29 November, 2020

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20th Amendment As Instrument Of Modernising Government 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The ongoing investigation into the Easter bombing in 2019 which created hundreds of victims and brought the country’s economy to its knees, reveals more and more the lack of responsibility and failure on the part of the government authorities at that time. Everyone being questioned in regard to the security failure seems to be seeking to pass the responsibility onto someone else or to say that all are responsible and so no one is. The 19th Amendment which reduced the powers of the president and distributed it to the prime minister, parliament and other state institutions has been made the scapegoat for those human failures and unwillingness to take responsibility. The political problem with the 19th Amendment is that it has enabled those who wish to shirk their responsibility many ways to point their fingers at the others.

It is in this unsavoury context that the proponents of the 20th Amendment have been able to make their case to the general population that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will do what other leaders have not been able to do. The 20th Amendment goes to the other extreme of transferring powers to the president at the expense of other institutions which the president is willing to accept as the way forward to meeting the expectations of the people. This was personified in his statement that even his verbal directions should be taken as the equivalent of written government circulars. There have been many serious criticisms of this presidential statement especially in the social media. However, to people who want their problems to be solved speedily and without getting stuck in bureaucracy, such criticisms are seen as politically motivated.

Those who are able to see the larger picture, and from a comparative perspective, are aware that governments in which one institution dominates all others and in which there are no checks and balances are more likely to descend to autocracy instead of delivering good results to the people so that they enjoy the benefits of development and the protection of human rights. As one of the country’s foremost political analysts Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda has said, “Undermining the rule of law, weakening the independence of the judiciary, and making the accountability institutions subservient to the executive will initially please the egos of the politicians and officials, but in the long run are bound to create a deep chasm between the government and the citizens, rulers and the ruled.” The lived experience in the world favours Prof Uyangoda. But the popular perception is to give the proposed new order a chance

Governmental Confidence

In its current formulation the 20th Amendment has many deficiencies and excesses. Some of these have been noted by the Supreme Court in its determination of the 39 cases filed before it by concerned citizens, political parties and civic organisations. There has been unprecedented criticisms of the proposed 20th Amendment by sections of the religious clergy and civil society and not only by politically motivated opposition parties. They are concerned about the corrosive effect of unchecked power on powerholders. Despite the strong opposition to the 20th Amendment the indications are that the government leadership is unwavering to have its way and have the constitutional amendment passed in parliament with the required 2/3 majority. This resolve is reflected in the short date of October 21 for the debate to take place in parliament even though the Supreme Court’s determination of the constitutionality of the draft amendment will only be officially presented to parliament on October 20.

The absurdity of giving the parliamentarians only one day to study the Supreme Court determination and to come up with their own proposals is mitigated by the leak of a document purporting to be the determination of the Supreme Court on the proposed 20th Amendment. This document became available on the internet and appeared on several news sites on October 10, the very day it was handed over as a confidential document to the President and Speaker of Parliament. The fact that the document was strategically leaked to the public indicates that the government wishes to proceed with the new constitutional order as soon as possible and without any delay. It has even denied the opposition the three days it requested for the debate to take place and limited the debate to just two days.

The manner in which the 20th Amendment is being taken to parliament without delay is both an indication of confidence as well as the belief in decisive leadership that stands in contrast to the mode of governance of the previous government. That government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made many good plans and made commitments which they could not implement due to the lack of decisive and cohesive leadership. By way of contrast, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appears to be a leader who is driven by his sense of destiny to those who voted him to the presidency believing in his pledges to them. The government’s position is that the centralization of power envisaged by the 20th Amendment is necessary to face the unprecedented challenges the country currently faces.

Modern State 

In particular, the country faces a difficult international environment in which the big powers are putting a great deal of pressure on it. With the exception of China, the big powers have shown strong interest in human rights issues especially in relation to the long standing ethnic conflict. While the motivations of big powers may be questioned, debt repayments, international market access and geo-political security considerations come mixed with human rights issues. From 2011 onwards Sri Lanka has been subjected to resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council which put it into the category of countries such as North Korea, Syria and Myanmar. This was one of the challenges that the previous government took up and committed itself to resolve but failed to succeed in.

The previous government’s efforts to co-sponsor a UN Human Rights Council resolution was appreciated internationally but was controversial within the country. The government did not have the strength or commitment to implement what it promised. Mechanisms that it set up such as the Office on Missing Persons and the Office of Reparations have been left high and dry. Even the Rs 6000 a month that was promised to families of the missing has not been given to most of them who live in poverty without their breadwinner for the most part. The manner in which present government addresses these issues can win it more support from the international community while also addressing the problem of the ethnic conflict that has weakened and divided the country for decades.

At the March session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this year the government formally announced its withdrawal from the co-sponsorship of UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of 2015 entered into by the previous government. In February, when it first announced its withdrawal from the UNHRC resolution, the government pledged a nationally designed reconciliation process to replace the previous one, which it said was internationally driven. Concluding his speech at the UNHRC session in Geneva foreign minister Dinesh Gunawardena said: “No one has the wellbeing of the multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious and multicultural people of Sri Lanka closer to their heart than the Government of Sri Lanka.” Once armed with the powers of the 20th Amendment the government can go down the path of a “tribal society” as warned by the religious clergy or create a modern state that incorporates a nationally designed reconciliation process in which equal citizenship and inclusive development leaves out no section or part of the country. The people’s hope will be that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will succeed where predecessor presidents armed with similar powers failed, although the experience over the past year is less reassuring with Covid and economic debt on the rise.

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  • 13
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    Modernizing with beggars clothes?

  • 15
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    Rajapaksas are holding MP Bathurdeen to ransom to get Muslim MPs to vote for 20A. Disgusting! Will Muslims surrender under pressure?

  • 27
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    What a load of claptrap. Th Easter bombing was a conspiracy hatched to bring down a popular government for there was no other way for a bunch of murders and liars to ever come back to power. It does not show weakness. What it shows is a president engaged in genocide. A president who was an absolute traitor to this country who under mined and sabotaged his own government because he was a godeatic buffoon who fell prey to the machinations of the current incumbent of that office. Painting the 20A as a path to decisive government is nothing but but an act of bootlicking cowardice in the presence of a monster hoping to get thrown a bread crumb for one’s sustenance. You are a pathetic joke of a human being Jehan Perera. It would do this country a service if you would retire. Shut up, and go to hell.

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      You see Mr Pala, there are Muslims who are prepared to lay down their lives in whole families for the sake of Rajapaksas!

      Soma

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        Soma, easter bombing was organised by Mahinda and Gota instigated by China to topple the government, which was facilitated by Sirisena, who was promised a second term. It is told in the commission of inquiry by Nilantha Jayawardena that, at least 5,000 members of security establishment were informed of the impending attack. It was told in parliament by Nimal Welgama that all MPs including those of JVP knew of the attack, which went unchallenged. Ranil knew about it and wanted it to happen to take off UNHCR pressure on accountability and reconciliation. Nothing will come out of the inquiry, because when a stage is reached where it will transpire about involvement of Mahinda and Gota, it will be stopped. Cardinal Ranjith a Rajapkse lackey, who was vociferous about bringing his flock to the road, if those who committed it are not punished, will go silent.

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          Dr. G. S.
          If you have an iota of sympathy towards those who were victimized you should divulge your source of information to the law information authorities. If you are afraid of your life meet at least the Catholic Church hierarchy and hand them over the details of what you have exposed today. They will take it forward.
          Please.

          Soma

          • 1
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            Soma give me the power to arrest suspects under PTA, remand them indefinitely without producing them to courts, give them third grade treatment to get them to cough out facts, and make them to sign forced confessions, then only I could deliver justice to those who lost their lives. There is no point in informing law enforcing authorities because they are pawns in the hands of both government and opposition who wanted this to happen and took no action to stop it despite being aware of it. Catholic church hierarchy cannot go beyond a certain extent, at which point Cardinal Ranjith will make their mouths shut to protect Rajapakse gang, Only foreign intervention will bring culprits to book.

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            Soma, I am sure that GS has his reasons for not wanting to take that route.
            Let me think of something fair by you.
            Shouldn’t you be asking Nimal Welgama. If you believe that Ranil knew about it and wanted it to happen, why can’t you believe that Mahinda and Gota too knew and wanted it to happen.

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              Nathan, who said that I believe Ranil knew it and wanted it to happen?
              It is the moral duty of Dr.G.S. to assist the concerned parties by revealing his source.

              Soma

  • 25
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    This writer is so disingenuous. He doesn’t want to criticize Gota and his government for the obvious steps that are being taken to dismantle democracy. His strategy is always to say the “people are concerned,” “human rights activists are concerned,” “the opposition is concerned” and so on. Maybe he’s scared to criticize Gota directly. But by writing the way he does, he’s doing a disservice to the people by underestimating the grave danger they are facing down the line. He refuses to see the elephant in the room: the country is heading for a dictatorship. 20A is meant to dump all checks and balances, and the separation of powers. Forget about the rule of law and an independent judiciary after that. But the writer is disingenuously talking about “efficiency” and “modernizing the state.” These are the kind of slogans that were peddled by fascists in order to come to power in Germany and Italy before World War II.

    • 6
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      He is not disingenuous by not criticizing Gota. He is clever not to do so, because he knows that he will go missing without a trace, thereby saving funeral expenses.

      • 1
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        When you are between the devil and the deep blue sea you have only a Hobson’s choice. Nevertheless Jehan, given the choice has opted for the middle of the road approach. It very debatable whether in his civic role he had a better choice or alternative choice?

  • 13
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    The last Government ceased to function when the President turned spiteful and refused to work with the Prime Minister. That resulted in the 2019 Easter bombing.
    Under the current setup that kind of animosity is unimaginable. There is absolutely no need for the 20th Amendment.

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      Nathan
      Remember it was the very treacherous character of Sirisena that was made use of by the Twentieth Century Fox led team to get him crossover and bring down the Rajapaksa government?
      Twentieth Century Fox’s best laid plans went awry because the Gamaya proved to be even more cunning than they had thought.

      Soma

      • 4
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        Soma,
        I remember.
        The plans went awry.
        Tell me exactly what you want me to understand from those.
        Now, take it from me. 20th A will not cure you of your craftiness.

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          Neither your stinking racist hypocrisy.
          Enough to understand that for the moment.

          Soma

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            somass

            “Neither your stinking racist hypocrisy.
            Enough to understand that for the moment.”

            We know most of your time you talk to yourself. When you typed the above gems were you sitting on your brain and in front of a huge mirror, in order to fit your huge ego?

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            Soma,
            You seem to have got me mixed up with you, – on hypocrisy. I shoot damn straight & on target!

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              Nathan, no you are not straight when it comes to my proposal of relocating Tamils(All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) into the would-be Homeland. Your inner desire to see majority of Tamils living in Sinhala majority areas shows what I call the stinking hypocrisy of Tamil racists.
              .
              It fact it is you Tamils who must come up with that proposal not me!
              .
              What I have learned on CT is nothing terrifies a Tamil than the thought of living in a Tamil only enclave.
              .
              When arrangements were made for the estate Tamils to live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.

              Soma

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        soma

        “Twentieth Century Fox led team to get him crossover and bring down the Rajapaksa government?”

        Seriously, what’s the matter with you?

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      Nathan

      “The last Government ceased to function when the President turned spiteful and refused to work with the Prime Minister. That resulted in the 2019 Easter bombing.”

      You mean Ranil and his government (whatever that was) planted the bombs?
      I can’t believe it!!!

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        NV
        Would you believe that there are Muslims who are prepared to lay down their lives in whole families for the sake of Rajapaksas!

        Soma

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          Soma did you hear that today UK courts have lifted the ban on LTTE. Read my comments on Rusiripala’s article where I wrote yesterday that western nations will lift the ban on LTTE. Now you will hear the barking of SL high commissioner and braying of Sinhala racists against this decision arrived in a fair and sound manner.

          • 0
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            Yanne koheda, malle pol.

            Soma

  • 7
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    Is a change of the Constitution or amendments, the answer to our plight, OR a well orchestrated and co-operative effort to apply the Rule of Law and knock off nepotism and corruption by correct leadership within a democratic framework and acceptable to many citizens.
    Sincerity and fairness is the key.
    ‘Constitution is not a mere lawyers’ document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age’ says Dr.Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution – see DM today Page A8.
    Is there not enough power to do this even now by sincerely ensuring the Spirit of the Constitution is adhered to, only ensuring that the Constitutional Council is restored with 7 civil society reps and 3 MPs being Speaker, PM and Opposition Leader to ensure fairness.

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      MyView: I concur with what you say, excepting the proposal to appoint “7 civil society reps” to the Constitutional Council. Do you really believe, that those “7 civil society reps” would be chosen from among “Honorable” citizens of the country? Say, the amendment is made, and do you know who would be appointed by the present Government. I can suggest some such names: Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera, Prof. Nalin de Silva, Rev. Galabodaatte Gnanasara, or Prof. Rev. Abyetissa, PC C.R.de Silva, Rtd. SC Judge Mrs. Thilakawardane, Dr. Padeniya, Prof. Prathiba Mahanama It would be a “Similar Set” if and when an Opposition party (SJB, UNP) comes to power. All these so-called “Civil Society Reps” operating in this country are “Marketing Representatives” of “Power Hungry and Corrupted” political parties and politicians. For a quick understanding of these “Civil/Professional Reps” pl. listen to today’s TV discussion (Face The Nation on 1st News, available in News Room of Infolanka) on the proposed “20A”. There you will see PC C.R.de Silva, just appointed as an “Advisor” to the Ministry of Justice presenting matters on the subject. You can have a hearty laugh. Enjoy that drama. Cheers.

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        Mr.Simon.
        I said 7 civil society reps to the CC NOT appointed by the President as envisaged by the 20A to EVERY institution in the country (incl Judiciary, all high posts like Aud Gen, Att Gen, Ministry Secs etc) but through a well laid out regulatory system so that they are representative of the various segments of society. These details to be fine-tuned in due course by consensus.

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        Simon

        Are you getting old?
        You forgot to mention Nanda De Silva, Mohan Peiris, H. L. D. Mahindapala, …… + 15,000 single handed generals who are hoping to receive a call from Gota. They are dying to serve the country (clan).

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          Native Vedda: Growing old gives a definite advantage. I confined the names to “Civil Society Activists. I know well those names you mentioned. They are all “Domestic Coolies” of “Rajapakse Empire”.

  • 17
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    How can absolute power with a single-family be a tool to modernise a government? While foreign debt can lead to the enslavement of its citizens. Ignorance, of it, allied with absolute power, is the most ferocious enemy of justice.

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      HussainFahmy

      “How can absolute power with a single-family be a tool to modernise a government?”

      Amaradasa Gunasekera and his ultra Sinhala/Buddhists nationalists/racists, Sangha, …. yearn for such a golden era.

      Please don’t wake them from their dreams.
      On the other hand Warakagoda Gnanarathana the Mahanayaka of the Asgiriya (a great supporter of Saffron clad Gnanasara) and (supported those who demanded stoning of a Muslim doctor who was accused of unsubstantiated crime, sterilising 4000 Sinhala/Buddhist women) welcome someone like Hitler ruling this island.

  • 1
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    The reason for the people to look up to HEP is because he believes in achieving results. He has his working principles with results orientated. The insurmountable hurdle he faces is the government machinery which is manned by corrupt officials and dead wood who only believe in charity cheque at the end of the month. The so called public servants do not believe in serving the public at all. Hopefully, he can get hold of the whip and crack it.

    • 9
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      HP,
      .
      Instead of making efforts to take more authority on president, why does not he seem to empower the ministries and hand over their duties to responsible ones as is the case in Germany, UK and other civilized countries ? If he thinks he could do by his own why to appoint 70 ministers (30 plus 400´), can srilanken state bear the heavyloads today being close to another Greece in making but in indian ozean ?
      :
      Like for examples, why not your SO CALLED POWERFUL president allow Minister of Health and their own bodies to react by their own.

      MRI head to be thrown from his derector position to deputy is one good example where the president and his orderS ended up being fully anti-moral/unexperienced/no sure instinct of politics to the eyes of the observers.

      If for example, Ministry of EDUCATION would not do their job in compliance with expectations, the minister to the smaller dept levels, they should change the structure. There should be a system to oversee – why cant they start introducing better systems today ? It is all because symbioses of crook politicians and their authorities would be exposed, if any leader would stand against them.

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        Dear LM,

        You sure have a Yes vote and I sure have a No vote. It was the majority of the Srilankan voters who elected him. The so called Good Governance Government did everything that people expected them not to do. It was all plunder from day one from the top to bottom.

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          HP,

          NGR s capabilties are not its all cracked up to be. Even a down syndrome patient would be considered as HIGHLY intelligent so long he or she would not open his mouth. Likewise, prior to the election, they had hopes, as no times inthe past, but all disspeared as the water drops fall on the heated roads.
          .
          I will bet you, another form of GOOD GOVERNANCE govt would be essential after the incumbent JUNTA II run by Rajapakshe cooks. MR had some sort of political sense when doing whatever, but GR who was known as WADAKYA at least to 55% of the nation, seems not respecting let alone the VOTER s rights ?

          Next govt after highly corrupted/bankrupt incumbent govt would have to be similar to GOOG GOVERNANCE – BECAUSE ironing out would be lot more to protect the nation not becoming SOMALIANS .
          :
          I am not suffering from your kind of DEMENTIA/Alzheimer but I can still remember how MR regime 01 ended up being rejected by almost every country except BELARUS and Swaziland by 2015.

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            Nathan, no you are not straight when it comes to my proposal of relocating Tamils(All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) into the would-be Homeland. Your inner desire to see majority of Tamils living in Sinhala majority areas shows what I call the stinking hypocrisy of Tamil racists.
            .
            It fact it is you Tamils who must come up with that proposal not me!
            .
            What I have learned on CT is nothing terrifies a Tamil than the thought of living in a Tamil only enclave.
            .
            When arrangements were made for the estate Tamils to live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.

            Soma

    • 7
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      So you think the government machinery which is manned by corrupt officials and dead wood is the problem. But what about the govt full of nepotism and corruption ( Scrap LRT by Japanese on very favourable terms) and manned by family and army retirees
      is the answer. 20A will make the latter point beyond reach.

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      hanchopancha: You say: ” …..people look up to HEP is because he believes in achieving results”. You conclude by saying: “…he can get hold of the whip and crack it”. Do you remember (your memory cant fail) the days he “raided” a wholesale market place and the RMV at Narahenpita and the very recent visit to a remote village in Haldummulla and “Dccreed” that his “WORD” of mouth (mouth or what place in the physical body,I don’t know) must be taken as “Law” and all matters brought to his notice and SEEN by him must be corrected within a “MONTH”. Do you know what the “PROGRESS” made after those “RAIDS” by your “HEP”? Go to RMV and see the progress and check what is going on there. Do the people get those “SMS” he directed? See what happened to the “Gazetted” price of rice? For you inf. it was brought “UP” from Rs. 92.00 to Rs. 98.00 after a “consultation” with “Araliya Boss”. Please tell me how many, your “HEP” has “cracked the whip”? Do you think, what you succeed in “Military” (give order and comply) would succeed in “Public Service”? Your “HEP” tried it with the Central Bank. Look around and see what is going on there. Already two most senior Deputy Governors have gone on early retirement.

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    Dear Jehan

    Most balanced article paying tribute to the voters who elected the GOSL is where human rights starts…and instead of focusing on politics/parties/individuals you have shown respect to peoples intelligent to elect someone they feel deemed suitable based on their manifesto………..this is unlike the undemocratic manefesto election victory of the TULF in 1977 at gun point…….yet to be tried for this hideous crime.

    That government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made many good plans and made commitments which they could not implement due to the lack of decisive and cohesive leadership…I do not think so…is failed because of the Constitutional assembly regards to FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA blunder yet to be taken to Hague.

    “No one has the wellbeing of the multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious and multicultural people of Sri Lanka closer to their heart than the Government of Sri Lanka.”…..spot on.

    We have always been interested in this nothing but this since Independence but for the FP folly that ruined everything for the Nation through their inability to serve the people but misled them and sold their children to foreign ventures…crime against humanity yet to be tried……we will get there soon.

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      Please write an article explaining to Majority and the new generation from your civic society point of view covering the topics from a different angle please…..which will initiate calls for the following subjects in the “new constitution” to come the topics really matters for human right warriors

      (1) A Focus Group/Task force to be set up to Crete articles/adverts/publications why we need to unit to be a Nation/Our History/Diversity gives a Brotherhood/Sisterhood nothing in the world can ever give…social media need to be controlled and targeted….patriotism comes through making love to each other not killing each other.

      (2) Compulsory Military service

      (3) Just as JVP children were affected all the Tamil Children also poisoned in Indian training camps are very innocent children misused and abused by the irresponsible adults for their own ego’s when the people themselves started deselecting them in 1970. We need to build a memorial for all the lives lost in SL including the Armed forces/police/security services/politicians and the Indian Soldiers too and have a Memorial Day for all where the entire Nation is asked to go and clean each others villages. Visiting Head of States are asked to pay respect in the memorial before they enter the Nation.

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    Dear Jehan

    I also very much hope we will write at each entry points to our Island

    “Welcome to Sri Lanka. We are a Neutral Nation and please do not misuse our hospitality. Please treat our children as you wish to see your children treated please……failures carry death penalty”

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    Sitting on the fence with a leg on either side, ready to jump or at least lean to the winning side? Not the way of good writing. You would need to express your views without ambivalence. That way you gain much more credibility. Of course, if you live in SL and value your rear end you might not want to ruffle any autocratic feathers.

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      Dear LP

      In a democracy we evaluate and vote whoever that is at any given time. No enemies involved here?? Fellow men and women practising democracy that is all??

      There is no fence separating any from the other to evaluate and apply lessons learned. If you support someone else does not mean I look down on you per se……..correct??

      We all learn through our rights and wrong to get better too…human development/progress/needs of the time etc.

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    GR did not waste energy, other than stating Constitution it self is an impediment to his rule. Where as GLP said 20A is for rapid development, when there was no takers, he improvised “it is to get rid of IGP/ AG . Every one has their own sales pitch for what is considered an “autocratic family rule”. But this one from Jehan is new, instead of saying “:autocracy is good”, Jehan found a way different. How can autocracy and modernizing go together, isn’t it oxymoron.

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    The ongoing investigation into the Easter bombing is a joke.
    Both the present government and previous government are bunch of jokers.
    If the government is serious about finding the culprits, who are within inside I may dare t say, please follow the investigation of the Manchester bombing of 22 May 2017. Follow how various authorities are owning up and taking responsibility for their failures.

    The various Sri Lankan authorities the present government and the past government show no remorse at all on the killing of innocent people. They don’t show no remorse because its a calculated and well planned “political project” for political gain

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      Rajash

      “If the government is serious about finding the culprits, who are within inside I may dare t say, please follow the investigation of the Manchester bombing of 22 May 2017.”

      You must be kidding.
      As far as I know Investigation in Manchester was meant to discover the truth however investigation in this island is meant to cover up crime, criminals, truth, ….
      You have an unrealistic high expectation of this state and its functionaries.

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        Native Vedda – investigation in this island is meant to cover up crime, criminals, truth
        ——————————-

        spot on .100% in agreement

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    On the 20th oct: Jehan takes up the 20th A. just a day before the debate in Parliament. Timing is perfect. He has ensured his safety win or lose. When you sit on the wall you must ensure that the legs are also tucked up, so as to not even unconsciously create the impression to which side of the wall your bets are.

    But, in this essay Jehan is Bombay looking but Chicago going!

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    Yes Ranil and his boys planted the bomb ( I think the other name is treasury Bonds) that blew themselves up. Happens often. Chaps who think they are very clever , overestimate themselves and eventually get caught in their own cunning

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    20th Amendment As Instrument Of Modernising Government?

    Jehan Perera is now playing a Dayan Jeyatillke. sitting on the fence

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      It is very hard make these Sinhala Intellectuals, or the Maha Viyath spices how did they destroyed the country for the past 72 years. As Robert Knox pointed out they think petty cunning as savvy Punditry.
      You cannot make a 2500 year old antique Jewel to shine it again. You have to melt it and rework with that metal. A Sinhala Thirunavukarasar only can modernize the Sinhala Buddhism. Tamils cannot follow these,but must use their heads to get out of this dangerous trap. Or they have only few years to perish in Ceylon, Modernized with 20A.

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      Rajash

      “20th Amendment As Instrument Of Modernising Government?”

      Unlike six years ago war criminals need a good legal instrument with which to catch the victims by the b***s, throw them into White Van.

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    Dr. Jehan Perera, you have mastered the art of political doublespeak. What a pity !

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      Karikalan S. Navaratnam

      “Dr. Jehan Perera, you have mastered the art of political doublespeak. What a pity !”

      This is not the first time.
      He has been doing it for some time now.
      It is alright, as our so called intellectuals have been so much perverted ordinary people like me either do not notice of the deviants or don’t care whatever they utter.

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    Gotabaya Rajapakse did not bother to find the truth behind Easter Bombing because he knows well that who organised this. He ignored Muslims before election to get maximum Buddhist Sinhala votes and now he wants Muslim MPs to get two third. The Easter Bombing is a well planned well organised election drama. Of course 259 Christians dead, 500 injured, Western hotels attacked, 5-10 Muslims dead. Since then everything over. Election was successful. Mission completed. Of course, it affected the country’s economy. China gave more than the country lost. The same military remain in this country. Same intelligence service remain in the country. Some changes in the high rank. No bullet thereafter, other than some attack on Muslim’s properties. The truth is there is no security threat to this country after May 2009. Not a single bullet by extremists or terrorists other than from security forces.

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      Ajith,
      So you accept that there was a security threat to this country from Tamil terrorists.

      “The truth is there is no security threat to this country after May 2009.”

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    Jehan PhD is inventing another Lord Naseby help. Jehan PhD wrote few time Yahapalanaya should utilize Lord to defeat UNHRC’s Resolution 30/1. Then in 2017 March he was present there with Tilak to resign from UNHRC itself. But locally Jehan PhD and in IC stages Mangala were adverting in full gear that 90% of Resolution 30/1 and 80% of the Tamils land are already released. Hundreds of thousand Teak, Gadju and other estate lands are held by Army and rebel boys are forced as slave workers for these. Regular farm lands and living areas are not released is not in this. Sand and wood robbery in that and snuggling is the fundamental right of Rapist Army, in that area. Just before the end of Yahapalanaya an NGO in Mullaithivu reported in some of its active regions, 2:1 the deployment of Rapist Army. Jehan PhD, under the name of religious reconciliation spread the Buddhism to North East went with Rapist Army to Jaffna University to tell the students they better obey and dance Kandyan Koothu to his music or else!

    Now he wants to have the Miracle of Asia modernized into 22nd century Wildlife Sanctuary with 20A; Another UN Charter in one and Chemical bombs on the other hand idea for Humanitarian Rescue Missions.

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    Throwing urine at each other in the parliament is Modern Government?

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    Rajash, they were only taking the piss mate.

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      Stanley

      It would be more effective if they could mix appropriate amount of hot chilli powder, may be made in Jaffna.

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    ….”but in the long run are bound to create a deep chasm between the government and the citizens, rulers and the ruled.””
    ——————-
    Jehan Perera you claim to quote Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda and you also claim he is “As one of the country’s foremost political analysts
    —-

    The Government are not “rulers” and the citizens are “not ruled” or subjects of the rulers.
    The days of Kings the rulers and citizens the “ruled” are gone hundreds of years ago,

    The modern day government is elected by the citizen to serve them.
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    if this statement you quote is really of Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda …then you both need modernising

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    Stanley

    It would be more effective if they could mix appropriate amount of hot chilli powder, may be made in Jaffna.

    By the way watch this clip:
    https://youtu.be/-THJJRb6HoA
    Do these members of Saffron brigade really know what they are talking about?

    Do you think we urgently need dated failed ‘Pancha Maha Balavegaya’ ideology or activism?

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    Dr. Jehan Perera, why we are are third world cesspit and Singapore is not https://coconuts.co/singapore/news/lee-kuan-yew-once-uncovered-cia-plot-turned-down-33m-bribe-and-embarassed-us/

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