesting against the reduction of the Allied Medical Services degree from four to three years, we did not see any monks shouting slogans or behaving in a manner that brings disrepute to Buddhism. Monks marched in the procession, but behind the lay students. And none were shouting slogans. That was done by the lay students. Even the monks who marched right in front did not shout slogans. When the lay students sat down on the road, the monks continued to stand. At this time of immense stress for Buddhists, the IUSF has to be commended for not adding to the mental agony of the Buddhist community.

For a change the demand was also reasonable – turning the nursing degree into a four year degree. If Sri Lankan nurses were given four year degrees as is the norm in the West, there is tremendous opportunity to build up a new expatriate workforce. However, there was no point in surrounding Temple Trees because those standing against the elevation of the nursing degree is not the government but the GMOA. It is to be hoped that the IUSF will continue to see to it that the student bhikkus will not behave in a manner that will bring disrepute on the Buddhist community. The IUSF has a tremendous responsibility in this regard because they control a good part of the younger bhikkus and if the public behaviour of monks is controlled at that end, this phenomenon that threatens to destroy the Sinhala Buddhist identity from within, can be contained.

Recent activities of Bodu Bala Sena are rehearsals for Regime Change? Part II

June 19th, 2014

Genesis of Bodu Bala Sena – Asian Tribune

According to Mr. Dilantha Withanage – the lay Execurive Committee member and the Coordinator of Bodu Bala Sena, the Buddhist outfit was launched on 07 May 2012. We have still one more month left for the first anniversary of the organization. Within less than a period of one year, Bodu Bala Sena is today on the top of the world and everything is happening in Sri Lanka because of this Buddhist outfit.

Mr. Dilantha Withanage and a handful of Buddhist monks are behind this organization. How did they manage to organize it?

The Executive Committee of the Bodu Bala Sena consists of – Chief of Bhodu Bala Sena is Ven. Kirana Vimalajothi Thera. Secretary of Bodhu Bala Seana is Ven. Galagadatthea Gnanasara Thera. Other executive committee members are Ven. Haputhalea Paghgasara Thera, Ven. Vitharandheniyea Nandha Thera and Dilantha Vithanage (Lay Member). These are the key players of the Buddhist outfit, about whom Government leaders shudder to talk about.

Before organizing Bodu Bala Sena, majority of the Buddhist monks in the outfit and Mr. Dilantha Withanage were in Norway.

The trip to Norway was arranged by Mr. Dilantha Withanage and by Mr. Arne Fjortoft of the Worldview International Foundation.

According to Norwegian Ambassador for Sri Lanka Ms. Grete Løchen, Ven. Galegodatte Gnanasera Thero contacted the Sri Lanka based organization Worldview International Foundation in April 2011 to explore the possibility to meet with representatives of the Tamil Disapora in Norway to look for ways and means to create a common policy to solve political problems regarding the ethnic challenges in Sri Lanka. As a result of extensive planning, it was agreed to arrange a Reconciliation Conference in Norway from 20-26 October, in partnership with NOREF.”

She also added, The Norwegian support to this project was a one-off payment.”

Therefore, according to Ambassador’s statement the visit to Norway was funded by Norway and the Buddhist monks were in Norway from 20 to 26 October 2011.

Subsequently, the rebel Buddhist outfit was launched on 07 May 2012. That means those Buddhist monks – majority of them including Mr. Dilantha Withanage arranged and launched the Buddhist outfit within a period of six months or little more, after their arrival from their sojourn to Norway.

In fact, what happened in Norway was anybody’s guess, but in the end after their visit the outfit Bodu Bala Sena was launched.

But I don’t understand why those whom opposed the peace process undertaken by Norway and Norway’s partiality towards the LTTE have now changed their attitude towards Bodu Bala Sena – strongly suspected as another Norwegian proxy involved in winning Sri Lankan leaders towards Norway?

Given below the text of the interview Asian Tribune had with Mr. Dilantha Withanage, Executive Committee Membe and coordinator of the Bodu Bala Sena:

Asian Tribune: I have some urgent issues to be clarified.

Mr. Dilantha Withanage: Though I am busy, yes, you may speak to me.

For Full Report Go to http://www.asiantribune.com/node/62223

It is high time India gives up Kautilya tactics towards its neighbours and instead adopts the Asokan Foreign policy if she dreams to emerge as a powerful and popular nation.

June 19th, 2014

Dr Sudath Gunasekara President Senior Citizens Movement Mahanuwara 18.June.2014.

Kautilya who wrote his ‘Arthasastra’ the pioneering work on Statecraft in human history (500 BC -150 AD) said Ends justifies the Means” He also said in his Mandala Theory ‘every neighbouring State is an enemy and the enemy’s enemy is a friend.’

He also said the prosperity of the State needs new territory. The need to conquest other’s land by war arises from this.

Isn’t this the foreign policy adopted and pursued by all governments in India since independence? Governments have come and gone; but to me it appears that all of them have followed this Kautilyan policy towards all its immediate neighbours., though no annexation has been done yet. Take for instance Pakistan, Maldives Islands, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Kashmir, Malaysia and China? Unfortunately India’s relationship with none of these countries has been cordial.

In this process India obviously has paid more emphasis to these vicious Kautilyan strategies than the more fundamental objectives of the State viz Raksha (Protection of the State from foreign aggression),Palana maintenance of law and order within the state),  and Yogakshema (safeguarding the welfare of the people)  laid down in Arthasastra.Somepeople call Sri Lanka the ‘tear drop of India’. As I see, it is the tear drop caused actually by endless Indian aggression and intervention throughout history in our domestic affairs.  In the ancient days it was only south India that created headache for us with the exception of the singular north Indian invasion by Rama, noted in the Ramayana.

Though Rama invaded Lanka to rescue Sita, who was kept a captive by Ravana, the Lord of Lanka, he did not wish to acquire the Island as one of his new territories. As such North India never invaded or intervened with Kautilyan motives in our domestic affairs until Indira and Rajieve Ghandi arrogantly did it in 1997 for which dastardly act both the mother and the son had to pay the high price with their lives. Beside this event north India had been always our inspiration as well as benefactor.

Not only Vijaya the legendary founder of our nation came from North India but the very foundation on which the Islands civilization is based, that is Buddhism, was introduced by Asoka’s son Arahat Mahinda It is the greatest gift bestowed to us by the wonder that is North India. Even though over the millennia Sri Lanka has built its own unique cultural identity, therefore, it is far from reality for anyone in this country to try to completely divorce from the Indian imprint. We owe so much to it, as the spring of our cultural identity and the glory as The Sinhala Buddhist civilization”.

But the bitter story with regard to South India on the other hand is totally different. Right throughout history it had been the pain in our neck. Throughout history it was one of invasion, plundering, destruction and colossal devastation. The infamous Magha invasion of the13th century, the high watermark among all South Indian invasions, completely destroyed and vandalized and raced to the ground the unique and glorious Sinhala Buddhist civilization that had reached its zenith around the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa , over a period of 19 centuries. Sri Lanka has not being able to restore that pristine civilization destroyed by Magha thereafter, up to date. Thanks to the survivors who escaped in to the South west and the hills for survival we were able to preserve the spirit of that great legacy for posterity. Added to this historical cancer is the sad legacy of south Indian labourers brought by the British, to work in the newly opened tea estates on the hills left behind by hem when they left in 1948.

In spite of a continuous chain of invasions from 2nd century BC up till the 13th century, South Indian Chola barbarians failed to date to acquire this paradise island though they have been able to capture and rule parts of the northern part of the Island for short periods. Nevertheless they have not yet totally given up the dream of annexing this country to their virtual desert like territory. After all, the EELAM dream was concieved in the minds of South Indian Tamils. As such it was not an invention of Prabhakaran. The latter was only the cat’s paw that was used to realize a vicious south Indian objective. First they wanted to establish the EELAM in the north and east Sri Lanka and then to bring whole of Sri Lanka under the EELAM banner.

They knew it very well that they cannot do it in India. Thereafter using Sri Lanka as the launching pad capture whole of the Indian subcontinent with the goal of making the whole of India their EELAM.  That was their Kautilyan plan. The final objective was their Dream world EELAM Federation” as conceived by Appadorei way back in 1940s. Unfortunately they selected the wrong name for World Tamil Empire they had in their minds. Because EELAM is the direct translation of  Sihalam which means the ‘Land of the Sinhalese” None of the Indian politicians or the Kautlian brahamins have got this point. What is more important is unfortunately none of them have been able to comprehend the long term South Indian Tamil dream of capturing whole of India as the Land of the Tamils.

Both the South Indian Tamils and the so-called Tami diaspora spread all over the word know very well that they can’t begin this game in south India in spite of the presence of Dravida Munnetra Kazagams because of the 16th Amendement to the Indian Constitution. That is why they decided to begin it in Sri Lanka.

Coming back to modern India one sees a complete departure from the ancient approach, particularly the Asokan approach to its neighbours. Although Kautilya state craft was in vogue even at that times Asoka adopted a different foreign policy from his predecessor Mauriyans. Apparently after the Kalinga war and his conversion to Buddhism he won over all the neighboring countries by sending friendly Buddhist missions instead of waging war with them. He preferred what is called Dhammavijaya instead of dikvijaya. To that extent his foreign policy could be seen as a complete departure from the Kautilyan approach.  But Asoka is hailed as the most respected Emperor the world ever had, even by renound historians like H.G.Wels.  His diplomatic relations extended from Iran in the west to Thailand in the east and Afghanistan in the north to Sri Lanka in the south and he commanded a spiritual empire covering all these countries. Of course Asokas best friend was Devanampiyatissa the King of Lanka to whom he gave a part of his own name and sent his son Mahinda and daughter Sanghamitta as emissaries to establish the Doctrine. We hail this mission as the best gift we ever received from North India.

In spite of this rich legacy it is a tragedy that modern India as said before appears to have completely divorced from that noble Indian foreign policy and reverted to the Kautilyan approach. However going by the wonderful gesture Modi displayed by inviting all heads of States in the SAARC region for his inauguration ceremony one could take it as the dawn of a new era in Indian politics. Though we still have an element of doubt as to how he will act going by the blunt and hasty way he began with the President of Sri Lanka immediately after the swearing in, I still believe, as a man of different make, he might not follow the Kautilya approach of his predecessors with regard to India’s neighbours. If that happens, I am sure India under his leadership will augur a new chapter I Indian politics.

On the other hand if he also opts to follow the beaten track set by the Kautilyan bureaucrats it will ends up as a disintegrated cluster of weak and rival smaller states within India fighting each other surrounded by a ring of unfriendly and enemy countries all around it instead of a dominating India flanked by a ring of friendly countries.

What India, like any other big or powerful country such as America should not forget is that the age of conquest, exploitation and dominance in geopolitics is a thing of the past. Today it is the age of equality, dignity and justice that reign the world over. Today it is not the might but the right which matters in international politics.

Life Abroad – Part 84 DON MY GOOD FRIEND

June 19th, 2014

Dr. Tilak Fernando

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If you are not destined to die you will never die, I thought it was too late but he survived”, commented Don Hubert of Harold Wood Essex, on November 27, 2004 coming out of the swimming pool at the New Central Park, after saving the life of 43 year old James Burgin whom he spotted lying motionless on the bed of the pool.

Don Hubert regularly visited the local swimming pool at the New Central Park with his retired clique of senior friends. They had a different schedule for every day of the week which varied from swimming, enjoying a good pint of larger and later enjoying a sumptuous meal at the pub, attending art classes or coming down to London all the way from Essex to intermingle with Sri Lankan friends and to have a good laugh. I must say he enjoyed every moment of his life and considered age only as a numerical number, but he was always young at heart.

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Life saver

In the morning of November 17, 2004, he walked into the swimming pool at around 11 am with one of his friends. After swimming a couple lengths as usual, and when he tried to swim underwater with goggles on, suddenly he spotted the body of a white person lying flat on the floor towards the deep end of the pool. At first he assumed that person as another swimmer doing an underwater stunt, but for a minute and a half when the other swimmer did not move he got alarmed, hit the panic button and yelled out to the lifeguards in desperation. Within seconds the whole place looked like a disturbed hornet’s nest with sirens blaring and lifeguards diving into the water and people running to the scene.

Finally the motionless body of James Bergin, which had turned completely blue by that time, was pulled out of the pool by a team of paramedics who rushed to the scene and skillfully engaged in First Aid manoeuvres with the help of lifeguards to resuscitate the asphyxiated casualty. Everyone had given up hopes as it took nearly ten minutes before anyone could see any sign of life coming back out of James Bergin who had completely turned blue!

The London Ambulance Service that answered the emergency call 999 rushed to the scene and took James Bergin to the Old Church Hospital where he was identified as an epileptic and treated. Hours later he left the hospital live and smiling again!

Epileptic convulsion

It was later revealed that James Bergin had collapsed due to an epileptic seizure and sunk into the bottom of the pool. Romford Local Newspaper The Recorder carried the story quoting Don Hubert as saying: The lifeguards can’t keep an eye on everyone all the time. It just so happened that I spotted the man and raised the alarm.”

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Don Hubert

Don was ecstatic after the traumatic experience that took place at the poolside and said: Certainly it was a miracle where God did stretch His hand to save Bergin’s life by making me an instrument for that purpose in this particular instance”!
Had I not been wearing goggles and not done underwater swimming myself, even I would not have spotted the guy in the nick of time; the lifeguards would have pulled out only a corpse from the water! I do not know where he lives even, but I would like to visit him and see him personally to find out how he is progressing”, Don commented.

Public comments

We normally take swimming pools and lifeguards for granted and one hundred per cent safe all the time. This incident makes one to think twice on the laid down regulations stipulated by the Government and Local Authorities with regard to the responsibilities and functions of lifeguards employed at swimming pools” commented an eye witness at the incident.

Should there be a specific number of staff allocations and should they not keep a vigilant eye on swimmers by constant patrolling all the time, asked another. Why did a swimmer in this instance have to summon the lifeguards while the drowning man had been underwater unnoticed by lifeguards for a minute and half and until he turned blue”, blurted a sceptic. Amidst a a few raised eye brows at the pool side following this tragic event ultimately it turned out to be a happy outcome by Don becoming a hero instantaneously while many thanked him profusely for his heroic deed of saving the life of the 43 year old James Burgin.

Good old friend

Don Hubert was a family friend for a good number of years in London. I came to know him in the first instance through G.C. Perera who introduced him to me with a request to expose his latent talents in a feature article in one of the Sri Lankan tabloids – Silvarrow.

Acceding to GC’s request I carried a picture of a painting done by Don on ‘a village boy playing cricket on a playground in Sri Lanka’ alongside the feature article. The critique in the Silvarrow exposed him to the full glare of publicity where many Sri Lankans sought his services to get various paintings done according to their individual choices and tastes, from landscapes, elephants, village scenes etc. to bring some nostalgia about their motherland. They, I am sure, must have felt somewhat perverse as they touched on a feeling of melancholy that struck them occasionally thinking of the motherland! For that reason they wanted to teleport part of their memories of various landscapes and sceneries from home into their sitting rooms in the manner of a painting on canvass which Don very effectively did.

Everyone used to call him Don and I too followed suit. Born in Kandana and educated at De Mazenod College, he had been a banker at National Griendlay’s Bank in Sri Lanka. He migrated to the UK to take up a position at National Griendlay’s Bank in London where he worked till his retirement as a Banker.

Past time hobby

Upon retirement he took up painting as a hobby to keep himself occupied by joining The Bower Group in Romford, Essex where he practised sketching alongside well known (amateur) artists such as Jean Harding, Jean Baker and Bill Newton. As a schoolboy Don had been initially motivated to take up drawing by a distinguished art teacher at De Mazenod College, Kandana, the late Mr. M. D. Peter.

Once he started intermingling with the expatiates in London, he expressed his disappointment about Sri Lankans’ contention with mediocre prints of English sceneries on their living room walls. This he took seriously to heart and started expanding his choice of paintings into wide and varied area to blend with Sri Lankan choices.

His colleagues, Jean Harding, Jean Baker and Bill Newton helped him to achieve professionalism in the final touches of his drawings. During an open exhibition held at the London Borough of Havering, Essex on July 24, 1991 he received a commendation for his drawing on ‘Ruwan Weli Seya’. It was his second commendation in two consecutive years at this exhibition adjudged by the Borough’s Arts Council. He held two Art Exhibitions in Colombo as well, coming down all the way from UK, one at Plate` and another in Bambalapitiya where foreign diplomats paid handsome prices for his paintings.

Once he communicated his thoughts and creativity on to a canvas with oil, depicting the England vs India Test Cricket Match at Lords Grounds in 1990. This remarkable painting was picked up by the United Breweries in the UK at an exhibition for a handsome price, and to this day it takes a permanent slot on their Board Room.

Painting of elephants titled ‘Pride of Sri Lanka’ took a special place in Don’s heart as it was admired by the prominent British wildlife painter David Shephard who commented on Don on its execution. It was one painting which Don refused to part with. At the annual Festival of Cricket (FOC), which is the most popular social event in the Sri Lankan calendar among the expatriates, Don always had his own marquee to display his paintings ranging from Elephants, Sigiriya, Southern Coastal Beaches. One of his favourites was ‘ a woman in jacket and cloth selling king coconut’.

He also did paintings on village scenes to suit individual requests of Sri Lankans, incorporating May trees, a Buddhist temple, a local tea boutique, coconut trees, a bullock cart, a fish monger (kath velenda) etc. Don never forgot to donate some of his paintings to the FOC (Festival of Cricket) to be auctioned and raise money for schools in Sri Lanka; likewise he gifted a painting to his old school – De Mazenod old boys Association, to sell and raise money towards the building fund of his alma mater.

In his mid eighties, after enjoying his life to the full, he took off from this earth suddenly, but his friendship and the good times we spent together still remains within me indelibly. Every moment I gaze at the massive painting of wild elephants he gifted to me as a birthday present in June 1991, which adorns my sitting room up to this day, always reminds me of my dear good friend Don Hubert forever.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’s office report on Ukraine whitewashes Kiev authorities responsible for Odessa massacre – Moscow

June 18th, 2014

 Courtesy RIA Novosti/Maksim Blinov

The Authors of the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’s office (OHCHR) strive to keep covering for the Kiev authorities, which are responsible for the deaths in Odessa, an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Lukashevich, states in his commentary on the publication of the OHCHR report on the situation with human rights in Ukraine.

“While covering the tragedy in Odessa on May 2, the authors of the report showed a more objective approach than in the last similar document,” the commentary says. “However, we have to admit that the authors still strive to shield the Kiev authorities, their supporters and the law enforcement bodies, which are responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent people.”

The contents of the UN report can be interpreted as pandering to those behind the Ukrainian conflict.

“Special indignation is caused by hypocritical recommendations to the Ukrainian authorities to conduct the anti-terrorist operation “in accordance with international standards.” In fact, this can be interpreted as an indulgence of further massacre of the peaceful population and an escalation of the conflict”.

“It is strange to hear this from people who call themselves human rights defenders, especially in the light of recent calls by the UN Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to stop the violence,” Lukashevich noted.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report contains no objective assessment of criminal actions of Kiev, the conducting of military operations against the civilian population, and the deaths of civilians during the punitive operation in the Donbas are overlooked, too.

“There is not a word of condemnation of the actions of the National Guard and mercenary Azov, Dnepr and other battalions, which violate international humanitarian law,” Lukashevich said.

Moscow expects full-scale ceasefire from Ukrainian authorities – FM Lavrov

Russia expects the Ukrainian authorities to provide a full-scale rather than temporary ceasefire in southeastern regions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. That was the Russian foreign minister’s comment on the unilateral ceasefire initiative of Poroshenko. Martial law in eastern Ukraine will give a free hand to Ukrainian law enforcers rather than help de-escalate tensions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov opined.

“I do not see how this may de-escalate tensions. On the contrary, martial law will obviously be put into place for giving a free hand to the authorities, so that they can rely on force, military force, and suppress protesters in the southeast,” Lavrov said at a press conference after negotiations with his Azeri counterpart.

“If this initiative aims at comprehensive ceasefire, in which the opposition, militia fighting the authorities, will be able to exhibit a good will and start negotiations, to which the authorities will invite representatives of the southeast, then I think it could be the step promised by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko and which is actually expected by all of us,” he told a press conference in Baku, Interfax reports.

“Whenever they say that the unilateral ceasefire will be valid only for a limited period of time in which militiamen can lay down arms and after that Kiev [I do not remember exactly who] promised to put them to jail and I have also heard that the temporary ceasefire was necessary so that the so-called separatists leave the Ukrainian territory, that is close to ethnic cleansing,” the minister added.

He said he counted on good judgment of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada.

On Tuesday the Ukrainian parliament delayed for two days the consideration of an appeal to Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko regarding the martial law in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

“Yet, I repeat, we cannot rule out anything. We have seen too many manifestations of the aggressiveness of the incumbent Ukrainian leaders,” Lavrov said.

The deaths of Russia’s VGTRK journalists in Ukraine give signal for ceasing fire immediately and launching deescalation in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Kiev’s plans to introduce martial law in Donetsk and Lugansk regions will give a free hand to Ukrainian military forces,” Lavrov added.

Ukrainian representatives to gas negotiations spoke the language of ultimatums, which demonstrated their belief either in their own exclusiveness or the exclusiveness of their sponsors, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Ukrainian representatives conducted the gas negotiations in a manner of pure ultimatums, without exhibiting negotiating culture. They acted absolutely not in the European style,” Lavrov told a press conference in Baku.

“Probably, this is the behavior of those who believe in their own exclusiveness or the exclusiveness of their sponsors. And this is the source of permissiveness,” the Russian foreign minister stressed.

“The absolutely outrageous and uncompromising ultimatum position at the gas negotiations and the intentions to solve the conflict in the southeast with martial law or ultimatums given to their own citizens” are links of the same chain, he said.

Moscow  has closely examined a new report  on  the  situation  in Ukraine published by the Office of the UN High  Commissioner for Human Rights based on conclusions by the UN Human Rights  Monitoring  Mission  in  Ukraine and found it to be lopsided and politically    biased,  Russian  Foreign  Ministry  spokesman  Alexander Lukashevich  said.

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මෛත්‍රීයක් නැති මෛත්‍රී ගුනරත්න නොහොත් වලිගේ පාගා ගත් ලංකා නීතීඥ සංගම් ලොක්කෝ

June 18th, 2014

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම

‬The first thing we do,‭ ‬let’s kill all the lawyers.‭”
Shakespeare

   වටරැක විජිත නම් පුද්ගලයාගේ නීතීඥයා වන මෛත්‍රී ගුනරත්නට ලොකු ප්‍රශ්නයක් මතු විය. එය නම් මැජිස්ට්‍රෙට් විසින් නඩුවේ විත්තිකරු වන ගලබොඩ අත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියන්ව චූදිත කූඩුවට නොදැමීම ය. විජිතගේ මානව හිමිකම් ගැන පෙනී ඉන්නා මේ මෛත්‍රී නඩුකාරයාගේ මානව හිමිකම පමණක් නොව ව්‍යවස්ථාගත අයිතියද වන තම උසාවිය තමා සුදුසු යයි සිතන ආකාරයට කළමණාකරණය කර ගැනීම මේ මෛත්‍රී ප්‍රශ්න කරයි. මෙසේ විත්තිකරුවෙකුට විශේෂ සැලකිල්ලක් කිරීම නිසා මෙවැනි විත්තිකරුවෙක් විසින් ඉදිරියේ යම් දිනයක් නඩුකාරයාවද බිමට බස්සා තීරණ ගැනීමේ අයිතිය ඔහුගේ අතට ගන්නවා නිසැක යයි මෛත්‍රී කියයි! මෛත්‍රී ද රූල් ඔෆ් ලෝ (Rule of law, නීතියේ ආධිපත්‍යයේ) භාරකාර යෙකි.

    මෛත්‍රීත්, ව්ජේදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ හා උපුල් ජයසූරියත් වලිගේ පාගා ගත් රූල් ඔෆ් ලෝ කාරයෝ ය. විජේදාස හාමුදුරුවරුන් දේශපාලනය කිරීම තහනම් කිරීමට බොරු පනතක්ද ගෙන ආ බාර් (බාර් ඇසෝසියාසන්) ලොක්කෙකි. මීට හේතුව සමහර විට විජේදාස, තමන් අර්‍හත් වුනා යැයි කියන පිටිදූවේ සිරි ධම්ම (සමන්ත භද්‍ර) ගේ උපන්දින සාදයකට යෑම නිසා විය හැකිය. උපුල් ගොයියා බොදු බල සේනාවට විරුද්ධව ක්‍රියාකරණ ලෙස ඇටර්‍නි ජෙනරාල් ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියේ බාර් ඇසෝසියේසන් ලොක්කා ලෙස ය. ලංකාවේ මාක්ස්වාදී ව්‍යාපාර මෙන්ම බලවත්සේ පිරිහීමට පත්වූ තවත් ආයතන කොටසක් නම් නීතීඥ හා නඩුකාර-උසාවි අංශයය. ජේ ආර් ඉදිරියේ නඩුකාරයින් දිව්‍ර‌ැම්දීමත් සමඟ එස්. බී දිසානායක වරක් කිව් පරිදි මුළු අධිකරණ-යුක්තිය පසිඳලීමේ ක්‍රමයම බල්ලාට ගියේ ය. වික්ටර් තෙන්නකෝන් ජේ ආර් ගෙන් ගැලවී ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවට පලා යෑමෙන් පසු අග්‍ර විනිශ්‍යකාර තනතුර පවා බලවත් සේ පිරිහී ගියේය.  දැන් බාර් කාරයෝ බාර් සංගමය පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලනයට යටකර දමා ඇත.

    නඩු යන්නෝ වැනසෙන්නෝ යන කියමන මිනිසුන් පොලිසියකට යෑමට දක්වන භීතිය සමඟ එක් කල විට ජේ ආර් බිහිකල මර උගුල් බහු භූත ක්‍රමයෙන් දැන් කාලයේ හොද්ද බොර කර ගන්නා පිරිස් අතරින් පලවෙනි තැන ගන්නේ නීතීඥ රැලය. ඉතාමත් කලා තුරකින් වත් තාමත් සාධාරණ නීතීඥයින් හා නඩු කාරයින් ඉතුරුවී සිටිනවා නිසැකය. නමුත් නඩු කියන දෙපක්‍ෂයේ නීතීඥයින් දෙන්නා හා නඩුකාරයා එක් පක්‍ෂයක් ලෙස එකතුව රක්‍ෂාව කරගෙන යන බව දන්නෝ දනිති.

    මොන ආකාරයෙන් හෝ තමා කුලියට පෙනී ඉන්නා නඩුව දිනා ගෙන හොද්ද බොරකර ගැනීමක්  මිස හුනු වටයේ කථාව මෙන් යුක්තිය පසිඳලීමක් උසාවියකදී සිදු නොවේ.  උසාවිය පන්සලක් මෙන්  සාධාරණය ගැන සිතීමේ තැනක් නොවේ. එකම නීතිය දෙවිධියකට අර්‍ථ නිරූපනය කර ඇති අවස්ථා තිබෙන්නේ මේ නිසාය. මෙවැනි විෂම ක්‍රමයක් ඉදිරියේ ලෝකයට ඇති එකම පිලිසරණ සාධාරණ හා ධාර්‍මික නඩුකාර වරුන් ය. කලා තුරකින් හෝ එවැනි අය සිටිනා බව ඥානසාර හිමියන් හිර කූඩුවට නොදැමීමට මහේස්ත්‍රාත් වරයා ගත් තීරණයෙන් පෙනී යයි.  භික්‍ෂූන් සඳහා වෙනම සංඝාධිකරණ ඉල්ලා අවුරුදු 60 කටත් වැඩි වුවත් සුද්දන්ගේ නීතිය කළු සුද්දන් වෙනස් කර නැත.  එපමණක් නොව නඩුකාරයා මෛත්‍රී මෙන් තකතිරුවෙක් නොවන බවද මෙහිදී පෙනේ. ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් හිර කූඩුවට දැමීම සිංහල බෞද්ධයින් හිර කූඩුවට දැමීමක් වැනිය. මේ හාමුදුරුවන් දැන් පුද්ගලයෙක් නොව ආයතනයක්-බලවේගයක් ව ඇති බව මෛත්‍රීට වැටහී නැත. මෛත්‍රීට ඇත්තේ ද්වේෂයක් මිස හියුමන් රයිට් කෙහෙල් මලක් නොවේ. නඩූකාරයාට ඇති අයිතිය ගැන මාධ්‍ය ඉදිරියේ ප්‍රශ්නයක් මතු කිරීමෙන් ඔහු කර ඇත්තේ නඩුකාරයාව හෑල්ලු කිරීමත්, දේශපාලනයට ගෑවීමත් ය.

    නීතීඥයාත්, බස් ඩ්‍රය්වර් හෝ කාර් මිකැනිකුත් අතර වෙනසක් නැත. දිග කාලයක් උසාවියට බඩ ගෑමෙන් ඔහු නඩු කියන කට්ට කම් ගැන යම් දැනුමක් ලබා ගනී. ඒ මිසක් නීති විද්‍යාව හදාරා ලබාගත් මනා දැනුමක් ඇති ලලිත් රාජපක්‍ෂලා, වීරමන්ත්‍රිලා හෝ ක්ලැරන්ස් ඩැරෝ (ඇමෙරිකාවේ) ලා දැන් ලංකාවේ උසාවි වල ඉන්නවාද? යම් සමාජයක නීති යනු ඒ සමාජයේ බලයේ සිටින පන්තියේ වාසියට හදාගත් නීතිය. රාජ්‍ය බලය යොදා ඔවුන් මෙම නීති ක්‍රියාත්මක කරවයි. ලංකාවේ තිබෙන්නේ සුද්දන් ලංකාව සූරා කෑමටත්, යටත් වැසි මිනිසුන්ට හීන මානය ඇති කරවීමටත් පැනවූ නීතිය. තමන් ගිය පසු මේ නීති ක්‍රියාවේ යෙදවීමට සූදානම් කළු සුද්දන් පිරිසක් බෝ කිරීම ලංකාවේ දී ඉතාමත් සාර්‍ථකව ඇති බව ගමෙන් ආ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා පවා කළු සුදු නියෝජිතයෙක් ව දැන් හැසිරෙන ආකාරයෙන් මොනවට ඔප්පු වේ.  උපුල් ලා, මෛත්‍රීලා හෝ විජේදාසලා ගැන කවර කතාද. ඩී එස් සේනානායක ගිනි කාෂ්ඨක අව්වේ දාඩිය මුගුර දමා ගෙන ටයි කෝට් දමා බෙල්ල හිරකර ගෙන 1948 නිදහස ලබා ගත්තේ කෙලින්ම සුද්දාගේ පිටි පස්ස ඉඹිමින් ය. දැන් අය එය කරන්නේ හොරෙන් හොරෙන් ය.

ගැමියා මේ හොර සෙල්ලම නොදන්නා මෝඩයින් ය කියා මේ අය සිතයි. සුද්දන් ඒමට පෙර ලංකාව සිංහල බෞද්ධ රටකි. නිදහස ලැබුනා කියන්නේ ලංකාව නැවත සිංහල බෞද්ධ රටක් කිරීමය. මේ සඳහා පවතින නීති පද්ධතියම වෙනස් කල යුතුය. නැත්නම් ඔය කියන නිදහසක් ලබා ගෙන නැත. ඒ සිංහල බෞද්ධ රට ඒ කාලයේ දෙමළ හෝ මුස්ලිම් හෝ ක්‍රිස්තියානි මිනිසුන්ට මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් ලබා දුන්නේය. ඒ නිසා සාධාරණ (රීසනබල්) අයිතිවාසිකම් ඒ අයට අහිමි කිරීමක් දැන් කාලයේ සිදු නොවේ. නමුත් මහ ජාතිය සුළු ජාතිය කිරීමට ඉඩ දිය නොහැකි වන්නේ මහ ජාතියට ලෝකයේ වෙන රටක් නැති නිසාය.

විජේදාසලා හා උපුල්ලා දැන් කරන්නේ ඇමෙරිකාවෙන් දුන් මිලියන් ඩොලර් ග්‍රාන්ට් එකේ පයිප්පය ඉරීමය. කුමාර් රූපසිංහ නෝර්‍විජියන් පයිප්පය උරා හෙම්බත්වී දැන් එරික් සොල්හැම්ට විරුද්ධව ලියමින් සිටී.    වටරැක විජිත සම්බන්ධ විඩියෝ හා ලිඛිත ශාක්‍ෂි සලකා බලන විට මෝඩ හෝ යම් කූට අරමුණක් ඇති නීතීඥ කබලෙක් මිසක් එවැනි නඩුවක් භාර නොගනී. වටරැක විජිත රැස්වීම කලේ බෞද්ධ භික්‍ෂුවක් ලෙස සිවුරේ ඇති බලය මතය.

මේ නිසා එයට සහභාගී වීමට වෙනත් භික්‍ෂුවකට ශාසනගත අයිතියක් ඇත. පොලිස්කාරයෙකුට එය වැලක්වීමට බලයක් නැත. ඥානසාර හිමියන්ගේ තර්‍ක වලට සතුටුදායක උත්තර දීමට මුස්ලිම් මුල්ලාට නොහැකි විය. හාමුදුරුවරුන් කියා ගෙනැවිත් ඇති අය බොරු හමුදුරුවරු බවද එලිදරව් විය. මුස්ලිම් කල්ලියක් සිවුර ඉස්සරහට දමා යම් මගඩියක් කරනවා නම් ඒ සඳහා මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් ආරක්‍ෂාවක් නැත. තුවක්කු හෝ පිස්තෝල වෙනුවට ඥානසාර හාමුදුරුවන් භාවිතා කරන්නේ සැර වචන හා භාෂාවය. මෙය ධර්‍මපාලතුමාද කලේය. සෝම හමුදුරුවෝ එය නොකලේ ඒ දිනවල රටේ තත්වය දැන් තරම්ම පිරිහී නොතිබුණ නිසා විය හැකිය. දිලාන්, රජිතා, හකීම්, චන්ද්‍රිකා, රනිල්, දයාන් ජයතිලක, වාසුදේවලාට තේරෙන්නේ මේ භාෂාවෙන් කිව්වොත් පමණය. ඥානසාර හිමියන් මුලදී සැරෙන් කතා කලත් එය කෙලවර වූයේ ඉතාමත් කාරුණික ආකාරයටය. සිවුරක් දමාගත් අයෙක් බෞද්ධ ශාසනයට ගරහනවා නම් එය වැලැක්වීමේ අයිතිය අනිත් සිවුරුවලට ඇත. මෛත්‍රී මෙය නොදනීද?

    නීති විද්‍යාව ගැන පමණක් නොව ලංකාවේ ඉතිහාසය හෝ භූගෝල විද්‍යාව ගැන හෝ දැනුමක් මේ උපුල්ලා ට නැති සේ ය (ඉතිහාසය කියන්නේ අතීතයේ භූගෝල විද්‍යාවටය). මේ විජේදාසලාට මෑත අතීතය පවා අමතකව ගොස් ය. ලංකාවේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ ශිෂ්ඨාචාරය අවුරුදු දෙදාස් ගණනක් රැක දුන්නේ හාමුදුරුවරු මිසක් ව්ජේදාසලාගේ, උපුල්ලාගේ ආච්චිලා නොවේ. මුස්ලිම් අන්තවාදය හා ක්‍රිස්තියානි අන්තවාදයෙන් සිංහල බෞද්ධ උරුමය රැකදීමට රටේ සිංහල නායකයෙක් දැන් නැත. පාර්‍ලිමේන්තුවට යන්නේද හොරුන් හා රස්තියාදුකාරයින් ය. ඇමතිලා කියන්නේ ගොබ්බයින් පිරිසකටය. විශේෂයෙන් සිංහල බෞද්ධයින්ට මේ රටේ හොර දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ නායකයින් සැලකුවේ, සලකන්නේ, පිරිමින් හිත හොඳ ගෑණුන්ට සලකන ආකාරයටය. බොදු බල සේනාව මේ රහස එලිදරව් කලා පමණක් නොව දේශපාලකයින්ව ගලේ පැහැරූ බළලුන් බවට පත් කලේය. පවතින ක්‍රමයෙන් හොද්ද බොර කර ගන්නා හැමදෙනෙක්ම බොදු බල සේනාවට විරුද්ධ මේ නිසාය. මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ඉන්ටර්ෆේත් බදාගත්, බහු සමාජවාදියෙක් වීමෙන් ඔහුටත් රටටත් කරන හානිය පෙන්නා දුන්නේ බොදු බල සේනාවය. පරණ යූ එන් පී කාරයින්, බංකොලොත් මාක්ස්වාදීන් හා රට කඩා බුද්ධාගම විනාශකර දැම්මට කුමණ්ත්‍රණ කරන පිරිස් එහෙයියන්සේ වටකරගෙන සිටින එම්පරර් හෙළුවෙන් බව පෙන්නා දුන්නේ බොදු බල සේනාවය. තමන් යන වැරදි පාර වෙනස් කර ගැනීමට ඔහුට තාමත් ඉඩ ඇත.

Sri Lankan’s brainchild, UDRS saves Sri Lanka from defeat in Test Match with England

June 18th, 2014

Shenali D. Waduge

Two factors played a crucial role in the dramatic outcome at Lords. Nuwan Pradeep and the UDRS. Nuwan Pradeep’s name figures as having won a reality show but he showed he knew more about cricket than most would give him credit for. He chose not to accept the LBW decision given by Australian Umpire Paul Reiffel and instead used the player referral option now available to dissatisfied players but limited to two appeals per side per inning and called for a review of the decision by the third umpire (under the Umpire Decision Review System) which clearly showed he was not out.

That mechanism i.e. UDRS, saved Sri Lanka and brought a climatic end to the Test match when England was all but sure it had won. The Player – Referral concept that underlies UDRS that saved Sri Lanka, was a brainchild of lawyer Senaka Weeraratna who finds himself in a very unfortunate position in an euro centric dominated cricket world reluctant to accord him due credit for authorship of the Player – Referral concept (lynchpin of UDRS) and Sri Lanka Cricket and Ministry of Sports falling short of taking up the just claims of a fellow Sri Lankan that would bring national glory. It is time that Sri Lankan authorities reconsider their stand and morally indefensible attitude and demand from the ICC that the true author Senaka Weeraratna be rightfully given due credit, appropriate acknowledgement and that UDRS be named as the Weeraratna Rule in a manner similar to use of the term ‘ Duckworth – Lewis’ named after the rule applied in rain affected one day international cricket matches.

Arguments made by Senaka Weeraratna to claim UDRS authorship:

  • May 1997 Senaka Weeraratna submitted the initial player referral proposal to former President of Cricket Board, Mr. Upali Dharmadasa requesting the SLC to forward proposal to ICC as ICC does not accept individual proposals. SL Cricket officials failed to table the proposal at the ICC meeting held in July 1997 as requested by Mr. Weeraratna. Official records of the Cricket Board should be able to confirm receipt of this proposal in 1997.
  • Mr. Upali Dharmadasa has admitted receipt of proposal sent by Senaka Weeraratna in May 1997 in an interview given to sports journalist Mr. Saadi Thawfeek (Sunday Nation – 22 June 2008). In the interview Mr. Dharmadasa informed that he had instructed Board of Cricket CEO Mr. Tryphon Mirando to study the proposal and submit a report to the Board. Mr. Dharmadasa’s term ended in 1998 and Mr. Weeraratna’s proposal was totally forgotten. This default and gross negligence on the part of the Board of Cricket Control of Sri Lanka (predecessor of Sri Lanka Cricket) has cost Mr. Senaka Weeraratna an inestimable loss in establishing his claim to authorship of the ‘player referral’ mechanism vis a vis the ICC and deprived Sri Lanka of the honour and glory that a country gains due to the innovation of a product by one of its sons that is widely accepted and applied universally in the cricket world.
  • 25 March 1997 ” Senaka Weeraratna’s letter to the Editor of ‘The Australian’ (Australia’s National Newspaper) titled ‘Third Umpire should perform role of Appeal Judge’ highlighted main elements  of the proposed ‘ player referral’ rule
  • 2 May 1997 ” the article in the ‘Australian’ was republished in the Times of London

http://www.sriexpress.com/articles/item/476-authorship-of-the-udrs-evidence-in-the-london-times-may-2,-1997.html

http://www.asiantribune.com/node/64045

  • 9 May 1997 ” Pakistan’s ‘Dawn’
  • 6 Apr 1997 ” Melbourne ‘Sunday Age’
  • Malaysian New Strait Times ” May 1997
  • The International Cricketer (United Kingdom) Magazine ” May 1997
  • 6 April 1997 ”Sunday Times” , Sri Lanka and several other newspapers in Sri Lanka

http://sundaytimes.lk/970406/let2.html

https://tube-proxy.com/nph-proxified.cgi/20/http/sundaytimes.lk/970406/let2.html

  • 20 February 1999 ” The ‘Weekend Australian’ published article by Senaka Weeraratna titled ‘A Spectators Appeal: Reform Cricket Umpiring’
  • 1 Mar 1999 ” Fuller version of above article published in Northern Territory News, Darwin, Australia
  • 2 Mar 1999 ” Fuller version of above article published in Sri Lanka ‘Daily News’
  • 14 March 1999 ” Sunday Island, Sri Lanka
  • 7 Jun 1999 ” ‘Time’ Magazine

.    21 March 2003 –  ‘The field umpire’s immunity limits appeal rights’ ‘Sunday Island’

http://www.island.lk/2003/03/21/sports08.html

Further evidence:

  • Moreover Wikipedia has also acknowledged and published the claims of Senaka Weeraratna

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

  • UDRS ” the Sri Lankan Connection by Cricket Observer ‘Daily News’ Feb. 19, 2011

http://archives.dailynews.lk/2011/02/19/spo25.asp

Despite lack of acknowledgement from official quarters there have been people who have supported Senaka Weeraratna’s claim:

Robert Steen, senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton, England and reputed cricket commentator, in an insightful article on the ‘Cricinfo’ website under the title ‘Will the UDRS be proved a good thing?’ (Feb. 9, 2011) referred to the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) as one of the most potentially far-reaching concepts the old game has ever known, and added as follows:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/499969.html

” LET’S REWIND to the hotly contested conception of the review system, for which Senaka Weeraratna, a lawyer, believes we must thank/berate him ” and not, repeat not, the ICC.”

Steen adds He (Senaka Weeraratna) has been arguing for some time, and with some vehemence, that it was his letter to Colombo’s Sunday Times, on April 6, 1997, the first of many such that sowed the seeds. In an ocean of common sense, that letter likened the players’ right to challenge to the appeal of a dissatisfied litigant” .

As Simon Barnes put it recently in the Times: Referral is not dissent, it is a legitimate process of truth-seeking.

 Robert Steen in another article based on a comprehensive survey done on all aspects of UDRS under the title Going upstairs: The decision review system velvet revolution or thin edge of an ethical wedge? published in Sport in Society Journal (Vol. 14, Issue 10, 2011) re-iterated the above as follows:

Senaka Weeraratna, a Sri Lankan-born lawyer .., maintains that it was his 1997 letter to The Australian, the first of many, which planted the seeds for what became the DRS. In writing it, illuminatingly, he likened the players’ right to challenge umpires to the appeal of a dissatisfied litigant.” (Allow appeals to the Third Umpire, Letters to the Editor, The Australian, 25 March 1997 (copy sent by author; referred to at

http://sundaytimes.lk/060528/sports/6.html

In August 2008 officials of Sri Lanka cricket personally handed to David Richardson, then General Manager of the ICC, a folder full of publications by Senaka Weeraratna on the subject of player referral but Mr. Richardson did not keep the appointment that he gave Mr. Weeraratna at the request of SLC officials to present his case. Mr. Richardson as CEO of ICC is now claiming the UDRS system is borrowed from tennis. This claim is easily nullified because the use of video replay in tennis began in 2006 using Hawkeye technology and adjudication in tennis is determined by line call.

The ICC ran trials for the new player referral system in November 2008 without identifying the author of the system or attributing credit to the true author of ‘ Player – Referral’ in cricket. Despite the exhaustive submission made by Mr. Senaka Weeraratna on every aspect of the ‘Player – Referral’  and annexing copies of original publications published all over the cricket world on the subject in the dossier handed over to Mr. David Richardson in August 2008 by SLC, the decision of the ICC to completely ignore or honor the Sri Lanka author boils down to nothing but intellectual dishonesty, violation of copyright and fraud.

Who is the author of the UDRS?

What needs to be argued is that the UDRS or more exactly ‘Player – Referral’ did not simply fall from the sky. The system had to be conceived by a human mind or minds. If it was not Senaka Weeraratna ”who is the author?” is a valid and tenable question. The cricket world is entitled to know. This is the question that any self – respecting nation and particularly its governing Cricket Board is morally obliged to ask the ICC given the strong claims made by a local country man and in his defense. The failure to do so on the part of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Sports and Sri Lanka Cricket is tantamount to a dereliction of public duty and betrayal of Sri Lanka’s national interests.

The Duckworth-Lewis rule for rain affected games was attributed to 2 English statisticians Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, who came up with the formula to calculate which team was in the lead at the time of rain interrupting the game. Stuart Robertson, the former Marketing Manager, England and Wales Cricket Board, has been hailed as the founder of the Twenty 20 Cricket format. The rule thus was Christened by their names.

We would like to know why has the UDRS yet to be christened in gratitude to the author given that UDRS has been in use since November 2009? We are also wondering whether it is because the author is non-white that the ICC is adapting a very colonial attitude to simply brushing off the claims of a ‘non – white’ without doing the decent thing of conducting an investigation, calling all those who are claiming authorship to provide evidence and thereafter determining who the real author is. This should not be such a difficult thing to do.

De-colonization of Sri Lanka’s mass media

It is immoral for the singers to be using the song totally ignoring the composer. Both Sri Lanka Cricket and the ICC are guilty in this respect. They appear to adopt the colonial mindset view that legitimacy or recognition to any brain work in cricket or for that matter sports in general, can accrue only when the claimant is a white man. This is the crux of the problem. Had the author of the UDRS been a white man he will be the darling of the cricket world and an international celebrity. There will be talk shows, interviews and cricket commentators constantly referring to the author and his brain child. This does not happen because the true author Senaka Weeraratna has the wrong skin colour. Our local media except for a few brain souls like sports journalist Saadi Thawfeek (‘Nation’), Elmo Rodrigopulle(‘Daily News’ and ‘Sunday Observer’) have completely ignored the just claims of Senaka Weeraratna despite strong evidence. Such servility and subservience to white man’s rulings on the part of our newspapers and mass media has only strengthened the case for de – colonization of the mindset that governs the editorial boards in local newspapers.

The fact is that the singer cannot sing the song without acknowledging the composer and therefore cricket being a gentleman’s game it is only fair that if the ICC is not willing to accept Upali Dharmadasa’s acknowledgement or the present Board’s submission of Weeraratna’s claim of authorship an impartial inquiry conducted by a competent third party arbitrator should be held to ascertain who the composer of the UDRS system is.

It is said that the late Tony Greig had advised Senaka Weeraratna that to get the ball rolling it is the Sri Lankan State and Sri Lanka Cricket Board that must take up the cause with the ICC with full legal backing. Their failure in this instance is tantamount to a dereliction of national duty and let down of the huge cricket fan base in the country.

Simply because a person does not have the legal means or large scale financial resources or clout to press a case against use of his intellectual property should not mean that international corporate bodies such as the ICC and Sri Lanka Cricket should ignore and not take up the case where the prestige of awarding an internationally accepted referral system would bring pride not only to the author but to the entire nation. Is it not on this premise that the Sports Minister/Ministry, officials of Sri Lanka Cricket including former Cricketers take up this long overdue claim for justice on behalf of a fellow Sri Lankan.

D-Day for nationalism

June 18th, 2014

By Nalin de Silva Courtesy Island

 The Parliament will vote this evening on the resolution by some MPs, which effectively demands not to allow the UNHRC committee appointed to “investigate comprehensively” to come to Sri Lanka. What is interesting is that Navi Pillai the outgoing commissioner is determined to get the committee to act before she leaves her office. She has already issued a statement on the Aluthgama Beruwala (AB) incidents following the Ambassador of USA in Sri Lanka. These two ladies want the government to investigate into the incidents. We have to thank them for the interests they have shown in maintaining peace in the country, and issuing statements within 48 hours of the incidents. I wonder whether incidents of this type happen only in Sri Lanka, and if such incidents occur in other countries, the UNHRC and USA are so quick in issuing statements championing peace in those countries. The two ladies were so fast that it gave the impression that they were expecting an incident and were ready with statements. Incidentally, the government had already acted even before the statements were issued.

 When the Parliament votes on the aforementioned resolution there could be some MPs who would think of the Aluthgama-Beruwala incidents, but by and large it would be along party lines. The SLFP, whether one likes it or not is the party of nationalism, in general, and the UNP is the Unwilling National Party. However, the SLFP has its limitations being the leading partner of a grand coalition and is restricted by not having a national policy on economics and politics. It is the fault of the so-called educated in the country having failed to come with national policies in economics and politics even after sixty five years of ‘independence’. The country is not fully independent mainly due to the fact that the ‘intellectuals’ are not independent of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Princeton.

 There are a few important matters on the so-called international investigation that have to be discussed. First of all, it is the international of the Western European countries and the North American (WENA) countries, and not the international of the entire world. The WENA countries as far as Sri Lanka is concerned are led by England that is responsible for creating, nurturing and maintaining the Tamil problem. They are hell bent on punishing the government for defeating their darling the LTTE. This fake international community has no majority in the UN and thus uses organisations such as UNHRC to run the world the way it wants as they have to turn to the former for survival. The officials of the organisations are often paid by them. Navi Pillai tries to satisfy her employers but it is apparent that they are not happy with her performance. Thus, she will be replaced soon by a Jordanian prince.

 In opposition to the WENA countries there is another international of non-WENA (NWENA) countries, and it is the latter which we have to build up ties with, to face the WENA countries. The NWENA international has begun to recognise President Mahinda Rajapakse as one of its leaders as illustrated by the honours he is being showered by the other countries. The Bolivian award that he received is the latest of such honours. The President is recognised for defeating the most ruthless terrorist group that was aided and abetted by the WENA countries led by England, standing up to pressure exerted by the westerners. The President was very clear on this score when he mentioned of countries that attempted to destabilize the other countries by using their influence. The President is also admired for the steps the government has taken to develop the country albeit according to the western model.

 It is pointless to allow the ‘investigators’ to come to the country for more than one reason. There is no complaint as such but only an ‘investigation’ with no proper charge sheet, list of witnesses etc., that are usually issued to the defendant even in an ordinary court case. The ‘judges’ are to be appointed by the accusers and what justice can be expected from such an ‘investigation’. From past experience we know that the reports are written even before the ‘investigation’ commences, and the policy of the President to invite any interested party to ‘come and see’ has been abused by the report writers. What did Pillai learn or see after coming to Sri Lanka? The report she submitted may have been written even before she left for Sri Lanka and all that we know is Cameron did not change his attitudes towards Sri Lanka after attending CHOGM. It is a case of win-win situation as far as the WENA countries are concerned.

 The reports commencing with the infamous Darusman Report, have introduced the concept of procreation by the dead. The number of dead Tamils has increased from one report to the other, and it is expected that it will reach the hundred thousand mark very soon. The government should not allow the ‘investigators’ to come to Sri Lanka as we know that the report has already been drafted. The argument that if we have not done anything wrong why we should not go before the committee falls flat due to the past experience. We may have done nothing wrong but there is no way of proving our innocence before a biased committee of paid coolies. If the government were to appear before committee, the ‘investigators’ will finally state in their report that they interviewed government representatives before coming to the conclusions.

What Sri Lankan government should do is to convey to the NWENA countries what has happened in Sri Lanka and muster support at the UN. The NWENA countries with similar experiences will understand our position, and we have to prepare for any economic sanctions and other punishments that the WENA countries would impose on us. However, it is the national front that is going be more important and the UNP and the JVP should be exposed for their antinational stand. The TNA should be exposed in the Northern Province as a party that represents the interests of Tamil Nadu and Chennai and not of Jaffna. They are not interested in the welfare of the Jaffna people, in particular of the fishermen. The JVP and the UNP are not prepared to stop at where even Pillai has closed her charges and want to go further with failed Rathupswela, Aluthkade, Katunayake Springs. They pretend that they are against the government and not the country, but all those anti-national movements in other countries where they had governments not liked by the WENA countries also began with anti government slogans. Today’s vote in Parliament will clearly show us most of the anti-national elements and we should campaign against these forces at the next elections. They have to be relegated to the dustbin of history without further delay and the people should be rallied against them by organising a strong national movement.

German Ahmadiyya Convention Concludes.

June 18th, 2014

 By A. Abdul Aziz.

 More than 33,000 people attendrd 3-day convention in Karlsruhe, Germany.

 The three-day convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany concluded 15 June 2014 with a spiritually charged address by the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad about the importance of building a personal bond and connection with God Almighty.
During his address, His Holiness said that whilst some people believe that God has become silent, the truth is that God’s Attributes continue to be manifest today as they ever were. He said that God listens as He has always listened and speaks as He has always spoken. 

 During his address, His Holiness outlined the methods by which one can obtain the love of Allah. Quoting extensively from the writings of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that if a person desires a relationship with Allah the Almighty then he or she must first seek to free themselves of sin and should remember God in the same way that one remembers their own father.

His Holiness highlighted the importance of prayer before speaking of the numerous heavenly signs that are found in favour of the Promised Messiah. He described spiritual signs and dreams through which people around the world in the present era were joining the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

 Concluding, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

I pray that we may be those who come to bear true understanding of their faith; who become close to God and gain His love. May we be truly the inheritors of the vast treasures that the Promised Messiah has left for us.”

The event concluded with a silent prayer.

 Earlier in the day, over 33,000 Ahmadis attending the event in Karlsruhe took part in an emotional pledge of allegiance (Bai’at) at the hand of the Khalifa, whilst Ahmadi Muslims around the world also took part whilst viewing the proceedings live on MTA International.

 The conference began on 13th June, 2014, with the Friday Sermon by Ahmadiyya Khalifa. During his Friday Sermon, His Holiness spoke of the importance of the Annual Convention, an institution that was started by the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. 

 Speaking about the difficulties faced by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 When I have met some Ahmadi Muslim guests from Pakistan they have become emotional and seek prayers that soon it is possible for them to hold Annual Conventions once again. And so I say again to the Pakistani Ahmadis that if they want to be freed from the trials they face then must bow down in prayer in front of God Almighty.”

  On Saturday 14 June 2014, the Ahmadiyya khalifa emphasised the true nature of Khilafat (Caliphate) during an address in front of around 1,000 non-Ahmadi guests at the second day of the 39th Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany. His Holiness also used his address to categorically disprove claims that Islam advocates extremism or violence at any level. 

 Speaking about the institution of Khilafat, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 Today the Institution of Khilafat – that is the institution of spiritual succession that leads the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – is keeping Islam’s true teachings alive.”

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

 The Khilafat of the Ahmadiyya Community can never depart from Islam’s core teachings of fulfilling the rights owed to God and to mankind. Today, the institution of Khilafat is striving for peace in every possible way and to spread love and affection throughout the world.” 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 Let me make it clear that the institution of Khilafat leading the Ahmadiyya Community has no interest in power or government. Rest assured that true Khilafat has no worldly or political objectives. The sole concern of the Ahmadiyya Khilafat is that the people of the world come to recognise their Creator and bow down before the One God.”

 His Holiness also spoke of the connection between Ahmadi Muslims and their Khalifa. He said it was due to this unique relationship that Ahmadi Muslims were united and intent upon spreading Islam’s message of peace across the world. 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 You are seeing for yourselves that in these halls there are thousands of men and women who are completely attached to Khilafat and through this unbreakable spiritual bond they are perfectly united. They speak only of how to spread love and affection and how to fulfill the rights of humanity.” 

 His Holiness said Islam was a religion of peace and compassion and that Ahmadi Muslims followed these true values. He said the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian had repeatedly urged is followers to show sympathy towards mankind. 

   His Holiness concluded by appealing for unity and the promotion of common values.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 Instead of pointing fingers at one another and instead of hurting the feelings of each other, we should instead join together as one and work towards the progress of the nation and towards establishing peace in the world.”

 Various dignitaries also addressed the Annual Convention. Each of them commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its commitment to peace and freedom of belief. 

 Earlier in the day, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad directly addressed the members of the Lajna Imaillah (Ladies Auxiliary Organisation) in which he counselled them towards modesty in all aspects of their lives and of the importance of the moral training of their children.

 His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad returned to London after a 15 day tour of Germany on 17 June 2014.

 As stated, during the tour His Holiness attended the Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany. His Holiness also inaugurated 2 Mosques and laid the Foundation Stones for 2 others. He met with various delegations from a number of different countries, as well as thousands of Ahmadi Muslims.

 His Holiness departed from the Baitus Sabuh Mosque in Frankfurt at 10.05am where hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims had gathered to see of their spiritual leader.

 His Holiness then travelled to Calais through Germany, Belgium and France. After crossing the Channel, His Holiness was escorted directly to the Fazl Mosque in London where he was greeted by hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims upon arrival at 7.45pm local time.

The motion brought against the proposed investigation by a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) panel to investigate into alleged war crimes was adopted with a massive majority of 134 votes in Parliament

June 18th, 2014

Sandasen Marasinghe and Disna Mudalige Courtesy The Daily News

The motion brought against the proposed investigation by a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) panel to investigate into alleged war crimes was adopted with a massive majority of 134 votes in Parliament yesterday.

Parliament debated the motion presented by Member of Parliament (UPFA) Janaka Bandara for two days.

The motion was passed with a majority of 134 votes. It received 144 votes in favour where as 10 members voted against.

Thirty seven members abstained from voting while 33 members were absent.

The TNA voted against while the UNP abstained from voting. The DNA and SLMC members were not present at the time of voting.

The division was asked by name by TNA Leader R. Sampanthan.

The motion stated: “That this Parliament resolves that the investigation to be conducted against Sri Lanka by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights should not be carried out on the grounds that such a course of action is detrimental to the process of reconciliation and peace and that it erodes the sovereignty, dignity and stature of Sri Lanka”.

Speaking in Parliament on the proposal, Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha said the UNP is responsible for taking Sri Lanka’s internal terrorist conflict to the international community and urging them to intervene in the countries internal affairs.

He also said it was the UNP which encouraged foreign mediation, and entered into an agreement with terrorist leader Prabhakaran. It was the UNP that held talks in Oslo, Bangkok, Tokyo etc. This created an opening for outsiders to get involved in this matter. Minister Premajayantha further said: The members asked as to why this motion was delayed. The UNHRC wanted an investigation on alleged human rights violations. But we have held our own investigation through the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Coommission (LLRC).

The UNHRC requested for an investigation into the last phase of the operation.

But if they ask to investigate since 1988 what would be the outcome.

Who brought foreign observes here? Who entered into agreements with Prabhakaran?.

Who held conferences in Oslo, Bangkok and Tokyo?

It is the UNP which brought took this matter to the international sphere.

If the UNP properly managed the situation is 1983, then the Tamil people would not have left the country. But those who left the country willingly or unwillingly funded the LTTE. Therfore, the UNP is responsible for bringing foreign countries, to intervene into this matter and not the government.

The government did everything that the JVP requested for in 2006. They asked that the agreement between the UNP Government and Prabhakaran be cancelled. They asked that the LTTE be defeated and peace brought to the country which was successfully achieved bu us. Our leader had the backbone to take the decision. So if the UN holds an investigation against us for defeating terrorism all should oppose this move irrespective of differences. The question is will the UN hold an investigation if the government did not eliminate terrorism.

So if the opposition has no backbone to support this motion, the people who love the country will teach them a good lesson.

Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said all the communities should understand the malicious agenda of repeating the same scenario of Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq etc, in Sri Lanka and act together to go forward.

He made this observation participating in the debate on the motion that the investigation against Sri Lanka by the office of the UN High Commissioner for human rights should not be held.

The minister further said that attempts are being made by certain Western countries to violate Sri Lanka’s sovereignty not because of any compassion for any community, but to stifle the country’s forward march. They are not concerned about human rights.

Minister Ranawaka said various members of the international community have been attempting to interfere Sri Lanka’s internal affairs since 2009. Are these members who formulate the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka unbiased?

The objectives of these Western forces are plain to see.

The TNA members got an opportunity go back to their villages and engage in politics due to the victory gained by sacrificing the lives of 26,000 of our youth.

As has now happened in Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria. These countries are all facing total destruction due to Western intervention, and they are trying to do the same to Sri Lanka. They are not worried about Tamils.

“There issue has a history. The British massacred our people. They did the same in Afghanistan, Iraq. The British have human right violations reports brought against them.

“Therefore, if there is a particular matter to be solved, we are quite capable of solving it ourselves.

“Asia is experiencing a development boom which the West finds it very difficult to stomach. We have to unite and go forward together and defeat this international plot against Sri Lanka.

DNA MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake proposed an amendment to the motion at the end of the debate, and leader of the House and Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva stated that the government disagrees with the proposed amendment. Thereafter a division was asked by MP Anura Dissanayake on the proposed amendment. The amendment was defeated with a majority of 95 votes. It received 49 votes in favour whereas 144 members voted against it. The UNP, DNA and TNA voted in favour. The SLMC members were not present at the time of voting.

Thereafter UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera presented an amendment to the motion on behalf of the UNP. That amendment too was rejected by the members of government benches.

Thereafter the motion was put on vote and it was adopted with the majority of votes. The motion had been signed by UPFA MPS Achala Jagoda, Malini Fonseka, Janaka Bandara, Udith Lokubandara, Shantha Bandara, J.R.P. Suriyapperuma, Nimal Wijesinghe, R. Duminda Silva and A.H.M. Azwer

Aluthgama incidents magnified by vested interests

June 18th, 2014

Chaminda Perera Courtesy The Daily News

Certain groups in the country who want to steer the reconciliation process on a different course are trying to blow the incidents in Aluthgama out of proportion to give a wrong impression to the world, Defence Ministry spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said.

He said a newspaper published in Jaffna had reported that seven died and over 80 persons were injured in a clash in Aluthgama.

The Brigadier said a foreign media organisation reported that several churches had come under attack during the Aluthgama incidents.

“Not a single church was damaged in the clashes in Aluthgama,” Brigadier Wanigasooriya said.

The Defence Ministry said the country’s common enemy is not found within the country but this threat emanates from abroad, particularly in the form of challenges faced by Sri Lanka in the aftermath of ending terrorism.

He said officials of Human Rights Watch (HRW) weeping about human rights violations in Sri Lanka cannot file even a single case over what it calls violations that took place in Sri Lanka. The spokesman added that HRW officials do not have even a shred of evidence to prove what they allege to have taken place in Sri Lanka.

“Officials of this organisation which turn a blind eye to the serious violations of human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan are talking about violations in Sri Lanka.”

BrigadierWanigasooriya said the activities of a handful of persons driven by various ideologies are detrimental to the bondage between the people of different ethnicities.

The Defence Ministry spokesman said these elements which came into existence after terrorism was eradicated, are engaged in various activities making use of the peaceful environment in the country and these activities cannot be accepted under any circumstance.

He said Sri Lanka eradicated terrorism to ensure a peaceful environment for the people of all communities.

BrigadierWanigasooriya said the current situation in Aluthgama and Beruwala is relatively peaceful and no incident was reported for the last two days.

He said the Police can seek the Security Forces’ assistance at any given time under the Public Security Ordinance.

The spokesman said Security Forces were deployed in the Aluthgama and Beruwala areas from Monday morning on the request of the Police and no incident except a few arguments between two groups of people from the area were reported.

He said the ethnic and religious diversity in the country is something that every Sri Lankan should be proud of.

“This diversity among various ethnic groups and religions should be protected and celebrated,” he said. A small unit of Army personnel was deployed on the Galle road from Beruwala to Aluthgama purely to ensure the smooth traffic flow after the curfew was imposed, he said.

BrigadierWanigasooriya said no Army personnel were deployed to villages or the places where incidents were reported until Tuesday morning.

The Defence Ministry spokesman said maintaining peace, law and order of the country is the prime duty of the Police and the Security Forces can assist them on request.

US mass shooting and racial attacks does not stop it preaching to others

June 17th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

With US involvement in covert and overt operations, a history of overthrowing democratically elected governments and placing puppets, funding of extremist groups including Al Qaeda and other religious groups, training and even arming them it should come as no surprise that even before an isolated incident is investigated, the US is quick to issue statements against countries. People should now find it easy to conclude who the real culprits are. When Navi Pillay jumps to condemn selected countries only, while nothing is issued when UK attacks 700 mosques, people cannot be faulted if they conclude that the UNHRC is hijacked by the West and its heads function as their agents. Nothing to negate this has been shown either through their statements or their actions. Why has 200 mass killings in the US since 2006 gone unnoticed? Why is the US Government under reporting these? What has the UNHRC done on drone killings of civilians, or secret detention torture centres? Why is the UN human rights head mum on these?

In the US mass killings happen every two weeks. Michelle Sisson will not reveal this.

In 2007 – at a campus an armed gunmen killed 32

In 2009 – a man enters a shopping mall and kills 8 shoppers

In 2010 – A man who was asked to resign shoots 8 of his colleagues

In 2011 – 8 people were killed outside a salon by a man holding 3 guns and wearing body armour.

In 2012 – an armed gunmen guns down 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adults

The violence and crimes in the US does not give any right for the US to be preaching to any country moreso when irrespective of violence at home, the US is famous for creating / engineering violence in other countries.

Some alarming facts on US:

  • Over 22 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime.(National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010)
  • Every 90 seconds, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.(Calculation based on 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Approximately 1,270,000 women are raped each year. Another 6,646,000 are victims of other sexual crime, including sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, or unwanted sexual experiences. (Department of Justice 2010).
  • In 2006, 78,000 children were sexually abused. (Child Maltreatment 2006.) Because majority of cases are not reported, it is estimated that the real number could be anywhere from 260,000-650,000 a year. (Finklehor 2008).
  • An estimated 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the United States annually for sexual exploitation or forced labor. (U.S Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2012).
  • There are 16 US cities that foreign Governments warn their citizens about: Avoid walking in the night in Boston, don’t got to Harlem, Times Square in New York, quarters of Washington is too dangerous in both night and day!, except downtown, Baltimore is too dangerous, no one should visit Richmond on foot,
  • US DOJ Study: More Than 250,000 Hate Crimes a Year, Most Unreported

Sri Lanka is attempting to recover from 3 decades of terrorism. Solutions are elusive because the problem has not identified one single factor. Sri Lanka faced TERRORISTS and TERRORISM. Instead, since it is convenient for all the stakeholders to claim the issue is ‘ethnic’ for there is plenty of merits to delaying solving problems.

What is important to make note of is that from the time the conflict ended it was brought to the attention of the authorities that the very nations that manhandled the LTTE were using their ‘other’ friends to nurture another trouble by dividing the Muslims against the Sinhalese. In fact authorities have chosen to ignore the warning signs and allowed these groups to enter Sri Lanka and brainwash minority youths and we see the results now emerging and it is this reason that the Government is compelled into silence because it is aware of its own faults. Nevertheless, we cannot allow the future to return to the decades we lost.

We know that the hangers on in any conflict are the human rights organizations, the charities etc for most of them (at least those that are fronts of foreign governments/foreign intelligence etc) any conflict is Christmas. That is how they can campaign for funds and then spend 70% of the funds for their own personal remunerations and hardly 10% is used for the real victims. These are opportunities to prey upon the victims and get them involved into their agendas. Asian and African nations are easy prey and we have seen the consequences in most dangerous ways. If the decision makers and the news writers have been purchased it is nothing to be surprised that the world gets a one-sided version.

This is what we cannot allow to happen in Sri Lanka. This is why it is in the hands of Politicians (government and opposition) to ensure that their hunger for power and money does not compromise the country once again. They stand guilty of many crimes and they cannot fail the people once again. The people do not need bloodshed any more. The people suffered for 30 years. They must be given time and be left alone to build up their lives once again. We must allow people to build bridges. We do not need others to tell us how a bridge should be built because emotions are nothing that foreigners can steer unless it is in the wrong direction. People must not fall for these ploys.

The Government must get a hold of all foreign elements in Sri Lanka – be they in registered or non-registered form. They must ask these entities to leave Sri Lanka if they are found to be indulging in activities that are against peaceful co-existence of the people. Just because they have brought carrots that serve only politicians these nefarious organizations and their evil minds cannot be allowed to stay in Sri Lanka. They are going round the country doing colossal damage to our people.

The people must also realize that the country was built on a Sinhala Buddhist ethos and that ethos is not what the West wishes it to be.  However, this ethos is not to be compromised or bargained.

Law and order to prevail, politicians must stop interfering and influencing while law enforcements too must not be influenced in other ways. Politicians need to undo the damage they have done over the years because while we blame foreign interferences for much of the trouble brewing these interferences are made possible because politicians have compromised themselves.

A Response to ‘Human Rights Watch’ Cautioning Nigeria Against Adopting Sri Lanka’s Example Of Wiping Out Terrorism!

June 17th, 2014

Insight By Sunil Kumar

!7th June 2014

Just as it is suspected of being, by some critics as a worthless outfit fronting for covert trouble makers and  sowing seeds of dissent amongst world communities, this organization calling themselves  Human Rights Watch now has the nerve to suggest that Nigeria’s military should not use the example of Sri Lanka’s defeat of Tamil separatists in its war against Boko Haram.

Fortunately there are many global sources which acollade the good that came out of Sri Lanka’s forceful stand against deadly terrorists which lasted three decades eventually wiping them out and all these puny upholders of their own concept of human rights can do is try to create obstacles for other democratic powers from excercising the same rights as a sovereign democratic nation and safeguarding national security and territorial integrity which is all what Sri lanka did, successfully and implicitly. So if the Nigerian Government wants to exercise the same relativities in the best interests of their country against their own brand of secular terrorism there should be no impediments especially from groups such as this HRW which should find better things to do and address real global issues with real human rights violations and let Sri Lanka and Nigeria resort to their own choices without blatantly interfering into what has become a deadly issue in Nigeria with the expectation that Nigeria too will soon be a land rid of the scourge of terrorism particularly by using the same resources, logistics and methodology as Sri Lanka.

It is amazing how many opponenets towards the cause of eradicating terrorism there are around the globe today and all for the sake of the buy outs and gratuities afforded to them by  sources which sponsor them towards their own agendas.In this respect HRW, Amnesty International and others of similar ilk, the UN notwithstanding which egg them on towards disrupting the good work done by nations like Sri Lanka where the sponsors indeed play a major role appear apathetic.

Bearing in mind that Sri Lanka has today prospered tremendously through the manner in which her own particular dilemma was resolved all through the insight and resourcefulness of  National President, H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his team whose successful eradication of terrorism within Sri Lanka is unprecedented to this day it almost seems perverse on the part of these organizations campaigning against Sri Lanka whose actions have been acknowledged globally and today there are diverse ethnicities eternally grateful to the freedoms they enjoy within Sri Lanka. Yet the bellyaching of the likes of HRW continue as such is their pattern of operandi with a commitment towards a mostly myopic interpretation of what human rights violations really are.

Hence it is little wonder that those who are ever ready and waiting to take advantage of such manovres get themselves into high gear which eventually not only disrupts but creates negative world opinion towards the smooth functioning of countries that have either been rid of the perils of terrorism or are making a desperate attempt towards the eventuality.

Boko Haram as they are known to the world that is aware of them, are a terror group as deadly or worse than the Tamil Tigers and have wreaked havoc within Nigeria and perhaps even close neighbours and are a brutal, rapacious and conscienceless bunch of despicable criminals who give no thought to violating peaceful existences of communities within their country and what is worse than the Tamil Tigers by comparison is that they do this in the name of fundamentalist Islam.They target innocent civilians, schoolgirls from law biding families, those who cannot defend themselves and anyone that stands in their way towards their cowardly objectives and if Nigeria needs to take a page out of Sri Lanka’s book towards how to deal with them it should be a privilege as well as a duty towards all freedom loving countries and no call for organizations like HRW to provide impediments to hamper any need any country might feel towards a panacea for what is indeed a major global problem.

Nigeria’s Defense Ministry said Sri Lanka’s top military brass made presentations to Nigerian counterparts last week and Nigeria is seriously considering” using the Sri Lankan model against Boko Haram Islamic extremists who have killed thousands in a 5-year-old insurgency that is spreading.
When Human Rights Watch has had the nerve to  even suggest that it ishard to imagine a worse idea.” it seems an affront to the freedoms of all  countries under the threat and duress of global terrorism ~ and there are many of these around the world today wthout justification simply because of the high crimes and misdemeanours it entails and the degree to which it imperils the freedoms of the communities involved through unspeakable brutality and attrocities.

To use the excuse that countries which fight terror successfully are violators of human rights and that their actions are crimes against humanity are not only lame and ignorant but beyond the objective of saliently provable accusations as practically all the  details point to the contrary, beyond cooked up evidence and exaggerations craftily provided by the expertise of the graphic arts trade as well as the rivers of crocodile tears and the hyperventilated anguish of just one side when there are oceans of testimony and first hand information which attest to the contrary and that it was the culpability of the terrorists that stood out! simply to satisfy the disgruntled opponents of those  fighting terror whose champions have been defeated humiliatingly.

Nigeria and any other nation seeking a solution to their internal armed insurrection problems caused by terrorists need to be given all the support needed towards the cause and what better source than Sri Lanka to look for support  ( as the big wigs choose to utter worthless rhetoric, stand by watching and  do precious little else! ) seems a likely and appropriate response casting aside the cautions issued by HRW as they seem biased as well as totally lop sided!

Clerics call for action against disruptive elements

June 17th, 2014

Ishara Mudugamuwa  Courtesy The Daily News

Inter-religious Alliance for National Unity members urged quick action against those who try to disrupt racial and religious harmony, irrespective of their status or position.

Ven. Prof. Kamburugamuwe Vajira Thera at a media briefing at the Public Library Auditorium yesterday, expressed dismay over the loss of life and property as a result of the tense situation in Aluthgama and Beruwala. Ven. Vajira Thera said what the country needs today was unity among all communities and not divisions.

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He also noted that certain groups may attempt to use the clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala to create tension and communal disharmony in the country.

“Protesting against any type of issue has become a trend in Sri Lanka. There are unseen forces behind these incidents. They are trying to give a wrong impression to the international community through these incidents.” Presidential Coordinating Officer on Religious Affairs Rev. Sarath Hettiarachchi said it is necessary to take immediate measures to strengthen law and order in the country. “We are living in a pluralistic society. All ethnic and religious groups should live together peacefully respecting each and every citizen of the country without trying to seek narrow ends, ” he said.

International Hindu Association President Kurukkal Babu Sharma urged all Sri Lankans to protect the peaceful climate in the country after 30 years of war.

Inter Religions Alliance for National Unity Co-Chairman Alhaj Seiyad Hassan Moulana said there is a debate on in Parliament to decide on the issue of the UNHRC panel.

“Therefore by creating these type of incidents, certain elements are trying to draw the attention of the international community towards Sri Lanka,” he said

Sri Lanka must curb incitement against minorities, says Minority Rights Group International

June 17th, 2014

Hanna Hindstrom Asia Information Officer

The Sri Lankan government must act quickly to prevent further violence against its religious minorities, Minority Rights Group International said on Tuesday.

At least three people died and 78 were injured on Sunday after an anti-Muslim march organized by the hardline group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) – or Buddhist Power Force – sparked some of the country’s worst sectarian clashes in decades.

According to media reports, riots erupted shortly after BBS leader Gnanasara Thero delivered an inflammatory speech calling for the destruction of Muslims in the coastal town Aluthgama. Locals had reportedly asked for the rally to be cancelled over security concerns.

‘The government appears to be giving a free rein to recognized hate preachers, instead of protecting its religious minorities from violence,’ said Nicole Girard, Asia Programme Coordinator at MRG.

‘We are deeply concerned that violence could spread to other parts of the country unless perpetrators are swiftly brought to account and steps are taken to prevent the spread of hateful and inflammatory language.’

Three mosques and dozens of homes and shops were torched by Buddhist mobs chanting anti-Muslim slogans. Local Muslims have accused the police of failing to protect their property, despite the imposition of a curfew.

Tensions in the coastal town have been on the rise since last Thursday when there was reportedly an altercation between Muslim youths and a Buddhist monk’s driver – creating the pretext for Sunday’s rally. Aluthgama residents told the media that most of the rioters were ‘outsiders.’

In recent years, BBS has led an increasingly vocal campaign against Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority, including calling on the government to formally ban halal food and encouraging citizens to boycott Muslim businesses.

Sri Lanka has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which explicitly prohibits the advocacy of ‘national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.’

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pledged to hold an investigation into this weekend’s riots and hold perpetrators to account before the law. However, the government has been slow to clamp down on hate speech and incitement to violence.

‘President Rajapaksa has promised to address the growing scourge of hate speech that has plagued Sri Lanka for years,’ added Girard. ‘It is high time for his government to fulfil this promise by enacting stronger protections for religious minorities and prosecuting individuals inciting hatred towards them.’

Sickos runing unity

June 17th, 2014

The Island Editorial

Life is limping back to normal in Aluthgama and Beruwala following communal clashes which left two persons dead, many injured and dozens of houses and shops destroyed.

The situation had remained volatile in Aluthgama, where violence erupted on Sunday, for several weeks following a child abuse case which resulted in an arson attack on a shop in the area. The trigger for Sunday’s communal disturbances was an attack on a monk on Poson Poya Day. Had precautions been taken, disaster could have been averted.

The police are known for their high octane performance when they deal with protests by the Opposition, undergraduates and workers. They go hell for leather to obtain court orders to ban anti-government demonstrations or use maximum force to scuttle such events. It was only a few weeks ago that they cracked down on a university students’ protest march, injuring some undergrads, on the grounds that protesters had defied a court order. Their brutality was such that the Fort Magistrate asked them not to seek court orders to prevent student protests ever again. But, that kind of urgency was sadly lacking on their part in Aluthgama and Beruwala. They should have realised that they were sitting on a powder keg of ethnic tensions and refused permission for a Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) rally. They could have easily obtained a court order for that purpose. (Yesterday, they moved courts against an alleged move by the BBS to hold a meeting in Mawanella!)

What was the much-publicised special police unit recently set up to deal with religious violence doing? Sunday’s disaster came within weeks of its grand opening. It should have swung into action when the first incident occurred on the Poson Poya Day in Aluthgama. True, the suspected assailants were arrested, produced before courts and remanded. But, it was obvious that some troublemakers were all out to set Aluthgama ablaze, so to speak, and the police should have taken precautions to keep them at bay. The Police Spokesman, in a recent television discussion, waxed eloquent on ‘proactive policing’. But, it was conspicuous by its absence in Aluthgama and Beruwala.

Sinister elements abused the social media to disseminate false rumours and stoke the flames of racial hatred. Government efforts to suppress the truth worsened the situation. An unsubstantiated claim that a Buddhist monk had been killed went viral on the Internet. A rumour monger with a smart phone could be as dangerous as a mad monkey wielding a sharp knife.

Each and every community has its share of extremists. What they are capable of we have just seen in Aluthgama and Beruwala. Now that legal action has been instituted against the youths who allegedly assaulted the monk those who masterminded Sunday’s violence must be dealt with in a similar manner. Let the government be urged to launch a thorough probe into the incident and get to the bottom of it.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has, in a statement from Bolivia, where he is attending an international summit, promised stern action against those who took the law into their own hands. We hope he will get cracking. His government has incurred much international opprobrium for the recent incidents which have also tarnished the image of the country. It is a grave danger to one and all to allow bloodthirsty lunatics to rise above the law and indulge in mindless violence on the pretext of defending their race and faith. Deterrent punishment is called for.

The success of the government’s efforts to bring about national reconciliation hinges on its ability to keep extremists on a tight leash or preferably behind bars. Some of them, in our book, are sickos needing institutional care.

Aluthgama incidents-Thugs doomed – PM

June 17th, 2014

Sandasen Marasinghe and Irangika Range Courtesy The Daily News

Persons responsible for the crisis in Aluthgama will be arrested and dealt by law no sooner than the investigations by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) were over, Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne said yesterday.

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He said politicians should stand for all the people and not for a particular group.

The Prime Minister said he visited Aluthgama on June 18 and met Sinhala and Muslim people and it seems the tragic situation had been created due to the acts of short-sighted fringe groups.

He made these observations in response to the special statement made by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe under Standing Order 23 (2) in Parliament.

The Prime Minister said the Kalutara District Secretary and Kalutara Superintendent of Police have informed him that the situation in the area was calm. He added the Police took all measures to deescalate the situation and the CID and the CCD have already commenced investigations. The Prime Minister emphasised that the Police was bound to protect the lives and property of the people and to implement the law

Economic Development Ministry introduces its newly developed website www.developmentnews.lk……

June 17th, 2014

Dharman Wickremaratne Ministry of Economic Development

Ministry of Economic Development introduces its newly developed website www.developmentnews.lk

The purpose of this website is to forge a closer tie between people and ministry. This website was first opened to the public early this year.

Those who have been surfing the www.developmentnews.lk website for a while must have noticed the new improved features (plus a heap of the old stuff as well).

The website can be viewed by Sinhala, Tamil and English with daily updates. Thus it is possible to the viewers to post their comments in each issue.

Many users have used this to give their public opinion in these issues. Currently there are nearly 10,000 photos and more than 1,200 videos for public reference.

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ඒ අයගේ ප‍්‍රශ්න වෙනුවට පීඩිතයාගේ ප‍්‍රශ්න වේදිකාවට කැඳවන්න ඕන

June 17th, 2014

පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්ෂයේ දේශපාලන මණ්ඩල සභික දුමින්ද නාගමුව

1994 දී ‘‘දාහත් අවුරුදු සාපය පලවා හැරීම’’ඓතිහාසික කාර්යභාරය ලෙස ප‍්‍රකාශ කර ජනතාව රැුවටූ බවත් 2005 දී ‘‘ඉස්සෙල්ලා කොටියා ඉවර කරීම’’ප‍්‍රශ්නය ලෙස ගෙන ජනතාව රැවටූ බවත් මේ මොහොතේ ‘‘මහින්දව එලවීම’’ප‍්‍රධාන කාර්යය ලෙස ගෙන ජනතාව රවටමින් සිටින බවත් පාලකයන්ගේ ප‍්‍රශ්න වෙනුවට මේ රටේ පීඩිතයාගේ ප‍්‍රශ්නය වේදිකාවට කැඳවිය යුතු බවත් පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්ෂයේ දේශපාලන මණ්ඩල සභික දුමින්ද නාගමුව ප‍්‍රකාශ කරයි. ඔහු මේ බව ප‍්‍රකාශ කලේ ‘බොනපාට් ලොකුද? – අපේක්ෂකයා පොදුද? – අපේක්ෂාව සුදුද?’යන මැයෙන් ඊයේ කොළඹ (16) මහජන පුස්තකාල ශ‍්‍රවනාගාරයේදී එම පක්ෂය විසින් සංවිධානය කර තිබූ සම්මන්ත‍්‍රණයක් අමතමිනි. 

 ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදය දිනා ගැනීම විධායක ජනාධිපති ක‍්‍රමයට ලඝු කළ නොහැකි බවත් මේ මොහොතේ විධායක ජනාධිපති ක‍්‍රමය වෙනුවට විධායක අගමැති ක‍්‍රමයක් ගැන හා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට වග කියන ජනාධිපති කෙනෙක් පත් කිරීම ගැන ඇතැමුන් සාකච්ඡුා කරමින් සිටින බවත් ඔවුන්ට වැදගත් වන්නේ මිනිස්සුන්ගේ නිදහස වෙනුවට ‘‘බැටන් එක චේන්ජ්’’කරගන්න ප‍්‍රශ්නය බවත් ඔහු වැඩිදුරටත් පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

 ‘බොනපාට් ලොකුද? – අපේක්ෂකයා පොදුද? – අපේක්ෂාව සුදුද?සම්මන්ත‍්‍රණයඅමතමින් දුමින්ද නාගමුව කළ කතාවේ සම්පූර්ණ සාරාංශයක් පහතින් දැක්වේ.

 අප ජීවත්වන සමාජයේ මුහුණ දෙමින් ඉන්න ප‍්‍රශ්න පිළිබඳව විග‍්‍රහයක් හැම දෙනාටම තියෙනවා. සමාජයක් විදිහට අපි මේ තත්වය තේරුම් ගන්න  ඕන. අපි ඉන්නේ තීරණාත්මක මොහොතක. ආගම්වාදය, ජාතිවාදය නැවතත් හිස ඔසවලා තියෙනවා. ජනාධිපතිවරණය, පොදු අපේක්ෂකයා, නිර්පාක්ෂික පොදු අපේක්ෂකයා නැවතත් හිස ඔසවලා තියෙනවා. මේ මොහොත පීඩිත පන්තියට වැදගත්. මොකද හැංගි හැංගි වෙස් බැඳපු අයට දැන් එළියෙ නටන්න වෙලා තියෙනවා. තමන්ගේ න්‍යාය පත‍්‍රය හෙළිකරන්න වෙලා තියෙනවා. අපි ගත කරන්නේ නවලිබරල් ධනවාදයේ දෙවන ඉනිම. ප‍්‍රථම කාර්තුවේ ජේ. ආර් ‘ධාර්මිෂ්ඨ සමාජයක්’ගැන කතා කළා. 94දී චන්ද්‍රිකා මේ ධනවාදයට ‘මානුෂික මුහුණුවරක්’දෙන්න කතා කළා. රනිල් ‘යළි පුබුදමු ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා’ගෙනාවා. යුද්දෙන් පස්සේ ඒකේන් ලැබුණු දේශපාලන බලය පාවිච්චි කරල තමයි නවලිබරල් ධනවාදයේ දෙවන ඉනිම පටන්ගත්තේ. මේ රටේ පීඩිතයින්ට ඉදිරිපත් කරල තියෙන වැඩ පිළිවෙල මොකක්ද?

1999  මොන්සැන්ටෝවේ ව්‍යාපෘතියක් ආවා. බීජ අයිතිය බහුජාතික සමාගම් වලට පවරන්න. ඒක සම්පූර්ණ කරන්න තමයි, ජනාධිපතිවරණෙන් පස්සේ එන්න තියෙන බීජ පනත අරගෙන එන්නේ. මේ පනත යටතේ වාණිජ අරමුණ සඳහා අවසරයක් නැතිව බීජ හුවමාරුව තහනම් කරනවා. කවුරුහරි බිත්තර වී පිනට දෙන්න හදනව නම් මේ පනත එයාලට අදාළ නෑ. මේකට අනුව බීජ දන්සැල් දෙන්න පුළුවන්. 

20 අවුරුදු සැලැස්ම යටතේ ලංකාවේ කෘෂිකර්මාන්තයේ ගැටළු ලෙස අඳුනාගෙන තියෙන්නේ ඉඩම් වල ද්‍රවශීලතාව අඩුවීම. ඒ ඉඩම් වේගයෙන් වෙළඳපළට නිකුත් කරන්න තමයි අවසර පත‍්‍ර හදන්නේ. මේක තමයි අධිරාජ්‍යවාදී බහුජාතික සමාගම් වල උවමනාව. ලෝකේ 60%කට වඩා ආහාර නිෂ්පාදනය කරන්නේ සුළු ගොවියෝ. එය නිෂ්පාදන අයිතිය බහු ජාතික අතට ගැනීම තමයි. 

 මේ දවස් වල සූදු පනත ගැන කතා කරනවා. සංචාරකයට අවශ්‍ය විදිහට නීත්‍යානුකූල අවස්ථා හදලා දෙනවා. හෝටල් කර්මාන්තය පටන් ගන්නවා. සමහරු සුදු පනත් වලට විරුද්ධ වෙනවා මේක සිංහල බෞද්ධ රාජ්‍ය කියලා. මේකට විරුද්ධ වෙන්න  ඕන ඒ නිසා නෙවයි මේක අලූතෙන් මිනිස් දුවිලි නිර්මාණය කරන නිසා .මේ ගේන සංවර්ධන ප‍්‍රශ්නය ඒකයි. මේ වැඩ පිළිවෙල ඇතුලේ අධ්‍යාපනය සෞඛ්‍ය ඉතුරු වෙලා තියෙන හැම දෙයක්ම විකුණනවා. මේ ගමන නිකන් යන්න බෑ. මේ ප‍්‍රතිසංස්කරණ නිකන් හදන්න බෑ මේකට මර්ධනය  ඕනේ.ජේ.ආර් 1977 දී මේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තියට රට මාරු කරද්දී ඒකට දේශපාලන වැඩපිළිවෙලක් හැදුවා. ඒක තමයි විධායක ජනාධිපති ක‍්‍රමය මේ පවතතින සමාජ ආර්ථික ක‍්‍රමය පාලක පන්තියේ උවමනාවයි. ඒක ප‍්‍රශ්න හදන්න එක එක උගුල් හදනවා. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ පාලනය අවසන් කළ යුතුයි ඒ ගැන සැකයක් නැහැ. නමුත් ඒකට ඉදිරිපත් උත්තර මොනවාද? 

එකක් තමයි රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහගේ ප‍්‍රජාත‍්‍රන්තවාදය. රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ හරිම ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදීලූ. ලිබරල්වාදීලූ. හැබැයි ඒ වික‍්‍රමසිංහ තමයි 88 89 කාලයේ බටලන්ද වධකාගාරය පවත්වගෙන යන්න මූලික වුණේ. මේ 88 සංහාරයට වග කියන්න  ඕනේ පුද්ගලයො. දැන් නිදහස් අධ්‍යාපනය ගැන කථා කරනවා. හැබැයි අපි දන්නවා ඒ වික‍්‍රමසිංහම තමයි 1981 ධවල පත‍්‍රිකාව අරගෙන ආවේ. ඒ ඔක්කොම අමතක කරලා වික‍්‍රමසිංහව පින්තාරු කරනවා විසඳුම ලෙස. අපි කියනවා යූඑන්පී එකෙයි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා එකෙයි තියෙන එකම වෙනස නව ලිබරල් ධනවාදය කරගෙන යන්නේ සරම ඇදගෙනද කලිසම ඇදගෙනද කියන එකයි.

අද ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ රෝහණ විජේවීර සහෝදරයා පක්ෂ නායකයා විදිහට ඉද්දී ඉදිරිපත් කරපු විප්ලවීය ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ප‍්‍රකාශනය පැත්තකට විසි කරලා අපේ දැක්ම කියල එකක් ඉදිරිපත් කරල තියෙනවා. අපේ දැක්මට අනුව දැන් අලූත් සටන් පාඨයක් තියෙනව. නිෂ්පාදකයාට වැඩි ලාභ කම්කරුවාට වැඩි වැටුප් කියල. අපි කියනව දන්න මාක්ස්වාදය පාවිච්චි කරල කියන්න කියලා කම්කරුවාට වැටුප් වැඩි කරන ගමන් ධනපතියගෙ ලාභ වැඩි කරන්නේ කොහොමද කියලා. මේ අපේ දැක්මෙ තියෙනවා නව ලිබරල් ධනවාදයට අදාල බොහෝ අංග. ධනපති ආයෝජකයින්ට අවුරුදු පහක් යනකම් බදු සහන දෙන්න මෙයාලා පොරොන්දු වෙනවා. පෞද්ගලික රෝහල් වලට යන්න තියෙන අයිතියක් ගැන කථා කරනවා. බිමල් රත්නායක පහුගිය දවසක යූඑන්පී එකෙනුයි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා එකෙනුයි කැඩිල එන අය එක්ක එකතු වෙලා සන්ධානයක් හදන එකක් ගැන කථා කරලා තිබුණා. මේකෙන්ම පේනවා අද ජවිපෙයි මේ අයයි ගමන් කරන පාර එකයි කියලා. එකතු වෙලා සන්ධාන හදන්න පුලූවන් වෙන්නෙ ඒ නිසා. ඒ පැත්තටයි මේ පැත්තටයි මෙහෙම පනිනන පුලූවන් වෙන්නේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති වල වෙනස ඇකී මැකි යනකොට. 

මේ අතර පොදු අපේක්ෂක කථාවක් අපි ඉස්සරහට ඇවිත් තියෙනවා. පොදු අපේක්ෂකයා ගැන තියෙන එක එක රහස් සාකච්ඡු වල කථා කරන්නේ මොනවාද? ධීවරයින්ගෙ ගොවින්ගේ කම්කරුවන්ගේ ප‍්‍රශ්නද? නැහැ. අතනින් කීයක් ගලවනවද? ඒ ගලවන්න කීයක් වියදම් කරනවද?  ඕව තමයි රහස් සාකච්ඡු වල කථා කරන්නෙ. ඉස්සෙල්ලා බලනවා පූට්ටු කරගන්න පුලූවන් කවුද කියල. ඊට පස්සෙ තමා ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති ගැන කථා කරන්නෙ. 

 අද ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදය ගැන ප‍්‍රශ්නයක් තියෙනවා. මේ ප‍්‍රශ්නය සම්බන්ධයි සමාජ ආර්ථික ක‍්‍රමයට. ලාභ ගැනීම උවමනා නව ලිබරල් ධනවාදී ක‍්‍රමය පවත්වගෙන යද්දී ඒක කරගෙන යන්න මර්ධනය අවශ්‍ය කරනවා. උදාහරනයක් විදිහට අද ශිෂ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරයට මර්ධනය එන්නේ ඔවුන් අධ්‍යාපන පුද්ගලිකකරණයට විරුද්්ධව සටන් කරන නිසා. ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදය දිනා ගැනීම විධායක ජනාධිපති ක‍්‍රමයට ලඝු කරන්න පුලූවන්ද? විධායක ජනාධිපති ක‍්‍රමය වෙනුවට විධායක අගමැති ක‍්‍රමයක් ගැන කථා කරනවා. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට වග කියන ජනාධිපති කෙනෙක් පත් කරමු කියලා කියනවා. ප‍්‍රජාතන්ත‍්‍රවාදය ස`දහා තිබෙන අරගලය මේ කියන පටු සීමා වලට ලඝු කරන්න දෙන්න බැහැ. මිනිස්සුන්ගේ නිදහස වෙනුවට මේ අයට වැදගත් වෙන්නෙ බැටන් එක චේන්ජ් කරගන්න ප‍්‍රශ්නය. 

මේ උන්නැහෙලා හැමදාම කියන කථාව ඒගොල්ලන්ගේ ප‍්‍රශ්නය කලින් අරගෙන සැබෑ ප‍්‍රශ්න හෙට ගමු කියන එක. 1994 දී දාහත් අවුරුදු සාපය පලවා හැරීම ඓතිහාසික කාර්යභාරය කීවා. ඒක කරලා අනිත් ප‍්‍රශ්න ගැන හිතමු කියලා කීවා. 2005 දීත් උනේ මේක. ඉස්සෙල්ලා කොටියා ඉවර කරලා පස්සේ ප‍්‍රශ්න ගැන කථා කරමු කියලා කීවා. මිනිස්සුන්ගේ ප‍්‍රශ්න, නිවාස, සෞඛ්‍ය, අධ්‍යාපන ප‍්‍රශ්න සේරම පැත්තකට දාල ප‍්‍රභාකරන්ගේ බෙල්ල කපන එකයි කාර්යය කියලා කීවා. දැන් අද ආයෙත් මහින්දව එලවන එකයි ප‍්‍රධාන වැඬේ අනිත් ඒවා පස්සෙ හිතමු කියල කියනවා. අපි කියනවා ඒ අයගේ ප‍්‍රශ්න වෙනුවට අපේ ප‍්‍රශ්නය මේ රටේ පීඩිතයාගේ ප‍්‍රශ්නය අපි වේදිකාවට කැදවන්න  ඕනෙ. හැම තීරණාත්මක මොහොතකදීම අපේ ප‍්‍රශ්නය පීඩිතයාගේ ප‍්‍රශ්නය යට ගහලා වෙන වෙන ප‍්‍රශ්න උඩට ගන්නවා. 

ඉතිහාසය ඇතුලෙ දැන් අවස්ථාව ලැබිල තියෙනව ධනපති පංතියෙ එක එක නියෝජිතයෝ වෙනුවට පීඩිතයාට වේදිකාව උරුම විය යුතු. පීඩිතයා වේදිකාවට එන්න  ඕනේ. පීඩාවට පත්වූ මිනිස්්සු සංවිධානය විය යුතුයි. අද රටට අවශ්‍ය දේශපාලනය ඒක. එක එක නායකයො වෙනුවට තමන්ගේ පංතිය වේදිකාවට කැ`දවන දේශපාලනය අවශ්‍යයයි. මේ නෙලන යුගයක් නෙමෙයි. වපුරන යුගයක්්. ඒ ස`දහා අපේ පක්ෂය සූදානම් විය යුතුයි. සමහරු අහනවා අපිට කියන්නේ සමාජවාදය එනකම් ඉන්නද කියලා.අපි කියනවා සමාජවාදය එන කම් ඉන්න  ඕනෙ නැහැ. කුෂ්ට රෝගයක් හැදිලා ඉන්න කෙනෙක්ට ඒකට බෙහෙත හිමාලයේ තියෙනවා කිවුවොත් හිමාලය තමන් ලගට එනකම් ඉන්නවද? හිමාලය හොයාගෙන යනවද? ඒ නිසා සමාජවාදය එනකම් ඉන්න දෙයක් නැහැ. අපි සමාජවාදය ගොඩනගන්න  ඕනෙ. ඒ වෙනුවෙන් සටන් කරන්න  ඕනේ. හැම මොහොතකම කල යුතු දේශපාලනයක් තියෙනවා. ධනේශ්වර විකල්පය වෙනුවට වමේ විකල්පය ගොඩනගමු කියන කාරණය අපි අවධාරනය කළ යුතුව තිබෙනවා. 

අපි ඔක්‌කොම රජවරු ඔක්‌කොම වැසියෝ.. තුන් සිංහලයම නෑදැයෝ… සිංහල- මුස්‌ලිම් දෙපැත්තම සාමය රැකීමට එකඟවෙති

June 16th, 2014

Courtesy Divaina

කළුතර දිසාපති කාර්යාලයේදී ඊයේ දහවල් පැවැති විශේෂ සාකච්ඡාවකදී මෙම එකඟතාව ඇතිකරගත් අතර ගැටුම් ඇති කිරීම හෝ ගැටුම්වලට අනුබලදෙන හෝ කිසිදු ක්‍රියාවක නොයෙදෙන ලෙස ජනතාවගෙන් විවෘත ඉල්ලීමක්‌ කළහ.

ආගමික නායකයන් හා පැවති මෙම සාකච්ඡාවට අගමැති දි. මු. ජයරත්න, මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන, කුමාර වෙල්ගම, ඩලස්‌ අලහප්පෙරුම, එස්‌. බී. දිසානායක, රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන යන ඇමැතිවරුන් හා බස්‌නාහිර පළාත් ආණ්‌ඩුකාර අලෙවි මව්ලානා, පොලිස්‌පති එන්. කේ. ඉලංගකෝන් මහතා ඇතුළු ආරක්‍ෂක අංශ ප්‍රධානීහු කිහිපදෙනෙක්‌ සහභාගි වී සිටියහ.

මීට අමතරව ප්‍රදේශය නියෝජනය කරන දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ නියෝජිතයෝද ඊට සහභාගි වූහ.

එම සාකච්ඡාවෙන් පසු මාධ්‍යයට අදහස්‌ දැක්‌වූ පොලිස්‌පති එන්. කේ. ඉලංගකෝන් මහතා මෙම ගැටුම්වලින් භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේ නමක්‌ අපවත් වූ බවට කටකථාවක්‌ පැතිර යමින් තිබුණද එවැන්නක්‌ කිසිසේත්ම සිදුවී නොමැති බව අවධාරණය කළේය.

ගැටුම්වලින් තුවාල ලැබූ භික්‍ෂූන් වහන්සේ නමක්‌ ප්‍රතිකාර සඳහා කළුතර නාගොඩ රෝහලට ඇතුළත් කර සිටින බව කී පොලිස්‌පතිවරයා කටකතාවලට නොරැවටී සාමය ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම සඳහා පොලිසියට සහයෝගය ලබා දෙන ලෙසද ඉල්ලා සිටියේය.

අලුත්ගම ධර්ගා නගරය හා බේරුවල ප්‍රදේශවලින් ඊයේ (16 දා) ද සුළු සිදුවීම් කිහිපයක්‌ වාර්තා විය. එම පොලිස්‌බල ප්‍රදේශවලට පනවන ලද පොලිස්‌ ඇඳිරි නීතිය එසේම ක්‍රියාත්මක කරනු ලැබීය.

ආගමික නායකයන් හා අගමැතිවරයා ඇතුළු දේශපාලන ප්‍රධානීන් පසුව මාධ්‍යයට අදහස්‌ දැක්‌වූ වරාය හා සිවිල් ගුවන් සේවා ඇමැති රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන මහතා ප්‍රදේශයේ සාමය ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම සඳහා මහා සංඝරත්නය මෙන්ම මුස්‌ලිම් ආගමික නායකයන් අතර පූර්ණ එකඟතාවක්‌ ඇති වූ බවද සඳහන් කළේය.

මෙම සාකච්ඡාවේදී ප්‍රදේශයේ සාමය ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම සඳහා අලුත්ගම, බේරුවල ඇතුළු ප්‍රදේශ නියෝජනය කරන පළාත් සහ ප්‍රාදේශීය මට්‌ටමේ දේශපාලනඥයන්ද පූර්ණ සහාය පළකර ඇත.

මෙහිදී මාධ්‍යයට අදහස්‌ දැක්‌වූ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ ඇමැති ඒ. එච්. එම්. µවුසි මහතා ප්‍රදේශයේ සාමය ආරක්‍ෂා කිරීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය සියලු පියවර ගන්නා බව අවධාරණය කළේය.

බොදුබල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහ ලේකම් ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥනසාර හිමියන් ඇතුළු පිරිසක්‌ පෙරේදා (15 දා) අලුත්ගම නගරයේ පැවැති රැස්‌වීමකට සහභාගි වී යළි පැමිණෙමින් සිටියදී දර්ගා නගරය ප්‍රදේශයේදී ගල් ප්‍රහාරයක්‌ එල්ල වීමේ සිද්ධියක්‌ මුල්කර ගනිමින් අලුත්ගම හා බේරුවල ප්‍රදේශයන්හි මෙම ගැටුම්කාරී තත්ත්වය ඇතිවිය.

එහිදී ප්‍රතිවිරුද්ධ කණ්‌ඩායම් අතර ඇතිවූ ගැටුම්වලින් පුද්ගලයන් දෙදෙනකු මරණයට පත්වී තවත් 39 දෙනකු තුවාල ලබා රෝහල්ගත කර තිබිණි.

රෝහල්ගත කළ පිරිස අතර පොලිස්‌ නිලධාරීන් හය දෙනෙක්‌ද වූහ.

මේ අතර පෙරේදා (15 දා) රාත්‍රි ඇතිවූ ගැටුම් අතරතුර මතුගම නගරයේ වූ කඩ සාප්පු කිහිපයකටද කිසියම් පිරිසක්‌ පහර දී විනාශ කර තිබිණි.

මියගිය දෙදෙනාගේ දේහ පිළිබඳ මූලික මහෙස්‌ත්‍රාත් පරීක්‌ෂණය ඊයේ (16 දා) කලුතර වැඩබලන මහෙස්‌ත්‍රාත් අයේෂා ආබ්දීන් මහත්මිය විසින් පවත්වන ලදී.

Mechanism to prevent further escalation of religious violence

June 16th, 2014

Courtesy The Daily  Mirror

In the aftermath of the flare up in Aluthgama and nearby areas, several Buddhist and Muslim religious leaders backed by politicians agreed to set up a mechanism to prevent further escalation of violence, officials said.Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, in his capacity as Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, chaired a meeting at the Kalutara District Secretariat today. The meeting was attended by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Ministers MaitripalaSirisena, S.B. Dissanayake, Dallas Alahapperuma and Kumara Welgama, several district politicians, Police Chief N.K. Ilangakoon and other senior police officers.Police said Sunday’s riots at Aluthgama and Dharga Town had left two people dead and 36 injured while several houses and shops were either burnt down or damaged. The injured were admitted to Nagoda General Hospital.

They said the deceased were identified as Mohamed Zahran (38) and Mohamed Shiraz (36) of Welipitiya.

A Buddhist monk, three police officers including an inspector, a sergeant and three constables, the Aluthgama Daily Mirror and Lankadeepa correspondent SarathSiriwardene were among those injured.

Minister A.H.M. Fowzie pointed out that the situation had now been brought under control and that it was the responsibility of all concerned to join hands to maintain law and order.

SLMC Parliamentarian M.S.M. Aslam and Western Provincial Councillor M.M.M. Amraz also spoke to the media. (Kelum Bandara and Sunil Thanthriarachchi)

‘Public should act with utmost patience’

June 16th, 2014

Asela Kuruluwansa The Daily News

There is a conspiracy by certain groups with vested interests to create religious disharmony among Sri Lankans. Therefore, the public should act with utmost patience to strengthen the hard won peace and harmony that exists in the country, say a group of multi-religious leaders.

The religious leaders state: “Peace and religious harmony is the strength of a country. Internal and external perpetrators along with the diaspora are trying to bring instability to the country by taking it back to the dark days. We urge the public to act wisely in order to avoid falling into such traps”.

“Under these circumstances it is the responsibility of the media to act accordingly and with responsibility,” state senior working committee member of Asgiri Chapter Ven. Medagama Dhammananda Thera, Kurunegala Bishop Rev. Shantha Francis, Kandy Chief Moulavi Hasrool Rahman in their message.

Speech in House Of Lords on June 11th -Lord Naseby’s Fervent Support for the Ordinary People in Sri Lanka

June 16th, 2014

The text of Lord Naseby’s speech

It will not surprise your Lordships that I want to say a few words about Sri Lanka. I have been involved with that country for more than 50 years, and I think I know its ins and outs pretty well. I am the elected leader of the all-party group. I do not support any particular ethnic group, political party or Government. I have no business interests there—but I do fervently support the ordinary people in Sri Lanka and I wish to ask a few questions of Her Majesty’s Government.

First, Sri Lanka—a former colony, a founder member of the Commonwealth and one of the few countries that supported the United Kingdom over the Falklands situation—finds today that we, the United Kingdom, are exceedingly unhelpful to it. Why is it that we are so anti the democratically elected Government? Why can we not work with them? Why at every turn must we just listen to the vociferous diaspora, which is usually led by former Tamil Tigers? Why do we not understand that the Tigers were terrorists who murdered every moderate Tamil leader they could find, along with two presidents and thousands of other Sri Lankans—all in the cause of a separate state called Eelam. It was rather similar to Pol Pot.

Can we not understand that after 28 years of fruitless negotiations, it was necessary for a new, democratically elected Government to act to destroy the Tigers? Yes, that meant a bloody war, as the Tigers refused to surrender. However, I know that the Government tried hard to minimise casualties. Why do we refuse to publish the dispatches from our own defence attaché, who was an objective assessor? Why do we think that the Sri Lankan army, which we helped to train, is so different from our own Army? After all, there were allegations against our Army in Iraq, as there were against the Sri Lankan army. I think that in both cases they were highly suspect. Certainly in the case of Iraq, they proved to be bogus.

Do I think that there should be an inquiry into the final days of the war? Yes, I do, but it should be a military inquiry, because all the argument is basically about gunfire et cetera. A retired general should conduct it, perhaps from Australia. There is a wonderful Sri Lankan, Sir Desmond de Silva, who has done splendid work in Northern Ireland. There would need to be a gunnery officer, probably from the UK, and obviously somebody from the UN.

It is claimed that the whole issue is about human rights, but I will take just one aspect. I saw the head of the ICRC in Boossa camp and asked him, Have you, the International Committee of the Red Cross, ever come across terror as defined internationally?”. The answer I got was, No, I have not and nor have my staff”. How is it, then, that this new group called Freedom from Torture can come up and say that it is rife?

I make a plea that we should work diplomatically with Sri Lanka. That may mean a slightly less subservient approach to the Tamil diaspora and the media around the world. It will mean that the reconciliation, which is already happening, will be speeded up. In what way? They have been very brave in bringing forward tri-lingualism, which is quite an achievement. Thousands of Tamils have gone back from all over the world to Sri Lanka and settled down quite peacefully. There is total freedom of movement in the country and while there is a lot of criticism of the press, there is actually more freedom of the press in Sri Lanka than in Singapore. Certainly, the LLRC inquiry is slow—but not half as slow as Chilcot has been.

I finish on this note. Over the weekend, I sat and listened to the words of President Obama. He said that we,

waged war so that we might know peace”.

Why is it any different in Sri Lanka, where so many thousands of young men and women across all ethnic groups gave their lives to rid their country of terrorism? 

 

Build a protective wall around your land-ownership deed- Some insightful information for those who own land and those who wish to buy land

June 16th, 2014

By Kirthimala Gunasekera

‘Land fraud’ is a broad term used to describe a wide range of deception practised by some engaged in the ‘business’ of real estate; the term includes impersonation of owners and forging of signatures to defraud owners and banks.

Recently reported incidents of alleged land fraud have had a disturbing effect on the minds of land owners. An alarming feature of these incidents is that fraudsters have reportedly been successful in infiltrating the sacred inner sanctum of the land registry to destroy and deface the vital documents safely stored to support and protect the land rights of land owners.

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The CID has frequently warned the general public that its investigations have often failed due to the victims not being able to substantiate their (the victims’) case with evidence that normally should have been available with the custodian, the Land Registry; the ‘evidence’ having been altered, defaced, missing or torn.

Public be aware:The two circled areas, the cross reference section (on top) and the section where information on new owners should be entered are sometimes torn off or tampered with at the Land Registry

The Lanka Times in a recent article headlined ‘You may have deeds but you may not be the owner’  exposed the shocking news of vital documents missing from the Land Registry and how a fraudster duo of mother and daughter had sold a 14 perch land for Rs. 6 million to 8 different people.

This case underlined the need to build a protective legal wall around the ownership deed with documentary evidence, especially in the context of documents disappearing from the Land Registry and the sudden appearance of spurious documents that override lawful ownership.

It is therefore imperative that a land owner fortifies himself with these vital supporting documents:

A] Vital documents from
the Land Registry
Obtain certified copies of the duplicate, and the extracts from the respective land registries.

Duplicate deed: A Notary attesting a deed is mandatorily required to file a copy of the deed referred to as the Duplicate copy with the Land Registry together with the receipt paid for stamp duty. The Land Registry is expected to preserve the Duplicate copy in its archives to support the land rights of the owner.

Extracts – All deeds are recorded chronologically in pages bound together into volumes called registers. Extracts are copies of pages or sheets of paper from these volumes where the deeds are registered. The registration system of cross references gives the lineage like a family tree of ownership dating back sometimes for over 50 years giving the names of all the people who owned a particular land. The investigating officers require them for their investigations.

The owner or the owner’s notary can make an application to obtain certified copies of the above documents from the prime Government storage system of the Land Registry. In the event they are reported ‘altered’, ‘missing’ or ‘torn’ as given in the case mentioned above, the certified copies will be extremely useful as they will be prima facie evidence to prove your ownership under section 42 and 43 of the Registration of Documents Ordinance. If you have neglected to apply and collect the certified copies before a fraudulent transaction takes place, you may be in deep trouble.

The owner or the owner’s notary can also make an application to examine the above documents periodically. This may not have been the practice, but today checking may be necessary at least once a year. Some owners may have properties with deeds written several years back, and they may not know the state of these vital documents.

B] Vital documents from
the service providers

As stated earlier the idea is to build a wall of protection around your ownership deed with documentary evidence. Therefore owners need to be vigilant to register their names not only in the Land Registry, but also with the relevant service providers as these service providers will provide evidence of ownership and possession when required. They are:

1. The local authority, (Municipal Council, Urban Council or Town Council where the land would be situated). Retain the tax receipts issued for payment of taxes and obtain the ownership certificate in the name of the owner after due registration of ownership.
2. The Water Board
3. The Electricity Board
4. The telephone authorities
5. The Elections Department
6. Any others such as receipts from contractors, house keepers, repairman for repairs, clearing, fencing and renovations etc.
C] Vital identification documents

Do not rush to buy land: Land purchasers rush to complete transactions especially when they find bargains. They fail to have consultations and face-to-face interviews with owners, agents, witnesses, surveyors and even notaries. Beware of people posing as notaries. They also impersonate notaries long deceased. Check from the list of notaries maintained in land registries. Start the buying process by retaining documents to protect yourself from buying someone else’s land; exchange letters confirming the transaction with names and addresses of owners and retain covering letters from the owner’s notary forwarding copies of deeds for title examination to your notary.

Follow the law: Land buyers fail to follow the law which expressly states that, you cannot buy land unless the owner is well known to the notary, or in the alternative the owner could provide two witnesses who should be very well acquainted with the owner and the notary. The CID’s request is to obtain photographs at the time of signing the deed as investigations have failed as they are not available at the given addresses. This was stated when investigating into the complaint of a woman who bought a land without adhering to the rules of identification. She was swindled to the tune of Rs. 42 million by a person. She bought the land relying on the identity card to identify the owner. She subsequently wanted to sell the land, but the prospective purchaser diligently searched the identification of the owner and found that the land belonged to the UDA, and the woman had bought the land from a fraudsters who had pasted a forged folio in the register including his name as the owner. The suspect had cheated about 110 people previously. The CID’s advice in cases such as this is to ask the seller for a photograph or a land phone number to contact. Check the name with the relevant local authority land record book and to use a bank draft to pay the purchase price.

Exercise due diligence: Buyers need to exercise due diligence. When buying land, enquire and find out from neighbours as to ‘who owns the land or the house’. Ask for identification documents such as driving licence, birth certificates, bank documents and the documents from the aforesaid service providers. If a land is owned by a company, a search needs to be made at the Registrar of Companies to identify the directors of the company. If the owner is represented by a Power of Attorney, it is always best to contact the owner and have direct dealing with the owner. Retain all the documentary evidence with your deed.

Registering the identity of
owners/new legislation
Land fraud is a subject taken seriously by other nations. They have developed advanced integrated systems of transacting laws with ‘owner identification’ methods for solicitors over the course of the past decades and also adopted biometric solutions to identify owners to prevent land fraud. Many nations have introduced electronic identity data bases to land registries to register and protect the identity of land owners. They take the thumbprints, iris and digital photos of those participating in transactions at the time of notarising documents to ensure that fraud does not take place. The internet carries an extensive range of information from different countries that can be searched under the relevant names given to the data bases. They are Enjoa – new electronic notary logbook used in the US, e-Tanah in Malaysia, Bhoomi project in India, Loucha Pathap in Manipur.

Sri Lanka is on the threshold of introducing modern technology to register lands in computers (Bim Saviya). Cybercrimes have become a real threat today and they are quite different from old-school crimes. An attempt was made in 2010 by a Justice Ministry appointed committee headed by Nihal Jayamanne PC to amend our statutes which have been operating since 1840. A long time has lapsed since 1840 and a change though essential, understandably may not be readily acceptable.

For more information write to landrightsasia@gmil.com

(Kirthimala Gunasekera is an Attorney at Law and Member of the 2010 Committee on Land Fraud. He is at present engaged in full time research on ‘Consumer protection for land owners’ and Electronic Conveyancing methods and Cybercrime.)

Lanka BPO Academy completes BPO training programme at Seenigama BPO empowering rural youth

June 16th, 2014

Yasas V. Abeywickrama CEO / Director – Lanka BPO Academy  

Lanka BPO Academy completed a BPO training program at the Seenigama BPO recently.

Seenigama BPO (www.seenigamabpo.com) is a rural service provider of outsourced services that commenced operations in 2010, providing career opportunities to youth that were badly affected by the 2004 Tsunami. Starting with two data processing operators, the company today has close to twenty owner associates. This BPO is sponsored by John Keells, The Foundation of Goodness and FARO.

The work started with John Keells outsourcing some of its accounting work through its subsidiary Infomate, and today the operations have expanded where even a USA based client is being serviced by a group working parallel to Seenigama BPO, supported by Foundation of Goodness.

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The training program that was delivered by Lanka BPO Academy (www.lankabpoacademy.lk) covered areas such as BPO industry, BPO fundamentals, email etiquette, data processing, KPIs and customer service as well as sales processes for BPOs. The training was extremely successful and it is bound to have an impact on increasing staff productivity, the standards of service delivery as well as help attract new business.

Lanka BPO Academy is an entity dedicated to develop human capital in Sri Lanka, especially focusing on the outsourcing sector. It has collaborated with many international and local partners to deliver various training programs of global standards, to enhance skill levels of organizations. This training program was conducted by Yasas V. Abeywickrama, CEO of Lanka BPO Academy. Yasas is a sought-after trainer who has conducted thousands of hours of training and also has years of experience in the outsourcing industry. He has researched and written about the rural BPO sector that is growing in developing nations.

The Foundation of Goodness (http://unconditionalcompassion.org/) was set up by Kushil Gunasekera in 1999, to provide essential services to his ancestral village of Seenigama. Since then, he has been joined by a dedicated Board of Trustees and a committed team based in Seenigama and Colombo, all working together with villagers and donors to uplift the lives of rural communities in Sri Lanka. The foundation has a holistic approach to bridging the gap between the urban and rural sector in Sri Lanka, empowering over 25,000 lives in over 50 villages via 30 empowerment sectors.

The BPO projects aim to increase employment opportunities for rural youth as well as provide funding for other community supportive projects.

Is the world to simply watch UN, US and Allies divide countries and people?

June 15th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

If international law prohibits violations of human rights and humanitarian law by states against their own citizens why has it not been applied to those applying self-appointed humanitarian intervention and committing the same if not worse violations? Is international laws and their applications selective and the current international laws, regulations, rules are simply to decorate the mantelpiece or hang on UN walls as masterpieces? What point is there in even referring to clauses of international Conventions/Charters/Declarations or even Treaties when one lot of people and nations break them with impunity and their appointees to high places ensure that they are never put on trial because their appointments and work are funded by these countries? We can’t even get answers because they have ensured that all those accepted into the halls of their ‘justice’ systems are people who work for them. What is the point in sending delegations to read out wonderful speeches for those with agendas are only laughing right through it. Pertinent to wonder what type of decency in political diplomacy is there when the implication is ‘do as we say otherwise we will bomb you into stone age’ and a handshake and press photo is meant to camouflage that threat!

  • Iraq war was illegal – what happened against the invading nations? Nothing.
  • Libya military intervention was illegal – what happened against the same invading nations ? Nothing.
  •      Syria has become the next target – now the invaders are openly arming, training and even transporting mercenaries who are the ‘rebels’ against the Syrian Government – what is being done against this outright immoral and unethical diplomacy? Nothing.
  •   More than 80% of Afghan civilian deaths today caused by the US/NATO are due to close air support attacks – crimes against humanity by US/NATO, no chance.
  • US and NATO are permitted by UN, Navi Pillay and associates to BOMB for PEACE and then carve out a PIECE of the countries being bombed for those that fund these bombings.
  • We are looking at a future of new taxable regional councils when sovereign nations are targeted to be given self-determination for which the UN puppets are already preparing the ground work. The officials that get expelled from nations but still get picked to be UN investigators are the perfect picks for such crude plans. NATO’s bombings and killings will go on unchecked.

Below is a list of all the interventions that the US has been involved in post World War 2. Must we wait for declassified documents decades later to be shocked at how US and Allies on the instructions of the corporate handful have put down nations, leaders and governments or put up puppets to serve on behalf of them? Is this the new world order that is being carved out?

Only Nicaragua took America to court but even after the court verdict went in favor of Nicargua that the US violated international laws by supporting the rebel Contras, US blocked the enforcement of the judgement by the UN Security Council and Nicargua was denied due compensation for damages. US violated customary international law not to use force against another State, US violated law ‘not to intervene in its affairs’, ‘not to violate its sovereignty’ – yet nothing happened to the US and US has gone on to repeat aggression in far worse conditions and US and Allies continue to get away with murder and UN supposedly the peace keeping body just looks on.

But the UN just does not look on for non-US and non-Allies. UN is very much active against them spending funds given by the West to form the reports and legal documents to encircle and declare these nations as guilty – of crimes against humanity, war crimes and whatever other lovely terminology they can use their mouthpieces to promote round the world.

  1. China 1945-46
  2. Korea 1950-53
  3. China 1950-53
  4. Guatemala 1954
  5. Indonesia 1958
  6. Cuba 1959-60
  7. Guatemala 1960
  8. Belgian Congo 1964
  9. Guatemala 1964
  10. Dominican Republic 1965-66
  11. Peru 1965
  12. Laos 1964-73
  13. Vietnam 1961-73
  14. Cambodia 1969-70
  15. Guatemala 1967-69
  16. Lebanon 1982-84
  17. Grenada 1983-84
  18. Libya 1986
  19. El Salvador 1981-92
  20. Nicaragua 1981-90
  21. Iran 1987-88
  22. Libya 1989
  23. Panama 1989-90
  24. Iraq 1991
  25. Kuwait 1991
  26. Somalia 1992-94
  27. Bosnia 1995
  28. Iran 1998
  29. Sudan 1998
  30. Afghanistan 1998
  31. Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999
  32. Afghanistan 2001
  33. Libya 2011
  34. Syria 2013

 Politicians are really not to blame. They are themselves puppets. They hunger for power because they know that so long as they tow a line they can earn and remain at the helm. They know too that if they don’t comply there are plenty of others lined up to step in. Integrity is never part of a bona fide of politicians (perhaps some but they are a dime a dozen and don’t last long). They are controlled by companies. Even Governments are controlled by companies.

 http://www.policymic.com/articles/71255/10-corporations-control-almost-everything-you-buy-this-chart-shows-how

 10 companies are said to control everything we buy and branched out their partners make up 147 companies but they all lead back to 13 elite families and 300 larger families. In their hands the entire world’s wealth is held and in their control is what goes on in the world as well. All they need to do is to press buttons and even tsunamis can occur.

 The case is the same with media. In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies, today that 90% is held by 6 companies only. Read and see how they adopt mind control methods. It is not for nothing that tv is called the idiots box. The best thing parents can do is to shut off the tv.

 The banking world is no different. 34 banks are now merged to make just 4 big powers – JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and CitiGroup.

These banks control media, oil, global food conglomerates & its supply, pharmaceuticals and together they hold $25.1trillion in assets. (Global Research)

 Should we not start to think whether false flag attacks, terrorism itself are all engineered wars by a handful of people steering those in control because those in control have been placed there by them in order to ensure their goals and objectives are carried out.

 Those put in control if functioning steer beyond their mandate will suddenly find themselves obliterated from their posts for various reasons depending on their weaknesses. Think about how Dominique Strauss was ousted and defamed.

When President Lincolhn refused to bow down to Rothschild banking demands, he was assassinated. When McKinley refused to give the bankers the Spanish American War and refused to support the establishment of the Federal Reserve he too was assassinated. JFK was assassinated because he was stupid to produce Treasury Certificates which competed with the currency of the Federal Reserve.

What we can be sure of is that a good look at history both local and global scenarios of events have shown that they are all been successfully manipulated by a handful of people with vested interests. They are using the same methods, same techniques that have been perfected through centuries. The response by masses has been poor because people know only what they see and hear via media owned by them. Only those who dig into events of history will find out that we had been fed lies.

 As the West celebrates with triumphalism the Normandy invasion, they omit to admit that the Red Army defeated Nazi Germany long before the US came into the picture. In reality the Normandy invasions prevented the Red Army from overrunning entire Europe. That is really what the US and Allies are celebrating!

 Propaganda is on the side who own the propaganda and that is why the US and Allies are having a field day lying and people are buying everything they say.

 Is the remaining nations, not yet invaded, to function as puppets with their leaders  allowed to indulge in any amount of corruption so long as they do not interfere in West’s agendas? The latest to agree has been Ukraine’s leader. Every politician has been bought over and so long as they hold the reigns of legislation they are going to take down every human being.

 Corporate media, PR and media giants have been outsourced the task of fooling and marshalling support for wars – Vietnam was a classic example. ‘human rights violations’ ‘genocide’ ‘war crimes’ have become the perfect tools to crucify leaders. Saddam was murdered for selling oil for Euros. Gaddafi met his fate because he planned to create an African Union currency and establish a central bank for Libya and the banksters hated to see a nation that was not in debt and not in their control – so Gaddafi had to go and US did the dirty work.

 People need to wake up that whoever funds conflicts are funding both sides of the conflict, they help both sides of the conflict, they draw up peace deals for both sides – these are all part of delaying tactics ONLY.

 Lets not forget that 27nations took part in World War 1 with 66million people involved. 37million casualties and 7million deaths at a cost of $210 trillion and indirect cost estimated at $150 trillion excluding the billions in interest payments, veteran’s care, pensions etc. The banksters provided the flat currency controlling both sides.

The banksters supported both sides in World War 2 including the Nazis (refer Trading with the Enemy book by Charles Higham). Rockefeller’s Standard Oil had supplied oil to the Nazis, George Bush’s father was charged with violating the Trading with the Enemies Act in World War 2 because he too supplied aid to Nazis. Even Coke and IBM had supplied both sides.

Where does that leave Sri Lanka?

The LTTE is crushed but Sri Lanka is getting geared to be crushed unless the government makes choices looking at the future of 20million people, their lives and the nation and decide to not allow to happen to Sri Lanka what is happening to all of the countries that the US & Allies have entered through the UN.

Small as Sri Lanka is the media campaign against it has ensured the world thinks that Tamils are being raped, that there is genocide of Tamils all in a bid to have enough material to carve out a separate state for the West in Asia bring them closer to China. The Tamil public is clueless because they are mesmerized by the big powers wanting to give Tamils a homeland of their own but the real deal is far different. Politicians are reluctant to put this reality in perspective obviously because of handouts that come their way to make sure they do not disclose the real plan. The legal fraternity, the social activists, the Colombians and all others linked to these operatives have all been paid handsomely to assist the realization of that end objective.

The most ridiculous thing is that these violating countries who have records of systematic, widespread and a pattern in their crimes are issuing reports annually accusing other countries and on the basis of their reports taking action against those countries through the UN itself because they control the UN. Should we now ask where is there justice in this world?

The Sri Lankan public at least must arise, they must use their influence to not allow Sri Lanka to fall. All the promises made to Iraq to liberate them, all the promises made to Libyans to liberate them, all the promises being made to Syrians to liberate them are nothing but lies.

This is no time to be thinking green or blue, red or even neutral. We are Sri Lankans living as Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers. Our differences cannot be erased simply because an area is carved out and declared independent when 2/3 of Tamils in reality live outside that to be declared area. Tamils in his hour should not desert their fellow citizens for a promise they know is a lie and a sham and likely to lead to dangerous consequences for the entire nation, region and entire Asia as well. Sri Lanka is getting strangulated, our representatives have failed to see the alarm bells, they have failed to read every writing on the wall and they have failed to interpret these intelligently to devise counter-strategies.

We must elevate ourselves from selfish thinking to ensure our nation is not touched and politicians are appealed not to sell the country for tuppence or for their own survival only.

All that is left for evil to triumph is when good men and women do nothing. We see too many evil taking place, it is now time for the good men and women to come out for the nation.

Further information

How the West de-democratised the Middle East http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/03/201232710543250236.html

Working with China to Promote Democracy http://csis.org/files/publication/TWQ_13Winter_He.pdf

Jumping the Loaded Gun: How Promoting Democracy Fails to Achieve Peace http://www.e-ir.info/2013/02/05/jumping-the-loaded-gun-how-hastily-promoting-democracy-fails-to-achieve-peace/

Misunderstanding the maladies of liberal democracy promotion http://www.fride.org/download/WP106_Misunderstanding_maladies_of_liberal_democracy_promotion.pdf

Casinos, Tourism, and the Buddhist Monks.

June 15th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

 So much is being said about Casinos these days that one begins to wander whether Casinos are the only thing that will mar the peace and serenity of the well disciplined, very Buddhist Sri Lanka, where every thing is being happening according to the teachings of the Buddha.  

 One is made to come to that conclusion as it is the very Buddhist JHU and Wimal Weerawansa that seem to be anxious about the danger to Buddhist morals by the introduction of Casinos.  Casinos spell gambling , games of chance. But in case of a Buddhist it is not forbidden in the five  precepts, though it is against a right livelihood in  the noble eight fold path.

 If Casinos are condemned for making it another marketable addition to make Sri Lanka  attractive to tourists as a place for pleasure and entertainment. Why only Casinos ? Nobody seems to complain that putting  all cards for economic development and financial stability on tourism, is by itself an issue that needs rethinking as it is tourism that keeps increasing entertainment projects, and with them  that come all evil, such as sex, drugs, crimes and gambling. The fear perhaps is because this reminds of pre Castro Cuba which was a gambling den controlled by the American Mafia.

 But unfortunately tourism is an  all  important item for Sri Lanka’s economic growth as  industries and even agriculture as potential foreign exchange earners are limited and slow in development. Hence tourism and foreign  employment are the primary foreign exchange earning industries in Sri Lanka.

 There are three types of Casinos.  The Casinos open to the public at large, Casinos in Hotels which are open to the clients of the Hotels, and on line Casinos which are open to any one using computers with internet connection.  The Casinos in Hotels cater for the tourists for whom the Hotel industry is being developed. 

 Is James Parker’s 400 million Dollar  Casino complex open to any one or just to tourists  and others who are clients of the Hotels ?  In the news item it only says , once constructed, the resort will have  450 rooms , restaurants and gambling spaces.”  It seems to be restricted to the clients of the Hotel and restaurant complex.

 If it is open only to clients of the hotels and not to any Dick, Tom and Harry, that would not affect the morality of the Buddhists.  If that factor is not considered, those who manifest against Casinos should then manifest against tourism itself, which would be like biting the hand that feeds you. If it is a case of ordinary Citizens of Sri Lanka getting ruined playing in James Parker’s casinos, then we will also  have to consider blocking  internet online  Casinos.

 Then why is all this furore about.  If its only to preserve the sanctity of the Buddhist Sri Lanka, the priests who have taken to roads to protest against Casinos should rethink what they the Buddhist monks as the protectors of the Buddha Sasana should do to stop the declining morality of the Buddhist laity without seeking to make Sri Lanka commit  economic suicide by not developing  the country to attract foreigners as a place for entertainment and thus get the much needed foreign exchange for development projects. 

 The Monks may for instance demand that the tourist industry should  give foreign tourist a Sri Lanka style vacation with attractions such  as  sight seeing tours, restful beaches, enjoy Sri Lankan peace and serenity by visiting Buddhist and other religious places of worship, provide them with entertainment respecting Sri Lanka’s cultural values. Provide the tourists with Sri Lankan fruit juices, or Sri Lankan beer instead of  other alcoholic drinks such as wines that are available in plenty in their own home countries. The tourists love health resorts, therefore encourage opening Ayurvedic health centres and bath spas etc.

 But yet that is not the role of the Buddhist monks, there are the laymen qualified to make tourism in Sri Lanka a different experience for foreign tourists.  But  those who are in charge of developing tourism in Sri Lanka are trying to make tourist entertainment in Sri Lanka an overbearing  imitation of  what it is  in  the countries from where the tourists  come. 

 There are night racing.  Normally car racing are in automobile producing countries to compete with different marks of automobiles  produced by different producers.  There are very few  car racing courses outside  automobile producing countries.  Sri Lanka should not go all out to make car racing a  Sri Lankan experience. Even Golf links are not a profitable venture.  There is even a proposal to set ice rinks and even making an artificial island for a racecourse.  There is also a proposal to invest on a cable car service to Adma’s Peak.  Where is this madness going to end ?

 These are excessive considering that while main roads, bridges and flyovers have been constructed  certainly for the greater benefit of the country, the village roads have been neglected. The transport board has no suitable small  buses to ply on small village roads and roads linking towns in the interior of Sri Lanka.  The big Leyland buses plying on village roads not only damage the roads, but also become a dangerous nuisance to villagers who have to take the same roads to move from one place to another.

 Therefore, Casinos within Hotels are not that much of a danger to the life of the people of Sri Lanka if they are properly controlled.  But the role of the monks is to teach the people to live a Buddhist way of life without seeking  activities that is not in keeping with their effort to follow the noble eightfold path to purity and emancipation from the bonds of Samsara. 

 The Buddhist laymen should be taught to keep away from vice, as  vice by itself cannot be removed. During the life time of the Buddha, pigs were slaughtered outside the Jetawanaramaya.  The Buddha did not ask the King to stop the butchers from killing pigs, but taught the people why it is wrong to eat the meat of slaughtered animals.  In the discourses of the Buddha we note that there had been liquor addicts. But the Buddha taught the monks to be an example for others, and  required lay Buddhists to refrain from taking intoxicating drinks.

 It is an indisciplined mind that seeks out vice, therefore the duty of the Buddhist monk is not to manifest on public roads to make people good Buddhists, but to teach them what is good and what is bad in their temples by making the temple a place of sanctity where the monks practice meditation, and conduct retreats or meditation sessions to the people. The monks should make their temple where people come not only to worship, but also to seek  solace and advice.

 While our learned Buddhist Monks who have donned the yellow robes, are dabbling in matters that are outside their vocation as monks, some demand driving licences, and employment in the public administration,  others get into politics even seeking to be candidates for the Presidential elections, it was announced that 450 Buddhist temples are to be closed for lack of Buddhist Monks.

 Buddhist culture is entwined with the temple and the people.  If the temple gets away from the people or the people gets away from the temple it would be to the disadvantage of the existence of the Buddha Sasana.  Therefore the Buddhist monk should cultivate closer contact with the people to be their guide and protector.  Today what we see is that a greater number of  Buddhist Monks  is preoccupied with matters that are best left for the laity, becoming thus laymen in yellow robes.

 Buddhism had a smooth uninterrupted  existence in Sri Lanka for 2300 years since Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka by Venerable Mahinda Thera.  Therefore , Buddha Sasana as much as the Sinhala Buddhists have to be protected  from religions which do not  teach their followers ways to get away from suffering, but make use of  them to assure their existence,  are spreading like weeds. 

 Therefore, the Buddhist Monks associating to fight against these enemies as protectors of the Buddha Sasana cannot be condemned.  But they should not be divided as Budu Bala Sena, Sihala Ravaya, and Ravana Balakaya, but  should form into one large Association. They should conduct themselves as the  disciples of the Great teacher the  Buddha, disciplined in their thoughts, words and actions according to the Dhamma.

 Protecting the Buddha Sasana is a greater issue on which the Buddhist monks should take an active interest, leaving aside manifesting against setting up Casinos, abolition of the Executive Presidency , or presenting themselves as common candidates for Presidential elections.

Taliban Now In Sri Lanka: Interpol Confirms

June 15th, 2014

Courtesy The Asian Mirror

Interpol has warned local intelligence agencies that the Taliban is operating within Sri Lanka.

Interpol, which is now in touch with Sri Lankan authorities on this matter, is of the belief that the international terrorist organization is using Sri Lanka as an easy transit point to Middle East and other Asian countries.

Intelligence services also believe that some Taliban members have entered the country using forged documents.

Taliban Now In Sri Lanka: Interpol Confirms

They are also believed to be engaged in smuggling and other illegal activities with the cooperation of locals in Colombo and Kattankudy areas.

Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist military organization which was formed in Afghanistan and later spread its wings to Pakistan and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, speaking to media last month, Terrorism Research Expert Dr. Rohan Gunaratna reiterated that overseas Islamist terror cells are operating in Lanka posing a severe threat to Sri Lanka’s national security.

Commenting on the arrest of Lankan Islamist terror suspect Mohammed Zakir Hussain in Chennai, India, Dr. Gunaratna said Hussain’s associates were still active, jeopardizing the security of entire region that includes Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives.


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