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A Government Without The Wickremesinghes & Rajapaksas

By Vishwamithra

“You take people; you put them on a journey; you give them peril; you find out who they are.” ~ Joss Whedon

A government without the Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghes: That will be the day. Whoever succeeds the defamed Rajapaksas and politically sterile Wickremasinghe in Sri Lanka in the current environment would have a day to celebrate; without any inhibitions. The country would be observing a day of relief; that might happen or that might not happen. Who would be the bold person or party to usher in such an alleviated circumstance?  

But history has taught us, if ever we are patient and wise to learn from it, that such historic occurrences take place, not automatically but are actually engineered and executed by those who had chosen to spend many sleepless nights; they had been planning, readjusting those plans and making many compromises before they assume power. It is no easy task; it is no burden an ordinary man could carry for the weight is so heavy and the carrier might be buried under it if the wrong step or a wrong move is taken at the wrong juncture.

Yet, one must remember, a country without such political hypocrites like the Rajapaksas and Wickremesinghes is not going to be a utopia either. We learnt that lesson in 2015. Getting rid of Mahinda Rajapaksa was not good enough. The person or party that succeeds must also live up tot the expectations of the greater majority of the country. What were those expectations? What did the masses want in 2015 and what did they actually need?

A close examination of the aftermath of the 2015 February 8th Presidential Elections, would invariably find that Mahinda Rajapaksa and his clan were merely substituted by another set of crude, unwise, unintelligent and equally corrupt set of rulers. The extent to which the Rajapaksas have been successful in legitimizing and justifying corruption was made visible. Both, the One Hundred Day Program and what followed after the first one hundred days, were a gross disappointment, to say the least. The United National Party (UNP) on the one hand and Maithripala-led SLFP-diffectors on the other, were not saints. 

Firstly, it dawned on the UNP and its front-line leaders, who occupied Cabinet portfolios in the so-called Yahapalanaya government, that twenty one (21) years, form 1994 to 2015, was a long stretch of time without power and, in fact, one whole new generation has been born and achieved sociopolitical puberty. For them to forego an opportunity to avail themselves of the monies and perks that came naturally towards them via government contract commissions and other means, in their own interpretation, is a sin. 

They decided to dig in and dig they did. The Central Bank was in the hands of a Ranil crony- Arjuna Mahendran. The Bond-scam and its drastic repercussions immediately had a telling effect on the balance period the Yahapalanaya government. Yahapalanaya lost its first four letters- Yaha which means right or pure as against wrong or impure. Some Ministers openly indulged in corrupt practices and as a consequence, bringing the Rajapaksas to justice soon became a farce.

Furthermore, the consequences of Ranil Wickremasinghe’s announcement during the 2015 campaign that he would cancel the Chines-funded Colombo Port City project and subsequent restart of the project cost the country a lot of humiliation not to forget the personal injury to Wickremasinghe’s reputation.            

While the Yahapalanaya government was meandering from one wrong step to another, the Rajapaksas did not go to sleep. They found a new bandleader: Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Gotabaya is Mahinda’s brother and was the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense. Gotabaya was a product of the Viyath-Maga group- a collection of left-wing intelligentsia in the country whose political aim was to sustain the Rajapaksa hegemony and launch Mahinda’s younger brother as modern day Messiah.

In addition to the country reposing her faith in another Rajapaksa as President, the parliamentary elections that followed saw the decimation of the UNP and its leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Personally For Ranil, it was a devastating result. Not being able to secure even one single parliamentary seat is no badge of honor. Nevertheless, the honeymoon of the Pohottuwa group was short-lived. It is rather redundant to speak about what happened to the Messiah. He was virtually stripped of his cloak and the staff.

I have penned many columns on the subsequent series of crisis after crisis, fast reaching a unholy climax of the country being declared bankrupt. Whom did the fading Rajapaksas reach to steady the faltering ship? It was Ranil Wickremasinghe who time and time again was alleged to have helped the Rajapaksa family during the Yahapalanaya days. It was a good strategy for the Pohottuwa MPs, but ‘good governance’ and ‘accountability’ of our politicians became the immediate victims of such a short-term game plan. Power and power alone has played an unmatched role in this nasty enterprise called politics.

Rulers need not be role models; they need not be saints; they need not be even morally ‘perfect’. Yet when all chips come down and the very life of the country is at stake, they must rise to the occasion without a murmur, without the slightest hint of self-preservation. None of our past rulers could be classified as the above. That exactly is our problem. When the country and her people, especially the most downtrodden are helpless and clamoring for help, real rulers cannot simply look the other way. 

Are there any leaders today with such credentials? Are there any such rulers who are on the field today, asking for the people’s sanction and mandate? The answer is simple and short. It’s an emphatic no. The uneducated and unformed men and women might say that it is a heavy a weight to shoulder but truth and fairness and honesty are not overbearing weights; they are the simple yet relieving components one must carry to one’s grave so that they would be remembered one day as selfless and glorious and great. Such men and women have trodden this path of hardship and tears with a smile on their face and utter relief in their hearts. In the far rural hamlets, in the shabby shanties in the suburbs and rarely in the mansions in Colombo, such men and women have happened to have lived and died. 

For such men and women to imagine a world without the political ragtag like the Rajapaksas and Wickreeasinghes is unimaginably uncomplicated, easy and plain. Who would fill the void of the current rulers? Is it Sajith Premadasa? Is it Anura Kumara Dissanayake or is it Patali Champika Ranawaka? Certainly not any other in the UNP, and that is beyond question. There may be some others in the National People’s Power (NPP) movement. When one looks at the NPP platform and study the faces, their academic credentials and their past- immediate or distant- one cannot but be impressed and conclude: let’s give them a chance. Wijitha Herath, Sunil Handunhetti, Bimal Ratnayake and Harini Amarasuriya don’t seem to be just average men and women.  If we have given the other ‘failures’ so many chances and each time those chances have been wasted away and only regret and hatred remain in our hearts and minds, why not give these new men and women a chance?

As I stated earlier, being devoid of the old is not sufficient; getting rid of the Rajapaksas and Wickremesinghes and Premadasas should not be portrayed as an end result of a transactional venture; It should not be executed as a matter of revenge or tit-for-tat action. Politics practiced as a sociopolitical transaction does not end well. It only creates and sustains itself as a never-ending cyclical social dynamic. 

Given the current circumstance of economic crisis, sociocultural decline and emerging religious fundamentalism, defining and shaping a society’s future and its elementary qualities could be hard and mind-consuming. Yet one has to do it for the sake of our children and their children. Economic recovery cannot be tied to political stability. If the people decide to sacrifice one in favor the other, at the end of the process, they sacrifice both. History has shown us this occurrence time and time again.

It could so easy to daydream about a country without our present set of corrupt and incompetent rulers. But in order to make such change a reality, to make it really happen is no easy venture. Commitment and commitment and commitment are the first three ingredients for achievement of such a noble aim. For only such selfless commitment can drive anyone to an identified goal.

However, if one comes to one’s own conclusions founded on the past of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), their reckless and misguided ‘insurrections’ and ‘revolutions’, one would always have misgivings and suspicions and doubts and justifiably so. But again, one must make those conclusions weighed against what the country has done unto now. 

They have repeatedly put in power so-called men and women who pledged honest, competent and incorrupt governance. Yet, after seventy five years of ‘independence’ we have arrived at a station which is further behind the point of the beginning. That and that alone would justify our belief and faith in a new journey; along a new path and with new ideals and, of course, with new leaders.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com    

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  • 25
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    In a country run by criminals, smugglers, drug traffickers, and thieves who were elected by the foolish for the foolish people, don’t expect rule of law, prosperity or justice: It’s a fools’ paradise!

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      What is needed is a new constitution with TERM LIMITS and AGE Limits for ELECTED OFFICE to get YOUNGER and LESS CORRUPT POLITICIANS to take over The POLITICS.
      It’s time for the old crooks to retire for the country to be progressive.

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    Can the JVP be given power? That is a difficult question to answer. They have not given up their Sinhala Buddhist Tamil killing preferences ever. They are not willing to announce that they have given up on the Mahavamsa myths that Rajapakse-Wickremasignhe used to come into power. Why should the minorities vote for them? There are large crowds at their meetings. This was always so but they do not translate into votes because doubts remain. They must remove these doubts as conclusively as possible if they are to come to power.

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      “When one looks at the NPP platform and study the faces, their academic credentials and their past- immediate or distant- one cannot but be impressed and conclude: let’s give them a chance. Wijitha Herath, Sunil Handunhetti, Bimal Ratnayake and Harini Amarasuriya don’t seem to be just average men and women”
      Really? We gave chances to SWRD from Oxford, GL Pieris too, JR, Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayaka. Let’s not forget NM and Colvin either. Or Channa Jayasumana, Anuruddha Padeniya, and WD Lakshman.
      Academic credentials mean nothing. It is demonstrated ability that counts.
      It’s rather like those umpteen “Visharada” musicians who between them can’t get the million views that an unqualified young Yohani managed.

      • 9
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        Oc
        ..
        U are spot on. 👌

      • 3
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        OC
        The music many very popular musicians is forgotten during their lifetime.
        Good music endures despite lack of instant appeal.

  • 29
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    Only way to change is to:

    Age limit of 65 years for all politicians
    Re-establish the Permanent Civil Service to execute policy
    Politicians should only decide policy and legislate
    Politicians should have a degree or paying Income Tax of a minimum of Rs. 100,000 per year.
    Remove all benefits and perks of all MPs. Only Rs.5000 for attending a meeting.

    If this is implemented, everything will fall into place.

  • 11
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    A Government Without The Wickremesinghes & Rajapaksas

    Give for young people, When President Obama took over the President he said the one who went first to the moon did not have presvious experience. Thousands working behind the scenes, There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can, There are places to go beyond belief
    Without The Wickremesinghes & Rajapaksas old politics and known to self benifit with trcks.

    • 14
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      Yes Viswa!
      We defeated Mahinda decisively in 2015 and send Gota home in 2022? Now we want to send RANIL and all Rajapakses home, it may be possible but what will be the result? Will a new dawn drawn? Or the same thing happening again and again!.

      Changing persons is not going to change anything, it is not the people, but the entire systems that should be changed for real changes to happen s, that is what the history had taught us for the last 75 years so!

      If we don’t want to learn lessons from history, we will find history repeating itself first as a tragedy and then also a tragedy, always a tragedy perpetuating forever!. We may go on changing people with guillotines and heads rolling out! But No end in sight!

      What is the remedy? Change the systems and put proper systems a systemic change , then everything falls in line!

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        Our systems have a lot of loopholes. These loopholes were part of our systems. They were all introduced intentionally or unintentionally, when one loophole is blocked there is another hole to escape. It is humanly impossible to block all the loopholes in a single or in numerous attempts.
        It is better to have new systems, without these existing discredited old systems which we call a Systemic Change.
        The new systemic change could not be effected by the crooks created by the old discredited systems, they knew the art of survival through any calamity.
        The only way is to destroy the existing systems including the existing crooks completely once and for all and start afresh!
        A new beginning!

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        Our systems have a lot of loopholes. These loopholes were part of our systems. They were all introduced intentionally or unintentionally, when one loophole is blocked there is another hole to escape.

        It is humanly impossible to block all the loopholes in a single or in numerous attempts.
        It is better to have new systems, without these existing discredited old systems which we call a Systemic Change.

        The new systemic change could not be effected by the crooks created by the old discredited systems, they knew the art of survival through any calamity.

        The only way is to destroy the existing systems including the existing crooks completely once and for all and start afresh!

        A new beginning!

        • 5
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          An analogy!

          We buy a new cloth, over a period of time one or two pieces get torn, we are not going to throw it away because of one or to damaged pieces, but we stich them and use them, but we cannot continue with this or long as times go, more and more torn pieces and a time comes for there is no alternative but to throwaway the entire cloth and to buy a new cloth.

          The time has come for our systems also to throw it out and bring in a new set of systems!

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            So we are stuck with the systemic change mantra by superglue.
            But what the change is and how it comes about….rather embarrassing questions I suppose.

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          srikrish,
          There are enough holes, big and wide, in your solution, even a system change cannot cover!
          (If you don’t see it, I cannot help you.)

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            Thanks, Nathan, SJ and others,

            If systemic changes is broadly acceptable in principle among a good proportion of peoples of our country, then the details could be discussed and a consensus arrived. Systemic Changes are facilitated by a revolutionary upheaval.

            It should not be the brainchild of any single individual or that of a single political party or even any sectarian group.

            Then it fails to get a broad consensus and the ownership will be narrow and others will resent for fear of ownership being hijacked and claimed by rivals.
            Selfishness and jealously override common sense.
            Once a consensus is developed, the next stage development is to arrive at a broad outline.
            An outline could be the basis for further discussion and development.
            It is difficult!
            No doubt it is extremely difficult!. It may be long and bitter!.

            In fact any change is difficult.

            People usually resist any changes.

            Changes have to be managed.

            Difficulties should not deter us from moving forward.

            But the struggles and difficulties are worth the effort,

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              How broadly acceptable?
              Change is desired by all change to what is the issue, and how is the question to address.
              So far the advocates of SC have not answered either matter unambiguously.

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                SJ,
                This system change is that famous black cat in a dark room…
                Perhaps Ranil will appoint a committee of blind people to find it.

              • 2
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                My suggestions for Systemic changes!
                1. Abolition of Executive Presidency and introduction of Westminster type parliamentary democracy.
                2. A united country with secularism and extensive power sharing where decision making is decentralized among regional, racial and religious communities.
                3. Abolish proportional representation and bonus seats and introduction of First Past Post electoral system for parliamentary, provincial and local authority elections. Internal democracy is maintained within all political parties with periodic elections for office bearers of each political party.
                4. Party leaders or secretaries will have no role to play in the Elections and nominations except the party as a whole decide on their candidates. National Lists could be retained with strict criteria.
                5. Parliament has full control over public finance and elected members will not get involved in executive matters, but have only oversight and legislative powers. But Parliament has powers over appointment, promotion disciplinary control and dismissal over ministers with strict guidelines.

                Well! This is not exhaustive and thousands of objections may be forthcoming on each of my suggestions and there will be chaos around these proposals, yet finally there will emerge a abroad consensus as a basis for drafting a new constitution!

  • 9
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    Srilankan Airlines C E O is Richard Nuttall . He says Airlines will run in
    $ 50 million profit next year . We have overseas Cricket coach . We had
    our CB governor from Singapore . What is more , we did import a
    President from the US and still running with a man from the US ! Why
    not try Gordon Brown or David Cameroon from UK for a change this time
    around ?

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      “What is more , we did import a President from the US and still running with a man from the US !”
      WW, that was where we blundered I fear, knowing well how that country had performed with its presidents in the past several decades– the country is facing economic ruin.
      Even an anticipatory Nobel Peace Prize did not stop one of them becoming a top warmonger.

  • 23
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    “A Government without “Rajapakses and Wickramasinhe”- YES- All the “Blood Sucking Ticks” will either abandon the “Caracas” or die in it.

    Only “Danger” would come from those abandoned who will try their utmost to hang on to another. That can only be stopped by the “People’s Vote” and blocking their entry to the “Kennel” (Parliament).

    However, a Government without these two “Leading Rogues” would be a BLESSING. No doubt it.

  • 16
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    “A Government Without The Wickremesinghes & Rajapaksas”

    Has anyone thought ……… all they have to do is …….. hold an election?

  • 8
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    Vishwermitra,
    You correctly state that we ”…have repeatedly put in power so-called men and women who pledged honest, competent and incorrupt governance…” but aren’t you doing the same when you say ”..when one looks at the NPP platform and study the faces, their academic credentials and their past- immediate or distant- one cannot but be impressed and conclude: let’s give them a chance..”. Is it their honest faces that makes them credible? GR had his ‘viyathmaga’ intellectuals, as did MR, with GL on tow but if the NPP intellectuals are better, lets have a comprehensive political manifesto as to how they fund economic recovery, who is responsible for what (a shadow cabinet as with UK opposition parties outlining the responsibility of each Minister), eliminating waste & corruption, as well as, their short, medium & long term goals.
    So far, what has been the contribution of the JVP to the country? As socialists, in principal, have they declined perks & privileges? They have not apologised to citizens of SL of their destructive & murderous past & continue their communist ideology, even venerating their murderous leader, as indicated in their website. They have not changed obviously, so are the NPP members naive or share their ideology to form an alliance? Sorry, Vishwermitra, I need more convincing.
    Cont.

    • 7
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      Cont.
      Furthermore, you say ”…Rulers need not be role models; they need not be saints; they need not be even morally ‘perfect’…..”. I respectfully disagree, nobody is perfect but that does not mean, as leaders, they should not strive to be above board to inspire confidence & to set an example. Karu J. comes to mind & I am sure there are others. Unfortunately, the citizens of SL have no choice with the current lot & having lost faith in mainstream parties, the new kid on the block, the NPP (with the JVP piggy backing), may seem a breath of fresh air but I am sceptic. I would prefer a totally new party of people with integrity from the civil society, such as Naganada, who has, at least, attempted reform singlehandedly, to come forward as individuals for a common cause, not as groups with different objectives, & most importantly, not ‘holy men’ of any faith.

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        Dear Raj-UK,
        .
        You’ve been writing many comments because you care!
        .
        You already know what I will suggest, but let’s start with this: They must be electable. This is the problem with Nagananda. He’s so much of a loner, very sure of himself, and dogmatic. His personal values and integrity are beyond question. Did you know that he is a vegan, although he doesn’t publicise it? If when I state something like that, in anything that I write, please ask, and I shall explain.
        .
        He will be tolerant and kind, as a matter of principle, but he doesn’t really have a sense of humour, and cannot laugh at himself. He cannot really sit back and relax. What sort of team does he have? One of his closest disciples is a guy who was in the same dorm at Gurutalawa as me. Good guys, but they don’t see the contradictions in what they say. Both he and his wife contested with Nagananda for parliament from the Colombo District. All are old. Did you realise that Nagananda is 68 now? My classmate was adamant that all Lankans must be fluent in three languages, but admitted that he can’t really use Tamil. Better than me – I don’t know a word! And I had a time of it explaining away issues like Naga’s rejection as a presidential candidate:
        .
        My classmate is “Sunjay”, last two comments on this page:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/was-the-presidential-election-free-and-fair-when-colombo-returning-officer-called-sajith-premadasa-the-son-of-a-donkey-asks-prof-hoole/comment-page-1/#comments

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          SM
          You have hit the nail on the head when you say ‘electable’. How do we decide? Would it be proven track record, personal charisma, the party (irrespective of the candidate), ‘nationalistic’ rhetoric in the guise of patriotism or just plain hype? All it takes is to convince the larger vote base as Trump did with white, middle Christian voters. Even in UK, Sunak was elected by the party as he is perceived as the most capable right now but if the average Brit accepts him as the PM at the next election is another matter. Being a self made millionaire & the richest ever PM in UK is considered to be ‘out of touch with the poor’. Boris J belonged to the elite class but a joker & though he blundered, his supporters believe he did ‘delivered Brexit’ as promised, In reality, it is considered a failure. At the end of the day, it is the perception, not necessarily the truth.
          I mentioned Naganada as I admire his guts for fighting against unfair perks of MPs. Maybe he is loner & sticks by his principals but that would be better than ambiguous promises or bending the rules. As for he being a vegan, would that be a problem? My daughter became a vegan when she was 11 yrs old after researching on vegetarianism for a class debate & I am proud of her principals.

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            I have immense respect for vegans, dear Raj
            .
            Better than me; there are very few in Lanka, or even India, I feel. Hindus usually consume lots of milk products.
            .
            Here I know only Nagananda, Rajan Hoole, and this Sanskrit Professor who befriended me because my name is Panini:
            .
            I know that he was persuaded to create this website by others:
            .
            Perhaps your daughter will like this:
            .
            http://teresabergen.com/interview-with-professor-mahinda-palihawadana/
            .
            I am concerned about the disappearance of species, but I eat almost anything, although all Lankans observe taboos about dogs and cats.
            .
            Monkeys, iguana etc? Let’s stop, shall we?
            .
            It’s 14:35. aragalaya is on in Nawalapitiya:
            .
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q8MEXrL-Bo
            .
            I had given the link many hours ago, but this entire article has gone off the air.
            .
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sustainable-debt-unsustainable-democracy/
            .
            I’ve informed CT that I’ve got there via the Archives.

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        Raj UK, heard the news (comments are closed elsewhere) “Boris resigned from his parliamentary position, owing responsibility for mismanagement of Covid restrictions”. Trump was indicted for taking classified documents home, at the end of his term. In Lanka, fugitive is provided with new luxury home for his happy retirement. Murderers, rapist, drug peddlers, underworld are still representing public, in parliament. But Gagendrakumar is arrested for obstructing police. Pastor is still wanted, Natasha is in prison.

  • 4
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    Degeneration of the political culture of our nation and the resulting dilemma facing the country without an assured alternative is brilliantly presented by Vishwamithra when he writes that:

    “Yet, one must remember, a country without such political hypocrites like the Rajapaksas and Wickremesinghe is not going to be a utopia either. We learnt that lesson in 2015. Getting rid of Mahinda Rajapaksa was not good enough. The person or party that succeeds must also live up to the expectations of the greater majority of the country. ….. Rulers need not be morally ‘perfect’. yet, they must rise to the occasion …. without the slightest hint of self-preservation. None of our past rulers could be classified as the above. That exactly is our problem. ….. However, if one comes to one’s own conclusions founded on the past of the JVP, their reckless and misguided ‘insurrections’ and ‘revolutions’, one would always have misgivings and suspicions and doubts and justifiably so. …… They (people) have repeatedly put in power so-called men and women who pledged honest, competent, and incorrupt governance. Yet, after seventy-five years of ‘independence’ we have arrived at a station which is further behind the point of the beginning.”

  • 12
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    It’s time to get a new constitution that is passed by holding a Referendum is THE ONLY way SL has to get rid of the corrupt politicians once and for all
    Having any elections is NOT going to solve the multiple problems the country faces. We need a new constitution that the minorities rights aren’t trampled

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      V, a government without them is only a dream. No way to detach a stuck pledge

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      People have no idea about the real change, do u think holding a referendum would do it? Pigs might fly.
      .
      The very people with or without education voted for Gota in 2019 and for the rest of formerly known criminals in 2020. Not even divine forces punished a single person in that brutal family. No local courts put them in jail. So?.

  • 15
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    Nothing will change as they are all racists with a Mahavamsa mentality, including the JVP, NPP and all want to destroy the Thamizh, steal their land and in the process ruin the country. Look what happened to Thamizh MP GajendraKumar Ponnambalam, just because he was protesting and questioning about the illegal Vihara built by the armed forces in Thayitti. If this can happen to him, imagine the plight of ordinary Thamizh. This land has turned into a racist Chingkalla Buddhist-only extremist cesspit. Pardon my term

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    The economic catastrophe that Sri Lanka is presently undergoing must have a set of people who were responsible. They must be investigated, charged and convicted for crimes against humanity as many hundreds of thousands of people will have died as a direct result of lack of basic medicines, starvation, lack of proper nutrition to maintain the immune system, not to mention those thousands who commit suicide with their children in sheer desperation. The vermin political class that ruined the country are still at large. A radical change instigated by the people to claim back their country from the parasitic cabal of cronies is very much an existential need if there is to be a future for the generations to come. It is very important that a completely new regime take over, legitimately, notwithstanding any laws that merely protect the criminals from the people’s wrath.

  • 7
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    Vishvamithra.

    Not only you and I ,a good many people in the country from the south to the north and from the East to the West are hoping for that day when Wicremesinghe and Rajapakse get off the from the saddle of the horse that they are riding……Enough is Enough is the chorus.

    Just the other day an attempted assassination on the leader of a political party in the opposition ranks was staged. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is a third generation politician known to espouse the cause of his electorate both in and outside Parliament

    His illustrious grandfather G.G.Ponnambalam Q.C was a celebrated lawyer. Upon his death in 1976, H.WJayewardena Q.C paid tribute to a crowded Supreme Court thus…………..

    If someone asked who was the greatest of them all it would be written against the clear blue skies….RL [R.L.Pereira.K.C ], H.V, [H.V.Pereira.Q.C ] and G.G. [G.G.Ponnambalam.Q.C ]

    In the present era the complainant has become the accused! Srilanka is a land like no other no doubt!

  • 2
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    Sorry…….
    It should read as H.V.Perera .[ Q.C ].

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    It is time for the SL citizen to realise that the majority rule for the last 75 years had been a n absolute “FAILURE”. In order to grab power, the so called leaders promised prominence for Sinhala & Buddhism. State terrorism against the minorities since independence is the SOLE reason for the SL calamity. Solution can come by having federal states in a united SL.

  • 0
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    Then it’s government without the Church/ cultural Christians. They are Christians with Christian spouses.

  • 0
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    Not just wickremesinghes-rajapaksas but Bandarnaikes and Premadasa etc

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