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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2521

Lalin's Column : Kashmir - India’s holier than thou men
A 2,500 man Indian army road convoy of 78 vehicles was attacked on the main highway in mid-February 2019 by just one suicide car bomber in Pulwama. It was 16 miles from Srinagar. Forty (40) CPRF ‘jawans’ were killed. India immediately blamed the attack on Pakistan based ‘mujahidin’ dubbed ‘terrorist...
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 18:31 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column : Independence turned National day parade, an utter farce
The 71st Independence Commemoration day in 2019 was an utter farce. The ‘ordinary’ people were excluded from the major event, the parade on the Galle Face Green. It may have confirmed the government’s attitude to them. Way back, especially when it was held in Kandy, Galle, Kurunegalla, Badulla, Tri...
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column : Carte Blanche –Attempted vilification of Mrs. Bandaranayke
An article titled ‘Of war heroes and war crimes’ in the Sunday Island of 20 Jan 19 makes a slanderous attack on President Sirisena together with a call for international jurisdiction to try SL’s soldiers on war crimes charges. It also adds on an attempt to blacken the late PM, Mrs. (Sirima) Bandaran...
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:46 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column : Biography of Gen Denis Perera VSV
The biography of General Denis Perera VSV ‘General Denis’ was launched on 29 Sep 2018 at Suhurupaya, Battaramulla . This 328 page hard cover book with plenty of photographs was produced by the Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO), partly funded by Army HQ. It is a timely, very readab...
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:22 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column : SL’s Conflict. Who is to blame?
ars operate on 3 levels distinct yet interlocking: The political, the strategic and the tactical. They are undertaken by political leaders in pursuit of a goal. The goal determines strategy, an overall plan based on military means available and the means available to the enemy. The strategy shapes t...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 13:31 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column : Late Lieutenant Colonel V Ramanathan SL Artillery (1931-2018)
Lt Col Vallipuram Ramanathan, late SL Artillery, died in Australia on 4th August 2018 aged 87. He was in the first intake of officer cadets from Ceylon to be trained at the Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst in 1951. He was commissioned from there to the Ceylon Artillery. He was later major and...
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 03:39 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column : Paisley got but so did Velu P and others - Bring in the Clowns
The news, hardly shaking in a country awash in sensationalism, was that Ian Paisley (Jnr) British MP from Northern Ireland and his family that had been hosted by the SL government twice in 2013. At this time, 4 years after the 30 year old terrorist conflict had ended; SL sorely needed support from U...
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 05:25 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalins Column: Army is for fighting not policing
Let’s get one thing clear even if the government is determined to make another a monumental blunder. The SL Army like other armies is for fighting not policing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is in need of serious observation. The Yahapalana government is struggling with cascading blunders, bond crimes...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 06:21 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalins Column: HRCSL –Disgraced and Disgraceful
One thing is clear. The government doesn’t give a fig or a jot for the Human Rights Commission Of Sri Lanka (HRCSL). It is clear that it decided to implement the death penalty after 42 years without consulting the HRCSL. The extremely late objection by the HCRSL on the absolutely indefensible decisi...
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 23:41 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalins Column: Hitler, Prabakaran and Wijeweera-Kaput. Who else?
What a shindig in SL that excites itself thoroughly on the cheapest of thrills. An artless monk dropped a clanger at a private function telling the former defence secretary GR that “some describe him as a Hitler”! In SL people are described as honest too. This does not make them that. The priest ad...
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 18:27 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalins Column: Political managers v Natural Leaders
In the second week of June on a very popular morning TV show, Minister Eran Wickramaratne confided with passing wisdom why SL has continuously missed the development bus. He believed the main problem was that people with expert skills in a particular field think that they are suited to hold any posi...
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 16:25 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalins Column: Korea's beware. Asia - Turn out the Guard
The upcoming re scheduled summit between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore could prevent the threat of a holocaust that Trump casually tosses around. Trump admits that the Korean situation is a ‘world problem’. A lot however will depend on how far North Korea is rea...
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 08:11 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalins Column: The Incomparable First Intake of Officer Cadets trained in SL
Intake One consisting of 13 Officer Cadets selected from 12,000 applicants with 22 in the finals, began training at the Officer Cadets’ School (OCS) Army Training Centre Diyatalawa (ATC), now the SL Military Academy(SLMA) on 27 April 1968. The OCS was situated at Ella, a former Royal Navy camp toge...
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 05:09 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalins Column: Dauris and Stalin
When the British High Commissioner James Dauris was questioned on Lord Naseby’s carefully researched statement that there were probably only 7,000 deaths in the final battle at Nandikadal (2009) and not 40,000 as avowed by well rewarded Western opinion, he craftily dodged the issue by saying ‘while...
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 20:31 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Major General Gratian Silva VSV-(1933 -2015)
Major General HG (Gratian) Silva VSV was a Commander of the Sri Lanka Regiment of Artillery. It is nearly 130 years old. He in the words of another Artillery General and cricketer like him , a de Silva, ‘ was the finest Commanding Officer the Gunners ever had’ He was an excellent example to all gun...
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 11:31 By Lalin Fernando - An infantryman
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Lalins Column: Buglers then, fiddlers now
Then they were the TNA. Now they are also ITAK. Then it was about the racial divide. Now is it about religion too? Then it was being a LTTE mouth piece for Eelam. Now it is about their own survival, being UNP toads and praying for federalism. Then the North voted for them. Now some of them are provi...
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:04 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: The Jaffna Corporals
Then they were the TNA. Now they are ITAK. Then it was about Tamils being victimized. Now is it about religion too. Then it was being a LTTE propaganda unit. Now it is about being the darlings of the ‘International order’ (of the USA) and the UNP. Then the North voted for them. Now some of them are...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 16:54 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: ‘In the line of Duty’ - An Autobiography and an Unofficial history
Dr Gamini Goonetilleke, FRCS’s 294 page memoir ‘In the Line of Duty’ is a drama, an almost unreal adventure. It is about swift flowing, unusual and mind boggling extra ordinary medical experiences. It is fascinating, riveting and delightful with lively, subtle, impish humour, often at the author’s o...
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 09:31 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Trinity v ACM Lafir in the 1950: Commemorating 100 years of Trinity v St Anthony’s cricket
Dr Lakshman Karaliadde a British Sri Lankan doctor gave the Dr BS Perera memorial oration on the invitation of the Anesthesiologists and Intensivits of SL in 2010. He wanted some of his Trinity College and Kandy friends to attend. He rang me from his home in Kandy to invite me for the oration and as...
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 22:11 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Hands Up, Don’t shoot
Another tragedy at a Police check point. The last one was at Pasyala (2014) .This time it was at Kokuvil on 21 October 2016 in the second year of the Yahapalanya government. It has a IGP leading it in its 150th year, 20 DIGs, a Police Commission, a Law and Order minister no less and 70,000 officers...
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:02 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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