(Lanka-e-News - 11.Oct.2017, 11.45PM) There are three vocations in Sri Lanka (SL) , namely politics , media and foreign diplomatic service which do not need people with educational attainments. In contradistinction in other countries vacancies in these vocations are filled by specially skilled and adequately educated competent individuals .
In Singapore if one is to become a minister one must not only have a degree but also a post degree qualification .In England , even to secure a part time job as a video photographer in a Restaurant he /she must have a degree in camera reporting . In India too our closest neighbor, there are no politicized foreign diplomatic appointments at all.
Unfortunately, it is only in SL , any rascal , pariah or son of a b… ch can become a politician , media personnel or foreign envoy.
Let us for the moment elaborate on our foreign Envoy appointments – a sphere most vital to the country …..
In SL the eligibility requirement to become a foreign Envoy is his/her closeness of connections and his / her influence with the highest in the hierarchy of the country . Sadly , owing to this state of affairs , notorious rapists, rogues and even jailbirds secure foreign diplomatic posts without any hindrance.
Though the masses on the 8 th of January 2015 following the rainbow revolution earnestly expected a revolutionary change for the better , Maithripala Sirisena breaking his solemn promises , immediately after becoming the president grabbed the post of president of the SLFP kicking those promises he gave to the people out the window that he would be non partisan and act sans party affiliations. Since that day Polonnaruwe Sirisena when appointing misfits as foreign envoys made a perfect display of his imperfect inferiority complex.
The corrupt Medamulana morons made the inclusion of pensioned senile officers of the forces into the list of diplomatic envoys a fad , while Sirisena who tried to make an exhibition he is a ‘King in the making’ continued that obnoxious practice with even greater vigor and vitality .
It is a Universal practice of the advanced countries of the world to appoint officers of the forces to diplomatic missions only to the lowest rungs. It is a pity in our country it is different .Now, former Commanders of the forces are being appointed without an efficiency scrutiny .On that basis , His Excellency has appointed a ‘baas’ – a former army commander Chrishantha De Silva as High Commissioner to Bangla Desh, and much worse ! under the good governance government the number of foreign envoys appointed has shot up by 70 % . This is far in excess of the number even during the nefarious corrupt Rajapakse decade.
The individual who can play the key role to avert a war or halt it is the state diplomatic officer. That is why he should be knowledgeable and given a rigorous training in his profession . On the contrary , an officer of the forces is trained in something diametrically different in his profession. He is well versed in winning the war without losing , and not in halting the war .That is ,he is skilled in waging war.
Though both these tasks are vital to carry on a government , they are distinctly different. That is why we say , in the same way as a foreign diplomatic officer has no knowledge to be a commander of the forces , a commander of the forces has no knowledge to be a foreign diplomatic officer.
Like how an officer of the forces from the level of second lieutenant gradually rises to the post of commander of the forces , diplomatic officers too reach the post of foreign envoy gradually through promotions after serving for about 20 years.
The former commanders like Chrishantha De Silva initially joined as Cadet officers to become second lieutenants with GCE ord. level or with GCE adv. Level passing two subjects . Whereas to join the diplomatic service the candidate should have a degree as well as a post degree qualification. These qualifications are imperative when interacting with the world .
We do not know whether morons were commanders of the forces , but certainly we know such morons have been defense secretaries . In any event morons cannot perform the duties of a foreign envoy , no , not for all the world ! There are tangible proof testifying to that !
In the circumstances , what is the benefit or the prestige the country going to derive by giving Chrishantha De Silva an engineering ‘baas’ a foreign diplomatic appointment - bad enough appointing him as army commander (earlier) , who has only the GCE advanced level qualifications , has not even been a student ‘soldier ‘ during his school days , never carried weapons and been in the battle field , and was just attached to the engineering division ?
Bangla Desh is an economically developing Muslim country. Hence by sending pensioned incompetent Chrishantha De Silva to such a country without taking into consideration what he is (in)capable of , the SL diplomatic mission in Bangla Desh is only sooner than later going to become a home for the aged. One thing is sure SL is not going to reap any benefits there-from.
Moreover , when there are officers in the foreign ministry who are seniors and well experienced in the highest rungs for over 3 years and languishing in Colombo , what is the justice meted out to them if commanders who did not know even about weapons are being appointed as foreign envoys ? What is the logic or ethics behind this ?
Miathripala Sirisena who came to power giving a solemn assurance that he would abolish the most abhorred Executive presidency within 100 days should not think the country is a just a plaything and that he was appointed only to fool around . This diplomatic appointment dansala shall be stopped once and for all !
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