have a truly ‘national’ National Anthem
Consequent to the performance of politicians and
their cronies at the local government elections held on March 30
this year, it is understood that leaders of political parties will
be issuing a Code of Conduct for their members not only in the local
body councils but also in Parliament and the Provincial Councils.
This step is most welcome, since for too long
it has been the shame of our country that some of our representatives
have gone off the rails of decency, decorum and discipline both
in and out of our august assemblies. The leadership should keep
in mind that all tendencies on the part of any member to make hay
while the sun shines, particularly by direct or devious resort to
bribery and corruption, should not only be condemned but also nipped
in the bud.
In the formulation of the Code of Conduct, emphasis
should be laid on the necessity to sing the national anthem by all
members at least once a day at proceedings of Parliament, Provincial
Councils and the local councils. This may perhaps take place at
the very beginning of business of each day.
There is no doubt whatsoever that the national
anthem has to inspire our legislators who are drawn from the various
communities to be patriotic.
The writer cannot let pass this occasion without
a confession of a salient flaw observed over the years: the national
anthem is sung in the Sinhala language only, which should not be
so, as the reasonable use of the Tamil language has to be given
its due place in accordance with the policy of the State.
Accordingly, those who do not have a sufficient
knowledge of Sinhala or have no knowledge of it, will be properly
inspired by singing a suitably revised national anthem. Perhaps
a few lines in the Tamil language can be adopted in the present
It is therefore submitted that our executive President
should appoint a Committee consisting of a few experts drawn from
the Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities to consider and recommend
a revised or new national anthem.
Some may advance an argument that no other country
has a national anthem in more than one language: but we need not
blindly follow other countries since it is open to us to treat the
matter independently as a sovereign state.
The sublime path
all its brilliance the Vesak fullmoon glowed.
Heralding the birth of a great teacher ever born
To preach the Dhamma to redeem us all.
was born a prince to a king of fame,
Suddhodana and Mahamaya were his parents’ names
All the worldly comforts and pleasures they gave,
to groom him to be the ruler of Bharate.
the sick, the dead and the strife,
He began to ponder the purpose of life,
Renounced all worldly pleasures and strived,
To find a way for eternal peace of mind.
enunciated the eight fold path,
to end sorrows and suffering at long last,
All living beings should follow his sublime path
To do good, be good and no evil cast.
Don’t believe all that you hear and see on
To the BBC, what’s sauce for the goose, is
not sauce for the gander!
Anyone who has been following the BBC coverage
of news would have realized how biased its reporting and coverage
of events is. Its bias of coverage in the Sri Lankan conflict has
been well known for decades. Too many are the events of other parts
of the world to record here. Therefore, I will restrict myself to
the latest suicide bombing that took place in Colombo recently.
Readers will recall the recent bombings that took
place in other parts of the world destroying innocent lives. The
Madrid train bombing, the numerous bombings in Israel and Iraq and
even the more recent London underground train and bus bombing were
either remote controlled bombs (like the claymore mines set off
by the LTTE terrorist group) or suicide bombings (also akin to those
used by the LTTE ). However, while all those who perpetrated such
barbaric acts were referred to as ‘terrorists groups’,
the BBC finds it appropriate to describe the Sri Lankan Tamil terrorists
Is a woman suicide bomber impersonating a pregnant
woman and entering the Army Hospital on Maternity Clinic day and
blowing herself up taking whoever is around with her, a ‘rebel’
or a ‘terrorist’? And the English are supposed to have
taught us the language!
It would be interesting if BBC would produce a
separate programme describing the difference between ‘Rebels’
This kind of reporting exposes the BBC’s
subtle bias and has now given viewers a fair idea as to its accuracy
of news coverage worldwide. While it will not hesitate to add blame
on democratically chosen governments for retaliation, strangely,
it chooses to avoid criticising such acts conducted by countries
like Israel. Why? It’s not difficult to figure out the answer.
While on the subject of reporting, the recent
canard of the LTTE using an unknown Australian journalist/reporter
to interview a supposed group of ‘Karuna’ loyalists
was a joke, at least to Sri Lankans. But it’s not so for a
gullible public overseas! While the Foreign Minister has aptly nailed
the canard, I doubt if his comments will be given due coverage.
After all, can these foreign journalists identify an LTTE cadre
from a Karuna group cadre?
Even the so called Norwegian and/or Scandinavian
Monitors or even visitors to this country cannot do so. Why even
we Sri Lankans cannot identify the difference sometimes between
Sinhalese and Tamil!
So my advice to TV viewers is watch
the news, but do not be hasty in believing all you see and hear
especially the BBC!
Who shouts out for the rights of Dr. Hoole?
Where are those great activists of human rights
on the issue of Dr. Ratnajeevan Hoole who was appointed Vice Chancellor
of the University of Jaffna?
Dr Hoole, a highly qualified and much respected
educationist, a Tamil Anglican who had the strength and courage
to criticize the Government, LTTE, TNA, Sinhala extremists and the
Church on issues which he felt affected human rights violations
was not permitted to function in his designated position as Vice
Chancellor due to LTTE threats.
These threats were of such proportion that he
was compelled to leave Sri Lanka. A man with such academic distinction
is rare in this country and we have lost such a man.
Those who value academic independence, right to
expression, freedom of thought and conscience, value of educational
integrity should be in the forefront voicing their protest to such
conduct by the LTTE which has so often disturbed the educational
advancment in the North.
Alas, not a word has emanated from the lips of
those champions of human rights. Are they selective in the material
they choose? Are they only interested in harming the image of Sri
Lanka and closing their eyes to LTTE violations. There are so many
organizations of human and civil rights who value academic independence,
but why are they so silent?
For their own credibility and in their own interest
they should raise this issue if they are interested in gaining the
respect of the community. Otherwise their silence will signify the
oft repeated allegation that they are on the payroll of interested
Brave words but little action
As a foreigner from Germany who has
lived in this beautiful country for 22 long years, I am flabbergasted
by the stance of the J.V.P. and the J.H.U. at this grave and critical
situation facing the nation. They have thundered and railed against
Prabhakaran and the LTTE at every meeting that they will never allow
Sri Lanka to be fragmented by any force on earth.
Brave words indeed! But, never did
they even on one occasion undertake, to rally the youth to bolster
the armed forces.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has
exhorted all sections of the youth, including those from the upper
crust of society, to rally round the nation and form a strong bulwark
against the terrorist forces bent on destabilizing the country.
During the three years of a lull in the hostilities, Prabhakaran
has stealthily procured advanced weaponry to boost his armoury for
the final clash.
The J.V.P. and J.H.U make no effort
to encourage and recruit the necessary manpower for this critical
confrontation with Prabhakaran. Where are the weerayas and the so-called
patriotic youth to establish a solid bulwark against the evil forces
threatening the nation?
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