Learning about King Ravana

July 2, 2009

by Malyawan Dasis

It is said there were 11 Ravana found in Sinhalese history such as Nala Ravana, Manu ravana, Punu ravana and Dasis Ravana. The most famous Ravana is the king who fought with Indian hindu prince Rama. He is called Dasis Ravana which means the king with 10 great talents. The Dasis Ravana lived lived nearly 5000years ago in Sri Lanka. He was a descendant of Surya Wansha and Hela Raskshasa tribe. (Ancient Sinhalese tribe) He was one of the best fighters in Angampora, the traditional martial arts of ancient Sinhale.

King Dasis Ravana was a great Scholar in Ayurvedic medicine. He was the person who invented Arka Shastra. The book Arka Prakshaya reveals this truth to the present world. As his willing to research in Ayurvedic medicine he wrote several books revealing the cures for many diseases. In one book he wrote “Eating beef cause to infect ninety eight new diseases to human beings. The book “Kumara Tantraya” which reveals the treatments for infant diseases was written by him accepting the request of his pregnant queen Mandodari.

He has children and the eldest one was Indrajith also known as Meghanada who followed his father’s steps. There are some hints in Sri Lankan rock inscriptions about the daughter of king Dasis Ravana.

King Ravana‘s kingdom was Lankapura. The kingdom is almost disappeared today. But If you keen on Sri Lankan folklore and ola manuscripts there you can find some remaining sites of Lankapura today known as Seegiriya and Trincomalee.

King Ravana invented the bow of Violin. He also narrated very first Ragas, the musical compositions of Eastern classical music known as Lanka Dehena and Sinhala. Siva thandawa is one of the great devotional compositions done by him, which is still being in use in India.
He was the first king flew over the world with his aero plane, known as Dandumonaraya or Vimanaya, Kashtawahana.

Some evidence of Dandumonaraya the aeroplane is found in Rock inscriptions, Jataka Stories and Ola manuscripts. The Sinhalese folk stories are enriched with Ravana Stories.
King Ravana was continuing a vegan oriented life style and was a real nature lover. According to Lankavatara sutta he was Buddhist and worshipped Kashyapa Buddha. Once he invited Kashyapa Buddha to visit Lanka and deliver his sermon to Sri Lankan citizens who practice yoga and follow Buddhism.

Today the time has changed and many of us do not know the real history of king Ravana and throw our folk tales away without considering any valuable parts of them. King Ravana was one of the best emperors found in Sri Lankan History.

There are more than 300 Sinhalese village names related to king Ravana era. In addition, there are some more places and remains in which the Rama Ravana war took place in Sri Lanka.

Govt. divided over 13th Amendment – JHU threatens to quit; says 13th Amend. introduced by illegitimate govt.

June 30, 2009

The JHU which is an ally of the ruling UPFA yesterday threatened to pull out of the government if it went ahead with the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and devolved police powers to the provincial councils. 

Environment Minister and JHU front-liner Champika Ranawaka said the party was in no way prepared to accept the 13th  Amendment as it had no legitimacy.

He said the 13th Amendment had been approved by a parliament whose term had been extended by an illegitimate referendum and more so it was a document that was forcibly thrust upon Sri Lanka by the Indian Government 21 years ago.

                    

     JHU parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka and JHU provincial councillor Udaya Gammanpila are in conversation during the news briefing yesterday regarding the 13th Amendment. Pic by Daminda Harsha Perera  

    “The 13th Amendment does not suit our country at all. It has separatist undertones that do not suit our people especially the devolving of police powers is not appropriate for this country.” Mr.Ranawaka said. 
      He said the public were made to believe that it was the delay in implementing the 13th Amendment that was causing an obstacle to the resolution of the ethnic conflict but that is not the case.

Mr. Ranawaka said he was prepared to challenge anybody who believes otherwise for a debate on the usefulness or otherwise of the 13th Amendment.

“We will prove to anybody the absurdity and senselessness of this document. We challenge anyone to come forward and prove otherwise,” he said. 

Ven. Athuriliya Ratana said the JHU with the Maha Sanga would actively campaign during a General Election to block the implementation of amendment.

The Minister Ranawaka expressed his party’s dismay over the implementation of the 17th Amendment and said the main objective of the 17th Amendment was to ensure that government machinery was independent of political interference but the Constitutional Council itself was headed by three politicians.  The Minister made adverse comments against UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake whom he said did not understand or was oblivious to the political situation in the country.

“Mr. Attanayake has said the 17th Amendment is not racist. This goes to show that he knows very little about what’s going on in this country.” Mr. Ranawaka said. 

He said another objective of this document was to ensure that members of the minority community were represented in government but at present the representation of Sinhalese Buddhists was lacking.

“Seventy five per cent of the country’s population consists of Sinhalese Buddhists but they aren’t well represented in Government committees,” Mr. Ranawaka said.     

Trincomalee should be considered a centre point for eco tourism – Udaya Gammanpila

June 30, 2009

Trincomalee should be considered a centre point for eco tourism instead of artificially transforming it into an industrial park that will cause harm to its natural resources and environment, Western Provincial Council member Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday. “Trincomalee is the only place in the world where you can see both whales and Elephants – the two largest mammals in the world in one place. We should capitalize on the rich environmental features to create a niche in eco tourism instead introducing industrial zones,” he said addressing the AGM of the Institute of Environmental Professionals. “Today eco tourism is a widely popular and growing industry and with the end of the war, the country’s emphasis has been to develop the tourism industry and eco tourism will only add to its attractiveness,” he said. The government has the responsibility in its hands to demarcate sanctuaries and solid waste land before resettling people in the North and East, Gammanpila said. “The government should draw a plan and draw new maps of Sri Lanka since the terrain and environment has all changed due to the war and human interference,” Mr. Gammanpila said. According to him the areas that are demarcated have now become small townships and some townships have turned into ghost villages. The government should take the initiative to introduce buffer zones around the coastal belt in the North and East considering the map of Sri Lanka in 2050 when the sea levels rise by 10 metres, Gammanpila said. “We should look in the long term prospects and resettle people with the future in mind if not it will be like the Tsunami period and the people will not comply with hasty rules of a buffer zone which proved to be a failure for the UDA,” he added. According to him more than 20% of the land in the North and East including the Jaffna Peninsula will go under water if the sea levels rise by ten metres as predicted, Gammanpila said.

No to Norochcholai Housing plan – Deegavapiya uddhist Land Protected

June 3, 2009

By S. S. Selvanayagam

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled null and void the decision to allocate and/or alienate and/or disposition and for such alienation, disposition, granting of permit or lease of State land and/or housing units in the impugned Norochcholai Housing Project situated on the Southern side of Deegavapiya, Ampara.

Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva in his judgment declared that the allocation and/or alienation and/or disposition of State land and/or housing units from government Land Development and/or Housing Projects without complying with the provisions of the Constitution and Land Development Ordinance violated the petitioner’s fundamental right to the freedom of thought, conscience and religion as well as equality and equal protection of the law.

Court also directed the Respondents and their successors not to allocate, alienate, dispose, grant permit or lease any land and/or housing units without complying with provisions of the Constitution and the Land Development Ordinance. Court awarded the petitioners Rs 150,000 as costs.

Court also allowed 34 intervenient petitions filed by tsunami victims asking the court to declare null and void the decision to allocate, alienate, or grant any permit or lease of State land or housing unit in the Norochcholai Housing Development Project.

Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera, Deegavapiya Rajamaha Viharadhipathi Ven. Nannapurawe Buddha -Rakkhitha Thera, Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera, Ampara Mahavaapi Viharadhipathi Ven.Kirindiwela Somarathana Thera and the Deeghavapiya Surakeeme Sanvidhanaya are the petitioners in the case.

They cited Ampara District Secretary Sunil Kannangara, Akkaraipattu Divisional Secretary Ahamed Razik, Eragama Divisional Secretary, M.I.Nazeer, National Housing Development Authority, Commissioner General of Land, Housing & Development Minister Ferial Ashraff, Agriculture, Lands & Land Development Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga, Deeghavapi Prathisanskarana Sabhawa, its President P. Dayaratne, Hingurana Sugar Corporation General Manager M.M.Ifthikar and the Attorney General as respondents.

The petitioners said the late Minister M.H.M.Ashraff had created a Muslim colony called “Ashraff Nagar” to the east of the Raja Maha Vihara. They pointed out that in the Adalachchenai DS division, the GN divisions along the coast are primarily Muslim settlements whilst the interior has a mixed population.

They alleged that in 1994, an aggressive campaign to settle Muslims within the Deeghavapiya area was initiated by M.H.M.Ashraff and accordingly lands were distributed in a discriminatory manner among the Muslims totally excluding Sinhalese and Tamils. They said that presently there are about 300 families settled under government patronage in an area, which is now referred to and identified as “Ashraff Nagar”.

They said that after the death of Mr Ashraff, the 7th respondent who is the wife of Mr Ashraff proceeded with the said programme of Muslim settlement which was pursued by her husband. They alleged that in December 2004, when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka, once again an attempt was made to convert the said project of Muslim colonization to a tsunami housing project and under the guise of giving land to tsunami victims to colonize Muslims within Deeghavapiya unlawfully.

In 2006, the government constructed 500 houses or the NHDA in Norochcholai and it is now proposed to distribute them among the Muslims excluding Sinhalese and Tamils, they complained.

They argued all tsunami victims have been given houses or given assistance to rebuild their existing houses in their respective area and no houses are needed from the Norochcholai Housing Project for this purpose.

They maintained that the very existence of the Deeghavapiya Raja Maha Viharaya depends on the Buddhist population in the Deeghavapiya village and that steps taken to colonize with non-Buddhists discriminating against Buddhists will result in violation of their fundamental rights.

President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva with Arinda Wijesundera and Bandara Thalagune appeared for the petitioners. President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva, Faisz Musthapha, Shibly Aziz and Ikram Mohamed and Counsel M.A.Sumanthiran appeared for the intervenient petitioners. Deputy Solicitor General Ms Bimba Tilakaratne appeared for the 1st to 4th respondents.

Origins of the Hela race

March 29, 2009

( by Victor Marambage )
I would like to fill a few blanks to complement his article. Swayam Bhoo Narayana is claimed as the first of the Manu clan. Descending from him Rishi Pulasthi had a son Visrawas or Viswas. Viswas married Keshani alias Kaikei and Ravana was their son.

Rishi Pulasthi is known to be a Buddhist in the era of Konagama Buddha. Rishi Pulasti lived in Tamankaduwa and Kaikei in Kataragama, Tamankaduwa or Polonnaruwa is still called Pulatishipura.

Lankapura was created by Malapawantha Sumali and Malan, ancestors of great King Ravana.

Ravana too was Buddhist, Kashyapa Buddha visited Sri Lanka on his invitation. During this period Jayantha was the local King in Anuradhapura.

There is no doubt that King Ravana was a Sinhala Buddhist. There is also no doubt as to the existence of Dandumonara an aircraft when modern air travel was unheard of. There are so many stone inscriptions pertaining to Dandumonara.

Most important of them are at Dimbulagala, Walahawiddawewa near Horowpothane, Kitulwewa near Rugama in Amparai, caves in Nagapabbathi Viharaya in Bambaragastalawa in Yala, Aluhena, Rajagala in Amparai, Pilikuttuwa, Warana and Mihintale.

Stone inscription by Shona son of Minister Makara in Narangolla Group. An airport was built near Ragala in Nuwara Eliya. Golden Palace and an air conditioned palace at the Wasgamuwa area are also known.

Underground Palace of Kapila the teacher of Ravana is at Deewela.

I would like to suggest to any interested reader to visit Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Pirivena and speak to the Chief Priest there. He will explain a lot about the history and existence of King Ravana and Dandumonara.

According to the Chief Priest there is a landing place for an aircraft on the plateau on which the Pirivena stands. The word Wariyapola also means ‘wa’ – air, ‘riyapola’ – the landing place for vehicles. This air-vehicle was really Dandumonara of great King Ravana. Even Hanuman the Wanara may be a nara, man from ‘Wa’ air. He may have used a balloon or a parachute in his travels to Sri Lanka.

A few years ago an English explorer came to Sri Lanka to verify the Rama Ravana ‘story’. He found lot of evidence yet he was not satisfied, as all explorers are. He toured all parts of the island and finally went to India to see the roots of Ramayana.

He searched in vain in India. Finally he came to the forest where Rama, Sita and Laksman were in self-exile. Even this proved useless and in his travels he came to a village near the river. It was named Paramagudi. Parama is dust and gudi is village as in Malgudi. He was a little excited about the name of the village. He made extensive inquiries and the history of the village emerged little by little.

The elders in the village revealed of ‘tales’ they heard from their ancestors. They did not know how but told that thousands of years ago a cloud of dust descended over the village totally enveloping it. That is how the word ‘Paramagudi’ came into existence.

The English explorer was overjoyed, thinking that he found an answer to his queries. He searched the village and the surrounding areas to find evidence to confirm his belief that Dandumonara existed. But it also proved fruitless.

He crossed the river and came to a low plateau and climbing the flat rock he was dumbfounded.

There he found tracks of a vehicle with wheels like the chain wheels of the modern day earth movers. On these tracks he found broken pieces of rock. He sent them to England for carbon-dating, the process by which the age of things are determined.

To his joy and surprise the rock samples were tested to be about 5,000 years old which coincided with the period of reign of King Ravana and Rama. He then published a report to show that King Ravana and Dandumonara were not just myth but true facts. They existed.

‘Ra’ in Egyptian is the Sun God. So Ravana may be ‘Ra’ van or sun-like or sun or Soorya Wansa.

Kuweni is Ku for land and Veni the owner. Consider Paraveni. Therefore Kuveni means the owner or ruler of the land. Compare Kuveni with the English term queen.

Now come back to Vijaya. He is a bandit exiled from India. He arrived in Sri Lanka or Tambapanni with a gang of 700. He got married to Kuweni and had two children, Jeevahatta and Disala. These two children are supposed to be the foreparents of Veddha claim in Sri Lanka.

Vijaya the bandit became a wife deserter and got down a princess from India. They had no children. So how can it be said that Vijaya is the father of Sinhala race?

Suppose we Sinhala are descendants of Vijaya, as the Mahavamsa says, what happened to the gang of 700 who arrived with Vijaya and did they die single? Vijaya fought and killed Rakshasa warriors who attacked him. Not all Rakshasas were killed. What about the Deva, Naga and Yakkha clans that lived in Sri Lanka then?

Are not we the descendants of them?

It is also said that Sinhabahu and Sinhaseevali had 32 children by 16 births. Just suppose 15 of them are males, should not there be 15 times the Sinhala population in Sri Lanka be in India?

Therefore I categorically say that Sinhala are not descendants of Vijaya but the four great clans of Yakkha, Deva, Naga and Raksha of yesteryear.

I am not a descendent of Vijaya and I am definite about it.

(Quoted from http://www.dailynews.lk/2008/07/28/fea11.asp)

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Gotabhaya launched Gammanpila’s website – www.udayagammanpila.com

March 22, 2009

Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa assured on last Thursday that every soon every inch of the country will be under Sri Lankan Security Forces’ control.

He made this observation as chief guest at the launch of JHU Legal Adviser Udaya Gammanpila’s website (www.udayagammanpila.com) at the BMICH, Colombo, March 12. Among the others who attended the event were Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Champika Ranawaka and Foreign Ministry Secretary Palitha Kohona.

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L->R: Foreign Ministry Secretary Palitha Kohona, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Venerable Ellawala Medhamanda Thera, JHU Legal Adviser Udaya Gammanpila and Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the event

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L->R: JHU Legal Adviser Udaya Gammanpila and Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the event

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Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, JHU Legal Adviser Udaya Gammanpila and Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the event

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Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa offically launch the http://www.Udayagammanpila.com Website at the event. JHU Legal Adviser Udaya Gammanpila and JHU International Affairs Sec.Narendra Gunatillake at the event.

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Rajapaksa further said that nothing the government touched had so far gone wrong. He reminded that they were able to change the course that was followed for 20 years and enter a new path. This was achieved within three years of their coming to power. At the time the UPFA won the Presidential Election in 2005, almost the entire North and East was under LTTE control. Even Trincomalee was under the Tigers’ shadow. Today the enemy’s territory has been reduced to 30 square kilometers and about half of that is the lagoon, he pointed out.

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Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, JHU Legal Adviser Udaya Gammanpila, Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Champika Ranuwaka at the launching of Udaya Gammanpila Website

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Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Champika Ranuwaka at the launching of Udaya Gammanpila Website

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The Tiger weapons that the army has seized have revealed that the enemy had arms enough to equip two enemy forces and that the LTTE had combatants even more than the number that intelligence sources had indicated

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Most Ven. MahaSangha including JHU General Sec.Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera, Ven.Athuraliye Rathana Thera at the event
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Rajapaksa however warned that the public should never relax their vigilance although the military aspect of the conflict has now reached its virtual end. While the cancer of terrorism has been removed the residue had to be removed by ‘radiotherapy.’ Incidents such as the bomb blast at Akuressa have proved the need to be on high alert constantly.

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The Defence Ministry Secretary said that he was glad to closely associate strong-willed persons like Udaya Gammanpila who were always confident of victory. The Secretary assured his full support to Gammanpila in his election campaign as UPFA Candidate for Colombo District.

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Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa offically launch the http://www.Udayagammanpila.com Website at the event

Venerable Ellawala Medhamanda Thera chaired the meeting where Prof. Shantha Hennayake delivered the keynote address. Professor Buddhadasa Hewawitharana welcomed the guests numbering over 300 together with Most Ven. MahaSangha including JHU General Sec.Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero, Ven.Athuraliye Rathana Thero. JHU media spokesmen Nishantha Sri Warnasinhe, JHU UK branch President Dr.M.Ranathunga and Mr. Lakshman Hulugalle Director General of the MCNS were among the dignitaries present at the occasion. The Jathika Vidwath Sabhawa Organized the event.

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‘LTTE underestimated Sinhalease’ – Champika Ranawaka

March 10, 2009

[COLOMBO, SinhalaNet 2009.03.09 06:58AM]
Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said last week that one of the prime causes of the LTTE’s defeat was that Prabhakaran underestimated the will power of the Sinhalas, forcing them to fight with their backs to the wall. Now the Sri Lankan Armed Forces have struck at the heart of terrorism.

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The minister made this observation when he delivered the keynote address at a meeting held to mark the 11th anniversary of the formation of the National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT) at the Mahaweli Centre Auditorium on Friday March 6. His speech was titled, ‘A Forward on the Defeat of the LTTE.’

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Ven.Ranpathwila Wimalarathana Thero, Ven.Hadigalle Wimalasara Thero, JHU Legal Adviser Udaya Gammanpila, Senior Defence Adviser to H.E President, Former Senior DIG Of Police H.M.G.B Kotakedeniya, and over 500 NMAT Supporters were participated.

He said that in the West military strategy is considered a science whereas in the East it is an art. In Sri Lanka however some people had turned into a business. But today our troops had proved that it is both a science and art form.

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The Minister traced the acts of betrayal of the Chandrika Kumaratunga-Ranil Wickremesinghe regimes that made the Tigers look invincible in the world’s eyes. Prabhakaran, he noted, was hailed as a military genius far greater even than leaders like Napoleon, Tito, Moshe Dayan, Giap and other such leaders combined.

“Sri Lankan soldiers were called mercenaries while LTTE terrorists were hailed as dedicated freedom fighters.”

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He recalled how Sri Lanka’s English media launched a concerted campaign against the NMAT’s campaign, branded its activities as war mongering. All the anti-war crusades were aimed at demoralizing the people who wanted to eradicate terrorism, he pointed out.

Minister Ranawaka identified the Sudu Nelum Movement, P-TOMS, the Millennium City fiasco, the so-called ceasefire agreement of 2002 and giving Prabhakaran an opportunity to kill Karuna’s men after he defected from the LTTE.

He said that these two leaders (CBK and Ranil) were responsible for complicating and prolonging the crisis while deliberately obstructing opportunities to kill or capture Tiger leaders to end terrorism once and for all.

According to the minister the civilians now stuck with the Tiger leaders near the Mullaitivu beaches are actually members of the LTTE’s so-called Maveer (Great Heroes) families. The Tigers were holding 27,000 of them hostages making it world history’s biggest hostage crisis.

Venerable Mawarale Bhaddiya Thero said that those who were hitherto wearing the Tiger skins had today become Lions. The credit for this amazing transformation should go for those sacrificed their lives in the anti-LTTE military campaign, observed the venerable thera.

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Venerable Mawarale Bhaddiya Thera Addressing the meeting to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the National Movement against Terrorism (NMT)
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The task of the NMAT however should not come to an end with the military defeat, he warned. Its next task is to make sure that those (both Sinhalas and Muslims) who were chased away by the terrorists from the North and East are re-settled in the areas from where they escaped, he stressed. He expressed the possibility of this taking another 10 years.

Venerable Bhaddiya Thero urged patriots to be on high alert to make sure that the country wouldn’t slide back to the era when governments were bending over backwards to appease the Tigers..

When LTTE was having its own way during with so called peace talks at Oslo and rogue state in the North in 2006, the National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT) published a poster in Colombo defining the word ‘Terrorism’.

The Key criteria of terrorism were identified as follows;

- Violence

- Psychological impact and fear

- Perpetrated for a Political Goals

- Deliberate targeting of non-combatants

- Unlawfulness or illegitimacy

At Friday’s ceremony a commemorative book ‘Satanaka Satana’ depicting NMAT’ s efforts and its effects was launched followed by the ‘Awards of Appreciation’ ceremony.

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Mind of a Sri Lankan Muslim

March 8, 2009

Two years ago while traveling through Sri Lanka I befriended a taxi driver in Colombo.

He was a young devout Muslim from a family of ten: two aged parents and eight grown-up children. He was the youngest member of the family born and bred in Sri Lanka. From my chats with him during several excursions in the city, I pieced together a detailed picture of the conditions and aspirations of Muslims in Sri Lanka.

Muslims constituted only 7% of the population in in Sri Lanka. This boy of 22 knew that. He told me in a meaningful way that non-Muslim Sri Lankans are too cautious when it comes to raising a family. They worry about the education and upbringing of their offspring too much; for that reason, birth-rate amongst non-Muslims is quite low. Muslims in Sri Lanka, on the other hand, believe that Allah will provide everything and do not care how many children they have. This boy was prophetic. Current Muslim population of Sri Lanka is listed as 9% according to many guide-books.

Upon my enquiry as to how he got along with his non-Muslim neighbors, he praised them for their placidity and then complained that he found it quite annoying that Muslims had to take their cowardly neighbor religious sensitivity into account and slaughter animals hidden from the public eye. He assured me that as soon as Muslims were in ascendancy in his country, which, he was sure, would happen in his lifetime, one of the first laws to be passed will be sanctioning of slaughtering of animals in the open, like in any Muslim country. While visiting Hindu temples with me, he proudly informed me that Muslims never allow non-Muslim Sri Lankans to enter mosques, as they were unclean. He was also quite sure that if allowed, Muslims being the worthy fighters and jihadis, can sort out the Tamils within a very short time.

In order to understand better the Muslim society in Sri Lanka, I even accepted his offer of a cuppa at his house towards the end of my stay.  All that I had heard from this young ‘time bomb’ proved absolutely certain. Indeed, the visit proved even more shocking: the rest of his family members appeared even more radicalized and angrier at their majority countrymen. I felt absolutely horrified at the prospect of what is in store for the affable, but oblivious to danger, non-Muslim Sri Lankans.

by Dr. Omar Zia is a Pakistani-born ex-Muslim.

‘Stop nominating separatists to CC’

March 7, 2009

        The Australia-based Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights (SPUR) in Sri Lanka in a media release issued on Friday March 6, has insisted that in appointing candidates to the Constitutional Council (CC) they should all take an oath swearing allegiance to a sovereign and unitary Sri Lanka rejecting ideological and political commitments to separatism. SPUR represents the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) that comprises over 25 Sri Lankan expatriate organisations.

                   In the context SPUR has requested either the withdrawal of the nominations or prevention of the appointment to the council of retired Chief Justice C.V. Wigneswaran and Dr. J Uyangoda to the Constitutional Council since they do not possess the necessary credentials to be worthy of being appointed to the Constitutional Council.

                              SPUR has also urged all political parties not to convert the Constitutional Council to a home for the retired elitists or to promoters of separatism. If not it will be an act against the will of the people and the integrity of the country, according to the society. Here SPUR has recalled Wigneswaran’s March 7 speech (welcoming Justice Yapa) where he expressed the view that North and the East of Sri Lanka were independent entities and that the Tamil speaking people were being robbed and converted to a minority by the Sinhalese after Independence.

                                   As for Uyangoda SPUR notes that he is a convicted terrorist guilty of crimes against the Sri Lanka and that he has written copiously for the separatist cause stressed the need for providing space for LTTE terrorists.

SPUR further states:

                           “Both the nominees have not renounced their allegiances to separatism and its violence and nor have they apologized for their questionable utterances and views. These two individuals cannot be expected to perform their duties objectively given their past record and ideological commitments.”

                                 SPUR has stressed the need for members of the Constitutional Council to be representative of a balanced cross section of eminent persons reflecting the changing patterns in Sri Lankan society.

Following is the full text of the media release:

                              It is reported that there are plans afoot to nominate and appoint members of the Constitution Council.

                               While the masses, especially the people in the villages of Sri Lanka either directly or indirectly are on the verge of extricating themselves from the clutches of the LTTE terrorists and the interfering NGOs, quietly but surely another segment of our society mainly consisting of individuals and groups rejected by masses, is proceeding on a social engineering project to limit the powers of the elected President Their plan unfortunately is not to ensure good governance through proper checks and balances, but to promote individuals who are will obstruct the elected President in implementing his mandate.

                                   Our views should not be taken as unconditionally encouraging the Chief Executive to abuse his power. More importantly the objective is to stop the Chief Executive and the people who elected him or her to be a helpless captive in the hands of individuals who are neither elected nor suitable to hold an office of this importance as they have openly acted or spoken against the changes which have taken place in Sri Lankan society over the years including the defeat of the LTTE terrorists.

                                                              The Constitutional Council is bound to play a critical role in setting standards at the highest level. It is of prime importance therefore that those who are to occupy the seats in the council should posses impeccable credentials in their careers. In the recent American elections President Obama came under heavy fire for his associations with activists linked to violent organizations. He unequivocally denied and disassociated himself with those activists and organizations. Sri Lanka should emulate this example and leave no room for anyone who had any links with separatist or terrorist organizations that had destabilized the nation with brutal violence and threatened the elected governments, subverting the will of the people.

                                                      Among the nominees who are now known to the public, Retired Justice V. Wigneswaran and J Uyangoda stand out as persons who do not posses the necessary credentials to be worthy of being appointed to the Constitutional Council.

                                                     The Retd Justice has expressed the view that the North and the East of Sri Lanka were independent entities and that the Tamil speaking people were being robbed and converted to a minority by the Sinhalese after Independence etc, etc (Pls. ref to SC Justice C.V Wigneswaran’s speech on 07 March welcoming Justice Yapa)

                                                 J. Uyangoda, a convicted terrorist guilty of crimes against the Sri Lanka people and is a well-known biased commentator on Sri Lankan affairs and a writer on political and social issues. He has written copiously for the separatist cause against a unitary Sri Lanka and also about the necessity to provide space for the terrorist LTTE in democratic Sri Lanka. In fact, he is one of the main commentators who have been critical of the actions taken by a number of Sri Lankan Governments in their attempts to get rid of the LTTE terrorists while misleading the world’s academic and think tank institutions on socio economic issues relating to Sri Lanka.

                                                  We are of the view that Retd. Justice Wigeswaran and J Uyangoda are not men of eminence and integrity as required by the Article 41 (4) and have definitely proven themselves by their actions to be out of step with the thinking of the vast majority of Sri Lankan populous. If they are appointed, they will be act as a barrier to the President in discharging his functions for the benefit of the country at large.

                                               Both the nominees have not renounced their allegiances to separatism and its violence and nor have they apologized for their questionable utterances and views. These two individuals cannot be expected to perform their duties objectively given their past record and ideological commitments.

                                                     We request either to withdraw the nominations or prevent the appointment of Retd Justice Wigneswarn and J Uyangoda to the Constitutional Council .We also request all political parties NOT to convert the Constitutional Council to a home for the retired elitists or to promoters of terrorism and separatism If not it will be an act against the will of the people and the integrity of the country.

                                           Arising from this we wish to insist that any candidate, before they are appointed, should take an oath swearing allegiance to sovereign, unitary Sri Lanka rejecting ideological and political commitments to separatism and violence which undermines the democratic state of Sri Lanka.

Yours truly,

Ranjith Soysa Spokesperson

WAPS

[Copied from COLOMBO, Sinhala.Net 2009.03.07 06:04AM]

LTTE takes heavy beating as troops close-in on last LTTE stronghold- Mullaittivu

March 5, 2009

Troops of the Task Force- 8 operating under the overall command of 53 Division made further advances into the remaining terrorist resistance positions located further Northeast of Puthukkudiyirippu junction March 3.

15VIR troops uncovered an LTTE cemetery with over 300 graves of terrorists killed during recent battles with security forces Wets of Puthukkudiyirippu, on 2nd March, 2009.

According to military reports received, scores of terrorists were killed in the fighting and as many injured. Troops have also uncovered 8 LTTE bodies, 08x T-56 assault riffles, 03x I-com sets and a grenade launcher during subsequent search operations conducted in the area. Meanwhile, military citing intercepted LTTE communication said that senior LTTE cadres including Swarnam, Bahnu, Adithyan and Chithrangan accusing each other for failing to stall the military advances into the area.

LTTE cemetery

LTTE cemetery


15VIR troops uncovered an LTTE cemetery with over 300 graves of terrorists killed during recent battles with security forces Wets of Puthukkudiyirippu, on 2nd March, 2009.

LTTE
Scores of terrorists were killed and as many injured during the recent confrontations at the Mullaittivu battlefront

. Gammanpila to take legal action against Lanka Truth

April 6, 2009

Udaya Gammanpila who is contesting for the Colombo District of the Western Provincial Council Election on the UPFA ticket is to sue the pro-JVP web Lanka Truth for defaming him by making false allegations against him regarding the election campaign.

Udaya Gammanpila who is also the legal advisor of the JHU has advised his lawyer, Mr Bandara Thalagune, to send a letter of demand to Mr Saman Ganegama of USA, the Publisher of Lanka Truth demanding them to pay Rs. 500 million within two weeks as compensation for defamation. Failure to do so will result in instituting legal action.

Lanka Truth made the following unfounded and malicious allegations, according to Udaya Gammanpila who was former chairman of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA).

1. Gammanpila used the vehicle No. PA-2410 for his election campaign.

2. Gammanpila is using resources of the CEA with the assistance of its Director – Human Resources, Asela Thismanpola.

3. Thismanpola is brother in law of Gammanpila

4. Thismanpola has no qualification to hold the post of Director – HRD

5. Gammanpila is planning to employ eight newly-appoined CEA officers for his election campaign.

Gammanpila categorically rejected all allegations levelled against him. He said Mr Thismalpola is neither his brother in law nor any kind of relation. He further said that he had not recruited a single relative of his to the CEA during his office. Thismalpola was recruited following the due procedure since he has met the required qualifications. He further said that he has not used CEA resources or personnel for his election campaign. He said that this mud sling shows the desperate of the JVP at this election.

Christian Church’s hidden agenda

March 22, 2009

The absurd utterances of Bishop Oswald Gomis on February 4 this year and Catholic Church’s despicable role both highlighted by former Sri Lankan Naval Officer Gracian Fernando (a Catholic himself) this month in an open letter to the Bishop are only the tips of an iceberg. This and the almost successful resistance to the Anti-Conversion Bill and the veiled threats the U.S. has issued against the enforcement of such laws are all part of an anti-Sri Lanka conspiracy hatched by a loose alliance of different Christian groups, federalists, dubious NGOs, LTTE sympathizers and various foreign elements that are hell-bent on weakening the Sinhala Buddhist majority in the name of peace now that the Tigers are on their last legs.

Out of all Sri Lanka’s religious establishments it is sections of the Christian Church (though not all individual Christians) that has been most vociferous in calling for ‘peace’ and ‘dialogue’ with the LTTE terrorists. Not even the Hindus by and large have been that supportive of the Tiger cause. Today it is the Anglican Church (the so-called National Christian Council) that has taken the lead in scoffing at and condemning the anti-LTTE military campaign.

But this same Christian Church here over 65 years ago prayed for an Allied victory in World War II although Germany and Italy too were Christian nations. And even today in the West Christian Church does not call for ‘peace’ and ‘negotiations’ with the Al Queda or other Islamic groups. When it suits the interests of the church it is a case of “Onward Christian soldiers” and “Pass the ammunition and Praise the Lord” – but not in Sri Lanka.

However Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church found itself in a uncomfortable position when Britain went to war against Fascist Italy (a predominantly Catholic country) which had reached an understanding (The Lateran Treaty) with the Vatican. Sri Lanka’s leading Catholic Educationist, the late Fr. Peter Pillai was a known sympathizer of Catholic Spain’s Fascist Dictator Francisco Franco. This is similar to the Catholic Church virtually sympathising with the LTTE today.

When India kicked the Portuguese out of Goa, South Asia’s last European colony the Catholic Church here was not very happy about the Indian military action. Portugal was then ruled by Catholic Fascist Dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar.

How is that despite Christians being only around 10 percent of the country’s population that the churches have succeeded in exercising so much power in the media and other sectors of the Sri Lanka society in varying degrees even after independence?

Today it is not merely a case of converting non-Christians to Christianity or trying to undermine Buddhist rights. Politically it goes far beyond that. As in the European colonial era Christianity is still a political tool of the West – whether or not the majority of Westerners are true believers. The stronger the local Christian Church is the easier it is for Washington and London to manipulate a country – especially in the Third World – to serve their interests. They cannot do it in China or Myanmar. Please note that almost all the NGO anti-war crusaders in Sri Lanka are either Christians or linked to Christian-funded organizations.

The only exception to this situation is the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, which is virtually indigenous to Slav nations like Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece. They are equally opposed to Western-funded evangelists as non-Christians in Asian countries. Russia (like China) has always stood by Sri Lanka on the LTTE issue.

What is strange is that the U.S. is maintaining a deafening silence on Israel’s stringent anti-conversion laws, although Sri Lanka is indirectly warned not to push through the Anti-Conversion Bill. Washington is tongue-tied in Israel’s case because of the strong Jewish lobby there.

Israel’s anti-conversion law came into force on April 1, 1978, under the premiership of Nobel peace laureate Menachem Begin. Henceforth, no Christian missionary could even offer a Bible to a Jew with a hope to convert him to Christianity. This singular act could constitute an offering of ‘material inducement’ which could land a Christian missionary to five years in jail in the exclusive Jewish state. Under the same statute, a Jew could be jailed for three years if he converts to Christianity.

Sri Lanka’s Christian Churches strongly opposed to Buddhism being given the pride of place in the Constitution despite the fact that it has not prevented non-Christians from practicing their religions freely or building churches, mosques and Hindu temples.

Christian organizations here are among the most ardent advocates of multiculturalism and secularism today. That is because they are not as strong as they were in the pre-1956 era. But when they were strong and in positions of power they fully enjoyed all the privileges they were given – not only during colonial period but also in the immediate post-independence era. Although the Soulbury Constitution was supposedly secular, in practice Christians enjoyed an advantageous position far more than Buddhists or Hindus, especially in government service, the armed forces etc. Then there was less talk of a multi-religious society.

On the day the Rt. Rev. Lakdasa De Mel was elevated to the dignity of Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Church, he said:

“The task of the Church in Ceylon will not be finished till the remaining ninety percent of the population, who are not Christian, are converted.” (Revolt in the Temple)

The Buddhist Commission Report of 1956 (republished in 2006) gives a clear picture of the role of the Christian churches of that era.

Writing in Russia’s national newspaper Pravda on October 21, 2008, Gregory F. Fegal clearly exposed the political agenda of Christian Evangelists. He noted that Christian missionaries make no secret of the fact that they use medical services, education, and employment opportunities to lure impoverished indigenous populations throughout the world into conversion to Christianity. What he states is perfectly applicable to Sri Lanka’s situation.

Fegal further observed:

“According to the popular and scholarly history of Christianity, the early Christian Church found its greatest appeal and attracted its greatest number of converts from the poor people of the Roman Empire. The early Christian churches raised money through a tithe, or ten per cent income tax, levied on their members, and the early Christian church is said to have had a strong ‘sense of community’, which implies that it had a well-organized social, financial, and political network among its membership.

Using your wealth to purchase other people’s loyalty is a game as old as humanity itself. Rich men use their wealth to attract women, unscrupulous employers use material incentives and disincentives to manipulate their workers, and wealthy countries like the USA use their national wealth to keep their citizens loyal to the cause of aggressive and genocidal Imperialism. But historical longevity and common practice don’t make the manipulation or exploitation morally or ethically right.

Organized religions are inherently POLITICAL organizations. There is a fundamental difference between the financial enterprise and political machinations of an organized religion versus a mass of independent, unaffiliated believers, philosophers, and mystics who do not support any organized religion.

Christianity and Islam are known as proselytizing religions because they make an organized and systematic effort to gain converts, and they often provide services, products, or employment to attract converts. Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism show far less zeal about gaining converts, which is why you almost never hear about Jewish, Hindu, or Buddhist missionaries.

Modern medical and nursing schools usually teach their students the moral principle that the provision of medical services should never be used as a means to proselytize or promote a religion, but that does not deter many Christian health care providers from doing exactly that. Most of the medical and charitable organizations based in Christian countries are fronts for Christian proselytizing activities.

One of the largest international medical relief organizations based in the USA, Northwest Medical Teams, states in their recruitment brochure that their chief ‘mission’ is to ‘spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ’, that their medical relief services are subordinate to their stated goal of proselytizing Christianity, and that their medical relief work is merely an ‘aegis’, or facade, for spreading Christianity.

The religious and cultural Imperialism performed by missionaries nearly always goes hand-in-hand with political and economic Imperialism. Christian missionaries often work in partnership with the CIA, with the US government, and with wealthy corporations to subvert the religion, the culture, the economy, and the politics of vulnerable indigenous populations. The CIA often uses planes owned by Christian missionary organizations and flown by Christian missionary pilots to smuggle drugs, arms, and prisoners.

During the CIA’s illegal Iran-Contra scam of the 1980s, Christian missionary pilots and planes smuggled drugs into the USA and arms into Central America and Iran. Now the CIA is using Christian missionary planes to smuggle heroin from Afghanistan, cocaine from Latin America, and for ‘rendition’ flights of ‘Terrorist’ prisoners to secret prisons that practice torture and commit extra-judicial executions.

The USA’s Faith Based Initiative law provides Christian missionary organizations with taxpayer funds that are used to proselytize Christianity to indigenous populations throughout the world. Christian missionaries are the leading edge of a religious, cultural, economic, and political aggression supported by the US government.

When missionaries bring outside wealth to an impoverished Third World country and use that wealth to provide services that are meant to attract converts, they are interfering with the local social and economic structure as well as the local cultural traditions. Indigenous people who take advantage of the privileges provided by the missionaries and convert to Christianity partake in a social organization that uses foreign wealth as a tool to eliminate the indigenous culture and replace it with Christianity.

A small and reclusive population of a few hundred people with a primitive Stone Age culture lives on North Sentinel Island, in the Andaman chain, which is administered by the government of India. To protect the culture of the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island, the Indian government has wisely banned anyone from visiting the island. I approve of the Indian government’s policy of protecting the unique culture of the North Sentinels from outside influence. If anyone on North Sentinel Island should ever desire to leave, they can build a boat and do so.

Among a total of 195 nations in the world today, fifty-seven of those nations have a legally established, official State Religion. There are fourteen nations that claim Christianity as their State Religion, twenty-six nations that claim Islam as their State Religion, six nations that claim Buddhism as their State Religion, and the Jewish State of Israel. The Jewish State of Israel discriminates against its non-Jewish citizens and within its borders Israel officially prohibits the proselytizing of any religion other than Judaism. Many people believe that Israel has a ‘right to exist’ in this manner as a Jewish State.

Many Islamic countries strive to protect the cultural identity of their citizens by enforcing a ban on preaching any religion but Islam. Considering the aggressive, insidious, and highly political nature of Christian missionary programs, the banning of non-Moslem religious preaching by Moslem governments makes sense.

Currently there is no officially Hindu State anywhere in the world, but perhaps India should become a Hindu State in order to protect its indigenous religion and culture from the predatory missionaries and State-sponsored cultural Imperialism that are coming from both Christian and Moslem countries. If the Jews have the right to establish and maintain Israel as a Jewish State, then the Hindus certainly have a right to establish and maintain India as a Hindu State.

When Western leaders talk about a ‘Clash of Civilizations’, what they really mean is Judeo-Christianity and corporate Capitalism versus all non-Christians and non-Capitalists. Christian missionaries are essentially colonialists working for Christian cultural Imperialism.

When the Hindus of India rise up in riot and drive out the Christian missionaries and the Christian ‘cash converts’, they are doing what the Iraqi, Afghani, and Palestinian Freedom Fighters are doing. They are protecting themselves and their indigenous culture from wealthy and unscrupulous invaders who have no respect for them or for their culture. I wish the Hindu nationalists well in their efforts to defend and maintain the independence and survival of their indigenous culture and religion against the onslaught of predatory and disrespectful foreigners whose goal is to replace indigenous traditional cultures with a global Christian empire.”


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