‘Sri Lanka in full support of WTO Bali package!’ ” Rishad at Bali’s MC-9

December 6th, 2013

Media  Ministry of Industry & Commerce

The Doha Development Agenda has been on hold for 12 years. And despite challenges, Sri Lanka extends its fullest support and flexibility to a balanced WTO Bali package. “Doha Development Agenda, which was supposed to inject a new impetus to the world economy through trade creation, has been on hold for 12 long years. And despite the rebuilding challenge, Sri Lanka is ready to extend its fullest support and flexibility towards a balanced Bali package that will ensure some tangible benefits” said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka on 05 December.

 Minister Bathiudeen was addressing the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia representing Sri Lanka at the 9th Session of the WTO Ministerial Conference, WTO’s top-most decision making body, which is held every two years.  The 9th Ministerial held from 3 ” 6 December, was attended by all 159 Member countries of the WTO and a large number of think-tanks, donor agencies, NGOs and civil society groups.

 The Sri Lanka delegation, which is led by Minister Bathiudeen includes senior officials from the Department of Commerce, Colombo and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the WTO, Geneva.

 Sri Lanka acceded to WTO on 1 January 1995, and its Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) status is ‘Observer’.  According to WTO, Sri Lanka’s contribution to WTO budget is 0.06% of the organisation’s 2013 total. Tariff binding coverage is only 38%  (in that, only 38% of products  in Sri Lanka’s list of commitments are legally committed/bound with the WTO). In 2012, the share of duty free imports of non-agricultural products from rest of WTO members (under most favoured nation rule) is a considerable 63.8% while only 3% of the total Lankan tariff lines were subjected to non ad-valorem taxes. WTO identifies that Sri Lanka’s place in world merchandise exports to be at Rank 92 and for Commercial Services, Rank 81. Sri Lanka is not listed by WTO for any disputes except just one request for consultation.

 “The Ninth Ministerial is taking place at a very decisive juncture in the global economy. The sluggish growth witnessed since the 2008 financial crisis has already posed serious policy challenges for every country, both big and small. The fast rising unemployment figures and the growing austerity measures we see in many parts of the world paint a disturbing scenario. Unfortunately, the Doha Development Agenda, which was supposed to inject a new impetus to the world economy through trade creation, has been on hold for 12 long years. Against this backdrop, we, the Members, should make every possible effort to ensure that the Bali Ministerial delivers at least a small, but balanced package, which can unblock the Doha impasse and provide us with a fresh start for negotiations” said Minister Bathiudeen, and added: “With the dawn of peace and stability after nearly three decades of terrorism, the post-conflict Sri Lanka now faces the formidable challenge of rebuilding its economy.

Despite this challenge, Sri Lanka is ready to extend its fullest support and flexibility toward a balanced Bali package that will ensure some tangible benefits to every Member in the WTO family.  If there is no successful outcome in Bali, we will not be able to even think of a comprehensive Doha package, which includes many other important areas such as NAMA, Agriculture and Services.  With everyone’s effort and dedication, we have achieved a great deal of consensus on the texts that are before us and this progress did not come-by easily.  I firmly believe that we are not very far from a deal. Letting go of this opportunity at this stage will be a great loss we will regret for many, many years. 

With stronger political commitment and a little more flexibility by every Member, we will surely be able to walk the remaining mile. Let me also inform you that the Group of Fifteen, a Summit level Group of 17 developing countries currently chaired by Sri Lanka calls for a fresh impetus at the ninth Ministerial Council for an early conclusion of the Doha with a “development” oriented outcome. It also emphasizes the importance of the accession to WTO by developing countries, particularly the LDCs.  An early outcome on the intended Bali package is also an imperative for us to restore the credibility of both the WTO and the multilateral trading system it leads.”  

Fantastic method of collection of statistics and decision making!

December 6th, 2013

Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela

Srilanka must be the only country where a major decision is made by a person no less than a Minister asking two or three women he meets in a bus/ train and asks them whether they like to have women only compartment and when they say no, Presto, the Parliament decides there is no need!

Obviously there will be women who will want to travel with their own men and if there are separate buses /trains for ladies this may be difficult. But surely if there are  women only compartments it will be so convenient for not only women and girls travelling alone, but even the ones travelling with their male companions.

What we should have is different compartments in trains and one side of seats in buses allocated for ladies. The convenience, lack of harassment and perversion, safety for those travelling alone are all superfluous to even mention.

Let’s hope saner counsel will prevail and  correct decisions will be made.

 

China tells Britain’s Cameron to return looted treasures ” Third World must demand too

December 5th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

Off went Cameron to China in a huff thinking that Britain’s help was needed to prop up rising China’s economy. Lesson Cameron learnt humiliatingly was China is a great power Britain now is not. It was certainly no meeting of equals. If Cameron huffed and puffed in Colombo he certainly ended up groveling before China yet to no avail. If that was not enough to take back home China has demanded the return of priceless artefacts looted from Beijing in the 19th century. Now that China has set the ball rolling  is now time all former colonies start forwarding their lists and seek repatriation and reparations too.

 The tables have certainly turned. Decades back you will never imagine Western leaders bending before Asia’s giants we are now facing a total new ball game. Human Rights accusations from London end up voiceless landing in Beijing. Ban on British journalists go nothing beyond attempts to diplomatically solve matters. But China has made very clear who the boss is.

 China Centre for International Economic Exchanges headed by former Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan had just one question for the visiting British premier ‘when will Britain return the illegally plundered artefacts’ ” 23,000 items that British army looted. If a British officer wrote in the 19th century ‘you can scarcely imagine the beauty and magnificence of the places we burnt. It made one’s heart sore to burn them’ ” if it made a British soldier’s heart burn, Britain should imagine the heart ache it had given to 90% of the world it once ruled over. China made public its intention to demand the return of looted treasures in 2009 when it sent missions to museums in Britain and France to inspect 1.5million artefacts stolen during the Opium Wars.

 Britain has rejected requests by countries to return artefacts that adorn the British Museum (ART REPATRIATION)

 95% of the artifacts in the British Museum are stolen and vandalized objects , and not gifts or given for safe keeping as the British would have us believe. Don’t the English have artifacts of their own culture and own history that they can show in museums without having to steal and show case others?

 The same British government has made a huge fuss about returning art and treasures stolen by the Nazis during the second world war.  But they will not practice what they preach.

Some of the priceless artefacts unlikely to be returned are:

  • Elgin Marbles – classical Greek marble sculptures that Athens has long demanded be given back.
  • 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond ” placed on the Crown Jewels was taken from India in 1850 Britain rules out returning to India – “I’m afraid it’s staying put.” is what Cameron said to India.
  • Britain also refuses to return the Sultanganj Buddha, Amravati railings, a series of limestone carvings dating back to 100 AD, Saraswati idol, a sculpture of the deity from the Bhoj temple to India
  • Britain will also not return oldest and most pricess piece in the entire British museum — a 9000 year old Apsara carving ( Emperor Vikramaditya ). The vedic civilisation is the worlds first civilisation.  It flourished on the banks of the river Saraswati from 9000 BC to 4000 BC, 
  • 11 wooden tablets – Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the most important of the 500 or so priceless Magdala treasures  looted by Britain from Ethiopia in 1868  are hidden in a room in the British Museum is debarred from even its director Neil MacGregor.
  • Benin Bronzes, a collection of brass pieces from the royal palace in Benin City (modern Nigeria), cast during the 16th and 17th centuries, seized by British forces during the Punitive Expedition of 1897 and now housed in the British Museum;
  • Ghana asks Britain to return looted treasures – www.modernghana.com/news/310930/1/when-will-britain-return-looted-golden-ghanaian-ar.html
  • Ethiopian President demands Britain returns stolen treasures – http://www.nairaland.com/220238/ethiopia-asks-britain-return-stolen

http://www.haindavakeralam.com/hkpage.aspx?PageID=14185&SKIN=D

History repeats itself.

 If countries had their treasures looted during colonial rule there is nothing to be surprised of the widespread looting that took place in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, Kirkuk and other Iraqi cities following the fall of Saddam Hussain. The Iraqi National Museum was ransacked where 28 galleries with more than 171,000 irreplaceable artifacts, relics of past civilizations dating back 8000 years were wiped clean.

 These included the Sacred Vase of Warka [ 3200 B.C.], the Mask of Warka [ 3100 B.C.], the Golden Harp of Ur [ 2500 B.C.], the Bassetki Statue [2250 B.C.],  the twin copper Ninhursag Bulls [ca. 2475 B.C.].  Also stolen was a spectacular collection of more than 1,000 pieces of gold jewelry and precious stones from the eighth and ninth centuries B.C. that had been discovered between 1988 and 1990 by Iraqi archaeologist Muzahim Hussein Mahmud during his excavation of four royal tombs, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest archaeological finds. The museum’s entire card catalog was destroyed, making it impossible even to identify what has been lost.  

 The Mesopotamian civilisation along with the Vedic Indian civilisation is the oldest in the world– what was stolen , were all priceless– you can’t put a US dollar tag on it.

 Nevertheless, some artefacts have been returned. In 2010 France returned to Nigeria 4 artefacts which were over 400 years old unlawfully taken during colonial rule. France has also returned to Egypt five artefacts from the Ptolemaic dynasty (300 BC) that were smuggled out of the country after the 2011 uprising.

 In 2012, the British army did return to Afghanistan 843 individual objects dating back as far as the Bronze Age going back 4000 years. Among the most prized items are first-century AD furniture decorations known as the Begram Ivories and an important sculpture of Buddha from the second or third century AD, both stolen from Afghan museums during the 1992-94.

 The prestigious New York Museum of Metropolitan of Art also returned 2 large statues to Cambodia 

 However, with China now demanding the return of all looted items it shows how China is appealing to nationalism to bolster its popularity and this is what Sri Lanka and other rising Third World nations need to also follow.

 To sum up what China thought of Cameron and Britain, the editorial of the Chinese Government newspaper ” Global Times declared that Great Britain “should acknowledge that the UK is not a big power” in the eyes of China and admit it is now “merely a country of old Europe suitable for tourism and overseas study, with a few decent football teams.” This was a slap to what Cameron said that his visit was one of “dialogue of mutual respect and understanding.”

Be that as it may with Mau Mau survivors being compensated, Africa tabulating its colonial crimes and 14 Caribbean nations filing cases against all former colonial rulers it is now Asia’s turn to turn the tables on the West for centuries of domination with public apology and reparations. The West always demanding nations to show justice, accountability and transparency should have no problem in owning up to its crimes both colonial and contemporary.

 

TIME TO UNITE THE PLANET EARTH

December 5th, 2013

Shripal Nishshanka

The world can be conveniently united for the sake of all beings living and unliving.

Today the most advanced technology shall be only utilized for peace, justice, humanity and equanimity.

May all universes be in peace by the bliss of all good guardian deities till eternity!

United National Party will never lead Sri Lanka because…..

December 5th, 2013

 Shenali D Waduge

There is one reason and one reason alone that explains why the United National Party will never lead Sri Lanka and no one needs to be splitting hairs or having conventions to find out. UNP will not win elections because it does not command the Buddhist vote. The tragedy is that it does not even care to consider championing the Buddhist cause. The reason is plain and simple and explains why over the years it has forgotten the arithmetic realities of how parties can win elections and why parties win elections.

 A leader who wants to celebrate the arrival of the Portuguese ignoring the thousands of Sri Lankans the Portuguese killed and the hundreds of Buddhist temples they destroyed and upon which current Churches now stand, a leader always running to foreign nations for advice, who stumbles when reciting the national anthem and rarely shows any desire to honor ancestors and the country’s Buddhist heritage can never hope to become the country’s leader. It is that plain and simple.

 There are many who weep for the Grand Ole Party ” more so because a country needs a vibrant opposition and not an opposition that sits on the other side especially if that opposition is now known and branded as traitors. Unfortunately, the UNP has only itself to blame. It has been plagued with a midas touch but not one that turns into gold ” but one that is rusting in all corners.

 From J R Jayawardena, R Premadasa to being led by Ranil Wickremasinghe the party has had its ups and downs. At least during the period of Premadasa people can look back in time where state offices were sparkling, public officials from peon to Secretary were immaculately dressed, factories and job opportunities abounded and of course the gam udawa system and the famous clock towers. People would also remember his inferiority complexes and how many manipulated these for their own advantage turning the country into a virtual killing field ” the human rights organizations were very selective and chose to keep mum. There were many unnecessary deaths and people are still mourning their dead. The period will also be remembered for the deaths of 600 innocent policemen asked to give themselves in to the LTTE who shot them dead one by one ” unarmed, a clear violation of their human rights ” again no human rights organizations came to speak on their behalf.

 The UNP has done its arithmetic wrong. In thinking that by only speaking for and taking up the mantle of the minorities it has distanced itself from a block of voters that cannot be ignored if a party wants to come into power. Popularity does not win votes, certainly not popularity from urban elite or minorities alone ” numbers are needed. Going behind coalitions of minorities only, has not paid any dividends to the UNP matched with its treacherous ways and traitors they have taken to their fold and traitors they have nurtured over the years.

 We had UNP MPs going round the world complaining and whining to every international body in the world, we have had MPs drafting legislations that have contributed to dividing and partitioning parts of the country to a terrorist organization and going around the world boasting of it ” ironically this same person is now in Government probably doing similar damage and eyeing for Premiership giving a whole new connotation to ‘yes’ men success theory and doing damage by fooling.

 There is little we need to say about the quality of our MPs for the public end up voting for them despite knowing their wicked ways or they end up coming from the back door as advisors, consultants or national list MPs and worse still be given key portfolios that decide the country’s fate when they are not the people the public want to represent them. Bouncing the same bad eggs from this side to that side has become part of the political games politicians play. You will not find a single Opposition MP objecting to salary increases for themselves but ever ready to complain about cost of living.

 Yet, we need to mention with appreciation that it was the UNP Buddhist voters who transferred their allegiance to the JHU in the 2004 elections after realizing UNP leaders treacherous ways and saved the country from turmoil. It is unfortunate that the JHU did not deliver on the mandate given to them which showcases how shortsighted politicians are in putting the country before self.

 Returning to the question of the UNP running deeper into the political wilderness it has itself only to blame. First they blamed its leader and now a whole team is accountable for it is this team that allowed a foreign tv channel to make use of its head quarters knowing that it was preparing to throw mud at Sri Lanka. Until and unless the UNP politicians realize that when people are ready to throw mud it is not at their enemy they are throwing mud it is at our country of 20million people of which they too are very much a part of – the UNP will continue to wonder why it can never sit in the winning seat – when the answer has always been siting infront of it. In allowing such a treacherous act to take place every member of the UNP is responsible whether they were part of the organizing committee or not. Blaming tv channels and media for relaying what they had organized is simply trying to cover up their guilt.

 To clean up the dirty stables. the UNP seriously need to throw out the dirty garbage that have littered every party they have been part of and connived to destroy using foreign funds and foreign advice – they are now ruining whatever is left to seal the coffin of the UNP. It is just as well the party is kept alive because of its history but for the party to become worthy of being called an opposition party the UNP needs to realize that in aspiring to lead the nation it must represent all the people and not isolate an entire bloc that contributes to bringing party’s to power. 

 Those party’s that merit from the bloc vote at the same time needs to also realize that they cannot afford to take that bloc vote too much for granted and committing the same mistake the UNP is currently doing which will be a key factor at future elections. 

 The voters are not as stupid as some politicians may like to think.

A Letter to Conservative MP Roxanne James by Dr. Asoka Perera – Canadian Sri Lankan

December 5th, 2013

Dr. Asoka Perera,  Brampton Ontario Canada

Roxanne James, Conservative MP for Scarborough Centre, Ontario
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness House of Commons, Ottawa
 
Dear MP Roxanne James:
 
Let me give you a brief introduction about myself before I open my pen. I hail from beautiful island of Sri Lanka and currently residing in Brampton at the above address. I am a Canadian Citizen, work as an environmental consultant and therefore believe the fact that I have a moral right to forward my output over the comments you have highlighted in your letter to the voters of your riding. 
Your letter dated November 21, 2013 regarding the Canada’s Prime Minister’s decision to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting held in Sri Lanka in November 2013 captured my attention over certain comments. 

To begin with the reply, I would like to draw your attention to the following statement you made in your email letter. “I can assure you that Canada is deeply concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka and has been monitoring and urging them to improve the situation and prevent violation against the Tamil people. The absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards in Sri Lanka during and after the civil war is unacceptable”. 
 
This statement shows your poor knowledge and understanding about the current situation in Sri Lanka. As we are aware of the fact that there is no clear cut definition for civil war and therefore I would like to take the widely used word in Oxford Advance Learning Dictionary which defines civil war as “a war between groups of people in the same country”. There are few ethnicities living in Sri Lanka that comprised of majority about 80% Sinhalese, 12% Tamils and rest Muslims and other minorities. The war that took place between Tamil Tigers and Sri Lankan government forces in any means cannot be recognized as a civil war by this definition. During 30 years of separatist terrorist war, majority of Tamil community lived and still living in south of Sri Lankan in Sinhala dominated western province mainly concentrated in Capital Colombo and suburbs. There was no war between Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka. It was purely between LTTE separatist terrorists and government forces who try to dismantle the LTTE terrorist war machinery to bring the peace to the island nation. 
 
It is good to know that Canada is deeply concerned about the violations against the Tamil people. My humble request for you is to list those violations against Tamil people that Canada is deeply concerned so that we can initiate a meaningful dialogue with you to rectify the situation. Sri Lanka ended the blood bath in May 2009. Since then, Sri Lankan government has initiated very comprehensive, realistic and holistic approach to restore the long lasting peace in Sri Lanka. Lesson Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) made very important and significant recommendations based on the principles of restorative justice to address the issues during the war period. This process is now effectively going on in Sri Lanka.
 
If you can recall the memory, it was Sinhala community living in the boarders of eastern Tamil villages who approached Tamil people, once the Tsunami hit the eastern coast in 2004 and devastated the coastal belt, ignoring the atrocities LTTE committed against boarder villages of Sinhalese. It would be better to mention you that our 2500 years of historical culture and civilization have brought out nation up in the doctrines of love, kindness and compassion. Our ancient society did not have any room for hatred within human. Our communities have co-existed in Sri Lanka in harmony until British took over the island in 18th century and destroyed all our rich cultural and social values.  
As soon as the war ended in May 2009, it was all Sinhalese who organized train and truck loads of food, water, medicine and necessary commodities to war ravaged Tamil people. Sri Lanka initiated two main development programs called Negenahira Udanaya “East Reawakening” and Uthuru Wasanthaya “Nothern Spring” to help build the war ravaged north and east. Infrastructural development including highway systems, water and electricity supply projects and telecommunication facilities initiated without delay. It took long years to clear the mine fields to make room for resettlement and this process is still being taken place. Resettlement plans are being progressively implemented. Peace prevails now from south to north and east to west. What else you are expecting from a country which is trying to stand up from scratches after thirty years of separatist war that paralyzed the entire life style of this beautiful nation. It sounds to readers that you and Canada expect Sri Lanka to stop these development and humanitarian activities and move to Hague to sit on the electrical chair.  
 
To justify your claims to your riding voters, you have quoted Canada’s Prime Minister’s explanation as to why he would not attend CHOGM in Colombo. “It is clear that the Sri Lankan Government has failed to uphold the commonwealth’s core values, which are cherished by Canadians. As such, as the Prime Minister Canada, I will not attend the 2013 CHOGM in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This is decision that I do not take lightly”. Commonwealth core values as described in commonwealth website consist of 16 parameters (Source : http://thecommonwealth.org/our-charter). 
 
Reaffirming the core values and principles of the Commonwealth as declared by this Charter:
1. Democracy
2. Human rights
3. International peace and security
4. Tolerance, respect and understanding
5. Freedom of Expression
6. Separation of Powers
7. Rule of Law
8. Good Governance
9. Sustainable Development
10. Protecting the Environment
11. Access to Health, Education, Food and Shelter
12. Gender Equality
13. Importance of Young People in the Commonwealth
14. Recognition of the Needs of Small States
15. Recognition of the Needs of Vulnerable States
16. The Role of Civil Society
 
Out of these 16 core values, Canada is concerned about the human rights and rule of law in Sri Lanka. It is very understood that Sri Lanka is just trying to emerge as new state of nation building after the 30 years of devastating terrorist war. 
Vise versa, Canada is a developed country and preach Sri Lanka to promote and respect for human rights and rule of law. Now, look at the Canadian human right status at UN.
 
Canada is currently undergoing Universal Periodic Review at UN regarding the alleged human rights violations against Aboriginals or first nations.  Member states of UN human rights council Cuba, Norway, New Zealand and Iran are pointing fingers at Canada for not implementing the 162 recommendations given by UN to rectify the situation. While rejecting the charges, Canada’s representative to UN Elissa Golberg claims that Canada can clean its own back yard using its rule of law. It would have been better if Canada stand behind the Sri Lanka at UN saying that Sri Lanka can clean its own backyard without others help as well.
 
Canada’s human rights violations loudly speak the disappearance of Aboriginal women and girls from Vancouver and suburbs in British Colombia. It is widely speculated that disappearance of females in Aboriginal or first nation communities are linked with a systematic program to eliminate them from the territories. As we all know that females are center blocks of reproduction of communities.  Environmental and Aboriginal activists are demanding international probe to scrutinize the oil sand development in Calgary that claims to have intoxicated the fish communities in down streams where fishing is the main source of food in first nations there. 
 
Sources: 
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/09/25/325969/canada-criticized-for-un-rights-concerns/
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/09/19/cuba-iran-criticize-canadas-human-rights-record-as-un-panel-calls-for-review-of-violence-on-aboriginal-women/
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/04/30/canada-safety-indigenous-women-under-un-scrutiny
http://www.hrw.org/americas/canadahttp://www.hrw.org/news/2013/04/30/canada-safety-indigenous-women-under-un-scrutiny
Sri Lanka was badly criticized by these western countries and Diaspora during the war claiming that Sri Lanka is engaged in genocide of ethnic Tamil community. This claim became a meaningless Mantra after the war ended in 2009 and initiation of reconciliation soon after. Now same group of people and countries are chanting another Mantra against Sri Lanka saying the islanders are committing crimes against humanity. Moving forward, they want Sri Lanka on trial for alleged war crimes in the final phase of the war. Canada too represents this group ignoring and hiding its own human right issues.  
 
Canada set a very weak precedence in boycotting 2013 CHOGM in Sri Lanka ignoring the common principles of commonwealth nations. Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was a multi-lateral nation forum where all member nations unanimously agreed the venue of the meeting at the conclusion of last meeting. By boycotting the CHOGM 2013, Canada has grossly violated this mutual agreement and acted very partially on the principles of irrelevant bilateral issues.  
 
Ms James, I have tons of facts to straight in front of you. It sounds that you are trying to take a political millage from Tamil voters residing in your constituent. I have no objections for this, but my humble request for you is not to drag this Sri Lankan issue into your electoral campaigns. The Diaspora living in your riding is Canadian like me and we cast our vote in the next election based on political situation at the time. My family has been regular voters of conservative party for past few occasions, but I would re-assess the relevance of my vote when it greatly matters during the next election process.
 
I would like to get your feed back to my response. If you need any clarification or dialogue, I would love to represent with few of our community members to make you better understand regarding Sri Lankan current situation.
 
Thank you
Sincerely
Asoka Perera, PhD  

E. W. Perera: a reflection on SL politics, then and now

December 5th, 2013

Rita Perera

 

Dwperera

At present, not a day seems to go by when an increasing number of wrongs, even crimes, committed not by criminals but by some of our politicos are highlighted. Thankfully, it was not always so! Hence, it is refreshing to look back on an era, still within our living memory, of people who were willing to risk even their lives, in the interests of others in their country. Maybe it is wishful thinking that all is not lost and true values, such as, selflessness and true patriotism are not quite dead yet.

 I am personally heartened by the fact that my biography of the late Mr E. W. Perera, whose life exemplified such characteristics has been sold out, necessitating this reprint. This is especially pertinent in our country, at the present time and it is my earnest hope that at least some of the qualities of E.W.P and many other past contemporaries of his ilk will be emulated by those in our current political scene.

 Briefly, E.W.P. should be especially remembered for at least two significant facts. His abiding interest and painstaking research in heraldry, evidenced in his monumental book (‘Sinhalese Banners and Standards’ by E. W. Perera) led him to discover three Sinhalese banners at the Chelsea Hospital in 1908, one of which was that of the last king of Kandy, Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe, when he surrendered to the British. It was this lion flag, with a few modifications (ie to denote the minorities etc) that was later unfurled on our first Independence day.

 The other important mission he was entrusted with was, during the dark days of Martial Law in 1915, when prominent Buddhist leaders, including F.R. and D.S. Senanayake, were arbitrarily imprisoned, with the threat of being arbitrarily shot. He was chosen to represent their cause in Britain. He hid the incriminating document in the sole of one of his shoes, as he undertook the hazardous journey, in seas beset by German torpedoes, to present their plight to the British colonial authorities. They were thankfully released, but he stayed on, joined by others to continue the agitation against the increasingly dictatorial Governor and his cohorts in Ceylon.

 However, gratitude apparently does not have a high rating among politicians and he was marginalised in the ensuing prelude to independence, by even those he risked the best years of his life for. Characteristically, the epitaph he chose for his grave, sums up his life ”‘He served his own generation and fell asleep …’

 (My special thanks to Godage International Publishers and their dedicated staff for making this reprint possible).

 Rita Perera

Utter waste of money and Energy

December 5th, 2013

Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai,Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela

The anti mosquito campaign is a failure is a foregone conclusion, proved not only by the ever increasing number of cases of Dengue and malaria but also be the way the government officials go about taking action.

Once in a blue moon, suddenly there will be a flurry of activity from the officials and every house in a particular area will be visited and those who had even a coconut shell with stagnant water will be hauled up in the courts to pay heavy fines ” fair enough. But the mosquitoes must be having a hearty laugh since the very drains just outside these same  houses  will be full of muck and stagnant pools of water.

If the officers who visit are more concerned about actually eradicating mosquitoes than just  gleefully issuing  warrants to the house holders, feeling grand that they ‘caught’ so many errant house holders, they would have  taken  a holistic approach.

They would have  first made sure  the drains are clean for that’s where most mosquitoes breed, then they would have taken time to explain to the inmates of the houses the importance of keeping the surrounding clean and would have visited on a regular basis to  make sure  their orders are carried out.

Now and then the Municipality wakes up to the fact that the  drains in the lanes need cleaning then there is a flurry of activity, a whole battalion of labourers and supervisors will land on the lane, removing  overgrown weeds and the garbage obstructing  the flow of water in the drains. For a full day there will be activity and then, all what they removed  will be dumped in heaps right along  the curbs and they will disappear.

When questioned they will assure that these will be removed during the course of the day, but alas! The heaps  will  remain for days to come, slowly being kicked back into the drains by the vehicles, the pedestrians and the rain. The drains will be blocked even worse than before and we can rest assured the municipality workers will not be sighted for at least another 3 months! Just visit Vanderwert place now for proof.

There is no planning, no coordination between the labourers and those in charge of the municipality  vehicle, and no consistence in the project. Everybody ” the laborers, the officers, the supervisors and the municipality councilors ” all feel smug that they have done their part. But then the mosquitoes are singing their way to their victims,  now that they have even better breeding places.

Will there ever be a consistent plan to carry out such a simple project?  Why cannot the municipality allocate a few officers for a few lanes specifically, and first of all, educate THEM  and instruct them to visit the household owners regularly on a friendly basis?  The eradication can never be achieved without the willing cooperation of the public. Cleaning the premises, including the drains, fumigation, proper  garbage disposal ” all have to go hand in hand, and continuously supervised and carried out  to eradicate mosquitoes.

Until then,Party time for  the mosquitoes and Goodbye to the eradication.

 

Sinhela Nation’s disarray dwarfs their true stature! Are the Sinhelas a Nation?

December 4th, 2013

Anura Seneviratna.

There is an old saying, ” if leaders are great, the nation follows its example”. In an impartial close look at the island country of Sri Lanka , the nation of Sinhela people hold the indigenous heritage to the country in all its sovereign entirety. Indeed, the Sinhela people are the nation in the Island Country nicknamed as Sri Lanka. Hence, the national sovereignty of the Sinhela nation is inalienable and inviolable just as much as with every nation of every sovereign country. Tragically, the Sinhela nation inherited anti-national leaders as a direct impact of numerous intrusions of alien land robbers and terrorists in the past, who managed to take reins of governing the Sinhela national country. Most of them played the role of imposter to the unsuspecting Sinhela nation bringing the country to the brink of invasion by the alien Tamil terrorists of Tamil Nadu national origin. As a result of this, sinister ruling conglomerate holding the Sinhela nation to ransom is still underway, despite defending the country at a huge sacrifice of Sinhela lives against alien Tamil terrorists’ invasive attempt to set up a second Tamil national Nadu within SL.

 Anti – national conditioning of the Sinhela nation
 It is a statement of fact that ruling political leaders of SL led its indigenous nation of Sinhela people to utter destitution and suppression of their national self esteem, to manifest a guilty conscience towards settler communities almost to the point of nullifying their state of nationhood to settle for a mere majority community status. The blatant neglect and discrimination of the Sinhela nation by the confused party political rulers in favour of settler communities can be the greatest human rights violation of a nation in history. Despite this ongoing human and national rights violations in broad day light, the Sinhela nation is still unable to sense its extreme dangers owing to the anti-national psychological conditioning thrust upon them for decades. This unprecedented crime dished out by their so called leaders transformed the Sinhela nation into servile mode to everything alien on the one hand, while extremely cutthroat and egotistic to each other as if no tomorrow.
Unique civilization
Sadly, when looking back not only to history but to the glorious prehistory, the unique contributions by our Hela ancestors as a part of the world heritage should rekindle our potential now without delay. If the present day leaders can make a turnaround to rightfully uphold the Sinhela national sovereignty, no doubt the nation will follow suit. Could this be feasible with their present attitudes and agendas? Not very optimistic!
Way forward
 Having established why the downfall of the Sinhela nation in their national motherland to contemplate a solution would not go amiss. To transform from  selfish and cutthroat mindset of the Sinhela nation to wholesome national awareness in upgrading the tortured, destitute and disarrayed people to  progress is guaranteed. To convey this vision cannot be achieved haphazardly but calls for organised efficient people network through national sovereignty workshops conducted regularly. Aspiring the right of national sovereignty in comparison with currently addicted narrow selfish trend of the Sinhela people should bring winds of good fortune and power. To rise from destitution and servility to economic prosperity and national self esteem will transform the country as one to be reckoned with.
Rationality
 A team of sports people or any has to work together to win but if individual players acted in a selfish manner the team and the individual too will surely lose. Even a child can understand this logic but the adults of the Sinhela nation cannot grasp this simple fact. What it proves is the long addiction to destructive habit cannot be undone easily. The irony of this sad fact is that almost every Sinhela person openly states about this debilitating curse of the nation but none takes the first action to negate it! It confirms that extremely subjective thinking of individuals to be the root cause but little they know it is destructive and futile. When it comes to personal or individual property or belongings almost every Sinhela person will defend it thoroughly and in extreme cases some will even commit murder over  few inches of land.
Knowledge
 With all the knowledge and information available in today’s world neither our politicians nor the general public seem to open to the infinite wisdom around to rise from the gutter. Once met a lady from Singapore dedicated to philanthropic work in SL, who loved the Sinhela people and the country. When asked what she found lacking in SL, her thoughtful reply was that the Sinhela people do not know how to think!
A worthwhile example of Malaysia and her national infrastructure is a beneficial comparison for SL while the political game still played how much more to give to settler communities after near invasion of the Sinhela country by a band of invasive settler Tamil terrorists. Recently, in meeting a Malaysian citizen of Chinese origin, expressed how unfairly they are treated by the Malay authorities. Even though settler ethnic communities are integrated as Malay nationals, they are openly discriminated in every area of the society because they are non indigenous Malays. Ponder this scenario with the settler communities in SL. Without even integrating to be Sinhela national citizens, they are being given separate national rights and no wonder they are striving to carve out separate additional countries out of the Sinhela country. What can be easily observed with the Malaysian comparison is while Malaysia is viciously discriminating settler communities despite they are rightly accepted as all Malaysian nationals ” SL has shifted to the other extreme of committing national hara kiri by creating separate nations out of settler minorities without declaring them all to be Sinhela national citizens in the Sinhela country.
Action
 Enough of thinking, talking and writing about crimes against the Hela/Sinhela Nation in the past and present. Reorganisation and action to gain the inviolable and inalienable Indigenous National Hela/Sinhela Sovereignty over the entire island country now is crucial for the Hela/Sinhela national posterity.
Tiny Sri Lanka has become the focus for name callers of the world initiated and continuously propagandised by the vast population of world Tamil community with the fraudulent cry of Tamil national rights. Fraudulent, because Tamil national rights are valid only in the Tamil country of Tamil Nadu. Due to the impotency of Tamils to free their indigenous Tamil land within the Indian subcontinent, they are attempting to fulfill the same venture fraudulently within the Sinhela land while enjoying the extreme hospitality of the Sinhela Nation as a settler community. The impact of this nagging atrocity has halted the progress of the Sinhela Country for good. This unprecedented crime is the result of unwillingness not to reveal publicly the fact as it is that SL is the Sinhela National country and none else. This unwillingness of the Sinhela nation not to stand up and be counted as the Nation is bringing dire retribution for folly. The only solution is the public declaration to uphold the sovereign national rights of the Indigenous Sinhela nation in their indigenous land like every other nation does to defend their natural heritage. As long as we hide away from this rightful stance, the name calling, interfering, meddling, threats of insidious invasions by the settler communities will continue. If the Sinhela Nation do not claim ownership to their land it keeps open for others to snatch it!
News
PS. Today’s (15th Nov.)news shows David Cameron in Jaffna mingling with the settler Tamil community in media parade displaying their shameless and ungrateful trend to the Sinhela Country. Cameron takes all in as fact completely ignoring Sri Lanka ‘s nation of Sinhela people as if the Island country belongs to settler Tamils of Tamil Nadu origin. Does Cameron know that the Tamil country is Tamil Nadu and they have no national stake here? Even if he knows, we have not declared it ever, so he might be thinking serve them right as the British blatant saying goes ” If a nation cannot defend their country they have no right for it”. So what is our strategy ” surrender our naturally inherited heritage or stand up and be counted as a nation of the world. Cameron’s harangue of SL with human rights violations, war crimes, discrimination etc., need to be responded with obvious facts. SL defended against barbaric invasive terror of some settler Tamils unlike a conventional war between two sovereign countries. Even during a war, some human rights violations and war crimes are unavoidable, which was stated clearly by the US and UK leaders during wars against countries like Iraque, Afganistan and other interferences in Libya , Egypt and so on. The terrorists in SL were mainly civilians who moved around in civilian garb. In the case of SL, the government even fed and supplied medical care to invasive terrorists extending extreme tolerance in an extremely foolish manner. This is still exploited by the settler Tamil community by colluding with the Western countries to attack the folly of the SL leaders. Neither SL politicos see this nor they have the common sense and wisdom to respond to the enemies appropriately. As long as this naivety, servility and non admission of Sinhela National Status plus self esteem as the Nation of SL and not a mere majority, exist, SL is going nowhere!
 The greatest giveaway in history
 The settler communities of Tamil, Muslim in SL already have their lands of national origins elsewhere but where is the land of the Sinhela nation? No where else on the planet except the island of Heladiv or nicknamed Sri Lanka. So, if we have not the common sense and guts to say out loud that SL is the Sinhela National Country and all settler communities too are inclusive Sinhela nationals – the settler communities will continue to perceive that we have given up the right of nationhood!
Anura Seneviratna.

Life Abroad – Part 56: SERIOUS CHALLENGE -HIGH STAKES!

December 4th, 2013

Dr.Tilak Fernando

There is an educated chap, Sri Lankan in fact, with a PhD in Chemistry who presently lives in London. He has been obsessed with the idea of getting through to the public and governments in the UK and Sri Lanka to demonstrate a new invention of his, which he says could cut down on energy wastage.

My good friend, Dr. Hector Perera, has gone crazy over his new theory that he is determined to get across to some governmental authorities or private institutions. Out of his enthusiasm, he has been writing incessantly to two London based websites challenging anyone to disprove his theory for which he is prepared to part with a large sum of money, which he has finally upgraded to six million rupees or £30,000 (thirty thousand) Pounds Sterling!

Some people may naturally call him ‘crazy’ for offering such a lot of money; others may consider him to be very affluent and ‘not knowing what to do with his finances’! But the underlining factor is that he is an educated chemist, and not a mediocre simpleton or a sitting duck, who is trying to get a message across ‘for the benefit of all mankind’!

During frequent visits to Sri Lanka, Dr. Hector Perera has demonstrated his ‘scientific energy saving cooking technique’ on Sri Lankan TV, (including TNL’s Young Asia TV ); been interviewed on radio as well. He has approached the British TV but with not much of luck!

He wonders why he has failed in his endeavours to make it public! Has he not contacted the right people or authority one might wonder? Or, has his challenge got to be either higher or lower……? He says he has once written to the Minister of Energy in Sri Lanka from London and thinks that too ‘might have been consigned to the nearest dustbin’! Therefore, to use his own chemical jargon that “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”, so far it has had no reaction on his endeavours at all!

Parallels

Touching on an intellectual plane Hector Perera quotes Dimitri Mendeleeve who discovered the Periodic Table and became subjected to ridicule first, then showered with rewards subsequently.

Dr. Hector Perera

Galileo was imprisoned, he says, for telling the truth that ‘the sun was at the centre of the universe according to science’ but today even long distance flying satellites are named after him to honour his forthright revelations!

Electricity was first discovered by an Englishman who had no qualification other than a fair knowledge of Math and English. He left school at the age of 14 and a bookbinder, by the name of Sir Humphrey Davy, gave him a job in a lab when he pleaded to be a lab boy. Then only he discovered electricity and became the Director of that institute approx. 300 years ago!

Isaac Newton revealed his ‘gravitational pull discovery’ to his friends first, before passing it on to scientists? Haber found how to make Ammonia that lead to make gunpowder and fertiliser for which he was awarded over £100,000 in late 1930s along with a Nobel Prize. Mr. Nobel discovered dynamite to blast-off bridges; then set up a Nobel Prize for peace. Ziegler invented the polythene bag for which he received a Nobel prize.

Archimedes, he says, when discovered his Law of Flotation in 212 BC had to run ‘with no clothes on’ with excitement all the way to the Kings’ palace to prove his theory! He wonders why so far no one has seriously considered his discovery, leave alone seizing the opportunity to execute it. In lighter vein, he questions whether he should follow Archimedes to get some attention to his theory!

Public opinion

The writer can recall a comment on one of his previous articles on Dr. Perera’s theory in a website where a disdainful comment by a reader referred to him as a ‘nutty professor’ and suggested he should ‘patent his discovery’ which is the only means to get it officially recognised and protected rather than offering bates in the form of financial rewards!

In a sense it is true that no one will come forward with the risks involved having to part with their money in the same manner Dr. Perera is lavishly throwing out on to the table.

Cooking

When it comes to cooking, his method does not involve baking or grilling because in countries such as England baking and grilling are used quite a lot. In direct cooking, like rice and curries, “there is a stage called thermodynamic equilibrium state which cannot be attained in baking and in grilling”.

In May 2013 when he was in Sri Lanka he has demonstrated to a private audience of about 50 people in Dehiwela and shown what he meant by thermodynamic equilibrium state, which he states cannot be explained in writing.

With self-esteem he says, “even an 18 yr old girl came with her mum and dad to learn how to cook my way and watched her being a guinea pig while the rest of the crowd watched the whole event”. He has video recorded the whole incident professionally and made it into a DVD, as a proof of his achievement.

If Dr. Perera wants to go ahead in propagating his theory and thereby wants some authority to recognise it, many feel that it would be practical for him to go through the proper channels of patenting his new found formula and then discuss about it openly, rather than going on TV shows and demonstrations free of charge and letting the cat out of the bag even in small measures.

Going on a chemical analogy Dr Perera says all essential oils of low boiling point escape with steam and condense on any cold surface. His ‘novel idea’ appears to be to minimise the cooking smell as much as avoiding steam escaping with all the volatile gases and depositing on one’s clothes during food preparation while saving on energy simultaneously.

“Sometimes these smelly oily molecules ‘piggy back’ on water molecules. These gaseous molecules move faster than the speed of jumbo jets due to kinetic energy gain but as soon as it touches a cold surface these tend to lose energy and get deposited as ‘oily smelly layers’. You might not believe me he says, but try and run your finger near the kitchen cupboards or the cooker hood; do they feel oily or sticky? If you had a small TV or a radio in the kitchen, try and feel the surface, does it feel oily or greasy” he wants us to test and see for ourselves.

Scientific methods

“Cooking is a very scientific exercise which is easy and full of fun if done properly” he advises while bringing into focus professional chefs on British television who do not talk about chemical and physical changes as they cook, but ‘only brag about their cooking with fire on full blast’. “They love to show their saucepans catching fire, may be with the notion that higher the fire, greater the audience will be!” he adds flavour to his own theory. By opening any lids of containers while boiling curries, one gets showered with smelly invisible gaseous molecules as much as looses heat’, he warns.

He is completely against using aluminium vessels for real cooking other than for just boiling purposes because aluminium tends to dissolve when heated and can damage brain cells. ‘Aluminium, therefore, needs to be used only as food containers but not as cooking vessels’. He emphasises.

If anyone, in the meantime, wants to know how to save about 60 per cent on energy wastage in cooking pasta, spaghetti, rice, any meat and vegetable curries etc., readers are well advised to contact him on perera6@hotmail.co.uk.

tilakfernando @gmail.com

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Lessons Learnt at CHOGM

December 3rd, 2013

by Gomin Dayasri

 A sigh of relief – CHOGM is mercifully over ” but watch for the fall out. Whether a supporter or detractor: unconcerned or uncommitted: that is immaterial- it is the aftermath that matters.

 Did we accelerate the process Navi Pillay is trying to initiate at Geneva 2014 in taking our troops before an international inquiry on accountability? Did CHOGM provided a stage for the local/foreign hatemongers to perform to discredit the national image? Did Sri Lanka display to the dignitaries, the value of the peace dividend and its rewarding nature to all ethnicities making Sri Lanka look tidier at the next session in Geneva? Did the distinguished visitor carry away fond memories not merely of great hospitality but also of a country recovering on a proper path after a long war? Neither side obtained results to satisfy expectations: while the local hatemongers succeeded in becoming more disliked, even by their admired, by holding hands in public with the fiends and bellowing venom homewards. Government succeeded in making its supporters club happier and the rival camp angrier.

 Both sides played drab with India being the prime loser by kicking a ball into their own goal. The next ball game is at Park Geneva at the Human Rights Commission sessions in March 2014. Time is indeed short for the crucial session where we are at a greater disadvantage than in 2013. CHOGM was a costly distraction that eased the concentration in the preparations to make Geneva 2014 a success but yet it opened a window to learn lessons.

 Lesson 1

 Forget India’s brotherly concerns with their local elections oncoming. Caution: they will sell any old rope to make us hang ourselves for their political survival. Prime Minister of India lost face and made India look small ” demeaned himself and his country by waiting until the last moment with indecisiveness, that showed weakness and brought no gain. His advisors know the response from the Rajapakse administration is not likely to be favorable for the insult hurled in keeping away. India by their conduct, unintentionally resolved, to make this government domestically stronger by the hostility displayed ” it makes people rally around their own flag. Singh created an opportunity for us to react – to show displeasure by combining with the forces against India discreetly. Leave it to Indians to punish its leadership for its stupidity. We need only to move away from them and do the needful unobtrusively.

 True we lost India’s vote at the forthcoming Geneva 2014 ”an early confirmation of the obvious. That helps us to turn a deaf ear to any overture. Keep India at a distance and they will make the running- for the moment their posturing is for the general elections.

 Forces within India manipulate events for political exigencies, making it impossible for them to formulate a coherent foreign policy, as it’s domestic needs dictate terms in a weakened India. Historically, India never helped in the elimination of terrorism in Sri Lanka but became reluctantly negative after Prabhakaran assassinated their Prime Minister and was declared a convict by the judiciary. Grudgingly India could not, thereafter, be proactive in aiding terrorism in Sri Lanka. That era is over with demise of Prabhakaran. India has to learn it the hard way.

 Lesson II

 Great Britain and Canada never came to our assistance; never did, during the course of the war, as domestic considerations compel them to swing with the Tamil diaspora to acquire the critical vote in the marginal constituencies. Act tough with them as they do with us, for there is no gain from being overtly friendly; it will strengthen the hand of the government in domestic politics as the opposition will move closer to the anti Sri Lanka forces, as they stupidly did, with channel 4 – and incurred the wrath of the voters.

 Nevertheless there is a live danger: Britain and Canada know they made no impact with their implorations and dented their image in the commonwealth, which is likely to result in greater resolve to act against us in international forums. Bashing Cameron ”a national patriotic past time ” helps Britain to strengthen the resolve to tighten the screws at Geneva 2014 against us. We erred in not improving our human rights record by being belated in attending to the prime necessities or failing to rectify the existing deficiencies.

 Lesson III

 We must identify our friends and place material positive to Sri Lanka in their grasp to enhance our reputation. Its more effective if attended to by our friends rather than by us, in the international circuit. Russia Maldives and Thailand have done the most on behalf of us in the past. It’s by strengthening the hand of our friends we strengthen ourselves for they must have adequate material in their possession to defend us. That material must be on the ground to make it effective. Prime sources in this line up to tap are Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan and New Zealand.

 Lessons IV

 We must not shy away from holding domestic inquiries with a degree of transparency on war crimes. If such were held earlier much of the criticism would have been abated and we could have acted from a position of strength. If a domestic inquiry is positively on the cards international inquiry is off the record. In the reconciliation process with LTTE cadres being released and rehabilitated a case for an amnesty if faulted is a justifiable option. However the inquiries must be worked on according to our schedule and on our terms with guidance from friendly countries to show the British, Canadians and the Europeans that we are not dictated by them. We must ignore India to show them they hold no influence over us. The nationalistic elements must be mindful that international inquiries will be highly prejudicial against us and the threat to take us to international forums is gaining ground. If some domestic inquiries are held and the LLRC report is implemented substantially – the case against will have to be closed.

 Lesson V

 We must implement the LLRC report especially its chapter on legitimate reasonable Tamil grievances.

 A prime need is to implement the LLRC report with immediate attention given to implement its chapter on assuaging the reasonable Tamil grievances. Tamil people in North/East must be courted notwithstanding their showing no reciprocal gestures or any show of gratitude because they are under political influence of the TNA and funded by the Diaspora. It’s in their character to ask for more and more but they must be mature to understand that it damages their cause in asking for the impossible.

 The problem is our inability to understand the value structure of northern nationalism that does not touch terrorism. Lending helping hands, helps us internationally and if the northerners show no reciprocal gestures, discount it, as it still helps to prove our good intentions. Irrespective of the reaction of the North, however ungrateful they may be, we must do the needful by the people of the North irrespective of their response. Finally northerners will appreciate the goodwill shown as Tamil people have a great value structure built into their way of life.

 Reasonable Tamil grievances has no strings attached to the 13th amendment which has content that will eventually lead to separatism.

Lesson VI

 Discount the Foreign Ministry (except for the positive showings by the High Commissioners in Great Britain and Australia) to show positive results yet public funds should not be wasted on African Safaris, Caribbean Cruises, Latin American Jaunts and Round the World Girdles but such funds should be utilized to win over the foreign media by placing favorable material in prestigious media sources, even at a price, to improve the country image.

 We must be mindful not to attract attention on the international platform till we are strong on domestic chores. More prominent we become – more vilification we attract.

 Lesson VII

 A defensive foreign policy will not work and it is imperative that we must be aggressive where attempts are made to belittle us but strengthen the hands of our foreign friends by getting our domestic policy in proper order by ensuring law and order and good governance are in working order. We have done much to improve our image but the positives have not been sold to the world effectively.

The President a must launch on a campaign to strike back hard against our opponents with well-researched material on their many shortcomings on the purported ideals and to court our foreign friends to engage on behalf of us by utilizing the best of the officers- in the public service and the private sector for the assignment and not limit the function to the Foreign Ministry which is a weak with many divisions within it.

 Lesson VIII

 We must establish solid links with the United States by implementing the LLRC report and by working furiously on the abbreviated Action Plan provided to Hillary Clinton. If assistance from USA is forthcoming much of the impediments will disappear. We must work in tandem with Japan, Australia and Malaysia to build bridges to United States.

 We must convince the United States with substantial material that we working on an intelligible time frame on a designed road map in the best interest of the reconciliation process in trying to bring amity between the major communities. True, Human Rights, Accountability, Democratic Ideals and Good Governance, needs attention but the time frame in reaching them must not disturb the reconciliation process, which is the prime requirement. However the other issues cannot be placed on a backburner.

 Results of CHOGM will be reflected at the prime show in March 2014 in Geneva. That will show whether CHOGM was a success or a failure.

 

Dangerous Ideas and Strategies that hoodwinked Sri Lanka

December 3rd, 2013

by Shenali D. Waduge

 At some stage or the other the people of Sri Lanka would need to sit down and carefully deliberate over exactly what and who contributed and continues to contribute towards steadily reversing the great victory of the Ranaviru in defeating terrorism in Sri Lanka in May 2009.  Some agreements that had either been authored or agreed to sign on behalf of Sri Lanka have virtually sealed Sri Lanka’s fate. Before we accuse external sources of attempting to destabilize the country we need to look inward, without bias and identify objectively from a country-centric point of view the persons who had been responsible for the troubles that Sri Lanka now faces. It is in identifying who these architects were and their dangerous prescriptions that we might be able to avert future disasters flowing from these or similar ideas. 

 1.    INDO-LANKA ACCORD

 Who were those privy to the clauses of this Accord signed under duress with Sri Lanka’s cabinet having been forced to give undated letters of resignation ” why would such lengths need to be taken wherein even the media was debarred?

 Where were the objections to India giving LTTE Rs. 50 million? Where were Sri Lanka’s objections to India’s breach of the Accord when India as undertaken did not disarm LTTE in 120 hrs? When Sri Lanka’s obligation to adhere to the Accord was conditional on India’s performance and implementation of 5 key steps why did Sri Lanka not repudiate the Accord or raise diplomatic objections when India failed to perform its part of its obligations under the Accord? Why did no official point out provisions of the Accord India had explicitly violated? The demand to pull back Sri Lanka’s military from the Northern Province started with the Indo-Lanka Accord ” it is because Sri Lanka did not make its stand clear then that this same call is being repeated now. 

 On what grounds did Sri Lanka’s representatives privy to the clauses of the Accord before it was signed not object to the merger of the North and East, why did they not question the assertion and false claim of a Tamil Homeland instead of accepting everything India had written? There is no such “areas of historical habitation of Sri Lankan Tamil speaking people, who have at all times hitherto lived together in this territory”.   Why was there no one to question how a Provincial Council system could solve problems? and why did no one object to Sri Lanka’s problem being defined ‘ethnic’ ” when people are having arms to kill and assassinate people how can they be defined anything other than terrorists? Not a single effort is being taken to erase reference to Sri Lanka having an ‘ethnic problem’ ” Sri Lanka had a terrorist problem. There is no legitimate reasons that can claim Sri Lanka’s problem is ‘ethnic’.

 Why did Sri Lanka’s leaders not insist on India’s compliance with the hallowed and oldest International Law principle ‘pacta sunt servanda’ (i.e. agreements must be kept) and that both parties must execute their mutually agreed obligations in good faith ” we can confidently say that India was in full breach of its obligations under the Accord without protest without challenge from Sri Lanka – it is still not late to raise this cry loud and clear. Timidity, meekness and moral cowardice closely associated with those who conduct our international affairs under the cloak of ‘ statesmanship’ carries this country nowhere.  

What or who is stopping this defunct Indo-Lanka Accord been nullified even now?

 2.    1995 Draft Constitution

This draft constitution was known as the Neelan-GL draft. The same draft was amended by Chandrika in 2000. The devolution package idea being promoted was federalism as their solution. It was designed, worded and crafted by the duo and this forms the basis of another dangerous idea that has materialized and come to be accepted as another solution concocted by our very own. Not many of our own can fiddle around with words and come up with terminology and the very same man emerges before every catastrophic document drafted thus e.g. the unitary state of Sri Lanka being broken up into a collection of territorial pieces under a new nomenclature of a UNION OF REGIONS instead of a straight forward federal state it was coined to fool the populace into accepting the new theory as solution.   

 “The new constitution that is in the process of being drafted will contain an elaborate chapter on devolution. We are convinced that a substantial degree of devolution represents the key to the most vexed problem confronting the Sri Lankan nation at this time”….. “Devolution is a good thing, a democratic thing,”  

  ”” Prof. G.L. Peiris

3.    Cease Fire Agreement 2002

Who advocated the theory of ‘unwinnable war’ and championed publicly the policy of appeasement whatever provocations from terrorists?

Who knowingly advised a democratic country to enter into an Agreement with terrorists and sign on a piece of paper that gave an internationally proscribed terrorist organization a status on par with a sovereign state?

 Who supported the removal of checkpoints that gave terrorists freedom of movement without considering the repercussions of such?

 Who requested a lifting of the ban on the LTTE that Foreign Minister Kadirgamar worked so hard to achieve and shamelessly addressed Anton Balasingham in servile fashion as ‘Your Excellency” 

 Who declared the 2002 Agreement was a ‘roadmap to peace’? ” incidentally Madam Maria Carriilho, EU member of parliament declared that the CFA will invariably lead to a new autonomous State, a flag and new anthem and no one in the UNF even protested over this outrageous declaration. 

 The architects were those who contributed to drafting the 2002 Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) which even Dr. Subramaniam Swamy declared was the outcome of a ‘surrender mentality’ of the UNF Government which was prepared to hand over large chunks of vital Sri Lankan territory to terrorists in return for the money of a few billion of dollars being dangled as carrot by the western powers including Norway, USA, and Japan among others.  

 What was the quid pro quo that allowed the ‘architects’ to betray the nation under the CFA?

 Who did not mind the LTTE committing more than 10,000 ceasefire violations?

Who cared not to take action against the LTTE for killing 174 security forces personnel, 388 civilians, 117 attempted murders, 620 abductions, 46 attempted abductions, 106 cases of extortion, 2199 conscriptions, 875 injuries to persons, 22 instances of torture, 128 cases of intimidations and recruitment of 1200 children?

 Who did not care to equate a terrorist organization to be on par with a legally established armed forces that protects the nation?

 What type of people agrees to sign an agreement that grants LTTE official recognition through the CFA as ‘equal stakeholders” 

 Who were the Architects and people involved with the 2002 CFA?

  • Government Chief Negotiator ” GL Peiris
  • Defence Minister ” Tilak Marapana “I have no intention at all in waging war with the LTTE at the moment. We have embarked on a peace mission and our target today, and my role as Defence Minister, is not to plan strategy to attack but merely to ready ourselves to defend”
  • Secretary Defense (Dec 2001) ” Austin Fernandohttp://groundviews.org/2008/11/02/interview-with-austin-fernando-a-peacetime-secretary-of-defence-in-sri-lanka/
  • Chief Spokesman/Secretary for the UNF ” Bradman Weerakoon later to be the Secretary to the PM and thereon to ICES NGO
  • Head of S L Peace Secretariat ” Bernard Goonetilake and Jayantha Dhanapala
  • Deputy Director General, Peace Secretariat in Colombo, Dr. John Gunaratne
  • Head, LTTE Peace Secretariat, S. Puleedevan
  • Head, SLMM, Tryggve Tellefssen
  • Army Commander ” Gen. Balagalle (25 Aug 2000 ” 30 Jun 2004)
  • SL Legal ” Lakshman Marasinghe

 Did these architects not have an iota of love for their country and respect for its armed forces that it forced our armed forces to give guard of honour to terrorists, shake hands with killers and thereby humiliated the armed forces in front of these terrorists while restricting our army to the barracks while giving free access and freedom of movement to LTTE that led to the assassination of Sri Lanka’s intelligence members, Police Officers and even Sri Lanka’s intensely popular Foreign Minister Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar.

 Do these architects not have a word of praise and gratitude to Maj. Muthalif, Lt. Col. Rizvi Meedin and their teams who were gunned down in cold blood in broad daylight one after the other in Colombo? 

 Do these architects not have a sense of self-guilt for knowing that the agreement they endorsed perhaps even wrote allowed the LTTE to smuggle shipments of arms, sophisticated telecommunications through Sri Lanka’s own customs and these officials allowed them to be brought into the country and transported to the LTTE through Govt.  controlled roads and highways? 

 Have these architects not sealed Sri Lanka’s inability to defend itself by committing the nation and its people to a horrid future in a highly truncated small island with a view to serve their own ends? If these were the architects that gave LTTE 95% of their Eelam on a silver platter with the rest planned to be secured through the ISGA and PTOMS how should we treat the architects of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement ” have they done a favor to Sri Lanka as some people were foolish enough to think and thank these architects for their betrayal?  

 4.    Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA)

If the 2002 cease fire agreement placed a terrorist organization on par with a legitimate government and its armed forces the next fatal attraction became the ISGA submitted by the LTTE attempting to legalize what was provisionally established through the CFA. The fatal attraction here became USD5billion and the race between who would secure this carrot irrespective of whether the ISGA was to seal Sri Lanka’s fate.

 It must be reiterated with special mention and due acknowledgement that it was the JVP, JHU and the patriotic forces that brought to light to Sri Lanka’s public the dangers of signing the ISGA with the LTTE alongside Lakshman Kadirgamar (reference speech at Brookings Institute Washington) ” had it not been for them it would have been signed thus sealing another nail to the country’s coffin. 

 These examples are shown to make the readers ponder over whether they are going to give these very people another mandate for them to establish various mechanisms e.g. Commissions of Inquiry that will prescribe solutions to reverse the gains of the Ranaviru and create the conditions in the country for another LTTE type terrorist movement to rise. 

 When 32 countries had banned the LTTE and knowing LTTE’s modus operandi why would Sri Lanka’s leaders agree to a proposal by the LTTE that accepted Tamil armed struggle was in ‘self-defense’, was there no one privy to the clauses on the Sri Lankan Government side to ask how LTTE can claim self-defense for killing Lakshman Kadirgamar, Alfred Duraiappah and over 250 other Tamil learned people? Were Sri Lanka’s representatives blind to agree to giving LTTE appointees absolute majority over Sinhala and Muslim communities through the ISGA? Why did not a single GOSL representative object to the ISGA being composed of LTTE, Muslim and GOSL which purposely excluded mention of Sinhalese that comprised 74% of the populace? 

 Did Sri Lanka’s representatives become so mesmerized by USD5million that they completely chose to ignore to question what would arise if LTTE were to make all appointments to the ISGA District Committees and it would administer all State land, financial affairs, judicial affairs, development, economic.

The people who represented Sri Lanka at these discussions and agreed or silently stood by and watched these agreements take place none of them should be allowed anywhere near current policy making decisions of Sri Lanka.

If we are having calls for land and police to be given to the provinces did these not stem from some of these dangerous advice and opinions that were allowed over time to take shape and pose dangerous challenges to the preservation of national unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka? 

 Who are these supposed leaders who agreed to a proposal by the LTTE that would give LTTE rule of law, ability to collect taxes, run the administration, deal with external players, conduct trade and in lieu of all this LTTE agrees to drop calls for an independent Tamil Eelam? Has the LTTE not hoodwinked our leaders because in agreeing to all these ISGA demands our people would have given Eelam (similar to the manner in which the Indian Parliament in 1947 voted and agreed to the partition of India, creating a new nation i.e. Pakistan,) and there would be no reason for LTTE to demand an independent Eelam. Can our people have been so stupid?

 5.    Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS)

 From Indo-Lanka Accord, the CFA, the ISGA we now come to another dangerous agreement agreed by our so called leaders.  We again mention the JVP, JHU and the patriotic forces for bringing to the attention of the public the hidden dangers of this P ” TOMS structure disregarding the silence of the mainstream media.

Leaders and their advisors need to first clearly realize that in being elected to represent Sri Lanka they are not voted to barter the country, divide it into pieces simply because some party or group is dangling something that catches their fancy. They can do whatever they like with their own private property but when it comes to the country and a population of 20million people they need to act with integrity, morals and ethics and keeping in mind they are only custodians for an elected term, and not owners of the land for an indefinite period of time.  We must remember that the country cannot function to suit individual whims and fancies and certainly not to meet personal agendas and ideologies that public officials believe in. They certainly have no right to change legal and constitutional provisions interpreting them to their fancy and shoving down our throats by crafty legislation influencing leaders who have no practical legal background or knowledge to accept their version as the only path to safety.

 The PTOM carrot this time was USD3billion and the Chandrika Government signed the PTOMs on 24 Jun 2005. Yet, why was the South excluded from this package for did the South not fall victim to the tsunami as well? For the third time GOSL and LTTE were placed on par with each other. The same mistake was again repeated with the PTOMS committee comprising of 1 nominee from LTTE, 1 nominee for Muslims and 1 nominee for GOSL ” again no mention of Sinhalese. The Regional Committee of the PTOMS was structured as such again to make LTTE the majority on the Committee.

The issue we need to raise is that these leaders and public officials have agreed to or simply ignored gross violations of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, territorial integrity been torn to shreds by agreements that some of them had even authored. These are the dangerous ideas that have taken Sri Lanka to face a plethora of issues currently faced. If US and Japan refused to supply funds to the PTOMS in view of LTTE being proscribed why did our own leaders ignore this all important fact? But people who claimed PTOMS was ‘the only way out’ (Kumar Rupesinghe) now says something totally opposite as a Government advisor ” but how many of him are there in Government whose views are dangerous for we don’t know when they will change them. 

Thankfully the Supreme Court decision of a bench of judges led by Sarath Silva C.J. on 15th July 2005 on the backdrop of excellent submissions made by H L De Silva, SL Gunasekera, Gomin Dayasri, Minoli Jinadasa and Manohara de Silva resulted in the staying of the MOU.

What the people of Sri Lanka need to now realize is that the same handful of people have been gradually legitimizing the LTTE behind our backs. The CFA and all the architects that endorsed it placed a democratically elected government on par with a terrorist organization. Ranil-Chandrika went on to committing similar blunders but they did so not alone. There were a group of people around them who were advising them and it is these people who now need to be exposed in the best and long term interest of the country. Some of these main players are leading the present leaders down the wrong garden path.

 Similarly, Sri Lanka has committed itself to numerous economic agreements that are proving dangerous to Sri Lanka’s strategic interests as a sovereign nation. Who in his right mind gives Sri Lanka’s strategic assets and locations to the very country that clandestinely trained Sri Lankan militants on its soil and allowed their state to be initially used as a terrorist logistic base? Knowing that LTTE remnants are around and continuing to give this same country whose operatives are known to be functioning in Sri Lanka makes one to ask what dangers are we knowingly walking towards and taking the populace to another episode of terror.

These dangerous ideas combined with the fatal attractions of these people have taken the country from one calamity to another.

 People need to know who these architects were for the same people continue to brainwash our national leaders with more dangerous ideas and advice inducing our national leaders to accept the former’s fancy notions by bringing in foreign parties and institutions that claim to save our leaders from war crimes and promising them that their scalp can be saved if they agree to make a commitment to establishing Commissions of Inquiry that will subtly condemn and insinuate those that defend the nation ” both armed and unarmed (armed forces and the patriotic citizens). The Commissions are a subtle way to legitimize their objectives while poisoning the minds of the leaders into submission by putting the fear of Moses into them that their lives are at risk if war crimes charges are brought. This is nothing else but bribing the minds of our leaders into submission ” we would like to know who these guilty parties are. 

 Such a quick fix was the LLRC which is continuing to boomerang on Sri Lanka for we seem to be asked to implement solutions to problems we are unaware of. Who plugged the LLRC and used that to project that Sri Lanka could escape trial in Geneva? Who is now plugging another Commission on the pretext of saving the heads of Sri Lanka’s leaders? Who is committing our leaders to endorsing another Commission titled this time as Truth and Reconciliation when we defeated a terrorist movement and our story is different? The public could not stop LLRC becoming a suicidal effort but the public can put a full stop to another bogus Commission being introduced ” whatever goes without saying is that it is now time that we expose the handful of people who are abusing their office to push agendas because their feet are not in Sri Lanka, their allegiance is not to Sri Lanka and certainly no loyalty to the country’s leaders ” it is a good time for the leaders themselves to seriously wonder who they can actually trust.

 It is also good for the leaders to realize that none of the patriotic forces have ever advised leaders wrongly or given advice to usurp them from power or place the nation and its people in difficulty. Here lies the difference in the architects of the dangerous ideas who surround leaders and the patriotism of people who are often kept marginalized.

 

 


 

From Nostalgia to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Mass Society Theory of Psychological Reactions to Combat

December 3rd, 2013

By Joshua A. Jones

Joshua A. Jones graduated in 2013 with a concentration in Criminal Justice from American Military University in Charles Town, WV. In this article he  deeply looks in to the construct known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by analyzing  Dr. Ruwan M Jayatunge’s article : Post-Traumatic Stress. Disorder (PTSD) ” A Malady. Shared by East and West.
 The late historian and former World War Two-era Army platoon commander, Paul Fussell (1989), explained that “the allied war has been sanitized and romanticized almost beyond recognition” particularly because it is commonly viewed as a just war (p. ix). Importantly, these stories significantly influence how observers regard veterans of these conflicts. What is particularly shocking about the lack of knowledge concerning combat stress in the Second World War is that it was so incredibly rampant, yet almost comprehensively ignored. Most famously, during his visit to a field hospital in Sicily in 1943, U.S. Army General George S. Patton slapped a young soldier who had been hospitalized for battle fatigue. Thereafter, Patton is reported to have proclaimed “I won’t have the hospitals cluttered up with these sons of bitches who haven’t got the guts to fight. Send that yellow son of a bitch back to the front line.” This brand of machismo and disregard for troop welfare led to numerous afflicted servicemen having “lack of intestinal fortitude” annotated in their military service records (Gandolfini, 2010).

According to Bentley (2005), of the roughly 800,000 soldiers who actually saw combat during WWII, 37.5% displayed such severe symptoms of combat stress that they were permanently discharged; which is an absolutely staggering statistic. In the U.S. Army alone (not including the Air Corps) over 500,000 men were removed from the front indefinitely and nearly 1.4 million more temporarily for psychiatric reasons. As it was difficult to believe that so many of the Greatest Generation were encumbered by “weak” characters, the military adopted the practice of employing sterilized euphemistic-language  and stopped questioning individual fortitude. Consequently, the condition was referred to as “battle fatigue.” By the time that the United States intervened in Korea, the humanity of combat stress had been almost completely removed and its perceived seriousness diminished. Those displaying symptoms of traumatic reactions were said to have suffered from “operational exhaustion,” which further distanced observers from the reality of the disorder. Of the nearly 200,000 soldiers who saw combat during the Korean War, nearly one-quarter were classified as psychiatric casualties.

No More Vietnams

It is no longer a topic of debate that the fighting during the Vietnam   War was demonstrably more intense than was experienced in previous American conflicts; largely due to the mobility of the helicopter which kept troops almost perpetually embattled. Unfortunately, as asserted by former President Richard Nixon, the Vietnam War “was misreported then, and it is misremembered now” (Nixon, 1985, p. 9). The conflict   and the men who fought it remain among the most misunderstood in American history    From the outset of the Vietnam War, the military employed various preventive measures to decrease the number of psychological casualties, such as providing every battalion with medical staff trained in the identification and treatment of specific mental health problems. In the initial years of the war, these protocols appeared to be largely successful. However, this was a new kind of conflict. Americans were not only fighting the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), but the mostly unidentified Viet Cong (VC) as well. Undoubtedly, the notion of an unknown enemy was particularly taxing on their psychological well-being. Moreover, soldiers in Vietnam were the first to be given a date of expected return from overseas (DEROS). This alone hindered the development of the usual buffers against combat stress, such as unit cohesion. One-year individual tours prevented many troops from feeling as if they were truly part of something larger than themselves and hampered group morale. As the war progressed and the public began to question its legitimacy, instances of combat reaction increased (Bentley, 2005). This was the first time in American history that many citizens welcomed their veterans as murderers rather than heroes.

Veterans returning from the campaign who displayed symptoms of psychological trauma were said to be suffering from Post-Vietnam Syndrome, which consisted of combat-related nightmares, depression, alcohol and drug dependence, and/or anxiety. However, the malady was not recognized by the APA and the U.S. Government contended that it was merely a “transient situational disorder”; hence regarded as a pre-existing condition and not eligible for treatment or compensation through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In 1979, eight long years after it was initially proposed, having been killed and reincarnated several times, Senator Alan Cranston’s bill which called for the establishment of outreach centers for Vietnam veterans suffering from service-related psychological problems was passed by Congress. It wasn’t until the following year that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was finally recognized by the mental health community in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Version III. Factual estimates of the prevalence of combat stress reactions vary, but the oft-cited National Vietnam Veterans’ Readjustment Study, conducted by Congressional mandate in 1983, concluded that nearly one-third of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD at some point in their lives and that some 830,000 suffered from PTSD at the time of the study. However, only about 55,000 had filed relevant disability claims; roughly half of which had been upheld by adjudication boards (Price, 2007).

Summary and Conclusions

Though its name has changed over the ages, the construct known since 1980 as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has been documented since scholars first sought to explain human behavior. Medical professionals spent centuries haphazardly seeking the underlying causes of the condition, but were ultimately limited by their physiological model of medicine until the emergence of psychoanalysis. The place-holders used to describe the disorder were merely physicians’ attempts to create broadly descriptive syndromes based upon unreliable self reports and confused causation. As in the time of the Ships of Fools, sane men have had difficulty accepting that not much separates them from madness.

Following the Vietnam War and the belated acceptance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a legitimate disability, the public appears to have agreed with the use of their tax dollars to treat veterans suffering from PTSD. However, weakening solidarity has served to shift the responsibility for treatment to the bureaucracy of government. Ostensibly, Americans do not necessarily feel that veterans are literally fighting for them or their individual freedoms. Rather, they defend a more abstract concept of national interest which may or may not have anything to do with the observer. In a society wherein so few choose to serve, veterans are susceptible to stigmatization due to a lack of understanding of their experiences. It may be difficult for someone to relate to a particular issue if he or she does not personally know anyone connected to it. Ergo, public ignorance can prompt myths concerning the stability and worthiness of veterans as well as erect social barriers toward seeking professional assistance. This is becoming especially true as the United States has remained almost perpetually at war or in preparation for one since at least the early 1900s. Under such circumstances, those who do not actually participate in the conflict may become detached from the media sound bites as the live feed of explosions in some distant land becomes business as usual. Much like Fussell’s aforementioned analysis of the Second World War, the current War on Terror   has been romanticized. The role formerly filled by John Wayne in his Kevlar helmet with unbuckled chinstrap is being assumed by young chiseled men in countless films. This provides a completely skewed idea of what war is and how it affects the human mind. Where advancements in transportation and social welfare reform prompted dramatic changes in how those suffering from combat stress in the 19th Century were perceived, mass communications continue to detach citizens from the reality of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Take UK and U.S before Int’l War Crimes Tribunal on Iraq and Libya-CAMERON’S DISASTROUS LOVE FOR THE DIASPORA

December 3rd, 2013

JAYANTHA GUNASEKERA

British soldiers in Iraq

Tag-Point-of-View-2013l_69.jpgBritish PM Cameron is adopting a “holier than thou” attitude in the belief that the rest of the world is unaware of war crimes committed by Britain. They joined hands with the USA to commit these crimes. Britain is unashamedly playing poodle to the USA as if Britain is its satellite. This is similar to PM Cameron taking orders from the LTTE diaspora.

It is reported that PM Cameron descended to the level of meeting members of the Global Tamil Forum, the spokespersons of the LTTE diaspora. They may be in suits and cassocks, but they are criminals who gave every support for the LTTE to commit mass murder. He had the temerity to meet these one time members of the LTTE in his official residence, 10 Downing Street.

These criminals are wanted in Sri Lanka for mass murders. Not only is Britain shielding these criminals who are fugitives from justice, but also shamelessly dancing to their tune.

PM Cameron has attempted to wreck the Commonwealth by promoting his personal agenda. At a time when Britain has problems with the European Community, he should be diplomatic with his partners in the Commonwealth and not antagonize them.

It is a matter of regret that of all the Heads of State who attended CHOGM it should be the Queen’s PM who should act in such a boorish manner, particularly when Prince Charles, the heir to the throne was present in Sri Lanka. Every discerning person knew that PM Cameron put on an act for securing LTTE diaspora votes, to further his political career. How pathetic for a so called toff!

PM Cameron cut a sorry figure when he walked in with not a smile on his face, to impress the LTTE diaspora, who were watching his every move on TV. At a news conference in Colombo, he answered questions put to him by his own selected reporters, including Channel 4. He called them by name, which exposed his game. They were obviously all pre arranged questions.

Chilcot report

When our own TOP editor RAJPAL ABEYANAYAKE fired a question, PM Cameron slunk away, unable of course to reply searching questions. Rajpal in addition to being an editor is also an able lawyer, who would have made mincemeat out of PM Cameron if he did not slink away. As he was running away, Rajpal shouted out, “What kind of hypocrite are you Mr. Prime Minister; where is the Chilcot report?!” PM Cameron had to face these types of questions because of his extraordinary love for the criminal outfit, the LTTE diaspora. He brought the office of Britain’s Prime Minister to ridicule. This is what happens when people in high office have a secret agenda.

His obligations to the minuscule LTTE diaspora is so intense, that he is prepared to risk the hatred of 21 million Sri Lankans. Prince Charles would have been thoroughly ashamed of the conduct of his Prime Minister. In a couple of months, PM Cameron would draw enough flak from his countrymen when it dawns on them that he is siding a criminal outfit, not for the benefit of Britain, but in his personal interest.

PM Cameron should consult and emulate the British Member of the European Parliament Dr Charles Tannoch, a highly intelligent and incorruptible GENTLEMAN. The LTTE diaspora could not influence him. He castigated his fellow parliamentarians thus, “Sri Lanka has finally achieved peace by defeating a ruthless terrorist organization, the LTTE which had refused all peace bids made by the Government of Sri Lanka. The word Genocide is being mentioned even without knowledge of its meaning”. He asked, “how can anyone accuse Sri Lanka for genocide and crimes against humanity, when the same Army rescued more than 300,000 Tamil civilians from the LTTE, by putting their own lives in harm’s way, and helped to resettle them?”

Dr Tannoch is one of the few members who could not be bribed by the LTTE diaspora.

Another honourable member of the EU Parliament Geoffrey Van Orden made insinuations that some of the members would have been influenced, and hence, their stance. He remarked, “we regret that we are having this debate today. I suspect that it has been prompted by extreme elements in the Tamil diaspora, the same people who have helped to sustain the LTTE terrorist campaign over many years through political activities and funding, often from proceeds of crime. Instead of trying to bring together the peoples of Sri Lanka, there are those that continue a campaign of hatred and division”. He further said, “I call on the European Governments to be more active and vigilant in dealing with extremists in OUR midst”.

Invasion of Iraq

As regards blatant violations of Human Rights by the UK, members of its Parliament endorsed the invasion of Iraq merely to play poodle to the USA, knowing fully well that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction. This massacre had similarities to the extermination of Jews by Hitler. What Britain committed against Iraq was GENOCIDE. These politicians took the British people for a right royal ride, spending millions of the British taxpayers’ money, and killing hundreds of British soldiers in an unwanted and unnecessary war. PM Cameron is just as culpable as Blair’s Labour Government, for the murders of innocent Iraqis and reducing Iraq to shambles.

Britain and the USA invaded a peaceful country, though governed by a despot. Together, they also ruined Libya, Egypt and a host of other Arab countries.

Every day is not Christmas PM Cameron, the wheel will turn pretty soon! What Sri Lanka did was to crush a set of thugs and criminals, who were up to every despicable deed, going about destroying our country and killing our people, Sinhala, Muslims and Tamils, without any compunction. Prabhakaran was an animal in human form. He killed thousands of Tamil people who disagreed with his mad policies and ideas. He had the charismatic Indian leader and one time PM Rajiv Gandhi, blown to smithereens, by a female suicide LTTE cadre.

We ask PM Cameron whether saving the lives and property of the Sri Lankans, is a war crime? You are threatening that you will take this matter up in Geneva in March 2014, in the full knowledge that you have a very biased TAMIL High Commissioner in the Human Rights Council, Navi Pillai, who is herself prepared to dance to the tune of the LTTE diaspora. If you are such a truthful and straight gentleman, you should turn your country and the USA in for scrutiny, for all the war crimes and genocide you both have indulged in, in the very recent past.

As for Britain’s Human Rights violations record, the UN Committee Against Torture, recommends more than 40 separate measures, which it says will need to be taken if the UK is to be given a clean bill of health. This Committee has focused on the failure to hold to account those responsible for human rights abuses in the so called War on Terror, and for the mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq(CDN).

British Taxpayer

Under the caption “Britain’s Dirty War in Iraq” by James Cusick, “Britain led by PM Cameron has blocked the release of a Report by Sir John Chilcot, where Intelligence on Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction, was investigated. Even after a decade of the invasion of Iraq by the USA and UK, no weapons of mass destruction were found in that country. There was no self defense as was necessary under International Law. This Committee comprised Sir John Chilcot, Sir Roderick Lyne, Sir Lawrence Freedman and Baroness Prashar.

You have a lot to hide, haven’t you PM Cameron?

Why are you afraid to release this Report which cost the British taxpayer 7.5 million Pounds? In addition to your reluctance to publish the Chilcot Report, you are also under orders from Washington not to do so. You must act with dignity and self respect, not taking orders from others. The British Taxpayer is entitled to know how their money was spent.

With so much to hide, PM Cameron is pressing that Military Commanders of Sri Lanka be taken before a War Crimes Tribunal. He must also insist that his confidants V. Rudrakumaran of the USA, Surendran and Fr Emmanuel etc of your Global Tamil Forum, and a host of others who have been catalogued as those who supplied weapons and gave MATERIAL SUPPORT to the LTTE, to continue MASS MURDER during the 37 years the LTTE held sway, should also be indicted before an International War Crimes Tribunal. We know that he has a special bond with these criminals, but it is his duty to have them charged for war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

War is between two parties or more, and though Prabhakaran is dead others who supplied weapons to him are very much alive and living in your country. You know that supplying weapons to kill, is just as much a crime as killing, itself.

You are no chicken, Cameron. You know very well that this story of the Sri Lanka Forces killing 40,000 Tamils in the last days of the war is absolute balderdash. This is a thing your friends, the LTTE diaspora, fabricated. By constant usage, you think it can gather a veneer of truth. If 300,000 Tamils were saved by these very Forces from the wrath of Prabhakaran, at the risk of their own lives, are you that dense to think that these Forces killed 40,000 Tamils? Come on Cameron, use your brains! Why should the Sri Lanka Forces risk their lives to save 300,000 Tamil civilians, when they could have watched as Prabhakaran killed the lot, thus saving Government ammunition as well?

Cameron, to enjoy the perks of office, has befriended the LTTE diaspora, who forcibly collect money from the other members of the Tamil diaspora. They also indulge in various nefarious activities to amass huge sums of money. These funds run into millions of Dollars. Part of these, are spent giving filthy lucre to corrupt people, and the rest goes into the pockets of the bigwigs of the LTTE diaspora, with which they have a very comfortable and plush lifestyle. By your espousing their cause, they will continue to extract monies from the Tamils, or else the avenues of income will dry up, and they will have to come back to Sri Lanka.

War Crimes Tribunal

By Cameron’s conduct, he will surely open up a can of worms, when Britain will be marched to a War Crimes Tribunal, sooner or later. By tendering “Material Support” to this terrorist organization, he himself will be liable for prosecution.

British people are an admirable lot, but some of their politicians are bounders. Instead of handing these LTTE criminals over to be prosecuted for war crimes, and crimes against humanity, Cameron is treating them with kid gloves and giving them the protection they need, as he requires their support to stay in office.

On what evidence does Cameron want our Commanders taken before a War Crimes Tribunal? There has to be a Prima Faciecase, with cogent and compelling evidence.

(a) NOT what is falsely projected by the Global Tamil Forum and the LTTE diaspora,

(b) NOT what a few Tamils have been forced to tell him in Jaffna,

(c) NOT fictitious films created by Callum Macrae, on payment by the LTTE diaspora, films which were non-existent when Sri Lanka was taken before Geneva in 2009 and was exonerated for absence of credible evidence.

The only “crime” our Forces committed, was saving 300,000 Tamils from Prabhakaran, who was using them as a human shield to save himself.

If 40,000 Tamils were killed,

(a) what are their names, (b) where are the bodies, (c) where are their graves and (d) where are the incinerators?

Please ask yourself Cameron, can 40,000 bodies be made to vanish into thin air, without a trace, within a few weeks? Are you trying to appoint some corrupt hermaphrodites who will be instructed to tender a report against Sri Lanka, to suit you and the USA?

By your conduct, you are attempting to rub salt on the wounds of Sri Lanka in order to create a separate state here, to be used as a launching pad for the creation of a separate state of Tamil Nadu.

Wheels within wheels, indeed!

– See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/features/camerons-disastrous-love-diaspora#sthash.gkguYjUA.dpuf

Canadian Sham Human Rights Concerns Exposed ” Canada a Major Violator of Human Rights in the Middle East

December 2nd, 2013

Dilrook Kannangara

Canada boycotted the November 2013 CHOGM summit in Colombo alleging human rights violations by Sri Lanka. However, this fake concern for human rights by Canada fell apart just a few days later! On November 25th, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution naming 2014 as the ‘Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.’ 110 nations voted in favour; 7 opposed and 54 abstained.
The great self proclaimed champion of human rights ” Canada ” voted against it along with six (6) other countries including Israel (the perpetrator), Australia, USA and de facto US territories.
If Canada is so concerned about human rights, it ought to have supported this resolution. But driven by its unprincipled and opportunistic stance, Canada voted against it.
As a nation of migrants Canada can do way better than follow its petty, unprincipled and opportunistic approach to human rights. It can take a stand on human rights and detach its realpolitik manoeuvres to something less important than human rights.
This resolution is significant as it builds upon the November 2012 UN General Assembly resolution to grant Palestine the Observer status.
It can be expected that there will be many more resolutions against Israel at the UNHRC 2014 sessions due within a few months.

Canada and USA are on the wrong side of history. Following the Palestinians, Pacific Islanders must demand their respective nationhood and demand the stolen and occupied islands are returned to the rightful nationalities of the Pacific.

SHRI LANKA SHALL STOP BORROWING

December 1st, 2013

Shripal Nishshanka

The shame and disgrace which our leaders did and do by borrowing shall be stopped with immediate effect. Budget deficit and paralyzing of country could conveniently be ceased had the intelligence of the leaders be utilized.

Consult brainy financial advisors and from this budget onwards the procedures should be implemented to achieve a surplus. Otherwise the leaders better be resigned.

Commendable achievements could be resulted in many and various fields, for the integrity and united country.

The principles of Buddhism which the Shri Lankan constitute legitimizes are the basis of noble development of Shri Lanka whilst every other religion has the equal right.

Bribery, corruption and indiscipline behavior will also be systematically and naturally curbed once this irresponsible and careless begging is annihilated.

Shri Lanka inherits self-sufficient knowhow and resources.

Shri Lanka (then Ceylon) donated ship loads of aids and supplies to Asian countries in late sixties once those countries were hit with natural disasters.

May Triple Gem and All Good Guardian Deities bless Shri Lanka and the universes!

The Spread of the CDU Kidney Disease: Is ten thousand deaths not sufficient to spur us to action

December 1st, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne. Ph.D.

I am perturbed to hear that CDU is found to have spread to the North Western Province, This disease has already caused the deaths of at least ten thousand  people in the North Central Province and though this has been investigated by local as well as international institutions like the WHO, the spread has not yet been arrested.

It appears to me that no definite course of action has been taken because of conflicting advise and in view of the fact that the advice has been offered by  authorities of repute  it is not possible to hammer out which is the real cause.

I am not a scientist to offer  a scientific solution or to comment on the advice offered by scientific giants.

However as an administrator of agricultural development ,social and economic development programmes in more than one Third World country I can state that the best course of action will be to take action on all the advice simultaneously.  Then somehow the spread of CDU can be arrested.  My experience of working with farmers in Anuradhapura and Hambantota  urges me to make a suggestion that immediate action must be taken to arrest this disease. If no action is taken  CDU will spread and ultimately cause the death of close upon a million. At that stage when CDU has spread it will be difficult to find a solution and that will perhaps be the end of Sri Lanka with Dengu mainly in the Urban areas and CDU in the rest. The innocence of the poor farmers with whom I have worked for long whose travails and tribulations are the core of two of my novels urge me to speak out. (Mukulita Piyumo Ayi Vana Meda Me and Vidanes Daughter)

I have spent most of my administrative duties in the dry zone and was at the forefront of introducing high yielding varieties and providing  advice to use fertilizer to boost yields was what we always concentrated on.

At that time in the Sixties there was a coordinated extension service by two Departments- the Agrarian Services with its active cultivation committees and the Department of Agriculture with its qualified officers from the village level upwards.  The extension service was very effective especially with the peoples organization at the base.

Compared to the Sixties three major changes have taken place in agricultural extension:

Firstly the Paddy lands Act was abolished and with it the extension work that the Department of Agrarian Services did ceased. The cultivation committees were done away with and this left a big vacuum that has not yet been filled.

Secondly the World Bank came up with their Training and Visit System of Agricultural Extension which made the Agricultural Department work it alone without any farmer organizations. That was a system suitable for large scale farmers and not for peasant agriculture. It was forced onto Third World countries.

Thirdly President Premadasa  with one stroke of his pen made all Agricultural Overseers Grama Niladharis and with this the extension service totally ceased to exist. Agricultural Instructors worked at the divisional level and they had a very large number of farmers to cater to and  without trained overseers the extension service virtually broke down.

Fourthly   the craze of boosting paddy production made the present government give a fertilizer subsidy. Fertilizer was given out at a 90% subsidy and the farmers did use it. This subsidy cost the Government Rs, 34,000 million annually.

In the absence of a vibrant extension service the farmers used all varieties as much as possible.

I have already documented my experiences with agricultural extension officers in the Nineties. When I wanted advice they gave me the wrong advice and I am certain that the situation has not yet been corrected because when I casually inquired from some farmers in the Kurunegala District last year(2012)  I was told that they used Urea at the basal stage.

In the Nineties my inquiries were  at  the extension centers at Udupila and Kadawata.

“The officers there did not know the exact amount of fertilizer I should use and relate it to the high yielding varieties. At my insistence they raked their files and provided me with details. The circular they produced advised the use of Ammonium Sulphate and Urea at the basal stage and no mentioin was made of their use at the top dressing stage.  I brought this to the notice of the Secretary to the Ministry and months later I got a reply that the advice given to me was out of date by half a dozen years.  About a year later I dropped into one of these Centers and   found that even then the top dressing was not incorporated. There is not a single farmer who does not know  that ammonium sulphate/urea must be used as the top dressing. “(From: How the IMF Ruined Sri Lanka and Alternate Programs of Success. Godages)

Agricultural experts Cecil Dharmasena and U P de S Waidyaratna have documented how the agricultural extension system is paralysed  today..(Island 22/4 , 6/5 ,28/5, 4/6)

Thus in my opinion the main cause is the excessive use of fertilizer, especially at the inappropriate stage. For instance urea and ammonium suphate can be absorbed  if there is a plant. Used at the basal stage these are not absorbed and leach into the soil- one of the fundamental causes to make the water unfit for human consumption.

To get back to the extension service even today there are no qualified officers at the village level. The Niyamakas who were appointed have to be trained and I suggest that a mobile training programme be mounted immediately to equip them with the necessary knowledge. For extension purposes a farmer’s organization like the cultivation committee of the Paddy Lands Act is essential. There was much talk of a Jana Sabha at the village level. Such an organization if established will give a boost to all development activities.

The other reasons adduced by scientists  are also valid and action should be taken. Ample tests should be carried out to ensure that agrochemicals  and pesticides available are not harmful and the extension service has to ensure their proper use.

A Vibrant extension service is essential.

The spread of CDU is still at its initial stage. If no action is taken immediately it can turn to be an epidemic that cannot be controlled.  Then millions will die.  Let that not happen to my Motherland.

 Garvin Karunaratne, PhD Agricultural Economics and Non Formal Education, Michigan State University

Former Govt Agent Matara and Senior Assistant Commissioner of Agrarian Services.

1 st December 2013

වසර 36ක් පුරා මෙරට තුල සිදුකරන ලද මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝණයන් හා ඒවාට ඇති විදේශà·à¶º ඥාතිත්වය හෙලි කරමු! 3.

December 1st, 2013

චන්ද්”à¶»à·ƒà·šà¶± පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි

 à¶…ප රට තුල, ජනතාවට, සුපිරි බලයක් උරුමය, තවද මේ බලය අභිබවා යෑමට කිසිවෙකුටත් නොහැකිය. එබැවින් අපි ඒ බල à·ƒà·à¶¸à·à·€ තුල රැදෙමින්, අපටම අාවේනික වූ නà·à¶­à·’මය පදනමක් මත වසර 2500ක ශිෂ්ඨාචාරà·à¶º දැක්ම, හා තර්කනය මත පිහිටා, වසර 36ක් පුරා මෙරට සිදුකරන ලද මානව හිමිකම් කඩකිරà·à¶¸à·Š සම්බන්ධව, සත්ය ගවේශණයක යෙදෙන්නෙමු.
 
මේ වනවිට අප 1972 සැප්තැම්බර් මස 17 වෙනිදා යාපනයේ à¶¯à·œà¶»à·™à¶…ප්පා ක්රà·à¶©à· පිටියේද෠පැවති සැනකෙළියකද෠බෝමබයක් පිපිරුවා හැරà·à¶¸ සම්බන්ධව, සිදුවà·à¶¸à·Š දෙස විපරම් කරමින් සිටින්නෙමු. මෙහිද෠අප මන ගැටෙන කරුණු තුලින් මෙම සිදුවà·à¶¸ හා බද්ධවෙන කණ්ඩායම් හතරක් හදුනා ගතිමු. ඒ කණ්ඩායම්;
 
1b. මෙම කාර්යය කලයුතුයයි තà·à¶»à¶« ගත් කණ්ඩායම.

2b. මෙම බෝම්බය රැගෙන විත් ස්ථාන ගතකල කණ්ඩායම.
 
3b. මෙම බෝම්බය හේතුවෙන් පà·à¶©à·à·€à¶§ පත් කණ්ඩායම.
 
4b. මෙම සිදුවà·à¶¸ සම්බන්ධව පරà·à¶šà·Šà·‚ණ පැවත්වූ කණ්ඩායම, à·€à·à¶ºà·™à¶±à·Š හදුනා ගතිමු.
 
තවද, 1b. කණ්ඩායම, පැහැදිලිවම, ලෝකයේ ඉහලම තලයක සිටි ලාංකà·à¶º දෙමළ ජනතාව, සිටින තත්වයන්, පහතට ඇද දැමà·à¶¸, අරමුණ කරගත් කණ්ඩායමක් බව අවබෝධ කර ගත්තෙමු. අප එය අවබෝධකර ගත්තේ, ඔවුන් මෙම තà·à¶»à¶«à¶º ගන්නා අවස්ථාවේදà·, සිටි මනෝභාවයට, ඇතුලුව෠බැලà·à¶¸à·™à¶«à·’. සැනකෙලියක, සතුටින් කාලය ගෙවන දෙමළ තරුණ තරුණියන් අතරේ බෝම් බයක් තැන්පත් කරනුයේ, සැනකෙලිය හා පැවති සැනකෙලි ස්වරූපයට කාලකන්නි ස්වරූපයක් අනුගත කිරà·à¶¸, සතුට දුකක් බවට අනුවර්තනය කිරà·à¶¸ හා à¶¯à·™à¶¸à·… තරුණ තරුණියන් අතරේ අස්ථාවර භාවයක භà·à¶­à·’ය ස්ථාන ගත කිරà·à¶¸à·š අරමුණෙන් බව අපට දැන් මනාව වැටහේ. මෙවැනි කටයුත්තක් කල යුතුයයි යන සිතුවිලි පරම්මරාව,දෙමළ ජාතියට සැබෑ ලෙස අාදරය කරන කිසිදු පුද්ගලයකුගේ, මනස තුල, හටගන්නේ නැත. එය සැබෑ ලෙසම සත්යකි. 
 
එසේ නම්  1b. කණ්ඩායම 
 
A. දෙමළ විරෝධ෠ජාතිවාද෠කණ්ඩායමක්  à·„ෝ 
 
B. දෙමළ ත්රස්තවාදය, තමන්ගේ උවමනාවන් සදහා යොදා ගන්නා කණ්ඩායමක කාර්යයකි. 
 
දැන් අප සතුව ඇත්තේ, මෙය සිදුකලේ ඉහත දක්වන කණ්ඩායම් දෙකින් කුමන කණ්ඩායමද යන්න à·ƒ”Œà·œà¶ºà· බැලà·à¶¸à¶ºà·’.
 
දැන් අප වර්ෂ 1972කේ සැප්තැම්බර් මස 17 වනදා යන ලක්ෂයේ රැද෠අවට බලන විට, අප මොනවාද දකින්නේ? මොනවාද අපිට පෙනෙන්නේ?
මේ අප සිටින ලක්ෂයේ සිට බලන විට,මà·à¶§ අවුරුද්දකුත් මාස 5කුත් දින 12 කට පෙර,  1971 අප්රේල් කැරැල්ල සිදුවුණ බව, මනාව දිස්වේ. රජය විශාල කැරල්ලකට මුහුණදà·, කැරැල්ලෙන් පසු තත්වයට මුහුණ දෙමින් සිටියහ. මේ කැරැල්ලේදà·, මෙරට තරුණ තරුණියන් දස දහස් ගනනක් මරා දමණ ලදà·. මේ වනවිට මෙරට අම්මලා හා තාත්තලා සිය දරුවන් සොයමින් සිර ගෙයක් සිර ගෙයක් ගානේ යමින් සිටි යුගයක් වූ අතර, විශ්ව විද්යාල සිර කදවුරු බවට පත්ව තිබූ වකවානුවකි.
 
පැවති රජය, මේ තරුණ තරුණියන්ට දඩුවම් කිරà·à¶¸ සදහා නà·à¶­à·’ සම්පාදනය කරමින් සිටි යුගයක් විය. මේ අරාජික යුගයේදà·, සියලූම ජාතà·à¶±à·Š කම්පාවට පත්ව සිටියහ. එකාවන්ව සිටියහ.  à¶¢à·à¶­à·’වාද෠ප්රවනතාවයක් කුමණ දිසාවකවත් නොපැවතිණි.
 
ඒ අනුව මේ කාර්යය සෘජුවම සිදි කරන ලද්දේ, 
 
B. දෙමළ ත්රස්තවාදය, තමන්ගේ උවමනාවන් සදහා යොදා ගන්නා කණ්ඩායමක කාර්යයකි. යන පූර්ව නිගමනයට බැසà·à¶¸à¶§ අපට සිදුවේ.
 
පවතින දත්තයන් හා තත්වයන් දෙස බලන විට 1972 යාපනයේ,  à¶¯à·œà¶»à·™à¶…ප්පා ක්රà·à¶©à· පිටියේද෠පැවති සැනකෙළියකද෠බෝමබයක් පිපිරුවා හැරà·à¶¸ සම්බන්ධව, තà·à¶»à¶«à¶º ගනු ලබන්නේ, විදේශà·à¶º බලවේගයක් බව ඉතා හොදින් පැහැදිලිය. කවුද මේ බලවේගය.? අපගේ මà·à¶½à¶œ ඉලක්කය වන්නේ මේ බලවේගය කුමක්දැයි සොයා බැලà·à¶¸à¶ºà·’. එය,
 
B1. ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපද ත්රස්තවාදයද නැතිනම්  B2. මහා බ්රිතාන්යේ ත්රස්තවාදයද  à¶ºà¶± ගැටලුව පමණක් දැන් ඉතිරිව තිබේ.
 
නමුත් මේ යුගය ඇමරිකාව බලවත් අභියෝග රැසකට මුහුණ දෙමින් සිටි යුගයකි. වියට්නාමය, කාම්බෝජය හා ලාවෝසය යන රට වල් සමග යුධ වැද෠පරාජයන් රාශියකට මැදිව සිටි ඇමරිකාවට මේ කලාපයට අත පෙවà·à¶¸à¶§ උවමනාවක් නොතිබිණ. එසේනම් මේ සිදුවà·à¶¸ පසුපස සිටින්නේ, මහා බ්රිතාන්යේ මහා ත්රස්තවාද෠බලවේගයි.
 
වර්ෂ 1971 අප්රේල් කැරැල්ල, අනපේක්ෂිත දෙයක් ජාතියට උරුම කලහ. රටට සැබෑ ලෙසම ආදරය කරන, තරුණයින් සංවිධානය කර, සතුරාට නිරාවරණය කිරà·à¶¸ මේ තුලින් සිදුවිය. මේ තරුණයින්ගේ මනස අපේක්ෂා කලේ, අධිරදවාදයට විනාශයයි. මොවුන් හැම දෙනාම නිරාවරණහ වූයේ අධිරදවාදà·à¶±à·Š ඉදිරියේද෠බැවින්, වහාම ක්රියාත්මකවූ මහා බ්රිතාන්ය, වහාම රජයට අවි අායුධ හා යුධ උපදේශකයින්ගේ සහය ලබාදà·, ඔවුන්ට හුරු ආකාරයටම, 1818 විමුක්ති අරගලය, හා 1848, විමුක්ති අරගලයන්ට එංගලන්තය උරුම කල ඒ යුධ අපරාධ රැල්ලම ඒ ආකාරයෙන්ම අප්රේල් කැරලිකරුවන්ටද උරුම කලහ. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/uk-govt-had-a-role-in-crimes-against-humanity-in-71-jvp-crushing-declassified-documents-reveal-2/ 
මොවුන් මෙහි සිටිමින් යුධ අපරාධ සිදුකල බවට  à¶ à·à¶¯à¶±à· ඇත. මෙම කැරැල්ල මගින් මහා බ්රිතාන්යට මෙරට ආයුධ වෙළද පොල පුලුල් වුවද, කැරැල්ල ඉක්මනින් මැඩ පැවත්වà·à¶¸ තුලින් සරු වෙළද පොලක් නිර්මාණය නොවිණි, ඒ වෙළද පොල නිර්මාණයේ පලමු පියවර අරමුණු කර ගනිමින් 1972 සැප්තැම්බර් මස 17 වෙනිදා යාපනයේ ජන ජà·à·€à·’තය සම්පූර්ණයෙනම අඩාල කර, දෙමළ ජනතාව , සිංහල ජනතාවට එරෙහිව සටන් කිරà·à¶¸à·š යුද්ධය, බ්රඊතාන්ය විසින් නිර්මාණය කල බව අපේ මතයයි. ඒ අනුව වසර 36ක් පුරා මෙරට සිදුවූ සියලූම යුධ අපරාධයන්ට මහා බ්රිතාන්ය සෘජුවම වගකිව  à¶ºà·”තු බවට චෝදනා කරමු. තවද මේ වනවිට යුධ ගිනි වැල් නිවාලූ දේශයට පැමිණ නැවත වරක් යාපනයටම ගොස් ජන මනස තුල බලවත් බෝම්බයක් අටවා අපටම තර්ජනය කොටගිය බව සලකන්නෙමු. ඒ අනුව, මෙරට ජනතාව, යුද්ධයේ මුල සිට අවසානය දක්වාවූ සෑම කටයුත්තක් සම්බන්ධවම පූර්ණ, අපක්ෂපාත පරà·à¶šà·Šà·‚ණහක් පවත්වන මෙන්  à¶»à¶¢à¶ºà·™à¶±à·Š ඉල්ලා සිටà·. 
 
පරà·à¶šà·Šà·‚ණ අංක 1 à·„à·’ නිමාව.
 
 

Commemorating ‘Terrorist day’

December 1st, 2013

 S. Akurugoda

It is reported that  TNA Jaffna District MP S. Sritharan, while  participating in the second reading stage debate on Budget, has praised  the dead LTTE”ˆleader Velupillai Prabhakaran justifying violence saying that  Prabhakaran was a national hero and called upon Tamils to commemorate his death.

On a another report, the day the LTTE ‘war heroes’ day was commemorated the Chief Minister C.V Vigneswaran and several others remembered the lost war heroes at Jaffna educational office premises with a tree planting campaign. Vigneswaran, in fact, is the first politician  to state Prabhakaran as a national hero in public after 18th May 2009, the after the eradication of terrorism.  He was reported to have made that statement during his campaign for the Northern PC.

It is also reported that  UNP National List parliamentarian R. Yogarajan too said in Parliament that the Tamil people should be permitted to commemorate the Maveerar Day.

UNP, as a political entity,  should clarify its stand on the statement of the MP seeking permission to commemorate Prabhakaran as a national hero. Considering the various statements issued and stands taken by the party under the leadership of Ranil Wickramasinghe  it is not surprising even if the party supports the claim made by Yogarajan.  Mangala Samaraweera, who led the campaign inviting  Chanel 4 and doing whatever possible the tarnish the image of the country during CHOGUM  will provide the necessary support to the leadership (or the so-called leadership committee) towards this direction.

It is a well known fact that the Prabhakaran and his terror outfit, LTTE, waged a war in order to create a separate State.   As the Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake said in the Parliament, the MP Yogarajan had violated the country’s laws.

Prabhakaran was a criminal who killed not only Sinhalese but also Tamils. Who killed the leaders of EPDP, TULF, and TELO? It was Prabahakaran! He was the one who caused irrecoverable losses to the Tamil community by killing Tamil leaders such as Lakshman Kadirgamar and Neelan Thiruchelvam. Prabahakaran also killed his own people who tried to surrender to the government. Prabahakaran had killed so many innocent civilians.”

 Although the war against terrorism was won, we still have political parties, and organizations that directly or indirectly support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage and advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka. Although the above Clauses were introduced as an amendment (6th amendment) to the constitution in 1983, quite surprisingly no action has been taken, as per the constitution, against at least a single person who violates the said article of the Constitution up to now.

 The personnel including parliamentarians, political parties, some media groups, NGOs and INGOS who supported the outfit for personal, monetary and political gains during the 30 years of terror, are still holding onto their positions both in and out side Sri Lanka. These groups are now doing a great service to dead terrorist leader Prabhakaran under the guise of so-called ‘violation of human rights’. There is no necessity to pinpoint each and every perpetrator on individual basis, since the general public is fully aware of those promoters.  

Although the TNA was known to be the political wing of the LTTE while Prabhakaran was leading its military wing, any sign of praising the dead LTTE”ˆleader Velupillai Prabhakaran as their national hero and justifying his terrorism in public were not seen prior to the North Provincial Council elections.  It is possible that the so-called human rights campaigners too would join the campaign to legalise a ‘Terrorist day’ interpreting the claims of MPs Sirthan  and Yogarajan as another  human right.

Thus it appears that while Sri Lanka is the only country in the world managed to win a war against terrorism while feeding the terrorists and keeping the doors open to those who provide amenities and justify terrorism within its own soil, now making another record for keeping the doors open to those who justify terrorism even after winning the war against terrorism’.

Despite the fact that the President, the government and the security forces have eradicated the LTTE militarily, there is a question whether the LTTE is a banned terrorist organisation in Sri Lanka. The LTTE was banned after the bombing of Dalada Maligawa, but the ban was lifted by the subsequent UNP government soon after the treacherous CFA was signed. Ironically, the terror group is banned in several countries in the world and we continue to plead the rest of the world to ban the outfit.

Under Article 157A, Prohibition against violation of territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, of the constitution of Sri Lanka, no person shall, directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

Under the said Article, no political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

The Article 157A, among many other things, has clearly laid down the steps that have to be taken against those who violate the constitution including the Members of Parliament.

The right decision at the right time without fear and prejudice will lead to right result. For example, prior to abrogation of the CFA, Sri Lanka appeared more or less as a colony of so-called Co-Chairs led by Norwegians and any attempt to abrogate the Agreement was seen by the pressure groups as a negative step towards peace and declaration of war against Tamils. The LTTE was considered by the treacherous CFA and Co-Chairs, including the US, as the sole representative of Tamils.

The President’s determination to crush the LTTE militarily in 2008-2009, no amount of terror strikes or “any other pressure” would stand in his way, resulted in a successful conclusion of the war against terrorism.

Thus, it is time to ban the LTTE , if not already done, and praising any form of terrorism and take necessary steps under the Article 157A of the Constitution with a determination to defeat the forces of separatism once and for all.

Self-Interest Before Principle – Dompost 27th Nov

December 1st, 2013

Dr. Chula Rajapakse Spokesperson , United Sri Lanka Assn. Lower Hutt.

 The Editor,
Dompost.
Dear Editor,
Prime Minister John Key’s not supporting further inquiries on Sri Lanka at the CHOGM , is similar to the stand of all fifty three members of the Commonwealth including India whose PM stayed away, bar Canada and the UK. The latter’s  decisions were dictated by the influence of the Tamil vote in key marginal electorates that would determine the outcome of the next general election in their countries.
By his stand Mr. Key has demonstrated NZ’s ability to make independent decisions, even when breaking ranks with traditional allies. This would only enhance immensely it’s credentials for being on the UN security council, not detract from it as Grant Bayldon of Amnesty International attempts to suggest.
Prolonging the deception of tiger origin of  “ongoing killings and disappearances” in Sri Lanka, is in their interest. . Many of them owe their ability to enjoy western comforts as refugees , to this deception. Their billion dollar war chest has enabled them to procure powerful proxies to orchestrate this deception. Amnesty International  stands prominent among them , having received a $50,000 donation from the Tiger Diaspora in Canada in January 2012.
Dr. Chula Rajapakse
Spokesperson ,
United Sri Lanka Assn.
Lower Hutt.

What archives? UK ordered destruction of ‘embarrassing’ colonial papers

December 1st, 2013

Britain systematically destroyed documents in colonies that were about to gain independence, declassified Foreign Office files reveal. ‘Operation Legacy’ saw sensitive documents secretly burnt or dumped to cover up traces of British activities.

The latest National Archives publication made from a collection of 8,800 colonial-era files held by the Foreign Office for decades revealed deliberate document elimination by British authorities in former colonies.

The secret program dubbed ‘Operation Legacy’ was in force throughout the 1950s and 1960s, in at least 23 countries and territories under British rule that eventually gained independence after WWII. Among others these countries included: Belize, British Guiana, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia and Singapore, Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia and Zimbabwe), Tanzania, and Uganda.

In a telegram from the UK Colonial Office dispatched to British embassies on May 3, 1961, colonial secretary Iain Macleod instructed diplomats to withhold official documents from newly elected independent governments in those countries, and presented general guidance on what to do.

British diplomats were briefed on how exactly they were supposed to get rid of documents that “might embarrass members of the police, military forces, public servants (such as police agents or informers)” or “might compromise sources of intelligence”, or could be put to ‘wrong’ use by incoming national authorities.

‘Operation Legacy’ also called for the destruction or removal of “all papers which are likely to be interpreted, either reasonably or by malice, as indicating racial prejudice or bias”.

The newly declassified files revealed that the Royal Navy base in Singapore was turned into the Asian region’s primary document destruction center. A special facility called a “splendid incinerator” was used to burn “lorry loads of files”, Agence France-Presse reported.

The “central incinerator” in Singapore was necessary to avoid a situation similar to that in India in 1947, when a “pall of smoke” from British officials burning their papers in Delhi, ahead of India proclaiming independence, filled the local press with critical reports. That diplomatic oversight was taken into account, as ‘Operation Legacy’ operatives were strictly instructed not to burn documents openly.

But not all the doomed archives could be shipped to Singapore. In some cases documents were eliminated on site, sometimes being dumped in the sea “at the maximum practicable distance from shore” and in deep, current-free areas, the National Archives publication claims.

Members of the combined Chinese Armed Forces raise the Chinese Flag at the Hong Kong convention center on July 1, 1997 marking the moment Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule. (AFP Photo/Kimimasa Mayama)

The newly published collection of documents reveals that the British cleared out Kenyan intelligence files that contained information about abuse and torture of Kenyans during the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule in the 1950s. A special committee formed in 1961 coordinated document elimination in Kenya. Yet some files were spared simply when an estimated 307 boxes of documents were evacuated to Britain, just months ahead of the country gaining independence in December 1963.

The existence of some remaining Mau Mau legal case documents was revealed in January 2011.

Even after eliminating important evidence half a century ago, earlier in 2013 the British government was forced to pay 23 million dollars in compensation to over 5,200 elderly Kenyans, who had suffered from Britain’s punitive measures during the Mau Mau uprising.

In another documented occasion, in April 1957, five lorries delivered tons of documents from the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur to the Royal Navy base in Singapore. Files were incinerated there; these contained details about British rule in Malaya, such as a massacre of 24 rubber plantation workers at the Malayan village of Batang Kali in 1948, who had allegedly been murdered by British soldiers.

Despite the mass document elimination, Britain’s Foreign Office still has some 1.2 million unpublished documents on British colonial policy, David Anderson, professor of African history at the University of Warwick, told AFP.

So Her Majesty’s government might still publish more valuable material that can shed more light on how one of the biggest empires in human history used to be governed. Overall, Britain had total control over 50 colonies including Canada, India, Australia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. Currently, there are 14 British Overseas Territories that remain under British rule, though most of them are self-governing and all have leaderships of their own.

Open Letter to Conservative MP Roxanne James regarding Sri Lanka

December 1st, 2013

Chanaka Kurera Free Lanka International – Montreal, Quebec

Roxanne James
Member of Parliament
Scarborough Centre
1450 Midland Ave., Suite 21
Scarborough, ON M1P 4Z8

November 29, 2013

Dear Roxanne James,

This is in response to your recent letter regarding Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting this past month in Sri Lanka. As you have indicated that you welcome our comments, please accept this letter as representative of the sentiments held by countless individuals across all racial and economic boundaries, who have had enough and will no longer tolerate the war mongering, deceitful and outright psychopathic behavior of our “elected”1 leaders.

You state in your letter that you are proud of our Conservative Government’s strong stance on human rights and of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka. The very idea that our current government has even the slightest amount of concern for human rights would be laughable, were it not for the very grave nature of the topic at hand and the countless lives that have been destroyed though their callous actions and lack thereof.

I will point out only a handful of the human rights violations that our government, under the poor leadership of Stephen Harper, is guilty of endorsing. I would encourage you to do some of your own research into these matters, as it appears that your awareness is quite limited in this area.

When it comes to gross human rights violations against the innocent children, women and men that inhabit one’s country, there are few nations that can compete with Canada. With a very recent history that includes the rape, murder, kidnapping, brainwashing, torturing and outright genocide of the original inhabitants of this land, Canada is well poised to speak with first hand knowledge of human rights violations.

This ugly chapter of Canadian history is by no means closed. Prime Minister Harper and his government have systematically ignored the rights of Canada’s First Nations people and continue to do so. Victims of the infamous residential schools have yet to see true closure and justice2,3, the ongoing demands for a formal investigation into the disappearance of hundreds of Canadian First Nations women have been systematically ignored4, and First Nations and other communities are losing their land, clean water and health to the environmentally devastating resource extraction policies favored by our government.5 The list goes on and on.

In foreign policy, Canada has so much blood on it’s hands that it is beyond the scope of this letter to even attempt to do this topic justice. From the rampant use of chemical weapons6 to the widespread support of ruthless regimes7, Canada has positioned itself as a leader in militarized foreign policy and belligerent neo imperialism.

But I digress. The main intention of this letter is not to shine a light on the numerous human rights violations and atrocities that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Canadian government are guilty of. The purpose of this letter is to clarify the true situation in Sri Lanka and the role of the international community in fostering divisiveness, violence and war in this otherwise resplendent nation.

I would have assumed that as an MP, you would have made an attempt at displaying more knowledge in your letter, which comes across as nothing more than a cheap shot at winning the votes of the Tamil people in your riding. Having obviously never traveled to Sri Lanka, you may be surprised to find out that the lies you have been fed by the LTTE propagandists and their peons contain little to no substance. Sri Lanka is an extremely inclusive nation, where Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim people live together harmoniously and respectfully. The statements you made in your letter display your extreme ignorance of the political situation in Sri Lanka, and we strongly urge you to educate yourself before attempting to fan the flames of a conflict that is finally over after years of killing, destruction and despair.

You may also want to think twice before siding with an organization that is responsible for the invention of the suicide bomb, the assassination of over 100 heads of government, members of parliament, ministers, councilors, military officers, civil servants and academics8, many of whom were Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka who opposed the LTTE agendas. Perhaps you should consider whether you truly wish to stand behind the only terrorist group responsible for the killing of two world leaders, a group that financed its operations through bank robberies, drug smuggling and extortion, while building its army by abducting Tamil children and equipping them with suicide bombs and cyanide capsules to fight in the name of their “freedom” 9.

Because make no mistake: by supporting Prime Minister Harper in his boycott of Sri Lanka, you are supporting the remnant factions of the LTTE that are desperately trying to reignite the tensions in Sri Lanka, so as not to lose out on their profits gained through criminal activities and extortion. You are also supporting the true driving force behind the LTTE’s activities: the globalist agenda to destabilize Sri Lanka for strategic, military and economic reasons that have nothing to do with the rights or well being of the people of Sri Lanka. Divide and rule ” the oldest cheap trick in the book.  Well hear this, I am here to tell you that we, the people of Sri Lanka who suffered most under colonialism, neo imperialism and terrorism, no longer desire the interventions of the international community. We have more than enough knowledge, resources, cultural riches and diversity to build and maintain our country without the meddling of foreign powers who seek to destroy our nation. Perhaps Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government should learn a lesson from Sri Lanka and begin their own reconciliation process with the people of Canada who have suffered and continue to suffer human rights violations under their watch.

Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims all fought together to defeat the LTTE. The average Tamil Sri Lankan does not support the LTTE’s agendas. We the people of Sri Lanka want nothing more than to put this bloody chapter of history behind us and move on. Please have the decency to refrain from using our country and the well being of its people as an easy way to win votes. You will find that Sri Lankan people are smarter than that.

Yours truly,

Chanaka Kurera

Free Lanka International – Montreal, Quebec

freelanka.international@gmail.com

References:

1. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/robocall-election-controversy-spreading-1.1268977

2. http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/10/22/harper-tories-on-side-of-pedophiles-and-sadists-by-hiding-information-on-residential-school-abuse-ndp-charges/

3. http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/fast-facts-harper-apology-residential-schools-and-bill-c-10

4. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-to-reject-un-panels-call-for-review-of-violence-on-aboriginal-women/article14406434/

5. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/30/canada-aboriginals-resource-development_n_4178464.html

6. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/yves-engler/chemical-weapons-canada_b_3932439.html

7. http://jhrconcordia.com/2012/10/21/feature-yves-engler-the-ugly-canadian-stephen-harpers-foreign-policy/

8.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assassinations_of_the_Sri_Lankan_Civil_War

9. http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1869501,00.html

Human Rights Luxuries of 2 Million Tamils Verses the Right to Life of 21 Million Sri Lankans

November 30th, 2013

Dilrook Kannangara

Too much has been said about human rights of a mere 2 million Sri Lankan Tamils in the past few years. Most of these are absurd allegations as Tamils in Sri Lanka enjoy the same level of human rights as Tamils in Canada, UK or India. However, nothing has been said about the right to life of 21 million Sri Lankans (including Tamils). When a choice has to be made, the right to life of 21 million Sri Lankans at all times must come first despite the human rights of a few. This is the approach taken by all civilised and democratic countries around the world. There is no reason why this order of priority should change in the case of Sri Lanka.

In a war situation a compromise must be made between the full protection of human rights of a smaller group of people and the right to life of everyone. No war has been fought without human rights violations or civilian casualties. But when the resultant peace benefits all, it is a worthy sacrifice.

Denied Right to Life of 21 Million Sri Lankans by Tamil Nationalists

 There was a time not so long ago when Tamil Nationalists (both armed and unarmed) terrorised other Sri Lankans. People were afraid to take a short bus trip to their work fearing Tamil bomb attacks. Mother and father of children used to travel in separate buses so that in the event of a Tamil attack, at least one parent will be there for children. School buses transporting Sinhala children were attacked by Tamil nationalists throughout the country. Trains were bombed killing hundreds of Sinhala civilians by Tamil nationalists. How about the victims’ human rights and more importantly their right to life?

Muslims and Sinhalese were not safe even at places of religious worship. Tamil nationalists attacked them killing hundreds desecrating places of religious worship. The most sacred places of worship in the country were attacked by Tamil terrorists. How about the victims’ human rights and more importantly their right to life?

The more relevant topic is the human rights violations of ethnic Sinhalese by Tamil nationalists. Until that is addressed, no meaningful discussion on Tamils’ human rights can be made.

Tamil Nationalists Denying Rights of Low Caste Tamils

 All human rights busybodies and their kith and kin survived the war. Tamil nationalists dragged low caste Tamils and their children into war, held them as a human shield and disposed them when in sickness. No one talks about human rights of now rehabilitated Tamils because none of them belong to the Jaffna high caste crowd. For human rights warriors, their rights are unimportant. They are expendables.

The Tamil society needs an internal revolution to dismantle its severe caste and station problems that plague the Tamil community. Although LTTE managed to iron out some differences, it is back in operation today. It makes perfect sense for the government to help downtrodden and low caste Tamils to do this social upheaval. Then the real human rights issues of Tamils will come out that are kept hidden today by influential high caste Tamils.

People’s Right to National Sovereignty is Also a Human Right

According to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, people’s right to a nation’s sovereignty is an inalienable human right. However the conduct of the Tamil UNHRC Chief, British Prime Minister, the Canadian Prime Minister and Indian ministers is a direct violation of this human right of Sri Lankans. None of them has any right to impose their rules over the people of Sri Lanka.

It is time this right is asserted vigorously against those outside meddlers. President’s angry assertion, “we are not a colony” is a good starting point. The United Nations and the UNHRC must be informed of the deliberate violation of protocol by arrogant foreign delegates.

Enact the UN Human Rights Charter into the Constitution as 19th Amendment

Tamils in Sri Lanka enjoy more than their due share and entitlement of human rights and other rights. This must be cut to size. It can be done by adopting the UN Human Rights Charter as part of the Sri Lankan Constitution, word to word, subject to a few obvious exceptions. When the Constitution guarantees 99% of the UN Human Rights Charter word to word, no one will be able to complain about structural or inherent human rights violations or discrimination.

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

For instance a piece of personal law exists by the name “Thesawamei Law” which is an adaptation of an identical law in ancient Kerala, India. This piece of law discriminates persons based on ethnicity and origin which is contrary to the UN Human Rights Declaration signed by Sri Lanka. By bringing the Charter into the Constitution, it will make it obvious the “Thesawamei Law” is immoral, unconstitutional and therefore illegal.

Another instance is the deliberate violation of national sovereignty by groups of NGO activists, Tamil politicians, Tamil members of the clergy and foreigners against the will of the majority expressed at elections. However, under current laws they are not punished. UN Declaration of Human Rights clearly recognizes this right. Such a provision which matches word to word with the UN Declaration of Human Rights can shut the doors to Indian and other interferences too. Internationalisation of internal issues becomes an offence under its application.

By using human rights to shut up biased human rights activists and Tamil nationalists is the best cause of action available to Sri Lanka.

Yet another instance is the usage of Tamil language as a national and official language. As per the UN Declaration of Human Rights, there is absolutely no need to be so! It only mandates the personal usage and promotion of every human’s language. There is no need to offer a language national language or official language status. This is why USA, UK, Australia, Norway or most other developed countries don’t violate the human rights of their minorities. Sinhala was made the only official language in 1956 following a clear people’s mandate and that’s how it should remain. Tamil, Malay, Arabic, Vedda language and other languages must be allowed to be used, practiced and promoted by their respective speakers privately. That is all that is required under the UN Declaration of Human Rights. English can remain a national and official language.

Using Their Tools to Control Them

The jargon in use or the buzzword of the day is human rights stemming from the UN Declaration of Human Rights. So why not use it to improve, control, cut to size and put into perspective and practice human rights? At present Tamils in Sri Lanka are entitled to human rights privileges but are not bound by responsibility to uphold human rights of others. By constitutionalising the UN Declaration of Human Rights Tamils will also become responsible for respecting and upholding others’ human rights.

That will show to the world Sri Lanka is a top class human rights protector as required by the UN Declaration of Human Rights ” nothing more and nothing less.

Sri Lanka Tamils an obstruction to Sri Lanka’s progress and development as a Unitary Independent Sovereign State.

November 30th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

 David Camaron said of Muttiah Murulitharan:

 “First, I did not hit Muralitharan for six. Secondly, I think he was being quite gentle with me. I certainly could not read which way the ball was going to go and I was fairly lucky to hit it at all. He made a good point that a huge amount of progress has been made in terms of peace, stability and economic prosperity. His organisation is bringing together Tamils, Sinhalese and others to help forge the country together. He is doing amazing work and we should back that work. He also thought I was right to attend and to raise these issues. What he wants, as a proud Sri Lankan, is to ensure that a fair picture is painted of his country, and he is right to say that.”

 Muttiah Murulitharan said more.  He said that David Cameron had been misinformed about Sri Lanka.   He said that  he is a Tamil, and he loves his country.  His family suffered under racial riots of the past where their properties were burnt down. That was the past he said, which he has forgotten.  He now  helps the country in its development making an effort at uniting the communities.  What is the use of digging into the past of Sri Lanka ?,  he asked,  Sri Lanka has now to be  helped in its forward march.

 That was great as it was the first time I heard in recent times a Tamil speak out in public in defence of his country, his motherland.  And how many Muralitharans do we have in the South, though we have plenty of Vigneshwrans and Pakiasothy Sarawanamuttus.

 Immediately the Tamil “cancer” reacted. The Chavakachcheri Urban Council passed a resolution moved by P.Sritharan seconded by Kishore  condemning the statement made by the patriot Muttiah Muralitharan, which was adopted with all members  unanimously voting for it.

 They said, ” Perhaps, Muralitharan was playing cricket overseas when the Tamil people in the North were suffering and scores of young men and women disappeared. He has hurt the feelings of the Tamil people, grieving the loss of their loved ones, by undermining their struggles. Hereafter, we will protest if he held cricket training camps in the North and the East,”

 That is the uncouth Tamil mentality,  the Tamils in the south too perhaps assented, because none  of them have so for made a statement pro or against Muralitharan’s statement to Cameron.

 In a Sinhala village near Kandy I know, there is one Tamil family, all around them are the Sinhala families.  In the village they are not treated separately, they have become a part of the village taking part in weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies and even share what they cook amoung neighbours.  But when the son  of the Tamil family was selected to enter  the Moratuwa University, they preferred to send him to a University in Tamil Nadu.  It was during the period of  terrorism. 

 When I asked why , they said ” we fear to send him to the Moratuwa University because of  all this  trouble in the country  ”.  It was very disappointing, a Tamil family living with the Sinhala did not have the confidence and the courage to send their son to one of the best universities in the country.

 That is the mentality of the Tamils whether they are in the North or in the South, they would trust Tamil Nadu Tamils, more than their own Sri Lankan Sinhala.  How can we then expect this mentality to change amoung the Tamils in the North and East ? 

 One begins to wonder whether it was wise to have had allowed PC elections in the North.  The PC system is already a non-productive, ill conceived system for a developing Sri Lanka.  In this context the PC in the North is a transmogrification of what it should be even in its present form.

 The Tamils prefer to complain about their problems and find solutions from any white man embarking in their province rather than taking the government and the political leaders of the South into their confidence. It is alright to mix with the Sinhala in ordinary life but when political or social decisions have to be taken affecting their future they desert the Sinhala seeking their own kind.

 This Tamil mental obsession of seeking outsiders to solve their problems is well illustrated  by Upul Joseph Fernando  in an article he contributed to  Ceylon Today :

 ” Professed saviours of Tamils in the country have a notable series of succession over the years. First, from the start of the war in 1983, it was Rajiv Gandhi; it ended with the LTTE assassinating him at a political rally in Tamil Nadu in 1993. Thereafter, the mantle of acting saviour fell to the lot of Norway, which did it through its role as peace negotiator and the guarantor of the ceasefire between Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE. With the demise of Prabhakaran and the annihilation of the LTTE, the role of the saviour of the Tamils fell on India once again, until a new Messiah of the Tamils alighted in our midst, namely Britain and its Prime Minister, David Cameron, who have since been seriously performing the self-arrogated role at the international forum of CHOGM.”

Colombo Gazette reported that , the wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head S. Elilan  Anandi Sasitharan now PC Councillor in the North has filed a petition with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) over alleged threats faced by her and many of those who demonstrated in Jaffna during the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

This woman cannot even for an instance  be grateful to  the Sri Lanka Armed Forces for giving  her the  gift of her life , peace and an occasion to lead a respectable life. What she is to-ay is the result of the elimination of terrorism by the Sri Lanka Government Forces. 

Had it not been for the Sri Lanka Government Armed Forces she would still be leading a life in the Jungle uncertain of a future  taking chances with her life jumping from one ditch to another taking cover from deadly bullets.          

Sampathan, Suresh Premachandran, Sumanthiran, Sritharan, Wigneshwaran and the rest of the TNA politicians  whatever they have studied and what ever qualifications they may have, they are no different from Anandi Sasitharan, as they too  have the same simple retrograde Tamil mental capacity.  They cannot think beyond their Tamilness, separated from the rest of the global Community.   Where will it lead them, to another round of terrorism ?  When people are born with their unwholesome kamma, they cannot avoid their suffering.

Tamils in Jaffna have every thing to lead a happy life in a progressively developing peaceful environment.  But they are not satisfied. They say they have un-redressed grievances.  They  say they have unfulfilled aspirations. For the Tamils in Sri Lanka the other Communities do not matter, whether they also  have grievances and  unfulfilled aspirations do not concern them. The Sri Lanka Tamils are an utterly egoist lot.

They have no minds that can think independently out side themselves.   They are lead  like donkeys after the sentimental carrot of Tamilness held before them. They are  living in a hypnotic trance enticed by a single motivating object a Tamil Eelam. They do not realise that  if they were to set up an Eelam State in Sri Lanka, it would  be swallowed up by the well over 72.1 million TamilNadu Tamils, and it is  there, that their future would end, like being eaten up by a man eating shark. The Global Tamil Forum and the Tamil Diapora will not come to their help

Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan was the only Sri Lankan Tamil who joined hands with the Sinhala, the Muslims and the Malays in the demand for independence from the British.  It was finally after independence that D.S.Senananayake formed the Government of Independent Sri Lanka and admitted G.G.Ponnambalam in to his cabinet. It was thereafter that G.G.Ponnambalam  called for equal rights with the Sinhala, for the Tamils to be a community apart from the rest of the population.  Since then began the separatist agenda of the Tamils.

No Tamils either in the  North or in the South want to be a part of a United Sri Lanka.  Some of them want a separate Eelam State, while others ask for Federalism with the North and the East exclusively for the Tamils.

No Tamils in the South during or after terrorism manifested in support of the Government. Even when David Cameron went to north and supported indirectly  the Tamils call for separation, it was only the Muslims as a Community who  manifested against Cameron’s  foolish intervention in the North  making brash statements against the Government of Sri Lanka.

The Muslim Community understood  the hypocrisy of David Cameron,  that  in visiting the North of Sri Lanka, he was only carrying out his political campaign to win the votes of the UK Tamil diaspora, caring less that his unwise act would  damage the ongoing efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to  reconcile the Communities.

The Business Standard of the 25 November reported,  ” A group of Sri Lankan Muslims today protested against British Prime Minister David Cameron’s warning to institute an international inquiry into alleged human rights violations during the war against LTTE.

The protesters demonstrated holding placards against Cameron at the central Colombo’s main mosque after Friday prayers. They accused the British Prime Minister of being influenced by the pro-LTTE diaspora in in Britain.”

The Tamils living peacefully amoung the Sinhala and the other communities in the South do not have the commonsense even to send letters to the press in support of the government.  But they live silently in the peaceful comfort of the South without committing themselves waiting for the opportunity to back the pro ”terrorist TNA and join the separatist movement  to set up a Tamil Eelam in the North and East.   We have an example of them in Wigneshwaran, who now even accepts Prabhakaran as a freedom fighter !!!

But the Tamils in the South who by their silence contribute to the cause of setting up a separate Eelam State in the North and East  will never consent to live in the Tamil Eelam in the North if ever there were to be one, but will continue to live their lives of hypocrisy in the South amoung the Sinhala and Muslim Communities.

The Apathy Of The British Prime Minister’s Call For Rights Violations Put Into Perspective.

November 30th, 2013

Insight By Sunil Kumar

November 28th, 2013
 
It seems a bit odd that British Prime Minister David Cameron in demanding a “transparent, credible and independent” probe into the alleged massacre of Sri Lankan Tamils, days after he pressed President Mahinda Rajapaska for an enquiry into rights violations during the final days of the civil war in 2009 continues his persistence and never gives up on what many believe is a lost cause

However it also seems akin to  a hollow echo which resonates demands of the pro Tamil Tiger Lobby and  has exposed his transparencies towards Tamil Tiger sympathies as otherwise his demand should have by rights included the attrocities, greater by far committed by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka against masses of innocent civilians, State and property eventually quelled by the Armed Forces which simply displays either a very apathetic and obnoxious frame of mind or a premeditated ploy to appease his Tamil constituents of whom there is a large number in Britain on whom his political future probably depends to a greater part according to intelligence reports from reliable sources.

He has also displayed a Rip Van Winkellian frame of mind where during the CHOGM summit in Colombo this month, he had said that” if the Sri Lankan government fails to launch an independent enquiry  soon, the UK will call for an international enquiry through the United Nations something the United Nations itself circumvented sensibly as the likes of General Secretary Ban Ki moon and his ambassador Navi Pillai chose to do albeit being hell bent on the issue previously on the very apparent reasoning that they had no tangible evidence to go by and an accepted norm as far as the International Community as well as the Tribunal was concerned and a futility out of which the outcome would only have proved to be an embarrasment to the accusers.

His barnstorming type of mentality has not only drawn anger from many quarters of the Sri Lankan populace as well as discerning members of the International Communitie and some important World Powers who disagree with the Cameron rationale and agree that what transpired in Sri Lanka was a precedent setting war against  the roots of global terrorism where the Government action was perfectly justified. Perhaps a quiet whisper into Mr Camron’s ear that in this case the old British adage “all’s fair in love and war” with of course the absence of the love part might be a worthwhile mention!

It has also exposed the misguided and persistent individual he appears to be, taking on an assumed role of judge, jury and executioner over an issue he seems to know little about but still chooses to carry on as though he had carte blanche to intimidate Sri Lanka on the assumption that she still was a British Colony. Mr Cameron is furthest from the truth ! as those were the days of yore when his ancestors ravaged, pillaged and pounded Sri Lanka into subjugation until they were removed from being the hierarchy they once were. It might also be worth mentioning that the minority Tamils in the days of British Rule were the favoured race eventually displaced by the majority Sinhalese if there are linkable realities to the Cameron mentality and of great consequence towards exonerating the Sinhalese on the basis of fighting for inherant rights if true.!

Neither Britannia  nor Cameron in this respect rule the waves any longer and if he thinks rather misguidedly that it was the Tamils who were hard done by, he needs to thinks again, pore over volumes of tangible evidence of Tamil terrorist attrocities on the Sinhalese, as we are talking nation destructive terrorism here ! where it was legitinately put down regardless of the opinions of what his or any other biased politician’s broadcasts are and continue to insist that what transpired in Sri Lanka was a violation of human rights! Mr Cameron needs to get his definitions straight rather than continue to make blunderbuss  of himself and perhaps if he emuulated his Royal Prince Charles for decorum and diplomacy  he would be doing himself a good turn.

It seems painfully apparent that regardless of whether  the prime minister huffs and puffs until he is blue simply to appease his Tamil Diaspora constituents and consorts in Britain as well as other supportives for the same cause globally, nothing will change from the stark reality that this was a Sovereign Nation defending Sovereignity and Territoriasl Integrity where a huge organized insurgency by a minority commited the real attrocities against a nation of majority Sinhalese and deserved to be put down as it was legitimately.
Those within the minority community that supported it if they too were hard hit by the defensive actions of the Government had only themselves to blame for supporting a wrong cause rather than live peacefully in accordance with the Nation’s laws and legalities.
Amazingly today this seems to be the case with the tamils who have taken up allegiances with the Governmrnt which Mr Cameron surprisingly seems to have missed .or has deliberately ignored .

And if Mr Cameron has no tangible evidence beyond innuendo, doctored videos and melodramatic build up blown out of proportion which he seems to be using to stake his claim he should think again where he needs to abide by the Sri Lankan Government’s stance over related issues as should all other bucket carrying sycophants of the Tiger sympathetic Tamil Diaspora!

It seems quite appropriate that the Sri Lankan Government has  rejected Mr Cameron’s demand and is considering to launch a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission,’ modelled on South Africa where if he cannot reconcile himself towards such a response ( no pun intended) he should focus his attentions on matters related to his own administration within his own backyard not forgetting what his country commited as violations with impunity against humanity in both World Wars as well as in Nortern Ireland during ‘the Troubles’ as these are real issues not based on hearsay, conjecture innuendo and souped up videos! which the world watched inh horror!

Deepak Obhrai: Your statement in parliament

November 30th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

29 November 2013

Deepak Obhrai, MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs,  House of Commons, Ottawa

Dear Deepak:

At 11:25 this morning I watched on CPAC  you getting up from your seat in the House and briefing your parliamentary colleagues with a statement on your visit to the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka, representing Canada as your immediate superiors John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister Stephen Harper had decided to boycott the Summit to satisfy the Tamil Diaspora at the GTA, thus trying to secure as many Tamil votes at the federal elections in 2015.    That was their motive, and don’t you ever try to tell me that it was not so.  So you carried the two Whiteman’s burden as the guinea-pig to slay Sri Lanka for not letting the Tamil Tiger terrorists live another day beyond  the 19th May 2009, when they were militarily annihilated on  the beach of the Nandikadal lagoon.

Your statement had a supercilious air of “we Canadians are the Masters of upholding Human Rights.”   You know what Deepak, you almost choked me with cynical laughter.   “Come…on… Come again, Deepak, recite what you said.  I want to know whether I heard it right!” I told myself within my breath.

Surely not after the UN had slammed and lambasted Canada for our human rights violations against our own aboriginal women.  Surely not after the Idle No More demonstrations by the First Nation, M©tis and Inuit peoples and their Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence was on a hunger strike for the very reason for the Government of Canada violating their rights.   So, Deepak, your presence in Colombo and being boorish laying a wreath at Elephant Pass when you were asked not to by a Sri Lankan official, you said was to commemorate all victims of violence of the Eelam War didn’t end up smelling roses, but smelling you know what?

Your Canadian sincerity was in question when you had decided to lay the wreath at Elephant Pass, your chosen spot where three historical battles of the Tamil Tigers took place, when there may have been thousands of other neutral spots in that 25,332 square miles of an island.    Booo! to you Deepak.  You were not smart.  That stupid act was not kosher by any means, but boorish and undiplomatic and behaving like a high school bully.  You showed a lack of respect for your host.  Almost spitting at her who had offered you a warm cup of welcoming tea of the best brew of Ceylon Orange Pekoe.

You know what Deepak?  I feel almost certain that you had promised the Tamils of the GTA who are feeding the Conservative party with funds and the promise of their bloc vote if you would do that favour ” laying a wreath at Elephant Pass when the battle for that isthmus on July 10th 1991, saw a 5000 strong Tamil Tiger terrorist force launching a large scale attack on the Elephant Pass Army garrison where there were only 800 soldiers.  Not only was the invasion force massive in numbers, the Tamil Tigers had planned the attack to perfection with anti-aircraft guns  strategically placed so that no helicopter could land in supplies nor evacuate casualties from the base.

So by laying that wreath at Elephant Pass you stuck a Bravo Tamil Tigers post-it note on the lapel and jacket of every Tamil separatist in the Greater Toronto Area, hoping to secure their vote.

During that statement in the House, your voice raised a decibel or two when you said “…in memory of all the victims of that war.”  Perhaps you wanted to include the majority Sinhalese as well as the Muslims,Tamils and Burghers.  Yet, the Tamil transcript on the banner addressed only the minorities excluding the majority Sinhalese.  That was very stupid wasn’t it Deepak!  And it was mischievous.   Perhaps you do not read Tamil script.  If so, the knuckles of the person who engineered to produce that banner which had the Tamil script talking of the “…victims of the minorities”, thus excluding the majority Sinhalese should be rapped severely for embarrassing you.  Would it have been the Canadian High Commissioner in Colombo?

However, if you were expressing those emotional words as penance for Canada’s aiding and abetting this Eelam War as a surrogate Godfather of Terrorism, then the most appropriate place that you should have laid that wreath was at the steps of the new Central Bank Building in Colombo’s Fort, which was brought down by a Tamil Tiger terrorist truck filled with explosives bought with Canadians dollars sent out of a Bank in Vancouver, from the Rubezone Chemical Factory in the Ukraine in 1994.   That explosion on 31 January 1996, killed 114 innocent peoples and well a maimed for life 1,338 others.  If penance was your intention, I would have accepted grudgingly your tears on the floor of the House spilled from your bleeding heart, as that you on behalf of Canada regret for participating in that murderous incident.

That was the day that one of my Sinhalese friends, a Director of the Central Bank, a Ph.D from Ottawa U, who had a minutes before the explosion had gone up  a few floors to the library and was trapped on the floor with two fallen stacks over his legs,  and who was lucky to be alive and almost had his two legs amputated.

That was the day that my nephew and niece, both Sinhalese, both employees at the Central Bank, managed to extricate themselves through the tons of rubble, found themselves by chance on the streets in a daze, and managed to walk home in blood splattered clothing for four hours, as all public transport had stopped, to meet at the front door by a howling chest thumping mother who was cursing the Tamil Tiger terrorists for that explosion.

Deepak, its time that you guys now take a break from talking to the Tamils and change gears, put on your  I am a honest Canadian politician” cap and speak to the Sinhalese and Muslims to get their stories about this war and the effects it has had on their  families and communities.  Failing to do that Deepak, I will not hesitate to call you Conservatives a “Bunch of Rogue-Humbugs”.  Enough is enough.

By laying that wreath at Elephant Pass, you have knocked the last nail on the coffin of Friendship  between Canada and Sri Lanka.   Canada lost every bit of respect from its citizenry other than those Tamils who belly ached to you in Jaffna about Sri Lanka, hoping that you will be able to open the flood gates again to take them into Canada.  The question that goes begging is, would a Tamil Nadu politician have the same impact from these same Tamils in Jaffna who belly ached to you.   Not a snowball chance in hell, Deepak. They wouldn’t Deepak, as they wouldn’t want to go to Tamil Nadu… as they all want to come to Canada where they think that our roads are paved with gold, and the social system will drop a dole-cheque onto their outstretched palms at the end of each month after they set foot on our soil.

You my think that I am cynical and bitter about you Conservatives treatment of my Motherland, Sri Lanka.   To be honest, yes, I am.

Let me be absolutely clear Deepak.   No one, absolutely no one is going to harm my Motherland, Sri Lanka, that nurtured me during my first 19 formative years of my life, unfairly.  The Motherland who taught me to read A-B-C-D in the alphabet and also taught me to add 2+2 and come up with the  magical number 4, Free without an educational fee right through the primary school, middle school, and high school years, until I was qualified enough to leave home to continue my studies abroad. And so did the now belly aching Tamils who enjoyed the free education right through their lives to become doctors, lawyers, engineers and you name it,  who now tell you how bad Sri Lanka was and has been. These Tamils are hocus-pocus storytellers.  You don’t have to believe them.  And that is the bottom line.

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.)

Traumatic Brain Injury among the Sri Lankan Combat Veterans

November 30th, 2013

  Dr.Ruwan M Jayatunge 

A significant number of Sri Lankan soldiers sustained head injuries during the Eelam War that lasted from 1983 to 2009. These head injuries mainly occurred due to gunshot wounds, mortar blast injuries, grenade explosions and artillery blasts. Traumatic Brain Injuries increased High morbidity and mortality rates among the Sri Lankan combatants. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) had been one of the signature injuries of the Eelam War.

Traumatic brain injury has short and long term consequences. It affects the physical, social, psychological and occupational aspects of combatant’s life.  The combatants with severe TBI have permanent neurobiological damage with profound psychosocial problems. TBI has been identified as one of the disabling conditions among the combatants.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to a physiologically significant disruption of brain function resulting from the application of external physical force, including acceleration/deceleration forces (Silver et al, 2009). The victims experience emotional liability, sensory impairments, neuro- cognitive deficits and spasticity following traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injury is a common cause of neurological damage and disability among civilians and servicemen (Aux©m©ry, 2012). Schneider and colleagues (2009) elucidate that behaviorally the military population in general is considered to be a high risk group for TBI.  According to Scherer et al., (2013) within the last decade, more than 220,000 service members have sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI) in support of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Sri Lanka from 1983 to 2009 over 200,000 military personal were deployed in the operational areas and considerable numbers sustained mild to severe head injuries following enemy attacks. In a convenience sample of 824 Sri Lankan Army servicemen who were referred to the Psychiatric ward Military Hospital Colombo during August 2002 to March 2006 time period 29 combatants (3.51%) were diagnosed  with TBI. These diagnoses were based on International Classification of Diseases- Tenth Revision (ICD-10) criteria and done by the Consultant Psychiatrist of the Sri Lanka Army.

The Immediate Impact of TBI

Traumatic brain injury has immediate impacts. TBI combines mechanical stress to brain tissue with an imbalance between cerebral blood floor and metabolism, excitotoxicity, oedema formation, and inflammatory and apoptotic processes (Werner & Engelhard, 2007). The immediate effect of head trauma could be loss of consciousness followed by headaches and dizziness. Sometimes confusion and disorientation could occur from mild to moderate from of head injuries. In severe form of TBI prolonged periods of loss of consciousness, seizures and paralysis could occur.

Traumatic Brain Injury in the War Zone

During the Eelam War some of the combatants who sustained head injuries were not immediately evacuated due to technical difficulties. Intensify heavy fighting and weather conditions affected evacuation of the battle casualties. However the wounded received first aid and then brought back to the rear zone medical aid point where they were examined by a qualified medical officer.  The head injuries were assessed and then transferred to the Palali Military Hospital or to a nearby hospital. Some battle casualties who sustained severe head trauma were air lifted and transferred to major hospitals in Anuradhapura or in Colombo. In these hospitals the war casualties received specialized treatment by the Neurosurgeons.

TBI and Cognitive Impairments

The combatants who sustained serious head trauma later found with cognitive impairments. Neurocognitive impairments are prevalent in TBI. Among the debilitating conditions memory impairments, difficulty with attention and concentration, difficulty with new learning, and impaired problem solving skills are frequently identified. As indicated by Arciniegas (2003) cognitive impairments are among the most common neuropsychiatric sequelae of traumatic brain injury at all levels of severity. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can produce persistent attention and memory impairment that may in part be produced by impaired auditory sensory gating (Arciniegas et al., 2000).

Cognitive dysfunctions associated with TBI were known to military psychologists since the World War One. The British Physician Frederic Mott (WW1) and Dr Alexander Luria of the Soviet Army (in the WW2) extensively studied the impact of combat related head injuries. Caveness , Walker, & Ascroft (1962) believed that World War I, World War II, and the Korean war produced a large number of combatants with TBI and other associated complications. In the Vietnam War 12 to 14 percent of all combat casualties had a brain injury (Okie , 2005).

TBI-related cognitive impairment is common in veterans who have served in recent conflicts in the Middle East and is often related to blasts from improvised explosive devices (Halbauer et al., 2009). The Sri Lankan combat veterans who sustained severe form of head injuries reported drastic impairments in memory and concentration. Some were found with post-traumatic amnesia.  A large percentage of combatants found with intellectual disabilities and impaired language skills.

Personality Changes Following Head Injury

Personality change has been reported in 49% to 80% of patients with traumatic brain injury (Brooks et al., 1986). A significant number of Sri Lankan combatants with TBI were found with subsequent Personality changes. Some of the personality changes such as agitation, paranoia, mood swings, aggression, lack of inhibition, inappropriate sexual activity and impaired self control have caused major barriers to their military and personal lives.

Prominent behavioral characteristics in TBI patients have included altered emotion (including restricted emotions with occasional inappropriate or uncontrolled emotional outbursts); impaired judgment and decision”making (including difficulty arriving at decisions as well as poor decisions); impaired initiation, planning, and organization of behavior; and defective social comportment (including egocentricity and impaired empathy). These impairments tend to be accompanied by a marked lack of insight. (Fowler, 2011: Barrash et al.,2000). According to Oddy et al. (1985) two thirds of individuals with TBI experience personality changes for long periods and sometimes over 15 years.

TBI and Depression

Mood disturbances are common sequelae of traumatic brain injury (Hurley &   Taber, 2002). Bay and colleagues (2004) are of the view that Pre-injury factors (such as mood and anxiety disorders, psychosocial dysfunction, and alcohol abuse), injury factors (such as left ventrolateral and dorsolateral injury and serotonergic dysfunction), and post-injury factors (such as postconcussive symptoms, psychosocial dysfunction, and lack of social supports) contribute to the development of depression after TBI, although the relevance of each factor varies among patients.

Combatants with TBI have a large array of psychosocial problems that affect their professional and family lives. Jorge et al. (2004) observed strong association between   posttraumatic depression and psychological and psychosocial factors.

Sometimes post TBI depression could   increases anger, aggression and   suicide risk (Fann , Katon , Uomoto & Esselman, 1995). An increased suicide risk has been identified among the combatants who fought in the Eelam War.  According to the Military Spokesperson of the Sri Lanka Army from 2009 to 2012 postwar period nearly 400 soldiers had committed suicide (Sriyananda, 2012).

TBI and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) often coexist because brain injuries are often sustained in traumatic experiences. In addition evidence suggests that mild TBI can increase risk for PTSD (Bryant, R 2011).

Some investigators have argued that individuals who had been rendered unconscious or suffered amnesia due to a TBI are unable to develop PTSD because they would be unable to consciously experience the symptoms of fear, helplessness, and horror associated with the development of PTSD. Other investigators have reported that individuals, who sustain TBI, regardless of its severity, can develop PTSD even in the context of prolonged unconsciousness. (Sbordone & Ruff, 2010).

Despite the discrepancies strong connection between Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury has been reported from battlefields around the world. Hoge et al. (2008) point out that mild traumatic brain injury (i.e., concussion) occurring among soldiers deployed in Iraq is strongly associated with PTSD and physical health problems 3 to 4 months after the soldiers return home. Elder & Cristian (2009) too report high association of mild traumatic brain injury with posttraumatic stress disorder among the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A notable number of Sri Lankan combatants have been diagnosed with TBI and PTSD during the Eelam War.

Posttraumatic Epilepsy

Posttraumatic epilepsy is a major source of disability following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and a common cause of medically-intractable epilepsy (Guo et al., 2013).  As indicated by Diaz-Arrastia and colleagues (2009) posttraumatic epilepsy is a common complication of traumatic brain injury (TBI), occurring in up to 15-20% of patients with severe brain trauma. There are a number of risks associated with Posttraumatic epilepsy. Yeh et al. (2012) hypnotize that the risk of epilepsy after TBI varied by patient gender, age, latent interval and complexity of TBI.

Combat veterans with head trauma are at high risk of developing posttraumatic epilepsy. As indicated by Chen and colleagues (2009) both Korean and Vietnam War veterans with penetrating TBI had a 53% risk of developing PTE.

Neurologist Ranjani Gamage (2003) reported that in Sri Lanka there were 300,000 persons with epilepsy.   This number would have included combatants with epilepsy due to TBI

Psychiatric Symptoms Followed by TBI

The intersection between traumatic brain injury and Psychosis has become one of the major concerns. Some of the Sri Lankan combatants with TBI were later found with psychosis and these individuals had disorganized thought and speech, paranoid delusions with loss of contact with reality.

Koponen et al. (2002) suggest that traumatic brain injury may cause decades-lasting vulnerability to psychiatric illness in some individuals. In addition they hypnotize that traumatic brain injury seems to make patients particularly susceptible to depressive episodes, delusional disorder, and personality disturbances. In one of the studies that was conducted by Deb and colleagues (1999) found that in comparison with the general population, a higher proportion of adult patients had developed psychiatric illnesses one year after a traumatic brain injury. Fann et al. (1995) point out that psychiatric disorders are major cause of disability after traumatic brain injury.

 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Combatants 

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is thought to be a neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated concussive and subconcussive blows to the head (Mez ,Stern & McKee , 2013).  During military training soldiers repetitively sustain mild head trauma that has negative impact on their mental health. According to Zhang et al. (2013) subconcussive blows can result in cognitive function changes that are consistent with mild traumatic brain injury of the frontal lobes.

The soldiers who served in the artillery batteries during the Eelam War were frequently exposed to blast impacts. Furthermore they faced artillery attacks, mortar fire, grenade and claymore blasts initiated by the enemy. Although a large number of combatants did not sustain any head trauma a considerable percentage experienced the blast shockwaves.  The shock waves   may have had negative cumulative effect on them. A considerable fraction of combatants who were exposed to   blast shockwaves complain of chronic headaches, tremors and generalized body pain.  This factor was evident in the numerous battles that were fought in different countries.

Military physicians of the World War One believed that artillery blasts could cause miniature hemorrhages in the brain causing tremors and long lasting headaches in soldiers. Teland,& Huseby (2102) of the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment  (FFI) hypothesize  that  military personnel who are exposed to blast waves during training and combat are at a significant health risk.

The combat-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) resulting from exposure to explosions is highly prevalent among military personnel who have served in current wars. Blast trauma can be understood as experiencing a shockwave on the brain and as a psycho-traumatic event (Aux©m©ry, 2012). Chronic pain is a common complication of TBI. It is independent of psychologic disorders such as PTSD and depression and is common even among patients with apparently minor injuries to the brain. (Nampiaparampil, 2008).

Head trauma could cause degenerative changes in the brain tissue. Byrnes et al. (2012) point out that traumatic brain injury initiates biochemical processes that lead to secondary neurodegeneration.  Traumatic brain injury causes progressive neurodegeneration associated with chronic microglial activation (Xue et al, 2013). Atrophic changes of the brain that is resulted by TBI can have a lasting impact on soldiers. Symptoms can range to prolong headaches to severe neurological and psychological consequences.

Treatment Options

TBI has drastic impacts on independent living skills of the combatant. The survivors need effective psychosocial rehabilitation. The outcome and impact evaluation following combat related TBI is highly essential in the rehabilitation process.  The concept of “the outcome of brain injury” needs to be viewed in the context of a dynamic and changing series of events which occur throughout a person’s life Gainer, 2010).

Various risk factors for poor outcome after TBI have been identified. Most of these are fixed at the time of injury such as age, gender, mechanism of injury, and presenting signs (Glasgow Coma Scale and pupillary signs), but some such as hypotension and hypoxia are potential areas for medical intervention (Moppett, 2007).

Cerebral metabolic derangement and excitotoxicity play critical roles in the evolution of traumatic brain injury (Hwabejire et al., 2013). Expert opinion suggests that combination therapies will be necessary to treat any stage of TBI recovery (Shear & Tortella, 2013). Drug management is important in seizure control. Chen and colleagues (2009) are of the view that optimal seizure control is essential to the physical and emotional health of veterans with TBI and to their ability to lead productive lives.

Psychotherapy is an important component of the treatment of neuropsychiatric problems following TBI (Arciniegas et al., 2000).  Cognitive rehabilitation may also be useful for the treatment of impaired attention, interpersonal communication skills, and executive function following TBI (Arciniegas et al., 2002).  B©dard et al. (2003) suggest mindfulness-based intervention to improve quality of life among individuals who sustained traumatic brain injuries. In addition occupational therapy, speech language therapy and physiotherapy play a key role in the rehabilitation process.

Case Discussion

1)      Private SNX764 joined the Army in 1991 and served in the operational areas. He took part in several major military operations against the LTTE. In 1995 he was posted to Mallakam -Jaffna. There he had to face fierce enemy attacks. Once the enemy attacked them with mortars. Following nonstop mortar attacks Private SNX764 was stunned and disoriented. His bunker was damaged severely and he wanted to crawl to a safe area.  When he tried to reach the next bunker an incoming mortar blasted a few meters away from him. Suddenly he could feel bleeding from his ears and he lost consciousness. After a few hours of fighting the enemy retreated.  Then he was evacuated and taken to the Palali military hospital. He was treated for a head injury. Although he survived the mortar blast his speech was impaired. He experienced severe intermittent headaches and insomnia. By 1996 he had intrusions, flashbacks and marked avoidance for combat related settings.   His mental health started deteriorating further. Several times Private SNX764 had tried to commit suicide while serving in the operational areas. Finally he was referred for a psychological evaluation and found with chronic PTSD.

2)      Capt. KXXC385 was an experienced field officer who participated in numerous commando operations. He sustained a head injury as a result of a parachuting accident. He was unconscious for over two weeks and treated at the Neurological unit.  After the acute phase he was referred for rehabilitation therapy. After years of treatment he returned to his unit as a completely changed person. He had difficulty in concentration, Emotional lability and cognitive impairments. His personality changed tremendously after the head trauma.  Once a skillful professional soldier turned in to a dependent unsteady person with marked psychosocial dysfunctions. His professional and private life fell apart.  His decision”making and initiation were significantly deteriorated and sometimes he engaged in socially inappropriate behavior failing to detect social cues. Capt. KXXC385 was diagnosed with Personality changes following head injury.

3)      Major WXX856 sustained a head injury due to a grenade blast in a training mission. He was unconscious and treated at the Neurosurgical unit of the National Hospital Colombo. Major WXX856‘s injury was reordered as a moderate type of head injury based on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). After the injury he experienced frequent headaches and irritability. He had low frustration tolerance and often became very impulsive. His family members observed drastic changes in his behavior. Frequently he engaged in family violence. His personality started to change with head trauma. The senior officers found that Major WXX856 was neglecting his duties. A number of times he was reprimanded. To displace his psychosocial difficulties Major WXX856 started to drink alcohol in large quintiles in daily basis. His treatment schedule was interrupted and eventually in the final two years he did not receive any treatment at all. Major WXX856 became more and more isolated and had homicidal urges. In 2004 Major WXX856 committed several murders secretly and enjoyed the brutal acts. He took his final victim ” a cab driver to his remote camp and intoxicated him and then killed him by cutting the victim’s throat. He had no remorse or any regrets after committing these murders. Major WXX856 was looking for more victims to fulfill his homicidal urge.  In his final attempt he tried to abduct a victim near a remote tea estate but the attempt was unsuccessful. Some estate workers alerted the Police. Hence he was arrested and sent to the remand prison. The investigators found several other murders that were committed by Major WXX856. While his trial was pending Major WXX856 committed suicide by hanging.

4)       Private KXXT342 met with a land mine explosion in Chunnakam ”Jaffna in 1996 while travelling in a military vehicle. Some of his buddies got killed due to the blast. He could only remember the black smoke and fatal outcry of his buddies. The soldiers from the second vehicle took the wounded to the hospital immediately. Private KXXT342 sustained a head injury and treated at the Palali military hospital and then referred to the National Hospital -Colombo. He underwent treatment for several months. He had impaired hearing, slurred speech and loss of coordination after the injury. In addition he suffered epileptic fits. Private KXXT342 was diagnosed with Posttraumatic Epilepsy. After became a battle casualty Private KXXT342 experienced a number of psychosocial problems which affected his life. He was treated with antiepileptic drugs and CBT. Following treatment he was able to overcome most of his psychosocial problems.

5)      Corporal BXVX486 served in an artillery battery for over 9 years. During this time period his team had fired a large number of artillery rounds. Although he was physically unharmed throughout the war his luck changed dramatically. Corporal BXVX486 complained of tremors in both hands, frequent headaches and myalgia after serving lengthy years in the artillery battery. The physicians who examined him found no any organic factor associated with his condition. There were no Electroencephalography (EEG) changes and his brain scan and other reports were normal. He was suspected as a malingerer at one point but later found that his symptoms were real. Corporal BXVX486 poorly responded to the pain killers. His condition started to improve with relaxation therapy and EMDR.

6)      L/ Cpl AXXCX831 sustained a TBI following a gun short injury. After he became a battle casualty L/ Cpl AXXCX831 experienced a number of psychosocial problems. He could not control his anger and became extremely hostile. He used to physically abuse his wife and children. He had depression and several times he planned to end his life. Once he took poison and immediate hospitalization saved his life. He was treated with Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI ) and mood stabilizers with CBT. Following drug therapy and psychotherapy L/ Cpl AXXCX831’s condition improved notably.

Conclusion

Although Traumatic Brain Injury has impacted a large number of Sri Lankan combatants who fought in the Eelam War, the psychological sequelae of brain trauma were not adequately studied. The combatants who sustained TBI have persistent headaches, memory impairments, sleep difficulties, low frustration tolerance, impaired life skills, emotional difficulties, impaired decision making and behavioral changes.TBI has caused profound psychosocial problems among the veterans. These problems affect their private and professional lives. The combatants with TBI need effective psychosocial rehabilitation to overcome their current difficulties. Further research is needed to estimate the overall impact of TBI among Sri Lankan combat veterans.

Acknowledgements

1)      Dr. Rolf B. Gainer – Consultant Neurologist – Brookhaven Hospital Tusla Oklahoma

2)      Professor Daya Somasundaram – University of Adelaide Australia

3)      Dr. (Mrs) N.K Ariyarathne ” Consultant Physician ” Military Hospital Colombo.

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SOME SOUND ADVICE FROM THE EARLIER EXPLOTER’S OF TAMIL COLI SLAVES

November 30th, 2013

Mahinda Weerasinghe

Indian State as an Enemy is not an enemy per se; it is subtler than that. If they dig a little deeper they will find that Jaffna Tamil Catholics are behind the whole gambit. They are using that sack of rice “Jayalalitha” and other Indian jokers in order to get their dirty work done.  Indeed, in the BBC sent episode of David Cameron visit to Jaffna, there was a white cassock Catholic priest instigating and directing the people to agitate and acting as director of operations. In this connection India will be worse off than Sri Lanka, and soon.

Agitatation to ply TM out of the Indian union is gaining momentum as we speak. As I pointed out, if Singh visited Colombo, then that would have used it as a spur for division, hence he wisely kept away!

Be sure every move is charted out by the Jaffna Tamil Catholic church. Hindu’s should recognize that it is their cast system, which generates the circumstances and provide the impetus for the destruction of India.

David Cameron advice under the circumstances is intriguing and subtle! Indeed to follow Winston Churchill’s lead is to follow that “half naked fakir” who broke the British Empire’s backbone, is not a bad idea for Lanka.

Thanks David for your timely advice! For a nation of fully clothed “fakirs” which generated its power and wealth through cruel exploitation of Tamil coli slave (in fact half naked) labor, we recognize that you know what is best!

Through all this hyperbole Chinese must be laughing their way, to be the neo-global power brokers!

Mahinda Weerasinghe

British Prime Minister David Cameron may have highlighted alleged human rights issues in Sri Lanka because he had domestic collateral political considerations with an anticipated election in 2015 -Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Britain Dr. Chris Nonis

November 29th, 2013

BBC World News – Global – interview with H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis , Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, on 28th November 2013

*Significant Tamil diaspora in Britain
*Census is one of LLRC recommendations
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Dr. Chris Nonis (R) being interviewed on the Global program on  BBC World News, on November 28. Picture courtesy  Sri Lankan High Commission in the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister David Cameron may have highlighted alleged human rights issues in Sri Lanka because he had domestic collateral political considerations with an anticipated election in 2015, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Britain Dr. Chris Nonis said in an interview with the BBC on Thursday.

“The point is people are entitled to say whatever they wish. But the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), a gathering of 53 or 54 countries, the purpose was to discuss the theme of the Commonwealth. It was not there to raise bilateral issues. On the one hand I think it is good that David Cameron came despite a lot of criticism domestically”.

(Video Link) :

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_YJnnPo6no

 or

 https://www.dropbox.com/s/vcqf7qcse72quj3/BBC%20World%20News%20-%20Global%20-%20interview%20with%20H.E.%20Dr.%20Chris%20Nonis%20%2C%20Sri%20Lankan%20High%20Commissioner%20to%20the%20United%20Kingdom.avi

 “But at the same time I understand why he raised those issues on a public platform because he has domestic collateral political considerations. He is in a coalition government with an election due in 2015. There is a significant diaspora in Britain and naturally (interviewer interrupts). Dr Nonis continues: I am afraid that this is the natural conclusion one would come to if one realizes that he has an election coming up in 2015″.

When questioned whether Sri Lanka had initiated a Census on Dead and Missing during war which started on Thursday due to pressure exerted in some quarters during the CHOGM, Dr.Nonis pointed out that the Census was part

of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which released its report in 2011. “The detractors would like to say that. But the LLRC report was released in 2011. This census is one of its recommendations” Dr. Nonis pointed out.

About the LLRC recommendations Dr.Nonis said “before it (the report) was released many people were critical of it. But once it was released, people realized, it was very comprehensive and impartial, holistic and even critical of government. The President, not only released it, but released it in full”, he added.

When questioned whether people would have faith in a survey carried out by the Government Dr.Nonis replied “I think they have tremendous faith in it. It is independent, it is carried out by the Department of Census and Statistics. Even the last report which was carried out, the enumeration of vital events in 2011 in the North was done by the Department of Census and Statistics. The people they used or the enumerators actually were predominantly Tamil Teachers. They were entirely independent”. Describing further Dr.Nonis pointed out “The conflict was not between government and Tamil Tigers. The conflict was between Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Burgher, Malay people of Sri Lanka and the terrorists. This is often misunderstood”.

‘The Last Phase’, screened at EU Parliament

November 29th, 2013

Courtesy Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

‘The Last Phase’, a documentary film depicting the life story of a former female LTTE cadre during the final stages of the humanitarian operation in Sri Lanka was screened on Thursday at the European Union (EU) Parliament in Brussels for the first time.

Watch full video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngNeF5WY64s

The event was hosted by the Chair of the Friends of Sri Lanka Group in the EU Parliament Geoffrey Van Orden, Member of the European Parliament representing the Conservatives of UK.

Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and European Union P.M Amza, speaking at the event at the invitation of the Chair, said that when he first saw the film, earlier this year, as a native Tamil speaker, it convinced him, that this is a story that speaks volumes about the untold sufferings of hundreds of thousands of Tamils, at the hands of the Tamil Tigers and it also amply proves that even the cadres, who once believed in the cause of the Tamil Tigers and fought for them were not spared, when they decided to escape for life. On the other hand, it also talks about the overwhelming sympathy and compassion extended to affected people by many unknown, including the military personnel, the medical staff etc, irrespective of any differences in cast, creed or ethnicity. “This conviction made me as the Head of Sri Lanka Mission to EU, to get the film crew to visit Brussels and to screen this film for the first time in the EU Parliament in Brussels”, he said.

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The documentary revolves around the life of a former LTTE female cadre who grew up at ‘Senchcholai’, the LTTE run orphanage for tamil children. ‘Jayawadanee’ was brought up in an environment that was deliberately planned to portray the other side as the necessary evil.

Mr. Van Orden while stating that as friends, we have not hesitated to express our honest opinions regarding Sri Lanka, but it appears there is unbalanced observance on the country. No one seems to have noticed that more Tamils had died as a result of the actions by the Tamil Tigers, than by the Government forces. Any war is brutal, but much happened as a result of what LTTE was doing at that time, he said.

Mr. Richard Mundy, the British national who narrates the film, addressed the gathering shared his experience in Sri Lanka and described his motivation to be part of the project. He said during the eleven years he has been living in Sri Lanka, he  encountered people from all walks of life and travelled extensively in the country. The story of Jayawadhani and the immense courage she has demonstrated to reconcile with what went on in her life and the determination to move forward, made him want to be part of the film he said. He did not hesitate to say that he was embarrassed, as a national of UK, to see Briton’s Prime Minister wagging his finger at Sri Lanka. Referring to his personal experience both through the bloody terrorist campaigns in the Middle East and also in the Northern Ireland conflicts, he said it is not fair to criticize. “These people deserve a chance”, he said. He invited those interested to visit the country and then to form their own opinions.

The Director of the Film Mr. Jeevan Chandimal told that although the film, is about Jayawadhani the former Tiger combatant; it goes beyond a single person’s life story. It is the plight of many like her, and it is also the story of people in Sri Lanka trying to recover. They need empathy and help, and that is why he wanted to create this film, he said.

Following the screening of the film a follow-up discussion was held with the participation of the film crew and the audience, that comprised a section of interested people from across the diplomatic corp. based in Brussels, the representatives of academia, EU Parliament, think tanks and the Sri Lankan community. There was strong feedback from the members of the audience that the film should be screened as widely as possible, to ensure a fairer balance of media coverage.


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