25 April, 2019

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Crime Probe: Let’s Begin From 1994

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Of all that is pernicious in all resolutions tabled in the UNHRC against Sri Lanka the most scandalous and disgusting perhaps is limiting investigations calls for to the last few months of the war. We are talking about a conflict that dragged for almost three decades. We are talking about a couple of hundred thousand killed. One life cannot be less valuable than another. One murder cannot be more despicable than another. The grief of one mother cannot be less than that of another mother. The same goes for fathers, children, lovers and friends who grieve.

We are reminded of this monstrous ‘logic’ today when there’s a call for the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and wrongdoers therein being held responsible for wrongdoing; a call for a full investigation on numerous allegations. Now, ss someone said ‘compassion’ (maithree) is all good but this does not mean that wrongdoing and wrongdoers should go uninvestigated and unpunished respectively. Strangely, though, Champika Ranawaka of the Jathika Hela Urumaya who spearheaded Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign and was clearly the most articulate critique of the regime on all counts including corruption has picked a period, 2004-2014. This is arbitrary and worse it smacks of witch-hunting.

Chandrika and LasanthaTrue, it is the regime that was defeated that is under scrutiny. True, investigation of corruption charges was a key theme of the Sirisena campaign and it can be concluded that people did vote for such an inquiry. Corruption and wrongdoing on the other hand could not have begun in November 2004. We are after all talking about a constitution and institutional arrangement that made for abuse and pilfering in a large scale as well as a culture of impunity that was well and truly made use of by many who wielded power for decades but especially since 1977. Bheeshanaya (terror) and dhooshanaya (corruption) let us not forget were charges leveled by those in the opposition at least since the 1988 Presidential Election.   They had currency.

Some might claim that the bheeshana-dhooshana levels of the past 10 years were unprecedented, but they would be those who have short memories considering what happened in 1988-89 and towards the tail end of Chandrika Kumaratunga’s first term (before her wings were clipped by the Parivasa arrangement with the JVP, the 17th Amendment and the brief UNP Government of 2001-2004).

We cannot go to Year Dot. This is clear. However, since those who were charged (but not investigated) are still around and since this Government has come to clean up, so to speak, we should start at least from 1994 which is when coalitions led by the SLFP first came to power. Most importantly it includes the period 2001-2004 when the UNP held sway. If there’s going to be change, it must be underlined by wholesomeness, not revenge-intent.

Today we have a President who is also the Chairman of the main party of the coalition led by the opponent he defeated. All those who supported ‘the corrupt regime’ have now pledged allegiance to President Maithripala Sirisena. He has as his key coalition partner, the United National Party, which too is not exactly a party of saints. One of his key backers was ex President Chandrika Kumaratunge, a person described as Chaura Regina (The Thieving Queen).

It is good to clean up. It is necessary to investigate. It is non-negotiable that the constitution and institutional arrangement be reformed so that corruption can be stumped. Mark it with ‘vengeance’ and we can shed all illusions about this regime being ‘better’ (forget ‘compassionate’).  Bring to book the crooks of the previous regime by all means, but let other crooks go free and you would be doing a great disservice to those who voted for ‘change’.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com 

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    Malinda why limit to 1994 – go back to 1983 or 1977. Are you short of memory or were you still in school. We have suffered a lot and no government has compensated us. Its only eyewash all the time.
    Lets start with the present and go backwards….. Bring back our lost ones including all the journalists. Where are sponsors of the ‘white vans’ now ????? Have they fallen victim to the ‘white vans’. Where are ‘grease yakkas’. All this needs investigation.. Your paper also played big role hiding facts and misleading the masses..

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      it is just that Malinda is hardcore supporter to Mahinda Rajapakshe. These men abused the nation on the costs of tax payers funds.

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    Pretty obvious that Malinda has been an apologist for the bandit brothers-Rajapakse for a long time now. If Rajapakse and his clan were honest and did what was right, then it was their duty to investigate years prior to the bandidt brothers taking over. Sorry! no can do, only the thievery of the band’sh’it brothers should be investigated. The innings starting in 1994 is over. We can’t go back and play that innings again. Suggest you go into hibernation mode now, or else go be with your sister in the country you hate so much, namely the US. The funny part is that you went to the US for further education and not some socialist country like Russia or China. Why? You are one of those whisky drinking closet capitalists… trying to deceive the public. They are too clever to get baited.

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    Crime Prop: An astute and disheveled Malindo!

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    “Now, ss someone said ‘compassion’ (maithree) is all good but this does not mean that wrongdoing and wrongdoers should go uninvestigated and unpunished respectively.”

    Malinda ss’stammers about an unknown ss’someone said by ss’somebody while doubtfully ss’surreptitiously questioning the meaning of ‘Maithree’ over his own ‘My-3″ phenomenon.

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    Crimes against peace is more complete term than any nonsense of defined by Sinhalese words such as Dhooshanaya and Bhooshanaya.

    Malinda Seneviratne must be investigated along with Champika Ranawaka as they are pretending to have forgotten evn recent past.

    Death threats by Malinda Seneviratne that too via Daily News to comrades of Socialist Equality party, namely general secretary Wije Dias and political committee member Nanda Wickremasinghe are serious matters that need investigated

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2010/05/sril-m08.html

    The writer of the scurrilous Daily News article, Malinda Seneviratne, comes from a family that sympathised with the formerly Trotskyist Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP). He grew up amid the political confusion created by the LSSP’s betrayal of socialist internationalism when it joined the bourgeois government of Sirima Bandaranaike in 1964.

    As a university student, Seneviratne was involved with the Friends of the People, which combined anti-Tamil racism and environmental issues. The group led by Champika Ranawaka later evolved into the Sinhala extremist party—the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU)—that is currently part of the ruling coalition. Ranawaka was the country’s environment minister and is now power and energy minister and close presidential adviser. While not part of the JHU, Seneviratne is deeply imbued with its chauvinist politics and has found a niche for himself as a journalistic hack for the Daily News, which is nothing but a mouthpiece for government propaganda.

    Seneviratne’s political history lends a particular viciousness to his writing. He is sufficiently acquainted with the history of the Trotskyist movement to recognise that the SEP, unlike the ex-lefts of the Nava Sama Samaja Party and United Socialist Party, is the only organisation that fights for revolutionary socialism. His response is drawn straight from the annals of the JHU, which is notorious for its thuggery—those that cannot be bribed or bullied into line must be eliminated.

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    Malinda, who has been dead against for UN investigation even after the truth standouts that King is the one opened up the path to lodge complains to UN-HRC, now because King is going to be investigated by Chandrika, for to solve her revenge, he is inventing crimes on Chandrika. This just another Sinhala Intellectualism. Tit for tat. We Tamils, would like to see Srimavo’s, JR’ and Premedasa’s crimes against Humanity too investigated in UN. If UN see, in 1970s, how Srima had treated the Sinhala Boys and girls, then they would upgrade the Mullivaaikkal death to, from 150,000 to 300,000 without any recommendations. It has to proven in UN that who were the Lanka’s leaders to convince them why the war had started in Lanka.

    Malinda should stop his cowardly Sinhala Intellectual type corny writing. Please be a man. Collect you evidence. Before the report go to UNHRC in march, summit them to the committee. Of course they are going to respond that is too late. But bring the evidence to CT and publish it. This will make the NGOs to take it with them when the debate start in March. Lanka’s new King, if he has to win the April election, is going to deny the charges in UN. That time your evidences will help the NGOs to defend the report saying that those who are in the power, that is the puppet of CBK the new King, has an interest in denying the charges, because he is in need of protecting him and his boss CBK. Just to say that Karna was his friend, so that he is not Suthira, Karna gave give life to Dhuriyothana. You have an obligation to this to protect your boss for the Laptop you got from.

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    We might as well start investigating from the time of Donoughmore to see when and where and where we laid the foundation of what transpired until end of 2014. We can then predict and avoid the pitfalls. May be.

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    Well said, Malinda. The ~80,000 Sinhalese killed by UNP : much more than the soldiers who died in the war (27,000)

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    Malinda
    Can’t you even now stop licking boots of Raja’s to clean up their dirty acts. Yes, if you want to do nothing start from 1948, why start at 1994. Shame on you.

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    Malinda is talking sense here.

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