29 November, 2020

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Austerity Of Truth Can Starve This Government To death!

By Vishnuguptha –

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

Surrounded by the grandeur of loot, corruption, nepotism and lies, this government, it seems, could be starved to death only by the austerity of truth. One stark example of that truth was shown most glaringly in the recently concluded elections for the Western and Southern provinces. The monolith that has been withstanding many storms and tempests seems to be eventually showing mild signs of vulnerability. The Emperor’s clothes are beginning to fall.

Ranil-and-Mahinda - colombo telegraphThe ultra-nationalist cloak that has been concealing the true nature of a corrupt regime may be showing real cracks but the peeling off is being done not by the main antagonist, United National Party (UNP). It’s being executed, not so much with military precision- no pun intended- by an ex-General and a leader of another political party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) which was once armed to the teeth to massacre innocent members of the public.

The people are showing increasing disenchantment with the old; the ‘Grand Old Party’ aka United National Party does look not just old but proving to be ‘ancient’. Fresh ideas, fresh faces and fresh avenues are all blocked; a beginning of certain decay was most unceremoniously launched with the advent of its present leader to the helm in the wake of the assassination of Gamini Dissanayake. So much has been written and talked about regarding the ineptness of the current leader and his latest maneuverings to build a wall around himself in order to insulate and fortify himself and thus it’s rather redundant to berate Ranil Wickremesinghe anymore. Both his Party, the UNP and himself are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Securing a mere 25% of the electoral vote when the other two Parties, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and Democratic Party have collectively matched  it in the recently concluded Provincial Council elections has more or less reinforced the argument that when political parties do not adapt themselves to changing circumstances and realities, they go into definite decay.

The art of political attacks on opponents has been refined but instead of sculpturing a more sophisticated craft, it has ended up in the hands of our ruling clique and the way they handle this modern-day craft reminds one more of ‘a mad monkey with a razor in its hands’ than a fine craftsman stroking a chisel. Abuse of state-controlled media outlets to manufacture lies and propagate them via some popular personalities whose political allegiances in the past had been with the UNP government and naked bribery and ‘santosams’ offered to coerce these personalities are just the tip of a giant iceberg that’s floating underneath the surface of a corrupt regime.

Putting Goebbels’ theories into practice with ease, these media professionals have coated a lie with so much of sugary glaze that when one hears or sees it, one finds it extremely hard to differentiate between truth and falsehood. Repeating these lies many times over and over, these mechanics of political innuendos, gossip and fabrications have attained a supreme and unequal echelon in the annals of political mudslinging and ‘creative dishonesty’. For instance, Professor G L Peiris, the Minister of External Affairs of the current regime is trying to sell a lemon as a brand new Cadillac. Distorting the voting pattern at the recently concluded sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last March, Minister Peiris is trying to portray the discomfiting defeat suffered by Sri Lanka as a victory. This is the same man who spared no breath or sigh about selling the then infamous Ceasefire Agreement (CSA) of Ranil Wickremesinghe in the early years of this Century while serving as a Minister in the UNP Government. Over the last few years this Rhodes Scholar of a Minister has developed such a thick skin and immunity to scorn and shame that he has become a living monument to the observable decay in socio-cultural ethos of Sri Lanka.

On the other hand they have unleashed various Balakayas on a rampage. While these Balakayas are practicing lawlessness openly, no action whatsoever is being initiated or even proposed by those who are in power or close to power. Each and every Minister, except perhaps one who hails from the Badulla district and for whatever reason one does not want to speculate at this time, is dead scared of these Balakayas. The very physical presence of the person who is brandishing harshest of words, sometimes bordering on downright obscenity and filth but garbed in a saffron robe so that he is openly identified as a Buddhist Monk and ostensibly preaching and spreading the sublime Teachings of Thathagatha Buddha, may have had a frightening effect on these politicians. It is even sadder to note that, instead of distancing oneself from these untruths and the organizations that spread these untruths among a gullible public, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), one of the pivotal partners in the current coalition Government is in fact the other side of the same coin. If the Balakayas are the ones in robes, the JHU is the one in layman’s attire.

The reconciliation process has come to a halt. Not because of the UNHRC resolution; on the contrary, the UNHRC resolutions happened because there was no meaningful reconciliation process seriously undertaken or enthusiastically implemented by the present regime. It’s a lie that the UNHRC has impeded the progress of the reconciliation process. Holding elections in the Northern Province is no be-all and end-all on this process. After having promised literally heaven and earth to the Northern voters on the eve of that election, the Government-backed Party and its candidates got clobbered and the Tamil voters delivered the Northern Province to the Tamil National Alliance lock, stock and barrel.

Yet the sharpening of racial hatred and ethnic divisions has been already done; by the time the Northern Province elections approached, these divisions and hatred-filled local Sinhala populace was a fait accompli. Once again, thanks mainly to the relentless propaganda campaign run most effectively by the State-controlled media outlets, the defeat of the Government-backed party in the North was portrayed as a victory for the Government’s ostensible and not so much ‘anti-Tamil’ but ‘pro-Sinhala’ stance. That is another lie carefully crafted and tested in the murky waters of Sri Lankan politics. And the Government has come on top of it.

All of them, the Government bigwigs and their cohorts are sitting atop a heap of lies; they feed on lies and they thrive on them. The most tragic aspect of this lamentable saga is the utter indifference and apathy shown by the Opposition and its glaring deficiency in ability and skill to manage such a volatile political reality and turn it to their favor. Skilled political craftsmanship and timely intervention into the flow of events shown by the UNP ‘greats’ of yesteryear are all history. That itself is part of the problem confronted by the Sri Lankan body politic today.

Yet it is the considered opinion of the writer that repeating the truth is as important and decisive in the course of political propaganda as repeating a lie. However to do that, one must have access to facts and figures, analysis and intellectual discourse and above all, a desire to pursue power as  a political goal. In the absence of these elements, it’s quite futile even to have a conversation with them. Austerity of truth is a powerful weapon. The war that one wages with truth as the main offensive weapon is essentially non-violent and utterly disarming. Austerity of truth can starve this regime to emaciation and a skeleton. But one must have the desire and ability to do it.

*Writer can be contacted at vishnuguptha2012@gmail.com  

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    The grand old party is in bed with the enemy. Overseas Spin doctors weave a yarn while soothsayers in the Island fool the sheeple.

    Moral and Ethical values have to be in place before Rule of Law and economic prosperity can be achieved. Example, Knowledge will be ineffective if the Heart is Corrupt, Money is of no Value at the Cost of Health. People care more of the present rather than the future.

    Peace on a personal and a global scale is the need of every individual and creation that exists around us and the same is sought for human success and progress. Bringing everyone on the same level of understanding about peace can inculcate pure thoughts that reflect in an individual’s personality, thus aims towards enlightening the people of the world with the knowledge endowed to us by the one God who defined, created, and elaborated what peace really is and the means to achieve it. An opportunity to benefit from the Divine Creator’s message of guidance meant for making this world a better place to live together in Peace.

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      Vishnuguptha,

      “This is the same man who spared no breath or sigh about selling the then infamous Ceasefire Agreement (CSA) of Ranil Wickremesinghe in the early years of this Century while serving as a Minister in the UNP Government.”

      In the statement above …infamous Ceasefire Agreement… clearly shows the war-mongering nature of your thinking! You are not free from the racist Mahavamsa mind set propagated by the masterful liar Mahanama himself.

      The truth you are talking about is of a superficial kind: The fundamental truth of the rotten Sri Lankan politics is the falsehoods of the gospel that is Mahavamsa followed by all and sundry!

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        Ranil Wickramasinghe must be FORCED to resign from the UNP leadership and party. He is an absolute shameless dictator and LOOSER par excellence of Sinhala Modayas and corrupt politicians!

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      Dera Vishnuguptha –

      “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

      “Surrounded by the grandeur of loot, corruption, nepotism and lies, this government, it seems, could be starved to death only by the austerity of truth. One stark example of that truth was shown most glaringly in the recently concluded elections for the Western and Southern provinces. The monolith that has been withstanding many storms and tempests seems to be eventually showing mild signs of vulnerability. The Emperor’s clothes are beginning to fall.”

      Deja Vu.. Have seen it before.

      History os full of such events where falsehoods, imaginations are presented as truth. Read the monk Mahanama Mahawansa and the flying and parachuting Buddha to the top of a mountain.

      “When truth is hurtled against falsehood, falsehood perishes, for falsehood, by its nature bound to perish (The Noble Quran 17:81) ”

      Amarasiri checked, and this is what the Yusuf Ali Translation says.
      http://www.alquranverse.com/17/81/Yusuf_Ali

      And say: “Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish.”

      We all can agree to that Revelation and has no problem with Truth banishing Falsehood, as there is support. Specific examples.

      See what Buddha had to say. Never believe in anything…

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

      Believe nothing, on the sole authority, of your masters and priests.
      After examination, believe what you yourself, have tested
      and found, to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.” The Buddha.

      Specific Examples.

      1. The falsehood of Sun going around the Earth was shown to be false by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler, about 400 years ago, even though even now about 25% of the Americans and Europeans still believe in the falsehood.

      2. The falsehoods of Monk Mahanama Sinhala “Buddhist” imaginations of 5th Century, that has been shown to be false.( Check Amarasiri’s posts)

      3. The falsehood of Sinhala and Tamil Paras, are the original inhabitants of Lanka, was shown to be false by DNA Analysis as well as from geology, that the Native Veddah are the original inhabitants of the sacred Veddah Land. (Check Amarasiri’s posts). The Para-Sinhala, The Para-Tamils and other Paras came by illegal boats, by Kalla-Thoni and Hora-Oru.

      Deja Vu.. Have seen it before.

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    Very true indeed. But if Abe Lincoln is right nobody can fool all the people all the time.

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    This man Ranil Wickramasinghe is permanently affixed to office of opposition leader and the party leader with Araldite. This is the tragedy in the politics in this country.

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      It is pretty obvious RW can not elect himself. Then who put Araldite to affix him to the Leader of Opposition? No one else but these Pundits who criticizes RW. What brains we have? Therefore is it any wonder how MR has been fooling the gullible so far?

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        So long as buggers like you follow RW and he reveres neo-cons’ crap, the UNP cannot get out of the shithole that RW and his friend Velu shoved it into.

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    “..Putting Goebbels’ theories into practice with ease, these media professionals have coated a lie with so much of sugary glaze that when one hears or sees it, one finds it extremely hard to differentiate between truth and falsehood. Repeating these lies many times over and over, these mechanics of political innuendos, gossip and fabrications have attained a supreme and unequal echelon in the annals of political mudslinging and ‘creative dishonesty’..”

    This Vishnuguptha is a shameless apologist and a happy-puppy of the Rajapaksha regime living on the leftovers of the rogues of the regime. Obviously the bugger has seen the obituary and cemetery signs looming over the horizon and hence writing some nonsense on the facts of the regime. This [Edited out] is caught in his own lies as quoted above and repeating the lie over and over again against Ranil. This [Edited out] must know the older the wine the better. The integrity, ability, statesmanship, wisdom and honesty of Ranil shall never diminish nor shaken with the passage of time or under whatever influence and pressure. He has singularly and singlehandedly proved that fact and his ability to survive and uphold and live his resolute and summom bonum ideals of his political career for the good of the people. Why the majority fools of this country do not vote for UNP led by Ranil is not due to a fault of Ranil but due as the above quote from this very clown lays bare to the Goebbels’ effect and the consequent brain washing and conditioning of the minds of the foolish masses in the country. The regime does this through [Edited out] like Vishnuguptha, laptop and car permit journos and all the compromised electronic and print media rags and also at gun point, bribes, state apparatus and resources, chauvinist racist and religious fanatics. The whole collective psyche and consciousness of Sri Lankans barring only a few has completely been mislead, deceived, hoodwinked, compromised and waylaid by the Rajapaksha rogue administration pathetically and pathologically connived aided and abetted by above mentioned traitors of mankind. It is against such background and realities that the election results and opinion on UNP and RW has to be measured and evaluated. [Edited out] like those of Vishnuguptha notwithstanding RW is the sole pilot at this time of the history of Sri Lanka who can save this country from Rajapaksha wreck towards safety havens and pastures of peace, fair play, unity and prosperity. Chicken shits like Vishnugupthas or Rajapakshas are no match for greats like RW.

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    I think dethroning the reigning establishment, and establishing a decent constitution based governance, will lead to everything else that this country needs to do including the disrobing of criminal monks; confiscating the properties of corrupt politicians and officials; punishing everyone who has ridden rough shod over the people and norms of good governance; and the displacement of the criminals who have been ensconced as our politicians and societal leaders from the positions they hold. Treating the symptoms will not eliminate the cause. Major surgery is required to save Sri Lanka.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Everyone who can think, agrees with you Dr RN. But can you suggest someone who is capable of alleviating all these symptoms you List?

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    I like to ask people like Gamini who defend Ranil so much , when will Ranil become unacceptable ? In your opinion of democracy when does a man like Ranil have to give up ? Gamini do you think Ranil will ever win an election ? You who talk so much about democracy and decency do you think the UNP is internally democratic ?Or do you think the 20 million people in this country must must ignore all this and all become Gaminis !

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