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A Public Letter To The IMF & India

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

88 Chemmany Road, Nallur, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Tel. +94-71-534-6648, Email: srhhoole@gmail.com, 20 April, 2022.

To: The IMF and India through:

Mr. Tubagus Feridhanusetyawan, IMF Resident Representative in Colombo

Mr. Gopal Baglay, High Commissioner for India (hco.colombo@mea.gov.in)

Gentlemen/Excellencies:

I am writing from Jaffna, rather disappointed and disenchanted with the IMF and the Government of India for trying to bail out our horrid government as detailed by the Hindustan Times (which I believe to be a respected Indian newspaper):

Owing to the government’s mismanagement and corruption, my diesel vehicle is grounded, there is no cooking gas at home, and my wife manages to cook with our rice cooker when there is electricity. We are not set up for cooking with firewood as a few of our neighbours are. Two days ago I searched desperately for cooking gas all over Jaffna. At the end of my failed search, I had almost run out of petrol for my scooter but fortunately found a petrol shed that dispensed limited petrol for Rs. 500. With that limited supply, I am not sure if I should take my wife on the scooter in her wedding sari for a wedding this morning, wondering if today’s hartal will hinder that ceremony.

Our government, despite the vote of 6.9 million communalists, has at last lost its support among the Sinhalese masses. (I am not sure of the many die-hard Tamil professionals in Jaffna who voted for him in the name of stability).

To the point, if the Hindustan story is true as I believe it is, do you really encourage loans to a corrupt regime? As I see our Ministers’ mansions, and their wedding receptions and parties, how they lavishly entertain visitors, and their sports cars, racehorses and foreign hounds, I am convinced that the epithet “Mr. 10 Per Cent” is true of nearly all Ministers under the Rajapaksas, present and former. I am certain they do not confine their expense accounts to their government salaries. Even British and American politicians on far higher salaries do not live their lifestyle. If they do, they do so in secret because they have a sense of shame that is absent in Sri Lanka (actually corrupt politicians were admired here when they stole and lived well). It is also because western law enforcement agencies are not so easily influenceable as is our Attorney General’s Department. Here, moreover, so many people charged with corruption after painstaking investigations are let off by our pliant judiciary in which I have little confidence or trust for that matter. And then the poor investigating officer is charged!

Do you really want to put more money in these filthy hands for which the next generation will pay the price? Are you proposing to get more money into their hands to siphon off, while we will be left to repay the loans at a point when we are already unable to repay our loans?

Three men with good credentials in the world of finance (of whom one is my second cousin) have foolishly come forward to help Sri Lanka secure loans from the IMF at India’s urging. They may be successful. However, if they are successful and our corrupt political leaders put their filthy fingers in the pie as they surely will, can these three have any chance of stopping it? No way. They have put themselves in a bad situation where they are helping to put us more in debt.

No loans should be given to Sri Lanka, not even for debt restructuring, until we have an accountable government that will not shoot people exercising their democratic right to protest as happened yesterday (19 April, 2022).

Please do not be on the side of killers and thieves. Speak up for the suffering people of Sri Lanka. Do not give loans in our name and put them in the hands of those who have already stolen so much from us.

Do not use our suffering as an excuse. We will bear our present suffering, remembering that if the loans you give are also stolen, the next generation, our children and their children, will be in a bigger fix than that in which we already are.

It is my prayer that if you do not come forward to save this regime, the growing chaos will make the regime flee and help us form a new accountable government. That is our primary need.

Was it not Winston Churchill who promised “blood, toil, tears and sweat” rather than relief in the British Parliament in 1940 as the people of Britain were facing untold suffering from the Luftwaffe’s bombings? It is our moment now to face suffering. It is time for us also to be ready without giving up the next generation through more loans for our politicians to live off, just so we may have cooking gas and vehicle fuel.

No loans please until we have accountability.

Sincerely,

S.R.H. Hoole

Former Member of the Election Commission, and of the University Grants Commission

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    Its a very difficult thing to say what the Prof. has said knowing that children as well as the very old are suffering and the sick might lose their life due to the lack of medicine. Still this is the right thing to say.
    Getting loans are only going to serve the crooked politicians. They get another opportunity to scam and a lifeline to hold unto power.
    Public on the other hand will suffer with a steep weight on the quality of life as they will not have the luxury the politicians enjoy with free vehicle, fuel and allowances for everything they do and not do. The next few generations will have to carry the burden of debt.
    On the other hand if these crooks are kicked out and a reliable govt is formed that garner the respect of the international community, part of the rebuilding will come as aid or grants, investments will improve and the industries would flourish. No civilized nation or person wants to do business with thieves and people with no morals or integrity.

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      Yes, IMF loans will not have the capacity to work efficiently with Rajapaksas in power. Party supporters are uneasy, and on the fence. Oppositional parties will not have any desire to work with them. Plans will be stalled at every turn for there is no trust in this family. Workers are humiliated and angry. For example, placing $10-million on better transportation for export of goods will run into to too many glitches. IMF must surely realize this.

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    “No loans please until we have accountability.”
    I fully agree with the above statement. Yes, the country need help. If IMF wants to give Rajapaksa family a loan, don’t give in the name of Sri Lanka or its people.I don’t know the real motive of India in this process. Why should India speak for Rajapaksa family, not for the people of Sri Lanka?

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      Its easier for India to deal with a corrupt R’s

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      Ajith, spot on!! This is something Ive been stressing since 31/3. Stop funding this utterly corrupt regime!! Demand accountability!! All overseas based professionals, withdraw your support to this rotten government!! Let the country go down the cliff…let it perish….Let these pirates vanish….THEN ONLY PEOPLE WILL AWAKE AND RESTORE THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT!!

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      “Why should India speak for Rajapaksa family, not for the people of Sri Lanka?”
      Why would India?

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        Experts Good Question?

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          Good, bad or ugly, A, it is an uncomfortable question to you I realize.

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          Like any other country, India too makes decisions based on self-interest. There already are a lakh of Tamil refugees plus descendants demanding citizenship.
          India considers it cheaper to spend a few billions as a repayable loan, instead of wasting money on camps for lakhs of Sinhalayo like Eagle who might even want to restore Buddhist archaeological sites in TN.

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    Awakening unto righteousness. More money coming in now will mean more robbing and hence delay in forming an accountable government. We survived world war 2 destruction well without the robbery.

  • 17
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    Dear Dr. Hoole,
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    Thank you. Almost everyone with some knowledge would have to agree with you. If anyone would look back the manner Double-pakshes moved forward since they were officially became the leaders- since Nov 2019, not a single issue they managed successfully.Muslim burial rights to containment of COVID 19 were very slow. They did not respect parliamentary opposition.
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    They just let racists to decide for them. Entire world set examples in COVID crisis, but srilanken people are kept away yet today about the vaccine type the Rajapakshes were injected with. Dr Merkel or the like set examples so were the other EU leaders and that of NZ and other countries. But our animals behaved so pompously as if their senses are fully impaired. No accoutable at all.

    Few millions of US dollars were paid to China for no reasons in terms of manuer shipments. But the very minister spread big lies yet today – with lawyer community in this coutnry continue to be gawky. …

    The kind of dictators to be supported by neighbouring big brother-India is beyond my comprehension. All the regional leaders incl. Bangaladesh, Pakistan and others should come forward and request current govt to respect people’s decision – which is GOTA GO HOME. All Rajapkashes to go home. Even school going young ones would wish Rajapakses be out of srilanken politics.

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    I fully endorse and support Prof. Hoole’s position. A small but powerful and power-hungry clique that is presently running the government is desperately striving to survive politically so that it can serve out its full term. Even if these people manage to rule till then, after the next elections they will all be consigned to the dustbin of history. They will not be there to repay the old loans or these fresh loans. Whoever will come to power next will end up holding the baby!
    These guys want to restructure the loans and borrow additional funds for the sole purpose of obtaining relief from the social, economic and political pressure so that they can hold the reins of power for two more years, divert some more money into their personal accounts and enjoy their life to the maximum!

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    Arguing on the same basis, the Govt and its Ministers cry to the Opposition to join them to put the country on a better footing, is exactly similar. Until at least Gota & MR leave, why should the opposition save the hides of these shameless looters. Let them leave first, then an interim government with opposition participation and with only a few govt members, who were not cronies of the R’s, can join together, to save us.

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      I agree, that both those criminals must be forced out.
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      It galls me to hear (and sometimes seeing them) attempting to pontificate.
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      However, it also worries me, that protesters of various sorts are not understanding that each is protesting for a different reason, and that when the Rajapaksas are finally gone (that may be even after two decades, after seemingly won the day), we will again start realising the variety among the protesters – and be surprised that it took so long for us to realise “how bad our fellow protesters were”.

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    Dear Prof. Hoole
    I totally agree with you sentiment above. Yes these criminals shouldn’t be rewarded under these circumstances.
    Even if they get the loan , half will be siphoned off to their private coffers . They have the means and know how. Nadesan could be one such channels

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    The author has missed out on one fact: India has extracted its pound of flesh in advance.
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    Let us assume that India did not help with a loan. What will the alternative scenarios be?
    Do the opposition parties object to the ‘bailout’? If they do not, are they not just as liable? What about the GGH campaigners?
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    Not everything is simple and straight forward I fear.

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    Heard a commentary on you tube that Hindustan action resulted in the RATPACKses coming to power (in addition to the defeat of the LTTE9 (contrary to some who think that the barbaric sinhala army defeated the LTTE) aas they were less aligned with the West than the Ranil alternative.

    Hindustan’s assistance to obtain any IMF loan will only result in LAST GASP LOOTING by the RATPACKses knowing that they will never get this opportunity to loot again for some generations.

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    This is a grand geopolitical game that is being enacted, China on one side against India supported by US and West on the other. Plan is to checkmate China which had taken a foot hold due to Mahinda’s actions. Basil was sent to Srilanka to execute this plan of surrendering to India. With the first move, India by signing the maritime accord of joint survey of Srilanka’s waters, where Indian navy can enter any harbour other than Hambantota and check any vessel entering or leaving the shores of Srilanka. This has stumped the Chinese where they cannot induct men or material of war like nature into Srilanka. India has also got valuable assets in Trincomalee and in islands off Jaffna, where the initial award to China to construct wind mill farms was cancelled and awarded to India. This has naturally annoyed China who want to get rid of Gota and Basil and install Mahinda as president. If you analyse the protest going on carefully, you will get at the correct picture. Problem of shortage was going on for three months, but protest started only after Srilanka signed the agreements with India. (CONTD)

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      No doubt people are angry about their plight due to Rajapakse family fraud and mismanagement and wanted to come out, this protest is not spontaneous as what is being painted. Now it is emerging that JVP youth wing is behind it, probably instigated by China. Protesters clearly want Gota and Basil to go, but are not enthusiastic about asking Mahinda to go, who is the prime culprit for placing Srilanka in this financial and geopolitical mess.
      Game plan of US and India is to keep present regime in place and using Basil to checkmate China and have made initial headway. Unfortunately US is not happy about Srilanka refusing to condemn Russia on invasion of Ukraine, and want this government out. This has made it into a three cornered struggle to gain control. China wants the regime to remain, kicking out Gota and Basil and replacing with Mahinda as president, India wants the government to remain with Basil calling the shots. and US/West want regime change. China used anti-Indian Gamanpilla and Weeravansa to get rid of Basil, who on Indian order kicked both out of power. (CONTD)

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        Unfortunately for them, Basil does seem to be out, but working behind the scene, and once the heat dies sown will make a come back. Regime change appears to be non starter with opposition in disarray, without any plans in case they get power. India will tighten the noose further, where Srilanka can talk of sovereignty only on paper. Tamils should play the game properly, without taking sides and watch the fun. It is sad that Tamil parties in order to please Sinhala elites have signed the no confidence motion without any assurances in writing that the opposition will address concerns of Tamils.
        There is mud slinging match against India going on by agents of China and Pakistan, not realizing that there is no other way out. IMF is not going to grant big money without any conditions, knowing that the money lent will not be recoverable for the next 25 years. Even the first tranche will reach not before six months, provided Srilanka implements tough measures to remove subsidies on food, fuel and fertilizer, reduces the number of public servants and sells all money losing government ventures including Srilankan airlines.

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          GS
          I have to concede that you will rate among the greatest conspiracy theorists around.
          Keep us amused.

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            SJ: GS, well schooled but not proportionately educated, will not understand sarcasm and will continue as you request! Please don’t encourage him.

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              Exactly, Singar A. Velan,
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              I thought a bit, and then realised how impossible it is for me to “re-find” the article whose comments proved this – about royal college, the comments were.
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              We read too much; some of us comment too much as well!

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              SAV
              Don’t be a spoilsport.

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        Dr GS the JVP claim their Youth Wing is involved. https://www.sundaytimes.lk/220417/news/from-beruwala-to-colombo-jvp-starts-protest-march-today-479994.html
        But who knows whether they are merely trying to claim the credit for these protests? All these politicians are liars and cannot be trusted.

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    I fully agree Jeevan, and I sincerely hope that the three wise people will not act as brokers for this wretched set of murderous nincompoops to provide short term succour to help them gain ANY traction with their ongoing larceny.

    Let the secular peoples’ protests continue, let political parties think hard about the new system for tomorrow, and let them plan to get rid of the paksa-s and their now toothless catchers for once and forever.

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      Mr. ES,
      Good to read from you again. Please never be away from CT while everyone s comment would be crucial at this critical days of our Nation/motherland.

      Paksa s will have to face the music – days are numbered – Jaya Niyathaiy !

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    Dear Jeevan,
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    These observations from a man living in Jaffna are very useful. It is necessary for mundane difficulties to be revealed, because abstruse analysis may be beyond the capacity of most homo sapiens to undertake.
    .
    You’ve told me that you’re not personally acquainted with Prof Amal Kumarage of the University of Moratuwa. He would be about five years junior to you. I’ve just discovered that he’s an accomplished singer.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyZDXasa0kI
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    Return later to the song; now look at his current article:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-fuel-price-hike-repositioning-transport-logistics-sector-to-lead-economic-recovery-in-sri-lanka/
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    Panini Edirisinhe,
    Class-mate of Michael RatnaRAJAN Richard Hoole, and English Teacher of Amal Kumarage, now residing in obscurity in Bandarawela. (NIC 483111444V)

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      Dear Jeevan,
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      CT comments have not been updated for about eight hours. We have to await that “event” with patience! I’ve forgotten to tell you that the editor, උවිඳු කුරුකුලසූරිය​, had written an article in Sinhala a week ago:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/uvindu-kurukulasuriya-17-april-2022/
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      It’s great that he, Uvindu, has understood that, in practical terms, it is what is written n Sinhalese that matters in this country. It is we, Sinhalese, who have governed this country since Independence, which means that it is we who must be accountable for what goes wrong. This 5 minute video in Sinhalese appears to record something that is going to be sensational , if true.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoDlWADUSJ4
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      No doubt many articles will be written about it.
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      We truly don’t understand what is happening. All that we can do is to be truthful about all that we know personally to be true. We dare not go beyond that. Ranjan Ramanayake, honest man, dared; think of where he is now.
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      How large is his cell? I ask because both MaRa and Gota ought to b put in there, handcuffed to each other, when we et Ranjan out! That is my hope. Unfortunately, there is no way we can lend a hand!
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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        This is the JVP version:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2T8FautuNo
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        Eighteen minutes in Sinhalese. The last ten minutes by Sunil Handunnetti. The more than seventy rupees per litre increase in the price of petrol was what had led to an argument. If the petrol priced at the lower amount had set out in a bowser, how could it be sold at the higher price?
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        The argument had centred around that, apparently; I’m still listening to the Sinhalese; I hope I’m typing in comprehensible English!

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          SM,
          “If the petrol priced at the lower amount had set out in a bowser, how could it be sold at the higher price?”
          It didn’t, actually. It was higher priced petrol, and there is a security video from the terminal to prove it.
          We shouldn’t always believe what we would like to be true.

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    Thank you, Prof. Hoole
    This is the most rational request to IMF and India thus far, hope it is not too late!
    The more they help the “Sataka Sakkili’s” the longer they will stay.
    They will steal, make deals and help themselves even more with the funds.
    The vicious cycle will continue…
    We should be looking for s team who is going to replace these scoundrels, until such time when the public is satisfied and is rid of these traitors, please stop aiding these criminals.
    They do not represent the public anymore.

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    I am in full support with RHH. India should not help the Rajapakshas but be ready to help an TRANSIENT GoSL which is headed by SL STATESMAN with a clean sheet.
    The Indian Government should tell the Rajapakshas to stand down in all politics and become a lay persons. No more pensions etc etc for retired politicians. All allowances such as providing accommodation on country’s coffers. We need a brand new constitution as soon as possible.

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    Oh, dear,
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    There were “Open Questions” where comments have closed yesterday;
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/open-questions-to-the-opposition-a-plea-to-have-a-strategic-plan-put-forward-your-manifesto-for-us-to-support-you/
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    By all sorts of Professors. This comment to a Jaffna guy is a Professor of Computing at Michigan University. His is a “Public Letter” which is “open” for Comments..
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    This next is from a Professor of Transportation in the University of Moratuwa:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-fuel-price-hike-repositioning-transport-logistics-sector-to-lead-economic-recovery-in-sri-lanka/
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    It is the reproduction of a lecture, and not a letter at all.
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    This is an “Open Letter” by a Medical Doctor, whose father was a Prime Minister. She wants her “Minister brother” to resign from the current government; she has a list “open for signatures”.
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/an-open-letter-to-the-members-of-parliament/
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    Next is an article by a pseudonymous writer, who gives you an email address:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/gota-youve-got-blood-on-your-hands-awakening-of-national-conscience/
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    I wrote to that address eight weeks ago pointing out an error, and received responses, but don’t have a clue about the identity of the email owner.
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    200 Word Limit? No, 163 words.

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    Continuing for another 120 words.
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    “Selling the Nation’s Public Assets” by Sonali Wijeratane – no comments yet, is what I understand, but my computer shows one that I have submitted, visible on my computer, but invisible on yours, Jeevan.
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    The time is 5.24 am – time to hit the pillow, but getting confused by this:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/changing-pillows-to-cure-headaches-will-not-solve-the-financial-crisis/
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    Three comments, but four comments for this:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/changing-pillows-to-cure-headaches-what-led-to-the-current-economic-crisis-in-sri-lanka/

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    The pillow I mean is on my late mother’s bed in the “other room”; not in this room where four of you slept on two beds, with three other members of your family “under the beds”.
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    Thank God (where is he?) that I’m in Bandarawela and not in Angoda!

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    “No loans please until we have accountability.”

    I disagree.Let them give the loans.They are not going to get it back anyway.Whatever they give us is given for good.The next generation will not pay it back and tell the lenders to fuck off.

    Lenders too must learn to lend with responsibility.Let us see what they can do to us when we tell them to fuck off one day.We have already now told them to fuck off.They are scrambling to give loans to us now so that we can pay them later their earlier loans.It is a pyramid scheme.

    As for india they have got the adani terminal in colombo port,the trinco oil tanks and the northern adani windmills which were originally contracted to china.So let them pay some more through ‘loans’ which will never be paid back and considered as good will for our assets sold to them.

    India has only given us 2% of our total loan portfolio while china has given 10%,japan 13 % and world bank 14%.So let india also catch up and lose their money one day.

    The future generation will just tell these idiots”did we ask for all these loans from you.Was the correct parliamentary processes and feasibility studies done when you gave these loans to our corrupt governments.so take a hair cut of 25 % on the principal and no interst if you want these paid back”.After some time you can say “take another 25% haircut or fuck off”.

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      “The next generation will not pay it back and tell the lenders to f*** off.”
      If that is true, there is much hope for the country.

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    I sent this to my younger sisters.
    Leela responded pretty quickly with:
    “A fine letter and I too don’t think that the IMF should step in whilst these guys remain in power.
    “Will Hoole be heard?”

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      MF,
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      Believe or not, in the days to come, GOTA will have to step down. IMF or any other international bodies would not inovle with a chaotic govt.
      :
      There are growing speculations that GOTA is now taken refuge in an army camp. Mujibarahuman questioned, why a President who cant come to his office, to deny “his go home”.

      How many days GOTA could stay away from reacting – would not be longer than a few more days.

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      Manel
      I think that the IMF should never step in in the interest of the disadvantaged sections of the population.
      The pressure to go to the IMF is from the US and India. Is it because they love Sri Lanka?
      Have you studied the political conduct of Gota since his last visit to the US 6 months ago? Something is fishy.

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    Minister are running to every ware like to get money from the ATM machine.

    If we want to get loan from a sri lanka bank we have so many things to shoe owner monthly in come then the property ownership the land road then the medical report why was that report prepared chopping down a tree before sharpening the axe. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
    Shopping for loans will not work but for a long term strategy.

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    Calling Basil “Mr. Ten Percent” is underestimating him. The usual percentage was around 40%. On the Mannar and Jaffna railway tracks, the take was 300%.

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      Hi Sarath P.,
      What calling Basil 10%, or 40%
      The Norichcholai Power plant was signed in 2005 at USD 298 million.
      After change of presidency in November 2006, presidential election, the contract was resigned for USD 378 Million!!!
      a whopping 50% increase to accommodate the request of the critical decision maker demanding 50% commission without which the project contractor was shown the Door and no contract!!!!!
      Wonder of Asia!!!!

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    Was it not Winston Churchill who promised “blood, toil, tears and sweat”
    —————
    He was nothing but a fat freemason and didnt have to suffer, what the ordinary brits did.

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    The IMF needs to lay down just one condition if they are to bailout Srilanka………………..

    The Rajapaksa clan should hand over all movable and immovable assets all over the PLANET including the hard cash stashed away.
    Srilanka has $51 Billion as default. Subtract this from the Rajapaksa loot say $25 Billion and the balance should be A REASONABLE and RESPECTABLE AMOUNT FOR THE IMF to start the recovery of the economy.
    Out of Compassion every single member of the Rajapakse clan should be placed on the Samurdhi List at Medamulana after they surrender their unjust enrichment [ To use decent language!]

    Would this be a feasible proposition Prof: Ratnajeevan? Or would this be a scatterbrained idea?
    If you are happy I am happy……

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      It is a reasonable idea, but stopping corruption and demanding the return of looted money is not in the rule-books of IMF. If it did, standard of living in Switzerland will plummet. What is more likely is IMF will ask for scaling down the few things we could actually be proud of as Sri Lankans, thanks to the policies implemented in 40’s and 50’s.

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        SAV
        We should also learn from other peoples’ experiences with IMF.
        Kindly read even part of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” the semi-autobiographical book by John Perkins.
        Many countries of the global South have learned the hard way.

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          It seems that people want something to dream about.
          If it is the IMF that people want in their dreams, too bad.
          I do not fancy nightmares.

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    “It is our moment now to face suffering.”

    For three decades people in the country had gas, fuel, electricity but no PEACE due to the war declared by Tamils against the Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Nation and promoting Tamil terrorists to massacre Sinhala Buddhists in order to grab land belong to indigenous Sinhalayo in NE to create a separate State for Tamils in Yapanaya using a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’.
    Thanks to Rajapakshes, now people can protest without fear that they will be blown into pieces by Tamil suicide bombers, claymore bombs or indiscriminate shooting at civilians.

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    Well done Ratnajeevan Hoole. These powers want these corrupt racist war criminal leaders to remain in power in order to achieve their agenda and they are very easy to manipulate. This is the reason nothing is done in the UN and elsewhere, with regard to horrific war crimes, large-scale killings, and marginalization of the island’s Tamils and now the Tamil Muslims. Just talk and words about human rights and accountability but notice they always come to their aid and bail them out, as they want them in power. As you state the people will suffer and will come out of this mess but from these ashes or immense hardship, would have learned a good lesson never to trust scoundrels, racists, and war criminals, who deliberately divide and rule the island on basis of ethnicity, language and religion for their own benefit and amass immense wealth.

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      They should elect genuine competent leaders, who will treat everyone equally. Religion and these Buddhist monks and Cardinal should be kept out of politics. The constitution that institutionalizes Sinhalese Buddhist racism and supremacy, the root cause for all these problems, should be discarded and a new constitution was drawn up that treats everyone equally and gives preference to merit and not to ethnicity or religion. This should be the start of these ashes for future prosperity. However, this will not happen if this government is bailed out by IMF, India, China, or whoever, as they want their own agenda to continue to see someone similar to them installed in the government. The opportunists now deserting the Rajapaksa camp or the corrupt opposition with the same racist mindset. If these people are bailed out retained or come back to power nothing will change.

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    India is more worried of these criminal government instead of worrying about their millions of beggars. Modi government is no different to Rajapakshas. They are racists and corrupt too. Naturally India wants corrupt leaders in SL so that they could manipulate them with commissions. Indians send low quality stuff under their credit line and on the side pay santhosam to crooked Rajapakshas. After all the victims are the Sinhalese in paticular and Pakshas dont care a damn for them except voting time. I hope now these modayas would have realised that Pakshas Sinhala type buddhism and language and culture are nothing but bull shit. Pakshas know too well that the yellow robed crooks calling themselves as buddhist clergies can easily be bought for a pittance. These overfed guys dont understand the starving masses like the Pakshas. India wants to sell their off grade products to SL as a form of help and slowly invade SL like what China has done. When Pakshas finally run off to Uganda SL will be for total sale.

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    Guys please be reasonable and rational. Dollars are in short supply. The newly appointed ministers and deputy ministers need new luxury vehicles to serve the nathi bari dupath janadava under Rajapakshas. Also appachi needs money to go to Thirupathy and also to donate Thirupathiyan for merits. Al these days he paid from peopBaby is missing water sports and sky diving so dolars are needed in a hurry. Onyl a few days ago Appachchi told that he does not even have a dollar in his pocket. And Velupillai is very firm in not releasing with dollars stacked in Uganda too. So IMF is the only way out. That is why the other nariya Sabri who is famous for hiding the truth and perverting justice is sent to speak with IMF.

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    Dr Hoole is fearless in his criticisms, and very often right. But the question now is not about the evils of Rajapakshas, nor of the difficulty of attending a wedding dressed in kaanjipuram saree, but the sufferings lower down society. With hospitals running out of medicines and three wheeler drivers losing daily income, there is an emergency situation that has to be dealt with. So, I am minded to appreciate the second cousin returning from retirement to help with taking the begging bowl around (for that’s what the second cousin is schooled in). But when we are past the emergency situation, everything will be forgotten and we will be back to celebrating our 2000 year old civilization, I fear.

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    SAV
    “What next?” is not a comfortable question, but it is time that it is raised.
    I can reword it as “For whose benefit should G’s departure be?”

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      SJ: what would you like to see next?

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        SJ, SAV,

        “For whose benefit should G’s departure be?”

        Whenever a war criminal –particularly one who has no governing competencies other than using the military and a coterie of sycophants for everything — is removed from power, it is good for the country as a whole, regardless of who the next leader is. Of course, there won’t be any dramatic change in people’s lives, but getting the family mafia out of power is important.

        Personally, I would prefer some new leader to arise from the protest movement, but even people like Sajith, AKD, Harin, Ranjan, Eran W, Harsha won’t be as bad as the Rajapaska family.

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          Agnos,
          .
          You have said that you wouldn’t mind one of the following as the next President because any of them would be better than a Rajapaksa:
          .
          “Sajith, AKD, Harin, Ranjan, Eran W, Harsha”. Yes, I think that those are among the most probable. What have they got in common? Being Sinhalese. We have to face it; that is how racist we are. Caste does still matter to most Sinhalese, but it may be possible to overcome caste in 2024.
          .
          The likeliest of them, Sajith would be my least favourite. My first choice: AKD.
          .

          My prayer is that by 2035 or so, electing a Muslim or a Tamil may be a possibility. Shanikyan Rasamanikkam?
          .
          Just to bolster my claims to being liberal I advocate the following: Imtiaz Bakeer Marker, Kabir Hashim, Mano Ganeshan, etc – for 2024. But I know that to be impossible.
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          Possibility: Kumar Sangakkara.
          Demolished by Grusha Andrews, I know:
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/carcinogenic-kumar-thanks-but-no-thanks/
          .
          But he wouldn’t want Yehali and his kids to think of him as a crook. Come to think of it, from Bandarawela it looks as though he would fit in with the Galle Face Protests.

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            Thanks, S_M.

            I don’t think the Tamil people would worry about a Sinhalese leader being the President at this stage, as long as the person is fair-minded and humanistic in his/her approach. I am not keen on Sangakkara in politics because the rough and tumble of political life in Sri Lanka requires someone who is experienced in politics and is tough and thick-skinned enough.

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          Agnos
          That was a rhetorical question.
          It was not about replacing a bad egg with a less bad egg.

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        SAV:
        Democracy at grassroots level.
        That is some distance away

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    “Do you really want to put more money in these filthy hands for which the next generation will pay the price?”

    Hoole should have written such a letter to the Tamil Diaspora when the LTTE chased him out of Jaffna. Anyway, Sri Lanka is a democratic state. Gothabaya was elected in a democratic election. If he is overthrown in a coup, the IMF will be even less likely to offer a loan. So the optimal solution now is to work with Gothabaya to initiate necessary reforms. And then in the next election, choose a new President, depending on the people’s will. Of course, there are terror supporters who wish to see the country descend into permanent chaos, so they can blame “Sinhala Buddhism” and “Rajapakse.” These people spent 30 years lighting candles for suicide bombers and funding their terror operations. Gothabaya is their main enemy, as he put an end to the party. The WEDDING CRASHER.

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      Prof with all due respect to your academic and prfessional success and knowledge in the field of engineering. I am just question your ethical and moral to advocate not to accept govt position by scholars.

      When MR appointed you as VC to the University of Jaffna in March 2016, you haven’t reject it forthwith rather threat to your life force you to not assume duties. When you are the member of Election commission, not immediately resign when Mahinda Deshapriya playing games not to request US Embassey to confirm the citizenship of the presidential candidate GR from the Election Commission rather than individually.

      Now in what capacity you think 3 of the financial scholars appointed by the current regime should reject the post offerred by the current government is correct.

      This comment should not be look as a supporter to the R family.

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