The book ‘Kadol Eththu’ was presented to Maha Sangha, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Chamal Rajapaksa, Gothapaya Rajapaksha, Professor G. L. Peiris, Hiran Amarasekara and supporters of Mahinda regime.
The service rendered by retired military officers as Sri Lanka’s envoys abroad was more immense and better than that of the others, former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. He expressed these views at the launch of the novel titled ‘Kadol Eththu’ authored by Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Kamal Gunaratne in Colombo.
Mr. Rajapaksa said “Some asked why retired military officers were appointed as diplomats. One reason was that these appointments recognized the service which they have done to the country. The other reason is that their service done as envoys to the country is more immense than the service done by the others,”.
A journalist present said that it was obvious that compared to the size of population Sri Lanka had the most military officers holding diplomatic posts in the world and it was obvious that these appointments were to help cover up the war crimes committed by the military towards the minority Tamils. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa made these appointments to protect his government in UN.
Journalists, Human Right activists, Tamil MP’s, thousands of LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender were killed by the military forces with the blessing of Mahinda government. It is a open secret that all strong supporters of Rajapakshe family in the military were given diplomatic appointments by Mahinda regime.
The book ‘Kadol Eththu’ is the second book authored by Gunaratne following his first book ‘Road to Nandikkadal’ which became a hit. Addressing the book launch, Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Gunaratne said the novel was based on a disabled war hero’s life. “This is an attempt to make people aware about the disabled war heroes and to admire them but not to sympathize,” he said. He said it was the soldiers who steered the war towards the victory. “If it was not for them, we, the officers couldn’t have won the war,” he said.