27 October, 2020

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And Then They Ruled Happily Ever After?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“If history is continuity and discontinuity, resolution and catastrophe, it is also surprise and unanimity; a total fascist state that in January 1933 was highly contested and rather improbable was widely accepted and broadly realised one hundred days later.” ~ Peter Fritzche (Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich)

Think of it as the Rajapaksa fairy tale. Mother Lanka is captured by the messy and wobbly monster called Democracy. The Rajapaksa brothers and sons rescue her by slaying the Democracy monster with the magic sword called 20th Amendment.

Then they all live happily ever after.

If anyone is still confused about the why and what of the 20th Amendment, they should muse on the words of Namal Rajapaksa. Addressing a media conference on September 15th, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eldest son said, “During the election season we said 19 will be removed. When 19 is removed, 18 automatically comes. So there is no need to discuss about it. It is according to that 20 was brought. If anyone has a problem about 20 they can go to the courts. There’s no bar to that. What has to be discussed now is not who wrote 20 or who brought it. What should be discussed is whether a stable government can be built in this country or not now. It is good look at it as a policy and decide” (Lanka News Web – 16.9.2020; emphasis mine).

The 18th Amendment was created for Mahinda Rajapaksa, to give him unlimited power and as many presidential terms as life permitted. The 20th Amendment is focused on the Rajapaksa family as a whole. It has something for every Rajapaksa and nothing for anyone else. It will create an omnipotent President Gotabaya and pave the way for an equally omnipotent President Basil (in 2029 or sooner) and President Namal (in 2039 or sooner). It will ensure the political future of Shashindra Rajapaksa, Nipuna Ranawaka and any other Rajapaksa son or nephew or cousin who chooses to enter politics. 

In 2009, the then royal astrologer, Sumanadasa Abeygunawardane predicted that Sri Lanka is heading for a half-a-century of Rajapaksa rule: “President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Rajapaksas will rule this country for a long time…. The Rajapaksas will become beloved leaders of this country… The next chapter in Sri Lanka is reserved for the Rajapaksas.” (Silumina – 7.6.2009). 

In 2015, politics gave a different verdict. Thanks to the inanities, errors and crimes of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration, the twin victories of 2015 turned out to be a semi-colon rather than a full-stop to the pulverising Rajapaksa Yathra.

Now the Rajapaksas are back, with a near two-thirds majority. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s first term is also the third Rajapaksa term. Unsurprisingly, the family’s first priority is to return Sri Lanka to where it was constitutionally and politically between September 2010 and in January 2015. This means eviscerating the democratic gains of the 19th Amendment.   

How else can Sri Lanka be made safe again for familial rule and dynastic succession? And this time from brother to brother, from uncle to nephew, in true oriental style.

The great Sinhala poet Rapiel Tennakoon in Wavuluwa characterised King Dutugemunu’s war as ‘riding the Sasana to defeat Tamil power’ (Sasuna pita nega, Demala bala binda). The Rajapaksas are weaponising monks and military, race and religion, to establish familial rule and dynastic succession. Their ethno-religious racism is both real, and instrumental. The Rajapaksas will not hesitate to damn as a traitor any ‘patriotic warrior’ *lay or ordained) who seriously opposes the 20th Amendment.

The cavilling of the likes of Wimal Weerawansa and Medagoda Abeytissa thero shows how little they understand this reality. Some of the SLPP dissenters might have dreamt of premiership or even presidency, someday; others might have believed that President Gotabaya, as an outsider, will ‘drain the swamp’. The 20th Amendment, especially the dual-citizenship clause, should remind them that for the Rajapaksas, family comes first, always.

The SLFP as the deciding factor

In 1933, the German parliament approved the Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich, giving sweeping powers to chancellor Adolf Hitler for four years. This Enabling Law opened the door for the replacement of Weimer democracy with Nazi autocracy. 

We are at a similar inflection point today. In a letter sent to the Justice Minister, the Retired Judges Association sounds a powerful warning about how the 20th Amendment will impact on judicial independence and rule of law. Among the serious problem areas the RJA points out are “permitting the President to appoint ‘another person’ to act in the place of a judge of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court when that judge is temporarily unable to perform that judicial function,” and the politicisation of the JSC, which handles the appointment, promotion, transfer, dismissal, and other disciplinary measures of judicial officials: “…the proposed amendment to Article 111 (D) deleting the requirement that the two senior-most judges of the Supreme Court constitute the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) with the Chief Justice as Chairman, along with the removal of the condition that a judge with judicial experience serving as a judge of a court of the first instance be part of the JSC” (The Sunday Times – 20.9.2020).

Juxtapose these warnings with State Minister of Defence Chamal Rajapaksa’s recent advice to the police: “We are not asking anyone not to hit. What you should do is to learn the way to hit” (Lanka News Web – 12.9.2020); and the shape of the future is clear. It is a future in which more Shani Abeysekaras and more Hejaaz Hisbullahs will be created, more suspects will drop dead from one cause of the other while in custody and judges will be subjected to the same limiting pressures as writers and government officials. It is a future in which the decimation of environment will happen in broad daylight with no culprits ever being caught. It is a future in which making a political statement will be turned into a crime – like Mangala Samaraweera being questioned by the Matara police for saying that Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala-Buddhist country. 

The 20th Amendment will not only turn the legislature and the judiciary into presidential appendages. It will also turn the SLPP and its coalition partners into Rajapaksa serfs. If the amendment is passed, the only future any relatively young and ambitious non-Rajapaksa SLPP leader can hope for is to become a minister. The 20th Amendment will create an iron ceiling for all non-Rajapaksa politicians. 

The SLPP’s (not-so) Young Turks know that. That is why they opposed the dual-citizenship clause. That resistance seemed to have collapsed already. Their proposals were not even taken up for discussion at the last cabinet meeting. As JVP’s Vijitha Herath said, the cabinet was bulldozed. That too is a telling indicator of the kind of servile existence the SLPP can expect under Rajapaksa rule.

Under Rajapaksa rule, no one else can have their way or even say.

This future is not inevitable. The 20th Amendment can still be defeated in parliament. The most obvious way is for a few of the SLFP parliamentarians (and there are 12 of them) to vote against the bill.

The post-Rajapaksa SLFP retains around 12% of the national vote, as the result of the 2018 LG election indicated. Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the presidency thanks to this SLFP vote. The SLPP won a near two-thirds parliamentary majority thanks to this SLFP vote. 

The Wimal Weerawansas and the Udaya Gammanpilas have no real bargaining power because their party-lets cannot stand on their own. The SLFP is in a different, far stronger position, for now. The Rajapaksas need the SLFP’s backing to win the 20th Amendment and to push the new constitution through. 

The SLFP should reflect on the way it was treated when ministerial spoils were divided. The party general secretary was humiliated with a joke of a ministry while the party leader wasn’t given even that. If this is how the SLFP is being treated when it retains some use value, imagine what its plight will be once the Rajapaksas have the constitution of their dreams. Once the constitutional battles are won, a key objective of the Rajapaksas would be to decimate the SLFP politically and organisationally. And they will go about that task with their customary ruthlessness.

Before the SLFP votes for the 20th Amendment, it should think of what coalition politics did to the old left and the JVP. If the party wants to retain its independence, if it wants to ensure its survival, opposing the 20th Amendment is where it must begin.

Rajapaksas, Modi, Trump, and the new Reactionary International

In his latest interview with the New Statesman, Noam Chomsky calls Donald Trump the ‘figurehead of a new reactionary international’ which includes Brazil’s Bolsonaro, the family dictatorships of the Middle East, and Narendra Modi. It is to this reactionary national-populist family of nations Rajapaksa Sri Lanka belongs. 

Less than ten days after the presidential victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Dr. Steve Turley, a pro-Trump conservative radio talk show host, celebrated Sri Lanka’s entry to this ‘International’ with great glee: “An increasing number of populations are turning away from globalism and re-embracing nation, culture, custom and tradition as the basis for a vibrant political and cultural renewal. Just so another nation embraced the nationalist right. Sri Lanka recently held its presidential election and as a result we can add another nation to the growing number of nationalist populist governments throughout the world” (Sri Lanka Turns to the Nationalist Right!!! – YouTube).

President Donald Trump might be hard pressed to point out Sri Lanka accurately on a world map. But when it comes to politics, he is certainly borrowing from the Rajapaksa copybook. In a rally in Nevada, he suggested that he will negotiate a third term once he wins the upcoming presidential election. In his Republican National Party Convention speech, Mr. Trump expressed his backing for a female president and indicated that his daughter Ivanka might be the woman for the job. A senior advisor to the Trump re-election campaign, Brad Parscale, drew a stark word-picture of this future (unknowingly echoing Sumanadasa Abeygunawardane): “The Trumps will be a dynasty that will last for decades propelling the Republican Party into a new party… I think they are all amazing people…with amazing capabilities… I think you see that from Don Jr. I think you see that from Ivanka. You see it from Jared. You see it from all” ( The Trump Family: A Political Dynasty For Decades To Come? – YouTube). 

There is much that unites the Trumps, the Modis, the Bolsonaros and the Rajapakas of today’s world, apart from their visceral opposition to pluralist democracy. They all dream of bringing back an ideal past where the (racial/religious) majority ruled and the minorities knew their place, abided by it and were violently punished whenever they tried to overstep it. Patriotic posturing of the flag-kissing, ‘my country right or wrong’ type is a cornerstone of this new ideology. President Trump, like the Hindutva ideologues of India and Sinhala-Buddhist extremists of Sri Lanka, backs ‘patriotic education’ and equated anti-racist teaching with child abuse. 

An anti-sustainable development strategy – and a resultant willingness to decimate the environment in the name of growth – is another shared quality. They embrace a slash and burn approach to governance, which spares nothing, not democracy, not the rule of law, not basic rights, not environment, not common, ordinary decency. They want to bring majority religion and state together, and share antediluvian notions on issues such as gender and sexual orientation. 

This favourable global context is a blessing for the Rajapaksas. For example, the siblings are likely to use the excuse of the new constitution to disembowel provincial devolution. Provincial Councils will remain, with vastly reduced powers falling into the decentralisation rather than devolution category. Given Narendra Modi’s politics (especially his non-dependence on Tamil Nadu) India is likely to look the other way, so long as some appearances are maintained. A President Trump won’t even notice.

The new ‘reactionary international’ will be rendered headless if Donald Trump loses the American presidential election. A Biden-Harris victory will make it a tad harder for the Rajapaksas to ride roughshod over everyone and everything. But eventually, the Rajapaksas will fall for the same reason they fell the last time – economics. 

The ongoing wave of national populism is driven by politicians and parties who oppose spending that can narrow the knowledge gap and the wage gap while exploiting the discontents resulting from those inequalities. They try to win over the poor and the have-nots in the majority community by using racism, and turning this or that minority into the enemy/threat. But patriotic tittle-tattle cannot substitute for a liveable life indefinitely. Someday the breaking point will come. The 20th Amendment is in part a defence against that eventuality.

The point cannot be made strongly enough. The Rajapaksas gained their near two-thirds victory not because their votes increased between 2019 and 2020 but because a substantial chunk of UNP supporters, disgusted by the infantile antics of Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa, boycotted the election. And without the SLFP’s backing, the Rajapaksas won’t even have a simple majority, electorally. 

The 20th Amendment is expected to bridge these lacunae by making free politics, fair elections and non-partisan justice impossible. That is why it must be resisted, with every democratic and peaceful means at our disposal. If the Rajapaksas are allowed to win this battle uncontested, their happily ever after will last longer than it needs to.

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    Just before the 2024 presidential election Rajapaksas will stage a tiger drama and kill about 150 “suspected” LTTE terrorists allegedly “just days before they launched a terrorist attack”. That will convince voters there is an LTTE threat and none is better than Rajapaksas to genocide them! As a byproduct it will make the UNP even more unpopular when TNA joins them for the presidential election.

    Anyone challenging Rajapaksas must have answers to this tactic. Very effective in fooling voters (foolishly supported by some Tamil racist politicians who will not be arrested by Rajapaksas – they are part of the game plan).

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      Pictures worth a thousand words.

      Why should that DUAL CITIZEN Mr 10% aka Basil be with them ? This country has become the pvt property of Rajaapkshes … why ?
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      Media would not utter a single world about that. … This is srilanka where MERCY COWS are the majority.

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        Mr. leela ge …..,
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        This is funny.
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        “”End To Sri Lanka’s Democracy: Shouldn’t It Be Resisted?””
        – Prof. Jayadeve Uyangoda.
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        “”Mother Lanka is captured by the messy and wobbly monster called Democracy.””
        – Tisaranee Gunasekara.
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        Tisaranee wants to kill the monster which Jayadeve wants to protect.
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        Which side are you on…..?

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    Sri Lankan people has given mandate for Rajpakses to do any amendment to the constitution. Reality is that there are about 35% of populace who will vote for Pakses as they gave leadership to demise of LTTE. They are brainwashed and no theory proposed by people like Tisaranee will count.
    12 MPs of SLFP are low level stooges (Prethas) . Them protesting against 20A is the biggest joke written in the article,.
    Rajapakses can rule another ten years by selling assets of the country to the China. Then they will fall. At that time people will defeat them to teach them a lesson.
    At that time leadership of the country should be taken by genuine people led by the civil society.
    We cant afford to have another combination like Ranil and Maithreepala.
    Rajapakses are known devils buy people got lost to double dealers in last yahapalana government.

  • 32
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    Tisaranee Gunasekara

    “And Then They Ruled Happily Ever After?”

    And then they came for us—and there was no one left to speak for us.
    And Then They Ruled Happily Ever After.

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    Its interesting to read the unfolding dramas that have been happening in courts. The JMO a key witness in the Thajudeen case expired.Now, Malwana house case adjourned as Mudith Jayakody is suffering mentally and physically! “.. the lawyer who appeared for the architect Mudith Jayakody, a witness in the case, informed the court that his client was suffering from mental and physical ailments. Accordingly, the court decided to adjourn the case until November 20 as the lawyer had requested for another date to give evidence in the case”. https://www.lankanewsweb.net/67-general-news/68682-Malwana-house-case-adjourned–Mudith-Jayakody-is-suffering-mentally-and-physically- . CT readers can refresh the sordid story here http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/02/24/news/architect-reveals-details-basil%E2%80%99s-villa-malwana

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      Interesting indeed. Just like the other one, the memorial to the Rajapaksa dynasty founder, all with theft of state funds. Let’s hope Mudith Jayakodi does not end up like Thaudeen.

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        sonali: Muditha Jayakody will be “ALIVE” but “Medical Reports” will be submitted to “Courts” stating that he is “MEMORY LOST” and the “Public Perception” would be he is a “Vegetable”. So “NO EVIDENCE”. Case “WITHDRAWN” by “AG”. What’s the BET”?

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    Thanks to the nearly 7 million raje modaya Yakko’s who on 2 occasions voted the most undesirable persons by accidental birth into power.
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    By this purposeful error, the whole world will suffer for generations to come.?
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    They the undesirables will use everything in their power to make use of the 2/3rd majority that they unfortunately now possess pass the 20th amendment and thereby bully the hapless in famine starving peasant masses till they set up a military dictatorship and rule forever and ever.
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    The only way in which they will be stopped is by a few SLFP/SLPP Ministers? Mp’s who are unhappy with the contents of the 20th amendment will cross over to the opposition benches and a few of them are enough to defeat this autocratic draconian unfair piece of legislation into the garbage heap along with the rajapuk’s who want to have everything their way.
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    Mass protests by the general much in suffering masses along with the fair thinking impartial monks of the Buddhist clergy will also defeat this totally unnecessary piece of thrash into the rectums of the said rajapuka scoundrels.
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    All lovers of democratic freedom all over the world should join paws together to ensure the eradication from this planet of this pariah power greedy mongrels for once sense for all.

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      rj1952,
      “By this purposeful error, the whole world will suffer for generations to come.?”

      Oh Boy! 7 million raje modaya Yakkos did something that the whole world will suffer for generations to come. What kind of nasty guys these 7 million raje modaya Yakkos?

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        Hey eagle eye/mahindapala
        you are one of those yakkos remeber!!

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          Dear Umberto,
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          Now it is becoming clear who is this Eagle eye

          If he is married to a tamil, then her marriage must be a hell. It should definitely be worst than that of LTTE rebells under Prabakaran.
          :
          Ultra Racists of Eagle Eye nature would never see it right.
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          They are the cancers in lanken society. Thanks god these low lives would not hvae much time stay live.
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          Eagle eye is so proud sinhalayo but not seeing the truth as it is that we are all Kallathonies from India
          (epidemiology, ancestral research outcomes are the facts)
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          Neo kallathonies such as most known Pasqual on CT, would do any cheap work for the political propaganda of Rajapakashe mafia.

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        Sorry you got it wrong, the raje modaya yakkos are modayas or stupid. World can suffer by someones stupidity – he need not be nasty.

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    The people have given the President a convincing mandate to do whatever he wishes to do. Say good luck to him. They must be greatly indebted to Bond Scam Ranil who spoiled the broth within the first 100 days. In spite of Red Notice issued by Interpol Arjun Mahendran is privileged to publish article is CT. It is a great circus.

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      Hanchopancho,

      Please see it right let alone today- not so called bond scams but media mafia should be blamed for paving the way criminals to twist the gullible mind set of this island nation.
      :
      Is the LOSS estimated by BOND SCAM bigger than the losses made by mismanagement of SRILANKEN airline ? WHo was the mastermind of bankruptcy of SRILANKEN airlines ?
      – everyone knows it ( as elephant in the room) but – srilanken media is handled by RAJAPKSHE supporters both today and during the GG rule.

      Please come to sense – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBFkDQrtGfM

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    You ( I mean the likes of Thisaranee G. , Civil Society cabal, NGOs working under the foreign funded regime change agenda in 2015 propping up nincompoops like Sirisena and Ranil as great leaders) pulled the swing too far in the direction of dismantling the Sri Lankan state, ridiculing the Sangha, avenging the armed forces, and setting up the minorities against the majority with unconscionable propaganda of lies and exaggeration of Himalayan proportions, portraying Rajajapaksas as the darkest devil and let go it has swung the same distance in the opposite direction.
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    Another five years of Ranil Wickramasinghe team with their Federal agenda would have landed us down a greater precipice than 25 years of Rajapaksa rule. That would be irreversible while Rajapakas are reversible at elections.
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    We the people will do the necessary course correction at appropriate occasion.

    Soma

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    Tisaranee,
    When people read articles like yours, it is partly to be informed, but mostly for encouragement in these times when the future seems extremely bleak. Your final answer is not one of optimism – namely ‘economics’- that ambivalent word . Marx said that before, but what we have since had worldwide are episodes of hope and despair. Today is no exception. Hitler was a 12 year wonder. Jayewardene was reeling 12 years into the kind of power Gotabhaya and co. crave for today. Prabhakaran was a 20 year wonder whose legacy is kept alive by the needs of Northern and Southern chauvinism.
    Fret not. They will all depart. That is the lesson of History. Meanwhile, we must decide how to keep our sanity and be creative. Your articles will continue to be read for that reason and no doubt more will follow as some fall. We may not be moving towards a stable or a peaceful world. But there have been gains that are hard to erase, such as the UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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      Rajan Hoole,
      Kindly tell what you had in mind when you wrote, ‘the needs of Northern chauvinism’.
      Thank you.

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        50-50 and Vadukkodai resolution and Perumal’s UDI, for example.

        Soma

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          Soma,
          Don’t tell me that you could read the mind of Rajan Hoole!

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          Soma, while 50-50 was a foolish demand which is dead, Vaddukoddai resolution of 1976 for self determination and Trincomalee declaration of 1990 for independence are still alive. Very soon one of them will take place. History is repeating. Then Dixit who was High Commissioner in Pakistan was hand picked and sent to Sri Lanka to handle the government. Now Baglay who was High Commissioner in Pakistan has been hand picked and sent to Sri Lanka to handle the government. Another parippu drop is in the offing. Then Parthasarathy with special powers was appointed to handle Tamil problem. Now an officer with powers to handle Tamil problem has been appointed to Indian High Commission in Colombo. Weerasekera fellow was shown the riot act by High Commissioner and now he is singing a different song. I heard Sirisena has been summoned by High Commissioner for a dressing down. So much for your sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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            Dr.G.S.
            Agreed.
            Vadukkodai resolution is still your guiding principle.
            Federalism is a stop gap to fool the Sinhalese.

            Soma

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              Soma,

              Both, 1976 Vaddukoddai resolution of 1976 for self determination and Decleration in 1990 at Trincomalee for independence are both legal.

              It is just that they are not enforced.

              Pirapaharan still respected State of India wish of not declaring independence without its nod, though he had the absolute authority and reality.

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        he said

        “the needs of Northern and Southern chauvinism.”

        are you reading selectively?

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          No. I am in total agreement with the other!

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      Rajan Hoole,
      “But there have been gains that are hard to erase, such as the UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

      Malabar Vellala Tamils who go to UN and charge Government of Sri Lanka for violating Human Rights should respect the Human Rights of low caste Tamils in Yapanaya who are treated like sub-humans.
      Is it true that the Turumbas, the lowest of the low-castes, were not allowed to walk in sunlight in case they polluted the sight of the pure Vellalas? They could walk only in the night when the Vellalas had gone to sleep.
      Jane Russell, in her study of communalism under the Donoughmore Constitution ( 1931 – 1947), documents how the Vellalas manipulated the system to keep the non-Vellalas out of the power elite.
      Kanai K. Daniel, a Turumban, dramatised graphically the suffering and the exploitation of the low-castes by the Vellalas.

      Sinhalayo treat all Tamils equally but Malabar Vellala Tamils do not treat their own people equally.

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        Eagle,
        “Sinhalayo treat all Tamils equally but Malabar Vellala Tamils do not treat their own people equally.” Maybe, but wouldn’t Sinhalayo do much better if they treated all Sinhalayo equally? For a start, they could let one of your relatives become Malwatta or Asgiriya Mahanayaka, no?

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      Rajan Hoole’s comment is spot on. I would like to add that Hitler’s Third Reich was supposed to last one thousand years, but ended after 30.
      *
      Tisaranee wrote that Basil will be President by 2029 “or sooner”, and Namal by 2039 “or sooner”. In 2039, Namal will be 53 years old, and I doubt if he will wait that long. Mahinda and Shiranthi would want it much sooner, to see Namal President while they are both alive.
      *
      I wonder about Gota’s health. A while back, he attended a reception at the Indian High Commission, but did not eat and drank only water because he had a fasting blood test the next morning. For this simple test, he took a flight to Singapore early morning the next day. To me, that shows he wants to hide something that he does not wish for a local lab technologist to see and perhaps leak/gossip about. Why is Gota so paranoid about a fasting blood test?

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    ” 20A can still be defeated in Parliament if SLFP vote against it”. Dreaming!. Did you read the “Amendment” to increase the number of “Ministries”? This “Amendment” is pure to “LURE” the “Disgruntled” SLFP members including its Head – the ex-President MY3. In addition, there will be “Horse Trading” (as usual in S/L politics) and “Millions” will be on “Offer”, because the “Auctioneer” and the “Bidder” is yet another “Rajapakse”. The “Dynasty” is going to continue, however much it is “NASTY”. That is a FACT and TRUTH.

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    “A Biden-Harris victory will make it a tad harder for the Rajapaksas to ride roughshod over everyone and everything.”
    What makes one so sure?
    Trump and Biden may mean different things to US internal affairs, but US foreign policy is driven by US imperialist interests, that transcends party politics in the 2-party system of the US.
    Check the records of Clinton and Obama with those of the two Bushes.

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      SJ,

      You are ignoring how the rhetoric and symbolism play a role in encouraging little tyrants everywhere. You can see the difference in policies with Trump in how they deal with the Palestinian issue, Iran nuclear deal, etc.

      Though both Democrats and Republicans are beholden to the Israel lobby, the former does not reflexively support Netanyahu, and try to impose some restraints on his expansion of settlements. And the former won’t put the Latin American children and mothers crossing the border in cages. It all sends a different message.

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        Agnos

        You know SJ has been supporting Tyrants, Despots, Mao, Weeping Widow, Pol Pot, Our own Polpots, Abimael Guzmán, …………….all over the world. There is no point in arguing with him whether a capitalist despot is better than a Maoist tyrant, or vice versa.

        He has a fixed position on Mao and China.
        He believes China’s despots are better than other leaders.
        In fact he believes even if China is run by despots they are good despots.

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        Agnos,
        Look at the number of cruel wars waged against Third World countries.
        The Democratic pair has a far more deplorable record.
        Trump is playing to the local gallery.
        What matters is the overall impact.

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          Agnos

          In fact Mao supporters keep harping about goodness of Maoism. For them all atrocities were western lies.

          Maoist do not seem to live in this planet.
          It has on going Maritime disputes with 10 countries and land disputes with 7 countries and other serious land disputes with its western neighbours were settled by some sort of cash offer.

          China was mostly in war with its own people.
          The other wars include Sino-Indian War (1962), Sino-Indian War (1967), Sino-Soviet border conflict (1969), Sino-Vietnamese War (1979), Sino-Vietnamese conflicts (1979–1991), …. China has record or of supporting the most disgusting regimes in the world including Sri Lanka, North Korea, Pakistan, ……

          Please find out if SJ is still living in his imagined Chinese paradise.

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            Agnos

            SJ forgets the aggressive nature of Zheng He’s visit to this island.
            He caught Alakeshvara (the king of Kotte) by his b***s and dragged him all the way to China.

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              Is that a problem of having a ball or two? I have shaved my hair fearing if I have too long hair somebody may hold on that and drag me.

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          Agnos,
          Also look at attempts to topple democratically elected governments in Latin America.
          Is Trump’s record worse than Obama’s?
          Who presided over the bombing of Yugoslavia?
          The point I repeatedly make is that who presides over the US makes no difference to the Third World.
          No US president has disappointed me.
          I grant that Carter out of office proved to be a far better person than any President.

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            ” Also look at attempts to topple democratically elected governments in Latin America. “

            Please don’t try to white wash our brain. We are not babies to go brainwashed by this white wash. Vasanthi used her letter head to democratically elect Old King. Tamils missing two important parts, nobody said this democracy we don’t want, please sent her to prison for abusing government property. .

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            SJ,

            Given the way the Serbs were treating the Kosovars and the Croats, engaging in genocide, rape, etc., it was necessary to support Yugoslavia’s breakup. Slobodan Milosevic was a war criminal who deserved to be prosecuted. I was here then and Clinton did the right thing.

            At that time, the US was at the peak of its military and economic power, and had an obligation to intervene to stop genocide. It would be correct to argue that it was selective, as there are many other conflicts and cases of genocide where the US has not intervened. And other interventions where the US has been unjust. But unlike you, I agree with many that Yugoslavia was actually a good case for the US.

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      SJ,
      You asked for publications by Deraniyagala.
      • Deraniyagala, P. E. P. (1939), The Stone Age and Cave Men of Ceylon, Journal of The Ceylon Branch of The Royal Asiatic Society vol.XXX, no 92 parts I,II,III & V (351-373.)
      • Deraniyagala, P. E. P. (1955), Ceylon Stone Ages ,The New Lanka A Quarterly Review, vol.V, No. 2 (39-41.)
      • Deraniyagala, P. E. P. (1958), The Pleistocene of Ceylon, Ceylon National Museums, Colombo.
      • Deraniyagala, P. E. P. (1979), Some Features of Especial Interest in the Skeleton And Culture of Ceylon’s Extinct Stone Age Human Homo Sapiens Balangodensis, Ancient Ceylon, No. 3, Department Of Archaeology, Colombo 07. (45-84)
      • Deraniyagala, S. U. (1971), Prehistoric Ceylon – A Summary in 1968, Ancient Ceylon, no.1, January 1971. Department of Archaeological Survey, Colombo. (3-44)
      • Deraniyagala, S. U. (1972), The Citadel of Anuradhapura 1969 : Excavations in the Gedige Area, Ancient Ceylon, No.2, December 1972 (48-169)
      • Deraniyagala, S. U. (2001), Man Before Vijaya in Sri Lanka: The Archaeological Evidence, Man and Monuments, D. T. Devendra A Centennial Tribute. Ed. L. Prematilaka, Central Cultural Fund, Sri Lanka. (54-62)
      • Deraniyagala, S. U. (1981), Was There A Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) In Sri Lanka?, Ancient Ceylon, No. 4, Department Of Archaeology, Colombo. (143-156)

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        EE
        I beg your pardon.
        When and where did I ask you for anybody’s publications, and why on earth?

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          EE has never considered publications.

          Please check archives of his comments , say, during the last 12 months.

          Eagle brain dead is very likely demented person.

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          SJ,
          In a reply to Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam for a comment he made in the article ‘President’s Diggers to Eastern Province’ by Ameer Ali I mentioned about the work done by archeologists Deraniyagala and Raj Somadeva. Replying to my comment you wrote ‘Can you be specific about the evidence? Deraniyagala especially’. Deraniyagala’s evidences are in his publications. That is the reason why I gave a list of his publications.

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            Eagle,
            “Sinhalayo treat all Tamils equally but Malabar Vellala Tamils do not treat their own people equally.” Maybe, but wouldn’t Sinhalayo do much better if they treated all Sinhalayo equally? For a start, they could let one of your relatives become Malwatta or Asgiriya Mahanayaka. Charity starts at home.

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            Mahindapala, Deraniyagala’s publications are hopelessly outdated in view of the recent archaeological and genetic findings. Somadeva, is intellectually dishonest. Has he published anything in foreign journals which had been peer reviewed and accepted. He is playing to the gallery appearing in video interviews by Sinhala racist media and lectures to bigoted Sinhala audience in Sri Lanka and middle east. All what he has found for the past ten years with waste of public money is undisputed presence of ancestors of Vedddhas who are genetically different from Sinhalese. Has he matched DNA of skeletal remains with Sinhalese. Has he got any of the artifacts carbon dated. Even stone inscriptions he dismisses as Brahmi without getting opinion from experts locally and abroad when it is Tamil Brahmi. Kelaniya faculty took bones, potsherds and other artifacts from cist burial site found in Devalapola near Minuwangoda in 2016. What happened to them. Why did he not do further excavation in and around that area. Naturally discovery of Dravidian civilization anywhere is not in his agenda.

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              Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
              “Deraniyagala’s publications are hopelessly outdated in view of the recent archaeological and genetic findings.
              ===
              Research on pre-history is a continuous thing. Raj Somadeva and other archeologists are building on the foundation laid by Deraniyagalas.
              What the hell you mean by saying “Somadeva, is intellectually dishonest.” Sinhala academics do not fabricate history like ‘Para’ Demalu.
              ==
              Let us know who has produced these recent archaeological and genetic findings.
              ==
              There is no bloody Dravidian civilization in Sinhale. That is why it is not in the agenda of Prof. Raj Somadeva.

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                Mahindapala, Balangoda man is dark skinned with Afro hair and Apish facial features, and if Somadeva says he resembles Balangoda man, I will accept it. But if he says that Sinhalese descended from Balangoda man, his head has to be examined. For over hundred years Sinhala historians and archaeologists tried to link Sinhalese with Aryans and miserably failed, and now that it was debunked by genetic study, they are attempting for last twenty years without success to link Sinhalese with Balangoda man, who is nothing but ancestor of Vedddhas. In archaeological circle, Somadeva is considered fool and fabricator. Pre-history of Sri Lanka belongs to Veddhas and Dravidians, whether you like it or not. Sinhala archaeologists do not want to search for Dravidian roots and are concentrating with Veddhas. There are two genetic studies done by Sinhala scholars and details of several urn burial sites and old potsherds unearthed, denoting pre-historic Dravidian civilization which are on the internet. We will show that fellow Somadeva where to get off.

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                  Dr GS
                  Seems you have seen the Balangoda man!
                  Say hello to him from me when you see him next.
                  BTW
                  Did Dravidians have apish faces and curly hair?
                  *
                  “pre-historic Dravidian civilization which are on the internet”
                  Could you please give us the most relevant link.

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                    ” Seems you have seen the Balangoda man! “ Did you mean the Mahanama’s twin brother?
                    What book are you reading now? Jains’ Kural? There is nothing about Balanagoda man. You need to read Mahanama’s Kuali Vithai in Pali to see Balangoda man. Actually Balangoda man was not the twin brother of Mahanama. He was born in Malaysia jungles. Check up with an Orangutan in Dehiwela Zoo; it may know better who this Balangoda Man is,

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                  Last time it was about imaginary DNA studies of Balangoda man, now it is Balangoda man’s imaginary(?) Afro-hair. All just made up stories by Sankaralingam. I really do not know, how you managed to get through pre-school, let alone medical school. FYI regardless of the hair of Balangoda man, the Vaeddas do not have Afro-hair.
                   
                  (Ref.: “When DNA of bones of Balangoda man does not match with Sinhalese, this becomes a non-starter.”

                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/never-lose-sight-of-the-need-to-be-objective/comment-page-1/#comment-2358530)
                   
                  Funny thing is if the socalled Dravidians were here from pre-historic times, then why do you not have any genetic or linguistic affinities with the Vaeddas? Linguistic and Archaeobotanical studies have proven that the so-called Dravidians started spreading in south India from the southern neolithic starting about 1000 BC.
                  https://www.quora.com/Which-of-these-languages-came-first-Tamil-or-Telugu-What-is-the-proof-for-your-claims

                  Look at the map there and read the first answer.

                  Urn burials etc. you keep talking about is not that ancient (the oldest found here is dated to some 450 B.C. as far as I know) and is not a particularly Dravidian thing, but found pretty much all over India.

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                  Dr.
                  I do not think Veda are Balangoda men. I would not give them even 20,000 years in Ceylon. It can never go beyond 30,000. Period. That is it! They, in my simple opinion, are just per-Dravidian immigrants. So just say 10,000-15,000 years, very realistic. They seem to have prayed Muruga, possibly even before Tamils migrants (3,000 to 5,000). That means they have landed here with their own baggage. If Veddas were the first to pray Mugura, then certainly that is a foreign woven blanket, never made in Ceylon. If Vedda and Tamils share Muruga equally or Tamils first, then he was a Kathirkamam born local Dravidian leader, offered protection to Vedda’s & Dravidian together.
                  Veddar is Tamil word. So whatever the story behind Veddas, it was Tamils who met them in Ceylon and rightfully they named the Veddas as so. This is telling a Hela race living in south before Tamils come in is only hoax. Because Hela has not named Vedda and Tamils have not named the Hela, Hela was not in Ceylon when Tamils came here.
                  Mahawamsa races:
                  1.Iyakkar- Slow moving heavy body. They didn’t live in Ceylon. Browed from Tamil, Sanskrit tales.
                  2.Nagar- A Dravidian race.
                  3.Vedda – More time needed to figure out who they are – but not Balangoda men.

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            EE
            Sorry to say that your intervention with reference to me simply caused confusion.
            I doubted the veracity of claims by GS.
            He needed to cite source(s) in support of his story or name a link that points to evidence.
            Long lists of titles do not help discussion in such fora..

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          Did you forget that you are in public opinion site?

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        Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

        Very impressive.
        Have you finished reading every item in that list?
        Where did you copy the list?

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    Giving evidence at the PC on Easter Sunday Muslim terrorist attack former Secretaries to the Ministry of Defence Hemasiri Fernando and Karunasena Hettiarachchi revealed how ‘Jadapalana’ Government compromised National Security in order to please Muslim ‘King Makers’.
    Those guys who compromised National Security should be hanged in Galle Face greens using the rope imported by Gamarala from Pakistan to implement death penalty.

    Long live Democracy that produce minority ‘King Makers’!!!

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    Tisaranee draws incisive comparisons. The collapse of Weimer Republic, Nazi consolidation, 1933, the Enabling Act and irremovable iron hand. This was certainly an unchallenged inflection point.
    Ceylon till 1972 lumbered and later Sri Lanka hobbled along to political decay and near insolvency. Public Debt by December 2020, will breast the tape at Rs. 15 Trillion. Will there be self controlled expenditure? NO. SWRD said about this time in September 1959 “Nothing will satisfy you, because of your BORUSHOKE”.
    Time for restraint to be thrown aside by the ruled when meals descend from 3 to 2. The ruler will have to trample under foot the much vaunted corpus of freedoms.
    The 20th Amendment will provide the Enabling Environment.
    One can only gasp with Mark Antony “… thou art afoot, take thou course thou wilt”.”

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    Namal Baby’s new born Baby Boy!

    there is no ending!

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      Rajash, What difference would it have made, had it been a girl?

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        Ask Namal!

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          Rajash,
          Don’t try to play too smart. Namal did not tell me that his newborn is a boy. You are the one who told that. Why should I ask Namal.

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            Nathan
            Rajash, -Don’t try to play too smart. Namal did not tell me that his newborn is a boy. You are the one who told that. Why should I ask Namal.
            ——————————-
            Namal did not tell me either! Its in the public domain! which planet are you living!
            ———————————-
            however your original question was .
            What difference would it have made, had it been a girl?

            I don’t the succession strategy/pecking order of the Rajapaksa Royal Family. Beyond the current generation what is the order?
            Do they have one? is it Similar to the British Royal Family Succession

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              I don’t know the succession strategy…..

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              Rajash,
              Now, you are coming clean! You answered my question.
              Where in our Constitution does it say that a woman is not fit for succession.

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                you really are plonker !

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    “Think of it as the Rajapaksa fairy tale. Mother Lanka is captured by the messy and wobbly monster called Democracy. The Rajapaksa brothers and sons rescue her by slaying the Democracy monster with the magic sword called 20th Amendment. “ Making it as a sarcastic quip is absolutely wrong. It is fact of life of the Sinhala Buddhist from 1948. Remember the day in 1956, the FP members went to parliament with bloody faces, beaten and chased away for protesting in Galle Face for Sinhala Only? I think, from that day all Sinhala intellectuals celebrate with fire crackers and Kiribati, that type of days. The only difference is half celebrate when Don Stephen, JR, Ranil show up. Other half celebrate when Solomon West, Siri Mao, Old King, New king, King show up. When it rains, ice-cream man feels cold, when it shines, snow plougher feels cold. But as special species on the earth Sinhala Intellectual always celebrate when there is calamity or adversity on the Island.

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    “In 2015, politics gave a different verdict. Thanks to the inanities, errors and crimes of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration, the twin victories of 2015 turned out to be a semi-colon rather than a full-stop to the pulverising Rajapaksa Yathra. “
    Why this hypocritical call again & again? Why murderers have to hang the murderers? Why the thief has to judge thief in the Buddha’s reserved land? Why can’t there be a sincere call the International Community judges the both criminals, UNP & SLFP, in one shot? Why is this customs, in the winter months, UNP voters cry Oppari that UNP cheated and other summer 6 months SLFP voters cry Oppari SLFP cheated? Why in the last five years all UNPyers supported SLFP war criminals escaping in UNHRC. Then why did Old King went for Geneva dodging at airport?
    “The 20th Amendment, especially the dual-citizenship clause, should remind them that for the Rajapaksas, family comes first, always.” Same with 19A too. Only achievement of 19A was protecting Ranil’s Prime Minister-ship for 4 years.

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    Rajapaksas can be monarchs forever. But in this modern enlightened outer space & cyber age, there is no place in the universe that the Monarch is executive ruler. They have to be modern and futuristic, and figureheads like the present British crown…..ok, but with a few more executive powers. Democratic Parliament will rule the country by 75%. Anything more that 25% on Monarchial side and it will be Lankan Lives Matter, chaos, war, and decapitation.

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      RTF,

      so long people would learn to think properly., there will be no real changes in election tradition in srilanka. Most of them would not think twice before going to vote for anyone. This has been the culture of srilankens regardless of their race, religion or whatever others.
      That is where the changes should be made. If a cancer to be treated curably, you need to work on the etiology of the cancer occurence. Likewise, not focusing on it properly, how can people expect more from known stupid men, that got elected by the stupid voters ? People set high goals but having elected wrong persons. Can this be possible if they are politically literate ?

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        Apologies

        So long people would not see it right correctly … nothing will change in our home country. Can this be possible if they remain poiltically illiterate.

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    The author, with the background information provided calls for a resistance to 20A. How must this be done in practical terms? I have repeatedly commented that it is not the A’s to the Constitution that matters but how you exercise the trust placed on our elected rulers to run the country. Successive regimes betrayed this, the most recent being the promise of a “Yahapalanya” and started with robbing the Central Bank to end with the 04/21 carnage. The impatience of NGR in getting things done is no better than that of SRP and that is why I say that Sri Lanka was given a choice of selecting a side of the same coin in the Nov 2019 Prez hustings. The decision-making process should be such that given a situation the time to respond should be appropriate, some have to be very quick and others a reasonable time but certainly not inordinate delays. Quickies only bring in disaster. The haste is comparable to a lecherous man trying to get quick fun in visiting a house of ill fame only to be contracted with dreaded diseases.

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    All this comes down to one undeniable fact.

    For the last 30 years whatever you said about Chandrika, SLFP,JVP and now Rajapakses the alternative was Ranil Wickramasinghe and his private mob of old Royalists Mahendran, Ravi K, Ratwatte,Kiriella,Maropone and the lesser creatures like Vajira and Daya Gamage.

    Is this gang better than the Rajapakse mob ?

    More democratic ? Just look at this comedy called the UNP Working Committee. Not an elected body but some favourites of RW deciding things in the UNP. Even after the 100th defeat and now being completely wiped out, they are waiting for orders from their god RW. So is the UNP more democratic ?

    More honest? Just look RW, Mahendran, Ravi K, Kirella -will you introduce them to a decent friend ? They will pick the pocket of the decent friend .

    Less family monopoly and nepotism ? Like MR , Ranil will now say the Working committee picked Ruwan not me. Ha ha . We all know what a undeserving leader this Ruwan joke is.

    This family thing must end.This old boys nonsense must end.Dont ever consider a person who is silly enough to go for a big match! This culture has ruined us.

    On every aspect this RW is a fraud . His only interest is to cling to office, travel to plush destinations and enjoy 5 star life

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      Mr. Deepthi Silva,
      .
      With all due respect it’s little unfair to put “big match” in that sentence.
      .
      No offense intended.

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    Unitl the aborted constitutional coup the Rajapkshes did not realize the support level and the popularity of the then government. After being dormant during their rule even the supreme court showed some life and independence and kicked the old king out. Something drastic had to be done. This is when the plot to bomb the christian churches a couple of hotels for good measure began to be planned. The independent IGP and the PM were singled out to be blamed. They were locked out of security councils meetings for this reason. The blame was placed on the IGP and the PM. An old favor was called upon and Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith happily delivered the catholic vote to the murders of their own family members. There is a special place in hell for such people who went about placing blame on the wrong side. The IGP was replaced even though he could not be technically replaced a fact he know and refused to go following which he was put in jail. The master minds remained in the shadows while the executor of this sordid plan Sirisena was white washed and taken back into the fold. Now we we will live under the jack boot of a dictator for the forseable future. That brings me to my second point

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    EE, the most known ultra racist@
    .
    with all respect to you as an octagenarian, let me remind you the truth -GOOD GOVERANCE govt saved your mafia boss (Mahinda Rajapakshe and his family) not from being charged for his all high crimes. These crimes were not just minor crimes. Entire world is well aware of the size of the high crimes Rajapakshes committed.

    If SIRISENA was an honest politician, you and I would not see them as leaders of the country today – but as prisoners in their life imprisonment.

    It seem much is now coming to light in terms of total ignorance of SIRISENA regarding national safety measures, his days are numbered.
    But we never know, if the man would be convicted, because Rajakashes are the current leaders in this country. I can see the pains of those victimized families – they would not want SIRISENA be unpunished. As a mad man took the weapon, SIRISENA abused his role as a president. This was very clear to the nation, immediately, after he became the president of this country in 2015.

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

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      How would you describe “srilanken politics” ?
      :
      More or less like the acts of blue flies being found on garbage dumps. Those blues flies would not have a life so long garbage are not existent.They are all high criminals by various ways. The kind of symbiosis is inevitable for the maintaenace of such politics. So long these senior men are found in lanken active politics, even keeping further hopes on tangible changes restrict to dreams.
      :
      Srilanken media should be blamed for today#s problems. They are very irresponsible.
      :
      Lately, I happened to read a good comment by a decent person on this platform. He said it as no other – you can only dream of a better future for srilankens so long Rajakshe criminals and backlickers are in power.

      May be only CHINA is now their partner, but EU is totally against current govt. Americans would not support either.

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    There is a distinct shift in the world toward rigtht wing dictatorships. The hallowed democratic institutions are being wiped out and replaced by autocratic dictators. In all the countries religion pays a major role in ushering the right wing dictators in to power. In India it is the Hindus, in Uganda it is the evangelical Christians ditto for the USA. Certain mega-rich players have figured out that they can subjugate entire populations and exploit them by so doing. The 1% gets richer while the rest of the population gets poorer and poorer while voting against their own interest. Old man Rajapkashe supposedly has Billions of USD worth in assets. This is something hardly ever mentioned in the local media. Now add to this the climate emergency steam rolling towards us. It is no longer a hundred years away or even fifty years away. It is imminent. Critical tipping points have been crossed with no ability to reverse course. We are barreling towards a global disaster. How do you think an ill equipped right wing dictator will prepare his country to face this challenge? I think it is more like party time cutting down forrest etc. like there was no tomorrow. There wont be fifty years left for the Rajapkshe’s to rule over us time is running out.

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    The worst politician Sri Lanka ever had in its history is not an individual but a team. The team of Maithripala-Ranil. Maithri ruined the country and SLFP. Similarly Ranil joined Maithri and ruined the country and UNP. Both of these jokers have had considerable experience in politics but what did they achieve other than taking Sri Lanka backward. The decisions made by this team paved way for Racism which won the election. The deals both of them had with Mahinda who is a Master Politician is the cause for all the trouble Sri Lankans are facing today. Even today both Maithri and Ranil who should be out front on the road campaigning against 20A are not there. Maithri is supporting 20A in order to get a top position in the Government and Ranil, God only knows what game he is up to now.

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      Mr. Buddhist1,
      .
      It’s the same self styled pundits who are crying against 20A advised masses to vote for “Yahapalana” setup.
      .
      Do you wants masses to listen to them again……

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      Buddhist1 – why cant the Sri Lankans take to the roads.
      in Belarus people are taking to the roads in thousands and paralysing the country. Same in Hong Kong.

      In both countries the leaders of the protests are arrested by the respective authorities.

      But the people keep on protesting.

      I would say majority of the politicians in Sri Lanka are corrupt.
      Even Sun God fell for the bait

      People have to rise against the political establishment and take to the streets instead of relying on the corrupt politicians

      I just saw a social media streaming of a Buddhist monk swearing at a policeman. The policeman his hands clasped around his chest and bending to the Monk. The Monk is drunk and the filth that comes out of his mouth is unprintable…

      Sri Lanka Sinhala violent Buddhism is being pushed down the throats of the Sinhala masses.

      if a Buddhist monk can justify violence and filth where does the leaves the masses.

      They will follow suit

      Monks and Army a dangerous cocktail!

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    What ever is taking place in Lanka was expected, except for that astrological mistake which was the only surprise to me. Rajan thinks “this whole thing will pass” because JR, SWRD all had their expiry dates. May be but how many had hundred of family members holding power, how many had the whole military placed in administration and how many had the Sangha behind them. This is a systematically planned family affair with insulation all around. I am still working hard to find out ANY government in history had this many family members in power. People who had ruled for life term did so but still did not manage to claim this feat. I guess by doing so even the autocrats feared raising unwanted suspicion, displeasure and internal conflicts. Where as in Lanka the public it self has rewarded each one of them with absolute power. Some one here suggested people will have the final stay. Is that so ?? Why not protest or dissent and see ??? You will be snuffed out without evidence.I believe soon the media will come under family control, where even we guys may not have such freedom anymore.

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    Rajan, medically/ethically doctors are expected to tell the real facts even if the prognosis is almost nil. Then there are some doctors (usually in Asian culture) who find it offensive , and end up giving false hope to the dying patient. What TG says is absolutely right and it is for the voters to understand these consequence before they vote. In history there is no country by democratic means has handed over the power to hundreds of members of the same family. No govt has been formed with highest /first five positions taken up by the same family. Even those autocrats and military men who managed to rule life term, did not achieve such feat. The worst we have heard is one being replace by another like in royal family. Here we have our own people doing it for them, which every power hungry person dreams but dares to achieve. I am sure this will make even Trump and Kim Jong-Un blush.(as well jealous)

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    Rajapaksas are here to stay and NO internal power can change the destiny of Lanka.

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      Chiv – “Rajapaksas are here to stay and NO internal power can change the destiny of Lanka.”

      your statement can be broken down as follows:
      1.Rajapaksas are here to stay
      2. NO internal power can change the destiny of Lanka

      let me rephrase it
      destiny of Lanka is doomed under Rajapakses
      only an external power can rescue Sri Lanka
      is it China or India or USA or The Government of Tamil Eelam in exile?

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    Rajash, it can be international bodies too though the process is too lengthy and the chances are minimal. But there is a high possibility of finding us, in the wrong side of US /Western/ India’s confrontation with China. However, for those who handed over their future in favor of the family , may ” just have to learn to live with it”.

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