30 September, 2020

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You Want To Know What Impunity Means To Poor People In Rural Sri Lanka?

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

Some nights ago, we were provided with very practical proof of what the Rajapaksa regime’s abandonment of anything resembling law and order means to poor people straining every sinew to make a living for themselves and their families.

As is almost traditional around these parts, those of us who own a few Durian trees that bear fruit, lease those trees out to people from the neighbourhood at fruiting season.  While the net returns are probably far less than what might have been realised by harvesting the crop oneself with paid labour, the challenges of predators of the two- as well as the four-legged varieties are reaching insurmountable proportions and the harvesting is best left to those better able to cope with those circumstances and with, perhaps, more than a little larceny in their veins!  This season has been no exception and a young man from the neighbourhood submitted his successful bid.  He then proceeded to move his wife, three small children, his old father and mother and a young friend into a shack we have on the premises, to gather and safeguard the produce of the trees prior to transportation to a sales point.  Let’s call him “M.”

History proceeded to repeat itself a few nights ago.

M and his father had taken a load of durians for sale in the former’s three-wheel tuk-tuk.  They’d sold their durians, all day,  from the side of the main Kandy-Kurunegala road and, having disposed of the fruit, were returning after nightfall to guard the trees once more.  In the meantime, his young friend who’d remained behind, calls him on his mobile phone, telling him that they had been “invaded.”  We too had heard and seen the headlights of two motorbikes going past our home in the direction of the durian trees which are adjacent to this road but about 400 metres away and significantly beyond sight of where we live.

The “durian refugees” seek protection

The “durian refugees” seek protection

In any event, M pulls into our yard and acquaints us with the fact that, not only have two bikes carrying four bandits gone up to the trees but they have been joined by about half a dozen young thugs who have made their way, by a footpath, about 2 or 3 miles from their village, and joined with their mobile cohort.

They’d first raided the lean-to from which M’s young friend was keeping watch and had then gone down to the shack in which M’s mother, wife and three young children were living and which contained the durians collected since the departure of M to market.  They had threatened the women and children, grabbed the young woman by her blouse and generally terrorized all of them.

This information had been conveyed to M who asked for our suggestions as to what should be done.  I said I’d phone the local police right away because the escape routes available to the motorbike-riders were limited, there being only one way out for them and, if the police sent some officers, they could be trapped very easily before they reached the main highway on their way home.

The Officer-in-Charge of the police station said he’d despatch a mobile patrol and we waited in anticipation of this happening.

It didn’t.

In the meantime, some of the thieves had begun coming down the road from the durian grove and had met up with M and his father on their way up in the tuk-tuk.  There had been an exchange of words and one of the four thugs had grabbed “M’s” father by the throat.  This was more provocation than M could take and it led to an altercation which the thieves, despite their advantage in numbers, had got the worst of.  They took off down the hill, leaving behind a not-insubstantial knife.

Soon thereafter, the terrified women and children as well as M’s father and mother arrived at our home and we sought as best we could to comfort, feed and house them for the night.

Despite our efforts to reassure those we’d given shelter to, it wasn’t easy not to panic ourselves when faced with the prospect of gangs of armed drunks roaming around, when one didn’t have so much as a pop-gun for personal protection!  Suffice it to say that, on this occasion, the night passed without incident even though everyone did not sleep the sleep of peace and tranquillity!

This was not, by any means, an unique occurrence because every year that M (or anyone else) had been the successful bidder for the durian crop, they’d been subjected to these same tactics, by people from the same village, always armed with swords and knives and under the influence of alcohol and after dark.

The most recent news we had does seem to provide a light at the end of this particular tunnel.  The local constabulary, headed by a man who must surely be the Last of the Mohicans insofar as still attempting to play the traditional role of the policeman – To Serve & Protect – has apparently succeeded in arresting several of the miscreants despite their living outside his jurisdiction, in the adjacent North Western Province in fact.

One can but hope that this heralds something of a return to peace in our neighbourhood, though I wouldn’t be holding my breath in anticipation of any such state of affairs occurring anytime soon!

No matter, the rank obscenity of those working hard to earn a living having their parents, wives and children, including, in this case, a babe in arms, subjected to this kind of terror is truly unbelievable.  Or should be.  But then this is the result of the impunity that this corrupt government has let loose on this country where no one is safe or immune from totally unprovoked and gratuitous violence unless they are connected to the ruling family or its sycophants.

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    Hmm .. this case is very complex and stinks to high heaven . It is time for the UNHRC to initiate an independent impartial Inquiry as we cannot trust the locals .

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      Oh Mr Van der Poorten…..! This Abaaaya is just one sample citizen in SL whom you are trying to explain impunity and injustice. I’m sure many of our patriot citizens are of no difference. You’ll soon see the election results. Don’t forget that we are living in the Greatest country in the Universe and we are The Greatest Nation in the Universe too – I think you are wasting your good time.

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        This is Lankan Style No big deal

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      Abhaya:
      If that comment was meant to express cynical wit it succeeded in being cynical and failed (as usual and miserably) in the attempt at wit. But then what else is new coming from an unfailing sycophant?
      Incidentally, is your telephone out of order? Haven’t received any abusive and threatening SMSs recently!

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        Exactly those like Abhaya are plenty in lanken society, that would not even pay any close attention why these peoples have been behaving so.
        So what brings us Abhaya has been so called DIRECTOR -( D-I-R-E-C-T-O-R ?)… perhaps a director of common kind – known among the Rajapakshe sycophants. He should better listen to what the opposition candidates disucss right these days if his information would be insufficient to draw unbiased views about the current brutal, unlawful administration of MR. Just shooting the messenger would help nobody. People have no security, specially women have been living in fears. Last time, traveling through the country, I felt myself, today unlike in previous times, young ones have no respect, let alone to their grand parents. True, the media men also are accountable for all the chaos govering in the country today, they though bring some incidents against impunity but very few like BALUMGALA OF NETH FM are doing hearted efforts to corner any abuses. Today seniors or elders stay dead silent even if they are misguided by their own ones for family assets. I know stories that aged parents are forced to approve their own land assets – all in secretive means. As it is clear to everyone, older you become, weaker you are.. they would just do whatever is being asked to do. This is all because of lack of rights, no adequate rights in that areas. Police do their work, but government should be responsible for not paving hearted attention to allow police to do their job properly. This nation enjoyed better services offered by police few decades ago. Lankan standards are not comparable to those of some latin countries, middle east, other south asian countries.
        They have been boasting about road and other concrete developments, but so long road developments in society building are given no priority nothing will be changed in a country, thugs are being empowered by rascals in power. If anyone would talk to them honestly, every right thinking, ones with sanity would not disgree with the facts that impunity has reached beyond all bearing level to this day.

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        pooty

        I have blocked all numbers from the Galagedera area code and burger sounding names .

        cheers

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        De pooty

        not to worry I I have blocked all calls from the Galagedera area .

        So I looked up the word you all have been calling me

        Sycopant- a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage.

        I am trying to figure out what Advantage I gain from the Rulers of Sri Lanka . :)

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          Abhaya

          Okay you are not a Sycopant.

          How about hanger-on, will you be happy if address you as such?

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            if you say so Mt Veddha sir .

            These situations our good friend pooty is describing are not new they happened in the past too . I remember our Pera Tree getting raided all the time and the police would never even come . and there was one time or dogs were drugged and the thieves had entered the house and stolen my moms jewelry . The thieves were eventually caught about 2 months later during another break in . The second was a far scarier situation as if any of us had woken up you never know what would have happened .

            I am not making light of Mr pootens Durian tree getting raided . I love those fruits and would raid any tree I can in this frozen Tundra for a taste of some Durian . and protect my tree if I had one laden with druit with deadly force if necessary . :)

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          Suppose this article wasn’t written by Emil V. Pooten, would any of you critics knee-jerk attack the writer?

          What I am getting at is that it seems to me those who are critical are so because they hold a grudge against the writer because if one simply focused on the article, an average person has to admit there is a culture of impunity that abounds . Ofcourse there always was to some degree but under the current regime it is more entrenched and blatant.

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      Abahaya – Your advice is good for the GOSL, the only problem is they won’t listen!!

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        But they will have to tame before the killer punch ahead of them. All eyes are focused on these predators… sooner than later, they will have to face it the way Gadafi destined it.

        These nearly homo sapiens have betrayed the poor people becoming them super rich sending poorest of the poor starved.

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    Well, Mr Van der Poorten, ask M and his family who they are going to vote for in the forthcoming provincial and presidential elections. I bet the answer you get will be: the the corrupt and criminal UPFA and the war criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa. The people deserve these corrupt criminals they elect to govern them. You, an educated and cultured man who wants to see justice, democracy and uncorrupt politicians can do nothing about it.

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    Big Business can make laws as easily as it can break them – and with as little impunity.

    Ralph Chaplin

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      “Big Business can make laws as easily as it can break them – and with as little impunity.”

      Like the company which tried to fool the people of the area with their glove factory at Rathusppasswala?

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    Riveting stuff.

    Motor Cycle riding bandidos, in fact four of them come to loot Mr Poorten’ Durian stockpile.

    Mr M who is the the store manager, plus the lease holder, beats the shit out of these Bandidos ( Are they Sinhala Bddhist one may wonder).

    The Bandidos run away leaving their not so unsubstantial weapons behind, (are these weapons Lankan Kalishnokovs aka Galkatas)

    Mr M must be a heck of a Ninja.

    To add insult to beaten up Bandidos , the Cop from Comancheros arrest them .

    This is a positive outcome for sure as the score line is SB Bandidos 0 Mr Poorten 1.

    One more thing.

    “These hard working employees their parents , mums and dads , including a mum carrying her infant getting subjected to this kind of terror is unbelievable ” says Mr Poorten. on this Durian skirmish.

    Mr Poorten must have been enjoying his malt whisky in Montreal when hundreds of hard working SB farmers their parents , mums dads,including lactating mums carrying infants were hacked to death in their huts in the middle of the night.

    And it was not far from Mr Pooten’s current Turf.

    Otherwise Mr Pooten wouldn’t be writing these kick ass articles to rubbish our inhabitants to convince his Western mates and the Diaspora to punish the people who saved the inhabitants from the 24/7 Terrorism which was rampant for three decades.

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      K.A. Sumanaskekera:
      This kind of rubbish, including a reference to single malt whiskey and Montreal (Koheda yanney, malley pol) is so typical of a man (?) who can put within quotes “These hard working employees their parents , mums and dads , including a mum carrying her infant getting subjected to this kind of terror is unbelievable ” in an effort at twisting of a quote of what does NOT appear in my column! What else is new, considering the source?!
      Maybe we could work out a deal to sell the land with the durian trees with you exercising your well-known talents in real estate! I’d probably be satisfied with half of the amount you rip-off from such an arrangement!

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        Hello Mr Poorten,

        White fellas from GTF land who have snapped up all our ancestral properties on the shoreline from Beruwala to Ambalantota are sitting pretty on behemoth Capital Gains.

        Unfortunately they don’t like Durian.

        Chinese however would love to put in a bid if you decide to sell, as they love the stuff.

        Their Durian Cake is fabulous.

        But your mates in the Diaspora wouldn’t want the Chinese to buy land which they have taken caveats on as their future Eelaam.

        Perhaps you should try value adding,and market them in our big ass Supermarkets, so that your Intelligentsia mates can enjoy Durian.

        And the Diaspora would love the idea if you can put in a word to our Vellala CM and start a factory with the Australian Diaspora venture capitalists.

        Electric fence, few shot guns for the guards, will keep the SB Bandits well and truly away.

        And Basil will even work out a 10 year Tax holiday as well.

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          “White fellas from GTF land who have snapped up all our ancestral properties on the shoreline from Beruwala to Ambalantota are sitting pretty on behemoth Capital Gains.

          What do you mean by “our ancestral properties”?

          When your Tamil forefathers arrived in this island by Kallathoni it seems they didn’t bring any properties from Tamilnadu. Where did these properties come from?

          “But your mates in the Diaspora wouldn’t want the Chinese to buy land which they have taken caveats on as their future Eelaam.”

          Forget the diaspora, to start with the island does not belongs to you or any of the stupid lot that claim the right to property in this island.

          Please go to Tamilnadu, reclaim your property and then sell it to the Chinese with or without the consent of Hinidans.

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            Dear Native,

            It is the land , trodden by our Kuveni and her hunter gatherer clan , until the recalcitrant Aryan Prince made her pregnant.

            You are right about the Diaspora,

            They have land in places like Scarborough .

            An average building block there will buy Mr Poorten’s whole Durian plantation.

            You are spot on, on the second count too.

            Did the forefathers of Poorten and even his mate Sengutuan bring any properties from their ancestral lands?.

            And the irony is, who have the best patches, with the best views and the best facilities?.

            I am not sure about you, but it is definitely not my people and they are the great majority of the inhabitant population.

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              K.A Sumanasekera

              “It is the land , trodden by our Kuveni and her hunter gatherer clan , until the recalcitrant Aryan Prince made her pregnant.”

              My Elders have checked registrar of marriage, birth and death and found no evidence to confirm Keveini’s existence. This is the Mahawamsa myth and your mindset which continue to wreak havoc in this island.

              The most important evidence comes fro S U Deraniyagala’s work in Anuradhapura. Read his big books. There were settled people who were using iron tools and other civilisational products.

              Please leave the history of this island to experts.

              “Did the forefathers of Poorten and even his mate Sengutuan bring any properties from their ancestral lands?.”

              As you stupidly believe your forefathers were the first land grabbers of this island, we will use the FIFO method rather than LIFO. It is only reasonable you left this island first.

              “I am not sure about you, but it is definitely not my people and they are the great majority of the inhabitant population”

              Do you mean Poorten and his mate Sengutuan own the entire island? Where do the stupid inhabitant live, in seas around them, in boats?

              If those inhabitants are homeless they ought to consider relocating to their homeland back in South India.

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                Dear Native,

                I thought Mahawansa came from Vaiko’s territory.

                Why would he make up such a beautiful story which has now become the main mind occupier of the Diaspora Intelligentsia as well as their Scholarly mates in the West.

                And it is the story about piddly little population of 18 Million Sinhala Buddhists whom you often refer to as stupid idiots.

                Hope your elders won’t indoctrinate you about the existence of our giant killer, King Ravana as well and turn Mahabarata on its head.

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              Looks like you are reading some second hand history books. If you want to know Sri Lankan history you must read Sri Lankan history books not Cambodian ones.
              Education is important for you. It is not too late.

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            He may or may not have Tamil forefathers some time in the distant past but he indentifes with an Indo-Aryan linguistic group , and would like nothing better than to see Tamils disappear.

            It’s a bit like how Egyptian Islamists push the dominance of Arab culture while suppressing Copts, even though the majority of the Egyptian genepool is pre Arab conquest and similar to the Copts.

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          K.A.Sumanasekera:
          I couldn’t have created a better example of a half-wit trying to be a wit!

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      K A SUMANAWATHIE;
      What were You doing, when hundreds of hard working SB farmers their parents , mums dads,including lactating mums carrying infants were hacked to death in their huts in the middle of the night??????.

      Sucking and licking of Jarapassas hindquarters.????????.

      There are many with Jarpassas like you back boneless suckers.

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      Faces of Sevela Sumana,

      1. The Lokka paid troll who comments on every page of CT 24/7/365 days. Abusing everyone if they are not the modaya Sihala Buddhist- A frustrated tyrant in short looking for young girls.- K A Sumansekera

      2. The Kiribanda De Silva Sumanasekara, Articles, so that his Lokka gives him power above the rest of Sihala Buddhist Rump.- K vada S Sumanasekera

      (^‿◕)

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    Typical example of the lawlessness and impunity that has taken root in this country. As usual police is too slow to respond. On the other hand these thugs may be the patriotic ‘Ape Minissu’ who are are the backbone of the Politicians and Govt.

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    Don’t blame the poor illiterate people.

    If the people like ” an educated and cultured man who wants to see justice, democracy and non corrupt politicians ” think that they can do nothing about it and keep quite what can you expect from the poor people ? ? ?

    The so called INTELLECTUALS / PROFESSIONALS / EDUCATED / CULTURED people come out and speak out the truth and try to educate the poor mass they can do wonders. . .

    But these so called people are selfish and they wanted to rob as much they can and wanted to look after their families only.

    Just see who is talking and doing worse things in SL ? Majority are those so called ” INTELLECTUALS / PROFESSIONALS / EDUCATED / CULTURED people “.

    eg : Sarath N Silva & Shirani Bandaranayake did to this country . . . When they were in power they were NOT worried about the right thing . . . BUT NOW they regret for what they have done . . . TOOO Late . . .

    Even Ex ( ? ) CJ(s) still can do few more things to correct the situation . . . BUT THEY will not do because :
    a ) Fear for their lives.
    b ) Fear for labelled as TRAITORS. . .

    See the so called Educated Opp. Leader . . . and other Educated Opp. M Ps . . .Where are they ? Are they in this country or gone abroad to educate the foreigners ? ? ?

    SO WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THE POOR ILLITERATE PEOPLE ? ? ?

    They did what they can do WITH OUT the support of these so called INTELLECTUAL . . .Very recent eg is Wanaththamulla incident. . .

    BUT THE SO CALLED INTELLECTUALS / PROFESSIONALS / EDUCATED / CULTURED people couldn’t do any thing for :
    1 ) Lasantha
    2 ) C J
    3 ) Against the JHU / BBS . . .
    etc. . .etc . . .etc. . .

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    Emil van der Poorten

    Well…..this is only one side of the story. In order to make an impartial judgement we need to hear from the motor cycle people too. How can we be certain the trees really belong to you? Maybe the so called invaders have “unwritten interests” in the property now occupied by you. Are they connected in anyway to those who owned the land before the advent of the British invaders? Or, did it belong originally to the King of Brussels?

    Anyway, on a serious note, I’m glad you are selling the Durians instead of eating them. Because I’m told they make one highly passionate, something I’m afraid would be quite uncharacteristic and even untimely for you.

    PS: It would be a good idea to check with Native Vedda if he had anything to do with the motorcycle people.

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      @Outrider

      Nice twist to the story. Im LMFAO! Poor Emil!

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        Kos Ata Cabby

        This is no laughing matter. Very serious. Outrider is exhibiting his typical Sinhalaya Modaya mentality. This is the problem with our lankans. Ignoring facts and turning everything into a joke . This time, even worse – blaming the mischief on the story-teller. Sinhalayas will always be Modayas.

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      Outrider:
      Your “contribution,” simply put, is idiocy parading as wit. Again!

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        I think it is very funny . I am sure most of the unbiased readers do too . :)

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      Today, from what we hear almost everyday, many dont take them serious specially when practising any kind of illegal,unacceptable things. Today, news paper reveals that some sex abusers watch own wives having sex with strangers – this was reported in Gamapaha district today. So, land grabs occur in favor of criminals. Injustice has become normal while justice is disappearing. Justice can only prevail so long police and politicians are clean. This we enjoyed to some extent 3 decades ago in the country. Those motor bikers should be punished, immediately, learning them a lesson. Today, prisoners being in the prison are proved to run their robberies. This I myself heard on the radio. But even after the radio program revealed all these, whether the authorities took due action.

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    dear Emil
    It is a very sad story and the photograph makes it all the more depressing.This one of the thousands of instances of the poor people with no political clout suffering from the lack of justice.Bensen

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    What Mr van der Poorten has highlighted here is sadly par for the course throughout our blessed isle. Damn nuisance when it happens nearer your own homestead and I know of instances where failure to act has been seen as a sign of weakness leading to further incursions. What to do? It will help if the forces of law and order prevailed; that, variable at the best of times, is non-existent in present circumstances. But a lot of it really is due to our native cunning. A combination of portable, accessible assets readily transferable into hard cash and a nearly non-functioning deterrent is a irresistible attraction. Apey aanduwa. Apey rutter. Apey baddu. Aiyoo, Kaata kiyanda’the…….

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    Dear Emil,

    Your current predicament is illustrative of the national attitude.
    This has been going for sometime and it has now ripened. I moved into a
    large home in close proximity to the Colombo General Hospital in the late 60s. There were two large Temple Trees on either side of the entrance to the gated Bungalow. My domestics complained to my wife there are several instances in the day when urchins of the area with “kokkas” picking up the flowers and refused to go away when asked to. If they had sought our permission (there was a Buddhist temple in the vicinity) it’s a different matter. When the Police eventually came into the scene they took the position, in view of the
    situation in the country, we should not allow small matters to develop. The Buddhist priest in the temple came in and said they were doing that to offer poojas to the temple. My wife reminded him we had our clothes hanging in the lines nearby for drying and they could also be stolen on the wrong pretext. Somehow we managed not to allow the matter to go out of control. But they had their day in July ’83.

    The story was no different in my small Estate in the Badalgama area in the Coconut triangle. When prices of coconuts went up thieves came in from all angles late night and threatened my small staff. The Police in the area, knowing the property is Tamil owned, were courteous but the excuse was they cannot be there 24 hrs. The mudalali in the kade nearby was collecting all the stolen nuts and the Police were in his pay. I was forced to sell the property at an undervalued price (1977) Later on I came to know the buyer was a close relative of a Police high-up in the area.

    Do you recall Dudley in Parliament in the years before he died “we must respect private property with the force of the law. If we fail here those who attack private property today will come to our homes tomorrow to attack us and harm us” That senior Planter who was stabbed to death in the Avissawella area recently for resisting politicos in the area trespassing into his Tea estate to openly steal valuable made tea was not a Tamil. The thieves came in the open day in new luxury vehicles. Leaders of the calibre of Dudley were men of vision.

    One is not safe even within the confines of his own home today. And, if you are a Tamil you are a legitimate target.

    My concerns are for you and the safety of your family in a society and country that has lost its way in the hands of a new breed of “political leaders” reminding us constantly they are their to protect the religion and the Motherland.

    Senguttuvan

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      I dont think one could agree with you that target is legitimate if you are tamil or one from minority folks. Please read the 3 incidents given below. Btw I would say, I read specially your comments to this forum with much more interest – become a fan already J

      a)To tell you the truth, us being gentle sorta of sinhala, going back to late 80ties, I happened to stay for few weeks at my relatives in R’ pura. Knowing that my aged uncle (all his children were/are in the states) was the only person stayed at his place, neighbouring ones came into Uncle’s garden as if they are given free access to do so and stole whatever there were. This they did on a regular manner. To that time, the garden was beautiful, had few mango and banana trees. Asked why did they do so, was attacked by all derogatory language. So only option my U had was to keep quiet. I was then a young boy- punchi koluwa (20 yrs)- recalling the way my uncle yelled at me to go in “putha”

      b) R’pura incident is somewhat similar with the neighbours of my aged parents in our ancestral place-Galle today. Even if neighbours, decades back they were labourers (rubber tapers to our father’s lands) had deliberately made efforts digging the land exceeding the partitioned lines forcefully owning few foot of our parents’s watta, they had no options than keeping quiet. Later, father had spoken to the police, but they hadnot helped him either. If questioned why they had done so, they would not even listen to our parents,knowing our over 80 year old parents cant do anything against any wrong doing; unfortunately might has become right today. All these have become very common to many of us across the country today.

      c) Then again, in a place in Gamapaha district: This happened during my last trip to the country – I myself once listened to the manner how the uncivilized neighbouring woman in mid 40ties attacked my relatives with all low level filthy language (similar to those of Mervin Silva) as she questioned them why they cant shape up the jack tree branches standing at the partition lines. Shedding leaves from those trees at the fence between two plot of lands were seen as a big problem to my relatives.

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    Dear Siri,

    We suffer a national weakness, more in the South than the North, where we do not respect the law to the extent we must. It is probably only in Sri Lanka we have a recognised Chandiya every mile or so – who has his own turf with the Police in cohorts with him. Political leaders use these Chandiyas and, therefore, these felons get sanitised. Sometimes these Chandiyas become leaders – in many cases – political leaders. The man who is alleged to have provided the gun for Somarama Thero to shoot SWRD ended up as a UNP-supported multi-millionaire who successfully went into Big Business in the post-1977 period. In Germany and in Russia, inter alia, discipline is high premium. In most developed countries respect for the law is almost sacrosanct. Law and the judicial process in these countries is not a respecter of persons.
    The system is structured in such a way politicians cannot interfere into the process of law. The media is fiercely watchful and transparent in these countries. In a society if the property of the ordinary citizen is not safe and abused blatantly that society is doomed to collapse. That is what happened to ours.

    It will take a long time, much resolve, transparency and committed leadership of religious leaders to lift us from this abyss. Today people are not safe in the streets – and neither at home. See the amount of armed robberies and murder of old women, believed to the wealthy, in many parts of the South. Organised crime, deeply involved with powerful State actors, have the day. Some months ago there was an intrusion by the army into the Welikade prisons in Colombo. Dozens of prisoners that day died “trying to attack the Police and the army” It is understood, powerful drug-traffickers and gangsters in the Govt were behind in this project where they were able to oust their competitors in the multi-million dollar narcotic business.

    As far as I can see, we have still to make a start down the road to cleanse ourselves. We are no more than Medelin District of Columbia or rural Mexico in the long U.S. border – run by crime lords within and outside the State.

    When we were small children those were the days even a Police Constable and his uniform was held in respect. The very presence of a PC or even lower Police officers was a guarantee of safety from thugs and breakers of the law. How much of faith and respect do you have for our Policy and the army?

    Senguttuvan

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