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How Gotabhaya ‘helped’ Col. Karuna go to UK on a diplomatic passport under a false name

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by Ranjith Jayasundera

Hello Friends,

There is a raging controversy on about the abduction and release of Frontline Socialist Party leaders Kumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Attygalle.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Col. Karuna

Much of the spotlight is on Gunaratnam alias Noel Mudalige and his alleged offences of travelling under a false passport and overstaying his visa. The Australian Govt is also being blamed in this.

The focus on Gunaratnam alias Mudalige and his alleged misdemeanors deflect attention away from two crucial factors.

Firstly even if Gunaratnam’s offences regarding identity,passport ,visa etc are true it does not justify his being abducted by armed men in a white van and being tortured and interrogated.

Secondly the undue emphasis on Gunaratnam’s alleged wrong doings is overshadowing the major act of state terrorism in this episode which is the aduction of Dimuthu Attygalle. She was a political activist based in Colombo who functioned openly.

If excuses are made for Gunaratnam’s abduction on the grounds that he was an Australian national overstaying his visa obtained under a different name, what excuse can the state make for Dimuthu’s abduction? She was not a foreign national with a different name overstaying in Sri Lanka . So why was she taken away in a white van?

It is perhaps to obscure the seriousness of Dimuthu Attygalle’s abduction that much is being made of Gunaratnam’s alleged offences. A convenient smoke screen is being created.

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is seething with righteous indignation at Kumar Gunaratnam’s “offence” in obtaining a visa under a different name. I am unaware at the moment of the exact details of what had happened here but news reports indicate that the name change was legal.

But what amuses me is the fretting and fuming by the Defence secretary about people obtaining passports under false names. While pointing the finger at others Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa must realize that similar accusations were made against him four years ago.

I am referring to the Defence secretary’s alleged role in helping former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) eastern regional commander Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan alias Colonel Karuna go to Britain under a false name on a genuine diplomatic passport.

The excreta collided with the oscillator after Karuna was arrested ,detained and convicted in a British court.

The details of this matter were related vividly in an incisive article in “The Sunday Leader” of February 3rd 2008 by Ranjith Jayasundara. It appeared under the heading “The Karuna case unplugged”. Lasantha Wickrematunge was the Editor then.

I posted the article then in full with due acknowledgement on my website “transcurrents” under the heading”How “ Col ” Karuna exposed Colonel Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in Britain ”

I am now reproducing the same “Sunday Leader” article by Ranjith Jayasundera under a new heading on my blog.

Here it is Friends-DBS Jeyaraj

How Gotabhaya ‘helped’ Col. Karuna go to UK on a diplomatic passport under a false name

by Ranjith Jayasundera

The sentencing of Karuna Amman in a British Court last Friday has burst open a legal and diplomatic Pandora’s Box for the Sri Lankan government. Given the rate at which evidence is piling up from all quarters to prove that the government spearheaded the smuggling of Karuna into the United Kingdom , it will soon be impossible to avoid the international ramifications that follow.

Aside from Karuna’s statement to the British authorities-significant extracts of which The Sunday Leader has in its possession-our own investigations consisting of interviews with Katunayake airport officials and immigration officers amongst other eye witnesses to the scene, have served to create a dazzling picture of Karuna’s Hollywood blockbuster style exit from Sri Lanka.

Point man

The point man calling the shots according to Karuna was none other than Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapakse, and according to The Sunday Leader’s own inquiries, the government would be hard pressed to prove how so many local and international laws could be flouted in one go without the approval of someone at least as powerful as Defence Secretary, Rajapakse.

Karuna told the British Police that he made his initial request to visit the UK to the Defence Secretary with whom he was acquainted in his capacity as leader of “a breakaway faction” of the LTTE that had “reconciled with the government.”

According to Karuna, he met with Defence Secretary, Rajapakse and asked him to facilitate a trip to England for him, in order to visit his family. Rajapakse had allegedly agreed to take care of all arrangements, and from that point Karuna states he was at ease.

This version of events is just slightly at odds with documentary evidence published last November in The Sunday Leader that indicates that the idea of sending Karuna to the UK originated at a Geneva meeting between EPDP Leader Douglas Devananda, Asian Tribune Editor, K.T. Rajasingham and President Mahinda Rajapakse.

At the meeting on June 15, 2007, Rajasingham had suggested getting rid of Karuna since he had outlived his usefulness and President Rajapakse had replied that he would speak to the necessary defence authorities and handle arrangements from that point on.

‘Partners in crime’

However the bone was split between the Executive President and his kid brother, the Defence Secretary, and the gears of the government machinery got into motion. On August 30, 2007 the Department of Immigration and Emigration issued a diplomatic passport number D1944260 in the name of “Kokila Dushmantha Gunawardena” whose occupation on the passport was given as Director General of Wildlife Conservation.

The photograph on the passport was that of Karuna Amman. The Department of Immigration, it is pertinent to note, comes under the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order of which Gotabaya Rajapakse is Secretary and President Rajapakse the Minister.

Despite Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama repeatedly and vociferously denying that the passport is genuine, our investigations prove that it was. The Sunday Leader learns that British officials have used the most sophisticated techniques available as well as guidelines provided by the Sri Lankan government for identifying valid passports, and as such they are certain that Karuna’s diplomatic passport (in their possession) is valid down to the last detail of its printing. It is possible all records in Sri Lanka were destroyed.

Karuna himself in his statement to the British police was to point out that “in Sri Lanka , without government assistance no one can get diplomatic passports.” After the passport was produced, it was delivered to the Foreign Ministry. Trusted officials then drafted a Third Party Note that was sent with passport D1944260 and several other passports directly to the British High Commission from the Foreign Ministry requesting that visas be granted for the persons included to attend a climate change conference in the UK

On the basis of an understood trust between two governments, the applications were duly processed and the British High Commission on September 5, 2007 issued a six month multiple entry visa on Karuna’s passport, which was subsequently collected from the embassy by Foreign Ministry officials.

VIP treatment

After the visa was issued, travel plans for his departure on September 18 were made. Karuna was assigned an escort and a body double from the defence establishment’s Military Intelligence Wing, both of whom accompanied him to the Bandaranaike International Airport from his safe house in Colombo

Whilst Karuna was en route to the airport, instructions were received by various officials at the airport to accommodate a VVIP travelling incognito. Unimpeachable sources have confirmed to The Sunday Leader that Nalaka Bamunusinghe (then director of AASL, and Coordinating Secretary to the President) and Shalitha Wijesundera (then deputy chairman) are amongst those who received presidential instructions to assist Karuna at the airport.

Karuna’s vehicle was met at the main air force checkpoint by an armed air force escort at around 1.45 a.m. and they moved together under cover of darkness down the main airport road, past the departure terminal, and turned left before the arrivals terminal, into a narrow lane leading to the VIP lounge.

Eyewitnesses

At this point, eye witnesses confirm that they witnessed Karuna descend from his vehicle with his two Military Intelligence escorts. Airport Deputy Chairman, Shalitha Wijesundera was waiting for them, and Karuna was handed over to him by one of the intelligence officers, whilst his body double proceeded past Wijesundera to speak with the immigration officer on duty at the VIP lounge. Karuna was then whisked right through immigration by Wijesundera and the intelligence officers withdrew, leaving their charge in the care of the Airport Deputy Chairman.

Meanwhile, SriLankan Airlines flight UL 505 bound for London was scheduled to depart at 0215 hrs on September 18. All passengers had boarded and the aircraft was docked to the sky-bridge on the tarmac. A passenger announcement was made requesting that all passengers be settled as a VIP was about to board the aircraft.

The aircraft’s cabin crew proceeded to close the curtains separating the economy class cabin from the business class cabin. As all air travellers are aware, passengers conventionally board from the left hand side of an aircraft. However at around 0205 hrs, before the aircraft had left the sky bridge, the front right hand side door was opened and an emergency ladder vehicle docked with the plane.

Drove upto aircraft

A vehicle carrying Karuna and Shalitha Wijesundera drove up to the ladder vehicle and stopped. The two got out of the vehicle, and Wijesundera personally escorted Karuna up the ladder and on board the aircraft. After Karuna was seated and buckled in, Wijesundera produced the famous passport, D1944260, and handed it to Karuna, who acknowledged with a nod, before Wijesundera left the aircraft.

Thus ended several years of VIP treatment for Karuna who had enjoyed the best of both worlds-from both the LTTE and then the government. Wijesundera debarked the aircraft, the ladder was retracted, the plane door was closed, and UL 505 took off bound for London’s Heathrow Airport with Kokila Gunawardena alias Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman, seated in the front row of the business class cabin.

Karuna’s police statement both verifies this series of events, and tells the story of what happened thereon. The ex-TMVP leader disembarked from UL 505 at Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport to no special welcome. He proceeded through the normal immigration channel at the airport and the immigration officer upon seeing his diplomatic passport, allowed Karuna to pass through without any questioning and without producing a landing card.

The game is up

Karuna left the airport in a London taxi at around 9:30 a.m. on September 18, and it can only be presumed that he proceeded to his Kensington home where he was arrested just over six weeks later.

Having been tipped off as to Karuna’s presence and been provided the exact address of Karuna’s Kensington, London apartment, British police raided the apartment, detained Karuna and seized his diplomatic passport, serving him with papers for illegal entry into the UK under the Immigration and Asylum Act of 1974. Karuna was subsequently taken to the Collingwood Detention Centre where he was detained pending further inquiry.

When investigators examined his passport and visa, they were astounded. Karuna’s passport was legitimate in that it showed absolutely no sign of forgery even upon the most vigorous inspection. His visa also was valid as it had been officially issued by the British High Commission in Colombo

Karuna had not made any false statements to the High Commission in Colombo , as thanks to the Sri Lankan government handling the procurement of his visa, he had no contact with the High Commission whatsoever.

The fact that his visa was granted on the merit of a Third Party Note by the Sri Lankan government through regular channels for diplomatic and VIP travel would have made it nearly impossible for a prosecutor to prove that Karuna had himself committed an offence under immigration law.

Finally, the British police came up with a plan. On December 22, officers visited Karuna at the Collingwood Detention Centre and technically ‘arrested’ him for breach of Section 25 of the Identity Cards Act No. 15 of 2006. Karuna was then moved to the Heathrow Police Station where he was questioned and his statement recorded with regards to the offence of “possessing a false identity document with requisite intention.”

The charge meant that that Karuna had possessed the forged passport with the intent of using it to conceal his identity, and carried a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. In his statement, Karuna admitted that his name was not Kokila Gunawardena and revealed his true identity. (See box for extracts of Karuna’s statement produced in court).

Admitted

Karuna also admitted outright that he was not a diplomat, was not attending a climate change conference and was not the Director General of Wildlife Conservation. In short, the ex-LTTE deputy spilt his entire story to the police officers.

The British officers could find no evidence to dispute any fact that Karuna had told them and as he had not had any other recorded form of written or verbal communication with any British officials prior to his questioning, the odds were against the investigators to try and prove that Karuna had the requisite intention prescribed by Section 25 (1) of the UK ID Cards Act.

In the Act, requisite intention is defined as “the intention of using the document for establishing registrable facts about himself.” Given the lack of evidence that Karuna had planned to use his passport to register facts about himself, the British charged Karuna for merely “having in his possession without reasonable excuse” his “identity document that relates to someone else” under Section 25 (5) of the Identity Cards Act.

This much less serious offence carries a maximum prison sentence of just 24 months. The case however was watertight, and Karuna pleaded guilty knowing full well that he had no “reasonable excuse” for possessing the diplomatic passport.

The sentence

On Friday, January 25, Karuna was sentenced to nine months imprisonment and the clock began to tick for the British government to charge him with crimes against humanity.

The Sri Lankan government’s repeated denial of involvement in Karuna’s escape is pathetic, desperate and futile. The British High Commission, whilst routinely refusing to comment on the specifics of the case, has evidence that Karuna’s passport was both delivered and collected from their premises by Foreign Ministry officials.

Investigators in the UK have found absolutely no evidence that Karuna’s diplomatic passport was forged despite utilising all available means. This particular revelation has dramatic ramifications for the UK ’s immigration policy towards Sri Lanka. Assuming the government is to be believed in that it had nothing to do with Karuna’s escape, this means Karuna managed to forge a diplomatic passport well enough to fool not only the UK authorities but also Sri Lanka ’s own immigration officials.

For how could Karuna have boarded UL505 at the Bandaranaike International Airport , an airport brimming with security checks, without arousing suspicion at the airport, especially at the VIP lounge?

Message

Would a Sri Lankan immigration official not have recognised Karuna and known full well that he was not the Director General of Wildlife Conservation? If this is possible, there is nothing to prevent a lesser known face such as Sea Tiger Commander, Soosai or LTTE Intelligence Wing Head, Pottu Amman from forging diplomatic passports and strolling in and out of the country at will. More importantly, the government has through its denial of involvement sent a clear message that Sri Lankan diplomatic passports are not to be taken seriously at face value.

Defence Secretary Rajapakse, having been accused of masterminding the operation and promising Karuna that he would be able to travel to and from the UK at leisure, made a true gem of a statement to IANS after he was accused in court.

Corroborates Karuna

Rajapakse began by corroborating part of Karuna’s statement, admitting that Karuna had in fact approached him about visiting England to be with his family. He confirmed that he tried to assist Karuna through the good graces of a ‘friendly third country.’ “I then abandoned the idea of helping Karuna in this matter. And that was a long time ago,” he recalled.

Having already shot himself in the foot by admitting that the two were familiar, the outspoken Defence Secretary then proceeded to pick off his toes with the skill of a veteran military marksman.

“Why should I want to send him away when he could be useful in Sri Lanka ?” queried Rajapakse. We leave it to readers to judge what use the Secretary of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order would have for a man who lined up and executed over 700 unarmed policemen in cold blood.

The Defence Secretary sidestepped the issue of how Karuna was granted a diplomatic passport on his government’s watch, and instead diverted attention on how Karuna obtained a British visa. “I do not know how Karuna got the passport. But to my mind, the question that needs to be asked is, how he got a British visa?” Rajapakse pondered to the IANS, unconsciously hinting that a Sri Lankan diplomatic passport is easier to acquire than a British visa.

“The British visa is not easy to get. There is a lot of scrutiny. The visa seeker, other than a minister of the government, has to go to the High Commission for a detailed interview. This being so, how was Karuna given the visa?” he asked. Well, we know how. It was through a government TPN.

Infantile thinking

The Defence Secretary too thus holds the line that the government had nothing to do with helping Karuna obtain his visa. That Rajapakse and for that matter Foreign Minister Bogollagama expect the public to take their word against documentation with the British High Commission in Colombo, telephone records, forensic evidence and eye witness accounts to the contrary only goes to further prove their own infantile thinking and their callous disregard for international relations.

Rajapakse in his interview with IANS also invited the British judiciary to question him, mistakenly assuming that he had been accused by the British in court of aiding Karuna: “It was wrong on the part of the British judiciary to have said that I helped him get the passport, without first verifying with me.”

Well if the British authorities wanted an opening, there they have it, from Gotabaya no less.

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76 Comments

  1. This name was used by late Lasantha Wickrematunga but, they continue to use this. Just some losers Sunday garbage.

  2. As the funny old saying “Kurukkal kusu viddhal kutramillai”; as always what Gota (or his crew) does is not a crime but a diplomatic or strategic approach to safe guard the Sovereignty of the country.

  3. JVP normally had a insurrection for every few years and sacrificed thousands of honest, active Sinhalese kids for their idealogical pursuits … This time old JVP has no staminas to repeat it and hence ‘new JVP’ is being formed to repeat the act of directing the youth to the slaughter machine …but, this time is different … This time, their plan is to form the march not only with Sinhalese youths but also Tamil youths who has just escaped from Prabhas slaughter machine… What a cruel world for youths?
    My guess is that these disastrous rebellions for yoths are hatched outside the country and Noel is an good example of this …

  4. I ask the question, how many sleeper terrorists are lurking in foreign lands that Ghotabaya has sent on false documents? Only to be activated at his whim to destabilize those countries!

    Western countries you had better watch out as the perpetrator is none other than the US Citizen Ghotabaya doing Obama’s bidding. He has taken the oath of citizenship remember!

    That is enough to convince that we are being fooled by a wolf in sheep’s clothing

  5. Sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander.
    “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”
    Our Humpties and Dumpties can make things mean what the like in this wonderland of Asia.

  6. Great picture! Two war criminals embrace and enable impunity and the rule of goons!
    Karuna is responsible for the Kathankuddi mosque massacre of Muslims at prayer and for inducting child soldiers into the LTTE while leader of the Eastern Province. Gota the Great of course takes the cake for murder of innocents and criminal disappearences and re-appearances while wrapped in the Buddhist flag.
    This guy is an insult to the Buddha and the Sangha should end the abuse of Buddhism by war criminals and the Rajapakse Bro.in Lanka who are giving religion a bad name. The stench of corpses around the putrid Rajapakse regime is sky high!

  7. Great picture! Two war criminals embrace and enable impunity and the rule of goons!
    Karuna is responsible for the Kathankuddi mosque massacre of Muslims at prayer and for inducting child soldiers into the LTTE while leader of the Eastern Province. Gota the Great of course takes the cake for murder of innocents and criminal disappearences and re-appearances while wrapped in the Buddhist flag.
    This guy is an insult to the Buddha and the Sangha should end the abuse of Buddhism by war criminals and the Rajapakse Bro.in Lanka who are giving religion a bad name. The stench of corpses around the putrid Rajapakse regime is sky high!

    Gota must go! He is an embarrassment to the SLFP and the UPFA and Madam Chandika bandaranaiyake should call for his resignation and an inquiry to stop the putrification of the party founded by her parent instead of paying “bewildered” at India’s vote in Geneva.

  8. People like you who use the name of that great actor John Wayne are parasites. You must be really John Vain

  9. The west and Australia looks upon themselves as pillars of virtue. Killing Saddam or Bin Laden or gaddafi is OK. But VP is not.

    many have said that states do not behave as terrorist and therefore thats why we are being hauled upon the UNHCR.

    The aussie Govt giving this guy a false passport and having it is the same.

    there cannot be one rule for ri Lanka and another for Australia.

  10. Surya,

    I do not want to take the credit but you have to translate your quote “Kurukkal kusu viddhal kutramillai” in English for others to enjoy, laugh at and enjoy with what Gota says!

  11. Few grey areas which come to mind.

    VIP Military escort to the A 340, but a Taxi ride to Kensington.

    Couldn’t the GFT , which frightened even the Metro Bobbies when our Prez was around, do a “citizen arrest as a War Criminal & Traitor?,

    Couldn’t the few hundred thousand Diasporians and their organiser network recognize our Karuna Amman, with his trade mark moustache and the Colgate smile?.

    Why would Karuna Amman leave his luxuary life with so many chicks around him, if we are to believe his enmies overseas.and work as a storeman or a porter in London, with great risk to his life from his enemies?.

    If Rajapaksas wanted him out of sight. couldn’t a simple white van ride be arranged, without risking the reputation of the whole regime, knowing well that the Poms aren’t that stupid.

    An ex General and a State Sec, Colin Powell said on TV recently that half the Ambassy Staff of major powers including his own, are spies and they know about it.

    Do these people have real names and real details on their passports?.

  12. DEAR SRI LANKAN OPPOSITION MPs – WHY ARE YOU SILENT. PLEASE USE THIS INFORMATION TO EXPOSE. CURRENTLY YOU OPPOSITION ARE BEATING THE BUSH.

    PLEASE USE THIS INFORMATION WIDELY

  13. What does it tell about this nation?
    Rajapakse regime is simply making the whole Sinhala masses fools covering their body using the slogan “Safeguarding the nation from International and tamil elements that are serious threat to the nation”.

    It is time for sinhala masses to understand the real face of Rajapakse regime and Karuna Amman and send them in the same UL flight giving them a diplomatic passport to face the international court for their crimes against humanity and damaging the image of Sri Lanka.

  14. In USA people wanted by Police or CIA or FBI, will be simply “kidnapped” or “taken away”.

    Gunaratnam is not a citizen of Lanka any more and tried to make troubles with his Aussie dollars.

    Further the espinage theory is not the issue here for many people. Col. Karuna tried to be spy for SL. Can any one dispute how US/UK agensts hide under NGOs?

    Allen couples who were CIA Agents and stationed in Jaffna and distributing cash to LTTE and other favoured Tamil trouble makers? When I talked to Pathmanabha, the then EPRLF leader, said the “foreign” people give 10 pistols to LTTE and give only one to them.

    Douglas Devananda captured those CIA agents and Indian authorities forced the release of them. The Bishop of Jaffna took them for a dinner.

    Karuna was a on SPY mission. Dont cry if you guys are so interested in the affairs of Sri lanka!

  15. John Wayne:
    Dont cry too much on Buddha.

    Can you tell why Catholic Church of Jaffna stiil support LTTE? Can you explain why Fr. S.J.Emmanuel become an LTTE man?

  16. Hello Friends

    CIA, KGB, Mossad, MI16, RAW etc are all time-to-time operating under diplomatic cover.
    Therefore what is wrong with the SL government for providing diplomatic passport for a person who legally not entitled?

    When CIA agents get illegal passport, that becomes legal?

  17. M Sivanathan states, like a know-all-pundit: “Gunaratnam is not a citizen of Lanka any more and tried to make troubles with his Aussie dollars.

    Further the espinage theory is not the issue here for many people. Col. Karuna tried to be spy for SL.

    Allen couples who were CIA Agents and stationed in Jaffna and distributing cash to LTTE and other favoured Tamil trouble makers? When I talked to Pathmanabha, the then EPRLF leader, said the “foreign” people give 10 pistols to LTTE and give only one to them.

    Douglas Devananda captured those CIA agents and Indian authorities forced the release of them.

    Dont cry if you guys are so interested in the affairs of Sri lanka!”

    Gunaratnam never lost or gave away his Sri Lanka citizeship.

    Karuna was caught in London and he spilled the beans straightaway. That is not what a py does. He begged Gota to organise a trip to see his family, and Gota did it. What spying work was he going to do? Rates of London night clubs??

    Douglas openelly admitted that Allen Family was taken away as a publicity stunt. Just a threat that he would be shot was good enough for the spy-catcher to sht in his pants!

    You can create any story you like, Mr. Sivanathan. But, you seem to hope that others would believe them. Wake up.

  18. Dear Srilal,

    there is no case of ‘Koheda yanne malle pol ‘ here.
    When Gota sends karuna with a false passport its a crime.
    When the Aussies do that its ok? Eh???
    Kohewath Yanne ne

  19. Don’t worry about Sivanathan. He will ALWAYS defend SL Government & his honourable friend whether they are doing wrong or right.

    Please let him continue his valauble service.

  20. DilshanF,

    Get real man. Killing VP is fine. Murdering his teenage son who surrendered is not. Killing LTTE in battle is fine. But executing them with their hands tied is not. Raping female LTTE members with their hands tied is not. abducting people and tourchouring them is not fine. Killing journalists is not right.

    Stop whining about the west coming after you for killing VP. No body F*&ing cares how you killed him. But people do see the rest of the shit you racist bastards have done.

    But for gods sake, top trying to fool us and keep yourself disillusioned, Fool. The Pakshas are criminals.

    Kanthasamy.

  21. What Kalu Albert and M.Sivanandan saying here tells me they sound like Gotabaya speaking. Weather these two eqials Gotabaya impersonating.

  22. I want to add this to the article. Major Suresh Saleh, who was our military attache in Paris was sent to London to meet Karuna and streamline the matters as they did not want to directly involve any personnel from the Sri Lankan HC in London. Major Suresh Saleh entered Britain and helped Karuna and got back to Paris without leaving any foot prints. However, there are few members of the staff of the SL embassy in Paris who are prepred to testify and actually have submitted sworn testimonies.

  23. DilshanF says:

    It appears the whole Sri Lankan state institutions are running an efficient human smuggling ring.

    There are many Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims and others want to escape to the west. There is a huge demand for services of Travel agencies.

    Sri Lankan state could make a tidy profit out of people smuggling in order to compensate the losses made by Champika’s ministry managed state institutions.

  24. Talking about passports, specially Foreign ones, A British Passport holding Srilankan Diaspora member is in custody , after being nabbed while staying in a Lodge in Vauniya in the North of Srilanka.

    The reason is that the girl who was there with him, an orphan who was promised a trip to Colombo to enjoy the sights, is a minor .

    The Lodge owner is also in custody with this 63 year old philanthropist from the UK.

    Hope this will not become another abduction.

  25. People living in West and earning a living and living in Sri Lanka wanting trade, sports, culture education etc etc….just go back to GoSL and/or live without West and capitalism period. Don’t have it both ways. Join vedhas if they’d take you.

  26. @dilshanF

    Come to your senses dude,australia did not send him on a false passport havent you heard of dual citizenship where you can have 2 passports

    The question here is not abouthis 2 passports or names its about

    i) who abducted him
    ii)who tortured him
    iii) who is behind the infamous ‘sudu vans’
    iv)if he was a criminal why didnt they charge him

    You can just abduct people off the street like that atleasr not in a civillised country

  27. I think Karuna was slipped out of the country with the full knowledge of the British HC/Gov.It was for his safty for one since he was above number one in the LTTE assasination list and two for him to visit his family.He was spotted and recognized in London by some people and reported to the police.The police unaware of the arrangement raided and arrested him embarresing both governments.
    Otherwise how can one explain Bitish HC in colombo issuing a visa without recognising his photo.At that time his photo was all over the papers and he was a hot topic. The other give away was the mutiple entry visa.Why should the HC issue multiple visa for a person attending a conference?

    The issue did not blow up in to a major diplomatic row but simply died down.

    Some months back a few Palestinian officials were assasinated in Dubai by mossad agents carrying Australian passports and there was a diplomatic rumpus about that too,but these things happen all the time. The question here is wether the Austalian government was aware of the duel identity of Gunaratnam.

  28. Dear Kanthasamy,

    Why dont you get real.
    Did you see all that? Dont speculate what you dont know. We dont know whether VP son was killed by his own bodyguards as instructed. Clean shots to the heart from the front? The others shot from behind?. Who are you trying to fool?

    Raping LTTE women why wernt you blind to the atrocities commited by the LTTE in hacking babies too.

    War is cruel and unkind I dont condone any.
    But dont whitewash the LTTE now and cry ‘ Human rights violations’

  29. Sad situation, what are we sri lankans doing to all these crimes that have been committed. All that we do is sit back, read all these stuff on the internet or papers and then forget about it? We shout within ourselves about the soaring cost of living, but we do not do anything beyond that. We then start fighting in office for better pay hikes. How stupid we are? and how long would we continue to be like this?

  30. Often to further the national interest governments do at times bend the rules and here the Gota reward Karuna with rendering assistance to meet his family in UK.

  31. Before pointing a finger Gota should realise other 4 fingers pointing on him.
    unless he think all others are stupid listening his bluff.

    Even ordinary Srilankan knowse who is architects post war crimes.

    Un-Accountability,Injustice,Impunity are the real reasons for Srilanka suffering.

  32. I am Sri Lankan Sinhalese people should open their eyes whats happening in Sri Lanka. no body can talk now. evrything is controlled by the 4 brothers. no business without them. We all beleive in our religion oneday 4 brothers will pay for what they have been doing.
    Gota is a criminal no doubt. the day power change hand in Sri Lanka people must take this man to jury.

  33. TO PRO BONO

    Gunaratnam does not have a dual citzensship . That is the reason he was deported to his country Australia.If not SL could have dealt with him .He has forfeited his right to be a citizen of SL . Hope this clarifies your view.

  34. kumudini says:

    “Gunaratnam does not have a dual citzensship”

    Perhaps return of the Kallathoni.

  35. Incidentally, at a recent conversation with a stark supporter of MR, I asked the same question about Dimuthu Attygalle’s abduction when allegations of Kumar Gunaratnam were being thrown around. It was amusing to see the reaction of the MR supporter; he suddenly seemed like an alien to Sinhala language, laboring to find words for his sentences. It was clear that the ITN pundits had not yet provided them with talking points on Dimuthu Attygalle’s abduction.

  36. Dilshan writes: “We dont know whether VP son was killed by his own bodyguards as instructed”

    Yes dilshan as was Prabhakaran, his wife, daughter, Nadesan and his sinhala wife and kids, Pulidevan and numerous others.

    “Who are you trying to fool?”

    The western democratic nations and India have had enough of these games by Rajapaksa brothers so are starting to clamp down on them.

    “why wernt you blind to the atrocities commited by the LTTE in hacking babies too”

    We will encourage idiots like dilshan and sivanathan to continue believing that we were favouring the terrorist leader Prabhakaran even though we have issued countless condemnations of LTTE crimes and questioned Praba’s mental state in allowing Mahinda to get elected and hook up with Rajiv Gandhi’s widow.

    “War is cruel and unkind I dont condone any”

    dilshan manages a compassionate statement to deflect from all the praise he has been heaping on Gotabhaya and his white van brigade

    “But dont whitewash the LTTE now and cry ‘ Human rights violations’”

    Only dilshan and his ilk think the anti-Rajapaksa SL people, western nations and India are out to praise LTTE whilst condemning SL govt. Let us remind these idiots for the 100th time that we condemn LTTE terrorism, JVP terrorism and Sri Lankan state terrorism and we want to see all of them defeated.

    Kumudini writes “That is the reason he was deported to his country Australia”

    It is good you have mentioned this kumudini as your master Gota was again lying brazenly and said he was never deported! Here is the link (even though it is 2 stories down from this article):

    http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/5609

    “If not SL could have dealt with him”

    We know how SL dealt with him. It was through the tried and tested formula of white van abduction, sexual torture, interrogation without legal representation and certain death (until intervention by a foreign govt).

    “He has forfeited his right to be a citizen of SL”

    This was a right many of us gladly forfeited when we got our western passports and realised we were now represented by civilised countries who would try hard to protect us and our civil liberties instead of harrassing and intimidating us. We also remain grateful to the western nations for not blocking access to social media, websites and for not restricting the work of journalists in their country.

    “Hope this clarifies your view”

    Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the mind of those supporting white van abductions, sexual torture and other forms of state terrorism

  37. Kumudini – gota says that Kumar Mahaththya was not deported but went on his own will. LOL LOL LOL

    Good for gullible sinhala masses..

  38. There is also a issue of caste —- seems that rulling GOVIGAMA CASTE is now in contol even using coolies from other castes such as Karava and Salagama — even some from Durava.. (Mervyn Silva)

    We saw the caste issue getting on fore front when Gen. Fonseka went on for election… Many Govigama voters did not vote for him due to his Karava nature..

    Lets keep things real and bring all cards in the discussion.

  39. DilshanF — anybody in Australia can legally change names and have a new passport on that name..

    But its WRONG if Gota does a fake VIP passport for ex terrorist karuna amman who kiiled over 600 Sinhala buddhist helayo in Eastern sri lanka.

  40. Even if Gunarahtnam had committd crimes in Sri Lanka it was not a reason to abduct him. If done by the Govt, that act itself is a crime

  41. There is a great responsibility to the state governing bodies in protecting law and order. If the state violates its own law and order, then it is the duty of the people to get rid of them. In Sri Lanka, the fundamental problem is the bipartician politics of Sinhala leadership. Both UNP and SLFP lead by Sinhala leadership failed in protecting people from those who violate law and order. The first incidence is 1958 Sinhala violence against tamils and the state was behind the violence and failed to protect innocent tamils when they were massacred by Sinhala thugs. It is very clear in the law that criminals should be brought under the law and justice should be prevailed irrespective of race, colour or relegion. Unfortunately , the victims are tamils and violators are Sinhalese. The state always try to protect the violators because the state is owned by Sinhalese who are not prepared to implement the law. This is the same principle followed in Sinhala politics and there is no fundamental change even after such ordeal over six decades. It is sad that educated stupids comparing the state bad behaviour with another bad behaviour and justifying the violation of human rights by the state owners. How in a world justify burning of innocent children and pregnant women in the streets of Colombo when there was no war. It is not the war with the LTTE that lead to the violation of law by the State, it is the political game played by bipartician politics of Sinhala. As long as you violate the law, then you should face the justice of your law. There is no excuse.

  42. Sinhala Soldier enraged that Tamil civilians dont called him “Sir” so gathered Sinhala mob, beat them up, and stole the valuables, burned 7 houses, their motorcycles push cycles and three wheelers.

    Several Tamil families living at a village in Elpitiya, Galle have been assaulted and their houses robbed and set on fire following a dispute involving an Army soldier.

    According to ‘Ada Derana’ Tamil website, the soldier in question had become angry after a youth of the Dilithura village had refused to address him as ‘sir.’

    The soldier, while on vacation, had gone to the village around 10.00 am on April 14 and assaulted the youth at his home and another Tamil youth who had tried to mediate.

    Later, around 30 youths had gathered at the location, beaten up the two Tamil youths and set fire to seven houses, push cycles, motorcycles and three wheelers.

    They had also got away with money and jewellery.

    The villagers, who suffered estimated damages of Rs. nine million, have complained to Embilipitiya police.

    A police team arrived at the scene and arrested two Tamil youths.

  43. Sri Lanka Ambassador to France, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka summoned to Colombo for consultations with President Rajapaksa and External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris. “I am going back to Colombo tomorrow, for three days. Have been requested by the Ministry Secretary to come for consultations with His Excellency President Rajapakse and the Minister Peiris,” Dr. Dayan said.

    Dr. Dayan,
    You got it all wrong, we charge you with Penal Code Act, We asked you to white wash Sri Lanka`s Image, Not whitewash the embassy.

  44. Welcome to SL TV DBSJ. One step closer to us. Wrong channel though.

    Are you continuing writing to Leader or what?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    I dont write to the leader. I continue to write for Daily Mirror. Now will write for News First also

  45. //Gunaratnam does not have a dual citzensship . That is the reason he was deported to his country Australia.If not SL could have dealt with him .He has forfeited his right to be a citizen of SL . Hope this clarifies your view.//

    Well, Kumar Gunaratnam is A Sri Lankan citizen, who never gave up his citizenship. Noel Mudalige does not have Sri Lankan citizenship.

    But, the person in question by both names is a citizen of both countries. They deported Noel Mudalige, an Australian citizen, who overstayed.

    Now, Kumudhini…. can you show some evidence that Kumar Gunaratnam forfeited his citizenship of SL. What do you mean by forfeited his right to be a citizen’?

  46. Most of you have got an idea that I support abductions and the MR government.
    Let me clarify.

    The present Government is legally elected in a democratic process, whether you or me like them or not will be reflected in the next elections.

    Abductions – No I dont condone them but I detest the champions of Human rights who violate them in their own countries and then try to preach here.

    Stupid Aussie Government got caught with their pants down in this Gunaratnam case. Upto now there is no proof given by the Aussie Government on legal name change.

    Every single Australian newspaper carried the story with ‘Gunaratnam from NSW’ missing and not Noel Mudalige. Noel Mudalige does not exist in Australia. Noel Mudalige is a false name and real passport given by the Asutralian Government to this guy to set up a destabilising political party here in Sri Lanka.

    This is what is called INTERFERING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY.

    Dont try to deviate from this fact by bringing on ‘Gota sending Karuna to England’ story.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Speaking of Gota helping Karuna to get a passport under a false name is not “deviating” but only a speed breaker to remind Gota not to go overboard with “righteous indignation” about the issue of passports under false names when his hands are not so clean

    The important point in this episode is the abduction of Dimuthu Attygalle not Kumar Gunaratnam.

    When speaking of Kumar Gunaratnam’s abduction there are attempts on to “explain”it away by talking of his passport, visa etc. Even if all such matters are true it does not justify an abduction. He should have been arrested formally and brought before the law

    But what excuse is there for abducting Dimuthu Attygalle? She did not have a flase identity or false passport. She had not broken out of prison or had an open warrant issued against her. She was a Sri Lankan national functioning openly and legitimately as a political party activist

    If they wanted to question her they should have asked her to call over at their office and questioned her

    Instead of that they abduct her in a white van without telling anyone. She was released only because Kumar was released due to Australian High Commissioner

    I do not know about “interefering in another country” but all I know is that if not for Robym Mudie two people who got abducted would not have been released. If interference in another country saves lives what is wrong with it particularly when the defence secretary of that country shows no concern for people being abducted in that country.

    Once again I ask –

    “Why is the abduction of Dimuthu Attygalle not being questioned”?

  47. After Lasantha, The Sunday Leader is almost dead now and even Mr DBSJ is writting to another newspaper.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I stopped writing my weekly column for “The Sunday Leader” in 2007 when Lasantha was the Editor. The paper is not dead and makes interesting reading with Frederica Jansz as Editor

  48. Several Tamil families In Dilithura Was Attacked, Robbed And Houses Set on fire because a Sinhala Soldier was enraged that Tamil civilians don’t called him “Sir” so he gathered Sinhala mob, beat them up, and stole the valuables, burned 7 houses, their motorcycles push cycles and three wheelers.

    This is what happens when every coconut-plucker that calls himself a “soldier” is given to feel that they’re entitled to be called ‘sir’, the so called “Heros”.

    The villagers, who suffered estimated damages of Rs. nine million, have complained to Embilipitiya police. Instead of arresting the Sinhala Soldier and his gang, the police team arrived at the scene and arrested the Tamil youths.

    This is what happens when the country is ruled by Anti-Tamil Racists. The Rajapaksas are the biggest Anti-Tamil Racists in Sri Lanka.
    Who says the Tamils can live in peace in the South with the Sinhalese? All it takes is a small match to ignite the flames of distrust and violence in South Sri Lanka.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    SAdly negatives make news!Hundreds of thousands of Tamils live amidst the Sinhalese without encountering problems like this. But that does not make news!No one points to that co-existence which is the reality in Sri Lanka

    But an incident like this makes news and is immediately cited as proof of Tamils being unable to live with the Sinhalese.

    Whatever people like you may say the reality is that the bulk of Sri Lankan Tamils have to live in Sri Lanka with the Sinhalese,Muslims,Indian Tamils, Burghers.Malays and all others who have made the resplndent Island their home.

    The destiny of Tamils is inextricably iter-twined with that of the Sinhalese and other communities making up the Sri Lankan nation

  49. The war, its prelude and its aftermath have left in their wake a breakdown in social restraints and law in Sri Lanka. Many Tamils left Sri Lanka on false pretexts, false passports and false visas. Some even stripped themselves naked at airports to prevent deportation. Illegal travel became a lucrative national industry at one time. It made ‘Penny-less’ men millionaires overnight. The governments of that day , turned a blind eye to the phenomenon as it was helping make Tamils a ‘manageable minority’. Individuals in political positions and the bureaucracy also made many bucks.

    False passports are routinely used by intelligent agencies around the world. The USA, Russia and Israel are the leaders in this cloak and dagger game. Sri Lanka is not an exception. The LTTE had also mastered this game.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

  50. Dr Narendran argues that karuna is the srilnkan version of 007(JamesBond), Gotha is head of MI6. Good fantacy you lunutics.

  51. The USA, Russia and Israel are the leaders in this cloak and dagger game. Sri Lanka is not an exception. The LTTE had also mastered this game.////Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

    Dear dr Rajasingham Narendran,

    I do not understand what you are trying to say here. Are you justifying the passport saga played by Rajapakse regime in the case of Karuna amman should be measured in the same merit that of intelligence agencies of USA, Russia, Israel and LTTE.

  52. False passports are routinely used by intelligent agencies around the world. The USA, Russia and Israel are the leaders in this cloak and dagger game. Sri Lanka is not an exception. The LTTE had also mastered this game.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran
    ——————————
    Karuna traveled on a genuine diplomatic passport

  53. True Nation and RajesH,

    I am not justifying anything. I am only pointing out what happens in the real world and what has happened in Sri Lanka. Both are wrong and illegal. The respect due to a ‘Diplomatic’ passport was undermined. Similarly, the sanctity attached to travel documents were also undermined. A ‘Diplomatic passport’ issued under a false name knowingly ceases to be ‘Genuine’. Moral outrage expressed by some, as though this is a phenomenon limited to Sri Lanka, Gotabaya and Karuna, is also not ‘Genuine’. I find this more irksome, as it comes from Tamils who have broken all rules, conventions and lots of laws-local and international, in order to seek asylum abroad over decades. Let us stop being hypocrites, if we want to regain the long lost moral high ground.

    I relate here something that is not directly related, but lends meaning to this issue. In the early 1970s, one could pick-up a newspaper in Canada from an open box and then deposit the money in the attached till. It was an honour based system. With increasing numbers of immigrants arriving newspapers were pilfered, without money being deposited. The system responded. A new type of newspaper box appeared that opened only on a coin being inserted. Many inserted one coin and removed multiple newspapers. On my last visit to Canada, I noticed that newspaper boxes had disappeared. Now newspapers can be be bought only from vend. Honour, once lost, cannot be regained.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  54. Hi DilshanF

    “The present Government is legally elected in a democratic process, whether you or me like them or not will be reflected in the next elections”

    Are you serious, where have you been living since 2005, another planet!
    To start off, MR did not win first presidential election in 2005, if you are unaware of this fact, I urge you to do some sole searching my friend.
    About 2010 presidential election , same scenario , Dilshan take from me , MR will never ever be defeated in an election , if and when there is another presidential election , mark this , he will be declared as the winner, of course with a narrow margin .
    Have you ever heard Saddam , Burma’s Junta’s , election results , same here my friend , MR can not afford to lose any presidential election , it is not just for MR but his 300 + extended family members and hangers , stakes are so high for all of them..
    Don’t be fooled by the Colombo municipal election and north & East election results, I’m referring to the presidential election , my friend .

    PS . About KG , most of the readers have given the answers, so I do not need to repeat it again..

  55. I sincerely find it hard to understand some people like Dr.Narendran always miss the point and hijack the subject as the Sinhalese dominated governments always do. You talk about apple; they talk about orange. I do not want to go into detail; but what everyone should do is to identify the problem and rectify it instead of trying to justify and evade. There is no point in pointing the fingers at Tamils for all the ills of the country. Are you trying to be good in government’s books. what is the purpose. Please stop pointing at each other. Move towards finding a solution. During Presidential elections, you all appeared on TV and said the problems will be resolved. What is happening? Please for god’s sake, help Tamils live a peaceful life in Sri Lanka. Let everyone be free and enjoy the fruits of freedom. Live and Let Live!

  56. DR Rajasingham Narendran

    Let us stop being hypocrites, if we want to regain the long lost moral high ground.
    ————————-
    people in glass house comes to mind

  57. Dr Rajasingham Narendran
    I relate here something that is not directly related, but lends meaning to this issue. In the early 1970s, one could pick-up a newspaper in Canada from an open box and then deposit the money in the attached till. It was an honour based system. With increasing numbers of immigrants arriving newspapers were pilfered, without money being deposited. The system responded. A new type of newspaper box appeared that opened only on a coin being inserted. Many inserted one coin and removed multiple newspapers. On my last visit to Canada, I noticed that newspaper boxes had disappeared. Now newspapers can be be bought only from vend. Honour, once lost, cannot be regained.
    ———————–
    The media industry has moved on with the technology
    nowadays you can down load major quality news papers of a country to a hand held devices like iPad. also newspaper industry is now targeting their revenue stream from advertisements and giving away the news papers free.
    so Mr Rajasingham Narendran technology has moved from 1970s to 2012

  58. Srilal,

    There are many reports in this blog about the LTTE not allowing the people in the north to vote hence the victory of MR. The second time he won becuase of the victory over LTTE.

    It is good to note that these victories are with 50 plus percentage not outright. Present trend in voting is on the downhill for MR. Sri Lankan get tired of existing governments after 2 or max 3 terms. I wouldnt bet too much on MR getting a huge majority at the next election.

    Having said that the only contender is Ranil and no one else. So thats the issue Sri Lankan will have to live with.

    I still have faith in the electoral system here even though I know that unscruplous people will try to buy votes and rig. But it cannot happen on a large scale to tip in the favour of one.

    Dont forget Indonesia, Phillipines, Thailand all got rid of the Dictators through relatively peacefull means.

    MR will survive only with a weak opposition as we have now.

  59. Senthilan C,

    I do not know who the ‘You all’ you are referring to. I insisted in the interview you are probably referring to, that it would be shortsighted for the Tamils to vote for Sarath Fonseka. I also said that Mahinda Rajapakse in the current circumstances holds the key to a solution. I yet believe so. The problem is with perceptions with regard to what the problems are and what the solutions are. If men like Karunanith is dreaming of Eelam yet, TNA Members of Parliament are expecting a resurrection of VP, and many vocal Tamils are yet working to achieve a Tamil Eelam, how do you expect the GOSL and the Sinhala polity to react? If the TNA fails to acknowledge the positive developments and keeps on harping on the negative and most times exaggerations and lies, what incentive has to government to establish a working relationship with it? Do you think Mahinda Rajapakse or any other Sinhala leader will lay the foundations for the Eelam project, however innocuous the first steps may appear? When the Tamil intentions- although these may not be that of the majority- are being expressed by elements I refer to above, are there no grounds for suspicions that any meaningful devolution will be the first step to an Eelam? Do not forget that until about three years ago a vigorous and brutal no-holds barred war was being fought by the LTTE to achieve Tamil Eelam. Do not also forget the LTTE armed itself, organized itself and then instigated the war, during an internationally supervised cease fire. Place yourself in their- the Sinhala polity and GOSL-, shoes or at least look at what is unfolding from a neutral perspective, before passing judgements.

    I have no hesitation to re-iterate that I am a Tamil, who is also simultaneously a Sri Lankan. I do not think I am am alien or a graft in Sri Lanka. I am a Tamil living in my land, which is called Sri Lanka. My views and opinions are expressed from this perspective. Let there be no doubts about this.

    In my opinion, the Tamils who are speaking on our behalf are delaying solutions suitable for the times. They are unrealistic and totally lacking in political strategy. They are also hankering for solutions that are now outdated, meaningless and useless.

    My appeal to these elements is also ,”Please let the Tamils here in Sri Lanka live in peace”. We at least agree on one thing.

    RajasH,

    I am also quite aware of what has happened in the newspaper industry. The newspaper box story was about something I observed during by stay in Canada from the early 1970s. The newspaper boxes were beginning to disappear even by the early 1980s and have been now rendered redundant. The moral was about conventions and rules that have to be honoured and treated with respect in any society. This is a moral imperative. We Tamils have bent and abused every rule possible to seek asylum and make money. When I say Tamils I am not referring to all Tamils, but a large number of Tamils.

    Your reference to ‘Glass houses’ applies more correctly to the Tamils I refer to above. I have not constructed a glasshouse around me and hence need not be worried that stones will break it. The stones being thrown will only break my head. It is those of you who are yet trying to defend the indefensible and find fault with ONLY the Sinhala polity and GOSL, who should be careful with your words and deeds. Your positions and reactions may not hurt you, but are definitely hurting the Tamils here. Further, it is easier to correct ourselves than try to correct others.

    Dr.Rajasingham Rarendran

  60. DilshanF

    As I said to you earlier , you do need some sole searching , in 2005 , presidential election was a broad day light robbery , if you just try to dismiss it claiming , it was another LTTE human right violation ,either you are blindly worshiping MR or a paid agent , I don’t know which one you fall in to.
    Tiran A , Sipathi S (SS mysteriously killed in an accident and TA’s house was burgled and video CD was stolen ) , Emil Kanthan and Mangala S coordinated and perfectly executed whole plot. No two words about it. There are more than enough evidences available Dlshan .
    Could you check and find out , how many of known Colombo UNP voters were deprived from voting in 2005, do you know the gap between MR & RW in that decisive election ,it was a mere 150,000+ odd votes
    Ever since MR stole the rightful victory from RW , where are we heading , every indication is there , that SL is a pariah state , MR is so busy feathering his own nest and preparing his clown prince to take reins from him, after his 3rd term( 18 th amendment ) . This is the ground reality Dilshan .
    2010 presidential election , do I need to say more , I hope you were in SL during the election period , what a shameful , pathetic ,outrageous sequence of events unfolded before and during the election ( Wimal came on live TV and declared even if SF won he couldn’t become the president ), election commissioner announced , that he could not even protect the ballot boxes, what more do we need to say about free &fairness of the election. Mind you Dilshan , there is a huge chunk of population ,who are not blindly singing hosannas &whipping up pseudo patriotism know exactly what is happening underneath of this so called development and freedom.
    Dilshan do not even try to bring this war triumph card, where are the real war heroes today , may I also ask you where are the real terrorists ?
    Bashing RW (I’m not a fan of him either) or opposition is the need of the hour of this extremely vulnerable situation we are in ? , please ask yourself, if you are a genuine patriotic srilankan!

  61. DR Rajasingham Narendran
    Thank god that you stopped short of suggesting that it was the Tamils Diaspora who were pilfering the news papers

  62. Srilal,

    I am not a paid agent or fan of MR or RW.
    We have an electoral system and international observer and local too. I do not believe for a second that Sarath Fonseka would have got more votes than MR. Even if he did does that make any difference to the minority?

    What Sri Lanka does not need is any chnage in the elected government until the next election.

  63. Dr Naren
    You have given a list of reasons for SL government not taking the steps to solve the ethnic question. I might be wrong but I have a feeling, even if all the Tamil politicians and activists are to become DD clones,Sinhala polity will still invent excuses for not granting the political rights of Tamils.

  64. athi says:
    April 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm
    Dr Naren
    You have given a list of reasons for SL government not taking the steps to solve the ethnic question. I might be wrong but I have a feeling, even if all the Tamil politicians and activists are to become DD clones,Sinhala polity will still invent excuses for not granting the political rights of Tamils.
    ——

    Simply put, Many Literates believe that Political right is not neceesary for Tamils in srilanka. Srilanka is a one nation, one people country. Sinhalese and Tamils have equal rights in central govt.

  65. How Gotabhaya ‘helped’ Col. Karuna go to UK on a diplomatic passport under a false name

    —-
    Is it right? wrong? Depends on who does it..

    If it is Gota, it is not wrong..

  66. Athi and Joseph,

    DD clones, even in the thousands will not make a difference. They serve a momentary-in terms of history- purpose for the GOSL. This phenomenon is also not peculiar to Sri Lanka.

    Tamils have to find a formula to be Tamils, while yet being Sri Lankans. Our rights as Sri Lankan citizens, which includes our right to live our lives as Tamils, should be the catch phrase. Sri Lanka is a multi-language and multi-religion country , in which the Sinhala-Buddhists are the overwhelming majority. Tamils and the Muslims have majority presence in some provinces. The Tamils and Muslims also live in significant numbers in many provinces. Their rights as citizens should prevail where-ever they live, whether in a majority position or in a minority position. This applies to the Sinhalese too. The right to live as Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims; Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christian or any other, is our inalienable right as citizens of Sri Lanka.

    To design a formula to accommodate this concept should be our task, though Herculean. Attitudes and approaches should change to permit what is inherent in our laws, to become a living reality. If new laws are needed to give greater clarity and more teeth to the existing ones, it should be done. This should be dealt with as a separate issue.

    How the provinces or the regions are permitted to manage their affairs or pursue their specific interests is a different matter. It should have nothing to do with our being Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims. These are the political rights everyone talks of, without understanding what it means. This can be achieved by political devolution (Federalism or Quazi-Federalism), greater administrative decentralization or participation of the provinces and regions in governance/ sharing power at the center. If there is a need for any one of these or a combination of these, it should be articulated by all the peoples of Sri Lanka. To take this forward we as citizens of Sri Lanka and residents of the provinces/ regions have to talk to each other, canvass each other and reach a consensus. The Parliamentary select committee, MAY provide the opportunity to do so, if used in a wise manner.

    When these two issues are dealt as one, there will be problems in finding solutions, especially in Sri Lanka. We will not be dealing with rational thinking here, but reactions influenced and tainted by myths, history, emotions and sheer stupidity.

    This mixing of issues has created the current impasse and the past tragedy.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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