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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2342

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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Lalin's Coloumn: Remembrance not Victory
A War Heroes week is held annually in May. This in Colombo includes a Victory Parade on Galle Face grounds in the morning and a Remembrance ceremony on the Parliamentary grounds in the evening. The latter are held nationwide too. However a victory parade would appear to be at cross purposes with SL...
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 02:06 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Coloumn: Shades of a contrived Abu Graib
First it was borrowed ‘Killing Fields’ financed by the LTTE/GTF. Now it is the spectre of Abu Graib by the former genocidal cadres of the JVP with anglicized names (Noel) and new initials (FSP) themselves. This one could be called Babu Graib. The BBC man Haviland (who wants to know) should be tol...
Monday, April 23, 2012 - 23:55 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Coloumn: How would the USA have defeated the LTTE? (2)
There is peace and joy every where in SL after 30 years of LTTE terror that beggars belief. In the countries that the USA has decided to help by invading, torturing, urinating, sodomizing, raping and murdering there is not. Instead, on an average, there are daily about 25 being killed in Afghanistan...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 00:55 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Killing of prisoners and children in battle - A Snow job
“The killings that took place there were not deliberate attacks but ’an unfortunate tragedy inherent in war” (Pentagon report of 2001 on the massacre by US forces of nearly 400 unarmed Korean civilians fleeing during the battle of No Gun Ri in June 1950). The price of victory. In May 2009 SL de...
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 03:09 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) - Make the killers pay (1)
Deaths due to RTAs (around 2,200 annually) give rapes, murders and suicide in SL a very close run. Only a few of those responsible pay any price to society. While much of the violence is in traditional character, it is exacerbated due to the rampant and virulent breakdown of fear of the law. No fea...
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 15:06 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: SLC-After ‘5 years’ only shame (lajja) will remain
The new boss of SLC is quoted by BBC (Sandeshaya) as saying that the financial woes of SLC will not be solved for another 5 years. The Minister is however quoted as saying he will correct (‘teach him a lesson’?) Dharmadasa , when he meets him at SLC HQ. Dharmadasa is also a very prominent businessma...
Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 04:18 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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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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