Petitioning to protect (Mr) Prabhakaran
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has told The Times newspaper in England that the army is on target to capture the Kilinochchi town, the Tigers' capital, in the next four months. "You can't just push them into the jungles and wait. You have to search for them and completely eradicate them. Only then can peace come" said the defence secretary.
On the other hand, as the security forces made triumphant entry into
Kilinochchi, the 15th SAARC summit came to grips with the serious threat
posed by terrorism to peace and stability in the region and declared
the eight nations' resolve to take the menace head on through 'strongest
A typical example is the online petition initiated by the National Peace Council (NPC) and Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), urging the President, Leader of the opposition, (Mr) Prabhakaran of the LTTE and leaders of political parties to move towards a ceasefire and peace process. While justifying the armed violence of the LTTE and the need of a ceasefire with foreign mediators and monitors, the said petition is urging the Government to make provision for the LTTE and other Tamil political parties to share the administration of the North and East. The petition is also urging the International Community and the SAARC Governments to come forward as mediators and monitors.
Petitions calling ceasefire and peace process by agencies like NPC and CSR is not new. I remember reading a similar petition, with the same wording but in printed form, circulated around the world by a NGO based in Hong Kong in 1995. The only difference was that the printed one was copied to Pope John Paul II as well!
Fortunately the majority of the general public is now aware of the
role of these foreign funded NGOs, to some extent, after observing the
fate of several ceasefires and peace process adopted with the full backing
and blessing of these NGOs in the past. Their 'academic' directions,
in the name of peace-making, merely worsened the crisis and prolonged
an unnecessary war. These NGOs were in the driver's seat during the
Chandrika-Ranil regimes when the CFA was in full swing. Today even a
fifth year student is aware that all previous negotiations with the
LTTE had failed to resolve the problem and hence it is useless talking
to LTTE further because it is not genuine or sincere.
The title Mr (is an abbreviation of Mister), like any other title,
is a term of respect. In Sinhala, the title Mr is the equivalent of
'Mahathmaya'. Historically, Mr, once indicated an ill-defined social
status only applied to gentlemen or persons above one's own station
as a mark of respect. These peaceniks, at least, should stop insulating
the people of Sri Lanka by treating its democratically elected President
on par with a criminal found guilty of mass murder, required by the
Interpol and who keep some parts of the North under the power of gun.
NGOs exist for a variety of reasons, usually to further the political or social agendas of their members or funders. Let us rush through the ins and outs of these two organisations to see who they are, their expectations, funding agencies etc to see the extent of their representation in our socitey.
The activities of these organisations affiliated to the Church should not be taken as criticism of any religious faith as most of the facts shown here have been taken from the websites maintained by the said organisations, their related websites and articles.
National Peace Council was formed in 1995 with the full blessing of
the National Christian Council (NCC) which was affiliated to the World
Christian Council of Churches. NPC, whose annual budget is said to be
in excess of 70 millions SL Rupees or 5000 000 Euros, is funded now
by Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), European Union
(EU), Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) and Swedish
International Development Agency (SIDA) in addition to several other
foreign agencies of US, Canadian and German. (Based on the information
provided in NPC website)
The vision statement of the NPC includes the LTTE as an integral part of the solution. As per the website of Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (above - funding agency), CAFOD's mission is to promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian faith and Gospel values.
At present the governing council of NPC consists of Dr. Jehan Perera (need no introduction), Elmo Alles of Ornithology-Christian Birdwatchers Global Fellowship, Rev. Sr. Mary Barbara of Provincial Apostolic Carmel (A mission of the Order providing Catholic Education), Dr. Anita Nesiah of World Vision (a Christian Relief NGO), Tony Senewiratne of Habit for Humaities ( A Christian NGO with its mission focused on teaching of Jesus Christ), Mano Rajasingham of Mandru or Institute for Alternative Development and Regional Coorporation (An NGO founded in 1989 by Sachithanandam Sathananthan, a prominent campaigner of Eelam), Joe William of CIDA (another INGO), Kingsley Rodrigo of PAFFREL (another NGO), John Thambar (Retied Director of Social Welfare Dept), G. V. D. Thilakasiri of Free trade Union Development Centre, and Javid Yusuf (attorney at law), Dr. S. H. Hasbullah and Dr. T. Jayasingam (Lecturers), Ven. Dr. Pallekande Ratanasara of Amara Sekararamaya of Thorana Junction, Kelaniya.
According to the website www.srilankarusguide.com/contacts.htm, one can receive the said monk's service from any tourist firms such as Visit Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, LTS Travel, Exotic Vacations and Cooaissance Travel of Russia or any other tourist firm in Sri Lanka!. Hence the purpose of inclusion of a monk of this calibre in the governing council, in this case, is self explanatory.
In the middle of the 20th century with the vast changes in society
the Catholic Church had to re-orientate itself to meet the needs of
the time. The Vatican Council II (1962-65) took stock of the situation
and brought about sweeping changes in the Catholic doctrine.
There was a fear that the Catholic world in Latin America and in Asia
would go communist. To counteract this, there came into being a new
theology called the 'Liberation Theology' especially among the Catholics
in Latin America. Liberation Theology sought solutions in social problems
through Marxist related ideals but at the same time refraining from
subscribing to Marxist ideology. Liberation Theology got an impetus
from the Vatican Council II.
Based on the principle of Liberation Theology, in 1970s Rev. Fr. Tissa
Balasuriya with the blessings of the Catholic Church set up the Centre
for Society and Religion. Rev. Yohan Devananda formed Devasarana Centre
at Ibbagamuwa (Devasaranaramaya, a Christian monastery on 'Aramaya'
type formed to move around Buddhist monks and villages at grass roots
level and to be in touch with them- mainly Buddhist, Christian and Marxists)
Rev. Fr. Paul Casperz headed Sarvodaya in Kandyan areas and the SEDEC
was set up by the Catholic Church in Kynsey Road, Colombo (Caritas Sri
Lanka-SEDEC is the social arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of
Sri Lanka and is affiliated to Caritas Internationalis,).
The mission of these NGOs are said to be successful to a greater extent,
since the ideologies of our Marxists of older generation (LSSP, CP NSSP
etc) have fallen inline with those of the NGOs today.
As the name implies, NGOs are expected to be created by private persons
or organizations with no participation or representation of any government.
Even though the term "non-governmental organisation" implies
independence from governments, the NGOs under question depend entiely
on forign governments and agencies. Thus, the lobbyist NGOs (to which
NPC and CSR could probably be categorised) appear to be imperialist
in nature and that they fulfill a similar function to that of the clergy
during the high colonial era.
While promoting the terrorists' global campaign that Sinhalese, particularly
Sinhalese Buddhists, or the Sri Lankan Government as Tamil's greatest
enemy, these NGOs and other interested parties including their funding
agencies are promoting the misconception that the war against the terrorist
outfit is un-winnable. Hence completely eradicating the terrorist as
vowed by the Defence Secretary is not the expectation or the mission
of these paid groups.
Hence, the coming few moths will be very crucial as the NGOs, their
funding governments and agencies will do whatever possible to maintain
their stance and to protect their saviour (Mr) Prabhakaran at any cost.
Time has come for all those who are genuinely interested to see the
lasting solution to achieve peace, stability, progress and the establishment
of democracy in Sri Lanka without any racial and religious differences,
to identify and defeat the hidden agendas of NGOs.
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