Changes to Judiciary and Fundamental Law Constituent Council: Reports of Judiciary & Fundamental Rights Subcommittees

November 30th, 2016

By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy: Island

The report of the Subcommittee on the judiciary observes that there is no express provision in the Constitution stressing the importance of the principle of judicial independence and aims to remedy that perceived lacuna by recommending the adoption of a provision in the constitution of South Africa which says that the courts are ‘independent’ and subject only to the ‘Constitution and the law’, and that that ‘no person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the courts’. There is no harm in stressing that no one should interfere with the courts because that has been the assumption that we have had with from time immemorial. But, whether one needs to go so far as to say to say that the courts are ‘subject only to the constitution and the law’ is questionable.

The constitution and the law all exist for the people (not the other way about) and the courts should be subject to the people whose interests they are supposed to serve. Article 3 of our present constitution says that sovereignty is vested in the people and is inalienable, and article 4 states among other things that the judicial power of the people shall be exercised by parliament through the courts. The report of the subcommittee on the Judiciary does not explain why the present formulation is not good enough. If parliament makes all the laws that the courts have to interpret and implement, why is it wrong to say that the judicial power of the people will be exercised by parliament through the courts?

No institution above people

The legislature which is elected by the people has a handle over the executive because only members of the legislature can be appointed to the cabinet of ministers and the legislature has all powers over finance. Likewise the legislature should have a hold over the judiciary with parliament exercising the judicial powers of the people through the courts. You can’t have any arm of the state that is so exalted that it is not answerable to the people. Judges are not elected by the people unlike the president and the parliament, and have to be accountable to the people through some mechanism. There can be no constitution or law or judiciary that is above the people.

Bar Association’s power Changes to the present procedure for appointing judges of the superior courts have also been recommended according to which the President will appoint judges to the supreme court and court of appeal on the recommendations of the constitutional council and the latter in turn will receive nominations from a panel of former supreme court judges which will include a former chief justice. This panel will be appointed by the incumbent chief justice after consulting the Attorney General and the President of the Bar Association. There is nothing wrong in the constitutional council receiving nominations for high judicial office from a panel of former supreme court judges. But for the incumbent chief justice to be constitutionally required to ‘consult’ the President of the Bar Association in appointing this panel of retired supreme court judges is not acceptable.

The Bar Association is a body that is susceptible to politicisation. At one point a sitting UNP parliamentarian was the President of the Bar Association. Thereafter a President of the Bar Association participated openly in a campaign to bring a new government into power and even before ceasing to be the President of the Bar Association, he accepted a political appointment as the Chairman of the Board of Investment. Furthermore, the Bar Association accepts foreign funding and overseas trips from foreign embassies that have been openly and directly interfering in the politics of Sri Lanka. For a body like the Bar Association to accept funding from foreign powers may not be illegal in Sri Lanka because of a loophole in our law. But in India this is a violation of the law carrying a jail sentence.

That a body like the Bar Association can pretend to be oblivious to the ethical implications of accepting foreign funding and foreign trips from powers that seek to influence politics in Sri Lanka should be a cause for concern for all citizens. The Bar Association’s political leanings are also painfully obvious. After all, the Prime Minister said in Parliament that the Supreme Court decision in Nallaratnam Singarasa v. The Attorney General should be overturned, the Bar Association made preparations to file a motion in the Supreme Court seeking a review of that judgment. If a body like this has to be consulted by the sitting chief justice in appointing the panel to nominate judges for the superior courts, where will things end up?

BASL brought in

The UNP led government tried to give the Bar Association a role in the appointment of judges even in drafting the 19th Amendment last year by trying to stipulate that when the Constitutional Council appoints judges of the superior courts, they should obtain the views of chief justice as well as the Bar Association. Due to the storm or protest that arose over this, the requirement to consult the Bar Association was dropped. Now it has been brought in again through the backdoor by the Subcommittee on the Judiciary. If the Bar Association is given a say in the appointment of judges to the superior courts, that will corrupt the whole justice system because all judges will be compelled to keep influential members of the Bar Association happy.

A related recommendation is that when Judges of the superior courts go on leave without pay to take up temporary assignments in foreign jurisdictions (as judges often do), that ‘short-term ad-hoc appointments’ to the superior courts could be made from ‘leading practitioners’ to tide over these temporary vacancies. When this is seen in relation to the previous recommendation, it is easy to see which way things are heading. The Subcommittee on the Judiciary has also recommended a fast track removal process for judges of the superior courts instead of the present impeachment proceedings. They have suggested the setting up of a ‘Superior Courts Judges Disciplinary Commission’, the members of which will be recommended by the Constitutional Council and appointed by the President.

Removing judges

This disciplinary commission will inquire into any allegations of misconduct or incapacity in relation to judges of the superior courts and submit a report to the Constitutional Council which will examine the contents of the report and make a recommendation for the removal of the judge which will have to be approved by parliament with a simple majority. The President will then remove such judge. This recommendation of the Subcommittee will need further discussion. One cause for unease regarding this procedure is that there are three appointed members in the Constitutional Council who are not people’s representatives or members of the legislature. Only members of the supreme legislature should be in a position to recommend the removal of a judge of the Supreme Court or the court of appeal.

The present procedure is that if a judge of the superior courts is to be impeached, not less than one third of the total members of parliament will have to give notice to the Speaker of such a resolution and a parliamentary select committee will examine the charges. A report will be submitted to parliament after which parliament will pass a resolution to remove the judge with more than half the total number of members of parliament (including those not present) voting for it. The existing system has better safeguards than the fast track system suggested by the Subcommittee. At present only elected representatives of the people are involved in the process and they have to indicate their resolve twice – at the beginning of the proceedings by signing the notice to the speaker and at the end by voting for the removal of the judge.

SC without original jurisdiction

The Subcommittee on the Judiciary has also recommended that that the Supreme Court be made an exclusively appellate body without any original jurisdiction. Accordingly, fundamental rights jurisdiction is to be given to the Court of Appeal. The merits and demerits of this will have to be discussed further, but one recommendation of the Subcommittee on the Judiciary that is bound to encounter vehement opposition is the suggestion that a seven member constitutional court be set up outside the regular courts structure to have exclusive jurisdiction in interpreting the constitution, in reviewing Bills and even powers of post enactment of review of legislation and to adjudicate in disputes between the Centre and the provinces.

The new constitutional court is supposed to be made up of judges with a specialised knowledge of constitutional law and ‘specialists in the field’. If a constitutional matter comes up in any court anywhere in the country, that case will have to be referred to this constitutional court. All this while the interpretation of the constitution and pre-enactment review of Bills was the exclusive preserve of the Supreme Court. To give this power to a body that is outside the structure of the courts which will be made up by ‘specialists in the field’ – who as Sri Lankan experience has shown will invariably be NGO activists plugging various agendas – would not be a palatable proposition for many.

Subcommittee on Fundamental Rights The subcommittee on fundamental rights has recommended that all written and unwritten laws in force at the time of coming into force of the new Constitution including the Chapter on Fundamental Rights shall be read subject to the provisions of the new Constitution and in the event of a court declaring that any such law is inconsistent with a provision of the new constitution, such law ‘shall be deemed to be void’. This is a standard provision that would be a feature of any new constitution. However, the Subcommittee on Fundamental Rights has recommended that this standard provision should not apply to ‘personal laws’ in force at the time of coming into force of this Constitution – which means that certain personal laws will be above the constitution of Sri Lanka and even its chapter on fundamental rights.

The government will be playing with fire if the constitution allows any communal law or ‘personal law’ to stand above the fundamental law of the land. What Article 168 of our present constitution says in this regard is that ‘unless Parliament otherwise provides’, all written and unwritten laws, in force immediately before the commencement of the Constitution, shall, mutatis mutandis, and ‘except as otherwise expressly provided in the Constitution’, continue in force. There is nothing in our present constitution that says that any personal law will continue to be valid even if it is in conflict with the constitution and the chapter on fundamental rights. The basic principle should be that any pre-existing law that comes into conflict with the constitution is ipso facto void.

According to Sri Lanka’s legal system, foreign treaties that are entered into by the government are not automatically incorporated in domestic law. Parliament has to specifically pass a law incorporating the provisions of the new treaty into the domestic law or it remains unimplemented. The Subcommittee on Fundamental Rights has now recommended that the provisions of a human rights treaty should automatically become a part of the domestic law two years after ratification. If Parliament passes a law incorporating a part but not the entirety of the treaty, the unincorporated provisions would also become domestic law at the end of the period of two years. Furthermore, in relation to human rights treaties to which Sri Lanka is already a party, the two year period will begin to run from the time the new constitution is promulgated.

The automatic incorporation of foreign treaties without amending the extant domestic laws to ensure that there are no discrepancies, will create confusion in the legal system. It is quite obvious that this particular recommendation has been made in order to work around the Supreme Court judgment in Nallaratnam Singarasa v Attorney General. Even though the CBK government signed Optional Protocol I of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which allows appeals from Sri Lanka to be addressed to the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, this has remained unimplemented because parliament has not passed a law incorporating that treaty into domestic law. In the above mentioned case, the Supreme Court decided that international treaties that are not expressly incorporated in our law by parliament are not part of the domestic law.

UNHRC

The government which is wary about trying to introduce legislation in parliament which will subordinate our supreme court to the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, now appears to be trying to incorporate international treaties into domestic law without going through the hassle of a bruising battle within parliament which may spill over into the legal fraternity as well. The recommendation of the Sub Committee on Fundamental Rights which may be the most controversial recommendation of all is that both Sinhala and Tamil be recognised as the official languages of Sri Lanka. According to our present constitution, Sinhala is the official language while Sinhala and Tamil are national languages. Even in India, there is only one official language – Hindi.

The compromise arrived at as far back as the 1950s was for Sinhala to be the official language with reasonable provision for the use of Tamil as the language of administration and the courts in the North and East and in education throughout the country. S.J.V.Chelvanayagam himself endorsed this system by agreeing that in the Tamil speaking Northern and Eastern regional councils that he proposed setting up, reasonable provision would be made for the use of Sinhala for the Sinhala minority living in those areas. Now the Subcommittee on the Judiciary has unnecessarily disturbed things by putting forward a recommendation that is guaranteed to inflame communal tensions.

Conflict of interest revisited

November 30th, 2016

by Prof. Susirith Mendis Courtesy: Island


I wrote an article titled, “The Governor’s case and the conflict of interest concept” which was published in The Sunday Times on 10th May 2015. This was a little over a couple of months after the ‘first’ Bond Scam and soon after the three-member report of three UNP lawyers.

Now, with the COPE Report (including the footnote clan) substantially finding former Governor CB, Mahendran responsible for the Bond Scam and Perpetual Treasuries raking in (or is it better to call it “shovelling in”?) over 10 billion in profits, the allegation of ‘conflict of interest’ and ‘insider trading’ are more likely to be proven in a Court of Law (provided that the Law is upheld and allowed to take its course without interference).

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What makes me resurrect the old article again is because the media reported two further cases of blatant ‘conflict of interest’ within the last few days.

(i) Finance Minister’s proposal in the Budget to accept a SLR 500 million ‘donation’ from the Ceylon Tobacco Co for an Anti-Smoking Campaign of the Presidential Task Force (PTF). Can there be anything so blatantly and patently absurd than this? Cannot the FM and the President see that this is as unacceptable a case of conflict of interest as there can ever be? RajithaSenaratne, Minister of Health, quite rightly has objected to such a ‘donation’. Health Minister is quoted as saying that it is “unethical and unacceptable for the PTF to accept money from the Tobacco Company”.

(ii) MP Chatura Senaratne (CS) being appointed to the Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on Education and Human Resource Development. Are we, the ordinary citizens of this country, expected to believe that none in parliament knew that MP CS’s wife is a student at SAITM? Why did CS not inform the Committee of his ‘conflict of interest’ – which is obvious to anyone with average intelligence? Why did Prof. Ashu Marasinghe (AM), as Chairman of the Committee not object to the appointment of CS to the Committee? Why did AM chair such a committee and issue a report with CS as a possible signatory?

It seems that what the father knows and the son does not.

What triggered my original article was the news item: “CB scam: Probe panel blames tender board; Governor exonerated”.

Hence, I believe that it is appropriate to renew the debate on ‘conflict of interest’ in public affairs with the faint hope that it will prod the conscience of the powers that be, to refrain from and prevent therein, similar issues of ‘conflict of interest’ in the future.

Here are excerpts from the original article:

In my 38 years of professional life and 36 years in medical academia – and some of those years at the highest levels of university administration – dealing with many agencies of government and the corporate sector, I have come to realise that ‘Conflict of Interest’ (COI) is a concept that is either not clearly understood (by not only the average Sri Lankan, but also by academic and corporate communities and politicians in general) or is being deliberately misunderstood or beguilingly misinterpreted for their personal survival or gain.

As a result, I have been studying this phenomenon in Sri Lankan society at two levels: First, in general, as observed from news reports and investigative journalistic exposés of public officials and politicians; and second, from an academic theoretical standpoint. My interest in the subject grew in intensity when I observed this phenomenon occurring repeatedly in my own profession — medicine — to the great detriment of patients. The COI between the doctor and the pharmaceutical industry is phenomenal. Hence, I have spoken and made presentations in as many medical forums as I have been invited to speak. I have made two academic orations on the subject. The SR Kottegoda Memorial Oration in 2001 on “Ethics in Science and Medicine”; and the KN Seneviratne Memorial Oration in 2009 on “Conflict of Interest: Relationship between Industry and Research”.

Andrew Stark, in his book “Conflict of Interest in American Public Life” published by the Harvard University Press in 2000 says there are three stages in the process of acting in COI.

They are:

(i) The Antecedent Acts (Stage 1) – These are factors that condition the state of mind of an individual towards partiality, thereby compromising the potential to act towards the public interest rather than private (or personal) ones. Please note that the issue at hand is public vs private interest. The ‘partiality’ mentioned refers to sources of undue influence that create the condition of bias; in the case of the CB scandal, the antecedent act is that the CB Governor is the father-in-law of the owner of Perpetual Treasuries;

(ii) The States of Mind (Stage 2) – These represent the affected sentiments or affinities conditioned by the antecedent acts. That is, creating a particular orientation to act in a determined direction; in the CB case, it’s the mindset to ‘insider deal’ on behalf of a dealer and

(iii) Outcome Behaviour (Stage 3) – These are actions or decisions taken that arise from an affected state of mind as influenced by the antecedent conditions. That is the ultimate awarding of Rs. 5 billion worth of Treasury Bonds to Perpetual Treasuries.

The universally prescribed remedy to correct this expected outcome behaviour is ‘disclosure’. That is, you disclose or expose or cite your COI to the stakeholders and either remove yourself out of the decision-making process or expect the stakeholders or other contending parties to consider your expressed opinion in the light of that disclosure. Often, in societies where institutional hierarchies are feudal in attitude and high officials can easily influence decision-making even after ‘disclosure’ and removing one’s self from the decision-making process like in Sri Lanka and many developing countries, this remedy is hardly a preventive.

How one makes the disclosure, as well as when, is also important. There has to be ‘space’ for the person/s who can be affected by a perceived sense of partiality, to withdraw from the situation if he so desires. Disclosure for the sake of disclosure is not what is expected in the principle of disclosure as the remedy.

We have many anecdotal examples found in the press of public officials and powerful politicians who blithely declare a ‘right’ to COI. For example, a minister in the CBK government once, had the temerity to say that the company owned by his wife and son had the right to bid for tenders under his ministry. After all, they are doing a legitimate business like any other citizen in the country. Even so, the question of ‘perception of COI’ (see below) is evident. What he didn’t disclose was that the company was hastily formed to make a bid for the highly lucrative tender. Then there are others in power and authority who magnanimously declare their COI and leave Tender Boards of institutions they head, knowing very well that no member of the board will dare reject or object to his personals interests in the tender. Therefore, self-righteous statements that suspicious tenders were approved through due process by tender boards are no guarantee of moral or ethical propriety.

To understand the pervasiveness of COI in any society, it is necessary to understand the concept of the ‘Inevitability of Bias’. If we do not understand this concept, we are in danger of having to face a situation of unmanaged COI. That is the situation that exists in Sri Lanka today, both in the state and corporate sectors.

It is important to recognise the distinction between bias and conflict. It is reasonable to state that unintentional bias is pervasive. It should be distinguished from intentional or undue bias. An honest public official who is sensitive to the concept of COI will ensure that even unintentional bias is eliminated in his dealings with external agencies. COI can and should be avoided at all times because it has the potential to weaken the integrity and ethical legitimacy of any given process itself.

Tolerance and/or mishandling of COI could jeopardise the public trust in public officials and compromise the moral fabric of our society. Thus, failure to disclose COI is not acceptable and mechanisms should exist to ensure and/or enforce transparency with regard to COI among those in positions of authority and financial decision-making.

One of the important problems of managing COI is the issue of ‘moral blindness’ that effects COI situations. Many institutions worldwide have developed strategies and policies for handling COI issues. But I know of none in Sri Lanka where their policies are publicised. These policies rely on disclosure as a mechanism to manage COI. Although such practice is now widespread and widely accepted, it has been argued that individuals in conflict, more often than not, have difficulty recognising their own conflicts. Even in individuals of high moral character, a perceptual blind spot may exist that prevents critical self-evaluation when conflict exists. If this is true, it raises a red flag for many policies of disclosure, since they are based on the assumption that a person in conflict will recognise and disclose the conflict.

Furthermore, there is the concept of ‘appearance of a COI’. That is, that one has to be sensitive not only to an actual COI, but also as to whether an act can be construed to be a COI; that it “appears” to be a COI. A person in a decision-making role can be reprimanded for allowing an ‘appearance of COI’ to arise. The sequence of events of the bond issue by the CB is replete with such ‘appearance of COI’. The ‘Appearance Standard’ has been definitely violated in the CB case.

It is an ironic coincidence that, according to Andrew Stark, the US Controller of the Currency, Robert Clerk (Head of an independent bureau within the United States Department of the Treasury) was reprimanded in 1991 for allowing ‘an appearance of COI’ to arise because he was “taking out loans from state-chartered banks”. Imagine what kinds of legal action would have been taken against Robert Clerk if the US Office of the Controller of Currency (OCC) had issued Treasury Bonds to a company owned by his son-in-law?

To ensure that there is minimal influence and effect of COI in public life, public officials and corporate executives have to become fully aware of these concepts of COI in the first instance. Thereafter, institutions and other professional bodies should take both systematic and systemic measures to incorporate them into their administrative and regulatory structure so that they consciously prevent COI.

Then there is the concept of “behavior of partiality”. In terms of public COI law (which is non-existent in Sri Lanka), a person could be found guilty of a COI only if it could be proved that his behaviour resulted from gifts or favours taken or unacceptable relationships maintained. Legally, one cannot infer that decisions that were self-serving were, in fact, the consequences of such questionable alliances. Furthermore, a person’s state of mind, or more precisely, the process of thinking, cannot be decided or proven in a Court of Law. Even if we ‘know’ that a decision-maker behaved partially resulting in outcomes favourable to an allied alliance, we do not know — and we would find it impossible to demonstrate — that the favourable decisions made, are a direct outcome of the conflicting alliance. Therefore, the current focus in regulatory law is on eliminating the first stage – namely, the antecedent acts and not the outcome behaviour, the third stage.

Now that the CB Governor has been made directly culpable for a criminal financial offence by the COPE, the question does not directly arise. But on the other hand, if one day, in a court of law, Mahendran and Aloysius are found not guilty of any financial and/or criminal offence, can the public, based on the afore-mentioned concepts of COI, absolve them from all blame? Can it ever be said that the over 10 billion profit made by Perpetual Treasuries was made on a level playing field with the rules of engagement equal to all players?

When will we have strict laws and rules in this country that will ensure that violators of the concept of ‘conflict of interest’ can be prosecuted? Will we ever??

(Comments can be directed to: susmend2610@gmail.com)

නිල්වලාවට මිලියන 3012ක්‌ දීම ගැන පරීක්‍ෂණයක්‌ පවත්වන්න හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ-ජනපතිගෙන් FCIDට ඔත්තුවක්.. කෝටි හාරසියයයේ ‘නිල්වලා බෝම්බය’ පත්තු වෙයි.. ඇමති නිමල් සිරිපාල ගස්..

November 29th, 2016

Courtesy: Divaina

පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයට පෙර දින මාතර නිල්වලා යෝජනා ක්‍රමය වෙනුවෙන් මහා භාණ්‌ඩාගාරය රුපියල් මිලියන 3012 ක චෙක්‌පතක්‌ නිකුත් කර ඇත්නම් වහාම ඒ පිළිබඳව පරීක්‍ෂණයක්‌ පවත්වන ලෙස හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා චීනයේ බීජිං නුවර සිට ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.

ඉකුත් ජනාධිපතිවරණයේ තීරණාත්මක අවධියේ තමන් අමාත්‍යාංශවල කටයුතු පිළිබඳව අවධානය යොමු නොකළ බව මෙහිදී සඳහන් කළ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා කවරකු හෝ වගකීම් විරහිත අන්දමින් එවැන්නක්‌ සිදුකර තිබේ නම් කඩිනම් පරීක්‍ෂණයක්‌ මගින් ඒ සියලු තොරතුරු හෙළි කරගෙන ඊට වගකිවයුත්තන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් පියවර ගත යුතු බව ද පැවසීය.

හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා සිය චීන සංචාරය තුළදී මෙම ප්‍රකාශය කළේ ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් පසුගිය සෙනසුරාදා (26 දා) ගාල්ලේ පැවැති ශ්‍රීලනිප සාමාජික ප්‍රවර්ධන වැඩසටහනකට එක්‌වෙමින් 2015 ජනපතිවරණයට පෙර දිනයේ මහා භාණ්‌ඩාගාරය මිලියන 3012 ක චෙක්‌පතක්‌ නිල්වලා ව්‍යාපෘතියට නිකුත් කර ඇතැයි සිදු කළ අනාවරණය පිළිබඳව අදහස්‌ දක්‌වමිනි.

කවරකු හෝ මෙවැන්නක්‌ කර තිබේ නම් එය කාගේ නියෝගයෙන් සිදු කළේදැයි යන්න අනාවරණය කරගෙන ඒ පිළිබඳව ඉදිරි පියවර ගැනීම රජයේ වගකීමක්‌ බව ද හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මෙහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අවධාරණය කළේය.

නිමල් සිරිපාල සිල්වා වාරිමාර්ග හා ජල කලමාණාකරන අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස සිටි කාල වකවානුවේදී නිලවල ගග ව්‍යාපතිය සඳහා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් ඇතුළු නිලධාරින් කරන ලද ඉල්ලීම මත අවශ්‍ය මුදල් මහා භාණ්ඩාගාරය විසින් අදාළ අමාත්‍යාංශය වෙත ලබා දී ඇත. එය රුපියල් මිලියන 4012 කි.

එහෙත් පසුගියදා ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් නිල්වලා ගග ව්‍යාප්තිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කල ප්‍රකාශ කල පරිද එම ව්‍යාපතිය සඳහා ලබාදි ඇති එම මුදලට කිසිම දෙයක් සිදුවී නැති බවයි.

නව රජය බලයට පත්වීමත් සමඟ නව අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයක් පත් කල අතර නව රජයේ එනම් දින 100 යේ ආණ්ඩුවේ වාරිමාර්ග හා ජල කලමාණාකරන හා කෘෂිකර්ම අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස පත් වූයේ ද දුමින්ද දිසානායක අමාත්‍යවරයාය.

ඔහු මෛත්‍රීපාල ජනාධිපතිවරයා සමඟ ශ්‍රිලනිප ඉවත්ව එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය සමඟ එක්ව ජනාධිපතිවරනයට තරග කල අවස්ථාවේදි ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සමඟ සිටි අමාත්‍යවරයෙකි.

2015 අගෝස්තු මහ මැතිවරණය සමඟ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලය වෙනස් වූ අතර වර්තමානයේදි එනම් මේ වනවිට වාරිමාර්ග හා ජල කලමාණාකරන අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස කටයුතු කරන්නේ ජාතික ලැයිස්තුවෙන් පත්කල ශ්‍රිලනිප මන්ත්‍රී විජිතමුණි සොයිසා අමාත්‍යවරයාය.

එබැවින් සැබෑ ලෙස මෙතරම් විශාල මුදලක් අදාළ අමාත්‍යාංශයට ලැබීමෙන් පසු එම මුදල් අවශ්‍ය කාර්යය සඳහා යොදවා නැත්නම් එම කාලයේ අමාත්‍යාංශය භාර සිටි ඇමැතිවරයා ඊට වග කිවයුතු බව පසුගියදා FCID විසින් කරනු ලැබු පරීක්ෂණවලින් පැහැදිලි වන අතර ඉදිරියේදී ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් ඔහුගේ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයේ වර්තමානයේ සිටින ඉහත නම් සඳහන් අමාත්‍යවරුන් සම්බන්ධව ගන්නා තීරණය ජනතාව බලා සිටුනු ඇත.

2012 මැයි මස 26දින මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් එවකට වාරිමාර්ග හා ජල කලමාණාකරන අමාත්‍යවරයා ඇතුළු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිලධාරින් කැදවා වසර 28 පමාවි ඇති නිල්වලා ගග ව්‍යාප්තිය වහාම ආරම්භ කරන ලෙස උපදෙස් දෙන ලදි.

මාතර ප්‍රදේශයේ ගංවතුර පාලනය කිරීම කුඹුරුවලට මුහුදු වතුර ඒම වැලැක්වීම සහ හම්බන්තොට, මාතර යන දිස්ත්‍රික්වලට පානිය ජලය ලබාදීම මෙහි ප්‍රධාන අරමුණ විය.

මෙම සඳහා මාතර දිස්ත්‍රික් ගොවි සංවිධාන මෙන්ම සිවිල් සමාජ ක්‍රියාකාරින්ද සහභාගි වී ඇත.

ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ උපදෙස වූයේ සිංගප්පූරු ‘මරිනා බරාජ්’ පිරිසිදු පානිය ජල ව්‍යාප්තිය සමාන යෝජනා ක්‍රමයට මෙම ව්‍යාප්තිය ස්ථාපිත කොට ගංවතුර හා ඉඩම්වලට මුහුදු ජලය ඒම වලක්වා මාතර සහ හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික් ජනතාවට පිරිසිදු පානිය ජලය ලබාදීමට අවශ්‍ය පරිදි මෙම නිල්වලා ගග යෝජන ක්‍රමය හැකි ඉක්මනින් නිමකරන ලෙසයි.

මුදල් අමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස මේ සඳහා අවශ්‍ය මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයට ලබාදීමට කටයුතු කරන බවත් මෙම යෝජනා ක්‍රමය නිසා මොනම විදියකින් හෝ මාතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ ස්වභාවික පරිසරයට හානි නොවීමට අමාත්‍යාංශ නිලධාරින් වග බලාගත යුතු බවත් එහිදි ජනාධිපතිවරයා දැඩිව කියා සිටියේය.

2015 ජනවාරි 7වෙනිදා රුපියල් මිලියන 3012ක් අත්තිකාරම් ලෙස මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශයේන් වාරිමාර්ග හා ජල කලමාණාකරන අමාත්‍යාංශයට නිදහස් කරන අවස්ථාවේදිද අමාත්‍යාංශය භාරව සිටි අමාත්‍යවරයා නිමල් සිරිපාල ද සිල්වා විය.

GOSL explain to us how celebrating War Victory over Terrorism was against reconciliation yet commemorating dead LTTE cadres is not?

November 29th, 2016

 Shenali D Waduge

In May 2009 Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces succeeded in doing what no other military had by defeated a terrorist organization banned by 32 countries including US, UK, Canada, EU and India. LTTE Terrorists remain banned inspite of its ground force and key leaders being defeated. Ever since 2009 War Victory celebrations had taken place in memory of the sacrifices made by all the fallen heroes, the soldiers who remain injured for life, the thousands of civilian victims of LTTE and the general populace who have since May 2009 being able to carry on with their lives without bombs, suicide missions and assassinations. The armed forces defeated LTTE terrorists who had killed all of the communities in Sri Lanka. The State carried out a military onslaught against armed non-state actors and not against Tamils. No one reconciles with terrorists except take legal action against them for the harm they have done to people, property and the national security of the country. Yet, in allowing commemoration ceremonies of dead LTTE cadres to take place even inside state universities while diluting the War Victory that was celebrated by all, what is the message the GOSL is conveying to the people of Sri Lanka and to the world? Only 2000 mourners gathered around LTTE flag but how many lakhs of soldiers, their families and the general public sans party colors have been hurt by GOSL allowing commemoration of a banned entity?

 Around the world Victory Days (V Day) continue to be celebrated and these countries do not care what the Japanese or Germans think though both are firm allies of the West now. 11million German civilians and German soldiers are said to have been killed AFTER the war ended. Five million Germans were starved to death in occupied Germany (Richard K. Mariani) 2 million German Soldiers died in allied captivity while performing slave labor. There were no tears for these Germans killed when the Allies celebrated!

 Likewise, is the sacrifices of the forces not greater than the sentiments of Tigers who still will not disclose what happened to 5000 missing soldiers? Why is the State not looking for these missing soldiers instead of running behind bogus figures as LTTE missing/dead without names or details? Terrorists do not have prisoner of war status and are not entitled to laws that govern POWs.

 All of the LTTE cadres who surrendered were rehabilitated and reintegrated while those that refused were kept in prison and most have recently been released by the present government giving a general amnesty.

 Moreover, the Allies continue to hunt former Nazis and people who are even in their 90s are being arrested still. In January 2016 a 95 year old man was put on trial for being an accessory to murder. In February 2015 Germany charged a 94 year old ex-Nazi officer http://www.express.co.uk/news/history/560153/Holocaust-Germany-94-year-old-Nazi-SS-murders-Auschwitz-camp. 3 Auschwitz guards were arrested in 2014. The men were aged 88, 92 and 94 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564046/Three-men-suspected-former-Auschwitz-guards-arrested-Germany-including-94-year-old-said-revelled-cruelty-Jews.html

 Mano Ganeshan, Minister for National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages declared that the people in the North could celebrate the day without mentioning LTTE by name. Which meant that everything LTTE could be displayed only the words LTTE was not allowed.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB2_4ZNs8rQ (Mano Ganesh)

Hero’s Day or Maaveerar Naal” is not a Tamil event but a LTTE event started by LTTE leader Prabakaran in 1989.

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http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/49929 According to D B S Jeyaraj Maaveerar Naal is meant to commemorate LTTE dead (not civilian dead) LTTE did not mourn loss of Tamils who belonged to other Tamil militant movements (PLOTE, TELO, EPRLF etc) To Prabakaran and LTTE these Tamils were not fallen heroes! Families of dead cadres belonging to other movements were not allowed to mourn their loved one’s publicly. They could mourn ONLY IN PRIVATE (EPRLF Suresh Premachandran please note!!!) Only families of fallen LTTE cadres were called Maaverar Kudumbangal” (Great Hero Families) and given preferential treatment. So Mano Ganeshan, who are we really fooling!

The TNA politicized the LTTE event in 2013 by even praising LTTE leaders ahead of the elections. According to DBS Jeyaraj TNA controlled Pradeshiya Sabhas in Karaichchi and Chavakachcheri even passed resolutions to renovate LTTE cemeteries, with Wigneswaran even conducting tea planting campaigns and even lighting a flame. In the words of DBS Jeyaraj himself what is worse is the deceitful manner in which Tamil political leaders and sections of the media foster the myth that November 27th is a date of Overall Tamil sorrow that Maaveerar Naal is a day of national mourning for the Tamils’.

Maaveerar Naal is not the day of universal Tamil mourning because more Tamils have died by LTTE than they can accuse others of killing Tamils.

Aspects of the LTTE Heroes Day include:

·         Relaying message across LTTE radio (Voice of Tigers) / LTTE TV Nitharsanam across the world.

·         People had to light candles/torches

·         Flame of sacrifice – a flaming torch given to chief guest

·         Red and yellow flags of LTTE

·         Garlanding picture of Shankar (first LTTE cadre to die shot in 1982. He was brother of Soosai’s wife)

All of these features were part and parcel of the LTTE dead being mourned.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MDK-2L8YKY

What is shocking and alarming is that the LTTE dead was mourned inside two State universities (Jaffna and Eastern Universities) It does not look as if any of these ‘academics’ are attending by force! Can they give a ‘learned reply’ as to why they are commemorating LTTE dead and not fleeing Tamil civilian killed by LTTE, LTTE injured cadres killed by LTTE or even other armed militants that died? Why only LTTE dead cadres?

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http://www.redspark.nu/en/national-liberation-struggle/university-of-jaffna-commemorates-tamil-eelam-heroes/

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What these academic ‘intellectuals’ and the ‘future generation’ were taking part in was nothing but commemorating DEAD LTTE CADRES – not dead Tamil civilians, not dead Tamil policemen, mayors, public servants, principals, politicians, clergy, academics, teachers killed by LTTE or even other dead militants but ONLY DEAD LTTE CADRES… on a day declared ONLY for dead LTTE cadres which is why it is shocking that the GOSL had allowed the wishes of 2000 or so people who took part in these LTTE dead commemorations overlooking the entire citizenry of Sri Lanka including the Tamils who had fallen victims to LTTE as well as the war heroes who died sacrificing their lives to save the nation & its people from LTTE terror.

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දෙමළ ත්රස්ථවාදීන් සමරපු උතුරේ දෙමළ ත්රස්ථවාදීන් සහ හිතවාදින්….

(Remembering LTTE dead in Jaffna)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYPqQZD2L40

http://www.tamilwin.com/community/01/126155?ref=home

දෙමළ ත්රස්ථවාදීන් සමරපු කිලිනොච්චියේ දෙමළ ත්රස්ථවාදීන් සහ හිතවාදින්....(Remember LTTE dead in Kilinochchi)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knNFswoJOho

http://www.tamilwin.com/ltte/01/126144?ref=home
http://www.tamilwin.com/community/01/126157?ref=morenews

දෙමළ ත්රස්ථවාදීන් සමරපු මඩකලපුවේ දෙමළ ත්රස්ථවාදීන් සහ 
හිතවාදින්….

(Remembering LTTE dead in Batticoloa)

http://www.tamilwin.com/community/01/126161?ref=home

දෙමළ ත්රස්ථවාදීන් සමරපු නැගෙනහිර විශ්ව විද්යාලයේ දෙමළ ත්රස්ථවාදීන් සහ හිතවාදින්….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMZtuNQRQy8

Remembering LTTE dead in Eastern University

If what D B S Jeyaraj says is true and Heroes Day/Week is only to commemorate LTTE cadres not Tamil civilians or even dead Armed Militants of other rebel groups then the GOSL has done a grave injustice to all of us in allowing the whims of 2000 people to prevail ignoring the rest of the people. The soldiers in particular the families of the fallen war heroes, the war widows who are still waiting to hear about the 5000 missing soldiers and the families of the injured and living soldiers must be hurt by the actions of the GOSL as is the rest of us who are shocked to see terrorism being fanned after just 7 years of its defeat.

If LTTE remains banned everyone and everything associated with LTTE should remain banned. If any mother or family member wishes to mourn their LTTE dead son/daughter they can do so privately but not publicly and make a spectacle out of the mourning. The families of those whom LTTE killed do not or are not allowed to make a spectacle out of their mourning! LTTE banned families of other militant groups publicly mourning their dead sons & daughters too!

Let us not forget that LTTE remains banned for its heinous crimes and murder. LTTE families may mourn their armed militants but there are thousands of Tamil, Muslim, Sinhala and even foreign families who are mourning people the LTTE killed without any reason. The injustice to them cannot supersede that of terrorists or their families/supporters. It is a pity the media has failed to highlight these angles too.

Heroes Day was for ONLY dead LTTE cadres by LTTE families – therefore the GOSL must explain to us why the state has allowed a handful of LTTE terrorists to commemorate dead terrorists. This gesture has certainly hurt the sentiments of 99% of the Sri Lankan populace. There is no reconciliation when 99% of the people are forced to watch in shock and disgust dead LTTE cadres being publicly commemorated.

 Shenali D Waduge

මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමා ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය එහි සභාපති වශයෙන් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයට එක්කර ගැනීමෙන් නියම ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය නැතිවී ගියේය.

November 28th, 2016

චාර්ල්ස්  ඇස් පෙරේරා විසින්

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂය එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයට හේත්තුවී ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටවීම  1951 ඒ පක්ෂය පිහීටුවීමේ හෙතුවලට පටහැනි නිසා  දැන් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ  සභාපතිතත්වයෙන් පවත්වාගෙන යන ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂය යයි කියාගන්න පක්ෂය මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ අලුත් පක්ෂයක් මිස සොලොමන් ඩයස් බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා පිහිටෙව් සමජවාදයට බර  දේශපාලන පක්ෂය නොවේ.

බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා   එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයෙන් වෙන්වුනා පමණක් නොවේ ඔහු පිහිටුවාගත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයට ලංකා සම සමාජ පක්ෂයත් ලංකා කොමුනිස්ට් පක්ෂයත් එක්කරගෙන එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයෙ සියලුම සම්බන්ධකම් අත්හැර සමාජවාදී වාමාංශික පිළිවෙතක් අනුගමනය කළා.

ඒ වෙනස මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමාටවත්  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පාක්ෂකයින් කියාගන්න තනතුරුවලට ආසාවෙන් ඔහු සමග එක්වී සිටිනවුන්ටවත්  තේරුම් ගන්න පුළුවන්තරම් මොලයක් නැතිවීම කනගාටුදායකයි.

දැන් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති  තුමා හා ඔහු හා එක්වසිටින ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පාක්ෂකයින් සිටින්නේ එදා බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා   පිහිටිවෙව් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයේ නොවෙ ඊට හාත්පසින්ම වෙනස් හිස් නාම මාත්‍රයකින් හඳුන්වන පක්ෂයකයි. දැන් ඒ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයට සම්බන්ධ ධනවාදී වෙනම පක්ෂයක් මිස මහින්ද රාජපක්ස මැතිතුමා හිමිකරගත් බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා ආරම්භකළ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය නොවේ.

එම නිසා එදා 1951 බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා  එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයෙන් වෙන්වී පිහිටෙව් පක්ෂය නැතිවිගොස් ඇති බැවින්, අද ඊට අවුරුදු 65කට පසුව සඟ, වෙද, ගුරු,ගොවි, කම්කරු, ලාංකික ජනතාවට  නැතිවීගිය ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂය වෙනුවට වෙනම දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක් ආරම්භ කිරීමට කාලය පැමිණ තිබේ.

නැවතත් සඳහන්කරන්නේ, දැන් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති තුමාට එක්ව සිටින ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පාක්ෂිකයන්යයි කියාගන්න උදවිය බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා  පිහිටෙව් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයට හෝ එහි ඇති උදාර ප්‍රතිපත්තිවලට ගෞරව කරන උදවියනොවේ හුදෙක් ඇමතිකම්වලට හා ඒත් සමග ලැබෙන සමාජයේ මහන්තත්කමට තන්හාව ඇති උදවියයි.  ඇරත්  සරත් අමුණුගම, ඇස්බී දිසනායක, මහින්ද සමරසින්හ, දයාසිරි ජයසේකර, රජිත සේනාරත්න වැන්නන් එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයට ඇමැතිකම්වලට ගිජුව පැන්න උදවියයි.

එවැන්නන් අපේ රට ජාතිය ආගම කියලා හැඟිමක් ඇති උදවිය නොවෙයි.  ඒ අය අමතකකලේ, පිටිපැවේ  එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයට ගැති හතුරන් මොනවා කීවත්, අපේ මව්බිම ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්ගෙන් බේරාගෙන විවිධ සතුරන් අභිබවා  අපේරට නොදුටුවිරු විශාල දියුණුවක් කරා ගෙනගිය අභිමානවත් ජාතියේ වාසනාවට ලැබුණු පින්වත් සිංහල බෞද්ධ නායකයෙක්.

අනිත් එක සොලමන් ඩයස් බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා නැණවත් කාටවත් වෛරයක්, ක්‍රෝධයක්, ඊර්ශ්‍යායාවක් නැති පුද්ගලයෙක්.  මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමා ඊට හාත්පසින්ම වෙනස් පුද්ගලයෙක්. ඔහු තරහින්, ක්‍රෝධයෙන්,  ඊර්ෂියාවෙන්, අනුන්ට හානිකරන චේතනාවෙන් පිරුණුකෙනෙක්.

 ඒ නිසාම ඔහු බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා වැනි ගුණසම්පන්න පුද්ගලයෙකුට සමානකරන්න  බැහැ. ඒ නිසා මෙවැනි පුද්ගලයෙක්  බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා වැනි ප්‍රතාපවත් පුද්ගලයෙක් හිතා  මතා සැකසුම්කල ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයේ නායකත්වයට කිසිසේත් සුදුසු කෙනෙක් නොවෙයි.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයේ ව්‍යවස්ථාව අනුව පක්ෂයෙන් ජනාධිපතිකෙනෙක් තේරුනාම පක්ෂයේ සභාපති ධුරය  ජනාධිපතිතුමාට පැවරියයුතුයයි යන කොන්දේසිය මත  සභාපති ධුරය  මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති  තුමාට පැවරීම ඒ කොන්දේසියට  වැරදි අර්ථකතනයක් දීමෙන් කල වරදක්. 

 ඒ කොන්දේසියෙන්  කියවෙන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂයෙන් ජනාධිපතිවරණයකට ඉදිරිපත්වී ජයග්‍රහණය කල අපේක්ෂකයෙක් මිස පැදුරටත් නොකියා පක්ෂයෙන්   හීමින්සීරුවේ පලාගොස් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ නායකත්වයෙන්  ඇතිකරනලද සමුහ විපක්ෂයකින් ඉදිරිපත්වී ජනාධිපතිවරණයෙන් දිනු අපේක්ෂකයෙක් ගැන නොවෙයි.  

 එදා හිටපු මහින්ද රාජපක්ස ජනාධිපතිතුමා අලුතෙන්පත්වූ මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති  තුමාට පක්ෂයේ සභාපතිකම පැවරූයෙ පක්ෂයේ ව්‍යවස්ථානුකුලව නොවේ නමුත් ඒවනවිටත් නිලලොභී ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමක්  මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමාට පක්ෂපාතිත්වය පලකරන ලද හෙයින්  පක්ෂය නොකඩකිරීමේ අදහසින්  පක්ෂයට පක්ෂපාතීව සිටි මහින්ද රාජපක්ස උතුමානන් පක්ෂයේ සභාපතිකම මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමාට පැවරිය.

නියම ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය දැන් පවතින්නේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ස අතර රැඳිව සිටින කිහිප දෙනා අතරමිස මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති සමග සිටින තනතුරූ ලාභින් අතර නොවේ.

එබැවින් සොලොමන් ඩයස් බන්ඩාරනයක  මැතිතුමාගේ දේශපාලන ප්‍රතිපත්තිවලට ගරු කිරීමක් වශයෙන්  අලුත්පක්ෂයක් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ස මැතිතුමාගේ නායකත්වයෙන් ඇරඹීම කාලෝචිතය.

අද යහපාලනය කියා  නාඩගමක් අටවාගෙන 1951 පිහිටෙව් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයට කරන විගඩම තෙරුම්  ගන්න   බලමු ඇයි සොලමන් ඩයස් බන්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා  1951 එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයෙන් ඉවත්වෙලා ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්ෂය පිහිටෙව්වේ කියලා. මෙතුමා ලංකාවේ එවක සිටි ධනවත් සිංහල ක්‍රිස්තියානි පව්ලක උපත ලබා  එංගලන්තයේ ඔක්ස්ෆෝර්ඩ් විද්‍යායතනයේ ඉගෙනීම  ලැබුවා. එහිදී දක්ෂ ලෙස ඉගෙනිමේ  කටයුතු නිමාකර අධිනීතිඤ වරයෙකුදවී ලංකාවට පැමිනියේ දේශපාලනයේ නිරත වීමේ බලාපොරෝත්තුවෙන්.  ලංකාවට පැමිණ බෞද්ධාගම වැළඳගත් ඔහු ලංකා ජාතික කොන්ග්‍රසයේ  සාමාජිකත්වය ලබාගත්තේය.

ඒ කාලයේ ඔහුගේ හිතේ ඇතිවූයෙ, ධනවත් පව්ලක  ඉපිද දේසපාලනය කරමින් අනිත් සිංහල ධනවතුන් හා ඉංග්‍රීසි පාලකයන්සමග  හිතවත්කම් ඇතිකරගෙන ජීවත්වීමෙන් තමාගේ රටට වැඩදායක සේවයක් නොකළහැකි බවයි.  එබැවින් ඔහු 1936 සිංහල  මහාසභාව  පිහිටුවාගත්තේය. ලංකාවේ දේශපාලනයෙ පෙරලියක් ඇතිකිරීමට පලල් දේශපාලන බලවේගයක් ඇතිකිරීමේ අවශ්‍ය තාවය දුටු ඔහු 1946  එක්සත් ජාතිකපක්ෂයට සම්බන්ධවීය.

1948 ලබාගත් නිදහසින්  බටහිරට ලැදි  ධනවාදී  දේශපාලන ආණ්ඩුක්‍රමයකින් රටට ජාතියට ඵලදායක වැඩපිළිවෙලක් සකස් කිරීමට නොහැකි බැවින්   ලංකාවේ සංස්කෘතික අනන්‍යතාවය  පිළිබිඹුවන සමාජවාදයට නැඹුරු ආණ්ඩුක්‍රමයක අවශ්‍යතාවය දුටු බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා ඔහුත් ඔහුගේ සිංහල මහාසභාවෙ සමාජිකයිනුත් සමග 1951 එක්සත්ජාතික පක්ෂයෙන් වෙන්වී සඟ වේද ගුරූ ගොවි කම්කරු ජනතාව එක්රැස්කල ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය බිහිකළේය.

පන්ති, කුල, ජාති, ආගම්  භේදයකින් තොර ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය ලංකා සමසමාජ හා කොමුනිස්ට් පක්ෂත් සමග එක්වීමෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයෙ සමාජවාදී ප්‍රතිපත්ති ශක්තිමත්  කළේ,  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයෙත් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේත් දේශපාලන ප්‍රතිපත්ති නැවත්තත් එක්වියනොහැකි මට්ටමටම වෙනස් බව තහවුරු කිරීමයි.

බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා ඔහුගේ සමහරක් විරෝධකාරයින් සිතන විදිහේ ජාතිවාදියෙක් නොවෙ. ඔහුට අනිත් දියුනුරටවල් හා ඒ රටවල්වල ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ගැන හොඳ අවබෝධයක් තිබුණා. ඔහු නිදහස් ලංකාවක් ගොඩනැගිම  පිළිබඳව හිතුවේ ලෝකයේ අනිත් දියුණු ජාතීන් මෙන් ලංකාවත් එකම භාෂාවක් කතාකරන එක ධජයක් හා එක ජාතිකගීයක් හා ලංකාවට ආවේනික බෞද්ධසන්ස්කෘතිය පදනම් කර ගත් එකමජතියක් වශයෙන් ලංකාවේ සිටින සෑම ජනකොටසක්ම එක්සත්කරවීමයි.

එයට මුලසිටම විරුද්ධවුයේ ලංකික ද්‍රවිඩයන්. මැලෙසියාවෙන් පැමිණි චෙල්වනායගම් ද්‍රවිඩ පක්ෂයක් හදාගෙන  බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමාගේ ඒ උදාරතර දේශපාලන ප්‍රතිපත්තිවලට විරුද්ධවුනා.

ඒ වගේම එදා පරාජිතව තිබු රට හතුරන්ගෙන් බෙරගෙන රටට සාමය උදාකර රට එක්සේසත්කල මහින්ද රාජපක්ස  මැතිතුමටද දරුණු විරුද්ධතාවයන් ඇතිඋනේ ටිඑන් ඒ දෙමළුන්ගෙන්. ඔවුන්ගේ මහා පුළුවන්කාරකම් අභිභවා  මහත් විරුද්ධතා මද්‍යයේ උනත් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාත්  බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමන්ගේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ඉදිරියට ගෙනයන්න උත්සහකලා.

නමුත් අද වංචනික යහපාලනය මිනිස්සු මුලාකරගෙන ගෙනයන්නේ රට දෙකඩ කරන ප්‍රතිපත්‍යයක්. උන් හදන ව්‍යවස්ථාව රටට හානිකරන බටහිරට හා දෙමළ ඩයස්පොරාවට හිසනමාගෙන  සන්හිදියාවෙ  නාමයෙන් ගෙනයන වැඩ පිලිවෙලක්. සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් මේ ව්‍යවස්ථාවට විරුද්ධව පාරට බැහැල  ව්‍යවස්ථාව හකුලාගන්නතෙක් සටන්කලයුතුයි.

 මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමා එක්කෝ අහිංසකයි නැත්නම් හිතාමතාගෙනම රනිල්ටයි චන්ද්රිකාටයි ඔවුන්ගේ විනාශකාරී දේශපාලන ඔනැකම් කරගැනීමට  ජනපතිකමට කෑදරයෙන් හිසනමන කෙනෙක්. මේ විධියටබලනකොට පෙනීයන්නේ  මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති තුමා නියම  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පක්සිකයෙක්නොවෙයි යන සත්‍යයයි.

මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති තුමා කරන්නේ ඔහු සමග සිටින ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පාක්ෂිකයින්ගේ බලහීනකර ඔහුට අවනතකරගෙන රනිල් වික්‍රමසින්හ  චන්ද්‍රිකාගේ අනුමැතිය ඇතිව බටහිර හා ඉන්දීයාවට පක්ෂපාතව ගන්න වැඩපිළිවලවලට  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පාක්ෂකයින්ගේ චන්දය එක්සත්පක්ෂය පාරලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිර්පත්කරන  යෝජනාවලට  ලබාදීමයි. මේ මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ වංචනික ක්‍රියාමාර්ගය නිසයි එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට  ඉදිර්පත්කරන යෝජනා තුනයයි දෙකේ චන්දයකින් නීතිගතකරගන්නේ. අයවැය යෝජනා, 18  ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය ආදිය ඉන්සමහරක්.

මෙවිධියටගියොත් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය හදාගෙන යන ෆෙඩරල් වාදී ව්‍යවස්ථාවත්, ඉන්දියාව සමග ඇතිකරන්නට වෑයම් කරන  එක්ටා ගිවිසුමයි තුනයි දෙකේ වැඩිචන්දයකින් ස්තිරකරගන්නාවට අනුමානයක් නෑ. මැති ඇමතිකම් තියාගැනීමේ ආසාව නිසා මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමා අවට  රැස්වී සිටින ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස්පාක්ශිකයන් එතුමා කියන ඔනෑම දෙයක් කරන්න සුදානම්.

මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ අවස්ථාවාදී  කුහක පිළිවෙත පෙනෙනවා ඔහු සැරෙන් සැරේට  හිටපු ජනාධිපතිතුමා ජනතාවගේ අප්‍රසාදයට  ලක් කිරීම සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් කරන කතාවල්. දැන් ඔහු අහනවා  මාතර නිල්වලා යෝජනාව සඳහා 2015 ජනවාරි 7වනදා නිකුත්කළ රුපියල් මිලියන 3012ක මුදලට මොනවාද උනේ කියලා.  එදා මුදල්පාස් කරන්න කාලයක් හිටපු ජනාධිපතිටනම් තියෙන්ට නෑ. චන්දකටයුතු නිසා. එවැනි චෝදනාවලින්ම තේරෙනවා මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ගෙනයන වංචනික වැඩපිළිවෙල.

නැණවත් සොලොමන් ඩයස්  බන්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා කාලෝචිතව 1951දී  බටහිරට ගැති එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයෙන් වෙන්වී  පිහිටුවාගත්  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිතුමා එහි සභාපති වශයෙන් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයට එක්වීමෙන්  නියම ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය නැතිවී ගොස් ඇති හෙයින්, අලුත්  පක්ෂයක් මහින්ද  රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ නායකත්වයෙන් පිහිටවීම සොලොමන් ඩයස්  බන්ඩාරනායක මැතිතුමා පිහිටෙව් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය  වෙන නමකින් නැවත බිහිකිරීමක් වන්නේය.

Variety The Children’s Charity

November 28th, 2016

Dr. Tilak S. Fernando

Many moons ago, in the 1920’s, during the depressing gloomy era, cries of an abandoned baby echoed through a cold blizzard during the 1928 Christmas Eve, within the empty Sheridan Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  However, story of this orphan developed into a fairy tale, which has led to become one of the world’s paramount children’s charities and developed and expanded globally captivating the imagination of even beyond any other fairy tale through the inspiration and motivation of fellow human beings.

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As far back as early 1927, eleven compassionate and generous men in the entertainment field formed a social club and named it as The Variety Club, in recognition of the wide-ranging facets and characteristics of stage performances they represented. Primarily the social club acted as a cynosure for them to meet up and enjoy with concurring colleagues and helpers; the membership of the Variety Club generously assisted the entertainment business colleagues and friends to develop the club towards many other civic organisations.

On the ominous Christmas eve in 1928, an assembly of show business men were relaxing and playing cards at backstage, after a matinee performance at the Sheridan Square Theatre. Out of the blue, they heard shrieks of a baby emanating from the auditorium. Upon investigation, they were shocked to discover a one-month-old baby girl abandoned by the mother with a desperate note pinned on the baby’s apron, which read thus:

Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on the Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show-business people and pray to God that you will look after her”. – Signed – a heartbroken mother.

Desperate efforts to trace the baby’s mother failed; the members of the variety club re-christened the child as Catherine Variety Sheridan, as a tribute to the club and the theatre where she was found. Finally some philanthropists undertook to look after the child’s welfare and support her financially for her education etc.

Catherine’s amazing and pathetic story captured the hearts of the community when the guardians of the child began to receive more clothes, food, money and toys more than any one child would ever need, which led to a surplus in no time. This made the Variety club to propose and donate all surpluses to other disadvantaged children, thus laying the foundation for a journey, which has helped the Variety Club to improve the lives of many children along the years.

Since those early days, showbiz traditions have developed extensively in Variety.  In 1928 they held their first annual Dinner Ball at a banquet hall in Pittsburgh, wherein a Big Top (circus tent) was erected displaying the iconic Variety logo depicting a top hat siting jauntily atop a big red heart indicating the first eleven thespians in the entertainment business and millions of others who have since volunteered and supported Variety with their generous, kind and big hearts. Subsequently, all branches of ‘Variety’ continued to be called ‘Tents’

Transformation

Variety, finally transformed in to a non-for-profit making, but simply a charitable organisation, and stretched out its tentacles to help locally, seemingly to become a part of an international partnership of chapters, each delivering vital life-saving, life changing and life enriching equipment and services globally, enabling sick, disadvantaged or children who were living with special needs to achieve their full potential and a better future.

Objective

The philosophy behind the Variety Charity is an expansion of their initial belief that ‘children deserve a limitless future’, whereby increasing the ability and social inclusion for very special and particular children by affording grants and crucial equipment, plus services that deliver health, independence, self-esteem, achievement and dignity. The Variety Charity plays a key role in building a child’s capacity and aptitude by changing his/her circumstances and thus reducing the financial burden too on families with a child who is suffering from a serious illness or disability.

Variety is not about research, prevention of crisis or drama, but it aims to help by giving practical help by delivering vital equipment, services and parting with their experiences to children who are sick, disadvantaged or those having to live with special needs.

Sri Lankan Role

A group of philanthropic professionals, with extensive local connections across a broad cross section of the community, cultural and demographic diversity, have formed an enthusiastic Board of Directors and a Membership willing and eager to establish Variety in Sri Lanka and are ready to step in and help children – individually, in groups, in schools and other organisations.

Variety Sri Lanka has been working hard for the past year and has achieved its goal and their launch took place on Sunday 20th November 2016, to coincides with the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day and the Variety World Children’s Day. For the launching party 100 disadvantaged children and those who need special needs were invited. Variety Sri Lanka would like to sincerely thank its supporters who have been so very quick with positive and generous sponsorship that made this a fantastic day for these very special children.

Variety Sri Lanka aims to deliver on its promise to provide a future without limits for every child, regardless of their background or ability, and to continue to be the most trusted and effective children’s charity in the world. They will be committed to empowering Sri Lankan children, who are sick, disadvantaged or live with special needs and endeavouring them to Live, Laugh & Learn.

Variety Sri Lanka has identified specific areas to focus on immediately, and in the future – for example by donating equipment to improve or enable a child’s communication, offering experiences that build wonderful memories where, perhaps earlier, there has been pain, providing mobility aids, health, educational or sports grants or to help a child fulfil his/her potential by encouraging and supporting a special talent, tackling malnutrition and alleviating its complications, and working with professionals to check children’s vision to identify and treat eye problems. As Variety grows in Sri Lanka so will benefit more and more destitute children

Global Network

The network of ‘Tents’ spread into 14 countries (and still keep on growing), and 46,000,000 individual children, to date, around the world, akin to Catherine, live a better life because of the generosity of Variety’s donors, sponsors and supporters.

Unlike most charitable organizations that focus on a specific disease or an area of need, Variety focuses on multiple, unmet needs of the less fortunate children at a local, national and international level. Their aim is to maximize the real, long-term positive social impact for all children without distinction. Variety welcomes the support of any person who shares their ideals and objectives. Funds raised in Sri Lanka will exclusively be utilised for children in Sri Lanka.

All children are special to Variety Charity! They mainly focus on severely disadvantaged children as a priority, which need extra special care and assistance. They believe that ‘childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons and should never hurt’. To this end Variety endeavours to fulfil the potential of the penurious children while putting broad smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.

Children of today are the future citizens of a country, as such, disadvantaged or those with severe disabilities need extra help to achieve their full potential, regardless of ability or background. This extra help is possible only with the dedication of volunteers and the support of sponsors, which guarantee the joy and satisfaction out of helping children in need.

Their very first Celebrity Ambassadors, The De Lanerolle Brothers – the fabulous singing duo, who are very committed to Variety Sri Lanka – are helping tremendously in raising the Variety profile and their fund-raising attempts, especially by performing at their main fundraising events.

Variety has its roots in the entertainment industry but its core is the community. People from all walks of life, throughout the country, can contribute and experience the joy of helping children in need by becoming Members, Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors.

Variety has the privilege of being partnered with some amazing establishments in other countries. Iconic brands, and many others, have been working with Variety for decades with the common goal of providing help and hope to children in need. They appeal to any interesting institution in Sri Lanka for the support of Sri Lankan children.

Variety relies on the funds collected from individuals and businesses alike to continue to provide help and hope to less fortunate children all across Sri Lanka. With many major fundraising events planned annually there will be greater opportunities for businesses to get involved as an event sponsor. Whether a company participates as the main sponsor or partial benefactor, there are many ways to contribute and partner with an event that fits every one’s brand.

Orphaned Catherine’s fate.

When Catherine reached the age of 5, she was fostered out to a carefully selected loving family. Over 300 Pittsburgh families applied to adopt Catherine, whose name was changed to Joan to protect her identity and ensure as normal a life as possible.

Joan had a happy life and served the United States, in Korea and Vietnam as a registered nurse spending much of her life helping disadvantaged children. She remained anonymous until 1980 when, at the request of Variety International, she attended the Variety Convention in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. She died in 1994, but her story will always be a constant memento of the wonderful things that can be achieved when people do care!

tilakfernando@gmail.com

Is It Islam the Common Denominator of Worldwide Terrorism?

November 28th, 2016

Kumar Moses (The writer is an expert on VEOs – Violent Extremist Organizations)

It is rather hilarious reading the hogwash of a Muslim commentator blaming Buddhists for extremism and violence. It is a sure but lame tactic to deflect attention from what happens around the world on a daily basis. Syria, Yemen, France, Kashmir and other places that dominate world news are all about Islamic violence. Sri Lanka is no exception. Over 32 well educated and rich Sri Lankan Muslims have joined ISIS. Trying to shoot the messenger dead will not save Muslims. They must do some soul searching and fix their religion and community before the whole world comes down on them like a ton of bricks and corner them into isolation – if it hasn’t happened yet.

Global Terrorism Index Ranks Muslim Countries in 8 Out of the 10 Worst

Muslim countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Egypt and Libya) dominate the 10 worst terrorism affected countries in Global Terrorism Index of 2015 (latest published in 2016). Islamic groups are responsible for the other 2 of the worst 10 (Nigeria and India). This means world’s 10 worst terrorism infected countries are infested by Islamic terrorism.

It is obvious the common denominator of terrorism is Islam.

Hindu majority India is in an unenviable 8th place solely due to Islamic terrorism.

Christian majority Nigeria ranks 4th thanks solely due to Islamic Boko Haram group. Buddhist countries (Singapore and Vietnam) are some of the most peaceful.

Perusing the other parts of the Global Terrorism Index clearly proves that Islam cannot divorce itself from terrorism.

This culprit has been same in all Global terrorism Indices since 2014.

19 Out of 20 Worst Terrorist Acts By Islam Driven Terrorists

Global Terrorism Index provides those responsible for the 20 worst acts of terrorism around the world. Except one (Dontesk People’s  Republic), all other 19 groups are driven by Islam.

These include Islamic State (Caliphate), Boko Haram, Taliban, Ansar Al-Din, Al-Shabaab, Fulani, Houthi and Aqaba Tharaa). All these are Quranic concepts!

Further evidence can be found in The Religion of Peace website that is updated daily. Unfortunately, not a day passes by without killings attributed to Islam driven terrorists.

Given these facts it is hilarious Buddhists are blamed by some Sri Lankan Muslims. Is it a concerted plan to deflect attention from brewing terrorism around the world and cancerous spread of elite Muslims in Sri Lanka joining ISIS? Sri Lanka’s preoccupation with Tamil terrorists created a vacuum for Islamic terrorism to rise under the radar.

Salman Rushdie (himself a Muslim) was prophetic when he predicted this decades ago.

The Sri Lankan Muslim community and the global Muslim community have a lot to answer for. It is time they stopped blaming others are admit to terrorism and take concrete action to stop this madness. Otherwise the civilized world will gang up on them to save humanity.

Anti-Buddhist Media and Myanmar: Complex Regional and Historical Dynamics

November 28th, 2016

Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times

The mass media in both the West and Islamic world needs to find space in order to simplify hatred. It matters not if turning a blind eye to Sunni Takfiri massacres in Syria and the nations that are endorsing this, nor that in Myanmar’s recent history more Christians than any other non-Buddhist faith group have been killed based on ethnic and religious tensions. Instead, the simple version – while negating the Christian angle – is that Muslims are killed and targeted by radical Buddhists.

Ironically, the latest chain of events began after Muslims killed nine police officers in Rakhine state. International Crisis Group reports, The attacks were carried out by Muslims, according to both government statements and local sources. An unverified video of the attackers, filmed in the wake of the attacks, has been circulating on social networks and seems legitimate. In it, one of the group calls on all Rohingya around the world to prepare for jihad and join them”. This, the need for local knowledge to carry out the assaults, and the difficulty of moving large numbers of people around this area are all suggestive of local Muslim involvement – possibly organized with some outside support. However, many details of who exactly organized this and how remain unclear.”

Myanmar is blighted by many internal rebellions and is struggling on the path to democracy. Indeed, while the mass media is focused on the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, you have other continuing convulsions that are well outside Buddhist-Muslim issues. For example, Myanmar News reports, About 3,000 Myanmar citizens fled across the border after the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and Arakan Army (AA) staged a coordinated attack on military outposts, police stations, and a trade center in Muse and Kutkai townships. Ten people were killed and 33 others were injured during fighting on Nov. 20-22.”

Free Burma Rangers equally highlights the recent conflict between central authorities and different ethnic groups – many who are mainly Christian. In this incidence, the Free Burma Rangers reports, In the last month sporadic fighting in two separate incidents was reported in Central Shan State between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S). The clashes were deliberate actions by the Burma military and corresponded with the deployment and rotation of two separate Burma Army infantry battalions in the region. The attacks came within the first anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), which was signed October 15th, 2015… The attacks caused thousands of people in the region to flee, with rangers reporting over 2,000 people displaced and living in nearby IDP camps.”

UCA News reported last month, At least 30,000 people from different faiths and ethnic groups were estimated to have taken part in a demonstration in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State on Oct. 22 where they demanded an end to military operations in the region… Protestors, including Catholic priests and nuns, held placards that read, stop civil war” and may there be peace in Myanmar” on the streets in Myitkyina, the capital city of Kachin State.”

UCA News continues, The fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Myanmar military in Kachin and Shan states is considered the most severe of the country’s four ongoing conflicts.”

In other words, countless issues are underreported because it doesn’t suit the simplistic anti-Buddhist agenda in relation to the Rohingya Muslim crisis. Myanmar is clearly faced with countless ethnic and religious issues – alongside the road to democracy, countering poverty, narcotics, and the legacy of history. Despite this, the media is fixated on a one-dimensional approach – just like the mass media response to the crisis in Syria based on utterly biased reporting.

In a regional context it is abundantly clear that certain Buddhist clerics are disillusioned and aghast at the cleansing of Buddhists in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, countless terrorist attacks by Islamists against Buddhists in Southern Thailand, the destruction of holy Buddhist places in Afghanistan by Sunni Takfiris, endless Han migration to Tibet in order to dilute the influence of Tibetan Buddhism, and other issues, for example Buddhism is illegal in nations like Saudi Arabia (the same Sunni Islamist nation is intent on spreading Salafi Islam into the heart of Buddhism). Therefore, from the point of view of Buddhist clerics in Myanmar who support the protection of Buddhism internationally, then regional and historical realities are being neglected by a simplified Western and Islamic media bias.

Internationally, Sunni Takfiri Islamists are killing various non-Muslim faith groups and minority Muslim sects, including the endless butchering of Shia Muslims in many nations. Similarly, while Hinduism is in free fall in Bangladesh and Pakistan, the opposite can’t be stated for Islam in India. In other words, the endless one-way civilization war equally applies to the Indian subcontinent. Not surprisingly, and with Buddhists being cleansed in neighboring nations, then militancy within Buddhist circles in Myanmar is deemed to be self-defensive. After all, historically, Buddhists understand full well that Islamic invading armies destroyed countless numbers of holy Buddhist monasteries and places of learning over many centuries. Indeed, while Christian and Muslim slavery of black Africans is a historical reality, with Muslim slavery starting first on a major scale in Africa and ending last (still issues of slavery in Mauritania and in the recent history of Sudan), then the Buddhist view in certain circles in Myanmar is based on self-preservation, the need for an alternative voice to be heard, and to tackle mass distortions.

Media outlets that condemn Buddhists in Myanmar are neglecting the reality of what Sharia Islamic law means to faith groups including Buddhists and Hindus. Are these religious minorities equal in Islamic Sharia states? Can Buddhist males freely marry Muslim females in nations like Saudi Arabia? The answers are obvious because non-Abrahamic faiths have been treated brutally under Islamic Sharia law throughout history. Likewise, in modern day Saudi Arabia if a Buddhist male fell in love with a Muslim Saudi female then he would face prison – or death in accordance with the tenets of Islamic Sharia. Yet, you don’t see major Western and Islamic media outlets stressing Islamic fascism” and so forth but similar labels are aimed at Buddhist clerics in Myanmar.

Similarly, in Myanmar – and nobody is negating that massacres have taken place against Muslims in this nation – the simple reality is that more Christians belonging to various ethnic groups, for example, the Chin, Karen, and Kachin, have been killed than any other non-Buddhist faith group. Despite this, over the many decades you never had the same outpouring of good” against evil,” or headlines stressing Christian genocide” to anything like the degree of the Muslim focus in modern day Myanmar. In other words, an agenda by the Western and Islamic media is at hand whereby Sunni Takfiris will manipulate a biased media – just like the endless rhetoric against Syria – in order to propagate more Sunni Islamist militancy in nations like Bangladesh.

Massacres and intimidation have happened on both sides in Myanmar but like Kosovo, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, you have a favorable Western and Sunni Muslim media joint angle opposed to the brutal one-sided other. Similarly, the Christian angle of alienation and persecution in Myanmar is being reduced to a completely different way of reporting. Once more the mass media is stoking fires based on the usual one-sided agenda. Therefore, Sunni Islamists in Bangladesh who are killing secularists, writers, and persecuting religious minorities, will gain from one-sided distortions. The same equally applies to the Sunni Islamist Takfiri agenda including ISIS (Islamic State – IS), al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and a plethora of other sectarian and terrorist groups – and to certain nations including Saudi Arabia that bans all non-Muslim holy places throughout the entire nation.

Myanmar needs honest brokers to help this nation overcome decades of complex issues. Sabre rattling by the media and United Nations will only lead to further bloodshed because sooner or later international jihadists will enter the fray.

http://www.myanmarnews.net/index.php/sid/249646815

https://crisisgroup.org/asia/south-east-asia/myanmar/myanmar-border-attacks-fuel-tensions-rohingya-muslim-minority

http://www.freeburmarangers.org/2016/11/08/shan-state-update-the-national-ceasefire-accord-violated-as-clashes-between-burma-army-and-rcss-troops-echo-in-central-shan-state/

http://www.ucanews.com/news/protestors-plead-for-end-to-civil-war-in-myanmars-north/77446

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Bandula accuses Ravi of deceiving Parliament with fake budget

November 28th, 2016

Fidel Castro taught important political lesson to world – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

November 28th, 2016

Adaderana November 27, 2016  02:25 pm

 Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is currently on a visit to China, has sent the President of Cuba Raul Castro a message of condolence on the death of the leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro.

Rajapaksa declared that the leader of the Cuban revolution and the founder of socialist Cuba was one of the greatest leaders of our time”.

In the letter, he offered heartfelt condolences to Fidel Castro’s brother and successor Raul Castro, and to the people of Cuba.

The passing of Fidel Castro marks the end of an era. The Cuban revolution that he led, inspired generations of youthful idealists.”

One of the most important political lessons he taught the world was how small states can hold their own and maintain their sovereignty and independence even in the face of domineering powers,” he said.

The memory of Comrade Fidel Castro will continue to inspire us all, Rajapaksa said.

President Maithripala Sirisena also paid his tribute to the 20th-Century icon.

The iconic leader of an era of revolution bids farewell to the world. Rest in peace, Comrade Fidel Castro,” he wrote on Twitter.

Deepest condolences to  Raul Castro and the people of Cuba on the demise of their beloved revolutionary leader and former President Fidel Castro,” foreign minster Mangala Samaraweera said.

A farewell to Fidel: The last of the epic heroes

November 28th, 2016

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy: Island

Fidel was the last of the epic heroes. Whatever our travails, our generation and the ones before us were fortunate to live in the decades in which there were great leaders, visionaries who combined their ideal with action and changed the world they inherited. Our generation and one, perhaps two before that, lived consciously in the twentieth century which was inhabited by such heroes. My own generation lived at the time of Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Tito, Fidel and Che Guevara. We were lucky to have read of and watched these Homeric heroes as they fought colossal enemies against incredible odds; led and changed reality and became legend.

With Fidel gone we are almost at the end of an age, perhaps a cycle of History—the age of modern heroism, but with a continuity going back millennia to the dawn of the hero. I say ‘almost’ because the Moncada and Granma generation is not dead, the companeros of Fidel and Che, namely Raul and Ramiro Valdez, are still alive and active, as are Fidel’s Latin American political sons such as Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Salvador Sanchez of El Salvador.

It was almost sixty years ago (Dec 2, 1956) that Fidel, Che and Raul landed on the shores of Cuba in the leaky yacht Granma, to start the revolutionary guerrilla war that led to victory two and half years later.
One would expect that it would be fairly easy for someone such as myself who has authored a book on Fidel, published in the UK/ US, to write a short article on him, but it is actually quite difficult. There is so much to say about Fidel because he did so much, tried to do so much, and meant so much to so many of us, that it is difficult to isolate just a few aspects or points for a short reflection.

There will be a huge sense of irreplaceable loss most palpably in Cuba and the whole of Latin America, but it will range wider, throughout the Global South and even in the First World. No country will be untouched. Before Fidel, Cuba was the playground of American gangsters and gamblers, as depicted in so many movies, most memorably Godfather II. After Fidel and because of Fidel, a vote in the United Nations every year for the last quarter century against the embargo imposed by the USA won near unanimity. Fidel gave Cuba dignity as a nation and respect throughout the world, even in the ranks of his enemies.
In his The Rebel, Albert Camus drew a distinction between a ‘revolutionary’, who was one who used unlimited violence to change the whole system and a ‘rebel’, who used limited and selective violence to oppose wrongs and injustice. Camus opted for the rebel over the revolutionary. Fidel was a rebel and a revolutionary. He opted for revolutionary war to overthrow a system and build a new one but his use of violence was selective and discriminatory in the best sense.

Fidel also transcended another seemingly unbridgeable gap. He was a revolutionary as well as a statesman. He led a revolution and supported, defended and inspired others, but he also piloted the Cuban state through the most dreadful dangers and against the worst odds. Che Guevara refers to Fidel’s leadership which he said no one could have matched, during the “sad and luminous days” of the Cuban Missile Crisis where it lived under the shadow of a US military invasion and perhaps global nuclear war, but did so unflinchingly, unblinkingly.
Fidel was a patriot, steeped in the Cuban national spirit and heritage, while also being an internationalist on a grand scale. Mere months after the victory of the Cuban revolution he sent tanks to defend Algeria which had just achieved its liberation. Hosting a farewell dinner for the Cuban ambassador in Sri Lanka last month, Florentino Batista, I said half-jokingly that had Fidel been the president he would have sent troops to fight alongside Assad’s forces, the Iranians and the Hezbollah, as he did in during the October 1973 Yom Kippur war to protect the road to Damascus from the Israeli forces of General Ariel Sharon who were on the offensive.The Cuban ambassador exclaimed that he had been surprised to discover he had an uncle who served with an army engineering unit in Syria at the time.

Nelson Mandela went on the record to credit Cuba with the decisive role of defeating the powerful (nuclear armed) South African military in the battle of Cuito Cuenevale in Angola in 1988, which shattered the myth of white South African military invincibility and opened the prison door for Mandela and a negotiated end to apartheid in South Africa. Fidel personally oversaw the Angolan campaign from across the Atlantic.
Angola also shed light on what I was the first to identify in the academic literature as Fidel’s greatest single contribution, namely his evolution and practice of a humane and humanitarian ethics of violence. Three hundred and fifty thousand Cuban volunteers rotated in and out of Angola over twelve years of war and there was not a single allegation of atrocities against them in the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, even by the United States. Just as the Catholic saints Ambrose, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas evolved and codified the Just War theory for rulers and states, Fidel, who had a Jesuit education and formation, practiced and developed Just War in both anti-state liberation struggle as well as when he led the Cuban state in fighting against domestic terrorism and imperialist oppression throughout the world.

Fidel stood for independence, national liberation and national and state sovereignty. The slogan of the Cuban revolution was famously “Patria O Muerte!” (“Fatherland or Death!’). This sentiment became especially valid globally after the fall of the USSR and the dawn of an imbalanced unipolar world. In such a context Fidel felt it was all the more relevant and necessary to fight for the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation state as a bulwark against imperialist domination and state segmentation (as in Yugoslavia).
Fidel Castro was an anti-imperialist who was never a fanatic. He always combined his anti-imperialism with a sense of the welfare of humanity and the planet as a whole, and he put forward proposals for global structural reform which could ensure the welfare of all. While a militant anti-imperialist he was not an advocate of war for the sake of war, polarization and radicalization. Almost single handedly he fought to forestall an Israeli attack on Iran by means of a long, persuasive interview to Jeff Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine, knowing that the influential journalist of this conservative publication would be read in Washington and Tel Aviv.

From his earliest interview with Herbert Mathews of the New York Times while fighting in the Sierra Maestra mountains, to the famous, almost seductively cinematic mid-1970s interviews with Barbara Walters, to the documentaries by Vietnam war veteran and famous Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone, Fidel always reached out to the American public. He never hired lobbyists. He was Cuba’s best lobbyist, simply by charm of personality and force of argumentation.
Thus Fidel was the great synthesizer or was himself the great synthesis, fusing factors and attributes that were regarded as unbridgeable antinomies. Fidel taught us all, a way to be. The way of the fighter, the warrior, the hero. Fidel was, to borrow the title of Brazilian author Paul Coelho’s book, a great “Warrior of Light”. But his was not merely or primarily a martial heroism. His own greatest hero and inspiration was the Cuban patriot Jose Marti, and Fidel’s favorite phrase, almost a motto, was derived from Marti: the Battle of ideas. Fidel Castro was then a global guerrilla commander, the commander-in-chief, in the “battle of ideas”.

Looking back on my life as one who was lucky enough to have been born in the year, the month and around the time that Fidel, Raul and Che were landing on the shores of Cuba in the Granma, I am glad to have been able to make a modest contribution to the theoretical comprehension of Fidel’s contribution. TeleSUR, the Venezuela based Latin American TV station interviewed me on Fidel’s 90th birthday this last August and interviewer Naomi Cohen summarized my perspective as follows: “The liberation fighter loyal to Fidel’s teachings can ultimately overcome and vanquish imperialism through weapons of ethics and morality.” I told her in that interview that “Fidel proves that you can fight without losing your soul. Even if you lose militarily, you win morally and eventually politically. Fidel has universal value wherever people and movements are struggling”. I also explained that “it is not merely a Latin American phenomenon, still less a merely Cuban phenomenon, still less a 20th century phenomenon. Fidel has contributed to universal values.”
Naomi Cohen’s TeleSUR interview with me included the following idea from my book on the Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro:”According to Fidel’s logic, the liberation and revolutionary fighter must exercise “conscious restraint,” writes Jayatilleka in “Fidel’s Ethics of Violence” while simultaneously drawing on a moral philosophy that “does not rest on culturally specific and circumscribed notions (such as those that inform many jihadist groups) or claims of self-evident (actually, self-referential) systemic superiority,” as is the case of western imperialist states. Instead, Fidel calls for an ethics that “springs from the wellsprings of modernity and universalism but stands for an alternative modernity.”

The premier Mexican newspaper La Jornada carried an interview with me on Fidelwhile I was Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Geneva, conducted by its correspondent Kyra Nunez, on November 17th, 2007, in Spanish. My book on Fidel had come out that year. Headlined in her article were the following:
“He is the most relevant political thinker born in the 20th century” says Dayan Jayatilleka to “La Jornada”, “Fidel Castro contributed an Alternative Ethic of Rebellion and Resistance”, The Sri Lankan ambassador in Geneva reflects on the trajectory of the Cuban leader in a book.”He [Fidel] has never questioned the right of the oppressed to exercise violence.”

The Latin American progressive audience apart, my theorizing of Fidel’s singular contribution made its way into rigorous western scholarship and will now be engaged with by every serious student of Castro.Nick Hewlett, D.Litt, author of a book on the French philosophers “Badiou, Balibar, Ranciere” (Bloomsbury 2007) has just put out his volume “Blood and Progress:Violence in Pursuit of Emancipation”(Univ. of Edinburgh Press, 2016) in which he has a Chapter on Fidel Castro which concludes:
“Most importantly, for our purposes, Castro is deeply reflective on the ethics of violence in revolt and offers the most developed morality in relation to violence in pursuit of emancipation of any revolutionary leader. We might say that Castro and the practice of the Cuban revolution offer the spirit with which we should approach the question of violence in revolt, which promotes the importance of the life and wellbeing of all human beings, with the regretful acknowledgement that fighting and loss of life in pursuit of a substantially more just and less exploitative society is sometimes necessary. This is, at the very least, a highly inspiring way to approach the question.”

Prof Hewlett summarizes what I concluded was Fidel’s abiding contribution, in my book on Fidel:
“In an insightful study, Dayan Jayatilleka (2007) examines Castro’s ethics of violence, suggesting that the Cuban leader resolved the disagreement between Sartre and Camus regarding violence and morality, namely where Sartre was critical of Camus for Camus’s disapproval of the violence of the oppressed. Castro’s main contribution to Marxism, Jayatilleka argues, is the way in which he introduces an ethical and moral dimension. Jayatilleka suggests there are three possible approaches to violence: by those who contend that violence is always wrong, by those who defend it if it is in pursuit of a just end, and by those who argue that not only should the end be a worthy one but that the means of achieving this end must be subjected to ethical scrutiny. It is this last position which he argues is the correct one and the one which Castro embraces. Jayatilleka argues convincingly that neither Sorel nor Fanon nor Sartre:

‘went beyond the understanding of the effect of dehumanization of the violence of the oppressor on the oppressed and the effect of humanization on the oppressed of the exercise of counter-violence, to an understanding of the effect of dehumanization of violence on the oppressed (which the Gandhians and other pacifists understood), when used by them without limits. There is no dialectical understanding of the violence of the oppressed, encompassing its contradictory aspects, both liberating and dehumanizing…’”
Winston Churchill’s famous lines of praise for the RAF flyers applies, with slight modification, several times over to Cuba and Fidel Castro: never in the field of human conflict and contemporary history have so many owed so much to one country and one man.

Fake news & belated truth – Serbia’s similarities with Sri Lanka

November 27th, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

An interesting article was written by Nenad M Stevanovic in 2004 titled All the American lies about Serbs – Little use from belated truth’. The author highlighted the ‘sea of misinformation’ by Western media during the Yugoslav disintegration operation wherein Serbs in particular were accused of atrocities that never happened or had been committed by others. Sri Lanka can align with these sentiments. Sri Lanka suffered the same demonizing. It has taken decades for the truth to emerge as to the real version of what happened to Yugoslavia and Serbia which means Sri Lanka will have to similarly wait decades. By that time the damage has been done. When you analyse conflicts and the players, the media and associated ‘rights activists’ have done greater damage than the terrorists for the objectives of these terrorists have succeeded as a result of the lies and fabrications concocted. Without the support of the media lies the terrorists could not have achieved what they did and the leaders of nations who had been defending their nations against the terrorists would not have been unnecessarily demonized.

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The author brings out several examples

Jack Kelley – a correspondent of USA Today resigned after being investigated for a report filed from Belgrade on 14 July 1999 UN: Reports connect Serbs to War Crimes”. No different to reporters reporting on Sri Lanka – Kelly had spoken to ‘human rights activists’, who claim they had received ‘confessions from soldiers’ who had been ‘ordered’ to commit ethnic cleansing. The drill sounds so familiar. Investigations have no revealed that Kelly did not interview any activists, there was no translations of any conversation supposed to have taken place, and moreover he had even lied by producing a friend who passed off as his ‘witness’. USA Today editors claim that Kelly had deceived them and fabricated information. This fits too well into Sri Lanka’s picture and we can just imagine how many Jack Kelly’s fabricated similar stories!

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/2004-01-13-reporter_x.htm

Kelley issues apology as more fabrications emerge

  Next the author brings out the capture of British mercenary Robert Allan Lofthouse in February 1993 at Mt. Majevica. He had confessed to Serbian intelligence agents to having satellite communications with a US reporter – Roy Gutman, former Reuters correspondent in Belgrade. Gutman had told Lofthouse that he was a CIA agent. Gutman’s report in 1991 covered the Serbian destruction of Old Town Dubrovnik as if it had happened in front of his eyes. His other reports on Serb ‘massacres’ and ‘mass rapes’ in Bosnia were similar.

Also arrested by Serbian intelligence was another American reporter – David Rohde who was deported in 1995.

Rohde was working for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor. He was always sent to countries where America defended its national interests – Cuba, Syria, USSR, Estonia and Bosnia. He arrived in Serbia with falsified documents and no reporter ID. His predecessor Jonathan Landay was expelled after he was caught sending information to the CIA. Rohde’s reports are interesting – he covered ‘blood on walls and scattered documents of the missing’ but no mass graves!

He was presented to the world as a victim of the Serbs after returning to the US and for that won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on mass graves in Srebrenica – which mind you were never found. Shouldn’t this remind you of the many reports on Sri Lanka’s ‘genocide’, ‘ethnic cleansing’ – has anyone got any international awards for these lies???

Even the more famous reporters have been exposed – US Army analyst Lt. Col John E Sray’s war time diary mentions famous reporters like Christiane Amanpour and Peter Jennings using Muslim propaganda as truth. You will recall similar famous reporters sourcing their news from terrorist propaganda in Sri Lanka too including the Ban Ki Moon expert panel!

Lt. Col Sray writes that both reporters claimed ‘Serbs are devastating the town, house by house’ deliberately omitting that Muslim troops had mined the houses and then left, abandoning civilians. Col Sray says that CNN correspondents assassinated the character of Gen. Michael Rose accusing him of being a ‘Serb-lover’ and the media campaign against him resulted in having to leave Sarajevo in disgrace. This was how good soldiers were thrown out of the combat zone so that the truth would be kept hidden!

The author asks the Western public why they are ignoring how reporters from Western news agencies have won prizes and advanced their careers slandering Serbia. Is it no different to their coverage of Sri Lanka wherein everything they wrote became ‘credible evidence’ and not ‘allegations’! When they wrote and showed footage of ‘starving Bosniaks in Serb concentration camps’ do you recall the ‘internment camps’ stories relayed on Sri Lanka when the IDPs were put into refugee camps? The Western media confessed that the footage was nothing but deception only in 1997. We have to wait several more years to be told Sri Lanka’s footage were lies too!

If these reports led to sanctions against Serbia from 1992 onwards there is no need for second guesses as to what contributed to the resolutions against Sri Lanka!

It took a decade for the UNPROFOR commander British General Michael Rose to write in his memoirs that the Serbs were falsely accused and that the shelling came from the Muslim positions. We are counting the decades to be told that it was the LTTE that lied and not the Sri Lankan Army!

The author says that then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lied and deceived the world about the 1993 supposed massacre at Sarajevo Markale marketplace and declared evidence as ‘classified’. It has turned out that Bosnian Muslims butchered their own people to win world sympathy. This immediately brings to mind how the UNHRC and its head along with so many other ‘human rights’ groups went to town about ‘massacre of civilians’ by the Sri Lankan Army totally ignoring that LTTE were firing at fleeing Tamils. The similarities are shocking.

The author says CNN’s star report Christiane Amanpour was reporting from Pale but claiming to be reporting ‘live from Sarajevo’. ’50,000 Bosniak women’ were said to be ‘raped’. In Sri Lanka the story was ’40,000 to 125,000 killed by Sri Lankan soldiers’. It has turned out that one of the Bosniak women who was raped and given asylum in Switzerland delivered an African baby! Need we say more!!! Yet both Serbs and Sri Lankan soldiers were demonized.

It was not only then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who lied but US Secretary of Defense William Cohen who said that Serbs had killed 100,000 Albanians” in Kosovo – and hold your breath, less than 3000dead and one-third of which are Serbs after sending so many teams to find the mass graves! The 1999 supposed ‘massacre’ in Racak accused Serbs of executing 45 Kosovo Albanians. US Ambassador William Walker of the OSCE mission thrice prevented Serbian forensic pathologist Dr Marinkovic from investigating the scene. Ambassador Walker had told media that the massacre was ‘the most horrific thing he has ever seen’. The world forgot how NATO & US bombe Yugoslavia for 78 days costing the US taxpayer billions!

This brings memories of another William – William Blake the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. He too told the US Congressional Hearing that 40,000 died in Sri Lanka – no proof of course.

In case people have forgotten let us recall the accusations against Sri Lanka

  • Ban Ki Moon’s personally appointed 3 member panel sourced their information from LTTE propaganda sites and calls LTTE ‘disciplined group’. One panellist became a regular invitee to LTTE fronts who referred to her as ‘comrade’. She has been since writing reports in favour of the terrorists!
  • US Ambassador Robert Blake quoted 40,000 dead
  • UK Labor MP Siobhain McDonagh said 100,000 dead and 40,000 civilians – how did she count the dead from England?
  • Amnesty International 2011 report said 10,000 civilian deaths
  • Gordon Weiss former UN official originally quoted 7000 dead then inflated the figure to 40,000 and made it 10,000 for his book launch.
  • Charles Petrie of UN quoted 70,000 dead ignoring the UN local team estimate of 7721
  • LTTE propaganda Tamilnet claimed 7398 deaths
  • Survey by Government in North claimed 7400 deaths including LTTE killed in combat with 2600 missing of which 1600 had been with LTTE.
  • Satellite analyst report by American Association for the Advancement of Science identified 3 graveyards of which one had 1346, and one was a LTTE graveyard with 960 bodies.
  • Tamil teachers of the North did a population survey in 2011 covering period 2005-2009 of migration, deaths and untraceable persons – their report reveals 7896 dead including LTTE while deaths from natural illness and sickness was 1102
  • UNICEF sponsored Family Tracing & Verification Unit in 2011 listed 2564 untraceable persons out of which 676 were children (64% had been kidnapped by LTTE)
  • Reports by UN, Government Agents, WFP, doctors and civilians indicate figure of 300,000 corresponds with figure SL military saved and anomaly matches numbers quoted by UN country team as being dead – 7721
  • University Teachers for Human Rights – Jaffna in Special Report 32 of 10 June 2009 and Special Report No 32 of 13 December 2009 placed dead between 20,000 and 40,000
  • Dr. V Shanmugarajah – says death toll closer to 1000
  • Times of London newspaper – 20,000 dead
  • Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph who opened LTTE office in UK says 147,000 missing though he has not given the names of the missing to the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons.
  • Alan Keenan Project Director of International Crisis Group, Sri Lanka says civilian deaths are between 40,000-147,000
  • The Institute of Conflict Management, Delhi – 11,111
  • Independent Diaspora Analysis Group, Sri Lanka – 15,000-18,000 deaths
  • Rajasingham Narendran – my estimate is that the deaths – cadres, forced labor and civilians were very likely around 10,000 and did not exceed 15,000 at most’.
  • Muttukrishna Sarvananthan of the Point Pedro Institute says 12,000 without counting armed Tiger personnel’
  • Dr. Noel Nadesan roughly 16,000 including LTTE natural and civilians’.
  • Data compiled by South Asia Terrorism Portal – primarily based on figures released by pro-LTTE website Tamilnet’ puts casualty figure for civilians inside Mullaitivu at 2972 until 5 April 2009.
  • UNHRC head Navi Pillay on 13 March 2009 press release as many as 2800 civilians’ ‘may have been killed’.
  • Guardian UK editorial (Sri Lanka: Evidence that wont be buried – 15 June, 2011) says 40,000 dead
  • Editorials of The Times and Sunday Times UK in late May 2009 more than 20,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final war.
  • Publication titled Genocidio: (Primera entrega) – La masacre de los Tamils en Sri Lanka,” [Genocide: (First Delivery) The Slaughter of Tamils in Sri Lanka], the Argentinean periodical La Tarde (diario)in a Spanish language article – 146,679 Tamils disappeared or killed between 2008 and 2009, of which 40,000 deaths occurred in the 48 hours of the final assault
  • Arundhati Roy, Indian commentator –”Government of Sri Lanka is on the verge of committing what could end up being genocide” and described the Sri Lankan IDP camps where Tamil civilians are being held as concentration camps. April 2009
  • Prof. Michael Roberts based his estimates between 10,000 and 18,000
  • ICRC press statementof 21 April 2009 declared that their estimates of Tamil civilians inside the no fire zone was 50,000 (In other words upto 21st April 2009, the ICRC did not know that LTTE had 300,000 people with them.  www.dailynews.lk
  • The UN High Commissioner for Refugeesin November 2008 claimed there were 230,000 IDPs in the Vanni (Sri Lankan forces saved close to 300,000 – this continues to raise the question of how can we differentiate civilians and LTTE)
  • The International Crisis Groupquoting ICRC says 150,000 were in the NFZ in early March 2009.
  • UN estimated on 13 May 2009 that about 50,000 civilians were trapped by the conflict, in a 300sq.km strip of land www.dailynews.lk
  • Indian embedded journalist Murali Reddy reported that from 13 May 2009 there were no civilians in the 1.5sq.kmstrip LTTE was restricted to.

Please remember these figures and who said what when decades later the truth will emerge – but too late. What good is belated truth. We have seen how Yugoslavia has been disintegrated. How Kosovo was created. How independent Kosovo is today suffering and the people who fell for the lies and were part of the lies now feeling sorry for what they helped create but without any ability to reverse the status quo. However, lessons are never learnt. The liars and lies continue to prevail.

Its tragic how false propaganda can ruin entire nations and demonize people unjustly and the culprits have the audacity to say the news was false but not even offer any apology.

Shenali D Waduge

Reference:

http://global-politics.eu/2016/11/26/american-lies-serbs-worst-war-crimes-committed-reporters/

http://verysmartbrothas.com/jack-kelly-of-the-pittsburgh-post-gazette-is-a-fucking-disgrace-and-probably-needs-to-get-fired/ (looks like Kelly hasn’t learnt lessons)

Buddhist Influences on Indian and SL Tamils- Past and Present

November 27th, 2016

By Dr. Susantha Goonatilake

In a article a few days ago, Dr. Nirmala Chandrahasan, a Consultant for the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), had written on early Buddhist links between Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. She, I believe, is the wife of Chandrahasan, a son of Chelvanayakam, founder of the Federal Party and like Chelvanayagam lives in Colombo. Colombo today is a very multicultural city, although the predominant language of discourse on the street is Sinhala in which Dr. Nirmala must be able to converse to some extent. I do not know whether she has religious beliefs but the fact that Chelvanayakam was a Christian and that she writes on Buddhist links points perhaps to a genuine interest in reconciliation”.

Although I may have briefly met him at his father’s house at Alfred House Gardens, I am not familiar with Chandrahasan. His brother Vaseeharan was my very close friend at Royal, in University and later after his divorce. I used to spend hours chatting with Vaseeharan at Chelvanayakam’s house where I occasionally stayed overnight and savoured Mrs. Chelvanayakam’s stringhoppers for breakfast. The Vaseeharan I knew did not share his father’s views and was dismissive of the white-clad politicians that would come to the house’s front office. And Vaseeharan (Vassa to his classmates) also had definite views on Chelvanayakam’s son-in-law and biographer A.J. Wilson at whose Peradeniya house Vassa and I once stayed. Vassa dismissed Wilson as an intellectual lightweight, perhaps youthful bravado. This was, however, not the political dismissal of Wilson I heard from a former colleague of his at Canada’s McGill University who said Wilson had worked on a secret CIA plan to Balkanise India (at the time nominally non-aligned, India had cosied up to the then Soviet Union). Who knows?

What Dr. Nirmala writes is broadly true and I must add, well-known. In fact, I had referred to these links in my publications, including in a book on the Portuguese occupation of the country. Going further, a couple of decades ago, I wrote a popular article indicating that Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka over the centuries had changed their identities. There were migrants from South India who became Sinhalese and Portuguese commentators noted that although the King in Jaffna then was Tamil, the majority in the Peninsula were Sinhalese, albeit with a sizeable Tamil population. These Sinhalese in Jaffna eventually became Tamilised. To add to the confusion, in Dravidian Kerala, the Ezhavas the second numerous caste, believe they are Sinhalese migrants. These are ethnic origin stories but such stereotypes are better viewed, noting that Sri Lanka is in the middle of Indian Ocean traffic. There is evidence that our populations are genetically very mixed. This was the subject of a Royal Asiatic Society RASSL lecture which I hosted on current genetic research, but that study probably requires further confirmation. Dr. Nirmala refers to Buddhist sites in the North and East, implying that they were Tamil, many of these sites are well-known and referred to in  Sinhala literature. The 1917 RASSL expedition led by Paul Pieris to the Jaffna Peninsula found many Buddhist ruins including statues, identical in style to those in the Anuradhapura era including pillars with Sinhala words.

These finds became the core of the Jaffna Museum but during the LTTE occupation were given fictional labels. One gem was in describing a Buddha footprint exhibit Some state these are footprints of Vishnu [sic]. The Buddha along with Jesus Christ is sometimes considered an incarnation of Vishnu.” The sites where they are found are described in the Kandyan period Sinhala text ‘Nam Pothaa’, a guide to popular Buddhist sites at the time. Another LTTE gem was labelling through a huge hoarding the Buddhist site at the hot wells in Trincomalee as constructed by that mythical creature Ravana. However, the biggest item missing from Dr. Nirmala’s article is that Sri Lanka is the country with the longest Buddhist majority tradition, from the time of Asoka and so in the vein of Charles L. Allen, having a strong welfare template.

Dr. Nirmala misses some other key facts from the past as well as the present. The great city Anuradhapura that the Tamil Buddhist scholars came to translate in the Sinhalese Buddhist commentaries, she records, were later destroyed and ransacked by the Cholas. The devastation was so total that Anuradhapura had to be abandoned and the monks and nuns had to hide or disrobe. Eventually Buddhism was restored only after the Cholas were defeated and Buddhist order reintroduced from then Myanmar.

The Chola emblem of the snarling tiger was later adopted by Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka as their flag, a window to their aggressive mindset. Tamil separatists would later attack the Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura and the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, key symbols of the Sri Lankan Buddhist heritage. This could be because the separatist leadership was given by Christians, including Catholic priests who were photographed blessing the fictional map of a future Tamil Eelam. This fictional map was based on two sentences by an ignorant British visitor Cleghorn, who in 1879 stated that two nations, Tamil and Sinhala, had lived in Sri Lanka with the present boundaries since ancient times. His ignorance of history was so great that in the third sentence, he said the Sinhalese had arrived in the country from Siam!
Dr. Nirmala also faults Anagarika Dharmapala for creating a Buddhism exclusive to the Sinhalese. She gives no firm reason but had probably lifted the idea from a book she quotes by one L.K. Devanda on Tamil Buddhism in Ancient South India and Sri Lanka. I googled around and checked international libraries but could not trace the book, although it appears in several popular articles written by locals. Dharmapala was a driven man who was most critical of the Sinhalese. He castigated our Bhikkhus as indolent hounds, utterly indifferent to the people” who know only how to fill their stomachs and to repeat Pali gathas” and whose brains are atrophied” and are drones”. He took the epithet Aryan then fashionable in European circles and introduced to him by the mystical Theosophists, a meaning different from the Buddhist term Arya. He included as Aryan also those from Madras as he denounced the education in Sri Lanka and asked young Sinhalese to go to Madras for better learning. Disgusted with Sri Lanka, he spent his last years in Bodh Gaya.  Starting with the late 19th century, Dharmapala was also instrumental in creating social awareness among Tamil Dalits of South India as recorded by recent writings of Indian Dalit Sociologists like Aloysius (Religion as Emancipatory Identity: a Buddhist Movement among Tamils under Colonialism). Dharmapala had Tamil Dalits organise themselves, brought them to Sri Lanka and asked them to reject the caste oppression
in Hinduism.

In the early 20th century, these Dalit Indian Tamil Buddhists under Dharmapala’s influence identified themselves as being originally Buddhists who had been put down by Brahmins. Indian Dalit Tamils set out to construct Buddhist temples, to conduct Buddhist events and publish books on Buddhism; one of these with an introduction by Dharmapala. When the Buddhist delegation from Sri Lanka attended the Indian National Congress, the Indian Tamil Dalit Appaduraiyar joined the Sri Lankan delegation to press for a resolution to transfer Bodh Gaya to the Buddhists. Ramasami Naickar (Periyar”) spoke at the South Indian Buddhists’ Association and held Buddhism in high esteem. Yet, the rise of Periyar and his later sponsorship of the Dravidian movement in the 1930’s began to see the downgrading of Tamil Buddhism and its gradual replacement by a strident Tamil nationalism. The Indian Tamil masses initially mobilised by the Buddhists later became the foot soldiers of the new Tamil chauvinism. Just as the Dalits reinvented themselves as the original Buddhists, the new Dravidians began inventing new mythical narratives such as portraying Ravana as a hero and Lemuria” as the lost land of Tamils. The various Dravidian political parties such as the DMK and its offshoots are the results of this movement. Their influence of Tamil exclusivity spilled over into Jaffna and led later to the ideological underpinnings of separatism. In Jaffna in the 1960’s, among the depressed castes, there was a Buddhist movement of protest which later was suppressed by the LTTE. As for Hindus during our civil war, many were converted to Christian fundamentalism as a shocked US Hindu leader who came to aid Hindus during the tsunami, told me.

Reconciliation among those who have been alienated from each other through politics is necessary. But the road to that goal should not be based on changing geographical boundaries, changing genetic make-ups, changing ethnic identities or belief systems imposed by force or by bribes. There are many examples of success after a war. Considering that the LTTE looked to Hitler for their ideology (and LTTE ideology still persists in pockets), the closest example for us would be the de-nazification programme after World War II. Consequently, Germany today is very different to the time of Hitler. Relative peaceful coexistence exists, for example in cities like New York, or today’s London and for that matter in today’s Colombo. Today’s multicultural Colombo without artificial boundaries should be an obvious model for reconciliation.

Unpopular and wrong

November 26th, 2016

Editorial Island


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe admitted he was making an unpopular proposal and knew that he would be criticized when he said a few days ago that salaries of MPs are grossly inadequate for the work they are required to carry out in their constituencies. He said he was proposing substantially higher wages to reduce corruption and attract better talent to parliament. Nobody shouted him down when he said what he did because if there is anything on which all legislators agree without demur, it is on pay and perks for themselves. But we must say in fairness that is not a trait exclusive to parliamentarians. It is true for all human beings. Whatever the prime minister may think about MPs needing better compensation, public opinion will run strong against any proposal to increase the emoluments of legislators. As it is, the large majority of the people resent MPs pay and perks which are unrelated to average incomes of ordinary people. Some time ago there was an attempt to link parliamentarians pay to those of judges so that when judges got an increase, MPs too would get one.

When Wickremesinghe said his wife earned more than he did, most people who read his remarks would have smiled. It is quite possible that the premier’s wife, a university professor, gets a larger pay cheque than her husband. But what the taxpayer of this country spends to maintain their prime minister bears no comparison to what the universities spend to maintain an academic. Comparison on this score is no doubt akin to comparing apples and oranges. But it is the prime minister who in passing made that comparison. Wickremesinghe is rather fond of comparing his pay with those of others. Speaking at the 30th anniversary of the Ravaya newspapers a few days earlier, he said that editors of most newspapers (“I don’t know about Ravaya” he qualified)and news directors in the electronic media earned more than he did. While there are many people in the country paid more than their president, prime minister, ministers and other elected representatives, there are many more that are paid far less.

The prime minister is right that we do need to attract better people to parliament, people who will not loot the public purse as many have done in the past and continue to do at present, and make useful contributions to both the legislature and good governance. In the early post-Independence years, the parliamentary allowance of an MP was a meager Rs. 750. They came in their own vehicles to sittings of the House – some like Dr. W. Dahanayaka came by bus or train because they did not own a vehicle – and nobody got duty free permits to buy vehicles. They paid for their own petrol which in those days cost about Rs. 2.50 a gallon. Undoubtedly many of those elected to the then House of Representatives were people who had private means – landowners and the like – as well as professionals who did nicely as lawyers and doctors. But others were by no means rich or comfortably off and did not ask for more. LSSP leader Dr. N.M. Perera, despite his very high qualifications, did not practice a profession and was among the earliest to urge that MPs be paid pensions. NM did however engage in some private business and older readers would remember his being pilloried over the Giridara Mill in the sixties and references in newspapers to plantations he had owned – Oakfied and Moragolla. While he could be attacked for being a capitalist in a capitalist system while professing socialism, none would dare accuse him of ever making a dirty rupee.

There would be a substantial body of opinion in the country that paying MPs better will not reduce corruption or in any great measure attract better people to the legislature – a few maybe, but not all that many. As it is, the existing pay and perks and the opportunities that abound for politicians to make crooked bucks have attracted many undesirables to the legislature. Exigencies of politics have made those who were rejected by the electors to be appointed on the National List. President Sirisena says that the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction of the SLFP strived might and main to have party candidates they labeled as “Sirisena supporters” defeated and he made these appointments to have people he trusted in the House. However that may be, the principle of such appointments does not bear examination and it is to be hoped that the National List is abolished in the new constitution. It is hard to think of anybody but the late Lakshman Kadirgamar who deserved to come unelected to parliament in accordance with criteria set out for National List nominations. There have been some worthies who have enjoyed ministerial appointments by coming into parliament on the national lists of both major parties!

We are now a middle income country according to the official classification of international multilateral lending agencies. But like in most developing countries, most wealth here is concentrated in the upper strata of the population. There was a report in yesterday’s The Island that the richest one percent of Indians own over half that country’s wealth. This is very true of very many countries in the world although the figures may be less dramatic. Given conditions that prevail here, the majority of our people would feel that our MPs do not do badly in terms of pay and perks in comparison to most of their countrymen (and women). Granting legislators increased emoluments in the context of prevailing country conditions will be both unpopular and unfair. Maybe some honest legislators who might do better outside politics (we do have a few of them) have persuaded the prime minister that a wage revision is appropriate. Given that he is more fortunately placed than most of his parliamentary colleagues, Wickremesinghe may well view such requests sympathetically. But acting on such sentiment, however well intentioned, will not only be unpopular but wrong.

එජාප-ශ‍්‍රීලනිප පිපිරීමක් අත ලග.. නායකයන් රහසේ වෙනම කදවුරු බදිති.. අගමැති වහා මෛත්‍රී හිතවතකු සොයා රාත‍්‍රියේම ඔහුගේ නිල නිවසට..

November 26th, 2016

ලංකා සී නිවුස්

එජාප-ශ‍්‍රීලනිප පිපිරීමක් අත ලග.. නායකයන් රහසේ වෙනම කදවුරු බදිති.. අගමැති වහා මෛත්‍රී හිතවතකු සොයා රාත‍්‍රියේම ඔහුගේ නිල නිවසට..

මතුවී එන ගැටලු හමුවේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ නායක අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මෙන්ම ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ නායක ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේනත් වෙන වෙනම තම තනතුරැ රැක ගැනීමේ සීතල යුද්ධයකට අවතීර්න වි ඇති බව ඉතා විශ්වාස කටයුතු මාර්ගයක් සදහන් කරයි.

ශ්‍රීලනිප මෛත්‍රී කණ්ඩායමේ ඉල්ලීම වී ඇත්තේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ තනතුරින් පහ කොට ශ්‍රිලනිප හෝ එජාපයෙන් අගමැති කෙනෙක් පත්කල යුතුය යන්නයි. එවිට මහ බැංකුවේ බැදුම්කර මගඩිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහට එරෙහිව ඇතිව තිබෙන අප‍්‍රසාදය මැඩලීමට ජනාධිපතිවරයාට පියවර ගතහැකි බවත් ඒ හරහා රජයේ අවංකභාවය රැකෙන බවත් ශ‍්‍රිලනිප මෛත‍්‍රී පාර්ශවයේ අදහසයි. එසේ වුවහොත් දැනට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ සමඟ සිටින පොදු විපක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගෙන් විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් ඒ තීරණය සමඟ ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සමග එකතුකර ගැනීමට ලෙහෙසියෙන් හැකි බව කන්ද උඩරට නියෝජනය කරන ඒකාබද්ද විපපක්‍ෂ මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයෙකු හා මෛත්‍රී පාර්ශවය නියෝජනය කරන රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයකු ඇති පිරිසකගෙන් සමන්විත කණ්ඩායමේ මතය වී ඇත. එමෙන්ම එජාපයේ සිටින මෛත්‍රී හිතවාදීන්ගේද සහයෝගය ඒ සඳහා ලබාගත හැකි බවටත් මෛත්‍රී පාර්ශවය විශ්වාස කරයි.

එහෙත් මෛත්‍රී පාර්ශ්වයේ තවත් කණ්ඩායමක කිහිපදෙනකුගේම අදහස එය හිතන තරම් පහසු කාර්යක් නොවන අතර මොනව හේතුවක් නිසාවත් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ අතහැර පොදු විපක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීන් සියලුදෙනා පැමිණීම විශ්වාස කිරීමට අපහසු බවය.

මේ අතර මෙකී රහස් සාකච්චා ගැන ආරංචි වූ අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මේ රජය බලයට ගෙන ඒමට විශාල වැඩකොටසක් කල දේශපාලන බලවතකු මෙන්ම අමාත්‍යවරයෙකු හා මෛත්‍රී හිතවතකු මුණගැසීමට ඔහුගේ නිල නිවසට පසුගිය රාත්‍රියක ගොස් ඔහුට ආරාධනා කොට ඇත්තේ වහාම තම පක්ෂයට බැදී නායකයාට අමතරව තිබෙන ඕනම තනතුරක් ලබාගෙන එජාපයත් සහ එහි නායකත්වයත් විනාශ වීමට ගන්නා මෙම තීරණය පරාජය ඛිරීමට සහාය දෙන ලෙසයි.

එහෙත් එකී අමාත්‍යවරයාගේ මතය වී ඇත්තේ මේ අවස්ථාවේ සමහර බලවේග ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රී නොයෙකුත් තීරණයන් සඳහා පොලොබවන බැවින් තමා අගමැතිගේ ඉල්ලීම ඉටු කිරීමට වඩා මේ අවස්ථාවේ රජය ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට නම් ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ලග සිටිය යුතු බවය.

එමෙන්ම ඒකාබද්ද විපක්‍ෂ පිරිසක් සමග සාකච්චා පවත්වන මෛත්‍රී පාර්ශව කණ්ඩායමේ මතය වී ඇත්තේ දිනෙන් දින කල් ගතවීමෙන් ශ‍්‍රීලනි පක්‍ෂය එකතු කර මෛත්‍රී ජනාධිපතිගේ නායකත්වය යටතේ තබාගැනීමට ගන්නා උත්සහය ඉදිරියේදී ඉතා දුෂ්කර වන බවත් වැඩිකල් මේ ආකාරයෙන් යෑමට බැරි බවත් දැනට තනතුරු ගත් සමහර ඇමතිවරුන් පවා මොනයම් අවස්ථාවක හෝ එය අතහැර මහින්ද පාර්ශවය සමඟ එකතුවීමට ඇති ඉඩ කඩ වැඩි බවත්ය.

මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් තවත් පාර්ශ්වයක් මෛත්‍රී ජනාධිපතිවරයාට පවසා ඇත්තේ අපේ අය ඇමතිකම් අරන් කොළඹට වී ජොලියේ ඉන්නා බවත් මේ වනවිටත් මහින්ද පාර්ශවය වෙනුවෙන් අවශ්‍ය දේශපාලන වැඩපිළිවෙළ බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ විසින් ඉතා උපායශීලීව හා සාර්ථකව ගම් මට්ටමේ කරගෙන යන බවත්, මේ විදියට ගියොත් අනාගතයේදි අපේ කණ්ඩායමට මහින්දගේ ලකුණෙන් ඡන්දය ඉල්ලන්න වෙන බවත්ය. එහිදි මෛත්‍රී ජනාධිපතිවරයාට තරමක් කේන්ති ගිය අතර අවසානයේ ඔහුද ‘අපේ කට්ටිය ගමට බැහලා කිසි දෙයක් කරන්නේ නැ’ කියමින් අප්‍රසාදය ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පෙන්වා ඇත.

Will ask PM to discuss reforms with MR: MS to TNA

November 26th, 2016

Daily Mirror

President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that he would request Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to initiate a dialogue with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on formulating the new constitution.

The 16 TNA MPs met President Sirisena on Thursday, and discussed their concerns. The TNA had asked about the progress being made on constitutional reforms. One of the MPs who attended the meeting said it was at this point that the President responded saying he would request the Prime Minister to talk to Mr. Rajapaksa to bring about a common approach to the matter at hand.

The joint opposition led Mr. Rajapaksa is opposed to any change to the unitary nature of the country and the foremost place accorded to Buddhism.

The TNA complained about racial discrimination by some ministers in the allocation of jobs in the government sector in the North and East.

– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Will-ask-PM-to-discuss-reforms-with-MR-MS-to-TNA-119766.html#sthash.YsOcAVeD.dpuf

Sri Lanka’s problem is Terrorist not Ethnic

November 26th, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

 Why should 32 nations including US, Canada, UK, India and EU ban the LTTE as a terrorist organization if Sri Lanka’s problem was ethnic? Did Sri Lanka’s Army carry out a military offensive against Tamil ethnic group or LTTE terrorists? Didn’t Sri Lanka’s Army prolong the offensive sacrificing their own soldier lives in order to bring to safety close to 300,000 Tamils during that offensive? How preposterous is it for the current Opposition Leader who hails from a party that was created by the LTTE and not investigated for its links to claim that the new constitution will be the solution to the ‘ethnic problem’. Giving benefit of the doubt can those who claim Sri Lanka suffers an ethnic problem please explain where Tamils lack equality before the law that which only Sinhalese are given?

  • By 1928 there were 3 Tamil parties – Ceylon Tamil League (Sir P Arunachalam 1921), Tamil Mahajana Sabha and All Ceylon Tamil Conference. Showcasing no desire to assimilate and function as a nation. The desire for a separate Tamil state prevailed even during the time of British rule – there was no Sinhala discrimination then!

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  • What was the need to create a Tamil ethnic political party in 1944 under colonial British rule? All Ceylon Tamil Congress was created by GG Ponnambalam. It was the first ethnic-based political party separating people politically along ethnic lines. The only people to suffer discrimination under colonial British were the Sinhala Buddhists – the minorities were showered with English educated missionary school, jobs and better lifestyles creating sects of often Christian converted elite English speaking Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in whose hands the British planned to leave governance.
  • Why was Tamil Illankai Arasu Katchchi formed in 1949 by Anglican SJV Chelvanayagam. What was the need to create a Tamil party that had its aims and objectives to create a Tamil state?
  • What kind of ethnic problem goes and plans the murder of a foreign leader –  LTTE assassinated the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on Indian soil?
  • How can there be an ethnic problem when Tamils are killed by Tamils. We can put names and numbers to these deaths not like the unverified and unprovable numbers being promoted by LTTE diaspora and their lackeys in the NGO circle.
  • These Tamils were killed by Tamils. We are only giving the names of people who had made a name for themselves in the public domain. The many other Tamils that were killed because they didn’t tow the line is unknown because their deaths have been credited to the Army through propaganda.  Where have you heard of an ethnic problem where Tamils are killing Tamils virtually every year as the below figures showcase!!!
  • 2005 – Lakshman Kadiragamar – Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister shot dead in his own home. He was on his way to becoming the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Killed during the infamous ceasefire
  • 2002 – Poopalapillai Alaguthurai, Porathivu Pradheshya Sabha member, member of EPRLF.
  • 2003 – Marimuthtu Rajalingam Chairman of the Aalaiyadivembu Pradheshiya Sabha member of EPDP
  • 2003 – Kandiah Subathiran member of EPRLF
  • 2004 – S. Sunderampillai Member of UNP
  • 2004 – Ponniah Yogendran member of EPDP
  • 2004 – Rajan Sathiyamoorthy TNA candidate 
  • 2004 – Velayutham Raveendran EPDP
  • 2004 – Kandiah Yogarasa PLOTE
  • 2005 – Joseph Pararajasingham, Member of Parliament
  • 2006 – Kethesh Logananathan, Deputy Secretary-General of the Government’s SCOPP
  • 2008 – Jeyaraj Fernandopulle Minister
  • 2008 – T. Maheshwaran UNP Minister (husband of Wijayakala Maheswaran)
  • 1999 – Nagalingam Manikkadasan military wing leader PLOTE
  • 1999 – Neelan Tiruchelvan MP and TULF leader
  • 1998 – Ponnuyhurai Sivapalan Jaffna Mayor
  • 1998 – Ms. Sarojini Yogeswaran Jaffna Mayor
  • 1990 – T. Ganeshalingam, Minister NE Provincial Council
  • 1990 – K. Padmanabha – General Secretary EPRLF
  • 1990 – Sam Tambimuttu and his wife – MP Batticoloa
  • 1998 – Uma Maheswaran PLOTE leader
  • 1989 – A. Amrithalingam General Secretary of TULF, killed inside his own home in Colombo. Ironically, he called the LTTE ‘our boys’.
  • 1989 – V. Yogeswaran MP Jaffna
  • 1986 – Sri Sabarathnam, TELO leader
  • 1985 – K. Alalasunderam MP Kopay
  • 1985 – V. Dharmalingam MP Manipay
  • 1981 – A. Thiagarajah MP Vaddukoddai
  • 1975 – Alfred Duraiyapah, Mayor Jaffna – first high profile victim of Tamils
  • The first targets of LTTE were Tamil policemen on duty in the North. They were killed to scare them from joining the police service and afterwards Tamil politicians complain the state is not taking Tamils into the police force!

Tamils extorting Tamils

  • Can those who claim Sri Lanka suffers an ethnic problem explain why Tamils were victims of extortion even those living overseas?

Quoting Human Rights Watch report “The Final War”: LTTE Fundraising and Extortion within the Tamil Diaspora in late 2005 and early 2006″

“Although many Tamils willingly contribute money to the LTTE, many others do so because they feel they have little choice. The same fear that silences critics of the LTTE prompts many members of the diaspora to provide financial support for the LTTE, regardless of whether they support the LTTE’s cause”

“In Canada, the U.K., and other parts of Europe, LTTE representatives went house to house and visited Tamil-owned businesses, requesting substantial sums of money, often using intimidation, coercion, and outright threats to secure pledges.”

“In Toronto, individual families typically were asked to pay between Cdn$2,500 and Cdn$5,000, although some families were reportedly asked for as much as Cdn$10,000. Business owners were asked for amounts ranging from Cdn$25,000 to Cdn$100,000.”

“In London, many individual families were asked for £2,000 and businesses approached for amounts ranging from £10,000 to £100,000” How ethnic is this?

https://www.hrw.org/reports/2006/ltte0306/5.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cstpE1-lhzk LTTE terrorising UK Tamils (Part 1 of 3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z62Y0X2huEQ Extortion by LTTE in UK

More Tamils have been killed by LTTE – who can explain how killing of Tamils by LTTE can become an ‘ethnic’ problem????

The list of Tamils that the LTTE has targeted include – where does ‘ethnic problem’ fit into Tamils getting killed by Tamil LTTE?

  • Tamil clergy
  • Tamil policemen
  • Tamil Mayors
  • Tamil academics
  • Tamil politicians
  • Tamil Judges
  • Tamil Justice of Peace
  • Tamil Principals – most often because they did not release Tamil children to be forcibly taken from schools and turned into child soldiers
  • Tamil teachers
  • Tamil civil society members – people who were not on foreign payroll but were serving the People
  • Tamil grama sevaka in public service – if false ID cards were not issued bullets became the answer
  • Tamil public officials – over 30 such Tamils were slain
  • Tamil Government Agents, Union Leaders, Engineers, Education officers, Agriculture officers, Managers,
  • Tamil Secretaries who were working in top posts
  • Tamil university lecturers – only those who agreed to tow the homeland line were spared
  • Tamil media
  • Tamil armed militant group leaders and their members

Those who have been drumming that Sri Lanka has an ‘ethnic problem’ may like to explain where they have heard of an ethnic problem where Tamils have been killing and torturing their own people.

LTTE the representative of the Tamil people according to the TNA violated Geneva Conventions in

  • forcibly recruiting Tamils as ‘volunteers’.- in particular low caste and poor Tamils
  • Abducting Tamil children as young as 10 and turning them into child combatants
  • What was the fate of Tamil men, women and children who attempted to escape LTTE training camps? We do not know! Their deaths must also be passed off on the Sri Lanka Army
  • Denial of rights to girls –UNSG Ban Ki Moon is on record for accusing LTTE of forcibly cutting hair of girls who attempted to flee LTTE during the last stages of the conflict http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/ltte1208webwcover_1.pdf
  • Ordering Tamil men, women and children to commit suicide when caught by biting into the cyanide capsule given to each.
  • If suicide terrorism is a crime, it has no legitimacy under international or local laws  – LTTE and Adele Balasingham stand guilty for mass murder – coercion, destruction of life and intentional killing of Tamils. Suicide attacks fall into the category of murder with mens rea – willingness to kill and willingness to die. Can anyone put a number to the Tamils who bit that cyanide capsule and died? How many of these victims are still mourning their dead? Where was the ethnic problem in ordering Tamils to kill themselves by suicide? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aqbj8PHTtHY#!
  • Tamils denied freedom of movement, Tamils issued passes, Tamils allowed out of LTTE held areas only for valid reasons and then too they had to leave their land deeds or other items as guarantee of returning. Delays in returning meant ugly consequences to the guarantor.
  • Where was the ‘ethnic’ element when LTTE kept Tamils as human shields/hostages? TNA’s sole representative of the Tamils did not allow Tamil civilians to escape to safety, they kept their arms, ammunition and equipment among the Tamil civilians and fired which is a violation of international conventions. How does ‘ethnic’ element fit into LTTE shooting at fleeing Tamils and UNSG, foreign envoys and international organizations all appealing to the LTTE to release the Tamils.
  • How ‘ethnic’ is it when LTTE forcibly used Tamil civilians as unpaid labor to dig trenches, construct LTTE bunkers? Forced labor is a violation of Geneva Conventions (Article 4 & 5 of UN Declaration of Human Rights)
  • Where was the ‘ethnic problem’ when LTTE confiscated Tamil assets/property?
  • How ‘ethnic’ was the problem when LTTE confiscated essential commodities sent by the Government to the Tamil people – these food, medicines etc were forcibly taken and distributed among LTTE and their families. They inflated civilian figures so that more commodities would be sent.
  • There was no ethnic problem when LTTE denied Tamils the right to life, right to liberty, right to security, right to freedom of thought & expression, right to movement, right to education, right to live as children.
  • Where was the ethnic problem when LTTE put injured LTTE cadres inside buses and blew them up because they were a burden to the fleeing LTTE leaders?
  • Where was the ethnic problem when LTTE cadres indoctrinated Tamils, made them into killers, drugged them and forced them to strap themselves with suicide vests and cyanide capsules and commit suicide when caught.
  • In the UK there are Tamil gangs operating and killing each other http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/9058654.Tamil_gangs_battle_for_control_of_West_Croydon/
  • http://www.sinhalanet.net/crimes-by-jaffna-tamil-boys-in-uk

The best part comes when the present Opposition Leader’s Party the Tamil National Alliance in its 2001, 2004, 2010 & 2013 election manifestos officially endorse LTTE as the ‘sole representative of the Tamil people’. TNA is endorsing LTTE as the mouthpiece of the Tamils when LTTE has killed so many Tamils!!! Very interesting, indeed and they say Sri Lanka suffers an ‘ethnic problem’.

TNA 2001 election manifesto https://www.tamilnet.com/img/publish/2010/03/TNA_Election_Manifesto_2001.pdf

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TNA 2004 election manifesto

https://www.tamilnet.com/img/publish/2010/03/TNA_Election_Manifesto_2004pdf.pdf

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TNA 2010 election manifesto

http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/03/full_text_general_election_201.html

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TNA 2013 election manifesto

https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/full-text-tnas-northern-provincial-council-election-manifesto-2013/

What kind of political party openly aligns with an armed militant group banned by 32 countries and is bold enough to put forward LTTE demands on their election manifestos? These examples clearly negates the ‘ethnic’ element in Sri Lanka’s problem.

We now come to the mentality suffered by elite high caste Tamils which is where the real problem lies. The British having indoctrinated their minds into believing themselves to be superior than their own and all others as a result of which 20million people are suffering. It is their desire to rule their own in a serfdom where the lowcastes will all be slaves to them which is the crux of the problem at hand. How else can anyone explain the disposition of the Tamil elite who had been making calls for a Tamil state (pan-Tamil state including Tamil Nadu) that started during colonial British rule when Tamils were ruled by British and there was no grounds to claim discrimination by Sinhalese.

It should be very clear that Sri Lanka‘s problem is not ethnic. Sri Lanka‘s problem was terrorist since LTTE armed militants waged terror on all communities including the Tamils and the State of Sri Lanka carried out a military onslaught to end this terror. Therefore, we do not see any grounds to use the end of hostilities for any programs associated with reconciliation with Tamils because the enemy was not Tamils but the LTTE terrorists. There is no reason to reconcile with Tamils because the Sinhalese have no problems with Tamils, the Sinhalese have problems only with a handful of high caste elite Tamil politicians who are trying to divide all the communities for their own selfish ends. There is no reason to reconcile with LTTE terrorists though programs have been created to rehabilitate them and reintroduce them to society. However, there is no grounds to have any political solution based on demands made by terrorists and those linked to terrorists.

Everyone seems to have got the whole issue muddled and have messed up matters without identifying the root cause of the problem.

No constitutional proposals that are aligned to demands made by LTTE or its political front the TNA should be entertained and a good look at their manifestos will reveal that those proposing changes to the new constitutions are virtually copying the demands made by the TNA in their election manifestos of 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2013 compiled with the Singapore principles to which the present government had secretly agreed upon.

The international community will do grave injustice to the country and its people in peddling the demands of terror groups and those linked to terror groups and should desist from offering any more support.

Shenali D Waduge

§  Reference: http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/shrilanka/database/leaders_assassinated_byLTTE2.htm

§  http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/shrilanka/database/leaders_assassinated_byLTTE.htm

§  http://www.onlanka.com/news/tamil-politicians-priests-public-officials-and-academics-killed-by-the-ltte.html

§  http://www.onlanka.com/news/tamil-civilians-killed-by-ltte.html

§http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/dbsjeyaraj-column/49301-birth-and-growth-of-nexus-between-the-tna-and-the-ltte.html#sthash.dUBw24J1.dpuf

§  https://tamiltigeractivities.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/the-un-investigative-panel-must-probe-tna-ltte-links/

§  http://www.onlanka.com/news/tamil-national-alliance-ltte-separatist-manifestos-2001-2004-2010-and-now-2013.html

§  http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/39348 Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam spoke of “Tamil Eelam” as a Mono Ethnic Pan Tamil Project in 1922.

Why Ranil wanted Mahinda’s Sino tour sponsored by FM?

November 26th, 2016

Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today

President Maithripala Sirisena participating at the 47th Anniversary of the Public Services United Nurses’ Union (PSUNU) held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday (16) said the use of given freedom and democracy, to achieve narrow political gains or to spread racism and religious differences, is an obstacle to the future development of the country.
He added that the government is moving forward step by step, towards good governance, meeting the aspirations of the people. He also said that the government is committed to fulfil the aspiration of the people to the maximum level through comprehensive plans, even though it could not provide instant solutions as some sections of the society expected.

President Sirisena also said that the government is committed to protect the professional privileges of the persons who are serving in the health sector while strengthening the free health service of the country.

The President presented awards to ten retired persons who rendered a great service to the Public Services United Nurses’ Union.
Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, President of the PSUNU presented a special memento to the President.
Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, W.D. J. Seneviratne, State Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, doctors, intellectuals in the field of health and many others participated in this event.

ISIS matter irks man

It was just two days after President’s remarks that Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe in Parliament alleged that 32 Sri Lankan Muslims had joined the ISIS and emphasized foreigners were propagating extremism among Muslim children in the country. Minister Rajapakshe said that extremist foreigners had entered Sri Lanka under the guise of teachers.

Minister Rajapakshe warned that the government would take appropriate measures in accordance with the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) though a section of the international community was opposed to the implementation of the existing law.
Participating in the second reading stage debate on Budget 2017, he revealed that foreign intelligence services had reported that 32 Sri Lankans belonging to four families joining the ISIS.

Describing those who had joined the ISIS as members of well-to-do families of the Muslim community, the minister said that foreign extremists teaching at Muslim international schools in Beruwala, Kalmunai, Kaleliya and Kurunegala propagated hate.
The minister alleged that there had been a spate of serious incidents including killings due to continuing violence among followers of four main chapters known as Thowfique Jamath, Jamaath-e-Islam, Thabilique Jamath and Sunnathival Jamath. The minister vowed that the government wouldn’t allow their fight to jeopardize national security under any circumstances.

Claiming that scores of websites had been propagating violence and communal hatred, Minister Rajapakshe reiterated the UNP-led government’s readiness to address security issues.

“The international community can say anything it likes. Whatever they say we’ll not allow a bloodbath again. We are ready to implement some provisions of the PTA hitherto remained unused. These laws are severe. We will implement those laws.”
Commenting on social media, he alleged that there had been 78 derogatory posts on a particular website against the members of the Sri Lankan legal fraternity. He said those who had been defamed weren’t in a position to respond to various unsubstantiated allegations.

Alleging that one Sandaruwan had been responsible for the despicable web operation, Minister Rajapakshe said that the government could issue an international warrant to bring him here to face charges.
However, Minister Rajapakshe’s statement was not welcomed by many ‘moderates’ in the society, claiming his ‘replay’ of old records was nothing but a mere attempt to fuel racism.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) in a statement signed by its President N.M. Ameen noted that they are seriously concerned about the statement made in Parliament by the Minister of Justice about the Muslim community.
“The facts given by the Honourable Minister were reported in the media more than one year ago when a Sri Lankan combatant died fighting with ISIS. There have been no new reports of any others involved since this was reported last year. It is believed that one family had gone to Syria to provide humanitarian support to the war wounded and refugees. Some of the men are alleged to have joined or forced to join the fighting forces of ISIS. The Muslim community, including the Muslim Council, Jamiathul Ulema and other organizations cooperated with the government in identifying the families to provide the necessary support for the intelligence agencies to investigate. Those who have gone to Syria as quoted by Rajapakshe include women and children.”

“Minister Rajapakshe’s statement comes at a very opportune time to certain extremist elements bent on tarnishing the image of the Muslim community for reasons only best known to them. The Thableeq Jamath, Sunnathival Jamath, Thowheed Jamath and Jamaithe Islam and several other organizations are all Muslim religious and social service organizations. They do not promote any form of violence as implied by the Minister. Certain parts of his statement are verbatim of the hate speech spewed by the extremist priest Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera,” Ameen said in his statement.

While noting that no Muslim international school invites extremists to indoctrinate its children with fundamentalism as alleged by the Minister, MCSL stated; “Such has been the language of certain countries that created terrorists out of Madrasas in Pakistan to achieve their own ends. We urge Hon. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to provide the evidence and take immediate action against anyone who may have violated the laws of the land irrespective of ethnicity or religion.”

Indian Concerns

While it is agreed that Minister Rajapakshe was repeating what Secretary of Defence Ministry Karunasena Hettiarachchi said earlier this year and the facts and figures stay almost the same, it is also noteworthy that our neighbour India too had expressed its concerns about Sri Lanka being a ground of training to militants of IS and similar extremist terror groups.
This column on 16 October, 2016 revealed that India is pushing for stronger intelligence cooperation with the island nation after the hostile situation in Kashmir escalated.

According to reliable sources, Indian intelligence services are seeking stronger cooperation from Sri Lankan security forces and intelligence services through the Sri Lankan Government in tracking down terrorist outfits operating in the country.
They have, according to sources, confirmed that terrorist outfits and extremist groups like Al-Qaida, LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba), ISIS and IKK (Idara Khidmat-e-Khalq) are using Sri Lanka, especially the Eastern Province as a strategic posting point and operation centre. In addition, the comprehensive intelligence report also states that they have screened about 55 Maldives nationals and several other Sri Lankans of being members of these terrorist outfits.

According to the report, ISIS and Al-Qaida use Sri Lanka and the Maldives as they could not access Chennai that easily.
Even though, India had warned Sri Lanka on similar issues from time to time, it came to a turning point after arresting Maulana Umar Madan in 2009 in Chennai.

Investigations proved that he was a frequent traveller to the Eastern Province and happened to be one of the close confidants of JuD (Jamaat-ud-Dawa) leader Hafiz Saeed and second in command Abdul Rehman Makki.
With Mohammed Rafeeq a confirmed plant by ISIS being arrested for attempting to target the Israeli Consulate in Bangaluru they insisted SL authorities to be on the alert.

According to this intelligence report, these groups operate as fake Indian currency manufacturing teams. China arrested a suspect with Rs 2. 5 million Indian currency in Guangzhou city on 19 August 2016.
The suspect had arrived in China from Colombo and Indian intelligence was able to apprehend him with the assistance of Sri Lankan and its Chinese counterparts. Therefore, India has highlighted the importance of intelligence sharing and cooperation.

MR to get sponsored

Former President turned Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa is all set to undertake a one-week tour in China on the invitation of the Sino Government. He will leave the country on 23 November and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week instructed the Foreign Ministry to fully facilitate Rajapaksa’s visit.

While, many were surprised at this gesture as the government was earlier concerned about China’s dealings with the Rajapaksa family even after they were defeated, it was revealed that Premier’s instructions were issued as the tour is based on the Chinese Government’s invitation.

However, Rajapaksa who was known for his love for China and under whose tenure major investment plans were initiated under Chinese funds was seen criticizing the government’s move to handover lands and some national properties to China.
“We agree with the Finance Minister that he presented a different budget, which is aimed at taxing, penalties, levies and selling State assets. It is nothing more than a traditional UNP Budget and an extension of the regaining Sri Lanka of 2002. Hopefully, you will remember how they started selling State properties and increased taxes. They sold almost 80 State properties, but were unable to bring down debt. In 1977, the national debt was 68.6% of the GDP, by the time the UNP left in 1994, the national debt stood at 95% of the GDP. By the end of 2002, national debt went over 100% under Chandrika’s regime, even after the sale of insurance, telecom, and gas.”

According to Rajapaksa, his Government discontinued privatization and reduced foreign debt. “We have put a stop to privatization during the period 2005–14. When I gave the country back in January 2015, debt was reduced to 70.4% of the GDP. By the end of 2015, the national debt had gone up to 76%. It could go up to 78% by the end of this year. Instead of strengthening the Central Bank the Government proposes to hand over the entire payment system to a private operator. More plans are being made to privatize many State assets. Chances are high that expressways, railway lines, and the Moragahakanda Project too, could be privatized. It is unfortunate that a part of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has joined this group,” he said.

Rejecting government charges of evading book entries and hiding foreign borrowings during his Presidency, Rajapaksa said: “At one time, the government was charging us for unwritten borrowings. If there are unrecorded debts, please reveal the names of the lenders. But if you say these are undocumented loans, then why worry? You don’t have to pay for loans that are not in the books. Even after heavy borrowings, the government was unable to launch a national project of importance or take forward the programmes we have planned before.”

“We have built almost all infrastructure facilities using international borrowings. So, it is unfair to sell national properties at much higher prices compared to the investments made. By selling the Hambantota Port, a monopoly will be created,” he said.
Rajapaksa was seen stumbling upon several times when presenting his written speech and Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera who obstructed Rajapaksa several times called on Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to install a teleprompter as an encouragement for Rajapaksa to speak freely.

(a) Donald Trump has promised to pull the US out of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on his very first day in office. -(b) Singapore’s prime minister on Trans-Pacific Partnership: ‘How can anybody believe in US anymore?

November 26th, 2016

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

President Mahinda Rajapakse has established his name as a visionary leader. Whilst fighting war against Tamil Terrorists, he laid the ground work for the economic development. In 2009 The Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel was formed, empowering the Institute to train work force needed by the sector. The Act also allowed the award of Diplomas and Degrees at Graduate and Post Graduate Levels.   By 2014 we have reaped the benefits of this long term strategy.   Sri Lanka’s innovative Apparel Designs became an instant Export Revenue lottery. We are now one of the world best Apparel Design makers. By 2014 our Export Revenue reached US$8 billion, of which 40% represented export revenue from Apparel and Textile sector. It must be acknowledged Messrs Basil Rajapakse and Rishad Badurdeen made significant contributions in their respective ministerial portfolios by carrying out the policies of Prez Rajapakse. The textile handicraft designing project commenced operations in the Liya Abhiman Designs Centre at Moragoda, Gampaha in March 2013.

TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP(TPP) AGREEMENT 2016:
After 6 years of stiff negotiations, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam signed the TPP to bring certain economic benefits to member countries. This cartel agreement signed in Auckland last year was designed to control 26% of world trade. China and India strategically preferred not to join TPP.   Sri Lanka was not even considered. The intended main benefits of the TPP were:

  1. Tariff liberalization within member nations
  2. Job creation, reduce labour costs and reduced production costs amongst member nations;

iii. Distinct capital benefits resulting from competitive tariffs and protection of intellectual property rights.

The critics pointed out numerous disadvantages of TPP:

  1. Even within member countries there are currency manipulators. United States’ perceived benefit of cheaper export products were nullified by currency manipulations by others.   Giants such as China and India who did not sign the TPP, (also well known as currency manipulators), to their advantage to devalue their currencies and accelerate export revenue. Currency manipulation was not prohibited under the TPP agreement;
  2. Ability to bypass US law under the TPP, allowing multi national companies to challenge US laws and safeguards. In fact they can seek compensation from US for attempting to safeguard US job and working families;
  3. Small businesses were not properly protected under the TPP;
  4. Weak rules of TPP benefitted China, India and other non member countries.   The expected growth in US Auto market therefore became a day dream;
  1. TPP threatens previously available access to affordable medicine as a consequence of creation of new monopoly, which allows the pharmaceutical companies to interfere with US government cost saving policies;

President Obama was a LAZY PRESIDENT. He did not understand the nature of business. During the recently concluded Presidential Election, Donald Trump identified these major areas and pledged to pull US out of TPP membership. As a disciplined leader and a man well above politics, on 22 November he declared On trade, on the first day in Office, I am going to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country. Instead we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals, that will bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.”

ALERTNESS OF SINGAPORE ON US PULL OUT OF TPP:

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsian Long said reopening negotiations wouldn’t be easy. “If you sign a fresh agreement, you have to go through it again. We haven’t crossed that bridge yet. We’ll cross it if and when we come to that.”

The Hon. Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Hsian Long, is proving to be a great visionary leader in Asia today.   He, like his father, First Prime Minister of Singapore Great Mr Lee Kuna Yew, always looked for alternatives for his country, when economic and social threats beyond his control, were likely to undermine his goals for Singapore. If and when TPP is dead, Singapore Prime Minister and his team will seize the opportunity and will come out as winners, without damaging US-SINGAPORE   relationship.

SRI LANKA:

The Yahapalana Regime was fortunate to own a fully established, export revenue making Apparel Industry, rigorously promoted by Prez Mahinda Rajapakse. But, there are serious doubts whether the current Regime has any vision or able leaders to carry forward the hard work of former Prez.  

When TPP was signed in 2016, Dr Harsha De Silva was very disappointed.   “ Vietnam also has joined TPP and with that Sri Lanka may lose competitiveness in the global economy,” De Silva said. He went on to say: We have already seen that foreign investors who were ready to invest and investors who are investing in Sri Lanka currently are moving towards Vietnam due to the benefits as a TPP country. We will review out situation as soon as possible.”

Now TPP is almost dead and buried, is it possible for Dr Harsha De Silva to develop plans and strategies to protect the industry.

DONALD TRUMP AND SURVIVAL OF WORLD LEADERS:

Aggressive action plans of Prez Elect Donald Trump need similarly aggressive and visionary leaders in the world.   Today we can only find the Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Hsien Loong as a perfect match for Trump. We need to bring back Prez Mahinda Rajapakse to move Sri Lanka forward as well.

“Post-War Sinhala Buddhists” appeal to Muslims to globally self-introspect and not self-alienate

November 25th, 2016

Shenali D Waduge 

This is a response to the article appearing in the Daily Mirror of 22 November 2016 titled Anti-Muslim hate post-war Sinhala Buddhist and selective truth telling” by one Hafeel Farisz. The article immediately recalled the interview with Dr. Ameer Ali on ‘Muslims are self-alienating’ beseeching Muslims to ask themselves whether they want to be Muslims of Sri Lanka or Muslims in Sri Lanka appealing to Muslims to look at how the world looks at them and why. From America, Canada to Europe and other parts of the world why is there growing resentment shared by all towards Muslims? If so it clearly underlines the need for self-introspection and re-adjustment instead of pointing fault at only the Sinhala Buddhists. Islamaphobia was coined not by Sinhala Buddhists but the West. Media too must play a role in uniting communities instead of using their communication modes to divide people and fan ethno-religious tensions.  

Of 743million Europeans, Muslims make up 44% – 6% of total population.

Of the 322million Americans, Muslims are 3.3m – just 1% of the total population.

Of Sri Lanka’s 20million populace Muslims are 1.9m.

Can Mr. Hafeel explain world opinion against Muslims? Yet it is Sinhala Buddhists who are only faulted.

§  YouGov poll 55% Americans have an unfavourable opinion of Muslims

§  38% American Muslims says ISIS are correct (Centre for Security Policy)

§  1.5 Million British Muslims support Islamic State – about half the total population.” (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/muslim-leader-isis-supporting-brits-disenfranchised-6018357)

§  23% Germans, 25% French, and 34% British say that Muslims are sympathetic to al Qaeda

§  Anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States rose 67%, from 154 incidents in 2014 to 257 in 2015 – of 5,818 hate crimes 59.2% were racial/ethnic

§  89 mosques in US attacked between 2010-12 – FBI and NYPD even has informant programs to infiltrate mosques/communities to keep tab on them.

§  Pew Research (2011) saw 28% Muslims feel Americans treated them with suspicion while 22% said they were called racial names and 21% Muslims had been signalled out by security officials. 48% Muslim Americans say they experienced racial/religious discrimination

§  60% of Swiss favored ban on construction of minarets in Switzerland (2009)

§  Between 16% and 21% French, German and British say they would not like Muslims as their neighbors

§  Norway claims rape of native Norwegian women are by Muslim immigrants

§  16% Germans, 30% British, and 39% French say wearing the hijab – threatens European culture

§  61% Germans say Islam does not fit in the West (Bertelsmann Foundation)

§  According to TROP in 2016 – 1274 Islamic attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,774 people were killed and 14303 injured. (TheReligionOfPeace) https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/terror-2016.htm

§  Following attacks on “Charlie Hebdo,” anti-Muslim attacks in France increased by 500%

§  Europeans are calling for a moratorium against mushrooming mosques while countries are  banning the face veil. Ironically ISIS has also banned the burka.

§  Throwing a pork head, or sometimes even a grenade, on a mosque. Assaulting a Muslim woman who wears a head scarf. Demonstrating against the building of a mosque or against the local supermarket which sells Halal food. Incidents like these are happening on a daily basis in 21st century Europe (Emran Feroz)

§  Muslim migrants burnt down centre for lack of chocolates/gummy bears http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/muslim-migrants-burn-down-center-over-lack-of-chocolate/

§  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/400-fascist-protesters-in-brussels-square-confronted-and-intimidated-muslim-women-a6956196.html

§  https://www.rt.com/news/340050-belgian-pm-muslims-cheer-attacks/ Muslims danced after terror Brussels attacks

 

More Muslims have been killed by Muslims!

According to a 2009 report published by the Counter Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy, Al-Qaeda kills over seven times more Muslims than non-Muslims. ISIS has killed thousands of Muslims across the Middle East, including beheading Sunni Muslims in Iraq for failing to pledge loyalty to them, executing Imams for not submitting to them, and even killing an Imam in Iraq for simply denouncing them.

Wahhabi Islam is a creation of Colonial British. The new trends in how Muslims dress, behave and demand are all Wahhabi Islam related. Wahhabism is not true Islam.

Muslims themselves do not see eye to eye – Sunnis, Shias are fighting each other, harmless Sufis are attacked. The crimes between and among the Muslim world is far more horrendous and frightening than the allegations made by Muslims against non-Muslims. 

There is not one single word in any Buddhist texts that calls people to war or to kill. However there are 109 lines in the Koran calling Muslims to war with non-believers whatever context it is used.

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Dr. Ameer Ali, a prominent Islamic scholar, former advisor of Muslim Affairs of Australian PM John Howards’ Government in an interview with the Ceylon Today in 2013 said Muslims in Sri Lanka were self-alienating and isolating themselves due to Saudi-influenced orthodox Islam that has influenced how Muslims in Sri Lanka dress, their values and their practices prompting confrontation between communities. He cites Muslim women dressed in sarees in the 1970s, he mentions 58 mosques in Kattankudy with only 20 people at prayer and asks why Muslims want to spend millions planting dates to make Kattankudy look like Arabia.

Hafeel brings out isolated examples none of which have proven that the culprits were Sinhala Buddhists. Yet, how about 25,000 Muslim rioters destroying historical monuments, artefacts, torching Buddhist temples in Bangladesh? https://www.rt.com/news/buddhist-temples-torched-bangladesh-342/   

http://www.terrorscoop.com/muslim-mob-attacks-buddhist-temples-moderate-indonesia/

Attempts to destroy the Bamiyan Buddhas were made by emperor Aurangzeb, Abdur Rahman Khan until it was finally destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Karma was such that within months US/Allies invaded & continue to occupy Afghanistan!

Maldives expunged its original Buddhist history after killing/ converting all Buddhists including monks and is now destroying Buddhist artefacts inside its museum. Media never covers the persecution of the indigenous tribes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The Mahabodhi Temple in India was almost completely destroyed by invading Muslims. Can Buddhists be asked to forget how Islamic invaders turned to dust the oldest library in the world at Nalanda and beheaded the Buddhist monks.

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The media must also introspect.

Its biased, double standards and even fake news was exposed during the US elections. Not learning lessons the media continues its damage. Media chose not to publicize news that millions of Muslims marched in protest against ISIS in Iraq because they want to showcase Muslims as cheering Islamic jihadist groups. http://www.mintpressnews.com/media-blackout-millions-muslims-march-isis-iraq/222443/

Former President of CNN confirmed its staff are paid to lie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW5VDLHN33Q  

We implore Sri Lanka’s media to function as an unifier and not divider of communities.

Unbiased coverage has been lacking by Sri Lanka’s media – Sinhala Buddhists are only trying to protect their historical civilization & heritage – they do not demand mono-ethnic enclaves as minorities are now doing.

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Media has never drawn attention to the version of the Sinhala Buddhists & incursions they suffer – Kuragala, Muhudu Maha vihara, Dambulla, Mihintale, Sri Pada, North & East Buddhist history far before Tamils from South India or Muslim Traders from Middle East arrived. The Sinhale Kings followed the Dasa Raja Dhamma and killing animals was banned by royal edict. All former Buddhist majority nations are today either Islamized or Christianized. The Sinhala Buddhists are only protecting the nation from becoming known as a ‘once Buddhist nation’ too.

However, there is a problem.

Muslims must realize from the statistics shown that Non-Muslims have the same issues against Muslims world over and work out how to overcome these. Self-alienating and making accusations is no solution. In addition, differences between Muslims & Muslims end in death yet the West enjoys using Muslim minority issues to advance their own imperial agendas invariably Sinhala Buddhists become political targets. These dynamics must be understood by all.

While putting the facts in perspective, we should not allow politicized issues to come between the general friendships enjoyed by all communities in Sri Lanka.

  Shenali D Waduge 

Further reading

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Anti-Muslim-hate-Post-War-Sinhala-Buddhist-and-selective-truth-telling-119518.html by Hafeel Farisz (22 November 2016)

http://www.gallup.com/poll/157082/islamophobia-understanding-anti-muslim-sentiment-west.aspx

http://bridge.georgetown.edu/when-islamophobia-turns-violent-the-2016-u-s-presidential-elections/

https://carm.org/islamic-muslim-statistics-on-violence-rape-terror-sharia-isis-welfare

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Buddhists

Media Blues

November 25th, 2016

Editorial  The Island


President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have lamented that it is depressing to read newspapers these days; they should adopt a positive outlook, help instill patriotism in people and develop the country, he has said.

We thought we would be left without anything negative to write about after last year’s regime change. But, alas, no sooner had the Rajapaksa government been dislodged than one half of the rogues responsible for its downfall pole-vaulted to the new administration while the other half chose to remain in the Opposition. Those who had been in the political wilderness for about 11 years without any opportunity to line their pockets at the expense of the public sprang into action like a colony of hibernating leeches after a drizzle. They joined forces with the thieves of the previous regime for political expediency.

The ‘yahapalana’ rule kicked off with a bang; the Central Bank was robbed of Treasury bonds to the tune of billions of rupees in broad daylight; fleets of super luxury vehicles were fraudulently released through the Customs at the behest of the new rulers and the molestation of Justitia did not stop. The wheels of justice were programmed to grind to a halt whenever the ruling politicians and their kith and kin happened to be on the wrong side of the law. When we report on such things it is only natural that newspapers look negative. The messenger should not be blamed for the unpalatable message.

One cannot but agree with President Sirisena that newspapers are full of depressing news. A case in point is yesterday’s front page picture of former STF Commandant, ex-DIG K. L. M. Sarachchandra, being taken to a paddy wagon. Having spent the best part of his life, serving the country in the face of risks to his life and limb, at this age the former DIG should be able to enjoy his retirement. The battle-hardened combatant led the elite police commandos during the war and ensured that they would make a tremendous contribution to defeating terrorism.

Former DIG Sarachchandra has been arrested and remanded for allegedly causing a loss of about Rs. 140,000 to the public purse by misusing a state-owned vehicle while those involved in bond scams which have cost the public billions of rupees have not only gone scot free but also are given VIP treatment. Many MPs have sold their duty free vehicle permits thus committing a financial fraud with impunity. Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake, a trusted lieutenant of President Sirisena, stands accused of wasting public funds to the tune of Rs. 23.5 mn a month as rent on an unused building.

Military and police personnel disabled in terrorist attacks during war unfortunately suffer injuries at the hands of the riot police when they protest, demanding their dues in peacetime. We thought the harassment of the ex-military commanders would end with the cashiering and incarceration of former war winning Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka under the Rajapaksa government. But, the practice continues.

We don’t enjoy being bearers of negative tidings. Let the President and other government grandees be kindly requested to rid the country of corruption, political witch hunts, near lawlessness and the blatant abuse of power besides ensuring that the people are given adequate relief and one million job opportunities created in keeping with the present administration’s election pledges. Once they get their act together, we will be left with no alternative but to write sunshine stories much to the liking of the President.

Meanwhile, all is not lost for the government worthies troubled by media induced blues as it were. They can always turn to the kept media for escapist entertainment such as journalistic cabarets, cancan and pole dancing if they want to cheer themselves up. That way they will also be able to lull themselves into thinking that everything is copacetic and there is no need to worry.

CaFFE blows whistle on attempt to remove NIC chief for opposing racket

November 25th, 2016

By Harischandra Gunaratna Courtesy: Island

The government had sought Cabinet approval to remove Department of Registration of Persons Commissioner General R. M.S. Sarath Kuamara for refusing to award a tender illegally to a company nominated by a minister to take photographs for the proposed electronic identity cards, Keerthi Tennakoon, Executive Director of CaFFE said at a news conference organised by the Anti-Corruption Front at Welikadawatte, Rajagiriya,

The CaFFE head said the tender board had offered the contract to the company which bid Rs 40 per photograph, but the Minister had ordered the tender board to award the tender to the company which quoted Rs. 80 per photograph.
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“There are at least 16.8 million persons waiting to obtain the new electronic identity cards and the company backed by the Cabinet Minister will earn a whopping Rs.672 million if it secures the contract.” Tennakoon pointed out.

As the Commissioner General opposed the alleged racket, the Minister concerned was making a determined bid to replace him with one of lackeys, the CaFFE head said.

මගේ වීදි නාට්‍යය

November 25th, 2016

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 

වීදි නාට්‍ය යනු මුදල් ගෙවන නිශ්චිත පේ‍්‍රක්‍ෂක පිරිසක් නොමැතිව එළිමහන් පොදු ස්ථානවල රඟ දක්වනු ලබන වේදිකා රංගනයන් බව ගාමිණී කේ.හත්තොටුවේගම මහතා කියයි. වීදි නාට්‍ය මගින් ඉතා ප්‍රබල පණිවිඩයක් සමාජයට දිය හැකිය. 

පුත්තලම් දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මානසික සෞඛ්‍යය අංශයේ සේවය කල කාලයේදී මම  වීදි නාට්‍යක් සංවිධානය කලෙමි. මෙම වීදි නාට්‍ය මගින් මත්ද්‍රව්‍ය නිවාරණය පිලිබඳ පණිවිඩයක් ප්‍රජාවට දීමට අපි අදහස් කලෙමු. මෙම වීදි නාට්‍යය සඳහා වෘත්තිමය නළු නිලියන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුට මා කතා කල අතර ඔවුන් රුපියල් පනස් දහසකට ආසන්න මුදලක් ඉල්ලා සිටියෝය. මේ නිසා මගේ වෑයම උපන් ගෙයිම මිය ගියේය. 

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කෙසේ නමුත් වීදි නාට්‍යයක් කල යුතු බවට මගේ සිත කීවෙන් හලාවත රෝහලේ කම්කරුවන් , ඇටෙන්ඩන්වරු හමුවී ඔවුන් අතරින් වෙසක් නාට්‍ය, නත්තල් නාට්‍ය වල රඟපා අත්දැකීම් තිබෙන පුද්ගලයන් ගැන සොයා බැලුවෙමි. හලාවත රෝහලේ සුමනදාස නම් ඇටෙන්ඩන්වරයා මේ සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් වූ අතර තවත් රඟපෑමේ දක්‍ෂතා තිබෙන කිහිප දෙනෙකු මෙම කටයුත්ත සඳහා කැමත්ත දුන්හ. 

ආධුනික නළු නිලි සුළු පිරිසකගෙන් අපි නාට්‍ය පුහුණුව ඇරඹුවෙමු. එහි කතාව මෙසේය. මත් භාවිතයට හුරු වූ පියෙකු ගෙන් පවුලට   හානි  සිදුවන අතර ඔහු සමාජයේ සමච්චලයටද ලක්වේ. අවසානයේදී දරුවාගේ මැදිහත්වීමෙන් ඔහු පුනරුත්ථාපයට පත්වේ.  මෙම වීදි නාට්‍යට සංගීතය දුන්නේ බටනලා වාදකයෙකු වූ නවගත්තේගම රෝහලේ සේවකයෙකි. 

නාට්‍ය හොඳින් පුහුණු වීමෙන් පසු ප්‍රථම දර්ශනය පුත්තලම් දිස්ත්‍රික් පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක වෛද්‍ය ආර් එම් එස් කේ රත්නායක මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් මාදම්පේ පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක කාර්‍යාල භූමියේදී පවත්වන ලදි. මෙම මෙම වීදි නාට්‍යට ප්‍රථම දිනයේදීම ඉතා හොඳ ප්‍රතිචාර ලැබුණි. ඉන්පසු පුත්තලම ,හලාවත ,මහ වැව, මාරවිල , වෙන්නප්පුව  යන ප්‍රදේශ වල ජනතාව ගැවසෙන ස්ථාන වලදී මෙම වීදි නාට්‍යය රඟ දක්වන ලදි. එසේම රෝහල් බලධාරීන් ද තම තමන් ගේ රෝහල් වල වීදි නාට්‍යය රඟ දැක්වීමට ආරාධනා කළහ. 

2009 වසරේදී මෙම වීදි නාට්‍යය සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය නිමල් සිරිපාල ද සිල්වා මහතා සහ මහාචාර්‍ය කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකා යන මහතුන් සහභාගි වූ උත්සව සභාවකදී පෙන්වන ලදි. එහිදී මහාචාර්‍ය කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකා මෙම වීදි නාට්‍යයේ රඟපෑ පුද්ගලයන් වෘත්තීය නළුවන් ද කියා මගෙන් ඇසීය. එවිට මා කීවේ මේ පුද්ගලයන් හලාවත රෝහලේ කම්කරුවන් සහ ඇටෙන්ඩන්වරු බවය. එසේම රුපියල් පනස් දහසක් මිල කරන ලද වීදි නාට්‍යය රුපියල් නවසීයක (නාට්‍යය සඳහා මිලට ගත් අඩුම කුඩුම) වියදමින් මම සපුරා ගත් බවය. 

මා විදේශ ගත වීමෙන් පසු වීදි නාට්‍ය කණ්ඩායමට කුමක් සිදු වූයේද කියා මම නොදනිමි. මගේ අපේක්‍ෂාව වූයේ මෙම වීදි නාට්‍ය කණ්ඩායම  දිගින් දිගටම සෞඛ්‍ය ප්‍රවර්ධන වැඩසටහන් වලට යොදා ගනු ඇතැයි යන්නය. එහෙත් මම විදේශ ගත වීමට ප්‍රථම මෙම වීදි නාට්‍යයට දායක වූ නළු නිලියන් ගේ පුද්ගලික ලිපි ගොනුවට මත් ද්‍රව්‍ය නිවාරණයට ඔවුන් ගෙන් සිදුවූ දායකත්වය අගයමින් ප්‍රසාද ලිපියක් පුත්තලම් දිස්ත්‍රික් පළාත් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂකතුමා මගින් දැමුවෙමි.  

Self-centred US gets the Trump it deserves

November 25th, 2016

Ameen Izzadeen Daily Mirror

Americans came out in their thousands to protest against the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.  Today is the 17th day since they first took to the streets on November 9 crying ‘He is not my President’. The liberal use of the F-word showed the intensity of their anger.  Protests were largely peaceful, but in some areas they turned violent.  But where are they now? They came, they protested and they disappeared.

The protesters were a motley crowd and mainly in liberal states like New York, Oregon and California. Some protested shouting ‘Dump Trump’ because they were angry their beloved candidate Hillary Clinton was not elected though she won the popular vote by a massive majority of more than 2 million.

The migrants protested crying ‘Build bridges, not walls’, because they feared Trump would deport them.

The Muslims protested stressing that Muslim rights are human rights” because they feared they would be subjected to racial profiling and would be the target of hate crime. The Jews protested because Trump appeared anti-Semite.

No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” was the cry of those who feared that Trump would be an authoritarian president and would undermine the United States’ democratic traditions.  The feminists shouted My body, my choice!”

Some feared Trump would reverse the progress made in combating climate change while others thought he would be illiberal, irrational and could not be trusted with the nuclear code. But where are these protesters now?

The anti-Trump movement is today largely confined to some universities and online.  Online petitions attract millions of signatures in support of a demand that the Republican Party Electoral College delegates switch their support to Hillary Clinton on the basis that she won the popular vote. Moves are now underway to persuade the Republican Electoral College delegates to vote for Clinton or a compromise candidate from the Republican Party when they vote on December 19.  Trump has 290 delegates and Clinton 232. Though the success of such a move appears farfetched, it is constitutionally possible.  In California and Oregon, some even went to the extent of initiating the legal process for their states to declare independence from the US. Even this impulsive move taken in anger is also unlikely to succeed. Some are even talking about impeaching Trump.

The failure to sustain the protests is a weakness of US civil society. The failure is not only because of the lack of energy or will power on the part of the protesters to sustain their civic action, but also because of their inconsistency in standing up against injustice. Sadly, US civil society reflects selective morality which is, in other words, hypocrisy. Mostly their hypocrisy is unintentional or due to their vulnerability to fall prey to media spins.

The US people power movements such as the civil rights movement of the 1960s had been an inspiration to many people around the world to bring about positive change.  But, of late, US civic action groups have lost their momentum. They last tasted success when the Americans wanted troops back home from Vietnam. The anti-war movement was started by peace activists and leftist intellectuals in the latter part of the 1960s at a time when a majority of the Americans were supporting the US military involvement in Vietnam. But, over the years, the anti-war movement lost its moral high ground and assumed a self-centred character with a large number of Americans, worried about the rising US death toll and the staggering 25-billion dollar war bill, joining the protests to demand the troops be brought back.

Then in 2011, we saw protests in Wall Street against the so-called one percent.  Occupy Wall Street was a good protest for a good cause aimed at highlighting the social inequality in the US. It called for a more equitable distribution of the country’s wealth, 95 percent of which was controlled by just five percent of the population.

The protesters realised that the bourgeois democratic elite from the two main parties were taking them up the garden path.  But they failed to sustain the protests until their objective was achieved. In the end, the protests that lasted two months only provided the middle class youth and the working class a space to vent their anger at social inequalities.  If they had succeeded in forcing the government to adopt sweeping reforms, we would not have had Trump as president-elect.

The white working class by voting for Trump who was not a full blooded Republican showed their frustration at the two main parties.  But by making Trump win, they have given new life to racists.  The Nazi salute is back. Hate crime has sharply increased. Muslim women are afraid to wear hijab. Where is the world’s oldest democracy heading?

Moral depravity is the crisis the United States’ democracy is facing today. It is evident not only in the system but also in civil society. The system was so bankrupt that its main candidates for the 2016 elections were not the best the American democracy would like to have. One was widely seen as a war monger responsible for the destruction of Libya and the carnage in Syria, while the other was a maverick billionaire businessman who has little or no respect for the minorities and women and refuses to believe that climate change is real.

US civil society’s moral depravity was evident during the US war on Iraq – call it the plunder of Iraq. It was a war for oil, but a majority of the Americans justified it. Even the liberals, now crying foul over Trump’s victory, backed the war — just as some European Communists justified colonialism. Of course, there were marches, but none lasted long enough to stop the war.

US civil society’s moral depravity was also evident when the Americans – largely due to their lack of interest in the rest of the world — remained silent when their government engineered a protest in Ukraine against a democratically elected president and overthrew him in 2014.

They said little or nothing when their country funded a military backed revolution that overthrew Mohamed Mursi’s democratically elected government in Egypt. They did not protest when the US went to war and destroyed Libya, nor when their country backed its Gulf allies to start a civil war in Syria. They object not when their country openly endorses Israel’s oppression and illegal activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. They protest not when nearly 4 billion dollars in American taxpayers’ money is doled out annually to Israel, a highly developed country, while scores of poor countries beg for US aid and get little. If they oppose Trump, then they should also oppose their country’s direct and indirect wars across the world, its neo-colonialist programmes and its double standards on human rights issues. But let’s forgive them, for a majority of them know not what they are doing because their worldview is shaped by the largely corrupt Corporate Media, which is part of the so-called establishment.

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JO files complaint against Minister Malik Samarawickrama

November 25th, 2016

Adaderana

The Joint Opposition today lodged a complaint with the Bribery Commission against Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.

He said that the corruption complaint accuses the minister of causing loses to the government amounting to around Rs 1 billion.

Speaking at a press briefing in Colombo, the MP said that the complaint was lodged today with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption and that it will also be handed over to the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).

Aluthgamage said that this is the third revelation by the Joint Opposition since launching a campaign to reveal the corrupt politicians in the incumbent government and file complaints against them.

He said that such revelations will not be made all at once and that they will reveal these to the public gradually.

Breaking News Anarchy Spreads Across the US As Defeated Neoliberals Egg on their Goons to Keep up the Violence!

November 24th, 2016

By Gandara John

The Neoliberal forces, suffering a major defeat at the US Presidential Election on 08 Nov 16 are pulling out all stops to recoup their ‘earth quaking’ political loss.

Unleashing armed goons onto the streets of America, the Neoliberal forces are spreading terror across the length and breadth of the US.

A washed out Hillary Clinton exhorted the rioters: Keep up the fight”.

The defeated Neoliberals are not transferring power easily; they are fighting back and they are fighting back on diverse Fronts to reverse the democratic effects of the vote of the US people.

On the International front taking the offensive is Obama, an anxious standard bearer of Neo Liberalism that is reeling from a sledgehammer body – blow; he carried with him a message to Germany’s autarch Merkel, who in 2017 is standing for her 4th term of office.

On the Media front, Neoliberal television channels with global reach are bombarding viewers with ‘news’ artillery, trumping up ‘Trump Tales’ ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

The myriad of Neoliberal NGOs in Sri Lanka have been charged to initiate damage control measures; they have hastily summoned their respective local membership to ‘seminars’, to defuse the impact of the defeat of their paymasters, to reassure nervous acolytes and quislings and to spell out to these unworthy their future tactical role. The need to reorganize themselves in their hour of gloom is of dire importance to the Neoliberals.

The local Embassy personnel bred, fed and nurtured on the Neoliberal diet of 1941 are shell shocked and reduced to mumbling the business as usual line; There will be no change in foreign policy” they say!

The Neoliberal acolytes, given handouts of awards, prizes and recognition and addicted to a lifestyle they can ill afford with their local earnings, have been read the riot act: earn your supper or begone with you”.

In fear or in justification of their mercenary role the acolytes and quislings are writing articles demonizing the US President Elect, Trump.

Within the US, the violence suggests that the defeated Neoliberals, yet to hand over the reins of power, are keeping alive the many options available to them; these range from Declaration of Martial Law, to a la 1963 JFK situation, to an intervention in Ukraine, to an outright Impeachment .

Some of the Trump Tales telecasted on News Channels suggest that the Neoliberals are also keeping open the option of taking Trump to Courts; the apex Courts in the US are stacked with Neoliberals.

And if it is ‘Impeachment’ the Neoliberals are chasing after, they breathe easy with Mike Pence, the Vice President elect who is a traditional Republican.

It is clear that the Neoliberals in the US consider Germany as their strategic partner in Europe. Germany, France and the Czech Republic go to the polls in 2017.

If the Neoliberals go to war in Ukraine during the interregnum period it puts Trump in a bind especially considering his good diplomatic relations with Russia.

To sustain offensive operations in the Ukraine, Germany’s active cooperation is needed; forward airfields, bases, seas, pyrotechnic dumps, support facilities for refueling and the like are essential for the success of the operation

The ‘Trump Quake’ is rumbling in Europe and the three countries coming up for elections fear a US like People’s Revolution.

‘Dictator’ Merkel is aware that her chance of a fourth time re-election would be bleak if there were to be a refugee influx before the Election; she would be wiped off the political slate. There would be a domino effect in France, the Czech Republic and the rest of Europe.

The key to Merkel’s victory lies in Obama’s hands.

Prior to taking the message personally to Merkel, Obama clinched a deal with cash strapped Greece. Greece has been a major staging post for refugees entering Germany.

The deal was simple. Greece for their part will not allow the refugees to pass through Greece but would instead keep the refugees inside their country. The US, for their part, would pump in money for the upkeep of the refugees and help Greece to tackle its debt crisis.

With the Greek deal in Obama’s pocket ‘Dictator – for – Life’ Merkel, for obviously selfish reasons, would support the Neoliberal adventure in Ukraine.

Obama’s magic key would lose its potency after the German Election in August 2017. And after 20 Jan 17 the Neoliberals, as things are, would lose their power to commit US troops to Ukraine.

The probability therefore of an imminent US military intervention in Ukraine is high.

If Obama thought that visiting Asia and stirring the South China Sea could take China out of the Ukrainian equation and additionally ferment the Kuril island issue, Trump had other plans; in Obama’s absence Shinzo Abe was warmly welcomed by Trump.

The US since the 1941 Atlantic Charter Agreement has been building and expanding its  Empire on a Neoliberal dogma, pithily described as globalisation which translated reads as ‘The Creation of the US Empire’.

The pillars of that Empire were clearly enunciated at the Breton Woods Conference which followed the ‘Atlantic Charter’; those pillars were the creation of, the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO (then referred to as GATT), the UN, the US Dollar as a global currency, NGOs and an International intervening military Force like the R2P.

Contrary to popular notion, the US is not a Democracy but a Plutocracy (the rule of the wealthy).

The design of the Plutocrats is to establish the Plutocratic ‘One World Empire’.

The Plutocrats took a long step forward to take control of the US when in 1913 the ‘Federal Reserve Act’ was passed. That Law gave exclusive power to a private company (of the Plutocrats) called Federal Reserve to create and print US money, the US Dollar. (When the US goes to war it is this private company that lends money to the US Government– by printing money – to enable the Neoliberals to arm their war machine).

This Private Company – the Federal Reserve – is the Central Bank of the US and controls all the Central Banks around the world including Sri Lanka.

To create the American Empire the Neoliberals had to initiate, on behalf of the Plutocrats, many wars and conflicts in states around the world to break down existing boundaries and gerrymander the world to dimensions.that fitted their ntions. Sri Lanka’s conflict was not an exception

Today these wars have contributed largely to the monies owed by the American people to this Private Company, ‘The Federal Reserve’; it is a staggering 20 Trillion Dollars!

And the Neoliberals have pledged that this 20 Trillion Dollar debt to this Private Company of Plutocrats will be paid by the American People come what may and come when ‘the time’.

The Neoliberals have successfully committed the People of the US to perpetual bondage of the Plutocrats in the Federal Reserve.

The Plutocrats consolidated their power when the Neo liberals in the US removed the cap on spending at US Election campaigns, cut the nexus connecting the Dollar to gold, abolished the ‘Fairness Doctrine’ guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution and enabled cross ownership and monopoly of media with Clinton’s Telecommunication Act.

Trump has strongly insinuated that he is against the very notion of a US Empire and that he is committed to ‘closing’ down that Empire by reducing US expenditure on NATO, by securing soundly the immediate boundaries of the US, by using the billions saved when cutting down military expenditure to improve the lives of the US people, by bringing back manufacture to the US and by reviewing all International Treaties and Trade Agreements to which the Neoliberals have placed their signature.

The people of the US and the people of the world have got a rare opportunity of dumping the Neoliberals acting brazenly for the Plutocrats who unashamedly are pursuing Plutocracy and writing off Democracy.

It is to the advantage of the Greeks to allow the refugees to go through to Germany and help the German People to dump its Dictator, Merkel; without the Neoliberal wars there would be no refugees from Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan etc to plague Greece and Europe. This would give the opportunity for the people of Europe and the world to restore Democracy.

In Sri Lanka the Neoliberals interfering in the Sri Lankan Elections and the political process in 2015 engineered a Coup d’état and brought into power the country’s First Unconstitutional Prime Minister now being charged with accusations of massive financial crime.

Sri Lanka’s Neoliberal darling, who despite the fanfare on the ‘Rule of Law’ has yet to be charged for the murders in Batalanda, is now only a heart beat away from the Presidential Throne.

The Mont Pelerinist acolyte is pushing for a New Constitution which the Neo liberals want and the People never wanted; he is pushing to give the global Neoliberals ownership of Sri Lankan Land which the UNP leadership of old was against and which the Democratic parties in this country have consistently opposed.

With anarchy prevailing in the US and the Neoliberals reeling under Trump, it is within the realms of possibility that the defeated Neoliberals may attempt to consolidate their 2015 victory in Sri Lanka.

Now is the time to politically dump the unconstitutional political lump before the defeated neoliberals in the US cause that crucial heartbeat to stop.

The Ruling Classes are reeling; they cannot believe that the walls of the US Empire are crumbling; it is not from an enemy attack from the outside but from a popular Revolution of the working classes from within. Let us grasp this moment of time in history and let us free ourselves from the chains that shackle us.

Unreasonable Success of Mathematics and the Role of IT in Driving National Economies

November 24th, 2016

By Rohan Attele, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics and Chairman

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Chicago State University

Chicago, USA.

20 November 2016, The Kularatne Hall

I beg the indulgence of the Maha Sangha. Mr. Principal, esteemed teachers!

Distinguished guests!  Friends and dear students!

I am honored by this invitation to deliver the Henry Steel Olcott Memorial Lecture of 2016.  Colonel Olcott’s  Buddhist schools paved the way for upward mobility for millions of Sri Lankan children.  I am one of them–I received my entire education from Grade 1 to Grade 12 at Ananda.

Why has Ananda College been so successful in nurturing future educators, mathematicians, physicians, engineers, military leaders, …those who have lead, innovated, and created? Why was it so effective in inculcating a value system of love for the motherland an appreciation of our Buddhist heritage and culture?  Ladies and gentlemen!  For that we are indebted to our teachers.   Newton said (in 1676) “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Let us paraphrase “Giants lifted us up to put on a rung for us to climb”.  Ananda mathematics was synonymous with the late Mr. Charles Mendis Weeraratne. He was a great mentor who sowed in us the seeds of love for mathematics.  On this occasion, I would like to pay a special tribute him.  He was an Old Anandian himself.  For  forty years he taught advanced mathematics, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and applied mathematics. He introduced us to calculus in Grade 9. How many schools in the United States boast that feat? He could not be more happier to see so many of his pupils here.

The nature of the relationship between mathematics and the physical world has been a source of debate since the era of the Pythagoreans. A school of thought, reflecting the ideas of Plato, is that mathematics has its own existence. Flowing from this position is the notion that mathematical forms underpin the physical universe and are out there waiting to be discovered. The opposing viewpoint is that mathematical forms are objects of our human imagination and we make them up as we go along, tailoring them to describe reality. In 1921, this view led Einstein to wonder, “How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?” In 1959, Eugene Wigner coined the phrase “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” to describe this “miracle,” conceding that it was something he could not fathom.

The success of mathematics lies in its abstract formulations. The same laws govern apparently many different phenomenon.  If we say 2+2=4, it is an abstract statement. If we say if I have 2 cows in one field and 2 in another then I have total of 4 cows, that is not an abstract statement but it is  context-driven and tangible. European call option is an option to buy (100 shares) of an underlying security such as a stock at a prescribed price (the strike price) at the end of a prescribed time period. This helps to protect investors from the random price fluctuations of the security. The holder of an European call option maturing in six months with a strike price of $100.00 would only exercise his right to buy only if the price would be over a $100.00. If the price is $102.00 s/he would receive $2.00. If the price was, say $98.00, the holder would not exercise the option to buy. Thus the call option has benefits to the holder, hence it has an intrinsic value. How to price an call option? The fundamental problem is the random nature of the price of the security. Black and Scholes discovered a formula (published in 1973) for pricing call options. They created an instantaneously risk-free portfolio that included the Option,  other securities, and bonds. Then portfolio was valued by using US treasury bonds.  They had to solve a partial differential equation (PDE) subject to certain boundary conditions  which lead to the price of the call option. After a transformation, the PDE became the heat equation, which was then solved. The point is what has heat got to do with the stock market? This is aa example of a technique discovered to solve one problem was also used solve another albite in a a very different context. We see the power of abstraction.

Why is exposure to mathematics so important part of the general education? It fosters critical thinking, problem solving skills, transfer of knowledge, reflection, inquiry, etc.  Plato in the Republic asks Socrates “have you noticed how those who are naturally good at calculation are nearly always quick at learning anything else”?  About 10 years ago, I was an experimenter in the Keystone project of Yoram Sagher and Vali Siadat. We worked with a community college of  where students had to undergo remediation in college algebra. Both the control group and the experimented group of students were given pre and post tests on standardized nationally recognized English comprehension tests.  The experimented group of students were tasked (twice a week for 30-40 min) with completing standard algebraic operations under a time sensitive environment. Of course no “English” was taught. We consistently demonstrated over a sustained period of five years, the students who did the repeated calculations within a given time period  scored significantly higher in the post English comprehension tests.  Repetitive calculations had improve their concentration skills.       The Chronicle of Higher Education data shows the percentage by which the mean score of test takers from specific undergraduate majors differs from the mean score of all test takers. For mathematics majors the numbers are 12.8% in LSAT and 13.3% in GMAT.

In 1966, 4.5% of American college majors were in mathematics.

In the early 1970’s, the attractiveness of the mathematics major started a dramatic decline. The percentage of freshman interested in a mathematics major dropped from 4.5% in 1966 to 3.2% in 1970 to 1.1% in 1975 (and never rose above 1.5% again) (data here come from the National Science Foundation). From 27,000 math degrees awarded in 1970, the number declined to 18,000 a year in 1975 (it was projected to be 50,000 a year in 1975) and 11,000 a year in 1980. The 1975 CBMS enrollment survey revealed a shift of student interest away from pure mathematics courses, a number of which saw 70% enrollment declines from 1970 to 1975, while applied mathematics courses registered modest declines. Internally, the more theoretical curriculum may have overwhelmed some students at the same time that the new computer science major offered an attractive, career-oriented alternative. The decline in interest in the mathematics major stabilized and slowly the number of majors rebounded a little in the 1980’s.

There were three themes in the mathematics curricular. One was one that emphasized the connection to physics suited for preparation for industrial careers; a second emphasized pure mathematics of abstract algebra, real analysis., etc which was suited for preparation for graduate school and college teaching; a third theme in the formative stages involving mathematics of “organized complexity” to use a term coined by Warren Weever. While calculus and physical laws give you a simple global description of most physical phenomena but subjects such as statistics, operations research, and computer science involve complex structure of information that cannot be simply described. In this curriculum saw the introduction of discrete mathematics course covering set theory and applications to probability and statistics.

The second theme emphasizing pure mathematics as a major became dominant in 1960s. The emphasis on graduate School preparation in the mathematics majors seem to have be inappropriate for the average student,  but most students were happy with the program; they came prepared to navigate the program and jobs were available after graduation.

In 1970 student attitudes changed and they became anti-science and anti-business. Science program enrollments drastically declined, but the mathematics major held. However, in the late 1970s saw significant decline in enrollment contrary to the expectations of the mathematics departments.  Under preparation and less disciplined study habits caused high attrition; industry started demanding problem solvers not theoreticians.   Fiscal constraints restricted the hiring of new teachers and teaching jobs were drying up.  Moreover, many students with high mathematical skills started migrating to computer science. However, mathematics departments neglected teaching statistics and computer science. In 1975 the majority of statistics courses were taught in biological and social studies departments and separate computer science departments were being set up.

The current guidelines by the Mathematical Association of America, MAA,  to modernize the mathematical curricular for baccalaureate degrees recognize the befits of learning mathematics. Lets take a quick look at the recommendations (taken ad verbatim from the MAA).

Cognitive Recommendation 1: Students should develop effective thinking and communication skills.

Major programs should include activities designed to promote students’ progress in learning to

  • state problems carefully, articulate assumptions, understand the importance of precise definition and reason logically to conclusions;
  • identify and model essential features of a complex situation, modify models as necessary for tractability, and draw useful conclusions;
  • deduce particular instances from general principles;
  • use and compare analytical, visual, and numerical perspectives in exploring mathematics;
  • assess the correctness of solutions, create and explore examples, carry out mathematical experiments, and devise and test conjectures;
  • recognize and make mathematically rigorous arguments;
  • read mathematics with understanding;
  • communicate mathematical ideas clearly and coherently both verbally and in writing to audiences of varying mathematical sophistication;
  • approach mathematical problems with curiosity and creativity and persist in the face of difficulties;
  • work creatively and self-sufficiently with mathematics.

Cognitive Recommendation 2: Students should learn to link applications and theory.

  1. Mathematics students should encounter a range of contemporary applications that motivate and illustrate the ideas they are studying, become aware of connections to other areas (both in and out of the mathematical sciences), and learn to apply mathematical ideas to problems in those areas.
  2. Students should come to see mathematical theory as useful and enlightening in both pure and applied contexts.

Cognitive Recommendation 3: Students should learn to use technological tools.

Mathematical sciences major programs should teach students to use technology effectively, both as a tool for solving problems and as an aid to exploring mathematical ideas.  Use of technology should occur with increasing sophistication throughout a major curriculum.

Cognitive Recommendation 4: Students should develop mathematical independence and experience open-ended inquiry.

A mathematical sciences major should be structured to move students beyond the carefully choreographed mathematical experiences of the classroom.    A major curriculum should gradually prepare students to pursue open-ended questions and to speak and write about mathematics with increasing depth and sophistication.

Content Goals

Content Recommendation 1: Concepts and methods from calculus and linear algebra.

Content Recommendation 2: Students majoring in the mathematical sciences should learn to read, understand, analyze, and produce proofs at increasing depth as they progress through a major.

Content Recommendation 3: Mathematical sciences major programs should include concepts and methods from data analysis, computing, and mathematical modeling.

Working mathematicians often face quantitative problems to which analytic methods do not apply.  Solutions often require data analytics, complex mathematical models, simulation, and tools from computational science.  To meet these workplace expectations every mathematical sciences major should have, at a minimum:

  • command of data analysis and statistical inference at a level equivalent to that attained in an applied data analysis course;
  • experience working with professional-level technological tools such as computer algebra systems, visualization software, and statistical packages;
  • modest experience writing computer programs;
  • experience tackling ill-posed real-world problems by building and analyzing appropriate deterministic and stochastic mathematical models.

Content Recommendation 4: Mathematical sciences major programs should present key ideas and concepts from a variety of perspectives to demonstrate the breadth of mathematics.
Programs should present key ideas from a variety of perspectives, employ a broad range of examples and applications to motivate and illustrate the material, promote awareness of connections to subjects both within and beyond the mathematical sciences, and strengthen each student’s ability to apply the course material to these subjects.   Programs should introduce historical and contemporary topics and applications, highlighting the vitality and importance of modern mathematics, and the contributions of diverse cultures.

Content Recommendation 6: Mathematical sciences major programs should present key ideas from complementary points of view: continuous and discrete; algebraic and geometric; deterministic and stochastic; exact and approximate.

Students acquire mathematical depth and perspective by encountering and employing a variety of mathematical viewpoints:

  • Continuous and discrete: Continuous mathematics—calculus, analysis, and differential equations—has long been central to mathematics major curricula. In recent decades, however, advances in computer science, operations research, mathematical modeling, and data analysis have dramatically increased the importance of discrete mathematics.  Techniques from discrete mathematics—difference equations, recursive methods, combinatorial arguments, graph-theoretic models—prepare students to encounter the rich interplay between continuous and discrete approaches in future study and careers.  Discrete mathematics should therefore take its place alongside continuous mathematics as a crucial element of undergraduate study.
  • Algebraic and geometric: Algebra and algebraic structures—vector spaces, groups, rings, fields—are fundamental to mathematics and should be included in every undergraduate mathematics curriculum.  Geometry and visualization are different ways of thinking and provide an equally important perspective.  A geometry course is a useful part of any student’s major program and is essential for future high school teachers.  But geometric viewpoints should appear beyond geometry courses.  Geometric reasoning and visualization complement algebraic thinking in linear algebra and multivariable calculus, and remain important in more advanced courses such as real analysis and differential equations.
  • Deterministic and stochastic: New applications of mathematics to the biological and social sciences make understanding and modeling randomness and random phenomena increasingly important in undergraduate mathematics. Students should see the need for and master basic methods associated with elementary discrete and continuous-time stochastic models.  Deterministic models can fruitfully represent large-scale behavior, but random variation is often better seen through the stochastic lens.  Stochastic applications appear naturally in statistics courses, but can also be introduced in courses such as elementary probability, matrix algebra, or graph theory.  They can be explored further in courses such as differential equations or mathematical models
  • Exact and approximate: Students should be able to use, and evaluate approximations, understanding that exact answers, although desirable, are often unavailable or impractical. Students should be introduced to numerical methods, discrete approximations of continuous phenomena (and vice versa), and the general role of approximation in solving problems.

Balancing a variety of mathematical perspectives need not mean devoting separate courses to each.  A more feasible strategy is to structure the curriculum and requirements intentionally to include these themes over the course of a student’s major.  For instance, modern computing tools—which themselves combine graphical, numerical, and algebraic resources—can facilitate presenting these viewpoints in many undergraduate courses.

Content Recommendation 7

At least one mathematical area in depth,  Probability and Mathematical Statistics, Real Analysis I/II, and Abstract Algebra I/II.

Content Recommendation 8: Students majoring in the mathematical sciences should work, independently or in a small group, on a substantial mathematical project that involves techniques and concepts beyond the typical content of a single course.

Every major student should have a high impact” experience that requires substantial work in mathematics outside the carefully scripted environment of ordinary course work. Students should present their results in written and oral forms.  Institutions can provide this opportunity in various ways: undergraduate research experiences, courses driven by inquiry or open-ended problem solving, capstone courses, internships or jobs with a substantial mathematical component, etc.

Let us now spend a little bit of time how to teach the content.

  1. The meaning of `knowing’ has shifted from being able to remember and repeat information to being able to find and use it.” (National research Council, 2007).
  2. Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.

Among the many student centered pedagogies, we have adopted (variants of) Inquiry Based Learning, IBL.

  1. It is a student-centered approach that engages students in investigating real world questions.
  2. Students are more involved in the construction of knowledge.
  3. Students acquire and analyze information, provide solutions, and demonstrate their thinking and make their learning visible.
  4. Inquiry based learning place students at the center of the learning process and teachers in the role of learning facilitator.
  5. Inquiry-based Learning asks questions that come from the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  6. Inquiry-Based Learning involves questions that are interesting and motivating to students.
  7. Inquiry-based Learning utilizes a wide variety of resources so students can gather information and form opinions

The Benefits of Inquiry based learning

  1. Teaches problem-solving, critical thinking skills, and disciplinary content.
  2. Promotes the transfer of concepts to new problem questions.
  3. Teaches students how to learn and builds self-directed learning skills.
  4. Develops student ownership of their inquiry and enhances student interest in the subject matter.

Cyril Ponnamperuma, at the inauguration of the IFS recalled, Cecil Powers advocating for starting basic research in post-war Europe …In the long run, it is most painful and very expensive, to have only a derivative culture and not one’s own, with all that is implied in independence, in thought, self-confidence, and technical mastery…”

Powell’s words alluding to the early 1950’s where the United States was far ahead of Europe but it is very relevant to us. Let us all work together to build a school of Sri Lankan mathematicians.  It will give an unrivaled identity, common purpose in national building at a relatively low investment.

Thank you for listening to me. May the blessings of the Triple Gem be with you.

රජරට වකුගඩු රෝගය

November 23rd, 2016

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග

වකුගඩු රෝගය සම්බන්ධයෙන් මා විසින් ලිපි කිහිපයක් ලියා තිබේ. වරක් මගේ ලිපියක නගන ලද ප්‍රශ්නයක් වෛද්‍ය චන්න ජයසුමන වෙත යොමු කල විට ඔහු කුණුහර්ප ප්‍රතිචාරයක් එවූ බව එක් මාධ්‍යවේදිනියක් මට දැණුම් දුන්නාය. කාන්තාවකට අසභ්‍ය වචන කීම අනුමත කල නොහැකි වූවද මෙම මාධ්‍යවේදිනියගේ මාධ්‍ය භාවිතාව ගැන මට යම් යම් ගැටළු තිබූ නිසා මේ පිලිබඳව මම වැඩිදුර ප්‍රශ්න නොකලෙමි. කෙසේ නමුත් වකුගඩු රෝගය පිලිබඳව  රජරට විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ වෛද්‍ය පීඨයේ කථිකාචාර්‍ය වෛද්‍ය චන්න ජයසුමන මහතා දක්වන උනන්දුව මම අගය කරමි.

රජරට වකුගඩු රෝගය  හෙවත්   CKDU (Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology)  ලංකාවේ  මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය ගැටලූවක්  බවට පත්වී තිබේ.   ගිරාදුරු කෝට්ටේ, කුරුණෑගල, ඇඹිලිපිටිය, හම්බන්තොට යන ප්‍රදේශ වල ගොවි ජනතාවගෙන් සැලකිය යුතු ප්‍රමාණයක් වකුගඩු රෝගයෙන් පෙලෙති.  කෘමි නාශක භාවිතයේදී නිවැරදි ක්‍රමවේදයන් භාවිතා නොකිරීම, කෘමිනාශක වැඩිපුර වැව්වලට එකතුවීම .එම වැව් ජලය ජනතාව පානය කිරිම,  මෙම රෝගය පැතිරීමට එක් හේතුවක් ලෙස සැලකේ.

ගොවි ජනපද වල රෝහල් වල සේවය කල කාලය තුලදී ලාංකික ගොවීන් කෘමි නාශක , වල් නාශක ඉතා අපරික්‍ෂාකාරීව භාවිතා කරන අයුරු මම සියැසින් දුටුවෙමි. මෙම රසායණිකයන් භාවිතා කිරීමේදී ඔවුන් බොහෝ විට අත්වැසුම් , මුඛවාඩම් නොමැතිව ඒවා ඉසින අතර අවසානයේදී කෘමි නාශක , වල් නාශක ටැංකි ජලාශ වල සෝදති. මේවා ගබඩා කරන්නේද වගකීම් විරහිතවය. සංඛ්‍යා ලේඛන අනුව දැනට රෝගීන්  20,000-22,000 අතර ප්‍රමාණයක් වකුගඩු රෝගය නිසා මිය ගොස් තිබේ.

වකුගඩු රෝගයට හේතුව සොයා මහාචාර්‍ය නලින් ද සිල්වා සහ වෛද්‍ය චන්න ජයසුමන  පරීක්‍ෂණ සිදු කල අතර ප්‍රියන්තා සේනානායක නම් කාන්තාවක් මගින් දෙවියන් සමග සම්බන්ධ වී වකුගඩු රෝගයට හේතුව ඔවුන් පෙන්වා දුන්හ.   මේ අනුව රෝගීන්ගේ වකුගඩු රෝගයට හේතුව   ආසනික් බව  ඔවුන් පවසති.

මහාචාර්‍ය නලීන් ද සිල්වා මහතා වරක් කී පරිදි  විපස්සක දෙවියන් විසින් ඔහුගේ දේව පනිවිඩ මධ්‍යකාරිනිය ප්‍රියන්තා සේනානායක  මගින් දැනටමත් රජරට වකුගඩු රෝගයට බෙහෙතක් ඔවුන්ට  ලැබී තිබේ. එහෙත් මෙම බෙහෙත යොදාගෙන වකුගඩු රෝගය සුව කරගත් කිසිවෙකු ගැන නම් අසන්නට නැත. තවද මෙම කාන්තාවගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි දේව කැඳක් සකස් කොට රාජකීය විද්‍යාලයේ සිසුන්ට දීමට එම විද්‍යාලයේ හිටපු විදුහල්පති උපාලි ගුණසේකර මහතා  කටයුතු කලේය.

දෙවියන් සමග සම්බන්ධවී කරන පරියේෂණ වල විද්‍යාත්මක භාවය මම නොදනිමි. මෙම පරියේෂණය පිලිබඳව  වරක් මම යෝක් විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ පරියේෂකයෙකු වූ මහාචාර්‍ය ඇල්ස්ටෙයාර් මැප්ට පැවසූ අතර ඔහු දෙනෙත් මහත් කොට මා දෙස බැළුවා විනා කිසිවක් නොකීවේය. දෙවියන් සමග කතා කොට රෝග කාරකය ගැන මහාචාර්‍ය නලින් ද සිල්වාටත් , වෛද්‍ය  ජයසුමනටත් කරුණු කියන  ප්‍රියන්තා සේනානායක නම් කාන්තාව නිරවුල් මානසිකත්වයෙන් සිටිත් ද නැතහොත් ඇය ඩිලියුෂනල් ඩිස්ඕඩර් නම් මානසික රෝගී තත්වයෙන් පෙලෙන්නේද කියාද මම නොදනිමි. එහෙත් තමන්ට දෙවිවරු සමග සබඳතා තිබෙන බව කියූ ඩිලියුෂනල් ඩිස්ඕඩර් (Delusional Disorder) නම් මානසික රෝගී තත්වයෙන් සහ භින්නෝන්මාදයෙන් (Schizophrenia) පෙලුණු රෝගීන් නම් මට හමුවී තිබේ. ඔවුනද පවසන ලද්දේ තමන් දෙවියන් සමග කතාබස් කරන බවය.

දේශපාලන වාසි සඳහාත්  , ජනයා නොමග යැවීම සඳහාත් රජරට වකුගඩු රෝගය ලංකාවට පමණක් සීමාවූ රෝගයක් ලෙස පෙන්වා දීමට ඇතැමෙකු උත්සහ කලද මේ රෝගය ලෝකයේ රටවල් කිහිපයකම දැඩි ලෙස ව්‍යාප්තව තිබෙන බව  විශේෂඥයන් පෙන්වා දෙති. ඉන්දියාවේ ආන්ද්‍රා ප්‍රදේශ් ප්‍රාන්තයේත්, මෙක්සිකෝව, ග්වාතමාලාව, එල්සැල්වදෝරය, නිකරගුවා, හොන්ඩුරාස් හා කොස්ටාරිකා යන ලතින් අමෙරිකානු රටවලත්, ඊජිප්තුවේත් මෙයට සමාන රෝග තත්ත්ව හමුවී ඇත.

රජරට වකුගඩු රෝගයට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව කවරක්ද යන්න මෙතෙක් සනාථ වී නැතැයි චීන, ශ්‍රී ලංකා ඒකාබද්ධ පර්‍යේෂණ පර්‍යේෂණ කණ්ඩායමේ ව්‍යාපෘති අධ්‍යක්‍ෂවරයා වන ආචාර්‍ය එස්කේ වේරගොඩ පවසා තිබේ. ඔවුන් පවසන පරිදි රෝගය පැතිර පවත්නා කලාපය තුළ හමුවන කැඩ්මියම් සහ ආසනික් සංයුතිය සැලකීමේ දී ඒවා වකුගඩු රෝගයට හේතුවන්නේ යැයි කිසිදු ආකාරයකින් මෙතෙක් සනාථ වී නැත. ඒ ආකාරයටම ග්ලයිෆොසේට් වල බලපෑමක් තිබෙන බව සනාථ කිරීමට ප්‍රමාණවත් පර්‍යේෂණ සිදුවී නැති බවද ඔහු පවසා ඇත.  තවද මෙම රෝගය පිලිබඳව කිසිම විශේෂඥ දැණුමක් නොමැති පුද්ගලයන් ද ලාබ ජනප්‍රියතාවන් ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා තම මත සහ න්‍යායන් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට ඉදිරිපත් වීම නිසා නිර්ව්‍යාජ විශේෂඥයන් ගේ හඞ යටපත් වී තිබේ.

මාධ්‍යවේදී නාලක ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පෙන්වා දෙන අන්දමට මේ මහා මානුෂික ප‍්‍රශ්නය තමන්ගේ පටු න්‍යාය පත‍්‍රවලට අමතර තර්කයක් බවට හරවා ගත් සමහර අන්තවාදී පරිසරවේදීන් හා දේශපාලන ක‍්‍රියාකාරිකයන්   සහ  ඔවුන්ගේ ප‍්‍රකාශ හා උද්ඝෝෂණ නිසා මේ අභියෝගය හරිහැටි තේරුම් ගෙන එයට ප‍්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීම ව්‍යාකූල වී  ඇත.

වෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග

 

 

A Letter to DONALD TRUMP, THE PRESDENT ELECT,

November 23rd, 2016

Ranjith Soysa Media Spokesman Global Sri Lankan Forum

15th November, 2016

DONALD TRUMP, THE PRESDENT ELECT,

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Dear Mr. Trump,

You won against colossal odds. You defeated the combined efforts of the ESTABLISHMENT”.

You defeated the very powerful and influential,  yet one of the most corrupt Political combines, the Media and Wall Street. The head of the UNHCR Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein issued a statement saying that you were dangerous from an international point of view” All of them projected the view that your task was impossible.  Some even vowed to leave the planet earth and go to Mars! Those were the odds given for a Trump victory but the people believed in you and in spectacular repudiation of the Establishment made you their Commander-in-Chief.

We the peace-loving people of Sri Lanka, congratulate you Mr. Donald Trump the 45th President of the USA.

As you stated in your victory oration, we hope you will work towards uniting the world. Make all the countries in the world your allies and bring peace to the world.  This would comprise STOPPING the multiple wars created in the guise of fighting terrorism”, installing democracy”, restoring human rights” and bringing American troops fighting in foreign lands back to their families. As Secretary Clinton’s secret emails regarding terrorism in the middle-east revealed, she was not in the business of fighting the terrorists but creating more of them.

We in Sri Lanka clearly remember how Hilary Clinton justified the actions of one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups, the Tamil Tigers who were responsible for conducting a protracted civil conflict for more than 30.  In one of her e-mails regarding the Sri Lankan conflict, Secretary Clinton intervened in early May, 2009 to bring obstacles to the Government of Sri Lanka when it was clear to her that the Tamil Tigers were being defeated on the battle field. She said in one of her interviews with the media, that there are GOOD TERRORISTS and bad terrorists and the Tamil Tigers are good terrorists” This is what Governor Chris Christie said regarding Hilary and the Tamil Tigers It’s a group

for whom she’s advocated a ‘raisons d’être’ approach” meaning, if the Tamil Tigers had committed the San Bernardino or the Orlando massacres, Hillary Clinton would be OK with it”. It was also a well-known fact that Hillary received funds from the Tamil Tiger fronts in the USA for her election campaign.

Further, the Indian Express newspaper on 6th Nov. reported that Sri Lankan Tamils will break 1,008 coconuts to bless Hillary Clinton, imploring their gods to make her victorious. Such is the Tamil Tiger fronts’ affection for Hillary Clinton.

When Sri Lanka finally eliminated terrorism against the will of Hillary and the Obama administration, those people set about showing the world how they were going to punish what is termed the threat of a good example”

Starting with Hilary Clinton, the USA representatives at the UNHRC and the entire machinery of the establishment” the Obama government initiated a resolution alleging HR violations and war crimes intending to plunge Sri Lanka into a period of uncertainty.  They first engineered Regime change” (with the aid of the Indian Secret Service – RAW) and then instructed the new rulers to begin punishing the people responsible for destroying the terrorists. This UNHCR and USA agenda is still in the process of being implemented, but we hope, would be stopped due your election as President.

When asked about the abortive military coup in Turkey during your presidential campaign your reply was What right do we in the United States have to criticize the condition of human rights elsewhere” We agree with you 100%  Mr. Trump and request that you kindly instruct your State department  to abide by those sentiments. Much of the misery caused worldwide by former US administrations could have been avoided if they too reasoned likewise.

In conclusion, we hope you will keep the promise made in your victory oration and … will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict”   We assume that ….all people and all other nations”  includes the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

We convey our best wishes to you in making the USA stronger and bringing peace to the world.

Yours sincerely,
Ranjith Soysa
Media Spokesman
Global Sri Lankan Forum

Copies to             Hon. Members of the US Congress                          Hon. Members of the US Senate

 

Rep. John Conyers                                                       Senator Ron Wyden

Rep. Donna Edwards                                                         Senator Barbara Boxer

Rep. Raúl Grijalva                                                               Senator Mark Begich

Rep. Michael Honda                                                          Senator Richard Blumenthal

Rep. Jared Huffman                                                           Senator Alan Franken

Rep. Barbara Lee                                                 Senator Patrick Leahy

Rep. James McGovern                                                      Senator Jeff Merkley
Rep. Earl Blumenauer                                                       Senator Bernard Sanders

 

 

 

තමිල් සෙල්වන් අණ්නා…..

November 23rd, 2016

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 

 
 
2013 වසරේදී වරක් මම ටොරොන්ටෝහි දමිළ කඩයකට ගියේ කරවළ , තුන පහ කුඩු වැනි ලංකාවට ආවේනික පාරිභෝගික ද්‍රව්‍ය මිලට ගැනීම සඳහාය. මෙය කඩයක් කීවද සුපර් මාකට් එකකි. එහි නම එස් පී සුපර්මාකට් ය. එස් පී සුපර්මාකට් එකේ භාණ්ඩ මිලදී ගමින් සිටිය දී තමිල් සෙල්වන් අණ්නා….. .. කියා ද්‍රවිඩ ගීතයක් වාදනය විය. මෙය එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ.විරු ගීතයක් බව මම අනුමානය කලෙමි. පසුව ටොරොන්ටෝහි ද්‍රවිඩ ප්‍රජාව ගැන තොරතුරු දන්නා මා මිත්‍ර විරාජ් ප්‍රනාන්දු ගෙන් මෙම එස් පී සුපර්මාකට් එක ගැන ඇසුවෙමි. විරාජ් කී තොරතුරු අනුව මෙම සුපිරි වෙළඳ සැල එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ.යේ දේශපාලන නායක ලෙස 12 වසරක් කටයුතු කළ තමිල් සෙල්වන්ට අයත් වූ එකකි. දැන් එහි අයිතිය ඇත්තේ ඔහුගේ ඤාතීන්ටය. 
 
තමිල් සෙල්වන් උපත ලැබුවේ 1967 වසරේ මද්දුවිල් ග‍්‍රාමයේ දුගී පවුලකය. උතුරේ කරණවෑමි කුළයකට අයත් වීම නිසා ඔවුන් ද්‍රවිඩ උසස් වෙල්ලාල කුලවතුන් ගේ බොහෝ සමාජ පීඩනයන්ට ලක්වූ අතර පසුකාලයක ඔහු එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානයට බැඳුනේය. ඊට පෙර තමිල් සෙල්වන් කොටහේනේ බාබර් සාප්පුවක කරණවෑමියෙකු ලෙසටද වැඩ කොට තිබුනි.
 
තමිල් සෙල්වන් විවහා වන්නේ ප්‍රභාකරන් විසින් නියම කරන ලද මනාලියක සමගය. ප්‍රභාකරන් යාපනයේ කුලවත් පවුලක දියණියක වූ සසිරේඛා නැමැත්තිය තමිල් සෙල්වන්ට විවහා කර දුන්නේ වෙල්ලාලයන්ට එරෙහි පහරක් ලෙසටය. තමිල් සෙල්වන් හා සසිරේඛා අතර විවාහයේදී ප‍්‍රභාකරන් හා මදිවදනි මනාලයාගේ දෙමව්පියන් ලෙස ද ඇන්ටන් බාලසිංහම් හා ඇඩෙල් මනාලියගේ මාපියන් ලෙසද පෙනී සිටි අතර බ‍්‍රාහ්මණ චාරිත‍්‍රවලින් තොරව විවාහය කිරීමට ප්‍රභාකරන් විසින් නියෝග කරන ලදි. විවාහය පිළිබඳ තමා දැනගත්තේ විවාහයට දින හතරකට ඉහතදී බැව් තමිල් සෙල්වන්  විසින් පසු කාලයක  ප්‍රකාශ කොට තිබේ.  
 
සුප්පයියා පරමු තමිල් සෙල්වන් හෙවත් තමිල් සෙල්වන් එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ.යේ දේශපාලන නායකයා ලෙස කටයුතු කල අතර ඔස්ලෝ සාම සාකච්ඡුා පැවැති 2001-2005 අතර කාලයේ තමිල් සෙල්වන් ප්‍රකට චරිතයක් බවට පත් විය. මෙම සාම කාලයේදී වරක් රූපාවාහිනී වැඩසටහනකට පැමිනි කුසල් පෙරේරා ” මම ආවෙ අද උදේ කිලිනොච්චියේදී  තමිල් සෙල්වන් හමුවෙලා ” යැයි කීවේ  සාඩම්බර විලාසයකිනි. තමිල් සෙල්වන් එකල celebrity චරිතයක් විය. 
 
රණමග ඔස්සේ නන්දිකඩාල්  පොත ලියූ මේජර් ජෙනරාල් කමල් ගුණරත්න තමිල් සෙල්වන්ව හඳුන්වන්නේ සටකපට සිනහවකින් යුත් තැනැත්තා වශයෙනි . ඒ කාලයේ දිවයින පුවත් පතේ ලියුම්කරුවෙකු තමිල් සෙල්වන්ව හැඳින්වූ අන්වර්ථ නාමය වූයේ සිනහසෙන ඝාතකයා වශයෙනි. 
 
2005 වසරේදී මා සමග සංවාදයේ යෙදුනු ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාවේ ද්‍රවිඩ හමුදා නිලධාරියෙකු වූ ජෙනරාල් වයි. බාලරත්නරාජා තමිල් සෙල්වන්   කොටහේනේ බාබර් සාප්පුවක කරණවෑමියෙකු ලෙසට වැඩ කල කාලයේ තම නිවසේ සේවකයන් ගේ කොණ්ඩා කපා තිබෙන බව කීවේය. 
 
කුලීන ද්‍රවිඩයන් අම්බට්ටන් හෙවත්  කරණවෑමි කුලයේ පුද්ගලයන්ව අවඥාවෙන්  සලකන් බව නොරහසකි. එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ සංවිධානයට බැඳී සිංහලයන්ට විරුද්ධව සටන් කොට ද්‍රවිඩ ප්‍රජාව අතර තමන්ට ගරුත්වයක් පිලිගැනීමක් ලබා ගැනීමට තමිල් සෙල්වන්ට ඇතිවූ අභිප්‍රේරණය වෙනම අධ්‍යනය කල යුතු දෙයකි.  
 
2007 වසරේදී මා විසින් වෛද්‍යවරුන් සඳහා සංවිධානය කරන ලද තරුණයන් ගේ ගැටළු වැඩමුළුව ඇමතීමට පැමිණි වික්ටර් අයිවන් මහතා තමන් වරක් තමිල් සෙල්වන් හමුවූ අවස්ථාවේදී කුඩා දරුවෙකු මෙන් තමිල් සෙල්වන් ඔහුට අළුතින් ලැබුනු පැජරෝව අතගාමින් එහි උපාංග අගය කල කරමින් කල හැසිරීම දුටු අයුරු විස්තර කලේය. තමිල් සෙල්වන් ගේ එම ලාමක හැසිරීම දුටු විට ඔවුන් ගේ අරගලයේ මහා හිස් බවක් තමන්ට දැනුනු බව වික්ටර් අයිවන් ප්‍රකාශ කලේය. 
 
2007  වසරේ නොවැම්බර් 2 දින ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාවේ ප්‍රහාරයකට ලක් වී තමිල් සෙල්වන් මිය යන ලදි. මරණින් පසු තමිල් සෙල්වන් ව බ්‍රිගේඩියර් තනතුරකට පත් කිරීමට ප්‍රභාකරන් විසින් ක්‍රියා කලේය. එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානය තුළ ‘‘බි‍්‍රගේඩියර්’’ තනතුරට පත් ප‍්‍රථම සාමාජිකයා  ලෙස සනිටුහන් වන්නේ තමිල් සෙල්වන්‍ ය. තමිල් සෙල්වන්‍ව එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානය තුළ උසස්ම නිලයකට පත් කිරීම තුලින් ප්‍රභාකරන්ට තම ප්‍රජාවට තවත් පණිවිඩයක් ලබා දුන්නේය. 
 
ප්‍රභාකරන් ජීවත්ව සිටි කාලයේ පවා එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානයේ ප්‍රධාන නායකයන් සංවිධානයේ නම යොදාගෙන විදෙස්ගත ද්‍රවිඩ ප්‍රජාවගෙන් එකතු කරගත් මුදල් වලින් යම් ප්‍රතිශතයක් තමන් ගේ පුද්ගලික සුඛ විහරණය සඳහා යොදා ගත් බව පෙනෙන්නේ එකතු කරගත් මුදල් වලින් සමහර නායකයන් මිලට ගත් ව්‍යාපාර දෙස බැලීමෙනි. එස් පී සුපර්මාකට් එක මෙන්ම ටොරොන්ටෝහි පෙට්‍රල් ශෙඩ් ගනනාවක් තමිල් සෙල්වන් සතුව තිබුණු අතර ඒ පිලිබඳව   හමුදා බුද්ධි අංශ පවා දැන සිටියේද යන්න සැකය. 
 
කෙසේ නමුත් දුගී සහ කුලහීන ජන්මයක් ලැබුවද අරගලයක් හරහා තමිල් සෙල්වන් බොහෝ දේවල් අත්පත් කර ගත්තේය. බලය, මුදල් , කීර්තිය, වෙල්ලාලයන් ගේ ගරුත්වය යනාදී මේ සියල්ල ඔහු ලබා ගන්නේ තුවක්කුව හරහාය. එසේම ද්‍රවිඩ ප්‍රජාවට ඔහු තවමත් තමිල් සෙල්වන් අණ්නා ය. 
 
 
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