24 October, 2021

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Basil Comes In To Bat

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

They have made him captain and sent him in to bat at number eleven! At the other end is Mahinda, nought not-out. Has the previous captain been sealed in a glass vanity case and put on display or will he interfere? They are facing an inning’s defeat, the wicket is sticky and the light is fading. Will Basil be allowed to run the economic show or will the retired-hurt captain, his Viathmaga jokers and his jackbooted junkers still call the shots? The immediate challenge is this: Can Brother Basil get the lunatic, literally mentally retarded, instant-ban on all non-organic fertiliser imposed by Brother Gota reversed? Can he stop the train wreck of a decline in the paddy harvest before irreparable damage is done? Let me put it bluntly: If Presumptive Economic Tsar Basil is not equipped to clout this full-toss, forget him, he will be another failed Paksa in an all-lbw Multi-Paksa regime.

Even if he hits the fertiliser full-toss over the boundary the other googlies awaiting him are daunting. Honestly, the debt problem is insoluble; Basil and poor Lakshman facing $4 billion repayment in 2021 (rising to $5 billion by 2025) and with a balance of trade deficit of say $10 billion and little or no income from housemaids and tourists, are staring into the abyss. It doesn’t take an economist, plain layman like I can see that it’s curtains. Another billion dollar SWAP form the Indians, a billion and a half loan from the ever generous Chinese and a suffocating IMF restructuring stranglehold . . . what on earth?  The regime and poor Lakshman are just kicking the can six months down the road. Take a deep breath and tell me what can Basil do to turn the tide? The storm is too big; Basil can’t build cadjan sheds to shelter from the debt repayment tsunami. Poor Lakshman seems to be at his wits end trying to scramble together some dollars to pay his dues, the rupee has pierced the 200 to a dollar ceiling several times in recent months, letters of credit from local banks are sniffed at like rotten fish by international banks. Something is going to give on Brother Basil’s watch. Were I his most sincere well-wisher, I can’t see a way out with national debt at 80% of GDP and no balance of payments reversal in sight.

Covid and debt repayment have emptied government coffers. Brother Basil’s principal task we are given to understand is to rebuild the economy. GDP was minus 3.6% in 2020, but it was a bad year. The World Bank says growth has declined steadily since 2014 when it was +6% (2015=5%, 2016=4.5%, 2017=3.6% 2018=3.3%, 2019=2.3%). It’s been a systematic decline. Things just didn’t go right for us in a period during which most developing countries were doing OK. The ADB very graciously expects the economy to grow 4% in 2021 which means that it will just about recover to where it was at the beginning of 2020. This forecast, when it was made was based on expectations of renewed foreign investment and normalising tourism, both of which have faltered. Once again and without gloating on bad news I don’t see a bright future for Brother Basil. As for poor Lakshman, he will have to print like the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon to finance the deficits of a bankrupt Treasury and raise funds for Brother Basil if he sets his sights on projects and investments so as to breathe life into the moribund economy.

Dinesh wants to pull the wool over the eyes of the International Community and fool the EU into believing that the Prevention of Terrorism Act which has been on the statue book for 44 years and kept marching forward like Johnny Walker striking down scores of regime-opponents, will miraculously be repealed within three months. Does it need 44 years + three months to throw out an evil law? Does the EU consist of a bunch of suckers to believe a habitually promise flouting government? Will GSP+ survive? Maybe, otherwise Brother Basil’s hopes of raising the economic corpse will remain dead and poor Lakshman can retire and go get a good night’s sleep.

On the 1930 tour of England Bradman scored a century, two double centuries and a triple century in the tests for a mind boggling test-average of 139! Going in at number eleven, with Brother Mahinda 0 not-out at the other end, can Brother Basil achieve even more glorious feats? They jest that Bradman could see the cricket ball as big as a football. Hmm, are Brother Basil’s Balls Big enough to grapple with the challenges ahead?

For a sombre, serious and valuable appraisal of why Brother Basil’s reincarnation will flop see Sonali Wijeratne.

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  • 8
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    welcome

    • 48
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      Ms SCP,
      what else we could expect you the kind of eternal slaves ?

      Now Nandasena aka Nandaseeni has become the most entertaining CLOWN to the world.

      • 27
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        Dear LM:

        Basil has been deeply involved and co-leading the double-Paksa government since its beginnings. [Love Ajay’s comment here metaphorically describing Basil’s predicament].

        Basil has already failed.

        Now he can take some of that egg directly on his face.

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          Dr. KD. US citizen Basil was the head of the Covid-19 Task Force to implement lockdowns last year and set up the CIA Covid-19 surveillance hospital in Iranavilla and now for Carat-21 War games in the Eastern Province. This week we are in lockdown to enable US citizen Basil to enter Parliament without protests!
          The Sri Lankan Sinhala DIASPORA HAS BEEN WEAPONIZED against the citizens, just as the Tamil Diaspora and Muslims were in the past by the US Deep state and allies. The weaponization of Diasporas and militarization in the name of bio-security is the latest project of the US Deepstate.
          The Covid-19 lockdowns to destroy the economy were based on Fake PCR tests donated by the US to keep the Covid-19 numbers game going to ensure that US war games can happen without protests and their puppets like Ranil WIckramasinghe and Basil be insatalled in Parliament without protests.
          Meanwhile people from poor neighbourhoods are ‘arrested’ at night in their homes based on false positive PCR tests and taken to quarantine centers although they have no symptoms.

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          Dear Sugandh,
          Why dont the Buddhist clergy /other religious leaders protest today against Basil /aka 50% being a dual citizen?
          .
          What happened to their so called Jathialaya/overflowing patriotism? .
          .
          Immediately they were defeated in 2015, this Basil was seen as the first leaving to his country remember? .
          .
          And returned to the island after 3 months on the request of interpol. If any auditor general would have a spine, he could have found how much wealth these men looted from the state making the destitute even eternal helpless…
          What and how they made their wealth in the states not being academics or business men but as just srilanken criminals???,
          ….folk rise up and stone to these men if law and order is not respected bu the mlechcha family members. How would teachers explain this to their pupils if they repeatedly question why should Basil or the like men be allowed to steal nevertheless be the representative of the people in this country????????☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

      • 1
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        What you think is irrelevant Mr. Idiot.
        It has no consequences.

        • 18
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          Scp,
          GOTA LOVES U THE KIND OF DOGS.
          .
          DAYS ARE NUMBERED 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

      • 16
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        Perhaps there is something deeper behind this. Has the Family realized that Nandasena has failed miserably, with his idiosyncratic bans and know-it-all arrogance?
        Mahinda aiya is too old and decrepit to take over. Basil is their best bet as de facto ruler.
        I can only imagine the hand-wringing in the Viyathmaga camp.
        Let’s look at the good side, even Basil is preferable to that lot.

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          OC,
          Let’s look at the good side. Basil is a task-oriented leader. At present, he is the best bet as de facto ruler.

          • 6
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            This is what we being told when we brought a fellow from Kurunagala and betrayed the country

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            L.C,
            We are condemned to at least 3 years more of the Pohottuwa.
            If he gets rid of the military panjandrums and the Viyathmaga idiots, that will be a good first step.

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          OC
          Thank you for the first sensible comment here.
          You are right.
          I doubt if either MR or GR believe that BR has the answers to an economic crisis which has already delivered its first blows.
          The last thing that the family can afford is a family squabble (aggravated by WW&Co making it public by calling for GR’s taking charge of the SLPP).
          GR is surrounded by a ring of fire comprising people who are no better informed than him and has thus far insulated him from any semblance of intelligent thought.
          BR as peacemaker may crack that ring.
          That is only a hope– perhaps the only one before a government with nothing else in sight.

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          OC,
          Mahinda Aiya is not too old, it is just he cant move A to B … he look as if a pig is beaten before slaughtering the animal… as if he is suffering from a hernia. I know all come back to anyone…. in thi slife… now it is he ha sto face his turn – KARMIC RETRIBUTION…. though it is too late.
          :
          He should be made accoutable for the mess in SL today. Triforces liberated it from LTTERs, but today, people should yet liberate from Rajapakshe family.
          .
          Good governance govt did not work because Mahinda Rajapakshe and his men did not respect their defeat. Not just Sorysena+ RW but Mahinda Rajapkashe too should be beheaded if i may say so.
          :
          No such self-proclaimed CREDIT should be given to MARA for so called victory. Today the entire nation is caught by the SELF ADULATIONs made in favour of MaRa et al… fact is… no other countries would make that much of hopes for not having doine the due. If yes, it was tri forces nobody else to be respected. I think… country s MEDIA should clear this to the nation, if they really want to make a real change in the MINDSET of a cross section of the society.

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        Ms SCP,
        what else we could expect FROM you the kind of eternal slaves ?

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      Now we and the world should question whether we sinhala dominated nation are naked or not ? .
      .
      Nandasena promised on the stage that he would never appoint his family members as ministers after becoming the president but what he has been doing is all against his pledges, with pinguththarayas being dead silent ? Madagoda abeythissa and all other men incl. BBS mad dogs and above all Wimal sakkiliwanse are dead silent????????,😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

    • 8
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      S. C. Passqual

      Have you seen the first Chinese coin released by Central Bank of Ceylon.
      This is only the first step in the direction of Jinpingisation of this island.
      You brought it upon yourself.
      Now look what you have done to Namal baby who will be left destitute without the throne.

      You have to do something about it.

      • 4
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        NV,
        .
        (S)he would wage the tail in a non-stop manner. What else we can expect from a brainwashed woman.
        :
        (S)he is said to be an old boy/girl/transe of a colombo popular school…
        THe gentleman that leaves us today, reveals a lot about … Namal Baby
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-glmyFwc2c

  • 17
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    It’s crazy it’s like playing cards,if the out going MP resign then it should goes to 2nd highest poll in that electorate,is it people choice?
    Even Ranil may good character but he was rejected by people,they makes the system what it’s suits them regardless.

  • 24
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    That cunning man knows how to take the fire through under water
    Now demonstrations are ban this crook knows what’s on the way,he would threaten any one/org with his military,sangam is dead silence,Ranjith Malcom doing the lip service to show that we have media freedom.

  • 27
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    Basil coming into bat is to ultimately replace the batsman at the other end as he’s showing signs of a total “burn out.” The “family” of selectors have decided Basil should be the “replacement” for their hero sinking fast into irrelevance. But they know the new player can do nothing different from either the incapacitated player at the other end or the failed and ridiculed manager of the team watching from the top of the pavilion. They all know even Basil – though he’s into match fixing in a big way – simply cannot win this game. It’s too complicated to be tackled with the help of the usual media blitz. This is the real thing. All what they’re trying to achieve at the moment is to play for time and divert their brainless fans from setting fire to the stadium.

  • 27
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    this is the guy who openly admitted that he invited Ukraine tourist to test if Sri Lankans will cath Covid-19 from tourism
    He said how do I know Covid-19 will spread through tourism unless the tourist infected with covid-19 come here?
    what are the other Rajapaksa doing?
    like Namal Baby they pop up everywhere for a photo shoot and tweet
    what sorry state of affairs

    • 15
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      Welcome back Rajash, long time no see.
      .
      Yes indeed, the guy in that forum was unable to call the the term “COVID”, but he repeated it as ” COVIN”. That alone says how intelligent the royal sibling has been.
      :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35MAWawostY

      My million dollar question is – WHY DO OUR PINGUTHTHARA COMMUNITY STAY DEAD SILENT today ?
      .
      Medagoda Abeythissa, Iththakanda Man, Sinhale Tattoo boy, BBS mad dog and Alle baluwansa and all are yet in hibernation mode.

      • 6
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        I am taking a break from posting in CT

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          Rajash,
          Please actively join in the discussion, tomorrow ll be too late, medamulana fascists will ruin it as nothing can help reverse.
          We are all responsible for not having done enough from our side☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

          • 3
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            Dear leelagemalli

            discussion here in CT alone is not enough. there are 6.9million who set firecrackers in celebration when Basil R’ came to bat 9 wickets down.

            The discussion and message need to be taken to the rural villages who prostrate on the feet of Rajapaksas.

            I don’t see that’s happening . The country is doomed unfortunately

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              Rajash,
              u are spot on, but I dont think that 6.9 mio celebrated Basil aka 10% being back to ruin the nation, – namely just hired men fired crackers and ate milk rice. All these would not last long. … I see somthing that is really dangerous happening… i have no doubt, very same people would start stoning them to death… another insurgency similar to that of 89 is in making.

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    India is watching their game plan. If their game plan becomes a threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, then it cannot be ruled out about the sudden invasion of India into Sri Lanka. This jokers should be aware that the whole world is watching their evil plan.

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      “it cannot be ruled out about the sudden invasion of India into Sri Lanka.”

      A good possibility ……… and India will have the support and encouragement of the US. They might consider a pre-emptive strike is better before China gets entrenched in SL …… and the US is still militarily stronger than China.

      But Indians and Americans are lousy soldiers/fighters ……… in their recent wars more Americans have died by “friendly-fire” – their own soldiers shooting each other – than enemy-fire.

      But As if the Rajapakses care ….. by then they would have escaped with their loot ………. it was never about the country or the people ………

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        “…the sudden invasion of India into Sri Lanka”
        It is a wish– or rather a daydream of desperation.
        Even if India succeeds in taking over, the geopoliltical price to pay is a little too big to fulfill such wishes. (The US, EU, Russia and China will all just sit back and watch. Who wrings the hands is for anyone to guess.)
        I doubt if the Sultanate of Delhi is that daft.

    • 3
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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM,
      “…then it cannot be ruled out about the sudden invasion of India into Sri Lanka.”
      —-
      Keep on dreaming!

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        Eagle,
        The way things are going, I hear many of your Sinhalayo relatives are looking for boats to Tamil Nadu. You are safe until the Canadians decide to throw you out.

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          old codger

          If Eagle Blind Eye is still living in this island, please let me know his contact details for I want to throw him back to his ancestral land, Coromandel Coast.
          HLD M is sitting on his head.

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            Native,
            EE does his preaching from Canada, just like all the other fake patriots with dual citizenship.

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              OC
              Fake patriotism does not need even require fractional citizenship.

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      A. Rajasingam,
      I do not believe US will agree to this because then it legitimises Russian annexation of Crimea (which the West is seething about and see it as an existential threat). More importantly, it also far more legitimacy for China to attempt bring Taiwan under its control by force. Whether China can do it or not is altogether different question.
There are other similar issues. Current hot flashpoint is about the Agean Sea Islands to which both Turkey and Greece are claiming sovereignty and territorial integrity within their States.
      The ground situation is completely not only favourable but against any military adventurism by Hindia. Section of Sinhalese (both political & military) may opt to fight and have the means and know-how.
      It can also bring Chinese Military to the Island (which is difficult but not impossible) to defend Chinese investments, i.e. main ones are port city and Ambanthotai. Further, there is a possibility that other surrounding States (indirectly) aiding both Chinese and Sori Sinhala Lanka.
      More importantly, Hindia cannot take the remaining Tamils for granted. This is I think one of a decisive factor. It does not mean Tamils will fight.
      The other and most important decisive factor is Hindia’s economic growth (it also means other growth) must-becoming causality of long and drawn out struggle in the Island.

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        Hindia’s paraiya demela piramana Dr. Jeyashankar said Chinese investments or economic activities are none of their concern, and only issues is eroding sovereignty of Sori Sinhala Lanka.
        The bald (not body feature) Namboothiri Shiva Shankar Menon said Ambanthotai was dud and Chinese building it for bringing and docking their submarines, and all are now reality.
        Hindian scenario planners (if Hindia have, and there are of course big-mouth talkers) would have thought several other factors into the invasion-calculus.
        If dispassionately considered, in balance, invasion does not even look neutral effect to Hindia.
        I think this is one of the reason for several youtube videos ((by retired administrative, military, and other officials and personells) in Tamil
        “I think this is one of the reason for several youtube videos ((by retired administrative, military, and other officials and personells) in Tamil”
        It must read:
        I think this is one of the reason for several youtube videos ((by Hindia’s retired administrative, military, and other officials and personnel) in Tamil to the effect that Hindia has no hand in the destruction of LTTE and massacring of Tamil population by sori Sinhala State.

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          KA

          “Hindia’s paraiya demela piramana Dr. Jeyashankar “

          Are you sure you didn’t mean peria aiya demela piramana Dr. Jeyashankar?

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      “it cannot be ruled out about the sudden invasion of India into Sri Lanka.”
      .
      Moda Modi is similar to the Rajapaksas. India will only invade if the Chinese presence becomes a threat.

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        Paul
        I doubt the scenario of Chinese military presence. India has done everything it can, even successfully, to keep China out of the North and East. But it uses its local agencies.
        Its only adventure was a disaster.
        *
        Despite all the sabre rattling, and talks of boycotting Chinese goods, trade between India and China has grown very much this year:
        ““Trade between China and India soared 70.1% in US dollar terms in the first five months of this year to $48.16 billion, according to Chinese customs data released on Monday. Specifically, Chinese exports to India grew 64.1% year-on-year from January to May, while imports surged 90.2%,” the tabloid Global Times reported.”
        (Source: HindustanTimes)

  • 10
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    The Rajapaksas and the failed nation are well reflected by our cricket team who set the record for highest number of ODI losses in history. As any cricket fan can say the possibility of team getting back to old time glory is much more compared to bouncing back from economic meltdown. Just see the status which tells about the nation. 3 suspended in UK one back at home. Now being prominent for all the wrong reason. Players refusing to sign contracts. Pushed to relegation even old timers giving up and leaving country.

  • 14
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    One failed, corrupt Rajapaksa brother after another. The younger scoundrels, one already having the blood of a young sportsman in his hands, will be waiting in the wings for their chance. They steal, they lie, they kill, they discriminate, they silence the media, and they are sinking this ship.
    The Cheenapaksas.

  • 18
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    So this is an admission that the driver, GR has lost his way. The Navigator, MR cannot help.
    So they pick up a new passenger along the road, BR, to map out how to get out of this mess.
    I weep for you, Sri Lanka.

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    I wonder whether he had 14 days quantrine or he exempt,they would have chased away the media when he arrived
    He will goes to Kandy get blessed by our holy men in sacred colour before entering ……….

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      Cugan
      I wonder whether he had 14 days quantrine or he exempt,they would have chased away the media when he arrived
      ————–
      Ruling classes dont follow any of the lockdown rules. They will sometimes put on a mask for the cameras or get injected with saline solution (pretending its the covid jab) to fool the public.

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        Humble

        “I wonder whether he had 14 days quantrine or he exempt,they would have chased away the media when he arrived”

        If Gota could arrange a plane exclusively for his dog to fly from Rome to Lanka why not a fleet of planes for Basil’s exclusive use?

        Has Basil delivered the message from Biden?

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    To bat or to rob? The Umpires have already been paid off.

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      It’s being fixed by a fixer

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    When you examine the family connections, bi-Pakse and tri-Pakse have now become poly-Pakse. This Pakse virus just won’t stop mutating.

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    Most of the Rajapaksa family men are now in parliament and hold ministerial posts and other posts. In a country with over 52% female population but unfortunately women are continue to kept as slaves of men. There is no exception with Rajapaksa family. Most of the Rajapaksas wives are highly educated than men. Mahinda Rajapaksas wife is child psychologist. Basils wife is a lawyer. Similarly others may be well educated.Why can’t they bring those women into parliament and ministerial posts? Why should you give ministerial posts to some other jokers.? What will happen if they ask for ministerial posts or challenge their husbands?

  • 14
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    NEVER ENDING CURSE. NO WAY OUT. YOU GUYS GET WHAT YOU DESERVE.

  • 5
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    Look at the positive side. He can be charged in the US .

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      He can be.
      But for what? Theft here? The US could not care less.

  • 8
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    A scrambled egg is a scrambled egg. No one can unscramble it. Not even Basil Rajapaksa who is in essence nothing more than a political wheeler-dealer. I don’t know why some people are foolish enough to attribute magical powers to him.

    • 5
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      If trio could do anything tangibly, pigs might fly because the very same composition made and left behind a looted state by 2015.☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

  • 12
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    Today’s news. One guy resigned (retired hurt, apparently many wanted to resign) to make way for BR. That guy is promised of high commission job in Australia. Reportedly MR doesn’t want to part with Finance ministry. So BR is willing to settle with development ministry without finances. Or else he is demanding some ministry of prominence. This is like a pie shared among family members. Ministries are discussed as in bartering goods. The 7 million jokers should be feeling very happy.

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      Yes it is official. Basil has been made the Finance Minister. The comment of the day in DM a reader typed ” can I be the Finance Minister at least I got through my O/L s”. Mr.Kumar David is this a farewell game (for BR/MR/GR or whole family) you forgot to mention. Past Skipper now replaced by night watchman. Is this our “B Team” because Indians are not happy to play with them. Namal may have to go for a rebel team like in Packer Series. (we can name it Paksa series).

  • 12
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    Even die-hard SLPP supporters around my home don’t like this cynical move. However, it is unlikely that they will be able see its implications when communalism is resurrected.

    Thanks, Prof. for an article that is eminently readable. I’m tired and sleepy now. When
    thoughts come in I plan to say more.

    .

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      SM
      Sir have a good sleep,sorry couldn’t meet you ,but learning from you

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    SM
    Sir have a good sleep,sorry couldn’t meet you ,but learning from you

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      Thanks, cugan,
      .
      I’m not sleepy now, but very confused.
      .
      Now some guy called Humble is talking about Freemasonry! Of all things, “Freemasonry”! Here:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-basil-is-corrupt-education-limited-and-expelled-from-school/
      .
      Does anybody know anything on that subject? I do.
      .
      However, I’m not saying that I know everything that there is to know. Nobody knows “everything” about any subject, but that is not what I mean!
      .
      All Lankans “know” something of cricket, although the nationals of many countries know nothing of it, my Belgian neighbour is one (but he knows masonry); and most Americans don’t know cricket.
      .
      Professor Kumar David has sensibly used metaphors drawn from cricket, which is well understood here.
      .
      When will Basil be bowled out?

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    Gota is out of his depth, MR is too old, enter the fixer. https://colombogazette.com/2021/07/04/when-ranil-is-here-can-basil-be-far-behind/

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    “Basil Comes In To Bat”

    You should be joking if you think that the family bagman is here to bat for the country. He is here to play the second innings for the family. The inflation rate is higher than the first innings, no more 10%.

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    This time he will be Mr 15%. What to do, inflation no?

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      Paul

      “This time he will be Mr 15%. What to do, inflation no?”

      Namal Baby had a big argument with 10% when Mahinda was living at Temple Trees before 2015, accusing Basil of being siphoning off funds from state and private Mudalalies. Namal baby told Basil that he knew where Basil was hoarding all the unearned income. Not everything is hunky dory within the clan.

      Shiranthi Rajapaksa is sort of competitive mum. Obviously she wants to see Namal baby crowned.

      Well let us wait and see.

      By the way types of killing in ancient and medieval historical context:

      Avunculicide – the act of killing an uncle (Latin: avunculus “(maternal) uncle”).
      Fratricide – the act of killing a brother (Latin: frater “brother”)
      Parricide or parenticide – the killing of one’s mother, father, or other close relative.
      Nepoticide – the act of killing one’s nephew.
      Pedicide – the act of killing a child.
      ….
      …..
      …..

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      My Dear Paul,
      My dear NV,
      .
      even if anything and everything would have been taken away, they the punnakku drinking majority would not stop EATING milk rice eating ceremonies… that proves the sensitivity and knowledge of the people.
      These buggers would eat even ” CURRED AND TREACLE” keeping them in funeral houses. Mlechcha men and their supporters have gone beyond all ethics and morals.

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    My Dear Iskolemahaththayo,
    .
    I am in full agreement with you here. But can you please explain as to why average mind set respect high criminals becoming ministers ?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJj2RsEYxtI
    :
    If the metaphors would have been used to convince anyone in CENTRAL europe, it would not work at all, because they usually mix it up with ” base ball”: Most of them are soccer fans. It is more than what you see across srlanka with cricket. It is also no right to say, that “all lankens know something of cricket”. Your belgian friend is right. Most of them are not even aware of CRICKET though UK and Netherlands are geographically not that far from them. My ami colleagues know nothing about anything …. once they asked me if SRILANKA is located in Singapore or vice versa. Many of them are graduates/post grads in medicine/science. So what more talks about them being known as a nation with 2500 years old heritage ?

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    No one believes that one [Basil] of the Pakshas is going to turn around the fortune of SL.
    As a first step the Pakshas can sell all their properties and bring back the dollars or £ to SL. Foreign currency deposits overseas too send back to SL.
    If one is truly patriotic, one or one’s kids will not acquire foreign citizenships. True Patriots would NOT have been taking commissions/bribes or not been building
    “white Elephant” projects that aren’t economically viable. If one is Patriotic,one will not be killing the innocents. Many have been sacrificed for the greed of PAKSHAS. Wearing RINGS and threads on fingers and wrists had so far protected the Pakshas. God only knows for how long.

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