By Vindya Kumari Bandara –
A response to the open letter to Rosy Senanayake by Vishakha Tillekeratne et al
I was shocked to read Visakha Tillekeratne et al comments about Rosy Senanayake, who happened to be the Minister of Child Affairs in this Yahapalana regime. For me, who had been a longstanding observer of Mrs Senanayake, (I have never met her in my life) she was a prominent campaigner for the rights of women and children.
But I think she played that role of an activist – many years before becoming a politician and a minister – with a dignity and standards. I do not know why Ms Tillekeratne wanted Rosy to step down to the poor standards of Mervyn Silva and Kumara Welgama when she was abused by them in verbal terms. People like us made the decision on these two unruly politicians but not on Mrs Senanayake. But it is strange that a learned personality like Mrs Tillekeratne (her LinkedIn profile says that she works for World Health Organization) wants Rosy to match such sub standards.
Of course Mrs Senanayake is a politician. She had to play politics, but why is this accusation of playing politics over Vidya’s dead body? We watched the program from beginning to the end I think her responses were highly professional and action oriented. What was politics therein? Accusing Mahinda Rajapaksa for his continuous impunity against those of his henchmen who threw parties to celebrate his 100th rape? Is it playing politics?
The four participants of this particular Satana program had rather isolated roles to themselves. I agree with Ms Tillekeratne that Bimal Ratnayake’s content had depth and substance. Poor Viajayakala should have been provided with a translator. She became uncomfortable in several instances as she did not grasp sharp questions of the media panel. Soysa, though he continuously denied, his role was to promote the agenda of Rajapakses and defend them to the maximum. Rosy had to talk about the responses of the government and I think she delivered it well.
Though being a woman, I have a strong feeling that those so called gender specialists are of the view that they know it all. Their language and attitude speak to themselves. If these voices which were loud enough for many more years in the past were strong and effective, there should not have been incidents such as Vidya.
These activists should understand the fact that more than responses, these social menaces require change of attitude within people – mainly of those possible perpetrators. I request Mrs Senanayake to concentrate more on this issue and take short, medium and longterm remedies.
I am totally confused on the comment “Please don’t let the saying “beauty is only skin deep” hold true in your case. Make sure that beauty and real brainwork is the sustainable way to empowering women and girl children.” Is she (Ms Tillekeratne et al) too making sub-standard, sexually oriented remarks?
Navin / June 4, 2015
Rosy can take care of herself. This was evident on the Satana program. She has always carried herself with dignity and panache. The article by Wattiamma’s Tillekeratne, Abeywardane and Gamage was mean and unproductive. Those shitty authors by even mentioning Rosy’s name are only polluting it.
Point of View / June 4, 2015
Thillekeratne woman is jealous of Rosy’s beauty and the brains ! Simple as that.
Saman / June 4, 2015
People can present and say anything that they want.
In practical some proposals or suggestions are very difficult to implement and execute specially in our party politics society.
Mrs. Rosy Senanayake is very efficient and competent person.
She well articulated the facts but critics are not honestly opened and ready to accept the facts because they are conditioned to destructively criticize at any cost.
That is what numerous people do in our society.
Most people are suffering from jealousy and envy.
Spring Koha / June 4, 2015
Vindya Kumari Bandara has written well, and made valid points to counter those in the lop-sided ‘open letter’.
Minister Senanayake is a capable and professional operator and conducts herself to the highest standards. We could all learn from the dignity with which the lady showed when having to endure the sexist comments from the misogynistic low life that, unfortunately, inhabits our political sphere.
Paddy / June 4, 2015
My sentiments exactly. Rosy has always conducted herself with decorum but fights fearlessly for women and their rights. For Ms Tillekeratne to ask her to step down is beyond absurdity. Where was Ms T a few months ago when the marauding rapists were running amok?
Amarasiri / June 4, 2015
Vindya Kumari Bandara –
RE:Beauty & The Beast
“I was shocked to read Visakha Tillekeratne et al comments about Rosy Senanayake, who happened to be the Minister of Child Affairs in this Yahapalana regime. For me, who had been a longstanding observer of Mrs Senanayake, (I have never met her in my life) she was a prominent campaigner for the rights of women and children.”
Good to know that. The question is that to what degree was it effective? Can she be more effective? She certainly has good intentions, all we know is that violence against women and children, abuse has increased over the past 10 years? Will blaming Mahinda Rajapaksa, solve the “Problem”.
WFR press conference on CSR. How Effective is this group?
Published on May 27, 2015
WFR press conference on CSR
Madhavi / June 4, 2015
Couldn’t agree more with you on the said topic and lady concerned, Ms. Bandara.
Before Mrs. Senanayake came int to politics, she was an ambassador,and an active member, elected by the UN on Children and welfare. Once at an interview, I noticed how passionate she was on the cause she was involved with. She certainly didn’t shy away from what she believed in, and that’s when I realised she was no ordinary brainless beauty queen who brought fame to the world of beauty by being elected The very first Mrs. world!
I was stunned myself by the article penned by Ms. Tillekeratne, as I honestly didn’t see why she had to make such scathing and baseless accusations against the Hon. Minister. On being appointed, on numerous occasions, I’ve seen the Minister being interviewed on the numerous TV channels in Sri Lanka, and in all, I found her extremely articulate regards her explanation on her mission of safeguarding the women and children of Sri Lanka to be of paramount importance. To creat awareness in a society where men are considered to be superior to mere females (which I’m not happy about) to convince the rural areas which is what almost 2/3 of the country consists of, takes dedication and a whole lot of work, both physically and mentally. She has a very capable team around her, and am proud to say, like in India, where it is only now, that action is be taken, laws are being passed, that Sri Lanka too has begun its process. Until now, the past governments, although had appointed ministers for the welfare of women, non have been so active as Mrs. Senanayake.
I didn’t see why she should’ve responded and stooped down to the level of the likes of Mr. Dissanayake nor any other male for that matter. Surely she’s more learned than that? She doesn’t resort to cheap publicity, to gain popularity, which I’d rather endorse.
Than you Mr. Bandara.
Upul / June 4, 2015
“Educated” women are the worst critics of ‘other’ women. They are the most judgemental and expect their opinions to be accept because they are women.
Solon / June 4, 2015
Oh, oh, oh!!! It was so uplifting to read the comments above except that of Amarasiri – he can be erratic sometimes.
Encouraging also to note that men are no longer scared to say out loud what they think of the so called cultured educated liberated females. I say they have behaved like vultures or pack wolves. If I had a wife like one of them, I would have unceremoniously booted them out. Yes, that’s macho, and I dont apologize.
More encouraging also is to note men are willing to place deserving woman on the highest pedestal. Rosy is one such woman.
Amarasiri / June 4, 2015
“Oh, oh, oh!!! It was so uplifting to read the comments above except that of Amarasiri – he can be erratic sometimes.”
Interesting observation about Amarasiri.
We have to learn to call a Spade, a Spade. Vindya Kumari Bandara seems to be attempting to correct an incorrect representation of Ms. Rosy Senanayaka, by the gang of Vishakha Tillekeratne et al.
Looks like, for whatever reason or reasons, Vishakha Tillekeratne et al has a grudge against Rosy Senanayaka. May be what is needed to be found out are the real reasons behind it. Are some of these achievelents awards and the real reasons?
Rosy Senanayake wins mrs world
Buzz with Danu Ep 5 Rosy senanayake
Newsfirst_Govt has failed in building relations with key countries: Rosy Senanayake
Amarasiri / June 4, 2015
Vindya Kumari Bandara, RE: Beauty and the Beast
RE: Also Solons comments about Amarasri being Erratic.
“I am totally confused on the comment “Please don’t let the saying “beauty is only skin deep” hold true in your case. Make sure that beauty and real brainwork is the sustainable way to empowering women and girl children.” Is she (Ms Tillekeratne et al) too making sub-standard, sexually oriented remarks?”
Why the title. Beauty and the Beast?
“For Ms Tillekeratne to ask her (Rosy) to step down is beyond absurdity. “-
Reading Between the lines.
1. Ms Tillekeratne, Accepts and agrees Rosy is a Beauty.None of the shills, and cronies of Mahinda Rajapaksa can match here. Ms. Tillakaratne, must be much uglier. Sorry, too bad, that is nature, luck of the draw, your Karma from your previous lives. If Ms. Tillakaratne accuse Rosy with unsubstantiated allegation, you will become uglier in your next life and can end being a beast even.
Women can be very jealous of other women, who are more beautiful than them.
2. The Only place she can attack Rosy is is other areas. Even there she does not have much substance.
3. Looks like Ms. Tilakaratne is a paid shill of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Does Ms. Tillakaratne know that the rapes , crimes and wholesale robberies increased during Mahinda Rajapaksa Regime?
So we need to call a spade a spade, but need to look into alternative viewpoints.
Does the sun go around a stationary Earth as the ancients and the Church ( Joshua) claimed, or is it the Earth that rotates and moves around the Sun?
Is Ms. Rosy a Beauty or a Beast? What does the data day?
Amarasiri / June 6, 2015
“Is Ms. Rosy a Beauty or a Beast? What does the data day?”
Is Ms. Rosy a Beauty or a Beast? What does the data say? Beauty?
Amarasiri / June 7, 2015
Vindya Kumari Bandara, RE: Beauty and the Beast
What has Ms Tillekeratne et al. ( and gang) done, other than shilling fir Mahinda Rajapaksa?
Rosy Senanayake protest in Los Angeles to release Sarath Fonseka
Uploaded on Oct 23, 2010
Rosy Senanayake protest in Los Angeles to release Sarath Fonseka, Oct 22nd, 2010
Truth / June 4, 2015
Rosy Senanayake is a highly respected person by the international community as well all the people in Sri Lanka who respect good governance. The media organisations must not allow scum like Ms Tillekeratne for talk shows.
I have no doubt that the voters of her constituency will select her to represent them by a large majority.
Japwatch / June 4, 2015
Let us see if Mrs. Tilekeratne and her friends can get on stage or on television and say what they think Rosy failed to say. But then I don’t think the TV stations would bother to invite them.
Amarasiri / June 5, 2015
“Let us see if Mrs. Tilekeratne and her friends can get on stage or on television and say what they think Rosy failed to say.”
My gut feeling says that, on a relative basis, Mrs. Tilekeratne and her friends are uglier, and neither they nor the TV stations want them. Perhaps, they can get on a Radio show., no pictures.