HIRUNIKA, GALABODA  ATHTHE THERO, SARATH FONSEKA- YOSHITHA RAJAPAKSE- RANIL/MAITHREE/CHANDRIKA SHARPENING KNIVES AGAINST SINHALA BUDDHISTS!

February 1st, 2016

 

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

HIRUNIKA:

Hirunika came to limelight of politics on the bandwagon of her late father’s death.  The former Presidential Advisor Late Mr Bharata Lakshman Premachandra was not a baby in the company of drug barons, just as much as Mr Duminda de Silva. After her father’s tragic death, it was Mr Chamal Rajapakse who counselled  and guided Hirunika to complete her Law Degree.    The public sympathy she enjoyed has now evaporated, yet in new political culture, she was able to get bail, in spite of committing a criminal offence.

GALABODA ATHTHE GNASARA THERO:

Gnanasara Thero is the modern freedom fighter, similar to Kotahene Gunanda, Mapitigama Sangarakkitha, Migeththuwatte Gunanda, Naravila Dharmaratne Thero etc.   On contempt of court charges, the Thero had not been granted bail.  The arrest of other buddhist monks  of leading organisations are still work in progress.

YOSHITHA RAJAPAKSE:

President Mahinda Rajapakse was a brave father and leader to give permission for his son to join the Navy, at a time LTTE Sea Tigers were performing at their optimum capacity. There was an acute shortage of skilled men to safeguard our defence lines in the waters at that time.  Not many parents were willing to send their sons to join the three Armed Forces.  Sea Tigers were extensively trained in Tamil Nadu India, Sri Lanka had to train its personnel as well to match Sea Tigers.  At a time, Tamil Terrorists are being released in batches, the arrogant government is punishing those who saved the nation.

SARATH FONSEKA:

Another convicted criminal, Sarath Fonseka is being short-listed to be appointed to the Parliament.  Sarath Fonseka was found guilty by Court Martial, his previous employer. His  conviction was later confirmed by the Supreme Court dismissing his appeal that the charges were trumped up against him.

SARATH FONSEKA’S LIES, LIES, LIES:

In order to obtain the Presidential Pardon, Sarath Fonseka withdrew his appeal against three year sentence in White Flag Case.  Withdrawing the appeal tantamount to acceptance of the judgement.    Sarath Fonseka was a blatant liar, during the period of prison term, he had been a regular visitor to Private Hospitals for Lung complications.  Since the release,  his lungs appear to be functioning well by delivering oxygen to the bloodstream!

When Dhanuna Tilekeratne was absconding, Sarath Fonseka firmly said he was unaware of whereabouts of Dhanuna.  Then Dhanuna suddendly appeared on the same political stage with Sarath to campaign for the last general election.

After Sarath Fonseka was found guilty by the Court Martial, he was ordered to return all Medals, Decorations.  He confirmed  he had lost all of them.  It was amazing, after receiving the pardon, he was able to find the lost Medals etc.

GOVERNMENT OF GOOD GOVERNANCE:

Ranil, Maithree and Chandrika are now planning to empower Sarath Fonseka to place handcuffs on President Mahinda Rajapakse and Mr Gotabaha Rajapakse, to satisfy Tamils, Westerners and Indians.

The main political trio are becoming nervous on the political pulses underpinning the massive public anger against the government.  The President and Prime Minister are not stable, display of arrogance and use of abusive language are signs of frustration.  Their loss of power is looming.

AG to indict Yoshitha

February 1st, 2016

Courtesy The Nation

Upon conclusion of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) investigation into the Carlton Sports Network (CSN), the Attorney General is scheduled to interdict in High Court, former President and incumbent Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son and Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Navy, Yoshitha Rajapaksa and others presently remanded on charges of money laundering.

The FCID had investigated the matter following a complaint lodged to the Inspector General of Police by Citizens for a Just/Fair Society on March 15, 2015, who alleged money laundering and misuse of public property by CSN, which are considered offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, No. 5 of 2006 and the Penal Code.

The case (B 9823/2015) is presently heard at the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court.

The FCID had investigated as to how the initial capital of the media channel amounting to Rs 234 million had been obtained. Investigations had revealed that the initial number of shares of the company was 700,004 and was worth Rs 7 million. Further investigations conducted into how the balance capital had been obtained had unearthed that the amount had been obtained through fraudulent deals and by unlawful activities conducted overseas with US$ 2.3 million coming in through a deal done with a foreign company which involved a project in Sri Lanka involving a foreign company’s investment. Documents relating to such have revealed that the monies used as capital had come in through laundering practices. The Police Media Unit informed that according to the company documents, all shareholders including Weliwita Withanage Don Sunilal Rohan Weliwita, Sachithra Kavishan Dissanayake, Ravinath Fernando and Shadiya Karunajeewa were also the initial directors of the company. While younger brother of Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, Nishantha Ranatunga had acted as the chief executive officer of CSN, electronic mail correspondence has revealed that Yoshitha Rajapaksa had been the director and key decision maker of the organization.

Since statements taken from the aforementioned had not certified their innocence, as per powers afforded to him through provisions in the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, No. 15 of 1979 {specifically Sections 32 and 102(5) of }, the Kaduwela Magistrate has remanded them till February 11, 2016. Aside to the aforementioned crime of money laundering, information has also come to light regarding their involvement in the preparation of fraudulent documents, the criminal breach of trust, misappropriation, violations of the Customs (Amendment) Act and the Companies Act, and the misuse of State property.

Another suspect, Ashan Rabinath Fernando was also arrested along with Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Weliwita, Dissanayake, Fernando, and Nishantha Ranatunga on January 30, 2016 by the FCID.

Police Media Spokesman, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekera said that Karunajeewa was presently in Australia.

He added that the Department of Immigration and Emigration had been informed that she is to be arrested upon her return to the island.

Attorney-at-Law for Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Premnath Chaminda Dolawatte said that they would be holding a press conference either on February 01 or February 02, 2016 with regards to a document circulated amongst the press by Gunasekera regarding the incident under ongoing FCID investigation, which they deemed was a violation of the right of the presumption of innocence guaranteed by the Constitution.

“We have filed several motions to obtain the case report and record. Another group of lawyers have attempted to get Weliwita’s signatures on certain cheques which require his signature, yet this matter has not been taken up in the open hearing. Meanwhile, Gunasekera has sent a document with an explanation of a version of events concerning the background to the investigation into CSN media and requested that wide publicity be given to it. The suspects could ultimately be proven guilty or innocent, yet until it is proven so in a court of law, they are considered innocent. This is enshrined in the Constitution. Gunasekera’s request therefore amounts to a joke,” he remarked.

අප්පච්චි කදුළු පිරි දෑසින් තම වැරදි හෙළි කරයි

February 1st, 2016

හිටපු ජනපති, මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසන්නේ වර්තමාන රජයේ ඇතැම් මැති ඇමතිවරුන් සහ ඔවුන්ගේ දරුවන් තම පාලන කාලයේදී සිදු කල වැරදි වලට ඒ කාලයේදී තමන් දඩුවම් දීම වැළැක්වීමේ විපාක තමන් විදින බවයි.

එතුමන් වැඩිදුරටත් පවසන්නේ තම දරුවන්ගෙන් නොව එතුමාගෙන් පලි ගන්නා ලෙසයි.

ඊයේ මහනුවරදී පළාත් පාලන නියෝජිතයින් හමු වූ අවස්ථාවේදී මෙම අදහස් පළ කලේය.

යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම මේ වන විට බොහෝ ජනතාවගේ විවේචනයට ලක්ව ඇති බව වාර්තා වේ.

IS THIS THE YAHA PALANAYA OR YAMA PALANAYA? WHAT IS GOOD FOR GOOSE IS GOOD FOR GANDER

February 1st, 2016

By Stanley Perera from Melbourne

President Maithreepala Sirisena started off his term presidency with a slogan of “yahapalanaya”.  Those who voted him were please with the statement made in public and hoped the corruption by the free loaders will end soon.  The masses did not expect to dash their hope in twelve months.  The free loaders were corrupt up to their eye balls.  The gentleman politician made efforts to bribe the free loaders with Rs. 20,000 per sitting over and above enormous perks enjoyed.  Straight away luxury car permits with interest free and non repayable bank loans of US$50,000 was issued within 24 hours.  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was spent thrift at the expense of the tax payers.

An un educated beedi mudalali was made a state minister.

A notorious money launderer who swindled the entire state of Late Lalith Ethulathmudali with a pending law suit on money laundering was made the minister of finance.  Soon after becoming the minister of finance he was discharged without a conviction.  Blabber guts shortie that made sexual advance to Olympic bronze medal winner and the Uva poison bottle both being rejected and kicked in their arsces were brought in through the back door amidst public outcry not to. Sirisena and Ranil completely ignored the wish of the media and the people.  Wijedasa Rajapakse without wasting any time laid off Awantguard with a massive under the table kickbacks.  Wijedasa Rajapakse was a notorious hora.

Finance minister robbed the Central Bank Bonds in a record breaking colossal amount of money.  It is said that Sirisena and Ranil were aware of it that it was to pay back to the governor of the Central bank who paid for the presidential election campaign.  Sirisena and Ranil ignored the outcry by the media and the people.

Good looking woman abductor was let loose without being arrested.

Gnanasara Thero was arrested for contempt of court charges.

Finance minister was let loose on money laundering charges.

Yoshita Rajapaksewas arrested on flimsy money laundering charges.

Sirisena and Ranil are shit scared of that big mouth cardboard Weerawansa and no action is taken against him for selling for a song five luxury houses to his relatives.  The five houses were built at the expense of tax payer’s money.

Leader of the opposition is appointed only to represent minority, racist and eelamist Tamils in the North.

Tamils want separate state in the north and pocket states in Wellawatte, Kollupitiya and in the Hill country.

Racist Tamils want SL Army out of the North.

Racist Tamils want to remove the word “Majority Sinhalese and Buddhist” from the constitution.

Racist Tamils want the mouth of the cow on South and udder to be on the North.

Muslims want separate Muslim state in the East and pocket Muslim states in Akurana, Aluthgama,

Beruwala and Colombo.

Racist Tamils want to share the power and not to be Sri Lankan or belonging to one nation.

Racist Tamils want the National anthem in Tamil Language and 60 million Tamil Nadoo Tamil’s to sing Indian National Anthem in Bengali and not in Hindi or Tamil.

12.6% Tamils want to control 76% Sinhalese.

CBK cut the hair of Rukantha Gunathilaka’s wife and pouring petrol on Rukantha and his wife talking of human rights.

Speaker not allowing more than 2 minutes talk to Mahinda Rajapakse supporters.

Rajitha Senaratne and Mangala Samaraweera spreading false accusations on Rajapakse family.

Sirisena and Ranil taking the revenge from Rajapakse family.

Sirisena spending colossal amount of money on his luxury living.

Sirisena taking his son to the UNO at the expense of taxpayers.

IS THIS YAHA PALANAYA OR YAMA PALANAYA?

What Mahinda Should Learn From Chandrika

February 1st, 2016

Dilrook Kannangara

Politics turned ruthless after 1977. Scores of political opponents have been killed, assaulted, imprisoned and otherwise harmed since then. What’s more worrying is the support these vengeful acts get from a section of the society. There is always a justification for any political act of revenge. Vengeful politics is here to stay. What matters is how a brave politician must not be swayed by it. Mahinda has heaps to learn from his predecessor Chandrika. Although she almost completely changed after winning the election in 1994, her conduct prior to that belittles even the bravest men in Lankan politics (none left today for obvious reasons). Mahinda requires the courage and braveness of Chandrika (before 1994) to overcome the manyfold inhumane acts of the government. He should form his own party and eventually subjugate the SLFP completely without being cowed down by revengeful acts. It is his courageous response people look up to at this moment. If he collapses into cowardice just to save his son from prison by betraying the massive political movement ready to stand behind him, he is not a worthy leader.

UNP Took Away Her Father and Husband

Chandrika suffered much more than any other politician in this country. However, instead of collapsing at the feet of her tormentors, she took them on boldly at a time when her young children needed her most. She was just 14 when her father was assassinated and she was 42 years old when her husband was gunned down. Both acts were done by UNP aligned individuals with a political agenda. Before assassination, SWRD Bandaranaike was subjected to ridicule and deprivation by the UNP. His policies were disrupted and he was threatened. Following his death, Chandrika’s family was harassed. Certain media personnel ridiculed them in what can be described as uncivilised ways.

After 1977 harassment of her and her family increased. Her mother’s legitimate rights were denied by the UNP. Their ancestral properties were robbed. Chandrika’s husband was arrested over bogus charges. He was needlessly tortured, harassed and confined. Many attempts were made to poison his food while in prison. When all these failed to stop her husband, UNP government assassinated him. UNP government in early 1990s harassed and deprived her children from entering popular government schools.

When faced with these inhumane acts, one has two options – collapse at the feet of tormentors or fight them continuously. Chandrika chose the latter. Although she lived outside the country for 2 years fearing for her life, she came back in 1992 to take charge of People’s Alliance to steer it to victory in 1994.

UNP State Terror Killed More Sinhala People than the War

Tamil separatist war killed about 31,000 Sinhala soldiers and civilians. However, the 1988-94 UNP state terror killed more than that. It was Chandrika who saved people from UNP state terror in 1994 much the same way Mahinda saved them in 2009. Time gradually erased both from the minds of the people as both started appeasing Tamils in the second term in office.

When Chandrika re-entered politics in a more aggressive form in 1992, the nation was under state terror like Cambodia’s Polpot regime. Many attempts were made on her life. Not even government MPs knew what would happen to them if they turned against the government. Some were killed. At least four (4) UNP parliamentarians had their own private militias. Though stripped of these old militias, some of them are still around. It took great courage to stand up against the government in early 1990s than today.

Courage, Not Cowardice Turned Fortunes of the SLFP

From 1977 to 1992, the SLFP leadership followed a cowardly approach to the UNP regime. They were happy with their pockets of power and didn’t want to risk the wrath of the state terror machine. SLFP as a surrendered entity to the UNP was on a path of self-destruction. SLFP leadership thought they can ride back to power comfortably as the UNP regime was doing one wrong after another. However, people trusted the wrongful yet bold UNP regime more than the righteous but cowardly SLFP.

Chandrika worked against the SLFP which affected the political fortunes of the SLFP badly. By 1992, she had convinced the SLFP leadership that it cannot defeat the UNP without her support. While some senior SLFPers (including her brother) strongly disagreed, most SLFP members saw no future in a divided political camp. However, party leadership was denied to her.

Unlike her predecessors, she was not half-hearted in her criticism of the UNP. She bashed the UNP regime, its corruption and state terror without holding back. She threatened to cancel UNP regime’s crooked deals with international agencies and boldly revealed names of state terrorists and crooks. She even vowed to publicly lash named corrupt politicians and officials. It was unprecedented in Lankan politics and people started to listen. She dramatized vividly all the ills plaguing the country. People realized she could fight the UNP than wave white flags as SLFP leaders used to do. Her courage inspired hitherto silent SLFP MPs. Unlike today’s political leaders, she didn’t hide behind others to attack the government. She was at the forefront of it.

Mahinda Must Form Own Party and Forge Own Diplomatic Relations

The real reason to arrest and harass his family members is to force him out of politics and prevent him from forging a new party. He can easily save his family by retiring from politics or remaining silent within the UPFA (as he did for most part since January 2015). However, people expect more from him. In fact, his family expects more from him. The truth is even if he agrees to the dictates of the government, his family members will not be spared. There are many in the government, Tamil community and even the international community that are after their blood. The best way to tame them is to form a new party.

A new party will divide the traditional SLFP camp which will strengthen the UNP. However, in the long term, it forces the SLFP to look for a leader who can bring them more votes and seats. As Sirisena is unable to do so, party stalwarts will force him to come to terms with the reality or leave. This is what happened to Sirima in 1992. Now is the perfect time as losing provincial council or local government elections doesn’t affect the party very much. However, losing two national elections due in 2019 and 2021 will devastate the SLFP.

Chandrika was cleaver to form an understanding with powerful groups the UNP regime had to fear. These included a business empire that was very influential with the then UNP president, and India. By forming these links, she ensured the UNP regime would not try to irk powerful entities. Similarly, Mahinda should forge close ties with Chinese and Pakistani agencies to ensure the present pro-Indian regime will not risk adverse consequences. Mahinda will have to offer military, economic and political concessions in order to come to an understanding. These have the added advantage of realigning Sri Lanka to its Middle Path and non-aligned policy. Today Sri Lanka has become an unfortunate Indian military colony.

If he fails in this regard, people will leave him and either flock around new hope or allow the UNP regime to continue. Unlike the Nugegoda Movement, Mahinda will not be able to jump the queue into leadership subsequently. He has to put his life on the line to make a powerful political force and save his family. He cannot operate behind younger politicians.

Although Mahinda differs from Chandrika on policy and company he keeps, the former president has heaps to learn from his adversarial predecessor.

No more backing out at the hour of need, please!

February 1st, 2016

By Rohana R. Wasala

Courtesy The Island

Ven. Galaboda Atthe Gnanasara Thera, General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena, who had been charged with contempt of court, was arrested and remanded on surrendering to the Homagama magistrate’s court on 26 Tuesday. Some young monks of the BBS behaved riotously trying to prevent their leader from being taken to prison. But Ven. Gnanasara calmly advised them to restrain themselves. He spoke words to this effect: “It is true that I raised my voice in the court because my emotions were frayed; that constituted contempt of court. It must be admitted that what I did was wrong. I am being remanded for that offence. That’s OK. What’s a day or two in prison? We have no quarrel with the law enforcement officers. We must all respect and obey the law. Our struggle is only with the ‘big ones’. This is just the beginning. Now, all of you please disperse peacefully”. His advice seemed to take effect, more or less. (At the time of writing, 28 Thursday, the media reported that a bail application filed on behalf of the remanded monk was rejected by the court.)

When State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation A.H.M. Fowzie called on the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Reverend Galagama Sri Atthadassi Thera in Kandy on 27 January, the latter made some grave comments on the arrest of Ven. Galaboda Atthe Gnanasara Thera. The Prelate reminded the minister of the historical fact that (Sri Lankan) Buddhist monks always acted even at the risk of their life whenever the country faced critical situations. He said that Ven. Gnanasara Thera who has been remanded is also a monk who serves the country with similar dedication; therefore the case must be handled properly. He stressed that communal harmony must not be harmed. The High Monk added that (when dealing with the problem) duplicitous talk should be avoided, and that sincerity of intention, and humaneness must prevail.

I remembered that on a previous occasion, Ven. Gnanasara of the BBS, along with a group of fellow activist monks, visited the Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter Reverend Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhattha, and asked him for advice. In response the Nayake thera suggested that they continue with their agitation if those responsible in the government neglected to address their grievances, which, at the time, I described in an article as not very wise counsel! The monks’ ‘agitation’ at that time had acquired a rather violent character in speech as well as in deeds, which was very unbecoming of even law abiding ordinary citizens, let alone Buddhist bhikkhus.

The current problem of the monks is almost entirely the responsibility of the Mahanayakes of the three Chapters, which they must execute with the help other leading monks. It is known that there are some 30,000 monks in the country. If they are so organized as to be able to speak with one voice on any issue, no political potentate, however powerful, can go against their advice. The monks’ power is apolitical, though. For this to work, the Nayake theras must take the initiative. They must not back out at the hour of need on some pretext or other. The Asgiriya Mahanayake Thera has given the right signal.

These current developments reminded me of the chapter on G.P. Malalasekera in D.B. Dhanapala’s “Among Those Present”. Explaining the analogy I see between then and now, in spite of the contexts being fundamentally different, is the burden of my story here.

Like Geoffrey Chaucer’s Prologue to his “The Canterbury Tales” D.B. Dhanapala’s “Among Those Present” is a collection of biographical sketches scintillating with satirical wit. It is a portrait gallery of twenty-two outstanding personalities (such as Anagarika Dharmapala, Ananda Coomaraswamy, D.S. Senanayake, John Kotelawala, S.W.R.D. and Sirima Bandaranaike, Arunachalam Mahadeva, P. de S. Kularatne, L.H. Mettananda and Ediriweera Sarathchandra) that graced Sri Lanka’s political and cultural stage. In his opinion, they “shaped events in Ceylon” in the first half of the 20th century including roughly the first two decades after Independence. D.B. Dhanapala who obviously had remarkable familiarity with these individuals, their motivations, strengths and weaknesses, presumably through personal contact with some of them and through literature and hearsay about others, was the doyen of Sinhalese journalists of the time, and his book was first published by M.D. Gunasena & Co., Ltd in 1962; a new edition came out just a few years back. The book is an anthology of the author’s occasional newspaper articles. No character represented in this classic volume was a more defenceless victim of Dhanapala’s, at times rebarbative, criticism than G.P. Malalasekera, oriental scholar, patriot, polyglot, Lankan Ambassador in Russia, Buddhist cultural icon, and president of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, etc.

If we believe Dhanapala, around the time of Independence, Malalasekera was a contented entity. Let me quote some sentences from the book. The following is from its first (1962) edition:

And the sun shone, the wind blew, the rain fell, and the birds flew and Malalasekera was happy.

 When Independence was celebrated with fanfares in Ceylon Arthur V. Dias put up a tiny black flag in his house along with the lion, as a protest against the new Government not paying any attention to the religion of the country. But the Buddhist Congress and Malalasekera had nothing to say.

 When pressure was mounting up from the people Malalasekera did go to D.S. Senanayake, the new Prime Minister, and begged of him to appoint a Commission regarding the rights of Buddhists.

 Senanayake turned round and asked him – whether he wished to change the first refuge of the five precepts to “I take refuge in the Government”, in place of “I take refuge in the Buddha”.

 And Malalasekera came back empty handed to pass the word round in whispers. (p.126)

 Malalasekera thought that the angry Buddhists’ subsequent suggestion that they themselves appoint such a Commission was impracticable and absurd. Eventually, the Buddhist Commission resolution had to be conjured up behind Malalasekera’s back, and it was adopted unanimously, due to the enthusiasm of Buddhist leaders like D.C. Wijewardane and L.H. Mettananda. By the time the Commission Report was ready John Kotelawala was Premier. Though Malalasekera wanted to present it ceremonially but privately to the PM, the commissioners themselves insisted that it be issued to the Buddhists at a public meeting at Ananda College, which proposal prevailed. A great awakening of Buddhist opinion ensued, but Malalasekera was not among those who championed the cause.

While according to Dhanapala that was the case, Professor K.M. de Silva says in his Sri Lanka and the defeat of the LTTE (2012) that Professor Malalasekera was among the many (if not most) of the advocates of ‘Sinhala Only’ policy who “also argued the case for assimilation of the minorities of Sri Lanka into the dominant Sinhalese-Buddhist culture” though no government ever tried to adopt it as a systematic policy, and “no major politician in power advocated it as a national objective to be imposed on the minorities.” (p.135)

The average Buddhist leaders’ (including, particularly, the nayake monks’) general failure to address the Buddhist majority’s perceived or real concerns, major as well as minor, in a brave rational manner as members of a multi-religious, multicultural society was thus early exemplified not only in Malalasekera, but in others as well. Their failure (which, in reality, amounted to a betrayal or desertion of their followers) was (as it is at present) due to those individuals putting their puny selves above the national interest. (All this, however, is subject to the important reservation that Dhanapala does not deny them the honour they deserve for their great contribution to national revival.) Here is Dhanapala again:

At the hour of need of Buddhists for great leadership, Kularatne had backed out laboriously. Malalasekera’s silence became ominous. Mettananda’s lone voice could be heard above the great silence of the leaders and the uneasy hum of the low clamour of the populace. (p.128)

It appears that at the moment we are being treated to the same silence among those who have a duty to raise a voice at least in response to “the uneasy hum of the low clamour of the populace” that can be faintly heard amidst the cacophonous din of some pointlessly militant young monks or politicians masquerading as monks; “the clamour of the populace” in the present case is against those elements, as much as against what seems to have provoked them. Paucity of wise, selfless, unified and focused, leadership seems to be the perennial problem.

I am not making an indiscriminate attack on all monk activists. The vast majority of them genuinely represent Buddhist interests while upholding those of the minority communities. I have no doubt that the monks of the Bodubala Sena organization belong to that category despite their raucous bluster. My idea is that it would be good if those of our monks who have decided to agitate against perceived or real threats to their peaceful existence were properly restrained, responsible and non-violent as behoves all of us, including especially bhikkhus. Though I hold no brief for the apparently confrontational way they are putting their case at the moment, I don’t question their right to air their views. But I totally disagree with them when they seem to adopt the language of extremism in reacting to perceived extremism against them. Some time ago, the members of the Buddhist clergy and officials of an Islamic organization put their heads together and worked out a very peaceful settlement of the  halal issue. They earned our  praise. That happened under a no-nonsense state official who, unfazed by adverse criticism, was capable of taking effective steps to prevent possible mischief from trouble-makers and rumour-mongers inimical to the state.

Concluded

Indian and Sri Lankan Armed Forces

February 1st, 2016

Janaka Perera

This relates to the January 27th article titled ‘Coup attempt that nearly ignited a religious war’ in the Lanka Web of January 27.  Since a reader in his comment on the piece has apparently misunderstood what I wrote I need to clarify the point I made on the Indian Army.

There is no question that the British colonial masters modeled the Indian military on British lines. The fact however is that the Indians who formed that army and later the Indian Navy and Air Force were recruited from the same warrior tribes which were active in India until the British occupation. That they served a foreign ruler thereafter and what they did in Ceylon is NOT the issue here.

The fact of the matter is that the Sikhs continued to be Sikhs under the British, wore turbans and believed in Sikhism. The same applied to Rajput, Maratha, Gurkha, Punjabi and others in the military then as now.  Many among them joined the Indian National Army led by Subhas Chandra Bose after Malaya and Singapore fell to the Japanese during World War II.  It is for the same reason that some Indian Navy personnel staged a anti-British mutiny on the eve of India’s independence (the first Indian mutiny was in 1857).  It is also for the same reason that a large majority of Indians gave a heroes’ welcome to the returning soldiers of the Indian National Army who were charged with treason by the British but were later acquitted since the charge could not be maintained.

The point I wish to make here is NOT what the Indian troops did or did not do under the British but their attitude to their own country after the British left, in contrast to the strongly pro-Western attitude of the Ceylon Army top brass in the immediate post-independence years.

The Indian Army had its origins in the years after the Indian uprising of 1857, often called the Indian Mutiny by British historians, when in 1858 the Crown took over direct rule of British India from the East India Company. Before 1858, the company controlled the precursor units of the Indian Army and paid them with company profits. These operated alongside units of the British Army, funded by the British government in London.

After the 1857 mutiny, recruitment switched to what the British called the ‘martial races’ as mentioned above.

Sri Lanka had no such warrior tribes at the time the Kandyan Kingdom fell to the British in 1815.  All those who fought in defence of the kingdom until then were volunteers who in peacetime were engaged in other fields, although they had training in weaponry and martial arts. These facts can be obtained from various historical sources including Robert Knox’s account of 17th Century Ceylon.

Therefore it was easy for the British in Sri Lanka to create an entirely new military known as the Ceylon Defence Force, which later included the Ceylon Light Infantry, Ceylon Garrison Artillery and the Ceylon Naval Volunteer Reserve.  The military top brass at the time were of course all Europeans, as in India.  The others, especially officers, were mostly Burghers and Christians (both Sinhala and Tamil).

 

At independence, Sri Lanka inherited from the British a military establishment that was neither ethnically nor religiously representative of the population at large. Minorities, for example, were heavily overrepresented in the officer corps. Christians, who comprised about eight percent of the population, accounted for about 50 percent of all officers. Ethnically, Tamils and Burghers, who together comprised less than 20 percent of the population, accounted for 40 percent of the officer corps. This unbalanced representation was the result of a number of deliberate policies and incidental developments under the British.( http://reference.allrefer.com/country-guide-study/sri-lanka/sri-lanka169.html)

This same ‘tradition’ continued after independence until the coup attempt of January 27th 1962.

Tamils: Log on to southern situation

February 1st, 2016

By Gomin Dayasri Courtesy The Daily Mirror

errorism has left a trail amongst the northern Tamils, feeling of a need for a separate state; brainwashed by the LTTE and kept alive by the remittances of the Diaspora.

With the Provincial Council positioned, dawned on the North the outdated Indian prescription was not the answer sought. A home remedy kept to present needs is wanted for the North: Should be baked in Colombo and flavoured in Jaffna to be sold.

Tamil pride was wounded, when the Sinhala army overran homegrown terrorism. Affected South, naturally revelled at it.

Though in captive hands the North felt humiliated, over – reacted by over -subscribing to the defeated captors. Realized the benefits democracy offers over terrorism. But it took time to comprehend due to backwardness. In retrospect, appreciates terrorism is not akin to their way of life. The North is primitive compared to the worldlier South. South needs to understand them.

Triumphant South should be magnanimous in attending to the genuine grievances of the Tamil people in the north.

 

“SLFP suffers from a permanent inferiority complex induced by its ancestors; needs a Bandaranaike or a Rajapaksa to lead -rest are plebs: SLFP-is toilet trained to accept this doctrine and Sirisena disproved the fake cult. Within the famous families there are bickerings to undo the other.”

Constitutional changes will not bind the communities but offer opportunities for failing politicians to revive their careers by fanning communal politics. A Constitution, unlikely to be born, offers no solace. Tamils must consider joining mainstream politics after the local government elections to work together to gain mutual benefits.

The reconciliation process is accelerated if the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) joins the central government where the centre holds a majority in parliament and is not dependent on the TNA for survival and accepts prestigious places in the Cabinet.

Coming to uplift a failed government, belatedly is counter-productive, instills suspicion in Sinhala minds. There may never be another hyphenated “UNP-SLFP” regime.

To appreciate the value of the centre, it must be tasted and be available for tasting. Any amalgamation is more feasible during the lifetime of its leader Sampanthan where Sumanthiran can play an engineering role. Longer the TNA lives with the UNP or SLFP or both, in a coalition government-the concept of togetherness becomes meaningful. Need is to promote a Sri Lankan identity to live as one family with distinct and different cultures that require safeguards. Notions must change with the war being an event of the past.

Joint means majority Sinhalese in the UNP/SLFP, combines with the minority Tamils of the TNA – sizeable amount of the voters.

 

“Tailor made to lead, hailing from solid SLFP stock is Gothabhaya [Gotha] Rajapaksa, the doer, who did his assignments to perfection, wiped out terrorism and gave Colombo a fresh coat of paint that seems to be fading fast due to neglect. “

It displays TNA has jettisoned separatism and is prepared to share power at the centre. The TNA should extract the benefits originating from the centre by taking the opportunity to distribute benefits to their people with power in their grasp. Confidence building between communities is a preamble to reconciliation

TNA should gain the trust of the Sinhala people in the UNP and the Sirisena faction; Ministers of the TNA can attend to the genuine grievances of their people under a power sharing unitary Constitution.
There must be fresh thinking after ending the war and credit must be given to Mahinda Rajapaksa [MR] for enabling a situation where the TNA can function effectively in a democratic framework.
If the Tigers were active would not the TNA dance a jig to survive? Would there have been a Provincial Council presided over by an elected Wigneswaran displaying many infirmities if the LTTE was in control?

Difference may arise among the Tamil politicians with extremists choosing to remain outside the borders of moderate politics. The TNA must ensure that benefits flow to the Tamil people than to Tamil politicians – as

Improperly envisaged by the 13th Amendment tailored by India to attract the LTTE to the democratic fold through a wasteful Provincial Council system where the elected extracted a lion’s share of benefits due to the electors.

The Northern politicians must keep watch on southern politics before taking the plunge for it is indeed a precipitous journey.

President Sirisena need not travel a distance if he finds a comfort zone in the UNP. They made him what he is. A man of the people, a factor UNP hierarchy fails to comprehend. He is a welcome asset to the UNP as a foil to Ranil Wickremesinghe’s uppity upends.

Will Sirisena align with the Rajapaksa wing? Unlikely before the local government elections are held.
Sirisena may have to watch dismally elected representatives of the SLFP make the crossing to the new party. To await the results may mean the loss of a red carpet laid for him to cross. He should remain in the green corner safeguarding his dignity.

A three cornered contest is unlikely as Sirisena will come a poor third-will do worse at a Parliamentary Elections.

UNP may adopt the favourite sons of Sirisena’s SLFP under a new voting system. UNP will eclipse Sirisena’s candidates at the vote count. The new party may offer a stiff challenge to the UNP but defeat the SLFP of Sirisena, where exit gates will open wide after the results.

The President can make or break a government.

Sirisena has grown in stature being his own man. He is an asset but carries a diminished image with the entry of his loathed merry men in parliament He needs a prop to lean on. He cannot do it alone. As president, Sirisena can score an ace to help the side he backs: limited since his candidates are made of dead wood.

Taking Sirisena’s candidates on board means UNP adopts the unwanted, not providing lustre to any list. The party governing at the Centre normally wins the local elections comfortably.

UNP must win big to successfully usher a new constitution otherwise the coalition will undergo a slow death and commence a reign of a weak parliament for the balance three years due to the crazy 19th Amendment that can bring governments to their knees.

UNP cannot be as selective as MR in picking the winners from the SLFP: vote catchers are likely to defect to the new party. SLFP of Sirisena will lose more than gain on the aggregated votes the SLFP picked at the last General Elections.

MR must not expand his list to gain publicity with the unwanted of the Sirisena camp, distasteful to the floating voters – will make them stay at home on Election Day. Mahinda wing needs new faces to cover the many old faces that will never part till their dying day, in lust for office and its perks.

Dubious elements feature in the national lists, some on offering hospitality enclaves. They are selected on the quality of food and drink provided at hierarchical gatherings.

Quack doctors operate on guests at dinner tables in an age where gardeners held titles as special advisors.

Sirisena’s trusted elected representative may leave him in the lurch and shift to the opposing wing to win back the SLFP vote- last reachable vote to secure a berth in local authorities. UNP’s rank and file will never vote for carpetbaggers of the SLFP. Floating voter is a thinker, will not walk to vote for candidates that shifted sides to enjoy office.

Mahinda Rajapaksa can bide his time to pick the cream of the SLFP while Sirisena may try hard to retain them by offering custard.

Constitution making is a convenient excuse to exit as gallant knights that saved the nation from being divided by undercutting the Constitution from within and becoming heroic to charm the Opposition voters.

Sirisena carries a bunch of defeated SLFP candidates: they joined a UNP led Cabinet as appointed MPs on the aggregate SLFP vote that was cast predominantly for Mahinda Rajapaksa. How many UNP votes can they muster to offset the minimal SLFP votes?

Striking 75 years on the eve of the next Parliamentary Elections, does Mahinda Rajapaksa appeal to the young faces in the Facebook? Rather not, after losing twice. Respected as a perambulating elder statesman, giving leadership to a new force that displaced the venerable SLFP is sufficient glory for a twice – elected president: politically astute should know their limits.
SLFP suffers from a permanent inferiority complex induced by its ancestors; needs a Bandaranaike or a Rajapaksa to lead -rest are plebs: SLFP-is toilet trained to accept this doctrine and Sirisena disproved the fake cult. Within the famous families there are bickerings to undo the other.

Tailor made to lead, hailing from solid SLFP stock is Gothabhaya [Gotha] Rajapaksa, the doer, who did his assignments to perfection, wiped out terrorism and gave Colombo a fresh coat of paint that seems to be fading fast due to neglect.

A new face to politics decorated in war paint, first time on contesting, gets the thumbs up sign. He is preferred to any other carrying the Rajapaksa name.
Carrying military bearings is attractive to the Sinhalese and its youth. Nevertheless, can drive the minorities to the brink of no return. He carries the bulk of the floating votes but much depends on the voting pattern of the UNP’s patriotic Sinhala majority as the minorities. They can undo Gotha by tactical voting.

Gotha needs to learn the nuances of local politics from the common man otherwise he could become another Fonseka. Envy lurks from his senior colleagues. His success depends on the team of advisors he selects, as he is a novice in politics without experience.

Tamils must watch the politics of the South more than of the North.

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/104770/Tamils-Log-on-to-southern-situation#sthash.G5GHu6qt.slhPNMQC.dpuf

යෝෂිත රාජපක්‍ෂ අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්න DIG අනුර දිසානායක කල මෙහෙයුම මෙන්න..

February 1st, 2016

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 බොරැල්ල එන්.එම්. පෙරේරා මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ පැවැති හිටපු ජනාධිපති පුත් යෝෂිත රාජපක්‍ෂ ඇතුළු පිරිස අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම පිළිබඳව කරුණු පැහැදිලි කිරීමේ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂ විශේෂ මාධ්‍ය හමුවේදී අදහස් දක්වමින් විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා මෙසේ පැවසීය.

එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා මෙසේ ද පැවසීය.

‘‘පෙබරවාරි 05 වැනිදා එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස් ෂෙයිඞ් අල් හුසේන් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණිමට නියමිතයි. ඔහු පැමිණෙන්නේ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා ප‍්‍රමුඛ කොටි ත‍්‍රස්තවාදයෙන් මේ රට බේරාගත් රණවිරුවන් දංගෙඩියට යවන යුද අපරාධ අධිකරණයක් පිහිටුවීමට අදාළ කටයුතුවල ප‍්‍රගතිය විමසා බැලීමටයි. ඒ මහා පාවාදීමේ මෙහෙයුම දිගේලි කරමින් තිබෙන වෙලාවේ මේ කොන්ද පණ නැති ආණ්ඩුව මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ දේශපාලන භූමිකාව නතර කරන්න හිතාගෙන එතුමාගේ බිරිඳ, පුතාලා ඇතුළු පවුලේ සැමට දරුණු ලෙස පහර දීමට පටන්ගෙන තිබෙනවා. මේ මාධ්‍ය හමුව පවත්වන අවස්ථාවේ ශිරන්ති රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිනිය ඉන්නේ බරපතළ මූල්‍ය වංචා පිළිබඳ සොයන ජනාධිපති කොමිසමේ.

යෝෂිත රාජපක්‍ෂ අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්න DIG අනුර දිසානායක කල මෙහෙයුම මෙන්න..

‘ඔළු දෙකේ ආණ්ඩුව’

මේ ආණ්ඩුව දන්නවා, ඔවුන්ට පැවැත්මක් නැහැ කියලා. මේ තමයි කෙටිම කාලයකින් වැඩිම හානිය සිදුකර ගත්තු ආණ්ඩුව. මේක ‘ඔළු දෙකේ’ ආණ්ඩුවක්. ඊට නායකයන් දෙදෙනකු ඉන්නවා. එහෙම නායකයන් ‘බානක්’ හිටියත් ඒ දෙදෙනාට රට පාලනයකර ගන්න බැරි වෙලා තිබෙනවා. ආර්ථිකය දවසින් දවස වැටෙනවා. දිනාගත්තු සමාජ ආර්ථික ජයග‍්‍රහණ රටට අහිමි වෙමින් තිබෙනවා. ඒ නිසා ඔවුන්ගේ අසරණකම වහගන්න තියෙන එකම ක‍්‍රමය වී ඇත්තේ ‘මහින්ද භීතිකාවක්’ මැවීම.

‘ඞී.අයි.ජී අනුර දිසානායක’

හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ පුතා යෝෂිත රාජපක්‍ෂ සීඑස්එන් නාලිකාවේ කිසිදු තනතුරක් දරන්නෙ නැහැ. සභාපති හෝ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ මණ්ඩල සාමාජිකයකු නොවෙයි. අයිතිකරු ද නොවෙයි. නමුත් එක්තරා ඇමතිවරයකුගේ මස්සිනා කෙනෙකු මෙම නාලිකාවේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ මණ්ඩල සාමාජිකයකු ලෙස කටයුතු කරනවා. ඔහුට මේ අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම අදාළ වී නැහැ. ‘ඇමති මස්සිනා’ අතහැර හිටපු ජනාධිපතිතුමන්ට පහර දීමට තමයි යෝෂිත රාජපක්‍ෂව මේකට පටලවන්නේ. මේ දඩයමට ‘රතු පාවාඩ එලන්නේ’ ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ. ‘ඞී.අයි.ජී. අනුර දිසානායක’ එයාගේ ගෝලයකුට ප‍්‍රශ්න අහන්න කියනවා. එයා ‘බෝලය උස්සලා දුන්නම’ ඇමති මෙහෙන් ‘ඩෑෂ් පහර’ දෙනවා. ඒ විදියට අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය මතය සහ පරිසරය හදලා පසුව කියනවා ‘අල්ලන්න’ කියලා.

‘යෝෂිත රාජපක්‍ෂ අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් හැටි’

යෝෂිත රාජපක්‍ෂ ඇතුළු පිරිස අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමේ තීන්දුව ගත්තේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඇතුළු ඇමතිවරු තුන්දෙනෙක්, ‘සිවිල් සමාජ ක‍්‍රියාකාරිකයන්’ යැයි කියා ගන්නා එන්ජීඕ කාරයෝ දෙදෙනෙක් හා පොලීසියේ ඉහළම නිලධාරියෙක් ‘අපේ ගම’ පරිශ‍්‍රය තුළදී හමුවෙලා, සාකච්ඡා කරලයි. පොලිස්පතිට දැඩි බලපෑමක් එල්ල කරලා ‘නීතිපති උපදෙස් අවශ්‍ය නැහැ. කෙලින්ම ගන්න’ කියලයි කිව්වේ. අපට මතකයි හිරුණිකා පේ‍්‍රමචන්ද්‍ර අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්න නීතිපතිගේ උපදෙස් ලැබෙනකම් කොපමණ කාලයක් බලා සිටියාද? එදා පොලීසිය කිව්වේ ‘බුදු අම්මෝ, නීතිපතිගේ ලියුම නැත්තම් හිරුණිකා දිහා බලන්නවත් බැහැ’ කියලයි. මෙතැනදී යෝෂිත රාජපක්‍ෂ ඇතුළු පිරිස අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන ඇත්තේ කිසිදු නීත්‍යනුකූල පදනමක් නැතිවයි. මෙසේ අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට ඇත්තේ එකම හේතුවයි. ඒ තමයි, ‘මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ දේශපාලන භූමිකාවෙන් ඉවත් කරන්න නම් දරුවන්ට ගහන්න ඕනෑ’ කියලා, මේ ඔළු දෙකේ ආණ්ඩුව විසින් සිතීම. දරුවන්ට ගහපුවාම මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා තාත්තා කෙනෙකු ලෙස සැලෙයි කියලා මේ ආණ්ඩුව හිතනවා. එවැනි ද්‍රෝහී පාපතර මෙහෙයුමක් පමණයි අද මේ රටේ ක‍්‍රියාත්මක වෙන්නේ. මේ ආණ්ඩුව කොපමණ අසරණ, දුර්වල වෙලාද කියනවා නම්, සදාචාරාත්මකව වැහැරිලාද කියනවා නම්, අද ක‍්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ ‘දරුවන්ගෙන්, බිරින්දෑවරුන්ගෙන් පලිගැනීමේ මෙහෙයුම’

වෛරයෙන් පෙළෙන ඇමතිවරුන්ගෙන් පොලීසියට උපදෙස්

අද මේ රටේ නීතිය ක‍්‍රියාත්මක වෙනවා කියලා කවුරුහරි කියනවා නම් ඒක විහිළුවක්. ඇඹිලිපිටියේ එක්දරු පියාගේ ඝාතනයට සම්බන්ධ පොලිස් නිලධාරීන් වහාම අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්න’ කියා ඇඹිලිපිටියේ මහේස්ත‍්‍රාත්තුමා නියෝගයක් ලබාදී තිබෙනවා. එම නියෝගය ලබාදී අදට දින 06යි. ඒ නිලධාරීන් සොයා ගන්න බැරිද? ඒකෙන්ම ඉතා පැහැදිලිව පෙනෙනවා අද මේ රටේ නිර්මාණයකර ඇත්තේ පොලිස් රාජ්‍යයක්. අද FCID කියලා නීති විරෝධී ආයතනයක් හදලා, ඒකට ඕනෑම මර්දනකාරී පියවරක් ගන්න අනුබල දීලා තියෙනවා. ඇමතිවරු කල්ලි ගැහිලා, ‘අත්අඩංගුවට ගත යුත්තේ කවුද?’ කියලා තීන්දු කරනවා. වෛරයෙන් පෙළෙන ඇමතිවරුන්ගේ උපදෙස් පිළිගන්න අද පොලිස්පතිවරයාට සිදු වෙලා තිබෙනවා.

කවුරු හරි හිතනවා නම් ‘මේ දඩයම හමුවේ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය බිය වෙයි, හැකිලෙයි’ කියලා ඒ අයට වැරදිලා. පෙරටත් වඩා ශක්ති සම්පන්නව ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂයේ මන්ත‍්‍රීතුමන්ලා ඇතුළු අපි සියලූ දෙනා එක මිටකට එකතු වෙලා මේ ඒකාධිපති වියරුව පැරදවීම සඳහා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළත් ඉන් පිටතත් ගත හැකි සියලූ පියවර ගන්නවා.

අපි ජාතියක් හැටියට මේ රටේ සාමූහික හෘදසාක්ෂිය නියෝජනය කරනවා නම් අපේ හෘදසාක්ෂිය අපිව ප‍්‍රශ්න කරන වේලාවක් මේක. මරණ බියෙන් ජීවත් වුණු මිනිස්සු අපි. දරුවෝ පාසලට ගියාම ආපසු ඒවිද කියලා බියෙන් ජීවත් වුණු මිනිස්සු අපි. මුළුමහත් ජාතිය වෙළාගෙන පැවැති ඒ බිය නැති කරලා දාපු සේනාධිනායකයාගෙන් පලිගැනීමට ඉඩ දෙනවා නම්, ‘ජාතියක් හැටියට අපේ හෘදසාක්ෂියට කුමක්ද වෙලා තියෙන්නේ?’ කියන ප‍්‍රශ්නය අපි ඉදිරිපිට පැන නගිනවා. මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ කියන්නේ නිකම් නායකයකු නොවෙයි. බලයට ඇවිල්ලා අවුරුදු දෙක හමාරකින් යුද්ධය අවසන් කරලා, අවුරුදු හත හමාරක් තුළ මේ රට නවීකරණය කරපු නායකයෙක්. ඔහුට විරුද්ධව බොරු බේගල් ඇද බාලා ඒවා ඔප්පු කර ගන්න බැරි වුණාම, අද FCID නැමැති නීතිවිරෝධී ආයතනයක් හදලා, මූල්‍ය විශූද්ධිකරණ පනත සහ පොදු දේපළ පනත යොදා ගෙන බොරු වැරදි හදලා, ඇප නොදී, හිරේ දමලා ඔහුගේ පවුලේ පිරිස දඩයම් කරනවා.

අපි එජාප, ජවිපෙ, ශ‍්‍රී ලනිප ඇතුළු කවර පක්‍ෂයකට අයත් වුවත් මේ රටේ රටවැසියන් හැටියට අපට තිබුණු බිය සහ සැකය නැති කරලා අදීන ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවක් නිර්මාණය කර දීමට සිය මුළු වෙර යොදා කැපවුණු නායකයාගෙන් මේ විදිහට පන්න පන්නා පලිගැනීමට ඉඩ දිය හැකිද? ඒ නිසා අපි මේ රටේ පොදු ජනතාවට ආරාධනා කරනවා ‘ මේ පාදඩ දඩයමට තවදුරටත් ඉඩදෙන්නෙ නැතිව ජාතියක් විදිහට නැගී සිටින්න’ කියලා.

– අනුරුද්ධ බණ්ඩාර

මරබිය තුරන්කර, රට එක්සේසත් කර අදීන ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවක් නිර්මාණය කර දීමට සිය මුළුවෙර යොදා කැපවුණු නායකයාගෙන් මේ ආකාරයට පන්න පන්නා පලිගැනීම තවදුරටත් නොඉවසා ඊට එරෙහිව නැගී සිටින්නැයි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පොදු ජනතාවගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියි.

යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීම ගැන විත්තියේ නීතිඥයා කරුණු පහදයි..

February 1st, 2016

 

යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනීම ගැන විත්තියේ නීතිඥයා කරුණු පහදයි..

Protest demonstration at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on the 12th Feb from 2-6pm 

February 1st, 2016

The demonstration in which we are organising on the 12th Feb from 2-6pm at the Sri Lankan High Commission is not against any political party, purely  on the national question.

Protest Advert R1

 

සින්හල බෞධ්ධ භික්ෂුන්ගේ චින්තන  හා පෙරකදෝරු  චින්තන ගැටුම

February 1st, 2016

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

එක්නැලිගොඩ  සිධ්ධියෙදී ගලගොඩ ඇත්තේ හිමියන් ඉතා සන්සුන් ලෙසින් මහේස්ත්රාත් ගෙන් ප්රශ්න කීපයක් ඇසුවේය . ප්රශ් පදනම් වුයේ මහේස්ත්රාත් ගේම  අදහස් මතය ..මහේස්ත්රාත් පමිනේල්ලෙන් ඇසුවේ  රණවිරුවන්ට ඇති චෝදනා ඔප්පු කිරීමට සාක්ෂි  යනුය්  . උත්තරය වුයේ  ”’ නැතයන්නය් ..  එවිට හිමියන් ඇසුවේඉතින් ස්වාමීනි චෝදනා ඔප්පු කල නොහැකියය් පමිනිල්ලම කියන්නේ නම්  රට බේරා ගෙන මේසා කැපකිරීමක් කල මේ රණ විරුවන් ඇපමත හෝ නිදහස් කල නොහැකිද ”’ යන සාධාරණ පැ නයය්  පැ නය අතිශයින්ම සාධාරණය.හදවතටත් බුද්ධියට ත්එකඟවූ සර්වසාධාරන පැනයකි .මහේස්ත්රාත් මේ සියල්ල සාවධානව අසා සිට  දුන් පිළිතුර මෙවැන්නකිඇත්ත ඒවුනත්අහවල් නීතියේ අහවල් චෙධය පරිදි ඔවුන්ට ඇපදීමට  මට හැකියාවක් නැත .””
  ක් වරටම   හිමියෝ දුටුවේ අර රණවිරුවන්ගේ කඳුලින් පිරුණු දෙනෙත් ඔවුන් තමන්ගේ රටේ පරයන්ගේ නීති හමුවේඅ  සරණ වී ඇති    සැටිය     .චතු  ස්කොටික තර්ක විතර්ක , චක්රීය චින්තනමත පදනම් වූ සිංහල  බෞද්ධ භික්ෂුවගේ  අදහස් එඛරෙඛීය හා ද්විකෝටික  මත පදනම් වූ බටහිර  පෙරකදෝරු වන්ගේ  චින්තනයට එරෙහිව ක්ෂණයකින් එලියට පැන්නේය .
””””
එහෙනම් ඉතින් සුද්දන්ගේ නීති වෙනස්  කරව් ”’ යන අභීත් සිංහ නාදය උසාවිය පුරා රව් දුන්නේයඩී  එස්  ගේ සිට මේ අද දක්වා එකම එක පාලකයෙක් වත් නොකළ එහෙත් කලයුතුම වූ දේ  එයය්රට විනාශ කිරීම   සඳහාම සුද්දන් විසින් දෙමලුන්ට  දුන් තෙසවලමෙය් නීතිය   තවමත් එසේමය . කිවයුතුදේ බොහෝය . සිරිමාවෝ නොසිටියානම් අපේ රැජින තවමත් එලිසබෙත්ය . එලිසබෙත්ගේ ඇත ගෑවුනත්  අමන්දානන්දයට පත්වෙන උන් දැන් රජවෙලාය .
දැන්වත්  ”’චතුස්කෝ ටිකය හා  ද්විකෝටිකය  අතරත් චක්රීය හා එකරෙඛීය චින්තන වෙනස ගැනත් ”””’ සිංහල බෞද්ධයෝ  මීට වඩා උනන්දුවෙන් උගතයුතුය . නැත්නම්      ”’චොප්පේ එළවා  දැම්මත් අපට ලැබෙන්නේ ”’ හුප්පේය .” 

Forecast 2016: A Roadmap for Sri Lanka

February 1st, 2016

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera , Adviser to Finance Minister

Our objective is to make Sri Lanka the most competitive nation in the Indian Ocean and to develop the island as a mega city for the region that will go between Singapore and Dubai thus make it competitive and the time has come for us to think how we are going to do it 

                                  Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Economic Forum 2016

In ‘Sri Lanka: A Silent Revolution’, the 02 February 2015 entry for IPCS column Dateline Colombo, authored after the victory of incumbent Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, this author identified a few areas focus on which would improve the state of the nation at the time, and stated that “Sri Lanka, with its new administration, will need to do some serious reforms especially to strengthen the loss-making institutions, fight corruption and introduce meritocracy at all levels.”

A year on, the rainbow coalition, despite huge promises of reform, has not delivered on all. However, to its credit, it has managed (with some success) to introduce newer and more outward looking policies. First, freedom of expression was fully restored. The trend of blocking media sites has ended, and the safety of media personnel, restored.  Second, independent commissions such as the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption have been fully restored. Third, foreign policy rebalance between West and China is being re-established.

Economy
The January 2016 Sri Lanka Economic Forum brought with it some excellent thoughts from global leaders such as Ricardo Hausmann, Joseph Stiglitz and George Soros.  As Prime Minister Wickremesinghe stated, “Sri Lankans who voted for the change and those who didn’t vote should unite to build this nation to the height achieved by nations like Singapore.” George

Soros stated that we should lower our expectations as there is a clear sign of global economic slowdown this year. The $27 billion Soros Fund Management (SFM) is looking at to invest $300 million initially in the economy – a good start at the beginning of the year.  Economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia stated that “tax revenue as per GDP was 12 percent when it should be 20 percent and urged Sri Lanka to get its fundamentals right.” Comprehensive tax reforms are needed to increase revenue to 18 to 20 per cent of GDP in the next few years.

Containing the fiscal deficit to 5 per cent of the GDP should continue to reduce to stabilise the economy. To reduce fiscal deficit, it is important to focus on increasing revenue and decreasing government expenditure – a difficult task to undertake in the present political context. Losses incurred by public enterprises are a huge fiscal burden that need to be addressed.

Politicians who offer employment merely to satisfy the electorate should be stopped. One example is that of the Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation, which had a little over 800 employees in 2009 when this author was leaving as Chairman. Today, 1800 people are employed for the same lot of harbours. Once a profitable Corporation, it is currently incurring losses with its extensive employee numbers. A large cabinet with nearly 100 ministers lead to the wastage of state resources.

It was with this socio-political and economic backdrop in mind that Wickremesinghe participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos – a conference where he could interact with the top minds, investors and political leaders – to plan his strategic economic agenda for the nation. For the first time in 10 years, Sri Lanka had a high level political representation at Davos. In fact, this author, during the two visits to Davos, was the only government representative from Sri Lanka, and without much support from the government. The tide has changed, and it is for the positive.

Standard of Living

The government should focus on improving the citizens’ quality of life by providing the best possible solutions to problems, instead of discussions about unfruitful political gossip. Unfortunately, most of our headlines have been about a public misbehavior of a politician not projecting Sri Lankan achievement.

For instance, 2,700 people, i.e. an average of 7.5 people every day, were killed in road accidents in 2015 – an increase, compared to 2014. Given how there were numerous references to Singapore at the Sri Lanka Economic Forum, an illustration of an example from Singapore is in order. On 25 December 2015, the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, opened the Downtown Line 2 (DLT2), an extension to their existing public rail network, that is set to ease traffic. As Lee stated, “With a new MRT line and extension to be opened next year onwards the network will double to 360km by 2030. It will be comparable to London, New York and Tokyo, this means eight in 10 homes will be within a 10 minute radius.” There several important lessons and practices we could import from Singapore.

The World Economic Forum has categorised Sri Lanka as an efficiency-driven economy (stage 2) in this year’s global competitiveness index. It is an achievement, for Colombo has moved up from factor-driven (stage 1). Almost all South Asian countries are still on stage 1 or in transition. Sri Lanka should aim to move from efficiency-driven to the next stage of transition, and then to innovation-driven by 2030. A goal to double per capita to reach $7000 by 2020 and to improve all sectors of the economy, should be set.

Given its tremendous human resource potential, the nation has the capacity carry this out. However, in order to become the region’s top workforce not just in terms of size but also quality, this valuable resource requires training. Investment in research and development and improvement in our educational systems and universities should be the government’s priority.

The Moratuwa University could be our own MIT or IIT.

Governance
Improving on transparency and strengthening mechanisms to fight corruption are important areas that require focus. Optmising the productivity of government’s loss making institutions, strengthening and encouraging the private sector to expand, combating sexual abuse, and enforcing child protection rights, are among the neglected areas that should be addressed.

The government will announce the new constitutional assembly to draft the new constitution with public participation. After this, it will be sent for approval, and then, referendum. It is a task that will reset several core areas of the present governance structure; and therefore, should ideally be undertaken after debate and dialogue with the public. Malicious campaigns to create fear could be created and government should steer through this carefully with stakeholder participation.

The recent surge in nationalism resulting from a Sinha Le (Sinhalese blood) campaign that has gone viral on the Internet is definitely not a positive sign as it could manifest in the worst form of nationalism. Instead, nationalism should be used to preserve one’s languages. This sort of appreciation for languages will create interest among our younger generations to learn and appreciate a language such as Sinhala – a dying language according to UN.

Reconciliation
As a nation, Sri Lanka has suffered tremendously in the past, and should now move towards uniting all ethnic groups via genuine reconciliation processes. President Sirisena demonstrated a sincere sign of reconciliation on the day he completed a year in office: he pardoned the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam assassin, Sivaraja Jenivan, who had attempted to assassinate the former in 2006. The pardon was an act of remembering the past but also forgiving in order to create a better future for all of us. This is a great deed and signals to kick start brave and genuine efforts towards the reconciliation process.

Overview

Sri Lanka possesses the potential to achieve great heights. With correct processes in place, and collective effort to create a better political culture, the country could spur its economic growth to overcome the challenges, both internal and external.

 

(Asanga Abeyagoonasekera is a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. This article was initially published by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) New Delhi for “Dateline Colombo” http://www.ipcs.org/article/south-asia/forecast-2016-a-roadmap-for-sri-lanka-4978.html )

Interview with Jayan Perera Achieve Real Change (ARC),

February 1st, 2016

By Dasanti Wimalaratne

 Jayan Perera is one of the founding members of Achieve Real Change (ARC), a volunteer organization based in the UK and made of second generation Sri Lankan professionals. ARC’s mission is to help Sri Lankan’s business, medical and sports sectors develop by having diaspora members use their professional skills for their country’s sake.

Everyone wants to help their country, even if they are living abroad, and ARC helps makes that possible. Jayan Perera, during one of his many visits home, agreed to discuss ARC and his homeland.

Q: When did you start ARC?

A: Back in March 2012. I came for one of International Alert’s diaspora engagement pieces that was based around Sri Lankan professionals and what they can do for Sri Lankan. I decided right then to found ARC. What we try to do is bring people who have experience in UK-based industries, who are experienced global leaders, to Sri Lanka to use some of that knowledge.

Q: How many members do you have?

A: It’s very organic. We have a core executive group of four of us where each person is responsible for one arm aside from the medical arm which has two people. I run the business arm, Aiysha runs the sports arm, Shanja and Shyvanthi run the medical arm. Underneath those individuals who run the organizations are a large group of individuals who help. We have about twenty people who are quite core, who show up for everything.

People have taken great risks to be part of ARC. Especially people from Tamil community have gotten a lot of flak for joining something that’s part of the wider Sri Lankan community. I can’t stress how proud I am of the people who have stepped outside their comfort zone/taken a lot of flak.

Q: What sort of organizations businesses does ARC Business work with?

A: We work with a number of organizations. We’ve found that the garment industry is especially welcoming and appreciates our help. Innovation is at the core of their DNA. Organizational structure, strategies for inclusion, we find as an industry, they are quite open to those ideas.

One example of what we’ve done in the garment industry is there was an organization was set up in North and their entire problem was that they have a large business in the North manufacturing garments but they have almost exclusively get supplies from Colombo while everyone on the floor/stitching was from North. We foresaw a problem with that where they could have a situation where all the managers are from the South and all the workers are from the North. We initiated a turbo boost and helped 8 of their employees get from being green in the field to having some sort of management or university degree and having a grasp of the necessary skills.

Q: How well does ARC Medical fare in Sri Lanka?

A: Quite well! Medical affairs are more similar than businesses. ARC can help even private hospitals improve their care. What we’re finding is that there’s a lot to learn from the Sri Lankan model. You have hugely educated and experienced medical professionals here. In the UK, it’s all about being lean and mean, doing the best with the minimal resources. It’s a bit more prevalent for the people to have private healthcare here.
Q: How do you think we should counter the Sri Lankan ‘brain drain’?

A: Sri Lanka is an environment of start ups –  there’s a tenacity to deliver success in Sri Lanka, to target the business sector in a different way, to go along new ways that nobody else has gone before. There is an opportunity for you to make something of yourself.

In Sri Lanka, I’ve seen how much you can do with sometimes not a lot and it puts things into perspective as to how much you can achieve.

Q: What would attract 2nd Generation Diaspora to move back?

A: If it’s not considered ‘giving it all up’, especially if you come from a Western country. There is a lot of fear around giving up a higher quality of life.

The lifestyle here, it is a little bit more easy-going, it’s a little slower paced. Sri Lanka’s an interesting place because you can go quite far here if you can articulate yourself and do the things that you are taught to do in the UK and other places.

Businesses, they like having people from around the world where they’re different – not even necessarily to lead the team but augment it. People are still driven by fundamentally similar desires in business and innovation is always welcome in most organizations. Employers here, if they’re looking abroad, they have to be more vocal about it.

Q: How often do you visit Sri Lanka?

A: Since 2012, I’ve been here 2-3 times a year.

            Q: What do you love best about Sri Lanka?

A: The weather. The food. It’s home. One thing people forget about the diaspora is that no matter how long you’ve lived in another country, when you come back, when you come home, you’ll always feel as if you’ve never left.

When you come to Sri Lanka, you are really standing with people who share your origin story. I really love that feeling. I don’t think it’s something that can be articulated in a single word or a single paragraph.

Q: So even though you’ve never lived in SL, would you define it as your home?

A: Yeah. A simple answer is ‘yes’. Home isn’t just a feeling. Without getting overly philosophical, it’s not just where you lay your hat. Home, for me, is where you feel the most comfortable, it’s where you can just be yourself and walk around.

Sri Lanka, regardless of how many weeks a year I spend here, always is home and I do really love it for that.

Q: What Sri Lankan traditions do you follow?

A: Every night we have rice and curry. At home, our parents speak to us in Sinhala. We do keep up with news over here.

My kids are definitely going to have Sri Lankan cricket shirts, no doubt about that. I would hate for my kids to not feel like this is somewhere that they can call home.

WHEN ZEID COMES TO TOWN

January 31st, 2016

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA

 According to the newspapers, UN Human Rights High Commissioner Rights Zeid Al Hussain is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on the 5th of February.  The purported purpose of the visit is to urge the Government to finalize the mechanisms to try some of Sri Lanka’s war-time commanders for war crimes, as recommended by his report of September-2015, and endorsed by UNHRC resolution A/HRC/30/L.29.

In my opinion, Zeid has demonstrated by his conduct towards Sri Lanka that he is a law-breaker, a menace to the world (because his actions are causing the United Nations Organization, of which he is a high-ranking official, to continually breach the UN Charter) and thereby a disgrace to his office.

In this article I shall briefly explain the offence that I think the UN is at present being compelled to commit against Sri Lanka, the role that persons such as Zeid play in it, and suggest some things that Sri Lankans can do to ‘greet’ him properly when he gets here.

THE BACKGROUND TO THE OFFENCE

A good place to begin a discussion of the offence that the UN is committing against Sri Lanka is the farewell note penned by departing UN Resident Coordinator Subinay Nandy, and published in The Island of 19 January 206.  Nandy says, inter alia:

‘I was also fortunate to have been working with the UN in Sri Lanka during the last year when the Government re-affirmed its commitment towards meeting its international obligations to the UN system.’

Let’s look at this sentence a bit closely, particularly at the assumption it contains about the relationship between Sri Lanka and the UN.  As far as I know, Sri Lanka does not have an agreement with a ‘UN system.’  Sri Lanka has an agreement with the United Nations Organization, as a result of signing the UN Charter, and that Charter imposes reciprocal obligations on the UN that it has to meet when dealing with its Members.

One of the said obligations, perhaps the most important, is set out in Article 2(7) of the Charter, as follows:  ‘Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter.’

Let’s now turn to the international investigation against Sri Lanka authorized by the Human Rights Council in March-2014.  In my view, there’s a prima facie case that both the process that led to the investigation being authorized (i.e. the preceding resolutions in 2012 and 2013, plus the related reports of the Human Rights High Commissioner) as well as the result of the investigation (i.e. the High Commissioner’s report A/HRC/30/CRP.2 submitted to the Council in September-2015) are compromised.

The constraints of time don’t allow me to go into the above matter in detail, but in brief my argument is as follows.  With respect to the process that led to the investigation, an examination of the resolutions in 2012 and 2013 reveals that the principal basis for the recommendation for an investigation made in those resolutions was the recommendation made in related reports of the High Commissioner.

Meanwhile, an examination of the said High Commissioner’s reports shows that the principal basis for the recommendation for an international investigation made in those reports is the Report of the Secretary General’s Panel of Experts of Accountability in Sri Lanka (POE) released in 2011.  But, that report was produced for the personal use of the Secretary General, and never placed on the record of the Human Rights Council, and Sri Lanka never had a chance to respond to it directly before any UN Organ.

As such, in my view, the Council’s use of the report as a basis for recommending various measures against Sri Lanka is ex facie illegal.  (It should be noted that, when the POE was first released in 2011, the Russian Federation raised objections to it even at the Security Council.  So, there can be no denying that the UN was aware that there may be problems if any UN Organ were to use the POE for official purposes.)

I shall now turn to the result of the investigation, i.e. the High Commissioner’s report A/HRC/30/CRP.2 of September-2015.  In my view, the chief problem with this report is that it has not been subjected to an independent assessment, though it is replete with lies, obfuscations, contradictions and omissions, and so on, which become apparent to anyone even after a cursory perusal of the document.

More to the point, there are two reports commissioned by the Government, the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and the Paranagama Commission, the latter of which included international legal experts such as Sir Desmond De Silva and Professor David M. Crane, who had been consultants for the UN in other war crimes investigations, that a case for war crimes against the Sri Lankan State (i.e. a case for ‘Command responsibility’) cannot be made.

It should be noted that the High Commissioner’s report A/HRC/30/CRP.2 is the only UN-endorsed report thus far to suggest that Sri Lanka as a State committed war crimes.  Under the circumstances, it seems to me the least the Human Rights Council could have done before endorsing the High Commissioner’s recommendations was to subject the report to an independent assessment to test the veracity and credibility of his evidence.

THE OFFENCE

The Human Rights Council may argue that because the Government co-sponsored resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 it vitiates the need for an assessment such as the one mentioned above.  But, the question is, ‘Even if the UNHRC didn’t have to subject the High Commissioner’s report to an independent assessment before taking action on it, was there a duty of the UN (i.e. the General Assembly) to conduct such an assessment, because of obligations stemming from the UN Charter, particularly Article 2(7)?’

In my view there was, and my argument is briefly as follows.  The argument is derived from a principle of Criminal Law accepted in most civilized countries, namely, where a very serious offence is concerned, a plea of guilty by the accused at the very start of the trial is not sufficient for a conviction.  The judge must satisfy himself or herself that the accused, one, understands the gravity of what he (the accused) is about to do, and two, the accused has not been tricked or coerced into pleading guilty.

If the judge has the slightest suspicion with respect to the said matters, he or she can order the prosecution to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, irrespective of the plea of guilty by the accused.  In the law of Sri Lanka, this is taken a step further.  For a charge of murder, the judge has the discretion to refuse a plea of guilty and to order the prosecution to proceed with its case (Criminal Procedure Code, Section 197 as amended).

I consider that the above principle, mutatis mutandis, is applicable even in the field of international law, because it is essentially a means of safeguarding an accused where, by his own act, either through ignorance or compulsion, he is about to do grave harm to his own interests.

It seems to me reasonable that, if an individual accused of a crime can enjoy this safeguard, there is even greater need for that safeguard to be available to a nation, where the actions of certain officials threaten the sovereignty of the nation, and the citizens of the nation, who ultimately suffer the consequences of the said actions, have not been consulted nor had an opportunity to provide input with respect to the actions in question.

To cut to the chase, the Government has co-sponsored resolution A/HRC/30/L.29, which, let us suppose, is equivalent to a plea of ‘guilty’ to the High Commissioner’s charges.  The UN Organization, however, has an abiding relationship with the nation of Sri Lanka, which includes the obligation not to interfere in the internal affairs of this or any other country.

The High Commissioner’s recommendations entail interfering in the internal affairs of this country:  I take as self evident that the setting up of judicial mechanisms to try the citizens of this country for wrongs purportedly done during an internal conflict is an interfering in the internal affairs of this country, if, as I mentioned earlier, there’s a prima facie case that the recommendation for such mechanisms was compromised (not just the recommendation but the entire process that led to the investigation).

Under the circumstances, in my view, there was an obligation on the UN, irrespective of the Government’s  plea of ‘guilty,’ to subject the High Commissioner’s report to an independent assessment before allowing the UNHRC to take any actions against Sri Lanka based on that report.  Therefore, by allowing or rather tolerating the UNHRC’s actions, the UN is breaching the UN Charter.

THE ROLE THAT PERSONS SUCH AS ZEID PLAY IN THE OFFENCE MENTIONED ABOVE

If some wrong is being by the UN or in its name, it is the responsibility of the relevant officials to inform the General Assembly of these matters.  Persons such as Zeid and Ban Ki Moon are some for the highest officials in the UN.  They have been intimately involved in what has happened to Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.  Zeid, with his report, is now more intimately involved than even Mr. Moon.

If these persons had the slightest suspicion that something wrong was being done to Sri Lanka, they had a duty to inform the General Assembly about what was going on, and to request the GA to take the necessary action.  In this case, they did nothing, which means they are ultimately responsible for the UN’s aforesaid offence against Sri Lanka and against the Charter.

Zeid might argue that either he or his predecessors have checked with their lawyers and the latter have said that everything that has been done to Sri Lanka is by the book and above board.  In my view, that defence is unacceptable.  It is the same defence that George W. Bush the former American President tried with respect to the charge that his people had engaged in torture.

He got a lawyer at the Justice Department to write a memo re-defining the word ‘torture’ so that it excluded everything that the Americans were doing, and then said, in effect, ‘We don’t ‘torture’’  No one other than the Americans bought Bush’s defence.  The proper forum to go to if anyone wants a ruling on whether Americans were guilty of torture, with regard to any particular case, is the US Supreme Court.

To turn to Zeid, if he had any doubts whether the actions taken against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC were lawful or not, the proper forum to go to is the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the official court of the UN.  He could have asked for an advisory opinion from the Court, or got the General Assembly to request such an opinion, and resolved all his doubts.

Given the larger ramifications of the UNHRC’s actions against Sri Lanka, for instance, the precedent they set for similar actions to be taken against other countries, an advisory opinion on the legality of the said actions would have been a good idea, particularly because it would have got the Court to interpret Article 2(7).  So, why didn’t Zeid or even Mr. Moon, take advantage of the opportunity?

To repeat, the claim that they checked with their lawyers is not enough:  persons such as Zeid and Moon are ultimately responsible for the UN’s continuing breach of its obligations to Sri Lanka under the Charter.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE OFFENCE

I anticipate among other things the following two results.  As soon as there’s a change of government in Sri Lanka (and obviously change is inevitable in politics, as in all things), if the Government that comes to power decides to reject resolution A/HRC/3/L.29, it will immediately request a series of advisory opinions of the ICJ.

The ICJ  has the discretion to decide whether or not it will take up any particular question, but if the Court takes up even one of the Government’s questions, and interprets Article 2(7), and if according to that interpretation some or all of the UNHRC’s actions against Sri Lanka are deemed to be beyond the scope of the said Article, then, if I may borrow an American expression, ‘All hell will break loose.’

It will mean that all measures that flow from resolution A/HRC/30/l.29 will be nullified, which will include any mechanisms to pursue charges based on the High Commissioner’s report, and any judgments or sentences handed down by such mechanisms.  That in turn means that ways will have to be found for the UN to compensate Sri Lanka for damage that may have been done as a result of the said resolution and its related measures.

The second result I anticipate, related to the first, is that a series of lawsuits will be filed under the civil law, by persons accused before the said mechanisms, against the officials, both foreign and local, who helped design those mechanisms.  The basis of the cases will be that the officials had a duty of care to ask basic questions about the legality of the mechanisms before proceeding to set them up.

These cases will embroil the officials in question in litigation for years, and, if they lose, they will have to pay millions of rupees in compensation.  In short, the UN’s continuing breach is compounding a situation that might someday shake the UN, and also Sri Lankan domestic law, to its very foundations, and all this because persons such as Zeid don’t seem to have the guts to seek  rudimentary clarifications from the ICJ even at this late stage.  This is the man, then, who is set to visit out fair shores on 5th February.

RECOMMENDATIONS

I shall limit myself to just one recommendation.  I am sure that there will be protests and demonstrations when Zeid arrives.  The message conveyed at these protests should be coordinated and focused, and aimed at the international audience.  In my view, the battle that patriotic Sri Lankans now face is to convince a sizable segment of the international audience that an injustice has been done, and continues to be done, to this country.

I believe the only way to do the above is to focus the message on the specific provision of law that is being breached.  So, to that end, people should make placards that say simply: ‘2(7)’.  When international observers, including the international press that will be traveling with Zeid, and Zeid himself see this, they’ll first ask, ‘What does that mean?’  and some assistant or other will inform them that it refers to Article 2(7) of the UN Charter.  Nothing more need be said.

I recommend a variation on the above also, namely, someone should have T-shirts made with the logo, ‘2(7)’ on the front and the text of the Article in English and Sinhala in the back.  Then, wherever Zeid goes, for instance along his route, people should wear these T-shirts and stroll, or just stand around.  I’m sure it’ll have Zeid climbing the walls.

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

 

Proposals made to the Public Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms, on 27 January 2016 at Vusumpaya.

January 31st, 2016

DecentLanka2015

Here are the proposals we made to the Public Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms, on 27 January 2016 at Vusumpaya.

They don’t in anyway cover all areas for a complete Constitution. Yet they do include concepts for Constitutional making.

Our main argument is that this new Constitution should provide for a political solution for the National Question and for that reason the APRC Final Report should be used as a base document for deliberations as that carries a broad consensus among pro Sinhala Southern political parties for power sharing, beyond that of 13A.

PROPOSALS MADE BY THE ALL PARTY REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE TO FORM THE BASIS OF A NEW CONSTITUTION

APRC Final Report His Excellency The President MahindaRajapaksaon 11th July, 2006 at the All Party Conference (APC)decided to appoint a committee of representatives of the parties at APC called the All Party Representative Committee(APRC) and mandated it to formulate a draft proposal for Constitutional reform. The President mandated the APRC to evolve a GhomeͲgrown new constitutionJ which will provide Ga comprehensive approach to the resolution of the national questionJ. The initial members of this Committee are given in Annexure 1

For Full Report Follow the link

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items16/APRCFinal-Report%20(Unofficial)%202010%20July%2020.pdf

On 27 January, 2015 we met with the Chairman of the Public Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms, Senior attorney at law Lal Wijenayake at “Visumapaya”, Colombo 02 and handed over the documents below along with a complete copy of the Final Report of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC), as our written proposals for a new Constitution. We firmly believe a new constitution is needed for this country, not because political leaders in this government wants to have a new Constitution for reasons not spelt out and explained clearly, but for the people to have a decent, contented life with peace and stability. A new Constitution that would guarantee such life through governance held responsible in ensuring such life for all Citizens without discrimination. We also firmly believe such a society will not be possible unless there is a broad consensus in working out a practical, stable and an acceptable solution to power sharing. Power sharing in a governing system is a pre requisite for a stable socio political life in this country that has not been able to resolve the ethnic conflict politically, since independence. For that reason, we propose the Final Report of the APRC should be used as a base document for deliberating a new constitution. This report after 03 years of long debates and discussions, brings out for the first time in our post independent history a very broad consensus among the pro Sinhala forces in creating a State with shared power that goes beyond the 13 Amendment. In this report, the SLFP, the MEP and the JHU along with 12 other political parties have officially accepted power sharing with provincial councils as the unit of political power for provincial people. We therefore proposed this APRC consensus should be utilized in working out a new constitution along with the conceptual note on constitution making, we handed over.

For Full Report Follow the link

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items16/Constition.Making%20Submissions%20All%20Documents.pdf

Thank you.

Co-convenors

DecentLanka2015

Collective for a Decent Lanka
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Perfidious Imbeciles avenge Yoshita

January 31st, 2016

By A.A.M.Nizam – MATARA

The government’s witch-hunt against the former President, his family members and his supporters continue unabated for over one year now.  We were told by the infantile western slavish Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera during the run-up to the January 8th election that the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse has hidden wealth worth over 18 billion U.S.Dollars in foreign bank accounts and details of which will be revealed to the country and Mr. Rajapaksa will be made to account for this hidden wealth.  Similarly the political chameleon Rajitha Snaratne also parroted these allegations and said that that Mr. Rqajapaksa will be taken into custody at least one day prior to the nomination for the election on 17th August.  There were other allegations that Mr. Rajapksa or his family members own the Marriot Hotel in Dubai and so on.

Similar allegations were made by many political infants and minions in the UNP and even the JVP hooligans who are responsible for the death of over 60,000 youth in the country and destruction of millions worth state properties repeated these allegations. None of these allegations pertaining to Mr. Rajapakse or his family members have been proved and recently even the sand in a former swimming pool of the house of one Mr. Liyanage was removed saying that Mr. Rajapaksa has hidden a large consignment of gold in that former swimming pool since he was to occupy that house.

In fact all Sri Lankans should be ashamed about the harsh and inhuman treatment being meted out to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members by these scoundrels with blood soaked hands in return for the great historical service done by him by ending the 30 years of ruthless terrorism in this country and making the people of this country to live for another day and enabling them to travel to any part of the country without any form of fear and suspicion.  He would have been adorned as an idol if something similar to this happened in the primitive world.

In the meantime, the government has become very much fearful of the media institutions and journalists due to its failure for over one year to fulfill any of its pledges.  It has also become fearful of the Maha Sangha, and now attempts to curtail media freedom and control the activities of the Maha Sangha are being made as they are two most powerful forces in the country.

In the witch-hunt for Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and for his family members these imbeciles of the government was attempting to grill Lieutenant Yoshita Rajapaksa alleging that he was behind the death of Havelocks Rugby skipper Wasim Thajudeen.  Utterly failing to prove this allegation, these imbeciles have explored all the ways possible to entrap Mr. Yoshita.  Recently it was revealed in the Parliament about the expenses incurred by the Sri Lanka Navy for his overseas training completely ignoring the bold and great sacrifice made by him by courageously coming forward to join the Sri Lankan Navy when the children of so many card board lions were hiding in foreign countries dreadful of stepping into Sri Lanka.

With the media suppression and attacks on media launched by the Prime Minister recently they have found a new avenue to take revenge on the young Lieutenant by arresting him on charges related to the Carlton Sports Network Channel (CSN) in which he was a working Director. This measure with concocted allegations has been purely taken to annoy the former President on the one hand and prevent CSN channel becoming a News Channel which we understand was planned to be launched from 1st of February.

Mr. Yoshitha Rajapaksa has been remanded over money laundering allegations under the Money Laundering Act. He is accused of money laundering to the tune of Rs. 365 million, criminal breach of trust, forgery and undervaluing imported items obtained by Carlton Sports Network.

FCID detectives have said that they had seized Rs. 165 million from the CSN bank account which had not been accounted for, that funds for setting up the television channel had come from illegal sources abroad and also funds deposited in foreign banks had been remitted back to Sri Lanka. The FCID works directly under a cabinet sub-committee headed by the Prime Minister.

The others arrested include Nishantha Ranatunga, who had been the chief executive officer of Yoshitha’s Carlton Sports Network (CSN), Mr. Rajapaksa’s media secretary, Rohan Welivita: Savithra Dissanayake and Ashan Fernando.

Former president Mr. Mahina Rajapaksa who was in court told reporters after his son was taken away in a prison bus that the arrest was to seek revenge from him. He said that he doesn’t mind this if his son has done anything wrong, but he knows that he is innocent,” He has added that the government is trying to take revenge from him.

How the Batalanda torturer incapable of having children and the eunuch Bra Sirisena could understand the value of fatherly sentiments? (END)

 

ආවඩා – ආයුබෝ වේවා!

January 31st, 2016

ධර්මන් වික‍්‍රමරත්න

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ 1505 සිට 1931 දක්වා වසර 425ක්ම ආක්‍රමණිකයන්ගේ ආණ්ඩු තන්ත්‍ර අනුව සමාජය විවිධ පරිවර්තනයන්ට භාජනය විය. දේශපාලන පක්ෂ සමාජයේ පරිවර්තනයට බලපෑවේ 1931 ස්වර්ණජන ඡන්දය ලැබීමෙන් පසුවය. සෝල්බරි නිදහස 1948 ලැබුණද සැබෑ සමාජ පරිවර්තනයකට අඩිතාලම වැටුනේ 1951 සැප්තැම්බර් 2වැනිදා කොළඹ නව නගර ශාලාවේදී ශ්‍රිලනිප ආරම්භ කිරීමෙන් පසුව බව 1956න් පසු පසක් විය.

එදා ශ්‍රිලනිප ආරම්භ කරන විට එස්.ඩබ්ලිව්.ආර්.ඩී. බණ්ඩාරනායක කියා සිටියේ ශ්‍රිලනිප මූලික කාර්යය වනුයේ අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්ට සහ ඔවුන්ගේ හවුල්කාරයින් වන දේශීය ධනපතියන්ට එරෙහිව සටන් මෙහෙයවීම බවය. වර්තමානයේ එනම් 2016දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලන තත්ත්වයද 1951 තත්ත්වයට සමානය. එදා සේම අද රට දේශපාලන වශයෙන් කොටස් දෙකකි. ඒ ප්‍රතිගාමී බලවේග නියෝජනය කරන එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය සහ එහි ඇමතිකම් ගෙන ආණ්ඩුවේ සරණගිය ‍ඩාර්ලි පාරේ නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිපද, ප්‍රගතිශීලි බලවේග නියෝජනය කරන එජාප විරෝධී සැබෑ ශ්‍රිලනිප පාක්ෂිකයින් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින ඒකබද්ධ විපක්ෂය ප්‍රමුඛ ප්‍රගතිශීලි සහ දේශප්‍රේමී කොටස්ය.

මේ සියල්ල මැද ප්‍රගතිශීලි සහ දේශප්‍රේමී බලවේගය අන් කවරදාකටත් වඩා දැන් ශක්තිමත් වෙමින් පවතී. ඒ අදටත් ශ්‍රිලනිප නියෝජනය කරන මුදුන්මුල සහ අරටුවවූ පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් ප්‍රතිගාමී එජාපය ප්‍රමුඛ නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිපයට එරෙහිව ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය යටතේ සැබෑ ශ්‍රිලනිප සමඟ අත්වැල් බැදගැනීම නිසාය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජනතාවගෙන් සියයට 75ක් ජීවත්වන්නේ ග්‍රාමීයවය. රටේ ඇති 35,421ක ගම්මානයන්හි සැබෑ දේශපාලන නායකයා ගමේ සිටින පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ය. ශ්‍රිලනිප පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගෙන් සියයට 85කට වඩා දැනටමත් එළිපිටම ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය සමඟ රොද බැදගෙන එක්වී සිටිති. ගම වැළඳගත් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ ශ්‍රිලනිප යාන්ත්‍රණය උණුසුම්ව පිළිගනිති. මැතිවරණ නාමයෝජනා ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කරන විට ඉතිරි පිරිසද එක්වෙනු ඇත. අවසානයේ නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිප සමඟ සිටිනු ඇත්තේ තමන්ම සොඳුරු ආඥාදායකයෙකුයැයි හදුන්වා ගන්නා කඩුවෙල ඇත්තෝ වැනි අය පමණි.

පළාත් පාලන හිටපු නගරාධිපතිවරුන්, උප නගරාධිපතිවරුන්, සභාපතිවරුන්, උප සභාපතිවරුන්, පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් සියයට 85කටත් වඩා දැන් එළිපිටම සැබෑ වෙනසක් ඉල්ලා සිටිති. ඔවුන් එළිපිට දිස්ත්‍රික් සංසද 17ක් පවත්වමින්ද මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡා විවෘතව තබමින්ද රටට හඬගා කියා ඇත්තේ නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිප නිවැරදි නොවන්නේනම් තවදුරටත් ඒ කෙරෙහි බලාපොරොත්තුවක් නැති බවය. ඔවුන්ගේ අදහස අනුව කිසිම දෙයක් ලේසියෙන් අත්හැරිය යුතු නැත. එමෙන්ම එජාපයේ වලිගයක් බවට පත්වූ නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිප කෙරෙහි දැඩි විශ්වාසයක් තැබීම සැබෑ ශ්‍රිලනිප අන්‍යතාවයේ විනාශයට හේතු වන්නකි. එවැනි පක්ෂයක නායකයින්ට දිය හැකි හොඳම දඬුවම අතහැර දැමීමය. අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්ගේ සුළඟ හැරෙන දිසාවට වැනෙන, කරන හෝ කල වැඩක්ද නැති වසරක් ගතවූවද මෙලෝ රහක් නැති නාමික පක්ෂයක තවදුරටත් හිදීමෙන් වැඩක් නැති බව පුංචි මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් හඬගා කියති.

බණ්ඩාරනායක නායකත්වයෙන් ඩී.ඒ රාජපක්ෂ ඇතුළු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් 6කගේ සුසංයෝගයෙන් ඇරඹුණු ශ්‍රිලනිප ලාංකීය දේශපාලන දේහය තුළ සුවිශේෂි කාර්යභාරයක් ඉටුකර තිබේ. එය කාලයේ තාලයට ගොඩනැගූණු දේශපාලන පක්ෂයකි. ලාංකේය මොඩලය හඳුනාගත් ගමේ දේශපාලනයක් බවට එය බෞතිස්ම කළේ 2005 සිට 2014 දක්වා මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ නායකත්වය යටතේය. ප්‍රතිගාමි එජාපය සහ ඔවුන්ගේ ඒජන්තවරුන්ට එරෙහිවූ ශ්‍රිලනිප දේශපාලනය කොම්ප්‍රදෝරු ධනේශ්වර එකක් නොවේ. එහි මොඩලය විප්ලවවාදි එකක්ද ‍නොවේ. වසර 2014 නිමාවන විට ශ්‍රිලනිප යනු ගම තුළින් ලැබූ දැනුම, පළපුරුද්ද සහ ගම තුළ ජීවත්වූ අත්දැකිම් ඔස්සේ රට මෙහෙයවූ සුක්කානමකි. ශ්‍රිලනිප පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගේ කැරැල්ල ගම වෙනුවෙන් ගම තුළින් මතුවූවකි. එජාපය සරණ යන ශ්‍රිලනිපයකින් සැබෑ ශ්‍රීලංකා පාක්ෂිකයාට වැඩක් නැත.

ගමේ පාක්ෂිකයා දුප්පත් බව සැබෑය. ඒත් ඔවුන්ගේ හිතහොදය. බොහෝ විට අවසානයේදී එවැනි හිතහොද මිනිසුන්ට ඉතිරි වන්නේ දුකත්, තනිකමත්, කණස්සල්ලත් පමණි. ඉකුත් මහ මැතිවරණයේදීද එලෙසින්ම සිදුවිය. තවදුරටත් එසේ සිදුවිය යුතු නැත. එසේ සිදුවන්නට ඉඩදී නිහඬව බලා සිටිය යුතුද නොවේ. පක්ෂ නායකයින් අඬන විට ඔවුන් සනසන්නට බොහෝ අය සිටියද ගමේ පක්ෂ සාමාජිකයෙකුගේ දුකේදී බොහෝ දෙනා ඔහු ලඟ නැත. එහෙත් ඔහුටද රිදීමට හදවතක් ඇත. ‘යහපාලන’ ඇත්තන් ගැන අටුවා ටීකා අවශ්‍ය නැත. පිටතින් පෙනෙන්නේ ඔවුන් ඇල්වතුරත් නිමලා බොන පිරිසක් සේය. එහෙත් සැබෑවනම් ඔවුන් නාහෙට නා‍හන පිරිසකි.

ශ්‍රිලනිප බෙදුනොත් එජාපයට වාසියි කියන්නේ මහ ඡන්දයේදී පරාජයට පත්වී ජාතික ලැයිස්තුව හයිජැක් කිරීම නිසා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ‘ජාති’ක ලැයිස්තුවෙන් පත්වූ මහින්ද සමරසිංහ, ලක්ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන, විජයමුණි සොයිසා, ඩිලාන් පෙරේරා, ෆයිසාල් මුස්තාපා, ඒ.එච්.එම් ෆවුසි වැනි ඇමතිවරුන් පිරිසකි. වෙහෙර ගිල්ල එකාට අග්ගලා කජ්ජක් දැයි? කියමනක් ඇත. ඉකුත් මහ මැතිවරණයේදී සන්ධානය ආසන 95ක් ගත්තේ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂට පින්සිදු වන්නටය. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ වෙනම තරඟ කළේනම් අවම වශයෙන් ආසන 70ක් එම බලවේගයට හිමිවනු ඇත. නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිපය වෙනම තරඟ කළේනම් ඔවුනට හිමිවනු ඇත්තේ ආසන 20ක් පමණ සුළු ගණනකි.මේ තිත්ත ඇත්ත සැවොම පිළිගත යුතුය.

ශ්‍රිලනිප බෙදීමක් ඇතිවූවහොත් එහි වාසිය සිදුවන්නේ එජාපයට බව එජාප ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇමතිකම් වරදාන යටතේ යැපෙන ශ්‍රිලනිප මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් කිහිප දෙනෙක් පවසති. සමන් ලතා එතෙන්නේ සඳුන් ගස් වටා බවද උජාරුවෙන් පවසති. සමන්ලතාවන් කෙසේවත් දේශපාලන පිළිල වටේ එතෙන්නේ නැති බව දැනගත යුතුය. මේ පාරත් හඳන්නේ ළිදෙන් වතුර බී ගඟට ආවඩන්නය. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ පිටේ නැගී ඡන්ද දිනා එජාප ඇමතිකම් ලබාගෙන මිනිසුන්ට වැදිබණ දෙසති. පැරණි සදුන් ගස්වල පිළල සෑදී විනාශවන විට සමන්ලතා එතෙන්නට අළුත් සදුන්ගස් සොයාගත යුතුය. එමෙන්ම අලුත් සදුන්ගස් පිළිල වලින් ආරක්ෂා කරගත යුතුය. ශ්‍රිලනිප පාක්ෂිකයින් ඉකුත් මැතිවරණයේදී ඡන්දය දුන්නේ එජාපයට එරෙහිව මිස ඇමතිකම් ගෙන එජාපය ශක්තිමත් කිරීමට නොවේ. ඔවුන් ඡන්දය දුන්නේ මව්බිම බෙදුම්වාදීන් සහ අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන් හමුවේ දුර්වල කිරීමට නොව ශක්තිමත් කිරීමටය. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ බලවේගයන්හි තීරකයින්ට ඉකුත් මහමැතිවරණයේදී වැරදුණේ ඕනෑවට වඩා මිනිසුන්ව විශ්වාස කරන්නට ගොසිනි. තවදුරටත් කාලය, ශ්‍රමය සහ ශක්තිය නිරපරාදේ විනාශ කලයුතු නොවේ.

ගමේ මිනිසාට නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිප ගැන සැබෑ විශ්වාසයක් නැත. ඔවුන් සිටින්නේ දැඩි කලකිරීමකිනි. ඕනෑම පක්ෂයකින් තරඟයට එන ලෙස පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ට අවධාරණය කරති. එම ජන මතයට පිටු පෑමට මහජන නියෝජිතයෙකුට නොහැකිය. මහින්දගේ කරේ එල්ලී ඡන්දය ඉල්ලා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ගොස් පාක්ෂිකයින්ට කොකා පෙන්වු ශ්‍රිලනිප ඇමතිවරුන්ට ඔවුන්ගේ මනාපයක් නැත. එමෙන්ම අභියෝගයක්ද ඇත. හැකිනම් වෙනත් පිරිස් යොදා නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිපයෙන් පැමිණ තම බලවේගය සමඟ තරඟ කරන ලෙසය. කුරුණෑගල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් එක හඬින් කියා සිටියේ දේපල රාජසන්තක කළද මහින්දගේ ආශිර්වාදයෙන් තරඟ කිරීම ස්ථීර බවය.

ශ්‍රිලනිප දෙකඩ කිරීමට හෝ දුර්වල කිරීමට කටයුතු කරන්නේ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් හෝ පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් නොවේ. එජාප ආණ්ඩුව සමඟ යහන්ගතවී ඇති පුද්ගලයින් විසිනි. වර්තමාන ආණ්ඩුව ගමේ සංවර්ධනයේ කොදු නාරටිය බිඳ දැමුවේය. ඒ ගමේ බලය තිබුණු ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා, නගර සභා විසුරුවා හැරීමෙනි. එම ආයතනයන්හි බලය අද නිලධාරි පාලනයකට යටත් කර ඇත. එම නිලධාරින්ගෙන් බහුතරයක් එජාප ඇමතිවරුන් සරණං ගච්ඡාමිය. එජාප ආණ්ඩුව සමඟ සම්මුතිවාදී ආණ්ඩුවක් බිහිකිරීමට සන්ධානයට මැතිවරණයෙන් ජනවරමක් ලැබුණේ නැත.

ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් පසු ශ්‍රිලනිප නායකත්වයට පත්වූ ජනාධිපති සිරිසේන විසින් ශ්‍රිලනිප වර්තමාන නායකත්වය පළමුව ව්‍යවස්ථා විරෝධීවද දෙවනුව ශ්‍රිලනිප අගමැති අපේක්ෂකවරයා සදාචාර විරෝධීවද පරාජය කරමින් එජාප අගමැතිවරයෙක් පත්කර ගත්තේය. ඔවුන් වෙනුවෙන් දරදිය අදිනු ලැබූ දෙමල ජාතික සන්ධානය නියෝජනය කරන නායකයා විපක්ෂ නායකයා ලෙස පත්කිරීමට පාර කපා ගැනීමට සන්ධානයේ මහලේකම් ලවා කථානායකවරයාට ලිපියක් ලිව්වේය. එමෙන්ම මධ්‍යම කාරක සභිකයින් 14දෙනෙකු දොට්ට දමා තමාට හිතැති 14 දෙනෙකු පත් කළේය. බහුතරයක් මගින් ශ්‍රිලනිප සියළු තීරණ බලහත්කාරයෙන් සාධාරණීකරණයට ලක්කිරීම තුළින් පිටතට පෙන්වා ඇත්තේ ව්‍යාජ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයකි. නටුව තිබුනත් මලක් නැතිනම් ගසට නටුවෙන් පලක් නැත. සඳක් තිබුනත් අමාවකනම් සදෙන් අහසට එළිය නැත. පක්‍ෂය තිබුනත් වැඩක් නැත්නම් සාමාජිකයින්ට එමගින් පලක්ද නැත.

එදා ශ්‍රිලනිපයේ තිබුණේ සඟ, වෙද, ගුරු, ගොවි, කම්කරු යන පංච මහා බලවේගයකි. අද ඒ වෙනුවට ඇත්තේ වෛරය, ක්‍රෝධය, ඊර්ශ්‍යාව, පළිගැනීම සහ අවලාද නැගීමය. ‘නහී වේරේන වේරානි’ යන වදන් පොත පෙරළීමට පමණි. බෙග් මාස්ටර් කියූ සිනාවෙන් හෝ කතාවෙන් බෑ මනින්නට මිනිසා වැනි ගීතයක ඛණ්ඩයක් මෙවැනි තැනකට එළය. සන්ධානයේ නායකත්වයට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂට නොදෙන්නේනම් විකල්පයක් ලෙස අළුත් පක්ෂයක් අරඹන ලෙසට පළාත් සභා මන්ත්‍රීවරු එක හඬින් පවසා සිටින්නේ එය එකම විකල්පය බැවිනි. අලුත් පක්ෂයක්, නමක්, ලාංඡනයක්, නායකයෙක් දැනටමත් ඔවුන්ගේ සිතුම් පැතුම් අතර ගොනුවී ඇත. මීලඟ පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය අගෝස්තු මසට පෙර පැවැත්වීමේදී එහි බලය කවරේදැයි රටට පසක් වනු ඇත.

නිද්‍යාශීලිත්වයට සහ අක්‍රීය කොට තිබූ ජාතිකවාදී කොටස් රජයේ බෙදුම්වාදයට උඩගෙඩි දෙන නිසා අවදි වෙමින් පවතී. සංස්කෘතික ආක්‍රමණයක්ද විශාල ලෙස සිදුවෙමින් පවතී. සමාජ, ආර්ථික සංස්ථාවන් දිනෙන් දින පරිහානියට පත්වෙමින් තිබේ. මේවාට එරෙහිව උඩුගම්බලා යෑමට ගමේ ශ්‍රිලනිප පළාත් පාලන මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පෙළගැසී සිටීම වාසනාවකි. විවාහයේදී විසි පොරොන්දමෙන් බහුතරයක් ගැලපෙනවා බලනවා මෙන් පෙරමුණකට පක්ෂ ගොනු කර ගැනීමේදී ගැලපීම් නොගැලපීම් පිළිබදව කල්තියා නාඩි දැන ගැනීමේ ශක්තිය තිබිය යුතුය. මවක් තම දරුවා මිනිසෙකු කරන්නට වසර 18ක් ගනු ලබයි. තවත් අයෙකුට ඔහු මෝඩයෙකු කරන්නට ගතවන්නේ විනාඩි කිහිපයකි.

වසර 2005දී ශ්‍රිලනිපයට තිබූ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් 67ක සංඛ්‍යාව 2010 වන විට 127 දක්වා නංවාලුයේද මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ නායකත්වය යටතේය. ශ්‍රිලනිප තුළද නායකයින් දෙවර්ගයක් ඇත. පළමු වර්ගය වැඩ්ඩෝය. දෙවැනි වර්ගය කිසිවක් නොකර ලකුණු දාගන්නට පමණක් දඟලන අලයෝය. භගවත් ගීතාවේ පවසන පරිදි යමක් සිදුවීද ඉන් යහපතක්ම විය. යමක් වෙමින් පවතින්නේද ඉන් යහපතක්ම වන්නේය. යමක් සිදුවන්නට නියමිතද ඉන්ද සිදුවන්නේ යහපතක්මය.

අලුතින් හදන පක්ෂය ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගේ පක්ෂයක් නොවේ. විමල් විරවංශගේ හෝ උදය ගම්මන්පිලගේ පක්ෂයක්ද නොවේ. එය සැබෑ ශ්‍රිලනිප පාක්ෂිකයාගේ පක්ෂයයි. එයට ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ සියළු මන්ත්‍රීන්ගේ පමණක් නොව එජාප ආණ්ඩුවේ එකගෙයි කන ශ්‍රිලනිප ඇමතිවරු දුසිම්‍ දෙකගේ පමණ ආශිර්වාදයද හිමිය. ‍ඩාර්ලි පාරේ නෛතික ශ්‍රීලනිප අරුම පුදුම හෙයියන්මාරුවක දැන් පැටලී තිබේ. ශ්‍රිලනිප මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පිරිසකට ඇමති වරදාන සහ වරප්‍රසාද ලබාදී එ හරහා ඔවුන් පාලනය කිරීමේ හැකියාවක් නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිපට තිබුණද එසේ පාලනය කිරීමට හැක්කේ ගම නොව දියවන්නාව පමණි. ශ්‍රිලනිපයට ගම් මට්ටමින් වැඩිපුර ඇත්තේ එජාප විරෝධී සාම්ප්‍රදායක ඡන්දය. ආණ්ඩු මාරුවක් කරන මැතිවරණයක් නොමැති බැවින් පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දවලදී ජාතික මට්ටමේ බෙදීමද වෙනස්ය. බණ්ඩාරනායකලාගේ නින්දගමක් බඳුවූ අත්තනගල්ලේ ප්‍රාදේශීය සභාවේ හිටපු සභාපතිවරයා පවා කැරැල්ලේ ගම්පහ දිස්ත්‍රික් ඉදිරි පෙළ නියමුවෙකි.

නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිප ශුද්ධ කිරීමටද අසීරුය. ඩාර්ලි පාරේ දැන් ඔවුන් සමඟ ඉතිරිව ඇත්තේ විවිධ චෝදනාවලට ලක්වූවද අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම් හෝ නඩුහබ වලට ලක්නොවීමේ ‘වාසනා මහිමය’ උදාකරගත් පිරිසකි. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ සිටින අලුතින් පත්වූ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ට තවමත් එවැනි චෝදනා නැත. වසර 15කට පසු ගමේ යූ.එම්.පී කාරයන් අළු දූවිලි ගසා නැගිට සිටියද එජාප ආණ්ඩුව ජාතික මට්ටමින් පිරිහී ඇති බැවින් උතුරු නැගෙනහිර හැර සෙසු පළාත්වල එජාප පදනම මහමැතිවරණය තිබූ කාලයේදී මෙන් නොව දැන් දෙදරා ගොසින්ය. නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිප වසරක් තුළ ගමට කල කෙන්ගෙඩියක් නැතැයි ලොකු මැසිවිල්ලකි. එවැනි අල්ල පනල්ලේ එජාප ආණ්ඩුව සමඟ දීගකෑමෙන් වාසිය ඇත්තේ ශ්‍රිලනිප මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ගේ දරු පවුල්වලට පමණක් බව ගමේ පාක්ෂිකයන්ගේ මතයකි.

එජාප සහ එහි සරණ යන ප්‍රතිගාමී කණ්ඩායම්වලට එරෙහිව සැබෑ ශ්‍රිලනිප පාක්ෂිකයන් සහ ප්‍රගතිශීලින් එකට එක්වී යාහැකි දේශපාලන ගමනක් මේ මොහොතේ රට තුළ නිර්මාණයවී තිබේ. එවැනි ගමනකට හැකියාවද තිබේ. ජනාධිපතිවරණය සහ මහ මැතිවරණය පරාජය වූවද සැබෑ ශ්‍රිලනිප පාක්ෂිකයන් සැබෑ නායකයා හඳුනාගෙන සිටිති. මහ මැතිවරණයේදී සන්ධානයේ අගමැති අපේක්ෂකයා පරාජය වනවා වෙනවාමයි කියමින් ශ්‍රිලනිප නායකයා හැසිරෙන විට ජයග්‍රහණයක් අපේක්ෂා කිරීම අසීරුය. නව දැක්මක් සහ අලුත් පරිච්ඡේදයක් අවැසි වන්නේ එවැනි අකැප ක්‍රියාවන්ට හසුනොවී ස්වාධීන අන්‍යනතාවයක් ගොඩනැගීමෙන් පමණක් බව ගමේ සැබෑ ශ්‍රිලංකා පාක්ෂිකයාගේ අරමුණය. නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිපයට සැබෑ ශ්‍රිලනිප පාක්ෂිකයන් ඇතුළත අධිකාරියක් නොමැත. තිබෙන්නේ විධායක සහ නෛතික බලයක් පමණි. ඒ හරහා ගම දිනාගත නොහැක. පළාත් පාලන ඡන්දය තුන්කොන් තරඟයක් වුවහොත් එහි තෙවැන්නා ලෙස ඩාර්ලි පාරේ නෛතික ශ්‍රිලනිප පත්වීම පුදුමයක් ‍නොවනු ඇත. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය තුළ තවමත් ජුදාස්ලා හෝ අජාසත්තලා දක්නට නොමැත.

වැසි වසින තරමට පොලොව ලිහිල් වේ. අළුත් ජවයකින් පොලව ‍ප්‍රබෝධමත් වේ. පැළ අතු රිකි දරා නැගී සිටී. මහපොලව අළුත් කල යුතුමය. ඒ සඳහා තව තවත් වැසි අවැසිය. අලුත්වන මහ පොලව අලුත් අනාගතයක පෙරවදනද වනු ඇත. ඒ සඳහා ගමේ සිටින සැබෑ ශ්‍රී ලංකික පාක්ෂිකයින් ඇතුළු ප්‍රගතිශීලීන් යෝධ වෘක්ෂයක් ලෙස නැගී සිටිමින් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍ර විරෝධී ‘යහපාලන’ හවුල් ආණ්ඩුවට එරෙහිව යළි 56ක් බිහිකර ගැනීම කිසිවෙකුට වැලකිය නොහැකි වනු ඇත.

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January 31st, 2016

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PREDICTION FOR A GOLDEN ERA BY 2050

January 31st, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today

 Sixty-eight years ago, on 4th February 1948, a new era dawned on Ceylon when she changed from a Dominion rule to an Independent Nation, without politicians having to shed a single drop of blood. Sri Lankans therefore are duty-bound to cherish those patriotic men responsible for restoring the self-respect of a nation that had been crushed under the foreign boot of Portuguese, Dutch and the British for over four centuries.

Sri Lankans celebrate this day as the dawning of  ‘independence’, yet the for over thirty years this country has undergone a JVP insurrection at first, and followed by an armed conflict with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) who attempted to create an independent Tamil State until they were crushed in May 2009.

These mishaps were entirely due to the emergence of a different and younger generation born after the historic date in 1948. The politicians in this country of all hues should bear the responsibility for such a state of affairs for not putting their house in order in treating the populace as ONE instead manoeuvring their political agendas to suit their own ends thereby creating various freebooters to brain wash this new generation born to an environment of war blood shed, destruction and anarchic qualities. LTTE managed to condition the young that Sri Lankan State was going to annex “ their land of North and the East”!

Blessed Country.

Sri Lanka is a blessed country protected by divine forces to save it from complete destruction by evil forces, immoral, debauched or decadent rulers and politicians who come to power temporarily. They are being appointed by celestial forces to ensure they work for the wellbeing of the civic society on this earth. With such consents, retribution or law of cause and effect too for neglecting their responsibilities or turning selfish and self-centred will automatically have a price to pay one day!

The modern world is changing daily and converting the entire humankind towards spirituality. In such a design even religions might be misused and misrepresented by certain elements from its original transcendent qualities and become radical to go hammer and tongs blindly engaging themselves in drastic campaigns with the wrong foot forward!  In such situations people have witnessed today various religious representatives becoming discordant and create havoc, and at extreme levels becoming rebels, protesters and even murderers for the sake of religion. They simply forget the fact that there is only religion – Religion of Love, and one language – Language of the heart, among human beings!

For the past 68 years in this splendid island people have had a fair share of getting rid of bad rubbish. To generate a tranquil atmosphere the country needs spiritually inclined leaders in the future, who are not only intelligent on a higher celestial level but whose brainpower has opened up automatically to fathom the human suffering and to alleviate of all misery.

So far what the Sri Lankan society has observed and endorsed are policies of politicians of all hues who have come up with copious promises for a ‘ better tomorrow’.  Looking into the future Buddhists believe the advent of the Maître Buddha, Christians their Messiah and the appearance of Imam Mahdi, Alai Salam in Sufism (while the Wahhabis continue to kill in the name of Allah – contrary to any Islam philosophy), and Hindus looking forward to a Golden Age of understanding and tranquillity.

Golden Age.

During this period of peace and tranquillity (whatever form it brings up) the men in uniform will have to be duty bound with best behaviour to eradicate barbarity and corruption ( in the absence of any FCID & PRECIFAC units operating). An era of fathers molesting their own innocent daughters, men dragging innocent women and young girls and raping, lacerating, and leaving them to bleed and to put up with fire and anger in them; husbands beheading their wives in front of their own children, political thuggary and stooges playing with fire arms and behaving like incorrigible kids, will be in the past.

With the dawn of the golden age new batch of politicians will emerge with their spiritual        (third eye) opened and focussed only on genuine promises true to their hearts and conscience. The three main races in the country will begin to share brotherhood and human qualities equally.  All religions will merge and no one will harbour any petty and warped ideas or becoming pedantic on any belief. Teachers will turn professional and dedicate and act like true gurus to build up a new and an intelligent society. Clergy will be confined to temples, churches and mosques and be busy in propagating their individual faiths and beliefs.

There will be a new constitution, the Executive Presidency being fully renegaded and replaced by a democratic model Prime Minister born out of a Bodhisava. The days when nepotism ruled, over turned and re-introduced this serpent will be in the past and gone for good.  With the advent of the controversial Theravada Bhikku Code becoming law, the Buddhist clergy will once again begin to dictate terms to the Magistrate Courts including the State on an advisory capacity where the prime minister would be a top ranking Theravada Buddhist monk for name sake.

There will be no more elections, posters, killing each other from rival political parties and spending colossal amount of money to obtain preferential votes. Instead an official akin to the old headman covering each village appointed by the people in the area will be looking after the needs and requirements of his community and report to the Prime Minister, who will in turn will advise the treasury to allocate sufficient funds.

A cabinet of ministers for name sake only will be supervising the weekly/monthly inputs from each Village Head and report to the Prime Minister whose responsibility will be to advice the treasury to deal with the mater, be it road development, supply of power, transport, health care and hospitals etc. All in all, Sri Lanka will sparkle on the international map in 2050!

 

 

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ජවිපේ දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරයේ සාමාජිකයෙකුට ප්‍රතිකාර කලෙමි

January 31st, 2016

 වෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග

2000 වසරේදී මම උතුරු කොලඹ ශික්‍ෂණ රෝහලේ  විශේෂඥ ශල්‍ය වෛද්‍ය ඩී.ඩබ් වීරසූරිය මහතා යටතේ කෙටි කාලීන ශල්‍ය වෛද්‍ය පුහුණුව ලැබුවෙමි. එසේම එතුමාගේ වාට්ටුවේ ශල්‍යකර්ම වලට භාජනය වන රෝගීන් සඳහා මානසික උපදේශනය සහ මනෝ ප්‍රතිකාරයන් ලබා දීමද මා අතින් කෙරුනි. මෙම උපදේශන සේවය නියමු වැඩ සටහනක් (Pilot Project) ලෙස එළි දැක්වීමට වෛද්‍ය ඩී.ඩබ් වීරසූරිය මහතාට අවශ්‍යතාවය තිබුනද එය දිගටම ක්‍රියාත්මක නොවූයේ අපගේ වෛද්‍ය පරිපාලකයන් තමන් සිටින මානසික කොටුවෙන් ඔබ්බට සිතීමට නොහැකි අළුතින් යමක් සිතීම පාපයක් කියා සිතන නවීප්‍රකරණයට බය පිරිසක් වීම නිසාය​.

එහෙත් රෝහලේ ශල්‍ය වෛද්‍ය වාට්ටුවේ රෝගීන් ගනනාවකට ශල්‍යකර්ම වලට පෙර සහ පසු අප උපදේශනයෙන් සහ මනෝ ප්‍රතිකාර වලින් සහය වූයෙමු. මීට පෙර රජයේ රෝහල් වල උපදේශන සේවා නොවූයෙන් විශේෂඥ ශල්‍ය වෛද්‍ය ඩී.ඩබ් වීරසූරිය සහ මම ලංකාවේ රෝහල් පද්ධතිය තුල මුලින්ම උපදේශන සේවා  ආරම්භ කල බව සිතමි. එසේම 2002 වසරේදී කොලඹ යුද හමුදා රෝහලේ  ස්ථිර උපදේශන සේවාවක් විශේෂඥ මනෝ වෛද්‍ය නීල් ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතා සමග මම ස්ථාපිත කලෙමි.

dharman09011607.(චායාරූපයේ අයිතිය ධර්මන් වික්‍රමරත්න මහතාටය​)

උතුරු කොලඹ ශික්‍ෂණ රෝහලේ උපදේශන සේවය කෙටි කාලයකට සීමා වූවද ඒ කාලය තුල අප රෝගීන් බොහෝ දෙනෙකුට උපදේශන සේවා ලබා දුන්නෙමු. ඒ අතර දුම්රියට අසුවී කකුලක් වෙන් වූ නව යොවුන් වියේ සිටි පාසල් දරුවෙකුද විය​.  ජවිපේ දේශප්‍රේමී ශිෂ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරයේ හිටපු සාමාජිකයා මට මුණ ගැසෙන්නේ මේ කාලයේදීය​.

Traumatic Brain Injury  (TBI) හෙවත් හිස තුවාල වීම නිසා වරින් වර හට ගන්නා හිසේ ඇම්ම නිසා ඔහුව අපගේ වාට්ටුවට යොමු කොට තිබුණි.  මෙම පුද්ගලයාට අප නිමල් කියමු. ඒ ඔහුගේ නියම නම නොවේ. ඔහු අධ්‍යාපනය ලබන්නේ කොලඹ ප්‍රදේශයේ ප්‍රධාන පාසලකිනි. ඉතා හොඳින් ඉගෙනීමේ නියත වූ ඔහු උසස් පෙළ පන්තියේදී මිතුරෙකුගේ මාර්ගයෙන් ජවිපෙට බැඳේ. පන්ති පහ නිම කිරීමෙන් පසු 1988 පමණ කාලයේ අධ්‍යාපන ධවල පත්‍රිකාවටද රාගම පුද්ගලික වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාලයටද එරෙහිව ඔහු උද්ගෝෂණයේ නියැලෙයි. එසේම පාසල් වල වර්ජන සංවිධාන කරයි.

ජවිපේ දෙවන කැරැල්ල උත්සන්න වන විට ඔහු යටිබිම් ගත වේ. තමන් ගේ අනෙකුත් සාමාජිකයන් ද්‍රෝහියන් ලෙස නම් කරන ලද මිනිසුන් කෘරව මරණවා දුටුවද තමා මිනී නොමැරූ බවත් කොල්ලකෑම් නොකල බවත් නිමල් පවසයි. එහෙත් දේපල ගිනි තැබීම් කීපයක් තමා ඇතුළු කණ්ඩායමක් විසින් කල බව ඔහු පැවසීය​. යටිබිම්ගතව සිටියද ගෝනිබිල්ලෙකු බවට පත් වූ හිටපු සාමාජිකයෙකු ඔහුව හමුදා මුරපළකදී පාවා දීම නිසා නිමල්ව අත් අඩංගුවට ගැනේ. ඔහුව ගෙන යන්නේ රුවන්වැල්ල පොලිසියටය​.

රුවන්වැල්ල පොලිසිය 1971 දී පවා 71 කැරලිකරුවන් දරුණු ලෙස වද බන්ධනයට පත් කරන ලද පොලිස් ස්ථානයකි. 1988-89 කාලය වන විට පොලිසියේ කෘරත්වය 1971 ටත් වඩා දෙගුණ තෙගුණ වී තිබුණි. අත් අඩංගුවේදී ඔහුට එස්ලෝන් බට සහ මහත වයර් පටි වලින් පහර දෙනු ලැබීය​. පහර දීමෙන් පසු ඔහුව අත් අඩංගුවට පත් වූ සෙසු කැරලිකරුවන් විස්සක පමණ කණ්ඩායමක් සමග රඳවා තැබුණි. සැකකරුවන්ට එකිනෙකා සමග කතා කිරීම තහනම් විය​. කතා කරනවා අසු වූ සැකකරුවන්ට නිර්දය ලෙස පහර දෙනු ලැබීය​.

පහර දීම සහ පරිප්‍රශ්නනය ( interrogation ) දිනපතාම සිදු කරන ලදි. එක් පොලිස් නිලධාරියෙක් සැකකරුවන්ට හිසට පහර දෙනු ලැබුවේ පොතක් හිස මත රඳවා තිබියදීය​. නිමල් ද මෙම වද ක්‍රමයට ගොදුරු විය​. ඔහුව කාමරයට ගත් උක්ත පොලිස් නිලධාරියා  පොතක් ඔහුගේ හිස මත තබා එය අල්ලා ගැනීමට නියම කලේය​. ඉන්පසු දරුණු ලෙස ඔහුගේ හිසට බැට්න් පොල්ලකින් පහර දෙනු ලැබීය​. සෑම පහරක් සමගින් එහි කම්පනය ඉතා තදබල ලෙසින් ඔහුට දැනුනි. හිස බේරා ගැනීම සඳහා ඔහු පොත දෑතින්ම අල්ලාගෙන සිටියේය​. සමහර පහරවල් වැදුනේ ඔහුගේ ඇඟිලි වලටය​. පොත බිම වැටීම නිසා වරක් දෙකක් බැට්න් පහරවල් ඔහුගේ හිසට වැදුණි.

මෙම පහර දීම පුරා පැයක් සමග සිදු විය​. අවසානයේදී වෙහෙසට පත් නිලධාරියා නිමල්ට පයින් පාරක් ගසා කාමරයෙන් එලියට දමනු ලැබීය​. ඒ වන විට නිමල් ගේ නාසයෙන් සහ කනෙන් ලේ ගලා යමින් තිබුණි. විසංඥ වූ ඔහුව සිර කුටියට ඇද දමනු ලැබීය​. මෙසේ සති ගනනාවක් ඔහු රුවන්වැල්ල පොලිසියේ සිටියේය​. බොහෝ අවස්ථා වලදී ඔහු පහරකෑම් වලට ලක් විය​.

මෙසේ වද බන්ධනයට ලක් වීම නිසා නිමල් දිවි නසා ගැනීමට මාන බැලුවේය​. වෙනත් රැඳවියෙක් ගෙන් පිරිටන් පෙති 17 ලබාගත් ඔහු එය තම කමිසයේ වාටි අතර සඟවාගෙන සිටියේ වධ කුටියෙන් මිදී යාමට නොහැකි වුවහොත් එකවර පිරිටන් පෙති 17 පානය කරමි යන චේතනාවෙනි. එහෙත් ඔහුගේ දෙමාපියන් ආරක්‍ෂක අංශ හරහා බලපෑම් කොට තිබූ නිසා ඔහුව වෙනත් රැඳවුම් කඳවුරකට මාරු කරන ලදි. මේ රැඳවුම් කඳවුරේදී ඔහුට පහර දීමක් සිදු වූයේ නැත​. ඉන් පසු ඔහු බූස්සට මාරු කරන ලදි.

වසර දෙකක පමණ පුනරුත්ථාපනයෙන් පසු ඔහුව නිදහස් කරන ලදි. නිදහස් වී වසර ගනනාවක් ගතවූවද නිමල් තුල කායික මානසික රෝග ලක්‍ෂණ දක්නට තිබේ. ඔහු මිනිසුන් විශ්වාස කිරීම නවතා දැමීය​. ඔහු දේශපාලනයෙන් ඉවත් විය​. හිටපු සාමාජිකයන් මඟ හැරියේය​. වරින් වර වැළඳෙන දරුණු හිසේ කැක්කුමකින් ඔහු පෙළුනේය​. ඔහුගේ කායික ශක්තිය හීන විය​. තවමත් තරුණ වයසේ සිටියද ඔහුගේ ලුබ්ධිය අව ප්‍රමාණ වූයේය​. ලිංගික ආකර්ශනයන් ඔහුට තව දුරටත් උත්තේජනයන් නොවීය​.

තම ජීවිතය නිරපරාදේ විනාශ වූවා වැනි අදහසක් ඔහු තුල වර්ධනය විය​. අධ්‍යාපනය කඩාකප්පල් වීම,  රැකියාවක් කිරීමට සුදුසුකම් නොමැති වීම නිසා ඔහු මන් දෝත්සාහී විය​. දරුණු විශාද අවපාතයකට නිමල් ගොදුරු වූයේය​. රාත්‍රියට ඔහුට නින්ද නොආවේය​. සමහර අවස්ථා වලදී වද බන්ධනයට ලක් වූ අත්දැකීම් ඔහුට සිහිනෙන් පෙනුනි. ඔහු තුල තිගැස්ම අනිසි බිය වර්ධනය වූයේය​.

බොහෝ කායික මානසික රෝගාබාධ වලට ලක් වූ නිමල් හට සංයුක්ත ප්‍රතිකාර ලබා දුනි. ඔහුව ස්නායු පිළිබඳ වෛද්‍යවරයෙකුට යොමු කොට ඊ. ඊ.ජී පරීක්‍ෂණයක් කරන ලදි. ස්නායු වෛද්‍යවරයා ඔහුට ඖෂධ නියම කලේය​. එසේම ඔහුගේ විශාදයට ඖෂධ ප්‍රතිකාර ලබා දෙන ලදි. මේ අතර උපදේශන සහ මනෝ ප්‍රතිකාර නොකඩවා කරනු ලැබීය​. සරල සංයම ප්‍රතිකාරයක් ලෙස ආනාපානාසතිය වැඩීමට ඔහුව හුරු කරන ලදි. මාස හයක් පමණ මෙසේ ප්‍රතිකාර කරන විට නිමල් ගේ තත්වය යහපත් විය​. 2002 වසර වන විට ඔහු විදේශ රැකියාවක් සොයාගෙන මැදපෙරදිගට යන ලදි

 වෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග

 

 

 

(චායාරූපයේ අයිතිය ධර්මන් වික්‍රමරත්න මහතාටය​)

සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියේ සුවිශේෂත්වය

January 31st, 2016

නලින් ද සිල්වා

 මෙහි සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියේ සුවිශේෂත්වය යන්න සන්දර්භ දෙකකින් විස්තර වෙයි. එකක් ලෝක මට්ටමෙන් ය. අනෙක ලංකාව වශයෙනි. අපට වඩා දැනෙන්නේ ලංකාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියේ සුවිශේෂත්වය ය. එහෙත් ලෝක මට්ටමෙන් ද එහි ඇති සුවිශේෂත්වය නොදැන රටේ වත්මන් දේශපාලනය අවබෝධ කරගත නො හැකි ය. සිංහල බෞද්ධයනට ලෝක මට්ටමෙන් එහි ඇති සුවිශේෂත්වය අවබෝධ නො වේ. එසේ වුවත් මැවුම්කරුවකු ගැන විශ්වාස කරන බටහිර හා ඉන්දියානු සංස්කෘතිවලට ඒ සුවිශේෂත්වය හොඳින් ම දැනෙයි. ගුණදාස අමරසේකර මහතා වරක් කියා තිබුණේ එක්තරා තායිලන්ත උගතකුට අනුව නැවත බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියක රටක් කරවීමට හැකි රටවල් තුනක් තිබූ බව ය. අමරසේකර මහතාට අනුව ඒ උගතා කියා තිබුණේ ඒ  රටවල් තුන ලංකාව, මියන්මාරය හා කාම්බෝජය යන ථෙරවාදී රටවල් බව ය.
 
එහෙත් පොල් පොට්ගෙන් පසු කාම්බෝජයට ඒ කාර්යය කළ නො හැකි ය. පොල් පොට්ගේ  ප්‍රශ්නය වූයේ ඔහු අනුගමනය කළ ක්‍රියා මාර්ගය ය. බටහිරයන්ට ඔහු නැතිකිරීමට ඒ ක්‍රියා මාර්ගය නිසා පහසු විය. නැතිවූයේ පොල් පොට් පමණක් නොවේ. එහි ථෙරවාද සංස්කෘතියට තිබූ ශක්තිය ද නැති වී ගියේ ය. මියන්මාරය ද අවුං සාන් සුකී මගින් අඩපණ කිරීමට බටහිරයන්ට හැකි විය. ලංකාව පමණක් තවමත් ඉතිරි වී තිබේ. එහෙත් ඉතා සුළු කරුණකින් ලංකාවට ඇති ශක්තිය ද නැති වී යෑමට ඉඩ ඇත. අප ප්‍රවේසම් නොවුණහොත් ලංකාවේ ථෙරවාද සංස්කෘතිය ද දුර්වල වනු ඇත. බොහෝ සිංහල බෞද්ධයනට නොතේරුණ ද අප බටහිර විද්‍යාව ඇතුළු බටහිර දැනුමට හා අශෝක බුද්ධාගමට ද විරුද්ධ වන්නේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියට වන අගතිය නැති කිරීීමට ය. ඇතැමුනට ඒ බව නොතේරුණ ද බටහිරෙන් හෝ ඉන්දියාවෙන් හෝ හැකිනම් හා අවශ්‍ය නම් යමක් සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියට අවශෝෂණය කරගැනීමට අප විරුද්ධ නැත. එහෙත් බටහිර යුදෙවු ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියේ හෝ ඉන්දීය සංස්කෘතියේ හෝ ආධිපත්‍යයට යට වී ඔවුන්ගේ දැනුම ඇතුළු සංස්කෘතිය අනුකරණය කිරීමට අපි විරුද්ධ වෙමු. ඒ ඒ දැනුම් අතර ඊනියා පාලම් නැත. පාලම්වලින් සිදුවන්නේ අධිපතිවාදී දැනුමට අනෙක් දැනුමක් යට වීම පමණකි. ලංකාවේ බෞද්ධ උගතුන් ඊනියා පාලම් තනා බුදුදහම ද විකෘති කර ඇති අන්දම උදාහරණ සහිත ව පෙන්වා දිය හැකි ය. ඒ විකෘති කිරීම්වලින් ඔවුන්ට මෙරට හා පිටරට මහාචාර්යකම් හා වෙනත් තනතුරු ලැබී ඇත්තේ සංස්කෘතික ආධිපත්‍යයට ඔවුන් යට වී ඇති බැවිනි. 
 
ලෝකයේ ඇත්තේ සභ්‍යත්ව ගැටුමක් යැයි සැමුවෙල් හංටින්ග්ටන් තම සභ්‍යත්ව ගැටුම (Clash of Civilizations) නම් පොතෙහි සඳහන් කරයි. සෝවියට් දේශයේ හා ඊනියා සමාජවාදයේ කඩාවැටීමෙන් පසු හංටින්ග්ටන්ට අනුව තිබෙන්නේ ධනවාදය හා සමාජවාදය අතර ගැටුමක් නොව සභ්‍යත්ව ගැටුමකි. ඔහු සභ්‍යත්වයක් ලෙස විස්තර කරන්නේ මනුෂ්‍යත්වය හැරුණු විට ලොව මිනිසුන් සාමූහික ව එකතුවන ඊළඟ ප්‍රවර්ගය ලෙස ය. ක්‍රිස්තියානි සභ්‍යත්වය, මුස්ලිම් සභ්‍යත්වය යනුවෙන් ඒ විවිධ වෙයි. බොහෝ මුස්ලිම්වරු ලෝකයේ කොහේ හිටියත් මුස්ලිම්වරුන් ලෙස සිතති. අයිඑස්අයිඑස් ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් අතර ලංකාවේ මුස්ලිම්වරු ද වෙති. හංටින්ග්ටන් තම පොතෙහි කියන්නේ මහායාන සභ්‍යත්වයක් ලෝකයේ තිබිණි ද ථෙරවාද සභ්‍යත්වයක් නැති බව ය. අපට ලෝකයේ ථෙරවාදීන් ලෙස සිතිය නොහැකිය යන්න ඉන් අදහස් වෙයි. එහි ඇත්තක් වෙයි. සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් බොහෝ දෙනා තායිලන්තයේ සංචාරය කරන්නේ භාණ්ඩ මිළ දී ගැනීමට හා වෙනත් ක්‍රියාවන්හි යෙදෙමින් පන්සිල් කඩා ගැනීමට ය.  
 
අප හන්ටිංග්ටන්ගේ සියළු අදහස් පිළිගත යුතු නො වේ. ලෝකයේ ඇත්තේ සභ්‍යත්ව ගැටුමක් නොව චින්තන හා සංස්කෘතික ගැටුමකි. එය සෝවියට් දේශය කඩා වැටීමට පෙර සිට ම විය. ඊනියා සමාජවාදය හා ධනවාදය අතර වූ ගැටුම ද සංස්කෘතික හා චින්තන ගැටුමක් විය. සෝවියට් දේශයේ කම්කරු පාංතික ආඥාදායකත්වයක් (මේ යෙදුම ද අද වන විට ව්‍යවහාරයෙන් ඈත්වෙමින් පවතියි) කිසි දිනෙක ඇති නොවිණි. ලෙනින් ඇතුළු පිරිස නැගෙනහිර කතෝලික චින්තනයෙහි (ඕතොඩොක්ස් පල්ලියෙහි) සාමූහික ප්‍රාග්ධනය එක්රැස් කරමින් රාජ්‍ය ධනවාදයක් පිහිටුවූහ. එය බටහිර යුදෙවු ක්‍රිස්තියානි චින්තනයෙහි ඇති වූ පෞද්ගලික ප්‍රාග්ධනය එක්රැස් කිරීමෙන් වෙනස් විය. මාක්ස් ද පදනම් වූයේ කතෝලික චින්තනයෙහි බව අමතක නොකළ යුතු ය. අප සමාජවාදය ලෙස දකින්නේ සාමූහික ප්‍රාග්ධනය සහිත රාජ්‍ය ධනවාදයකි. 
 
ලංකාවේ තිබූ හෙළ බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය වෙනුවට සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය පිහිටුවනු ලැබුයේ මූලික වශයෙන් අශෝක රජුගේ මැදිහත් වීමෙනි. එය ස්ථාවර වීමට අවුරුදු අටසියයක් පමණ ගත විය. කෙසේ වෙතත් මෙරට තිබූ හෙළ බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය වෙනස්වීම විජය පැමිණි වකවානුවේ සිට කෙරී ගොස් ඇත. වෛදික බමුණෝ ඒ වෙනස් කිරීමට ගත් උත්සාහය අත් නො හැරියහ. ඔවුහු බෞද්ධයන් ලෙස ද ඒ කටයුත්තෙහි නිරත වූහ. පෘතුගීසිහු, ලන්දේසිහු හා ඉතා සියුම් ලෙස ඉංගිරිසිහු ද සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය විනාශ කිරීමට බැරි නම් දුර්වල කිරීමට කටයුතු කළහ. අද ද ඉංගිරිසිහු හා ඉන්දියානුවෝ ඒ කටයුත්තේ යෙදී සිටිති. බටහිර යුදෙවු ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආධිපත්‍යය යටතේ ලෝකය විනාශ වෙමින් පවතියි. පුද්ගලිකත්වය දිනපතා වර්ධනය වෙයි. ලංකාවේ හා සෙසු ලෝකයේ අපරාධ වැඩිවන්නේ යුදෙවු ක්‍රිස්තියානි චින්තනය හේතුවෙනි. ඒ චින්තනයෙහි පරිසරය සුරැකිය හැකි නො වේ. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් මා පොතක් ලියා ඇති මුත් එය අද මුද්‍රණයේ නැත. පරිසරය රැකිම සම්බන්ධ ව පැරිසියේ පසුගිය දා පැවැත්වූ සම්මේලනය කිසිම ප්‍රතිඵලයක් නැති මාධ්‍ය සන්දර්ශනයක් පමණක් විය. ලංකාවේ ද මාධ්‍ය සන්දර්ශන පැවැත්වෙන්නේත් දේශපාලනය පුවත්පත් සාකච්ඡාවලට සීමාවන්නේත් බටහිර අනුකරණයෙනි. 
 
බටහිරයන්ට හා ඉන්දියානුවන්ට හැකිනම් සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය විනාශ කිරීමට අවශ්‍ය වෙයි. අද ඉන්දියානුවෝ වේදිකාවේ කුමක් කීවත් ථෙරවාද බෞද්ධ දර්ශනයට විරුද්ධ වෙති. බටහිරයන් ද එසේ ම ය. බටහිර ඉතා සුළුවෙන් ව්‍යාප්ත වන්නේ ථෙරවාදයක් නොව දලයි ලාමාගේ මහායාන බුද්ධාගමකි. මැවුම්කරුවකු හෝ බටහිර විද්‍යාවේ මහා පිපිරුම (බිග් බෑන්) වැනි මැවීමක් හෝ නොමැති ථෙරවාදයට පමණක් ආධ්‍යාත්මික වශයෙන් බටහිර යුදෙවු ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියට අභියෝග කළ හැකි ය. මුස්ලිම් සංස්කෘතිය හා යුදෙවු ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතිය අතර ගැටුම මේ වන විට නැවතත් ආරම්භ වී ඇත. එය ලෝක යුද්ධයක් කරා විකාශය වීමේ භයානක ඉඩකඩක් වෙයි. ඒ  සංස්කෘතික වෙනසක් නිසා ඇතිවන්නකි. ථෙරවාදී රටවල් එකතු කිරීමට නොහැකි වීමත්, ඔවුන් යුද්ධායුධ සම්බන්ධයෙන් ශක්තිමත් නොවීමත්් හේතුවෙන් ථෙරවාදයට එරෙහිව සෘජු යුද්ධ ක්‍රියා මාර්ගයකට එළඹීමට බටහිරයන්ට හා ඉන්දියානුවන්ට අවශ්‍ය නැත. එහෙත් සංස්කෘතික වශයෙන් ථෙරවාදය පරාජය කිරීමටත්, වක්‍ර ව දෙමළ ජාතිවාදය හා මුස්ලිම් ආගම්වාදය යොදා ගනිමින් තමන්ට ආධ්‍යාත්මික ව අභියෝගයක් විය හැකි සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය නැති කිරීමට විවිධ අය විවිධ කටයුතු කරති. 
 
ප්‍රභාකරන් පමණක් නොව ඇතැම් සිංහලයෝ ද සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියට එරෙහිව යොදා ගැනෙති. ඊනියා රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන යනු බටහිර විවිධ ප්‍රභේදවල ක්‍රිස්තියානි රාජ්‍ය හෝ සංවිධාන හෝ මගින් අප වැනි රටවල නඩත්තු කෙරෙන සංවිධාන වෙයි. මේ සංවිධානවල චින්තනය යුදෙවු ක්‍රිස්තියානි වෙයි. ඔවුහු සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියට එරෙහිව කටයුතු කරති. ඊනියා යුද්ධාපරාධ ගැන මේ බටහිර ගැත්තෝ කෑ ගසති. යුද්ධවල දී සිදුකරන ක්‍රියා සියල්ල පාරදෘශ්‍ය විය යුතු නො වේ. කොටි ඔත්තුකරුවන්ට ආධාරකරුවන්ට විරුද්ධව ඇතැම් පියවර ගැනීමට සිදු වී නම් එහි ඇති වරද කුමක් ද? බටහිර රටවල් හෝ ඉන්දියාව හෝ යුද්ධවල දී පාරදෘශ්‍ය ව කටයුතු කර ඇත් ද? අපේ දුර දිගු විහිදුම් බලකාය ගැන සෙවීමට එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව අයිතිවාසිකම් කොමසාරිස්ට ඇති බලය හෝ රුදාව හෝ කුමක් ද? ඔහු බ්ලෙයාර්ගේ යුද්ධ කටයුතු හැන නිහඬ ය. එහෙත් මේ නිවට ආණ්ඩුව ඔහුටත් බ්ලෙයාර්ටත් අනෙක් බටහිරයන්ට හා ඔවුන්ගේ නියෝජිතයන්ටත් ලංකාවට පැමිණ සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතියට එරෙහිව කටයුතු කිරීමට අවසර දෙයි. මේ ආණ්ඩුවට බටහිරයන් සහතික දෙන්නේ ආණ්ඩුවේ නිවට කමට ය.
 
ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂය මරාදැමීමට පළමුව ඒ හා එ ජා පක්‍ෂය අතර වූ ප්‍රධාන වෙනස වූයේ 1952 න් පමණ පසු ශ්‍රී ල නි ප සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය මත පදනම් වූ පක්‍ෂයක් වීමත් එ ජා ප  ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතිය මත පදනම් වූ පක්‍ෂයක් වීමත් ය. ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂය වෙනස් කිරීමට බටහිරයෝ විවිධ උත්සාහ දැරූහ. අනූවේ දශකයේ මුල චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග එංගලන්තයේ සිට මෙරටට ආනනය කරනු ලැබුයේ ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ පදනම බිඳ දමා දෙමළ ජාතිවාදයට දොළ පිදේනි දීමට ය. එහෙත් ඒ සාර්ථක නො වී ය. එ ජා ප හා ශී්‍ර ල නි ප අතර ඊනියා සමගියක් ඇතිකර දෙමළ ජාතිවාදය හැසිරවීමට ඉන්දියාවට කාලයක් තිස්සේ අවශ්‍ය විය. අවසානයේ දී ඒ සඳහා මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන යොදාගනු ලැබිණි. එහෙත් ඔහු ශ්‍රී ල නි ප මරාදැමූ බැවින් ඉන්දියාවේ උපක්‍රමය සාර්ථක නො වී ය. මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ නායකත්වයෙන් නව පක්‍ෂයක් අවශ්‍ය බව අප කිියා සිටියේ සංධානයේ නායකයන් ද එයට විරුද්ධ වූ කාලයක ය. එහෙත් අද කාට කාටත් ඒ අවශ්‍යතාව පෙනී ගොස් ඇත. මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේනට තමා කළ වැරදීවලට වන්දි ගෙවිය හැක්කේ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂට අගමැති කම ලබාදීමෙන් පමණකි. ඒ සඳහා ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ ඉඩ ඇති බව පෙන්වා දීමට හැකි ය.
 
මෙරට සිංහලයන්ගේ සුවිශේෂත්වයට විරුද්ධ ව ව්‍යාජ කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට විවිධ පඬියන් ඉදිරිපත් වී ඇත. මෙරට ජාතියකට ඇත්තේ සිංහල පමණ ය. ඒ රටක පුරවැසියා ජාතිකයෙකි යන බටහිර අර්ථයෙන් නො වේ. සිංහල හැරුණු විට මෙරට ඇත්තේ ජනවර්ග ය. සිංහලයන් සුවිශේෂ වන අතර ඔවුහු අන්‍යයන් මෙන් සාංක්‍රමණිකයෝ නො වෙති. ඔවුුහු වෙනත් රටකින්  නො පැමිණියෝ ය. සිංහල භාෂාව, දෙමළ හෝ අරාබි හෝ මෙන් නොව වෙනත් කිසිම රටක භාවිතා වන්නක් නො වේ. පාළි, සංස්කෘත, දෙමළ පමණක් නොව බටහිර භාෂාවල වචන ද සිංහලයෙහි වෙයි. එහෙත් සිංහලය (හෙළය) මෙරට නිෂ්පන්නිත භාෂාවකි. සිංහලයෝ මෙරටට ආවේණික වන අතර මෙරට ඉතිහාසය හා සංස්කෘතිය ගොඩ නැගුවෝ වෙති. අප වර්ධනය විය යුත්තේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය වටා ය. ඊනියා ථෙරවාද කතිකාවත මල්වත්ත හා කෝට්ටේ කුමක් කීව ද නිර්ථෙරවාදී ය.
 
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විරුද්ධ පාක්ෂීකයන්ගෙන් පළිගැනීමේ සංස්කෘතිය අවසන්කළ ජන නායකයා වූ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගෙන් පළිගැනීම ඉතා ඛේදනීය බව ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ මාධ්‍යවේදී සී ඒ චන්ද්‍රෙප්‍රේම මහතා පෙන්වාදෙයි.

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මේ අතර හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ පුත් යෝෂිත රජපක්‍ෂ මහතා අත්අඩංගුවට ගනිමින් හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයාට අනතුරු ඇගවිමට ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ගත් පියවර සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිය ප්‍රසාදය පලකරමින් ඉන්දිය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නරේන්ද්‍ර මෝදි සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිවරයාට ස්තුතිය පලකරමින් දුරකතන ඇමතුමක් ලබාදි ඇති බව ජනාධිපති විද්‍යුත් මාධ්‍ය අධ්‍යක්ෂ චමුදිත සමරවික්‍රම අනාවරණය කර තිබේ.

ඊයේ යෝෂිත රජපක්‍ෂ මහතා අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනිමේන් පසුව ඉන්දිය අගමැතිවරයා මේම ඇමතුම දි තිබේන බවයි ඔහු අනාවරණය කළේ.

රාජපක්ෂවරුන්ට එරෙහිව නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරිම සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමන් ඇතුලු ඉන්දිය මධ්‍යම රජය සතුටට පත්වු බවත් හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා හිටපු ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් ගොඪාභය රාජපක්ෂට එරෙහිව නීතිය ඉක්මනින්ම ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්නේ නම් එය සමස්ථ දමිළ ජාතියටම කරන සාධාරණයක් වන බවද මෝදී පැවසු බව චමුදිත අනාවරණය කර තිබේ.

මේ අතර ජනතාව විසින් නව රජයය පත් කලේ දූෂණයට එරෙහිව නීතිය දැඩිව කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කිරීමට බවත් ඒ අනුව 2016 වසර කැළෑ නීතිය වෙනුවට දුෂණයට එරෙහිව සාදාරණ, අපක්ෂපාතී ක්‍රිමයක් ක‍්‍රියිත්මක කරන වසර යයිද ජනාධිපති මෛතී‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන ඊයේ පොර ටොක් දි තිබේ.

PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA IS A STATESMEN. HIS FAMILY BELONGS TO THAT CLASS.

January 31st, 2016

By Noor Nizam. SLFP Stalwart, Peace and Political Activist & Political Communication Researcher. January 30th., 2016.

The Rajapaksa family is Stronger than the Sigiriya Rock. If they have not done wrong and no harm to others, they will come out of this sooner or later. Loyal SLFP stalwarts and party sympathizers will always stand by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa should at least now understand who the “backstabbers” from within the SLFP and those who surrounded him at his peak of power were.

He should have also known who the political cut-throats of the Muslim and Tamil communities are. President Mahinda Rajapaksa should never, never, never ever tolerate them in the future. In politics these things happen.

This happened to late Madam Sirimavo Bandaranike, to J.R. Jayawardene, to Kamraj, to Mujibu Rahuman, to Zulfikar Ali Butto and many other leaders who were loved by their people.

There near kith and kin became victims of their opponents, both political and otherwise.

Yet they came back or their next of kin came back to power by the grace of God AllMighty as long as they were clean. It is only a matter of time.

රත්තරන් පිහිනුම් තටාකයේ ඉන්නා රත්තරන් මෝඩයෝ!

January 31st, 2016

ඇම්  ඩී  පී  දිසානායක

එක්තරා ගමක සිටි ගොවියකුගේ පුතෙකු නීතියේ රැහැනට අසුවී සිරයට ගියේය. ඊට පෙර ඔචුනට අයිති විශාල කුඹුරක  ඔහුවැඩ කල අතර, සිරගතවීම නිසා කුඹුර වල්වැදී ගියේය.

දිනක් තාත්තා ලිපියක් ලියා කියා සිටියේ “අනේ පුතේ, දැන් උඹ නැතුව කුඹුර වල්වැදීලා, පනම් හතරක් හොයාගන්න බැරුව, අම්මත් මමත් හරි අමාරුවේන් තමයි ජීවත්වන්නේ” යනුවෙනි.

පුතා වහාම පිළිතුරක් ලියා කීවේ “අනේ තාත්තේ බය වෙන්න එපා, මම කුඹුරේ වැඩකරපු  වංගියේ රත්තරන් ගොඩාක් පලාස්ටික් බෑග්වල දමා කුඹුරේ තැන් තැන්වල හංගලා තිබ්බා. ඒවා හාරා ගන්න” යනුවෙනි.

මේපුවත තාත්තා අභල පභල අයට කිව්වා. සියලූම දෙනා වහාම නොමිලේ  කුඹුරේ වල් පැළෑටි උදුරා, කුඹුර හාරන්නට පටන් ගත්තා.  දභඩිය දමමින් දීන තුනක් මහා අව්වේ සියලුදෙනා කුඹුර හෑරුවා, නමුත් අන්තිමට හම්බවුනේ, කුඹුරේ පඹයින්ට ඇටවූ පරණ මුට්ටි දෙකක් සහ කැඩිච්ච බාටා සෙරෙප්පු කබලක් පමනයි

තාත්තා නැවතත් සිදුවූ සියල්ල පුතාට ලියා දැන්වූවා.

පුතාගේ ක්‍ෂණික පිළිතුර වූයේ ” ඉතින් තාත්තේ දැන් වැඩේ හරිනේ, වල් පැළෑටි උදුරලා, කුඹුර කොටලා ඉවරනේ  තාත්තාට දැන් තියෙන්නේ වී ටික වපුරන එක විතරනේ” යනුවෙනි.

GOLDEN  FOOLS IN GOLDEN SWIMMING POOLS

January 31st, 2016

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

Once upon a time,  a son of a village farmer was found guilty of committing an offence  and prisoned for several years.   As his father was old and feeble, the son was the breadwinner for the family.   Though they owned  a large paddy field where  son was in charge of all cultivation activities.  the paddy field was neglected as  a  consequence of son’s absence, the mother and father found it extremely difficult to find any money to make a living.

So, one day, the father wrote a letter to the son in the prison, saying their predicament and not having any money to make ends meet.  The son wrote back – ” Dear Thaththa, please don’t worry, when I worked in the field, I did hide several bags of gold  in plastic bags at several places of the paddy field,  please dig it up and then you will be rich”.
The energised father called the villagers  and asked them to help dig up the paddy field to find gold.   All villagers were delighted and spontaneously agreed to do it voluntarily.

At the end no Gold Plastic Bags were found.  Then father wrote to son again, son replied, “Thaththa, don’t worry,  now you can start cultivation because paddy field is cleared of weeds etc “!

 

Russian-led Coalition Heading for ‘Stunning Victory’ in Syria

January 31st, 2016

Courtesy SPUTNIK

Western media coverage does not accurately reflect what is happening on the Syrian battlefield, US journalist Mike Whitney wrote for the CounterPunch magazine: Damascus-led forces, assisted by Russian warplanes, have turned the tide of war and are on the way to flush Islamic radicals out of the country.

Unlike America’s military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq, this process will not be a protracted one, Whitney added.

“What the western media characterizes as a ‘quagmire’ has all the makings of a stunning victory for the Russian-led coalition that is gradually reestablishing security across Syria while sending the invaders running for cover,” he said, referring to foreign mercenaries, who are fighting for Daesh, al-Nusra Front and other radical groups in Syria.

Reports from the Syrian battlefield speak for themselves. Thanks to Russia’s involvement, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is on the offensive on virtually all fronts, freeing strategic cities and destroying militants in key provinces. Less than six months ago Damascus-led forces were losing territories and their prospects looked grim.Whitney maintains that Americans are “conditioned” to believe that any military involvement in a foreign land would necessarily turn into a quagmire. These concerns are understandable. After all, the United States was dragged into two military campaigns in the Middle East that has only contributed to more violence and instability in the region.

A U.S. soldier from Dragon Company of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment prepares for a mission on forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan
© REUTERS/ LUCAS JACKSON
A U.S. soldier from Dragon Company of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment prepares for a mission on forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan

Russia’s case is different. “The fact is, however, that Putin has no intention of getting ‘bogged down’ in Syria for a decade or two. What he plans to do is to defeat the enemy and move on,” Whitney noted. “Recent reports from the frontlines suggest that that is precisely what he is doing.”

Russia launched its limited but highly efficient aerial campaign on September 30 following a formal request from Damascus.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160131/1034000237/russia-syria-isis.html#ixzz3ypa84HTe

The death of Hugo Chavez, and the trend of hi-tech assassinations in global politics

January 31st, 2016

by Peter Baofu Courtesy Pravda

 Hugo Chavez, the Socialist president of Venezuela for 14 years, died on March 05, 2013, after having courageously fought against cancer in the last few months. Media reports superficially stated “heart attack” as the cause. But a troubling question is, Who killed him? This question is not rhetorical, since its answer points to the trend of hi-tech assassinations in contemporary global politics.

I. HISTORICAL CASES

In the last few years alone, quite a number of prominent individuals who opposed the policies of some powerful states on the world stage had been targeted for hi-tech assassination, which often leaves no trace behind and can kill the victim silently (often in a slow and painful death), and this kind of silent killing becomes an increasingly preferred form of very sophisticated assassination by some powerful states in our time — unlike the crude use of shooting by an assassin in the older days. The death of Hugo Chavez, and the trend of hi-tech assassinations in global politics. 49602.jpeg
For illustration, just consider some controversial cases of both successful and unsuccessful hi-tech assassinations in the past 2 decades, as shown below:

1.  Cristina Kirchner, current president of Argentina, with thyroid cancer in 2011
2.  Ollanta Humala, current president of Peru, with cancer in the gut in 2011
3.  Hugo Chavez, former president of Venezuela, with prostate Cancer in 2011
4.  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, with cancer of the larynx in 2011
5.  Nestor Kirchner, former president of Argentina, with colon cancer in 2010
6.  Fernando Lugo, former president of Paraguay, with lymph cancer in 2010
7.  Evo Morales, current president of Bolivia, with cancer in the nasal cavities in 2009
8.  Dilma Vana Rousseff, current president of Brazil, with cancer in the lymphatic system
in 2009
9.  Alexander Litvinenko, former Russian secret service officer, with polonium-210
poisoning in 2006
10. Yassar Arafat, former chair of the PLO, with brain hemorrhage in 2004
11. Khaled Meshaal, the leader of the Hamas, with the poisonous shutdown of the brain
in 1996

Of course, there can be other examples, so the ones above are illustrative, not exhaustive. At first glance, all these cases seem isolated incidents, but, upon closer examination, reveal a growing and disturbing trend of hi-tech assassinations in contemporary global politics, in that all these individuals with the diseases were major opponents of the policies of some powerful states.

For example, the first 8 cases above (cases #1-8) involve some recent leftist opponents of American intervention in South America. This led Mr. Chavez to thus wonder, back in 2011, “Would it be so strange that they [in the U.S.] have invented the technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?” and then added: “I don’t know but…it is very odd than we have seen Lugo affected by cancer, Dilma when she was [presidential] candidate, me, going into an election year, not long ago Lula and now Cristina….It is very hard to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some [leftist] leaders in Latin America. It’s at the very least strange, very strange,” as reported by Tom Phillips on December 29, 2011.

His friend Fidel Castro in Cuba, who himself had survived hundreds of hi-tech assassination attempts by the U.S. in the past half of a century, therefore gave him some advice: “Chávez, take care. These people have developed technology. You are very careless. Take care what you eat, what they give you to eat…a little needle and they inject you with I don’t know what.”

On the day of Chavez’s death, Vice President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said in an address to the nation that “there’s no doubt that Commandante Chavez’s health came under attack by the enemy,” in that “Chavez’s cancer was an ‘attack’ by his enemies” (meaning the U.S.), as reported by Tracy Connor for NBC News on March 06, 2013. Then, General Jose Ornella, head of Venezuela’s presidential guard, “echoed the concern of Vice President Nicolas Maduro that some sort of foul play was involved in Chavez’s cancer. ‘I think it will be 50 years before they declassify a document (that) I think (will show) the hand of the enemy is involved,’ he said. The general didn’t identify who he was talking about [or what the classified document was exactly], but Maduro suggested possible U.S. involvement…,” as reported by Fabiola Sanchez for the Associated Press on March 06, 2013.

Shortly after the death of Chavez, Kurt Nimmo wrote on March 6, 2013: “For the naysayers who dispute that the CIA was responsible for the cancer death of Hugo Chavez, note the device in the following video. It is a dart gun developed in the 1970s (or possibly earlier) by the CIA. In the video, the weapon is described as inducing heart attacks. Cancer is not mentioned. However, we know that the CIA used Dr. Alton Oschner, the former president of the American Cancer Society, to run covert cancer research for the agency.” If they could invent devices like this back in the 1970s, just imagine how much more they could do now in the 2010s!

In addition, Lubov Lulko wrote in January 05, 2012 that there were different technologies to inflict cancer on opponents, like “alpha radiation, electromagnetic waves, or chemicals” which can “cause emergence and development of cancer,” as part of the larger efforts by some powerful states to “invent new kinds of biological, chemical and electronic weapons” to kill their enemies.

Then, case #9 on the list (above) has to do with the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko by the Russian government under Putin, since “upon his arrival to London, he [Litvinenko] continued to support the Russian oligarch in exile, Boris Berezovsky, in his media campaign against the Russian government” under Putin, and “the main suspect in the case, a former officer of the Russian Federal Protective Service (FSO), Andrei Lugovoy, remains in Russia,” and “subsequent investigations by British authorities into the circumstances of Litvinenko’s death led to serious diplomatic difficulties between the British and Russian governments,” as reported in an article on Wikipedia.

And cases #10-11 on the list (above) has to do with the Israeli involvement, for the critics, in the assassination of Yassar Arafat, former chair of the PLO, with brain hemorrhage in 2004, and of Khaled Meshaal, the leader of the Hamas, with the poisonous shutdown of the brain in 1996.

II. SUCCESSES AND FAILURES

Hi-tech assassinations can be both successful and unsuccessful, of course.
On the one hand, the practice of hi-tech assassination has its own successes. For instance, in the above 11 illustrative cases, 4 attempts were successful, namely, the cases involving Hugo Chavez, Nestor Kirchner, Alexander Litvinenko, and Yassar Arafat.

On the other hand, there are failures, in 2 major ways, as explained below.
Firstly, some attempts (like the 9 cases as mentioned earlier) have not been successful, for the time being at least — and the most notorious one concerns case #11, when Israel unsuccessfully attempted to silently kill Khaled Meshaal (with poison), but “one of Meshaal’s bodyguards, Muhammad Abu Saif, had chased the two Mossad agents who had carried out the operation and, with the help of a passing Palestinian Liberation Army officer, later captured them,” and “the failed assassination proved to be one of the greatest fiascos in the history of special operations, and a pivotal moment in the rise of Hamas,” and it had also humiliated Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister at the time (1996-1999) and also now (since 2009), since he was forced not only to provide “the antidote and the nature of the [toxins] used against Meshaal,” but also “to release the founder of Hamas [Sheikh Ahmed Yassin] from jail in a prisoner exchange deal,” as reported by Al Jazeera World on January 30, 2013.

And secondly, even the killings of the opponents do not necessarily bring the results as intended. For instance, the death of Nestor Kirchner has not made Argentina more pro-American; on the contrary, it only brought his widow Cristina Kirchner into power, who has sided with Chavez instead. The death of Yassar Arafat has not brought peace to the Middle East, nor has it made Israel safer from the Hamas, as the two sides recently had another military clash in December of 2012. The death of Alexander Litvinenko has not silenced the opposition against the presidency of Vladimir Putin; on the contrary, the opposition has grown even stronger nowadays, from 29% of the vote in the presidential election in 2004 to 37% of the vote in 2012. And the death of Hugo Chavez has made him a martyr in the eyes of his supporters, both at home and abroad, for his dual achievements (and visions) to give the poor (long treated with contempt and abused by the aristocrats in the region) a voice in the public sphere and to stand up against “yankee imperialism” for South American independence as a larger integrated bloc.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, eloquently wrote about Chavez in The New York Times on March 6, 2013, the day after his death: “No remotely honest person, not even his fiercest opponent, can deny the level of camaraderie, of trust and even of love that Mr. Chavez felt for the poor of Venezuela and for the cause of Latin American integration.”

At home, “Chávez’s social campaigns, especially in the areas of public health, housing and education, succeeded in improving the standard of living of tens of millions of Venezuelans,” as Mr. Lula wasted no time to point out.

Abroad, “Mr. Chávez was instrumental in the 2008 treaty that established the Union of South American Nations, a 12-member intergovernmental organization that might someday move the continent toward the model of the European Union. In 2010, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States leapt from theory to practice, providing a political forum alongside the Organization of American States. (It does not include the United States and Canada, as the O.A.S. does.) The Bank of the South, a new lending institution, independent of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, also would not have been possible without Mr. Chávez’s leadership. Finally, he was vitally interested in fostering closer Latin American ties with Africa and the Arab world,” as Mr. Lula thus praised him.

But this does not mean that Mr. Chavez has no faults of his own making. On the contrary, as Lula thus criticized him: “One need not agree with everything Mr. Chavez said or did….There is no denying that he was a controversial, often polarizing, figure….” And, for his enemies, especially those in the corporate world of big-business capitalism, Mr. Chavez can be regarded as a curse from hell.

Yet, for all those countless folks who completely crowded the streets of Caracas on March 06, 2013 and waited for many hours only in order to bid him farewell when his coffin passed through in a military procession, with many crying and mourning, and some even stayed into the night to see his body at the Fort Tiuma military academy — his death has made him larger than life in their hearts and minds, to the point that, as Lula aptly put it, “his ideas will come to inspire young people in the future, much as the life of Simón Bolívar, the great liberator of Latin America, inspired Mr. Chávez himself.”

Already, “within hours of Hugo Chavez’s death, makeshift altars were going up in homes and on street corners around Venezuela with candles, photos and offerings for the late president. Weeping beside his coffin, supporters are likening him to independence hero Simon Bolivar and even Jesus Christ. Ministers quote his words and precepts in reverential tones,” as reported by Andrew Cawthorne on March 8, 2013. And Chavez’s body will be “embalmed” and be “permanently displayed” inside “a glass tomb” at a military museum in Caracas, as reported by the Associated Press on March 07, 2013.

This then is the best thing that his enemies have done to him: his painful and untimely death makes him a martyr for his followers both at home and abroad, in the present and in the future.

Peter Baofu

– See more at: http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/11-03-2013/124025-hugo_chavez_eath-0/#at_pco=smlre-1.0&at_si=56ad6cdeeba74fd0&at_ab=per-12&at_pos=1&at_tot=4

The West Is Reduced To Looting Itself

January 31st, 2016

Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy

Myself, Michael Hudson, John Perkins, and a few others have reported the multi-pronged looting of peoples by Western economic institutions, principally the big New York Banks with the aid of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Third World countries were and are looted by being inticed into development plans for electrification or some such purpose. The gullible and trusting governments are told that they can make their countries rich by taking out foreign loans to implement a Western-presented development plan, with the result being sufficient tax revenues from economic development to service the foreign loan.

Seldom, if ever, does this happen. What happens is that the plan results in the country becoming indebted to the limit and beyond of its foreign currency earnings. When the country is unable to service the development loan, the creditors send the IMF to tell the indebted government that the IMF will protect the government’s credit rating by lending it the money to pay its bank creditors. However, the conditions are that the government take necessary austerity measures so that the government can repay the IMF. These measures are to curtail public services and the government sector, reduce public pensions, and sell national resources to foreigners. The money saved by reduced social benefits and raised by selling off the country’s assets to foreigners serves to repay the IMF.

This is the way the West has historically looted Third World countries. If a country’s president is reluctant to enter into such a deal, he is simply paid bribes, as the Greek governments were, to go along with the looting of the country the president pretends to represent.

When this method of looting became exhausted, the West bought up agricultural lands and pushed a policy on Third World countries of abandoning food self-sufficiency and producing one or two crops for export earnings. This policy makes Third World populations dependent on food imports from the West. Typically the export earnings are drained off by corrupt governments or by foreign purchasers who pay little while the foreigners selling food charge much. Thus, self-sufficiency is transformed into indebtedness.

With the entire Third World now exploited to the limits possible, the West has turned to looting its own. Ireland has been looted, and the looting of Greece and Portugal is so severe that it has forced large numbers of young women into prostitution. But this doesn’t bother the Western conscience.

Previously, when a sovereign country found itself with more debt than could be serviced, creditors had to write down the debt to an amount that the country could service. In the 21st century, as I relate in my book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism, this traditional rule was abandoned.

The new rule is that the people of a country, even a country whose top offiials accepted bribes in order to indebt the country to foreigners, must have their pensions, employment, and social services slashed and valuable national resources such as municipal water systems, ports, the national lottery, and protected national lands, such as the protected Greek islands, sold to foreigners, who have the freedom to raise water prices, deny the Greek government the revenues from the national lottery, and sell the protected national heritage of Greece to real estate developers.

What has happened to Greece and Portugal is underway in Spain and Italy. The peoples are powerless because their governments do not represent them. Not only are their governments receiving bribes, the members of the governments are brainwashed that their countries must be in the European Union. Otherwise, they are bypassed by history. The oppressed and suffering peoples themselves are brainwashed in the same way. For example, in Greece the government elected to prevent the looting of Greece was powerless, because the Greek people are brainwashed that no matter the cost to them, they must be in the EU.

The combination of propaganda, financial power, stupidity and bribes means that there is no hope for European peoples.

The same is true in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. In the US tens of millions of US citizens have quietly accepted the absence of any interest income on their savings for seven years. Instead of raising questions and protesting, Americans have accepted without thought the propaganda that their existence depends upon the success of a handful of artificially created mega-banks that are “too big to fail.” Millions of Americans are convinced that it is better for them to draw down their savings than for a corrupt bank to fail.

To keep Western peoples confused about the real threat that they face, the people are told that there are terrorists behind every tree, every passport, under every bed, and that all will be killed unless the government’s overarching power is unquestioned. So far this has worked perfectly, with one false flag after another reinforcing the faked terror attacks that serve to prevent any awareness that this a hoax for accumulating all income and wealth in a few hands.

Not content with their supremacy over “democratic peoples,” the One Percent has come forward with the Trans-Atlanta and Trans-Pacific partnerships. Allegedly these are “free trade deals” that will benefit everyone. In truth, these are carefully hidden, secret, deals that give private businesses control over the laws of sovereign governments.

For example, it has come to light that under the Trans-Atlantic partnership the National Health Service in the UK could be ruled in the private tribunals set up under the partnership as an impediment to private medical insurance and sued for damages by private firms and even forced into abolishment.

The corrupt UK government under Washington’s vassal David Cameron has blocked access to legal documents that show the impact of the Trans-Atlantic partnership on Britain’s National Health Service. http://www.globalresearch.ca/cameron-desperate-to-stop-scandal-as-secret-plans-to-sell-the-national-health-service-are-discovered/5504306

For any citizen of any Western country who is so stupid or brainwashed as not to have caught on, the entire thrust of “their” government’s policy is to turn every aspect of their lives over to grasping private interests.

In the UK the postal service was sold at a nominal price to politically connected private interests. In the US the Republicans, and perhaps the Democrats, intend to privatize Medicare and Social Security, just as they have privatized many aspects of the military and the prison system. Public functions are targets for private profit-making.

One of the reasons for the escalation in the cost of the US military budget is its privatization. The privatization of the US prison system has resulted in huge numbers of innocent people being sent to prison, where they are forced to work for Apple Computer, IT services, clothing companies that manufacture for the US military, and a large number of other private businesses. The prison laborers are paid as low as 69 cents per hour, below the Chinese wage.

This is America today. Corrupt police. Corrupt prosecutors. Corrupt judges. But maximum profits for US Capitalism from prison labor. Free market economists glorified private prisons, alleging that they would be more efficient. And indeed they are efficient in providing the profits of slave labor for capitalists.

Here is a news report on UK Prime Minister Cameron denying information about the effect of the Trans-Atlantic partnership on Britains’ National Health.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/26/anger-government-blocks-ttip-legal-documents-nhs-health-service

The UK Guardian, which often has to prostitute itself in order to maintain a bit of independence, describes the anger that the British people feel toward the government’s secrecy about an issue so fundamental to the well being of the British people. Yet, the British continue to vote for political parties that have betrayed the British people.

All over Europe, the corrupt Washington-contolled governments have distracted people from their sellout by “their” governments by focusing their attention on immigrants, whose presence is a consequence of the European governments representing Washington’s interests and not the interest of their own peoples.

Somthing dire has happened to the intelligence and awareness of Western peoples who seem no longer capable of comprehending the machinations of “their” governments.

Accountable government in the West is history. Nothing but failure and collapse awaits Western civilization.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GENEVA RESOLUTION OF OCTOBER 2015

January 31st, 2016

Mahinda Gunasekera Toronto, Canada

H.E. Maithripala Sirisena
President of Sri Lanka

Copies to: Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Prime Miniter/Cabinet Ministers
”        ”   Sri Lankan Media
”        ”  High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Your Excellency and Honourable Ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka,

I have pleasure in submitting a most cogent analysis written by Ms. Ira de Silva of Ontario, Canada, on the subject, which I am sending as an annexure hereto.

Measures taken by the government to accommodate the demands of the extremist pro-Tamil Tiger separatist elements who funded the war that was thrust on the Government and people of Sri Lanka by the internationally designated terrorist group known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) no doubt is directly related to the agreement entered into by the Hon. Mangala Samaraweera on behalf of the UNP titled the ‘Singapore Principles’ with representatives of the UK based GTF, TNA, etc. in 2013.

It is therefore highly questionable as to the exercise of calling for proposals from the general public to revise the existing National Constitution when an agreement has already been struck to fully implement the 13th Amendment thereby re-merging the northern and eastern provinces, with further devolution of powers to the merged NE Province, creating an asymmetric federal structure which is being promoted by the US administration and the Indian Government, which is tantamount to taking the people for a ride by pulling wool over their eyes.

It must always be remembered that sovereignty rests with the people, and any structural changes to the form of governance must be first approved by the people, and no secret deal could take precedence over the inherent rights belonging to the people.  Even when the 13th Amendment was first implemented as imposed by India, who trained, armed and funded the Tamil terrorist groups in order to destabilize Sri Lanka, the UNP government of the day which had a 5/6th majority steam rolled the changes by resorting to unethical pressures on the caucus members without allowing a ‘free vote’, and also denying an opportunity for the general public to express their views on the matter.  These are fresh in the minds of the people, and they will certainly not tolerate their rights being hijacked via secret deals. The Tamilnet report of January 22, 2015 on the secret deal could be accessed by clicking on the link given below:

https://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=37606

Yours sincerely,

Mahinda Gunasekera
Toronto, Canada

 

On 1/27/2016 11:20 PM, Ira DeSilva wrote:

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GENEVA RESOLUTION OF OCTOBER 2015

 

According to news reports, there seems to be a difference of opinion on whether investigations into the final phase of the Eelam war in 2009 will be done by competent local investigators and judges or whether it will be outsourced to international personnel. The difference of opinion illustrates the differences between the UNP and the SLFP attitudes towards the  integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka as well as the capabilities of Sri Lankans to manage their own country.

 

The actions of the UNP illustrate what they have stood for in the past and are committed to at present. The UNP is inclined to look to external forces and accept their dictates and solutions for internal issues of Sri Lanka. It was a UNP led government that could not withstand the pressure by pro LTTE India in 1987 and signed the Indo-Lanka Agreement which has resulted in irreparable damage to the country. Whilst India did not abide by their commitment under the agreement, it has used it like a battering ram against Sri Lanka. A few important results from the agreement were – Provincial Councils which have been a drain on the economy with not much benefit to the country from the costs of bloated numbers of politicians, their aggression and disdain for ordinary Sri Lankans. It allowed the LTTE to gain strength and, in case people have forgotten, under the instructions of the then UNP government, 600 policemen were asked to surrender to the LTTE and were brutally murdered. The IPKF was sent to Sri Lanka and the people of Sri Lanka know with what brutality they murdered, raped and robbed.. No apology from India has been made to this date much less an investigation into the war crimes of the IPKF.

 

The next time the UNP was the government the result was the infamous CFA which again, instigated, aided and abetted by the international community, was to give the LTTE what they wanted. The then government claimed that it was the best deal for Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans paid the price because the security forces were restricted to their camps while the LTTE ran amok throughout the island. The international observers were in the country to provide support to the LTTE to gain their goals. As an example,  in that time period, the Norwegians, with the approval of the government, provided the LTTE with sophiscated communication equipment delivered to their doorstep. The monitoring mission was mostly supportive of the LTTE with the blessing of the government. It was an SLFP president who finally ended the farce by dismissing the government. That president was followed by another SLFP president who decided to end the terrorist conflict, disregarding  the international communities’ demands to pacify the LTTE and militarily defeated the LTTE. The UNP  had no faith in Sri Lanka’s security forces as illustrated by comments re Thoppigala being a jungle, confusing Elephant Pass to Pamankade and comparing the security forces and the Salvation Army. The UNP  did not believe that  the LTTE could be defeated because the international community supported the myth that their protege the LTTE  was invincible. The SLFP gambled on Sri Lankans and they proved themselves capable to the task.

 

It is interesting to point out that in 2013, it was reported by Tamilnet that an understanding was reached in Singapore called the “Singapore Principles” by the UNP’s Mangala Samaraweera, with Mr. Sumanthiran of the TNA  which was and is the voice of Eelam, Mr. V.T. Thamilmaran, an unnamed representative of the Global Tamil Forum, Dr. Jayampathi Wickramaratne and a lawyer from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.  The conference had been organized by a LTTE front organization in South Africa. It was claimed that Mr. Samaraweera urged support for a regime change and in return promised to give all demands of the TNA such as the release all LTTE terrorists from prisons, (to the TNA and Mr. Samaraweera they are “political prisoners” even though they are LTTE cadres (terrorists), removal of the army from Jaffna,  full implementation of the 13th Amendment, and a Federal state in the North and East of Sri Lanka. In 2015 there was regime change and since then the other items stated above  seem to be on this government’s agenda to be gradually implemented. Mr. Sumanthiran’s statements as well of those by the Global Tamil Forum and other Tamil diaspora groups who supported the LTTE seem to be demanding their pound of flesh. The security forces are under duress which has been the “revenge” sought by the Tamil diaspora and international community.  Mr. Samaraweera de- listing these LTTE support groups and calling LTTE fighters “political prisoners” must have been the icing on the cake!

 

Now the country has another UNP government and they have co-sponsored a resolution, again sanctioning international interference  in Sri Lanka against the laws of the country, at the behest of the same international community that supports the LTTE and the Tamil diaspora who have continued to press ahead with their goal of Eelam. The UNP led government seems to still believe that Sri Lankans are incapable of managing internal issues and is encouraging and accepting non-stop visits from interfering foreigners who want to meddle in other countries mostly to the detriment of these countries. We have a SLFP president who seems to have a different point of view as stated in the latest interview to the BBC Sandeshaya on January 21. He seems to believe in the capabilities of Sri Lankans to manage their own matters. He believes the international community need not worry about matters of state interest and that the investigation into war crimes should be internal and indigenous and not violate the laws of the country. He states “foreign judges and prosecutors should not be involved in an investigation into allegations of war crimes. I believe in the judicial system and other relevant authorities in this regard. I will never agree to international involvement in this matter” to which the Global Tamil Forum, the UNHCR, the foreign NGO’s, local supporters of  Eelam, who have already found the Sri Lankan security forces guilty and just want an international stamp of approval, are crying foul. Against this outcry, the UNP leader hastens to state that his government will stand by it’s commitment to the UNHCR resolution and that there will be “a foreign component”, once more showing that he has no faith in Sri Lankans and is willing to “violate” the laws of the country.

 

It will be interesting to see whether it will be an SLFP president who wins this round. The people, who will ultimately reap the benefits or pay the price of these decisions are being ignored. Despite the constant talk of the elected representatives doing the will of the people, the people are being kept in the dark. Will this attitude ever change?

 

Yours truly,

 

Ira de Silva

Canada

 


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