21 June, 2024

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A King’s Coronation & The Old Colonies

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

The City of London, not the City of God, has just witnessed the full panoply of the coronation of King Charles III. The processions and the ceremonies would have been watched by millions in the united Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and even throughout the world. This was London’s first coronation in seventy years. The last one was when Elizabeth the Second was crowned the Queen of England and the Empire, on 2 June 1953. The Queen was young at 25, and Charles, today’s King, was a four year old attendee. Today, he became the oldest king to be crowned in the long line of British monarchs spanning a thousand years. The 1953 coronation was the first to be televised, as a way towards modernizing the monarchy, against the opposition of traditionalists including then Prime Minister Sir. Winston Churchill. Seventy years on, the world is a different place, the means of communication have exploded to new levels, and the monarchy is also in a different place. 

Charles is a historically ominous name for an English King, and today’s King is poignantly aware of it. King Charles I was the cause of the 17th century Civil War, and he ended up making parliament supreme by relentlessly trying to subordinate it. He was sentenced to death by the Parliament’s own High Court of Justice, and was beheaded on 18 November 1648. The monarchy was abolished by a resolution of parliament that called it “unnecessary, burdensome, and dangerous to the liberty, safety, and public interest of the people of this nation.” But the new republic was short lived, for after eleven years a new Parliament voted to reinstate the monarchy and inducted the eldest son of Charles I as the new King Charles II. 

There is an important constitutional principle in the abolition of the monarchy by one parliament and its restoration by a successor parliament. The principle that one parliament must not rigidly bind a future parliament. That was a core principle for Colvin R. de Silva, the Marxist, and was central to the First Republican Constitution that Colvin was the architect of. Think of the rigidly frozen current JRJ constitution of  Sri Lanka. Think as well of the superiority of the deliberative decision making process of an elected parliament to the copout device of a popular referendum. One is deliberative democracy, the other is populist demagoguery. Not surprisingly, the British people today are still ruing the stilted result of the 2019 Brexit referendum. Every time a Bill is drafted in Sri Lanka, the Supreme Court is called upon to pronounce if the Bill needs a referendum or not for its passage. Be that as it may.    

The restored monarchy in the 17th century was a highly restricted monarchy predicated on the principle that Kings and Queens come into being only by the consent of the people and are subordinate to the House of Commons elected by the people. The ensuing system has lived and worked ever since: enabling the British isle to become the crucible of a mighty industrial revolution, while avoiding a corresponding sociopolitical upheaval by extending parliamentary representation; and creating along the way a worldwide empire and managing to shed it even if not always involuntarily, but almost always in a very orderly and constitutional way. 

For all that and more, Britain has remained a polity without a written constitution and has preserved the apparent anomaly of fusing parliamentary democracy with an unelected monarchy. And parliament itself has limitations on its power in spite of its supremacy. Limitations that are mostly self-imposed by adherence to healthy conventions, and where necessary administered by the rule of law and the oversight of the courts. The system is anomalous but there is a reservoir of nostalgia for keeping the monarchy. To paraphrase Jennings, the monarchy is there for the people to cheer whenever they are provoked to damn the government.

At the same time, there is a generational divide with mainly the older generations retaining nostalgia for the monarchy and the younger generations increasingly finding it irrelevant to their universe. It is also fair to say that if the monarchy were to wither away, it would be more on account of the excessive indulgences of the royal family than due to any resentment among or revolt of the British people. Queen Elizabeth managed the transition from tradition to modernity quite magnificently. The new King has a tough act to follow, but is showing not unremarkable adaptability in spite of his age and his stodgy reputation as the prince in waiting seemingly forever.

Post-imperial Britain

The coronation ceremonies are being choreographed to reflect the changing faces of post-imperial Britain. The processions preceding the arrival of the King will include non-Christian faith leaders and representatives, as well as representatives from Commonwealth countries carrying the flags of their country and accompanied by their governors general and prime ministers. For the first time, the public will be given an active role in the ceremony, and the “homage of the people” will replace the traditional “homage of peers,” with the people  and not the traditional squires called upon to swear in chorus their allegiance to the new King. Critics have called the people’s swearing of allegiance “complete nonsense, but the idea seems to have originated not at the Buckingham Palace but at the Archbishop’s House. There is also criticism about the drastically reduced number of parliamentarians invited to the coronation in comparison to the number of MPs invited in 1953.   

However, Rishi Sunak, Britain’s first Prime Minister of Indian heritage, continued the tradition of British prime ministers participating in coronation ceremonies and other state functions. In a bow to the ecumenical tone of the coronation service, Mr. Sunak, a practising Hindu, read the day’s Epistle, a passage from what Paul wrote to the Colossians and selected for the occasion by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Right Reverend Justin Welby, the chief celebrant of the Liturgy.

Leading Scotland’s political representation at the ceremony will be another Britisher of South Asian origin, Humza Haroon Yousaf, son of Pakistani immigrants in Glasgow, who recently succeeded Nicola Sturgeon as the leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party and Scotland’s First Minister. As I have commented before, the emergence of Sunak, Yousaf and others, men as well as women, to positions of political and institutional leadership in Britain is emblematic of the evolution of British society to the point of accepting women and men of colour regardless of their race, colour or creed. 

Britain’s former colonies, on the other hand, especially countries in South Asia, have slid back from the early promises of secularism and inclusiveness to bigotry and exclusion. In Modi’s India, Muslims and other religious minorities are actively excluded and more than occasionally harassed. Sri Lanka’s record of exclusion targeting non-Sinhala Buddhists is even more longstanding. There are similar instances in other ex-colonies in the Commonwealth.

The United Kingdom might be coming of age in celebrating its diversity, but on the economic from it is in dire trouble, and it is the Tory government, not the monarchy, which is being held accountable and will have to pay the price in the polls. The coronation week began with a massive day long strike on Monday, May Day, by Nurses in England; and on Thursday, May 4, English and Welsh voters went to the polls for the Local Government elections in 230 of 317 local councils, practically everywhere except London and the other English major cities. As expected, the results gave a “terrible night” for the Tories. On the eve of the coronation of King Charles III, the prospects for the Tories in the next national election that is due before 28 January 2025 have gotten locally gloomier, so to speak.     

Postcolonial Commonwealth

The point, however, is that strikes and elections are not tampered with in monarchical Britain, but it is a different story in many of Britain’s former colonies. Sri Lankans are intimately familiar with the machinations of their governments past and present when it comes to sabotaging strikes and cancelling elections. It is the same story now in Pakistan. Even though elections are remarkably independent of governments in India, there are plenty of democratic deficits in Modi’s India. It is remarkable that governments both in India and Pakistan should be striving to keep their main political opponents – Rahul Gandhi in India and Imran Khan in Pakistan – out of contention by every foul means possible. 

It is not only political opponents who are under threat in Modi’s India, but also intellectuals and academics. Even the aging, emeritus ones are not spared. Some years ago, Modi busybodies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi wanted Romila Thapar, India’s foremost historian, to submit an updated curriculum vitae to maintain her emeritus status. Now, a similar kind of busybodies are trying to oust Nobel Laurette Amartya Sen from his ancestral house in Santiniketan, Kolkata. Rabindranath Tagore founded Santiniketan in 1921. It is now the Visva-Bharati university in Kolkota, the only central government university in West Bengal. Its Chancellor is the Prime Minister of India. 

Visva-Bharati has sent an eviction notice to 89 year old Amartya Sen, who does not live in India, unless he vacates 0.13 acres of the 1.38 acre property owned by the Sen family, because the university claims ownership of 0.13 acres of the land. The real reason is that Dr. Sen has been critical of the Modi government. In a tit for tat response, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked her State Ministers to conduct a sit-in at Dr. Sen’s residence to protest against the university’s eviction threat.

It is a quite a digression from King Charles’s coronation to Modi’s machinations. But there is a connection that must not be missed. India has been a special place both in the British Empire and in post-imperial Commonwealth. The unruptured continuity of Indo-British relations from the colonial ear to post independence, was due to the genius of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first and longest serving Prime Minister. A central piece in the Modi agenda for India is the dismantling of every aspect of the Nehru legacy, and India’s relationship with Britain is part of it. The recent BBC documentary, India: the Modi Question, revisiting the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat, when Modi was Chief Minister, has not diluted the bad blood between the Modi Government and its liberal and progressive critics in India and elsewhere. 

It was not accidental that Prime Minister Modi did not attend the coronation of King Charles III, even though Britain now has a Prime Minister who is not only a Hindu of Indian origin, but is also of the same ideological bent as Modi. It was a different story in 1953. Then Prime Minister Nehru attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. He would not have missed it, even though ideologically he would have been poles apart from the then government of Sir Winston Churchill. The Prime Ministers of Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well President Wickremesinghe were all in attendance toady. 

India was represented by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar. And so was China, with Vice President Han Zheng and Foreign Minister Wang Yi both attending the new King’s coronation. In what is being called a “diplomatic choreography,” the Chinese Vice President is expected to extend an invitation to the British Foreign Minister, James Cleverly, to visit China. Mr. Cleverly is equally expected to accept the invitation. The China hawks in the British Conservative Party are not at all pleased, to put it mildly. The internal reaction in Delhi will also be anything but mild. But all of that is for another day. Today was for tradition and ceremonies, their oddities and anomalies notwithstanding. 

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    Like Ranil (Wickramasinghe for OC :)) ) was never voted in to office: the poor sod even lost his own seat! …… 51% of Brits didn’t want government money wasted on this slapstick comedy of a coronation: only 32% wanted it, 18% were unsure. Old farts want to stick to what they are used to ……. they are scared of the new even more than Native of women.

    Looks like the brave new world …….. wont appear for a while!

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      But 100% legally though. Don’t blame Ranil Wickremasinghe, blame those who made the constitution instead. If Ranil can do what was thought ‘impossible’, then he is the man fit to be our real President. At the moment our country needs an ‘impossible’ task to pull us out of the economic black hole we have now been sucked into. We need a man who is good at being impossible to do the impossible.

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        “Don’t blame Ranil Wickremasinghe, blame those who made the constitution instead.”

        Man, Are you for real? From Derana or the Island Newspaper with rose tinted glasses ………. no rooting for Ranil? Where were you all this time in the Rajapakse camp dissing Ranil? ?

        It’s Ranil and his Uncle JR who wrote the constitution and brought is this system! ……… Should we be blaming Churchill?


        But the poor sod Ranil could never get elected president ….. so much so …… the 19th amendment was written specially for him …….. to transfer all the power to the prime minister because Ranil didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected president.


        “At the moment our country needs an ‘impossible’ task to pull us out of the economic black hole we have now been sucked into.”

        Ha ha ha ha …………. Did Lanka just drifted near the black hole and got sucked in?

        You guys are the best comedians around ……… Makes my day!

        I just love the forum!

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          You know something, nimal?
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          During the last two months
          or so I’ve actually begun to respect you. I know that this will disappoint you, because you used to love the insults.
          .
          But then, I’ve got to respect you now because your dislike of Ranil W. is allowed to come through in well nigh every comment you make. That consistency is something that I like to think that I also show. Do I think myself superior to you because of the courage I show in identifying myself? No, not really.
          .
          However, nimal, isn’t it true that Ranil-worshippers see me as a greater threat than you? See how fast they have come up with three DISLIKES for what I’ve said about Rowan Atkinson. Talking about which, isn’t it thrilling the way even oc has the occasional dig at RW?

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            SM,
            “Talking about which, isn’t it thrilling the way even oc has the occasional dig at RW?”
            Isn’t it about time that you realized I don’t worship anybody?
            Can you bring yourself to make jokes about YOUR heroes?

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              Dear OC,
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              not you, but I am the person being branded by many, me as RW-BIASED. Actually, I am no biased to anyone. What do I get me being biased to anyone down there, besides, I dont live in that country.
              .
              The main argument behind why all or most of Sri Lankans are irrational is answered by SINHALA_Man’s regular “bold” responses which are mild but mostly inconsistent.
              Lack of tolerance of the other opinions remains eternally out of their mindset. I know even my PATERNAL cousins scattered around globe, though live out of country for 40 or 50 years, but when it goes to talk about rational thoughts, they would not affine to facts and figures.
              .Some behave similar to average unedcuated pepole that voted for Rajapakshes in 2019 again. Many of them are though university educated candidates.
              That is why my frustraion grows today exponentially, not being able to realize little about SM or the like individuals.

              tbc

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                For most of us in CT, he is the king of snap judgment. Often he has little understanding of the topic. It doesn’t matter if the people of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna continue to raise their voices, he will join them. That’s how he became AKD’s number one fan. I have raised questions on this page which SM and other JVP supporters have failed to answer. Many others fail to see them. If JVP/NPP disagrees with current govt, then they should come up with clear arguments on how to recover the collapsed economy.
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                According to SM, anyone who disagrees with JVP is either a RW supporter or a traitor. Why on earth, he himself cannot raise the question why this population of 22 million is composed of dozens of varied political parties. If they had understood the answer to the question itself, JVP would not have failed in the last 4 decades. Our nation is more diverse, spiteful, rascal, jealous and rebellious; than any other country in Southeast Asia. That’s why the South Asian herd can’t keep up while the Southeast Asians keep pace. Economies in the latter group are increasingly progressive.

                tbc

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                  LM,
                  “That’s why the South Asian herd can’t keep up while the Southeast Asians keep pace. Economies in the latter group are increasingly progressive.”
                  That is correct assessment of scenario, except that Tamil Nadu, Karnataka are excluded as they are progressive economies!!??

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              A man who fancies himself !

              What others should say about him , he says about himself !

              This is typical of Sri Lankans , especially if they think their English is good !

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                I refer to OC , saying he is one person who criticizes Ranil !

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            Sinhala_Man,
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            ‘Do I think myself superior to you because of the courage I show in identifying myself? No, not really.’
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            Are you serious Sinhala_Man? Surely you realise that it is not courage. Vanity perhaps, or stupidity (if your comments provoke the the authorities and you get into trouble), but certainly not courage.

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      Nimal,
      Seen the latest Ranil joke?

      Ranil is congratulating King Charles, who asks him, “You’re Rowan Atkinson, right?”

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        Who is Rowan Atkinson?
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        I’m sorry to say, old codger, that I didn’t know; so I googled, and got this:
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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_Atkinson
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        Now I understand, but some may not YET get it. For them, let me say that it has been often stated the Ranil resembles the fictional character, Mr Bean, played by Rowan Atkinson.
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        If even now somebody cannot understand, then it probably means that his/her knowledge of English is inadequate. But take heart! That doesn’t make that person a criminal.
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        Ranil W.? I regard him as a criminal, and there is as yet no law in Lanka that makes it a criminal offence. But will it be made so, with retrospective effect?
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        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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          SM,
          If YOU don’t know who Rowan Atkinson is, you deserve condemnation for masquerading as an Anglophile graduate English teacher. Rowan Atkinson, as you will find if you search Youtube, is a multifaceted performer, not just Bean.
          You too should try being multi-faceted. Be curious. Don’t simply swallow what the “gods” tell you.

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            Gods? [To my knowledge he is agnostic].
            Or
            JVPrs?.
            Or both?

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          ‘Ranil W.? I regard him as a criminal, and there is as yet no law in Lanka that makes it a criminal offence. But will it be made so, with retrospective effect?’
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          Odd isn’t it Sinhala_Man? You seem to be promoting JR’s idea of retrospective punishment an abhorrent notion that he used to silence Mrs B.

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            Look at the number of people out of work in the north of England and how a lot of people’s money is being wasted by running a stupid monarchy.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUX8IM055C8

            Unlike Germany and France, many older people in the UK have no way of getting

            proper teeth. Many die easily with dialysis patient without proper care or proper health care.
            .
            Most people in Nottingham and the like cant even smile, they are shameful to open their mouths without enough teeth. Some Germans and other European dentists travel to those areas because there are not enough dentists. . Not everyone in the UK is covered by compulsory health insurance. It is not compulsory as in Germany, France and Switzerland.
            .
            . There are many areas where rising unemployment is exaggerated. The field of health is deteriorating day by day but their primitive thinking brings them closer to monarchical superstitions. They believe that the royal family is sent by God and have to abuse huge, untold sums of money to provide them with a bodyguard….what a joke?

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        old codger, you let down Rowan Atkinson!

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          Nathan,
          Sadly, I didn’t invent the joke. It was passed on.🙂

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        OC,

        Charles should know! …….. like Charles, Rowan Atkinson had a keen eye for the ladies …… that should seperate him! :))

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    RP: “In a bow to the ecumenical tone of the coronation service, Mr. Sunak, a practising Hindu, read the day’s Epistle, a passage from what Paul wrote to the Colossians and selected for the occasion by the Archbishop of Canterbury….”

    I watched the entire coronation ceremony, including both the pre- and post-coronation processions, and one thing that struck me as being one of the absurdities of the entire ceremony was Rishi Sunak reading Colossians 1:9-17, concluding with the words “This is the word of the Lord” and joining the congregation in the response “Thanks be to God.”

    Sunak would not have understood the passage and, if he did, would not have subscribed to its teachings as a “practising Hindu.” Further, did he really believe that it was “the word of the Lord”?

    Another perennial absurdity of the coronation ceremony is the British sovereign pledging to be “the Defender of the [Anglican] Faith.” This title was originally conferred on Henry VIII by the Pope for his services to the Catholic faith, which title his successors have continued to bear regardless of the incongruity! To add to the comedy, it is questionable whether Charles III really defends even the Anglican faith!

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      LJ,
      “Sunak would not have understood the passage and, if he did, would not have subscribed to its teachings as a “practising Hindu.” Further, did he really believe that it was “the word of the Lord”?”
      Cynic that I am, I don’t think that even the Archbishop actually believes what he is reciting. At least Rishi doesn’t pretend to be anything he isn’t.
      Probably much of the current aimlessness of the Anglicans is caused by its “Defenders” themselves.

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        OC:
        You are right about the Archbishop. In fact, I originally wanted to include the Archbishop, too, in this charade but the 200-word limit allocated to comments prevented it.

        I understand that Rishi Sunak recited the biblical passage in keeping with a tradition of the PM of Britain doing so on such occasions but couldn’t he have at least chosen a passage, assuming he had any discretion in this matter at all, that was theologically/doctrinally neutral?

        In passing, the traditional understanding of Colossians 1:9-17, shared by the Anglican Church, is not correct (for a demonstration of which this is not the time and the place), so we have a situation where a non-Christian PM of Britain recites a biblical passage which he in all probability didn’t understand and, even if he did, his understanding of it would have been erroneous and he wouldn’t have subscribed to it anyway as a non-Christian!

        In one of the episodes of “Yes, Prime Minister,” Sir Humphrey described the Church of England best as follows: “The Church of England is primarily a social organisation, not a religious one.”

        You’ll enjoy this clip:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2dNCw0hPLs

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          LJ
          “The Church of England is primarily a social organisation, not a religious one.”
          That applies to every religious organization, and people who try to ‘reform’ any of them do not do so for religious reasons either.

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          LJ,
          Yes, God is an optional extra in the C of E….

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            OC:
            Indeed! If you are interested in more of this stuff, short clips from both the “Yes, Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister” series are posted on YouTube and regular reruns of both series can be seen on the TV channel “HITS.” British comedy is the best.

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        OC,
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        Majoratarian religious beliefs prevail in Britain and everywhere.
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        The Saudis do it their way.
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        Amies go their own way.
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        Sri Lankans do it by licking the bo tree and holding the tooth relic over it

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        OC,
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        Majoratarian religious beliefs prevail in Britain and everywhere.
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        The Saudis do it their way.
        .
        Amies go their own way.
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        Sri Lankans do it by licking the bo tree and holding the tooth relic over it.
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        And dominated India 🇮🇳 go their way

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        After several centuries a King is able to make his mistress the Queen. And he is defender of the Faith? As for the Archbishop, even he doubts God’s existence.
        https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/18/archbishop-canterbury-doubt-god-existence-welby It’s a farce but it does serve a purpose in being a tradition that unites people.

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          Paul, You are right. Welby grew up believing he was jewish as his father was, who left his mother when he was a child. Broken homes do not produce stable individuals. When he was being made archbishop, the press leaked that his mother working for Churchill before marriage was the mistress of Churchill’s secretary, whose resemblance was clearly seen in the Archbishop.. Before Welby could visit him in France, he died. Sad sagas make people occasionally question the existence even of God, who is not responsible for these failures.

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            “After several centuries a King is able to make his mistress the Queen.”
            Not correct.
            She was until some years ago.
            But she has since been his lawfully wedded wife.
            Be fair by the woman. She is socially well behaved.

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              SJ, yes you are right. Initially she was subject to severe criticism and ridicule by the media. She bore it all patiently and is now well accepted. She hasn’t put a foot wrong since her wedding (unlike Andrew who has put more than his foot).

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          Paul,
          “It’s a farce but it does serve a purpose in being a tradition that unites people.”
          The circus must go on. The British circus is the reason why some Americans want a monarchy.

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          Paul,
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          That’s in the UK where Christianity rules. They put God above all else. We srilanken put ” provable high criminals, bastard sons of DA Rajapaksa” above.
          .
          The same is true in South Asian cultures where karma is highly valued. The entire world is governed by superstitions rather than factual information. I think China (1600 million, 20% of the global population) is probably the only country governed by law today.
          .
          But Sri Lanka, a Buddhist dominated country, has repeatedly chosen the “King of Thieves” as their leaders. None of Maharaja, s three mischievous sons earned a single penny. Their most abusive father stole STATE beyond the level of Filipino leaders.
          Buddhism is believed to be closer to a “scientific way of thinking” as it is not defined as a relationship with a God: However, in Sri Lanka, a daytime kleptocracy operates under the guise of Buddhism/Buddhagama.

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      LJ, You are cynical as an outsider not understanding the christian faith, but drawn into watching the whole coronation ceremony which I believe is a great struggle for you to understand this divine installation of a human king with the authority that the divine king meant for all his family to function in during their short period on earth. This leads to serving humanity and not exposing any fear through critical means to elevate self. God created all who became believers and unbelievers, and whether catholic, anglican or any denomination led by humans have weak comic mentality differences. All Jesus said was in faith to partake of the holy communion in obedience and service to belong to him, which royalty did.

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        DTG,
        “All Jesus said was in faith to partake of the holy communion in obedience and service to belong to him, which royalty did.”
        Did Jesus also give Charles a waiver on the 6th Commandment?

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          oc, Commandments when broken and repented of, can be forgiven, but communion alone can align with God’s heart, and become of same nature and change back to the original perfect image man was created to be as his family. Even humans forgive their own.

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        davidtheloony:

        Yours is the sort of comment for which I would give what I would call a “134 rating” in addition to 🤣🤣🤣.

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    Quite a digression from King Charles’s coronation, indeed!
    Rajan Philips is a writer of remarkable versatility.
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      This is what politics does to you; AN OPPERTUNIST!

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    A King’s Coronation & The Old Colonies

    Front of the international Ranil stand and speak for bringing the country to this situation the King is for Coronation. And Ranil is for Corrode nation as his not from the people Democracy.
    If he brought success story why he not keeping the election.

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      Thank you, Rajan Philips, for reminding us of what happened in UK in 1648. It was a classic revolution that had resulted in Systemic Changes in UK. It was not the same UK before and after the revolution.

      Similar things happened in USA after the American war of independence. And in France after the French revolution in different times and circumstances.

      Hence it was not only in Russia, China and Cuba. Why not in Sri Lanka as well. Sri Lanka was also in this world.
      The pessimists who were once progressives and optimists and full of dreams for the future.
      After their eradication from the map subsequent to their historic betrayal the remnants continue to claim after their bitter betrayal like in the Fox and grapes fable against the present optimist hoping they too fail

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        SK,
        “Hence it was not only in Russia, China and Cuba. Why not in Sri Lanka as well. Sri Lanka was also in this world.”
        The common thing in all these revolutions (and in Mexico and France) was that the exploitative clergy were either eradicated or had their wings clipped.
        Even the Aragalaya didn’t have the nerve to ask for that.

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        “After their eradication from the map subsequent to their historic betrayal the remnants continue to claim after their bitter betrayal like in the Fox and grapes fable against the present optimist hoping they too fail”
        So there is only one present optimist! I wonder who.
        I will play safe and not indulge in guessing games.

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      It is just that holding elections are not priority number one for a country which is now branded as ” bankrupted” thanks go to DA Rajapaksa bastard sons. First things first and then to hold elections.. is that difficult to understand? 😅

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    Think for a moment, if the #representative of our nation for the King#s coronation was Gotabhaya (fake DIYASENA) or his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa (the cancer of the nation) how would the assembled world leaders perceive it? They would have gone to throw up on the spot, having reminded the BLUE gas can-carrying queues and other caricatures mesmirised their eyes a year ago.
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    They would surely pay their posterior to the vicious men in public, that is the reality in Europe towards our looters.
    Entire world commend today how RW et al managed to restore democracy for the second time in recent times. CBK and RW are warmly welcome by world leaders while Rajapakshes were cornered and hated by end of 2014, they had only SWAZILAND and BELARUS, Remember ?However misinterpretations of srilanken melchcha media would not transport the message to the stupid majority.

    As a Sri Lankan expat traveling around Europe, I know how worried Europeans are about their Sri Lankan economic basket case. The English call it ” the beautiful island in indian ocean” while Germans dream of its turish blue beaches, flora and fauna.

    tbc

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      Eurropeans in general love the natural beauty of our island and the hospitability of its people. Our bps however dont see it right even today. They are born stupid people (predominant portions of our people).

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzOmT9wTiS0

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n1CON81uIU

      If RW rejected his taking the risk to the manner young Premadasa did, could law and order ever be restored in this country?
      why on earth our people are a way far from the realities ? wHY should we be branded as biased if we call a spade a spade ?
      I’m not a fan of RW or anyone, but I have no limits when it comes to respecting anyone. Once upon a time, I thought BANDARAWELA man was wise. However, he proved it as of today, his knowledge is similar to that of KADAMANDIYA people of SIMON.
      That is valid also to 89 #s killers for whom our JOKER-Sinhala Man has been coughing today. How stupid these men in general are my real worry. Either it lies on their food or genetics.

      Even if the blood-soaked satakaya Rajapaksas can handle the stupidity of the common people (IQ is the same as remote primitive tribes), the world won’t buy it. This should finally be clear to the nation.
      .
      However, the Sri Lankan media fails to convey the message to the mass media.
      .
      I have no doubt that many leaders will question why the wretched brothers and sisters continue to rob the innocent nation of its last coin.

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    Two wee thoughts:
    1. Has not Ranil waited for pretty long for his post as head of state. He is only 5 months younger than Charles III, whose mother kept him waiting for the job for, may I say, more than a few years too long. So there is something important in common.
    2. Why are a dozen of the so called democracies of West Europe unable to be rid of their archaic monarchies?

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    The monarchy was abolished by a resolution of parliament that called it “unnecessary, burdensome, and dangerous to the liberty, safety, and public interest of the people of this nation.”
    We can say the same thing about the Executive Presidency.

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      The monarchy does not use power against its own citizens, and cannot earn from the people they serve. In fact it was repeated in the coronation service by the king that “I SERVE” Look by contrast at power wielding executive presidency of SL ” I imprison without justice, I kill if you point finger at robber family, I will move with kings and try to be like the most high forever”

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        DTG,
        “The monarchy does not use power against its own citizens, and cannot earn from the people they serve.”
        Why not ask the Scottish peasants who were cleared off their land, or the citizens of what is now the Irish Republic?

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        I remember the last monarch of Iran who was deposed at thre end of the 70s.
        He was not very nice to his people, or was he?
        The White House loved him.

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        ‘The monarchy…….cannot earn from the people they serve.

        Are you sure? This is part of a series of articles. Despite their incredible wealth, the taxpayer still has to subsidise the Royal Family.
        https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/apr/07/british-royal-family-wealth-finances-cost-of-the-crown-summary

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          Paul,
          If it doesn’t say so in the Bible, it doesn’t exist.

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            OC, what if it says so in one part of the Bible and says the opposite in another? Or should I not ask?
            https://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/categories.html

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              Paul,
              That’s why some churches kept the Bible locked up…

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                OC interestingly the Buddha was worshipped as a Saint all over Europe for centuries. Did you know about this? It just shows that things should always be tested in the fire of experience.
                https://theconversation.com/how-the-buddha-became-a-christian-saint-142285

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                  Paul,
                  That’s interesting, but not surprising, since the Flood story also comes from older religions. The timeline is a bit mixed up, since there were no Christians in 500 BC. But I love the seeming reference to the heavenly Islamic virgins….

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              Paul, It depends on who is saying, if in the bible. If God is saying, it is truth, but if Lucifer is provoking a human to deny God, then it should not be believed, but only a warning written

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                As I have said several times, and to the moderator’s despair, all this assumes the existence of an almighty God. Theistic religions are based on this assumption from which all the rest follows.

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                  Paul
                  There still exist two Indian sub-continental religions that reject the idea of an almighty God. there may have been others too.
                  *
                  But the whole of East Asia has been free of the notion of a God creator.
                  I doubt if ancient religions of Africa and the Americas had that idea.
                  Many have all forms of super human beings and even gods, but this rule maker God is altogether absent.

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    Like many, the writer admires the monarchy and perhaps yearns for its return. He seems to know so much of the monarchy. Republican protests were seen as well during the procession with several arrests. In Sri Lanka, the republic was a celebration of Sinhala chauvinism with Buddhism, contrary to its principles, being made the State religion. The man who did it was no Marxist. He, Colvin R de Silva, sounded the death knell of the left movement in Sri Lanka by stooging the fat lady and being Minister as did NM Perera and Pieter Kueneman. They destroyed the only parties that stood for sanity in Sri Lankan politics.

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    “Think as well of the superiority of the deliberative decision making process of an elected parliament to the copout device of a popular referendum. One is deliberative democracy, the other is populist demagoguery. Not surprisingly, the British people today are still ruing the stilted result of the 2019 Brexit referendum.”
    Why am I reminded of the calls in our own country for LG elections as a test of the electorate’s opinion of the current reforms and consequent privations? Will we in a couple of years be ruing the actions of whatever populist regime gets elected next?

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    Ranil just lives to poke his face in with the Whites, especially White Royalty! Typical! Some of our Sri Lankans are just like that. They live to prove to other Lankans that they are on par with White Elite. And those who do the mingling are the first to show rabid nationalism and sit titillating the Whites over historical wrongs…..things like ” so, you thought we were monkeys living on trees, did you?” and things like that…a new kind of Kuvani-Vijaya biala dance. Other countries don’t give a hoot about such sycophancy, and live entirely to work for their own people.

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      Rtf
      “Other countries don’t give a hoot about such sycophancy, and live entirely to work for their own people”.
      .
      Which are these other countries? .
      .

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        leelagemalli
        Only the richer countries sent their presidents, prime-ministers, and premiers(and maybe a king or two). Many sent mere representatives. But Ranil who represents a failed state, attended in all of his glory!

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          He should be hiding his face in shame!

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          Ramona ,
          “Only the richer countries sent their presidents, prime-ministers, and premiers…..”
          Is Zimbabwe richer than us?
          https://www.voazimbabwe.com/a/7079092.html

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            Yes, it is, as it had been said : Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are one and the same.

            And I couldn’t reply to you on your last comment in the article “Restructuring The Economy: A Stock Take,” where you compare Dubai to SL and call it Trade. So I will reply now in great detail for you so you can open your mind to greater clarity
            -.
            Dubai’s economy is like a trillion dollars of Sri Lanka’s economy (minus Debt + $1). So, their healthy masses can indulge in a hot cup of tea all they want. Sri Lankan elite on the other hand are buying pure Louis Vuitton from France (not rejects made in motherland), and partying over the starving masses. Like I said before, they need to be taxed 100% for those purchases.

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              Ramona,
              You are are rambling. Explain how Dubai became the largest tea exporter while not planting a single tea bush?

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                OC….OIC….you mean Dubai exports tea? Never knew, never knew…. But I googled and found out that that are Re-Exporters of Lankan tea. So, it’s like they are creating business opportunity via Lankan tea for their people with the almost trillion$$$ they have. If it doesn’t work out, never mind the billion or two they invested in it. Sri Lanka on the other hand is not assembling Louis Vuitton to sell to Asian markets or something. No, they are having specialty shops for the untaxed billionaire($$$) class!

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                  And Old Codger. Dubai vs. Sri Lanka is as follows:
                  Dubai, with all of its riches, re-creates business with consumerable items, so its workers and the world’s worker can indulge in a nice hot cup of tea. Sri Lanka on the other hand, with its heavy debt burden, buys expensive foreign stuff and trades it with the accumulated money of the starving Lankan masses.

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                    Ramona,
                    You’re rambling again.

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                      Ramona,
                      How does poor Nimal deal with you?

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                      old codger,
                      Not at all. You are too fixated in your thinking and can’t think out of the box; can’t expand on the thought process, can you. What a shame. Never mind, never mind,…..the rest of our Lankan people possess elevated brain plasticity.

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                      OC,

                      I really don’t know what Ramona is talking about. Until recently, she worshiped MARA et al criminals. But we risked our lives and stood against the SLPP criminals for the last 15 years. Again, is she now asking me to step out of my comfort zone? Regardless of the party, I have supported good people in Sri Lankan politics; except for 89-92 barbarians.
                      :
                      This is what compels me to think that even our so-called educated people need kindergarten lessons. Ramona and Sinahla Man are good examples of such candidates.

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                    Ramona .
                    By any means are u blood related to Sinhala Man? .
                    .
                    U both seem to have much in common.?

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                      leelagemalli,

                      Too true what I say, isn’t it. Very painful to admit. What a shame, what a shame,….Alas! Beloved Motherland can never progress with fixated thought processes such as yours………….expand your brain plasticity; get out of your comfort zone; jump out of your safety box; think of the starving Lankan masses. It’s not too late to read, ponder, comprehend, and implement the new thought.

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                      LM,
                      Ramona is just having fun. Sinhala Man doesn’t know what fun means.

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                      Dear OC,
                      .
                      “LM,
                      Ramona is just having fun. Sinhala Man doesn’t know what fun means”

                      judgemental mentality has put SM in his mental asylum. Poor guy should finally learn the basics. He does not sleep, he does not eat, but he is married to CT and JVP… can you imagine ?
                      No doubt, his own family may have driven him away in the recent stay in Colombo.
                      Ramona may be not even know what she is talking about. To brand me as such “”Alas! Beloved Motherland can never progress with fixated thought processes such as yours…”

                      Should I start supporting barbarians that canibalized my brothers in 89 ? what are the other options according to Ramona ?

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                Ramona,
                Please watch the video below.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2b-O9LKNnk

                I have always liked this Professor T Purasinghe. All of his are like my own thoughts about the PADADA rodia’s family. Unfortunately he died due to tragic circumstances.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkZFph_Zne4

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      Will any likely presidential aspirant of SL have done differently?
      Perhaps AKD, but one never knows.

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    On a lighter vain –
    When I was in London in 1983, I visited Hyde Park. There, one could witness speakers on top of soap boxes making speeches. One of such speaker was an Indian, a well-dressed person with a white beard, he was an older gentleman, well-spoken and fluent in English with a British accent. He was on top of a soap wooden box. There was a good crowd around him. One was a three-piece suite white gentleman with an umbrella and a hat. Next to him was another white gentleman, not well dressed in casual clothes, and his hair was not combed and looked rather shabby. The speaker looked at the well-dressed person and pointed his hand to the simply dressed person and asked the well-dressed person “How your great-grandfather would have called the other person”. The well-dressed person looked at the other and then turned to the speaker and mumbled, and the speaker said yes “a peasant”. The simply dressed person got mad and went to attack the well-dressed person. In witnessing this the speaker said see how the Biritish call their own.

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