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Srilanka : In need of a SRILANKAN identity

SiImagence the defeat of the LTTE Sri Lanka as a whole has been looking forward to marching forward. Slowly but swiftly things have started to fall into place. During the ceremonial opening of Parliament on May 19, 2009, President Mahinda Rajapakse declared that the LTTE had been militarily defeated. He further went in to say that “There are only two peoples in this country. One is the people that love this country. The other comprises the small groups that have no love for the land of their birth”. Literally sound, but are the masses ready to accept this. That there are only two groups of people those who love and those who don’t?

In the time of war the frequent attacks of LTTE, how brutal they may have been reminded us, the majority of the Sinhala community, that, there was a small but distinct ill-treated Tamil community and there was a genuine problem of recognition, acceptance of political freedom. Nevertheless, since the defeat of the LTTE the majority of the Sinhalese finds themselves in a dilemma of both satisfaction and insecurity. The suspicion is of a re-occurrence of yet another brutal war or conflict where their claim to the island will be questioned. This attitude is by several factors. The first being the existence of the Sinhalese race, which is mostly limited to the geographical boundaries of Sri Lanka. This adds up to the claim that srilanka belongs to the Sinhalese, the descendants of Vijaya. In addition the population growth of the Sinhalese which is barely 1%, which questions the existence of the race in the coming future. The political turmoil in the south where a family regime rules but not governs the country, plus the known drug kingpins are known associate of leading ministers. The factors as cost of living and lack of opportunities even to best educated has made it even more frustrating for Sinhalese who expected better than the past 30 years.

Against this backdrop we have a new set of problems emerging. The most crucial of all has so far been the religious tensions between the Sinhalese Buddhist and the Muslim community. Why the Muslims but not the Hindus? Theoretically, it should be with the Tamil community. But if someone was willing to remove the Hindu shrines close to Buddhist temples they would end up removing 90% of the Buddhist temples. So why the Muslims? Is the Dambulla incident just one isolated incident?

How much they say about the interaction between the Muslim community and the Sinhalese community amounts to the truth? The truth is far from what is being told! The truth is that the Sinhalese are generally are more open and more harmonic towards the Tamil community even after 30 years of war. Why is that?

The problem is there is a general concern from the Sinhalese and Tamil communities about the population growth of the Muslims as Islam itself influences to have more children. While most of the Sinhalese and Tamil families will settle for two children the Muslim families will have at least four. And the general concern over the years have been that this will change the demographics of the country in the long term. The example form Germany about the Turkish community provides an insight.

In addition most Muslims traditionally are involved in trading while the service sectors of the country are run by the Sinhalese and Tamils. The general perception is the hard earned salaries end up in the hands of Muslims. This has oiled a huge anti-Muslim campaign in the country. Even the fellow Sinhalese who does not accept the dambulla incident willingly participate in these movements. One of the most famous has been not to buy clothes form NO LIMIT an infamous chain garments shop.  The claims of the organizers of these movements have been that these shops hire young Muslim boys but never a Sinhalese or a Tamil. But is always willingly hires young Senegalese and Tamil girls allowing them to meet the Muslim boys and finally wed them and later convert to Islam. One of the other major claims has been that poor Sinhalese and Tamil girls are married by rich Muslims and then converted Islam and become breeding vessels. And the vice versa does merely exists.

As we all know srilanka is a cricket loving nation. During the dark times it was one thing that kept hope for many srilankans. And even the least racist sinhalese is pissed when they see a srilankan born Muslim supporting Pakistan when srilanka is playing against. In the eyes of a Sinhalese just been a Muslim nation seems enough to gain support. If there was something that kept cordiality with the Muslim community this surely blows it away. In addition when the Muslim MP s request for representation quota for the cricket team based on the nationality and requests to practice sharia law in the eastern province these fire up the Sinhalese Buddhist extremism. Even the moderate keeps silence in order to nullify the Islamic influence.

Since the incident of DAMBULLA the writer had a chat with one of my Muslim friends who is no extremist but a faithful follower of Islam. While the discussion went on I asked him whether he see himself first as a srilankan or a Muslim. The obvious answer was a Muslim. Indeed he was proud to say so. And true to be told most Sinhalese see them as Sinhalese Buddhist. Sinhalese believes and are thought that they are the decedents of price Vijaya  who took the kingdom form the Yakkas and the Nagas. And believes king Dutugamunu fought a religious war. To establish the Buddhism and took 500 monks with him in his conquest. Even though this contradicts with the foundation of Buddhism it is accepted. Though the Buddhist teaching says that the soldiers who die in the war does not go to heaven it is believed otherwise by the general Sinhalese Buddhist mindset. Therefore in srilanka the Buddhist monks can gather the masses and more importantly drive them.The alternative history of srilanka says that it was processed by four races. The Yakkas , Nagas, Devas and the Rakshas. And after the Vijaya the king Pandukabaya (437 BC – 367 BC) the true srilankan king established the sihalese race with which was the mixture the four previous races and the new settlers. The truth we never know but it is high time the island nation of srilanka should look for a new Srilankan identity which and accommodate the set of all races while keeping their identities intact. And how we achieve that is one of the biggest challenges which is faced by all srilankans today.

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Five Years it has been

It has almost been five years since I created this blog. Lot of things have happened and life has moved upon. Its time that I start blogging again. This blog is dedicated to day today things both technical and non technical, uninteresting and boring. 

It has been a while

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Hi everybody it has almost been over a 6 months since the last post. Lot of things have happened since. The country the environment and myself has changed.

The LTTE is almost grounded. President Mahinda Rajapakshe won presidential elections against his rival General Fonseka after a political Drama. And the UPFA government has won the parliamentary elections by one of widest margins ever.

As the new year is closing by Sri lanka is ready for a new Era. But still there are unpredictable things.

Still after 11 months of the defeat to the tigers there are People still living in tents.
Stills the media men gets kidnapped in the day light.
And there are lots of signs we are moving to a dictatorship .

So lets look and wait.
(More Articles to follow)

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Sri Lanka in One of its best times

It has been almost six months since the last post. Actually its was some eventful six months where the things changed rapidly.

First the srilankan armed forces completely destroyed the LTTE which was once a remarkable force. And all srilankans  (except for the Tamil diaspora) was jubiliant.

The president offically announced the defeat to LTTE

Then a Proposal to investicate war crimes by the srilankan state was doomed at the UNHRC.

Finally the srilankan president is popular than any other single human bean in the country. And he has grabed the oppertunity to leave srilanka for a better future.

finally the srilankan circket team has qualified for the world 20-20 semi finals.

Yet the real challenges the srilankan state faces remains …………………….

1) 300000 Tamil internally displaced people.

2) 20000 odd familes who have lost there loved ones.

3) the hatered , insecurity faced by the majority of srilankans

4) the barberous activities played by the so called politicians

5) bribary , theft and civil right vialations.

So we have a county in the making. And i guess the sileint majority will have to come forward. And we cant wait till the politicians do things for us. As the entire nation backed the armed struggle the next struggle is must bigger and much wider.

If  the real peace is to be achived srilankans together will have to take an active part in the rebuilding process.

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SriLanka is Hopefull

Once again it is a new year. Its 2009, 9 year after the millennium. And Sri Lanka the Island Nation is hopeful of a year which will bring peace and an end to the 30 years of war. The New year was celebrated in colombo more than ever as the the national forces seized the control of the terrorist held capital Killinochchi in the northern sri Lanka. With this victory the government how holds the key to putting and end to the thirty years of war which has taken lives of many srilankans and affected many.

In the other part of the world the LTTE propaganda machine is at full swing for looking forward for a cease fire. The abductions reported form the country are mostly things pretended and well setup. But on the day after the forces liberating killinochchi some thing else happened. MBC or more widely known as the Sirasa TV was attacked by an unknown set of armed men. The main control room was destroyed. This was a treat to the democracy of the country. The pro – LTTE media is making the maximum usage of the opportunity to lay disgust to the country. Following this the Editor of the Sunday Observer Mr. Lasantha Wicramatunge was murdered with in the range of Colombo.

These two incidents seems some how linked. And we can draw a set of assumption of the people behind this.

1. First the attack on Sirasa could have done by the LTTE – Meaning they wanted to question the democracy and human rights in the country. And they followed the second attack adding insult to the injury.

2. Sirasa set them up. They planned the entire thing to bring the attention to themselves as they were fastly been rejected by the people as they were not giving the significance to the war.

And some on else who had a personal issue with Mr Lasantha Wicramatuge Murdered him. To take advantage of the situation.

3. The government did the both of these incidents as a warning to other media and people.

4. Patriotic people burned sirasa and killed Mr Lasantha Wicramathunge.

Now lets consider these points separately. To analyze the issue separately.

First the LTTE factor. Well the things which have happed is what exactly want the LTTE whants at this point. To prove internationally that the Colombo is not safe and to talk about the human rights violations. As sirasa is one of the most known media stations the target is OK. But can the LTTE carry out such an attack is a question. Certainly they are capable. But couldn’t they use the resources on a more valid military target. Also now it is said that a Kelmo bomb was blown in the main control room. As a general concern its only the ARMY and the LTTE have access to such equipment. The Mafia gangs in srilanka are not known to use them. It have to come form the one of the above parties. And the way Mr Lasantha Wickramatuge was killed seemed to be done by professional killers. So we cant ignore the fact that the LTTE may have a paw on this.

Next sirasa doing this for themselves . Well its very possible. They get paid form the insurance company. Get the public attention which is vital for a media cooperation. But that leaves one blank. The killing of the journalist. Will they do that. What if it was caught. Well seems not right. But what if some one else did the killing to gain more significance. Like the LTTE. It gives a big boost to the story at this particular time. Very realistic.

Thirdly the Government factor. Its a known fact that minster Dr Mervin Silva is having problems with sirasa lately. So there is a possibility of his gain. In the other hand opposition leader Mr Ranil Wicramashighe saya Mr Lasantha was going to reveal a cabinet secret. Well the government may have all the resources to carry out this attack, but the question is will they take that risk. This type of attacks always questions the security and the rights of the country. And the government was accused lately for human rights violations. And this is time the government is in a victorious occasion. Wining the war and giving grants to the community. Suppose they did it. What if it was revealed. The disgust and the humiliation is huge. So these facts logically proves that the government wont need its hand on this shit.

Finally the patriotic people did this. Yakk that the most idiotic thing to think. Now the srilankans are wiser. Its not 1983. People love there country but not in a foolish manner.

So the logical reasoning leads only for two possible cases. Thats where the highest probability is. LTTEs involvement in either in one of these occasions are quite high. And sirasas involvement is also questionable. The government can prove it self of its true contribution to the law and humanity if it can get to the bottom of either one of these incidents as unarguably the other will be revealed. The time is counting in the ISLAND nation.

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E-Begging modern trend for easy money

Begging is known as a profession of the less satisfied or the less privileged. Since the early civilizations, begging has existed in various forms. The crippled, the disabled and the older men and women who had no wealth and couldn’t earn there bread was thrown into the profession of begging. For many years in the central Asian countries the begging has established as a profession. For each town there exists a KING beggar. He is responsible for the dispatching of beggars in various locations on what quantity & what quality. And any one to beg in any place the permission had to be taken. Finally at the end of the day the beggars have to give him some portion of the earning. The king provides safety form the urban council plus the authorities through various mechanisms so the fee is reasonable. With the king in one end the beggars also had unions and groups of operation.

In addition the beggars have developed their own codes for message transferring. The objective of these messages was to identify and pinpoint certain people & places who are more generous. What time to approach them and when not to. So the history provides proof of the begging and its establishment as a profession.

Begging with the letter E in front

Today in the electronic era the begging does exist in many forms. And the beggars been more innovative in various forms have found a number of ways to beg. And the population moving into E Begging is not just the less privileged and the orphans but educated dudes in clean suits. So what is really e – Begging are the forms of e – Begging?

e – Begging

E begging is basically an any form of electronic mechanism of asking for money directly or indirectly. And the beauty is the beggars really don’t ask for money they ask for some thing else. What is that?

The forms of E – Begging

1.Google Addsence
2.Mass email delivering
3.Fake advertising and Back door information gathering
4.Hacking and software frauds

Though there are a number of other was the major way of doing a E- begging is Google addsence. So lets check how it has become a begging.

Most of the south Asian undergraduates are short of money and are seek of easy money. So who is providing it? Well the Google does it via providing ads where you will get paid for displaying them. How is that it becomes an E-begging.

What these boys do is they create some blog at a free blog posting site (eg: BlogSpot, Multiply). Then they add some content. What ever and put some content there. Now this becomes the story of the beggar. Now the Google has lots of algorithms to catch frauds. So how are you going to get the Job done. Pretty easy. Most of the mechanisms that Google catch you are known. So try to minimize chances of getting caught. This is how it’s done.

1.Get together with a group of bloggers. And post them your URL. They will return them a set of there blogs as well which you have to visit and drop clicks and page impressions. They will return the favor. This is similar to alliance with a set of baggers for the common benefit.

2.The second is the more straight forward and easiest. Use a chat engine which is not Google mail or Gtalk. Make new friends in different countries. Once they get a bit closer ask them to visit your blog and often drop they will clicks your adds. This is a decent request and the beggar enjoys a nice gain.

3.Have multiple sites for multiple areas. Every hot topic will earn you some thing. It’s like a beggar visiting Hindu temples at the ceremony days for a free meal. So the ea beggar is the same.

4.Joining a king e-Begger. This is joining a full time addsence blogger. Usually these types of bloggers own few sites with huge traffic. The king will provide you some traffic and specially good rate of clicks which no pattern. And he will charge a rate based on the earnings. Hmm remembers the traditional king beggar.

So don’t the e- beggars get caught? Don’t they have their accounts frozen? Of course they do. But don’t you often see the same beggar caught by the police after a while appears in the same place or a place nearby. It’s common for the e- beggars too. Though they are often caught this is easy money. Two hours a day will get you enough living. So why don’t you continue. After all in the Internet creating false identity is nothing. And you won’t get imprisonment for doing so. In addition you have a 6 billion dollar company waiting to pay you.

Some times It’s a privilege to be an E-beggar. But some times there are few better ways. Often we find old men who do small sales in the pavement of a road or a station. They may sell some small items, a match box or some coffee packets to cover up. These items are costly than in the retail shops but the generous men buy them as a help. This provides them a more recognition and respect.
I would like to put my self to the latter. Who provides something valuable to the reader? Not just a click or a page impression.

(This article is based on the article published by Mr BSPDR karuanarathne. Any author who wishes to use this work should obtain written permission from the author)

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The Edge between antiwar campaigns and LTTTE propaganda campaign

Srilanka the island nation is in one of the most critical times in known history. There are signs the government forces is nailing the coffin of LTTE once a powerful outfit. Due to the evident succession in the eastern province the government of Srilanka has launched a full scale war against the LTTE in the north. The objective of this mission is to liberate the un-liberated areas in the Northern Province in the country from the shadow government of the LTTE. The current status of the war favors the Srilankan forces where they have 8 divisions surrounding the LTTE held territory while 4 divisions are just few kilometers behind kilinochchi: the administration hub of the LTTE outfit. Considering the speed of the advancement of the army it seems only a matter of time before the Killinochi falls making an evident gain in the offensive. The capturing of this town along aside with Mullativ will mark a physiological setback for the Tigers.

The LTTE strategy to face this situation was to defend their lines and force the international community (especially to India & Tamilnadu). One his heroes day speech the spireturak leader of the outfit V. Prabakaran has urged India to take part in the issue and arrange an end to the ongoing war ( India is our friend, we are not against any country, remove the hindrance of ban)”

But the situation of India has changed dramatically with the series of attacks launched at the commercial hub Mumbai by a terrorist organization. The political analyzers predict a dramatic change in India s involvement towards the war against the Terrorism. India which has already extended the ban of LTTE for 2 more years will not want its hand in a war between a terror organization and a neighboring country.

As the foreign involvement form far form coming the only chance for LTTEs survival last on the fact to convince the international community on human rights violations. And due to the suicidal attacks took place the security forces takes no chances. Every one is checked and suspected. And not often the freedom is experienced in srilanka due to heavy search operations. The majority of the community accepts this though it has a significant effect on their life. Only a very few criticizes the government for doing so. The LTTE propaganda machine often reports abductions of a white man. But most of the abducted people are found on the foreign countries after a while.

It is a known fact that more than 300,000 people are abounded with the war in the north. And the NGO are making a big noise for a cease fire. But what they forget is the LTTE is not letting them to cross over to government controlled areas. The civilians are kept by force as a defense shield. Its not an exaggeration to say that the LTTE has build most of their new camps with in the camps of the IDPs. This protects them form long range artilleries and aerial attacks. This is a part of LTTEs strategy.

If the LTTE could be forced to let the IDPS leave that leave only the two sides in the battle field. But the LTTE doesnt want to that to happen which will make them volatile for Arial attacks and artilleries.

With the above facts it’s easy to identify the an anti war campaign at this time is doing exactly the what the terrorist wants. So though the anti war campaign is not an LTTE propaganda campaign what happens is that they become evident for what the terrorist demands. So some times you have to select the solution which may not seem the more benevolent for the goodness of a larger quantity.



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How the hypocrites change the coast of life

Date: 20th of November 2008

Venue: British Council Auditorium Colombo

Cause: A forum Theater performance

Theme: Freedom of Expression at a time of war

The above information stands for a forum theater performance that I witnessed at the British council on the Thursday (20) evening. Before I take this any further let me first narrate the plot: (Some one may add if its wrong).

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LTTE :The Usage of Light aircrafts effectively

With the Srilankan army advancing further into the tiger heartland their have been the concern how far can the terrorist put on the stiff resistance they manged int he last few weeks. And they have had to turn their eyes and year to new tactics that can boost the moral of their carders.

In last few days much few attacks the LTTE tried failed miserably which contains the attack on cargo ships and the areal attack on Colombo. And in the last few months it was highlighted that the LTTE is turning their attention towards the aerial attacks with their lite aircrafts.

The Lttes air wing is equipped with at least 5 check made zlin 143 aircrafts.

Orginal zlin 143 aircraft

Orginal zlin 143 aircraft

the company have produced over 30000 such aircrafts and sold it in different countries. And the LTTE is not using it for a purpose that the designers never thought it would be used for. The modifications of th flight is as follows.

THe modifications of the Zlin 143 aircraft by the Tamil Tigers

THe modifications of the Zlin 143 aircraft by the Tamil Tigers

Since this is done the Tamil tigers have carried out few air raids which are unsuccessful with the deployment of Radar systems and anti aircraft guns. The srilankan government was using chines made F7 s effectively against the tigers and initially shot one down int the past few weeks.

But the tigers have placed a great treat for the security of srilanka with these aircrafts as they can easily carry a suicide mission with one of these aircrafts filled with explosives. Some thing similar to September 11 attack on the twin towers.

The following pictures shows the eastern sky of Colombo while the anti aircraft guns started firing to the Ltte aircrafts.

Colombo Skyies1

Colombo Skyies1

Colombo Skyies2

Colombo Skyies2

Colombo Skyies3

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FIT at its new home

The first phase of a new state of the art building complex of the Faculty of Information technology has been completed and the faculty is moving to the new building late August. To mark this occasion and also to celebrate 7 years of bringing excellence in the filed of ICT education the Faculty is planning to hold a series of events comprising of a multi religious ceremony, a symposium and a cricket tournament.
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