19 October, 2021

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A Fire Has Been Lit

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

About two months ago (I can’t recall the date) I went out on a limb and said people’s anger would boil over, strikes and civil disobedience would sprout and trouble spill onto the streets. It has been a most extraordinarily rapid fall from grace for Gota. To get to know more about the unrest you need to meet or talk to people and visit social media; the formal media is muted. The immediate reason is near collapse of the economy and the asinine behaviour of Gotabaya and his cabal of bums. I summarise in one long sentence: Inability to service foreign debt, painful price increases and shortages, pardoning of drug-lord buddies and murderers, a lunatic instant-ban on chemical fertilisers and pesticides, mishandling of the covid pandemic leading to loss of earning by day-labourers, fishermen and the poorest, abuse of power, interference with judicial processes, thuggish police, attacks on free speech, slavish subservience to China and the regime’s palpable bewilderment and loss of direction.

The economy will continue to decline, there is nothing that Magic Basil or for that matter the opposition can do to help even if it wished to. The main-switch of the lights at the end of all tunnels have been turned off, the house is on fire and the firemen on strike. Confrontation between regime and people has commenced, so his is the time to think strategically. The initial outbreaks are spontaneous and that’s good, but at some point in time the spontaneity of the masses will be, will need to be complemented by leadership. The JVP most likely will assume natural leadership, nothing can or should stop that. Sajith can help if he wants to.

This is where the real point of today’s column commences. It’s a continuation of the discussion from last week (“Only Way Forward for the JVP” – 11 July) where the argument was that the JVP must not move beyond a certain point all on its own, it must collaborate with a multi-class, multi-party alliance. First observe that the anger that has broken out is indeed multi-class and multi-party. It is a universal and spontaneous expression of frustration by many people against avoidable blunders and abuses of power. This unity at the base must be preserved among anti-regime organisers and factions. A trade union action centre has already been established Lal Kantha and Suman Rathnapriya told a news conference.

It is necessary to initiate a common discourse on ‘What next’; ‘Who to invite?’ All who subscribe to a few basic points should be welcome. E.g.: Stop the economic collapse or resign, reverse the pardon of king-pin murderers, rescind the fertiliser instant-ban and replace it with an organic fertiliser expansion programme, repeal the PTA forthwith. The basics will have to be agreed between the JVP, the Sajith-Mangala balavegaya, liberals like NGOs, Tamil and Muslim parties that have guts, radical clergy and any small political entities that throw in their weight and others. The JVP or Sajith must convene a round table pow-wow and for heaven’s sake let there be no bickering about convenorship, chairmanship, roundness of table and such stupidities. The point is to get an agenda endorsed, not to anoint leaders or choose between Karl Marx and Adam Smith.

An action plan deals with immediate challenge and will be relevant for months or a year or two till imminent dangers pass. There are two; the economy will collapse, literally, leading to chaos in living conditions; second, when Gota hears the rattle of the guillotine and his junkers the rumble of the tumbrils they will panic. Will they send out the troops? This is no flower show or ladies tea party. The authoritarian option looms large. The immediate need is that the opposition must build a mass movement that can discourage and daunt use of the military. The Gotabaya cabal is a viper waiting to strike, so the mongoose must be alert. The medium-term objective is to prepare the ground for a shattering defeat of the regime at the next presidential and parliamentary elections. It is not necessary to incite confrontation between people and military when electoral victory down the line is certain. The opposition, whatever its differences on socialism, executive presidency, state-directed versus capitalist-led economy etc. must not put that cart before the horse. The answers to these types of long-term questions depend on the composition of the alliance that wins the next election cycle.

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  • 42
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    Oh gosh KD….I truly believed you till you mentioned that all should be done at the next presidential and parliamentary elections. Now is the time for the Coup; Now is the time for the Revolution! No pain, no gain!

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      ramona therese fernando,
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      Get lost my mate.
      We have a democratically elected government.
      Not a junta.
      Few idiots in a pissing contest can’t trow a government out.
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      No harm intended to you Prof.

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        SCP,
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        how can she be your mate ?

        SCP, the name of god, please come with constructive arguments, if your fake men have achieved something.
        :
        Truth is – Gota aka Nandasiini could not even manage to distribute – the free jabs- .. so what more talks would be needed to prove his ablities. Gota s is today comparable to that of a Loser by every means. .

        Ms SCP and ilk would live up their fantasies but their days are numbered.
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfEjTCBHRCA

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        S. C. Pasqual,

        Yes, they were duly elected and were supposed to produce good results.

        Many of us disregarded their many atrocities for the greater good of the nation. But they have only drowned us in debt with some artificial spikes in prosperity that dazzle and blind the masses.

        They have been careless with the country money and have had little accounting for it.

        The unaccounted US billions have only concentrated at the top of the Lankan oligarchy. This money has not been earned by Lankan production or invention, but from borrowed money.

        The Rajapaksas hold the country at ransom with this borrowed money, giving the masses illusions of Sinhala Buddhist rights.

        They might mean the best, but their method of governing is old-fashioned, and does not fit in with modern day norms of world interaction and integration that will put our Motherland in good stead.

        They can still change their erroneous ways and place in the many auditing facilities and proper disbursement of funds that places like the IMF can offer. Whatever loans and grants we get, whether from the world body, USA, or China, must be carefully accounted for and subscribed to global regulations.

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          RTF, Yes they can still change their erroneous ways of not being accountable for the wealth of the nation. But will they see the light now that a fire has been lit. What more. Citizens need to save their heads too. In that situation, what Prof KD says makes sense that the immediate need is that the joint opposition build a mass movement that can discourage and daunt use of the military. However the rage of the half starved mobs will not only burn up the leaders but will set the nation on fire which even the military cant control. More damage. Why cannot this robbery of nation stop, by choice and no curse.

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        S. C. Passqual

        “Few idiots in a pissing contest can’t trow a government out.”

        True.
        However, 6.9 million has already started the process of seriously destroying the land, people, institutions, environment, economy, health, ……………………………… and the country.

        You do not need “a few idiots in a pissing contest to throw the government out”. The rulers are capable of doing it themselves, and they are doing it splendidly. By the way avoid “p***sing against the wind” and make sure you do not keep your mouth open.

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      ramona,
      You say now is the time for coup. Rajapaksas are very good at Coup. They are good at cheating Buddhist Sinhala again and again. No one couldn’t stop 2018 coup after they bought Srisena. Easter Bombing is another coup that gave path to executive power and two third majority and 20th amendment to bring another American Rajapaksa. If necessary they can create another LTTE (Karuna & Pilliyan is there) and JVP (Weerawansa, Gammanpila is there) joint attack on “Daladha Maligawa”. This is enough to turn Buddhist Sinhala towards them. So, it important to make the people to understand and realise the real face and motive of Rajapaksas.

    • 8
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      No wonder they are protesting!

      There is no money in the country.

      There is no money even for the Rajapakses to rob ……. let alone for people’s needs.

      Rajapakses’ needs always take precedence over people’s needs.


      There are Colombian/Mexican drug-lords with billions who can’t launder their money.

      To hell with corrupt IMF ……. one of Basil’s 8 brains should ask them to contact Ajit Nivad Cabraal, the master of money-laundering …….. shouldn’t let the talents of our money-men go abegging …….. 10% cut would be more than enough for the country’s + Rajapakses’ (or should it be Rajapakses’ + country’s, SJ?) needs

      Time to think outside the box.

    • 0
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      Coup first and Revolution after? or vice versa?

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      But it is still wished that Gotabaya will work with the JVP/NPP…Basil has the right idea too….failing which a Coup is much needed to especially release the money holdings of The Family.  Premadasa will be also good with the JVP/NPP. Many good options, but The Family needs to be threatened into action for the benefit of the Lankan Masses.

      Sinhala Buddhist pride and survival is connected to democracy, global awareness, and minority contribution.

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      KD: Yes, AKD may be the best option given putrid choices, and Hats off to AKD for pointing out that Sri Lanka’s Energy Security and hence National Security is seriously threatened as the Electricity and LNG power plants are to be sold to US company Fortress as soon as US citizen Basil come back. This is to turn Sri Lanka’s East and west coast into US lily pad Military Bases, fueling stations of the American War machine in the Indian Ocean, Muthurajawela is being cleared. This is why American Company New Fortress wants Sri Lanka’s Electricity and LNG power plants.
      Meanwhile, although BIA airport is empty for 2 years almost, the Japanese, USA’s proxy in Asia are building their very own New Terminal at BIA Airport under Covid-19 mask and lockdowns.
      The Sinhala diaspora has been weaponized. US citizen Basil makes policy to benefit USA which wants a military base in Lanka.
      Take over of Lanka’s Energy Sector, Transport and Lands was the MCC project all along as the US wants to set up military bases on the East and West Coasts of Sri Lanka for Cyber Security and Data Tapping on undersea Data Cables to keep the deeply unequal global financial and economic system and economy that benefits and enables its trillion dollar debt trapped economy to continue looting the Global South.

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        On the Global financial and Economic Crisis: Please read Oxfam’s new Report the Hunger Virus proliferates.
        The US, the biggest Debtor Nation of the planet’s currency, the world reserve currency is about to crash. China and Russia are de-dollarizing, and even little El Salvador has dumped the dollar and is using Bitcoin. The US dollar is a Fiat Currency and the GLobal Financial System a massive Ponzi scheme of debt and derivatives that is about to crash with the USD!
        This is why the Deep State which knows the USD is on borrowed time staged the Covid-19 and fake postive PCR test data hoax and printed Trillions of dollars as “Covid-19 bailouts’ chanelled through Black Rock and other hedge funds also to outfits like India’s Adani and Ambani via RBI in order to asset strip and reboot US EU colonialism in Asia, Africa and Latin America and crash tbe emerging BRICS economies and the rise of Asia led by China. Geopolitics is the Covid-19 Endgame under the bio-security mask.
        Finally, Sri Lanka should be Taxing and charging Submarine Undersea Data cable (UDC), companies and their corporate for use of Lanka’s Maritime exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and will get rich quick!

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          Dinuk, You end by saying Sri Lanka will get rich quick. You must be out of your mind. May be you meant that another party will get rich quick. SL is robbed unto pennilessness.

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    The “GOOD” Politicians TOGETHER with Buddhist Monks +disgruntled Public needs to act to get a future Government that could bring back Peace, Prosperity, Law and order to the country. They need to educate the SL CITIZENS on the way the current government have abused their powers.

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    The “Discourse” is called for by the writer: “What Next” and “Who to Invite”.

    “What Next”: JVP/NPP must proceed with the steps already taken to rally the people to air out their hardships and keep them well informed and educated on the measures to be taken to solve the problems. Never advocate or organize violence, but get the peoples’ participation in the protests.

    “Who To Invite”: NEVER the Sajith Premadasa led SJB or the UNP. What to say of SLFP? Yet another “Turncoat”. Another untrustworthy, opportunists bankrupt political party. Must have not anything to do with them. Perhaps, must make an attempt to attract those members who are still against “UNP”, “SJB” and “SLPP”.

    Interestingly, Mr. Nagananda Kodithuwakku of “Vinivida” organization has filed TWO court cases challenging the entry of Ranil W and Rev. Rathana to Parliament. I am unable to say why he did not include the name of Basi Rajapakse. Perhaps, it could be that Basil entered as a “Replacement”. Yet, to me it is questionable.

    One more case is that of Gotabayha Rajapakse, who (according to NK) was not “Qualified” (was not in possession of any document to show that he has “Legally” relinquished USA citizenship) at the time of “Nomination”.

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      Dear Simon,
      “One more case is that of Gotabayha Rajapakse, who (according to NK) was not “Qualified” (was not in possession of any document to show that he has “Legally” relinquished USA citizenship) at the time of “Nomination”.
      .
      This is not just according to honourable NK but to the knowledge of anyone with some sanity. Today in sl even if ur mother would have been hurt, people seems to be doing nothing. MARANA BIYA AKA BHieshanaya is governing in the mind of the people again. Entire world is watching how barbaric police man handle the women and buddhagama monks ….let alone they dont care about elderly women…🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕 as some young men warn it Rajapakshes can be stoned to death by the very same voters sooner than later. That ll be the to the rest to join hand and to enjoy the moment going beyond the scene s at the end of Tripolli a man. And his family sooner the better🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨xx

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        Dear LLM: That “GR’s” citizenship issue is not yet resolved. In a ” video” clip NK challenged it and showed an “Affidavit” supposed to have been given to him by Prof Hoole one of the members of the EC. I questioned, through a comment (while he was addressing the public/viewers) requesting NK to let us know whether he (NK) has concrete evidence (a copy of a declaration, dated after the date of nomination by the USA State Department) of relinquishing the “Citizenship” by GR. He (NK) never responded and not so far and yet. That is why I said in my comment “according to NK” because he has not answered my inquiry. I routinely follow his presentations on “Youtube”. Now he has refrained from speaking even of that “Affidavit” of Prof. Hoole. Even I challenged the “Unethical” show off that “Affidavit” in public and wrote to Prof. about it. Perhaps, so many would have shown objections to that unethical “Show Offs”.

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          Simon,
          That is why we ve been busy getting the pettition signed by the target number of SLankens.
          https://www.petitions.net/329403?fbclid=IwAR1XPUxZ72P0ciO6Dr6VDJWY98FPs3miEm4ndtObjhdRLg9jb2k6LlAFTEo3#sign3

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            LLM: Could you please explain to me WHY “10,000” signatures are wanted to file that case against the nomination of GR. There were no such collection of signatures to file FR case against the entry of Ranil W and Rev. Rathana to Parliament. “NK” also once, “Blamed”, Sajith and AKD for not “Showing” up in courts on his “Invitation”. What was the necessity for “Invitees” to be present in courts to sit and watch the proceedings? These are very “Cheap” shots. NK has to be a little more civil and display calm and collectedness as a civil rights activist. That would help him in courts.

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              Simon,

              I am afraid, I have no clue why 10 000 would be the target, while some collections require only 3000 to 5000 signatures.. Dont you think if they were present in the courts, as party leaders, that would have become a big issue?

              …. I know you and I could have our own questions, but what upset me most is even if lovely ones would have been hurt today, people s indifference levels would not change. Had RR been out of prison, he would have attacked the public…. but criminal leadership put him in jail.
              FYI, I signed myself the pettition because I clearly knew that GoRa had no provable prerequisites to be the nominee, but that talkative MD was on their side. MD deserves to be hung by his balls since this is now beccoming clear to all. Also to you previous question as to why Prof. Hoole did not resign from his membership immediately after his was not respected – Prof. Hoole does not know sinhala language. He was then targeted by calling him “kotiya and tiger supporter”, supporting to tamil diaspora etc put him in danger in that point in time.

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          Not true, also today, Honrouable NK added his info about in and out again.
          :
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7daDZu0P4uA

          Please contribute your part by signing the pettiion, Anyone would realize that Gota had not had the document (renunciation of his US citizenship ) by the time, nominees were given to Gota. This is definitely illegal.

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            LLM: Thanks I watched it. As I was watching I asked him to answer two questions: (1) Why do you want “10000” signatures to file a court case”? Are the Courts going to give any consideration for that “10,000” signatures, because Courts have to go by “FACTS” and related “LAW and not by public “PERCEPTIONS”. (2) Have you obtained any “LEGAL” confirmation from the US State Department that GR was not granted approval to “RELINQUISH” his citizenship, prior to the date of submitting his nomination to contest as the President of Sri Lanka?

            Listen to all his talks. Does he answer these two questions? NO. What he does is to beat about the bush slinging mud and accusations at others. That is not what we want. Those “Persons” whom he accuses are not our concern. State your case and then we will back him if he has proof. He says: “If 10,000 signatures are not given, I will give up and go back to England”. What a “Cardboard” HR Activist he is? Do you want me to TRUST him anymore? I will not sign until he answers my two questions.

  • 15
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    Kumar David is dreaming, – he is sound asleep!
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    Not that I don’t wish that his dream come true, but I am too familiar with the stupidity of the people, both the electorate and the aspirants, in his dream.
    .
    The Rajapaksas have built a wall with the wealth of the country under their belt. We are a third world nation where Money speaks, and only money speaks.

  • 11
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    Certainly there’s disgruntlement and, to an extent, uproar amongst the citizenry.

    It’s undoubtedly bad publicity for the double-Paksa regime, perhaps more so on the international front.

    But has a substantial chunk of the 6.9million fully switched off their support for the double-Paksa regime?

    Who are these folk vocally and visibly expressing their discontent and outrage? Is it those who didn’t vote for the double-Paksa regime in the first place?

    The fire needs to catch on with much of that 6.9million for it to be effective in the way Prof. KD envisions.

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      Sugandh.
      No doubt it ll turn out to similar to an eruption of Vulcan sooner than later , almost anyone and everyone will come forward to heart out their angers these days not being able to bear police harassment which were unheard during Sorysena–Mr RW rule though main stream media is not vocal enough to feed the public with the facts and comparisons yet today, the only make effort on ther rate increasing races ,leaving the poor public in a lurch. Withis being the ground reality so called HIGH CHAPTER monks dont seem to wake up from their long slumber.either. if not today when ???????aiyòooooooooo dog bite dog situation 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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    KUMAR DAVID-

    You mentioned that tamil and muslim parties that have guts must joint withe main singala political parties in the south to fight against GOTHAPAIYAAS GOVERNMENT.As you know 90%of muslim elected members have been bough over by the government and they are fighting among them self to get at least 1/4 minister post through BASIL.TAMILS WILL HAVE TO THING TWICE BEFORE JOINING AS AFTER THEY REACH THEIR GOAL 100%OF SINGALA POLITICAL PARTIES AS USUAL LEAVE TAMILS AND THEIR LEADERS ON THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WITH EMPTY HAND TAKING ALL CREDITS AND SPOILS AMONG ALL SINGALA PARTIES.

  • 22
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    In the past 25 years any defeat of Chandrika or MR led to the return of Ranil W.

    From open evil to camouflaged evil. Stupid corruption to subtle corruption. Buffoon like MR to bogus RW.

    Now,will it lead to the emergence of a foolish and limited SP reign , jaw breaking words and foolish behaviour ?

  • 15
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    I fully agree with the writer. JVP is the only alternative to the corrupt two main parties. JVP should come out of its shell of fire brand red party to a national party. They should commence a dialogue with the general public at all levels. The present government and the President have become so unpopular and the high handed brutal suppression to oppose the short sighted policies of the government like the fertiliser ban and the Kothalawela act. On the fertiliser issue the government seems to take the advise of the GMOA president instead of agriculture experts. who is hell bent on his ambition to climb the top ladder of politics. Wonder whether Gnana akka told him that he has a rajayogya to be the future president. Such unpatriotic selfish advisors ruin the president and the government

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      JVP is a national party but Tamils and Muslims do not vote for JVP.
      All Tamils only vote for Tamil-only parties. (Some of them contest alone while some others contest within the UNP/SJB and SLPP). Most Muslims (not all) are also same.

      So do not expect JVP to win any Tamil or Muslim votes. Zero.

      For this reason JVP is only voted by Sinhala voters. As a result JVP parliamentary group will be Sinhala only. Because JVP parliamentary group will always be Sinhala only, even diversity loving Sinhalese do not vote for the JVP. They prefer UNP/SJB/SLPP that have all ethnic group MPs.

      This vicious cycle must be broken. It can start only if Tamils and Muslim vote for JVP in large numbers. It never happens. So JVP has no chance.

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    “reverse the pardon of king-pin murderers”

    This should be at the top of the demands ….. but they will not reverse it.

    So, the JVP and others should elicit a promise from Sajith or whoever comes to power next that they will rescind/nullify all Gota’s pardons.

    The religious leaders of all denominations should demand this. So there is no ambiguity about people’s sentiments regarding this issue.

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      Release of convicted murderer a from prison s is seen as no news to the media mafia today, though entire world is criticising about such actions…. .Gota as the president not uttering a single word even if police would rape his uneducated wife today?????? The most silent and lethargic president of the day🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨

  • 13
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    First time profesuri has been very practical
    I not sure whether JVP has the credibility among people due to 89 misdeeds but I am sure Sajith and UNP are incapable.
    Alternative forces can not organize themselves so soon
    Therefore JVP is the hopsons choice poor Sri Lankans but they should as professor says embrace all forces to get rid of the inefficient corrupt war criminal

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    I repeat this “We won’t be able to bring our rulers from ‘Heaven’ and have to be satisfied with the ones we already have. No point in finding fault with each and everybody. Need at the moment, is all anti-Rajapakse parties join and contest all future elections as one entity by nominating the best from each party as candidates. We should know who the ‘Podu Sathura’ – ‘Common enemy’ is and come together to chase it out of politics and if possible, from the country.

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      ” We should know who the ‘Podu Sathura’ ”

      Minimum (or hardcore) is about 7 million; maximum can can be as much as 22 million.

      Do you know Austin, an honest government servant saved Ahmad Nazeer from political, legal, and military revenge for his third-grade action in Mutur? Where do you want to put this guy, Austin? Is he dangerous to the nation or the savior of the nation? The saved Nazeer, like a cat does, is now rubbing his back on the legs of his new master, “Younger Brother Prince”. If so, then what kind of attitude or behavior do you expect to come from a Younger Brother Prince? Nazeer has kicked on the back of Ranil, who fed him to grow to this much, under the care of Hakeem.
      After the Bald Heads’ campaign for Hitler in the last election, there is a foolish opinion that has spread within the Modaya Mahajan of Lankawe is that being as nasty as Hitler is a tough Heroism.
      It sounds like it is in Lankawe that God is testing his ability, how or what bad creations he can come out with!
      ( Remember guys, the corrective actions you propose should accommodate the ability of the voters too)

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    Prof,

    I think you articulate the plan of action strategic thinkers might agree with. I doubt there are too many of those in the circulating throngs of the opposition. Even the Red-Bros have learnt that their rhetoric goes only so far. The glass ceiling for them has been very daunting for a long time!
    SJB has talent. If they can get Mrs. Malaprops’ son to shed his dictionary and talk sense, that might be a starting point. As you say, leadership is the need of the moment. Karu Jayasuriya writing an op-ed is an indication he is fishing for an invitation from any viable entity that evolves from the ensuing chaos.

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    Yes, looks like fuel has been added to fire by politician Ranjith. Apparently gave ultimatum (few weeks time) to solve Easter mystery. Trade unions seem to be on a roll organizing mass protest, without any political nudging. Whereas during MS/RW time MR was paying those unions to create trouble.Will they succeed? With military rule ,Sircular’s mindset, MR/BR,s ability to make back door deals, China’s financial backing and advise on how to quell such protest, those 7 million have no clue what is coming. Mr. David Rajapaksas are here to stay. Instead of white vans they have created all kind of laws to suppress dissent.Anything you say or do can be found offensive, risk to national security/sovereignty blah, blah. If still unmanageable Rajapaksas will create security situation. China has vast experience in Tiananmen and HK (you have referred many times).

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    KD, rumor is Trinco port and / or the adjacent 33,000 sq mile ares (???) is leased to U.S/Japan companies for oil refining. The investment is worth $ 3,000 million. Apparently this was the primary mission of Basil who made a sudden visit and was promised to bring back goodies for those 7 millions. Is it true ???

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      Chiv,
      There seems to be something wrong with this rumour.
      SL total area is 65,612 km 2 (25,333 sq. mi)
      If 33,000 sq. kms. is for this project then the whole of Northern. North Central, Eastern, North Western provinces and other parts of SL is for this project?
      No way this could be anywhere near reality. Need fact check as this cannot be correct in any form or shape

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        Mahila, thanks bro I too question such rumors. But I believe Rajapaksas are now left with no alternate options other than selling prime assets to meet debt payments.

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      A good move if true.

      Okinawa-2 in the north? Not bad. The north lived with LTTE, EPDP, IPKF, SL Army, etc.

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    The main-switch of the lights at the end of all tunnels have been turned off

    When light was seen at en of the tunnel the concerned bought more tunnel the light is from the train is just the light of an oncoming train. or a fire has been lit at end of the tunnel, to show there is light The fire you kindle often burns yourself more than them.

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    Supporters of the regime will allege sabotage by disgruntled elements, foreign hands, opportunists and sadists while the progressive forces strive to develop vistas of splendour and prosperity against all odds.

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    I am not a political strategist but in my humble opinion, alliances don’t work, its only a short term solution to come into power. SL had many such alliances & coalitions but none have been successful, some even disastrous, as can be seen by the Yahapalana coalition between the UNP & SLFP. Though it succeeded in overthrowing a ”peoples’ party” led by a charismatic, yet, corrupt leader, the coalition failed miserably due to opposing leaderships within the alliance. In this case, the failure was primarily due to a slimy, self serving yob, totally out of his depth in international politics, leading the coalition while the other partner was living in his own laisez faire world, giving into his cronies at the expense of the country.

    Cont.

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      Raj.
      Look at Germany, is not coalitions that succeeded as no other grand nations? .
      .
      It is the level of general public makes it possible whether it gives positive outcomes or not. South Asian mentality is the root cause. It is filled with myths and corruption culture law and order is short hugely in their mind set, that to be addressed first by increasing awareness of the people. The numbers that would be the highest if any low level act would be promoted in the county today…😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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        Recent social experiment s.
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        1) promotion of paniya as panacea thogh it was produced by a probably mental sick person by through the direct involvement of an uneducated minister of health and speaker
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        2) kelaniya temple fake relics saga- deliberately planted by Rajapakse mlechcha media also rapinng the abusive mind set of biased chief monk
        .
        To be continued 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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      Not true. Those difference arose by 2018. But alliance partners TNA, SLMC, JVP that joined UNP to topple Rajapaksas in January 2015 had part ways by August 2015!!! Just 8 months!!

      Racist politics made it impossible to stick together for long.

      This gave Rajapaksas a fighting chance and a chance to come back.

      Knowing this in 2024 they will first hold the parliamentary election. TNA, SLMC, JVP, UNP/SJB can NEVER form one alliance to contest parliamentary elections. As the single largest party SLPP (despite unpopularity) has a better chance to win most district bonus seats than other parties. Even if others join after the election in parliament (VERY UNLIKELY) it will be a hung parliament.

      Then they will go for a presidential election. SJB can win but will have to work with a hostile parliament.

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    Cont.

    The JVP is socialist in principal while the SJB is, presumably (in my thinking), socialist with capitalist underpinnings but in practice, would the socialist common ground be adequate to share power & create a synergy? If the minority parties also join the bandwagon, certainly, in theory, be a diverse party, most welcome in this climate of racial & religious extremism but at the end of the day, we are human, therefore, greed, hunger for power, selfishness, even pure cussedness, are in our genes. Then there is the mindset of the average voter to consider, which may be based on personality of politicians & in denial of reality.

    Anyway, things can’t get much worse but if any party or coalition which is prepared to sacrifice their generous perks, including pensions, crack the whip on waste, corruption & incompetence, shrink the cabinet & appoint able, suitably qualified ministers, promote law & order with an independent judiciary, has my support & blessings.

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    In 2015 we whole Sri lankans united with hard work of Sobitha Thero along with civil societies for betterment for the country,sadly the spineless man from Kurunagala sabotaged cheated and let down the country…
    I think we missed the golden opportunity,as the 20A is in full swing don’t know whether will have another election,he got plenty of “yes” sir in.cabinet,while few santhosams abstain……
    While these chaos going on blessed Sangam is dead quiet,

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    “The immediate need is that the opposition must build a mass movement that can discourage and daunt use of the military.”
    *
    I agree with such need, but not with the assignment of the job to this GFN task force .

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    I’ve read the mixed bag of 18 comments.
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    If RTF wants to stage a coup, let her come here from Pennsylvania and actively participate.
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    It wouldn’t be rational to imagine that the NPP could actually form a government four years from now, but if they continue to act in a principled way, they will be a formidable force.
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    The Treble-Paksa government could collapse quite soon – that’s how badly they are bungling. The NPP should NOT enter into into an opportunistic and unprincipled alliance with the SJB forces, especially if it remains under the current leadership.

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      This indicates more widespread defiance than I would have expected:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvn6PNp_1o8&t=332s
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      I don’t like strikes myself, but I must tell you about my experience at the Telecom Office in Bandarawela on Tuesday. Fobbed off by the Manager of the place. One begins to understand that hypocrisy is spread around the entire gamut of society.
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      I’m going to sleep now, but will tell you tomorrow.

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    In early 1917, when Europe was in turmoil with the World War ending Lenin said, the social forces in Russia had not matured for a revolution. With the Petrograd Soviets moving fast under the leadership of Trotsky, the fervour of the workers was gaining great traction. By mid 1917, Lenin sensed the sea change. Precisely on 7th October it exploded. After power was consolidated, when asked how he decided on 7 th he said 6 th was too early; 8 th was too late. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, taken at its flood …” as many would quote the bard. Not too early, not too late is the lesson.

    “If you don’t have bread, eat cakes”. So said the Queen of France. It was quite a while for the revolution to roll out. Some may say “If you don’t have food, feast your eyes on the gifted cars to MPs”.

    Dr. David speaks of the next election. Not easily understood by many, though some know it as the most devious mode to bypass confrontation. Time and tide wait for no one, is well known.

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    I believe that Sri Lanka would sink to the level of North Korea. No country worth its salt (including China) has any respect for Sri Lanka simply because the system is corrupt to the hilt (From top to bottom) and virtually there is no Government, its left hand does not no what the right hand is doing. In other words, a cancer has set into the system. The remedy proposed by Prof Kum is to set up a broad front all the anti-government parties under the leadership of the JVP which must play the role of the first among equals. It’s a motley coalition, which is suitable for bringing down this regime similar to the political combine that formed the “Yahapalana” government. Once this broad coalition, say for the argument’s sake win national elections, both presidential and parliamentary, then what is the chance that bonds of friendship would be intact? Everyone knows that today’s dark force of Government is the vested interests of various parties throwing money to achieve their aims. Can this coalition of Prof Kum put a stop to that? Even the “Yahapalana” government, which Prof Kum claims credit for conceptualizing it succumbed to corruption very badly.

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    Teacher’s union, health unions, bankers’ unions are now trying to bring a message out to mass (or the rather to the 7 million.) They are people who are best suited to educate the mass. They should openly appeal, for public to join their protests. Anura, instead of infusing politics in that, he should draw people supports for these strikes. After the government has received it mandate to the Nazi Government, German Ambassador has assured the country’s full support for Lankawe. Such a powerful, long living the name the Hitler is. But the possibility is, Like Vaalaiththodam Sr did in the past, King may soon send him home, unless he pledge allegiance to Lankawe. soon. They can bark, but they cannot talk to Lankawe in its Apps Diplomacy Language. May be the neighboring country Swiss can give some tuition to German Ambassador that who the Lords Rajapakse Royals are.

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    Now that their criminals are released from prison will form a mob to attack people just like what is happening in South Africa.

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      Noel

      “Now that their criminals are released from prison will form a mob to attack people just like what is happening in South Africa.”

      Your analogy is far removed from this island.
      We have had several serious riots from 1915 to April 2019. Whats wrong pointing to those riots.

      What are you trying to say?

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    The question is what are the alternatives ?
    Can we expect some thing better?

    The Yahapalanaya project was launched with high ideals under the Patronage of Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha.

    What happened? – Bond scam, Fighting between Ranil and Sirisena. Head dosen’t know what the tail is doing. Apeasing extreamist elements. Ultimately the Easter Sunday Bomb.

    Ven Sobitha Passed away because of heartbreak because he undestood that Mother Lanka is doomed – because of selfishness and foolishness – May he rest in peace.

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      The alternative is enjoy the Joyride of Rajapussy roller coster, if its too fast or too deep
      ,group some of your theros ,zeros,zoros and jumb into the street, I can assure either way you will be treated royally by our Great Rajapussy junta and Gotler

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    Without any religious or race connotations, I am unaware of any public protest, dissent, fasting, sit on, or processions succeeding in Lanka, let alone unseating government. The last time when public protested demanding clean water/air, few were shot dead. The only politician to succeed in unseating was willy/foxy JR and most of us are aware of his dirty tactics. With Rajapaksas even if you have those theras on the lead, Rajapaksas will not hesitate in snuffing them out. So accept reality and stop fantasizing.

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    Hold your horses Singa Leys
    Than sapada…?
    now you want minorities for Coup d’état, Listen… Rajapussys are only and only 6.9 mills “Mahadana Mutta’s” problem, minorities have nothing to do with it, Either try the coup taste the venom of Gotlerpussy or stay as usual as a mule by listening “Gapsa” cabraal’s sky rocketing figures.
    Lucky you that Rajapussys junta have multidude of choices to entertain you in a various ways, if you push hard you can enjoy few free white van rides too, Remember we don’t give a s**t what you do

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    Why is it that the protests are not directed towards the MPs in each electorate?

    Both Government and Opposition MPs should be forced by the protesters to take up positions on the various issues faced by the citizens; and present those positions in the Parliament rather than follow their political leaders blindly.

    They must all be told to vote according to their conscience or else face the wrath of their electorates.

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