16 October, 2021

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A Strange Paradox: Political Stability In Spite Of Circumambient Crises

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

Every crisis in Sri Lanka’s checkered history both before and after independence began and ended with a political crisis. More accurately, perhaps, every crisis got extended, for nothing ever ended except the war. Ironically, it is the Rajapaksas, who claim sole ownership for ending the war, that are now caught all ends up in all manner of crises. What is strange and paradoxical about their situation is that for all the crises that they are the primary cause of and are being resoundingly blamed for, their political positions are in no immediate danger.

There is no threat to the presidency of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. No one is even thinking impeachment, let alone saying it. The SLPP government has a solid majority in parliament to ward off any no confidence motion (NCM). Not that anyone is looking like trying one. And the Samagi Jana Balawegaya will not risk a second setback after falling on their face when they tried an NCM against Minister Gammanpila over petroleum price hikes. Where there might be some reason for worry, for President Rajapaksa and the SLPP in parliament, it is about the prospects in the next elections. But elections are a full three years and more away, which are a long time in politics by any measure.

When government worked

The next three years are also going to be peppered with crises if what is going on now is any indication of what is going to follow. It is this juxtaposition of political stability and circumambient crises that renders the current situation strange and paradoxical. This is a uniquely unprecedented situation. In the past there was political instability, governments were elected and ejected, but the departments of government did their job like clockwork, unlike the broken clocks and daily alarms we now have for government agencies.

There was always a political dimension and overtone to a serious crisis. The malaria health crisis in the 1930 became the baptismal fire for Sri Lanka’s left movement. The 1947 General Strike, Sri Lanka’s belated substitute for an independence struggle, hastened the departure of the Empire and the arrival of independence. Public outrage over food scarcity and prices precipitated the Great Hartal of 1953 and the resignation of a young Prime Minister (Dudley Senanayake) who had won a popular landslide victory barely a year earlier.

Three years later, in 1956, the blunderbuss government of Sir John Kotelawala was routed at the polls. The next eight years were years of tumults and crises – communal riots, labour strikes, the assassination of a Prime Minister, schools take-over, a failed army coup, Tamil satyagraha in the North, emergency rule and so on. There were three elections, four Prime Ministers, two centre-left coalition governments and several cabinet overhauls. Through it all, and to my point in this essay, the government worked.

The schools and hospitals were open. Children studied and played. The sick were attended to. Look where they are now. Trains and buses ran, though not like in Japan or Singapore, but infinitely better than now after forty years of economic liberalization and privatization. Farmers and fishers, the largest of Lanka’s working populations, subsisted and produced. Colonial era plantations were past their productive peaks, but they were kept on a plateau through careful research and correct ministering. Now the bottoms are coming apart.

The farmers effortlessly straddled tradition and modernity, switching from the plough to the tractor, blending the organic and the inorganic, and reaching the elusive self-sufficiency in rice in the 1980s. There were middlemen in agriculture, but no mafia. No one executively told farmers, no more pohora, only manure. Until now. And no one apparently advised the current omnipotent executive that tea doesn’t grow on cow dung unless there is a cow for every bush.

For all its travails, the 1956 government introduced income tax and taxation became the staple source of government revenue. Until someone lamebrained in the current government decided that removing taxes is a shortcut to economic growth and bigger revenue. In one stroke, half a billion rupees of revenue were written off. Balance of payments and imports became chronic problems in the 1960s, but government after government kept managing them.

Foreign reserves began to be counted in terms of months of imports, but never in terms of weeks or days. No one ever thought there will come a day when a Sri Lankan government will runout of cash to import basic food and the new necessity of fuel. And after imposing the biggest import ban in history, this government actually ended up increasing the annual import bill. That is the record. Not even the most blinkered Rajapaksa apologist can pretend not seeing the record for what it is.

Stability and Crisis

After two decades of frequent government turnovers, electoral stability was realized for the first time between 1965 and 1970, when the third and the last Dudley Senanayake government lasted its full elected term. It was badly defeated in the 1970 election, but the UNP maintained its largest vote base despite the poor electoral returns. After 1970, electoral stability came to be more contrived than democratic.

The 1972 Constitution provided for a one-time extension of parliament by two years. Objectively, it should have been a defensible extension to make up for the time lost owing to the JVP insurrection. But the United Front government’s intentions were not pure, and the First Republican Constitution itself was arrogantly adopted as a proud government product to the exclusion of not only the UNP opposition but also the constitutionally sensitive Tamil Federal Party.

After lambasting the two-year extension of parliament from 1975 to 1977, JR Jayewardene went for broke and cancelled a whole election for the chicanery of a referendum in 1982. JRJ had already upended the country’s parliamentary system in the name of providing political stability. The outcome though was not political stability but electorally enduring governments.

Internal instability of governments has been a feature of Sri Lanka’s political history from 1947, if not from 1931. The difference before and after 1977 is that, before 1977 internal instabilities eventually brought down governments and precipitated elections. After 1977, governments lasted in spite of internal instability. More often than not, after 1977, presidents and governments have lasted in office much longer than they deserved to last. But there has been no political stability in spite of prolonged government tenures.

What President Jayewardene was planning to achieve by way of political stability, was to have the same party, obviously for him – the UNP, in power over several electoral terms, if not for ever. What he did not bargain for was that internal instability would arise within his Party (and his government) almost instantly over the position and powers of the Prime Minister in the new presidential system, and more persistently over presidential succession. As it turned out, the presidential system that was created to entrench the UNP in power ended up devouring the grand old United National Party itself.

What JRJ could not also have foreseen was how his constitutional experimentation would play out in the event of the SLFP returning to power with a younger Bandaranaike as President. True to form, as under the UNP presidential governments, internal political instability became a government problem for President Chandrika Kumaratunga. More so in her second term, and she was even forced to bow out earlier than she was planning to, and reluctantly left the family torch to be usurped by the newly arrived Mahinda Rajapaksa.

What JRJ most certainly could not have seen coming, at least in President Jayewardene’s view of the Sri Lankan society, was the arrival of the Rajapaksas out of nowhere. The now powerful brothers and their extensions were not only out of JRJ’s political radar, but were not even embryonic in the presidential order when it was newly set up. Whatever may have been their status in the 20th century, the Rajapaksa brothers have dominated Sri Lankan politics in the 21st century, and it would be correct to say that their dominance over the last two decades has no parallel in the politics of the last century.

There has never been an instance in Sri Lankan politics when so many brothers and sons and nephews have been part of the same kinship political apparatus. It is their kinship apparatus and their success in subordinating the state resources to kinship power that has made their hold on power internally stable. The 2014 defection of Maithripala Sirisena was an aberration that has only proved the rule, in that even after defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential battle, Sirisena lost the war over the SLFP to the Rajapaksas. Whether there will be another defection to end the Gotabaya presidency three years from now, it is too early to speculate.

The more immediate question is how will the current contradictions between regime stability, on the one hand, and the plethora of crises – health, social and economic, on the other, play themselves out between now and the electoral reckoning more than three years from now? The traditional perspective is one of crisis heightening and potential confrontations between public protests and government forces. The government is far too entrenched to be knocked over in a single strike. Equally, the government is not in a position to permanently rule by force, suppressing protests.

Between these contending options, is there a role for the national parliament to play – to make the current regime change its ways, rather than the proverbial regime change? The 1972 Constitution exalted parliament, the National State Assembly, as the Supreme Instrument of State Power. The 1978 Constitution trashed that notion and introduced the notion of separation of powers between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. But from day one of the 1978 constitution, the executive has been the dominant instrument of state power. It is time for parliament to restore its role as a co-equal branch of government. Is the current parliament capable of restoring itself? (To be continued).

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  • 27
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    Who is responsible for the political and economic instability of this nation? Most of the voters may not know what happened in this country before 30 or 40 years? Not a Single leader accept that they are responsible for the failure to bring stability, In other words, they are not honest to the people and country. Fundamentalism and Racism is now institutionalised and corruption and cheating is norm. There is no future to this country!

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      The opposition is hermaphroditic ……… for chrissake ……… decide if you are men or women and show some uncompromising steel-spined opposition: not mild namby-pamby claptrap …….

      Learn from the Rajapkses – for right or wrong – how a proper opposition should function ……… observe how they used the “bond scam” to discredit the government: they didn’t offer to work with the government. Now, for everything blooming thing, the opposition is offering to “work with the government.” Even though the government doesn’t want their help.

      Individuals who are not politicians like Chameera Perera do a better job of opposing the government than the opposition.

      One saving grace ……… Sarth Fonseka has matured as a politician …….. if he shows a credible plan to punish all the crooks …… for the first time I’ll vote ………..

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        …. Sarth Fonseka has matured as a politician …….. if he shows a credible plan to punish all the crooks ……
        .
        nimal fernando,
        Tell me, which political acumen of Sarath Fonseka are you drawn to.
        Don’t give that poor bloke any hope (or, should I say, any rope!).

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          Nathan,
          “Don’t give that poor bloke any hope (or, should I say, any rope!).”
          —-
          Did 4,173,185 voters (Mostly Tamils and Muslims) who voted for Sarath Fonseka in 2010 gave him hope or rope?

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            Eagle Eye,
            The vote in 2010 was to oust Mahinda. Tamils and Muslims failed.

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          Nathan,

          We are talking about Lankan pols: beggars can’t be choosers …….. what other options do we have?

          Out of all the people in the parliament Fonseka is a proven entity …….. not the greatest military strategist in the world but a rare Lankan who could devise and implement a simple plan and carry it out successfully.

          As for the achievement, that’s a whole different kettle of fish. ………. it took us over 30 years to beat a bunch of 5000 amateurs ……..

          To hell with Mahinda, Gota, Fonseka, ……… If it took another 10 – 15 years, we would’ve won the war anyway …… without firing a shot! …….. Prabakaran and the Rest of the LTTE hierarchy would’ve died of old age!!

          The truth has a strange way of appearing strange …….. but can’t escape it ………………

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            Nimal,
            “To hell with Mahinda, Gota, Fonseka, ……… If it took another 10 – 15 years, we would’ve won the war anyway …… without firing a shot! …….. “
            You are breaking the hearts of the faithful who believe our ranaviruwos are the world’s greatest. After all, the government spends more on the ranaviruwos than on education.

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              OC,

              Now, Gota is in command with army commanders in every position …….. the incompetence is breathtaking. Is it any wonder it took 30 years?

              Fonseka had to discard most of them ……… and put the few who had some capability in charge.

              They say the LTTE was the greatest terrorist outfit …… but they don’t say who they fought against. :))

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      Dear Ajith,
      .
      I understand your negativism.
      You can comfortably say that being resident elsewhere – in England?
      .
      You’re comment is justified, of course, but what do I do? Stuck in Bandarawela.
      .
      We’ve got to have a World-view is what I’ve told Shankar Gupta here:
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZixhhe2B2g
      .
      A long comment, and on my computer it says that it is the “top comment.” However, information technology now misleads us. I have found Youtube totally removing my comments, after telling me that it is the top comment.
      .
      My comment below this was put on an hour ago, as will be reflected by the date assigned to it.

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        Dear Sinhala_Man,
        It is not negativism.It is to lead positive thinking of the need from people to understand about how they were cheated by politicians using the people’s weaknesses.

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      Ajith,
      “Who is responsible for the political and economic instability of this nation?”
      —-
      1. British colonial rulers who divided the people in Sinhale/Ceylon on the basis of ethnicity, religion, castes and even place of residence and planted the seeds of anti-Sinhala racism in the minds of Tamils.
      2. Racist separatist V Tamil politicians who emerged in 1930s and continued to dominate Tamil politics taking an anti-Sinhala Buddhist stance.
      3. GG Ponnambalam who asked for 50:50 from British.
      4. SJV Chelvanayakam who formed the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (toned down as Federal Party in English) in 1949 soon after Native Sinhalayo gained Independence from British rule which had as its hidden agenda the establishment of a separate state.
      5. Tamil politicians who incited anti-Sinhala violence starting from 1950s.
      6. Separatist Tamil politicians who passed ‘Vadukoddai Resolution’ in 1976 and asked Tamils to go to war until they achieve Eelam.
      7. LTTE Tamil terrorists who terrorized the people in this country for three decades.
      8. LTTE Tamil Diaspora that carry on with an anti-Sri Lanka, anti-Sri Lanka Armed Forces and anti-Sinhala Buddhist campaign in the world to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka by fabricating war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide charges.
      9. Muslim terrorists who carried out terrorist attacks and Muslim politicians who mollycoddled these terrorists to get their support to win elections.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        A 14 year old child’s body was found in an abandoned house a few days ago.
        Can you account for your whereabouts between 7 October and 9 October.

        Thank you.

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        Eagle Eye,
        I have always opposed your views. It is time that I add one in your favour.
        So, here is # 10 (of your list.
        10. Anyone and everyone other than SBs.
        Happy?

    • 9
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      You talk about them being dishonest to the people, they are not even honest to them..do u think that Rajapakshe slaves know true colours of mlechcha men?
      .
      Expats in Europe went on protests in Italy yesterday again asking, begging for due justice on behalf of the victimised in Easter Sunday bomb. 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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      I agree with Ajith. There is no future or hope for Lanka. There is hundreds of reason to say so but people who think it’s pessimism, can they give one reason to support their optimism ?? The answer is right there. Rajan says ” the difference before and after 1977 is that, more often than not the governments have lasted in office much longer than they deserved to last but there has been no political stability in spite of prolonged government tenures”. In my opinion the reason for this change is , those majority voting SB were conditioned by their leaders to turn racist and immoral, which has now become the sole agenda of any Lankan election. The result of which is Namal going to Tokyo to see Olympics, Mahinda going to Italy for authentic wining and dining, Gotha going to California for family reunion and voters going from store to store looking for essential food items.

  • 14
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    A brilliant article, and to be continued.
    .
    After reading this, one accepts the clear picture Rajan Philips has given us, and we perceive the pattern that he has developed.
    .
    From past experience we know that the next part will be as compelling. A solution? That he will never give us; he cannot, nor does he pretend that he can. For what he has given us, we have to be extremely grateful. It is for others, much younger, and having the ability to reach out to the “Sinhalayo-Buddhists” to now try to save us.
    .
    I’ve already read this other article, by his University teacher:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/taiwans-sri-lankas-power-sectors/
    .
    Prof. Kumar’s comparison of Lanka and Taiwan (no comments yet), not just in terms of power supplies, but over-all, complements this article. He is right. It is the myths relating to ethnicity and religion that have undone Lanka.
    .
    Will the 90% of Lankans who never read English (because the majority of them don’t know the language) realise how low we have sunk? No. the gadgetry that technology has brought them persuades that this is the best of all possible worlds.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe

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      Sinhala_Man

      You will love this.
      Saffron Brigade and smart patriot should be told how the hero of Giruwapattuwa, Valikada Korale, shaken and stired when IPKF was occupying North and East.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UatCLBqVBcw
      Wipeout INDIANS from Sri Lanka by Rajapakse (Interview from Al Jazeera)

      Local mugger is scared of bigger mugger.
      What will Mahinda do if IPKF Mark II pay a visit?
      Maybe Chinese Embassy, or Chinese ship?

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        NV, I listened to it all. In a sense any irony is savoured.
        .
        However, there’s not much to love about what’s happening.
        .
        It’s all so sad; so much real suffering by innocent children.

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      SL is not Taiwan.

      Taiwan is single ethnic. That is the reason for his success. SL is cursed with diversity.

  • 10
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    It is racism that runs the affairs of Sri Lanka. Its Politicians, left, right, and centre are mere figureheads.

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      Nathan

      “It is racism that runs the affairs of Sri Lanka. Its Politicians, left, right, and centre are mere figureheads.”

      The figureheads thrive on sadism.
      The driving force behind armed forces was and is sadism.
      The thugs too enjoy sadism.
      The saffron brigades that suffer from depriving themselves regular sex are also sadists.

      ….
      ….
      ….
      “Sex pretty much cures everything.”
      ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

      Therefore all those who have been deprived of pleasure should be encouraged to “***k for peace as this poster encourages https://www.printedmatter.org/catalog/22474/

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    Philips

    There is stability because despite all the naysayers Sri Lankans know how fortunate they are not managed by the other option of clowns. simple isn’t it ?

    • 12
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      a14455
      KANDA NATHY, UYANDA BARI, GAS NATHY KALEH STABILITY!
      WELL DONE. VERY GOOD REPORT CARD!

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        Manila,
        .
        The best example of voter mentality is displayed by none other than .
        “a14455 / October 11, 2021”, these men would never change their slave mentality.🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐕🐕🐕🐕😡😡😡😡😡

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      a14455 / October 11, 2021

      Are u perhaps on drugs ?

      With angry portions of the population are on a rise – as no times in recent past, you the kind of PINGONA to sing the same song ?
      .
      You to talk about being fortunate ? my foot .. ` Ask your GOTABAYA to continue his ” gama samaga pilisandarak” to those villages, we ll bet you, that not the same GOTABAYA would return to colombo for sure, the very same people (your supporters) would definitely tear off him into pieces to the angry lions grabed it.
      You should be well aware the mentality of those men, becuase yours is no different from your behaviour.
      :
      God bless Srilanka !

      Replace your rice meals with ” organic manure imported from China”. …. that can help you for sure !…

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        LM,
        There are people who think Chinese shit tastes better than other types. Some think the 70’s were a paradise. Some think price controls work. Some think being patriotic means sucking up to the Rajapaksas. You should be sorry for these deluded souls. They don’t live in the real world.

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          The “clowns” were at least honest about their intentions. They set up a system to sell LPG and fuel at market-determined rates. But the all-powerful Gods who took over decided that they could keep prices down by threatening importers. Importers simply shut down. If the formula was in place, prices would have gone up (or down) gradually, and market competition would have taken care of prices. We have also to remember that the “gods” organized the constitutional coup that totally undermined tourism, and there is evidence that they had a hand in the Easter attacks too. There is nothing like a devout acolyte who cannot admit that his Gods have failed.

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            OC you are absolutely right. What can be worse than such stupid people with swollen heads criticizing and laughing at others.Not a surprise Chinese telling Lankans “RESPECT SCIENCE.” After sending shipments of organic fertilizers supplied fresh and hot hot from Chinese sewages for immediate use.

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          Brother OC,

          Please listen to this.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER8yIK1ZWXk
          I could not believe that BUGGER would call him as ” exemplary” having let go all mess created since Nov 2019. Janapthi ( so called) put him always above.. why is that ? Was he not the guy who abused ” 90millions” from the state were grabed to those RAJAPAKSHE museum ? Or was the man unconscious at the time, went on stealing the funds ? If there was not a case filed against his brutal act, would this have even been coming to light ?
          .
          How many times has he made promises ?

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            LM,
            I don’t know how this “President” can remove price controls with one gazette and the next day tell his Cabinet to find out why prices went up!

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              OC,
              .
              he is a joker – What they call fingerspitzegefühle- sure of instinct is far from his mindset.
              Nevertheless, he does not want to come down to the state from ” post-turtle”.
              :
              Now he has already broken the records of SORYSENA. But sorysena managed it well with price control of the daily essentials.

              Why does MAHADANAMUTTA stay away from the press, I mean MAHINDA RAJAAPKSHE… he himself promised that we brothers would be able to handle it better than RW-MS.
              .
              Now all is given to them (20A plus a 2/3 mandate and MONIKA LUWINSKI of srilanka- none other than DIANA GAMAGE and all)… but it is still not sufficient him to manage even petty issues ?

              MONIKA LUWINSKI of srilanka – the best match to DIANA GAMAGE or the like cheap women… this came to my mind today when travelling back home

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            leelagemalli, old codger, Nimal Fernando, and all other good souls

            After watching the video clip I suspect Gota is preparing his supporters for eventual take over of the country by his armed forces, justification for possible suspension of constitution, banning all democratic rights including right to protest, more powers to incompetent authorities, …… …disolving the parliament, …..

            Will he appoint himself as the Chief Justice of the supreme court of Sri Lanka, Governor of Central Bank, ……Minister of Finance, Minister of that this and other?

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              Native,
              “Will he appoint himself as the Chief Justice of the supreme court of Sri Lanka, Governor of Central Bank, ……Minister of Finance, Minister of that this and other?”
              I suspect he is already preparing the ground. The Rajapaksas are cunning. He’s already pissed off the Chinese by rejecting their organic fertilizer. Now an Indian fertilizer ship has arrived. Now, who is more likely to intervene in case of a palace coup? So, the plan is to neutralise the Indians by tilting towards them first. How will the Chinese react? Will they buckle Norochcholai?

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                OC, Native, LM and the rest who really care, you can quote me anytime in future “Rajapaksas are here to stay with the support of war heroes” unless and until war weary Lankans are ready for yet another Liberation Lanka.

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          Hi OC and true souls@

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER8yIK1ZWXk

          some think GOTA could still make it.

          But the question arises, where had GOTA been at the time his brother (most abusive Rajakakshes in that brutal family) became the minister of Finance ?
          .
          And that WANDIBATTAYA who doctored the documents making srilankens a MID INCOMING EARNING. – none other than Ajith N Cabral was appointed as the governor to SLCB again ?
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kinq3K6n_vs

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    That is because the Opposition is in total disarray. Anti-regime voters are divided between SJB/UNP and JVP. They will not reunite after the 2015 Sirisena disaster. So even if an election is held today the largest party will be SLPP.

    Gota is trying to pass his new constitution before the PC election to divide people based on ethnicity (within one damned nation). That will further strengthen his party.

    This is what happens when you have one nation of disunited tribes.

    (Don’t beg for unity. It will never happen. Find solutions keeping disunity.)

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      GATAM,
      “This is what happens when you have one nation of disunited tribes.
      (Don’t beg for unity. It will never happen. Find solutions keeping disunity.)”
      —–
      Native Sinhalayo who accommodated foreigners in their country do not have to beg for unity from these people. It is their responsibility to live in unity and harmony with the people who accommodated them. Those who have problems in doing that are free to leave so that those who are willing to live peacefully with Native Sinhalayo can live in Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        There is no Native Sinhalayo in this island nor any Native Tamils.
        All are descendants of Kallathonies.

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    At the end of the day, until now Gotabaya has not delivered one thing that he has promised such as PC Elections or the new constitution. All he has done is to screw up the lives of civilians by mismanaging the economy, starting the white van thuggery again, arresting and locking up opposition MPs, and pardoning a murderer and drug lord. I always wonder how his newly born Grand Daughter would feel when she reads historic documents re: Gota. Even in the case of the Pandora publication, Gotabaya has done nothing other than appointing a committee. If Gota is an honest person he would appoint a public commission with foreign observers and participation as the funds of these Sri Lankans are held abroad. Does the so-called “Rata Rakina Viruwa” has the guts to appoint such a commission??????

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      Buddhist 01@
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      SORYSENA with all hatreds would have done it better. His performance looking back is far better than that of Gota, only focusing on the first two years. After being raped by Mahinda Rajakshe, Sorysena went mad appointing a – 52 day new govt….. he destroyed almost everything….. not respecting the mandate given to him through UNPrs. But his reunity with MaRa marginalised UNP forever and
      former criminals became the leaders.
      :
      Just imagine, the recent trip to Bolonge/ITALY by MaRa et al is reported to have wasted over 15 millions of more. But this could have been performed virutally as other leaders incl. Indians usually do these days. If MaRa thought about the suffering people, would he or the like ever go for such lavish trips …in today HARD-UP situation of the country ?

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        What about Cheap Minister of Ministers Namal Bany galavanting all over the world? At whose expense? Namal has to be grounded or else Daisy Achchi should pay for his global trips. I begin to wonder all the Rajapakses flying all over the world at a time when people have no food to eat maybe to reallocate and deposit ill-gotten money in new locations due to Pandora papers.

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    Sinhala_Man: “…..how low we have sunk”. I think you have offered the people to put on an excellent thinking cap. I found a very interesting video link, that is very educative and an eye-opener

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvckUHr5LSM

    It is in Sinhala and presented in simple, easy-to-understand terms.

    Watch it and say something. Thanks.

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      Simon,
      .
      This was not overlooked. But sadu sadu effect works on kadnadiya people today than no times in the past because people are being made permanent fools by biased TV channels..derana and Hiru TV channels should take the responsibility for the pre calculated mess. 😉😉😉😉😉😉

      Angry people would tear off them in to pieces in upcoming weeks not bea6 able to bear sky rocketing prices of daily essentials.

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        Dear LM: Did you listen to the President’s speech at the 72nd Anniversary of the Gajaba Regiment on 11-10-21? In one place he said: “Please give me your support (I think addressing the people) to eradicate “Corruption” from all quarters. It could be corruption by the Ministers, Public Officials”. This “Joker” has forgotten the corruption that happened and continues to happen under his own “Supervision”. For example, the “Sugar”; “Palm Oil”; “Galic” etc He, himself, and his Ministers are directly involved. What did the people do or what were their involvements in those corruptions? Wasn’t he aware of the latest “Deal”- “Kerawalapitiya” (corruption) that involved his own brother, “BR” – the Minister of Finance? If on the other hand, he asked for “Help” to eradicate corruption from the Armed Forces, this “Joker” must be “Forcibly” removed, because “HE” is the one who is responsible and answerable for all the corruptions so far taken place.

        The worst that can happen to a man is that is inflicted upon himself and for knowingly being “Dishonest” to oneself. A good example is this President “GR”.

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          Dear Simon,
          Thank you.
          Sorysena too turned out to be mentally ill, nearly after 2 years since he was elected as the president. The same or in a worst form of the symptoms are the case with political teenager – Nandasena. Nandasena the manner, how his secret missions charged expats on their arrivals to home country was beyond all ethics and morals. How can a labourer working in Dubai, SK or any other countries afford over 2 lacks of LKR being unncessarily spent on quarantining related regulations ? Bangaladesh, India Pakistan and Nepal have never charged that high charges from their citizens… this was the biggest fraudulent network worked with the very knowledge of Rajapakshes family but under that moron -Nishshanka Senadhipathi et al. I know few that faced the same situation but most of them were coming from US and Europe. Not from Italy, but from Germany, France and UK.
          Yes, I did listen to his speech. What bothered me was – ” I myself have set example not being corrupted in any form”….. went on saying but forgetting that ” monument build incident which costed the state over 90 million of funds abused from tax payers”. The bugger proudly argued earlier times (I paid that sum later after it was revealed… etc)

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      Simon and to all other true souls@

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvNtm3-idUE

      See, how AKD makes it very clear keeping Maha Raja sitting next to nasal voice boralu goda weeraya.

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    Ha ha ha! I expected this type of article.
    As agreed before covertly:
    – First, Gotabhaya makes a statement admitting all his wrong doings, sale of national assets and facilitating a large number of frauds as “mere failures”.
    – Then, Ranil attributes Gotabhaya’s “failures” to the 20A and suggests that Gotabhaya restores the 19A as a means of overcoming “future failures”.
    – In the meantime, a group of fake patriots visit Maithri pretending that something is brewing.
    – Next, there will be a series of articles praising the 19A and highlighting the need to reverse the 20A.
    – Then, there will be talk shows on TV discussing the subject.
    – Then, the same Mahanayaka Theros who were opposed to the 19A, will suddenly find shortcomings of the 20A.
    I have seen it all! Haven’t you, too?
    Contd’….

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      Why do the government+the opposition do this?
      1) Perhaps, they may want to divert people’s attention so that they can commit another treachery. Not long ago, the Rajapaksas made a big issue about Parakrama Samudra to divert people’s attention before selling the WCT to India ‘online’. However, our Constitution does not recognize electronically signed international agreements as legally binding and valid. (Cheers!)
      OR,
      2) The Rajapaksas may want to secure a permanent income at public cost for their offspring and relatives who are yet to be politicians. Provincial Council elections are the best available option right now. Also, the promise to introduce a new Constitution is a tried and tested bargain tactic targetting minority parties. Therefore, Gotabhaya decided to play the ‘victim card’ before approaching voters.
      OR,
      3) The Rajapaksas fear that if someone else becomes the President by any chance, they all will have to end up in jail. So they decided to reverse the 20A to retain power among the family through Parliament, despite the fact that they are utterly unpopular.
      OR,
      4) For some reason, Gotabhaya’s soothsayer, Gnanakka may have lost her occult powers and is now unable to advise Gotabhya on governance, leaving him helpless. His recent statement is an obvious example of the diffusion of responsibility for “all his failures”.

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        But Champo,

        what brings after letting his ignorance lot more deaths not having proper and timely care.

        WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A HUMAN BEING UNDER THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP ?

        This alone can open the eyes of those ignorants that have been prey of CRIMINALs even today.

        Those people incl my lovely ones would have been alive, if they were timely provided with the jabs according to WHO recommendations. Today media dont seem to utter a single world about rulers being that late to provide the nation with jabs…
        .
        Only a tiny portion of the COVID death, are reported to have died after being injected with the vaccine. Most of them had several other symptoms for such a long time.

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          Needless to say, the Rajapaksas should never be forgiven. NEVER.
          After allowing his buddies to plunder the country and others to rip off helpless citizens, Gotabhaya had the audacity to ‘victim play’.
          Gotabhaya converted Covid-19 a family-run money-making venture. One Rajapaksa earns a commission by awarding the contract to set up a million rupee mass PCR lab at the airport, only to be closed down by another Rajapaksa within hours of its opening in favour of hotel owners, earning his commission.
          Vaccines have also become a business. Channa Jayasumana should explain the basis of his decision to give booster shots to those who are over 20. Booster shots are recommended for seniors & vulnerable people, NOT healthy youth.
          It is pretty obvious that the Rajapaksas are making money by ‘testing vaccines’ on Sri Lankans. Eg: the WHO recommended Sinopharm only after they were tested on Sri Lankans.
          Some doctors bragged about Sri Lanka being the ‘first country’ to vaccinate pregnant women, proving my point. Using unassumed pregnant women to ‘experiment’ vaccines is unethical and deplorable.
          Although nobody knows for how long, there is proof that Covid vaccines have reduced transmission & hospitalizations in some countries.
          My objection is that the Rajapaksas are teaming up with the WHO and vaccine manufacturers to use Sri Lankans as “lab rats”.

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            Champa,
            .
            we thank you for you having learnt it today. It is wrong to put the blame on all predessor president, but ONLY Rajaakshes wasted it most.
            .
            Please listen to what this SENIOR lawyer has to say about.. that will open your eyes.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dXldnqrghk
            :
            That is a greater development, but how many of those slave mind set bearers grasp it.
            .
            Only wayout would be improvement of AWARENSS of AVERAGE and YELLO PETs.

            Yellow PETs should be made clear, that they have to be away from ACTIVE politics though they could spearhead rebuilding of the SOCIETY.

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      Lets listen to AKD – these are timeworthy.
      .
      May you all be blessed with wisdom !

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr5qn-D4gZU

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      Champa,
      “Next, there will be a series of articles praising the 19A and highlighting the need to reverse the 20A”
      You seem to think that articles in CT are planned by politicians. You forget that CT isn’t run from Lake House.

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        Champa,
        .
        seems to take lot more time to realize even simple things.
        :

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    This exactly I thouht prior to presidential elections ” for any political party it will be not so bad to loose the elections “. Also I said here many times Lanka may get out of Pandemic just in time to get into much bigger pandemic caused by economy meltdown, bankruptcy, international and domestic political conflicts, instability, poverty, unemployment, food scarcity, LKR depreciation the list goes on. Well.done 6.9 million.

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      Chiv,
      .
      Do you think if anyone with some sanity would ever vote for CRIMINALs ? But it happened in our hell. So what more talks about a future ?
      :
      With this being the ground reality, how can anyone make hopes about a better future in that country ?
      .
      I think MEDIA mafia to be blamed for ” their breaking news misleading the nature further”:
      Today SIRASA TV stands out to be the only TV channel that telecasts what all other channels dont. That way, perhaps, some among rural portions come to know all what is being telecasted by HIRU AND DERANA TV channels are not the truth.

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      Today former CAA (consumer affairs authority) executive director Thusan Gunawardena, who blew whistle and exposed recent ” garlic scam” by raiding the warehouses where it was hoarded, told media a white van was sent to his residence. When opposition questioned Rogue Minister Bandula Gunawardena admitted to the scam in parliament. Authority who expose or question Rajapaksas are immediately picked up either by white van or called by CID, TID —. Prices of essential items sky rocketed overnight. Cement, Milk Powder, Wheat among many things hoarded by Rajapaksas in port warehouses are now released at a higher price. Namal will be departing soon with a group of people to “Kushi ” City will need cash to burn. Do anyone want to bet on him sneaking into T 20 world cup ????

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        Chiv,
        .
        CAA former director is fearless. I like the kind of professionals. He is risking his life keeping his wife and children away from his living place. See how smart some real good souls are.
        Bandula the bed pan style mouth holder is now speechless. Dr Harsha De Silva made him somewhat silent. The other lasantha did not know that Thusan was appointed by them as a “director” with all incl visiting cards being printed the posts as ” director”. Silly so called ministers, may be thinking that almost everyone eats punnakku/or ratathanakola regularly.
        Bandula does not know what his lips drop down. All what he makes happy is fooling around. The kind of former whole sale tuition masters sucked the last blood drop of the poor people through as tuition givers. Sannasagala may be different. He is a good guy for some reasons. He calls a spade a spade, without being biased to anyone.
        :

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      Chiv,
      “Well.done 6.9 million.”

      Dumbo, 6.9 million did not bring COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to those 6.9 million there is a Government that deals with the pandemic effectively. If we had ‘Pad Man’ country is doomed.

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        Evil Eagle are you appointed as the White van organizer?? How much does it cost for adult diapers now a days ?? Any idea ??

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    In a few paragraphs, Rajan Philips has taken the reader over slightly more than 07 decades of Post Independence governance. Brilliant.
    Those of us who are within this period would remember the Dudley Senanayake Governance of 1965-1970. His cabinet included strange bedfellows; Fiery Father of Marxism Philip Gunawardena, K.M.P. Rajaratne and M.Tiruchelvam of the Federal Party. It was the first and last time that the FP was a part of Govt!

    Unfortunately, Dudleyge Masala Vadai line brought in the United Front Govt; of Mrs.B.WHICH SET ABOUT LAYING THE FOUNDATION for upsetting what Dudley built in harmonious relationships between communities.

    If there was one Govt: that became within a very short spell, it is the Govt:led by Gothabaya Rajapakse and his ever increasing extended family.
    But still their is no immediate danger; This then is the Paradox.
    Is it because the Rajapakses are still held in reverence for
    a] The defeat of the LTTE.
    b] A hard-line attitude towards the Minorities.

    On the other hand is the general populace quiet and biding their time due to
    a] Covid- 19 and the fallout
    b] Threat of a Military take-over
    c] or due to no visible alternative.

    But one thing is certain. It could take quite a while for Srilanka to return to what it was of the earlier decades.

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      Plato

      “a] The defeat of the LTTE.
      b] A hard-line attitude towards the Minorities.”

      The believe among ordinary Sinhalese as well as substantial section of the thieving middle class is that Rajapaksas are the only people who made a serious effort to teach the Tamils (Muslims) a lesson they will not forget.

      This is what Anuruddha Ratwatte promised to deliver in the mid 1990s, not only destroying LTTE but to wipe out Tamils aspiration for a Separate state (or the intention to militarily challenge the state) .

      If you talk to the thieving Middle Class Sinhalese they will reluctantly accept their true position.

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    Correction.
    ……If there was one Govt that became very unpopular within a very short spell…….

    ……Dudleyge badai Masala wadai…….

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    It’s because of Ranil!
    ***
    He’s boosting the gov. up because his eyes have Port City $$$ signs in them. He’s highly excited about the Port City prospect. You see, he saw places like Monte Carlo and the French Rivera subsisting off laundered money of the 30’s and 40’s era, with jazz music, jitterbugging, and old aristocracy gambling around, and was highly enthused by it all. Wants motherland to have the same experience. Motherland is too goday for him. Only way to civilize the natives.

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      RTF,

      If my memory is right, RW was the premier of the former gg govt, but not the executive president. Brother duo believed naively, that the duo would be able to manage it better, once they gained power. However, today s situation is even worst than that of SORYSENA s silly acts… or not ?
      :
      Civilizing the average would be a mammoth work, yet today. Please talk to your circles down there and collect it by yourself… i have been doing it for such a long time. And i would not agree with many of them… though most of them are at least basic degree holders from local universities. However, most of them behave today, similar to the state of ” uguduwa kithul ata gilala wage – speechless, but scratching their heads, whenever the questions come on them..

      Their thinking patterns in general would not change palpably, so long uneducated SIVURU wearers/ buddhgama monks spread ” jathiawadaya” pills. I am not against HAMUDURUWO, if they would at least respect 5 precepts. Most of young violent monks are paedophiles.::: Ranjan Ramanayaka revealed a lot about them, however, truths were not welcome by the hypocrites dominated society.
      Even if we would see, things could easily change in the average mindset, it is not an easy process.

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    Evil Eagle are you appointed as the White van organizer?? How much does it cost for adult diapers now a days ?? Any idea ??

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      Chiv,
      .
      Eagle is hired by them to balance CT comments.

      We have got enough source data to prove it. One of my friends is doing it now going back to the archives for the last few years.

      So please dont waste your time, no worth at all.

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        LLM,
        that should keep him busy at his age and explains the reason he is steadfast inspite of heavy odds
        Earning his bacon!
        That’s why matters like Richard De Z untimely and sad death, hounded by sadists does not make any sense to him. Not only now, but even when he was in control of the biggest press11
        Good on him. Sincere and very Loyal it appears to be!!
        At the least, ONE SRI LANKAN knows where his pay check originates from!(?)

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