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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1229

Lalin’s Column : More Ministerial Howlers and 3 wise men
This was the first time that the SL public has heard that it was the Rajapakse ’regime’ alone that waged ‘war’ on the terrorists. Successive SL governments, starting with the UNP in 1977, had done it ‘their way’. Rajapakse Regime: This included giving JRJ’s relative and not the Commander of the Arm...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 09:57 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column : Ministerial Howlers (Blundering politicians)
There seems to be an endless gush of phony intellect being paraded by politicians as the silly season ends on 17 Aug. The idea appears to stem from the belief that they think they are semi gods and the rest are complete idiots. Some can’t wait to play God even before the election results elevates th...
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 07:51 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column :Pending retirement of Army Generals
A slew of Army Generals, unless their service is extended, are due for retirement soon. Among them are Army Commander Lt Gen Crishantha de Silva (end Aug 2015), Maj Gens Jagath Dias (Chief of Staff-Dec 2015), , SWL Daulagala Jan 2016, M Hathurusinghe (Jan 2016), SR Manawaduge (Jul 2016) Milinda Pe...
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 08:30 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column : Lt Col Kenneth Abeywickrama 10 April 1935 – 7 April 2015
Kenneth Abeywickrama, was born in Kandy to a well known and philanthropic Baddegama family in the South. He schooled at Royal College in Colombo, was a reserve Lieutenant Colonel in the SL Army Service Corps (Volunteers) from 1962 -1982, retiring after being the 21st Commanding Officer from 1977 to...
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 06:18 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column :Field Marshal - SL has a date with Geneva in September
There is a lot written and spoken about Field Marshals (FMs) just now. The latest is about the privileges that FMs should apparently have. It appears Hitler’s Germany is the source for these anachronistic examples. The privileges it gave FMs were ‘compelling and influential role in military matters,...
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:41 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: General RWD (Daya) Ratnayake WWV RWP RSP USP
Gen Daya Ratnayake WWV, RWP,RSP, USP Commander of the Army of Sri Lanka, retired in February 2015 after 36 years of distinguished service. He was promoted to 4 star rank on retirement. Unfortunately as it happened shortly after the new government took power, his retirement may have be seen as a poli...
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 15:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Reflections on Obama’s “No boots on the ground” and Imperial Hubris
When Barack Obama was elected President of the USA, the world, pleasantly surprised and amazed, rejoiced. It awaited a more friendly America. Nowhere was the event more greatly welcomed than in the former non white colonies of the West. No better example of country’s maturity could ever have bee...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 08:17 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: First 100 days -short list of priorities
Steps to be taken towards national reconciliation should be at the top of the President’s list of things to be done in the first 100 days. It is suggested that the following also be accommodated under the 100 day action plan that is meant to prepare the ground for the promised future. Reconciliation...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 07:00 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Carolinas and Georgia (USA) holiday
I visited the USA for the first time at the age of 75, last July (2014). Greenville County, South Carolina once known as the textile capital of the world was the base. It has a population of 451,225 people and spends US $ 426m on education (SL with 21 m people spends US$ 415m). It is beautifully gre...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:33 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Responsibility for Communal Riots
Last year, following sporadic BBS agitation and attacks on ‘No Limit’ and other Muslim owned shops there was a discussion on the ‘Halal ‘ and ‘Burka’ issues at the ICES Colombo 7. The guest speakers were a sedate lady Muslim professor of the Colombo Uni, an agitated Mr. A Kadirigamar and another ge...
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 07:29 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Check Point Pasyala killing
A motor cyclist Subash Jayasinghe, father of one child was shot dead at a police ‘check point’ at Pasyala, Nittambuwa on 11 June 14. The agony of the distraught and devastated father, seen going down in shock on TV , then worshipping the authorities even calling them ‘gentlemen’ (hamuduruwo) and...
Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 02:15 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Canadian Boycott
Immediately after the 1971 JVP insurgency when many countries offered to help equip and train the SL (Ceylon) forces, the Canadian Government which does not on principle give military hardware to other countries, offered to build a fully equipped mechanical transport workshop and provide complete s...
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 06:07 By Major General (Retd) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: BBS contests the high ground
There have been many times in independent SL that criminally insane people have brought ruin and devastation to the people. They caused 12,000 deaths in 1971 and 60,000 in 1988-9. The killed and most of the killers were Sinhala Buddhists. The rallying call was basically the liberation of the Sinhal...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 07:45 By Major General (Retd) Lalin Fernando
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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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