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Accepting ‘Moral Responsibility’ & Resigning: Learning From Lal Bahadur Shastri

By Asoka N.I. Ekanayaka

Prof. Asoka N.I. Ekanayaka

On 25th November 1956 Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned as Indian Rail Minister following the Ariyalur train accident in Tamil Nadu which killed more than 140 people.Not that Shastri had been driving the fatal locomotive ! But he took ‘moral responsibility’ as the Minister in charge of the subject and magnanimously resigned. It was  a historic noble gesture that made Jawaharlal Nehru describe Shastri as a man of the highest integrity. By contrast following the heartbreak of the horrendous Easter Sunday massacre in Sri Lanka, millions of grieving citizens ( including Christians like me ), have reason to turn bitter and cynical at the pathetic spectacle of  the Sri Lankan President who with pompous arrogance stubbornly refuses to resign, notwithstanding  the monstrous tragedy occurring under his watch as the subject Minister for ‘Defence’, the ‘Police’ and ‘Law and Order’. 

In any constitutional democracy after a monumental calamity of this magnitude it is only natural for there to be strong public demands for those in authority to be held to account for failure to prevent the tragedy. There are inevitable public expectations that ‘heads will roll’ where there has been negligence, and that those guilty of ‘criminal negligence’ will be sent to jail. As to who should be held responsible and which heads should roll would need to be determined on the basis of the plain facts after  fair and unprejudiced inquiry. 

In the present case  amidst much finger pointing the public have been inundated with a plethora of claims and counter claims, stories, accusations explanations, excuses, extenuating circumstances, and clarifications, relating to the complicity of various individuals in failing to prevent the tragedy. They have including high public officials, government ministers and even the prime Minister who for his part has consistently maintained that he has been deliberately and in bad faith kept in the dark on security matters for a long time right up to the morning of the blast. Hopefully such confusion and controversy will be resolved eventually when the true facts come to light enabling society to pin responsibility and demand that all those whether public servants or politicians who have failed the nation should at the very least be forced to resign.

However one thing is clear. In any organization accountability must begin at the top. When the Company crashes the CEO must be the first to take the rap. Accordingly there is a clear and logical basis for resignations to begin with the specific cabinet Ministers who oversee the relevant subject. In the present case President Sirisena is not only the Cabinet Minister responsible for Defense, the Police, and Law and Order, but he is known to have doggedly insisted on arrogating these subjects to himself gratuitously retaining them under his control defying the prime Minister and other cabinet Ministers who sought to place Law and Order under the expert control of Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka. Consequently in grimly hanging on to subjects that he was probably incompetent to administer, Sirisena is doubly morally responsible for the failure of the departments under him to prevent the tragedy. In this regard the wording of Article 51 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution makes it clear that the President can devolve even the Defence portfolio to a separate qualified cabinet minister should he wish to do so in the national interest. But he did not do so.

Consequently it is clear that Sirisena has a moral duty and is honour bound to resign, for no other reason than that he was the responsible Minister in charge. By the same logic so should John Amaratunge the Minister of Christian Affairs under whose watch more Christians were slaughtered in one day than in the entire history of the country. Nor as a Roman Catholic has he been too sympathetic to the problems of evangelical Christians who have been getting a beating at the hands of Buddhist extremists for many years long before the Easter massacre. That Amaratunge should continue pretending to represent the interests of Christians as a Minister after the tragic events of Easter Sunday is intolerable. 

Lal Bahadur Shastri who followed Jawaharlal Nehru as Prime Minister of India was a disciple of Gandhi. It is reported that when Shastri died in 1966 he possessed neither a house nor any land. Apparently he only left behind a government car loan which his wife had to settle with the family pension. Such was his lofty integrity and modesty. That is the standard we must hold up for our leaders. Moreover according to Wikipedia Shastri had graduated with a first class degree in philosophy and ethics from the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith University in 1925. However educational disparity is no excuse for a President failing to follow his example and do the honourable thing. Whether philosopher or proletarian “the laws of God written in the hearts” of our common humanity should stir the conscience into doing what is right, especially when over 250 have been killed and the lives of hundreds ruined.

Moreover the imperative for the President to resign at this time is compounded by the fact that going by the record there are more than enough reasons why he should have resigned many times over already if he possessed a modicum of sensitivity and self respect. There is his abysmal record of political betrayal, starting with the double crossing of his erstwhile comrades in the previous regime in 2014 in which as a senior minister for many years he was collectively responsible for all its misdemeanors. Then in 2018 he betrayed the 6,217,000 good people who voted him in as President, sacked the Prime Minister and like the proverbial ‘dog going back to its vomit’ replaced  the cabinet with the very regime he had previously betrayed. Then in December 2018 the supreme court ruled that he had violated the constitution by dissolving parliament – a humiliating verdict that was in and of itself sufficient reason to resign forthwith. 

Finally President Sirisena’s recent restless maneuvers to somehow ingratiate himself with a fragmented SLPP/SLFP desperate to secure a presidential nomination in that quarter, is a total reversal of his  categorical assurance to the nation in 2015 at his swearing in that he would not seek a 2nd term. This too is a grotesque about turn of a kind that warrants any president being turned out of office. Moreover in continuing as president with pompous gung-ho self confidence Sirisena shows his failure to understand the fact that even his selection as presidential candidate in 2015 by the forces opposed to the previous regime was purely ‘tactical’. In no way did it signify that as an individual he necessarily possessed the personal stature attributes and qualifications required for the job..

From a philosophical perspective the tenacity with which the Sri Lankan president grimly hangs on without resigning in arrogant contempt of public opinion, is just another example of the insatiable craving for rank title and power that has been a characteristic feature of fallen human nature at all levels throughout the ages. In that sense he seems to share something in common with Presidents like Maduro of Venezuela, Bouteflika of Algeria and Mugabe of Zimbabwe, all of whom have disgraced themselves by stubbornly soldiering on long after forfeiting public confidence. They will be remembered for their notoriety. But if the Sri Lankan president has the good sense to even now graciously resign on moral grounds he may avoid being counted amongst those who will be forgotten for their mediocrity. 

The final irony is that Sri Lankan Presidents can take comfort in the  knowledge that resignation is hardly a sacrifice. On the contrary it could be the gateway to a glorious retirement for the rest of their earthly life !The rest of the population who finally retire after 40 years of hard struggle may have to fall back on their life savings and carefully conserve their resources as they face the manifold hazards challenges and insecurities of old age. Not so Sri Lankan Presidents. 

Under the Former President’s Entitlement Act of 1986  former presidents even after one short term in office ( irrespective of whether their record was distinguished or deplorable), will for the rest of their  earthly life enjoy a pension equal to the last pay drawn while in office and privileges equivalent to a serving cabinet minister. These would include the order of precedence, an official residence, an office, staff, transport and security. The pension will be in addition to any other pension which they would be entitled to due to prior service. Moreover their spouses are also well looked after.

So there are many compelling reasons why the Sri Lankan President ought to resign forthwith. If nothing else it is hoped he might be persuaded to do so considering the good life that awaits him were he to oblige! Otherwise he may wish to ponder the paraphrased  famous words of Oliver Cromwell who in April 1653 exhorted parliament “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of godliness, go!”

Professor A.N.I. Ekanayaka – Emeritus Professor (University of Peradeniya

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  • 9
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    president trumans famous words were the buck stops here
    ms probably has not even heard of him as he is not mentioned in the mahawamsa
    the slpp dont want him to resign as that would make ranil the president
    neither does the unp for some weird reason as all of them are dumbstruck
    resignation does not come naturally to sri lankans as even ranil hung on to the unp leadership
    despite losing 20 elections
    lets hope it will happen in your next life professor

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      There are equally compelling reasons why the foreign puppet Prime Minister Bondscam Ranil who has made a fine art of CORRUPTING and destroying all important NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS in the country by appointing incompetent people to high posts, starting from the Financially illiterate Finance Ministers, the looting of the Central Bank, the IGP Police and Intelligence system, the Education and Higher ed. Ministries with their free TABs , the Energy and Transport Ministries where land is being looted for the foreign Nave bases in order that Fake Foreign Experts can run the country through remote control and set up military bases.
      Now a shady American has been made CEO of Sri Lanka Airlines to further compromise national security, while Millennium Airlines that no one has hears if flying helitours, and graduate students are launching Satellites over Lanka from Japan and USA!
      AIRSPACE and security completely compromised
      Miracle of Modayas indeed!

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        Suriya

        “a fine art of CORRUPTING and destroying all important NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS in the country by appointing incompetent people to high posts, “

        There are equally compelling evidence when exactly the practice of nepotism started, actually it started in the mid 1950s, gradually the art was refined under SiriMao, and further developed in subsequent periods until it peaked under the reign of the clan.

        I am certain you were not born yesterday.

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        “Now a shady American has been made CEO of Sri Lanka Airlines”

        Don’t you think this guy is 10000000000000000 better than Mahinda’s BIL? :))

        I know you wont answer …….. wont even say Hmmm ……….. that’s Lankans for you!

        This kind of one-sided claptrap/diatribes is a mental-illness …….. no different to ISIS mental-illness of courting virgins in heaven.

        No wonder the country is in this mess.

  • 7
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    Finaly EVERYTHING THAT SHOULD BE SAID. ..

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      Clown Sira and Bondscam Ranil must go together. One is no better than the other.
      Actually, Bondscam Ranil who has turned Lanka into a colony of Trumpland, so that they control natonal security today even as they are asset stripping Lanka after putting it into a IMF-EURObond Soverign bond and JapanADB debt trap is more vile than Sira and should go FIRST.

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        What has happened to the Bond scam culprits? Last heard, they were on bail – there the matter stands, maybe until the next government. Mahendran is in Singapore and it appears that he cannot be forced to testify.
        Is the case still on, or has it been removed from list of pending cases?
        Maybe the fact that many MPs received largesse from Perpetual Treasuries has forced the judiciary to keep the case eternally on the “pending list” ?

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    Dear Prof. Asoka N I Ekanayaka,

    Thanks for the article. Your article describes and summarizes, Sirisena, whom Amarasiri had described as The Traitor, Sevalaya(Sleaze), Pachaya(liar), Mala-Perethaya, etc. However, Sirisena graduated to these titles by the combined actions of the Sri Lankan political leadership and the lack of law and order since independence.

    This had paved the way for the fringe elements if the society, LTTE, BBS, Tauheed Jamats etc. to take Law and Order into their own hands and ideology.

    A failed state? A Land like no other?

  • 9
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    Dear Asoka N.I. Ekanayaka,

    Your arguments for Sirisena to resign are logical as the president has violated the rule of law enshrined in the constitution.

    “President Sirisena is not only the Cabinet Minister responsible for Defense, the Police, and Law and Order” – He should take the full responsibility for the massacre on Easter day.

    I would like of bring three recent instances when rule of law was violated by those who are expected by the citizens to uphold it:

    1. Anti-Muslim rioters in Kandy in 2018 have not been brought to justice and the rule of law enforced. This only encourages further such riots.
    2. An attack on a church in Anurathapura a few days before Easter – has the rule of law been applied to the culprits?
    3. The very latest: Riots against Muslims in Negombo, where properties of Muslims were destroyed while in some cases the armed forces just looked on without taking action against the rioters.

    The above three are relatively smaller violations of not enforcing the rule of law compared to what the Tamils have suffered during the past riots, pogroms and the infamous genocide of Tamils during the war.

    Rule of law is only selectively applied in Sri Lanka for 70 years.

    Without rigorously enforcing rule of law there is no democracy; on that basis Sri Lanka is not a true democracy but a majoritarian regime.

    No wonder the president himself is violating it, as he has seen many such violations under various regimes in his lifetime.

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      Thiru,
      Yes I agree with you and Ekanayaka that Srisena should resign. However, in Srilanka there is no single example of any ministers or presidents to say that anyone took responsibility or accountability for failing to stop such carnage or any other violation of law. We all know that last oct 2018, Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapakse jointly involved in a political coup violating the constition and the supreme court gave a verdict that was illegal and violation of constitution. In fact, they should be in jail for political coup. Recently, the police reported that ?? billions worth of assets found with the terror group, but did the people of Srilanka what is the worth of assets they found with international LTTE arms dealer and where is that money?
      Even we have evidence of violation of law by former Chief justices. It is norm to Srilanka. Even after 60,000 death of Sinhalese by Srilanka military during JVP insurgency, no brought under justice or even a investigation to find out to them? This is Srilanka, a land of violations.

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    Nothing to comment, all well said. it is tragic that Sri Lankan citizens have to go through sewage politics.

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    Lal Bahadur Shastri died in 1966, not 1956 as stated here.

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    Much Worse has happened for decades.
    Did anybody go?
    *
    What did the UNP do to rectify the injustice suffered by the Muslims under MR? Nothing.
    It added to their misery by its inaction last year.
    *
    IS is evil. But think about what attracts young people to such evil.
    We never learn, but are busy passing the blame and scoring political points.
    Nobody has any interest in the victims of mass crimes or in examining one’s own attitudes that made such tragedy possible.

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      SJ

      “Nobody has any interest in the victims of mass crimes or in examining one’s own attitudes that made such tragedy possible.”

      Did you mean 1948 Citizenship Act, Sinhala Only Act 1956, Constitution 1972, ….riots 1958, …..1977, ….. 1983, War for peace for 30 years, Armed insurrections 1971 and between 1987 and 1991, ……………

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    The police services under Wickramasinghe of UNP Ministers since 15/1/8 that totally failure delivered not that for the security for citizens of Sri lankan.. While that UNP is most corrupted Party .
    Not a single UNP Ministers have been charges or resigned on corruption charges against Ranil Wicks, Ravi K… Malik Smarawicks, Keriella(allines Perera) and Sarath Fonseka? The writer is not in this Island for long times.
    The 21/4 Islam terrorist accountability of UNP leadership of Ranil Wicks.

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    “Shastri died in 1956” is incorrect as long serving Prime minister Nehru visited Srilanka in 1962. Shastri was elected as Prime minister after the passing away of Nehru.

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    No more Gentlemen POLITICIANS but only power crazy lunatics. .

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    Yes, Lal Bahadur Shastri died in 1966 and NOT 1956. I regret the error. Thank you for pointing it out.

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    Prof Ekanayake: Sri Lankan politicians are secretive and are well known for lieing. All three politicians knew. Sri lanka had been engaged in something ca;;ed Extra ordinary Rendition. that was a CIA need. I think What happened in Batalanda might be something like that. Ia am wondering whether any govt allowed bringing Muslim terrorists to sri lanka for questioning and made the cause for attack. If that is the case, politicians keep silent. There is a wekipedia list of countries where CIA conducted extra ordinary rendition. I think this time the bomb explosion happened unexpected because they had more explosives which they did not explode. It may be Maithripala sirisena went to Singapore. I think explosion happened to avoid that Singapore trip I think. So, the bond scam went underneath the priority files. Reember Ranil Allowed Military intelligence people for LTTE to be killed.and he did the same thing in this govt too.
    Even the new national security legislation may be something to start Extra ordinary rendition by which we make enemies who will destroy sri lanka.

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    Dear Great Britian (UK), please rule our country. We are currently on the journey in the reverse gear.

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    Prof Ekanayake: This happened in the USA, UK, FRance, India and russia. they could not avoid it. How come you expect Sri lanka could have avoided. Besiddes, this is very well planned and this multi purpsoe. CAN YOU RESPOND TO THIS COMMENT. I know thailand is a country where CIA is operating. You may be working on a CIA contract.

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    Maithripala Sirisena shows Mahavamsa Mindset in politics. He forgets all around us are foxes. they look beautiful. but the y are foxes. On the otherhand, Ranil is walking along his Uncle JRJ”‘s foot step. As I can not scold JRJ I scold Ranil. Ranil brought the Neo-liberal constitution and He became a Yanki doodle. Ranil is a Dirty hyena. Ranil, Arjun Mahdendran and Pent house Ravi, his bond scam gang set up Maithripala. Ranil Appointed CIABOC to which Ranil appointed a girl from the PM’s office. Anyway, Ranil had to go infront of AG to teach him Economics and Ranil the dirty and shamelss Hyena is angry. So, Now Ranil is the DE FACTO Defence Minister. Maithripala Issues a NEws paper briefing. Ranil does the same. Ranil is ready to legalize the Batlanda killings. I think rishad Bathiuddin’s political donation and Hisbulla Allegiance to MS in Batti made MS forget everything. Rishad Bathiuddin had tried even to influence the Army commander. He is that powerful. I think NGOs must sponsor rishad as the next common candidate. QATAR, Saudi ARabia and Iran also will like it.

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    Prof Ekanayake:
    https://books.google.ca/books?id=MfCBDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=militant+buddhism+and&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAxMOsn4ziAhXCo54KHfsCDAIQ6AEIKzAA#v=onepage&q=militant%20buddhism%20and&f=false: Militant Buddhism: The Rise of Religious Violence in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand
    By Peter Lehr
    Read the above book. Then you find what is going on in thailand, Sri lanka and in Myanmar and the western influence on it. It is easy to blame on some one. then you can reflect how you came to where you are now what kind of mistakes you made because you did not know exactly what was around you. Definitely, every politician, Parliament and Officials are responsible. Defence Secretary , IGP are too responsible. but, blaming is easy game. I think some hidden hand killed all the patriotic politicians and only the corrupt ones are left. So, apparently a naive politician may make mistake.

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    Prof! Why target Sira only? If it is a question of resignations the entire 225 must resign along with Sira. We now know that BOTH the principal partners of this government, now fallen apart much to the disadvantage of the voters, KNEW about the impending disaster but CHOSE to view things with a Nelson’s eye for other reasons. What is sad is that some officials have to take the rap for that, of course, not that they are saints but had to engage themselves in pen pushing. The world cannot deny that the only prominent personality who acted like a real leader in trying times was none other than His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

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    ” RESIGNATION”. NO. This call must stop. Instead all those who are “RESPONSIBLE” and “ACCOUNTABLE” must be prosecuted in an appropriate Court of Law. There is one such case already filed against the ex Defense Secretary and the “Suspended” IGP. Who did that and “WHY” was it that way, i.e. limiting the accusations to “TWO” officials. Was that a “PLANNED” affair? I suspect it to be. Why this litigation not included the “Minister” of Defense, Security, Law & Order? This “Person” who filed this case in SC should have sought legal opinion as to the provisions of the “19th Amendment” to name even the President together with the Attorney General. Remember, in this instance, it is not President, but the “Minister of Defense, Security, Law & Order”. Why exclude the Prime Minister? He is the “Head” of the Government? Isn’t there something “FISHY” in this whole “Legal Case” in relation to the April 21st mayhem? These “TWO” – the Minister of Defense, Law & Order and the “Head” of the Government along with those officials who were “Responsible” and “Accountable” must be PROSECUTED and PUNISHED according to the gravity of the accusation. But, DO NOT allow them to resign and GET AWAY with “MURDER”. Therefore , please stop this call for “RESIGNATIONS”. In law, the person who commit the crime as well as those who knowingly “ALLOWED” the crime to be committed are equally liable and punished in equal terms.

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      Douglas
      I am sure you are aware of the fact that the President has immunity from both civil or criminal proceedings, during the tenure of office and acts carried out during this period. on can be taken against him Hence no legal action can be taken against him. The only course is impeachment for that you need two third of MPs, which you cannot get in Srilanka now. So you are with what you have for another few months

  • 0
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    perhaps My3 should also follow Indian PM Moraji Desai and drinks his own urine….
    perhaps he can toast on urine on his sons wedding which I understand is now shifted to Hilton

    The wedding was supposed to be at Shangri-La but at a short notice all the pompous celebration has been organised to take place in Hilton at a short notice…..

    a very good example set by the President of Sri Lanka for his country…bugger the 258 + who perished …lets have a tamasha…

    other head of states would have postponed the wedding at least until….all the dead have been identified and buried as a respect….
    or would have gone for a low key wedding…

    shame on the son of the president too to go ahead with such a pompous wedding …

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    Poor Dr Ranil .. Didn’t know Nothing..

    Did the Professor as a Catholic at least ask the UNP Minister Mr Harin who got the “Intelligence” to Skip the Easter Mass while his boss Dr Ranil didn;t know anything ?…

    Does Dr Ranil go to church at least on Easter Sunday to sing some Hymns and greet the mates and catch up with drinks ?..?..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Poor Dr Ranil .. Didn’t know Nothing..”

      Are you saying Ranil did know many things?
      It appears you need some lessons in English from our Emil van der Poorten and smacking on your bum by JD.

      Hope JD and yourself enjoy the punishment.

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    Most politicians knew, they escaped just at the moment and some left the area.

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    The unknown writer an eragelly wanted to promoted and encouraged that ex-Army Commander Sarath Fonseks to be that proposed as Minister of Law and Order under ongoing current UNP regime of Wicakrasinghe’s clan.
    The writer is seems to be may be political aligned with Wickramasinghe camp….UNP! The crux of matter security is he was blind eye and unaware of that 4 Ministers of UNP was incharge LoO Ministers last 4 years and half since 2015 Jan 8th by misdeeds of UNP R..Wicks.!!!.
    The Professor was poor reading of development of politics in Island .
    Needless to say 21/4 Muslim terror attack that the writer blame and claim for President….MS. that is logically correct .
    Yes President also accountability of Muslim massacre of unharmed people in that Terror attack in 21/4 that is undeniable fact of truth.What about that Ranil Wicks of life-long leaders of UNP also equally accountability and responsibility of 21/4 Muslim massacre by Islam Terrorists ?
    Therefore that UNP has not charge against Rashied Budeen, Assd Sally, Hasabulla and Mujer Rahaman by Prime-minster of head of govt. what action taken by Prime of killed 380 death and 800 casualties by Ministers of UNP cabinet ?
    We view that before SF to an appointment as LoO minster these security clearance has to be address by UNP’s Wickramsinghe clan?
    SF is no longer valid for National security of Sri lanka. He lost credibility of Majority voters of Island .

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    The unknown writer an eragelly wanted to promoted and encouraged that ex-Army Commander Sarath Fonseks to be that proposed as Minister of Law and Order under ongoing current UNP regime of Wicakrasinghe’s clan.
    The writer is seems to be may be political aligned with Wickramasinghe camp….UNP! The crux of matter security is he was blind eye and unaware of that 4 Ministers of UNP was incharge LoO Ministers last 4 years and half since 2015 Jan 8th by misdeeds of UNP R..Wicks.!!!.
    The Professor was poor reading of development of politics in Island .
    Needless to say 21/4 Muslim terror attack that the writer blame and claim for President….MS.
    That is logically correct .
    Yes President also accountability of Muslim massacre of unharmed people in that Terror attack in 21/4 that is undeniable fact of truth.What about that Ranil Wicks of life-long leaders of UNP also equally accountability and responsibility of 21/4 Muslim massacre by Islam Terrorists ?
    Therefore that leader of UNP has not charge against any of Rashied Budeen, Assd Sally, Hasabulla and Mujer Rahaman by Prime-minster of head of govt. What action taken by Prime of killed 380 death and 800 casualties by Ministers of UNP own cabinet ?
    We view before that SF to an appointment as LoO minster UNP has get the security clearance of UNP Minsters and Members of Parliament and other Muslim politician has to be address by fedul clan of UNP’s Wickramsinghe’s clique ?
    SF is no longer valid for National security of Sri lanka. He is incompetent of overall voters and after 30 war of his honesty .He lost credibility of Majority voters of Island .

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    Prof Ekanayake: Even if Politicians and that is the truth govt can not take a decision before hand as the International community, UNHCR, NGOs, Human right Organizations are there to scream. Now they also understand. Because this incidence have some hidden hands. I am pretty sure you are caught in Something. Thailand is highly under Western CAT PAW Tactics. On the day of the incidence Ranil went to Nuwara eliya and Ms went to Thirupathi and Singapore. SF is not a good Sri lanka now because of his children are living in the West, he talks BS. He will destroy Sri lanka if he is appointed to the LAw and order minister. The way Ms goes now is the correct. Now, Sarath Fonseka is a dangerous person.

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    Why quote Shastri as an example. Any current mediocre but decent politician would have immediately addressed the victims,showed empathy and offered help,support and condolences. All MS did was outright lie and then tried to exploit the tragedy.(his purpose of addressing the nation).

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      Quoting Shastri out of context, pinni g the blame on only the President shows that this professor of Dentistry Ekanayaka does not know nor wants to hear about the principle of collective responsibility. HE IS OBVIOUSLY A RANIL UNP SUPPORTER having some vested interest, got some favour from those in high places. Why are we wasting time reading this verbose tripe?

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    Umberto Gui: Thanks. Yes your are correct; but under “19th Amendment” there is a way to expose President for his failures. Please read the Article 7, through which Article 35 was repealed. Your attention is drawn to the sub paragraph, wherein there is provision to prosecute the Attorney General for the failures of the President, At a recent TV discussion this matter was taken up and the MP, PC Mr. Wijedasa Rajapakse referred to this 19th Amendment and said : “President can be made answerable and accountable for any failure in the discharge of his assigned functions, through a law suite against the AG.

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    Ex Indian premier was a gentleman, supreme
    To associate Mahathma Gandhi had good fortune
    Our hardly distinguished president has no shame
    Bombed bad enough, to have him what’s our crime

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    Full marks to the Professor for stating without fear what we all suspected. Dread to think what further mayhem Sirisena will cause in the next 6 months – armed as he is with the “Emergency Kaduwa”!

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      This demonizing only the President while exonerating PM shows UNP henchmen at work in this Telegraph propaganda Pamphlet.

      Shame on those who are using the deaths and injury of hundreds of bomb victims on black Sunday to gain political capital and kudos by UNP stooges.

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    Full marks for trying to give PM full marks. FULL MARKS FOR OBSCURING THE TRUTH ABOUT WHO WAS really RESPONSIBLE for killings on Sunday in April. Full marks for trying to find a scapegoat to get the final blame and exonerate all others who are Guilty of Criminal Negligence.

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    Am I the only who feels that the CT is attempting to shift the responsibility from the Prime Minister and publishing curated articles on why blame is majorly
    On the President?

    Both the President AND the PM MUST RESIGN.

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