Lanka then and now
With special reference to the audit mafia and the
accounting tablets of King Mahinda IV:
Our nation is facing a situation which requires foresight and
determination on the part of our leaders. The forces are wide and varied
without any ethical qualms. Attempts have been made before to unleash a
wave of unrest but they have not succeeded. Our brave security forces
have weathered these attacks with determination and resolution and
created through out the country a sense of patriotism which lay dormant
after five centuries of foreign domination. The cultural imperialism of
the Western countries whilst dominant has opened centers of indigenous
people who have imbibed these ideas for their mutual advantage. They
wish to destroy our glorious culture and civilization which has
continued for over 2500 years when other civilizations were swept aside.
We singularly salute our armed forces for their acts of bravery and
selfless sacrifice and when the history of this country is written what
we owe to them is inconceivably inestimable.
These forces again are attempting to sabotage the economy which is
both local and international. Taking the local aspect these forces are
implementing a programme to raise the cost of living by artificial
means.The big importers of foodstuffs are creating an artificial
shortage and undermine the distribution of essential food. The ease of
Rice is a great pointer when a kilo of rice could be easily marketed at
Rs. 50/-. Various stratagems are used in this regard to maintain an
artificially high price and thus raking an unconscionable profit. The
government introduced tough laws to keep a kilo at Rs. 60/-.
These local businesses have close affinities with international
cartels. The people and the government are well aware of this
predicament and helpless to solve the problem in the shortrun and thus
making the government unpopular. With complete victory imminent in the
war against terror the government can now concentrate its attention to
the cost of living and the economy. The government now to counteract, is
streamlining a distribution system through cooperatives which was
deliberately undermined through a period of time.
The recession in the US and the west has weakened these countries to
customize our economies for their exploitation.
The economic riches of the country they with uncanny vision have set
their sights. The most important is the certainty of finding oil within
the country and offshore as well. This is one of the most deadly facts
of exploitation. The saying goes that where there is oil these powers
are liked crazed mongrels fighting for a bitch in heat. In Africa
Somalia and the Sudan are glaring examples where oil is the real truth.
The tragedy of Iraq, with lies of weapons of mass destruction has led to
the death of millions before and after the invasion and displaced
millions from the country.
An attempt is also being made on Iran. The lesson we must learn is
that these forces will stop at nothing to have their way. This is
briefly the Politics of Oil.
International Audit Mafia
The books of accounts are cooked by the Royal Chefs of the High and
the Mighty with their Excellencies down to the meanest trader. When in
Lanka King Mahinda IV enshrined in the Mihintale Inscription the worlds
First Accounting & Auditing standard. The necessity for recording of
accurate accounting was paramount. Here too we see the highly accurate
accounting documents which is revealed in the inscriptions of the king
Mahinda the fourth A.D. 975-91 at Mihintale.
"Except that which is given as means of subsistence for the
collections of revenue of the villages and lands belonging to these
Vihara, (temple) all other affairs transacted bona fide with the
concurrence of officials at all the respective places of business shall
be entered in the register."
Whatever is spent daily on the maintenance of the Maha-pa on revenue
collections and on the renovations of works shall be entered in the
register from the particulars contained therein. A statement of accounts
shall be made with the concurrence of those at the respective places of
business and such entries as are found false shall be expunged from the
account. The sheet of accounts shall then be placed in a casket under
lock and key. Every month the sheet of accounts so deposited shall be
made public and a fresh statement of accounts be prepared from them.
From the twelve statements of accounts so made during the year there
shall be compiled a Balance Sheet at the end of each year which shall be
read out in the midst of the community of monks and be thus finally
disposed of. The employees who infringe these rules shall be made to pay
ge-dand fines and they be dismissed from the service. Epigraphica
Zeylanica volume 1 Tablets of Mahinda IV page 106 to 107. This passage
reveals that accurate accounts had been prepared, discussed as done in
modern times. This shows the highly sophisticated system of accounting,
internal checks, internal audits preparation of Balance Sheets as in
The Community of monks discussed the annual accounts and approved the
same. This corresponds to the modern practice of Companies of having an
Annual General Meeting. From this inscription we see the importance of
accurate accounting and this practice was not confined to Temple
property but also for every other sector of activity.
Anderson and Co. one of the Big Five was directly involved in the
Enron fiasco, other Accounting and Auditing firms including the Big Five
have been guilty of malpractices and this international Audit Mafia have
their representatives in the accounting and auditing firms in Sri Lanka.
The licence to practice in Lanka should be cancelled from the local
firms as a first step to preserve the credibility of the accounting and
auditing profession. The World Bank, I.M.F. and other major
international bodies insist on certain firms to carry out assignments.
The recent revelation of the Golden Key Co. other members of the
Ceylinco group is only the tip of the iceberg. The accounting and
auditing profession in Sri Lanka is rotten to the very core. Various
leading Accountants and Auditors have been involved in embezzlement in
partnership and turning a blind eye to the goings on in their clients
activities. The accountant has become an angel to tax dodgers and
The numbered accounts and money laundering has been spoken of. But
nations have developed on this money laundering such as Switzerland,
Liehtenstein, Channel Islands, Luxembourg. These nations carry out the
most dastardly acts of financial manipulation and crimes, have built up
their economies and especially over a considerable period they have
financed other nations whilst chanting pious incantations. They have
become the repository of stinking resources of murderers and questions
are not asked but the moneys are taken in and deposited in the Banks and
lending of these dirty moneys is the main items of business. These
forces are at work even in this country. The blood money of slavery
which circulated in America and Europe formed one of the bases for the
economic take off in these nations and capital formations. The nations
and empires of the west and Americas were built on these horrendous
crimes of slavery.
N.G.O's have become like a State within a State. They are
untrammelled by subjecting to an audit and the expenditure of money have
been for various purposes mainly for conversion and supporting the LTTE
to destabilize the country. They are hand in glove with anti-national
forces and continue to do so with impunity. It is now the opinion of
many that the creation of the NGO was a brilliant concept which has
restored much controlling powers to these World Powers. The capture of
LTTE outposts have revealed that the NGOs have directly financed them
and all the so-called humanitarian material were given to this terrorist
outfit. Why did they not report this to the government? These NGOs
should be asked to leave the country forthwith.
The Media operates with devastating effect on the country. The media
in the world is controlled by the wealthy nations. Behind are the
armament, pharmaceutical and chemical and advertising industries. The
armament industries are in State likes US, UK and the EU the very life
blood of these economies. If there is peace the industry will wither and
the economies will come to a halt and consequences will be incalculable
to these countries. The media industry is controlled by a handful and
the media is diffused to such an extent that they cannot be easily
exposed. By subterfuges, the original investor are deliberately
concealed by covert operations. Another aspect of the Media is that they
are inextricably conjoined with the espionage agencies of these nations.
Funds without limit are expended with the blessings of their
Governments. Kantilya and Machiaveli have been outshone in this cloak
and dagger extravaganza. The media personnel cannot expose as they are
subject to vast bribes and kept at bay by threat of exposure. Regime
changes they talk of is not mere rhetoric. The media suppresses news and
the truth and disinformation and distortion is served to the gullible
The cultural imperialism of the EU and the US has to be dealt a fatal
blow. This can be done only with Lanka focusing our cultural heritage in
this light of current developments. The so-called culture of the
imperialists is decadent and this reminds one of the Roman Empire whose
growth was brought to an end and its fall with the decrepit values it
embraced, which sapped the vitality of this society. We see now the
culture of Las Vegas Mc Donalds, K.F.C. Drugs etc as the embodiment of
western values. The purveyors of these values is the shameless
The unfortunate aspect is that powerful elements in our society looks
upto these values as the personification of healthy progress. When his
Excellency the President addressed the United Nations in Sinhala the
ancient language of our unique and rich culture and heritage he sounded
the world with unflagging patriotism the greatness of our civilization.
By so doing he focused to the entire world the contribution made by
Lanka with its unbroken history when other civilizations were swept
aside. These values cannot be understood by the imperialist cronies.
Our country's foreign policy of non-alignment as opposed to the
pro-western stance before, has been continued under the present
President with greater vigor. Friendships have been established with
Russia, China, Middle Eastern countries in the Pacific South America,
Africa, Myanmar. It was reported on 22nd March 2009 a move spearheaded
by Austria, Mexico, Costa Rica with the backing of the US on civilian
killings to be brought before the United Nations Security Council was
vehemently opposed by China, Russia, Japan, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam,
Libya, are veto wielding members. The move was to give the psychotic
LTTE a lifeline. Our relations with Iran is a personal triumph for the
The recent visit of his Excellency Ahmedinijad saw the cementing of
an eternal friendship. In the teeth of opposition by the U.S. a visit
made by His Excellency and reciprocated by the Iranian President is a
resounding triumph for our foreign policy. The result was the Uma Oya
Project expansion of the Oil Refinery amongst other projects. As a
matter of manifest independence of policy our President endorsed, the
inalienable right of Iran to develop nuclear energy for peaceful
purposes. When the nation is at peril this act of real independence of
policy is dent in the armour of the imperialist.
You are your own refuge as extolled by the Lord Buddha was the
guiding principle of our forefathers. Self-reliance was practised
throughout our history upto the time of western imperialist. The
Portuguese, Dutch, the English devalued the concept of self-reliance.
The economic growth of our country which marvelled the world did not
have World Bank to carry out these gigantic hydraulic schemes. These
western powers heaped scorn on our achievements and new concepts were
brought to bear. The experience of our ancients in the ambrosial languor
of real achievement in every field of human endeavour, finished with the
advent of the westerner. Here a new cultural imperialism took over with
the power of the gun. Our technologies in every sphere were suppressed,
beside our irrigation systems. Our famed steel which was superior to the
Sheffield steel was well-known in the world.
Foreign Policy - Ancient Times
The death nell was executed with the influx of cheap steel from
England. Our healthcare system which worked wonderfully well for both
man and beast were almost given the last rights. The construction of
high rise buildings like the nine storied Lovamahapasada is a monument
to technological greatness. It is time that we understand our rich
heritage and supplant the virus of western values, so that our nation
will come to its own with the trends of the modern world. This would
without doubt usher in a period of prosperity in harmony with our
Our foreign policy from the ancient days was defensive in military
operations carried out to recover our lost lands from the invader. The
battle strategies were to ensure the sovereinty of our country. From the
time of King Dutugamunu we see this principle in operation. We were
masters at the diplomatic and political chessboard of Southern India. We
had our friends in India to counteract the political imbalance.
North Indian states were cultivated as allies and more so because we
had direct links with these states.
The Sakyans we see as settlers in our land with Princess
Baddhakachana being a leading and famous Sakyar Princess, married into
Our heroe Kings fought the invaders and pushed them back. Gajabahu,
Vijayabahu to name a few carried these wars of liberation.
Finally Colas were defeated but with constant invasions our energies
were sapped to a low that we were forced to abandon Rajarata and the
drift began. The psychotic Marga decimated the Sinhalese and ruined our
I have attempted to present to the reader the many aspects of the
theme "Lanka then and now" in this short article. Buddhism was
paramount, which covered almost every field. Buddhism and the Nation
were one and inseparable. The westerner wherever they went was to
exploit and secure world domination.
We had our greet fighters for the cause of the country, to name a few
Rajasinghe the first, Don Cosmo Wijesekera, Wimaladarmasuriya, Weera
Kappetipola, Migettuwatte Gunananda, Henry Steel Olcott, Dharmapala and
nameless others whose contribution was equally great.
The rich and poor nations of the Non-aligned Movement should
establish a Bank for its members which will supplant the World Bank and
IMF etc. and free its members from the financial hegemony of these
western powers and the US.
It is with these thoughts, concluding with the great Chinese who
described Lanka as the land without sorrow and may the present leaders
of our country lead us to this very same goal.