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How relevant is SAARC?
We note once more a high-profile Conference of SAARC Foreign Ministers was held
at· Delhi last week. Naturally, out Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama was
very much there - with sonna boy, as we learn from the Ptess releases. One of
the relief’s Sri Lankans have been clamoring for long has been Visa-free travel
facility to India, which we have been allowing Indians visiting Sri Lanka for
some years now. The Press here has supported readers’ concerns in this regard.
But India continues to remain unmoved and adamant Consequently Sri Lankans
continue to suffer opposite the Indian High Commissioner’s office at Kollupitiya
from dawn to dusk. One wonders, therefore, what the purpose of SAARC’s for the
millions of people within this grouping if India - the largest and most
resourceful member - flouts SAARC resolutions to dismantle travel restriction
within the region. As to the influence of the GoSL and our Foreign Minister to
persuade the Indians to be reasonable and. comply, it is clear they have no
clout at all with the Indians. So what is the point of remaining in SAARC -
described by many as a useless white elephant? One does not have to speculate
too much that Bogollagama Jr. did not have to go through the hassle of waiting
in the totally disorienting queue to get his Visa to India. This suffering
clearly is only for the hoi polloi amongst us and not meant to the well-heeled.
Confused Foreign Diplomats
A letter in a daily newspaper of October 13, 2007 carried the pictures of four
foreigners, viz:- Dominic Chilcott, Alan Rock, Weerth, and Robert Blake. On
perusing their antecedents, it was found that they represented Christian
countries. Immediately one’s mind goes back to ancient history and the hymn
currently sung in churches, and even on musical discs which goes, ‘Onward
Christian soldiers marching as to war.’ .Christians are burdened with the
responsibility of acting as soldiers for the church to save and retrieve people
from heathen religious philosophies. History tells us that many countries were
converted to Christianity by being threatened with the use of the sword if their
people did not convert to Christianity.
Dominic Chilcott behaves like a child in a cot. If he is acquainted with the
history of the country he is serving in, he should know that during the
governance of the late President J. R. Jayewardene, the British Envoy of that
time, was given 24hrs notice to pack his bags and leave for home, for the simple
error of walking into a polling booth, during a general election and talking to
the officers manning the booth. A Foreign Envoy should know he is on Lankan soil
to safeguard chiefly the interests of his country and its citizens. Being
interested in the ongoing insurgency; is well within his scope, but certainly
not commenting on how the government should handle the untoward phenomenon.
Speaking to the insurgents or, suppressing them militarily, is for the sovereign
Head of Sri Lanka. If newspaper reports are correct, why did the British Lower
House invite Thamil Chelvam of the LTTE to address it? The LTTE is labeled a
terrorist organization, but the House of Commons was eager to listen to the
Propaganda Secretary of the banned organization. It would have served the House
well if it had also invited Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, who called John
Holmes a ‘Terrorist.’ Minister Tissa Vitharana nephew of the late Dr. N. M.
Perera is still stuck to old Marxist LSSP dogma and speaks of Federalism;
without pausing to think that such a set up will be the quick and short road to
the Separate State of Eelam. The UNP will readily harbour him. It was only after
Prabhakaran, who was trained in South India in guerilla war showed his face,
that fighting erupted. His first show of displeasure with the Sinhalese and
Muslims was with the killing of the Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraippah who liased
with the SLFP of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike. His mentor was terrorist, the late
Anton Balasingham, who was afforded a safe haven in London, where the British
Monarch reigned. The surreptitious deal involving the CFA of 2003 which gifted
the North - East provinces to the Tigers, was hastily labeled Eelam, the
Homeland of the Tamils. Eelam was ruled by dictator Prabhakaran. All Tamils who
did not fall in line with the fascism of the Leader were killed. Sinhalese and
Muslims were given 24 hours to quit Jaffna, taking with them nothing of
importance to the new regime. Land, homes with furniture and all valuables were
deemed to be the property of the State of Eelam. Those owning vehicles and
bicycles hurriedly left to save their lives; the unfortunates who hoofed it
straggled along, many falling dead on their weary way.
Dominic Chilcott, if he cares to go back into the days of the Independence
struggle, will know that the Sinhala Only Act was enacted to drive out the White
Man from Lankan soil. It was very effective for within a year or two, English
planters and businessmen left Ceylon’s shores. Even The English Armed Forces
left Ceylon on the orders of Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike. For his
trouble, he was murdered by a bald headed man in the robes of a monk, to give
the country the impression that the Buddhist clergy wanted the White Man back.
His wife, who succeeded him, however, kept the White Sahibs in check by
nationalising the estates. The White Man had no reason to stay back in Ceylon.
Now, Alan Rock rocks Louise Arbour in her labours to bring forth Prabhakaran as
the president of the land demarcated as the Tamil Homeland, forgetting that the
greater number of Tamils live amicably in the Sinhala South with Muslims and
Burghers. Sri Lankan leaders are aware that English is the pathway to knowledge
and close contact with foreign countries and welcomes the belated suggestion of
Chilcott, for the far seeing government has already altered the school
curriculum to include English as a compulsory second language, though earlier it
The German Ambassador, enjoying the proverbial Sri Lankan hospitality, demands
that the Lankan Government stop the war. The government’s position is that it is
not at war with its citizens but is only curbing an insurgency against the
sovereign government of Sri Lanka. If the European envoys know their onions or
rather bunions that hurt them, they should surely know that it is the LTTE that
assaults and cries on the shoulders of the envoys, to have them wipe away the
tears of the LTTE, reputed to be the richest terrorist organisation. It believes
it could suppress the government forces and spread its Eelam fantasy over the
whole island. Now that it is failing in its perfidy, Christian religious
dignitaries suggest stopping the bloodshed and speaking to the chief architect
of terror, ‘Prabhakaran.’ Western diplomats, like the American envoy, also join
the Christian clergy and repeat in harmony with them, ‘Talk to Prabahkaran.’ Do
they not know that Prabhakaran is a fugitive from Justice? He is a common
criminal and not a freedom fighter like Bin Laden. Christian Norway is a friend
of the LTTE leader. Did not that country smuggle him to Norway, to acquaint him
with handling of new fangled weaponry and gifting him with money to finance his
The big inexplicable dilemma is why they target little Sri Lanka. Could it be
that, Lanka is the comer stone of world wide Buddhism, which resists
proselytism? The subtle conspiracy is to see the insurgents topple Lanka to
subdue Buddhism that is abhorrent to the Christian Church that characterizes
Buddhism as irreligious and heathen. Louise Arbour of the UNO is exerting all
her labour to give the LTTE a foot hold. Would it not be more rewarding if she
and the four foreign envoys go westwards to the USA and advise its president to
give up killing humans for the Black Gold that flows in abundance in the Middle
East? Sri Lanka is satisfied that abductions and killings are the work of the
LTTE, to spur the gullible UN Ambassador for Human Rights, Arbour with a
suggestion of a Separate State for the warring country and possibly set up an
office for the UNO on sovereign Sri Lankan soil. The LTTE will have its Eelam on
a platter with no terrorist blood flowing and Robert Blake will be a happy man
seeing a stop to the taking of human life which he abhors! Iraqian life is
dispensable to Americans!
Prabhakaran’s war games have destroyed
the Tamil people
Letter from a Tamil in Canada
The comments by various people show how foolishly we tamils, continue to
glorify violence, suicide and terror. All this began with G.G. Ponnambalam
attacking the sinhalese in a virulent speech in1939, resulting in the first
After the war SJV and others used every chance to gore the government instead of
building bridges. They spurned the left leaders who stood for parity and
preferred to hob-nob with their Colombo-7 capitalist leaders.
Our Colombo Tamil leaders, arrogantly started the ball rolling, and even claimed
that they are “ready for state terror.” The local militants realised that they
were being bamboozled by the Colombo set, and they killed those leaders, our
best men and women, and made cannon fodder out of our children.
Look at this partial list:
1. The JR government in 1977 granted all the demands on language etc. that
the previous Tamil organisations had asked for. But we could not profit from it,
because by then we were under the gun of Prabakaran.
2. India came in and merged north and east two provinces, and provided an
honourable framework. But had we re-engaged the whole thing and started another
war, Prabakaran would have been annihilated by the IPKF, if not for Premadasa.
3. Further accommodation was possible under Premadasa. But we re-engaged him and
killed the 600 police who surrendered.
4. Under Chandrika we had the far reaching constitutional proposals by Neelan
Thiruchelvan, but we replied by assassinating him.
5. Incredible concessions were made by the Ranil Wickremesinghe government with
the Cease Fire Agreement. But we used it to stock up arms, get ready for another
war and made sure of such a war by preventing Ranil’s victory.
This list of 5 does not include the innumerable other chances that had been
offered. Why would any politician think that a political solution is possible
So, why are talking of a political solution?
The LTTE has always worked for a military solution. This Anuradhapura attack is
the same old Killinochchi wine that Bishop Chikera is now peddling, and
desecrating even the Eucharist. The LTTE does NOT want a political solution. It
wants a military solution from the barrel of a gun. In the process it will
destroy the Ceylon Tamils by destroying the future generation. How many Tamils
are now left in the Vanni? What is the percentage of Tamils in Sri Lanka today?
The CIA world fact book says that there is now only about 5% Tamils in SL!
Instead of executing this attack on the Anuradhapura military camp, if
Prabakaran had declared that he is for a federal solution and that he will
peacefully contest elections every where in Sri Lanka, do you think any Sinhala
politician of any worth could oppose it? Even the most extreme “unitary man”
would have to take up this chance. Even many Sinhalese might vote for Prabakaran
if he had the capacity to do the right thing. But a “Venkai” does not change its
Instead, for 30 years, he has led the Tamils on the path of destruction and
suicide. Foolish Tamils, drunk with the venom of hate sing his praise. I lay the
whole blame on Prabakaran for destroying the Ceylon Tamils. He is the biggest
friend of Sinhala chauvinists.
Prabakaran has done what no Dutugemunu could ever do - reduce the Tamil areas to
a prison for the Tamils, reduce the reputation of Tamils all over the world,
kill our next generation and convert the remainder into war-mongering youngsters
unfit for civilian life. The adults have been reduced to displaced persons.
School principles and temple dignitaries have been assassinated. Only the Tamils
living in cozy comfort in the foreign lands can continue to rattle their swords,
mesmerized by Prabakaran’s war games which have destroyed the tamil people, and
impoverished the Sinhala as well.
Nothing is possible for the Ceylon Tamils until Prabakaran is a factor in the
balance of power. Tamils need educated leaders with a vision fit for today’s
Presidential Secretariat felicitates Top Ten!
Most of the English dailies gave a lot of publicity to the Awards Ceremony of
‘Business Today’ when the 10 top Corporates, selected by this magazine were
felicitated at the Presidential Secretariat.
It is understood that the President himself made a brief appearance just to give
away the Awards to the ten ‘Top’ Corporates.
It appears that ‘Business Today’ is only looking at The Financial Performance of
the companies and does not take into consideration important elements such as
Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.
If these important factors were taken into consideration, Distilleries
Corporation of Sri-Lanka (DCSL) and Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) could not have
got into the top ten.
Anyway, even leaving aside Corporate Social Responsibility, it is shocking how
distilleries which are under investigation by Customs for a massive duty fraud
were selected as No.1 of the Top ten Companies of Sri Lanka.
Speaks well for the Corporate Governance in Sri Lanka! I am appalled that the
other respectable corporates who were featured, accepted their awards without
having the strength of character to reject these awards.
It is reported that an official from Business Today, who spoke on behalf of the
company, made a plea to the audience to support their three magazines, stating
that only Sri Lanka Insurance which is a group company of Distilleries,
advertises in their new political magazine TARGET. Is that a clue as to how the
selections were done?
Mrs. Lilani Lokuhettige
Hats off to the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA)
It is a mixture of admiration and sadness that one feels when one reads the
story of the little girl allegedly raped and killed by a monk. (Sunday Island
Admiration for this institute for persisting in its duty in spite of obvious
opposition and, succeeding in obtaining justice for a mourning mother, who can
at least rest now knowing her daughter’s murder is avenged. Not an easy rest
though, when one imagines what sadness she would be feeling when she thinks that
the very people who should have protected her child – the owner of the child
care center and the guardian of the religion she belongs to – had been the cause
of her little girl’s death. Worse, is the fact that, the police officers who
should have acted on the available evidence, which is said to be compelling, had
dragged their feet.
This mother needs to be applauded for taking up the cause, when many others
would have simply given up, thinking what purpose does it serve now that the
child is dead. But what this mother did by taking to protest through street
demonstration, which seems to be the only weapon available to the poor nowadays
to obtain justice, she prevented many more little girls being raped and killed
and, also issued a warning to all other culprits. Hope that brings solace to her
ailing soul. We salute you Mother!
Not only should the culprits be punished, but also the law officers who failed
to act, should be asked to account for their inaction. If not, this sort of
high handedness would keep recurring as happens in our country so frequently.
It is only then we can rest assured that this little girl’s death has not been
Dr. Mareena Thaha Refai,
Modus operandi exposes hands behind crimes
It is a shameful fact that many dastardly crimes committed in recent times such
as murders, assassinations, abductions, arson and large scale destruction of
property continue to remain unsolved mysteries. At the same time it is a
universally accepted truth that in all criminal activities by individuals,
gangs, cartels or groups, the manner in which the crimes are committed provides
reasonable clues to the perpetrator or perpetrators.
The study of the modus operandi is an aspect of primary importance in criminal
investigation. Today all Police forces in the world keep records of modus
operandi as much as they keep fingerprint, DNA, handwriting, photographic
Modus operandi records have often provided valuable clues in successfully
solving crimes. It is interesting to note that some criminals have unique
personal traits. A study on some of the Police records will reveal this. Some
prominent traits of perpetrators are:
a) Entering only through the roof
b) Stealing only cash and jewellery
c) Stealing only electrical or electronic goods
d) Stealing only female clothing
e) Consuming food from the refrigerator
f) Consuming whatever liquor that’s in the house
With regard to operations by criminal groups, including terrorist organisations,
clear ‘patterns of crime’ have been recognised. Some make telephone threats,
some give warnings, some operate only in specified areas, some specialise in
kidnapping and taking ransom, some rob only banks.
Terrorist crimes can often be identified by the ‘modus operandi’. The types of
weapons used, the makes of explosives, methods of destruction etc. often provide
useful clues. In Sri Lanka there is no difficulty in identifying a suicide
explosion, a mass massacre of innocent villagers or a claymore mine as the work
of the LTTE.
Even law-enforcement officers and investigators have peculiar traits. A
policeman firing a weapon to commit an unlawful act will collect the empty
shells. There have been and are investigators who derive perverse satisfaction
out of ‘third degree’ methods or even torture.
Likewise when unlawful acts are committed by state agencies or individuals with
state or political backing, telltale marks are left behind. Such crimes are
committed without the fear that the Police will intervene. As such they are
committed brazenly the vehicles used may have similarities. They often happen in
places or areas where other criminals fear to tread. These areas are the ones
close to the Police station or Army barracks or a heavily guarded place.
A hallmark of crimes with state or political backing is that they are mainly of
an intimidating nature, and with comprehensive destruction of property. They are
usually devoid of robbery or rape. Another striking peculiarity is that the
Police out of lack of professionalism or the fear of retribution in the form of
transfers or denials of promotion invariably turn a blind eye to these crimes
even if valuable lives are lost. Investigations are of a lukewarm nature and
seldom or never does one see arrests and successful prosecutions.
Those experienced in criminal investigations and related studies together with
the telltale evidence provide reasonable and credible indicators not only to
trained minds but to ordinary intelligent citizens to make out the perpetrators
who committed the criminal act.