7th December, 2003 Volume 10, Issue 21
Rapprochement between President, PM imperative
people of the country of every ethnic group, have been greatly confused and
disturbed by recent happenings in Sri Lanka.
war-weary nation sighed with relief when the peace negotiations began and
there were high hopes that at last a lasting peace was in sight.
after the Prime Minister took office,when questioned about the future of the
peace process he said, “I do not ask to see the distant scene. One step
enough for me.”
with infinite patience, the step by step negotiations began.
Regrettably, the response from the LTTE has not been the
confidence-building measures urged on both parties by the MoU, but rather,
in recent months particularly, the reverse.
of the Prime Minister’s efforts have been dismayed by the government
being willing to consider some proposals which could lead eventually
to a division of the country politically and territorially. Perhaps, even at
this stage the Prime Minister should ‘ask to see the distant scene.’
ordinary people of the country have not forgotten that it was the President
who initiated the first serious peace talks some years ago. However, inspite
of the many valid points in the long statement she has made in connection
with recent events, there is a widespread feeling among the people,
including some of her supporters, that the move she made in the absence of
the Prime Minister, was contrary to the spirit of the constitution.
now imperative for the well-being of the nation for there to be, without
delay, a rapprochement between the President and the Prime Minister to
restore the fabric of democracy, and to agree on a common approach to the
peace process. This is not a
time for personal rancour or party politics.
All eyes are on the only two people who can bring unity and peace to
Politics of a ‘chickenomist’ has no place in Sri Lanka
Congratulations for braving the ugly banes of the kitchen politics of the Banda clan over
all these years.
time we get rid of the evil that has hovered over our heads for over half a
century. The politics of a ‘chickenomist’ has no place in Sri Lanka.
world is striving hard to end the reigns of dictators and despots. In Sri
Lanka, CBK, should not be permitted to mutate her rotten eggs with her
cohorts and thugs.
Lankan born, I only witnessed thuggery and intimidation each and every
time the SLFP won. We as conservatives, have held our heads aloof,whether in
defeat or victory.
is the finest hour that we have awaited to rid ourselves of a burdensome
family. CBK’s fatal mistake of her kakussi coup is not in keeping
with a paradise such as Sri Lanka for a president who has boasted of
her prowess at the London School of Economics that with her in power, every
Sri Lankan can afford to eat chicken once a month.
good Sri Lankans, let us be generous with her. Let us pass our hats around,
make a collection and send her entire family and friends to Harare, so that
they could spend their retirement with Robert Mugabe.
keep your good work up, lest the Sri Lankans forget the Banda evil.
The bane of Sri Lanka
laminated your editorial and “Bandara-naikes:The Bane Of Sri Lanka”
(9.11.03) so that I can produce them as required (which is pretty frequent).
For the past two decades I have been asked by hundreds of puzzled non-Sri
Lankans “What is the problem in your country?” A tedious and
time-consuming explanation follows.
is no longer necessary. I will simply produce your two articles with “Read
these, and all will be known unto you.”
as I do from this cursed family, which was not of my choosing, I can endorse
every word. Just one addition. Sir Solomon (Kindly Call Me God) was the
eldest brother of my paternal grandmother. I was at his funeral.
after leaving the planet he was still not prepared to let mother earth
contaminate the royal flesh.
embalmed and placed in a mausoleum. Ferret around on the hill just beyond
the 25th milestone on the Colombo-Kandy road and you’ll see him there,
mummified, I guess.
two articles should be translated into Sinhala and distributed widely in the
Fighting like kids in a Montessori
The main key
figures, the President and the Prime Minister are fighting like kids in a
montessori. They were both elected to be more responsible and their duty is
to discharge required duties tor the country, instead of being involved in a
cost a lot to the country both fiancially and otherwise. The country demands
that they either stop this or leave it for someone who is more capable to
handle this, say Pirapaharan... This is a very small country and both of you
have had enough exposure in politics at the cost of the people of Sri Lanka.
Your way of paying back is so strange that day by day the country is going
from bad to worse.
not here to tell you what to do but any fool will understand that you have
to change with a will to do good and save the country immediately. If there
is a will, there is a way. You both know that.
Hide-and-seek before final assault
A legal eagle
who participated recently in the popular Kinihira panel discussion,
composed mainly of lawyers, in answer to a charge made by a participant
member that the government proposals delivered to the LTTE were not made
public until now either by the government or the media, replied that it is
available in the website and anyone interested could read it there.
no doubt a fine piece of advice, but how many of us, including the farmers
who go hungry to feed us and have no idea whatsoever about the MoUs and what
not, are equipped to access the website? Where then, pray tell us, is the
transparency that the government boasts about so much? And how do we know
that it is the same as that issued to the LTTE rebels?
same participant was very confident that the LTTE proposals that went far
beyond an Eelam or federalism was subject to discussions and negotiations
and, therefore, not to be construed as final and conclusive. We who have
been bitten several times during the 20 year old insurrection, are more than
twice shy to accept anything as honest when it concerns the LTTE who are
playing a well rehearsed hide-and-seek game with us to buy time for the
final assault. LTTE will accept nothing less than the proverbial pound of
flesh. For them, discussions and negotiations are mere ruses, as are the
government financed expensive tours abroad to study different federal
structures as if those countries also have a Tamil racist problem in the
form of LTTE.
is a unique problem created mostly by Tamils left behind by the Dutch and
the British. Therefore, by no stretch of imagination could this peculiar
problem, be compared to or equated with those in other countries. This fact
should be patently clear even to a second grade student although
self-seeking politicians offer different interpretations to suit their own
our so-called politicians, who swear to high heaven that they want to save
the country from disintegration, really mean what they proclaim, the first
thing they have to do is to diagnose the ailment before prescribing
medication for imaginary symptoms.
Navy Commander who could not
protect his own naval base
protect his own naval base
the security of Trincomalee naval base, we should not forget the past. Who
was the eastern naval commander when it was attacked by the LTTE in 1995,
ending the ceasefire which cost lives and gunboats. The commander of the
eastern naval area was none other than the present Navy Commander Vice
Admiral Daya Sandagiri.
Jaffna was under attack by the LTTE, President Kumaratunga directed chiefs
of staff of the army, navy and air force to personally oversee the situation
but at the time the vavy chief of staff Sandagiri was not sent by the navy.
Instead another officer was sent.
situation and the decision raises questions about the competence of the Navy
Commander. What is most disturbing is that at that time he could not protect
his own naval base ( Trincomalee) and now he is in- charge of the entire
navy. And last year he was given an extension of service till
the past will not haunt our country. When politicians make vital decisions
involving the nation’s security what they take into consideration we will
has claimed that the reason for her taking over the Defence and Interior
Ministries was the deteriorating security situation and the breakdown of law
and order. Between 1995-2001 the Central Bank, Kolonnawa oil installations,
Dalada Maligawa airport etc., were bombed by the LTTE.
army was thrown out of the Wanni and also lost two major bases at Mullaitivu
and Elephant Pass. The security situation was so bad that even
censorship was imposed. Why didn’t this same President sack the defence
minister, deputy defence minister and the defence secretary at that time?
1995-2001 the state media was like a PA mouthpiece. In the last 20 months it
was more balanced than in the previous 30 years. The President wants to
introduce media freedom. What a joke! This coming from the daughter of a
person who shut down The Sun newspaper in 1975 and who herself banned
The Sunday Leader.
has been throwing tantrums on TV over the LTTE’s interim
administration proposals. This is only a piece of paper to be negotiated
over. Nothing has been finalised. There is no point in raising one’s blood
pressure over it as any deal with the LTTE has to be passed by a two third
majority in parliament and at a referendum.
Kadirgamar has been so critical of the peace process I would like to suggest
that the President assign him the task of heading the peace delegation. If
he is not prepared to lead the negotiating team, he must then shut up for
instance of political hypocrisy is where the Sihala Urumaya (with a
miniscule islandwide vote base of less than 50,000 votes, which is far
less than what the UNP polled in Colombo Central alone) has condemned the
Norwegians for suspending their role in the peace process. It was this same
party that earlier wanted the Norwegians thrown out.
of our politicians sadly seem to think that the voters of this country are
jokers like them.
International school building nears collapse
international school in Colombo has constructed a four storeyed building for
the primary school on the bund of a canal. Today this building is tilting
towards the canal and may collapse at any moment. This is because after the
plan had been approved by the CMC, the management apparently had made
certain structural changes. Lives of hundreds of innocent children are at
made by parents have fallen on deaf ears. Will the CMC step in and prohibit
the use of this building or will everyone wait till the building collapses
killing hundreds of innocent children?
Mother of all liars
This is to
appreciate the bold editorials you are writing on your weeklies and I am
specially thankful for the editorial on 09.11.03 specially for publishing
crystal clear statements about the Bandaranaike family. It is a shame that
we Sri Lankans still continue with this mother of all liars.
the father and mother put their interests before the country and now the
daughter, and of course son Anura.
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