Saturday, September 25, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala
Recently I came across some news and pictures in Sri Lankan media, on a group of Sri Lankan lawyers agitating with a coffin in front of Supreme Court claiming that RULE OF LAW in the country is dead. When taking a closer look at the pictures I identified three of the lawyers; in the agitation. According to my understanding one of them is notably a wife beater, the other one is a massive fraudster collaboration with some police officers specially during the times of Colombo lodge raids and had a fraud document case against him at one of the courts in Colombo but somehow managed to hide the case under the carpet and the third one once took part in an illegal bailing episode of a corrupt millionaire in a poya day (public Holiday in Sri Lanka).
While practicing law breakers in their private life; do these lawyers have any moral right to cry for rule of law of the country? Few days later, I found the answer, when I saw the same faces in media for another reason. This time they were protesting against United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe, in a press conference for not taking the party to the victory in elections. This indeed is a desperate moment for a self centered group of lawyers whom have joined a political party on the intention of gaining something for themselves; such as their dream jobs at government corporations or foreign postings etc. Realizing that UNP will not be able to hold on to power for a long time, is indeed scary. So the reason for agitation is not a question of rule of law, but a question of “law of rule” which Ranil Wickramasinghe lack of and Mahinda Rajapaksha had enough of.
If the rule of law is dead in Sri Lanka it is nothing but due to these types of individuals with duplicity in their practice, who appears as protectors of law but in fact they are law breakers in the real life. This is the main reason why Sri Lanka had a hard time keeping up with the law and order, in the country and that is exactly the reason why we need to keep the executive presidency.
In practice we are not a common law country like Great Britain and some western nations, we respect constitutional supremacy in our courts system. The Rule of law and constitutional supremacy are different but interconnected concepts. Upholding constitution as the supreme law of the country is constitutional supremacy; while practicing constitutional supremacy and respect other laws of the country is rule of law. There are also unwritten principles known as “conventions” which are look like laws, but they are not creations of legislature; instead they were created through practice. Most of our parliamentary procedures are originated as conventions and some of them later converted in to laws through legislations but some are still in convention stage.
Sir Ivor Jennings on the conventions, “We have to ask our self three questions: first, what are the precedents; secondly did the actors in the precedents believe that they were bound by a rule; and thirdly is there a reason for the rule? ...a whole string of precedents without such reason will be of no avail...” (The Law and the constitution 5th edition 1959) So according to Sir Jennings, even though these conventions are part of the rule of law process, if there are no reasons to follow them; there are no legal consequences of breaking such conventions.
The 18th amendment, which the above mentioned lawyers were agitating against, is removing the barrier of two times limit for presidency. While two times limit is a part of our constitution therefore a law; but the concept of the “limit”, is coming from a convention. Therefore if the constitution could be amended properly according to the laws described in the constitution (as we also are believers of parliamentary supremacy), there is no breach in rule of law for not following a convention of “limitation” as long as there is a reason for that change.
The reason: constitution as the supreme law of the country must reflect what country is; the people, culture, tradition and challenges (reconciliation and security) etc. We fix our constitution according to our country’s needs. What we now need is a strong leadership with strong nationalist ideas to take the agenda of the country forward. The agenda is the need to come out from thirty years of backlog of necessary developments in infrastructure, economy and concrete security of the nation and rise as one Sri Lankan nationality; which was neglected by every government ruled Sri Lanka. In that process our people by nature just need someone to lead them. That is what working and that is what we should implement into our constitution. Implementing imported ultra liberal western concepts into a country will hung us back at the list of failed states.
As an example, while there are enough laws and Public Health inspectors (PHI) to implement them, why we are still in need of creating a presidential task force to counter Dengue? Because, our officers continuously failing to do their job. This indicates that by our nature, we are in need of someone with a cane behind us. Don’t know the reason but that is how we are!
Another example, while the Government offices are decentralized through provincial councils, still villagers are travelling to Colombo to get things done; in most case presidential directive is the only way of getting things done throughout the country. Why? Don’t know! But that is the only way things could get done. Therefore until someday we have an efficient government we need man with a cane on the top. That is why we need to keep executive presidency in our constitution; but just keeping the job is not enough we need the right person at the job as well. Finally Sri Lankans found that person, and they keep electing him for the job; and that is a political decision of Sri Lankans and no one has the right to challenge that. But if Sri Lankans found another person with better qualities they will change their mind and vote accordingly. Unfortunately Sri Lanka’s opposition haven’t been able to produce such a person yet.
The agitation of UNP lawyers at the Supreme Court complex is nothing but a political and legal joke and as they always do will help our enemies to use against us. If they really follow the rule of law they should obey the new18th amendment to our constitution because that is the law now. 

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Sunday, August 1, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala
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Thursday, July 29, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala

The legal struggles of some criminals, who were deported from Canada, are now becoming Trojan horses for so many other criminals to land back in Canada.
Few years ago there were two well known Tamil gangs in Toronto. One was identified as ``VVT`` (Velvetithurai- a Village name in Northern Sri Lanka) and the other was ``AK Kannan``. They were having a territorial drug war between each other for few years. Several shoot outs and few deaths later, both gang leaders and their supporters were arrested in a massive Police raid code named ``project 1050``. Recently a new page in these gangster stories started to dominated the Canadian media.
On June 11th 2010, Jothiravi Sittampalam the alleged leader of “AK Kannan” gang was deported to Sri Lanka by the Canadian border services due to drug trafficking and allegedly leading a criminal gang in Toronto. As soon as he landed in Sri Lanka, authorities arrested him and released him on bail and then arrested again on charges, that he collected money for Tamil Tigers during last days of the conflict. Now, his wife who still living in Toronto has filed a petition in the Canadian courts to reopen his old case, which ordered his deportation six years ago.
She is requesting Canadian immigration to bring Jothiravi Sittampalam back to Canada claiming that the Sri Lankan authorities are abusing his rights and he will be persecuted. Previously Jothiravi’s lawyer Ms. Babra Jackman a well known Canadian immigration lawyer, made sure Canadian justice system prevents his actual deportation for six years on the same ground. But at the end of Sri Lanka’s conflict, Canadian authorities decided to deport Jothiravi Sittampalam.
Before Sittampalam, there were over 100 Canadian Tamil criminals deported to Sri Lanka even during the conflict time. But this is the third time such a huge noise created on the issue on Canadian media. Among the other deportees, Kaileshan Thanabalasingham, ( is the alleged VVT gang leader who was the opponent of Jothiravi Sittampalam in their mini drug war in Scarborough, Ontario. He was deported to Sri Lanka in 2006. But later he managed to sneak out of Sri Lanka and today he is living in Australia under different name.
Another such Canadian deportee Sanjeev Kuhendrarajah ( ) re-appeared in an asylum ship to Australia under the name of ``Alex``, he was deported from Canada in 2003 due to his criminal activities. Another gangster, Panchalingham Nagalingham ( a member of AK Kannan Group who was deported in 2007 brought back to Canada from Sri Lanka in 2010, on the expense of Canadian Government.
In 2001, LTTE money collector Suresh Manickavasagam managed to block his deportation, just hours before his deportation to Sri Lanka. In his landmark Canadian case Suresh v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), [2002] 1 S.C.R. 3 the supreme court of Canada held that, Suresh made a prima facie case that he would be subject to torture upon being returned to Sri Lanka and he will be denied the procedural fairness owed to him by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Since then all the LTTE criminals awaiting deportation used this judgment to avoid their deportation.The procedural fairness identified here is equal to the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, at the Suresh’s hearing Canadian Supreme Court never gets the chance to hear the procedural avenues available in the Sri Lankan justice system for a suspect but what the court got was, then Manickavasagam’s lawyer Ms. Babra Jackman’s interpretation on Sri Lankan justice system. Is that a correct version of Sri Lankan’s legal system? Reality is far different from Ms. Barbara’s interpretation.
If a well known criminal entered to a country especially under a deportation order of another country, he will not get all the comfort in the world; as the authorities have to make sure that the incoming criminal does not restart his criminal enterprise in the home country. It is one of the responsibilities of the governments to make sure the safety and security of the citizens in the country. Therefore it is not correct to call such procedure a persecution.
Even under section 7 of the Canadian Charter Rights and freedom the government could deprive of someone’s life, liberty and security in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice. In the same way there are enough procedural solutions available in the Sri Lankan justice system to go through if someone is arrested or deprived of their liberty. In Sittampalam`s case his relatives have the right to go through Sri Lankan justice system and ask for suitable relief from a Sri Lankan court. Instead, they chose to bash Sri Lankan justice system.
Danger is if Sittampalam`s case would have been successful, Canadian government may have to bring back most of the deported criminals from all around the world. This will put the Canadian government in a real jeopardy.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala

United States and some countries at European Union, collaboration with Secretary General’s office are trying to find new ways to interfere the sovereignty of member nations. This time UNSG Ban Ki moon is directly acting as a puppet of some western Nations; further more he and his backers are demanding the Sri Lankan government to violate the freedom of expression of Sri Lankans by banning protests against Ban Ki Moon.
A protest which started by Wimal Weerawansa a Sri Lankan patriot few days ago is a peaceful “Satyagraha” against Ban Ki Moon for appointing a panel of three to advise him on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. But some pro western political pundits claim, that these types of things have to be resolve diplomatically. Yes, but the question is did Mr. Ban Ki Moon has left any room for diplomacy?
Sri Lanka’s top diplomat at UN Dr. Kohana who happened to be the former chief protocol officer of United Nations and claims that Ban Ki Moon is trying to create a “precedent” to create an alternate way to interfere sovereignty of member nations. Dr. Kohana who is an authority on UN laws is in the view that Ban Ki Moon is acting unlawfully, what other evidence we need that the doors are closed for diplomacy.
At UN, if Security Council, General Assembly or Human Rights Council reject to issue any order against a member nation on an issue, there was no other way of influencing a member nation other than diplomacy. Those actions would only be taken after drying out local solutions. This check and balance system helped United Nations to function without any effective division within the organization. Even though, in time to time there were different camps at UN body, VETO power at the main bodies did the balancing act but Ban Ki Moon’s new advisory panel method on the other hand will override all these bodies and check and balance system.
If Ban Ki Moon really wanted to fix the troubles in the world there are enough conflicts which needs his immediate attention. Sri Lanka is a peaceful country now; there are no more killings, suicide bombers, or shelling. Sri Lankans throughout the country again and again with highest majorities approved the methods used by present Rajapaksha Government to stop Tamil Tigers killing craze. Government itself has taken steps to reconcile communities. A political solution is in the process with the involvement of all parties. Infrastructures are rebuilding. “Lessons Learned and Reconciliation”, commission is in progress. There is no mandate for United Nations to involve in Sri Lanka at the moment unless Sri Lankan government request that. As Sri Lanka’s economic development Minister Basil Rajapaksha correctly said “what Sri Lanka now need is partners not monitors”.
If Ban Ki Moon’s action would be successful it will create a new method for powerful nations to interfere into local matters of small nations, under the cover of United Nations name board. If such thing happened, its actions will only be accountable to the Secretary General who presently acting as a puppet of western countries and eventually will jeopardise the function of United Nations as place, where equality for every nation is the motto.
Even though a small nation, Sri Lanka done its part to protect United Nations; by refusing to issue visas to three member panel appointed by UN Secretary General to advise him on Sri Lanka’s already ended conflict. So far Russia and China placed their protests; None Aligned Movement is considering protesting. It is time for other member nations to pitch in, not only for Sri Lanka but also for the future protection and sovereignty of their own nations. Also it is time for the world body to consider impeaching Ban Ki Moon for violating UN rules and trying to destroy United Nations.

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Friday, June 25, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala

Even though Sri Lanka is a small country she has been an active member in the world affairs since the independence from British imperialists. She has been a signatory to hundreds of UN treaties and had an excellent relationship with her neighbours. Sri Lanka`s active role in None Aligned Movement brought her the prestige and respect from other member nations. Before the separatist struggle of Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka had all the signs of becoming an economic giant in South Asia. Sri Lanka’s education system made her literacy rate, the highest in south Asia and her health care system was also one of the best in Asia. Even before western countries started to talk about women’s rights, Sri Lankans elected the first women prime minister of the world. Through over 2500 years of old culture, Sri Lankans knew how to do things on their way.
It is not a conspiracy theory to think that while Sri Lanka has been such good to the world some countries and organizations have been actively working hard to paralyze Sri Lanka due to different individual reasons. To all of them, a weak leadership in Sri Lanka is essential; whom they can manipulate when ever and whatever the way they want. Having a conflict in the country is a blessing for them and no conflict in the country has made them work hard to think.
There are several reasons why these countries wanted to destabilize Sri Lanka. Geographical situation of Sri Lanka is one of the main. Recently China’s active role in Sri Lanka’s development is another one. Among the countries which want to destabilize Sri Lanka, United Stated States and European Union are on the top of the list. None Governmental Organizations and Tamil Tiger Separatists living in the Diaspora are also in the list. Recent John Kerry report on post war Sri Lanka is one of the proofs that United States is in the game. According to the John Kerry report United States is worrying too much about losing its South Asian interests and recommends developing more interests in the island nation. During the separatist conflict these countries were able to handle Sri Lankan leadership the way they want. But today, in the post conflict scenario they have lost their handle on Sri Lankan politics.
During the last days of the conflict with Tamil Tigers, these countries attempt a major plot to get back in Sri Lanka’s driving seat. There was an operation to stop the Sri Lankan army operations against Tamil Tigers in the name of peace and to deploy US forces to monitor such peace. Even India was silently involved in that operation. But thanks to Rajapakshas, with the China’s backing that plan did not realize. Now there are other plans to prepare the ground for another invasion against this sovereign nation.
Recent announcement to nominate a panel on Sri Lanka by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon comes in such a time which we can assume that it could be one of the ground breakings of such a plan. First it was proposed as an advisory panel for the Secretary General to see the progress on the agreement came between President Mahinda Rajapaksha and UN Secretary General on 26th of May 2009. But now it has been converted to an advisory panel on “alleged war crimes” charges.
In so called agreement between president Rajapaksha and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, there are no mentions of investigating war crimes charges. What we see in the joint statement of May 26th 2009 are “The government (Sri Lankan) expressed its commitment to ensure the economic and political empowerment of the people of the North through its programmes”,“ democratic institutions and electoral politics..”, implementation of 13th amendment”, ”..access to humanitarian agencies..”,..expedite the necessary basic and civil infrastructure as well as means of livelihood necessary for IDPs..”, “..dismantle the welfare villages..”, “promotion and protection of human rights..”.
To get updates on above commitments Ban Ki Moon has all the access through UN agencies on the ground. On the ground level despite the difficulties, Sri Lankan government has been making commanding success in resettling IDPs, rehabilitation of Child soldiers and LTTE combatants, mine clearing, democratization of North and east, infrastructure building and reconciliation. Above all Sri Lankan government has established a truth and reconciliation commission to identify the causes for the conflict and find answers. Then why Secretary General needs a special panel to investigate things that he has no mandate. Only reason we can assume is the pressure from United States and European Union.
According to United Nations Charter it is only Security Council has the power to order an investigation on allegations, such as war crimes. But until today Security Council haven’t ordered such investigation against Sri Lanka and such a thing even not in its agenda; then what right Ban Ki Moon has, to dictate a sovereign nation? This unethical and unlawful action of Secretary General of UN destroys the original mandate of United Nations.
United Nations is a place where countries to discuss issues without interfering each other’s sovereignty. Even the tiniest country and a super power have the same rights at the UN. It is not a place to undermine sovereignty of member Nation on the request of some super power to regain its interests in a region and create a crisis for bankrupt none governmental organizations.
To run the country Sri Lankans have elected a government and an executive president. If there is a problem Sri Lanka’s independent judiciary is capable enough to handle such issues. Sri Lanka today is in the right track, its economy is booming, her people from one end to the other end of the island are starting to receive dividends of the new born peace. Country is in a reconciliation process. It may be slow but it is in the right track. What Ban Ki Moon trying to do is nothing but jeopardise that reconciliation process.
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Sunday, June 13, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala
This is an answer to Rajasinham Jayadewan’s article named “Sri Lanka government must stop bashing the Tamil Diaspora” which published on Sri Lanka Guardian last week.
Rajasinham Jayadevan may have just wake up from his Ealam Dream and may have just realized that the money he bet on Prabakaran and his goons has gone in vain. In fact Prabakaran’s goons have disappeared with the collected money and now Rajasinham is trying to find a way to play the game of “Miguel at day and Daniel at night”.
Before Rajasinham wakes up from his Ealam dream there were things happened in the Diaspora. In short, LTTE created so many front organizations in the Diaspora; in Rajasinhams language “legitimate democratic campaigns” and collected so much money and send that money to Prabakaran’s war chest also they started so many business and revenue from those businesses were sent to Prabakaran’s weapons fund. Tamils in the Diaspora were asked and forced to contribute to the war chest.
These so called “legitimate democratic campaign” reached Liberal Democratic politicians in the West and demonize Sri Lanka and her people; they made extreme accusations such as genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka even though such thing never happened. Unfortunately Sri Lankan foreign offices in the Diaspora were not prepared to fight these allegations and therefore the lie became the truth on the eyes of western liberal Democrats. Also these “democratic campaigners” threat those western Liberal Democrats that they could vote as a block and defeat them in the elections unless they take actions against Sri Lanka.
At the end Sri Lanka and her people started to loose foreign aid and support from western countries, apart from the sufferings from terrorism, ignited from the money collected in the Diaspora by so called “democratic campaigners”.
But Sri Lanka fought back and got rid of Prabakaran and the proxy war of Diaspora Tamils, with the collective efforts of the brave soldiers, people of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan government, its foreign offices, and Sri Lankan Diaspora including some brave Sri Lankan Tamils who resist the resisters on behalf of mother Lanka.
Now Rajasinham wants to get all the dividends of this newborn peace. It is not bad, but first of all Rajasinham has to understand that he can’t play the role of “a Sri Lankan patriot” and a “Tamil separatist” at the same time; he has to decide where he stands first. It is not that hard because there are enough Tamils in the Diaspora who are just playing the role of “patriotic Sri Lankan” while Rajasinhams in the Diaspora treat them as “traitors” and LTTE goons threatening them and their families with death and destruction. But these Sri Lankan Tamils stood by their mother land despite these separatist slogans and attacks. Instead of doing the same, Rajasinham is trying to over-run these dedicated real Sri Lankan Tamils while charging Sri Lankan government is bashing “democratically campaigning” Diaspora Tamils as LTTE sympathizers.
Further more Rajasinham is trying to create a division between Sri Lankan foreign offices and the Sri Lankan Diaspora by calming “The Sri Lanka foreign missions have become the mouthpieces of the extremist Sinhalese nationalist sentiments”.
Rajasinham also has to realize that protecting mother land from anti Sri Lankan propaganda of so called “democratic Campaigners” in the Diaspora is not propagating “extremist Sinhalese nationalist sentiments”. It is only a collective answer to the well organized Sri Lanka bashing by the pro LTTE Tamils in the Diaspora.
If Rajasinham’s so called Diaspora Tamils wanted to be real Sri Lankans, first they should revoke their separatist sentiments from their minds; if so, Sri Lankan Diaspora is ready to hug and welcome them with open hearts. To make it easy we suggest all foreign offices to carry a “reconciliation book” parallel to “Lessons learnt and truth and reconciliation commission “where those pro LTTE Tamil Diaspora members could log all of their sins against the motherland and become a real Sri Lankan. We are ready to forget all that from our minds and hearts for the good future of our mother land; in fact that may be a “Sinhalese Buddhist sentiment”.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010


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Thursday, April 15, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala

Finally the Election is over. Peoples’ verdict is similar to the presidential election. Results are being evaluated in different angles based on the political view of the individual; but there is a truth hidden in it. Whether you like it or not once again patriotism has won the day. If it is so, now is the time to deliver what has promised. Otherwise today winners would be losers of tomorrow.

It doesn’t mean opposition politicians are immune from this verdict. They also have to bow the verdict of the people; if not forces of nature will destroy them further in future elections. It is time for UNP to re-think about none patriotic Policies they have been practicing so far. What Sri Lankans need now is trustworthy leaders from all political parties who should continue Sri Lankan agenda forward; rather than following agenda of foreign elements. We may be carrying different political ideologies but our internal conflicts should not allow to be used against us, by foreign elements. Currently there are some NGOs busy in documenting family conflicts and some vanishing feudalistic practices as government involved human rights violations, to portray Sri Lankan society as a whole is a barbarian society. These NGOs are getting money for these works. Some other groups are trying to create a religious war creating tension among religions. It seems everyone needs a piece of Sri Lanka.

During the presidential election we have seen the maximum showdown of such foreign politics attached to General Fonseka’s campaign. Issues his campaign raised were not related or supportive of Sri Lanka. Otherwise who in Sri Lanka would ask to take Sri Lankan soldiers to war crime tribunal? Introducing Fonseka with his foreign made slogans JVP confused its sympathisers.

JVP finally found its face in this election. JVP has been over estimating its abilities in the past while shining through vote bases of other political parties. Even this time JVP was so desperate to tap into UNP voters but failed as UNP decided to contest their own. At the end JVP had to hang on to the bait General Fonseka. But that even didn’t deliver anticipated voter sympathy towards DNA, except few hundred votes in Colombo district thanks to Anoma Fonseka’s crying advertisement; at the end DNA delivered what JVP had from the beginning.

As General didn’t bring any new votes to DNA, will the JVP operators allow General Fonseka to lead JVP? Unless General Fonseka behave like a real politician and JVP remain without using its exotoxin behaviour; leadership struggle within DNA is eminent. But as long as JVP could use him as sympathy bait, JVP will hang on to General Fonseka; but the question is whether General Fonseka will stay with JVP? This will further prove that DNA or JVP are not fighting for democracy or human rights but it is only fighting for resources.

As usual former TNA now Tamil Arasu Kachchi leaders are bragging that they have got a mandate in North and East for a separate state. What have they got? Getting few more votes than the opponents does not mean a mandate for separation! What happened in the north and east was a classic display of peoples` rejection on gun culture. People in the North and East didn’t come out to vote as there were no democratic politicians to vote. Even the politicians who represented the UPFA in these areas come from former armed organizations, with armed group mentality. It is time to find democratic Tamil politicians; unfortunately LTTE killed most of them. For almost 30 years Tamils in North and East have forgotten the parliamentary democracy. It will take some time for them to recover and until then people in north and east will shy away from democracy.

One of the mistakes President Mahinda Rajapaksha did in this election was to leave all in the hands of Tamil political parties to run the North & East election campaign. He may have done it in good faith, but most of these politicians are still doing politics with armed group mentality. This is not suitable for multi party politics and definitely not good for democratization of North and East. According to a Tamil friend of mine, who happened to be working with UPFA in Jaffna told that people in North have no knowledge of what the government is doing and what it is planning to do in the future either. No one in the UPFA bothered to educate those people in North and East. Even though the gates are open the massage is still hanging around at the gate it is not moving in. I think the new government has a special role to play in North and East on educating the people on what it is doing and planning to do. Having a huge carnival once in a while at Dorai Appa Stadium would not enlighten highly self ghettoized group of people like those Sri Lankan citizens living in North and East.

On the other hand control of TNA or ITAK has switched back to hands of its original roots, the most privileged of the Tamil society; the Vellala caste and Anglicans. Those are the people who spread the seeds of separatism in Tamil society, as they began losing the privileges received from British invaders. LTTE grab this political power from them and now masters are back in control on the demise of Prabakaran. They already joined hand with separatist groups in the Diaspora, which also now controlled by privileged and Anglicans with the British and NGO backing. It is the duty of the new government to find an end to all these nonsense and take the Sri Lankan agenda forward.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala
After many years of following the agenda of different foreign elements, finally Sri Lanka is in a transitional period to follow her own agenda. In a time like this, Sri Lanka needed to have a friendly diplomatic community which could help the country to move forward from where it was, than dragging it down.
The new Canadian High commissioner His Excellency Bruce Levy is one such person who likes to help Sri Lanka but does not like to dictate things to the host country as most western diplomats are fond of doing today.
I was thinking of writing a note about this down to earth diplomat from “great white north” for a long time but didn’t materialize until the recent chat I had with my friend Ruwan Jayakodi. Ruwan is an award winning Sri Lankan-Canadian chef, who returned from Sri Lanka recently after judging Sri Lanka’s most prestigious “Culinary Art 2010” competition organized by Chefs’ Guild of Sri Lanka, which was held at BMICH. Ruwan’s prep work on his encounter with the new Canadian High Commissioner in Colombo, added few more hot spices, to cook this article alone with my own experience.
As he explained to me, his experience with Mr. Levy was kind of a funny one. During his work at the “Culinary Art 2010” exhibition as a judge, he invited Mr. Levy to attend the exhibition as a guest of honor in one of the days. On the day while every one was expecting Mr. Levy at the entrance to the exhibition with all the drums, dancers and the garlands Ruwan found Mr. Levy wondering inside the exhibition hall by purchasing a ticket on his own. Every one was laughing and brought him back to the front door and gave him the respect he deserves.

Finally found; from left: Chef Ruwan Jayakodi, Sri Lanka Chefs’ Guild Secretary Ms. Vergi Feltman, Canadian High Commissioner Hon. Bruce Levy and Canadian chef Mr. Eduward Colonrus who also attended the Culinary Art exhibition as a judge at BMICH.

At the end of the day, Ruwan wanted to escort the guest of honor back to his car but found out that he didn’t drive there but had walked himself to BMICH, from his residence at Bawuddaloka Mawatha. Ruwan was telling me, while all none VIPs coming in huge vehicles, this gentleman walked to the venue by his own. According to Ruwan, the simpleness of Mr. Levy became the talk of the day among the chefs, comparing an incident took place on previous day; where another High Commissioner from a different country had given real hard time to the organizers.
Mr. Bruce Levy was originally a journalist and joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1986. Prior to his assignment in Sri Lanka he was the Minister- Counselor (Political) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Mr. Levy had postings in Manila, Bangkok and Hanoi. He also had assignments in Ottawa such as the Director of the US Relations Division and two different assignments in the Privy Council Office's Foreign and defence Policy Secretariat, therefore Mr. Levy does not need to be such a humble man unless he chooses to be.
Last October, I and few other members of “Canadian Friends of Sri Lanka” had an unusual last minute meeting with this gentleman in a coffee shop at Toronto Pearson International air port. As his all appointments dried out, he invited us to meet him at the air port just before he leave Canada to take up his new post in Colombo. All of us went to the meeting in full suit not knowing what to wear for the occasion. But it was too late when we found out that we were over dressed as Mr. Levy walked in wearing a simple tee-shirt and denim. He listened to us very carefully and asked so many questions related to Sri Lanka and our community in Canada.
Our friendly request to him at the time was to find ways to help the poor and the development of Sri Lanka. We also discussed some other matters Sri Lankan Canadians had to face at the High Commission in Colombo. He promised us that there will be so many changes and at the high commission especially the way his office operates.
I met him again in last December this time in Colombo, with one of my Tamil friend Sivam from Toronto. We found out that the high commissioner had given up his weekend in southern sea beach just to meet these two civilians from Toronto. During our conversation with him he told us that unlike the other postings he had before; Sri Lanka forced him to activate his “face mussels” very much. In other words he is smiling a lot and happy in Sri Lanka. He also said that he was working with some Sri Lankan charities and requests us to encourage Canadian-Sri Lankans to donate into these Sri Lankan charities. Supporting the poor is a quite a different angle from other western diplomats where most of them today are conspiring and funding NGOs which are trying to find ways to overthrow the government and discredit Sri Lanka.
He told us that Sri Lankan people are very friendly and totally different from what he heard about them before coming to Sri Lanka. It is quite true as LTTE in the Diaspora during past 30 years cultivated so much of hate against Sri Lanka and her people; the western media carried it on, as a wave and still continuing. We in the Diaspora had to fight this “one sided free-media” to balance it. But as long as true diplomats like Mr. Bruce Levy are there to understand us and convey the correct picture about us to the world; we feel we Sri Lankans are so lucky to have such a good friend.

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Friday, January 29, 2010


By Hasaka Ratnamalala

Nearly Sixty percent of the Sri Lankans chose incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksha to run their country for another six years. This is the first island wide presidential election Sri Lankans had since 1982, without any hindrance from Tamil Tigers. The other significant incident in this election was the sudden appearance of retired army commander, General Sarath Fonseka as the main presidential contender against President Mahinda Rajapaksha. Sri Lankans claim Fonseka’s appearance in the presidential race is a clear indication of the western influence in Sri Lankan politics. Sri Lankans also claim that since the success of the war against LTTE, western countries were looking for some one to replace Sri Lanka’s leadership. They claim, west was looking for a clear “regime change”. But people in Sri Lanka spoke loudly and clearly this time, indicating that they do not tolerate Sarath Fonseka the “dictator in waiting” and the western influence comes with him into their nations business any longer.
Sri Lankans feel that instead of congratulating Sri Lanka for defeating world’s most ruthless terrorist organization; west was struggling in many ways to drag Sri Lanka in to war crimes tribunal and resurrect separatist Tamil Tigers. But the over whelming majority of Sri Lankans decided the leader who brought them peace and harmony does not deserve any thing less than the presidency of their nation. General Sarath Fonseka on the other hand also led the army to defeat LTTE but wanted to test his popularity in a separate way by contesting against his commander in chief. Most Sri Lankans believe if Mahinda was not at the presidency, west may have save LTTE once more. That is not just a belief; actually that was what, going to happen during Sri Lanka’s military campaign against LTTE; unless President Rajapaksha ignored, the huge pressure from European Union and the west to stop the operations.
Since then, Sri Lankans believe, west preferred someone in the presidency whom they can control and General Sarath Fonseka was their choice. When considering the fact, that British back door politician James McGrath was the one who was behind Fonseka’s campaign for that presidency; this may not be just a heresy after all.
The reason the west preferred Sarath Fonseka over Ranil Wickramasinghe the leader of UNP (United National Party) to fight Mahinda could have been based on nothing, but their knowledge on heroic treatment received by the war heroes in the Sri Lankan society. But the west made a mistake by not understanding Sri Lankan way of thinking. Above all they didn’t understood how Sri Lankans would treat their traitors. Well, they just found out!
From the early days of election General Fonseka signaled that the he was in fact, the man the west preferred. In a press conference he said that he is planning to take Sri Lankan soldiers into war crimes tribunal. The man who led the war against LTTE eventually turned into a traitor in the minds of Sri Lankans. Did James McGrath put these words into General’s mouth? When considering the immediate reaction from west and joyful reaction of LTTE fronts in the Diaspora, may be that is what the west just requested from this retired soldier. It was well evident LTTE in the Diaspora start pumping money to Fonseka’s campaign. As an example, Canadian LTTE front collected money for an unknown development project in Batticloa area and all landed in Fonseka’s campaign. They all were expecting resurrection of separatist politics in Sri Lanka with the help of future west leaning, dictatorship of Fonseka.
Who are the other players in General’s campaign; his main partner was battered UNP the right wing political party of Sri Lanka, which took the side of LTTE on the request of west through out the Sri Lankan military campaign against that organization. The leader Ranil Wickramasinghe was publically expecting defeat of the Sri Lankan security forces during the military campaign, while him being the opposition leader of the same country. How on earth can some one trust such an irresponsible person? Such a traitor in Sri Lankan standards, is not suitable for the post of opposition leader of any given country.
Another main partner of General Fonseka’s alliance was one-man political party leader Mangala Samaraweera who chose the same path as Ranil Wickramasinghe without any proper issues but due to his personal jealousy with Mahinda Rajapaksha and his cabinet.
Another partner Mano Ganeshan is a racist Tamil leader who calls for international intervention on Sri Lanka to save LTTE leader Prabakaran during the military campaign against LTTE. There is no much difference between him and the defeated Muslim Congress leader Rahuff Hakeem. Can a war hero go with a bunch of Sri Lanka bashers like this? He automatically became a TRAITOR in the eyes of Sri Lankans.
Fonseka’s agreement with Tiger Appointed TNA (Tamil National Alliance) sealed the TRAITORS deal in the eyes of Sri Lankan voters. But Fonseka’s camp managed to hide details of “TNA-Fonseka” agreement from the Sri Lankan voters; therefore TNA lost their right to use, Fonseka’s 40% as their mandate for a separate state. Also there were tremendous amount of Tamils vote for President Mahinda Rajapaksha and tremendous amount of Sinhalese voters vote for Fonseka, without knowing the exact details of Fonseka-TNA agreement. Therefore, this election definitely was not a referendum for TNA to take its separatist agenda forward.
What about JVP? (Peoples’ Revolutionary Front) It has been a short sited political party which happens to be looking for quickest method to grab the political power in Sri Lanka. The theory or the explanation JVP had given to its low level carders was, that they were expecting General Fonseka to step out from his agreement with JVP and became a military dictator. In such situation JVP believed, it will create an atmosphere for JVP to leave the General Fonseka and rise as the liberators and carry on Sri Lanka’s leftist revolution. A bloody theory, that Sri Lankans would never wanted to take place in their motherland again. Does a country just get out from a huge mess after thirty long years would wants to have a bloody mess again? This cruel theory made thousands of JVP’ers to leave their party. JVP leaders shamefully isolated themselves and hide under the umbrella of a bunch of world class traitors; Sri Lankans say. They also claim that JVP leaders are getting funded by west through one of their ghost leaders currently living in Australia. The west must have thought it was worthwhile to have JVP on Fonseka’s side because JVP was earlier considered as the king makers of the south.
What would be the situation if General himself would be elected? We have enough evidence that he is not the person that he claims himself. It was becoming evident during the campaign that “Yahapalanaya” or the good governance was not in his practice while he was the commander of the Army. He has been a commander who did not tolerate the sweat of a soldier. Women soldiers were having disgusting experience with him while some of them were considered privileged. His son in law was awarded arms deals in a tender board headed by General Fonseka himself. His speeches did not carry political massages instead; they carry death threats to his opponents. There is information that during the campaign he was preparing for a bloody coupe against Rajapaksha government. Hundreds Ex-army commandos were found in hotel rooms nearby president’s house. These are the signs of nothing, but a bloody dictator in waiting.
Unfortunately, this is the man and his crew so called democratic west choose as their candidate to run Sri Lanka for them. There are more information coming out, elaborating General Fonseka’s Idi Amin characteristic. It seems General Fonseka is in hot seat now. But will the democratic west save him? At the end of the election, he made an open request to his masters in the west, to save him. His call was to invade Sri Lanka?

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