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A Story Of Shadows    

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” ~ “1984” – George Orwell

The purpose of language is to inform, clarify and explain. Impacting public perception is the purpose of a media release. Laborious language is used to obfuscate and mislead. None knew this better than George Orwell – the genius who invented those classic expressions – ‘newspeak’ ‘doublespeak’ and ‘Ministry of Truth’. 

Before he wrote his famed “Nineteen Eighty-Four” he published a brilliant essay – “Politics and the English Language”.

In that essay he traced how warped minds of the power elite resort to bloated and vacuous language to serve their own purposes.

This brief essay is about my effort to reach a Comprehensive Understanding of a Rebuttal of Reprehensible Allegations. In the process I am desperate to avoid going bonkers.  

On Saturday 9th September the Ministry of Defense issued a media release captioned “Official Rebuttal to Chanel 4’s Reprehensible Allegations Regarding the Easter Sunday Attack”.

The next day Sunday 10th September the Presidential Media Division issued a press release “President to conduct a comprehensive analysis of all open information correlated to the Easter attack”.  

The Ministry of Defense Press Release is bluntly decisive and stubbornly conclusive. 

“On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Defense hereby categorically refutes these false allegations and reiterates the government’s unwavering commitment to the truth, justice and the well-being of the Nation.” 

The Presidential Media Division release offers an assurance, a pledge and infuses a sense of gravitas. It undertakes or commits to a “comprehensive approach aimed at providing lawmakers with a comprehensive understanding of the situation, paving the way for well informed and decisive action. 

We are in truly troubling times. The process of recovery from going broke has taught us the terms debt optimization, governance audit and asset quality review. 

The language relied on by the Defense ministry and the Presidential Media Division recalls the superlatively astute essay by George Orwell.  

Post ‘Channel 4 dispatches’ has taken us to another highpoint. Now we must undertake a comprehensive understanding of a rebuttal of a reprehensible allegation. 

Orwell told us that insincerity is the greatest enemy of clear lucid language.  

“When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.” 

Some years back, while on holiday in Indonesia, I watched Indonesia’s’ famed shadow puppetry which is called ‘Wayang Kulit”. 

It is a mesmeric experience. A single person holds your attention. He is called the ‘Dhalang’ which means master puppeteer. 

The master puppeteer is both narrator and manipulator. The puppets are made of buffalo hide. You don’t watch the puppets, You watch their shadows. 

All puppets are on strings held by the master puppeteer. His right-hand counters his left hand. The story is about good and evil. The Shadows of souls perform on the illuminated screen which is supposed to be ‘heaven’ .    

The puppet master manipulated the puppets to dance, walk, laugh, and cry with his deft finger movements. 

The Master Puppeteer bellows out loud and angry sounding words and soft soothing words. Most stories are either from Maha Bharatha or the Ramayana.  

This ancient art form is an integral part of Indonesian culture and is traced to its Hindu-Buddhist period. UNESCO in 2003 declared this art of Wayang Kulit as a masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. 

It is all about manipulating light against darkness. Light reveals a story of shadows. 

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    At present, do we really a true Democratic Country or one of a KAKISTOCRACY.?
    GoSL should stop trying to DECEIVE both international countries as well as it’s OWN citizens. I still don’t understand why Easter Bombers waiting for the Tamil sermons to start to enter the church premises. They wanted to affect more Tamils!
    Harming your own countrymen is the most HEINOUS CRIME one can commit.
    How can that person be called PATRIOTIC?
    Shadow Puppetry of ancients myths is one thing and it can not be compared to the current happenings over theFOUR OR FIVE DECADES.

    • 10
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      Yes even when they were targeting the Catholic/Protestant Christians, you can see they were mainly targeting the Tamil Catholic and Protestant Christians and were trying their best to avoid the Sinhalese Christians. Three churches were targeted. The Kochikade church was hit when the Tamil mass was taking place, therefore the victims were all Tamil Catholics. The Protestant church in Batticaloa would have been 100% Tamil. Only the church in Negombo had a predominance of Sinhalese Catholic victims, but it is also widely believed that the suicide bomber inadvertently targeted the wrong church, Instead of a church where the mass was to be held in Tamil, or the correct church at the wrong time, and bombed during the Sinhala mass instead of the Tamil mass.

      • 9
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        However, this is Negombo and even many of the so-called Sinhalese or people attending the Sinhalese mass would have been Tamil Catholics. One of the grandmother or mother stated during the memorial service, for the victims held in Negombo, that although she is nominally a Sinhalese . she is far more fluent and at home with Tamil. This is the reason they carefully selected these areas, instead of 100% actual Sinhalese areas, as they wanted to inflict most of the damage on Tamil Christians and not on Sinhalese Christians. Even when killing Christians there had to be more damage to the Tamils, this is why they waited for the Tamil services or masses to begin in mixed areas or selected a Tamil area like Batticaloa. Killing Christians for political gain also had to have a racial tone. This itself proved who were the masterminds behind this. Actual Islamic Jehadhis would not have cared about the ethnicity but someone wanting a political comeback would have, wanted the least amount of damage done to his or her fellow Sinhalese, whose votes he or she relies on and their fellow ethnic kin. Tamils on the other hand are expendable and will never vote for them.

        • 6
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          This guy can’t get to the point directly with simple words/language …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuX-8WdPYIU

          His father did the same …….. stretched a 15 minute speech into 3 hours by giving 10 different words for the same Sinhala word ……. it was more a lesson in the Sinhala dictionary than anything else ……… all the while, far away from home, all Lankan goodies Kavum, Kokis etc stacked in front of us and unable to tuck in …… excruciating: that’s the height of pain, Native! ….. Only worse, a monkey sliding down a tree using his balls as brakes ……..

          If he wants an international investigation for the Easter Bombings …….. why is everyone opposed to an international investigation into the government/LTTE atrocities during the conflict? …….. Looks like someone got something to hide ………

          • 5
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            Native,

            “Only worse, a monkey sliding down a tree using his balls as brakes ……..”

            Now that you are carrying Ranil’s balls ………. be careful ……

            • 2
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              nimal fernando

              Who are Tamils? Origin and history of Tamils
              “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMWk1nyGmX4”

              Do you agree with the above version of history?

              If you don’t why not?

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                Native,
                I don’t know about you, but I am sick of listening to computer-generated American voices dubbed on to make fake history sound authoritative. I like the bit where the narration says: “Tamils trace their origins to …….regions of Sri Lanka”, showing a map with the central highlands.

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                Native,

                Why should I be interested in the origins of Tamils? …… As far as I’m concerned, irrespective of origin, …… all citizens are Lankans and should have the same/equal rights.

                Besides …… I don’t know my own origin …… beyond my grandparents, I don’t know any of my ancestors. I feel I know the people on this forum, none of whom I’ve met, better than my ancestors!

                Who mixed with whom in all those passionate ancient nights?

                Someday in the future …….. by 2048 ……. all Lankans’ origin will be traced back to Old Codger …… the busy man he is!

            • 4
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              nimal fernando

              “Only worse, a monkey sliding down a tree using his balls as brakes ……..”

              Initially did you mean cry baby Sarath Weerasekera, the prince of darkness, and the admiral without a fleet, …?

              He raised very important question yesterday.
              He as the National Security House Committee head asked “why Diaspora doesn’t want India and TNA investigated”?
              (https://island.lk/national-security-house-committee-head-asks-why-diaspora-doesnt-want-india-and-tna-investigated/)

              Forget the TNA, however was he serious about investigating Hindians? Don’t you think it is your responsibility to stop him from scratching his b***s while eating from Hindian emergency food relief?

              • 4
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                NV,
                “King Kong Modaya” is trying to “KILL THE GOOSE THAT LAYS THE GOLDEN EGGS”!!???
                Ulterior motive of making SL to become fully submerged in chorusing “Chinese-Melancholy”
                Is it for the sake of his EGO or to prove that he is an unmatched “BOOT LICKER”, to ensure ‘OPEN SESAME’ passage to Premiership after next elections!!??? whatever, despicable idiot, shudder to think how many more thousands of such ‘calibre’ were in the SLN, for this Nincompoop to become – ‘Fleet Admiral servicing the rear’!!!???

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            Nimal,
            “Only worse, a monkey sliding down a tree using his balls as brakes ……..”, and
            “Why is everyone opposed to an international investigation (II) into the government/LTTE atrocities during the conflict? …….. Looks like someone got something to hide?”
            Good question, but hard to answer, because the majority (Government per se) has always exhibited too much ‘FLUIDITY’ in their Mindset and also varying ‘time-to-time’!!!?? No consistency!!?
            2015 – Mangala declared agreement for International Investigations (II) to UNHRC – doubt he didn’t get cabinet approval!!!?? In 2015 after parliamentary election the Head ‘Naluwa’ – ex Grama Sevaka turned President of the Republic, awoke from slumber and derided the suggestion of II??? Why??? we had foreign Judges for SWRDB assassination, but denied, for mass killings of 2005 to 2014!!??
            Which Law changed??? None!!!
            Probably, time becoming under MaRa’s influence!!! SELF-SERVING!!??
            2009-12, had famous (IICEP) , under MaRa!!?? LLRC headed by Retd. AG, C R de Silva, with foreign observers!! The ‘Purple dresser’ wanted a local Investigation, then few months ago, change of mind to call II, which he has now aborted seemingly for a Local Investigation without Foreigners!!! he forgets that he internationalised the Matter, by going to the Pope!!??

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              NV,
              My earlier comment has erroneously addressed the comment to Nimal, whereas it should be NV!
              The second is, it is, The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, abbreviated to IIGEP! and NOT IICEP as stated therein!

  • 7
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    Why a great Human-Rights fighter like Native Vedda supports the great man Ranil! ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh7yZZN2oz0


    The great consistency that’s responsible for the tremendous development the country has achieved today …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx7za5V0dWE

    • 9
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      Thanks, nimal, for you brilliant selection of videos for us. The 17 minutes of Mandela was in English, and all must listen to it, please.
      .
      The second video of three plus minutes is in Sinhalese. Uncle and Nephew talking down to us. A Tamil who understands some Sinhalese ought to translate that, and put it here for us.

      .
      The Tamil must not be too long, and there must be some English in it; else the moderators will not be able to pass it in.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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        Sinhala_Man

        “Thanks, nimal, for you brilliant selection of videos for us. “

        Mandela was great human being and a champion of democracy, human rights, loyal to those who supported the struggle, … forgave all those White oppressors.

        However our mate nimal supports and admires (one of our home breed psychopaths) VP. How would you reconcile nimal’s loyalty to VP and his admiration for Nelson?

  • 16
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    No kidding. Anyone interested see the picture stories in today’s DM, captioned ” DO YOU SLEEP WELL NOW “???? . After defeating NCM , a heart to heart conversation with Sadguru was hosted by none other than Keheliya at the Marino Beach Hotel. Lanka like no other . . . . . . . Silly, Stupid and Sorry .

    • 20
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      If interested in more puppet shows , see online article on today’s Island ” Mr. Konga-hage , former ambassador to Germany, Switzerland, ex HC in South Africa, one time UNP national list MP, who also held key position in media ( no kidding ) as Chairman Rupavahini, Director Sirasa, claims ” Channel Four tricked him into giving an interview”. For more fun, see article.

      • 19
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        Reportedly ( not verified ) a lady from East, arranged by Pillayan, has filed case against whistle-blower Mowllana , stating ” he married her after producing false documents’. Back to old tricks. The case is filed at Kalmunai courts and the lady is from Sainthamaruthu.

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        Though he did a TWO hour interview in December 2022, he now claims “he was tricked and did not realize it was channel 4 program until it was telecast” (if not, he would have given altered facts ???). I guess even an imbecile can be the chairman of Lankan Idiot Box. Commenting on the spate of killings and attacks during Mahinda tenure, he said “country was paying a heavy price for the failures of successive governments in findings the killers and attackers of Lasantha, Keith, Upali . T and Poddala, those who are responsible should be punished regardless of their standing”. He also strongly criticized Gotha for releasing murderer Sunil .Rat who was found guilty by courts of killing 8 civilians in 2000. He told “Such rash decisions contributed to deterioration of Lankan standing in international community”. Now that, channel 4 is out, SOB is trying to wriggle out. Same with Mowllana too. All what he said is true and now Lankans are trying to question the character of Man Friday instead of Pillayan who claims to have killed hundreds of civilians. Country and citizens like no other.

    • 3
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      “a heart to heart conversation with Sadguru”
      Where does Sadguru come from I wonder!
      Where does he have the biggest following? A country like no other, silly, stupid and sorry?

      • 9
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        Comparative analysis of a Scientific minded ??????

        • 9
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          FYI, this is Sadguru Madhusudhan not Jaggi. V. Seems, Sadguru is a common / honorary title, you being scientific minded can have it too.

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            If a term is a common title one needs to be specific. Otherwise it will go by what the term is commonly used to refer to.
            The name Periyar is used as an honorific very frequently. Yet, in the Tamil speaking world one is justified in assuming that it refers to EVR. (The same would go for Mahatma, Arijnar, Navalar etc.)
            Check across the media to learn who normally (or obviously?) comes to mind when the name/title Sadguru is mentioned.
            *
            Pretty obvious, may I say.

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              BTW
              Would not the comment
              “Where does Sadguru come from I wonder! Where does he have the biggest following? A country like no other, silly, stupid and sorry?”
              be just as applicable to your reference as it would to?
              BTW
              Try a google search on Sadguru or Sadhguru.
              The results will be pretty obvious.

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                Would not the comment

                be just as applicable to your reference as it would to the better known “Sadguru”?

                • 7
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                  Dosen’t deserve any response.

                  • 10
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                    The plot thickens. Reportedly Man Friday turned whistleblower Maulana’s father was killed along with EPRLF leader Padmanabha in TN ( LTTE ambush) when Maulana was just 7 years old. That explains Pillayan’s closeness to Maulana. Sounds like a kollywood movie. ( who cares about S……U)

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                      Obviously Maulana is right in saying “his life was in danger “. Pillayan would have killed him after the mission, to destroy all evidence. Reportedly Maulana ( actual name Hanzeer ) , is in Swiss seeking asylum ( remember Nishantha and the lady from Swiss embassy), having left the country allegedly with the help of a Doctor attached to National Hospital now living in Pakistan. Apparently the Doctor fled the country after authorities investigated him for links with Zaharan group. If true now we have a third source other than Nishantha and Maulana who escaped Gotha / Pillayan dragnet. Anyone for Channel four ???? See today’s digital Island news for more infor.

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                      Today’s article by DBS on DM, gives much more details about Hanzeer Azad Maulana, whom Pillayan mentioned as a casual acquaintance. (same as Gotha and Zaharan ) According to DBS, Douglas , Pillayan and Karuna knew Hanzeer’s father from the time EPRLF was formed. Hanzeer’s father Mihilar was a top most member of EPRLF who later became the personal bodyguard of Padmanabha and was killed in LTTE raid. Later, as an undergraduate at Peradeniya , Hanzeer approached Devananda for help, and was offered a Govt job using his influence. Devananda introduced Hanzeer to both Karuna and Pillayan. After the split between the two, in no time Hanzeer got elevated as coordinating sec and spokes person of TMVP. ( Man Friday ). I believe Hanzeer that he arranged a meeting with Zaharan at Pillayan’s behest. .

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                    So the land of the ‘Sadhgurus’ is not “A country like no other, silly, stupid and sorry?”
                    Pathetic.

  • 11
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    The Defence Secretary (General GDH Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) WWV RWP RSP USP ndc psc MPhil) , as we all know, wrote something called “Road to Nandikadal”.
    Now it turns out that he can also read George Orwell.

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      O.C.

      How about Murder in the Cathedral by T.S.Eliot…………..

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        Plato,
        You’re asking for the moon.

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      old codger

      ” Now it turns out that he can also read George Orwell. “

      He is also a good sprinter.
      When LTTE attacked and demolished Mankulam garrison Kamala ran, ran, ran and ran from LTTE cadres.

  • 29
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    The litany of good deeds the former prez Gotta had listed he had done to the Catholic Church, in response to the staggering revelations on Channel 4, are like the proverbial thief dusting off ash from his shoulder at the mention of a missing “pulul”. (puhul horaa karen daeney). In other words, the cluster of stolen bananas has jumped the stile before the thief. (horaater issella kesel kaner waeter paenna). Now, what are the people going to do about the vermin who collude to deceive the people again and again? Nothing?

  • 15
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    Nothing new about sinhala land government denials eg Sri Lanka outright rejects the report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights as a ‘grave distortion and misinterpretation’ of reality.
    The REAL grave distortion and misinterpretation’ of reality is the continued oppression by the buddhist thugs in saffron robes of Eeelam Tamils by their illegal building of ther viharas with the aid of the sinhala land government in Eeelam and the continued oppression of Eeelam Tamils by the sinhala amed forces and police in Eelam lands while aiding and abetting sinhalas.
    ALL these while more sinhalas are dying because of lack of food medicines and being abused and brutalised while working as toilet cleaners in ME and other countries and now in Israel on of the most racists countries and in a book written by a mossad operative said that a sinhala land delegation to israel was reffered to as “Monkeys”.
    Due to my command of the english language I have never faced any material racism but have observed racism against persons with half past six command of the english like the sinhala exported toilet cleaners.

  • 9
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    Dear Readers,
    .
    Sri Lanka was devastated by a thirty year civil war.
    .
    Collective forces and all togetherness fought against rebells and kept away from its continuation in the country. It was May 2009.

    No one involved in whole or in part will ever think of such wars again.

    However, sinhala- racism and chauvinism that Rajapaksa put on top to keep the ball under the water after May 2009 -may have been the motivation to prepare the nation.

    Numerous crimes were committed deliberately by fooling the nation.SRILANKA got isolated in the world by 2015. Those are real high crimes (various murders, loots, money laundering acts, media mafia). Saddest reality is that no invesitgaitons punished them, nor have the judges or law-bound authorities done their best.

    15 years after the end of the war, a power-hungry family seems not allow their people to realize their dreams. If they really led this nation to allow another South Korea, were they just busy filling their pockets?

    There’s a rampant media mafia going on knowing that people are either dumber than they appear or their complacency and their carelessness and complete ignorance have blocked them somewhere.

    Alternative: Sri Lankans pressure international community to get involved in finding the truth behind the Easter Sunday carnage ::: As many believe that Rajaksha was responsible for it, such an independent investigation will truly clarify the doubts.

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      And who is preventing all that from being done, “leelagemalli”?
      .
      Who else but your great hero, mandate-less Ranil Wickremasinghe?

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        sinhala man (75 years, painfully enough, behaving yet a real teenager)@
        .
        And for the last time, I repeat, even if your stupid head can’t grasp it, it’s definitely not RW. The situation is: RW is the innocent man who risked his life for the nation. He may have some regrets about not doing enough during the “good governance”. But Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comic character Sorisena did not allow him to do the job. No matter what anyone says or does against RW, it is true. Although I do not support either side, I do support CBK and RW for their skills.
        :
        Today’s state of our hell created by Rajapaksa:

        It is similar to a situation where the elderly mother is admitted to the intensive care unit and the doctors, other professionals, minor workers etc. in the hospitals struggle to save her life.
        :
        In such a situation, partying or such is secondary.
        :
        Likewise, in today’s context, the situation in Sri Lanka is more dire than it appears. Foolish people in your nature will not catch the small things because you are not mature enough to realize it.
        :
        First things first, after that only can anyone go for elections basta!

        . Just started paying the debts that MEDAMULANA criminals extended through their mismanagement during their two terms and Gota’s miracle period. we should not hold ELECITON until October next year. 2024….Also, the last elections didn’t bring much, anyway, the idiots were re-elected by the same PUNNAKU eating voters who are the majority.
        -.

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    “On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Defense hereby categorically refutes these false allegations and reiterates the government’s unwavering commitment to the truth, justice and the well-being of the Nation.”
    Just wondering if the Min. of Defence can issue a statement on behalf of the govt. More puzzling is the contradictory statement issued by the govt. to C4 that a parliamentary committee will investigate the allegations. If categorically refuting, why another investigation? Apparently, Mr. Kongahage, now states that he was tricked by C4. As a senior former diplomat who has represented the country, is he implying that the truth can have different versions? C4 gave an opportunity to Sally, GR, Pillyan & the Govt. to respond. Sally has stated that he was abroad at the time. His statement would be more credible had he shown a copy of his passport as proof. The Govt,. has responded by promising a parliamentary investigation but GR & Pillyan refused to comment. GR did not challenge C4, only issued statements to the local media denying the allegations, while his cronies went on a campaign of discrediting C4. Who shall have the benefit of the doubt?
    Has ‘The puppet master (has) manipulated the puppets to dance, walk, laugh, and cry with his deft finger movements’?

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      “Has the puppet master manipulated the puppets to dance, laugh and cry “????? . Regardless Silly Lankans are crying, laughing and dancing to their prosperity and splendor.

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      Raj-UK: If you want to know better than C4 please follow the link below:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tht_lrQrhyo OR

      Google Ethalaya Channel and search the heading Ethalaya News – it is in Sinhala OR

      Google Infolanka (16-09-23) and click on News Room. Scroll down to see a presentation (video) by Mee Messo.

      The presenter is Srilal Priyantha – a Journalist in exile but in an undisclosed location.

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        Thanks, Douglas,
        .
        Please handle this sort of thing. You do it so adroitly – or at least I feel so. I haven’t yet clicked on the link that you have provided.
        .
        We must reach out to the monolingual speakers of Sinhala/Tamil. I hope it is getting done by others.
        .
        What Dr Ameer Ali has told me is that he’s been writing things in Tamil, although his much better language is Eglish. I think that he ought to give those links here, for English speaking Tamils living in Lanka to follow up.
        .
        Let me see how the Sinhalese section is faring. The most recent article has closed for comments with nothing coming in. The one before that:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jehan-perera-8-september-2023/
        .
        I could laboriously work through the comments, but they are all by “leelagemalli”. What’s the point in working through all that? Probably better written than his English comments, but given the moronic content of all that he now writes, what’s the point?
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V).

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        Panini,
        Thanks for that link, which was Informative, though some more in-depth clarifications to clear certain doubts and unclear circumstances!!???
        How does one Acquiesce that we Humanely exist with such “LOW DOWN MINDSET INDIVIDUALS”!!!??? They have reached down to the ‘Lowest-of-LOW’ levels to achieve the “lost power” to cover-up dastardly deeds of 15 years!!??
        On the assumption, the claims are true and could be validated, which could only happen by an NOTHING but an “International Investigation”!!!???
        None can trust anymore any in Sri Lanka’s Security and Police apparatus!!!??? They are totally colluding with the SCUMBAGS who commit the crime!!!???
        Raja Kalliya is famous for trying to , “HIDE WHOLE PUMPKIN IN PLATE OF RICE”!?

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        Thanks, Douglas, for the link! Cannot be any more than reality!! Scumbags!!!

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      Raj-UK,
      “Just wondering if the Min. of Defence can issue a statement on behalf of the govt. More puzzling is the contradictory statement issued by
      1. the govt. ‘Parliamentary Group’ to C4 – Parliamentary committee to investigate allegations
      2. HE the President issuing statement that Special COI headed by Retd. Supreme Court Justice”
      The Ministry of Defence declarations and Communiques, ‘CLEARS the AIR’ – WHO IS GOVERNING!!??
      Simple Mr. Watson – Nandikadal “NANDU” Hero is the Superman – Not parliament or HE President!?
      Anymore doubts lingering in your Mind????
      DEFENCE IS SUPREME, order to PROTECT Nations’ SECURITY from EXTERNAL/INTERNAL THREATS!!?
      6.9 M Emancipated, Erudite Sinhala Buddhists Voted Gothabaya – 10/2019!!?? SUPREME thoughts!!?

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    Dear Readers,
    .
    This link has been sent to me.
    .
    https://youtu.be/uz-a62ikv9Q?si=ri0hdhiBjF7BPCAH
    .
    It yielded a video that lasted 47 minutes, 9 seconds on my Windows 11 computer. It also appears to work on Android phones. Supposed to be the Channel 4 Easter Bombs video.
    .
    What we want is to live our short lives in peace. No more of this, please.
    .
    All this has been strung together coherently in English. In places both faces and voices appear to have been distorted to prevent recognition.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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      SM
      You are woefully behind the times.

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        old codger,
        .
        What you probably mean is that you saw the original of the video many days ago.
        .
        Yes, I know that you’re a clever trickster. Fellows like me, who play with a straight bat, may seem to fall behind. Or we may actually fall behind, and you may possibly defeat people like us.
        .
        I cannot see into the future. Nor am I making plans to climb into heaven after this life is over.
        ..
        May I know what you have done to enlighten monolingual Lankans, be their language Sinhalese or Tamil?
        .
        Listen to this NPP meeting in Muttur, near Trincomalee.:
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrrQ6S-PFr8
        .
        See how hard AKD is working . Tamil readers who were finding it difficult to understand what AKD has been saying, Please go there.
        He’s making a longish speech at the end of the meeting. I’ve not yet listened to the last 25 minutes or so. There’s an excellent translator there. May I call it simultaneous translation? Technically it isn’t, but he’s doing a wonderful job. I have stilled the progress of the video. If I try to multi-task, I will make mistakes in my writing here.
        .
        Who is cleverer, you or me? Oh, you, without a doubt. Never mind! I shall plod along and do what I can.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

        .

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          You were finding fault with me for dodging your silly questions. Ah, yes. Now I remember what it was. About Petroleum.
          .
          I checked. You were correct in saying that China produces a good deal of Petroleum from her own oil wells. However, that is way below her consumption. Therefore China is a net importer of oil.
          .
          So, as in so many other areas of activity Lanka can’t even look after her own trade. It is disgraceful that we have to get others to distribute within out own country, having allowed a foreign country to earn money even on those imports.
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          I had already told you that I knew abut economies of scale. You just love to get us to waste our time, don’t you?
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          To show how clever you are!
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          Bah!
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          Panini Edirisinhe

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      Panini,
      Thanks for that link, which was Informative, though some more in-depth clarifications to clear certain doubts and unclear circumstances!!???
      How does one Acquiesce that we Humanely exist with such “LOW DOWN MINDSET INDIVIDUALS”!!!??? They have reached down to the ‘Lowest-of-LOW’ levels to achieve the “lost power” to cover-up dastardly deeds of 15 years!!??
      On the assumption, the claims are true and could be validated, which could only happen by an NOTHING but an “International Investigation”!!!???
      None can trust anymore any in Sri Lanka’s Security and Police apparatus!!!??? They are totally colluding with the SCUMBAGS who commit the crime!!!???
      Raja Kalliya is famous for trying to , “HIDE WHOLE PUMPKIN IN PLATE OF RICE”!?

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    “Just wondering if the Min. of Defence can issue a statement on behalf of the govt.”
    There is nothing to wonder about the Min of Defence issuing the statement on behalf of Government . Double standard of the government or showing different faces to different situations has the history of Sri Lanka over the past eight decades or a centuray. As Gota admitted about his two faces, the reality is that all the Governments show two faces depending on the needs. Sri lankas UNHRC rep herself gave the same or similar statement at the UNHRC session. Even Rajapaksa family asked for international investigation now because they knew that none of the governments accept international investigation as long as Sinhalese people accepts. In Sri Lanka Sinhalese are no different to Buddhists or Muslims are no different to Islam. It is also their political weapon.
    When Rajiv Gandhi forced JRJ (Ranils’s Uncle) to accept the Indo – SRi Lanka accord, JRJ arranged some one to kill Rajiv in Sri Lanka but now Indo-Lanka accord never implemented in Sri Lanka and Rajiv lost his life and finally India is now begging Sri Lanka even Sri lanka is now a bankgrupt nation. So you cannot expect anything different from his uncle.

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      “JRJ arranged some one to kill Rajiv in Sri Lanka”
      That is a little over the top.
      If JRJ really arranged something, that would have been cleverer than a swing with the rifle.
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      JRJ was pleased with the leeway he had secure in the pact and used it with the usual cunning to his benefit. (Nine provincial councils instead of two was a master coup!)
      Did not many Tamils complain that JRJ had cheated an inexperienced Rajeev who was not as sharp as his mother?

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