11 December, 2023

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Anniversary Angst

By Sachithanandam Sathananthan

Dr. Sachithanandam Sathananthan

The Editorial in a Sri Lankan web journal (not the Colombo Telegraph) claimed to have discovered the country’s “dark underbelly on the 14th anniversary of the LTTE leader’s death”; it grieved that the “pervasive culture of deceit poisons every interaction” in society, resulting in multiple “crises”, which belied “hopes” that the “(e)limination of his [Prabhakaran’s] terror factory…celebrated by the country…would mark the beginning of a new era where social justice and human rights would prevail.” 

Of course, most Malayaha and Ceylon Tamils, Muslims and Christians saw the “underbelly” somewhat earlier.

The vast majority of genuine Sinhalese people understandably believed the smooth talk of their nationalist Sinhalese intelligentsia, who alleged the following:

a) Tamil nationalism and its cutting edge, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), are the font of almost all difficulties facing the Sinhalese people; and

b) eliminating the LTTE and crushing the Tamils’ challenge would usher in an era of prosperity and splendour.

“Finish Prabhaharan and everything will be fine with the state of Sri Lanka” was the thinking among the political class, as Dharmaratnam Sivaram (Taraki) too had observed in 1996.

We discussed how the democratic content of national movements, led by non-State controlling elites, in the Dominion of India fundamentally transformed the ramshackle unitary State inherited from colonialism into the largest federated democracy in the world. We also outlined how the respective State controlling elite blocked similar progressive national forces and prevented the same transition to democracy in the Dominions of Pakistan and Ceylon.    

The promised prosperity and splendour the Sinhalese people hunger for is not visible even on the horizon after the LTTE’s destruction 14 long years ago. The country in fact has gone from bad to worse by most accounts. 

Ceylon/Sri Lanka’s political class framed the civil war as an inter-State war against a foreign enemy; as then President Jayawardene famously quipped, “during wars, laws are silent”. To suspend the normal operation of laws and accountability by the political class during civil wars is invariably disastrous; Latin American countries discovered the tragic fact during the so-called anti-communist military campaigns in the second half of the 20th Century and most of them have yet to recover. During civil wars of long duration, of more than five years, the perversion of legal and political institutions seeps deeper into society and becomes systemic. 

The very process of militarily eliminating the LTTE over the four-decade (1979-2009) long civil war in Sri Lanka has crushed the anticipated war dividends to pulp. Unsurprisingly the Editorial dismissed 18 May 2009 as “a facade of false triumph”. If the Struggle (Aragalaya) by sections of the Sinhalese middle classes is anything to go by, the coin seems to be dropping.

Everywhere and always the job description of members of the pollical class requires habitual deception. Sri Lanka is no exception; so, it’s ludicrous to fault the country’s politicians for purveying their well-known stock in trade: “credibility gap”. The Sinhalese intelligentsia is responsible for actively narrowing the “gap”; but they either uncritically echoed and amplified it or acquiesced by their silence and thereby helped to spread the “culture of deceit” across society.   

A culture of deceit

The long civil war of course is not the sole cause of the culture of deceit; rather, the major contributors arguably are the nationalist Sinhalese historians. Following their mentor-historians’ lead in northern India, Sinhalese counterparts invented an ancient history for the 1833 political formation named Ceylon by chronologically aligning  fragments drawn from histories of historical nations; what’s worse, more often than not they presented myths as truths. The inventions sailed through pushed along by tailwinds of State power.

The Tamil intelligentsia confronted the nationalist historiography without the benefit of State patronage. While some historians succumbed to flights of fancy, the majority compensated for the lack of official backing by increasing the accuracy and ensuring veracity of their writings.   

The nationalist Sinhalese historians are of course entitled to construct history from their perspective. By the same token, they ought to take responsibility for the outcome: imbibing myth as truth blunted the cognitive capacity to distinguish between fiction and fact – a cognition deficit – among a majority of Sinhalese people; for instance, the Ayurvedic Department reportedly registered Dhammika Bandara’s Kali Peniya (Syrup) to treat Covid-19; close behind the Peniya was King Ravana’s mythical concoction. A further instance of the cognition deficit at the level of national policy is the order to farmers to shift literally overnight to organic farming. 

The miseducation of history did not spare successive generations of Sinhalese intelligentsia either. Most of them internalised the misconceptions; so, they become apoplectic at the barest mention of Tamil Buddhism. They invariably look the other way when one brings up the subject of the Tamil caste of Tank Builders (Kulangkatti), who constructed and maintained the ancient irrigation works; once, a Sinhalese “intellectual” tangentially asserted (to us) that they have become a Sinhalese caste. 

The cognition deficit has made the Sinhalese in general and their intelligentsia vulnerable to manipulation by the political class.

We recollect an instance of manipulation in the early 1990s. When President Ranasinghe Premadasa’s commander Gen. Denzil Kobbekaduwa was “mopping up” (a caring imagery, that) in the east and readying to sally up north, we ran into a Norway-returned Sinhalese peacenik who busily promoted Co-Existence between ethnics in Sri Lanka. We suggested the civil war is reducing his hopes to hardly more than a mirage. The co-existencer disagreed; and he parroted the political class’ insinuation, that the President needs a military victory over the LTTE in order to strengthen his sword arm, reinforce his pro-peace credentials and beat back opposition from the nationalist Sinhalese (they seemingly made his nose twitch) who opposed peace overtures. 

In other words, Premadasa had to first spill copious Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim (Home Guard) blood, generate innumerable widows and orphans and cause widespread destruction of property in order to boost his political standing and then, and only then, he may be able to sue for peace. 

Of course, the dystopian twist seemed entirely beyond the ken of the co-existencer; and his cognition deficit limited his grasp of elementary realpolitik, that the nationalist Sinhalese forces, emboldened by a military victory, will fight tooth and nail against any move to concede to Tamils at the negotiating table what was won on the battlefield. 

After then President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s army rolled into the Jaffna peninsula in 1995, the peace council’s Sinhalese peace monger enthusiastically explained: “many prominent members of the local human rights and intellectual community have been given official positions within the PA governmental system. Therefore, ironical though it does sound, the human rights NGOs have to be given their share of ‘credit’ for the governmental victory in Jaffna.” [1] 

His cognition deficit and that of assorted peace mongers who zealously shared in the “victory” then and later in 2009 made them – peace, conflict resolution and policy alternative “specialists” – anticipate the government’s invitation to craft a political settlement. Needless to add, they seemed to not grasp the psychology impelling a Victor’s Justice; the invitation predictably never came. 

Another case (there are many) of a cognition deficit is the strident critique by a self-proclaimed political “realist” in the first flush of triumph in May, 2009. In the following month, he accused “collaborators, the appeasers and the fence-sitters” for not rising to support the ostensibly anti-LTTE military campaign when the country faced allegedly an “existential threat”; and he declared, they “all forfeit the chance to place their values, ideas and programs as the leading ones of the social order that follows the great test.”

The people have experienced at first-hand the “values, ideas and programs” that the Victors, who he and his ilk resolutely backed, imposed during the past 14 years. The people now also know where the “existential threat” is actually coming from and, to put it mildly, they are no longer impressed by the “great test”.  

The country is trapped in the tunnel of May 2009 “victory” with no light at the end. No purpose is served by inventing scape-goats, whether it’s President Ranil Wickremasinghe or the famous 225, for the parlous state of the economy or the festering national conflict. They are largely prisoners of institutions, laws and practices that the nationalist Sinhalese intelligentsia actively helped to build or passively brought about to the detriment of the country.

The fumbling political “realist” is hardly different from an acolyte of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The latter confidently made the ahistorical assertion that Rajapaksa’s 2019 election victory is “the reaction of a down trodden, persecuted, humiliated majority community…used as a doormat by the minority communities”. This perspective has been a justification for the systematic marginalisation of sections of the population that dislocated the economy and society over the past more than seven decades.

Those who misconstrue the past cannot construe a sound future.

References:

[1] Perera, Jehan, ‘Why the PA succeeded where the UNP failed’, The Island, Colombo, 10/Dec/95.

*Dr Sachithanandam Sathananthan is an independent scholar who read Political Economy for the Ph.D. degree at the University of Cambridge. He was Assistant Director, International Studies at the Marga Institute, Visiting Research Scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University School of International Studies and has taught World History at Karachi University’s Institute of Business Administration. He is an award-winning filmmaker and may be reached at: commentaries.ss@gmail.com

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    All that Dr. Sachithanandam Sathananthan writes is worth reading, and I do get round to reading it all, although I don’t always comment.
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    Thanks very much for the article. A few points are not clear to my aged and fatigued mind, but I plan to come back to understand the full import of this article.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela</b>

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      “Ceylon/Sri Lanka’s political class framed the civil war as an inter-State war against a foreign enemy”
      As that utterly execrable Sarath Weerasekara put it in Parliament the other day, “How can we approve setting up a monument to terrorists given that the US doesn’t approve a monument to Al-Qaeda?”
      The sub-text is that non-Sinhala Buddhists are foreigners.
      This is not stated openly, but is implicit even in the implementation of the law. The Christian fake prophet Jerome Fernando is under threat of arrest for “insulting Buddhism”, but the equally fake Buddhist Samantha Badra walks free after challenging God to rescue Jerome.
      The end of the Cold War resulted in a unipolar world with impunity for some.
      “Defeating terrorism”, as the popular view puts it, has resulted in a unipolar Sri Lanka.
      Will the likes of Sarath Weerasekara still be voted into Parliament next time?

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        OC the anti-Tamil prince of darkness should realise that his family name is a dead giveaway of his South Indian Tamil ancestry. Most probably descended from one of the post-colonial immigrants from Tamil South India to the Sinhalese south that became a flood, from 10AD, and then became a huge sea, during the Portuguese and Dutch and even British eras. Now ironically their recently Sinhalised descendants have become the biggest Anti-Tamils, beating the fake indigenous sons and daughters of the soil Sinhalese Buddhist Aryan theory and calling the indigenous Tamils who have a much older history on the island as not belonging and foreigners. The Veerasekaran is quite a common name in Tamil Nadu, there was even a Tamil movie made in that name in 2010. Veerasekaran got Sinhalized to Weerasekara. The name most probably is Sanskrit derived, however, these sorts of names are only peculiar to South India, especially the Tamil country.

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      Sinhala_Man

      I understand you have now become the greatest fan of Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD). From his pep talk to Kurunegala District Summit of the retired military collective, it appears he too is gearing up to the next elections. Obviously all elections are conducted on a competitive racism basis.

      Here is campaign theme
      Excepts:
      “that traditional Tamil leaders sowed the seeds of racism when they lost their power.”

      “Dissanayake said over the years politicians had sowed the seeds of racism in the country.”

      “He said not only Tamil leaders but southern leaders also sowed racism.”

      Traditional Tamil leaders promoted racism after losing power – AKD
      Tuesday, May 23, 2023
      Daily News
      https://www.dailynews.lk/2023/05/23/political/303965/traditional-tamil-leaders-promoted-racism-after-losing-power-akd

      Well he no longer needs to rely on his liberal outlook anymore. He can behave like a natural born Sinhala/Buddhist political leader. The next step is to visit the Mahanayakes and beg for blessing on his knees, offering Pirikara (පිරිකර), noola on his arm/hand, an photo opportunity, ….

      By the way whom did he meet at the retired military collective?
      Perhaps those former JVP comrades who could not take the heat from the death squads operated by DIG Udugampola, Lt Colonels Sarath, Gota, ….. Brigadier Janaka, …. etc and decided to join the army to stay alive between 1987 and 1991?

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        Dear Native Vedda,
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        I don’t know if I’m the greatest fan, but I have no objection to what you have said on that score.
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        I think that these are the full proceedings of the Summit you refer to.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZq_XBrnrIU&t=8341s
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        I may be listening to more of these than almost anybody else, including AKD! How can he sit and listen again, after saying all this. And portions of the above proceedings have been given separately.
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        No, I don’t agree with what you quote – in English. I have had just 5 minutes’ chat with Anura, but it was relaxed and undisturbed. My first statement was that I’ve never heard him speak any language except Sinhala. I recommended that he stick to that; if not it would be: “Kaputu, kak kak”. However, there are photographs, even videos, showing him conversing with white people; I’m sure that he must understand English.
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        The final public observation on 21/02/2023 was by me: “please ensure that Tamil is used at every audience that has Tamils who don’t understand Sinhala.” That meeting (which poverty-stricken me gate-crashed) was for the Business Community of Bandarawela. Such people understand Sinhala. AKD smiled his agreement, and thanked me. Let’s not raise questions to score debating points.
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        Panini (483111444V)

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          Sinhala_Man

          “Let’s not raise questions to score debating points.”

          I agree however lets not have leaders who cannot be trusted.
          AKD had potential to be a liberal, honest, secular, non partisan, …… leader.

          Now it appears he has blown it.

          Like Dr Strangelove he also suffers from “Alien Hand Syndrome”. In his case it is more like Alien Voice Syndrome.

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            Nonsense, NV. AKD’s voice inspires me. But you may be right. How many people who perform the more important duties for society remain ever poor!
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            THINK what your feel would have been the most important issues six months ago, and try to prepare to those for a conversation, such as you will have to be able to rattle on whatever test is given to ascertain you ability to live “where you feel the grass is greener.
            .

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            Dear NV,
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            A liberal rule with JVP led groups ?

            Pigs might fly.

            Can we ever agree with JVP who never leave some spaces but went on killing and hacking them , if anyone disagreed with them ? How many among the innocient including my then commarades were brutally murdered by them in 89-92 insurgency ? A utterly naive man of SINHALA MAN nature would see it so blind, but can we do the same ?
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            How can JVPrs be acting like saints today ?perhaps Are they too now trying to the tactics and gimmicks being applied by Rajapakshes, knowing that majority of people are born stupid ?

            tbc

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              cont.
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              The “sinhala man” estranged commenter to CT harasses me and other “anonymous CT commenters” hour after hour. That has now become his hobby.
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              Joker is more interested in GOSSIP and personal details of the commenters than the content of the person’s comments. Unfortunately, this is the saddest reality of this falling nation. Senior so called citizens behave like PINGONAS (mercy cows).

              SM might be btw falsely believed that he is similar to Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala who passed away a few hours ago. He always compares himself with any prominent figures.The level of the man’s inferiority complex is beyond estimation.
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              The truth is SM knows very little about Sri Lankan politics, Sri Lankan culture, Sri Lankan religious fanaticism, Sri Lankan economy and anything related to the Sri Lankan context. My nephews who are preparing for higher grade 12 class will no doubt know more about the above topics.

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        Native,
        “I understand you have now become the greatest fan of Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD).”
        No point flogging a dead horse, but there’s a difference between a fan and a devotee. One bases his actions on rationality. The other acts on blind faith.

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          OC,
          .
          if “thanakola becomes favourite food” of SINHALA MAN, why should we all follow his ? Why on earth, should he have the right to provide numerous links supporting AKD speeches ? Not a single commenter endorses him.

          His pieces of advice are just jokes to us CT commenters. He does not understand what AKD is focusing on his public speeches, nevertheless, SM turns out to be loyal to that party.
          .
          While addressing Dr David by his first name this time, he might be sending across the message that he too is a scholar ? As you once said, this man need urgent psychotherapy.
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/liberalism-capitalism-the-hungry-masses-edible-economics-will-need-to-restrain-choices/
          .
          He has proved it enough sofar, that he is IDIOSYNCRATIC to his thinking. May be his eyes are tightly folded. “Koheda yanne malle pol” answers are in bold text again and again.
          And He repeats his usual stuff about annonymous commenters on CT, not questioning himself, as to why the majority of commenters remain to be “annonymous”: THis joker is unfortunately cornered in his mental asylum, long ago. I have no sympathy to the kind of MODAYAs anymore.

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    A frank and forthright narration of how and why Sri Lanka is in such a deep shit.
    The War for Peace mantra attracted more believers than Kali Peniya to treat Covid-19.

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      “No purpose is served by inventing scape-goats, whether it’s President Ranil Wickremasinghe or the famous 225, for the parlous state of the economy or the festering national conflict. They are largely prisoners of institutions, laws and practices that the nationalist Sinhalese intelligentsia actively helped to build”
      Or shall we say “unintelligentsia”, the very same voters who voted for promises instead of substance.
      As I have always said, blame the voters who voted in the 225.

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    “it grieved that the “pervasive culture of deceit poisons every interaction” in society, resulting in multiple “crises”, which belied “hopes” that the “(e)limination of his [Prabhakaran’s] terror factory…celebrated by the country…would mark the beginning of a new era where social justice and human rights would prevail.” “

    What the Sinhala youth first and then the Tamil youth – in their own ways – rebelled against —–> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC-X_gZREVA

    Sinhala being the majority, their youth could make a “feeble” attempt to topple the government to replace it with something “better” ……… Tamil being a minority, their youth couldn’t topple the government to replace it with something better …….. but had the “luxury” of fighting for separation.

    For the Sinhalese, the only “separation” possible ……… is leaving the country: which most of them have done in large numbers. But still support the entrenched corruption and atrocities at home, forgetting the reasons they had to leave the country in the first place.

    Masochism has a strange appeal ……… when the atrocities on you ……….are committed by your own kind.

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      Nimal,
      “Masochism has a strange appeal ……… when the atrocities on you ……….are committed by your own kind.”
      BDSM. 🤣🤣

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        “BDSM”

        OC,

        You’ve been dreaming of women for far too long …… and what you would like to do with them! …… Don’t let your mind be fixated on it! :)))

        Thank our lucky stars, Native has somehow got away from women and is capable of thinking of other things!! :)) …… Thinking of what other things? …. My guess is not as good as Gunduvindu’s: looks like ol’ Gundu has Native’s number! :)))

        English expert Sinhala_Man should be able to tell us if the word “masochism” is used in another context in modern English ……… unless he is busy getting his own dose of JVP/NNP masochism himself. ……. The world is getting full of them: not just in Lanka!


        “Masochists are the ones that like getting hurt. Besides sex, people talk about masochism in other situations.” …….. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/masochism

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          continued

          From where I’m sitting ……. almost all Third-World “Independence-Struggles” were the highest form of masochism …….. where the capability/power/means to abuse and cause atrocities on one was removed/taken-away from some outsiders and handed over to one’s own kind. …….. Since “Independence,” our own “Sinhalese” have abused us “better” than the English could ever dream of !!!

          But in some strange way, we seem to like it because it’s done by our own kind! ……. Would the English got away with what our own Sinhala rulers have done to us?

          It depends on the person who dishes it out ……… you didn’t enjoy the masochism dished out by Mahinda + Rajapakses …….. but seem to be loving the masochism dished out by Ranil ……. and can’t get enough! :))))

          We all have our own poison, OC …… only if one’s Achilles heel can be found to administer it! …….. Ranil has found what eluded Ramona all these years! :))

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          nimal fernando

          When I read your love/affection for Gunduvindu (if I am not mistaken it must be Gevindu Kumaratunga) do you always feel like spanking him like the old teachers?
          Don’t be surprised if he ask for more.

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      Many have left, nimal; most want to leave.
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      Not me. I’d have loved to visit some the exciting places you’ve been in, but it never happened and now I’m too old.
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      I have appreciated many nice things in the Maldives, Oman and Malaysia. I’d have loved the chance to study further in a “developed country”, but it never happened. What to do?
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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        S M ,

        ” Many have left , nimal ; most want to leave . ” In 70s , there were
        two man power agencies in Colombo . One , Mackinon Mackanzie
        an the other , Lagodan . Seamen recruits were going mainly
        through Lagodan . Middle East jobs started around 75 and Shums
        got popular with it . Man power migration is more than fifty years
        business in the country and there could be more than a thousand
        that migrated to UK within ten years of independence . Trying to
        tell the country as if it is a recent development and it is only due to
        economic hardship or loss of hopes in a better future , is wrong or
        misleading . Even among wealthy nations , people move from one
        country to another . Especially among the EU . We can of course
        focus on sending Housemaids .

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        ” I’d have loved to visit some the exciting places you’ve been in, but it never happened and now I’m too old.”

        If you can ride a Honda up the hills and down the valleys, you are still fit.

        If you like to visit a place and can arrange a tour …….. I’ll pay for it as long as I can stay anonymous and you won’t try to find out.

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          Dear nimal, old codger, et al,
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          Let me place just one comment here instead of trying to say strange things.
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          nimal, you’ve probably made a sincere offer. Thanks. If one has plenty of means, travelling does broaden the mind. However, now I must prioritise the needs of my family, and next of those who live near me. You may notice that I’ve said that I’d have liked to study further in the UK, to also enable me to teach better. Let Ranil go to England to pretend that he had a “cordial chat” with Charles III when in fact their meeting, the day before the Coronation was only 13 seconds. I hope that you saw the link I provided.
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          oc, recently faulted me for a typo that crept into a comment where I pointed out an effect/affect confusion to a very nice commenter domiciled in England. It’s true, oc, that I wouldn’t have noticed my typo had you not pointed it out. I never point out obvious typos. However, unless an error is pointed out, the mistake will be repeated.

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            It looks as though AKD has missed an important point about Sinopec being asked to run petrol sheds, having imported the fuel.
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            China has no petroleum! They purchase from Bunei or wherever. And coal from Australia. In other words, they will buy it from producers and sell it to us at a profit. Who will pay for the unnecessary travel on the high seas by Chinese oil tankers? (Is there a better word for such ships? I confess that I sometimes ask the Thesaurus that is on-line now.)
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            Who will pay for the unnecessary transport to and fro? Easy to answer that! I will be paying for it when I pump 3 litres of petrol into my 35 year old Honda CM 125.
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            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 482111444V) of Bandarawela

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              SM,
              “China has no petroleum! They purchase from Bunei or wherever. And coal from Australia. In other words, they will buy it from producers and sell it to us at a profit.”
              SM, SM, You really should stop talking through your hat about things that you have not the foggiest notion about. It’s no surprise that you fall for glib talkers instead of doers. Just this once, I will try and enlighten you.
              Take Singapore. It has no oil. In 2021, Singapore exported $40.8B in Refined Petroleum, making it the 6th largest exporter of Refined Petroleum in the world. At the same year, Refined Petroleum was the 2nd most exported product in Singapore.

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                How does it do that? It can buy humungous quantities of crude oil at a steep discount, and then use its humongous and competitive refineries to produce petrol for instance at about 2/3 what it costs from our antique and over-staffed refinery. Do you even know that LIOC has always imported its petrol from Singapore, AND sells it after paying a tax which serves to keep it from undercutting Ceypetco?
                Sinopec has been given permission to sell fuel cheaper than Ceypetco. Is that a good or bad thing in your opinion?
                But the JVP and its unions WILL object, because what it is really interested in is its power over labour and students, not the ultimate welfare of the people.

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    SS, All what is written is past. All I know is that if all look to the one creator and not to all the various ethnic and other divisions created by fumbling humans of all hues, we have the sure promise of provision and protection from one who owns all truth. He cannot lie as what he says comes to pass.. How can we get all into this one frame of mind, wishing for all other’s welfare rather than all of our own. Accept this as all of the secret needed

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      David

      Help me with my confusion. Some claim that 2000 years ago a woman was impregnated by a celestial being and went on to give birth to a hybrid – a man-god. There was no adultery committed despite the woman being married. She also remained a virgin. In the name of the man-god people throughout succeeding centuries were massacred and their resources plundered. It was all noble and gallant by what is now a religion.
      Such activities today will be termed carnal abuse, the offspring becomes illegitimate, the deceived husband a cockold.

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        sonali, I understand your confusion in this version written here. The story in the bible is that man created by God, disobeyed and sinned. Hence to nullify sin, Jesus was born not hybrid but as a human baby through the jewish nation to which was entrusted the written bible . Jesus was full of love, mercy, kindness, justice forgiving and healing, and was crucified as our substitution. His human father believed God and was not deceived. I know it is difficult for you, but may I ask that there must be something that you believe in visible on this earth, like buddhism, hinduism, or islam, Your parents or family surely had some connections.. Wars and massacres have been in all nations and countries for which we are not responsible. But how we live now surely has a bearing on our future. Like to hear more.

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    It’s obvious that, Lankans lack basic cognitive function of knowing the difference between right and wrong. Questiin is INBORN or INBUILT ?? to be answered by corrupt rogue politicians. Rest what took place are consequence and not the cause. When will our people wake up to truth ???

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      Nimal, here we go. According to news, current Law Breaker Ali Sabry Rahim ( MP from Puttalam) was arrested at BIA on his arrival with contraband gold weighing more than 3 Kg and 90 smart phones worth 4.2 Million LKR. 2) a Chinese national who tried to enter country with fake passport, was arrested at BIA but was later released under the orders of Minister Arundhika. Lanka special “Low and Odor”.

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        Chiv ,
        “country with fake passport, was arrested at BIA but was later released under the orders of Minister Arundhika. Lanka special “Low and Odor”.”
        But, confusingly, he voted against the bill to eject Janaka Ratnayaka.

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          Chiv,
          That referred to the MP, not the Chinese guy.

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            Of course. Never seen our Pseudo Patriots so vigorous, crossing party lines to get rid of Janaka.

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              Chiv,
              In case you don’t know, Janaka was given the job for funding Gota’s election campaign. Plus, he supplied posters against Shirani Bandaranayaka. Things are never black and white.

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                OC thanks. I was aware of his appointment by Rajapaksas but not details. Now he too wants to join Presidential circus.

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                  Chiv,
                  He isn’t poor either. He built the Trillium apartments, to which he supplies electricity after buying in bulk from CEB. A smooth operator. Nothing wrong with that, but he shouldn’t pretend to be people-friendly.

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          Chiv.

          Ali Sabry Raheem M.P made a huge blunder by voting against the bill to eject Janaka Ratnayake……….
          Had he too joined the winning side his Gold and Smart Phones would have been returned to him but of course on condition that the loot be handed over to the STILL POWERFUL FAMILY ……….
          I

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            Plato funny indeed. Reportedly Law Breaker Ali Sabry Raheem , told media, “I voted in favor of Ranil and Dinesh, and none of them , bailing me out.” Obviously our political leaders roles are defined by their ability to “scratch others back”. Today the previous whistle blower on food scams (sugar, garlic) during Covid, accused Badula . G of shielding many of those perpetrators.

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        Arrest and release under pressure happens all the time.
        I have lost count of the Palk Strait trawler bandits from Taminadu who have been arrested by the SL Navy and fishers of Jaffna in the past two decades only to be released at their first appearance in court.

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    Correction:

    “Malayaha” is to be read as “Malaiyaha”. The error is regretted.

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    Sadly, the Sinhalese have moved beyond redemption. It will take them years to creep out of the Mahavamsa mud-hole they live in. The “Maha” Sangha will not allow them to get out of it. Now the Sinhalese only educated young want to leave but can find employment as unskilled maids or workers in the Middle-East and elsewhere. The so called Sinhala intelligentsia can hold power only if these young are left in their Sinhala Buddhist mindset. They cannot progress. The other people of the island must find their own ways of progress. The Tamils and the Muslims will do that. It will be difficult in the present context of the scrutiny of human rights violations for the Sinhalayas to suppress them through violence as in the past. The Tamils and Muslins must make alliances with people of their kind in other parts of the world, the Tamils with the diaspora and the Muslims with the vast Muslim communities of the world. The Sinhalese must be left undisturbed in their mud-hole they have dug for themselves.

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      They may get some support from some Muslim communities in the world but I doubt it. Islam is a religion and the Muslim nations/communities themselves are fighting amongst themselves on the basis of race, ethnicity, language sects and many other factors. Just go to the Middles East or Western Asia and you will see Arabs do not like the Turk, Kurds or Iranian and vice versa. Arabs themselves are not friendly towards Arabs from different nations. Suni does not like Shia and then there are regional and tribal differences. It is the same with Muslim nations everywhere other than a slender thread of religion, which has also been adopted to suit each region, ethnicity and culture, there is nothing common with all these people. What is common between a Malay/Indonesian and an Indian Muslim? Or a white European Albanian, Bosnian or Chechen Muslim and a Sri Lankan Tamil Muslim? Very little. Even within South Asia, what is common between a Punjabi, Pashtun and a Bengali Muslim? Very little this is the reason former Pakistan got divided.

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        Just because 99% of Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors are of South Indian origin Dravidian Tamil ancestry, some with a little bit of Arab or other Western Asian ancestry, speak the same language, follow the same culture and form of Islam, does not mean it ish the same everywhere. In most nations, the so-called Muslims are divided by language, ethnicity and sects Eg Iraq. Arabs and Kurds, Sunni and Shia. One example. South Asia has many examples. In India, a Muslim Tamil or Malyalee feel far close towards their non-Muslim Hindu and Christian Tamils and Malayalis and strongly identify themselves with their ethnic identity and with other Indian Muslims and it is the same with most Bengali Muslims, the Bengali identity is stronger than the Muslim religious identity.

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    “The Tamil intelligentsia confronted the nationalist historiography without the benefit of State patronage. While some historians succumbed to flights of fancy, the majority compensated for the lack of official backing by increasing the accuracy and ensuring veracity of their writings.”
    Some?
    I think that some were the exception, but a very remarkable exception, among scholars pandering to narrow nationalism,

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    Irrespective of what we want and what we say, there are major issues in Sri Lanka which also includes differences within the same communities. For example, even today the Tamil Politicians of the North and the East do not treat the Upcountry Tamil Politicians in the same way. Both groups think of the other’s issue as an alien issue to theirs. Similarly, when it comes to the wire, even the same type of conflict exists between the Kandyan Sinhalese and the Low Country Sinhalese. We see the same thing in the Muslim community as well.

    All in all, unless we Sri Lankans forget about race, religion, caste, creed, political affiliations, regional affiliations, etc, and call and think that we are all Sri Lankans, there will be no peace in this country of ours. All our issues as Sri Lankans should be considered as issues of all Sri Lankans and not of one particular group.

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      Buddhist1

      “……………………. and call and think that we are all Sri Lankans,….”

      Thanks
      Can you define the idea of Sri Lankan?

      How does one become a Sri Lankan?

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        We all become Sri Lankans when every single Sri Lankan accepts that the other person is a Sri Lankan and not as a Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher or Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Catholic or Muslim.

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          Buddhist1

          How do I know other person accepts me as Sri Lankan?
          Do you think you can standardise individuals and package him or her under one brand?

          You have not explain the idea of being Sri Lankan.

          The term Sri Lankan does not recognise the fact that people are made up of different individuals and they have different identities. I think you never heard the saying “Unity in Diversity”. Until and otherwise the state and the majority recognise it there won’t be any Sri Lankans or people will never accept the “manufactured identity” of Sri Lankan.

          Did the state obtain consent from people when it changed the name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka in a referendum? Sri Mao and her merry men just changed it by parliamentary approval. People never voted for it. ………………

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    Prabaharan Dead is causing more concern than Prabaharan alive annually in the month of May around the world……………..

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