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Answer To The 75 Year Scourge: A Revolution, Violent Or Non-Violent, The People Will Decide

By Vishwamithra

“The hopeless don’t revolt, because revolution is an act of hope.” ~ Peter Kropotkin

Decades of silent apathy has taken its tragic toll. What was once considered mainstream political activism such as non-violent protests and Satyagraha campaigns, marches towards destinations the majority of Sinhalese Buddhists venerate with supreme devotion, all party conferences which have ended up as meaningless platforms for worthless demagogues, instead of sharpening the sensitivity of the mind, have been rendered feeble and dead. Two revolutionary attempts at overthrowing two governments, one in 1971 and the other in 19877-1989 period, both by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) ended up in despondent disaster. Both revolutions devoured our young. Both were led by Rohana Wijeweera, a devout follower of Marxism-Leninism.

Seventy five years after she gained Independence, Ceylon stands on the edge of total collapse, both economically and in the sociocultural sphere. Leaders as well as followers do not seem to have any idea where they are headed next. Nevertheless, thanks mainly to the rapid development of the social media, the speed of information reaching the masses has accelerated exponentially and perfecting the process has become a well-defined priority, especially among the youth in the country.

In the meantime, the middleclass, the segment that is most acutely aware of the current crisis, if the visible signs are to be believed, is losing its cool. And they too are joining not only the queues for petrol, kerosene, diesel, milk powder and everything else, but willingly assembling with the protesters, a slice of the population which is usually crowded by the lower middleclass and the poor. Scarcity of essential household commodities has been a unique equalizer.

Corruption, which some say is the primary cause of the economic debacle also has played a pivotal role in raising the sharpness of the intellect of all the people and their decisiveness seems to gather momentum with each passing day spent at this queue or that line. An utterly treacherous saga is telling a story which needs no preamble, prologue or epilogue. Page one to the last line of the book is very readable because of its fast-paced flow, but painstakingly unreadable because of its content as it tends to send one to desperate action with absolute despair.

The government as well as the Opposition is engrossed in their own separate expeditions, flights that lead to the other side of nowhere. The Rajapaksas do not seem to care; their preoccupation with staying in power has overridden all commonsensical rectification processes that would have engaged any other government who would face such a catastrophic national drama.

Despite the fact that Sri Lankan voters have thrown out each and every government that did not perform to the satisfaction of the broad masses, only on two separate occasions caused fundamental changes to the country’s character. The first occasion was in 1956. S W R D Bandaranaike, the destroyer of national reconciliation, introduced a new notion of politics. Politics of the ‘Common Man’ and the introduction of the ‘Sinhala Only’ policies coupled with unwise and ill-timed nationalization of profit making ventures began their destructive passage and, SWRD virtually turned the country upside down and transformed the Sinhalese psyche into one that displayed its thereto-concealed propensity to kill and not being tolerant of otherness of a national identity.

When riots broke out between the majority Sinhalese and Tamils in the country, he handed the management of day-to-day affairs to then Governor General Sir Oliver Goonetilleke. SWRD, the man who thundered from the political platform about a dawn of a new era did not have the stomach to witness or manage the destruction that his words and action expressed and caused.

Yet what SWRD brought about as a meaningful transformation of society from one ruled by the English-speaking Pukka Sahibs to one dominated by postal peons and ‘kavi kola kaarayas’ (ballad sheet reciters) attained its desired end in that, one segment of our population that was cornered by the Colombo and big city-educated rulers found a place in the sun. Transformation of our language policy from English to Sinhala only made Tamils our mortal enemy and the first cycle of brain-drain occurred soon after its implementation. A great number of educated Tamils began their departure from our shores and continued their purposeful lives in Europe, America and other western countries. What they left behind was ember beneath the ashes which exploded in the early eighties as a well-armed militant uprising led by Velupillai Prabhakaran and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam.

Surely, there are other mitigating circumstances and groundbreaking policies at the center of political power in Colombo, yet what SWRD Bandaranaike began in 1956 was never subject to reversal. The change that ensued was conclusive and decisive. It changed how the Tamils think, even today. Sirimavo Bandaranaike only managed to worsen the sociopolitical dynamic by introducing the ‘standardization scheme’ in respect of University Entrance examinations. Affirmative action was introduced without paying any attention to intensifying of English language education in the rural areas, both in the South and in the North of the country. Our Universities started producing graduates who could not fit into the fast-developing modern society and its ever-growing marketplace. This in short was our first revolution, non-violent yet the products of which became immeasurably violent in the face of unarmed Tamil civilians as was shown in the 1983 riots and all other racial riots that took place from 1950s to the present day. Bandaranaikes’ revolution, as a matter of fact, was a great misfortune that befell our nation at a very crucial time.

The next transformation, if one could call it in such terms, took place in 1977. When JR Jayewardene was elected to office after the depressing rule of the Sirimavo-Felix combo; he reversed the economic character of the country. From a closed economy, he opened the floodgates and allowed the free and open-market principles to govern the behavior of the economy. Overnight commodities appeared at the marketplace and this transformation too remains one element of our collective Sri Lankan life that cannot be reversed. The open-market economy is here to stay with all its beneficial features as well as its inherent soul-destroying ills.

Even though JR’s economic transformation cannot be reversed, what he introduced as an Executive Presidency certainly can be changed and it must be changed, if Sri Lanka is to move forward as a cohesive unit of the global community.

It fact, that is the prime challenge before our people today. Thanks to the prohibitive powers invested in Executive Presidency, the Rajapaksas have exploited it to the full. They have shown the country and the world, what an Executive President elected by a majority in a country could do. As the late Colvin R de Silva said, other than making a man a women and woman a man, the present Constitution of Sri Lanka could do almost anything so long as the governing party has a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

Today the country is in dire straits. The average household is trying to grapple with dwindling incomes and rising expenditures. The chief breadwinner in the family wakes up early morning to stand in line for cooking gas. His place in line is beyond the first 500 and the truck arrives with only 300 cylinders. What could he do other than joining the queue the next day at a much earlier hour? He goes back to a home engulfed in darkness caused by a government-imposed power-cut. At this very moment he’s living on hope, hoping that no member of his family would fall sick, that the power cuts would not hamper his daughter’s studies. His wife is rushing through her usual chores because she too has to take an earlier bus to her work place.

The whole cycle of life has dramatically changed. It is not an isolated story of one family. It is the tragic drama being played out in every household in the country except, of course, in ones occupied by those avaricious politicians. How can the parents stop their son or daughter joining a movement that is preaching a revolutionary change? How can they tell themselves that what is of utmost necessity is a fundamental transformation, not just a change of parties from the Rajapaksas to the Premadasas, AKDs or Champikas? The only decisive factor is whether it’s going to be one of violence or one that is non-violent.

Is it possible to make such a fundamental change without resorting to violent overthrow of a sitting power? Emerging consensus is definitely for the ouster of the Rajapaksas from power immediately. But it is not possible to oust them from power immediately; Gotabaya was democratically elected to power and he has another two and half years to go. If he resigns today, the sitting Prime Minster will assume Presidency until Parliament elects the next President. Rajapaksas’ Party holds two-thirds majority in Parliament and it is very unlikely that a non-Rajapaksa would be elected to serve the balance term of President. All five Rajapaksas, Mahinda, Gotabaya, Basil, Chamal and Namal are known crooks; they also possess the unenviable character of being extremely incompetent.

There is no avenue open for those who demand quick results. If the Rajapaksas are to be banished from power there must be sufficient amount of mass-pressure, violent or non-violent, brought upon the body politic of the country so that the Rajapaksas would concede. Nevertheless, the manner in which the varied protests are taking shape in the country, a massive manifestation of anger, resistance and fury cannot be ruled out. The question is whether it would be violent or relatively without violence. And when that happens, are our Opposition politicians ready to embrace it or will they run away from it? To rid the country of the seventy five year-scourge, a fundamental change needs to be engineered and from the looks of it, it won’t materialize from any existing political party. If it does come about, it won’t be as a result of some political party organizing it; it’ll be as a spontaneous expression of a people so oppressed by the absence of essential household items in the market. It may be violent, or maybe not violent, let’s hope for the latter.

But, if the above scenario becomes real and the Rajapaksas are overthrown, what next? That indeed is the most fundamental question in the current context. If the Rajapaksas are replaced by another substitute, a mere regime change is a farce. Something much more substantive, both economically and constitutionally must be introduced days after the change. Quick, thorough and groundbreaking changes should follow with severe punishment to those who enriched themselves at the expense of the country and that process must be unsoiled, transparent and rapid. That is a topic for another column altogether.

History has witnessed many revolutions. Their causes, the very ouster of the existing regimes and what followed have been chronicled for students of history in detail in many a book and publication.

The American Revolution was an ideological and political revolution that occurred in British America between 1765 and 1791. it created the United States of America, the first modern constitutional liberal democracy.

The French Revolution was a period of radical political and societal change in France that began with the Estates General of 1789 and the values and institutions it created dominate French politics to this day. The underlying causes of the French Revolution are generally seen as arising from the failure of the Ancient Régime to manage social and economic inequality.

The Russian Revolution was a period of political and social revolution that took place in the former Russian Empire which began during the First World War. This period saw Russia abolish its monarchy and adopt a socialist form of government following two successive revolutions and a bloody civil war.

The Cuban Revolution was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro and his fellow revolutionaries of the 26th of July Movement and its allies against the military dictatorship of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista.

The August Revolution also known as the August General Uprising was a revolution launched by Hồ Chí Minh’s Việt Minh against French and Japanese colonial rule in Vietnam, on 19 August 1945.

Does the situation prevailing in Sri Lanka warrant such armed uprisings? Do the conditions realistically demand a change that is fundamentally different from the current economic circumstances which are uniquely repressive to the majority of its citizenry?

It is only in that abstract and hazy context one has to analyze and conclude whether a revolution in terms of these historical precedents is imminent or even necessary. These questions will surely be answered during the coming days and months. However, one cannot argue against the prevalent corruption and incompetence of Ceylon’s leaders, both in the government and the Opposition.

Failure in the last seventy five years does indeed qualify as one single cause for such an unprecedented spectacle, such a sociopolitical change which one might term as a revolution. The near future will definitely offer some tangible answers.

What we are really looking forward to is not tomorrow, it’s the day after that really matters.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com

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    The JVP ‘uprising’ was nothing but controlled opposition fake drama by freemasons.
    The UNP government was freemasonic, and the JVP that went against them was also masonic.
    The real revolution you will see world wide this time, will be different as the most high is now going to throw the masons out, along with the fallen angel (demons) and satan, who they worship and get help from.
    Naturally the freemasons are actively attempting to hijack and control this also, but it wont play out like they want.
    Look up Mark Alan King and his gematria website for the real truth!

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      Here comes the real revolution.

      The JVP and the LTTE were just dress-rehearsals ……..

      225 heads and many more delivered on a platter.

      Like Saddam’s wanna hear Mahinda’s last words …….. So, Velupillai finally we meet again, eh?

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        The revolution you talk about is a JOKE! It mast start with the ouster of US citizen Basil Rajapakse who has destroyed the economy to deliver Lanka to the US and IMF of a platter.
        Is this Fake Revolution a US organized Colour revolution for regime change as happened during the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia etc?!
        Why has none of the Revolutionaries called for the resignation of US citizen Basil Rajapakse who has destroyed the Lankan Economy and delivered us to the IMF and US interests which want to control Sri Lanka’s Energy Security and City space?
        Is US citizen Basil the uneducated Minister of Finance in this miracle of Modayas protected because he is a US citizen? Where is this Revolution??!
        In Pakistan there is a regime change operation, NOT a Revoluton by the CIA with the military against PM Imran Khan because he visited and supported Mr. Putin of Russia recently. The Cold War is back in South Asia and US wants to control Strategic Sri Lanka also by gaming the MEDIA NARRATIVE and with lots of FAKE NEWS! India and China better watch out!

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    Wish through a non-violent revolution, Sri Lanka can find a brand new clean clever political leader with a backbone with strong knees who can bring this poor country out of this mess (and also prosecute the rogues, imprison and confiscate the stolen billions PLUS wipe this corrupt disgusting thakkadi family out of the country’s soil for good. This family is a cancer, this family is a curse)

    We don’t give a rat’s ass to the colour used to represent a political ideology movement or a party. All what we ask for is to have a clean political system run by a clean strong political leader who can clean up this poor country we called our home. When the system is clean when the system is free of crooks, everything else will fall into place, we believe.

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    The Rajapakshe’s are not willing to go. They will use every trick in the book to hold on. The latest ploy seems to be to rope in their pet dog RW and form a national GOV. They can then blame all the countries ills on him. The Sinhala Buddhist Asses will readily agree and forgive the Rajapakshe’s. As elections roll around the Rajapakshe’s get re-elected and RW gets another beating for his efforts. No one goes to jail and even the Easter Sunday affair is forgotten. This is one possible play book. To demand accountability and carry it through does not seem possible with an opposition in disarray. The mentality of the sinhalese buddhist is also to be blamed for the repeated failures of this country. Racism, selfishness, apathy towards corruption, the false belief in being smart but in reality being extremely dumb and gullible all play into the hands of the Rajapkshe family or any other person willing to use these weaknesses of the Sinhalese Buddhists to take power. In summery, the failure of Sri Lanka as a nation is squarely the fault of the attitudes of the Sinhalese Buddhist voters. Until or unless they learn the hard way to desist from these nasty traits this country will never prosper or recover.

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    Don’t call it a 75-year scourge. DS Senanayake, John Kotalawela, and Dudley (who was PM briefly), were not crooks or openly racist. Ceylon was a prosperous country of decent, law abiding people. The rot started in 1956, so the scourge should be shortened to 66 years.

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      John Kotalawela may not have been a racist, this is why he did not last, but the other two are definitely racist. DS Senanayake started the rot by making over a million Indian-origin Thamizh stateless and deliberately changing the demography in the east by settling thousands of Chingjkallams in the Amparai district in the Pattipalai Aru region, renamed Gal Oya in Chingkallam. Why the name change and settling of outside Chingkallams, when there were thousands of native indigenous Eezham Thamizh and Muslim Thamizh were landless and also needed land? Dudley Senanayake continued this racist agenda with large-scale Chingkalla settlements in the Trincomalee region, Starting with Kantalai, which was again renamed Kantale in Chingkallam, Cheruvillu or Cheruvil became Seruvila. The list goes on. Later like Bandaranaike, he tore up and dishonoured the Senanayake-Chelvakanayagam pact. Every Chingkalla leader from the time of independence, including Chandrika Kunratunge and Ranil Wickremasinghe, have all been playing the Chingkalla Buddhist racist card to win votes and to stay in power. The Rajapakses had taken this to a higher level and made it fine art. They all knew that 99% of the Chingkallams both Buddhist and Christian, brainwashed by the Mahavamsa myth, are racist to the core.

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        Pandi Kutti
        Let’s keep Sinhala racism aside for once, let me ask you this, are Tamils not Racist too?
        Have you ever criticised VP?
        Do Muslims not segregate?
        If you can honestly answer this question, I think we are a step closer to a honest solution.
        You can see that most of us Sinhalese on CT are not racist, except for extremely messed up cases like EE, Soma and Champa. Whom I think are characters way beyond redemption.
        The best mental specialist in the world will not be able to help those 3 get their heads out of their arses.
        So I ask you again, tell us the truth about Tamil Psyche please.

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          Human Touch,
          You have asked a question from Pandi Kutti. Let him answer you.
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          I come in because of the wording of your question, intentionally or otherwise.
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          Your question: Are Tamils not Racist too?
          Correctly put, the question should have been: Were Tamils racists?
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          If you cannot see the difference, there is no point arguing with you.
          If you see the difference, there is no need for an answer.

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          There may be Thamizh who are racist but their racism does not have the power to affect anyone. However, Chingkalla’s racism has the power to affect and we can see the results of Chingkalla’s racism. It is very widespread and virulent and has the power to affect. If you visit Thamizh Nadu, you can see how tolerant the vast majority of the Thamizh are. Unlike most non-Thamizh Indian states, especially the north Indian Hindi belt. They will allow non-Thamizh to live amongst them and flourish and even achieve a very high position in public life. MGR was a Malayalee. No other Indian state has elected a nonnative not belonging to the majority religion and ethnic group as their leader. Thamizh will. The father of the Dravidian movement Periyar was a Kannada Naicker, Many of the industries are owned by Telugus. North Indian entrepreneurship is allowed to thrive. Go to the neighboring Indian states, very few nonnatives are allowed to thrive or reach higher positions.

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            When Thamizh was being affected in neighbouring Karnataka state during the Kaveri water issue, their properties were looted and violence was committed against them. Thamizh Nadu remained very calm, other than one or two minor incidents, there was no violence and animosity shown towards the much larger Kannda population, living in Thamizh Nadu. They may be more caste conscious, especially when it comes to marriage, but not racist. Whereas racism and religious intolerance are very widespread amongst the Chingkallams. It may not be much amongst the bloggers here but very much so amongst the general population. This is the reason we are now in this position.

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              He retaliated to the massacre of (may be 23) innocent Tamil passengers in the boat to the islands (by the army), and went on a rampage killing Singhalese villagers in Anuradhapura in revenge for the atrocities committed by the army on the Tamils. This would not have happened if the Army was disciplined. Therefore, one cannot be critical of Prabaharan, even in this event.
              Your question on the Muslims ‘Do Muslims not segregate?’ is not clear. I assume you take it as to why he (VP) should segregate the Muslims and force them out of Jaffna, although they were residing there permanently for long time. VP, as understood by all Tamils was a very dedicated leader protecting the lives of all Tamils from the ruthless army that was reigning terror in their midst. Tamil youth were rounded up without rhyme or reason as terrorists and were cattle fodder for the Notorious Army.
              On top of all this I can recall there was a famous hardware stores owned by Muslim (my memory fails me now. It may be ‘E. A. Bhai’ if I can recall), where I had been frequently visiting to buy hardware supplies when I was building a (my) house at that time ( late 1970s). This store was always heightened with activity and it was not uncommon to see army personnel in and out of this store all the time.

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          HT don’t hold your breath. I’ve asked PK the same question but he is silent. He is the Tamil EE.

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            As usual, the fake Viking from Croydon has come to Krae in joy when someone attacks Thamizh. What question from you? Get back to the reindeer. Sukar Pappa is waiting. This is your answer.

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              Krae?!! The insults show that coward still has no answer!

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                A crow crows .” caw caw and ravens say ‘ kraa kraa or kronk kronk called Kraa You should know that living in the UK. Heard you are a special Chingkalla raven living around Croydon and start to kraa and kronk, whenever you hear the word Thamizh.

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          Pandi Kutti: with your kind permission let me answer the questions posed by ‘Human Touch’.
          Racism (Racist) according to the Oxford Dictionary is prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person, or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized. Tamils therefore do not qualify to be branded as racists. To be a racist one must have the power to subjugate the victim. The Tamils must be numerically larger than the Singhalese to be able to be racist. In the case of the Tamils, they are numerically (somewhere maybe), 18% of the population. They got physically beaten up on all fronts, all the time, to the extent of getting killed. They can hardly win an argument in a crowd, even if they are right. I can compare them to ‘a dog barking at the moon’, if they dare to.
          Prabhakaran (VP) never had second thoughts about the ordinary Singhalese Citizen. He was never averse to the Singhalese. He was only furious with the Military (who happened to be all Sinhalese), as they were a threat to the Tamil Youth.

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      Sarath, true, although the rot started in 1956, the country was free of corruption until 1970. It was only under Sirima’s 1970 UF government, that MPs started taking bribes to give jobs, and contracts. Mahinda Rajapaksha being a novice, young MP, was notorious to have given ‘rest House’ appointments with Anura Bandaranayake at that time – giving jobs to poor village girls to become teachers and nurses on sexual bribes! Ironically it was the leftist SLFP, CP and LSSP that started the current rot – not the right wing UNP! I cannot ever imagine how or when this bloody 52 year old rot could ever be eliminated in SL!! :(

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        Jit,
        “cannot ever imagine how or when this bloody 52 year old rot could ever be eliminated in SL!!”
        This is more than 52 years old. This is our 2500 year old culture. For about 450 years, it was suppressed, until our patriotic politicians revived it.
        When praising the Sinhala Kings in the Daham Pasalas, the monks don’t tell the students how many concubines the Kings had.

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          OC, no arguments about that! That was exactly what happened in this Thambapanni for donkey’s years, pre colonization. The symbolic 52 years I mentioned was, to me, 1970 was the beginning of the end of 400+ years of incremental trends of good governance. An era of governance by three different European regimes, one which established a fine, transparent, systematic and responsible public administration system in the end. We could have continued to improve and shone brightly in the Asian region with such robust establishment and wealth, if not for the blinking influence of yellow robed rogues on our stupid people, who were/are the root cause of all ills the country is facing today.

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    A proper diagnosis of Lanka’s malaise is necessary before any revolution!
    Like Ukraine, Strategic Sri Lanka is being de-stabilized and primed for a Proxy war between India and China in the Indian Ocean region by Washington,EU and Paris Club Consensus and their IMF Economic Hit Men through de-stabilization.
    Like the Ukraine US puppet Zelinsky, US citizen Rajapaksa brothers, Basil and Goat with their IMF friends and foreign legal firms are set to take over the Lankan Economy in an Over the Horizon (OTH) operation.
    This is the Pax Americana – start wars in other continents and sell weapons. EU and Ukraines’s puppet Zellinsky fell for it and so too the US citizens Rajapakse brothers
    The US Deepstate has waged Hybrid Economic and maritime trade warfare on Sri Lanka since 2019 Easter Attacks where religion was used as a smoke screen to attack the SL economy, dependent on tourism and Chinese investments. That is why Zaharan the leader of the Suicide bombers died at Shangri La Hotel and not at a Church or temple.
    Every year in March-April Lock downs to debt-trap and destroy the economy are organized by external actors. In 2020 and 2021 it was WHO’s and USAID promoted Covid lockdowns also to promote deadly Pfizer mRNA injections that crashed the economy… Hope India and China have learned lessons about US Fake AID and friendship in Afghanistan.

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    The Weaponization of ethno-religious identity politics in Sri Lanka, by global-local and Ethno-religious diaspora actors and networks that work for the AUKUS Deepstate is ongoing at this time.
    The US citizen Rajapakse brothers, who use Buddhism and Sinhala National like a Fig leaf to cover their crimes and nakedness are good examples
    This Weaponization of the Diaspora is Part of the Full Spectrum Dominance (FSD) Over the Horizon (OTH),, hybrid cyber maritime economic and trade war to colonize Sri Lanka and by the Euro-American colonial forces…
    This is also happening in other South Asian countries like India and Pakistan where the Diaspora promotes religious nationalisms..

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    Changes made by Bandaranaikes and JRJ were necessities at those times. Real rot started with Rajapakses after 2009 and still continues. Even Yahapalanaya failed because RW and MS competed against themselves to safeguard Rajapakses, and ultimately they opened the path for the Family to come back under the leadership of a cruel fool and take the nation to devastation.

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      Oh yes, Chingkallam only 1956, 1977, and 1983 anti-Thamizh pogroms, and the marginalization of the Thamizh starting from the Banda regime, stealing their lands and ethnically cleansing them, denying them higher education and the 30-year-old war that resulted were all necessities. This proves the typical Chingkalla mindset, even when they starve, do not have electricity and gas, blame and marginalize the Thamizh, that is the most important. No wonder the country is in this position. Funny both these anti-Thamizh Bandaranaike and Jayawardene are descended from Indian Thamizh immigrants, who migrated to the island, a few centuries ago. This also includes Bandaranaicke’s wife another descendant of an Indian Thamizh immigrant. Her great great grandfather signed the Kandyan convention in Thamizh as Ravathai. All anti-Thamizh with a very recent Indian Thamizh immigrant ancestry. Must be self haters.

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    Anyone interested please read today’s article on Gnana Akka , by Prageeth Karunathilaka, Daily Mirror. According to him Akka was once a minor staff at Anuradhapura Hospital, later promoted to telephone operator. Now she has turned, so powerful and influential she bought a shopping mall for millions in Anuradhapura and owns a hotel which is illegally extended encroaching land adjacent to Nuwara Wewa.

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      Chiv, it doesn’t matter! She is one bloody smart woman in Sri Lanka! She can summon any Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister or Minister to her abode at a snap of her fingers! Or any ‘viyaththu’ with so many PhDs!! Aren’t we a very simple and down to earth nation that all these elites can be subservient to this once a hospital attendant??

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        Very true Jit
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        She has made her fortune.
        But doesn’t this saden you?
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        Our president is so clueless that he has to depend on soothsaying to run the country. How pathetic is that?
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        The entire family are depending on one ganneakka or some other idiot for advise. This tells me how helpless these Rajapaksa idiots are.
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        A professional depends on his education, experience and skill.

        Imagine going to a doctor and the doctor turns to his little shrine and asks for advice on your case?
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        How can we entrust an entire nation to a family of gode, uneducated, skill-less, unprofessional bastards.
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        We all know Gota to be the one who tucked his tail between his legs and bolted for dear life. Is he a professional?
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        One other thing is that weak and empty people can go to great depths to hang on to what they have, including murder. Typical Mara style.
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        Now the moment to truth has come. They will pay the price, no ganneakka or any other such type will save them for their doom.

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          Dear HT,
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          It is the family tradition of Rajapakshes. If Rajapkashe brothers became the first customers of the kind of business (MYTHS have become a lucrative business in the region), all various kind of ” thanakola eaters” just follow them.

          b> A CRIMINAL IS TWICE A CRIMINAL
          WHEN HE ADDS HYPOCRISY TO HIS CRIME
          :
          MARIE CORELLI

          Did you notice how Mahinda Rajapkashe became like a mad person before Thirupathi dewalaya two months ago ?

          – there, anyone with some sanity would pose the question, as to why Rajapkshes become that blind.

          That says everything – the size of high crimes he deliberately committed are recorded in his undermind….. I doubt the bugger can close the eyes today ?.
          :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPQTPVk2NxE

          The bugger is sunk in blindness. This was similar to Mugabe (ZIMBABWE)
          Gadafi (LYBIA)- there MR shows his identity better, even if our stupid people would never realize it.
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          Who asked them to wear ” pink colour” wrist bands (pirith noole)? Even that MBBS holder Richard Pathirana s son is seen wearing that.
          – Pirith noola was always white as I got to know from my elders.
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          Today, Ghanakka and some years ago, it was

          Galthanna Dewalaya (Neth FM radio exposed the true faces of the man).
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          Keethi Disanayaka (Valampuri Man)

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          “…But doesn’t this saden you?…”
          It DOES HT!
          But will it be enough to clean the cataracts in the eyes of the so called Sinhala Buddhists??

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        Jit,
        .
        I dont think CBK would go after such Kaliamma controlled Ghanakka or the like minded witch doctors.
        :
        Ranil is said to have paid few visits to Thirupathi, but compared to the wasteful times paid by Rajapakshes sofar. .. that is nothing.
        .
        To me, if a person is empty-headed.. then the times such guys keep visiting to the kind of fraudsters (Gurus) become more contrast. Even senior Premadasa was seen going to buddhagama temples very often. Mahinda Rajakashes and Premadasa senior have much in common. There are whole lot of proofs, that SAIBABA was a cheater… … and srilanken VALAMPURI man had then been cheating top to the bottom until his business based on synthetic VALAMPOORI objects were exposed to the world.
        :
        But million dollar question is not a single one of these cheating men and women would ever be punished, even if they are found to have looted the last coin of the customers.

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      There is a follow up article on Gnana Akka , today Daily Mirror. Pretty juicy. and interesting Seems reliable source who’s names are revealed.

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    Yes! Vishwamithra,

    Revolution is eminent! What we need is a revolution, better if it is violent! What and who is the midwife?

    The country has ripened for a revolution.

    A revolutionary situation has arisen.

    Everything has failed, not merely politicians, bureaucrats and every aspects of moral values.

    The victorious revolution has to start with nation building and go on with building institutions for all the peoples of the country and then and , only then a constitution.

    What JVP attempted in 1971 and 1989 was not revolution , but an armed insurrection, it was not lead by people but by a handful of insurgents.

    What is required is not a regime change or saving the country from the Rajapakses with a deal with various inherently corrupt factions!

    If the revolution is betrayed, then chaos and anarchy will prevail!

    Are the youths ready, united with a vision, strategy with dedication and commitment?

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      Revolution is eminent! ??

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    Vshvamitra. You are building Castles in Spain. All are overblown wishful thinking. You cannot find one single Srilankan who is prepared to put his head on the block for the sake of the country. All of them have only one objective which is self grandiose.

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      Dear HP.
      Vishwamitra says: …” what he(JR) introduced as an Executive Presidency certainly can be changed and it MUST BE changed, IF Sri Lanka is to move forward as a cohesive unit of the global community.”…..
      All political parties are vague on this – waiting to get their hands on it to fill their bags.
      ….”You cannot find one single Srilankan who is prepared to put his head on the block for the sake of the country. All of them have only one objective which is self grandiose-ment.”….
      Well only one person has campaigned for nothing else but abolition of EP and a new Constitution as our starting point for reform by a referendum instead of revolution. He is rejected by all political parties because he openly says no one is genuine. He has gone to Courts at his expense on civil litigation for no personal benefit.
      Only no one acknowledges his ideas or gives support because there are vested interests at play or some personal preconceived notions.

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        ,,,”We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”… Einstein
        So political parties cannot find an answer to our problems because they created them. Only a dedicated very few with new ideas, can help.

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        I sure admire him and cherish him. Most unfortunately though, he has an attitude problem if I may say so. It does not go well with the straight jacketed puisne minds of Srilankans.

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          Dear HP.
          .… he has an attitude problem ….
          Thank you. Presume you agree with me that ….. because there are vested interests at play or some personal preconceived notions…..
          What exactly is the attitude problem – (something inexact) and is entirely a preconceived notion started by opponents. Unless this “Attitude Problem” is his single mindedness.

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      h
      Why should any innocent Sri Lankan put hid head on the block?
      Can the str-atement be reworded like:
      “You cannot find one single Sri Lankan who is prepared to put SOME NOTORIOUS HEADS on the block for the sake of the country. “

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      Hanchopancha
      You forget one thing, Sri Lankans are highly emotional people. We maybe unable to rationally make that decision and put out lives on the line for others, but our emotional nature makes us like a ticking bomb.
      Any slight spark can lead to an avalanche effect, where people will forget all logic and spontaneously act.
      Such a situation can cause damage beyond imagination, the worst thing is that if it starts, it will be hard to stop it.
      Rajapaksa family and friends plus ass lickers watch out.
      EE, Champa and Soma run while you can…
      By the way when I was a kid, we had one soma-pala, he was our coconut plucker and we had a servant woman also called Soma.
      I think Soma is a make given to the low caste or low class people. You can see that even in our Soma, highly crude and uncouth.

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        HT,
        “EE, Champa and Soma run while you can”
        What would CT be without these characters? We would all be agreeing with each other. Very boring, I think. Like watching Rupavahini to find out if there is kerosene available.
        Still, I think it’s unfair to lump Soma with the other two. He has a sense of humour, even if slightly warped. One of the other two changes positions by the day. The other is a broken record.

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    There is no need for a revolution. Why?? For whom??
    Revolutions are for people who are willing to die for a fair society driven by morals and ethics.
    Not for stupid voters driven by rana viru, racist and fake Buddhism emotions!!

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      Jit
      Very True
      .
      But, I was hoping that this catastrophe would have taught them a lesson to forget the racial crap and start looking for practical solutions.
      .
      If that has not happened, then truly we don’t deserve any better.

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    Speak to almost anybody and they will tell you that 6.9m voters are responsible for this mess. But are they? Voters can only vote for the political parties presented to them. If the 6.9m had voted en masse for a different party, what would have been the result? It would have been another gang of thieves in power, including many of the current villains who would have crossed over. The only difference would be that the criminals wouldn’t belong to the same family.
    .
    So don’t blame the 6.9m, blame the politicians. Their removal and replacement with a secular, liberal democratic party is the only answer to the 75 year scourge.

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      Paul
      I think that the 6.9M cliche has lost its shine.
      Nobody who accuses them will like to discuss how the 6.9M were persuaded to vote that way.
      Bigger percentages backed JRJ in 1977 and are still paying for it.
      *
      Your proposal is seemingly attractive, but is it feasible?

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    The writer is still in a classic mindset that ruled the media several decades earlier. He must understand that society has changed. One thing that will NOT bring a revolution in a corrupt, deceitful society that has dishonesty as the norm (people lie every day, consistently to each other) is that almost everyone will still vote for either the SLPP-SLFP or the SJB-UNP and any third force will get a mere 3-10% of the vote. Why? because there is no such thing as a great leader who will save us. The country is infested with people who are used to getting favours from powerful people, and honest strong leaders cannot let them, so they will NEVER allow a decent man to take the top job or stay in power. Watch how prices will come down slightly for the kaevum eating bovines to rejoice at avurudu and come next election, prices will be quickly lowered with another loan, and the bovine herds will again cast their votes to either of their oppressors. No significant number of people will vote for a fundamental change, ever, in SL. A popular revolution will not come, for the same reason; everyone wants something personal (benefit) and do not care about uplifting the country or collective common interest. The parasitic leaders of the two major groups know this and so are not worried; they get their greedy snouts in the trough every four or five years anyway.

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      Well said, Lasantha.

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      LP,
      “Watch how prices will come down slightly for the kaevum eating bovines to rejoice at avurudu and come next election, prices will be quickly lowered with another loan”
      There are so many other repeating acts that the bovines don’t seem to recognise as theatre.
      1. The ritual unveiling of the tooth relic to end drought. Has it EVER worked?
      2. Did the Ratana Sutta chanting end Covid?
      3. Was a single ” indigenous ” cure effective against Covid?
      4. Astrology has failed publicly countless time, but gullible including Gota still go after it.

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      Lasantha, spot on! That is exactly what is happening in silly lanka for ages now.

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    The current parliament is still a joke. The APC is a joke .The Country is a joke
    The politicians are a joke The citizens are too soft and gullible
    In the midst of power cut a Music show organised by Namal and his catchers in Port City – lights blazing – tickets selling at 15,000 rupees. over 20,000 turned out.
    So where is the crisis?
    The Monks are having a picnic in a park somewhere driving in their luxury vehicles
    so where is the crisis?
    Namal baby is crisscrossing the country in helicopter attending all the opening ceremony – so where is the crisis?
    Ratmalana Airport – suddenly modernised as a matter of urgency and Namal Baby opens it with fanfare – for tourists who are beginning to shun Sri Lanka – so where is the crisis
    Indian Foreign Affairs Minister read a news item about cancelled surgery in one of the famous teaching hospital and personally intervenes- but for the government there is no crisis
    Social media have little impact ..who will take to the STREETS and fight this government?
    My guess is the fight is going to come from the people who live on daily wages..families are getting up 3 in the morning husband joining gas queue wife joining kerosene que these people are going to gt frustrated and riots breaking up involuntarily
    political commentators and armchair observers and liberal middle class are not going to bring about the fundamental change.

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    This report will shock many – at many points in the 10 minutes of English that it runs for:
    .
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/in-depth/exclusive-lanka-in-no-negotiating-position-with-china-india-imf-government-losing-support-say-lankan-experts/videoshow/90551287.cms.
    .
    A pop concert for which “the elite” (I’d call them the vulgar new rich crooks) have paid us $ 300/= . Now isn’t that Rs 90,000/= of the devalued rupees?
    .
    And criticism from those who’ve been government stooges. Just take a look; guaranteed to shock you. This is why I say that we shouldn’t be gentle with these Rajapaksas. And if you are shocked, please state it yourselves in your own words.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Badarawela

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