letter to CBK on JM and Sangha Forum
proposed Joint Mechanism (JM) has been of great concern to me
as well as a great many citizens. Any agreement between our
government and the LTTE is suspect because their aim is to
establish a separate state in the Northern, Eastern and North
Western Provinces and
indeed have already done so in some parts of our motherland.
I looked forward to the maha sangha
Forum (MSF) to learn all the details of the details of the JM
and watched it on TV. The express purpose of the MSF was to
enlighten the maha sangha regarding the JM and dispel the
fears entertained by them
as well as the people. The task was entrusted to a few
SLFP ministers and SLFP Buddhist monks. It was a SLFP affair
as no one from any of the constituent parties of the
government or any other political party had a place there.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga spent
much time explaining her views on the consequences of not
establishing the JM - WAR. Is this a fact? Has the LTTE made such a declaration?
Or is it mere conjecture, emphasised for the specific purpose
of establishing the JM ? The LTTE has waged war, is waging war
and will continue to wage war until their objective of Eelam
is achieved, first in the north and east and then in the hill
country and eventually in Nadu. Will they be persuaded
otherwise by the JM ?
It was stated that the armed forces are
corrupt. In fact, the maha sangha was requested to help find
honest soldiers. What is meant is that the armed forces cannot
be relied on. But, who is in charge of the armed forces ? Who
is the Commander in Chief ?
Who is responsible to ensure that the armed forces do
their duty ? Surely, not the maha sangha.
It was stated further that youth would
have to be conscripted. But, there is no such law or provision
in our country. In fact,
before the President came to the
MSF, a venerable monk said that Buddhism is fully
opposed to war. Can conscription take place if Buddhism does
not countenance violence or war ? Secondly, what is the use of
conscripting youth, if the armed forces are corrupt as the
It was also stated that thousands of
LTTEers are in Colombo. Who permitted this? What action has
been taken? Whose duty and responsibility is it to ensure the
safety of us citizens, our homes, property , state
institutions etc.? Is security of the president and ministers
the only concern of the government?
It seemed to me that all this was said
to scare people and coerce them to accept the JM.
are we citizens to believe? Sovereignty is not just a word. It
means that the laws of the land would apply, that you and I
can freely travel for our work or pleasure without any
hindrance. Is this possible? Can any of us go to Tiger
territory? Can any citizen living in those parts express their
views freely and stay alive?
Many questions arise in my mind. Can I
please have answers to a few of them?
1. If the JM is essential why has it
taken six months to be brought before us?
2. Who originated the proposal? Was it
the LTTE or the Norwegians?
3. Who prepared the first draft and
when and to whom was it circulated?
4. When will a full draft and when and
to whom was it circulated?
5. What is the need for a national
council when the LTTE controls only some areas of the
6. Cannot the JM be restricted only to
areas controlled by the LTTE? The work in other areas of the N
& E under government control can be carried out in the
7. Cannot the JM at district and
divisional level comprise elected representatives and those
8. Can a condition permitting visits to
Tiger areas by the President, ministers and law officers be
provided in the JM?
must safeguard our motherland
ships over Sethu - not now, not ever
Many readers of your esteemed journal
have expressed fears over the Sethsumudram project that would
be carried out by Big Brother India in the very near future.
Some issues are:
1. Environmental impact 2. Economic
impact on the fishermen of Jaffna and Mannar 3. Destruction to
the coastal belt including loss of some islets which may
compel us to re-draw our map 4. Destruction of pearl banks off
India may not stop after the completion
of Sethusamudram which includes the improvement of facilities
at Tuticorin seaport which is towards the north of Mannar, but will go
further - that is building of a massive modern harbour in one
of the islands of the Andaman or Nicobar groups (probably Port
This is India's wish but what will
happen to Colombo? Ships will not call at Colombo as they will
be taking the shorter Sethusamudram route calling at the new
to the Far East. Singapore too may feel the impact. Our
lighthouses at Beruwala, Devundara, Great Basses and Little
Basses will also be put to sleep as no ships will pass the
south coast of Sri Lanka.
In this context it is the duty of all
pollical parties, clergy of all religions, business community
and civil society to get together and take necessary action
early to safeguard our motherland.
Last week Indian Prime Minister
Manomohan Singh arrived in the South Indian town of Madurai to
lay the foundation stone for offices to administer the $560 mn
proejct. What next?
M. Mohamed Rafeek
malady afflicting the Sinhala polity today
Several years ago I had the good
fortune to read Dr. J.G. Hattotuwe's short, historical novel:
The End Of The Sinhalayo. In this novel, the eminent Professor
of Psychological Medicine foretold that the struggle by the
Tamil terrorists for a separate state would end disastrously
for the Sinhalese owing to the crass opportunism of the
leaders of the two main political parties. Neither would want
the other to lead the country but both would not mind
surrendering it to a third party, even to an enemy. Our
history is replete with such instances and history would
repeat itself. I thought all these were figments of a fertile
imagination. However the events that have been unfolding in
the recent past have proved how correct Dr. Hattotuwe is and
how foolish and gullible most of us are.
To quote Dr. Hattotuwe:
"Here in Sri Lanka, by the year
2020, the long drawn out struggle by the Sinhalayo to protect
and preserve the sovereignty and independence of their
motherland has terminated ingloriously with hordes of Tamils
marching southwards to devour the fertile fields drenched in
rain and soaked with mulch - with the ultimate result that one
of the world's smallest ethnic minorities, the Sinhalese, are
corralled into a crescent of land in the deep south."
"How come that a once proud nation
- the Sinhalese - who could boast of a glorious civilisation
going back to pre-Christian times should be reduced to the
status of a grovelling minority in the land of their birth?
Never in our history has this country suffered so much at the
hands of such a few as it has during the post-Independence
period of over 50 years. Driven by an insatiable lust for
power our politicians have selfishly resorted to crass
opportunism and betrayed the Sinhalese to the minorities who
revel in tilting the balance of power resulting from divisions
among the majority community."
"One has to acknowledge the wisdom
pregnant in the Sinhala peasant's saying that when one cannot
sell one's mother one sells one's country."
The correctness of the author's
diagnosis of the malignant malady mortally afflicting the
Sinhala polity is being daily validated before our very eyes.
It is said that coming events cast their shadows before them.
The unfolding events in the hurly - burly of present day
politics, also prove how true his prognosis is. How far or how
near is Sri Lanka to the state envisioned by the writer? Today
this is indeed the most vital question which demands the
urgent and serious attention of all sons and daughters of
problems in implementation?
As has been rightly said there was too
much of a drama created by the dilly-dallying in the signing,
which was, I think because of the many astrologers who gave
conflicting opinions of the stars' placement. I wonder what
the astrologers who predicted a smooth run of the JVP, SLFP
and company government will say now after the marriage broke
up before anything worthwhile could be achieved in the
economic, social, educational, employment and other
fields. Rata Perata
I think by blindly but wittingly going
about in the formation of the UPFA government, the SLFP has
almost eliminated itself in the public consciousness because
the SLFP hierarchy had one motto 'no more UNP', ably and
effectively supported by the sahodarayas.
So much so that even the hand symbol had not been seen
in the last election. Result-SLFP-in limbo.
The government's or one of its
factions' determination was amply demonstrated in signing the
joint mechanism. Many would have expected a repeat of the
tearing up of the Bandaranaike -Chelvanayakam pact. The bitter
fruits of this tearing up have been tasted all past two-plus
decades. The saner elements in the country would applaud the
agreement coming into effect. However, the implementation is
the hard part because those who derided the ceasefire
agreement are the
The dissension that is being noticed in
the plethora of Muslim political parties is disheartening. One
cannot understand what these parties in their conflicting
modes are going to achieve for the people whom they profess to
represent. Weren't the Muslims better off when they were not
confused by so many political parties which are supposed to be
their benefactors? I feel the Muslims need someone who is not
worried about keeping his purse healthy.
ombudsman - IBSL response
We refer to a letter addressed to the
editor titled "Appointment of insurance Ombudsman
timely" that appeared in The Sunday Leader on
May 22 and wish
to respond as follows:
In terms of the Regulation of Insurance
Industry (RII) Act No. 43 of 2000, the Insurance Board of Sri
Lanka is vested with the authority to entertain complaints
only with regard to long-term insurance polices below a
certain threshold limit but the board has nevertheless
entertained even other complaints. Only less than 15% of the
complaints could not to be resolved due to technical issues
and the parties were requested to have recourse to arbitration
or litigation, if so advised.
Through a consultative process where
even the public was provided with the opportunity to make
representations, the board decided to detariff motor and fire
insurance as is the case with many countries.
When necessary, the board has recourse
to technical specialists and consultants to complement the
experience and skills of its staff.
The board has not received any
complaints regarding non-payment of tsunami claims. The IBSL
issued a directive to all insurance companies to
meet claims in respect of vehicles which had a flood
cover as "Earthquake Cover" which was not available
for vehicles in Sri Lanka. All insurance companies adhered to
the directive of the board and accordingly settled motor
claims having flood cover. Ex-gratia payments have also been
made on a voluntary basis.
Director General, IBSL
During the last election campaign 15
months ago, a politician from the UNP (unfortunately I do not
remember his name), made a very wise statement. He said,
" Whether the UNP wins or PA wins , the ultimate loser
will be Chandrika." What he meant was that if the UNP
came to power still she would have to work with Ranil as the
prime minister, which she did not want. Hence her necessity
for elections at a time when the country was progressing well
and we all had peace and nobody wanted an election. If the PA
came to power, he predicted that she would never be able to
work with the JVP.
It took only 15 months for those words
to come true.
R. S. Abeysekera
ordered even dying patients to be sent home
During the bloody insurrection of
1988/89, the JVP did not have compassion for even the sick and
dying patients in private nursing homes.
The writer who was working in a nursing
home in Colombo at that time received a letter from the chief
executioner of the JVP followed by posters on the walls of the
buildings ordering the management to immediately despatch all
indoor and outdoor patients home and close up the premises
failing which the management would be done to death. Similar
letters and warnings were received by all other private
nursing homes as well.
Another organisation opposed to the JVP
soon after put up posters on the walls of the nursing homes
warning the management that they would have to face death if
the nursing homes were not kept open and the sick and dying
patients not cared for. It must be stated that all these
nursing homes affiliated to the Association of Private
hospitals and Nursing Homes took a firm stand and retained
their patients and kept their establishments open throughout.
These details were hitherto not known
to the general public. A chief executioner seems to have
raised his head once again just as in 1988/99 and it will be
the duty of the peace loving public to rise up against him.
will shatter into pieces by 2006
According to scientific numerology, the
year 2006-8 is a crucial year. It is governed by number 8
which denotes negative Saturn. The qualities of the negative
Saturn are many impediments, obstacles, privations, losses,
hurt, defeat and morbid imagination in addition to mass
killings, explosions and other natural disasters.
Between the digits 2 and 6 in 2006 we
find double zero. Fatalistic trends are still more enhanced by
the double zero between 2 and 6.
Then the number 4 denoted by SLFP 3.3 8
8 =22=4 joins number 8. The number 4 is a harmonic of number
8. Then there is another 4 denoted by United 651454, Peoples
8578353, Freedom 8255474, Alliance 331533 = 121=4.
This 4 also joins number 8. 4 and 8 are
harmonics. Now the situation is still worse. It is further
worsened by the official name number of President Chandrika
351542121, Bandaranaike 215412151125, Kumaratunga 26412146531
= 89= 17 =8.
This 8 further consolidates the
fatalistic trends of the year 2006=8.
the SLFP will shatter into pieces and
there will be tremendous social upheavals in the country.
Numerologist and palmist
Shri K. Shanmuganatha Gurukkal
It is hard to believe that Shiva Shri
K. Shanmuganatha Gurukkal is no more with us. He passed away at
Jaffna on May 30 after
a brief illness at the age of 80.
Hailing from a prestigious Brahmin
family of Kopay as the only son of Shiva Shri Kandadasa Gurukkal and
Nagammah, he adapted his life to priesthood like his forefathers and
served as a priest till the end. He was ordained as Gurukkal (high
priest) during his early 20s and initially served as head priest of
his ancestral temple, Kopay Shri Veerabadra Kovil. Later he joined
the famous Nallur Kandaswamy Temple as
chief priest in 1949 and served there for well over 50 years
- a record not surpassed by any other priest at that temple. It was
his unwavering devotion towards Lord Murugan and the absolute trust
that successive managements had in him which made such a feat
During his life time he had solemnised
countless number of marriages and had also performed Hindu rites of
every description which earned him a high place among his peers.
His forte was his extreme simplicity
and humility towards all. His sense of devotion and sincerity was
well evident when he performed poojahs or other ceremonies and this
factor was greatly appreciated by all who came into contact with
He was well versed in Sanskrit and
Tamil and was also proficient in astrology.
His loss can never be replaced. He
leaves three sons, his wife having pre-deceased him by four years.
May he attain Moksha.