With both Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) pledging their support to Common Opposition candidate Mythripala Sirisena the battle lines are clearly drawn between the two parties leaving no room for ambiguities. These clearly defined political paths taken by each party should be analysed in the context of inherent fears entertained by Sinhalese Buddhists when it comes to the divisive politics played by chauvinist minority parties: in this case mainly TNA and SLAMC.
Sinhalese Buddhists gave a resounding mandate to President Mahinda Rajapaksha in 2010 largely as a token of gratitude for drawing a successful end to the ruthless terrorism in 2009. Gen. Sarath Fonseka was the other main contender who challenged President Rajapaksha at the election. As is going to happen in this time too TNA and SLMC backed the opposition at the last president election too and the Democratic Party virtually swept the North and Eastern (NE) area for Gen. Fonseka. President Rajapaksha received significantly less number of votes from Tamils and Muslims in NE in particular and in the rest of the country in general. Sinhalese Buddhists must have certainly been influenced by the fear they felt due to the allegiance of chauvinist TNA and SLMC with Gen. Fonseka when deciding to vote for President Rajapaksha in 2010. So this time too the voter base is clearly divided between the candidate who entertains Tamil and Muslim chauvinists and the candidate who represents Sinhalese Buddhists interests.
There is, however, clearly a significant degree of danger to the interests of Sinhalese Buddhists in particular and the country in general when the two chauvinist parties extend their support in this time around to Mythripala Sirisena than their support to Gen. Fonseka in the last time. Both the parties are hell bent for carving out separate Tamil and Muslim administrations in the areas in which each community is in majority. As declared a few days back by UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premjayantha the SLMC had quit the ruling coalition because President Mahinda Rajapaksa had turned down its demand to carve out a separate Muslim administrative unit in the Digamadulla electoral district.
Under Gen. Fonseka's administration meeting those demands by these two parties would have certainly been hard. Gen. Fonseka is first and foremost a military officer who was much feared by the rank and file of SL army for his toughness. On top of all, his tough attitudes played a significant role in defeating the ruthless terrorism. Above all he was considered as a Sinhala hardliner.
In contrast Mythripala Sirisena's soft attitudes are well known when he was the Minister of Health. He was virtually prisoner in his ministry having bowed down to the tough and non-flexible stands taken by the health sector staff particularly by the doctors who ruled the roost. On the other hand there had virtually been no achievement worthy of mention to his credit except the unsuccessful attempt he took to put anti-smoking advertisement on the cover of cigarettes packs. (His defection to the opposition was purely on personal reason for not being appointed as the PM under Rajapaksha administration). So Mithripala Sirisena, if elected, is certainly going to be virtually a prisoner as the president of the new government who would be taken for a good bloody ride by TNA and SLMC. On top of all he is, in hundred days, going to abolish the executive presidency which gives a very strong shield to the unjust demands by chauvinist minority parties.
So the country would have been relatively safe even if Gen. Fonseka was elected as the president in 2010 as he would have certainly resisted separatist moves by TNA and SLMC. However, this time around the country is certainly going to plunge itself into an abyss again with separatism raising its ugly head in the event of Mythripala being elected as the president. Apart from that the biggest danger would be separatism haunting Sri Lanka in two fronts, not in one front as we faced earlier!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
TNA & SLMC supporting Gen. Fonseka in 2010 Vs TNA & SLMC supporting Mythripala Sirisena in 2015: a case of Sinhalese Buddhists’ vulnerability
With both Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) pledging their support to Common Opposition candidate Mythripala Sirisena the battle lines are clearly drawn between the two parties leaving no room for ambiguities. These clearly defined political paths taken by each party should be analysed in the context of inherent fears entertained by Sinhalese Buddhists when it comes to the divisive politics played by chauvinist minority parties: in this case mainly TNA and SLAMC.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Are those predicting certain victory for Mythripala Sirisena the Internet Worries and Arm-Chair Pundits living in the Western Province?
The confidence shown by the supporters of the Common Opposition is largely reflected on social media especially on blog sites and Facebook. Since the Western Province is home to the largest number of computer and internet uses in the country by default the ideas and views reflected on the social media are largely of those who have such facilities in the province which is to a larger extent detached from the ground realities especially about the rural areas of the country. In other worlds the predictions about the upcoming presidential election claiming a certain victory for Mythripala Sirisena are mostly from the arm-chair pundits and the internet worries.
We have an excellent example about those internet worries who got a bloody nose at the end predicting about an outcome of yet another closely fought contest- precisely a battle. This was none other than the Eelam War-IV that decided the fate of the LTTE. It took about one to two years for the LTTE supports especially among the Tamil diaspora in the West and in Tamil Nadu to come to terms that their beloved "boys" and their leader "Sun God" were wiped out from the face of earth. The internet worries of LTTE were predicting about one victory after another by their "boys" or army divisions being wiped out in their numbers. The imminent fall of LTTE strongholds were ridiculed. Even after the total defeat of LTTE was declared by the government, there had been a firm belief among the LTTE supporters that their leader would soon appear from nowhere and orchestrate a total rout of SL armed forces. That was the extent of unfounded and false predictions that were being circulated by the internet worriers who were completely detached from the ground realities.
Monday, December 29, 2014
All the forces in the country demanding to divide it on ethnic lines are with the Common Opposition!
With Sri Lanka's Muslim Congress's (SLMC) decision to support Mythripala Sirisena in the upcoming presidential election yet another force hell bent for undermining country's sovereignty joined with the Common Opposition. As declared yesterday by UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premjayantha the SLMC had quit the ruling coalition because President Mahinda Rajapaksa had turned down its demand to carve out a separate Muslim administrative unit in the Digamadulla electoral district. With TNA declaring its decision later today to support Mythripala Sirisena as reported in media all the forces in the country demanding the division of it on ethnic lines are with the opposition. So the election campaign has virtually become a contest between the forces wanting to divide the country verses those who want to retain its unity!
Sunday, December 28, 2014
“The pledge of a domestic war crimes tribunal IS the Western conspiracy in disguise”! - C. A. Chandraprema
Having learnt that chances are completely sealed to haul the president Mahinda and the War Heroes to an International war crime tribunal due to the inherent limitations in the international system as far as Sri Lanka is concerned, this novel maneuver is employed by the West to achieve its goal by hook or by crook.
Following is an extract from the article
"Besides, as we pointed out earlier, nobody in Sri Lanka is asking for a domestic war crimes tribunal. The only reason for the common opposition to make such a pledge is to please the West. The West has no way to institute a war crimes tribunal against Sri Lanka except by getting the government of Sri Lanka itself to cooperate by starting a domestic process. What the people of this country has yet failed to realize is that when the common opposition says that they will not allow war heroes to be taken before any international war crimes tribunal, they are in fact pledging to disallow something that can never be done. Even more importantly, the people and the government itself has not realized that by pledging to institute a domestic inquiry into war crimes, the common opposition is opening the only door available to the West to get a war crimes process started in Sri Lanka. The pledge of a domestic war crimes tribunal IS the Western conspiracy in disguise!
One would think that with an election on, the common opposition would avoid saying anything that may arouse the suspicions of the public. The reason why they announced to the public that a domestic war crimes tribunal will be instituted is obviously at the behest of their Western friends. The West obviously wants to ensure that their investment produces results and they want to hold the beneficiaries of their patronage to account. It would also be useful to seek a mandate of sorts from the Sinhala public for this domestic war crimes tribunal so that nobody can say later that the common candidate did not make his intentions clear before the people voted".
Chandraprema's article should be fully translated into Sinhala and Tamil languages and published in the main-stream media as it also enlightens us the baselessness of the claims by the Common Opposition about the corruption alleged to have been taking place in infrastructure development activities in the country. If the scale of alleged corruption is as same as the Joint Opposition claims, the first set of people who are going to be in trouble would certainly be Chinese and Japanese nationals as the two countries are the donors for the infrastructure projects in question. The sheer scale of corruption alleged to have taken place would give no room for the Japanese and Chinese officials who are involved in the projects to escape. By now scores of Japanese nationals would have been behind the bars while scores of their Chinese counterparts would have faced the firing squad!
Saturday, December 27, 2014
What matters most for Sri Lanka’s very survival would be the stability irrespective who is going to be her ruler!
Stability inherited by President Mahinda's reign
The period from 2009 to up to now can undoubtedly be considered as the most stable few yeas of the post- independent Sri Lanka since 1950's and 1960's. The country was gripped by bloody armed conflicts which included youth insurgencies, secessionist wars and foreign military occupations in a greater part of 1970's, throughout 1980's and 1990's and almost a decade in 21st Century. So Mahinda Rajapaksha's reign from the end of Eelam separatist war up to now is credited to be the most peaceful and stable period in 04 decades.
Would this stability have materialized had the person in Mahinda been less strong character than he had been? Would we have enjoyed this stability had Mahinda given in to the pressure by the West especially by the US to spare the lives of the top LTTE leaders including Prabhakaran in the final days of the war so that they can be evacuated by a US aircraft? What would have been the situation had Mahinda agreed to start negotiations with Tiger leadership just a few days before their decimation due to intense pressure exerted by the West? No leader among his contemporaries would have had the guts to withstand such intense pressure by the most powerful states in the world led by the US. He, however, has to pay the price for his steely resolve. The West and the Tamil diaspora are hell bent to haul Mahinda, his brother- the Defense Secretary and military officers to war crime tribunal. All the ground work is set for that eventuality with 03 US sponsored UNHRC resolutions passed against Sri Lanka.
President Mahinda's steely resolve has been a stumbling block to West's agendas
This Mahinda's steely resolve has become a thorn in the flesh to the West which tries to interfere in Sri Lanka's internal affairs so that it dances to the West's tune. With a West's puppet at the helm it would be easy to have separatist movements active in the North which will ensure perpetual instability to the country. It has been a habit of the West to make its target country instable by either sponsoring terrorist origination to attack the country or imposing economic sanctions or strengthening the enemy forces in a neighbouring country or sponsoring regime changes or making the target country an international pariah state. There have been such numerous examples from the beginning of the 19th century up to now. We can find multitude of such examples in the recent past from Iraq to Libya to Syria to Russia.
The valiant effort being made by Mahinda to make post-war Sri Lanka economically strong with China's financial and technical assistance has made the West to intensify its effort aimed at getting rid of Mahinda by hook or by crook. The emerging world super power China's strong presence in Asia Pacific has been the biggest threat to the super power status of the US which is fast waning. So Sri Lanka's instability is a top most game plan of the US in its policies in Asia Pacific region.
Strong stand taken towards India
No leader in the post-independent Sri Lanka as assertive as president Mahinda Rajapaksha has been when it comes to India's arms twisting behavior against Sri Lanka. All his predecessors had meekly been succumbing to India's bullish acts against this small country which have always been detrimental and disastrous to its survival and well-being. At times Sri Lanka's sovereignty has blatantly been violated by India. President Mahinda's no nonsense; no hanky panky attitude towards India is best exemplified by his strong resolve when it comes to Tamil Nadu fishermen's poaching in Sri Lanka's waters. The Bottom Fishing, the most disastrous type of fishing technique in the world engaged by Tamil-Nadu fishermen in our waters, would permanently destroy our fishing grounds. But no other predecessors of president Mahinda had guts to resist India's bullish behavior towards Sri Lanka.
Would Mythripala be as strong as president Mahinda in the event of his election as the future president?
Would Mythripala Sirisena be as strong and assertive as Mahinda not allowing others to interfere the country's internal affairs unnecessarily or forcing her to succumb to their pressures? Or in other words would Sri Lanka be as stable as under president Mahinda Rajapaksha's rule in the event of Mythripala Sirisena coming into power? Is he as strong character as Mahinda? On top of all the two prominent personalities, former president Chandrika Kumaranathunga and Ranil Wickramasinhe who are behind Mythripala Sirisena's candidature have been disappointing characters. The former is undoubtedly the worst president ever to rule the post-independent Sri Lanka as one of my previous posts pointed out. Her 11 years' rule had been the most catastrophic and traumatic period to Sri Lankans. Elaborations are not needed to describe who the latter is and his abilities. Both Chandrika and Ranil whose disappointing track records and credibility are well known are going to play very powerful roles in a future Mythripala Sirisena's government. Besides, Mythripala and his backers have already indicated their bowing towards India attitude by rejecting China of which economic power has been the president Mahinda's choice for the country's economic development.
It is now proved beyond any doubt that Mythripala's candidature is part of the West's game plan to get rid of Mahinda who has become one of the biggest stumbling-blocks to carry forward its set agenda in Asia Pacific region. As I pointed out in my previous post the West's covert attempts to reduce or the complete pull out of armed forces from North and East is part of its destabilizing programme.
A stable Sri Lanka would be the first and foremost prerequisite for its prosperity. In the event of this cardinal rule is compromised by any future leader Sri Lanka would squarely and fairly be back to its pre-2009 period given the sheer determination of her enemies eagerly waiting to hunt her. Economic prosperity would entirely be dependent on country's stability which is the biggest incentive for foreign investment and the growth of businesses. Sri Lanka's history has taught us a cardinal truth: the weaker the ruler in Sri Lanka had been, the greater the chances of foreign interferences destabilizing the country. Sri Lanka's strong footing towards fast economic growth strongly laid by President Mahinda's rule has made an eye sore to many a Sri Lanka's adversaries who are waiting to pounce at her at the drop of a hat.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Are the covert attempts by the West to “demilitarize” North & East aimed at facilitating “normalization” of civilian lives as claimed?
Just a couple of weeks back Minister Gunaratna Weerakoon revealed that the then US ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison had offered him a five-year scholarship for his children (and) a house in the US and a green card to facilitate the removal of military camps from the North.
Are these covert attempts to get rid of military presence from North and East genuinely aimed at facilitating normalcy in the civilian lives as claimed by the West? Anyone who is familiar with the current post-war environment prevailing in the North and East would prove that military's involvement in the civilian affaires is now negligible. Any civilian who has not been indoctrinated by the TNA would prove that.
As the government has repeatedly declared a significant reduction of military from the former war-zones would pose a serious security threat. Though decimated militarily in Sri Lanka's soil Eelam project is very much active inside and outside the country. Eelam supporters in the West and the Southern India are eagerly waiting till an opportunity comes to strike back as was witnessed some time back with the killing of 03 LTTE carders who attempted to revive an armed uprising, aided by LTTE supports in the West.
An unprecedented development and rehabilitation activities taking place in the North and East has made the region with facilities which even most of the regions in other parts of the country would never enjoy in several decades to come. Construction of almost all the major roads and other connecting roads has been completed. The conditions of the roads, wide and well-carpeted, would even rival a road in a Western capital. Electrification is almost over in the entire North and East, another feat that happened in a few years' time which never happened almost half a century in other parts of the country. Construction of other infrastructure facilities such as hospitals, schools, government officers and agricultural tanks, etc, has also been almost completed.
This is complete contrast to the conditions prevailed during war time which were akin to remote regions in the African continent. The conditions now prevailing in the region would even facilitate a modestly strong and lightly armed police force with a supportive local populace to withstand a fully-fledged military onslaught in the event of the region is rid of a substantial military presence. As per the full implementation of 13th amendment police powers should be given to the provinces. Having come to the understanding that the President Rajapaksha's regime harbors a less tendency to implement the 13th amendment fully due to the associated dangers which would pave the way for diving the country, the West's all-out attempt for a regime change has almost succeeded by choosing a candidate with rural roots, a major strength incumbent president is armed with against his political opponents belonging to the Westernized elite in the country. As noted earlier with very good infrastructure facilities, a police force on the ground with full backing of a local population who wouldn't be challenged by a military, the ground is laid to a fully-fledged separate state in the North and East.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Why is Iran stable while Pakistan isn’t despite both are democracies heavily influenced by religion?
Religion being involved in ruling the country in "Islamic Republic of Pakistan" despite being a democracy is blamed to have been one of the main reasons for the chaotic state of affairs which have befallen to the country, home to the second largest Muslim population in the world. This is explained in the backdrop of the relative stability the secular India, Pakistan's neighbour enjoys since her independence despite having the most diverse ethnic composition in the world. Except Indonesia, Iran, Turkey and a few other countries most other Islamic states are still ruled by despots or autocrats or military rulers. (Pakistan had also been under military rule more years than under the civilian rule since her independence. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's present government became the first ever recipient of power from another civilian government since independence).
Exemplarily stable Iran
Is too much of involvement of religion in governing the country or in other words the political leadership becoming prisoners of the religious authorities the reason for Pakistan's instability? Then how can the stability enjoyed by "Islamic Republic of Iran" be explained? Though Iran is a democracy the supreme arbitrator of the government of Iran is a religious authority or in other words Iran is a Theocracy, only such example in the world at present. After Iran and Iraq war that ended in late 1980's the Islamic Republic of Iran has been enjoying stability as same level as a peaceful Western democracy. True! Civil liberties of the people in Iran are restricted to a larger extent and the Revolutionary Guards play a leading role in imposing strict rules to the society. However, the situation isn't as bad as the Western media demonizes Iran.
Problems inherited by colonists and Pakistan military's excessive role
The cause for the present quagmire that Pakistan is bogged down in is to a larger extend linked to the partition of then British India as present day Pakistan and India at their independence from colonist Britain. One of the most pressing unresolved problems between the two countries at the partition was the dispute over Indian administrated Kashmir. (The cause for the two out of three wars that raged between the two neighbours since independence was over this Kashmir dispute). The supremely prominent role played by the Pakistan military in the Pakistan is linked to the deeply embedded notion that the military is the defender of the nation against the powerful India. Therefore, Pakistan military has been playing larger than life role in the country leading to repeated military take overs of democratically elected governments since its independence. The moment a democratically elected government tries to mend fence with India, there had been a strong tendency of a military take over as the military fears it would lose the privileged position it holds in the society. On the other hand Pakistan military can be named the only properly functioning and the largest institution in the country given a large amount of wealth it consumes, its professionalism and the sheer size. An American journal mentioned some time back quoting Voltaire who said that "Many countries in the world have armies but Bismarck's Prussian Army has a country. Given the sheer size, professionalism and the wealth it controls the same can be said about Pakistan Army as well"
Jihadi proxies and the West's excessive interferences in Pakistan
The powerful Inter Services Intelligence's (ISI) role in employing Jihadist groups as proxies to attack Indian military, the interests in Indian administrated Kashmir and inside India has been an open secret. The real turning point of using Jihadist proxies by the Pakistan military and its feared intelligence service against the country's adversaries was when the US and the west supported Pakistan militarily and financially during General Zia-ul-Haq's reign to fight against Soviet forces in Afghanistan from 1979- 1989. Scores of Jihadists groups led by Mujahidin fighters were used to attack the Soviet Forces in Afghanistan. These fighters belonging to multitude of Jihadists groups later gave birth to ultra-extremist and fanatical Taliban both in Pakistan and Afghanistan following Soviet troop's withdrawal from Afghanistan. These fanatical groups including Taliban have now become a headache to Pakistan military as they control swathes of semi- autonomous tribal areas of Eastern Pakistan. These groups constantly carry out brutal attacks against civilian targets, as was witnessed recently in Peshawar, as well as against the Pakistan military aiming at taking over the power of the country to turn the country to a fully-fledged Islamic state run by Sharia law and gaining independence to the semi-autonomous tribal areas in Eastern Pakistan. On the other hand Saudi funded madrasas mushroomed across the country in thousands have become breeding grounds for producing Jihadi fanatics. The US's military and economic support to Pakistan and drones attacks carried out against Islamic militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan have also contributed to radicalization of poverty stricken populations in tribal areas which are feeding grounds for Jihadi groups.
Another pertinent question that begs answers is that whether Iran which is also neighbouring to Pakistan does not use Jihadist proxies to achieve its ulterior motives. Iran indeed uses proxy Jihadi groups. The case in point is Hezbollah which is playing a very crucial role at present in fighting alongside with President Al Assad's forces in Syria against Syrian rebels. Hezbollah is a powerful proxy of Iran as is the case with Hamas in Palestinian. Yet, Iran never allowed those proxy groups to destabilize the country.
Iran's formidable resolve against multitude of odds
On the other hand, given the multitude of challenges and the formidable military powers in the world that have been at work against Iran, one can say that Pakistan is enjoying a very safe position. The only formidable military power which challenges Pakistan at the moment is India. In contrast Iran is challenged by Israel, the US, the UK and many other Western Powers. On top of all while acting as the protector of Shia Muslims in the world which is 10 % against 85% to 95% Sunnis, Iran is constantly challenged by Sunni Arab Muslim world which is led by Saudi Arabia, one of the most formidable military in the region. In less than a decade into founding of Islamic Republic of Iran through the Islamic revolution in 1979 Iran fought a war with Iraq which was militarily and financially supported by the US and the West. Needless to say the challenge Iran faces due to prolonged sanctions by the West led by the US has been having debilitating affect in Iran's economy.
Having faced this many number of challenges militarily, economically, socially and ideologically Iran has made vast strides in many fields including being a leading technological innovator in the region after Israel. Iran's indigenously developed some of the technologies have started to draw attention form the world. The case in point is its drone technology which has produced an array of indigenously developed drones. Mexico has already placed an order for Iranian drones and they would soon be flying over the skies of Mexico. Needless to say that Iran has made an impressive progress in nuclear technology as well to the extent of a few leading Iranian nuclear scientist being eliminated by Israel by assassinations. The strides made by Iranians in arts and culture too have been outstanding. Iranian movie makers have been able to bag many international awards including Academy awards.
Why has then Pakistan become an almost a failed state while Iran has been making significant strides in many fields while facing a few times greater challenges than Pakistan? As noted earlier both the countries are heavily influenced by religion-Islam.
As described above Iran has been able to withstand with a sustained effort foreign Interferences (by the West and other wealthy Arab countries like Saudi Arabia) after Islamic Revolution despite being subjected to become an international pariah state. On the other hand Iran had been lucky enough not to face similar sort of partition as faced by India and Pakistan when colonists departed though Iran had also been under British colonists. West's interferences in Pakistan since its independence to achieve their ulterior motives have left debilitating effect in Pakistan which seems to be not seeing the light in the dark tunnel in foreseeable future. The colonial past, again a manifestation by the West has inherited many baggages that have been a persistent and devastating burden to the countries especially in South Asia, here the case being Pakistan.
Friday, December 19, 2014
What would be in store for Sri Lankans in the event of Mithripala Sirisena’s government coming into power with CBK around?
Given the prominent role being played by former president CBK for the election of the common candidate Mithripala Sirisena, the former is certainly going to be a very powerful and influential personality in the latter's government in the event of being successful in the upcoming presidential election.
As said earlier a slightest indication of CBK's involvement in a future government would give nightmarish feelings to anyone who has experienced her rule that lasted for 11 years- a rule that didn't inherit a single productive thing to the country. The period is rather marked with numerous monumental failures and tragedies.
They included massive and unprecedented scale of defeats to our armed forces with thousands of young rural youth losing their lives, an unprecedented scale of resources being lost, going off of bombs and claymores in cities and other rural areas being order of the day with massive civilian deaths, the economy undergoing one of worst periods in the country's history, the level of corruption was at its peak, rule of law was nearly absent with some of her cronies committing crimes with the underworld and etc, etc.
If named a few those devastations that happened in the war front alone they would read thus: the almost entire fleet of aircrafts of the National Carrier being wiped out by the terrorists, the massive bomb blasts that destroyed the Central Bank and the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, the holiest place for Sri Lankan Buddhists. The disastrous Jaya Sikuru operation with massive loss of men and resources that eventually resulted in wiping out Mullaithivu and Elephant Pass army camps. (This paved the way for the government to surrender for another round of peace agreement with LTTE terrorists, a ploy for them to get ready for yet another war with the government) and additionally the massive human and material losses incurred to SL Navy, the Air Force and the Police.
During that period the morale of Sri Lankan citizens was at their lowest ebb with uncertainty hanging around every bit of their lives. On top of all, a good part of the country was about to be handed over to a terrorist outfit on a silver platter called P-TOMS. To put in nutshell President CBK had been and would undoubtedly be the worst leader ever to rule the country.
So any Sri Lankan who has an iota of idea what had been going on during CBK's tenure will have second thoughts about what is in store for them in the event of any government coming into power with her backing!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Terrorism spares no place on earth- yesterday it was Canada and toady Australia: two countries that used to be most peaceful places on earth!
For Australians and many others from the West a mere sight of a place that any violent incident takes place such as bomb blasts or a violent siege seem to be enough to become emotional and cry. For many in this part of the world in South Asia these incidents have, however, become a norm. For us Sri Lankans for instance just 05 years ego those incidents, many times horrendous and gory than what happened in Sydney yesterday, had been a part of daily life.
However, those very societies in the West harbour a large number of sympathisers and ardent supporters who give material and moral support to those terrorists who carry out such horrendous attacks against humanity back in their home countries.
The incident in Sydney takes place in less than 02 months' time when Canada was under attack by Jihadists in last October. Both the countries had been among the few places on earth enjoying for a long period of time very peaceful living conditions free from any violent incidents such as terrorists' attacks. Unlike Canada, however, Australia under Prime Minister Tony Abbott has realised what those terrorist supportive communities who misuse and enjoy his country's accommodativeness and lax immigration laws are up to and have been supportive to Sri Lanka. As was pointed out when Canada was under attack that country, however, remains hostile towards Sri Lanka and is hell bent to punish her for crushing the LTTE terrorism which had been fed from its inception by generous material and moral support by the LTTE supporters living in Canada.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
It has been a vogue for a few weeks now for some parties and pundits on social media to come up with "ground level or grass –root level surveys" that show "a mass rural voter base" for the common candidate M. Sirisena. However, these surveys seem to have been having some fundamental flows or either they are just wild imaginations or blatant lies by some parties and individuals aimed at giving an upper hand to M. Sirisena's propaganda campaign.
Except among Tamil and Muslim voters M. Sirisena has not been able to make a big dent among Rajapaksha's voter base and the latter enjoys almost the same level of support that he enjoyed in 2010 among rural Sinhala Buddhist voters.
What matters most for an average rural person is the cost of living, his/her son serving in the armed forces are no longer coming in their numbers to their rustic dwellings in sealed coffins and a peaceful environment to live in without being blown up by bombs. The rural masses know very well by their past experiences that what a future M. Sirisena's government, if elected, can do about cost of living is almost zero. They are still fresh with their memories of how former president Chandrika's promise of making available a loaf of bread at Rs. 4.50 in 1994 became a huge flop. So the rural voters know very well that the promise of a possible reduction of cost of living by a future government of M. Sirisena doesn't hold much water.
The subjects of corruption, abuse of office of executive presidency, problems of good governance and rule of law under Rajapaksha administration have not been phenomena unique only to the his administration alone. They had been hallmarks in all the previous administrations especially from J. R. Jayawardana's onward. If anyone says that President Rajapaksha's rule is anything different than what we saw his predecessor's administration in terms of the subjects mentioned above, it is an almost exaggeration to anyone who had been a grown- up individual by the time the latter's rule started in 1994. Besides, those subjects are a little relevance to an average rural folk in his/her day today survival.
On the other hand if he/she happens to get a rare chance of going on a trip in any part of the country including the North and East, he/she would find that almost all the roads that he/she travels on are wide and carpeted for miles, an almost a dream for him/her who has always seen either gravel or pot-holed roads in his/her life time. If his/her trip happens to be to the North and East parts of the country, visiting almost all the places in the North in particular and the North and East in general would have been his/her a wildest imagination in just a five years ago. So the average village folk doesn't want to see a halt, even for a short period of time, or a reverence of those fortunes even in an iota. He/she is intelligent enough to fathom out what is in store to those fortunes in the absence of Rajapaksha's rule given some of the prominent individual who are around M. Sirisena and the powerful forces backing his candidature.
So M. Rajapaksha rule hasn't certainly made an impact in the minds of rural Sinhala Buddhist voter base to the extent of what former presidents R. Premadasa's rule did in 1994 which paved the way for the former's successor's ascend to power. The result of the upcoming presidential election would, no doubt, shed more light to determine how a rural Sinhala Buddhist votes when it comes to an important election, a life and death one for him/her in that matter!
Monday, December 8, 2014
The US offered the Harvard University's Health Leadership Award to then Minister of Health Mithripala Sisrisena some time back. Were minister Sisrisena's services to the health sector in Sri Lanka outstanding to the extent of being a recipient of an award by the US except his efforts to have anti-tobacco advertisements on the cigarette packets? Have there any previous examples of an elected member of parliament in Sri Lanka been a recipient of an award by the US for any outstanding service rendered? Besides any such recognition of an outstanding performance by a minister invariably gives credits to the president Rajapaksha as the former was the minister of the latter's government whose very existence is a thorn in the flesh to the West in general and the US in particular. It also proves that the plans had long been afoot by the West to field Minthripala Sirisena as the presidential candidate against the incumbent.
The other instance has been the Minister Gunaratna Weerakoon's recent revelation that the then US ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison had offered him a five-year scholarship for his children (and) a house in the US and a green card to facilitate the removal of military camps from the North which would eventually help to weaken the present Rajapaksha's government with the Tamil separatists elements like the LTTE raising their heads again. The US is now shouting from the roof-tops denying the minister's allegations. Is the minster Weerakoon is such a fool to implicate the mighty US in such an allegation out of thin air without knowing the consequences?
There must have been many more much stronger and numerous efforts on the part of the West to ouster the president Rajapaksha. If Sri Lankans are lucky enough, at least a few of them would emerge during the president election's campaign period revealing the extent of hatred harboured by the West towards the president Rajapaksha!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Reports of distorting Buddhist history and heritage in Sri Lanka by Catholic churches continue to emerge!
As I said in my previous post the instances being reported such as this are just a tip of a huge ice burg. Christian/Catholic Church has been in a monumental project which is sustained, vigorous, systematic and well-funded. The ultimate goal is a conversion of Buddhists in massive proportions to Christianity and Catholic religion. However, this is underway in an extremely subtle manner which draws a little or no attention from the gullible Buddhists.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Distortion of Buddhist’s History in Sri Lanka by Thewatta Church in Ragama is just a tip of a huge ice-burg!
Eelamists have long been blamed for distorting Sinhalese Buddhist history in Sri Lanka for furthering their separatist agenda and this has been the case with Muslim extremists too in recent times. In both the cases false histories of both the communities are portrayed employing multitudes of ways.
However, vested interested Christian and Catholic hierarchies have long been doing it in a sustained and vigorous manner in an extremely subtle fashion giving room for a little or no attention. Imitating and integrating Sri Lankan Buddhists cultural characteristics in whatever way possible into Christian/Catholic practices is one of the best ways to attract the Buddhists to the respective faiths. This is also one of most successful ways for conversions which have been happening vigorously in many part of the country especially in the poverty stricken rural areas as I highlighted in one of my earlier posts. Claiming a history of Christians in Sri Lanka going back to as far as Anuradhapura era and not starting with the arrival of Portuguese colonists seem mere ridiculous to anyone who has an iota of knowledge of Sri Lanka: let alone her history. What we witness in Thewatta Church proves beyond doubt that this re-writing of history project for Christians isn't mere an isolated incident. It is just a little sign of a determined, crafty and subtle effort which is in progress in a mammoth proportion!
In a backdrop of Christian Churches in Europe get closed down and abandoned in large numbers due to dwindling followers and the region where Christianity was born is increasingly becoming a no-go and inhabitable zone to Christians, a new regions should be found for its survival. The most suitable regions are obviously poverty stricken regions of Africa and the South Asia. However, significant parts of the two regions are inhabited by the followers of Islam which gives a zero opportunity for conversions. The obvious choice is the regions where Buddhists and Hindus are in majority which offer a little or no resistance for conversions. So going to the extent of even completely distorting the histories of the indigenous communities and writing fabricated histories of Christianity in the regions should obviously be the order of the day.
PS: What has happened to South-Korea which had an over 90 percent population of Buddhists at the start of Korean wars in 1950s is a case in point!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Iraqi army’s mass desertion not opting to fight ISIS shows in style what is in store for the countries invaded by the West led by the US!
The Iraqi army has been receiving the training from the US for almost a decade now following the Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's ouster by the invading coalition forces led by the US in 2003. The Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein, a Sunni was predominantly Sunni in a country of which the majority population is Shi'ite. The government led by recently stepped down president Maliki, a Shi'ite who came to power after Saddam Hussein's fall was responsible for wide spread discrimination perpetrated against minority Sunnis. Maliki's government predominated by Shi'ite by and large had been and continues to be a puppet of the US. The birth of ISIS was to a larger extent responsible for the Maliki's discriminatory actions and policies against Sunnis.
Nearly a half of the Iraqi army, well trained by the US, abandoned their modern US made weaponry which included Tanks, artillery batteries, APCs and Humvees etc and fled their positions and barracks in the mere news of ISIS's advance. How could such a cowardly act be committed by a "well –trained, equipped, professional and disciplined army" trained by the US for an almost decade?
One of the explanations given by the US commentators was that the almost all the commanders in Iraqi army were filled by the cronies of president Maliki and were not professional soldiers. Therefore, the men under them had lost their faith to fight against their formidable foe as a total rout was certain. But how could "well-trained and professional men" numbering many thousands just abandon their army and uniforms simply because their commanders were incompetent. One can hardly buy such clumsy explanations. The big question is how could on earth this happen in the first place?
A repetition on steroid is well on the card in Afghanistan too once the Coalition forces led by the US leaves the country soon. Over there, the Afghan National Army trained and equipped by the US would be equal to the Iraqi army while the Taliban would be equaling the ISIS!
So what bequeaths by the Western Invaders led by the US in unfortunate victimized countries is the total destruction, carnage and chaos. Not the democracy or the trained armies who are claimed to have been trained to protect the so called democracy!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
What do visits by warships of some countries including Russia, China and Japan with frequent intervals to Sri Lankan ports mean?
Though Sri Lankan public and politicians didn't see much importance of the events other regional powers and the world powers mustn't have failed to take note of the importance of these events. Russian and Chinese warships were docking Sri Lankan ports at the backdrop of a very crucial time with two powers at the threshold of again changing the course of world's trajectory. The latter's phenomenal economic growth has resulted in stunning modernization of her military with PLA Navy enjoying a fair share of it which has rattled quite a bit of Western Power's feathers. It is not a secret that Chinese navy's growth and modernization is being wearily and closely watched by them
The West's vicious intention of encircling Russia by expanding NATO up to her backyard aimed at pushing her to the wall has resulted in the latter flexing its military muscles again after the end of cold war. Russia is now relentlessly trying to re-gain its military might after the collapse of the Soviet Union and building friendships with countries especially from the East.
Other warships that docked Colombo port within this year included from Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Visits by the Warships of Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Coast Guard of Japan to Colombo port on 13th Oct and 28th of July of this year respectively are of special importance as Japan is fast trying to become an influential player in the Asia Pacific Region with its military gaining a rapid growth. (Japan's military's shedding off of self -defense posture that came into being at her defeat in the WW II is largely being influenced by the disputes it has with China over a several issues including the two powers' traditional rivalry and the dispute over a few inhabited and oil rich islands in the South China sea claimed by the both countries). On the other hand one should not forget the fact that the Japanese imperial Navy before the end of WW II was par with the greatest naval powers in the world and the only navy from the East that challenged the most powerful navies from the West.
So the sheer importance of the visits made by the navies of three powerful world powers in such a short span of time with two of the navies making two frequent visits during this period underscores the fact that how strategic Sri Lanka's location has again become on the sea lanes vitally important for commercial and military traffic. Visits by above mentioned other navies too at such a frequency show how Sri Lanka's strategic location is increasingly being felt by other countries in the region too.
Apt, wise and at times cunning handling of affairs with regional and the world powers by Sri Lankan political establishment would certainly offer unprecedented benefits to her to regain her former glories once more.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Canada, safe haven for many terrorists terrorizing their home countries is finally not immune to ‘terrorist’ attacks then!
Canada's duplicity when it comes to treating terrorists terrorizing foreign countries is well known. It is a common knowledge that an ordinary person finds extremely difficult to get a Canadian visa with repeated refusals while the relations of LTTE terrorists or LTTE suspects themselves get the visa within a few days for an extended period of time. Canada is home to a very significant section of LTTE supportive diaspora members who are hell-bent to destabilise the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the country now. If the money collected from Canadian Tamils for LTTE to wage war in Sri Lanka had not been forthcoming, the brutal war by LTTE would have not lasted such long. Sri Lanka is not the only country that has become the victims of the duplicity on the part of Canada. So it seems what Canadians have been doing to destabilize other countries through it proxies has boomeranged in style!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Well oiled and well funded propaganda machine of Muslim Fundamentalists in Sri Lanka outsmarts seasoned Eelam propagandists
The huge success scored by Muslim Fundamentalists in Sri Lanka in its propaganda campaign, unleashed following the incidents recently happened in Beruwela and Aluthgama, has stunned many a Buddhists in Sri Lanka and abroad. The deadly effectiveness of the Muslim fundamentalist' s propaganda machine was such that It has been able to portray to the world completely different picture on what happened in South-Western part of Sri Lanka. The distortion of the true picture of what happened there was such meticulously executed that within days of incidents no lesser person than Dalai Lama himself issued a statement condemning the Sri Lankan Buddhists. Repercussions of this nasty campaign continue to reverberate with the reports of FB accounts of Minister Chamapaka Ranawaka of Hela Urumaya and the General Secretary of BBS Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero being removed by its operators.
Demonizing of Buddhists in Sri Lanka has been a popular past time of many an anti-Sinhala Buddhists elements including Eelamists, powerful Christian organisations & individuals and anti-Sinhalese Buddhists Western countries. The latest to add the list has been the Muslim Fundamentalists.As was pointed out in some of my previous posts, Muslim propaganda machine in Sri Lanka is well oiled and handsomely funded as same as Ealimist's. The deadly effectiveness of it has reached to the same proportions as Eelmists. Though the harbingers and the subsequent perpetrators to the violence had in fact been the Muslim Fundamentalists, Buddhists are being incessantly vilified as being the perpetrators of 'a vicious anti-Muslim program' against "a beleaguered innocent minority".
The non-reportage in the Sinhala and other media about the continues harassment by Muslims against Buddhist monks and the Sinhalese residents in the area and inaction by the local police stations to the repeated complaints made by victimized Sinhalese have helped to legitimize the false and vicious Muslim propaganda campaign. Needless to say that the police inaction is obviously a result of the influences made by the wealthy Muslims themselves and some government politicians including a Minister representing the area.
How Ven. Ayagama Samitha Thero who was assaulted by 03 Muslim youth in Aluthgama on Poson Poya Day had continuously been subject to harassment for a long period of time was never brought to the notice of people except rare instances like one of her insightful articles by Senali Waduge. How the Muslims in the area had incessantly been making every effort to chase away the residing Buddhist monks of the temple in which Ven. Samitha Thero was residing aiming at taking over the temple and the premises for Muslims were never known to the people. (These types of tactics by Muslims are quite common in all parts of the country where Muslims live. Scores of such instances where whole Sinhalese villages being chased away are quite common especially in the Eastern Province though they are hardly reported). And also how some of the photos of the houses alleged to have been damaged by Buddhists were in fact of the houses demolished giving way to widening the roads were never reported.
Needless to say that it was a field day for anti-Sinhalese Buddhists media locally and internationally with vested interests especially those who have Christian inclination. Case in point is D.B.S.Jeyaraj and Dharisha Bastians. The wholly one-sided and exaggerated reporting by them was indeed a relentless vilification of Buddhists which has always been the case at the drop of a hat.
So Buddhists in Sri Lanka in particular and the government in general are taken for a bloody good ride by yet another deadly propaganda outfit whose ruthlessness is perhaps a few times greater than the Eelamsists. Sri Lankan Buddhist community and its Sanga are relentlessly been portrayed as a bunch of a blood thirsty rascals who are hell bent to destroy " beleaguered innocent minorities" in Sri Lanka.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Tamils are the greatest ass lickers of the Whites while the Sinhalese have been the ass kickers of the Whites! (Re-posting an earlier post)
During the span of almost 500 years of colonial times the Colonists were consistently harassed by the Sinhalese, depriving their opportunity to plunder our land with ease. There had been numerous armed uprisings by the Sinhalese throughout the colonial period resulting in mass scale genocidal slaughters against Sinhalese with their religion and property being destroyed and the lands robbed. The harshest among the three colonists against Sinhalese were the British. In contrast Tamils were granted vastly disproportionate superficial benefits at the expense of Sinhalese who were the vast majority and the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka.( I have discussed these vastly disproportionate benefits offered to the Tamils in one of my previous posts and will continue to write more on the subject in future posts too). Due to the very fact that Tamils had been the great ass-lickers of the Whites they took them to most of their colonies. The Dutch and Portuguese started this by bringing down Tamils from South India to Jaffna to cultivate tobacco. The present day Tamils population in Jaffna is the descendents of those tobacco cultivators. British colonists followed suit by taking them to their colonies such as Malaysia, South Africa and Sri Lanka etc.
The present day SL Tamils continue to lick the asses of the Whites while being their own countries making them to do it easier. So it is not difficult to understand the effect: Sri Lanka has become a prime target of a nasty witch hunt for not allowing their ass-lickers to have an exclusive Tamil land in Sri Lanka. That's why the White asses have gone to the extent of giving ultimatums to Sri Lanka, a sovereign country based on a false video. What an ace ass-lickers of the Whites SL Tamils have become"!
Monday, March 24, 2014
“Our western partners, led by the United States of America, prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun. They have come to believe in their exclusivity and exceptionalism, that they can decide the destinies of the world, that only they can ever be right. They act as they please: here and there, they use force against sovereign states, building coalitions based on the principle “If you are not with us, you are against us.”
So what the Russian president eloquently says fits in style for Sri Lanka which has become an unfortunate victim of the imperialist onslaught by the US and the West who are hell bent to achieve an ulterior motive which will spell devastating consequences to its people!
“To make this aggression look legitimate, they force the necessary resolutions from international organizations, and if for some reason this does not work, they simply ignore the UN Security Council and the UN overall”.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Under the cover of Eelam wars and Muslim expansionism another vicious force against Sinhalese Buddhists has been having a field day while in operation with impunity. Though this hasn’t been a new phenomenon which has been in existence around us from the day European colonists set their foot in our land, above mentioned two forces have given perfect cover for the forceful conversion of poor rural Buddhists to Christianity for decades now. The attention of Buddhists was largely focused on the former for some decades and the latter lately with intermittent protests against conversations. Even the intermittent protest generated, largely by Buddhists clergy, paled into insignificance by the overwhelming attention received by the former for decades.
The alarming extent of forceful conversations in operation in Buddhist Villages
However, the sheer degree of forceful conversion that has been in operation and the damage it caused is such that Sinhalese Buddhists and the clergy have been forced to come out in protest. It has grown to such extent that a large number of poor rural Sinhalese Buddhist villages have been witnessing so called “Prayer Houses” emerging every other day bearing varied names such as “Jeevana Alokaya”, Foursquare Church, “Suveya Doratuwa”, “ Church of Grace”, “Assemblies of God” and “Calvary Free Church” etc etc. The sheer multitudes of names themselves suggest the magnitude of effort being put into and its spread.
Usual demonization of Sinhalese Buddhists as a bunch of racists
Even a slightest protest made against conversion is used to usual vilification of Sinhalese Buddhists with popular name calling such as “Saffron terror”, “Ethno-religious fascism”, “ Buddhist Racism”, “discriminating religions of minorities”, “Saffron Robed Terrorism”, “Buddhist extremists violating the rights of minority religions” etc etc. The powerful forces behind this anti-constitutional act are connected with their overseas patrons and it is being spear-headed in Sri Lanka by a well organised and well –funded varied religious bodies, individuals and organisations.
Poverty is used as the main tool for forceful conversion
As it’s commonly known most widely used modus operandi to lure Buddhists has been by offering financial and material support and thereby baiting them to change the religion. Promotion of hatred against Buddhism by vilifying its founder is also found to have been one of the common methods used. There have been many instances where the Buddhists are forced to dash the Buddha statues on the walls and breaking them. The notorious “Pastors” heading the above mentioned “Prayer Houses” are swamping poor Sinhalese Buddhist villages aimed at dislodging their Buddhist foundations. Thousands of foreign funded organisations operating from Colombo with dubious names, claimed to have been working on Community Development in rural areas, are also the nerve centers of a wide-spread network of “Prayer Houses” and “Churches” operating in villages
Vilification of Sinhalese Buddhists has found the perfect timing with UNHRC round the corner
The propaganda machine of Eelamists has been and is still one of the best in its contemporary time which hardly find rival even in the West. It is supported financially, morally and expertise by powerful sections of the Tamil diaspora and even some Western governments and organisations. The anti-Sinhalese Buddhist propaganda campaign unleashed by the forces behind the forceful conversions seems only to second the Eelam propagandists. A very effective local and international media campaign demonising Sinhalese Buddhists has been unleashed aimed at upcoming UNHRC session in Geneva in March. The negative publicity received by Sri Lanka internationally gives an immense boost for forceful conversion to proceed unabated. This has also given a turbo boost for Eelam propagandists. The case in point is DBS Jeyraj who has been demonising Sinhalese Buddhists as being a bunch of “Ethno-religious fascists”. As being a Christian himself Jeyraj has been vilifying Sinhalese Buddhists in his blog with his own writing and giving space to other writers hell bent to unleash anti Sinhalese Buddhist propaganda. Interestingly, Eelam project has firm Christian foundations from its inception.