19 September, 2020

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Wimal Weerawansa’s Restrictive Agenda And Its Influence

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha

The attack on contributions to English education for rural students

I was in Singapore last week when a couple of my former students sent me messages that I had been attacked on Swarnavahini by Wimal Weerawansa. It seems he claimed I had made some reforms to the education system that were not practical. One student thought I should respond, another suggested that I give up politics and return to the university system. Hearteningly, he noted that ‘We know your contribution to the education as we were unable to make a simple sentence before entering to the university.’

Therein perhaps lies the rub. I believe I have done more since Kannangara for introducing equity in education, but this has been largely with regard to English. While the pre-University General English Language Training programme was started by someone else, I was involved from the start, in producing readers for the course that students responded to with ease. After I took on the course, along with the best instructor in the University English Units in those days, we transformed the course, and produced text books that were later prescribed for Indian universities – though perhaps that too would be anathema to Mr Weerawansa. Together with that, I was responsible for English courses at the Affiliated University Colleges, initially the diploma course but then, at the request of the UGC, General courses which were mandatory at all Affiliated Colleges.

At Jayewardenepura, whilst coordinating AUC English, I started courses which gave English degrees to students who had not done Advanced Level English. I also started an External Degree, with two and then later three subjects related to the learning and teaching of English. This is now the most popular degree course in the whole University system.

Introducing wider dimensions in University courses, and why this is resented

At Sabaragamuwa, I introduced course units and mandatory core courses, which are now prescribed in many universities. I don’t think anyone before me had studied the changes in university systems introduced by the Americans when they broadbased university education, in contrast to the elitist Britih system, which we continued to maintain long after Britain had realized the need to increase numbers. Before I rejoined Sabaragamuwa – and I should note that several of the AUCs, when they became universities, sought my services – I studied the expansion of core courses (a relative who was an academic in Canada sent me an excellent succinct volume called ‘Getting to the Core’ about changes at Harvard). I also turned down an American offer to visit to observe the 1996 Presidential election, and instead asked for a programme of visits to universities, and community colleges, since I was beginning then (having done some work for the World University Service of Canada on Vocational Training) to understand the need for reform in that area too.

Sab aragamuwa students have done remarkably well since on the job market, and I am touched when I meet them now about their appreciation of the innovations I introduced, which they disliked at the time. But I can see why someone who needs followers unable to discriminate will worry about innovations that give our students greater breadth, and critical thinking skills.

I also did more for the nation as a whole while I was at Sabaragamuwa, since I was asked to coordinate the degree programme at the Sri Lanka Military Academy. One had to be tactful then, to steer between my fellow academics, who thought soldiers did not deserve degrees, and those officers who thought we were trying to turn military men into impractical eggheads. Sarath Fonseka was amongst these latter, and indeed tried to get rid of the degree programme when he became Army Commander, but on the first occasion we met, he told me that the officers who had degrees were ‘well motivated’. This I believe was high praise from him, and indicated a man who was able to learn from experience.

The English medium option in government schools, and its elitist and anti-elitist opponents

In 2001 I was responsible for reintroducing the option of English medium in the government education system. I had long advocated this, and Tara de Mel, who had been thinking of allowing this in a couple of schools, in Colombo and Kandy (which I thought would be disastrous, and confirm the view that English was a privilege for the elite), agreed to allow it nationwide, if I ran the programme. Sabaragamuwa agreed to my doing this part-time, and in 2002 the first batch of government school students began English medium in Grade 6.

Though Wimal Weerawansa obviously dislikes the programme, a far more effective opponent was Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had become Prime Minister at the end of 2001, and tried to kill the programme. Fortunately his Minister of Education, Karunasena Kodituwakku, was more enlightened, and together we managed to keep things going, despite opposition from the diehards in the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education. Interestingly, Tara became a great fan of Wimal Weerawansa during this period, and even voted for him in the 2004 General Election, which I thought a triumph of sentiment over reason. Like her mentor, President Kumaratunga, she seemed overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.

In 2004 then, with President Kumaratunga back in charge, we managed to rescue the Engish medium programme, though I fear that the teacher training and materials development programmes that we had put in place to promote excellence had fallen into abeyance, since the Ministry had realized how lucrative it could be for them, if they undertook these tasks. Tara did not want me however to rock the boat, given too that she had to work with officials at the NIE and the NEC whom President Kumaratunga had appointed without consulting her, who had a more old fashioned approach to education, and were easily influenced by dogmatic officials.

Instead Tara wanted me to do more about curriculum reform in general, and we developed new concepts though unfortunately President Kumaratunga’s term was cut short and very little of what we had prepared was carried through. Tara, who was an excellent administrator, could not work to capacity in 2005, because the President had taken her away to do tsunami work, which was unnecessary and wholly counter-productive.

The role of Parliament, as well as the Executive, in developing reforms

But I realized then that we needed to engage in even more comprehensive reforms, and that those who should have been pushing these were slow to move and limited in their capacity to conceptualize. It is for that reason that I believe I can contribute more now by being in Parliament, and the changes I have managed to introduce into the draft policy paper are witness to the impact even one coherent thinker can have. I should add that, when some of my colleagues were critical of my stance on the impeachment, and noted – as I gather Mr Weerawansa did on Swarnavahini – that I was not an elected Member of Parliament, the Deputy Minister of Education, who is as dedicated as I am to reforms that will benefit rural children, pointed out the contributions I made in Committee.

I could of course have done more, and I gather that, way back in 2010, I was considered for the position of Minister of Education. I was told however that the President’s Secretary had noted that I was not popular, a perception that Mr Weerawansa probably contributed to, for he was trying at that time to stop me being appointed to Parliament, so that another member of his National Freedom Front could get in instead. I have no doubt he believes that Mr Achala Jagoda has contributed much more to the nation as a National List MP than I have, though it is odd that he denigrates me but does not do the same with regard to Mr Jagoda, who is a charming man, and fully deserves the position to which he has been appointed, to represent the NFF and its agenda in Parliament.

Why Mr Weerawansa is again on the rampage about me I have no idea. It could be because he has heard that there is great despair about the education system, and it is possible that those who have a wider vision have realized that they need someone able to conceptualize to put things to rights. I should note however that, while this is a responsibility I would accept if it were offered – unlike the post of Minister of Higher Education, where I believe we have an excellent Minister, who like me has drawn Mr Weerawansa’s wrath, though for his policies rather than his personality, which is much more charming than mine – I still believe, as I said back in 2010, when Rupavahini assumed I would be a Minister, and the portfolios of Foreign Affairs and Education were mentioned, that I could make a much greater contribution to Reconciliation. I am no longer sure now that I can achieve as much as I could have in 2010 in that field, but I know that no one else is interested in Reconciliation in itself, or capable of achieving anything, except I should note for the Civil Servants now in charge of the LLRC Action Plan, whose capacity and commitment are not at all in doubt.

But clearly Mr Weerawansa would not want me to be entrusted with any responsibility, and I can understand this, given his perspective on the world in general. I am after all in good company, for he has recently attacked the Secretary to the Treasury, a much more significant figure than myself, and he has also single-handedly taken on the United Nations, which is more powerful than all of us put together.

The rationale for the President’s affection for Mr Weerawansa

In the latter instance, his hunger strike was stopped by the President himself, and I can understand this action of the President, as I explained to the Sri Lankan – a Sinhalese Buddhist I should note, in case I am accused of trumpeting the views of aliens – in Singapore who thought the President should not have interfered.

The point is, the President believes in feeling and expressing gratitude, and that is why he indulges Mr Weerawansa so much. Mr Weerawansa stood by him at a time of trial, when Sarath Fonseka had emerged as the common opposition candidate for the Presidency, and there were fears that chauvinists and nationalists who had previously supported the President would switch sides.

I suspect this is what the Americans, who described Sarath Fonseka as their secret weapon to influence the President, hoped for. Perhaps they dreamed that Mr Fonseka and the President would split the Sinhalese vote and allow Ranil Wickremesinghe to be elected. But Ranil was too wily a bird for that and, having read the writing on the wall, he withdrew. And meanwhile, though the JVP supported Mr Fonseka, other nationalist forces, including Mr Weerawansa, stuck with the President. Naturally he is grateful for that, and though as a result the Americans are getting what they wanted, in a weakening of the Presidency in time for the next election, I do not think this was anticipated, fascinating though such a conspiracy theory would be.

Why and how did this manoever contribute to the problems we now face, even though Mr Weerawansa’s adherence way back in 2010 may have helped to make Mr Fonseka’s defeat so crushing? The seeds were sown, I believe, in the manner in which government responded to his allegation about the White Flag case.

The disastrous precedence set by the handling of the White Flag case

I was rung up by Mahinda Samarasinghe the morning the story broke, about appearing at a press conference he had been asked to conduct, to refute the story. I was in Kandy, and could not make it, but having got information about what Sarath Fonseka had said with regard to the same story a few months earlier (essentially claiming credit for having got rid of the surrendered himself), I called Mr Samarasinghe to tell him to point out that the man was a liar.

I found Mr Samarasinghe in a state of disappointment, a common phenomenon I have now found in someone who is always willing to do his duty by the government, but is often ignored and belittled until government realizes there is no one else willing to undertake difficult tasks. On this occasion he had been told that he would not be in charge at the press conference, and instead the central role would be given to Mr Weerawansa.

It was a vintage performance, based on the claim that Mr Fonseka was a traitor to have said such things about the heroic Sri Lankan armed forces. And so government fell into the trap that perhaps Mr Fonseka, who is also a wily bird, set when he realized that his original statement about what he had done in the White Flag case made him a ready scapegoat for any allegations about abuses in the course of the war. I had indeed previously told government that it should respond politely but forcefully to the Kerry report, where most allegations could be refuted through attention to the evidence I had prepared in the days of the Peace Secretariat. The one thing that could not readily be refuted was Sarath Fonseka’s statement at Ambalangoda, that he had dealt as required with the people carrying White Flags, contrary to the instructions issued from ‘air conditioned rooms’, and therefore I suggested that there should be an inquiry into this.

But when Mr Weerawansa introduced the concept of treachery, it became impossible for government itself to investigate the matter as it should have done. Blanket denials, with claims of treachery for anything outside the agenda Mr Weerawansa had set, became the order of the day. So I became a villain for pointing out that Sarath Fonseka had withdrawn his original claim to the Leader, so much so that I was accused by the NFF of having gone with Mohan Peiris to New York on his abortive mission to Ban ki Moon with regard to the Darusman Report.

Why implementation of the LLRC Report is so difficult

And so, while the LLRC has pointed out the absurdity of most allegations, but noted the need to look into the question of what happened to some of those who surrendered, we have failed to work on those elements conscientiously and transparently. Instead we seem to be stuck in a mindset which sees investigation of any allegations as treacherous.

We are thus an easy target for those who criticize us as being in total denial. But unfortunately there are those who still think that it is this mindset that won for President Rajapaksa the election of 2010. This perception is flawed, though it may have contributed towards his large majority. But as that majority is eroded by what seems continuing extremism, it would make sense for the President to think again.

I do not mean he should turn on Mr Weerawansa. The man has done him some service, and that should not be forgotten. But someone who managed to alienate those positive elements in the UN who did so much for us, who prevented us from treating them as friends to work together with to counter the worst excesses of the Darusman Report, who simply cannot understand that there are many elements in the international community who are positive, and whom we should interact with, if only to stop them being swept in the wake of the more aggressive negative elements – such a person will in the long run do more damage than good to the Presidency and the country.

I am not important in the larger scheme of things, and if the President is to be prevented from making use of proven capacity and intelligence, that is a problem for him and the country, not for me. But P B Jayasundara is important, and sniping at him will not help with the confidence the country needs. And continuous attacks on forward looking policies, and in particular the educational reforms the country needs, will lead us into a dead end. Perhaps Mr Weerawansa can continue to enjoy startling electoral success only in such a dead end, with a populace that is not educated to its full potential. But the Sri Lankan people deserve better.

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    Ho Ho Ho! May be Weerawansa skipped the ninth grade English class. May be he felt it was like Greek. No wonder he failed!

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      The bottom line of this preamble is Rajiva has been a good English teacher . well done !

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        I agree with Kumudini. I had great respect for you as an English teacher. You should take the advice of your students and get back to the university.

        Why in God’s name did you ever decide to become a Rajapaksa sycophant and a whitewasher of his regime? It’s not like you were desperate for money was it? You can always change. Even Martin Niemöller was initially a supporter of Adolf Hitler, but after he realised his mistake he vehemently opposed the Nazis’ and was imprisoned from 1937 to 1945. After his imprisonment, he expressed his deep regret about not having done enough to help the victims of the Nazis.

        Dr. Rajiva, it’s time for you to make a stand too. It’s never too late to admit your mistakes and try to save this country and it’s people from the despotic Rajapaksas.’

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          Why They Did not Tell That, DR Mendis to propose a doctorate to wimaaal Weeera Wangsa.

          He deserve a Docterate like To Dr kudu Vermin.

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          Why They Did not Tell That, DR Mendis to propose a doctorate to wimaaal Weeera Wangsa.

          He deserve a Doctorate like To Dr kudu Vermin.

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          I totally agree with PresiDunce Bean. Rajiva, Why did You back MR so much. Its time to repent and walk away.

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        Dear Sir

        The whole country knows that Weerawansa is nothing compared to you. That lackey is so trivial that the people of this country don’t even think of comparing you and him at all. Now he’s like an airless balloon and very unpopular as he left the JVP. Having understood his ‘emptiness’, people have already lost interest in him. So he can no longer make an effect among the public. Only thing he can do is he can open his mouth and bark at others, which is not sophisticated as a politician. But we know how you behaved in front of Sirima and Shirani’s cases. That person doesn’t know the value of an educated person and people know he cannot talk about a field like ‘education’ at all. I think someone who doesn’t like you to be there in the House gets this ‘empty’ man to attack you and I never believe that the views are Weerawansa’s alone and he must have been poisoned as he knows nothing about education. I think Weerawansa has forgotten the fact that there are very few Oxford scholars like you who can speak eloquently on a subject and the way you face international media like BBC or CNN that poses spine-breaking questions to diplomats from a country like Sri Lanka. Your performance has always been electrifying, which Weerawansa can never even imagine.

        Ruwan

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      Go back to the academy Rajiva and stop fishing for posts and hand outs from the corrupt crook Mahinda Rajapassa.
      The so-called Ministers of education and higher ed, under the corrupt murderer Mahinda Rajapakse are morons and an insult to intelligent people, so please stop pretending otherwise. I fail to see the “charm” that you mention because charm requires intelligence and integrity..

      Also, you really must stop your disingenuous prating- that Rajapassa is a puppet on a string rather than the puppeteer!
      He has appointed a bunch of corrupt crooks all around and your favourite here P.b Jayasundara in the treasury is one of the biggest along with the Rajapassa sibllings who have militarized Sri Lanka in order to steal and land grab with impunity, and Nivard Cabral at CB.

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      P.B is a convicted criminal, barred from holding any govenment post. RW said PB is a visionary. I wonder what sort of visionary is it?

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    The unwritten Chintanaya is if Education in whatever form is decreased,
    the theme of Democratized Dictatorship will be convenient to this
    Regime. The “progress” is evident.
    Rajiva must thank Weerawansa for unintentionally giving this opportunity to disclose so many other factors.
    A double-speak MR must have the mutual services of a Weerawansa, as this
    is SL Politics. Your kind won`t last long in it.

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    For Weerawansa to attack Rajiva, first Weerawansa should be able to read and understand English. Rajiva always communicates in English so how can Weerawansa understand what Rajiva is saying to attack him?

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      why not…

      If Mervin attacks almost everyone, regardless of being what issues he just address – why not Weerawansa, all these are mirror images of the president and his so called vision – after all 40 year old political maturity… all these are only for stupid fools that make up the 80% of the country.

      For me, Rajiva, Dayan and THamara should be given their due places – if this is not the case, they should better be away from current regime. No doubt they can do more to the nation and country in other areas.

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      If Mervin attacks almost everyone, regardless of being what issues he just address – why not Weerawansa, all these are mirror images of the president and his so called vision – after all 40 year old political maturity… all these are only for stupid fools that make up the 80% of the country.

      For me, Rajiva, Dayan and THamara should be given their due places – if this is not the case, they should better be away from current regime. No doubt they can do more to the nation and country in other areas.

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        Who say MR is looking for intellectuals or professionals with both academic or Professional qualifications to help him govern the country.Infact he is looking for crooks to serve him…..and not the qualified.

        From birth along with the notorious home town and 40 years in politics, MR mastered how to be a master crook and a master manipulator.

        From bribing VP and opposition MP’s cross over, to Tsunami scandal, jailing Gen.Sarath Fonseka while politicising Military, police, judiciary, firing CJ Shirani Bandaranayake and install a puppet CJ are all MR plan to monopolise Governing Sri Lanka.

        See where’s opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe stand today.Thaking pictures with MR at Presidents house and 87 plus million rupee commission and intoxicated with MR Black Coffee……while discipline his own pary members….What can one expect from MR Govt.ministers…..when opposition leader acts like this. All tell the same story. This is called sharing the carcess when the cow is dead.

        All the best cream of brains, talented and honest have either left Sri Lanka, or in jails or in house arrest or dead………and the rest are made mere cabbage by MR.Take university teachers for instance.

        THIS IS THE TRUE STSTE OF FOOLS DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF MIHIN LANKA TODAY.

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    Dear Dr. RW,

    Thanks for your honest views passed through this article. I found it one of the best among the few I got to read lately.

    Weerawansa or any alike candidates would evasively drop loads of arguments to satisfy the uneducated masses in the country. No matter his arguments have zero value but just to polarise. More you praise the uneducated masses, longer they can fool the nation. These are tricks and strategies of the current leaders. Going back to his recent past, he was the one who funnily asked the stupid majority that are easily manipulative – to protest against GOOGLE and US products…. there he proved his capacity and his general knowledge. He is emotional as any empty vessel candidate would do, but the specific weak characteristic is being abused by president himself and the current regime. He just thought a tiny poor nation could move US economy? I ll bet, any 10 year old would get this easily, that we are just a nation that cant stand without the funds of IC.

    As every right thinking would feel it today, Weerawanses role is becoming clearer to many. His is only limited to scavenger dept being waxed to MR’s cabinet. So is Mervin that always barks using his filthy rhetoric. No matter he has no knowledge, he is being placed to address – mostly painful issues that could torn out the nation. Have we had this kind of candidates in the past regimes ? Both men are competent at the filthy uncivilized language that stupid majority easily understand. Majority that support the current rulers stupid masses. THIS YOU MAY DOUBLE CHECK BY EU LIKE OPNION POLLS. More I don’t need to add, the educated folks living in Lanka may know it well. It is the president himself who abuse those politicians for his propaganda mechanisms. If Weerawansa – more popular as Buruwansa or Jarawanse had the same JVP views that I heard during my schooling in SL, 3.5 decades ago, no doubt, he cant be a candidate of the current regime.

    Educated masses are fed up of what these politicians have to say, but they stay further mum. Have they got alternatives – no, if anyone would open their mouth, the consequence would be go missing, abducted or murdered on the same or the following day itself (e.g the fate of several dozens of journalists today). Former president, CBK in her fearless remarks made this clear last week. Some add her terms paved the way to all these low level politicians to enter the parliament. But I still believe people were respected in her terms than it is today.

    I wonder any good academics have been given their due place in the current cabinet. I don’t think even GLP will be offered PM even if he betrayed the entire nation in the his unexpected move in terms of lately held unconstitutional impeachment against Dr. SB. Some further believe that current rulers just abuse everyone whenever they need them.
    It was clear with your PERSON too, they abused your capacities immediately after military victory against LTTEers in 2009.
    And as you clearly pointed out the great loss of the well experienced diplomats like Thamara and Dayan, are the other good examples that regime head is out of his vision. Quoting from your article:

    ” if the President is to be prevented from making use of proven capacity and intelligence, that is a problem for him and the country, not for me “

    Latter is literary the truth.

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    Just heard yesterday the very sad news Hugo Chavez has passed away. Hugo Chavez was a hero of our times. He stood up to American imperialism steadfastly. Because of him, south america gained its freedom from the shackles of american imperialism and gained its freedom from the oppression of the united states. He will be a great loss to the world. The world will miss a hugely popular figure and you will be mourned around and across the world.

    People across and around the world are already mourning your passing away whether in latin america, europe, middle east, asia and elsewhere. Rest in peace Hugo Chavez. You will be missed.

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    Wimal Weerawanse, the Matara eight grade school drop out made his Millions from jumping parties and from his false mouth twisting his tongue according to the whims of Royal Family.

    After telling people to eat Bala Malu to increase brain power…..that brain power he got was to manupulate politics to his and MARA’s advantages while brought adverse effects, credibility and disreputation to our country from International Community.

    From Fast upto death and Criticising and isolating our International Community friends who helped us during the war, now again divide them to maintain political power grab, while it effects both our economy and integrity negatively.

    This is just another MARA paid mouth piece Govt.crook who manupulate his tongue whenever asked by the Royal Family. He was in the PSC to impeach CJ Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake on fradulent charges, while acquiring 50 Million Rupee Mansion.
    Here’s Wimal’s Fifty Million Rupee Mansion.
    http://oneislandtwonations.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/why-he-becomes-a-bootlicker/

    Here’s the interview Wimal had re:Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundara’s “Economy Hit Man” theory.
    http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/17400

    Wimal’s “Economic Hit Man” theory started to float only after IMF refused to grant GOSL 1.5 Billion US Dollar loan request.This shows how desperate MR govt.was to borrow loans from anywhere around the world to patch up it’s cash flow.

    After wasting Billions upon Billion s of Rupees on Wasteful China Projects…..now MARA is looking to run the country on Borrowed International money…….while commodity prices are increased on daily basis.
    MR not only refused to implement LLRC but refused to grant any political aspirations of tamil community after winning the war.

    Also MR blocked all our avenues to compromise with UNHRC by not only not complying to 2009 LLRC but also by blocking our UN representatives who built confidence and reputation with International community on Previous meetings to go further, after spending Billions of rupees and foreign exchange.Dr.Dayan Jayatilake says it all.

    Recently MR spent 150 Million US Dollars to get one UNHRC vote from Uganda.

    Both MARA and Wimal Weerawanse should be held accountable for the destruction of our economy, political downfall, integrity and reputation in International arena. Also they should be held accountable for every penny they borrowed on all the wasteful projects.

    ONLY THEN WE WILL FIND WHO THE REAL ECONOMIC HIT MAN IS…….

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      THE BEST PM’S THAT SL HAD WERE NOT EDUCATED EVEN UPTO 8 TH STANDARD. PREMADASA.D,S SENANYAKE SIRIMAVO BANDARANAYAKE .SO WHAT IS THIS ISSUE ABOUT WIMAL WEERAWANSE?

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        Kumudini,

        What do you mean by BEST PM’S…..I don’t see them as best….but honest,integrity, repute and far sighted wisdom.

        There’s a big diffrerence between educated or grade 8 qualified and a Alibaba. No one of the above wasted our resources while stealing them.Starting from Tsunami upto Norochcholai power plant….everything is in disarray and with no return on investment.

        Please read my past comments and compare to the ground reality.

        KNOWLEDGE IS POWER…..ALSO WE HAD SURA SARADIELS IN OUR HISTORY.

        Now we have Bala Malu(Tuna fish) brain gainers and Garilla War and Sharia Law rulers in our parliament.

        What is next……

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          IN FACT WHAT WIMAL SAID ABOUT FISH HAS ALSO BEEN PROVEN IN THE MEDICAL FIELD THAT FISH AND FISH SUPPLEMENTS BOOST BRAIN POWER . SHOULD ONE HAVE A DEGREE TO SAY THIS IF HE HAS TAKEN IT FROM THE LEAF OF A MEDICAL JOURNAL ? IT IS OTHERS WHO HAVE NOT HEARD ABOUT THIS ARE THE IGNORANT FOOLS.

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            Kumudini,

            You missed the point here.Wimal Weerawanse say it is Balaya(tuna) which enhance brainfunction. It’s true…..but it’s the Thora(Seer or Salmaon fish that is the best for brain function. Balaya is good to increase blood level while Salmon increase brain function.
            look at the following web…
            http://research.fuseink.com/p7exfixzuolkk/difference-between-tuna-and-salmon

            Yes Fish has Omega three fatty acid which help brainfunction…….also Mora malu is a good source.

            Also astragulus, Kawa kawa, black berries,coffee, apples, chocolate,gotu kola, spinach,all greens,olive oil,curry powder, honey,milk, banana,vitamin B complex they are all good for brain function.

            As for my own experience for memory increase it is nothing but
            GINKGO BILOBA WHICH IS THE BEST……60 Mg. one tablet a day.
            I din’t know what this tree called in Sri Lanka….but it’s grown in China and Japan.
            Also Ginsen gives energy, stamina and strength.
            http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2539690&cp=11516182.4053352.12961096

            http://www.ask.com/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba

            I think for Wimal it is the Commission that gives him the best Brain function……..which others don’t have.

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            Kumudini,

            Here’s Wimal Weerawanse’s DM interview…..where he say How GOSL sent 17 vehicles to Ministry of Housing when he even did not request them………Why Govt sent 17 vehicles to his Ministry……..when he even did not asked for them.

            http://www.dailymirror.lk/video/26306-i-feel-another-black-july.html

            Is this part of Govt. plan to sling mud at Treasury Secretary PB Jayasundera.

            Also did GOSL sent vehicles to other Ministries also without their consent…..and if so How many……..and why…..

            If anybody have these info. could reply here.

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        because this Wangsa is a Lacky and a moron like you.

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          IT IS A PROVEN FACT THAT FISH AND FISH SUPPLEMENTS BOOST BRAIN POWER.WHAT WIMAL SAID IS 100% CORRECT ABOUT BALA MALU OR ANY MALU.ONLY THE IGNORANT WHO RIDICULE WIMAL FOR HIS LEVEL OF EDIUCATION SHOULD FIRST EDUCATE THEMSELVES .

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            SAROJOHNI or paid killers.

            because this Wangsa is a Lacky and a moron like you people.

            How much they promise you to do answer in blogs,

            be careful, now these jarapassa and clans are going to cheat.
            After looting,
            they will declare bankruptcy.

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            Sarojini,

            Yes I agree with you. But why Wimal Weerawanse say it’s only Bala Malu that increase Brain power. He specifically it’s Bala Malu that increase Brain power……which I don’t agree. Infact it is Salmon fish(thora malu) that increase brain power.

            Pleas echeck the difference in website.

            Also can you eat Bala Malu straight for three days without constipation or rash in your body. It’s not only me but all my friends or family cannot eat Balaya for three days straight without getting sick.
            Thora(seer or Salmon) is good but beyond our reach. But all green vegetables help brain function.

            Pleaswe read my earlier comment.
            May be Bala malu HEAT would have gone to Wimal’s brains.

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        Those were the days that country´s folks were illiterate. Today every 10 year old maintains a sound knowledge about country´s politics easily. Even in those poorest of the poor (some african nations) see the matter as only the educated can have the wisdom in terms of playing good politics for a country.

        Wimal Buruwanse is fine on some issues, but most of the time, he has been proviing to be an emty vessel among the majority of like minded in the cabinet. For some reasons, those senior´s mouth pieces seem to be stay mum, but it is not difficult to understand this, – average of the folks are not stupid but easily manipulative. WW´s rhetoric have a big impact to make those marjority folks easily make fools.

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      Is there anyone in SL who challenged the USA? There are good things to be taken from US of course. But to criticise US on their henious acts, it is only Wimal who had a spine to do so.

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        I read Some news that, he is having a house driver with a SPINE.
        IS IT CORRECT?????????.

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        Here’s Wimal Weerawanse’s DM interview.

        http://www.dailymirror.lk/video/26306-i-feel-another-black-july.html

        Can Wimal Weerawanse say who are the Govt. Hit Men…..
        Can Mr. P.B.Jayasundera clarify this statement. We want to know what really took place. Also Wimal Weerawanse say that his ministry was offered 18 vehicles by Treasury secretary which he did not even asked for and also given to other ministries unknown number of vehicles.

        Also the 3% devaluation of rupee was not known to CB Governor until President Rajapakse revealed in his Budget speech.

        Can Mr.P.B.Jayasundera answer these questions…..if nobody knew on de-value of Rupee.

        Also can Wimal Weerawanse tel what shandy he use for his favourite Jack Daniel Wisky……and where his son study…..

        http://mirror.lk/news/5813-mulliyavalai-citizens-given

        Yes Wimal Your friend P.B.J missed IMF 1.5 Billion Loan….and due to this both your boss and you got furious……

        Keep barking more and we will listen curiously.

        But don’t feed us Bala Malu as that heat goes to our a..ss.

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    Millions of our students have been learning English from Grade Three until they leave school but at least 5% cannot write or speak English after many years of learning in a school.Why did we fail? We failed because no government did the most important thing.If a pass in English at the O/L is compulsory to be qualified for the A/L and a pass in English at the A/L is compulsory to be selected for university education and English is a compulsory subject in the university education system every student will learn English and be competent in English.Our students do not learn English just because they do not see the need of learning it.

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      This has lot to do rather with the system that have been used in teaching English in SL. New methods should be introduced to lanken schools. English should be taught in English.French should be taught in French. Going back to our days, O Level English syllabus was not complete anyone to improve their knowledge in reading and comprehension of the language. It was not a compulsory subject. Urban schools should help the village levels school children in form of providing them inter school programs. European countries provide school exchange programs between schools within Europe. And also the knowledge of the English teachers should be improved by teacher training programs. After all the rulers should invest more in school education than road construction or any other fields. All those funds that go vanished annually should better be used for the education sector. So long the top leadership is over corrupted, nothing remarkable can happen with the improvement of the education in the island nation.

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    If he contributed so much for english education,he should have been appointed Minister of Education.

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      This is indeed wrong,
      No doubt, RW is the best ever candidate to lead the ministry of higher education. Current high education minister ^s credentials are just okay for nothing but scavenger dept..

      Tamara and Dayan contributed that much, what happened to them ?

      Dr SB was the appointed CJ by MR, what happened to her ?

      Dr RW contributed that much – he is honest and genuine too, but being on the wrong boat, he has to be some what loyal… that is what he did … now it is the end the story..

      One can be loyal to some extent, but if it exceeds, they have to show their emotions as RW nows does… all these are according their own individualties. But what wonders me GLP stays calm and quiet like kimbula kirimati gilala wage, may be his expectations could be becoming PM by any means….

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        Besides, any one who has gone through uni carrier as a prof cant always be dishonest to praise fools.

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        Rajiva is not a suitable person to be in any ministerial position. The reason being, none of his proposals to the President has been acted upon,and he is still with the Government. He is the leader of the Liberal Party and still he is supporting a government which does not follow liberal ideas or democratic ideas. What this says is he is not a honest person, not even true to himself and is party.

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          If Rajiva or the alike qualified ones are not suitable, who should be according to you ?

          Or myGOD, so long your ilk are a part of our nation, the current situation can reamain with us longer than expected.

          I bet every academic would feel the same, that our ministries have been ruled by uneducated, unqualified bunches that cant do the minimum within their capacities.

          The latest example is the one who is running foreign employement and the related – failed to communicate with Saudi arabia in terms of the illegal beheading of Rizana lately. But the man has not word of resign – he further stays while his henchmen incl, president himself support him whatever the failure his made. And the second most distinguished one is Duminda silva.He was the killer of the murder case in which Baratha was gunned down. But for Presidnet and others – no matter him as their guys, stay scot free until remanded lately, but 200% sure, the guy would be set free on bail upon the personal orders of the all mighteous president… That is the political culture that we the poor folks face today, LIKE OR NOT, you have to let things go, as it was the case for Lybians, Irakis and the like minded then, but for how long ?

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    Had we continued English education after Independence, our women infact of going to Middle East to work as house Maids making almost nothing, would have gone to USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zeland and Europe as AU-PAIRS, domestic help, baby sitters, nannies, eldery care, montessori teacher’s aids, hospital attendence, cleaning service staff etc…etc…which would have earned them 20 to 30 times what they earn in Middle East.

    Similarly all other Skilled and Semi Skilled labour who are stuck due to lack of English and some are still unemployed, all Parliament Ministers Children are English educated and many study in Western countries.

    1983 Pogrom came as a blessing in disguise to to some Tamil, Sinhala and Burgher communities who ventured into West and who are doing very well in those countries now……while our local Political ass…es are bosting about winning war from our own people……but economically taking country on a disastrous path.

    Only after introduction of Computers and information technology, now everybody talking about English.

    What SWRD Bandaranaike did was a curse to our country…….and will take many more generations to recover from that curse.

    Infact of having an Education Minister……we should have a Education Board which should comprise of Profissionals who are conversant on both local and International education systems that can be catered to both markets and direction towards future labor markets.

    Right now our education system is stagnate and lack of direction……and Prof.Rajiva could contribute more to re-vitalize it.
    Don’t allow Bala Malu heat gainer crackco Gonwanse to dictate terms on Education to educated lot.

    I don’t understand why President asking our Expatriate Professional community to come to Sri Lanka, while we have enough in Sri Lanka.

    Infact of looking after out local Professionals and their needs…….President calling expartriate community to serve in Sri Lanka is questionable.

    WHAT WE ARE GOOD AT BALA MALU HEAT GOT TO HEAD CRACKCO…………. EVA BALAWA…….

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    At a Seminar somewhere in 1990 Prof. Rajiwa’s father, Sam, responding to a question on Sri Lanka politicians said that the politicians are the cause of all the problems of the country. It is sad that Sam did not advice his son, Rajiwa, to keep away from joining the same band of politicians. If Rajiwa confined himself to his academic profession or furthered his liberal politics without mixing it with the other corrupt lot he would have served the country better. Now he keeps lamenting and even one like Wimal is targeting poor Rajiwa. How pathetic is Rajiwa’s plight.

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    RW, why do you take WW seriously?

    To WW your scathing essay will be akin to pouring H2O on a ducks posterior!

    He is one of the Jokers in the pack. Dayasiri Jayasekera tellingly described him as “8 pass nathi minihek”!

    In academic matters WW is no doubt out of his depth, so all your endeavours in the field of education are lost on this “market-going” dumb-head.

    The public in general consider him to be just another garbage-spewing mongrel, who without any prompting assumes he is protecting his Master/s by barking as loud as he can. Take a leaf from PBJ, and “let barking dogs lie”!

    Be assured that WW in his wildest dreams can never drive your Destiny.

    So you just continue to do your good works, and let History judge your contribution to our beloved nation.

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    Wimal weerasansa is an empty vessel. Several dozens of times, he has proved this.

    He can only move lanken stupid folks, but not any other folks.

    Can anyone give me any good example in which his arguments have been proved ? He can just add low grade remarks about whatever it is. The man has forgotten his beginning. In early 80ties, he was a totally different person. Today, having got closed the bunch of thugs – he seems to be maintaining the same ideologies that his mentors has been. How can any left minded guy be that supportive to a person who is being blamed by almost many powerful democratic leaders.

    India is reiterating that Rajapakshes are stinky. And they are not genuine. Dr Swamy has to face unexpected problems defencing Rajapakshes further. How long this can go is the question.

    EU, America, Canada, Australia, UK are all in the same opinion that our president^s performances are far from democratic norms. He can work with China, but China, Russia and the like minded nations will not be genuine with our folks. Just because China wants to investigate in SL, not necessarily mean that they love our folks and nation. China has always been having their hidden agendas, interest to stay in close ties in the region. Their giant ally – india is well aware of this.

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    I’m rather disappointed that Prof Rajiva had to stoop to such levels of having a “pot shot” with the diatribe we read on empty vessels like Wimal Weeransanse.

    Motives unseen perhaps?

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    This reader counts almost 90 “I’s” in yet another instalment of
    THE LIFE AND TIMES AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF RW, which opens with an “I”, where we are reminded that one reason the writer cannot bring himself to say enough is enough, so like an honest man i am quitting, is the possible loss of the freedom, at public expense, to roam the wide world. he never seems to stay on the ground in SL for very long.
    His last, parting paragraph also commences with that much loved personal pronoun, tho the deprecation of his next 9 words made me burst out laughing. After imbibing the fantastic record of your magnificent contribution to education in this otherwise backward country,do you really write those 10 words with any sincerity! Come come sir! You are clearly the nation’s saviour. If you can get all your articles (tough job for a dedicated former student?) translated into the President’s mother tongue, leather bound and titled in gold, we might one day see a photo of him tucked up in a chair reading it with amazement, as he did the LLRC report. Better give it a good index though as he’s a busy man, got a lot of foundation stones to lay. After that, your duty done, better b— off to Aussie where those who know how to speak English as she should be spoke are dying out fast. Before I go i have a small question. You have held many positions in this country, but seem to have have conflicts in all of them before moving on. What kept going wrong?

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    Rajiva, keep up the good work and ignore those morons or shall I say Pls. forgive them.

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    Dear rajiva, you don’t have to justify who your contributions towards English education in our schools and universities,.they are well known among educationists and academics in this country. Please don’t give credence to the rantings of weerwansa an uneducated crude vulgar mouthpiece of the Mara regime. The public can see the status given to this nweerawansa by the president by sending this ignoramus who cannot speak a word of English to represent the
    country at the funeral of hugo Chavez the late president of Venezuela.our country should be represented by a top diplomat like the foreign minister or even the prime minister, not a cheap uneducated thug who has no idea of manners nor protocols.no wonder our standing in the international community is so poor when people like this represent our country.

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      Is that the only incident or issue you noticed in Weerawanse to feel that he is not what is trying to show ?

      It is simply they have to invest more in school education. We in SL have free education, but it has just limited to the name as its free health services. If it is just 5% of the entire youth speak English means – a great sign that the authorities have to act in this regard wholeheartedly. Many other countries introduce their schools not only English but also several other languages except the mother tongues. They the rulers just boast about the lanken Uni education, but majority of the graduates are not competent to face the job market today.

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    All what children should be given is a working knowledge in English. This can be done by teaching English as a subject with teachers who know how to teach English.

    English medium schools etc. is not necessary if one accepts the value of teaching children in their mother tongue. This is what Gandhi and the Buddha said.

    I consider both Ranjiv as well as Wimal as black-whites or Euro-centric people. Perhaps wimal W himself does not know that he is also a man with black-white mentality. Why would one go to Egypt in August wearing a three-piece suit?? When I saw Wimal that way I could not believe what he had done…

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    It’s too late Rajiva, it’s too late! Your mid life crisis got the better of you and probably, your father’s overiding ambition for you as well.

    If you stuck to teaching English and arranging for English education of our children at all levels you would have done a true service to the nation.

    Now you will go down in history as a lacky and a servant of an unmitigated thug and his dubious regime.

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    This wimal is jealous when people around him speak Englis, he want to keep certain fools as fools forever. Thats all

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    Leave all other subjects aside………we would have continued Science,algebra, geometry,zoology, Math,Economic, social science and geography etc…in English language to continue from independence.

    I cannot understand many sinhala words my nieces and nephews use when they have tuition masters for science,zoology,anatomy, maths etc.where they were unherd during our times.How many new sinhala words been added each year……..for these english phrases and how many revisions………Hom much time wasted to introduce these new words…..and if needed students have to refer english taxt books to refer details.

    After all all our medicines are in english, and all medicine books, research and prescriptions are published in the world all over are in English language…and translating them to Sinhala not only a waste of time but resources and inconvenience to both Professors and students.
    This applies to all other subjects and professiona.

    We could have had Sinhala langusge, history and religion in Sinhala medium. After all we have buddhist priests to keep Sinhala language been extienct.

    Prof. Rajiva should initiate to make a change in our education system.
    All Caribean countries follow American and British education system and are doing very well.

    Our children suffered the most in their lives by this education and SWRD’s Rajaya Basha Blunder. We would not have communal trouble if we carried English education system.

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    I knew Mr. Rajiva Wjesinghge on the days I was teaching in the GELT teaching centre Gampola.(1992) He simply sacked me as a teacher there without allowing me to answer, because I criticised the GELT teaching programme the way it was conducted those days. It was not at all satisfactory the point of which I can prove even now. He was one of the two chief coordinators in that course, then. Some students called the ‘GELT’ programme as it was another ‘gon part’ done by the government. I performed well those days in this teaching centre the point of which I can prove if needed. Simply ask those students if one wants to verify in other ways.

    He simply has used the power of his family background to gain high positions. As regards foreign doctorates, I hold the same views of Professor Nain De Silva. Most of them does nothing useful to this country. Rajiva may have an immense knowlege of grammar and western classics, but they are of no practical use in teaching or other fields of education. His knowldge and thinking is alien to us.

    I made a complaint to the Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka then and went to its centre at Borella 6 times for the haerings. However, no one from the UGC appeared on all those 6 days so that I had simply to return those days. And nothing happened. Case Number HRC/——– This is how we have protected our human rights!

    The following URLs may give an idea as to why I do not personally like Rajiv, But I like Wimal Weerawansha because his voice and ideas was one of the major factors the country was saved from ‘thuppahi thinking’ that gave a powerful force as thinking for the war to be won. He is against the ‘Thuppahis’ like me. Rajiv cannot go even near him in that reagrd his thinking is not ours. May be when he sacked me that day he had realized I was in a different group. To me this is a clash between ‘deeshiya thinking’ and ‘thuppahi thinking’ See my thinking in these URLS one of which mentions of ‘thuppahi thinking’
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/127525110/To-the-Peaceful-Civilized-English-Man
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/128840510/Where-is-God-March-Poetry
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/127335209/When-Will-They-Ever-Learn

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