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4th February 2019 – Celebrating 71 Years Of What?

By Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

An Open letter to Minister Mangala Samaraweera by Sharmini Serasinghe on behalf of the Voiceless & Faceless Citizens of Sri Lanka

Dear Minister Mangala Samaraweera,

Hope you don’t mind me not referring to you as Hon. Mangala Samaraweera because those of us who know you are honourable don’t need a reminder. Also, many of your colleagues – MPs – also referred to as Hon. bla bla bla are extremely dishonourable dolts, hence it is more of an insult to you than an honour.

The reason I decided to appeal to you on behalf of the Voiceless & Faceless Citizens of Sri Lanka is because unlike our Prime Minster who appears to have his head permanently in the clouds, and that shameless man who continues to masquerade as our ‘Chief Servant’, you my friend have your head screwed on right and above all, you have a conscience. Hence my utmost faith in you to do what is right by the people of our country.

So, here goes!

Next week, Sri Lanka will be “celebrating” 71 years since the British fled our shores for their dear lives. And, for 71 years since then we the people of this country have been led down the garden path by our noses, by successive governments of the two dominant political parties who used us, fooled us, abused us and now, driven our country down into the debt-ridden dark hole it is in today. You, as the Minister of Finance know exactly how deep and dark that hole is. 

As a sensible and wise man I’m sure you would agree, Mangala, February 4th should actually be a day of mourning for us Sri Lankans. 71 years since the British fled our shores which we call “independence” and where are we today? We the people of Sri Lanka have achieved nothing, really. We have lost far more than we ever gained, really!

The only ones who benefited are the politicians who we, our parents and grandparents voted for over the past 71 years, who in turn made an utter mess of our lives by polarising all of us based on language, ethnicity, religion etc. which ultimately led to a war amongst our own people. Well, that’s hopefully history now. Further, we have had and still have those we voted into power to serve us – our servants – who in turn served and keep serving themselves, their families and sycophants at OUR expense, used and abused the Buddha Sasana in this county – the cradle of Theravada Buddhism – made racist idiots of many gullible Sinhalese – an obvious joke in the eyes of the Other – destroyed our ancient and sacred values, polluted the Buddhist clergy, created divisiveness, communal and religious disharmony, brainwashed our youth with a racist Sinhala-Buddhist ideology – the future generations of our country – by introducing and encouraging a culture of vile and disgraceful behaviour. 

Is this what we will be “celebrating” on 4th February?

On this day – 4th February – we will witness yet another annually repeated spectacle – ‘Independence Day celebrations’ – for which WE the people of Sri Lanka must eventually foot the bill. Do we want OUR money spent on this senseless performance to boost the egos of our ‘Servants’, WE voted into power? NO, we DO NOT!

The star performer of this show will be our ‘Chief Servant’ – the traitor, Maithripala Sirisena – who ought to have been shoved into the dustbin of history and the lid tightly shut after he repeatedly violated our Constitution with obvious impunity. The 6.25 million of us who voted for this onetime political nonentity and who betrayed us on the 26th of October, 2018, do we want OUR money spent to boost the ego of this treacherous servant of ours? NO, we DO NOT!

As the Minister of Finance you are well aware that Sirsena’s act of treason which unconstitutionally brought the Rajapaksa oligarchy back into power through the backdoor cost our debt ridden country – us, its citizens – billions of Rupees, directly and indirectly, during the 51 days of illegal Rajapaksa misrule. Also, as the Minister of Finance you know only too well that the financial losses of Sirisena’s treachery will ultimately have to be borne by US – the people of Sri Lanka. Hence our cost of living will undoubtedly rise in leaps and bounds in the near future under all kinds of guises.

Very soon, we will be asked to tighten our belts further, which incidentally is so tight now it’s about to disjoint us at the waist. So, how about setting the example at the top – Sevaka Sirisena downwards – and start tightening all your belts for a change? 

A great place to start would be to cancel all plans to “celebrate” the nonsensical 71st anniversary of independence. After all, it is OUR money that will be squandered on this senseless event, rehearsals et al, isn’t it? I don’t recall any of our servants in government requesting our permission to spend OUR money on this spectacle.

WE the people of Sri Lanka, much rather have that money of OURS spent on something far more worthwhile viz. build and equip schools for the children of our less fortunate. 

Now getting back to “celebrating” February 4th, again I ask for the final time on behalf of the ‘Voiceless & Faceless Citizens of Sri Lanka’, what in heaven’s name are we celebrating?

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    At least we have Srilankans like Sharmini Serasinghe EVEN after 70 odd years.
    I dread to think what would be the scenario in the next decade.
    Sharmini has proved that the Pen is mightier than the Sword.!

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      Dear Sharmini Serasinghe,

      Thank you for asking the pertinent question that should be put forward to:

      1. Every politician
      2. The President
      3,The Prime minister
      4. The Fake PM and the leader of the opposition
      5. Every MP, current and former
      6. Every voter, and ask them what those for whom they voted had done for the country, besides enriching themselves
      7. TheAcademics
      8. TheMonks, Priests and Ulama
      9. Why are we in debt for US $ 85 Billion, and 50 percent of the Govr Revenue goes for Debt service? Because of stealing by politicians?
      10. Why is that the diabetes in the population had increased by 50 fold, with 16 percent of the population is diabetic despite free health care?

  • 6
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    If you delete our comments we will not publish ever again ct ok?

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      Everything Sharmini says is true. After 70 years we still live beyond our means and have a worthless passport
      The problem is that many voters are ignorant idiots , and there is no shortage of scare-mongering opportunists catering to them. It is now too late to give the religious and ethnic minorities two votes each for balance. The Brits won’t come back
      The only practical thing is to become the 30 th. state of India. At the very least we could get a tea for 7 rupees.

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        Old codger

        “The only practical thing is to become the 30 th. state of India.”

        Well, it is possible on one condition, India crowns Mahinda as the Chakravartin of Akhand Bharat, sons as Yuvarajas, brothers too …………… Shiranthi as the Maharani, .. and declare Sinhala/Buddhists being the superior people, Champika’s ancestors discovered ZERO, ….

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        We are celebrating the subjugation of the minorities in various forms.

        We deprive the the up country Tamils of their voting rights
        We brought in The Sinhala only act.
        We sponsored riots against the Tamils in 1956,1958,1971,1977, 1983.
        We deprived the Tamils of their University education.
        We colonized the Tamil areas with the Sinhalese to change the
        texture of Population.
        We gave Buddhism the Foremost Place .
        We planted a number of Buddha statues where there are no Buddhists to Antagonize The Tamils.
        We killed over 50,000 Tamil Civilians during the war without witness.
        We took over the lands of the Tamils .
        We informed the world that that our Army Buddhist Priests and Politicians shall never do wrong AND MANY MORE, TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION..

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    Dear Mrs. Serasinghe,
    Madam, I value your chivalry. The problem in our banana republic with “WE THE PEOPLE” is that the bulk of the people are envious, myopic, egotistic, communal minded, chauvinistic, jingoistic and will prostitute them selves to profit from any windfall. This why they seek riches by seeking short cuts in life in order to succeed. No one hardly wants to work hard and labour to profit overtime and seventy one years wasted in vein. Look at the quality of the cross cut of our people who identify themselves as “intellects”. Even these educated mutts are inebriated in profiting through nationalism or illegitimate means. They don’t have an iota of love and affection to the teachings of the Lord Buddha or any faith they identify with. Look at the standard of our sangha. They are an insult to Buddhism from the Mahanayake Thero’s and down to the lowest ordained monks that are waste of space in our village temples. What they preach is not what they practice. Nor is it the teachings of the Lord Buddha. People pay blind reverence to priests and call them “venerable” for teach falsehood. Most of these monks are on a commercial agenda to enrich and market themselves to become the richest Buddhist mudalali in the village. I studied Zen philosophy in the Shaolin temples in China to monasteries in Osaka Japan for many years. Therefore, my observations and honest and truthful. I can compare and state with certainty that what our local priests utter is toxic, shameful and tragic. Rarely do I come across honest monks and of them said that are downfall attributed to palakayo (rulers), poojakayo (priests) and padadayo (dregs of humanity). Very true. Now you ask madam “what in heaven’s name are we celebrating”? We are celebrating FAILURE! Then why should it be a celebration? Because we have made our own paradise (Heaven) into a living HELL. Consider this a celebration in hell.

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      WalaGembaRaja,

      You and I are definitely on the same wavelength.

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        True, Both are walagembas, pushing the cart for colonialists.

        Get a brain.

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      I read your comments. I applaud you. Reading your prose I am of the view you are an above average educated person – the grouping that is progressively fading into extinction in this society – hijacked by Nationalism and fake Buddhism – that you make reference to. I believe
      you are a Sinhala Buddhist – an enlightened one at that. I have no personal grouse against
      Sinhala Buddhism or its clerical hierarchy. Sadly, in hindsight, they are both neither nationalistic or ideally Buddhist. Though not a Sinhalese I am a regular visitor to the meetings of the Servants of the Buddha – a group of truly learned, pious senior men and women. Fake Buddhism is the cause of most of our problems. In the majority Sinhala South, all you have to do to succeed in politics is to have a Patron Saint high in the clergy, be anti-Tamil, speak against Federalism or the LTTE and you are made. Mark my words, despite their record of wholesale public thievery for over a decade the Rajapakse family may win hands down if the General Elections are held soon. If so, where is the intelligence of our voters? The Sinhala people have good, brave, patriotic people – charming Sharmini being just one. But they are in a miniscule minority. How many realise the country is doomed to economic ruin. Thanks to the Rajapakses and their ilk, we are no more than a failed Zimbabwe and Venezuela. The nation is a cadaver. Politicians are devouring the remaining flesh of the land. Ranil or a reformed UNP cannot save the nation. Thanks to the Rajapakses the Chinese and Indians now own tangible Real Estate in the country. We are fastly moving into a potential China-India serious conflict.
      What did the Mahanayakas do while this was happening? Where is their boast of saving the Nation for 2,500 years? They simply tie pirith-noola on the hands of these politicians who are nothing but patrons of drug-traffickers, kidnappers and killers.

      • 0
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        My comments were in response to those of reader WelaGembaRaja

        Backlash

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        Backlash,

        I deplore the label ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ as it reeks of racist nationalism in today’s context. I much rather be identified as a ‘Sri Lankan’.

        If necessary for official purposes, a ‘Sinhalese’ and my ‘belief’ is in the philosophy of the Buddha as opposed to a worshiper of the pseudo religion – Buddhagama – created and propagated by self-serving Buddhist monks for their own ends.

        My intuition says 2019 is the beginning of the turning point for the better, for Sri Lanka.

        I also strongly believe, Evil never triumphs. Hence all is not lost for our country.

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          Sharmini

          The more I read you that more I feel pleased, after decades., of being a Sri Lankan.
          Keep spreading your message of peace. love, unity and reconciliation, good sister.
          Greater strength and courage to you. BTW, tread with care. Those who sent my friend
          Lasantha, Kumar P, young Raviraj and many others gallant are still walking around in this troubled land today. Your words my provide hope and encouragement to many but
          men of evil intent and warped minds are watching too.

          Good Luck.

          Backlash

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          Hi Sharmini,
          You are spot on “the pseudo religion – Buddhagama – created and propagated by self-serving Buddhist monks for their own ends”- Today they not only wear PIRITH noole around their wrists, but they eat 3 times a day. How come these people to be fallen this deep ?

          As one who have not lived in the country for the last two decades, but each time travelling back home, I feel how far our buddhists have been misled by lanken kind of buddhist monks ?. I rather believe, true buddhists live in Western countries.

          This is what i noticed last time walking down on Biyagama Rd, not even 3 km away from most sacred KELANYA temple, loud speakers filled with pirith chants were seen as extremly a public annoyance (execessively loud) That decible of sound exposure could easily damage anyone s ear and make them deaf easily – strikingly enough, not even 100 yards away from the loud speakers you notice that rd side fishmongers and butchers sell their fish and meat repsectively. I questioned myself, why on earth, they allowed theloud speakers to harass the predestians? would that help any buddhists ? This has now become annoyance in many places also in country sides, no matter anyone would agree with them, but to please some rude monks, they just let it go wth loudspeakers being set at the road sides. Is that the buddhism we worshiped in 70ties ? I dont have temples where i live, but I still feel I am very buddhist than average monks down there in home country.

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            Samson

            You are so predictable- taking every opportunity to launch a vitriolic diatribe against buddhists . Ms. Serasinghe on the other hand, regularly bowls full tosses to people of your ilk who await her articles with bated breath .
            My old man used to tell me that Winnie was a crack rugby player for CR & FC , a marvelous stage actor , and a great human being to boot . I have seen him at the club in my youth , a ruggedly good looking man of solid build.
            His daughter in law unfortunately, appears to be taking herself too seriously with her nose in the air , elitist , attitude.
            I understand she has had much of who her education at Museaus , and wonder how a person who claims to be very poor in her mother tongue managed at a ‘swabahsa ‘ school . Fancy a French national living in France announcing that he is very poor in French . Oh the bourgeois !

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              The Oracle,

              Please get your facts right.

              I am NOT Winnie’s (Winston Serasinghe) daughter-in-law. He was my later father-in-law’s (Brigadier Doctor Clifford Serasinghe) youngest brother.

              Also, I was at Musaeus College only from grade 6 until my O’ Level. I was at the Sacred Heart Convent, Galle before, and St. Bridget’s Convent after.

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            Samson Gunawardhana:-
            Haven’t you heard that ‘Soup’ is not Considered a Meal? So it is considered OK for ‘People in Robes’ to have Soup after Midday, because it cannot be eaten with the Fingers!

  • 9
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    Thanks, Sharmini, for continuing with your advocacy. Please continue to support people like Nagananda Kodituwakku.
    .
    Also, we need to get these ideas across effectively to Sinhalese and Tamil-speaking youth. We can’t leave this entirely to you, and a handful of others. I haven’t commented sufficiently on some of your later articles, but please be assured that you have my full support – for all that it is worth.

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    Everything Sharmini says is true. After 70 years we still live beyond our means and have a worthless passport
    The problem is that many voters are ignorant idiots , and there is no shortage of scare-mongering opportunists catering to them. It is now too late to give the religious and ethnic minorities two votes each for balance. The Brits won’t come back
    The only practical thing is to become the 30 th. state of India. At the very least we could get a tea for 7 rupees.

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    Dear Editors of Colombo telegraph… this is pathetic, actually if pathetic fornicated with a piece of poop and had a baby… this would be it… its a joke

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      Daham Rathanayake@

      I thought you may be that Daham Sillisna , who is believed to be e-mail/text checker to OUR Sillisena.
      :
      And, now we can imagine, this country is filled with whole lot of suckers of your nature. Just use your pea brain man – and get the facts right. What is being articulated in this article is but truths as they really are.

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    Retarded

    “We have a literacy rate of 100% (provided that you take the minorities out of the equation).”

    Impressive.
    Does it mean you are clever, learned, wise, …………. advanced human being born in a primitive planet, have won several Nobel prizes for Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Economics, Peace, ………….. ?

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      In that long list of the “highest literacy rate” is that in which many rural Sinhalese believe
      Buddha himself was a Sinhalese. A fair number believe he came to Kelaniya to settle one more Royal dispute. Even in Burma and Thailand many are made to believe the Buddha visited there – albeit in different form.

      Pandaranayagam

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    I have translated and published Sharmini’s article into Tamil to just show Tamils that not all Sinhalese are chauvinists and supremacists like the Rajapaksa brothers. There are progressive-minded Sinhalese who believes in equality of races, religions and cultures. There are only two languages in Ceylon (there are over fifty in India and 4 in Singapore) yet we created a mess by declaring Sinhala Only as the official language. Though Tamil was also made an Official language in 1987, it is not fully implemented so much so Tamils cannot record their statement to the Police in their own language. In Canada, English and French are the official languages, but languages spoken by minorities are recognized in schools, hospitals and some offices. The District School Board of Toronto offers language courses in Tamil, Punjabi and other languages. To gain entry into university a student has to earn 32 credits, out of these 4 credits could be gained by studying the Tamil language. Of course, Canada is a land of immigrants and half of Toronto population consists of citizens born outside Canada. But, diversity in language, religion and culture are considered as a treasure and a gift rather than a threat or a liability. Though there may be some subtle discrimination is there, example Police, it is not sanctioned as a policy by the force or the laws.. This is the big difference between Sri Lanka and a country like Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, though the constitution says all persons are equal, in practice there is inequality. If Sri Lanka is to progress, the state should be modernized. Separate religion from state. After all, nobody practices their religion faithfully, including the yellow-robed monks. For example, these days, how many monks are seen carrying a begging bowl?

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      Thanga,

      Thank you very much for translating my article into Tamil and having it published.

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        Sharmini!
        You should visit Jaffna and and impress upon them there are few Sinhalese still left behind, like you.

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      Thanga

      “I have translated and published Sharmini’s article into Tamil “

      Can you give a link to your translation?

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      Canada is a vast country, need people and all those policies in order to maintain a civil society. But look at other advanced countries where migrants have caused the indigenous people great harm by taking their land and almost destroying their cultures.

      It is not fair to compare Canada with Sri Lanka which has a history going back 2500 years.

      This is not say that there are no racial or religious issues in SL.

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    How can my fair friend Sharmini refer to Our-Mangala “As a sensible and wise man”?

    Sensible and wise men are able to grow up, abandoning their childhood sexual curiosities to become decent members of human society. They find appropriate outlets to release their sexual tension in holes, may be close, but different from the sewerage outlet.

    Any man who can’t make out this difference can’t be ‘sensible and wise’.

    He needs his smell perception restored as a first step.

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      Kalu Hamine,

      Another person’s sexual preferences are not your business or mine. It’s their life and they are free to live it as they wish.

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      Kalu Hamine:
      If proof be needed of what kind of dregs of humanity have developed in post-independence Sri Lanka, you provide it in spades.

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    Thank You Sharmini Serasinghe for addressing a topic long overdue. In fact I have for some time spoke out against us celebrating ‘independance’. This should have been a one-time celebration on Wednesday 4th Feb 1948. Clement Attlee was the British Prime Minister, and Harry Truman the US President. We were allowed to declare our Independence. The truth is that the British had more existential challenges nearer home, so they had been preparing to divest themselves of their empire holdings for some time.

    The day itself was a warm, fresh gok-kola decorations, and you could have cut the euphoria with a knife. It was a truly happy day. And I was there!

    As I grew older, I wish we didn’t continue to ‘celebrate’ the day – to permanently enshrine the fact that we had allowed ourselves, our nation, to be subjugated for nearly 500 years. Better, as you say, we use the unnecessary spending on other pressing projects.

    One small point: Sharmini Serasinghe writes….. Sri Lanka will be “celebrating” 71 years since the British fled our shores for their dear lives…….. This brought me a chuckle. Because, I was fifteen feet away from Harold Macmillan at Katunayake, when the British flag was brought down, slowly, carefully folded, and handed to him. That was nearly 10 years after ‘Independance’. In all those years, I didn’t see any ‘Brits fleeing our shore for their dear lives’. In fact in 1954 we turned on the charm in buckets for the visit of Elizabeth and Phillip. Who they?

    Dear readers, this is what happens when you live long – and retain your memory.

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    In my opinion gaining Independence was a mistake. If we were under the British our country would have prospered. For 71 years what have gained? . Only the politicians have prospered and the country has become poorer and its people are the unfortunate victims.

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      The 1948 Independence, Sinhala Only, The Sinhala-Buddhist Revolution of 1956, anti-Tamil pogroms of 1958/77/83 and many more, Insurrection by Tamil militant groups, the JVP uprising of 1971/1988, the coming of the IPKF on “invitation” are all fait accompli. The process of history cannot be held back. But we can draw lessons from them. One of our greatest weaknesses is the 1-man-1-vote system – a bane afflicting all developing countries. It because of this factor even a certified lunatic is in Parliament – a Minister of sorts. The other 225 is no better.Even the great USA today suffers in that they have voted in a mad man who has subverted American democracy allegedly acting as an Agent of the clever Russians. But the challenge for us is what of today and tomorrow.

      Mangala certainly is the best in a constellation of the less better. Some may even think he may be one of the best prospect for Sri Lanka. He should learn to be less generous with the largesse of the State while in office. For long he has been in want in this regard. His problem in realising his potential may be the powerful local Rasputins. This mafia may invoke the caste-card against him. Premadasa came in due to exceptional circumstances where the local KGB factor had little control in that delicate moment in our recent history.

      Sri Lanka will continue to boil in its own oil for sometime. Kali Yuga continues.

      R. Varathan

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    Welcome back dear…people like you are most welcome..a pity we lost Richard and many more speak out..we and specially me would give you my wholehearted support..

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    Dear Sharmini
    Thanks for giving the RIGHT picture of the current state of affairs in SL. Though the war is over (physically) for Tamils or the JVP but the PROBLEMS remain.
    JVP upraising was against the capitalist GoSL and Tamils over the suppression and subjugation.
    Hence the struggle isn’t over.
    The entire SriLankan population should fight against the corrupt Politicians and their stooges by making the JUSTICE Ministry to speed up the cases against them without being affected by political interference.
    Oh God will that day COME!
    It may come when you Sharmini put your name to contest the Presidential Election or for the post of PM if the NEW CONSTITUTION is passed

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    After Black July, we have been celebrating the confirmation of this country being a Failed State.

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    This is not a joke but pretty serious.

    Why not we appoint this most beautiful incredibly brave and intelligent lady as the Common Presidential Candidate?

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    Sharmini and Thanga A friend of mine from Canada called to inform that he read the Tamil translation. Thanga thank you for spreading this message as promised. And for the shit head who doubted (questioned) yes “SHE DID IT”. Cheers to women/real power . I hope to see the translation in other languages too.

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    This seems the way all our countrymen been wasting their precious lifetime what nonsense all-round Who the hell this lady A lady Buddha?

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    I have read many comments where questions have been raised as to what SL had gained after independence and denigrating our early years of independence. The downward spiral began later, perhaps in the early seventies.

    I would point out one gain.. Free education from primary to tertiary education was brought in after independence. Countless citizens benefitted particularly those whose parents could not have afford. Many of us know of families where several siblings entered highly competitive undergraduate courses.

    Sadly free education now is mostly in name only. We know majority if not all now pay for additional tuition.

    It is very similar to the NHS in UK, borne out of an altruistic motive with unintended consequences down the line, namely masses not valuing what is given free. Ironically NHS was also born in in 1948.

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    There are basically two reasons for our economic decline over the past decades. One is political incompetence together with corruption and nepotism and the other is ethnic disharmony. Ms.Serasinghe concludes her commentary on the latter with a statement ‘Well, that’s hopefully history now’. Mistaken! We are still reaping the consequences of ‘Implementation of Sinhala Only Act’ in 1956 and ‘ Standardisation’ adopted in the early 1970s. She has not provided any possible solutions to our problems.
    It is true that Tamils dominated in the fields of civil service, medicine, engineering, accountancy etc out of proportion to the size of their population at the time of our independence. This was mainly due to the British ‘Divide and Rule’ policy and availability of schools in the coastal regions especially in the northern and western provinces. The northern province is chiefly an arid land mass. Education was our salvation. In fact education was considered a ‘second religion’ in most homes.
    SWRD was not a fool. He hit on a very popular idea. Sinhalese masses fell for it. Since then they have been brainwashed continually by racist,opportunistic politicians. Racist press has been a useful accessory.Where were the liberal thinkers like yourself at the time? The economic failure is now affecting all of us.
    Any astute patriotic politician would have taken a long term view and gone on a school building programme island wide to provide equal opportunity to all citizens of our country. This would have created a peaceful meritocratic society and not a divisive one based on ethnicity.
    This country will never progress as long as Sinhalese masses keep returning dishonest, corrupt, racist and incompetent people to the parliament and racial disharmony exists.
    Tamils have two immediate issues. We want answers to people who just ‘DISAPPEARED’ after 2009. Armed forces should immediately vacate the privately owned lands and return to the barracks. We feel as if we are living in a military dictatorship. Would Ms.Serasinghe give her personal voice to these causes?

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