This Nirj Deva person who, some say, was
previously known as Niranjan Deva Aditiya,
seems to know a thing or two that we
ordinary people are not aware of.
Speaking at a discussion on our state radio
some days back the man who gets by as Nirj
Deva possibly because those British chaps
could not get their tongues round his
original name when he first landed in Old
Blighty, has said that our terrorism problem
will be solved soon.
Does that mean that our Wanni Nayakaya will
hand over his arms as President Rajapakse
advises him to do and become an ascetic or
become an MP like his one-time pal 'Colonel'
Karuna? Or does it mean that he will be
defeated and have to share a bed with Vaiko
in Tamil Nadu? Or perhaps is he going to say
enough is enough and sit down to talks in
Geneva or somewhere as salubrious as that
I never listened to the discussion myself.
What with keeping my home lights off and
home fires doused in case some heat seeking
missile crashes through my roof.
This is no joke. Those Tiger fellows have
fixed some gadgets on their ramshackle
aircraft to divert our missiles towards
other heat sources. So I am afraid even to
light my cigarette after dinner fearing that
a Sam missile - or for that matter one of
Putin's, Gota's or even Manmohan's - would
blow my Gold Leaf butt out of my restless
What I started to say was that I didn't
listen to this particular rewarding
discussion and so have had to depend on what
I read in a website. That is what eventually
led me to another interesting exchange
between Nirj Deva and the editor of the
website. But to that I shall return later.
For those who are unaware of the existence
of this Niranjan Deva Aditiya also known as
Nirj Deva in Brussels where he sprouts quite
often being a member of the European
Parliament representing the British
Conservative Party, he is of Sri Lankan
A close associate of UNP Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe who took him as an adviser to
the UN General Assembly sessions in New York
where as prime minister he made that
disastrous remark about the US invasion of
Iraq, Deva Aditiya was once carrying a Sri
Lankan diplomatic passport. Whether he still
uses it or has since dumped it only those
chaps manning immigration desks at various
airports will possibly know.
Not that it is of great significance. Every
Sri Lankan MP has one; such is the current
value of a diplomatic passport. Why even
Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan had one when he
went away to the UK and landed himself in
jail. Such is the weight of our diplomatic
passport that he landed in jail with a thud.
But, as the story goes, Deva Aditiya was
thought of by some as Sri Lanka's ambassador
at large. Whether he was that, and if not,
whether the man tried to dissuade others
from calling him that, I don't know.
But he does have an ego large enough to
carry the ambassador-at-large label pinned
across his shirt front.
There have been some eyebrows raised over
his regular visits to Sri Lanka in recent
years. If he is not on some European
parliamentary delegation, he is on a private
Some say he has been trying to swing some
business deals. Still others say that he is
trying to inveigle himself to the Rajapakse
family looking for a role to play, perhaps
as a representative of Sri Lanka somewhere.
If what he did to Ranil Wickremesinghe is
what he is trying to do to President
Rajapakse the sooner they locked the gates
and kept him outside the better it would be.
Remember when he was last here in
it was with the EU parliamentary delegation
led by that British twit called Richard
Evans. It was Richard Evans and his
delegation that aborted a planned visit to
Trincomalee to meet Chief Minister Pillayan.
He had some help from the EU representative
in Colombo, a man called Julian Wilson who
has since departed these shores I
At a press conference held in
this Evans fellow took time off to pass
several strictures on the Sri Lanka
government for its human rights record and
other violations as the delegation saw them.
Nirj Deva was present and did not contest
any of those remarks. But shortly after
Evans and his colleagues left Colombo, Nirj
Deva found the courage or whatever, to
dispute Evans' strictures and tried to curry
favour with the Sri Lanka government and the
Maybe Nirj Deva was only trying to adjust to
the political culture of his native land
where what is said today is forgotten
tomorrow as it were. The fickleness of our
politicians appears to have infected the man
to the point that some of our people were
even ready to cover him with the mantle of a
Reading Deva's thoughts on state radio,
albeit in highly abbreviated form, as it
appeared in this website report I suddenly
remembered that some days prior to this he
and the editor of the website had engaged in
a long discussions on GSP Plus, the French
language and other learned subjects.
I had not read it at any length because
reading some of the writings in this website
calls for heavy duty on the part of the
reader. I usually arm myself with
dictionaries and other linguistic
instruments needed to decipher the language
and render the writings into some level of
Having earlier seen the length of that
interview I skipped it not wishing to
undergo that kind of martyrdom. Well I read
it this time and to say that my first
reaction to avoid it could hardly be said to
have been misplaced.
But I recommend it to anybody who has the
time and the patience to go through it.
Whether the reader will end up hooting with
laughter or shedding copious tears at the
level of discussion which one would loathe
to call intellectual or even intelligent,
would depend entirely on the mood of each
individual. This was a veritable Twiddledee
and Twiddledum scrap.
It seems clear enough that the editor has no
clue whatsoever about the legislation
surrounding the GSP trade concessions and he
keeps on harping on national sovereignty and
international interference in Sri Lanka
because the European Union wants to
investigate our adherence to certain
specific international conventions.
Let me tell you this. Not all the Devas will
get me to read those columns full of
unadulterated baloney again.