7 December, 2021

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A Lankan Victory

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“I think I’ll call it morning….” – Gil Scott-Heron[i]

Neither their dire warnings nor our nightmarish fears materialised. The election ended as it should, in a peaceful change.

A large chunk of credit for that unexpectedly felicitous end should go to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Had he tried to resist the results illegally and unconstitutionally, as some of his kith and kin would have urged him to do, the warned and feared bloodbath would have happened. Instead he did the right thing. He handed over the reins of government to the victors and went home. In doing so he saved the country and himself.

But the paeans of praise belong to the ordinary Lankan voter. He/she acted with responsibility and maturity. Firstly the voters voted in massive numbers. The Tamils in particular refused to listen to the siren song of boycott. The record turnout symbolises Lankan people’s support for democracy, over and above every other form of government.

Maithri wifeThe minorities voted almost en bloc for the Opposition. Tamil and Muslim support for the opposition was generally anticipated. But not so the equally solid Upcountry Tamil and Catholic support. The CWC was with the UPFA; there was little doubt that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and many in the Catholic hierarchy sympathised with the regime. But ordinary Catholics obviously remembered what was done to their places of worship, especially the destroying of a brand new fibreglass statue of Virgin Mary in Avissawella. The perpetrators of that outrage, like so many other politically-protected perpetrators (especially the killers of Lasantha Wickramatunga), were never caught. Ordinary Catholic voters, unlike the hierarchy, noted and learnt the correct lesson.

For the last several years, even non-Tamil minorities were forced to live on sufferance, fearful of not just isolated attacks but also Aluthgama-type conflagrations. They voted for a different future.

But the Opposition could not have won 52% of the national vote, if a huge chunk of the Sinhalese did not vote for change as well. No party in this country can win a presidential election with just minority support. That is why the regime did everything it could to frighten the Sinhalese into either not voting or voting for Candidate Rajapaksa. Naked race-baiting and preposterous fear-mongering were telecasted and broadcasted day and night. Every possible effort was made to eviscerate Sinhala support for the Opposition.

That effort manifestly failed. The opposition obtained 52% of the national vote, with a turnout of 80%; this means it would have succeeded in winning around 50% of the Sinhala vote.

The voting figures also indicate that the Lankan electorate has returned to its normal condition. In this country, it is very rare for a victor in a parliamentary election to exceed 50%. At Presidential elections, the norm has been slightly over 50%. The only two exceptions were 1994 (the UNP candidate died in a LTTE bomb-blast and was replaced by his totally neophyte widow) and 2010 (the election was held just a few months after the victorious end of the war).

In 2015, the electorate returned to the normal. The Sinhala vote is once again divided almost in the middle, which is the way it should be, for the health of Lankan democracy. This means any party wishing to obtain more than 50% of the vote will have to win the backing of both the majority and the minorities.

The Opposition victory was created by the joint effort of almost all the minorities and around one half of the majority. It is truly a Lankan victory in a way the outcomes of many recent presidential elections were not.

I watched some of the regime’s frenzied propaganda barrage, warning Sinhalese of anarchy and chaos, appealing to the very basest of human emotions. It was clever and toxic. And it failed.

As a Sinhalese who dreams of a Lankan future, I am proud and hopeful.

Indispensable Resistance

January 9th could have very easily gone the other way.

On UPFA election platforms much was made of the fact that the rebellion in the SLFP was planned in total secrecy. It had to be. Had the Rajapaksas discovered the existence of the rebellion prematurely, they would have crushed it without any hesitation or qualms. The manner in which the regime tried to pin various criminal charges (including murder) on Maithripala Sirisena hints at the devastating means the rulers would have employed against the would-be rebels. Maithripala Sirisena and many others would have found themselves behind bars, on trumped up charges, like Sarath Fonseka. And the SLFP would have been ‘cleansed’ of anyone with even a hint of a backbone or a flicker of rebellious spirit.

That is why the rebellion had to be planned in secret. Anything else would have been inane and irresponsible.

The role played by the Uva election in the subsequent developments cannot be underestimated. Harin Fernando’s decision to resign from parliament and contest the provincial council was the decisive factor in the Uva surprise.

The JHU’s crossover was another unthinkable which contributed to the final outcome.

The Muslims would have voted against the government irrespective of what their political representatives did. But had the TNA given into the demands of hardliners, here and abroad, the Tamils may not have turned up in sufficient numbers to help the opposition through to victory. But the TNA did the right thing, both by Lankan Tamils and the country.

Pivotal roles in enabling January 9th were played by Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Ranil Wickremesinghe. Ven. Sobitha Thero’s pioneering effort merits special thanks. Every party and organisation in the coalition did its very best in the campaign. The UNP, as the largest constituent, laboured the hardest. That the only person killed in this campaign was a UNP activist is a symbol of the party’s whole hearted commitment.

But the final lift came from the subterranean rebellion from within the state. The fact that Maithripala Sirisena won the postal vote was an indication of this critically important development. Without that factor, various last minute machinations of the regime may have worked. Even from casual conversations it was obvious that the army and the police were not supportive of the status quo, which did much to still fears of an extra-constitutional attempt to retain power. The Elections Commissioner became increasingly impartial until his performance turned into a veritable modal of democratic courage. At the crucial moment, the judiciary too did its bit.

And January 9th became a day of peaceful change.

The future which seemed impossible is here. What we do with that is up to us.

A leader begins to think he/she is infallible, only when a segment of the populace concurs. A leader will act outside the confines of law, sense and decency, only if he/she thinks that enough of us are indifferent. A leader will make use of ethno-religious hatred, only if he/she thinks it’s effective. A leader will try to create a dynasty, only if he/she thinks that we see nothing wrong with that. A leader will fall pray to monarchic delusions only if enough of us call him king.

When a leader goes astray, we the people are also at fault.

Let us remember – bad citizens enable bad leaders.

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[i] This is also the title of the poem

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    But ordinary Catholics obviously remembered what was done to their places of worship, especially the destroying of a brand new fibreglass statue of Virgin Mary in Avissawella.

    TG has stated one minority grievance. Their need or their RIGHT to go over the majority and become the majority.

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      What a sorry excuse for a human are you? Go read your pan sil again and try to correct you ill mindset. You don’t still realize your ideas are a failure and retarded. That’s how bankrupt your intelligence is. Sadly there is no medication for it. Please leave before you embarrass yourselves again.

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        How a King/President should rule according to Buddhist principles

        The Buddha said, `When the ruler of a country is just and good, the ministers become just and good, when the ministers are just and good, the higher officials become just and good, when the higher officials are just and good, the rank and file become just and good, when the rank and file become just and good, the people become just and good.`(Anguttara Nikaya)

        Buddha has given ten rules for Good Governance, known as `Dasa Raja Dharma`. These ten rules can be applied even today by any government which wishes to rule the country peacefully. The rules are as follows:

        1) be liberal and avoid selfishness,
        2) maintain a high moral character,
        3) be prepared to sacrifice one`s own pleasure for the well-being of the subjects,
        4) be honest and maintain absolute integrity,
        5) be kind and gentle,
        6) lead a simple life for the subjects to emulate,
        7) be free from hatred of any kind,
        8) exercise non-violence,
        9) practise patience, and
        10) respect public opinion to promote peace and harmony.

        Regarding the behavior of the rulers, he further advised:

        – A good ruler should act impartially and should not be biased and discriminate between one particular group of subjects against another.

        – A good ruler should not harbour any form of hatred against any of his subjects.

        – A good ruler should show no fear whatsoever in the enforcement of the law, if it is justifiable.

        – A good ruler must possess a clear understanding of the law to be enforced. It should not be enforced just because the ruler has the authority to enforce the law. It must be done in a reasonable manner and with common sense. — (Cakkavatti Sihananda Sutta)

        The king always improves himself and carefully examines his own conduct in deeds, words and thoughts, trying to discover and listen to public opinion as to whether or not he had been guilty of any faults and mistakes in ruling the kingdom. If it is found that he rules unrighteously, the public will complain that they are ruined by the wicked ruler with unjust treatment, punishment, taxation, or other oppressions including corruption of any kind, and they will react against him in one way or another. On the contrary, if he rules righteously they will bless him: `Long live His Majesty.` (Majjhima Nikaya).

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          Listen Every body ,

          I know every body is over the moon with MY3’s victory and the subsequent swearing in , sorry to be so pessimistic and to spoil your great winning spirit !

          There are a few number of facts need to be highlighted and rectified to avert another imminent volcano eruption , here are they

          1) Was Ranil’s appointment as PM , constitutional ? does Ranil have the majority in the parliament ? Has D.M Jayaratne tendered his resignation before or after Ranil’s appointment ? which party has the majority (113) in the parliament ?

          2)implementing MY3’s promised 100 day program and abolishing EP ? every thing is fine but scrapping EP ? my gut feelings say , MY3 mustn’t abolish the EP until he secured the parliament , why i say this ? all indications say MR planning to be back again to steer the parliament , if he joins the parliament as a replacement of a national MP and demands the speaker to appoint him as the PM , can he refuse his demand as he enjoys the majority ? the other scenario nominating Nimal siripala desilva as the PM ?

          3)If My3 scrap the EP as he promised , he will be a toothless tiger surrounded by raging hyaenas , this would pretty much akin to Ranil’s premiership under CBK leadership in early part of 2000 ,but there is a huge difference though , this time around MY3 won’t be having any of executive powers to muddle MR’s devious underhand dealings hence MR would be laughing from both ends !

          4) best solution would be to dissolve the parliament to avoid the embarrassment and to save the face. certainly there are few do and don’ts before the general election.

          Don’ts

          1) Never touch MR or his immediate family members under any circumstances ( this will greatly effect on the General Election)
          2) Never to take any political revenge on any one.
          3) mustn’t abuse any of state media institutes.

          Dos

          1)Must punish all the sate employees who abused/misused their power (Ajith Cabral, P.B Jayasundara, Ganegala, Nimail Perera , former IGP Balasooriya et al)

          2)MUST PUNISH All the government sponsored large scale rapists , Drug barons, Ethanol traders , commission kaakas et al.

          3)must have a speedy open court sessions on Rohitha A, Mahindagamage A, Arundika F , Duminda S, Lanza, Johnston F , Modawansa , Mervin , Sajin W , Thissa A , Gemmanpila Rishard B, R.Hakeem , Thondaman , KP , Karuna , Pillayan , Douglas D et al)

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      Jim softy

      Maithiri’s wife look very pleasant lady therefore I expect him to be a happy man at least at home.

      You too should find a pleasant lady (as opposed to beautiful one) she will make you happy and a pleasant man.

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        How about K.A.S. Sumanasekaram?

        :-)

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          If you are referring to K.A Sumanasekera, he is actually MR’s lapdog Bandula Jayasekara, he must be still in Australia I believe.

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            Bandula should be questioned for expressing a political opinion just before the election!!!

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        Nothing to do with the ladies. Softy and Sumane are two of the same kind : doing, doing but not coming … so getting tired, utter filthy words and stop.

        Heard of impotence through frustration? Eunuchs?

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          Navin

          “Heard of impotence through frustration? Eunuchs?”

          Don’t forget the most famous Chinese eunuch admiral Zheng He who caught Vira Alakeshwara (South Indian descendant and king of Kotte) and dragged him and his family all the way to China about 600 years ago.

          Don’t make fun of Gays, Lesbians, Eunuchs, Transvestites, Transgender, ……………… as you could be one of them.

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      Titsaranee, you quote irrelevent, obscure quotes for the sake of them.

      I shall give you the correct quote for your remark,”The minorities voted almost en bloc for the Opposition. Tamil and Muslim support for the opposition was generally anticipated. But not so the equally solid Upcountry Tamil and Catholic support. The CWC was with the UPFA”

      “they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind”-Hosea 8:7.

      This unholy hotch-potch of minorities put together to aveng the success of MR will spell disaster for this country when they all start asking for their “pounds of flesh”.

      Will have to restart two separatist wars, one in the North and another at Digamadulla.

      Solheim, polish your dhik master, we are going to need you to scru us again, soon.

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      Three hearty cheers for Tits, for making a fine observation on the recent election – “Let us remember – bad citizens enable bad leaders.”

      You couldn’t have ended the piece any better. Thans Titsaranee.

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      Ms.TG,
      we the right respecting people of the island – salute you for your fearless articles posted onto this wonderful forum proving the gravity of abusive politics of Rajapakshe oligarchs. Your kind of fearless journalists are the diamonds of our country. As no other you did it brave. All the best for you mam.

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        TG must be congratulated for keeping up the pressure over bad
        governanace all this while, however I feel that Prof. Kumar David
        should be thanked for originating the CC idea – although it was a
        surprise to him too that the common candidate came from within the enemys garden as it were.

        Also the peaceful PE at the last stages was due to EC command that
        trouble-makers should be “shot on their head” and not below the knees! MR wanted to start a 3rd world-war showing the China card,
        as the PE was financed by them, however the timely direct call of
        John Kerry put MR and Gota in a fix and had to abandon Plan B+.

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    The new Maithree Government has many urgent things to do. One of the most important task is to change the present Anti-minority racist/communal culture and politics in Sri Lanka and make it a true muti-cultural united secular Sri Lankan society where the minorities are treated as equal citizens of the country and not as aliens.

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      Another urgent task — oh, there are so many and 100 days is surely optimistic — is the downsizing of the mammoth Cabinet. How this is to be done beats me but it MUST happen. Even 20 Ministers are too many but that is an interim target to be aimed at. It means that parliamentarians must actually start to remember that they are the SERVANTS and REPRESENTATIVES of the people (that reminds me, no more crossing over without losing one’s seat — this has been a gross violation of the people’s franchise)and not feudal lords seeking to enrich themselves every which way.

      It really is scandalous the way almost every government MP was made a minister of some kind. How the resulting fragmentation of responsibilities is going to be patched up is something that will have to be tackled sooner rather than later. In former years one knew offhand the names and responsibilities of all our ministers and where their ministries were located. Now it has been reduced to a game of hide and seek…they hide away somewhere and the mystified electorate has to seek them out.

      We can only hope for a new dawn once our so called representatives turn over a new leaf. How many must be clamouring now for special positions after risking their fortunes in crossing over. How few will be prepared to make personal sacrifices in the interest of the better (and less exhorbitant) functioning of the Government. If the new President is able to accomplish this task, he will already have made some kind of a revolution.

      As a youth Maithripala had revolutionary instincts. May we hope those are not quite dead and may he have the courage to take difficult decisions, some of which will be unpopular with large sections of the people — I am thinking in particular of the “national question”. As a former pupil or associate of “old” Shanmugathasan, I am sure our new president will be utterly anti-racist.

      And might we perhaps see, from this man of humble background, a rejection of the honorific “Excellency” and the assumption of the title “Mr President” instead?

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        The new govt, the President, PM should stop referring to Sri Lanka asa Sinhala Buddhist Country whenever they make public speeches press interviews etc

        They should start addressing the country as a multi religious multi ethnic country.

        The peoples mind has been poised by the previous regime and 30 years of civil war.

        This is the time de clatter.

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    We should also not forget the one person who catalyzed the whole (then) opposition… Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha

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      Hi Nimal,
      Thisaranee has not forgotten the tireless effort of Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera over the past two years in bringing the opposition together. She has very correctly stated in the 7th last paragraph that “Ven. Sobitha Thera’s pioneering effort merits special thanks”.

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    Thank you Tisaranee Gunasekara for this article! I was waiting for your post-election piece. You fearlessly challenged the Rajapaksha regime almost every week in your articles. As a citizen of the country, I am happy to say that you also played a crucial role in bringing about this change.

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      Mahendran

      Good point. Guess what, TG seriously deserves a PhD for her wonderful contributions during this tough time. If any CT readers and contributors have the power, please request the present govt to offer an honorary Doctorate to her. Meantime, don’t forget request, RW or M3 to remove Dayan’s PhD. He does not need one and it is irrelevant and in-vain.

      Million Thanks TG. I don’t know you already hold a PhD – just wondering.

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        How about Aacharya Mervin’s PHD?

        Wonder how he is taking this all. I must say he provided a lot of comedy in an otherwise tragic saga of MARA and his brothers.

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      Oh, yes Tits,

      We cant thank you enough for yur macho sounding articles that kept the fires burning.

      Now we have to prepare the fire brigade to put out the fires that will start burstigng in the first 100 days, starting with the scramble for cabinet posts. Fonseka and Mangala are already aiming guns for the foreign ministry. Sajth and Champuka for another.

      Thanks bleeding you for the mess!

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      I completely agree with you,Mahendran. Tisaranee may not acknowledge it but she definitely played a key role in the defeat of the Rajapakse Crimminals. She fearlessly fought for what is right be it in the condemnation of the Rajapakse regime or the Tigers. Thank you Tisaranee please keep up the excellent job you have done and hope you will continue to write if the incumbent do anything wrong in the future.

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    Thank you Tisaranee G for standing by us and keeping the hope alive. When hope was fading we relied on voices like yours. This change is truly a great victory for all Sri lankans. It will be up to us to now cease the day and make it happen. Chase away all the daemons (eg. BBS) that divided us and let’s bring peace and prosperity to every man, woman and child regardless of religion or race. Let us all build a strong nation of brother and sisters, sons and daughters. Yes ! WE WILL! Budusaranai,devil pihitai,God bless

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      Thisaranee has done a GREAT job to Lanka, I hope she will continue her good work to advise the government if they deviate from good governance.

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    Well said Tisaranee

    You have been amongst the bravest of journalists who fought this battle against tremendous odds. Thank you for fighting to keep democracy alive in our beautiful Country.

    I always have enjoyed and learn’t from your articles and wish you good health, success and God’s Blessings in your future journalistic adventures.

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    Tisaranee, your Article is brilliant as usual – thought provoking, and if Citizens so wish, take several ideas for moulding the future of the country – a country that all of us can be proud of – hold our heads up high, as Sri Lankans, wherever we go.

    But that picture with the Article takes the cake. Maithripala and his wife, oh, so homely, none of the pretensions we are now so used to from you know who, to be able to relate to Our President.

    We must never forget the jeopardy in which the Country was placed. Hundreds if not thousands could have died from the evening of 8th January. We were saved.

    Oh Almighty, all praise and thanks be to You.

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    TG,
    Excellent as always. Keep on doing the good work.
    “The Tamils in particular refused to listen to the siren song of boycott.”
    Hope My3 & Co will do the right thing soon.

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    My3’s failure in his maiden speech as President to mention or thank Mano Ganesan, Thigambaram and Sampanthan, who are representatives of the people who made this victory to my3 possible is not a very good sign. In fact Mano Ganesan has expressed his disappointment and frustration to Ranil that people like Hakeem and Rishad who jumped in the last minute for personal gains were thanked but he and others who worked hard since day one were ignored.
    Many would in their affection to my3 would like it be an error, but it cannot be given the importance of the speech.

    I understand it’s too early for the call but I hope this is not another election where the winner ignores the Tamils and Muslims once the favour had been done.

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      Yu think we are mad to thank a separatist fox like mano G? We used him for our need to anenge MR for not making My3 PM.

      We don’t need Ganesans any more, take the message.

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      .
      We have to wait and see. GoRa’s white van was after Mano G, still he never stopped doing the right thing.
      Where as Hakeem switched at the last minute knowing the tide.
      :-)

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      Rajan
      ‘A leader will make use of ethno-religious hatred, only if he/she thinks it’s be effective”
      This is where the sand in the shoe grits the foot, so to say.What have said is true let us wait, too early to arrive at hasty conclusions.
      Thank you Tissaranee for your brilliant campaign in keeping the flickering light of hope for the freedom expression from being snuffed out, and for keeping us vigilant and informed.

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      Ranjan,

      While I appreciate he missed out on few names, add Azath Sally to the list if you like, don’t forget that his speech was off the cuff, he probably didn’t have the time to prepare.

      If what the media said is the correct position, they had to swear him in, before the likes of SB and Modawansa tried a fast one
      Nabil

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    Ms. TG,
    One concern that I wanted to bring to your article. May be you by mistake forgot to take account of while you are writing this piece. That is THE pivotal grass root politicians, spokespersons, social fighters, societal revolutionists, group of great contributors to this fundamental and democratic change of leadership in our country. That is JVP especially the credit should goes to parliamentarians Anura Kumara Dissanayake and H. B. Herath. They did such a wonderful work. Although they did not openly discuss whom they support, but they honestly said their first priorities was defeat MR/GOTA and use our democratic votes for that GOAL. It is fair enough. Rest, they said we have plenty time to discuss.

    Once again million thanks and continue your great work for better world

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    Thank you TG I have been a fan of your articles since LTTE time. You are a patriot, we need people like you writing unbiased articles.well done!!!!!

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    Tisaranee,honest journalists like you kept the flame of freedom alive, when the people of Sri Lanka were deprived of access to the Truth. Most people who live in Sri Lanka did not wish to face the prospect of a knock on their doors by the Criminal Investigation Department for writing to a banned internet newspaper. I presume you do not live in Sri Lanka where media freedom was considered to be even worse than Zambia.

    While I agree with the sentiments expressed by you, I believe President Maithripala Sirisena would have won every province, if large numbers were not misled by the scaremongering of the people by the state media and the social media.

    We need an effective mechanism to punish those who slandered Presidential nominee Maithripala Sirisena, with the intention persuading the voter to vote for the known Devil, rather than the less well known Angel!

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    Good to see colombotelegraph.com is not a banned website anymore.. :)

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      If what you are saying is true, it is a Great news. Are you sure you can read CT from SL right now?

      CT, please inform the readers that the ban is lifted in SL. Many of my friends are waiting for it.

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    You have been the most fearless and indefatigable living critic of the Rajapaksa regime for many years and you played a major role in the regime change thorough your critique and analysis by raising the consciousness of our electorate to be courageous to resist the regime. Thank you very much for your invaluable contribution. At this moment we should remember Lasantha who was a similarly fearless critique of all regimes who had to pay the price of his criticism with his life.

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    I must also thank Tisaranee for keeping the rage alive in the past few years.

    However I found it amiss that Tisaranee failed to acknowledge the part played by AKD in the coalition win. He was able to galvanise most of the rural poor to vote for the common candidate. His was a very powerful and relentless voice of defiance against the ills perpetrated by the MARA Mafia.

    I hope the new coalition will give AKD his due place in the new cabinet.

    It is a tough job that Maithree and Ranil have in their hands. A lot of Mara’s henchmen are smarting and wanting to spoil the party. I hope the new government will find a way to deal with such challenges without resorting to the traditional Sri Lankan method of unbridled violence against all opponents.

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    Dear TG, I never thought that I will be writing this comment under the present peaceful and changed atmosphere. Can virtually smell the fragrance of freedom from the clutches of the MARA REGIME and what a fragrance it is.

    Slight correction though to your comment about a peaceful transition of power from MARA. According to reliable information, MARA did try all undemocratic and military manoeuvres before relinquishing power and all of them miserably failed and he was forced to accept the start reality. It all started with ITN announcing Sajith’s cross over, but saner counsel prevailed and we all must salute the ELECTIONS COMMISSIONER FOR A JOB WELL DONE UNDER VERY TRYING AND INTIMIDATING CIRCUMSTANCES. WELL DONE SIR, AND THE WHOLE NATION IS INDEBTED TO YOU.

    I did say that MR’s fate was sealed when he signed up for early elections regardless of what MR’s astrologer was saying and what a prediction it was. I also did say that there was an ULTIMATE SCHEMER who schemed to oust MR, from above us all. All credit to HIM, to have plotted the scheme well within the fortified walls of TEMPLE TREES itself.

    For the people of JIM SOFTY and the likes, who were plundering the Nation…SUBA ALUTH JEEVITHAYAK…May find it difficult to live because you guys were used to living on other people’s misery and wealth and not able to do anything on your own for a living. Ask your MASTER TSUNAMI HORA for alternate ways of making ill gotten wealth.

    Bye for now and please do not stop writing your crap, despite your present pathetic state of affairs.

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    Fear mongering was the theme of the MR regime during the election. Viewing everything on a racial manner does no good for the country. Remember, MR want to get the Majority of the Majority so that he hang on to power. By doing that he has created untold pain to minority per the advise of GOTA.

    What ordinary Muslim of this country ask? Forget about the politician. If there were no issue of Aluthgama and other incidents, Muslims vote would have helped MR to win. On the contrary I am not in favour of MR for all what he did accept winning war. But…. He lost his mind on the way and steer the path for his departure. Few months ago he was unchallengeable. (That is the power of Almighty)

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    A special word of thanks and undying gratitude to Gnanasara, the moronic ahl for building up the wrath of the Muslim voting public.

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    Thisaranee,

    You bring tears to my eyes with your writing.I wish most Sri Lankans see what you are trying to tell them. Thanks for your words of wisdom. This insecurity that the minorities will conquer the majority , and how the minorities will want a separate state, stupid foreign conspiracy theories and the rise of the LTTE will all vanish with fair governance. Yet again Sri Lankans have voted with hope that reconciliation and peace will prevail in their land. MS has been given the mandate and he has two options but one strike at it. Either make good with it and fail with it. MR and his band of brothers chose the latter and they failed. miserably and are in a state of shock.

    Tell me why a so called war hero like Gota has to flee in a plane if he has done right by the people and his country, He has come to fear his own shadow for all what he wielded at the minorities and people like SF. You only reap what you sow.

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    ” Lankan voter. He/she acted with responsibility and maturity. “

    Funny that. These are the very same people that are described as being of low IQ by those who sing hosannas at Gunesekeram’s feet at every opportunity, and they are generously sprinkled among the CT readership. Again those with ill will towards Sri Lanka who predicted chaos and anarchy and a coup have been proved just as wrong as was MR’s own astrologer. May men of goodwill flourish in the land.

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      Ram,

      When are you going to change.

      What’s in a name Gunasekara or Gunasekaram ?

      If the message is correct accept it.

      Criticism should be for the message not the name Race Religion or Cast.

      Unless the message itself is biased towards these ie;Close to hate message.Even then criticize then Content/Intent.

      As human beings we all should be introspective.

      Let us start today.

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    Many people sacrificed a lot for the dawn of a new era in Sri Lanka. Thank you Tisaranee for you untiring efforts to ignite the conscience of Sri Lankans and realise a long felt dream.

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    Yes MY LORD MAHINDA…in obedience to MADAM TISARANEE I grovel at your LORDLY FEET and THANK YOU for HANDING OVER THE POWER THAT I HAVE GIVEN MAITHREE.

    Tisaranee you are a Disgrace to human dignity!

    If the man went it was because that was what he had to do and NO THANKS are due for that.

    The fact however is that he did not go and had to be shown that there was not other way.

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    This election should be written about in golden letters. The reasons for this are many:

    1. It has been the view of the majority that the Tamils and some Muslims in the North and East were manipulated by the LTTE rement diaspora. People in the North and East have proven beyond any doubt that they do not listen to the diaspora but their own elected leaders, namely TNA. Diaspora organizations did not want the Tamils and Muslims in the North and the East to take part in the election, but the people totally rejected this request. This sends a clear signal to the Government of Sri Lanka, international community, foreign governments where the diaspora are based and also to the diaspora it self, that people in the North and the East do not want the diaspora involvement in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka.

    2. Upcountry Tamils and some Muslims have totally rejected CWC. Thondan and his gang have been living off the hard work of the plantation workers for generations. This election has sent a clear message to Thonda and his side supporters that the upcountry Tamils do not want Thonda and his gang in any way associated with them. Even when Rajapakse promised to build houses for them in place of the line roomes, the people did not vote for Rajapakse. This clearly shows that the poor and ever suffering upcountry Tamils and some Muslims has self respect and dignity and want to decide their own future and not what CWC wants. Thondaman and his gang should not be brought into the Maithree fold at all. Thonda should also be investigated for his violation of the laws of the country.

    3. Salute also goes to the Sinhalese people who have voted for Maithree. They have risen above all the scare tactics of Rajapakse. These Sinhalese people have risen above all odds as they wanted rule of law, just society, equal rights and above all a clean government. They proved that they are not racists, this is an important signal they have sent to the international community which always says that there is racial tension in Sri Lanka.

    4. Rajapakse had a golden opportunity to change the country when he won the war. But he did not have the mental capacity to do it. Now we have another chance to change. Maithree has a golden opportunity to ensure that we are all Sri Lankans FIRST, not Sinhalese,Tamils, Muslims or Burghers first. Every effort should be made by Maithree to bring this thinking into our psyche. As a first step he should proclaim that the National Anthem can be sung in Sinhalese, Tamil or English, as it is important for the people to understand the meaning of the words.

    5. Maithree should also make it compulsory that all students upto certain grade (may be from grade 2 to 10) should learn all three languages and also have one subject “Religion” in addition to studying their own religion. This is important as in the new subject Religion the students will study about all the religions in the world. Then they will understand the common string that runs through most of them. This will bring about respect for their fellow citizens and there will be less hatred among communities.

    Let Sri Lanka be a MAITHREE LANKA under His Excellency Maithreepala Sirisena.

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    Tissaranne,

    At a time when most journalist were fearful of their lives and imposed self censorship,you bravely stood tall amongst them.

    At a time when Executive and his family used impunity the legislature/parliament and Judiciary was in servitude you held the fortress of fourth estate/Free Press single handed.

    Bravo Lady.Thanks for your services.

    Expect more during the coming years from you.

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    Almost 50% of the Sinhala vote went for Mahinda Rajapakse according to Tisaranee.
    This is frightening.
    These 50% believed in prolonging the despotic military regime along with most catholics and the upcountry tamils.

    The first 100 day program of the new administration is alleged to be :-

    http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/36387

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    We owe our gratitude to you TG for your most inspiring articles, which helped us see things differently and understand the ground reality of MR’s dirty politics exposed in a myriad ways. You always held the flicker of hope in many hopeless situations, specially when the minorities were getting bashed by Buddhist extremists. Thanks must also go to CT for bringing it all to us, lest we drown in the foul smelling cesspit of pro-government propaganda. Wonder where Rajpal and Shenali must be now.

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    TG is correct to recognize the change in the voting patterns of the public servants ( postal votes). With each change in the constitution, their status had been progressively reduced till finally – with the 18th amendment – they have been reduced to serfdom even at the level of Ministry Secretaries. This was their way of fighting back. At the crucial time, the Elections Commissioner showed a great deal of courage and even put his job and his pension on the line. The IGP responded to the call of EC and the entire public service, whatever their political views, conducted the elections honestly and with responsibility. We also learn that the Attorney General had refused to comply with undemocratic demands.
    The contribution of the underpaid, un-regarded and much maligned public servant towards making this crucial change in our country needs to be recognized.

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    The nasty responses to this article is a clear I indication how and why the Rajapakse gameplan worked for all these years.

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    Hi TG

    You deserve a fair chunk of credit madam for turn the MR wave around in 5 years. Honestly I didn’t think it was possible, and thought an autocratic rule was emerging, like the Suhatoo’s regime in Indonesia. Your persistence and untiring effort pinpointing the flaws/gimmicks/underhand activities/etc. of the regime while giving due credit for its achievement provided a correct perspective about where we were heading. I started reading your articles some years ago, and always concerned for your safety and well-being. The chain of events followed since the date of calling for the election, all appeared in your articles, particularly, about the rebellion of SLFP members at senior level to make the election win possible. The modest and very level headed you are, you didn’t mention a thing about it like some PHD holders do. To maintain the rage and keep the flame burning for a change was a task well done by you. Hats off for you, not sure how you did, you came through unscathed, and am delighted, OMG, you are still with us . Take care.

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    Victory they say has a thousand fathers, failure is an orphan. In this particular instance, this saying I believe, is literally true. There are some public faces as well as thousands of unknown small unnamed courageous individuals who in their little way resisted as best as they could in diverse ways since darkness began to creep on this land from around 2008, even as it did after JRJ’s infamous referendum of 1982.
    That was a time when some of those who are now thrusting their faces into TV cameras and creeping behind MY 3 were riding the high horse with the MR family Trinity.
    I would like to salute Websites such as Colombo Telegraph, Groundviews, DBJ’s Tamil Week in its former avatar, for courageously keeping the candle flickering and allowing space for an alternate view point amidst all the flag waving kiribath patriotism. Writers such as Tissaranee Gunasekara, Kishali Pinto Jayawardena, Frederika Jansz Poddala Jayantha and many others who wrote and fought fiercely for freedom of expression and common decency and other amongst the dead Lasantha Wickrematunge, Pradeep Ekneligoda, and at least 17 others included those from the ‘Uthayan’ in Jaffna.
    Before the light dawned on many including one who said that he was. ….’proud to associate with a government that has done more for the people than any other in recent times’ there were such persons as the former Bishop of the Anglican church, Duleep de Chickera who wrote and spoke fearlessly , keeping that flame flickeringly as well as his successor who courageously organized that Independence Day “Service of Lamentation” a few yards away from the pavement where a bunch of shameless, nincompoops who called themselves ‘ministers’ of the MR administration participated in a firecracker and kiribath celebration against CJ Shirani Bandaranayake, and joined in further humiliating her outside her official residence.
    A great tribute must be also paid to the Ven. Sobitha Thero who about two years ago formulated a vision for a cleansing of the body politic in Sri Lanka, for the restoration of common decency, good human values and worked tirelessly to build up opinion for a change and new direction in politics to replace the subservient, self seeking, ‘buy over cross over and prosper game’ that was passing off for politics.
    In the name of all those who fought valiantly or silently, in groups or alone, for the living and the dead , those who plundered, stole, robbed, cheated, and killed must be brought before the Law, not for vengeance but to answer in the name of Justice to the poor innocent people of this country.
    Those who strutted about on the stage imagining that they themselves would never have an exit, despite claiming to follow the wise words of the Buddha that all is impermanence, must be brought face to face with their overweening arrogance and folly that brought their downfall.
    YOU CAN NEVER FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME

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