26 November, 2020

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Any “Aadi Anandian” Who’d Take A Decent Stand ?

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Before we get to our protagonist, lets talk about Ananda College in Paranavadiya, Maradana, Sri Lanka, which is without dispute, accepted as the most prestigious Sinhala Buddhist school in this island. With over 8,000 pupils in it, as one of the most sought after Sinhala Buddhist schools, it speaks of a grandiose history starting in November 1886 at No. 54, Prince Street, Pettah, established by the Buddhist Theosophical Society of then Ceylon, initiated and led by the American from New Jersey, Colonel Henry Steele Olcott. Over the years, it claims it has given the best of excellent products in all professional and academic disciplines to “Mother Lanka”.

To prove their point, Anandians of yesteryear have drawn up a list of very many names in many disciplines titled “Distinguished Old Anandians”. In this distinguished list which comprises different sectors, there are 04 Vice Chancellors of Universities in the good old days and 03 Governors of the SL Central Bank, all eminent people, before the whole status of the Governor’s position went politically rusty. The list has other very eminent persons who held very distinguished positions in this country, when those positions were in fact independent, prestigious positions, in the past. Among such “Anandians” is our protagonist, Rtd. Colonel Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, felicitated as one who rose to be an “enlightenment” as other national heroes in the “battle for independence, till the re-unification of Sri Lanka, in year 2009.” He is thus listed right at the top of those Anandians, who “reached top ranks of the Sri Lanka Army” and for that matter, even above General Hamilton Wanasinghe.

Ananda College continued to retain its right to be the leading “Sinhala Buddhist” school in the island and it hesitated not, in projecting itself as such. “Ananda Viru Harasara” a special event was thus organised by the staff and pupils (of course these kids have no say in questioning the politics of their teachers) of Ananda College, on 03 July, 2009 to “felicitate galant Old Anandians in the armed forces”. It once again had Gotabhaya Rajapaksa among persons like Sarath Fonseka, Wasantha Karannagoda, Sarath Weerasekera and Jagath Dias, receiving a special “Anandian” memento from HE the President Rajapaksa, for his bravery in the war, that ended “LTTE terrorism”.

How a ministerial “administrative position” within a closed, heavily enclosed office building, could play a leading “military role” in war, is not within my “common sense” to understand. But Gotabhaya Rajapaksa achieved heroic accolades from most Sinhala Buddhists and from his “alma mater” too, as a war hero.  This “great son” from Ananda, recognised as the most powerful person next to the elected President of the country, rarely publicly displays his true character and personality. Often his speeches are well written and well rehearsed, before delivery. As with every human being, the actual person is seen, only when the person has to react on his or her own and in impromptu mode.

On that assumption, the first query by Ms. Jansz as Editor of Sunday Leader news paper that led to the now controversial, huge urban middle class uproar had been a very plain, clarification on an information her news paper had received. Yet, there is an issue as to why Gotabhaya in the defence ministry was contacted for clarification, as the news in question is about changing flight carriers with a possible offloading of passengers. It is not about who brings a pup for whom. If there were any subsequent change of decisions on the carrier that would fly from Zurich over pressure brought from the Pilot’s Guild, it still does not have anything to do with the defence ministry, Gotabhaya and the pup. There is also no reason why a second call should go out to Gotabhaya to inform the news item would not be carried, as no editor is bound to tell any one about what would be carried in his or her news paper. It is far more childishly stupid to tell the news is not carried, but not because of his “threats”. Where professionalism is the key, dragging of Gotabhaya’s (and President’s) niece into the picture has no relevance to the news in question, other than to make the story “juicy”. That seems the editorial mindset, with the young “niece” turned into a cartoon depiction.

That made clear, there was also no reason, no justification, for a public officer to blow off the lid in an ordinary American’s filthy English slang. To save space and restrict this to a brief reminder as most by now have gone through the whole volcano explosion, some of the more printable stuff by Gotabhaya reads thus.

Nobody objected! If you write any bloody thing about this I will sue you! I am not afraid of the bloody courts! I have already sued you I will sue you again! That is my right!

“Yes! I am threatening you! Write every single word I have told you if you want – you write a bloody f…..g word and we will see…”

“You pig that eats shit!!! You shit shit dirty f…..g journalist!!!”

 “People will kill you!!! People hate you!!! They will kill you!!!”

For sure, these are not words the old American Colonel, Olcott would have used. But I’ve counted Gota’s favourite “American” words used in this incredible verbal explosion. The four letter verb used in present tense had been lavishly doled out 08 times, while the word “pig” had been used 04 times and the word “shit”, 14 times. These words adding much venom to the tone of the language used (would love to see his facial emotions at that time if possible, even now), I only see his unrestricted arrogance and haughty anger that simply tells, “None has a right to question us. We do, what we do”.

That certainly is the issue. The arrogance of usurped power, backed by Sinhala Buddhist sentiments with an army that is still nurtured to use power. That seems reason why Gota comes to assume “People (He obviously means Sinhala Buddhists) will kill you!!! People hate you!!! They will kill you!!!” As most discuss today, there are no media organisations taking up this issue of an open threat to democracy. Neither the Editors’ Guild, nor the Free Media Movement and its collaborating organisations, that prefer to release media statements and leave everything at that. They have not been seriously involved in putting up a strong and a bold front against media suppression and curbing of democracy by this regime. No professional organisation seems to be taking this up as a serious threat to freedom of expression and life. There are no Fridays available for good men to have a forum on “How a public officer should behave”.

And as one said, there are enough and more “Old Anandians”, in most of those professions and organisations. They have their own organisations as well. They use them to organise felicitations and honour “distinguish citizens”. But they don’t seem to use them to at least say, “This is certainly No Anandian …..  Anandians don’t stoop that low. They are not taught ordinary American usage in school.” Apparently there is also no good Anandian lawyer somewhere to say, “No one can ridicule our Courts that way. This should amount to Contempt of Court…..He can not talk like a dumb Poramadulla boy.”

I am looking for such “Aadi Anandians” (Old boys of Ananda) who would distance themselves from these threatening and filthy “American” language, wholly unbecoming of an Anandian. Would condemn such abuse of power by an Anandian. Wonder what most reverend Kotagama Vaachissara Thero, a few decades ago the most respected teacher in Ananda would have told, if he was still among us.

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    Superb piece! Thanks Kusal always a well balanced and well informed read putting in perspective Gota as a half American goon!
    Yes most Anadians who think about things rather than wrap themselves in mindless and fake Sinhala Buddhist patriotism feel that the rajapakse regime and Gota the American f… is giving Ananda College, Buddhism and Lanka a bad name!
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

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      Gota is NOT a product of Ananda College. He studied in the premises of Ananda College and attended “Olcott–(?)”, afternoon school. Something similar to “Zahira Evening School” in Maradana. No further comment!!!

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        I beg to differ here.
        Gota was a true Anandian. He never went to Olcott.

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    The issue says how the sinhala Buddhist society is Uncivilized and uncultured.Kusal further analyse how the sinhala Buddhists ppl behave in this society.

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      It’s not logical to generalise that ALL Sinhala Buddhist people are uncivilised and uncultural because of what one man who is corrupt said and did.

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    HIS behavior on this regarding is not related to the Education, he got or to the Reputed School like ANANDA VIDYALAYAYA OF PARANAWADIYA At MARADAANA.

    BUT IT IS HIS FAMILY UPBRINGINGS, AND ASSOCIATION LIKE KUDU MERVIN.

    If he is a officer and gentleman, he should have to tell First Instant,

    “””” NO COMMENTS “””””, To Fedrica.

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      More than anything his associates in US are like illiterate US folks and blacks doing menial jobs. Don’t expect him to speak like a Harvard scolar. His language just show whatever little he learned in US.

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    No so great a piece Kusal, my friend.
    Why you may ask? No body really cares much for the Anandians and it’s old boys.. Didn’t they keep quiet and hide under their bed, when Gota the Anandian jailed his own army commander -5 star General Sarath Fonseka who led the army for several years and served for 25 years.
    To his credit Sarath did not retire and run to America and get his US citizenship when he got injured with the LTTE or Karuna’s suicide bomber!

    Talking about America what is wrong with all the journalist, opposition politicians like Mangala, NGO’s Pakiasothy, et al? Gotabaya Rajapakse like his brother Basil and Dudley are foreigners. They are all US citizens and their primary allegiance is to the US flag, US anthem and US motherland, fatherland, homeland and country. Period. There are no if’s and but’s.

    That is the US law and they have no choice but to follow it, and they come under US jurisdictions like all US citizens including the President. If you recall US President Nixon and his Vice President Agnew were forced to resign and they did not murder any one, rape, torture or kidnap anyone. Especially fellow Americans.

    All Americans BTW have to file income taxes on worldwide income in America.

    So it is the American who is screaming in foul language on the local journalist.

    Gotabaya, might not be afraid of any bloody Sri Lankan courts. That is because he is an American!!!! But he is afraid of the American courts which has full jurisdiction over him for any crimes and violations he may have committed any where and against any one, if it violates US law, and international law.

    War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity are two such laws and US courts will come down hard on any war criminal. There is no immunity for US citizens and permanent residents in America.

    So if any American abuses, kills, rapes, tortures and kidnaps any Sri Lankan, that American will be subject to American courts, even if he does not care about” Any bloody courts” in Sri Lanka…

    So this is not about being an Anandian, but an American abusing a Sri Lankan. American courts will be open for any complaints and most Sri Lankans would even qualify for “Fee waiver” in US courts. lol.

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      You are full of it. It pours out of your ears Jaffna Tamil man.

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      We all know who Gnanakone is! He suddenly became a Sri Lankan patriot! The LTTE suppoter!

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    I wonder why it took so long for Anadians to realize who Gota is? Does Ananda College teach about ‘Anger Management’? May be they should after this. Gota is a very poor administrator holding a responsible position. He hasn’t got the basic training to handle a provoking situation. Of course, we have to understand that Newspapers love juicy stories. That is how they make a buck or two. Gota doesn’t have the skill to side swipe a question humorously of tactfully. From the get go he goes berserk. Don’t understand the question or don’t want to grasp it and give a timely answer. I have never heard of Gota holding a press conference. I don’t think he can handle the truth.

    Gota has finally ruined Anandian bragging rights. Sorry my Ananadian friends tell you went to St. Thomas’ who produced some of the best.

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    Kusal! While we are at it about Anandians, I have heart many claims that our President is also from Nalanda.
    Can you enlighten us about his education at Nalanda, and if true what period, and what did he study? And did he pass any public exams there?

    We also know from mutual friends he spent some time at Pembroke academy. And it certainly was not for A Levels!!!!!

    He too is a plastic attorney like Namal. Equally good or bad.

    Both Palitha Kohonne and G L Peries assisted him as he was a young MP just like Namal, and his father and uncle were founders of the SLFP under the Bandaranayakes. And it was Mrs Bandaranayake who gave the nomination for a 22/23 year old assistant librarian the nomination in June 1970 for the July elections.

    In Sri Lanka the journalist re write history, like rewriting the war with the Tamils, the war crimes, and civilian casualties. (Zero or Negative casualties). ie. There was an increase in Tamil civilians in 2009, when taking into account death caused by the LTTE, natural causes and plenty of snake bites in the jungles. Nobody dare challenge the “Ugly American”. (Like the movie decades ago).

    Both my comments are no disrespect or offense to the author, Kusal.

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      A small factual correction. He was not an “assistant librarian” but a “library assistant.” Those who know about university libraries in Sri Lanka would know the vast difference between the two positions.

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    What a joke !!

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the a common [language] usage in USA to call the journalist “ … a pig that eats shit!!! … or a shit shit dirty f…..g journalist… “

    This is not true !!

    This kind of filth and profanities are NOT in common usage in USA !!

    This is just another phoney-baloney from the Rajapaksa’s lying lips and a another weak excuse for his filthy barrage of raw sewage streaming directly from his mouth. He is an adult not a child and should be held accountable

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      perhaps he could be right if he only watched american movies.
      Every other word is F…. .. and S..

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    Maybe David BlockHead could write a book about all Mr.Goat’s foot in the mouth utterances and call it “Gota’s Jaw?” :)

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      and u think u are funny..

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    Great article. I always love to read his way of writing.

    Yes indeed – the conversation between GR and Jansz showed to the world –
    Quoting from the article:
    “None has a right to question us. We do, what we do”

    When studying all these closely- also focusing on the most updates of the investigations against crimes such Hirunikas fathers murder and court warrants met out against Juliampitiya amare moreover the abuse of NATIONAL carrier (SRILANKEN) as their own cab service, governance of the current rulers are not caring the citizens of the country, but only themselves.

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    Kusal, its been a long time…Good to see you alive and kicking, engaging the people and standing up for good virtue.

    Anandians aside, perhaps the Secretary to the Ministry of “Defence” and urban development needs a good public relations manager.

    One cannot assume that volunteers for the job had been found wanting or had been rejected by the secretary, or indeed that notions such as the need for one were ever entertained in the first place.

    You see, sooner or later a smart but mischievous journalist can really take the mickey out of him and either cause him to have a stroke (brain haemorrhage) or heart attack (myocardial infarction), assuming he does really get worked up and its not just an act ‘for effect’.

    On the other hand, Kusal you might like to have an interview with him and broach some of the points regarding merit on an Anandian scale and see how you go.

    Seriously though, a press secretary for the man is probably a must, if a crash course on PR is too much to handle in his busy schedule. He does need to re-build the lost esteem in the public’s eye, so that his superiors can continue to hire him.

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      Dear Lasantha.
      the Secretary to the so called Ministry of “Defence” and urban development has a the best public relations manager in Sri Lanka.

      He Is non other than Self crowned DR KUDU MERVIN SILVA.
      This VERMIN’S P R IS THE BEST IN SOUTH ASIA.

      And LASANTHA.
      Please dont instruct him to meet These Ruling Family.
      We want KUSAL TO LIVE MORE YEARS WITH US and SERVE OUR PEOPLE WITH PEN.
      We do not want him todesaper suddenly with a white van.

      And you know? that MINISTRY OF DEFENSE Is causing Some Political Prisoners in Sri lanka to have strokes (brain haemorrhage) or heart attacks (myocardial infarction) and die suddenly ,

      Could They Escape from those Sins.

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      Lasantha, with all due respect, merely appointing a Press Secretary to this uncooth charcter, is it going to change his temperement and true self? The question is not trying to hide this character with a Press Secretary, but to get rid of him for the damage he causes by eliminating people whom he deem to think has no right to live and any who questions him? So what are you talking?

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    my personal opinion fmm(free media moment)should come out gives the comments after that we can go to court,randeera

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    Only people (some) having road rage use this sort of a language.

    No responsible officer – a peer would use this to a Junior/colleague and go on to serve her/his duties in the USA.

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      lol

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    Do these big schools – any of them, foster humility?

    Divided on religious lines – elitist and bastions of privilege – it is no wonder that we end up with a society like this….

    Every school has good and bad products – to suggest otherwise is to perpetuate an unhealthy myth. And a bad product in one sense may be a good product in a different sense – of course sri lankans find it hard to accept that people are neither wholly good nor bad – even in these black and white times….

    If I may turn this topic on its head – should we review the (failed) education policies of colonial times and post colonial times and think afresh about this competitive and destructive system of education?

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    It looks like the American citizen, our DS Mr . Gotabhaya Rajapakse can’t polish up his American filth . I would like to see a situation where a Defense secretary of US had called a journalist directly on the phone as a “F…..g shit eating Pig” as our DS did and got away .

    This is what DS Gota had said in an interview to clear his despicable act .

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    “ So this is very common usage, in USA for instance, and they use these words in normal talk — but these people are trying to make a big issue out of it to get at me, because they hate me about the war. In any case I used certain words with reference to the incident; I did not use foul language to abuse her.”

    So let us ask him what language he was talking about now after saying the Americans always use it ?
    One doesn’t have to be a genius to understand that he is lying and doesn’t have the courage to accept it .
    This shows the level of the education of our DS has unfortunately .The University of Colombo had given him an honorary Doctorate after the war . The ranking of University of Colombo will further decline if he opens his mouth in the future .

    The defense secretary’s megalomania is further elaborated with the following statement .

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    “I have done tremendous service to the country by destroying the LTTE and I think the vast majority of people acknowledge that, and are with me due to that. …..And this incident; I said what I said (to her) with a reason – for a reason. I did not say those things without reason. So who are these people who have done nothing for the country, to ask to remove me?”

    So he is acknowledging again that he said some thing inappropriate because he had to say that due to his own reasons he is elaborating now .

    Let us respect his argument that becoming the defense secretary of Sri Lanka he had been a major contributor to the successful defeat of LTTE .
    At the same token let us ask him, what he had done to the former commander of the Army four star General Sarath Fonseka who had dedicated his entire life defending the integrity of this country, and also had been the major strategist who successfully led our Soldiers to defeat LTTE Terrorism. There is absolutely no argument about Gen Fonseka’s role in defeating LTTE Terrorism . DS Gota had already accepted the fact that in one of his speeches that Gen Fonseka is one of the greatest Generals of the contemporary world .

    Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse assumes that people are behind him but never had a fair pole to find out that if people of Sri Lanka are behind him as he claims .Again his position as DS is as government servant and not as a politician to make political statements that people are behind him .

    This DS says that there are certain elements coming after him for war crimes and he doesn’t care .
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    “But these others attacking me on this issue — these are the same people who are trying to take us to war crimes tribunals and all that — because they hate us for destroying the LTTE. But we do not care!”

    What does it mean he doesn’t care war crime allegations when accountability is part of good governance ?

    The more he talks more disgrace he brings to Sri Lanka .It is high time that he resigns .

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    Yes ofcourse, this pig eating shit must resign and if he is an american citizen then the US government must give him every punishment and banish him for war crimes and crimes against humanity and against journalist without whom we will be a clueless ignorant citizens, and mediocre senile third grade outcast anandians have no place in society today, and he must be bansished from the face of this earth for bringing so much of torture and misery for so many innocent sri lankans, we must all remember all the torture and cruelty he has brought upon civillians will come back to his families, extended familes, chilredn and their children, that is the karma all sri lankans are waiting to see in this land where there is no justice and fairplay to all citizens.

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    Everyone (rightly!) seem to blame the DS and the government. But who put them on the pedestal from which they are pissing on us? None other than you and me! We, the general public of this country, are the ones that should be ashamed.

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    @Helena. Gota, Basil and Milinda the former minister of Justice who supervised the “Concentration Camps” for 300,000 inmates are all US citizens. Former Army commander is still a Permanent resident.

    All come under US jurisdiction and laws including Tax laws on global income. They do not enjoy any immunity in the US for any violation. Period.

    Frederica, has recourse in US courts for threats, intimidation, harassment etc. Death threats is very serious.
    For starters she can file a complaint with the US Ambassador about her own citizens and her attorneys in the US or Los Angeles can file a complaint (Pamanilla) in courts. He will be forced to provide a “Katta Uthara”. A criminal police complaint also can be filed.

    Of course, attorney fees could be expensive, but there are attorneys here who could/would take on a pro bono basis. Or a Human Rights group would take the case for a very small fee or other quid pro quo services.

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    Kusul, you are great. What a gifted journalist you are. You have made Mother Lanka a proud mother!
    Even when your pen scribbles the name – Gotabaya – it loses it’s holiness!!

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    It is sad that this writer has involved Ananda College in this matter. It shows how, in their haste to sling mud at the ones they hate, they would spare no opportunity.

    The rants of other morons hell-bent on slinging mud at Mother Lanka shows what the country has befallen to. Dont blame the government for this…. it is greed for power, hate and more hate.

    colombo telegraph has joined the ranks of lankaenews (aka lanka-goo-news).

    Ge get a life, morons.

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      His father was a Nalandian P.A.W. Perera.
      Kusal was at Greenland and Issipathana… so he knows less about Ananda than we do.

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        Enough about Ananda College is there in article no. We know Ananda also. So why bother about father and son schools? What Kusal say is right. Anandians can do lots of things, but can’t condemn this filthy talk! Rowdy Peters all them

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    The problem with this “His Royal Highness” Gotabhaya R is, not the school where he had his early education or the country where he spent some of his adult life. Yes it is true that some Americans do use this type of language and they are called “white Thrash”. Well educated, well brought up, intellectual Americans do not use this type of language. Unfortunately, it seems as if GR has neither used the wisdom of the great teachers at that great institution of Ananda College to build his character nor has associated great Americans during his ime spent in the US. GR has miserably failed the teachings of those brilliant Principals at Ananda College, late Col Perusinghe and late Col Rajapakse. Shame on you GR!!

    Isn’t it the Enlightened One once said, “The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings. ~ Buddha

    I guess, in GR’s life, now it is too late to prioritize his thought process, especially when absolute power corrupts absolutely!

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    This behavior is nothing to do with Ananada college of American culture.
    This is the way Sri Lankan people behave once they have the power.
    We have seen this type of characters in every regimes in past.
    During the JR regime JR and R Premadasa behave like this.
    During Premadasa Regime Premadasa, Ranjan Wijerathne, AJ Ranasinghe and Paskaralingam behave like this.
    During Chandrika’s Regime CBK ,Mangala Samaraweera, SB, Mervin ,Sanath Gunathilaka behave like this.
    Now Mahinda’s turn, Gota and Mervin openly behave like this and Mahinda handle them from behind the screen.
    If Ranil come to power tomorrow we can see a similar character with different name.
    This behavior is not only pertaining to Sinhala Buddhist.
    Tamil Thondaman, Tamil Karuna Amman, Tamil Douglus Devananda, Muslim Hakeem behave the same manner when they have money and power.

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    Gota seems to have some past issues with Fredrica and she is one that hangs on like a leech in questioning playing hardball. I remember a interview she had with Gota asking about the MIG fighter plane deal and whether he would be transparent about the transaction,as there was speculation had he made a hefty commission.Gota is known to be bombastic and acts like a dictator because he is the presidents brother and he can do anything he wants and get away with it.The issue no one raised is that if he was found complicit in war crimes he can be stripped of his US citizenship and deported, this has happened even recently to a Nazi prison camp guard who was in his eighties by the name of Demienko.

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    I read somewhere, our DS.GR saying what was wrong with removing these unwanted traitors from the society.
    So I presume, it is high time that he uses Black vans instead of White to remove these authors of this article and comments from the society.

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    Get your facts right mate,Ananda college is not the the most prestigious Sinhala Buddhist school in this island .It is the most prestigious school in this island.

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    Most schools produce mostly good people and a few poor products. Even the great people produced by the schools, at times make mistakes. Gota obviously contributed to winning the war against teror. We appreciate that. However Gota’s aggression is not a reason for Ananda bashing. Yes we Anandians do not approve such behavior and many would have commented on that line though there is no necessity to identify them as Anandians. Not only such outbursts we also condemn also certain other anti social activities happening under his very nose with or without his knowledge.

    Even there is an indication of arousel, as a higher ranking officer of the goverment he should not have exploded this way. Most high ranking persons & politicians here are lucky because of a weakened press. Have they been in the west or in US the media would tare such people apart and will have to resign.

    We Anandians know the right & wrong and we will not make a wrong a right because it is done by an Anandian. So no need to drag a great school that has produced national heroes who saved this country from brutal terror. But accuse them individually but not as ex students of Ananda.

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    Fuck you!

    What ese could we lern from a yellw belley hiding some where licking Tiger asses!

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    There are so many go to other countries for years and years, Any person being in Germany and france for over a decade even does not use these words in that Language , we have been educated in Royal and we have been in USA for over 20 years, Even though the USA people talk this lanuage we do not use them, May be low class Forigners use these language with there cowokers, not the educated well mannered decent people. What you learned in school always stay with good students.

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    The nonsense that is written in these comments sections beggars belief! Why do we constantly keep looking for external sources for all our ills and problems? Does profanity, immorality, indecency etc. not exist in Sri Lanka? Gota was but a “tourist” in the US having lived 90% of his life in SL. Why does every negative aspect of his character have to be attributed to the time he spent in the US? The videos of the filth spewing monks should be required viewing to re-calibrate all these delusional people. Our politicians such as Mervyn and his ilk would put the US politicos to shame! At the end of the day who cares about what words he used. This is a completely irrelevant issue. I agree with Kushal that Frederica seemed to have somewhat discredited herself with with cheap sensationalism and this is probably what sent Gota over the edge. However, the core issue are the more sinister sentiments he allegedly expressed. If, as it seems to appear, he was indirectly threatening Frederica with violence through death squads and other extra-judicial proxies he will and should be dealt with swiftly and harshly. He would do well to remember that Mladic is in chains at the Hague and he very well might follow one of these days.

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    how come ananda college or anybody associated with that need to take a stand on this? i see no reason. this is just a baseless article. the author is trying to make this an opportunity to go on a ranting against buddhists as he always does. these days any article which talks abt sinhala buddhists do get a lot of hits.
    Any school would be proud about any of their old students achieving in any field. That doesnt mean that school needs to take a stand on every thing he or she does. after all we dont have any audio recording of this conversation.
    i remembr St bridget once did a facilitation ceremony to CBK, but every tom and dick knows she acted. Remember how she insulted Mr. Choksy the then finance minister in a stage. But Mr. Kusal is very quick to target gotabhaya because he happened to be a buddhist and attended a buddhist school.

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