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Are We Going To The Fringes Or Coming To The Middle?

By Vishwamithra

In the minds of most men, the kingdom of opinion is divided into three territories,–the territory of yes, the territory of no, and a broad, unexplored middle ground of doubt.” ~ James A Garfield

AKD

Picture yourself somewhere you wish to be; not a Utopian plane  where milk and honey is the daily beverage; not a fairyland where you are up in the clouds disturbed by none other than those lovely angels: an ordinary setting, your own middle-class house, under a tiled roof and amongst your family members watching television in the evening just before retiring to bed with your loving wife after setting the bed for the two sons whose homework has already been concluded and ready for next day school. What peaceful and relaxing setting for an ordinary family without struggling for the next day’s meals.

That was then; one cannot remember how long ago, yet such alluring calm and soothing surroundings are no more. One is not pessimistic to reminisce one’s own onetime life and expect nothing akin would revisit him in the near future, leave alone tomorrow. Yet when a change is petitioned as the country with its leaders and subjects have gone wayward to the extremes of corruption, to the far-reaching boundaries of nepotism and even crossed the threshold of decency and honesty, the demand for a change is essentially a journey back towards the middle.

When Prince Siddhartha, after the great renunciation, indulged for six languishing years, first in material pleasures and then resorting to self-mortification in order to find the meaning and truth about life and the whole wide universe, his rejection consisted of those two extremes. One does not have to be a Bodhisattva (one who has made a resolution to become Buddha) to comprehend these nuanced aspects of one’s ordinary journey of life.

I’m, of course, belaboring a case for the middle-ground in the current sociopolitical context. When the National People’s Power (NPP) is being branded, as a political party, rightfully in this case, as the one that is expected to deliver a system change, one wonders as to why and how the NPP cannot be charged with a party that has already dashed to the fringes of the political spectrum? But we must investigate even with more assiduous keenness whether the current sociopolitical circumstance is ordinary or extraordinary. When Cabinet ministers are being tried for corruption, when some of them are still serving in their capacities as Minsters despite being found guilty of accepting bribes for extending favors to constituents, when no action is being taken to pursue some obvious white-collar criminals like past governors of the Central Bank for openly indulging in corrupt practices, how such acts could be classified as ordinary, normal and acceptable? We have been in a despicable exercise of normalizing the abnormal and countenancing the corrupt and dishonest.

In such a maddening circumstance, the journey of the so-called radical NPP and their leaders, whose declared aims and political principles seem to be founded on balanced and fair practice of good governance and obedience to law and order, could be termed as a deliberate angling towards the middle. Those who tend to depart from the middle are obviously the extremists. That is precisely why I say that the NPP is definitely treading to the middle while the so-called status quo-parties are meandering towards the fringes.

Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Pohottuwa-led parliamentary majority are hellbent on protecting and safeguarding the criminals and the Samagi Jana Balavegaya is not being trusted by the people to do away with the political pariahs who are occupying high seats in the political arena today. Those who publicly defend the status quo are occupying the fringes and they seem to be totally oblivious to what the masses demand and what the masses need.

Unspeakable hardships are being imposed on the ordinary people; Colombo and its immediate suburbs are enjoying nauseatingly sickening celebrations with Rs. 50,000 per bottle of wine, they indulge in the consumption of lobster tails, caviar and Russian vodka that crowd their dinner tables. Beastly-looking vehicles are transporting the bigwigs and other VVIPs to their fine dining restaurants. A completely different image is being presented to the unsuspecting public. Money in all sorts of bundles and purses has become the passport to social recognition and those who profess a contrary picture are being branded as extremists and radicals. Being branded as radicals is perfectly all right. But being called extremists connotes a terrifyingly unacceptable meaning. Such branding creates a sense of fear and suspicion in the ordinary minds of those who do not want to stray from the middle.

In a war of words, which all election campaigns eventually end up in, brandishing cleverly chosen words and phrases becomes a set of strategically advantageous tools. The NPP and Anura Kumara Dissanayake whose distinct character is their near-perfect expertise in vernacular rhetoric and legitimate debating, creating fresh phrases and rich linguistic embellishments is mere second nature. I’m sure they must be quite busy in such creative occupation of time. Hope and expression of hope is no sin; if thugs are unleashed on those who hope for a better and more productive future for their children, those who hope would certainly sacrifice themselves willingly and with a smile on their faces.           

Is such hope, is such aspiration a mirage? Is such ordinary wishing being interpreted as an extremism or is it a meandering to the middle in the social spectrum? That is the question that irritates the ruler and sustains the average man and woman. At a time when the call is supposed to be for a system change, one wonders whether the call would rally the majority of the masses towards an extreme political and sociocultural change. The very notion of a system change does contain within itself a total change, a change that is fundamentally outside the proverbial ‘box’. But, in politics and socioeconomic paradigms as in all human endeavor, everything is relative. One must essentially investigate this social context with a fresh mind and an absolute sense of honesty and authenticity.

I go back to the beginning of this column: picturing what one wishes. It’s well past sunset. Deep inside the hamlet, at the foot of the hillock is located the Buddhist temple. The kapu mahattaya (lay ritual performer) is busy preparing the pre-ritual ceremonies. The village dwellers clad in white are being brought to quietude by the severity of the occasion. A Covid-ridden villager is in the center and the kapu mahattaya is performing a pooja to invoke the blessings of unseen gods. What is intellectually true is not the argument here at the scene. Whether the patient needs to be covered in black or white is the debate. Their faith cannot be questioned; it’s unbreakable. The village customs are still overwhelming the ordinary men and women. When faith demands unquestioned attention, everyone and everything must stand still, period.

But the panorama of village customs and traditions is being invaded by visible and tangible developments, both on the technological and other material vistas; the younger generation is openly challenging the old. Seventy six years of custom and tradition has not saved the country from bankruptcy; it has not effected one iota of sociocultural and economic change. Such traditions and customs have only dragged us down a foggy path of which the end seems to be more uncertain than its beginning. Serenades to lovers and stanzas of lullaby to babies are fading away to the misty night; gathering darkness is ominous and only the young for whom the line between day and night is but an unrecognizable division are at peace with themselves.

The inauspicious toll of the temple bell does not disturb the sleeping children; they perturb the woken elders; yearning for a more just and deeply equal society will wake all of them up, eventually, prompted by their siblings for whom a fresh start and a new beginning is as crucial as breathing each second to survive. They must plod towards the middle, away from the fringes of corruption, from the extremes of nepotism and dishonesty.

If there were social media during the early 1970s, Rohana Wijeweera might have employed a different set of rules and a different set of goals. It’s no time for speculation; such speculation belongs to the past and the past is dead. Dealing with the dead is not beneficial to the living. For once and for all, Anura Kumara Dissanayake must declare that they are indeed trending towards the middle. Away from the fringe.

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

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    We have been in a despicable exercise of normalizing the abnormal and countenancing the corrupt and dishonest.
    There can be no doubt that the above assessment pertains to Sri Lanka. No contest!
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    … the journey of the so-called radical NPP.
    NPP has just joined the starting line. The journey is yet to begin.

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    “Are We Going To The Fringes Or Coming To The Middle?”

    It’s neither ……… It’s the Brave New World ……. as far as Lanka is concerned.

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      nimal fernando

      “It’s neither ……… It’s the Brave New World ……. as far as Lanka is concerned.”

      There is a lot of things the people are not sure/aware of, could you explain what you mean by Brave New World, it is not the Brave New World Aldous Huxley created/imagined is it? But one that is going nowhere, stuck in a time warp.

      We are told this country is well-known for its ancient Hydraulic Civilisation. However It appears we are kidding ourselves, we contract foreigners to build/sell things to us. Today Iranian president came here to commission hydro electric power station and irrigation project.

      What has happened to all those engineers who received free education?
      Does it mean the education and training they received from our universities worthless or they have all gone abroad to have good life?

      Nimal I am sorry I am blaming you.

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        “Does it mean the education and training they received from our universities worthless”

        Native,

        I don’t know where SL higher education is now. …….. But years ago universities around the world had the highest regard for graduates of Peradeniya Engineering and Colombo Medical faculty ……. and some profs even spoke of them in awe.

        Your idol Ranil with the rest of them is responsible for dumb-ing down Lankan education to their level. ……. Among the OL-challenged, barely scraped through, Ranil is king! ….. He acts and walks around like a great intellect in an intellectual kindergarten. I don’t understand what you see in the guy!

        Even if we have the will/desire to save ourselves …….. I don’t think we have the skill/talent/knowledge/people to do it.

        I’m just fooling around sticking it to ………. waiting for a fortunate/lucky accident/coincidence ……… that may never come. ……. But that’s our only salvation.

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          nimal fernando, Our universities are excellent, but those in parliament have never been there except perhaps a few.

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          Unfortunately …….. “Sinhala-Buddhism” …….. is enforced stupidity/backwardness …….. the way it has stultified Lankan society ……. a majority of hapless Lankans don’t have the intelligence to break free.

          The few who have the intelligence to know it ……… are pretending to be “S-B,” and milking it for all it’s worth! :))

          Regrettably …… there are people like Ruchira, Lester, …… et al ……. I feel, that have no monetary stake in it ….. and who are not fools …….. but looks at reality through the narrow prism of “Sinhala-Buddhism” ……… because of unexamined insecurities they carry within themselves. Perhaps from childhood – The child makes the man. That’s hard to break free from …….. in spite of the best efforts of Lankan Sigmund on the wayward 154 bus ……

          Buddha’s greatest mistake/folly …….. was/is creating a cult around him.

          There were other great intellects, that didn’t. …….. They just said/did their thing and vanished.

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            Nimal,
            “Buddha’s greatest mistake/folly …….. was/is creating a cult around him.”
            He didn’t. Even making images of him was forbidden, just as images were forbidden in early Christianity too.
            Asoka and Constantine, both feeling remorseful after murderous careers, made them State religions. And now we have Lester, Ruchira and DTG standing guard…The 154 is the only safe spot, except when the driver stands up.🤣🤣

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            NF,

            “Perhaps from childhood – The child makes the man. That’s hard to break free from …….. in spite of the best efforts of Lankan Sigmund on the wayward 154 bus ……”

            The future man of someone is believed to be shaped up between the 3rd and 16th years of adolescence. I do believe in that as one who had the chance to take part in lectures of human psychology at least for 2 years.
            They are convinced this after exhaustive meta-analyses of human behavior.
            This is the POV of psychologists and sociologists.
            However, ordinary people do not care about the facts of our hell, which has been destroyed by all the myths and occults for hundreds of years.

            They dont have a comparison either.
            Not long ago, recently only exposed the country to the world.
            uNTIL then, they thought they are best and their education is the best… older you are mor you become biased to the kind of self-adulations leading to sinhala-aggrandizement.

            It is the mirror of South Asian culture.

            To the western eye it is fancy but if one lives with it they can really feel it. I’m glad I only did it in the first two decades of my life. I have more of a difference between fact based thoughts and satire becoming the public view.

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            ” because of unexamined insecurities they carry within themselves.”

            You must be talking about yourself. A Sinhala “Christian” who hates Buddhism because that is what your holy book teaches – to hate all other religions. Check the “10 Commandments”, it’s called “idolatry.”

            “That’s hard to break free from”

            In your case you support Tamil Tiger terrorism and separatism. You actually support people who would throw you into the bottom of the sea or hang you from a lamppost. You are probably too poor and lack the brain cells (low IQ) to break free.

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              Now, now ….. do you have to make such a spectacle of your insecurities? :)))

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          nimal fernando

          “I don’t understand what you see in the guy!”

          Sorry to disappoint you I am not dating him, nor am I going to marry him.

          By the way Mahinda benefitted from Weeping Widow’s devious scheme by which unqualified MP’s were allowed to enter Law College and obtain a law qualification. His sons too doing well academically because their clan is so powerful professors wouldn’t dare fail them.

          Well you should be concentrating on the entire country, not just Ranil.
          According to informed sources there are about 8,000 Sri Lankan’s who went there in the last 6 months finding it hard to live there. Why are they leaving the country, is it because of Ranil or the result of 75 years of nation building policies?

          Any chance you are a card carrying member of homophobe society?

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          Dear nimal,
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          Thanks
          for referring to the shortcomings of our education system. The first step towards doing it should be to make the poor victims of this crime aware of what has been done to them.
          .
          Here we have Dr Arjuna Parakrama, who has just retired as Professor of English at Peradeniya, denouncing, for 26 minutes, the immorality of what has been done in the strongest possible terms. What you have sensed is quite right. He knows the situation on the ground, and so do I. Even those who do not understand much Sinhala will get a sense of how serious the problem is from his body language:
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y8DMfMhFyQ
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          Blame must be placed where it belongs. Arjuna himself was educated at Royal College, so he knows full well how pampered are the rich children who are those predominantly to be found in schools of this sort.
          .
          Please pay close attention to what he says.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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    So far, system change, the much used phrase, means only change in personnel. There is no announcement of concrete economic and policy changes. Accountability has meant discussion of accountability for corruption, not for the killings of humans from the Tamil riots beginning in 1958 and still ongoing, the killings of the Sinhala young during the JVP uprisings and killings during the Easter Sunday bombings. No party has announced a stance on such accountability without which there can be no system change. Rhetoric is the forte. It may appeal to the Sinhalese who turn up in droves. It does not reach the Tamils or the Muslims. The divide will continue. It is time for the two groups under AKD and Sajith to release comprehensive programmes to show how they will change the system that exists.

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      “It is time for the two groups under AKD and Sajith to release comprehensive programmes to show how they will change the system that exists.”

      I don’t know why you have mentioned only AKD and Sajith ignoring Ranil and Mahinda other two players in the President Election. Rather than comprehensive programmes, how far the people who are going to elect a party or President have changed their attitudes or what they are currently telling the people. Of course, AKD and Sajith have at least told that the will take action against those who are involved in Corruption and Easter Bombing Ranil and Mahinda did not said anything. We have heard lots of promises and proposals and agreements about devolution of power or investigation on the murders and massacres of innocent Tamils. None of them including Anura and Sajith did not touch this subject. For example, the number of Buddhist Temples are built illegally in the North East but AKD or Sajith kept silent on it. The problem is that they are afraid of Buddhist monks or Sinhala military. This shows “system change” can be only limited unless the change of mindset and attitude by Sinhalese voters.
      We all remember that there was an interview between President RW and he got angry with the Interviewer and blamed him for the attitude about westerners mentality about Asians.

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    On that last participation in the UNGA meeting in 2014, Old Rowdy King made an extreme extravaganza party at the Waldorf Astoria. World leaders boycotted the party. Isolated Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not get the message from the other diplomats who were present in the Annual sitting, went up to the party hall door only to be surprised that the hall was empty. So, before anybody rushed in, photographed him, and started to bombard him with questions, he secretly buggered off. President Ibrahim Raisi has only a few countries to visit. So, without disappointing his Langkang clients, he has kept his promise to visit. Nevertheless, last week Colombo media had reported that the visit was canceled and the Uma Multipurpose project opening ceremony was postponed, unlimitedly. Uma, name of the Hindu’s prime God Shiva’s consort, believed to be reminiscent of the Dravidians of their 10,000’s years old connection with the Middle East, there, Uma is the mother, while Uma is the Maya for Hindus, the ultimate mother. Uma Oya project, just like all other Old Rowdy’s bad white elephant projects, was with many controversies. Tunnels were leaking due to inferior technology. Because of its bad environmental destruction, Yahapalanaya had halted it. Norwegian and Swedish engineers tried to fix it.

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    But it was restarted in Hitler King’s time, abandoning, Japanese light rail project, which later Japan built for Bangladesh, and it is now in operation for a few years. Most of the environmental disasters affecting the Up Country Tamils. The worst voiceless community as it is, it could not prevent the project restarting. Today, Thondaman, with Ali Sabre, and Communist Denesh were receiving the president Ibrahim Raisi in one of his extremely few foreign country visits. Because of this visit, Israel has halted the flights by which it was absorbing Farming laborers from Langkang, considered to be a prime income source, in the underdeveloped Langkang. If the NPP wins, it may put these farming communities at better purchasing parity money earning projects in Langkang, rather than this foreign exchange based human exports business, which is dependent on exporting mothers and young girls for slavery.

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    “ past governors of the Central Bank for openly indulging in corrupt practices, ”
    At least one of them Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy stands out of this group.
    What the people want is JUSTICE being dished out for those swindled the Government Coffers; Extra Judicial killings etc
    Only Party that Voters should support is NPP. None of the other parties

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    We will know by the end of the YEAR, whether SL has decided to take the CORRECT PATH or not

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    Aragalaya was the response of the citizens who had lost faith in mainstream parties & the NPP was the result of the change demanded by the people. However, when the JVP joined the bandwagon, with AKD being the leader of both, the communist JVP & the ‘new kid in town’ NPP, in my opinion, there would be a definite bias towards extreme left if the NPP comes to power. The JVP does not hide their communist ideology with the hammer & sickle signage & even a portrait of its former murderous leader in their website, & AKD being the leader, obviously, supports its agenda, therefore, being the leader of the NPP as well, which promises change, I have made my conclusions about that expected change.
    The JVP is unlikely to win even 10% of the votes on in its own, considering past performances, but would voters blindly accept the JVP thinking they are voting for NPP to change the system, which could be ultimately a communist regime with the JVP taking over the reigns? Do all NPP supporters accept the Wikipedia description of the NPP?

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      Dear Raj-UK,
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      You have written, “AKD being the leader of both, the communist JVP & the ‘new kid in town’ NPP, etc.
      .
      I tried just now to locate for you a video that is longer than 50 minutes, where the Badulla District MP, Dilan Perera, discusses current events, mainly relating to the Easter Bombings, and the Cardinal’s recent activities.
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      He, too, makes the same point, about not only AKD leading both JVP and NPP, but also how Tivlin Silva is the Secretary to both Groups. No! The Secretary to the NPP is this medical specialist:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THLboSlFwgU
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      Dr Abeysinghe is talking there about countering COVID, just seven months after he failed to get elected to Parliament. Not a word about politics. That is professionalism. Just one comment there still.

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      This earlier video was made whilst he was campaigning to enter Parliament; however, this is hardly a political speech. Dr Abeysinghe is a great human being.
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      Raj, haven’t I already told you that the Wikipedia description of the NPP is inadequate? Instead of pontificating, please spend time listening to those videos in English; I have!
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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        SM,
        If you spent less time promoting political videos, and more time logically explaining why you support the NPP/JVP , people might take you more seriously. Saying “I know they have a Plan” or “I trust them” or even “he is a great human being ” is not very convincing, given that you admit you don’t know any economics. That is like DTG and his God.

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          O C ,

          It is reported that Modi is being promoted by well organised
          Hundreds of Social Media groups including Youtube . In India
          Millions trust social media than the mainstream , according to
          reports . And this is exactly what NPP seems to be dependent
          on and our SM buddy is heavily involved in , it looks like . But
          my experience with our grassroots doesn’t indicate any signs
          of NPP forming a government of their own in the near future .
          They might become a force to reckon with but not to the point of
          taking control of the whole situation . An alternative to the
          current corrupt set up still looks a distant dream though the need
          is very demanding .

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            WhyWhy,
            The JVP is well known for its ability to produce vast crowds at its meetings. But that doesn’t translate into votes.

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            “””but My experience at our grassroots shows no sign
            NPP to form its own government in near future”””

            Thank you. This is what my friends (from SL) too shared me whenever I worryingly talked them about JVPrs domination on CYBER space.

            You said above that India has millions of social media followers but it is not surprising in a country whose population is of 1400 or more. India and China are lucky. Their huge populations help thier own marketing and searching for fans within own countries.
            This is why RW is telling that we are a smaller island nation, if we would not open up with other countries for our exports, we would not surivive..
            .
            And how many Sri Lankans are connected to interent yet today? I think according to the statistics it is not even 40% of the population. It is just 8 mio. In india it is 800 millions or more.
            You may be right, most people in villages do not know the difference between NPP and JVP.
            This is the reason why RAJ and I repeatedly questioned SM about some crucial questions. Each time, he outwitted or eluded them. That is the true nature of the Sinhalese man who is drowsy in pro-NPP propaganda in Bandarawella today.who does he think he is cheating today ?

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        SM

        My reference is only to AKD as the leader of JVP & NPP, which, to me, is a conflict of interest. Accordingly, the JVP will be having an upper hand when it comes to influencing policies of the NPP. Being the leader of a communist party, AKD obviously subscribes to communist ideology, therefore, my conclusion is that the NPP will be a front for the JVP to get into power. The Wikipedia description confirms my view but if it is incorrect, why doesn’t the tech savvy NPP have it corrected?

        AKD appears to be humble & certainly above the usual riffraff in Parliament currently, therefore, I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt & accept him as the next President, hoping that with the executive powers granted to him by the constitution, will enable him to put those responsible for crimes against the state behind bars. However, his communist ideology needs to be restrained by a liberal govt. (UNP or SJB without their current leaders) & it would be upto AKD to ensure the marriage works .

        NPP popularity is because the other mainstream parties have failed & there being no other credible party. Have all NPP supporters ever considered the scenario of a communist regime in the guise of ‘socialism’?

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          Dear Raj-UK,
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          You’ve told us all this many times.
          I have little more to tell you.
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          old codger has to be told this: I can’t come up with something new every day, and I will not try to do it. Most of the time I focus on bringing you the latest information about what the NPP is doing.
          .
          This is a long, and in a sense, a boring period, waiting for the rascally Ranil to finally give us the assurance that the elections will finally be held with no monkey tricks.
          .
          If Ranil wants us to progress, he ought to give all citizens the assurance that we have a level playing-field. Because he has got well nigh all citizens suspicious of what dishonest moves he will next make, none of us can work at peak efficiency. Please blame Ranil for all that.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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            SM

            I am only responding to your replies. I have stated my conclusion of the NPP & AKD. You are welcome to disagree but as OC has commented previously, instead of disclosing your facts to believe otherwise, (apart from references to unsubstantiated speeches) you are deviating from the subject. My conclusion is that the NPP is a front for JVP & once in power, with AKD as the leader of both, the JVP will be calling the shots. I may be wrong but have you considered the scenario of a JVP led communist regime? If WIkipedia is wrong in their description of the NPP, why is it not being corrected? You should clarify these questions with your pals in the NPP, instead of making assumptions, otherwise, we can argue till the proverbial cows come home & still be going in circles

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              Raj-UK,
              ,
              No matter how critical or crucial the question may be, SM will never answer it.
              His stupid reactions are similar to those blind supporters that then tried and brought former pretrol shed assistant to be the leader of this nation.

              So the outcome of AKD led govt is predicable. Most of the people in that country are like SM. They dont care much about anything in depth. Emotions lead them to disasters.
              :
              Instead he adds his usual links where AKD deyyo’s rhetoric can be watched or heard. This I feel is a mental harrassment even if CT allows it.
              .
              JVP will definitely have to clash with NPP after coming to power because most of what NPP claims is not the same as JVP. Naive boy of NPP aka Chathuranga Abesinghe displayed this several times lately.
              In this context, do the people of this country have time to face such disputes between the ruling parties?

              JVP is a fascist group and there are many examples of how they beheaded youths in South and other parts of the country about 30 years ago.
              Those who have lost their beloved sons never bow down to accept the other side, because killing is the last thing one can do or face.

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            SM,
            “This is a long, and in a sense, a boring period, waiting for the rascally Ranil ….”
            Don’t you think you are getting to sound like DTG?
            He quotes from the Bible and waits for his Redeemer.
            You quote YouTube and wait for AKD
            Both of you gave great faith in your respective god.
            Neither of you has any evidence, except the Bible and YouTube.

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    Going to the Fringe ? Still going ? We are never late for the right job ! We are
    already on the Edge . What is remaining is Somebody Very Charitable Like
    The US and The EU rushing to holding us back with the back loops of the
    trouser ! AKD is a good Historian and Not a Visionary in my view . He is
    heavily dependent on unrealistic characters to run the country , taking
    advantage of prevailing Economic , Cultural and Political bankruptcy . Some
    greedy sharks are rallying round around him to continue the old productions
    under a new label . They are capable of breaking many than making a few !
    They are talking about defects on goods produced by unskilled or bad apples of
    our 76 year old Grandpa politics but never says how to make quality goods at
    affordable prices for everyone . No one has , including the US or Russia or China
    made it so far . I mean , equality !

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    Considering all negatives the country and people have gone which keeps wosening, whatever the desciption that is given to the path taken by the NPP that path is the realistic path for a better country and good life to the people.

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    Whether under Sajith or Anura. I hope the system change we expect is meaningful, We cannot go back to the old way of doing things. If we are to get out of this massive hole we have fallen into, we need leaders free of ideology and dogma who can and are willing to change to a new way of doing things.
    Another thing is the slow-moving wheels of government, which annoys and frustrates me, either getting an NIC or dealing with anything official. So system change must be extended to cover the broader issues as well.

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    “Seventy six years of custom and tradition has not saved the country from bankruptcy….”

    If India had not intervened, JR would have ended the “war” with “Operation Vadamarachchi” in 1987. There would have been no “bankruptcy” and likely no Rajapakse as president. Sri Lanka today would probably resemble thing like Singapore, since JR was a smart man. That is not what happened. India intervened (in a big way), then Premadasa and CBK made the mistake of trying to negotiate with terrorists. The terrorists used the opportunity to build a global terror base. That terror base had to be dismantled at great cost, including the selling of forex reserves. Now that the war is over, new leaders are needed. Leaders focused on economic development, not ethnic politics. Put the country on an industrial footing, maximize exports, create incentives for FDI. Don’t waste time with terrorists or separatists, simply deport them ASAP to Madagascar or Africa, the way that UK deports migrants to Rwanda.

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      BECAUSE THE MAJORITY IN THE MANAGEMENT TEAM WERE NINCOMPOOPS, TREE CLIMBERS – MAY BE MONKEYS – AND ILLITERATE BUFFFONS!!!??? Result wasn’t anything but expected!!!??? Repeat it Once more and have another Aragalaya!!!??? Set of Cynics, with extensive CUNNING sans intelligence, claiming the converse, Robbing Looting, Left Right and Centre!!!??? Erudition NIL!!!
      What else could ONE expect and Realise!!!??? Aggrandisement ALLOWED!!???

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      Lester,
      “the way that UK deports migrants to Rwanda.”
      So, how come you’re still in UK?
      Be careful what you wish for…..

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        Old Codger,

        Sound familiar? Your Indian friends in Canada have gone mad trying to get free food from the food bank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BISFOw5TfUw. Didn’t you say India is feeding the world, India superpower, blah blah.

        By the way, one of my SL relations is a very successful poultry farmer. I eat like a king when I visit. Too bad you are stuck in the “nutrition line” at the temple.

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          Lester,
          Again, you are no Buddhist if you don’t know that monks don’t feed people.
          So pathetic…

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      Hello Lester,
      A simple question – what is the definition of a terrorist?
      Putin calls Ukraine terrorists, The US called Mandela a terrorist until 1993. Israeli leaders call the Students taking part in US Campus Demonstrations terrorists. The UK sat down with terrorists and negotiated the “Good Friday Agreement”
      There were many Colonial Nations that fought against their Imperial masters and were called terrorists.
      A simple straightforward definition would be appreciated.
      Best regards

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        LankaScot, You questioned Lester, but the definition of terrorist is one who causes you terror when you see him.

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          Hello DTG,
          So Donald Trump is a terrorist? (some might agree)
          Nah, try another definition.
          Best regards

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            LankaScot, You seem confused. Donald Trump got God’s message very clearly, and moved US embassy to Jerusalem, making that city the capital of Israel. Any are allowed to live in Israel but when Hamas terrorists want to get near, obviously it is not possible to allow them around who will blow you up as they themselves profess that. A two-state solution is not possible and against the bible too. When Russia invades Israel to please Iran and then get defeated and bury their dead in Israel, you will understand what I say biblically.

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              dtg
              It was not God’s message but the Devil’s.
              You are mixing up the two.
              Have some sleep.

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        Hello LankaScot,

        This is Interpol’s definition of terrorism: “Terrorism encompasses a range of complex threats: organized terrorism in conflict zones, foreign terrorist fighters, radicalized ‘lone wolves’, and attacks using chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials.”

        To add to that, terrorists generally operate outside international laws and regulations.

        A suicide bomber is *not* anyone’s friend.

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          A non-answer as usual

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            OC
            Is that why he is forced to think his IQ is above 130?

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              LM,
              Deepthi puts his IQ at 30. Don’t you feel for him?

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                Dear OC,
                thank you.
                I think Lester probably doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It just happens that overestimating himself would blind him. The other best example is Dayan Jayathilaka whose public articles, depite filled with numerous citations, are not understood by many people.
                I believe, Lester may have been genetically related to Thissakuttyarachi (POHOTTUWA RASCAL MP) who acted on emotions rather than using their brains.

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              Hello leelagemalli,
              In the early 1970s at University there was a fad for testing your own IQ. So we bought H J Eysenk’s book “Check Your Own I.Q.”. We tried to be as impartial as possible so a group of us with one adjudicator took the tests. Each test had to be completed in less than 30 minutes. The adjudicator called time and marked all our answers. I won’t include my result but all the rest (all of us were BSc Physics students) scored well above 130. My school friend that went on to work at EMI on Brain Scanner Semiconductors scored more than 150 (the limit on the Conversion Graph) on some tests.
              We found that with practice (with different tests using Eysenck’s next book) our scores could be improved. We came to the conclusion that the tests were geared towards a Literate and Mathematically savvy audience and didn’t really test IQ.
              Eysenck added a note to the Test Answers to the affect that scores between 100 and 130 were likely to be accurate but “beyond these limits too much reliance should not be placed upon them”
              Best regards

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                Dear LS,
                Thanks for your comment. As always it is informative for all of us.
                .
                Does the IQ test really count if it tests intelligence?
                That being said, even though IQ scores can determine intellectual abilities or one’s desired abilities, it does not necessarily mean they are smart. Intelligence comes from different emotional and experiential places and there is no test to determine how intelligent someone is.
                .

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          Hello Lester,
          Not a good definition is it? There is NO Internationally agreed definition.
          This is what worries me – “The implications of the absence of a universal definition of terrorism for legal purposes are wide-ranging. One is that the lack of a definition may facilitate the politicization and misuse of the term “terrorism” to curb non-terrorist (or sometimes even non-criminal) activities. In turn, this can result in States, e.g., violating the rights of their own or other States’ citizens, such as those of international human rights law, in the course of their counter-terrorism efforts”. https://www.unodc.org/e4j/en/terrorism/module-4/key-issues/defining-terrorism.html
          When the British attacked the Secunderbagh in Lucknow, they piled the bodies of Indian fighters in a heap that included dead, dying and injured. They also (much later) strapped fighters to the front of cannons and ignited the powder, blowing them to pieces. Was this British Terrorism or War Crimes? Were the Indian fighters “terrorists”?
          Best regards

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            LS
            “Was this British Terrorism or War Crimes?”
            Would crime against humanity cover both?

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            Hello LankaScot,

            Look at each case individually. The LTTE has been designated as a terrorist organisation by 33 countries, e.g. European Union, Canada, United States, India. This is a legal definition and therefore applicable to the boundaries of those territories. If you are interested in the process of how this definition arose, refer to https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/what-australia-is-doing/terrorist-organisations/protocol-for-listing as an example. The definition is not arbitrary and not influenced by one factor alone, but a combination of factors such as national security and political implications. There has to be a broad consensus across various streams, including the national security and legal establishments. It’s not easy to make this list. As an example, India once supported the LTTE with arms and safe haven. Only after R. Gandhi was assassinated in 1991 did they issue the ban. While it is true that all countries may not agree on a single definition of “terrorist”, there is generally cooperation among security establishments when it comes to apprehending terrorists. Regarding a terrorist as freedom fighter, who cares? That is equivalent to those who believe the “Messiah” will come out of the sky on a white horse at the last moment to save the world.

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              *Some geniuses will argue the European Union is not a country, fair enough, it is a group of countries.

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