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The General and the battlefield
The General apparently gives instantaneous responses to numerous issues without much thought and perhaps thinks later of its damage and makes a bold attempt to rectify the grave injustice created with rectification attempts. On an earlier occasion he spoke of this country belonging to the Sinhalese and that the minorities should live according to the wishes of the majority and antagonised the minorities. Perhaps he had no intention of engaging in politics and made such a statement. And now he has dropped a hydrogen bomb by revealing battlefield secrets causing physical dangers to the two brothers of the President. The later denial statements have no effect and the country, even if he wins, [an impossible mission] will be accused of war crimes by the USA and many other countries.

Newspapers revealed that the Government is consulting the Attorney General to institute legal action. If such a decision is made, the Editor of the Leader Publication should be made a party to the action, as the Editor in the interest of the nation should not have published the accusation being aware of the damage that will be caused to the nation and to the Rajapaksas and to another distinguish Army Major General. The Editor should have known that the statement was to gain a political advantage and did not mind sacrificing the Rajapaksas. For numerous reasons the dislike for the Rajapaksas was growing in effect to his favour, when he made a thoughtless statement and lost all hopes of a victory.

Voter sans a party


Advisory to newspapers

In years past, national newspapers understood its place in society. Papers imparted news to the nation, and were receptive to the opinions of readers, freely airing news and views in their papers, if requested by the contributor. Papers disseminated knowledgeable articles, for which readers were grateful. There was an amiable two-way dialogue.

Now publishers and their editors are displaying aloofness and waywardness that make them appear politically partisan rags. ‘Letters’ and ‘Opinion’ space has dwindled to almost nothing. Contributors are requested to give their full names, addresses, NIC numbers and even telephone contact numbers. Another paper mirrors the shrinkage of ‘letters’ to trifling tripe by removing or ‘editing’ contributions thereby distorting the message. Papers and editors talk down to the Nation, discontinuing its two-way role. A leading newspaper press was set on fire and its editor murdered, probably for biased one-sway reporting and publishing. The readership will welcome a change of heart with an emphasis on what is good and beneficial to the Motherland, taking it forward on all roads, to excellence and distinction, transcending the puny, putrid bias of politics.

Avid reader


The Presidential Election - the don’ts
With the Presidential Election around the corner, I suggest the following ‘don’ts in the election campaign.

1. Public servants engaging in the election campaign - Public Service regulations prohibit public servants, especially in the staff grades, from engaging in political activities. It is salutary that it should apply to all grades of public servants. I read a press statement issued by a Ministry Secretary criticising one of the presidential candidates. By doing so the Ministry Secretary breached administrative regulations. The President should discipline the Ministry Secretary and stop the rot.

2. Public property - Vehicles, buildings, public service machinery and State media being used for party political propaganda activities. The Government should strictly prohibit public property being used for political activities. A close watch should be maintained and documented to take disciplinary and legal action against the culprits.

3. The State media should not be partisan and should give equal coverage and publicity to all candidates alike. The Elections Commissioner should stand firm on that and act on complaints without fear and favour and that should be prompt.

4. Use of false propaganda and mud slinging as election strategy should not be resorted to. In fact, the President has urged not to engage in mud slinging. Those words should be put into action. But mud slinging continues unabated.

5. Banners, hoardings, cut-outs and posters and plastering of walls of public and private buildings should be prevented. It has already been started.
Posters are being pasted to cover the rival candidates’ posters, what indecency, what uncultured approach? The Police should take prompt action to stop that. The Elections Commissioner should apply the law to the very letter of it.

6. Politicians in power acquire ‘bravery’ through such political power and use such ‘bravery’ against political opponents. It is no doubt cowardice and thuggery. That needs to be negated. The Police should be alert and act against those who break the law without fear or favour. Discrimination and favouritism should be avoided in enforcing the law. The political leaders and the political party hierarchy should take the blame for such thuggery.

7. Race, religion and caste are the last resorts of the scoundrel. Stooping to such low levels at the hustings should be avoided.

8. The Sangha should not be brought into the fray. Bhikkhu Parliamentarians and other such political Bhikkhus, whoever they may be, should not be accommodated on political platforms and they should not be listed for political discussions in the electronic media. Their ‘Vedi Bana’ should not be aired.

9. Newspapers should not publish political speeches and articles that are inimical to the interests of national unity, peace and harmony.

10. Damaging political party offices, assault on political party supporters by rivals should be stopped. It is the responsibility of the law enforcement officers to stop it and bring the culprits before the law. Police inaction should not exist.

11. Threats and violence should not surface in the election campaign. Such unruly behaviour is a shame on our culture and religion.
Will these requirements be ensured to make the Presidential Election democratic and free?

Upali S. Jayasekera
Colombo 4


Powers of the presidency - ‘off or on’
One of the debates on is whether the powers of the presidency should be clipped or not. I am an ignoramus on many political matters.
I would only wish to know was there or was there not a case, where a minister’s wife, charged with committing the murder of her ministerial husband’s paramour, given a full and fair trial by the Supreme Court was adjudged ‘guilty’ and sentenced to the supreme penalty, in the absence of hanging, sentenced to life imprisonment, was later freed and let loose with a complete, pardon by his Excellency using his presidential powers. If such things can happen, sentence to the guillotine the utter injustice and dangers such powers of the presidency!
At the earliest!

M. M. Lafeer


Bhikkus’ threat against General Fonseka
I heartily endorse what Upali S. Jayasekera had said in his letter where he says it is a matter for the General Fonseka to decide and the voter to decide to whom to vote. What are the grounds on which the Buddhist monks say that Gen. Fonseka should not contest? Is it that they want corruption, thuggary, waste to rule which has become the tool of politicians, as repeatedly reported in the newspapers. Is the Buddhist clergy condoning the hoots and misbehaviour at Kelaniya Holy Temple, engineered by a notorious politician, who has been accused of several such incidents, No Rev. Sirs, there is more to it. Have we not read in the newspapers where plane loads of Buddhist priests taken to Singapore, Malasiya, China, Thailand for reasons better known to those sponsors of the government, with funds of the people.

We expect the Buddhist clergy and also the clergy of other religions to guide us, keeping away their personal feelings and favours they get. Else the Buddhists will split and so will the Buddhist monks taking political sides.
It is very disheartening that a well respected, learned Buddhist prelate of a Rajamahaviharaya in Bellanwila too has voiced this sentiment, thus bringing down his exalted position.

R. Ranchagoda


Champika’s double standards
Our Minister of Environment Champika Ranawaka, known to shoot his mouth off regularly, has once again done so - this time on the climate change confab in Copenhagen.
The Minister is disappointed that nothing will come out of it. I like to ask the Minister what has come out of his own environmental projects such as Vehicle Pollution, Garbage Disposal, Illegal Mining and Logging among many other problems here at home! Zilch! All we see and hear are verbal diarrhoea.

There was a time recently that the Minister went underground when confronted with an embarrassing issue involving the Government including the kidnapping of baby elephants. His silence was deafening. Now after a lapse, he has emerged again this time to take on the rest of the world. I would suggest that the Minster talk less and do more at home before pointing the finger at others outside the country.

R. Silva


Danger of consuming alcohol
Under Bacchanalian influence, one can not only make Dr Jekyll a Mr. Hyde as mentioned in the letters to the editor by Dr Mareena Reffai, but also indulge in major sins and that’s why Prophet (Sal) referred to alcohol as the mother of all sins.

This incidentally reminds me of an incident that late Mashood Aalim (May Allah grant him Jannathul Firdous), an Islamic scholar of repute, use to narrate, wherein consumption of alcohol leads a person to commit all the sins. The narration goes something like this.

Once a woman invited a pious man to commit adultery and this man refused. Therefore, he was given three options – either to commit adultery with her or to murder her offspring which she got from her previous husband or to consume alcohol which she had in her possession. If he didn’t comply with any of the above requests, she was to accuse of him of rape. This pious man thought that consuming alcohol was the least harmful of the above sins and got intoxicated after consuming it. Consequently, he not only committed adultery but also killed the child. Over to the devotees of Dionysius to ponder before they go for the next booze!!!

Mohamed Zahran
Colombo 3



Shehan louis
His good deeds linger in our hearts
God gave us a precious gift on August 10, 1974 and decided to take it back into his fold on October 19, 2009. This is the story of the beginning and end of our darling Shehan.
Born to Shamala and James Louis, being the first boy in the Rajakariar family, Shehan was the apple of the eye. He was tenderly cared by his parents and grandparents and grew up to be a handsome young man. Having had his preliminary education at D. S. Senanayake, he joined HNB Bambalapitiya and later served at NTB Kotahena. When he joined NTB he least expected that he would end his life journey too there. He was a very kind-hearted concerned boy loved by all. Simplicity was his forte. This was confirmed by one of his colleagues who said, ‘Shehan was a very popular guy in office. He was kept in high esteem from the janitorial staff to the top management. It was his simplicity which attracted all’. This was evident from the crowds which came in large numbers to pay their last respect to him. His death is a great loss not only to his dear mother Shamala, his young wife Rajika and baby son Shevan, but to all who were near and dear to him.

Until he got married, his life was the office in the morning and St Lawrence Church in the evening. The words spoken by St Lawrence church parish priest at his funeral service as a testimony to his life. He loved pets and a maestro in breeding fish, birds and dogs. His Boxer, a many times prize winner was his pride. He was a non-smoker and a non-drinker and being so careful lost his life early. I used to wonder, at least, if he drank a little he could have prolonged his life.

Shehan, a patriotic Sri Lankan never liked the idea of leaving the shores of his motherland. He used to tell me and my sister who are his aunts, ‘do not worry about your future I will be there to look after you both’. These words were a great strength to both of us since we do not have children and looked upon him as our son. He gave us this assurance and now he is no more. He looked after his mother, wife and child with a sense of responsibility, love and care and was an adorable son, husband and father. He was a very intelligent boy with an analytical mind and though he was 35 years younger to us, we always sought his advice. His specialty was financing. Where managing the finances was concerned he was a wizard. He was a very methodical person with a very bright future. He was looking forward to moving into his new apartment. Every week he visited his apartment with his wife and baby and since the elevators were not installed he used to climb six stories carrying his baby and he never complained of any discomfort or pain. You wonder why God decided to take such an adorable young life without any warning. Never gave a chance for anyone to give proper treatment. Like a clock stop working he just ended his life. A nun who attended the funeral wrote in the condolence book, ‘God found the fruit is ripe and decided to pluck it’.

Did Rajika and little Shevan ever dream that Shehan who dropped them in the morning and went to work will never return home? No words were spoken, he suddenly decided to bid farewell to all. When her little son ask the mother, ‘Where is dada’ she pacifies him ‘He has gone to heaven’ and the next question posed by the baby is, ‘He will come tomorrow?’ For how long are we going to give this answer, God has to decide. He blessed Shehan with a loving wife and child but spared him only six years to enjoy his married life.
In life he excelled as a loving, tender and dedicated son, husband and father to Shamala, Rajika and little Shevan and a great companion to his relatives, friends and colleagues.

God had called him away from this world and offered him a safe place in his kingdom. We know the Good Lord will protect and keep him in his loving and tender care. A blooming flower has been nipped in the bud and we know God has a reason for it, which we cannot understand. For all the good deeds Shehan has done, he will save a place for him in his paradise, where there shall be neither pain nor evil.
Let the Heavenly Father give courage and guidance for his grieving mother and young wife to continue with their life and extend his loving arms to Rajika and give her strength to raise their baby son as a loving, caring and tender mother.

Though dear Shehan has left us, the good deeds he had done will linger in our hearts.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him and may his soul rest in peace!
Goodbye and farewell darling Shehan, until we meet again in paradise.

Aunty Puvi Domingopillai


Centenary birth anniversary of late M.A. LATIFF
Donated his wealth for well-being of the poor
Few weeks back was the centenary birth anniversary of late eminent and popular lawyer of the Supreme Court, Notary Public lawyer M.A. Latiff. He was a Quazi of Kandy and the Justice of the Peace for the whole island; he is one person who discharged his duties to the entire satisfaction of all communities until his demise in 1966.
The first Prime Minister of our country late D.S. Senanayake appointed late Latiff as the arbitrator of the Co-operative Society, and Chairman of the Rent Control Board. He was also one of the members of the Kandyan League along with late ministers Hector Kobbekkaduwa and T.B.Tennakoon.

Late Latiff functioned as the life President of the Katukelle Jumma Moosque, where he initiated numerous projects for the uplifting the Mosque and its environment. He was also President of the Central Province Moors’ Association and the Muslim League. He was a live wire and life President of the Thareeqathun Naqshabandiya. After the demise of his beloved father Mohamood Alim Sahib whom was ordained as the first Khaleefa of the Thareeqa in Sri Lanka by his Holiness Qurasahni Moulana (Rally) during his visit to Sri Lanka

Late Latiff was one of the founder members of the Kandy Thableek Ja’math of Central Province and one of the two pioneers of the Kandy Ahadiyah Movement and was instrumental to issue handouts about Islam to be understood easily in question and answer form in overall parts to each and every student who attended classes on Sundays.

During his time he was a well known philanthropist who was selfless in his generosity and gave major part of his wealth and earnings for charity and well-being of the poor. He was a devout God fearing Muslim, believing and acting more in the true spirit of Islam. He followed the injunction “Trust on God but tie the camel well.”
Late Latiff was married to Kadija Hanim of Kalutara South with a strict Islamic back ground and the lady always a source of encouragement in his endeavours. His beloved parents were Mahmood Alim Sahib (Khaleedathun Naqshabandiya) and Ummu Habeeba. His younger brother who predeceased him late M.A.M. Muhsin was also an eminent lawyer of the Kandy Bar.

He hailed from a lawyer family and most of them were top lawyers and old boys of Zahira College, Maradana and Sri Lanka Law College. During late Latff’s school days he was adjudged as Mr Zahira.
Still people in Kandy who knew his good qualities talk about him.
May the Almighty Allah grant him Jennathul Fridhouse!

Hafiz Marikar (MMC)


Rendered a yeoman service
The commemoration of 12th death anniversary of the Most Venerable Rajakeeya Panditha Poththewela Pannasara Maha Nayake Thero of Sri Lanka Ramangnya Chapter falls on December 29, 2009.
This venerable monk was the eleventh Maha Nayake Thero of the Ramangnya Chapter and had been in this high post nearly eleven years.

He was born on October 23, in a rural village by the name Poththwela in the Hambanthota District and on June 22, 1928, he entered the novitiate of a Buddhist monk in his village temple. He completed his education at Balagalla Saraswathie Pirivena and ordained as a Bikkhu in the year 1935. Subsequently he returned to his own village at Poththewela and inaugurated Jinaraja Maha Pirivena in the year 1945. Later in 1964, it was affiliated to the Vidyalankara University. Being the principal monk of this Pirivena he did a distinguished service to the advancement of Pirivena education.

Besides, this erudite monk devoted much of his precious time to start a few schools to uplift the education of poor children of remote areas in the Hambantota District. At present these schools are taken care of by the government and have been developed.
Poththwela Priest, before coming to the Maha Nayake rank in the Ramangna Chapter, he held high posts on many occasions.

On March 26, 1986 he was elected the Chief Maha Nayake and affirmed in it unanimously by the Executive Committee of the Sanga Sabha which was assembled at Payagala Dharmagupta Stula Maha Viharaya of Ramangnga Chapter.
Since then, this prelate rendered a yeoman service to the poor of this country irrespective caste and creed.
In fact, his excellent service will never fade away in our minds. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana!

C. M. Kamburuwala




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