21 May, 2024

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Being Meticulously Scrupulous! 

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

“For every complex problem, there is a solution that is clear, simple, and wrong.”  ~ H.L. Menken

‘Sustaining Stability’ is the oxymoronic title of the recent panel discussion organized by the Central Bank. How to make a three-legged stool stand on two legs would have been a more commonsensical, down to earth title for the profoundly perplexing exchange of views by five panelists- all steeped in the science of economics.

The panel discussion is available on the internet.

That makes it easy. A repetition of remarks made by participants or attempting to qualify who said what, is not necessary.

It was a seriously choreographed discussion. It was in English – the language of Global Commerce, the IMF, and holders of our International Sovereign Bonds.

Therein lies another tale. All this brouhaha is to appease creditors for us to get back to the business of borrowing.

Viral V. Acharya of the Stern School of Business New York and Raghuram G. Rajan of the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago are both seasoned Central Bankers. In a 2011 study “Sovereign Debt and Government Myopia they explain why and how poor countries in Sovereign Default come to terms with Sovereign Debt.

‘Short-termism gets them in trouble. Driven by the need to return to capital markets, they develop far sight! ‘ 

Context cannot be ignored. The purely technocratic conclave was held at a time of intense political drama of a looming Presidential Election.

However, a few home truths delivered by invited panelists rescued the conclave which otherwise would have earned the label of Politics by other means.    

Although he is yet to make it official, there is an efficient opinion manufacturing campaign asserting that the current President Ranil Wickremesinghe is the taskmaster who with his exceptional insights into economics, has restored stability to an economy that two years ago was experiencing ‘classic market failure’.

“I restored stability” is a loaded message. It is a biased argument, intended as spin- fluence in this election year.

Ranil is the ‘skipper’ needed to steer the ship into the safe anchorage of ‘sustained stability’ is a campaign theme.     

“Long lines of people waiting for fuel and cooking gas are no more. There is fuel and cooking gas.  ‘Stability’ is quietly restored.  We may import vehicles next year. This process must be sustained. Only Ranil can make it happen.”

This is the narrative of the leisured class who in hard dark times opt for Hoppers and Roast Paan with Chicken Curry by the poolside.

They worry how the ‘rabble’, the ‘hoi polloi ‘the ‘masses’ motivated by collective need for change, collective hope for a better future for the young and collective desire for justice will vote in the next election.

Transformational change comes only when the wisdom of the ‘crowd’ or ‘we the people’ overrides the wisdom of ‘technocrats’ and ‘experts.

If the Economists wish to appeal to the ‘thinking heads’ of people, they must find a language that can appeal to people’s heads and stir their hearts.

Andrew Haldane who served as the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, in a forward to the book “On the Perils of Leaving Economics to Experts” amplifies on the role of Central Banks in navigating crisis situations which he sardonically pictures as moving from one ‘obituary to another obituary.’   

“As monetary policy shifts resources between savers and borrowers, fiscal policy shifts them between rich and poor, between this generation and next. They all aim to lift as many boats as possible. But rarely if ever, are they able to lift all boats by the same amount.”    

“…. Expertise, exercised at arm’s length from the political process, has for me a key role to play in making decisions that are in the long-term interests of society, unconstrained by political cycles and populist surges. That is why operational independence in the setting of interest rates is seen, pretty much universally, as best practice among central banks.”      

‘Pragmatic Self Interest’ is the glue that holds the UNP and the SLPP – the core support base of the ruling President.

His candidacy and his electoral performance will be determined by the ability of his spin to seduce the lower middle class into a crony coalition bent on perpetuating the barbaric culture of ‘conspicuous consumption’ that got us in to the ‘poop pit’ in the first place.

When the independent Central Bank pleads for ‘sustainable stability’, it must use language that ordinary people understand.    

We are in ‘Sovereign Default’. Restructuring debt when concluded will move Sri Lanka from sovereign default to negotiated default, which hopefully would result in a road map that will appease bilateral and commercial creditors.

As a nation with an open, market driven economy, we import more than we export. We must import less and export more. People will understand that. Ordinary people need to be told what ‘Subdued economic activity’ implies.

A Power Point Guide was used in the panel discussion. It contained several pronouncements. For the sake of brevity two of them are identified:      

“Structural, legal, and policy-level reforms and innovations to be mobilised to ensure the stability. “

“A broad-based economic expansion is envisaged across all sectors in the future.”

I leave the reader to assess these pronouncements as making sense or mere verbose, decidedly cryptic or pure and simply banal.

Axioms of two Governors of the Bank of England who earned universal acclaim for Intellectual vigor and integrity come to mind.

Mark Carney who was Governor of the Bank of Canda and Bank of England famously observed “Long-run prosperity was never in the gift of monetary policymakers.”

Mervyn King -Scholar Governor of Bank of England and author of End of Alchemy – Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy advised Central Bankers. “intellectual honesty is a journey and not a destination.” 

The skeptical reader may deduce these citations as moralizing. It cannot be helped.

At this point of time, with a Presidential Election looming, any claim of ‘stability ‘that is not supported by evidence other than the absence of long lines for fuel, cooking gas, is pure political spin and electoral rhetoric.

The call to sustain an illusory stability is a barely concealed plea for continuance of arrogant autocratic short-termism in disastrous policy positions which now earn public wrath, only to be contained with tear gas and water cannon.

We are facing a transformational election. People expect a ‘system change’. Hope and enthusiasm kindled by the ‘Aragalaya’ lie in pent up fury as a coiled spring ready to burst out.

The Daily FT in its edition of Saturday 11th May carried a synopsis of remarks made by the head of the Advocata Institute, at the panel discussion warning that “odds of Sri Lanka avoiding a second default are slim.”

Keeping count of statements on the economy by President Ranil Wickremesinghe is somewhat difficult. He makes ‘state of the economy statements’ with the regularity of the little bird of a   Cuckoo Clock.

Invariably he makes three salient assertions.

A. He volunteered when no one else dared to take up the challenge.

B. All parties must join in his national rescue mission.

C. There is no alternative to his roadmap out of the crisis.

To drive home his thesis, he stressed ‘we are still in the middle of the ‘rope bridge’, hoping to make it to the safety of sustainable debt and economic recovery.

For once, Bertolt Brecht’s allegory of the rickety rope bridge seems apt. But rope bridges held up with dead ropes aren’t stable.

Listening to the President’s self-approving claim of stabilizing the economy I was reminded of another line of Bertolt Brecht titled ‘Motto.’

‘In the dark times

Will there also be singing?

Yes, there will be singing.

About the dark times’

When President Ranil Wickremesinghe announces his candidacy, we will hear people sing of dark times.

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  • 10
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    “US President Harry Truman (1945-1953) is widely credited with saying “Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say ‘on the one hand… [and then] on the other.’” The President wanted decisions, not discussions.”

    Lanka needs a four-legged economist ……. Ranil meets the brief to a T.

    Where else ……. if not Lanka!

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      nimal fernando

      Actually Harry Truman was worried about three handed Economist.

  • 4
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    If there is one man in the country who recognises himself a loser in any
    election , That Is Overwhelmingly Ranil . A loser Who Can Dream On
    to become the Head of State is , Also No One Else But Ranil in the Paradise .
    That Is Why It Is World Re known Miracle Of Asia . Even Japan Can Not
    Even Imagine To Stand By Its Side !

  • 1
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    Receive only gifts for a specific purpose from the donors and hence accountable. No loans should be the aim, as they are proposed so that they can be stolen and hence of no use to the citizens. We are loaded with robbers.

  • 8
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    We have vastly more people coming forward to get us out of disasters/problems ……. than people, who won’t create them in the first place.

    Lanka is awash with “disaster solvers” …… than disaster-non-creators.

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      nimal fernando

      Have you noticed Ranil is all over the country presenting himself in nice (expensive suites) everyday without fail, Schools, Business Forums, among Saffronistas and foreign dignitaries ……..attending at least two functions a day, …..

      Who is attending to his day job at the presidential secretariat?
      Any chance Mahinda is working from home assisting Ranil in his day job or is it Basil?

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        Native,

        Ranil’s into AI! …….. What an intelligent educated man! ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h82859sUtgM

        Will “Sinhala Buddhism” be supplanted with AI?

        What’ll happen to SBI …….. that Lankans have depended on for centuries ?

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          nimal fernando

          Thanks for the link.
          I watched only first three minutes.
          He is trying to connect climate change, AI and Buddhism.
          I have already read bits and pieces from here and there.

          Is he trying to modernise Buddhism with AI, or stop climatic catastrophe with AI or Buddhism or both? …
          Are we witnessing a great period of renaissance lead by Ranil?

          I think Ranil has a competitor in AKD.
          Now Wijedasa Rajapaksa and mummy’s boy Sajith have to say some thing similar to Climate/AI/Buddhism, emphasising on Sinhala/Buddhism.

          Can you spare any ideas?

      • 3
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        It is true that prices are high. It is true that Ranil claims credit for achievements that only economists understand. But let’s talk alternative history.
        Let’s say Gota ran away, and Mr. X took over.
        1. Mr. X jails/hangs all the crooks. There is still no petrol, food, or fuel.
        2. Mr. X tries to get rice from TN, but TN doesn’t like Mr. X. There is still no rice
        3. Mr. X tries to get oil from China, but they want cash.
        4. Mr.X tries to get Pettah merchants to import stuff using their channels, but unfortunately
        he has hung all of them.
        5. Mr. X decrees self-reliance . No imports whatsoever.
        6. Electricity only for 2 hours a day, when it rains.
        7. Everyone cooks their bathala with firewood.
        8 Public transport works only in Jaffna, where it runs on coconut oil and bio gas
        9 Jaffna refuses to supply onions and threatens to secede.
        10. After a second Aragalaya, Mr. X is hanged.
        11 Unfortunately, Ranil was also hanged earlier. So there is still no food, fuel, or electricity.
        Does that look any better?

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          old codger

          “2. Mr. X tries to get rice from TN, but TN doesn’t like Mr. X. There is still no rice”

          How about importing free rice from Moon?

          “4. Mr.X tries to get Pettah merchants to import stuff using their channels, but unfortunately he has hung all of them.”

          How about getting a few VVT smugglers to bring stuff from Tamilnadu, Hindia?

          “11. Unfortunately, Ranil was also hanged earlier. So there is still no food, fuel, or electricity.”

          Don’t you trust Channa Jeyasumana who is supposed to be a learned scholar to deliver stuff?

          How about Lal who is fit to be a Law Giver?

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            Native,
            “How about getting a few VVT smugglers to bring stuff from Tamilnadu, Hindia?”
            But they will keep it in Jaffna, and Mr.X will still hang…

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          Hello OC.
          Everyone here does No 7 “cooks their bathala with firewood”. We built a Traditional Clay Stove (double – no expense spared) in our Kitchen, It came in very handy during the Power Cuts and Gas Shortage times.
          Best regards

    • 5
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      Hello Nimal,
      Remember the Hippocratic Oath “First do no harm”. The problem with Economists and many Bankers is that they don’t know the effects of their policies. I don’t have the slightest idea how Sri Lanka can possibly repay the loans and crawl its way out of the Swamp at the same time.
      One of my Nephews had an Engineering Company in the UK, with nearly 200 Employees that was declared Insolvent. He was also declared Bankrupt. It has taken him nearly 10 years to recover from the debts and the restrictions that are placed on Bankrupt people. He is now working for another Engineering Company as a Contractor.
      I know Countries are fundamentally different from Companies, but the time scales for recovery may be similar.
      From the Discussion “Economy commenced transitioning towards growth path, benefiting from restored stability” is just one of the meaningless phrases used.
      The last statement from the Presentation is more meaningful “Since the country has not fully exited the crisis, there is no space available for any slippages from the committed path including costly policy experiments”. A bit of an understatement.
      Best regards

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        Hello LankaScot,

        ” I don’t have the slightest idea how Sri Lanka can possibly repay the loans and crawl its way out of the Swamp at the same time.”

        The loans don’t need to be repaid. Just the interest on the loans. That’s the methodology behind deficit spending. It is illogical to think the US will ever pay down $34T worth of debt. It would require something like two decades of austerity plus major tax hikes.

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          Hello Lester,
          What do you think happened in the UK? “On 31 December 2006, Britain made a final payment of about $83m (£45.5m) and thereby discharged the last of its war loans from the US. By the end of World War II Britain had amassed an immense debt of £21 billion.” John Maynard Keynes was sent to obtain US financial support.
          “Instead of a subsidy, Keynes came back with the loan, fixed at 2 percent interest to be reimbursed in annual payments that were structured like a mortgage. The payments were mostly interest in the early years and shifted toward capital later on”.
          “The loans don’t need to be repaid” Where did you read this?
          Have a look at this report in 2021 on Sri Lanka’s Debt.
          https://thediplomat.com/2021/02/sri-lankas-foreign-debt-crisis-could-get-critical-in-2021/
          Best regards

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            Hello LankaScot,

            The reason the US will never pay it off is because of the debt-to-GDP ratio. According to the latest data, “United States Government debt accounted for 124.7 % of the country’s Nominal GDP in Mar 2024.” The government owes more money than the total annual economic output of the country. And we are not even talking about a bad economy, e,g, recession. Keeping in mind, we are discussing increments of trillions of dollars. The amount you refer to, £21 billion, is equivalent to $1.225 trillion (£980 billion in 2024), when adjusted for inflation. The specific Anglo-American Loan took 56 years to repay, the broader financial recovery and management of the total £21 billion war debt spanned several decades beyond that.
            I agree with the link you gave me. The basic idea is that if Sri Lanka continues to rely on tea, tourism, and foreign remittances, it will probably have another balance of payments crisis. Financially, it will resemble something like Argentina. You gave the solution elsewhere: to develop a strong manufacturing sector combined with IT.

  • 14
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    NO ONE Should vote for Ranil.

    We first need someone committed to the law. Even after the Supreme Court held that the funds allocated to Local Govt elections should be spent, he failed to do so, proving his Batalanda torture chambre credentials But he has found the money for presidential elections!!

    We want democracy and the Rule of Law
    .
    We do not want torture chambres again.

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      “proving his Batalanda torture chambre credentials “
      If you have evidence of his role in the torture, kindly place it here in support of your campaign.

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        Oh my! Sivasegaram who is normally well-read does not know?

        Here is from the Batalanda Commission Report of 1 March 1999:

        “In May 1997 Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Keerthi Kumara Atapattu testified to the Batalanda Commission that Wickramasinghe had an office in the Batalanda Housing Scheme, while Peiris had a home there (Daily News 8 May 1997; ibid. 3 June 1997).

        […]

        “The Batalanda Commission report that was submitted to President Chandrika on 27 March 1997 found the police Counter Subversive Unit (CSU) headed by Peiris “directly responsible” for the torture carried out at the illegal unofficial detention centre at Batalanda Housing Scheme (Sri Lanka Monitor Apr. 1998). The report also found Wickramasinghe knew of the centre’s existence (ibid.).”

        Here is what LankaNews Web said on 2 Oct. 2016:

        “It is believed that nearly 5,000–10,000 JVP activists were brutally tortured and killed in the Batalanda camp alone.[6] Current president and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been accused of being the main political authority behind the alleged detention centre. The Batalanda Commission was appointed by the government of Chandrika Kumaratunga to look into the violations of human rights and crimes committed in the Batalanda torture and detention centre. In its report, the commission recommended the government to take legal action against then-opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and to strip him of his civic rights, which would have made him ineligible to run for elections. “

        • 2
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          JM
          Read comment by LS.
          Provide the evidence before passing your sentence.
          *
          “Had been accused of” does not make one guilty.

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        Hello SJ,
        It looks like there is Evidence that he knew about the tortures and killings, but proving complicity would be difficult unless you have access to the Full Report of 6000 or so pages. This article gives a good outline https://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/08/03/demons-of-batalanda-who-was-behind-them/
        Where did SSP Douglas Peris disappear to? If still alive he could help. A few others that could have helped also disappeared and at least one committed “suicide by shooting” – always suspicious in these circumstances.
        These may be helpful – https://webarchive.archive.unhcr.org/20230521184844/https://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acfd54.html
        and https://webarchive.archive.unhcr.org/20230521191412/https://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac7234.html
        Best regards

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          LS
          Thanks.
          I only objected to a cocksure verdict on RW.
          Had there been anything to indict RW, do you think that it would not have been drawn out of the report by now to destroy him?
          The possibility of his knowing something is strong, but the charges are very much politically motivated and not made in the interest of truth or justice.
          These very accusing fingers were folded back when they wanted the Good Governance gang to be elected to power. They would have been happy to have hm as President in 2015 if it was feasible.

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          LankaScot

          Thanks for the link

          REPORT OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE ESTABLISHMENT
          AND MAINTENANCE OF PLACES OF UNLAWFUL DETENTION AND
          TORTURE CHAMBERS AT THE BATALANDA HOUSING SCHEME
          can be obtained from:

          https://sangam.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Batalanda-Commission-Report-Book-English-Final.pdf

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            Hello Native,
            Thanks for the Link, I will read it tonight.
            Best regards

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          LS,
          Thanks for the links. Yours always help operning the eyes of some self-proclaimed pundits here (exception of LESTER and RUCHIRA BABY).
          Our srilanken people do not care much about facts. They are simply caught by the wave.
          This is why we remain a perpetually stagnant nation. I dont mind NPPrs becoming the next force, but we definintely know that they are no different to GOTABAYA who made everyone a fool in this country.
          .
          This LS gentleman later settled down in Sri Lanka, however, his tenacity in arguing teaches everyone a lession.
          :
          Our senior citizens of the country do not rationalize even some crucial issues. The best example is shown by our so-called ex-teacher of Bandarawella who is more famous today than “Balangoda Man for Human Evolution”. If his precious times were properly invested to teach english to the poor youth in that area, it would have been a real good investment. However, self-proclaimed pundit never wanted to grasp it.

          To him, if one bows naively before AKD God, then he or she must be the most intelligent and all others are fools according to Mr. NAIVITY. May this man or the like ilk be blessed with brains in the days to come. I dont give up my hope easily. Period.

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        Dear SJ,
        .
        I’m getting confused; partly because I was focussing my mind on other (European) matters.
        .
        However, it now looks as though you (who often exhibit delightful repartee) have become boringly predictable. There is more than enough reason for us to fling accusations at RW; we’re not pretending that we have proof. Just as nobody has proof that each of the several accusations levelled at the JVP can be proved, although we have to admit that there were many JVP killings, for which a heartfelt apology has been made by AKD.
        .
        As for Jaffna Man, see the courage displayed by him:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/was-the-presidential-election-free-and-fair-when-colombo-returning-officer-called-sajith-premadasa-the-son-of-a-donkey-asks-prof-hoole/
        .
        That was days after Gota was triumphantly elected, and even a Sinhalese like me was just a bit scared. Here was an eloquent Tamil taking on the guy whom he had been forced to declare elected – illegitimately. Which makes RW’s election even less legitimate!
        .
        Shame on you!
        .
        There are the odd occasions when I express reservations about Jeevan, but when the chips are down, you can rely on him’
        .
        YOU SJ? Shame! Shame!! SHAME!!!
        .
        Slight unmeritable man!!!!

        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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          SM
          “Here was an eloquent Tamil taking on the guy whom he had been forced to declare elected – illegitimately. Which makes RW’s election even less legitimate!”
          What is the connection between the two elections?
          “for which a heartfelt apology has been made by AKD.” And the very same people killed are described as criminals by his colleagues. Aren’t you guilty of seeing only what you wish to see?

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          If anyone chokes on my predictably simple questions that is his/her problem.
          Desperation provokes uncontrolled swearing.
          Try a glass of water.

  • 7
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    Now the people of this country under threat from Ranil and IMF, if you don’t elect me and IMF, IMF and I will be out and you will get no petrol, no gas but Gota will be back.

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      Ajith

      Not to worry, Hindians are ever ready to bail them out and make Sri Lankies feel proud about themselves.

  • 5
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    The ground is being laid for RW by the IMF and the Asian Development Bank. Their pronouncements that the beginnings of recovery must not be derailed by the elections, meaning the election of anyone but Ranil, is an indication of who they support. It means that their masters, the US, also supports a particular course.If elections do come, and that is itself a big IF, then, everything will be done to ensure that the 6.9 million who are still around, are brought to the streets to ensure that RW wins. It is not likely that Sri Lanka will be allowed out of the fold. There are new actors within the system. It is not going to be easy to effect any change, whatever the change may mean. The choice is between the known crook and the unknown potential miscreants. There is no guarantee that those who want to effect the change will not bring misery. Pol Pot wanted to make changes too. His henchmen were highly educated people. Ieng Sary was at Science Po and Khieu Samphan was at Sorbonne( unlike Chandrika, he did complete) but they killed over 2 million Kampucheans.

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    Watching the scenes created by the Defence forces in the North and East, I don’t see how the country is going to come out of economic crises. Are they going to be subjected to abuse by the Sinhala supremacists. Making Congee to remember the tough times that they had to go through is not a criminal act.
    Remembering the dead by the relatives should not be made a criminal act.
    Talk about ethnic reconciliation FIRST before tackling Economic issues.

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      Correct these Chingkallams did not even allow the Eezham Thamizh to commemorate their dead. This is good speech by Sumanthiran and the hypocrisy of most Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Muslims, who are ethnically Thamizh but keep on stating they are of Arab descent, especially their leaders and elite. I support the hapless people of Palestine but condemn these racists and hypocrites. The Rajapussies state Palestinian rights must be respected whilst these racist war criminals committed genocide on the island’s Thamizh and still encourage it
      thttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbRsdS3hycEhese

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS8pYgvyhms

  • 3
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    President Ranil Wickremasinghe must simply be recognised for bringing up the country from the deep hole left by the Rajapakse brothers, that even one of them recognised it correctly at the time of collapse. Ranil will not loot the country.

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    That a nation can only produce leaders like RW,MR, Prabakaran ,Wijeweera ,JR,Chandrika ,Sirisena,Premadasa etc shows how bankrupt that nation actually is in spirit and values.

    Why blamw these rascals ?

    They come from deep within us .

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      Mahinda was efficient. He finished the war. Never let a *woman* be in charge of the country when there is a war. That is the mistake made with CBK. Women are surely brilliant at other things. But war is brutal, high testosterone, and aggressive. Something akin to hunter-gatherer status quo.

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        Lester the twister,
        .
        What mistakes ?

        If not for CBK, no any powerful country would have banned LTTE activities in their territories . Going back to mid 90ties, I myself met with then Former FM Late Mr Kadirgarmar in BONN. His excellent performances indeed were instrumental getting rich nations supported to crush LTTE activities in Europe and other powerful countries.
        :
        And the manner the entire world funded TSUNAMI families came int to being thanks to CBK s powerful dipolomatic ties.SRILANKA SHOULD LEARN TO BE GRATEFUL
        Germany alone sent out over 10 millions of EUROs for the rebuilding of the country after tsunami disaster. Medamulana dogs stole almost everything.
        .
        DTG, over to you, what happened to the GODs, at the time, BELIATTHE CATTLE thieves became FAKE WALAWWA people for their selfih gains ? There I become speechless whether or not a god is existing…

        We alone from EU privately collected funds going beyond 10 000 Euros( 3 millions of slr). , but what the bugger et al did was embezzeled it as any other tribal leaders did it.
        :
        SRILANKA should finally open the eyes and see the SIZE of harm RAJAPAKSHE rascals did to this nation.

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          SINHALA BUDDHISM AND SRILANKA

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AudEGgyGY8k

          I really dont know why people turn out ot be this much of criminal.

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          Leela the Slow,

          Banning the LTTE did not slow them down. You keep parroting this lie. Do you think LTTE bought weapons from UK weapons dealers??? They used the global black market. The weapons were smuggled in pieces and assembled clandestinely. LTTE also captured a lot of weapons left behind after CBK messed up. What about financing… on this website, I have said numerous times, the Diaspora should be investigated for supporting a banned terrorist organization. Their bank accounts should be frozen, citizenships cancelled, and deport them to Rwanda/Madagascar. This did not happen. They openly supported the LTTE.

          https://www.tamilguardian.com/sites/default/files/190518%20Mullivaikkal%20March%20London%20%283%29.jpg

          See the fake flag. They used their lobbies and lawyers to bribe the politicians. Whatever LK did had only symbolic value, as the focus of the Western countries was on Islamic terror groups.

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            Lester the dim,
            “I have said numerous times, the Diaspora should be investigated for supporting a banned terrorist organization.”
            What about those who ran away because they were afraid of possible conscription?
            Be careful what you wish for.

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              old codger

              “I have said numerous times, the Diaspora should be investigated for supporting a banned terrorist organization.”

              No question about your good intentions.
              Let us start from home, ….

              Premadasa, his advisors, his functionaries, members of the armed forces, ……. for aiding and abetting LTTE a proscribed terrorist organisation.

              Mahinda, Basil, Gota, … Tiran, …. who financed LTTE a internationally proscribed terrorist organisation.
              Where did clan get the money to fund LTTE?
              Was that amount legally obtained, tax paid, …..?

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                old codger

                Sorry the above comment was addressed to Lester.

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        Lester,
        “Women are surely brilliant at other things. But war is brutal, high testosterone, and aggressive. Something akin to hunter-gatherer status quo.”
        Even a war which kills fewer people than traffic accidents do? 🤣🤣
        Typical big talk from one hung up on suicide bombers. A hunter-gatherer with sheep characteristics.

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        Hello Lester,
        Margaret Thatcher, Falklands War? Boudica and her army of 100,000 Britons sacked and burned the Roman settlements of Camulodunum, Londinium, and Verulamium. Don’t mess with Redheads and that includes my Granddaughters.
        Best regards

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          Hello LankaScot,

          What was the fate of Boudica? After initial victories, her forces were decisively defeated in the Battle of Watling Street. The Roman governor, Suetonius Paulinus, employed superior military tactics and the discipline of his legions to overcome Boudica’s larger, but less organized, army. Some say Boudica took her own life via poison. Not unlike CBK. She managed to hold on to Jaffna, but lost Kilinochi, Elephant Pass, and Mullaitivu as well as parts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee. Again, under the leadership of MaRa, superior military tactics were employed to quickly recapture these places. the LTTE was never able to launch a serious counterattack because its Eastern flank was destroyed.

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            Hello Lester,
            I see you missed Thatcher, but maybe you will claim she was a man in disguise. Boudica’s defeat was nothing to do with her sex. The whole of England was Roman from about 43 AD until around 410 AD (or CE if you prefer), where were the Testosterone filled men to defeat the Romans? Calgacus at Bennachie, Scotland, the Battle of Mons Graupius and Caratacus in Wales (probably Llanymynech) both fought the Romans. Caratacus was captured and taken to Rome where he asked Claudius “So how can you, having amassed all these resources, envy our miserable hovels?”
            Calgacus was reported by Tacitus as saying “Abduction, massacre, plunder they misname ‘law and order’. Where they make a desert they call it ‘peace’.” Sound familiar? Scotland (or Caledonia, Alba or whatever it was called) was never part of the Roman Empire.
            I have stood on the likely sites of all three Battles and pondered on the fact that history is written by the “Victors”, but where are the Romans now?
            Best regards

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        Lester

        “Mahinda was efficient. “

        Killer, hustler, …………………………..

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          NV,
          .
          Lester is said to have a self-claimed IQ of 133. But he doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about.

          He may be blood related to Natha Deyia (NDS) who kicked the bucket of the most hated US. This is where our Sinhalese nation ends. Many of these are real beasts in human disguise.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJOEz2B0fnI

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            who kicked the bucket in the US where he hated most.

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          For me, there are no other curseful leaders our Sri Lanka produced, as criminal as Mahinda. His crimes were repeatedly committed several times because of his criminal brothers.

          People#S mandates were given to the bugger et al, not once several times, but what they did was, no different to the role of TSUNAMI WAVE that destroyed the country and people in December 2004.
          .
          At that time Premadasa destroyed this country in the late 80’s, I wished these people would never produce such a political goon, but Mara abused the trust placed in him so coldly.
          After coming to Europe I joined AI to send a petition against Premadasa. However, it is not possible to estimate the levels performed in the criminal lines of MaRa et al.
          Today his son behaves no different from his father, however, if they had joined hands with the UNP, they could have done a better job of pulling this nation out of the pit it has dragged into. After that only do I believe, that NPPrs could continue. Right at the moment, NPP has not the best group to revive the econmy from its state. Period.

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            This guy Leela is desperate. He claimed elsewhere that MaRa was behind the assassination of LK. He also said he supports the LTTE. The title of “kotiya” is well-earned. Btw, for interested readers, MaRa returned all the money from “Helping Hambantota.” Now the real crime that was committed: millions of dollars were sent every month, for 26 years, into Sri Lanka by some segments of the Tamil Diaspora to fund suicide terrorism. No one is talking about this. Now this same group of people are paying big money to lawyers to lobby the UN and other groups for “war crimes” investigations after their heroes were buried in the mud.

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              Hello Lester,
              So he stole money and then returned it. Evidence?
              best regards

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                According to the journalist Sonali Samarasinghe, the money was returned.

                “I then wrote a series of investigative articles, which ultimately resulted in Mr Mahinda Rajapakse returning most of the money.”

                https://www.lankastandard.com/vault/helping-hambantota-investigation/

                Whether the money was “stolen” is also up for debate. Stolen depends on intention. In this case, the money was merely placed in a private account the existence of which was disclosed to Parliament.

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                  “the money was merely placed in a private account the existence of which was disclosed to Parliament.”
                  When was it disclosed?
                  There lies the key to intention.

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                  Lester,
                  How do you explain this?
                  “President Rajapaksa’s two elder sons, Namal and Yoshitha, are listed among the top fifteen shareholders of Ascot Holdings PLC according to the company’s interim financial statements. According to this list, Y.K. (Yoshitha) Rajapaksa owns 100,000 shares and L.N. Rajapaksa (Namal) 92,000 shares as at Sept. 30,2011.”
                  How could a couple of schoolboys afford to invest that much? I can hear you repeating your mantram: “Whether the money was “stolen” is also up for debate. Stolen depends on intention. “
                  Of course the shares were sold later. Only when the matter came up in Parliament.

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                  Hello Lester,
                  You said “MaRa returned all the money”.
                  And then from the journalist – “resulted in Mr Mahinda Rajapakse returning most of the money.”
                  So not all returned, and without concrete evidence of even that – I rest my case Your Honour.
                  Best regards

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                LankaScot

                “So he stole money and then returned it. Evidence?”

                Please refer to
                Mahinda Rajapaksa Who Stole 83 Million Rupees Of Tsunami Funds Is A Callous Thief: Mangala
                DECEMBER 26, 2014
                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahinda-rajapaksa-who-stole-83-million-rupees-of-tsunami-funds-is-a-callous-thief-mangala/

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              “millions of dollars were sent every month, for 26 years, into Sri Lanka by some segments of the Tamil Diaspora to fund suicide terrorism. No one is talking about this”
              Still hung up on suicide bombers…😂😂

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              Lester the NUMBER one slave of RAJAPKSHE clan@

              Let me add you more to the list if you want me to.
              Even the few hundreds of Kgs of gold that the LTTE had then was confiscated by Medamulan dogs.
              If not swallowede by the rascal family, what happened to them today?

              Under Poverty levels in the North and East would have been reduced if the gold was sold and invested in the needy in that part of the country.

              But the middle-class criminals did, they enjoyed trips abroad in Bolonge/Italy, Belarus. Remember?
              .
              Why on earth doesn’t lanken MAIN STREAM MEDIA raise anything about it?

              MEDIA WHORES are still supporting medamulana criminals (in a civilized country, DILITH JAYAWEERA and RENO SILVA would have been put in prison cell long ago). Our so called independent judiciary seems to be doing well all along. What a cookoo island it turned out to be –
              tbc

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          NV,
          Some say that Juliyampitiya Amaraya (the serial killer known as Madamaulana’s bodyguard) is also efficient guy, but it was to commit high crimes. A day before Sunday times leaders was stabbed down, MaRa was having good times with him. THat says all about “barbarian nature” of Mahendara Persy Rajapakshe ( known as Mahinda for twisting the minds of stupid people).

          What else needs to be done today effectively to reverse the brainwashing of those vulneralbe people ?Targeting the psyche of the most convenient victim is a true high crime of all kinds. At the same time, head-shaved bastards were hired to carry the message across the country. RAJAPAKSHISM became a religion to southern and oher rural corners of the island.

          MODI did it to Indians, the beast in MEDAMULANA did it to Sri Lanka in the last 15 years. Not to be forgotten, Zimbabwean Mugabe did the same, and Indonesia’s Suharto did the same.

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      deepthi silva, Though within humanity lie major issues, those who bankrupted our nation are the political leaders we voted in to rule us well. Instead, they robbed and murdered. Now they will try to save themselves by clinging to power by whatever means they can, even with the voting.

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        Hello DTG,
        Can you not accept the Democratic view that Politicians are NOT here to rule us. They are there to represent us. I am glad that you point out the Robbing and Murdering, but rulers can do what they want. So what do think is the way to stop these people (Politicians) doing again what they did in the past?
        Best regards

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          LankaScot, You say today’s politicians are representing us. You ask how to stop them. Go for judicial procedure and present the evidence clearly to get a decree of judgment. Don’t take any risks like Schaffer did by trusting them. You may not believe this, but this is how the courts of heaven function, which is visible in his creation. Dan.7,10 says court was seated and books were open. VS. 14 says Son of Man (Jesus) given kingdom dominium not to be destroyed.

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            Hello DTG,
            You said “Go for judicial procedure and present the evidence clearly to get a decree of judgment”.
            You then said “Don’t take any risks like Schaffer (actually Schaffter) did by trusting them”. Does that mean that the Judiciary is also Corrupt?
            Also do you mean the Father or the Son that was murdered?
            Best regards

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      Nobody from before them? The forefathers of ethno-religious bigotry?

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      deepthi desperate silva

      “That a nation can only produce leaders like RW,MR, Prabakaran ,Wijeweera ,JR,Chandrika ,Sirisena,Premadasa etc …………………………………….”

      Why miss Public Racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala, D S Senanayake, Banda, SiriMao,…Dutta Gamani, Cyril Mathew, ……. ?

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    It seems as though the meaning of the word “scrupulous” is not taught to those passing through the gates of the Cinnamon Gardens School.

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      P
      Is it taught in any other school?

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    Ranil Wickremasinghe wears blinders so that only the Economy falls within his field of view. This suits those who are better off because they find it convenient to keep him at the helm as they are only interested in maintaining their comfortable position and lifestyle. But what about all the other things like democracy, freedom of expression, rule of law, good governance, health, education, ethnic harmony and reconciliation, which affect all people and to which the Prez hardly seems to pay any attention? Single-minded fixation on the economy to the exclusion of everything else will not get this country anywhere.

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      Captain Morgan, This country needs to stop the robbers laying their hands on its monthly income. When they grab the Mammon, other things like health, education and good governance lack the funds allocated to them. Jail these robbers to stop them so citizens can have their due.

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