14 November, 2019

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A Spooky Past, Haunts A Hero 

By Sarath de Alwis –

Sarath de Alwis

“I govern not as a general, but because the nation believes I possess the qualities needed for governing.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte 

“You are talking about the past. Let’s talk about the future. I am trying to be the president of a future Sri Lanka.” ~ Gotabaya Rajapaksa

He entered the contest as a man with a plan. Smartass detractors were nasty. ‘He is a man with a plan and a van’ they chuckled.   

Now, in the current crowded contest, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has eminently succeeded in rising above his competition. At his maiden press conference, he infused a clarity of vision typical of the man. Forget the painful past. Look to the exciting future.  

A leopard never changes its spots. It is impossible for opinionated people to change their character, even if they try very hard. Innate nature comes to the surface.

A journalist known for her incisive probing asked the former Secretary of Defense several follow up questions relating to the final phase of the civil war. 

The Presidential aspirant could not hold his   mercurial temper. He admonished the journalist with ill-concealed contempt characteristic of the man.  

You are talking about the past. Let’s talk about the future. I am trying to be the president of a future Sri Lanka.  

Philosopher and social theorist Max Weber identified three types of leaders and those aspiring to leadership roles in contemporary society – Traditional, Legal- Rational and Charismatic. 

Charismatic leadership derives power from a kind of trust and faith people are ready to bestow on the leader. A kind of messianic leader.

The traditional leader is someone who relies on established tradition and order. 

The third kind is the legal-rational leader. Such a leader is unreservedly grounded on clearly defined laws. A kind of leader we need today. 

In a modern democracy, the people demand a leader who respects the law. Such a leader does not forget either the past or the infringements that occurred in the past. 

Our current search is for a president who can reach common ground where,  consensus can be achieved on economic progress, national reconciliation and ethical governance. 

Max Weber’s analysis of modern society also recognizes the stark truth that a capitalist, market driven state must also contend with an unseen invisible bureaucratic authority. In a separate essay titled ‘Protestant Ethic and spirit of capitalism’ the German thinker dealt with the state bureaucracy  and  leadership style.   

It is essential that we read the character traits of our presidential candidates in terms of the character traits we expect in the ideal choice, if such was possible.  Otherwise we revert to the option of the lesser evil. 

Democracy is not about what Gotabaya wishes to either forget or sweep under the heavy carpet of authoritarian censorship. 

At this presidential election we cannot forsake the ideal of the democratic discourse situation that we now enjoy at the grassroots level. That is the only precious relic left of the victory we claimed in January 2015. 

What the country needs is a unifying leader who must exhibit both political will and charisma. 

We must make the right choice. We do not need either a villain or a hero. A President who can, together with parliament bring about social and political cohesion in the pursuit of public interest. 

There is no politics without promises. That makes politics the vocation of every humbug in town and the presidency a prize within their reach.  

Commitment to truth should or ought to be the indispensable quality of a man who wants to be president of the republic.  

Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants us to judge him on proven performance. That compels us to visit his past. Then he turns around to demand that we do not visit the shady nooks and dark corners of his past. 

His plea to forget the past is not about charting the future. It is about his commitment to a continued pursuit of the policy of falsifying history. Decent practitioners of democracy learn from the past. Refusal to revisit the past indicates obstinacy and arrogance – the protective shield of the coward and tyrant.   

Falsification of recent events is not new in politics. It is a feature of politics that relies on discarding rivals as traitors in the court of public opinion. 

Authority is not truth. On the contrary truth is the ultimate authority. 

His conduct of the war or his management of the war is not what concerns us. It is what he did after the war that concerns us most. 

When the war ended, the narrative identity of our civic nation was managed by a militarized bureaucracy with the aid of perception makers of exceptional talent who are now engaged 24×7 in making him the next president. 

Post-civil war public discourse was orchestrated by a regime that was ably assisted by an opposition that was patently servile and unrepentantly collusive. 

There is a reason for Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s firm grip on a sizeable section of the Sinhala Buddhist opinion. The Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency was a sharp contrast to the cosmopolitan and near bohemian presidency of Chandrika Kumaratunga. 

Political exploitation and manipulation of history by the ruling faction reached a level of unmatched perfection. Mahinda’s good fortune in defeating Prabhakaran was the result of the cease fire agreement. 

It compelled the terrorist to fight pitched battles defending real estate. As Mahinda himself once told the newspaper ‘The Hindu’ if they had not opted for conventional war defending territory, the LTTE terrorists would have fought much longer.  

Such doctrinaire logic and niceties of realpolitik was for the foreign press. Not for the domestic constituency.   

Political exploitation and manipulation of history became an artform in the post war years. The ruling faction used manipulation of events in the recent past  against the opposition. The opposition was responsible for the appeasement of an enemy that they finally eliminated from the face of the earth. 

One must give the devil his due. It was Gotabaya and his team of mind manipulators who were responsible for the conception and the success of this agitprop   project of creating the ‘heroic soldier syndrome’.   

An all-encompassing historical myth was imposed upon the whole society whose predominant Buddhist psyche was bought over by the idea of the great humanitarian endeavor of the ancient Sinhala tribe. It was the official truth and any negation or criticism was treason. 

The triumphant regime endowed with a monopoly of political power seized the opportunity that comes rarely in politics. It extended its monopoly over the interpretation of history itself. 

A fabricated history was imposed on the collective memory of the people.  It was a substitute for the lived experiences of the victors, the vanquished and the victims. 

That was the beginning of the authoritative autocracy.  An authoritarian regime cannot endure for long without producing the total lie.

Conversely, the total lie cannot survive without the authoritarian regime.

Gotabaya wants history written from his point of view. That is the point of view of the victors. The vanquished and the victims of war insist on their point of view. Neither party has a monopoly on truth.

When Gotabaya tells us that we must forget the past we brush it off as simple rhetoric of a clever or a not so clever politician ducking an inconvenient question. 

It is much more than that. The past holds so much information, so much wisdom and so much experiences that combined makes the soul of a nation. 

It is the past of a whole country, a whole nation and human civilization in general.

It’s very hard to get at this truth when you hear it first. Just take a second to think about it.

As decent humans, it is our compelling obligation to correct our mistakes and redress our follies. If we don’t, we are compelled to live the lie. We will never discover what is honest and true. 

There seems to be growing belief among the chattering class that hopes for a Gotabaya presidency that there is no such thing called the truth. 

A Gotabaya partisan recently advised me “Lasantha has been dead for ten years. It is time for you ‘vermin’ to move on and get a life! “

In his 2016 book ‘Edge of Reason’ the philosopher Jullian Baggini writes “If you think all criminals are crooks, you vote for the most effective crook.”

People have no problem distinguishing truth from lies.

We must know how to make the distinction between memory and history. Memory is the identification with the past. No matter what, you live with your memory. We must of course maintain a respectable distance from the past to avoid turning in to fossilized morons who confuse history with myth and legend.  

Memory helps us to remember what went wrong and what is worth repeating. Politicians are part of this process and should assess their own role. 

When dealing with the past we must not become integral to political dispute. Gotabaya obliterated all LTTE cemeteries in the north. By doing that, did he settle the issue of commemoration? Did he succeed in erasing memory? 

The Polish historian Andrzej Friszke points to the dual use of the past. “By its very nature, history, and especially recent history, is a very particular branch of learning. 

It exists in an uneasy relationship with the memories of those involved in the events concerned.

It can play an important role in either legitimizing or challenging a contemporary state, its regime and its ruling class”

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  • 22
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    every body will go missing like all the gota files.
    1.missing nic file/passport file/ millitary files/ mig files .and the tamil children missing?

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    In 2005 I would have said if you want to keep the territorial integrity of the country vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa. In 2019 I say if you want to keep the territorial integrity of the country vote for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

    Soma

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      somass

      “In 2005 I would have said if you want to keep the territorial integrity of the country vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa. “

      What has Teritorial Integrity got to do with Mahinda or Gota?

      It was Hindia that made sure the territorial integrity (whatever that is) with huge support from VP. It was VP who preserved this island’s sovereignty (whatever that is) from Invading Hindian forces (Innocent People Killing Force – IPKF).

      Leave the worrying about Territorial Integrity to Hindia. Let Hindians do the worrying.

      You better keep worrying about the accumulating wealth of the minorities. Once again you need to create a level playing field in the island hence there is an urgent need for a huge 1983 and a 1981. You should demand Gnanasara plays a leading role.

      Whatever Sinhala/Buddhist fascists do to the minorities there is always Subramanian Swamy to protect them, crooks, war criminals, ……and ready to fete them. ………………

      Go Ahead Punk… Make Your Day

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      Soma – ASS

      How are you going to keep something which dosent exist. If you are not Sovereign you have no intergity. India took charge of your Sovereignty when MR & Gotha sold it to the THE LOWERS BIDDER.It is now bearing fruit. Despite oppoition and in defiance India developed Jaffna International Airport and is flying Indian Airlines and it will soon be ferrying Indian miitaty personnel ( when Gotha takes charge of Sinhala Lanka ) at will. and MS gate crashed and was there as a SPECTATOR and not as a CHIEF guest. washing Intergrity down the Kelani River.
      Will be happy to take questions. any one

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    Jaffna library, 83′ Black July, 89′ Bheesanayaare and Nandikadal are the bookmarks of our post independence history. Decide for yourself which are the black pages and which is the only white page. And who were at the helm. (Of course the book is littered with a lot of grey pages too.) It is this history likes of Sarath Alwis are trying to blot out.

    Had the people taken a wrong turn in 2005 where would we be today?

    Soma

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      somass

      “Decide for yourself which are the black pages and which is the only white page. “

      Aren’t you still living in the dark ages missing human, philosophical, spiritual, scientific, technological …. developments altogether?

      Did you know the study and practical use of Artificial Intelligence has grown so fast and to such an extend it could already create/replicate dummy such as yourself and get things done. Also gene editing could educate you. Give it a try. One problem, you with your current racist stupid state of mind you will never understand human progress.

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        Artificial Intelligence………Veddass seems to have attended Sajith’s fake AI demo……..

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    He is a fake leader …
    No one like him except some crooks

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    “His conduct of the war or his management of the war is not what concerns us. It is what he did after the war that concerns us most”
    All right, write down bad things he did after the war and compare it with his contribution towards ending the 30 year war and totally eliminating the terror we lived under. We took different transport to work in order to save at least one parent to our children and at the last stages there was this paralysing fear of even drinking water sources would be poisoned. What ungrateful ******** these people are. (We are not voting for him out of any gratitude , we want to avoid the country being broken into Federal blocks and the dark period that entails.)

    Soma

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    I wish the writer has the time and energy to highlight the same type of infirmities of one candidate that others too possess. Yes! The hallmark of an undesirable is his/her intolerance to a different point of view to the extent of raising the temper to that of a viper. One has to look and see that they all are the different sides of the same dice. At the cost of repetition I state that there would be a dark age for human rights in Sri Lanka after the Presidential elections 2020.

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    Most Sri Lankans remember the atrocities, deaths & missing persons – and they are now trying to forget the past.
    But the relatives of those who were killed, died &/or disappeared remember.
    What are “the qualities needed for governing” does Gotabaya have?
    He cant govern people whom he wronged, cheated, plundered, arrested & incarcerated and caused to disappear. Some are still in jail without being brought before judges.
    He ran away to another country fearful of consequences, but now has come back through the back door & finds ‘supporters’ who will assist him in exchange for position & power.
    This is Lanka, a country where money & position will buy any man.

    He must be denied the top post, else, Ma Lanka is doomed.

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    SL will face economic sanctions, export restrictions, Right to Protect interference and international ‘pariah’ status (once again) if Gota unfortunately becomes president.

    People will lose what they take for granted now.

    The country will go back to the 1970-77 era.

    Do not vote for Gota!

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      You got up early to post this tripe? We already have economic sanctions (EU), export restrictions (US), Right to Protect interference (UN& Sooka) and international pariah status thanks to Yahapalanaya.

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    Sri Lanka is trying to Turn Over a new leaf as a Peaceful Country, Where All Ethnicities, Religions and Castes are Accepted as Citizens.
    Do we need a President whose only Qualification is that He destroyed a Minority Ethnic Group?
    No, We Need a President Who will Encourage All Ethnicities to Work together, to Bring Peace and Prosperity, to Our Beloved Sri Lanka

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    Agreed with most of your statements Sarath, However, it is a disgrace to quote a military geniuses such as Napoleon Bonaparte to our local politics. What past heroics do you seen in a MINNIMARUWA to be called a “hero”? Contrary to every aspect and aspiration of that brilliant commander Napolean, our Nandasena Gonnpart is an ideal character for a muppet show.

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    Let’s re-visit the memory that Sarath tries to twist and erase from our collective psyche. Let’s remember how our village folk were massacred in most cases by hacking said to be part of terrorist initiation process of new recruits. And remember we had “border” villages. Let’s also remember how our folk were bombed to pieces in buses, trains, bus stands, train stations. Let’s remember how our families had to travel separately so that all may not get killed in a single attack and some could survive. This is for how long? Almost 30 years (a generation). Somebody provided leadership to stop that carnage. That is a massive achievement a thousand Saraths cannot erase. An achievement unparalleled in modern history as attested by counter insurgency experts world over. The most significant enabler according to those experts is the cohesion between political leadership and the military leadership provided by MR and GR. They provided budgetary allocations so that the forces could be rapidly expanded allowing them open and fight in multiple fronts with modern weapons and training. They created a military leadership that was skilled, experienced and talented. They created the concept of “war hero” to boost the moral of the soldier and his standing in the society, they galvanised the nation (through village level bodhi poojas, blood donation campaigns etc) behind the security forces resulting in stopping desertions and increasing recruitment. Tactical changes were adopted in the battle field such as special forces units of four and eight men who created havoc behind enemy lines, small boat squadrons that matched the maneuverability of the enemy small craft. The leadership provided by Gotabaya from his part cannot be erased which ever way Saraths try. Ranil’s CFA officially recognised a separate territory within the country with a border and controlled by an army different to state forces. Sarath says that helped to win the war! What a logic!

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      Helass

      “Let’s also remember how our folk were bombed to pieces in buses, trains, bus stands, train stations.”

      I envy your selective amnesia.

      Let us also remember how our folks were bombed to pieces in buses, trains, bus stands, train stations, homes, temples, churches, mosques …. burned/buried alive in 1958, 1971, 1977, 1983, between 1987 and 1991, over 30 years, .raped, humiliated, detained, starved, ………… arrested, tortured killed, tyre pyre, ……………. massacred Welikada 1983 & 2012, Kalutara Prison 1997, ….Chunnakam Police station massacre of civilians in custody, Jaffna 1974, Weliweriya protests 2013, Protesting fishermen killed 2012, …….. gun fired at workers in Katunayake, ………… and the numerous massacres by the Sri lankan security forces and imported/invading IPKF, ….

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        Veddass,

        I have merely pointed out the selective amnesia demonstrated by your buddy Sarath……..Why are you jumping……?

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      Hela, you are talking about how people in the south lived, going separately in vehicles etc. to guard themselves from some perceived or unexpected danger.But people in the North and East had to live day and night 24 hours under real danger of being bombed to death from the barbaric srilankan forces on land as well as from aerial bombing and by the navy. Srilankan rapist forces never stopped to think that it is their own people they were eliminating in the killing fields. Recall the massacres of school children that airforce killed in Nagarkoil(36 children), Sencholai(120 children) in addition to those killed randomly on a daily basis for the entire 30 years of war. Kumarapuram massacre, Mailanthanai massacre, Kumuthini boat attack, Vantharumoolai 75 youngsters killings, Sathurukondan massacre massacre of 45 peasants, Trincomalee 5 student murder, Muthur ACF 17 aidworkers killings, Bindunuwewa refugee camp killings of 26 youngsters detained for not posessing NIC, Welikada massacre of prisoners in 1983 in addition to hundreds of those killed in state engineered pogroms of 1983, 1977, 1958 etc. The list goes endlessly and committed by the armed forces and the police all unmistakably belonging to the state apparatus. If this is not state terrorism, what is it? Just because the Sate disinformation sector, the partisan press and media and the chauvinist self proclaimed journalists blurt out ad nauseam their diatribe against LTTE and Tamils, the truth cannot be hidden forever. Killings by LTTE pale into insignificance when compared to that of the Srilankan armed forces . Not even a fraction of what our Ranawirus had committed. Have you ever come across an LTTE soldier alleged to have raped a woman,Sinhalese or tamil? To the contrary, numerous cases have been reported about Srilankan forces committing rape and torture.

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        Pluto,

        It was a Tamil leader who proclaimed that LTTE killed more Tamils than the SL security forces……………..You can go on whitewashing them but the memory remains……

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      My salute to you. There is place in hell for these ungrateful ********.

      Soma

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        soman

        “My salute to you.”

        Soon you may have to learn to mimic Hitlergruß (The salute is performed by extending the right arm from the neck into the air with a straightened hand.) hoever in your case it would be Gotagruß (Gota salute).

        Heil Gotler or
        ආයුබෝවන්, ගොට්ලර්

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      Granted all that is true, Hela, but not everyone accepts that the ability to win a war automatically means one has the wherewithal to “win” the peace.
      Churchill was hailed for his leadership in the Second World War, and was immensely popular, but two or three months after V.E. day, the general election went hugely against him and brought in the Labour politician Clement Attlee as prime minister.
      Ever grateful to Churchill for his military achievement, the majority of British voters did not allow this to blind them to his probable unsuitability for peacetime leadership.
      So it was under a Labour leader that the rebuilding of Britain took place, and, coupled with the hardships of rationing, etc., the country went on to build one of its most humane features, the welfare state — hardly something that the die-hard Conservative Churchill would have cared to resource.

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        Hi Manel,

        Same thing occurred in SL with throwing out MR dispensation and replacement of it by yhapalanaya. That experiment in Sri Lanka has utterly failed. On the other hand Gota proved his mettle in civilian affairs when he managed UDA and made Colombo as the fastest growing capital. Gota can “win” the peace if Tamil leadership is willing to partner……..It is not a one way street………

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      Hela

      What rubbish are you talking talking about. You started killing us way back in 1958 during the first race riots when I lost my uncle. You kill for a living and we killed to survive. I am not prepoared to take lectures from you Idiot.

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        Kali,

        Though you don’t want to hear……Sinhalese too were killed in 1958. It was a result of the separatist politics of your ancestors long before SL got independence in 1948. Ponnampalam Arunachalam talked about Eelam long before 1948. Tamil state party (ITAK) was established to propagate the creation of an exclusive Tamil state in 1949.

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    Sajith wants to take the country to the past to his Dad’s era……..What is the memory we have? Tyre pyres, burnt bodies on the roadside, and floating on rivers, huge birthday tamashas every year using the entire govt machinery, presidential thrones, shaven eye brows, virgin milk baths etc etc. Sajith is already talking about his “sri mukhaya” a preamble to what could be expected…………..Sarath doesn’t seem to want us to visit that memory.

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    Let’s re-visit our memory of how JVP acted when they had certain powers………They once obtained power through arms. Those days they could close whole townships from a single chit. That’s the power they had. They could terrorise villages and towns with their arms. How did they use that power? A compilation of stats by reputed journalist Dharman Wickramaratna shows, during that time UNP govt and JVP killed 722 Buddhist monks (UNP govt-681, JVP-41), 16 media personnel (JVP-9, UNP govt-7), 15 lawyers (JVP-7, UNP govt-8), 43 activists of Communist party and 22 activists of LSSP killed by JVP,……….It sounds like they (JVP and UNP govt) were playing elle or baseball! I have separate experiences of how JVP used intimidation, thuggery and murder among university students. That is the legacy Anura Kumara is carrying and to date they have not done proper critical self evaluation that is expected from revolutionary parties. Of course AKD has discarded his red shirt and no socialism can be heard from his stage either. We use Sarath’s logic of not to forget the past………..

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    Sajin Vaas Gunewardena was on Sajit’s UNP stage yesterday!
    Did you read the comments made by Sri Lankans in Sinhalese on several Websites about it? People have not forgotten his past but what affects the voter is his connection with the UNP today! Is the UNP so desperate?
    Your analysis has food for an undergrad’s term paper on leadership qualities, but it has nothing much to change the minds of the people of Sri Lanka.
    As Gota has clearly mentioned his plans would be for the future; and people want a president for their future and not for the past! He has proven that he was a leader with leadership qualities who could deliver! That’s why Gota is in the forefront of the race.
    About getting mad at journalists, take an example from former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Please read how he handled the press during the Quebec issue. Take another example from Canadian PM Jean Chretien who assaulted a noisy demonstrator right in front of Parliament Hill! Do you think just because of their temper, they were branded thugs (just like you try to do for Gota)? Just for your knowledge, let me note that Jean Chretien was more popular than before after the alleged assault and was elected prime minister for 3 times!
    I never say we need a thug for the job but we definitely need a combination of Canada’s Trudeau and Chretien!
    I like your critical articles but just be fair for everyone!

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    “A journalist known for her incisive probing asked the former Secretary of Defense several follow up questions relating to the final phase of the civil war.

    The Presidential aspirant could not hold his mercurial temper. He admonished the journalist with ill-concealed contempt characteristic of the man.

    You are talking about the past. Let’s talk about the future. I am trying to be the president of a future Sri Lanka.”

    Very good answer to these journalists and Wellala Malabaris who keep on digging into the past related to war.

    If Gotabhaya wins he should tell the racists ‘Para’ Wellala Malabaris to keep their mouths shut about the war and separatism and join to develop the country. If not get lost to other side of the Palk Strait.

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    All these people have come to the centre of the stage because Ranil monopolised the UNP leadership for 30 years, and did not deliver !

    He failed with the LTTE and biggest challenge we faced.

    He failed to fight corruption and ended up embroiled in the biggest corruption in independent Sri Lanka.

    He thought national leadership something that can be handled by a small coterie of old boys in Colombo 7.

    Almost all of them have proved to be slimy crooks or chaps cashing in on the easy ride that Ranil gave them.

    The UNP lost its morals and standards under Ranil.It became a Colombo based party for crooked lawyers and businessmen.

    So many left the UNP disgusted with Ranil and his pretentious ways ( pretending to be like a Socrates !) and secretive manipulations ,all for his benefit.

    Now he wants to be the prime Minister even under the next president !

    How do you think people will see this ?

    On this issue will rest the election results.

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    Truth is a relative term. What’s true to the righteous is a blatant lie for the crooks.
    ..
    Hero or Zero depends on your perspective towards life. Some people believe all crooks can easily be angulimala’s.
    ..
    I wonder who helped Gota to become one???

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    I thought White Vans were imported in 1987 by the UNP President Candidates dear dearted Dad.
    And put in to good use to transport Anura Kumara’s Party supporters to Batalanda Auschwitz when the current UNP PM was a senior Member of that Cabinet…

    Anyway I wonder whether that Lady journalist from Moobai or is it Thamil Nadu , would have asked the PM in India , whether he knew about those thousands of Muslims who got massacred under his watch?..

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “whether he knew about those thousands of Muslims who got massacred under his watch?..”

      As far as the Hindians are concerned they don’t give two hoots about religion. They would kill anyone if they believe they needed to, like their Sinhala/Buddhist fascist brethren. Look at Hindian Hindutva history, they never spared a person’s life on religious basis. You could compare Sinhala/Buddhist fascists to VP’s fascist, have you ever heard your Thamby the psychopath VP ever sparing a life for religious reason? –
      Actually your Thamby VP, Sinhala/Buddhist fascists, .. Hindians do deeply believe in equality of death they killed all and sundry.

      “I thought White Vans were imported in 1987 by the UNP President Candidates dear dearted Dad.”

      Lalith Athulath S**t Barrel Bomb Mudali was the Minister National Security and Deputy Minister of Defence from March 1984 to January 1989. He must be the Harvard “BRAIN” behind s**t bomb and white vans. Probably the White vans were bought by him to fight a caste war against Kessal Watte Kid’s family and other fellow dalits.

      How did he spare you?

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    confusing myths and legend with history is part and parcel of sri lankans psyche

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    A decent and honourable person will first clear his/her name (from alleged criminalities) before seeking public Office. But not so NGR! A clear demonstration and manifestation of his character! He is not a fit and proper person to hold the highest Office in Sri Lanka .Remember folks he is mentally and physically sick! He is perhaps seeking Office not to lead and save the country but to save his own skin (from litigation and possible incarceration). What a despicable human being! Hopefully the wise voters will see through his shenanigans.

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    How telling is it that De Alwis borrows from Max Weber, the so-called father of the so-called theory of the Protestant Work Ethic.
    In reality he was a colonial rogue , a German Jew, and a stupid idiot who tried to explain British invasions of the world and aggression on the grounds of some quality’ inspired by Protestantism.
    =
    He ignored that Brtish Protestantism was not even a religion but a grouping of personal need created by a syphilitic Henry VIII.
    =
    So our colonial boot lickers still venerate these MFing rogues in aid of calling for their agents to rule us!
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    This is the end Alwis. Take it lying down like a colonial lackey.

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    Try this experiment for yourself. Give all the “TIPS” and “TOOLS” to achieve your “DESIRED GOALS” in the future; BUT tell him one single thing to do to “SUCCEED”:- For good “FORGET YOUR PAST”. You will ALL THE TIME keep reminding yourself of that “Advice” viz. “FORGET THE PAST”. This is the “MISTAKE” Gotabaya Rajapakse – the Presidential Contestant did at the very first Press Briefing. Isn’t that “Advice” – “FORGET THE PAST” that the people are more talking of rather than his “Policy/Plans”.

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    A man whose citizenship is still questioned, an ugly past with accusations of murders, people missing, white vans, ill gotten gains, pending cases in courts accusing him of serious crimes, an entire family enriching themselves off a presidency, lies, attacks on journalists, and suspected of being involved in ethnic violence through the BBS goons – all good reasons to NOT elect him, and allow the Rajapaksas, back in power again.

    It is utterly foolish to think they are going to change their ways, and make the biggest mistake by voting for this lot again, Sri Lankans. Learn from the past, which he wants you to forget.

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    Lanka Hospitals had the stamp of GR. There was 4 large pictures of diferent religiuos dignitaries. There was a commpo0n p[rayer room for all Religions where different relegouspeople could pary together. Foriegnrs were encouraged tpo use our faciolities. Lowering rates forced down rates in o9ther hospitals. This indeed a place of unity as it can be seen in people of all communitieds are siding with GR.
    There wilol be justice34 to all.

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    “Mahinda’s good fortune in defeating Prabhakaran was the result of the cease fire agreement.”

    This is incorrect. Many ceasefires were made with Prabhakaran. Each time, the LTTE came back stronger. The fact is, the LTTE was never a formidable military force. It only appeared that way because of CBK’s absolute incompetence. Under JR, the LTTE was on the verge of defeat until “paripu drop” and illegal Indian invasion, which forced the SLA to retreat to their barracks. Premadasa was ultimately assassinated and CBK came to the scene. Elephant Pass, Mullaitivu, Kilinochi – all of these losses were under her reign. She nearly lost Jaffna. Under Mahinda’s watch, the biggest “loss” was the attack on the Anuradhapura Airbase. There were no significant territorial losses. Unfortunately, the LTTE lasted long enough for the Tamil diaspora to become enamored with the idea of a separate state. Some NGO’s, human rights lawyers, and even India and Norway followed this line of thinking. Now, what is interesting, is that Gotabaya’s military career dates to the 1970’s. He would have known the LTTE’s strengths and weaknesses first-hand, having fought under legendary generals like Denzil Kobbekaduwa. CBK’s incompetence probably came as a shock and embarrassment to him. The chance to rectify matters came with Mahinda’s appointment in 2005. As he said, “we ended a 30 year civil war in 5 years.” The key word is “ended.” The means and method don’t matter, from a military perspective. In war, there is a winner and loser. The war was not fought by journalists, so going back and forth on “human rights” issues is a useless exercise. The LTTE itself did not follow any Geneva Convention.

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    What unbelievable nonsense from a man who has probably not seen the rest of the world in 30 year. Someone get Alwis a coach class ticket to travel to China, Malaysia or for that matter any part of Far East and see the massive development that is taking place and hopefully stop his blabbering on this forum. Alwis is wallowing in the potential past misdeeds and resultant collateral damages of a man who he cannot help admit also brought peace to the country with his then President brother. Now is that not worth tend of billions in GDP to the country? All the investments, tourism, that comes to Lanka can only come if the country is peaceful. Is that not the need of the hour to keep Lanka afloat? Why is this so difficult to understand for mature men like Alwis?

    Get over your senility Alwis, Lanka needs a vision for the future. Looks like the people think Gotaby can deliver on some version of a future vision. So let the people decide. Even in the UK no one is talking about the massacres of innocents in 17-19 centuries by the British (including tens of thousands in Sri Lanka). and the abhorrent deeds of colonialism. Yes, it happened, and LTTE were ruthless mass murders. Sure some collateral damages happened, some “journalists” disappeared, but Lanka cannot live in that past. Move on Lanka, seize the future, and if Gotaby is your man, elect him and work to build the country.

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      My point is I want to forget about all murders Britain did in Ceylon and want to bring them back and let them to run the country.

      Sinhala Intellectual are only Modaya Cuckoos know only to cry Coooo Coooo. It was proven history Ceylon stood above other Asian nations when they were running the country.

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    Comrade Sarath,
    The selection of words in your title “Past” and “Hero” is an insult, disgusting and offensive to even associate with a psycho.
    I write in Sinhala because a majority of our Sinhalese can never get this into their heads whether it be full or empty in their heads to understand this fact.
    “සිංහයා බලු වී , බල්ලො සිංහයන් වෙන්න යන්නේ මේ රටේ විතරයි” (This is the only country where lion that had the chance, debased to the level of dogs, and now those rabid dogs are allowed to resurrect and rebrand to the level of Lions). We can avoid this apocalypse if the Sinhala intelligentsia and all other minorities unite by not voting for a මිණිමරු (murderer), සයිකො (psyco) ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ (Goatabaya Rajapaksha).
    Napolean said that ” a strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.” Isn’t it ironic comrade Sarath that Gotabaya has neither sense nor mind?

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      Deshapremiya seems to be a former member of Deshapremi Janatha Vyaparaya. Jayawewa…!

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    Part 1

    Sarath
    *** Although I will class you as a late developer I give you credit for this piece as you have risen to the occasion putting behind any prejudices you may have haboured. If the Nation takes your advice and votes for a man who can right the wrong we can move on as one people under a unitary state. But we must have the means at our disposal to preserve our heritage and avoid the horrors of “ Krishanthi. Develop the North and enjoy freedom.
    1) Now, in the current crowded contest, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has eminently succeeded in rising above his competition. At his maiden press conference, he infused a clarity of vision typical of the man. Forget the painful past. Look to the exciting future.
    “ At a Press Conference on 15 October 2019, Presidential Candidate of the SLPP, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, dismissed Sri Lanka’s commitments to our citizens on human rights, rule of law, and processes for truth-seeking, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence including Resolution 30/1. He also dismissed the need to address the grievances of families from all parts of our country whose loved ones including security forces personnel are missing. With the arrogance of an authoritarian regent, he remarked that the “people in the North and East have more important issues: jobs, education, etc, and we can’t hang on to old things; we have to move forward”. By saying this, he claimed that he and he alone knows what is best for each and every individual citizen in this country including how they should think and feel including in the face of personal tragedy.

    *** It may sound shocking but if you take it into context coming from a man who made Karuna who single handedly killed 2000 soldiers a minister one can understand where he is coming from. For him it is all about wielding power and he doesn’t care a damn about the widows who were created by Sinhalese brutality for the last 71 years/

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    Part 2

    2) A journalist known for her incisive probing asked the former Secretary of Defense several follow up questions relating to the final phase of the civil war. The Presidential aspirant could not hold his mercurial temper. He admonished the journalist with ill-concealed contempt characteristic of the man. You are talking about the past. Let’s talk about the future. I am trying to be the president of a future Sri Lanka.

    *** No doubt this interview would have been scrutinized by the Indian Establishment and no doubt that will influence the way they deal with Gotha if elected.

    3) Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants us to judge him on proven performance. That compels us to visit his past. Then he turns around to demand that we do not visit the shady nooks and dark corners of his past. His plea to forget the past is not about charting the future. It is about his commitment to a continued pursuit of the policy of falsifying history. Decent practitioners of democracy learn from the past. Refusal to revisit the past indicates obstinacy and arrogance – the protective shield of the coward and tyrant.
    *** Gotha is claiming credit for something which he wouldn’t have achieved without Indias crucial help. I still maintain that without Indias input the LTTE would never have been beaten and Gotha was a willing partner.

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    Part 3

    4) It compelled the terrorist to fight pitched battles defending real estate. As Mahinda himself once told the newspaper ‘The Hindu’ if they had not opted for conventional war defending territory, the LTTE terrorists would have fought much longer.
    *** With all due respect two corrections . We were not terrorists. We were “ Freedom Fighters” . Conventional war is between two nations and two separate armies and we were neither and all we had a formidable Guerilla fighters fighting within a confined space.

    5) One must give the devil his due. It was Gotabaya and his team of mind manipulators who were responsible for the conception and the success of this agitprop project of creating the ‘heroic soldier syndrome’.
    Agreed but you must add the Indian Input which was the deciding factor and there is no getting away from it.

    6) The triumphant regime endowed with a monopoly of political power seized the opportunity that comes rarely in politics. It extended its monopoly over the interpretation of history itself. A fabricated history was imposed on the collective memory of the people. It was a substitute for the lived experiences of the victors, the vanquished and the victims.
    *** This was to consolidate their Grip on Power but there was a receptive audience ..
    7) That was the beginning of the authoritative autocracy. An authoritarian regime cannot endure for long without producing the total lie.
    *** All good things come to an end. Nothing is for ever. Empires Come and Go
    8) When Gotabaya tells us that we must forget the past we brush it off as simple rhetoric of a clever or a not so clever politician ducking an inconvenient question.
    *** That is because he listens to “ Karuna “ his mentor.
    9) As decent humans, it is our compelling obligation to correct our mistakes and redress our follies. If we don’t, we are compelled to live the lie. We will never discover what is honest and true.
    *** Reading the above fills

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