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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

Lalin’s Column: ‘Bye Bye Miss American Pie’ (or Deutschland schnitzel) - Killinochchi to Sri Kotha
DB-Dead and buried. The rumpus at Sri Kotha on 19 Dec 2011 made sure that the last line in the chorus of the above song ‘’This’ll be the day I die’ had rung true for all acolytes and promoters of the USA in SL. One of its leaders was proudly called Yankee Dickey. (The same USA tried to inveigle SL...
Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 13:12 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Review ‘Cop in the Cross Fire’
Merril Gunaratne’s brilliant ‘Cop in the Cross Fire’ is a book that covers some of the most important areas that affect policing in SL. It makes fascinating reading. It examines the working of multifarious intelligence agencies (NIB.SIS, SB, DIBs and those of the forces like the very effective DMI...
Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 03:19 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Appreciation - Late Cyril Herath
Most Defence Forces officers of the 1970s first came into contact with then DG NIB Cyril Herath at the briefing sessions for the Military Liaison Officers (MLOs) to the 5th Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in 1976. After Col (later Gen and Army Commander Denis Perera) had briefed the MLOs on the p...
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 00:30 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Correcting a response
I must thank Gen Gerry de Silva (Gerry) who I contacted before writing my piece (13 Aug 11) for his response to my ‘corrections’ to his book and for saying that ‘corrections’ will be made in future copies. This means he has included completely unauthenticated material in his book. He will probably h...
Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 01:12 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Hi Ho Cathusalem- an up and under by Ranil W
What to do about nothing. Reminds one of that rugby song ‘Hi Ho Cathusalem’. Rugby players the world over being rowdies playing a gentleman’s game sing that song with gusto. No one, not even a ‘Maharaja’ can stop them. Hot on the heels of the riots in UK, there was a mighty hullabaloo in SL on a par...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 00:51 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Review- ‘A Most Noble Profession’- by General GH de Silva
This is the first auto biography by a SL Army Commander. It could therefore be not only a trail blazer but a serious attempt at portraying in depth the tumultuous and tragic events and the back ground to them in 36 years of military service. It must be hoped that it will be a useful reference for th...
Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 00:06 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Review- ‘A Most Noble Profession’--Corrections
Having read through former Army Commander General GH de Silva’s above named book, I hasten to correct two errors that could have been easily avoided had he only checked with me. I am privy to the facts. My intention is to prevent a wrong recall of events in a document that may be used as a reference...
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 03:39 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: They never came, they never saw but they are bloody marvellous liars
There is a concerted propaganda effort by the scattered and battered but still scheming remnants of the terrorist LTTE like the GTF and their British mercenaries (political and media elements)to frighten SL with Western intervention. Like the scattered Nazi war criminals who lived in South America...
Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 01:04 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Sanga –Brilliant strokes and some referrals
A great Sri Lankan is Kumar Sangakkara . At a time when SL was being ground into the dust in England (and not only at cricket) he mesmerised the lords and ladies of the MCC with his oratory. He received a standing ovation. He is also from Trinity that gave this country its first Olympic Silver Medal...
Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 13:36 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column:UK’s Goebbels 4 TV bucks SL’s 19 May 2009 verdict
It was Hitler’s Propaganda Minister Goebbels who having learned the value of propaganda from Hitler’s Mein Kampf said ‘if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it’. ‘It must confine itself to a few points ..; repeat them over and over again’. It was G...
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 01:27 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Red sky in the evening the Complex takes warning (with apologies)
The first leg of the Bradby at Bogambara was a wicked aberration, an abomination. There would be no escape in the second. Royal knew it. Having been led by 8 points Trinity knew they had to win gloriously in the second. They launched an avalanche of relentless, sweeping, breath taking, rip roaring...
Friday, June 17, 2011 - 18:13 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) -Hard Options
The statistics for RTAs have been quoted like a ‘mantra’ regularly for years by the authorities. Plans and remedies to reduce and bring the RTAs under control are often trotted out. The citizens however see little real determination, intention or evidence that the authorities have the ability to rec...
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 03:17 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Ban Ki-moon- Report and facts.
‘Prabakaran declared war on SL on four different occasions from 1985 even while peace talks were on. When he looked like winning, the Diaspora romanticised war, calling his cadres ‘boys’ etc. When SL and IPKF soldiers died and thousands of Sinhalese civilians were murdered, the LTTE and its support...
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 01:34 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Not this time David
Kumar David (KD) in his normal jaundiced style that supports his theories on SL that he calls GOSL (as though anyone had heard of GOUSA, GOUK, GOB, GOD, GOT GOW GOZ) in order that something now in the dust bin called the LTTE could be re cycled. He has gone crackers with the US comments on its over...
Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 02:03 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: The Major who tried to control Muamar Gaddafi in Sri Lanka (1976)
Colonel Gaddafi visited SL in 1976 for the Non Aligned Conference in 1976 and was an immediate hit because of his maverick behaviour. His first personal contact with SL officials was at the previous Non Aligned Meeting in Algeria. He sent out an invitation to Mrs Bandaranayke the Prime Minister to h...
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 04:30 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Not an excitable proposition
Ruana Rajapakse (RR) has written a very objective article in the Sunday Island on 20 Feb 2010 aptly titled ‘All Excited over Egypt’. This should clearly put to rest the designing minds of those Colombians especially discarded politicians to rest. Their imaginations have run riot, desperately hoping...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 00:58 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Hawkers of their souls
Many recent books, documents and statements have exposed people in very high places who have sold their souls during the 25 years of conflict in Sri Lanka. The incredulous thing is that nothing further has been done by the state to deal with the perpetrators, some of whom hold public office, strut a...
Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 01:42 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Dress codes do not a Taliban make
When I was in school we debated with a Girls’ school whether a bride with a dowry was better than a bride with a degree. The girls opted for the degree, at least in the debate. We had to win .After all it had to be our decision as we were debating about brides and not bridegrooms. Now in a Kandy sc...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 01:51 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Kandulu Jayasuriya (KJ) poisons SL
He has ignored that 300,000 Tamils used by the terrorists as human shields were liberated in that month and the country was freed from the 30 year terrorist scourge that had taken nearly 100,000 lives. Pilgrims interrupted progress. The immediate reason for his concern was to spearhead an INGO inspi...
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 01:34 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Random Sketches’ by Gamini Gunewardene (Retd DIG)
The above ‘sketches’ were included in a delightful ‘Appreciation’ on late Mr. Stanley Senanayake former IGP in the Sunday media in late 2010. The sketches were etched with diplomatic if not PR finesse and reserve which did credit to the well known policemen of yesteryear. While some controversial na...
Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 13:36 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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