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Critical Questions Arising From The Incidents At Weliweriya

By Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda –

Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda

The news from Weliweriya is really distressing. The whole country is in a state shock hearing the impact of Army-Police assault on the civilians. The exact number of deaths is not known. First it was said that few were injured at the scene. Later it was reported that 4 or 6 are dead. The people of this country have a right to know the exact number of the dead and the injured.

In such situation of atrocity, a concerned citizen of this country, has a right to ask whether such killings can be tolerated? Could such a protest by the innocent and unarmed civilians demanding a basic necessity of life i.e. drinking water be targeted with bullets? Whatever the questions one may raise, killings at Weliweriya cannot be justified on any grounds. It must be reiterated that nobody in sound senses would order to confront the citizens (a harmless demand of about citizens of 10 villages) with bullets when their demand is just drinking water, one of the basic necessities of human life.

The people at Weliweriya neither acted on imagination nor got mobilized by sheer selfish political interests. They were motivated by a real need; water without which survival is impossible.  The monks who participated in this struggle vouched that the need is genuine. Only those drunk in polluted water of power consider it otherwise.

This is not the first time that the Rajapakha regime used military force and bullets to wound or kill innocent citizens in the land when the cry was for just demands. The killing of FTZ worker Roshen Chanka at Katunayaka and causing injuries to hundreds of others and fishermen at Chilaw were the other previous instances. It continues to happen and was clearly witnessed at Weliweriya.

Seeing such images of police and military operations against the innocent civilians at Weliweriya on TV, one can imagine the brutality of force that Tamils in the North and East must have voicelessly endured for decades. What did the Tamils demand? It was the freedom to use their language and political freedom to manage their affairs. The response of our rulers was bullets.

What also must be emphasized that which goes unnoticed at such incidence is that the authorities responsible for investigating and finding the solutions for such environment and water pollution has been at the service of protecting the polluters or the ones who are responsible such a crime. It is here one may wonder what is and has been the role of the Environmental Authorities in finding a solution to this issue? Were they unaware that there has been contamination of underground water for some time now? Or did they overlook due to the fact that the factories which are allegedly responsible for such an inhuman and environmental damage are owned by some economically powerful individuals.

These events prompt us to question also the policy of the government over the democratic right of people to protest. One may wonder whether the right of the people to protest is withdrawn in the Mahinda Chinthanaya and meeting the civilians who rightfully protest with bullets is the new policy or the hallmark of that Chinthanaya?

The atrocities committed at Weliweriya reveals much about the government and where it is leading us into. In this politics of darkness and in darkness creating a ‘culture of silence’ by means bullets is and has become an effective strategy. The question one has to grapple with is ‘whether the people have been in slumber for too long?

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    I am reading all these for a demonstration and one person got killed by the army but in 2009 over 40000 Tamils got killed by the same army and the same regime no one say a word then why ? because are they TAMILS?
    I hope the moderator will alloow my comment

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      Really? no one said a word? Were you asleep?

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        May be he just started to read today :)

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      GET TO STREETS TO BEAT CORRUPT REGIME

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    Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda,

    “The question one has to grapple with is ‘whether the people have been in slumber for too long?”

    It appears that the author has just woken up asking the above question. People have been lead to disaster by demagogues masquerading as leaders: Remember the slogan “Sinhala Only in 24 hours”; People suffered for it for 24 years!

    The people elected the rulers several times during the last 65 years, but the rulers are also from the people, including the present rogues. They say what you want is what you get!

    Sri Lankan voters have not been taking democracy seriously: They may be more concerned with bashing the minorities.

    Now when they are at the receiving end they are jolted.

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      True indeed, when atrocities were committed and injustice met against the minorities whether in the North, East or in the other parts of Sri Lanka,(Even as it is happening this day) The majority was/is least concerned, least bothered also enjoyed and supported. TODAY, Weliveriya is revealing the true nature. What you ignored when “THAT” happened to your neighbor, now “THAT” is come to your door-step.
      THOSE WHO STILL BARK THAT ‘THIS COUNTRY IS FOR ONE RACE AND ONE RELIGION’ WAKE UP. IF U DON’T LEARN THE LESSON FROM WELIVERIYA, YOU MISSED THE BUS, YOU ARE DOOMED.

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    This would be a good time to ask the question “where are the saffron robed thugs?”
    Their own people are being shot at, attacked in a brutal manner….time to stand up for them, and spew venom at the government. What is holding them back? What the army did was against the teachings of Buddhism.
    All these poor victims wanted was clean water, that any religion would say was a simple need to survive.

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      They are now bit intimidated by many of the folk groups. In the days to come, the same regime will attack BBS radicals to the very same manner the govt forces displayed at Weliveriya incident.
      Can anybody add me please how many of inhabitants live in Weliveriya ?

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      DHAKSHA and all others alike:

      Well, you people have rich banks and collect money all over the world. Why don’t you spend that money and help poor people instead of continuing conversion ?

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        Yeah?

        First you chase out people who were doing their jobs and earning their dues, saying “we want all your jobs”!

        And now, you want all the people whom you chased away to pay for your living?

        Utterly Shameless?!

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        Jim whats it soft bottom. What a stupid remark from a creep. There was enough clean water in the people’s own back yards, if the ministers and government servants did the proper regulation of these factories. In MR Sri Lanka, any well shod factory could buy out minsters, officials and UPFA activists for a price. That’s the reality. People ask for their own water to be protected from morons who are wrecking the eco system for their selfish gain.

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      It seems Al Dhaksha wants to teach us Buddhism.

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        Why? Does Buddhism say people who have no clean water to drink must be killed, attacked, and humiliated? That sounds more like what the Jews are doing to the Palestinians, controlling their water, and allowing them to suffer with contaminated water.
        What’s your problem?

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          Does Buddhism say people who have no clean water to drink must be killed, attacked, and humiliated?

          You are stupid idiot.

          What does the bible say ?

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            Don’t ask. Read the Bible and in answer you will FIND A TREASURE TO LIVE – I MEAN ‘TO LIVE’.

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            I asked a question from the previous commenter, and it has nothing to do with the Bible.
            If name calling is all you can come with, I suggest spending some time reading up on Buddhism.
            For you sound like you are out of your depth here, when you have nothing intelligent to contribute.

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            Jim Softy,

            BBS stalwart Gnanassara claims, he adviced the govt. to send in the army . So there’s your answer to
            ” Does Buddhism say people who have no clean water to drink must be killed, attacked, and humiliated? “

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      @Dhaksha, If you have any information about anybody killed any Cattle in Waliweriya for Sale just inform Gaanu 5 Nanasara Bebadu Balu Senawa thru Aparada Aarakshaka Lekam. Then you will know where they are and how they react. Killing people and Cattle killings are entirely two different things. “Minissu Maranawa wageda Harak Marana eka kochchara Pawkaara wadakda”

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      In reply to the above question asked by Ashan Paranahewa This is what is reported in TOP STORY printed in Ceylon Today 2013-08-05 02:00:00

      I sent troops to Wellweriya

      General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, said it was under his guidance that the Defence Ministry deployed military troops to Weliweriya last Thursday.

      “It was I who sent them there after observing the situation in the area. Though the demand by the villagers was extremely justifiable when observing the situation, I figured that things could turn bad as the villagers were politically misled by a group.

      The protest they were planning to hold was not properly guided or organized. Therefore, I contacted the officials of the Ministry of Defence and emphasized the need to beef up security in the area,” Ven. Thera said.

      He made this statement when Ceylon Today contacted him, querying why the BBS failed to intervene in the issue faced by the people of Rathupaswala, whose supply of drinking water had been contaminated with chemical disposals from a factory in the locality.

      “I called the officials and told them about the problem. In fact, I said that this is a serious issue and the matter should be resolved without delay as parties with vested political interests could blow the issue out of proportion. Only those who do not have a clue about what we are doing would ask why we are being silent while the people are suffering,” Gnanasara Thera said.

      He however acknowledged the fact that, area residents were shot by the military personnel.
      “If the residents behaved accordingly and attempted to negotiate politely, things would not have turned this bad. They provoked the military personnel and we can’t blame the military entirely for the situation,” he added, while at the same time, expressing his dismay on the final outcome of the events related to the incident.

      The protest led by the villagers of Weliweriya and the surrounding areas last Thursday resulted in the area turning into a mini battle field.

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    Rev. Father,

    Pardon me for having a different view point. The unpublished sad story is that all political parties in the opposition started voicing their concern only after deaths. It was because they were busy with filling nomination papers and submitting them before the deadline. After the Commissioner of Elections announced the date for election, opposition parties found a trump card for starting their campaigns. Before Weliweriya they had only cases of corruption, abuse of power, rape and murder against politicos of ruling party. For the rest the opposition totally dependent on Navi Pillai, Transparency International and Governments of several western countries. Political parties of ethnic Tamils remaining silent on this issue of people of Rathupaswala demanding clean water can be understood. Yet populist politicians of the opposition, who are national organizers of their political parties and show up in irregular urban low income settlements, were not seen in Weliweriya. Now they will sing hymns in the parliament accusing each other and Weliweriya will only be a record in the Hansard.

    This is the “hidden” wonder of Asia.

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      ‘Pardon me for having a different view point. The unpublished sad story is that all political parties in the opposition started voicing their concern only after deaths’.

      Professional, providing the needs of the people is the duty of the government. As you say had the Opposition got involved prior to the demonstration and the deaths, you would have had a similar different view point to accuse the Opposition to have orchestrated the whole thing to discredit the Govt. What kind of a Professional are you? Are you also a Professional like Dr. Mervyn Silva?

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        Dear Mr. Gamini,

        My comment below has reference to your questions “What kind of a Professional are you? Are you also a Professional like Dr. Mervyn Silva?”

        I come from a lower middle class family and I had no money to pay for a doctorate over the counter overseas. So I entered the university after passing GCE (AL) Examination, successfully completed the course leading to a bachelor’s degree and topped it up with two master’s degrees, which were assessed by foreign examiners. later I sat for Professional Charter Examinations here and abroad and I am qualified to practice my professions here and abroad.

        Dr. Maralovin Silva is a career professional in Organized Crime. He has a bachelor degree from the Hambantota Campus of the National Underworld Vocational University of Sri Lanka and decorated it with a doctorate bought from the International University for Alternative Medicine. His doctoral thesis was Alternative Sri Lankan Physio Therapy. It is rumored that a serving DIG of Police wrote the thesis for him. His first patient was a parliamentarian Buddhist monk, who had to spend two months in the hospital after receiving treatment from him in the parliament. He practices in the state sector where risk of being found and punished is minimal and therefore practices without an insurance against professional negligence. He also enjoys the media freedom that you and I do not have and that is why both of us use pen names.

        Hope my explanation answers your question. If you or a member of your diaspora need my services please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached through Colombo Telegraph.

        Assuring you best of my services I wish to remain.

        With kind regards,

        The Professional

        PS: Kindly Convey my regards to your savior Callum Macrae if he is still living.

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          The present sensory perceptive Education system allows students to imbibe knowledge and repeat at Examinations to pass and Qualify as Academics and Professionals. There are many who have memory power or the ability to retain, who do well and qualify along with those who have the power of innovation as well. That is why it is said that there are Lawyers and Lawyers and Doctors and Doctors. It is so with every Profession. It is the latter group who stands out in society while the others are, also ran type. In fact I had a vernacular qualified person with a PhD working under me. I felt sorry for him and helped him on many an occasion when he needed help.

          Now the issue under discussion was you said you have a different view point that, why the Opposition did not intervene before this incident took place. Then I showed that, had the Opposition intervened before, they would have been blamed for orchestrating the whole damn thing. I trust you see the point with your credentials you claim as I do not posses any Degree.

          To conclude you ask me to convey your wishes to Callum Macrae if he is still alive, shows that the Two Masters Degrees you boast off have little meaning, to yourself or to the society, because you are also one of those in the category of an ‘also ran’ not much of a difference to Dr. Mervyn Silva although you look down upon Mervyn Silva as the rest. I wonder whether you have heard that one can buy a Degree but not the Pedigree.

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            Dear Mr. Gamini,

            Thank you for “enlightening” and “educating” me. I appreciate your being concerned about people of Sri Lanka without a bias. The country needs more constructive critics of your caliber. I owe you a round of drinks.

            With kind regards,

            The Professional

            Copies: 1. Rev. Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda,)Apologies for deviating
            2. Editor, CT )from the focus of the
            discussion.

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              Professional, you can be assured I have no malice to you or for that matter towards any who may differ on my opinion. I would strive to prove my stand and it ends there. Life is too short to hold on to grudges, which I believe is the main cause for conflicts to drag, be they Political, Racial, Ethnic or Religious. Who knows we may meet for a round of drinks sometime. Take care.

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          I thought MSliva^s doctorate is just honorary – where did you get this info from ? Not only Mervin but Rajapakshes and their domestic servants were awarded with those honorary titles offered by Colombo or Jayawardhana Pura Unis. or am I wrong ? Please correct me here, I have no idea about this, but I myself wondered people always write prefix to his name – most disgusting politician srilanka should be ashamed to have produced during the last few years. Failure lies on our people – meadi men, why should they continue using Dr. not considering the damage towards the ones who have earned those titles through their hard achievements.

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    4 to 6 sinhalese dead and the whole country is in shock. The moment the Tamils are finished then the Sinhalese start clamoring for their nonsense. Time to finish them off too. At least the Tamils will be able to watch them writhe and realize that it is nothing personal. Everyone gets the same treatment.

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      That was for a good purpose and not comparable with this. It was basically demanded by the terrorists not the peace loving Tamils. Atlease now you people are available to comment here and there which wouldn’t have possible if 2009 finish wasn’t there.

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    The ‘heroes’ of Sinhala Buddhists have not only opened their skulls but also their eyes to see for themselves with their eyes wide-open whose interests their ‘heroes’ are defending. Go on and hold bodhi poojas for your ‘heroes’ for just doing that!

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    Postwar 2009,Katunayake,Chilaw,Derniyagala,Weliveriya, Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow

    “Violence begets Violence”, “Those who take to the sword, die by it”, “What goes up must come around”— these are synonyms said by grate wise people. Ever since the North –East war ended in 2009,one of the blatant allegations against the SL Government and its security forces was that Thousands of innocent people died in this conflict and nobody has taken responsibility or neither brought anyone to account.
    If a Nation is guilty in killing its own people innocently in any given conflict and does not make account for it, it only relies on its stubborn brutality and never learns it’s lessons the given way or even the hard way, only brutality in its wisdom continues, what we experienced with the bullets of Police, Thugs and Security forces, in Katunayake,Chilaw,Daraniyagala and now Weliveriya for unarmed citizens protesting for their rights for better wages, help for the Fisheries industry, sanity in their villagers to prevail from ongoing thugery or for un-contaminated water, lies, is in blind eyes and deaf ears of Authorities. If this is the way that authorities in the government behave, then we are not far from a country of sheer anarchy and chaos that builds up to a regime that governs with repression and oppression.

    It is wise for President Rajapakse and His Government to turn around now and Build up a Nation that lives Reconciled to one another, be it Authority and Subjects, Rich or Poor, Superior Race or inferior, Majority or minority, Whatever Religion One may belong to, it is still opportune time to work for True Reconciliation, Justice and Peace.

    Real Peace loving citizens and religious leaders are waiting with a right hand of fellowship stretched out with love, please do accept it gladly.

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    It is heartening to hear more and more voices raised against this atrocious regime’s criminal acts against its own people. The regime and its military are on a path to totally suppress all opposition and subjugate the people.

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    The Rev Father in the Church where people took refuge, clearly says in the BBC Sinhal interview that outsiders are involved and plead for them to leave locals alone to sort their problems out.

    Where is this Reverend coming from?.

    Do innocent inhabitants weild sticks and throw stones at law enforcement officers?

    Isn’t it the naive people who get whipped up into a fenzy to do these sorts of things?.

    Did the same agents try these tactics with the Candle Light vigilantes on Brown Sahib’s Turf?.

    And at the FUTA and Hustsdocrf mini trials?.

    It is always the lower rungs of the society who have to provide the foot soldiers to fight battles for the top end of the town.

    Unfortunately it will not get any better until the economic difference is narrowed.

    There is still hope that there are a lot of good Reverends doing their best to improve the rural poor in their Parishes,

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      Amanasekara, why is it that a single outsider that you and your govt. claim to have instigated the crowds have not got killed or injured. Besides from the video footage also there are no instances of any trying to direct the crowds. All seem to have gathered with one purpose. The people who gathered were no kids and they know the truth, although your ilk try to paint a ghost. These are the very people the majority who have voted for this Scum Bag Tsunami fund embezzler over Ranil. They know the truth as to who served them with violence for a peaceful Demonstration. You Amanasekara go tell this to the people there and see what response you will get, if there is an iota of truth in what you say. The readership of this forum know what a Amanaya you are?

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      One doesn’t need much proof to see that the writer of this article, Rev Iddamalgoda and most of the commentators are from a clique with anti-government mindset.

      I must say however, this people are in the minority by far. Wherever and whenever there is a NGO backed anti-government formation, this reverend had been there at the forefront with Monk Sobitha, the Bddhist part of his mission. We have seen the revered invoking God’s blessing on the impeached CJ. Fortunately for the country, the God had turned his back on them.

      Reverend was born miles down this side of the Kalani river and at present he is the 58th archdiocse of Colombo. As such he has no clue whatsoever about the alleged contribution by the factory concerned for the contamination of water around the factory. Suffix to say management of the factory deny effluent released by the factory to the environment is hazardous.

      Such a response by the company means, there is another side of the story to that of the protesters. Needles to say any independent person could see that the whole affair must be investigated by an independent authority to arrive at a long term solution. And the fact that the government agreed to supply fresh water to affected parties in the meantime should be a good enough response to call of the protest at least for the time being. Perhaps for that reason the reverend turned all his attention to the bad news from Wellivariya. Hence, I too shall turn to riot at Wellivariya from this point on.

      I fully agree that water is a precious commodity and people have the right to demand the government to preserve it for them. I also agree that if authorities are deft and blind to people’s complaints, then they must have the right to protest.

      But do they have the right to close main roads like Kandy – Colombo road as a part of their protest particularly after authorities have promised an action plan is my first question. The second question is whether protesters have the right to attack the police and the army with Moltev cocktails, brickbats and etc.

      Main roads like Kandy – Colombo road are being used regularly by much much more people than the affected ones by this water pollution. What about rail roads and minor roads that some other protesters have closed at recent times. These protests have become a pain in the butt. Only when we get to these protest sites the general public come to know about it. People get to roads with hundreds of things in mind. But they are forced to abandon all that for unreasonable decision making. If this is allowed nothing will function in this country soon. And that is what those who accuse the government as ‘regime’ want. What right these protesters have to put us, the general public in to inconvenience is my last question.

      If people do not like the government they can show their displeasure at the coming up PC elections. Why start riots when a mechanism is set to look in to grievances. I bet there could be an unforeseen hands behind these riots.

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        One doesn’t need much proof to see that the writer of this article, Rev Iddamalgoda and most of the commentators are from a clique with anti-government mindset.

        Yes, if anyone shows the depth of Corruption or misdoings of the MR govt, the easiest is to tag them with anti-govt, NGO kakkas, Traitors, Tamil Diaspora etc. etc.

        The second question is whether protesters have the right to attack the police and the army with Moltev cocktails, brickbats and etc.

        If one sees those who are injured and killed have never attacked but only participated in the Demonstration. Can this patriot show any video clip of any of the injured or killed in action of attacking the Forces? Then who is this Pseudo Patriot trying to bluff?

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          Please fund your best friend Callum Macrae to make a another film on Weliweriya, Plaese gamini please

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            klu klux Honthai

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        I think you are a powerful Patriot Missile and deployed to protect MR from incoming missile. I hope the battery is charged and ready to fire. Where was it made USA or Israel

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    Rev. Fr Sarath Iddamalgoda

    There’s already two war criminals out there who are unofficially included under the International arrest warrens. They both evade prosecution and the Genocide happened in Weliweriya will add into already list of prosecutions.

    They are been closely watched and one already said his phones are been tapped and monitered.
    Also their international travel destinations are been restricted to a very few countries. Even the countries like Malaysia have become out of bounce.

    Therefore when the noose get tighten, they are making a long stay in power and the most suitable one to be is to create a Military dictatorship.

    The massacre happened at Welikada Prison, Impeachment of CJ DR.Shirani Bandaranayake and installing a puppet CJ, DIG Murder contracts, constant changes and transfers at Police Department and other defense departments etc,etc, and other disappearances and missing persons are all part of Moulding Citizen towards this Military Dictatorial Regime Path.

    Yes we had a Ranaviru Army atleast until Gen.Sarath Fonseka was in charge.But now all those best ones were sent on early retirement and now we have a Jokers Buffalo Solja Army. This is what the Rajapakses wanted to stay in power.

    Now we have Buffalo CJ, Buffalo Police, Buffalo Parliament, Buffalo media and Buffalo Solja Army and security force.What else they need.

    Next PC elections will decide if we have a Buffalo Voters also to complete the Military Dictatorial regime.

    First they came for my neighbor………soon they are coming after me.

    What did I do………….To the Dictators Humanitarian Operation.

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    “…. What did the Tamils demand? It was the freedom to use their language and political freedom to manage their (internal) affairs. The response of our rulers was bullets….” It was clear the Sinhala South, sooner or later, will acknowledge the Tamils were subject to enormous injustice. Even the JVP – that was so patently racist and anti-Tamil – has begun to realise its great error.

    But, Dear Fr. Iddamalgoda, the Sinhalese are gradually coming around that Tamils suffered deep grievances for decades. They are now in the mood to agree to what they have denied for so long – Language Parity (31 years) and Citizenship for Lankans of recent Indian origin (40 years) issues. At last, Elections to the NPC has been reluctantly agreed to almost as if a favour is being done.

    But is this all too late? Many Tamils argue the marriage of about a century has failed and we must get back to the earlier Status Quo. Many countries, in the region and world outside, seem to agree with this view. And as the Kerry-inspired talks between the Palestinians and Israel is back on track the world will begin talking of solutions in similar cases along the 2 States within one Country path. That, naturally, will add to our litany of woes.

    Senguttuvan

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    Was the christian Church behind this Incidence ?

    what is the point Christian Church is trying to prove.

    Christianity is a Political religion. Everybody knows that.

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      Jim Softly you did not say this about BBS! That’s hypocritical.

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    The following is the Truth.

    What was the motive in attacking the army ?

    “Video footage indicates clearly that the protests in Weliweriya on Thursday were anything but peaceful. The accompanying photographs reproduced here as screen shots from a video filmed by a private broadcast station indicate that persons dressed in civilian clothes carrying large poles beat up army personnel and provoked them.

    The first photograph shows a man (circled right) aiming a blunt weapon (pole) at a soldier from behind. The next photograph shows youth carrying poles confronting army men in the background. The Police and army have claimed that these protesters also threw Molotov cocktails (petrol bombs) at them.

    The Sunday Times political columnist makes reference to this claim though he is unable to verify independently that such weapons were used.

    However, the photographs show clearly that violence was aimed at army personnel. The claims made by police about petrol bombs are, in that context, taken as credible by most political commentators, including the Sunday Island political columnist who has noted the use of petrol bombs.

    All of these indicate that interested outsiders provoked the army. Hospital sources said that three civilians died as a result of the clash, but autopsy reports indicating the cause of death were not available at the time of going to press.

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      Jim Softly, please face facts. Protests of this nature always have a tendency to become violent. It happens all over the world. That is why trained police anti riot squads are available to a Police Force. Why were the Police not used? Who was the fool who ordered the Army to confront the protesters? The riot Police with proper anti riot gear could have easily tackled this mob.

      You are an ardent defender of the government and from the way you write I believe you know Gotabhaya Rajapaksa intimately. Would you therefore take the trouble to speak to him and get him to punish the miscreant concerned. A demotion or dismissal is best.

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    Military men who attacked those who had taken refuge in a church are reported to have been ‘masked’.
    Thus,they knew that what they were doing was unlawful,and took precautions against being identified.
    Now the military is reported to be investigating its own behavior.
    This is a farce.
    In other democracies,there are Special Investigation Units permanently appointed to investigate excesses by police and army.
    Firing live ammunition at civilians amounts to “shooting to kill”.
    This amounts to deliberate murder of civilians.
    They must have fired on orders by the senior military officer at the site. His identity appears to be a secret.

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    Father Sarath, ofcourse, raises many points of concern. However, our country, though now in peace, is still concerned that another group could rise up and destabilise the hard won peace. It was the failure of all post-independence governments to nip in the bud such uprisings that led us to endure the grim years up to 2009. This government, having won that battle, has the right to ensure that such a situation never arises again. Till we all learn not be mistrustful of every situation, imagining a conspiracy behind every coconut tree, there will be these awful situations that will involve hardships for innocent people. The rightful way to correct our status is through dialogue and the ballot box. Unfortunately, this method might take some time (given the eighteenth amendment). I know that you will not harbour any alternative method.

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      Spring Chicken:

      Stop talking rubbish man. What hard won peace are you talking about and what are you trying to nip in the bud? Freedom of expression.

      THIS IS STATE TERRORISM MAN but now the Chicken has come home to roost and it is your lot who are being butchered for a change.

      How many amendments have you memorised and can you list them.

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    All the signs of a Military Dictatorship in making.

    But the same dictators will face Hague pretty soon.

    Sri Lanka was not, has not, is not, will not and cannot be under a dictatorship. It never worked and will not work for Sri Lanka.

    How come the ruling Beggers make it a dictatorship when they send their women to Middle East to bring in Foreign Exchange.

    Also 60% of Government income is coming in the way of Loans and borrowed money.

    Investing 150 Million US Dollars in uganda when Weliweriya people are crying for clean water is a misnomer.

    Please read the following web.

    http://news.lk/news/sri-lanka/4317-sri-lanka-invests-in-a-water-project-in-uganda

    It is the Peoples money that should be invested upon them first when it comes to needs and wants.

    Building water purification plant in Uganda when it most needed in Sri Lanka is a question to be asked from Rajapakses.

    From where did the Rajapakses Got this 150 Million Dollars.

    Is it part of the borrowed money from World Bank, IMF, Govt. Reserves or any other source.

    Is this a Grant or a Loan to Uganda.

    Is it money are from Commission or some ones Black money coming from no where.

    Who authorized this project.

    Did parliament authorized this 150 Million Dollar Project.

    What is the interest payable on this fund, both Sri Lanka and Uganda.

    Who is responsible for this Project and collection of funds.

    What are the other foreign projects that aqre carried out by the government.

    We need answers from Both Government and the opposition.

    Also if CT or anybody else could answer us on the above questions will be appreciated.

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      I think Jim Softly and KAS will clarify soon….I hope.

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    The problem in Weliweriya is water not politics.

    Sihalese people’s water resources are robbed by South Indians in Colombo city. This is why they have no good water.

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      I thought you were going to lead a protest march. Haven’t you started yet?

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      MULLI has a problem with water just like Count Dracula he has a fear of Water. Go to Transylvania and don’t stay in the Colombo slums it could get very smelly.

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      MULLI,

      There is more water pumped back from Tamil Eelam in Colombo but this time the water has been sprayed with a Chemical ( MULLI PISS ) to get rid of the contamination so that the people of Weliweriya, Kelaniya, Labugama can drink the water free of contamination

      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER
      MULLI WATER,MULLI WATER , MULLI PISS, MULLI WATER, MULLI WATER , MULLI WATER

      This supply should be enough to last their life time
      If you don’t stop this rubbish I will open the Flood Gates and flush you out of your small little Hut

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    “When the sister in the church locked some of the protestors in a room, a soldier placed his rifle at her chest. She pleaded with them not to harm anyone. One of the soldiers shouted “kawda umbalawa deng balaganney. Api kotith paradduwa. Umbala vedak nehe. (Who is there to look after you now? We defeated the Tigers. You are of no use).” Anusha (real name withheld to ensure her safety), who lives at Helen Waththa Road, Weliweriya, said she saw troops with clubs chasing a group of women. “Though it was a little dark, I could see blood oozing out of a woman’s head. This is the most horrible experience in my life,” she said. A villager who was badly beaten up. A soldier attacked a photo journalist Shanuka Kulasekera of the Adha newspaper published by the Wijeya Group and threw his camera away. He was hospitalised and was discharged yesterday. His camera has been badly damaged.” The Sunday Times

    The Government thinks it can shoot or beat up anyone, because they have expanded the Colombo harbor, and eliminated the LTTE by dropping thousands of bombs indiscriminately. Since Weliweriya insidence I don’t believe the government. In fact, they are shooting the people without a second thought, because they got away from killing thousands of innocent Tamils. Their present behaviour is saying something about their past. I am reluctant to take their word anymore. Therefore, I am urging the human rights lobby groups, intellectuals, business entrepreneurs, religious leaders and law abiding citizens to rise up, and put a pressure on the government to put an end to its uncontrollable madness.

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      Antany,

      You have become a renounced character well done. I think it is your association with this uneducated ex LTTE leaders. I don’t know whether they have brain washed you or you have brain washed them .
      But it has worked man. By the way how is life treating you in New Zealand. Saneepa Komathe?

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        Kali,

        Don’t ever think that the Chinese will let you to fool the world forever. Of course the Asians are divided, it does not mean you are going to rule them forever. Those days you killed millions, ripped off the world, and proclaimed that the Sun never sets on the British Empire. Remember, the day is coming you will ask yourself will the Sun ever rise in the UK, We all know that you are getting millions of dollars from the NSA to spy on your own people, because you are already bankrupt. You think you can keep the Asians under you by discrediting people like us. You can keep the Indian subcontinent under you, but not China. You will do everything to create a war between China and India or China and Japan, but the Asians won’t fall into your trap, because they know you well. You are the master of divide and conquer. Your trick will never work with the Chinese, your defeat is imminent.

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          Antany,

          I have already told you stop reading pornographic magazines and looking at Naked Picture of Chinese women. As a result you are deluded.

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    1.Is Mahinda Rajapaksa a qualified lawyer? No;Has Mahinda Rajapaksa passed the law exam ? No, because the final exam papers were answered by Jeyaraj on his behalf; Jeyaraj was killed by Mahinda and put the blame on the LTTE. Now Mahinda is a lawyer because Jeyaraj is not among the living to challenge him.

    2.Mahinda Rajapaksa stole Rs 87,000,000/00 Tsunami Foreign funds in 2004 and deposited in DA Rajapaksas Tomb,
    Then IGP Chandra Mendis and MP Kabir Hashim Were fined Rs 100,000/oo each by the joker CJ Sarath Nanda for going to courts on this robbary.

    3.Mahinda Promised at Mahamaluwa in Kandy to Hela Urumaya and JVP to abolish the Executive Presidency. Has he done it? No. He will never do. Instead he broke the JVP,CWC,UNP,Hela Urumaya, MUSLIM congress and TNA to Bits and pieces and bought a few to make his two third majority in Parliament and removed the two terms limit for Presidency to be President for ever. Chamal Rajapaksa his elder brother passed all the bills to keep Mahinda in power for ever.

    4. All the major projects are taken to Hambantota to get the votes of Hambantota to family circle.Nothing is given to the provinces for them to manage their areas. Weliweriya is one such case.

    5.Where were Gota and Basil in 2005 at the time of Presidential election.They were in USA.Then who were the Main Supoters at that time?
    They are none other than Anura (had an untimely death because of illtreatment by Mahinda.)Mangala,Sripathy,Tilvin and Somawansa.
    What happen to the supporters.They were castrated. Who are the fore runners of overything in Govt. now.GOTA and Basil.

    6.He tried to cheat India and learned a bitter lesson.Where is the LLRC and it’S recommendations? What happened to the all party conference findings?

    7.Did the poor Govt.Servants or Pensioners get Their Salary increases of promised Rs.2500/=.

    8.What happened to the Farmers Pension Scheme from Nov.2011. It is a pension scheme initiated by the Govt. It cannot go bankrupt.

    9.Has Mahinda Rajapaksa completed any of the invetigations undertaken by him through his commissions on; Murder of Romesh,Chanaka,Anthony,University students at Nittambuwa,Briotish National at Tangalle,Kahawatta women murders,Latest Deraniyagala murders and all the misdeeds of Provincial and Pradesheeya sabha members and so many other cases from 2005. No, Not a single has been completed.

    10.Then the losses to the country by wasting billions of treasury funds to maintain Srilankan,Mihin,CEB,Railway,CTB,Petroleum etc.When will they become profit making enterprises? They will never make profits.Most of them are headed by his kith and kin.

    11.Hedging was his brother in laws activity.We are made to pay for his sins.Deyata Kirula is his own Project to keep his image lifted wasting Rs.11.000/= million brought from Meda mulana in Hambantota.

    12.Best part is that all the solusions for every problem is provbided by Gota,Basil or Mahinda.I do not know why we need a Cabinet to run the Government.Mun okkoma loka Horu.

    13. Baduth Hamuduruwange Naduth Hamuduruwange.

    APITA MEHEMAWELA MADI.

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    The blame game has begun purely on speculation and hearsay. Why not wait for the proposed investigations are over and there is some tangible evidence.
    Very little comment is made on the crime of blocking of main road for as long as two hours. In this country the obstruction of a foot path can lead to murder.The practice of holding the public hostage on the streets must stop.

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    The leaders in the Indian Subcontinent get excited very easily by their small achievements, and screw up the big picture, because they don’t have the knowledge to comprehend the powerful West or the mighty China. The leaders won’t listen to their own intellectuals, because they are not smart enough to understand the intellectuals. Therefore, the Indian Subcontinent will be under others forever, even though it has two billion people, larger than China’s population. We are the enemies for ourselves, not the Westerners or the Chinese. I have read hundreds of books to understand how the West became so powerful, and what will take the West to keep the power. I also read extensively about the Japanese and the Chinese histories. The Indian Subcontinent has been ruled by others for thousands of years; it hasn’t got that vibrant knowledgable culture as the Westerners, the Japanese or the Chinese. Therefore, it will be impossible for the Indian Subcontinent to undermine the West or the East.

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      Antany,

      I am sorry to say this but I am sure you are reading the wrong books. Stop reading pornographic magazines ( and fantasising naked pictures of Chinese and Japanese Women) and start reading real stuff man for a change.
      By the way how long have you been reading.

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        Kali you have an Indian name it does not mean you are an Indian, the people from the Indian Subcontinent may think you are an Indian, because you have fooled them for centuries. You ripped off them, ruled them and divided them yet they trust you. But the smart Chinese are very careful with you and playing their cards well. Don’t ever think that the Chinese will let you to fool the world forever. Of course the Asians are divided, it does not mean you are going to rule them forever. Those days you killed millions, ripped off the world, and proclaimed that the Sun never sets on the British Empire. Remember, the day is coming you will ask yourself will the Sun ever rise in the UK, We all know that you are getting millions of dollars from the NSA to spy on your own people, because you are already bankrupt. You think you can keep the Asians under you by discrediting people like us. You can keep the Indian subcontinent under you, but not China. You will do everything to create a war between China and India or China and Japan, but the Asians won’t fall into your trap, because they know you well. You are the master of divide and conquer. Your trick will never work with the Chinese, your defeat is imminent.

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          Whether India remains the friend she has been to us during our times of troubles and tribulation or otherwise will largely depend
          on how we conduct our relations with them. In a region where players in the region are doing their utmost to destabilise India all around N, E, S and West we must, under no circumstances, offer
          reason to India we endanger their economic, political and territorial integrity by colluding with these anti-Indian powers. We must not become part of the designs of outsiders to cause action inimical to India’s interests. Privately getting children of the leading political players here to get married into Indian families and whispering false assurances in Delhi, in regular forced visits, are understood in the perfidious nature they are.
          It is good diplomacy to maintain good relations with all warring factions and advance Sri Lanka’s interests rather than surreptitiously conspire with others in action calculated to harm India in a technological world where secrets are hard to keep.

          I have had occasion to write earlier in the splendid manner in which Finland, in the physical landmass of the Soviet Union, conducted herself from 1917 amidst shifting political and doctrinaire radical changes until now and always enjoyed the respect of Soviet Union. But when the delicate business of international diplomacy is in the hands of the semi-literate we expose ourselves to that situation, best described in Tamil, where the garland of flowers is in the hands of the monkey (kurangin kayyil kidaitha poomalai poal).

          Senguttuvan

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            Listening to the Indians leaders will not help to develop Sri Lankan. India let down two billion people in the Indian Subcontinent. India did nothing when China introduced one child policy and expanded its manufacturing sector in the 70’s to increase its current account surplus. It took almost twenty years for India to follow China to expand its service sector. Still India hasn’t done enough to increase its manufacturing sector, or to control its population to reduce its current account deficit to invest in India or in the Subcontinent countries to increase the middle class families. For your own record you must check China’s and India’s current account balance for the last twenty years, then you will understand my concerns. The Indian Subcontinent has almost one third of the world’s population. We should lead the manufacturing and the service sectors, but in reality our people are extremely poor; more than half of the Indian population do not have access to toilets to maintain basic hygiene. Indian Railways is the largest open toilet in the world. Few months ago I met a Cadadian in Beijing who just finished her travelling in India. I asked her what she thinks about India. She said that Indians have no idea about a basic waste management system, lets not talk about India, it is a waste of time. What is a point in having great IT skills when you don’t have a basic hygienic system as a human being? Indian don’t worry about their basic hygiene, it is shocking. In the 1970’s and 80’s the Chinese were doing everything to get richer to give better life to their citizens, but Indians were too busy creating terrorism to divide the Sri Labkans when the Sri Lankan leaders decided go somewhere else to get a help to develop their country. Indians turned the innocent Tamil youths as the most ruthless terrorists in the world, now they are telling the world that they do care about them. They think that they can fool the Tamils forever. They think that they can rule Asia and the world by bullying the people around them. They are missing the vital point. Their policies are wrong. Their own people don’t have access to basic hygiene as human beings. Indians have the right to have any number of kids, but they don’t care whether those kids have a place to sleep or have food to eat. They are not normal people, they don’t even care about their own kids. The world should not allow them to talk about other people’s rights or democracy. India is the largest democratic country by population, but its not relevant to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden who have been fighting to improve the democracy in the Western Countries. Indians trust their enemies, hoping one day their enemies will give them a crown to rule Asia and the world. They think that they can make friends, and become the world leaders by bullying the people who around them.

            Indians have opened the Internet widely; the most popular searched word on the google was sex. The Indian culture is different, Indian girls are not open to have sex as the Western girls. The Internet pornography has increased the sexual crimes in India by 18%, especially the gang rapes. A new report in the United Kingdom revealed a startling trend of young boys being charged with rape or other sexual crimes, with authorities claiming online pornography is leading to the increase; the report was published on The Christian Post on 20th of November 2012. The Chinese don’t allow Internet pornography, they impose laws to suit their culture, because they are smarter than Indians. I have lot of respect for the Chinese people, because they are smart, they are suspicious about the Westerners. In China all the Western propaganda social network websites are blocked, very smart move. Based on the history the Indian Subcontinent should be more suspicious about the Westerners than the Chinese, but we are not, because we are not smart. We fought against the Westerners, but we trust them to develop our cultures and our countries. Basically, we trust our enemies to prosper, this is not stupidity, this is beyond our stupidity. Here we are again, Indians are still playing their dirty game on Sri Lanka. Don’t be surprised, India will do the same in fifty or hundred years. Indians don’t have long term vision. Therefore, the Sri Lankan should not listen to Indians. Sri Lanka must go ahead and change the 13th amendment ASAP. As it went ahead to finished the war.

            The Indian leaders have to make some drastic changes, If they want to compete with the Chinese. The political parties must understand the country’s urgency “Now or Never”. Having said that I am sceptical about the Indian Subcontinent politicians, because they are selfish and corrupted, they won’t change. But our leaders love God and democracy, they are even proud of being vegetarians. At this stage, even the current ruling party decides to implement some drastic changes, the opposition party will oppose it to have power. The opposition party won’t care about their people or country. It does nor matter whether it is Congress or BJP, the outcome will be the same. They will only worry about their position and their pocket. Therefore, the Chinese are the ultimate winners.The Chinese Communist party members are more faithful to their people than the leaders of the Indian Subcontinent. Indians continue to cuddle the Westerners, but the West will not help them in the long term. Our people would have been better off, if those leaders never born in the Indian Subcontinent. They are ignorant fools, they won’t take anything of what I am writing, because they don’t have the knowledge. They only have the knowledge to trust their enemies, and pray to their Gods who are in hundreds, including a cow.

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          Antany,

          The difference between you and me is that I am talking sense and you are talking rubbish and that might be because you have reached the point of saturation by reading too much.

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    Dear Kali,

    Don’t ever think that the Chinese will let you to fool the world forever. Of course the Asians are divided, it does not mean you are going to rule them forever. Those days you killed millions, ripped off the world, and proclaimed that the Sun never sets on the British Empire. Remember, the day is coming you will ask yourself will the Sun ever rise in the UK, We all know that you are getting millions of dollars from the NSA to spy on your own people, because you are already bankrupt. You think you can keep the Asians under you by discrediting people like us. You can keep the Indian subcontinent under you, but not China. You will do everything to create a war between China and India or China and Japan, but the Asians won’t fall into your trap, because they know you well. You are the master of divide and conquer. Your trick will never work with the Chinese, your defeat is imminent.

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    Dear Ms. Josephine,

    Two types of Honorary Doctorates;
    1. With approval of Senates and Councils of Universities;
    Prez MR got it because he an AAL (Professional) and Def. Sec.
    GR got it because he has an MBA from Uni of CMB. Former Finance
    Minister from Devinuwara (Graduate of University of Ceylon) got
    one from Uni of Ruhuna but never used “Dr.” and Late Education
    Minister Dr. Richard Pathirana (Graduate of University of
    Peradeniya) got one from Maldevian National University. A
    former captain of Sri Lanka’s cricket team also got one but I
    do not know where he got it from.
    2. Over the counter from Name Board universities;
    Dr. Meralovin Silva bought his doctoral decoration for his
    professional services to the nation in organized crime. Please
    read the following which I extracted from a web site.

    PhD (Alternativa Medicina), Medicina Alternativa International, Sri Lanka
    In 2011, one incumbent member of Burmese federal parliament who claims
    that he holds a PhD (Alternativa Medicina), Medicina Alternativa International, Sri Lanka. While “Alternativa Medicina” or “Alternative Medicine” in English means it is not evidence based modern medicine practice, that Sri Lankan based Medicina Alternativa International is a diploma mill that will sell degrees for a fee.
    Read below:

    ‘Diploma mills that sell M.D. degrees seem particularly dangerous.
    Lord Pandit Prof. Dr. Sir Anton Jayasuriya (1930-2005) of Sri Lanka
    created Medicina Alternativa International in Sri Lanka and claimed
    to be affiliated with The Open International University [presumably
    to be confused with the Open University of Sri Lanka]. He sold diplomas
    for various fields. I have a copy of his charge list for 1962.
    For $3,750 USD one could buy any of the following degrees: M.D. (M.A.),
    M.D. (T.M.), Dr. Ac., or Ph.D. These letters stand for Doctor of Medicine
    (Alternativa Medicina), Doctor of Medicine (Traditional Medicine),
    Doctor of Acupuncture, and Doctor of Philosophy. Registration was an
    extra $1,000. The M.Ac.F. cost $100. The letters stand for Membership of
    Acupuncture Foundation. The D.Ac. cost $145; those letters do not stand
    for Doctor of Acupuncture, as you might think, but for “International
    College Diploma,” whatever that might be. Freddy Dahlgren, the inventor
    of microacupuncture, bought his degrees from Lord Pandit. Dahlgren
    follows his last name with a string of letters: D.Sc., D.Ac., M.Ac.F.,
    M.D. Jeffrey Dummett, an Australian naturopath who bought his doctorate
    from the Sri Lanka diploma mill was charged with manslaughter
    in the death of a 37-year-old kidney patient. His natural detoxification program took 11kg off his patient in 10 days and hastened the patient’s death, according to the prosecutor.’
    [Source: http://www.skepdic.com/diplomamill.html%5D

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      I always admired Ronnie de Mel, you allude here to, for scoffing at these bogus Doctorates. He had a poor opinion of these bogus degrees. BTW, I believe he has degrees from either Cambridge or Oxford Universities. Personally, it was always a pleasure to discuss history and literature with him. He has a razor sharp memory. After watching the movie “Shakespeare in Love” since I did not know there was an attempt on the life of Queen Elizabeth I, I checked with him. He laughed and said “not one” and instantly recalled the dates of the other attempts and those responsible. Those were the days when our Parliamentarians and Ministers made us proud to be Ceylonese/Sri Lankans. They were educated, carried credible Degrees and were as good as any anywhere and anytime.

      Senguttuvan

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        Sengu, your so called friend with or without a Degree from Cambridge or Oxford was the learned Jumping kind then. If you remember or do not know Ronnie de Mel had tried to collect funds for the UNP while in the UK, without Party approval to do so and one of those Companies had checked with JRJ whether there was such request. JRJ had to save the embarassment and have said that it must have been his over enthusiasm that may have prompted him and left at that. Ronnie’s family had a lot of wealth, but it appears that there are exceptions to rules, in spite of being wealthy, which you cannot deny. After all what happened to this genius, without Principles who is no different to the common kind found today who are lesser mortals than him, in the end with his jumping habit? In the Political Dustbin. Served the bugger right.

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          Gamini – My admiration was for Ronnie’s History/Literary excellence. As to his politics, he is not free from the garbage most of our political “leaders” wallowed in. It may not be an exaggeration to state the first casualty when our men enter politics are Principles and Ethics. As far as I know, he was not rich then. I believe his father was a Priest and the wealth came from Leo Fernando’s fortunes. Those were the days when the rich looked for CCS boys for their daughters. He may have added to this considerably in his long innings as Finance Minister.

          I am not aware of this Sterling-collection of his in London you mention. But despite all this, JRJ invited him to join him in 1977.

          Senguttuvan

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    I have earned my PhD the hard way. But I never used it ever since I came back home for I do not want to be lined up or associated with those who bought it for money.

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      Patriot
      The issue here is Critical Questions Arising From The Incidents At Weliweriya:

      What are you talking about man and what has the fact that you have got a PhD anything to do with the debate.
      From that I can only assume that your PhD is in madness an I am not surprised you are frightened of associating with others and that is called human phobia.

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    It does not make sense to compare what happened in Weliweriya with the civilians who were unfortunately killed during the war on terrorism in The North and East. The civilians in the North and East were used as human shields by the most vicious terrorist organisation in the world who were attacking and killing the armed forces pesonnel who had no choice but to fight back. In Weliweriya the armed forces were shooting at civilians who were protesting about water. It is disgusting to see some people using this to condemn what happened during the war against the terrorists.

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