21 January, 2022

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A Nation In Darkness

By Sonali Wijeratne

Sonali Wijeratne

All the lights have gone out in Sri Lanka. It is an island wide power failure. In truth, it is more than a mere electricity failure. It is the dashing of the hopes of the People in the Government of the Rajapaksas. One by one all the light bulbs have burst leaving the People gnashing their teeth and rending their hair in darkness. They curse the folly of trusting and voting with renewed hope in a Government that was routed at the polls in 2015 inter alia for corruption, nepotism, and inefficiency.

It is the ordinary People of Sri Lanka who suffer the consequences of these actions. We have no doubt that the 225 Parliamentarians, who purport to represent the interests of the citizens are comfortably encased in their luxury SUVs and palatial apartments duly fitted with Generators that fire their electrical appliances and air conditioners during this trying period that the general populace endures!

Domestic Gas cylinder explosions, toxic seas and marine life disaster due to entry of unseaworthy Vessels, Fertilizer debacle from organic to chemical and vice versa leaving the Farmer in crisis, Foreign Exchange catastrophe, mounting debt burden, Commodity Scams, rising price of food stuffs, lands grabs, wild life and elephants in jeopardy, honest public servants resigning their posts, cover up of the true culprits in the massacre of Christians in April 2019, no further action on Bond Scam etc. The list is endless. It is the worst of times! Young people flock to emigrate to distant shores.

The Union of the Ceylon Electricity Board declared a few days ago that the entering into an arbitrary deal of divesting a national asset, the Yugadanavi liquefied natural gas (LNG) Power Plant to US based energy Company New Fortress Energy Inc l by the Minister Basil Rajapaksa Minister of Finance, brother of both the Prime Minister and the President is without due process and transparency and will result in their lack of cooperation for repairs and work in electricity power for the island after 4.30 p.m. It is the contention of the Unionists and other Civil Society and Political Parties that the deal with the US Company has been entered into without due process and transparency. The Public is aware, that such deals have been engaged in secrecy without worldwide tender procedure. In short, there is something fishy in the whole business!” There is certainly something rotten in the State of “ Sri Lanka!

It is not that the credentials of the Minister of Finance, Mr. Basil Rajapaksa are impeccable. The respected Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith unlike most other religious leaders of this country has not failed to call a spade a spade. In recent times, he has fearlessly said what all reasonable and respectable citizens of this land already know viz. “We have a Cabinet minister who is notoriously known as Mr. Ten Percent. Imagine the shame on this nation when there is such a minister taking ten percent of commission from every project he passes”

The worthy Cardinal has further articulated, “The biggest malady our society is afflicted with is the commissions earned by politicians through various deals. They take commissions from companies by depriving the people of their dues. Such money has blood on them and they would not do any good to those who take them”

We the discerning public well remembers the spectacle of one whom the Nation can identify as Mr. Ten Percent slinking away through the Airport on a Jet Plane to Uncle Sam’s refuge at the time the Rajapaksa Government was denounced as inefficient, corrupt and no longer fit to rule after Elections of 2015.

It is an irrefutable fact that the Minister in charge of the country’s Finance portfolio and custodian of the Budget was under investigation for corruption and abuse of state assets until last year. In 2016, the Courts ordered authorities to auction a luxury villa and 6.5 ha (16 acres) of land in Malwana. Lest we forget, the Attorney General of Sri Lanka filed the Divineguma Case against Mr. Basil Rajapaksa and his officials in his former capacity as Minister of Economic Development under the offence against Public Property Act under five separate indictments for the criminal misappropriation of funds from the Divineguma Development Department. We have seen how the highly suspect conduct and performance of the Presidential Commission on Political Victimization resulted in exoneration of certain persons associated with the President and his family.

“The people may have a sense of displeasure towards me and the government for not delivering as they expected,” President Rajapaksa’s office quoted him as saying recently. This declaration should win a prize for the Best Understatement for 2021.

Mr. President, it is more than a mere delivery to the goal post that aggravates the people of this country. We can see family bandysm rearing its ugly head and rampant nepotism under your reign. Consider the enormous funds from the National Budget and the multifarious portfolios, Departments, Ministries given to the comparatively junior young stripling Namal Rajapaksa, your nephew! It is plain to see why the controversial dual citizenship clause was retained in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution while all other three Public Interest issues were amended. It was soon after the retention of the dual citizenship clause, that brother, Basil Rajapaksa was able to hold public office whilst holding allegiance as citizen of both Sri Lanka and the USA. The appointment of retired Generals of the Security Forces to Ministries, and Government Institutions have shown the level of “delivery” that mere obedient servants can deliver sans a meritocracy.

Nemesis comes by and in the words of the scriptures, “You reap what you sow”

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    I think Mahinda Rajapakse is behind most of the attacks on Gotabaya by the backbenchers of SLPP, other organizations, Buddhist Monks, and even by the Cardinal. Mahinda wants to make his son Namal Baby the next President. However, Gotabaya is not in favour of this move. One reason why Gota brought Basil into the Parliament was to ensure that Namal does not become the next President. Rightly so, Namal is not suitable to be the President because we all know how he passed his law exam and how he accumulated wealth. In case Gotabaya resigns, since Mahinda cannot be the President, it would be the Speaker. We all know how the current Constitution violating Speaker would function. He is a slave of Mahinda. This would become easy for Mahinda to appoint Namal by working with his backbenchers. This is also the reason why Mahinda is instigating those who attack SLFP to through them out of SLPP as SLFP in SLPP will not support Namal.

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      Dear Sonali,
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      Nation a falling in to darkness was not overlooked by atleast 8 mio of voters because today’s leaders were branded as “parts pal horu, real high criminal s various ways”, nevertheless medea mafia giant s did the job painted the picture as as the only blessing. Comparable to what the very same media gave ultra publicity for Kaliamma controlled Dhammika paniya and Naga-carried-fake-relics to so called most respectable Kelaniya temple. Remember? .
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      The need of the hour is rebuilding the society in parallel to physical developments
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      UNIDONS AND EXPERTS OVER TO U PLEASE COME OUT OF UR LONG HIBERNATION, AND SAVE INNOCIENT MASSES.
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      Peoples awareness is minus levels so that they are made easy prey for predatory crook politicians and their supportive media these people look at people s suffering 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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        Sonail to understand the Darkness we need to understand GEOPOLITICS. Why are the US citizens, Goat and Basil Rajapaksa Brothers purchasing 14 million Pfizer vaccines when the majority of the Lanka population is already vaccinated? Why are they selling the Power plant in Kerawelapitiaya to a US Company? USA wants to set up a Lilypad military base in Sri Lanka to crash China and Asia.
        Pfizer’s mRNA vaccines are dangerous and Phizer is corrupt as the WHO.
        US citizens Basil and Goat who run this miracle of Modayas called Sri Lanka are trying to help BAIL OUT the DEBT TRAPPED American economy which has printed $9 Trillion in the last 2 years of Covid-19 biowarfare against the world so that Black Rock Hedge Fund and its fronts like Adani and Ambani can asset strip the Global South and re-boot colonialism with a Covid MASK to make America and its White Anglo-Saxon and EU allies great again, and destroy the rise of Asia as the growth Hub of the World?
        Sri Lanka in the midst of the Indian Ocean and Full Spectrum Dominance (FSD), Hybrid, cyber, maritme trade war by the Deepstate to digitalize, surveil and control all systems and turn the country into a colony with a Covid-19 mask as the US is the biggest Rogue State in the world and has weaponized the Lankan Diaspora and Rajapakse US citizen families. Sri Lankan politicians and parliament is a puppet show,, funded and controlled by the US today!

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          Also, the Third World War to make America Great again is on all over the world and in strategic Lanka.
          Hence also the permanent State of Emergency and fear psychosis through media messaging – with Covid-19 fear narratives, and endless mutations, ambulance sound pollution, and fear messaging, goods shortages, maritime trade disruption, gas explosions, power outages, climate change fear psychosis etc, etc. disruption of society, economy and education all with the Covid-19 mask and digitalization, surveillance, travel restrictions and control of people and populations with lockdowns and fear…

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          ‘Pfizer’s mRNA vaccines are dangerous and Phizer is corrupt as the WHO.”
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          What do u know about the vaccine?.
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          It was not Pfizer who designed the vaccine but Getmany s BioNtech,Mainz Germany. Pfizer s role was to manufacture it for wholesale purpose s. AstraZeneca vaccine showed more after effects but Moderna and BioNtech vaccine did nt. We can spread lies to the people as is done through srilanken media but u cant fool everyone. . Current consequences the country and nation face today are due media mafia in the country. Whole lot of people incl u are made permanent fools for the political survival of a brutal mlechcha family. That is it🐕😉🐕😉🐕😉🐕😉🐕😉☹

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            Any kind of medicine if they would decay properly in hour systems, the after effects are mild. That is why m RNAtechnology is booming today. Since the vaccine s were introduced to the market, numbers fell down drastically in Europe. There are multi factors on the spread of the virus. And thus making comparisons is not possible even to expert virologist s..sadly our people are born culprits that would nt think twice before passing it further. They are no different to those make selfies and show solidarity in that brutal blasphemy incident in Pakistan lynching that innocent sinhalaya. Main difference is our ballige puthas are labelled as “sinhala buddhists” .😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

  • 13
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    Sonali,
    “The Public is aware, that such deals have been engaged in secrecy without worldwide tender procedure. In short, there is something fishy in the whole business!” There is certainly something rotten in the State of “Sri Lanka!”
    That, “it was the case” was well known, well before 2019.
    However, we Sri Lankans are compassionate. So the 6.9 Million enabled it.
    The irony is the compassion is towards repeated offenders. If it is ‘first timers’, it is understandable, that we are upholding the ‘Buddha Dhamma’.
    This seems certainly not the case.
    It is called looking after the 225 enlightened, without education instead of Sri Lankans at Large and for their common good!!!
    I wonder, what is the stand of the Judiciary on this if a case is filed by the CID?
    And, the stand of the enlightened and much respected Mahanayaka’s?
    There is nothing rotten per se.
    People get the Government they deserve.
    This was the outright seeking of the 6.9 Million enlightened, on one facet alone! SECURITY!!

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      Failure of the entire grid this often is a serious matter.
      Our people, engineers included, perform much better in places like the Middle East, where even annual breakdowns are unheard of. These guys are paid as much as in the ME, but don’t take their responsibilities seriously. They themselves are creating a situation where power distribution can be privatised.
      If the people who are supposed to operate these things are incompetent, and in addition cause electricity tariffs to be the highest in the region, it’s time to hand over the system to an entity , foreign or local, that can run it efficiently. I would recommend something like what was done to SLT.
      The author talks about national assets. But “assets” like CPC, CEB, and Srilankan are liabilities, not assets. The employees of the first two have the ability too, to hold the country to ransom. Monopolies, state or private, are not good.

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    All that is said here is true, and the Rajapaksas deserve the opprobrium that they have received in this article.
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    Thanks Sonali Wijeratne for saying all that.
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    However, how much serious thought goes into getting rid of these vermin? When one of us takes a little area of activity, examine it thoroughly, and prove beyond doubt that there is corruption in many other places as well, few people bother even to read.
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    A few of us can’t do all the work. I notice that Ranil Senanayake has written another article – which must be excellent, but it just isn’t an area in which I have much knowledge. I did my best to draw the attention of others to his earlier article by giving links in comments on more “populistic” articles. In as sense, it is easy to keep bashing the politicians, but see how many comments there have been on this:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-altar-on-which-we-sacrifice-our-children/
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    I’m just can’t muster the discipline to read Ranil’s more recent article in detail when those better equipped than me ignore it. Does sound incoherent? Perhaps it is.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 48 3111 444V)
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    tbc

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      I know that some of articles are written in such “Advanced English” that the average reader finds it difficult to understand them. In that sense, I don’t necessarily blame those who don’t read this article:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/imperialism-ideology-art/
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      There Professor Sarvan is trying to make his presentation as simple as possible, but his subject is such that it is heavy going. I shall read it tomorrow. Good intentions on my part, just as I had with his previous article. By the time I got ready to write a comment, the five days were over. so I sent him an email apologising for not having commented on it.
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      A guy like the anonymous nimal fernando has been gifted to comment brilliantly. Yet see how flippantly he dismisses cheating that doesn’t involve the typical politician:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/church-of-ceylon-anglican-democracy-choosing-the-best-to-be-put-over-us/
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      Commenting on social issues like these are far more dangerous than screaming things at politicians who expect invective from us.

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    Well, it could be anything really. Even a fallout from this.

    Buddhist organization Ariyakammattana has filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth office, charging that information about the Buddha Gothama and Sri Lanka had been distorted and fabricated during British colonial rule. -> https://youtu.be/u5XndFnkJkk

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      Jambu,
      “information about the Buddha Gothama and Sri Lanka had been distorted and fabricated during British colonial rule. ->”
      Sadhu, Saadhu, and may I mention that several pigs have been seen flying over SL, and also several boxes of horse feathers were discovered?

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    Sonali ,a nation in darkness ? The power was restored around 5 PM when there was still light. We were a nation without power from 11 AM to 5 PM. As it was very hot I sat outside, there was light .

    I would say that we a nation without any meaning or seriousness, apart from imprecision in words.

    If we could amount to anything we will punish these criminal and corrupt unionists who are holding the nation to ransom. I recommend immediate arrest and confiscation of all their personal property.

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      People should stand against these corrupt and criminal Unionists, every day cursing them. People should go to each and every temple, church, and other sacred places curse them to punish these criminals and corrupt Unionists. Anyway, any time curse will come to the Unionists and even nature will punish them.

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      In Bandarawela the power returned about 6.30 p.m. I know that in certain places it was about 8.00 pm.

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        S.M,
        Yes here it was almost 7 p.m.

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      Identified, Investigated, Prosecuted, Judgement delivered!
      What a democracy?
      Advocate, Jury and Judge all rolled into one!
      Excellent.
      No wonder, we are in this impasse!
      Why don’t we do the same exercise for all outstanding issues, instead of appointing probe committees and Task Forces and CID, TID, CCB to investigate and delay, such itmes like, the necessity to Bury the dead Muslims in SL?
      Convenient escape route. Is it not?

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      Part II
      Hi Deepthi,
      “If we could amount to anything we will punish these criminal and corrupt unionists who are holding the nation to ransom. I recommend immediate arrest and confiscation of all their personal property”
      Well said my friend and that should serve them right!
      Yes, No Gas too for cooking!!
      I certainly agree for inconvenience, should suffer that ignominy!!! Make them Paupers.
      I have a question though, which to your heart attributably socio economically concerned, decided, keep it cloistered, for unknown reasons!!!!
      So, I will help you to ask that simple but quagmires’ question, to somewhat ‘muddy’ the so called ‘serene waters’!!!!
      What would you propose, Citizens of this country do, to those who deviated from accepted procedure to initiate the divestiture of the “Lakdanavi Ltd, 300 MW Power Plant“ unit, without adhering to Sri Lankan “institutionalised Tender procedure”?
      This is the cause of the strike action, perceived as the reason for ‘Blackout’, which may be erroneous too and subjective!

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        Hi the above is Part I and not Part II. My error.

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      Part II
      I ask this, as I am a strongly convinced, that it is axiomatic to remove the ‘base’ cause for the resultant action by the union, which you seem to attribute for the blackout!
      We, Sri Lankans as nation seem to ignore this always and shoot, alerting “Messenger”!!!.
      The “CAUSE AND EFFECT SYNDROME” of any issue, for permanent cessation of the issue.
      The ultimate cause must be removed and remediated as final cure of the ills.
      Not a hangman’s Noose at all. Nevertheless, a process for it not to be an accepted procedure!
      No malice at all, towards the signatory, as am totally convinced, he an individual, totally committed, has the best intentions in his action and perhaps, given the situation and circumstances obtained at the time, (which we are not aware too at this time in full) will cause SL economic emancipation and growth of the Power Industry and Foreign Direct Investment!!!

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    Governments have far far greater power/ability for destruction than terrorists.

    If people wished and celebrated the death of Good ol’ Prabakarn …….. I don’t see why they don’t wish for the death of the Rajapakse clan for the greater destruction of the nation in all facets/spears imaginable.

    Is it because they pretend to be “Sinhala-Buddhists?”

    Something wrong somewhere in the logic.

    I just don’t get Lankans! ………. “educated” ……. or not ……………

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      Nimal, there is no logic what so ever. Here is another one. 6.9 million who vote for one of those from the corrupted family, justify their support saying “oh Gotha is not as Mahinda, Basil is not as Gotha, Chamal is not as Basil, Namal is—–” ??? . Mahila I fully agree with your comment but knowing how immoral our Lankans are, I do believe it is not just security alone but the assured pleasure of seeing the minority suffer. That explains the irrational, illogical voting behavior of millions.

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      Nimal,
      “Is it because they pretend to be “Sinhala-Buddhists?”
      Why pretend, because they are all D Mathew, D Alvin and Mahendra ‘Percival’ (Dropped the ‘Don’)
      Nevertheless, without pretentions, Good Sinhala Buddhists of this country.
      You say, “Something wrong somewhere in the logic”.
      I commend you on that and fully agree.
      Logic is, “Either Glass is either, ‘Half Full’ or ‘Half Empty’ is it not”
      It is nothing but fit to say, ‘NOW’ they are Sinhala Buddhists!
      To put my comments in perspective, Nimal, I declare my religion as “Pantheist”, all Loving!

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    power has gone out for 6 hours and these entitled Sri Lankans have all passed away.

    RIP.

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      “power has gone out for 6 hours”

      Not for you! …….. You have never seen light; your head so high up Rajapakse’s.

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      a14455
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      Was this not one of the miracles that these ballige ps pledged to u ?.
      Granny repeated dogs are dogs.
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      Gota has no choice but to pull the trigger on him, time is over 🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

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          A14455,
          Assuming that your education was in the US, I really feel for your parents, who seem to have wasted a lot of money on a retard who has to use insults instead of reasoned arguments. It could be that you’re a Rajapaksa relative based in the US. Which of them isn’t, anyway? That’s how “patriotic” they are.

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            Dear oc,
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            From a comment that A14455 made when Professor Lakshman Jayatilleke passed away, I know that this guy entered the Engineering Faculty of Peradeniya University (as a First Year) on the same day as I converted my external B.A. into internal study – on the 4th of November 1982.
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            I was already a Second Year Student, completing a Four Year Degree. So, he would have completed in 1986, when i was a Temporary Assistant Lecturer in English.
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            He must be much younger than me. Unless he, too, was somewhat over-age, his pseudonym cannot be one that reflects his date of birth. He must have been brn around 1959, too old to write the sort of rubbish that he did here:
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-childs-guide-to-the-behavioural-pattern-behind-menike-mage-hithe/

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              Thank u gambada isklemahaththya for clearing the doubts, this is why I believe a dozen of ur kind of good and real souls could do lot more towards the rebuilding of the society aiming at a better future for our youth.😉😉😉😉😉
              It is high time to the kind of men to find a pacifier, since all what they add are similar to that of little ones.
              His brother is said to be a MBBS doctor in sl.☹🐕😉☹🐕😉☹🐕😉

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            OC,
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            Baluwaliga cant be straightened even if it is put in a bamboo sheath. This man be a birth failure. No doubt his and that Thiss kutti is well connected. In a country where the majo6 bear such slave minded ness, what cant go wrong? ☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

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    Well written details of the current political situation of the country the veteran Sonali Wijeratne and thanks to the present government who had led down the 6.5 million people who voted for them who had high hopes. It is a well known fact that nepotism in politics never succeeds and this government is no exception. Day by day things going from bad to worst to put the country and people in perilous situation. At present government is clueless as to how to put the house in order and their advisors must be misleading the President and the Prime Minister or just a sitting ducks waiting to grab their monthly pay packets. God only knows when would the next gas cylinder to explode.

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    “……. the (Yugadhanavi) deal with the US Company has been entered into without (following) due process and transparency.”
    From the time Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected as president, has there been even one instance when “due process and transparency” were followed when making important decisions?

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    Al these happen because many have forgotten or ignored GR’s history. He didn’t crush the Tamil Separatist Movement. He is a coward who left the Army several years before the actual battle started. He was just the Secretary of the Defence Ministry who acted as supplies officer during the battle days (MIG deal and killing of Lasantha W). He had lots of state money to spend on extravagances (say beautifying Colombo). This coward was turned into a hero by his political stooges. His sole objective of coming into power was to throw away the pending court cases against him, family and other stooges. 6.9 M gave that opportunity to him. At the nomination time too, he cheated by giving an affidavit to say he had no other citizenship while his application to renounce US citizenship was still under consideration

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    Yes, It is not an electricity failure, it is a failure of people who are in the dark of Terrorism, Buddhism and Racism. Rajapaksa family kept people in the dark using the above isms for creating the family kingdom. They do everything in darkness and people can’t see the real Rajapaksas. The country had opportunities to come out from the darkness but Jeyawardena’s and Rajapaksas destroyed that opportunities. So, there is no hope that this country will come out from the darkness.

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        Thanks for making it short , well done and get well soon ☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

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    Sri Lankans never learn lessons, or learn from the mistakes of the past. In every nation there is a percentage of dolts who are easily swayed into believing lies that come from known liars, they are made to hate the other side, and are easily duped into thinking that next time the scoundrels will turn out to be saviors, to get their votes. A leopard never changes its spots, don’t they know?

    “They curse the folly of trusting and voting with renewed hope in a Government that was routed at the polls in 2015 inter alia for corruption, nepotism, and inefficiency.”

    Yes, and don’t forget the racism, that was shown at that time too, when a Buddhist monk turned terrorist, spread hate, and his mobs attacked Mosques, homes, and businesses, and the Rajapaksas was silently approving. Nothing has changed has it? In fact it is worse now with Muslim professionals and activists thrown in jail, like they do in dictatorships, without reason, and not given due process in courts. We are now taking that begging bowl, forgetting that national pride (that was shown every time the international human rights agencies demanded accountability), and desperately trying to find a way out of this huge mess, made by bad decisions, and unqualified felons, goons, and war criminals, appointed to run a country.

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        Thanks for making it short , well done and get well soon 😉🐕😉🐕😉🐕

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    For a change the Government is doing the right thing by handing Lakdanavi to Fortress Energy. It is high time the Government kick out the CEB thieves by dissolving the CEB and save the hapless consumer telling them that enough is enough of blackouts and taking them for ransom. The consumers are charged an unrealistic rate because of hydro power which very many countries are not blessed with.

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      HP,

      How can govt kick out the CEB thieves by dissoliving the CEB because cabinet itself is filled highly corrupted men.
      :
      Alone the govt the manner they just treat the public today is beyond all ethics and morals. Just imagine, is it reasonable to put the blame on the poor people, for the blasts being reported from households across the country. The very poor they dont care about the place of keeping their GAS CYLINDERs due to their poverty levels…… any ballige puthas to ask them to have proper kitchens equipped with quality hearths instead of simple ones… cant be the solution. Those poor house holds suffer lot more not having proper shelters and lack of the basics needs, while Medamulana THAKKKADIYAs live up their propensites on the last cent of the TAXes. People should be made very clear that what the govt offer them are not through their own properties but through taxes. This should be made very clear. Most of them are far from understanding what VAT means.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziogA74hZ90

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    Well as for power cuts it has been a routine for the past few years or more. Nothing new.
    We have at least one power cut every month for about 10 hours, it’s regular.
    So this is normal for Sri Lanka.

    Whatever we are going through today is from that which trickled down from JR’s policies of dirty politics.

    How come no one sees it? His stupidity of starting a National Airline which should have been last on the list, thereafter going into industries which need a large supply of electricity, uninterrupted and also cheap, all at the cost of destroying Late Siramavo’s hard work of making agriculture self-sufficient, industries like the assembly of cars locally, radios, best plywood in the whole of Asia, maintaining the highest atandard standard of Tea in the world, large revenue from Tourism and large reserves of foreign exchange.
    Within two years we had Rs.1000 notes printed and then followed by the war, down went Sri Lanka.

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      FK,
      I agree with most of your comment, but this is certainly wrong, and I know because I was an adult in the 70’s.
      “Siramavo’s hard work of making agriculture self-sufficient, industries like the assembly of cars locally, radios, best plywood in the whole of Asia, maintaining the highest atandard standard of Tea in the world, large revenue from Tourism.
      1. Agriculture was not self-sufficient. Even rice had to be imported, and there were queues for everything.
      2. Cars were simply assembled here, and they were more expensive than imported ones.
      3. Locally assembled radios cost more than an average monthly salary. They didn’t have FM.
      4. Best plywood in Asia? If that was so, why did it collapse?
      5. If Sirimavo was so good, why did the UNP win a landslide in 1970?
      Sadly, this government is following the same path, and you can already see the results.

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    We are in this mess today because of racism which led to the war, how do you think we got the money to buy our weapons?.plucked from a tree?

    Billions of dollars spent for 30 plus years.

    So the real guilt is on Jr and his UNP.

    What were they doing for the past 4.5 years when the Nation was given on a platter? Abused power by everyone top to the cleaners, the supporters of the government robbed the nation through various means.
    The leaders will sail through am sure, mark my words, The Gulf nations will support us as usual with no hidden agendas, to date people are unaware how many massive Bridges were constructed by certain gulf countries.

    The PM has to only reach them personally and they will respond.

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    Ms. Sonali Wijeratne
    Thank you for your excellent article.
    I would like to add another huge failure on the part of the Rajapaksas.
    Newsfirst.lk carried the following news item:
    MIRISSA: Where have all the whales gone?
    https://www.newsfirst.lk/2021/11/30/mirrisa-where-have-all-the-whales-gone/
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    The Rajapaksa government, which is famous for their lack of concern for human, animal and plant life, downplayed the dead marine life, too. They shamefully covered up the scale of the chemical pollution caused by the MV X-Press Pearl fire.
    Soon after the X-Press Pearl maritime disaster, international organizations, such as; the USAID, the EU and the UN provided humanitarian assistance and sent expert teams to Sri Lanka. In addition to that, the government hired private foreign agencies to investigate the devastation. Up to today, not a single investigation report has been released.
    Even after hundreds of turtles, dolphins, whales, sea birds and fish have washed ashore, the Rajapaksa government’s failure to conduct EVEN A SINGLE “NECROPSY” is so disturbing.
    Now, no more ‘whale watching’ in Mirissa. “Where have all the whales gone?” Did they abandon their historic territories? Or, did the chemical and plastic pollution caused by the X-Press Peal fire DECIMATE our entire whale population?

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    All Sri Lankans who love the country should rally together to save the country from these tyrants – the Rajapaksha clan.

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    The CEB has a staff of 23,000 inclusive of over 1400 professionals……..
    This itself and holding the nation to ransom will end up with the privatization of the CEB.
    Are the unions falling into a trap by Gota and his Govt?

    …….Certainly there is something rotten in the State of Srilanka……..
    Says Sonali.
    But who is there to galvanize the People to throw this rotten lot out of public affairs?

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