23rd October 2017

Buddhist Clergy Opposition To Govt is a Puppet Show With Maestro Puppeteer Mahinda Rajapaksa Pulling Strings

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By Ranga Jayasuriya Recently Buddhist High Priests have been showing a rather unholy penchant to torment the government, perhaps making use of the opportunity that no one is now calling from the President’s House to threaten with ‘Sanga Bedaya’ (division among Sanga) unless Maha Nayakas toe the line. However, it is still a lopsided approach on the part of monks who have resolutely kept mum when they ought to have spoken up in the past. Any self-respecting religious leader should have condemned the attack on Rohingya refugees in Mount Lavinia by a mob led by monks. Most Buddhist leaders did not exhibit that minimum level of human compassion, nor did they care to speak out against a series of past attacks on Muslims. Similarly, when ex-president […]

Gotha opposes any ”Devolution Of Power to Solve Problems Faced By The Tamil Community”

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said further devolution of power won’t solve the problems faced by the Tamil community. Rajapaksa said he wasn’t aware of any country where problems had been solved with the help of devolution of power. Although more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed and Tamil girls were raped in May 2009 alone he said that those who had faulted the Rajapaksa administration for not addressing post-war issues had conveniently forgotten how practical measures were taken to provide relief to the Tamil people who were made to live in refugee camps. The former Defence Secretary urged Viyathmaga activists to play an active role in the ongoing campaign to educate people on the growing threats to post-war Sri Lanka. The war veteran said […]

Political promises on ‘war heroes’ offer no warranty internationally – UN expert

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By Yusuf Ariff Transitional justice processes are nothing like ‘witch hunts’ and they do not involve massive purges, and do not trade on charges of collective responsibility or guilt by association, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence said. Mr. Pablo de Greiff made these observations at a press briefing held in Colombo today (23), on the conclusion of his 14-day official country visit to Sri Lanka. He also noted with concern the use of rhetoric such as ‘war heroes will never be brought to trial.’ He stated that this seems to him to misrepresent the target of transitional justice accountability measures by suggesting that it is a generally anti-security agenda, and also by forgetting that no one […]

Mahinda opposes any reconciliation

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa questions as to how to build a reconciliation process through the forcible elaboration of an amendment to the country. The Former President Mahinda made this statement after attending the funeral of Dr. Nagoda Amarawansa today (23). Mahinda was the President who promised the western world that he will implement amendment 13+ to constitution if he was allowed to kill more than 40,000 Tamil civilians with LTTE Leaders in May 2009. Eventually Western world turned a away when more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces and killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flag after UN negotiated the   surrender.  Mahinda who plays the racist card to keep his family in power refused […]

‘Govt.’s aim full implementation of 13 A; talk of new constitution a ruse’ UPFA MPs urged to deny 2/3 majority

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By Shamindra Ferdinando General Secretary of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM) Dr. Wasantha Bandara has warned of dire consequences unless those who campaigned against moves to introduce constitutional reforms inimical to the country’s interests defeat the government strategy. The civil society activist alleged that controversial constitutional proposals to deprive Buddhism of state patronage and do away with the unitary status of the country could be a ruse to mislead the Opposition. At a crucial moment, the government would declare that it wouldn’t touch those Sections but swiftly bring in constitutional changes required to fully implement the 13th Amendment, Dr. Bandara said, addressing a public meeting organised by Viyathmaga (Gampaha Organization) on Saturday (Oct 21). Dr Bandara asserted that the whole constitutional making exercise could be […]

Deepavali again but promised devolution still eludes all Lankans….

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After the Unity Government was formed in 2015, the President and Prime Minister on realizing that the Tamil issue needs to be resolved first for the country is to go forward, had turned the parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. Together the legislators have produced an interim report to rewrite the constitution, in spite of the divisive mindset of the representatives of all communities painfully slowing down the progress with many issues such as the unitary state, giving prominence to Buddhism, demand for the removal of executive presidency with powers returned to the parliament all have come under review. As expected many civil war related problems of the people are yet left unattended by the state and all devolution related matters getting heavy scrutiny, the light […]

‘Federalism’ made a dirty word by Racist Sinhala Politicians

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Descending from the family that produced Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, C. V. Wigneswaran is also a celebrated Sri Lankan. Lawyer, Supreme Court Judge and now Chief Minister of the Northern Province, he is also a man unafraid to voice his opinion. Recently recovering from minor surgery, Wigneswaran emailed answers to a series of questions around the debate over the proposed new Constitution. Here is the third part of that email: How can you face your Sinhalese friends in Colombo after advocating federalism, since they oppose you and oppose your thinking and federalism? A: This is the typical minority mentality. We are a minority, they are majority. How could we hurt them? We are talking of solutions to problems between the majority community […]