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Aragalaya’s Unfinished Business

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

‘System change’, was the quintessential demand with which the new generation of youngsters rose in revolt against the Rajapaksa regime, heralded the aragalaya and made a landmark in Sri Lanka’s post-independence history. That revolt, which caught the attention of international observers and humanitarian agencies, also meant that the intergenerational divide, which is having an impact on several epochal issues globally, such as global warming, human rights, gender equality and so on, is adding a new dimension to future developments in this country. This revolt, led mainly by the Sinhala Buddhist youth and joined by their counterparts from other communities, soon grew into a national force to reckon with and caught the government on the hop. Aragalaya’s virtual vote of no confidence on the 225 legislators and its call for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) to quit, found popular endorsement from the public and threatened to destabilize the status quo. This rebellious generation has come to realize that patchwork reforms and finetuning the existing socio-economic and political structures, are insufficient to pull this country out of its multiple crises and that a radical and systemic change is the only remedy to move forward. 

Having forced a Prime Minister to resign and a President to run away – the two top men who commandeered the ruling system and manipulated it to benefit themselves and their dependents and followers – aragalaya is now faced with a new challenge. It is confronting a new man at the helm, Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW), who has no popular mandate but only a legally recognized endorsement by a majority of the 225. He also seems to have received silent approval from sections of the erudite and the pious of a geriatric generation, that consider him the best man for the season to restructure the economy and inject an air of normalcy in public life. In their view, RW’s liberal democratic credentials with a West oriented outlook and forty-five years of parliamentary experience seem to be legitimate enough as substitute for popular mandate.  RW himself berated that constitutional legality in the way he was chosen provided the required legitimacy to remain as president at least until the end of 2024, if not beyond.  

With his presidential status assured, RW immediately turned his attention to deal with his enemy number one, aragalaya rebels. This came as surprise to many independent observers both at home and abroad, because he was sympathetic to the rebels’ cause and demonstrated support publicly when he was in opposition. Why then is this volte face? On a personal level, he seems to have developed a personal grudge against the rebels after losing to arsonists his private residence with a library of around 10,000 books, according to him, during the post-Mahinda -resignation violence.  There is only a lingering suspicion and no hard evidence yet to prove that those arsonists were aragalaya rebels. 

Apart from this personal retribution, RW’s anti-aragalaya stand is a calculated precautionary move to prevent the IMF imposed economic agenda becoming a trump in the hands of rebels to provoke widespread protest against the presidency and its supportive parliament.  RW knows very well, and CBSL Governor also endorsed his fear, that the IMF agenda in spite of recommendation for income support to the poor and the needy would ultimately hurt those very groups harder than the others. It was with this fear in mind that RW visited the army Head Quarters in Akuregoda, thanked for and praised its services and apprised the commanders of future threats, which, needless to say, would include the aragalaya. The continuing arrests and detention of hundreds of youths and activists in the aftermath of that visit speak volumes about RW’s motivation. 

There are two fundamental issues on which RW’s so-called new system and aragalaya’s systemic change collide. Firstly, aragalaya’s demand for systemic change includes the principle of accountability of rulers to the ruled. To be precise, the rebels are fully aware that the current economic disaster was the product of gross mismanagement perpetrated by the Rajapaksa regime. The rebels and the public at large want those responsible to be brought to books. In contrast, RW is totally silent on this demand, because he owes his very presidency to Rajapaksas. He is virtually their prisoner. More than that, accountability in essence means eradication of corruption. Even though the IMF agenda includes this requirement as condition for the reforms to yield maximum benefits, there are no details about how corruption could be eradicated within the existing body politic. Corruption has become endemic and is part of the country’s culture. 

IMF recommendations are going to be implemented by a system that is corrupt from top to bottom, from ministers in the cabinet to judges in courts and clerks in government offices. To keep in line with those recommendations RW’s 2022 budget also contains certain income supporting measures to benefit the poor. But the weakest point is their implementation. This is why the World Bank in repurposing its previously agreed loans and directing them to issue fertilizer and fuel, is said to be “working closely with implementing agencies to establish robust controls and fiduciary oversight to ensure these resources reaching the poorest and the most vulnerable”. Thus, the existing system of public administration, overseen by corrupt politicians, needs radical overhaul, and on that RW has said nothing. Yet, he describes his IMF backed reforms the beginning of a new system. To the aragalaya youth this is patchwork and hypocrisy and not systemic change. RW’s grandiose ambition to transform the economy into an innovative export-oriented wonder and the country to First World status by 2048, would meet the same fate as GR’s “vistas of prosperity and splendour”, if the current system remains unchanged or finetuned. 

The second point of collision, is the future of ethnonationalism and particularly its Sinhala-Buddhist variety. Politics in Sri Lanka had been a fertile ground for the growth of ethnonationalism of all varieties and together they had been the stumbling block to create a united Sri Lankan nation.  It is on the edifice of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism that the political and economic structures have been erected in this country. Every government that came to power since 1947 embraced this pernicious ideology and promoted it. The former president GR for example, did not mince any words when he declared publicly that he was elected solely by Sinhala Buddhist voters, and that he would do anything to promote their interests and protect the Buddhist sasana. His regular sessions with Buddhist monks only and in the name of injecting virtuosity in governance was only a smokescreen to advance Sinhala Buddhist hegemony. His Buddhist chauvinism reached its apogee when he appointed a task force filled with Buddhist monks and Buddhist chauvinists rather than qualified archaeologists to excavate and preserve ancient Buddhist ruins. particularly in the North and East of this country. This gave an open licence to the saffron army to encroach into precincts that are holy to communities of other religions and cultures. 

Aragalaya youth realized how damaging ethnonationalism had been to the unity of this nation and its economy, which has all the ingredients necessary to emerge as another Singapore. That realization underscored the youth’s commitment to remain not only apolitical but also areligious and a-ethnic. The rebels want ethno-nationalism to be abandoned in favour of an inclusive national ideology that would be inclusive, democratic and secular. But RW, his SLPP supporters and their affiliates would have no bar of it. All that the President could do therefore, is to try forming an all-party government with a jumbo cabinet to include a few minority representatives. Sadly, even NPP for that matter, which is pro-systemic change and believes in inclusiveness and secularism appears to be reluctant to advocate that stand openly, because of the fear of losing votes at the ballot box. This also explains why when that controversial monk and Secretary of BBS, Ven. Gnanasara, declared in Kandy that Sri Lanka belongs only to Sinhalese no Sinhala politician except the late Mangala Samaraweera dared to challenge or repudiate him. To that extent ethno-nationalism has pervaded the nation’s body politic.    

Without accountability, eradication of corruption and renunciation of ethnonationalism RW’s so called new system is nothing but old wine in new bottle. The Governor of CBSL has predicted that the next confrontation between protestors and the government would be bloody. IMF has laid the ground for such a confrontation.  Its staff level agreement to grant an emergency loan of $2.9 billion is pittance when compared to the total amount needed to service the debt over the next four to five years. Even that paltry sum is not going to be made available immediately, and the reparation measures attached to it would not help to achieve the expected economic turnaround without concomitant systemic change.    

Aragalaya is not dead, despite RW’s repression. UNHCR session in Geneva this month would feed further sustenance to the youth movement. The new generation would not rest but would continue its struggle even more resolutely until it achieves the final goal. It is an intergenerational struggle with unfinished business at the moment, but destined to win at the end, because history and world opinion are on its side.           

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    Impact on several epochal issues globally, such as global warming, human rights, gender equality and so on.

    The most priority eradication of Hunger, Hunger is actually the worst weaposuffering from malnutrition is just too hard for most of usn of mass destruction. suffering from malnutrition is just too hard for most of us. A man not only needs to know how to fish, but to enable more people to do so.

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      It is in the realm of the undead like some authors here prof!

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      “Aragalaya youth realized how damaging ethnonationalism had been to the unity of this nation “
      Dr. Ali seems to be reading too much into a very few statements early in the Aragalaya. On the ground in Sri Lanka, ethno-nationalism still is alive and well. Just listen to Sarath Fonseka. And there are more than a few “patriots” who think the Rajapaksas are above the law because they “won the war”.
      “The rebels want ethno-nationalism to be abandoned in favour of an inclusive national ideology that would be inclusive, democratic and secular. “
      Dr. Ali seems unaware too that the current “Aragalaya ” is mostly IUSF inspired. In other words, professional “protesters”. They are certainly not the middle-class types who camped out at Galle Face. I don’t expect Dr. Ali to be able to tell the difference from Australia. These guys quite openly oppose privatisation/ restructuring of everything from education to oil or power distribution. In short, they want a return to the subsidy-ridden governance that brought us to this state.

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        old codger

        Since you are an eternal optimist can you tell us where exactly Ranil wants to take the country given that:

        1. Actress Damitha Abeyratne was today ordered to be remanded till September 14 after being produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage.
        while
        appointing
        2. Lohan Ratwatte as State Minister of Plantation Industries
        3. Sanath Nishantha as State Minister of Water Supply
        4. Lasantha Alagiyawanna as State Minister of Transport
        ……
        …..
        ….
        Do you know why?

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          Native,
          “Do you know why?”
          I think I do. Realpolitik. In an ideal world, where everyone is sweetly reasonable, it would be possible not to do any of the things in the list. But not doing these things in the real world would result in:
          1.The govt losing its majority.
          2. Formation of another populist regime.
          3. More shortages, because a populist regime can’t take tough decisions. Even Sajith P says he won’t divest “national assets like CPC”.
          4. Political instability, causing the IMF to run away.
          So, Lohan and Sanath are a small price to pay. Just hold your nose.

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        OC
        “Dr. Ali seems to be reading too much into a very few statements early in the Aragalaya.”
        Not just him, everyone who thought that the revolution has arrived was in for a big shock the way things turned out after 9th May, and many show difficulty in coming to terms with reality.
        By the author may not have much trouble with IUSF, as he was for a while a great admirer of the JVP
        *
        Frankly, our soothsayers still seem busy consoling each other each in his own way.

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        old codger,
        For me, you are an enigma!
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        “Aragalaya” youth are professional “protesters””. That kick is below the belt!
        Did you not see you and me among them? Didn’t you hear of protests in cities all over?
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        It is our politicians who are professionals.
        It is they who have made professional protesters of our youth!

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          Nathan,
          “Did you not see you and me among them? Didn’t you hear of protests in cities all over?”
          Yes, certainly. I even went to Galle Face. But on May 9th evening I personally witnessed violence being unleashed by third parties, taking the brutal Pohottuwa attack on protesters as an opportunity They were well organised, even warning bystanders not to take photos. They were certainly NOT the well-meaning urban crowd at Galle Face. You don’t need me to tell you that the current “Aragalaya ” is led by the IUSF , which “joined” the Aragalaya. If you watch the TV, you will see that it is IUSF figures like Lahiru Weerasekara who make all the speeches. These nihilistic “revolutionaries ” are the professional protesters I refer to.

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            Native,
            No, I am not an optimist, but a realist. I am happy if I get half what I expect.

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          PART ONE of Many!
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          Thank you, Nathan.
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          old codger is intelligent, very knowledgeable, witty, etc. I used to really love his comments; many of them were wise. I learnt much from them. I didn’t really mind that we don’t know who he is.
          .
          For years he was saying that the Bond Scam was exaggerated. I don’t know much of Economics, and I didn’t really bother to disagree. oc ought to check on that himself. When he said that, I was taking him seriously enough to think that, perhaps, there was something in what he was saying.
          .
          But not any more. I think that his exchanges with Amrit Muttukumaru changed all that for me.
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/any-dealing-with-president-who-lacks-legitimacy-is-political-suicide/
          .
          After that, he suggested that Ranjan Ramanayake (not at all a sophisticated, or even a really educated guy) was to reprehended for visiting a temple:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-pta-the-anti-terrorism-law-that-promotes-terrorism/
          .
          However, I feel that Ramanayake is mostly sincere in his politics.
          .
          Ranil W.’s maternal uncle was a highly respected Anglican Bishop (but on the mother’s side they were Buddhists). I don’t really criticise him for choosing Buddhism. But those bare-bodied visits to Hindu Kovils?

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            SM
            “However, I feel that Ramanayake is mostly sincere in his politics.”
            Does that include recording conversations with other people without their permission?
            The point I am trying to make is that no politician can be sincere and still win an election. Can you name a sincere politician?

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    RW has been legally(?) elected with the support of most members of SLPP and few others from the opposition. The secretive voting in the parliament did lead to the corrupt practice of huge money transactions. In effect the voting to elect the President should have been OPEN in order to prevent horsetrading. The acts taking money by the parliamentarians as well as switching party should be made illegal in the NEW CONSTITUTION that all of us are keenly awaiting. We are being duped by the 22nd Amendment that is being passed in the Parliament in order to CONTINUE the OLD SYSTEM of corrupt rule.

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      Of course, money talks now more than 10 years ago.
      But with adult franchise, got to change the constitution time and again
      and jinx the turf after the holiday break…..N Eliay is full but no talk of elections.

      Second innings reserve batsman Ranil has big job to please spectators and umpires at IMF with Transparency International wanting credibility talk when all we want is money
      Basil has gone to the US .Life can be different now at the mustang tent.

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    “Aragalaya is not dead, despite RW’s repression.”
    It is not alive either, definitely not in the form that it was perceived and implemented.
    The form that it will take in time to come will decide its future.
    No revolutionary change can be an NGO-sponsored instant remedy.

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      Protesters will never go away. From 1949 through 1953, 1956, 1957, 1961… they have been there, repapered with different names. Protesters will not go, but Ranil Evil will be going soon. Langkang history is going to be like “thief and police game.” Mismanagement of government will continue to an indefinite period and peoples’ protests will continue in parallel to that and because of that UNP-SLFP recycling will continue. The Langkang loan is $100B. IMF’s loan is $2.9B (net worth $2.2B) for 48 months (about 4 years). That means IMF’s help is less than 600M a month. At the current consumption level oils import alone $500M. Further the money if being given to corruption fighting, political and legal process straightening, low-income class’s subsidy…. Then where is the money for loan interest, principal, investments……..? From the time Don Stepen messed up the Estate industry, no country has committed FDI on any useful things. This time China will not easily give up without taking a large chunk of land in the North. Royals job was indebted to China and Evil’s job is redeeming by surrendering the Langkang sovereignty. Japan and America are very badly misjudging the situation just like Ex Secretary, John Kerry did in his time. Mr Modi, the Indian PM, putting his head under sand & ringing his temple bells hoping the dragons will run away. Comedy Thamai!

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      “No revolutionary change can be an NGO-sponsored instant remedy.”

      Of course we will wait until one of Mao’s active b***s carrier recharge himself with China’s revolutionary fervor and start his own long march in order to engineer a ruling class split, win over the middle classes, ……………………….

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        Which NGO does the glass ball point to now?

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      Ameer Ali

      It is an unfinished revolution!

      It is not linear, but complex with many ups and downs, It may take days, months or even years, but finally it will achieve its objectives.

      It is always irreversible systemic Change- Birth of a new social order.

      Revolutionaries need a lot of patience and change strategies frequently depending on the strategies adopted by the enemy.

      The enemy will always adopt cunning methodology and the revolutionaries should be always awake and respond in an appropriate manner.
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      The final victors are the revolutionaries.- a long and bitter struggle.

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        Evil Ranil is creating glamor by confronting unnecessarily with popular figures like actors-actresses. He created shows by fighting with Hirunika when she was participating in a protest. She slapped him back that she knows to maintain the mothers’ respectability and he should mind his business. Ranjan Ramanayake’ release is the show of the century. It was practically extending his prison term from 4 years to 7 years. No commonsense person let it go without criticizing Evil’s tricky negotiations on that release. Now Dhamitha Aberatne, a popular actress.

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        This is how the Evil Emperor goes for Hara-kiri on a daily basis. What is the point of arresting her without a reason and putting her in remand, but claiming it is not a PTA arrest. Is that the Evil’s message that “relax, in Langkang all criminal laws are pretty equal to PTA ”? When did the police come to know that she was in the building at that occasion and when did they serve her a summons for a police inquiry on an expected criminal investigation. Yesterday, she was protesting against the arrest & confinement of other protesters. She was arrested for an incident of she was in a government building that was forced open by protesters, two months ago. On that occasion, so many people entered and exited that building for more than a week. Dhamitha’s face remained locked in the finder for two months and she was spotted on the on good opportunity and she was arrested. It seems, the Batlanda justice is coming back with the New Emperor’s ascension to the throne. Evil not just an ordinary fox but an eccentric mad fox.

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    … to restructure the economy and inject an air of normalcy in public life.
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    If what Ameer Ali says is the priority, the structure will be weak and tumble on its own load!
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    The urgent priority is to put up and consolidate a strong foundation.
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    I leave what that is to the political engineers!

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      “He also seems to have received silent approval from sections of the erudite and the pious of a geriatric generation, that consider him the best man for the season to restructure the economy and inject an air of normalcy in public life.”
      Is it a geriatric generation that is running the businesses and manning the state machinery?
      Uncritical support even during the blundering by the Aragalaya since July 9th, has not helped the protest.
      Where RW is scoring with the middle classes now is on the ‘stability’ and ‘law and order’ count. Many once-supporters of the Aragalaya re readily tempted. (I do not have their age profile, but can assure the juvenile author that it is not age but class.)
      *
      The NGO-backed Aragalaya is gone for good, and that is welcome.
      What should emerge from its ruins has to be vastly different from the apolitical middle class model, if it should change anything for the better.

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        correction:
        “…blundering by the Aragalaya since May 9th…”

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    We the “Right” & “Sensible” minded peop;e are ONLY requesting for normal Law and order to be carried out IRRESPECTIVE of the type of people[which political party they belong to or whom he/she is connected to or which religion or race they belong to].
    We want to get rid the corrupted politicians from the Parliament.

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    … He is virtually their prisoner. Ameer Ali.
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    He (Ranil) is virtually their (Rajapaksas) prisoner.
    (This is as strong as what one could lay against Ranil.)
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    My mind started working overtime, asking why.
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    I got an answer. However, I am not sure if the forum would find it satisfactory.
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    I’ll float it, come what may.
    Ranil always wanted to be remembered as one of our former Presidents.
    He did not see any other way of satisfying his ambition.
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    If you don’t see it the way I see, I am not going to lose my sleep over it.

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      N
      All of them seem prisoners of a bigger force that is revealing its hands very slowly.

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    This is difficult for a non-violent peaceful man to say ………… what we need is unspeakable unimaginable violence ………. that’s the only thing the rulers/pols understand and fear

    Few realize it’s significance …….. The burnings in the night of the 9th of May has brought on a little of the long needed change ……… changes a trillion rational/irrational/beseeching words in this forum or anywhere else in the nation could not achieve

    I write for my own consolation …… knowing well words are cheap and hollow: achieve nothing

    Native Vedda is a pacifist with a violent heart …….. violent words temporally quells his primordial burning need for bloodletting ……..

    Great Prabakaran caught on pretty early and understood the need for unspeakable violence and brutality …….. others are late to catch on …. 74 years and waiting …….. for redemption/solutions that peaceful means will never bring

    What has peaceful means achieved?

    Who can name one?

    Violence is the key.

    There’s violence even in the love match between Old Codger and Ramona ………. nuff said!

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      nimal fernando

      “Native Vedda is a pacifist with a violent heart …….. violent words temporally quells his primordial burning need for bloodletting ……..”

      Do you believe so?
      I wonder where you got this idea of Native Vedda .being ….. ….. whatever.

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      Nimal,
      “There’s violence even in the love match between Old Codger and Ramona ………. nuff said!”
      What the devil do you mean? We decent people DEMAND that you reveal your identity, phone no, passport details, crotch measurements………..
      Oops! I just woke up from a dream in which I was someone else!

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        OC
        “Oops! I just woke up from a dream in which I was someone else!”
        Like the “butterfly dream”?

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        old codger

        “Oops! I just woke up from a dream in which I was someone else!”

        Did you dream Sisira Mendis, holding his red hot iron behind your back?
        Its too bad.
        Or was he Nimal Fernando?

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          Native,
          None of those. I just dreamt that I had a crimson gravatar…..

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        :)))

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        nimal,
        .
        Nay, sure,
        a’ parted even just between twelve
        and one, even at the turning o’ the tide: for after
        I saw him fumble with the sheets and play with
        flowers and smile upon his fingers’ ends, I knew
        there was but one way; for his nose was as sharp as a pen,
        a’ bade me lay more clothes on his feet: I put my
        hand into the bed and felt them
        , and they were as cold as any stone..

        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_m3g-jTl1U
        .
        Farewell; adieu

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    A country’s debt’s debilitation on its population can be checked with income per capita/ debt per capita. Best is talking to the count of income earners or working population rather than ordinary citizens. A homemaker would be toiling the entire day, but her contribution does not help in alleviating the country’s debt burden. The history of how the loan came into existence is the main indicator of how successful the nation will be in saving its citizens from debt burden. Good examples are Germany & Japan who were crushed to the ground by the war, with the burden of many millions of reparation payments pending. Germany even lost its currency. But the story changed because of the abilities of its citizens. When Langkang Aanduwa kept borrowing, the Sinhala Intellectuals were pointing out America, Japan like nations who have massive amounts of loans. But the internal structure of those nations does not let the loans translate into debt burden and crush the people’s life.

    We have repeatedly pointed out the situation in Langkang that the Appe Aanduwa and Bald Heads have no answer if the seasonal rain continues for two days. Two days ago, the Evil Emperor had to stimulate the officials to take care of the flood victims, to save his job and IMF loan.

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    Pakistan, same as Langkang, unorganized, suffered heavily from the recent flood. This year, floods and droughts are heavy in Germany, China, US, UK…….These countries’ citizens quickly recover from those disasters and go on with their lives. The Evil Emperor immediately came back from Australia when the Meethotamulla garbage dump slid. Unfortunately, still those problems are not settled. The Langkang debt problem is not something Ranil is waiting to solve. Look at the exchange rate matter, which one Yahapalanaya very badly managed and got listed as a money laundering country. In 1948, the estimated value of the dollar was only about Rs2.30. Now it is about Rs 400/- This measure telling well that what should have been Langkang income now, and where it has gone. The per capita expenditure to live in Langkang has been extremely higher than the per capita income there, so the average person had to bridge the life budget by increasing the per capita debt. It is so Simple. Appe Aanduwa never cared about the people’s income but only loaded them with loans. Ranil is saying that his job is only paying back the loan! Wow! The Sinhala Buddhist are going to fly in the wind once Ranil’s projects take over.

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    Let’s think about two brothers, one worked for Appe Aanduwa and the other worked as a street vendor. Both were making 100/- per month and both felt short of 50/- per monthly for their life. They talked about it, and both went to the bank to borrow. Elder brother told the manager he had an unexpected expense and asked for 50/-. Manager approved. Younger one said he wanted to discard his cart and lease a truck and asked 1000/-. End of the month the government servant just balanced his budget, with the borrowed 50/-. Street vendor came back with 300/-. He had an excess of 150/-. He paid 100/- interest loan and saved 50/- to pay his principal in future. His story was the same for some time. But his elder brother has been borrowing every month a 50/- from office mates, neighbors, relatives, pawn brokers…….For a person only looking at who is indebted more, America, Japan like massive loan countries will look bad. In that angle, that person will look at the street vendor as the one in more trouble compared to the government servant, as he will not exceed his younger brother in loan principle until the 20th month has passed. But having 1000/- saved at the end of the 20th month younger will have his loan settled & will have doubled the income.

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    There is no countable industry built by the Aapee Aanduwas with all the borrowings. They are banging with the house maids exported to ME without any human dignity and the male prostitutes waiting on the beaches for their next tips from tourists. Diana, MP wanted to legalize the prostitution and the export drugs. That is the way she wanted to settle the loan, which is now evaluated as about $100B. Kusela Saritham says the Sage was picking the chaffs in the paddy files with his nails, so his wife can husk them, cook them, and feed their 27 children. What responsible governments we have been voted for! One time Rapist Army, in addition to their robberies and looting, In North East, forcefully using the rehabilitated LTTE youths and school children to market drugs for their extra income. Now the whole country is severely affected by the rapist Army promoting drug trading. Last month, in south alone, 30 murders took place related to narcotics. North East cannot be quoted on that because there are no true figures available.

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    Ranil Evil, who in 2016, signed the resolution 30/1 promising changing the constitution to solve all the War related problems, is now saying he will never investigate War Crime as in the way in Resolution 30/1 because the constriction does not allow it to go beyond Local Sinhala Jury Only Verdict. But to impose Sinhala Jury Only verdict on Tamils, he is refusing to implement 13A’s justice clause, which is in the constitution from 1987. Tell me what problem in Langkang has been solved after 1948, so that we can believe that Evil Ranil is honest in his words this time?

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    analysis of aragalaya comes in many forms and colours – its like the tsunami – experts mushroomed over night.
    as far as sri lanka is concerned the main cause of economic collapse firstly, is CORRUPTION all in capitals. secondly, is RESORSE MISMANAGMENT. thirdly is failure of IDENTITY as a nation e.g. SRI LANKAN instead of sinhala buddhists, tamil hindu etc.
    fourthly, political cronyism having under educated bums in positions of responsibility.

    the aragalaya never failed but the 134 pimps failed the aragalaya and the masses.
    yes, personnel vendetta is the game now played by ranil batalanada and the 134 pimps.

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    ranil wickramamasighe? ranil rajapaksha? or ranil batalanda?

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      sunil vijaya

      “ranil wickramamasighe? ranil rajapaksha? or ranil batalanda?”

      Ranil Gunawardana, Ranil Weerasekere, Ranil Weerawansa, Ranil Ranawake, ……….

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        Mahinda Weerawansha,(nee Rajapakshe)
        Namal Weerawanse (nee Rajapakshe)
        Gotabaya Weerwawnse(nee Rajapakshe)
        Rohitha Weerawasne (nee Rajapakshe)
        Yoshitha Weerawanse (nee Rajapakshe)
        Shiranthi Weerawansa (nee Rajapakshe) etc.
        .
        This country is filled with the kind Weerawanses than others. Yet again, WIMAL Buuwanse comes to stage and holds his kind of abusive speeches, people stay like ” pingonas”. In a civilized world, the bastard would have been attacked by every means.
        Above all media men make every effort to paint the picture in favour of the mlechcha men.

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    Aragalaya has already missed the “system change” bus while holding the #gotagohome”#placard. A golden opportunity wasted to change the system because some in the Aragalaya had other agendas.

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      NAK

      “A golden opportunity wasted to change the system because some in the Aragalaya had other agendas.”

      It took 74 years to destroy a country and its potential by you lot (the hardcore Sinhala/Buddhist bigoted people like you) however it is not an easy task to build a secular democratic productive self respecting ………………… law abiding country over night.
      FYI Rome wasn’t built in a day

      It can be done, despite the the great effort by SLPP crooks, Racists, Dinesh, Weeping Weerasekera, Asgiria, Malwattu, the saffron brigade, the clan, Wimal, ………..
      Don’t forget Aragalaya is being forced to carry these rotten lot and their lackeys while they search for the better ways and means to achieve solution, without a shot being fired.

      BTW where were you all these months and weeks when Gota the Sinhala/Buddhist strongman was told to leave office. That stupid man was so scared he thought he was told to leave the country.
      You know why does he still believe he is an American.

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        But sadly VP sacrificed his entire family for the course, the Buddhist army how they rescued and treated young Balachandran and.put a small hole in his chest sadu sadu sadu
        Champions of Buddha

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      NAK
      “…some in the Aragalaya had other agendas”
      Really there was no agenda besides ‘go home’, if that can be called an agenda.

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    NAK

    “A golden opportunity wasted to change the system because some in the Aragalaya had other agendas.”

    It took 74 years to destroy a country and its potential by you lot (the hardcore Sinhala/Buddhist bigoted people like you) however it is not an easy task to build a secular democratic productive self respecting ………………… law abiding country over night.
    FYI Rome wasn’t built in a day

    It can be done, despite the the great effort by SLPP crooks, Racists, Dinesh, Weeping Weerasekera, Asgiria, Malwattu, the saffron brigade, the clan, Wimal, ………..
    Don’t forget Aragalaya is being forced to carry these rotten lot and their lackeys while they search for the better ways and means to achieve solution, without a shot being fired.

    BTW where were you all these months and weeks when Gota the Sinhala/Buddhist strongman was told to leave office. That stupid man was so scared he thought he was told to leave the country.
    You know why does he still believe he is an American.

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    How Ranil betrayed the Aragalaya he promised he will listen, but lately arrest and prosecution
    Even the IMF not being signed it seems, should call for an election with new faces

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      C
      “How Ranil betrayed the Aragalaya he promised he will listen”
      Listening does not mean agreeing to what is said. If the Aragalaya was persuaded to do something by that pledge, there is a case to call it a betrayal.
      RW was always hedging his bets and there was always the fear that he was with the Rajapaksas.
      *
      Betrayal was really by those who wanted to ride on the Aragalaya to power.
      Saw how they raced for posts soon after MR resigned?
      You can say that Amirthalingam and the TULF betrayed the Tamil youth on Tamil Eelam.
      You can say that Chandrika and MR betrayed the faith of the public after pledging to be rid of the executive presidency.
      These were election promises that were readily abandoned.

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    ……………The Governor of the CBSL has predicted that the next confrontation between protesters and the Govt: would be BLOODY..
    IMF has laid the foundation for such a confrontation.
    Dr.Ameer Ali too predicts this Act2 Stage2. For the time being its is interval and curtains are down.

    Besides, Ranil Rajapakse has hastened this showdown by appointing 37 State Ministers today. Same old humbugs including a Real Rajapaskse in the form of Shaseendra Rajapakse.

    Ranil it seems has not learnt anything in his long career in Politics.
    The Army would not be able to sustain him when the Aragalaya strikes back ………

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