Is This The Solution?

The news that a group of monks, representing the Ravana Balaya raided the office of the Chairman, Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) on October 16, questioning the Chairman on his failure to protect the Sri Lankan migrant labour force in the Middle East,  begs the question “Is this the solution?” .

The Convener of the Ravana Balaya, Ven. Ittakande Saddhatissa Thera, claimed that our labour force in the Middle East are ill-treated, harassed, sexually and physically abused on a daily basis and claims the Chairman of the FEB, Mr Amal Senalankadhikara is responsible.

It is very true that all these allegations of abuse are true if not for all the migrant workers, for at least some. The simplest solution will be to stop our women from going to work in the Middle East.

Why send them and ask the Middle East people to behave? Why not ask our men in this island to take over their proper duty of earning and providing for the family? Allah says in the Quran: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given them one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means.”  (Sura 4: verse 34) Allah created the men to be the wage earners and women to be looked after by them.

When we reverse the purpose of the creation, no wonder pandemonium prevails. Our countrymen are famous for this sort of convoluted solution. If they are worried about the number of animals being slaughtered for food, why not ask the majority, the Buddhist people to stop eating meat? Rather they will attack the butchers.

When we have so many crimes committed under the influence of liquor, instead closing down liquor dens they blame the police, people and others. Cigarettes are sold albeit with warnings, as if any smoker is not aware of them and then spend millions on treating people affected by smoking. When a politician attacks a doctor, the doctors go on strike penalising the innocent public rather than refusing to treat any politician or their families.

Instead of having proper discussions on matters pertaining to trade unions, the government waits for them to go on pelapaliya and strikes and then punishes them by sending the police and thugs to attack them.  We have so many jobless ministers, with no portfolios, enjoying the perks from the government but doing nothing useful wasting their time twiddling their thumbs; why not employ them gainfully to solve these problems beforehand?

The list goes on and on. Garbage, Dengue, water scarcity all has simple straight forward solutions, but no, we will take the round about way out and of course, miserably fail. So the merry go round goes on and on. Is there no sane person in this island of ours at all? 

Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela 


buddhist-monks-protest-in-colombo 3Please Stop Misleading Buddhist Public

As reported in several  daily newspapers about the resolu­tion adopted during the Bodu Bala Sena convention that was held recently in Colombo it appears that the organisers of this Convention had never sought the views and advice of the Maha Sanga or any other Buddhist institutions such as the Y.M.B.A. or the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress.

This fact is quite evident when the said news item comm­ences by stating that the Policy Framework adopted by them will be presented to the Mahanayakes and the Buddhist public seeking their opinion. What if they reject this proposal as being against the basic teachings of Lord Buddha ?

If the so called Secretary of the B.B.S. was sincerely interested in safeguarding the rights and interests of the Buddhist Clergy and the Community he should have consulted them before holding the alleged Convention so that they could have gathered a clear picture about the problems that need immediate attention. Here again I wish to pose the question whether they have been authorised by the Sanga Sabha or the Buddha Sasanna Ministry ?

Instead of consulting the more learned and qualified persons and organisations the B.B.S. Secretary seems to have preferred to depend on the experience of the Buddhist prelate from Mynamar who is supposed to have played a leading role in torturing and chasing away the minority Muslims from their country of birth.

Before passing resolutions with far reaching consequences the Rev.Gnanasara There should realise that inciting the ordinary innocent Buddhist citizens of our Country to commit arson and killing is against the basic teachings of Lord Buddha based on Maithriya and Karuna. 

A.L.M.Yoosuf Mawanella.


Is Human Rights Commission Of Sri Lanka Dead Or Inactive

Isent a complaint to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka for the violation of my fundamental rights by the Eastern Provincial Secretary of Education by terminating my appointment after nearly twenty one years of service as a clerk. This was inquired in to by the Commission under complaint number HRCBCO/024/06/N’K and a recommendation was given confirming my fundamental rights have been violated.

This recommendation was not implemented. Instead the Eastern Provincial Public Service Commission ignored and disregarded these recommendation and not only terminated my appointment but granted back- dated new appointment as a minor employee from the date of the establishment of the Eastern Provincial Council without even considering Public Administration Circular 17/2005 and not counting my service prior to the establishment of the Provincial Council. The Eastern Provincial Public Service Commission could take such an action if the province is declared as a separate State and not governed  by any Laws, Government Circulars and directives of the Government of Sri Lanka.

I pointed this out and sent my appeal to the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission. There was no response and I sent seven letters reminding them. No response to my letters contrary to section 3:8 of chapter XXVIII of the establishments code. Thus the Commission appointed to identify and grant relief for the violation of fundamental rights for the citizens of Sri Lanka has violated my fundamental rights by their non­response.

Such non- response attitude prevails in the present Commission, when the President is concerned about the -prevention of the violation of human rights and vehemently protested on the floor of the house as a young member of Parliament that he is willing to go not only to Geneva but even to hell to oppose the Government if it continued to violate the human rights of his people.

Unfortunately the Commission appointed by him remains silent without taking action against the violation of my fundamental rights confirmed by the same Commission during his regime as head of the Country.

This compel me to think whether the present Commission is dead or inactive or exist for name sake only when the President is deeply concerned about the violation of human rights of the people of this Country. Over to you Mr Chairman Human Rights Commission for your response.


S Thirumal, Kommanthurai,



The Essence Of Political Science

SocialismYou have two cows. The government nationalises them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of the cows but the government takes the milk.

Feudalism –-You have two cows. Your landlord takes some of the milk.

Fascism _You have two cows. Government takes both and hires you to take care of them. The government sells the milk to you.

Communism (Russia) _You have two cows. You have to take care of them but the government takes all the milk. You steal back as much as you can and sell it on the black market.

Perestroika =You have two cows and you have to take care of them but the Mafia takes all the milk. You steal back what you can and sell it in the free market.

Communism (Vietnam) – You have two cows. The government takes them and shoots you.

Militarianism  -You have two cows. The government takes them both and drafts you.

Totalitarianism – :You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed.

Democracy _You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

Democracy (British) _You have two cows. You feed them crap and they go mad. The government does nothing about it but sells the milk.

Bureaucracy –You have two cows. The government dictates what you can feed them but as it does not pay to milk them the government takes both cows shoots one and milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then you have to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

Capitalism  – You don’t have any cows. The bank will not lend you money to buy cows because you don’t have any cows to put up as collateral. Talibanism -_Nobody has anything. The government shoots you in the soccer stadium.

Jihadism  – You have two cows. The government bans you from milking them in public but kills both in a game of horse soccer.

Anarchy-  You have two cows. Either you give the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

Americanism – You have two cows. You feed them, milk them and sell the milk to the terrorists. The US Armed Forces show up in those distant lands, meet exciting, unusual, violent people and kill them.

Australia (Real World)_You share two cows with your neighbors and both quarrel about who has the most ability and the most need.  Meanwhile no one works, no one gets any milk and the cows drop dead of starvation.

Oligarchy – You have two cows. You feed and care for them and milk them and the family in power at the moment milks the farmers.

Surrealism – You have two cows. The government decides to stop the slaughter of cows. But apart from milking them the government needs  to fatten its members on beef and dripping to show a pious, religious attitude. 

 Brian Jansz, Pannipitiya.

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