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Were the General and JVP involved in a coup conspiracy?

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

A striking facet of Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s intriguing personality is the candour he displays in some media interviews. Instead of bluffing, sidestepping or trying to wriggle out of answering tricky questions the Defence secretary responds directly and fields them in a frank,forthright manner.

This characteristic was very much evident in the telephonic interview given by the Presidential sibling on Wednesday Feb 10th evening to Ravi Velloor of the Singapore-based “Straits Times” barely 48 hours after the controversial arrest and detention of ex-Army commander and defeated Presidential elections candidate General Sarath Fonseka.

General Sarath Fonseka’s rally at Panadura-Jan 2009

Given the furore surrounding the arrest one may have expected the Defence secretary to be a little evasive or “diplomatic” in commenting about the retired four-star general but Gotabhaya-true to form-was bluntly open and pulled no punches in answering.

When Velloor raised the issue of Govt fears that Fonseka was conspiring to lead a coup attempt Gotabhaya did not mince his words in replying. This is what he said-

“He was planning on a military rule. It was very clear in the latter stages, in the way he had spoken and addressed the people. He said he wouldn’t allow the politicians to rob the military of the victory they had achieved and offer a political solution.

He was completely trying to isolate the politics and take the country on a different path. In his very last stages as army commander he began bringing his people into Colombo and his regiment, positioning his senior regiment people all over.

All these things were looking like a military coup. He also took a keen interest in changing the previous navy commander (who was not well inclined towards him).”

Whatever the merits or otherwise of the Defence secretary’s response, it certainly seemed to have impressed the newspaper concerned as the highlight of the interview. So much so that the heading given to the feature was “He was definitely planning a Coup”.

Coup d’etat

The defence secretary’s bold assertion that his former comrade at arms was planning a coup d’etat is perhaps the crucial factor governing the conduct of this Government towards the former Army commander and ex-Chief of Defence staff.

Rightly or wrongly the Rajapakse regime has been entertaining suspicion and fear for a long time that Sarath Fonseka was plotting a coup against it. This paranoia or reasonable caution, depending on how one perceives it, explains much of the government’s rationale in dealing with the Fonseka phenomenon before and after the Presidential elections.

It appears that the Govt is in possession of some information about the possibility of a coup engineered by Sarath Fonseka. Of course the ex-army chief has strongly denied such an allegation but nevertheless the regime has gone ahead and arrested Fonseka in a crude display of power.

Apart from detaining Fonseka the Government is also conducting a multi-level investigation into what it sees as a coup d’etat in the making. This includes not only probes into the conduct of serving and ex – military personnel but also that of the pseudo-marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna(JVP).

It remains to be seen as to whether these investigations would uncover genuine evidence about a coup being planned or not. However the powers that be seem convinced that there really was a plot and are determined to identify and charge the culprits.

On the other hand there is much doubt about this coup conspiracy theory. Many see it as a total fabrication aimed at stifling the chief Presidential contender and his political allies. The real conspiracy they say is not the alleged coup conspiracy but that of the ruling regime planning to penalise Sarath Fonseka through false accusations.

Before his arrest, Sarath Fonseka had vehemently denied that he was plotting a coup. Had he wanted to capture power while in office as Army chief it would have been a simple matter to send a few battalions down to Colombo and take over the Government, he pointed out.

Later when the Lakeside Cinnamon Hotel was besieged amidst charges of a coup d’etat being planned there, the General again dismissed them saying that nobody would try and stage a coup from that Hotel. Besides, Fonseka said that his wife and daughters were with him there. After his arrest Mrs. Anoma Fonseka has also emphatically denied that a coup was ever planned at that Hotel.

Conspiracy

These denials notwithstanding the Government is firmly of the opinion that a coup with wide –ranging implications had been planned and that the JVP too was linked to the conspiracy. Despite charges of political vendetta being levelled against it, the Govt has thought it fit to go ahead and arrest the chief Presidential challenger.

Against that backdrop the situation seems to be that of the Govt procuring enough evidence through interrogation and investigation to construct an effective case against Sarath Fonseka over a coup d’etat conspiracy. It also appears that the Govt will resort to both a court-martial by a military tribunal as well as an indictment under the penal code in a civil court.

At this point of time the state is yet to garner sufficient evidence warranting speedy action against Sarath Fonseka and his alleged chorts in a coup conspiracy. But informed sources revealed that much progress has been made in pursuing a line of inquiry into an alleged coup d’etat conspiracy. These sources seemed confident that a valid indictment and trial would materialise very soon.

One does not know at this juncture whether the state would be able to prove charges about a coup conspiracy against Sarath Fonseka or not. However there seems little doubt that such an attempt would definitely be made.In fact it may be the pivotal issue in any legal action contemplated.

Fear or suspicion about a military coup was at the heart of deteriorating relations between the Rajapakse brothers and Fonseka. The gradual erosion of confidence has reached this sorry state of affairs today.

A brief examination of the recent past concerning the coup conspiracy factor would be of relevance in understanding the current course of events.

Even as the war spearheaded by Sarath Fonseka was raging against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) the President and his siblings got worried about Sarath Fonseka carving up a little empire of his own within the military establishment.

The unorthodox scheme of promotions implemented by Fonseka enabled seniority and experience being overlooked in favour of merit and performance. In the process several positions in the captain to Colonel ranks were filled by persons regarded as Sarath’s favourites. Many of Fonseka’s cronies were also appointed gradually to key posts and strategically important positions.

Suspicion

The situation was further aggravated by Fonseka making two “excessive” demands. One was that the Army’s strength should be raised to 400,000 and he be made a Field Marshall. The other was that at least one battalion should be stationed or deployed in every town in Sri Lanka from Paruthithurai (Point Pedro) in the North to Devinuwara (Dondra) in the South.

Both these requests aroused suspicion amidst the Rajapakse fraternity. It was further compounded by Fonseka’s elaborate plans to set up “cantonment townships ” housing soldier families in various parts of the Country with particular emphasis on the North and East. He also had plans of independent economic projects capable of generating sustainable funds for maintaining these townships.

What Fonseka’s motives were in making these demands is not known but they were viewed with suspicion as they had the potential of militarising society on a massive scale. Besides the scheme if implemented would place troops and families loyal to Fonseka throughout the length and breadth of the Country. In short a configuration of territorially non-contiguous pro-Fonseka units would be established.

Being an adroit politician Mahinda Rajapakse did not veto Fonseka’s proposals when the war was on as he did not want to alientate the astute general but when the army triumphed over the tigers the Machiavelli of Medamulana began moving deftly.

When Fonseka reiterated his twin demands in the wake of military victory the commander was given a rude shock. Both demands were turned down. Furthermore President Rajapakse informed him very correctly that there was no need of a huge army in post-war Sri Lanka and that gradual downsizing would soon be underway

Infuriated

This infuriated Fonseka who indicated his displeasure. Thereafter the army chief started making derogatory remarks about the President and the Defence secretary. He also commenced talking of becoming the president through elections or any means. Fonseka also effected changes within the officer echelons and moved his loyalists to Colombo and key positions.

Perturbed by this trend the President and Defence secy struck swiftly and in July last year removed Fonseka as Army chief and appointed him as chief of Defence staff. On this occasion too the President was to emphasise that there was no need for a big army and once again referred to the Burma (Myanmar)example.

This rankled so much that when Fonseka quit his post in November 2009 he specifically referred to it in his publicised resignation letter.

Here is the excerpt-

“Your Excellency, you too made a statement at the very first security council soon after the 18th of May 09 when the battled was declared over, to the extent that “a strong public opinion is in the making to say that the Country is in possession of a too powerful army, which will lead Sri Lanka to another State like that of Myanmar”. It was surprising to hear such a comment from Your Excellency in spite of your repeated praise and boast of the war victory brought about by the same Army. I personally felt that Your Excellency has commenced mistrusting your own loyal Army which attained the unimaginable victory just a week ago. You again repeated the same statement even after I handed over the command. Over these comments I felt disgusted as these comments indirectly insulted those who made the supreme sacrifice during the war victory”.

After Fonseka was kicked upstairs as Chief of defence staff, Jagath Jayasuriya who ranked no 9 in seniority was made Army commander. Thereafter a number of internal appointments,transfers and changes were made within the military structure. Many of the Fonseka loyalists were moved out to non-strategic positions. The Fonseka effect was being steadily reversed. This too irritated Sarath who mentioned it in his resignation letter. Here is the excerpt-

“The present Army Commander immediately on assuming duties commenced transferring senior officers who immensely contributed to the war effort during my command tenure including those junior officers working with my wife at the Seva Vanitha Army Branch which was involved in looking after the welfare of the troops, was clearly to challenge the loyalty of officers and most discouraging to the officer corps of the Army, with a wrong signal being transmitted on my authority”.

Cold war

These contentious issues were indicators of the on-going cold war between the Rajapakses and Fonseka. The Ambalangoda Lion’s mane was being clipped to prevent him retaining a power base within the army. The objective was to pre-empt a possible coup d’etat by Fonseka with the help of his loyalists in the Army.

The simmering tension came out in the open after Fonseka quit the service and threw his beret into the Presidential stakes arena. The facade of civility was torn down as the race gathered momentum.

Though Fonseka was backed by a motley crew of political parties , the presidential aspirant relied greatly on the Triple “A” factor. His core supporters and elections staff were from his ancestral village Ambalangoda, his Alma mater Ananda College and the service arm to which he devoted 40 years of his life-the Army.

Of these three namely Ambalangoda, Ananda and Army, it was the Army that Fonseka relied most on. This was natural as his entire adult life was intet-twined with the Army. Besides after decades of being within the military milieu it was easier for him to interact with those of a military background than civilians. For one thing they followed orders without question.

There was also the need for security. The war against the LTTE had been fought conventionally and unconventionally. Terror had been met with counter –terror. From disappearances to deaths from abductions to assassinations various stratagems had been adopted. In such a situation Fonseka had no illusions about what he was up against. He feared assassination and assembled his own bunch of security personnel.

Thus many persons with a military background were made welcome in the Fonseka elections camp. Several retired army men from those of Major-general rank to lowly privates gravitated towards Fonseka.

Expatriate Retired Army officers from the USA to Australia came down to Sri Lanka to help General Fonseka.Several Army deserters also joined in and were accepted. Also some serving soldiers simply vacated posts and teamed up with Fonseka. This too was encouraged.

Fonseka demonstrated his disregard for military discipline by encouraging desertions and accepting deserters into his campaign folds. He set the wrong precedent right at the start of his campaign when his earlier security contingent was reduced. Fifteen of the original detail were from the military intelligence. Most of these men did not report for duty when recalled but opted to stay on with the General who to his discredit encouraged it. Fonseka also refused to return some of the Army vehicles allocated to him earlier.

Violation

This flagrant violation of military norms and etiquette by a senior ex-army commander set the wrong precedent. Since the election campaign was on, the Army hierarchy was constrained from taking drastic action as it would have been portrayed in a negative light. So the defence top brass silently stomached these grave breaches of discipline.

Adding to Army woes was the support retained by Fonseka in the service. An intelligence assessment in late December/early January estimated it at 75 -80% in the rank and file and around 40% among officers. Aggravating the situation further was the blatant partisanship showed by several serving officers towards Fonseka.

The ex-army chief continued to be in touch with former colleagues and subordinates . Politicisation of the military had reached peak levels and the Army as an institution was getting divided horizontally and vertically.

What troubled the Govt further was the nature and number of the “unofficial” security personnel converging around the “Swan”. The numbers were far in excess of what was actually required for bona fide security purposes.

Most of them were deserters and seemed well-armed. Some retired officers were in charge. Some ex-army officers were scouring the country inviting ex-army men to come and join the general’s team An illegal “Militia” in-formation was perceptible.

There was also much communication between Fonseka camp activists and those serving in the Army. This contact was both on the officer and ranker levels. This too was a cause for concern.

Complicating matters further was the JVP factor. In a bid to encourage and expand recruitment during the war the Rajapakse regime had allowed an unprecedented extent of politicisation of the military. Both the JVP and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) had been allowed direct interaction with the military to boost morale. They were also allowed to actively promote recruitment

As a result both the JVP and JHU retained a level of political influence within the Armed services. The JHU support was more among the officers while the JVP had tremendous clout among rank and file. The JHU hierarchy supported Rajapakse in the hustings but the JVP was fragmented.

The JVP break-away faction now known as National Freedom Front(NFF)led by Weerawansa supported the President but the mainstream JVP under Somwansa and Tilvin Silva opted for the General

A very big worry for the Govt was the JVp-Fonseka relationship. It was only after the Rajapakse-Fonseka rift came out in the open that the Govt became aware of the close links between Fonseka and the JVP.

It was alleged that Fonseka while being Army chief had fraternised regularly and clandestinely with the crimson comrades. It was also revealed that Fonseka was in direct touch with JVP secretary Tilvin Silva during the time he was in the USA last year and had been “guided” greatly by the latter in the State dept affair.

While all these developments caused concern the govt was unable to pursue these matters diligently and take effective action as the polls campaign was on. There was some information that committees were being set up in each electoral division to coordinate and implement propaganda for the Swan.

JVP Cadres

These committees comprised mainly JVP cadres and ex-military personnel. The ostensible goal was electioneering but there was suspicion about a hidden agenda.

The Defence secretary and Army commander countered this evolving problem by a series of internal transfers and postings. Suspected pro-Fonseka elements were sidelined to inconsequential positions while staunch Rajapakse loyalists and anti – Fonseka officers were placed in strategically important and influential posts.

Also Fonseka’s parent regiment “Sinha” was relieved of key duties while the parent regiments of The Defence secretary (Gajaba) and Army chief (Armoured corps)were assigned important functions.

Contributing to this climate of hate was the loose talk and braggadacio of Sarath Fonseka. Increasingly confident of victory the General began firing off like a loose cannon.

He warned that military officers supporting Rajapakse would be court-martialled. He warned govt officials that they would be sent straight to Welikade and Bogambara.

Dire consequences for the Rajapakse brothers were also threatened by the Fonseka camp. Mahinda was to be imprisoned for nepotism. Gotabhaya was to be executed at Galle face by a firing squad for abuse of power. Basil was to be hanged for corruption.

The Rajapakse’s also got reliable information from moles within the Fonseka camp about how the General had described in ” graphic detail” what he would do to the Girwapattu clan when he became President.

Other Fonseka minions spoke of punishment to be meted out to Rajapakse supporters and of lists of names being prepared. An atmosphere of fear and mistrust was setting in. As election day drew close the paranoia of both sides about mala fide motives of each other increased.

Cocksure

The Fonseka camp was cocksure about victory. What it feared was a rear-guard action by Rajapakse supporters to deny them their rightful victory. Ironical as it may seem the Fonseka camp feared a military coup by the Defence secretary and Service commanders to prop up the incumbent President and prevent the General from assuming Presidential office.

On the other hand the Rajapakse camp feared trouble on two counts.If Rajapakse won the defeated candidate could foment violence on a widespread scale and bring about chaos and anarchy. If Rajapakse lost the winners could unleash mayhem and vindictive violence against the President , family members, associates and supporters.

Both sides also suspected an international dimension. The Fonseka camp was suspicious about India,Pakistan and China of bolstering Rajapakse. The Rajapakse camp suspected the Western nations of conspiring to install Fonseka in a position of authority.

It was against this backdrop that the National Security council met on Friday January 22nd. Various issues were discussed chief among which was a possible coup d ‘etat by the Fonseka fraternity.

Some pre-emptive and/or counter measures were proposed and approved. These included a plan to encircle the home and office of Fonseka in the event of violence erupting. This was to both protect Fonseka as well as prevent possible violence.

As part of the scheme to ensure maintenance of security in Colombo, suburbs and key outstation areas five elite Special Force battalions were transported quietly and stationed in Colombo 7,Seeduwa,Kuruwita, Panadura and Embilipitiya. Also several Armoured Personnel carriers were brought down

Unfortunately for the Govt there was an informant present. An officer assigned to assist the service chiefs leaked the plans to Fonseka. As a result the media supportive of Fonseka came out with “scoops” about these developments.

Consequence

A negative consequence was that Fonseka got extremely suspicious about a plot to kill or arrest him thereby preventing him take over as elected executive president. In fact the entire opposition supporting Fonseka got jittery about their security.

They were sure of victory and equally sure that the Rajapakses would not relinquish power easily. Hence they feared some violence and what is more came out openly about an alleged “coup” being plotted by the Govt to retain power even after electoral defeat.

The Fonseka “mole” who tipped the opposition off was later identified and removed from his position. As an added precaution a retired Major-General has also been removed from his duties. This officer working as defence adviser to a key ministry enjoyed “observer” Status on the security council and sat in on most meetings.

Misreading perhaps the defensive measures being proposed, Sarath Fonseka came up with one of his own to counter what he deemed to be a sinister design of the defence ministry. Fearing some election night violence, he booked for himself a block of rooms at both the Taj Samudra and Lakeside cinnamon hotels. Apparently the Tajs Samudra booking was a dummy move to confuse the enemy.

On election night (26th) Fonseka, family members, key opposition figures, security personnel , office aides etc moved into Cinnamon Lakeside where 70 rooms had been booked. The hotel was formerly the Trans Asia Hotel. In a previous avatar it was the Ramada Renaissance hotel.

As a precaution Fonseka’s men in association with the Hotel’s security manager (an ex-army major) de-activated the security cameras to prevent any visual record of their movement. Several computers and laptops were also moved.

Headquarters

The morale was high as Fonseka thought he was the winner. After moving in to the Hotel the General was so happy about the environment that he told his associates “this is going to be my headquarters”!

Events however were overtaking. The Govt always paranoid about a coup had been alerted to such a possibility by two incidents.

A batch of 25 ex-commandos (all deserters) had been arrested in Gokarella in Kurunegala district. They said they were waiting for a retired colonel to show up and issue instructions to them. They were all arrested.

In Vavuniya a large group of election workers attached to Fonseka’s campaign were stopped. They were led by a JVP Parliamentarian. In the group were 70 retired military men. After prolonged inquiry the JVP cadres were released. Later the retired military personnel were also released.

Both incidents however set off alarm bells. Adding to this was the mysterious manoeuvre of the Fonseka camp in moving en masse into Lakeside hotel.

Now it was time for counter-propaganda.

The state media began regaling the nation about a coup being plotted by Fonseka and 400 armed deserters at the Hotel. It was also alleged that an assassination plot to kill the President and his siblings was being hatched in the Hotel.

The Defence establishment’s counter-offensive was now launched.

In a pre-dawn operation a contingent of troops and commandos surrounded the Lakeside Cinnamon hotel. People were allowed to move in and out though some were checked. It was in a way a pre-emptive strike to curtail Fonseka’s movement.

There was widespread panic in the ranks of the Fonseka camp. If the idea was to shock and awe, it had succeeded. Fonseka seemed visibly shaken while his daughters sent out frantic SOS type appeals via SMS.

There was consternation but no sign of Fonseka supporters taking to the streets. The naked display of military power in the heart of Colombo cowed the opposition into silence. So much so that even when the highly disputed election results were announced there was hardly any public protest.

For some hours there was much worry in the Fonseka camp that the General would be taken into custody. Fonseka himself feared execution. But with international pressure bearing down the tense situation thawed. Besides the point had been driven home as to who was the boss.

The Military personnel who had violated discipline and tied up with Fonseka were asked to surrender. After wrangling they did so. They were made to kneel down on the road and humiliated.Other Fonseka loyalists slipped out gradually. Finally the General himself was allowed to drive out to his residence on Queens road.

Counter-offensive

But the “counter-offensive” was not over. Fonseka’s election office on Rajakeeya mawatte was raided. Six retired army officers and nine soldiers working as Fonseka’s elections staff were arrested. All the computers in the office were seized.

Now it was time for a massive operation to uncover more details about an alleged coup conspiracy.

A crackdown amounting to a witch hunt was on.Section 39 of Army Regulations act of 1992 was invoked by the Army chief to send five Majors-General, five brigadiers,One colonel, one Lt.Colonel and two captains on compulsory retirement with effect from Feb 1st.. This was the largest ever group of officers to be dealt with in this way. All of them are regarded as Fonseka loyalists.The officers are-

Major General Jammika Liyanage. He was Commandant of the Army Volunteer Force; Major General Rajitha de Silva who was attached to the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS); Major General Jayanath Perera. He was re-called from the National Defence Academy in China where he was following a course; Major General Samantha Sooriyabandara. He was one time Defence Attache at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington D.C. He was last serving at the Security Force Headquarters, Jaffna; Major General Mahesh Senanayake. He was attached to Army Headquarters; Brigadier Bimal Dias. He was attached to Security Force Headquarters, Mullaitivu; Brigadier Duminda Keppetiwalana. He was Commandant of the Army Combat Training School, Ampara; Brigadier Janaka Mohotti. He was Logistics Co-ordinator of Army’s 22 Division; Brigadier Athula Hennedige. He was Commander of the 221 Brigade; Brigadier Wasantha Kumarapperuma. He was Commander, 553 Brigade; Colonel Tilak Ubeywardena. He was attached to the Military Police;Lt.Colonel L.J.M.C.P. Jayasundera of the Vijayaba Infantry Regiment (VIR), Captain R.M.R. Ranaweera of the Vijayaba Infantry Regiment (VIR), Captain B. Krishantha of the Sri Lanka National Guard (SLNG).

Brigadier Kepetiwalana was then arrested for questioning into the murder of “Sunday Leader” editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. A retired Major-General Upali Edirisinghe was also arrested for questioning about complicity in an alleged coup conspiracy. Some other retired officers including a few who had come down from abroad were also taken into custody. One retired Major – general has gone missing. Another retired colonel wanted for questioning has resorted to legal remedy.

There has also been widespread arrests of army deserters suspected of being enlisted by Fonseka in the unofficial militia. Apart from this many serving soldiers are being detained and interrogated about suspected links to the Fonseka camp.

The General at a press conference alleged that over 400 serving military personnel are being held. Those detained in this respect are housed at the Vavuniya Technical College army camp at Nelukkulam, the Anuradhapura Air Force base and the Naval bases at Trincomalee and Colombo.

A journalist regarded as a close confidante of Fonseka has also been arrested. He is suspected to be the source who informed Fonseka of the white flag surrender incident. Three other journalists have gone missing to evade arrest. They were all close to Fonseka. This is separate from the Pradeep Eknaligoda case.

The Govt suspects that a militia of about 1500 deserters and serving military men was being mobilised by Fonseka. The massive crackdown has virtually decimated the campaign staff of Fonseka.

n Monday Feb 8th, Fonseka revealed that all the former military officers associated with him were arrested except for his media secretary Senaka de Silva. That night Fonseka himself was arrested by the Military Police for further inquiry into alleged military offences including a conspiracy (coup) against the commander in chief (President) Senaka de Silva was also arrested and handed over to the Police.

Bolsheviks

The JVP seems to be the next target.The Editor of the pro-JVP paper “Lanka Irida” is already in custody. Somawansa Amerasinghe has said that six detention facilities are being prepared for incarceration of a large number of JVP members.

Bolshevik (1920), by Boris Kustodiev

His former colleague Weerawansa has gone public about the Sarath Fonseka-Tilvin Silva connection and is urging an inquiry.Cabinet minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has referred to alleged JVP involvement in a coup by setting up “Bolshevik committees”

Though Yapa did not elaborate further it would seem that he was referring to the “military revolutionary committees” under the “Soviets” during the October revolution of Russia. The notable ones were in Moscow and Petrograd (St.Petersburg).

They came into being in the last stages of the Provisional Government. When orders were given on behalf of Kerensky that all military personnel of the garrison units should be moved to the front (world war 1) there was widespread mutiny. The bulk of soldiers from the garrison units revolted against the provisional government.

The Bolsheviks were then in the majority within the Soviet and passed a resolution drafted by Leon Trotsky that called for the establishment of a revolutionary military command or centre. Thereafter the Bolsheviks sent commissars to the revolting military garrisons and set up military revolutionary committees in each garrison unit. Thus the committees gained the loyalty of the garrisons and exerted control of the military as opposed to the “lawful” provisional government.

According to Czech historian Michael Reiman, the setting up of Military revolutionary committees could be considered the true beginning of the “October Revolution”-“Already on October 21 and 22 the Military Revolutionary Committee, in effect, took upon itself authority over the garrison. Its actions, from both a practical and a juridical standpoint, would be considered by any nation a clear case of mutiny and insurrection”

Justice

In that context Priyadarshana Yapa’s revelation that Bolshevik committees were to be set up is indeed relevant if proven true. It appears that the Government suspects Sarath Fonseka’s coup conspiracy involved the fomenting of revolt within the army and setting up Military revolutionary committees with the aid of the JVP.

However far-fetched the possibility may seem the Government is well within its rights to investigate the matter thoroughly and discover the truth.

If there has really been a conspiracy involving Sarath Fonseka, serving army officers, ex-military personnel, deserters and sections of the JVP to stage a military coup and capture state power through gun barrels then those found guilty should certainly be meted out punitive justice.

But the Government should go the extra mile in ensuring that due process is followed in probing the alleged conspiracy. Already the ways and means adopted in the investigation have caused serious doubts whether due process is being followed.

More importantly if the Govt opines that the “conspiracy theory” is valid then it must charge all those allegedly involved in a civil court under the Penal code with open access to the media and public during trial proceedings.

Otherwise it would smack of a vendetta trial by a Kangaroo court.

The Govt must firmly adhere to the principles of natural justice. It must also remember that Justice should not only be done but also should appear to have been done.

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

325 Comments

  1. I endorse what DBS has written here. If the general and JVP have plotted a coup then they must be punished.But it must be done properly through judicial methods

  2. Gota, is afrait to return as a rich gas station attendant, because we are going to have Interpol on his back for illegal earnings.

  3. I take it that you regard this as a great scoop but wouldnt this be like trying the person before he is in court.

    No I dont think so.Please read the article carefully…………………….DBSJ

  4. Excellent detailed article by DBS. I always though DBS wasting his talents by writing on Tamil matters only. Now that the LTTE is gone I find him writing more on national politics. This article is proof that DBS is the best in gathering information, analysing and presenting it effectively. Keep it up

  5. This is a reasonable article stating the actual development of
    the fear of a coup d’etat. I believe that if the government did not pay attention to possible signs of a coup, it would have been negligent.

  6. DBS that was one of the best article I have read in a long time ….. you are true journalist.

    I do feel for my Mother Lanka ….. she’s been torn stuck between a rock and a hard place. When the war agiant LTTE was raging I was admiring the way MR was holding off the world and how SF was fighting the war but truth to behold right now I would stand by justice and what is right. If SF were guilty then like you say the law has to prevail but MR has behaviour over the last few weeks are deplorable.

    My thoughts are with my fellow Sri Lankans …..I have yet to see a leader who will forget his own needs and his craving for aquiring welath and work for the good of the people. My Mother Lanka has been crying for someone to lead my own brothers sisters for a better life ……… long time ago I saw a glimmer of hope in Premadasa since he has done so much compared to many but as the history goes many leaders were killed by the Megalomaniac who was the LTTE.

    Is it time for a revolution to find a leader who will live for others …. ???

  7. All this is a BS. I respect your writing but from this moment I think you are paid by MR too. Suba anagathyak with MR.

    Here we go again! Thamunaansatath Subha Anagathayak.Pin Siddha Vechaava…………….DBSJ

  8. Bravo DBS!

    wonderful article with information and analysis. No newspaper in Sri Lanka has carried article like this. I dont think they will either

    Hope you will continue to write like this

    My best wishes

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Nazeer.Actually this article was written for the DBS Jeyaraj column published every Saturday in the “Daily Mirror” published in Colombo.This one will appear in the “Daily Mirror”Print edition of February 13th 2010. So you see it is not correct to assume no newspaper in Lanka will carry it. The “Daily Mirror” has published it. So please give credit when its due

  9. the sentence to be meted to sf is a foregone conclusion. the arrest of sf at this time with a general election in the offing was not the bes of time. all these actions by the government clearly show that the regime, whatever is said to the contrary, is clearly rattled.
    the trends that can be seen are not a good omen for either democracy or good governance. the outlook, more or less has the appearence of a military dictatorship. therefore, it is the responsibility of the opposition to oppose these undemocratic trends of the government to overcome this period of state instigated fear and intimidation.

  10. Jeyaraj, This is the first time I am reading an article written by you, that comes accross like one written by a true professional journalist, and a Sri-Lankan who in the end wants and cares for the true future well being of the Sri-Lankan state.
    Not to mean that all Western Journalists (Conservative Vs Liberal, Communists sympathisers Vs Anti-Communists, etc.) are impartial and all Sri-Lankan journalists are not. They are ALL biased as well.
    But, since most Sri-Lankan journalists (especially the ones who generally supported the LTTS or those against the Sri-Lankan state) want an Utopian Media in Sri-Lanka, this is a great article, that seems balanced.

  11. DBS. You are a genius! Almost all journalists and newspaper journals in Sri Lanka accuse each other of partisan reporting while doing it themselves. There is no unbiased reporting even by the “Free Media Movement “and even “CaFFe” not to mention the state owned media. It is highly commendable that there is at least one person who is capable of researching and exploring to discover the “TRUE FACTS” in our beleagured country to bring awareness to the local and international media and nations about what actually is and has been taking place during and after the war and also the current state of affairs in the country. Keep up ht good work!

  12. DBS, I admire your uncanny ability to search vital clues in an unfolding situations.

    To my real point now: I strongly believed right from the beginning, that JVP and Fonseka were long term allies that most “outsiders” did not know. However, many, “insiders” including President knew that Fonseka had a soft spot for JVP, and JVP carefully cultivated this as Fonseka became increasingly distanced from the Rajapaksa government. Both Fonseka nd JVP shared a very narrow ethnic-nationalism that neither Rajapaksa lead government, nor UNP would ever accept. JVP thought that they could promote Fonseka’s political ambition to attain a political power in which JVP policies can be implemented. JVP is from its inception an anti-Indian entity, and that is the only political ideology that it posses unchanged to this day. Although Fonseka, given his military background, is more likely to be a friend of the west, just like most military men cum politicians, except perhaps more left leaning Charvez. But in his political thinking he is much more closer to JVP. When Fonseka’s JVP links became clear Government demoted him to the point that he cannot control the army. For Fonseka, army is not simply an “institution” of the state, which is employed to safeguard the legal rational authority of the state, but the government in itself, which should strengthened at any cost. He never believed that there should be some sort of political process after the war to integrate the war affected people and to build the nation. As his previous statements indicated he was outright a military man. For the JVP, this was an ideal situation to come to power, which they would never be able to attain otherwise.

  13. A well balanced, well researched and informative artifcle. I fully concur with the views expressed by the wirter. Thank you DBS. Great work – as always.

  14. DBS,
    Thanks for answering my questions so comprehensively! This reads like a Robert Ludlum book. Your account also ties perfectly a few loose points that had puzzled me for days now.

    Again, I am amazed at how you seems to be so well in touch of the players over there.

  15. Very intriguing!
    Really sounds like a political thriller (sadly this is the real world)

    Like you maintain :
    QUOTE: “More importantly if the Govt opines that the “conspiracy theory” is valid then it must charge all those allegedly involved in a civil court under the Penal code with open access to the media and public during trial proceedings.
    Otherwise it would smack of a vendetta trial by a Kangaroo court.”

    All these suspicions and accusations should materialise into tangible proof for all to see.
    Or else, this is simply a witch-hunt for dissenters and scape-goats

  16. This is the most comprehensive account of the recent, especially post-election, events in Sri Lanka, with the necessary historical detail, which is sadly missing from biased as much as ‘fly-by’ reports in local as well as global media. One is oddly comforted to know that things in Sri Lanka are not nearly as bad as they might have been, had militarization of the country had gone beyond the point of no return and become absolute, one way or the other. As the last line says, there’s still the possibility that due process will be followed while justice is done, and while justice appears to be done. Politically, the real merit of the article is in showing us how much Sri Lankan society has become militarized, even if not especially by the very ‘forces’ who were championed in the West and by upper-middle class Colomboans as true messiahs of democracy.

  17. This is the most comprehensive account of the recent, especially post-election, events in Sri Lanka, with the necessary historical detail, which is sadly missing from biased as much as ‘fly-by’ reports in local as well as global media. One is oddly comforted to know that things in Sri Lanka are not nearly as bad as they might have been, had militarization of the country gone beyond the point of no return and become absolute, one way or the other. As the last line says, there’s still the possibility that due process will be followed while justice is done, and while justice appears to be done. Politically, the real merit of the article is in showing us how much Sri Lankan society has become militarized, even if not especially by the very ‘forces’ who were championed in the West and by upper-middle class Colomboans as true messiahs of democracy.

  18. Otherwise it would smack of a vendetta trial by a Kangaroo court.

    The Govt must firmly adhere to the principles of natural justice. It must also remember that Justice should not only be done but also should appear to have been done.

    True. When are you going back to writing about Sri Lanka?

    ??????????????????????????????……………………………………..DBSJ

  19. ??????????????????????????????……………………………………..DBSJ

    ‘Natural Justice’, ‘done and appear to have been done’. Not the Lanka I know.

  20. DBSJ,

    I am not quite sure how did you get all these information being 20k miles away from Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, I have to admire you for getting these accurate account of events that took place during those periods. As a person with couple of “A” factors , I can say for sure SF lost lot of support from all walks of life throughout the election campaign starting from “White flag” comments to his daily rude, egoistic and threatening speeches that he delivered . He certainly proved that he is not presidential material but also man with venomous vengeance against Rajapaksha siblings. It sat well with extremely partisan anti government and anti Sri Lankan forces, but not with others.

  21. Thanks for taking these things into light.

    Sri Lanka passed one of it’s darkest hours in it’s post Independence history. Since the day we got universal franchise we were able to choose our leaders by popular vote. Even though most of them did not live up to our expectations, we always knew that we could kick them out of office in elections. But this time we were about to create a monster through the same system that would destroy the democracy and drag the country into totalitarianism.
    But we have to be proud of ourselves as Sri Lankans that we were matured enough to identify the threat from the distance and act accordingly.
    And we should be sympathetic to our Tamil / Muslim brotheren who were going to cut off the nose to avenge the face, by voting in a Hitler like fascist,, racist megalomaniac into the most powerful position in the country.

  22. Thanks DBS for this comprehensive analysis. Though some of these facts were in public domain nobody was able to put them in orderly manner like this.

    Basically SF, Mangala and the JVP should be held accountable for this sorry mess. The govt. has also some blood in its hands. It was the spent forces like JVP and Mangala persuaded over ambitious General to contest for the presidential election.

    All parties are responsible for the hatred that has been propagated. I do not think there are ways and means available for a possible reconciliation between these parties.

    The arrest of the General was absolutely mishandled by the government. Those three buffoons who conducted the press conference after the arrest made a hilarious mess. Theirs was a pathetic show. They contradicted each other. It seems none of them were aware of the legal background fundamental to the arrest. Those three were real jokers. In fact Minister Rambukwella cannot communicate effectively either in Sinhala or English. He was utterly clueless and a real laughing stock. Need not to say anything about the recently promoted military spokesman.

    So, people are still in disbelief. Even the Buddhist clergy who always mess up things are heavily critical of the government. The subsequent press conferences by Bogollagama or G L Peiris did not clear the minds. Only an editorial of The Island was able to shed some light to this shady affair.

    This is a wholemark of this administration. There are too many spokespersons and none of those are clear of what is expected from them. There is a Foreign Minister who is a real liability.

    The JVP has already started bickering. When we read their website Lankatruth this is visible. They are against the UNP now. They were critical of Ranil as he went to meet MR seeking redress for SF. Now the JVP wants to put forward Anoma Fonseka to harness sympathy votes at the general election. They want to be the sole owners and custodians of the General and Family!

    We can now see how the situation would have been had SF won.

    However, it appears from the fast evloving developments very soon the lot who executed the war against the VP and Co. including SF would be on the docks may be at an ineternational court! This may be the tip of the iceberg!

  23. A very important and valuable article written with research done well. An eye opener to all Sri Lankans why the Govt taken this hasty decision to arrest SF although even the MR supprters felt why did they do this political blunder at this stage. Now it is crystal clear why thy have done so. They are so great that they had the patience until this time to wait for this decision. Wake up all patriotic Sri Lankans & just imagine what would be the consequences if the palned coup staged successfully. All must support the Govt at this stage

  24. Dear DBS,
    Kindly make arrangeents to publish this article in Sinala & Tamil news papers in Sri Lanka too….It is well worth reading..Thank you so much for this well written artcle with gem of facts

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    This was written for my DBS Jeyaraj Column in the “Daily Mirror” of Saturday February 13th 2010. Usually the column is translated into Sinhala by MSM Ayub for the daily “Lankadeepa” edited by Mr. Siri Ranasinghe. I expect that would be done for this article too.

    As for Tamil none of the privately owned Tamil newspapers will publish this openly attributing it to me but as is usual they will “copy” much of what I have written and use it in other pieces in their newspapers without sourcing it to me

  25. DBS – I don’t know how you do it….but your in depth analysis is a credit to world journalism.

    Brilliant, thank you…..

  26. DBS, great article, but I have an important question.

    Your interpretations about Gen. Fonseka’s behavior and management style as to what and what he did with the Army personal as seen by the Rajapakse government, (as described brilliantly by you) as the seeds of a Coup d’eta.

    How much of that is you think due to the paranoid behavior of Gothabaya.?
    or in other words do you DBS , with your insight, think Sarath was actually planning a Coup or was he running a clumsy style of management that was interpreted by the Rajapakse brothers as a coup.
    (I’m asking for your personal opinion)

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    It is difficult to say whether Fonseka was actually planning a coup d’etat or was simply contemplating one if and when necessary.Likewise it is difficult to say at this point of time whether available evidence justifies a well-founded suspicion of a possible coup or whether it was sheer paranoia.

    But ever since the 1962 abortive coup attempt all elected rulers of Sri Lanka have had suspicion about the possibility. Dudley-JR about Udugama, Premadasa about Kobbekaduwe etc

    In this instance both Sarath and Gota have worked closely, were friends and colleagues etc. They know each other well and realise what the “other” is capable of in a tricky situation or facing a formidable challenge.

    As I wrote in the article the war against the LTTE was not always fought cleanly. Terror was met with counter-terror. Thus both Sarath and Gota know that the other is capable of “mean” conduct if the occasion warrants it. As such both are extra-suspicious of the other’s motives and actions. Sadly both are ready to believe the worst about the other. In such a climate the fear of a possible coup assumes a larger than life perception. When paranoia reigns the line separating perception and reality disappears

    But I am more intrigued by the JVP factor and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa’s comment about “Bolshevik committees”

  27. Thank God we have a leader and a Statesman like Mahinda Rajapakse. The Sinhala people are never greatful and they believe what they want to believe. Fonseka is a traitor. In another country he would not simply be detained but will be summerily executed. Fonseka threatened to reveal state secrets. The US executed Rosenberg and his wife, Scientists for giving our secrets of the State. What are these westerners talking about now? The war crimes were committed by them when they invaded Iraq and Afganistan. Where are the human right activitists now? Long live President Rajapakse.

  28. 1 MILITARY COUP BY SF
    If SF wanted to take power by force, he could have done it immediately after the war was won. He could have used the same election slogans corruption/ believable change and taken power. His idea of a 400,000 army and military garrisons covering every 1 mile of the north/east was SF way of preventing another LTTE upsrising. (but creating and occupying force)

    When we was winning the war, SF policy of rewarding and promoting performers won praise from MR. The politicization of the military was by MR. Appointing some one 10 slots below seniority as army commander. Changing regiments covering Colombo creating rivalry- For the first time in the history of Sri Lanka, serving military officers come on national TV and endorsing MR the candidate and accusing SF.

    As to a coup during the election night from cinnamon hotel, what a crazy idea to plan a coup in front of Air Force Colombo HQ and Army garrisons. Only a computer operator Army Lt Col like GOta would be foolish to that extent.

    2 CHARGES AGAINST SF ,LAW AND PROCESS

    People seem to think that objective evidence is needed in our paradise island to decide whether SF was planning a coup or not or whether SF was so corrupt that he politicized the military. MR has transferred so many army, police personnel and given rapid promotions- we only have an MR politicized army/police. Look no further, the protest this week about SF arrest- enough clear video evidence MR & Dr Mervin (sorry DR MR Now) goons were attacking behind police lines. After securing Jaffna, who blasted bombs on election day in Jaffna to scare Jaffna voters. A politicized army.

    I ask for comments on the following:

    1 Independent public service- Lalith weeratunga called all civil servants on January 1st for kiribath and preached what MR has achieved and asked all to vote for MR. If the top civil servant is corrupt what do you expect.

    2 Intelligentsia
    All University Vice Chancellors came on national TV and said vote for MR (My apology for calling them intelligentsia). I call upon all University students to stone these spineless vice chancellors. How can they lead our universities.

    3 LEGAL EXPERT OPINION
    Prof of laws Colombo- GL Pieris has become what the MR interpretation of the legal system is.
     GL- when SF could not vote as he has not registered as a voter- GL came on election day on national TV to say SF unqualified to run for president as he has not registered to vote
     GL- On losing EU GSP Plus- said we can take EU to court- (GSP plus is a concessionary market tariff reduction under WTO rules, on meeting specific requirements- HUMAN rights)
     GL- after SF was arrested by Military for a military tribunal- coming on TV to say SF can appeal appoint lawyers etc. and due process of law and justice applicable in the country. Military tribunals does not come under common law.

    POOR PROF I THINK APAT FROM YOUR HAIR DYE FOR VANITY , YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR SANITY

  29. Hi DBSJ,
    Comprehensive as usual. Underlined and unseen panorama was well illustrated.
    ‘Being an adroit politician Mahinda Rajapakse did not veto Fonseka’s proposals when the war was on as he did not want to alientate the astute general but when the army triumphed over the tigers the Machiavelli of Medamulana began moving deftly’.
    Do you really believe MR is an adroit politician?
    Thanks,
    Awas.

    Yes.Mahinda is an adroit politician.He is yet to prove that he is an astute statesman…………….DBSJ

  30. Dear DBS, have you considered writing a political history of Sri Lanka? It would be a bestseller.

    Thank you but trying to write books means giving up regular journalism. Am I ready for that I wonder?…………DBSJ

  31. I am a very closr friend if of Mr.DBS but I am not sure wearther he will remember me and my wife.But he is a person of of high caluber with full information and then only he writes.But people think that he is paid for wrting.As I am so close to him I know he always say I will write what is true irrespective of who wins weather the tigers or the government.When I read this article it gives me the confidence that he has given the correct judgement.The expatriate Tamil Community shoul be proud od having a
    a journalist like not media people publishing Ethinic News Paper making money existing on publishing with death notification.I salute you sir for the service.
    Markahm Resident From Columbus Georgia.

  32. Factual, In-depth, Analytical, Neutral and Unbiased….

    An exciting page-scrolling experience for the people who value principles justice and democracy.

    May the Sri Lankan Journalist learn the art of writing from Mr DBSJ

  33. Superb,Eccellent, Jeyaraj,.
    We have a Leader Who is the only leader has love and dedication to make my Lank Matha shining with glory.
    And idiots who does not see beyond today mud slashing on him.Jeyaraj you have givan some light in to the matter.I adore you for that. Anyway, MR would not stoop for anything.
    Because HeLOVES THE LANKA MORE THAN HIS LIFE.
    And I am not paid to write this by theway.

  34. No mentioned in the article of two important parties – the USA and Norway. Were they deliberatley not mentioned ?
    Whatever happened/planned it wasn’t purely organic !!

  35. No mentioned in the article of two important parties – the USA and Norway. Were they deliberatley not mentioned ?

    Yes, because they had absolutely nothing to do with the matter in hand. The article failed to mention Krypton and Outer Mongolia as well.

    Thanks Stephen……………..DBSJ

  36. Dear DBS,

    Thank you for the insightful article.

    I would appreciate if you could elaborate more on the legality of the arrest of Sarath. While there may be (il)legitimate reasons for his arrest, the fact that no actual charges have been brought against him at the time of his arrest, and as I understand until now, makes me think that there is no real case being put forward by the Rajapakses.

    In the same interview of Gotabhaya that you referred to at the beginning, he states the following: “The court martial will begin immediately after the assembling of the summary of evidence is done. I don’t know how long it will take because that depends on lawyers. But we want to finish it soon. In less than six months maybe. The severity of the charges is very high. He can be put in jail for as long as five years.”

    To me it looks like they don’t even have a case! Does this look like a well substantiated move on the part of the Government or more like a vindictive action that may in fact precipitate a militant action on the part of Mr. Fonseka’s supporters? This will allow the Government to make its case post fact.

    It’s all a little topsy turvey!

  37. The way I saw it, he was indeed planning a coup against the dynasty, the corruption, impunity, indiscipline. How he may have shaped up had he won the contest is a subject of speculation. I’m sure it would not have been worse or any different from what it is today. Sure, he articulated quite a bit about what he would do when he won, in not so disguised terms. That caused a fair bit of indigestion among the stakeholders of the dynasty.

    DBS, you have done a woderful job. I will preserve the printed version for future reference.

    Thank you.

  38. DBS sir,
    After reading this Gota and MR had a discussion about this:

    Gota: What the….how did he know all this ayia…
    MR: ane mantha (hell don’t know)
    Gota: Is he supporting us or…
    MR: (in his own style of waving both hands and speaking) He look like our jaluva but still have to keep an eye on him – we never know of this journalist.

    dbs’ta jayavevaaa 😉

  39. DBS,
    Interesting read

    I see a ruling family hell bent on protecting themselves and holding on to power at all costs.

  40. All this mess has been created by the govt in the first place by politicising the military battle against the LTTE to gain political advantage. Providing access to politicians to interact with army personnel and rank and file to boost morale is no excuse, it is highly undesirable. The battle itself was highlighted as a that of the government excluding the opposition who were branded as traitors. The conduct of the war too was not popular with minorities due to the widespread use of heavy armaments leading to high civilian casualties. This is quite in variance with practices in other countries where wars are fought by uniting all parties and factions in the country.

    Hence all this conjecture and suspicion is the result of the governments own folly. This has lead to a serious split in the armed forces and the government has come down blindly on perceived opponents in a movement to cover its backside. This move based on rumours and suspicion has now created a gaping wound which the government will find hard to heal.

    Use of force and undemocratic methods can only result in a worsening situation and defacto military dictatorship by Rajapakse which is by nature unstable and fraught with danger. Hence the president would be well advised to adopt the democratic methods of engagement and reconcilliation if he wishes stability and the country to move forward in the long term.

  41. Good article detailing the background to Fonseka’s arrest. The article has “joined the dots” and constructed the storey behind Fonseka’s erratic behaviour and a paranoid Government’s response. Issues are unfolding at a pace in Sri Lanka with the Supreme Court allowing a petition by Anoma Fonseka to proceed.

    The plotters in the opposition such as Mangala must be rubbing their hands with glee. They have also managed to unite key Buddhist monks from the Asgiriya, Malwatta and the Ramanna nikaya’s to call a ‘special meeting’ in Kandy to discuss the prevailing issue. This too can be seen as a win for the opposition, as the leading monks rarely organise acts such as this. I believe that the Government has handled this situation poorly. The military should have had the case against Fonseka ready before arresting him and dealt with the charges swiftly.

    If they had enough evidence, the Court Martial proceedings should have already begun. If the civilian government kept totally out of it and allowed the military to deal with this, the external optic would have appeared credible. By Government MP’s trying to justify the arrest and Gotabaya making unsubstantiated claims to a Singapore newspaper, an impression has been created that the Government and the military acted in partnership to arrest General (ret) Fonseka.

    Either way the people of Sri Lanka, who deserve just governance and a development centric future, are the looser. Fonseka should either be charged immediately or if there is insufficient evidence to charge, released immediately. This can grow in to a monumental stuff-up for the Rajapaksa Government. The people in Sri Lanka will punish them at the upcoming parliamentary election with interest I must say, if the President thwarts democracy.

  42. One more thing DBS Sir, why dont you use this skill of getting information no one can and use it to implicate MR and Gota?

    I mean I am sooo baffled how you know all these details?

  43. DBS,
    You have very clearly established the connection between SF and the JVP leadership, which I commented about in your previous blogs. Now I am not too certain about how much support the JVP leaders would have among the rank and file. You look at the results of the presidential election from the South, you can see that JVP members did not vote for SF.

    So my thinking is that next stage of this saga is going to play out in the courts rather than on the streets of Sri Lanka. I don’t think opposition has the power to get on with civil disobedience in this case. I am still not sure if the government has a case that they can prove in the courts, so there is a good chance the the good general will be out fairly soon. But will he have enough to mount a strong challenge in the coming elections?

    The government, by its measured actions, seems to have got better of the general.

  44. How much of this did Ranil know?

    This is the Sixty Four Million dollar question the UNP. the Diaspora Tigers and their Foreign backers must be asking?

    Seeing the pathetic figure of Ranil walking behind, I mean behind the beaming President Rajapaksa says something.

    How did the UNP the oldest arch conservative political party which boasts of freedom fighters and great leaders and guardian of Democracy, Freedom, and the Colombo elite ,of all backgrounds put their beloved Green Elephant in to an induced comai and backed Fonseka to the hilt.

    Surely the Western Intelligence would have know what Fonseka was up to from day one. Still they backed Fonseka thinking that they had a better than even chance of toppling Rajapaksa.Also this was an excellent opportunity to please their pro Tiger constituents.

    Now Ranil is on to another sinister plot to save his ass for another day. Ranil’s effort to bypass the courts and plead with the President personally whom he was accusing only three weeks ago, as the most corrupt politician ever to walk on Srilanak soil, is beyond belief.A gamaya like me has more self respect and pride than this bloke.

    May be Ranil’s plot this time is to get Fonny off the hook and retire him to a greener pasture.Then nail the JVP for this sore saga. This will clear the decks for the UNP to resuscitate the comatose elephant and go back to the masses with a another load of bullshit promises.

    I am sure our rural folk who taught this mob an unforgettable lesson in politics will deliver even a bigger dose of the same again at the parliamentary elections.

    My advice to the diaspora is get behind Rajapaksa and participate in the revival or perish with your opposition mates.

  45. Dear DBS,

    JVP politics is disgusting, no matter what. But President Mahinda Rajapakse needed them to come to power too. Now they allegedly are/were aligned with Gen. Fonseka to come to power by ‘illegal’ methods may be.

    But JVP support was needed by MR gov. to even recruit the youth in villages to join the Army…(believe I read earlier in one of your articles.)

    Yet, Gen. Fonseka seem to be cultivating a popular support in urban (UNP) areas too today as an “agent of change”. And chances are that it may last more than it is originally thought of after the humiliating 18% defeat.

    Is it possible that Gen. Fonseka, due to his lack of political skills is being “used” by JVP and UNP at whatever junctures that best suits these parties to challenge the MR gov.?

  46. Comment 49. how come Ranil is walking behind Rajapaksa , to get Fonseka off the hook if you think the Rajapaksaif he is on his way to a monumental stuff up.

    May be you are more clever than Ranil.

  47. Super Article.
    Towards the end of the campaign it was well known that the JVP hijacked the election from the UNP. There is nochance in hell for JVP to run in the first office. The only way would be through force or through SF.
    All campaigns need money. It would be interesting to know the amonuts spent and the source.
    There are manu operations that would take place bye agencies of western powers and perhaps china and india too. It could well be a figment of my imagination.
    Here os a fact. –
    The UNP did not fund SF’s campaign at a lower level or at all. It ‘UNP’ would need all its resources for the general election.
    So from where did SF’s campaign be funded? We all know MR’s campaign was funded by business people.

  48. DBS has come out trumps with a plausible and accurate essay on the happenings before, during and after the Prez. elections.
    My position from the time SF resigned and appeared on TV with MR sporting his cunning grin was that here was a man never to be trusted. SF thank you for confirming my hunch.
    In the wake of all that happened as DBS’s account is accurate then I think the Government has to be commended for acting very professionally in dealing with the issue….except for the goons atacking the protest in hulftsdorf area.
    The GOSL must ensure that whatever counter protest by it and allies must not be counterproductive to the issue at hand.
    The case of SF is in effect is in a true democratic process of the judiciery…be it the Court marshal or the Supreme court or both that will deal with the matter.
    The GOSL must act with restraint now that the wheels of justice has been turned into motion and ensure no undue elements disrupt peace in the country.
    Every man is innocent until proven guilty and if as the GOSL claims they have ample proof it would not be long that SF reaches his WATERLOO.
    Let it be a deterrant to all those who had a vision that they can overthrow a legitimate democratically elected govt. by a military coupe de e’tat.

  49. MR. DBS,

    WONDERFUL ARTICLE WITH LOTS OF INFORMATION.PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE LIKE THIS

    BEST WISHES.

    KARIKALAN

    P.S: WHY BEING THE TAMIL YOU NEVER WRITE ABOUT DAMAGE AND DOWNFALL BROUGHT BY STUPID LTTE FOR TAMIL NATION?

  50. There’s some problem with your blog comments section.Please rectify

    Yes.Thank You. I think its been rectified now………….DBSJ

  51. DBSJ

    Yet another brilliant piece.

    If this is true, then as you say

    “The Govt must firmly adhere to the principles of natural justice.It must also remember that Justice should not only be done but also should appear to have been done”.

  52. You are certainly getting the praise of the Sinhala patriots for this article which confirms the message of the article.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Who told you that those who support the Govt are Sinhala “Patriots” and those who support the LTTE are TAmil “Patriots”?

    By the way “Upul” is usually spelled by Sinhalese with one “P” and not two as you have done.I think your slip is showing.

  53. Another masterpiece, this clearly explins and exposes the thinkings and doings of the two main actors and their loyalists.

    Both candidates, were prepared to bring the loser to his knees, along with his loyalists, in the case of the swan general he was shooting his mouth committing suicide on his own.

    The story that the current President took flight to India after casting his ballot only confirms that he was afraid of the consequences, if he was made the loser. The details of the rest of the passengers on that flight are not known.

    The general knowing very well of the rumour that one had already bolted, was afraid himself that he with his family, the other opposition leaders and his band of merry men sought refuge in the five star waterside hotel, only to be cordoned off by the loyalists of the Rajapakse clan.

    When the results of the count began trekking in, there was dancing on the streets, the loser after many a hour had passed was allowed to leave the safety of his refuge. No arrest of any sort, except for a few military personnel.

    Then the vanquished general started shooting his mouth off with various threats which only brought fear and paranoia into the mindset of the ruling clan.

    A sunday newspaper predicted of the impending arrest, was spot on. The rest is history.

    At present the matter is before a court of law, the general has become a hooting neighbour of his one time pal the President

    The world awaits the outcome of the home and home fight a j..

  54. Fonseka is not pure and innocent as made out by the opposition but Govt blundered by arresting him this way

    DBS , you have shown you are true journalist by writing about the bad way Fonseka was arrested and then by explaining the background to the arrest

  55. I refer to blogger comment No 34 by one Nalin Silva(He is not the intelectual Dr.Nalin Silva)
    Mr.Silva must be dreaming. Just after the war was ended President was in his peak of popularity than any other in the winng combination. SF even can not dream about staging a coup at that stage. So his argument is meaning less.It is clearly evident that SF was planning these things much before the war was ended & facing consequences due to this back stabbing behaviour.

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  57. This is an arrest. He should be punished if planned a coup. For that questioning is a must. No matter who he is if he tried such a thing. He must reply. Therefore such arrest is legal. This bugers have to understand it and wait til the decision is given.

  58. The opposition did a highly irresponsible thing in engaging the services of a mad dog to fight Mahinda. People have given their verdict on that experiment. The fall out of that lowdown act will be felt for many years. It is wrong to blame the Rajapaksa’s for that.

  59. You are correct DBS. JVP has their hidden ajenda. They want to rule this country. But the way MR handling things,the JVP knew that they never defeat MR and they never get a chance to come to power. The last presidential election was their last chance. JVP is behind the coup. JVP deceived Ranil and Mangala and got their support for SF. Actually SF is not the UNP’s first choice. It was Sarath N. Silva. Ranil need to put somebody else to contest Presidential election because he knew he gonna lose. So he agreed with JVP. If SF won the Presidential election, together with MR family,Ranil,Mangala also put in a jail or even kill.

    JVP has no future in SL now. They gonna elect only two MP’s from next election. That is why they still need to contest under ‘Swan’ this general election. But majority of UNP’ers wisely took the decision to contest under ‘Elephant”.

  60. Though I was a vivid reader of your columns., its fair to say you are slowly but surely heading towards the MR camp.

    In accusing SF a coup with JVP is just imagination and if he really wanted, should have done it at the very moment VP was killed in the Nanthikadal lagoon.

    Whatever mentioned here will be accepted by the pro LTTE elements whoever want to see Sri Lankan go on downhill.

    Gen SF was a real professional soldier and never have wanted to come to power with a coup or any illegal means.

    Dr. Kumara Kaluarachchi

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    A lawyer involved in the legal defence of Sarath Fonseka has written to me privately thanking me for the article I wrote earlier on this Blog about how the General was arrested. He says that they relied on it to a great extent in preparing the Fundamental rights petition seeking his release. The lawyer has also congratulated me on writing the truth fearlessly knowing fully well that it would irritate the Mahinda Rajapakse camp

    Now in this article I have given the background and context of events leading to Fonseka’s arrest with particular focus on the alleged coup conspiracy

    For this you are saying I am in Mahinda’s camp

    You call yourself a doctor. I dont know whether you are a medical doctor someone like Mervyn. If you are indeed a medical doctor you make me sick. Physician heal thyself!

  61. I am waiting for the 2nd (last) part of your article “Magic behind Mahinda victory”

    thank you

    Isn’t this a continuation?………….DBSJ

  62. Dear Sir, I have been always impressed with your articles.
    You have never been frightned to call spade a spade.People of Sri Lanka were well and truely misled by UNP& JVP during thev presidential election campaigne.UNP is a party who who had been defeated at every election held in recent times,JVP on ther otherhand is a party who was involved in two unsuccesful armed struggles.Both these politically bankrupt parties will face their predicament at the next general elections.

  63. DBS,
    There are no real evidence that SF was planing a coup, only innuendos.
    Don’t you think that MR & Bros developed a Fonseka phobia after seeing how much his popularity had increased after defeating the LTTE?

    If there is no real evidence, this issue will blow up in Mahinda’s face. Let’s wait and see………..DBSJ

  64. interesting article. unfortunately I feel that this is being written from outside the country and thus does not have a feel for the ground situation. (If DBS is in fact in the island – my deepest apoligies)

    At the ground level it feels that the military and media jaggarnaut that was used to combat the LTTE in the last stages of the war has not been disbanded. It feels as if it is being retained to protect this family regime. It somehow feels like living in one of the socialist countries or north Korea with big brother watching.

    It sounds suspicious that
    1)the opposition candidate is surrounded on the night of the presidential election and made a virtual prisoner
    2)his office is raided and all staff and electronic equipment seized withing hours of promising to file an election campaign.
    3) the expulsion of a swiss journalist who allegedly saw basil rajapakshe leaving the election commisioner’s office on election night. This was later retracted following an international uproar claiming false information.
    4) All of the staff who worked for SF at the election arrested within hours of the election under emergency regulations!
    5)The abduction of SF whilst engaged in a political discussion before formal charges were ready.
    6) With just days before the deadline for an election complaint, SF is kept incommunicato with the supreme court giving permission for two lawyers to only obtain his signature for it. whether this is direct obstruction to his right to file a comprehensive election complaint.

    the accusation of a coup stifles all opposition against a dictatorship doesnt it? It is indeed the most difficult to disprove and is usually proven on hear-say. It has been used successfully by all including the great saddam himself.

    At the ground level this sounds immensely fishy and suggests the beginning of a dictatorial rule. If one looks from the point of view of a potential dictator this is the same mechanism that would have been adopted. this coupled with the alliances with countries of doubtful democratic tendencies does indeed give the impression that the government is indeed on this path.

    The government media also suggests that he is already guilty and the sec def has already announced a duration of imprisonment! I feel that this is a case of “guilty until proven innocent”.

  65. jeyaraj why were you silent all the time….you would have published it before the election. …how have you found all the details of this? If it is true, its very sad,

  66. Good reading. I like most DBS articles. However, this is BS. DBS is changing colours like SB. Subha Anagathayak.

    Did you read my account of Sarath Fonseka’s arrest?”Subeetchamaana Ethirkaalam”…………….DBSJ

  67. DBS,

    Though US and Norway is ruled out it is impossible to rule out Malwatte chapter chief’s intention to see SarthF become the elected winner. Hence, fortunately or unfortunately for Buddhists, the time has come for some one to analyze the involvement of religious hierarchy in 2010 presidential election of Sri Lanka. Not only political elections, but the elections for selecting chiefs at religious chapters also will come in to discussion on that point.

    Anybody who does such an analysis will be accused of creating religious disharmony and so many other offenses to start with. End result could be similar to the fate meted out to the church in West due to hiding (till recent times) serious sex crimes for many many decades.

    CBK would have immedietely released some videos by now if she was in MR’s position today; and humiliated some.

    This is good point in time to let people take a look inside some of the temples and associated institutions. It could be mud all over. The Diaspora will have raunchy matters to dip chips in mayonnaise during weekend dinner parties; in additions to daily mails, who are short of topics.

    But the real culprit is a computer program in the DNA that has shown its ability to take over the religious discipline, when time is opportune.

    Only good that can come out of such an exercise would be that the lay people would take more informed decisions when approaching the other human beings who claim superiority due to their religious clothing.

    DBS, you have the right skill, but the wrong name to bring the subject to this forum. I am a Buddhist by birth and practice. I have no found a better place to discuss the topic yet.

  68. Dear DBS,
    What you had stated about Secretary of Defence Gotabya Rajapaksa’s personality quoted below from your article are words written in gold in the annals of journalism by a well respected and admired, beacon of admiration to striving journalist the like of me, yet teaching communication science and indulged in political communication research activities, attached to a leading University in Hamilton, Canada.
    “A striking facet of Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s intriguing personality is the candour he displays in some media interviews. Instead of bluffing, sidestepping or trying to wriggle out of answering tricky questions the Defence secretary responds directly and fields them in a frank, forthright manner.
    This characteristic was very much evident in the telephonic interview given by the Presidential sibling on Wednesday Feb 10th evening to Ravi Velloor of the Singapore-based “Straits Times” barely 48 hours after the controversial arrest and detention of ex-Army commander and defeated Presidential elections candidate General Sarath Fonseka”.
    The comments made by Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the media (Journalist Ravi Vellor of the South Asia Burea of The Straits Times – Singapore) that “He have proof of the Norwegian government paying journalists to write against the government”, is 100% true. When Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the Norwegians and the US have vested interests and used to support the Tamil Tigers in various ways, this is also 100% true. They also supported Fonseka to try oust the government is also 100% true.
    I support Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa fully on his statements. As a PATRIOTIC Sri Lankan who has been in the forefront of defending the integrity and sovereignty of our motherland since I domiciled in Canada against the LTTE front operators and Organizations, Canadian politicians and INGO’s (not all the Canadian nation) that were hell bent to blame a sovereign government and frame false charges against a democratically elected government in order to create political destabilize, promote the violence further and undermine the economy of a nation that was moving forward with it’s indigenous way of finding a solution to our problems, it is time up that the world has to know what the TRUTH is.
    Dear readers – what about this news that was published in the VEXNEWS ⋅ January 27, 2010. Read this news to know more please.
    “Highly regarded federal Liberal deputy director James McGrath is in a hotel in Colombo Sri Lanka surrounded by heavily armed troops. Liberal insiders have told VEXNEWS they are worried for his safety.”
    James McGrath formerly worked for London ’s mayor Boris Johnson and is seen as being an astute and aggressive campaign strategist who played a major role in General (retired) Sarath Fonseka’s campaign. He was also instrumental in bringing together the TNA and put through the 10 point MOU which made a difference in the Tamil votes swinging to the UNF. It is still a secret as to how he vanished from the hotel and left the country without being questioned about his nefarious activities in supporting General (retired) Sarath Fonseka in his activities to over throw a democratically re-elected president.
    There is also evidence coming out how a Scandinavian and a North American Diplomat together had tried to persuade the ambassador of a powerful security council member country which has been very supportive of Sri Lanka in the war against terrorism to meet with General (retired) Sarath Fonseka, just before the presidential elections in order to set the stage for diplomatic dialogue if needed. I challenge any of the embassies of these two regions to deny my statement.

    There is also the question – who are the others from Scandinavia, Europe and Australia who were present with General (retired) Sarath Fonseka on the night of the 26th.,/27th., January 2010. There is more to all these and I take full responsibility to the statement made regarding the interference of the said two foreign diplomats actions in Colombo, which I kindly request dbsjeyaraj.com to publish these comments so that actual news is made available to the international readers and the world press, and also to journalists of the foreign news agencies and local Sri Lankan journalists (without any malice against DBS) who write the “UNTRUTH”. Let the world be told the actual truth and nothing but the truth about the conspiracies against the Sovereign State of Sri Lanka by a group of western conspirators using the local innocent opposition as we have seen things happening in the recent weeks in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    The recent press sensation created by the former UN spokesperson for Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss who told Australia’s ABC news that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians could have died in the last stages of the war against terrorism during the last stages of the Sri Lankan security forces over powering the LTTE rebel fighter in the Nandikadal region, is an added episode dramatized by the Western conspirators to undermine the Sovereign State of Sri Lankan to the international community at it’s best. The dam liar he is – Cordon Weiss is definitely unemployed and looking for a job, I think. This is another way of marketing himself to and international INGO or institution that can engaged this international liar to submit a project proposal, apply for funding that will enable him to become gainfully employed.

    As a journalist myself, I am shamed that such creed of humans are engaged in the noble profession of Journalism and Mass Media. As a Sri Lankan Peace Activist, Freelance Journalist and a Communication Studies teaching personality and engaged in Political Communication Research, attached to McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, my in-depth research and investigative journalistic engagements that I was involved in, since December 14th., 2009 to the 27th., of January 2010 in Sri Lanka and having lived the sensation and the circumstances that prevailed around the incidents that unfolded on the night of the 26th.,/27th., January 2010, at around 3 am at the Hotel occupied by Sarath Fonseka and his group, and in the vicinity of Temple Trees and inside, what Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa has revealed cannot be challenged by anyone. Gotabaya Rajapakse’s intriguing personality was indeed the candour he displayed in this media interview with Journalist Ravi Vellor of the South Asia Burea of The Straits Times – Singapore.

    Noor Nizam, Sri Lanka Peace Activist and Freelance journalist, Canada.

  69. DBSJ

    Yet another brilliant piece of analysis.

    As you rightly say,

    “The Govt must firmly adhere to the principles of natural justice. It must also remember that Justice should not only be done but also should appear to have been done”.

  70. Article is nicely crafted from face value.

    It appears that the writer seems to convince the reader that the coup was to happen and at the same time trying to show that justice needs to be done and due course must be followed..
    However, if the reader is fair minded, the readers should take into considerations many misrepresentations of facts by writers to suite their interests.

    A coup has not happened. So it is difficult to believe that Sarath Fonseka could ever get enough strength to try another coup after entering politics; when the other forces, STF, Navy and AirForce not supporting him. Now JVP has been linked too. I doubt whether they want to go back to their past again.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    In both coup trials of 1962 and 19666 the “Coup” had not happened.This govt has to prove in court that there was a coup conspiracy.Unless otherwise proven guilty the General and the JVP must be presumed innocent.

  71. If Gen.SF planned aCoup, Why did he entered the Elections?Just think,He had the Army in his side before the Pre.El;tions.He should have done it befor the Ele:The govt is scred what they did fof Pres;elec:Now the world is watching.UN is watching,EU is watching About what Gota had told to Indian news papers.Be Careful.
    Kumar.

  72. Gota, from the start planned to liberate SriLanka. With the President’s assistance, he established liaison with countries like Russia, China,Iran,Chechniya,Pakistan and India and bought weapons, then He strengthened the defence forces by adding thousands and thousands of new recruits. Massive funds were allocated for the war effort. Thank Gota for the victory and not abuse him. If not for him Paraba will still be in charge.So another woman starts crying in SriLanka. First it was Sirimavo Bandaranaike then her daughter Chandrika kumaratunga and now Anoma Fonseka. If you all had safeguarded your husbands by moderating their behaviours this would not have happened. The Bandaranaikes destroyed the country by their racist policies and created division. Now Fonseka divulged state secrets and publicly stated he will be a witness before the war crimes tribunal in Geneva. Dont cry for me SriLanka! Only traitors will oppose Mahinda and Gota.

  73. I have been an admirer of your journalistic skills for many a moon, whilst living in Sri Lanka and Australia.

    I wrote two articles either on this topic or Rajan Phillips Arrest Most Foul and prior to that on Fonseka’s daughter.

    I have looked high and low for these two articles, cannot track it down.

    Can you please let me know as to what had happened to these two articles and why they were not published.

    Thanks. Anthony J.

    What articles?…………DBSJ

  74. Sarath Fonseka, in my opinion, is man who has no class. He has a huge ego, is brutish and is very uncultured. His behaviour as a presidential candidate was appalling. From calling people “kalaveddas” (polecats) to “pissu ballo” (crazy dogs), to “vesi puthaa” ( son of a b….), to threatening to imprison people and leave them with only bones to lick. At least Mahinda – with all his flaws – doesn’t speak in such a disgraceful manner about his political opponents. I feared for Sri Lanka if he had won. He is a military man and a cruel one at that, judging by his behaviour and speech. His silly ideas of doubling the size of the army, and settling the army all over the north were rightly rejected. I just don’t understand why he couldn’t be happy with defeating the LTTE, he just did not want to share the credit with anyone else. If he was so good just by himself one wonders why for the last 40 years as a member of the army he couldn’t do anything to the LTTE.

  75. Hi DBS

    I have been following your writing for some while now starting from the days of the onset of the war. I have always found your articles very informative indeed. ( I don not know how you get detailed and robust information)
    This is yet another example of excellent journalism. It is very analytical, evaluative and above all balanced in it’s presentation.

    well done DBS – keep it up

    Mallikaatachi (Malik)

    On another note, I sense that you are in touch with Durand Appuhamy from Negambo. Durand and i used to lecture at the same university here in UK. I would love to get in touch with him and I wonder whether you can help me.

  76. As usual, your article makes an excellent read. Visually speaking i prefer your blog to DM online.

    Anyway, welldone. I hope by now you know you have a gift for writing going beyond journalistic experience.

    Anyway, I do admire the way you manage to gather information and present them in a structured, concise manner.

    While I am also realising that the reasons for this arrest HAVE to be much deeper than those actually mentioned, we will all wait to see the outcome. Unfortunately for us, this whole drama regardless of its reasons being genuine or not is bringing SL heaps of negative publicity.

    I agree with your last para “The Govt must firmly adhere to the principles of natural justice. It must also remember that Justice should not only be done but also should appear to have been done.”

    But SL being what it is, no amount of ‘justice appearing to done’ will be enough to silence those with vested interests. (locally or internationally) In that light, what is best is always to try an avoid these situations.

  77. Though a critic of DBSL, I wish to congratulate him joing up all loose ends and submitting a balanced article pertaining to the arrest of SF…………….

    Earlier, one Kanagalingam touch a raw nerve. He states, people responsible for this mess or whatever was JVP, SF & Mangala.
    This was in a sense an opportunity the JVP envisaged to grab power riding on SF having got Ranil & the UNP vote suckered in their favour.
    It was this bankrupt JVP and moreover Mangala that suckered in the UNP. Ranil being Ranil, lethergic towards party politics was bamboozled by Mangala as he though no end of Mangala’s political ability.
    Wonder, what would have come of Ranil & other UNP stalwarts had SF come to power ????
    Its become clear a strong & a longtime association between the JVP & SF………. Wonder why the ex-JVP’er Wimal does nor shed light into it other than tying up the connection between Tilvin & SF.

    Anyway, this issue has become a dangerous proposition. SF in his haste being misled by the crowd turnout at his rallies became garulous.

    I am of the view, there will be lot unravel as time goes by.As for now, people are in a war victory euphoria and and brained washed by Goebbels thoughts on the PE results.

    Hope the GOSL can handle this in a manner that they get to the bottom of things and establish a clear reason or motive for such SF actions, behaviour and statements during PE.
    We may see the JVP connection come out and the GOSL using the GE platform to inform the people Islandwide what they have found.
    Evidence will be out for people to digest even before SF could be tried.
    How the masses digest will reflect on GE results.

    By & By, Ranil must be a relievd man having easily being able to retain the Aliya(Elephant) Symbol at the GE.

    With all these mess, at least somebody is alert out there in the Govt.. Hope the media too will resort to investigative reporting taking cue from DBSJ who have set the stage in the best interst of the Country.

    God bless Sri Lanka where things get nipped though even late.

  78. DBS… I always wait till u write to get correct information.
    Thanks for the detailed account.
    My concern is why u have never given due credit to MR for not revealing “sensitive” information (at least regarding SF) despite so much being uttered from the other side and GR also to a certain extent does this i thaught.

  79. Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians – former UN official
    Fri, 12 Feb 2010
    Sri Lanka’s military massacred as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers in 2009, according to a former United Nations official with detailed knowledge of events, press reports said. The former United Nations’ spokesperson in Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss, has resigned from the UN after 14 years and returned home to Australia, where he was interviewed by ABC News. “He’s now free to speak openly about the situation in Sri Lanka, for the first time and does so candidly and unflinchingly,” the media agency said. Buddhist monks in Srilanka did not utter any word.(40000 Tamil lives lost were not crisis)But blessed Srilankan President and the army General.

    Now Srilankan President & bros and Ex army General partners in crime are fighting each other . See what Mahanayake are doing.

    bbc, Feb 12. Mahanayake theras of four main Buddhist chapters in Sri Lanka have called for a special gathering to discuss the “uncertainty” developing in the country. In an unprecedented move, the Mahanayake theras have called on all Buddhist monks from all over Sri Lanka to convene in Kandy on 18 February as the “uncertain situation” has been developed with regard to democracy and good governance. In a letter sent to all Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka,
    Hypocrisy of Srilankan Buddhism

  80. Dear DBSJ
    A fantastic piece.You are superb MAESTRO.
    Hope all those INDIA bashers understand.The fault is not in our stars !!! ! Only within us
    REVI UNNI

  81. Best article of DBSJ yet!

    In hindsight, getting ‘fired’ by Nilanka R. was a blessing in disguise…and look where he’s now…hiding in Harrodene Rd!

    Keep it up!

  82. Very informative article.

    I predicted before the election that MR wil win 70% to
    30% for SF. It is close enough.

    Also I predicted that Rajapakse brothers will pounce on SF and do him like a dinner. I think it is getting there too.

    As Dr Dasarath Jayasuriya said, the looser is our beloved motherland, Sr Lanka. We had a good opportunity to develop the country, but it looks like it’s slipping away.

  83. DBSJ,

    OMG!!! Govt is lying. SLTB City FM news 6pm today said, Refering to your article (this) SF’ suggestion to increased troops to 400,000 and army bases from donra to pedroand friends of in close by him as a part of the coup ! shut up MR! Release General Fonseka!

  84. DBSJ should know that all this plans has been the way the Rajapakses have been implementing when ever anybody disagreed with them. Percy Rajapakse is a master to cook-up bogus coup plans to arrest opponents. He tried these with Mangala Samaraweera, Sooriyaarachchi, the tamil Doctors who treated the people caught up betweeen the forces and the LTTE at the last moment in the NO FIRE ZONE.
    General Fonseka is not a fool to plan coups without proper arms and men. Also there was no reason fr Genral Fonseka to Plan a Coup as he was certain of winning the election.
    Gota says that General Fonseka is guilty of tyreason. To charge for treason General Fonseka should have given War Secrets to the enemy. When did General Fonseka have any connection with the LTTE to give Wr Secrets. It is not a crime for anybody to inform a War Tibunal of any crimes committed during the War.Wars should be conducted according to accepted principles. Gota canot do things the way he wants.Gota should be bundled up and given over for punishment for giving illlegal commands.Rajapakses will meet their waterloo soon.

  85. Dear Mr.DBS, Once again a fantastic presentation.I differ with you on certain matters.You say the fight against LTTe was not fought cleanly.What is yr justification?Do you honestl believe any forces in the world could fight cleanly against anti establishment forces?have you not seen how the indian forces are fighting against the Indian maoists,naxalites?How are the Americans fighting in Iraq and Afghaistan.
    Dont forget the fact there are thousands of northerners who appreciate the way the SL security forces fought against LTTE on one hand and really shown symathy to the cvilians.
    The other one-the ganaroo courts refeence.Could you honestly come out with an example in the recent past.take the case of former CJ sarath who handles thngs on his own.The government of the day could not do anything.In other words CJ and the judiciary was independent.Many judgements went against governments.Of course big man JR meddled.That was how madame Sirimao lost her covic rights.
    Yr ref of gankaroo court does not taste well.Pl respond.

    Read the article properly will you?please,please,pleeeeeeeeeeeeeese……………DBSJ

  86. This is a interesting story like” Kadal Puraa” DBSJ, you know what I mean. Keep it up.

    No this is not “Kadalpura” and I am not Chaandilyan…………….DBSJ

  87. What Fonseka did to LTTE was bad.That’s why he’s suffering.All those who harm LTTE suffer because Piraba is our god

  88. This new investigative journalism is
    Fascinating!!!
    They all start with’ According to the well informed sources close to the government….’

    I tend to incline on the side of ‘Gota’ than on the guesses of those ‘well informed’ sources’.

    Another fascinating fact. Most in the Tamil community in Canada, USA, UK are backing the butcher of the tamils rebels and the racist who denies the status of tamils as equals in SriLanka!!!
    There money once again was wasted on the last election.

  89. FONSEKA AND WIJEWEERA AND PIRABAKARAN ARE ALL KARAWE and KARAIYAR CASTE PEOPLE. FUNNY NO?THAT ANTI-GOVT LEADERS ARE ALL FROM THE SAME GROUP?

  90. the only thing left unsaid in your article is that if fonseka was indeed plotting a coup d’etat he and his co-plotters must have been breathtakingly amateurish in their preparations. if you compare this situation with the face-off between nawaz sharif and musharraf, fonseka comes across as an amateur who was perhaps carried away by delusions of his appeal among the sinhala masses. would you agree then that the evidence likely to be trotted out by the government to prove a coup will be quite flimsy?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    This article is not about how the alleged coup was planned or whether the accusation was true or false.It is for the govt to prove it in a civil court of law through a credible trial under the Penal code with fulll access to trial proceedings for the public,media and international observers.The govt has already botched up the “arrest” through its ham-handed approach.If ithey mishandle the anticipated trial it would blow up in their faces

    I doubt whether the Rajapakse regime would do so but the best option is to release Fonseka unconditionally and summon him for further inquiries with his lawyer present during interrogation. As a former Army commander, Chief of defence staff and above all a defeated Presidential candidate in an election mired in controversy, Fonseka deserves better and different treatment. The way he was arrested is disgusting

    This is an unprecedented situation where the Govt has to be cautiously pragmatic. Fonseka cannot be treated like a common criminal or an ordinary soldier who has violated military law

  91. Sarath Fonseka has been accused by the very same people in Mahinda Rajapaksa election campaign for suppressing JVP in late 80s. What evidence can substantiate to implicate that he is a pro JVPer??? You cannot reliably use incidents from history to prove mere speculation. Bottom line is that General Fonseka has followed a democratic process to challenge the government.

  92. Sarath Fonseka has been accused by the very same people in Mahinda Rajapaksa election campaign for suppressing JVP in late 80s. What evidence can substantiate to implicate that he is a pro JVPer??? You cannot reliably use incidents from history to prove mere speculation. Bottom line is that General Fonseka has followed a democratic process to challenge the government.
    Dayan,
    I had high esteem for your views. However, your recent reporting’s indicate that you have been given another job by President MR after deciding that you are not good to run the UN job. Honestly, I wished that you could be our foreign minister instead of the Bog.

  93. I think DBSJ reported the story based on information from his sources closed
    to the ground. I really doubt he believed the story himself.

    I am not a supporter of either faction ( Rajapaksha faction or Fonseka
    faction) just another casual observer. Here are my comments.

    1. The General SF made a politically dumb decision to enter politics
    at the wrong time for wrong reasons and lost the gamble big time.

    If he thought MR and his followers are going to hand over the reins of power
    that easily, he was pretty naïve and stupid .

    However, the stupidity is not a good enough reason to treat a person the way
    MR and his people treated SF taking him in to custody.

    2. If the General was in khout with JVP to stage a 1918 Bolshevik
    style revolution in Lanka, as the report states, that confirms his
    political dumbness.

    According to the article SF is no fan of China which is the only rich
    country in the world run by a Communist Party and I doubt

    China will invest any money in a communist revolution in Sri Lanka when they
    already have made Billion dollar investments in the various business
    ventures in Lanka for geo political reasons. Any casual follower of
    international politics knows China’s Communist Regime means business that
    makes them money not cost them money. Two other countries run by communist
    regimes are North Korea and Cuba which don’t have enough money to feed their
    own let alone funding a revolution in Sri Lanka. Russia itself is a whole
    another story.

    3. Recently GR ( Ghotabaya Rajapaksha) declared the Generals campaign
    was funded by the US and Norway. I am beginning to wonder GR has become a
    card carrying member of the Tea Party Movement in the US (a grass root
    movement who opposes anything Obama). Tea Partiers call Obama a Socialist
    and claim that he is going to bring Communism in to the US. Taking a page
    from that book does GR think the US is funding a socialist revolution in Sri
    Lanka?

    4. If anyone remembers when President J. R. Jayawardane declared a
    Naxelite coup in 1982 right after the Referendum and hauled in Vijaya
    Kumaratunga and his buddies for two months for questioning by CID based on a
    similar revolutionary theory. This whole saga seems to be extracted directly
    from JR’s political play book from 1980’s to crush and demoralize whatever
    the opposition left in the country. So is the next chapter Ranil
    Wickramasingha and Somawansa Amarasingha running away into hiding for many
    years just like Rohana Wijeweera and Vasudava Nanayakkara did in 1982?

  94. Dear DBS,

    On a second reading, I began to better grasp the implications of the issue of “Bolshevik committees” (if I understand this right). The overt courting of the JVP for swelling up the ranks of army recruits is a whirlwind waiting to be wrecked. It’s as if the swans are coming home to roost (so to speak).

    Does this mean that the JVP have been nurturing their militant wing within the army as trained and battle hardened “sleeper cells”? So instead of a ragtag group, the JVP militant wing is now fully conversant in the art of battle and can go into action in an unique way? I note that you don’t explore this although giving enough food for thought. Is there any real evidence to support this hypothesis though?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    “Bolshevik committee” is what cabinet minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said at a press conference. It’s a pity no one asked him then to elaborate. I myself dont know what Yapa was implying and merely assumed he was referring to the military revolutionary committees set up in Russia. I do hope minister Yapa will reveal more details

  95. GOD FATHER -PART 1
    Character Description
    Don Vito Corleone
    MR

    Michael Corleone
    GOTA

    Santino “Sonny” Corleone
    NAMAL
    Tom Hagen
    BASIL

    Fredo Corleone
    ELDER RAJAPAKSE
    Constanzia “Connie” Corleone
    Ms. RAJAPAKSE
    Peter “Fat” Clemenza
    K.RAMPUKVELLA
    Salvatore “Sal” Tessio
    L.HULLUGALLE
    Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo
    SF
    Carlo Rizzi
    KARUNA
    Captain Mark McCluskey
    Maj.jen.Jagath
    Luca Brasi
    PILLAIAN
    Emilio Barzini
    Don of the Barzini family.
    Johnny Fontane
    JACKSON ANTHONY
    Jack Woltz
    NARAYANAN
    Moe Greene
    IRANIAN PRESIDENT
    Carmella Corleone
    MRS.MR
    Paulie Gatto
    VIMALVEERAWANSA

    Wow! way to go dave.Let’s have Godfather parts two and three also………………DBSJ

  96. Dear Jeyaraj,

    ‘ Arasan andre ketpann, Deivam nindru ketkindrathu’ – ippothu.””””””””””””””””””””””’

    Still more to come.
    .

    Howlander – Superb investigative article. Well written. WE are indeed proud of you.

    Your name is being heard in news channells all over here at the moment.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thanks Samuel(Morar estate Bogawanthalawa)

    When it suits them they will quote me. When it hurts them they will dub me traitor.Can only follow the Gita and follow Karamayogic precepts

    I got your earlier mail.Very sorry for not replying but will definitely write to you soon

  97. All the Kudos on this article is most deserving.
    Some parts of the incidents came in time, however
    one that is not linked in your article is the Field
    Unit of the State TV apparatus being moved about?

    Had SF won on the 26th, some imagination is
    required as to what the MR Bros had up their
    sleeves………

    I trust you will follow up this article with a more
    interesting matter – the behavior of the EC and the
    actual results of the PE.

  98. from political strategic point of view, SF should not have contested the presidential election.

    He should have first contested in the General election on UPFA ticket and then waited for some years to try his luck in the next presidential election.

    He would not have lost anything.

    Both MR&SF were trying to cash in on the war victory euphoria.Hence the hurry……….DBSJ

  99. Hi DBS,

    Another excellent article in “Jeyaraj” tradition of journalism

    In my opinion JVP/Gen.Fonseka alliance will be an evil combination. The country reach unimaginable fragmentation -pitting Sinhalese againt Sinhalese, and Sinhalese against other minorities – Buddhist against Buddhists, and Buddhists against other religions. The history clearly shows JVP’s agenda of creating a utopian “Bolshevik” state. The sacrifice of thousands of Sinhala youth during two insurgencies in the past is ample evidence JVP trying to establish their vile ideologies.

    The people of Sri Lanka are intelligent and astute politically. They have got rid of past repressive regimes from the corridors of power against all odds. If they decide if Rajapakse regime is acting in their self-interest and against the wishes and expectations of the people, they are capable of delivering the right judgement.

    Although I have been out of Sri Lanka for 42 years, I always think of my dear Motherland with fondness and affection. The happy days cannot be erased from my mind easily. May Sri Lanka prosper and the people live up to their fullest potential.

    Thanks DBS for enlightening me with your astute insight and unbiased thinking only few can match.

    May God bless you and your readers. Also may the blessings of the Triple Gem be with all. Peace! Peace! Peace!

  100. DBSJ,
    Excellent analysis.Thank you .

    Have you got any idea about weather UN officials such as John Holm,Gordon Weiss,Navi pillai, and Amnity international etc are lying and conspiring against Srilanka or Is it Srilankan ministers, Officials and diplomats are lying. about the happnings in Srilanka? And how it is going affect our Srilankan standing in the world?

    I have great respect for Amnesty International,Navi Pillai, Gordon Weiss and Sir John Holmes……………DBSJ

  101. DBS a very good article

    Reading between the lines one has the feeling of “apparent bias”. We need to wait until we know the ” full truth”. before we could pass any judgement! All we want is peace and justice so that ordinary citizens can go about their daily routine without fear and intimidation

    There is no such thing as “unbiased” in any point of view.Readers too have “bias” while reading………..DBSJ

  102. I think this article is kind of unfair to SF. Everything attributed to him never happened. There was no coup. I don’t think if he was interested in a coup he would have waited until the end of the war to launch it. All others are what we refer in US as “fear mongeing” meaning that what would happen if someone comes to power. This has been used very effectively to change voters’ minds in many US elections, especially by the republicans abnd sometimes by democrats

    . In my view people currently in power are hellbent on staying there at any cost. They will resort to anything to preserve that including abducting journalists, arresting any serious political contender, eliminating any government servant with opposing views, closing press offices etc. This is truly not democracy and it can get any worse than this. Sri lanka badly need a change in government.

  103. Dear Readers

    Once again there was a technical “problem” for some hours from around 9.00pm (Toronto time) on Friday February 12th till well past midnight

    As a result it was not possible to for many to read articles or leave any comments for a while

    The problem was later rectified

    My apologies for the inconvenience caused

    D.B.S.Jeyaraj

  104. Gotta has foot in mouth disease. He also accused Uthayan editor of having 1st hand knowledge of LTTE air attacks in Colombo after arresting/kidnapping him. He was later released. Vidayatharan can file a defamation case against this guy if it is another country. In SL you try it and you will be rewarded your death.

    DBSJ you referred to him as s frank and forthright straight forward but you omitted the word idiot 😉

    The chief “brains” behind the military victory against the LTTE cannot be an “Idiot”…………DBSJ

  105. DB – I was never a fan of your reporting…but never to late to start.

    You have a great opportunity and responsibility to act a trusted reported and bridge the Tamil-Sinhala divide with your pen.

    Great article…

    Polkudu…

    Thanks but once scraped “Polkudu”cant become “Polgedi”again…………….DBSJ

  106. Thanks DBJ, this is an excellent articale no other journalist have the ability to investigate and analyis the current politics in Sri Lanka and write so well. You are an expert not only in Tamils affairs but also on a national level. I alway look forward to your writtings.

  107. SF is a born lier. Let the law decide with the evidence presented. SF is the kind of a person who will do anything to come to power. He has shown this very clearly. He is ready to betray his country for power. What moere evidents people of SL needs to see who this SF really is.

  108. It is fact that not many people liek the JVP these days. However, we should keep in mind that the only OPPOSITION party in the parliament is the JVP. JVP members come to the parliament fully prepared and they have done a great job in exposing corruption etc. The performance of the UNP as the largest oppostion party has been hopeless.

    I have no respect for JVP’s political dogma and its tactics. However, I sincerely hope that there will be few JVPers in the next parliament.

    I hope so too.Their performance in Parliament was far above the UPFA,UNP, TNA and SLMC………DBSJ

  109. Both fighting the most ruthless terrorists in the world and planning a coup d’etat to overthrow an all powerful Govt. needs one to be thoroughly focused and it also entails careful strategic planning. If he tried to do both simultaneously he would definitely not have been successful in defeating the LTTE. He obviously wanted good performers and capable men in strategic positions to fight and win this war, he wanted results and he knew best how he could do it. Having capable men around him does not amount to surrounding himself with his favourites to enable him to topple the govt. He was able to defeat the enemy with his military strategy, so it goes to show that these men were not simply put there because they were his favourites.
    On the other had MR and his clan label anyone who dares to oppose him, including foreign governments, conspirators and he and his brothers have always claimed that they have substantial evidence to prove it. Hence this is no exception.
    A man who is slandered day in and day out on the national media will naturally run out of patience, hence his outburst, and it happened just once! This was blown out of proportion by the Govt.
    The bottom line is that MR and his siblings are threatened and they do not like any one who is a challenge, so this is the end result.

  110. Detailed, thought provoking article. Even as the war ended, there were concerns about the MR government’s high handedness and human rights violations. All those concerns were swept under the carpet in the euphoria of the moment. Now, the skeletons are tumbling out of the cupboard. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Unquestioned, unlimited power is a serious threat to the well being of any country.

  111. Interesting article, giving a probable result based on the behavior of the General and his connections to the JVP.

    But the fact remains, why didn’t the General use all his connections and contacts within the military to stage a coup when he still had a ‘good and successful chance’ of doing so (i.e while being the CDS) without tendering his resignation and becoming a civilian and thereby reducing his ability to mobilize the military for a coup? Correct me if I am wrong, but haven’t all the coups staged to date in various parts of the world, been through military officers whilst in active service?

    We have seen how well the government turns a ‘non-event’ to an ‘event’ by ‘Goebbelizing’ the masses. There are various agents assigned for this task, hence the discrepancies in their versions of twisting a lie to give it a ‘coat of truth’. Like Karl Rove, the adviser of George Bush, the more it is repeated, more likely it is to be accepted by the masses as the truth.

    Sarath Fonseka appears to have had more than a close connection with the JVP. We all know what the latter was hankering after. They latched themselves onto Chandrika and she shamelessly gave them political recognition without punishing them for their crimes, just to spite the UNP. Then they latched on to Mahinda and he shamelessly used them and their ideas to champion the Sinhala Buddhist rights to gain the majority vote. This time they saw an opportunity to finally get what they need through Sarath Fonseka, a snubbed hero, put to cold storage by a ruler whom he faithfully served. The JVPers during those secret meetings, may have helped to further widen that rift between him and the President.

    As the readers have pointed out in this column, Sarath Fonseka knew what type of a dangerous person Gotabaya Rajapakse could be, when one turns against him. In that context, a person like Sarath Fonseka who gave strategical leadership to eliminate the LTTE would no doubt get as many people as possible loyal to him to be part of his team as taking the Madamulana clan would be no ‘cake walk’ even for an ex-Army Commander. This would be sufficient ammunition for a Goebbels or a Karl Rove to paint a picture of a mutiny against the President.

    We now look forward to the Supreme Court judgment on the FR case filed by Mrs. Fonseka. Let us see who would be appointed to the bench to hear this case and what their reasoning would be. If it turns out to be another “P B Jayasundera”, then we know that there is no hope for democracy in Sri Lanka.

  112. The real reason behind abduction of gen\\\; Fonseka is that the government was well known that the opposition is getting prepard to to file an election petition against the relecently held presidential alection and the government wanted to abtruct it.if Gen: had a plan for a coup it could have done easily when he was in service.rather than getting into politics.

  113. Nice article again DBSJ!
    According to your article there are plethora of evidence that SF tried military coup. But you failed to mentioned one thing! According to sources main evidence came from Indian Intelligence ( RAW). They had given enough details about this. Government may use this as a last trump card for obvious reasons. Apart from this coup stuff,He did politics while in Uniform. Here is one of them.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsB9Xfc4TrE

    I have never said Sarath plotted a coup.It is the govt which is saying he did…………..DBSJ

  114. Dear DBSJ,

    Brilliant is thrown around to much to describe things that are average, but your writing is in a different league all together.

    Sir can you kindly write about whether any large scale manipulation of the election results did happen, this would bring to rest all these conspiracy theories; in this forum at least. If it did happen it is a black day for all of us,. This is due to the fact that the politicians are on a leash that is controlled by the people, if that power is taken away from us we have nothing…….

    as a individual living amongst the people and feeling there pulse i know we cannot expect any justice from the police and know very well the judiciary can be manipulated this erosion of the public service has been happening over time.

    The only right we have is our vote if it is taken away from us we are destitute and helpless…. basically we are just faces with our voices muted. Politicians will run riot as they have no one to account for. not even the trees left in the protected nature reserves will be spared from there grasp.

    so dear Mr.DBSJ i plead with you to write an article to describe whether there was or wasn’t such massive manipulation of the election results. The result of which at least many of us will have a clear conscience.

    The best thing about your writing is the fact you know and understand right from wrong, there is no gray areas in between. This is the most important attribute any one should posses to clearly distinguish the right from the wrong, alas it is the fast disappearing quality in us the human race.

    Thank you once again.,
    Saliman

  115. How can a Sinhalese insult President Mahinda and Gotabaya? What sort of blood run in their veins?
    Gota, from the start planned to liberate SriLanka. With the President’s assistance, he established liaison with countries like Russia, China,Iran,Chechniya,Pakistan and India and bought weapons, then He strengthened the defence forces by adding thousands and thousands of new recruits. Massive funds were allocated for the war effort. Thank Gota for the victory and not abuse him. If not for him Paraba will still be in charge.So another woman starts crying in SriLanka. First it was Sirimavo Bandaranaike then her daughter Chandrika kumaratunga and now Anoma Fonseka. If you all had safeguarded your husbands by moderating their behaviours this would not have happened. The Bandaranaikes destroyed the country by their racist policies and created division. Now Fonseka divulged state secrets and publicly stated he will be a witness before the war crimes tribunal in Geneva. Dont cry for me SriLanka! Only traitors will oppose Mahinda and Gota.

  116. Reading this article has formed several questions in my mind. Is it the truth or another crafty piece of jounalism?

    DBSJ seems to have a vast depth of knowledge in this matter, infact much more than most of the governmental and non governmental politicians themselves do. How and from where does he manage to acquire all this. Is he privy to the goings on of the security council or has he got an infomant from within the government itself who is feeding him with the information?

    Answers to this will decide what sort of a journalist he is.

    Brilliancy of a journalist is measured by how he manages to convince his readers to believe in a certain message he is trying to convey without the reader actually realising it. I feel that in this case DBSJ manages to successfully acheive his ambition by planting a seed of suspicion in everyones mind.

    So what does DBJ is trying to do here?? Is it a brilliant piece of “investigating journalism”?

    There is a sinhalease proverb which says “Kiyanna kohoma keevath, ahanna sihibuddiyen asiyayuthui”. Translating this to english wouldnt convey the real meaning as it should be conveyed. Thus will leave this at that.

    TO DBJ – If this was done on your own accord I do salute you for a job well done.

    It’s really funny how my plus point of gaining information is used against me like a minus point by people like you. If you ever “salute”me I will puke………..DBSJ

  117. Yes.Mahinda is an adroit politician.He is yet to prove that he is an astute statesman…………….DBSJ

    You are right DBS. I think he will do but takes time to prove. There are many priorities .First of all he has to secure his position as president.There are some eliments from inside and out side of SL trying to distrub SL stability.
    While concenrating on these problems he can’t focus on local state affairs fully. we should understand the fact and support his good deeds.

  118. Another excellent effort DBSJ, you have presented a very dynamic picture, clearly a president today has to be adroit at fighting on many fronts, keeping the parliamentary majority to win the budget vote, defeat tigers, keep the lid on uppity army men while encouraging and applauding the heroism, keeping an eye the manipulations from Ranil and Somawansa while bilding roads, power generation plants, ports and airports.

    MR had read the situation at each stage so well to outwit the opposiotion and still deliver the goods.

    If the General has sense, he should take a long rest, inside or outside prison, he should now realise that both are equal in mental comfort.

    Do please try your hand at reading and writing if not Dhammapada, take up Roman times, Stoicisn and its virtues, Now the military and election campaigns are over he does not re vestal vergins for massages.

    Best answer would be to take up up writing, a cool analysis of the rise and rise of Rajapakse phenomenon and the demise of the enchantress of Horagolla and her minions. One could expect another Seneca one day.

  119. THIS IS A LONG CUT STORY OF SARATH FONSEKA. HE COULD HAVE HAD A SHORT CUT STORY IF HE REALLY WANTED TO, THAT IS TO SEND SOME BATALLION TO COLOMBO SOON AFTER THE WAR AND CAPTURE POWER,HALF OF YOUR STORY IS ON IMAGINATION , WHEN SOMEBODY IS OUT OF THE COUNTRY, EVERY GOSSIP IS EMBRACED COZ PEOPLE WANT TO SHOW OFF ‘ I KNOW THE LATEST’ BESIDE REMEMEBER JVP IS NO LONGER CAPABLE OF INVOLVING IN MILITIA. THEIR SPIRIT WAS BURRIED BY PREMADASA AND RANJAN WIJERATNE. IF WHAT YOU SAY IS RIGHT I DONT THINK THE MAHA SANGA WILL ORGANIZE A ISLAND WIDE BIKKU MEETING TO CONDEMN THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN THE COUNTRY. THEY KNOW WHO ARE THE REAL CULPRITS, SORRY TO SAY ALL THESE DBSJ. DONT TAKE IT PERSONEL,

    DBSJ RESPONDS;

    Not to worry I wont take it as personal. It’s obvious that most of what I wrote has gone over your head. So no point in taking your comment seriously.Dont feel sorry for me……………DBSJ

  120. hey Jeyraj
    I have never seen a non srilankan [may be a spent tiger] asshole masquerading as a very gracefull
    journalist who may have proped up as a self style commedian in the world
    of journalism with no formal qualifications.

    As some body in the health field I all the time diagnose
    illnesses in human beings by studying political inclinations and their mindfullness.

    I THINK YOU SUFFER PARANOID SCHZOPHRENIA, NEEDING EMERGENCY TRATMENT
    FROM A WELL RENOWNED PSYCHIATRIST FROM YOUR LOCALITY OF LIVING.
    YOU WILL BOUND TO HAVE LOTS OF LOOSE STOOLS AND ABDOMINAL PAINS DURING
    RAJAPAKSA TENURE , PLEASE SEE THAT YOU HAVE A GOOD ACCESS TO
    A REGULAR PHYSICIAN FOR YOUR EVER GROWING PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS AS WELL.

    you are a threat to national security of Srilanka and you should have been arrested even
    before SF by srilankan military forces.

    your hero SF has a place in any western country as a political refugee and
    the maximum he is likely to acheive is a GAS station attendant job???? with a bit of a luck.

    your fate from where ever you write your garbage, DEATH DUE TO MALARIA!
    I wrote to SF and wished him good luck in his current predicament.

    I have one final advice to you-

    I did call police ,embassies and parlimentary members
    to look out for anarchists like you.

    adios you clown

    Hi Nimal Perera,If you polish this comment We can post it as an article on this blog with your picture………DBSJ

  121. Hi,

    My question to you: Why do you think that MR had this election now when he is given a 6 year term ? Why didn’t he want work 2 more years as the President & then call for an general election?

    Mahinda wanted to use the war victory euphoria and win but then Sarath was a spoiler……….DBSJ

  122. DBS,
    I am chuckling to myself as I read some of the comments. Earlier, when you were writing about the war, based on what you wrote, you were either an LTTE supporter of a paid agent of the GOSL. Now you are either MR lackey or a closet SF supporter.

    I think this is truly caused by the lack of unbiased media in Sri Lanka. No journalist there is unbiased so what ever the media puts out the people take it for granted that it was written with some ulterior motive. People conditioned to not to believe the media will resort to rumors and “I was told by my cousin, who has a sister-in-law, whose 2nd husband works at the ministry of…” type of information dissemination.

    What do you think?

    Yes I suppose so and its funny but sometimes it becomes so boringly predictable…………….DBSJ

  123. Dear DBSJ,
    Congrats on good information to base your article. Finally a journalist putting out a well written article about what has been happening. It has been tragic that the Colombo and facebook crowd have been following SF like the god that was bestowed upon SL to cure all its problem.

  124. paranoia induced overreactions have wreaked havoc in this little island and there don’t seem to be an end. politics is about intimidations and counter-intimidations here.

  125. Good article that sheds light on what took place. The one area I would have liked covered in more detail would be the role played by western govt.s who have made no secret of the fact that they want MR out.

    The people have to be alive to this threat more than that posed by any opposition figure. These western powers will keep trying.

  126. This is a very good article DBS

    Some stupid people will call this bullshit but dont pay attention and keep on writing.. ..DBS. I have lots of respect for you

  127. This article is trying to analyse why the government acted in such a hasty bullish way. But I feel by reading many of the responses only a few had comprehensively understood it. Many see it with thier biases towards MR or SF.

    I sad to see these unwanted incidents are fracturing our society again.

    I agree with you MR is a politician but not a stateman. what the future holds for Sri Lanka is not so good with these signs of injustice and unwise decisions and moves by the govenment.

    Poeple of SL wants democracy but the democratically elected goventment is against democracy.

  128. Most of the things in the articles are already well known for someone who is in touch. Other than that it is a good comprehensive product.

    Not everyone “is in touch”as you say.You must be one of the “privileged”few………………DBSJ

  129. There’s so much depth to the reporting and writing by Indian journalists on the events in Sri Lanka. I am very impressed. It’s not the kind of trash, lies and all sorts of speculations that fed into them some extremist overseas gropus that contiously being criculated as real news by the New York Times, NPR, BBC and Londons’ 4, The Washington Post etc and etc in the western media and in the press, as real events happening in Sri Lanka. For example, read Robert Mackey’s “The Lead” in the New York Times on Sri Lanka and find out how absurd the NYT’s reporting has become! But in contrast, there a good reason why that India’s newspapers don’t buy into outrageous propaganda aimed at Sri Lanka, specially by overseas Tamil groups.And no Indian media or politicians speak of sanctions against Sri Lanka! Why? It simply because Indians know thousands times better than US, UK or Canada or EU countries and their press and politicians as to what’s happening in Sri Lanka. It would be good for the Western media, including BBC, Times of London, and New York Times and others the rest to take an example from the India’s journalists like Mr. Jeyaraj. People like NYT’s Robert Mackey can lean a lot from Mr. Jayaraj!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you for the compliment. You flatter me.However there are three points to be emphasised

    1.Firstly I am a Tamil of Sri Lankan origin. I was born in Colombo but both my parents were from Jaffna. I am now a citizen of Canada and am therefore a Tamil Canadian or Sri Lankan Canadian. I am not from India as you wrongly believe

    2. Secondly please do not speak disparagingly of US journalists. The US has a wondeful tradition of informed, courageous journalism. It is unfortunate that US journalism deteriorated during the George Bush jnr era. But then so did many US institutions.

    As for me personally the role of the Bob Woodward -Carl Bernstein duo of “Washington Post” in uncovering the Watergate story resulting in the downfall of Richard Nixon was the single biggest event inspiring me to become a journalist. It was my great privilege to meet with Carl Bernstein when I was a Nieman Fellow in 1988-89 at Harvard University. The curator of Nieman Foundation then was Howard Simons who had been Managing Editor at the Post during watergate

    Other US journalists are also inspirational beacons. Seymour Hersh who exposed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam did it right from the USA without going to Vietnam. His example is what I try to emulate as I write about Sri Lankan matters and events for Sri Lankan newspapers from Toronto

    Then there was the great I.F. Stone the great non- conformist who independently ran the controversial “I.F.Stone weekly” for 19 years speaking truth to power.As a maverick myself Stone remains a role model

    Then there was Edward. R. Murrow who dared to take on the notorious Senator MCcarthy who conducted a witchhunt against people he labelled as Communists. There is also James”Scotty”Reston. The list is endless.

    3. Thirdly about Indian journalists whom you are full of praise for. India has certainly produced its share of great journalists. I too had lots of admiration for Indian Journalism on the whole when I was young. But all that was shattered after the Indian army started fighting the LTTE. I have never seen a country where its journalists (except for a few honourable exceptions)violated all norms of honest journalism in singing “Jai HO” for their country. I was then the Sri Lankan correspondent for “The Hindu” and fired for trying to expose the atrocities of the Indian Army

    Even now most Indian journalists (English media) go along with the “Official” Indian line. That was very much visible during the war and post-war phases in Sri Lanka. The Tamil media in Tamil Nady plays shamelessly to the “Tamil gallery” by publishing bovine excreta about Sri Lankan events and the so-called Tamil struggle.Its a national disgrace

    So be prudent with your praises and criticism.

  130. 139. Ranjan:- In my experience in the west, many journalist are biased and publish skewed point of view to please their bosses who have vested interest or to keep their meal ticket. Probably this makes many people weary of what they hear from the media. In defense, a journalist can only spin a story from the facts he gets and may not be able to probe any further. Therefore the story can be a limited edition of the truth. But anyone who is keen to find the truth and keeps himself informed without having a shot at the poor journo can certainly do so.

    Sometimes to publish the truth may not be in the best interest of a Nation. While the recent information shows both Churchill and Roosevelt knew in advance the Pearl Harbor attack, they did nothing because they had reason to act that way which cost 2000 US lives!! There are still some classified information of operations done in WW2 which remain so until 2040.

  131. If we have people in power who can trust to take our country forward is the most important thing. MR or SF or even me.

    But that does not happened in SL. Just arguing day after day for what is right what is not. No one has been serious enough about the country including the people let along most opportunistic politicians.

    Simple example, It has been claimed that The President had 1000s of guest for lunch and dinner at presidential palace prior to election. I am sure all those who went there were capable of earning their meal without political intervention. Could the president would spend that money on poor people that who really needs it. This applies to all level of politicians, includes opposition, not only for the president.

    You know what we need?; Elections every month if our country to be developed. So politicians will come down to earth and do some work for the public at least until they win.

    Sadly most Sri Lankans are political slaves’ regardless their race. Until people start thinking independently and intellectually any nation is surely at risk.

    I dream to see the day that politicians becoming the slaves of public. Let’s be optimistic that we will not be too late to understand what true mean of humanity is about for start.

  132. #53-Kalu albert

    Seeing the pathetic figure of Ranil walking behind, I mean behind the beaming President Rajapaksa says something.
    ——————————————————————————–

    Have you not read about what happenned to Julius Ceaser when the senators and Brutus were walking behind him.

    Ranil must be looking at which part of mahinda’s anatomy is best suited for the first and maybe only opportunity to give the fatal blow.

    Have you forgotten that he is JRJ’s nephew.

  133. Heavens, this article is very informative. Having read this any sane person can believe that SF, has not violated, but both parties saw each other’s moves as suspicious. This makes me believe that SF has his defenses against allegations. Should the government fail to prove it will be a huge blow on them?
    Yet I think SF’s failure is that he over estimated, and did not prepare the ground to counter corrupt practices during the Election Day. This gave way for fraud to thrive, and the down fall of SF.

  134. #75-priyantha

    At the ground level this sounds immensely fishy and suggests the beginning of a dictatorial rule
    ———————————————————————–

    You are paying a huge compliment to Mahinda.. More than 15 journalists have been killed by this regime, countless others have been beaten up and many others have fled the country and you say that now only dictatorial rule seems to be beginning.

    Also maybe when tamils were being thrown into jails willy nilly, or when they tried to deport all the tamils in colombo lodges, that was not dictatorial rule. Only when a former army commander is thrown into jail it becomes dictatorial rule.

    My friend, the first thing people have to do if they don’t want dictatorial rule and if they want good governance is to safeguard the journalists. Now why is that? It is because they are the watchdogs of the nation. If you allow your own watchdogs to be killed and beaten up and chased away, then you are next. You deserve it for being apathetic.

    Belatedly the mahanayaka’s are now saying they have to forget about their benz car’s gifts from the greeks, and get back to their traditional role of safeguarding the nation. Anyway better late than never.

  135. regarding my earlier comment, i hope the mahanayaka’s and the monks don’t get clobbered on their bald heads like in burma. That must be why the burmese strongman came to Srilanka , to give some advice on how to smash them up . Thakshin Sinawatra also came on a secret flight, probably to give some advice on how to stop the military from taking over the country.

    Slegdehammer gota is quite capable of smashing everyone and everything in sight, and worry about the consequences later. it worked with the LTTE, so why should it not work with others. When prabhaharan was asked whether he will even take on the Indian army, he quipped “he who dares wins”.

  136. Another interesting development to this saga is how the chief monks (‘mahanayakes’) have sided with politician Fonseka. For the very first time they are now exposed to the public in all their nakedness. They may be the so called mahanayakas of a so called buddhism and represent a so called buddhists, but they are definitely not followers of the Lord Buddha. They are not part of the Arya-shrawaka and do not belong to the Arya-Sangha as per the Buddhist scriptures (Tripitaka). Dr. M.D.P. Dissanayake had written a damning article on them, titled “Parabhava Sutra Vs Talduwe Somarama — et all” in the Lankaweb Website. I’d love to see DBSJs take on this aspect of things someday.

  137. One war criminal takes on another war criminal. Time will come for Gotta and MR.

    VP was the force united Sinhala politicians all these days..He is dead.. Divisions started to surface among the political forces in SL. I reckon Sinhala politicians will miss VP more than Tamils.

    If VP is still alive, Gotta would have sent SF to heaven. Now, no one is there to take the blame, can’t help it.Gotta got to keep SF alive in the prison.

    Thanks DBSJ.. very detailed and informative.

    R Maran

  138. Can I make another prediction.?.

    Mrs Anoma Fonseka will contest the next general election.
    Most probably she will contest the Ambalangoda seat.
    Isn’t it amazing how people who never dream of becoming a politician, get dragged into politics by an incident beyond their control. Mrs Fonseka is very well known in Sri Lanka for her good work done in the Seva Vanitha organisation.

    What a twist of fate ?.

  139. Hey Jeyraj
    Howdy you little squirell ?
    what are you writing on the IT???
    dont you have a woman to screw around,rather than
    writing this stenching garbage of political hog wash?
    Hey if you are frustrated i can fix up an interview
    with Rajapaksas that it might help
    boost up your flagging internal self.
    hey you ass hole did you find a good psychiatrist
    to talk to to see wheather you suffer from
    paranoid schzoprenia.
    I have put your name under CID watch list
    and they are lookin for you.
    Asoka

    Same “polecat”shitting venom as Nimal&Asoka heh,heh,heh,heh,heh,heh,heh…………………….DBSJ

  140. Excellent analysis about the consipracy charges against S.F , the concluding paragraph was superb. I’m looking forward to another one from you on the accusation ( based on the G.R interview to Ravi Velloor of ST ) that S.F was probably behind some of the killings or disapearences of journalists in the recent past. Will UN take this statement seriously too ?

  141. 161 Asoka De Silva

    Why are you wasting your time reading this blog, if it is garbage ?. People like you don’t know what’s freedom of expression, but again we are in Sri Lanka aren’t we ?.

    So you think you have connections with the MR regime and you can get anyone arrested in SL if you don’t like what they are writing as a journalist ?. You don’t know what is democracy and freedom of expression, and when we have a few million like you the country is f……..d. This is what has happened to this beautiful island of Sri Lanka. The island is beautiful, but there are some stupid monkeys living here. If you don’t know what the white man said when our first parliament was built, I will say it again. They said while walking along the Galle Face green, seing the parliament building coming up “there is the monkey house coming up”.
    How many of you agree with that saying ?. The way people like Mervyn Silva carrying on I am sure many of you agree with this white man’s saying.

    God bless Sri Lanka

  142. DBS

    was there any hard evidence against SF ? . or is it justifiable paranoia from both sides ?

    The idea of a military coup is very troubling but if SF wanted to so that he could have done it a long time ago one thinks .

    At the same time The JVP is a nefarious organization capable of almost anything .

  143. Whatever the Army did no other president could have eliminated the ltte as they would all obey or be confused by what foreign , mostly western powers dictate to us to suit their interests and keep sri lanka permanently subjugated . MR is the only president who acted on behalf of sri lanka and eliminated suicide bombs. This accomplishment should be viewed with gratitude by all srilankans,be they tamil,sinhalese,muslims or burghers . As for SF he should be pardoned if he is convicted Hud P

  144. DBSJ, the photo caption date should be Jan 2010. 🙂 Just pointing out so that your perfect article is not blemished by a tiny oversight.

  145. #25 – Jay

    “Sri Lanka passed one of it’s darkest hours in it’s post Independence history. Since the day we got universal franchise we were able to choose our leaders by popular vote. Even though most of them did not live up to our expectations, we always knew that we could kick them out of office in elections. But this time we were about to create a monster through the same system that would destroy the democracy and drag the country into totalitarianism.”

    We were about to? Which planet are you living on? Democracy today in Sri-Lanka has never been at such a low ebb. Media is completely oppressed, threatened, and controlled. Opposition web sites or web sites critical of the government have been blocked, journalists disappearing, elections commisioner claiming “I can’t stand this anymore”, retiring and then coming back. Top positions in the government pervaded by one family. Leader of a country(Myanmar) notorious for sheer totalianarism and spurned by the rest of the democratic world given the red-carpet treatment in Sri-Lanka. Police watching while thugs violently attack an opposition protest. You don’t think Sri-Lanka is headed for totalianarism? Perhaps, because its already there.

    “And we should be sympathetic to our Tamil / Muslim brotheren who were going to cut off the nose to avenge the face, by voting in a Hitler like fascist,, racist megalomaniac into the most powerful position in the country.”

    Fonseka may fit the description you gave, actually I believe he does, but Mahinda, and especially the chimpanzee(Gothabaya) and orangutang(Basil) next to him are just as bad. The chimpanzee in my opinion is far, far worse than Fonseka.

    Funny thing though regarding your “racist” comment. When Fonseka made the “Racist” comment about Sri-Lanka belonging to the Sinhalese, none of you people villifying him now said a word then, and those who did only supported his statement. Now, in these circumstances, he is a “racist”. Just like I mentioned in some posts in a previous article on this forum – The truth comes out only under certain conditions and circumstances for those of questionable character.

  146. SF is now getting more attention than he deserves, due to the arrest. This might actually help him in the long run to build a support base and contest again in the future. I wonder if MR wants that.

    MR should have handled this is in a more tactful, statesman-like master stroke to defuse the avoidable escalation. I hope everyone notices that both MR and SF did not walk the talk… and put the interests of the country first. Dissapointing!

  147. Very balanced article full of relevant facts. There was a time I thought DBS was only partisan to a violent Tamil militancy, but I must apologize for that misconception. Thank you for giving us what is probably the only ‘true’ version on our nations politics.

  148. what you have done is supporting the government why they abducted SF, which non of the idotic minsters could not explain properly.
    I know you are a indipendant person. This action of Gov is to take revange and to win general election.
    when your article appears in daily mirror it is going to hurt SFand opposition.
    I dont blame you but this corrupt and fasict regime should go.
    Thease so called sri lankan diaspora(sinhala) only talks about killing of VP they dont talk about how MR runs the country. No freedom of speech, killing media personal, latest is abduction of ex army personal who supported SF.

    By the way I am sinhalease from MR’s home toen 🙂

    Kindly re-read and understand what I’ve written before making half-baked comments……….DBSJ

  149. DEAR DBSJ, TKS FOR ALL THOSE ARTICLES AND JUST WONDERING WHETHER YOU KNOW THE REASON WHY FORMER CHIEF OF ARMY IS GIVEN A LUXURY ACCOMADATION AT NAVY HEAD QUARTERS?? THIS CAN’T BE A RUMOUR, AS ONE OF HIS OLD STAFF -A DRIVER WHO HAS SERVED ABOUT 7 YEARS AGO SAYS -THAT IT’S NATURAL AS WHEN THOSE ARMY DESSERTERS OR WHO ARE UNDER ARREST AT ARMY PANAGODA CAMP (WHERE THE ARMY OFFENDERS ARE JAILED UNDER VERY HIGH SECURITY ETC.) CAME TO KNOW THE ARREST OF THEIR EX-CHIEF WERE VERY HAPPY AND JUBILIANT AND WAITED TO RECEIVE HIM AT THEIR ARMY JAIL IN PANAGODA TO TREAT HIM JUST LIKE THAT THEIR BOSS TREATED THEM IN THE PAST?? THAT’S ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS, THE CURRENT ARMY CHIEF DECIDED TO OFFER HIM A LUXURY ROOM AT NAVY HEAD QUARTERS WITH MORE SECURITY AND COMFORT?? THOSE CAN’T BE WRONG INFORMATION OR RUMOURS AS WE CAN CLEARLY SEE SOME OF THOSE ARMY PERSONNEL HOW THEY COMPLAINT ABOUT THE MISUSE OF POWER BY EX-ARMY CHIEF AND CAN’T THINK THOSE ARE FALSE ALLEGATIONS?? THEN WHAT ABOUT THE EX-NAVY CHIEF AND THEN THE EX-AIR FORCE CHIEF?? IF ANY POSSIBILITY TRY TO CHECK THIS POINT THROUGH YOUR BLOG AND WE’LL SEE HOW WILL BE THE COMMENTS FROM THOSE WHO KNOW THE REAL PICTURE OF THE CURRENT SITUATION OF THIS IN COLOMBO/SRI LANKA. THANKS & APPRECIATE SOME COMMENTS.

  150. Happy Chinese New Year everybody.

    The way things are going our slant eyed future generations may be celebrating this instead of our traditional Sinhala/Tamil new year.

    Gota has seized this opportunity and said that because this year is the year of the tiger , the Prevention of Terrorism Act will not be revealed. It could be repealed in the year of the swan next year.

  151. Under the shadow of his elder brother, GOTA is emerging to the political limelight as a “well mannered, articulating and astute” leader. Thank you DBS, for exposing GOTA’s unparallel & rare qualities, which go beyond the functionalities and vision of a Def. Sec. This Ayya-Malli power nexus is unbreakable, as evidenced from the failures of Prabha & LTTE and Fonseka & JVP.

  152. Dear Friend

    Very well constructed story with many dots joined, as some readers have already said. I have no evidence to disprove your interpretation of events, so I cannot out rightly reject the government’s and your version of the story. However, I feel that you have joined only the dots of one part of the story, but not the whole story, because there would be at least another interpretation of the same events. It derives from a more holistic consideration of the regime’s project for building a politically singular autocratic society. My criticism of your story is based on this fact.

    The mere fact that your story is based only on the regime’s version of events led me to the conclusion that this story cannot be identified as a result of investigative journalism. I am not trying to blame you for the story but this is what has happened with the media in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. For example, this happened in Sri Lanka in 1983. This happened to most of the world media when the coalition of the willing led by the US regime invaded Iraq. Even the respected media networks such as the New York Times, the CNN and the BBC took the reports that deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction as absolute truth and almost the whole world believed what came out of the mass media and the regimes’ embedded journalists.

    In my 1983 experience, the then J R Jayewardene regime framed the JVP into a political ban in the pretext that the JVP attacked Tamils living in the south and destroyed and their properties. While in detention I challenged the authorities to bring an iota of evidence of any JVP involvement in the 1983 communal riots. More than sixty percent of those arrested on the ground were UNPers and the rest were SLFPers and SLMPers. That situation ultimately ended up in the 1988-89 violence killing at least 40,000 youth. To hold onto the overwhelming majority the UNP President J R Jayewardene had a referendum held to cancel the 1983 parliamentary elections, and allow the 1977 parliament to continue until 1989. The referendum took the form of a mini war as the regime used its full force to violently win the referendum.

    The regime was trying to protect itself from the legal boomerang it was going to be subject to, when the results of the 1983 referendum were challenged in the courts! One could see the parallels. Lest we forget, some of the politicians who did that dirty ‘constructive’ work are holding powerful positions within the current regime. Are there circumstances that drive the current regime along the same path? Is a conspiracy similar to 1983 in the offing on the part of the regime? How will it end up? At what cost to Sri Lankan lives? One needs to examine that part of the story as well.

    On every such occasion, the sequence of events is clear.1) lock up the opposite side and shut their voice down; 2) give whatever the spin as per the regime’s wish and propagate the spin story among the people; 3) Get all the media to publicise the story and then repeat it non-stop in the Gobellian manner; 4) If media do not comply, either buy over that media and/or the journalist or destroy that media and/or the reporter outright.

    In Sri Lanka, this has happened many a time. Before Lasantha Wickrematunga was assassinated, there was a barrage of articles written against him. Speakers wearing red shirts shamed even their red shirts by their utterance of filthy lies. Part of the population may have been gullible. Then came the assassination of Lasantha. The attitude of the Defence Secretary was clearly evident when he was interviewed regarding the assassination and confirmed the belief that the regime was behind his murder. Beside, a government minister publicly accepted the responsibility for his assassination. General (retd) Sarath Fonseka said in public that he knew who the killers were. As soon as he mentioned that he was going to expose who was behind this assassination and similar events, the regime went into frenzy.

    Besides, the so-called investigative media did not pursue any of the other versions with vigour and determination that they had shown in publicising the regime’s one sided versions of the stories. On most of these occasions, these investigative media had the opportunity to join dots better by finding the story of the other. Many people remained mute. Anyone who questioned the one sided interpretation was branded as part of the ‘axis of evil’. In 1983 this was the case. During the American regime’s war against Iraq, this was the case.

    Let us come to the present. On this occasion, all the leaders of the opposition political parties of the United National Front are still available in Sri Lanka. They have not fled the country. Why not ask them what their version of events before “joining dots”. I have respected your writings most of the time. Yet I am so disappointed that when writing this article you were not keen enough to join dots holistically, while opportunity was available. Why such a hurry to be one sided?

    This is not the first time that this regime has made unsubstantiated claims against the opposition. As I write there was an article based on an interview by Mrs Anoma Fonseka, responding to the allegations raised by Defence Secretary*. It is necessary to understand the limitations of Mrs Fonseka in presenting her views when compared to 40 year experienced manipulators. If the regime had enough evidence against General (retd) Fonseka, the judicial proceedings should have begun in an open court. One could see a coordinated effort by the regime and the military to limit freedom of General (retd) Fonseka so that the opposition’s parliamentary election campaign could be derailed.

    It is the responsibility of a serious journalist to critically examine the limitations of the stories that have been presented to them. They also have a responsibility to evade the spin provided by the other. Journalists need not make the same mistake when opportunities are available to them to join the dots and present a holistic story of events.

    See Anoma rebuts allegations

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear Lionel

    Thank you very much for your comment but you need not have expended your valuable time and energy in doing so.

    Please look at the heading of this article which I wrote for the “Daily Mirror” in Colombo and posted on my Blog. It says “WERE THE GENERAL AND JVP INVOLVED IN A COUP CONSPIRACY?” You cannot have missed the question mark

    Now for your benefit I will excerpt only the last few paragraphs of the article here –

    “However far-fetched the possibility may seem the Government is well within its rights to investigate the matter thoroughly and discover the truth.

    If there has really been a conspiracy involving Sarath Fonseka, serving army officers, ex – military personnel, deserters and sections of the JVP to stage a military coup and capture state power through gun barrels then those found guilty should certainly be meted out punitive justice.

    But the Government should go the extra mile in ensuring that due process is followed in probing the alleged conspiracy. Already the ways and means adopted in the investigation have caused serious doubts whether due process is being followed.

    More importantly if the Govt opines that the “conspiracy theory” is valid then it must charge all those allegedly involved in a civil court under the Penal code with open access to the media and public during trial proceedings.

    Otherwise it would smack of a vendetta trial by a Kangaroo court.

    The Govt must firmly adhere to the principles of natural justice. It must also remember that Justice should not only be done but also should appear to have been done.”

    If you have read and really understood the meaning of the headling and all these paragraphs you would not have written this comment.

    Moreover there are so many sentences and words in the article that you seem to have “missed” completely in writing this comment.

    I can point them out one by one for your benefit.Likewise I can also dissect your comment part by part and point out your “mistakes” (to use a mild description)

    But I wont simply because I dont want to waste my time and energy for an exercise in futility

    I do take umbrage at your describing this article as “one-sided”. I did not expect it from you

    Why did you not call me “One-sided” when I wrote in detail about the manner in which Sarath Fonseka was “arrested”? Was I not being “one’sided” then?

    Wnen I write about how the state behaved badly it is not “one-sided” nor is there criticism about it not being “holistic” but when I write about charges of conspiracy as ALLEGED by the state it becomes “one-sided”

    Also please dont try to “Advise” me or other journalists about your interpretation of “Journalism”. We are not academics writing ponderous theses on the subject. We write about issues and events as they occur bound by deadlines and space.

    I wrote about the arrest and I wrote about the alleged coup conspiracy. I may write further articles on related issues in the future.

    Read them as journalism and not as academic theses or political treatises.

    Personally, My advice to you is to spend your time and energy elsewhere instead of trying to preach to me about your concept of journalism.

    No need to take Rambuttan to Malwana or kotakilangu to Jaffna, No?

    PS: you had sent me this comment as a private e-mail. I respected that and wanted to reply but since you have chosen to air what you sent privately as a public comment, I have been spared the task of writing back to you

  153. I see Mahinda doing the same thing what LTTE did years back. When LTTE is suspicious of someone, it will take no chance, and use maximum possible to eliminate that person from the ring. Suspicion can start when that person is critial about LTTE as a whole, an LTTE act, or even a word mentioned at a meeting.
    It led many Tamils (including DBSJ) to get killed, tortured, character assassinated, flee the country, and becoming silent. It gradually led LTTE to be characterized as a terrorist organization (from freedom fighters) get banned all over the world and finally eliminated.

    I see the same pattern here.

  154. I wonder whether there is a link between the plane of ammunition originated from N.Korea (routed to an undisclosed countery but detained in Thailand ) and SF’s alleged plans of a coup???

    The timing of both was quite close.

    After all he had men but he needs arms as well !

  155. Lead by naive Mallwatte fellow, are protectors of our faith attempt to become the bodyguards of “Idi Amin”? Will monks seen crying on Sirasa TV; when SF taken to custody by military police, shape the future of democratically elected Govt?

  156. At present the whole country is divided,the outcome of the election contested and there is a serious deterioration in the law and order situation in Sri Lanka.We have to be patient and see what the court will decide and whether justice will be done.All peace loving citizens whatever the party they belong to would not approve the way SF was treated.You allways must treat your adversaries with respect.I somewhat blame MR and his govt.for this sorry state of affaires.After all when SF fell out with the Rajapakse’s all what MR could have done was to send him off on a Diplomatic posting to a western country where he would have lived happily with his family and the matter would have ended there.In this regard I wonder if MR is surrounded by wise thinking advisors.

  157. Now the Buddhist monks have joined the malee.

    Theological premises of Maha Sangha raise questions

    The Sri Lankan government should overlook the alleged crimes committed by General (retd) Sarath Fonseka, as the government has taken in its fold ‘criminals’ such as Karuna and Pillayan, who ‘massacred’ Bhikus at Aranthalawa, launched a bomb attack on Dalada Maligawa and killed Sinhalese civilians and military personnel. Hence the government should overlook the alleged offences committed by the Sri Lankan Genreal (retd) Sarath Fonseka, who almost lost his life to ‘safeguard the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka’ and supported the Srilankan government to kill 40000 Tamil civilians in 2009. So it surely can overlook the alleged offences committed by him as well, said a statement signed by the chief prelates of the four chapters of the Buddhist Maha Sangha. Tamil circles question whether the statment outlines the principles of ‘practical theology’ of the Maha Sangha in the island
    Doing two wrongs will becom one right.

  158. DBSJ,

    There is another conspiracy theory going in email circles, that a western super power was actively involved in inflicting the suspicion and mistrust between Fonseka and Rajapakse Bros. How do you estimate the possibility of such an involvement in these fears of Coup ‘ d’etat between SF and MR?

    If such a hand of international power was in action, they could’ve feed different scare stories to two parties through different channels, resulting them moving on paths of collision. They can inform MR through one channel that SF is playing foul, resulting the govt taking counter measures and, then leak information to the General; or vice-versa.

  159. Well, David, this is good writing. You write well, David

    JVP’s constant wanting to come to power is known in SL and that’s why tehy can’t even collect more than 200,000 votes. All these Bolshewik yacheikas were known from R. Wijeweera’s time.

    Anyway, no Army Commander can win any war today anywhere without the coordination of Air Force, Navy, Internal defense organizations, Intelligence organizations and the Police? So, who did actually coordinated all these forces and brought our country victory over the murderous LTTE? The man in charge of the coordination is the real person, who won the war. And he had never said a word about that yet!

  160. Wow how do you get all this information, about borth parties, even during elaam war about LTTE. thatz why I all ways visit your website for good infomation,keep it up Mr Jayaraj.

  161. #137 and #161, if you are typical representatives of the ‘sinhala modaya’ , even God can’t help Sri Lanka ! There should be some intelligent grey matter between the two ears for God to help.
    DBSJ – thanks for another insightful article into the paranoid Sri Lankan political pysche.

  162. Flaws in your analysis and my analysis of your piece:
    1. If you say that Fonseka was convinced of victory does not that negate the necessity for a coup?
    2. Similarly, if as YOU say he was getting ready to take action if the govt refuses to surrender power when he wins the election, does not that fact too militate against the possibility of a coup?
    3. Why is it that you don’t analyse the fact that Fonseka was in a location not conducive for a coup immediately post election?
    4. Would it not have been sensible for a war veteran and strategist to have sent his family abroad if he was planning a coup?
    5. The failure to analyse the above seriously undermines your piece. Given your usual astuteness and comprehensiveness this can hardly be termed an oversight. If so does this mean your independence has been compromised?
    6. Except for a few meetings with politicians (that too in a situation where there had been govt policy to permit the JVP/JHU to “motivate” the forces) you do not site specific evidence regarding any military offences during the time Fonseka was in service. If this is the case why is it that you don’t raise the most obvious issue of the legality of military arrest? (Please dont say it is sub judice!)
    7. I also suggest that you dont take Wikipedia as a serious guide for history. At the very least cross check with other sources. If you look at the history of the Revolutionary Military Committees they came to be established AFTER a period of cracking down against lawful protests. Very similar to what is taking place now.

    I doubt that you will post this – but I hope that it will be useful to you in your future endeavours.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Why did you think I wont post this?I have allowed more inane comments on this blog. Compared to those this is better as it has pretensions to greatness

    I am tired of responding to questions like this so my suggestion to you is to kindly read my response to Lionel Bopage on this blog and comprehend it “holistically”if possible

    By the way this article is not an analysis

    Failing which you can send these to either Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who says Fonseka was planning a coup or to mrs. Anoma Fonseka who is co-ordinating her husband’s legal defence

    I am sure they would respond to you in a far more detailed way than me

  163. The internaional observers and Commissioner of Elections gave top marks for the conduct of the election, and the groundless and feeble protests came from a sore looser. The winning margin was 18% or 1.8 million votes.

  164. Dear Sir,

    Well written article about the current political crisis in Sri Lanka. !

    Nimal Perera, Mind your language, Sir!
    Having read your comments I’m forced to come to the conclusion that you are a disgrace to health profession.

  165. 152 Don:

    I am not saying that the “Western” media is perfect, but the partisanship in the SL media is so blatant, there is no way that one can get some un-biased news to form one’s own opinion.

    In the news business there are two types. Straight news and commentary. In the “Western” media, usually these are separate and one can distinguish one from the other. In commentary you can be as bias as you want and the readers are aware that what you are getting is somebody’s view.

  166. DBS,

    As always, great piece of journalism. I have followed your articles from Cadjan fence! dating back to the Island days in 77/78?
    Sent you an email to the 2005 yahoo account, but was returned as undeliverable.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you. It’s good to hear from people who remember “Behind the Cadjan Curtain”Column. I wrote it for “Sunday Island” from 1982 – 1985

    My e-mail djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com is working. I wonder why the mail bounced?Perhaps you didn’t throw the ball properly into the scrum, scrum-half?

  167. There are many reasons for west to interfere across borders such as economical, political and social interests. Economical and political interests are interdependent and are the most common motives of all, while social interests are less interested unless they feel as an obligation or indirectly underpin economical and political interests.

    Those western envoys came because of the pressure of Tamil Diaspora, perhaps. So they felt bit of obligation to avoid a “blood bath”. A man’s got to do, what a man’s got to do. MR did what he got to do. Eliminated LTTE. Good job!

    General Fonseka can be seen in many perspectives. A patriot, traitor, nationalist, eelamist, extremist, gentleman, warrior, strategist, cammander, civilian; depending on the angel you look at him.

    He was a patriot/nationalist/extremist/warrior/stategist/ commander/when he said “Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhalese”

    He was a traitor/gentleman/ civilian/eelamist, when he said “I will testify for war crimes.

    What is our national interest? Hiding war crimes by blocking investigations or promoting invetigations to find if it actually happend and find methods how to avoid in the future and eliminate mistrust of Tamils of Sinahalese genocide Tamils?

    Since war crimes/abductions/killings are avoided, more and more crimes happen everyday. Perpetrators are encouraged to continue. If investigations are held and perpetraors are punished, then only you can reduce crimes in a society because of fear of consequences.

    But, I am not in favour of having war crimes investigations in Sri Lanka, because it was an exceptional circumstance fighting the most ruthless terrorism for more than a quarter-century. These terrorists should be killed with or without white flags. It was a tumor. When you remove a tumor, bit of good flesh might also be removed unintentionally.

    General Fonseka is a patriot. Period. We can trust him. The issue is a personal one, with GR/MR. He said he is convinced that no war crimes happend during war. He said he (or SL Army) is not prepared to protect criminals. Thats how a gentleman like commander should be. He encourages desciline of his Army. That doesnt mean he betrayed the nation or military.He didnt plot a coup either.

    We need to learn trusting people. Respect democracy, respect people’s freedom of expression. We dont need Taliban laws in Sri Lanka! We must be united and fight against our enemies. Not against our heroic commander! We dont allow war crimes invetigations in Sri Lanka! General Fonseka shouldnt testify for war crimes either! Release General Fonseka Now!

  168. Dear DBS,

    I could not mention a few points in my previous comment. Hope you are still entertaining feedback.

    Two key events that have gone unnoticed are :

    1. The announcement of fall of Kilinochchi
    2. Declaration of the death of Prabhakaran

    As we all know MR wanted to announce these two extremely important political events. But what happened was that SF stole both opportunities and he told the world about both first. This must have been one factor that MR and Camp thought that SF is working according to a well planned agenda.

    According to GR interview with Straits Times SF was the one who was against the early resettlement of IDPs and his plan was to cantonise North with camps. Also to increase the army up to 400,000 to be a Field Marshall would have sent shivers in Rajapaksa camp.

    As you very correctly put for right or wrong reasons MR and Camp have acted foolishly and now have given a new life to already dead opposition especially to the JVP. They now have extra and strong slogan “free Fonseka” for general election in addition to dictatorship, nepotism etc. As of now it appears that JVP is pushing hard to change the mind of the UNP not to contest under elephant symbol. If this happens the UNP will be hit so hard that it will not be able to recover for years.

    Never a dull moment in Sri Lanka.

  169. Re #120 -one can be a hero in one thing and an idiot in another. He can be an idiot in front of the press falsely accusing people of what they are not and get away with it because he is in power. He will end up in jail if he tries his antiques in his green card country. That is what it is.

  170. Hi,

    Thank you very much for your prompt reply, by the way I read your article & learnt a lots of facts about waht is happening in SL right now.Keep doing the good work….

    My next question is:

    If SF wants to plan a coup against the MR why didn’t he do it right after the war when he had the whole army with him?

    Citrine

    Maybe thats why he was sidelined as CDS.Please read the article will you?…………..DBSJ

  171. Thanks DBS, I thought SF was going to be a real leader of S/L, but now I am not sure. we need a true leader like Gandhi in S/L not power hungry corrupt polticians.

  172. Excellent Article. To all the nay sayers atleast now hope you understand why the Govt had to act. Hope Sarath Fonseka and his cohorts are jailed for a very long time..

  173. #79-Noor Nizam

    Your quote”James McGrath formerly worked for London ’s mayor Boris Johnson and is seen as being an astute and aggressive campaign strategist who played a major role in General (retired) Sarath Fonseka’s campaign”unquote.

    You yourself mention that he has been an astute and agressive campaign strategist. So what is wrong in bringing a guy with foreign expertise on a short term assignment. The private sector does it all the time. Are you telling that we should not have got down Tom Moody to coach the Sri lanka cricket team.

    As for his previous astuteness you mention,
    i have my douphts, unless as usual our people did not listen to him. I think some of the extroadinary promises made, and the lack of transparancy in the way the alliance with the TNA was formed was disastrous. Also i don’t think Fonseka campaigned hard enough in the rural areas where it mattered. And this mcgrath guy should have first told Fonseka to at least shut his mouth and think think carefully about each word he utters, now that he is a politician. His statements about Gota ordering the LTTE surenderees to be shot and also his threats about what he is going to do to his adversaries when he takes over. Also he should have been extra care ful about the womens vote, because a rough and tumble army character would not be their ideal dream of a knight in shining armour coming to save them.

    So all in all if indeed as you claim, he was the campaign manager, serves them right for getting a person who does not understand our culture. Reminds me of what happenned to greg chappell in India.

    Anyway i don’t see why you are making such a fuss about it. Aren’t we living in a globalised world. Every time you see a westerner if you start jumping up and down like a prawn then you might as well apply for membership with Alqueda.

    Your quote”Cordon Weiss is definitely unemployed and looking for a job” unquote.

    Don’t be a job snob and look down on people who are unemployed. They may have better principles than those who are employed, and don’t boast about your employment. You are the first one who has done that on this blog. Readers are not interested in your employment, only your views, otherwise this will become a blog for snobs only. Though you have gone to canada , you have not left behind your snob and status mentality back home where it belongs with all the other rubbish.

    Gordon weiss worked for the UN for 14 years and resigned on a matter of principle. The UN put out a report that 7000 civilians died. His contention is that the real figure is 10000-40000. If you are calling him a liar then state your reasons for it, without attacking him on a personal level and saying he is doing that to get a job. Probably you got your job like that with a hefty dose of ass licking and you judge others by your standards.
    For your information a director in the UN also resigned because of the vote rigging in Afghanistan that the UN encouraged and tried to cover up. In my opinion it should be that monkey Ban Ki Moon who should resign, not all these people, hence my statement those unemployed might have better principles than those employed.

    Your quote”As a PATRIOTIC Sri Lankan who has been in the forefront of defending the integrity and sovereignty of our motherland since I domiciled in Canada ” unquote

    Thats a good one.I may have to get some stiches after laughing so much. Do you think that this blog is full of country bumpkins who will swallow the crap you dish out. I love my country, but never will i go around trumpeting my patriotic credentials. Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels. Iam very suspicious of those who call themselves patriots, and doubly suspicious when they try to drill it into your brain with capital letters.

    Tell me honestly keeping your hand on the koran, whom do you support in your heart when our guys play a cricket match against Pakistan.

    What do you think of true patriots who have who have been in army service for 40 years and have fought the LTTE and been injured thrice, first 2 times with shrapnel still in their lungs and near the kidneys, and the third time nearly bombed to death, and being jailed without a charge sheet, by your dearly beloved Gota.

    Your quote”As a journalist myself, I am shamed that such creed of humans are engaged in the noble profession of Journalism and Mass Media”unquote

    That’s a good one. I don’t know how an inbecile like you ever got employed in a university. It must have been the mother of all licks.

    You know very well that in the last few years more than 15 of your fellow journalist have been killed, countless others tortured, beaten up and chased away out of the country. And you are not ashamed to bumsuck the very same people who did this, but go around saying you are ashamed of other journos.

    Journalists should be ashamed that there are guys like you in their profession.

    Why don’t you write articles, if you claim that you are a freelance journalist and start your own blog, without poking your nose into this. We will see how popular it will be. You will then realise that integrity is everything in journalism, and nobody is interested in sychopants like you.

  174. Are Tamil taken for a ride by TNA or Tamils in the North and East don’t have analytical minds?

    Sarath Fonseka was the only person in the Security Council who opposed the resettlement of IDPs and wanted to keep IDPs in camps for 3 years on the other hand Basil Rajapaksha was against the move of keeping IDPs in camps. I wonder why Tamils in North and East have supported Sarath Fonseka on the Presidential election.

  175. Hello DBS

    This article is very good, it opens lot of people eyes. But Lot of people understood what Sarath is doing that is why he lost convincingly. I want to add some thing to your analysis, Sarath was indeed planning some thing while he was CDS, but Sri Lanka millitary structure is different to Pakistan to Burma. Navy and Air Force work independently, STF (wth 15000 members) is a commando force again work independently, Civil defense force and police again under a separate command. Sarath knows this he can’t order a tank column to come from Saliyapura camp in Anuradhapura to Colombo without being intercepted by STF. In addition entire Gajaba regiment is behind Gotabaya all these Shavendra, Prasanna and Kamal are his men, who used to fight under Vijaya Wimalarathna and Gotabaya they are the biggest fighting force against LTTE not the Sinha Regiment, this is the fact. Sarath knows this and he knew only with his Sinha Regiment it is not easy to take Sri Lanka by force. His first attempt became half boiled thats why he later went with hybrid method political and militarily, this guy is very shrewed but one thing he forgot to analyse and take into consideration, During Sri Lankas entire history, always there is some one who give the tip to the King or the President during the planning stage. Same thing happened to Sarath also. He is damn lucky so far that he didnt get a shot to his head

  176. Dayan Jayathilaka in an article on Island gives credit to DBS Jayaraj column in the Daily Mirror of Saturday Feb 13th. He quotes that the practice of political cannibalism must stop in SL.

    Barack Obama, made the point that a democratic state must be seen as morally superior than its terrorist enemies when talking about the 9/11 detainees at Guantanamo Bay but GOSL seem superior terrorist than the terrorist themselves!!

    It is indeed a shame to see Prof GL Peiris, another esteemed product of STC being hooted out at Colombo Hulsdorf courts by the crowds while trying to defend the GOSL actions in arresting SF. He deserved it.
    Don George

  177. I’ve read with relief this balanced analysis of recent events, as I tried to make out what was panning out in CMB. Even more, I caught myself laughing out loud at your rejoinders. Glad you’ve not lost your sense of the ridiculous.

  178. Very detailed and deep analysis full of facts and logic. Yes, you have joined the dots to reflect all reasons for all what happened. Now I am somewhat relaxed for SL did not go to the hands of a military maniac and JVP extremists.

    Mr Jayaraj, I earnestly believe that SL journalists would try to learn from your, passion, style, and values.

    My compliments.

  179. 178. Lionel Bopage:- Alias Loku Athula. Nice to see you still got a finger on the pulse. But you have shifted from Canberra. I thought you may get back to SL to the movement? Or you have decided to become an academic? All the best.
    194. Ranjan:- Yes I do agree with you.
    Don George

  180. If he had ambitions of staging a military coup he would have done it soon after the death of Prabhakaran when he was hailed as a national hero.

    Being a shrewd military strategist would Sarath Fonseka planned a coup when he did not have his own bodyguards?

  181. Comment 176 Shanker.

    Your reference to Asian people as slant eyed is not only racist but disgusting and pathetic.

    Ilike to see an apology here soon. Otherewise it will not bode well for your community who have been firing with both barrels to convince the Westererns that poor Sinhalese are the racists.

  182. Dear DBS,

    Thank you for the timely article. This is the first time I’ve seen someone unaffiliated with the government back its claim that the General had used military deserters. I had earlier believed Fonseka when he argued that they were all legitimate retirees but it seems you have demolished that.

  183. #211-Shiela

    My comment was in the future srilankans could evove as a slant eyed race of people. Obviously it was a joke, but you have twisted and turned it upside down to make out it is a serious racist remark. It shows you don’t understand what is racism in the first place, or you pretend not understand it.

    First of all making a remark that is true and not hurtful cannot be considered racist. For example if i say that Africans are dark in colour that is not racist. Same way a description of the physical characteristics of the mongoloid race is not racist, because you are just describing them. What is wrong with having slanted eyelids, it is in fact quite eyecatching{ no pun intended}

    As for tamils calling sinhalese racist, you will have to ask them why ? As for me i always blame the sinhalese leaders for the ethnic problem, not the sinhalese people.

    Don’t worry your head about tamils being considered racist by mongoloid people because of my remark. If anyone is hypersensitive that is their problem, not ours. For example anyone is welcome to say that we tamils are generally darker in colour than the sinhalese.. After all black is beautiful they say. Have you seen a black stallion. If you say this and some tamil starts bursting a blood vessel, that is really his problem, he should see a shrink.

    Always remember there is something called commonsense and logic, girl. This is what keeps us on the middle path without going to extremism. Grow up girl.

  184. For Tamils, it is best that Fonseka remains out of power. Fonseka is the ultimate Sinhala racist barbarian. Who wants to build a Sinhala garrison in every Tamil town.

    If Fonseka and Rajapaksa were the same as previously assumed, then Fonseka may have been preferable for geo-political reasons. But now seeing how much he believes in forming a Sinhala military state, it is best that he remains out of power.

    With that said, it is nice to see these two barbarians fighting over who gets to be the Big guy. Hopefully the Sinhalese are smart enough to peacefully solve the problem of who gets to be King. They should just let Rajapaksa stay on as king, because his family surely won’t give up power without a fight. And things will get out of hand if people start to challenge Rajapaksa on Fonseka’s behalf.

    Rajapaksa needs to cut a deal with Fonseka to quell the situation. He can offer Fonseka his life and freedom and a clean slate. Maybe he should let Fonseka settle abroad if he promises to keep his mouth shut. In exchange he should get Fonseka to give a speech to his supporters conceding defeat and asking them to rally in support of Rajapaksa for the sake of society’s stability.

    Dragging Fonseka out of his office was a mistake. It mobilized his supporters against the state. Furthermore, keeping Fonseka under house arrest is really questionable. Because this provides Fonseka’s supporters with a flashpoint with which to demonstrate against the state. Any misuse of the state’s force against Fonseka is a really questionable strategy that can lead to dissension.

    It is best to cut a deal with the General and use him as a mouthpiece to calm down his supporters.

    This simple plan shouldn’t be too hard to execute for the masters of deception in the Rajapaksa clan.

    Just don’t use capital punishment because that is way to risky. And also scarily reminiscent of Mahattaya.

    Shankar, be more open-minded! and break a coconut for the start of the lunar new year.

    The Chinese will rule Asia so we will be doing more than just celebrating the lunar new year. We will also be learning how to speak mandarin.

    But I think it might be against the prevention of terrorism act to celebrate Chinese New Year. Got to wait for the Year of the Rabbit!

  185. and Sheila did anyone ever comment to you that your epidermis is showing?
    i apologise if this comment makes you sweat, until you refer the dictionary.

  186. This is amazing! You really are the best! What your article expresses very clearly is that there is big drama here with multiple interpretations of the action possible–and thereby very confusing to those who are caught on the sidelines.

    My own interpretation from the heaps of information that you have so brilliantly amassed is that Fonseka was not planning a coup but he was probably involved in something. If he had won the election (and his confidence frankly is very surprising), it is likely that the country would have been heavily militarised. I think that’s why he had all all those army folk around him, involved in his campaign. This was a man who was fed full of pride at his success on the battlefield and he was expecting full honours to be given to him for the rest of his life. His desire to secure the North and East with battalions can be explained as measures taken to protect the area for the future against any more militancy. He was merely serving the President in this. As his wife commented, he was loyal to MR but not to others. So he must have gotten a huge shock when, post-war, MR shook him off. As intensely as he had been loyal to MR, he now just as intensely became disloyal, filled with loathing at the treachery he felt had been visited upon him. Hence the decision to run for President. His connection with the JVP was facilitated by MR himself cos he connected them to the army. Once he made a decision to run for Prez, he would use that connection–or the JVP would use him.

    As I see it, Fonseka was challenging MR and using whatever he had near at hand–the army, the JVP. These actions can and will probably be used against him to sew up charges of planning a coup simply because they are open to lots of interpretations. That’s why a military court is required. In a court-martial, the interpretation can be restricted to that which MR and company find convenient.

    If Fonseka was indeed planning a coup, the last person his wife would have rung when he was in trouble was Mrs MR. She would have rallied the public by playing up his military contribution to the nation. Instead she called out to mothers and daughters. That was an emotional response that showed that she was not prepared for anything like accusations of a coup. Anyway, he would not have been planning a coup with his family in town.

  187. 178 Lionel Bopage

    Can you please explain to everyone out there how come as a person who wanted to bring socialism to Sri Lanka
    and as a person who criticised capitalism as the most evil thing on earth ran away to an ultra capitalist country.
    One would have thought that you ought to be running away to a place like Cuba, Russia or any other so called socialist country left in the world, but where did you end up and living happily ever after ?. People like you back yard socialists have done so much damage to Sri Lanka.
    In 1971 when the JVP wanted to fast track socialism in SL, what did they do.?. They went and destroyed the local successful businesses calling them as capitalists. These people have worked hard all their lives to build those businesses, and in one night everything was up in flames. These so called sociliasts preach jealousy and hatred towards successful rich people, but if they themselves can become rich, socialism goes out of the window. Some of the people I know were preaching anti capitalist jargon all their lives, but they keep trying to migrate to places like USA. UK. Canada,Australia etc.
    but not to places like Cuba, Russia or any other socialist country. What sort of hypocrits are they ?.

    Mr Bopage, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    Bye for now.

  188. Thanks and congratulations for producing another balanced article.
    you have written “…The Rajapakse camp suspected the Western nations of conspiring to install Fonseka in a position of authority.” it would be better if you could analyse this issue little more deeply. why i am saying this is, just after the end of the war, SF went to USA for a “visit”, AGAINST government advice. what was published in media was, he was questioned by homeland security and that is the end of the story. Now more details are coming out on that visit, which seems to be a coup backed by US. also, NONE of these reports could be clarified.
    however, if you could pull that case at lease in a future article, readers will be able to understand what went on and what will go on !!
    Thanks once again !!

  189. DBSJ

    Please comment on SLBC’s bashing on the Mahanayake Therars. I Beleive MR is NOT going to bow on them or respect the Mahanayake’s comments on release of SF

  190. cannot out rightly reject the government’s and your version of the story.

    Big difference between the two versions. DBS is not saying the government version is correct; he is pointing out the actions that could well have led a paranoid government to interpret things as it did.

    Thanks Stephen. You’ve summed it up well. It’s a pity Lionel& some others seem unable to grasp this……….DBSJ

  191. There is another conspiracy theory going in email circles, that a western super power was actively involved in inflicting the suspicion and mistrust between Fonseka and Rajapakse Bros

    Well it won’t be a superpower much longer if it wastes its time on irrelevant idiocies like this.

  192. For example if i say that Africans are dark in colour that is not racist.

    No but a bit bizarre considering that the average Sri Lankan is as dark or darker than the average African.

  193. So what is wrong in bringing a guy with foreign expertise on a short term assignment.

    It’s Ranil’s absurd fascination with the west and his overestimation of his international contacts that causes this type of rubbish.

    The only relevant British expertise for a Lankan election would be that obtained before the 1832 Reform Act.

  194. Ref. 203. by shanker…………Well said sir.This guy Noor Nizam usually writes utter nonsense for for Lanka Web.He calls himself a “social activist”!

  195. The fact that the General had threatened to reveal all he knew about war crimes the day prior to being arrested suggests another motive for arresting him.

  196. Check out the following:

    A good article that sincerely worries for the future of democracy in Sri-Lanka. One of the few articles that calls it like it is. Unfortunately, the author would probably never live in Sri-Lanka again, for there is probably a whitevan waiting for him with his name on it.

  197. Dear DBS,
    Please write something about the upcoming Mahanayakas’ convention in Kandy.We like to read your views.Thanks.

  198. A person plotting a coup is not going to do it so open and naive. SF had all the resources and power to overthrow MR when he was a General.
    Only in Sri Lanka, every coup comes to light before even plotting? Funny!

  199. good one dbsj !!

    where on earth do monkey’s like nimal perera aka asok-de-silva hibernate during day time ?!

    cheers,

  200. sorry mate DBS I find your writting style very irritating
    I was scrolling down to capture a glimpse of some journalistic coup…none

    just para after para of known stuff

    How nice of you to say sorry to me for getting irritated.Just skip reading me.You wont be missed…………DBSJ

  201. DBSJ, very well written but some of it seems extracted verbatim from other sources such as SF saying he could have done this with a few battalions.

    Having known some of the people in this imbroglio, I also feel the General was definitely going to indulge in a bloodbath if he won. His arrogance was well known. Please recall how he punished General Pannipitiya and how he deprived the honorable General Parami Kulatunge of his rightful security. This man only thinks he is God. I am sad at what happened. I used to admire him a lot. I listened to his threats during the campaign. I also came away with the feeling he was the first JVP candidate so to speak. Look at what General Pannipitiyas wife revealed about SF’s dirty conduct and vindictive nature. And we all know what happened to Parami was a direct result of the class envy and enmity towards a Trinitian gentleman.

    What is more pertubing is how the General removed all the files about his misconduct after he became the commander. We all know that he and GR were in cahoots and that even if SF was responsible for the death of Lasanth and the attack and brutal dehumanizing of Keith Noyahr were done by the General, they were ignored or allowed to happen by GR. Both seem to be pathological creatures of violence and rage. I feel both need psychiatric counselling or even warding in mental hospitals. There is no way in hell GR did not know of the attack on Lasantha or Keith. However it is true and seems so coincidental that only after they attacked SF and not MR or GR that they were taken care of.

    Read today’s revelations of cash deposits and you begin to wonder if SF just wanted others to be honest while he thought if “I could sacrifice so much and almost lose my life to terrorists, my family can make money and be entitled to kickbacks”. How else will you explain USD525,000 in cash boxes. What will the JVP say now?

    Who else other than SF can be the source for whatever was said by him?…………DBSJ

  202. This is what was part of the “Change we can believe in”? now that we have $525,000 in his son-in-law’s mother’s bank vault and she says it was SF’s money we begin to wonder about his view of the world. He probably is like a lot of others who had one set of rules for themselves and for others. In his case his entire conduct in the Army was based on such behaviour and double standards towards other officers he hated.

    DBSJ, on another note, Somawansa Amersinghe belonged to that band of murderous JVP b@#$#@!s who destroyed Sri Lanka twice. He never saw natural law or justice on him. Someone should get Somawansa and Lionel Bopage and other murderers who got away in 1989 to PAY for their sins. What do you think? Somawansa did not escape to his Bolshevik or Socialist utopias of N.Korea or Cuba did he? he ran off to capitalist France and was rehabilitated by CBK who used him in 1994 or perhaps 2000 for elections. That barbarian did not PAY for his crime and robbing gold and money from banks and innocent people. WHERE IS SOMEY’s assets? What are his qualifications to become a king maker? Degree? worked for a living? Someone should punish these murderous class envious JVPers.

  203. 216. Jano Satha | February 15th, 2010 at 4:33 am
    Ref. Comment 114.

    Any idea where is Iqbal Athas??
    —————————————————————————

    He has run out of the country. Wise decision. Better to be safe than sorry. It is a pity, because he was the best military commentator i have ever read. The other fellow was Taraki, who got killed. He was also very good. Now those journalists who are left will have to sing the praises of the regime to high heaven, just like the Mao era.

    I’am proud that some of our journas are the best in the world, just like other Srilankan professionals. I was wondering what would have been if we had politicians in the same class. We would have been the first and last country to enter the developed world from south asia.

  204. The government seems to be within the law to court matial Fonseka. 6 months are not over since he retired, and also the charges might come under the definition of mutiny. The problem with a court matial is i believe it will be a closed door proceedings. How will we know that it will be fair, especially with so many senior army officers seething with anger over his comments to court martial them after he becomes the president and his willingness to testify against war crimes allegations. This is going to be a farce. He is already tried and condemned.
    Here is an excerpt from an article

    “Senior attorney on Court Martial
    Sarath Malalasekera

    Senior Attorney-at-Law Uapli Senaratne commenting on General Sarath Fonseka’s arrest said the retired General was taken into custody by the Military Police in Terms of Section 57 of Army Act.

    Any person subject to Military Law commits an offence thereafter ceases to be a person subject to Military Law he still can be taken into and kept in military custody and tried and punished for an offence by a Court Martial.

    This is provided that he shall not be so tried after the lapse of six months from the date of the commission of such offence unless such offence is the offence of mutiny, desertion or fraudulent enlistment.

    Senaratne said that “MUTINY” is defined in Black’s Law Dictionary as uprising against authority. Court Martial is convened in Terms of part 9 of the Army Act and how it is held is set out in the Court Martial general and district regulations”.

  205. ITS SAD THAT WE HAVE TO BE DEVIDED ON MOST ISSUES THAT HAPPEN IN SRILANKA.
    AFTER SUCH A HORRIFIC WAR, THE REBUILDING HAS NOT EVEN STARTED
    MY THOUGHTS ARE :

    1) YOU CAN NOT WIN A WAR WITHOUT WAR CRIMES, IT’S LOGICAL, KILLING ANYTHING IS CRIMINAL

    2) ITS CRIMINAL TO SIT AT YOUR COMPUTER AND POINT THE FINGER AT THE ARMY COMMANDER FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE NATION. HE AND HIS MEN DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO THE LIBERATION OF THE NATION. JUST AT THE LTTE DID FOR THEIRS.

    3) SF’S BIGGEST MISTAKE IS HE DECIDED TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF SRILANKA, WHO WERE ASHAMED OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM, DISCARDED LIKE GARBAGE BY THE GOV. PEOPLE MADE HIM BELEIVE THAT HE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE

    HOWEVER I MUST SAY I NOW UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT SF AND HIS EMINIENT DOWNFALL WHEN HE SIDED WITH JVP AND UNP.
    THEY USED HIM!! TO GET THE COUNTRY TO FRACTURE ITS OPINION ON THE GOV. CONVENIENTLY BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION!!

    IT’S WORKED AND THE POOR MAN IS PAYING FOR HIS INEXPERIENCE IN POLITICS.
    IT’S A DAME SHAME, HE’S NO DOUBT A WAR HERO NOT A POLITICIAN!

    A MAJORITY OF US DIDNT SEE THE DIFFERENCE. WE WERE BLINDED BY THE LOVE WE HAD FOR HIM AS A WARRIOR AND THE INJUSTICE OF THE GOV ALIENATING HIM.

    HE DID HIS JOB AND HISTORY WILL REMEMBER HIM, WE SHOULD ALL BE GREATFUL TO HIM AND THOSE BOYS. PLS DONT DESICRATE THEIR MEMORY .
    UNITE !!

    I HOPE HE GETS OUT ALIVE.

  206. Comments 213 & 215.

    Slant Eyes and Slope heads are the two most common disparaging remarks that the racist Whites make against Asians. Now our friend Shanker has added another, which I am ashamed to mention.

    This bloke who seems to know everything from Evolution to Devolution pretends that is remark was not racist. Are you kidding??

    Worst of all, he comes out with abhorrent. platitudes to pull wool over the readers, to hide his ignorance.

  207. Comments 213 & 215.

    Slant Eyes and Slope heads are the two most common disparaging remarks that the racist Whites make against Asians. Now our friend Shanker has added another, which I am ashamed to mention.

    This bloke who seems to know everything from Evolution to Devolution pretends that is remark was not racist. Are you kidding??

    Worst of all, he comes out with abhorrent. platitudes to pull wool over over the eyes of the readers here , to hide his ignorance.

    Be a man.. Say sorry to millions of Asians who live along side the Srilankan diaspora in then West.,

    This is the only way you can restore your credibility among the many non Racist contributers to this Column.

  208. Slightly deviating….

    DBSJ, could you enlight us with some insight into the Diaspora LTTE infighting with regard to the Vattukotai Resolution elections and the Transitional Govt. elections…

    I hear that Rudrakumaran wants a TGTE parliament to be elected in time with the Srilankan new parliament …

    When would these people ask what the Tamils back home want…?

  209. quote “How nice of you to say sorry to me for getting irritated.Just skip reading me.You wont be missed”…………DBSJ

  210. One of the best articles by you in recent times. I feel sorry for those who dont seem to understand your writing and accuse you unnecessarily

  211. #239-Sheila

    Slant Eyes and Slope heads are the two most common disparaging remarks that the racist Whites make against Asians
    ———————————————————————-
    Mahatma Ghandhi did not use violence to gain independence. He used salt. He marched towards the salt production near the sea. Without salt India would grind to a halt. All the people who were clamouring for violence did not see something like this right before their eyes. but that was before Gota. gota would have shot Ghandhi and buried him inside the salt, and worry about the consequences later.

    Your statement itself has the answer right before your eyes, but you can’t see it. Youn say whites use this term slant eyed disparagingly. When i said future Srilankan generations might become slant eyed was i disparagingly using it or was i joking at the rate the Chinese are showing interest in our little land they will colonise us and we will become a mixed race with slant eyes.

    So you see the context in which you say something has to be taken into consideration without just focusing on the word itself.

    As for white people using this word disparagingly, that is probably their way of dinning it into others about their racial superiority. The fitting answer to that is for others to stop their childish squablings and get on quickly developing their countries, otherwise they will be always be looked down upon, and they have only themselves to blame for that.

    I am glad to see that the japanese, koreans, taiwanese, hongkongers and singaporeans have done that.

    The mongoloid people have this physical characteristic. I’am not a white man looking down upon them. The whites will say all kinds of things about others. That is their problem really if they are suffering from mental illness which is common, and are paranoid. Not our problem. We will live according to our culture and values.

    Don’t just have that cattle mentality of following others without thinking for yourself what is right and what is wrong. Use your god given brain for that instead of being brainwashed by the society that you admire most, in this case it seems to be white people.

    I give below some of the physical characteristics from a scientific journal

    “Physical characteristics typical of Mongoloids include oblique palpebral fissures that create almond-shaped eyes, also known as epicanthal folds. The presence of epicanthic folds is most prevalent in people of East Asian and Southeast Asian descent.

    The overwhelming majority also exhibit the Mongolian spot, which is a natural smooth brown or blue-gray birthmark usually on the lower back and buttocks area of infants and is visible up to about age four. This feature, however, is not unique to Mongoloids, and may be found among European and African populations although at a much reduced frequency”

    Sheila, since you are getting so hysterical over this would you mind telling your mum to turn you over and confirm to me that there is no mongolian spot.

    PS- I’am glad that we are slowly drawing you out. You were such a quiet bird.

  212. 218. marusira:- You have asked Loinal Bopage alias Loku Athula to explain how the champion socialist lives amidst capitalism. Probably you have spoken for many.

    242. Kevin Kumar: You have asked Rudrakumaran who wants to set up the TGTE parliament in exile, ever consulted Tamil’s back at home what they want. Again very relevant because many well to do in the west have forgotten their suffering countrymen.

  213. #239-Sheila

    Now our friend Shanker has added another, which I am ashamed to mention
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    Now what have i done. Which one are you meaning. I insult so many how do i know unless you tell me. Don’t worry , you needn’t be ashamed because you are merely quoting what i said. So you will only be basking in reflected glory.

    Hurry up and tell me so that i can get rid of this vodka bottle and once and for all arrange all my apologies, and get this over with. Otherwise you will be in my hair the whole of 2010. I know about women. When they want something , they want it. Apology is what you want, apology is what you get, but of course i have to know what i have to apologise for. If you make it into a big secret and don’t want to tell because you are ashamed etc, etc, then you can understand my predicament no.

  214. 242. Kevin Kumar | February 16th, 2010 at 1:21 am,

    Tamil people in Srilanka have already given their verdict in 1976. EELAM ONLY. That is the TRUTH. Eelam is not Ltte’s baby It is Tamil’s baby but Ltte tried to adopt it as one of its but failed. Now Tamils have taken over the baby and bring it up. TGTE may be this baby’s primary school. Let us see the baby to see weather it grows and enters uni and graduate.

  215. 242. Kevin Kumar | February 16th, 2010 at 1:21 am,

    Tamil people in Srilanka have already given their verdict in 1976, EELAM ONLY. That is the TRUTH. Eelam is not Ltte’s baby It is Tamil’s baby but Ltte tried to adopt it as one of its but failed. Now Tamils have taken over the baby and bring it up. TGTE may be this baby’s primary school. Let us see the baby to see weather it grows and enters uni and graduate.

  216. 228. lionel fernando |,
    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians – former UN official
    [Fri, 12 Feb 2010, 00:29 GMT]
    Sri Lanka’s military massacred as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers in 2009, according to a former United Nations official with detailed knowledge of events, press reports said. The former United Nations’ spokesperson in Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss, has resigned from the UN after 14 years and returned home to Australia, where he was interviewed by ABC News. “He’s now free to speak openly about the situation in Sri Lanka, for the first time and does so candidly and unflinchingly,” the media agency said. Buddhist monks in Srilanka did not utter any word. But blessed Srilankan President and the army General.

    Now Srilankan President & bros and Ex army General partners in crime fighting each other . See what Mahanayake are doing.
    Hypocrisy of Srilankan Buddhism
    Theological premises of Maha Sangha raise questions

    The Sri Lankan government should overlook the alleged crimes committed by General (retd) Sarath Fonseka, as the government has taken in its fold ‘criminals’ such as Karuna and Pillayan, who ‘massacred’ Bhikus at Aranthalawa, launched a bomb attack on Dalada Maligawa and killed Sinhalese civilians and military personnel. Hence the government should overlook the alleged offences committed by the Sri Lankan Genreal (retd) Sarath Fonseka, who almost lost his life to ‘safeguard the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka’ and supported the Srilankan government to kill 40000 Tamil civilians in 2009. So it surely can overlook the alleged offences committed by him, said a statement signed by the chief prelates of the four chapters of the Buddhist Maha Sangha. Tamil circles question whether the statment outlines the principles of ‘practical theology’ of the Maha Sangha in the island.

  217. Ref ( 199 )

    Hi,

    Thanks, & I have red your article once again, you seem to share more facts than others about the current situation in SL, but I just wonder why some people are reacting negetively to your article thinking that you take sides with the government, sorry for asking this.

    Waiting to see what you write next !

  218. The story goes that a man died and goes to hell for his crimes. He is being escorted by the Devil(a Christian notion but still sounds good even to an agnostic like me) to show the different pits he can go to.

    He is shown the pit for USA; There are guards all around the pit; there are mines and barbed wire. People are trying hard to get out and people are pushing their friends and loved ones up to the rim to get away from the fire.. Guards fire and throw bombs and bayonet them and shoot them to stop them from escaping. People pushing people up to escape, people putting ladders and pulling people up and passing them overhead to escape the fire.

    He says “oh no this pit is not for me” and goes to China’s pit. Again the same scenario.. He moves on to the Russian and Indian pits. Again it is the same story; people being pushed or pulled up even by total strangers helping people to escape. He goes to the Jewish hell, same story; so he shakes his head and Devil takes him to another pit……..

    That pit is very different; it is all quiet, blissful like the Ruwanweliseya on Full Moon poya day. No guards, no barbed wire, no land mines and definitely no one shooting at those trying to escape from the pit. So this man asks the Devil “wow that looks so peaceful I want to be there.” Devil smiles and says “are you sure”? “why dont you look in?”. So he does; true to form there is a burning fire raging below like all other pits. People are trying to escape, but every time someone tries to scale the walls or climb up the ladder to escape, there is a person below him/her pulling him back down and throwing them into the burning fire or holding people down and pulling them down;

    The Devil casually says ” oh that is the Sri Lankan Hell”.

    You don’t need enemies when we are our biggest enemy

    What do you think DBSJ? A good Sinhala pity is “uda balala kela gahanawa wagey”. Perhaps SL is suffering from the Curse of Kuveni?

  219. DBSJi,

    If you ask MR and GR they will tell all nasty things about
    SF. If you ask SF he will tell all nasty things about MR and GR.

    It is history. HIS (Victors) STORY.

    In this case it is the version of the MR and the GR.

    In my view both MR, GR and the SF are capable of anything.

    All the sinhalese politicians from 1948 onwards wanted to marginalize and deprive the Tamils. I view the trio only in that way.

    MR said that he would give the military solution to the LTTE and the political solution to the Tamil society.

    I am just waiting to see whether he actually meant it or not.

    He is wasting his time, energy and the mandate on taking political revenge.

    As you said he has proved he is an astute politician. He is yet to prove that he is a statesman.

  220. I found it funny Comrade Lionel Bopage, and Comrade Somawansa both of whom wage class envious warfare either via terror as they did in 1988-89, or 1971 or now via the political process would pretend to be saints, They both ran off to the hated capitalist world and made money and lived comfortably. I dare they go live in Cuba or N.Korea. Afterall Lionel’s and Somey’s hero Rohana Wijeweera admired the Korean Dictator(now slowly the personality cult in Sri Lanka also is more like that of Kim Jong Il rather than a mature democracy like our neighbour India)

    Yes JR was wrong to blame the JVP for the cold blooded ethnic attacks in 1983. Tamils are bigger fools to believe it too. Everyone who lived in SL saw how BMC double cabs were used with JSS workers going around singing songs and getting drunk and going into the Anderson Flats etc. MOST if not all were UNP JSS thugs. There have never been such large scale attacks on innocent tamils under Mrs B or CBK. They had a sense of decency. Even when JHU fascist thugs attacked some of the evangelical churches CBK ordered police guards. Tamils are fools to keep voting for the UNP.

    Now Lionel and Somey, will you bare your assets? Will you tell the Sri LAnkan people where all the Gold and cash the JVP robbed is stored and how you get your money to throw eloborate expensive parades with fancy red banners and uniforms every year? Your JVP is a pathetic group of class envious crooks who TWICE helped Sri Lanka go over the abyss just like the Tamil Tigers. Over to you comrade.. Why did you run off to the west?

  221. I found it funny Comrade Lionel Bopage, and Comrade Somawansa both of whom wage class envious warfare either via terror as they did in 1988-89, or 1971 or now via the political process would pretend to be saints, They both ran off to the hated capitalist world and made money and lived comfortably. I dare they go live in Cuba or N.Korea. Afterall Lionel’s and Somey’s hero Rohana Wijeweera admired the Korean Dictator(now slowly the personality cult in Sri Lanka also is more like that of Kim Jong Il rather than a mature democracy like our neighbour India)

    Yes JR was wrong to blame the JVP for the cold blooded ethnic attacks in 1983. Tamils are bigger fools to believe it too. Everyone who lived in SL saw how BMC double cabs were used with JSS workers going around singing songs and getting drunk and going into the Anderson Flats etc. MOST if not all were UNP JSS thugs. There have never been such large scale attacks on innocent tamils under Mrs B or CBK. They had a sense of decency. Even when JHU fascist thugs attacked some of the evangelical churches CBK ordered police guards. Tamils are fools to keep voting for the UNP.

    Now Lionel and Somey, will you bare your assets? Will you tell the Sri LAnkan people where all the Gold and cash the JVP robbed is stored and how you get your money to throw elaborate expensive parades with fancy red banners and uniforms every year? Your JVP is a pathetic group of class envious crooks who TWICE helped Sri Lanka go over the abyss just like the Tamil Tigers. Over to you comrade.. Why did you run off to the west?

  222. DBSJ,

    Why blame only the sinhalese politicians for all the nasty things that happened to the Tamils since 1948. the role of the Buddhist monks is also very substantial.

    a monk is supposed to subdue his senses and to think good for all the living beings in the world.

    In one photo a monk was seen talking in an animated style with one army officer, in favor of SF.

    Was he really a monk or some rowdy element put on the garb of a saffron cloth and was trying to command a soldier, I do not know.

    Again some Buddhist vihara it seems was the place for storing the weapons that were needed for a coup (an article like that appeared in the news papers).

    Is that true. If it is indeed true then it is highly condemnable.

    How did the abbot allow this to happen.

    Then the blood is also in the hands of the clergy.

    They also have to be tried.

  223. This time you have confused the readers by your detailed description of what is supposed to be a defensive mobilization of some retired military personnel and civilians as an attempted coup d’etat.

    It was a forgone conclusion that MR and his brothers will not allow a defeat in the Presidential election for their own safety. Therefore, as an ex-army man SF had prepared a defensive preparation to counter any attempt by MR brothers to cease power after the defeat.

    It is absurd to assume that he moved into the hotel with his family and the leaders of opposition parties to stage a coup. They were actually preparing counter measures in case of a coup by MR brothers and for their own safety.

    Even though you have not offered any conclusion at the end this article is definitely misleading.

    I think you are confused and trying to mislead the readers also. Relax,re-read and reflect…………DBSJ

  224. Does any body see the similarity between Prabaharan/ Karuna conflict and the Rajapaksha/.Fonseka conflict.
    Is the country either way, Whatever the outcome maybe, moving towards dictatorial rule

  225. I wonder if any of these people came out/come out to say anything when tears were/are being shed by mothers in the North-East?

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0aeob5K7nS4iJ?q=fonseka

    Why does any JVPer talk about democracy?

    Did Foncy practice it war? Finally he has proven that TM Chief if no joker after all.

    Did JVP ever talk about that?

    The only reason they weren’t called ‘terrorist’ is because they belong to the majority.

  226. You have already accepted that the conspiracy theory is imaginary when you wrote “However far-fetched the possibility may seem the Government is well within its rights to investigate the matter thoroughly and discover the truth.” Do you mean this Government has any moral right to investigate any dissent by the opposition that is systematically hunted down by the military? How many monks, media personnel and opposition activist were arrested under the PTA, kept during the election and released without filing any charges against them?

    Can few hundred retired officers, army deserters and civilians stage a coup against a Government with well oiled Military establishment?

    MR Government is now confused as what to do with SF in custody. As the Attorney General has apparently advised MR Government that the charges will not stick in a civil court he was arrested by the Military police. The arrest itself refutes the theory that this conspiracy was hatched during the election campaign.

    It is hilarious that the current witch hunt by MR Government is based on this “authentic conspiracy theory”

    You seem to have no idea of what I have written or implied.If you had you wouldn’t have written this i think.the heading of the article by itself sheds enough light about the article. But?……..DBSJ

  227. DBSJ

    What could be the reason behind Cancelation of the Monks summit. BBC used a good word – postponed. I think there is a panic among the buddhists , when all these monks statred backing SF. The support for SF among JVP is lifting my eye brows.

  228. 70. Rana”s comment puts it in a nurshell.

    Many had been wondering how and where SF got his ‘political’ moves and motives from. SS(ilva) would have been their first choice with a similar view on India, NE merger and the minority issues but UNP would not have endorsed him. The minorty parties like SLMP,TNA,Mano all had been taken for a ride,
    There were some unconfirmed reports about a neighbouring country providing sattelite images of SF’ vehicle entering known JVP places while he was still the General.

    One could say that its a third(failed) attempt by the JVP to gain power, one with Rohana inside, next with Rohana outside and now with Rohana underneath.

  229. DBSJ

    You state in your article that justice should also appear to be done.

    How can a court martial under the circumtances satisfy this criteria?

    In response to comment 81 you rightly point out that if there was a coup conspiracy this should be proven in a court.
    That should satisfy the people. Having a court martial obviously does not satisfy your criteria of a court judgement, i believe.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please read the paragraphs at the end of the article.They are reproduced below –

    If there has really been a conspiracy involving Sarath Fonseka, serving army officers, ex-military personnel, deserters and sections of the JVP to stage a military coup and capture state power through gun barrels then those found guilty should certainly be meted out punitive justice.

    But the Government should go the extra mile in ensuring that due process is followed in probing the alleged conspiracy. Already the ways and means adopted in the investigation have caused serious doubts whether due process is being followed.

    More importantly if the Govt opines that the “conspiracy theory” is valid then it must charge all those allegedly involved in a civil court under the Penal code with open access to the media and public during trial proceedings.

    Otherwise it would smack of a vendetta trial by a Kangaroo court.

    The Govt must firmly adhere to the principles of natural justice. It must also remember that Justice should not only be done but also should appear to have been done.

  230. Thanks DBSJ. Bullseye.

    This was a timely article what with the allegations and even counter allegations that the government was planning a coup in case Fonseka wins.

    I think you hit the nail on the head with one of your responses that Gota and Fonseka are like peas in a pod, and since they know each other so well, they seem to be paranoid about each other.

    Another commentator said both are mad, and i agree with him.

    One madman was killed, but since the other two are still there i think the country is going to run around the mulberry bush for some time holding hands and singing gathering nuts.

  231. Sorry DBSJ, I think what you said was since they knew each other so well they knew what the other was capable of. The word paranoid i mentioned gives the impression of illusions. However i still believe that these two are mentally ill, though it may have not have grown to fullblown madness, they are on the way there.

  232. Comments 245 & 247

    “Don’t just have that cattle mentality of following others without thinking for yourself what is right and what is wrong. Use your god given brain for that instead of being brain washed by the society that you admire most, in this case it seems to be white people.”

    I think this is an apt piece of advice from Shanker to himself and his diaspora mates who are begging for Whites to intervene in our little paradise to deliver them Eelam.

    This is another platitude to cover up his ignorance about his racist attitude to Asians. Also some of his new comments demonstrate, his chauvinistic and patronising attitude to women.

    Perhaps he his happy if his woman grind the “Ulundu,” make his dosai and roll over, to use his ownn words.

    Srilanka which gave the world ,the first woman prime minister and also a president has never produced an eminent woman politician of Tamil origin.

    I wonder whether this has something to do with the attitude of people like this bloke towards women.

  233. So according to the news, the meeting of the Buddhist clergy has apparently been “postponed”. This is interesting. Either, the government has shown the Mahanayakas some solid evidence to justify the government action of arresting SF or more likely, the government has read the riot act to the Mahanayakas very gently and told them to step back.

    Mahanayaka’s initial reaction itself was very puzzling. Here is the Buddhist leadership that did not blink an eye or uttered a single word in 71 and 89 when Singhala Buddhist youth were brutally murdered by both then UNP government and the JVP. Here is the same leadership that was silent when Mrs. Bandaranayake lost her civil right on trumped up charges. Here is the same leadership that was quiet about 300,000 Tamil civilians languishing in camps and had no concern about the murdered and disappeared journalists. All of a sudden they have woken up and realized that General Fonseka has been arrested and that they have to convene a meeting of Buddhist clergy to discuss this imminent threat to the Sri Lankan democracy?

    Or is is that certain politicians who were successful in enlisting the good general into their cause thought that now enlisting the Mahanayaka’s might work for them? One wonders.

  234. The Sydney Morning Herald has the following article on Friday the 11th an excerpt of which i give below. If there was no fraud why was this done to the Elections Commissioner. He who dares wins.

    “Into the bargain, there are now credible reports that the election commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake, and his wife were kept captive at the presidential compound on election day and the day after while counting was conducted and a result announced. Dissanayake now appears to have withdrawn the resignation he announced after this detention, again as a result of what appears to have been a threatening meeting at Rajapaksa’s office.”

  235. Pity we missed out being the next Burma. Pity the Tamil Nationalist who could not have the pleasure of cantonments of Sinhalese military settlement in their home lands. Pity Sarath for not being able to weld the dumb representatives together so that they can heap more harm on their constituents.

  236. The Mahanayakas of Mawatta and Asgirya, being the guardians of Buddhism, have to follow in the foot steps of the leader Lord Buddha who forgave even his enemies.

    If Fonseka is convicted by the courts and sentenced to serve time in jail the Mahanayakas have the right to plead for clemency.

    Intervening on behalf of Fonseka at this stage is an absolute no no.. Fonseka is an enemy of the nation, and in turn and enemy of Srilanka, home to 22 Million inhabitants who are mainly Buddhists.

    Fonseka openly declared his intention to take steps to divide the unity of the Nation after winning the separatist war at the cost of many thousands of lives.He threatened the Presidents family .and the Military Officers who fought to safe guard the country from fragmentation.

    After listening to both sides of the contesting parties,a clear majority, overwhelmingly decided that Rajapaksa is the one promising” believable change” against the “believable destruction” pedaled by the Fonseka led opposition.

    Fonseka was arrested for his misdeeds and secret plans to overthrow a demcratically elected government. These are serious charges and the court system must decide whether he is guilty or otherwise.

    The two Mahanayakas in the meantime should continue their work of safe guarding the religion.Any attempt to play politics and take the side of a person accused of grave crimes against the state and its President ,will be an act beyond their duties and responsibilities.

    In fact the clear majority who voted for the president who are mainly rural poor Sinhala Buddihsts, may tke offence at this unwarranted interference and lose their respect to these Mahanaykas who are traditionally associated with the wealthy ruling elite of the country, mainly the United National Party supporters.

  237. #239-Sheila

    Be a man.. Say sorry to millions of Asians who live along side the Srilankan diaspora in then West

    #266-Sheila

    Also some of his new comments demonstrate, his chauvinistic and patronising attitude to women.

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    What a contradiction. In your first comment you say i should apologise to be a man, so if i don’t apologise i’am a woman. Therefore you yourself are stating that men are on a higher level and than woman, and if they want to maintain that status they should apologise for any racist remarks, but women need not.

    After degrading your own gender like this you start lambasting me as a male chauvinistic pig. If women start using this weapon for the most trivial of reasons, it will backfire on them like the boy who used to call wolf, wolf….

    You should apologise to me and all other women in this world for denigrating us like this, and putting into jeapordy our hard fought gains for which we worked so hard decade after decade. Obviously your Srilankan mum due to your culture would have thought she had laid a golden egg when she had a son, and you would have been treated like the tamils as a second class citizen in your own house.

    Whatever gave you the idea that i was a man just because my surname is shankar, shows what a pea brain you have. You would have read how i fought like a tigress when that male chauvinist Thenuwara said that men are better as leaders than women. Now i know why you were silent at that time. You firmly believe in the superiority of man over women, because of the way your parents fawned over your brothers at your expense.

    Anyway your whole comment was a tirade on a personal level against me instead of debating the points raised therefore I presume from that that i have won the argument. Probably this is the standard of the Visaka College debating team i suppose. You should have been in St. Bridgets with me then you would have learnt to debate better..

    As for the Diaspora asking the whites to intervene which you mention, take your mind back to 1983 and ask yourself the question, who sent them there in droves, in the first place. Do you expect them to twiddle their thumbs and just wait there playing cards.. it is not that they admire the whites as you point out, it is just that they have been chased off and these were the countries that took them in. The Srilankan governments racist policies are the reason for the formation of such a large
    tamil diaspora which has become a pain in the neck for them. What goes round comes around.

  238. It’s scary reading the comments how little people know about the incident or understand what is really happening. It just can’t be me is it? People asking really basic questions like “but the coupe did not happen, so how come he is arrested” or “why didn’t he do it while he was still the army commander?” etc. etc. It just shows that people just pick up a few stories or opinions that others blurt out at gatherings and repeat like parrots on these columns, that do not make sense at all. No wonder Sri Lankans are so gullible as to fall for every politician’s promises since 1948. It’s the same that’s happening now, as people just blindly follow like the mice following the piped piper. It’s absurd that people think that all the opposition that is yelling “Free the General” are doing it to help him. IF you notice the most of the sound comes from JVP fellows who are looking to hang on to anything that’s floating when their ship is sinking. UNP has already thrown these miserable donkeys out of their ship and decided to go with their own symbol, so JVP is hoping this time they can hold on to a Fonseka, this time the “sari pota” of the missus.

    But getting back to the 2 questions at hand… simple answer is.. If the coupe had happened DBSJ and all of us would be discussing a different issue, not this current one. You would be then questioning as to how stupid the MR camp was to not foresee this from happening.

    Next, what makes some of you that he didn’t try the coupe while he was the army chief? As DBSJ and others have repeatedly reported, there were enough manouvers by him to get his core people on key positions in order to attempt that. Hence the MR group’s decision to remove his from that position and give a “ceremonious” one with no power. Again they have anticipated what was coming, and dealt with it.

    All this proves one thing.. that GR seems to be a few steps ahead of our decorated war hero… makes you wonder who really made those moves in the war, and explain why SF is so mad at his “lower ranking” army buddy who happened to be his “civilian superior”.

    Finally I also saw people saying that this is all cooked up to frame SF (yeah right, MR probably paid Ms. Thilakaratne to put $ 500,000 in her safety deposit and say it was not hers, but Mrs. Fonseka’s) and also say that this was done as political revenge in order to win the election… Are you serious??? Any idiot can see that arresting SF was a political suicide, which is not going to go well with the international community etc. How does this help the MR camp? It gives an out or ammunition to the opposition who had no platform to run on. So why do it, REALLY? If it’s no advantage to them why risk…? Has anyone cared to think that there must be another reason, that’s more important than getting a 2 thirds at the parliament, or their individual political advantage? May be it is to safeguard the country, it’s hard fought freedom and to stop outside interference… Is it that hard to think from another perspective, or at least have your own opinion, rather that just picking up what others say… Isn’t it time you made up your own mind based on your intelligence…?

  239. and sheila, as for your contention that tamils don’t have any women leaders while the sinhalese have the first woman primeminister and her daughter as the president, do you know that only 10 women parliamentarians are there out of 240. This shows how chauvinistic the sinhalese are, though we constitute 54 percent of the population. Just having these two to show the world a different picture to what is really happening is the typical duplicity and cunningness for which the sinhalese politicians have become world famous for.

    As for tamils not having any female leaders, how to when we were under a tyrant for 30 years. Anyway he allowed a lot of females to fight for him, though i don’t think that is a great honour, by itself.

    In fact am toying with the idea of entering politics and becoming the first srilankan tamil woman leader, but this wreched thosai, iddli and chappatti takes a lot of my time. You know know aney how our type of food is so time consuming, i wish i could just like you appe thekak theela ivarakeranda polsambola ekak ekka.

  240. #267-ranjan from toronto

    Either, the government has shown the Mahanayakas some solid evidence to justify the government action of arresting SF or more likely, the government has read the riot act to the Mahanayakas very gently and told them to step back
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    It is the latter, because the mahanayaka’s had cited security reasons.

    You are right that they seem to have all of a sudden woken up. The reason they give is that a war hero should not be treated like this. Maybe the government crossed the line this time. I suppose the monks keep a track of the pulse of the people too. The earlier incidents you mention, i suppose did not create that much of an outrage among the people. They would have said Sirimavo deserved it, The wanni people deserve it for supporting LTTE and the JVP deserve it in 71and 89 because they embarked on a violent path.

  241. 266 Shiela

    Well said Madam. Not only the women were grinding Ulundu and making DosaI, they were sent as suicide bombers to kill and get killed. Adel Balasingham should have done a good deed by fighting for the rights of the Tamil women in the Tamil community, but she opted to send them as suicide bombers and women cadres in the fron line. Surely Adel must have seen the situaion of the Tamil women, but turned a blind and didn’t want to know about their plight.

    Re. the slant eyed comment, just go to Singapore or Malaysia and live there for a while and you will soon find out how they treat us round eyed black people.

    Aren’t we all racist in some form or another ?.

  242. #266-Sheila

    Srilanka which gave the world ,the first woman prime minister
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    indeed i wish Srilanka had given that cow you call a woman, to the world instead of to itself. That way the world and not us would have gone on reverse gear, and even if we had stood still we would have been ahead of the world.

    Ps: how is namal. I heard he is contesting from Badulla. Good on him. 23 years, but a courageous lad. Hail the next president of Srilanka.
    I hope he doesn’t create sibling rivalry like our ancient kings. Gota probably is the rightful heir to the throne am i right. Wonder whether he will give way to namal.

  243. You would have read how i fought like a tigress when that male chauvinist Thenuwara said that men are better as leaders than women

    In practice it’s often true because of selection bias.

    Women in Asia have often only become leaders by accident, the assassination of the husbands in the cases of Sirimavo and Chandrika, for example.

  244. Hi,

    Thy are expediting SF’s case like anthing but not KP’s, but why? After all Kp has been custody for a longer time than SF.

  245. Shankar & Sheila

    We know shankar is a woman from St.Bridgets and
    Sheila is a man from St.Benedicts.

    Please make up and hug yourseleves for the sake of
    world peace.

  246. 279. puma:- Shankar & Sheila. Please make up & hug yourselves
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    Excellent idea. Make love NOT war. Life is short. Enjoy when you are able & willing!

  247. The Shankar Versus Sheila diatribe was just as interesting as the article. The first round goes to Shankar who was debating and responding to the points in a logical manner. Shankar’s witty scacasm had me in stitches.

    Sheila, Baby… The communal references to thosai wern’t cool.. those were personal backhanded racial insults.

  248. DBSJ I thought this was a good read:

    By voting for Sarath Fonseka I along with 4.17 million people have not betrayed the country

     by Anura Gunasekara

        DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thanks for this but We have already posted this article on http://www.transcurrents.com. This particular heading was given by me for the article.

    A lot of relevant articles are posted on http://www.transcurrents.com

    I kindly request readers to visit that site often

  249. “Sheila, Baby…”

    Comment 281 This is typical of Shanker and his cheer squad.

    This guy should call himself” Palmurah Todd”

  250. “Srilanka had given that cow you call a woman, to the world instead of to itself.” — Comment 276

    Two women to become the Prime Minister and the President in a a democratic country is no easy task in any part of the world.

    Fair minded descent people, who value the rights of women will acknowledge these as magnificient achievements.

    Even the Western countries thatt some of our brethren emulate and idolize , hailed these as land marks in women.s rights.

  251. Ps: how is namal Comment 276

    Namal is a good colt from an excellent Sire, with a magnificent track record.. The stable has a few more equally talented thoroughbreds.

    In punter’s parlances you won’t get a better progeny than this .So stick with it.

  252. Comment 271 Shanker,

    I am sorry darling. I didn’t realize you are a babe too.

    Please don’t bag Visakians simply because they are SinhalaBuddhist chicks.

    I know a few chicks who went to St Bridgets.I remember good old times at the annual fete.

    Cheers

  253. Re: comment 282.
    DBS, thanks for directing us to transcurrents.com.

    I read the Elections Petition filed by the General’s lawyers and tried to post the following comment at transcurrents.com. But could not get through. Probably there is too much traffic now.
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    In terms of the Presidential Elections Act, the matters stated are sufficient to establish the breach of several provisions. The least one would expect to happen is a re-count of the votes. A re-count would be justifiable only if the ballot papers had not been switched, which only the Elections Commissioner would know.

    If this site can similarly publish the Affidavit of the Elections Commissioner filed as part of his Objections, it will indeed reveal a lot. If he denies all or most of these offenses, in spite of evidence attached to the Petition, it will reveal to what lengths a ruling party can go to undermine the election process and thereby deny the voters the right to choose the candidate of their choice. This will be a significant test to ascertain whether ‘Democracy still exists’ in Sri Lanka.”

  254. Recently I watched a DVD clip depicting a beautiful Tamil girl traveling to presumably Jaffna on the Yal Devi and flirting innocently, with an equally handsome Sinhala youth from the South.

    Approaching Jaffna?? the girl changes her Western attire in to a saree and a thali.It was a beautifully done clip with an equally beautiful song, capturing the whole mood extremely well.It was dejavu all over.

    This is what we need for Srilanka to be. Forget about the grey army who are flloding these columns with unrealistic and absurd comments and expectations.

    Why don’t all,nationalities get together and make it a happy place the young people like the two on that train and their off springs.

  255. 286 Shiela

    Shiela you seem to be very busy writing to this blog.
    Haven’t you got a boyfriend ?. Or a husband ?.
    Whoever you are your writing is pretty good. Please let us know about yourself. I am sure Shankar would like to know.

  256. Dear DBSJ, Your article enlighten every Sri lankan to think twice before accusing the government for arresting Sarath Fonseka . Rajapaksa government took the appropriate decision to keep his mouth shut at least till march where the UN next meeting to be held at Geneva. I do not think Gota want to put him behind bars forever.
    Every thing happened according to the JVP plan for Fonseka, except the election result.. The readiness of Somawansa Amarasingha was shone as to be the next prime minister when he dressed in full suit in the meeting with the business community.This may have alarmed Ranil and the party which the things are going in a different way than they predicted and subsequently alarmed the government about the unusual things happen in the latter part of the scenario.
    That’s why Ranil met MR in exchanging good will after the coup attempt.

  257. In regards to comment # 288 by Shiela. What a beautiful thing to say ! Humanity vs racism, love conquors all.. the usual Cliché.

    Shiela, you should silence all your critics in this forum , and marry a Tamil man !!

  258. #283-Shiela

    This is typical of Shanker
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    Now what am i doing there? better update my apology list.
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    #284-Shiela
    Two women to become the Prime Minister and the President in a a democratic country is no easy task in any part of the world.
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    I agree with Shiela at last on one point. Don will be happy that i have started making love not war.

    Especially when the husbands are killed and pave the way for their careers. Read #277 Stephen Jones.

    So women of the world, please take note, the Srilankan way of innovation to become leaders. First let the husbands do all the hard yards. Then wait for them to get bumped off. If they are not getting bumbed off tell them so and so in Srilanka has insulted you and if you are a real man you would go to Srilanka and defend your wife’s honour.

    #286-Shiela

    Please don’t bag Visakians simply because they are SinhalaBuddhist chicks
    I know a few chicks who went to St Bridgets.I remember good old times at the annual fete
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    Like the SinhalaBhuddhist country of Srilanka. Thank god some of my classmates in St. Bridgets were SinhalaBhuddhists, unlike Visakha Vidyalaya which you say is excusively for SinhalaBhuddhists like that little former paradise called Ceylon. Otherwise i would not have had any SinhalaBhuddhist friends in my childhood, and would not have learnt such things as ahimsa etc

    If you were at our fete , you will remember how those awful boys from Royal college always trying to jump over the wall. Chee aney sometimes i meet these rowdies now. They are with tie and all like saints.

  259. Now maybe i can wait on the sidelines and enjoy the Shiela Johny walker -blue diatribe. Will give Johny some advice in sinhala so that shiela won’t understand

    Johny, Shielata bayawenda epa. Shiela poddak biela thiyennne mey Palmurah Todd. Bonnenatthi welawanan hari honda kella.

  260. The answer to your question “Were the General and JVP involved in coup conspiracy”:

    (February 18, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A group of security staff for the retired General Sarath Fonseka, who was the common candidate in the last presidential election,were released by a magistrate yesterday (17th February) as there was no evidence against them to hold them in detention any further. They were arrested on the 27th of January while the election results were being counted. A large military contingent of soldiers was sent to guard the hotel where the opposition political leaders were gathered to follow the election results.

    The government mounted a highly publicized campaign with photographs of soldiers surrounding the hotel and broadcasted the news that the government had come to know of a conspiracy hatched by Sarath Fonseka, together with a continent of army deserters and others, with the view to assassinate the president and his family.

    This story was aired repeatedly by television, radio and the print media. The group of Fonseka supporters were arrested were treated as part of this alleged assassination plot. This story was further reinforced by official government spokesmen that included ministers, members of parliament, and other officials from the government through the media. Many interviews were conducted from among the viewers, asking for their reactions over such a plot. Often, the interviewees were carefully selected from among the government supporters. Their statements, often couched in very provocative language, were repeatedly publicized. An overwhelming impression was created that there was in fact a plot to assassinate the president and his family. The government media did not give publicity to the statement by Sarath Fonseka and others who denied and dismissed these allegations.

    Nopes,I dont think the answer is so simple as you suggest. Keep trying………………DBSJ

  261. 266. Shiela
    Srilanka which gave the world ,the first woman prime minister and also a president has never produced an eminent woman politician of Tamil origin.

    It is a sad truth that the tamils had not produced a emminent tamil political leader. Shankar would be proud to konw that Ms Coomaraswamy a fellow Bridgetian and Ms Navaneethampillai from South Africa are in the UN. Speaking of Visaka, Tamils & Hindus would be proud to know that most of the land for its playground(as well as part of Duplication Rd) was donated by Kathiresan Temple . What a mark of racial harmony.

    But the fact remains that there were no Tamil women(considered a politically correct word in the west compared to Ladies) leaders in Sri Lanka; even the widow of Amirthalingam was not allowed to enter the arena. Sarojini, the widow of Yogeswaran , met with the same fate of her husband. The present stooges like Pathmini, Pathmini(Sivakeetha) & Thanges have not proved or even tried their leadership skills and would not be given another chance.
    When there was a shortage of boys LTTE started recruiting girls as young as ten or tweleve years but did not really empower them. Most of their cadres who died during the last phase were women (who were unable to cross the straight and escape) and even the majority of their 12000 odd cadres in captivity are women(including their ‘women political’ head Thamilini).
    Either they(we) subdue or riot, no middle ground.

  262. Comment 295 Puma touches a raw nerve when it comes to the status of Tamil women in Srilanka ,specially in the political arena.

    The myriad of anti Srilankan protests around the Western World, during the last stages of the Praba War, constituted mainly women,ranging from young to old.

    LTTE used women in large numbers but few were given any political positions Nearly all suicide bombers were women.These all point to a lack of recognition of women;s potential as leaders rather than just workers.

    Srilanka today lacks even young male Tamil leaders, let alone women, to lead their people to the 21st Century.

    The Tamil population ise forced to follow a bunch of geriatric leaders who who swing from one side to a another to preserve their privileged positions.

    Most of the younger and capable people are living in Western societies and planning and organizing International Eelams which will have no material impact or bearing on the Tamils living in Srilanka, May be they are hoping that the Western World leadersl one day, will create a separate country similar to Israel.

    The Tamils in Srilanka should think for themselves and select young capable representatives instead of following the existing flock who have kept them in the dark for three decades.

    The upcoming Parliamentary elections will be a golden opportunity to make a fresh start.If the same geriatric leadership ,some of whom should have been sent pasture a long time ago will not be a match for the young Turks who are emerging from all parts of the Southern states.

  263. Ranil and only Rani is totally and absolutely responsible for the current predicament of Fomseka.

    As I, and few others mentioned in these columns . Ranil’s only interest in the Fonseka campaign was to get the UNP supporters as well as the other anti Rajapaksa groups off his back and protect his leadership, that would have been taken away if he got the certain thrashing at the hands of Rajapaksa.

    The last minute scheme to latch Sanpathan was the extra insurance policy to ensure Fonseka did not have any chance.

    I can understand Fonseka, being the naive novice he is not reading between the lines. The supposed to be street smart battlers like the JVP to fall in to Ranil’s trap is mind boggling.

    I hope the genuine Fonseka supporters get some sense this time and teach Ranil a lesson at the up coming elections. That is the least gratitude they can show their hero who is facing a very tough time ahead.

  264. 288. Shiela:- If you have lived in Colombo with Tamils and Sinhalese, you will find love between Tamil, Sinhalese, burger and some times Muslims are rife. I have many many friends married across the racial border and are very happy. At one strange case, I had to tell the Tamil boys mum that the Sinhalese girl her son (my friend) was marrying belonged to Govigama cast, equivalent to Vellala as the Jaffna Tamil’s wouldn’t permit any less!!
    If the two races have the opportunity to associate, there would be more marriages than quarrels and in 20yrs there will be no Tamil/ Sinhalese differential. Even in the past, don’t forget, Dr Brian Senewiratna, Luxshman Kadiragama, Neelan Thiruchelvam all married across the race barrier.
    That is why I am totally opposed to north and east becoming Tamil homeland. This will separate the races which will keep the separation going.

  265. #295-Puma

    Shankar would be proud to konw that Ms Coomaraswamy a fellow Bridgetian and Ms Navaneethampillai from South Africa are in the UN.
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    Puma, Radhika Coomaraswamy was a Ladies College girl, not a Brigdegeteen, though i wish she was. When we go to Ladies college for debates we saw pictures of Ms Coomaraswamy getting awards and prizes, and we were all one day wanting to emulate her, finally what happenned. We are landed most of the time in the kitchen making these wretched thosai and curries. What is the use of all these education aney, even a donkey can do this work. Try telling that to these greedy pigs who only think of their food. Will they even spend one day doing these cooking,washing and cleaning chores. Only jabbering about this Eelam, and who should be the PrimeMinister of Eelam, who is the most suitable to be the Finance minister of Eelam. When I put up my hand they are like DB Wijetunge, deaf and blind.

  266. Kalu #297,

    Please do not blame RW for the predicament of SF.
    RW lent his support to SF by going against his party’s wish to sacrifice its symbol, for SF’s ambition to challenge MR because SF is the only viable candidate who has the mental strength and courage to challenge MR against the military might of MR and his brother Gotabaya.

    In spite of SF’s defensive plans to safeguard his democratic rights he failed miserably on the election day and during the counting of the ballots against the formidable and coveted operations by both Basil & Gotabaya.

    Subsequently SF was arrested on false charges and the democratic forces in Sri Lanka have limited powers to do anything against the military might of MR.

    Now RW has no other option than falling in line with his party decision to contest the Parliamentary election under the party symbol and hope if he wins the majority seats he may be able to free SF by some powers vested through Parliament though MR will block any action of the Parliament.

    This is not the time to blame each other but to mobilize the masses to safeguard democracy from a fascist ruler. This is probably the last democratic chance that the people of Sri lanka have got to save the country from going into anarchy.

    If you do not like RW or UNP do not vote for them but try and elect as many members from DNA and deny the victory for the UPFA.

  267. #298- Don

    That is why I am totally opposed to north and east becoming Tamil homeland. This will separate the races which will keep the separation going.
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    The races are seperated in colombo since childhood.Schools are segregated according to the 2 races. There should be no Sinhalese medium, or Tamil medium, only English medium, and all the children must be mixed up. The path we embarked on since independence on various issues including this only highlighted the differences whereas we should have played those down and cultivated a Srilankan identity. Because much water has flowed under the bridge now, i am wondering whether it is too late, but certainly it can be given a try, but our stupid politicians i doubht will ever ditch their differentiating policies.

    Just imagine in immigrant countries if there are Indian schools, pakistani schools, anglosaxon schools, chinese schools, arab school etc etc. Will there be a united country after that. To unite the people first you have to start with the children. Psychologists say that your experiences in the first ten years of your life shape up your personality later on. Hitler had a horrible childhood, being beaten up by his drunken stepfather with a belt, though he loved his mother very much. So he was a mixed personality. On one side he could show a lot of affection and loyalty to those he loved and on the otherside he could show a lot of hate towards people even to the point where he would exterminate them.

    The formative years of children are crucial for the nation. When these children with warped minds become political leaders it is a disaster.

  268. 301. shankar:- The races are separated in Colombo since childhood. Schools are segregated according to the 2 races.
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    Although I agree with most of you have said, but not above. Although above is the norm, many schools like St Thomas’ Ladies, Bridgett’s etc had children from all races mixed up. Even Royal College. This is very good although they may still have different mediums. I was brought up at St Thomas’s and when I left, never ever felt that there was a difference in races!! We played rugby together and chased girls together and many of those STC Tamils I now find have married across the race barrier. But when I went to Uni, I found boys from ananda, nalanda and girls from Visaka and some outstation schools which were predominantly Sinhala Buddhist, always thought on racial lines. Then again kids from negambo and catholic area’s probably due to their religion never thought on racial lines although they had these mediums. Bottom line is even though we can have mediums, if the schools accommodate children of mixed racial back grounds, it’s the best solution. However, if we have north and east together as traditional Tamil home lands, then this is a division on racial lines and then we will not be able to stop schools in this area’s quite justifiably catering for Tamil kids thus increasing the racial divide, just like the predominantly Sinhala Buddhist schools.
    I always felt if prabakaren had sinhala friends, history would have been different. Balasingham who was more exposed to races, tryed to sway VP’s decesions but failed.

  269. 299 shankar
    Thanks. I knew only her sister who moved along with lot of Brigdegeteen, so thought they started their Primary there. She too is an eminent personality, having held executive positions at John Keels, Insurance Corp etc.

    301 shanker & 302 Don
    I have a cousin brother who studied at Ananda and heard Ministrs like TBI studied at Heartley. This was possible because of English medium instructions at school level.
    it is true that the first ten years in life impacts more and goes a long way and the best place is the school with multi ethnic teachers.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    It was not TB Ilangaratne but KB Ratnayake who studied at Hartley College,Pt.Pedro. Maithripala Senanayake studied at St.Johns College,Jaffna.Former Judge&MP Jaya Pathirana studied at Jaffna College,Vaddukkoddai

  270. Comment 301

    “There should be no Sinhalese medium, or Tamil medium, only English medium”

    How can the kids in Pudithikurruppu or Thanawalwila and thousands of other remote and poor rural villages learn in English medium?

    Remember the pre 70s where a few English educated Elite had total control over the poor Sinhala and Tamil majority.

    Doctors , Lawyers , Academics . Miiitary leaders and even the National cricket team were all from the few Elite colleges in Colombo and Jaffna.

    Remember the times when peasants used to sit in the court cages and hear the learned Lawyers arguing their fate in a language which was totally alien to them.

    I don’t think any politician would want to re visit that era, although the Colombo elite wiould love to have these privileges restored.

    I am afraid you have to live with Srilankan children learning in their own mother tongues, which is the best way to develop their talents and potential. Certainly English must be taught in every school as the resources in people and materials become available.

    Also English can be used as an extra subject at AL, where a percentage of the marks in this subject is added the overall total for entry to UNI.This will encourage the students to take up English seriously.

  271. DBSJ RESPONDS 303. puma
    Maithripala Senanayake studied at St.Johns College,Jaffna
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    Reminds me around 1972 I was in Jaffna with a Tamil family when their relative in Kilinochchi was transferred on punishment to Kandy. They asked for my help as I was well connected, to get the transfer cancelled but I was reluctant. In a few hours the gentleman of the house got a brain wave. He rang up Maithripala Senanayaka who had studied in Jaffna with him. Maithripala was the Deputy leader under Sirimavo B Govt and lo and behold, transfer was cancelled. Today I just wonder whether any ordinary Tamil has the clout to ring up a Sinhala Minister & get such results. It shows how much power the Tamils have lost since then.

  272. 300. Acumen
    Ranil is a pathetic serial loser. There is a nice Singhala term for what he tried to do – use a cat to get hot jack seeds from the stove. Only thing that went wrong was the cat was clueless. His plan of getting SF to become the president and then get him to abolish the presidency for Ranil to become the executive prime minister was a joke.

    UNP under Ranil has a “snowball’s chance in hell” to win any meaningful number of seats in the coming local elections. The only way forward for the UNP is to kick that loser out of its leadership and re-develop and re-organize under a new dynamic leadership.

    With the current state of the opposition, it is almost a given that MR and SLFP will win a huge number of seats in the new parliament. However, it is not a given that they will be very successful in running the country as the economic problems facing them is daunting – GSP+ issue and the rest of world economic issues will bite the country hard in the next few years. So it is imperative that the UNP is capable of providing an effective meaningful opposition during the next 6 years and then be fully organized and ready with a new leadership to fight future elections.

  273. #304 Shiela:

    How can the kids in Pudithikurruppu or Thanawalwila and thousands of other remote and poor rural villages learn in English medium?
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    One time they did!

    My late father was born and raised in a small village down south – not a word of English was heard in his village. He attended the village school in his early years and finished his education at Dharmasoka collage in Ambalangoda and when he entered then University of Ceylon, he was fluent in English. So were many people like him who came from small village schools. These are the people who in the 50’s and 60’s entered the government service and ran those institutions very well. Then came that idiot Banda in 56 and destroyed everything and laid the foundation for the next 30 years.

    So it can be done, much easier than in the 50’s, given the advances in technology and communication – how ever the country must have a vision.

    One of the saddest statements that I have heard on this subject was made by one of my friends when we were at the E-faculty at Katubedde in the 70’s. He was from a rural area and had difficulty in conducting the engineering studies in English, as he had gone through the school years without getting much exposure to English. One day he had walked into the British Council Library, which was then located in front of Temple Trees in Kollupitiya junction. He said that when he saw the huge collection of Books there tears came to his eyes. He said “Here was a vast amount knowledge and information, right in front of my hands, yet I could not use them as I knew very little English”.

    I am not advocating that we give up on Singhala and Tamil. However, we have to realize that Singhala is spoken only be about 18 million people in a world of 6 billion people. We have to realize that we live in a global village where the business, commerce, and technology are all conducted in English. In the future, they may be conducted in Hindi or Chinese, but definitely not in Singhala or in Tamil.

    So to say that we can not teach our children living in remote areas English is making sure that they will forever be the outsiders in this English dominated world. To me that is making sure that the country will be dominated by the Colombo (and may be Jaffna) elites in the future.

    We once handed over this country to a set of politicians who said that we have to educate our children in their mother languages while their kids (how ever idiots they were) were educated in Oxford and Cambridge and supposedly in Sorbonne. So their kids became our rulers, while we, not knowing how to talk to each other across the racial lines as we did not have a common language, tried to kill each other. Lets not make that mistake again. Once was enough!!!

  274. Teaching children in a foreign tongue is a recipe for ignorance as Sheila says. There is no alternative to having two mediums for education in racially mixed areas. As don has said the fact there are sinhala and tamil mediums in Negombo area doesn’t mean there is significant racism — indeed the Tamil-Sinhala split is about the only thing in Negombo people don’t fight over.

    Remember the times when peasants used to sit in the court cages and hear the learned Lawyers arguing their fate in a language which was totally alien to them.

    You mean like this morning. English is still the language of the judiciary. As the police only speak Sinhala it’s one of the reasons for the abysmally low conviction rate.

  275. Comment from Ranjan . Please read again the excerpt you have used from my comment.

    Teaching English as a language and teaching in English are two different things. If the kids are not profficient in the language , how can they learn Science, Arts and Humanities in English ?

    Of course English must be taught in all schools from Pudithikurruppu to Thanmalwila and beyond. And I have emphasized that fact in my comment.Then we can start introducing English medium studies gradually, starting with Science first, as it does not require much writing skills.

  276. 308. Ranjan from Toronto :- Ranjan, i think you are my old pal. you were in the third batch at katubedda and lived in Dehiwala and studied at St Peter’s?

  277. Hi Don,
    I entered Katubedde in 75, lived down Templers Rd in Mount Lavinia. I studied at Thurstan. I was in the first batch that entered the University under the standardization scheme.

    In which years were you at Katubedde? And where are you posting from now?

  278. #302-Don

    Although above is the norm, many schools like St Thomas’ Ladies, Bridgett’s etc had children from all races mixed up.
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    Don, what i meant by segregation is that though all the ethnic groups are in the same building , they are not in the same class. The only school i remember was St. Thomas prep at kollupitiya.

    Having the kids in the same building is quite different from having them in the same classroom. The young minds will always wonder why are those children seperated from us. They must be different. The seeds are being planted in tender minds, but of course i agree with you that it is definitely better than Ananda or Visakha or hindu collegewhere you never see even a child from another ethnic group.

    I agree with you that those who take part in the extra curricular activities like yourself would make friends and that goes a long way to getting rid of a blemished mind full of prejudices, but at the same time we have to remember that there are those who don’t take part in these activities.

    That is why i believe in mixing them up in the classrooms itself. At a tender age when you play around with each other as most kids do, it will be difficult later on to brainwash them with stereotypes of sinhalese or tamils and create hate, because happy memories will come flooding back and they will know these are all bullshit.

  279. #304-Shiela

    How can the kids in Pudithikurruppu or Thanawalwila and thousands of other remote and poor rural villages learn in English medium?

    Remember the pre 70s where a few English educated Elite had total control over the poor Sinhala and Tamil majority.
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    Well, those kids who left from villaged like that you mention to western countries are doing quite fine. There is no difference between Colombo parents kids and these kids, in fact some of them do even better. Their English is so good you will not dream that their parents are poor in English. It is always a case of giving the opportunities in life. A kid that does not get the opportunity is like being thrown into a pool with your hands tied up and asked to swim and compete with a someone whose hands are free.

    When something is difficult don’t say it cannot be done. Even a thousand mile journey starts with a single step.

    Just like Ranjan from Toronto’s father shankar from St. Bridgets father was from a village, and his parents were very poor and could not speak even two words of English. Because of the English medium my father was able to educate himself and come up in life .

    Most of us except maybe the aristocracy can trace our ancestry to village peasants. So how did we end up like this using the internet, which most of our countrymen will not be able to use, because they don’t know English. It is because one of our ancestors used the opportunities given to break away from the rest of the peasants, and as a result their descendents like us are now the privileded class and call ourselves the elite, but we are elite in name only, because all of us are descendents of peasants. Should we not give the opportunity for some more peasants and their children to join us.

    Your contention that the English educated elite had total control of the majority is because the British did not take much interest in educating the masses. They maybe felt that that could become a threat and anyway it was of no use for them to have the large majority of the people educated because they were only interested in using them for labour intensive work. If after we gained independence we made an effort to educate the whole population in English then your majority which you say is in the clutches of the elite would have become a minority, and now their kids would be easily gaining knowledege through the internet. When the master in class starts bluffing as usual, they will say ” how come you talk such bullshit, we saw on the internet that a bombay duck does not have 2 legs”.

  280. Shanker’s comment posting 314.

    I am delighted to hear that you have become an “Elite” from a peasant back ground and that is progress.

    Introduction of English only studies at secondary level will turbo charge the progress of the elite and the non elite will take a few generations to catch up.

    If you look at the entry figures to Medical studies, Engineering and ,Law prior to 1965 you will see how the elite and the others who had access to elite schools progressed in these important fields.

    If you read my comment, you will realize the suggestions I made will help the majority of children acquire a reasonable level of English by the time they reach AL.They will have a descent level of proficiency in reading and writing which will help them in further studies or employment in the private sector.As for the speaking skills, it will take a long time for them to achieve parity with the elite like you.

  281. 312. Ranjan from Toronto :- Thanks for your response. But you are not the person I thought although my friend had the same views that you seem to have. If you care to drop a line to dongeorge@live.com we can talk further.

    313. shankar :- The problem I have with you initial suggestion to abolish mediums is that it is a very onerous task. Although we may have brilliant idea’s, if they are not workable within the current frame work, it becomes useless. That is why I say, have the mediums but have all communities in the school like St Thomas’, St Peters, Royal etc because this is achievable

  282. #315-Shiela

    I am delighted to hear that you have become an “Elite” from a peasant back ground and that is progress

    If you read my comment, you will realize the suggestions I made will help the majority of children acquire a reasonable level of English by the time they reach AL

    As for the speaking skills, it will take a long time for them to achieve parity with the elite like you
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    You seem to be highly tittilated by the fact that i referred to myself as a member of the elite. We were talking about the English language and i give below the definition of a linguistic elite
    “Some elite groups speak a language that is not shared by the commonality: in Tsarist Russia and in Vietnam, the elite spoke French, in the Philippines the elite spoke, and in many cases still speak, Spanish”

    I hope you are satisfied now , before you run around in circles with amusement.

    You want other children to achieve a reasonable level of English while you and your children achieve a high level. That way you can always maintain the gap and they won’t become a threat to you no.
    And what about everything they learn in tamils and Sinhalese. How are they to learn it again in English. For example if they want to further their careers in science by reading English books and internet, they have to learn all the technical terms all over again. What a waste of time and effort.
    I shudder to think what would have happenned to my father if there were people like you pulling the strings at that time.
    As for you ridiculing my peasant heritage iam very proud of it. It is difficult to climb a hill but easy if you are already on top to come down. Those tough genes have been passed down and now we can face any adversity in any part of the world and never give up until we achieve our objectives.

  283. Shiela

    I forgot to mention that with regard to the speaking skills you mention, my dad for example was second to none in this regard, though his parents as i earlier mentioned could not speak two words of English. Don’t underestimate others and overestmate yourself, and try to find excuses to keep others down, so that you can exploit them one day as cheap labour to do your menial work, while you get fat and slovenly and enjoy your tea parties.

  284. So how did we end up like this using the internet, which most of our countrymen will not be able to use, because they don’t know English

    What about all the Sinhala and Tamil sites.

    Not enough information on them? That’s because of the curse of English. Because you have enough of the elite capable of speaking English, then stuff doesn’t get translated, and of course the government has never shown the least interest in making stuff available in the vernacular.

    I remember some years back looking for a book on computing in Sinhala to give to a friend. There was a grand total of one title in Sinhala in the whole of Colombo.

    I have to keep repeating this. Countries whose education system is in English: Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India.

    Countries whose education system is in swabasha: Japan. France, Germany, Russia.

    I’ll let you decide which is the more successful.

  285. #319-Stephen jones

    have to keep repeating this. Countries whose education system is in English: Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India.
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    er, which world are you living. Maybe in the pre 1950’s when you thankfully got your education in English and denied others after that. Don’t repeat nonsense.

    How about me repeating this. Countries whose education system is in English: England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, canada, US.

    Srilanka must at least thank the pre 1950’s for enabling such a large number of Srilankans to be domiciled abroad in these countries.

    As for japan they came up due to sheer hard work. If Srilankans try to match them they will be in the cardiac unit. We have to adopt different stategies, think smart and think different if we are match them. One natural advantage we had over them was English which we threw away.

    As for Russia they are the world’s largest country with immense resources, though they have only 7 times our population. Again if we are to beat them we have to think different and be different.

    I can go on and on like this, but what is the use with our stubborn Srilankans. Once they make up their minds it is very difficult to change it. Maybe it is a culture where you think it is a humiliation and loss of face to backtrack. As for me i believe in doing a complete u turn if i have to instead of going in the wrong direction, because of my pride.

  286. Comment 320,

    I am surprised a woman who cut her teeth in the debating at the elite schools in Colombo does not know the difference between teaching students in their mother tongue and teaching them in a secondary language.

  287. #321-Shiela

    You always do what is best for the student, if you have their welfare at heart. Why don’t you tell the Srilankans abroad to come back so that their children can be educated in their mother tongue. Can you tell me whether your children are being educated in their mother tongue. From the way you write i know you are oldish aunty happily living in a foreign country and taking mother of all saps for a ride about mother tongues.First practice what you preach and go back to Srilanka and start using that mother tongue of yours.

  288. Comment 322 – Shanker has raised a very valid point. All Western Nations use only their mother tongue to teach their children and conduct their affairs..Foreigners who come to their shores have no option but embrace their conditions.That is why a lot of Srilankans are doing menial jobs although they are well qualified .

    Srilankan children who are now in large numbers in countries like Germany, France and ,Italy do not have a level playing field in education as they have to learn the national language (mother tongue) of these countries.

    Education in English medium will place nearly ninety percent of our children in a worse predicament as there are no facilities what so ever to equip them with the skills required for an English medium education.

    No politician from the current or future crops in Srilanka will ever give a free kick to the Colombo elite by introducing compulsory English medium education.

  289. #323-Shiela

    Even if Srilankans initially do menial jobs in English speaking countries they later do higher level jobs once they have got the local experience. There children of course surpass them one day because they get the education and opportunities that their parents never had. Many Srilankans make this decision to migrate merely for their childrens education and future, though their might be other reasons too.
    As for Italy, germany and france that you mention i don’t think they are in large numbers like in the English speaking countries. Even if they do meniel jobs there those jobs give the minimum wages necessary for a comfortable living. Their children are not going to be handicapped by being educated in German or French because these are highly developed economies and the opportunities are there to develop their maximum potential. The opportunities have become even more due to the EU.

    I have no problems with Srilanka education in mother tongue after it becomes a developed nation in let us say say 500 years. I am only trying to use short cuts here so that kids can benefit one day due to the advantage of an international language.

    As for compulsory English education that you mention, we have to go softly softly here, lest we enrage the hamuduruwo, who are the advisors to the king and have done a superb job so far after independence.

    Already we have international schools who are charging exorbitant fees for poor quality English education, that only the new rich can afford. The old rich of course have sent their kids out of the country long ago. For private schools let them decide what is best for them. For public schools the best thing is to let the parents decide what is best for their children. When they put in their applications they can put their first preference and second preferences and based on the final applications selected the school can decide which language to teach in.

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