27 September, 2020

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Are We Still Friends? What Do You Think Was Running Through The Couple’s Minds?

By Colombo Telegraph

The former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa are met at the Lalith Athulathmudali Memorial Oration.

The Lalith Athulathmudali Memorial Oration on ‘The Emerging Doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect’ and the nature of the United Nations’ was delivered on January 29, 2012 by  diplomat and UN Advisor Nirupam Sen, who was also a former Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka  at the BMICH.

The oration has been organised by the Lalith Athulathmudali Foundation.

So, what do you think was running through the couple’s minds?

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    Wonder what Lalith athulathmudali would have said seeing them together today, if he was still alive.. Lets have a caption competition. The winner gets a book on corruption worth US$15.00

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      I cannot believe this kind of people actually hold power in Sri Lanka.

      Terrible.

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      Red one is nice face but Brain dead…….. while Green one is nice smile but vision dead.

      For me both are living dead.

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    Two top ladies produced by Sri Lanka.
    We have three questions.

    Who wins where looks are concerned ?

    Who wins where brains are concerned ?

    Who wins where integrity is concerned ?

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      The major export items for SL are unskilled woman on repetitive work -1.Tea pluckers;
      2.Sewing girls,
      3.Housemaids.

      What do these Southern Sinhala Buddhist men do?

      SL does not have the courage to invite the Dalai Lama who is respected world over for compassion the Mahayana Buddhist way.
      Hinayana is full of paedophiles and terrorist.

      {90% of SL has an IQ at below 60 and a literacy rate that does not count for anything but breed frogs (because English is lingua franca)}

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    Green saree is a sign of positiveness and the Red or pink saree is a sign of danger.

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      …. which the country is experiencing now!

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    CBK – Uneducated uncultured rascals

    Shiranthi – Oh, this bitch is everywhere again

    ;) :) ;) :) :);)

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      Hoooooooooooooooooooooooo?.

      EKA GAHE GEDI DEKAK WAGEI?.

      we should ask that lady NIRUPAMA SEN about her idea.

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      Nurupama would say “The Queen of Thives (Chaura Rajina) and the Wife of the king thief.

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        At least you guys should be clear that IVAN was against her to that time. If IVAN`S pen found abusive words to express what he thought about CBK, what makes same author to stay dead silence today – in a period almost every issue MR handles is becoming that abusive?

        Is Victor IVAN DEAD ?

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          Victor Ivan is a classic example of an opportunist. True colours of all those who we thought were representing left were exposed after 2005 by MR including himself. HE with Vasu even participated in a protest supporting LTTE against then SL government in front of UN. Couple of genuine leftists who stuck to their believes are Sirithunge and Dr Wickremabahu

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          Lasantha W and opportunist V Ivan(Podi Athula) are best buddies of MR. While being a leading figure in CBK’s regime MR(dirty politician) leaked all the cabinet secrets to LW and VI. Everybody knows who LW was and what happened to him. “Rawaya” still carries out dirty contract work for MR.

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    uneducated,uncultured bitches

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      what about your mother – to have given birth you to call a former president as bitch ?

      Readership CT would prefer not to be that rude..

      Whatever the abuses her GOVTs had caused, the situation was not comparable to what you experience it today, except the fact the war is no longer there. But war victory was a collective one though the credit was robbed by MR and thugs.

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        Yes indeed the War Victory was a collective effort from all including the LTTE to have buried all their heavy weaponry wrapped in Polythene, and giving up their strongest of the strong hold Kilinnochchi without battle? So one can easily estimate the war waged for the lessor important places. Then again although it was hyped the LTTE was holding the Tamil Civilians as a Human shield, all the three hundred and fifty odd thousand were allowed to come under the Forces command. It was only after that the massacre took place, which VP did not bargain for.

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          Gamini

          Excuse me!!!!!

          Which massacre that you are talikng about? Aranthalawa or Dalada Maligawa massacre carried out by blood sucking LTTE monkey army?

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            Manesh, the myopic only see some of the massacre by the LTTE you have mentioned, while the rest of us see the whole picture including the last of the surrenderees of the LTTE by the Govt Forces, caught in camera by the Forces itself as undisputed evidence available today awaiting an Inquiry.

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    As a mother CBK is the winner,she has nice kids .SHIRANTHI has big fat pigs.

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      YOU MEAN S-X-X-T EATING PIGS OR OTHER KIND???????.

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      PIGS NOT DELIVER RABITS.

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    Birds of feather flock together

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    A reader speculates here what Lalith A would have said on the meeting of these two ladies if he was alive. If I am allowed to hazard a guess it would have been “Ah! a convergence of that which destroyed almost all aspects of good governance, reasonably working economy and a good international reputation we continued and built upon”

    Senguttuvan

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    The Guest Speaker was Shri Nirupam Sen – very much male. He was later succeeded by Smt. Nirupama Rao-Menon. Both capable senior diplomats in their own style who served their country splendidly. Nirupam Sen is credited with creating reluctant space in the South Bloc to understand the JVP in better light – which he did when he was an inconvenient Deputy to the abrasive Dixit and later as IHC.

    Senguttuvan

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    It rather depends how the speaker tackled the subject, doesn’t it. Lalith A. wasn’t exactly an advocate for the ‘responsibility to protect’ when he was alive, was he? Quite the contrary. As National Security Minister he was dead against allowing the International Committee of the Red Cross to carry out its traditional role in Sri Lanka – ‘to protect and assist civilian victims of the conflict… and detainees’. Repeated offers of assistance by the ICRC in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 were turned down by him. His position was that as Sri Lanka’s southern and the northern insurgencies were ‘only’ internal conflicts the ICRC had no role to play. It was not until Premadasa became President that the ICRC was actually INVITED to work in Sri Lanka and by the end of 1989 they had finally set up a working situation here.
    Nor does my recall of what happened in the former Minister’s electorate (where I lived) during the referendum campaign and July 1983 encourage me to associate him with the concept of ‘protection’. I believe it was he who, in a Sinhala broadcast, took a particularly diabolical position in the referendum campaign, which became ‘popularised’ in the slogan: ‘A Vote for the Pot is a Vote for Eelam.’ Only months after the inflammatory speeches nourished by his ‘vision’, accusing Pot voters (and by association Tamils) of being unpatriotic, traitors, thousands of Tamil citizens from his electorate cowered in fear in a poorly protected part of the local airport. My memory of Black Friday is still very vivid as just as we arrived at that camp with some miserable assistance, we had to flee lorry loads of armed thugs threatening the inmates. Had they been targeted for voting for the Pot? One thing was clear, living in this minister’s electorate certainly hadn’t guaranteed their protection. Nor did it win them a word of consolation from him when he delivered his first public speech in those horrendous days. His concern was not for the victims of the riots but for shoppers who had to queue for the food items!
    Please Colombo Telegraph, publish the full proceedings of this memorial oration.
    You ask what was running though the couple’s minds. I wonder whether Chandrika’s mind went back to the days she was taking food to her husband imprisoned on a trumped up charge which Minister LA must have had some part in fashioning.

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    Adding to Manel Fonseka’s comments, there is sufficient evidence the ambitious Lalith A was the one who wrecked the useful Indo-Lankan Agreement where he paved the way for the deaths of Pulendran and friends. He carried his competition with Gamini D for JRJs mantle too far and with venomous pettiness. The eventual patch-up between the two was not because they loved each other mores suddenly but purely because they loved the common nemesis Kehwelwatta Preme less. Lalith did very little to prevent the unleashing of 7/83 although he was a family friend of some of leading Tamil elitist families in Colombo. But if one were to ignore these, in terms of learning, writing, public speaking, empirical knowledge and social finesse he was a giant compared to the pygmies in the Cabinet today. He left enviable impressions in every Ministry he handled – including Education which Premadasa imposed on him to break him.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan,

      Your comments are one of the few comments I bother reading, full of knowledge and wisdom.

      Your thoughts on this piece by Carlo Fonseka on the burning of the Jaffna library would be very welcome.
      [Edited out]

      Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    Both ladies are best in the focus, Today one is child psycologist, one is front runner adviser.

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      The one in red is NOT a child psycologist nor did she get a diploma in this field other than being a psycho queen. Name the institution/school where she obtained her diploma? The answer is NONE?? Unfortunately, the entire family of the one in red is uneducated and uncultured!!

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        DEIYOO SAAKKI?.

        FOOD FOR THOUGHT???????????

        SO MOTHER, FATHER, SONS, ALL ARE SYNTHETICS AND GOT DIPLOMES IN LOOTING AND CHEATING,
        AND FAMILY , FRIENDS, STOOGES ALSO SAME.

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    A child psychologist (even synthetic) is far different to a Montesoori
    Teacher.

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    The Lady and the Tramp????

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    Dear Geo,

    I am pained in this new “history” of Edward G outrageously laying entire blame of the destruction of the library on the LTTE. The outfit
    hardly had a following at that time and was not even known then to the extent they were in later years. In many reports, including those I believe of the UTJ(HR) – there was much reference the Policeman found deliberately derelict in his duties. There were reports he even enjoyed seeing Tamils suffer. He was throughout criticised for his partial and irresponsible role and appears to have come out with this new cover-up. Great company at the launch – Gunadasa A, possibly Nalin de S and the usual chauvinist “heroes” Carlo F, who benefited
    much from identifying Gamini D with the carnage now., like Indrapala,
    turns turtle and sings a different tune seeking his own Jesus Christ as witness.

    I hope there will be an early and appropriate substantiated reply from the Tamil side to this herring on the trail of the policeman.

    Senguttuvan

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      I still only know about Edward Gunawardena’s exoneration of those we have long believed to be the culprits or masterminds from Carlo’s public apologia pro vita sua or, anyway, for his belief. It is rather amazing that it has taken 30 odd years for an alternative version to emerge. Many will, of course, have already, jump at it but if they really want to know the ‘truth’ — never possible of course — they must also re visit the documentation that came out years ago. Off hand I can only remember a report by, I think, MIRJE, or Paul Casperz and others, which appeared very soon after the crime, when events and memories were still fresh. The UTHR(J) report is another. Memory has begun to play tricks with me but I can’t recall any government investigation into the arson, which (just as with July 1983) does tend to support the belief of complicity in some way.
      PS. Senguttuvan, I have come back again re the train from Ayodhaya. True, the train didnt start from there but the pilgrims who got onto it at some point, to go to Godhra, DID! You may be right too about Modi, and it is true that in his case too, several commissions of inquiry have not clearly pointed a finger at it. But when events were fresh in people’s minds his name was on many mouths. But look at what happens here–Bharatha Lakshman’s driver now changing his tune. It happens all the time, alas

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      Thank you for your reply, soon even 83 would be re-written as Tamils going around burning their houses !!

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    I think the CT should really tighten up its policy on abusive and uncouth language being used by bloggers. After all one of the accusations against the PSC, on this site as well, was that certain members made uncultured and derisive comments made about CJ Shirani Bandaranayke.

    I remember many years ago when the level of public debate was very high, – at that time of course in the print media.- during a particularly animated exchange between Reggie Siriwardena and Douglas Amarasekera (if my memory serves me right ) DA wrote ‘ Let’s disagree without being disagreeable”.

    A clean up of the more virulent and vulgar comments would certainly help to lift the level of debate to a higher level, encourage bloggers to learn to disagree without being abusive and increase the prestige and weight of the CT’s web site.

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    YOU ARE A FAILED LEADER OF FORTUNATE CHILDREN AND I AM A HELPLESS, UNFORTUNATE MOTHER.

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    Athulathmudali never knew Mrs Rajapakse.Some bum sucker would have invited her to curry favour.

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    CHANDIRIKA TO SHIRANTHI

    YOU ARE FIRST LADY BY NIGHT I WAS FIRST LADY BY DAY AND NIGHT WHY DONT YOU TELL YOUR MAN TO SEND MALINI HOME AND GO TO PARLIMENT AND BECOME PRIMINSTER SO THAT YOU CAN BE FIRST LADY DAY AND NIGHT.

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      SEND THE NOTORIOUS ‘PABA’ HOME AND KEEP MALINI !!

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    Both are displaying the plundered wealth of the country. Lalith Athulathmudali would be wondering about the presence of these ladies from the Upper world.

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    What LA will have thought is probably not fit for print!

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    Chandrika: I’ll be back!

    Shiranthi: Not a chance!

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    one is miss world and the other is miss universe. why dont they try hollywood or kollywood.

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    The green one is a man-eater. The red one is a man eaters meal gone bad. However, both are long past the sell-by-date and may cause any man-eater constipation of the worst sort.

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    Lalith Athulumudalali will say. “Both are good only for the bad things”

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    Each will be thinking: “Thank God she too is looking as old and fat just like me”

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    They are standing in front of a huge mirror and chandrika is telling”mirror,mirror on the wall,who is the fairest one of all”.

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      man, she was saying who was the fattest . there is no pointt in talking about colour. both are ugly old bags.

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