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To SAARC or Not to SAARC

July 28, 2008

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and political organization of eight countries in Southern Asia. In terms of population, its sphere of influence is the largest of any regional organization: almost 1.5 billion people, the combined population of its member states. It was established on December 8, 1985 by India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. In April 2007, at the Association’s 14th summit, Afghanistan became its eighth member.

– Source Wikipedia

The word in every Colombo dweller’s mouth these days seems to be “SAARC”.. The pro and con’s need to be weighed. A decision must be taken, to voice or not to voice are opinions on it.. Which is Nobler? “to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles?”

The Pro’s and Con’s have been already visited by many bloggers that I won’t waste time on it. So let this post serve as a form of summary on SAARC and related issues.

  • First the goals and what SAARC has actually achieved from Ajith Perera’s perspective.
  • Then we have a brief intro to the member states by the Benevolent Dictator himself.
  • The inconvenience to the average Joe Siripala have been highlighted by Indi along with the re-location of our slum dwellers by Ajith and Indi again.
  • Traffic plans (if you can call it one) have been mentioned by Skurj and PP. Being Sri Lanka there is no guarantee that these will be the only roads closed. Avoid Colombo if you can. Go to Hikka. If you have no choice keep a good read in the car like JP advices.
  • With alternative traffic plans come, alternative acronyms for SAARC. Ask Romeo.
  • DefenceNet and GroundViews report that apparently the LTTE too have also jumped on the bandwagon and declared a temporary Cease-fire. After all they too are good sportsman eh?

Worst of all in my opinion is the unjutice done to those fellows who don’t understand anything about SAARC. The Dogs that were happily minding their business around the BMICH areas. Not enough that the LTTE poisoned them to orchestrate the Katubeddha bus bombing, the Govt wishes to relocate them. While the chinthanaya has promised vaccination and other good deeds to the animals, who’s to say they don’t end up in a gas chamber that the CMC is all to familiar with? The justification behind the move you ask?

“Street dogs are a symbol of poverty. We are continuing with our policy of vaccinating and sterilizing these dogs. At present there are more than 3,300 stray dogs in the city and most of them are sterilized and vaccinated and we have allowed them to remain in the environment.”

So can all this be justified? Not in my opinion Dinidu. Does that answer your question?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2008 12:44 pm

    Yes it does 🙂

  2. July 30, 2008 10:07 am

    In relation to them poor dogs, so hiding a blemish with makeup doesnt take away the fact that the blemish is still there!

  3. dhammikad permalink
    August 13, 2008 8:21 pm

    http://www.groundviews.org/2008/08/13/why-integration-with-india-is-the-only-long-term-way-out-for-lanka/

    The link above is an article posted by Prof Kumar Davd. I think every Sri Lankan must see this. How can we live as a sovereign country with traitors like Davd?

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