Enemies of the nation
A question to the UNP:
If Bradman Weerakoon, the Secretary to Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe (2000-2004) and his current chief advisor and general
factotum, is the Acting Head of the anti-national International Centre
for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and also a founder member of the other
anti-national Centre for Policy Alternative (CPA), and if the wife of
the Leader of the Opposition, Mrs. Maithree Wickremesinghe, an academic
who knows her politics, are active campaigners for these anti-national
NGOs how can the people trust Wickremesinghe, who is a creature of both,
to protect the nation?
This is a serious issue considering the fact that Bradman Weerakoon
is the evil guru behind the UNP throne, manipulating Wickremesinghe, who
is primarily a lazy, indecisive figurehead. His greatest contribution to
politics has been to appoint committees, most of which were headed by
Weerakoon. Wickremesinghe is dependent heavily on Weerakoon not only to
draft his speeches and to attend to political and administrative details
as well as broad policy-making initiatives but also to represent him
(and, of course the UNP) at critical meetings with delegates from
foreign governments and local leaders. As the minute-keeper of these
meetings Weerakoon also has the advantage of interpreting what was said
at these meetings which then becomes the official policy of the UNP.
The success of Weerakoon in public service has been due to two main
reasons: 1) his ability to do the master's/mistress's bidding without
questioning and (2) his willingness to take on onerous duties which, in
many ways, goes to strengthen Weerakoon grip on politics and make him
indispensable to his masters/mistresses.
By dabbling in all spheres of political and administrative activity
he becomes the instant resource centre to lazy and incompetent figures
like Wickremesinghe. Consequently, Bradman's in-put into policy-making
and decision-making under Wickremesinghe has gone beyond that of a
He has taken up a position at the strategic centre of decision-making
in the Sri Lankan crisis and foreign affairs, which provides him an
opening to bring in, directly from the ICES, its anti-national agenda.
Weerakoon functions today as the policy-maker, minute-keeper,
interpreter of UNP policies, spokesperson, and even decision-maker
usurping the powers of his master.
His presence in the inner sanctum of Wickremesinghe, though not so
public as that of the politicos in the party, explains why the UNP has
swung against the overall interests of the nation and followed the
mono-ethnic platform of the Jaffna-centric ICES tied to the TULF. After
all, Neelan Tiruchelvam, the founder of the ICES was not only the
leading ideologue of the TULF setting its political agenda but also one
of its MPs playing politics openly to promote the Jaffna-centric
politics initiated by his father. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Neelan's
successor, has followed in the footsteps of her political guru loyally.
And the caretaker head of ICES, Weerakoon, follows Radhika as loyally as
Radhika who followed Neelan.
Where does this leave the UNP? Can Weerakoon serve two masters
simultaneously? The record of the UNP policies under Wickremesinghe
reveals the direct impact of Weerakoon's ICES policies. The
Wickremesinghe-Weerakoon duo have replaced the grassroot aspirations and
policies of the founding fathers of the UNP and the nation with that of
the mono-ethnic politics coming out of the womb of Jaffna.
The Senanayakes and D. R. Wijewardenes have been thrown out and
Radhika Coomaraswamy and Neelan Tiruchelvam have taken over. Weerakoon's
grip on Wickremesinghe is almost total. For instance, when the Japanese
Ambassador invited Wickremesinghe for dinner with Yashushi Akashi on his
recent visit to Sri Lanka, Wickremesinghe took with him Lakshman
Seneviratne, whose knowledge of politics, national and international, is
as great as his leader's knowledge of Zulu, and, of course, his minder
Now Weerakoon is not a member of the UNP nor is he an elected
representative of the people. As a self-seeking apparatchik he does not
have a stake either in the future of the UNP or the nation. He will
serve any mother's son or daughter as long as they serve his interests.
And he has a tendency to go for the highest bidder which right now is
the anti-national NGOs.
This hired agent who does not represent anyone except the
anti-national NGOs is taken by Wickremesinghe to represent the UNP for
dinner with Akashi, the only member of the Co-Chairs who, after many
failures in opening peace talks, has partially realized the futility of
negotiations with the Tamil Tigers. One does not have to be an Einstein
to guess what line Wickremesinghe-Weerakoon duo would have plugged at
At the moment Weerakoon is immersed in the internal power struggle of
the foreign-funded ICES and is making a desperate bid to cover-up the
financial scandals which have prompted even the Ford Foundation to send
its investigators to look into the loss of millions of dollars. Ms.
Radhika Coomaraswamy, the former head of the ICES, states that she
merely signed the papers put in front of her by the Financial Controller
who is known to be an ardent supporter of the Tamil Tiger terrorists.
Isn't it rather odd that Radhika should abandon her Responsibility to
Protect (R2P) the millions handed to her by the foreign donors? Or is
R2P only for the Sri Lankan forces advancing into the areas dominated by
the Tamil Pol Pot?
Getting back to Bradman Weerakoon, he is in cahoots with Radhika who,
in fact, has handpicked him to look after her Jaffna-centric political
base at the ICES. He is currently the Acting Head of the Colombo branch
of the ICES. He is also the darling of the political NGOs working
against the national interests. For instance, he is the founder member
of the CPA - the other NGO working overtime against the nation.
Weerakoon is in this game because he is paid handsomely for it, in cash,
in perks, in trips abroad and in kudos too.
As for the NGOs it is opportune for them to have him on board because
he can be used as a tool by the NGOs to stir up anti-government politics
However, the elections results and opinion polls have clearly
confirmed that the UNP's alliance with the NGOs have not paid any
dividends. The NGOs, on the other hand, had gained considerable power
and other political benefits by having one of their stooges in the
strategic decision-making centre of the UNP. Whether in the living,
dining room or in the office room Wickremesinghe is surrounded by those
who are pathologically anti-national. Of these, Bradman Weerakoon is the
evil master-mind behind Wickremesinghe manipulating him to dance and
sing to the tunes of the NGOs.
Failed Ceasefire Agreement
Starting from the failed Ceasefire Agreement to the handing over of
sensitive communication equipment and even to the parts of the light
aircraft (duty free) to the Tamil Tigers Weerakoon has acted according
to the agenda of NGOs posing a serious threat to national security and
the future of the nation.
The role of Weerakoon as the Acting Head of the anti-national ICES
interlocking with his role as the decision-making, policy-making minder
of Wickremesinghe explains amply the anti-national policies of the UNP
like the CFA which handed over two thirds of the coastline and its
hinterland to the Tamil Tigers. This is not surprising for the simple
reason that separatism in one form or another - i.e., federalism, power
sharing, devolution of power, Ceasefire Agreement ONLY WITH THE JAFFNA
TAMILS and not with the other minorities - has been the hidden agenda of
the ICES. Weerakoon's achievement in manipulating Wickremesinghe to
devolve power and territory to the Tamil Tiger terrorists under the
provisions of the CFA was, indeed, the glorious pay back that Radhika
Coomaraswamy got for keeping Weerakoon on her pay role. This is why
Weerakoon is a security risk to the nation. If Wickremesinghe comes back
- fortunately it is not on the cards - Weerakoon would galvanize into
action, based on the known agenda of the ICES, CPA and other NGOs, to
renew the CFA by signing another agreement (of course, all in the name
of peace!) and hand over territory and power to the Tamil Tiger
terrorists. This makes him a dangerous Enemy of the nation.
This anti-national political agenda of the ICES, has been revealed in
absolutely clear terms by Dr. Rama Mani, the deposed Head of the ICES,
in her letter to Gareth Evans, who is now parading as the
Commander-in-Chief of the R2P forces. She states categorically that the
ICES "will be confronting governments and supporting the international
community". Of course she says this in referring to the implementation
of R2P. But confronting the government and supporting the international
community have been and will continue to be the underlying principle on
which the NGOs have been acting in Sri Lanka. Dr. Mani outlines the quid
pro quo: you give us the money and we will serve you in whatever way you
want to confront the government.
Now that Weerakoon has taken over the corrupt ICES, plagued with
internal power struggles, he is not going to change the policy
objectives pronounced by Dr. Mani. He has never been the guy to buck the
system. Dr. Mani has laid down the law for Weerakoon to follow. And
being the loyal servant he will lead the ICES and the UNP to (1)
confront the government and (2) support the international community.
This two-pronged challenge posed to the national integrity and
sovereignty has been a consistent part of the NGO strategy to
destabilise and dismember Sri Lanka in accordance with the agenda of the
This, mark you, is not a surmise or conjecture or wild speculation.
This is written down in black and white by the head of ICES
handpicked by Radhika Coomaraswamy after pushing her through the charade
of a selection process that was supposed to be transparent and fair. But
the selection process actually was manipulated craftily to keep Dr.
Jeganathan, a research assistant, out of the race and to smuggle in Dr.
Mani from France.
Well, this oracle from France has spoken to the ICES. What more do we
need to prove that Weerakoon is committed to undermine the national
sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka through his other
political base in the UNP?
Any student of politics who has any inclination to understand the
primary objectives and the modus operandi of NGOs should memorize this
line of Dr. Mani: "A very important element for implementing R2P will be
confronting governments and supporting the international community and
R2P advocates with hard evidence from the ground, and analysis of the
perspectives, views held about R2P by affected vulnerable populations
and by ordinary citizens." Quite unwittingly, she has let the cat out of
the bag. She has outlined unequivocally what goals are pursued by NGOS
and through what means. First, their goals are to "confront governments"
jointly with other anti-national and neo-colonial agents supporting R2P
and other agendas of foreign governments. Second, outlining the
methodology, she says ICES will, in the guise of research collect "hard
evidence from the ground, and analyse the perspectives" with the sole
objective of "supporting the international community" and not the
In other words, it is politicized "research" to help the
international community to intervene in the domestic affairs of Sri
Of course, she writes this in reference to the neo-colonial agenda of
implementing the R2P. With or without the R2P, this statement describes
succinctly the politics, the goals, the tactics of NGOs hired to subvert
nations struggling to find their feet not only from confrontations by
armed terrorists groups but also by NGOs financed to confront
governments according to the international community. Confronting the
national governments and supporting the international community has been
the fundamental policy of all NGOs involved in the Sri Lankan crisis. It
is this policy of slavishly serving foreign governments that has made
the "NGOS" the dirtiest four-letter word in the Sri Lankan political
To come down to the brass tacks of what Dr. Mani has stated in black
and white, the ICES would collect evidence from those affected by the
forces advancing into the Vanni with primary objective of presenting an
analysis of the situation that would open opportunities for the
international community to invade Sri Lanka invoking R2P. These two
functions - i.e., (1) collecting evidence from the ground to (2) help
the international interlopers to confront the government (example:
British High Commissioner Chillcott) - have been the main focus of all
NGOs, whether they are working for R2P or not.
In doing this work for foreign agencies NGOs take cover under the
misleading label of "research". But in reality they are overpaid agents
collecting evidence for foreign governments to confront the national
governments that do not conform to their political agenda. In other
words, the NGOs, claiming to be "the civil society", assume that they
have been vested with the power to subvert or overthrow the elected
governments. They aspire to have a stake in the running of the
government or run a parallel state without obtaining the consent of the
people through the electoral process. They claim that they derive their
powers from the higher authority invested in the UN Charter but, in
reality, those powers exist only on paper without any inherent dynamism
to emerge as the determining force in politics. These NGOs find some
space to invoke the UN Charter only when they are funded by foreign
governments. In fact, Paikiasothy Sravanamuttu, Kumar Rupesinghe, Jehan
Perera, Radhika Comarswamy et all would not have steepped into the arena
of civil society if there was no money in it. It is the filthy lucre
that makes them champions of human rights.
They are also boosted by the backing they get from foreign
governments (example: the Canadian High Commissioner intervening on
behalf of ICES). Mark you, no such facility is available for them to
intervene in big power politics of the West. When the Western diplomats
intervene in governments elected by the people under an electoral
process supervised by their own agents in NGOs and foreign observers,
they little realize that they are actually kicking their own political
values into the dust bin. Acting in collusion with NGOs, these Western
governments who loudly proclaim the virtues of the government of the
people, by the people and for the people, actually reject the will of
the people expressed through their elected representatives and opt for
the "confrontations" led by unelected, self-serving, foreign-funded,
anti-people agents in the NGOs. So do these diplomats want a democracy
of the people or do they prefer a collective of crooked wheeler-dealers
fighting among themselves for power to control the dollars pouring in
from foreign sources?
If the common objectie of NGOs has been to (1) confront governments
and (2) collect evidence to support the interventions of foreign
governments shouldn't all these busybodies in NGOs be classified as
enemies of the people? Apart from that, not a single NGO operates on the
democratic principle of being elected by their peers, or by the
community at large. The ugly and bitter power struggle in the ICES
demonstrates amply how power is used to throw out dissidents not favored
by the ruling elite.
Radhika, the hidden Madame Defarge, watching heads roll off the ICES
guillotine, made sure that Dr. Jeganathan was kept out at any cost. She
moved fast, manipulating her international network to put pressure on
Kingsley de Silva, the Chairman, to get Dr. Rama Mani, a foreigner,
reinstated. Bradman Weerakoon, playing the role of the obedient servant
to Radhika, launched an attack on the anti-Radhika camp through his "henchaiyas"
in the media because he was tasked to protect her political base.
Bradman Weerakoon's loyalties are very clear. He has temporary
loyalties to Wickremesinghe a long as he is in a position of power but
certainly not to the UNP, not to the people, and certainly not to the
nation as a whole. As the Acting Head of the ICES he makes use of
Wickremesinghe to push the Jaffna-centric mono-ethnic platform which has
dominated the ideology, the political agenda and the "research"
strategies of the ICES. Weerakoon's involvement with the ICES brand of
politics is reflected in the politics of the UNP. With one foot in the
ICES and the other in the UNP Weerakoon has successfully managed to
inject Jaffna-centric politics of the ICES into the UNP. In the crisis
faced by the ICES his primary task was to cover the rather broadening
back of Radhika Coomaraswamy. With this objective in mind he launched an
attack on the anti-Radhika camp consisting of Dr. Jeganathan, a
"researcher" and others who rebelled against the establishment.
Questions relating to Weerakoon go beyond his political chicanery.
One of the key questions relates to his qualifications to hold a top
position in the ICES which is advertised as the premier "research"
institution. He holds only a basic degree. Normally, the minimum
requirement is a Ph.D which qualifies the head to direct research.
Weerakoon has no known experience or qualifications in conducting
research. Of course, if one has a proven record of being an experienced
stooge who needs a Ph.D? Radhika Coomaraswamy goes all the way to
handpick a Ph. D overlooking the resident Ph.D candidates. But she has
no qualms in appointing a mere B. A.-holder to head the ICES! The
insiders also feel that she is scared of bright Ph.D-holders performing
better than her. She is seen by them as a lightweight bluestocking from
Ladies College good at regurgitating Foucault and an assortment of
feminists, including the local nobodies who had become somebodies
through NGO patronage.
Though Weerakoon is totally unqualified to hold a high-ranking
position in a research institution he has displayed some excellent
qualities in holding the fort for Radhika Coomaraswamy. He's also good
at politicking for his master s/mistresses whilst grinning all the way
to the bank. But what is good for the ICES is certainly not good for the
UNP, or the nation.
The events have proved that the UNP and the ICES have gone to the
dogs or to their female counterparts, as the case may be.
However, if Weerakoon continues to be in the UNP, as its evil guru,
it is the nation that will have to pay the price for his anti-national
politics borrowed from the ICES.
If Weerakoon is retained by Wickremesinghe (which he will because he
is left only with mediocrities in the party) the consequences to the
nation - not to mention the UNP - will be disastrous. The Parliamentary
Committee which is investigating the role of the NGOs should focus in
particular on the NGO agenda of (1) confronting the elected government
and (2) supporting the international community to undermine the
authority of the governments elected by the people.
The NGO aim is to run a parallel government overriding the authority
of the elected governments. For how much longer should the government,
the parliament and people allow these agents of foreign governments to
subvert the will of the people?