universities must be free of ‘union terror’: SB
Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake is in an open
showdown with unruly JVP-led student unions in the
university system that have held virtually the entire
student body of many a university hostage.
Dissanayake explains his vision for the Lankan universities
to come out of their dark age.
Q: If we look back, university students hooting the
country’s leaders was quite common. In the past, they have
not spared even Prime Ministers like S W R D. Bandaranaike
and Dudley Senanayake, but they all took such actions in the
correct spirit. But why are you taking such a hardened stand
on undergrads who hooted at you?
Not that I did not ignore such actions, but what has
happened is that during the last 40 years, the politicians
did not sight our universities.
JVP using SF
‘to cover its political nudity’
Ours is a political movement committed to providing
leadership to patriotic forces of the motherland. We
at all times represent the interests of the `war
heroes’. When the war was on, we raised the former
General, Sarath Fonseka, to the highest possible
pedestal of honour, said Jatika Nidahas Peramuna
front-liner Traditional Industries and Small
Enterprises Development Deputy Minister Weerakumara
Dissanayake in an interview with our sister paper
A former JVP activist, Weerakumara Dissanayake, is a
member of Wimal Weerawansa-led JVP splinter group –
National Freedom Front -- that has now become a
partner of the UPFA coalition government.
Anoma misguided by JVP
and UNP: Wimal
The talk of the political rounds these days is former
Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. In your opinion, should he be
entitled for a presidential pardon?
Sarath Fonseka was sent to prison as a result of him being
proven guilty in connection with the Hicorp deal. Even
though Fonseka says various things about the bench of judges
of the court martial not being competent there is no basis
for that argument. Because it is the same bench that Fonseka
appointed to hear the case against Parakrama Pannipitiya. On
the other hand, President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the
Commander-in-Chief has to sign the decision of the court
martial. If he did not, it will be a disgrace to the judges.
President must say
sorry to Fonseka: Vijitha
You seem to be reawakened politically with the
imprisonment of former army commander Sarath Fonseka as it
provided plenty of slogans. Some even question the
genuineness of these protest campaigns. What have you got to
say about these?
The government of Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot solve any of the
burning issues in the country at present. The cost of living
is sky rocketing, unemployment is increasing and above all
even the prices of basic and essential goods are increasing
rapidly. The government cannot solve these issues and
instead they have opted to suppress public uprisings. The
government doesn’t want the voice of the ordinary be heard.
What they say about SF’s imprisonment
Former Tiger leaders ‘enjoying
Ven Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera, Viharadhipati, Naga
Incarcerating garbed in a `jumper’ the former army
commander who played a decisive role in ridding the
country of the scourge of LTTE terrorism when the
Tiger leaders like Pillayan, Karuna Amman and
Kumaran Pathmanathan responsible for inhuman
massacres are living in the right royal comfort,
enjoying privileges, can be described as an act that
shocks the entire world. This type of thing, in my
opinion, should not happen in any civilised society.