Thursday 22nd October 2009 9 Seeing it differently Lanka’s dilemma: I do not know who your columnist Kath Noble is for rational and objective look at things political and of inter- Rubella and and to what nationality she national significance. belongs, but I have been read- I am a Lankan, South Asian ing her columns not always in and a human belonging to the agreement of her analysis of planet in which we live; but local politics. that does not mean I am less vaccination Her piece on October 21, patriotic towards the land in 2009 enthused me to read it which i was born. One could be with interest partly because of rooted in his soil and yet look it’s simple style and lucid argu- ahead to see my country in a ments and clarifications. global perspective I think most of us Lankans So, we should try to see the are usually emotional and easi- rationale behind Kath’s state- our editorial today (Oct. 21) mental retardation. For this rea- to determine whether naturally - not. In the meantime, let there be ly provoked despite our long ments and not be so quick to Y is appropriate and timely The confused and affected public deserve to be updated . son some countries permit abor- tion for this unfortunate situa- tion. This has not been accept- acquired immunity to Rubella was present in a person. However, the administration of Rubella no risk to anyone (girl, mother or other) from this vaccine. If (par- ticularly) a specialist doctor tradition of religious values, and of judging anything with right balance of mind.. condemn everything West. Having lived in the U.S. for sometime, I found that politi- especially regarding health con- . able in our country Some decades vaccination was included in the decides that a woman should be Trust Kath Noble is from cians there are like that group cerns. ago women who were getting National Immunisation pro- given the Rubella vaccine, let Europe or the U.S.A. or some- of people all over the world. Rubella or German Measles is married or likely to become preg- gramme, which has been tremen- Rubella antibody testing be done where outside Lanka and And yet the people are as a viral infection comparable with nant were strongly medically dously successful. first, and, if she has natural presently witnessing the pass- humane as we are. common or garden Measles. If a advised to take Rubella vaccina- The present national dilemma immunity, let her not have the ing scene from our soil, but she The vociferous amongst us woman acquires this infection in tion. This advice was later is because there has been two or risk of vaccination. is absolutely correct in point- could benefit by thinking anew the first 16 to 20 weeks (first 3 extended to all females of child - more deaths soon after Rubella I am sure more valuable infor- ing out certain things we have of what your correspondent months – to be safe) of pregnancy, bearing age, as it could not be vaccination. It is imperative and mation and recommendations forgotten to think about.In her Kath suggests. there is a heavy risk of the foetus clearly clinically determined urgent that the relevant and will be forthcoming from con- article she is subtly argues a K. S. Sivakumaran (the baby in her womb) being whether she has already natural- responsible authorities inquire cerned and balanced medical blind, having a congenital defor- ly had Rubella. Subsequently, lab- and determine whether the vac- practitioners. When will they ever learn? mity (like a hole in the heart), or oratory methods were introduced cine and vaccination are safe or Dr. Lakshman Ranasinghe Lessons learnt from the not allowing the set batsman to Dented credibility Obstinacy or Champions Trophy. It was a score. Kulasekara was doing disaster due mainly to the fol- great. What did Mendis do? lowing - 5. Whether they will learn 1. Senior players acted irre- from their mistakes is another would like to remind readers of an I addition to numerous incredible sto- ries related by the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. This is the most insanity? sponsibly without the slightest thought that they were repre- senting our country. 2. Some of the fielders did matter, as no action is taken whether they do well or not. 6. The tour manager must be submitting his report. What infamous one she used during her not even touch the ball. action is taken regarding the unsuccessful campaign to win fulfilling their duties with con- obnoxious that he was sent to a Standard field placement did adverse comments is anybody’s Democratic Party nomination for presi- . fidence and impartially It has psychiatrist to examine his not help, it only allowed the guess. All cricketers must be dential candidacy .She dramatised her also been reported that this mental health. opposition to score runs. given lessons in MEDITATION visit to Bosnia with her daughter UPFA candidate, accompanied His threatening the return- 3. Sorry to state that our so that mind control will be beyond one’s imagination. All those by a group of supporters, had ing officer with death, when he walked into the Galle District failed to get the highest number captain did not lead by exam- used when they are at the who listened to her made to Secretariat and abused the elec- of preferential votes proves ple. wicket. 4. Some of the tail-enders Bandula think that she Nishantha tion staff engaged in the check- that, the proper place for him is tried to do the impossible by Hedges Court was really lucky ing of ballot papers. not a seat in the provincial LFP organiser for to have escaped the sniper fire at the time of her landing in S Akmeemana Nishantha Muthuhettigama, who con- tested the Southern Provincial In the run up to the polls marred with violence, Muthuhettigama clashed with other contestants of the same council, but a hospital. UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premjayantha is reported to have said in a press Ramayana Trail Bosnia.She spoke election and failed to get the party, for which he was remand- briefing that the errant council- about the shots highest number of preferential ed and released on bail. He lor would be ‘definitely taken to monkey (Hanuman) jumped he fired at her and votes as he vowed, is reported to threatened that all police offi- task’. had to build a bridge and the bullets which have threatened the Returning cers in the Galle District would ‘Mahinda Chintanaya’ prom- questions whether the power were flying left, Officer with death for alleged be transferred and that the IGP ises to foster social discipline of the gods could be such? right and cen- ‘irregularities in the counting sent on retirement, after he among citizens, but, it is our Sri Lanka Tourist tre.She also of preferences’. The Island of became the chief minister. He experience that theory and Development Authority seems spoke about her Oct. 10 reported that the was so obsessed with the idea of practice are two things going to have identified some fifty narrow escape by Elections Commissioner becoming CM, that he threat- parallel. sites in this trail .Perhaps Dayananda Dissanayake had ened to accomplish this task by ducking and run- more than even in India! I won- demanded that action be taken hook or by crook and his behav- Stanley Weerasinghe ning for cover der on what basis and on what Hilary against this rash act, which iour in the election campaign Pannipitiya under security facts it had arrived at these would hinder state officers from became so intolerable and escort. conclusions. In fact historians Fortunately, I had the opportunity of doubt whether the reference to listening to her speech during the cam- Lanka is to Sri Lanka. According to the Indian histo- Sir Don Bradman paign. This highly fabricated story became totally deflated just within 48 rian Basham knowledge of the hours after the speech. Most of the location of the island of electronic media in America started <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki telecasting her actual visit to Bosnia, cousin decided to go for the man just smiled. A few others /Sri_Lanka>Sri Lanka lacks which was extremely peaceful and match. The Oval was a short dis- also ran and did the same. All of detail. And according to there were no sniper fires whatsoever tance from where we lived and us walked towards the pavilion Sankalia geography of cen- and in contrast there were many we decided to walk the distance. with him. Incidentally my two Hanuman tral and South India is increas- Bosnian officials to receive her on All of us joined a queue to buy cousins and my brother, after ingly vaguely described. was surprised and bemused arrival. We have heard politicians coming out with fantasies but those stories lasted days or weeks until they are the tickets, when there was a commotion on the eastern end of the Oval. The crowd had broken the gate and all the people were gate crashing, had the cheek to go home have lunch, and come back to watch the match. This is not the end of the I to read in “The Island” (October 20th) that the Ramayana Trail has around To attract Indian tourists to distort Sri Lanka past cannot be condoned. Before this myth gets crystallised, veracity of fifty sites in Sri Lanka which the pronouncements made by proved wrong but in this case it lasted rushing in without buying tick- . story After the match we walked has great value. the Sri Lanka Tourist just 48 hours for the media personnel to ets. My brother and the two to the changing room side to see Unlike some other South East Development Authority should fetch the relevant cassette from the Bradman cousins also ran leaving me. I the Australians. In walked the Asian countries Ramayana archives. This is a good lesson even for bought a ticket and occupied a handsome Keith Miller towards be authenticated .The ideal story never took root in Sri body to do this is the Royal fter reading the letter A our local ‘turn-coat’ politicians. Some seat. the window, which was open, Lanka. There are no historical of them have conveniently forgotten written by Mr. Edmund After a short period, since wearing a towel and asked “are Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka .It records to vouch for its belief could organise a seminar to what they said belittling the forces’ Dassanayake appearing in there were some young ones there any ladies around” and here. No inscription refers to it achievements then and the praise they the Island on Friday 9th October seated on the grass, I too decided when we said no, he removed which the officers of the Sri or to any of its characters. Lanka Tourist Development sing now of the person who led these my memory went back to 1948, to sit the with them. When Sir the towel and was walking in his Even in the rare instance that forces. My advise to them is ‘please when I was a young student liv- Don got out for 20 runs, and birthday suit. The end result we Authority could be invited to we find reference Rama is participate. don’t be another ‘Hillary’!’ ing with my uncle on Cotta started walking back to the saw Miller in all his glory as he ridiculed. In Budugunalankara S. H. Moulana Road. On the day of the pavilion, I ran towards him and had nothing to hide. written in the 15th century the Colombo,6. Australia/Ceylon match, my put my hand over his shoulder Bandula Perera. C B .Punchibandara author says as Rama could not cousin, my brother and another and walked with him. This great Colombo. 10 go across the sea over which a he recent provincial council elec- within the legislature as well. In other political power. It was he who introduced my own writings, refused to accept this two third has now been realised, because T tions, especially the latest Provincial Council election in the South, demonstrated that the Sri Lankan words, the multi- polity structure gave birth to a system of two coalitions of parties, and discouraged the growth of the PR form of representation with a view to keeping the UNP in power forev- er, and that was the basis on which they thesis, and always contended that the nature and functioning of the PR would undergo the transformation of electoral the electoral dynamics did the required overturn. A new transformation has now begun. Mushroom political parties President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has mushroom political parties, with region- constructed the new electoral system dynamics in the country’s polity. which emerged with destructive regional emerged as the ruler imperative of Sri al and parochial agendas. Today as a which, in the end, ‘inaugurated a period Now, the past provincial council elec- and parochial communal agendas have Lanka, because of the following main been thrown into the dustbin of history . changes which are taking place in the The very thesis of the UNP that more Electoralism in Sri Lanka. His style of leadership and his pop- Statement on the Southern Provincial Council election by and more parties would emerge and return to the national scene through the Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Wiswa Warnapala ulist approach shows that he is display- PR has been unfounded. That thesis ing the characteristics of such great lead- relating to multi parties has been demol- ers as Nehru of India and John F. ished. This shows that the time is right Kennedy of U.S.A., in appealing to the to change the electoral system in Sri President Mahinda . general masses in the country In this Lanka and the very signal has come sense, his appeal and approach to the from the people through the constantly rural masses is very much of a changing electoral dynamics in Sri Nehruvian in character and orientation. Lanka. Rajapaksa is Ruler Through such a style of leadership, he The UNP, as a political party with has successfully articulated the aspira- fairly strong traditional rural base has tions of the ordinary people, and the declined due to the failure of its leader- election in the South demonstrated this ship to give a proper direction to the Imperative and the electoral feature. . party Its leader is emulating the charac- Since the introduction of the adult teristics of a European Party leader suffrage in 1931, the Sri Lankan polity whereas President Rajapaksa has been was allowed to grow on the basis of the able to successfully project his personali- dynamics in Sri Lanka parliamentary institutions of govern- ty on the basis of the exclusive charac- ment which were then in an infancy teristics of the Sri Lankan polity and the stage. Political parties grew into a com- Sri Lankans political culture. This has petitive, multi-party system and till 1977, been Rajapaksa’s strong point, and he it was this structure which dominated has come to terms with national political the electoral process in Sri Lanka. In the result of the introduction of the PR sys- of manipulative electoral politics. The tions amply demonstrated that UNP’s currents which got debilitated in the last period 1948-1977, there were only 7 politi- tem, the whole party process and the architects of the constitution going on philosophy relating to the nature of the 30 years due to destructive terrorism cal parties in the country, and they have electoral process came to be subverted by the basis of the previous polling patterns PR system has gone overboard and fun- which has now been defeated. The UNP, been formed on the basis of a national a new kind of electrolism that destroyed in the country and the way the two major damental electoral transformations are as the main opposition party, is in steep political agenda. This multi-party struc- the foundations and traditions of multi- parties- the UNP and SLFP shared the taking place. The last election in the decline due to internal conflicts and the ture later came to be divided into two party democracy . national vote in the country, were under South reduced the UNP to the level of a Alliance has emerged as the most power- sets of coalitions associated with the two The late Mr. J. R. Jayewardene who the illusion that through the PR system, , minor political party and the gap ful political force in the country under major parties - the UNP and the SLFP, was the architect of the constitution the UNP could remain the power for ever. between the alliance and the UNP was an effective and astute leader, who has and it provided the state with compara- introduced a constitution which was tai- There were leading lawyers and academ- such, that UNP’s political base has been understood the feelings and aspirations . tive political stability This was available lor made to his personal ambitions of ics who accepted this thesis, whereas in virtually eliminated, and the impossible of a nation.