16 May, 2021

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Birth Pangs Of The Rajapaksa Satrapy

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“But China has told us take whatever (money) necessary and pay back whenever. possible.” ~ Parliamentarian SB Dissanayake (to Rev. Keppitiyagoda Siriwimala Thero – 4.4.2021)

Days after the presidential election of 2010, the Rajapaksa siblings gathered to enjoy an evening of musical extravaganza. Organised by the state-owned ITN, and titled Jaya Jayawe (Victory Victorious), the show was billed as a ‘Musical tribute to the Heroes of the Nation.’ The evening began with a lullaby about how ‘King Mihindu’ and his ‘Chief General Gotabaya’ saved Mother Lanka from demons. Song after saccharine song followed, hailing the wisdom and valour the ‘Heroes of the Nation,’ Mahinda Rajapaksa and – to a lesser extent – Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The evening ended with a tribute to the Rajapaksa sibling’s heaven-dwelling mother.

In May 2009, the ‘royal astrologer’ had predicted that “President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Rajapaksas will rule this country for a long time.” Jaya Jayawe was a symbol of this ‘New Civilisation,’ veteran politician JRP Sooriyapperuma explained in his Guest Lecture. The message was clear. The Rajapaksas saved Sri Lanka. Therefore, like in the old folk and fairy tales, the country belonged to them. All Lankans owed them a sacred duty of obedience.

Monarchy, said Voltaire in A Philosophical Dictionary, is a system where a single individual exercises absolute power, accumulates all honours and tastes all pleasures, provided “he has plenty of money.” Kingdoms can be poor but kings can’t. The Rajapaksas faced this dilemma in 2006, when they came up with the plan to transform the family’s birthplace Hambantota from a sleepy backwater into a dazzling, bustling metropolis.

The first item on the agenda was the Hambantota Port. Neither India nor international lending agencies were willing to shell out the necessary funds. That was when China stepped in. The Rajapaksas needed a patron with deep pockets. China was looking for clients in South Asia. It was a match made in Tiãn (Chinese Heaven).

Sri Lanka’s gravitation towards China’s orbit accelerated with the advent of President Xi Jinping and his Belt-and-Road fantasy. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was gathering steam. An artificial island on India’s doorstep, built and controlled by Beijing, fitted in with China’s aggressive moves to become the predominant power in South Asia, a prelude to its larger plans to replace the US as the new global hegemon.

Official Lankan propaganda claimed that the idea of an artificial island was birthed in President Mahinda’s brain. In reality, it was contained in an unsolicited proposal by the China Harbour Engineering Company. Going by Chamal Rajapaksa’s recent revelations, this was the time that plans were being made to construct two massive reservoirs in the Sinharaja Forest. Sri Lanka was being transformed into a politico-economic periphery of China. To ensure their place as Sri Lanka’s overlords, the Rajapaksas were becoming China’s satraps.

  These best laid plans came unstuck in 2015 when Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the presidency. Had he won, Sri Lanka’s future as a Rajapaksa fiefdom and a Chinese client-state would have been set in stone. Though the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration violated many of its pledges – not least the one to put an end to the Port City project – it enabled Sri Lanka to be freer internally and more non-aligned externally.

So the country the Rajapaksas regained in November 2019 was not quite the country they lost in January 2015. In the intervening five years, people had lost their fear, and become accustomed to criticise and ridicule their leaders. The rule of law had been restored to some extent. A handful of Rajapaksas and Rajapaksa acolytes had been charged with crimes ranging from corruption to murder in courts of law. Sri Lanka, while vulnerable to Chinese inveiglements, had ceased being a Chinese satellite on the regional and world stage.

That semi-democratic interregnum has compelled the Gotabaya-Mahinda regime to start from square one. Familial rule has to be restored and dynastic succession assured. Sri Lankans have to be returned to the old habit of unquestioning obedience. Sri Lanka needs to be placed back in China’s orbit.

Little wonder the family is in a hurry. To quote the immortal Khayyam, “the Bird of Time has but a little way to fly…”

The House of Rajapaksa

In Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens introduces the reader to the Circumlocution Office. This unique institution has a finger in “the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart,” and is peerless in perceiving ‘how not to do things.’ From the economy to pandemic-control, from environment to corruption, the performance of the Gotabaya-Mahinda regime resembles this Dickens’ invention. But when it comes to protecting core Rajapaksa interests, the Siblings move with a speed and a focus that leave their opponents scrambling to understand let along respond adequately.

The Rajapaksas have also mastered the art of timing. Lasantha Wickremetunga was murdered one week after the taking of Killinochchi and one day before the fall of Elephant Pass. Shani Abeysekara was arrested four days before the 2020 parliamentary election. Hejaaz Hisbullah was arrested on the day before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in 2020.

This New Year season was an extra busy time for the government. On April 13th, civil society activist Asela Samptha was arrested for poking fun at tuition master-turned-economic guru Bandula Gunawardane’s ‘relief package.’ Minister Sarath Weerasekara used the holidays to announce government plans to amend the penal code to punish those who disseminate ‘fake news’ or engage in ‘extremist propaganda’ on the internet.

On April 9th, Premier Mahinda tabled a resolution in parliament which aims to free Rajapaksa siblings, sons, nephews, cousins, and acolytes from all legal entanglements. Never mind that this amounts to a gross violation of the doctrine of separation of powers, as the BASL points out. The only separation of powers the Family is willing to tolerate is the one within the Family. The UNHCR Resolution 46/1 is spot on. Under Rajapaksa rule, all doors to justice and accountability will remain closed and bolted.

The Rajapaksas also used the festival season to unveil another seminal piece of legislation, the Colombo Port City Bill. The Bill turns the Port City into a Chinese enclave. Unsurprisingly. Why else would China pump money into creating an artificial island off Sri Lanka, but to create its own exclave? The raison d’être for Colombo Port City is to give China a secure foothold on India’s doorstep. The Rajapaksas ignoring this danger was understandable. They were doing a deal, Chinese patronage for Lankan fealty. The rest of us have no right to be surprised or outraged. The Colombo Port City was never going to be anything but a Chinese city. If we didn’t see it, it was because we opted not to.

The world seems to be on the verge of a new cold war, with Asia as its main theatre of conflict. This week, top US intelligence officials provided the American Senate with their assessment of threats facing US interests globally. China tops the list. Avril Haines, director of national intelligence, described China as “a near-peer competitor challenging the United States in multiple arenas, while pushing to revise global norms in ways that favor the authoritarian Chinese system.” President Joe Biden’s first virtual engagement was with the leaders of the QUAD countries, a loose formation grouping US with India, Australia, and Japan, aimed mainly at containing China. Mr. Biden’s first in-person meeting was with the Japanese prime minister, with China being the number one item on the agenda.

When big powers are lining up against each other, the best place for small countries like ours is the sidelines, aligned with none and opposed to none. If ever there was a time to stick to a non-aligned position vis-a-vis both the US and China, that is now. But thanks to Rajapaksas’ power hunger, Sri Lanka is placing herself right in the middle of the battle zone.

Two back-to-back happenings this week serve as a warning of the pitfalls of our new dependent status. On April 13th it was reported that the Chinese Defence Minister will visit Sri Lanka later in the month. On April 14th an Indian navy destroyer made a sudden visit to Sri Lanka for a two day visit.

The future of the House of Rajapaksa cannot be secured without Chinese patronage. The price of that deal is likely to be Sri Lanka’s disastrous entanglement in the coming cold war. When big powers want to prick each other, the chosen method is slashing the other’s proxies. So it was in the last cold war. So it will be in the coming one.

A revolt in the Rajapaksa temple?

At his one and only media conference as presidential candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa admonished the journalists for asking questions about his past.  “You are talking all the time on the past, no. Ask the future. I’m trying to become the president of the future Sri Lanka. If you concentrate on the future, I think it is better,” he said, interspersing his words with his signature laughter.

The past Gotabaya Rajapaksa wanted us to forget is haunting two men who laboured more than most to make him president. Wijeyadasa Rajapakhse, by his own admission, used his authority and influence as justice minister to keep Gotabaya and other Rajapaksas out of jail. Muruttetuwe Ananda Threo turned his temple into the Rajapaksa political headquarters, when the electorate ousted the Brothers from power. This week, these two Rajapaksa acolytes reportedly had a taste of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ire.

President Gotabaya’s alleged conduct towards Mr. Rajapakshe and Muruttetuwe Thero bears a striking resemblance to Defence Secretary Gotabaya’s reported conduct towards the then Sunday Leader editor, Frederica Jansz. In July 2012, Ms. Jansz called Mr. Rajapaksa over a Swiss puppy. An enraged Mr. Rajapaksa reportedly called Ms. Jansz a ‘shit eating pig’ and threatened her. In less than three months, a Rajapaksa cipher purchased the Sunday Leader. Out of a job and fearful for her life, Ms. Jansz fled the country.

Threatening critics is in the Rajapaksa blood. On November 25, 2007, the Sunday Leader reported the details of an alleged conversation between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and editor Lasantha Wickremetunge. “I will show you what it is to be scared,” the President allegedly told the Editor. “I will rest only once I have destroyed you.”

In some places, the past is the present and the future.

“I am not reconciled to a world in which a gesture or a word misunderstood can cost a life”, wrote Heinrich Böll in Billiards at Half Past Nine. Thanks in part to men like Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Muruttetuwe Thero, Sri Lanka is back in that world where words can have lethal consequences. There might be a shade of poetic justice in what is happening to them. Still, so long as they remain victims of Rajapaksa vengeance (they might shift to a song of obedience soon, as they did during the 20th Amendment drama), they deserve the solidarity of those who value their own freedom. 

The spat, irrespective of its final outcome, is important because it demonstrates that the Rajapaksa project rests on just one lynchpin, Premier Mahinda. He is the only Rajapaksa who is capable of hegemony. If his siblings and sons were to stay in power, after him, their rule will be based primarily, even exclusively, on dominance. Only Mahinda Rajapaksa can hold the disparate coalition together, only he can prevent the base from cracking.

The art of gaining the consent of allies with the optimum mix of persuasion and coercion, a Mahinda Rajapaksa forte, is clearly beyond the capacity of President Gotabaya. The image of him as a hegemonic figure was an artificial construct, an illusion that has not worn well. President Gotabaya is Defence Secretary Gotabaya in a bush shirt. If anything is restraining him – and the family as a whole – it is probably the Magnitsky Act which became global only in 2016. That piece of legislation is used by the United States and several other Western nations to identify (some) human rights offenders, and impose travel bans and asset freezes on them. Not a prospect the Rajapaksas can take lightly, given their familial connections with the US.

The essence of Gotabaya-Mahinda rule is restorationist. The Rajapaksas fought to regain power not to enthrone their loyal acolytes (lay or ordained) but to enthrone themselves. The purpose of every controversial deed of the last 17 months was to set the House of Rajapaksa on a solid foundation. That those very deeds are exacerbating the divisions within the government is a result of the changed politico-psychological landscape the reincarnated Rajapaksa project is compelled to navigate.

The House of Rajapaksa came into being with Mahinda Rajapaksa. Can it survive sans him? What role will the military play in a Gotabaya-Basil-Namal (or a Basil-Namal) government? What will Beijing do to ensure its political, economic and security interests are not undermined by its client’s internal political developments? Will we find ourselves in the same unenviable condition countries like Guatemala, Chile, Grenada et al found themselves during the Cold War, subject to coups and conspiracies, paying the penalty of being a super-power’s dependent?

“Mahinda Rajapaksa is our king…. King Rajapaksa’s name will be written in history in letters of gold…” a boy barely older than a toddler lisped at the 2010 musical extravaganza. Will those gold letters be in mandarin?

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  • 28
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    TG, as always absolutely brilliant gutsy article.

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      In the end …… it’ll be the economy that’ll be the undoing of the Rajapakses.

      When people feel the pangs of hunger …… nationalism, communalism, “patriotism” flies out the window.

      Can’t blame the Chinese: they are doing what’s best for China, naturally. …….. China is not going to help the Rajapkses/economy …….. if they wanted to help it’s very simple, all they have to do is, cut the interest rate to near zero – the current rate around the globe – for the money the Rajapakses have borrowed to build unproductive vanity projects.

      What China is doing now is trying to lend us more money at commercial rates ……… to pay the interest for the money already borrowed from them.

      Is it any wonder ……. that in less than 40 years China has become the second biggest economy? Kavum is not a Chinese delicacy.

      Native, feel like Kavums? ………. Right now I crave Kavum …… wish I had some to share with hardworking Lester & EE ……………

  • 23
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    The Yahapalana Government was a disappointment, but you’re right, Tisaranee, about how it made us less timid and enabled access to a world of ideas as a result of websites no longer being blocked, etc.
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    Before 2015, I had heard that proxy servers could be accessed but hadn’t bothered. After My3 became President, I discovered Colombo Telegraph; now I make comments almost daily, and if the Double-Paksas now block us, I will learn how to use those Proxy Servers. After they returned I’ve been trying to embolden others by giving not just my name and location, but my Identity Card Number as well.
    .
    You’re also right about Gota not being able to control his temper, and he will continue to repose faith in his incompetent military cronies. So, their days are numbered.
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    However, we are paying heavy prices in other spheres. For many decades our people will be poor, and the damage to the environment is such that we will not even know what we are loosing even now. Those are the real tragedies, not the COVID that affects all humanity.
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    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48 3111 444V) aka “Sinhala_Man”

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      Sorry, “losing”, not “loosing” surely!

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      ….. his incompetent military cronies. So, their days are numbered……
      Yes but before they go, what havoc, even irreversible, will they engage in. Hope not to be paid in lives of protesters like in Myanmar.

  • 18
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    Tisaranee Gunasekara

    Thanks for your comprehensive history of pre and post Gota’s rule.
    The Defense Minister of Peacefully Rising China is scheduled arrive within the next few days.
    Like Zheng He will he bring a Trilingual stone inscription to erect in Hambantota harbour, ….. then capture the royal family and drag them all the way to Beijing? In case he did that could we ask him to take SJ with him.

    He can come back and explain to us what the Chinese post truth experience meant to him.

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    This I found was really funny. Lanka’s ultimate hedge fund manager Cabrrrrral said. Wigedasa did not understand the port city deal and if he could explain he sure will get it. I am sure Wijedasa after hearing , would have said to him self if I could save criminal Rajapaksas from imprisonment , I sure understand their game plan behind such Ponzi Schemes.

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    The Rajapakse family is in a hurry. Indeed.

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      SarathP,

      May be Dealdasa is playing the mediator role in favour of MaRa family.
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      There is a family struggle for power gain tactics. Dealdasa has always beeen most abusive man (with academic titles) in game change moments.
      :
      Very same Dealdasa agreed with 20th Amendment, and not to forget, he as former minister of JUSTICE thought, the law and order should be bent for the sake of RAJAPAKSHES. Remember ?

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      What idolatry to Rajapakses by self serving hangers on revealed in the photo showing the 3 brothers and the fawning crowd behind, with such glee, just to be photographed with them. They might even get an er..ion if they get to hold their hand.

  • 16
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    China to SB
    Take whatever money you want & return Whenever you want.
    SB to China
    Take whatever part of the country you want & return whenever you want.
    Nandasena to SB
    Take whatever minitry you want & serve me like a dog!!!

  • 24
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    Thanks to Sirisena-Ranil idiotic rule, we are on this position
    Rajapakse family is intelligent. Now they have taken the LTTE canard toimprove their popularity amidst all the issues they face.
    Thanks to the 6.9million idiotic voters, we will be fourth world chineese colony. It is written on the wall.
    It is the price we have paid for electing racist leaders from 1956.
    While Singapore went from third world to first world!, we remained in third world and going towards fourth fifth world.
    Majority of the Tamils are well off in the western world contributing and benefiting. We foolish sinhala race is doomed here
    We feared that we will be overshadowed by Tamils and we try to destroy them by destruction of property and live. But they are better of elsewhere. We will be now destroyed by super power fight

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      Dilshan,
      Sirisena and ranils misrule was not an accident. They did it on purpose to help rajapaksas get elected back into power. They all work together behind the scenes while pretending to be rivals in public.
      If you read between the lines its quite clear to see how they all have each others backs.

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      Dilshan,
      Sri Lanka could not develop like Singapore not because we elected racist leaders but because the leaders we elected failed to take right action against racist separatist Malabar Vellala Tamil politicians like GG Ponnambalam, SJV Chelvanayakam, R. Sampanthan who played hell using the rotten democracy imposed on Sinhalayo by Brits. What prevailed in Singapore was Lee Kuan Yew’s iron rule; not democracy. Tamils in Singapore had to carry out orders from Chinese like poodles.
      Tamil terrorism promoted by these racist separatist Vellala Tamil politicians ruined this country. Do not blame Sinhala Buddhists.

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    This Nandasena regime always had cracks within it. Fascists, racists, rabid monks, Rajapaksa loyalists, fake leftists, half-literate snake oil salesmen , stock market manipulators and hooniyang artists are a combustible mixture, when led by a sadistic narcissist with his own mediaeval ideas on how a modern state should be run, of course after making sure his own children are kept out of it.
    Let’s sit back and watch the fun.

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      Old Codger,
      As if these smart Tamils knew how to run a modern State. If they knew, Tamil Nadu should be ahead of Singapore. Tamils in Tamil Nadu are so backward that Moodee has to bribe them to use toilets.

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        Eagle,
        “If they knew, Tamil Nadu should be ahead of Singapore.”
        Why don’t you get your grandchildren to read to you? TN may not have toilets, but it is ahead of SL, with dozens of vehicle factories, including 3 VW ones. These factories keep your miserable Hambantota port going. At least learn to be grateful for the crumbs TN gives you.

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        Eagle,
        “If they knew, Tamil Nadu should be ahead of Singapore.”
        . At least learn to be grateful for the crumbs TN gives you.
        Why don’t you get your grandchildren to read to you? TN may not have toilets, but it is ahead of SL, with dozens of vehicle factories, including 3 VW ones. These factories keep your miserable Hambantota port going.

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    TG,
    “Will those gold letters be in mandarin?”
    —–
    No. Sinhalayo will write Mahinda Rajapakshe’s name in gold letters in history in Sinhala letters, not in Mandarin because he saved Sinhale, the Land of Sinhala people from ‘Paradeshi’ invaders who wanted to grab part of the country to create a separate State for the descendants of coolies brought to Sinhale by Portuguese.

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      Eagle,
      Imbecile TG has been launching big campaign in 2014 that it was leader Pirapaharan who appointed Old King, so as that time he was annihilated, she asked to select Ranil and New King. Western powers and India worked to achieve that goal. After getting that favor, Ranil turned dead against West and asked American Ambassador to leave his office, in Israel’s Embassy issue. Remember Ranil, was meeting Old King in late nights during 2018 coup and was passing the secrets of Western Embassies’ diplomats were telling him? It was Ranil who negotiated with China for Hangbangtota Port & five villages land in return to veto use against West if they take Lankawe to ICC for failure of not implementing 30/1 as UNHRC wanted. After Uma Oya project failing to deliver water to Chinese villages, it was Ranil set up the Gin & Nilawala Ganga project for deliver water to Chinese villages. There is Laksiri Fernando’s essay on this issue in CT that he was opposing Ranil giving free land to China.

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      Chandrika brought Old King. With her same hand, Chandrika brought New King too. But it is Ranil who brought the King with 2/3 majority. Watch what is happening: Cardinal who was part of the 4/21 is now asking to punish only New King, because New King is not happy with whatever given to him by Royals. You know that this Cardinal is only monkey’s uncle. In that condition, that Cardinal Crook is putting up a big drama as he is going set fire to Lankawe, Like Hanuman, if justice is not saved to the Tamil Christians.
      Royals will never investigate Ranil, New King or any ministers who planned all the way the 4/21. Old King keeps asking Ranil to come to Parliament and take a position. I tell you Eagle, don’t care about propagandist TG; but you know the whole truth of 4/21. Just bring it out and destroy Ranil on that.

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      EE,

      No. He didn’t. Those people are everywhere in SL. Sigh!

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      I think it is better for you to stick a large manderin up your you know what. Any way nothing happens without the connivance of China. The media manipulation of the dumb Sinhalese preceded the defeat of the previous government. The Easter bombings were not a flash in the pan it too was conceived with Chinese input very craftily hidden of course. Even the best terrorist outfit could not have carried out six bombings in six locations in one day. Mind you this is an outfit who had never done anything like this before and therefore had no experience. The preparation of the bombs were also military grade. It has now come to light that there are Sinhalese journos who are being paid to be partial to China and that this has been going on for quite some time. The legislation on the port city and all the other bits of legislation to punish detractors and white wash their own criminals all happens with Chinese connivance. Don’t give brains and intelligence to a bunch of greedy idiots.

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    Rajapaksas are dangerous to the humanity and a curse for Sinhalese leadership. Almost all the criminals are in their camp but Buddhist Sinhala fail to understand the motive of Rajapaksas. At this juncture, Buddhist Sinhala need to understand the real Buddha’s teaching and how far they are with Buddha’s teachings. The whole Sri Lanka is now utter mesh and Buddhist Sinhala should stop unlawful and uncivilsed attitude towards other religions and other cultures.

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      Educated Buddhist Sinhalese should not one more time be fooled into the path of TG or the Bald heads, who are guiding to bring back Yahapalanaya elements so all to suffer in the vicious circle of UNP-SLFP-UNP-SLFP. Royal are surrendering the country to China not to save the country, but to use China to save the family from UNHRC. UNP have their own problems to be saved by Old Royals. When Younger Son Prince was arrested on the murder charges, Old King said that he saved Dulanjali in the case of Bank counterfeit money, and publicly demanded the release for his son; Vaalaiththodam group obliged. In that said bank case, Old King falsely arrested the banker clerk who found the forged money instead of Dulanjali. This is how SLFPyers save UNPyers and UNPyers, in return save the, SLFPyers. Tissaranee Gunasekara attempts to crate mountain and valley difference between UNP & SLFP, but the both crooks only one and the same. Then what is the point TG trying to establish by asking to bring back Yahapalanaya? If Buddhist Sinhalese wants real redemption from Royals, only International community can do that, no Ranil, no Vaalaiththodam.

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      TG, Ranil, Bald Heads, none of them is honest in having Old royals removed or punished. That is why Educated Buddhist Sinhalese should ignore TG’s anti West propaganda and approach UN, UNHRC to change the UNP-SLFP system that is imposed on them by only few Royal Political families.

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      Ajith,
      What the hell you mean by saying “Buddhist Sinhala should stop unlawful and uncivilsed attitude towards other religions and other cultures.”
      —-
      Out of the three main communities in Sri Lanka, Sinhala, Demala and Muslim, Sinhala Buddhists are the most peaceful community that tolerate other religions and cultures.
      ‘Paradeshi’ Demalu and Muslims live in Sinhale because of tolerance extended by Sinhala Buddhists to people belong to other races and religions. Sinhala Buddhists allowed ‘Paradeshi’ Dravida Hindus to build Kovils all over their country, allowed ‘Paradeshi’ Muslims to build Mosques all over their country, allowed ‘Paradeshi’ Christians to build Churches all over their country.
      Sinhala Buddhists did not resort to terrorism against other communities but Tamils and Muslims used terrorism to massacre Sinhalayo.

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        Eagle,
        “What the hell you mean by saying “Buddhist Sinhala should stop unlawful and uncivilsed attitude towards other religions and other cultures”
        Buddhists have been destroying Hindu temples even 1300 years ago.
        That’s what they are doing even now.

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    Port City Bill may be a blessing to the Separatist Diaspora Tamils. If the Port City Bill passes, then the Western Countries can pool their money, which would be multiple folds compared to the proposed Chinese investment in Port City and ask for a similar Bill for the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The Govt will be obliged to pass this Bill as there will be the Chinese Colony Port City Bill as a precedence. If not those Western Countries to which we export to and import from would bring in trade embargo which would completely ruin Sri Lankan economy. By this act the Western Countries would have a foot inside Sri Lanka in an area bigger than Port City and also contrary to the wishes of the petty minded Sinhala Buddhist Southern politicians and racists wishes the Northern and Eastern Provinces would develop much faster.

    Are the Rajapakse brothers ready for such a scenario??

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    What is unbelievable is that all the Rajapaksa supporters who screamed about patriotism, and howled that Ranil was America’s puppet, have now quite readily accepted the fact that the Rajapaksa’s have sold off chunks of this small island to China, whose well known tactics around the world are to pick on vulnerable countries and become benefactor, and owning part of that nation in return. China owns parts of Africa, Asia, and even South America. It has also made in roads with some Middle Eastern nations who are in dire straits. The majority in this country seems to have accepted the nepotism, cronyism, corruption, the harassment of journalists, imprisonment of political rivals and human rights activists, and Nandasena’s short fuse, as the norm.

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    Dear Ms. Gunasekara,
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    thank you for your great analysis.
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    Will we find ourselves in the same unenviable condition countries like Guatemala, Chile, Grenada et al found themselves during the Cold War, subject to coups and conspiracies, paying the penalty of being a super-power’s dependent?

    I think looking at the manner, how GOSL scored it, in the UN resolution passed against them, showed very well, that SRILANKA is identified as another pariah state, perhaps going beyond the levels of the countries mentioned above.

    All these were known both Rev. Malcom Ranjith and nurse attendent controversal Muruthettuwe Cheevaradhariya. but as of today, both jokers show some signs of realize, depth of the pit they are fallen in
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A13SJK0AXtA

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    These people could have been Kings all they wanted. Everybody was grateful that they ended terrorism and separatism, and secured the soverignity. All they had to do was go environmentally socialist….traditional and religious. But No! Theirs has turned into global power- craze. Chinese are clever. They judge our Lankan madness, and use it to further their global power-quest ambitions ; obliteration of Lanka a non-essential part of their experimentation. Alas!

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    Tissaranee Gunasekara is back again on promoting New King and Ranil’s dead and gone Yahapalanaya. The dangerous people the Educated Buddhist Sinhalese should keep out are Ranil, Vaalaiththodam, Mangala….But they are people the learned Sinhalese should try to keep away hereafter, because they devise and supply tool to the rest of the Sinhala Buddhists’ governments to keep the Modaya in an unescapable vicious circle, i.e UNP gone SLFP, SLFP gone UNP, until three generations life is gone in slavery, fruitlessly. After Communist Deniesh got out of UNHRC Resolution, now they feel encouraged to get back into their business. They are hopeful of just blaming Royals and then coming back to power. That is a cry inducing satirical joke. Further, important matter is readers need to avoid is Tissaranee Gunasekara like bombastic writers too. Ranil did his best to defeat Vaalaiththodam through his nice woman. The Yahapalanaya was the sole- only reason Sinhala Buddhists voted so overwhelmingly to Royals. Tissaranee can write now any propaganda material that she feels she missed in 2015 and so Royals won the election, but by bringing back Ranil and Yahapalanaya, Sinhala mass never going to feel satisfied.

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      Yahapalanaya and TG are more destructive to the society than Royals. She uses the opportunities to downplay Ranil’s Nari cunnings, whenever there is an opportunity to hit on Royals. This cunningness is the one keeping oxygen to Sinhala Modaya politics stands out as unique in the world. She starts her justification either America committed war crime so we committed genocide of Tamils or Sinhala Buddhists were happier in our government than the contemporary on. 2014 Old King told a truth about new King: “known devil is safer than unknown angel”. But Tissaranee’s campaign distracted Sinhalese from understanding the meaning of it. Last bloody five years Yahapalanaya did was only saving Royals. Ranil paid $280 to please China because the damn guy used for his political victory that he would get rid of Colombo Pong Cing. Then he sold Hangbangtota Port to save Old King from UNHRC and conducted the Provincial Council election to annihilate UNP. He forcefully withdrew 2018, Coup case which was filed by Tamil MP like Sampanthar, Sumanthiran, Mano Ganesan. He went and negotiated in Singapore Hospital with King. Then he dismissed his government 1 year early in support of King. With all dedication, he made his cabinet protecting the ISIS terrorist bombing the Tamil Churches which organized by the White Flag war criminal, for whom TG sacrificed her soul and body in 2014. .

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    By introducing the Port City Bill, Rajapakses have suppressed the Western Jetty to India protests and also they have slowly introduced another bill to get their crookish family members, relatives and friends who have very strong cases with evidence out of the grip of the law. This also includes freedom to a day light killer Duminda Silva. Where on earth such things are done other than in dictatorships. Those who voted for 20A and who voted SLPP should be ashamed of themselves.

    Unfortunately even the opposition does not talk about Western Jetty project and above all the media has totally forgotten about it. How can any citizen hold the Govt responsible if the media in the country acts this way?

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    ‘When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers’
    Elephants are world powers
    Grass is sri lanka.
    Sri lankan leaders are asking the elephants to
    come and trample their garden.

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    TG and Sinhala man alias pannini NRIX#$$%^^ are good examples of born slaves of colonial masters.

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    The entire Sinhalese Buddhist history is laced with racism. The Mahavamsa talks of a lion mating with a human female. It denigrates the Buddhism that once existed on the island by calling the human civilization prior to Vijaya non humans and devils. It praises a violent scoundrel Vijaya and his followers. Fast forward to Portugese times again the Catholic King is praised as a model Buddhist while his predecessor put down for following the Hindu faith. The Anagarika was another racist who also put down those of lower caste. The Anglican SWRD made a pact with these vicious racists and ended up dead. His betrayal led to the anahilation of the Sinhalese nobility, the Tamil nobility and the Dutch Burghers all of whom fled the country in several waves leaving behind the nasty resentfull peasants lead by his wife to systematically ruin the country. A thirty year war killed the next chance to advance taking with it the lives of the few capable Sinhalese and Tamil leaders. A know nothing assistant Librarian finally comes to power and takes the credit for ending the war. Along with his siblings some of whom had very little education He runs the country into the ground. Drowning in Debt the previous government pulls off a miracle in saving the economy but no one cares.

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    While the writer’s analysis and observations are brilliant and sophisticated as usual, I often wonder how the ruling family has in recent times been able to claw back to power, on the basis of massive public approval, either in the aftermath of a (staged) tragedy or legitimately in the face of abject failure of another party’s performance. Except for rare occasions when, say the Bandaranaike’s managed to gain public sympathy and thus their vote, a family’s consistent fortunes in this endeavour have been scarce. Obviously, these folks know their game much better than others.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda,
      It is mind boggling for you because you artificially trying to separate that there two as UNP & SLFP. The successful show the drama group putting as Heroes and Villains makes the Modayas like Sinhala Buddhist to earnestly believe that the team even divides as Villains and Heroes at their homes & killing each other. Modayas don’t get it, but at the end, why wonder why did the drama group got into the same bus (the anti-minority agenda) and went home together. There was/is not any victory or losing at the Sinhala Buddhists’ elections. It is only one that is always victory to Sinhala Intellectuals in fooling the Modayas. They have both type of tools i.e. the one like TG you like but others hate, and the ones like MLDM or the Blind Eagle, you hate but others like. They cash on the duality of “hate & like” of the human brain. These tool crooks push the Modayas minds to extreme one side, bog & fog it, and force them go confused not being able to see the reality of the drama group guys & gals always returning home in the same bus and diving their collection inside the bus curtains.

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    To impress their subjects, the Modayas, with their valor, from Don Stephen through Solomon, Junius, Richard down to Percy they spent $400 billion to enslave 3 Million Tamils. Alas China spent only $18B to enslave the whole 22M.
    Surrendering to TG’s eloquence, one should stop regurgitating election meetings talks that “we are the ones won the war by cheating IC” or “it is we who won saving Rapist Army by cheating IC”. You know nobody’s intention to save Colombo Pong Cing or Hangbangtota from China, but it was one of the main item that UNP in 2015 and SLFP 2019 election wining slogans. Start to think independently, instead of making UNP & SLFP as reference point or measuring rots for the future of Lankawe. Not Singapore, but take Bangladesh as example. West Pakistani Army entered into Dhaka University, shouted “Allah ho Akbar” and raped all girls, murdered maxim and many jumped from top floors and committed suicide to in fear of being subjected to such terror. It sounds smart and sweet when one argues that “America did War crimes in ME, so we did Genocide to Tamils”. But never get bought into TG’s brain washing talks like “There were some minor flaws, but we never had a government like Yahapalanaya”.

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    Remember even in Siri Ma O’s royalty time, the Rapist Army soldiers raped and killed Premawati was punished. But in Ranil time Batalanda murderers or Mullivaaikkaal murders were promised and protected and claimed as victorious in the shameful deed too. Mangala and Ranil shamelessly claim that they saved all war criminals, instead of claiming “It was we who staged the Murderers on the UN Electric Chair”. If you want to understand what is decent, what is ethics, of cause, and then you don’t want become a Buddhist Jihadist fanatic; would you? If you like to understand what goes inside the mind of a snake, read UOJ Saddampy, or Eagle’s writing. Please ignore TG’s UNP side brain washing false propaganda. Never buy the sweet stories of TG, with mindset of “Enemy’s Enemy is my best friend”. Don’t look for enemy’s enemy to make friendship because you couldn’t fight your enemy. The sad fact is your enemy is only your enemy. But the enemy’s enemy, who is your friend, is everybody’s enemy. Don’t make enmity with the world to surrender to another’s enemy. UNP & SLFP wanted “stage enemies” or the Tamil villains to win elections. Now they have ended surrender to the worlds’ enemies, the rogue nations of the world.

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    [No. Sinhalayo will write Mahinda Rajapakshe’s name in gold letters in history in Sinhala letters, not in Mandarin because he saved Sinhale]

    Blind Eagle Pimpy HLD, yes you are right and already moda sinhalayo who are struggling for a proper meal are writing in gold and only thing you are missing and they are waiting for you to come back to write it on your stinky arse too. When will you come back. We will send you there to eat the local pol thel, tin fish, punnakku, cattle feed, etc so that you will start growing a tail as well. What a pathetic soul you are. Just a classic example of how a real modaya could be. I dont know how your tamil wife tolerates you? Surely cant be a velalar tamil.

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