22 September, 2019

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Have Kabir & Ranil Acted Openly & Legally?

By Rajiva Wijesinha

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

I have received via Facebook an article in Colombo Telegraph by Mr Nishtar Idroos suggesting that Mr Faizer Musthapha and I are what he describes as ‘thotta babas’. He claims that he wants ‘our legislators to grow up and not just come of age’ and that ‘there is a huge difference between the two’, but does not explain what he means by this erudite distinction.

He has a simple solution for what he sees as my problem, namely ‘The good professor had to say just one thing to Minister Kabir Hashim and the whole issue would have been resolved, “Kabir please make sure this does not happen again”.’

Perhaps he would have done better, before going public with his words of wisdom, to have checked whether or not it had happened previously.

On Friday January 30th Kabir Hashim had given orders to the Secretary to my Ministry, without keeping me informed. I wrote to him as follows on the following Monday

Dear Kabir

I was told by my Secretary that you had requested him last Friday to provide information on the filling of vacancies in the higher education sector since last October. You had also wanted details of vehicle allocations of the Ministry.

Kabir Hashim

Kabir Hashim

I have no objection to your collecting such information, but I am surprised that you did not discuss the matter with me. It also seems to me profoundly unethical that you should have issued instructions to the Secretary to my Ministry direct.

You had told me the previous week that you would leave me to handle matters in my Ministry, and indeed that you would be far too busy with working towards the election to spare time for most areas in the Ministry. I have no idea whether the information you want is for the election, but were it for the purpose of introducing the systemic reforms to which this government is pledged, working together with me would have been more productive.

Please let me know what is going on. Also, last week you had told me that you wanted me to look after Technical and Vocational Training, but later you mentioned that the Prime Minister seemed to think otherwise. You were going to tell me the decision after you met him on Sunday January 25th, but I did not hear from you all week. Given the urgency of problems in that sector to which I have drawn your attention, a swift decision is needed. Simple action such as combining the VTA and NAITA, which you said the Prime Minister had suggested, will not be enough. Some deeper understanding of the situation will be required for productive action.

I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely’

I did not get a reply to this letter, instead a couple of days later he had written to the Chairman of the UGC as follows – ‘I have been directed by His Excellency the President to inform you to tender your resignation from the chairmanship of the UGC with immediate effect’. He wrote in similar vein to other members of the UGC, and also told the Chairman ‘I write to inform you to request all members of the Governing Authorities appointed by the University Grants Commission to tender their resignations with immediate effect in order to reconstitute all the Governing Authorities of Higher Educational Institutions and lnstitutes.’ None of these letters was copied to me.

Earlier, on January 27th, as I later found out, Mr Hashim had written to the President as follows – ‘We,therefore,request permission of Your Excellency for the following: a. To request the chair person and members of the university Grants commission to tender their resignations forthwith’ b. To request the council members of all state universities to tender their resignations with immediate effect’’. This had I believe followed on a meeting with FUTA which in its notes on the meeting declared that

‘”Prime Minister stated that all UGC Commission members including the Chair will be requested to resign. Request letters will come through the Secretary to the President

Minister Kabeer Hashim stated that he requests all Council members of universities to resign.”

The President told me that he had not been consulted about the dismissal of the UGC. Mr Hashim had previously wanted me to appoint UNP dons to vacancies in the UGC, and later he told me that I could choose from lists in the Prime Minister’s office.

The University Grants Commission comes direct under the President. Unfortunately, though the Prime Minister seems to have acknowledged this in the second part of the first note, when he did not get any response from the President’s office, Mr Hashim took it upon himself to act. He used the President’s name without authorization.

Mr Hashim recognized that the situation he had created was impossible and said he would recommend I be made a Cabinet Minister. He has said this three times and promised to get back to me after speaking to those responsible, but never did so. The Prime Minister promised to get back to me the day after speaking to former President Kumaratunga but has not as yet called me back.

In a magnificient peroration, Mr Idroos declares that ‘Good governance is accountability, Good governance is transparency, Good governance follows rule of law, Good governance is responsive, Good governance is equitable and inclusive, Good governance is effective and efficient, Good governance is participatory, Good governance works solely for the people amidst constraints and hardship.’

Does Mr Idroos think Mr Hashim has assumed responsibility for his actions, which is part of accountability? Has he acted openly? Has he followed the rule of law? Had he even looked at the Act before making decisions and implementing them? Has he been responsive? Has he acted equitably, when claiming that he dimissed the Chair because of pressure for FUTA? Even FUTA now says that an inquiry would have been welcome. Has he been inclusive?

He told me clearly that he could not do the work himself. Last week he was attending a seminar on election strategy and said he would not be going to the Ministry, and the next day he went to Deraniyagala. Has he been effective and efficient? Has he acted participatorily? And has he, in not ensuring that the crisis was solved after promising to do this, worked ‘solely for the people’?

In my letter of resignation I told His Excellency that ‘I have long realized that it is not possible to work effectively if one has lost the confidence of those in authority.’ So much being done behind my back indicates that there was another agenda than that on which we worked together for the election.

I think Mr Idroos would do better to apply his concern and understanding of what good governance means to Mr Hashim and the Prime Minister. Perhaps he should also ask Mr Hashim why his personal staff descended like vultures on the Ministry this week and tried to take away its vehicles. I have tried to call Mr Hashim to suggest he control them, but his phone is permanently switched off. I have a different vision of what the Right to Information means, and I hope Mr Idroos will also be a bit more scientific in holding those with responsibilities accountable.

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  • 29
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    The new administration can do without you and your loss will never be felt.

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      How can you question the legality of actions of a UNP clique who have illegally (without having been elected or even contesting an election) got hold of power through an “agreement” with Maaru Sira?

      You happily went along with the illegal capture of power and to serve the clique due to your grievances against Mahinda Rajapakse. Now you beg us to question the legality of actions of this corrupt lot.

      Dishonesty is thy name, Rajiva Wijesinha.

      • 19
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        Sorry I beg to defer; MS’s election manifesto explicitly stated that RW would be PM. This is good enough isn’t it?

    • 10
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      Totally agree.

      Now I am certain he needs professional help. Unfit for employment at the UGC !

    • 19
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      I read through Rajivas CV.,
      I don’t see any experience at Management level.
      His experience in consulting, teaching, working as an analysts etc..
      He never had enough experience in managing people, projects.

      I frankly feel Rajiva is a misfit as a Minister.
      He cannot perform, or don’t know what to perform.
      This is a natural exit.

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

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    Prof. Wijesinghe will have something always to complain of. She was suffering from “Kshenuka Mania” until she leaves her position as the Secretary to the ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    He deserves a Cabinet position but not that rascal Faizer Musthapa who is a corrupt guy.
    Prof Wijesinghe is a clean politician who can make a meaningful contribution to uplift the higher education sector.

  • 16
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    Can we have Colombo Telegraph doing some research On Rajiva.Wijesinghe and his work records, say starting from STC Mount.Lavinia, where he was the Sub Warden for awhile.

    It will be fascinating stuff to know! At least for the people who dont know about how this man Rajiva operates!!!

  • 17
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    Hello Prof,

    I am quite positive you feel you have a valid case. Although let this one go.

    You might be surprised how some people deal with situations like this. They take things like in their stride and move on to the next one. It a series of wars out there. Some wars you win the other you don’t.

    Its good to learn from the experience, cut your losses and keep moving. Battle is won on many years of striving. Also forgive the other person you got a bad deal from. Its for your own mental health not theirs.

    • 13
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      Good advice. Being a team player some times you have to give the leadership to someone else and go to the back depending on the situation. You can come to the to the front later. This is more of instinct than “work to rule” [this does not mean that you should break rules to work in a team].
      Rajiva wrote a series of articles how he was sidelined by the previous administration. Unless he reflects and realizes where he stands, I guess he can write another series of articles, in the future, how he was sidelined by the present administration.

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        Sidelined due to through inefficiency

  • 14
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    it was simply a mistake that the new govt me appoint you Rajeeva as anyone in their cabinet. That is the greatest mistake that they made relying on you. Right at the moment, you and the like can only worsen the situation from Kabalen lipata like situation (from frying pan to herd).

    Instead of pulling out it together just to nitpick is what Govt cant afford just at this crucial moment while all culprits wait to destroy any good move of the current govt

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    This version of explanation sounds familiar; in essence what he says is Kabir and Ranil are no good; the president iMs is good; this is what Dr DJ has been writing because, he knew he is the president, will be there for next 6 years. With Ranil, these guys have long standing vendetta, it is boiling for ever. Because he is too good to be a politician, and if he gets the PM position with powers more than what the current PMs had to have, then the fate of all those who hangs on racism for their political survival would hang on balance. So these guys one by one trying to sling mud on him. But MS knew the whole UNP votes were the ones that put him on par with MR, and the rest of course made him to win the race. And, whatever said and done MS knew Ranil is a gentleman. Just imagine if MR had won, Madam CBK running on the streets less Saree; MS would be in no man land; Ranil would be opposition leader again because MR thinks he is so nice.

  • 11
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    It seems that Prof. Wijesinghe will never be satisfied with anything.

    The irony is that he is coveting a cabinet position knowing very well that he will not take collective cabinet responsibility seriously.

    All the best with your pole vaulting escapades Prof. Wijesinghe!

  • 9
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    This joker is nothing but a trouble maker. He can’t accept the fact that his cousin is the Prime Minister. I say to him good riddance and hope you will not become an MP ever again

    • 7
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      Isnt that called jealousy?

  • 3
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    a Cuntree – that is full of [Edited out] .. you will never make it.

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    Dear Rajiva, it’s important that people like you (and others of your ilk like DJ) delve more on “Emotional Intelligence” (EQ) and understand how important it is to learn to cope and handle your feelings rather than succumb to them adolescent-ly (‘thotta babas’?). This is what Mr.Idroos is referring to: which you are attempting to analyse and dissect in an inane and insane manner. You have mentioned somewhere that RW has asked you to read a book. May I ask you to consider reading “Emotional Intelligence-why it can matter more than IQ” by Daniel Goleman. It will help you to make use of opportunities rather than trashing them. The question remains whether your actions borders on dysfunctional ism rather than Principles? May you find what you are searching for.

  • 7
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    He does not fit into a ministerial portfolio and should get back to his university job for good if all.

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    Another Sinhalese has been forced to bite the dust.

    I mean not this Professor ,but the head of the UGC ,,by a Muslim.

    By the time the rogue PM finishes his one hundred days ,Sinhalese and Sinhala Buddhists in particular will be an extinct species in the top Echelons of the Sinhala Nation.

    Wonder where those Hela Urumaya Blokes are these days?…

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      sumane

      “Sinhalese and Sinhala Buddhists in particular will be an extinct species in the top Echelons of the Sinhala Nation.”

      Weren’t they at the top echelons for the last 60 years?Are we among the top countries like singapore ,malaysia,korea,taiwan,japan etc?

      I think the sinhalese bhudhists at the bottom echelons have learnt their lesson by giving the top echelons to their compatriots.To alleviate their suffering they might now not mind sharing that top echelon with others.

      However i wonder whether if we produce some tamils like rajaratnam and shanmugam etc who will help in transforming srilanka into a singapore,whether the sinhalese will get jealous like you are and bash the tamils again.So we tamils are wondering whether it is worthwile to give you our brains, sweat and tears again,repair the damage your sinhalese bhuddhists have done and get pushed out to the backbench.

      When we got independence we were far ahead of those countries that i mentioned.There was a sense of justice and fairplay at that time and the top echelons were manned on merit.After independence you did not feel grateful but said this was a sinhala bhuddhist country and top echelons have to be manned by sinhala bhuddhists.Now your sinhala bhuddhist women are being sodomized on a regular basis in the middleeast and your birth rate is coming down and down.You can’t stop them from going and coming in coffins because they are desperate and you are desperate for the foreign exchange which is the highest the country is earning from legitimized prostitution.your sinhalese bhuddhist beach boys are being sodomized by foreigners left right and center because the parents desperatly want that money.these don’t happen in those countries i mentioned earlier which were like backwaters compared to us in 1947.

      yet you want to continuue with only sinhala bhudhists at the helm.Stubborn fellows aren’t you?then if so give us a piece of land where all of us minorities can go and make it flourish again like Ceylon did and you can continue to get buggered by foreigners.

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      COLOMBO TELEGRAPH, I implore you not to allow remarks such as this which makes race and religion more important than nationality, appear on your website.

      It can only lower it.

  • 1
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    Have Kabir & Ranil Acted Openly & Legally? Neanderthal man is unable to answer such questions. Sri Lankans are a bunch of loosers.

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    Why couldn’t this man just be like that other academic GL Peiris.See no evil,hear no evil,talk no evil.This man is hollering over one decision that kabir took without consulting him,whereas if sajin vaas was in kabir’s shoes he would have raped that woman instead of sacking her.

    One thing that Mr.wijesinghe should learn is patience in politics.

    rajiva go for some tuition classes to GL peiris who will tell you the art of being deaf,blind and dumb.Also go for some classes to ranil on how to make it possible to become the president even losing 25 elections.

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    Hmmmm. It looks like the ‘soup’ cooked by the seven pundits (punditha hathdenage kendaheliya). So it was bad when MR appointed people linked to his party – but good governance when Ranil does the same. Double standards, hypocrites all of them.

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    [Edited out] Rani is Rajives close relation too

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    The reply from learned professor sadly confirms what Mr. I is saying. He needs to grow up and learn how to function in a political system. Shows his lack of experience. I think he should have read the book recommended by PM instead of complaining and get a job done to prove if he is able to deliver under less-than perfect system like what we have now. If he waits for the perfect environment that may never come.

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    I agree 100 % with “Pena kiyanna”.
    The puppet Sirisena and hora UNP must be removed from power to stabilize the country!!!!

  • 4
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    DeAre Rajiv,
    You are a senior professor according to Wikipedia @ Sabaragamuwa! Did you get a backdoor appointment like Kshanika? According to circulars of the UGC one has to be the chair for 10 years and score a certain mark to be appointed!!?? You could not have held a chair for 10 years! Was your appointment facilitated by MARA and Kshanika??? Are you obedient to her as a result?? Can someone let the public know the transparency of this so called straight guy??

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      Let’s be fair please. To be a Senior Professor the relevant circular 838 of 2004 asks only for 8 years as professor or a higher doctorate. No evaluation of the candidate’s work with points is required if he or she is already a professor unless there is another applicant.

      Rajiva Wijesingha has a lot more than 8 years as professor. But to continue to use that title he must either still be in service or have been given emeritus status by his university. I do not know about either.

      In reality, however, even if a person does not use the title, others do and that is not the person’s fault. I have not seen his using the professor title in any of his articles in The Colombo Telegraph and he is certainly not responsible for what the Wikipedia says.

  • 1
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    This shameless Rajapaksa sycophant should NEVER have been appointed to ANYTHING by this government. The first major mistake was appointing him and the continuing mistake is tolerating him and his unbelievable hypocrisy.
    If Sirisena has an extra double bullock cart in Polonnaruwa he should harness this [Edited out] and the other one – Paisa Mustafa – to it and chase them off a handy bridge. That way he will do us all a big favour because he will have killed two vultures with one stone.

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    Dr. Wijesinha squabbling publicly with Mr. Kabir and the Prime Minister; Dr. Rajitha Senaratne issuing statements conflicting those from the Prime Minister’s office – these are but a few indications of the lack of professionalism and coordination of this government.

    It seems the left hand knows not what the right hand is doing!

    You know what they say – too many cooks spoil the soup!

  • 1
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    The last thing we need in this time of a national government is a public spat between two ministers. I wouldn’t shed a tear if I saw these two, one a devious bugger, the other a turncoat, on their way to hell in a handcart.

    Academics, and uncouth, wily politicians don’t mix well. Ask GL.

    MS should kick both these buggers out.

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    An RTI request.

    0. What complicit to genocide roles were given to Rajiva Wijesinha by GoSL to break the peace and bring about genocidal war under the pretext of peace Secretariat?

    1. How did this rotten professor become complicit to denial of genocide? Who gave him orders to play Goebbels? Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or Kapila Hendawitharane?

    2. Has there been any review of how this evident fool was facilitated through higher education in UK, much like Yositha Rajapaksa ? If so, please provide a rundown

    3. In the Colombo Telegraph article of Thotta Baba, who chose the excellent photos of ugly duckling Rajiva Wijesinha?

  • 2
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    Why do people address these people such as GL , Rajiv etc as Professor . Were they Professor Emeritus. Otherwise Professor is a title when you hold the post on the University . Otherwise they are DR. if they are PhD. These titles are most misused in SL

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    Rajiv must understand that he was appointed as a State Minister and not a Cabinet Minister. The Cabinet Minister has overall responsibility. Rajiv cannot challenge his Cabinet Minister.And what is this big issue? About keeping that UGC woman who put in students to University on Namal’s letters.
    Is Rajiv mad?

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    Rajiva [Edited out]

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    In defense of Rajiv a,
    you have got things mixed up!! You cannot get it over the table! A senior professor application requires to apply on a marking scheme and othe pre requisites! Just 8 years of a professor is simply not enough. I say this as a person who applied for it and has been one for 10 years! Don’t misquote circulars.

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      I just read Circular 838 by Googling for “UGC Circular Senior Professor”. It reads as quoted. Ten years ago Academic would have been evaluated under this and I do not see any major revisions after that.

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    PM Ranil is a gentleman, and asked the professor to read a good book but MR would have told him to read the Play Boy.

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    Dear Dr RA

    I believe that everyone was happy when you all got together and gave the leadership to change the SL ‘s political culture . It was necessary to safe guard democratic SL. MR gave the leadership to end the Terrorism in SL but he failed to safeguard democratic rights of the country . Like him we do not want MS to fail . Unless people like you continue to support him , all your efforts are going to go to waste. Yes ! you will have deferent of opinion and work ethics , but do not through away what you achieve for the sake of proving a point . remember what was achieve was for the good of all the Sri Lankans and not select few and their egos. It is good to have a Doctorate but common sense make a better sensible person . read the dam book RW recommended.

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