Geneva 2017 – GSLF Applauds Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera’s Defence of Sri Lanka’s National Interest

April 6th, 2017

Ranjith Soysa Media Coordinator For Global Sri Lankan Forum

The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) applauds the remarkable effort by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera to defend the good name of Sri Lanka and its security forces at the recently concluded sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

His determined initiative was supported by the Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF), the Federation of National Organisations (FNO) as well as several other patriotic organisations and individuals in and outside Sri Lanka.

Rear Admiral Weerasekera, a former Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy and a decorated war hero himself, fought against tremendous odds to secure space and time at the Geneva Sessions to present the case for countless Sri Lankans who were victims of the LTTE campaign of terror for three decades.  He was also able to handover valuable material to the UNHRC.  In particular, the document entitled ‘A Factual Appraisal of the OISL Report: A Rebuttal to the Allegations Against the Armed Forces’ contained a wealth of information and expert legal opinion that strongly counters the trumped-up charges against the Sri Lankan security forces.  He also called on the UN General Assembly to declare a moratorium on any further UNHCR action on Sri Lanka and investigate how the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights came to produce the one-sided ‘OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) Report’ of 2015 based on unsubstantiated claims made largely by parties that have been overtly hostile to Sri Lanka.

Shamefully, the Official Representatives of the Sri Lankan Government, led by Foreign Minister Mr Mangala Samaraweera, did little to counter the vitriolic propaganda and false accusations of the Tamil Tiger Diaspora, the racist Tamil politicians, the foreign funded NGO industry and some western powers.  The GOSL merely sought additional time to implement the UNHCR Resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 which it had co-sponsored in 2015.  This resolution had endorsed the conclusions and recommendations of the 2015 OISL Report in which the Sri Lankan security forces were accused of assorted human rights violations, while glossing over the numerous atrocities committed by the Tamil Tiger terrorists.  The UNHRC Resolution also made a number of demands from Sri Lanka including the inclusion of foreign investigators, prosecutors and judges in the cases against its security forces.  In effect, the 2017 sessions have endorsed these with the consent of the GOSL.

Furthermore, those representing the GOSL made no attempt to mobilise either Sri Lanka’s traditional allies or their new relationships in the ‘international community’ to get the UNHCR resolution withdrawn or amended in favour of Sri Lanka.  Neither did they utilise the skills and experience of expatriate Sri Lankan organisations and individuals who have been countering the LTTE’s international misinformation campaign for several decades.  It is also deplorable that some members of the Government are now attempting to belittle Rear Admiral Weerasekera’s role in Geneva and distort his statements.

The current regime’s stand in Geneva follows its dubious record on national security, which includes closing down strategic defence establishments in the North and East, releasing of hard-core LTTE cadres, de-proscription of foreign LTTE front-organisations, harassment of military personnel including top intelligence officers and advocating constitutional changes to dilute the unitary status of Sri Lanka.

The actions of Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera have clearly exposed to the people of Sri Lanka, the servile mentality Foreign Minister Samaraweera and his bungling cohorts who have embarked on a futile strategy of appeasement at the expense of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and national interests.

In conclusion, the GSLF appeals to the President of Sri Lanka to replace the current Foreign Minister, strengthen future Sri Lankan delegations with professional and patriotic officials, and draw on the experience of those who have consistently supported the Sri Lankan cause for many years.

We also call on the people of Sri Lanka to urge their elected representatives in Parliament to stand united against the twin forces of ethnic separatism and international intervention.

Ranjith Soysa

Media Coordinator

For Global Sri Lankan Forum


April 6th, 2017


Both Rangana and Upul were victims of circumstances of Sri Lankan cricket.   Rangana failed to secure  a permanent place in the team as the selectors opted to play one spinner.   Muralitharan dominated the spot for quite a long time whilst Rangana was rested on the bench.  Suddenly the selectors have realised the importance of Rangana,  not only as  a regular bowler but even to lead the team as a stand-in skipper for test team. He has thus far delivered the goods, under extremely difficult cisumtances.

Upul Tharanga was also sidelined for several years and he was virtually buried during that period.  No one would have expected Upul to command confidence of the selectors, let alone be placed as the Skipper for ODI and T20.

During this short period, both Rangana and Upul have managed to control further erosion of the rankings of Sri Lanka.  Their ability to communicate effectively with the squad ought to be commended.  Both  of them are not big headed and they are not political stooges.  If we did not give the reign to Rangana and Upul during past year or so, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh would have probably overtaken us.

Hard work has been done by Rangana and Upul, both of them commanding respect from the young players in recognition of their  Leadership and Accountability skills.    They never played the game for personal glory.  They never chased down record books. But they articulated their leadership by embracing the inputs from the team to achieve success. 

However,  there are quite a few opposing the continuation of Rangana and Upul, citing following reasons:

  1. age, b. leadership succession and c. English speaking skills
  2. AGE: Rangana is 39 years and Upul still 32 years of age. If Rangana is physically fit, he has opted to play  regardless of his age.  That is a decision of a wise man.  No body should push him beyond that line.  During the limelight of his career, he was confined to the bench.   They were many matches during latter part of Murali’s career,  where he did not get wickets, but the selectors were freighted to drop Murali because he was a Tamil.  A Sinhalese player would have been  dropped like a hot potato. for example: Upul Chandana, Thilan Samaraweera, Hashan Tilekeratne.  

Upul  Tharanga was disliked by many in the past for several reasons.  The Chairman of Selectors have commended Upul for his ability to communicate with the team and command respect.  Upul himself is gradually coming to grips with the game consolidating his position and displaying his leadership and cricketing skills.

WG Grace of England was 50 years whilst Gummby Allen (England), Wally Hammond (England), Bob Simpson (Australia) were over 40 years, when they became test skippers, compared with Rangana and Upul 39 and 32 respectively.

The critics may argue that the game has changed dramatically since, but we need to bearing in mind the techniques of training and development have also changed dramatically.


When Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were at the helm, there was no discussion on leadership succession.  There was no short list of potential candidates at that time as both Kumar and Mahela were on solid grounds.  Angelow Mathews was groomed for about a year, not as part of planning process, but as a backup for a Crisis Situation.

It is imperative that the cricket management  develop a team of potential leaders who are displaying skills of stamina, patience and aggresiveness.


This is more directed towards Upul Tharanga than Rangana.  The criticism comes from the BLACK WHITES OR KALU SUDDA, who consider that the ability to speak English profusely at the Toss and at the Presentation as hallmark of success of a great leader.  Going back to the days of Michael Holding, Curtley Ambrose, they used interpreters at the toss or presentations, but delivered the goods with their cricketing skills. 

Some of our past skippers speak English in a colourful manners, in many instances I thought we were listening to Geoffrey Boycott or Ian Botham.     Upul’s challenge is not to improve his English, but to improve the cricket rankings of Sri Lanka.  Some of our young cricketers who were awarded Man of the Match recently, spoke in Sinhala.   Upul Chandana said once : ” I don’t want to become the Man of the Match,  because I don’t want to talk with Tony Greig”.  We urge, all Sri Lankans not to demoralise our young and senior players, by downgrading our colourful Sinhala Language.



April 6th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

When you read the news daily you note following,

  • Handing over Trinco Oil Tank Farm to India :Petroleum Ministry Oppose move .

·         Hambantota project: Stinging protest by Ports Minister  –Ranatunga alleges draft deal gives unilateral powers to Chinese company.

  • Three Ministers oppose SAITM .
  • Co-sponsoring of Resolution at UNHRC – Cabinet Minister Slams Government decision..

·         Sri Lanka’s President opposes planned VAT hike.

·         Education budget: Ministers throw the book at each other Education Minister.. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam yesterday hit back at Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who had charged that the Education Ministry’s 2017 budgetary allocation was cut because this year’s allocation was under underutilized.

·         Sajith tells cabinet he will resign in protest for not allocating promised funds fro housing – …..

All the statements you read above are from daily newspapers during the last two years .I am sure that such news were never heard before Yahapalana  Regime .

Question is can the Yahaplana Cart move ahead when it is being pulled in different direction?

Dr Sarath Obeysekera

‘බෞද්ධ ජාතක කථා වල මනෝවිද්‍යාත්මක  දැක්ම

April 6th, 2017

ආචාර්‍ය රොල්ෆ් ගේයිනර්  මනෝ විද්‍යාඥ ඇමරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය 

වෛද්‍ය රුවන් ජයතුංග විසින් රචිත නවතම කෘතිය වන, ‘බෞද්ධ ජාතක කථා වල මනෝවිද්‍යාත්මක දැක්ම’ නමැති කෘතිය, මම මහත් අභිරුචියකින් කියවූයෙමි. බෞද්ධ දර්ශනය පිළිබඳව දීර්ඝ කාලයක් තිස්සේ උනන්දුවන පුද්ගලයකු මෙන්ම, මනෝවිද්‍යාඥයකු වශයෙන්ද, මා හට පෙනීයන්නේ, ජාතක කථා මගින්, මානව විඥ්ඥාණයේ විවිධ ගතිලක්‍ෂණ පිළිබඳව, සලකා බලෙන අතරම, පුද්ගල මනෝභාවයන්, හැඟීම් සහ චිත්තාවේගයන්, අභිප්‍රායයන් සහ චර්යා ලක්‍ෂණ, චින්තනය සහ ක්‍රියාවලීන් ආදිය පිළිබඳව පුළුල් පරාසයක් ආවරණය කෙරෙන ආකාරයෙන් නිර්මාණයවී තිබෙන බවයි.

වෛද්‍ය ජයතුංග විසින් මෙම ග්‍රන්ථයේදී පාඨකයා වෙත දක්වන අනුග්‍රාහකත්වය තුළ, මෙම ජාතක කථා, ක්‍රි.පූ.3 වැනි සියවස සහ ක්‍රි.ව. 5 වැනි සියවස අතර කාලයේදී ලියැවී ඇති බවත්, මානව චර්යාවේ ස්වභාවය ඉගැන්වීම සහ එමගින් කියවන්නාගේ දෘෂ්ටිය වර්ධනය කරගැනීම සඳහා ආධාර වන බවත්, පෙනීයයි. ජාතක කථා, ඒවා ලියවුන කාල සමයේදී මිනිසාට තම චර්යා වර්ධනය සහ සදාචාර සම්පන්න බව වර්ධනය කරගැනීම් තුළින්, අගතියට පත්වීමෙන් තොරව විසීමට මග පෙන්වන සේ සැකසුණු නිර්දිෂ්ඨ ආඛ්‍යාන සම්පිණ්ඩනයක් ලෙස දැක්විය හැකිය.

වර්තමාන මනෝවිද්‍යාත්මක සංකල්පයන් තුළ, අප හඳුනාගන්නා චර්යා රටාවන් හේතුවෙන්, පැවැත්ම අකර්මන්‍ය වීම, විශාදය ඇතිකිරීම, නිෂ්ක්‍රිය භාවය ඉපිදවීම, සිදුවන බව අපි හඳුනාගන්නෙමු. මනෝ ව්‍යාධීන්ට ලක්ව පීඩාවට පත් පුද්ගලයන්ගේ  චෛතසික ස්වභාවය සහ චර්යාව ජාතක කථා තුළ මෙලෙස ඉතා ඉහල මට්ටමකින්, එක් පැත්තකින්,  විස්තර කෙරෙන අතර, වෛද්‍ය ජයතුංග විසින් අතීත සහ වර්තමාන මනවිද්‍යාත්මක න්‍යාය හා සංකල්ප පිළිබඳව කෙරෙන සංසන්දනාත්මක විග්‍රහය තුළින්, විවිධ විකල්ප දෘෂ්ටිකෝණ ඔස්සේ මානව චර්යා රටාවන් දෙස විමර්ශනාත්මකව බැලීමට සහ ඒ ඔස්සේ සාම්ප්‍රදායික නොවන නව සංකල්ප ඇතිකරගැනීමේ අවස්ථාව පාඨකයාට උදාවෙයි.

මානව චර්යා රටා වර්ගීකරනය සඳහා වර්තමානයේදී අප උත්සාහ දැරීමේදී, පුද්ගලයකුගේ දෛනික චර්යා රටා පිලිබඳ සබඳතාවයන් ගිලිහී යන්නට ඉඩතිබේ. පුද්ගල සදාචාර වර්ධනය කරන, පුද්ගලයා වෙනසකට භාජනය කරන ඉගැන්වීම් ලෙස ඉතා වැදගත් ස්ථානයක් ජාතක කථා වලට හිමිවේ. මෙම ආඛ්‍යානයන්, අද්‍යතන සමාජයේ දෘෂ්ටිය වෙත සමීප කරවීමෙන්, වෛද්‍ය ජයතුංග, සම්භාව්‍ය කාර්යභාරයක් ඉටුකර තිබේ.   


රනිල් අගමැතිකමින් ඉවත් කරමු

April 6th, 2017

නලින් ද සිල්වා

දැනට තිබෙන තත්වය අනුව මේ ආණ්ඩුව පෙරළා දැමීමට පුළුවන් වන්නේ රනිල් අගමැති කමෙන් ඉවත් කිරීමෙන්. විප්ලව, හර්තාල්, වැඩ වර්ජන ආදිය බොරු කයිවාරු පමණයි. මෙරට විප්ලවයකින් පසු ඇති කෙරෙන්නේ අනුර කුමාරගේ ආණ්ඩුවක් ද?  නැත්නම් කුමාර් ගුණරත්නම්ගේ ආණ්ඩුවක් ද? එයට කලින් විජේවීරගේ මරණය ගැන යුද්ධාපරාධ චෝදනාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට ඒ පක්‍ෂවලට පුළුවන් ද?

රනිල් ඉවත් කරන්නේ කෙසේ ද? අද දේශපාලනයේ ඇති ප්‍රධාන ම ප්‍රශ්නය එයයි. නව ව්‍යවස්ථාව, බැඳුම්කර මගඩිය, පළාත් පාලන මැතිවරණ ආදිය කැරකැවෙන්නේ මේ ඊනියා මිස්ට ක්ලීන් වටා. ඔහු ඉවත් කිරීමට ව්‍යවස්ථාව යොදා ගන්නේ කෙසේ ද? පැහැදිලි ව ම ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ බොහෝ නායකයන් මෛත්‍රිපාල කණ්ඩායම සමග එක් වී රනිල් ඉවත් කිරීමට සූදානම් නැහැ. වාසුදේව හැරෙන්නට වෙනත් අයකු ඒ ගැන කතා කරන්නේවත් නැහැ.

ඒ වෙනුවට ඔවුන් කියන්නේ ව්‍යවස්ථාව අනුව අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල සංශෝධනයක් කිරීමටවත් අගමැතිගෙන් නාසා බැරිය කියා. ඔවුන් කියන්නේ භ්‍රෙෂ්ඨාධිකරණයට යමක් අතපසු වී අගමැතිගෙන් ඇසිය යුතු ය යන වගන්ති එසේ ම තිබීමට කටයුතු කළ බව ය. මෙය පිළිගත හැකි නිදහසට කරුණක් නො වෙයි. අද රනිල්ට අභියෝගයක් වීමට ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයට බැහැ කියන කරුණ ප්‍රසිද්ධ වේගෙන යනවා. එය එතරම් හොඳ තත්වයක් නො වෙයි.

අද බොහෝ දෙනා මන්දොත්සාහි කිරීමට ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය කටයුතු කරන බවක් පෙනෙනවා. ඔවුන් දහනවවැනි සංශෝධනයක් ගැන කතා කරන්නේ එය ඔවුන්ගේ කැමැත්තකින් තොරව කෙරුණු දෙයක් බව පෙන්වීමට මෙන්. එහෙත් එදා දහනවවැනි සංශෝධනය සම්මත වුණේ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ ද සහාය ඇතිව. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය සරත් වීරසේකර මෙන් සංශෝධනයට විරුද්ධ වුණා නම් අද අගමැතිට එතරම් බලයක් නැති වෙන්න තිබුණා. සරත් වීරසේකරට අමතර ව ජානක බණ්ඩාර දහනවවැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට පක්‍ෂව ඡන්දය දුන්නේ නැහැ. ඔහු ඡන්දය දීමෙන් වැළකී සිටියා.

අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල පත්කිරීම් ගැන අගමැති සමග සාකච්ඡා කළ යුතු බවට වගන්ති ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් ද ඡන්දය දුන් දහනවවැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයේ තිබෙනවා. ඒ්කාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයටත් ඒ වගන්ති අතපසු වීමකින් මග හැරුණා ද? ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයට අවශ්‍ය මාධ්‍ය සංදර්ශන පවත්වමින් ආණ්ඩුව දිගට ම පවත්වාගෙන යෑම ද? දහනවවැනි ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයෙන් කියැවෙන්නේ කුමක් ද? 

ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 43 (1) හා (2) වගන්තිවලට අනුව ජනාධිපති අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල සාමාජික සංඛ්‍යාව නිර්ණය කිරීමේ දී මෙන් ම අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයට ඒ ඒ අය පත් කිරීමේ දි ද අගමැති විචාළිය යුතුයි. ඒ ගැන විවාදයක් නැහැ. එහෙත් 43 (3) වගන්තියට අනුව ජනාධිපතිට අගමැතිගෙන් ස්වායත්ත ව අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයේ වෙනස්කම් සිදු කළ හැකියි. ඒ සඳහා ජනාධිපති අගමැති විචාළිය යුතු නැහැ.

ජනාධිපතිට ඒ වගන්තිය යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක විය හැකියි. ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ අය කළ යුත්තේ එවැනි වගන්ති කෙරෙහි ජනතාවගේ ද මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගේ ද ජනාධිපතිගේ ද අවධානය යොමු කිරීමයි. එහෙත් ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය එසේ කරන්නේ නැහැ. අගමැති පත් කිරීමේ දී ද ජනාධිපතිට සුවිශේෂ බලයක් තිබෙනවා.

42 (4) වගන්තිය යටතේ ජනාධිපති අගමැති ලෙස පත් කළ යුත්තේ තම මතය අනුව පාර්ලිමේන්්තුවේ විශ්වාසයක් දිනා ගත හැකි පුද්ගලයා ඒ වගන්තිය ඉතා පැහැදිලියි. අගමැතිට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතරයක් හිමි විය යුතු බවක් ඉන් කියැවෙන්නේ නැහැ.  2015 ජනවාරි නවවැනි දා ජනාධිපති රනිල් අගමැති ලෙස පත් කෙළේත් ඒ වගන්තිය යටතේ. අද මෛත්‍රිපාලට හා රනිල්ට ඒ බව අමතක වෙලා ද?

මෛත්‍රිපාල ශ්‍රී ල නි පක්‍ෂයට ද්‍රෝහි වූ බව ඇත්ත. ඔහු ගැන විශ්වාසයක් තැබිය නොහැකි බවත් ඇත්ත. එහෙත් ඔහු රනිල් වෙනුවට වෙනත් අයකු අගමැති පදවියට පත් කරන්නේ නම් ඔහුට සහාය දිය යුතුයි. ඔහු වෙනත් අයකු අගමැති පදවියට පත් කරන්නේ නම් ටික කලකට වුවත් ඒ ආණ්ඩුව රැකීමට ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයට කටයුතු කළ හැකියි. අද අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ රනිල් නොමැති අන්තර්කාලීන ආණ්ඩුවක්.  



මෙරටේ අපේ ජනතාවගේ අයිතිය පාවලා දෙන්න බෑ… එක සල්ලිවලට ඩොලර් වලට විකුනන්න බෑ… ඒ අයිතිය අපි රැක ගන්න ඕනේ..-විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ

April 6th, 2017

විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ

හම්බන්තොට වරාය බදුදීම පිළිබඳව මහා විශාල ප්රශ්න තියෙනවාරටේ ජනතාව අවදියෙන් ඉන්නේ.. අපි දන්නවා හම්බන්තොටින් මහා අවුලක් ඇති වුණා.. හම්බන්තොටින් පාලනයක් ඇති වුනා වගේම හම්බන්තොටින් රට අවුල් වුණා ..

එදා හම්බන්තොටින් චීන රජයත් එක්ක වරායක් ගන්න සාකච්ජා කළා.. හම්බන්තොටට වරායක් ඕනයි කියන කතාවක් මේ රටේ තිබුනා සෑම ආණ්ඩුවක් කාලෙකම.. ඒකට සැලසුමකුත් හැදුවා.. .ඩො. මි. 300 කින් හම්බන්තොටට ධිවර වරායක් හා බංකරින් පහසුකම් ලබා දීමේ වරායක්..

හැබැයි, පස්සේ කාලෙක මේක මහා පරිමාණ වරායක් කරලා.. මහපොලවත් ගොඩ කරලා මෙතන වරායක් හැදුවා.. දැන් මේ වරාය පවත්වාගෙන යන්න බැරි වුනාම බදු ගිවිසුමක් ගැන අපේ ආණ්ඩුව සාකච්ජා කරනවාපහුගිය ආණ්ඩුවේ හිටපු අය කියනවාඅපි මේ ණය අරගෙන ගිණි පොලියට වරායවල් හැදුවටඅපි රට පාවා දෙන්න මේ රටේ ඉඩම් ටික බදු දෙන්න ඉඩ දුන්නේ නෑ කියලා..” එක තමයි ඒගොල්ල ගේන විත්ති වාචකය..

අනිත් පැත්තෙන් අපිටත් ආණ්ඩුවක් හැටියට කියන්න පුළුවන් නම්අපිටත් කරන්න දෙයක් නෑ.. මේගොල්ල ණය අරගෙන රට ණය උගුලක හිර කරලා තියෙන්නේ.. නිසා අපිට විකල්පයක් නෑ ..”

දැන් බලනකොට දෙගොල්ලන්ටම උත්තර තියෙනවනේ.. ඒගොල්ල රට සංවර්ධනය කරන්න ඕන නිසා ගිණි පොලියට ණය ගත්තා.. ගෙවාගන්න බැරි වෙන බව.. හිරවෙන බව දැන දැන ..
දැන් අපි මේක ගෙවාගන්න බැරි බව තේරෙන නිසා බදු දෙනවා.. අවුරුදු 99 බද්දක් කියලා තමයි සාකච්ජාව තියෙන්නේ..

මේක බරපතල කාරණයක් ගරු සභාපතිතුමනිමේක ආණ්ඩුවේද විපක්ෂයේද කියන කාරණය නෙවෙයිරටක ඉඩම් පිළිබඳව යම්කිසි ප්රතිපත්තියක් රජයකට තියෙන්න ඕනේ..

මොකද මේ දිර්ඝකාලින බදු කියන්නේ අවුරුදු 99ක් කියන්නේ පරම්පරා 3ක්..

එදා චීනෙට ඔය ප්රශ්නේ තිබුනා.. චීනෙට 1980 ගණන්වල සල්ලි නැති නිසා තමයි හොන්කොන් දුපත පවුම් 100 කට බද්දට දුන්නේ.. අවුරුදු 99ක් මහා බ්රිතාන්යය ඒක පාලනය කරලා 1990 ගණන්වල නැවත එක දුන්නා චීනෙට.. හැබැයි, එක චීනෙට දුන්නේ චිනේ මහා බලවතෙක් වෙච්චි නිසා.. පංච මහා බලවතුන්ගෙන් එකක් බවට චිනේ පත්වෙච්චි නිසා චීනෙට හයිය තිබුනා මහා බ්රිතාන්යයෙන් දීපන් කියලා ගන්න.. එහෙම නැති වුනානම් ඒක චීනෙට හම්බ වෙන්නේ නෑ..

හැබැයි, අපි තව අවුරුදු 99ක් යනකොට චිනේ වගේ මහා බලවතෙක් වෙන්නේත් නෑ.. තව අවුරුදු 99ක් යනකොට මේ රටේ සිංහල දෙමල මුස්ලිම් මිනිස්සුන්ට මොනවද වෙන්නේ කියලා බරපතල ප්රශ්නයක් තියෙනවා.. එක බරපතල ගැටළුවක්..

අවුරුදු 99ක් කියන්නේ පරම්පරා 3ක් .. අපේ මිනිස්සුන්ට දෙල්, කොස්, පොල් ටිකක් හිටවගෙන වේලක් ඇර වේලක් හරි කන්න තියෙන ඉඩම් ටික.. නිසා මේ පිළිබඳව ප්රශ්න තියෙනවා
මේක බරපතල කාරණයක්..

මේක අපි ආණ්ඩුවේ ඉන්න නිසාආණ්ඩුවෙන් මේක කරනවයි කියලා අපිට ඇත හෝදගෙනමේවා තමයි නිවැරදිම දේ .. ලෝකේ තියෙන හොඳම දේ කියලා .. එහෙම නිවට තත්වයකට පත්වෙන්න අපි සුදානම් නෑ..”

මේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ පිළිබඳව සාකච්ජා කරන්න ඕනේ.. මේක ප්රශ්නේ වුණාඅපිට පුළුවන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිතුමාට පුළුවන් තරම් බනින්න.. තමුන්නාන්සේලාටත් පුළුවන් අපේ ජනාධිපතිතුමාටයි, අගමැතිතුමාටයි බනින්න..හැබැයි, මේකට උත්තරයක් තියෙනවද..? එතන උත්තරයක් නෑ

මේක බරපතල කාරණයක් ….

නිසා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ අපි කවුරුත් එකට එකතු වෙලා අපිට ඩොලර් ඕනේ වුනයි කියලාසල්ලි ඕනේ වුනයි කියලා,…. මෙරටේ අපේ ජනතාවගේ අයිතිය පාවලා දෙන්න බෑඑක සල්ලි වලට ඩොලර් වලට විකුනන්න බෑ අයිතිය අපි රැක ගන්න ඕනේ..

සිංහලයන් පාලනය කරන ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතිය

April 6th, 2017

නලින් ද සිල්වා

මෙරට දෙමළ ජාතිවාදය ඇති කෙළේ ලන්දේසීන් බව අප පුන පුනා කියනවා. ඒ දුම්කොළ වගාව සඳහා වෙල්ලාලයන් කෝරමණ්ඩල වෙරළෙන් යාපනයට ගෙන ඒමෙන්. එය සිදුවූයේ එක්දහස් හයසිය පනහෙන්  පසු. යාපනයේ වෙල්ලාලයන්ගේ ඉතිහාසය අවුරුදු තුන්සිය පනහකට වැඩි නැහැ. අනාදිමත් කාලයක සිට මෙරට දෙමළ ජනයා සිටියේ යැයි කියන විග්නේස්වරන්ගේ ඉතිහාසයත් අවුරුදු තුන්සිය පනහක් නැහැ. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලවල ඉන්න ඉතිහාසඥයන් යැයි කියන ඉතිහාස අඥානයන්ට  යාපනයට ගොස් තෝම්බු පරීක්‍ෂා කර මේ බව දැනගත හැකියි. විග්නේස්වරන් විතරක් නොවෙයි ඔහුගේ ඥාතීන් වූ අරුණාශලම්, රාමනාදන් ආදීන්ගේ ඉතිහාසයත් එබඳුයි. එහෙත් සිංහලයන්ටත් කොපමණ කිවුවත් ඒ ගැන හැඟීමක් නැහැ. ඔවුන් සිතන්නේත් වෙල්ලාලයන්  සේන ගුත්තික එළාර කාලවල සිට මෙරට සිටින බවයි.

ලන්දේසීන් එසේ ගෙනා වෙල්ලාලයන්ට  ඉංගිරිසින් වරප්‍රසාද දුන්නා. එක්සත් රාජ්‍යවලින් පැමිණි මිෂනාරීන් ඔවුන්ට ඉංගිරිසි අධ්‍යාපනයක් ලබා දුන්නා. මේ වෙල්ලාලයන්ගෙන් ඇතැමකු ඈංග්ලිකන් වැළඳ ගෙන තව තවත් තාන්න මාන්න ලබාගත්තා. ඇතැමුන් මෙතෝදිස්ත ක්‍රිස්තියානිය වුණා. මෙතෝදිස්තයන් රටේ අනෙක් තැන්වලත් බොහෝ විට ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානින්ට සහාය දුන්නා. පාණදුරා වාදයටත් ආසන්න හේතුවක් වී ඇත්තේ මෙතෝදිස්ත අයකු බුදුදහමට විරුද්ධව කළ ප්‍රකාශයක්.

ඉංගිරිසින් සිංහලයන්ට විරුද්ධව වෙල්ලාලයන් යොදා ගත්තා. විශේෂයෙන් ම වෙල්ලාල ක්‍රිස්තියානින් ඒ සඳහා යොදා ගත්තා. විග්නේස්වරන්ලාගේ පවුල්වල ආදි කතෘන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි. ඒ බව අද දෙමළ සාමාන්‍ය ජනයා දන්නේත් නැහැ. ඉංගිරිසි කතා කළ  සිංහලයන් අතරත් වැඩියෙන් වරප්‍රසාද ලැබුණේ ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානින්ට. බණ්ඩාරනායකලා, ජයවර්ධනලා පමණක් නොව මීරිගම බෝතලේ සේනානායකලාත් ඈංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි. රනිල්ගේ පියාත් ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි. ඔහුගේ බාප්පා ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි බිෂොප්වරයෙක්. එපමණක් නොව ඔහුගේ මවු පාර්ශ්වයේ හෙලේනා විජේවර්ධනලාත් මුල දී ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි. ඇය ඩෙප් විජේවර්ධන කෙනෙක්. වත්මන් අගවිනිසුරු ඩෙප්ගේ ඥාතියෙක්. විජේවර්ධනලා පසුව කැලණි විහාරයේ ප්‍රධාන දායක පවුල වුණා. රනිල්ට මෙන් ම ජේ ආර්ටත් කැලණිය සමග සම්බන්ධකම් සේදවත්තෙන් තිබෙනවා. ඔවුන්ට සේදවත්ත ලැබුණේ කාගෙන් ද? 

රාමනාදන්ලාත් සේනානායකලාත් පිළිවෙළින් හින්දු හා බෞද්ධ වුණා. ඒ මුල දී දේශපාලන වාසියට. ජනතාව අතර දේශපාලනයට එය වැදගත් වුණා. චෙල්වනායගම් නම් හින්දු වුණේ නැහැ. ඔහු දකුණු ඉන්දියානු පල්ලියේ ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි බැතිමතකු ලෙස දිගට ම ජීවත් වුණා. සුමන්තිරන් තවමත් මෙතෝදිස්ත භක්තිකයෙක්. ඔහුගේ නම ඒබ්‍රහම්. ඒ පරණ තෙස්තමේන්තුවේ නමක්. කොහොමටත් දෙමළ ජනයා සිංහලයන් තරමට නායක කාරකාදීන්ගේ ආගම ගැන සැලකිලිමත් වන්නේ නැහැ. එයටත් හේතුව ඔවුන්ට මෙරට දීර්ඝ ඉතිහාසයක් නොමැති කම. සිංහල බෞද්ධ ඉතිහාසය අඩුම තරමෙන් අවුරුදු දෙදහස් තුන්සියයකට වැඩියි. මෙරට රජවරුන් බෞද්ධයන් පමණක් නොව බෝසතුන් විය යුතුය යන අදහසක් මුල් බැස ගෙන තිබුණා. අපට අග්බෝ (අග්‍රබෝධි) රජවරුන් ම රාශියක් සිටියා. අවසානයේ දී තෙළිඟු සම්භවයක් තිබූ නායක්කාර් වාංශික රජවරු ද බෞද්ධ වුණා. බෞද්ධ නොවී ඔවුන්ට රජකම ලැබීමට නොහැකි වුණා. 1815 ගිවිසූුමෙන් ද ඉංගිරිසින් සිංහල බුද්ධාගම (බුද්ධාගම හා දේවාගම) රකින බවට පොරොන්දු වුණා. රනිල්ටත් බෞද්ධකම ගැන කතාකරන්න වෙනවා.

අදත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ බුද්ධාගමට ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානය ලබා දීම ගැන සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් වෙහෙසෙන්නේ මේ ඉතිහාසයට අනුව. අද එයට විරුද්ධ වන්නේ දෙමළ ජාතිවාදීන් හා සිංහල කම නැති ව්‍යාජ පංති හැඟීමකින් කටයුතු කරන පුහු පඬියන්. මේ පඬියන්ට නම් ඇත්තේ දරුණු හීනමානයක්. ඔවුන් යටත්විජිතවාදය ලෙස සලකන්නේ සිංහල බෞද්ධ සංස්කෘතිය. ඔවුන් බටහිර යුදෙවු ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියේ දීන දාසයන් පමණයි. ඔවුන් ලබා ඇති අධ්‍යාපනය මුළුමනින් ම ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි. ඔවුන් මෙහෙයවනු ලබන්නේ මේ දීන අධ්‍යාපනයෙන්. කෞතුකාගාර සත්වෝද්‍යාන ආදිය අපට ලැබුණේ ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියෙන්. නුවර පෙරහැරේ අලි ඇතුන් ගෙන යෑමට විරුද්ධ වන ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියේ පඬියන් සත්වෝද්‍යානවල අලි දම්වැලින් බැඳ තැබීම ගැනවත් එහි සතුන් කූඩු කර තැබීම ගැනවත් විරුද්ධ වන්නේ නැහැ. පඬියන් පළමුව කළ යුත්තේ සත්වෝද්‍යාන නැති කර එහි සතුන් කැලයට මුදා හැරීමට කටයුතු කිරීමයි.

කෞතුකාගාර අපේ නොවෙයි. අපට ඇත්තේ කෞතුක ඉතිහාසයක් නොව ජීවමාන ඉතිහාසයක්. ඒ වුනත් අපට කෞතුකාගාරය අපේ සංස්කෘතියට උරා ගැනීමට (අවශෝෂණය කිරීමට) පුළුවන්. එහෙත් ඒ වෙනුවට කරන්නේ එය ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතිය අනුව යමින් ඊනියා සංදර්ශන පැවැත්වීම සඳහා විකිණීම. ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියේ මෙරට ප්‍රධාන නියෝජිතයා වූ රනිල් අද ඔහුගේ වෙළෙඳ සංස්කෘතිය අනුව කෞතුකාගාරය සංදර්ශන සඳහා විකුණන්න හදනවා. ඔහු එය කරන්නේ  කෞතුකාගාර කමිටුවේ තීරණයට විරුද්ධව. රනිල්ගේ ව්‍යාජ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ඒකයි. ඊනියා ස්වාධීන කමිටු තියෙන්නේ අගමැතිගෙ අදහස් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට. ඒ තමයි ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියේ බොරු ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය. අද ට්‍රම්ප් කරමින් සිටින්නේ එක් අතකින් මේ ව්‍යාජ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයේ සළු පිළි ගළවා එය නිරුවත් කිරීම. තාමත් අප පාලනය කරන ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතිය පරාජය කරන තෙක් අපට නිදහසක් නැහැ. මෙරට සිටින කසිකබල් පඬියන් ඒ සංස්කෘතිය ආරක්‍ෂා කරනවා. ඒත් අංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියේ ප්‍රධානීන් මේ පඬියන් තුට්ටුවකට (පැන්සයකට) ගණන් ගන්නේ නැහැ. ඇංග්ලිකන් ක්‍රිස්තියානි සංස්කෘතියේ සිංහල මෙන් ම දෙමළ අය එකතු වී සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් පාගනවා.


‘අයිසේ අපි ඒ ගැන බලගන්නම්..’ අගමැති රනිල් කැබිනෙට්ටුවේදී දයාසිරි, චන්දිම ඇමතිලාට බැණවදී..

April 6th, 2017

ලංකා සී නිවුස්

පසුගිය 4 වැනිදා පැවැති කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයේදී අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා විසින් ඇමතිවරුන් වන දයාසිරි ජයසේකරට චන්දිම වීරක්කොඩිට බැණ වැදී තිබේ.

ඉන්දීය සමාගමකට ත‍්‍රිකුණාමල වරායේ තෙල් ටැංකි ලබා දීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අගමැතිවරයා විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබූ කැබිනට් පත‍්‍රිකාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් අදහස් පල කරමින් ඇමතිවරුන් පවසා ඇත්තේ රාජ්‍ය දේපල මේ ආකාරයෙන් විකුණා දැමුවහොත් ජනතා නැගිටීමක් සිදුවිය හැකි බවයි.

ඊට ප‍්‍රතිචාර දෙමින් අගමැතිවරයා ‘අයිසෙ මිනිස්සු ගැන අපි බලාගන්නම්. ඒ ගැන ඔයාල මහන්සිවෙන්න එපා’ යයි දැඩිව පවසා ඇත.

මහින්ද සමග ඞීල් දමාගෙන සිටින අයගෙන් කොතරම් බාධා පැමිණියත් අදාල ව්‍යාපෘතිය අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම සිදු කරන බවද අගමැතිවරයා වැඩි දුරටත් සදහන් කර අතැ.

ඇමතිදයාසිරිද වාදයට මැදිහක් වෙමින් පෙන්වා දී ඇත්තේ රාජපක්ෂලා සමග ඩීල් දාන්නේ කවුද කියා රටම දන්නා බවයි. ඇමති අනුර ප්‍රියදර්ශන යාපාද සදහන් කර ඇත්තේ නොරටුන්ට මෙසේ රටේ ආර්ථික මර්මස්ථාන විකුණන බවට ජනතා සැකයෙන් සිටින බැවින් මෙවැනි ව්‍යාපෘති කල යුත්තේ විනිවිද භාවයකින් බවයි.

ඒ ආකාරයෙන් කැබිනට් හමුව උණුසුම් වෙද්දී පුරුදු පරිදි ජනාධිපතිවරයා නිහඩව සිට ඇත.

It is a dangerous piece of legislation: GL

April 6th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

 The Joint Opposition said yesterday the Bill to give legal effect to the International Convention to Protect All Persons from Enforced Disappearances was a dangerous piece of legislation with provisions enabling a foreign government or an institution on behalf of it to appeal for the extradition of a Sri Lankan political leader or military leader on the ground of command responsibility.

Addressing a press briefing, former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said the Bill had been presented to Parliament on March 7 by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

This is not for something they have done, but for something happened within their scope of responsibility. Sri Lanka will have to oblige by all the provisions enforced by the International Convention if this Bill is enacted. The Prime Minister keeps saying Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Treaty and that a Sri Lankan could not be tried before International Criminal Court. What happens if the country seeking extradition has signed the Rome Treaty? Then, there is the damage of military or political leader extradited being ended up as a defendant before the ICC,” he said.

He said, There is a provision to set up a special High Court in Colombo to try offences in this category. No bail can be granted. The Police will be given the authority to investigate in the absence of investigations.” He said his side would strong public opinion against the bill. (Kelum Bandara)

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Body parts taken from SAITM are not Thajudeen’s: CID

April 6th, 2017

 Courtesy Daily Mirror

The Genetech Institute has informed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) that the body parts taken into custody from the laboratory of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) last October were not a match for late ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen.

Twenty six body parts were seized from the SAITM laboratory by the CID on suspicion that they belonged to Thajudeen.

The CID yesterday informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Prasad Silva that Senior Scientist Ruwan Ileperuma of Genetech Institute, Borella had submitted the DNA results.

Highlights of the investigation launched into the missing body parts had been sent to the Attorney General’s Department for further instructions. (Nimanthi Ranasinghe)

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ඔටුන්න හිමි කුමාරවරු

April 5th, 2017

තේජා ගොඩකන්දෙආරච්චි

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රථම විධායක ජනාධිපතිවරයා වූ ජේ. ආර්. ජයවර්ධනගේ එකම දරුවා වූ රවි ජයවර්ධන අභාවප්‍රාප්ත විය. වරක් එයාර් ලංකාහි ගුවන් නියමුවෙකු ලෙස සේවය කල ඔහු ඉතා දක්ෂ ඉලක්කයට වෙඩි තබන්නෙකු බව ප්‍රකටය. ඔහුට පුතුන් තිදෙනෙකු සිටිති. ඒ ප්‍රදීප්, රුක්ෂාන් සහ අම්රිත් ය. ඒ අතරින් රුක්ෂාන් ජයවර්ධන ප්‍රසිද්ධ වනුයේ අවංක හා විශිෂ්ඨ පරිසරවේදියෙකු ලෙසය. ප්‍රදීප්ගේ නම මෑතකදී කියැවුනේ, ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ ගම්පහ දිස්ත්‍රික් සංවිධායකවරයකු ලෙස ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන අතින් පත්වීම් ලබාගත් නිසාය. අම්රිත් ගැන නම් ඔහුගේ නම පමනක් මිස වෙන තොරතුරක් අවංකවම වැඩි දෙනෙක් නොදනිති. කෙසේ වුවද රවි ජයවර්ධන නාමය සමග මතකයට ඇදී එන බොහෝ දේ තුල ඔහු කියන  තරම් නිහඬ මිනිසෙක් නොවන බව පැහැදිලිය. ඒ ඔහුත් තම පියාත් අතර තිබූ බැඳුනු නොබැඳුනු සබඳතාවය නිසාය.

රවි පිලිබඳව සමාජ වෙබ් අඩවි තුල පලවී ඇති අදහස්ද, ඒ සම්බන්ධව විවිධ පුද්ගලයින්ගේ ප්‍රතිචාරද බොහොමයක් වෙයි. ඔහු 1983 දී පොලිස් විශේෂ කාර්ය බලකාය පිහිටුවීම සඳහා මූලිකත්වය දැරූවන්ගෙන් ප්‍රධානතමයෙකි. තමන්ට ඔටුණු පලඳවන්නට කුමර කුමරියන් නැතැයි වරක් ජේ. අාර්. ජයවර්ධන ජනාධිපතිවරයා කීවේය. ඔහුට සිටි එකම පුත් කුමරාට ඔටුණ්න හිමි කරගැනීම පිලිබඳව ව්‍යාධියක් නොතිබිනි. ඔහුගේ මුනුපුරන්ගෙන් එක් අයෙකු නම් වැඩි සද්ද බද්දයක් නැතිවාට මේ වන විට දේශපාලනයට පිවිස සිටී. ඔහුගේ දක්ෂතාවය උරගා බලන්නට නම් මැතිවරණයක් එලැඹිය යුතුය. නමුත් මේ වන විටත් වත්මන් රජය යටතේ මැතිවරණ කල් දැමීම නම් ක්‍රියාත්මක වනුයේ පැරණි යුගයේ අදර්ශ අනුව යමිනි. 1970 දී බලයට පත් සමගි පෙරමුණු රජය මැතිවරණය වසර 2 කින් කල් දැමීය. එය හේතුවක් කරගත් 1977 බලයට පත් එජාප රජය වැඩට බැස්සේ ශ්‍රීලනිප නායිකා සිරිමාවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායකගේ ප්‍රජා අයිතිය අහෝසි කරමිනි. නමුත් ඒ ආදර්ශය අනුවම යමින් ඊට වඩා මඳක් වෙනස් ආකාරයකින් කටයුතු කල එජාප රජය 1982 දෙසැම්බරයේ පැවැත්වූ කළගෙඩි ලාම්පු ක්‍රීඩාව මගින් මැතිවරණය තවත් වසර 6 ක් ම කල් දමාගැනීමට සමත් විය. එයත්, 1978 සිට 1989 දක්වා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විධායක ජනාධිපතිව සිටි ජේ අාර් ගේ පාලන සමයේ සිදුවූ වෙනත් බොහෝ සිදුවීමුත් පැහැදිලිව මතකයේ ඇති ජනතාවක් තවම රටේ සිටිති. එබැවින් ප්‍රදීප් ජයවර්ධනගේ හපන්කම් බැලීම කල් යන්නේ තම සීයාගේ සූක්ෂම මොළය යොදාගෙන තම පාක්ෂිකයන්ට ලබා දුන් ආදර්ශය නිසාම බව කිව යුතුය. නමුත් බොහෝ විට මේ සමාජ වෙබ් අඩවි හරහා ගැටෙන පිරිස් භාවිතා කරන අදහස් හා භාෂාව හරහා පෙනී යන්නේ මෙවන් දේශපාලන පෙරලි ගැන ඔවුන් තුල ප්‍රායෝගික අත්දැකීම් වල අඩු බවය.

රවි ජයවර්ධන තම පියාගේ රජයේ ආරක්ෂක උපදේශකවරයා ලෙස සේවය කලේය. ඔහු පොලිස් විශේෂ කාර්ය බලකාය පිහිටුවීමට මුල් වූයේ මේ කාලයේදීය. එතුලින් උතුරු නැගෙනහිර ප්‍රදේශවල දරුණු ලෙස හිස ඔසවාගෙන ආ වර්ගවාදී ත්‍රස්තවාදය සැලකිය යුතු පමනකින් පාලනය කර ගැන්මට පිටිවහලක් වූ නමුත්, ඉන්දියාවේද, වෙනත් බටහිර රටවලද තම පදනම ගොඩ නගා ගනිමින් සිටි එල්ටීටීඊ ය දිනෙන් දින බලවත් වීම වැලකිය නොහැකි විය. කෙසේ වුවද එක කාල සීමාවක එල්ටීටීඊ ය විසින් හමුදා කඳවුරු පිටින් අත් කරගත්තද පොලිස් වි.කා. බලකායට එවන් හානියක් කිරීමට ඔවුහු අපොහොසත් වූහ. මෙය හමුදාව අවතක්සේරු කිරීමක් නොවේ. මීට හේතු පාදක වූයේ ඉහල ස්තරයේ පරිපාලන ක්‍රියාවලියේ වූ වැරදි ප්‍රතිපත්තිමය කරුණුය.එහි ප්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස ප්‍රශ්න කල හැකි එක කරුණක් නම් නවක හමුදා සෙබලුන්ට ලබා දුන් පුහුණුවේ ප්‍රමිතියයි. එකල හමුදාවට බැඳෙන්නට බොහෝ අය අදිමදි කලා පමනක් නොව එසේ බැඳෙන තරුණ පිරිස්වලට නම් පටබැඳ තිබුනේ ‘බිලී බෝයිස්’ කියායි. එ් යුගයේ පාලන තන්ත්‍රය විසින් ඇතිකල ආර්ථික සංස්කෘතිය තුල දිළිඳුබව හා විරැකියාව ගැන කීමේදී ‘කෙල්ලෙක් නම් ගාමන්ට් එකට, කොල්ලෙක් නම් හමුදාවට’ යන්න ප්‍රකට ආකල්පයක් විය. නමුත් පොලිස් විශේෂ කාර්ය බලකාය සම්බන්ධව මේ ආකල්පය නොවිනි.

ලලිත් ඇතුලත්මුදලි ආරක්ෂක ඇමතිව සිටි යුගයේ උතුරු නැගෙනහිරට අනුයුක්ත කරන හමුදා භටයිනට හමුදා පුහුණුවට අමතරව කඩිනම් ද්‍රවිඪ භාෂා පුහුණුවක් පවා ලබා දෙනු ලැබිනි. එවන් විධිමත් පුහුණුවක ප්‍රතිඵලයකි වඩමාරච්චි මෙහෙයුම. මෙහිදී යාපන අර්ධද්වීපයේ එක කොනකට කොටු වූ එල්ටීටීඊ ය සම්පූර්ණයෙන් පරාජය කිරීමට අවශ්‍යව තිබුනේ තව සති 1 1/2 ක් පමනය. තමන්ට තව දින 10 ක ට වඩා අල්ලාගෙන සිටිය නොහැකි බව ප්‍රභාකරන්ම පිලිගෙන ඒ බව දන්වා ඉන්දීය රජයෙන් ආධාර පැතූ බව ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ ජීවිත කතාව ගැන කියැවෙන ‘දුරාවබෝධ මනසක ඇතුලාන්තය’ නම් කෘතියේ සඳහන් වෙයි. කලාපීය බලවතා බවට පත්වීමට  තම මව දුටු සිහිනය සැබැ කරන්නට ඕනෑවටත් වඩා කැපවූ පුතෙකු වූ ඉන්දීය අගමැති රජීව් ගාන්ධි අවස්ථාව මනාව සියතට ගත්තේය. ඉන්දිරා ගාන්ධි යුගයේ එල්ටීටීඊ සංවිධානය පුහුණු කිරීමට තම භූමිය හා උපදේශක සම්පත් සැපයුවද, ඉන්දියාවේ අරමුණ වූයේ එල්ටීටීඊ ය සවිමත් කර ඔවුන් බලාපොරොත්තු වූ වෙනම රාජ්‍ය ලබාදීම නොව, ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ජනතාව භේද බින්න කර අප මාතෘ භූමිය තුල තම ආධිපත්‍යය පැතිරවීමය. 1983 ජුලි මාසයේදී එවක රජය අනුගමනය කල අදූරදර්ශී ක්‍රියා පිලිවෙත ඔස්සේ ඒ වන විටත් ඊට පදනම වැටී තිබිනි.

 තමා බලා සිටි අවස්ථාව උදාවූ බව දත් රජීව් ගාන්ධි ව්‍යාජ සානුකම්පිත බවේ හස්තය දිගු කරගෙන 1987 ජුලි මස 24 වන දින නැව් ගතකල ආහාර පාන යාපනයේ ජනාතාවට බෙදා දීමේ මුවාවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා මුහුදු සීමාව ආක්‍රමණය කරන්නට යෙදුනි. ශ්‍රී ලාංකික නාවික හමුදාව මෙය වැලැක්වූ කල්හි ඔහු ගුවන් කලාපය ආක්‍රමණය කරමින් එම ආහාර ද්‍රව්‍ය යාපනය භූමියට හෙලීය. මෙහිදී ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාව මැදිහත් වුවහොත්, ප්‍රතිඵල භයානක විය හැකි බවට ඉන්දීය රජය තර්ජනය කල අතර ජයවර්ධන රජයට අකමැත්තෙන් හා කෝපයෙන් වුවද මේ තත්වය ඉවසා සිටින්නට සිදුවිය. ඒ සමගම එල්ටීටීඊ බලය දුර්වලව ගිය බව දත් ඔහු ප්‍රභාකරන්වද බලපෑමෙන් එකඟ කරගෙන 1987 ජුලි මස 29 වන දින ඊනියා ඉන්දු – ලංකා ගිවිසුම අත්සන් කරමින් උතුරු නැගෙනහිර ඉන්දීය හමුදා සේනාංකයන් ස්ථාපිත කරනු ලැබිනි. දකුණේ දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරය නමින් තරුණ නැගිටීම ඇරඹෙන්නේත් එය මර්ධනය සඳහා පෙලඹුන රජයේ ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයන් අතරට එස්ටීඑෆ් හෙවත් පොලිස් විශේෂ කාර්ය බලකායේ දායකත්වය ලැබෙන්නේත් මේ අනුවය. අද සමහරු සමාජ වෙබ් අඩවි හරහා රවි ජයවර්ධන වග උත්තරකරුවකු කර ඇත්තේ එබැවිනි. එමෙන්ම තවත් එක  වැදගත් සාධකයක් සඳහන් කල යුතුව ඇත. ඒ දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරය බිහිවීම කෙරෙහි එජාප රජය පැත්තෙන් දැරිය යුතු වගකීමයි.

සමගි පෙරමුණු රජය සමයේ රුසියාව, ඉන්දියාව ප්‍රමුඛ වාමාංශික රටවල් සමග පැවැත්වූ මිත්‍ර සම්බන්ධතා වෙනුවට ජයවර්ධන රජය තම මිතුරුකම් ගොඩ නගා ගත්තේ ඇමරිකාව ප්‍රමුඛ බටහිර රටවල් සමගය. ඉන්දියාව තම විරසකය එලිපිටම මෙසේ දක්වා සිටියේ එවක එජාප රජය අනුගමනය කල ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිපත්තීන් ඔස්සේ තමන් ඇස ගසාගෙන සිටින ත්‍රිකුණාමලය වරාය වැනි සම්පත් ඇමරිකාව විසින් කඩාගනු ඇතැයි සිතා විය යුතුය.

සාම ගිවිසුමත් සමගම දිවයිනේ දකුණු දිගින් ඇරඹී පැතිර ගිය අරගලය හේතුවෙන් සමාජය තුල පැතිර ගිය අපරාධ රැල්ල, එකල සරසවි සිසුන්ව සිටි අප හටද ඉමහත්ව බලපෑවේය. එකල අපේ ජීවිතද බේරුනේ ප්‍රාතිහාර්යයකින් මෙනි. මෙම මනුෂ්‍ය ඝාතන, දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරය නම් වූ ජවිපෙ හි සන්නද්ධ අංශය මෙන්ම කහ බලල්ලු, කලු බලල්ලු, කලු කොටි, ප්‍රා ආදී  නම් වලින් හැඳින්වුන සන්නද්ධ කණ්ඩායම් අතින් සිදුවිය. මේ කණ්ඩායම්වල සාමාජිකයන්ගේ සාක්ෂරතාවේ තරම පවා පැහැදිලිව පෙනුනේ ඔවුන් බිත්තිවල අඟුරු කැටවලින් ලියා තිබූ දේ අනුවයි. වරක් මාතර, වල්පොල හන්දියේ තිබූ පරන ගොඩනැගිල්ලක බිත්තියේ ‘බ්ලැක් කැට්ස්’ යන වචනය ලියා තිබුනේ ‘බක් කැටි’ (සිංහල අකුරින්) යනුවෙනි. ඒ එක උදාහරණයක් පමනි. මෙසේ ඒ වධකයන්ගේ සාක්ෂරතාව ගැන සිතන විට නම් යම් අධ්‍යාපන සුදුසුකමක් සහිතව රජයේ හමුදාවලට බැඳෙන අය මේ අතර සිටීවිය කියා සිතිය නොහැක. නමුත් වරක් මා පෙර ලියූ ලිපියක, රත්නපුර බඹරගල නම් ගමක ගැමියෙකු විසින් ඒ ගමේ තරුණ පිරිසක් හමුදාවට බඳවා ගත් අයුරු විස්තර කල හැටි ලියා ඇත්තෙමි. එහිදී නම් මෙවන් කාරණා ගැන සැක පහල වීම සාමාන්‍ය දෙයකි. කෙසේ වුවද රජයේ හමුදාව ද්‍රවිඪ ජනතාවට සැලකූ අන්දම ගැන නෝක්කාඩු කියන අයට, 80 දශකයේ අග නැගී ආ තරුණ නැගිටීම වලක්වා ලූ ආකාරයේදී, ඒ කැරළිකරුවන් සිංහලය කියා සමාවක් නොලැබුන බවද පැහැදිලිව පෙනිය යුතුය. එකල ගෝනි බිල්ලාගේ හිස වැනීමෙන් හෝ හමුදාවට, පොලිසියට යොමුවන නම් ගම් නැති තුණ්ඩු කැබැල්ලකින් ලියැවුන මරණ වරෙන්තුව කැරළි කරුවාට මෙන්ම අහිංසක තරුණ තරුණියන්ටද එකසේ පොදු විය. එනයින් බලන කල රජයේ හමුදාවන් සිටින්නේ රාජ්‍ය බලය ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට විනා ජනතාව බලා කියා ගන්නට නොවේ. මේ අනුව සිතුවහොත් රවිගේ එස්ටීඑෆ් නිර්මානයත් ඒ ගණයටම වැටෙන්නටත් ඉඩ ඇත.

එදා අත්සන්කල ඉන්දු ලංකා සාම ගිවිසුම සම්බන්ධ අනිත් වැදගත්ම සිද්ධිය නම් 1987 අගෝස්තු මස 18 වන දා ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට එල්ල වූ ප්‍රහාරයයි. මෙහිදී බෝම්බ දෙකක් මුල් අසුන් වෙතට එල්ල වූ අතර එකක් එවක මාතර දිසා ඇමති වූ කීර්ති අබේවික්‍රමට වැදී ඔහු මරුමුවට පත්වූ අතර අනෙක නිසා ආරක්ෂක ඇමති ලලිත් ඇතුලත්මුදලි බරපතල ලෙස තුවාල ලැබීය. ඒ හැර තවත් 16 දනෙකුට තුවාල සිදුවනි. ඒ සමගම වාගේ වෙඩි පහරක්ද සභාවට එල්ල වූයේ අගමැති ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාසගේ හිස ඉලක්ක කරගෙනය. නමුත් ඒ මොහොතේම පාර්ලිමේන්තු කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයේ විධායකයෙකු වූ නෝබට් සේනාධීර, අගමැතිට තමන් භාරදුන් ලියැවිල්ලක් පිලිබඳව යමක් කීමට අගමැතිවරයා වෙතට නැඔුරු වූයෙන්, ඒ වෙඩි උණ්ඩය ඇතුලු වූයේ ඔහුගේ හිසටය. මේ සිද්ධීන් පිලිබඳ චෝදනාව පැටවුනේ එවකට පාර්ලිමේන්තු ආපාන ශාලාවේ සේවකයෙකු වූ අජිත් කුමාර නම් ජවිපෙ සාමාජිකයෙකු වෙතටය. මේ සිද්ධියත් සමගම අතුරුදහන් වූ ඔහු 1988 දී දඹුල්ල ප්‍රදේශයේ සිදුකල නීති විරෝධී මත්පැන් වැටලීමකදී පොලිස් අත් අඩංගුවට පත්විය. ඔහු අත් අඩංගුවට පත්වන විට මේ අජිත් කුමාර බව පොලිසිය දැන සිටියේ නැත. පසුව පාර්ලිමේන්තු ප්‍රහාරය පිලිබඳව සැකපිට තවත් 5 දෙනෙකු අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් නමුත් ප්‍රමානවත් සාක්ෂි නොමැතිකම නිසා අජිත් කුමාර ඇතුලු සියල්ලෝ නිදහස් කරන ලදහ. 

මේ ප්‍රහාරයේ පරීක්ෂණ ගැනද එකල සමාජයේ කතා වූ සැකමුසු තැන් තිබිනි. සභාවට බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරය එල්ල වූ දිශාව අනුව වැදගත් ආණ්ඩු පක්ෂ රැස්වීමක් ඇති ශාලාවක ඊට ඈඳුනු අල්ලපු කාමරයට කැන්ටින් සේවකයා ඇතුලු වූයේ කෙසේද? ප්‍රහාරය එල්ල වූ වහාම, අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම සියලු ආරක්ෂක විධි විධාන තර කල මොහොතක පාර්ලිමේන්තු ගොඩනැගිල්ල සහ මාර්ගය අතර දුර ගැන සලකා බලන කල්හි මේ සේවකයා එතැනින් පැන ගත්තේ කෙසේද? ඔහුට සැඟව සිටින්නට අවශ්‍ය වුනා නම් ඔහු පොලිසියෙන් එල්ල වන අවදානම දැන දැන නීති විරෝධී මත් පැන් පෙරුවේ ඇයි? අනික ඔහු ජවිපෙ සාමාජිකයෙකු නම්! එකල අප නෙතට බහුලව ලක්වූ දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරයේ එක් අනතුරු ඇඟවීමේ පාඨයක් වූයේ ‘කසිප්පු පෙරන්නන්ට දඬුවම මරණයයි’ යන්නය!

තිස් වසරකට එපිට ඒ කාලයේ අද මෙන් තාක්ෂණය දියුණු නැති නමුදු කටකතා වලින් එකලද හිඟපාඩුවක් නොවීය. එසේ පැතිරුන එක කටකතාවක් වූයේ ප්‍රහාරය එල්ල වූ අගෝස්තු 18 දින ඒ කාල සීමාවේ රවි ජයවර්ධන හා ප්‍රදීප් ජයවර්ධන පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට පැමින සිටි බවයි. ඒ අර්බුදකාරී කාලයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට පැමිනෙන සියලුම දෙනා දැඩි පරීක්ෂාවකට ලක් කෙරුනි. එදින මැති ඇමතිවරුන් හැරුන විට පරීක්ෂාවට ලක්ව නොතිබුනේ රජයේ ආරක්ෂක උපදේශක රවි ජයවර්ධන සහ ඔහුගේ පුතාය. ඔවුන් දෙදෙනම අති දක්ෂ වෙඩික්කරුවෝය. නෝබට් සේනාධීර මහතා මරුමුවට පත්කල වෙඩි පහර එල්ල වූයේ අගමැති ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාසගේ හිසටය. ඉලක්කය වැරදී ගියේ ඒ ක්ෂණයේ අගමැති වෙතට නැඹුරු වූ සේනාධීරගේ හිස, අගමැතිවරයාගේ හිස සමග සමපාත වූ නිසාය. මේවායේ ඇත්ත නැත්ත කවුරුන් දනිත්ද?

ඊට දින කිහිපයකට පෙර අත්සන් කල ඉන්දු ලංකා සාම ගිවිසුම සම්බන්ධව බලවත් ඉන්දියානු විරෝධී අයෙකු වූ අගමැතිවරයා සහ ජනාධිපතිවරයා අතර පැන නැගී තිබූ මත භේද ජනතාවට රහසක් නොවීය. ඉතා සාර්ථක වෙමින් තිබුනු වඩමරච්චි යුද මෙහෙයුම මේ ගිවිසුම මත නතරවීම නිසා ආරක්ෂක ඇමති ලලිත් ඇතුලත්මුදලි සිටියේද සිත නොහොඳිනි. මුලින් වෙඩි පහරක් බව කියැවුන නෝබට් සේනාධීර මරණයට පත්කල නිමිත්ත පරීක්ෂණ කෙරීගෙන යත්දී බෝම්බ කැබැල්ලක් බවට පත්ව තිබුනේය. මෙවන් පශ්චාත් අර්ථ දැක්වීම්ද, එකල සිදුවූ දේශපාලන ප්‍රබලයින් ගේ ඝාතන ජවිපෙ හෝඑල්ටීඊ ගිණුමට බැරවූ හැටිද සමාජයට අසන්නට අමුතු කතා නොවීය. කෙසේ වුද මේ මිනීමරුම් සංස්කෘතිය තුල අසරණ වූයේ සියලු ජන වර්ගයන්ට අයත් නිරායුධ සිවිල් වැසියන්ය.

මුහුණු පොතට අදහසක් පලකල අයෙකු පවසා තිබුනේ රවි ජයවර්ධන, කීනි මීනි සහ මොසාඩ් ආයතනවල පුහුණුව ගැන දැන සිටි නිසා එම ආයතනයන්හි සංග්‍රාමික මූලධර්මයක් වූ සතුරාට තමන් හඳුනා ගැන්මට ඉවහල් වන ආකාරයට තම ඡායාරූප ප්‍රසිද්ධ මාධ්‍යවල පල කිරීමට ඉඩ නොතැබීමේ රීතිය අනුගමනය කලා විය හැකි බවය. බුද්ධිමත් අයෙකුට මෙවන් අදහසක් ගැනීමට කීනි මීනියක් වුවමනා නැත. ප්‍රභාකරන් නවක කැරලිකුවෙකු ලෙස වයස 18 දී තම නිවසින් පලායාමට ප්‍රථම පවුලේ ඡායාරූප ඇල්බමයේ වූ තමා සිටින සියලුම ඡායාරූප විනාශකල බව සඳහන් වෙයි. පසුව පොලිසියට ඔහුව අවශ්‍ය වනවිට ඔවුන් සතුව තිබී ඇත්තේ ප්‍රභාකරන් ගිය පාසලෙන් ලබාගත් අපොස සාමාන්‍ය පෙල හැඳිනුම්පතට භාවිතා කල ඡායාරූපය පමනි. පහලොස් වැනි වියේ පසුවූ ඒ හීන්දෑරි කොලුවාගේ ඡායාරූපය කිසි සේත් ඔහුගේ පරිණත තරුණ වියේ පෙනුම හා නොසැසඳුනෙන් ඔහුව අල්ලා ගැනීම නිශ්ඵල උත්සාහයක් විය. 1972 දී යාපනයෙන් ඔබ්බට නොගිය කොලු ගැටයකු වූ ඔහු කීනි මීනි වැනි ආයතන ගැන දැන සිටියා යැයි සිතන්නට බැරිය. එය හුදෙක් දුර දක්නා නුවණ සහ අධිෂ්ඨානය හා මිශ්‍රව ආ පෙලඹවීමක් විය යුතුය. 

රවි ජයවර්ධන සම්බන්ධව සිතීමේදී ඔහු අනුගමනය කල මෙවන් ක්‍රියාමාර්ග තුල ඔහු කුමන අන්දමේ පුද්ගලයෙකුද යන්න සිතීම ඔබට භාර කරමි. ඔහු තම පියාගේ රජයේ ආරක්ෂක උපදේශක ලෙස ඉටුකල භූමිකාව තුල පියාට එරෙහිව යාමක්ද දක්නට නොවීය. ඔහුට බලය අත්කර ගැනීමේ කෑදර කමක් නම් නොතිබුන බව පැහැදිලිය. වරක් ‘රැජිණ ‘ පුවත්පතේ කෙටියෙන් පලවූ රවිගේ ජීවිත කතාවේදී ඔහු මොරටුව ප්‍රදේශයෙන් ඉඩමක් මිලට ගෙන, මරණයට කැපවූ ගවයන් නිදහස් කර රඳවා තැබූ බවත්, දිනකට දෙවතාවක් තම ජීප් රථයේ තණකොල පටවාගෙන තම බිරිඳ ජෙනී ද සමග නිති පතා එහි ගිය බවත් සඳහන්ව තිබිනි.

ඔටුණ්න භාර නොගැනීම ඔහුගේම ස්වාධීන තීරණයක් විනා ඊට පියාගේ මැදිහත් වීමක් නොවූ බව පැහැදිලිය.

තවත් පිරිසක් රවි හා සසඳමින් සමාජ වෙබ් අඩවි තුල නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ පතුරු ගසති. ඒ නාමල් දේශපාලනයට පිවිසුන නිසාය. රාජපක්ෂගේ තවත් පුතුන් දෙදෙනෙක් දේශපාලනය නොකරන බව මෙන්ම චතුර සේනාරත්න පුතා, දහම් සහ චතුරිකා දුව, දුමින්ද දිසානායක පුතා ඇතුලු තව බොහෝ දූ පුතුන් ඔවුන්ට අමතකය. ඒ අතරම සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස පියාගේ අඩිපාරේ යමින් කිසිදු වංචා දූෂණයකට නොගෑවී සිටින බවද එක තැනක සඳහන් විය. එකල ඒ තාත්තා කල හරියද අපට මතකය. 90 දශකයේ රැකියාවේ අවශ්‍යතාවනට නිතර හම්බන්තොට යන එනවිට ප්‍රදේශවාසීන් පැවසූ නිදන් හෑරීම සහ සජිත් සම්බන්ධ කතාද ඒ මතකය තුල වේ. පසුගිය වසරේ මැයි මාසයේදී සේවයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වූ විශිෂ්ඨ රාජ්‍ය නිළධාරියෙකු වූ වනජීවී අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරල් ආචාර්ය සුමිත් පිලපිටිය පිලිබඳ සිද්ධියේදී ඊට සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස සම්බන්ධය ගැන මොවුන් පවසන්නේ කුමක්ද?

අද සමාජයට සිදුව ඇත්තේ අතීතය ඉතා කෙටි කලකින් අමතක කිරීමය. හොඳ නරක පිලිබඳ කිරා මැන බැලීමේදී මිනිසුන් අතින් බොහෝ වැදගත් දේ ගිලිහී යයි. ඔවුන් දකින හොඳ නරක සියල්ල හුදෙක් පුද්ගලයා මත පදනම් වනවා විනා, එම පුද්ගලයාගේ ක්‍රියා කලාපයේ දීර්ඝ කාලීන ප්‍රතිඵල දෙස බැලීමක් සිදු නොවේ. එසේ බලනවා නම් හුදෙක් මුදල් මත පදනම් වන දෙයක් පමනි. 

පියාගෙන්, මවගෙන් පසු දරුවන් දේශපාලනයට පිවිසීම දකුණු ආසියාතික දේශපාලනයට කිසිසේත්ම අමුත්තක් නොවේ. යහපත් දේශපාලන සංස්කෘතියක් තිබේ නම් ඉන් රටට වැඩක් වනු ඇත. වැදගත් දෙය නම් තම පියා හෝ මව කල දේශපාලනය ගැන මෙන්ම තමා කරන්නට යන දේද, ඒ සඳහා තමා තුල ඇති ශක්‍යතාවයද ගැන දරුවන් තුල නිවැරදි අවබෝධයක් තිබීමය. එසේ නැතිව පාර්ලිමේන්තු ආසනය තම පරවේනි බූදලයක් ලෙස සිතාගෙන සිටියි නම් ඉන් තමාට හෝ රටට වන වැඩක් නොමැත. ඊට උදාහරණ වත්මන් දේශපාලන ලෝකය තුල හිඟයක් නොවේ.

ඒ අවබෝධය රවි තුල පමනක් නොව ඔහුගේ පුතුන් තුලද තිබිනි. විශේෂයෙන් ඔහුගේ මද්දුම පුතු රුක්ෂාන් පරිසරවේදියෙකු ලෙස රටට කරන සේවය, මා කලින් සඳහන් කලාක් මෙන් මුදල් වලින් හොඳ නරක මනින ලෝකය තුල වැඩි දෙනෙකුගේ මිණුම් දඬුවෙන් ගිලිහී යන්නකි. පරිසරය යනු මිහි තලයේ අනාගතයයි. ඒ අනාගතය රකින්නට කැපවූ තැනැත්තා ඔටුණු පලඳින්නට නියම සුදුස්සෙකි. 

කෙසේ වුවද තම සීයා බිහිකල දේශපාලන සංස්කෘතිය ඔස්සේ බිහිවූ මේ මුදල් මත ගොඩනැගුනු, ඒ නිසාම කුණු වී ගිය සමාජය ගොඩ ගන්නට සේනාව රැස් කිරීමට නම් වෙනමම සටනක් දෙන්නට ඔහුට සිදුවනු ඇත. එබැවින් මේ සියල්ල තුල රවි ජයවර්ධය යනු නිහඬ මිනිසෙක් නොවන බව කිව හැක.

Speech by Dr Nalaka Godahewa on the current economic paralysis

April 5th, 2017


This speech was made by Dr Nalaka Godahewa-Former MD-Sri Lanka Insurance/Former Chirman-Sri Lanka Tourism Board/Director-Lanka Hospital-AP

Very good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much for inviting me to share some thoughts at this distinguished gathering. I my self was a Rotarian for about 15 years from 1992  up until 2007 and I was the president of the Rotary club of Colombo Down Town in 2005. Your club member, Mr Nihal Bogalanda was the Rotary Governor then. So obviously we have some thing in common.

When I was invited by your member, Mr Lakshman Fonseka, to speak at your club, he told me that I could pick any topic I am comfortable with. I said, Lakshaman that’s a tough one because I wouldn’t know what exactly your membership likes to hear about” Then he asked whether I could talk about the current economic situation in the country. I said,  “that’s easy” because nowadays there is nothing much to talk about the economy  anyway.

Honestly, I do not consider my self qualified enough to lecture you about the economy. After all, the audience here comprise of many senior corporate executives and businessmen. You know as much as I do about the current status of the economy.

I am sure you already know that the GDP growth rate of the country has come down by about 14% over the last two years.

You already know that rupee has got devalued by about 15% compared to the value two years ago

You already know that foreign direct investments have declined from USD 1.6 bn in 2014 to about USD 450 Milion in 2016. Bloomberg has recently rated us as a high risk country to invest.

You already know that Colombo Stock Exchange is currently the worst performing stock exchange in Asia 

You already know that Debt to GDP ratio has increased from 70.7% in 2014 to about 81% by end of 2016

You already know that despite the promise of the new government to create 1 mn jobs, unemployment has risen from 4.3% to about 4.6% by end of 2016

You already know that foreign reserves are down from USD 8,3 Bn to perhaps less than USD 5 Bn  within the last two years 

Everybody knows that interest rates are going up, savings are down, consumer spending’s are less and the whole economy is in bad shape.

So I don’t have to talk about those things and state the obvious.

Instead, I thought I could add more value by talking a bit about myself and draw from my own experience to explain what are the possible reasons for the current economic turmoil in this country.

I have been privileged to have worked in both the private sector and the public sector.  I have worked for about 18 years in the private sector and about 5 years in the public sector. I got involved in the public sector in 2009 purely by accident. It was some thing never planned.

Some of you may remember that in 2009, as a result of a land mark supreme court judgment the ownership of Sri Lanka Insurance changed hands from its private owner Distilleries Company to the Treasury. Mr Harry Jayewardene was the Chairman of SLIC before that. Immediately after this change of ownership, some labour issues erupted in the company and the government was in a dilemma how to handle the situation. Some one had gone to the president and recommended that government should hire a person with prior experience in the company to arrest the situation.

I happened to be the CEO of Sri Lanka Insurance from 2006 till 2008. I had retired in 2008 at the age of 43 in order to pursue my academic interests. Having completed my PhD in 2007, I was planning to set up my own educational institute.

One day, I got a call from Mr Sumith Abeysinghe then Treasury secretary asking whether I could come and meet the President.  I was asked by President Mahinda Rajapaksa whether I could act as the Competent Authority of Sri Lanka insurance for one month until a formal board is appointed. That was the first time in my life I spoke to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.  I had no connection to any of the Rajapaksas until then.

I accepted the responsibility. I had enough free time at that time since I was on my own.

Perhaps because I did a good job during that one month period as the Competent Authority, I was appointed as the Managing Director of the company when the new board was appointed. I had no special connection to the top nor did I canvass for the job. They just decided on their own.

As Managing Director of SLIC I performed once again. We made substantial gains in the market share and also made some wise investments in the stock market which resulted in huge capital gains.

I met Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa through SLIC. I wanted to turn around our loss making subsidiary Apollo. I invited Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was riding high on a wave of popularity at that time as the defense secretary to be  the new chairman of the hospital. He agreed and we served on the same board for several years. We rebranded the hospital as Lanka hospitals and turned around  a loss making hospital to a profitable one,  a virtually empty hospital to one which is packed to capacity. Obviously Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa identified me as some one with skills. So he appointed me to several other boards under his ministry. That’s how I became a director of the Urban Development Authority.

After the 2010 general election,  I was appointed as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism probably because I had performed well at SLIC as the Managing Director. That is where I met Mr Basil Rajapaksa who was the subject minister. He too recognized my abilities and appointed me to a few other boards such as Sri Lanka Catering and Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board.

Then in 2012,   I was once again given a special assignment by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. I was moved from Tourism to SEC to handle another crisis.  By then the Colombo stock market was crashing for 18 continuous months and two regulators had been removed. I assumed responsibilities as SEC chairman in July 2012 and you know the rest. We not only turned around the market but also won recognition as the most sustainable stock market in Asia.

So contrary to what some people think, I am neither  related to Rajapaksas nor am I a family friend.  I didn’t know anyone of them personally till 2009.  Any mutual respect we have today is totally due to working relationships and not due to any political connections. They were simply good at identifying the skills of people and using them to get results.

Having worked in private sector for 18 years and 5 years in the public sector I have realized how different it is to get things done in the public sector. Though there are 1.4 million state sector employees, there are only a certain percentage of public officers who actually make things happen. The good ones are actually better than some of the best private sector executives.  Every government finds a few of those highly  capable public officers and uses them to deliver results.  Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa also had some very good public officers in his team. They were the ones who kept the economy moving.

When you are an insider, you quickly understand something that the outside world doesn’t know about. That is the power of the public officers.  A minister may appear very powerful but there is nothing he can do if the public officers in his ministry are not co-operating. If the officers do not obey the commands of the minister, then the minister is a dead duck. That is because according to government rules and regulations Minister can’t get anything done on his own. He needs the officers to execute his instructions.

Today, you look around to see that the government machinery has come to a standstill. There are no government-led projects visible. We see only opening ceremonies and signing of MOUs. Investors who come to the country with money to invest are leaving saying that they have been sent from pillar to post with no one taking decisions.  Virtually nothing that was stated in the two election manifestos of the present government has been implemented.  What we are left with is ‘all talk but no action’ government.

Why has this happened ? Have you ever given any thoughts to this?

If you carefully analyze you may notice that the government officers are no longer cooperating with their political masters. They have unleashed a silent protest against the government.

Let me give an example.  Several months ago a company that belongs to a friend of mine won a government tender. Value of the tender was about Rs 80 million, well within the approval limit of the procurement committee.  The chairman of the institute had the power to award the tender to the winning bidder. Having heard that he has won the tender, my friend was waiting for the purchase order. It didn’t come for about a month. Finally he inquired from the CEO of the relevant institute why the tender has not been awarded. He was told that the chairman does not want to sign the paper so it has been sent to the additional secretary of the ministry to sign. There was absolutely no need for a Rs 80 million tender to have ministry approval. Ministry approval is required only for tenders exceeding Rs 150 million.  Additional secretary also kept the document on his table for several weeks and then send it to his boss, the ministry secretary to sign. Secretary kept it for a few more months without signing. Several months later my friend approached the ministry secretary through some contact  to find out what has happened.  He was told that it would be sent  for ministers approval. You will not believe what happened next.  The minister recommended that a paper be submitted to the cabinet for cabinet approval.

Do you see the irony here? This is just a simple operational matter that could have been easily handled with the institute concerned. It is going up to the cabinet because no one wants to take responsibility for a decision.

So my friend has given up all hopes about getting this business. He was joking with me that it will go for parliamentary approval after the cabinet.

Now friends, this is the situation that the present government has created for them selves. By taking more than 2000 public officials to FCID, bribery commission and presidential commission over the last two years they have brought fear into the minds of government officers who are no longer willing to take any initiative. What the leaders of the current government started with a political motive has back fired.  No government can function when government officers take this stance.

Another problem with the present government is that they don’t seem to have a clear plan as to how they should run the country. They had only planned how to defeat the previous regime and gain power.  Probably there was no adequate preparation to run the country thereafter. Now they have to learn on the job. That’s why we see mistake after mistake made by this government.  The budget speech where all most all proposals got amended later was a case in point.

When you don’t plan in advance how to run the country once you come to power you don’t prepare a team for the job either. That is why you don’t see a good team in place to manage the critical functions of the government today. I am not referring to the politicians. I am referring to the officers.  Take for example the three regulators in the financial sector. The Governor of the Central Bank , the Chairman of SEC and the Chairman of the Insurance Board. None of them are fresh faces who have been groomed to take up these tasks. Some are actually discards of the previous government. How desperate government should be to depend on these old hands to regulate the financial industry of this country at a time you need dynamic out of the box thinking.

This is the same story with many other government institutes. Government cannot find good people to run these institutes. Who actually wants to put your neck forward and assume public sector responsibilities any more in the current environment?

The government keeps presenting different policy statements in the parliament. If my memory serves right over the last two years more than 4 different economic policy statements have been presented by the prime minister and the minister of finance . We hear that another policy statement is to be presented soon. That clearly shows that we have brought to power a government, which is trying to learn on the job. Tell me with your own experience in the corporate sector, whether it is possible to manage a company, let alone a country, without preparation in advance.

Lastly I want to explain to you how the government committed hara kiri by challenging its own credibility.

They started this by challenging the information provided by the Central bank. In order to show that 2014 growth was not as high as what the previous administration claimed, the new government changed the base year from which the GDP growth rate is calculated. By doing so they were able to bring down the reported GDP growth rate of 2014 from 7.4% to 4.9%.  Can anyone be stupider than this? You show the world that yours is not a high growth economy and yet expect the foreign investors to get exited about it? On the other hand will foreign investors  trust the information provided by the Sri Lankans when the Government it self challenges the statistics reported by the Central bank ?  So this shortsighted politically motivated behavior did a lot of damage to the credibility of our country.

Then they stopped all ongoing projects in the country including the Ports City. They told the world that they are investigating various corruption issues related to these mega projects.  Once again the government it self was painting a bad image of the country.

For the last 27 months the only thing Sri Lankan government has been talking about is investigating large-scale corruption. No wonder we have slipped further down in the world corruption index in 2015 and 2016. Add to that the entire world now knows about the infamous bond scam where the primary suspect is the governor of the Central Bank him self-not to mention the possible masterminds holding even higher positions in the government. For a foreign investor Sri Lanka looks like one of the most corrupt countries in the world today.

Let me use a simple example to explain this further.

Imagine one Mr Silva gets drunk in the evening. Comes to the road in front of his house and starts shouting like this.

Guys do you know that my wife is sleeping with my naighbour. She is a prostitute. My eldest son is a murderer. He is now in jail. My second son is addicted to drugs. He has robbed many people in this village. My eldest daughter just eloped with the driver. By the way I am looking for a groom for my youngest daughter.  Let me know if there is a nice gentleman who likes to marry my daughter”.

Do you think any one would want to associate with this family, let alone getting married to Mr Silva’s daughter.

Friends, this is exactly the plight we are in today. Our own government has destroyed our credibility as a nation.  That’s why we don’t get any new investments. That’s why existing investors are running away from us.

The mismanagement of the economy is appalling. Firstly the Central Bank bond scam resulted in increase of interest rates. It had a huge impact on the debt payments. Then the recurrent costs of the government went up by about 28% in the first year it self. The government had to borrow more or print money. The rupee started depreciating. Reserves were wasted to control the falling rupee value. Lack of decision making at various levels affected administrative functions. Exports started falling. Money circulation reduced. Consumptions dropped affecting all businesses. Now we have got into a vicious cycle.

On the other hand what’s the point of talking of all these problems? The problems of this country are not due to just one government.  Administration after administration has failed us for the last 69 years since independence. The hate politics have not taken us anywhere. The question is what  we as professionals are going to do about this. Are we going to sit back and just criticize everything that’s happening around us or isn’t it time that we come forward and collectively look for some solutions?

Some of you may have heard of ‘Viyathmaga’, an organization comprising group of academics, professionals and entrepreneurs who want to make some significant contribution in creating a better future for our country.  We believe that as professionals we have a duty to guide the politicians when it comes to the formulation of national policies. Today we do not have a set of national policies that stand above party politics.  That’s why every time a new government comes to power they start reinventing the wheel. The idea of Viyathmaga is to discuss a range of important issues from economics to environment to national security to foreign policy and develop a national policy framework. Of course it will take time to deliberate and finalize these.  But if we can do that in methodical manner then we will be in a position to present them to  all political parties for consideration.  We want to be independent as much as possible in the exercise and stay away from party politics. If we succeed in this effort who ever the next government that come to power will have a clear plan in hand to implement.  So we invite anyone who is interested in this area to join us. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliations are. You may support the SLFP, UNP, JVP or any other party. All that matters is that you also love the country.


April 5th, 2017

Senaka Weeraratna (Chapter Leader, Dharma Voices for Animals, Colombo, Sri Lanka Chapter)

April 05, 2017

Mr. U.R.L. de Silva
President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka
No. 153, Mihindu Mawatha, Colombo 12
CO 01200,

Dear Mr. U.R.L. de Silva

Let me begin by congratulating you on your election last month as the new President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. It represents a fulfillment of a life long career dedicated to the advancement of the Bar Association (BASL). I take this opportunity to wish you continuing success in your new role to elevate the standards of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka in many areas in step with the high standards we find in several other countries.

I am writing to you in my capacity as an Attorney-at – Law and Chapter Leader of the Dharma Voices for Animals (Colombo, Sri Lanka Chapter).

As you are probably aware legislative reform in respect to Animal Welfare in Sri Lanka is slow and sluggish. This appears to be deliberate. Instead of evolving on this front we have regressed. It is a blot on the conscience of our nation and also the legal profession to allow a toothless statute, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, No. 13 of 1907, which imposes as maximum penalty, a fine of Rs. 100 even for the most heinous crime committed on an animal, to remain as the primary legislation on animal protection, on the statute book.

The present laws against animal cruelty (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ord., 1907) are outdated, obsolete, ineffective and poorly enforced. The Animal Welfare Bill originally drafted by the Law Commission (2006) is intended to replace this archaic law. Its provisions provide an effective deterrent, through adequate penalties and punishments for violations of the legislation. But there is no political will among lawmakers to make this happen to the great detriment of the interests of animals. This is a great shame and national embarrassment.

Several countries have elevated the rights of animals to that of constitutional rights to protect their dignity and honour. Unfortunately Sri Lanka again lags behind on this score despite having a splendid pre-colonial history of a heightened animal friendly cultural heritage.

As a modern day legal profession we must proceed to recognize that animals by and large experience suffering and pleasure in a way that is not biologically distinguishable from that of humans; that discrimination and ill treatment of animals on an arbitrary basis of difference —like species—is a violation of equity, natural justice and the rule of law.

Therefore, I would like to propose that the Bar Association of Sri Lanka:

1) establish as a first step an Animal Law Committee charged with a mission to address all issues concerning the intersection of animals and the law to create a paradigm shift resulting in a just world for all living beings. The status of animals in our legal system and in our society must get mainstream public attention such that the Rule of Law extends to not only humans but animals as well, ideally speaking,

2) Oversee and take a pro active interest in animal welfare issues e.g. due process protection, fair compensation when an animal is destroyed or injured, standards of care and accountability for animals deployed in industry and agriculture, phasing out of animal prisons (deceptively called Zoos) within a short period, giving expanding definitions to the notions of what constitutes ‘cruelty to animals’ and ensuring that the interests of wild animals e.g. wild elephants, are taken best care of in contexts of competing interests of wild animals and human beings for dwindling resources, are some of the challenges that lie ahead for both the legal profession and animal lovers. Current laws limit the legal options available to those who are seeking to protect captive animals, stray animals and wildlife. This must be changed.

3) As the new President of the Bar Association you must accept the challenge to lobby the Govt. of Sri Lanka together with animal rights activists, to enact the Animal Welfare Bill without any further delay as the first step towards securing the legislative protection of animals.

You must encourage young lawyers in particular to give their time and effort for animal advocacy work both within and outside the courtroom. BASL must strive to make sure that animals have adequate legal representation and advocacy where it matters.

These endeavours may sound far fetched and absurd but if one were to look closely at the Animal Rights scene in USA and many other western countries, you will see that these practices are well entrenched in those legal cultures.

Sri Lanka must strive not only for economic advancement but also accept the moral challenge to be in step with legislative reform rapidly taking place in the developed world to bring animals within the fold of sentient beings worthy of extending respect and dignity, and legal and constitutional protection.

As far as possible equity demands that we bring animals within the ambit of Justice and Rule of Law.

We must not leave this burden to the next generation(s) of lawyers.

Thank you

Yours sincerely

Senaka Weeraratna
(Chapter Leader, Dharma Voices for Animals, Colombo, Sri Lanka Chapter)

රුපියල් මිලියන 460 වංචාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් ප්රවාහන අමාත්යාංශය නිහඬයි

April 5th, 2017

All Ceylon Railway Employees’ General Union 

අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා,
ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය,
කොළඹ 01.

රුපියල් මිලියන  460 වංචාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් රවාහන අමාත්යාංශය  නිහඬයි

දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට අයත් වෛයිස්රෝයි විශේෂ සුඛෝපභෝගි දුම්රිය හා රාජධානි එක්ස්ප‍්‍රස්  හා එක්ස්පෝ ලංකා විශේෂ දුම්රිය මැදිරි ධාවනයෙන් දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට රුපියල් මිලියන 460 කට අධික මූල්‍යමය අලාභයක් සිදුවී ඇති බව, සිදුකරන ලද විගණන පරීක්‍ෂණයක් මගින් හෙළි වී තිබිය දීත්, එ් පිළිබඳව ගතයුතු නිසි කි‍්‍රයාමාර්ගයක් නොගෙන ප‍්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යාංශය නිහඬ පිළිවෙතක් අනුගමනය කිරීමෙන් ප‍්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍යවරයා හා අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම් වරයා අනිසි ආකාරයකින් හෝ මෙම වංචාසහගත මූල්‍ය ගනුදෙනුවට සම්බන්ධ වී ඇද්දැයි සැකයක් පවතින බව ඒ පිළිබඳව සොයා බැලිය යුතු බව අවධාරණය කර සිටිමු.

වෛස්රෝයි විශේෂ  සුඛෝපභෝගි දුම්රිය ධාවනය කිරීම  සඳහා JF ටුවර්ස් ඇන්ඞ් ට‍්‍රැවල්ස් ලංකා පෞද්ගලීක සමාගම සමග කොන්ත‍්‍රාත් ගිවිසුමක් අත්සන් කර  ඇති අතර, ගිවිසුම් ප‍්‍රකාරව කටයුතු නොකිරීම  නිසා එම සමාගම රුපියල් 26109195/= ක (දෙකෝටි හැටඑක් ලක්‍ෂ නවදහස් එකසිය අනූපහක්)  මුදලක්  දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට ගෙවිය යුතු  අතර, ඒ එ් කාල වකවානු වල මෙම මුදල් අයකර ගැනීමට දුම්රිය බලධාරීන් කටයුතු කර නොමැති බව ද විගණන වාර්තාවෙන් හෙළිවේ.

එමෙන්ම එක්ස්පෝ ලංකා (Expo Lanka)  විශේෂ දුම්රිය මැදිරිය ධාවනය කරවීම සඳහා එක්ස්පො කොන්සොලිඬේටර්ස්  සමාගම සමගත්, රාජධානි එක්ස්ප‍්‍රස් ( Rajadhani Express) විශේෂ දුම්රිය මැදිරිය ධාවනය කරවීම සඳහා බ්ලූ ලයින් එක්ස්ප‍්‍රස් සමාගම සමගත් 2011 වර්ෂයේ සිට ගිවිසුම් ගත වී තිබුණි.  එම ගිවිසුම් ප‍්‍රකාරව කටයුතු නොකිරීම නිසා එම සමාගම් දෙකෙන්  දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට අයවිය  යුතු මුදල රුපියල් 439950610/= (හතලිස් තුන් කෝටි අනූනව ලක්‍ෂ පනස් දහස් හයසිය දහයයි* බව විගණකාධිපති වාර්තාවෙන් පෙන්වා දී ඇත.

ඊට අමතරව වෛස්රෝයි – 2  yd  T-1 නමින් හඳුන්වා දී ඇති විශේෂ දුම්රිය මැදිරි ධාවනයෙන් සිදුවී ඇති අලාභය ද තවත් විගණන වාර්තාවෙක් මගින් පෙන්වා දී ඇති අතර, දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරි BAP ආරියරත්න මහතා මෙම සියළු ගනුදෙනු සම්බන්ධයෙන් එක එල්ලේ ම වගකිව යුතු බව ද විගණකාධිපති විසින් පෙන්වා දී ඇත.

විගණකාධිපතිගේ එම වාර්තා මගින් බැලූ බැල්මට දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරි වරයා වග කිවයුතු බව පැහැදිලිව සඳහන් කර තිබියදීත්, එම විගණන වාර්තා පදනම් කරගෙන මූලික විමර්ශණයකින් තොරව, ගතහැකි විනය පියවර ප‍්‍රවාහන අමාත්‍ය වරයා හෝ ලේකම් වරයා විසින් තවමත් ගෙන නැත. දුම්රිය සාමාන්‍යාධිකාරි වරයා අතුළු ඊට වගකිවයුතු නිලධාරීන් තවමත් එම තනතුරුවල හිඳිමින් පරීක්‍ෂණවලට අවශ්‍ය මූලික සාක්‍ෂි අස්ථාන ගත කරමින් හා විකෘති කරමින් සිටින බවද දැනගැනීමට ඇත.
හොරකම, වංචාව, දූෂණය හා නාස්තිය පිටුදැක වඩා හොඳ සමාජයක් ගොඩනැගීම සඳහා ඔබතුමා එක එල්ලේම මැදිහත් වන බව පසුගියදා පැවති ශි‍්‍ර ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂ තරුණ සමුළුවේ දී ප‍්‍රකාශකර ඇති තත්වයක් තුල, අතට අසුවී ඇති වංචා කළ නිලධාරීන් තව දුරටත් එම තනතුරුවලම තබාගෙන එම කාර්ය සිදුකළ හැකි ද යන්න ගැටළුවකි. මෙවැනි නිලධාරීන් රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ සිටීම රාජ්‍ය සේවයටත්, රාජ්‍ය සේවයේ විනය පරිපාටියටත් බරපතල ප‍්‍රශ්නයක් බව පෙන්වා දෙන අතර, ආයතන සංග‍්‍රහයේ XLVIII පරිචිජේදයේ 29 වන ජේදයේ අනුව කටයුතු කර, බරපතල අපරාධ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වන ජනාධිපති විමර්ශන කොමිසම මගින් වහාම පරීක්‍ෂණයක් පවත්වා නිසි විනය පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. අප මෙය වාර්තා කරන්නේ කිසිවෙකු සමග පෞද්ගලීක අමනාපයෙන් හෝ ද්වේශයෙන් නිසා නොව දුම්රිය දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට සිදුවන හානිය වැලැක්වීම සඳහා වන බව ද වැඩි දුරටත් දන්වා සිටිමු.


මෙයට විශ්වාසි,

එස්. පී. විතානගේ
සම කැඳවුම්කරු

සම්බන්ධීකරනය  – 0714953060

MINISTER’S CHILDREN TRAVELLING BY BUS TO SCHOOL-   විශ්‍රාම ගිය මාතලේ දිසාපති බස්‌ එකේම ගෙදර යයි

April 5th, 2017

Dr Sarath Obeysekera 

I read above news with amazement .I am sure that these People may be observing Attasil” and not breaking the oath taken by them. Content of the new items is unbelievable. I am sure that GA and the Minister have received duty free import facility to bring down a car for personal use .Even though the minister and the GA is not using his personal car at least to go home after leaving the job ,I am sure that they should have been using the official car for personal use during their time of service .

I wonder his peon who may be using his closeness to the GA is travelling by a three wheeler or even own three wheeler !!

I cannot believe that any minister or a higher up in the state will ever use public transport to send children to school, or he will go home by bus.

I have also seen public officers and politicians attending inquiries at CIABOS and Bribery Commission attending  in very expensive cars  with body guards. One wonders how a Ministry Secretary or a minister who would have come from humble beginning ( there was one minister who had only a push bicycle ) comes in such expensive cars .I am not sure that the salaries paid to them  .would have been enough to pay for such an expensive car.

We have politicians who are obnoxious with power and state officials who never work diligently for the people, and yet they make such statements thinking the ordinary people are somewhat stupid and dumb .

Dr Sarath Obeysekera 

Launching of ‘Girl’s Change the World’ Campaign

April 5th, 2017

Foundation for Innovative Social Development 

Foundation for Innovative Social Development (FISD) is launching the ‘Girl’s Change the World’ Campaign on April 7th 2017 at the Western Province Cultural Centre Auditorium, Colombo 07 from 3.00-5.00pm.

The campaign launch is aimed at kick starting a workshop series led by girls to reduce the glamour and attractiveness associated with alcohol.

The event will comprise of dramas, video films and seek to nominate 10 popular personalities as ambassadors for the campaign.

The initiative is designed at empowering girls to become change makers in their society and empower them to create an environment where alcohol abuse is not tolerated.

FISD is a national nongovernmental organization in Sri Lanka working towards the uplifting of living standards of local communities. We enlist civil society participation and social mobilization in order to enhance the status of women, to build a healthy environment for children, and to create a society free from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.

Please refer to the attachment below. We invite you to visit our Event Facebook Page as well as our Organization Facebook and Website as listed below:

We warmly invite your esteemed media institution to join us in the launch of this campaign.

Please contact me for any further information at or via mobile on 0714240239

Thanking you,


Upul Kariyawasam

Alcohol and Drugs Development Unit

Senior Program Officer

Foundation for Innovative Social Development

Two Hundred Verses about Compassionate Living in the Quran

April 5th, 2017

By A. Abdul Aziz. Source: The Muslim Times.

 The Quran stresses that righteousness is not in precise observance of the rituals but in acts of compassion and kindness.  It says that the litmus test for true belief and genuine worship is that it leads to compassionate living:

1.      It is not righteousness that you turn your faces to the East or the West, but truly righteous is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Book and the Prophets, and spends his money for love of Him, on the kindred and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and those who ask for charity, and for ransoming the captives; and who observes Prayer and pays the Zakat; and those who fulfill their promise when they have made one, and the patient in poverty and afflictions and the steadfast in time of war; it is these who have proved truthful and it is these who are the God-fearing.  (Al Quran 2:178)

Every Friday in the second part of the sermon, Muslims all over the world hear a verse, which stresses, justice, kindness and natural mutual love as among the closest blood relatives:

2.      Indeed, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed. (Al Quran 16:91)

Allah says that to be godly is to be compassionate.  He makes His relationship or His Providence to the common man, conditional to common human compassion, by claiming that those, who wish to find Him, will succeed only if they are kind and compassionate to the common people:

3.      And as for those who strive in Our path — We will surely guide them in Our ways. And Indeed, Allah is with those who are of service to others. (Al Quran 29:70) 

4.      Indeed, Allah is with those who are righteous and those who do good.  (Al Quran 16:129)

Allah says that we should be the first and take initiative to do good to others, but, if others have been kind to us, in the first place, we have no choice, but to return the favor:

5.      The reward of goodness is nothing but goodness. (Al Quran 55:61) 

In one of the verses, which is recited at the time of marriage ceremony, Allah links the responsibility owed to Him to kind treatment of the in-laws relationships:

6.      O ye people! fear your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and created there from its mate, and from them twain spread many men and women; and fear Allah, in Whose name you appeal to one another, and be mindful of your duty to Allah, particularly respecting ties of relationship. Verily, Allah watches over you.  (Al Quran 4:2) 

In the very beginning of every chapter or Sura of the Holy Quran, except one, we read, In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.”

Allah is not only the Gracious and the Merciful, but, also wants humanity to be gracious and merciful, to each other, in their spheres and this can be inferred from many verses of the Holy Quran.

As this verse is in the beginning of 113 chapters, except for Sura Taubah and in the middle of one Sura, it really sky rockets my count of verses here.

7.      120.  In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful. 

Let me make a suggestion here, now, that we have 120 instructions from the All Knowing God, to be kind, merciful and compassionate.

Anyone, who has conscious or unconscious desire to benefit from political Islam, should first try this repeated teaching of being compassionate for a few decades.  May be it will assuage his or her political ambition and bring him or her to true teachings of Islam.

The Holy Quran suggests compassion and kindness to be a recipe to turn ones enemies into bosom friends:

121-122. And good and evil are not alike. Repel evil with that which is best. And lo, he between whom and thyself was enmity will become as though he were a warm friend.  But none is granted it save those who are steadfast; and none is granted it save those who possess a large share of good. (Al Quran 41:35-36)

Now, I am going to catalog all occurrences of the word Mohsin,” in Arabic, in the Quran, in singular or plural form, as it means, one who does good and is of service to others.  Two of these occurrences have already been counted above and I will not repeat those here:

123.  It shall be no sin for you if you divorce women while you have not touched them, nor settled for them a dowry. But provide for them — the rich man according to his means and the poor man according to his means — a provision in a becoming manner, an obligation upon the virtuous.  (Al Quran 2:237)

124.  Those who spend in prosperity and adversity, and those who suppress anger and pardon men; and Allah loves those who do good.  (Al Quran 3:135) 

125.  So Allah gave them the reward of this world, as also an excellent reward of the next; and Allah loves those who do good.   (Al Quran 3:149)

126.  And who is better in faith than he who submits himself to Allah, and he is a doer of good, and follows the religion of Abraham, the upright? And Allah took Abraham for a special friend.   (Al Quran 4:126)

127. So, because of their breaking their covenant, We have cursed them, and have hardened their hearts. They pervert the words from their proper places and have forgotten a good part of that with which they were exhorted. And thou wilt not cease to discover treachery on their part, except in a few of them. So pardon them and turn away from them. Surely, Allah loves those who do good.  (Al Quran 5:14)

128.  So Allah rewarded them, for what they said, with Gardens beneath which streams flow. Therein shall they abide; and that is the reward of those who do good.  (Al Quran 5:86)

129.  On those who believe and do good works there shall be no sin for what they eat, provided they fear God and believe and do good works, and again fear God and believe, yet again fear God and do good. And Allah loves those who do good.  (Al Quran 5:94)

130.  And We gave him Isaac and Jacob; each did We guide aright, and Noah did We guide aright aforetime, and of his progeny, David and Solomon and Job and Joseph and Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward those who do good.  (Al Quran 6:85) 

131.  And remember the time when We said: Enter this village and eat therefrom — wherever you will — plentifully; and enter the gate submissively and say: ‘God! forgive us our sins.’ We shall forgive you your sins and We shall give increase to those who do good.  (Al Quran 2:59) 

132.  And create not disorder in the earth after it has been set in order, and call upon Him in fear and hope. Surely, the mercy of Allah is nigh unto those who do good.   (Al Quran 7:57)

133.  And when it was said to them, Dwell in this town and eat therefrom wherever you will, and say, ‘God! lighten our burden,’ and enter the gate in humility, We shall forgive you your sins, and surely We shall give increase to those who do good.”  (Al Quran 7:162)

134.  No blame lies on the weak, nor on the sick, nor on those who find naught to spend, if they are sincere to Allah and His Messenger. There is no cause of reproach against those who do good deeds; and Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.  (Al Quran 9:91)

135.  It was not proper for the people of Medina and those around them from among the Arabs of the desert that they should have remained behind the Messenger of Allah or that they should have preferred their own lives to his. That is because there distresses them neither thirst nor fatigue nor hunger in the way of Allah, nor do they tread a track which enrages the disbelievers, nor do they cause an enemy any injury whatsoever, but there is written down for them a good work on account of it. Surely, Allah suffers not the reward of those who do good to be lost.  (Al Quran 9:120)

136.  And be thou steadfast; for surely, Allah suffers not the reward of the righteous to perish.  (Al Quran 11:116)

137.  And when he attained his age of full strength, We granted him judgment and knowledge. And thus do We reward the doers of good.  (Al Quran 12:23)

138.  And with him there entered the prison two young men. One of them said, ‘I saw myself in a dream pressing wine.’ And the other said, ‘I saw myself in a dream carrying upon my head bread of which the birds are eating. Inform us of the interpretation thereof; for we see thee to be of the righteous.’  (Al Quran 12:37) 

139.  And thus did We establish Joseph in the land. He dwelt therein wherever he pleased. We bestow Our mercy on whomsoever We please, and We suffer not the reward of the righteous to perish.  (Al Quran 12:57) 

140.  They said, ‘O exalted one, he has a very aged father, so take one of us in his stead; for we see thee to be of those who do good.’  (Al Quran 12:79) 

141.  They replied, ‘Art thou Joseph?’ He said, ‘Yes, I am Joseph and this is my brother. Allah has indeed been gracious to us. Verily, whoso is righteous and is steadfast — Allah will never suffer the reward of the good to be lost.’  (Al Quran 12:91)

142. Their flesh reaches not Allah, nor does their blood, but it is your righteousness that reaches Him. Thus has He subjected them to you, that you may glorify Allah for His guiding you. And give glad tidings to those who do good.  (Al Quran 22:38) 

143. And when he reached his age of full strength and attained maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge; and thus do We reward those who do good.  (Al Quran 28:15)

144. A guidance and a mercy for those who do good.  (Al Quran 31:4)

145.  And he who submits himself completely to Allah, and is a doer of good, he has surely grasped a strong handle. And with Allah rests the end of all affairs.  (Al Quran 31:23)

146.  ‘But if you desire Allah and His Messenger and the Home of the Hereafter, then truly Allah has prepared for those of you who do good a great reward.’  (Al Quran 33:30)

147.  Thus indeed do We reward those who do good.  (Al Quran 37:81)

148. ‘Thou hast indeed fulfilled the dream.’ Thus indeed do We reward those who do good.  (Al Quran 37:106)

149. Thus do We reward those who do good.  (Al Quran 37:111)

150. And We bestowed blessings on him and Isaac. And among their progeny are some who do good and others who clearly wrong themselves.  (Al Quran 37:114) 

151. Thus indeed do We reward those who do good.  (Al Quran 37:122)

152. Thus indeed do We reward those who do good.  (Al Quran 37:132) 

153. They will have with their Lord whatever they desire; that is the reward of those who do good.  (Al Quran 39:35)

154. Or lest it should say, when it sees the punishment, ‘Would that there were for me a return to the world, I would then be among those who do good!’”  (Al Quran 39:59)

155. And before it there was the Book of Moses, a guide and a mercy; and this is a Book in the Arabic language fulfilling previous prophecies, that it may warn those who do wrong; and as glad tidings to those who do good.  (Al Quran 46:13) 

156. Receiving what their Lord will give them; for they used to do good before that.  (Al Quran 51:17)

157. Thus surely do We reward those who do good.  (Al Quran 77:45)

158.  Nay, whoever submits himself completely to Allah, and is the doer of good, shall have his reward with his Lord. No fear shall come upon such, neither shall they grieve.  (Al Quran 2:113) 

159.  And spend for the cause of Allah, and cast not yourselves into ruin with your own hands, and do good; surely, Allah loves those who do good.  (Al Quran 2:196) 

When it comes to the specifics, as to who is most deserving of our compassion and kindness, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, advised in favor of the mothers.  There is a popular Hadith that almost every Muslim knows.  A companion of the Prophet asked him, Who is most deserving of my good treatment?”  Your mother,” said the Prophet.  Companion asked and then after her?  Your mother,” repeated the Prophet.  It was only on the fourth query that the Prophet said, Your father.”

Those who accuse Islam of gender inequality have perhaps not heard of this Hadith (sayings of Holy Prophet of Islam).

Let me, now, tabulate a few verses about the parents:

160. And remember the time when We took a covenant from the children of Israel: ‘You shall worship nothing but Allah and show kindness to parents and to kindred and orphans and the poor, and speak to men kindly and observe Prayer, and pay the Zakat;’ then you turned away in aversion, except a few of you.  (Al Quran 2:84) 

161. They ask thee what they shall spend. Say: ‘Whatever of good and abundant wealth you spend should be for parents and near relatives and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatever good you do, surely Allah knows it well.’  (Al Quran 2:216)

162. And worship Allah and associate naught with Him, and show kindness to parents, and to kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and to the neighbor that is a kinsman and the neighbor that is a stranger, and the companion by your side, and the wayfarer, and those whom your right hands possess. Surely, Allah loves not the proud and the boastful.  (Al Quran 4:37)

163. Say, ‘Come, I will rehearse to you what your Lord has forbidden: that you associate not anything as partner with Him and that you do good to parents, and that you kill not your children for fear of poverty — it is We Who provide for you and for them — and that you approach not foul deeds, whether open or secret; and that you kill not the life which Allah has made sacred, save by right. That is what He has enjoined upon you, that you may understand.   (Al Quran 6:152) 

‘164. Our Lord, grant forgiveness to me and to my parents and to the believers on the day when the reckoning will take place.’  (Al Quran 14:42) 

165. Thy Lord has commanded, Worship none but Him, and show kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age with thee, never say unto them any word expressive of disgust nor reproach them, but address them with excellent speech.  (Al Quran 17:24) 

166. And We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; but if they strive to make thee associate that with Me of which thou hast no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto Me is your return, and I shall inform you of what you did.  (Al Quran 29:9)

167. And We have enjoined on man concerning his parents — his mother bears him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning takes two years — ‘Give thanks to Me and to thy parents. Unto Me is the final return.  (Al Quran 31:15) 

168. And We have enjoined on man to be good to his parents. His mother bears him with pain, and brings him forth with pain. And the bearing of him and his weaning takes thirty months, till, when he attains his full maturity and reaches the age of forty years, he says, ‘My Lord, grant me the power that I may be grateful for Thy favour which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do such good works as may please Thee. And make my seed righteous for me. I do turn to Thee; and, truly, I am of those who submit to Thee.’  (Al Quran 46:16) 

There are additional verses about the parents in the Holy Quran, but, as I am feeling more comfortable about my target of 200, I am going to leave those and talk about the teachings about spouses:

169.  It is made lawful for you to go in unto your wives on the night of the fast. They are a garment for you, and you are a garment for them.  (Al Quran 2:188) 

170.  Consort with them in kindness; and if you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a thing wherein Allah has placed much good.  (Al Quran 4:20)

What does the Quran says about the weakest in our society, the orphans?  Here, are a few vereses:

171. And they ask thee concerning the orphans. Say: ‘Promotion of their welfare is an act of great goodness. And if you intermix with them, they are your brethren. And Allah knows the mischief-maker from the reformer. And if Allah had so willed, He would have put you to hardship. Surely, Allah is Mighty, Wise.’    (Al Quran 2:21)

172. And if you fear that you will not be fair in dealing with the orphans, then marry of women as may be agreeable to you, two, or three, or four; and if you fear you will not deal justly, then marry only one or what your right hands possess. That is the nearest way for you to avoid injustice.  (Al Quran 4:4)

173. And when other relations and orphans and the poor are present at the division of heritage, give them something therefrom and speak to them words of kindness.   (Al Quran 4:9)

174. And they seek of thee the decision of the Law with regard to women. Say, Allah gives you His decision regarding them. And so does that which is recited to you in the Book concerning the orphan girls whom you give not what is prescribed for them and whom you desire to marry, and concerning the weak among children. And He enjoins you to observe equity towards the orphans. And whatever good you do, surely Allah knows it well.  (Al Quran 4:128)

175. So the orphan, oppress not.  (Al Quran 93:10)

The Holy Quran advises us to be compassionate to anyone who asks for our favor:

176.  And him who seeks thy help, chide not.   (Al Quran 93:11)

Continuing with verses about kindness and compassion in general:

177. Those who believe and do good deeds — the Gracious God will create love in their hearts.  (Al Quran 19:97)

One of the attributes of Allah is ‘The Merciful,’ Arabic word رحيم (Raheem) and the believers are required to emulate the attributes of Allah in their limited spheres.  I just searched the word رحيم  in Arabic search for the Quran in Alislam website and found that it occurs at least 227 times, including the first verse of each of the chapters of the Holy Quran, except for one.   As we highlighted before, there are 114 mentions of In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful,” in the Quran, which we have already counted.

This gives me 113 additional mentions for being kind and merciful:  177 + 113 = 290.

I saved one of the most important verses in this regards, for the very end, And We (Allah) have sent thee (Muhammad) not but as a mercy for all peoples.”  (Al Quran 21:108)

Now our count here is 291.

Sri Lanka seeks to reduce China’s stake

April 5th, 2017

Sri Lanka’s government is seeking to reduce China Merchant Port Holdings’ stake in a strategic port project by up to a quarter as part of a renegotiation aimed at addressing public and political opposition to the deal, Reuters has reported.

China Merchants Port Holdings had been expected to pay $1.12bn for a 99-year lease on an 80% stake in Sri Lanka’s southern Hambantota port, after signing an agreement in December. However, the deal has been delayed by legal and political obstacles on the development of a nearby 15,000-acre industrial zone.

In a draft agreement seen by Reuters, the Chinese firm would still hold a majority in the port, but would agree to divest up to a 20 per cent stake to a Sri Lankan company after ten years.

The Chinese firm has been informed of the stake reduction, but is yet to make a public announcement about the new agreement.

Meanwhile, Ranga Kalansooriya, head of the government’s information department, told Reuters: There were some concerns about ownership. We were able to negotiate with the Chinese company successfully. The Chinese firm said they want the controlling share, even if it was 51 percent.”

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Shashi Tharoor flags India’s concerns over Chinese presence in Sri Lanka

April 5th, 2017

Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu

The former Union Minister was speaking at the launch of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political biography, authored by Dinesh Weerakody, in Colombo.

Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor flagged India’s concerns over China’s presence in Sri Lanka, pointing to military intervention in the guise of trade” even in the earlier avatar of China’s Silk Road initiative.

He was speaking at the launch of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political biography, authored by Dinesh Weerakody, in Colombo on Tuesday.

Referring to Chinese admiral Zheng He’s explorations in 15th century, Mr. Tharoor said, they were not just initiatives to promote trade, but also direct military intervention under the pretext of ushering in a harmonious world order under China’s emperor.”

Some in India wondered whether China’s interest in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) undermines India’s own historical links and cultural networks built over generations and centuries, said the former Minister of State for External Affairs, echoing South Block’s apparent preoccupation with Beijing’s growing presence in the region.

Batting for Indian private sector firms seeking to enter the Sri Lankan market, Mr. Tharoor said, many of them voiced concern over the extraordinary stringency” of Sri Lanka’s Environment Impact Assessment regulations, as applied to Indian firms. Some of the Indian executives say with feeling that Chinese companies don’t face as many environmental hurdles as Indian companies do,” he said.

India is keen that the island nation reaches a political settlement keeping in line with values enshrined in the Sri Lankan Constitution and India’s Constitution which, the former U.N. Under-Secretary General said, was drafted by people who too in their time grappled with blood, violence and mass displacement at the time of partition.”

Assuring India in his response, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, We see a lot of opportunities in the region, the wealth of which helped the West in the past. It is now time for us to ensure we can rebuild the Indian Ocean and strengthen ourselves. There is much more scope for us to work together with India.”

Reinstating his commitment to the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) that India and Sri Lanka are likely sign later this year, the Prime Minister said the countries of the Bay of Bengal, along with the five southern States of India, and Sri Lanka could focus on an economy larger than a trillion dollars in value.

India rushes ships to douse fire on vessel off Colombo coast

April 5th, 2017

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Navy with assistance from India are battling a major fire on board a huge Panama- registered container carrier off the coast of Colombo.

The fire broke out last night on the merchant ship MV MSC-Daniela, when the 14,000-container carrier was about 120 nautical miles away from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Naval spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge said the Navy responded to a distress call by a local agent of the container vessel, which was travelling from Singapo ..

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ජනපති නියෝගය අගමැති වෙනස් කරයි

April 5th, 2017

සපුමල් ජයසේන උපුටාගැණීම  මව්බිම

පෞද්ගලික ආයතන මඟින් සිදුකරනු ලබන ප්‍රචාරක කටයුතු සහ සන්දර්ශන සඳහා ජාතික කෞතුකාගාර පරිශ්‍රය ලබා නොදෙන ලෙස ජනාධිපතිවරයා කර ඇති නියෝගයට එරෙහිව යමින් කෞතුකාගාරයේ සන්දර්ශනවලට අවසර ලබාදෙන ලෙස අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා උපදෙස් ලබාදී තිබේ.
රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන හා පෞද්ගලික අංශය සඳහා කෞතුකාගාර පරිශ්‍රයේ ප්‍රචාරක කටයුතු සහ සන්දර්ශනවලට අවසර ලබාදීම සඳහා ක්‍රමවේදයක් සකස් කරන ලෙස අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා අදාළ අංශ වෙත ලිඛිත දැනුම්දීමක් කර ඇත.

එමෙන්ම එම ක්‍රමවේදය සැකසීම පිණිස කමිටුවක් පත්කර ඇති අතර එයට අභ්‍යන්තර කටයුතු, වයඹ සංවර්ධන හා සංස්කෘතික අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්, ජාතික කෞතුකාගාර දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ සහ අගමැතිවරයා විසින් නම් කරන ලද අයකුගෙන් සමන්විත කමිටුවක් පත්කර තිබේ.
මේ කමිටුව පත්කර ඇතත් මේ වනතුරු එම ක්‍රමවේදයන් සකසා අවසන් කොට නැතැයි සංස්කෘතික අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ජේ‍යෂ්ඨ ප්‍රකාශකයෙක් “මව්බිම”ට ඊයේ (04දා) පැවැසීය.

මේ සම්බන්ධව විමසීමට ජාතික කෞතුකාගාර දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා තනූජා කස්තුරිආරච්චි මහත්මිය සම්බන්ධ කර ගැනීමට අප දැරූ සියලු උත්සාහයන් ව්‍යර්ථ විය.

Politics of corruption

April 5th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island

Speculation is rife in political circles that the internal crisis of the government will come to a head if President Maithripala Sirisena attempts a Cabinet reshuffle without the UNP’s concurrence. The SLFP faction of the government is pressing for drastic changes in the Cabinet. Government leaders are busy papering over the cracks in a bid to prevent the morale of its supporters sagging.

Even the shadow of a doomed marriage is crooked, as a popular local saying goes. The same is true of the political marriage of convenience between the UNP and the SLFP. One may wonder whether theirs is a same sex marriage as there have been no signs of the yahapalana baby being conceived.

The government is suffering from what may be called the political autoimmune disease; it is destroying itself. The UNP and SLFP factions are at war and what keeps them together is the gnawing fear of the Rajapaksas making a comeback with a vengeance. The UNP is craftily capitalising on the SLFP’s fear of its dissidents to achieve its objectives.

Time was when parents used to scare little fussy eaters into consuming food by threatening to hand them over to goni billa (imaginary child abductor carrying a sack). This trick worked and terrified children allowed food to be shoved down their unwilling throats. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is using Mahinda as a goni billa to ram various things down the throats of the SLFPers loyal to President Sirisena.

According to an inspired leak from the PM’s office, Ranil has ordered that the Joint Opposition be provided with all necessary facilities for its upcoming May Day rally to be held at the Galle Face Green. He is aiming at killing two birds with one stone. If the JO succeeds in holding a mammoth rally, the UNP will gain the credit for having acted very democratically and, above all, President Sirisena will get a scare and become more dependent on the UNP to keep Mahinda at bay. If the JO rally becomes a flop, its leaders won’t be able to pin the blame on the UNP; they will have to fault the SLFP.

There has been an inordinate delay in prosecuting some of the JO members much to the annoyance of anti-corruption activists though incriminating evidence against them is said to be available. The JO is not vocal in condemning the UNP’s corruption and has let up on the PM to all intents and purposes. It can easily mobilise people and stage street protests against the bond scams, which have, according to the Central Bank professionals, caused a loss of about Rs. 10 billion to the EPF alone. But, the JO worthies have chosen to act with restraint. Their reluctance to launch a frontal attack against the UNP is due to two reasons. They themselves have a history of stealing public funds and abusing power and, therefore, are wary of provoking the UNP into going the whole hog to make them pay for their not-so-past sins. On the other hand, their real enemy is President Sirisena and not the UNP, which they apparently do not want to weaken at this juncture as its loss will be Sirisena’s gain. The UNP is not going hell for leather to haul up the JO members before courts because they are a countervailing force against the Sirisena faction of the SLFP; they inflict more damage on the SLFP than the UNP.

Not to be outdone, President Sirisena has sought to have the whip hand in the government by driving the UNP into a corner with the help of the ongoing bond scam probe. Whether the UNP will fight back while facilitating the JO’s offensive against the Sirisena faction of the SLFP or swallow its pride and agree to extend the yahapalana connubiality beyond 2020 on President Sirisena’s terms remains to be seen.

The anti-corruption drives of cantankerous Sri Lankan politicians are like the much-feared nukes in the arsenals of the world powers, which never use them against one another for fear of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). So, it is only wishful thinking that anyone will be punished for corruption under either the current regime or a future government. The irate public will have to settle for entertainment provided by political dog and pony shows.

Bond Scams: Legal action depends on probe results, Wijayadasa tells Parliament

April 5th, 2017

By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island

It was on the basis of the findings of the CID and Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigations into the alleged bond scams that the government would have to decide whether to institute against Perpetual Treasuries, Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe told Parliament yesterday.

Minister Rajapakshe said so in response to a question raised by UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who demanded to know whether the minister was aware that the COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) had revealed that there had been irregularities in the purchase of treasury bonds by the Perpetual Treasuries and whether the CID had carried out an investigation into the incident in 2015.

The Minister said that the CID had informed the Attorney General’s Department that it had not conducted an inquiry in 2015 into the issuance of treasury bonds in 2015. However, based on the instructions given by the Attorney General on 10.01.2017 in respect of a written complaint lodged with the IGP on 15.11.2016 regarding the issuance of treasury bonds by the Central Bank, the CID had commenced an investigation which was now in progress.

UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena, raising a supplementary question, demanded to know whether the government could give an exact timeframe for taking legal action, the minister said that the decision on the legal action would be taken only after receiving the reports of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry and findings of the CID investigation.

Now,  Amnesty International (AI) says credible investigation needed to ascertain numbers of Alleged killings and disappearances during war

April 5th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island

The Amnesty International (AI) yesterday admitted that a credible investigation was required to ascertain the number of civilians killed as well as enforced disappearances during the conflict in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan military brought the war against the LTTE to a successful conclusion in May 2009.

A credible inquiry was necessary due to varying unsubstantiated estimates in respect of dead and the disappeared, the London headquartered AI acknowledged.

Having met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and toured the northern region, the AI briefed the media at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) regarding post-January 2015 presidential polls situation and accountability issues.

AI’s Secretary General Salil Shetty accepted the need to properly investigate major allegations against Sri Lanka in the wake of government reiterating its commitment to Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted on Oct 1, 2015.

Research and Campaign’s Assistant on Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Philippa Parmar said a thorough and credible investigation was needed.

The resolution called for the setting up of a judicial mechanism inclusive of foreign judges, defence lawyers, prosecutors and authorized investigators.

The AI team admitted the requirement for credible investigation when The Island pointed out the sharp differences between the AI estimate that10,000 civilians perished during the final phase, whereas the UN placed the figure at over 40,000.

Parmar emphasized that as the AI had asserted that at least 10,000 civilians had been killed the actual figure could be higher and it was followed by the UN report. The Island pointed out that the UN report had been released months before the AI report titled ‘When will they get justice?: Failures of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’ was launched in Sep 2011.

Shetty acknowledged that the report had been launched after he succeeded Irena Khan in mid 2010..

The Island raised Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan recently declaring in New Delhi that over 150,000 Tamils had been killed during three decades long conflict and the UK parliament told in Sept 2011 that 100,000 Tamils were killed during the period January-May 2009.

Asked whether it wouldn’t be better if those who had been propagating varying figures to reach a consensus among themselves regarding the number of dead the enforced disappearances, the AI again called for a credible investigation to reach consensus on the issue.The statement regarding 100,000 Tamil, both LTTE and civilians killed was made by a Labour Party MP.

Shetty at the onset of the briefing claimed that the number of enforced disappearances could be as many as 100,000.

Asked whether the AI would take up with New Delhi killings, disappearances and other atrocities that had occurred during the Indian Army deployment in Sri Lanka (July 1987-March 1990) and also the military intervention in the Maldives (Nov 1988), Shetty said that the AI was ready to raise accountability issues on the availability of evidence.

The AI Chief stressed that nobody was above the law and his organization steadfastly stood for investigations into war crimes, crimes against humanity et al committed by all parties to the conflict.

The AI refrained from commenting on The Island observation that there hadn’t been any reference to Indian intervention in Sri Lanka in the 80s and alleged atrocities committed by the Indian Army and intelligence services.

ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුවේ දීන ක්‍රියා කොටි ඩයස්‌පොරාවට විනාඩි 22 ක්‌ ලබාදෙයි

April 5th, 2017

කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය

මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ පැවැති සමාන්තර රැස්‌වීමකදී මන්නාරමේ සබමලෙයි පියනම හමුදාවට දොස්‌නගමින්

ජිනීවා නුවර මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ සිදු වුයේ ඒකපාර්ශික නාඩගමකි. එහෙත් මේ නාඩගමේ තොරතුරු මෙරට ඩොලර් අරමුදල් ලබන්නන්ට ජනතාවගෙන් වසන් කිරීමට අවශ්‍ය විය.

147000 සිට 3 ලක්‍ෂය දක්‌වා ද්‍රවිඩ ජනතාවක්‌ සමූලඝාතනය වූ බව ඊළම් වාදීන් පැවසුවේ ජිනිවා නුවරදීය.

තමිල්නාඩුවෙන් පැමිණි රාම්දාස්‌ නැමැති ඊළම්වාදියා ශ්‍රී ලංකා නාවික හමුදාව තමිල්නාඩු ධීවරයන් 600 ක්‌ මැරූ බව පැවසීය.

මන්නාරමෙන් පැමිණි සබාමලෙයි පියනම මුළු මන්නාරමම හමුදාකරණය වී ඇති බව කීවේය.

එහෙත් රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන ක්‍රියාකාරීහු ඒ කිසිදු ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ ජනතාවට හෙළි කළේ නැත. ස්‌විස්‌ ජනතාවගෙන් පිං පඩි ගන්නා සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය හෙවත් රංජිත් නැමැත්තා රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධානවල ගෝඩ්පාදර්ය. රයිගමයා ලෙස කටයුතු කරන ඔහුගේ ඔත්තුකරුවකු ලෙස ක්‍රියා කරන්නේ ප්‍රංශයේ සිට පැමිණ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ කාමරයක්‌ පාසා සැරිසරන කිරුබාකරන් හෙවත් හිඟන තිරාබායි.

එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කාර්යාලය ඉදිරියේ කොටි ඩයස්‌පොරාව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ රාජ්‍ය නායකයන් සහ හිටපු නායකයන් යුද අපරාධකරුවන් ලෙස හඳුන්වමින් මාසයක්‌ පුරා ඡායාරූප ප්‍රදර්ශනය කරනු ලැබීය.

ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ හිටපු ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම් ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ සහ හිටපු හමුදාපති සරත් ෙµdන්සේකාගේ සහ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිනි චන්ද්‍රිකා කුමාරතුංගගේ ඡායාරූපද ප්‍රදර්ශනය කර තිබුණි.

එහෙත් මෙරට වත්මන් රාජ්‍ය නායකයන්ගේ ඡායාරූප ප්‍රදර්ශනය කිරීම ගැන අපේ තානාපති බලධාරීන්ගෙන් විරෝධතා එල්ල වූයේ නැත. කු=ර්දි බෙදුම්වාදීන් තුර්කි ජනාධිපති රේසප් අර්ඩෝගන්ගේ ඡායාරූප එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ කාර්යාල ඉදිරියේ ප්‍රදර්ශනය කිරීම පිළිබඳව ජිනීවාහි තුර්කි තානාපතිගෙන් දැඩි විරෝධතා එල්ල විය.

මේ පසුබිම මැද මෙරටින් ජිනීවා ගොස්‌ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව දොස්‌ නගන ඩොලර් කාක්‌කන් හෙවත් එන්. ජී. ඕ. කල්ලිය ගැන රාජ්‍ය යාන්ත්‍රණය නිහඬව සිටියි.

එසේම මේ ඩොලර් කාක්‌කන් මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස්‌ සෙයිද් රාද් හුසේන්ගේ කණටද විෂ පොවා ඇත.

එය තහවුරු වන්නේ රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන ක්‍රියාකාරීන්ට හිරිහැර කරන බවට පැමිණිලි කිරීමයි. 

පසුගිය රජය යටතේද එවන් සාවද්‍ය ප්‍රචාර ඔහු වෙත යොමු කෙරුණි. මානව හිමිකම් රැකවලුන් ජිනීවා මාර්ගවලදී හඹා එන බවටද පැමිණිලි කර තිබුණි. මේ අභූත පැමිණිලි සෙයිද් රාද් හුසේන් විශ්වාස කරනු ලැබීය.

එසේම ජිනිවාහිදී වසන් වූ ප්‍රධාන කරුණ නම් සුදුකොඩි කතාව නැමැති සාවද්‍ය ප්‍රකාශය මානව හිමිකම් බලධාරින්ට පවසා තමාටත් පවුලේ අයටත් දේශපාලන රැකවරණ ලබාගත් බොම්බඩියර් නැමැත්තාගේ ෙද්‍රdaහී ක්‍රියාකලාපයයි.

එහෙත් බොම්බඩියර් මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය පැත්ත පලාතේ පැමිණ සිටියේ නැත. මේ හැර ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිට ද්‍රවිඩ මාධ්‍ය පාර්ශව දෙකක්‌ද ජිනීවා වෙත පැමිණ සිටි බව හෙළි විය. ඔවුන් ගැන මෙරට කිසිදු මාධ්‍යයක පළ වුයේ නැත. ඒ ද්‍රවිඩ මාධ්‍ය සංධානයේ භාරති සහ සිවරාඡ්ය. 

මේ තත්ත්වය මැද ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිට ජිනීවා ගිය රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන ක්‍රියා කළේ සතුරන් ලෙසය.

රජය සංහිදියාව ගැන හඬ නැගුවත් ද්‍රවිඩ දේශපාලන පාර්ශව කටයුතු කරන ලද්දේ සංහිදියාව විනකරන පිරිසක්‌ ලෙසිනි.

උතුරු පළාත් සභා මන්ත්‍රීනි ආනන්දි සසිකරන් සහ ගඡේන්ද්‍ර කුමාර් පොන්නම්බලම් උතුර හමුදාකරණය කර ඇති බව දක්‌වමින් සමාන්තර රැස්‌වීමක්‌ පවත්වනු ලැබීය.

ජිනීවාහිදී අප ඇමතූ කොටි විරෝධයකු පැවසුවේ ආනන්දිගේ ජිනීවා සංචාරය සංවිධානය කළේ බොස්‌කෝ නැමැත්තා බවයි.

කෙසේ වෙතත් ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයට පැමිණ උතුරේ පාර්ශව සිදු කළ ෙද්‍රdaහි ක්‍රියා ගැන වසන් විය.

අප ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළට නොගියේ නම් ඒ සියලු තොරතුරු වසන් වනු නියතය.

මේ පසුබිම මැද බොහෝ දෙනකුට අතීතය අමතක වී ඇත. මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ ජනාධිපති වු සමයේ 1971 කැරලිකරු සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය නොහොත් රංජිත් නොහොත් ජිනීවා ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් විසින් ඩෝලේ ලබන්නා (පිංපඩියක්‌) යෑයි හඳුන්වන රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන ක්‍රියාකාරියා ජත්‍යන්තර ජනමාධ්‍ය දිනය සැමරීමට සහය ලබාගත්තේය.

ඔහු දැන්වීම් අතිරේකයට ටැමිල්නෙට්‌ කොටි වෙබ් අඩවියද මාධ්‍යයක්‌ ලෙස යොදා තිබුණි.

මේ තත්ත්වය මැද ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය කොටි හඬ නැඟê සඳහා විනාඩි 22 කට අධික කාලයක්‌ කොටි හිතවාදීන්ට ලබා දුන්නේය. මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුව ඇමතීම සඳහා විනාඩි 1 1/2 ක කතා දෙකක්‌ පමණක්‌ රියර් අද්මිරාල් සරත් වීරසේකරට ලැබුණි.

මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ සිදු වූ මේ තත්ත්වය මෙරටට වාර්තා වූයේ නැත. ගඡේන්ද්‍රකුමාර් පොන්නම්බලම් එම්. කේ. සිවාජිලිංගම් ගේ සිට තමිල්නාඩුවේ තිරුමුරුගන් දක්‌වා මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුව අමතමින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට නිර්දය ලෙස පහර ගැසුවේය. එහිදී ගෝතමාලාව සහ වෙනත් රටවල් ගැන කතා කිරීමේ අවස්‌ථාවේ පවා කොටි හිතවාදීන් හඬ නැගුවේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිවය. එහෙත් මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුව එය නතර කිරීමට ක්‍රියා කළේ නැත.

මේ අතර රියර් අද්මිරාල් සරත් වීරසේකර ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුව ඇමතුවේ නැති බව ජනාධිපති කාර්යාලයේ සේවය කරන නිදහස්‌ මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරික කණ්‌ඩායමේ ක්‍රියාකාරියකු පවසා තිබුණි.

ඒ ඉවසා ගැනීමට නොහැකි වීම නිසාය. එහෙත් රියර් අද්මිරාල්වරයා කූට ලේඛන සකසා ජිනීවාවලට පැන ගියේ නැත. කූටලේඛන මගින් ඇමරිකාවට පැන ගියේ රියර් අද්මිරාල්ට මඩ ගැසූ එම ක්‍රියාකාරික යායි. 

Racism of Chief Minister Wigneswaran

April 4th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

No one seems to have asked Chief Minister Wigneswaran how he came to study at the most prestigious school in Colombo, then went on to become a Supreme Court judge if there was discrimination against Tamils. Most people don’t ask pertinent questions when racist leaders beat their chests with lies. No one has put the NPC Chief Minister on the spot with questions that could easily silence him. Had he been to the North when LTTE was on a killing spree, had he risen against the LTTE when they were kidnapping children and turning them into child soldiers, had he spoken against the LTTE for a wave of crimes perpetrated upon his ‘own people’? Had he even made a single appeal to release the civilians that the LTTE were keeping as hostage or human shields? Had he even challenged the LTTE and Prabakaran though after the killer is dead, Wigneswaran goes on a tangent about the heroics of Prabakaran!  To all those that digest his racism and lies let it be said that the NPC Chief Minister was living in Colombo and went to live in the North after 2013, after Prabakaran and LTTE was defeated. If Prabakaran and LTTE prevailed, there would be no NPC, there would be no CM and Wigneswaran would be still living in Colombo as a retired Supreme Court judge. No wonder he is grateful to Prabakaran, what a lottery for him and without trying to do good especially when his own sons have married Sinhalese, he can only spit venom and hatred and that makes him a great Tamil leader.. how strange!

Against Sinhalese

Against Sri Lankan Armed Forces

Calling for International Investigation / claims of genocide

Bogus Homeland Myths & Separatism

Prabhakaran was a freedom fighter. He may have been brutal, but so is the government,” – See more at:

And there are plenty of Wigneswaran’s amongst all of the Tamil leaders and that is why we will never see any peace.

Shenali D Waduge

Reconciliation with Tamils is a never ending exercise.. Part I

April 4th, 2017

By Charles.S.Perera

Reconciliation with Tamils is a never ending exercise. It is the story of the Arab and the Camel, at least the Camel would have been satisfied occupying the whole tent.  But the Tamils are worse than the Camel, give them all and they will still want more. They will invent  things they would like to have, when they have been given everything.

They refused to accept the Mahavansa, they invented their own history.  The old wizened ungrateful Tamil man, who lived with the Sinhala, studied with the Sinhala, played with the Sinhala, ate the same ration of the Sinhala , got his sons marry Sinhala, went onto  invent the story of genocide committed  by the Sinhala against the Tamil since the Independence !!

The Tamils in the North may have suffered under terrorism perhaps more than the Sinhala in the South. They may not have had  normal lives, if they understand what are normal lives. They lived in fear not knowing  when their children would be forcibly taken away either to be terrorist fighters or live bombs. They had to pay what little they earn to terrorist money collectors. They may not have had the time to have their meals in peace and quiet, not knowing when the terrorists would force themselves into their houses.

But yet today they seem to have forgotten all their nightmarish lives, and call for the blood of those Sinhala Soldiers who risked their own lives to  gave them a new life term, taking them away from the hell hole of suffering they were living in under the ruthless terrorists, to peace and security. Ever since the destructive Sirisena-Ranil-Chandrika Yahapalanaya the Tamils have all their idiosyncrasies satisfied.

There seems to have no end to their desires and the most incompetent unintelligent Yahapalanaya  led by Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickramasinghe and Chandrika give into  even the most  insignificant  demands of the Tamils without any reflexion as to what an extent and for how long, they could  go on  satisfying the Tamils .

The worse is  that the Yahapalanaya Government  accommodates all demands of the Tamils over and above those of the Sinhala Majority Community without giving a thought  to the Sinhala majority community who also have their grievances. The  Yahapalanay it appears conveniently sets aside the demands of the Sinhala majority Community,  as pampering to the Tamils  is more important  as it is the means to win over the Western Governments and their continued existence in power until 2020 and more.

Yesterday Nobert Lammert the Speaker of the Parliament of Germany had said , the January,8th  2015 verdict of the people of Sri Lanka has brought in a new orientation to the country, as the government has taken effective steps to strengthen democracy and improve human rights  and reconciliation.”

Does this mean any thing to the people on the streets of Sri Lanka ? Do they want Democracy or reconciliation  or an affordable cost of living ?

The desire of the most hypocrite Governments of the West is to create the difference of haves and have nots amoung countries and keep the undeveloped poor countries  poor have nots, while allowing  the rich  the Western countries –the haves, to lord over the poor have nots.  That is the sort of decadent  democracy they want in Sri Lanka.

The moment there is a political leader  from  one of the developing countries rise up and call for freedom, civic and political rights away from Western influence, the rich Western countries pounce upon him using their secret services CIA,MI and now the Indian RAW, to stop his call for freedom and independence from the West to be heard by the masses.

This happened in Iran where Mossadeq th edemocratically elected  Prime Minister of Iran  was ousted by American CIA Operations in 1950. A similar operation  by the American CIA in Guatamala in 1950 ousted its elected President Jacobo Arbenz. In 1973 Salvador Allende the elected President of Chile was ousted by an American CIA Operation .  The first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo Patrice Lumumba was murdered by the CIA Secret Service in 1961. They were all leaders of the people who wanted to develop their countries independently from Western interference.

Similarly  in 2015  in Sri Lanka a similar operation led by CIA, British MI and Indian RAW ousted a people’s President Mahinda Rajapakse who wanted to develop Sri Lanka independently from Western interference. History is repeating itself. The West wants to keep the developing countries poor and dependent on the West.

The west continues to  buy the local politicians that are willing to stooge for them by giving them various incentives such as invitations to the White House in America or Buckingham Palace in UK. They give awards to the journalists and politicians from minority Communities  such as Mano Ganeshan, or political activists like Pakiasothi Saravanamuttu.

Even the  Finance Minister-Ravi Karunanayake  who is detested by the people of the  country is  given a best Finance Minister in Asia award. All that is to keep their stooges loyal to them and attract the naive. Even Eknaligoda’s Wife had been made an International Woman of Courage.

The West will not waste their money funding any development projects in developing countries, but buy few individuals  who have some influence amoung the people to stooge for them and become their informants, agents. Ranil Wickramasinghe , Chandrika Kumaratunga , Mangala Samaraweera are certainly in the pay of the Western political mafia.

UNO was established by its founding fathers to stop wars and political conflicts between countries. But today UNO has been completely taken over by the Western Political Mafia. UNO is no more an independent Organisation it has become  an agent of the Rich Western Countries and work according to their Agenda. It started falling into the Western trap since Kofi Annan and it was  completely taken over by the West when it came under Ban Ki Moon. The Human Rights was since taken over by the UN first as a Commission and subsequently as a Human Rights Council in 2006.

West did not like the election of Mahinda Rajapakse as the President of Sri Lanka  because he is in the line of the great political leaders of the calibre of Mossadeq of Iran, Jacobo Arbenz of Guatamala, Salvador Allende of Chile, Lumumba of Congo, Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel Castro of Cuba. These are leaders who did not seek dependence under Western political leaders, but sought to develop their  countries independently respecting the countries social, cultural  and religious values.

When Mahinda Rajapaks’s election as President of Sri Lanka was announced the Western media called  him a hawkish President”. Western  anti-Sri Lanka campaign began since then. The West took on board the Tamil Diaspora residing in their countries to enhance their anti Sri Lanka activities. The West believed that the Terrorists in Sri Lanka would be able to divide the country and helped the terrorists, by  demanding Sri Lanka Government not to resort to a military solution but to a political solution.

Terrorism is the greatest ill from which a country could suffer. But as the terrorists in Sri Lanka did not attack Western Countries and their interests,  the Sri Lank terrorists  were  not treated as such by the West.

Any wise, democratic and a humanist country would have applauded Sri Lanka for elimination of terrorism single handed. But it was not to be so. Instead USA with its allies brought resolutions against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council  in Geneva for violation of human rights in the course of the elimination of terrorism. Accusing the Sri Lanka Armed Forces for War Crimes !!

This is the culture the west had created in classifying countries as  haves and have-nots . Haves can commit any crime but will not be criminalised by their acts. but the have- nots( the poor developing countries) may kill in defence and for that  they will be declared criminals by the rich Western Countries –the haves.

The armed forces of   USA, UK, France and Germany   kill large numbers of civilians in their hunt for terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya etc., but those deliberate acts of  civilian murder are not even taken in to consideration by the UN Human Rights Councils, or numerous Human Rights activists.

Hence Sri Lanka did not only suffer under terrorism for 30 long years,  but when terrorism was finally eliminated the world Haves – the West are terrorising Sri Lanka accusing  its Armed Forces  for  war crimes.

Now Sri Lanka has not only got to reconcile with an unreconcilable Tamil Community, prevent damage being caused to its environment and forest reserves by the  Muslim Community  setting up  new Muslim settlements, but also prove to the UN Human rights Council that its Armed Forces did not Commit war crimes.

This Yahapalanaya Government stooging to the West has accepted that the Sri Lanka Armed Forces should be adjudged by a tribunal proposed by the UN Human Rights Council. And continues to accommodated continuous demands by the Tamils for an IMAGINED reconciliation.

Should Sri Lanka continue to give into the West and the Tamil Diaspora, and make our Armed Forces face a tribunal accused for  War crimes, and accept  further the demands of the Local Tamil politicians for devolution of power, and write a new Constitution to please the Tamils ?

The answer should be NO….

To be continued………


April 4th, 2017


I read with interest an article in The Island of 1st April 2017 titled, ‘Full Implementation of Geneva Resolution 2015 reaffirmed – GTF.’ The article quotes the GTF as saying inter alia:

‘The GTF cautiously welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (34/L.1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).  This resolution in effect reaffirms the full implementation of the resolution 30/1 of 2015.  The fact that the resolution was sponsored by forty seven countries and twenty seven countries spoke at the Interactive Dialogue on Sri Lanka is reflective of the strong commitment of the international community to peace, accountability, justice and reconciliation for all peoples of Sri Lanka.  We are grateful to every one of these countries, in particular to the main sponsors United States, United Kingdom, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and all the other countries that worked admirably and consistently in the background to make this outcome possible.’[1]

There are two facts that must always be kept in mind when considering resolution 34/1:  first, the resolution was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka; second, it was adopted without a vote, and this after every effort was made to pass it with a vote, including a formal report of the High Commissioner’s on the progress SL had made in implementing resolution 30/1, and also the ‘Interactive Dialogue’ to which GTF has referred.  (Resolution 30/1 was also adopted without a vote, but on that occasion there was no interactive dialogue.)

In my opinion, on account of the aforesaid two facts GTF’s claim that resolution 34/1 was adopted unanimously is incorrect.  What really happened is that the majority of UNHRC Members by refusing to be drawn into a vote on resolution 34/1 have in effect rejected that resolution in no uncertain terms.  What are the ramifications of this situation to GOSL officials who may be tasked with implementing various provisions of the resolution?  In this article, I shall briefly discuss three matters:

First, whether or not country-specific resolutions of the UN  or its subsidiary organs are legally binding on the targeted country; second, the significance of the fact that resolution 34/1 was adopted without a vote; and finally, given that resolution 30/1 contains provisions that are prima facie inimical to the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, any attempt to implement resolution 34/1 makes the officials concerned vulnerable to the gravest charges involving offences against the State, including treason.


To fully appreciate the gravity of what the GOSL has done in co-sponsoring resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, it is necessary to begin by considering a broader issue, namely, the legal effect of a country-specific resolution of the UN and its subsidiary organs.  In recent days a number of Sri Lankan writers have argued that such resolutions are not legally binding, but only morally binding, because there is no enforcement mechanism for them.[2]

I respectfully disagree with these writers.  In my view, country-specific resolutions of the UN and its subsidiary organs if they are adopted after a vote are legally binding, because of five reasons.  (Three of these deal with statutory provisions, and two with the objection mentioned above about the lack of enforcement mechanisms.)

First, Article 2(1) of the UN Charter establishes the fundamental principle that the nations of the world are sovereign equals.  Among equals, a vote is the best and most reliable means of determining whose views are to be followed.  Therefore, if the members of the UN, either at the General Assembly or any of the UN’s subsidiary organs adopt a resolution against a particular country, it is a formal signal to that country that a majority of the members in the relevant Council wish that country to do such and such.

If the targeted nation is signatory to the Charter, it is legally obliged to comply with what is being asked of it, if it wants to enjoy the came prerogative with respect to other nations, i.e. if the targeted nation wants to join with the international community on some other occasion to request a different nation to comply with a set of requests.

Second, Articles 2(2) and 2(5) of the UN Charter say inter alia:

‘All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter,’[3]


‘All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter.’[4]

Both the above provisions clearly enjoin UN Members to cooperate fully in advancing the wishes of the UNO, and a resolution duly voted on is a valid expression of the wishes of the majority of members of the UN at any given time.  Therefore, the above two provisions impose a legal obligation on a nation targeted by a country-specific resolution to comply with it.

Third, and this relates to the UNHRC specifically, Paragraph 9 of the UNHRC Charter ( UNGA resolution 60/251) says inter alia:

‘[Members] elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights, shall fully cooperate with the Council and be reviewed under the universal periodic mechanism during their term of membership.’[5]

The injunction that Members shall cooperate with the Council imposes an imperative obligation on Members – an obligation in addition to the one deriving directly from the UN Charter discussed earlier – to do everything in their power to facilitate the work of the Council.  Since resolutions are one of the means through which the Council carries out its work, the foresaid provision must be interpreted as imposing a legal obligation on Members targeted by country-specific resolutions to comply with them.

I shall now turn to the objection that country-specific resolutions are not legally binding, because there is no enforcement mechanism for them.  In my view, the objection is untenable because of two reasons.  First, it is not technically correct to say that there is no enforcement mechanism.

For instance, Paragraph 8 of the UNHRC Charter says that the Council may suspend the membership of countries that habitually violate human rights.[6]  A persistent refusal to follow the wishes of the Council, where such wishes have been conveyed by way of resolutions, can be considered as a habitual violation of human rights, especially if the purported purpose of the resolutions is to protect human rights in the country in question.

Second, the fact that the UNHRC or some other subsidiary organ may not have a specific enforcement facility does not mean that they cannot generate one if circumstances so warrant.  For instance, nothing in the UNHRC Charter, or for that matter the UN Charter, prohibits UN Members from cooperating in devising punitive measures against any particular Member that persists in thwarting the collective will of Organization.

Thus, the UN and its subsidiary organs can take action against a recalcitrant Member that refuses to comply with a country-specific resolution.  For the aforesaid reasons, I reiterate that the general position with respect to country-specific resolutions, if they are adopted after a vote, is that they are legally binding on the targeted country.  Now let’s turn to resolution 34/1.


Normally, if a UN Member abstains from a country-specific vote, it means that that Member neither supports nor rejects the resolution in question, in other words, remains neutral in the matter.  But, what happens when a Member is asked to vote on a country-specific resolution that has been co-sponsored by the target nation, which is to say, where the targeted nation has in effect accepted the charges against it?

In such a situation, in my view, constraints imposed by the UN Charter prevent UN Members that disagree with the resolution in question from rejecting it outright.  The most they can do is to abstain from voting.  This is because of the following reasons.

Article 2(7) of the UN Charter prohibits the UNO from interfering (unfairly) in matters that fall within the domestic jurisdiction of States.  Therefore, if a State willingly accedes to a resolution that contains provisions inimical to its sovereignty (which is prima facie a matters that falls under the domestic jurisdiction of that State) Article 2(7) would prevent the international community from meddling in the matter until the State concerned first decides to reject the resolution in question.

To digress a moment, to the best of my knowledge, in the private law there is no duty on an individual to prevent a person who is about to undertake some risky venture from pursuing such venture if they wish to do so:  the only duty is to act in such a manner that one’s own actions do not cause harm to others.  It seems to me that this idea applies just as well if not better in international law, to wit:

There is no obligation on the international community to prevent a country from going down a certain path that in all likelihood will cause it harm, if that country itself willingly chooses to take that path:  the only obligation on members of the international community is to order their affairs in such a way that they don’t contribute to the harm.  To do otherwise would be to impose their will on a country which for whatever reason has decided to take a path other than the one they think it ought to take.

For the aforesaid reasons, by letting resolution 34/1 be adopted without a vote, which is to say by abstaining from voting, the majority of UNHRC Members have unmistakably signaled that they in fact disagree with the resolution.  In short, they have rejected it. Unlike for resolutions adopted after a vote, resolution 34/1 cannot be considered as legally binding on Sri Lanka.

If the GOSL proceeds to implement the resolution, (and it is not in dispute that the resolution contains provisions inimical to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty) it will be doing so entirely at its discretion.

A critic might say that what I have presented above is only an opinion and that if ten lawyers are asked their views on this matter, that ten different opinions may be proffered.  That is quite true.  However, the GOSL, has the means to obtain a definitive legal opinion, in this case from the Supreme Court.  Article 129(1) of the Constitution permits the President to invoke the Consultative Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.  Only the President, as head of the Government, has this capacity.

Therefore, if the GOSL chooses not to obtain a definitive opinion on the legal ramifications of resolution 34/1, it does so at its peril.  GOSL officials will not be able to say later that they did not know the true position of the law.  As the well known legal maxim says:

Ignorantia juris no excusat  (Ignorance of the law excuses no one)


To the best of my knowledge, to commit treason is to wage war against one’s country or to aid and abet the enemies of one’s country to wage war against it.  For instance, the legal definition treason is usually given as:

‘Betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it, or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.’[7]

Traditionally, it has been considered that treason is only possible when a country is at war, that is to say when active fighting is going on.  For instance, this is the sense in which if I’m not mistaken treason is defined in the Sri Lanka Penal Code.

However, when the Penal Code was first written, phenomena such as separatism, and terrorism, were not widespread realities in Sri Lanka or for that matter in the rest of the world.  In my opinion, given current realities (both in SL as well as in other countries) the notion of ‘war’ can be expanded with good reason to cover acts done by members of separatist groups in the course of a protracted separatist conflict, including during periods where there is no active fighting, to achieve their ultimate goal.[8]

In this regard, it is crucial to consider the following matter also.  Article 3 of the Sri Lanka Constitution which lays the legal foundation for the document says that the sovereignty of the country is in the People and inalienable.  Sovereignty and territorial integrity are inextricably linked, since to compromise the territorial integrity of a country is to diminish the territory over which the sovereignty of that country extended.

Therefore, to compromise the territorial integrity of a country is to compromise if not destroy its sovereignty.  To attempt to destroy the sovereignty of a country is to wage war against it.  Therefore, whether or not as a general matter a protracted separatist conflict can be considered a ‘war,’ acts committed by separatists even during periods where there is no active fighting, if such acts contribute to or facilitate the achieving of their ultimate goal, can be considered as acts of war against this country.

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), as is clear from even the short quote given at the start of this article, is a group committed to creating a separate Tamil State within Sri Lanka.  (I would be happy to hear them deny it.)

To digress a moment, the GTF’s separatist credentials are evident in the fact that, even in the short paragraph quoted earlier, one finds them peddling the notion that there are ‘peoples’ of Sri Lanka – ‘The fact that the resolution was sponsored by forty seven countries…is reflective of the strong commitment of the international community to peace, accountability, justice and reconciliation for all the peoples of Sri Lanka.’

The idea that there are two ‘peoples’ in Sri Lanka, namely the Tamils and the Sinhala, rather than a single people, and the related notion that there are two ‘nations’ corresponding to two identifiable regions within this country which are the exclusive historical homelands of those two peoples, has been the classic refrain of Tamil separatists from the mid 1940’s.

To digress a moment, the basic premise of the Vaddukoddai Resolution of 1976, the founding document of the militant struggle for Tamil Eelam, is the notion that there are two peoples in this country and two nations, the Sinhala Nation and Tamil Eelam, and it is the duty of Tamils to reconstitute the latter.[9]

To the best of my knowledge, the above premise has been accepted by all Tamil separatists, both armed as well as unarmed, since then.  (Again, I would be happy to hear anyone, say, in the TNA, the Ilangai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), GTF, or any of the other Tamil groups now in vogue officially renouncing the two peoples – two nations idea.)

The point is that, GTF, LTTE, TNA, ITAK, and their ‘allies’ have never given up the idea that there are two peoples and two nations within Sri Lanka, which is to say they are  all committed separatists.  They all want the same end:  Tamil Eelam.

As explained earlier, the GTF is clearly happy with resolution 34/1.  It is safe to presume that they are happy because the resolution helps them get closer to their goal.  Since the GOSL has co-sponsored resolution 34/1, if one follows the logic of Article 3 explained earlier, the conclusion is inescapable that the GOSL, or at any rate the officials directly responsible for the co-sponsorship, have aided and abetted the enemies of this country to get closer to their goal.

I explained earlier that, on account of resolution 34/1 being adopted without a vote, the GOSL is under no legal obligation to the UN or the UNHRC to implement the said resolution.  Under the circumstances, any step GOSL officials to implement any of the provisions of the resolution must be considered as a deliberate act on the part of each of those officials to aid and abet the enemies of this county to get closer to their ultimate goal.  That, as far as I’m aware, is treason.

[1] The Island, 1st April 2017

[2] See for instance, ‘Western remedies for Sri Lanka’s ills:  Lessons from history,’ Dr. Palitha Kohona, The Island, 20th March 2017

[3] Article 2(2)

[4] Article 2(5)

[5] UNGA resolution 60/251, 3 April 2006, para 9

[6] Ibid, para 8


[8] See for instance, ‘Law Commission Report:  Offences against the National Security,’ Law Commission of India, 43rd report, 31st August 1971,, para 1.4, and also, ‘Another Meaning of Treason:  The legacy of the Red Fort trials in International Law,’ Kirsten Sellars,

[9] See for instance, Vaddukoddai Resolution of 1976 (full text),

Sirisena – the Container Pachaya

April 4th, 2017


(Former Vice President of the Matara Electorate Central Committee of the SLFP)

J.R.Jayawardene earned the condemnation and the wrath of the people as the ‘Ton Pachaya’ due to the blatant lies he uttered and the enormous blank promises he made to the people. Eunuch Sirisena came to power uttering loads of lies and giving amazing promises to the people and continue to say unashamed lies which no one can believe or even imagine of. Accordingly he becomes the biggest liar in the history of this country and hence it is quite appropriate to call him as the ‘Container Pachaya’.

Some of the blatant and hilarious lies uttered by him included that :

  • He will abolish the Executive Presidential System
  • He will establish a Yahapalana government and be fair to everyone
  • The western countries are waiting in queues to invest under his government
  • He will not allow VAT to be imposed and those who have formulated this scheme will be sacked and sent home
  • He continues to say a funny story about wrong doings by the government and tries to project himself as an Ukku-Baba by saying that ‘ I do not know anything about it and I came to know about it only through the newspapers.’
  • He said that stern action will be taken against corruption and malpractices regardless of the person involved. But it is nearly two years now that no action has been taken against Arjun Mahendran, a Singaporean, who is alleged to have carried out the biggest robbery in the history of Sri Lanka.
  • He says that he has become President not to crown any of his family members, But his brother Dudley Sirisena is the biggest rice supplier in the country, supplying rice to Sathosa and other government institutions, another brother is the Chairman of Telecom drawing a huge salary several times more than Sirisena’s own salary, other brothers hold monopolies of stone supplies and sand supplies, daughter Chaturika owns an advertising firm named Media Gang Advertising Co,” which is being patronized by government institutions and unscrupulous businessmen and politicians, and son Daham becomes a delegation member of Sirisena’s foreign visits, in addition to his wife.
  • Total freedom will be given for media, and for expression of views, despite this promise CSN TV channel has been suspended, several other channels have been warned saying that their license will be cancelled and several newspaper editors have been threatened.
  • In International and national symposiums he jabbers about eradication of the drug menace, underworld activities and environmental pollution but drug menace and underworld activities have reached its zenith in Sri Lanka, even School children are not safe from drug peddlers, Ministers and MPs are reported to be patronizing underworld gangs, and environment pollution is so evident with mountains of garbage almost everywhere. Sri Lanka is experiencing drought not because of harsh weather conditions but because of drying up of rivers, canals and reservoirs due to extensive sand mining and stone querying.
  • He said that no one will be politically victimised but almost all members in the joint opposition and their supporters are being continuously harassed and questioned by FCID and other institutions on bizarre and concocted charges.
  • I remember that a few years ago participating in the popular 7th Hour (Hathe Peya)programme of the ITN he told the interviewer Sanjeewa that he started his politics as a member of Mr. Shanmugathasan’s China Communist Party and when he organized a meeting for Mr. Shanmugathan to address, his father slapped him and chased him out of the house.  People in Polonnaruwa said that in 1971 he was a JVPer and when he was arrested by the Police he betrayed the other members of his group by giving their names to the Police and got clemency
  • He says that he is a people’s politician and he has carried out political activities by riding a bicycle and walking by foot and he has walked 40 miles on a single day, perhaps a world record.
  • He says that he used to travel by public transport and walk to his house by foot.
  • He claims that he is the son of a farmer although as per our understanding he was the son of a soldier and he has never stepped into a field with a mammoty or a plough in hand and it is hilarious to find him stating that farmers in this country will be crowned when he has deprived the farmers the fertilizer subsidy they were enjoying.
  • He was trying to hide the fact that the Moragahakanda project was started by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaka in 2008 and laid a foundation stone to this same project in 2016 saying that this project was one of his dreams.
  • Similarly he declares open many finished projects started by the former President and sometimes even removing the original foundation laying plaque to give the impression that project was a new one.
  • He has said that no foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorised prosecutors and

investigators will be allowed despite the fact  that Sri Lanka has agreed to these

conditions under Articles 4 and 6 of the UN resolution 30/1 2015 which Sri Lanka  co-sponsored

  • He says that he is not prepared to make any war hero a suspect in the charges levelled against the armed forces and the government on the alleged violations of human rights during the war against terrorism but several valiant war heroes who dedicatedly and determinedly fought the terrorist enemies to liberate the country are languishing in the remand priso

On top of these manifest lies he went to Russia recently and boasted that he is the first Sri Lankan leader to visit Russia after Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s visit to that country in 1974.

We wonder whether this Eunuch intoxicated with pride and arrogance owing to Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhita Thero making him the common candidate and winning the 2015 Presidential Election due to the patronage extended by the Tamil diaspora making the Tamils to vote for him en bloc is suffering from an acute amnesia and forgotten the recent history or deliberately trying to hoodwink the people thinking that the people too are suffering from amnesia.

He should be reminded that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Sri Lankan leader to visit Russia after Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s visit to that country in 1974, and not him as it was claimed by him and his soothing ignorant media gang. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Russia twice during the tenure of his presidency.

These visits took place in the years 2010 and 2011. He made his first visit in 2010 on the invitation of the then Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. President Putin was the Prime Minister of Russia during that time.  During the first visit he was felicitated with an Honorary Degree by the Moscow Friendship University In recognition of his service for world peace and defeat of terrorism. Mr. Rajapaksa was the 6th world leader to be honoured with this Degree. He was also presented with  a golden crown embedded with jewels

Susil Premjayanth and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa who are Ministers in the present government also accompanied Mr. Rajapaksa on this visit.   .

The  second visit in 2011 was his first foreign visit in his second term.

In 2011 he was invited to attend the 3 day International Economic Summit held in the Russian City of St. Petersburg.  Leaders of China, Spain and Finland also attended this Summit and Sri Lanka was represented in this Summit for the first time.   The Summit was held under the theme of ‘Emerging Leadership for a New Era’ and it discussed about sustaining global development, making innovative use of accumulating Russian capital, and expansion of technical advantages.  The Summit also focussed attention on global economic crisis.

As a result of this visit Sri Lanka received immense benefits which included development assistance to the tune of 300 Million U.S.Dollars, assistance for oil and gas exploration from the giant Russian oil firm Gasprom, and assistance in the  technical, educational, cultural and media fields.

Ministers G.L.Peiris, Rohita Bogollagama, Wimal Weerawansa, Mahindananda Aluthgamage and several others accompanied the President in this visit.

Meanwhile the pro UNP website Lanka-e-News reported that the prime objective of Sirisena’s  Russian visit was to arrange a 300 Million U.S.Dollar illicit Russian ship purchase mega deal for Sri Lanka Navy by Raja Mahendran alias Kili Maharaja the Chief of Capital Maharaja Co. and two agents on behalf Killi Maharaja was part of Sirisena’s delegation.

The Website said that Nimal Cooke and Shevan Daniel had gone along with the official delegation of the government and the primary objective of Maharaja was to steer ahead the U.S. 300 million dollars warship deal successfully , and somehow secure the agency from  Rosoboronexport Co. located in Moscow , which is a state and private sectors combined enterprise dealing in arms and weapons suypply. The website also reported that Cooke and  Daniel had moved heaven and earth using every trick in the book to arrange a meeting between the President and the chiefs of Rosoboronexport Co. in order to ‘fix’ the deal. LEN also states that the only individual who could do business in the LTTE controlled areas was Maharaja and he was providing facilities to the LTTE cadres in Colombo on the sly, and also financially supporting the LTTE .

The website further states that most leaders pretended they were deaf and blind because of the massive kickbacks and benefits many  leaders  received from Maharaja and If the  present JVP leader too pretends he did  not even know the name of Maharaja he was a baby sleeping in the cradle into whose mouth a soother has been thrust 

The allegation about this mega ship deal is a very serious one and all Sri Lankans need a clarification from Sirisena himself on this matter. Will he do that? Let us wait and see how he is going to hoodwink us if he ever thinks of responding to  (End)

An interesting but disgraceful Interview by an Indian journalist

April 4th, 2017

Apropos the following article by Padma Rao Sundarji, I would like to draw the serious and immediate attention of all who love this country and rally round a patriotic leader to save it from Indian imperial invasion 4.4. 2017.

Dr Sudath Gunasekara

To me it looks an unethical cross examination of a defense witness in the box by a prosecution lawyer who has already come to the conclusion that RW is guilty and wants the judge to pronounce that he is guilty.  She also reminds me a RAW agent trying to get RW committed. . It explains the general attitude of all Indians whether one is a politician, diplomat or an IAS officer.  RW appears to have been treated like an accused caught red handed. It is a pity RW has not at least raised his objection against this undiplomatic cross examination. Some of the answers given by him are good. But he should have told Padma that he should not be interviewed like an accused harassed in the box

Any way this is another glaring example of how India is bullying Sri Lanka and its leaders. The recent threat by Sushima, the Foreign Minister is another example of Indian arrogance and disregard for her neighbors’ sovereignty. I don’t know why they don’t realize that Sri Lanka is not one of their protectorates. On the other hand I am unable to understand why our present day politicians don’t behave like former PM Sir John Kotalawala when he handled Nehru at Bandung and who has entered history in getting  the 1954 Indo Lanka Agreement on the Citizenship issue through.

As a citizen of Sri Lanka I demand this lady tender an unreserved apology to the Sri Lanka Prime Minister who is a Prime Minister of and independent and sovereign State.

WION Global Leadership Series: Ties with China not at India’s expense, says Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe


Wickremesinghe speaks exclusively to WION on ties with India and China, terrorism, LTTE and more

World Is One showcases some of the best political minds from all over the world. This week on the World is One Global Leadership Series, we meet Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (WION)

By: Padma Rao Sundarji | Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka | Apr 2, 2017, 05.49 PM (IST)

As part of the World Is One Global Leadership series, WION’s senior international correspondent Padma Rao Sundarji speaks to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Read the full transcript below.

PRS: Mr Prime Minister, thank you for talking to WION for our new World is One Global Leaders series.Sri Lanka’s current coalition government came to power in 2015 promising to improve relations with closest neighbour India. They had plunged into a deep freeze under the previous government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. There have been a series of high-profile visits and symbolic gestures. but some core issues remain unresolved.  Colombo’s growing closeness to China, for instance, is seen as a “strategic threat”. What is your government doing to reassure New Delhi?

RW: We have always been friendly with China, but not at the expense of India. We are friendly with many countries but not at the expense of others. Our relationship with India is different from that with China. What you have to look at is our relationship vis-a-vis India and not get too worried about how we are doing with China, or the UK, or anyone else. As far as we are concerned, the Sri Lankan and Indian governments do understand what’s happening and we are moving closely. So if there is some uneasiness, it is the Indian media that report from their point of view. There is nothing I can do about it. We have our good defence relationships, we have our economic relationships. we are looking at a number of projects. We are looking at how India can participate in Sri Lanka’s effort to develop the Trincomalee harbour together with Japan. It’s being planned out by (Singapore- based company) Surbana Jarong, which is also doing Amravati in India. We are both committed to seeing the success of the Bay of Bengal as an economic area – there’s a lot of potential there in the next ten years. We are working with each other on an economic and technical cooperation agreement, one that will also lay the basis for a closer relationship between Sri Lanka and the economies of the five southern Indian states which should be at least worth 500 billion US dollars.  And if we all work together, that can grow to nearly a trillion US dollars. On the security side, there is very close sharing of information. There are a lot of informal contacts between your ministers and our ministers, your officials and ours. I think this has been one of the good periods of the relationship between India and Sri Lanka.

PRS: Your bilateral relationship with Beijing is your sovereign prerogative, of course.  And yet, that relationship is skewered heavily in favour of China. You owe China 8 billion US dollars, i.e. a 12th of your overall overseas debt of over 60 billion dollars. Surely China’s not offering you a mere hand of friendship? Surely it’s more like an iron fist in a velvet glove?

RW: I don’t know why you are so worried about China. No one has offered us an iron fist, with or without a velvet glove. The bulk of the Chinese loans have been on infrastructure projects. When we were in the opposition, we argued whether some of those projects were the best options. But you have to remember that after the global financial crisis of 2007, China was one of the major players to assist a large number of countries with infrastructure development. It also helped the Chinese themselves. They send their work force out, they even send foodstuff.  So I don’t think you should take Sri Lanka as an exception. Many countries received assistance from China. Now there is the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in place. In fact and if at all,  it is Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) who really have a special friendship, not Sri Lanka and China. Some people feel that the BRICS are trying to dominate other developing economies. So there are various views. Sri Lanka doesn’t cooperate with China or Brazil even on global economy. But yes, we have taken a large number of loans from China but also from others. To repay those commercial loans is a concern. Therefore, we are now inviting foreign investment to our country.

PRS: In your southeastern port of Hambantota, you have offered Chinese companies equity in exchange for some of that debt, even land for a Free Trade Zone. The nearby Mattala airport, too, is being run by Chinese companies. In Colombo, you delayed the Port City Project to assure India. After all, 80 per cent of transshipments from India transit Colombo. But the Project has been recommenced and is firmly in China’s hands. Surely China’s ‘String of Pearls’ is beginning to choke Sri Lanka?

RW: Mattala airport is run by the Sri Lanka Airports Authority (SLAA).  But we thought we would call for anyone interested in running the airport jointly with the SLAA.  Sri Lanka has been the hub of the Indian Ocean and even from time immemorial, Chinese ships have come to Sri Lanka on the Silk Route. Hambantota port was built with Chinese assistance.  There is also an agreement that our former President Mahinda Rajapaksa initialed with a Chinese company to further develop and run operations there.  All our government has done is to say that we are unable to pay the debts of the Hambantota port and will therefore be unable to proceed with it. Or, that we will have to offer it to anyone who is willing to take it up. We discussed this with the Chinese and finally persuaded their government for a debt-to-equity transfer. Some Chinese companies applied. We took the best and have got the Chinese to agree to go up to 1.5 billion US dollars to pay for their share of the Joint Venture (JV). We have 20 per cent for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). We could take that up to 40 per cent, even 45 per cent  So if anyone else in Sri Lanka wants to invest in Hambantota, we will give them the freedom to do so. But it’s a JV and the JV area of the land is leased out. It will come back to us when the lease is over.The military and security aspects of the Hambantota port are in the hands of the Sri Lankan Navy. Last week, your naval authorities and ours had a discussion on this matter. We have a large amount of land in Hambantota. And we have a port. But that port must have a load to carry. which means there must be industries. The land will be invested in and leased out to any industrial estate operator. The Chinese have indicated interest in taking some of the land themselves. But just outside that area, there is another very good block of land – closer to Galle than Hambantota It is fully developed. We want to work on that together with the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation.Then, there’s more land in our north-western province. We are talking to Surbana Jarong on building an industrial estate there. Even Thais have come and looked at it. So Sri Lanka is like any other country!  Industrial land is held by the government and any interested investor can lease it to run their industrial estate. We like it because that means bringing in investor to the country. Even India is discussing an industrial estate in Sri Lanka.

PRS:  Is that an open invitation also to India to invest in Hambantota?

RW: Well, Indian ships can come to Hambantota, there is no problem at all. And we are already working with india. As I told you, we are developing Trincomalee port and we’d like India to participate and take a project or two there. We would also like Japan to do so.

PRS: . Chinese military submarines have docked in Sri Lanka and caused annoyance to India.  Mr Wickremesinghe, can you put on record through this interview to WION an assurance for India, that there will be no element of Chinese military presence in Sri Lanka’s sovereign territory, at least during the remaining two years of your tenure in office ?

RW: Chinese military submarines have been coming to Sri Lanka regularly. There is only one instance which became an issue. That was under former President Rajapaksa.  Chinese submarines came here and the Indian government claimed – and I think – they were not informed.  Actually, it was more troublesome for us because the Chinese submarines came just when Japan’s prime minister was visiting Colombo!  After we formed the government, we asked the Chinese why they sent them, considering they always followed protocol? They told us that they had indeed informed the government of Sri Lanka of the time.   As far as China is concerned and just like any other country, their people will come to Sri Lanka and visit us at times agreed to by the Sri Lankan authorities and at times convenient to us. But there is no defence relationship with China.

PRS: But of course Sri Lanka had a defence relationship with China, towards the end of the 30-year long civil war against the separatist terror group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). China provided a lot of military equipment and helped Sri Lanka defeat the Tigers. So are you really saying that there will continue to be occasional visits by the Chinese, but that the Indian government will be kept informed?

RW: Actually, New Delhi is aware that there will be visits by the Chinese and other countries and that normal practices will be followed in all cases.

PRS: In your address to a recent counter-terrorism conference, you said that the greatest “challenge” to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) comes from “non-state-actors”.  Whom do you mean in Sri Lanka’s case?

RW:  We had non-state actors. we had the LTTE’s ‘Sea Tigers.’  Even the latest Australian defence studies say that non-state actors are going to be the biggest issue. It’s already happening off the waters of Somalia. And it can keep increasing because the shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean are the most vital economic waterways of the world.

PRS: But the “Sea Tigers” are a thing of the past…

RW: Sure, but pirates are now using new technology. Look at the attack on the Saudi ship off the coast of Yemen. It was completely new technology. It was probably an automated boat run by robotics. So the Sea Tigers may have disappeared, but the Somali pirates are there. Piracy is becoming much easier. And the most vulnerable in this region are the high seas.

PRS: Sri Lanka has 21.2 million Muslim citizens. After Hindus, they are your country’s second largest minority.  Your justice minister recently told your parliament that  31 “elite Muslims” from Sri Lanka have joined the Islamic State (IS).  There is growing radicalization in the Maldives. And at least by the time Osama Bin Laden was located and killed in Pakistan, it should be clear to all that that country is the ‘epicentre of terrorism”. India, most of all, is a victim of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. But Pakistan, too, is Sri Lanka’s close ally and supplied weapons to help you defeat the LTTE. You met Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif recently. Surely you expressed your concern over that country hosting globally banned Islamist terror groups like the Lashkar-i-Tayyaba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)?

RW: I met Mr Sharif only for a very short time on the periphery of a conference in Davos. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, the vast majority of our Muslims work together with other Sri Lankans. Yes, there were those who went to IS in Syria.  Some have been killed. We have traced the others and are speaking to their families. we are speaking with their families. The latest message we are receiving from those men is that they are trapped and there is a lot of pressure on them as Iraqi, Syrian and other forces advance.

PRS:  The Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 still seems relevant to New Delhi, at least on two counts.  The first is on the promise of maximum autonomy for Sri Lankan Tamils in – and a merger of – your Northern and Eastern Provinces. The 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution to bring that about was co-authored by India. But your own Tamils say that very little progress has been made to implement that amendment, even by your government. Millions of Sinhalese Sri Lankans in the southern part of your country are staunchly opposed to it. Is this 30-year-old amendment now itself outdated and in need an amendment?

RW:  Not really. We have a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution. At the moment, there is a steering committee, we are discussing devolution.  But may I tell you, every provincial council in Sri Lanka wants more power. At the moment, the division seems to be more between Colombo’s parliament and all our provincial councils! It’s not just a Tamil-vs Sinhalese issue, it’s a centre-vs periphery issue.  But we have to be realistic as to what can be given so we are discussing it. We are a democratic country.

PRS: But is New Delhi also being flexible about the 13th Amendment?

RW: Yes, there has always been flexibility. We appreciate that.

PRS:  The other aspect of the Accord relevant to India is the right an appendix grants New Delhi to develop Trincomalee port and a free trade zone there. But you say you have already awarded that development to the Singapore-based company, Surbana Jarong. Further, there is discord over 31 oil tanks that were leased out to the Indian Oil Corporation through another bilateral agreement signed in 2003. You were PM then yourself. Now, your government is asking for them to be returned.

RW: You are all behind times. Trincomalee port is a Sri Lankan port. And in the Indo-Sri Lanka accord, we said we would not do anything prejudicial to the security of India. Surbana Jarong are the town planners in Trincomalee, just like in your Amravati. In fact, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu and I have remarked on how good that company is.  So,  we can engage whomsoever we want, to plan Trincomalee and we happen to have engaged one that is also planning out in Andhra Pradesh.  As far as the Indian Free Trade Zone is concerned, yes. We have said we welcome India. And once India’s areas are allocated and they are ready, we would like to have a free trade zone. And maybe India – or some other country – could operate hotels there. Right now, it’s a zone in planning – where are the industries going to be located, where the tourism belt, how we are going to dispose of waste, etc. We are also asking the Japanese to be a part of it. Indian Oil Corporation is currently looking at the feasibility of a refinery to be run jointly with the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).  We should then be able to also refine petroleum to sell to India and others. Once that decision is taken, we’ll know about the oil tanks. But I think remaining issues on the oil tanks have been settled between the two governments.

PRS:  But Mr Wickremesinghe, you make it sound as though all were hunky-dory between India and Sri Lanka. The Free Trade Agreement, for one, is still stuck over a raft of issues. Primarily it is the fear in minds of Sri Lankans that India’s millions will invade the island and take away all your jobs.  And yet, that’s exactly what seems to be happening through your relationship with China, the world’s most populated country.  Chinese already enjoy a sprawling presence all over your small island-nation. Sri Lankans working with Chinese companies say they are obliged to learn Chinese and even follow China’s, not Sri Lanka’s labor laws. Critics in your own country say there is a quasi-colonization of Sri Lanka by China underway. The irony is that China is not even culturally, linguistically, historically and religiously linked to Sri Lanka like India is…..

RW: I don’t think we have to bring China into all these things. There isn’t a sprawling Chinese presence here either – there are more Indians. But certainly, Mode Four is not part of free trade agreements, either with India or with any other country. The usual negotiations are taking place with India. But also with China, Singapore. We just finished talks with the European Union (EU) and will enter the next round.

PRS : The opposition faction under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is appalled at your government becoming a co-signatory to a US-sponsored resolution for investigation into alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces during the final stages of the civil war. There is widespread confusion among ordinary Sri Lankans on whether the international community will continue to insist – and Colombo will be pushed to relent – over involving foreigners in that investigation. How could Colombo possibly have joined hands with countries, many of whom have themselves sheltered and nurtured the separatist LTTE for several decades?

RW: Yes, we co-sponsored resolution 30-10215 and have gained a longer reprieve for two further years to sort out issues.  In that resolution, there is provision for us to use expertise from abroad – legal opinion, judges, etc. – wherever we think it necessary.  But like in India, foreign judges cannot sit on a bench in Sri Lanka.  And on policy matters and like all South Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka will not join the International Criminal Court in Rome.

PRS: First, the encounter with an LTTE operative ‘Gobi’ and his men and the subsequent unearthing of caches of weapons in the Northern Province some years ago. And more recently, the plot to assassinate your moderate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, Mr M A Sumanthiran. Is the LTTE on the rise in Sri Lanka again?  Or and like you often accused your predecessor government of doing, are these merely ‘engineered’ rumours to justify the continued presence of the armed forces in the former war zones even eight years after the war ended?

RW: The LTTE has been wiped out. There may be some small groups being used by others. And the numbers of the army in the North are being reduced gradually.

PRS:  Former LTTE rebel Karuna has founded a “Tamil Freedom Party” in Batticaloa,  while another former Tiger has just started a ‘Rehabilitated Liberation Tigers Party” in Trincomalee. After 30 years of a debilitating war against the separatist LTTE in which more than 120,000 people were killed,  how can the election commission of  sovereign and united Sri Lanka possibly register party names containing words like ‘Tamil Freedom’ and “Liberation Tigers’ all over again?

RW: That has been questioned by some people but finally it’s up to the election commission. There are no words that are banned, as such. At one stage, the LTTE was a prohibited name though….

PRS: You have you have pointed out the strategic importance of Sri Lanka’s location in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)  But many countries like Japan, India and the United States conduct routine joint naval exercises here. One just concluded in Hambantota. But all three countries I mention have territorial and other disputes with China, which is sprawling in the IOR and whose One-Belt-One-Road initiative Sri Lanka is part of.  From your long years of political experience, what do you see in the region in future? Cooperation ? Or confrontation?

RW:  I think there will be cooperation.

PRS: between all countries?

RW: Between all countries.

PRS: Including India and China?

RW: Yes! There is already cooperation between India and China.

PRS: Mr Prime Minister, a very last question. What is your personal equation with India’s PM, Narendra Modi?

RW: I have known him for a long time. In fact, I’ve kept in touch with him since his days as Chief Minister of Gujarat, when no one thought he would be the prime ministerial candidate. We continue that acquaintance and friendship.


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