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Gota The Soft And Gota The Hard

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Enemies of the President’s Promise: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Grumpy 1

What was termed the militarization of the North was attributed mainly to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary of Defence, and in many minds he was considered the greatest barrier to Reconciliation. He was thought the architect of the policy that held security to be the most important consideration, and that to ensure this the footprint of the military had to be heavy and pervasive.

This was ironic, for during the course of the war he had seemed of the view that, while the forces could handle the military requirements, a settlement required the politicians, and setting this in place was not his role. Indeed, in this regard he seemed the opposite of his Army Commander, Sarath Fonseka, who was thought to be of the view that a policy of settlements in the North was the best way of guaranteeing peace. Gotabaya, on the contrary went along with his brothers, the President and Basil, when they sidelined Fonseka, having refused his request that the army be enlarged; and, as noted, Basil went ahead with a policy of swift resettlement, which was in accordance with the pledge of the President.

Gotabaya Picture courtesy businesstoday.lkIndeed, even during the war, Gotabaya had seemed soft in comparison with Sarath Fonseka. His chosen instruments were officers such as Daya Ratnayake, appointed Army Commander in 2013, who had developed the strategy that ensured that there were hardly any civilian casualties in the East. Sarath did not like Daya Ratnayake, and sidelined him and would have had him retired early, but Gotabaya saved his career by sending him off to China for his Staff College Course. When he came back, he was not used at all in what remained of the Northern offensive.

Sarath had a no nonsense approach to the conflict, and when the ICRC told him that firing was coming close to hospitals, his response was on the lines that the hospitals should no longer have been there, since they had been instructed to move. Gotabaya on the contrary had taken notice of such warnings and indicated that he would have the line of fire changed.

In general, Gotabaya and his preferred instruments such as Jagath Jayasuriya who, as Commander of the Special Forces in Vavuniya, was in charge of the Northern operation, tended to follow international law as best possible. Given the general strategy followed in the war, and the care taken in most quarters to avoid civilian casualties, there is no doubt that Sarath Fonseka also followed the general principles laid down by the civilian command, but it was also apparent that he sometimes saw this as a needless hindrance. His initial account of the killing of those who tried to surrender by carrying White Flags and leaving the Tiger lines indicates his bluff mindset, for he was reported as having said that those in air-conditioned rooms, an obvious reference to Gotabaya, ordered that they be spared. He however had done what was required, since he knew how they had behaved in the past.

It was odd then that, a couple of years later, Gotabaya should have inherited the mantle of the hard-liner, but perhaps it was inevitable given the manner in which government decided to respond to the challenge presented by Sarath Fonseka, when he stood for election against Mahinda Rajapaksa as the common Opposition candidate. Having experienced what seemed a Damascus style conversion, doubtless because he was backed by the Americans (who could not have been ignorant of his measure but thought him the best instrument of applying pressure on Rajapaksa), he put himself forward for election as a dove. He was indeed supported by the UNP, which had not supported the crushing of the Tigers, and by the TNA, the main Tamil political party. His approach then to the White Flag case was that it was those in air-conditioned rooms who had given orders that they be killed.

Government responded, not by pointing out the contradictions in his accounts, and calling him a liar, but by saying he was a traitor. They had decided that, since Fonseka was the principal opponent in the election, it was the hardline vote that had to be won. Patriotism, in order to get the better of Fonseka, had to be tough, so it did not matter that the impression they created was that his story might be true. The upshot of this, of course, was that when the LLRC recommended inquiries into possible abuses, the government was in difficulties, since Fonseka could well have called them traitors for letting down patriots who had only done what was necessary to eliminate terrorism.

But there had previously been indications that Gotabaya was determined to protect those who had fought on his behalf. Despite the generally admirable conduct of the forces, there had been one ugly incident even before the offensive in the East had begun, which was unfairly seen as characteristic of the army. What made this even more unfair, apart from the exceptional nature of the incident, was that the perpetrators were not army personnel, but rather members of the Special Task Force, which was a commando type branch of the Police.

The incident had occurred in Trincomalee, with five youngsters being killed in cold blood. Though Gotabaya once claimed that they were involved in terrorism, it is doubtful whether even he believed this. Initially indeed government had been of the view that those responsible had to be brought to book, but there had been some delay in doing this, and it seemed likely that Gotabaya, who had referred to the perpetrators as youngsters under pressure, had been instrumental in countermanding the President’s decision. The upshot was that nothing was done, even though at a later stage too the President actually asked the Attorney General to issue indictments. But, on the grounds that he would lose the case – and perhaps because he was not sure the President would not change his mind – the Attorney General had done nothing.

This was one of the cases as to which the President had set up a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry, but its report was never publicized. This created the impression that government wanted to cover up with regard to both this case and another notorious one, the killing of 17 workers of the French NGO Action Against Hunger, during the attempt of the Tigers to take control of Mutur, and hence threaten Trincomalee. In fact responsibility in the latter case was not so clearcut, and it was also apparent that the NGO had acted against UN guidelines in sending their workers into a threatened area when all other aid workers were withdrawing. But by keeping the Udalagama Commission report a secret, government gave a handle to those accusing it of large-scale violations of international law.

Gotabaya then seemed determined to resist any effort to investigate charges of wrongdoing. He gave space on the Defence Ministry website to those critical of the LLRC Report, which was a pity because the LLRC, having weighed the evidence, had indicated that most charges of War Crimes (as laid out in the Darusman Report commissioned by the UN Secretary General) did not hold water. By resisting however its conclusion that there was a case to investigate with regard to the treatment of some surrendees, Gotabaya allowed the impression to be created – and propagated vehemently – that the government was in a state of total denial of everything.

Perhaps the vehemence with which the government was attacked had thrown him. Certainly the President claimed that his attitude had hardened after the attacks on Sri Lanka increased. Thus, with regard to police powers, which were supposed to be devolved under the existing 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which Rajapaksa had pledged to implement after the conclusion of the conflict, Gotabaya was initially reported as having no objection to community policing being run by the Province. Indeed the President himself had earlier indicated to me that he saw no reason not to devolve police powers since, following the demerger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, there seemed no real threat of an alternative power base.

But after the hostility in England to the President that prevented him from speaking at the Oxford Union, hostility which it seemed in Sri Lanka the British government had not dealt with firmly, Gotabaya had hardened, and there seemed little prospect of a Provincial Administration being allowed police powers. It was after that too that what had seemed previously a readiness to give up much of the land around Palaly changed, and government ended up keeping much more than could reasonably be claimed was essential for security purposes. Whereas elsewhere in the North the forces withdrew from large tracts they had previously declared they needed, in Palaly – which was a heavily inhabited area, so that hundreds of families were deprived of their properties – they clung on, to unpopularity that increased in leaps and bounds.

This may have led too to what seemed an effort to change the demography of the Wanni, through settlement of Sinhalese in the area. Initially there had seemed no truth in the assertion that Sinhalese were being brought in from outside. What was happening was resettlement of families that had been driven away by Tiger violence in the early stages of the conflict, and I found in my early visits that indeed the Sinhalese families in place could talk emotionally of the ancestral properties they had had to abandon. But later on those same families told me of new settlers being brought in. Interestingly, they had no racial feeling about this, and complained that what was happening was unfair to the original inhabitants of the area, since they all, Tamil and Muslim and Sinhala, had children who should have been given the opportunity first, if new lands were being given out to settlers by government.

Significantly, this type of settlement was also deeply upsetting to government politicians in the North. Rishard Bathiudeen complained once, at the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Resettlement, that government seemed to be acting on a policy that was not made public, of promoting racial harmony by creating villages of particular communities side by side with others of different communities. Since this was only being implemented in the North, and thus involved taking the lands of Tamil and Muslim communities to establish Sinhala ones, clearly the professed aim was not the real one. And the large areas devoted to Sinhala only villages in Vavuniya North made it clear rather that what was happening was what the TNA claimed, which had not been part of government policy soon after the war ended, namely efforts at demographic change.

In some instances indeed Gotabaya seemed on a different wavelength from at least some of his officers, who were generally concerned about the welfare of the original inhabitants being resettled. One obvious bone of contention was the effort of a few monks from the South to set up Buddhist temples in the area, claiming that these were historic Buddhist sites. In Mannar, the army officers did their best to prevent new areas being acquired – one Monk for instance had no liking for the archaeological site which did have an old temple but was deep in the jungle, so instead took over a Hindu temple on the main road – but an unprofessional Department of Buddhist Affairs and a complaisant Archaeological Department contributed to increasing resentment. Typically the TNA claimed that the armed forces were behind these new Buddhist temples, which was quite untrue, but they could not of course have been expected to admit that the army was usually the best defence against such practices.

Matters were complicated by the more extreme Buddhist chauvinists claiming that the President too was really a Christian (which his wife was), and suggesting that the only hope for Buddhism was Gotabaya. Though the brothers were extremely close, and had full confidence in each other, it was apparent that Gotabaya did take seriously the increasing tendency to view him as the greatest patriot in the land.

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    Rajiva the BIG LIER.

    Sri Lanka has flirted with impunity throughout the ethnic conflict; the end of war hasn’t had an impact on this trend. The absolute disregard for accountability has resulted in the:
    • Promotion of perpetrators;
    • Destabilization of the judiciary and other national institutions;
    • Removal of constitutional provisions which guarantee the independence of institutions;
    • Consolidation of power by the defense establishment;
    • Militarization of civilian tasks;
    • Promotion of impunity through continued immunity.
    Absent recourse to justice at home, activists and victims’ family members are turning to the international community for truth, justice and dignity.

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      Look at the life of A K Rowling and some of the other writers who have had bestsellers. Some came from ghettos and even Rowling describes her train journeys. The very first bestseller gives them a pot of money that they need not get into the profession of spin.
      Peter principal: every hierarchy there is a level of incompetency. That is exactly why a professor of just a language goes ballistic in politics and treads over the lives of the voiceless in nations for a very cosy living.

      The opposite is in western culture. Writer who was voted president kept his promise and went back to his former life. In July 1992, President Havel resigned. On 1 January 1993, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) were simultaneously and peacefully founded.

      Václav Havel at a peaceful Prague protest during the Velvet Revolution.:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Czechoslovakia#mediaviewer/File:Havla_1989.jpg

      Why talk of Churchill who was never a man of peace.

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        Javi

        Frankly Crap. CTs fault.

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          hole in one sloth

          – you mean the watery grave besides Osama??

          the next time try: Cynical Real Alternative Pain Score

          provided your IQis above the average of yakko land ie<50

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      [Edited out]

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        i didnt say any offensive thing..why?

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    Rajiv Wijesinghe:

    At the time when the eelam war was beginning, there was a large part of sinhala areas in Vavnia ?

    What happened to those families after 1983 ?

    Sarath Fonseka and Gotabaya were of the same ranks when they both junior officers. So, the professional jealousy would have worked. One had more presidential power and the other hand more military experience and both felt superior to each other.

    President should have been smart enough to utilize both in a useful way. Instead, president became scared about his own position.

    Most of the crap that Rajiw Wijesinghe writes here does not suit at all to be a professor, just dumb arguments.

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    Rajiva,

    Knowing all these facts you remained part of the ruling cabal until last week.

    Now you are claiming to advocate fairness.

    At any rate better late than never.

    Truth will prevail.

    The proclamation of TNA about demographic change,Coverups etc have validity all though the timings may be different.

    As far as war crimes, go this is why a fair and external inquiry into war crimes by both sides is important.

    This issue is not going to go away,both sides of the conflict have to live with the consequence of there actions.

    An honest and wholesome reconciliation is what is needed.

    Coverups will only lead to festering wounds and future abuses along the same lines by people in authority and power.

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      Rajiva Wijesinha –

      Gota The Soft And Gota The Hard

      “Okkama Horu” All are liars.

      Enemies of the President’s Promise: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Grumpy 1

      Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall……

      Medamulana MaRa Sat on a Wall

      The Astrologer predicted the Wall is stable and MaRa is Asfe

      The Came a Maitreepla Wind

      And MaRa Fell on the Ground..

      And All the Shills and White washerers could not put MaRa together Again…

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        “The Came a Maitreepla Wind And MaRa Fell on the Ground..”

        Wishful thinking or is this for real? Only the time will tell:-)

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    Rajiva, why are you writing this article now? Why didn’t you write this when you were with the UPFA? What are your motives to write this? Are you climbing on to the fence away from the opposition?

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      [Edited out]

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    Gota The Soft, Gota The Hard and Gota The Barbarian.

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      Tamodaya aka Fathima aka Lorenzo- The Fool
      Think Lorenzo we are not like the numb nuts at LW

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    Hope the Professor write something about the “Instrument” which he procured with his ex Prez partner , which not only has the backing of the Americans, but also the British, Canadian, Norwegians and the Diaspora as well ?..

    Wonder whether this “new Instrument’ will be “Soft” or “Hard Core” ???.

    I mean on the welfare and wellbeing of our great majority of the inhabitant population,

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    Rajiva,

    You want to now start condemning the use of “absolute power”. Mere words aren’t enough. Let’s take your behavior in this forum to illustrate your hypocrisy.

    It is true that you can write practically anything, even stupid, unfounded and irrelevant articles as opinions in this forum, as long as you don’t use bad language. However, the blog space allows for comments from readers, to enable some worthy discussions – a back and forth, if you will.

    As such, at least as an academic, even if not as a regular human being, you should be willing to provide clarifications, or respond to challenges when reasonable questions are raised about your opinions and reasoning. As you were working towards your academic qualifications, was that discipline not taught to you? I am sure you were taught – but since you have the “power,” in a sense “absolute” since you can just ignore even reasonable counters to your points of view, your obvious choice has been evidently “I will use my absolute power, and not respond to any challenges, reasonable or otherwise”!

    Doesn’t that make you a rather vile hypocrite with respect to using “power,” however enormous or miniscule that may be.

    Have you not realized that your credibility, at least in this forum, has gradually, but surely vanished completely? If you are a worthy writer and an academic wouldn’t you have gained credibility rather than lose it over time. Have you even noticed the revulsion each of your articles invoke in well over 90% of the comments that follow your articles?

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      Once a hypocrite….!

      This guy has no shame. If one remembers the record of his previous pronouncements, one can trace the trail of slime. His future pronouncements will predictably swing away from his recent ‘heroes’ to their opponents.

      What a scumbag!

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    Rajiva is shamelessly ‘whitewashing’ the president and his brother Gota on the eve of the election.

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      Probably, he is thinking of going back.

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    Rajeeva for god’s sake stop apologizing for Gotas crimes. Are you that naive to realize that they are two faced ruthless, scoundrels, and so vengeful of any one who is against them. You truly think Gota is a nice soft human being, even when the 89 Matale mass grave incident against sinhala youth hanging over his neck and the present government sent samples to their (foreign) forensic lab of choosing, and last week presented the evidence at the courts from the government side that bones in the mass grave were from before 1950’s. No one knows, if they really sent the actual bones from the grave, no one has access to those reports. Government is in such hurry to close this case. This is something happened during R Premadasa’s time they have no reason to justify or save the necks/to shift the blame from UNP rulers at a moment like this. Any educated person who has an iota of brain can see the logic, that someone in the ruling regime must be part of it. So if he is part of the crimes against our own youth( so called self annotated Buddhist patriotic leader’s own clan. This is the face of smiling dictatorship, so no one would believe when it actually happens. People don’t change overnight Rajeevva, especially at the age 60. So, get a grab of reality that your are being so nicely cunningly ouble played by the MARA and GOTA. They are so shrewd and make you believe that they are for what you believe, isn’t that every defected person says. They are great opportunists, they knew how to use others to get what they want done, and once they got what is needed from them they discard the person. In medical definition psychopaths. they have no empathy. So wake up looks like you still need to be rehabilitated even though you are out of it, still high on Rajapaskshe high dozing. I dont know who gave you this PhD when you are obviously so dumb and cant analyses anything in a smart way. Come out of your elitist bubble and live among common people start traveling in buses normal street vendors will have a better insight about life and politics in SL without a even a basic undergrad degree. So that you will be enlightened.

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      `I dont know who gave you this PhD when you are obviously so dumb and cant analyses anything in a smart way. `

      Why pour water on a ducks back??

      The ones who stayed with the regime in the name of sovereignty when sovereignty is clearly enshrined in the people not the elected government. THAT IS DEMOCRACY.
      He never learnt Greek like his pop may have learnt to know what is democracy and the amphi-theatre and its acoustics unsurpassed even today.
      Alexander the Great Ruled Punjab for 2 years therefore the dual scripts Sanskrit and Greek- both classical languages- courtesy the love and romance of Chandra Gupta Maurya the Great’s marriage to Greek Generals Daughter.

      BA= Bulls A**e
      MA= More A**e
      PHD = Pakistani Healing Dance

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        You have a degree of MAD!

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          listen to the sound of crickets on a hot summers day ;0

          if you can see through the seeds of time and say which one would grow and which would not speak not till then watermellon.

          tipu tu wambottu.

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    So, who killed and who ordered the killing of the surrendering LTT’ers with white flags, Prof Wijesinghe?

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      Piranha:

      Show photos to prove that they came with White flags.

      That is all a story.

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        Jimmy

        Not sure they came with whie flags but surely clad in white Amudais covered with full of marine mud after dipping int the mud bath of the Nandikhadal Lagoon. Look at the dead body of bank robber aka barbarina blood sucker Podian Preban.

        What a way to kiss the dust like a pig for the sins collected over 30 odd years?

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      Piranha You mean the ones like you who had bombs wrapped around their bellies and cyanide around their necks or the ones who had pistols hidden inside their pants and skirts.

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      those who killed others and made children take arms and kill others were cowards and ran away from facing the bullets and said knelt down at the feet of the enemy asking for sympathy….tragi comedy isnt it?

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    Smart Commonor with No PhD

    “I dont know who gave you this PhD when you are obviously so dumb and cant analyses anything in a smart way. Come out of your elitist bubble and live among common people start traveling in buses normal street vendors will have a better insight about life and politics in SL without a even a basic undergrad degree. So that you will be enlightened.”

    You are asking Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP to have common sense. He seem to have sufficient IQ to recognoze later on, to leave tyhe maRa dynasty. It is a timing Issue. So, accept him and get all the help you can to defeat the Medamulana MaRa.

    May be he should read the Common sense Phamplet First.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

    Rajiva Wijesinha

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajiva_Wijesinha

    Rajiva Wijesinha, MA, DPhil (Sinhala: රජීව විජේසිංහ) (born 16 May 1954)[1] is a Sri Lankan writer in English, distinguished for his political analysis as well as creative and critical work. An academic by profession for much of his working career, he was most recently Senior Professor of Languages at the University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka.

    In June 2007 President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed him Secretary-General of the Sri Lankan Government Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process, and in June 2008 he also became concurrently the Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights. The Peace Secretariat wound up in July 2009),[2] and in February 2010 he resigned from the Ministry as well as the University,[3] and became a member of parliament on the National List of the United People’s Freedom Alliance following the General Election held in April 2010,[4] following which he was appointed a member of parliament.[5][6]

    He belongs to the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka,[7] and has served as its President and leader, and also as a Vice-President of Liberal International. He is currently Chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats and was re-elected leader of the Liberal Party Sri Lanka on the proposal of the previous leader following the Liberal Party Annual Congress of 2011.[8] He has travelled widely, including as a Visiting Professor on the Semester at Sea Programme of the University of Pittsburgh, and has published Beyond the First Circle: Travels in the Second and Third Worlds.

    Education and career[edit]
    Rajiva Wijesinha schooled at S Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia (which he later served as Sub-Warden, for a brief period), and won an Open Exhibition in Classics to University College, Oxford when he was 16. After his first degree, which also led to an MA in 1977, he moved to Corpus Christi College, Oxford as an E K Chambers Student (Edmund Kerchever Chambers), and obtained a BPhil degree in English, followed by a PhD degree on the subject of Women and Marriage in the early Victorian novel. The thesis was subsequently published by the University Press of America under the title The Androgynous Trollope.

    He taught briefly at the University of Peradeniya before resigning in protest against the increasing authoritarianism of the government of President Junius Richard Jayewardene. He then worked for the British Council in Colombo as its Cultural Affairs Officer before rejoining the University system to initiate English degree programmes for students from backgrounds that had limited English in school. He was responsible for the islandwide pre-University General English Language Training programme, as well as General English programmes at the Affiliated University Colleges established in 1992 to introduce employment oriented courses into the tertiary education system.

    In 2001 he served as a Consultant to the Ministry of Education to initiate the reintroduction of English medium education in the state sector, which had banned it previously for several decades. He was also Academic Consultant to the Sri Lanka Military Academy when it began degree programmes for Officer Cadets. He has served as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the National Institute of Education, and has been a member of the National Education Commission and of the Board of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies.

    In 1982 he supported Chanaka Amaratunga to set up the Council for Liberal Democracy and was Co-Editor of the Liberal Review, at a time when dissenting voices had no space to publish in Sri Lanka. He became President of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka when it was established in 1987 and, though more comfortable as an analyst rather than a politician, he took over as Leader of the Party after Dr Amaratunga’s death in 1996. He was the Presidential candidate of the party in 1999, and came 6th out of 15 candidates, defeating several former parliamentarians. During this period he conducted workshops on Liberalism in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Indonesia, on behalf of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNS), the German Liberal Foundation, for whom he also edited Liberal Values for South Asia (revised recently as Liberal Perspectives on South Asia and published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press, Delhi).

    He was instrumental in promoting English Language writing in Sri Lanka, and initiated the English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka while he was at the British Council which aided and administered the EWC at its inception. He had earlier edited the New Lankan Review,[9] which provided space for Sri Lankan writers in English when the genre was regaining acceptance, and he served on the Editorial Board of the EWC for over a decade. He has edited several collections of poetry and short stories by Sri Lankan writers in English, most recently Bridging Connections, an Anthology of Stories which also contains translations from Sinhala and Tamil and was published by the National Book Trust of India in 2007.[10][11][12]

    He was the first Sri Lankan writer resident in the county whose works have been translated into a European language. Servi, the Italian translation of Servants which won the Gratiaen Award for 1995, was published by Giovanni Tranchida Editore in Milan in 2002,[13] and this was followed in 2006 by Atti di fede.[14] This last was a translation of Acts of Faith, based on the 1983 government-sponsored riots against Tamils known as Black July, and the first part of a trilogy that included Days of Despair (1989) and The Limits of Love (2005). He worked on this last novel, which is based on the kidnapping and murder of the poet and journalist Richard de Zoysa, as a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and at the Center for Writers at Hawthornden Castle.

    Prof Wijesinha serves at present on the editorial board of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Works in other genres include The Foundations of Modern Society, Political Principles and their Practice in Sri Lanka and A Handbook of English Grammar, published by Cambridge University Press in Delhi, which also brought out most recently Declining Sri Lanka: J R Jayewardene and the erosion of Democracy.

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    But this article is good in the sense he is showing some purpose for the criminal offences committed and why the brothers stand accused of. Coming from a high ranking and a close advisor it should be taken as a valid reason. Comparing the thinking of the Majoritarian Government against the thinking of the NPC after successful violence against Tamils for the last 60 years, he is demonstrating for what purpose the recent crimes were committed. The Tamils have still not learnt even after thousands got killed, they are not scared! The LTTE attack on the army in 83 was the reason hundreds of Tamils got killed and thousands displaced in 83. Most of them got scared and refused to go back to their work or to continue their business in the South! Look again they are not getting scared! Now let us see what they can do for the entire genocide being carried out in the North and East!! Won’t they succumb now?

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      funny story ne…
      This sulaiman brings up stories from his rear side.

      What Rajiva says is this governments’s tough stand was strengthened with the unfair attack against SL in west with western media.
      And settling sinhala people in north is not a crime according to any law in this country. It is a complete legitimate thing.
      If anyone says gover should not have done so it is just out of a sense of fairness and soft approach. Otherwise gover is perfectly legit in doing so. And an important and a required tactic.

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    I dont know who gave you this PhD when you are obviously so dumb and cant analyses anything in a smart way. Come out of your elitist bubble and live among common people start traveling in buses normal street vendors will have a better insight about life and politics in SL without a even a basic undergrad degree.

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    “Gota The Soft And Gota The Hard”

    What about Gota The Mad.

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      Shonker

      Gota The Soft And Gota The Hard” What about Gota The Mad……….

      and Gota the dud who screwed your national hero – the son goat bank robber!!!!!!.

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        Sinhala banda

        i thought that was welikada sarath,though now others are claiming credit and calling him a traitor who should be hanged.

        According to the new theory of patriotism there are two categories,those who love the country and those who don’t.

        However the theory has become topsy turvy and confusing because a guy who served 40 years in the army and demolished the tigers with his reorganisation of the army and his battlefield strategies and is put in welikada because he falls into the latter category while a guy who served for 20 years and went to the US and did not even visit srilanka for 20 years is now in the former category.

        Another example is the guy who killed 600 policeman who surrendered to him is now one of those who love the country.

        Can you please enlighten me sinhala bhuddist banda the same way Lord bhuddha got enlightened.

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          it is very simple. Tamils were lambasting india because of violence and rape tamils had to underwent during IPKF times. But Tamils are now ready to forget :) what they had to went through because they want indians’ support.

          Same way Karuna supported gover, so gover is soft on him forgetting his past.

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            `But Tamils are now ready to forget :) ¬

            If ever anyone forgets the lesson of experience he/she would not be able to discriminate between that which is right and wrong- (muttal pakku Foolish Arecanut Such)

            Modi Mooth Maro (doing the pipee:like his father figure auto urine therapy Moraji bhai)

            Modi Mooth Maro! (Marthi means doing pippe)

            Satakaya Hato! (hang’em high)

            Sarema Hato!

            Lungi Bajo! (short)

            Pungi bajo (pump up the music)!

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              Even after remembering, you cant distinguish between right and wrong ne…so it doesn’t matter whether your kind forget or not.

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          Shonker the Looser

          You want to be englighten. heh !!!!!!! you must be dreaming!!!!!!!!!

          You will never attain that great Noble position with the sins collected over last 30 odd years by supporting to kill innocent people. Blood is not only on you hand but also in your bottom too. Therefore do not even think about attaining the enlightment.

          Perhaps try this one. Better go and ask your new saviour of Pollonnaruwa Gamaya My-3. He is trying the same by hanging onto Ranil Niakamasinghe’s short tail. You belongs to those loosers.

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        en-light-en,

        mokade bando, pittu?? (bando what stuffed pittu)

        arent you changing nappies??

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    Is it not time that people stopped giving this two-faced liar and Rajapaksa shill credit for ANY decency?
    Didn’t you see and hear him lying through his teeth and concealing every crime of the Rajapassas over and over again?
    He is as much of a criminal as those he pretends to criticise now but who he is in fact trying to protect.

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    Our good Professor is in to serious writing, now that his mission has been accomplished.

    Soft and Hard is a really serious and relevant topic when you come to think of it.

    Gota the professional carrier soldie, rmust be still hard,,

    But the brother , the elder of course. must be soft after kissing babies and hugging dalits all his life.

    Besides he is now pushing 70, according to my elders.

    Wonder Wije is still soft or gone hard….

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      `Wonder Wije is still soft or gone hard…. `

      what is this blow hot blow cold like dhillon.

      80% of population screwing the ba**s of 20 – its the culture of hora oru buruvas why so heres example for comparison.

      Every day over $1 billion of commerce takes place between China and EU with population ratio of 1:2. does the majority screw the minority no because they would get screwed- badagini.

      Imagine if you had no imagination?? cannibals

      hope you folk see light of day and address the minority representation. than behaving like blacks vs whites or yellows.

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    The Prof is preparing the defense of Gota for the Tribunal

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      Subba

      What Tribunal!!!!!!!!!!!!! Day dreaming based on the stupid gamaya from Pollonnaruwa who wants to atain the Heaven by hanging to the short tail of the disbaled elephenet.

      Please remember if General could not beat the MARA there will be no hope with the gamaya

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    As usual, Professor, you are telling a story. Perhaps you are trying to tell one to the world something different to what people believe.

    I too can tell one. I know very well, particularly after the war, petty minions did what they wanted and I too am a victim of their injustice. Those in authority are effectively covered by these administrative thugs so that nothing is heard by the powers that may be.

    My dear Prof. They say that you have crossed over to the Maithreepalanaya after having being appointed a chit MP by Rajapaksepalanaya. What did you loose? You are from a wealthy background and that wealth will always look after you. But for us ?????????

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    Prof.R.W.should have taken to Economics.He is very economical with the Truth!Like all liberals he is now making an attempt to sit on the wall,with the legs tucked up,so as to not create an impression,even unconsciously to which side he belongs to with the Elections round the corner.

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    .
    Who ordered the killing of VP’s 10 year Son? The good soldiers of Srilankan Army gave biscuits and treated well the little innocent kid.
    But someone gave the orders to go ahead!
    Is it MaRa or GoRa?

    :-)

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      Aratai Marati!!!!!!!!!!!

      Little Preba killed hinself like his old man’s followers.

      Little Preba is no different to the 10,00 0kids killed by your LTTE monkey army.

      End of the story my friend.

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      may be prabha himself and the so called armed people with him are probably LTTE fellows when they were going around in lagoons to hide from bullets

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    Rajiv my friend,

    I really do wish I could take you seriously. You have all these fancy academic letters behind your name and your accent is like our old colonial masters whenever you’re on TV. But I’m afraid when I read your articles on this site I don’t see a professor honour bound to stating the facts and presenting both sides of the argument.
    I see a spiteful, vengeful politician who is using this website as therapy session to talk about his discontent at not being in power anymore.

    Our memories aren’t so limited that we don’t remember how sycophantic you were to your previous masters. While I can’t stop you from imagining that we are all fools here, I will drink to your perpetual stagnation in the political backwaters.

    Sincerely,

    T.Fernando

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    You can’t escape mate.

    Either you turn to be a committed witness against your up-unti-recently masters – which would mean you cannot return to Ratnapura without heavy disguise or you get charged for complicity to heinous crimes.

    Did you just write to deviate from the truth that Gota ably assisted by you in the Peace Secretariat actually said that the five boys in Trinco on 2nd Jan 2006 dies as their own hand grenade exploded.

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    Oh Rajiva, why not say you also a Christian since you have gone to religious issues here.
    You have no idea what the good General was up to just before he was arrested, and if you have known you would have blown a fuse.
    I respect your liberal views and what I do not respect you is that you as a gov. agent during the war you start to wash dirty linen in public and this is called treachery.
    My dear friend you will not get any Cognac from me again. I am disappointed about your erratic behavior.

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    Professori, all this yadda, yadda, yadda! Perhaps cathartic for you but for many of us who still smart from the blatant lies you broadcast as you defended a rampant regime, the memory lingers. Since then we realised that for all your ‘education’ you were indeed a man without morals. All very sad, because many of us recognise smidgens of truth in your writings. It is just that circumspection causes us to treat with caution that which we cannot verify.

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    What a load of crap, sounds more like a rat leaving a sinking ship kissing the behind of a person known to be vindictive and vile. What a waste of time reading this useless ass kissing drivel…

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    Tamils will not forget Gota, SF and Rajeeva.

    All these ANti-Tamils’ sayings are on record. Rajeeva seems to forget his own comments comparing Tamil women being taken to special camps and raped by sinhalese soldiers to Greek mythology stories. Rest assured Rajeeva’s role will be probed when Rajapakses are dragged to Hague.

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      hey soosai,

      your wife and kids are under SL safety and getting education and everything from SL gover money…

      Be more grateful cos they have a soft corner for the children of a mass murderer like you

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    Prof:

    Gota The Soft And Gota The Hard.

    What you have missed out is Gota the destroyer.

    Make no mistake my friend it doesn’t matter how hard you try to portray the Criminals as also having a caring side but in reality they don’t have the human touch. Frankly they are animals and have to be taught a lesson
    The lot headed by MR are hardened Criminals who grew up in the Hambanthotta Ghettos have taken Sinhala Lanka to the brink of starvation.
    There are winners and losers in this current battle.

    The losers MR and the Majority Sinhalese
    The winners the ” TAMILS”.

    If MR wins Sinhala Lanka will pay a price.
    If MR loses MR and Sinhala Lanka will pay a price.
    I say this following the statement from Maithri when he said that he will protect MR.
    He cant because the International Community will demand ” Maithri” if he wins to hand over MR to the Hague just like they demanded Milosevic to be handed over.

    I feel sorry for you and Dayan as contrary to your pretences you are now witnessing the downfall of King Mahintha which is a hard pill to take.
    Kingdoms come Kingdoms go and Mahinthas is the shortest in living memory. In the annals of history Mahinthas rule can be written in one page.

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