19 November, 2019

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The Lessons Of Batalanda – Chandrika’s Techniques Of Character Assassination

By Rajiva Wijesinha

Prof. Rajiva Wijesingha

Prof. Rajiva Wijesingha

Seeing all the posters asserting that ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen was murdered, I was struck by the similarity to the allegations made when Chandrika Kumaratunga was President regarding Batalanda. The Sunday Leader in December 2001, soon after the UNP won the election she had called, wrote

‘The legacy of evil that Kumaratunga has left behind is so rich that she is driven to defend her turf with all the tenacity she can muster. This is in part the genesis of her evil rhetoric in recent days, with talk of murders, plots and killing’.

The Sunday Times had the same idea about President Kumaratunga, and highlighted three occasions on which she came out with very harsh allegations about her then great enemy, Ranil Wickremesinghe. In August 2010 it noted that ‘Even those with short memories will recall that it was only a few weeks prior to the presidential election in December 1999 that the Batalanda Commission report was released to the media’.

That report was very hard on Ranil Wickremesinghe, but President Kumaratunga did nothing about it. This may of course have been because of the terrible injuries she suffered at Tiger hands just before the election. But by the time of the parliamentary election in October 2000, she was ready to resume the charge. In August of that year the Times reported the return of Douglas Peiris who had given evidence against Ranil as follows – ‘The ‘arrest’ of Peiris will surely be a prelude to major onslaught on Ranil Wickremesinghe linking him to the alleged atrocities committed at the so-called torture chamber in Batalanda.

Ranil ChandrikaThe language is interesting. I have no idea whether Ranil was responsible in any way for what happened at Batalanda and would prefer to give him the benefit of the doubt, knowing how readily Chandrika jumped to conclusions and then found evidence to support her prejudices. One has only to remember her claim that it was the UNP that killed Vijaya Kumaratunga, which paved the way for her to enter into an alliance with the JVP, an alliance that now seems to have been renewed, though the common enemy now is the SLFP rather than the UNP. But even assuming as I would like to do that Ranil was not guilty of the atrocities at Batalanda, there is no doubt that atrocities did occur there, the death of Wijeyadasa Liyanaarachchi being only the most prominent amongst many horrors.

Chandrika had won the Presidential election in 1999 and then won the Parliamentary election in 2000. 2001 however was a disaster, and several members of her party abandoned her that year which precipitated another election which the UNP won. I voted for them then, but before long it was clear that Ranil had no idea how to control the Tigers, and rather concerned himself with busily dismantling the State.

It was understandable then that Chandrika, who had been persecuted in defeat (Ravi Karunanayake and her handbag being amongst the more entertaining episodes of her solitary struggle against the UNP cabinet) returned to the fray at the end of 2003. Ranil refused to compromise, assuming that he and the then LTTE dominated TULF would get more seats than the SLFP and its allies.

He was wrong, and Chandrika established her own government again in April 2004. Needless to say, Batalanda was trotted out again for that campaign. The Times reported in March that year that she had announced ‘if the Batalanda Commission recommendations related to the 1988-90 period were implemented properly, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would not have been a free man today. President Kumaratunga addressing women’s organization representatives at the President’s House in Kandy said that in furture, action would be taken to implement the law properly and corrupt persons, including 18 cabinet ministers, facing charges before the Bribery Commission would be firmly dealt with’.

Typically, nothing was done after the election. Chandrika works hard in adversity but, as I told her last November, if she succeeds she then relaxes. The 18 ministers did not face any charges, though perhaps she will now trot out allegations against those who are back with the SLFP.

On balance I suspect the Leader was right, and it is Chandrika who is behind the campaign to call her present hate figure a murderer. That was not Ranil’s style in the past. But people change, and succumb to the examples of politicians who seem to have succeeded through low tactics. So even the Times claimed that Chandrika’s persecution of Ranil happened because ‘she must have learnt her lessons locally. After all, she was witness to JR stripping her mother of her civic rights over some alleged land transaction and then saw the same JR accuse her husband of being a ‘Naxalite’ and then having him imprisoned. Now it appears that Presient Kumaratunga learnt the moral of the story well: ‘all is fair in not only love and war but in politics as well’.

Ironically the abuse of power JR engaged in to destroy the SLFP is now being used by both Ranil and Chandrika to try to destroy the SLFP again.

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    Hey you P…….K. ..O

    You are more like a re-useable condom!!
    1. You are akin to Sarath N Silva, all the commercial s…..x workers seem to use you when different promiscuous clients to them instead of a disposable one. At least they get an org…s….m! You only get banged and stretched on either side of the you…tube.
    2. I am sure you don’t read the feedback to your articles or else you will stop writing. Apart from bashed within the condom, you get bashed on the cyber world!
    3. Why did you work for MY3? Why did you take up the ministerial post? Why did you become dictatorial trying to retain the shameless bi…T. .h in the university system? Was it because she was a family friend??? Why did you leave? Why are you nor barking for MR? Spineless guy without an insight to your thoughts!!!
    4. How did you get your senior professorship? Did you go through the circulars or get it through the generosity of you sweetheart… Hirumburegama??

    ANYWAY NO POINT IN RESPONDING TO YOU.??

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    Rajiva is missing the point here. The Rajapaksa’s are not saints, and are so ruthless they ordered the military to open fire on unarmed civilians who protested their contaminated water. It is strange that those who have been kidnapped, threatened, or killed were ALL who opposed them, criticized them, or made them insecure.
    The mere fact that they did NOTHING to bring justice for these victims families, arrested no one, charged no one, and ignored these horrible crimes, are also an indication they have much to hide. If the leaders of this country do not make sure the laws are followed, then they are incompetent idiots. They also have to stop behaving as if THEY are above the law.

    This investigation will reveal whether this was a murder or not, until then Rajiva Wijesinghe must reconcile to the fact that because of the terrible reputation the Rajapaksa’s have earned, people will never trust them, and will look suspiciously at them. No one benefited from all these murders and unsolved crimes, but the Rajapaksa’s. That should make people think.

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      The Rajapaksas had reason to believe that the “people who protested for clean water” were the precursors of the “Arab spring” incited by the West. And indeed, it could have developed into that. It failed, so they put in the plan B which worked.

      The Rajapaksas may be killers, but Chandrika and Ranil are the same. Ranil allowed the Tigers to import guns and Hi-Tech equipment directly via the port!

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        You guys are out of facts.

        Facts related to Rathupasawala drinking water issue

        a)There were chemicals that had been illegally silloeed instead subjected to recycling.
        b) These hazadous chemicals had then mixed to the drinking water of the consumers in the regions
        c)Symptoms of unknown unusual kind were the signs those consumers to see it that their most cheap food item – drinking water should not be contaminated in that way
        d)State did not investigate the issue accordingly in saving the lives of the people – instead sought other directions helping the entrepenurs of those chemical fabrics – that is typical to Rajapakshe and goons in solving various kind of problems of the public
        e)This is not the single issue but also the uknown renal problem that took the life of younger men and women of Rajarata let untreated – those lost lives would never be made reverse today.. how many of the people sent in dark in that way…

        Why Rajapakshes seem to have no hearts at all to the manner they predict through their media machines

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        Your kind of ILK are the root cause Rajapakshe the like to stay in power.
        Dumb and stupid folks that cant see it beyond are the prey of frankenstein like MR.
        He hugs kids but never generated system them to b eable to drink more milk for their health – instead, provided MR offpsrings with the untouchables.
        It is so known among the masses, the way Vimukthi – former president s son behaves – namely by offeringhis business class seat to an elderly person in a flight heading to London – but Rajapakshes instead abused where they were allowed or not allowed. These offsprings are now alleged to have killed that Ruggerite as a revenge issue. Rumours are also there the way those offpsripngs raped out the girls for their content… much more will be revealed to us sooner than later. Now we have a society being built and shaped allowing us for the freedom to make aware- MY3 and Ranil will do their best in that regard for sure.

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    BALU ? DEEN

    Wake up.

    Good Governance is the theme …….

    You ask:

    who is going to take action against the killers who killed 60,000 sinhalese youth in 88/89? where’s the justice for them? these low class politicians have politicized a death of a muslim to gain some votes of muslims…what a shame

    Reply to your first question – You! You should take action against the killers who killed 60 K youth in 88/89

    Indeed if you can qualify your claim for action, take action.

    However, if you are supporting a dead horse with rhetoric – BOO to you

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    Here is two words for you.

    “GET LOST”.

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    Rajiva says “But people change, and succumb to the examples of politicians who seem to have succeeded through low tactics.”

    Sounds like he is confessing!

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    The more these idiot talk more they expose themselves for ridicule. Watched the King;s interview on Derana, could not stop laughing. I have utmost respect for intellectuals and their academic knowledge. Which I confess, I only a minuscule compared to them, but when they come to doing things, they fail miserably. Dian J, GL and Rajiva are prime examples.

    Ranil is the exception. The guy walk the talk.

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      What did Ranil do while in the Cabinet on Black July? What did Ranil do when Batalanda was being carried iout. What did Ranil do when he exposed the safe hiouses in Athurugiriya? Both Rajapaksa and Ranil should be behind bars? What did Sampanthan and other mouth pieces of the LTTE do do when the MUslims in Kattankudi were murdered by the LTTE? Sampanthan too should be behind bards for aiding and abetting terrorism.

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    This idiot I dont know why people call him Professor.brainless uneducated thug who kiss ass the Brainless Mafia gang rajavassas and weerwansas. Another sycophant of rajavassas to inflict fear in the society to amass large wealth at the expense of the public and to create oppression especially to overuse government power to reach far beyond their legal powers to have everything for themselves. GREEDY BLODDY PIG. Our Village idiots should be educated so that they will refrain voting for these idiots.

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    “Ironically the abuse of power JR engaged in to destroy the SLFP is now being used by both Ranil and Chandrika to try to destroy the SLFP again.”

    Rajiva is wrong as usual! JR did weaken the SLFP and drew a family wedge in ‘feudal’ politics. However, JR as cunning as he was, did not want to “destroy” the SLFP fearing that the Ealamist would herald more clout than an SLFP opposition. “One who knows his own side of the case knows little of that” – John Stuart Mill

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    The real question to pose is this: Does Rajiva have any sense of ethical and moral responsibility towards Sri Lankans that one, perhaps naively, in this age of bloodthirsty politics, expects of him as someone who claims to have taught literature and written literary criticism? He is unabashedly partaking of the political culture’s own forms of brutality by parasiting off the dead or the memory of the dead, (the irony cannot be missed here!) which has alway been part of the predatory, rapacious scene of mainstream politics. Writers, poets, artists and journalists cannot remain silent any longer. They must speak up and expose his atrocious career under a murderous regime spanning nearly a decade and why men like him persist and preside over the unacknowledged graveyard of postwar Sri Lanka!

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    ‘The Lessons Of Batalanda – Chandrika’s Techniques Of Character Assassination’?

    What about your own Kochchi Mirris wipe of your rectum?

    You are a man of no vision.

    When are YOU going to do your belly dancing with your angel Dayan J.

    You may need more kocchi mirris for this. Get ready now itself for the 18th night jump in the deep Kelani in disgrace.

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      Even Mara fanatics are insulting you Rajeewa [Edited out]

      Sorry for [Edited out]

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      Have you crossed over?? I thought it’s not allowed by GG.

      I NOTICE X OVER COMMENTS NOW IF YOU KNOW WHAT I mean.

      Common sense prevails.

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    The comments are below the accepted standards in public discussion. CT should really rethink its policy on this.

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    Majority of People in this forum who supports UNP unable to answer the facts
    of Rajiv’s argument without any inflamentary comments about Rajiv.We lived in
    the most violent period of our country in the late 80’s and early ninetees.All
    we saw was burnt out tortured dead bodies lying on the side of the roads.Tortured burnt alive by so called green tigers and main architect of this
    Batalanda Torture chambers was Ranil.Ugly July 83 riots that killed thousands of
    innocent tamils did not happen under Mahinda.It happened under the watch Of UNP of which Ranil W was a senior minister.LLte was armed to fight IPKF was done by UNP.Now who is going to bring these people to justice who slautered 60000 sinhaya youths.Who is going to bring the culprits who let the july 83
    riots drag on without taking actions.We the people of Sri lanka need answers

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    I agree fully with Harry who says “The comments are below the accepted standards in public discussion. CT should really rethink its policy on this.”

    May I suggest that we all try to stick to better standards by being not abusive and insulting. One can be much more effective in a discussion without being all that.

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      In that case CT should also consider what they publish. Rubbish like this with nothing but the intention of malice should be treated as such and the writer vilified for his lack of morals and principles.

      After all this gets published alongside articles that are worth reading !

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    If I am Rajiva wijesinghe , I will jump into kelani river at once after see these comments. Rajiva Wijesinghe is a man who doesn’t deserve any respect for his academic qualification due to his selfish attitude towards the society. But still we have some respect for his father.

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    Colombo university department of medicine is conducting a study of humans without backbone. I strongy recommend that Rajiva to be included in this study.

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    Why does the press give room for people like Rajiva and Sarath N Silva to to air their opinions. Educated people like these two are testing the intelligence of even the most educated and rational people in Sri Lanka. These shameless people, sadly will continue to disgrace the political scene of Sri Lanka being unelected MPs of the next parliament.

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    Rajiv….you are useless man.
    I think that you must join with Dayan Jayatilake, Sarath N Silva and other henchmen.

    Think about your father’s quality and do not degrade his reputation

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    Over 90% commentators on CT are anti Sinhala and /or anti Buddhist.

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