15 October, 2019

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Letter To Our President

By J. B. Disanayaka

Prof.  J. B. Disanayaka

Prof. J. B. Disanayaka

His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse,

The President Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka,

Office of the President,

Temple Trees,

150 Galle Road,

Colombo 3,

Sri Lanka.

 

Dear President Rajapaksa,

During the early 60s, barely two decades after the birth of the University of Ceylon at Peradeniya based on the Cambridge model, it was the custom to send young local academic recruits to Britain for their post-graduate education.  Those recruits to the Faculty of Arts, in particular, were sent to The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London.

I joined the Department of Sinhala after graduation.  My predecessors in the Department had duly proceeded to London for higher study.  I myself was nursing thoughts of going to London in 1963.  Destiny, however, intervened.  My advisers urged me to proceed to the United States for my higher studies in the field of Linguistics.  Awarded a Fulbright-Smith Mundt scholarship, I was affiliated to the University of California, Berkeley, at that time one of the most prestigious of the many American universities that had around nine Nobel laureates on campus.

The two years I spent at Berkeley not only helped me earn a Master’s degree in Linguistics but also taught me how to become a university don.  The education I received and the experience I gained at Berkeley certainly constituted a significant turning point in my career.  Four factors contributed to enrich my life in the United States and I wish to elaborate on these.

Firstly, the orientation programme each Fulbright scholar had to participate in made a difference. My fellow-Fulbright recipients and I had our two-week orientation programme at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.  The very first thing I learnt was to read at a speed faster than I had ever read at home.  I was advised to make an analytical study of the Department of Linguistics at Berkeley and write a critical review of a book or article published by an academic staff member of this Department.

I chose to focus on Professor Emaneau, perhaps the most-senior member of the Department, who was an authority on Indo-European and Dravidian Linguistics.  His learned article on India as a Linguistic Area gave me plenty of food for thought.  When I met him personally at Berkley on eventually getting to California, I could not only discuss matters with him with ease but also add some further relevant facts from Sinhala, my own language, to substantiate his hypothesis.  Prof. Emaneau was highly pleased.  Thanks to my orientation experience at Yale, I was able to begin my Fulbright sojourn on a sound note which in turn helped make my life at Berkeley all the more comfortable and memorable.

Secondly, my graduate adviser at Berkeley, Professor Wallace Chafe, helped make my academic experience productive and meaningful.  Having studied my background and credentials I possessed at that time, Professor Chafe advised me to follow certain introductory courses in Sanskrit, Latin and Cultural Anthropology.  My exposure to the latter subject brought me into contact with Professor Dell Hymes, a most distinguished authority in the field.  He and the course he taught enabled me to acquire new insights into culture which inspired me later on to make several comparative studies on Sinhalese culture.

Thirdly, the summer courses I took at campuses outside of Berkeley deepened my understanding of the field of Linguistics and thereby widened my horizons.  In the process, I was also able to meet and get to know several other specialists – both American and British – in Linguistics.  The first of the summer courses of mine was at the Bloomington Campus of Indiana University and the second at the Austin Campus of the University of Texas.

At Bloomington I had the privilege and rare opportunity of meeting Professor Michael Halliday, famed British linguist and the pioneer of the new school of British Linguistics that came to be known as `Functional Linguistics’.  I was so attracted to Halliday’s theory that I wanted to study it further under his guidance on completion of my Fulbright scholarship.  As a result of my meeting Prof. Halliday at Bloomington, I received the good fortune of spending an year at the Department of Linguistics of the University College of the University of London benefitting from Prof. Halliday’s wisdom. Austin, Texas, also gave me the opportunity to meet another giant in the field of Linguistics, Professor William Labov.

Fourthly, the American `host families’ that I interacted with enriched my life.  The weekends I spent with them and the festive occasions – Easter and Christmas among others – I shared with them are among my cherished memories of my stay in the United States.  I yet remember vividly Dick Hemenways who hosted me at New Haven, Connecticut.  Writing to the Nutmeg Pioneer in 1963 Dick observed that `the visitors have brought us a knowledge of other lands and other cultures, and a feeling that we now have friends in distant places’. I share these sentiments.

I truly am happy that I had the opportunity to do my post-graduate studies in the United States, for it enabled me not only to deepen my knowledge of the field of my academic specialisation but also to broaden my outlook on life.  That Fulbright experience was essentially the main source of inspiration that has made me who I am today.

I commend the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of the United States for nurturing the Fulbright programme these past sixty years and hope very much that they will continue to nourish it in the decades to come.

Yours sincerely,

J. B. Disanayaka

*This essay is taken from the book, ‘Letters to Our Presidents’ published by US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission

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    Dear Prof. J. B. Disanayaka,

    RE: His Excellency

    Is Sri Lanka a Republic?

    Let’s see. USA is a Republic. There are no Kings and Queens. The Last King, King George was kicked out. George Washington played a key role in kicking the King out and inaugurating the American Republic, and was the First President. He was addressed as Mr. President, not His Excellency.

    This is not United kingdom, you can be excused for using “His Excellency” for the President of the Republic of Sri Lanka.

    Please use Mr. President in the future, when you formally address the President of the Republic of Sri Lanka. We do not want any dynasties here. If a dynasty is needed, people will vote in a referendum.

    Please see below how the US President is addressed. For somebody who does not follow the constitution, does not follow the rule of law, His Excellency is a Travesty of Justice and Etiquette. Even the President of the US, a Superpower, is not addressed that way.

    http://www.formsofaddress.info/FOA_president_US.html

    How to Address The President of the United States Envelope, official: The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Letter salutation: Dear Mr./Madam President: Please share this information with your fellow Fulbright Scholars.

    Amarasiri

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      Mr. Amarasiri has to be careful and nrush up some “cultural anthropology”.
      The US is a country where you are supposed to address even your would be mugger by his first name.

      In Sri Lanka we don’t really use first names, except in “sophisticated circles”. In fact, it is more common to use initials like DS, JR, NM, or shortened forms of the family name, like Banda.

      The form of address to be used for the president of France, or the Chancellor of Germany, President of India etc is not determined by looking at the practice in the US. In most cases, it is based on tradition. In Sri lanka, who ever started calling JRJayawardena His Excellency, set the tone. The Sri lankan President’s ambassadors to other countries, designated to represent him, are also addressed as “His (or Her) Excellency.

      What Mr. Amarasiri is trying to say is that he is against honorifics being given to Mr. Rajapaksa because he regards Rajapaksa to be unworthy of it compared to his favorite politicians? Didn’t G. L. peiries or Austin Fernando even address Prabhakaran or even Anton Balasingham as His Excellency?
      All you need to do is to mutter His excellency the …… (which I am sure nither GL:Pieries nor Austin Fdo did.

      If that is the message, just say so and do not cover it in protocols and formalities.

      It may surprise Mr. Amarasiri that the formal address accepted by the United nations for the President of the US is also His Excellency Mr. President.!!!!

      Nevertheless, we are culturally closest to India. Ask how the President of India is addressed. He, (as all heads of British commonwealth republics), is addressed as His excellency.

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        Mr. kautilya

        “It may surprise Mr. Amarasiri that the formal address accepted by the United nations for the President of the US is also His Excellency Mr. President.!!!! “

        “Nevertheless, we are culturally closest to India. Ask how the President of India is addressed. He, (as all heads of British commonwealth republics), is addressed as His excellency.”

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

        Mr. kautilya, yes, we are culturally closest to India, as Sri Lankans are mostly Paras from India, in the Land of Native Veddah.

        The issue is what is the need to hanging on to colonial era and kingdom era protocols, when the country is a Republic. US does not do it, even though the UN may like to do it because they get most of the funding from the US. All the Shills in Sri Lanka like to address the current President as His Excellency, even though it is a travesty in the use of the word Excellency.

        Even in India, however newer protocol rules approved will discontinue “colonial era” styles of His(or Her) Excellency

        India[edit]
        The President of India and Governors of Indian states were addressed as His Excellency/Her Excellency.[8]

        However newer protocol rules approved will discontinue “colonial era” styles of His(or Her) Excellency. The same release states that the in Hindi (which is the other language in which official communications are released in the Central Government of India in its capacity of Rājabhāśhā: Officiating language) the style Rāshtrapati Mahoday (राष्ट्रपति‍ महोदय, Sir/Honourable President) shall replace the erstwhile Mahāmahim(महामहि‍म). The newer style will be Honourable.

        The corresponding changes in releases from the President’s Secretariat shall be from Mahāmahim to Rāshtrapatiji.[9] The release also talks about the styles of other dignitaries, like Governors. “The word “Hon’ble” will be used before the title of ‘President’ or ‘Governor’. The traditional Indian greeting of “Shri” or “Smt.” should precede the name.”

        However, “Excellency” will continue to be used, only for interaction of leaders with foreign dignitaries and foreign dignitaries with our leaders as is customary international practice.

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      Mr Amarasiri, I hope you derived substantial pleasure writing it, like I did reading it.

      But don’t you think, that in addition to the status conferred by the post of President, you should also factor in the quality of the individual, who actually holds the Office, to determine which words should be used to address him? I think that the quality of the person addressing him should also be factored in.

      The quality, personal integrity, and morality of Mahinda Rajapakse, when compared with those of Prof Dissanayaka and considered together, it would have been most appropriate if the Professor had addressed the subject as “Ey Meeharaka”.

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        Andare, “Your Hex-a-Lunacy” would have been appropriate!!

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        Andare

        “it would have been most appropriate if the Professor had addressed the subject as “Ey Meeharaka”.”

        This is crossing species. For this the approved protocol need to be followed, and proper approvals obtained from those who are affected..

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        I dont think any good learnt profs have guts to call a spade a spade perhaps except our CT writer- Prof. LF. He has criticised it adequately in the last few months. Actually, many of these senior professionals seem to be in the long slumber. When would they wake up is the question ?

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    .
    OK, US educated Prof.

    What is your opinion on a federal solution to Tamils problem in the Island?

    In US, even though they all speak the same language, same culture, each state is very much independent. Even each townships have their own police force!

    :-)

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      The whole of Sri lanka can be fitted in a narrow strip between LA and San Farncisco with some 100 miles to spare.

      So do you think California should be broken up into linguistic parts? indeed, southern california has over 60% Hispanics, and many of them don’t even know good English. New Mexico, Southern Texas have even more.

      The whole of the US has some 18% Hispanics in official registers, and many more unofficially. let us say, about 23% Hispanics.

      Can a Hispanic ask for a court trial, or a birth certificate, OR ANY OFFICIAL DOCUMENT acceptable to the US government is Spanish? Is there even a token strip in the US flag for them? Is the US anthem sung in Spanish? Will even one Senator or congressman dare to talk of officially recognizing Spanish as an official language, with the US congress and Senate proceedings in both Englsih and Spanish, even with 18% Hispanics?

      So, if you are asking us to run Sri Lanka following the US, we just need Sinhala ONLY, as there are less than 5% Tamils in the North (compared to 60% Hispanics in california).

      So. no need of Tamil, no need of even token strips on the flag, no need of a Tamil version of the National anthem? No Tamil language streams in public schools? Sould we have a huge security force along the Lanka-India coastal belt copying the high security presence along the USD-Mexican border.

      Is that what you want?

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        Excellent reply Bodi. It is good that some people reply to these postings to expose CT readers the true picture.

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          wickrama

          “Excellent reply Bodi. It is good that some people reply to these postings to expose CT readers the true picture.”

          Why do think Bodi’s reply was excellent?

          I am told CT readers are fully clothed even when they bathe. Therefore there is nothing to be ashamed of when they are in pictures.

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        Bodi

        “So do you think California should be broken up into linguistic parts?”

        No need to break up the US, all they have to do is to go back to their mother countries, Europe and Africa. Let my cousins native Indians divide it as they see fit.

        Descendants of Kallathonies must leave.

        “So, if you are asking us to run Sri Lanka following the US, we just need Sinhala ONLY, as there are less than 5% Tamils in the North (compared to 60% Hispanics in california).”

        As the native son of this land we neither want Sinhala only nor Tamil only. Descendants of Sinhala and Tamil kallathonies must go back to their ancestral homeland which is either in Tamilnadu or Bihar. We will have our Veddaland.

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        .
        Bodi says, “”So do you think California should be broken up into linguistic parts?”

        Did the Hispanics ask for it?

        If size matters to you, compare with Switzerland not US?

        :-)

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          Did the Hispanics ask for it?
          They have been clamouring for it. But few legislators have dared to take it up.
          One law maker in New Mexico sent out a trial balloon. He was shot at. After that he stopped talking about such things

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    I am sure the Prof has this ready answer: “what Tamil problem, is there one? Everybody is entitled to a Fulbright scholarship regardless of Race, Language or Religion. So what problems are you talking about?”

    The most educated seem to be the most ignorant when it comes to basic issues…

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      Is there any list of Sri Lankans who hold Fulbright Scholarships to check how Sinhalaese, Tamils, Muslims, ….. fare

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        Luxmy Silva

        “Is there any list of Sri Lankans who hold Fulbright Scholarships to check how Sinhalaese, Tamils, Muslims, ….. fare”

        Very good question. Don’t study, don’t get degrees, do not win scholarships.

        Them it needs to be normalized for the number who are educated.

        It is somewhat like the Nobel Prizes. Unless you are there , you will not get it. You will not get a graduate degree unless you have an undergraduate degree. Still you need to be qualified to enter graduate school in the USA or teach .

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          There are lists of Fulbright scholars, lists of commonwealth scholars, lists of C-plan scholars.

          They reflect 70% Tamils and about 30% Sinhalese, with very few Muslims or one or two mixed (burgher etc) interspersed. This inversion of demopgraphic reality is partly because the Science, Engineering and medical faculties of the 1950-1970s time were heavily weighted with Tamil entrants as well as tamil prfessors(almost exclusively of the Vellalar and karaiar castes).

          It should be noted that those days, even the public service and the GCSU were 50% timil, and did not refelect the demographics of the country. This was what promted the LSSP to demand parity of status to Sinhala and tamil, as that was the only language policy acceptable to the GCSU.

          Things have slowly corrected themselves, and there is improved demographic consistency today.

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    Why is he writing to this president about a program funded by USA for the past 60 years – he should thank the USA first,and secondly the head of state of sri lanka who approved the program originally.
    He graduated in USA long ago – why this sudden urge to commend the present government.
    How many graduate in ‘linguistics’ under Prof. Dissanayake each year?
    What do they do after graduation?
    Courses which do not confer skills which benefit/serve humanity should be limited to a few – who are unable to enter for other useful disciplines.

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    aratai,

    USA is 140 times the size of Sri Lanka with a population of 310 million. Tamil problem in SL is mainly the Tamils diaspora.

    Prof. JB is a great man.

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    It appears to be a damn disgrace how these learned claim that they became fully fledged only after following some course or another as a Full Bright in a Foreign clime. The back bones implanted on these Academics by Full Bright or another is pathetically servile to say the least. Their conduct most disgraceful after bum sucking corrupt Politicians and today writing to a Fraud of a Head of State to emulate Ethics.

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    hik..hik..hik….
    this is not a letter but a CV…..an application
    for a suitable employment in the Govt…under the President….
    he says… ” …..it enabled me not only to deepen my academic knowledge but broaden the outlook on life….the fullbright is an inspiration for who I am today….”

    you have received everything free from this Country besides you earned a fullbright scholarship to USA..

    But What have you done / given in return to the Country..to the society that is under severe oppression now…?

    Please do not blow your trumpet at this age…because many suffer from Dementia…
    they do not know what they do or say…..

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      Dias,
      Google to see Prof. JB Dissanayake has done for Sri Lanka. I bet he has done lot more than your mother, father and the rest have done for your country 1000 times over.

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        Mr Mendis…
        My Father & Mother had not achieved what he has achieved
        but certainly they paid for this man’s education..by way of taxes.

        So the man who gets free education …university and Fullbright
        should do more than writing books…translating stories..
        teaching in Sinhala Language in the Universities…
        and blowing his trumpet …

        He says it is because of Fullbright that who he is today…how did he enter..?
        How many Fullbright Scholars in this country from the Central Colleges..?
        Has he ever spoken to successive Govt of the importance of English Education
        of this Country…?
        He thank the Govt for continuing the Fullbright Scholarship
        Were there any moves to stop it…?

        We watched very sadly in 1971….1987 – 1989….how the frustrated Sinhala educated
        youth were murdered…Today we are witnessing the rise of a new English Educated
        Ruling Class in this Country..the great Dictators ….Born Rulers

        these are the people who contributed to the ruination of this Country ..
        Society….

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          I will only believe you if you show me the tax payment receipts. Most who shout about paying taxes in SL pays hardly any tax or not at all. Prof. JB is a great man and you are not ! sorry.

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            D. Mendis,

            “..Prof. JB is a great man and you are not ! sorry..”

            Why? Does Prof[Edited out]

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    Just wondering whether publishing his letter written to Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Colombo Telegraph has done any good to his reputation if he had any, before. Are these Fulbright Scholars forced to write to the president of Sri Lanka by the president himself? People are aware that J.B.Dissanayaka who is an advisor to the president and held the ambassador post in Thailand in 2007 under the present president, must be a so called educated sucker of the politicians. He blows his own trumpet in this letter, a behaviour we never expect from a true educated person. Yes, he has worked with eminent people and Nobel laureates but it does not mean anything if he could not finish his Ph.D. in the USA. He had to come back and do a Ph.D.in Sri Lanka. Any good 4 year degree holder can get admission direct into a Ph.D. programme in any good University in USA or Canada . His boasting is not consistent with his achievements. Further, if he is so intelligent and educated he would have lived a dignified retired life at this old age without sucking up to these Sri Lankan politicians.

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      Ptriot

      “Just wondering whether publishing his letter written to Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Colombo Telegraph has done any good to his reputation if he had any, before. “

      His reputation went down, as he addressed Mr. Rajapaksa as His Excellency. instead of Mr. President.

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

      India[edit]
      The President of India and Governors of Indian states were addressed as His Excellency/Her Excellency.[8]

      However newer protocol rules approved will discontinue “colonial era” styles of His(or Her) Excellency. The same release states that the in Hindi (which is the other language in which official communications are released in the Central Government of India in its capacity of Rājabhāśhā: Officiating language) the style Rāshtrapati Mahoday (राष्ट्रपति‍ महोदय, Sir/Honourable President) shall replace the erstwhile Mahāmahim(महामहि‍म). The newer style will be Honourable.

      The corresponding changes in releases from the President’s Secretariat shall be from Mahāmahim to Rāshtrapatiji.[9] The release also talks about the styles of other dignitaries, like Governors. “The word “Hon’ble” will be used before the title of ‘President’ or ‘Governor’. The traditional Indian greeting of “Shri” or “Smt.” should precede the name.”

      However, “Excellency” will continue to be used, only for interaction of leaders with foreign dignitaries and foreign dignitaries with our leaders as is customary international practice.

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      Patriot,

      “..Are these Fulbright Scholars forced to write to the president of Sri Lanka by the president himself? People are aware that J.B.Dissanayaka who is an advisor to the president and held the ambassador post in Thailand in 2007 under the present president, must be a so called educated sucker of the politicians. He blows his own trumpet in this letter, a behaviour we never expect from a true educated person…”

      You hit the nail right on the fucker’s toe and he must be limping and jumping up and down now! What could be the reason for writing this self-eulogy? An election is approaching, the king Kong finds out that he has lost his fallacy grip on the majority monkeys, so he intends to devise yet another devious and dubious gimmickry. He wants to collect bits and pieces of his shattered Mota Hukxxx Chinthanaya using sold out suckers like JB because without the token support of the intellectuals however horikada and perverted they are this Mahinda Chinthanaya could not convincingly be sold to village Haramanises and Elsinas who are the vassal vote bank of the Manamulana hora. This JB’s eccentric harangue is like a one man marathon from now where with all the loud speaks and traffic police without any other competitors! All the readership in CT are clueless as to why the bugger wrote this [Edited out]!

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      Patriot,

      “..Are these Fulbright Scholars forced to write to the president of Sri Lanka by the president himself? People are aware that J.B.Dissanayaka who is an advisor to the president and held the ambassador post in Thailand in 2007 under the present president, must be a so called educated sucker of the politicians. He blows his own trumpet in this letter, a behaviour we never expect from a true educated person…”

      You hit the nail right on the bugger’s toe and he must be limping and jumping up and down now! What could be the reason for writing this self-eulogy? An election is approaching, the king Kong finds out that he has lost his fallacy grip on the majority monkeys, so he intends to devise yet another devious and dubious gimmickry. He wants to collect bits and pieces of his shattered Modo Chinthanaya using sold out suckers like JB because without the token support of the intellectuals however horikada and perverted they are this Mahinda Chinthanaya could not convincingly be sold to village Haramanises and Elsinas who are the vassal vote bank of the Manamulana hora. This JB’s eccentric harangue is like a one man marathon from now where with all the loud speaks and traffic police without any other competitors! The entire readership in CT is clueless as to why the bugger wrote this [Edited out]!

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    Every once in a while I am awakened from my slumber and have to face the reality of life as a Sri Lankan! There have been many articles recently about the Fullbright schol program and almost all of them by the beneficieries. Of course one can expect them to sing its praises. Closer examination of the recepients’ merits to be awarded the schol in the first instance, will lead to a discussion about nepotism, favouritism and all things classically Sri Lankan in nature. How many of these graduates returned to pay back Sri Lanka for the investment she made to educate them is another question worth debating. I have crossed paths with a few who have strenously laboured to avoid having to return to Sri Lanka, although it required under the J1 visa classification.

    The point of my two-cents comment is that the article above is about the merits of the schol program not how Rajapakse is addressed. Mr Amarasiri obviously has discovered a life-changing fact in how Heads of States should be addressed. Barack Obama really does not care how he is addressed after all the insulting names he has been called by his own citizens. It is only is teeny weeny countries where idiots waste so much valuable time trying to force others to address them in a particular manner. It some how improves their outlook of life.

    Mahinda Rajapakse will not become a better human being because he is addressed one way or another. That horse has bolted!!! It is what it is! Live with it, or get rid of it! The choice is ours.

    That is where the problem lies.

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      “Closer examination of the recepients’ merits to be awarded the schol in the first instance, will lead to a discussion about nepotism, favouritism and all things classically Sri Lankan in nature.”

      Nepotism and favouritism started very badly during the 70s under Sirima Bandaranayake’s leadership of the SLFP. One of the Fulbright recipient’s(97/98) father who was also a Fulbright recipient and an academic became the secretary of the education ministry(70-77) which was regarded as a political appointment. During his time as secretary of the education ministry, even to be someone from his own cast was considered suitable to be awarded a commonwealth and other scholarships. The daughter who wrote a similar letter to the president works in the US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission. So, nepotism continues unabated.

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    The professor has made an unforgivable fatal mistake in the postal address of the President.

    The error is SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA.

    But according to the constitution, our country is a DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC, not a SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC ( though we have neither democracy nor socialism)

    I think a professor should know the name of his country.

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      punchisingho

      “But according to the constitution, our country is a DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC, not a SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC ( though we have neither democracy nor socialism)”

      This is the Official Name.

      Whatever name you call a duck, is a duck. So how do you describe a duck accurately? How do you describe present day Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah accurately?

      DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC?

      UNDEMOCRATIC PARA-RACIST NON-SOCIALIST MYTH-REPUBLIC OF THE PARA-OCCUPIED LAND OF NATIVE VEDDAH

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        You are right.
        i wonder why Pusincho focused on the title to be democractic in a critical juncture of the country where basic democratic rights are being totally ignored by the megalomaniac.

        In that case, may be the writer is right to have made that mistake on the title… or not ?

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    Dear Professor: I read your letter many times (line by line) to get some insight to the way you would have written those examinations. I could not get any information. Anyway I wish to ask you the following:

    1. Were you accommodated in a special room,( away from the other students)to answer your question papers etc.?

    2. Were you allowed to use any other material (I know it is pointless to refer to computers and cell phones etc)than your pen and pencil?

    3. Were you “supervised” by the Head of the University, perhaps sitting by your side?.

    4. After you were successful, were you given a “photo opportunity” with the President and the Chief Justice of USA?.

    I am quite pleased if you could write a descriptive letter explaining how those examinations were held during your time of achieving those academic success. I know you would gone through enough; but we have today established some “easy ways” of achieving those successes.

    Thank you Professor.

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    Fullbright Days and Earlier Years
    =================================
    I fail to comprehend the purpose of the letter by Professor J.B.Disanayake addressed to The President of Sri Lanka. This is the third note on the same subject within a fortnight that appeared in Colombo Telegraph.( The first was from Deepika Udagama and the second from Ranjini Obeysekera.)
    The Professor goes on to provide with a rather lengthy descriptive enumeration of his ‘Fullbright Days ‘in the US under the tutelage of a dozen reknowned academecians. A two year period. He clearly attributes all his life-long achievements,successes,
    promotions etc.to what he imbibed during his ‘Fullbright Days’.Period.
    A tiny mention of the many formative years of his pre-‘Fullbright Days’ at the Maradana School under Kuruppus, Vachissaras, Thanabalasunderams etc.would be a kind gesture.

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      “A tiny mention of the many formative years of his pre-’Fullbright Days’ at the Maradana School under Kuruppus, Vachissaras, Thanabalasunderams etc.would be a kind gesture”

      Also, the eminent academics at Peradeniya University in that era should have been mentioned briefly.

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    The reason the Prof never mentions his O/L Maths and Science teachers or his Peradeniya lecturers is because they were not POREIGN (sic)!!

    Remember, we are a nation which embraces all things foreign, even if it kills us!

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      Probably, JBD never did Maths(may be he did arithmetic) or Science because he was the professor of Sinhala. Hence, he may not be aware of CMWeeraratna, Kumaradasa, Ragunath weerasooriya etc.

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    Dozens of Full brighter had been to US, in return they have done nothing to change path of Politic economic and social of development. But I think real fullberigher is Dr Basil Rajapakasa, that he been had no chance for FULL BRIGHT Scholar during he stay in US.
    But he is innovated new gambling economy of Casino, after return from US, that is how Dr Basil invented after return new path of development.
    His leadership new strategy of economic development model comes for Casino Economy has been follow by MR regime.

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      Basil Rajapaksa is a very smart man. I sincerely hope the Colombo Crown Casino project takes off soon. It will be a mega shopping/entertainment/food complex/hotel with a casino at one corner. We already have few casinos in Sri Lanka. So why go crazy for adding another one? Lot of people have no idea what this is. Living in a small Island won’t help. check this out http://www.crownmelbourne.com.au

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      Hey readers; some else seem to have abuse my account.
      Please be aware this is not me okay. Srilal, please add your comments.. thanks Smal

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    Prof. JB,

    What the hell did you expect exposing your exposure to the uneducated Presidident?

    Are you up to another Victor Ivon, Mohan Lal Grero or Dayasiri auctioning your credentials expecting the highest bid from the brat President?

    Have you reached the breaking point of your tolerance and the desperation for ambition took over?

    Are you engulfed in the trait of Mahinda Chainthanaya that the only way forward to fulfil one’s ambitions or furtherance of one’s professional prospects is to succumb to the autocrat and wash his linen and dishes as all the Deans, Dons and Cons are doing 24/7/52?

    Were you a member of the “patriotic Mahinda Chanthanaya Team” who lied relentlessly to the people to plant the current rogue in his seat?

    On whose side are you now, on the clueless and penniless people or the plum MC?

    Your act smacks of your utter dastardly stupidity, obstinate dishonesty, treachery to your own conscience, betrayal of the very luminaries you mentioned above from whom you borrowed knowledge to boost your ego and that of the Sinhalese Buddhists and that mere stuffing of knowledge from books alone cannot make a man perfect and principled.

    For an iconic example of how fidelity, principles and pride works study how traitorous Hirunika family and the bereaved brave family of Ekanligoda live and work.

    JB, welcome to Rajapaksha Sri Lanka$! Goodbye to Mother Sri Lanka!

    You need to clarify if you intend in any way to ride upon the wave of human anthropology and the Sinhala Buddhist psyche.

    CT, thank you for being the backbone of interactive media and media freedom while being the stethoscope for the auscultation of the heartbeat of the underprivileged and the social “puritans”.

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    I have no evil intention abuses your account. What my comment base on that New Economic policy of Sri Lankan by strategy Development Act by MR ruling party policies seems to towards new trend Casino economy by in deeds.
    Inline of economy policies is concern of present Govt. that Dr Basil Rajpakase who is Minister in-charge of economic development and responsibly for key policy makers in present Govt.
    There is nothing wrong what I believed and in practice Minister has accountability of development of Casino economy. I have no any intention insult or personal allegation against Hon Minister.
    This is right thinking of free and fair play by People of Sri Lankan.

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      I rather feel you d better change your glasses. All ones with sanity would have thought the other around. Alas the nation lacks them to this day. Anyway, lies .. but lies will not have its ground forever. That is what I can see about the situation in our home country. CBK was accused of being bought palace for her own during her second term, – all these were just to attack her personally. But today, the millions if not billions that have been grabed by state will surface no doubt about that. Killings of late 80ties or at the end of the war would not be able to trace easily, but huge fund abuses will not be hidden by anyone forever.

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