Energy, money and time saving cooking by applying simple principles of science.

April 14th, 2013

Dr Hector PereraƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  London

Now it the time of the most traditional times of the year, Sinhala Awrudu season then the people would like to resort to traditional ways doing all things including cooking. Its nothing like preparing ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”KiribathƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ on firewood stoves because itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the traditional way Sri Lankans have been preparing this festive seasonal food. Honestly I cannot describe the happy atmosphere created during this time of the year but let me show some energy saving cooking ideas by gas fires because some people have gas cooking facility than firewood cooking.

By definition cooking means to prepare food by boiling, roasting, baking, broiling, etc to make food suitable for eating by using fire or heat.

My aim is to show the general public how to cook scientifically in order to save energy, money and time involved in cooking. Some people are under the wrong impression that cooking means itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s a tedious, time consuming and a nasty thing because of the cooking smells that are likely to get deposited while cooking. I am sure this wrong attitude can be changed if the following steps are taken. Some scientific terms are involved but let me simplify just a few only for the sake of majority of the people.

ƒÆ’-¡ AlwaysƒÆ’-¡ put lids on pansƒÆ’-¡ when cooking, the reason is this speed up the cooking process by up to 6 per cent. Scientifically all the gaseous molecules trying to escape are pushed back into the pan so due to intermolecular and interamolecular reactions so the food gets cooked faster. The molecules have more collisions with different kinds of molecules in the cooking pan and with each other when the lid is closed than when it is left open. Honestly I havenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t seen a single molecule but one needs to visualize these things. Visualisation and imagination leads to creations that is what I think.

Apart from these mentioned reactions there are other forces acting such as different vapour pressures from different volatile ingredients. When the lid is closed the environment remains even so that cooking takes place almost evenly or harmoniously and there is not much difference of temperature gradient from top to bottom within the cooking pan.ƒÆ’-¡  Most Sri Lankan ladies open the rice pots when it froths then froth goes down then there is an uneven temperature gradient from the bottom of the pot to the top. Further some people put a long handle to check the water then add some water, then they say itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s gone for six or pear shaped. No wonder rice forms the roasted form or ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-DankudaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. I am sure they are unaware of the fact that when they open the lid the above mentioned reactions are interrupted.

Whether you have a new budget or you are looking for ways to save more money, the kitchen is a great place to start.ƒÆ’-¡  If you are committed to cooking more efficiently, then you probably already know that eating at home, rather than at restaurant saves money. You can save more money without making sacrifices on quality or taste by making these changes. Two other issues of home cooking are they are healthy and clean.

The modern way of living is in apartments or in flats in high rise blocks for example just visit areas like Battramulla, Gampaha or Jaela apart from Colombo, many people live in these forms of limited space dwellings unlike in country houses. In England only the rich and wealthy can afford to live in country houses but in Sri Lanka itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s not always the case. I am certain they cannot use traditional firewood stoves unlike in villages. They have to rely on nothing but on gas or electric cooking. When I visited back home, I noticed the way they cooked their daily meals such as rice and curries on firewood as well as on gas cooking. I gave some practical helpful ideas to save energy only to some people who were really interested in energy saving. By following these steps you will be able to use less cooking gas (liquid petroleum gas LPG) without compromising your cooking.

The higher the temperature within a cooking pan the quicker the cooking, however when the temperature is too high the food may burn. In cases of rice when water evaporates quickly or not enough water to cook rice, no wonder it burns. This is the reason why these ladies always check the water using a long handled spoon like checking the oil in a car with a dip stick. Temperature and pressure are directly proportional to each other that mean when the temperature decreases the pressure as well, if the temperature is increased the force of molecules hitting the contents in the pan increases and this increases the pressure. This relationship of temperature and pressure is called Gay-LussacƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Law and makes up part of the ideal gas law. I will try and back up my ideas with respect to science so there will be less controversy. Once the liquid runs out, temperature inside the cooking pan tends to increase gradually then we call the things get burn for example if water runs out of cooking rice then rice gets burn forming ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-dankudaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. This is where one needs to be aware of controlling the temperature otherwise food gets burn and waste energy as well.

ƒÆ’-¡ I cannot remember any British TV celebrity cook mentioned anything like that before and not applying any principles of energy saving. They are time conscious, rush rush from one to the other and not paying any attention to energy wastage. One of the reasons is they are not scientifically applying any knowledge or make any effort to save any energy. This principle is used even in fractionating column for separating liquids of different boiling points. Here is a point where most people waste energy.

Maintain shiny outer surface on cooking pans. The shiny surfaces reject heat (by convection) at a lesser rate than any dull or black surfaces do. As you know stainless steel pots and pans have shiny surfaces and clay pots have dull or black surfaces. It has been found by experiment that black surfaces loose heat quickly than a shiny surface that means clay pots loose heat more quickly than stainless steel pots. Just imagine, why these umbrella surfaces are made out of black clothes? Would you say the front of the space shuttles entering the earthƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s atmosphere should be made out of shiny metals or with matt black tiles?

If you happened to measure the diameter of a base or the bottom of an ordinary stainless steel cooking pan, you would notice some of the larger ones have 20 to 22cm in diameter. Normally the clay pots have a round bottomed base just like some round bottomed flasks in chemistry laboratories. When clay pots are placed in firewood stoves, a good part of the base sinks into the fire so that fire directly hits the base. These pots are not designed to place flat on gas cookers just like the stainless steel pots but a little modification of the cooker ring can accommodate even clay pots.

To get the efficiency of the fire one must use a pot or pan that is wide enough to cover the flame but not allowing the fire to spread out of the base. If there was a huge gap between the fire and the pot or the pan, some of the heat looses due to unnecessary radiation. Have you witnessed the firewood stoves cooking? Quite often fire spreads surrounding the base then more than half way up the pot. In a way that is the nature of firewood stoves cooking, I must admit itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s lovely to see but does this type of cooking save energy? As I said before clay is a bad conductor of heat and a good surface to loose heat quickly so would you say clay pots are energy efficient?

Most Sri Lankans eat rice and curries immaterial of the country they live presently but some of them pretend that they have given up that since they left the country, is that true? There is a nice Sinhalese saying; a cat would always meow even if taken to Singapore.

Once a curry comes to boil, reduce the flame so that it is just enough to maintain boiling. Again this cannot be easily done in firewood stoves but it is easily done with gas or electric cookers. A boiling curry will be at about 100 degrees centigrade. In a curry how many spices and ingredients are found? The spices have aromatic chemicals for example in cinnamon there are over 12 chemicals, each with a different boiling point. How about other spices such as chillies, cloves, cardamom, cumin, fennel, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, mustard, curry leaves, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-rampaeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and lemon grass then garciniaƒÆ’-¡  indica, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”gorakaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and tamarind? Anybody cared to find out how many different chemicals are there and their chemical structures?

When some curries are cooked with right ingredients sometimes they can be smelled from a distant, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Love is in the airƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. Chillies have a chemical called capsaicin and the structure is fairly complicated with 16 carbons with a ring attached to a linear structure. I am not going to mention the all chemicals in spices over here but the point is they all have different boiling points and very likely lower than the boiling point of water. When a chicken curry is boiling and piping hot, just imagine how many different volatile chemicals escape along with water vapour? Who would like a spicy bath and some of it might deposit on you, if you open the lid of a boiling curry. I am sure no one likes to walk like a mobile kitchen with body sprays of chicken cologne or Asian cologne. In that case let me show a way to minimise this cooking smell, how scientifically.

No matter how high the flame is, it is impossible to increase the temperature beyond that until all the liquid evaporates. ƒÆ’-¡ Therefore maintain a minimum flame required to maintain boiling. During the preparation do not add excessive quantities of water expecting to reduce the quantity of water by cooking over a long time on a high flame. Instead add enough water so that cooking can be done on a lower flame for the required duration. Keep the pan closed whenever possible because an open pan will allow heat to escape more rapidly than a closed pan would. Escaping steam too is a loss of heat. Trapping this steam inside the pan will allow cooking on a lower flame.

Make sure the flame is colourless or blue. Yellow flames are an indication that incomplete burning is taking place. In a gas cooker if this happened itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s better to get it checked. That shows the full energy within the gas is not being harnessed.

In some cases if possible use a pressure cooker because in a pressure cooker the temperature is fairly high due to pressure and food gets cooked faster. Cooking at a higher temperature can significantly save reduce the cooking time. In my case I adapt the normal cooking pans to create some pressure by leaving the lid on while cooking. This cannot be achieved easily unless you carefully experiment a few times to find out to which level one should adjust the gas level when it is boiling constantly. I call this position thermodynamic equilibrium position which really helps in creating a constant boiling temperature within the cooking pan.

In some cases you may cook certain things a little excess so that it helps because of what you left from the previous cooking. One must be careful in case of rice leaving in excess for the use on the following day since certain bacteria called Bacillus cereous might grow on them if not properly preserved. Your comments welcomed perera6@hotmail.co.uk

Navi Pillai a misfit at UNHRC

April 14th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The saga of the anti-Sri Lankan Resolution, whichƒÆ’-¡ snaked its way through the hands of the power-brokers in the corridors of the UNHRC in Geneva, has a rather intriguing history: it reveals more about the machinations of big power politics and the moral and institutional failure of the UN to uphold the scales of justice evenly than about any uncommon failure of Sri Lanka either in the battlefield or off it.

Since May 2009 the UNHRC has been used by the big powers of the West exactlyƒÆ’-¡ the way Colin Powell used the Security Council to demonize Iraq to push its anti-Saddam Hussein policy. All the evidence since thenƒÆ’-¡ has revealed that there were no weapons of mass destruction. The evidence only proved that Colin Powell was using the UN toƒÆ’-¡ pursue Bush’s personal vendettaƒÆ’-¡ of finishing his father’s unfinished war toƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ overthrow SaddamƒÆ’-¡ Hussein and grab oil wells. The current move against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC has only one difference: India too has joined US to pursue theirƒÆ’-¡ vendetta against Sri Lanka. Both are working in devious ways for regime change.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Human rights is only a fig leaf to cover their naked political agenda.

Parenthetically, it must be emphasized that this argument is not about the rights and wrong of Saddam Hussein’s regime but about the methodologies of the West to target anyone that comes within the sights of their firing range. There is no basic morality in the self-serving selection of the targetsƒÆ’-¡  of big powers.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Self-interest comeƒÆ’-¡  first. ƒÆ’-¡ Morality comes later after the firingƒÆ’-¡ and theƒÆ’-¡ killings to justify their violations of international humanitarian law. Similarly, the entire propaganda machine of the West, aided and abetted by local and international NGOs, is diverted to denigrate Sri Lanka as a swimming pool filled with the blood of Tamil civilians.

Demonizing a nation that is perceived to threaten Western interests is a standard practice to pursue neo-colonial power politics. From Castro to Mao, from Allende to Saddam Hussein it has been the same Machiavellian story of demonizing nations targeted by the West with media blitzkrieg, UN reportsƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ prepared ƒÆ’-¡ by hand-picked agents, predictable research papers produced by West-funded I/NGOs, resolutions and seminars of disaffected minority groups, and even local pundits posing as experts on national and international affairs joining the propaganda bandwagon.

Yesterdays’ cooked up fictions and partisan reports are used as today’s truth to beat the nations that refuse to bow down to the will of big powers. Colin Powell produced maps, reports cribbed from even an undergraduate’s outdated thesis, filmsƒÆ’-¡ etc., rejecting the reports of the inspectors on the ground to pursue Bush’s hate campaign against Saddam Hussein. The free media of the West,ƒÆ’-¡ which unfailinglyƒÆ’-¡ dances to the drum beat of their foreign offices, went alongƒÆ’-¡  merrily. Sri Lanka is feeling the heat ofƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ a similarƒÆ’-¡ hate campaign right now.

Demonizing is a Western pre-requisite to deligitimize the power of established states, whether it be dictatorial or democratic. Without saying so, the anti-Sri Lankan activists imply that obedience to Western/India masters is moral and pursuing domestic policies and solutions, where foreign interventions have failed repeatedly, is immoral. Not surprisingly, the anti-national elements in the Sri Lankan polity too, including some self-promoting political scientists, have jumped in, boots and all, to run down Sri Lanka as having lost “the moral high ground”. Like Colin Powell at the UN Security Council, they deny or brush aside the ground realities.ƒÆ’-¡  They deliberately opt to believe their own propaganda.

Any defence to the contrary is dismissed as state propaganda. In other words, they uncritically accept theƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ narrative put out by Western/Indian foreign offices but not theƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ narrativeƒÆ’-¡ of the Sri Lankan state. They feel superior and highly moral if they back up the foreign narrative, filled withƒÆ’-¡ fiction fed byƒÆ’-¡ I/NGOs,ƒÆ’-¡ than the local one.ƒÆ’-¡ For instance, the main narrative that the Sri Lankan forces acted with great caution to save the Tamil civilians used as a human shield is rejected in preference to theƒÆ’-¡  Western conclusion that theƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Sri LankanƒÆ’-¡ Forces failed to observe international human rights and international humanitarian law. According to the gospel of the NGOs, only the stooges of the government peddle the national narrative.ƒÆ’-¡ The fact that the NGOsƒÆ’-¡ are paid to believe and promote the foreign narrativeƒÆ’-¡ is suppressed.

However,ƒÆ’-¡ they are up againstƒÆ’-¡ theƒÆ’-¡ hard ground realitiesƒÆ’-¡ changing the post-Nandikadal political landscape. Besides, in the aftermath of 9/11 they cannot argue that there was anything wrong with combating or defeating the Tamil Tiger terrorists.ƒÆ’-¡ So they switched their accusation to blameƒÆ’-¡ Sri LankaƒÆ’-¡ for not fightingƒÆ’-¡ the war in the last five months according to norms of international humanitarian law. One does not now whether to cry or laugh when one reads suchƒÆ’-¡ weird logic.

It was, after all, the longest running war in Asia — from May 14, 1976 when the Tamil leadership declared war on the rest of the nation in Vadukoddai to May 18, 2009 when the Tamil Tiger terrorists were annihiliated on the banks of the Nandikadal lagoon. In such a long-drawn war it was inevitable that violations of international humanitarian law would occur on all sides, including the failed Indian IPKF forces which intervened to impose the Indian will as a political solution.

Besides, the internationalisation of Tamil separatist violence spread into the far corner of the Western world with practically every Western nation turning into a haven for fund raising, propagandizing, lobbying, arms procuring, blackmailing etc., — all which violated the entire gamut of UN Security Resolutions on terrorism. Considering the intricate and far-flung Tamil Tiger network that infiltrated the Western and Indian backyards, with the knowledge of each government, it can be argued that each of those governments can be held responsible for violating international and domestic laws against terrorism, in one form or another.

The grim reality is that despite these countries banning the Tamil Tiger terrorists they failed to apply the full force of the law that they applied, for instance, against al-Qa’ida. Despite their nominal banƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ of the agents of Tamil Tiger terrorists, Western government failed to prevent the raising of funds, propagandizing, lobbying, procuring of arms, done under their very noses, to destablize a sovereign nation. Tamil Tiger agents hadƒÆ’-¡ the full free run of the Western system because they did not threaten the Western regimes like the al-Qa’ida.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Their tactic was to keep the West safe fro them to destabilize Sri Lanka and that worked. Besides, destablizing Sri Lanka was tolerated by the Western bloc as it gave them a handle to meddle in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka which they feared was drifting away from their sphere of influence in the post-Nandikdal period. Keeping the Tamil Tiger agents alive and kicking in their backyard was a handy tool to intervene in the domestic politics of Sri Lanka.

Even a glance at the knotted history of the internationalized history of the Sri Lankan crisis will reveal thatƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ harges thatƒÆ’-¡ the West and India should share aƒÆ’-¡ major part of the blame for theƒÆ’-¡  origination,ƒÆ’-¡ prolongation, the escalation and the brutal ending of the 33-year-old war. In short, Sri Lanka would not be facing the charges leveled by these Western countries had they cracked down on Tamil Tiger terrorism the way they did on the al-Qa’idaƒÆ’-¡ extremists.

While the war was on it was fairly easy for the West to keep Sri Lanka on their leash, what withƒÆ’-¡ the dodgy games played by peace brokers like Erik Solheim, a boozing buddy of Anton Balasingham, the theoretical and political guru of Velupillai Prabhakaran — theƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ mass murdererƒÆ’-¡ that killed more Tamils than all the other forces put together, according to Tamil leaders.ƒÆ’-¡ Ending of the war meant the ending of this leverageƒÆ’-¡ . So they speedily opted to deny the legitimacy of theƒÆ’-¡ victory thatƒÆ’-¡ put an endƒÆ’-¡ to the longest drawn war in Asia. When the war ended in May 2009 the West, with the collusion of the UNHRC, moved in rapidly to accuse Sri Lanka of not concluding the war according to international humanitarian law.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Did this reighteouos West ever contemplated takingƒÆ’-¡ President Harry Truman and Prime Minister Winston ChurchillƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ before the Nuremberg trials for not ending the war according to international humanitrian law? Has India shown a willingness or a capability to charge any of the Indian IPKF forces that committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Jaffna?

A decisive Western policy against the Tamil Tiger terrorists, operating from their bases, would have cut short the war andƒÆ’-¡ saved the lives of tens ofƒÆ’-¡  thousands of Tamil civilians ƒÆ’-¡ But they were more prone to blame the Sri Lankan government than accept their responsibilities to protect the Tamil civilians.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ They use R2P to accuse only Sri Lanka. Isn’t itƒÆ’-¡ time that they calculated meticulously theirƒÆ’-¡ failure to protect the Tamil civilians by allowingƒÆ’-¡ the agents of mass murderer of TamilsƒÆ’-¡ to operate freely in their domains, violating international humanitarian law? Their policy during the 33-year-old war was to pinch the baby and rock the cradle.ƒÆ’-¡  However,ƒÆ’-¡ when the war ended suddenly,ƒÆ’-¡ runningƒÆ’-¡ contrary toƒÆ’-¡ their expectations, they were stranded in limbo like the Tamil Tiger terrorists. Suddenly, like the Tamil Tiger terrorists, they realized that there was no profit for them in peace.

Their next move was to deny the legitimacy of the victory. So they cooked up the most ridiculous concern about the war waged in the last five months — i.e., January to May 2009. There is no known example of a war which has been judged onlyƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ on the last five months,ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ excludingƒÆ’-¡ the gory blood letting of the preceding period — 33 years in the case of Sri Lanka.

Leaving aside all other moral, legal and political issues, this focus on the last five months of a 33-year-old war has reduced logic and rationality to a farcical level. On what moral principlesƒÆ’-¡  or logicƒÆ’-¡  can any argumentƒÆ’-¡  against Sri Lanka, or for that any war,ƒÆ’-¡ take only five months of a 33-year-old war and accuse only one party at that (i.e., Sri Lanka) excluding the others involved? It is as bizarre as bizarre can be. What made the anti-Sri Lankan accusers exclude the 32 years and seven months that preceded the dawn of peace on May 18, 2009? Neither America nor India, the prime movers of the anti-Sri Lankan Resolution, has explained this. When they selectively focus on the last five months does it mean that the preceding 32 years and seven months were fought with plastic guns and bullets? Where is the rationality and the validity in the morality that selectively focuses only on the last days excluding the entire length of the war? It is a surreal scenario which could not have been imagined even by Monty Python.

Besides, the sequence of anti-Sri Lankan events that unfolded in the immediate aftermath of the post-Prabhakaran period questions the very essence of the principles and the morality invoked by India and America at the UNHRC. In the preamble to the anti-Sri Lankan Resolution both India and America states that they were “guided by the UN Charter” and other related provisions of the international humanitarian law. Really?

Take, for instance, the speed with which Ms. Neo-Nazi Pillai moved against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. She called for an international investigation within seven days of the ending of the war in May.ƒÆ’-¡ On what basis? She had no authorizedƒÆ’-¡ , or authoritative, or official report in her hands for her to take any action against Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  TheƒÆ’-¡ “Report of the Secretary-GeneralƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka” was delivered to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon only on March 31, 2011. If she acted on that then there would have been some cover for her to legitimize her action. But to move within seven days is a bit too rich for anyone to believe that she acted on “credible and independent” evidence. Her indecent hurry to put Sri Lanka on the dock came on the heels of aƒÆ’-¡ joint move of the EU and USƒÆ’-¡ to move a resolution in the UNHRC within days of the war ending in May 2009. The coincidence is too stark to ignore.

Worst is, having accused Sri LankaƒÆ’-¡  in 2009ƒÆ’-¡ she hasn’t had timeƒÆ’-¡ over the yearsƒÆ’-¡ to visit Sri Lanka and see for herself the ground realities. Prof. G. L. Peiris states that he wrote to Ms. Pillai — and she accepted the invitation in writing — to visit Sri Lanka. He wrote to her 11 months before the 2012 Resolution. To this day Neo-Nazi Pillai who was in such a hurry to accuse Sri Lanka has not kept her promise. She is not only running away from her promises to Sri Lanka but also from obligations under the UN Charter.

Under the terms and conditions of her job description it is obligataory for her to fulfill her duties in an objective, balanced and non-partisan manner. For instance, UN General AssemblyƒÆ’-¡ resolution, outlining the founding principles of UNHRC, states that it resolved to create UNHRC “Recognizing the importance of ensuring universality, objectivity and non-selectivity in the consideration of human rights issues, and the elimination of double standards and politicization……”.

Clearly this defines her job in absolute terms. It states that she has no right to adopt double standards and politicize her office on partisan preferences. But that is precisely what she hasƒÆ’-¡ done. When it came to Sri Lanka she has moved heaven and earth, within a few days after the 33-year-old war ended, to point an accusing finger at Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. However, neither the same speed nor the identical moral standard has been applied to judge India, which she knows has been a prime violator of human rights on Sri Lankan soil during the IPKF operations. She also knows that India violated international law by exporting terrorism to Sri Lanka. On what principles did she call for an international investigation on Sri Lanka within days of ending the 33-year-old war and ignore the decisive role of India in destablising Sri Lanka and the SAARC region as a whole from 1980s?

Isn’t exporting terrorism to friendly and neighbourly Sri Lanka the prime cause that led to the accusations faced by Sri Lanka at the UNHRC today? Why wasn’t this violation of international law factored into her calculations that demanded an investigation into the last days of the terrorist war exported by India?ƒÆ’-¡ Besides, the Indian authorities have admitted that they too were actively involved in bringing an end to the Tamil Tiger terrorists who were a threat to them too. SoƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ India, according toƒÆ’-¡  norms of international law, is guilty on two counts: 1. for exporting terrorism to
SriƒÆ’-¡ Lanka and 2. for being a part of the war that ended the 33-year-old terrorism exported by India.ƒÆ’-¡ Which Navi Pillai are we to accept as the defender of human right eliminating double standards and politicization? Is it the Navi Pillai that accuses Sri Lanka or is it the Navi Pillai that overlooks and exempts the Indian violators of human rights in Sri Lanka?

Furthermore, can the CEO appointed by the UN to oversee human rights dogdge investigating her own accusations forƒÆ’-¡ nearly four years? Is she genuinely interested in human rights or is she using UNHRC and the issues of human rights to serveƒÆ’-¡ theƒÆ’-¡ political agenda of her patrons and clients? How come it took only seven days to accuse Sri Lanka but she has had no time for overƒÆ’-¡ fourƒÆ’-¡ years to check whether her accusations are correct or not by visiting Sri Lanka?

Most of all, does anyone care about the guardian of human rights betraying human rights? She gets away with her double standards and politicization of issues according to her partisan politics with no one checking her. She knows that if she backs the right horses in the international stakes her job will be safe. So she lends her willing back for the Western cowboys to ride all the way to theirƒÆ’-¡ goal posts. It’s a case of you-whip-my-back-now and I will lick yours in return later.

It is sad to say that she stands out as the most slippery, unscrupulous,ƒÆ’-¡ and, spurious symbol of human rights playing footsy with global power players of the day.

Way Forward : China-India-Russia strategic geopolitical alliance

April 14th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

Should the 3 powers of Asia combine to make a formidable global force? Its not a bad idea ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” in fact itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s an excellent idea and would provide Asia and inadvertently the world the balance of power and stability that is lacking. Against a declining West, AsiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s 3 formidable power houses are best placed to challenge USAƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s supremacy but the only issue is IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s mixed signals and its colonial-servant attitude in bowing to Western dictates. Yet, given the current world scenarios, Russia, China and India should combine and together as a common block enforce their demands to their ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-friendƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ the US and the West.

The triangular partnership was first mooted by former Russian PM Yevgeny Maximovich Primakov and today in the light of the WestƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s pursuance to militarily interfere citing humanitarian concerns should make the Asian giants realize the need to safeguard their interests (internal and external).

The power of the 3 nations combined is phenomenal. The 3 nations make up more than 40% of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s population and the significant rise in their economies would provide greater nation-to-nation links that would also entail a rise in the economic conditions of all Asian nations as well given that the nations still hold a wealth of natural resources that the West are desperate to take over.

The total area of the 3 nations is 29.96million sq.kim (22.5% of the total area of the world) ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” this clearly predicts potential human resources, huge potential of market and rich natural resources between them. China has common borders with Russia and India. If security poses a risk to the three nations individually once the three tie up to form a partnership the entire region will be protected. Russia can keep an eye on NATO while China can watch the USA. The 3 foreign ministers have already kick-started discussions and Sri Lanka must take every opportunity to encourage this partnership at even external ministry level.

As a possibly move towards that direction no sooner the President of China assumed office he headed to Russia to meet his counter part Putin. Symbolic meaning was that inspite of WestƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s relationship deteriorating China and RussiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s was not.

Crux of ChinaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s relationship has always been not to be dependent on any single-nation source. ItƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s a lesson Sri Lanka simply ignores. Relationships with China means that while China assures a nation they can depend on China, China will seek trade where it is offered the best leverage. These are all hallmarks of straight-forward preconditions which Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s officials again lacks ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” though Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike managed not only to continue ties with India and Pakistan but had the greatest of relationships with China. The leaders today can certainly take a leaf or two from her book.

Russia and China are very clear about their common positions on the value of sovereignty in international affairs and ChinaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s own choice of staying out of a countries internal affairs ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” in particular both will not allow Syria, North Korea and Iran from collapsing. These are clues as to why Sri Lanka needs to continue the ties with China and Russia.

If the West views Sri Lanka as a geopolitical tool ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” China, Russia and IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s views cannot be far different. The only problem is our leaders have yet to discover how to use our geopolitical advantage to Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s benefit and Governments continue to neglect the role of its Ports as a strategic logistical tool on all fronts. For starters corruption in these areas need to be seriously looked into from secretary level downward.

Moreover, these nations are beginning to see how the West is plotting to again plunder their nations. They have been quick to ponder over the establishing of a new international lending institution to challenge the IMF/World Bank global monopoly with one more suited for the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-developing worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

The formation of BRICS ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa has come up with that alternative source of development fund. The BRICS nations have a foreign currency reserve of $4.4trillion and already trade between BRICS nations is about $282billion annually and the 5 nations together make up 17% of global trade.

There is also the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” all 3 nations are very much involved in it. The more the threesome take a collective stand on international issues the influence of the West would be countered.

Then in comes the Ugly American ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” and India is offered permanent member status at the UN Security Council, aligning as AmericaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s ally in Asia ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” when India is in Asia why would it want to aspire to be selected as an ally. It is India that should be picking its allies given that India is placed in Asia and not America. Then the warmth turns to arm twisting with threats of sanctions if India does not reduce oil imports from Iran. So the US is all out to turn India into another Japan and has to a great extent succeeded given that India is led by a foreigner inclined towards the West and its ideologies. India needs to wake up and realize it is taking the baton towards the wrong direction.

The US visits are clear indications of how hard the US is lobbying to ensure India does not tilt towards China and Russia. Following visits of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary, 5 cabinet level US officials have arrived in India in 2012 itself signaling tremendous pressures upon India to turn West and not East. India did however under pressure cancel Walmarts plan to enter India ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” something Sri Lanka needs to also learn to do. Saying no is sometimes far better than saying yes and regretting later.

We have China and India both accelerating rapidly and Russia returning to the great power status it once held ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” there is no reason why the three cannot combine to make a formidable global force that would help protect themselves and their Asia neighbors. There is no reason why Sri Lanka should not align itself to this block given that we are an Asian nation.

The Russia-China-India strategic alliance is the best way forward for their own interests and that of the entire Asia region and even the world at large and Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s officials must encourage this at diplomatic levels.

 

 

Has Sri Lanka Become a Colony Again?

April 14th, 2013

Ira de Silva London, Canada

Reading the various news reports in the Sri Lankan and Indian media recently, could and would the GOSL confirm that it is still responsible for governance or has it been delegated to the U.S. and India? Has Sri Lanka become a “colony” again?

After the infamous Indo-Lanka Agreement of 1987 and the 13th Amendment that was forced on Sri Lanka so Rajiv Gandhi could win votes in Tamil Nadu, there was the spectacle of J. Dixit, the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, strutting around attempting to behave as if he was the viceroy. In this effort he was ably assisted by J. Puri who was also in Sri Lanka and recently claimed that what India did then and now in Geneva was “right” for Sri Lanka.

Following the second U.S./ Indian sponsored resolution passed in Geneva it appears that the U.S. has also adopted a colonial attitude and seems to believe that after Geneva it is the U.S. that has the mandateƒÆ’-¡ to treat Sri Lanka as a colony ably assisted in this effort by India. ƒÆ’-¡ In the recent meeting with the Foreign Correspondents in Colombo the U.S. Ambassador outlined U.S. requirements of Sri Lanka. The Ambassador projects the impression that it is the U.S. that knows what is best and makes decisions on what Sri Lanka should or should not do. It does not seem to matter that it may not be what the people of Sri Lanka want or that itƒÆ’-¡ is not in the best interest of Sri Lanka. She was followed by Ms. A. Areial-Vogel of the U.S. mission in Sri Lanka calling for a meeting with the CEB.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ As a part of it’sƒÆ’-¡  new diplomatic role, is the U.S. mission in Sri Lanka going to manage the CEB?

The world knows that democracy for the U.S.ƒÆ’-¡  is just a word they can use to invade, kill and devastate other countriesƒÆ’-¡  in it’s world wide programme of regime change when they are not “happy” with the leadership within a country. History has a long list of “friends” of the U.S. who have later been assassinated by the U.S., illegal wars fought to depose one time friends and the latest craze of the U.S. to kill, maim and destroy any part of the globe who they consider are not “friends”. When the Secretary of State and other U.S. officials claim that the U.S. wants to be a friend Sri Lanka the country shouldƒÆ’-¡  take note of what the U.S. has done to it’sƒÆ’-¡ one time ƒÆ’-¡ friends, namely use, misuse, discard,ƒÆ’-¡  eliminate.

In this new role assumed by the U.S. Ambassador she is ably assisted by the subservient, colonial minded Indians. The attitude of the Indians in 1987ƒÆ’-¡ has beingƒÆ’-¡ revived,ƒÆ’-¡  refer toƒÆ’-¡  Puri , J. Singh, Manmohan Singh, Sonia GandhiƒÆ’-¡  andƒÆ’-¡  the current acts of aggression and terrorism against Sri Lankans in the state of Tamil Nadu.ƒÆ’-¡ Following every act of terrorism by the State of Tamil Nadu against pilgrims, schoolboys, students, monks, visiting politicians ƒÆ’-¡ and theƒÆ’-¡  various demands of Tamil Nadu and Central Government politiciansƒÆ’-¡  to invade, terrorise and dictate to Sri Lanka,ƒÆ’-¡  the Central Government of India claims that Sri Lanka is a close “friend”. Has the GOSL forgotten that it was India that created andƒÆ’-¡ supported the LTTE to terrorise the country for thirty years? Sri Lankans who suffered have not forgotten. What is frightening the people of Sri Lanka is that this rubbish of being “friends” ƒÆ’-¡ is being also claimed by he GOSL which seems to beƒÆ’-¡ abdicating it’s responsibility to uphold the sovereignty of the people and the country.

Has the GOSL by it’s supine, carelessƒÆ’-¡ attitude and subservience in the face of these dictates by the so-called “friends of Sri Lanka” handed over it’s authority to the new imperialists andƒÆ’-¡  signalled to them that Sri Lanka is no longer a sovereign country but a colony of the U.S. and India and anyone else who is interested?ƒÆ’-¡ 

Yours truly,

ƒÆ’-¡ Ira de Silva

London, Canada

Was life for Tamils better under LTTE?

April 14th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

Given that separation of Sri Lanka is out of the question the Tamils had 2 choices before them. To be ruled under a defacto armed LTTE or to remain under sovereign Sri Lanka ruled by a democratically elected Government that comprised representatives of all ethnic groups. The Tamils did live under the LTTE for well over 25years and the Tamil political party the Tamil National Alliance openly declared that the LTTE was the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-sole representative of the TamilsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ not once but several times. In so doing the TNA lumped all the Tamils en masse into a terrorist group and stigmatized their own people. How irresponsible for a political party to equate Tamils with Terrorism. The Tamils now need to undo this damage by disassociating themselves from the TNA which continues a separatist agenda if Tamils do not share the separatist agenda of both LTTE and TNA. It is long overdue for the Tamils to now come out and say whether life was better under the LTTE, whether TNA was correct to say LTTE stood for all Tamils and how life is today different.

Why is separation of Sri Lanka to form a Tamil Eelaam out of the question?

That is so because when 72million out of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s 77million Tamils live in a state which has a history of attempting to secede from India on the grounds that it wishes to form a Tamil Nation and that state is named after Tamils (Tamil Nadu ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” land of the Tamils), where Tamil is the official language, where Tamil culture, traditions etc reign supreme ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” by virtue of everything being done by Tamils, for Tamils, Tamil Nadu is where Tamil Eelaam should rightfully be not in a miniscule area in Sri Lanka where none of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s 77million could ever think of congregating.

The whole Eelaam in Sri Lanka quest was nothing but a ploy to delay the inevitable balkanizing of Tamil Nadu from India which India schemed to perfection. The only confusion came when external forces hijacked that plan to create a grander plan which ultimately led to the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. His death carried out by LTTE bore signs of a contract killing. India may well do to find out who exactly ordered the killing. The ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-newƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ state is like to comprise Tamil Nadu and North Sri Lanka which will end up nothing better than the Philippines which has been turned into an immoral state. It is a challenge for the Church and Christians to prove that the assumption that they supported the LTTE is wrong instead of simply calling those that pose the questions as racists, hate mongers and what not simply to avoid answering.

Who actually suffered under LTTE rule?

It is time we know who amongst the Tamils actually suffered. ƒÆ’-¡ In terms of who actually suffered we need to divide the Tamils as:

1.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Tamils living amongst the LTTE in the Vanni (Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi)

2.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Tamils living outside of LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-territoryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ in Sri Lanka

3.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Tamils living outside of LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-territoryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ overseas

The number of Tamils living in the Vanni amongst the LTTE through the 3 decades of LTTE rule are miniscule in comparison to the Tamils who live outside of LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-territoryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ amongst Sinhalese and those now living overseas.

It is from this miniscule number that LTTE made their manpower. Some of its cadres also were taken from impoverished areas of the East too. What essentially has to be remembered is that the Tamil members that LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-recruitedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ were kidnapped and forcibly taken from impoverished low-caste Hindu or converted Hindus whose women had to supply LTTE throughout the conflict. Did LTTE kidnap its cadres from high-caste Tamil homes in Jaffna, Colombo ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” NO. This is an area that has not been looked into but extremely important to derive at the manner LTTE selected its cadres. If there were high-castes in the LTTE they all held senior posts and were privy to the LTTE kitty which was USD300million.

Areas of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi never even had electricity ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” children never went to school and the people had lived thinking that life was all about LTTE. Today, over 60% of these areas already enjoy electricity, schools are functioning, teachers can teach and there are students to teach.

It is these miniscule number of Tamils suffering under the LTTE that now sees a brand new life where none of the rest of the Tamils cared to speak on behalf of them ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” ever. Did the TNA ever ask the LTTE not to kidnap these children to manufacture them into killers training them in pretentious orphanages set up in the middle of the jungles to which were visited by Father Emmanuel raising questions as to why the Church would watch one of its leaders encourage children to be turned into killers.

Deriving at exact numbers is cumbersome in view of no proper census taking place in the areas that LTTE controlled for over 2 decades. It must also be pointed out that LTTE, humanitarian organizations having close links to LTTE including religious groups gave false figures of civilian populations in view of the GOSL sending food and essential supplies to the North which was a crafty means of hijacking these essentials to be used amongst LTTE. Figures are confused in the likelihood of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-illegalsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ coming from Tamil Nadu and now posing as Sri Lankan Tamils. These Indian ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-illegalsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ need to first be identified. Then there is the visible numbers of Tamils making their way Southwards to live amongst the Sinhalese whilst others made use of the opportunity to cry discrimination and see asylum overseas. Therefore, with Tamils being 12% of the population of a 20m total populace ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Tamils can at most be 2.4million only. The estate Tamils numbering 5% are never part of any discussions proposed by TNA or the LTTE therefore they should not be included into the statistical figure simply to make Tamil representation 18%. As things stand with Tamils now living legally and illegally overseas the 12% has come down to bordering 10% if not less. The Sri Lankan Foreign missions should be asked to do a statistical figure on the legal numbers of Tamils living overseas whilst help should be sought from host nations to find out the illegal ballpark figure too.

Therefore, what needs to be clearly articulated is that the Tamils living amongst the LTTE were the real sufferers. All the other Tamils shared the same fears that the Sinhalese faced since it was the Sinhalese civilians who became the targets with every bomb and suicide attempt made. Yet, the Tamils living in Colombo and suburbs went about their employment, children attended schools and did everything that they would normally do alongside the rest of the communities but obviously sharing the same fears. There was nothing exclusive that they feared different to what the other communities feared.

The Tamils overseas however whether they were openly pro-LTTE or not had to make monthly payments to the LTTE kitty and they had to also participate in demonstrations and other events that LTTE front organizations organized. With time this arrangement bore much monetary benefit giving many positions in these front organizations, opportunities to travel overseas, rise in financial situation and moreover a chance to move around with VIPs and dictate terms to even Sri Lankan politicians. For most Tamils whether they like to admit or not there were some reasons to thank the LTTE while a handful of others were open enough to admit to LTTE atrocities but at great risk to their lives. The handful of moderates that did openly denounce the LTTE were all silenced and understandably that made any others warned into silence.

But it is a good time for us to know some hard truths. When we speak on behalf of the Tamils against the LTTE and find fault with the TNA for openly being their mouthpiece ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” we would like to know whether we are wrong to find fault? When we find fault with the LTTE for threatening intimidating Tamils and denying them progress socially through several decades ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” were we wrong to conclude so? We would frankly like to know whether our opinion of the LTTE and the TNA is the same as the Tamils or whether we are wrong to assume that the LTTE was a terrorist outfit and the TNA nothing but its mouthpiece and now taking over from where LTTE failed?

Somehow somewhere something is not right because after the victory over the LTTE as citizens of Sri Lanka we expected the Tamil community to also join us in the victory over terrorism and given the fact that the LTTE had been denying Tamils a host of human rights as well as violating Tamil human rights, we thought the rest of the Tamils living amongst the Sinhalese and those overseas would be happy that LTTE was no more and press for actions to be taken against the TNA since they were the only survivors of the separatism that linked to LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” we would like to know where our assumptions have been proved wrong by the Tamils themselves.

Genuine reconciliation cannot take place until these loopholes and gaps are given genuine and honest answers.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Boru Bana SenaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ are 21st Century Devadattas Whose Bahaviour is Undoubtedly Against Buddhism and Sinhalese

April 14th, 2013

by Dr. Sarath Buddhadasa

ƒÆ’-¡ We entered Peradeniya university way back in the late 1970s with the hope of creating a future for our families and also to enjoy life while contributing to the progress of society, since it was the people of this country who sustained us in the universities by way of direct and indirect taxes paid to the government to provide us free education.

However, all our hopes and dreams were shattered with the birth of LTTE terrorism and Pirabaharan and his inhuman partners almost destroying our social and economic fabric.

We were fortunate that the country was saved from the clutches of terrorism by President Mahinda Rajapakse and his team, with the help of many supporters here and abroad, in May 2009. This gave us a new ray of hope and impetus. The nation drew a peaceful breath after 30 years and the people were confident of the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s future. We were sure that such a dark era will not befall us ever again. We started building peace and rebuilding the much needed trust between communities. There were many efforts and sacrifices made to rehabilitate and re-integrate disaffected youth and peace building was initiated with our Tamil speaking fellow countrymen and women.

Now what is the situation in our country today?

Just like what we saw way back in the 1970s as young university students and caused us to lose our hopes, this nation is again heading or being dragged towards a very pathetic and catastrophic destination. This time it is by a gang called BBS (Boru Bana Sena) creating havoc and frustration at every turn and in every corner in the country in the name of Buddhism.

Although the BBS may say so, I as a Sri Lankan and a Buddhist, frankly doubt whether this countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Buddhists are against the practices of another faith, adhered to by our partner community. Surely, any true Sinhala Buddhist with a decent IQ level will realize by observing the behavior of this BBS gang that it is undoubtedly against Buddhism and Sinhalese.

Why do I say this? At the outset they created the halal issue. This was amicably resolved with the mediation of intelligent, educated venerable monks like Bellanvila Wimalarathana. Then they attacked business places belonging to Muslims. Later, they attacked Sinhala Buddhist girls and boys alleging that their love affairs are immoral and not compatible with Sinhala Buddhist principles or standards. They organized their ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”golayasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to attack Buddhists, throwing spoiled eggs at those who patronized businesses owned by another community. Just last week they unfairly criticized our High Commissioner in Singapore, a patriotic lady, Ferial Ashraf and now they are threatening our cricketers.

They are destroying our socio-cultural and economic landscape in an accelerated manner. They destroy the sentiments of peace loving people of this country. They destroy the image of the country. They draw the President and the government into an uneasy scenario, consciously or unconsciously serving the interests of our enemies and extremists.

Is this the Buddhist way of life? The Buddhism we know is not this. What the most Reverend Walpola Rahula did not teach us yesterday and would never have taught us, the BBS is trying to teach us today!

I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t think this will do any good to Buddhism or Sinhalese. This may serve our international enemies who are trying to destroy Sri Lanka. In that sense, I entertain doubts that this so called BBS is either directly or indirectly supported by some parties who are against Sri Lanka. This assumption is getting re-inforced when you see what is going on in Burma/Myanmar now.

We must be ashamed of ourselves if we allow this gang to continue in this way. I am sure if this virus-like menace is not stopped today, it will drag us to the graveyard tomorrow.

So, this appeal goes to the Mahanayaka Theros in this country and specially the Sinhala Buddhist community. Please unite and create awareness in our society asking each and every citizen not to get deceived by or patronize these anti Sinhala-Buddhist elements. Learn from our forefathers as to how they treated and lived in harmony with other communities in the past.

I remember how I used to go with my parents to the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and attend the Sri Rajopavanaramaya Dhamma School at Getambe to study Buddhism, striving to mold myself as a person guided by the Buddhist way of life. Since our childhood, we have been trained in our Dhamma schools to chant every night before we go to sleep, the verse ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”siyalu sathvayo niduk vethwa, neerogi vethwa, suwapathwethwaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. This is the Buddhism we know and try to practice.

According to the Buddha, we belong to the human race. When we forget this universal truth and allow these destructive behaviors and trends created by these 21st century Devadattas to continue, are you and I not forgetting about Buddhism?

[Dr Buddhadasa is Managing Director, Business Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka]

Wijedasa Rajapakse and Bodu Bala Sena

April 13th, 2013

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

Wijedasa Rajapakse (WR) wanted to bring a law to remove monks from politics.ƒÆ’-¡  What did this Sinhala Buddhist (he says he talks as a Sinhala Buddhist) do to Sinhala Buddhists? Does he not consider that putting a halal label even to a tooth brush or a spoon made out of a coconut shell and women covering their faces with only two holes for the eyes as unreasonable acts? Did he know that Ven. Soma came to politics because laymen and women like him were scared of opening their mouths for fear of death? Does he know that when princes Dutugamaunu and Saddhatissa were fighting against each other it was a monk who hid Saddhatissa under a bed and brought the two together?ƒÆ’-¡  WR says Mahanayakas and Anunayakas are there to solve problems without radical monks. Did he know that Buddhism was saved by the monks from coastal areas such as Migettuwatte Gunananda and the Vidyalankara Pirivena and not by Asgiriya or Malwatta?ƒÆ’-¡  British used A and M monks like the House of Lords in UK for decorative purposes.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  People like WR can talk big today because village boys and girls like the Hasalaka Hero saved the country for him. WR talk about businessmen appointed as ambassadors by MahindaR. If suitable people are not appointed it is wrong. But does WR know that UNP appointed as ambassador in USA one Devendra, who was a businessman? Hamid and R. Premadasa used send as trade reps those who can only speak in Sinhala or Tamil who hid from people at trade shows because the questions were asked from them in English!! This kind of stupidity or hypocrisy of people like WR came to my mind after I saw WRƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s interview with Derana 360ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Dilka Samanmali. My concern really was about what WR said about the 13-A. We must educate this man WR who is known as a golden brain in the present world of Sri Lanka. WR asked, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Why canƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t we give a PC to Tamils in NP just like we gave it to the south?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ It is only an idiot who will not see that PCs in the south was hell.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  WR says that in India it was done amicably. This was what Anandasangaree used to say with his India-F formula. Now we know India is on logs (kota uda) with Tamil Nadu controlling Delhi. Delhi cannot impose Presidential Rule on Tamil Nad and even Hillary Clinton ignored Delhi and met directly Tamil Nadu jokers of Jayalalitha and Karnunadhi clans.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  If a person cannot see that 13-A means division of Sri Lanka as two warring countries that person is nothing but a Sinhala tiger like Jayalath Jayawardena. The path is so clear and WR is misleading people.

What is this clear path?

1.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Tamil separatists and local TNA say that 13-A is not enough;

2.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Anandasangaree who wanted Indian F model can no longer say that Tamil Nadu is not for separatism from India with a weak Delhi. Those days of Presidential Rule are gone;

3.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Sonia Gandhi is an Italian Catholic who runs the Congress Party. She is in support of the western Christian plan to divide Sri Lanka even if it will promote separation of Tamil Nadu as a separate country.ƒÆ’-¡  It was Subramanium Swamy who prevented her becoming PM of India using a legal rule in IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚if in Italy an Indian is not allowed to be Italian PM, then in India an Italian cannot become Indian PM. ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Thus, K. Godage, the retired diplomat, was wrong to say that Sonia like a Mother Teresa donated the PMƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s job to Manmohan Singh!!;

4.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  By 13-A Rajiv G made Tamil Homeland myth constitutional law in Sri Lanka. By rejecting any kind of homelands in Sri Lanka LLRC rejected 13-A;

5.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  LLRC wanted to empower people (devolution) at the lowest unit level. This also means not as PCs;

6.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Because the Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim population distribution map is like a scrambled egg, 13-A with a NPC for Tamils as WR think will not solve ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-problemsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of the Tamils living outside NP. This is why village or GSN level power distribution is needed;

7.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Will WR deny the need for language-blind political unit boundaries?ƒÆ’-¡  Or demarcate GSN/village units according to natural boundaries as in New Zealand;ƒÆ’-¡ 

8.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Teach Sinhala and Tamil to students so that in 15 years there will be national leaders not Tamil or Sinhala leaders.

Cwije7@gmail.com

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Illegal to be non-Muslim in MaldivesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬- Correction

April 13th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

A homosexual blogger from Maldives, who now lives in exile in Sri Lanka, is implied to have said that ………

Dear Editor,

My name is Hilath Rasheed and I am the subject of an article on your website written about me by Asada M Erpini titled ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Illegal to be non-Muslim in Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

It seems that Mr. Erpini has misinterpreted my comments to The Independent newspaper. As the first commentator to your article pointed out, I was referring to Maldives, not Sri Lanka. I was saying that it is illegal to be non-Muslim in Maldives. Maldives’ Constitution demands all Maldivian citizens to be Muslims. Sri Lanka is a multi-religious and multi-cultural society.

Therefore, I would greatly appreciate if you correct the article.

Thanking you in advance for yourƒÆ’-¡  kind cooperation.

Yours sincerely

Hilath Rasheed

Karunanidhi reiterates demand for abolishing death penalty

April 13th, 2013

Courtesy TheƒÆ’-¡ Hindu

Renewing his demand for abolishing death penalty, DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Saturday made a fresh pitch for a state cabinet meeting to adopt a resolution recommending commutation of the death sentence awarded to three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Our stand is that capital punishment should be abolished and should be taken off the law book,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ Mr. Karunanidhi said, recalling his remarks that the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan should be commuted on humanitarian grounds.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-If the state government has to approach the problem truly, it should not just stop after adopting resolutions in the Assembly, but pass a resolution in a cabinet meeting and send it to the Governor,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ the DMK patriarch said.

His statement comes a day after the Supreme Court dismissed death row convict and Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh BhullarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s plea for commutation of his death sentence in a judgement that can have a bearing on the fate of over 20 convicts facing execution, including those held guilty in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination.

On the apex courtƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s observation that commutation of death sentence to accused cannot be done in the case of terrorists or those involved in mass killings on the ground of delay in deciding their mercy plea, Mr. Karunanidhi said in a statement ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-it has come as a very big shock to many expecting the verdict as well as our thinking.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Mr. Karunanidhi cited the example of Thyagu, whose death sentence, he said, was commuted during his governmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s tenure. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-When we see that Thyagu has now become a writer and essayist, is publishing books and has become a respectable man in society, we should give a life to Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan and should use them for society,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ he said.

The DMK chief has been repeatedly pressing for abolition of capital punishment.

His earlier comments in this regard came against the backdrop of the hanging of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab and Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru which triggered a fresh debate on the death penalty issue.

He had also virtually backed the demand for a CBI probe into the 1993 Palar landmine blast case in which four aides of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan are facing the gallows.

The four got a temporary relief in February this year with the apex court staying their execution on their plea seeking commutation of the sentence citing delay of eight years in disposal of their mercy petition by the President.

8 fishermen saved by ICG from Lankan navy

April 13th, 2013

By Express News Service – KARAIKAL/RAMANATHAPURAM .(The New Indian Express)

A day after eight fishermen of Nagapattinam district were assaulted by the Lankan navy off the coast of Kodiyakarai, another mid-sea confrontation unfolded on Friday where as many as 46 fishermen detained by the Sri Lankan navy were brought back toƒÆ’-¡  the Karaikal Marg port after Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel intervened and held a series of talks with their Lankan counterparts.

Sources said, 46 fishermen in five boats from various hamlets in the district ventured in to sea on Thursday. While they were fishing in the sea off Kodiayakkarai coast, it is said that Lankan fishermen approached the spot and allegedly had an altercation with them claiming that they have violated the maritime boundaries.

On information Lankan navy reached the spot and detained the Indian fishermen for damaging a boat belonging to a Sri Lankan fisherman. Subsequently, the Indian fishermen in one of the detained boats contacted the ICG through their walkie-talkie and appealed for their help. The ICG personnel reached the spot and held a series of talks. Later, all the 46 detained fishermen were handed over to the ICG personnel by the SL navy.

Meanwhile, emotional scenes were witnessed at the Rameswaram jetty when 19 fishermen reached the jetty on Friday. Family memebrs were ecstatic, broke out in tears and hugged the fishermen, who had returned home after being incarcerated in the Lankan jail for nearly 30 days. On March 13, the Lankan navy whisked away 19 fishermen of Rameswaram while they were casting their net in the sea and handed them over to Mannar police. Then, the 19 fishermen were lodged in Vavunya prison for five days after being produced before the Mannar court.

Meanwhile, the government sent a letter to the Centre urging it to take steps for the speedy release of the Indian fishermen.

The Mannar court while ordering the release of the 19 fishermen on AprilƒÆ’-¡  11, were handed over to the SL Navy on Thursday, who further handed over the fishermen to ICG at the IMBL who later escorted them to Rameswaram jetty

India’s retired diplomat Hardeep Puri flays Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa brothers

April 12th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1. Canada

11 April 2013

(Editor of The Hindu.ƒÆ’-¡  Sir,ƒÆ’-¡ kindly forward this letter to Mr. Hardeep S. Puri.ƒÆ’-¡  AW)

OPEN LETTER

Mr. Hardeep S. PuriƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 
Recently Retired Senior Indian Diplomat, Class ofƒÆ’-¡  1974ƒÆ’-¡ 
Senior Diplomat at IndianƒÆ’-¡ High Commission in Sri Lanka, December 1984 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” March 1988,
New Delhi, India

Dear Hardeep Puri:

Strange it may sound; there seem to be no ending of the smart Alec Indian diplomats coming out of the wood work, flaying their arms at Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  The present President of India Shri Pranab Mukerjee was the last one that I wrote to on 6th April pointing this out.ƒÆ’-¡  I thought that would be the end he being the Head-Honcho of Indian diplomacy chalking his anti-Sri Lanka mark.ƒÆ’-¡  And I thought it would stop there.ƒÆ’-¡  But, Oh, No.ƒÆ’-¡  I didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t realize that there was a HardeepƒÆ’-¡  S. Puri waiting in the wings to come out flaying at Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  These past and present Indian diplomats seem to come in relays handing the truncheon to the one behind. Wow! Man, this is something!ƒÆ’-¡  This is provocative bully-murder-theatre at its best.

ƒÆ’-¡ ItƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the Sri Lankan-Tamils that seem to be your problem who are thousand times better looked after in every sector of their lives by the Sri Lankan Government than your Dalits of India.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  I know and you know that you cannot challenge me on that statement. You know, Hardeep, I can bet my last sweat covered paisa that everyone of your Dalit population would move heaven and earth to exchange places with the Tamils that you are belly aching for.

Hardeep, these Dalits are your untouchables.ƒÆ’-¡  Lowest in your caste system, lowest in the rung of Mother Theresa-CulcuttaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s humanity who are looked down upon nor would they be able to sit at the same table with Hardeep S. Puri, to eat a luncheon plate of rice and curry, even in a remote hidden away boutique so that no one would notice yourƒÆ’-¡  humanitarian valour.ƒÆ’-¡  That is a reality check for you Hardeep.ƒÆ’-¡  Will I, a Sri Lankan-Canadian Sinhalese, sit at the same table in a restaurant with a low caste Tamil or one of your Dalits.ƒÆ’-¡  You bet, I will and I will also offer to pay his bill.ƒÆ’-¡  That is the difference between Hardeep S. Puri the retired Indian diplomat, and Asoka Weerasinghe, a Sinhalese-Canadian retired public servant.

In 2001 they made 16.2 per cent of your Indian population.ƒÆ’-¡  Do your arithmetic and you will find it to be a shocking number, and you seem to be worried about the Sri Lankan-Tamils, a dwindlingƒÆ’-¡  population of Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  How come Hardeep?ƒÆ’-¡  DonƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t you think that the Dalits need your attention which is your home grown problem rather than worrying about the Tamils in Sri Lanka?ƒÆ’-¡  Where is your vision for your Dalits, Hardeep?ƒÆ’-¡  Your brazen interference in your neighbourƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s internal affairs and not worrying about your Dalits is moronic and despicable. Not saneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦not good!

The news item in The Island of Wednesday April 10, 2013, headlined ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Indian Diplomat flays Rajapaksa brothersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ which has been critiqued as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-brilliant articleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬: in The Hindu says: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the brothersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ running Sri Lanka appear to have no intention to move on political reconciliation and devolution.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  Then, Hardeep, what the heck do you think they are doing?ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Sucking their thumbs standing in a corner of their air-conditioned offices?ƒÆ’-¡  Coming out of a 27 year old war which you Indians have to be responsible for training the Tamil Tiger warmongers, giving them AK47 killing assault rifles and showing them how to shoot them at innocent Sinhalese and Muslim peoples, is a good reason for you Indians to be hauled in front of an International War Crimes Court for aiding and abetting human rights violations by the Tamil Tigers, Indira GandhiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-boysƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.ƒÆ’-¡  I am afraid Hardeep, you too will be in that mix of Indian War Criminals as you were aiding and abetting Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Eelam War killings and human rights violations..

But, Hey Hardeep,ƒÆ’-¡  the two Rajapaksa brothers have every right to act responsibly to satisfyƒÆ’-¡  their people thus have little inclination to satisfy a former Indian High Commission senior diplomatƒÆ’-¡ who happened to be stationed in Colombo during the ugly Indian bully months ofƒÆ’-¡  December 1984 to March 1988, just after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the God Mother of Tamil Tiger terrorismƒÆ’-¡ in October 3, 1984 andƒÆ’-¡  later working with her son Rajiv’s administration.

Hardeep if your memory will not betray you, you will recall that it were the months in late 1983 until the most part of 1985, that you Indians trained the Tamil guerillas in military camps inƒÆ’-¡  Dehra Dun, Madras and in the districts ofƒÆ’-¡  Chengalpattu, Tiruchi, Pudukottai, South Arcot, Salem, Thanjavur, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Coimbatorai and Anna, and graduatedƒÆ’-¡  them into beingƒÆ’-¡ the most ruthless terrorists in the world and sent them back to Sri Lanka to kill and destabilize that island nation. Remember, Hardeep?ƒÆ’-¡  You were right in the thick of it, as a diplomatƒÆ’-¡ in the ƒÆ’-¡ Indian High Commission monitoring the performance and the progress of these Made in India serial Tamil Tiger killers.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  How they performed to the satisfaction of the two Gandhi’s, your prime Ministers.ƒÆ’-¡  This qualifies you to be one of the Indians to be hauled in front of an International War Crimes court.ƒÆ’-¡  That is indeed the luck of the draw.ƒÆ’-¡  The world right now seems hard on human rights violations, whether you killed or whether you aided and abetted such killings. HmmmmƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦ Hardeep, you must be wondering how come you got tainted with such a horrible International War Crimes truth.

Hardeep, if you wereƒÆ’-¡ aƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Senior diplomatƒÆ’-¡  in the IndianƒÆ’-¡ Mission in Colombo until March 1988, then you were part of Indian Government Bully Team when you all gave Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s High Commissioner in New Delhi less than an hourƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s notice that you all would be sending Mirage war planes sonic-boom screaming over the northern skies of Jaffna to drop 25 ton of lentils to feed 800,000 Tamils.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  You were in Colombo when you all parked two war ships outside the waters of Colombo to intimidate Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  And you were in Colombo as part of the Indian Bully Team to force Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s President J.R. Jayewardena to sign the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord, and Rajiv Gandhi tellingƒÆ’-¡  the Tamil Tiger Leader Prabhakaran that , ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I have got you almost all what you wanted.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  Remember, Hardeep?ƒÆ’-¡  That is how despicable you Indian Bully bunch were.

Hardeep, you were not a babe in the woods, as you knew all along what was going on when your India was intimidating Sri Lanka. When IPKF committed human rights violations which are reason enough to haul you all in front of a War Crimes Court. When the IPKF committed certain excesses such as the use of T-72 tanks to rescue some of your paracommandos who were encircled by the LTTE.ƒÆ’-¡  The fighting between your IPKF and the Indira Gandhi’sƒÆ’-¡  LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-boysƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ at Urumbiarai, the gateway to Jaffna, when Tamil civilians were killed and T-72 tanks ran over them.ƒÆ’-¡  The shelling of the Jaffna General Hospital by the IPKF when rumours were spread that the LTTE had taken refuge and the death of Doctors, patients and Ambulance drivers, angered the people.ƒÆ’-¡  And how your Indian helicopter gunships strafed the Chavacachcheri market building killing 65 civilians.

With all these happenings Hardeep S. Puri, you have absolutely no moral right to point your fingerƒÆ’-¡  and lecture at the Rajapaksa brothers.ƒÆ’-¡  I doubt they will take orders from you, as they know and I know, that you are a convincing candidate to be hauled in front of an International War Crimes Court for your involvement in the war crimes that took place in Sri Lanka during your tenure asƒÆ’-¡ a senior diplomat at theƒÆ’-¡ Indian High Commission in Colombo from December 1984 to March 1988.ƒÆ’-¡  Like the massacre of 32 novice Buddhist monks at Aranthalawa on the morning of 2 June 1987 which was executed by your Indira Gandhi’s “boys”, the Made in India, Tamil Tiger terrorists.

With that conclusion, I say Amen!.

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe

WIMAL WEERAWANSA SHOULD MOVE HIS APPLICATION AGAINST THE 13A NOW

April 12th, 2013

Jayantha Liyanage, General Secretary, Sinhala Jathika Peramuna (SJP),

Minister Wimal Weerawansa (WW) early this year on one Friday said that he is going to move an SC application against the 13A. But two days later on Monday he said that he is not going to move it because he belongs to one PSC committee therefore it would not be good to do so.

But when he said that he would move an application against the 13A, on Friday then the application set must have been ready on that Friday ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” 3 sets of the application for the three SC judges, the RegistrarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s copy, the CouncilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s copy and his copy. Therefore, he must have with him all those copies intact in his filing cabinet

The 13A problem could only be solved in favour of the indigenous Sinhala People through two avenues ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” First the legal avenue and second, the political avenue. Therefore, WW is in a position to launch a two-prong attack on the 13A in a concrete way.

According to the News item published in Lankaweb on 28th February by the SLSGC, it appears to be that GR, WW, Udaya Gammanpilla (UG), Champika Ranawaka (CR) together with Gunadasa AmeresekaraƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s 10 organizations with the support of SLSGC have met the President to initiate a political program to abolish the 13A. So we the indigenous Sinhala people are in a strong position to get rid of the 13A.

But as WW withdrew his application in two days time because of an unexpected reason, political moves even by the President could go wrong. Therefore, to be on the safe side (in the event the timeline agenda presented by the SLSGC does not materialize after the New year), WW should now invoke his application set (all he has to do is to change the date of his application) and file the application at the SC just after the Sinhala New Year.

This time he does not have to be the Petitioner as it was in last time. His good buddy, Piyasiri Dissanayake, or one of the leaders from Gunadasa Ameresekara team could become the Petitioner or Petitioners and why not the man UG himself. But in the event if they are all shy to be a Petitioner, then I personally would be ready for the action.

Therefore, I urge SLSGC to phone minister WW immediately and invoke the Petition without further delay. I am sure there must be plenty of auspicious times available during this time of the year to file a good application prepared in good faith.

 

12.04.2013.

Army inquiry to civilian deaths is a joke, according to TNA

April 12th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

ƒÆ’-¡ The response of Suresh Premachandran, an MP of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to the report of the army inquiry, as mentioned in the media on 11 April, is hardly surprising. Leaving the genuineness, objectivity and the veracity of the inquiry by the armed forces aside, the TNA stance has always been anti-Sri Lankan and anti-armed forces.

ƒÆ’-¡ Is it possible for the TNA to cite a single action or incident that would suggest even vaguely that it ever did anything to safeguard the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka? All that Sri Lanka hears and reads about is how TNA and its members ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” especially the MPs who are paid their salaries and are granted their perks at the (largely Sinhala) tax payerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s expense ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” go round the world denigrating Sri Lanka.

ƒÆ’-¡ Have the TNA MPs done anything to develop Sri Lanka or improve the lot of at least the Tamils of the North for whom the TNA sheds crocodile tears? It is sad that the $300 million annual war kitty (JaneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Defence Weekly) that the LTTE generated was spent on arms and for destroying Sri Lanka, instead of investing in industrial and commercial ventures, at least in the North, which would have benefited the Tamils and, in the meantime, saved billions for the Sri Lanka government to be spent on productive ventures.

ƒÆ’-¡ India was responsible for the protracted war. Period.ƒÆ’-¡  That is the stark truth. The Defence Secretary is merely elucidating a fact that everyone except the TNA knows. Though the TNA MP is not ready to admit it, it is a bitter pill that he has to swallow. In fact, it is not only India, but the Tamils secessionists under various names, from the beginning of the 20th century, who went on demanding special treatment for the Northern Tamils that are also culpable for the festering cankerous crime.

ƒÆ’-¡ The history of the conflict from the pre-independence period, which Premachandran may find unpalatable, goes as follows. ƒÆ’-¡ The Jaffna Association put forward the call for a 50-50 representation (50% for Sinhalas and 50% for Tamils and other minorities) in 1918. The Tamil Mahajana Sabha reiterated it in 1921. In 1923, Arunachalam founded the Ceylon Tamil Congress, and in 1926, Rasanayagam, the historian who is held in high esteem by the separatists, published his ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Kingdom of JaffnaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, which is the Bible for the separatists to back their claims (Incidentally, it described how Cankili massacred the Sinhala Buddhists living in Jaffna in the 16th century). In 1939, while Ponnambalam took over the 50-50 representation demand, the Jaffna Youth Congress leader Balasingham wanted a federation with India for Tamils. What happened later is well known: the infamous ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Vadukkodai ResolutionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of 1976 and the killing of 13 soldiers of the Sri Lanka army in a bomb attack in Jaffna in 1983 are events that are too recent for even Premachandran to forget or brush aside.

ƒÆ’-¡ When there were signs that the JRJ government was leaning towards the West, Indira Gandhi thought it was her bounden duty (or so it was projected) to provide financial support and military training at IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s own military facilities to a rag tag bunch of street thugs from Velvetiturai and other parts of the Northern peninsula, transforming the latter to the most ferocious terrorists in the world. The Vadamarachchi Operation of 1987 of the Sri Lanka armed forces would have captured the LTTE leader, and the senseless bloodletting would have stopped, bringing normalcy to the country, if not for the fact that Rajiv Gandhi of India decided to lift Pirabhaharan to safety in India.

ƒÆ’-¡ Today, the Central Government of India is pampering to the whims and fancies of a motley assortment of former film stars past their sell-by-dates, celluloid heroes, script writers, and many other loquacious blabbermouths from its Southern State of Tamil Nadu, merely to remain in power. What happens to

Sri Lanka, a member of SAARC, that never created any problems to India is of no concern to the mighty neighbour that Sri Lanka continues, or is compelled, to refer to as a friend.

ƒÆ’-¡ Modern day India can never absolve itself of the crime that it has been committing against Sri Lanka for many decades. Premachandran may blame the forever-castigated ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Sinhala governmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and the Sinhala people, but it is his forefathers, aided and abetted by India that originated the mistrust and ensures that the divisions perpetuate. Sadly, the conflict will continue as long as the TNA and its supporters abroad fraudulently project the Tamil community in Sri Lanka as the innocent victim and continue with the intransigence that is their hallmark.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-All the mistakes are those made by the successive governments in Sri Lanka,” concludes Premachandran in his statement. Oh, what innocent babes the Tamil leaders have been! Sri Lanka government is a convenient scapegoat for the TNA to go on lambasting.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-US ready to support Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, says Kerry

April 12th, 2013

Asada M ErpiniƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ 

For a change, the statement by the US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, on the occasion of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, as reported on 12 April, does not seem to have the usual innuendos and the threats that emanated from the likes of Hilary Rodham Clinton and her underlings Robert Blake, Patricia A. Butenis and Michele J. Sison

It is only after May 2009 that Sri Lankans have been able to celebrate any event of cultural or religious significance without the fear or risk of getting blasted by an LTTE bomb. It is sad, however, that the very people in the political and military leadership who have been instrumental in delivering peace are being hauled over the coals by a group of affluent nations led by the US.

All peace-loving Sri Lankans hope and pray that the sentiments expressed by the US Secretary of State are sincere and genuine. Although Sri Lanka is a powerless, poor country, with only a handful of friends in the international arena, it will be glad to reciprocate; in whatever manner that it can, to ensure that there is a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship between the two nations.

The statement, however, would have been worth its weight in gold if the oft repeated ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-reconciliation and accountabilityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ did not creep into it. Then again, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Beggars canƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t be choosersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, or so the saying goes.

The bond of Buddha and all that it conveys is a bond between India and Sri Lanka which nothing can break

April 12th, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE Information Technology Division – Ministry of External Affairs Sri Lanka

Inaugurating an exhibition of photographs titled ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Buddhist Heritage of Sri Lanka: a shared culture with IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ at the India International Centre in New Delhi on 9 April, Foreign Secretary of India Ranjan Mathai, quoting from a speech made by IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during a visit to Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, in 1950, said that the bond of Buddha and all that it conveys is a bond between India and Sri Lanka which nothing can break.

Elaborating on the shared culture of India and Sri Lanka, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai spoke of recent steps in the cultural sphere and joint celebration of the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanti, which have further strengthened the historic bonds between the two countries. He spoke of the exposition of the Kapilavastu Relics of Gautama Buddha in Sri Lanka last year where over 3 million people paid homage to the Relics, and IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s gift of the 16 foot Buddha statue based on the Gupta period statue in Sarnath which is installed at the entrance to the International Buddhist Museum in Kandy. In this context, he described in NehruƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s words, the solace he had derived from the Samadhi Buddha statue in Anuradhapura, a photograph of which was his constant companion in the Dehradun jail: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-….the strong calm features of the Buddha soothed me and gave me strength and helped me overcome many a period of depression.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Speaking at the exhibitionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s inauguration, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Prasad Kariyawasam traced the historic civilisational ties between India and Sri Lanka. The photographs, he said, tell the story of the ties that have bound the people of India and Sri Lanka for thousands of years, the great civilisation that once flourished, and the moral and ethical codes of compassion, tolerance, selflessness and non-violence which in todayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s modern world seem to be overtaken by materialism, egoism and parochial interests.

Photographer Benoy Behl spoke of the culture of all of South Asia being deeply unified by a vision of great compassion and stated that Sri Lanka is one of the great inheritors of this vision of life. In this context, Benoy Behl recalled the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd Century BC during which time, artistes did not put their names on their work and ephemeral personalities were not considered important.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai was gifted a sapling of the sacred Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya, nurtured and kept alive jointly by the people of both countries over thousands of years, as a symbol of the deep and abiding friendship between the people of the two countries and respect for the teachings of Gautama Buddha.

The exhibition of photographs by renowned Indian art historian, photographer and film-maker, Benoy Behl, is organised jointly by the Sri Lanka High Commission in India, the India International Centre and the India-Sri Lanka Foundation. The exhibition featuring 40 photographs of historic sites in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy and Kelaniya will continue up to 16 April.

The full text of the High CommissionerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Statement is appended below.

High Commission of Sri Lanka in India
New Delhi
11 April 2013

Remarks by H.E. Prasad Kariyawasam
High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India at the Inauguration of the Exhibition of Photographs ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”The Buddhist Heritage of Sri Lanka: a shared culture with IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢

India International Centre, New Delhi, 9 April 2013

Foreign Secretary Mr. Ranjan Mathai,
Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for joining us this evening at the inauguration of this exhibition of photographs by Mr. Benoy Behl titled: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Buddhist Heritage of Sri Lanka: a shared culture with IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. This exhibition is organised jointly by the India International Centre, the High Commission of Sri Lanka and the India-Sri Lanka Foundation. On behalf of all these three institutions, I express deep appreciation to Foreign Secretary Mr. Ranjan Mathai for gracing us with his presence this evening as the Chief Guest, at extremely short notice, when Dr. Shashi Tharoor, who was to be the Chief Guest, had to travel abroad to represent the Government of India at the inauguration of the new President of Kenya.

As you would all know, India and Sri Lanka are geographically separated by a mere 48 kilometres of sea known as the Palk Strait. Being situated in such close proximity to each other geographically, it is abundantly clear that interaction between the people of India and Sri Lanka would have predated recorded history. Relations between our two countries are ancient and steeped in legend. The two great epics of India, the Ramayana and the Mahabaratha are believed to have references to Sri Lanka. So does the Skanda Purana associated with God Skanda. The Mahavamsa or the Great Chronicle which is the main source for the reconstruction of the early history of Sri Lanka talks of the arrival of a Prince from Bengal and Kalinga named Vijaya, in about the 5th Century BC, who settled in Sri Lanka and established its first Kingdom. ƒÆ’-¡ Although this legend is deeply embedded in Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s literature, its history and its folklore, there is no record of its visual or artistic depiction in ancient Sri Lanka. What is interesting however is that this story finds artistic depiction in a series of murals called the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Simhala AvadanaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ in the 5th Century monastic caves of Ajanta in Western India.

According to historical records, Buddhism was officially introduced to Sri Lanka around the middle of the 3rd Century BC, during the reign of IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s great Emperor Ashoka, who sent his own son Arhat Mahinda, an enlightened Buddhist monk, to Sri Lanka, with the Message of Buddhism. Soon thereafter, his daughter Sanghamitra, who had become a Buddhist nun was sent to Sri Lanka with a sapling of the Pipal tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya. This tree continues to stand in Anuradhapura even today, and it is acknowledged as the oldest recorded tree in the world. It has remained in continuous worship since its inception in the 3rd Century BC. It was from this tree, which you will see in the photographs taken by Benoy, that the tree that you now find in Bodhgaya, was revived, when the original tree in India was no more. Our two countries, India and Sri Lanka, have jointly kept this sacred and historic tree alive. It stands as a symbol of our deep friendship, our commitment to peace, non-violence, tolerance, respect for all beings, and the teachings of Gautama Buddha.

The introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka also saw the introduction of the culture and the civilisation of Buddhist India to Sri Lanka. New forms of art, architecture, and cultural practices made a deep impression on Sri Lankan civlisation. It is even believed that it was Emperor AshokaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s son Mahinda, who had lived in large cities like Pataliputra, the capital of the Magadhan Empire and had seen great monasteries like Asokarama and Sanchi in Vidisha, who originally planned and laid out the Holy City of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.

For nearly 13 centuries, Anuradhapura remained the principal seat of government and the major centre of Sri Lankan culture and civilisation. Its monasteries were great centres of learning, visited by scholars and pilgrims from many parts of Asia. It housed an international trading community, which included traders from India, China, Rome, Arabia and Persia. Sri Lankan ambassadors were despatched on several occasions to the imperial courts of Rome and China from the court at Anuradhapura. The Great Indian Buddhist scholar and commentator, Buddhaghosa, spent many years in Anuradhapura during the 5th Century, codifying the Buddhist scriptures which had been lost in India. Gunavarman, the Kashmiri monk, who carried Buddhism to Indonesia and China, passed through Sri Lanka, and must certainly have visited the cityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s monasteries. Monks from Anuradhapura went out to many lands, including India, China, Cambodia and Java, and they left inscriptions and records of their visits in those places.

Influences from southern India have been of fundamental importance in Sri Lanka from prehistoric times. For a thousand years before the arrival of the Portuguese, several conquerors from South India invaded parts of Sri Lanka and established short lived dependencies. At the same time, there was a long history of Sri Lankan rulers sending emissaries to Southern India for their queens and for cultural and economic pursuits. The Buddhist temples from the Polonnaruwa period (1017 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” 1215) onwards incorporated Hindu shrines in their premises. This is a feature one would find in Buddhist temples even today and you would see this in BenoyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s photographs as well.

The Kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa declined due to a combination of factors. Invasions from South India were one major reason, and the seat of power shifted gradually southwards and to the central mountains in search of security. Southern Kingdoms also came under pressure from powerful naval expeditions of Chinese Emperors seeking tribute and obedience. These were before the arrival of the European colonial powers.

The ruins of great monasteries and cities, colossal man-made lakes, numerous inscriptions and a large body of ancient literature still survive as testimony to the achievements of the Sri Lankan people over a period of 2000 years and more. They indicate that Sri Lanka took its place with other countries in Asia, as one of the most advanced and developed countries of the pre-modern world from about 3rd century BC to about the 15th century. Throughout this period, the people of Sri Lanka had evolved its own distinctive culture and economy while keeping in close contact with the outside world and being open to ideas and exchanges with the countries of the Indian Ocean region and beyond.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mr. Benoy Behl, I am sure, is someone known to most of you. An art historian, writer, photographer and flim-maker, he excels in all these fields. Benoy is perhaps best known for documenting the vast art history of India in photographs and film and also for his book on the Ajanta Caves published in London and New York. He is famed for the development of a technique of capturing the images of paintings such as those in Ajanta with extremely low light. He has lectured and exhibited his work all over the world in important universities and museums.

Benoy,
It is a privilege for us to have had you visit our country, and photograph some of the important monuments, archaeological and historic sites in Sri Lanka. We thank you for capturing with such great skill, these images that tell the story of the ties that have bound our two nations and our people for over thousands of years; the story of the great civilisation that once flourished; and the moral and ethical codes of compassion, tolerance, selflessness, and non-violence which in todayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s modern world seem to be overtaken by materialism, egoism and parochial interests.

Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

In closing, I would like to once again thank all of you for joining us today and I hope all of you enjoy this exhibition and have a pleasant evening.

Trouble in paradise: The darker side of the Maldives

April 12th, 2013

Courtesy: The Independent (UK)

Public lashings. Religious extremists seizing power. A gay blogger with his throat slashed. Few of the million annual visitors to the Maldives will recognise the hellish side of these heavenly islands

Hilath Rasheed, the first openly gay and secular blogger in the Maldives, was about to walk through his front door one afternoon last year when he felt the box-cutter slice through his neck.

It took a moment to notice the blood pouring down his shirt. As his attackers sauntered off, Hilath staggered to the main road, clutching the loose skin over his throat with one hand. He managed to hitch a lift to hospital from a horrified motorcyclist. When a doctor in the emergency room asked him to move his hand away, a policeman and nurse fainted.

Following a miraculous recovery ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” doctors told him there was less than a 1 per cent chance of surviving such an attack ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Hilath, 35, now lives in exile in Sri Lanka. He misses home, but a country where it is illegal to be non-Muslim and violent forms of religious fundamentalism are on the rise is no place for a homosexual secularist, he says.

“Extremism is the biggest threat my country faces,” he said at a coffee shop in Colombo. “I was the first person to talk openly about homosexuality and religious freedom. People said I was brave, but often I think I was stupid.”

Recent weeks have put a spotlight on Islamic fundamentalism in the Maldives after a 15-year-old girl who had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather was sentenced to 100 lashes for “fornication”. A petition by the global advocacy group Avaaz has been signed by more than two million people demanding a tourist boycott until the flogging sentence is annulled.

In a rare interview at his home this week, President Mohammed Waheed told The Independent that he strongly opposes the court ruling. “This case should not have come to the courts at all. We see this girl as a victim,” he said, adding that he has set up a committee to “understand what went wrong”.

But that sits awkwardly with his recent decision to enter into a coalition with the religious Adhaalath party with elections to be held in September.

In a recent statement, Adhaalath backed the flogging, saying: “The purpose of penalties like these in Islamic shariah is to maintain order in society and to save it from sinful acts. We must turn a deaf ear to the international organisations which are calling to abolish these penalties.”

Few of the million visitors to the Maldives each year see this side of the country. Most are whisked off to uninhabited resort islands before even setting foot on the crowded, alcohol-free capital of MalƒÆ’†’©. But the flogging case was not an isolated incident ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Islamic hardliners, many trained in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have become a shadowy but powerful presence here. They are blamed for a raid on the national museum last year in which a priceless collection of ancient Buddhist artefacts was destroyed. They are also thought to be behind the killing in October of a member of parliament who had spoken out against extremism. The police have made little progress in either case.

Religious conservatives were also the driving force behind weeks-long protests that toppled the country’s first Democratic President, Mohamed Nasheed, in February last year.

Mr Nasheed’s election in 2008 had ended 30 years of dictatorship, but his liberal, Western style was used by opponents to paint him as un-Islamic ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” even a secret Christian. Although Mr Nasheed resigned on live television, he later claimed it was done “with a gun to my head” and that he was the victim of a coup.

The new President says the changeover was perfectly legal. But eyebrows were raised when he gave ministerial posts to the son and daughter of the former dictator Maumoon Gayoom, and chose three religious leaders from the Adhaalath party for his cabinet, even though the party holds no seats in parliament.

Dr Waheed defended his choice this week, saying: “They want to ensure Islamic values are protected. We are all working with that in mind.”

Out on one of the Maldives’ 200 inhabited islands, Mr Nasheed and members of his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) were back on the campaign trail last week, hoping they can regain through the ballot box what was lost to the mob.

On most islands he receives a hero’s welcome, still the man who endured torture and years behind bars to bring democracy to the country. But this day’s campaigning brought him to the island of Huraa: as stunning as the rest, with its turquoise waters, palm trees and white sands, but a stronghold of conservative forces.

Women greeted Mr Nasheed with a table of whisky bottles to imply his alleged love of alcohol. As he tried to address a small crowd in the town hall, they stood outside shrieking maniacally in an attempt to drown him out. Attempts to approach them for their views almost triggered a riot.

“They are screaming because they are losing and they know it,” Mr Nasheed said at his hotel later that evening. “The coup has actually been a blessing in disguise. It exposed the mullahs. When they took jobs in government, it became obvious that they were just using religion for political ends. Hardly anyone is joining their rallies now.”

It is not yet clear whether Mr Nasheed will be allowed to stand in September’s elections. The current government and judiciary are doing their best to throw him in prison for his attempt to arrest a senior judge during the final days of his presidency. So far, his trial has been delayed by technicalities, but there are fears that more extreme measures are about to be deployed.

“There is no question that they wanted me dead during the coup,” Mr Nasheed said. “They have unfinished business with me.”

Such fears have put his supporters on edge. The islands have been gripped in recent weeks by news that a pair of alleged Armenian gangsters known as the Artur brothers have been photographed in the company of government ministers. Rumours quickly spread on social media that they were assassins sent to kill Mr Nasheed.

The brothers ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” who use the names Artur Sargsyan and Artur Margaryan ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” made international headlines in 2006 after being kicked out of Kenya amid allegations they had built a drug-trafficking empire with links to the highest government offices. They were deported only after pulling guns on customs officials in a Nairobi airport.

The Maldives government says they were in town to set up an investment company, and has hastily cancelled their permits in the wake of the media attention, but the episode showed how tense the political situation has become. “Everyone is worried about [Mr Nasheed's] safety,” said Eva Abdulla, an MDP politician. “Things look calm, but if he is jailed or killed, there will be huge amounts of violence on the streets.”

Despite their grievances, the MDP had its fair share of controversies during its time in power. The party was accused of bribing opposition MPs, sidelining critics and failing to clean up a deeply corrupt judiciary when it had the chance. Mr Nasheed’s decision to arrest the judge was condemned internationally and only fuelled the protests that led to his downfall.

“It’s true that we made mistakes,” Ms Abdulla said. “We underestimated how much power the old regime still had and they managed to build a lot of anger against Nasheed. But the coup has jolted people out of their apathy. People have realised that their new democratic rights are quite precarious.”

Mr Nasheed hopes that his focus on development will ultimately drown out the religious rhetoric.

He is particularly fond of his decision to allow locals to open guest houses on inhabited islands, which were banned. That is starting to break the monopoly enjoyed by millionaire resort owners, and bring tourist dollars into the rural economy for the first time.

He is also touting a financial-support scheme for single mothers ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” a particular hit because the Maldives happens to have the highest divorce rate in the world. “All the opposition can do is wave alcohol bottles at us,” one of Mr Nasheed’s campaign organisers said, walking away from the screaming women on Huraa. “We have actual policies, and eventually that will get through to people.”

Unwelcome guests: The ‘Artur Brothers’

The “Artur brothers” have caused quite a stir since they arrived in the Maldives last year.

Having reportedly registered the company “Artur Brothers World Connections” on the islands in October, it was not long before local media began to pick up on news reports from Kenya dating back to 2006 which alleged that the pair ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” who go by the names of Artur Sargsyan and Artur Margaryan ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” were involved in a drug-trafficking ring with links to some of Kenya’s highest officials.

Their activities allegedly culminated in a dramatic exit from Kenya, in which they pulled guns on customs officials. Media investigations later said the pair had been so close to senior government officials that they were granted Kenyan citizenship, and even appointed deputy police commissioners. They have also been said to hold Armenian, Czech and French passports. This month, photos of the Arturs appeared online apparently in the company of the country’s Defence Minister, Mohamed Nazim, and the Tourism Minister, Ahmed Adheeb.

Their presence coincided with a comment issued by the islands’ ousted leader, Mohamed Nasheed, in which he expressed fear for his life. According to reports, in 2011 the former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga accused the brothers of involvement in a failed assassination plot against leading opposition figures in 2005. The brothers are said to have told a press conference that they were merely businessmen, who had been approached by the opposition to fund a campaign for regime change in Kenya.

In a statement on his website dated 4 April this year, the President of the Maldives, Mohammed Waheed, said he had been told that the brothers were in the country in January but that they “had not broken any laws”. It said the brothers “were being monitored by the police” and “the administration later decided to ask them to leave once their visa extension expired”.

This week, Mr Adheeb told Minivan News that he had “advised them to leave peacefully and they agreed”, adding that the pair “have now left”. Police have since recommended that an investment licence issued to the brothers by the islands should be revoked.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/trouble-in-paradise-the-darker-side-of-the-maldives-8567893.html

 

Avuruddha Celebrations in Malaysia

April 12th, 2013

Avuruddha Celebrations in Malaysia

 

Sunday, 7 April 2013; 11.30amƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Sanghika Dana in Memory of Departed Loved Ones

Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields

Sunday, 7 April 2013, 5.00pmƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Transference of Merits to Departed Loved Ones

Sinhala Buddhist Cemetery, Loke Yew

Sunday, 14 April 2013; 7.30am ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Avuruddha Blessing Service and Exchange of Gifts

Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields

Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul

Sunday, 21 April 2013; 10.00amƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lankan Musical Performance

Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields

Saturday, 27 April 2013; 5.00pmƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  A Pictorial Journey of the Malaysian Sinhalese
Malaysian Sinhalese Association, Brickfields

Saturday, 27 April 2013; 6.30pmƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Sinhala Avuruddha Cultural Show

Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields

Sunday, 28 April 2013; 11.00amƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Sinhala Avuruddha Open House

Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields

British Airways resuming flights after 15 years sends a strong message of confidence in Sri Lanka ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Dr Chris Nonis

April 12th, 2013

Media Release The High Commission of Sri Lanka London

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis said that the fact that British Airways, the UKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s National carrier and third largest airline in Europe, has taken the decision to resume flights to Sri Lanka is an excellent index of their substantial confidence in Sri Lanka and its future growth potential.

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ƒÆ’-¡ (From L to R)ƒÆ’-¡  H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis , High Commissioner forƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka to the UK with Mr. Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer in British Airways, at the Sri Lanka High Commission.

British Airways suspended its flights to Sri Lanka in the late 1990ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s due to security reasons and resumes flights to Sri Lanka after a fifteen year absence in the island, and is represented by the Hayleys Group, one of the largest diversified conglomerates in Sri Lanka. The country offers a wealth of culture, history, heritage, and rich diversity of experiences from pristine beaches and stunning landscapes to wildlife and adventure, all within a compact location, and was named the top travel destination for 2013 by British Airways. The UK was the second largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka in 2012 at over 114, 000, from a total of over 1 million, Dr Nonis said.

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Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer of British Airways, will be taking the inaugural flight on the 14TH April, andƒÆ’-¡  spoke at the Sri Lankan High Commission about his confidence in Sri Lanka. British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom and the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations. Following its merger with Iberia, the International Airlines Group, IAG, created the world’s third-largest airline in terms of annual revenue and the second largest airline group in Europe, serving over 150 destinations.

ƒÆ’-¡ Keith Williams said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-This is an extremely exciting new route for us.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka is experiencing a boom in tourism, and the industry is expected to grow further. The addition of BA would give British tourists additional flexibility, and create value for both the aviation and tourism sectors. The UK has the second largest number of tourists visiting the island after India, so itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s a greatƒÆ’-¡  opportunity for them to fly there with British Airways.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-

ƒÆ’-¡ Keith Williams saidƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We will be operating flights to Sri Lanka from UK’s Gatwick airport to Colombo’s Bandaranaike international airport via Male in the Maldives. We will operate Boeing 777ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s, long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliners in a three class configuration on a thrice-a-week flight schedule to Colombo. I am looking forward to our inaugural flight, at the time of New Year celebrations, and the dawn of a new opportunity for the UK and Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ The High Commission of Sri Lanka

London

ƒÆ’-¡ 12 April 2013

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

April 12th, 2013

Karthick S (Courtesy Times of India)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 12th, 2013

Shivprasad Swaminathan Courtesy the Hindu

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

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

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

Under Central domain

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

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

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

Blanket ban

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

April 12th, 2013

Courtesy: Buddhist Channel

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 11th, 2013

by Garvin Karunaratne Former SLAS- Government Agent, Matara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garvin Karunaratne

Former SLAS- Government Agent, Matara

10 th April 2013

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

April 11th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enter Japan – again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India is no friend of Sri Lanka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preparing Sri Lanka for unilateral sanctions

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

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

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

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

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

It was an astonishment that a gentleman from TGTE has replied

April 11th, 2013

Kanthar P Balanathan

29th March 2013

ƒÆ’-¡ Dear MrƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦R.N,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ƒÆ’-¡ Thanks

ƒÆ’-¡ Kanthar P Balanathan

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

Retired Director and Specialist Power Systems Engineer

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

April 11th, 2013

By Gamini Gunawardane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That was not the point in issue!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And he goes on to say further that:

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

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

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

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

April 11th, 2013

Nandana Wijeratne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nandana Wijeratne

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

April 11th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 11th, 2013

R Bandarage, Cottesloe WA

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

April 11th, 2013

In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 11th, 2013

Dr.Tilak Fernando

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

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

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

StudentsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wardens

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

Beginning of the end

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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