When we were in Geneva in the dark days of March, I was surprised to read that Senior Minister D E W Gunasekara had been appointed Acting Minister of External Affairs. It was only long after I got back to Colombo that I realized it was an excellent choice, and the Acting Minister’s clear vision and determination had avoided what might have contributed to further catastrophe.
One of the heartening aspects of the aftermath of the vote was continuation of good relations between India and Sri Lanka. Personally I believe India did the wrong thing in voting against us, and I think we must engage in private with Delhi and show the possible unfortunate consequences of that vote for India and the region as well as for us. But it was and is essential to avoid recrimination. In addition, while deploring the result, we must look at the reasons that led India to take this fateful step, try to understand the compulsions, remedy whatever shortcomings we might have displayed and ensure that India appreciates the need for continuing positive engagement with us.
By and large both countries have worked hard at maintaining the relationship. The Indian Prime Minister sent a gracious message after the vote, and our politicians have by and large refrained from provocative reactions. Unfortunately there have been some harsh comments about India by journalists who are normally sensible and supportive of the position of the Sri Lankan government, and they should be advised to look at the whole picture rather than particular unpleasant aspects. But on the whole I believe, with the recent generally positive visit of the Indian Parliamentary delegation, and a return soon to the type of diplomacy that confirmed a congruency of interests during the conflict period, we have both avoided what might have been an unpleasant fallout at the time of the vote.
Much of the credit for this goes to Minister D E W Gunasekara. While his patriotism is not at all in doubt, he made it clear when he was Acting Minister that there was no question of blaming India for what was going on. He seems also to have ensured that this approach was followed by all his colleagues in Cabinet, including those who might have been rearing to have a go, as it were, at India. I am not sure whether this was the reason the President took the unusual step of appointing an Acting Minister for just a few days, but I believe the result was admirable, and both countries owe him a lot for ensuring that moderation prevailed.
I say this as someone who has always appreciated the Indian stance towards Sri Lanka, and I believe the recent aberration, though regrettable, is understandable and something we must work to overcome. Similarly, while I think India has behaved very positively towards Sri Lanka throughout the post-Independence period, there was an exception during the early eighties. India itself paid dearly for this, and I believe will not repeat that mistake, but at the same time we too must register the provocation that was offered.
J R Jayewardene and his government were foolishly provocative towards India, and I fear that the United States, which in those days saw India as a surrogate of the Soviet Union, egged him on. Those were the days of oppositional confrontation during the Cold War, and even if President Reagan was not keen to take over Trincomalee, which President Jayewardene was trying to hand over to him, certainly the shenanigans over the Voice of America etc gave India good reason to be worried, and to act against us. The Annexures to the Indo-Lankan Accord, with the safeguards introduced with regard to Trincomalee and Iranawila, make it very clear what the main Indian concerns were at the time, and I believe we should register that, while supporting terrorists was wrong, our own behavior contributed to India acting in what it could claim was a form of self defence.
No such excuse obtains in the present situation, though I fear that those who look at the world in terms of bipolar opposites will be trying to convince India that there are similar dangers. We need to make it clear that that is not the case, and that our historically successful policy of Non-Alignment, with special attention to our neighbours, in the sort of concentric circles that characterize Asian philosophy rather than the othering so dear to the West, will continue with friendship towards all.
Making this point, which D E W Gunasekara could so admirably do, is the more vital given the various interests that are trying to build up hostilities between us and India. There was a deceitful and disgraceful effort to create animosity towards the recent Parliamentary delegation, which was fortunately nipped in the bud by those who had kept Indo-Sri Lankan relations on an even keel during the conflict period, and I believe the present Minister of External Affairs contributed positively too on this occasion. But he himself needs to do more, to actually develop and entrench a policy with regard to our neighbours and other countries, that will be followed by all officials. To allow individuals to engage in snide criticism of India and Indians, as Sarath Fonseka did so many years back, is unacceptable, and it is worse when it is done conspiratorially, with Sri Lankans willing to engage positively with India also being victims of slander.
In appointing D E W Gunasekara to act, the President I think made his own position clear, and it is that position that must be developed and strengthened. Efforts to throw him off course by continuous sniping must stop, and I think our media policy too must be changed, as far as state outlets are concerned, to avoid narrations that ignore factual reality. Arguing that India acted against its own interests as well as ours in Geneva is one thing, to claim that this is part of continuing hostility is to ignore the vast history of positive engagement and also to ignore areas in which we have shown ourselves both slow and insensitive. While obviously we must place Sri Lankan interests first, we must also realize that those are best served by working together with those who have worked together with us actively in times of difficulty.
Babsy / May 2, 2012
Rajiva Wijesinha, MP says that “media policy too must be changed ” ..i would like to ask him is it by further harassing, punishing and abducting journalists and imposing stricter media censorship ???
Further he admits that provocations are brought by politicians ..please refer in the third para “politicians have by and large refrained from provocative reactions”…..coming from the horses mouth…it is clear that its the politicians who are to be blamed for protests that took place even in small scale.
Its a shame that we have such short sighted politicians in power who are solely interested in their own self interests.
The last dinasaur / May 2, 2012
Professor.. you sold your conscience to the satan you are serving..
When thousands of innocent civilians were killed.. you were in the process of denying it.. now you are trying to justify it..
I believe in the almighty.. and believe that justice will be served oneday.. and that day I pray.. I should be alive to see the punishment you receive from the God
David / May 2, 2012
Because Rambugalle is on medical leave you should not replaced him!
First I would like to go back to you “Blue eye” story!
Can you show us a single photograph of a Tamil children who has Blue eye? Soon after Mullivaighazal you said in a press conference “NGO had gala time in the North, we see some BLUE EYE children in the camp.
This is a direct question, do give direct answer. Dont bluff.
We prefer you to publish the photograph the child/children with date of birth (if not nevermind), full name or name, place of birth.
This is not good for your professional qualification. You well paid MPs, Professors, Journalists go internationally to coverup everything what your blood relatives are doing to the Tamils.
Your father Sam Wijesinghe is respected person and you are spoiling his name by covering a dead elephant with a small piece of cloth.
Dont forget what you all did to India :
Rajivi Gandhi was assulted by a Navy cadres long before he was assassinated in India.
Including your President Mahinda Rajapaksa, went against the Indo-lanka accord and burned the whole of Colombo and other part.
Your President was totaly against anything and everything what India did in 80s and 90s.
Mysoor dhal was Red Dhall; Bombay onion was Big onion and so on.
How long you were fooling India and the International community?
In 2007 and 2008 your President said to the world the solution for the political problem is ready but LTTE is disturbing the implimentation.
For the last 3 years, President and his people including you talk a different thing.
Profeesor, please dont fool the world anymore.
What happend to China, Cuba, Russia and Pakistan
Also Hakem’s OIC countries?
Write your next article about implimentation of LLRC report.
Otherwise keep you bag ready to go to Geneva to utter more lies and excuses. If possible bring your unemployed friends to meet their friends in Geneva.
Terrorism Terrorism, where is the terrorism today.
Come on be honest to your self conscience.
You belong Liberal party to are you a reall Liberal?
You are worried about your income than what you do the people – Sinhala, Tamil, Muslims, Bugers and Malays.
You write toooo much nonsense. Be cautious you will have give another explanation to Kenisha Seneviratne – the great lady.
Rubert Vanderkoon / May 2, 2012
David, Not meaning to damn with faint praise but Rajiva’s letter is a bit childish and has no meaning. Basically, DEW is another ideologically communist minister not capable of anything serious,there’s no point in even talking about him; but that aside, you are no different to all those young people who gave up their lives following a maverick and his bloated idea of an Eelam, you are misguided, and got even very simple facts wrong!I am only trying to help you here.
Rambukwella (you can’t even spell his name right..)is the minister of communication and DEW was the acting minister for GL Peiris, the External Affars minister who was in Geneva at the time. The blue-eyed kids story is something for the future. What he meant was, the INGOs were having fun with the people out there and it is anybody’s guess that blue-eyed kids will be seen in the camps soon. Don’t hold your breath, even if such kids exist, Rajiva won’t be able to find the details about them, becaue he is an MP, a professor, he doesn’t work at the Office of Registration of Births and Marriages.
The people always remember what we did to India and what they did to us. They dropped rations threatening us to stop the war when the Army was just about to wipe out the LTTE. Had India not intervened that day, the Army would have pickled maverick Prabhakaran’s balls and finished up the war in 1987. Those thousands would not have died, hundreds of Tamil girls would not have been raped and murdered by IPKF guys and the 25 year destruction would not have caused.So India was instrumental in the prolongation of the war, and they should feel guilty. No wonder LTTE taught India the ultimate lesson by finishing up Rajiv Ghandhi. Of course we will never forget any of these and more.We have fooled India for millenia and they still are foolable. For a starter, we said to them Ram was once here and they believed it. But don’t worry about them, they have their own problems, no time or ability to cause problems to other countries anymore. Yes they voted against us once but they will not do that mistake again, they have enough of trouble makers around them. Finally, she is not Kenisha but Kshenuka.
Selva / May 3, 2012
This time also India was ready to stop the war, but they were short of rations!?
S Mahinda / May 3, 2012
David, what is the political problem of the Tamils to which they are seeking a solution? As I understand it, that tamils are NOT content with just having one homeland which is twice the size of Sri Lanka (SL)- they greedily want a SECOND homeland in tiny SL which they could annexe to their first homeland Tamilnadu. I suggest that while you are at it, why don’t you ask for a THIRD homeland from your great friends in Canada who have been aiding, abetting and nurturing you throughout your terror ridden recent past. Also, go for a FOURTH homeland in your great friend Australia’s backyard or how about Ken Livingston’s Trafalgar Square? Is Ed Miliband spending 60% of his time just like his brother David did hob nobbing with the great and good in the British Tamil Forum and has he promised you a FOURTH homeland say perhaps in East Ham? What has the Great American Imperialist R Blake promised you and is he after an American Base in Trico in return? Keep discriminating and sucking blood out of the harijana low caste Tamils and keep repeating all the lies and propaganda until these become the truth due to repitition (remember Dr Goebbels?). It is truly admirable how you have fine tuned your propaganda mechanisms and make sure you keep bringing the old women to shed bucket load of tears to make all the lies seem legitimate.
Max Silva / May 2, 2012
Thank you CT [Edited out].Don’t push your luck too hard!
Rupert Vanderkoon / May 3, 2012
‘Don’t push your luck’..is that Max’ writing or bad editing?
Leon / May 2, 2012
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David / May 2, 2012
Spell check Rubert Vanderkoon!
You are not matured enough to understand anything.
Rambukwella is a man of lies and deception. He has been replaced by Rajeeva.
When did you become the spokesman for Rajeeva or are you Rajeeva? Were you there when Rajeeva told about blue eye? You take a challenge. I will show you a video where this duplicate Rambukwella said he saw some Blue children in the camps.
If I prove, will Rajeeva give-up politics?
Dont talk through your hat.
I am sure you must be having english tution from Rajeeva who is Prof in english. That is why you were able to find some spelling mistakes.
Have you found any technical mistakes in my writtings.
Because of people like you and Rajeeva, soon there will be another resolution against sri lanka. Wait for that D day.
If there are any spelling mistakes, do let me know.
You writings shows that you are another chauvanist.
Rupert Vanderkoon / May 3, 2012
Ha ha,let’s wait for that day then. Only just answering your language question, it’s not too bad,but it would help the readers if you use prepositions and articles in your sentences. :)
Anyway, Rambukwelal could be a spelling error, Rambugalle is not. It’s probably ignorance if not anything else. But well done for getting names right this time.
DAS / May 4, 2012
Skin colour is inherited much more often than eye colour according to the laws of genetics. We used to see ‘fair’ skin inherited from the days of the british raj – especially the kandyan areas – but these have now almost vanished due to ‘genetic’ dilution. There was “little england” near Diyatalawa,and “kumana” off okanda E.P in the old days where the english planters and hunters had left their genes behind.
But to say that NGO members had begotten kids with “blue” eyes, is stupid.
gamini / May 3, 2012
Rajeeva W’s article exposes the state of cold war that exists in the Fereign Ministry at the moment, between Grand Liar Pieris and crowd vs. Dayan, Rajeeva and gang. Rajeeva W. and crowd are looking for a scape goat and have found the ideal candidate in Dew G. As for the left Politicians there is none who have contributed any good for this country compared to the evil they have sown. Further Dew G. can not be taken seriously as he too is used at the moment by the Powers to persue their agenda, when he utters from the blues to do away with the Presidency to distract minds from facing the real issues at the moment.
Chandimal / May 3, 2012
“..J R Jayewardene and his government were foolishly provocative towards India,..”
Yet another stupid article from the fun-writer! India promoting and supporting LTTE was not solely due to JRJ’s policies. It goes back to Rajiv’s own moronic political party’s stupid and racial Sinhala only policy of SWRDB and the resulting despair and frustration of Tamils coupled by various other oppressive and unjustified policies attitudes and actions by the racist Sinhalese. The pressure bomb of Tamils exploded during that time of history and LTTE was born with some factions in India supporting the move which was not the policy of the Central Government of India during which time the bilateral relations remained “as good” as now. However the “as good” has attached implications throughout the years where a reasonable solution to the ethnic problem has remained elusive.
This born-stupid professor does not see the tangle JRJ ensnared India by getting India to destroy LTTE militarily by their own army which ultimately led to killing of Rajiv Gandhi and caused India to hate LTTE and marked the demise of the movement. Had JRJ not so shrewdly and in statesmanly deployed that tactic Mahinda R would not have boasted of a war victory and Sri Lanka would have been another colony of India! The donkeys like R Premadasa and Mahinda R jeopardized that plan and sent the Indian army back without fulfilling its purpose.
This dumb professor brags about international and bilateral relationships! What a joke! If according to Rajiv W India was at loggerheads with SL due to leasing out oil tanks to US which is an ally of India now, what extent would it go to considering the colossal issues of SL’s drift towards China and India’s strategic commercial and military implications towards China, massacres of Tamils here in thousands, pressure exerted by US and allies on India etc.? Has this dumb fool thought even for once that why all these countries in the world are jumping up and down leveling a massive amount of allegations against Sri Lanka ranging from disappearances, killings, abductions, HR violations, child rape and abuse to war crimes? Are the whole world is so immoral that they are jealous of us as the MR regime claims or is there something terrible wrong with SL administration and Mara regime? Considering the colossal despicable crimes and violations perpetrated by government sanctions perpetrators and by the very government itself it is only pragmatic to conclude that the only the latter is true.
An international time bomb is ticking against SL. Unlike during JRJ era Rajiva’s moronic government led by uneducated nobodies and vandals have placed Sri Lanka on the agenda of UN, on the table of Ban’s so to speak. There are outcries and commotions against SL asking for international criminal investigations on war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations of human rights! People in Tamilnadu are demanding a separate state for Tamils in SL. Can Rajiv or Dew Gunasekara put an end to that as Dew G put an end to voices of a bunch of opportunistic looters in his parliamentary side against India after Geneva fiasco? After all these looters and plunderers are only good at engaging in protests against anyone whom they consider do not suit their way of filthy promiscuous living! In the infamous white flag case they incarcerated war hero Fonseka for merely uttering few words of truth which he has heard from others against the infallible Rajapakshas, now tell us what you are going to do about all these allegations, demonstrations and remonstrations against Sri Lanka by the whole world? Are you going to hang or imprison those who speak truth about you? Even group of a high school students in Britain or US had demonstrated against SL the other day! Do you call this f…..g good international relations as opposed to JRJ’s for whose commendable historical “speech” after world war II Japan gave us a hospital to show their gratitude which they used to treat a killer heroin dealer with blessings and protection of the top rung of Rajiv’s government? Does Rajiv imply all this would augurs well for SL?
Sri Lana is fast approaching the point of no return and something terrible is in the offing if donkeys like Rajiv, Mara, Bara, Shira, Nara, Gora etc. continue to occupy the responsible positions in the country. Time is apt to kick the asses of these fools to the dustbin of history and form a new government of intelligent, honest and educated people having regard for democratic values.
gamini / May 4, 2012
Well said Chandimal. These nonentities merely because they can rattle in English, is distorting truth for their advantage which they have been doing all this while, ably supported by a set of nincompoops in this very blogs earlier. Now that a few of us have come forward to counter with facts and figures, many of them have quietly retreated. Keep up the good work.
Ranasinghe / May 3, 2012
2009 was fresh kill
Intl community gave us the opportunuty to cook it any way we like, but cook, address before rot
Now its rotten, stinks, with our inconsiderate and some what evil attitude
The combination of spices is not even an issue, no spice can hide the stink
Even the Intl community now do not want further blame for turning a blind eye.
David / May 3, 2012
So called Rupert Vanderkoon
Let us be frank!
Initially how did you understand my comment without proper use of prepositions and articles?
By the way what happend to the Blue eye story?
Is Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe ready to resign, I will prove this with a video.
Rajiva, we thought you are a Prof!
Disappoint to see that you have come down to this law level.
Why? Your President has said Good Bye to you too!
May be sooner or later! Your day will come.
Hope you wont disgrace your father Sam Wijesinghe.
gamini / May 4, 2012
@ David what is remaining to disgrace Sam Wijesinghe, who admitted in open Court that he drew two pensions without knowledge and he had to return one. This man Rajeev is the son of that father.
Dilan / May 4, 2012
Shame on Blue Eye Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha
Prof. yesterday, Thursday 3/5/12, what did you to the Journalists in Mannar?
It is a shame on you. It is not a surprise that you have join the hit team of Rajapaksa regime.
Must appreciate your courageous because now you have started threatening the journalists.
There is a proveb that “Even calf which keep company with pigs will eat all sort of food”.
Blue Eye Prof. you are no more a prof. Now you are THUG.
Shame on father, great SAM WIJESINHA. He is gentleman and he got son who is THUG.
Go and tender excuse to those journalists.
Journalists can make and break a country and indivuals.
JIk- Kegalle / May 4, 2012
Two political visions are there Sam works with many but lack of new liberal ideas unlike Rajeev .Do not compare father and son ,while there are 2 types of issues .
JIk- Kegalle / May 4, 2012
What is the case with DEW ? A communist can not be a good mediator or support to foreign policy is a myth and defaming socialist ideology . DEW can $ MR as the president should give more chances to avoid Sinhala – Buddhist extremist ideology .
Nilantha / May 4, 2012
Who the f…..g hell is this DEW Gunasekara looking like a wet cock embracing communism but scavenging on capitalism for an unscrupulous mundane belly stuffing and disgraceful existence at the expense of tax payers’ hard-earned money and sweat? Imagine this loser going international with all his contradictions and tribal outlook to engage in international politics and diplomacy! No way! Are you kidding? The king of folly MR has already messed up the international relations by appointing his goons, thugs, plunderers and stupid army officers to positions of responsibility that require sound PR capability, diplomatic nuances and finesse and political knowledge. This stupid king thinks beating around bushes in search of terrorists or ability to maneuver boneless tongue to utter any rubbish without substance and basis is comparable to diplomacy! This is truly miracle of Asia and Cabraal missile hitting the naval of stupid Sinhalese who voted for MR!
DAS / May 5, 2012
DEW said COPE revealations about corruption are true, but he cannot do anything! Surely he can officially inform the attorney general and the Bribery Commission, and they will have to take action.But he does not want to do so.
How can this type of man run the country’s external affairs ministry?
Sajin Vass G is a former wharf clerk who befriended Mahinda R at Dubai.He ran MihinAir into the ground and is doing same to the External Affairs ministry, and antagonising all career diplomats.
And now, Rajeeva says MR’s appointment of DEW,surprised him but it is an ‘excellent choice’!
Rajeev’s continuous praise of MR, for whatever he does, is to safeguard/juatify his own ‘backdoor entry’ to parliament.
Gabriel / May 5, 2012
“Anthojata, bahijata” meaning “twist inside and twist outside”. Mara regime has messed up everything so much so that in addition to the incurable myriad and one problems locally now they have chronic problems in foreign missions, being unable to appoint suitable persons to represent the country internationally! This foolish king first tried to impress the international as he often does to the local idiots by going to Oxford and trying to lecture the educated world only to realize that he can be a king among fools but is merely a dumb sprat in international arena! We know what kind of a back boneless moron DEW G is-on previous occasion he dramatized the cope-comedy and revealed the loss-making institutions. However suddenly as though awoken from a daydream he omitted some of the loss making institutions from the original list on the instructions of the foolish president just to juggle an arithmetic adventure to the public! This is the type of jokers this despotic government has at the moment. As Gamini has correctly stated this whole effort is a result of the cold war between the two warring factions in the same corrupt crooked camp! God bless Sri Lanka.
Roshan from Sabaragamuwa / May 5, 2012
Why is everyone referring to Rajeeva as ‘professor’? As someone explained the other day in a response in CT, he is a former professor. As he did not have 10 years as a full professor before retirement and so Sabaragamuwa Uni Senate did not appoint him as Emeritus Professor, he cannot be called “professor”. Tissa Vitharana also calles him professor, he is also a former professor.Of the present lot, only G.L> Peris is entitled to be called “professor”.
DAS / May 5, 2012
He called himself “Professor of Languages” (plural ) – but knows only one language – english – that too, ancient english, as his Magnum Opus – PhD thesis – is titled “Women and Marriage in the Early Victorian Novel”!
Dilan / May 5, 2012
Roshan and DAS, please do excuse me
I never called this man a prof.
He is BLUE EYE Rajiva Wijesinha
Hope this blue eye man wont lie his wife.
Rupert Vanderkoon / May 6, 2012
Has he got a wife?
Dilan / May 7, 2012
Rupert Vanderkoon – BLUE EYE Rajiva Wijesinha
You must be joking………..
This proves all our doubts
G Banda / May 11, 2012
‘To Act As Minister Of External Affairs’ requires at a basic level the skill of external/international language.
You may be better equiped than Dew.