19 April, 2024


A Golden Opportunity Not To Fritter Away

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

The decision of Maithripala Sirisena to throw his hat into the ring has resulted in what must be the biggest sigh of political relief experienced in Sri Lanka in a long time, not to mention the usual fire-cracker sounds of celebration!

While it is easy enough to see this as an unmitigated blessing to a land that is drowning in a cesspool of corruption, a word of caution is not simply needed, it is essential.

Particularly given the players in this melodrama, one needs to bring more than a bit of circumspection to bear here.

While there is likely to be a significant amount of speculation as to who exactly had the greatest responsibility for getting Sirisena to “turn,” there is little doubt, given her appearance on the platform from which the announcement was made, standing right by Mr. Sirisena, that Chandrika Kumaratunge played a significant role, probably calling in her markers from way, way back.

Given that lady’s track record one would be well advised to apply the old adage to an evaluation of Mr Sirisena: “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.”  And, let’s face it, that wouldn’t put the erstwhile Minister of Health at the upper level of any band of political angels!

MaitripalaChandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge doesn’t exactly have a sterling record in the matter of not being vindictive and vindictiveness is no recipe for a return to good governance if Mr. Sirisena is successful in his quest for the Holy Grail. Neither is she, by any stretch, an example of someone who displayed principle and competence at the time she claimed to steer this country.  However, let’s assume that she has seen the light during her particular journey to a Sri Lankan Damascus. After all, Saul did end up as Saint Paul, even if that particular religious fact is being quoted in this particular instance by an unbeliever!

That said, I will reiterate what I proposed in a piece in Colombo Telegraph a while ago: all the required preparations must be made to prosecute, to the full extent of the law, those who have economically raped and pillaged this country under the protection of the Rajapaksa Regime. I am not suggesting that any of those who did the same under Chandrika Kumaratunga or her predecessors be let off that particular hook, but a start must be made and it is most practical to go after those who’ve had the least amount of time to cover their tracks.  That is a sine qua non in the cleansing and healing process which this country must begin if it is to return to anything resembling law, order and good governance. I will, again, issue the challenge I did a while back to the members of such as Friday Forum: you certainly have among your number those with the skills to play a leading role in this endeavour and I challenge you, again to emerge from your collective protective cocoon, stop simply issuing statements and do something positive and productive in the national interest.  Even if the current corrupt bunch continue in power after the next Presidential election, the act I am suggesting will not be in vain because it will have established a beachhead of principle that can never be considered wasted.

I don’t know about the logistics of change that are needed and which, broadly speaking, all those involved in the anti-Rajapaksa movement subscribe to. However, what they have had to say certainly puts them on the side of the angels in this contest, even if anything even vaguely resembling moral or ethical conduct would do so in the current Sri Lankan context!

What I have seen, though, at first hand is the danger of serious dilution of any effort to return to democratic practice in this nation by the participation of those who’ve given ample evidence of their being prepared to influence decision-makers to equivocate in matters of basic principle and justice.

As someone who witnessed this in miniature and was among those who fought a losing battle to turn that particular tide at a rugby club, I witnessed, at first hand, a wholesale sellout of principle in the rugby arena. I saw how, because of the need to curry favour with “the powers that be” whose progeny were the “stars” of a club purporting to represent the “Senior Service,” even the use of an assault weapon on the field of play was, basically, let slide. Why?  Because of a fear of “upsetting” the most important rugby fan in this country! That there were business considerations attached to this manipulation of response was patently obvious to any witness of what unfolded. I refer to this because it resulted in the selling out of fans, dozens of whom had been hospitalized because of the mayhem unleashed on them after matches involving those particular protagonists, and witnesses who had placed their employment on the line by submitting signed statements to corroborate video, some of which I still have in my possession.

Suffice it to say that these “Dinuwath dinuwa, paradunath dinuwa[1]  businessmen are the very same business types who play a significant role on the national political stage by virtue of their connections to both sides of the political equation.  They must not be permitted to subvert the need for justice and fairness and the bringing to book of those who have displayed an unparalleled capacity to rob this country blind. All they have been interested in is their own narrow business interests and they must not be permitted to influence and impede the course of justice because they are driven by the need to maintain the “insurance” they have so successfully maintained through thick and thin, while a whole country went to the dogs. That should not be negotiable in any shape, form or fashion. These sycophants have been a huge part of the problem that has paraded as governance in this country and they must not be permitted to impede the course of justice again parading as part of the solution.

As far as public opinion is concerned, the tide has turned and there is a veritable tsunami of dissatisfaction ready to express itself against the Rajapaksa Regime. How does one harness this most effectively?

In the matter of campaigning, let me make a few suggestions from experience garnered from more than half a century of political activity, much of it in the trenches of electoral combat both here in Sri Lanka (in a more civilized and civil time) and elsewhere, where the kind of violence which is a day-to-day part of political activity of any kind in Sri Lanka was conspicuous by its absence! Even given that caveat, the three simple suggestions I am about to make are more than relevant to a national constituency that is more politically sophisticated than those of many functioning democracies.

  1. Before election day (E-Day), canvassers need to to knock on every door in this country to persuade every voter to cast his or her ballot on election day. Where possible this foot-canvassing must be augmented by phone canvassing with a well-prepared script, by phone-canvassers who have been trained (particularly not to lose their tempers!)
  2. And, on E-day, every effort must be made to get every voter to the polls. Trying to exclude those suspected of supporting the current regime from such an effort would be a mug’s game because, with the climate of fear prevailing in this country and what is going to be the unleashing of violence without precedent by the incumbent government, very few are going to risk showing colours that would be deemed to be opposed to the incumbent.
  3. Then comes, perhaps the most important element of E-Day: ensuring that the ballot boxes are not tampered with and that the votes are reported as cast. Even if, by some miracle that results in Mahinda Rajapaksa being elected to a third (illegal) term, it will have established a cornerstone of democratic practice that has all but disappeared from this country, thereby making a significant contribution to the rebuilding of that political culture at some point in the future.

Yes, dear reader, we do live in interesting times, and what we make of them is entirely up to each and every one of us. Let not future generations say that we were found wanting at a time when the very destiny of this nation will be determined.

[1] The English translation of this pithy Sinhala saying would read something like “If we win, we’ve won and if we lose, we’ll still have won.”

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  • 15

    It is too early to celebrate: It’s not easy to bell the big cat with the wide grin.

    He may still engineer his strategy to defeat the common candidate. Don’t forget his trusted Gota and his white vans can turn the tables with his hordes.

    The fun has only begun now with the puppet stings being manipulated deftly.

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      • 5

        Emil, Mathripala Sirisena and CBK are reclaiming the SLFP from the corrupt Rajapaksa brothers – this is their mission.
        CBK and Sirisena represent the REAL SLFP and the Rajapaksa brothers are not the SLFP which they have destroyed and turned into a corrupt FAMILY BUSINESS.
        CBK and Maithripala together can isolate and expose Jarapassa brothers in all their greed as the destroyers of the SLFP and democracy in Lanka.
        This is why CBK must speak and say that the joint opposition is also the real SLFP and a National Platform to Save Sri Lanka from the Gaddhaffi family of Sri Lanka that is turning it into a dictatorship;

        The joint opposition needs to run a Positive Campaign and EDUCATE SINHALA MODAYA.
        1. Need for Good Governance to ensure that everyone benefits from Development.
        2. Make the Economic argument – that today there is only jobless and boru growth and very little foreign direct investment and a pile of DEBT.
        3. The REAL ECONOMY is in shambles due to corruption and neopotism. The only strategy of development that Jarapassa has is Tourism which generates coolie jobs.
        4. Focus on EDUCATING the Sinhala Moda voters: This is a time for change and PEOPLE-CENTERED Development and Economic growth to help the people reap the benefits of growth, rather than the corrupt Rajapaksa Jarapassa family.
        5. Start a civil disobedience campaign to rip down Jarapassa’s posters that are polluting the roads with the JVP and UNP youth wings.

    • 9

      Isn’t it ironic that a man who symbolised family corruption of the regime, by helping his own brother “Dudley” Sirisena become a dollar millionire, has defected citing “corruption”. Probably he didn’t get everything he wanted!

      Maithripala owes it to the country to explain as to how his brother “Dudley”, who was a pennyless ex-Air Force soldier became the owner of two hotels and the leading rice dealer in the country. The news is that he has bought the Araliya Green Hills hotel from a Maldivian for $5 million US!

      Maithripala’s son also assaulted (like Malaka Silva) the son of a police officer saying “I am the son of a future prime minister”.

      And “Dudley” has shot out of the country in a hurry with his brother’s announcement!

      Do we want people like these to lead us? Please count me out.

      • 1

        yes – like you I can never understand SL politicians’ mind – why did they not choose from Ranil or Karu both known to be clean (well except for offering CT Rs.50k). I have no good opinion of MS whatsoever. Can we believe a man like MS who seem to be now sucking up to CBK ?. His speech did not convince me, he does not have any leadership quality. He was not forceful enough in his reasons for defecting – and is he even relevant ? He does not have the Charisma of CBK and is not known for any particular achievement. Why can’t the main opposition mobilize the masses ? Sinhala Buddhists are certainly ready for a change as indicated in Uva and minorities will anyway not vote for MR- so who is afraid of what ?

      • 0

        If you have the evidence please hand it to the police, otherwise keep your trap shut. Your sordid aim for all these innuendoes is to stir up trouble to likely innocent people.

    • 4

      Dear Emil van der Poorten,

      RE: A Golden Opportunity Not To Fritter Away


      1. The Politicians have come together, with common sense and comm goals prevailing to rescue the country and its people, both Paras and Native Veddah Aethho from the excesses of the Executive Presidency, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa , his Family, his cronies and their shills and whitewashes.

      The populace need to thank Especially the current set of Common Candidates Team for this Patriotic Move to rescue the country from Mara aka MaRa.

      2. Now the populace and the writers need to do their job and complete the Mara Dumping Project.

      The populace need help. They need to be informed.By whom? Everybody, especially the and media personnel, writers, printers, publishers and distributors.

      3. What can the writer do? Need Anonymous and named writers. They need to write Common Sense Pamphlet, 2014 Sri Lanka version. They need to do what Thomas Paine did for America in 1776 to get rid of tree King.

      Common Sense (pamphlet)


      Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2]

      Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[3] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[4] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[5]

  • 14

    I have followed the news from the time the issue of the third term was reported. No where did I read anything said by any of the candidates who were gearing up to contest about what political solutions they would propose on the Tamil issues. The whole issue that started the conflict since 1948 or the war since 30 years ago is being ignored. The silence speak louder than the loud speeches by the opposition candidate and his supporters in Sinhala. For Tamils the writing is in the Banner behind the dignitaries at the press conference and speeches in Sinhala. (I had thought we had Two Official Languages.)

    The reason for avoiding the Tamil question is that the candidate who talk about a political solution, even implementing the 13A minus, would loose the election. Neither of them can even do a backroom deal with the TNA as it would be known and that ensures the defeat of the candidate.

    The election therefore becomes an election by the Sinhala majority electing a Sinhala candidate who will be less corrupt, less of a Dictator, less of nepotism but who will maintain the Sinhala Buddhist state as a Unitary state.

    The Tamil voters have choices: 1. If they want Rajapaksa to win, publicly support Srisena. 2. If they want Srisena to win, publicly support Rajapaksa. The third choice is not to vote and let the Sinhala voters choose their candidate. Which one will they choose?

    Tamils always had some say in the National elections. They or their leaders always made the wrong choices. Will they keep silent as any choice they make will be a mistake like in the past? Do they really have a choice?

    • 3

      Thanks Ethir.

      “The whole issue that started the conflict since 1948 “

      It all started long before according to Prof Wilson.

      (Professor A Jeyaratnam Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of New Brunswick since 1972. Previously he held the founding chair in political science at the University of Peeradeniya.) http://www.tamilcanadian.com/eelam/hrights/?cat=19&id=1000627

      “To go back a little into history. I am of the view that the Tamil disaster really began at the time of the formation of the Ceylon National Congress in the good year 1919.”

      • 3

        n.ethirveerasingam and Annpu,

        Well said, Tamils are others not included in appe aaanduwa or in appe jathika peramune. Actions speak louder than words.

        As far as the Tamils are concerned, they the Sinhalese do their own things, but won’t let Tamils do their own things. What a dog in the manger attitude of the Sinhala race!

        • 2

          Very correct .
          Remember JR said “…we cannot consider the opinion of Tamils or their lives” or words to that effect and added following his 1983 UNP government inspired holocaust added ” that if the Tamils are starved the Sinhalese would be happy”.

          The Tamils have nothing to do with the Sinhalese electing their President.

          The announcement by Maithiripala Sirisena to contest the Presidential Elections and this proclamation that he would abolish the EP can be taken with a pinch of salt.

          CBK has been responsible for inducting him as the common candidate and what did she do despite her promise to rid the EP , she continued as President for two terms and was angling for a third term which was foiled by the man who she appointed as CJ. What guarnatee is there, that her inductee would not do the same?

          Personally I would trust Santa Claus to come down the chimney with toys rather than believe that Maithipala Srisena will rid the EP.
          Where was he when MR brought in the 18tch Amendment?
          Where was he when Ma Ra sacked the CJ with the aid of a bogus PSC consisting of his henchmen?

          If he honestly intends. Why should he wait for one hundred days to rid the EP, why cannot he do it in three days or over the week-from the day he assumes office.?

    • 3

      Yes the T word is a curse for the sinhala politicians. The T word is used to win elections. None of them have gutss or the vision to make it an acceptable word to the Sinhala masses. This time its a presidential election Sinhala v Sinhala. Who ever wins becomes the president the Tanmils are not going to benefit

    • 2

      A change has to happen.

      TNA has categorically stated about United Lanka with maximum devolution to periphery.

      Hope the Sinhala masses understand this language,devolution for all meaning the Sihalese can enjoy powers close to home than the center or Family centered.

      The task at hand for The majority politician who want peace is to educate the majority masses the benefits of these.

      Lets hope and wait,certainly not the time to ruffle feathers.

      • 0

        The Tamils had believed in a United Lanka even before independence in 1948 and had continued to do so even after that up to 1976, the time when their adventurous leaders led them up the garden path towards a mythical Eelam which got hijacked by a terroristic Fascist mafia called the LTTE.

        Scheaming Sinhalese power hungry leaders who were adept at playing the race card of divide and rule learnt from the departing British colonialist in 1948 followed it up by disenfranchising the Tamil up country estate workers in1948 had got taste to deprieve the Tamils of their linguistic parity by making Sinhala the language of the majority official in 1956.

        The curse for the island began at that point and continues up to date.

        It will only end when the Tamils in the N&E as a whole get disenfranchised and their sovereign status as a people denied just like what happened to the up-country Tamil workers in 1948 with the absolute majority that the government now has in parliament.

        The justification for that will be “Tamils do not VOTE for the Sinhalese Presidential candidates” and that won’t be a surprise!
        It is then, that the world will wake up to their plight.

  • 0

    MR have got the Day#8 of January as his lucky day as chosen by his soothsayer the Kendara Sumane.

    Unfortunately Jan8 is the Birth Anniversary of SWRD Banda whose policies were thrown into the political dustbin by the Rajapaksas as well as the death Anniversary of Lasantha W, who was at the time of this death the real voice against the Rajapaksa tyranny.

    More interestingly #8 is considered lucky by Chinese whom Rajapaksas have worshiped day in and out.

    see this following:
    The word for “eight” (八 Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means “prosper” or “wealth” (發 – short for “發財”, Pinyin: fā). In regional dialects the words for “eight” and “fortune” are also similar, e.g., Cantonese “baat3” and “faat3”.

    There is also a visual resemblance between two digits, “88”, and 囍, the “shuāng xĭ” (“double joy”), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters 喜 (“xĭ” meaning “joy” or “happiness”).

    The number 8 is viewed as such an auspicious number that even being assigned a number with several eights is considered very lucky.

    In 2003, A telephone number with all digits being eights was sold for CN¥2.33 million (approximately US$280,000) to Sichuan Airlines in Chengdu, China.[2]
    The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm local time (UTC+08).[3]
    A man in Hangzhou offered to sell his license plate reading A88888 for ¥1.12 million (roughly $164,000).[3]
    The Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia each have 88 floors.
    The minivan that GM makes for the Chinese market is called the Buick GL8, but the minivans it sold in other countries didn’t have that name.
    The Air Canada route from Shanghai to Toronto is Flight AC88.
    The KLM route from Hong Kong to Amsterdam is Flight KL888.
    The Etihad Airways route from Abu Dhabi to Beijing then onwards to Nagoya is Flight EY888.
    The United Airlines route from Beijing to San Francisco is Flight UA888, and the route from Beijing to Newark is Flight UA88.
    The Air Astana route from Beijing to Almaty is Flight KC888.
    The British Airways route from Chengdu to London is Flight BA88.
    One of Cathay Pacific’s flight numbers from Hong Kong to Vancouver and New York is CX888.
    Singapore Airlines reserves flight numbers beginning with the number 8 to routes in China and Korea.
    SriLankan Airlines reserves flight numbers beginning with the number 8 to routes in China.

    • 0

      If you read how the Saturn Transfer (MR does every thing with sooth sayers, that is weak people) affects Vrushchika Lagna (MR is that sign) then you understands a lot.

  • 6

    N. Ethirveerasingam:
    Most of what you state contains more than a kernel of truth. However, as much as I abhor the racists in the Sinhala polity and as much as I will admit that it has been subjected to a deluge of racist rhetoric, no matter how sly, I am still convinced that just as racism is a totally irrational impulse, no group of people, of whatever ethnicity, has racism bred in the bone. The majority of Sri Lankans will rise above those considerations of race, religion, caste etc. particularly when poverty bred of those attitudes is descending on them at great speed. An empty stomach can sometimes do interesting things to one’s brain and that is what I think is already driving Sri Lankans to an appreciation of reality, letting go of all that “master race” rubbish.
    Try and keep the faith and take this process one step at a time, the first being ridding ourselves of this pestilence! This country needs the contributions of those like you and, given some patience, I have little doubt that you’ll have the opportunity to be of real service in the re-building exercise.

    • 3

      Sinhala being the master race is not rubish as this rubbish writer says. That is a fact.

      No other country in the world had the wisdom or sophistication to see the beaty and intelligence in the Buddha dharma and to protect it in the original form. Only Sri Lanka had it.

      Look at Kalawewa, Yoda Ela, Avukana and Samadhi statue, just to name a few, of our past achievements before the dreaded Portuguese vandals came and screwed us (and left their rubbish here).

      Where were your ancestors in Europe (who now claim to be “civilised”) when all this was happening in this little island?

      They were beginning to walk straight, you dishonest moron. Learn history if you want to become a human.

      • 5

        Uthum Sinhalaya

        Talking of Buddhism you should practice Maithree Baawanawa. You have lot of anger in your system and Maithree Baawanawa is the only way to get rid of it.

        If you want to disagree with the author or any other commentators you should argue with facts and may be a bit of humour like our Lapatiya but not venom

      • 5

        Uthum Sinhalaya:
        I am sure everyone reading your comments is absolutely impressed by the level of your “civilization” and culture, particularly when you say, “They were beginning to walk straight, you dishonest moron. Learn history if you want to become a human.”
        If proof be needed of where the likes of you are coming from, you have supplied it in spades. Incidentally, you REALLY should attack the Jews as well because your god was the first one to use the “master race” terminology. Remember a guy called Hitler?

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          SO you can deprecate Sinhala Buddhist culture at every turn, but be precious about your “Western” civilisation?

          Like Gandhi said, it would be good if they have one in Europe. Then they would not be constantly thinking of invading or meddling in other countries.

          As to “attacking” the Jews, not interested, we don’t have to do it, your people are asking for it through their interference in other peoples’ affairs. Talk to Netan-Yahoo.

          • 3

            Uthum Sinhalaya:
            If you will pardon my inability to understand whatever language you write in – when last looked it bore only a faint resemblance to English – you might take another at look at what I’ve written in the context of your BLATANT LIE when you say,”SO you can deprecate Sinhala Buddhist culture at every turn, but be precious about your “Western” civilisation?” But then, that is the fallback of people (?) such as you – when all else fails, fall back on repeating the big lie,ad nauseam.

      • 6

        Uthum Sinhalaya = Sinhala Buddhist Fascism = NAZI = ISIS = Virathu of Burma = Bin Laden = Gnasara = JHU = BBS = VHP = RSS = Mujaheedeen = = Al Queda = KKK = Skin Heads

        Delusional = Psychotic.

        Identify them, expose them, isolate them.

        They are all a curse to humanity.

  • 2

    How could a geek like you know the opinion of the majority? Majority in this country lives in villages like I do. They’re not against the powers of the Presidency. They want no bombs but a political stability, better livelihood, roads and etc. By their own experience, they know that they’re better off today than ever before. They just don’t want to go back to the dark days of Chandrika and Ranil.

    At elections people either venerate elephant symbol or hates it. If an outsider wants to secure traditional UNP votes, he has to contest with the elephant symbol.

    For obvious reason, Ranil didn’t give Fonseka the elephant symbol. And he didn’t even get as many votes as Ranil got in 2005. It seems this time also Ranil doesn’t want to give the elephant symbol to Maithree. Consequently, the traditional UNPers may be reluctant to go to the poling booth.

    Talking about those who hate the elephant symbol meaning SLFPers and leftists, they just don’t want Ranil to be the executive Prime Minister and face the tunes of 2001-3. So they’ll not vote for Maithree. Of cause a few Chandrika awalams who rode thavalams will vote for Maithree. In the end the same anti nationals lot who voted SF will rally round Maithree. Hardly enough to be the President. I’ll give more reasons why Maithree is a looser in due course.

    • 0

      Another pseudonym for another jackass pretending to be a man of the people from rural Sri Lanka! What else is new? Certainly not the pseudonym which any real Banda with an atom of self-respect would reject out of hand.
      Incidentally, if you had the b..s to reveal your identity we could probably identify which gutter, rather than village, you come from.
      Perhaps, your paymasters should consider that old saying that goes, “Who wants enemies (enemas?) with friends like these.”

  • 2

    A strange phenomenon it is indeed when somebody who was an important part of an allegedly universally corrupt administration till two days ago, is suddenly hoisted up as the non-corrupt and incorruptible messiah who will lead us into the promised land. This shows how utterly bereft the Opposition is of an acceptable face to put in front of the electorate, a task that should have been easy to accomplish were the accusations valid. The same groups who used to vilify CBK in the past with equal vehemence are now kowtowing at her feet in order to rid the nation of the present ‘menace’. Politics is a strange animal and who said that a turd could not be polished.

  • 0

    I also seem to recollect a statement made by a previous PM before a large pre-election gathering similar to “Dinuwath dinuwa, paradunath dinuwa[1]”. He ended up with a mere 8 seats in Parliament.

  • 3


    Dont count the Chicken before they are hatched. From inside the Country it is going to be fought on the Race issue. Dont be surprised if a few bombs go off all thanks to the Remnants of LTTE( according to
    MR rump). Already we have seen violence in Kurunagale and this will give MR the pretext to declare Marshall Law and rule for another 1000 years. Thugs dont give up power easily and there is a large pool of 20 million Racist ( Dayan included)until they are pushed from outside.

  • 2

    Utthum Sinhala modaya has lived in a well his whole life and knows little of the world.The great anicuts and tanks, and Buddhist statues were done by Indian artisans and artists hired by the despotic Singhala kings.There is no comparison of these structures to the great paintings,sculpture and cathedrals of Europe.The Ruwanweli seya is nothing but a big mound of earth plastered over with no practical use.We the singhalese think too much of ourselves and don’t learn and appreciate good art, architechture and culture.Racists like Ranawaka are typical of this crowd even though he is considered educated as he has a BS in engineering. Chandrika by over playing her hand may spoil the chance of Maithri being successful in chasing the ruling junta out.

    • 1

      hey Jay gunasekeram – there is no difference between u and ‘utum sinhalaya’ – he is a Sinhala racist and you are a tamil racist. don’t look down on other people’s cultures. learn to appreciate things of beauty

    • 1

      Jay Gunasekara(M)

      Let us say those Indian Artisans were Dravideans if they were not Tamils.

      So, you prove Tamils were always indians and they were dravideans.

      Besides that, Sinhala people got Tamil artisans to LABOUR for them.

  • 3

    “jay” gunasekera (it is appropriate that you start with the lower case).

    If it was all done by Indian artisans, show us any statue in India, or elsewhere in Asia, with a similar sitting position (Padmasana) you shonky ignoramus. The cathedrals of Europe appared a good 2000 years after these great constructions in Sri Lanka.

    Ruwanweliseya would surely look like just a mound of earth to savage hymies like you, but enough research has been done on this wonder of the world.

    Wait to see what happens to your hero Maithree after the 8th of january. Like Fonny, he will be paying for his corruption through a jail term! Sleep well until then.

  • 0

    Sira is on contract according to the UNP.

    This must be the mother of all contracts, to bag the Presidency and hand it over to the UNP leader, who hasn’t won anything for the last two decades…

    Sira himself proclaimed that he is having only 99 sleeps in the President’s Palace.

    Wouldn’t our Dalits be totally confused..

    I know the Elite , Anglicans and Intelligentsia call them Modayas or dumb asses in Diaspora dialect.

    But wouldn’t they ask where the Lokka Ranil is, when the UNP TNA , Diaspora Alliance roll in to our Southern villages.

    Unless Sira wears a Ranil mask when addressing them.

    And the bathgottas planted in the audience shout “Jayaveva Rail Aiyya” every time Sira opens his mouth…

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