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One Blunder After The Other In Foreign Policy

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Sri Lanka is making one blunder after the other in its foreign relations with India quite reminiscent of the days of President J. R. Jayewardene which finally resulted in strengthening the separatist forces in the country and the Indian intervention in 1987. Whether this is happening without provocation or reason is a debatable matter. Even if the tug of war with India is understandable on the human rights resolution at the UNHRC or the 13th Amendment, there is no reason to repeat a similar confrontation on the Nuclear Issue. It is absolutely a dangerous sphere to enter and only the fools would rush in where the angels fear to tread.

In the 1980s, the US was not behind India. Now the situation has dramatically changed particularly with the Indo-US Nuclear Deal (2005) and the present Russia is not exactly the Soviet Union of the Cold War period that a country like Sri Lanka can completely count on. Whatever the long term intensions or prospects of China, in the current period, it would drop Sri Lanka like a hot potato if the stakes with the US are high.

This is not to say that Sri Lanka should not have an independent foreign policy but to say exactly the opposite that Sri Lanka should be independent from all dubious patrons by firmly following its age old non-aligned and neutral policy in foreign relations whatever the short term temptations or impulsive and subjective urges of short sighted military advocates.

Strained Relations

The immediate prompt for this article is the news item that “Sri Lanka ignores Indian nuclear pact, looks to Pakistan” (The Island, 15 July 2013). When it says that “Sri Lanka is moving in the direction of a nuclear pact with Pakistan after India voted against it at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)” it is as if nuclear power is something that you utilize in confronting human rights issues. At least that is the impression created in New Delhi as reported by S. Venkat Narayan. Voting at the UNHRC is something that you can discuss, negotiate and make them understand if they have done something wrong. If that has failed then that is an utter failure of our constructive diplomacy with India. But a Nuclear Pact is completely a different ballgame especially with a country like Pakistan, India’s well known competitor if not the arch enemy in the region.

The situation is much worse especially when there had been discussions with India even before 2010, during Prof Tissa Vitarana’s time as the Minister of Science and Technology, to seek Indian assistance in developing Sri Lanka’s atomic capabilities in utilizing them for purely civilian purposes. The correct word to use in the context of civilian purposes is atomic energy and not NUCLEAR. There is nothing wrong in that kind of an effort and all countries have legitimate rights in that direction if those are governed by international norms and accepted safety practices. The Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) of Sri Lanka is much older, formed in 1969 as a Statutory Body under the Atomic Energy Authority Act No. 19 of 1969 and all these years its pursuits were conducted completely under the terms of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and without ruffling any feathers in the regional or international players. This is not to be the case under the present Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka, who is well known for his anti-Indian stance on many matters as the leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a Sinhala extremist political outfit nevertheless within the ruling UPFA.

The government on the one hand says that India was lukewarm in their response to the Sri Lankan proposals and that is what reported by the Ceylon Today in its top story on the 15th July. However, the Indian understanding or the claim is completely different as Narayan has reported which says that India in fact offered a Comprehensive Draft Pact last October and was eagerly awaiting Sri Lanka’s response. For this question, the government sources have given a dubious and a contradictory answer, quite intriguing and rather worrying. The following was what Gagani Weerakoon reported.

“Indian officials reached us with a comprehensive nuclear energy plan in the latter part of 2012, but we had to put it off, as Sri Lanka had not yet pursued avenues of nuclear energy and had been only concentrating on using nuclear energy for civil purposes, a government source said.”

Even after admitting that there could be some inaccuracies in the reporting, it is clear that the Indian proposal had been ‘put off’ on flimsy grounds and even in fact without informing them properly. Then the question arises how come then Sri Lanka signed an agreement with the Russian ROSATOM last month which is well known for setting up nuclear reactors for energy purposes and even Indian reactors at Kundankulam are set up by them? What is clear is that the relations between Sri Lanka and India have gone fundamentally sour, if not completely astray, after the end of the war for reasons known to both countries perhaps.

Reasons Behind

It is an undeniable fact that India indirectly and directly supported the government’s efforts in completely crushing the LTTE militarily and the strained relations are the results of subsequent events much to do with the military handling of the post-war situation in the North and particularly the rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction (3 R’s) without resorting to much civilian efforts, and for less military presence as requested by India. At least the civilian authorities should have overseen the 3 R’s which is a standard practice internationally to facilitate reconciliation.

Sri Lanka should have recognized and in fact appreciated India’s generosity particularly in keeping the resistance from Tamil Nadu at bay during the difficult times. It was also a major mistake on the part of Sri Lanka to allow the handling of the India relations mainly to the defence establishment or to the two brothers, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa, rather than to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs whatever the apparent weaknesses on the latter’s part. If all the above were peripheral, the major stumbling block undoubtedly is Sri Lanka’s increasing relations with China both on the economic and military fronts.

It is true that Sri Lanka has not (or not yet) signed an agreement with China on nuclear matters. But it is reportedly in the pipeline. Equally offensive might be the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Russia virtually bypassing India on nuclear research last month. India would not have taken it seriously if not for the swipe it had created by abandoning the previous negotiations with India. Although it was only a MOU, the Defence Ministry website hailed it as an Agreement based on a Daily News report saying “Sri Lanka and Russia signed a bilateral agreement to obtain Russian assistance to develop and research on nuclear technology in Sri Lanka.” Further it created an undue importance since the signatory to the MOU on Russia’s part was the former Russian Prime Minister Sergey Kiriyenko, of course as the Head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency, ROSATOM. Yet this was in a context where ROSATOM and India have increasing disagreements on Kundankulam nuclear plant liability issues in the event of an accident (The Moscow Times, 7 July 2013). These matters cannot be unknown to the Sri Lankan authorities.

If Sri Lanka is only keen in developing radiation and radioisotope technology which have wide range of application in areas of medical, agricultural, industrial and environmental sectors, as in the past, then partnership with India or some other countries are quite sufficient. However, partnership with ROSATOM raises obvious eyebrows since it as a Russian state corporation is keen in setting up nuclear reactors for energy and other purposes. Therefore it is quite legitimate for the anti-nuclear lobby inside the country and outside to question nuclear intentions of the Rajapaksa government particularly given its overt and covert military and other ambitions.

More worrying might be the efforts on the part of the Ministry of Defence to link up very closely with the Pakistani establishments in obvious retaliation to India with repercussions on our relations with her as well as opening floodgates for dubious international machinations that would result in virtual chaos in internal security. In a sequence of events and alliances is the effort to set up a research facility at the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KGU) at the cost of $ 10 million to allegedly research on chemical and biological matters (Colombo Page, 13 July 2013). Pakistan as at present is an infested country of international terrorism and espionage and close links with Pakistan would make Sri Lanka vulnerable to the same predicaments. Its credentials on ‘non-proliferation’ policies are seriously suspect by the US and other countries in the West. What Sri Lanka requires are balanced relations with India and Pakistan, like in the period of Sirimavo Bandaranaike or Dudley Senanayake and not aligning with one against the other.

Misplaced Premises

No one would say that India has been completely correct in handling the Sri Lankan matters today or in the past. Whatever the reason, India’s support for an outfit like the LTTE resulted into drastic consequences for both countries for decades. But on Sri Lanka’s part it is abundantly clear that Sri Lanka’s antagonism towards India is fundamentally unnecessary and largely governed by complete miscalculations of international relations today like in the past.

During Jayewardene’s time, Sri Lanka tried to overplay the American card in a presumed Cold War context against India until Ronald Regan had to tell the Sri Lankan President to cooperate with India on the Tamil issue. Now the present government is playing the China card quite excessively against India and it is also on a misplaced premise that China would come to the aid of Sri Lanka in any future confrontation with India. This is wishful thinking for the following reasons.

  1. China is still an emerging country and not a fully-fledged world power like the Soviet Union during the Cold War period. China’s power should not be exaggerated vis-a-vis the US.
  2. In the world context, China is more of a Merchant than a Prince. Economic relations with China are beneficial for Sri Lanka but overdependence might be even economically suicidal. China’s current boom is already over and in contrast the US (along with Japan) has largely been able to recover from the recent crisis.
  3. China is pragmatic in its foreign policy. China like Russia may defend Sri Lanka over human rights issues however on the nuclear issue no country would be in a position to defend Sri Lanka if nuclear ambitions could be attributed rightly or wrongly on Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka undoubtedly is treading in a dangerous path and it has already given much ammunition for the foreign critics by linking the nuclear ambitions to the defence establishment and the Sinhala extremists. Sri Lanka needs to normalize its relations with India urgently and revert back to the time tested foreign policy of non-alignment and neutrality. Sri Lanka needs the good will of all countries for its development and progress and its natural friends should be democratic countries and not dictatorships or authoritarian regimes.

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    Talk of going nuclear is another red herring – in the Rajapassa project of DISTRACT, divide and rule..
    Nuclear, Chemical and Biological go with Gota the Goon’s vision of a DEEP STATE, or State within a State, a military dictatorship within National Security State.
    The Rajapakse Deep State with access to Chemical and Nuclear weapons would be very hard to dislodge. Nuclear power Gota presumes will ensure the security of the Rajapakse regime – through securing the MILITARY DICTATORSHIP – with the superficial trapping of democracy.

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    What was the consideration for this article?

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      What do you mean by “consideration” – what the writer is pointing out is nothing else than the current regime is so messed up. This is becoming clear to even any sane ones these days.

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    Sri Lankas foreign policy seems to be a home made achcharu with every one having a go at it. From the Defence Secretary to the Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy and even NGO’s like BBS, JHU, Sinhala Ravaya, Ravana Balaya are all trying to dictate foreign policy to the Govt. The only Ministry which does hardly anything about foreign policy is the Minister of External Affairs who busy with CHOGM.

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    Mr. Laksiri Fernando,

    “..Sri Lanka is making one blunder after the other in its foreign relations with India quite reminiscent of the days of President J. R. Jayewardene which finally resulted in strengthening the separatist forces in the country and the Indian intervention in 1987..”

    Your “nuclear” fear story is a fairly clear story to anybody with common knowledge and with this nuke-mania Rajapaksha regime will finally come to an end very soon.

    However, can you please elaborate on your above quoted statement as to what, according to you, JR did wrong because we think otherwise?

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      Laksiri Fernando,

      You never answered my question. This is the problem with people like you who have only partial knowledge about things that happened and happening around. You display your stupidity by writing through your half-knowledge.

      JR did not strain relations with India as you say but the bloody India had always played upper hand and tried to boss us by acting regional thug. The astute proud and progressive JR did not like this and he wanted to break free of Indian influence and therefore explored ways of doing it. Unfortunately, may be due to extremist religious, racist, nationalistic and narrow outlooked image the Sinhalese nation had created of themselves and projected to the world did not permit US or anyone to consider Sri Lanka as a reliable and fitting partner. In fact they are extremely correct when the tarnished and adulterated quality of present Sinhala nation led by Rajapakshas is considered. Although the fools in the country criticize the Executive Presidency created by JR, one of the reasons why he created such a powerful post may be to face the threat from India! In fact the real problem is not with EP of JR but with the buffalos of low cast inferior quality who succeeded him and abused the powers. Any decent man with moral integrity without greed for power, ambition and wealth would have made this country a haven using the powers of the EP. However, since there seems to be no such people around except Ranil and he too has now decided to abolish EP, it is time to form a new constitution and a different way of governance. Lastly, I challenge you and anybody that had these cardboard heroes called Rajapakshas were ruling during the time JR was running the country, India would have invaded this country, killed/arrested all the Rajapakshas, subjugated the country and created a separate country for Tamils in the North and East! These fools must be indebted to JR for preventing that from happening and making the anti-Sri Lanka attitude of India a boomerang unto them ultimately killing Rajiv Gandhi.

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      “However, can you please elaborate on your above quoted statement as to what, according to you, JR did wrong because we think otherwise?”

      let me chip in here ,you seem to be one of those old guards who try to justify and white wash JR and his protégé RW’s blunders.

      “Although the fools in the country criticize the Executive Presidency created by JR, one of the reasons why he created such a powerful post may be to face the threat from India!”

      First of all JR did not create executive presidency for the benefit of SL population, he masterminded whole executive presidency for him to cling in to power for ever (hadn’t there JVP stiff resistance , JR would have contested for 3 rd time , side lining RP exploiting the loop holes).
      Tell me why did JR order police and military to remain in barracks for 2 to 3 bloody long days in the height of black July looting, killing spree?
      Wasn’t this notion “hurt Tamil population in order to win the majority Sinhala population hearts & minds ” JR’s agenda as SWRD, all along ? There was a very famous recorded interview given by JR to an international journalist to prove this theory, so no one can deny it now.
      any responsible government would have acted swiftly and brought the situation under control , none of these were on JR’s mind , his ambition was to teach Tamils a lesson and satisfy the majority Sinhala morons of the country , India was not in JR’s radar and he totally ignored the Tamil population of 50 million in Tamilnadu , understandably India was not going to let go her back door neighbors carnage that easily , so Rajiv didn’t waste any time , taking in to the considerations of political sensitivity , gravity of the situation and geo political reasons Rajiv did what he had to do , Had JR being an imbecile like the current lot , he would have challenged the mighty indians ,luckily he didn’t . i agree with your assertion though , had JR tried to be a smart ass, Rajiv would have succeeded in eliminating JR and all his cronies for good.
      JR’s selfish agenda’s are the root causes for the gross abuses of successive governments , it must be noted , an important document like constitution must not depend on the sincerity or the mercy of any individual , rather it must be beneficial to all the communities and must be idiot & tamper proof.

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        “..First of all JR did not create executive presidency for the benefit of SL population, he masterminded whole executive presidency for him to cling in to power for ever (hadn’t there JVP stiff resistance , JR would have contested for 3 rd time , side lining RP exploiting the loop holes)..”

        On the contrary, the mistake JR made was not to run for the 3rd and ideally lifetime! As I already indicated, the power greedy R Premadasa was instrumental in destroying UNP by engaging in superficial policies and governance eroding party’s popularity among the people. DB vegetated, Chandrika just wasted everything and drank lot of alcohol, paved the way for MR who acts like the beggar who become the king, robbing plundering and hoarding every wealth, destroying everything sane and democratic.

        And plentiful has been said and written about the man, his vision, his mission and what he achieved as the 1st Executive President of SL. From the day of independence until 1977 this country had been struggling, limping and groping in the dark unable to ecdysis its poverty, unable to create employments and provide basic necessities of life. The Sinhalese nation was a “ration happy” nation slightest deprival of which would elicit the most virulent of anti-government protests. JR through EP changed all that and provided the racist fools of this country an opportunity to live with some comfort and decency. The 3rd world, starving, queuing, languishing and begging outlook and mentality was shed by the people for the first time in post independent history solely due to the vision of JR. Srilal lacks the mental capacity to understand the service JR did for the country. Just compare the pre and post 1978 eras to understand what I say-the opportunities people had, improvement of the standard of living, the development the country saw, in international relations the country promoted (not the bloody Indian bastards and their jealousy which dragged this country 100 years back for which JR is not responsible). JR has answered your silly question why he juggled with the pot and lamp-nurturing and ensuring the growth of the new economic system he introduced to this country and safeguarding the faith of the international countries and investors who came to this country placing their trust on JR. And if JR wanted these JVP rogues could not have prevented him from continuing to 3rd! And he does not need loop holes or manholes that your beloved type, the JVPers need. Do you know why the Japanese gifted Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital to SL along with many other assistance and co-operation? Who are you to write the misleading things you have written on JR? What makes you think appreciation of a man and his service is whitewashing? You complain about JR and his protégé RW’s blunders. Now tell me about your and your pen pal JVPers’ brilliance and heroics apart from their arsons, terrorism, terror, sabotage, plundering, jungle politics and the like! And you don’t still understand how JR used EP to face Indian threat-the Prevention of Terrorism Act, giving the police sweeping powers to curb terrorism, signing of ILA and bringing down IPKF to fight their own Tamils and setting LTTE to kill their own kind who nurtured them in Indian soil were all done using the powers in the EP! Still don’t get it? How did MR so called ended the war? What role did the EP play in carrying out and ending the war? They claim 40 to 100 thousand were massacred in ending the war-could your type of “ideological” government have taken such a decision. If it did who would take the responsibility and blame? Are you or your Cabinet prepared to face “war crime” charges? At the rate the “ration happy” Sinhalese Nation depended on rations and took to the streets and changed governments like bed pillows at the slightest change in policy decisions for departing and ascending from poverty towards hard work, efficiency, innovation and development do you think a weak government could have saved this country from the despicable depths it had plunged and mired in? You seem to be a staunch guard of the forever mired and retarded yet populist and majoritarian political and governance concept where any form of revolutionary and fundamental change for good is viewed with suspicion and aversion for whom revolutionists like JR are a square peg in the round hole.

        “..Tell me why did JR order police and military to remain in barracks for 2 to 3 bloody long days in the height of black July looting, killing spree? Wasn’t this notion “hurt Tamil population in order to win the majority Sinhala population hearts & minds ” JR’s agenda as SWRD, all along ? There was a very famous recorded interview given by JR to an international journalist to prove this theory, so no one can deny it now..”

        I highlighted all along what this bloody Indian bastard did to this country and prevented JR from achieving the full gamut of achievements of his vision. On the other hand this country is full of stupid, uneducated, fake Buddhist, fake patriot, racist lunatics who raise their sarongs and saffron rags to show their proud peanuts to the world but yet lower their loincloths to offer their assholes to racist rogues like Rajapakshas. Unlike Rajapakshas, although JR was not a racist he allowed the dispensation of India’s own medicine through their counterparts here. At a very famous recorded interview with BBC JR reveals the motive behind LTTE and JVP terrorism-to capture the whole country and make it a Marxist State! So 2 to 3 bloody long days according to JR may have been sufficient to eradicate some of the capture-the-country-rebels and Marxist proxies interspersed in the country-not that I approve of this but despite what you and me say now it was the ground reality of the day of JR and it was he who had to face the challenges of the country. How does the police control an unruly mob using the legally entrusted power? How does a government control a capture-the-whole-country terrorist movement without deploying some of the out-of-the-box thinking?!

        “..any responsible government would have acted swiftly and brought the situation under control ,..bla..bla..bla…”

        JR did not take to the street and killed Tamils but it is the buffalos from your breeding ground who did this-and don’t blame him for your people’s political aspirations and chivalries! Who knows, there may have been a need to show to India the hood of the snake too! And also the ruler you get is as good as you are! From thousands upon thousands of years in history your people hated Tamils and minorities. And JR knew how the mind of your people worked, feeding on racism! Now in order to politically survive among these racist Sinhalese JR knew he had to feed them with their racial fodder as well! You may argue this is criminal thinking. But JR was far more advanced and shrewd in understanding the mindset of the people. This is exactly how Mahinda Rajapaksha is running the country! The difference between MR and JR in this aspect is that MR is doing and feeding people with racism all the time while JR did it only may be once! And JR was far more concerned with real politics and governance and development of the country and its people.

        “..India was not going to let go her back door neighbors carnage that easily ,..”

        How many people were carnaged during JR’s time? May be 100, 500 or 1000? And you claim this prompted Rajiv with Parippu Drop and all the rest of the Indian intrusions and interferences! What about the Nandikadal, No Fire Zone, shelling on hospitals, the colossal Tamil catastrophe called the biggest Humanitarian Rescue Operation ever on earth? What about the 40-100 thousand Tamils’ massacre allegation figure? What about not only by India but by almost all the other countries in the world the war crime allegations? If as you say India was ruffled, provoked and agitated like a kerosene applied snake at the time of JR with those comparably minor incidents, why doesn’t India do the same now? Do Laksiri and you say that Rajapakshas have better relations with India than JR so that Rajapakshas have managed to cover up 100,000 human carnage and tragedies, that Rajapakshas have miraculous spells and powers to sweep under the carpet all the horrendous and appalling things that are happening to and committed on Tamils in the North? Or is it because the foreign policy of India has undergone radical transformation from Rajiv to Manamohan Singh, India has learned from past mistakes, the world has advanced, International and geopolitical relations have undergone refinement and progress and that UN and other international bodies have come to play a major role in international affairs?

        “..an important document like constitution must not depend on the sincerity or the mercy of any individual , rather it must be beneficial to all the communities and must be idiot & tamper proof..”

        Quite true! That is why “JR’s protégé RW ” has proposed a new constitution and looking forward to inputs from all of the citizens in the country. Please do contribute and make a difference for your own good and that of all the other people living on this country.

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          i’m not sure weather is it really worth of my time, wasting on your endless gibberish ? ,how ever for the sake of constructive debate i will spend few minutes to answer your outrageous accusations and distortions .

          first of all let me get this straight out of my chest , i have every god damn right to criticize who ever i want and will not give reasons as to why I decided to do so for losers (who had directly benefited under JR dictatorship ) .

          about EP, as i said earlier it outweighs far more negative consequences than few positive contributions, JR introduced EP exclusively for HIM and nothing else and JR did try to contest for the 3 rd time , but there was a tiny winy problem he had to encounter though , that was the whole country and majority of his ministers and MPS were abandoning him by the hour (some of the ministers were kind enough to send their resignation letters by Telegrams from their overseas hotel rooms ), only people with permanent vision impairment would agree with JR’s moronic foreign policies , you dare asked me why Japanese helped JR with hospitals and other financial aids , for the fulfillment of your mental benefit, may i say i don’t know , and am sure that ‘s what you wanted to hear and i ‘m pleased to announce you , I will play that card with you whenever necessary.

          By the way, regular readers who visit this thread exactly know who you are and are familiar with the writing style of the other pseudonyms you represent !

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            Srilal,

            “..how ever for the sake of constructive debate..”

            What mongol nonsense are you talking about? Is there anything constructive in the dog-shit you have dumped here in the CT? Yours is just lunatic stuff that can be readily associated with those of the buffalos like Wimal Buruwansa, Wasideva et al who provide jokes to the nation. It is the mistaken belief of cheap jokers like you who claim the right to level unfounded criticisms and false allegations against the respectable and educated people in the country who have done a great service to the country. Don’t worry though because we are not going to hang you for being a moron and morons have been awarded the right to live too under JR’s Constitution. JR created the EP and the new constitution for the humans and not for buffalos like you who blame every fart they expel and explode on EP and JR. I have disproved and challenged every diatribe you had dumped but in your reply you have thrown at me your foul and stinking ancestral legacy that you regularly carry in the CT threads. You stupid person, you pretend to be an authority on JR’s bad rule and his failed foreign policy, but when asked about Japanese donations and co-operation your foul mouth get paralyzed. You idiotic beggar cry about JR running for 3rd time which he never did and harangue about JVP preventing it but you matimola do not know that JR had observed self-imposed Ten Commandments in order not to abuse powers of EP and to give a precedence to others who would follow. When considering the enormous amount of power wielded by the present foolish EP, it is not difficult to imagine what JR could have done if he wished. You are writing this type of bullshit not due to fault of yours but due to your ill-breeding and padada nature that you have acquired throughout your childhood! Hah, you want to play cards with me! Go to hell motherfucker, I do not like to play around with shit-men like you because I have important works to do unlike internet loiterers like you! Regular readers would know that I do not particularly like pigs like you who always write defamatory lies about UNP and its leaders and that I attack them with the gutter press that they thoroughly deserve! Get lost you stupid donkey!

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              Silvo ,
              i was expecting your customary venom on my reply, poor soul
              got caught red handed! Didn’t ya ? now Go & get some psychiatric help !
              By the way , your pin-up boy (fake intellectual) RW has proven again who he works for , food for thought my friend silvo……………………………….

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              srilal,

              “..By the way , your pin-up boy (fake intellectual) RW has proven again who he works for , food for thought my friend..”

              I ain’t no friend of nobody but mine! Politics and demand for good governance are my birth rights also enshrined in the country’s democratic constitution. I allows no stupid [Edited] in the world rob and deprive me of those rights nor will I allow exponents of such deprival easy passage and ambulation in these forums or in actual life. I support RW and uphold JR/UNP not because I espouse any wrong doings, mistakes or people-agonistic measures that may/would have been resorted by its champions but because every which way I look at how to protect my inalienable rights the only logical means to achieve that is through UNP led by Ranil. If there is any one else who can do that who comes forward in proper way without conflict with current party procedures and customs I would support that person too. But unfortunately there is none else at the moment except Ranil by the way who is no friend of mine, who does not know even me exist either!

              As for your above comment you may read the following post in LankaEnews to understand about Ranil and Dayasiri and why Dayasiri frog leaped:

              lankaenews.com/Sinhala/news.php?id=22999

              Dayasiri left party not because of the byla he, you, Sirasa media whore and other bastards in the regime and among general donkey public sing against Ranil but he owed a colossal debt to Bank of Ceylon, Rs. 90 million, as a result of his Stock Exchange gambling and other wasteful extravagant expenditure he had to bear for his illegal and immoral sex relationships with several [Edited out]. This Dayasiri [Edited out] shamelessly claimed through the gossiping cameras of the Sirasa bastard media whore in front of the whole country that he was sexually abused by Ranil! What fake and fucking nonsense is this? If Ranil Ranil [Edited out] this bastard and split his [Edited out] into pieces and therefore limped in front of cameras charging Ranil for being so “hard-roded and dominant” in (sex) dispensation what about the chastity of Mahinda, Saruwage Sunil or the latest womanizer who made a teacher knelt before him and claim he had fucked 300 bitches like her? We all must pray god’s mercy for Dayasiri’s [Edited out]! And we don’t particularly like this type of [Edited out] mutts and sex politicians in our party! The duty of the politician who represent the people is to find solutions to the problems and make the living standards and conditions better. But what did this Dayasiri bastard did all this time? He sold his body parts to the whole country through Sirasa media prostitute!!!! Do you call him a politician? We call him a politico-sex-model faking the real politician and misleading the stupid masses into superficiality and ignorance! And you glean such rubbish as Dayasiri for treasure kicking aside real jewels like Ranil! What went wrong with you? ‘Now Go & get some psychiatric help’ because you are beyond our help!

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              sadly there are a few different group of people in SL who believe their chosen party or leader has the solutions for all the burning issues , among the groups, some shows allegiance to LTTE’s VP, some for MR, some for JVP and some for RW et al , as far as I’m concerned there is no any difference between any of those groups , they are all in the same boat , every group justify their chosen leader’s or parties any idiotic blunder as a perfectly legitimate act and will go to great extent to justify , usually ending name calling from their choice of vocabulary (zoo), hoping to intimidate! sadly mistaken , who will take those empty threats and endless name dropping seriously , rather it shows the true character of the person , undoubtedly a grumpy ,immature character who can’t take any negative comment on his/her idol or the party constructively.
              sri lanka is full of colur blind , racially segregated, polarized people, every group believes their chosen hero is the only answer for the all the problems she faces and genuinely believe those who oppose their views are jokers or fools, I am glad that I have no such delusions and have no heroes and will never trust any of the modern politicians what so ever. I know I have hurt your feelings about your dear party and hero, please let off me silva , as I will never hesitate to call a spade a spade!

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    TNA Board overruled the Chairman Sambandan 14 to 1,to put a LTTE supporter in charge.

    After Indian Menon summoned Sambnadan, the whole board succumbed.

    And you reckon , we have problems with our FP.

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    If we become Sheeps The Wolves will eat us.
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    Sri lanka may be heading for an invisible disaster by ways of agitating its important Traditional neighbor & the International community on one hand & on the the other by introducing Games of Chances which is loathful to Lanka’s Culture & the entire population-which will only breed more poverty among our people , encourage International prostitution by ways of Human trafficking, drug trafficking , Loan sharks ,and constant crimes of black mail ,kidnapping and Murder , and Sri Lanka is in way in any position to handle such a risk.The Police is unable even to restrain simple crimes and everyday rape and murder in low level, how will it cope with a menace of International mafias pouring in? is this what we want?

    Over to Our majority brothers who feel Sri lanka is theirs and The minorities are but wayfarer accommodated as and tolerated as a means of charity…. It is fine with me bros -Your Car ,your Petrol….

    Silly Lankans have gone into permanent hibernation I feel , & we are about to pay a miserable price for our ignorance ,may be not today or tomorrow but for sure in time to come.
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    It Seems someone desperately wants to drag SL back to another war ,but I fear this time the interested party is trying hard to use our blessed Land by agitating a world recognized & respected super power of our region , could it be another crafty super power within the proximity of our region too, who is struggling to hold on to its past un democratic power which it diluted its ideology with reforms quickly on seeing another super power of a miserably failed ideology that was some what similar to it? which broke the once powerful empire into almost nothing & has led it and its people to more sufferings and have in place a new mafia- the most feared in the world today- are we Silly lankans going to be the Sheeps for the Sacrifice ?

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    Dr Laksiri ,
    Please be informed that Mr Ranawaka’s portfolio subject of Atomic Energy has been removed , he is only the minister of Technology and Research.

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      I think one should be posted for “atomic energy related affairs” if he is academically qualified in that area only ? was this the case with MR Ranawaka ? OR again just hand picked candidate from the MOST VISIONARY president we ever have since independence ?

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        i hate Patalie’s style of racist politics , but he was the only guy who had a back bone to say no for the infamous 18 th amendment. by the way Patali is a Moratuwa engineering graduate..

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      Mr Srilal,

      Sorry, I am not misinformed! The Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) of Sri Lanka is under the Ministry of Technology and Research and the following is what appears in its website on 3 July 2013.

      “The Minister of Technology Research and Atomic Energy Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka returned to Sri Lanka after his visit to Russia on July 1st 2013. Two countries concentrated on 5 fields in signing the above mentioned MOU on Nuclear Technology.”

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        Dear Dr Laksiri ,

        Please go through the following article.

        Champika stripped of atomic energy portfolio.
        http://www.sundaytimes.lk/130630/news/champika-stripped-of-atomic-energy-portfolio-51012.html

        Regards

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          Dear Srilal,

          Thanks for the information. It is intriguing to note that if Ranawaka was stripped of atomic energy on 24 June what he was doing in Russia attending the atomic energy conference on 1 July? More intriguing that his Ministry website claiming the opposite on 3 July 2013? These are further indications of the mess the government is involved in on the nuclear issue.

          Regards

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    “Narayan has reported which says that India in fact offered a Comprehensive Draft Pact last October and was eagerly awaiting Sri Lanka’s response”

    Had he obtained the permission of Jayalalitha on this offer?

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    Lessons for Sri Lanka to learn
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    Lessons for Sri Lanka to learn from Countries & its Leaders who took for granted ” Super Powers” they thought will come for their aid , even after all, being close allies for long periods and Countries with indispensable resources & not forgetting that they were also the largest arms customers , were dropped worst than what Dr. Laksiri Fernando’s description…… It is always good to be in good terms with everyone when it comes to world Politics, it is a complicated game & if you have a huge ego than you can shoulder ,it could blow up on your face.

    Like the good old advice goes your neighbour is more important than your relative , I don’t have to elaborate more on that I guess -:)

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    Laksiri, Quote: “No one would say that India has been completely correct in handling the Sri Lankan matters today or in the past. Whatever the reason, India’s support for an outfit like the LTTE resulted into drastic consequences for both countries for decades. But on Sri Lanka’s part it is abundantly clear that Sri Lanka’s antagonism towards India is fundamentally unnecessary and largely governed by complete miscalculations of international relations today like in the past.

    India definitely is wrong in handling Sri lankan issues. In the first place why and what right have they to interfere in the internal affairs of another country. India did not support but were totally responsible for the terrorist murderers LTTE. The consequences and suffering were not for India and Indians but for Sri lankans for 20/30 years. The days of big bully boy tactics of India are over. There are no miscalculations India should mind their own damn business.

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    India and Sri Lanka need to sort their differences fast. But it is not going to be easy.

    The relationship between Sri Lanka and India in the past was not a balanced one unlike that which the writer makes out. It was always in favour of India. In fact India had a stranglehold during Sirimavo’s government. India’s nod was needed for every international move. Even for American or British warships to call over at our ports India had to be asked. It was a relationship without self respect. JR did not like it and asserted the country’s sovereignty which India took as an affront to it’s pompous foreign policy which at that time was based on visions of grandeur with aircraft carriers expected to ply the 7 seas! And so India went about teaching a lesson to it’s upstart neighbour.

    This generation remembers the humiliation subjected to in the 1980s even before the self destructive behaviour in 1983. The arming and training of terrorists is one aspect, but the several instances we were censured diplomatically all over the world and in the UN through Indian influence, the difficulties encountered in arms purchases by the government(and the facilitations for such to the LTTE), the way the Indian Centre used Tamil Nadu to threaten Sri Lanka ( not the other way round as some think),cannot be forgotten even if forgiven. This is why even for a nuclear energy deal Sri Lanka will always feel that either India will not be fully forthcoming, or will hold the deal hostage to extract other diplomatic concessions unacceptable to us. Venkat Narayan’s writing is merely prompted by the Indian government and we need to read between the lines.

    I think we need to go for nuclear energy ( atomic energy according to Laksiri) merely to enhance our energy requirements. As to whether cost and safety aspects are within our capacity and capability is something the experts will have to tell us. I prefer Russian expertise to Indian for they are the ones assisting India as well in Kudankulam. I do not think India had the courtesy of keeping us informed of their construction so close to Sri Lanka. Correct me if I am wrong. Then again on the Seth Samudra project, according to our Ministry, India did not even acknowledge our own concerns on the environment.

    At present there is no trust between the two countries. India was however justified in voting against us at the UNHRC but Mahinda Rajapaksa does not know why. Rajapaksa makes decisions exclusively on a political basis without consideration to moral principles. This is our misfortune. In Mahinda’s decision making it is only his view that matters, those of others do not matter, unless arm twisted. So get ready for more pain and physiotherapy.

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    Competitors always plant their versions through intermediaries.

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    Wickramasiri says,

    “..I think we need to go for nuclear energy ( atomic energy according to Laksiri) merely to enhance our energy requirements. As to whether cost and safety aspects are within our capacity and capability is something the experts will have to tell us..”

    And who will be the experts-the Minister, MR, GR, Basil or some unknown vague entity who claims he knows no matter local or foreign? What was the size of the evacuation zones of Chernobyl and Fukushima? What was the safe distance people were evacuated to after the tragedy struck? How did those governments cope up with the unexpected contingency? What were the infrastructure facilities available to them to meet the accident? Now apply all those to Sri Lanka, its geological and geopolitical size, infrastructures, buffer zones and stocks, likely international backing etc. First of all where would we evacuate to? To the Indian Ocean and then get drowned? What is the latest trend of the countries of the world who had nuclear power plants? They are gradually dismantling them because they have understood nuclear is something extremely dangerous to play with-the short term benefits far outweighs the long term destruction. So, forget about nuclear and research and find alternative power sources, change the way of man’s existence on this earth, curtail unnecessary and wasteful usage of natural resources……

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    Sorry, an error occurred:- the correct wording should be: the long term destruction far outweighs the short term benefits.

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