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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 726

Lalin’s Column: The General Udugama I knew
Everyone in the Ceylon Army knew the tough and rugged, formidable, straight and fierce Maj Gen Richard Udugama MBE long before he became its Commander in 1964. Malcontents and shirkers feared him. He had during WW2 served with the later famous XIV British army in Burma on secondment from the Ceylon...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 07:12 By Major General (Retd) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Bully Cameron - The God of the GTF- Just do it
David Cameron as a guest of SL, ostensibly to attend CHOGAM, threatened to put his host in the dock at the UNHRC in Geneva. The first lesson even a Corporal of the Brit army is taught is not to threaten. Bullies threaten. SL has only this to say to him, just do it chum and we’ll goose step with you...
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 12:23 Major General (Retd) Lalin Fernando
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General Deshyamanya Denis Perera VSV (1930-2013)
“ The only man under whom any General would gladly serve’ (Field Marshal Montgomery-later Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, on Field Marshal Alexander, later Earl Alexander of Tunis. Alexander commanded the Allied Forces in Africa under whom Montgomery and the 8th Army served)) The above compliment...
Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 05:51 By Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Never again Pillai- has disappeared
Navaneethen (Tamil for freshly churned butter for the Gods) Pillai (Pillay in SA) came blowing hard to make waves in a country that had faced natural and manmade tsunamis. She knew there were turn coats here. She left with her credibility if not her facial expressions in tatters. It confirmed...
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 06:42 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Aid to the civil power- Weliweriya – The tragedy, an inquiry and hysteria
The Army of Sri Lanka, like its sister services, is the biggest critic of itself. Officers as veteran professionals ensure soldiering is about duty correctly done. It will not tolerate any act that violates its values and standards. If the army has erred, it will be the first to admit it- and take r...
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 06:47 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Army Legal Services-An interlude
The many appreciations following the death of President’s Counsel Daya Perera brought to mind exploits of some officers who made their mark in the Army Legal Services (ALS) of the past. One went on to become rich and famous and another did not but had delusions of grandeur. A past Army Commander’s...
Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 05:30 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Rugby and Bradby
In 1957, while I was at S Thomas which had not re opened for the new year yet, I was invited to unofficially join the Royal 6th form by RK Samarasinghe, Ben Eliyathamby, Lorenz Perera and others. I was introduced to the form master who was from Jaffna as a new boy. He was made to believe that my na...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:45 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: Holbrooke, Devolution and War games
(Admiral Leighton W Smith USN, C in C US Navy Europe and NATO and Allied Forces Southern Europe (1994-6) – who with his staff had prepared a military briefing on Bosnia for Holbrooke, the chief US envoy to Yugoslavia(1995+) I always think of this excerpt whenever I read Dayan Jayathileke (DJ). C...
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:15 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloum: Absurd and ridiculous tales-The burning of the Jaffna Library
Retired DIG Edward Gunewardene’s (EG) book ‘Memorable tidbits and the burning of the Jaffna library’, launched last week marks a chronic trend in auto biographies. It is a shock and awe WMD type attack on the sensibilities of the readers. It has speculative assertions unsupported by verifiable facts...
Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 02:52 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: First Battalion the Gemunu Watch –The Golden Jubilee- 7 December 2012
The First Battalion Gemunu Watch celebrated its 50th Anniversary on 7th December 2012 at its spiritual home in the garrison town of Diyatalawa. The Gemunu Watch, SL’s third senior Infantry regiment has 24 battalions now. The colours of the Watch are red, gold, blue and silver. The emblem on its silv...
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 16:54 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn:Prison service for Prison staff - Riot or No
The Prison’s Commissioner Kodipilly incorrectly given a military rank in a Sunday paper, is reeling from a unprecedented and atrocious management blunder that led to the riot and subsequent carnage that occurred last week end (10/11 Nov 12) at Welikada Prison. Twenty seven (27) mainly prisoners...
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 03:59 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column: Caribbean Calypso Cricket Carnival at Ketterama
The lads from the Caribbean deservedly won the T20 title beating host SL’s favourite team. Even as Gayle promised for his side, SL too had been ready to party. Yet few if any grudged the Windies their victory, their spontaneous and joyous celebrations and the promise of calypsos and carnivals back...
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 02:07 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column: Court of Inquiry sets the record straight
A thrill starved, gullible Colombo population was once again titillated by the violent behaviour of two vicious sons of politicians. This time the target was an army major who was pistol whipped in the car park/foyer of the Hilton Residencies 2 weeks ago. He looked a sorry sight with two big gashes...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 12:21 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column: Presentation of President’s and Regimental colors to the Gemunu Watch (1)
HE Mahinda Rajapakse graciously presented President’s and Regimental colours to the Regimental Centre Gemunu Watch and new President’s and Regimental colours to the Diyatalawa based First, Galle based Second (Volunteer) and Matara based Third (Volunteer) Battalions of the Gemunu Watch on 15 Augus...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 12:15 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Memories of Fifth Non Aligned Movement Conference 1976
There could hardly ever be another conference in SL of the size, grandeur and organisational brilliance of the 5th Non Aligned Movement (NAM) in 1976. It may have been the last flutter of a dying regime being strangled by the spiralling price of oil amongst other things but it was organised, planned...
Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 05:40 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Arjuna’s Wars
According to the Indian epic Mahabartha, Arjuna was a peerless warrior, the finest archer ever and an undefeated hero who after much persuasion played a key role in defeating the Kauruvas - his own kith and kin. In SL there is the other Arjuna (AR) the iconic former captain, considered the man who w...
Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 02:44 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Justice Finally
The conviction this week of Jude Jayamaha, of the murder of Yvonne Jonson at the Royal Park Condominium Rajagiriya in 2005 by the Court of Appeal restores at least partially the credibility of the collapsing judicial process in SL. Public opinion was near exhausted, flagging and sagging with...
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 00:42 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: A Royal Battle - Bradby Spring at Pallekelle
It was a beautiful day for rugby. Pallekelle, flanked by the Mahaveli at Kundasale and over looked by Hantane and the Knuckles Range was inviting but was not as lush as Bogambara . The Trinity stadium began to fill up even by 2 pm on 30 June for the much awaited second leg of the Bradby. The car par...
Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 03:15 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Bradby is the name of the game
The out look was meant to be brilliant for the Royal crowd of 9500 that day. The team with a Jamaldeen here and a Jamaldeen there, was everywhere. Their ponderous pack was Goliath like. It was meant to slay the game by boredom. David if not Trinity was coming down from the hills, again. It did not w...
Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 02:13 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column: Review - Gota’s War -Final- revised
CA Chandraprema (CAC)’s book even if he has got much to learn about SL’s military if not its history, has been called the “finest and most comprehensive…….. of the … conflict” (Sarath Amunugama) and also the most ‘definitive’ (Rajpal Abeynayake). Sadly, though there are riveting descriptions of mili...
Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 03:15 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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