Sri Lanka has damsels on call and organic stimulants

| by Pearl Thevanayagam

(August 27, 2013, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) A warning signal before CHOGM meets. Let us get one thing straight. Commonwealth is a dead parrot and consists of toothless curs who still believe Britain is an empire. CHOGM should not be boycotted for the simple reason that it would give these old codgers a chance to assess what went wrong since independence even though their reports would be like blowing horns into their battery-dead hearing aids.

Having said that, it could still send some message to the UNHRC while the government hosts leaders of Commonwealth members to a grand holiday in sunny Sri Lanka since there are HR activists and opposition political parties waiting to whisper into their ears some unsavoury truths about the war among other things.

This will also be an opportunity to probe and add further evidence of war crimes the government committed on its minority ethnic Tamils when UNHRC chief Ms Navi Pillay returns to UN headquarters after her fact-finding mission.

CHOGM is the next grand event after the 1986 non-aligned summit held at BMICH in Colombo. Rumours abound that the then PM Mrs Bandaranaike’s office recruited nubile girls as typists and secretaries to play host (pardon this euphemism) to the dignitaries who arrived.

How many young recruits this time for CHOGM?

Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist nation, is fast becoming Thailand, another Buddhist country which touts sex openly with girls in glass boxes advertised like commercial wares and foreigners are informed it is a gay paradise.

Casinos and golf courses are signs of economic empowerment to the detriment of the island’s heritage as a peaceful island with moral values. Jumping into the bandwagon of economic progress, Sri Lanka is selling its soul under Rajapakse Government in pursuit of vicarious pleasure.

The recently concluded war and its economy is seeing deterioration of moral values and it is not uncommon to see the North and East fast descending into moral decline with even 13 year old girls impregnated by unworthy marauders in the form of government soldiers and EPDP members who abduct and rape them.

Colombo is replete with Russian and East Asian women pandering to the whims of VVIPs.

Immigration officials are not exactly gunning for these over-stayers since they have a soft spot for these damsels who could prop up the image of the island as a most welcoming nation catering to the creature comforts of our guests.

Let it not be said that we are an island of virtues and moral standards. Our AIDS statistics will soon supercede that of India and Thailand if we do not curb East Asians and Russians descending on tourist visas and inhabiting our gambling dens and setting up massage parlours. Sex is sine qua non but at what price?

Another batch of foreigners who have taken root in the island are those environmentalists who are feeding their ganja habits touting the mantra that cannabis is the elixir of Lord Shiva whereas it is a class C drug prohibited in their homelands. The late Manik Sandrasagara occupied a piece of land beside Taj Samudra touting organic living. The blighter was a ganja addict. He even hoodwinked Mrs B into making a documentary of her life as the world’s first woman PM.

You see these foreigners who masquerade as born again romantic Buddhists in the South and in the hinterlands of Hambantota and Ambalangoda where ganja is cultivated among the chena. One minute the police raid these plantations and the next with a few dollars pressed into their hands they are putty in the hands of these foreigners.

These will not consume alcohol. They are of the organic movement who do not touch chemicals in any form and they shun meat. They belong to the temperance movement and they are drunk on cannabis-induced stupor and reach enlightenment through cannabis-induced high. The Beatles set the precedent with their meeting with Maharishi.
There is something fishy about the sudden increase in the arrival of East Asians and Burmese who overstayed their welcome awaiting deportation. Who brought them here? Could they be our casino kings?

Tourism does help the island’s economy but it should not be at the expense of selling our pride and moral values.

(The writer has been a journalist for 24 years and worked in national newspapers as sub-editor, news reporter and news editor. She was Colombo Correspondent for Times of India and has contributed to Wall Street Journal where she was on work experience from The Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley, California. Currently residing in UK she is also co-founder of EJN (Exiled Journalists Network) UK in 2005 the membership of which is 200 from 40 countries. She can be reached at