From Kandy to Colombo and then to Galle

December 19th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

Fast trains, highways, tall buildings clean cities are no more unrealized dreams  to the people of  Sri Lanka.   The inter city train takes you from  Kandy to Colombo in a matter of three hours.  Kandy is just beginning its beautification program while Colombo is already into it.

There is in the mean time a wide disparity in the thinking of the people in Kandy and those in Colombo, so much so  when it comes to elections, which is uppermost in the minds of the people today.  The Presidential elections not being too far away, one has to be cautious in bringing  people into a conversation on politics.

In Kandy there are those who speak of corruption and thinking of voting differently this time though they had voted twice to the President Mahinda Rajapakse. But  when they are asked  whether they could really expect a change from the opposition, they admit they do not believe that neither Chandrika nor Ranil Wickramasinghe could bring  any change  but  they think Maithripala  may be able to.  But on second thought they think perhaps  they should give the President Mahinda Rajapakse a third chance. So said a man seated next to me when he  was getting up to get down from the bus.

Some of the women  voters said they would  definitely  not vote for  Maithripala Sirisena who for them is a traitor who cannot be trusted.. A fishmonger taking fish on his bicycle while selling fish said he would not waste his vote on any one as he is certain if there is any one who could  make changes it is the President  Rajapakse as he  has already the experience of  making changes.

A young Muslim boy when he was asked who he thinks would be elected, he said though he does not know much about politics he thought it would be the President Mahinda Rajapakse as he is already well known. When he was asked what the Muslims think about him, he said according to his parents President Rajapakse  is accessible to all without distinction of  race and religion.

Another man in a bus  wondered what had happened to all the gold that had been taken by the Armed Forces. When he was told that the government is of course answerable  and that the gold would be handed over to owners. He said that if that were to happen the President will definitely  clear the doubts the  people have about the  corruption of the government.

In fact it was reported recently that at a function held at the Temple Trees,  some of the gold  seized from the terrorists were handed over to the respective families.  It was said that further investigations are being carried out to search for the owners of the gold still remaining with the government..

The Colombians are another kettle of fish. There are some who are very critical of the President Mahinda Rajapakse yet remain doubtful of  the  alternative candidate presented by the opposition.   The several MoUs that the Common Candidate of the opposition was made to sign with UNP, JHU, TNA, Chandrika and Sarath Fonseka  are not to the liking of some of the Colombians. Nevertheless, they seem to agree that handing over the executive powers to a Prime Minister would be a good beginning even though the time frame of 100 days for the purpose has been  rather exaggerated to please the crowd.  But as time goes it appears that there is a change of hearts even amoung the Colombians.

Srirsena the common candidate makes far too many contradiction changing what he had said a while ago to some thing entirely different from what he says later.  The TV channels are profiting from it to portray Sirisena as an unreliable political element.

Tissa Attanayaka`s cross over to the government side followed by Gamanpila of JHU leaving the party is a great deception for those who were critical of the President ,  now they are beginning  to have second thoughts.  One complained that the government of the President is turning out to be oligarchic, but nevertheless he said  he sees no alternative but to vote  Mahinda Rajapakse.

Lot of attention is being paid  to talk shows and debates in theTelevision, but the representatives of the opposition supporting the Common candidate are unable to come out with new facts to challenge those representing the President Mahinda Rajapakse. These debates have turned out to be boring and a waste of time ending in unpleasant worthless arguments reduced to personal attacks on those representing the government.

A young man in a restaurant inside the Arcade in Galle Fort said that lot of persons he has come in contact with will surely vote for the President. The Common Candidate he said has not proved to be a challenge to the President  both by his personality and by his inability to explain what new changes he proposes if he would come to hold the reins of the Government.

He says that many of the Europeans who frequent the Restaurant  express their admiration to the President who has made remarkable changes  in a very short time. They some times act to show  how they traveled in vehicles  on  the broken potholed roads  that existed then , and said how comfortable   it is to travel now on  carpeted highways.

A three wheeler  taking us from Maharagama to Ratmalana showed the pavement around Bellanvila  and said that  he never expected such development. It is thanks to the President’s brother  that they see beauty and cleanliness in towns now and said there is no question that the people should change this President to another for some more time.

He scolded  UNP and Chandrika Kumaratunga saying that they had  failed to give some thing similar to what the President Mahinda Rajapakse has given to Sri Lanka, and said that their attempt to  replace the  President  will never materialize.

From what one can perceive and hear  from random discussions of ordinary people are that the President Mahinda Rajapakse has not lost his popularity amoung the people  despite all the talk of corruption, and the executive power he derives from his position.   The chances are that the President Mahinda Rajapakse may win the presidential elections with a greater percentage of votes.

AT ELECTION TIME:  CITIES SPILL INTO THE VILLAGE AND VILLAGES ENLARGE INTO A CITY

December 19th, 2014

 By Gomin Dayasri

In the cities it is Sirisena, in the villages it is Rajapakse. Is the nation two-dimensional? Listen to their talk. It’s a two-way mode reciprocally from the city and village on mobile phones – the beckoning instrument more valued than thousand posters. The prime unheralded weapon of mass destruction that annihilated Fonseka last time. Who will suffer this time as the dialogue extends from home to home?

 Come elections, either the cities will spill into the village or villages will enlarge into the city.  The differences merge to become one. Which will overtake the other is too early to read.  The campaigns should make the difference but it will not since the ad men are stupidly up in clouds compared to the intelligentsia on terra firma; defections will reveal a reading: not necessarily the correct. Other factors matter much more to a defector.

 Cities, high on minorities, is Sirisena’s homeland and villages solidly Sinhala Buddhist are with Rajapakse.  East is a story of its own, possibly the best governed after Tiger misrule. Muslims of the agricultural East are a kind of its own- winner takes the most but will try to take all. They are sons of the soil: different to their trading brotherhood in the city.

 North, where TNA calls the shots will end strongly for Sirisena. If Sirisena is to win, North needs to push him over the finishing line; diaspora with their cash flow is more potent than the TNA with weird Wigneswaran. If Sirisena were the sure winner in the south, TNA would sail in that boat. It is watch time; TNA has no other choice but to sail with Sirisena and to face the consequences of a possible victory or defeat. If Sirisena wins much of the glory will extend to the TNA for taking him over the 50% mark. For the North it is not an election, it is a referendum.

 In this election, North and East has a vote that counts and can make a tilt towards the winner unless the South swings strongly to a candidate.  A westernized Ranil Wickremasinghe would have been a more attractive proposition than a sarong clad Sirisena as the diaspora escorts the northerners to the polling booth, with dollars and pounds – hand in hand.

 Most in Colombo think it is Sirisena all the way. One thing is for sure. Many that voted for Rajapakse is not voting for him again. It is not that Sirisena is any smarter than Fonseka, a war hero, but Rajapakse is thought worse than at the time he won the war, when he was deemed great. He stands exposed on law and order, the prime issue in the city; but not a great concern in the village where development is experienced. Even if Rajapakse wins his majority sure will be reduced as the cities are alienated. The glory that a city displays physically and visibly is not registered in the ballot paper. Development, the under rated issue, will show its face on the ballot paper, to show its strength or cast a shadow in a villages. In a presidential election each vote counts irrespective where it is polled. A second round count is dangerous for Rajapakse to touch.

 A third term is tough. It speaks of Rajapakse’s popularity to undertake the crusade. Otherwise, the defections would have been unprecedented. It grounded too early to Chandrika’s horror. She was the cause and effect of the defections. She gave much hope and ended being hopeless at it. She opened the box and placed the lid on it, as her hand was visible to set alarm bells to ring.  The cry – not her again, grounded the possible defectors while she faded into the background. Defections do not mean votes except possibly in the case of Hirunika Premachandra: her name or picture is not on the ballot paper. To the young she is a more attractive logo than the symbol of a swan set on sail.

 This election is won or lost on the vote of the under 40 club – children of Facebook & Twitter. Ordinarily under forties are an anti establishment vote that should be a safe house for the opposition as against an government that is over a quarter centaury established in office. But the performance of the opposition is dismal and there is little to look forward to with a colorless candidate –no Modi: duller than Gandhi. Yet the government faces are too ugly for a beautician to uplift. An ugly field causes the prevailing apathy that is tragic. Where are we to go? Under- forties have decided on their vote. That vote needs no telling, it needs only to be counted. A surprise awaits here that can change the result.

 The campaign remains a bounty to the media. Election is won and lost on the economy and security. The opposition picked an issue that enthuses constitutional geeks that does not touch the heart or mind of the common man. The day the opposition lost the fire in the campaign was in giving the lead to a Buddhist monk to set directions and select not the best candidate. Give a hand to a blind man that declines the white cane. Needed was not a common candidate but an extraordinary candidate. My vote is for Kumar Sangakkara in 2019?  He is not dumb like the other chump – cannot master blast the people for too long –they will leather with an old ball.

 Both campaigns are lackluster. It has only flushed out black money where more is doled out to the opposition as a safety precaution from the money ill earned from state coffers. Government has to campaign against itself with Sirisena as the opposition candidate and was taken aback as it had geared a campaign against the UNP. It is just that the UNP is unpredictable to the UNP; is it a blessing in disguise? Government campaign lacks color as it is merely propping its leader who is perpetually popped up, to make the President – an overdone election bore with no premier opposition target to aim its shots at: as for Sirisena, it’s like practicing pot shots taken at their domestic scarecrow in the front home garden.

 Posters and cut outs are loosing votes but has a value factor in that it establishes in the mind of the voter that there is no opposition in the field that leads to campaign apathy for an isolated candidate. Opposition lacks the required party machinery to carry a campaign forward and the field has been left wide open for the government to operate with the UNP sitting out of the elections, twice over. Fonseka was blessed with the JVP taking over his field operations. This could lead to a loss of votes for Sirisena in the villages – it means a one horse race to them? A UNP man may vote but not work for a SLFP man. Just as much the SLFP men are not benefitting and are not voting for UNP cross overs-unless the name reads Dayasiri Jayasekera – a former young SLFP stalwart came home. Mahinda    Rajapakse stayed with the SLFP to be a true blue while his brother Basil jostled with the UNP and came back home. Those irrelevant features matter much for a stout and loyal UNP or SLFP supporter at the village level where family ties bind him to the party of his ancestors from time immemorial.

 The elections real loser is not any candidate but the JHU that needs a defection to be heard. It hoped to fashion its own Presidential candidate of the future but ended in the same basket as the TNA in its suicidal bid. Such is the political intelligence of a party that is most likely to disappear. Elections are not for monks or for pretenders in sil kits. They are negligible especially when they crisscross party lines. Principle needs laundering along with their white cloth.

 J.R Jayewardane’s constitution did away with by–elections; so as not to distract a government in office. Instead it created unintentionally a plethora of elections, perpetually sending people to the polling booth. Apex election being the presidential can make or unmake a sitting government on being unpredictable! Last time it was predictable except for the Colombians who thought Rajapakse would lose. This time too they think the same but this election is less predictable because of the under 40 club – now getting the Modi treatment overtime from the Modi Media Team bought to help Rajapakse’s dull social networks. Ironical. It is whispered that Obama has hired them to enhance his fatigued image.

 Unlike in India, Sri Lanka’s young intelligence does not need a tweet to spur their brains. The young men in business are serious minded require peace and stability.  Unlike their older counterparts-the Colombian rump, elite young educated in the West carries no colonial baggage, thinks of change – yes, but stability comes first. Sri Lanka’s urban and village young elite cares not a hoot for a tweet. They rely on their grey matter wearing leather boots anchored firmly to the ground and depends not on a tap of a finger with a machine in front to make a decision. Unlike the ancient at the club, they speak Sinhala/Tamil at home and more fluently in public. They have not lost their bearings like the lost Colombians.

 The morning of the ninth of January twenty fifteen will not be another day. It will be the inauguration  of the realignment circle. There will be crossings marked as aligned for the future, sadly. What does that mean?  Invitation goes to the members of the loosing party at the on coming general elections

 There will be moles that will cross party lines after winning at the general elections to become Ministers, as there is an over load of candidates to make a party list of the winner. Worse is – it is pre-planned:  just what the constitution prohibited; made to look so easy by judicial interpretations.  Deserved justice for having such Justices on the Bench!

  Worse is when an appointed MP defect, which is also programmed. Still worse are the liberals talking the virtues of democracy, travelled the world around on public funds and throw principle to wind. Nice to sit back and laugh at this western concept called elections in a democracy!  Social Networks are fighting to restore its face! They are greedy to earn foreign trips and exchange – have pity they have to lead the life of the rich having limited skills.

එසේ නම් සුමිතුර අසන්න මේ අවසාන සටනයි

December 19th, 2014

මහින්ද පතිරණ Courtesy Divaina

ඕනෑම අරගලයක අන්තිම ම සටන සිදුවන්නේ සතුරු කඳවුර තුළ නොව මිතුරු එක තුළ ය. ඒ සතුරා මාරාන්තික පසුබෑමකින් අනතුරු ව වෙනත් ආකෘතියකින් අනිවාර්යයෙන් ම නැවත සටනට පිවිසෙන නිසා ය. මිතුරු කඳවුර තුළ සාමාන්‍යයෙන් මෙම සටන නැවත මතුවන්නේ නොසිතූ නොවිරූ ලෙසිනි. ලංකාවේ බෙදුම්වාදී සටන නන්දිකඩාල් කලපුවෙන් අවසන් වූයේ නැත. එහි දී ඊට විරාමයක්‌ ලැබුණා පමණි. මේ දැන් දිගහැරෙමින් තිබෙන්නේ අන්තිම සටනේ දෙවැනි උපක්‍රමික දිගුවයි. මෙහෙයුම් සැලසුම යටත් විජිත හීනමානය නිසා ජාත්‍යාලය අහිමි කරගත් සිංහල රදලයින් විසින් කරන අතර එහි ප්‍රමුඛතම සෙබළා ලෙස දුබල හෙළ බොදු ගොවියෙකු පෙරමුණට යවා ඇත. සටන තීරණාත්මක ය. මේ ඒ පිළිබඳ කෙරෙන කරුණු පෙළගැස්‌මකි.

මෛත්‍රීපාල, ආණ්‌ඩුවෙන් යාම අහම්බයක්‌ නොව, ඔහුගේ දේශපාලනයේ තාර්කික ප්‍රතිඵලයකි. මෛත්‍රීපාල කිසිදිනෙක රාජපක්‌ෂ සමග ද එහි දෘෂ්ටිවාදය සමග ද එකපයින් සිටගත් පුද්ගලයෙකු නොවේ. ඔහු සිංහල බෞද්ධ බව ඇත්තකි, එහෙත් එසේ වූ පමණින් ඔහු රාජපක්‌ෂ පාලනයේ හදවතවන් ජාතිකවාදයේ තර්කනයට නොගැළපුණේ ය. ඊට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව වූයේ මෛත්‍රීගේ ඉහවහා ගිය චන්ද්‍රිකානුරාගයයි. කෙනෙකු මෛත්‍රීපාලගේ පසුගිය දේශපාලන කතා නැවත ගෙන බැලුවහොත්, ඒ සෑම කතාවකම ඔහු විසින් ම බලෙන් ස`ඟවාලූ යටිපෙළක්‌ දක්‌නට ලැබුණි. ඒ නිසා ම ඒවාහි රාජපක්‌ෂ පාලනය සමග අනන්‍ය වන තෙත් බව ද දක්‌නට නොලැබිණි. එකී කතා බොහෝමයක කිසියම් හෝ තැනක රාජපක්‌ෂවරුන් හා ආණ්‌ඩුව පිළිබඳ ව කෙනෙකුට වහා මතුපිටින් තේරුම් නොයන, එහෙත් සියම් ලෙස බැලීමේදී ඒ පිළිබඳ තිබෙන නොරිස්‌සුමක සෙයකි.

චන්ද්‍රිsකානුරාගය හැර, මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ හෝ ඔහුගේ මතවාදය සමග මෛත්‍රීට පෑහීමට නොහැකි වෙන වෙන ම හේතු තිබුණි. ඒ ගැඹුරු දෘෂ්ටිවාද ප්‍රශ්න නොවේ. සිල්ලර ඒවා ය. මෛත්‍රීපාලට අනුව මහින්ද යනු තමාගේ ම පවුලේ අයෙකි. ඔහු රදලයෙක්‌ නොවේ. ඒ අනුව, පක්‌ෂය තුළ ද සමාජ පංතිය තුළ ද මහින්දට තිබෙන්නේ තමාට තිබෙන තැන ම බව මෛත්‍රී කල්පනා කළේ ය. එහෙත්, මෙවන් සමානකම් තිබියදීත්, මහින්ද තමා පරයා අහස තරම් උසට නැග ගොස්‌ තිබේ. ඔහු හා නැවත සමපාත වීම සිතීමටවත් නොහැකි තරම් ය. ඒ අනුව, මහින්දගේ නැගීම මෙන් ම දේශපාලනය තුළ වැජඹීම ද මෛත්‍රී තුළට එකතු කළේ පුහුදුන් ඕනෑම පුද්ගලයෙකු තුළට එන සියුම් ඊර්ෂ්‍යාවකි.

මෛත්‍රීපාල තුළ, මහින්ද කෙරෙහි නැති, තමා වෙතට වන ස්‌වභාවික පක්‌ෂපාතිත්වය ගැන චන්ද්‍රිකා ද දැන සිටියා ය. ඇත්ත වශයෙන් ම මීට හේතුව සංස්‌කෘතික ය. යටත් විජිත ලාංකීය ගැමි සංස්‌කෘතිය තුළ තිබෙන සුවිශේෂී තත්වයක්‌ නම්, ලාංකිකයා කොන්දේසි විරහිත ව තමා සුද්දා යෑයි සිතාගෙන සිටින සුද්දාගේ ‘සුපිරිබව් පිළිගැනීම ය. ‘සුද්දා යෑයි සිතාගෙන සිටින සුද්දාගේ’ යන්න අප සඳහන් කළේ ඔරිජිනල් සුද්දා අප සිතා සිටින සුද්දාට වඩා බොහෝ වෙනස්‌ බැවිණි. නියම සුද්දා තම ජාතියට ආදරය කරන, ඒ පිළිබඳ ආඩම්බර වන හා එය වැඩීමට නිරන්තර ව වැඩ කරන අයෙකි. එහෙත් යටත් විජිතවල සිටින සුදු අනුගාමිකයින් සිටින්නේ තම ජාතිය, ආගම හා සංස්‌කෘතිය පිළිබඳ නොපසුබස්‌නා හීනමානයෙනි. මන්ද ඔහු තමාට තමා අහිමි කරගෙන සිටින අයෙකි. ආත්මාභිමානයක්‌ නැත්තෙකි. තමාගේ කිසියම් අඩුවක්‌ ඇතැයි සිතමින් ඔවුහු නිරන්තර ව තැවෙති, කම්පා වෙති. මෙම හීනමාන තත්වය ලාංකීය සංස්‌කෘතිය තුළට කිඳා බැස තිබෙන තත්වයකි. අප නිරන්තරයෙන් ම අවිඥානික ව මෙන්, යමෙකු ‘සුද්දා වගේ’ යෑයි කියන්නේ මේ පදනමින් ය. සූක්‌ෂම ලෙස වසා දමා තිබෙන සුද්දාගේ ජාතිවාදය, ආගම්වාදය, අශිෂ්ටබව හා මර්දනකාරී දේශපාලනය ගණන් නොගන්නා අපි අපගේ එවැනි දේ පිළිබඳ බොහෝ සේ වදවෙමු. යටත් විජිත පෙරදිගය ප්‍රගතිය යෑයි අර්ථ දක්‌වන්නේ පවා සුද්දෙකුට හා ඔහුගේ රටකට සමාන වීම ය. සුද්දා දැඩි ව විවේචනය කරන්නා තුළ ද අප ව හෙළා දැකගන්නා, සුද්දාට රහසින් කැමති වන්නා වූ, අගය කරන හා අවනත වන්නා වූ අවකාශයක්‌ තිබේ. මෙම කැමැත්ත හා අවනත බව සුද්දා නැති තැන හිමිවන්නේ ඔහුගේ දේශීය නියෝජනයට ය. චන්ද්‍රිකා වෙතට මෛත්‍රිපාල තුළ පවතින්නේ ඉහත අවනතභාවයයි. එය නිරායාස හා ස්‌වභාවික එකකි. අප මෙය ස්‌වභාවික යෑයි කියන්නේ මෙකී අවනත වීම පිළිබඳ මෛත්‍රීට කිසිදු ගැටලුවක්‌ නොතිබීම නිසා ය. රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ සම්බන්ධයෙන් ද මෛත්‍රීට ඉහත අර්ථයෙන් ම ගැටලු තිබිය නොහැකි ය. රනිල් ද මෛත්‍රීට අනුව පිදිය යුත්තෙකි. මන්ද ඔහු රදලයෙකි. කට පුරා ‘සර්’ කිව හැකි අයෙකි.

මේ අනුව, චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංග හා මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන අතර පවතින්නේ හිතමිතුරු සබඳතාවක්‌ නොවේ. එහෙත් ස්‌වාමි-සේවක සබඳතාවකි. රනිල්-මෛත්‍රී සමීකරණය ද එවැන්නකි. රනිල් මෙන් ම චන්ද්‍රිකා ද මෛත්‍රීපාල ව තඹයකට තකන්නේ නැත. මේ දෙදෙනා ම ඔහු ව පොදු අපේක්‌ෂකයා කිරීමේදී කිසිදු දෙගිඩියාවක්‌ නොදක්‌වන්නේ මෛත්‍රීට තම ස්‌වාමි පන්තිය අභිබවා යැමේ සටන්කාමිත්වය නැති නිසා ය.

මෛත්‍රීපාල සේ ම මහින්දට ද සුද්දා හා ඔහුගේ දේශීය නියෝජිතයා වන රදලයා කෙරෙහි වන භක්‌තියක්‌ තිබුණ ද අවශ්‍ය තැන දී ඊට එරෙහි වීමේ ධෛර්යක්‌ හා සටන්කාමිත්වයක්‌ ද හිමි ව තිබුණේ ඉහත පසුබිම තුළ ය. මෙකී සටන්කාමිත්වය හා ධෛර්ය නොතිබෙන්නට, 2005 වසරේ දී මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ වෙත ජනාධිපතිධූර අපේක්‌ෂකත්වය හිමිවන්නේ නැත. ඔහු එය කැරලි ගසා දිනාගත් එකකි. එසේ නොවන්නට, මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ යනු තාමත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්‌ පක්‌ෂයේ සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස ය. කෙසේ වෙතත්, මහින්ද තම පක්‌ෂයෙන් ජනාධිපති අපේක්‌ෂකත්වය දිනා ගැනීම ද, අනතුරු ව තමාට කට උත්තර නැති වූ යුද්ධය සහමුලින් ම ජය ගැනීම ද, ඒ හරහා මහින්දට මහාවංශයේ දුටුගැමුණු ළඟින් සිට ගැනීමට හැකිවීම ද දරා ගැනීමට චන්ද්‍රිකාට අපහසු විය. මිනිසුන් වන අපට එවන් දේ ස්‌වභාවික ය. චන්ද්‍රිකා ද මිනිසෙකි.

පසුගිය දශකය පුරා ම චන්ද්‍රිකා තමාට අහිමි වූ බලය නැවත කෙසේ හෝ ලබා ගන්නට මාන බලමින් සිටියා ය. 2010 දී ෙµdන්සේකා වේදිකාවට යාන්තම් ‘මුට්‌ටිය’ දමා බැලුවේ එය සාර්ථක නොවන බව දැන දැන ය. අනෙක යම් හෙයකින් සරත් ෙµdන්සේකා ජනපති වුවහොත් ඔහු ව පාලනය කිරීමේ හැකියාවක්‌ තමන්ට නැති බව චන්ද්‍රිsකා විස්‌වාස කළාය ය. සරත් ෙµdන්සේකාගේ යුධ පෞරුෂය ද සිංහල ජාතිකත්වය ද ඇය ව මන්දෝත්සාහී කළා ය. මේ සියල්ලට ම වඩා ඉහළින්, මහින්දගේ පර්වතමය ජනප්‍රියත්වය චන්ද්‍රිකා ව අඟුටුමිටි කර දමා තිබුණි.

2014 වන විට සටන්බිම අලුත් වී තිබුණි. රාජපක්‌ෂලාට එරෙහි ව මාධ්‍ය තුළ ඒකාධිපතිත්වය, වංචාව හා දූෂණය මැදිකරගත් ආඛ්‍යානයක්‌ ගොඩ නංවා තිබුණි. වටින් පිටින් පවතින පාලනයට එරෙහි ව ඇසුණු කතා ද ඇය ව කුල්මත් කළේ ය. ජීවිතය සුන්දර බව කල්පනා කළ ඇය තම කීකරු සේවකයා ඇමතුවේ මහින්ද සමග වන තම කෝන්තරය පිරිමසා ගන්නට හොඳම වේලාව මෙය බව සිතමිනි. මෛත්‍රීපාලට තම ස්‌වාමියාගේ අණට කීකරු වනවා හැරෙන්නට අන් යමක්‌ නොතිබුණි.

එහෙත් තමා කුමන ගමනක්‌ යන්නේ ද, එහි ගමනාන්තය කුමක්‌ ද තම ගමන් සගයන් කවුරුන් ද වැනි කරුණු පිළිබඳ මෛත්‍රීට නිනව්වක්‌ නොතිබුණි. තම ගමන් විස්‌තරය පිළිබඳ සියලු තතු තිබුණේ අන්සතුව ය. ඔහු කළේ තමාට එළියට එන ලෙස අණ ලැබුණු සැණින් එළි බැසීම පමණි. මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ පිළිබඳ ඒ වන විට රනිල් හා ජනතා විමුක්‌ති පෙරමුණ විසින් ගොඩනගා තිබූ විවේචනය පිළිබඳ පවා ඔහුට හාන්කවිසියක අවබෝධයක්‌ නොතිබුණි. තම පළමු රූපවාහිනී වඩසටහනේ දී මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන විසින් මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂව හඳුන්වන්නේ ‘සොඳුරු ආඥාදායකයා’ යන ආදරණීය වදනිනි. තම නළුවාගේ තරම හඳුනාගත් අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක තම වාරයේ දී එය ‘වියරු ආඥාදායකයා’ ලෙස වෙනස්‌ කළේ ය. ඔහුට රාජපක්‌ෂ දැනුන ආකාරය එහි මනාව දිස්‌ වේ.

මේ වන විට එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‌ෂය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්‌ පක්‌ෂය යන පක්‌ෂ දෙක ම හැසිරෙන ආකාරය දෙස බලන විට පැහැදිලි වන එක්‌ ප්‍රමුඛ සත්‍යයක්‌ තිබේ. ඒ පන්ති සටනයි. චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංගගේ පංතිය විසින් මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂට එරෙහි ව ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්‌ පක්‌ෂය තුළ ද රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහගේ පංතිය විසින් සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාසට එහෙහි ව එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‌ෂය තුළ ද එකී සටන ඇවිලී තිබේ. චන්ද්‍රිකාට හා රනිල්ට අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ මෛත්‍රී දිනවීම නොව, එහෙත් පිළිවෙළින් මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ හා සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස පරාජය කිරීමට ය. ඒ අනුව, මෛත්‍රීපාල යනු මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ සමග තිබෙන මෘදු නොරිස්‌සුම හැරුණු කොට අන් කිසිත් නැති අහිංසකයෙකි. ස්‌වාමි භක්‌තිය නිසා තමාගේ ම පංතියට ම එරෙහි ව සටන් කිරීමට හිත හදාගත්තෙකි. මෙම ජනාධිපතිවරණයේ දී අප තීරණය කළ යුත්තේ අප අපගේ පංතිය වෙනුවෙන් සටන් කරනවා ද එසේත් නැතිනම් අපගේ පංතියට එරෙහි ව යුධ ප්‍රකාශ කොට තිබෙන පංතිය වෙනුවෙන් සටන් කරනවා ද යන්න යි.

මහින්ද පතිරණ

Sirisena seems to be working on instructions from a foreign power

December 19th, 2014

Vimutti

Sirisena seems to be working on instructions from a foreign powe and that power is the United States who is more interested in using Sri Lanka as part of its effort to contain (oppress) China than developing the Sri Lanka economy and lifting people out of poverty.

Ranil now says if Maithripala is elected he is going to roll back the 1.5 BILLION dollar Chinese funded Colombo Port City development, the largest development of its kind in the world. He is not interested in economic development of Sri Lanka or lifting people out of poverty with the thousands of jobs this project would create, he is ONLY interested in satisfying his US China Containment masters at the US Embassy in Colombo, which provides cover for US CIA personnel operating in Sri Lanka.

The US CIA is concerned that China will use Sri Lanka ports to secure safe passage in China trade routes with Chinese military fleet, but this is not a legitimate concern of Sri Lanka (or anyone other country for that matter) as ALL countries have a right to secure their trade with other nations as trade is the lifeblood of their economy. What the US is REALLY suggesting is that they should have some sort of ’empire rights’ in violation of well-established international law to militarily interfere with China trade routes, and this desired interference is more difficult for the US to do if China is able to port its naval and submarine vessels in Sri Lanka. Why in the world would Sri Lanka want to accommodate illegal US military aggression by making it easier for them to interfere with the lawful trade between nations?

This is why Ranil’s pro-US background has to be a serious cause for concern. When Ranil was Prime Minister from 2001-2004 he allowed Sri Lanka airports to be used in the US CIA illegal torture and rendition of terror suspects. Ranil just doesn’t have any moral grounding, and will do anything the US wants him to do even if it harms the people of Sri Lanka and other countries. NO COUNTRY has the right to interfere with the lawful trade between nations, and therefore US regime-change (supporting Ranil/Maithripala opposition) meddling in Sri Lanka to try to make it easier for them to “contain (oppress)” China is offensive to anyone who truly believes in good governance and the rule of law.

The US CIA really thinks they are smarter than most Sri Lanka voters by deflecting attention away from their efforts and desire to contain China in Sri Lanka by planting phony issues like ‘abolish the executive presidency’, corruption, and good governance – issues US Ambassador Sison was harping on during her entire two-year tenure in Sri Lanka . On January 8th they are going to find out that they are not smarter, as most Sri Lankans want the higher paying jobs created by the billions of dollars in Chinese investments in Sri Lanka’s economic development, and don’t give a rat’s behind about US China containment at all.

Sri Lanka #89 Best Countries for Business-Forbes

December 19th, 2014

Sri Lanka is placed 89th out of 146 nations in the Forbes’ Best Countries for Business 2014 ranking, Forbes announced. India has been placed 93rd, behind countries like Mexico, Kazakhstan

The best country for business this year is Denmark, which ranked No. 1 three straight years between 2008 and 2010. The top10 includes also Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland.

At a Glance

  • GDP Growth: 6.3%
  • GDP/Capita: $6,500
  • Trade Balance: -3.8%
  • Population: 21.9M
  • Public Debt As % of GDP: 78%
  • Unemployment: 5.1%
  • Inflation: 4.7%

Sri Lanka continues to experience strong economic growth following the end of the 26-year conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The government has been pursuing large-scale reconstruction and development projects in its efforts to spur growth in war-torn and disadvantaged areas, develop small and medium enterprises and increase agricultural productivity. The government’s high debt payments and bloated civil service have contributed to historically high budget deficits, but fiscal consolidation efforts and strong GDP growth in recent years have helped bring down the government’s fiscal deficit. However, low tax revenues are a major concern.

The 2008-09 global financial crisis and recession exposed Sri Lanka’s economic vulnerabilities and nearly caused a balance of payments crisis. Agriculture slowed due to a drought and weak global demand affected exports and trade. In early 2012, Sri Lanka floated the rupee, resulting in a sharp depreciation, and took steps to curb imports. A large trade deficit remains a concern, but strong remittances from Sri Lankan workers abroad help offset the trade deficit. Government debt of about 80% of GDP remains among the highest in emerging markets.

Lessons for Sri Lanka: What regime CHANGE resulted for Libya

December 19th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

The West’s onslaught to topple Gaddafi and liberate Libya began on 15th February 2011 and ended on 20th October 2011. Noteworthy is the manner Libya was orchestrated to fall. Starting with PEACEFUL PROTESTS a surge of foreign ‘rebels’ flooded into Libya from borders to take on Gaddafi’s troops. Gaddafi’s 42 year reign ended when he was summarily executed in the most brutal and undeserving manner watched virtually live. 4 years later Libya is in complete chaos. Only now the Libyans feel sorrow, remorse and guilt for the manner their leader was eliminated. Too late they have understood the real reasons behind the Arab Spring for Libya and the devils have taken over.

LIBYA DURING GADDAFI LIBYA AFTER GADDAFI UNDER WESTERN CONTROL
  • Libya brought to debt-free status in 41 years
  • Libyans enjoyed free education, free electricity, free health care, free land, free seeds and livestock for farmers, free education from school to college
  • Libyans did not pay for electricity
  • Petrol cost 14 cents
  • 50% subsidy given on car purchases
  • Libyan women were given equal rights (in 1970 Gaddafi passed the equal pay law.
  • The UN Human Rights Council praised Gaddafi’s promotion of women’s rights
  • Libya was ranked 53 in the UN Human Development Index
  • Standard of living in Libya was higher than Africa even better than South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles
  • Minorities were not discriminated
  • No one was homeless in Libya
  • Libya boasts the highest literacy and educational enrolment rates in North Africa
  • undernourishment was less than 5 %, with a daily per capita calorie intake of 3144 calories (FAO)
  • Life expectancy at birth was 72.3 years (2009), among the highest in the developing World (WHO)
  • Libya was one of the few countries in the developing World which maintained a system of price controls over essential food staples (since 2011 that has increased by 36% – World Bank)
  • Gaddafi was demonized because he wanted to keep oil revenues to benefit his people – thus Libyans got $500 deposited into bank accounts each month
  • Gaddafi has $300BILLION funds frozen in US accounts.
  • Libya`s frozen overseas financial assets are estimated to be of the order of $150 billion, with NATO countries holding more than $100 billion.
  • Prior to the war, Libya had no debts
Libya was claimed to be liberated from Gaddafi in 2011 using US and NATO forces. It was described as a HISTORIC Victory.

 

  • Libya’s health care sector has collapsed
  • Over 50,000 Libyans have died since liberation of Libya in 2011
  • Some 1700 militias with a combined total of 250,000 men with arms are grounded in Libya. They are from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and are Allies of NATO following orders from the West
  • Daily kidnappings, torture, wrongful imprisonment, assassinations, bombings, raids, bloody clashes between rival militias, armed extortion, strikes
  • Religious minorities targeted – graves of Sufi Muslims and Christians found in 2012
  • US-installed new Libyan government demands Islamic Shariah law
  • Libyan economy is in shambles
  • Foreign embassies are closing their offices leaving Libya and Libyans deserted at the mercy of Islamic fundamentalists holding arms (you can imagine the rest of the story)
  • The National Transition Council has 33 members but only 13 names are revealed.
  • The objective of the NATO bombings from the outset was to destroy the country’s standard of living, its health infrastructure, its schools and hospitals, its water distribution system – And then “rebuild” with the help of donors and creditors under the helm of the IMF and the World Bank (the mantra of free market according to doctrines of Western capitalist standards – rich get richer / poor gets poorer eventually leading to a democratic dictatorship when clashes ensue when rich don’t want to give up what they enjoy and the poor find it difficult to survive)
  • GlobalResearch claims NATO gave ISIS Libya and are now planning to give ISIS Syria as well

 

The question is if the Libyan people were enjoying so much of virtually free hand-outs why did they want CHANGE?

Was it because they were fed up seeing the same man as their leader for 42 years? Did they get fed up with Gaddafi’s and other eccentrics he suffered from? Had the Libyan people had enough of Gaddafi’s family members and extended family? Did they not wonder what would happen if they experimented with CHANGE? Now Libyans neither have a leader nor a nation all because of CHANGE.

Why did the West want to topple Libya?

The reasons for Libya to be targeted are many and include

  • To edge out China’s National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) which was a major player in Libya – Eleven percent (11%) of Libyan oil exports are channelled to China.
  • Take control of Libya’s oil reserves – 3.5% of global oil reserves, more than twice those of the US. With 46.5 billion barrels of proven reserves, (10 times those of Egypt), Libya is the largest oil economy in the African continent followed by Nigeria and Algeria (Oil and Gas Journal).
  • Broader geopolitical agenda – “Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, possess between 66.2 and 75.9 percent of total oil reserves, depending on the source and methodology of the estimate.” (Michel Chossudovsky)
  • The West was not too gaga about Gaddafi creating his own currency and dealing with gold and moreover his banks were not part of the global banking system. The first CHANGE to take place in Libya after Gaddafi was to include Libya’s bank into the global central bank system.

 How was the West able to topple Libya?

 The first strategy adopted was to use all media channels under their control to project Gaddafi as a dictator and build up international opinion that it was the duty of the West to liberate the Libyans. This concept is better known as R2P (Responsibility to Protect). Then the West began using all other international buttons in their possession.

The ICC stepped into to declare Gaddafi a war criminal and issued an arrest warrant against him. Gaddafi’s response was that the ICC was a “a tool of the Western world to prosecute leaders in the Third World,”

It was next the turn of the UN – thus 17 March 2011 – The UN Security Council passed a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. China and Russia must now be regretting their silence.

  • 19 March – 19 French Air Crafts and Italian Air Force entered Libyan airspace. US and British ships and submarines fired 114 cruise missiles at 20 Libyan sites. 3 US stealth bombers flew non-stop from US to drop 40 bombs, 25 coalition naval vessels surrounded the area,  
  • 20 March – missiles were launched by British and US jets – coalition strikes continued until by 23rd March Libyan Air Force had been virtually destroyed.
  • 25 March – NATO announces it would command the no-fly zone operations
  • 19 April – UK announces it was sending military advisors to help rebels improve their communications
  • 20 April – US announces $25m aid package to Libyan rebels (fuel trucks, fuel containers, ambulances, medical equipment, protective vests, binoculars, food, non-secure radios). Qatar supplied anti-tank missiles, pick up trucks, uniforms for the rebels. Libya accused Qatar of also sending 20military trainers to train over 700 rebel fighters. Qatar also allowed the rebels to run a satellite television operation from Doha.
  • 27 April – Qatar and Libyan opposition sign oil export deal – to export oil to Qatar from rebelheld areas in exchange for money to finance the rebels.
  • 9 June – Turkey donated $100m to the National Transition Council (the rebels) as ‘humanitarian assistance’
  • 29 June – France admits it air dropped arms supplies to rebels.
  • Britain had provided 5000 sets of body army, 6650 uniforms, 5000 high-visibility vests and communication equipment
  • About nine thousand strike sorties, tens of thousands of strikes on civilian targets including residential areas, government buildings, water supply and electricity generation facilities. (See NATO Communique, September 5, 2011. 8140 strike sorties from March 31 to September 5, 2011)
  • An entire nation has been bombed with the most advanced ordnance, including uranium coated ammunition

 All the bombings translates to GOOD for BUSINESS and Christmas for IMF/World Bank in their heart-filled efforts to rebuild the Libyan economy. It leads to a nation bombed and locked into eternal loans in a country that was once debt-free.

Who were the Libyan rebels?

Were they Libyans, were they hired, who hired them and how were they trained is crucial to understanding how regime change unfolds. What we need to realize is that they were not civilians. They were armed. They are even said to have hired an international PR firm Patton Boggs, be accepted as the “legitimate government of the sovereign nation of Libya,”. Patton Boggs signed the agreement with Ali Suleiman Aujali, the Council’s representative to the United States.  (Rachel Leven report).

The US/NATO method using Al Qaeda and its fragments most of whom have at some stage or the other been trained by western intelligence has been to overthrow independent governments, then Balkanize and partition countries (as has been done in Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, Sudan) or else to use them as kamikaze puppets against larger enemies like China, Iran and Russia.

The puppets often end up being brought to the West and sent through regime change programs, trained in changing the Constitution and selected for leadership programs through the USAID and US embassies as well as through foreign-government funded organizations that pose as NGOs/INGOs/human rights organizations and international charities. Notice how all these are key features of the CHANGE being promised for Sri Lanka.

The policy is nothing other than divide and ruin and ruin and divide keeping nations bogged down in civil conflicts and clashes between each other for which the West is prepared to supply arms so long as their corporate interests are met and for every ruined nation the monetary systems step in to provide the loans that end up throttling the tax paying public beyond their graves.

 For the handful of locals that agree to play a role in facilitating this divide, ruin and calamity they are assured green cards, escape route to western climes for their entire families, house and employment. Eventually a nation that was doing quite well without foreign interference would become known as a ‘failed-state’ with little acknowledgement to the fact that Libya became a failed state not because of Gaddafi but because the US and NATO created that failure.

 Of course analysts would denounce the West but ONLY AFTER the damage has been done and with no likelihood of reversal. No reversing after inviting calamity is what we need to keep in mind.

 The thought that must be on the minds of all non-US and non-NATO nations is the reality that if the US and NATO can do what they have done to Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan etc… would they not do the same for any other nation they are targeting by picking potential leaders, training them in regime change, showing them how to change the country’s constitution and then promising hands outs for their coterie of chosen people!

At the same time it must also not be forgotten that all those they pick as puppets end up facing the same fate eventually too – Osama bin Laden was one time a friend of the US, so too was Saddam Hussein.

Use and Discard is the motto of the West and it is good for Asian leaders to realize before they too flirt with the idea of becoming toy boys of the West to realize that they too will be discarded no different to the gruesome manner that Saddam and Gaddafi faced their fate. In fact in an ironical twist of fate US Ambassador Christopher Stevens met his death in almost a similar manner to Gaddafi – he was taken alive, raped and sodomized himself in what was Al Qaeda’s retaliation for killing its men. The caution voiced against majority non-Muslim nations being demanded to permit heretheto non-existent Islamic dress, Islamic banking, Sharia courts, Islamic schools, Halal etc are a stepping stone to segregating Muslims from integrity and thereafter brainwashing them to become the foot soldiers of the new Western Asian agenda. This is what the Asian leaders need to take stock of because Muslims have no control over their religion given the jihad movements that create mayhem in the name of Allah easily drawing people using Islams texts.

What we see with the current lot of Islamic militants are that they are bred, trained, brainwashed, mind-controlled to do the dirty work of the West and thereafter the West goes after the very same creatures they created and that eventually ends up a West vs Islamic militant global propaganda bloated to the extent of getting tax payers to fund war ships, missiles, troops etc in a war that should never have been started.

Its about time the intelligent among us started putting the dots together and realizing how conflicts take place, who funds the conflicts, who are tapped to be the enemy and in all this how the ordinary people end up suffering loss of life, property but eternally bogged down in debt and calamity.

Therefore, before people go romanticizing about CHANGE, it is good to first see what CHANGE brought about for the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Yugoslavia, Kosovo and Libya while Syrians remain backing their leader President Assad despite him being projected as a dictator too.

Fast forward to relevance for Sri Lanka it is good for voters to think about

  • Who is behind the Common Candidate other than those that are projected as being local supporters
  • What are the deals/deal behind their support in terms of its affect for the country thereafter?
  • What will actually result in dabbling with CHANGE given the not so fantastic resume’s of those that are supporting the Common Candidate as well as his own lack of ability to lead the nation.
  • As for the incumbent it is no better a time to also realize that if people are galvanizing towards the common candidate it is because there are some issues that the incumbent has not satisfactorily addressed and these are areas that should be viewed and looked into by a competent team.

It is also good to realize that the nation will back its leader so long as the leader protects the nation and its people as well as its history, culture and heritage.

A picture speaks a thousands words and should also show the lies that prevail and the extent of lies manufactured simply to advance the agendas of Western nations!

The only defense a nation a has is an ‘informed public’.

Regimechange

 

Maithri is the Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front – Not the Common Candidate or UNP

December 19th, 2014

Listen SriLankans 

When will the Maithri Mania begin to realize that

  1. Maithri is NOT a common candidate – Maithri is the Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front
  1. Maithri Palanayak is what the manifesto promises – Goodbye Ranil is what that will mean
  1. Maithri Yugayak is what the manifesto will lead to – Goodbye Ranil and UNP
  1. We know Maithri cant lead…he doesn’t know where Buckingham Palace is, he says one thing then denies it, Buddhists should not trust him… a man who holds the sacred Buddha’s relics and lies is no custodian of the countr
  1. CHANGE for the sake of CHANGE … is disastrous especially when a handful want CHANGE to spite one man… and get revenge on him.

THE LIES ARE COMING OUT.

BE ALERT

KNOWN DEVIL IS BETTER THAN WORSE DEVILS PRETENDING TO BE ANGELS THINKING WE HAVE SHORT MEMORIES OF HOW THEY RULED THE NATION….

CBK says, “I finished 75 percent of the war

December 19th, 2014

P.Ariyasinghe, Melbourne

At a news conference held a couple of days ago, former President Chandrika had claimed to the war victory saying, that 75 per cent of the war was finished during her regime. If so, why did she stay for nine years to announce this ? It is true that the Jaffna Fort was captured during her tenure. But that is not 75 per cent. She had also said that the LTTE retreated to the Jungles and their presence was insignificant. Is this the reason why she offered Prabhakaran the North and the East for ten years on a platter. And according to her, the LTTE then was ´weak´. But a suicide bomber tried to put an end to her and she was saved by the skin of her teeth.
 
It was during CBK´s tenure that the LTTE bombed the Central Bank, Kolonnawa oil installation, Katunayake Air Port, Colombo Telecom and the Central Bus stand. During her period nearly 12,000 soldiers had been killed by the Tigers. Having molly-coddled the terrorists during her two terms now she has joined the anti- war group and she is blowing her own trumphet. She once declared that her children,  living in the UK , after seeing the ´faked´ videos of Channel 4 had said that they are ashamed to call themselves Sinhalese. And she seemed proud  in saying this.
 
Past Presidents including CBK were led the garden path by the Tigers. They failed miserably in finishing the war. However, President Rajapakse eliminated them and salvaged Sri Lanka from terrorists, despite the hard time given to him by the west.

Does Udaya Gamanpilla deserve a responsible position after the Election? My answer is NO.

December 19th, 2014

LANKAPUTHRA

 December 13th Sunday Leader had an editorial and a heading “Give Udaya Gammanpila a chance”. Infolanka web site published it. I tried to locate it on the 14th but could not, so I do not have a URL. 

 Sincere advice to Udaya, it is up to you to take it or leave it.

  1. First you must denounce JHU for what the party has done over the years. Few months ago Champica went to UK to address JHU overseas members. Who funded this trip, his money or JHU money? My understanding is that every month there is a dinner party at one member’s house and at the end they collect money. Again my understanding is that the figure varies between 500 and 800 British pounds. Where does this money go; Champica’s private bank or to JHU treasury in Sri Lanka”?
  2. Next is; you MUST denounce and state within reason, that Champica and Rathena Thro are common law crooks. You must be careful doing this because one has to have solid proof. You are a qualified attorney and you have some idea of law of deformation. What you should do is to request Honorable MR and ask one of his attorneys on staff, that your statement going public does not violate the law of deformation. I have no doubt he will oblige. Why because you did not get out of JHU for a request by SLFP or Honorable MR, request boost the number of elected members. There must be plenty of books published on this subject in Sri Lanka, but you do not have time now for this kind of research. Let’s start with Rathana thero he is an agent for Dali Lama. Dali gave Rathan thero to build an Ashram for Buddhist monks coming from abroad and local monks coming to the big city. (He is now talking about how Chinese Company over charged SL Government almost on all contracts). Who pays for the daily maintenance and security of this place?
  3. I know you had major surgery few months ago. Now how do I know it? I telephoned your office, after few tries some in your office answered phone and told me that you are in hospital. Then form a third party, I found what it was. Since it was major surgery you should take it easy. When you feel comfortable, you should go on the election campaign. This is what I read today Ceylon Today December 17th 2014:  “Lanka another First shuts out EU monitors. BY Rawan Jayakody. Campaign For Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE). You must make a statement supporting the SL government stand and ask the question “why Sri Lanka should stand on the side lines when; Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, China, Egypt, and Albania has done so”. Daily Mirror December 17th Reported in Daily Mirror. “Nirusha Attukorala Said that “Udaya Called me several times join him.” If it is not true then challenge Nishantha. Also you have to challenge how Champika turns the very statement he made to a statement; as it is form the SL government and then turns around and goes on a platform to state it is very wrong to say so. Wimal Weeravanse challenges all the statements My3 states. You have to do the same.
  4. When you do the above, Honorable MR will automatically recognize you and find you a better position than you had before. One has to do something to get something. Examples are: Tissa Attanayke and Wimal Weeravanse. Next is you must go and look around material that will help Honorable MR’s campaign; this is what I found. “ASIAN TRIBUNE”. LTTE WANTS A GREATER TAMIL NADU, INCLUDING NORTH EAST OF SRI LANKA-TAMIL NADU GOVERNMENT. December 17th 2014, Asian Tribune. WHILE SEEKING TO EXTEND THE BAN THE LTTE, THE INDIAN CENTER AND TAMIL NADU GOVERNMENT TOLD A TRIBUNAL THAT THE BANNED OUT FIT NATURES AN IDEA OF GRATER TAMIL NADU, WHICH INCLUDES STATE OF TAMIL NADU, PARTS OF KERALE, PART OF KARANATEKA, PART OF ANDHRA PRADSH,NORTH AND EASTERN PARTS OF SRI LANKA. DELHI HIGH COURT TRIBUNAL WAS SET UP THIS YEAR TO REVIEW WEHTHER THE BAN ON LTTE SHOULD BE LIFTED. ON NOVEMBER 20th 2014 TRIBUNAL HEADED BY HIGH COURT JUSTICE G.P. MITTAL UPHEALD THE BAN FOR ANOTHER 5 YEARS. (Only person who called Tamil Nadu politicians Jokers is Sarath Fonseka. Do we have anybody else today, to call Tamil Nadu Politicians Jokers) Thanks to Asian Tribune for publishing this report.
  5. Now to something that UDAYA is not exposed to because of Champik’s disinformation. Increase the number of ministries and add more junior ministers. Now what is the justification? And it is as follows; Running of SRI LANKA by the president is like running a large corporation. In US, smaller divisions of the company are better managed than one or two larger divisions. In this way the president can audit by himself the small departments managed by junior ministers. Put this idea in front of the president and I will guarantee he will respond favorably.
  6. Udaya MUST explain this to the public: Who are the JHU members shaved their heads and took “DASA SILL”? Did any females shave their heads and took “DASA SILL”? The, e-mails floating about indicated that an Australian group supporting Champika told him that the income tax department is about to raid his house and office and repossess new lap tops and desk tops he purchased with government funds. And only way to avoid this was to take DASA SILL. Honorable MR assuming that the Buddhist majority will not like someone taking DASA SILL to be arrested and charged with fraud. So he stopped the income tax department raid. But at the same time, he told B.P. Jayasundra carry out his investigation. (Remember Champika Ranawake wanted B.P. Jayasundra, head of the treasury, removed). So he did, but was asked to carry on the investigation. When he produced the report Honorable MR knew Champika is a crook and he removed him from the Minister of Power.
  7. Conclusion: Udaya, does the above make any sense to you? If so positive or negative please add a comment. It took some time to put this together because I like you and your wife very much. Remember when you started you did not have a car. Now you have all the luxury of cars, chauffeur driven, which you certainly deserve.                                                    

Champika Ranawaka – a bull in a china shop

December 18th, 2014

Hot News

What development? Let’s eat and merry, that was the message given to voters by Champika Ranawake on behalf of Sirisena’s campaign. By the sheer number of email circulated by Champika’s coordinator Dhanushka Ramanayake,  Champika Runawaka beat everyone else in the presidential race to introduce new policies for the hypothetical Sirisena Government.

According to Patali Champika Ranawaka Media (PCR Media), in a recent election meeting held at Avissawella  Mr. Ranawaka pledged on behalf of Sirisena that Sirisena government will abolish fuel tax and reduce petrol price by Rs 52/-  per litre and diesel by Rs17/- per litre immediately. This is a major economic decision as fuel tax revenue is considered to be the major income for the government.

According to Dr. P B Jayasundera, Petroleum Corporation was supplying furnace oil to the Electricity Board at a price of Rs. 40 per litre up to now. Its actual price is Rs. 110. The actual price of a litre of furnace oil which was supplied to the Electricity Board at a price of Rs. 40/= was Rs. 116/=. The loss made per litre was Rs. 76. Some say that the Government draws a large tax revenue by selling oil. In fact, only a tax of Rs. 25 per litre of petrol and Rs. 2.50 per litre of diesel is levied at present. In addition, taxes are not levied on any other fuel. The Petroleum Corporation was unable to pay the General Treasury even the direct tax income it earned in last January through selling petrol and diesel.

Remember that we are the only a developing country who can afford to provide absolutely free education for our children up to and including university education, we are the only developing country who provide monthly living expenses ( Mahapola) for under privileged university students. We are the only developing country who provide absolutely free medical care for every citizen in this country.

With all these commitments in hand, has Patali Champika Ranawaka or Sirisena worked out any proposals to fill the gap once fuel tax is abolished? Has he assumed that all UNP members have already agreed to his proposal or is it another pie in the sky?.

What is Sirisena’s hypothetical government? According to Patali Champika Ranawaka Media (PCR Media), same meeting held at Avissawell Patali Champika Ranawaka has confirmed that the hypothetical Sirisena government will have 170 MPs, the highest number of MPs ever going to form a government in Sri Lanka. This number includes all MPs of United People’s Freedom Alliance except Chamal Rajapakes and Namal Rajapake, but including Basil Rajapakese. That assumption itself makes this hypothesis a least probability.

Patali Champika Ranawaka  is counting chicken before they are hatched or is he trying to deceive people to get their vote

මෛත්රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ ජනාධිපතිධුරය යටතේ පෙට්රල් හා ඩීසල් බදු අහෝසි කෙරේ

පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්රී පාඨලි චම්පික රණවක

 මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ ජනාධිපතිධුරය යටතේ ජනවාරි 8 වෙනදායින් පසු පෙට්‍රල් හා ඩීසල් බදු අහෝසි කරන බව ජාතික හෙළ උරුමයේ ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී පාඨලි චම්පික රණවක මහතා පවසයි. සංවේදී යැයි කියා ගන්නා වත්මන් නායකයා පෙට්‍රල් ලීටරයකින් රුපියල් 52/- ක බදු මුදලක් අය කරයි. ඩීසල් ලීටරයකින් අය කරන බද්ද රුපියල් 17/- කි. ලබන ජනවාදරි 8 වනදා පිහිටු වන මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ රජයේ ආර්ථීක ප්‍රතිපත්තිය අනුව පෙට්‍රල් හා ඩීසල් බදු ඉවත් කෙරේ. එමගින් රටේජනතාවට සහන රැසක් හිමිවන බව චම්පික රණවක මහතා අවධාරණය කරයි. 

 ජනවාරි 8 වනදායින් පසු මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිවරයා යටතේ ආසන 170 ක ස්ථාවර ආණ්ඩුවක්

පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී පාඨලි චම්පික රණවක

මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ජනාධිපතිධුරයට පත්වූ විගස ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ස්ථාවරම ආණ්ඩුව බිහිවන බව ජාතික හෙළ උරුමයේ ප‍්‍රධාන ලේකම් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී පාඨලි චම්පික රණවක මහතා පවසයි. මේ වන විට ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු නියෝජිතයන් සියලූ දෙනා මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා සමග අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම එක්වෙනු ඇතැයි හෙතෙම පෙන්වා දෙයි. එක් නොවන්නේ නාමල් සහ චමල් රාජපක්‍ෂ දෙපල පමණි. බැසිල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ද අතීතයේ දී එක්සත් ජාතික පාක්‍ෂිකයේදි ඒ නිසා මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ජනාධිපතිධුරයට පත් වූ විගස බැසිල් රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ඔහුට එක්වීමට ඉඩකඩ ඇතැයි පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක මහතා අවිස්සාවේල්ලේදී පැවති පොදු අපේක්‍ෂක ජය තහවුරු කිරීමේ රැළියේ දී අවධාරණය කළේය.

Sirisena reneged on vow made on casket of Buddha’s relics – Sangha Nayake Thera

December 18th, 2014

Ven. Piyananda Thera

Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena was not trustworthy and should be shunned by all Buddhists for he had reneged a promise he had made by placing his hands on a casket containing the sacred relics of the Buddha, Chief Sanghanayake of the US, Dr. Walpola Piyananda Thera said.

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Addressing a public rally organised by the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna at Sathosa Auditorium at Homagama on Wednesday evening Ven. Piyananda Thera said Sirisena had sworn by the casket of relics of the Buddha in the presence of JHU’s Ven. Ellawela Medhananda that he would never desert the President or the SLFP. “Sirisena took that oath by placing both hands on the casket of relics brought to Temple Trees in view of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s birthday.

“A person who does not honour such a solemn pledge could not be considered a Buddhist. All the Buddhists should shun such a person,” the Nayaka Thera said. Not only Buddhists, but also all other religions should stay away from such an untrustworthy person. Catholics would never renege on a vow taken on the Holy Bible. And the Muslims would never break a promise made on the Holy Quran. For us nothing is holier than the Buddha’s relics. Sirisena 24 hours after swearing on the relic casket joined the Opposition leaving the President and the SLFP.”

A person capable of lying with both hands on a relic casket can betray anyone, Ven Piyananda said.

“Sirisena seems to be working on instructions from a foreign power. He has shunned the Arya Sinhala national dress to wear an alien jacket. People should understand this and must do their part to defeat this threat to national interests,” Ven Piyananda said.

MEP leader Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, addressing the gathering said that the MEP had always represented the progressive forces of the country. “We have always been with the progressive forces. We never joined hands with reactionaries. The reactionary forces are led by the UNP. We never allied with forces that betray the independence and sovereignty of this country. Will never do so and ask the people to support the progressive camp.”

Leader of the House of the Western Provincial Council, Gamini Thilakasiri, former MP Somaweera Chandrasiri, Chairman of the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha Ruwan Prabodha, MEP Vice Chairman and Deputy Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena, Chief of MEP Youth Conference Yadamini Gunawardena and local government members of the Homagama, Maharagama, Seethawaka and Kesbewa also addressed the rally.

Homagama 2. Chief Sanghanayake of the US, Dr. Walpola Piyananda Thera addressing the MEP meeting. MEP leader Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena is also in the picture

 

Common Opposition Presidential Candidate Sirisena says Probaharan was killed while he was acting as the defence Minister and the acting defence Minister during the last few days of war against LTTE

December 18th, 2014

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Addressing a campaign meeting held at Nikaweratiya yesterday, the Common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena  admitted that LTTE supremo Probaharan was killed while he was acting as the defence Minister, indirectly admitting that if there is any war crime during last few days of Probhaharan’s rule as alleged by TNA, LTTE diaspora and the international community he is also directly responsible for any alleged war crimes.

President receives US warning through SLFP Gen. Secy

December 18th, 2014

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island

In spite of helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government to bring its war, against the LTTE, to a successful conclusion, in May, 2009, the US stepped up pressure on Sri Lanka over accountability issues.

The US relentlessly pursued the accountability issues, in accordance with its overall strategy, meant to haul Sri Lanka up before the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The US project led to the launch of an external investigation into the conduct of Sri Lanka’s political and military leadership, consequent to 25th session, in Geneva, in March, last year.

The US, in late Nov 2011, warned, the then SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, that the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) would be moved against Sri Lanka unless the defeated presidential candidate, General Sarath Fonseka, whom the US considered a political prisoner, is released from prison forthwith. The warning came soon after the former army chief was sentenced by a Trial-at-Bar, on Nov. 18, to three more years in prison.

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Maithripala Sirisena recalled embracing President Rajapaksa at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) when the SLFP leader returned to the country, on the morning of May 17.

The unprecedented warning was given during a meeting between a US diplomat and minister Maithripala Sirisena following the conclusion of the ‘White Flag’ case. Fonseka was found guilty of falsely accusing Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of ordering General Officer Commanding the celebrated 58 Division to execute those LTTE cadres surrendering, carrying white flags.

(Let me remind you again what the then US defence attache in Colombo, Lt. Colonel Lawrence Smith, said in June, 2011, at an international conference, organized by the Sri Lankan Army. Smith was responding to retired Indian officer, Ashok Metha, who had been here, with the IPKF, during the 80s. “Hello, may I say something to a couple of questions raised. I’ve been the defence attaché, here at the US Embassy, since June, 2008. Regarding the various versions of events that came out in the final hours, and days, of the conflict – from what I was privileged to hear, and to see, the offers to surrender, that I am aware of seemed to come from the mouthpieces of the LTTE – Nadesan, KP – people who weren’t and never had really demonstrated any control over the leadership or the combat power of the LTTE.

So their offers were a bit suspect anyway, and they tended to vary in content hour by hour, day by day. I think we need to examine the credibility of those offers before we leap to conclusions that such offers were in fact real.

And I think the same is true for the version of events. It’s not so uncommon, in combat operations, in the fog of war, as we all get our reports second, third and fourth hand from various commanders, at various levels, that the stories don’t seem to all quite match up.

But I can say that the version presented here so far in this is what I heard as I was here during that time. And I think I better leave it at that before I get into trouble.”)

Resolution moved in Geneva

The US diplomat told Maithripala Sirisena that a survey carried out by the US had revealed that the majority of Sri Lankans wanted Gen. Fonseka released.

The message was meant for President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The US moved a resolution, in Geneva, against Sri Lanka at the March, 2012, session. The resolution was adopted at the 19 session with 24 countries, including India, voting against Sri Lanka. Fifteen countries including China, Russia and Bangladesh, were among nations that voted against the resolution, while eight countries abstained from voting.

The diplomat asked the minister whether the government intended to pardon Gen. Fonseka. Its failure to do so would cause the US to raise the issue with the Geneva HRC, the envoy told the minister. He was representing the then US Ambassador, Patricia Butenis. Although Butenis had earlier sought a one-on-one with Health Minister, she had changed her mind at the eleventh hour and assigned a colleague handling political affairs (Govt. concerned about US meddling in domestic affairs, The Island, Nov 27, 2011).

The US diplomat also told the minister that the Tamil parliamentarians were not happy with what was going on. During a recent visit to Washington, the SLFP General Secretary took up the position that the TNA, though engaged in talks with the UPFA government in Colombo, was under intense pressure from the overseas LTTE activists. To the surprise of the minister, the diplomat unwittingly acknowledged that the TNA faced the same dilemma in Jaffna due the presence of ‘radicals’. The minister reminded the diplomat that those threatening the TNA weren’t radicals but terrorists.

The Island dealt with the meeting which took place at the Health Ministry, in an exclusive report, though Maithripala Sirisena nor, the venue weren’t mentioned. Maithripala Sirisena told the writer of his meeting with the US official, soon after delivering the message to President Rajapaksa. The US embassy never challenged the story, though some websites targeted the writer (E X C L U S I V E: US demands SF’s release with strap line… warns govt. through minister, The Island, Nov 25, 2011).

The US intervention should be examined in the backdrop of Butenis herself calling Fonseka a war criminal, even after the UNP-JVP-TNA-SLMC combine decided to field Fonseka as the common candidate, at the January 26, 2010, presidential poll. In fact, US embassy officials deliberated the decision to field Fonseka, with senior Opposition figures, including the TNA leader, R. Sampanthan, who privately favoured Rajapaksa over Fonseka though ultimately throwing his weight behind the war – winning army chief.

Butenis, in a cable, dated January 15, 2010, dealt with the contentious issue of war crimes accountability. Butenis implicated President Rajapaksa, his brothers, Gotabhaya and Basil, and Gen. Sarath Fonseka. Butenis pointed out “that responsibility for many of the alleged war crimes rests with the country’s senior civilian and military leadership, including President Rajapaksa, and his brothers, and opposition candidate.

But subsequently, the US dropped Fonseka from that list, hence the decision to call him a political prisoner.

Fonseka’s release surprised those who thrived on his misery. In fact, some felt that Fonseka’s imprisonment would strengthened their efforts to invoke international intervention. UNP MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, was an exception, whose efforts to secure an early release could have succeeded if Fonseka cooperated with him.

Today, Fonseka is backing Maithripala Sirisena to achieve victory over Rajapaksa after having suffered, losing the last poll, by 1.8 mn votes. The US embassy was represented when Fonseka addressed supporters and the media at Nawala Solis hall, to announce his future plans.

Maithripala given defence portfolio

The then SLFP General Secretary, Maithripala Sirisena, MP, had been the acting Defence Minister, at the time the military brought the Vanni offensive to a successful conclusion, during the third week of May, 2009. LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was shot dead, on the morning of May 19, on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon. Having appointed Minister Maithripala Sirisena to oversee the defence portfolio in the absence of the then Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremenayake, who was also out of the country, President Rajapaksa left for Jordan on May 15. The then Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, too, had been on an overseas visit to the People’s Republic of China. Perhaps both Rajapaksa and Fonseka wouldn’t have left the country if they realized the LTTE’s collapse was imminent.

Polonnaruwa district MP Maithripala Sirisena in his memoirs, Aththai Saththai (Truth, Confirming Truth) talked with pride of him being given the opportunity to oversee the defence portfolio. Maithripala Sirisena launched his memoirs in March, 2010, a month ahead of the last parliamentary polls. Minister Sirisena distributed copies at the final UPFA briefing before the poll held at the Mahaweli Centre. The writer was among the journalists who received a copy, personally from the SLFP General Secretary. Opposition presidential candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, distributed more copies when he met a group of newspaper editors at Solis hall in Pita Kotte, recently. It would be pertinent to talk about Maithripala Sirisena’s memoirs as he battled incumbent president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, for presidency.

Maithripala Sirisena recalled embracing President Rajapaksa at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) when the SLFP leader returned to the country, on the morning of May 17.

President Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena handed over their nominations to Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya on Dec 8, 2015. Among those present at the Election Secretariat, at Rajagiriya, was Fonseka.

Having switched his allegiance to Maithripala Sirisena, UPFA Nuwara Eliya District MP Navin Dissanayake underscored the importance of Maithripala Sirisena being the acting Defence Minister on more than one occasion. Maithripala Sirisena, too, referred to him being the acting Defence Minister during mopping up operations on the Vanni east front, though he never acknowledged President Rajapaksa returning home before the final confrontation, between troops and Prabhakaran, on the morning of May 19, 2009.

The army credited the fourth battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (4VIR) with the killing of the terrorist leader, on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon, in the Puthukudirippu area.

Maithripala on CBK

Maithripala, in his memoirs, discussed how twice-president, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, undermined the then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign at the Nov 17, 2005, presidential election. According to Maithripala Sirisena, the SLFP had been under heavy pressure to name its candidate in the wake of the UNP declaring Ranil Wickremesinghe as its presidential candidate.

President Kumaratunga had been severely agitated due to the Supreme Court intervention leading to the poll being called in late 2005, instead of 2006, as she desired. The Supreme Court intervention jeopardized her plans to name her brother, Anura, as her successor.

Mrs Kumaratunga pushed for Anura as the SLFP candidate, whereas the majority in the SLFP, as well as those who had been opposed to Wickremesinghe, backed Rajapaksa. Maithripala Sirisena, too, had thrown his weight behind Rajapaksa.

The SLFP Central Committee had met, in August, 2005 at the President’s House, to decide on the SLFP candidate. Western Province Chief Minister Alavi Moulana proposed Rajapaksa as the SLFP candidate as well as Mrs. Kumaratunga’s successor. Moulana’s proposal received the unanimously backing of the Central Committee. The decision wasn’t to Mrs Kumaratunga’s liking. Before the Supreme Court intervention, she had, on numerous occasions, expressed the opinion that Rajapaksa would lose popularity among the electorate and eventually Anura could be named the SLFP candidate. Although Anura had been in poor health, Mrs Kumaratunga believed his condition would improve, in time for the presidential election. Mrs. Kumaratunga refrained from naming Rajapaksa, as her successor, at a massive public rally organized to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the SLFP. Mrs Kumaratunga went to the extent of triggering a heated exchange of words with Rajapaksa. In spite of Maithripala pleading with Mrs Kumaratunga to stop, especially because of the presence of media, she continued. Mrs Kumaratunga had been flanked by Rajapaksa and Maithripala with Anura seated next to the SLFP General Secretary. Even at that time, Mrs Kumaratunga felt that the Supreme Court ruling wouldn’t interfere with her plan to field Anura at the next presidential election, in 2006.

A few days after the SLFP anniversary meeting, the Supreme Court declared that the presidential poll should take place in 2005. Rajapaksa immediately launched his campaign. Mrs Kumaratunga addressed only seven public meetings in support of Rajapaksa. She made her first appearance at Wariyapola. However, she refrained from urging the SLFP to vote for Rajapaksa at any of the meetings. Kumaratunga said that whoever won the election, the new president would take oaths only after Nov 23, 2005. Maithripala quoted Anura as having claimed at Rajapaksa’s final rally, at Kandy, that the Supreme Court ruling had been politically motivated. Bandaranaike attacked, what he called, Supreme Court decision to advance the presidential poll from 2006 to 2005.

The UNP further complicated the situation by declaring that some of Kumaratunga’s ministers would accept ministerial portfolios at the next UNP government. Some ministers refrained from backing Rajapaksa’s campaign. Some left on overseas jaunts. Maithripala played a pivotal role in the campaign. Mrs Kumaratunga had returned to Sri Lanka after having participated in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, in Dhaka, Bangladesh less than a week before the Nov 17, 2005 presidential election. Kumaratunga summoned Maithripala to Colombo and inquired about the status of Rajapaksa’s campaign. When Maithripala asserted that Rajapaksa would definitely emerge victorious, Mrs Kumaratunga shot back: “A victory for Mahinda would be good for the party. But a victory for Ranil would be better for me.”

Maithripala responded to CBK: How could Ranil’s victory benefit you. CBK: A victory for Ranil is better than Mahinda securing the presidency.

Maithripala: I couldn’t help Ranil win. I would do everything possible to ensure Mahinda’s victory. Having left the President’s House, Maithripala rushed to Temple Trees where he told Basil Rajapaksa that their leadership wanted to engineer Mahinda’s defeat, though he didn’t mention his conversation with Mrs Kumaratunga as he feared a major crisis.

Maithripala Sirisena recalled the circumstances under which the JVP withdrew support to the government. The JVP’s move caused uncertainty and political turmoil. President Rajapaksa had no option but to seek an understanding with the UNP leading to an unprecedented agreement between them. However, the pact signed by Maithripala Sirisena and Malik Samarawickrema, on behalf of the UPFA and the UNP, respectively, lasted four months due to the UNP declaring that it intended to form a government of its own by April, 2006.

The stage was set for the LTTE to launch eelam war IV in mid 2006, though it had been engaged in limited operations since early Dec 2005.

To be continued on Dec 24

Wimal Weerawansa demolishes Champika Ranawake’s “book of diabolical lies” , challenge for a public debate and expose his pro TNA statement to Tamil Press on Military presence

December 18th, 2014

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“There are some people making false accusations against the government claiming that the present government is taking loans for development projects at higher interest rates. These accusations are made while these parties are standing among people and hobnobbing with those who borrowed money for the government at interest rates higher than 10% when they were in power” National Freedom Front leader, minister Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday at. a press conference and challenged these parties for a public debate on this issue.

“Elaborating further Wimal Weerawansa said that. ” Today, some parties are trying to make an opinion that the government has taken foreign loans at 7% interest rate as a dishonest deal  and misappropriation in order to gain some ulterior financial benefit out of it. But I would like to point out that when they were in power they had taken loans at much higher interest rates”.

“Let us consider the period between 1977 to 2005, Despite of the concession given to us as a developing nation, the loans taken for development projects during Chanrika Bandaranayake’s and J.R.Jayawardene’s presidential rule were at far excessive interest rates”.

“Let’s take for example the period up to 2005 before election of President Mahinda Rajapakse”.

“The government has entered into an agreement with a French commercial bank for a loan on 1982/09/28 for Nilwala River Project. The loan amount was 23.8 million French Francs. The annual interest rate was 10.85%. For the same project the government has obtained further 20.8 million French Francs on 1984/01/24. The annual interest rate was 10.85%. In 1987, 69.2 million French Franc were obtained through a new credit agreement at an Interest rate of 8.59%”.

“Similarly in 1986 they have taken 38.6 million British pounds for the Samanala Wewa Hydro Power Project at the annual interest rate of 7.4%. In 1986, for the same project an additional £ 5.3 million British pounds have been taken at the Interest rate of 8.3%”.

“For the Kotmale Oya project the foreign loan was taken at the annual interest rate 9.95%”.

“For Ambathale water purification project 61.5 million French Francs was taken at an interest rate of 9.2% in 1990”.

“In 2001, there were 6.7 million euros borrowed for Muthurajawela reclamation project at annual interest rate is 7.7%”.

“These are the “mega crooks’ deals. Should the Loans taken at 10.85% annual interest rate be called  “Giga crooks”  ?.

“After 2005, when Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken over the presidency, he has not obtained any foreign credit loans over 7% interest rates and mostly obtained at 2 – 3% interest rates. However, there were a few occasions with specific banks that loans were obtained at. 4 – 5% interest rate”,

“There are some parties trying to create some evil illusion over United People’s Freedom Alliance, while pampering Ranil – Chandrika who were responsible for taking loans over 10% interest rates”.

“Today, while keep on rubbing shoulders with “giga crooks not mega crooks” these parties try to point the finger at the government that has never accepted rates more than 7%”.

“It is obvious that these parties must have entered into a lucrative contract to bring these mega crooks into power. We will challenge them. We challenge them to come for a public debate on “who is responsible for getting loans at higher interest rates for development projects?” Mr. Wimalawanse said.

Has Champika become the Gost of  Sambandan?

Wimal Weerawansa produce a copy of the online version  of  Udayan newspaper published in Jaffna on December 15, 2014.. “This is in Tamil language. I’ll tell you the news story in Sinhala This is a statement from JHU MP Mr. Champika Ranawaka. It says “Now time has come to put a stop to the military rule (in Tamil dominated area).  .People in the North and East should have their own right to decide whom they should support.( Self Determination in TNA words) We should not try to influence the Tamil people. There is a presidential race. But who should come to power should be decided by the people. In addition, further militarization, military expansion has already commenced. They have started sending intelligence officers to opposition meetings and press conferences. This is the last chance for people to regain good governance and democracy. Do not miss this opportunity.  “The most important thing is the sheer pop up of militarization, and the military expansionism has already commenced,” said the statement that Ranawaka has made.

Also on December 15, 2014 the Sunday Virakesari, has published his same statement with a caption . “We will take last decision on military control of the government ( indirectly saying military presence in TNA words), not to miss the last chance” -JHU secretary Champika Ranawaka. Mahinda Rajapaksa regime is moving towards a military-controlled government. Do not hesitate to take the last decision on a government without military presence” Ranawaka said.

“People in the North and East should have their own choice even whether to cast their vote or not. They should not be influenced by others”. From this statement it is obvious what Champika Ranawake is anticipating.

“Remove military presence in North and East, stop further militarization, and the military expansionism”- unfortunately these are the words of Champika Ranawaka and so far these accusations were made only by  TNA  and LTTE only. Now JHU has successfully aligned themselves with the TNA and LTTE remnants.

Is it really the same old JHU MP Chanpika Ranawake has made these statements to Tamil newspapers? Or is it possible that these statements have not been made by him, but by Mr. Sampanthan’s Ghost?.

It is evident that while Mr. Ranawaka is hiding these facts from majority Sinhala people, behind their back, he is making these statements to Tamil newspapers as obligatory conditions for the inconspicuous “one of the Mega Deal with TNA”?.  Just think about this intelligently

World denounces Taliban for Peshawar Massacre of Kids: LTTE’s terror ignored because politicians are in their pockets!

December 18th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge 

If there is no good or bad Taliban the same should be said about the LTTE. Lives of 132 children were cut short while world leaders, diplomats and the UN continue to deliberate on who and what terrorism is. The issue remains the fact that one man’s terrorist inadvertently becomes another man’s freedom fighter and LTTE terrorists remained ‘freedom fighters’ in view of the relationship they were able to forge with Western politicians in a ‘you scratch our back and we will scratch yours’ arrangement that continues to provide the brains of the LTTE VIP status and foreign citizenship.

 The below list is just a handful of examples of killings committed upon innocent civilians by the LTTE. In 3 decades close to 300 attacks took place and the only response Sri Lanka received from the International Community was a sympathy statement and the insistence on returning to talking with the LTTE. This was so because those funding the LTTE were living on foreign shores, holding foreign passports and having close links to foreign politicians and associated with foreign organizations by virtue of registering themselves as international charities and human rights advocates while back in Sri Lanka orders were given to blow people up, assassinate leaders and cause mayhem. Everyday was a Peshawar type scenario in Sri Lanka for 30 years and only after May 2009 the people are living without fear. The present fear is the likelihood of LTTE re-emerging once again helped by the same players.

 

DATE LOCATION DISTRICT DEAD INJURED DESCRIPTION
29/11/1984 DOLLAR FARM Vavuniya 27 84 LTTE attack a Sinhalese village brutally slaughtering the villages leaving not a single alive.
30/11/1984 KENT FARM Vavuniya 173 20 LTTE attack a Sinhalese village brutally slaughtering the villages leaving not a single alive.
14/5/1985 SRI MAHA BODHIYA., ANURADHAPURA Anuradhapura 26 27 LTTE armed terrorists storm the most sacred Buddhist town firing upon worshipping Buddhists in prayer
22/7/1986 MAMADUWA Vavuniya 130 71 Terrorists explod a landmine on a travelling civilian bus
17/4/1987 HABARANA & KITHULUTHUWA Trincomalee 96 14 96 civilians and 31 security forces personnel going on leave killed when LTTE explodes civilian bus.
21/4/1987 CENTRAL  BUS STAND, PETTAH Colombo 91 1400 A large group of people were killed in a bomb explosion in front of the  Cental Bank.
2/6/1987 ARANTHALAWA Ampara 35 0 31 Buddhist student priests and 4 civilians killed after forcing them to get down from the bus they were travelling in.
6/10/1987 SAGARAPURA Trincomalee 27 6 Sinhalese village attacked – over 57 houses set on fire and villagers slaughtered
6/10/1987 TALAWAI Batticoloa 25 0 LTTE terrorists attack a Sinhala settlement in East Sri Lanka
6/10/1987 VALACHCHENAI Batticoloa 40 12 LTTE terrorists attack a mail train killing passengers
7/10/1987 LAHUGALA – POTTUVIL Ampara 30 0 LTTE attack a passenger bus travelling from Monaragala to Pottuvil killing passengers on board
19/10/1987 Kalkudah Batticoloa 40 24 LTTE exploded a landmine.
31/12/1987 BATTICALOA Batticoloa 40 0 LTTE have set fire to BATTICALOA mail train.
10/10/1988 MAHAKONGASKADA-MADAVACHCHIYA Vavuniya 44 4 LTTE attack a Sinhalese village
14/11/1988 PENIKETIYAWA Trincomalee 28 2 A passenger bus targeted by LTTE
13/4/1989 CENTRE ROAD – TCO Trincomalee 51 43 LTTE explodes bomb inside a passenger bus
3/8/1990 KATHANKUDY Batticoloa 147 70 LTTE enter a mosque and open fire upon Muslims in prayer including scores of children as young as 7 years.
6/8/1990 AMPARA AREA Ampara 34 0 LTTE start firing on farmers working on paddy fields
7/8/1990 BANDARADUWA Ampara 30 4 Another village became victim of LTTE slaughter
8/8/1990 MEEGASWEWA Trincomalee 26 7 A private coach carrying civilians attacked by LTTE
11/8/1990 ERAVUR Batticoloa 173 20 LTTE launch attacks on numerous Muslim settlements in order to scare them to leave
29/4/1992 KARAPOLA, MUTHUGLA & ALINCHIPOTHANA Polonnaruwa 130 71 Another Muslim village attacked by LTTE slaughtering civilians
15/10/1992 PALLIYAGODELLA & AHAMEDPURA Polonnaruwa 146 83 A Muslim village attacked mercilessly killing Muslims including children
24/10/1994 THOTALANGA JUNCTION (COLOMBO) Colombo 54 72 Another infamous LTTE suicide bomb attack targeting civilians.
25/5/1995 KALLARAWA Trincomalee 42 15 LTTE target a fishing village hacking to death villagers
21/10/1995 MONARATHANNA Polonnaruwa 36 12 A Sinhalese village attacked and villagers hacked to death
26/10/1995 TAMMANNA HALMILLEWA Anuradhapura 26 26 A Sinhalese village attacked and villagers hacked to death
26/10/1995 ALAPATHWEWA Anuradhapura 26 0 All villagers killed by LTTE
31/1/1996 COLOMBO Colombo 91 1400 LTTE explodes massive bomb outside Central Bank killing scores many are blind and still suffering injuries
24/7/1996 DEHIWALA Colombo 57 356 Crowded passenger train during peak after work hours became the target of an LTTE bomb
2/7/1997 ERAKKANDY Trincomalee 34 0 A village attacked against by LTTE
29/09/1998 JAFFNA Jaffna 54 0 LTTE target a passenger airline – LION AIR killing civilian travellers including crew members
18/9/1999 GALAPITAGALA, BADIREKKA, BORAPOLA Ampara 50 5  Attack on Sinhala villages by the LTTE.
20/11/1999 MADHU CHURCH COMPLEX  MANNAR Mannar 38 66 LTTE fire upn the Madhu Church complex with mortars
15/6/2006 KEBITHIGOLLAWA Anuradhapura 48 86 2 claymore bombs explode upon travelling passenger buses.
25/4/2008 PILIYANDALA Colombo 27 67 Passenger bus exploded using a remote control device killing scores of civilians, children and Buddhist priests
6/10/2008 ANURADHAPURA TOWN Anuradhapura 27 84 LTTE suicide bomber explodes himself killing Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera including his wife and 25 others

 The GOSL has banned 16 foreign based organizations as LTTE fronts incorporating the UN Security Council Resolution 1373. The GOSL has also name over 400 individuals linked to LTTE most of whom are living overseas. The LTTE fronts have been openly operating from the very nations that have themselves banned LTTE.

The accusation is that LTTE’s crimes have escaped because of their ability to pocket foreign parliamentarians. There are reasons why we believe so

Example of Canada – How Canadian leaders have even attended LTTE fundraisers / events and continue to carry out a bogus concern for Tamils when all the funds raised have gone to the LTTE and not to ordinary Tamils. No action has been taken against these Parliamentarians neither have they been investigated for the type of relationship that they have with these LTTE fronts.

  • Canadian Finance Minister Paul Martin and Ms. M Minna as well as other Canadian MPs attended LTTE fund raiser in 2000
  • Liberal MPs have attended ceremonies honouring LTTE leaders
  • Bob Rae Leader of the Liberal Party has been more concerned about Sri Lanka’s Tamils than his own countrymen!
  • The Canadian Tamil Congress thanked MP Stephen Harper (now PM) and Foreign Minister John Baird for supporting their ‘cause’ – CTC is listed as a LTTE front.
  • When Allan Rock served as Minister of Justice, he was soft on the LTTE in Canada

Even organizations like Amnesty International accepted Canadian dollars 50,000 from the Canadian Tamil Congress also listed as a LTTE front. The cheque was presente at an event to which TNA MP Sumanthiran also participated.

Example of Britain

  • LTTE’s international office has been London and LTTE has openly publicized this. LTTE’s supposed theoretician Anton Balasingham freely moved to and from London on behalf of the LTTE. His wife Adele was the key trainer of suicide cadres in particular children and she continues to live happily in the UK. LTTE was banned by UK on 28 February 2000.
  • When the ban was announced the following British MPs objected : Robert Evans, Linda Perham, Andrew Dismore, Dr. Jenny Tong, Jeremy Corbyn, John MacDonald, Andy Love.  Similarly, Hon Andrew Love (Labour), Hon Simon Hughes (Lib Dem), Hon Jeremy Corbyn (Lab), Hon John McDonnell (Lab), Hon Paul Burstow (Lib Dem), Hon Susan Kramer (Lib Dem), Hon Andrew Dismore (Lab), Hon Andrew Pelling (Independent), Hon Lee Scott (Conservative), Rt. Hon Keith Vaz (Lab) and the Hon Minister Bill Rammell (Lab) – They were never investigated as to why they would wish to sing on behalf of the LTTE?
  • Other MPs who have voiced support for LTTE have been Gavin Barwell, Tom Brake, James Brokenshire, David Burrowes, Edward Davey, Duncan Smith, Barry Gardiner, Zac Goldsmith, Robert, Halfon, Stephen Hammond, Nick Hurd, Joseph Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Siobhain McDonagh, Bob Neill, Richard Ottoway, Stephen Pound, Andrew Rosindell, Sarah Teather, Gareth Thomas, Stephen Timms, Theresa Villiers, Angela Watkinson, Angus Robertson, Dianne Abbot, Jon Trickett, Mark Hendrik, Philip Davies, Peter Bottomley, David Miliband, Stella Creasy & John Mann,
  • InMay 2007, UK MP for Edmonton Andy Love declared open the LTTE’s new TV station Tharisanam in Southgate, London
  • David Miliband attended the launch of the Global Tamil Forum on 24th February 2010 at the UK House of Commons whilst he was serving as UK Foreign Secretary despite protests by the GOSL. Miliband continues to speak on behalf of the GTF – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOaxLvJ5aW0
  • speakers like Siobhain McDonagh, MP Robert Halfon (holding posts in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils), Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Nick Clegg UK Deputy PM and Leader of Liberal Democrat Party, Douglas Alexander Shadow Foreign Secretary, Ed Davey Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Simon Hughes Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, Kerry McCarthy Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister, Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State FCO, Ed Miliband Leader of Labour Party and brother of David Miliband all spoke at the 27 February 2013, Global Tamil Forum 3rd anniversary conference held at UK Parliament.
  • Gordon Brown then PM of Britain attended the GTF inaugural GM on 24 February 2010
  • Stuart Drake also joined Joan Ryan and GTF as its Research and Communication Chief
  • Joan Ryan, former member of Labor Party, MP for Enfield North (1997-2010) was elected as the CEO of GTF. She was also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for nationality, citizenship and immigration and was responsible for ID cards/passports, refugee integration etc. In the light of the exposure of Tamil asylum seekers (especially those with LTTE connections) paying to be tortured to secure asylum there is a big question mark as to what role she played during her tenure between 2006-2007 in charge of ID/passports given her role as CEO of GTF- a banned LTTE front. In May 2009 she claimed £4,500 under the Additional Costs Allowance. In February 2010 she was asked to pay £5,121 mortgage interest, the same period news covered 20 attempts to delete from Parliament omputers details of her expense claims and the same period she joins a terrorist front as CEO!

Examples in US : With the international illegal activities LTTE and its Diaspora elements are involved in, LTTE is able to retain the best of lawyers and pocket any foreign parliamentarian as well and with a host of LTTE fronts now banned under UNSC Resolution the foreign parliamentarians associated with them should all be investigated.

  • Bruce Feinn is the pro-LTTE ‘Tamils Against Genocide’ retainer lawyer (Lichfield Group/Fein & Fein, LLC)
  • Ramsey Clark is the former US Attorney General. He is 82 years old. He has joined the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam as one of its Senators. The TGTE is on the list of proscribed LTTE fronts named by the GOSL. Clark was also the Elections Commissioner for the US TGTE elections.
  • Domach Wal Ruach of the SPLM-USA congratulated members of the TGTE
  • Also in the TGTE – Robert Evans: Former UK Member of European Parliament, Daniel Mayan: Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM): South Sudan, Dr. Brian Seneviratne: A Sinhalese Physician from Australia, Mr. Roy Chetty: South Africa, Mr. Gilles Piquois: Attorney – at – Law: France, Mr. David Matas: Human Rights Attorney: Canada,

Examples in Australia:

  • Bruce Haigh – patron of Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies has as colleagues Brahmi Jegan and Dr. Sam Pari whom the Sri Lanka Defense authorities have proved as being a member of the LTTE
  • Australian Parliament by John Murphy, Parliamentary Secretary of Trade and the Member for Lowe constituency refused to denounce LTTE crimes or the LTTE leader
  • Senator Lee Rhianon – in fact Senator Lee was reprimanded by Don Randall for commemorating Prabakaran “I urge Senator Lee Rhiannon to make a public apology regarding her disgraceful and dishonest statement on Sri Lanka in this parliament. That is just untenable when, in the post- conflict era, Sri Lanka is positively progressing and people are enjoying a dividend of peace. The statement made by Senator Lee Rhiannon is unacceptable as she is supporting the LTTE while castigating the democratically elected President of Sri Lanka, which clearly creates disharmony and division amongst Sri Lankans in a peaceful Sri Lanka,”
  • Justice John Dowd, a former Chairman of the International Commission of Jurists and a former NSW Attorney General attended an event organized by the Australian Tamil Congress and Global Tamil Forum in 2011 (ATC and GTF is also proscribed by GOSL)
  • Other Australian MPs include Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trent Hawkins on behalf of the Socialist Alliance, ALP state MP Luke Donnellan, Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator Claire Moore sent a congratulatory message to ATC, Dr. Dennis Jensen, Mr Nick Champion, Jack Snelling MP SA http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/10/06/gosl-names-bans-ltte-fronts-australian-tamil-congress/

Examples of the Church:

  • The Head of the proscribed Global Tamil Forum is a Church Father – Father Emmanuel. His links to Prabakaran and the LTTE go far yet the Church/Vatican has completely ignored Father Emmanuel’s links to terrorism. Father Emmanuel hailed LTTE as freedom fighters, he compared Prabakaran to Jesus Christ, referred to LTTE as ‘soldiers of Christ’, called the suicide cadres as ‘martyrs of the Catholic Church’ and referred to himself as Moses.
  • Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph opened Eelam House in UK and allowed LTTE to use the Madhu Church and run a radio station inside it (Radio Veritas),
  • Other notable Bishops linked to the LTTE is – Bishop of Jaffna Savundranayagam, Bishop of Batticoloa Kingsley Swamipillai, Father Gaspar Raj Jegath of Radio Veritas, Father Chandrakanthan, S Jebanesan Bishop of Church of South India, Dick Wootton of Australia, Bishop Kenneth Fernando visited Prabakaran with Charles Abeysekera and Jayadeva Uyangoda, Rev Sr. Mary Barbara, Dr Anita Nesiah, M. Rajasigham, Joe William and T. Jayasingham of the National Peace Council, A senior Christian priest, Rev. Sam T. Jayathilakarajah of the Achchelu Methodist Church and his brother, Dr. Jayakularajah enthusiastically gave shelter and performed surgery on injured LTTE members (including Pulenthiran and Seelan) after they attacked the Chavakachcheri Police station in 1982.
  • Christian priest, Father Anton Sinnarasa was also arrested by the Sri Lankan army for sheltering the LTTE members and for his involvement in the LTTE bank van holdup at Neervely, where 81 lakhs of rupees was robbed on March 25th 1981. In September 1983, Father Sinnarasa later escaped from custody during the famous Batticoloa jailbreak. He slipped away to Canada a few years later and continues to lead LTTE-front activities in Tamil-dominated suburbs of Toronto under the name “Anton Philip”. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ran a detailed report on another Christian priest, Father Francis Xavier who is a leading organizer and fundraiser for the Tamil Tigers in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.onlanka.com/news/gosl-proscribed-father-s-j-emmanuel-a-catholic-priest-linked-to-ltte-terrorism.html

Then there are the agencies claiming to be unbiased and transparent. Is it not amusing then when these very agencies sponsor a one-sided documentary compiled by Britain’s Channel 4 which has as its star witness a proven LTTE member (Vany Kumar?

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, Open Society Foundation (George Soros), Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission jointly screened the C4 documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ at the Congressional Auditorium, Washington DC on 15 July 2011 to senators, congressmen, officials and diplomats. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group also jointly screened the documentary at the European Parliament, Brussels on 12th October 2011 too. Why did these entities not jointly screen atrocities committed by the LTTE?

Ban Ki Moon’s Panel of Experts even described LTTE as ‘disciplined’ in its Report.

Thus, it is not difficult to understand why GOSL has an uphill task of bringing justice to the victims of LTTE terror. The LTTE Diaspora has managed to pocket foreign parliamentarians and international organizations and influence them. The exact nature of what keeps foreign governments/leaders silent on LTTE atrocities can be exposed only if a brave decision is taken to investigate all foreign leaders connected to the LTTE fronts now proscribed by the GOSL. With the goalposts changed after naming and shaming the organizations the onus is now on foreign governments to investigate their people for links to terror. The importance of this is highlighted with the Government of India ascertaining that Eelam is still alive and includes Great Tamil Nadu as well.

The only VIP treatment as far as we can remember that Taliban got was a visit to the White House and a handshake with President Ronald Reagan. Taliban becomes isolated and its crimes get global denouncement +because it has not had the brains to devise ways to entice foreign parliamentarians to their fold which the LTTE-brains have mastered over the years.

The innocent victims of LTTE terrorism sympathize and condole with the parents and families of the children and teachers massacred by the Taliban in Peshawar Pakistan. We feel the pain they are suffering. LTTE gave us 30 years of sorrow and they are out to re-enter to destroy our lives once again.

The world must say NO to Terrorism and Politicians must not use Terrorism for political gains.  

Shenali D Waduge

Backstabbing and diplomacy in London -Life Abroad – Part 109

December 18th, 2014

Dr. Tilak Fernando

Two years prior to Ceylon gaining independence, Sir George Claude Stanley Corea was appointed as the first ‘Ceylonese Representative’ to the United Kingdom in 1946 and served in that capacity until 1949. The position was akin to a ‘diplomat par excellence’. Subsequently in 1948, after Ceylon gained independence, he was appointed to the United States as the first ‘Ceylonese Ambassador’.

The Sri Lankan diplomatic service which has metamorphosed from 25 Grosvenor Square, London W1 to 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 from 1949, the following personalities have served the Government of Ceylon/Sri Lanka as official High Commissioners in the UK. (See table)

HC Chandra Monarawala

Stressful era

Over a phase of over six decades, the most traumatic time a Sri Lankan High Commissioner in London had to face distinctive and extraordinary problems could be regarded as the period between 1984 and 1990, during Mr. Chandra Monerawala’s tenure when a malicious and spiteful propaganda campaign against Sri Lanka was in full bloom by the LTTE terrorist supporters in the UK along with other Western countries. Moreover, he had to withstand personal encounters and an offensive campaign against him by some political stooges of junior ranks appointed to the mission by the then Foreign Minister, who was regarded as ‘running the Foreign Ministry according to his own whims and fancies’!

One needs to concede the covert operations instituted by HC Monarawala to safeguard Sri Lanka’s image at the hour of need, and due credit should be given to him for executing furtively in a ‘diplomatic’ fashion by grooming several British Parliamentarians and Foreign and Commonwealth officials, which the general public was not aware of!

This he had to accomplish amidst vicious campaigns against him, to restrict his authority as the official High Commissioner, at times by various political henchmen in London appointed to the mission by the then Foreign Minister A.C.S. Hameed. Several attempts by one or two such insignificant minor staff who attempted to hinder his programs and authority, had ultimately to pay retribution in a big way by not only having to leave London but complete their ‘adopted’ foreign service career altogether!

Friends of Sri Lanka

HC Chandra Monarawala invited Sir John Fields, the ex. British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka (1979 -1984), upon his return to the UK, to initiate an Association called Friends of Sri Lanka during Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister A.C.S. Hammed’s time in 1987.

The aim of establishing such an organisation was mainly to ‘maintain close unofficial contacts between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka'; promote social activities including an annual dinner, receptions and regular meetings between persons interested in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans. The idea was mainly to contribute to the spread of knowledge of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom.

My friend, Sepala Munasinghe, a retired Barrister, who now lives in France, recollects how the High Commissioner, Chandra Monarawala requested him (Munasinghe) to join the Committee of Friends of Sri Lanka Association as he (Monarawala) feared it was becoming a more of an Anglo Saxon organisation! In fact, Sepala Munasinghe had most probably been the only Sri Lankan on the Committee of Friends of Sri Lanka Association at the time, sans Shelton Perera, another Sri Lankan solicitor who was a partner at Farrer & Co (Solicitors) at a much later stage after Sepala Munasinghe left London in 2004 to retire in France.

F. C. Rowan’s contribution

A senior partner F. C. Rowan, at Julius and Creasy Co, who happened to be a good friend of N.U. Jayawardena, was instrumental in introducing and sending Shelton Perera to Farrer & Co to manage and cultivate Sri Lankan businesses for Farrer & Co at the time. Shelton Perera, who had been playing the second fiddle to senior partner Bill Farrer, was made a partner at Farrer & Co. solicitors upon latter’s retirement.

Jenny Smith and her husband were solicitors in the UK. Her husband was a partner in a solicitors firm and had close contacts with Sri Lanka. Jenny Smith who had been an apprentice at Farrer & Co., initially worked as an under-study to Shelton Perera. However, when she became a fully fledged solicitor, she was sent to Sri Lanka to work at Julius and Creasy Co., in order for her to familiarise herself with Sri Lanka and also to become acquainted with all the important people at Sri Lankan Corporations, which the critics said it simply boiled down to a ‘Mafia’ to exploit Sri Lankan business”.

Jenny Smith took on the mantle of her husband after his death and established a school in Jaffna in his name. She then began to visit Sri Lanka frequently and work for Julius and Creasy intermittently to acquaint herself with Sri Lankan businesses for the benefit of Shelton Perera who was by then a partner at Farrer & Co. Farer Co managed to earn a lot of money through Sri Lanka!

It is mentioned that initially Farers took an active role in supporting the Friends of Sri Lanka – it was a quid pro quo for the work they were doing for Sri Lanka. Those who were familiar with what was happening at the time tend to believe, for any altruistic reasons, Shelton Perera was merely a pawn in it – and a very lucrative pawn too for that matter!!

British assistance

Barrister Sepala Munasinghe recollects how some meetings of the Friends of Sri Lanka Association were held at the offices of Farrer & Co, but they never allowed it on a recurrent basis. As an alternative arrangement, meetings of the Association had to be convened in the home of John Fields in Notting Hill.

During Sepala Munasinghe’s time at the Association as a committee member Rt. Hon the Baroness Boothroyd OM PC, who was the Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK once, hosted a cocktail party. The Rt. Hon the Lord Naseby PC, (alias Michael Morris, the former Conservative MP) being a Patron of the Association had been a genuine supporter of Sri Lanka. He has appeared once on a TV debate arguing against the LTTE terrorism and their false propaganda against Sri Lanka. It was felt at the time that a certain section of the Conservative party did not take very kindly to the MP’s approach at the time. Much later, in 2009, Sir Christopher Ondaatje OC CBE has been welcomed to the list of Patrons of Friends of Sri Lanka Association.

The first annual general meeting of the Association was held on 10 June 1988 where the objects and functions of the Association were formally set out to remain a non-political organisation whose aim was to foster friendship, goodwill and understanding in all spheres of national life between the people of the United Kingdom and the people of Sri Lanka.

The membership of the Friends of Sri Lanka Association was made up of people of all ages and all races and creeds who shared a common interest – i.e.: Sri Lanka. The Association organised several events each year, the majority of which were held in and around London.

Two regular annual events were the Annual General Meeting held at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London, and the annual lunch held in autumn, which became a popular event, free of speeches and any formal and other official process, but was seen as a wholesome opportunity to meet up and intermingle with old and new friends while enjoying a splendid Sri Lankan meal of rice and curry.

The Association also had organised three or four other diverse events each year, all of which were focused on a specific Sri Lankan theme. Once, Victoria Glendenning has articulated about Leonard Woolf, who spent eight years in the Ceylon Civil Service before returning home to marry Virginia Stephen in 1912; Likewise, Richard Gombrich, Professor of Sanskrit at the Oxford University, has spoken about aspects of Buddhism; Shruti Chopra has taken the members round the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, showing and explaining the variety of plants endemic to Sri Lanka

“It is natural to face many impediments, difficulties while progressing towards success. If one gets disheartened and withdraws from the goal, the joy of success would be unattainable”

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Disintergartion of JHU even before presidential election- 17 out of 29 JHU Provincial Council members left JHU to join SLFP

December 18th, 2014

Hot News

In an interview with journalists today, Udaya gammanpila said 17 out of 29 JHU provincial council members have pledged their support to the government presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse. Ther e are 8 Bikkhus in that group.

17 JHU PS members support MR

Courtesy Daily Mirror

Western Provincial Councilor Udaya Gammanpila who crossed over to the government recently said seventeen out of the 29 Jathika Hela Urumaya Pradeshiya Sabha monks today joined the government to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa and vowed to form their own party. (Jehan Gunasekara) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/59161/17-jhu-ps-members-support-mr#sthash.vsBMtpKT.dpuf

Courtesy Divaina

ජනාධිපතිට සහයෝගය දීමට
ගම්මන්පිලගෙන් අලුත් පිලක්‌
හෙළ උරුමයේ 17 දෙනෙක්‌ සමග ජනපති හමුවේ

සමන් ගමගේ

ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ මහතාට සහාය පළකරමින් ජාතික හෙළ උරුමය පක්‌ෂයෙන් ඉවත් වූ බස්‌නාහිර පළාත් සභා මන්ත්‍රී උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතා නව දේශපාලන පක්‌ෂයක්‌ ස්‌ථාපිත කිරීමට තීරණය කර තිබේ.

මෙහිදී දැනට ජාතික හෙළ උරුමය පක්‍ෂයෙන් පළාත් පාලන ආයතන නියෝජනය කරනු ලබන මන්ත්‍රීන් විසිනව දෙනා අතරින් දහහත් දෙනෙක්‌ම ගම්මන්පිල මහතා සමග එක්‌ව සිටිති.

ඉන් මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් අටදෙනකු (8) ජාතික හෙළ උරුමයෙන් පළාත් පාලන ආයතන නියෝජනය කරනු ලබන භික්‍ෂුන් වහන්සේලා වෙති.

මව්බිමේ සුරක්‍ෂිත බව සහ දේශීයත්වය ආරක්‌ෂා කිරීම අරමුණු කර ගනිමින් මෙම නව දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂය ආරම්භ කෙරේ.

නව දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂය ස්‌ථාපිත කිරීම සඳහා තමන් සමග එක්‌වූ ජාතික හෙළ උරුමය පළාත් පාලන නියෝජිතයන් සමග ඊයේ (17 දා) ගම්මන්පිල මහතා කොළඹ අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ දී ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‌ෂ මහතාද මුණගැසී තිබේ.

India says Eelam includes Greater Tamil Nadu – Sri Lankan Voters Beware of CBK-Maithri-TNA MOU

December 18th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

India has sent out an important message. LTTE is not dead after all though its leader and key ground force leaders were eliminated in May 2009. People had forgotten about those that funded the LTTE, those that ran propaganda for the LTTE and the minds that strategized LTTE’s terror as well as people in office whose personal ideologies lends support to creating separatism. Rewind our memory and relook at the Greater Eelam agenda and realize why India palmed off Eelam to Sri Lanka to avoid calamity on home soil after crushing the We Tamil movement. LTTE was the creation of that pass-the-buck exercise later to be adopted by European sources, the same players out to create a regime change in Sri Lanka not caring for Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims a reality people need to understand. The 2015 Presidential Election has seen separate secret MOUs amongst selective groups in the same camp. One such MOU is between CBK-Maithri and the TNA promising to give Tamil support for a half-way Eelam that would still enable them to keep the dream alive and continue the fundraising from foreign shores as well as secure their political careers amongst their own. Eelam driven by Europe is nothing that India’s Central Government is likely to want to toy with knowing the Yugoslav and Russian example and the Taliban raid on a Pakistani school killing over 126 children shows Sri Lanka needs to do much to secure the country from terror by LTTE and future likely terror too.

Ban on LTTE continues

The foreign nations that have banned LTTE continue to do so even after 5 years of LTTE defeat. It signals their own awareness that LTTE’s brains are very much alive though LTTE’s limbs are no more. India too has chosen to continue the ban. In fact both the Central Government and the Tamil Nadu Government told a tribunal that the LTTE continues to nurture a ‘greater Tamil Nadu’ an objective that has been voiced far before LTTE rose to prominence. That Greater Eelam includes the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and North and East Sri Lanka. It has been reinvented to be the West’s ideal base in South Asia and the perfect centre for the Christian movement steadily based via NGOs and other charities which the Indian Government is well aware of and have documented.

Thus, Sri Lanka must note that the Home Ministry has requested that India continues to declare the LTTE as an ‘unlawful organization’ for the next 5 years and the Delhi High Court Tribunal has upheld that request. The LTTE threat in Tamil Nadu comes through the Tamil National Liberation Army. Needless to say, scores of Tamil Nadu politicians openly support LTTE and do not seem to fear regular lock ups in detention for singing praise to Prabakaran.

What is important in India’s realization that LTTE continues to pose a threat to India and the recently signed secret MOU between CBK-Maithri and TNA is the contents that takes us back to the time of the cease fire agreement and the manner CBK was willing to sign ISGA/PTOMs virtually handing over Eelam to the LTTE on a platter wherein even direct trade, direct disbursement of funds, direct dealings with foreign nations was accepted. The current MOU which TNA is pushing in exchange for the assurance that TNA would demand Tamils to give their vote for Maithri is the agreement to remove military bases and reduce them to a small insignificant number, close down all non-Tamil settlements and even accept accountability as per allegations of war crimes. Having played no role in the defeat CBK and Maithri would have no qualms about signing such an MOU that would charge all her enemies with war crimes though the status of Sarath Fonseka would pose a problem. Secret meetings in Singapore between CBK-Maithri-Mangala-Ranil and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam suffices to say that they are upto no good.

The sole reason to remove the military from the North obviously is to relaunch Eelam by bringing in all the LTTE cadres that have fled and who now live on foreign shores as refugees. Unrehabilitated they remain deadly even without guns and the ploy is obviously to bring them back and reengage them in guerilla warfare. These are factors that the voters cannot afford to ignore whatever change they are dreaming for. Change if at all will come in return to a pre-2009 stage wherein the same players that handled the LTTE are prepared to fund Part 2 of that same plot.

There are some matters that the TNA has overlooked or taken for granted?

How many Tamils does the TNA actually command power over? If they did have power over 75% of the Tamil people in 2012 that figure has today diminished to less than 50%. The TNA has itself to blame. All Tamils should look at the number of times the TNA MPs have either taken flight overseas or the times they have been out of the Northern peninsula to realize that the TNA Provincial Council has not done justice to the Tamils except by mouth only. No Action and little sincerity in looking after Tamil interests by Tamils can easily be proven in the manner the TNA has not spent the funds that the TNA themselves requested for in the Northern Provincial Council budget. If the TNA does not spend funds that it requested and the Government allocated it is not the fault of the Government that the TNA has ignored looking after its people but have been ever ready to complain about what TNA is not given. No one has the pluck to ask the TNA to first start showing that it can administer the North instead of claiming to want a separate administrative unit. Of Rs 5,831 Million allocated by Govt for North, the TNA Provincial Administration has utilised only 25.17% up to Sep 30th 2014.

Moreover the Tamils themselves have issues of their own to deal with. Top on that is the re-emergence of caste factors, families are now discovering that marriages pre-2009 have been with low-castes and these have become major issues for families. Then there are the Vanni families who are now beginning to realize that it was their children that became the pawns for the LTTE killer machine – which translates for the need for us to understand that in terms of real suffering it was only the Vanni Tamils and the areas from which LTTE plucked out other cadres that actually suffered. These Vanni Tamils denied electricity, freedom of movement and other benefits that majority of Tamils enjoyed under LTTE rule are now realizing the bad deal they got from their own people. Thus, all is not as honky dory in the North at people level and the fault for that lies in the Tamil social system and has nothing whatsoever to do with administration at the Centre. The submissions being sent by Tamils to the UN investigation panel will reveal the extent to which Tamils in the Vanni had suffered. Sadly, the Tamils in the rest of the country have not cared about their plight. Their stories are eyeopeners as to who the LTTE really was and will reveal the extent of their crimes upon the Tamils as well as the entire nation. What the Tamils suffered or are suffering, what the Sinhalese suffer or are suffering or what the Muslims feel is none of the concern of those wanting to use puppets to create chaos in the country.

 This is what the people in the country need to be aware of. We are into just 5 years of peace following 30 years of terrorism. The people have had no time to even enjoy their freedom because the UNHRC/UN have been breathing down the country with allegations most of which they have yet to even prove but between themselves they are funding awards, reports, accolades and cheering themselves on about figures they cannot even give a name or number to. The pressures and fear psychosis have had their toll on the Government but this election is crucial for people need to think not twice but thrice about the scenario that would ensue if foreign collaborated new Presidential Team were to win elections. At a selfish level the people will need to first question how far will peace prevail in the country if the Maithri team with their bag and baggage of skeletons with no vision or plan take reigns of a country that is moving forward. Let us not be naïve to dream that removing one corrupt government is not likely to create another corrupt government – the players are afterall the same and surprisingly the majority of them were in the Government, so where’s the difference?

 For the voters, the only thought should be will our vote create chaos in Sri Lanka leading to terror once again?

 The nation must ensure that TERRORISM IS NOT ALLOWED TO RAISE ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN… the little coffins of dead children in Pakistan is a reminder of all the years that we suffered and we do not wish to return to those times…..even for CHANGE.

 Shenali D Waduge

Gota blasts those ashamed of being Sinhalese

December 18th, 2014

Courtesy The Daily  Mirror

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said it was extremely unfortunate to note that there were some influential figures within Sri Lanka who have said openly that the country should submit itself to an international investigation.

“One such figure has even admitted to being proud of her children for saying they were ashamed to be Sinhalese and Sri Lankans after having watched what is little more than an LTTE propaganda film aired on Channel 4,” Mr. Rajapaksa said addressing businessmen and professionals at the Momentum forum.

The full speech:

“The question we must all ask ourselves at this point in time is whether we are willing to risk the future of Sri Lanka by weakening our resolve to protect what we have legitimately achieved. Can we trust those whose past actions were dictated by external pressures to do what is best for Sri Lanka in the future?

The most critical thing for Sri Lanka today is the maintenance of stability. Ensuring that our present momentum does not falter requires continuity above everything else. All of the problems caused by three decades of terrorism and lax governance of past Governments cannot be solved in just five years. The sheer range of issues is far too great to have been dealt with comprehensively in such a short span of time. In fact, in consideration of how vast these challenges were, the progress that has been achieved by the incumbent Government since the end of the war is truly remarkable.

Between 2006 and 2009, the Government’s focus was on ending terrorism and bringing peace to Sri Lanka. From 2009 to date, its focus has been on maintaining that peace, stability, and security whilst creating an environment conducive to sustained economic growth. As we go forward, I am absolutely certain that all the remaining issues we face as a nation, including issues of national reconciliation and good governance will be systematically addressed and solved by the Government. This will contribute to the creation of a resurgent Sri Lanka that can stand proudly and independently as a peaceful, stable, fast growing, sovereign state in the community of nations. If this is to be the case, we must not stray from the transformative path we have been on for the last several years. Instead, we must continue on the journey we have been on together. It is both our duty and our privilege to sustain our present momentum as a nation and achieve all that we can for Sri Lanka and all Sri Lankans.

Because of this misreading of the nature of the LTTE threat either through innocence or wilful ignorance, and also as a result of certain geopolitical agendas, some influential foreign governments did not quite support the Government’s decision in 2006 to pursue a military solution to the terrorist conflict. Although several friendly countries had banned the LTTE, not all of its activities in the international arena were stopped. For example, the LTTE continued raising funds through various means and very successfully procured its weapons from overseas. Members of LTTE linked groups also built significant pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka to stop the Humanitarian Operation. They intensively lobbied foreign governments, organised large public protests, and used their influence with the international media to make various allegations against the Sri Lankan military. President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not cave in to this pressure and the Humanitarian Operation continued until terrorism was defeated in Sri Lanka. However, in the years after this defeat, these same LTTE linked elements have redoubled their efforts in the global arena. Their new strategy is to claim to be human rights activists who are working to bring the Sri Lankan Government and it’s military to justice for alleged crimes and human rights violations during the Humanitarian Operation.”

It is largely because of these efforts that despite the end of the conflict five years ago, the United Nations Human Rights Council continues to keep Sri Lanka high on its agenda. An investigation whose justification and legitimacy has been categorically rejected by the Government is now being carried out through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is in spite of all the efforts made by the Government through official publications to demonstrate that the Humanitarian Operation was conducted in accordance with international norms. This is despite conclusive evidence put forward to show that mass killings did not take place. For example, a comprehensive professional census was carried out by the Department of Census and Statistics, using Tamil speaking enumerators from the North and East, in 2011. This Census has conclusively proven that the total number of lives lost during the Humanitarian Operation, including those of LTTE cadres, is a fraction of numbers that are being alleged abroad. The majority of the deaths, in fact, were of LTTE cadres who died during the fighting.

Despite all of this evidence to the contrary, the notion that the military acted against civilian interests is being given a lot of support at multilateral forums because of the work of certain LTTE influenced individuals and organisations. There is also credible evidence that a concerted campaign has been undertaken by the LTTE and its sympathisers to fabricate evidence against Sri Lanka for use in the international investigation. Blank complaint forms signed by resettled civilians have been found in the possession of an ex LTTE cadre working in concert with a prominent ethnocentric political party. It is overwhelmingly likely that these forms were to be submitted to the international investigation after being filled out by third parties. Many more such blank signed forms no doubt exist. One can only assume what accusations will be found on these pre-signed blank forms once they are filled in and submitted to the international investigation. Yet, unfortunately, this is what is being claimed as credible evidence by these agencies. It is particularly disturbing to note that a Spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has even indicated that evidence submitted after the deadline would not necessarily be rejected. This shows the extent to which basic principles of due process and fair play have been ignored in the rush to have an international investigation into Sri Lanka

Notwithstanding these issues and the falsity of the allegations being made, and despite the sad irony of LTTE cadres and operatives being allowed to make accusations against the military, the Geneva process could have serious repercussions. Sri Lanka’s sovereignty could be gravely affected unless the Government remains strong and stable. It is only if the Government remains strong that it will be able to take the decisions necessary to secure the best interests of the country. Sri Lanka must strongly and consistently maintain its principled rejection of the international investigation. We must also continue to actively muster the support of friendly nations in the international community. In this regard, it is important to bear in mind that the pressure mounted against Sri Lanka comes only from certain parts of the world. It is by no means reflective of world opinion. As long as the Government remains strong and stable, actions detrimental to Sri Lanka cannot be easily carried out through international processes. Above all, the Government must remain able to reject demands from various quarters that are inimical to the national interest. This is a serious issue that all Sri Lankans must take note of and be vigilant about.

Peace exists in Sri Lanka today as a result of the Humanitarian Operation. Peace exists because His Excellency the President had the political will, the determination and the courage to see the military campaign through to the very end. Peace exists because the Armed Forces carried out an extremely difficult operation through immense hardship for three and a half years to defeat the terrorists. During this time, more than 6,000 brave soldiers gave up their lives and 25,000 more suffered serious injury to win our freedom from the LTTE’s terror. Our peace, stability and security—our very future, in fact—was won at immense cost. We must never forget that, and we must never allow these sacrifices to be demeaned or diminished because of international pressure or because of political convenience.

A DAMNING PROCLAMATION BY A DASTARD POLITICAL THUG

December 18th, 2014

Susantha Wijesinghe.

“”THE JVP would be in the forefront when Mahinda is pulled out of temple trees like an animal after 8th January. “”

The Proclamation above by Anura Kumara,  appears in print in the media, with his photograph to boot.  There is still much time for the Election Day. The President is being Bodily threatened, while he is still in office as the incumbent President.

In an identical situation in USA, if anyone threatened the incumbent President with BODILY HARM, with strong derogatory statements, the CIA would have whisked HIM away into a penitentiary pending indictment. Probably he would have ended up at Guantanamo Prison for a dose of torture and water boarding.

In an identical situation in Russia, if anyone threatened the incumbent President with Bodily Harm, even without any derogatory comment, he would  not be among the living.

This is a threat to National Security, and to an INCUMBENT PRESIDENT,  and what is our IGP Doing ?  What is our Defense Secretary Doing ?  This is an appalling situation. Why is everybody in surrender mode?  Why is everybody in fear of implementing the Law of the Land ?  This is a disgusting situation.   It appears that a set of THUGS are ruling the roost.  What is happening to this Beautiful People of Sri Lanka.?

Is this the New Culture that the peace loving People of Sri Lanka envisage ?      If it is YES, I have nothing else to say.   If it is NO, then please set the Law of the Land in motion.     

JVP HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN THE LOSS OF LIVES OF ABOUT 40,000 YOUTH.  NOW THEY ARE THREATENING TO TAKE THE INCUMBENT PRESIDENT LIKE AN ANIMAL OUT OF TEMPLE TREES.

උතුරේ මෝඩ සංවර්ධනය පාරාවළල්ලක් වනු ඇත.

December 17th, 2014

ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

  දෙමළුන් විසින් තමන්ගේ නිජ බිමයය් කියන උතුර  එසේනොවෙයය්කියා නිශේධ නොකර උතුරු පළාත් සභාවකුත් පත්කර  රටේ මුළු   මුදල් සම්භාරයෙන්  විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක්  වය කර  මේ රජය විසින්  දැන් කර ගෙන යන  දැවැන්ත සංවර්ධන කටයුතු   නිසා  සිදු වන්නේ  රනිල් හා චන්ද්‍රිකා  විසින් කොටි සමග  ඇතිකළ සාම ගිවිසුම නිසා කොටි  බලවත් වූ පරිදිම දෙමල ජාතිවාදීන් නැවත බලවත් වීමය.

තුන් හාර මාසයකින් ඉවර කල හැකිව තිබු  ත්‍රස්ත  යන පැරදවීම වසර 3ක් දක්වා කල් යාමට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව රනිල්  විසින් කොටි  යලි නගීසිටුවීමය් .

මේ පාපතර ගේ පාපතර ක්‍රියාව  දෙස චන්ද්‍රිකා සිනාසෙමින් අහක බලාගෙන සිටි යේ කවදා හෝ ”’ අනේ මම දන්නේ නැහැ ” ය කීමටය .ඇ  ය දැන් ඒ ටික කියය් ‘”මම 75% ක් යුධය නිමා කළා ”’ ඇය  දැන් පට්ටපල් බොරු දෙසා බාන්නේ  ප්‍රභා කරන්  ට වසර 10 කට උතුර පාවාදෙන්නට කල ද්‍රෝහී ක්‍රියාව වසන් කරමිනි . මේ ගැහැණිය අවමංගල සමග අවලම් තවලම් ගිය හැටි අමතක කර කටයුතු කරන ශ්‍රීලංකා නිදහස් පාක්ෂිකයොත් කීප දෙනෙක් සිටීම  රටේම අභාග්‍යයකි .

මේ ගැහැණිය පක්ෂයේ සියලු ජාතික ප්‍රතිපත්ති  වෙනස් කර  නළු සැමියා සමග  අබෞද්ධ බලවේගයක්  ගොඩනගා  ගෙනගිය ව්‍යාපාරය  අඩපන වුයේ විජය කුමාරතුංග  ඝාතනය වීම නිසාය.  මුළු රටම නළුවාට රැවටී ඔහු පසු පස යාම  යුතු පරිදිම ඔහු ඝාතනය වීම නිසාය,. එසේ නොවුයේනම්  ඒ නළුවා සියලු රඟපෑම්  මගින්  සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය විනාශ කරනු ඇත.

ආනන්ද වීරසේකර නම් හමුදා නිලධාරියා යාපනේ  අණදෙන නිලධාරියාව සිටි සමයේ  රජයේ අනුග්‍රහය ඇතිව විජය  යාපනේ කොටිකන්දවුරට ගියේය  කිට්ටු ඇතුළු  කොටි ඔහු සාදරයෙන් පිළිගත් හැටි කොටින් විසින් පලකල  ”’ you  too  india ” නම් පොතේ  පින්තුර සහිතව ඇත. මේ නළු වා එතරමටම කොටින්ට හිතවත් විය  ඉන්පසු  ඔහු ඉන්දියාවටද ගොස් කොටි හමු විය ..

විමුක්ති නම් ඔහු ‘පුත් ” ”’ලංකාවේ ඉපදුන සිංහලයෙක් යය කීමට  ලජ්ජා වන්නේ ‘නළු ලේ  ඇඟේ  ඇති නිසාය  චන්ද්‍රිකා අම්මාට පුතාගේ කතා හරි අගේය  අම්මා අප්පා හැදු පක්ෂය වෙනත් විජා තික  පක්ෂයකට හැරවූ  ගැහැණියකගේ  පැටිකිරිය  තවමත් අත්තනගල්ල පැත්තේ මෝඩයන්ට තේරෙන්නේ නැද්ද .?

ඇත්තන ගල්ල  වැසියෝ  සිරිසඟබෝ  වැනි රාජ්‍ය ලෝභය අත්හල බෞද්ධ  ශ්‍රේෂ්ටයන්ගේ අයනම් මේ බල ලෝභී චෞර ගැහැණිය  එළවා දැමිය යුතුය.  කෙසේ හෝ වේවා උතු රේ  සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් 75% පදිංචි නොකර  මහින්දලා මේ කරන  සංවර්ධන කටයුතුවලින් වන්නේ කොටි ජාතිවාදීන්  සියලු පහසුකම් සහිත ව  සිංහල සතුරන් වී නැවත සිංහලයන්ම මරාදමීට සන්නස්ධ්ධ වීමය් .

කිසිදා  දෙමල බලවතුන්  සිංහලයන් හා එක වන්නේ නැත.  බස්නා හිර පළාතත් දැන් ඔවුන්ගේය උතුර දකුණත් ඔවුන්ගේය  වසර 50ක් තුල රට ම ඔවුන්ගේය . නියම  සැලැස්මක් නැතිව දෙමළුන් දිනා ගැනීමට හැකියය්  සිතීම මුලාවකි ප්‍රේමදාසද හිතුවේ තමන් කතා කළෝ ත් ප්‍රභා ද සරෙන්ඩර් වනු ඇත කියාය  මෝඩයා තමන් ගැන උජාරුවෙන් තමාම  තක්සේරු කර ගනී.

මේ නිසා මහින්ද මේ කරන වියදම් ගැන හොඳට හිඉතා බැලිය යුතුය බටහිරයන්ටත් ඉන්දියානුවන්ටත් ඕනා අන්දමකට  උතුරේ සවාරි ගැසීමට හෝ මුදල් යෙදවීමට ඉඩ දීම  කිසිදු ජාති හිතය්ශී රජයක් විසින් නොකළ යුතු දෙයකි  මේ රටට  පළාත් සභා අවශ්‍ය නැත. වහාම ඒවා අහෝසි කරන්න . බුධ්ධිමන්ඩ ල  සාමාජිකයන් ඇතුලත්  ගම්සභා  ක්‍රමයකට නැවත ආපසු  යා යුතුය  උගත්  පාඩම්කොමිසමද ඒ දේ  කියා ඇත එය නොකර රජය කරන්   නේ කොමිසමේ  බහුබූත ක්‍රි  යාවට නන්වීමය. ප්‍රභා  මරා  දැමීම  හොඳය  ඉදිරිය  නම්  නරකය.රනිල් චන්ද්‍රිකා   එකතුව යානකය.     

Don’t like curries? This could change your opinion on curries forever.

December 17th, 2014

 Dr Hector Perera       London

The foods without spices or salt added are generally called bland food sometimes medically recommended to eat bland food in certain cases. The bland diet can be counterintuitive to what many of us know about healthy eating. But when your stomach is hurting from surgery or intestinal problems, or you are nauseated from treatment, it’s important to eat what you can. Foods in the bland diet are very gentle. They are low fibre, low in fat, not spicy, soft, and overall easy to digest.

In general majority of Asian people prefer to spice up the food for various reasons but the problem arises when the things go over the limits. Many British TV chefs have no quantitative or qualitative idea of ingredients; they just add anything because they have already made a name in the TV or in other cooking programmes. Too much chillies, pepper or mustard in certain food burn you from Portsmouth to Lands’ end, see what I mean?

The word curry was invented by British colonialists in the 18th century. There is no rigid definition of “a curry,” many restaurants use it as a generic term for sauce-based dishes that can vary in spice content and heat and can contain meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, coconut milk, onions, fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaves and other ingredients. Today, curry powder may also include cloves, coriander, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, fennel, caraway, ajwain seeds [Scientific name: Trachyspermum copticum], dried basil, mustard seeds, mace, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, saffron and cinnamon. These spices have a number of organic highly volatile chemicals with complicated molecular structures. Cinnamon alone has 18 chemicals. Clove has methyl salicylate, Eugenol and 2-heptanone as major chemicals.  Eugenol is the major compound that allows clove oil to be used as a remedy for toothache. It has an impressively wide variety of properties: it’s an anaesthetic and antiseptic, and has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial and insecticidal properties – quite the catalogue.

The bottled readymade curry pastes are loaded with synthetic chemicals, monosodium glutamate MSG, salt, colourings, food preservatives, oils and many more to protect the shelf lives so I prefer not to choose them for my work. Can anyone remember the servants back home make this curry paste instantly by grinding on traditional, “Mirisgala”? They give a real taste to the curries. Now these can be done so easily due to electrical grinders and blenders. These spices have plenty of antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and medicinal values and some can even lower blood cholesterol levels as well. In a way this is a kind of natural herbal therapy, no artificial colouring and additives or chemicals as found in many takeaway packed foods or in bottled curry pastes.

Let me mention the benefits of only a few spices which normally use in curry powder. One such spice is ajwain seeds which contain health benefiting essential oils such as thymol, a monopterone derivative class of chemical compound, which gives aromatic fragrances to seeds. In addition, they also compose of small amounts other phyto-chemicals such as pinene, cymene, limonene and terpinene. The active principles in the ajwain may help increase the digestive function of the intestinal tract by facilitating release of gut juices (gastro-intestinal secretions). Thymol, the essential oil obtained from ajwain has local anaesthetic, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties.

In most of the curries, they add a spice that gives yellow colouration to the food and that is Saffron. Saffron is used for a number of reason and some are for asthmacoughwhooping cough (pertussis), and to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant). It is also used for sleep problems (insomnia), cancer, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), intestinal gas (flatulence), depressionAlzheimer’s disease, fright, shock, spitting up blood (hemoptysis), pain, heartburn, and dry skin. Women use saffron for menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Men use it to prevent early orgasm (premature ejaculation) and infertility. Saffron is also used for to increase interest in sex (as an aphrodisiac) and to induce sweating.

One other spice that is used in making curries is clove but I use only a few because too much can have a burning sensation from the mouth to the other end just like chillies. It also has plenty of medicinal values such as to temporarily alleviate tooth ache. Ayurveda suggests making a tea to lessen, or prevent, colds and flu. It is also used as an expectorant, making it easier to cough up phlegm. Cloves are a natural painkiller and also attack germs, so they’ll help you get rid of that sore throat. Use clove oil to massage sore muscles; some also use it for arthritis and rheumatism.

Cardamom is another spice added to flavour food such as fish and meat dishes. Again one or two pods are more than enough to get the unique flavour. There are plenty of health benefits of cardamom due to the presence of a number of complicated organic chemicals. This exotic spice contains many plants derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. The spicy pods contain many essential volatile oils that include pinene, sabinene, myrcene, phellandrene, limonene, 1, 8-cineole, terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-oil, a-terpineol, a-terpineol acetate, citronellol, nerol, geraniol, methyl eugenol, and trans-nerolidol.

The therapeutic properties of cardamom-oil have found application in many traditional medicines as antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. Cardamom is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. 100 g pods contain 1119 mg of this electrolyte. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Additionally, it is also an excellent source of iron and manganese. 100 g pods contain 13.97 mg or 175% of daily-required levels of iron. Iron is required for red blood cell formation and cellular metabolism. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme, superoxide dismutase, a very powerful free-radical scavenger. Further, these aromatic pods are rich in many vital vitamins, including riboflavin.

One cannot forget to add cinnamon in most of the curries. This is a spice that comes from the branches of wild trees that belong to the genus “Cinnamomum” – native to the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia. Some health benefits can be mentioned here. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Cinnamon is used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhoea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction (ED). Cinnamon may lower blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to Diabetes UK. However high quality research supporting the claim remains scarce. Fungal infections – according to the National Institutes of Health, cinnamaldehyde – a chemical found in Cassia cinnamon – can help fight against bacterial and fungal infections.
Diabetes – cinnamon may help improve glucose and lipids levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetics Care.

The study authors concluded that consuming up to 6 grams of cinnamon per day “reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.” and that “the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.”

In addition, a certain cinnamon extract can reduce fasting blood sugar levels in patients, researchers reported in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Alzheimer’s disease Tel Aviv University researchers discovered that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. According to Prof. Michael Ovadia, of the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, an extract found in cinnamon bark, called CEppt, contains properties that can inhibit the development of the disease.

HIV  a study of Indian medicinal plants revealed that cinnamon may potentially be effective against HIV. According to the study authors, “the most effective extracts against HIV-1 and HIV-2 are respectively Cinnamomum cassia (bark) and Cardiospermum helicacabum (shoot + fruit).”

Multiple Sclerosis – cinnamon may help stop the destructive process of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a neurological scientist at Rush University Medical Centre. Cinnamon could help eliminate the need to take some expensive and unpleasant drugs.

Lower the negative effects of high fat meals – Penn State researchers revealed that diets rich in cinnamon can help reduce the body’s negative responses to eating high-fat meals.

With these information who would not think twice, “Should we try out a curry”? We never used spices in curries because of the above health benefits but just used as they are used in Sri Lankan curries. When some of the above spices are added to a curry such as chicken or fish and mixed properly, who would be able find them separately? Once they are mixed, I call it has undergone some kind of chemical hybridisation. Your comments are welcomed perera6@hotmail.co.uk

WHERE MUST THE CRUSHED ONES GO????

December 17th, 2014

ALI SUKHANVER

Life is going to prove hazardously disastrous for the Muslims and Christians of India in general and particularly for those who are unfortunately poor and destitute. The Hindu extremists are doing all their best to compel the poor Muslims and the Christians to embrace Hinduism and say good-bye to their forefather’s religion.

These poor Muslims and Christians are being offered a lot of benefits including food, clothes, medicines, jobs and even their own houses if they convert to Hinduism. According to the Washington Post, earlier this week, more than 50 impoverished Muslim families in a slum in the northern Indian city of Agra attended a simple but controversial ceremony at which they were asked by a Hindu priest to chant and throw offerings into the holy fire in front of some Hindu idols.

The priest then welcomed the Muslims into the Hindu fold. Some Muslims in the neighborhood of trash collectors told local reporters that it was all a fraud. They said that a Hindu activist had assured them that by attending the ceremony, they will get the government’s coveted ‘below-poverty-line’ identity card and access to state welfare assistance in health and education.’ Rama Lakshmi, the Bureau Chief of the Washington Post in India says in her recent report, ‘The Indian constitution grants religious freedom to its citizens. But five Indian states have enacted stringent laws against conversions that are carried out by force or allurement.’ She further says, ‘An affiliate of the BJP has asked for donations this week to fund an event in the northern city of Aligarh to convert Christians and Muslims to Hinduism this Christmas.’

According to the Charisma News, ‘Hindu radicals in India are intensifying their religious purification practices, amping up cleansing, re-conversion and converting Christian churches in the state of Uttar Pradesh to turn it into a Christian-free zone. The brutal religious cleansing attacks that have engulfed the Christian community have left many Christians feeling like they are facing a life and death struggle in the world’s largest democracy.’

The movement of conversion of the Muslims and the Christians to Hindus in India is known as the Religious Awakening Movement. Rajeshwar Singh is a well known leader of this movement. A few days back he said talking to a newspaper, “23rd Dec is the martyrdom day of Swami Shraddhanand, the leader of the 19th century re-conversion movement. We will convert maximum number of the Muslims to Hinduism in at least 50 locations in west UP.” He further said, “Every year on 25th December, the Christians extremists in India convert countless Hindus to Christianity but this year we shall do the reverse by converting them back to Hinduism.

In two to three years, the rural hinterland will be free of Christians.” According to various media reports the Religious Awakening Movement is running under the supervision and guidance of Mr. Modi and his party. The members of opposition in India Parliament have serious reservations over this issue of forced conversion. They are accusing Hindu hard-liners of undermining India’s unity and secular nature. They are of the opinion that the Hindu hard-liners are flexing their muscles under the Bharatiya Janata Party government, led by Mr. Modi. They are demanding explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.

The recent statement of a BJP minister Niranjan Jyoti has added a lot of salt to the situation. According to the media details, Niranjan Jyoti used an abusive term to refer to non-Hindus, by asking people at a public rally to choose between Ramzada (children of the Hindu God Ram) and Haramzada (bastards). Though Prime Minister Modi had expressed his disliking over the statement of Niranjan Jyoti by disapproving her language but flatly refused to sack her.

The Hindu extremists claim that the Modi government is their real representative and this claim has made them a serious security threat to the Muslim and Christian minorities. They are dreaming of an India with no Muslim and no Christian. The Hindu extremists recently expressed their traditional narrow mindedness by mistreating the Pakistani Hockey Team members after their brilliant victory against India in the qualifying match of the Champion’s Trophy.

The situation would become really painful and agonizing for the Hindus if the Muslims and the Christians decide to pay them in the same coin in the countries like America, England, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Pakistan and above all in Afghanistan.

Extremist forces behind common opposition: BBS

December 17th, 2014

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera today said that all the extremist forces are combined with the common political party and with the support of the common opposition they are disseminating extremist powers around the country.

He said those who are disseminating Christian extremism were recently joined with the common opposition and this is the next conspiracy that would be followed by them.

By using the common opposition, these extremists groups are attempting to convey a new colonisation in the country and they are trying to convert the people by using this current political situation, he said.

The Thera said the Deputy Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Nizam Kariyappar had made a false statement to the BBC by saying that the BBS is telling the Muslims, if they give their support to the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the Presidential Election, the Muslims will have to face difficulties in the future.

He noted that Nizam Kariyappar’s statement is false and the BBS never made a statement like that.

This is a big conspiracy against the country and people have to understand that situation and give their vote for the country in the forthcoming presidential election, he added.

 

Sirisena-Ranil-JHU coalition – the disastrous  road to instability Part III

December 16th, 2014

H.L.D.Mahindapala

In the  main, coalitions of diverse parties have been recipes for political instability and economic stagnation. Down every step of the way they will be obsessed with politics – meaning fighting for the advantages each party could extract at  the expense of the  others to consolidate their political bargaining and electoral chances  – brushing aside economics of growth, or the day-to-day issues that plague the  people. Their internal bickering will dominate the headlines.

In fact, all coalitions are  like  Hollywood marriages: gilded, glamorous and  grand today and divisive and deadly leading to divorces tomorrow. The two best known examples that went the  Hollywoodian way are those of UNP-FP and SLFP-Marxists. They were marriages of convenience  that were destined to break-up.

The most  notable  was the Marxist-SLFP coalition. Marxists  who rushed to prop up Mrs. Bandaranaike discovered, rather late in the day, that they were not wanted either by Mrs. B or the people. When  they went to the polls after their bitter divorce the people’s verdict on the Marxists was  ruthless : the  biggest and the most formidable opposition  in the post-independent era was wiped out.

By joining Mrs. B. the Marxists lost their identity, their support base in the electorate, their  image as a dynamic alternative in the opposition and,  above all, their integrity as intellectuals (“golden brains”) offering solutions to national problems. Like all incompatible coalitions it was doomed from the beginning. The irreconcilable contradictions within the Marxist-SLFP Coalition, their unworkable pursuit of diametrically opposed goals, the Marxists compromising with the ruling Right-wing SLFP elite abandoning their traditional left-wing ideologies, the never ending internal squabbles with both sides  jockeying for power, the personality clashes  with arrogant Felix Dias  Bandaranaike usurping  Mrs. B’s powers and dictating  take-it-or-leave terms to the Marxists contributed to  eventual collapse of  the Coalition and, worst of all, the burial of the Marxists.

This example is a warning to the UNPers who have now gone to bed with the Sirisena-CBK-Mangala “My-3” of the SLFP. If this Coalition ever takes place, both parties will be locked in a stalemate of  their antithetical politics with neither party having the capacity to even achieve the minimum goals promised in their MOUs. Besides, the diverse extremists in the coalition – JHU- UNP-TNA (the covert partner) – will never see eye-to-eye on key national issues. What kind of soup can they make when there are so many cooks, most of whom are like Wickremesinghe and Champika Ranawaka, qualified only to cook their own goose?

Sirisena so far has been playing  the role of being all things to all men, women and  hermaphrodites. He can play this game only as long as he  is a candidate of the opposition where he floats merrily on  airy-fairy promises that are not likely to see the light of day. His capacity to fulfill/appease the diverse parties  in the Coalition will evaporate once he sits down in the seats of power to hammer out the details and determine policies. It is at this point that the cracks will open up. The intractable complexities of holding the heterogeneous forces within the Coalition will be beyond the limited capabilities of Sirisena. He neither has the skill to hold them together to keep the  Coalition going for some  time, nor the power to build consensus on the vexed issues  facing the nation.

The way the forces are aligned  in the Coalition it  is clear that the SLFP is now divided into (1) the modernizing, development-oriented, forward-looking engine of growth headed by Mahinda Rajapakse and (2) the rickety old cart headed by asinine CBK-Mangala duo that left the worst  legacy of corruption and inefficiency since independence (1948), according to the Editor of RAVAYA, Victor Ivan, who was an insider in Kumaratunga’s political campaigns.

This old, corrupt gang offers only vindictive politics. Besides, the regime change they promise  is not going to  change the political culture one  bit – not with their vindictive  politics led by corrupt has-beens. The  legal, institutional and political impediments standing in their way for constitutional changes are intertwined in near insuperable complexities that it doubtful whether they can change the constitution in the foreseeable future, let alone  the 100 days. So it will back to square one, with the same old same old. They will fail like they did when they were in power last. And when they fail they will try to cover-up their failure to create their promised land by blaming the Mahinda Rajapakse regime. Blaming  the other is the normal game played by failed politicians. They will not take responsibility for their own incompetence, mismanagement, corruption and CBK-Ranil-made disasters.

Sirisena will come a cropper in the three main areas that  he has promised  to change : 1 the constitution; 2. corruption and 3. cost of  living. As pointed out earlier, he already has, as his key strategist/partner, the most corrupt woman in post-independent history. If  he is to make an impact on corruption he must begin by investigating the corrupt, ill-gotten accumulations of Chandrika Kumaratunga. Simultaneously, he must investigate, as a matter of  urgency, the Ravi-Rajaratnam deal with links to the LTTE. Of all corrupt deals the Ravi-Rajaratnam deal is a direct threat  to  the nation’s security and territorial integrity. Sirisena so far has not uttered one  word about cleaning up his own stables before cleaning the backyard of others. Exonerating corruption in his camp and poking his  fingers only in his  opponents camp is vindictive politics. Nor can  he clean one part and leave the other part immersed in total corruption. So can the nation trust Sirisena to be honest, or even clean  up corruption?

Wickremesinghe too will soon discover that the man whom he promotes to be the next president will be  the first to let him down. A victory for Sirisena is a defeat for Wickremesinghe and, of  course, Sajith Premadasa and other UNPers who are refusing to surrender to the failed and  corrupt forces of the SLFP. If Mahinda Rajapakse loses the UNPers will have to play second  fiddle to the CBK-Mangala-Sirisena trio. With a weak leader like Wickremesinghe he will follow CBK-Mangala-Sirisena politics selling  the UNP and the nation to the divisive/separatist forces. Their under-the-table agreement with the TNA will compel them to reverse the gains made by the self-sacrificing forces.

CBK-Ranil-Mangala are all birds of a feather ever ready to justify their failed  past by reviving the P-TOMS and Ranil-Prabhakaran agreements in revised versions. They are not averse to dismantling the Security Forces, withdraw  forces from the Northern bases still under threat from LTTE’s under-cover agents, in order to win pats on their back from the anti-Sri Lankan west. The proposed Coalition, in short, is another way of going on the reverse gear to the failed past when Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe surrendered to Prabhakaran.

As for Wickremesinghe his future was sealed the day he signed the MOU: he will neither have his way in the Coalition nor will he get the powers promised in the constitutional change. Since he hasn’t the guts to stand  up for his end of the deal  signed  in the MOU – he has already lost the Ministry of Defence — he will have to run after the CBK-Mangala-Sirisena trio to survive in the Coalition. He can threaten to pull out of the MOU and break up the Coalition. But that would only confirm the fragility of the tenuous Coalition. It  would  also means that he and  his Coalition can only go down the path to nowhere.

Of all the known coalitions this, no doubt, will be the worst. The very composition of its members, drawn  from opposite extremes, will paralyze it. Only a pompous prima donna like Champika Ranawake, will assume that everything is going to be hunky-dory in the Coalition. He can’t even keep his principled and  committed colleague, Udaya Gamampillai, within  his fold. So how does he  propose to keep the donkeys, asses and mules in the Coalition – not mention his own self — together?

This Coalition, consisting  of incompatible partners and antithetical political mantras, will be a disaster for the nation. It is a recipe for  chaos and instability. Whatever the infirmities  of the Mahinda Rajapakse regime may have been he never allowed the nation to slide down the greasy pole to unmanageable instability. Mahinda Rajapakse had a firm grip on politics at all levels. His methodology may not have appealed  to his detractors. But he delivered to the nation all that was lost  in the 33 years of divisive politics and never allowed the gains to decline.

His politics of growth and development to lift  the nation from the depths of disasters, caused primarily by the selling  the  nation to the Tamil Pol Pot, Prabhakaran, is a remarkable achievement  by any international  or national standards. No one in post-independent history has reached such monumental heights. He has planted the Sri Lankan flag at the peak of Sri Lankan history. When can pigmies like Wickremesinghe, Kumaratunga, Samaraweera and Sirisena ever get within even smelling distance of the new nation built from scratch, as it were?

The leadership  qualities of politicians can be measured essentially by their achievements just as much as Kumar Sangakkara has been measured by the runs he put on the board. So what  is the score put up by CBK, Mangala, Siirisena and Wickremesinghe? Why is  it that they pose as  smart asses only when they are in the opposition pavilion waiting to bat and fail miserably when they go to the crease? When did they ever score a century for the nation?  Why are they promising to deliver always in the never-never future and never in the present? Who can trust them when they don’t trust each other either?

This temporary coalition made for their convenience  is not  going to be the answer to the nation’s future. Their main offer  to the  nation  is simple : change the regime. They claim that power in their hands  will solve all the  problems of the nation. But the very nature of their Coalition, consisting of parties that have never got  along  in the past, will militate against all of them coming together in the future for  the good of the people.

For instance, the yellow-bellied  humbug, Champikaya, has  campaigned to keep the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist UNPers out  of power as long as I can remember. Now he is campaigning as if Wickremesinghe is his ever-loving, long lost brother-in-law. Can you trust hypocrites like Champikaya to save the  nation when he  joins CBK-Mangala-Ranil-Sirisena forces knowing that they have always ganged up – and will continue to gang up — to sell the nation down the river?

Champikaya  has jumped with both feet into the anti-national camp not to save the nation from sliding into another P-TOM or a Ranil-Prabhakaran  deal but to bargain for a ministerial position for himself. His attempt to cover himself with a yellow robe to wangle a ministerial post in the Sirisena-Chandrika-Mangala-Wickremesinghe regime is a disgrace to Buddha, dhamma and sangha. His  ministerial post  will only strengthen and encourage Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe to go for another Ranil-Prabhakaran deal with TNA. There isn’t a bigger fool than the fool who thinks that he/she can save his cause by selling him/herself to the enemy.

In  any case he is joining a Coalition consisting primarily of  the anti-national forces. Furthermore, the chances of this bizarre Coalition surviving for long is very much in doubt.  Without any ability to hang together as a solid political force they can never deliver  good governance. Nor can they deliver their other promises. The change they are promising is change for chaos not for  stability and growth.

The past record of coalitions  has proved that a confused conglomeration of corrupt coalitionists can never give stability for  peace, reconciliation and  growth. Most of all, it is the business community that will have to face the consequences of the inevitable failures of CBK-Mangala-Ranil-Sirisena Coalition. The instability that  will arise out of their higgledy-piggeldy politics will drive investors  away and ruin the  progress made by them  so far. The nation will end up like their Coalition: in utter chaos putting  the clock back once again by another fifty ears.

Can the  business community afford  this  disaster?

ඡන්දයට හමස් පෙට්ටියෙන් එලියට ගන්නා සිංහලයා

December 16th, 2014

– දිල්රුක් කන්නන්ගර

 සර්වජන ඡන්ද බලය (1931) ලබාදීමට පෙර කිසිදු දේශීය නායකයෙකු සිංහල ජනතා අභිමතාර්ථ කෙරෙහි කිසිදු තැක්මක් පල නොකළහ. රාජ්‍ය මන්ත්‍රණ සභා ධූරීන් බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාලනයට ආවඩනු මිස ජනීජනයා නොතැකූහ.

 නිදහස් අධයාපනය සැමට ලබාදීමෙන් තම පොල් වත්තේ පොල් කඩන්නන් නැතිවන බව පැරණි තාලේ දේශපාලකයකු විසින් කීම කදිම උදාහරණයකි. එහෙත් සර්වජන චන්ද බලය (1931) සමඟ  එය වෙනස්වන්නට විය. දේශපාලකයන් මහජනතාවට ඇහුම්කන්දෙන තත්වයට නිහතමානී වූහ.

 එනමුත් යලි එය ටිකෙන්ටික වෙනස්වනට වූයේ කාටත් නොදැනෙන ලෙසය. අද දේශපාලකයන්ට මහජාතිය මතක් වන්නේ ඡන්දයක් ලං වූවිට පමණි.          

 2010 සිට 2015 දක්වා කාලය තුල රාජ්‍ය තන්ත්‍රය දෙමල දුක්ගැනවිලි සහ දෙමල අභිමතාර්ථ සඳහා අති විශාල කාලයක් සහ මුදලක් යට කළේය. සිංහල දුක්ගැනවිලි සහ අභිමතාර්ථ හමස් පෙට්ටි ගත විය. එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය හරහා දෙමල අන්තවාදී ඉල්ලීම් සිය ගණනක් රජය වෙත එල්ල කල අතර ඉන් බොහෝමයක් දැනටමත් ලබා දී හමාරය.

 මාර්තුවෙන් මාර්තුවට ජීවත් වන්නා වූ ආණ්ඩුවට එසේ වීම පුදුමයක් නොවේ. පුදුමය නම් විලි ලජ්ජා නැතිව ආණ්ඩුව සහ පොදු අපේක්ෂකයන් සිහලුන් හමස් පෙට්ටියෙන් ඇද තව වසර හයකට රජවීමට අකටයුතු කිරීමයි. ඡන්දයට මාසයක් තියා සිංහල ප්‍රමුඛ ජනතාවට නොයෙක් ආර්ථික වාසි දීමට දේශපාලකයෝ උත්සුක වෙති. තෙල් මිල, ගෑස්‌  මිල, හාල් මිල සහ කිරිපිටි මිල පහල දමන්නට ආණ්ඩුව කටයුතු කරන අතර, රැකි රක්ෂා, ශිෂ්‍යත්ව, යතුරු පැදි, සහන ණය, වැඩි පොළී ඉතිරුම් ගිණුම්, බස් රථ සහ නව දුම්රිය සේවා වැසි වස්සන්නට විය.

 මාසයක් වැඩකර වසර හයක් රජකිරීම උන් සැමගේ උත්සාහයයි. සිහලුන් එක දෙයක් සිහි තබා ගතයුතු වන්නේය. එනම් ඡන්දයට පසු ඔවුන් යලිත් හමස් පෙට්ටි ගත වන බවයි. එමනිසා ඡන්දයට පෙර සියලු සිංහල අයිතිවාසිකම් සහ සිංහල ප්‍රශ්න වලට පිළිතුරු ලබා ගතයුතු වන්නේය. හිස් ඡන්ද පොරොන්දු වලින් තෘප්තිමත් නොවී, අයිතිවාසිකම් දිනා ගත යුතුය. නොඑසේ නම් බොරු පොරොන්දුකාරයින්ට ඡන්දය නොදිය යුතුය. ලොකුම බොරුව කියා දිනන දේශපාලකයා වෙනුවට හොඳම නායකයා පත්කර ගනිමු. රටට අවශ්‍ය කරන්නේ යුධ අපරාධ හමුවේ මළ මූත්‍ර පහවන නායකයෙකු නොව රටත් මහජාතියත් කරපින්නාගෙන උඩුගං බලා පිහිනන ජනහිතකාමියෙකි. එකී ජනහිතකාමියා පත් කර ගැනීමට මහජාතිය අසමත් වූ තැන සිංහලය තවත් වසර හයකටවත් හමස් පෙට්ටි ගතවනු නොඅනුමානය.  

WISE ADVICE TO MR. SIRISENA, COMMON CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENCY.

December 16th, 2014

Susantha Wijesinghe.

Dear Mr. Sirisena, I see that, with some of the statements that you are making, you appear to be in a quagmire, in an irksome situation. When you say that by midnight of the 8th January 2015, all doors of the Bandaranaike Internation Airport will be closed by you, did you not realize that you have no status to do that at that time, 12.00 midnight. Let us assume that you have a winning streak at that hour, while the votes are still being counted, the ballot boxes may be still in transfer mode. You are still not EXECUTIVE President of Sri Lanka. You have not taken your OATHS as President of the Republic of Sri Lanka, which will be very much later in the day. You seem to be very impetuous. If you go to the Airport at that time and even make a feeble attempt to close the doors, you are illegaly interfering, in the infrastructure of an important Government Department. What if I go and do the same thing ? I have the same status as you at that time. I will be arrested by the Police, landed in jail, awaiting to be produduced before a Magistrate, All the people that I go with will be arrested. Dont you think that it will not happen to you because you are wearing a MODI Suit.? Come on Mr. Sirisena, get out of your befuddled brain. If you really insist on going there, please take Ranil and Chandrika with you. They will like to be in the action with you, with consequences galore.

 Whilst at the Bandaranaike International Airport, YOU are going to sieve the outgoing passengers for possible Corrupt Individuals in the present regime, trying to run away from Sri Lanka, to avoid being PUNISHED, FOR CORRUPTION.  This scenario will be available to you, if you have succeeded to close all the doors. By the way, you will be meeting your wife and three children at the Airport at 2.00am leaving for Los Angelese, not knowing what is going to happen to their father, if things go wrong. That is another kettle of fish.

You are determined to PUNISH the sprats caught by you for corruption, while you are accompanied by  the SHARKS of Corruption, the unpatriotic treachery, and deceit, of the  infamous Ranil and Chandrika DUO.  You your self is CORRUPT TO THE CORE, is that not so ? That is what we see on TV. One of your Brothers boast of a 3 BILLION bank account. He has brought the Rice and Paddy Mill trade of Polonnaruwa to closure. Approximately 365 Paddy mills have closed down, and brought those owners to PENURY. It is alleged that one of your brothers are in the Timber Mafia, another Brother is in the Sand mafia, another in the Rice Mafia, Another one in the Hotel Trade, building Hotels on Bund reservations, with a nod from you, to fiddle with irrigation sluice gates, and so on. We believe that they are not punishable because you will not punish them as you are the SOLE PUNISHER.

 You have apparently signed secret MOUs with Ranil, another with Chandrika, another with Sarath Fonseka, one with JVP, another with JHU and the DAMNDEST one with SAMPANDUNG. Do you know that LTTE Terrorists are on their way to extend TAMIL NADU, with a part of Kerala, a part of Karanataka, part of Andhrapradesh, and with NORTH and EAST of Sri Lanka. ? Fortunately for Sri Lanka, The Delhi High Court Tribunal, led by Justice G.P.M, upheld the home ministry notification to declare LTTE as an unlawful terrorists Organisation for another five years, as at 20th November 2014. YOU SHOULD DECLARE THE CONTENTS OF ALL THESE MOUs BEFORE YOU GET STARTED FOR THE RACE.  I hope the Courts will force you to do it. You are in very bad company Mr. Sirisena, in very bad company. Ranil wil want your  flesh and Chandrika will suck the blood out of you. You will be a man from Biafra.

The bone of contention here is for the in-animate Executive Presidency, and not for the two legged Presidency. Mr. Sirisena, you say that you will make Runil the Prime Minister, probably after taking your Oaths as Executive President. It will be just Runil The Prime Minister. You say you will hold onto the Executive position, for how long it is not clear. Probably, you will divide the Executive Status into pieces, and give Chandrika a piece, Ranil, a piece, and may be Sampandung a iece, as NOBODY knows your Manifesto upto now. So the Executive Powers will be in Shatters upto hundred days. Sri Lankans are waiting to see this ordeal. It will be CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN.

Last thing Mr. Sirisena, you are being  led like a Poodle by Chandrika, who is the, and was the MOST CORRUPT President in the history of Sri Lanka. People are sad to see that you are now her lap dog. Your other associate, is Ranil who has been  a Traitor to Sri Lanka, giving Tamil Terrorists what ever they wanted in a deplorable manner of surrender. When a BIG dog chases a small dog, the small fella falls down on his back and plead in surrender. That was Runil.

Mr. Sirisena, YOU ARE GOING TO BE A PUNISHER, PEOPLE LOVE IT.  THERE IS  A PUNISHER BEHIND YOU, TO PUNISH THE PUNISHER. PEOPLE LOVE IT MORE.  MAY ALL CORRUPT PEOPLE  IN SRI LANKA MEET  BOTH PUNISHERS.

Can Maithripala Sirisena win the Presidential Election WITHOUT UNP Votes?

December 16th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

 

There is an issue that has been overlooked. Firstly, it is the manner that Maithripala was parachuted to the role of Opposition Candidate ignoring the line-up UNP contenders including Ranil Wickremasinghe. Next, is the factor that emerges from numerous UNP crossovers to the possibilities of the UNP party diminishing into oblivion if Maithri emerges winner. This last allegation deserves merit on account of the Maithri camp slowly disassociating itself from the initial slogan of handing power over to Ranil after 24 hours which became 6months and now it appears Maithriapala will stand full Presidential term if he wins – where does that leave Ranil Wickremasinghe and the UNP? How can there be a ‘maithri yugayak’ if the deal was to pass power to Ranil and that is what the UNP to wanted? Surely the UNP voters cannot prefer Maithripala to Ranil Wickremasinghe, through thick and thin they have stood by him! Is the gameplan to fool the UNP vote base with its substantial vote block to vote for Maithripala and thereafter Greens or the Green man having no place in governance and a murky future prevails for other aspiring Green politicians.

 

The choice of Maithripala Sirisena to contest against President Rajapakse was not the choice of the people of Sri Lanka. He was not selected by any party nor the common masses. We do not know who selected him because these were minds that were using calculations and determining who other than Ranil would stand a chance to win an election taking stock of the negative aspects that the UNP suffered. UNP did not have a Sinhala Buddhist leader to divide the Buddhist vote and the UNP did not have the ability to divide the SLFP – thus the unforeseen forces came up with Maithripala obviously trained for the role since the leadership program in 2013 designed by Harvard and nominated by the US embassy and USAID. It should now become clearer as to who steers the unforeseen forces no different to how Sarath Fonseka was parachuted to be the Presidential contender in the 2010 elections.

 

If Ranil agreed in 2010 to field Fonseka because he knew Fonseka could not run a country without the UNP, that same scenario does not exist in 2014. The prima facie reason for that is the entry of CBK who has more rights to Maithri than Ranil and moreover CBK-Maithri-Champaka&JHU appear to be snuggling together under a better chemistry than what Ranil and a disjointed UNP leadership has to offer except to use the UNP voters to win the elections. Most of those supporting Maithripala are those who have a history with CBK and have a secret bonding with her and therefore it is her dictates that they will listen to and not that of Ranil. Thereafter, the story is likely to read a ‘bye bye Ranil and UNP’ and shrewd Sajith Premadasa and a host of other young UNP leaders hoping to emerge as future UNP leaders are beginning to realize that they are in for a raw deal. At least in the present scenario Ranil Wickremasinghe has been quite happy enjoying being the Opposition Leader, a place even the Government would wish to reserve permanently for Ranil while the UNP leaders are happy building up their political careers. Now this cosy set up is in for a big jolt because the future of the oldest political party is now at stake and questions how many in the UNP and its vote base realizes this? What is at stake is not only the future of the UNP as a political party, the future of aspiring politicians like Sajith, Harin, Dr. Harsha etc but even the cosy future of Ranil Wickremasinghe himself because there is no guarantee of being given what he was initially promised for his role in getting the UNP voters to vote for Maithripala. Let us also not forget that in Sri Lanka, politics eventually boils down to class and caste and the rare difference was President Premadasa whereas to climb the political ladder to a leadership role caste/class play a major role and those who don’t have that except voter backing will accept the reality of this assumption.

 

The question that UNP will now need to ask itself is whether UNP wishes to bring others to power only when it has able candidates themselves? Let us not forget that even if all the Alliance partner vote bases are put together they cannot come nowhere near the votes that the UNP can garner as a single political party. Maithriapala’s, CBK’s and the others in the camp will have their dreams dashed if the UNP DOES NOT GO TO VOTE.

 

Those that selected Maithripala have done their homework well – that is on paper at least. They have taken stock of the entire UNP vote base believing that the minorities would all vote for Maithripala and they have also calculated that the SLFP voters will also vote for Maithripala, that part of the Public Sector apparatus will vote for Maithripala and even disgruntled UPFA voters/partners may also change allegiance and now their propaganda is on the floating vote and the neither here neither there voters too. Nevertheless, even if all these voter numbers are put together if the UNP voters do not vote or reject their vote Maithriapala cannot come into power (at least on paper).

 

It is advised that politicians desist from promising to end corruption because these promises are never kept and no one in politics today can claim to be paragons of virtue especially those who have jumped to either side and CBK with a host of nefarious deals for which she cannot even hold public office.

 

Have the unforeseen forces realized that Ranil W is a lost cause having propelled him for years with no results? Have these unforeseen forces now struck a deal to engage another camp this time using CBK in the leading role but realizing that they need UNP and Ranil to realize their goal. If Ranil consented to be a puppet in former roles the current situation will decide his own future or retirement which is not what Ranil W or his lineage would wish to carve out for themselves. Some UNPers willing to tow the line of CBK and coterie may get a place but that wont be under UNP slogans and that won’t help any UNP voters wanting some relief.

 

Let us put aside President Rajapakse from this argument. The argument is that none of the leaders of the newly formed alliance was aware of who the Common Candidate was and they would have been as surprised as the rest of us when the announcement was made. A host of ingredients and deals that promises a prominent place for individual agendas entice them to remain in the camp but does that have to be so for a political party that does not have to tie to any apron strings to command the people’s mandate. The UNP easily has a votebase they don’t need to form alliances or sign MOUs and they do not need to agree to be part of an alliance that has nothing in common except revenge.

 

The fact remains that Maithripala Sirisena was a choice of unforeseen forces who have different agendas for the country. Their plan is to make sure Sri Lanka remains unstable and in chaos. The road to that happening looks quite clear because too many cooks always spoil the broth and how many cooks are there in the Common Alliance all telling different stories to us.

 

From the body movements of leading UNP politicians it is not difficult to gauge that they are not too happy with the role UNP is being given on a political platform that says ‘Maithri Yugayak’ – there is no word of any Ranil Yugayak or a UNP yugayak…that being so should the UNP use their franchise to bring others into power is the question that ALL UNPers need to ask themselves.

 

 

 

Good governance is a Trojan Horse

December 16th, 2014

by Nalin de Silva

Has there been any government free from blame for corruption, bribery, undemocratic in the sense defined in the text books, partiality towards favourites including relatives, suppression of the press etc. in this country? What can be observed is that the so-called good governance has deteriorated over the years and if by some chance (in a dream world) Maithripala Sirisena became the President we would have a government worse than the present with respect to good governance. Already Maithripala Sirisena has said that when he became the President he would close down the Katunayake Airport and would allow only his people to leave the country. He has said that the others, implying his opponents, would be punished after midnight of Jan. 08.

He is dreaming of obtaining fifty percent of the votes and taking the law into his hands even before being sworn in as President. He has also said that he would take to streets and lead a mass uprising (keralla) on Jan. 08. The admirers of good governance in the so-called civil society, the paid servants of western governmental organisations (so-called Nongovernmental organisations), some academics who think that they have big brains in comparison with the rest of us who have only little brains and who are nivatayas and thakkadiyas, the left out leftists, various fora, the JHU (The JHU leaders were never nationalists and we have criticized them since nineties; once they said that the Jathiya meaning Sinhala nation is a dead body (mala kandak) that cannot be “marketed”. These leaders have tried to come to power on the shoulders of people such as Tilak Karunaratne, S L Gunasekera, Ven. Ellawala Medhananda etc., and today they think that they can come to power using Maithripala Sirisena. They are silent of the statements of Maithripala Sirisena. Either they know that Sirisena is an empty container (his tin ekak) whose utterances should not be taken seriously or they are not serious about good governance.

It is unlikely that all the above pundits and “civilized people” consider their common candidate of a non common opposition as a his tin ekak, and we have to come to the conclusion that these people are not serious about good governance. Since the very first UNP government in 1947 there has been corruption and there has been no good governance. It is not difficult to give a list of names of people who abused power even while in the opposition. The UNP was referred to as the Unge Nedeyange Pakshaya (Party of their relatives) and in the first SLFP-led government there were ministers who were found guilty by the bribery commission. There was criticism of Felix R Dias Bandaranaike, for being a “pocket dictator” and J R Jayewardene and R Premadasa are not remembered as exemplary democrats.

The executive presidency is another bogey. What we are debating is whether executive presidency as found in US and France is better or worse than the cabinet system with a Prime Minister as they have in England. The recent crossovers shows that MPs can be manipulated and they are no better than pawns on the chess board. The Parliament has been devalued (if it had any value previously) and it is clear to the “non civil society people” the vote of the people in case of Parliamentary elections has no value at all with the manipulators both foreign and local moving the pieces on the chess board.

However, it does not mean that the executive presidency is safe from the manipulators and others who apply pressure and it depends on the person who is elected as the executive President to insulate himself from manipulators and pressure groups. During the times of J R Jayewardene, R Premadasa, Chandrika Kumaratunga, the Gandhi family and westerners applied pressure on “war and peace” and except for the pundits and the civil society people others saw how the Presidents of Sri Lanka succumbed to the pressure.

Thus, when it comes to manipulation and applying pressure there is no difference between the Parliament and the Executive Presidency before Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the vote of the people, which is supposed to be sacred, has no value. What we should have debated was the creation of a system that cannot be manipulated by the external agencies based on Sinhala tradition, where the so called wish of the people cannot be changed. Two hundred years ago in 1815 when the English signed a pact with the Sinhalas, that goes erroneously by the name given by the English as the Kandyan Convention, they had to have two clauses whereby the English undertook to rule the country according to the Sinhala way and to protect Buddhagama and Devagama, meaning nothing but Sinhala Bududahama with its plethora of gods. This Bududahama may not be to the liking of puritan Theravadins but that is the way Bududahama has existed in the country for more than two thousand five hundred years. The English being gentlemen abrogated the pact unilaterally and it should be the intention of the Sinhala people to make sure that the country is governed according to Sinhala customs again commencing at least from 2015.

So far there is no talk along those lines and we are left with executive presidency with a parliament of 225 MPs, and until we evolve our own system we have to manage with the present system by electing a suitable President who can stand up to pressure and MPs who cannot be manipulated. If foreigners and their agents can reduce to nothing the will of the people then there is no sovereignty of the people and the “civil society people” should have addressed their minds to this aspect before they talk of good governance and so called democracy, which remain only as concepts even in the western world that are supposed to be democratic countries.

We have to approach the Presidential elections on Jan. 08 in the above context. What we have to think of is neither good governance nor democracy, which will deteriorate if the so-called common candidate is elected but the sovereignty of the country and its history. The “civil society people” are not concerned with any of these, and in fact they are against them. The problem of this country ever since the Portuguese arrived as conquerors is giving the rightful place for the Sinhala Buddhist culture with its political structures and economic models.

The defeat of the LTTE has made the west and the Global Tamil Forum to defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa, who stood up to western pressure, at the Presidential elections and send him to gallows. This has reinforced the anti-Sinhala attitude of some belonging to minority communities and they are all out to undermine the Sinhala Buddhist culture. The Sinhala majority has during the last five hundred years have protected the Muslims, the Catholics and Hindus and during the history of more than two thousand five years of history have never suppressed the rights of the others who lived as migrants and not as permanent citizens of the country.

The “civil society people” use the good governance and democracy as Trojan horses to destroy Sinhalathva in the country and to make nidahasa a non issue at the elections. We should not be dictated or even guided by the “civil society people” and nidahasa and protection of Sinhalathva should be the main issues at the Presidential elections. It is true that Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Ranaviruvas (armed forces, police and civil defence) have defeated terrorism but there are LTTE groups overseas, the “civil society people”, the TNA and other political parties that continue to adhere to separatist policies. The thirteenth amendment is more important to people than the eighteenth amendment unlike in the case of the “civil society” and it is the thirteenth amendment that has to be curtailed electing a strong President who can stand up to international pressure. So-called good governance and democracy and the executive presidency should not be the issues to be discussed but what should be debated are moves to take Mahinda Rajapaksa to the international tribunal, the thirteenth amendment, protection of the country, separatism, human rights of the Ranaviruvas etc.

Corruption as political weapon without a solution

December 16th, 2014

A collection of valid points of view

1.The Island Editorial says

2. Further Analysis by Nalliah Thayabharan

3  More observations by Christie

4. Some more observations by Nimal

5. A Possible Solution by NeelaMahaYoda

The Island Editorial says;

“Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena claims that the government leaders’ corrupt deals have resulted in massive cost overrides in road construction projects among other things. He has also made several other allegations of corruption against his former political masters. UPFA MP Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, who broke ranks with the government, has recently told this newspaper, in an interview, that Sirisena once, in a conversation with him, criticized ‘corrupt road construction deals’ while the latter was still part of the incumbent administration. So, the question is why Sirisena did not take up the issue of corruption at Cabinet meetings. He would have remained mum if he had succeeded in securing the post of prime minister.

Similarly, the government is accusing Sirisena and his family members of various rackets ranging from hoarding paddy, illegal sand mining and logging and, above all, having abused political power to open the sluice gates of a reservoir in Polonnaruwa to prevent a family hotel in its reservation being submerged during rains thus creating water shortages in the areas for the past so many years. Why didn’t those who are making these allegations take any action while Sirisena was in the government?

Strangely, those who make themselves out to be paragons of virtue by accusing others of corruption don’t want their claims investigated. They only use allegations of corruption as a political weapon against their rivals. They only promise to appoint special commissions for that purpose! In 1994, CBK promised to investigate the plunder of state resources under governments since 1977 and confiscate the illegally acquired wealth of the UNP politicians. But, after being ensconced in power, instead of carrying out that pledge, her government with the help of Opposition MPs from the UNP and the JVP stripped the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) of powers to initiate inquiries without waiting for formal complaints.

We are reminded of a pithy slogan that the JVP once coined to condemn both the SLFP and the UNP for their corruption and abuse of power—unuth ekai, munuth ekai, which roughly put into English means ‘there is no difference between both of them’. The JHU changed the slogan to ‘unuth ekai, munuth eka, thopith ekai—‘all three parties [the UNP, the SLP and the JVP] are the same’. And, frustrated voters who know all politicians for what they really are may say: thopi okkoma ekai—all of you are the same!”

Further Analysis by Nalliah Thayabharan  

The reality is that the governing politicians and the officials in the government are two entirely different sections. There are two different mechanisms works. one is politics and other one is governance. the system to be there to do the governance. we can’t blame just the politicians for corruption. the government officials in the system are the very much corrupted too.

Corruption today continues to take a great toll on our societies, and threatens to exacerbate wider challenges that our societies face – may these be poverty, inequality of income, the environment, delivering public services to all citizens or maintaining peace and stability.

Corruption strikes particularly hard at the most vulnerable in our societies, exacerbating poverty and ultimately taking lives. Corruption reduces access to essential services and means of making a living.

In Sri Lanka at least one person in four around the world pays bribes to access public services. In some countries it is 3 in 4. In the poorest and least stable countries, the problem is of pandemic proportions. We have got police asking for a bribe. We have health services unavailable to children; We have absent teachers, or worse, Pricipals asking for bribes to admit students. The World Health Organization also estimates that counterfeit drugs are responsible for 700,000 deaths from malaria and tuberculosis due to counterfeit drugs. Counterfeit drugs being a market worth $32 billion.

Bribery plagues sectors key to setting up a new business, with one person in five paying bribes to registry their company, seek a permit and land services and more than one in ten having to bribe regarding utilities, tax and customs. Corruption can become endemic and leave people feeling that the institutions supposed to help them are in fact turned against them. The institutions we rely on to stop corruption – police and judges — are considered the most corrupt institutions after political parties. Police as the most corrupt, and an average of 50% of people had been asked to pay a bribe to the police.

The result of justice systems being weakened by corruption for development is that people become disempowered, losing their ability to seek justice in courts or hold politicians to account. This makes them further impoverished, but also sows the seeds of conflict by dissolving any ties of loyalty between people and a state seemingly captured by private interests.

The failure of leaders to tackle corruption can become a self-fulfilling spiral when people no longer take commitments seriously. While elections are often won or lost on the corruption issue, those who profit from corruption can be a barrier to reformers who come to power with a promise to clean up. Early engagement often fizzles as pressure increases to stop the cleaning of the administration.

Leaders act on behalf of the people, who entrust them to uphold basic ethical standards. In many parts of the world we are seeing massive protests because people feel their leaders are not living up to those standards. People already think global leaders are failing, and many no longer expect their leaders to act in the public interest:

Political parties are seen to be the most corrupt institution in many parts of the world. If you pay a lot of money to a candidate running for election, that candidate owes you something when it comes to deciding the right policies. The question is whether the power of money is greater than the power of ethics?

Many citizens think governments are largely or entirely run by large entities acting in their own interests rather than for the benefit of the citizenry.

Corruption siphons money away from public spending, and diverts valuable public income such as that coming from natural resources. It undermines both the availability and quality of these services. Because this happens in the dark and off books, we may never know just how great the scale of wasted, lost or stolen public money is.

One of the major reasons that people in power can continue to get away with corruption is the ease with which they can use the international financial system to hide their ill-gotten gains.

Global tax evasion could be costing more than $3 trillion a year, according to research from Tax Justice Network, while as much as $32 trillion – twice the size of U.S. gross domestic product – may be hidden by individuals in tax havens.

Today the corrupt, the criminal organizations, the drug cartels, and terror networks are able to move their resources and operations across borders almost with impunity, through high technology and complicit networks and because of weak regulatory regimes and poor enforcement. They also have the resources to push back on important legislation aimed at the public good.

It means that those who want to offer and accept bribes can now turn to facilitators: accountants, financial agents, and lawyers, many of them based in jurisdictions that will ask few questions about where the money came from.

This is exacerbated in countries without the required sophisticated resources to do extensive offshore checks.

This comes at a cost. In an interconnected world, gaps in our ability to sanction corruption anywhere will expose people everywhere to the cost of corruption.

As long as this system continues, corruption will undermine all our efforts to transform our institutions and achieve more just societies.

In today’s globalised world, international criminal networks are perfectly poised to take advantage of weak states. The globalization of crime means that the scale of international illicit trade is enormous. The World Economic Forum estimates that the trade in arms, cigarettes and other goods is upwards of $650 billion.

Such is the scale of illicit trade that it undermines national institutions. organised crime cartels growing so powerful that they challenge official government institutions, create criminal patronage networks sustained by bribery and intimidation, institute parallel government structures or infiltrate state institutions.

Access to this vast illicit wealth, specialist personnel such as accountants and lawyers and the lack of international frameworks to control them gives international criminals “state-like commercial and political power”.

When you have drug lords with more power than elected leaders, you can talk about state capture. Parliament and parliamentary committees may be influenced or even controlled by members who have conflicts of interest when it comes to policy decisions. Judges may rule in favour of the corrupt when disputes arise, irrespective of evidence and the law.

People do not wish to see their institutions both state and private being complicit to fraud and criminal activity.

The country that we believe in should be open, free, safe and just with a decent quality of life for all and state institutions that are ethical, transparent and accountable to the citizens, with a clean private sector and educational institutions that prepare their graduates to have a strong moral compass in their professional and private life.

As a first step it is absolutely vital to have strong and committed leadership at the top setting an example. Leaders who will create a culture of transparency and integrity within institutions with zero tolerance to corruption.

They ensure that people throughout their institutions do what is right. They act by setting codes of ethics for all to follow, setting up policies, training systems, incentives and disincentives.

Efforts to tackle corruption have often failed because of corruption in the justice system. When there are factors that encourage the judiciary to take action contrary to the public interest, it can be very difficult to create a strong disincentive to corrupt behavior: politicians, businessmen and criminals can be encouraged to break the law safe in the knowledge that justice can be evaded.

Independent, professional, impartial, transparent judiciary is at the heart of a system that protects the people. It includes a fair and open system for the appointment, promotion, and removal of judges. In an increasing number of jurisdictions there is an independent judicial council responsible for these processes.

Increasingly, all those working in the justice system require a much higher degree of sophistication in dealing with economic crime to at least match the sophistication of criminal networks.

Having a code of conduct sends a message to voters and leaders alike where the line is drawn between acceptable and unethical behavior. Providing for a set of ethical standards, increases public trust in and respect for the institution, as well as establishing rights and responsibilities for parliamentarians. Codes of conducts should include conflict of interest rules and oblige public disclosure of assets and those of immediate family. Avoiding conflict of interest remains essential and when placing one’s affairs in a special trust we have to ensure that it is not overseen by the spouse or the children, otherwise making it hardly blind.

As the ultimate body deciding on the legal and regulatory framework of countries, it is vital that voting on laws and rules be aimed at the public good and not at those who contribute to elections. The onus is on decision-makers to publish the interest groups who contributed to decisions.

The use of lobbyist registers and the publication of “legislative footprints” documenting who gives input to new laws, public registers of who the lobbyists are and disclosure by political parties of who finances them will also increase trust in politics.

Financing of political parties remains a major issue today. Many countries have taken steps to regulate political party and campaign financing by introducing laws on disclosure of finances and requiring parties and candidates to report on the donations received, including the origin of the donation, the amount and party expenditure. External auditing and publication of results must be part of this transparent framework. A number of countries are now preventing businesses and organisations to contribute to political parties and candidates which means that only individuals can contribute. Some jurisdictions have also capped the amount that can be given.

Independent, professional and well-resourced Election Commission with the necessary authority is essential to prevent political parties from manipulating the electoral system to their advantage.

A starting point to promoting ethics and prevent corruption is to ensure a culture of transparency in the areas where it matters most: at the heart of government, in the institutions that defend the public, offer security, serve the public and manage.

One way to achieve this is the disclosure of assets and interests – clear rules obliging public servants to disclose assets, financial interests, gifts or hospitality received to avoid conflicts of interest.

Rules for declaration of assets can be a disincentive to dubious activities, and help expose them. They can be made more effective through oversight by an independent body, and by being made easily available to the public.

Secondly, to have complete transparency in government, it is crucial to build transparency into every stage of the system; from supply chains to dealings between business and government to service delivery. This allows people to check promises against the reality and gives citizens a higher degree of trust in their government officials and parliamentarians.

Information is not a gift, it belongs to the people. Access to information legislation with systems in place to grant access to that information on request is essential. Indeed, many public authorities are recognising the benefits of transparency and participation and proactively publishing ALL public information.

When all government revenues, budgets and their disbursements right to the point of delivery a strong message is given to the people. It means that the people know how money is available for their school, for their health clinic for their community and question when the services are not rendered.

In Brazil online data on budget execution and revenue collection of the federal government is updated on a daily basis. A web portal allows citizens to easily follow up the financial execution of all federal programmes, all federal spending, procurement or contracts for projects and services.

Thirdly, procurement and construction are highly vulnerable to corruption. This is a vulnerable area for all countries. This is especially important for big projects. Growing economies need growing infrastructures, be it water, waste, power, transport or buildings. Much of this massive spending will be contracted out by government offices to private companies. This nexus of public and private sector can be a major corruption hotspot. These projects are carried out with the people’s money, so the government must show that the process is being carried out ethically.

It is possible to prevent corruption in this area or detect it quickly when it happens. The emergence of government, making it possible to carry out lucrative public tenders online, is one way to contribute in keeping public spending clean. Another approach is to use integrity pacts. . The idea was to bring together officials organizing procurement processes and potential suppliers from the private sector under the supervision of an independent observer. However, bidders agreed that the pact would also be enforced by severe sanctions for anyone breaking the “no bribe” agreement.

A third mechanism, to prevent corruption in this sector is the use of social witnesses, or independent professional monitors, during the course of a project. In Mexico, such “social witnesses” are required by law and have overseen more than 60 billion dollars of public spending and tendering procedures.

Oversight institutions can be a first line of defense against corruption within an organization, state or company. They are a vital part of an integrity system’s checks and balances, providing an independent assessment, thus promoting accountability and the opening of institutions to scrutiny. In a country, they can take the form of an office of the ombudsman, an anti-corruption commission or supreme auditor, integrity commission or office of procurement management.

These bodies need to be fully independent, professional, properly resourced and have a strong mandate. Anti-corruption commissions for example should receive complaints, conduct investigations and, as is the case in some countries such as Norway, even to prosecute.

Given the global nature of corruption, we have seen that it can be very hard to fight back without involving all stakeholders; corruption often occurs at the nexus of business and government, so these need to work together to find sustainable solutions. A number of interesting initiatives have been initiated in the recent past.

While some businesses supported the push for better legal frameworks for fighting corruption, there was also a need to establish common standards for good business behaviour.

One area where cooperation was clearly needed was the extractive sector. Too often, money from extraction of natural resources was not going to the people. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has been successful in building voluntary agreements from governments and business to disclose extractive payments, so that people can “follow the money”.

The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative has taken a similar approach to advance on complex issues such as information disclosure, environmental impact and pro-poor investments. Under it, both the public and private sector participants to disclose data about public contracts to ensure better value for money in infrastructure with stakeholders that are better informed about public tenders, leading to more efficient projects and fair competition for contracts.

Although too many companies still feel that they need to bribe their way into getting contracts, an increasing number of companies have decided that it is in their best interests and that of their shareholders and stakeholders to be a clean business. In addition, some of them come together in order to exchange best practices on anti-corruption and compliance measures and training. And some do not hesitate in joining together to go to government authorities where solicitation of bribes has prevailed in order to work with the leaders of these government entities to fix this problem.

Education is key in building strong ethical individuals in our society. A huge potential in combating corruption through education lies in incorporating ethics in the education system from the youngest classrooms to the PHD level.

This can happen by making ethics part of regular courses as well as through a separate ethics stream. Inculcating basic ethical values needs to start at the youngest age through appropriate learning activities. A number of institutions are moving in this direction and need to be encouraged to move faster.

Transparency International’s chapter in Chile a number of years ago devised a whole year programme of teaching materials for students in grade 3. In agreement with the Ministry of Education, these were sent to 1500 schools up and down the country. Teaching ethics throughout the education system will sow the seeds for better societies. With nearly a fifth of the world’s population between 15 and 24 years old, young people have the potential to stop corruption both as the citizens of today and as the leaders of tomorrow.

The education institutions must function at the highest level of integrity, without any corrupt practices. If they do not, no matter how much ethics you teach in the curriculum, the students will be conflicted about what ethical behaviour should be and those courses will have little value.

The opportunity to get away with corruption in one country can undermine efforts to prevent corruption in another. A major priority for the world today is to set higher standards for transparency in important areas like taxation. If we could limit the global loopholes that allows money laundering and tax evasion, it would be a significant way of dealing with poverty reduction, fraud, illicit trade and contributing to country fragility and conflicts.

The G20 has already adopted a number of measures including:
The adoption of the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) plan, which, if implemented, could see a fairer distribution of taxes paid by multinationals.
Another is the realisation of automatic exchange of information as a new global standard, presented in February 2014 and to be finalised mid-2014 with roll-out in G20 countries before 2015. Leaders acknowledge that the next challenge is commitment to and implementation of this standard. It will be important to find a model that is inclusive for developing countries.
In this regard, the OECD has recently published a new single Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information. This means that it should be easier for tax authorities to work together, so the move will promote financial integrity and help prevent the flight of capital and tax evasion.
At the moment, many tax revenue authorities have to go and chase information from other revenue authorities if and when they suspect foul play. This new standard means the information will be exchanged automatically on an annual basis between countries that sign up.
This new global tax transparency standard was endorsed by G20 leaders meeting in St Petersburg last year. The UK initiated a pilot automatic exchange of information programme. G8 members France, Germany, Spain and Italy signed up, as has G20 member South Africa.
The G20 has pushed forward on the issue substantially in the last few years and this standard, if and when it becomes truly global, will hopefully have a real impact on the global nature of illicit financial flows.

Other governments should support the G20 and encourage them to keep moving on their commitments.

While the G20 has also recognised the need to reduce hidden company ownership, the G8 has moved faster in this area.

Incorporation of beneficial ownership information into annual, public corporate registries would help tackle the problems of illicit flows.
The UK has been leading on the publication of beneficial ownership, putting it high on the agenda of the G8 last year. It led by example by announcing that companies in the UK will have to publish the names of their owners on company registers. We hope to see many other governments follow suit. European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of Europe-wide public registries of beneficial ownership.

Every country has a responsibility to put in place effective anti-money laundering measures: anonymous firms and secret bank accounts should not be used to launder the proceeds of corruption. It’s a question of integrity, investor interest and of reputation for all countries.

Governments and banking supervisory authorities should require banks to go further and improve their Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures. In particular, efforts are needed to improve information sharing regarding politically exposed persons (PEPs), which are at high risk for money laundering and other illicit activities. Minimal regulations leads to a race to the bottom.

Today corruption is one of the world’s most talked about problems. We need to work together to stop corruption before it becomes the norm and reaches epidemic levels. We hhave the energy, the fortitude to show the way in the fight against corruption.

Each one of us can make a difference by leading ethical personal and professional lives and we can all make a greater difference by joining together civil society, academia, governments and business to ensure that life in our community at work and in our country is our free of corruption.

Corruption is pervasive, diverse and present in almost all areas of society. From the “greed is good” heyday of the 1980s that encompassed the rise and fall of corporate high-flyers such as Christopher Skase, right through to the 2000s and the spectacular collapses of Enron and WorldCom in the US and HIH in Australia, the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, corruption seems to continue unabated.

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Canada among the top tenth least corrupt countries in the world. However, in recent years, corruption is increasingly a major problem in government, industry and non-governmental organizations. For instance, in 2013, 117 of the 250 companies blacklisted by World Bank “from bidding on its global projects under its fraud and corruption policy” are from Canada. Canada ranks at the bottom of the bribery-fighting rankings, “with little or no enforcement of anti-bribery measures”. The 2014 Ernst & Young global fraud survey found that “20% cent of Canadian executives believe bribery and corruption are widespread in this country”. A large proprotion of the Canadian public also “see their politicians and their institutions as fundamentally corrupt”.

In the previous parliament, 120 of India’s 523 parliament members were accused of crimes. Many of the biggest scandals since 2010 have involved very high level government officials, including Cabinet Ministers and Chief Ministers, such as in the 2G spectrum scam (Rs 17.6 Trillion), the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam (Rs 7 Trillion), the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the Coal Mining Scam (Rs 18.6 Trillion), the Mining Scandal in Karnataka and the Cash for Vote scam.

More observations by Christie

Let us go back to 1792 when the British brought Vellar administrators from Malabar coast of the Indian subcontinent to replace the Dutch administration of the coastal areas of the island nation that was acquired by the British from the Dutch Stadholder. The possessions were administered form Madras now Chennai. These high caste Indians (Tamils) were the first to bring corruption to the island. They collected taxes and did not pass the lot to the British. The British kicked out these administrated and reverted to the former Dutch administration which had a lot of Sinhalese working for the Dutch. These Vellars settled in the Jaffna and still run the affairs of the island nation. So it is the Indian colonial parasites who brought in the corruption to all dominions of the British.
Only fools will accept that Sirisena will change the corruption culture when he committed the worst act of corruption by his act of leaving the government.

Some more observations by Nimal

People are corrupt from the street level to the top. We need outsiders to come in put the country right, just as in 1815 and that’s the honest truth.
No honest politician will survive in the corrupted atmosphere of the island and sadly people are comfortable with set up as they themselves are immersed in it.
I doubt any honest politician could ever put the country right because the people themselves should be erect and honest and only a well meaning dictatorship will do, but then people will not like if they are forced to follow the righteous path. I don’t mean going to temples and churches but follow the way people behave in the western countries where most of you rightly wants to settle or settled at present.

A Possible Solution by NeelaMahaYoda

Both Presidential candidates should appreciate the fact that corruption is the real problems that has run rampant both in politics and in the state structures that provide basic services to ordinary people and should introduce some solid proposals to combat corruption.

Fight against Corruption is not only limited to Sri Lanka, even in the United States President Obama has recently called the fight against corruption “one of the great struggles of our time.” The costs of corruption in the US are immeasurable – injustice, misallocation of resources, economic decay. Corruption affects a staggering number of livelihoods and lives and erodes the faith of citizens in their governments and in the rule of law. The United States views corruption as a growing threat to the national security of their country and allies around the world.

For years, the United States has led the fight against international bribery. In 1977, it passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, domestic legislation which prohibits Americans and other persons and businesses that fall under the jurisdiction of the law from bribing foreign officials in order to obtain or retain business. To level the playing field, the United States sought to create a “race to the top” by encouraging other OECD countries to criminalize such bribery. The Anti-Bribery Convention was signed in 1997 and took effect in 1999, becoming what Transparency International calls “the gold standard” in the fight against corruption.

Sri Lanka can easily follow a similar action taking into consideration the following features

1. Corruption – Sri Lanka needs a solid legal framework to fight the corruption that has run rampant both in politics and in the state structures. Some legislation similar to US criminal conflict of interest statute, 18 U.S.C. § 208 is needed as fewer safeguards means an increased corruption risk in the government. Once the legislation in place the legal system should be capable of handling and prosecuting those who are involved in corruption.

2. Nepotism and cronyism – Nepotism and cronyism can bring about conflict of interests. Conflict of interest is a situation in which a public official or a politician has a private or other interest which is such as to influence, or appear to influence, the impartial and objective performance of his or her official duties.

Therefore, only way of tackling the issue of conflict of interest is to actually prohibit (prevent) certain conflicts of interest.

Regulation should be designed not only to impose obligations on public officials and politicians, but also to help them to resist improper approaches, and more generally to contribute to the development of a fair public service culture. For that criminal conflict of interest shall be explicitly defined in the statutory book and penal code.

3. Without that we will be using the word corruption as a political weapon for ever.


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