19 Lankan Tamil refugees reprieved, will not be sent back to Sri Lanka

April 12th, 2013

Karthick S (Courtesy Times of India)

CHENNAI: About 19 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who feared deportation after they being stranded in Dubai can breathe easy with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday refuting reports that they would be sent back home.

“UNHCR is looking for a solution to resettle the 19 refugees in other countries. We have full cooperation from the UAE government and there is no threat of the refugees being sent back to Sri Lanka,” said Babar Baloch, spokesperson for UNHCR in Geneva. There were reports earlier that the refugees who reached Dubai illegally would be deported on April 11.

Last October, 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees set out in a boat from Tuticorin and were stranded in mid-sea. They were picked up by a Singapore-registered cargo ship and taken to Dubai where they sought asylum through the International Red Cross. They were dropped off in Dubai and entrusted to UNHCR. UNHCR denied refugee status to seven and six were deported to Sri Lanka.

“We have been working sincerely to settle them in other countries. Fifteen of the 39 recognized refugees left UAE and 12 are in the process of departing. Resettlement for others may take time. The UAE government has been supporting UNHCR in sheltering the refugees,” Babar said. He was unable to answer how long the UAE government would keep them. “We do not want to speculate,” he said.

The refugees had appealed to Tamil leaders for help. MDMK leader Vaiko had requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that the 19 Tamils were not deported. VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan and others issued statements in support of their resettlement.

The family of LTTE spokesperson Ilanthiraiyan, who disappeared during the civil war, are among the 45 refugees. TV presenter Lohini Rathimohan who worked for an LTTE-owned internet channel is among those waiting for resettlement. “She is depressed. She knows what happened to Isaipriya, another TV presenter with the LTTE channel, who was brutally killed by the Sri Lankan Army,” Ramanan, one of the 19, said.

Another refugee Niranjani travelled while she was eight months pregnant and delivered a girl in Dubai on December 25, 2012. “She is likely to be sent to the US. Her baby Abinaya is also in need of better living conditions. We stay in a small place near the seashore. We were told that the six deported Tamils are facing problems in Sri Lanka. Though they have no issues with the government, they are facing trouble. If we are forced to go back to Sri Lanka, there is no assurance that our lives will be spared,” Ramanan said.

Tamil NaduƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s IPL overreach -Only the Ministry of Home Affairs can regulate the entry of foreigners into India

April 12th, 2013

Shivprasad Swaminathan Courtesy the Hindu

Designating the letter written by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to the Prime Minister as communicating a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-decisionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-banƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ Sri Lankan players, officials and support staff from participating in any Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket game in Chennai would be imprecise. Rather, it is a putative ban; a statement of intent by the Government of Tamil Nadu to ban the Sri Lankan nationals on a future date should they set foot in the State.

The letter sought to justify the proposed ban on the grounds that the presence of the Lankans would have aggravated the already surcharged atmosphere in the State, and, presumably, have affected the law and order situation. This licences us to infer that at the appropriate time, the Police Commissioner of Chennai would have invoked, that ubiquitous and versatile tool, the prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ something that was also recently invoked by the Commissioner of Police, Chennai to delay the release of actor Kamal HassanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s film Viswaroopam.

Is a State Government in IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s constitutional set up competent to do what Tamil NaduƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s did? It is difficult to see how that question could reasonably be answered affirmatively as the Tamil Nadu GovernmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s actions seem to fly in the face of the division of powers between the Union and the States contemplated in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution.

Under Central domain

Regulating the admission of foreigners into the country falls exclusively within the purview of the Union GovernmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s competence. Entry 19 of List I (the Union List) of the Seventh Schedule authorises the Union Government to regulate admission and emigration. Further, entry 17 of List I, gives the Union Government the power to regulate ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-citizenship, naturalization and aliens.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ This Constitutional authority is statutorily exercised by the Union Government acting under the Passport (Entry into India) Act 1920, Passport (Entry into India) Rules 1950, Foreigners Act 1946 and the Registration of Foreigners Rules, 1992.

The Constitutional and legislative regime in place gives the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the exclusive power to regulate the admission of foreigners into India. If the State Government has concerns about the movement of foreigners in a certain part of India, it is at liberty to take up such concerns with the MHA. But the decision on which parts of India, foreigners are free to move in, could finally be that of the MHA alone. Once a decision to admit a foreigner without any geographical restrictions on his movements has been reached, by the MHA, it is not open to the State Government to refuse entry to a foreigner into the State.

Permitting the State Government to do so, would be to redraw the division of powers in the Seventh Schedule. State Governments and District Magistrates have the power to issue ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-inner line permitsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ for foreigners to visit ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-protectedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ or ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-restrictedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ areas. But it is the Central Government which designates these as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-protectedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ or ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-restrictedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ areas, exercising powers under Section 3 of the Foreigners Act 1946. Furthermore, the State Government owes its power to issue these permits to the grant of the Central Government exercising its powers under the Foreigners Act, 1946.

Blanket ban

A blanket ban on all Sri Lankans ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ solely on the ground of their nationality ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ adds another wrinkle to the problem. The issue then ceases to be merely that of regulation of admission of foreigners and passes over into the realm of foreign affairs. Denying admission in a State, to nationals of a country, solely on the grounds of their nationality, directly (not merely incidentally) affects the relations between India and the other country. Entry 10 of the Union List makes ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-all matters which bring the Union into relations with any foreign country,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ a matter in which the Union Government alone is competent to act. The Constitution does not empower each State to work out its own foreign affairs policy. Giving the Union Government the last word on foreign affairs is absolutely imperative given the diversity of voices in IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s democracy and the disparate welter of interests they represent. This proposition has, of late, come under a lot of strain with several State Governments seeking to reorient IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s foreign policy in line with their parochial interests. This result is somewhat odd since the Constitution envisages a kind of federalism in which the Union Government is generally meant to be the dominant constituent, and the sole arbiter in matters of foreign affairs. This is an area in which the Union Government must reassert its Constitutional authority. This is, of course, not to suggest that the States should have no say in foreign affairs. To be sure, the States can bring to bear their weight on foreign affairs through proper legal and political channels. But all such channels stop well clear of exercising a de facto veto power over foreign policy formulated by the Union Government.

What about the law and order concerns which ostensibly motivated the Tamil Nadu Government? Such concerns, however justified, can never give the Tamil Nadu Government legitimate grounds to deny the Sri Lankan players entry into the State. The Union Government alone is competent to take into account law and order considerations when it arrives at the decision to permit admission to foreigners into the country.

ƒÆ’†’©If the State Government is dissatisfied with the Union GovernmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s decision, it can legally challenge the decision under Art 131 of the Constitution by invoking the Supreme CourtƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s original jurisdiction. However, the State Governments have no power to render otiose a valid exercise of Constitutional power by the Union Government on grounds of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-law and order.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

If ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-law and orderƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ concerns are recognised as a sound justification for the State Government to disregard the exercise of power by the Union Government, the Seventh Schedule, at least in its present shape and form, would become redundant. If a State Government is to run the governmental machinery in accordance with the Constitution, it must not be allowed to use ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-law and orderƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ as a fig leaf behind which it can trump the powers of other constituents of the federation and upset the distribution of powers in the Constitution.

(Dr. Shivprasad Swaminathan is Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School.)

 

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Buddhist philosophies are a way of lifeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢

April 12th, 2013

Courtesy: Buddhist Channel

CHENNAI , India — A day-long national seminar titled ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Philosophical Revisit to Buddhism in Tamil NaduƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ was organised by the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, here on Wednesday. The seminar focused on how Buddhism forayed into Tamil Nadu.

ƒÆ’-¡ Inaugurating the seminar D Raja, MP and National Secretary of the Communist Party of India, said, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Earlier all the Dalit colonies in northern Tamil Nadu had the photos of Buddha and Ambedkar. During my early years as a school student, I came to know about Buddha and Ambedkar through their birth anniversaries celebrated by the people of those colonies. Their birthdays were celebrated like a festival. Later I was introduced to the principles of Karl Marx through one of my school teachers. Then in my college days I came to know about Iyothee Thass, who organised the first conference on BuddhaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s teaching in Tamil Nadu. Thus I am shaped by the thoughts of both communism and Buddhism.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

He added, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-India made the first and foremost contribution to the world of philosophy in the form of Buddha. Buddha doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t care about the existence of god or soul. His only problem was human beings. He believed that through his teaching, humans can walk in a good path. The principles of both Buddha and Karl Marx are more or less equal. Ambedkar was the first person who tried to build a link between Buddha and Marx.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Buddha renounced everything. He went to people and spoke to them in their own language. He lived as a common man. He lived for the common man and so he too is a fighter. His philosophies are not religious principles, but a new way of life. We are influenced by western studies and hence we are not aware about Buddhist principles. The great irony in todayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s scenario with regard to Buddhism is, in Myanmar Buddhist monks fought against the junta. But in Sri Lanka the scenario is different. There Buddha is bleeding,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ he concluded.

Around 150 students from various colleges of the State participated in the seminar and nearly 20 papers were presented.

The Trojan Horses Theory of the Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: How True!

April 11th, 2013

by Garvin Karunaratne Former SLAS- Government Agent, Matara

Our Defence Secretary has said well of Trojan Horses type of activity by foreign sources.

He has referred to Non GovernmentalƒÆ’-¡  Organizations(NGO).ƒÆ’-¡  To my thinking these nefarious activities have been done by Governments as well.

Sri Lanka is an unfortunate countryƒÆ’-¡  in terms of foreign interference.

In the 1971 JVP Rebellion it was established that the North Korean Government played a role in it and its Embassy wasƒÆ’-¡  closed down and the Ambassador and staff deported. It was found that the N.Korean Embassy had withdrawn and spent a colossal sum of money in a subversive manner.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  During the height of the JVP attack a strange ship appeared very close to Matara and Dondra and was seen over our field glasses to be unloading some thing to boats.ƒÆ’-¡  The Army UnitƒÆ’-¡  sentƒÆ’-¡  a message to headquartersƒÆ’-¡  and in response one of our planes came, flew over it and machine gunned the boats. The ship vanished.ƒÆ’-¡  AtƒÆ’-¡  that time we were holding the City of Matara and even the inner coast of Dondra was not in our control. In many Districts, the Police and the Government held only the major cities. Once in a casual discussion I had with Dr Colvin R de Silva, I asked him as to whether in his opinion Rohana Wijeweera was the leader of the movement.ƒÆ’-¡  Instead of answering me he asked for my opinion and I said that I felt that Wijeweera was only carrying out orders for someone else.ƒÆ’-¡  Dr Colvin said that he too felt it that way.ƒÆ’-¡  It was a Fidel Castro type of attempt to take over the country in one day.

Another covertƒÆ’-¡  operation that caused a major calamity was the Red Banna Settlements Project implemented by the Norwegian Government inƒÆ’-¡  the Eighties. Unknown to the Sri Lankan Government, the Norwegian Government opened up a land settlement scheme in the Weli Oya area- the bridge between the Northern and Eastern Provinces and settled Tamil youths from the hill country of Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  This was done without the approval or knowledge of the Sri Lanka Government.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  This was a sheer attempt by the Norwegian Government to provide a handicap for PrabhakaranƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s LTTE.ƒÆ’-¡  It is ironical that the NorwegianƒÆ’-¡  Government was later entrusted with peace negotiations with the LTTE. The Norwegian Government should have been sent packing lock stock and barrel and we should never have had anything to do with them. The Norwegians also fully supported the LTTE. Though the Government trusted the Norwegians later, Norway showed its full support for the LTTE in the PTOMS Agreement signed with the LTTE where in administration the LTTE was accorded a greater role and power than the sovereign Sri Lankan Government.

Even then we yet go to lick the boots of the Norwegians.

It is unfortunate thatƒÆ’-¡  we have been unable to get rid of the Trojan Horse that was implanted on us by India. The Trojan Horse is the 13 th Amendment to our Constituition. ƒÆ’-¡ The aim is to bifurcate our country and divide it into sections so that the LTTE could rule the mergedƒÆ’-¡  North and the East while through the Provincial Councils the rest of the country will be divided into a number ofƒÆ’-¡  States.ƒÆ’-¡  We have seen how Vartharaja PerumalƒÆ’-¡  declared himself independent.

It is important to note that the 13 th Amendment was never passed by a Parliament that was free to vote. President Jayawardena had undatedƒÆ’-¡  letters of resignation from all Members of Parliament which he used as a method of forcing the Members to vote as he wished on pain of dissolving Parliament if they did not follow his instructions.ƒÆ’-¡  It is also a fact that President Jayawardena did incarcerate all Members of Parliament in a Five Start Hotel under military guard and he will personally go and escort the Members of Parliament to Parliament to vote as he wished. Thus the 13 th Amendment is not democratically decided on, though it was subsequently approved byƒÆ’-¡  the Supreme Court, by a majority of one.ƒÆ’-¡  This was the time when the bungalows of the Judges were stoned to make them heed.

Is it not a fact that Indian fighter planes flew in sorties over Colombo to frighten President Jayawardena to submission.

We are nearing the election to the Northern Prov incial Council.ƒÆ’-¡ 

To my mind the powers already given to the Provincial Councils ifƒÆ’-¡  implemented on will ensure that the working of all development work from the Central Government will come to a halt. The Provincial Councils already elected do not assert the powers conferred on them and thus the full force of the Provincial Councils has not been felt today.ƒÆ’-¡  An elected Northern Provincial Council which will compriseƒÆ’-¡  TNA personnel who are totally anti Sri lankan and entirely pro Tamil Nadu will lead to a situation where there will be a de facto different State.

As an officer of the Administrative Service for six years I was covering the entire island and I could never have implemented any work effectively if I had been constrainedƒÆ’-¡  by Provincial Councils. In detail.

I was once in charge of the Vegetable and Fruit Purchasing and Sales Scheme of the Marketing Department.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka is a small country with different climatic zones.ƒÆ’-¡  Up country vegetables have to find sales in Colombo and the urban areas and the Marketing Department purchased vegetables and fruitsƒÆ’-¡  all over the island. It was I that fixed purchasing prices for vegetables and fruits all over the island and at least twenty lorries and twenty wagon loadsƒÆ’-¡  came in every day, ƒÆ’-¡ which had to be marketed in Colombo.ƒÆ’-¡  The officers in the producer areas had to carry out my instructions and any interference by Provincial Ministers would have not enabled us to do marketing keeping a low margin of fifteen percent or less. That is how inflation was controlled till the Marketing Department was privatised and abolished by the IMF and the UINP. A detailed paper on the Marketing Department Scheme is in my book: Papers on the Economic Development of Sri Lanka(Godages,2012)

When I handled fertilizer distribution to the entire island it was a major task to send supplies and to approve loans to cooperative societies. If we had to work with Provincial Ministers and Provincial Secretaries this task would never have been possible.

When I worked in charge of the Southern Province I had to accept every day around twenty wagon loads of paddy from Batticaloa, otherwise the farmers in Batticaloa would not be able to sell their paddy.ƒÆ’-¡  Though I was physically in the Southern Province I handled the sales of Red Onions for farmers in Jaffna and the disposal of paddy for farmers in Batticaloa. In a 13 th Amendment situationƒÆ’-¡  the Provincial Minister in the Southern Province from whom I had to take instructions would not have allowed me to spend my time for other Provinces.

In other words the working of many development programmes will grind to a halt if there are Provincial Councils. They will be a hindrance.

Thus theƒÆ’-¡  13 th Amendment is a Trojan Horse and it is time that we set fire to that Trojan Horse before that Trojan Horse opens its sides and controls our country and bifurcates it. These days at times I sense that the militant youths in Tamil Nadu are intent on invading us.ƒÆ’-¡  The 13 th AmendmentƒÆ’-¡  is a path to that invasion!

What is sad is that we have amidst us immature and inexperienced persons who cannot fathom what will happen to our countryƒÆ’-¡  if the 13 th Amendment is implemented.

It would behove of the Government to have a referendum on the 13 th Amendment before that Trojan Horse dissipates us to oblivion.

Garvin Karunaratne

Former SLAS- Government Agent, Matara

10 th April 2013

RajapakseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Dilemma : Allegiance to China ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” National Traitor ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Face War Crimes

April 11th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

The plot thickens. The ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-friendsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of RajapakseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s are increasing and their baits are not hard to read into. The choices before Rajapakse seem few and their lobbies appear in the form of India and Japan on the instructions of the US. Essentially the President must be mindful of the traps being laid before him. These are no ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-friendsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” The Presidnet must remember the fates of one time ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-friendsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of the US ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Saddam, Mubarak and Gaddafi.

Let us look at some of these options Rajapakse is being lured into accepting.

For eliminating a terrorist movement the challenges before a President seems a bit profound but it is not difficult to see that the entire LTTE chapter was a mere whitewash of a mercenary functioning as an international proxy ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” first taking instructions from India and upon the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi taking instructions from Western forces. ƒÆ’-¡ 

India has become a vassal state as a result and today it is an Italian that dictates IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s policies. Its very manipulation of Sri Lanka has now being hijacked to the advantage of the West and is on track to create a Christian Pakistan out of Tamil Nadu and Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s North combined on a bogus ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-eelaamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ticket.

The 13th amendment, northern elections and a popular President are the only barriers to this objective. Aligning Tamil Nadu despite 72million Tamils has been a cakewalk for the West ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” there is no nationalism in Tamil Nadu. But there is nationalism in Sri Lanka and plans are already set to break that nationalism up. People need to be alert and throw aside petty politics and agendas. The country is at great risk.

With IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s popularity in Sri Lanka at an all time low, the US now turns to its other strategic partner in Asia and alternate decoy ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Japan.

Enter Japan – again

68 years after US dropped 2 atomic bombs on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima killing over 250,000 Japanese in 1945 Japan-US ties are unbombable ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Japan is one of AmericaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s key strategic partners inspite of objections by Japanese in view of the rise in rapes and crimes by US troops stationed in Japan.

Japan is aligned to AmericaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s China containment policy that must open President RajapakseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s eyes to the reality that Japan-SL ties or ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-friendshipsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ presently shown have a greater objective behind the symbolism in the welcome afforded to President Rajapakse when he arrived days prior to the UNHRC sessions last month ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the Emperor means business.

Therefore, whatever links are being currently pursued by the former peace envoy Akashi with Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s envoy in Japan needs to be looked with caution given US-Japan obsession is China and relations with Asian nations are with a behind the scene plan to counter China in Asia.

The sea lanes of the Indian Oceans are too important to ignore ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the geographical position of Sri Lanka is realistically a modern day curse made worse by the inability of local politicians to use that to the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s advantage. More than 80% of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s seaborne trade in oil is said to transit through the Indian Ocean choke points of which 40% pass through the Strait of Hormuz, 35% through the Strait of Malacca and 8% through the Bab el-Mandab Strait.

Ironically more than half of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s armed conflicts are located in the Indian Ocean region. It is these conflicts that the West use as stepping stones to advance their agendas on the excuse of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-securityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ deploying forces in nations as has taken place in Diego Garcia and the US has over 1000 such military presence globally.

What unnerves the US and West with their gun boat diplomacy and human rights caning mechanisms through the puppet of the UN is the soft power approach adopted by China and China has meticulously found itself great opportunities in both Africa and Asia and subtly surrounded India with its string of pearls of which Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka is one. In no time China built a magnificent Lotus Tower another gift to show its presence in Sri Lanka. Into this blooming relationship has always been a thorn ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” India.

So the diplomatic space is now taken over by Japan and Akashi is back at what he is known best to do. ƒÆ’-¡ Incidentally, Akashi as Special Representative for the UN Secretary General in Yugoslavia is said to be the architect of the disaster in Bosnia.

That India and Japan are taking turns to woo Rajapakse to contain China and both are now using fears of war crime and US Resolution to push Rajapakse into snubbing China which is probably why like Santa, Japan is offering plenty of aid knowing the weaknesses of our politicians who lack any desire to think nationally. Let us not forget that US-India-Japan and Australia have a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue partnership signed between them and that is far more powerful than we can imagine.

The lesson for Rajapakse in wooing Japan too close and probably accepting a proposal to slightly diminish ChinaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s role in Sri Lanka is a dangerous option for Rajapakse to even think over. He may well like to turn to the events of Libya and Gaddafi to see how the US went out to strike deals with GaddafiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s sons and also suggested to distance from China which ended with China simply abstaining when the Resolution to strike Libya came to the UN Security Council vote. However, China and Russia together are using their full force in Syria because whatever pressures the US is bringing, Syria remains firm and resolute and sooner than later the US and NATO will have to accept that even arming rebels and sending mercenaries to Syria has not worked so far. Sri Lanka cannot lose China ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” China is needed for Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s political survival. US canƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t do without China and China canƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t do without US either ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” but that doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t stop either from attempting to gain global supremacy.

What Akashi has been sent to do possibly is what India has been unable to do thus far ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” implement the 13th amendment and go ahead with elections in the North. Probably this suggestion may be mooted as a possible bargaining tool to promise to get the block members to vote in favor of Sri Lanka at the periodic review of the UNHRC in September following the Resolution against Sri Lanka. Agreeing to such a proposal is hara kiri for President Rajapakse.

No sooner President Rajapakse agrees to hold elections and implement the 13th amendment the dual objective of creating the new ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-stateƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and overthrowing President Rajapakse by his own folly would be set into motion. So the obvious plan is to ahead of the Presidential elections coming in 2016 to make a once popular President fall from fame by getting him to implement the 13th amendment, carry out elections in the Northern provincial council that is likely to kickstart an islandwide anti-Rajapakse campaign to project him as a traitor to the Sri Lankan nation and most of all to the valiant armed forces who sacrificed their lives to save the nation. ƒÆ’-¡ 

India is no friend of Sri Lanka

What baffles most is why Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s leaders continuously go behind India to offer investments that will end up putting Sri Lanka and its people in great difficulty in time to come. Can we not learn lessons from the parippu drop in 1987, the Indo-Lanka Accord, the forced signing of the 13th amendment, the insistence on the 13th amendment, then the economic leverage Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s leaders have given India is bordering the absurd. All these economic agreements are detrimental to the nations and inspite of warnings even the Sampor Coal Power Plant is going ahead or probably has been signed in secret as most of the detrimental deals signed thus far by successive Governments have been done in secret.

The phenomenal rise in deals struck with India and the BOI incentive of offering Indian Labor into Sri Lanka as well as professional expertise already shows a flood of Indians now living in Sri Lanka. It is nothing that Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Government can hide. Soon the people whose jobs are likely to get affected, the cost of living spiralling because of mismanagement and the useless deals that afford no return on investment to the people will make a once popular Government fall from grace to disgrace ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” this is the overall plan to get the leaders to cut their own grave and they are doing a splendid job of it by keeping a bandwagon of traitors around them from whom advice is sought and who take advice from the West.

If the leaders think that by offering these leverages India now a partner of the US strategic objective will say ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Let them off the hookƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” they are our ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-friendsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” our leaders are certainly dreaming. Once targeted ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” all the other offerings of compromise are simply to secure the stakes in the country in competition with China.

Whilst maverick advisors have got Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s leaders to consent to engaging US PR firms to build better rapport with the US and that would be like giving the fox (US) all the chickens for have we not learnt how the UK firm openly claimed on Channel 4 that they wrote PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Speech at the UN!!!

The writing on the wall is clear enough and what needs to be next asked is do the policy makers of Sri Lanka seriously think that by giving India this that and the other ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” giving Japan this that and the other ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” giving the West this that and the other and most of all agreeing to sideline China ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” will President Rajapakse not be taken for War Crimes?

Removing or snubbing China will be the greatest damage President Rajapakse can do to himself and the entire nation. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION TO CONSIDER whether it comes from India, Japan or even the US.

President Rajapakse is doing hara kiri by listening to the peace envoys of both India and Japan who are obviously working in partnership with the West in a gameplan to keep China at bay and no sooner China is distanced by Sri Lanka, the country would have lost an ally that treated a friend as a friend. Let the President not be fooled to take this option ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” ever.

Preparing Sri Lanka for unilateral sanctions

The next plan that needs to be carefully thought out is to prepare for unilateral sanctions. These will mostly target the Rajapakse family and friends with freeze on assets, travel bans etc.. nevertheless the country needs to be prepared. We need to immediately plan a proper marketing plan to extend our exports to the real friendly nations and ChinaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s middle class can provide a great economic match for the export commodities. With our short-sightedness in giving India leverages in imports ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” we need to quickly devise new tax schemes to keep the currency afloat. The supermarkets are selling Indian onions and potatoes at a rate almost Rs40/- price difference to the Sri Lankan onions and potatoes ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” why are we knowingly killing our farmers. How hard they are toiling to provide the food for us to eat. Why should we import the commodities that we can grow in Sri Lanka? There are enough of politicians who have been jumping from one party to the other with federalist thinking who even say that people prefer Indian fish? In an island with fish around us are we insane to bring fish from India? Bottomline is our agriculture needs far more attention than it is being given and the State must have total control of the nationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s food production and supply. There has to be a proper policy.

Foolhardy decisions that have cost us dearly need to seriously stop and we need to get back to basics.

The plan is obviously clear ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the West is using India and Japan as peace doves to bring in de-ropes to fool Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s leaders and get them to distance themselves from China. This is a detrimental move and one that will bring them closer to the noose.

All these gameplans have a target ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” that is the next Presidential election and these buildups are all timed to make President Rajapakse dig his own grave and that of the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s too. There is a shield for the President but he has neglected that and he needs to re-align with it and fast because that is the only factor that will save him. It brought him to power ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” it gave him the support to win an ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-unwinnable warƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and it will protect the person who eliminated terrorism. They do not want him to turn himself into a national traitor by agreeing to the de-ropes being offered.

It is time for President Rajapakse to think wisely sans his advisors.

It was an astonishment that a gentleman from TGTE has replied

April 11th, 2013

Kanthar P Balanathan

29th March 2013

ƒÆ’-¡ Dear MrƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦R.N,

ƒÆ’-¡ It was an astonishment that a gentleman from TGTE has replied. My document was directed to Rudrakumaran of TGTE, however, may be he hasnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t got the courtesy or mannerism to reply, but asked you to reply. Thank you for your reply, which has given an opportunity to communicate with you guys up in the stratosphere.

ƒÆ’-¡ Please read this letter and you are welcome to reply me if you do disagree on relatable and germane matters.

ƒÆ’-¡ I think it is time for me to come clean and open to TGTE. My name is Kanthar Balanathan, a retired Director and a Specialist Power Systems Engineer. I have lived and worked in several countries, right from UK down to New Zealand, and have studied their culture, mannerism, approach to solving problems, peopleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s power in listening skills and conflict resolution. The only experience I have encountered was that I was backstabbed by people, and they are no one else but Tamils. All the people who helped me and my family in my life are no one else, but Sinhalese. The reason I am conveying this is because TamilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s cultural personality and interactive silhouette is Machiavellian. It may be because we pray to gods who depict weapons in their multiple hands. I am a Hindu.

ƒÆ’-¡ Your statement: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-you are correct, there is no land for Tamils in Srilanka, what we are talkingƒÆ’-¡ about is the land in Tamil EelamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

ƒÆ’-¡ Before we run into conclusion, yell and scream, one should do research. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Tamil ElamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ as a land did not exist in the island of SriLanka. Who are the Tamils? If we declare that we are ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-DravidiansƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, then we were from Indus Valley (IV) region. If we declare that we are Elamites, then we must have been from a land called ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ElamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. If we are Dravidians, we have to claim it back, but you have to fight with Pakistan to recapture, however, with Elamites concept, then we have to fight with Iran. History and research papers link Dravidians to Sumerians and Elamites, who were pushed to the IV region and thereafter eastwards and southwards.

ƒÆ’-¡ Scholars like Ayanarithanar proclaim that Tamils and the language existed over several thousands of years and as follows:

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¹ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ®£ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¹ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¡ ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ…‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¹ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯”…¡ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ I consider this as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-imprudent and laughableƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. It is astonishing that educated people go on yammering and chattering this verse. Even Tamil Professors from SL go on to blabber in foreign countries.

ƒÆ’-¡ Professor E. Annamalai gives a clear cut explanation that there is lack of evidence that Tamil race existed between 3,300BCE to 1800BCE. Quote from Prof. AnnamalaiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s page;

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ…‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯, ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®¯ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ”¹- ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚½ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚½ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ…‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®£ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯, ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¦ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚½ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚½ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ªƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ…‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ®¿. ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¦ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚½ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¦ƒÆ’‚ ®¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¹ ƒÆ’‚ ®ªƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ªƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ªƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¹ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ®¾, ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®ªƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¹ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®± ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¦ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¾ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ”¹-  ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ…‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®£ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯, ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¦ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®´ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚½ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ…‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ”¹- ƒÆ’‚ ®¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢, ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ¢-¾‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®ªƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®´ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®£ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ”¹- ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯. ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ”¹- ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®´ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¾, ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®£ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚°ƒÆ’‚ ®±ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ…‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¨ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚½ƒÆ’‚ ®©ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®± ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®³ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚¢ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ®¿ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ”¹-  ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒ…‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®²ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®² ƒÆ’‚ ®”‚ ƒÆ’‚ ®¤ƒÆ’‚ ®¾ƒÆ’‚ ®°ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯ ƒÆ’‚ ®µƒÆ’‚ ¯”‚¡ƒÆ’‚ ®£ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®ƒ…‚¸ƒÆ’‚ ¯ƒÆ’‚ ®®ƒÆ’‚ ¯.

ƒÆ’-¡ Therefore this concept of Tamils from IV may be out of the question.

ƒÆ’-¡ Secondly, scholars do not agree the Kumarikkandam concept. There is no evidence of a kandam in the Indian Ocean.

ƒÆ’-¡ Please read the map: http://ancientpersiaowns.weebly.com/the-elamite-empire.html

ƒÆ’-¡ Researchers state that the ParthiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s invaded IV and migrated downward to transform themselves into Pallavas. Pallavas were responsible for the development of Prakrit and Sanskrit.

ƒÆ’-¡ The Pallavas script was developed in southern India during the Pallavas dynasty; (ca. 3rd-5th century AD) The Pallavas script was based on theƒÆ’-¡ Brahmi scriptƒÆ’-¡ and consists of a matched set of symbols for consonants, as well as ways to write consonant clusters.

ƒÆ’-¡ This is 3rd ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” 5th century. Is this not similar to Sinhala, Kannada, and Telugu script?

ƒÆ’-¡ The script was used to write Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, and a number of other languages. This language became popular for political and religious and inscriptions on stone monuments this was in use for 500 years it was used in this way, with alterations and adaptations, to write most of the languages of Southeast Asia.

ƒÆ’-¡ Devanagiri is the language (Sanskrit-Old Prakrit) used by Brahmins in Temples for Poojas. Hindi is a by-product of Devanagiri. The Brahmins made sure that normal people did not use Devanagiri (Sanskrit) to isolate them from the rest.

ƒÆ’-¡ Things have changed now. Brahmins now want everybody to learn Sanskrit, because the 21st century toilet cleaners in India are the Brahmins.

ƒÆ’-¡ Veeramaamunivar, an Italian ( Costanzo Giuseppe Beschi), developed the eharam, eahaaram, oharam, oohaaram in the 18th century. Please refer to VeeramaamunivarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ s history.

ƒÆ’-¡ I quote from Ref below: http://jaffnahistory.com/Sankili/Sankili.html

ƒÆ’-¡ Although Cankili was a Tamil on his mother’s side, he did not make Tamil the official language of Jaffna. For all purposes, Sinhala was considered to be the official language throughout the island, including the Jaffna Peninsula. When Cankili’s conduct became intolerable, the people of Jaffna (mostly Sinhalese) petitioned the Portuguese Viceroy in Goa, asking him to replace Cankili with a Sinhalese Prince ‘because Jaffna belonged to the Kingdom of Kotte’. This led to the genocide of the Sinhalese inhabitants of Jaffna by Cankili. “After the massacre of the Christians, CankiliƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s, insane fury longed for more victims and he fell upon the Buddhists of Jaffna who were all Sinhalese. He expelled them beyond the limits of the country and destroyed their numerous places of worship,” says Rasanayagam, quoting Yalpana Vaipava Malai.”

ƒÆ’-¡ TodayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Tamil scripts were developed in the 12th century. Ref: http://www.google.com.au/search?q=brahmi+scripts&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=jNqwUMKnB4SDiQeO6ICQAg&ved=0CE8QsAQ&biw=1350&bih=620

ƒÆ’-¡ In 1215 CE, the first king took the throne of Jaffna asƒÆ’-¡ SegarajasekeranƒÆ’-¡ Singhai Ariyar Chakravarti, who is considered to be none other than Kalinga Magha (Kulangkayar Segarajasekeran Seliyasekaran Vijeyar Singhai Ariyar Chakravarti – 1215-1240).

ƒÆ’-¡ Yes from the above and various researches your statement of: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-there is no land for Tamils in Srilanka, what we are talkingƒÆ’-¡ about is the land in Tamil EelamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ is absolutely false and deceitful.

ƒÆ’-¡ There was and there is no ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Tamil ElamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ land within the island.

ƒÆ’-¡ What is occurring in SL is demographic movement or urban drift of rural settlers to increase productivity and hence achieve economic progress and sustainability.

ƒÆ’-¡ You know why? We Tamils are materialistic kind of race, hoarding gold, and when progressed through a University or Technical education, want government jobs. No one wants to be a worker. Unlike Tamils, Sinhalese people are industrialists and entrepreneurs. I have explained this to GG Ponnambalam and MA Sumanthiran in my letters. Please refer www.nrnmind.blogspot.comƒÆ’-¡  or http://www.calameo.com/subscriptions/1082493.

ƒÆ’-¡ Now addressing your statement: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’-¡ the cast system is existing in all over the world even in Germany (within Germans) The Germans areƒÆ’-¡ trying to fight itƒÆ’-¡ with newƒÆ’-¡ laws. It is a cancer of the human being. IƒÆ’-¡ am fighting against this from my age of 16ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

ƒÆ’-¡ Germans: Germans are known executioners of the Jews. ArenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t they mass murderers? You are not a German, then why did you opt to learn their language and settle in Germany within a predatorsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ community. Of course I value German products and understand their high technology. If you can live in Germany, why canƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t you study the three languages in SriLanka and live with chockfull contentment.

ƒÆ’-¡ The stories we hear is that Tamils in Germany practice the caste system worse than those in SriLanka. May be the Tamil elites, although, may be they look alike African, think that they are Aryans related to Germans. ThatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the weakness of the Tamils.

ƒÆ’-¡ Other point is that you state that it is a cancer. You know that there is no cure for cancer. So, what is your point please? Are you saying that Tamils will never change?

ƒÆ’-¡ I like to say that Tamils in Europe, UK, Australia, and New Zealand are engaged in part time/full time toilet cleaning work. So what am I to judge their children as? Chakkiliyar or Vellalar?

ƒÆ’-¡ You know in India, Brahmins are carrying out toilet maintenance work in Delhi, Andra and several states. Please refer my article ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Race & EthnicityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ in the Calameo web site. The philosophy is: Poverty will drive people to do any work, which should not constitute their status in life. Secondly when a country is invaded the inhabitants become the lower caste or low in status and will have to perform low level work. That has been human behavioural pattern.

ƒÆ’-¡ People have to change and give up the caste distinctions, if they intent to maintain peace and harmony among the citizens and avid rebellious acts.

ƒÆ’-¡ Chelvanayagam created the xenophobic transient deliberations among the Tamils which were counterproductive. Tamils were given significant opportunities to agree on a settlement from Parthasarathi to Ranil Wickramasinghe. We were fools not to accept any offer. We cannot blame GOSL. Anyone will only tolerate up to a certain point. Just imagine (i) the billions of dollarsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ worth of materials LTTE destroyed (ii) billions of dollars spent by LTTE in procuring arms which has gone waste.

ƒÆ’-¡ WouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t you agree that if Tamils agreed to a settlement, this amount of dollars would have developed SriLanka, and elevated to a status better than Singapore or India for that matter?

ƒÆ’-¡ WhatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s happening now? Tamils are on building splurge of Hindu temples all over the world. WouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t you agree that if Tamils decide to build a few, and contribute the rest to develop SriLanka or North & East for that matter, that would be a good idea?

ƒÆ’-¡ WouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t you agree that the money you spend now in your floating work is a waste, and only reducing the unemployment issue in the west?

ƒÆ’-¡ We Tamils cling onto ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Tamil LanguageƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and the motto Tamils are great. Language, power, religion will not provide food for the Tamils.

ƒÆ’-¡ Finally, it is of my view that a change in the political panorama in SL will drive TGTE, BTF, GTF and the lot to garbage disposal units in the west.

ƒÆ’-¡ Please do not continue with this disorder and mayhem as the end result will be nothing, and you would have spent all your savings before crashing.

ƒÆ’-¡ The west may be using you all for their political strategic framework. ThatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s what India did to Tamils and LTTE in the 70s.

ƒÆ’-¡ Hope you guys will get out of this misery, and lead a good life educating your kids and look for a better future for your kids.

ƒÆ’-¡ Thanks

ƒÆ’-¡ Kanthar P Balanathan

DipEE(UK), GradCert(RelEng), DipBusAdmin(Finance), CEng., MIET, MIE(Aust), CPEng. (NPER)

Retired Director and Specialist Power Systems Engineer

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ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-DANNO DANITHƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ! REPLY TO EDWARD GUNAWARDENAƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢S REPLY ON JAFFNA LIBRARY FIRE

April 11th, 2013

By Gamini Gunawardane

It is unfortunate that the editor of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Sunday IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ on 3rd March, had decided to close further discussion on this matter in his Paper. Yet, since Edward has raised some new issues, there is a need for a clarification. Hence this piece. But now since the urgency of the matter is lost, I took my time to formulate this reply leisurely, as the matter is now only of parochial interest. It has now become a credibility issue.ƒÆ’-¡ 

In my comment I stated that Tyrell Goonatilleke was not the head of the CID at the time in question and that he did not lead a CID team to investigate the Jaffna Library Fire. Notwithstanding whatever arguments I adduced, EG asserts: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-As for me I am absolutely certain that TG, whatever post he held in the CID or elsewhere, in fact headed, a team of investigators hand-picked by him from the CID, not for an investigation to arrest the suspects and obtain evidence for a prosecution but the limited purpose immediate damage control. With Jaffna Politicians (not the LTTE) pointing the finger at government politicians TGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s task was to find some evidence and take me into custody. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦. This was not to be, as no police officer was prepared to implicate me even with promises of rewards and promotions.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

It would appear that he has changed and elaborated his original position that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦..more than one team of investigators led by the best known investigators of the time Tyrell Goonatilleke and R. Sunderalingam investigated this case of arson. Tyrell GoonatillekeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s CID team in fact was in fact reporting to the President himself.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

The fact that all this was a fiction generated in his imagination is borne out in an e mail sent by R. Sunderalingam Rtd. S/DIG to Terry Amarasekera Rtd. DIG on this issue stating that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- there was no CID team investigating this case.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ I believe we can proceed no further than that on this issue, since the other two protagonists in this drama Tyrell Gunatilleke and J.R Jayewardene are dead, unless of course EG could name the other members of thisƒÆ’-¡  alleged CID investigation team who are among those living, for verification.

Unfortunately he does not present any verifiable ƒÆ’-¡ corroborative evidence to support his ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”certaintyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ that JRJ would take the risk of sending a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”blood houndƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ like Tyrell whom he had sent out of the CID after 35 yearsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ service there, in ignominy, to clear his stables for him as claimed by EG. I am sure only he will believe his own story!

In regard to his allegation on Tyrell ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fixingƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Vijaya Kumaratunga as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”NaxaliteƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to please JRJ, EG now condescends to change his position:ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-As regards theƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ fixingƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ of Vijaya Kumaratunga as a Naxalite, l am inclined to believe GGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s version that, in fact, “it was J.R. Jayewardene, who had Vijaya Kumaratunga arrested alleging that he (VK) was involved in a Naxalite like movement. But here EG shrewdly tries to divert the attention saying: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Surely to get VK arrested J.R.J. would have had reasonable evidence to convince TG. And it is highly unlikely that President JRJ would have made a false complaintƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

That was not the point in issue!

Whatever EGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s speculation on Presidents JayawardeneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s motivation in his having had Vijaya Kumaratunge arrested is, he (EG) now admits that it was not correct for him to say that Tyrell ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fixedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ VK as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”NaxaliteƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to please JRJ as alleged by him. Now that he has condescended to disbelieve himself, it behoves him to tender an apology to TyrellƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s family for making this false allegation against TG as did Prof. Carlo Fonseka in regard to Mr. Gamini DissanayakeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s family, at the launching of EdwardƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s book.

However EG now says: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-But Vijaya Kumaratunga, “insisting that he would not sign the statement recorded by TG, unless he could not end the statement asserting that he appreciated the fair manner in which he was interrogated”, is indeed hilarious. Any officer who had worked in the CID will know that this is standard procedure, a defence mechanism against a witness going back on a statement on grounds of coercive threats or inducementsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

In response to this, I could only challenge EG to quote any CID investigation file that he knows of, carrying such a statement at the end of an interrogation of a witness/accused. As for me, after having served in the CID for seven years, I have never seen or known of any other such instance. I am also confident that all CID officers of the time will bear witness with me. We would consider it as a singular insult on the professionalism of all those CID officers.

EGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s next statement is as follows: ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

Inasmuch as G.G. has personal knowledge of the fair and honourable manner in which VK was treated by TG I have personal knowledge of the other side of TG in a case where the stakes concerned personal professional esteem. Sixty years ago I was attached to the CID as a trainee ASP where TG was an Inspector of Police. Entrusted with the initial investigation of a murder where the first information was vague, within two days I with the assistance of the late R.C. Thavarajah (IP then) had made dramatic progress including the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of highly incriminatory productions. TG saying that I was too inexperienced to face the Supreme Court misappropriated all that I had done and claimed that for himself! The shocking impression that I got of the CID then as an institution of questionable integrity remained indelible throughout my police career. This was a landmark murder case in Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s annals of crime. I would certainly have liked my name inscribed in the records of this case as an investigator.

I believe Edward is referring here to the Anandagoda case, also known as the Adelene Witharana case where her dead body was traced to a tank bund somewhere in the Puttalam district in 1958. The CID solved this case, secured a conviction against her lover Mr. Anandagoda who was a school teacher at, as far I could recall, at Rahula College Katugastota. TG had told me that Mr. P.( Brute) Mahendran and Edward who were Probationary ASPs following their Divisional Training in the CID, were fortunate to participate in this fascinating investigation. He told me that on the successful conclusion of this case in courts he saw to it that both these Probationers were recommended for an IGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s commendation as the Senior GazzettedƒÆ’-¡  Officers were not entitled for monetary rewards. On seeing the allegation by EG I had this matter verified from the CID file ( C91/59/C14) which I knew was filed of Permanent Record in the record Room of the CID. I learnt there is an endorsement by TG therein to the effect that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- RA submitted h/w together with draft citations for the Gazetted OfficersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. Hence EGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s claim that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I would certainly have liked my name inscribed in the records of this case as an investigatorƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ was denied to him by Tyrell does not hold water. Any experienced Police investigator would know that action had been duly initiated to have the best possible accolade obtained for the young Probationers in this instance. If EGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s grouse is that he was not given an opportunity to give evidence in this case in courts, again, any CID officer who is worth his salt would agree that it is not sensible to expose a green horn perhaps by then with only 8 months in the police, to Supreme Courts in an important murder case, usually defended by formidable defence lawyers of that time was an unnecessary risk. This has to be traded against providing ego satisfaction to a young trainee in an important case in the Supreme Court. The tradition of the CID was to go for the organization goals than to satisfy personal glory of individuals. ƒÆ’-¡ I am certain with that investigational exposure in the CID may have enabled such a bright spark as EG to earn many more such commendations in his long and distinguished career. I do not know however whether there were any other instances where he displayed his investigational prowess which has gone on record.

Another matter EG has stated is that he worked in this case associated with the late IP Thavarajah (Later SSP). It is well known in the CID that Thava and Tyrell were diehard adversaries each being equally brilliant as the other. Thava would never have allowed Tyrell or for that matter anyone, to grab the good work of another and appropriate to himself for credit. Those who know Thavarajah well enough, will bear witness with me on this. He was such a relentless fighter.ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ 

EGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s tirade on Tyrell who is not among the living continues as follows:ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-T.G. was more than a, “mere police officer.” Enjoying the slavish admiration of his subordinates and some colleagues he had established a reputation as a ruthless and unrelenting investigator who took a sadistic delight in agonizing suspects in his custody.

My position is that it is grossly incorrect to say that TG was enjoying ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-slavish admiration of his subordinates and some colleagues.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ It is an insult to his subordinates and colleagues. For at that time, besides me he had under him personalities like A.S. Seneviratne, M.K.J. Perera, BennettƒÆ’-¡  Perera, H.Y.de Silva P.V. W de. Silva and S.B.W. de Silva, R. R. Kithulegoda and T. Kadiragamar, all competent investigators by their own right and mature policemen as SPs and ASPs, besides a formidable array of Inspectors. They staunchly held their own views on matters whilst respecting each other for their individual brilliance in their respective specialties. Thus, conferences of TG as Director CID were lively affairs and at times the heated exchanges of views among those formidable gladiators, was a treat. TG always promoted disagreeing views saying that he was only a Premus intepares and not the Ake homo. These discussions always helped him to make some perilous and daring decisions in those difficult times. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”AdmirationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ there certainly was but it was often mutual. It was indeed a pleasure working with such a band of adventurers who enjoyed challenges.

At least on one occasion I recall that the bright young sergeant Bandara of the Record Room disagreed with Tyrell in open Instruction Class on some matter. Later he summoned him to his office and explained to the young sergeant in detail what his thinking was. The remarkable feature of the CID at that time was that the organizational goals of the CID was known down to the lowest ranker in the organization and everyone contributed towards this end. They were proud to be its members. This is why we describe this period as the Golden Era of the CID. It was indeed a dream CID.ƒÆ’-¡ 

And to state that TG ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-took a sadistic delight in agonizing suspects in his custodyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ to say the least is libelous, apart from being irresponsible. When such a thing is brazenly said of a dead man it is only a reflection on the accuser.

In order to buttress his allegation above, EG states as follows:

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.I am personally aware how even the IGP of the time was discreetly dissuaded by TG from visiting a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”torture houseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ on Paget Road off Brownrigg Road where even media reports exposed that suspects in exchange control frauds including Muthkar and Thaha were held incommunicado by the CID chained to their beds!

I am certain that GG would not have been aware of this. Had he known about this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”torture houseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ he would not have remained in the CID. Or may be that he was not in the CID at that time. GG is too honourable a gentleman to be a party to barbaric behaviour. ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

Now this is very interesting. Contrary to his 2nd paragraph giving me a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”clean reportƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ I was in fact the person in charge of that dreaded ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Torture House ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-!

Since this alleged ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Torture HouseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ was my responsibility, I know for a certainty that EG never visited this place. Hence he could have no personal knowledge of what was going on there. He says that media had exposed that suspects held here were ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-chained to their bedsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ etc. I ƒÆ’-¡ know that no media personnel ever visited this place and could not have done so without my knowledge. Hence all what EG says on this subject has necessarily to be hearsay. And I believe, EG as a clever investigator that he was, knows the value of hearsay evidence.

On the contrary, since I have direct evidence of what I did there, let me reveal what I know of C61 Paget Road, Colombo 4. This is the house that became the official residence of Mr. Earnest Perera, the ƒÆ’-¡ then DIG Personnel & Training, after this place that held suspects of the CID was closed down after most of the inmates were convicted and jailed. After Mr. Perera, this place was good enough to become the Colombo Residence of President D.B. Wigetunge after his retirement. So much for suitability/unsuitability of this place as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Torture HouseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

The suspects held here were allowed meals from their own houses. They were allowed a quota of liquor daily as recommended by the doctor. Some like Thaha and Farouk Sali, Flamer Caldera, Charles Vethacan, Rajah Ratnagopal and probably Bhagavandas Hirdramani had their quota of Whisky in the evening, besides newspapers and magazines of their choice, brought from their homes and also pocket radios, needless to say, there was no TV or mobile ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”phones at that time. The suspects were visited once a week by a doctor and were taken to any other specialist as recommended by them, on their request. They had regular visits by their families. They exercised themselves in the lawn, morning and evening. I visited this place at least once in two days and unfailingly every Saturday mornings after horse riding at the Mounted Division. I visited the suspects in their rooms. I did not see that anyone of them ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-chained to their bedsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ neither did anyone of them complain to me of any harassment. Besides me, this place visited in the night by other Senior Gazetted officers on a roster. Quite apart from torture, I recall Mr. Thaha a genial man, had a never ending problem of big blisters on his back. He said he had no time to have that properly attended to owing to his tough daily work routine. This was attended to by regular medical attention while he was at Paget Road and after some time he completely recovered. So much for torture!

ƒÆ’-¡ Then when they finally gave evidence in the Criminal Justice Commission under oath none of them complained of their being held ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”chained to bedsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ in a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Torture HouseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. Instead, like in the case of Vijaya Kumaratunge, Thaha complemented the CID in open court, on the way we handled the investigation in regard to him. Mrs. Sheila Sathanathan requested her appreciation of Mr. S.B.W. de Silva on the way she was questioned by him, be recorded in the case record. The final icing on the cake was that after these suspects were convicted and sentenced to Jail, they tried very hard through political influence to be allowed to continue in this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Torture HouseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to spend their jail terms, which of course they failed. The important thing is that it was this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”villainƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ TG whom EG alleges ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-took a sadistic delight in agonizing suspects in his custodyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ was the architect of this place of detention. Yes, by todayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s standards all this is unbelievable. But this was how it was 25years ago! If I did not put this down it would have been lost to the posterity. This may be why the famous English novelist E M. Foster once said that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Truth is stranger than fictionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

I would therefore say that EG owes another apology to TGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s family for making this libelous allegation. I am confident that every item of what I have said here will be corroborated by the CID officers who worked at or visited Paget Road, whoever is alive today. Besides the OfficersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Visiting Books maintained in this this place, if they are still preserved in the Record room of the CID will bear written testimony to all what I have stated here.

“. I am personally aware of the holy respect that top officials like Colonel Dharmapala, Menikdiwela and G.V.P. Samarasinghe had for TG even as far back as the late seventies. At that time as the Director Intelligence and member of the National Security Council I had the opportunity of associating closely with these officials. With these same officials as the PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s closest advisors, TG had no difficulty in outfoxing even the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Old FoxƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Now that is EGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s next statement in support of allegation of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-wiles and guilesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of TG. Here he adds further names of high level confidantes of JRJ saying that they too had a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”holy respectƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ for this man. I would ask, given the qualities of the man (TG) described above, is it any surprise that such intelligent men that EG described developing a healthy respect towards him?ƒÆ’-¡  Now how would any intelligent person asses the merit of such a statement by a veteran Senior DIG!? Why is he grudging so much to give a colleague his due if what he says is true? Was he (TG) the real cause for the non-grant of EGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s extension of service? Perhaps he knows it best.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-GG will not disagree with me when I say that the relations between the AGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Department and the CID were such that TG was certainly to law officers of the state more than a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”mere police officerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

Thankfully, this is the only statement of EG that I could agree with. Yes. Tyrell did enjoy the confidence of many AGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Department officers for his knowledge of law and unique investigative ability, needless to say integrity. Tyrell treated as his mentor and guide the late Mr. Noel Tittwella the then Solicitor General and later Supreme Court Judge whom, incidentally, was left out of the Bench when JRJ named his new Supreme Court Judges under his new Constitution. Tyrell and Tittawella were also friends who had mutual respect for each other. Their not too infrequent witty banter was indeed a treat. I believe, many other senior officers of the AGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Department of the time such as Ranjit Abesuriya, ƒÆ’-¡ late Kenneth Seneviratne, D.S. Wijesinghe and Sunil de Silva among others had a good regard for TG. In fact even great defence lawyers of the time such as S. Nadesan who cross examined TG for 27 days in the Presidential Commission of Inquiry had a love-hate relationship with him. But surely all these divergent people could not have been all people who had fallen for the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-wiles and guilesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of Tyrell? Does it stand to reason? IsnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t EG insulting their intelligence? And again one is compelled to come back to the question what is it that motivates him (EG) to go out of his way at personal cost to his own prestige, to make such an irrational allegations against a man who is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”dead and goneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢? Could it be envy? Or some other which he does not reveal?

Not only in the AGƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Department, TG was held in high esteem in the New Scotland Yard too. Jock Wilson the head of Scotland Yard at that time was his personal friend. As a result of this friendship CID was able to get Scotland Yard co-operation to conduct further investigations in the UK on our Exchange Control violations cases. Consequently a local CID unit stationed in London, was able to work with the Fraud Squad of the New Scotland Yard, at Holburn in Central London. This unit was active in London on a relay, till late 1977 when TG was thrown out courtesy JRJ.

Now that EG had the floodgates opened, I must mention that TG had marked a healthy presence in the Interpol too. He was the regular Sri Lanka representative at the annual Interpol conferences. He marked his presence there when he presented a proposal for International Co-operation in the investigation of Exchange Control offences. The gravamen of his resolution was that illegal transfer of money internationally served as the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”pipelineƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ for international arms and drug smuggling. Money laundering was just emerging in the world at that time. The visionary that he was TG foresaw the need to have such laws in place to meet all these international crime taking place with the advent of terrorism, Urban and Guerilla, in the decades to follow. All this may be difficult to swallow, but these are the bitter facts. He was in fact chosen to share a plenary session of the Interpol conference, probably, in Teheran. I do not know of any other Sri Lankan Representative who had made a mark at the Interpol conferences. These may be too bitter to swallow, but facts are facts.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

In reply to my suggestion that another police officer in his position would have exercised any one or all of 3 options viz. a) volunteer a statement to the investigating officers revealing what he knew or b) make a contemporaneous entry in the OVB of Jaffna Police or, c) sent a report to IG Police on his return from Jaffna, EG has given his reasons as to why he did not resort to the 1st option only. He ignores the 2nd option or both for reasons best known to himself.ƒÆ’-¡  But instead he has spoken of yet another option that he did not resort to, as follows:ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ 

Yes Gamini, there is one other thing I could have done or should have done. At the risk of being thrown out I should have defied the Presidential order and avoided going to Jaffna in May 1981. Like what many of my junior colleagues did I too could have joined the election bandwagon of Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994, claimed ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”political victimizationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and retired as the IGP with a massive packet of back wages too. I valued my honour more!

I am sure no one would think that what is mentioned by him here was a good option for particularly a senior officer. The discussion was on the fact that having gone there what he could have done, but did not.

And he goes on to say further that:

ƒÆ’-¡ Like what many of my junior colleagues did I too could have joined the election bandwagon of Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994, claimed ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”political victimizationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and retired as the IGP with a massive packet of back wages too. I valued my honour more!

There was only one of his junior colleagues who would fall into this category, (who resigned refusing to do his turn in Jaffna and thereafter returned on the grounds of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”political victimizationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and later became IG over the heads of so many) which was indeed unfortunate for the Police Service as was seen by the consequences. The others who came back from unreasonable retirement as far as I know, had done their turn in the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”war zoneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

In conclusion I wish to state that it is my hope that this analysis would help my friend and colleague Edward to examine his own mind, enable him to identify the canker that generates this angst/aversion towards this dead person Tyrell Goonatilleke and would enable him to eliminate it from his mind and cleanse it, so that he does not carry it over to his next birth (though of course he is not a Buddhist) But being a Buddhist this is how I think. It will help him to shorten his sojourn in Samsara by that much.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

Bravo Rajpal, Editor Daily News ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Sri Lanka has finally found a balanced editor

April 11th, 2013

Nandana Wijeratne

This note is written to shower appreciation at the new editor of the Daily News who has done the impossible ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” bring balance to Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s media.

We all know that the Daily News is the state newspaper and space for Ministers and their virtuous ways always get prominence. But the entry of Rajpal Abeynaike has certainly turned the Daily News around ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” it is readable, it is laid out better and more importantly it is giving balance. What a relief.

Many complain of press freedom but take the private newspapers. The writers are the same and we sick and tired of the venom that they spew and who is there to question the way they write? The main English newspapers are Daily Mirror, Island, Sunday Island, Sunday Times, Sunday Leader which has always been circulating the same authors as main feature writers and these authors are either pro-LTTE, pro-separatist, anti-Rajapakse, Christian lobbyists, agents of foreign intelligence, funded by NGOs and those whose pastime is to bash Buddhists. Who are these authors ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” it is not difficult to miss them : Kumar David, Tisaranee, Dhanapala, DayanJ, Rajan Philips, Jehan P, Anne Abeysekera, Izeth H, Kishali, R M Senanayake, and special mention of the former Daily News editor who is said to have run Bible classes for Buddhists and opened a column under a muslim name and tasked a Buddhist to write against Buddhists. How ethical is this and his reward has been to be given a senior appointment in the Island paper working under the present editor who must also be subject to review on his bias.

The bias is difficult to miss because in a population of over 74% Sinhalese if there was bias by the Buddhists the newspapers should be bashing the minorities ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” instead it is the other way round and Rajpal has thankfully brought out this reality into the open domain and I can see he is giving room for writers who are purposely denied space in their newspapers.

Did no one notice how a handful of people are grouping to demonize the Sinhala Buddhists using the English medium?

But of late, I have been reading a series of debates on the Muslim-Sinhala issue and it is so refreshing from the fisticuffs happening on the road and in debates. I am able to read both sides and to even learn things from the Muslim point of view as well as understand why the Buddhists are upset. This was made possible because the Editor of the Daily News has brought a refreshing change to the way he is allowing us to come to our conclusions without forcing opinion on us. I must say a big thank you to him.

I think the present balance that Rajpal has offered through the Daily News has also given the Daily News some credibility because the other private English newspapers are really overstepping their mark.

Brave Rajpal ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” keep going

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Nandana Wijeratne

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke and the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”onlyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ word

April 11th, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.

I saw an Ada Derana video clip of April 10, where Dr. J was talking in Sinhala at the meeting of Sri Lanka Young Journalists Movement. First he asked whose country is Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  And he said all kinds of Bala Senas and Ravayas are telling it is the country of the Sinhala Buddhists. He said, on the face of it that is true. But the question, he said is, whether it is the country of the Sinhala Buddhists only (pamanak). He said Sri Lanka should be for all and the minorities must feel secure. This kind of utterance is forage to HR cows.ƒÆ’-¡  In the history of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s 2600 years who said that Sri Lanka is for the Sinhala Buddhists only? This kind of talk is new strategy by black-white or Eurocentric Colombo crowd who got really scared by the Bodu Bala Sena.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  If he is referring to Bodu Bala Sena he is deliberately making false statements. BBS never said that in Sri Lanka other minority people have no right to live. The only cases we can think of this rule was violated with regard to ethnic or religious groups were when Portuguese chased out Muslims from coastal areas and when the Dutch chased out the Catholics. In both cases the Sinhala Buddhist kings allowed them to settle down in the Kandyan Kingdom (imagine of modern day UN refugee camps!) The latest such ethnic cleansing was by Prabakaran who chased out Muslims from Jaffna within 24 hours.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Dayan should know that by making even a spoon made out of coconut shell ƒÆ’-¡ a halal item, Islam Talibans in Sri Lanka created a situation similar to what had happened after the 1962 Christian-Tamil police-navy coup. The Buddhist National Force led by L.H. Mettandanda was a direct result of that coup. BBS did not begin because of halal certification but it certainly acted as a catalyst to wake up lazy and sleeping Sinhala Buddhists. Halal-Taliban plan and covering a womanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s face (not head) leaving only two holes for the eyes are divisive actions. Specially, the gonibilla face cover is a security risk as one does not know if behind it is a man, woman or a terrorist.ƒÆ’-¡  Prohibiting these are reasonable decisions that a weak government worried about MP votes did not act upon. Does Dayan say this demand to change Taliban Islam behavior by BBS is an act of making Sri Lanka only for the Sinhala Buddhists?

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Depending on where Dayan wants to use the word ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”onlyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ (pamanak) in a sentence he can get different meanings. For example, Sri Lanka is the ONLY real estate available for the Sinhala Buddhists. Tamils have Tamil Nad, Muslims have Arabia and Christians have Vatican as mother/source regions to depend on for funds etc. But Sinhala Buddhists did not say Sri Lanka is ONLY for Sinhala Buddhists. ƒÆ’-¡ Gen. Sarath Fonseka, before he became a victim of international king makers (Robert Blake and Co.) said this so clearly: He said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country, and minorities have equal rights to live in Sri Lanka with equal opportunities, but minorities should not make unreasonable demands.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  A Colombo Friday Forum member Devanesan Nesaih wrote a thesis on the subject of discrimination with reason using USA, India and Malaysia as case studies in which discrimination is allowed if reasonable. Indian Constitution is full of such discrimination favoring castes and tribes. In Sri Lanka it was Buddhists who suffered discrimination for 500 years. Certain reverse discriminations as in USA were needed. ƒÆ’-¡ Removing discrimination based on English was an example from Sri Lanka. Ten percent of the people used English.ƒÆ’-¡  This was corrected allowing room for the reasonable use of Tamil but politicians in Colombo ruined the spirit and purpose of it. One could say that, Colombo crowd turned English-Sinhala problem into a Sinhala-Tamil problem. ƒÆ’-¡ In the 1920s there was even a fear that Sinhala as a language could vanish soon. See what a white American said about it. ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Sinhala [language]ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s survival as a clearly Indo-Aryan language can be considered a minor miracle of linguistic and cultural historyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ James W. Gair, Studies in South Asian Linguistics: Sinhala and other South Asian languages, 1998, Chapter 14: How Dravidanized was Sinhala phonology? Pages 185-199). Tamil had no such problem.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  When will Marxists-Christians get into their head that the ONLY thing came from a group of Tamil Christians who wanted to divide Ceylon into two in the 1920s. The Donoughmore Commission (1929), Soulbury Commission (1946), and even the Sansoni Commission spoke against this demand for Tamil separatism. M. C. Sansoni summarized the negative sufferings the ordinary Tamils underwent due to this behaviorƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚if the TamilsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ cry for separatism is given up, the two communities could solve their problems and continue to live in amity and dignity (Sessional Paper No. 7 of 1980).

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Dayan is now exposed due to his own words at the Derana 360 interview that he added to UNRHC Geneva 2009 the separatist plan of 13-A without asking MahindaR.ƒÆ’-¡  Thus he is now like the proverbial cat trying to use ONLY word to hide the divide word. Bodu Bala Sena needs to expose this game. BBS follows the principles of the Lichchavi Republic in Buddhist India in 500 B.C. ƒÆ’-¡ Just like the Buddhist rule about religion ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Come and examine (not come and believe in Islam and Christianity) the Lichchavi rule was ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Come and discuss.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  This is why BBS has nothing to fear.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  It will be good therapy for Dayan and others if they read the 550 Jataka Book on which Sinhala-Buddhist heritage is built. See What Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekara said:

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The Buddhists wishƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚and quite rightlyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚that in this country where they form 70 percent ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  of the population, Buddhism should be recognized as the predominant religion of the ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  people. In the rest of the world, Ceylon is regarded as essentially a Buddhist country, and ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  they want this claim established here as wellƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦They will not be content to remain in the ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  position of inferiority to which they have been reduced by 450 years of foreign ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  occupationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦ TheyƒÆ’-¡  have no desire to make Buddhism the State religionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚in spite of the cry raised by self-seeking politiciansƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ but they want the State to help them rehabilitate ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  themselves and undo some, at least, of the injustices perpetrated against them during ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  the days of their subjection.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

(quoted from a speech by Professor Gunapala Malalasekera, President of ACBC reproduced in Times of Ceylon, January 15, 1956, and ƒÆ’-¡ referenced on page 196 of the book, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Ceylon: Dilemmas of a New Nation,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’-¡ by W. H. Wriggins, Princeton Univ. Press, 1960)

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The Letter in the West Australian -How naƒÆ’†’¯ve can Australia be?

April 11th, 2013

R Bandarage, Cottesloe WA

ƒÆ’-¡ How naƒÆ’†’¯ve can Australia be?

Its four years since the Sri Lankan military crushed the Tamil Tigers. Since then there has not been a single terrorist event. The county is flourishing with new ports, road infrastructure and development projects. The recent Australian parliamentary delegation led by Julie Bishop confirmed how stable and secure Sri Lanka today is.

ƒÆ’-¡ Tamils are the majority race in the capital city, Colombo and they control business and commerce. They hold positions in the government. . Yet, the international Tamil Tiger lobby together with their Western allies demonise the Sri Lankan government to create an environment that boosts asylum seekers. If Tamils feel insecure in Sri Lanka why would they not go to their homeland Tamil Nadu, India?ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ Instead,ƒÆ’-¡  they know when they land here, they now have not only their ƒÆ’-¡ support network but also the Greens to ensure they would not be turned back and a generous welfare system.

ƒÆ’-¡ A real danger for Australia is that among these economic migrants are also remnants of the Tamil Tiger terrorists and criminal elements. There have been instances of refugees being charged for credit card scamming, extortion and sexual assault in Australia.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ AustraliaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s mistaken sympathy for Sri Lankan asylum seekers is a recipe for disaster.

 

 

 

Buddhist Fundamentalist Attacks On Christians And Other Minority Religions In Sri Lanka, Deplorable.

April 11th, 2013

In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara

April 10th, 2013
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While Sri Lanka is currentlyƒÆ’-¡  in reconciliation mode for all the ethnic strife of the LTTE insurgency there seems to be a very distressing issue which has surfaced in post LTTE Sri Lanka which is not only shameful but also totally unacceptable while evenƒÆ’-¡ contravening the teaching of the Lord Budda ~ Sri Lanka being predominantly a Buddhist country but a nation where there has been much tolerance for generationsƒÆ’-¡ notwithstanding the provocations of organised terrorism for which an appropriate resolution was found but at the end of it there is no excuse for any form of fundamentalist draconianism by any religion or ethnicity as it defeats the purpose and ƒÆ’-¡ objectives of the peace and prosperity much sought after where lip service alone is never the answer. It is a total shame with a very critical world looking on and the sooner the issue is addressed the better!
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It also brings to bear a certain aspect of disruption to theƒÆ’-¡ peace and harmonyƒÆ’-¡  which to a greater part has prevailed for generations in Sri Lanka most importantly where the Head of State whilst being a Buddhist is espoused to A wonderful lady of the Christian faith which truly attests towards the importance of unity within the Nation in a religious perspectiveƒÆ’-¡ and perhaps an object lesson for some who in recent times seem to have taken the entire concept andƒÆ’-¡  norms of Buddhism to an unacceptable level through their fundamentalist views where fundamentalism is never an answer towards the justification of aggresion and animosities which has been proven around the worldƒÆ’-¡  as a tool for strife and repressionƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ with no consideration for the freedom of the individual which is a predominant right of anyone livingƒÆ’-¡ in a democratic society!ƒÆ’-¡ 
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Sady as reported in many newsƒÆ’-¡ media around world,ƒÆ’-¡  in Sri lanka recentlyƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ at least ten different attacks against Christian communities in the month of March aloneƒÆ’-¡  have surfaced where certain radical elements casting aside all religious teachings have been violently aggressive instilling fear into innocents and disrupting lives which appear quite unnecessary as there are laws within the land which could be implemented towards the justification of the tenets of Buddhismn which take high priority in Sri Lanka where radicalism is not the answer and as an alternative ahimsa, toleranceƒÆ’-¡ and compassionƒÆ’-¡  which areƒÆ’-¡ synonymous with the teachings of the Lord Budda as well as that of all faiths practised around the worldƒÆ’-¡ need toƒÆ’-¡  be a precedent towards the peaceful co-existence of all Sri Lankans remembering the beauty of the land termed Resplendent where this Resplendency appears to be a thing of the past or will be soonƒÆ’-¡ unless the trend of FundamentalismƒÆ’-¡  is vanquished inasmuch as the LTTE wereƒÆ’-¡  towards a better Sri Lanka!ƒÆ’-¡ .
Further quoting the recently published media reportsƒÆ’-¡ :
“Radical Buddhist mob demolish house of a Protestant pastor and torch a church. The hate campaign launched by some groups against religious minorities in the country continues. The Christians of Sri Lanka are now also being targeted by radical Buddhist groups: several evangelical organizations have denounced the increase in attacks against different communities in the month of March. An anomaly for the Buddhist-majority country, where the tensions of ethnic origin – between Tamils ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚¹ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚¹and Sinhalese – are much more widespread than are those related to religions.
The warning was launched by the Protestant Barnabas Fund that deals with finance projects to help Christians in need. The group reports 10 attacks in Sri Lanka in March alone. “It is very rare – confirmed a member – to hear of so many anti-Christian incidents in a single month. This is a clear sign of a concerted plan on the part of radical Buddhist groups.”
Among the attacks registered last month, the Barnabas Fund reports one that occurred on March 18 in Katuwana (Southern Province). Some Buddhists attacked the home of the pastor Pradeep Kumara. The pastor used the house to organize prayer meetings for his community. At the time of the attack, only the wife and children of the Reverend were home, who were threatened by attackers. The woman called her husband and the police, but the officers were not able to stop the destruction of the house.

Already in December 2012 some Buddhist fundamentalists had attacked the Rev. Kumara, destroying his car and threatening to kill him if he did not leave the church.
This series of attacks are part of a context of growing religious intolerance perpetrated by some radical Sinhalese-Buddhist groups, who have long been targeting the Muslim and – to a lesser extent – Christian communities. In particular, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the Sinhala Ravaya (“eco Sinhalese”), two extremist groups whose “mission” is to protect the Sinhalese population and and Buddhist religion.”
end of quote where there seems to be unmitigated paranoia on the part of these extremists who appear to have failed their mission and have no idea about the merits of peaceful co-existence. Neither the Sinhala population nor the Buddhist ReligionƒÆ’-¡ as quoted have ever been in threat or jeopardy of being overrun by either Christianity or Islam where for centuries all religious observations and practises of all the faiths and cultures have been intertwined by love, understanding and interaction and a joyful experience for all Sri Lankans going back a very long time so why disrupt it now?

The following is a clasic example of how the Lord Budda appeased and calmed a group of his followers and perhaps quite applicable to the Fundamentalists whose actions are unbecoming of the true Buddhist faith and perhaps an eye opener towards the folly of their misjudgements which is what their actions appear to be all about!
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THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT – a Story from the Buddhist Sutra
Several citizens ran into a hot argument about God and different religions, and each one could not agree to a common answer. So they came to the Lord Buddha to find out what exactly God looks like.
The Buddha asked his disciples to get a large magnificent elephant and four blind men. He then brought the four blind men to the elephant and told them to find out what the elephant would “look” like.
The first blind man touched the elephant leg and reported that it “looked” like a pillar.
The second blind man touched the elephant tummy and said that an elephant was a wall.
The third blind man touched the elephant ear and said that it was a piece of cloth.
The fourth blind man held on to the tail and described the elephant as a piece of rope.
ƒÆ’-¡ And all of them ran into a hot argument about the “appearance” of an elephant.

The Buddha asked the citizens: “Each blind man had touched the elephant but each of them gives a different description of the animal. Which answer is right?”

“All of them are right,” was the reply.
“Why? Because everyone can only see part of the elephant. They are not able to see the whole animal. The same applies to God and to religions. No one will see Him completely.” By this parable, the Lord Buddha teaches that we should respect all other legitimate religions and their beliefs.
If you were any of the men blind, how would you describe what you felt when touching the elephant?

Hopefully the blindness on the part of the Fundamentalists with give way to greater tolerance and understanding which will preserveƒÆ’-¡ the resplendency Sri Lanka has a global reputation forƒÆ’-¡ where all religions and ethnicities co-exist peacefully.ƒÆ’-¡ 
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LIFE ABROAD – Part 23:SRI LANKAN LOSS ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” ARABIAN GAIN

April 11th, 2013

Dr.Tilak Fernando

After the evacuation of residents during the Second World War there had not been any habitation at Hyde Park Gardens, West London, except for a row of stables. Subsequently, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) High Commission moved to No.13 Hyde Park Gardens, followed by the German Ambassador (to No.14) as Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s neighbour.

The whole of the Hyde Park Estate was later acquired by an Architect named Donald Hamilton who refurbished buildings and disposed of them through (his) David Hamilton & Co. It was presumed that he ran into some personal or financial difficulties later and committed suicide by hanging himself at No. 1, Hyde Park Gardens!

Progressively the whole area was owned by the Church Commission in the UK and Charltons, The Estate Agents, took over the management for Church Commissioners.

StudentsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ centre

The Ceylon Students Centre had been initially established at 21 Addison Road, Kensington for the welfare of Sri Lankan students in the UK. Some years later the base moved to No. 7 Clarendon Place, London W2, only a stoneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s throw away from the Sri Lanka High Commission building. Sir Oliver Goonetilleke lived in an Apartment at the Albion Court, facing Hyde Park and the Basewater Road, within a walking distance from the High Commission and the StudentsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Centre.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”The Ceylon Students CentreƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ which became a household name for the bourgeoisie families in Colombo was a cynosure for all Sri Lankans in the UK. The Victorian building once owned by a Lord of Austrian origin had changed hands from Donald Hamilton Company to Church Commissioners, who in turn leased it to the Sri Lanka government on a long term agreement.

The building consisted of seven bedrooms with a basement which the Student Centre used as the kitchen. The dining area was located on the ground floor along with the sub-wardenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s office, a Library room and a toilet. A grand piano which was part of the furniture helped lonely students to chill out.

The Sri Lankan governmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s subsidy to maintain the Centre was believed to be 75,000 British Pounds per annum with a full time staff of a sub-warden and two cooks. A diplomatic officer (usually the First Secretary) assigned by the High Commission carried out the responsibilities of overseeing administrative and financial functions of the operation as the official Warden.

Room charges initially started with 7 Shillings and 6 (old) pence per night with Bed and Breakfast. A three-course meal cost students 2 shillings and 6 (old) pence which seemingly got increased with the rising cost of living. The meals served on to plates from the kitchen were lifted up to a hatch in the dining area with the aid of a special hoist. Students were allowed to have a second serving without any additional cost and a large pot of milk tea stood without supervision for self service.

An East London Indian wholesaler (Ghandi Stores) provided provisions for catering needs of the Centre in bulk quantities such as 100 kg bags of rice at five Pounds a bag! The kitchen staff consisted of Podi Appuhamy and Shelton Silva who turned out delicious rice and curry meals.

Cooks didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t spoil the soup

Podi Appuhamy (popularly known as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”PodiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢) worked at the StudentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Centre for nearly 20 years. He had an added advantage of doing an extra job in the mornings at the Supreme Headquarters of American Allied Forces in Europe at 7, Grosvenor Square, London (Consultation Room). Podi had been introduced to the Americans by one Bala Subramanium who worked for the Americans as a Chef.

Podi and Shelton had an amicable agreement, that he (Podi) cooked the breakfast in the mornings at the Students Centre before going to Grosvenor Square to prepare lunch for the staff at the American office. Shelton took over the responsibility of managing the lunch on his own at the Students Centre, and in the night a combined effort prepared dinner for students.

Wardens

Rev. James Karter, once a former Principal in a reputable College in Ceylon, assumed duties as the first warden at the Ceylon Students Centre in London. He was succeeded by a German called Frderick Richter. Subsequently in a series of Sri Lankan sub-wardens, a former Government Agent, Gunawardena, dropped dead on the Victoria British Rail Station platform while he waited for the Gatwick bound train to arrive, enroute to Gatwick Airport to catch a flight to Sri Lanka on a holiday.

Beginning of the end

Batches of Sri Lankan students who were studying in Moscow Universities arrived in London at times during their summer vacation in search of work in the UK and stayed at the Student Centre for short intervals. The main allegation about some of them was that they managed not only to stay at the students centre scot-free without paying a single penny for their board and lodging but in addition, vandalised the place, broke into the telephone kiosk and plundered coins from the telephones boxes as well.

Apparently dark clouds started to gather around the Student Centre during the High Commissioner Gunasena SoysaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s time when agitations and protest marches became a frequent occurrence followed by a temporary close down of the Centre.

After a short spell, when the Centre was re-opened, it had become evident that its life span was diminishing as a direct consequence of inefficient management and the lack of overall supervision.

Apparently no proper accounts had been maintained, an auditor had never sighted the place and the place was in shambles and running at a loss which ultimately went into bankruptcy.

In the midst of such a hullaballoo, rubbing salt in the wound, Public Health Inspectors visited the Centre and declared that the building was not habitable for human occupation due to unhygienic conditions that prevailed from the kitchen up to bedrooms!

Consequently an official order from the Health Authorities made it compulsory for the Students Centre to close down until such time the Sri Lankan authorities conformed to British regulations under the Health and Safety Act.

A well maintained Victorian building occupied by The Ceylon Students Centre at 7, Clarendon Place once had over the years transformed into a dilapidated, unhygienic house condemned by the UK Health Authorities as ‘uninhabitable’! The estimated figures to refurbish the place to bring up to legally acceptable level was considered as ‘beyond the limits of allocated funds’ by the government.

During such turbulent times it was alleged that many valuable items including the Grand Piano and an expensive painting done by Ivan Peiris also had disappeared from the Students’ Centre!

In the meanwhile, the Church Commissioners offered the free hold status of the building to Sri Lanka government at a nominal price of British Pounds 70,000, being sitting tenants for a long time.

Sri Lanka High Commission always maintained their official current account with the National Westminster (Natwest) Bank, at the Paddington Branch, despite having a branch of The Bank of Ceylon at Moorgate, East London. However, high profile negotiations that took place at rocket speed between the Diplomats and Bankers had managed to arrange the requisite loan from the Natwest bank to take over the Freehold status of the property but to the disappointment of many and mainly due to some political and diplomatic melodrama, Sri Lanka lost a golden opportunity.

Ultimately Sri Lanka’s loss became an Arab’s gain when the prospective buyer ‘grabbed’ the free hold property for British Pounds 70,000. It was rumoured that a Saudi Arabian Princess bought it over from the Arab subsequently, refurbished the whole place, built a swimming pool on the top floor and was valued at British Pounds 5 – 6 million. After the purchase of the building by the Saudi Arabian Princess not only has the ownership changed, but the house number also been changed from No. 7 to No. 8 Clarendon Place, London W2.

“A whip does not make a horse smart, nor does a bridle help an ass; neither will a rod give wisdom to a fool” – A proverb

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Sri Lanka blames India for protracted war – India responsible for LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s 30-year war – Defence Secretary

April 10th, 2013

Courtesy : Government Information Department

Sri Lanka Wednesday blamed India for the Tamil separatist war which dragged for 30 years on the island.

The information department quoted Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as telling the local media that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in Sri Lanka.

Had the then Indian government acted with responsibility, Sri Lanka wouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have experienced a 30-year war, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said on Tuesday. People of all communities would have been still suffering the horrors of war, if not for the eradication of terrorism in May 2009, following a three-year combined security forces campaign, the Defence Secretary said, noting that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism here, though some of those directly involved in subverting Sri Lanka were blaming the Rajapaksa administration for the plight of Tamil speaking people here.

He was responding to former Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hardeep Singh Puri.

Puri had been directly involved in the Indian operation against the then JRJ government in the run-up to the July 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord, Rajapaksa said, alleging that he was one of those aware of the Indian operations here.

The Defence Secretary said that both Hardeep S. Puri and his wife, Lakshmi had been attached to IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s mission in Colombo during the tenure of J. N. Dixit as IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s High Commissioner here.

Puri had now called for an investigation into what he called specific allegations of war crimes during the last 100 days of military operations.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Those demanding accountability on Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s part for alleged atrocities committed during the last 100 days of the conflict were silent on the origin of terrorism here, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the Defence Secretary said.

Rajapaksa said that Puri should realize that the Indian intervention here had caused a major regional crisis, when Indian trained Sri Lankan terrorists raided the Maldives in early November 1988. The international community should consider a comprehensive investigation into the issue beginning with the Indian intervention, he added.

IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s former Permanent Representative could help the investigation by revealing what was going on at that time.

The defence Secretary pointed out that Dixit, in his memoirs published during his tenure as the Foreign Secretary, had acknowledged that arming Sri Lankan Tamil youth was one of the two major policy blunders of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Commenting on PuriƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s allegation that he (Rajapaksa) wanted to do away with the provincial council system and criticism on recent attacks on Muslims in Colombo, the Defence Secretary said that the Indian official couldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t be unaware of what the Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik had said before he slaughtered 70 men, women and children. Breivik declared that he wanted the drive out Muslims out of Europe the way northern Sri Lanka was cleansed of Muslims during 1990. The Norwegian was referring to massacres carried out by the LTTE during President PremadasaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s administration.

The Defence Secretary said that those critical of the Sri Lankan government should peruse former Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwal SibalƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s recent piece to India Today.

The LTTE had used children as cannon fodder and Prabhakaran had forced the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to recognize the LTTE as the sole representative of Tamil speaking people. The TNA couldnt even finalize its candidates list for parliamentary polls without PrabhakaranƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s approval, the Defence Secretary said, alleging some interested parties were reluctant to acknowledge the fact that Sri Lanka was a much better place today without the LTTE.

He was responding to former Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hardeep Singh Puri.The Island a local English national paper reported today quoting the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary who is also the younger brother of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Puri had been directly involved in the Indian operation against the then JRJ government in the run-up to the July 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord, Rajapaksa said, alleging that he was one of those aware of he Indian operations here.

 

 

Kuragala Buddhist Heritage and Archaeological Sites Must be Reinstated

April 10th, 2013

Dilrook KannangaraƒÆ’-¡ 

What happens in Kuragala is a national shame. Ancient Buddhist monastery, archaeological sites, Devanagala rock inscription and the historical tunnel have been claimed by a Muslim sect as belonging to Arabs in the past. They argue an Arabic sage lived and died at the location close to a thousand years ago. These claims are silly as there is well documented evidence to say the entire Kuragala surrounds around the Buddhist Stupa belonged to a historically significant Buddhist archaeological site. Muslim devotees have completely defaced the site by putting up Arabic writings and Arabic flags, damaging ancient artefacts, building Arabic and Persian style buildings and even defacing the inscription with acid. This outright plunder of a national treasure must be stopped. Kuragala Buddhist heritage and archaeological sites must be reinstated.

It must be done peacefully. There is no need to cause mayhem over a meritorious act of this nature. Muslims must accept the fact that this was not the place their sage lived and died but this was an archaeological site even before Islam was invented in 622 AD. Apart from the historical Buddhist monastery, Kuragala has other older historical significance. History has it that God Kataragama fought and won a historical battle in this place around 6th century BC. In other words, historical significance of the area predates Islam by over 1,200 years. Displacement of occupying Muslims from Kuragala is not about Buddhist supremacy over Islam as all religions rank equal. It is only about reinstating the ancient archaeological and religious site to its true pristine glory. Archaeology expert Venerable Ellawala Medhananda Thero has stated national Wesak celebrations will be held in Kuragala this year which is a highly meritorious act.

Meanwhile Bodu Bala Sena has issued an order requesting the occupiers to vacate the premises by end of April. This is totally uncalled for as it must come from the government. NGOs cannot issue vacation notices.

Upon vacating the area, Muslims must be provided with a monument to commemorate their beliefs irrespective of the veracity of their claims. It must be done without harming the archaeological site. Value of such a gesture is it will preserve unity and goodwill.

There is an ugly move to takeover othersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ shrines through occupation, construction of illegal structures and mythical stories without any historical evidence to back up these moves. These moves must be reversed as they can lead to situations like Ajodhya/Babri Masjid. Muslim shrines have been built in the ancient holy city of Kataragama. Once again it is justified as the place a prominent Arabic Islamic sage lived a few hundred years ago. Mahavamsa mentions the Kataragama shrine circa 175 BC when the young prince Gamunu worshiped the good god praying for war victory. Even older records indicate the presence of this holy shrine. The shrine predates Islam by over 1,200 years and therefore there could not have been an Islamic figure in the vicinity of the shrine.

Sripada legend has also been twisted by some Muslims to be AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Peak where the first biblical man Adam lived. Footprint of Buddha was placed in Sripada around 583 BC which event occurred over 1,200 years before Islam was invented. Although Adam probably lived in prehistory, the legend of Adam was injected to Arabic beliefs with the introduction of Islam based on the Judaism legend. Besides, the Garden of Eden was in Africa according to scientific evidence of human evolution and Judaist, Islamic and Christian beliefs.

Historical Buddhist and pre-Buddhist Sinhala shrines in the east have been demolished and in their place stands Islamic religious sites. A large number of neglected Buddhist shrines have been remodelled throughout the country into kovils, churches and mosques. This practice must be stopped. All ancient shrines must be protected.

It is worthwhile to mention a historical event where Buddhism replaced indigenous religious beliefs and a shrine in Anuradhapura. It was around 140 BC during the reign of King Dutugemunu who did yeoman service to spread Buddhism throughout the island. He built a very large number of Buddhist monasteries and temples. It was the time when Buddhism was spreading very fast as it was just over a hundred years since Buddhism was introduced to the island in 255 BC. The King wanted to build a majestic stupa to invoke piousness of the people. However, in the place he chose to construct the stupa was a local deity by the name Swarnamali or Ruwanmali. As people refused to initiate construction work, the king negotiated with the deity to leave the abode for a Buddhist stupa. In return the king would name the stupa after the deity. The king kept his promise and one of the most magnificent stupas in the world was built. It was a peaceful transition done in good demeanour; a meritorious act done in the true spirit of compassion by all the parties involved.

Hopefully the reinstatement of the ancient Kuragala Buddhist heritage will proceed with benevolence and grace. We all stand to win peace or lose it. Everyone involved must take extreme care not to arouse religious or ethnic sentiments. It is a difficult transition for some and they need help, not ridicule. This meritorious act must conclude meritoriously not in mindless competition or conflict.

 

 

Interim Self Government ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Demand of TNA

April 10th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

Interim Self Government? The expression sounds eerily familiar. Ah! Yes, that is the Eelam by another name that the LTTE proposed in 2003. Oddly enough, that had one more word: it was called Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA), and now, ten years later, a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the LTTE progeny, seems to be going a step further in asking for an Interim Self Government, according to media reports of 10 April. And, who, may I ask, is the magnanimous donor that the TNA MP Saravanabavan thinks is going to bestow on the TNA this precious gift? India, with the Indian Parliamentary delegation that is visiting Sri Lanka at present acting as messenger!

When the LTTE held sway over the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka, not surprisingly, the so-called international community – personified by the US and European Union – viewed the ISGA with favour. The TNA, though locally-based but which had not shown an iota of indication that it was Sri Lankan, welcomed the proposals. The powers that the ISGA would have were no different from those of an independent sovereign nation: a few of these were raising revenue, imposing taxes, responsibility for law and order, borrowing internally and externally, regulating internal and external trade, controlling marine offshore resources, and so on. The most dastardly feature of the proposal for ISGA was that the armed forces of Sri Lanka had to immediately vacate the land that they had been occupying.

The members of the armed forces gave life and limb to get rid of the terrorist curse that plagued Sri Lanka for nearly three decades. The anti-Sri Lanka TNA and its MPs can keep on asking for the sun and the moon. If they think they are going to get Eelam (or any self-government by another name) served on a platter, they are sadly mistaken.

Many young men and women from the rural backwoods have sacrificed their lives to liberate Sri Lanka from the LTTE stranglehold. The beneficiary of their service to the motherland was not only the Sinhala people but also the Moors and Tamils, with the latter including the members of the TNA. No self-respecting government in Sri Lanka is ready to give in to the whims and fancies of the TNA and its financial and political backers operating from the affluent nations. If any government gives in to such blackmail, as had happened in the past when some of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s self-seeking politicians were at the helm of power, that is an insult to the memory of those who ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-gave their today for our tomorrowƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and an unpardonable slap in the face of the family members of the fallen who mourn their losses even today.

India has its massive armed forces that tiny Sri Lanka can never match. If TNA can persuade it to invade the island nation it may be able to wipe the independent Sri Lanka off the world map. As the US has realised in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and many other countries, such a move may turn out to be a costly misadventure for the aggressor: there are many Sri Lanka-loving patriots who are ready to resist and go down with their heads held high.

 

 

 

 

India gave LTTE Rs 50 lakh as compensation for Indo-Lanka pact

April 10th, 2013

B Sivakumar, TNN Courtesy The Times of India

CHENNAI: Did India compensate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after the 1987 Indo-Lanka pact and the dispatch of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka? The US administration believed so, according to a cable sent by its embassy here and released by Wikileaks.

A cable dated April 5, 1988 cites newspaper reports, which quoted J N Dixit, then Indian envoy to Sri Lanka that a stipend was agreed upon and was to be paid to the LTTE by the Indian government in view of the tax loss it suffered after IPKF was sent. The US cable said Rs 50 lakh was the compensation paid to the LTTE in July 1987 and only one payment was made before September that year when LTTE walked out of the deal over its participation in the interim council.

An unnamed LTTE spokesman in Madras is quoted as saying that the payment was part of a larger secret package of guarantees, which Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi offered LTTE leader V Prabhakaran in July 1987 to get him to agree to the bilateral accord, said the cable. “We were in the jungles when the amount was said to have been paid to the LTTE. There was no communication from the ministry of external affairs to us about the payment made to get Prabhakaran to agree to the terms. It must have been a move by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW),” said Col (retd) R Hariharan, an analyst of Sri Lankan affairs, who served in the IPKF.

Other features of the package for the LTTE included an assurance of an offer of 7 out of 12 seats to enable it to form a majority in the interim provincial council in the north and east of Sri Lanka. India said it would route Rs 1 billion through the interim council to rehabilitate Jaffna besides $40million that was agreed upon by New Delhi at an earlier consortium meeting in Paris. The Indian government also promised to develop a police force after the formation of the interim council. Despite all this, the deal fell through almost the same day, said the cable.

As a parting shot, the embassy expressed doubt over the agreement itself. It said, “Left unsaid is an indication whether the package suggested above is still on the table in India-LTTE talks, which apparently have been going on for sometime.” Quoting a BBC correspondent, the cable said talks between the LTTE and India began in Madras in February 1988, but fell through a week later.

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Golden Key depositors claim AG not issuing extradition order

April 10th, 2013

ByƒÆ’-¡  Srian Obeyesekere Courtesy The Nation

The Golden Key Depositors Union (GKDU) yesterday claimed that the Attorney General had failed to issue an extradition order on the second suspect Sicille Kotelawala despite a court ruling.
President, GKDU, Dushyanthi Hapugoda, speaking to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”The NationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ said, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-No extradition order has been issued by the Attorney GeneralƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Department despite a High Court order dating back to one and a half years ago. This is I believe because the Attorney General, Palitha FernandoƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s wife happened to work at Golden Key at one time. This factor has influenced the non extradition in such a long drawn time.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

She said that Mrs. Kotelawala was presently living in England which had granted her citizenship as had been confirmed by the British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Robbie Bulloch. Hapugoda further claimed that she had written as many as three letters addressed to the Attorney General regarding the extradition of Mrs. Kotelawala, but had not received any response.

The Golden Key scandal since 2009 involving a sum of over Rs.26 billion in deposits is the worst of its kind to hit Sri Lanka culminating in the loss of 28 human lives through suicides of hard pressed depositors who were left in the lurch. An approximate 6254 of a total number of 9127 depositors are yet to be repaid with Rupees1477 million already settled.

Is the Nokia India “honey-pot” multi-million $$$$ Tax Scam planned by Tamil Nadu Terrorists?

April 10th, 2013

Tax officials raid Nokia campuses in Chennai & Lots of Questions!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-28/nokia-says-indian-court-grants-stay-on-unpaid-tax-demand.html

2013/01/09/india_nokia_tax_demand/
1. Place Tax bill for UKƒÆ’-¡£340m
2. Barter loudly for 20 minutes, with much hand waving and posturing
3. Settle on bill for ƒÆ’-¡£24.50 plus ƒÆ’-¡£1,000 in cash to each inspector for their “expenses”

CHENNAI: Income Tax officials are raiding the premises of Finnish handset maker Nokia here in Chennai. A team of 20 officials reached the Nokia plant in Sriperumbudur and the Nokia offices in Chennai an hour ago.

CHENNAI has edged past China as a unitwise volume producer of Nokia cellphones. In fact, Nokia’s Chennai factory is now the company’s largest cellphone manufacturer.

View: Scandinavians Trained Tamil TigersƒÆ’-¡  by Norway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5mRYb9iFgY

Question: Was Nokia Chennai created by the Tamil Business Plan of knowing the naive inexperienced Finnish general mentality with a six year target of a cunning sell-out to HuaWei-ZTE China & Samsung Korea?

Question: Who are the main beneficiaries of possible Nokia demise in India? Politicians? Tamil Terrorists? Chinese/Korean competitors?

Question: Does Nokia understand that the New Delhi Central Government of India, is dominated by the powerful Tamil Nadu lobby, and the final judgment/decisions will be the prerogative of Tamil Nadu government?

Question: According to qualified information, Nokia Finland invested over Euro 300 million plus on the Chennai plant, and the Tax claim by the authorities amounts to about the same, which places Nokia in a strange Balancing Act, possibly related to Politics & Economics by Third Parties, with a possible crippling of Nokia India?

Question: Did the Tamil Nadu manipulators take advantage of the Finnish (male & female) well-known weakness for alcohol & sex?

Question: When Nokia Chennai was established in 2006, did Finnish executives receive private disbursements and other (bribery & corruption) benefits from local partners?

Question: Did Finnish officials realize that every single employee of Nokia Chennai, is an Informant of Tamil Nadu, is under the control and subjected to a monthly private tax to Tamil Tiger Terrorists?

Question: If Nokia India is now subjected to closure and taken over by Chinese / Korean competition, would they offer better incentives to Tamil Nadu politicians, Tamil Terrorist organizations?

Question: Did the Finnish managers in Helsinki realize that once Tamils take over control, their philosophy is to engage only Tamils, as practised in UK, France, Italy, Canada, Norway, Australia, etc, with a monthly tax levy to Tamil associations?

Question: How Did Nokia Succeed in the Indian Mobile Market, While Its Rivals Got Hung Up?
Well planned six(6) year strategy to “Fatten the pig before slaughter”.

D. Shivakumar, Nokia India’s vice president and country manager, a loyal Tamil patriot led the brigade, with the support of powerful Tamil Nadu Comptrollers.

Question: Nokia (the Holy Cow) has invested more than $1 billion in India so far, and company headquarters at Helsinki has repeatedly said that more funds will be made available if required. New revenue stream for Tamil Tigers.

How was this Fund allocated & distributed?

Question: Today, India has some 95,000 outlets that sell mobile phones. “In 50,000 of them — and that’s a conservative estimate — only one brand is available, Nokia,” says (Tamil) Shivakumar.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/india/article.cfm?articleid=4220

Tamils know how to apply control, by (Gentle Persuasion & coersion of twisting arms), like they did in Liberation of Tamil Tiger Terrorists (LTTE) in UK, Norway (suppoted by Erik Solheim ex Minister), USA (Tamil billionaires in USA prisons), Canada, Australia, France, Italy. Tamil dissidents hands & arms were chopped off with machettes during day time in London.

Question: Under Wraps? “Innovation is something which consumers reward in this market,” says Shivakumar. Similar plans are in the works at Nokia’s three India R&D labs, which employ 700 people. For obvious reasons, most of the activity is under wraps.

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Shivakumar will leave the “sinking Nokia ship” and let a Finnish manager take the blame!

Question: Has Nokia funded a billion dollar game. at Nokia cost for Nokia competitors?

Nokia has baked a great cake in India, without knowing that the Tamil “cooks or suicide bombers” have been responsible for the demise of late Rajiv Gandhi, many other politicians in India, Sri Lanka, and Tamil dissidents in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia.

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

http://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2012/two-alleged-operatives-of-the-tamil-tigers-terrorist-organization-extradited-to-brooklyn

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2013/02/19/usa-resolutions-against-sri-lanka-in-geneva-are-to-satisfy-tamil-terrorist-organisations-which-contributed-to-us-presidents-election-campaign/

Scandinavians Trained Tamil TigersƒÆ’-¡  by Norway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5mRYb9iFgY

This is only the beginning of an end to another victim of Tamil Tiger mentality.

 

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DMKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Rajaram asked diplomat whether U.S. would back Tamil Nadu secession

April 10th, 2013

M. Kalyanaraman B. Kolappan Courtesy The Hindu

A week into the Emergency when the relationship between the Congress government at the Centre and the DMK government in Tamil Nadu was becoming increasingly hostile, Labour and Housing Minister K. Rajaram asked a U.S. diplomatic representative in Chennai whether the U.S. would give assistance to the State if it decided to secede from India.

In a diplomatic cable dated July 3, 1975, obtained by WikiLeaks (1975NEWDE08889_b, secret), the representative said his direct answer to this question was that the U.S. would not support such a move.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-This was an internal affair of India and we supported the territorial integrity of India and other countries,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ the representative said.

To the diplomatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s query whether the DMK regime was seriously considering independence from the Union, Rajaram is reported to have said: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-No, not at the highest levels.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

The conversation was taking place 13 years after the DMK abandoned separatism. A separate Tamil Nadu was a key demand of the DMKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s parent organisation, the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK).

It was also part of the DMKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s platform but during the India-China war, the partyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s founder, C.N. Annadurai, gave up the demand after the Nehru government passed a strong anti-sedition law in 1963. The party has since advocated federalism. It sent its first ministerial representatives to the Centre in 1989 and has been a member of coalition governments in the 2000s.

Rajaram, who died in 2008, told the U.S. representative at the 1976 meeting held at his residence that while no such move was in the offing, young people within the DMK were talking about separation.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The USSR and other communist countries are backing Mrs. Gandhi in her efforts to kill democracy here. If this succeeds, communist influence will grow and [the young party workers felt] Tamil Nadu should secede.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ Rajaram said that was his reason for floating the trial balloon.

The U.S. diplomat notes in the cable that despite the talk among the younger elements secession is not something ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-that is now being seriously considered by the higher echelons of the party.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

The cable also details a meeting between the same diplomat and a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-local educatorƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ who said he had told the then Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-that if the rest of India were under a communist-influenced dictatorship, the U.S. might help.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

But Mr. Karunanidhi reportedly told the educator that after Vietnam he did not think the U.S. would take on anything new in Asia.

Ven. Maduluwave Sobitha and his Christian-Marxist friends

April 9th, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.

Service of a monk

The monk Ven. Sobitha (S) did lot of great service to Sri Lanka, especially to the Sinhala Buddhist cause. He was never a racist; he was presenting the reasonable path. A true Buddhist monk cannot be discriminating against any other living being or destroy or harm even a tree or an insect without a valid reason. He was very active and at times emotional and was no fake monk. Once he asked from Kumar Ponnambalam Can you tell us what special problems Tamils in Sri Lanka are facing which are not faced by Sinhalese and Muslims?” Kumar after thinking for a while said, Tamils have aspirations.” Ven. S was like a fruit tree attracting bats. This was why the Marxist daughter of a white Christian English woman, Vishaka Kumari Jayawardena sent to her husband Lal J at WIDER in Norway (relatives of Milinda Moragoda) a picture of a fiery-looking face of S to be used for the front cover of Stanley Tambiah’s book, Buddhism Betrayed, which was banned in Sri Lanka. The anthropologist, Gananath Obeysekera, now in the Friday Forum in Colombo wanted the ban lifted. It was Ven. S’s reputation as a symbol of reason, that Kumar David (KD), a Christian-born, Tamil Marxist, tried to capitalize to dislodge MahindaR at the next presidential election. KD proposed to use S as a single issue candidate to abolish Executive Presidency as the next election issue. KD sent a trial balloon and H. L. Seneviratne living in Virginia, another anthropologist, who blamed Vens. Walpola Rahula and Yakkaduwe Pragnarama for Sri Lanka’s problems in his book The work of kings,” was thrilled by KD’s brilliant idea. People like KD who are looking for any loophole to promote Eelam agenda was trying to get S as a cat’s paw. These toothless Marxists are going crazy. See what Vasudeva and Bahu are doing. At least Tissa Vitharana and Dew Gunasekara have now become silent lambs.

Using Buddhist monks as pawns was going on in Sri Lanka at least since 1956. This was done by the black-white Colombo crowds who are predominantly Christian or Christian Tamil. For example, Buddharakkita and Somarama were used by them to kill SWRD. Ossie Corea (OC) and Inspector Newton Perera were suspected but escaped. OC had his head shaven at the time and somebody jumped out from the wall behind SWRD’s house. These same forces tried to give cobra venom to SWRD at a cabinet meeting and CP de Silva drank the fateful glass of milk. Even then SWRD did not want the police guard to search monks visiting his house. It was these forces which had the 1962 Coup. A classic example of using or fooling Buddhist monks was the appointment of Ravi Karunanayaka (RK) as the chief dayaka (not just a dayaka) of the Kotte Raja Maha Vihara. The only result was that the main branch of the Naga (Bo?) tree hanging on to the Catholic Church side was removed (cut) and the tree died! RK is the son of the daughter of CC Dissanayaka (CCD) who led the 1962 Coup. CCD could not attend the wedding of his daughter because he was arrested by his own brother S.A. Dissanayaka. SWRD did a wrong act by not appointing CCD as IGP simply because he was a Catholic. Instead, a Buddhist, Abeykoon, a puppet, was given the job who only knew how to play bridge at the elites’ Sinhalese sports club! I write these little tit bits of history for the benefit of readers who are young and those who have forgotten them. They have great historical value in understanding the dramas we see today. It is my intention to try to help Ven. Sobitha to understand the black-white game fooling Buddhist monks.

I do not know if Ven. Sobitha was also in the category of those Inter-faith monks like Vens. Dambara Amitha, Bellanwila Wimalaratena or Baddegama Samitha. Living with people of other religions in harmony is different from thinking God-based religions are the same as Buddhism. This Inter-faith bait was eaten by the Buddhism minister PM and ruined the 2600 Sambuddha Jayanthi. But it is clear that S has come under the control of Eurocentric black-white crowd in Sri Lanka. These people who were in the this war is not winnable” boat are trying to capitalize on the politically inappropriate acts of MahindaR to derail him and to plant the germs that will break Sri Lanka or destroy Buddhist society in Sri Lanka. The constitutional proposals S presented have these hidden aims along with one or two good ones. For example, the most crucial issues are ignored, such as the removal of 13-A. Instead, appointing two Vice Presidents by ethnicity which will reinforce separate thinking is introduced. The most needed requirement of empowering people at the village level is also ignored. This last item is a solution to all kinds of corruption and inequities we can find in present Sri Lankan society.

 

The two Tamil and Muslim Vice Presidents is in line with the new game called meaningful devolution” by way of unmajoritarian institutions.” This became so popular during GL-Neelan package deal days and CBK’s several versions of such deals. This method promoted by white Eurocentric writers like Donald Horowitz creates regional ethnic minority elites and slowly weakens the central governments in former colonies (it may take a decade or two or more), until a new Kosovo or South Sudan (or even a separate country of Scotland) is established splitting countries. Thus, the new policy of creating unmajoritarian institutions” is a sanitized” version of the old divide and rule policy, providing ladders to separatist monkeys to carve out separate countries at each other’s throat.  Already, South Sudan started an internal war. Rohan Gunaratne from Singapore University used to promote a quota system for different ethnic groups in the army, police, government jobs etc. These are sure methods of breaking up of Sri Lanka.

Lawyers are mostly crooks and the development of constitutional skeleton should never be entrusted to lawyers. It was lawyers who messed up all Sri Lankan constitutions since 1946. We know at least three names that Ven. S (S) has behind him or they use S as the front man. Jayampathy W is a Marxist who was with Tissa Vitharana’s infamous majority APRC report. J. C. Weliamuna is an NGO man and a Christian lawyer who does not reveal how much dollars he gets from his Transparency International agency. Elmo Perera is another Christian, writing as if he is some kind of a political science saint. Christian parents sometimes camouflage names of their children: Who would have thought that Ananda Tissa de Alwis or Jayantha Danapala are Christians?

Good from the bad

One basic problem with Ven. S proposal is that he forgot even war can produce some good results. Or bad things can bring good things. For example, JRJ got into trouble with India for his stupidity, arrogance and his false-blind faith in the U.S. government (Yankee Dickey). But in 1987 if he did not surrender to the Boy PM Rajiv Gandhi, India was going to occupy N-E and leave it after creating an Eelam with even parts of the Malayanadu annexed to it. So JRJ did the right thing at that time. Similarly his Executive Presidency monster served Sri Lanka in killing Prabakaran. EP is not a bad job post. It is the person who gets it who becomes bad and worse. MahindaR was able to make an Aladdin’s Lamp out of EP job to win the war. EP job can be controlled by other means. To throw it out like the baby with the bath water is not wise in the present geopolitics. Limiting it to just one six year term like in Mandela’s South Africa, removing blanket immunity are examples. Actually, even now EP is under the control of Parliament. No vote in Parliament for the budget means no money to run even the EP office! We saw what had happened to CBK under JVP control. She was under JVP probation! Therefore, the real problem is not EP, but the electoral system that allows criminals and crooks to become MPs. EP position can be made democratic and effective with gentleman MPs selected on electorate basis.

How EP monster helped Sri Lanka

Why did JRJ create this EP monster? Since 1948 party politics (not the 1947 constitution) and Colombo political families ruined the country. JRJ even tried to join with Mrs. B to create a national government when he was fighting with Dudley. LSSP and CP combine really ruined Mrs. B. The best example of parliament not allowing a PM to operate came when Lake House bribed Managala Samaraweera’s father and 16 others to defeat Mrs. B’s coalition government. Philip Gunawardena also took revenge from Mrs. B by voting against her. Mrs. B lost by one vote. JRJ was talking about a need for an EP kind of system to create a strong executive not controlled like a puppet by MPs. Now we know JRJ abused the power people gave him. Look at the number of constitutional Amendments he made and purpose behind each of them. But MahindaR could not have won the war if there was no EP job. Ven. S cannot say now that the war is over, because the war is not over. And there is the other war, the war against poverty, inequality and the rapid decline in morals and ethics.

Sarvodaya Ariyaratna’s book

To think that 17-A can rescue Sri Lanka from the mess that JRJ created for the benefit of the Colombo crowd is like expecting to empty the Parakrama Samudraya using a tea spoon! If the eminent persons, concerned citizens, NGO mudalalis, HR agents, retired CCS officers and retired professors who are back home to roost etc. were really concerned about the rule of law and the separation of powers they should have read the book written by Sarvodaya’s Ariyaratne in 1988, “The Power Pyramid and the Dharmic Cycle.” In chapter 7, pages 116-122, he explained in detail what was/is wrong with the bahubootha system and he identified the problems and a set of solutions to them. Rather than trying to apply lipstick to a pig, the solution is to throw the JRJ system (baby) with the bath water (17-A), and prepare a home-grown constitution with input from village people. Ven. S should request ideas from people first before presenting his and the Christian Plan.

17-A was a joke

What about Ven. S wanting to bring back the 17th Amendment. This amendment was a joke. Controlling EP job is one thing. We all want it. But it must be done the right way. All the independent bodies that 17-A wanted to create to encircle EP had the basic corruption germ. Members to these bodies were to be appointed by political parties. I quote below from what I wrote on March 19, 2009 (Lankaweb) about the classic case of UNP nominating Jayadeva Uyangoda (JU) (anti Sinhala Buddhist, former terrorist-Marxist) to the constitutional council.

Ironically, JU’s case together with the nomination of the retired Tamil judge who said      Tamil rights were robbed,” damaged the very spirit and purpose of the CC idea. Those           who nominated these two persons violated the basic natural justice rule that not only    justice be done, but it should so appear. These two with such bias against the views of the   President of the country, who is responsible to the people of Sri Lanka, have no legal or         moral right to accept membership even if some people with vested interests and hidden     agendas nominated them expecting them to be cat’s paws to try to imprison Mahinda    Rajapakse.”

Teach Tamil and Sinhala

Teaching Sinhala and Tamil to Tamil and Sinhala children will erase all these TNA and American demands and Tamil Nadu demands. The big fuss that Vasudeva Nanayakkara is making about the need to sing the national anthem in two-languages is a joke.

What Sri Lanka needs

I wish to draw Ven. S’ attention to the following urgent needs in Sri Lanka today.

  1. Remove 13-A. This is what LLRC meant when it said there are no homelands in Sri Lanka.
  2. But removal 13-A must be linked with empowering people at the village level. This is also what LLRC recommended.
  3. This empowerment of people at the lowest level can be done using GSN units. But RPremadasa increased GSN units from 4,000 to 14,000 to give jobs to UNP catchers. These GSN units must be re-demarcated using language-blind, ecological/geographical boundaries. Once such new units are identified non-political party basis, locally elected 10 member committee takes care of local policy decisions relating to basic human needs. Officers are there to help the GSN committee and not control them. The Divineguma law was a wrong method in this regard. Divineguma law should be modified to allow this kind of non-political party local rule.

 

In Sri Lanka there is a triangle of three evil forces: politician-officer-NGO. These operate from village level to the national level. It is by killing this evil triangle that Sri Lanka can come out of the present mess.

 

  1. Because village level empowerment is based on ecology-based, language-blind smaller administrative units, these can provide the basis for Electorates, Districts and Regions. Thus Sri Lanka will have seven River Basin Regions.
  2. With local level empowerment, there is no harm in having an EP job with necessary other controls.
  3. Colonialism was maintained and continued using humiliation as a strategy. This was more dangerous and more effective than the use of guns, Bibles or bottles (Arrack). Local people, who became black-whites suffered from inferiority complex and became blind followers of the white man. They in turn passed it on to local non-English speaking natives. Anagarika Dharmapala understood this and he had a simple mental therapy method. He asked people to make an effigy of a white man, keep it in front of his house and kick it twice daily calling it para suddha! Those days the unofficial national anthem of village Ceylon was Danno Budunge” written by John de Silva who was born to Christian parents.

In April 2009, Gotabhaya Rajapakse gave this humiliation strategy back to white Europens via David Miliband and Bernard Kushner. Now Bodu Bala Sena is forcing Sri Lankans to come out of this white-European game of humiliation (otherwise how can they teach human rights to Buddhists?). Take a simple example. Mahinda Ralapanawa and Wickrama Weerasooriys wrote two books about Buddhist monk and temple control laws enacted by the colonial master. Perhaps, they did not know what Prins Gunasekera wrote about Vihara and Devalagam laws in 1958, which pointed out how British judges ruined Buddhist traditional systems. These Eurocentric experts do not know they are under the spell of humiliation ghost. So are the people who are fooling Buddhist monks like Ven. Sobitha.

The sooner BBS makes Anagarika Dharmapala method a household practice again (modified) the better for Sri Lanka.

Cwije7@gmail.com

 

 

In Sri Lanka: Who are the Racists?

April 9th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

Mass media have a power far more than Governments to tilt public opinion to their line of thinking using a plethora of modes at both international and local levels with a dangerous ability to make mountains out of molehills. The scope of their manipulation is phenomenal and profit driven. Humans are sensitive to emotional blackmail and fall victim to either mind conditioning or the human weakness of money and power. Media stands guilty of portraying situations in worse scenarios for its own gains and is largely accountable for creating tense situations in a country. Sri Lanka is currently facing a combination of these onslaughts. Media can create ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-victimsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and then engage in efforts to slander the target, a combined effort with external forces. Balanced content is nil. Sanity is what is required to sieve the lies from the truth. The current issue is the projection of Sinhalese Buddhists or Buddhist Sinhalese as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-racistsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” let us see how fair or truthful this is.

When news media control what we see, hear, think, learn and know ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” it is a dangerous situation. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you canƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t criticize IsraelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡ Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache,. This is because 6 Jewish companies control 96% of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s media.

The situation in Sri Lanka

There is a proud history that the Sinhela race should not feel shy about which secularism and liberals cannot simply write off, undermine, laugh at or legislatively remove simply because it does not conform to their ideology. Nevertheless, the growing tension is that an increasing lobby is galvanizing the theory that the majority is discriminating the minorities. A lot of effort is been given to shape this theory into acceptance.

Historical evidence cannot be ignored. The prehistoric settlement in Sri Lanka is proved in the discovery of the oldest human found in Pathirajawela in deep South of Sri Lanka who had lived 20,000 years before the Neanderthal inhabited earth. Pathirajawela also exposed a flake and stone tool industry belonging to 125,000 to 75,000 BCE. The 2nd oldest human was found in Bundala again in the deep South. The 3rd oldest Lankan human was found in Fa-Hien the largest natural cave in South Asia known as Pahiyangala which can accommodate over 3000 humans. From 123,000 BCE it was in 546 BC that the Sivu-Hela (Simhala which became Sinhela) tribes of Yaksha, Naga, Deva and Raksha tribes lived. This was the origins of the civilization of the hela people (Sinhela) far before the arrival of King Vijaya in 543BC. http://www.srilankaheritages.com/oldest-human.html

Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s history is chronicled from 5th century BC led by Sinhalese Buddhist kings. There were invasions and incursions of Cholas and Pandyas but these were defeated. Elara (235 BC ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” 161 BC) ruled in Anuradhapura more or less as a Sinhalese kingdom. There is no Tamil archeological evidence to prove that a long standing Tamil civilization existed in Sri Lanka.

The Muslims in Sri Lanka have different origins. A vast majority of them have their origins in South India which explains why they spoke and still speak Tamil. Muslims that settled in Sri Lanka never had a linguistic connection to Arabs and began settling in Sri Lanka only after the 10th century.

The Dutch brought the Vellalas from South India for tobacco cultivation in the 1700s while the British brought the Indian Tamils as plantation workers in 1800s because the Sinhalese refused to work as coolies in tea plantations that were originally land belonging to the Kandyan peasantry but grabbed from them under the draconian Waste Land Ordinance which was enacted in 1840. Under this law all lands for which there was no proof of ownership or possession were regarded as waste land or Crown land. Vast acreage was thus grabbed by the British Colonial Govt. without taking into consideration the customary ownership rights of the Kandyan people. This bred dissatisfaction among the Kandyan people which was the major cause for the 1848 rebellion.

Of late, the media has become a platform to denigrate the Sinhalese and ridicule Buddhism. As an example a pro-Christian website run by exiled local journalists paid from foreign funds publishes everything that serves this objective. Its article headings over the past few weeks clearly show their bias: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Bhikku brigadeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Buddhist TalibanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Attack on MuslimsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Extremists BBS Majoritarian virusƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Hamuruduwane BooruwaneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Sinhala-Buddhist nationalismƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-bigotry of SinhalaBuddhismƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-haunted by the MahawansaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦ the labels that Sinhalese Buddhists have been tagged with that media enthusiastically promotes are many. It is a gross violation of ethics of Journalism.

Before writing off the Sinhalese Buddhists and believing every word that transpires over the media it is necessary to engage in a content analysis of all the English language newspapers in this country. It is evident that the main feature writers are more or less the same in all the newspapers and saying the same things over and over again and media gives only space for them and it is their views that monopolize what people are made to read and form their opinion upon. There is no room or opportunity extended for alternate views.

The objective is always to make the readers believe that the Sinhalese Buddhists are the cause of all the ills, the source of all the trouble and disharmony between races and religions, and that their numbers in the country (70%) prevent adequate space to minorities from exercising their rights. This is realistically far from the truth. ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

Who are the real minorities?

On a broadsheet the minorities statistically in religious terms are Hindus, Islam, Christians while ethnically the minorities will be the Tamils, Muslims and Burghers. Yet, in reality when we take the capital Colombo it is these minority ethnic groups and the minority religions that rule ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” they control much of the commercial sector, they have a monopoly over the wholesale trade, they hold prime immovable property in greater Colombo and form the greater composition of elite in terms of the monetary power they hold. It is for these primary reasons that politicians end up gravitating towards them, for power and money are fatal attractions. It is through these influences that a lot of unwarranted and irregularities have taken place often bypassing customary laws.

What have the minorities not been given in Sri Lanka? Do Buddhists have these privileges in other nations as minorities themselves? Do Muslims not have 3 public holidays, do Christians not have 2 public holidays plus 52 Sundays for Sabbath? ƒÆ’-¡ While Hindus have 3 public holidays. Places of worship for all religions abound in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka issues stamps in honor of all the faiths every year ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” which is unique and sets Sri Lanka apart from all the countries in the world. Not a single Muslim or Christian country has issued a stamp in honor of Buddha.

Are the minorities not given recognition in the national flag? Is it not on account of the unmonitored freedoms that we are faced with a situation of conversions to the Abrahamic religions and unnumbered groups of faith healers all over the island spreading the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-WordƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬?

LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s be candid. The ever vociferous Christian promoters of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-freedom of religionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ slogans cry ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-freedomƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ so long as they can inflict their religious beliefs on others. Sri Lanka has not forgotten the work of Catholic Action and the secret societies that continue to prevail when IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s own media is owned by various Church bodies there is little surprise at how media is slowly getting India to self-Balkanize India.

The truth is that the role of Sinhalese Buddhists are confined to only bringing politicians to power and these politicians end up deserting the voters that voted them to power. That is the sad reality.

Buddhists have reacted to these rapidly developing scenarios that they have identified as similar to those brewing in other parts of the world. These potential threats to Buddhists and Buddhism in Sri Lanka have been clearly articulated but media has purposely blocked giving publicity to the fears and warnings of future trouble expressed by the Buddhists. ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  In a population of under 50,000 why should 42 mosques emerge in Kattankudy alone? Is this fair and justifiable? The visible rise in the proliferation of mosques is said to be 5000 throughout the island where the Muslim population is just 1.6million.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Should there not be a moratorium on establishing any more mosques?

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Is it wrong for people to object to use of loudspeakers at Mosques that purposely project outward causing noise pollution beginning early in the morning at 4.30 a.m. disturbing the sleep of non ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Muslims in the neighbourhoodƒÆ’-¡  who are forced to listen to the sounds of Islam against their will? Especially when the Government has given a radio channel for people to listen to azan ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” no media gives space to opinion calling for the enforcement of the Supreme Court interim order given in 2007 which clearly hold that use of loudspeakers is not a fundamental right but the right to silence is! Instead anyone bringing this argument is labeled an anti-Muslim. How correct is this?

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  When halal method of animal slaughter is banned in other nations and Muslims do not object why is it that in Sri Lanka media jumps to say that any opposition to the barbaric killing through slitting of throats and allowing an innocent and defenseless animal bleed to death slowly, is violation of religious cum human rights?

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Is the advocacy for rights of animals no longer accepted in a country that for over a period of two millennium protected animals from manƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s inhumanity under the benign rule of Buddhist Kings?

Should people coming from Abrahamic religious backgrounds be allowed to have the last word on how this country should preserve and protect animals and see to their welfare through appropriate legislative reform?

Is it wrong for Buddhists to object to animal sacrifice when the founder of the religion Gauthama the Buddha vehemently condemned it as an evil practice and Sinhalese Buddhist Kings prohibited Animal Sacrifice in their Kingdoms following Buddhist injunctions against such practice until the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815?

Is it wrong for Buddhists of Sri Lanka to object to a takaran shed developing into a Muslim Shrine in Anurdhapura that Buddhists consider their most sacred city when it is right for the Pope and the Catholic Church to claim the Vatican as the Holy City for Catholics, and Mecca as the Holy Land for Muslims where non-Muslims are prohibited from entering? Has the media ever balanced this side of the argument?

When it was clear that the halal certificate and logo on every consumer item being purchased was something illegal and extortion was taking place why has this aspect not got media attention except to convey the impression that the Sinhalese were objecting to Muslims and creating an anti-Muslim story to sell the world ?. Why did the media not speculate as to the sudden demand for halal labels when purchase of foods and items without halal certificates/logos had taken place for centuries ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” moreover with GMOs which are legally not to be tested before release to market what is the guaranteed that foods we eat have not been crossed with pigs? So much of food-modification is taking place around us all to the profit of the food industry.

When nations are banning burqaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s and niqabs and citing the reasons of unnecessary segregation disuniting people why is it when similar sentiments are expressed in Sri Lanka the media goes to town to again project the notion of anti-Muslim.

When evidence is given of the disregard and disrespect for Buddhist cultural heritage why does that not get media attention? When Sinhalese object to Muslim encroachment of traditional Sinhala Buddhist temple land and demolition of historic sites and archeological remains why does the media project it as anti-Muslim and encourage articles that tow that line of thinking only?

There are enough of sensible arguments and articles available by people who have handled both sides of the issue in order for people to realize the need to balance things and more importantly for people to realize that incursions of the present nature are that which is creating the divides. Should the media not be highlighting the incursions and encourage people to not overstep their boundaries?

In a majority Buddhist country why has no English media dedicated an editorial to the plight of the Bangladeshi Buddhists, the anti-Buddhist happenings in Maldives, or Myanmar who are trying to protect their Buddhist nation from Islamic fundamentalists who have been smuggled via Bangladesh over the years?

Do all these liberals and Human Rights proponents and the minorities simply want the Sinhalese Buddhists to silently watch the take over of a nation that they have defended over centuries? Can they not understand that it is the Abrahamic religious ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-take overƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ that the Buddhists fear?

Are the Buddhists only good enough to be sacrificed by the LTTE so that all others can live safely? Was it not 99.9% of the Sinhalese Buddhist soldiers that died in defending the nation and is it not why the people do not want a similar instance where another lot of Sinhala Buddhists may end up in graves?

Given that 74% Sinhalese Buddhists are difficult to annihilate we realize the foreign driven multipronged efforts to break up the foundations of Buddhist nationalism being the last line of defense. This is what Myanmar is currently facing in a fierce competition between the two major Abrahamic faiths for world domination through control of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s people and territories.

Do people seriously think that the Sinhalese Buddhists would create situations where it is they who will end up dying?

In reality is it not the Sinhalese Buddhists who are in real terms in the minority? As against 77million Tamils ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” 72million Tamils who live in Tamil Nadu alone the world has only 14.8million Sinhalese (of which less than 300,000 are Sinhalese Christians). Efforts must be made to protect the Sinhalese Buddhists as an indigenous species on account of the language and the ethnicity of the Sinhalese being spoken only in Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ 

Religious Freedoms worldwide

Studies show that in a Muslim-majority nation there is a high level of government restrictions. Ironically, in these very Muslim nations Muslims themselves are often the victims of religious intolerance. It’s a battle over what type of Shariah law should be enacted, or who holds the reins of power in government ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” as Islam and its practice rests on the leaders that call the shots.

Afghanistan – an Islamic RepublicƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.The sacred religion of Islam shall be the religion of the Islamic Republic of AfghanistanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.No law shall contravene the tenets and provisions of the holy religion of Islam in Afghanistan

Argentina -ƒÆ’-¡  Article 2 of the Constitution of Argentina reads: “The Federal Government supports the Roman Catholic Apostolic religion.” Article 14 guarantees all the inhabitants of the Nation the right “to profess freely their religion.”

Canada – In most parts of Canada there is a Catholic education system alongside the secular “public” education system. They all run on Catholic principles and include religious activities and instruction as a matter of course. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is entrenched in the Constitution, states in the preamble that Canada “is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.”

Denmark – Section 4 in the Constitution of Denmark: “The Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be the Established Church of Denmark, and, as such, it shall be supported by the State.”

Finland – National churches of Finland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Finnish Orthodox Church have a status protected by law. The special legal position of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is also codified in the constitution of Finland.

Malaysia – Islam is the official state religion and the Constitution of Malaysia provides for limited freedom of religion, notably placing control upon the ‘propagation’ of religion other than Islam to Muslims

Saudi Arabia – Islamic theocratic monarchy in which Islam is the official religion; the law requires that all Saudi citizens be Muslims

Turkey – 99.0% of the Turkish population is Muslim of whom a majority belong to the Sunni branch of Islam. The constitution explicitly states that they cannot become involved in the political process (by forming a religious party. No party can claim that it represents a form of religious belief. Turkey, like France, prohibits by law the wearing of religious headcover and theo-political symbolic garments for both genders in government buildings, schools, and universities.

United Kingdom (UK) – provisions of the Act of Settlement 1701 which ensures that no Catholic shall ever be the monarch of the United Kingdom, nor shall they be married to one. Religious education is mandated in state schools based on a syllabus reflecting the country’s Christian traditions. Britain is a predominantly Christian country with two established, the Church of England (COE), the mother church of the Anglican Communion and state church in England and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian while the Church of England is Anglican (Episcopalian). The former is a national church guaranteed by law to be separate from the state, while the latter is a state-established church and any major changes to doctrine, liturgy, or structure must have parliamentary approval.

Maldives ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the supposed paradise for over 60,000 tourists annually are given arrival cards giving lists of prohibited items (materials contrary to Islam). Saudi Arabia and Maldives both 100% Muslim nations. The 2008 constitution adopted states ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-non-Muslim may not become a citizen of the MaldivesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. In Maldives too the Wahhabi Islamic pattern is increasing. Women in the early 1990s did not wear the black burqa and men with long beards ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” but that is now seen increasing. Many say that these attire changes come with an exchange of remunerations both cash and kind!

IranƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s constitution recognizes 4 religions whose status is formally protected ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

In Egypt, a 2006 judgement by the Supreme Administrative Council demarcated recognized religions (Islam, Christianity, Judaism) and other religious beliefs ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” other religious affiliations were prohibited which means they including BahaiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s are denied rights of citizenship in their country ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” they cannot obtain ID cards, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage or divorce certificates, passports, they cannot be employed, educated, treated in public hospitals or vote!!!

As far as religious freedoms go when it is forbidden for Muslims to convert from Islam to another religion Islam encourages conversions of non-Muslims to Islam. When the Vatican speaks of freedom of religion, equality of faiths ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the Vatican will not consider ever putting a non-Catholic structure inside the Vatican City ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” where is the logic?

LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s look at the laws in some of these countries.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

In France and Belgium students in state schools and government workers cannot wear ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-conspicuous religious symbolsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” forbids Islamic headscarf, Sikh turban, large Christian crosses, Jewish yarmulke. Both countries ban people from publicly wearing full-face veils. France also forbids people from wearing any headgear in official identity document photos. The body covering burqa and face-covering niqabs in public was banned unanimously in France in April 2011 claiming 6.5million Muslims were not integrating into French society ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the fine is ƒÆ’‚¢”…¡¬150 ($215). Those that force others to cover their faces will be subject to a fine of ƒÆ’‚¢”…¡¬30,000 ($43,000) and a year in jail. Human Rights Watch claims that the burqa and niqab do not constitute a religious practices sanctioned or prescribed by Islam but is only a cultural practice. The new law was introduced because French voters are becoming worried that the Muslim minority is building a parallel society in France which was why France claims multiculturalism is a failure.

Switzerland, Netherlands and other EU states are debating similar prohibitions.

In some Swiss and German states Islamic dress restrictions exist for teachers.

The restrictions that are rising across the world and especially Europe are due to 2 main reasons : historical and demographic. Western Europe has a history of monolithic state religion and secularism was included as a mere monoculture. No one can deny that Norway treats their official churches as vestigial organs and they would not give that same place to any other religion whatever demands are made. The other factor that the world is now beginning to take serious note of is the rise in the Muslim population which go hand in hand with Islam and visible rise in their anti-secular behaviors and actions drawing rise in public sentiments forcing Western European parliamentarians to review the prevailing situation. ƒÆ’-¡ 

What goes without saying and as the European Court of Human Rights has rightly declared is that religious freedom is a right but not an absolute one. Where an individualƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s religious observance impinges on the rights of others some restrictions have to be made. In Sri Lanka our Media refuse to highlight this aspect.

In summary, a very interesting comment on a website by a Tamil Christian (using the name Lorenzo) is being shared to convey the above in very simple terms.

Being a Tamil Christian, I believe Sri Lanka is a SINHALA BUDDHIST country. ƒÆ’-¡ 

LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s play a game.

1.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Show me where is Tamil Hindu country?

Tamil Nadu. Good.

2.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Show me a English Anglican country?

England. Good.

3.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Show me a Hindi Hindu country?

India. Good.

4.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Show me an Islamic Arabic country? ƒÆ’-¡ 

Saudi. Good.

5.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Now show me the Sinhala Buddhist country?

????

It is now called Sri Lanka. Correct name Sinhela.

Did God Jesus Christ visit Sri Lanka? NO.
Did Prophet Mohammad visit Sri Lanka? NO.
Did Krishna visit Sri Lanka? NO. (Rama did visit Sri Lanka but to destroy it.)

Did Buddha visit Sri Lanka? Oh! Yes!

So it is a Buddhist country. Sri Lanka is the ONLY country Buddha visited BY CHOICE. He was in Nepal/India so he had no choice there. But the moment he got a choice, where did he visit? Sri Lanka

So this is why Sri Lanka is the Sinhala Buddhist country.

But some foolish Sinhala Buddhists have out of GENEROSITY given up their claims. So all the cats and dogs have started to claim it as theirs.

If you still donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t believe it let me explain from the Bible – Wise King Solomon.

Once upon a time there was a very wise king by the name Solomon ƒÆ’-¡ 

He was the king, army commander, the judge and the jury and the parliament. Somewhat like MR.

One day 2 women came to him claiming ONE baby as theirs. 2 mothers, 1 baby!

King asked, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Yako, whose son is this?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬
MINE! Screamed both women.

Then the king asked, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-$%^#*@(, whose son is this?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬
MINE! Screamed both women.

hmmmmƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦thought the wise king. He ordered a soldier to cut the baby into half and give each half to each woman. Then ONE woman came to the babyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s rescue and stopped the king. She begged to spare the baby.

So the king found the OWNER of the baby!

And he hacked the other FAKE woman to death.

When Norway, UK, India, USA, UNHRC, LTTE, PLOTE, IPKF, Tamil MODA-RATES, etc. tried to CUT SL into halves, who came forward to defend it?

Muslims? NO.
Tamils? NO.
Europeans? NO.

(Well VERY few of them DID come forward UNDER the leadership of real owners).

Sinhalese. YES. Like the REAL mother of that baby, Sinhalese came forward to defend their baby ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Sri Lanka

That establishes who the REAL OWNER of Sri Lanka is.

(I know we are not as wise as King Solomon, but we are enough intelligent to get it, arenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t we?)

ƒÆ’-¡ 

Shenali Waduge

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-U.S. engagement with Sri Lanka robust and multifacetedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

April 9th, 2013

Asada M ErpiniƒÆ’-¡ 

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka has come out with the typical diplomatic jargon that does not mean anything worthwhile, and which also could be interpreted to mean any viewpoint depending on oneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s position. She is reported in the media on 09 April, to have said that the dealings with Sri Lanka are ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-robust and multifacetedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. The report adds that the lady said, the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-relationship is not limited to a single agenda, but represents a truly multidimensional approach driven not by any short-term agenda but by long-term goalsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

ƒÆ’-¡ First and foremost, the writer is reminded of the classic British comedy ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Yes, MinisterƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of the early eighties and its enviable Permanent Secretary of the Department of Administrative Affairs, Sir Humphrey Appleby. The US Ambassador, however, could beat Sir Humphrey hands down. All Sri Lankans who have an iota of intelligence or education know that the US ambassador has to parrot what she has been dished out by her bosses in Washington DC, but taking for granted that all Sri Lankans are dumb idiots who will swallow, hook, line and sinker, the rubbish that emanates from the representatives of some of the rich nations and interpret that to mean that they are well-meaning is certainly not within acceptable limits.

ƒÆ’-¡ The engagement with Sri Lanka, according to the US ambassador, is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-robust and multifacetedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. As far as the writer knows robust also means tough, forceful or strong. Multifaceted literally stands for many-sided.

ƒÆ’-¡ The statement has nothing, in clear and simple English (or in American English), to imply that the US is sympathetic to the problems that the nation of Sri Lanka suffered over a three decade period at the hands of a marauding gang of terrorists who were egged on, overtly or covertly,ƒÆ’-¡  by the richest nations of the world.

ƒÆ’-¡ All peace-loving Sri Lankans know, for sure, that the US involvement is multifaceted. They know very well that it has several irons in the fire. If the so-called diplomacy fails, it has many of its lackeys, in Europe, South Asia and even in Sri Lanka to do its bidding under the guise of safeguarding human rights and democracy.

ƒÆ’-¡ It is somewhat naƒÆ’†’¯ve for the US ambassador to add that its ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-approach (is) driven not by any short-term agenda but by long-term goalsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. Is it necessary to point out this stance? All Sri Lankans, including the ones who are ready to sell the heart and soul of Sri Lanka for bundles of greenbacks as well as those who dream of regaining the cherished positions at the helm of power, know that the US will pursue its strategies as long as needed for it to undermine sovereign nations that do not tow its line.

ƒÆ’-¡ It is time that the lady from the US accepts that Sri Lanka is capable of handling its affairs without the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-robust relationshipƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ that is supposed to exist between the two countries. After all, puny Sri Lanka managed to annihilate the Sri Lanka-based military wing of the LTTE in spite of the roadblocks erected by one of the previous Secretaries of State of the US and her pals from the EU. Furthermore, all this happened when the mighty US, with its immense military power, is bogged down in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya and Syria in its miscalculated and fraudulent measures taken in the guise of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-exporting democracyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ to the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”primitivesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

 

 

 

Indian parliamentarians in Sri Lanka

April 9th, 2013

Special Correspondent Courtesy the Hindu

Five parliamentarians from India, who arrived here Monday night, met Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa and External Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka G.L. Peiris on Tuesday, it is reliably learnt.

However, sources with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ which organized the trip ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ refused to divulge details of the agenda or the outcome of the meetings.

After spending the morning at the Parliament, the delegation proceeded to Jaffna to review ongoing projects supported by the Indian government, particularly the housing initiative.

The delegation includes Saugata Roy (Trinamool Congress), Sandeep Dikshit (Congress), Anurag Thakur (BJP), Dhananjay Singh (BSP) and Prakash Javadekar (BJP). However, Madhu Goud Yaskhi (Congress), who was also supposed to come, could not make it. FICCI sources attributed the cancellation of his trip to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-party work ahead of Karnataka Assemly electionsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

The delegation is here to participate in ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Track Two political dialogueƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ between parliamentarians of the two countries, an initiative of FICCI.

 

THE ONGOING POLITICAL PROCESS IN PAKISTAN

April 9th, 2013

PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER

ƒÆ’-¡ The General Elections 2013 shall give a new colour to the history of Pakistan. Now-a-days one could feel a great hustle and bustle among all political sections of society in Pakistan because it is the very first time that a politically elected democratic government successfully completed its tenure. The results of the upcoming elections would show, up to what level, the previous government succeeded in fulfilling the expectations of the people of Pakistan. Elections do not mean just stamping a piece of paper and thrusting it into the ballot box; elections mean far more. Since very after the creation of Pakistan, the politicians have been raising a great hue and cry that military dictators never let them do their work independently that is why they had never been able to deliver what was expected from them. But in the last five years the situation remained altogether different. The army remained all aloof from the political affairs and the political parties remained at liberty throughout the tenure. Some people say that the credit goes to the Army Chief General Kiyani while others are of the opinion that army as an institution was not in favour of repeating the experience of derailing the train of democracy ; though during all those five years, it happened so many times that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”democracy strickenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ people gave SOS signal to the army.ƒÆ’-¡  Now the ball is in the court of the people of Pakistan. The 11th of May, 2013 would be a day when they would be free to paint their tomorrow with the colours of their own choice. Two things are very important in this regard; the first one is that on the Election Day, we must not limit ourselves to our homes; in the larger interest of the country, we will have to come out and go to the polling stations. Second important thing is the right choice of the candidate we vote for. If we cast our vote in favour of someone who had been involved in any kind of moral or financial corruption in the past, it means we are supporting, favouring and sheltering his corruption. The use of vote is a very sacred national responsibility and any careless approach and nonsense behaviour regarding this responsibility would result in a severe national loss.

ƒÆ’-¡ For the promotion of democracy the fair, free and transparent election is compulsory in every democratic society and same must be the case with Pakistan. But unfortunately in Pakistan, most of the people are not aware of the importance of vote. According to a survey, in spite of the facility of casting their votes through postal ballot system, most of the government servants who are deputed at the polling stations as presiding and polling officers on the Election Day, do not use their right of vote. Sixty percent of the people from the urban areas simply stay at home and enjoy the election process in the manner they enjoy a one-day cricket match. It is only the rural areas where the politicians succeed in dragging the voters out of their homes but these voters are never independent in use of their precious right of vote. They are always under the pressure of the feudal lords, their tribal heads and of the landowners whose lands they are cultivating. It is the responsibility of the media, the teachers and the religious scholars to educate them and make them understand the impact of their votes on the future of Pakistan. People must be conveyed the idea that vote is a national obligation and it should be cast sensibly only in favour of the political parties which surely and purely belong to Pakistan and aspire to work only in the interest of the country.

ƒÆ’-¡ The people of Pakistan are lucky enough that under the guidance and command of Mr. Fakhruddin.G.Ibrahim, the Election Commission of Pakistan is making all possible rigorous efforts to hold fair, free and transparent elections. More fortunate is the fact that the Pakistan Army is providing resolute support for the completion of the electoral process. The provincial care-taker governments are also doing all their best possible to keep the electoral process above board. The impartiality of the Election Commission of Pakistan, the provincial care-taker governments and that of the Pakistan Army would pave the way to fair and transparent elections but all these efforts would go waste if the voters do not realize their responsibility.

ƒÆ’-¡  It has also been in the media that some of the terrorist elements have threatened to disrupt the electoral process in Pakistan. According to a recent report published in various newspapers, a militant organization in North Waziristan Agency has distributed a hand-bill among the local people. This hand-bill has tried to convince them to reject the democratic process in FATA. The solitary aim of this propaganda seems to censure the process of elections in FATA and promote an atmosphere of mayhem and chaos. It seems that the leaders of the militant organizations are frightened of democratically elected people who would become a challenge and threat to their authority and supremacy. Moreover some of the foreign diplomats are also trying to influence this process of election by paying regular visits to the hi-ups of various political parties. Such foreign diplomats are constantly in contact with the political leaders who have authority of allocating party-tickets to different candidates. We as a nation must be aware of all such conspirators who are doing all their possible efforts to mar the election process and intend to create problems for us in the near future. Democracy is the only solution to the problem of extremism and terrorism. We will have to join hands together to crush the forces which are eager to derail the process of democracy in Pakistan. The most important thing to be remembered is that our silence on the Election Day would not be less than a severe crime.

 

LTTE could have threatened Karunanidhi, U.S. surmises

April 9th, 2013

R. K. Radhakrishnan (Courtesy the Hindu)

Tamil Tigers might have threatened the then Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, in 1989 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-with a significant increase in the level of militant violence in Tamil NaduƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ if he did not ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-boost their cause,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ the United States surmised.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-While all agree that it would be counterproductive for Karunanidhi to continue overt support for the several losers among the Sri Lankan Tamil political groups, his energetic and unwavering and totally uncritical agreement with the LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s every move is raising numerous eyebrows, and alienating members of his own party… One extreme view, to which we do not subscribe, is that Karunanidhi is interested in a Tamil eelam variant for his Indian state. Another, perhaps more credible theory is that the LTTE has threatened Karunanidhi with a significant increase in the level of militant violence in Tamil Nadu, enough perhaps to lead to the imposition of PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s rule, if he doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t boost their cause,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ says a cable from the U.S. Consulate in Chennai to its Embassy in New Delhi and the State Department (90MADRAS1249_a, CONFIDENTIAL).

In its heyday after ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”drivingƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ out the Indian Peace Keeping Force, and burning bridges with friends in New Delhi and Colombo, the gun-toting Tigers had a free run in Tamil Nadu, till they over-reached themselves with the killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The cable speculates if Mr. Karunanidhi was becoming the LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s elder statesman, and details the understanding of the U.S. Consulate of the situation which led to Mr. KarunanidhiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s change of stance.

Citing Mr. KarunanidhiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s stance against the Indian Peace Keeping Force, his spin on the LTTE abducting Tamil Nadu fishermen and his futile but persistent attempts at forging unity among the fratricidal militant Tamil groups in Sri Lanka, the cable concludes that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the Chief Minister has gone out of his way to demonstrate his commitment to the Tigers ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ at what would appear to be significant political cost. No political figure here, least of all from the DMK, can explain to anyoneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s satisfaction the gamebook Karunanidhi is using. As he becomes more and more of a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Tamil eelam hardlinerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, some may feel he is burning bridges with Delhi. We are at present baffled.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Noting correctly that the LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-had never been KarunanidhiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s favourite Sri Lankan Tamil militant group, principally because of their close ties with his arch-rival, the late M.G. Ramachandran,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ the cable says Mr. KarunanidhiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s about-turn came soon after ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-mediation talks began in December, and specifically discussions between the LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Anton Bala- singham and Karunanidhi.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ After this, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the chief minister chose to ignore the other groups, advising them to bury their differences with the LTTE and support their obvious power position and assist in developing a viable Tamil political environment.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

When the cable was brought to the attention of a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionary, the leader responded that the U.S. and others were free to have their points of view. The DMK had stood for Tamil rights in Sri Lanka, and it had been dismissed from power too.

Agreements that Betrayed Sri Lanka:Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS)

April 8th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

Since 1987 there have been a series of secretly signed agreements that have proven detrimental to the country. Silence of biased media to expose and inform the public to generate enough momentum against these agreements has meant nationalist lobbies have had to step in to fill the void. For all its past records, the JVP must be mentioned for its role in bringing to the attention of the masses important agreements that would with time provide the ground to divide the nation. The Indo-Lanka Accord, 2002 ceasefire agreement, ISGA and the PTOMS will go down as a few of the most treacherous agreements signed placing a terrorist organization on par with a democratic government.

Countries do not function to an individualƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s whims and fancies and certainly not to personal ideologies that public officials believe in. Legal and constitutional provisions cannot be shoved into corners or shrewdly replaced by drafting new legislation and fooling trusting leaders into placing signatures on documents detrimental to Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s sovereignty. Yet, there appears no end to the treacheries that prevail.

Let us look at how the PTOMS came about closely following the 2002 Ceasefire and the ISGA.

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  2001 December ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” UNF Government led by Ranil Wickremasinghe

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  1994-2004 President ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Chandrika Kumaratunga

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  4 November 2003 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” President Kumaratunga suspends Parliament takes over Ministries of Defense, Interior and Information (while Ranil Wickremasinghe PM was overseas)

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  5 November 2003 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” State of Emergency Declared

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  7 February 2004 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Parliament dissolved and elections put to April

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  2 April 2004 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” UPFA Government with JVP alliance wins Parliamentary Elections

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  1 November 2003 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” ISGA proposals forwarded by LTTE (that came with a USD5billion aid package-it was to secure this that the UNF Govt was unceremoniously ousted)

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  26 December 2004 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Tsunami struck causing over 30,000 deaths and immeasurable damage to property and infrastructure.

ƒÆ’-¡¬ƒÆ’-¡  PTOMS was a result of discussions between the Peace Secretariats of LTTE and GOSL.

Jayantha Dhanapala was Head of GOSL Peace Secretariat from 1 June 2004 as well as President KumaratungaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Senior Advisor and came to a consensus with the LTTE on the joint mechanism for tsunami relief.

Nationalist organizations protested vehemently against the signing of the PTOMS ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” all warnings were ignored.

JVP resigned from the Chandrika Govt on 16 Jun 2005 protesting against PTOMS.

The PTOMS was signed on Friday 24th June 2005 and came with an AID PACKAGE OF USD3billion.

M.S. Jayasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation, signed on behalf of the Government while Shanmugalingam Ranjan, Deputy Head of the Planning and Development Secretariat (PDS) signed on behalf of the LTTE in Kilinochchi.

NOTE: The SLFP opposed both the ISGA and the PTOMS.

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Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for the Establishment of a

Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (“P- TOMS”)

Preamble

  • Tsunami on 26 December 2004 destroyed human lives and property.
  • Need for all communities to cooperate on humanitarian grounds
  • Need for equitable allocation of post-tsunami funds
  • Humanitarian need in a spirit of partnership between GOSL and the LTTE (the Parties) to deliver relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and development to the coastal communities in 6 districts ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Ampara, Batticoloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Trincomalee
  • Establishing PTOMS between GOSL and LTTE

Structure

PTOMS was to plan, implement and coordinate post-tsunami work and would have a High Level Committee called the Post-Tsunami Coastal Reconstruction Committee / Regional Committee for the 6 districts / 6 District Committees

The High Level / Regional Committee and District Committees to address concerns of all persons in Tsunami Disaster Zone (TDZ) ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” tsunami affected land area adjacent to sea within 2km landwards from low water line.

Scope of

High-Level Committee ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…”

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  1 nominee from GOSL (no mention of Sinhala nominee),

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  1 nominee from LTTE,

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  1 nominee by Muslims

Functions ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…”

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Formulating policies for equitable allocation and disbursement of donor funds in TDZ,

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Monitoring of PTOMs.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Also empowered to bring additional land areas within TDZ provided it is impacted by the tsunami.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  One of the members will be selected to serve as Chairperson and role shall rotate every two months.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  The Committee can have one observer representing multilateral donors and one observer representing bilateral donors at the meetings.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Decisions will be based on consensus or seek donor assistance. Possibility to suspend cooperation giving 14 days notice is also possible.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  The High-Level Committee shall have a secretariat with staff and be located in Colombo and can determine its own procedures to discharge functions.

Regional Committee ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…”

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Responsible for areas of the TDZ in the 6 districts,

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  development of strategies for implementation and prioritization of post-tsunami emergency relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and development measures, monitoring of projects, fund management.

Regional Committee will comprise of

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  2 members nominated by GOSL (one is the Deputy Chairperson),

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  5 members of LTTE (one will become the Chairperson),

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  3 members of the Muslim (one is another Deputy Chairperson)

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  one observer from multilateral donors and one member from bilateral donors shall attend meetings.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Decisions will be based on consensus.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Chairperson shall have final say.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Regional Committee will be located in Kilinochchi.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Procedures will be determined in consultation with High Level Committee.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  A small Secretariat for the Six Districts shall be set up and may draw staff from the Secretariat for Immediate Humanitarian and Rehabilitation Needs (SIHRN).

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  The Secretariat shall be named as the Regional Secretariat for Post-tsunami Coastal Reconstruction and Development (RSPCRD), and shall provide secretarial and administrative services to the Regional Committee.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  A Project Management Unit (PMU) will be set up.

District Committees ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…”

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  the 6 district committees will identify, prioritize and generate needs to the Regional Committee.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  The 2002 Ceasefire Agreement will continue and the PTOMS MOU will not alter any existing clauses of the 2002 Agreement.

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ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  PTOMS will be in operation for a period of 1 year from the date of signing ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” MOU can be extended by consensus

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Donors to cover all costs and expenses related to establishing and functioning of PTOMS.

ƒÆ’-¡§ƒÆ’-¡  Regional fund ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Post-Tsunami Coastal Fund for the 6 districts with foreign and local funds. A Multilateral agency will be custodian of the regional fund

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Questions raised in signing the PTOMS:

  • The mistake made by Ranil Wickremasinghe led Government in signing the 2002 CFA was that it questioned why a democratic government should enter an agreement with a proscribed terrorist organization ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” why was the same mistake being repeated?
    • The LTTE was proscribed by Sri Lanka in 1998 following the Dalada Maligawa bombing. That proscription was lifted in 2002 on the insistence of the LTTE as a precondition to enter peace talks and sign the Cease Fire Agreement.
    • Not only did the Wickremasinghe Government lift the ban on LTTE, it went on to recognize the existence of an LTTE administration in the North East of Sri Lanka and it demarcated LTTE-controlled areas- was this not a violation of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Constitution.
    • What can we think of Government negotiators when the PTOMS mechanism provided for a regional committee of 10 members 5 of whom were to be LTTE appointees and 3 Muslims whilst there is no mention of any Sinhala representation except GOSL ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” GOSL does not represent Sinhalese!!!?ƒÆ’-¡  Does the country hold in esteem officers that negotiated and accepted such clauses without argument and insistence on change?
      • Why did SL officials agree to PTOMS for only the 6 districts of NE when the South was equally affected? Why was the South of Sri Lanka omitted from the USD3billion aid package?
      • If the West has proscribed the LTTE was it willing to give funds to the district committee headed by the LTTE? Luckily the US and Japan went on to say they would not supply funds to PTOMS.
      • This then raises the question of why these nations did not object to the clauses on financial matters before PTOMS was signed.

International praise of the PTOMS agreement between LTTE and GOSL:

  • India, Canadian Government and the EU were all in praise of the PTOMS.
  • UN Secretary General ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Kofi Annan ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I am pleased that today, the Sri Lanka Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure, a joint tsunami aid sharing mechanism that will allow for the distribution of relief funds to all affected areas in Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ Locals praising PTOMS:

  • Jayantha Dhanapala :

oƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-There is nothing to fear in the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS),ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡ 

oƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We have to accept the challenge of working with the LTTE, and the fact that they have come into the programme gives an indication of them being willing to work with the government of Sri Lanka ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” perhaps for the first time,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

oƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-natureƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s interventionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ on 26 December 2004 provided a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-window of opportunityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ to work with the LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-surpassing all political differences, which separated us and caused a stalemateƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

oƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Commenting on opposition to the P-TOMS by extremist elements, he said: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-These elements donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t represent the mainstream of Sri Lankan opinionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.ƒÆ’-¡ It is important, therefore, to realise that the more vocal minority is not necessarily representative of Sri Lankan opinion.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

oƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Both sides realise that this is an ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”unwinnable warƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. But what is depressing is that amidst this ceasefire ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” which is an ideal climate for us to move forward to translate the temporary truce into permanent peace ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” we are having a number of low-intensity conflicts, which do not help the situation.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

  • Harim Peiris then Director General Ministry of Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation as well as Presidential Spokesmen of Chandrika Government ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The non-implementation of the P-TOMS which had the status of a signed agreement between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, could create the implication that there is no real political space or that credit would be given to the LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Sri Lanka is lucky he is no longer holding any post in public office.
  • Kumar Rupesinghe praised the 3 tier structure of the PTOMSƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.saying ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-it was the only way outƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. He also campaigned for the ISGA claiming it was ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the maturity of the political debate in the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ISGA was the only vehicleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.
  • Jehan Perera said PTOMS would ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-help build mutual trustƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

President Rajapakse (then Prime Minister) when asked his opinion on the PTOMS claimed he was not aware of the contents of the draft agreement and thus unable to comment.

Opposition to PTOMS: came from all quarters of the Nationalists of the country.

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) opposed appointment of DEW Gunasekera as the Constitutional Minister and representative of the Government in the PTOMS ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-DEW Gunasekera is the Secretary of the Communist Party. From the time we know, he has been a sympathizer of the LTTE whose only dream is dividing the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.he is not even a peopleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s representativeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦he became an MP through the National listƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

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Having resigned from the Government the 39 JVP MPs went on to file 3 Fundamental Rights petitions with the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka alleging an infringement of their fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 12(l) and 12(2) of the Constitution (FR petitions : 228/05, ƒÆ’-¡ 229/05, 230/05

JVPƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s FR was on 5 objections:

1.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Secretary to Triple R Ministry did not have ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-any authorityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ to sign MOU

2.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  President could not constitutionally authorize the MOU in view of Article 42 and 43 (1) of the Constitution.

3.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  No legal basis to enter MOU with LTTE which was not recognized by law in view of it being identified with terror, violence, death, destruction.

4.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  That the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-powers and functionsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of the Regional Committee were ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-governmental in natureƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. and that such powers and functions cannot be ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-validly conferred on such committees in the manner contemplated in the MOUƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

5.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Regional Fund managed by a multilateral agency formed ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-part of the funds of the RepublicƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and should be disbursed and accounted provided in the Constitution. (This was said to be the World Bank)

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Supreme Court Judges :

Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, Supreme Court Judges Raja Fernando and R.A.N.G Amaratunga

Counsels for Petitioners : HL de Silva PC, SL Gunasekera, Gomin Dayasri, Minoli Jinadasa, Manohara de Silva. ƒÆ’-¡ Special mention of these legal luminaries who did not take a cent to give their legal counsel to a cause that affected the sovereignty of the nation. These were true lawyers upholding their profession with professionalism and integrity.

Counsels for the Respondents: K C Kamalasabayson PC, Attorney General with P A Ratnayake, PC, ASG, Ms. D Dias Wickremasinghe, SSC and Viraj Dayaratne SC for (Attorney General), R K W Gunasekera for 3rd respondent, Nigel Hatch, P.C., with Ms. K. Geekiyanage for the Secretary, Ministry of Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Respondent) in S.C.(FR) 230/05.

ARGUED ON: 8 and 12th July 2005

DECIDED ON: 15th July 2005 (20 page interim order)

Supreme Court Judgment: INTERIM ORDER

i) an interim order is not granted in respect of the entirety of the MOU referred to and the Structure as provided in the MOU consisting of Committees may be established and become functional subject to the restrictions as are imposed by this judgment; the operation of Sections 6(b)(ii), 6(b)(iv), 6(b)(f),6 (1) and 7 of the MOU are stayed pending the final determination of this application;

iii) the funds both foreign and local intended to be deposited in the Regional Fund as provided in Section 7 may instead be dealt with according to the provisions of the Constitution and deposited in a separate account with a Custodian to be designated, if lawfully authorized;

iv) the location of the Regional Committee may be decided on by the parties in compliance with the criteria that has been stated;

V) a Project Management Unit (PMU) may be set up in lieu of the Unit provided for in Section 6(1) by the relevant Ministry in accordance with the applicable procedure. Such Project Management Unit would be at liberty to coordinate and implementation the projects with the District Committees, the Regional Committee and the High Level Committees as provided in the MOU

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The jubilation of the interim order was heralded by the entire nation that was against separatism.

JVP Statement ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The court ruling has thwarted the PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s bid to handover administrative and financial powers to a group of terroristsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬,

Vijitha Herath, JVP - ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We have succeeded in our struggle. There is nothing in the agreement now.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’-¡ 

LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s TamilselvanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s response to the Interim Order was that it reflected the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-continuation of the methods adopted by the Sinhala majoritarian political leadersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” there are many who would agree but does that mean the majority must blindly watch the country separated/divided and given to terrorist movements who are functionary proxies in a bigger gameplan?

There is little doubt that these money ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-carrotsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ dangled as aid package using humanitarian laws are designed in taking the weaknesses of leaders to mind and proven by the manner that the leaders and cohorts signatory to the successive agreements have jumped to accept clauses detrimental to the nation. The silence of the media in not taking up what their role is as public citizen number 1 in ensuring that as watchdog the nation remains sovereign and undivided needs to be mentioned. Almost always the media has stepped forward to denounce the nationalists as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-extremistsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and obstructing development etc.

MediaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s role need to change. Leaders need to be more tuned into how their decisions affect the nation and its people. Public officials need to function withƒÆ’-¡ integrity and not simply as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-yes menƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

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MYANMARƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢S DILEMMA: THE MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS

April 8th, 2013

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane

The Muslim community associated with Myanmar or former Burma, known as Rohingya Muslims are not indigenous to Myanmar. They are a relatively recent migrant community of Myanmar. Most of these Muslims are illicit immigrants who migrated from Muslim neighborhood regions of Bengal India during the British colonial period and later from East Pakistan or the present Bangladesh. The Myanmar government s of the past and presentƒÆ’-¡  do not consider Rohingya Muslims as legitimate citizens of Myanmar. The people of Myanmar consider the Rohingya people as illegal immigrants. MyanmarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Muslims account for an estimated 04% of the total Myanmar population of aboutƒÆ’-¡  60 million. In 2012, there were about 800,000 Rohingya Muslims living in Rohang, the western state of Myanmar known officially as Rakhine or Arakan.

THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BURMA (MYANMAR)

ƒÆ’-¡ The indigenous people of Myanmar are ethno-linguistically Sino-Tibetan and are predominantly Buddhists as opposed to the Rohingya Muslims who are ethno-linguistically related to the Indo-Aryan Bengali people of India and Bangladesh and their religion is Islam.ƒÆ’-¡  The language spoken by the Rohingya Muslims is different from that of the indigenous people of Myanmar. It is derived fromƒÆ’-¡  a Indo-Aryan sub-branch of the greater Indo-European language family and is closely related to the Chittagonian language spoken in the southernmost part of the present Bangladesh bordering Myanmar.ƒÆ’-¡  Therefore, culturally the RohingyaƒÆ’-¡  Muslims are quite different to the indigenous people of Myanmar.

ROHANG AND THE RAKKHITA BUDDHIST COMMUNITY

ƒÆ’-¡ It was mostly during the British colonial period that these Muslim people crossed the borders and settled in border regions of Burma, concentrating largely in Rohang which was also known as Rakhine or Arakan, located in the immediate neighborhood of Bengal. Their numbers increased substantially during the British colonial period, and thereafter. Rakhine State consists of a population of about 3,8 million, with the indigenous Rakhine people forming the overwhelming majority in the State, who live mainly in the lowland valleys.ƒÆ’-¡  Most of the indigenous people living in Rakhine State adhere to Theravada Buddhism. In spite of the government rule limiting Muslims to two children per family, the Muslim population in Myanmar shows an increasing trend.

According to historians of Myanmar, the name ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Rohingya’ is of recent origin and appears to have been created in the1950ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s, by the descendants of the Muslim Bengali people who settled down in the Rohang or Arakan region of Myanmar. The name Rohingya has not been used or recognized in the Burma population census conducted by the British in the year 1824.ƒÆ’-¡  It is also noteworthy that the name Rohingya is not found in any historical source in any language before the 1950ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s.

Rohang is an importantƒÆ’-¡  region of Myanmar inhabited from ancientƒÆ’-¡  times by the Rakkhita, Rakkha or Rakhaing people, who belong to the indigenous Buddhist community ofƒÆ’-¡  Burma.ƒÆ’-¡  From historic times, this was a highly respected Burmese community, well known for the honourable life they led. They were well known for their contribution to the developmentƒÆ’-¡  and preservation of the national cultural heritage and Buddhist spiritual values.ƒÆ’-¡  These Rakkhita people had their own language and their livelihood was strongly based on Buddhist principles. The name of the state Rakhine is derived from the Pali word Rakkhita or Rakkhapura which means “the land of the Rakhasa” or Rakkha or Rakhaing.

There were striking differences in the customs, traditions and livelihood patterns of the two communities ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the indigenous Burmese Buddhists of the Arakan region, especially the Rakkhita community and the Muslim immigrants from Bengal. These cultural incompatibilities and differences resulted in open conflicts between the two communities, which were well evident from about the mid 20th century.ƒÆ’-¡  Soon violence broke out in the Arakan region and the Muslim Rohingyas became a serious threat to the people of Myanmar. Occasional isolated violence involving Myanmar’s majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities has occurred for decades, even under the authoritarian military governments that ruled the country from 1962 to 2011.

BRITISH RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATION OF THE PROBLEM

ƒÆ’-¡ According to Aye Chan, a historian at the Kanda University, communal violence between the Arakanese or the indigenous Myanmar (Burmese) Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims began during World War -II in 1942.ƒÆ’-¡  The British were primarily responsible for the aggravation of disharmony between the Rohingya Muslims and the indigenous people of Myanmar.

During the World War, when the British were retreating, they took action to arm Muslim groups in Northern Arakan in order to create a buffer zone against the Japanese invasion.ƒÆ’-¡  Furthermore, the British promised the Muslims living in Burma (Myanmar) at this time, that if they supported the British during the war, the Muslims will be given their own “national area” within Burma.

Once acquiring arms, the Muslim Rohingyas became a serious threat to the people of Myanmar. They soon began a spree of violence against the Buddhists of the Arakan region. They began destroying Buddhist villages in Arakan, using the firearms given to them by the British.ƒÆ’-¡  In 1942, a major armed confrontation occurred between the Rohingya Muslims and indigenous Arakanese peopleƒÆ’-¡  which led to many casualties on both sides.ƒÆ’-¡  Rohingya Muslims massacred aboutƒÆ’-¡  20,000 Arakanese in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships.ƒÆ’-¡  In retaliation, aboutƒÆ’-¡  5,000 Muslims in Minbya and Mrauk-U Townships were killed by the Arakanese.

In the mid 20th century, Rohingya Muslims living in Arakan organized into several militant groups. They formed an aggressive movement known as the Mujahideen movement which was active during the 1947 to 1961 period.ƒÆ’-¡  There were several Mujahideen uprisings in Arakan.ƒÆ’-¡  The aim behind the riots of the Rohingya militant groups was to separate the northern part of Arakan, or the Muslim populated Mayu frontier region and create an independent Muslim state for the Rohingya Muslims and annex it to the newly-formed Muslim East Pakistan as an exclusively Muslim country.

In 1947, when a new Islamic country of Pakistan was about to be formed, Rohingya Muslims who had already possessed arms from the British, wanted to obtain a “national area” for them within Burma, in accordance to the assurance given to them by the British. They formed the North Arakan Muslim LeagueƒÆ’-¡  andƒÆ’-¡  metƒÆ’-¡  Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, and requested that Mayu region of Myanmar be annexed to East Pakistan which was about to be formed. Jinnah however, was not in favour of such a move. This did not stop the Rohingya Muslims in their agitation for separation from Myanmar.ƒÆ’-¡  During the 1960ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s and early 1970ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s, there were several uprisings which were popularly known as Arakan State Riots.ƒÆ’-¡  A widespread armed insurgency started with the formation of a Muslim political party called Jami-a-tul Ulema-e Islam, demanding separation.

The Burmese central government refused to grant a separate Muslim state in the Mayu region and the Muslim militants of Northern Arakan declared jihad on Burma. The Mujahid militants began their insurgent activities in the Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships within the Mayu region that lies on Burma-East Pakistan border, led by a long-term Muslim criminal named Abdul Kassem who was a leader of the Mujahid movement. There wasƒÆ’-¡  widespread violence in the Arakanese villagers and the Buddhist Arakanese inhabitants of Buthidaung and Maungdaw were forced to leave their homes. By June 1949, the Mujahid rebels were in possession of all of northern Arakan. In the meantime, the Mujahid extremists encouraged and supported illegal immigration into the Arakan region of thousands of Muslim Bengali people from the over-populated East Pakistan.

ƒÆ’-¡ CONTAINING MILITARY OPERATIONS OF MUJAHID MILITANTS

When the rebellion was becoming intensified the Burmese government declared martial law and took firm action to contain the militants. This led to the subjugation of the Mujahid insurgency and the Muslim insurgents fled to the jungles of northern Arakan. Between 1950 and 1954, the Burmese army launched major military operations against the Mujahid rebels in Northern Arakan. All major centres of the Mujahids were captured and several of their leaders were subdued. Towards the end of 1961, most Mujahids surrendered, but some formed small armed groups and continued to loot, harass and terrorize the Burmese Buddhists, especially in remote regions in Northern Arakan.

THE RADICALIST MOVEMENTS (1971-1988)

During Bangladesh Libration War in 1971, the Rohingya Muslim who resided in the Myanmar-Bangladesh border had the opportunity to collect weapons.ƒÆ’-¡  In 1972,ƒÆ’-¡  the Rohingya Muslims formedƒÆ’-¡  the Rohingya Liberation Party (RLP) with activities based in the jungles of Buthidaung.ƒÆ’-¡  Military Operation conducted by the Burmese Army in 1974 led to many Muslim insurgents fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

In March 1978, the Burmese government launched a campaign to check illegal immigrants residing in Burma. This led to many thousands of Rohingyas in the Arakan region crossing the border to Bangladesh.ƒÆ’-¡  Arrests of illegal migrants by the Burmese army created unrest in Arakan and as a result, there was a mass exodus ofƒÆ’-¡  around 252,000 refugees to Bangladesh.

In late 1982, the Burmese Citizenship Law was introduced and most of the Rohingyas were denied Burmese citizenship. Radical Rohingya militant group took this opportunity to recruit many Rohingya Muslims who were occupying the region along the Bangladesh-Burma border. In the early 1980s, radical Muslims formed the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) which soon became the most militant faction among the Rohingyas on the Burma-Bangladesh border.ƒÆ’-¡  Using the Islam religious card the RSOƒÆ’-¡  was able to obtain various forms of assistance andƒÆ’-¡  support from the Muslim world, including the JeI in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Gulbuddin HekmatyarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Hizb-e-Islami (HeI) in Afghanistan, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir and the Angkatan Belia Islam sa-Malaysia (ABIM), and the Islamic Youth Organization of Malaysia.

In 1991 and 1992, there was forced relocation of Muslims by the government and the creation of new Buddhist settlements in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships. This provoked another mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh.

CONNECTIONS WITH TALIBAN AND AL-QAEDA (1988-2011)

The military camps of Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) were located in the Cox’s Bazaar district in southern Bangladesh. In 1991, it possessed a large number of military equipment, including light machine-guns, AK-47 assault rifles, RPG-2 rocket launchers, claymore mines and explosives. They were equipped with UK-made 9mm Sterling L2A3 sub-machine guns, M-16 assault rifles and point-303 rifles.ƒÆ’-¡  Afghan’s Taliban instructors were associated with RSO camps along the Bangladesh-Burma border. Many RSO rebels were undergoing training in the Afghan province of Khost with Hizb-e-Islami Mujahideen.

The expansion of the RSO in the late 1980s and early 1990s made the Burmese governmentƒÆ’-¡  launch a massive counter-offensive to clear up the Burma-Bangladesh border. In December 1991, Burmese troops crossed the border and attacked a Bangladeshi military outpost. The incident developed into a major crisis in Bangladesh-Burma relations, and by April 1992, more than 250,000 Rohingya civilians had been forced out of Arakan, western Burma.

In late 1998, Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) and Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front (ARIF) combined to form the Rohingya National Council (RNC) with its own armed wing, gathering the different Rohingya insurgents into one group. In 2001, they underwent training in Libya and Afghanistan, in guerrilla warfare and the use of a variety of explosivesƒÆ’-¡  and heavy-weapons. They had several meetings with Al-Qaeda representatives.

ThroughoutƒÆ’-¡  2012 and in 2013,ƒÆ’-¡  there have been a series of riots and much violence in Northern Arakan in the Rakhine State, between extremist Rohingya MuslimsƒÆ’-¡  and the indigenous Rakhini or ArakaneseƒÆ’-¡  people.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Muslim fanatics are largely responsible for the outbreak of violence. The 2012 riots began after a Rakhine teenage girl was brutally raped and cut into pieces by three Muslim fanatics. This immediately led to an outrage and retaliation by the Rakhine community. This was followed by the extremist Muslims resorting to extreme forms of violence, destroying many villages in their entirety and murdering many innocent people. Those displaced by these riots exceeded 50, 000.ƒÆ’-¡  The situation in the Rakhine state remains tense.

In 2013, the worst violence in Myanmar was in Meikhtila city, which resulted in widespread bloodshedƒÆ’-¡  and destruction of property, and theƒÆ’-¡  displacement of nearly 10,000 people who were forced out of their homes. A State of Emergency was declared and the army took control of the city.ƒÆ’-¡  The devastation was reminiscent of last year’s clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that left hundreds of people dead and more than 100,000 displaced. The struggle to contain the violence has become a major challenge to the government.ƒÆ’-¡  Buddhist and Muslim communities live in near-total segregation, constantly fearing more violence. The violence in Meikhtila city began once news spread that a Muslim man had killed a Buddhist monk. Soon, Buddhist mobs rampaged through a Muslim neighborhood and the situation quickly became out of control.

CRIME AGAINST BANGLADESHIƒÆ’-¡  BUDDHISTS

Buddhists of Bangladesh have been subject to untold violence by Muslims in recent years. The Chakmas form the community of Buddhists that inhabit the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. Chakma Buddhist monks were forced to flee their traditional lands due to Islamic persecution and violence in the early 1990s. Some obtained Indian citizenships and formed the organization calledƒÆ’-¡  Peace Campaign Group and are actively focusing on working against human rights violationsƒÆ’-¡  systematically carried out by Muslims in Bangladesh.

According to Jumma Buddhists, successive governments of Bangladesh were engaged in implementing a policy of ethnic cleansing to eradicate the indigenous Jumma Buddhists. The government has settled more than 400,000 Muslim settlers in the ancestral lands of Buddhists in the Chittagong Hill Tract region. This encroachment of land owned and occupied previously by Buddhists is said to be continuing on a rapid scale even at present. In addition, more than 100,000 military and paramilitary personnel have been stationed in the Chittagong Hill Tract making life insecure and miserable for the Jumma Buddhist community. The region today is crime prone, characterized by arson, killing, rape, land grabbing, and destruction of Buddhist temples, extra-judicial arrest and detentions. Between 1986 to1989 more than 70,000 Jumma Buddhists have fled Bangladesh and sought refuge in the Tripura state of India.

ARMED STRUGGLE AND PEACE ACCORD

ƒÆ’-¡ Violence centering on land issues has been going on in this region since 1978, when the government decided to settle Muslim people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts which is land traditionally owned and occupied by Buddhists.ƒÆ’-¡  Many Buddhists were harassed and were forced to leave their traditional land.ƒÆ’-¡  Owing to continued harassment the Buddhists collectively protested and launched an armed struggle during the early 1980s, demanding full autonomy for the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This continued for two decades and an Accord was signed between the Jumma PeopleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s political party of the Buddhists and Bangladesh government in December 1997, to withdraw the new settlers and the military from Chittagong Hill Tract. Expecting a peaceful situation following the Peace Accord, many indigenous people who had fled to refugee camps in India during times of violence, started returning home, only to find their land encroached upon by Muslims. The Buddhists allege that the Accord was not respected by the government.

VIOLATION OF BUDDHIST RIGHTS

ƒÆ’-¡ Thousands of Jumma Buddhist families who were displaced owing to violence have not been resettledƒÆ’-¡  as yet,ƒÆ’-¡  and the number of poverty-stricken Jumma refugees have increased substantially. Among them are thousands of children who are deprived of their education. Human Rights abusesƒÆ’-¡  continue to occur with the military resorting to violence against Buddhists. On 20th April 1999, the military and Muslim settlers attacked the Jumma Buddhists at Babuchara bazaar killing and wounding many Jumma Buddhists.ƒÆ’-¡  In recent years Muslim extremism and violent tendencies appear to have intensified. In the early part of 2010, the Chittagong Hill Tracts region was rocked by violence, flaring up decades old ethnic-religious tensions, as Muslim settlers set fire to hundreds of homes of indigenous Buddhists resulting in many deaths and many injuries. Thousands of Buddhists have been left homeless. These attacks were meant to forcibly grab land and properties of Buddhists. This violence was committed in the presence of law enforcement officersƒÆ’-¡  including soldiers who were Muslims. According to Jumma people, Muslim military personnel have been involved in gross human rights violations with impunity, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts for many years. Many indigenous Buddhist people of affected villages continue to live in hiding, in dense forests and some have abandoned their ancestral land and had moved to other villages and are leading desperate lives.

In the last three decades the exclusively Muslim Army of Bangladesh, motivated by religious fanaticism have caused havoc to Buddhists of Bangladesh and destroyed many Buddhist shrines and monasteries. Religious persecution and destruction of places of worship is commonplace in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) even in present times. Religious persecution takes place in the form of torture, murder, intimidation of Buddhist monks and deliberate and systematic destruction of their places of worship. Fanatical Muslims destroyed and desecrated the renowned “Navajyoti Buddhist Vihara” (Navajyoti Buddhist Temple) at Lalyaghona Village in Baghaichari Upazillact)ƒÆ’-¡  breaking down many Buddha images. Muslim religious fundamentalism and intolerance of Buddhists and other religious minorities are on the rise in Bangladesh. The countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s military has become ruthless in this regard. In 2006, a group of illicit Muslim settlers led by Rafique Uddin destroyed the Buddhist temple of Challyatali village under Longadu, Rangamati and occupied the temple land.

VIOLENCE AGAINST THE THAI BUDDHISTS

ƒÆ’-¡ Muslims are a very small minority settler community in Southern Thailand, smaller than the Muslim settler community of Sri Lanka. Their objective is to have a separate country for Muslims in Sothern Thailand. Buddhist civilians and monks have been frequent targets of Muslim attacks in Southern Thailand in recent years. In late 2005, Muslims again started killing Buddhists in Southern Thailand. The bloodshed here could mark a resurgence of a long-simmering Muslim insurgency and, some officials fear, fertile ground for Islamic terrorists. More than 500 people were killed in 2006, in three southern Thai provinces, including attacks targeting Buddhists in possible bids to drive out non-Muslims.

Authorities are investigating possible links between these Muslim separatist groups and Islamic terrorist organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah, which seeks a pan-Islamic state in Southeast Asia. It is blamed for attacks including the 2002 bombing in Bali that claimed 202 lives. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, an assistant professor of international relations at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says “We have not yet seen escalation, “but I still think we may be headed from bad to worse.” “The gruesome fashion of beheadings of Buddhists by Muslim assailants … is not normal violence,” said Pongsudhirak. “It is driven by deep animosity and hatred.”

ISLAM AND VIOLENCEƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

Buddhists cannot consider Islam as a religion of compassion and peace. Those professing Islam have been the biggest enemies of Buddhists and Buddhism throughout history. There are ample historic records which describe vividly the atrocities committed against millions of Buddhists in several countries. Their criminality has not subsided in spite of their living among other religions in different countries.

It is a well known fact that Buddhism disappeared from India under the sword of Islam. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the great Indian Buddhist leader said that there is absolutely no doubt that the fall of Buddhism in India was due to the invasions of the Musalmans or the adherents of Islam. For five centuries, from the 13th to 17th centuries, most parts of India were under Muslim rule. Over 50 million Buddhists and Hindus were massacred by Islamists in greater India (which in the past includedƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afganistan).

Islam destroyed Buddhism not only in India but wherever it went. Before the onslaught of Islam, Buddhism was the religion of almost the whole of Asia – ancient countries/regions such as Bactria, Parthia, Afghanistan, Gandhar, Chinese Turkestan, along with Tibet and Inner Mongolia were Buddhist nations that formed almost the whole of the Asian continent. Buddhism was the dominant religion of the people of this vast area of the Asian continent. Islam destroyed and eliminated Buddhism from almost all these countries.

Those conversant with global affairs, are aware of the fact that, especially in recent years,ƒÆ’-¡  Muslims have become a curse to humanity, resorting to violent and unethical means of serving their religious ends, or to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”resolveƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ their obsessive religion-based issues and self-created problems.ƒÆ’-¡  Peace and harmony in many countries in the West and East,ƒÆ’-¡  have been impaired greatly owing to unwholesome actions of Muslim religious fanatics.

MUSLIM EXTREMISMƒÆ’-¡  IN SRI LANKA

Islamic community in Sri Lanka is a small non-indigenous minority amounting to about 9% of the total population. There is clear evidence of disregard and disrespect on the part of most Muslims, for the Buddhist cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. There is evidence of destruction of archeological and historic cultural monuments and remains, especially in areas inhabited by Muslims. The fundamentals of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IslamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ that are being widely propagated by the Muslims have serious negative implications as far as the national culture is concerned. ƒÆ’-¡ Muslim encroachment of traditional Sinhala Buddhist temple land and the demolition of historic sites and archeological remains of Buddhist heritage show the sheer lack of respect for Buddhism and related and cultural heritage of the country that gave them shelter.ƒÆ’-¡  The situation does not seemƒÆ’-¡  too different in Myanmar or Thailand.ƒÆ’-¡  It was not long ago that Islamic fundamentalists and armed Muslim extremists were inciting violence against legitimate Buddhist activities in the East – Pottuvil region.

In recent years, it is noticeable from their attitude and actions, that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka has posed a threat to this predominantly Buddhist nation, its national culture, way of life and in a covert manner to the democratic principles and rule of law of the country. There is clear evidence of disregard and disrespect on the part of most Muslims, for the Buddhist cultural heritage of the country. They have been instrumental in the destruction of Buddhist archeological remains and historic cultural monuments in areas inhabited by them. During the last few decades, the Muslims have gained strength in Sri Lanka owing to their increased economic power largely owing to tangible and moral support received from Muslim countries and also owing to the political patronage.

The younger generation of Muslims are being brainwashed with extremist Islamic fundamentalism, in the so-called ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Madrasas or exclusively Muslim schools that have sprung up in the country in recent years. The fundamentals of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IslamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ that are widely propagated in these MadrasasƒÆ’-¡  have serious negative implications as far as the national culture is concerned. The younger generation of Muslims are being brainwashed with these extremist Islamic beliefs and practices in these exclusively Muslim schools that have sprung up in the country. Their attire has changed and reflects their inclination to be exclusive and separate from the nationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s mainstream.

Their new male and female attire displays their desire to look different and to be exclusive and separate from the nationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s mainstream. This polarization tendency of the Islamic community is self-imposed. It is definitely not because they feel marginalized. This divisive spirit of Muslims is owing to the influence of Islamic teachings to keep away from non-Muslims who are considered as inferior to Muslims. The Koran forbids Muslims to closely associate non-Muslims. Islam has dualistic ethics with one rule for Muslims and one rule for non-believers and there is no exception to this rule. Today there is increased interest in general, in the country, for the consolidation of national unity and under the circumstances, extreme forms of divisive tendencies of the Muslim community is subject to intense criticism in recent years.

The ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”HalalƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ practice of animal slaughter practiced by Muslims is a most repulsive practice involving extreme form of cruelty towards animals, where animals are tied down and their throats slashed, letting their blood ooze out slowly and making animals die on their blood. This is a practice that should not be tolerated in any civilized society.ƒÆ’-¡  In a Buddhist society where non-violence towards all living beings is a fundamental tenet, practices of this nature cannot and should not be tolerated under any circumstances.ƒÆ’-¡  The deceitful and exploitative nature of the covert ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-halalƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ business venture of Muslims has been exposed and action taken against it in recent years.

ƒÆ’-¡ Muslims are well known to be running successful businesses in predominantly non-Muslim Buddhist majority areas. They have shown greater interest in furthering their own community interests and not the general public interest. They have not contributed to or invested in activities that are of common benefit, such as on hospitals, schools and other national social welfare activities. It is common practice for Muslims to refrain from hiring non Muslims in their establishments.

In Sri Lanka although they are a relatively small settler community, the Muslims insist on living an alienated and un-integrated life and areƒÆ’-¡  agitating for concessions specified by their Islamic religion and Muslim Shariah law. The interests of the country as a whole is not their concern, because Sri Lanka is not an Islamic country. They are least interested in joining the national ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-mainstreamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and work towards national unity and well-being.

RISE IN ISLAMIC FUNDAMANTALISM

In the last few decades, owing to the newfound wealth of oil rich Islamic countries and massive immigration to the West, Islamic fundamentalism has been on the rise and the dormant spirit of Jihadism has been rekindled.ƒÆ’-¡  This fervor has been translated into upheavals, revolutions andƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  terrorism , and world peace has been put in jeopardy. Millions of lives are now in danger. Islam encourages aggressive spirit explicitly.ƒÆ’-¡  Muslim believe that he can go to paradise if he kills non Muslims. The Quran tells Muslims to slay the unbelievers wherever they find them (2:191), do not befriend them (3:28), fight them and show them harshness (9:123), and smite their heads (47:4). It prohibits Muslims to associate with their own brothers and fathers if they are non-believers (9:23), (3:28).

Buddhists have been the most victimized and harassed religious community in the world, owing to actions of Muslims guided by their theistic traditions and beliefs. Throughout the ages the Buddhist religion experienced many calamities.ƒÆ’-¡  As far back as in the 10th century, as a result of the Muslim invasion of what is modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, the Buddhist religion which formed the basis of life of the people of this part of the world, was viciously wiped out in an act of virtual genocide. In some Asian countries indigenous Buddhist spiritual traditions have been severely weakened by decades of persecution. Muslim terror and atrocities have inflicted severe damage to Buddhism in many Asian countries, some of which were exclusively Buddhist at one stage in their histories. The destruction of the colossal Afghan Bahmian Buddha statues is not the first destruction resulting from Muslim fundamentalism.

The biggest problem with Muslims is their belief that Islam is one and only ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”chosen religionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ andƒÆ’-¡  Muslims are the one and only ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”chosen peopleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. In an Islamic state people of other faiths are not tolerated. Non-Muslims cannot establish their shrines orƒÆ’-¡  monasteries in any of the Middle Eastern Muslim countries. They cannot hold their religious functions or prayers in public in these countries. No meaningful dialogue on Islam or on the divisive attitudes and activities of Muslims is possible because they unnecessarily feel intimidated wheneverƒÆ’-¡  legitimate questions on Islam or the Quran are posed. Those who question are immediately branded as racists or anti Muslim. Most Muslims lack the courage to respond to even the most abject injustices evident in Islamic beliefs and practices. . No Muslim gives any other religion a status of equality with Islam. They fail to realize that true open-mindedness consists of contemplating all premises and weighing the evidence. Reasoning involves deduction and induction. Why do Muslims cause disharmony and bring about conflicts and confrontational situations in all societies they infiltrate? Why?ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Buddhists need to be vigilant and need to initiate actions against the abuse of privileges, aggression and misdemeanor by Muslims.

On Line Petition Replace the Editor of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢

April 8th, 2013

It is an unfortunate that the Press of this country, particularly in the English language mainstream, has consistently failed to conform to the general principles of journalism followed in democratic countries.

Most of the politically and economically influential people in Sri Lanka as well as those living overseas rely primarily on English language newspapers.ƒÆ’-¡ 

It was observed by the Press Commission (1964) headed by Justice K.D. de Silva thatƒÆ’-¡ existing local newspapers did not hesitate to fabricate, suppress, slant or distort news and views whenever it suited them and they were further guilty of anti ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ national and anti – Buddhist activities.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

The Press Commission observed that – The Buddhists were consistently being accused of being intolerant. Their genuine grievances received scant attention, and the rightful place due to Buddhism was denied to it by the newspapers. ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

Nearly 50 years later the situation concerning the Mass Media in Sri Lanka is not any better. It looks as if it has changed for the worse.

For example,ƒÆ’-¡ the daily ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ newspaper is a member of the Upali Group of Newspapers and has been a forerunner amongst English readership in Sri Lanka. Under the direction of the present Editor Mr. Prabath Sahabandu, it has been observed having watched his conduct over a long period of time since he replaced Mr. Gamini Weerakoon as Editor of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ about 10 years ago, that there is callous disregard for unbiased coverage of both news and features.

There is never a balance in opinions published and continuous exposure is only given to writers that seek to portray Sinhala Buddhists as “chauvanists” and “violaters of peace and harmony”. Thus, the editor is contributing towards giving a totally false image of the Sinhala Buddhists and he does not entertain any right of replies. This in turn gives the wrong image internationally.

The point of view is put forward consistently in the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ that the Sinhalese Buddhist majority is intolerant and is trying to deprive the minorities of their rights.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Foreign news which is of real interest to the Buddhists is never given the publicity it deserves. Hardly any attention or scant attention is given by the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…” IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to global Buddhist events or the plight of Buddhists in other countries such as South Korea, Bangladesh or in Myanmar where the Buddhists are today fighting for their very survival against an hostile ethnic group being later arrivals to Burma but nevertheless funded by Saudi Oil funds to increase their numbers disproportionately and expand their hold and influence in Myanmar.ƒÆ’-¡ 

Instead of advising the various minority groups to adapt themselves to the changing circumstances,ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ what is unfailingly being done by the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Editor is to poison the minds of the minority groups and encourage them to think as victims of discrimination and fight the Sinhalese Buddhists wherever possible.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Further the impression is been created that the communal and religious minorities must come together and oppose the Sinhalese Buddhist majority if they are to get any rights at all.

His constant accommodation of arrogant feature writers that openly ridicule the Sinhalese Buddhists cannot be accepted. In the event he wishes to carry such an article he must either balance it with an alternate opinion or cater to right of reply – both of which he does not do.ƒÆ’-¡ 

The newspaper Editors that belong to the ilk of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Editor feed a hostile (foreign) press against this country, and an atmosphere of prejudice is created thereby against Sri Lanka in the international arena.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ It is unfortunate that there is still no credible large scale organisation available at the moment to present an accurate and impartial picture of what is actually happening here.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

We the signatories to this Petition are alarmed and also surprised that the Owners and the Management of Upali Newspapers Ltd. have failed to observe this state of affairs to take action against the present editor.ƒÆ’-¡ 

We the undersigned seek the replacement of Mr. P. Sahabandu as the Editor of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IslandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ as a matter of urgency with a suitable person who will give a balanced coverage to news, events and opinions in the ‘ Island’.ƒÆ’-¡ 

NameƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Signature

 

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DMK WITHDREW FROM THE UPA FOR ITS EXPEDIENCY AND NOT THAT THE WORST HAS BEFALLEN THE TAMILS

April 8th, 2013

by Walter Jayawardhana

ƒÆ’-¡ The lead op-ed piece published by the Hindu in its latest edition said the resignation of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam from the United Progressive Alliance government is more likely that the party has used the Sri Lankan crisis to push for a separation from the UPA, because it is politically expedient for it to do so. After all, what is happening in 2013 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ or even what happened in 2012 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ is not the worst that has befallen the Tamils of Sri Lanka

ƒÆ’-¡ ManojƒÆ’-¡  Joshi writing the editorial said , ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- The DMK wanted the UPA government to pilot a resolution in the United Nations demanding an international probe into alleged war crimes tantamount to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-genocideƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ in Sri Lanka. Then with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa joining the fray, the demands escalated ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ a boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit to be held later this year in Colombo, a ban on Sri Lankan players in the Indian Premier League matches in Tamil Nadu and an Assembly resolution asking the Union government to get the U.N. to create a separate Eelam in Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

The following are some other excerpts of the op ed piece: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The DMK and the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam are only a more extreme manifestation of a trend we have been witnessing recently in India where coalition constituents and States are bringing foreign and security issues to the bargaining table.

The competitive populism in Tamil Nadu over the situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka has generated a great deal of alarm in New Delhi over the manner in which political issues relating to a State have begun impinging on IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s foreign and security policies. Though somewhat over the top, the Dravidian parties have a point, but a general one rather than the specific case they are advocating.

The general point is that in any country, the people have a right to advocate and push for a particular foreign and security policy. Given our linguistic, ethnic, religious and ideological divisions, these views often come across as those belonging to this or that section. That, too, is legitimate. But at the end of the day, this diverse country must have a single policy and its execution must be the responsibility of its federal government.

Sectional interests

The government structure as such does not cater to these sectional interests; in other words, there are no constitutional or institutional mechanisms to relay those interests. So, with Union governments taking the form of coalitions, they have become vulnerable to party or sectional pressure which often takes the form of pure blackmail.

The withdrawal of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam from the United Progressive Alliance government could be seen as being part of the rough and tumble of coalition politics. Actually, it is more likely that the party has used the Sri Lankan crisis to push for a separation from the UPA, because it is politically expedient for it to do so. After all, what is happening in 2013 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ or even what happened in 2012 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ is not the worst that has befallen the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

But with general elections looming, competitive populism seems to be ruling the roost. The DMK wanted the UPA government to pilot a resolution in the United Nations demanding an international probe into alleged war crimes tantamount to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-genocideƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ in Sri Lanka. Then with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa joining the fray, the demands escalated ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ a boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit to be held later this year in Colombo, a ban on Sri Lankan players in the Indian Premier League matches in Tamil Nadu and an Assembly resolution asking the Union government to get the U.N. to create a separate Eelam in Sri Lanka.

The DMK and the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam are only a more extreme manifestation of a trend we have been witnessing recently in India where coalition constituents and States are bringing foreign and security issues to the bargaining table. Actually, the leader of this pack has been the Indian Left for which the United States is a permanent anathema. This is what led to the crisis in UPA-I in 2008 when the Left pulled out of the coalition because it opposed the India-U.S. civil nuclear deal. This move of the Left was also pitched as much on its belief that nothing good could come out of an agreement with ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-imperialistƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ America, as its attempt to cloak the decision in the garb of attacking America for its anti-Muslim policies.

The next instance of this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-State-firstƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ approach occurred when West Bengal Chief Minister and then UPA coalition partner, Mamata Banerjee, opposed the river waters agreement with Bangladesh. In September 2011, on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan SinghƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s visit to Dhaka, the Union government was forced to call off the signing of a pact that would have ratified a formula for sharing the waters of the Teesta with Bangladesh.

The surprise entrant into this club was Narendra Modi who suddenly jumped into the Sir Creek issue on the eve of the Gujarat elections. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Modi said that not only should India not hand over the Creek to Pakistan, it should stop any dialogue with Islamabad on the issue. Any concession by New Delhi would affect Gujarat negatively.

In all four instances, it is possible to argue for a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Union of IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ stand rather than that of the State or party in question. In Sri Lanka, the Government of India has had to balance its policies to ensure that Colombo does not drift towards Beijing and Islamabad. There also is the question of pushing resolutions on the territorial issues of other countries, having burnt our hands on the Kashmir issue once. Equally, resolutions on human rights in international bodies are a double-edged sword, especially given our own shoddy record in dealing with internal insurgency.

As for the Teesta issue, there were expectations that in exchange for the river waters treaty, Bangladesh would sign an agreement giving India transit rights to its land-locked north-east. Clearly, while West Bengal may have notionally given up something, there was the advantage of the greater good that would accrue, not only for the north-eastern states but West Bengal as well, through the increased commerce that would have resulted from a transit agreement.

In the case of the nuclear deal, too, the net gainer was India. It was the U.S. which had to abandon its sanctions regime against us and agree to allow civil nuclear commerce to resume with India. Given the balance of power in the international system, it was a deal only the U.S. could pilot ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ not France, China or Russia ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ though all of them had to finally put their stamp on it through the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

In Gujarat, the boundary between India and Pakistan on Sir Creek remains disputed and, as a result, the maritime boundary between the two countries has yet to be finalised. In this sense, India and Pakistan are both losers, not only because no one will invest in exploiting the natural resources from a disputed area, but also because they will lose out on the extended exclusive economic zone they can get under the U.N. convention on the laws of the seas.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Ahmadiyya Khalifa appeals for an end to inequality.

April 8th, 2013

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim JamaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢at ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Sri Lanka.

ƒÆ’-¡ A recent Press Release issued by our Press Department U.K., stated thatƒÆ’-¡ His HolinessƒÆ’-¡ Mirza Masroor Ahmad appeals for an end to inequality.

The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (JamaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢at) and Fifth Khalifa,ƒÆ’-¡ His HolinessƒÆ’-¡ Mirza Masroor Ahmad has spoken at length about the perilous state of the world and the impending threat of a nuclear war.

Whilst delivering the keynote address, on the occasion of the 10th Annual Peace Symposium at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London recently, His Holiness warned of catastrophic consequences if true justice at all levels was not observed. He said the risk of a nuclear war was real and was the biggest threat to todayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢sƒÆ’-¡ civilization.

The event attracted an audience of more than 1,000 people, including Government Ministers, Ambassadors of State, Members of both Houses of Parliament and various other dignitaries and guests from all walks of life. The theme of this yearƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Symposium was ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”The Pathway to Peace.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢

During his keynote addressƒÆ’-¡ His HolinessƒÆ’-¡ spoke about the need for peace and justice; the escalating conflicts in the Far East; the war in Syria and the increasing risks of a global, nuclear war. He also offered a solution for global unrest based on the teachings of the Holy QurƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢an.

His HolinessƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ began by speaking about the pressing needs of the time. He said:

To strive for peace is a noble ambition and is something that the world has always stood in great need of. If we look at the situation of the world today, we realize that now, more than ever, it is a pressing and urgent need of the time for us to seek and pursue peace and harmony in the world.

His HolinessƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that whilst Islam advocated fairness, equality and justice at all levels, even the majority of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Muslims had forgotten these teachings.

His HolinessƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Mirza Masroor Ahmad appealed for change to save society:

If we want true peace and if we want to save the world from destruction then we must act with justice, integrity and be ever faithful to the truth.

The global Muslim leader spoke of his concern about escalating conflicts in the Far East, particularly between North and South Korea and between China and Japan. He said the Western world was not immune from the effects of such conflicts and that the United States was already directly involved in both of these disputes due to its close alliances with South Korea and Japan. He said that North Korea had not been shy in threatening to use its nuclear weapons and did not seem to care about the consequences of its actions.

A brief report of the event ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the link is as below:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyUdjT1PJhs&feature=youtu.be


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