4 December, 2020

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A Mendacious President And A Profaned State

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“We were like people marooned on a dissolving floe of ice; we dare not think of the moment when it would melt away”.Czeslaw Milosz (The Captive Mind)

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is lying.

The President is lying when he says that he was not in favour of the impeachment, initially. The President is lying when he says that he knew nothing about the impeachment until it was signed by 117 of his parliamentarian-serfs.

The President wants ‘We, the People,’ to believe that he and his siblings stand above the impeachment quagmire, that they are not tainted by the most unjust trial in the history of Sri Lanka. He thinks a few barefaced-lies would suffice to convince us of the Rajapaksa-ability to play the role of ‘honest and impartial mediator’ in this Rajapaksa-made imbroglio.

That is a measure of the total contempt he has for our intelligence. Do we not deserve it?

The impeachment is a 100% Rajapaksa project. Its aim is to subjugate the judiciary to Rajapaksa power and turn the courts of law into tools of Rajapaksa rule.

The brutally unjust modus operandi of the UPFA dominated Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) was not accidental or even incidental. It was the result of a Rajapaksa plan to destroy the CJ and to frighten every other judicial officer into compliance. The impeachment is an act of political terrorism which targets the CJ plus the entire judiciary; and presidential dissimulation cannot efface the Rajapaksa-fingerprints inundating the scene of carnage.

The multiple experiences of the past seven years conclusively prove Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visceral incapacity to appoint or tolerate a truly independent anything. The man, who destroyed independent commissions, assaulted the media and regards judicial independence on par with treachery, is not going to appoint a committee which has the capacity to negate the work of his hand-picked PSC.

If the President appoints a committee its mandate will be clear: find the CJ guilty on at least one count, while, for appearances sake, exonerating her on all others. That way the Rajapaksas can maintain their veneer of ‘impartiality’ while getting rid of the CJ. It will severely embarrass the seven UPFA members of the PSC, but for the Rajapaksas they are nothing but expendable pawns, to be used and discarded as need commands.

President Rajapaksa’s blatant untruths about non-responsibility and his false promises about an ‘independent’ committee do not signal a real volte face. They merely aim to dissemble and deceive, confuse and confound, divide and conquer. Their sole purpose is to discourage national dissent and prevent the internationalisation of the issue; especially the latter.

The Commonwealth Weak-link

When Mangala Samaraweera directed his appeal to the Commonwealth, he touched a raw-nerve of the regime. It is no secret that President Rajapaksa is looking forward to the 2013 Commonwealth Summit in Hambantota with the same juvenile yearning of a child anticipating a visit to Disneyland. The Chinese can satisfy Rajapaksa-cupidity; but Rajapaksa-vanity requires ministration by the West, especially by our former Colonial Ruler. (That is why Mahinda Rajapaksa earned the dubious distinction of being the sole President at the Commonwealth lunch for the British Queen).

The Commonwealth Summit is thus of enormous emotional and psychological significance to Sri Lanka’s ersatz Royals. And in this irrational yearning, the Rajapaksas are at their most vulnerable. The Siblings know that they are safe at the UN, because they enjoy Beijing’s protection. With the Security Council rendered ineffective via the Chinese veto,Genevacan do nothing more than pass resolutions. But the Commonwealth is quite another matter; there the Rajapaksas lack the weighty protection of a veto-wielding patron. Even if the venue of the summit is not shifted to another country, the boycott call can gain traction because of the impeachment travesty. And the possibility of a British-snub must be giving the President nightmares.

Thus the sudden pretence at reasonableness, the seeming willingness to compromise; the President will maintain this ‘pose’ until the impeachment issue is lost in the quicksand of time. Once the veneer of reason and impartiality succeeds in gutting national dissent and muting international reactions, the Siblings will move with flummoxing speed to impeach the CJ and appoint a new chief justice who is willing to place Rajapaksa needs/interests above the constitution and Rajapaksa whims/fancies above the law, all the time.

President Rajapaksa claims that he moved to cover-up the questionable share-transaction of the then NSB Chairman (and the CJ’s husband) because “that is how it should be done; after all he is our man” (Colombo Telegraph – 12.12.2012). That presidential statement reveals all about Rajapaksa justice. It explains why Duminda Silva and Mervyn Silva never went to jail while General Fonseka did; it also explains the impeachment. A regime which abuses the law to cover-up for friends will abuse the law to hound enemies. Clearly the Rajapaksa notion of justice dovetails perfectly with the Nazi notion of justice, as explicated by Hermann Göring, “I know two sorts of law because I know two sorts of men: those who are with us and those who are against us” (Quoted in The Monthly Review – March 2009).

The PSC violated natural justice because its mandate was to act according to Rajapaksa justice.

Victor Klemperer argued that the psychological occupation of Germanyby the Nazis commenced with the corrupting and poisoning of words and concepts. For example, the Nazis changed the meaning of heroism, so that the fanatic became the new hero: “If someone replaces the words ‘heroic’ and ‘virtuous’ with fanatical for long enough, he will come to believe that a fanatic really is a virtuous hero and that no one can be a hero without fanaticism” (The Language of the Third Reich).

The Rajapaksas aim to forge a similar transformation in our notion of justice and injustice; the impeachment is a critical step in that dystopian journey.

Imagine the plight of the absolute majority of citizens if Lankan courts begin to follow the example of the PSC. Imagine judges like Wimal Weerawansa (abusively partial) or Anura Yapa (silently partial). Imagine trials in which a suspect is always presumed guilty and never given the time and the opportunity to prove otherwise. Imagine a judicial system in which the judge prosecutes and the prosecutor judges. Imagine living with Kekille justice for the rest of our lives.

The impeachment imperils more than the judiciary. As Chandra Jayaratne has pointed out, by making available the account details of a client to the parliamentarians who signed the impeachment motion, in blatant disregard of the due process, the CJ’s bank/s violated principles of banking secrecy and best banking practices. Are the Rajapaksas planning to replace normal banking principles and practices with Rajapaksa banking principles and practices? The havoc such a process will wreak on the economy and the investment climate is easily fathomable.

Clearly nothing is safe from the Rajapaksa-contagion. In their pursuit of power, the Siblings will despoil all. Every Lankan institution, public or private, will be profaned. Can anything less extreme be expected from a regime which is persecuting an aged-grandmother for not betraying her grandson?

Are we willing to risk such a future? Are we ready to live in such a country?

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    Great. This man is a monster

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      Chandra yes we knew him, that he is not only a Monster but a Walking Fraud and a Murderer. The funny thing is that many of the Professionals, Academics, Artists and one hundred and eighty thousand plus fifty percent who voted thought otherwise. Now the fifty percent who did not vote him, plus the four hundred thousand or so whose names were deleted as myself who were prevented from casting our votes, had the opportunty to use our franchise, this country would have been spared of this monster. If only SF and the War Criminals who are afforded sanctuary in the very countries that provided the sustenance to this bugger to annihilate VP and a section of the LTTE for KP to take over, thereby to proclaim that he defeatd the LTTE to end a thirty year war is exposed, the public of this country will come to know the TRUTH of the Propaganda War and this Fraudster. The truth can be established if the MR govt. is asked for the list of all the War dead or missing in action of the Forces for the period 2007 Jan to 2009 May, for a cross check with the families of the dates of their departed, will reveal the exact number who died during this so called War of thirty months, where the War was hyped with propaganda that there was an intense battle with many dead. Here lies the key to question SF as to exactly what happened on this War Drama where MR was projected as a War Hero, where SF also thought he could claim the same right? The real number dead of the Forces for the period 2007 Jan to 2009 May, thirty months is very much less than advertised, not even a fraction of the figure stated. This will prove that the masses of this country was taken for a ride with this War, by this Fraud MR, ably assisted by the Americans and the Indians.

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    A shameless man and after watching and video of the speech in ICASL in front of the student and associate Chartered accountants and watchguards of good finanical practices, I wonder what kind of message this moron will give to the audience?

    I felt like shouthing in filth and ridicule this man to end up in a white van if I was in that audience.

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    The politicians think they are sovereign and above the law. Courts are for normal people while a call to the OIC/ASP/SP/SSP/DIG/IGP fixes most problems in their case. Apey minnisu are a favoured privileged lot who can break the law and be ‘shaped up’ by the highest in the land. The law according to Rajapakse. I am aware of a case where a call from the better half to the better half of the IGP did the trick.

    The Brits are well known for their forthright views and action against corrupt rulers. Given their experiences with Idi Amin and Robert Mugabe, Rajapakse could and should be dealt with in the same manner.

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    Brilliant! Thank you, courageous Thisaranee! The SRI LANKA SPRING, THE PEOPLE OF THE LION AND TIGER, WILL CLOSE DOWN THE COMMONWEALTH HEADS MEET IN COLOMBO IF RAJAPASSA IS STILL IN POWER come November 2013.

    MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA MUST BE IMPEACHED AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE. HE IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE, A CROOK , THUG, AND A COMMON CRIMINAL WHO LACKS A HIGHER SENSIBILITY AND WHOSE CORRUPT FAMILY IS LOOTING LANKA. HE MUST BE IMPEACHED SOONER OR LATER. HE CANNOT DESTROY INSTITUTIONS AND PEOPLE WITH IMPUNITY AND WITHOUT BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY THE PEOPLE, THE JUDICIARY AND THE LEGISLATIVE. THE IMPUNITY HAS TO STOP! THE IRONY IS THAT PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS ARE BEING DESTROYED IN THE NAME OF DEVELOPMENT by an uneducated siblying who calls himself Minister for Economic Development, Basil, the GREEDY-est one!

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    Tisaranee, we can’t do without you.

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    Tisaranee, excellent article again. you were one of those lone voices that kept highlighting the gradual deterioration of democracy in our beloved country every week for the last so many years.

    your efforts were not in vain. the silent majority that dissented each precarious and undemocratic rajapakse act is waking up now.

    you should write a book on “the rise and fall of the madamulana clan” and it will be a best seller!

    be safe and continue the good work!

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    WAR is a perversion of SEX.

    Sri Lanka has a system that allows them to manage a free and fair election, free of fraud, free of intimidation, and that’s what they delivered on Election Day, and they’re very very proud of it.
    Proud poofs :)

    When tyranny prevails to Guillotine is a right .

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    Thank you Tisaranee. Keep on fighting for justice for ALL.

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    Excellent as usual.SL at present will have live with this monster, the people have no choice.

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    HE AND HIS BROTHERS TOGETHER, ORDERED TO KILL INNOCENT TAMIL CIVILIANS.
    SOON HE AND HIS BROTHERS TOGETHER, WILL BE ORDERING TO KILL INNOCENT SINHALESE CIVILIANS. WHAT A SHAME. PLEASE GOD HELP US.

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    “Are we willing to risk such a future? Are we ready to live in such a country?” ???

    What can you (the people) do? Most in the lower and middle class are sick of living in the country in the conditions obtaining. But what is their alternative. It costs over Rs.4 million per person to get into a modern Kallathoni (the human traffic racket said to be controlled by the ruling clique)to get anywhere worth going.

    The cunning and thick-skinned Rajapakse Family cares two hoots to public opinion or decency so long as they are in the saddle milking the nation – getting cohorts to sing hossanas. They only fear India and the global community. They know the cancellation of the Hambantota CWG will be an enormous insult to the family. Therefore, they are rumoured to have done everything to ensure Kamlesh Sharma under control. You know how? It is time the British Parliament took a look at the Commonwealth Secretariat under Sharma. He is the present day equivalent of Romesh Bhandari – who was in the pocket of the Jayawardenas (mid-1980s) although not to today’s levels of obligation.

    True China has its Veto power to protect their truant clients. But today’s China has to work with Western interests too, who account for most of their income. Despite their closeness to Sudan’s President
    Al-Bashir, they could not prevent a sanction against Al Bashir. They could not prevent NATO action against their friend Gaddafi. All despite their tremendous hunger for African oil.

    To the beleagured Rajapakses it is a continuation of the Bard’s wisdom as he predicted “uneasy lies the head that wears the Crown”

    Senguttuvan

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      How’s that there are Indians like Bandari and Kamesh Sarma and many others who hold top positions are willing to demean themselves before the likes of JRJ and MR.
      Bandari’s wife is said to have been presented with a very valuable pearl necklace by a grateful JR for some hatchet job her husband then performed.God only knows what Kamlesh Sharma’s wife will be presented with by MR now that he has communicated with GLP.
      Is it not a shame that many Indian politicians,bureaucrats,all have a weakness for receiving handouts and bribes?

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    President has enough time for various entertainments and celebrations to attend in person.He didn’t know,didn’t read the impeachment against the 4th citizen in the country.Why does he think twenty millions a day out of poor citizens’ money is paid to maintain his useless position then?Is it just for he and his clan to lead a jolly life!
    Does he think all citizens in this country are damn fools as his supporters?

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    Isn’t it rather puzzling to hear Mr Sengutuan saying the lower and the middle classes who are desperate to get on a Kallathoni?.

    What about the upper class which he thinks he belongs to?

    Have they all left or leaving on Emirates, as Sengutuans don’t like the “Srilankan” either.

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      K.A.S.
      why don’t you say something about this post about MaRa?
      Instead you are talking about lower clas and middle class!
      I wonder what class you belong to?

      You seem to have taken over fron leela(ratne)in defending MaRa.
      Please say something worthwhile for your reward?

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    If the Commonwealth comes to Lanka they will be responsible for concreting the end of Lanka and it’s people as this terrible man will pose with the Queen or her representative,other white dignitaries ,have billboards of the pix all over the island and he will hold fraudulent presidential elections right after CHOGM 2013.
    So far only black african despots,tin pot kings visit Lanka.

    CHOGM 2013-go meet somewhere else-PLEASE !

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    Tissaranee – Excellent, as usual.

    Mendacity is second nature to MR, as his records of broken promises and outright lies will display. Unfortunately the masses who voted for these asses do not have the opportunity a lot of us do to access to material such as yours and a lot of others published by CT. All organizations who are against the policies of the regime HAVE to get as much of this material possible available to those “masses”, or else their ignorance will prevent them from displaying their opposition to these thugs and their fawning hypocrites and leave them free “to despoil all”.

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    Prabhakaran also tried hard to fool the Tamils and Sinhalese, but utterly failed. The Sri Lankans intellectuals are keen to remove Rajapaksa regime, they are not going to wait another thirty years. The momentum has started, it will get bigger. The Rajapaksa regime can not survive by lying and fooling the innocent Sri Lankans.

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    Adambarakara Taththa is trying to backtrack as he fears growing opposition from the judiciary. Why did he appoint CJ’s husband to high posts. It looks like a bribe. Giving/Taking bribe is punishable offences, and why not ask PSC to inquire it ? Parliament is SUPREME says ruling party mps, some of them address CJ as pissu geni at PSC.

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    this madamulana Monster when ever he opens his mouth he lies as if it is
    printed in his mouth please god help us to get rid of this disgresfull
    lier

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    Blogger Sumarasekera reads me out of context. The rich don’t have to go. The very poor cannot afford to go. So it is the in-between. I used
    the term Kallathoni in its legal sense – since it is extra-legal flight.

    If you have access to Srilankan Airlines records you will see I am one of their long admirers, including a recent long-haul flight. Their Cabin service (including food) is difficult to match – particularly when we come to LRH from the North American-European Continent.

    Senguttuvan

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    Breaking News

    (Mirror) – Carlton Motor Sports Club had imported 19 cars, including Lamborghinis, at a cost of nearly Rs. 100 million, but had got them cleared from the customs without paying any taxes, Lanka newspaper claims.

    Two Lamborghini Callardos, one Porsche, Aston Martin, Nissan Fairlady and Honda Civic each and 13 Itios racing cars had been imported on behalf of Carlton Motor Sports Club by Gac Logistics Ltd.

    All the cars had been cleared with the payment of a mere Rs. 2,500 as service costs on December 11, according to the newspaper.

    The tax revenue lost to the state as a result is more than Rs. 202 million.

    From the recent budget, the president exempted racing cars from import levy.

    So shouldnt the President be impeached for presenting a budget in bad faith to benefit his offspring.

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    Tisaranee:
    You are THE treasure among Sri Lanka journalists, a crew that has some of the most dishonest creeps, too.
    To all those who sing TG’s praises: we all need to ensure this lady’s safety for the reason that her keyboard is one of the few worthwhile things left in this country, particularly when – even in CT – we have to tolerate the likes of Rajiva Wijesinha, that Chandraprema thug, Dayan J, David Blacker etc. etc. etc.
    One thing’s for sure, while those named and their pals run the danger of obesity from supping at the Royal Table, Tisaranee is in REAL danger.
    Don’t think that the Yanks or the Brits are going to come to our rescue, it is only the TGs that we have on our side!

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    HORAPAKSE Mahinda was never elected by the people of Sri Lanka. He bought his way via the LTTE and got himself sworn as the President in 2005. Then in 2010 he rigged the elections…. thanks to the assistance of his corrupt brothers…. Basil and Gotabaya Horapakse and then the madman…. the raving lunatic Gotabaya put the legitimate President elected by the President, GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA (we salute you Sir for your courage and look forward to the day which is soon where you will be the President of Sri Lanka) to prison as they were so scared of him. I wait to see the day these Horapakse brothers are dragged along the galle face green and executed by a firing squad with all the srilankans lighting crackers and dancing on the streets at the end of the tyranical rule of this crazed, greedy, corrupt, lying, evil, family of megalomaniacs.

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    Dear Uthungan,

    Although India produced honourable Civil servants like former Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan there is a fair crop of the other variety too.
    You are right on the ball about the two you mentioned. Their former CJ Balarishnan got into serious hot waters too. Venality certainly is not a commodity unfamiliar to the Indian State officials,
    within and outside India – is probably the ringing lesson here.

    Senguttuvan

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