Sunday, 13 August 2017

Felicitation Ceremony in Parliament for Ranil Wickramasinghe-for doing what ?

A felicitation Ceremony in the house of Parliament should be for a politician who had given lifetime of his  service  for the welfare of the people and the protection of the country.

In the case of the recently held felicitation ceremony to Ranil Wickramasinghe for his 40 years in politics, if there was a necessity for such a Ceremony it should have been more appropriate to have organised it amoung friends in the Nelum Pokuna, rather than in the house of Parliament.

If there was to have been a felicitation ceremony in the Parliament  it should have been in May,2009, to honour President Mahinda Rajapakse who ended a 30 years of suffering of the people, saved the country from being divided, and held back the Tamil separatist tendencies.

But instead that great man President Mahinda Rajapakse is being vilified, scandalised and treated as a thief, while  a man who was an egoist working for his own self aggrandisement,  selling the country, signing agreements with the terrorists allowing the country to be divided, forcing the Armed Forces to remain in barracks while allowing the terrorists freedom to go about where ever they want and kill, gun down, massacre, assassinate, snipe, and blast people to smithereens, is felicitated in the well of the Parliament for 40 years of scandal ridden life with a political non existence.

Well, Ranil Wickramasinghe had been in politics for 40 years but what has he contributed to the development of the country, welfare of the people and make Sri Lanka an independent sovereign states without its sovereignty interfered by the west who wants to divide the country separate the communities , and make Sri Lanka a poor developing country dependent on the West, and the country divided amoung the Tamils, the Muslims and the Sinhala.

Ranil Wickramasinghe won  the Parliamentary elections in 1977 to become a UNP Member of Parliament. With the assassination of Gamini Dissanayake under mysterious circumstances in 1994 Ranil W became the leader of the UNP. Sri Lanka after Independence was ruled  under constitutions written by the English and followed a Western capitalist system of government.

It changed only after 1956 when SWRD Bandaranayake was elected into parliament as a member of his newly founded Sri Lanka Freedom Party, and became  the Prime Miister of Si Lanka. Thereafter  Sri Lanka was being taken on a semi socialist system of government, departing from its capitalist beginnings. It was under this  Socialist system of governance that Sri Lanka found its national pride, with the renaissance of a  surging Sinhala Buddhist culture.

Sri Lanka changed governments oft and on and every time there was a UNP Government Sri Lanka went many steps backward in development and in  its socio cultural awakening.

The UNP political system that follows a half baked  Western Capitalism is not suitable to a developing country like Sri Lanka with its Buddhist cultural back ground which is its riches the cradle in which not only the Sinhala Community has been enriched , but also where  the other Communities too  have been greatly influenced.

Ranil Wickramasinghe’s political carrier is worth being examined to find out whether it is worthy of a Felicitation Ceremony in the house of Parliament. Ranil Wickramasinghe  has been credited for  radical changes in the education system of the country in 1980, and for  an exceptional economic development and industrial promotion in rural areas and  making  his Biyagama electorate a model of suburban development with the Biyagama Free Industrial Zone as his creation to provide employment to youth. Later on during his second period from 9 December,2001 to 6th April, 2004 he is credited with improving the ailing economy and for bringing  the terrorist to a negotiating table for peace talk.

But all had not been well under Ranil Wickramasinghe in his capacity of a Minister or a Prime Minister.  May be he had good intentions but he did not know how well to organise his political system for the welfare of the people and the development of the country. He was idealistically attached to Western capitalist system and would not deviate from that as he valued his inborn servility to Western culture.

His idea of a negotiated settlement of terrorism prompted by the west was  a tragedy. He trusted in the Western Governments and  failed to understand that Western Governments are a set of hypocrites working for their own benefit. Ranil Wickramasinghe believed in West as a safety net which could be brought in to help if Sri Lanka faced political or internal communal problems.

Eric Solheim the Norvegian negotiator and Robert O Blake the American Ambassador both who were  more or less “undercover agents” of Prabhakaran the terrorist leader of Sri Lanka, discouraged a military solution against terrorism in Sri Lanka and insisted on a negotiated settlement. Ranil Wickramasinghe blindly walked into the trap and signed the CFA with the Terrorist Prabhakaran.

It was the same mistake that J.R.jayawardhane had made before him. When Indian Air Force trespassed  itself into Sri Lanka airspace to defend the terrorists and forced  JR to enter into an agreement, JR may have expected America of which he was a great friend and admirer, to intervene. But he found himself isolated and had to give into the demands of India. Ranil Wickramasinghe never took a lesson from the deception of his uncle  the President J.R.Jayawardhane. He continues his blind allegiance to the West and India.

The Agreement –the CFA,  he entered into with the terrorists was a disaster. Under the agreement the terrorists were given control over areas they occupied allowing them to come into areas out side their controlled areas for political activities, but the Sri Lanka Police or the Armed Forces were not allowed into the terrorist controlled areas. It was sheer suicide.

Ranil Wickramasinghe restricted Armed Forces to remain in military barracks, and made the Armed Forces  helpless when from time to time the terrorist came out and placed bombs, sent suicide bombers, and committed atrocities against the civilians in Sinhala villages, and escaped into terrorists controlled areas. Any police officer going into these areas in search of wrong doers were arrested by the terrorists, tortured and killed.

Was this  the contribution of  Ranil Wickramasinghe to the Independent Sri Lanka that had to be celebrated with a Felicitation Ceremony in the House of Parliament ?

Under Ranil Wickramasinghe’s CFA the whole of North and East were controlled by the terrorists. Many meetings-six in all  he arranged between the representatives of the  terrorists, and the representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka for a negotiated settlement ended in failure, with the representatives of the terrorists walking away from negotiations.
Ranil’s CFA opened the whole of Sri Lanka for the terrorists to carry out, at their pleasure, multifarious murders, massacres, bomb blasts which resulted in the death of thousands of innocent civilians, and the personnel of the Armed Force, and the Police.

Fortunately this doomed period of Sri Lankan history under the Premiership of Ranil Wickramasinghe ended in 7th February, 2004. The worst of Ranil Wickramasinghe’s contribution to Sri Lanka was what he perpetrated during the period1988 to 1990, which was the darkest period of  Sri Lankan history, after the rein of the tyrant Kalingha Magha who destroyed Buddhist monasteries and dispersed the Sinhala people from their lands.

During this dark period of  the history of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickramasinghe had organised an illegal detention Camp in Batalanda, where thousands of Sinhala youth were detained tortured and killed and those who disappeared in that period have not been traced.

In 1997 the President Chandrika Kumaratunga  appointed a Special Presidental Commission of Inquiry Act,  to investigate the activities of Batalanda.  One of the findings of the Commission  which recommended  to “ bring the guilty to book was  that, “  (Ranil) Wickramasinghe and the SSP Nalin Delgoda are indirectly responsible  for the maintenance  of places of unlawful detention and torture chambers in houses of the Batalanda Housing Scheme, and unauthorised meetings  of police officers involved in counter insurgency  operations  in the housing complex and that as such he has abused his authority.”

It is also worth noting that the President Maithripala Sirisena, in August, 2012, when he was the Minister of Health in the  Government of President Mahinda Rajapakse and the General Secretary of the SLFP while addressing an election committee  meeting held at Siripura, Polonnaruwa had said, “ …that during the 1994 presidential election campaign , all campaign details  concerning the UNP Presidential Candidate Gamini Dissanayake were being secretly passed on to his opponent Chandrika Kumaratunga by Ranil Wickramasinghe and that he has ample proof  to validate his claim and allegation.”

Ranil Wickramasinghe ..Is he a dictator ? 

The Mahanayake Thero of the Asgiriya Chapter the most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkhita thero had once said that since recently the Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe is acting like a Dictator. In 2010, UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said  that within the constitution of the UNP,Ranil Wickramasinghe is not a democratic leader but a Dictator. Then again a Former Minister and a UNP MP Mahinda Wijesekara had accusing  Ranil Wickramasinghe said  that, “….we do not want a Dictator in the Party.”, as Wickramasinghe opposed party reforms.

That is  not all the fantastic work accomplished by the Prime Monister Ranil Wickramasinghe, which probably valued this Felicitation Ceremonies in the House in the context of  the Yahapalanaya Governed Sri Lanka where every thing abnormal are taken as normal by the President and his SLFP break away group, and the Prime Minister and his UNP cohorts.

In December 2001 Ranil Wickramasinghe became the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. In 2002 he signed the disastrous CFA with Prabhakaran the terrorist. But by then the Armed Forces were making plans to carryout successful military operations to weaken and defeat terrorism. The Armed Forces had set up a Covert Operation Unit in Millenium City Housing Scheme held in Athurigiriya,. where they trained army personnel to infiltrate into the terrorist headquarters as spies  to collect information about terrorists and their activities. This was extremely confidential and very few were even aware of the existence of this meeting place of  the Special Unit.

Ranil Wickramasinghe who was more concerned about himself and his safety, after allegation made by Charitha Ratwatte had a special police force to raid the house in question. It resulted in the names of the members of the Covert Operation Unit of the Armed Forces being made public. Most of them were Tamils. 

This allowed the terrorists to track down the members of the Unit and have them assassinated.  The Sunday Times defence columnist Iqbal Athas in February 2004 had revealed  the names of 24 Tamil members of the Special Unit  assassinated by the LTTE, some of them were abducted by the LTTE and subjected to intense torture for days before they were murdered. More than 80 members of the Special Unit was killed by the LTTE.

Fortunately that dark period of Sri Lanka ushered in by Ranil Wickramasinghe as Prime Minister on  9th December, 2001 ended in February 2004. After 2005 when Mahinda Rajapakse became the President of Sri Lanka and was taking determined steps to end terrorism  60 UNP MPs left the UNP to join the government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse to help him in his war effort.

Ranil Wickramasinghe as the leader of the Opposition through out  the period of military operations against the terrorists,  ridiculed the Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse  and the Armed Forces and discouraged soldiers in their heroic effort to eliminate terrorism.

Ranil Wickramasinghe  was responsible for luring away Maithripala Sirisena from the SLFP and from the Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse to make of him a puppet President, reducing his executive powers and takeover the administrative powers over to himself as the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe since his appointment to the office in 2015 had made his principle object the accusation of the President Mahinda Rajpakse as a thief who had enriched himself taking bribes and stealing state funds,  and accusing his family and all those who had any connection to him for bribery and corruption. To facilitate this principle activity of his government he set up the FCID which takes instructions directly from him.

When Ranil W became the Prime Minister all development projects in Sri Lanka were temporarily stopped, putting thousands of people out of work. And subsequent efforts of development by his government has been made difficult as it had antagonised the  principle investor the Chinese Government, and to get them back to invest in development had necessitated the giving of thousands of acres of land and the Hambantota Harbour to the Chinese investors on long lease- almost an outright sale to China..

Ranil Wickramasinghe’s government has taken Sri Lanka from what it was before 8th January,2015 and after May,2009,  many years back words with even the likelihood of “terrorism raising its head again”.

He is now working on a Western Agenda which means giving the North and East  of Sri Lanka to the Tamils under a new (Federal) Constitution. Already the North and East have their own National Anthem sung in Tamil. Sampanthan and Wigneswaran would want police powers and powers over Land to the North and East Provincial Council.

Ranil Wickramasinghe betrayed Sri Lanka by appointing Mano Ganeshan as a Minister giving him a very important subject under his Ministry, and appointing Sampanthan the leader of TNA as the leader of the Opposition.

Is it correct that Sampanthan  the Leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka Parliament Sampanthan meeting a USA Congressman  and invite America to interfere into Sri Lanka’s internal Affairs ?

“The United States has been urged (by TNA Leader Sampanthan), to ensure that Sri Lanka fully implemented the Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by Colombo on Oct 1, 2015.
The Geneva resolution has proposed setting up of a hybrid war crimes court including foreign judges among other things.A statement issued by the Office of the Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan quoted the veteran politician as having told a visiting delegation of US Congressmen accompanied by US Ambassador in Colombo Atul Keshap that their government should hold the Sri Lankan Government responsible the commitments they had made to the international community, particularly with regard to the Geneva Resolution.”

The people of Sri Lanka are behind their beloved  President Mahinda Rajapakse, except perhaps the Tamils, Muslims and Catholics who voted against President Mahinda Rajapakse to brink Sirisena-Ranil Government into power.

Sri Lanka is facing serious political problems. China had been a country that helped the development of Sri Lanka without any conditions attached, but India has ulterior motives and getting too close to India is a danger to the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka  should have a strong political leadership in dealing with India and the West. Prime Minister Wickramasinghe with his attachment to West and India is politically weak . The President Maithripala Sirisena is not kept well informed by his Prime Minister of the dangers Sri Lanka runs into in dealing with these two pseudo-friendly powers-West and India.

Under these circumstance, is it not right to question,  for doing what during  40 years in politics,  Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe deserves a  Felicitation Ceremony in the House of Parliament ?

Monday, 24 July 2017

Sri Lanka needs all the Parliamentarians of Joint Opposition to save Sri Lanka from its enemies.

I did not expect to put any of my patriotic friends against the Joint Opposition when I wrote my last article.

My intention  was not to cause disunity  in the Joint Opposition and get the anti JO elements play their tom-toms in anticipation of a division in the JO. We have the right to question but not with an eye to breakup the JO.

Because JO is the only “saving grace” the people have to rid of this useless experiment being carried out to rule the country by the SLFP and the UNP when in fact one the Prime Minster is the UNP leader and the other the  President a UNP sympathiser pretending to be the President of the SLFP.

But  it is becoming obvious from past experience that no one can change the disastrous path this Yahapalanaya Sirisena-Ranil Government is taking to destroy every thing that we as citizen of this resplendent Sri Lanka respect and honour, such as its historical Sinhala Buddhist background, its culture, and the trust and unity that had been built through out the  years with the minority Communities of this Country. If they the Yahapalanaya continue to rule unchecked, the Sri Lanka we knew will not be the same again.

Joint Opposition helped this Sirisena Ranil Government to pass the 19th Amendment. Joint Opposition helped  Sirisena Ranil Government to pass their Budgets. Joint Opposition helped them in various ways hoping that they will correct their idiotic pursuit of the disastrous path to disintegrate Sri Lanka.

Joint Opposition did not object to writing a New Constitution but on the other hand participated in every one of the Committees set up to write a New Constitution. In being in the Constitution Assembly the Joint Opposition thought they will be able to  take action against the sinister moves of the Yahapalanaya Government to write a New reconciliatory Constitution  to  radically change Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka, to a multi racial, multi religious  country, giving the Tamils equal rights by even allowing them to sing the National Anthem in Tamil.

But, to what extent did the Joint Opposition succeed in their efforts to change the march of the yahapalanaya caravan of disaster ?

Every( ?) proposal the  members of the JO made at the Committee stage in the working process for the  writing of a New Constitution had not been accepted by the Lal Wijenayake Committee, and as a result the Joint Opposition withdrew from these bogus Committees.

If the Joint Opposition continues to stay on with the Constitutional Assembly, what is the guarantee it can stop Sirisena Ranil combination writing and passing a Constitution changing Sri Lanka politically from what it had been for more than two thousand five hundred years ?

Did  President Maithripala Sirisena show his gratitude  to the Joint Opposition which contributed much during  Sirisena –Ranil government’s  “teething period ” by accepting it as the official Opposition of the Parliament which it very much deserves,  or give the post of Chief Opposition  Whip to the Joint Opposition ?

It is all right if the Joint Opposition remaining in the CA will enable it  to stop Sirisena-Ranil  government carry out secret manoeuvres to fool the people and hoist before them an outwardly innocent  Constitution  with all requirements included to make it Federal in implementation.

But President Maithripala Sirisena  is more UNP than Ranil Wickramasinghe his Prime Minister. We have seen how President Sirisena  steps in  at the correct time to save Ranil Wickramasinghe when he is facing a difficult political or other situation ?

In the case of the Bond issue there was every reason with two COPE reports and Attorney General’s declarations  to have interdicted Arjuna Mahendran- the  ex Governor of the Central Bank, and confiscate his Travel Documents and allow the Attorney General to file action against him.

But what did the President Sirisena do ?

Maithripala Sirisena allowed his Prime Minister to appoint the “thief” to a higher post,  perhaps with a higher salary, as the advisor to the Prime Minister himself. Later when the situation was getting too hot to handle , President Sirisena appointed a Commission of inquiry  requiring it to give a report in three months.

After three months the Commission asked for an extension of the sittings of the Commission for six months, and it appears that  they will be asking for a further extension when they have enough evidence  even to “hang him” without further investigation.

And again, what happened in the case of the Volkswagen Plant to be set up in Sri Lanka

President Sirisena  in order to fool the people  in a highly publicised Ceremony laid a foundation stone to set up a “bogus” Volkswagen Plant in Kuliyapitiya. That “play acting” of President Maithripala Sirisena was to save the face of his alter-ego Ranil Wickramasinghe .

President Sirisena  promised people a Cabinet reshuffle, because the Finance Minister  Ravi Karunanayake had fallen out of favour with the people. Ranil Wickramasinghe was aginst it because Ravi Karunanayake and Arjun Mahendran are his bosom friends. President Sirisena had to go ahead with his play acting to please the people, without harming the relation between  the President and his alter ego  Ranil Wickramasinghe.

The so called cabinet re-shuffle became an utter farce-a “comedy” giving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Lotteries Board( the hen laying golden eggs) to Ravi Karunanayake, and the Ministry of Finance and the Media to Mangala Samaranayake,  the other bossom friend of the Prime Minister.

There are many such instances of President Maithripala Sirisena stepping into save face for Ranil Wickramasinghe.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickramasinghe are “political twins”. Nothing will separate them.

Something more drastic has to be done to either separate them and allow President Maithripala Sirisena to deliver himself from the delirium from which he is suffering, that he is ever grateful to Ranil,  and that he is “ nothing” without Ranil Wickramasinghe,  and make him understand that he should decide to stand or to die with  the leadership of SLFP cast upon him,  and now supported  by a section of the SLFP for their enjoyment of the priviledges and social dignity of being Ministers in  government even if it is taking Sri Lanka on a disastrous  path to be  a failed State. President Sirisena cannot do without the SLFP Presidency either, as otherwise it will be taken over by his sworn enemy Mahinda Rajapakse.

Having regular meetings organised   by the Joint Opposition and  with SLFP Supporters of  the President Mahinda Rajapakse in great numbers is good, but people participate in these meetings,  and thereafter fall into a “political” somnolence. The people should be roused up and kept aware of the evil of Sirisena-Ranil Government to the Country and the people.

Just telling them that the Yahapalanaya Government is to a great state manipulated by the Western Countries and the UN, make some start hollering  that  it is creating phantoms               ( බිල්ලෝ මවනවා) or seeing crocodiles in the basin ( කොරහේ  කිඹුල්ලෝ දකිනවා ).

People see these UN and other Western visitors to Sri Lanka coming regularly, and see pictures in the news papers and TV showing   how they shake hands with our President and the Prime Minister and perhaps take it for a great yahapalanaya achievement.

Some of our people may be satisfied  by the mere fact that these great white men  come to shake hands of  our political dignitaries. Some of them may even  not mind prices of commodities going up,  and that they and their familes may  have to forego meal in order to make ends meet, as longs as they are given the priviledge of seeing  the white Western Leaders squeeze the hands of the  President Maithripala Sirisena, and seeing red carpets laid in foreign air ports to meet President Sirisena and the Prime Minister Wickramasinghe.

But in reality some of these visitors like Ben Emmerson QC- the UN Rapporter is not a reputable character.  Emmerson has been accused of child abuse. He was suspended  from being the most senior lawyer on the public inquiry into institutional child abuse in England and Wales .( )

Now the Jeffrey Feltman another UN Reporter in Sri Lanka was,  it appears involved in the Hillary Clinton e-Mail scandal. There are also the leaked Audio of the American State Department  of Jeffrey Feltman’s  involvement in using UN  with the Administer  of the American State Department. Vijay Prashad’s book –Arab Spring, Libyan Writer, speaks of Jef Feltman’s interference in the Affairs of the Arab countries.  These are the people who interfere into Sri Lank’s reconciliation process and the preparation of the New Constitution.

Ordinary people of Sri Lank do not know these questionable people who squeeze the hand of President Maithripala Sirisena  not for the respect and affection for the man, but to use him for their own purposes. The others who know  pretend not to know calling it  creating phantoms( බිල්ලෝ මවනවා) or seeing crocodiles in the basin ( කොරහේ  කිඹුල්ලෝ දකිනවා ).

Therefore, the JO should prepare pamphlets in Sinhala, Tamil and English explaining every action taken by the government which are detrimental to the country and the people. And also inform the people about the foreign visitors to Sri Lanka and what they do when they come.

The pamphlets should be short in simple language easy to read and understand by people of all sections of the Society. They should be printed in big letters. One pamphlets should cover one issue. They should be issued regularly to the people. So that they will know what President Maithripala Sirisena and his alter ego the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe are up to behind  the scene with those pretentious speeches of high morality, humanity and righteousness, to divide and endanger the independence and unitary state of this land of the Sinhala Buddhists.

I had made this proposal to Dallus Alahapperuma in his face book. But he does not seem to have even read it.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Joint Opposition –What game are you playing ?

The people have placed their trust in the Joint Opposition lead by Dinesh Goonewardhane .  There is a cry coming out of the heart of the people that the yahapalanaya hybrid government should not be allowed to write a new constitution for Sri Lanka. Does the Joint Opposition hear that cry or are they not giving both their ears to that cry allowing their other ears to listen to other calls ?

The leader of the Federation of National Organisations Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara, has accused  Dinesh Goonewardene for writing secret letters to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe with regard to problems that had arisen in the Constitution making  process.  If it is true  Dinesh Gunawardane has to make it clear why he is remaining in the Constitutional Assembly, along with a part of JO when there are problems known to him in the Constitution making process.

We know that  even his father late Philip Gunewardena the “father of Socialism in Sri Lanka” during the end of his carrier preferred to remain in political power accepting in 1965 the Ministry of Industries and Fisheries in the National Government of Dudley Senanayake. We certainly do not believe  that Dinesh Gunawardene will follow suit, but people begin to question the reason why the rest of the JO under Dinesh Gunawardena continues to remain in the CA while  Wimal Weerawansa true to his principles withdrew his party’s participation in the CA.

It was a mistake of the JO from the very beginning to have participated in the Committees stage of the process leading to the writing  of a New Constitution. That is in addition to the mistake the JO made in the 1st instance in voting for the 19th Amendment. The 19 Amendment had specified  a period within which the Parliament cannot be dissolved. It is contrary to  democratic procedure as one has to put up with a government for its full term even if it is not productive, offensive to democracy and abuses the power of the government to destroy the country’s historical and cultural values as now it is being done by the so called Yayapalanaya  hybrid government in place.

It was perfectly in order that a New Constitution was promulgated  in 1972 to  declare Sri Lanka a Republic. Prior to that Sri Lanka had dominion status and had constitutions written by the Colonial Government. After that there was no reason to write new constitutions as the first Republican Constitution could have been Amended to adopt it to new political situations.

However , when J.R.Jayawardhane formed a government of UNP in 1977, he prepared a new constitution which was promulgated in 1978. However,  the 1978 Constitution with executive powers given to the President served its purpose in the process of the elimination of terrorism in Sri Lanka. That constitution is therefore worth keeping as the permanent Constitution of Sri Lanka allowing adjustment to meet any new unforeseen situation by passing Amendments.

Now a hybrid government with problems between the members of its constituent parties has decided to write a new Constitution.  There is no necessity to write a New Constitution to  a country each time a new government is formed by a different political party or a combined hybrid Government of several parties as in the case of the Present Government of the President Sirisena.

Each time a new Political party takes the reins of government the country remains the same it does not become any different from what it had been before,  therefore the new political party that is to form a new government should go on with the same old Constitution changing it if necessary by passing Amendments.

In Sri Lanka today after the formation of a hybrid government of several political parties, the political and social situations have drastically changed as the country is no more the country it was with a united people despite a majority community, and other minority communities.

The new government calling itself a yahapalanaya trying to introduce  “power sharing” in a so called reconciliation process, when in fact there is no such power sharing necessary as all the communities- the majority and the minorities, enjoy  the same rights and priviledges, has placed Sri Lanka in a situation worse than it had been under terrorism.  The Majority Community in Sri Lanka- Sinhala enjoys no other rights and priviledges than those enjoyed by the minority Communities.. 

This myth of power sharing has been created  only by the political leaders of the Minority Communities. The Hybrid government of President Sirisena, unable to explain this truth to the minorities with whom they have come into agreements  of sharing political power in return for their votes,  have given in to the “demands” of the Minority Communities to please the foreign countries, which stand with the Minorities to make the Majority weak and give into the “absurdities” of the Minorities.

The writing of a  new Constitution is another such absurdity demanded by the Minorities , insisted by foreign countries and the United Nations Organisation with an eye to make the Constitution  Federal, so that it would help the Minorities later  to set up their own Communal Regions.
Under such a situation of a government weakened by foreign pressure on one hand ,  and  the fear on the other hand of loosing the minority votes at elections , allowing  this Ranil Sirisena hybrid Government to write a New Constitution would be a “political suicide”. It will cause  irreparable damage to Sri Lanka which would by such a move loose its unitary status, its Communal unity, and menace its historical, cultural and religious values.

Therefore the Joint Opposition should take into consideration the inherent dangers of  writing a new Constitution by Sirisena-Ranil hybrid government at this decisive time of Sri Lanka’s history. The JO, should  therefore withdraw forthwith from all their responsibilities in this conspiracy to write  a New Government under pressure by foreign Governments and the UN,  and the threat of the minority Communities denying their votes  at future elections to  Sirisena –Ranil Combination.

The Joint Opposition to win back the people’s confidence and their support should act as one, and immediately withdraw from  the Constitutional Assembly. If not it should state its  reason for not leaving the Constitutional Assembly.

The interfering into Sri Lanka’s internal affairs by the UN by sending its representatives  Jeffrey Feltman  and Ben Emerson are questionable and goes beyond the UN’s role as specified in the UN Charter.

It is appreciated that the JO leader Dinesh Gunawardena raised objection to UN interference in Sri Lanka Constitution making process. Such protests are irrelevant  as long as the  Joint Opposition has not officially  withdrawn from the Constitutional Assembly and ceased all activities with regard to the Constitution making process.

If the Government calls for a referendum of the people the JO should be prepared to warn the people of the dangers in allowing the yahapalanaya government to write a new Constitution, and request the people  to vote against the writing a New Constitution at any referendum.

The Jaffna District MP Devananda’s statement that the writing of a new constitution is not necessary if the whole of the 13Amendment is implemented  cannot be accepted, as the 13Amendment is the source of all the problems we have with the Tamils. The 13 Amendment should be withdrawn from the 1978 Constitution, and a new system of provincial governments should be set up to reflect the power of the people coming from the village level to the top.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

President blinded by hatred threatens Sri Lanka, a Sinhala Buddhist Country for over 2500years, of its culture, unitary status and its Communal unity.

Sri Lanka which was a Sinhala Buddhist Country from three centuries before the present era which later accepted and accommodated Tamil, Muslim and other Communities is today  facing disintegration  as a united country with a nation of mixed communities.

Instead of making an effort to unite the three main communities into one nation of Sri Lankans the country today under a pseudo Yahapalanaya, is facing disappearance as a United country with one nation  under a separatist shadow cast by the Tamil Community, supported by the West, and  giving into  separatism through reconciliation, by a yahapalanaya government with ambivalent, uncertain national and cultural interest.

A nation in the world has an  identity, with its own culture and a belief system, having  an original people who would accommodate other communities, without loosing its original identity and remain  recognised by its original identity, with a language of its own and a religion and a culture based on that religion.

It may  accept and respect the religion and the culture of the  resident minorities, without loosing its original identity despite the mixture of its population with the minorities. It is not bound to sacrifice its original identity in accepting any minority to live within its boundaries.

Sri Lanka was such a nation until it was colonised, and then became a Dominion of the British Commonwealth with  constitutions written by the British. In 1956,  S.W.R.D Bandaranayake  wanted to make Sri Lanka an Independent Nation like any other Nation in the world making the Sinhala-  the language of its original people  the official language, a National Anthem sung in that language, and hoisting the original flag of the Sinhala people  in place of the British Union Jack.

However the Tamil community despite its minority status being  13 percent of the population clamoured for equality with the majority Sinhala the original people of the country. Despite that unjust, incongruous demand of the Tamils,  successive governments maintained the unity of the Communities in the country.

When Sri Lanka’s unitary status was under serious threat with a thirty year long terrorism, it was stopped in May,2009 by the elimination of terrorism by the  Armed Forces of the Government under the political leadership of   President Mahinda Rajapakse.  

Due to unceasing demands of the Tamils for separation the President Mahinda Rajapakse declared  Sri Lanka free of Majority-Minority division is a nation of  Sri Lankans. What should a people want more, but the Tamils being a people who can never be satisfied will continue asking for the “ sun and the moon” as they have the West to support them.

Then by a false calculation or sheer bad karma, Mahinda Rajapakse was defeated at the  January 2015 Presidential election, and the trusted Secretary General of  the SLFP  Maithripala Sirisena betrayed the  trust bestowed upon him as the General Secretary of the SLFP, stole his way to the opposition to become the President. 

Maithripala Sirisena  did not only betray his political party,  but he also departed from his rightful place in the SLFP with a heart burning with hatred towards the President of SLFP the President Mahinda Rajapakse.

A man whose mind is full of hatred can neither be a friend to himself,  nor to others around him.  Therefore when Maithripala Sirisena became the President his mind was not freed from his  hatred, but it became many fold, and his heart full of hatred , desire for vengeance has no place for love, and compassion to give to the people of Sri Lanka as a whole, or love his country, his culture, and his religion, as a true patriotic President of Sri Lanka.

The hatred  and anger in his heart is  so much so,  that overjoyed by  being the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena  swore in  Ranil Wickramasinghe( the leader of UNP the Party against which he worked as the General Secretary of the SLFP for over 14 years and as a member of the SLFP for 47 years), as the Prime Minister,  while there was still a Prime Minister whose government President Sirisena forgot to dissolve before swearing in Ranil Wickramasinghe as his  Prime Minister.

Maithripala Sirisena began his carrier as the President of Sri Lanka, manifesting his anger, hatred and desire for vengeance against the former President Mahinda Rajapakse. Since then Sri Lanka had been continuously degenerating in all its aspects social, administration, financial, cultural and communal unity.

For the first time since its independence the President Mahinda Rajapakse was able to bring not only peace and security to the country, but also  a fantastic development process which raised the standard of living of the people and maintained a unity of the Communities, despite the political leaders of the Tamil and Muslim Communities creating dissention in an otherwise settle atmosphere of unity , peace, and security.

Maithripala Sirisena despite his political beginning with socialism and then with the  SLFP, and also having a  Sinhala Buddhist village background, lost his Buddhist cultural values such as gratitude, generosity, readiness to pardon the mistakes of others, and the common touch despite moving with the high and the powerful.

These are the Sinhala Buddhist qualities with which the former President Mahinda Rajapakse was well equipped and therefore won the hearts of every one he came in contact with, except of course with  those who were either jealous of him or disregarded him for his village background, and  is Sinhala attire.

The Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe as everyone knows is a pretended Sinhala Buddhist, not brought up in a Buddhist environment. He adopted a Buddhist attitude for political purpose. Therefore he is ready to sacrifice Sinhala Buddhist values for the sake of  his political popularity.

Ranil Wickramasinghe is prepared to even write a new Constitution projecting Sri Lanka as  a multi-faith society, not giving special recognition and protection to Buddhism, allowing the National Anthem to be sung in any language, degrading the Buddhist priests manifesting against his government’s  actions which go against historical, religious or cultural values of Sri Lanka.

The President Maithripala Sirisena could have changed Ranil Wickramsinghe’s excesses which are detrimental to the Sinhala Buddhist cultural background, which is the hallmark , the uniqueness of Sri Lanka.

But unfortunately as mentioned above the President Maithripala Sirisena’s Buddhist values  have been defiled through  anger, jealousy, hatred and desire for vengeance. Therefore he cannot change the mental attitude of his Prime Minister and some of  his Ministers to keep within the characteristics of the Sri Lankan culture       and its uniqueness.

If both Maithripala Sirisena the President, and Ranil Wickramasinghe the Prime Minister had maintained undefiled mental attitudes when they took over the Government in January,2015, Sri Lanka would have been different from what it is today.

Why and How could it have been different  ?

Because, instead of the 100day programme the “opposition”  prepared to undo what the former President Mahinda Rajapakse had been doing after the elimination of terrorism, if the the Sirisena –Ranil Government were to have continued with  the programme of the former President Mahinda Rajapakse, situation today could have been different.  

Maithripala Sirisena as the President should not have allowed the appointment of Ravi Karunanayake as the Minister of Finance,  and Mangala Samaraweera as the Minister of Foreign Affaires. He should have kept those two ministries within the SLFP faction of the Government. The President Sirisena should not have allowed  Ranil to set up the FCID.

The Sirisena-Ranil Government should not have made accusations against   Mahinda Rajapakse, his family and his supporters  its priority objective. It was done with a bad motive  and all the activities it followed  thereafter were as a result bound to fail.  Sirisena- Ranil Government should not have given into the West and India putting all their cards on their  support  for the success  of the Sirisena- Ranil a unity Government. 

If it would have been so , the Colombo Port City would not have been stopped and the relations with China would not have been negatively affected. Infrastructure work would have been carried out.

The Sirisena –Ranil government should not have given the leadership of the opposition to the TNA.  Relations with the former President should have been maintained consulting him on necessary matters.

The President Maithripala Sirisena would have been a successful President,  if he had set up an advisory council  without Chandrika Kumaratunga, but with Mahinda Rajapakse. He should have removed the  13th Amendment and prepared a new system of provincial government, with the Central Government keeping  a strong hold on the Provincial Government System.  No attempt should have been made to write a new Constitution. The 19th Amendment should have been amended to allow the dissolution of the Parliament if necessary before the end of its term of five years.

If Maithripala Sirisena as the President  had taken such matters things would have been different today. This would have avoided  the present threat to the government with the NPC becoming completely uncontrollable preparing the background to something similar to the thirty years of terrorism Sri Lanka so miserably went  through.

After being elected  President,  Maithripala Sirisena’s mind  became  saturated with defilements of anger, hatred, and desire for vengeance,  therefore he is unable  do what is right by the people.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s only way out is to rid himself of this hatred towards the former President Mahinda Rajapakse and start working with him for the betterment of the country and its people.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Reconciliation with Tamils Part II-Is it reconciliation or handing over part of Sri Lanka outright to Tamils, and now another part to Muslims ?

Election of  Maithripala Sirisena as President to form a new government does not mean that he was given the right to disinherit Sinhala Buddhists of their country and their culture.

The  government should stop further reconciliation with Tamils. The Tamils are outright Racists if one disagrees, that one should  re-examine his or her mental thinking process. There may however be a few Tamils who are reasonable and understands the reality of the situation correctly.
Even if the dog’s curved tail is put in a tube for many thousand’s of years, it want become straight. So is the separatist mentality of Tamils. To what ever extent the reconciliation efforts were to be made the mental attitude of Tamils will never change, they will always want the “pound of flesh”.

. Wijedasa Rajapakse the Minister of Justice  at a TV debate made a great effort to show how different constitutions gave political rights to minorities. But all those arguments are not valid as Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country before the British colonial rulers wrote those constitutions.

The minorities came later on and they were accepted by the Sinhala people. Migration of minorities  happened in many countries in the world but in those countries the minorities became a part of those countries  and a part of those nations without asking for a part of those country for themselves  or have their language and religion recognised as a part of those countries.  Why should it be otherwise in Sri Lanka ?

Australian government told the Muslims that they were never invited to come, and having come to learn the language of the country and accept the law of the land  or else leave the country.

There seems to be three types of reconciliations going on in Sri Lanka. Firstly the reconciliation efforts of the Yahpalanaya Government, secondly, the  reconciliation demanded by the Tamil Diaspora, Sri Lanka Tamil extremists of the TNA, Sivajilingam and Wigneswaran,  and thirdly, the reconciliation being imposed by the West supported by  the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

The Yahapalanaya seems to be giving into all the three types of reconciliations, which would at the end leave little or nothing for the Sinhala Buddhists to call their own.

The reconciliation process allows the Tamils and Muslims to insult, abuse, castigate, and speak disrespectfully of the Buddha, Dhamma and the Sangha the noble triple gem the most sacred heritage of the Buddhists. Venerable Gnanasara thero may speak loud to tell what others think silently, but that does not give the right to anyone or any news paper to address the Venerable Gnanasara thero disrespectfully as Gnanasara.

Before May, 2009, the Tamils of Sri Lanka were being gradually decimated by the  Tamil terrorists, had there not been a President like Mahinda Rajapakse who with the mainly Sinhala Buddhist armed Forces eliminated the terrorists the Tamils of the North and East may have perished or reduced to small numbers.

When speaking of Sri Lanka it has  now to be divided in to two major periods. Sri Lanka before 8th January,2015,  and Sri Lanka after 8th January,2015. The Sri Lanka after 8th January,2015 is a disaster from which it has to be redeemed.

The Government of Sri Lanka before the 8th with its heroic Armed Forces carried out a long and a costly  military operation sacrificing over 6000 men and making many disabled to terminate a more than 30 years long human suffering through terror without any aid from any Western country.

Finally when it was over and relief was brought to  a long suffering people to at last awaken to peace and security and live without  the constant fear of death by terrorist bombs and assassinations,   the USA and the West came forward to accuse the Sri Lanka  Government and its Armed Forces for war crimes.

The people of developing countries seem to have  a false sense of the USA and the West being nations friendly towards the poor people of the underdeveloped countries.

It is an utterly false concept, may be there are some sympathetic towards the poverty stricken people of the developing countries, and there may be organisations and individuals with their “Christian love for the fellow beings” coming forward to contribute material  and spiritual comfort  sharing their more civilised Christianity. But those were ancient concepts of the West,  which have now changed into more sophisticated Human Rights, NGOs, R2P, Amnesty International and so on and so forth.

They Human Rights Watch, NGOs, R2P, Amnesty International and so on and so forth.
- are also giving “ love and affection” to the poor people of these developing countries, by changing their own people friendly elected regimes, to regimes which are West friendly  and dependent on  scrap thrown by the West.

And these poor countries are also blessed  having sympathetic Ambassadors,  like  US Ambassaodor Athul Ketchup, always every where, where he is wanted or where he is not wanted,  interfering into the internal affairs of the countries to divide communities and sow seeds of dissention. According, James Russo, Public Affairs Officer of the U.S Embassy, one of the key goals of the embassy, here in Sri Lanka, is to support the reconciliation process.

Bravo USA Bravo ! Where in the world are foreign embassies engaged in internal affairs of countries to which they have been assigned ?

Now the USA and the Western Countries  do not stand by the Majority Community,  but rather with the minority communities, looking after their, minority interests. Because the Communal dissension is the best means to extract for themselves, the political benefits of strategic importance. Smaller the developing countries become by division through “self determination etc.” they are easy to be manipulated by the West like pawns on a checker board.

Irrational accusations most often used  by the USA and the West against Sri Lanka were due to  the  demands made by  the Tamils living in their respective countries,  who have increased in numbers to be a significant decisive political vote bank.

USA and the West brought a resolution against Sri Lanka for Violation of human rights and war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva neither for the benefit of the Tamils nor for the Sinhala but for the sake of the political and strategic benefits they can draw for themselves by the implementation of these resolutions which spell disaster to the country.  

The USA and the West cannot on their own divide Sri Lanka (or other developing countries),  destroy its culture, dissolve its identity, and distort its historical past without having a Government (of that country) which listens to them,  and  ready to act without reflexion like the Yahapalanaya Government of Sri Lanka. The USA and the West now have an appropriate government in place in Sri Lanka  to do what they want to do, and at the same time please the Tamil diaspora.

This Yahapalanaya government wants only two  things,  that is firstly  to be in power, and secondly to make people forget the Previous regime of Mahinda Rajapakse which began by raising  Sri Lanka from the status of a developing country to a middle income country, giving people a higher standard of living and above all peace and hope for a better future.

With that interest in view this Yahapalanaya government is more keen in closing the mouths of its opponents, so that the people will have only them- the UNP members of the government to listen,  as the SLFP part of the Yahapalanaya is like a knocked out  boxer lying in the ring.  The Yahaplanaya  has not  done any thing visible as development , primarily because they have neither a plan nor the means.

However the President Maithripala Sirisena shows himself to the people as a good man because he does not hesitate to invite all manifesting associations, strikers and other groups to see him to discuss their problems and find solutions. But, though he listens to them and promises to solve their problems, once they go away satisfied that the President had lent them a sympathetic ear, they realise they have in fact been deceived, the problems had not been solved or what they had got was not what was promised.

 President Sirisena  made such promises to GMOA but they did not get what they requested. The President promised to settle the Bond issue but  the Commission he appointed goes on investigating indefinitely. The thief has been found, but Yahapalanaya government does not want to file legal action against the thief.

The  Yahapalanaya government has not been able to solve any of the major problems of Sri Lanka. They remain like the sword of Damocles.

Reconciliation ! Reconciliation !! to what extent will yahapalanaya go in its reconciliation process….?  Speaking at a ceremony at the Education Ministry  at Isurupaya, Battaramulla the Education State Minister V.Radhakrishnan has vowed  that he would get the government to bring 100 Indian teachers to overcome the prevailing shortage of  science and maths teachers in the Tamil Schools in the estate Sector. Is it part of the ETCA agreement ?

While M.K.Sivajilingam and Wigneswaran call for  seven days of mourning from May 12 to 19th in remembrance of the genocide of Tamils from the day of Independence 1948, R.Sampanthan the leader of the Yahapalanaya Opposition says  that he has “put in a word” to the Indian Prime Minister  Narendra Modi to ensure the continuation of the  UNP-SLFP Administration, as the TNA has faith in this Yahapalanaya government  with its very favourable reconciliation programme towards Tamils.

In order to make a reality of this favourable situation Sampanthan advices the Yahapalanaya government to maintain unity between SLFP and the UNP factions within the government.  Sampanthan had said that the Indian Government would help the incumbent regime continue its good governance programme. 

But good governance to whom ?

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit did not assure India’s special  relationship with Sri Lanka. Narendra Modi’s  speech was of questionable intentions towards Sri Lanka. He had more talks with the Tamil political leaders and extended more contact with the Tamil people, ignoring Sinhala people of the South.

India unable to look after its own people some of who live in dire conditions , adviced in his speech at Dickoya that the Sinhala and Tamil Communities  should strengthen unity and harmony as he assured India’s full support  to the steps taken by Colombo to improve the living conditions of  minority Tamils in the country. Do we really need him to come and say that ? India will only aggravate our situation with the Tamils.

It is  a shame that the Yahapalanaya had thought it appropriate to give the Ministry of National Coexistence Dialogue and official Languages to  Mano Ganeshan. Such  a Ministry should have been given to a Sinhala representative of the people in order to have direct contact with the minorities,  otherwise the rift between the minorities and the majority community will be further distanced.
Reconciliation needs two parties and it is not one party giving into every demand of the other, while the other holds onto every thing without  giving anything in return. 

Tamils are not open minded  therefore  they are inept for building unity amoung Communities. The Northern Province Councillor M.K.Sivajilingaam is certainly not helping any reconciliation, he is an unreliable terrorist sympathiser, as much as Wigneswaran the Chief Minister of NPC.  They are both a hindrance to build any unity between the Tamils and the Sinhala people.  They should be arrested or their civic rights should be withdrawn if the Yahapalanaya wants to adopt a successful reconciliation process.

The President Sirisena speaking at a cultural programme Erabadu Vasanbtham at Singakkuliya, Danktuva had said that the spiritual leaders are the real messengers who connect the hearts of the people and strengthen reconciliation as wished by every religious philosophy. 
This is lot of nonsense. Reconciliation is possible only if the Tamils could give up their separatist mental  attitude,  and think of themselves as a people living together in one country with a majority Sinhala Buddhists, and others minority communities. They have to now come together giving up their  separatists identity to identify themselves as partners of a nation living in one country as normal human beings.

Even if the dog’s curved tail is put in a tube for many thousand’s of years, it want become straight. So is the separatist mentality of Tamils, to what ever extent the reconciliation efforts were to be made the mental attitude of Tamils will never change, they will always want the “pound of flesh”.