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Breaking Glass In The USA: Kamala Harris, Woman Of History

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka 

Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka

A glass ceiling shattered in the United States of America just after 8.30 pm on the 7th of November 2020, as Kamala Harris, Vice President-elect walked on stage in Wilmington, Delaware to thunderous applause to deliver her acceptance speech, just ahead of her boss, President-elect of the USA, Joe Biden. The sound of that shattering glass will reverberate across the world as it begins to experience the multidimensional consequences of a woman in power in the second highest office in the most powerful country on earth.

Here in South Asia, we have seen powerful women Prime Ministers such as Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto. In Sri Lanka, which produced the first woman head of government in the world, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, we also voted for a woman President, Chandrika Kumaratunga twice, her daughter.

What’s new in the current moment for South Asia at least, is that all these powerful women leaders came from privileged families, with fathers or husbands having been heads of state. It was no cake walk for them to overcome the thick encrustation of prejudice against women in our part of the world, but a long familiarity with semi-feudalism in each of their societies eased the otherwise arduous journey just a little. People were more willing to accept their leadership, partly in deference to the predecessor who was their immediate family.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris did not come from such a family. Her mother was a scientist and an activist who had travelled to America from India for higher studies, met and married a man from Jamaica who studied with her at the same university. She was a product of two educated parents, immigrants from different parts of the world, growing up in a land which teaches the right of every person to pursue their dreams and enshrines that right in the Constitution.

She had a dream, perhaps like many other women before her in the USA. Such a dream became possible when former Vice President Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris, the first woman and the first coloured person to run for that office as his Vice Presidential nominee. In her victory speech, Kamala Harris not only mentioned her mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan who hails from Chennai, India, who she said was always in her heart, but also appreciated the groundbreaking and courageous decision by President-elect Biden, which may yet change the course of history. She called it a testamant to his character, his “audacity”, in what could be a nod in the direction of Barack Obama who broke another barrier to become the first coloured President of the United States a few years earlier, and authored The Audacity of Hope. It will undoubtedly have an electrifying effect on all young women who may now aspire to lead their countries, whichever point they started from. This is the irreversible consequence of that momentous decision by a healer President-elect, determined to unite rather than divide, and to make his administration reflect the true colours of the United States.

The Democratic Party already has several impressive young Congresswomen, some of them already political celebrities in their first term, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (‘AOC’). Their performance in Congressional committees has been outstanding in courage, clarity and confidence. It’s a new dawn for the United States, and the world will hear more from them when the new administration takes over on the 20th of January 2021.

Here in Sri Lanka, women make up 52% of the population. Despite our collective pride in producing the first woman Prime Minister in the world and a woman President, there have been very few women nominated to parliament. It is an opportunity for party leaders in Sri Lanka to consider nominating more women to Parliament and other legislative bodies, to at least attempt to reflect somewhat the higher percentage of the citizenry that women constitute on this island, and the contribution they make to the welfare of the entire nation in multiple ways including to the economy which is disproportionate to their representation in Parliament.

Unfortunately in Sri Lanka, this anomaly of contribution versus political representation is also a cultural construct which is internalized by women themselves and is evidently deeply ingrained in our society. In the first ever investigation into violence against women in Sri Lanka conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics using the WHO methodology described as the Women’s Wellbeing Survey (WWS) covering all 25 districts between March and September 2019, “…almost half of women interviewed agreed with the statement that ‘a man should show he is the boss’ (47.5%) and almost half agree that ‘a good wife obeys her husband even if she disagrees (46.5%).”  Here’s where any attempt to promote more women in political life skids to a halt, for a start.

Unhelpful decisions by the country’s elected leaders have not served the cause of women in the past such as the unrepentant action of appointing a man as the Minister of Women’s Affairs. It has gone downhill from there with this administration abolishing the Ministry of Women’s Affairs altogether.

Women in Sri Lanka have specific needs that have shamefully not been addressed in its long post-independence history, and violence against women and children is only one in a long list of unacknowledged issues. It is only a woman who would feel strongly enough to prioritize those critical areas in which women suffer daily due to a system arrayed against them.  The 2019 Women Wellbeing Survey in its executive summary states an obvious truth: “Global evidence highlights when women have the freedom to make their own choices and decisions they are able to contribute more effectively to a countries development process.”  For the average Sri Lankan woman, making her own choice is challenged in numerous ways by the cultural, political and systemic impediments that are insistently placed in her way, and ignorance is way ahead of all others.

Perhaps the definitive sound of shattering glass across the Atlantic may wake us up to new possibilities here in Indo-Pacific region, and inspire us to have the audacity to follow suit.

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    Wonderful woman, Kamala appears to be. always has that impish look, her smile begins with her eyes.
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    I wonder how many remember that simple poem by the unpretentious W.H. Davis:

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    “:. . . wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began.”
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    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/686915-what-is-this-life-if-full-of-care-we-have
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    Let me hope that there are more positive comments coming on. I can’t think of anything profound & must sleep!

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      “Here in South Asia, we have seen powerful women Prime Ministers such as Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto. In Sri Lanka, which produced the first woman head of government in the world, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike”
      One swallow doesn’t make a summer.
      We can crow about our female leaders, but unlike in other countries, our non-elite women have less rights. For example, do we have female bus /train drivers, conductors, or even petrol pump operators? Even in India , which is notoriously misogynistic, these are common. We have lakhs of female sewing machine operators but no female tuk drivers . We have female farmers but no plumbers. Why??

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        Mr. old codger
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        Don’t forget
        Yevgenia Bosch of Ukraine
        And
        Khertek Anchimaa Toka of Tuvan People’s Republic.

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          This idiot would not see it right…. his asskissing tactics would never cease..because they in his genes.

          IQ OF MS SCP is far lower to that of Sumanadasa Royal Astrolodger..
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_WNFTSpi3A

          Voter turnout in last election in SL was under 40% – in the US ev
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          And all the election gimmicks brought most known criminals back to power.

          Today the buggers have failed to do the little regarding containment of the virus… we in Germany make every effort to bring the VACCINE sooner than later.

          Sri Lanka
          Coronavirus Cases:
          14,285
          Deaths:
          36
          Recovered:
          9,537

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            Mr. eLM (Eternal Loose Motion),
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            2020 Sri Lankan parliamentary election.
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            Number of registered voters – 16,263,885
            Turnout – 12,343,302 – almost 76%
            GR/MR received – 6,853,690 – almost 60%
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            We know that you slow-witted idiot can’t understand the deference between 40% & 76%.

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              Yes he garnered 42.14 % of eligible registered voters in the country

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              Ms SCP,

              You were the most capable VIROLOGIST to Rajapakshe CRIMINAL world….
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              Why not you come with your usual statistics…
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              Sri Lanka as of 10 Nov 2020

              Coronavirus Cases:
              14,715
              Deaths:
              41
              Recovered:
              9,537

              If Newzealand and Taiwan were able to manage, our island not tohave worked on that… is due to Rascal Politics of Rajapkashe rule.

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              SCP
              (6,853,690 / 12,343,302) x 100 = 55.55
              It is quite a jump to 60?
              If we go on “almosting” at this rate we can work miracles with such mathematics.

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                Well said, SJ.
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                We do need somebody of your calibre to drag these fellows down.

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                Panini

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          S. C. Pasqual,
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          I knew of neither Yevgenia Bosch nor Khertek Anchimaa Toka.
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          Looked at their Wikipedia entries. My thanks on that score are sincere.
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          Panini Edirisinhe

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          First female PM notwithstanding, Sri Lanka has laws that discriminate against females, like the one against women buying alcohol, and the one which prevents women from working in 24- hour operations. These are designed to “protect” women. But the question is, from whom do they need protection? Why not tackle that party ?

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      Srilanken s are actually ruled by myths but the rest of the world care much about the truths and facts.
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      Latest myth in making is Jamaican Amrican Kamala Harris as VPOTUS the elected would all along be busy planning to work with anti-srilankens. .
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      .They will interpret as if Kamala was “tamil”. As if most go after sinhala buddhism would nt see beyond what “Mahawanse” then described, – that is all because they are kept in dark by their own culture. Most of srilankens regardless of their ethnic differences would take many more decades to realize independently , consequence the nation remains poor. I dont see any big difference between mercy cows and average srilankens. 😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😎😎😎😎😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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        Kamala is not just Jamaican she is equally of Tamil heritage and she talks more of her Tamil than her Jamaican heritage , as it was her mother and maternal grandfather who influenced her the most. However saying that ,if anyone thinks that she is go out her way to do anything to do the Tamils and be anti Sri Lankan , they will be disappointed , as she will do what is best for her and for the USA . It is the Americans, who elected her and she represents them. Like what you stated she is an American first. She may not go out of her way to harm the Sri Lankan Tamils like many western leaders did ,conniving with the Sinhalese racists , for their own selfish ends , whilst playing lip service to Tamil rights, as she is half Tamil herself but you can never say. Many full blooded Tamils themselves harm and betray their fellow Tamils. for their own benefit.

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          Dear SSS,
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          Please be real.
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          Rajiv Gandhi s wife is italian born SONIA.
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          Do they call their SON -Rahul to be an italian ?
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          Normally, offsprings of any family be it in SL or in US, they name them considering the origin of the father… That is common to entire world…. regardless of races and religions.
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          But you guys to CAPITALIZE it calling KAMALA HARRIS to be a tamil ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

          And you guys should be well aware of the facts – US has its own problems, that are sometimes not estimable today…. so would they be busy with attacking to a hunger nation of our nature.
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          Not many in America would know the geographical location of SRILANKA. This I am well aware of … no further facts and figures would be necessary.

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            Dear L

            Thank you for that clarity. We may not agree with lot of things but am impressed you picked upon a very important issue attached to our inferiority complex.

            If we look at SSS comments for its entirety (Dear SSS is not an attack on you bro and am glad you said what you said) we can analysys and confirm has no humanity/inclusiveness itself that we celebrate to say others treated us better giving us the opportunity at the same time say the opposite and make reference to Tamil something…./then to compound the flow with another statements of what is expected from other tamils who are different from some narratives certain individual carries????

            Imagine Ms Harris look at the statement will have a heart attack?? wondering if she is from such a backward thinking people?? god forbid such statements and sentiments gets out to the kkk WILL MILK IT FOR EVERY PENNIES WORTH??

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              SSS has redefined evolution itself….a very masterly skill that FP/TULF possessed even before Trmup was ever born and Harris met Kamals Mom??

              I wonder our Hon Chief Ministers children married to Sinhalese family and their new generation would be??

              My Family all married to Malays/Chinese(Malaysian)/Indians/Scottish/New Zealanders/Welshman/Sinhalese/Muslims/Christians and should we draw any new paradigm in evolution for the new generations??

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                But SSS did say Harris family was of Brahmin origin…more closer to the god(s) I guess??

                Now you tell this to Excellency Trump and Juliani there will be a separate court case straightaway?? SSS keep it zipped pls:).

                Could be the ultimate challenge for the Supreme Court of America will be wondering they can Lynch/segregate/have people on shackles/assassinations they have to change the law but how did Jaffna and Tamil Nadu getaway practising all this to date???????

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                  Stop behaving like an idiot . Anything to please the Sinhalese Like father , like son. Yes Kamal Harris’s mother is from a Tamil Brahmin family and this is a fact. Stating a fact is not a crime. You are deliberately and mischievously trying imply various conclusions. You are now having a nice life thanks to your father’s deeds that affected all other Tamil youth like us .Brahmin or not

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                    Dear SSS

                    I am still awaiting for you to confirm(for the past 2 years) how many Sri Lankans in the past 50 years of being refugees in India been granted PR/Indian Citizenship/Indian passport…200000++ ???

                    Please list this as one of the many items to be raised by your good self to your relative Ms Harris please/UN/Hague.

                    We will deal with how the baby brigades were created/missing children of Jaffna/Foreign sponsored terrorism/Squandered fisheries/we the toilet washers around the world and why?/all that happened in Jaffna with the foreign boots/EPRLF trying to turn the PC to Separate state that let to the PC suspended in 1990 as the Indians were leaving//million more am sure you have dedicated your life to bring justice to us the Jaffna and SL??/JVP has to come into separate the North and East etc.

                    Are you a Sri Lankan??

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                      Dear SSS

                      Are you one of those who supported FP/TULF and voted for them and got on the Yarlthevi to South to make a living the following morning??

                      Do you think after all the “river of blood” speeches in Jaffna from 1970-1977-1981 and the same in Colombo by TULF after the 1977 election victory for separation helped or not helped the innocent unsuspecting victims died in the riots in 1977 and then the same in 1983 following the killing of innocent soldiers in Jaffna??

                      Let us have a conversation bro?? are you a Tamil speaking man want to live in our world?? or a warload trampling our life?

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            Kamala H could take advantage of her identity among Tamils like Obama did in Africa. But it is not as profitable an electorate.
            In fairness to Tamil nationalist sentiments, Kamala H plays down her Jamaican identity because after the parents separated she was solely under the wing of her Tamil mother.
            What she will do for SL Tamils is something else. She is truly Americanized and has little to do with SL Tamils.
            *
            If people enjoy fooling themselves, let us not spoil the fun.

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              “What she will do for SL Tamils is something else. “

              Could you elaborate the secret of SOMETHING ELSE” that you have consulted to VP elect Kamala Hariis do to Tamils? Is that something brainless chaff that frequently appears in CT?

              “She is truly Americanized and has little to do with SL Tamils.” Give up your pure jealous the Tamil migrated West, because you could not hang in London. 99% of the Tamils, migrated, keep their feeling for their forefathers lands. It is only from you I have heard the prediction of because her father divorced her mother, now VP elect Harris is an an absolute Anti-Jamaican, same like the other Indians feels agonist Pakistanis. What a cheap and petty evaluation, my God! Unbelievably horrible horrible thinking
              God please save these spoiled minds by jealous & enmity.

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              Sound observations, SJ.
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              There’s quite a lot on the father on the Web. He’sserious, not bubbly, but very distinguished.
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              A good man whom Kamala seems to meet off and on – but he’s avoiding the limelight and politics. I intend giving some links, but why not beat me to it?

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            . Her name is Kamala or Kamala Devi to be accurate not Josephine or Lorna or something or some other Jamaican name. Acknowledging and recognizing her Indian Tamil origin and ancestry and not downplaying it. Rahul until very recently was and still has close contact with his Italian relatives and even had an Italian passport . It suits them now politically to down play their Italian origin. But Kamala does not , she is equally Tamil as Jamaican and this is not an issue to the Americans. .Sinhalese even the so called liberal ones want to down play this , as it does not suit them and they fear this even partial Tamil origin. Proves the deep underlying prejudice and hatred towards the Tamils. Even the work press acknowledges her mixed heritage but not the Sinhalese . Speaks a lot.

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              Why are you so patriarchal ? A mother’s contribution to a person is as important as the father’s. In many societies it was the mother’s genecology that was taken into account. The Jewish religion is handed down to the next generation through the mother’s line. Your mother has to be Jewish not necessarily your father. In Kerala and even Sri Lankan Eelam Tamil society , especially the eastern parts was matriarchal . Lots of people now take their mother’s family name and not their father’s . I personally many so called Sinhalese in Colombo have a Tamil father but have chosen to take their Sinhalese mother’s family name as they thing this more advantageous to them. Many is Australia also do this . I mean take the family name of the parent., which they consider will give them more advantage. Kamala was brought up by her mother and not her father and she always speaks of her Tamil heritage and very little about Jamaica . Sinhalese even the so called liberal ones want to downplay this. If it was the other way around they will be jumping up and down

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                Dear DSS

                Is there a think called Tamil heritage globally??

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              SSS,
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              In many Sinhalese it is fear of “hordes” in TN, not so much hatred.
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              Tamils must allow Kamala to be at all times an American politician.
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              She’s become a great favourite of my family.

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      Mr. Panini Edirisinghe,
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      I am waiting for unemployed lowlife idiots like “””leelagemalli””” & “””Native Vedda”” to claim….
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      #. Kamala Harris’s parents have not successfully renounced their Jamaican and Indian citizenships and she has no right to be the Vice President of the United States ……… and so and so…
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      #. Population of USA – 331,710,300
      Biden / Harris votes – 75,802,369 – 23%
      77% of the US rejected Biden / Harris and they have no right to govern…… and so and so…….
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      And I was waiting for our Whole Bull No Election Commissioner to say…….
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      #. US should not hold elections in Pandemic times and US must “”Reconvene Trump Presidency for next 4 years””…… and so and so…..

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        It’ll quite literally be a waste of my time countering all the fallacies that you have packed into your comment.
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        They’ll be obvious to most people with a modicum of intelligence.

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          Mr. Panini Edirisinghe,
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          Of course you can’t.
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          And change the meaning of “Fallacy” in your dictionary.

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            I can’t bother!

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        S. C. Pasqual – Finally someone who understand what really taking place in Post Election US…..there is widespread water fraud some called it the most Rigged election in US History – Death of Western Democracy – I suppose the Editor of the article have no idea about the ruthless past of Harris is as AG…very disappointing -instead she is more concerned about usual Feminism bla bla about & some rooftop ceiling being broken..

        S. C. Pasqual people in this country are selfish greedy self centered pigs…I’d say I have more respect for pigs than for the SO called average Sri Lankan Bastard Citizen….they let alone don’t gives a damn about the rest of the world nor their dumb sinhala brain can’t fathom to understand what is going on in the world….yes it’s true Harris is a Lunatic Maniac – she is more suited be Hitler’s wife that to be VP of a neo Liberal Biden…..biden has not won the Election…..CT editors can’t understand the hell is going on in US cause they themselves come to think of it belongs to above mentioned group……

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          PSF,

          You go to your cage and lick the bones provided by the criminals. From what you add, we are no doubt, that you could be no different to Juliampitya amare or KUDU Duminda…. I think Karma would work on MAHINDA Rajakashe et al to have raped you guys not allowing you to voice independently.
          :
          If your knowledge is that low, better be away from adding any false information on Kamal Harris, who is the first female to have worked as district prosecutor to 40 mio in CA state.
          :
          Her mother was a great scientist who fought to discover lot more in breast cancer.
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          Her father was a Prof in Economics.
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          Kamal Harris and her sister born to them grew up decently and achieved their goals by her own.

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        S. C. Passqual

        “I am waiting for unemployed lowlife idiots like “””leelagemalli””” & “””Native Vedda”” to claim….”

        Please inform Basil we are not selling our ancestral lands to him. Even if he sends his Shavendra and his goons, we have no plans to sell our properties. I pity you for not being able to get a small commission from him.

        “Kamala Harris’s parents have not successfully renounced their Jamaican and Indian citizenships and she has no right to be the Vice President of the United States ……… and so and so…”

        When did you appoint yourself as Trump’s b***s carrier?

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          Dear Native Vedda,
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          Wie geht es Dir ! With the great news that the duo Pfizer/German Bio has just announced to have found the most promising vaccine for COVID 19, I am feeling very good today.
          ,
          Please just ignore Ms SCP. S/he would no tknow what s/he is doing….She knows well that the oldest would not bring her much… but s/he continues… that is just normal for such men/women.

          S/he has now been struggling to save her/his face to the very same manner Derana TV Owner does it right these days, not being able to face the GALLERY.
          :
          Not long ago, as appointed expert virologist (actually bugger is not an abcdian in virology but is trying to promote the false fake news of Raja family), SCP went on adding supportive texts in favour of Majaharaja s self proclamations about the ground realities.

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        Dear Ms SCP,
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        Leelage Malli is not unemployed… but whenever he has got time to do so, would be busy revealing lot more about CRIME friendly leaders. Rajapakashe would have to face it sooner than later…. with DERANA TV owner being caught in the act today, Gotler is speechless… – bugger would not even trust to face the PRESS… what happened to ” ONE LAW ONE NATION”…. motto ?
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        And it is just that LM would LOVE srilanka’s poor people.
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        Sadly, you the kind of ASSKISSERs though CLAIMED to be OLD BOYs of popular schools, you guys are no different to Eliantha White- that would do anything and everything pleasing Beliattha Rascals. That is a greater shame.

        In between PREMIER Mahinda Rajapkshe stays as if he is fed with KIRIMATI… actually, he should reveal the name of those FAKE Doctors.

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        Ms Meeharaka aka SCP,
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        Please get the facts right first before going to fool CT commenters. Just becasue we are 21.5 mio living in SL, meaning not necessarily all of them are voters/voter eligible.
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        Likewise, … US Population is 330 mio something but not all of them are eligible for voting.

        Link for your claritiy
        https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/11/03/in-past-elections-u-s-trailed-most-developed-countries-in-voter-turnout/
        .xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
        How many people can vote in the US?
        The Current Population Survey counted 153.1 million registered voters eligible to vote in the 2018 mid-term elections: 71.7 million men and 81.3 million women. According to the 2018 Population Estimates, there are 52,431,193 people age 65 and over in the U.S. out of a total population of 327,167,434 or 16.0%.
        xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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          I’m tired of pointing out the obvious.
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          Haven’t you overlooked the fact that the 327 million include children?
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          That’s why I said that we shouldn’t bother with SCP. We tire ourselves out, and then make silly mistakes ourselves, dear LM.

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            SM, but he calls me “idiot”. How can this SCP ever be an old boy of Royal college? And twist s my likes being close to
            that number one hacker Iraj these days.😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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              L.M,
              “How can this SCP ever be an old boy of Royal college?”
              Good question. But then, isn’t Mahindananda Alutgamage a Royalist too? And we shouldn’t forget Sarath Silva from Trinity or Mohan Pieris from St. Joseph’s .

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                Old,
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                that proves no matter your alma mater would be.. they behave like idiots from the begining on.
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                SCP is a hired by Rajakashe et al to control our comments on the CT.
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                I am so happy you and few others add your constructive thoughts….
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                Take good care as the numbers drastically go up these days down there in the PVT property of MEDAMULANA rascals aka SRILANKA

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        We saw how one and only Black President of the USA, Barak Obama’s Presidency time. Anything he changed? Even he not looked after his born country Kenya and adopted country Indonesia. He did any miracles to America? People like Nelson Mandela god to South African people. Real leaders with a golden heart. America ruling by majority whites and ruling by the Senate also. Kamala Haris can make Tamil Nadu
        a separate Tamil nation?

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      Dear S_M
      Well said. Kamala along with her mother are the souls of the earth.
      After Shamala divorced her husband Harris, she took her two daughters (Kamala & Maya) to Canada ,educated there and moved to Californiaa By the way Maya was/is the advisor to Hillary Clinton

      Rest as the say is “history “
      JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS
      WILL BE FORMIDABLE FORCE,
      BIGGER THAN WORLD HAS EVER SEEN
      ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND MIDDLE-EAST PEACE THEY WOULD TAKE THE LEAD AND IT IS THE
      Judge not a book by its cover
      Kamala is a role model for women all over the world
      We wish her well
      God willing who knows we might be there at the Inaugural do
      Depending on the Covid situation
      by 20 January 2020
      We live in hope
      Ratnam Nadarajah

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        Dear RN

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE2X7AA4P4U

        Do you think Trump thinks he may have made a mistake……being “Indianed” after all??

        Love the entire dynamics including the reference to border control at the same time…could not do that in the park strait.

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          Did you see the joint military exercise name “Tiger Triumph” ??

          How come he did not speak in Tamil?

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            But hon Mehdi mentioned a lot about Income Tax submission in return:)

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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bEqkOTJ9eA

              A good speech by President Trump

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                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jff2Cp7vLjg

                his discussions with Hon Imran Khan the following week also very respectable too.

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                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV3S2PNxnV8

                  The following day Hon Imran gave this talk in America. amazing indeed…..first humble steps to rebuild the continent too. Massive task but starts with humble beginnings too. Our GOSL doing the same.

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                    Dear Venugopal,
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                    I was focussing on Trump .
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                    I’ve just realised that there is a 75-minute video with Imran’s speech. Listened to a bit. I guess that that is the one that I must listen to carefully.
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                    I knew Imran the fast bowler and batsman – greatest all-rounder ever, perhaps. I’d heard of the uppper-class playboy who married a Jewish heiress. Amicably divorced. Even Peradeniya English Professor Ashley Halpe commented on Imran’s atypical Cambridge English accent.
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                    I must try to understand.
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                    I admire your courage for residing in the Jaffna Peninsula (is that right?) and urging co-operation with the Sinhala-dominated Government.
                    .
                    I’m critical of that same government! Am I right to do so? a friend pointed out to me today (on the telephone – we can no longer meet face to face owing to COVID) that if I can write all that I do the current rulers aren’t unqualified monsters.
                    .
                    Food for thought! Will listen to full 75 minutes.

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                      Sure. Am glad to hear that.

                      (No I am not residing in Jaffna at this very moment. I Am a dual National Sri Lanka/UK).

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                Listened to both speeches in entirety, Venugopal. Trump was impressive there -when the going was good.
                .
                But with the crises that followed you saw the bully emerging.

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                  Dear SM

                  Yep agreed. I quite like the vision of Hon Imran Khan for his Country. He is using his popularity for all the right reasons with a good grasp of Geo Politics.

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        RN,
        hope you are keeping well.
        Even if BIDEN-HARRIS according to us a greater hope, TRUMPACHCHI is still trying hard to accept the defeat.
        :
        You please take good care of from increasing COVID infections.
        Have a great weekend !

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        Do you think that Kamala will be a fluent French speaker owing to schooling in Quebec?
        .
        Not that it matters; Mandarin Chinese will be much more important. My grand-daughters know a few words of it.
        .
        Tamil?

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      Sinhala_man,

      “Kamala appears to be. always has that impish look, her smile begins with her eyes.”
      I checked couple of photos and clips. You are right in your naration.

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        Thanks. Let’s never forget that these are, before all else good human beings.

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      Dear SM

      I see some love in the air:)

      She has a very infectious smile/laughter and personality agree for a very serious Senator goes Vice President..watch out.

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        Aye, aye, a bonny lass!

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    Dear Sanja

    Good work and analysis on behalf of our regional aspirations for woman.

    The reason you will learn why we lost to build on something we were ahed of times was also designed by the “geo political masters” of the nations like our new vice President elect too…..yes we are happy for American Woman but the same system now evolving has not necessarily allowed us to flourish what we had then in 60 and 70’s to shape the world.

    I am not all that excited for reasons (whilst I am happy for the Americans with Obama and now Harris) is does not change anything about the foreign policies of the Security Council permanent memenbers and their military ventures? Obama took care of the diplomacy part for the same reasons in Africa and now will be the same with Indian continent too…..yes worlds first female PM Late Hon Mrs SWRD and her friend/foe/adversary Late Hon Indra we are very proud indeed but we could not build on that is because of the reason I stated above……the cover of the book is one thing and the content is different and in this case does not change.

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    Breaking glass is testament to breaking habits. In Sri Lanka we strive to fortify habits!

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      Let us not forget that women have for decades fared very well in higher education and in the professions (especially medicine) in Sri Lanka.
      The proportion of women in engineering in Sri Lanka is marginally more than in the US; and women head many organizations here. There is more to achieve, but there should be a limit to moaning about everything.
      We had the first female head of government in modern times, after all.

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        But SJ, be real do u think women in general enjoy more rights in sl than in the US?
        .
        Yesterday I got to watch a video of a young medical graduate exposed the manner how her senior Male doctor assaulted her while performing her duties.

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          So, is the growing media excitement about American women accusing various people in position abusing them sexually of no consequence?

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          leelagemalli

          SJ types:

          “We had the first female head of government in modern times, after all.”

          Yeahhh, the weeping widow was the first woman head of government, although she was not elected by the people, but appointed by her coteries of racists party men.

          She was the first head of government under whose watch first war crimes were committed.

          She made deals with Hindians and got rid of hard working upcountry workers.

          Further she aided and abetted Pakistanis to commit war crime in Pakistan.

          What sort of demon was she?
          Only a fellow sadist could praise the weeping widow.

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            Dear NV

            “She was the first head of government under whose watch first war crimes were committed”.

            What are you referrring to wrt war crimes??

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      Nathan,
      “In Sri Lanka we strive to fortify habits!”
      —-
      Such as not allowing a fellow human being to drink water from a well belong to another human being.

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        When will your Tamil meenachi ever become the governor general or a state governor or at least the 2nd female prime minister of Australia or if you even have the paltry dual citizenship in the colony of the beggars known to one and as all as the one and only sad sorry shithole Sri Lanka.
        X
        At long last after holding onto the world records for the most dislikes and being known as a rotter you are into a winner like Kamala being born a Ceylon Tamil you should be staging a coup to get rid of the crooked rotten stinking to high heaven rajapuka s and their uncouth unsavoury fellow maggots.
        Y.
        All the best from a sincere admirer of yours.

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        Eagle,
        Why not openly say you are talking about Goigamayo and Kinnarayo.

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          My dear OC it s because he himself is one good example for Kinnarayo. Hr reacts as if he was raped by a gang of tamils. This could well be a truth during his hostelling at Hilda at Peradeniya😐😎😐😎😐😐😍😐😐😍😐😎😐😎😐😍😐😍🤔

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          Old Codger,
          No more Kinnarayo in Sri Lanka but there are Vellala Tamils and Dalits.
          By the way I read that Vellala people do not allow some Dalits to walk in streets during day time. Is that true and if so why?

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            Eagle Blind man

            There are no Dalits in Srilanka for your information.

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              P
              Then who belong to the ‘untouchable’ castes?
              And what was the campaign against untouchability (1966 to 1972) about?
              Dalit refers to the castes that have been subject to untouchability in South Asia as a whole.
              One should be true to one’s self.

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                ” One should be true to one’s self. “

                Comedy Thamai!

                How do you do that?

                By ridiculing others’ comments with an open challenge?

                Or you write your name as Savasegaram and stand off on others spelling mistake to give out a verdict that there is no point because there is spelling mistake?

                Your audacity thinks everybody in CT are Modays, have no memory of even two weeks?
                Is this the definition to shameless hypocrite?

                Take bath in a holy waters friend, before you start to preach.

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            EE,
            .
            what do you know other than …
            .
            Vellala caste .. and few other hateful terms ?
            .
            What is really problem ?
            .

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          oc,
          .
          I was curious, but didn’t anticipate an actual Wikipedia entry.
          .
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinnaraya
          .
          Obviously, one should not read too much into the existence of something in Wikipedia, but it is a useful starting point.

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            S.M,
            You should be happy that at least Wikipedia has it. We are so good at covering up inconvenient history. I am told that school texts say nothing on the matter nor even who shot SWRD.

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        EE
        Such things happened in Sinhalese society not long ago.
        *
        I will not name the castes of people who were not allowed shawls or slippers when they entered many Wallawas owned by people of certain other castes.

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          SJ, I am in agreement with you as I recall this happening in late 40’s. mMajority of present generation may not have witnessed it.

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      Mr. Nathan,
      .
      My dear………
      Learn your history first.
      We elected world’s first democratically elected woman prime minister – Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
      (Give some credit to Yevgenia Bosch of Ukraine and Khertek Anchimaa Toka of Tuvan People’s Republic)
      Don’t mix us up with your western worshiping.

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        We should attribute due credit to Mrs. Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike being elected as the world’s First Women PM of a country. Total agreement with that concept and must be respected. that’s for all time and is undisputedly part of our heritage and history.
        However, it is the undisputed fact too, her party won and her becoming PM in 1960 a reality, is due to her Govigama ancestry and importantly, Sympathy vote due to SWRD Bandaranaike’s assassination leading to the unfortunate and untimely demise in September 1959. Duly, aided by the conundrum created by the then GG to his aversion to appoint a person of a non Govigama caste as acting PM in the succession plan post assassination caretaker government and should be acknowledged. Destiny I believe.
        Position in Society, Caste and Connections which played an important part than ability or credentials in her becoming elected PM in 1960.
        Kamala Harris is a different scenario and standing in achieving what she has, whilst not diminishing the achievement of Mrs. SRDB in 1960; More importantly in 1970, which 100% credit to her leadership of the ULF.

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          Not only in SL, to that time, people everywhere were not knowledgeble as today. ‘-

          Literacy rates in ceylon were very low.

          To that time, you did not need you to be a graduate to be the leader of a nation.
          .
          Today those who attack Mrs B should be well aware of all these. I repsected her from the day one on…. Immediately I put the feet in Europe… decades ago… the first question they posed to me was ” are u from Bandaranayaka Land” ? The chinese came on my asking … more about SRILANKA.. reminding me how Mrs B gifted them an ELEPHANT then… Indo-China cold war was settled by the diplomacy of late Mrs B. ‘

          But pattapal HORU born to Medamulana abused the relationship made by Mrs B and made SRILANKA the number CHINESE debt trap country.
          ;
          Today, SRILANKENs would not OPEN their mouth against HIGH criminal Rajakshes… if I lived in SL, I would long have been MURDERED to the very same manner they did it with unestimable number of others. For them, what matters is achieving their selfish gains.. mostly over the dead bodies of the PEOPLE…. That come from their upbringing… YAKA families were not raised well by DA RajPAKSHE.

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          Mahila
          A few points to add.
          Mrs B got drawn into the fray by the SLFP after the UNP won an insecure majority in March 1960; also the MEP (really VLSSP led by Philip G) was a force to contend.
          *
          W Dahanayake was made acting PM in 1959 after SWRDB’s death because the deputy leader CP de Siva was in the UK for medical treatment. WD made a mess of the government, sacked all ministers and formed his own LPP to contest elections. It was amid this chaos that the UNP won 50 seats (out of 150?) . The SLFP led by CP de Silva won 46. If WD did not seize power in 1959, the SLFP may have won the election with left support (especially if Philip G was more sensible), which may have been held in 1961 as scheduled to be.
          Mrs B or even Felix RDB may have played a big role, as the family dominated politics in electorates around Gampaha-Veyangoda. But that is speculation.

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          Mahila

          “We should attribute due credit to Mrs. Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike being elected as the world’s First Women PM of a country. “

          I am sorry was she elected MP by the people when she was appointed prime minister of this island by a handful of her coteries of racists party YES men?

          She aided and abetted Pakistan committing war crimes and crimes against Bengalis.
          She committed war crimes in this island.
          She, her husband and her fellow racists instrumental in causing more conflict in this island.
          She undemocratically extended parliament by at least two years.
          If I remembered correctly she was the only one person to have been striped of her civil riots.

          What was/were her (Weeping Widow’s) achievements other than being appointed as prime minister of this island, by her coteries?

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    Thanks Sanja, let s hope the best with dawn of a new era under BEIDEN-HARRIS DUO.
    :
    In Europe, almost 90% are happy today hearing the election of JOE-BEIDEN and looking at the manner, Trump’s sand castles ended up as almost everyone with some sanity expected. That was not to be misinterpreted with shadenfreude, but Trump s verbal attacks to them were beyond bearing. Many analysts are in the view, Trump without his knowledge damaged a lot, perhaps going beyond estimations.
    :
    However, It ll not be easy for the new elected DUO to iron out heavy damages deliberately made by Trumps et al. Anyways, Paris Accord for Climate and NATO would find little bit easier to handle the issues from where they were stagnated. Dr Merkel is a gentle person. Her speech made to the nation was very positive about the hopes kept between US and Europe (Germany).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KZOG3aceUk

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    Many Asian nations were years ahead. There have been many Women leading nations, and it seems only the US has had obstacle after obstacle shattering that glass ceiling.
    Despite being the world’s greatest superpower, America has been backward in the equality of the sexes, including equal pay for women. The Democrats have been the only party that supports women’s rights, LGBT rights, and have many more women in Congress than the Republicans. It is not going to change in the near future.

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      Ashan,
      We Asians can crow about our female leaders, but unlike in other countries, our non-elite women have less rights. For example, do we have female bus /train drivers, conductors, or even petrol pump operators? Even in India , which is notoriously misogynistic, these are common.

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        OC
        There is a very large female industrial worker population since the FTZs wee set up.
        In Colombo 6 there is a female who replaces motor vehicle tyres in a medium-large tyre sales point. She is the manager the shop as well.
        There is no restriction on women doing the jobs that you referred to. But do the women want such jobs when they softer options, which are readily accessible.
        Well above half the bank staff in my locality is female. The managers of the BoC and NSB in my area are women.
        Supermarkets are staffed mostly by women, in some areas from the Hill Country. Women manage several. Several pharmacists of the local pharmacies are women and some are managers.

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          S.J,
          “Supermarkets are staffed mostly by women, in some areas from the Hill Country”
          Therein is part of the answer. Hill country women are flooding in to do jobs that the others believe are beneath their dignity.
          Familiar story ? Attitudes have to change.

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            OC
            Also the Supermarket owners generally prefer females. (The boys are not very smart at the cash till. But are good elsewhere in the store.)
            Hill Country females are more docile as they are more vulnerable, without the security of a home. They are moving into hospitals too, but slowly.
            Many Sinhalese females work in supermarkets, but often leave when they get married.
            The HCT situation is much like in Malaya (peninsular Malaysia) where ‘Indian’ labour is flooding KL for menial jobs.
            The HCT females also seek jobs in the FTZ and Middle East; very few look for domestic work.

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      It is the education and proper guidance which make some one a good leader
      .
      U see both should have gone in Rajapakshe family to allow them any high crimes be treated with total ignorance but keeping the very same voters as their own human shields. .
      .
      Folk please think about the future of this nation 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎.
      I hat off to th the rhetoric s of newly elected POTUS Joe Biden ” please stop hating each other we are only political opponents but we are all Americans ” . 3😐😎😐😎😐😎😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
      .

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      The difference between Kamala Harris and Srilankan woman leaders are very different. In Sri Lanka, it is a family influenced women. Srimavo and Chandrika both were influenced by SWRD Bandaranaiyake. The SLFP was actually a party of SWRD Family similar to SLPP for Rajapakse family. The reality in USA is that a black man or women can become a President but in Sri Lanka a Tamil or Muslim cannot become a President or PM or any powerful ministry like defence or finance.

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        Agree, but CBK AND Mrs B were highly respected by the world than Yaka, Rajapakshe. Rajapakshes a are champions misleading poor people within the country.

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        A
        Mrs B was not into politics when SWRDB was alive.
        She was dragged into it by a desperate SLFP in order to challenge effectively the UNP and the MEP led by Philip G, who made strong showings in Mach 1960 elections.
        Mrs B relied on Felix Dias B for advice, but not entirely. The children were interested in politics and Mrs B preferred the son as future leader. But she did not go out of her way that Indira G. did with Sanjay G.
        Chandrika used the family name, but she had to struggle to get there.
        *
        The Rajapaksa’s are quite another phenomenon.
        *
        You forget Kadirgamar.
        After GGP, the Tamil leaders excluded themselves but for Thiruchelvam holding a key post in 1965-68.

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          Dear SJ

          Not excluded but unqualified…….but did do the qualified work that came natural to them when things went wrong for them that is to kill others/oppoenents/sell children to foreign lands when people voted them out…….these are the qualities of the leadership that Sri Lankan people deserved?? let alone TAMILS of JAFFNA?? We are much more decent and deserving people than this please give us some credit SJ.

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      These women were only leaders because they came from rich elite influential families and had lots of time to do this or were given the opportunity , whilst their less unfortunate sisters were cleaning , cooking , looing after them and doing everything else for them. The elite in these Asian and other developing countries can do all this as there is a whole band of downtrodden women and men doing all their dirty , menial jobs , as well as their domestic chores. This does not happen in western countries.

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        SSS
        Even men are.

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    Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka “What’s new in the current moment for South Asia at least, is that all these powerful women leaders came from privileged families, with fathers or husbands having been heads of state. It was no cake walk for them to overcome the thick encrustation of prejudice against women in our part of the world,”

    =========================
    Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka – you are contradicting your self. It was a cake walk for Srimao – she walked on blood; and Benazir and Gandhi and CBK because of their family.
    ================
    Kamal Harris have to fight feminism, racism and right wing Trumpism
    ——-
    in Sri Lanka the Sinhala political class killed Lakshman Kadirgamar to stop him from becoming the fist Tamil Prime Minister
    ========
    So you are trying to bury the Sinhala Racism pumpkin in a plate of rice of feminism

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      Rajash: Your conclusive findings stated as: “in Sri Lanka the Sinhala political class killed Lakshman Kadirgamar to stop him from becoming the first Prime Minister”. Could you please tell me your “FINDINGS” on that “Murder” of Lakshman Kadirgamar? You would be doing a great service if you come forward to state that “Evidence”, because up to now that “Murder” has been “Credited” to the “LTTE”. Thank you.

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        Simon aiya@ our people are champions to speculation s, truths would nt work them to help seeing it beyond. Myths would take the leads turning multi criminals as the leaders. We the srilanka only repeat our mistakes looking back. It is high time professionals to work more on society rebuilding that road building . This should be the need of the hour for srilanka. If people would nt grasp it yet, our future generations would curse on us😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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        Simon – because up to now that “Murder” has been “Credited” to the “LTTE”. Thank you.
        ===================
        ” credited” is the right word. it has a deep meaning.
        normally “Credited” is used in a positive connotation
        so you tell me – credited by whom?
        did they reward LTTE ?

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          Rajash: Thanks for your response. I asked you to provide some “VITAL” information because you “CREDITED” (you said it direct) “Sinhala Buddhists” for killing Late Mr. Lakshman Kadiragamar. Did you notice why I wrote the word “Credited” with those inverted commas? Please think about why I wrote like that. Thanks for understanding me and my writings.

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            Simon – The word credit is used in a positive sense. for example “MI won the 2020 IPL today and the credit goes to the entire Team and Management”
            ====================
            I did not use the word “credit”.
            ——-
            Simon – (you said it direct) “Sinhala Buddhists” for killing Late Mr. Lakshman Kadiragamar
            Again you are twisting my post. Please read my post carefully,
            ====
            You are crediting LTTE of Killing Late Mr. Lakshman Kadiragamar.
            so tell me ; what doo you know?
            who paid them and how much?
            ===================
            you are worse than the out going President Trump!!!!
            twisting and turning quotes and results and refusing to accept defeat

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          Dear Rajesh.
          In some situations one puts forward points to buttress your arguments not quite justified. Here I think it is the case.
          …. credited by whom?….
          Wikipedia: reference:
          He achieved international prominence in this position due to his wide-ranging condemnation of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) and his efforts to have them banned internationally. A distinguished lawyer and international humanitarian, he was assassinated by an LTTE sniper in August 2005[1][2] ………………….
          His own View:
          Kadirgamar on many occasions mentioned the LTTE’s threats to his life. Speaking to The Hindu on 29 July 2005, he said “They (LTTE) can get me anytime. I get very serious reports things are hotting up”.[19]
          See the proximity of the dates.
          I am no Rajapakse fan but again your statement few comments later is also doubtful …”LTTE may have been paid to do it – remember LTTE and Rajapakses were mates at one time?”
          Actually Rajapakse was just sworn in as PM in April 2004. So Kadir though may be better qualified, would not have had a chance for many years ahead.

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            MyView

            Mahinda was PM April 2004 to Nov 2005

            Ratnasiri Wickremanayake – Nov 2005 to 2010
            Mahinda became President Nov 2005
            took over from CBK

            Lakshman Kadirgamar – FM – April 2004 to Aug 2005
            Lakshman Kadirgamar assassinated August 2005

            as you can see form the above dates Lakshman was in the run to be PM .
            ==============================
            Kadirgamar on many occasions mentioned the LTTE’s threats to his life.

            Many Prominent politicians who were under threat from LTTE were killed in high security zones
            Gemini Dissanayake/Athulath Mudali/ Kadirgame/Premadasa during ay day Rally/attempted murder of CBK
            all these were blamed on LTTE.

            It was a good ploy
            A

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              Dear Rajesh
              It is very strange that you say “All” blamed on LTTE. Implying that all these acts were done by parties OTHER than LTTE. Absurd. If you really believe that, I rest my case because there is no purpose to proceed on these discussions.
              However, for the record it is in very very few instances in politics anywhere, do the most deserving become PM or Head. Though I feel LK the quite deserving, Ratnasiri Wickramanayake had been in SLFP since 1960 and hence by all accounts he also deserved the post of PM.
              It is somewhat farfetched that in these circumstances, even if LK was living, that he will become PM in Nov 2005.

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                MyView- “It is somewhat farfetched that in these circumstances, even if LK was living, that he will become PM in Nov 2005.”
                My argument is not about who is more deserving LK or Ratnasiri Wickramanayake .
                But whether one was stopped in his tracks rather brutally.
                ————————

                Thanks for your thoughtful contributions.

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                  Thank you Rajash for valuable exchanges of points of view.
                  I agree that LK was stopped in his tracks, brutally at that. I grieve myself.
                  But it is the matter of “Who killed the Cock Robin” that I wanted to express moderate views.

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        Simon, “Credited by whom?”

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      Rajash,
      “in Sri Lanka the Sinhala political class killed Lakshman Kadirgamar to stop him from becoming the fist Tamil Prime Minister”

      Typical strategy of Tham Mills. Commit the crime and put the blame on Sinhalayo.
      ===
      “So you are trying to bury the Sinhala Racism pumpkin in a plate of rice of feminism”

      It seems you have forgotten that it was Sinhala racists? who gave citizenship to your people who were brought to Sinhale from Hindusthan by colonial rulers to work in their plantations instead of sending them back.
      Among Sinhalayo there is a saying ‘Kopamana guna kalath dudano nowethi yahapath (No matter how much good things you do wicked people do not change).

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        Kadirgamar was an inside job. You got to be really stupid to believe otherwise considering the security he had .
        In Sri Lanka you got to be a Sinhala Buddhist if your to be president or PM. It does not matter whether you’re a murderer, thief or rapist as long as Ha is a Sinhala Buddhist. Sinhalese with any other religion wont cut it either.

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          Burt,
          You think Rajiv Gandhi, Ranasinghe Premadasa did not have security.
          It was Prabhakaran who wanted to get rid of Kadiragamar. For Sinhala politicians Kadiragamar was an asset. There was no reason to kill him. This story about Premiership was cooked up by Tamil Diaspora to discredit the Government and Sinhalayo.

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            Eagle Eye “For Sinhala politicians Kadiragamar was an asset”
            you spilled the beans Eagle Eye
            Other Tamil Politicians who are “asset ” to the Sinhala politicians they are not assets to the Tamils!!!
            others you may add to your list
            Douglas
            Karuna
            Pillyan
            Jeevan Thondaman
            Anjagan Arumuagam
            the list goes on
            ,,,,,and of course the Muslims who signed the 20A

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              You missed out the number of people voted for them Rajesh?

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                Since 1970 losses to FP popularity we were all told what to do at gun point until 1977 desired outcome for the FP/TC/TULF?

                This is what the world need to focus for investigations? Hague and the gallows for the criminals??

                This mafia do not represent anyone except their own interest and their Masters elsewhere?? warlords/landowners in Ceylon and in Malaysia working for the colonial masters then and now?? just as that fellow the shipping magnet in 60’s sold Jaffna to to the CIA?? anyone know the name of this fellow please?

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                Thiagarajah Venugopal “You missed out the number of people voted for them”

                The Tamil Assets to the Rajapakse are those who manipulate the voters.
                People who voted are forgotten and ignored until next election!

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                  Dear R

                  Did not follow what you said?

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        Eagle Eye – the whole world knows Lakshman Kadirgamar was an insider job to stop a Tamil becoming PM
        LTTE may have been paid to do it – remember LTTE and Rajapakses were mates at one time?

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    Pretty lady. She will be kind to Sri Lanka. Being partly of African heritage, she must have seen the caste discrimination of the Indians. She will know that in Sri Lanka there is comparative Egalitarianism, and the voices of the Tamil masses are calling out for justice against their high-caste oppressors.

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      I have you not heard from the Sinhala low caste louder than that of the Tamils.
      Why didn’t UNP accept Sajith. But Tamils accepted Pirapaharan of Karawa caste as their Supreme Leader

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        Please don’t make brief comments on complex issues, Dilshan.
        .
        When the tussle was between Ranil Wickremasinghe and others for leadership of the Party, and when people were saying there was nobody else, I used to point out that Sajith was there, leaving it to card-carrying party members to work out who was best.
        .
        I see two major objections to Sajith as a man, although I grant him sufficient experience, education and knowledge;
        .
        (a) He pretends to possess certain educational certificates, when he didn’t complete most of his courses. It wouldn’t matter if he acknowledged that – after all, he has acquired a good deal of knowledge.
        .
        (b) Far too many superficial slogans from him. I’d like to hear of principled stands taken by him on several important issues.
        .
        Caste has nothing to do with my withholding full approval of him. So I’ve been voting NPP, but I gave Sajith a Preference at the Presidential election, where my First Preference was AKD.
        .
        My reasoning I consider to be logical. Please point out fallacies.

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        Dilshan,
        “But Tamils accepted Pirapaharan of Karawa caste as their Supreme Leader”

        Vellala Tamils accepted Pirapaharan because he was doing dong key work for them and because he had guns.

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        Dilshan

        “But Tamils accepted Pirapaharan of Karawa caste as their Supreme Leader”

        Where did you get the idea that Tamils accepted Pirapaharan as their Supreme Leader? That psychopath forced himself as the leader of Tamil people. Psychopath never allowed people to exercise free and fair elections while he was alive.

        Like many Sinhala/Buddhist bigots in this forum you too are reading Tamil equvalent of Mahawamsa.

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        Dilshan

        “But Tamils accepted Pirapaharan of Karawa caste as their Supreme Leader”

        Where did you get the idea that Tamils accepted Pirapaharan as their Supreme Leader? That psychopath forced himself as the leader of Tamil people. Psychopath never allowed people to exercise free and fair elections while he was alive.

        Like many Sinhala/Buddhist bigots in this forum you too are reading Tamil equivalent of Mahavamsa.

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      Why should se be Kind to srilanka?
      .
      Rajapakshe politics should be destroyed by any forces in the years to come if we as a nation to protect our country. Just because uneducated srilankens of Rajapakshe nature became the leaders to our country, entire world sho nt only look at us but react with more pressure educating the Rajapakshe s . Right now their high criminals getting released out of prisons the national security is questionable. So long Rajapakshe fake Patriots are the leaders people in this country would remain in dark😐😌😐😌😐😌😐😌😐😌😐😌😌

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    Brown girl in the ring shala la la la……..

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    There once was a political party in Sri Lanka that believed and promoted more represention by women. Addressed women’s issues, proposed subsidies to help women address these issues. But alas our own women decide they don’t need any of that. They voted for a nasty male dominated family oriented party tone deaf to women’s issues and also, who’s members made fun of these issues. It is only educated and enlightened people who would support these issues and vote for a women. Most women in Sri Lanka don’t belong to this category. In America a sizeable but vocal minority of women are opposed having a choice on abortion. They want to be dominated by their male partners due to their primitive religous beliefs. These beliefes are never checked or challenged but allowed to thrive and propagate. Promoting awareness and challenging primitve backward religion based beliefs is essential. There was a time during prime minister Bandaranaike that these issues were given prominence thru the setting up of institutions such as the family planning institute. These programs have now been abandoned.

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    Joe Biden picks kamala harris for VP running mate is to be credited picking the right choice, New president man with insight the point of view with intelligent understanding approached the target

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    “Here in South Asia, we have seen powerful women Prime Ministers such as Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto. In Sri Lanka, which produced the first woman head of government in the world, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike”
    One swallow doesn’t make a summer.
    We can crow about our female leaders, but unlike in other countries, our non-elite women have less rights. For example, do we have female bus /train drivers, conductors, or even petrol pump operators? Even in India , which is notoriously misogynistic, these are common. We have lakhs of female sewing machine operators but no female tuk drivers . We have female farmers but no plumbers. Why??

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    Kamalam in Tamil means Lotus, a flower well respected by Hindus and Buddhists. The goddess of Knowledge Sarsswathy is seated on a Lotus flower. The name Kamla could be seen among Singhalese and Tamils. I was listening to VP elect Kamala harris l and President-elec Joe Baiden. I was very much impressed by the oratorically commanding speech given by Kamla. In her address, she said Joe audacity to selct an immigrant Women as VP to work with him. That statement by Kamla t drew tears in the eyes of many immigrants in the US. She insisted on a Multiracial society policy. TThis Sri Lankan politicians like Gotabaya, Weeawasa Mahinda, and their stooges would noy like it. I would suggest them to get tuition from her on Politics in a multiracial country. They wiil not because Kamala was born a Tamil in Thulasipuram village in Tamil Nadu to a middle-class family. Her mother, a scientist, was an HR activist, and her daughters Kamala and Maya to are HR activists, which the Sti Lanka Mahinda dynasty and specially Gotabaya will not like. However, their party symbol is Lotus Bud. They have a similar attitude to the Racial attitude of Donald Trump.

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      Kuviyam- Kamalam in Tamil means Lotus.
      =====================
      Rajapakses sure will exploit on that.
      “PPP symbol is also Lotus – Lotus wins All over the world

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        Dear Rajash,
        .
        See the rationality of “Good Sense” below.
        .
        Kamala will not fall for such superficialities. Nor should we go to her with a begging bowl. She may (if all goes well) step down as POTUS in January 2033 (see how I count unhatched chickens!) only if she puts American interests first.
        .
        We, Sri Lankans, have to get our act together and work constructively. The Sinhalese must stop talking Mahawamsa to the whole world. I can enjoy human dignity without pretending that none of the millions of my progenitors were from South India!
        .
        There have been injustices in the past. Think of the decimation of Native Americans. I’ve been reading Wikipedia on many States that constitute the USA. They all start by naming the many tribes that used to dominate each area. Obviously, I’ve forgotten them now. Hawai? I’m sure that they would have had little to do with other bits of the political entity known as the USA. Are they “under” that country now? It is their good fortune that they are now full American citizens, because America is prosperous – for now.
        .
        The Sinhalese obsession with “Independence” is as crazy as being “Anglophiles”.

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        Kamalam is a blossomed Lotus PPP symbol is only a lotus bud whixh indicted that it has not blossomed in its ideology

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          Kuviyam-

          ” Kamalam is a blossomed Lotus”

          “PPP symbol is only a lotus bud”

          is it because PPP is a male chauvinistic organisation?

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      It means the same in Sanskrit but it is generally believed the original word is Dravidian /Tamil. The female is called Kamala and the male Kamal. Other derivations are Kamalini, Kamalasini or Kamala Devi

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        I believe that Harris is actually “Kamala Devi”.
        .
        Please check.
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        I hope that your motive in going into etymology is not to be one up!
        .
        I’m very happy for Kamala, but don’t let’s do or say (or ask her for) anything that will make her a less effective American leader.
        .
        American foreign policy is such that there are bound to be some things done by this new administration also that leaves us aghast. For example, they may support Israel to the hilt. We should try to understand what goes on there, even if, finally, we don’t approve.
        .
        How many Sri Lankans know the difference between Judaism and Zionism. “Know-alls” rarely learn anything new.

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          I believe that Harris is actually “Kamala Devi”.
          ===================
          Yes they are going to name White House – “Kamala Villas”
          idly; dosa and vadda to the menu

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        SSS
        When did the word first occur in Tamil literature?
        Can you cite a line with that word, naming the source

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          Thanks SJ for challenging and giving the opportunity to explain this

          References in Sangam Tamil (no Sanskrit words during Sangam period)
          “ஒரு பேரெண் கமலமும் வெள்ளமும் – a lot of lotus flowers and flood” – Paripatal பரி பாடல், Sangam Literature (600BCE or earlier) is a good example for the usage in a pure Tamil form.
          The Anatolian languages spoken by the steppe pastoralists who were migrating into India (from eastern Europe) absorbed vocabulary from the ancient Indian languages then (Tamil, Prakrit . Thus a language called Sanskrit was coded and was kept pristine for the usage of higher class people of that race in that time. This migration is dated close to 1500 BCE +/- 500 years by mainstream anthropology and genetics studies. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is unique to central and northern India and also found in northern Indochina and East Asia – some of the early botanical books call this as ‘Indian lotus’ assigning nativity to Indian tropical climate. So it’s highly likely that the steppe pastoralists saw lotus for the first time when they entered India. Sanskrit must have borrowed this word from an ancient Indian language that existed then -This leaves us with Tamil alone as a field of investigation for a suitable etymological root.

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            kamalam கமலம். Lotus is a water flower as we know.
            Kamalam கமலம் – ka(m) க(ம்)** (water) + malaru மலரு (verb. To flower) + am அம் (suffix for the subject class ‘it’)
            University of madras lexicon & J.P.Fabricius Tamil and English Dictionary
            kamam கமம்**, a cousin word in Tamil refers to farm field – like in paddy fields where water and plant are together.
            So kamalam simply means ‘water flower’ in Tamil.
            Now with this coining, there is a small grammatical challenge in Tamil. Ar அர் is a suffix for the plural or singular respectful human subjects (such as anthanar அந்தணர், paarpanar பார்ப்பனர் etc). The verb form malaru மலரு which means to bloom also has a ‘ar அர்’ ending. So this needs alteration and the right suffix is ‘am அம்’ the one to denote the subject class ‘it’. So the following change took place.
            கமலர் kamalar ~ கமலம் kamalam (to grammatically alter ‘ar’ suffix as it gives a feel that it’s a human and not an object).
            கமம் kamam நிறைந்து இயலும்” – Tholkappiyam (earlier to 600 BCE)
            So kamalam simply means ‘water flower’ in Tamil.
            However
            I knew it was Tamil origin but found the answer in Quora

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              Now with this coining, there is a small grammatical challenge in Tamil. Ar அர் is a suffix for the plural or singular respectful human subjects (such as anthanar அந்தணர், paarpanar பார்ப்பனர் etc). The verb form malaru மலரு which means to bloom also has a ‘ar அர்’ ending. So this needs alteration and the right suffix is ‘am அம்’ the one to denote the subject class ‘it’. So the following change took place.
              கமலர் kamalar ~ கமலம் kamalam (to grammatically alter ‘ar’ suffix as it gives a feel that it’s a human and not an object).
              கமம் kamam நிறைந்து இயலும்” – Tholkappiyam (earlier to 600 BCE)
              So kamalam simply means ‘water flower’ in Tamil.
              However
              I knew it was Tamil origin but found the answer in Quora

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        SSS that explains Kamal Hassan and not Kamala Hassan

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      Kuviyam,
      USA became a multiracial country because Europeans went there and slaughtered Native people and invited people from all over the world to come.
      Sinhale became bi-racial (Sinhala and Demala) because colonial rulers brought millions of Dravida laborers from Hindusthan to work in their plantations, abandoned them in this country and asked Sinhalayo who are the Native people to give citizenship to them. Sinhalayo did not invite Demala people to Sinhale but gave citizenship and equal status. So there is nothing that Sinhalayo can learn from USA.

      “She insisted on a Multiracial society policy.”

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    Kamala Harris made her mark. Whatever job she undertook she did it well and with distinction. Those who read her CV knows that her first “elected” position was to become a county prosecutor and thereafter the next, namely, the Attorney General of the State of California. But to become from there the Senator for California in the Federal legislature was a big step forward and everybody around her supported her on merit. As a senator she, again, showed her mark in doing her job well. Therefore it is in a way not a surprise for Joseph Robinette Biden to choose her as the running mate.

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      Even Trump lawyers before her became speechless and weak. The great woman is a great leader for the US. Leiden is also a humble and person with 50 years of experience in USpolitics. The duo can do lot more good work but def no wonders as some anticipate it. Huge damage s made by Trump would take it’s time for iron out😐😎😐😎😐😍😐😍😍😐😍

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        Mr 😐😎😐😐😐Joe Beiden

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          Joseph Biden – you’ve inserted an extra “e”, dear LM.

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            Dearest SM, beg to differ… for some reasons.. there are also many name him as “Joe Biden”:
            https://edition.cnn.com/election/2020/candidate/biden

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            No problem: abbreviation.
            .
            My father deliberately named me after the great grammarian who lived 2,400 years ago.
            .
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%81%E1%B9%87ini
            .
            Just scroll down to the last paragraph to see why I’m (rather foolishly) proud of all that.
            .
            But among the government-teacher crowd here, I’m universally referred to as “Pani Sir” which I find mildly irritating.
            .
            But do such things really matter?

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              My beloved iskolamahaththyo,, it is just many down there dont care about the difference between “Pani” and ” Panni” . As for me if people would nt even that little , its really annoying, imagine if anyone would address u as “Pani” , is nt that irritating? And most of all they are used call any one ” Mr + Firstname” . That is very unusual in UK. It should be Mr + Surname (that is how Europeans are used to). And prefix Dr is not used in UK if S/he is not a Phder. Many with a set of PG titles would humbly ask u to call them Mr + Surname. 😎😎😎😎

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              Please Sinhala Man,
              .
              Also add your thoughts into SINHLA platform…. that is important. I have noticed Champa has been doing… I add mine whenever i have time… please.. thanks.

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                In my neighbourhood, I speak much more Sinhala than English. I talk just as much politics as I do here. The content of what I say is exactly the same as what I write here. I am quite fluent.
                .
                It is very important that we respect those who know only Sinhala, and yes, writing in Sinhala is very important. I sometimes read what Champa and you write in Sinhalese. However, I can’t write. You will have to accept me with all my limitations. Be happy that at least I’m honest.
                .
                Similarly, Tamils will have to accept the fact that I don’t know their language at all. What to do? I’ve either been too lazy, or I don’t have the aptitude for languages that you probably do.
                .
                My Belgian neighbour is even more remarkable in that respect.
                .
                These things are difficult to prove, but I think that there is such a thing as an aptitude for learning languages. That is why I advocate that all children should be encouraged to learn languages (and even adults if the aptitude is there) but it should never be forced upon people.

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                  Dear SM,

                  I did not know that you would not write in SINHALA…. Sorry I did not intend you to feel that bad not knowing written sinhala. Take it easy. Yes you are the most honest commenter on this website.Anyways, I do notice that not many would add their comments to CT sinhala articles. My respect to CHAMPA grew exponentially, whenver I read hers to sinhala/english sections .. SHe sounds to be a great person I never thought, that C would ever become a fan of mine. I regret that much to have added insulting comments to her few years ago.

                  Btw my dear SM, a good news for you.

                  did not you hear the great news yestreday about a GERMAN company has now found the vaccine for COVID 19 – this is now being the headline news on EU news, I believe, it will be available for use by the end of the year or/Jan 2021.
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9VNPMpfneA
                  I knew the company owners in person (turkish Germans),; a couple ( both are Professors in Medicine, Endocrinology and Oncology ) is living in Mainz/Germany (30 away from Frankfurt/Germany). Thanks god, I am dealing with world class academics.Had my mother been alive today, she would have been first to be proud her benjamin(it s me).

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                    Do Belgians live in SL ? That I did not know. I have also been dealing with Belgians: Most of them are clinicians.

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                  My dear SM (Skole Mahaththayo),
                  The video would be of greater interest.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4GOtEnhmm0

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                    Entertaining, more than enlightening.

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                  Dear LM,
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                  PART A

                  .
                  If by writing in Sinhala you mean filling in a form, I can do that all right. Lack of practice means it’s a bit slow, and the letters are ungainly. OTOH, I speak Sinhala well enough, and don’t insert unnecessary English words when I do so.
                  .
                  I’ve told you that I sometimes read what you write – in other words I know all the letters – but it’s slow. So it’s not something that I will ever claim that I have much capacity for. My computer has not been configured to type Sinhala. The Maldivian language, Dhivehi is really Old Sinhalese, with writing Arabised. I do recognise some phrases, but for me, that doesn’t constitute “knowing” the language.
                  .
                  In the case of Tamil, I don’t think that I know the sound which goes with any of the letters. That’s me – I wish it were different, but it isn’t. When I see a user manual, I can tell the difference between French and German. When there is a need, I may even be able to put some meaning into what I read. I know most of the Greek alphabet, I think.

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                  PART B
                  .
                  You made an initial comment on this article; I don’t think that you would have returned to it.
                  .
                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-pathology-of-ragging/
                  .
                  The author was placing far too much of importance on proficiency in English. It is too often used as a “kaduwa”. I have shown that when I think it enjoyable enough I can follow something even in Italian – you can quite often activate subtitles by going to “settings” in the bottom right of the Youtube screen.
                  .
                  As for the Belgian; this is him writing in his mother-tongue, French.
                  .
                  https://www.academia.edu/38232075/Introduction_au_REAA_JH_v_2_docx
                  .
                  He’s remarkable, by any standard. Can manage about 15 languages, fluent in about five. It’s difficult to put down an exact number because it depends on the criterion of fluency.
                  .
                  What he tells me is that 80% of Americans wouldn’t know what opera is! His daughter is now in Florida, but didn’t have a vote. Her husband had voted for Biden.

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                  PART C
                  .
                  BTW, I’ve been reading up quite a bit about Kamala’s father. He’s from Jamaica, but he is currently in the USA. All that made me remember that my mother visited Jamaica for the wedding of my sister, four years younger than me, to a Jayasuriya. They are now in Sydney, Australia.
                  .
                  Despite all that, I’m truly a gambada iskole mahatthaya who has travelled little. I know that we form rather an odd family in Sri Lanka.
                  .
                  I’m making an important point here: whilst it is true that most Sri Lankan families fit the old stereotypes, there are people who are significantly different.
                  .
                  In the US, the families of both Obama and Kamala are strange; you may not realise just how strange. As you’ve stated, I spring surprises on you, but none of it is made up to mislead anybody!

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    Part II

    Forgive for reciting material already in the public domain in Part I, but the lesson for us to learn here in Sri Lanka is nothing but meritocracy. We look in awe in stereotyping based on gender, color of the skin, creed etc. and say that though at the pinnacle we achieved something for such and such class of persons but not in the ordinary course. That, in my view, is parochial. The concept that we must promote throughout of the society is to recognize merit. That would promote cohesion in this country.

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      But news such as these are disturbing. Looks like we are leaving aside meritocracy, and plunging into a world of crooks and shysters. But then, we will otherwise not have a Parliament.
      http://www.dailymirror.lk/expose/Credentials-of-official-raise-controversy/333-199569
      He has had a good run duping everyone.

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        Regarding Mobitel and ITN, I am not surprised but Red Cross only somewhat. Unbelievable though that he even conned The Chamber of Commerce.

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        Thanks for putting this comment on, dear Ferryman.
        .
        I had already seen that article in the Daily Mirror, but one can’t comment on everything. I don’t know anything about this guy or his appointment.
        .
        You may recall Ratnam Nadarajah giving me his contact details. Well, he’s in London, and we’ve had a chat on WhatsApp already, and that, rather than anonymous comments, helped me to clear up the identity of SJ, with whom he’s had altercations.
        .
        I have probably surprised you with some things that I’ve said. That’s because you’ve not been able to make certain connections, and for various reasons, I can’t be more explicit on fora of this sort.
        .
        There are bits of corruption in many places, seemingly harmless, but they contribute to overall inefficiency.
        .
        Claims of injustice? They often boil down to thwarted ambitions.

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    Now that we have made our comments, let’s get a peep into her family in 29 photos:

    https://www.facebook.com/102566244887476/posts/145948893882544/?sfnsn=scwspwa

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      Thanks, “punchinilame”,
      .
      That was nice, but it looks as though there’ll be plenty more comments coming in, even if we won’t be able to match the Kamala-mania across the Palk Strait.
      .
      I’ve posted this on one photograph:
      .
      So happy for you Kamala. When will you see all this, if ever? You’ve got lots of work to as an American politician. Some of what you are forced to do, we may not like, because your perspective has to be American. President upto January 2033? I’m counting chickens now, probably be kicking up the daisies by then. I’m a “Sinhalese” who’s been trying to tell fellow Sinhalese that although we now have different languages, most of our ancestors must have come from Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

      What we now must do is live so as to promote harmony. In this recent photograph, I can positively identify only Kamala, but that is possibly your niece Meenakshi on the left. There’s already a Wikipedia article on her, but no photograph. And, she’s already written a children’s book. Great. I have two grand-daughters, aged 7and 5, currently in Malaysia. Good reading for them? Who would have imagined these things coming to pass!

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        Told my daughter about the book.
        .
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_and_Maya%27s_Big_Idea
        .
        Her reply:
        .

        “Thanks for this Thaththi,
        .
        This seems a lovely book for the girls
        .
        Love”
        .
        *
        It’s very necessary that we bring upkids with positive outlooks.

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    Some of the issues that matter most in the context of this article by Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka are dealt with in an article by D.B.S.Jeyaraj that has appeared today.

    My three-part comment may look important. It isn’t. I’m merely trying to make sure that you read D.B.S.Jeyaraj’s article.
    .
    I remember that when Barack Obama was elected POTUS in 2008, there was rejoicing by us. Why? Because he was “black”, and we are “black”. Shades of black and brown one might say. Now, with Kamala Harris with roots in our part of the world, and with an awareness of South Asian culture, and of the issues confronting our part of the world, being elected Vice-POTUS, with the strong likelihood of her becoming POTUS in 2024, it is natural that we should be even more thrilled. Why?
    .
    Because about six centuries ago, Caucasians from Europe began to dominate the entire world, and to either decimate or subjugate all other peoples on Planet Earth. Now we rejoice that the balance is being set right. Some of our black/brown people are rising to positions of equal importance in the most prosperous parts of the world.

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      This has been a fruitful discussion, but the three parts (displayed here) of this comment do not make sense unless the article by Jeyaraj is read by those perusing my comment. This is a link to that Jeyaraj article:
      .
      http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/US-Vice-President-Elect-Kamala-Harriss-Key-Sri-Lankan-Tamil-Aide/172-199876
      .
      More than the election of Biden as POTUS, the possibilities opened for us Sri Lankans by the election of his running-mate, Kamala Harris, is getting discussed. It appears that social medium users in the North have gone to town with stories that Kamala’s maternal grandparents were from Sri Lanka.
      .
      This has got reflected in three bona fide comments on this Kumar David article.
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/what-sri-lanka-can-take-away-from-the-us-elections/
      .
      Lanka Canuck first says that Kamala Devi’s grandparents were from Manipay and Batticaloa, is asked to check by SJ, and then retracts his comments. Both are Tamils. I saw the original mistake myself, checked but did not make a “triumphant correcting comment.” You will find me subsequently thanking Canuck for self-correcting.
      .
      I have now carefully studied the CT “Comments Policy”. We aim to promote understanding. The gravamen of this comment is a polite attempt to reconcile. Please display the link, although it is from a local newspaper.

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    PART B
    .
    The Red Man
    has almost been wiped out of the USA; if one talks of the original inhabitants as those who ought to own that part of the world, it is the Native Americans. What is gradually becoming true of the world today is that we are now asserting that what matters is that we humans who dominate the world today should conduct ourselves in such a way that life continues on this planet which is the most hospitable that has yet been discovered by us.
    .
    It is ridiculous for some people to imagine that they can now start dominating others on the basis of their ancestry. If we do that we’re going to be back to square one: racism, where we will have eternal warfare to be the dominant group.
    .
    We don’t understand all the dynamics of evolution, but it is good if we take note of the fact that it is not the most aggressive who finally inherit The Earth. The most ferocious carnivores reign only for a period. The peace-loving are going to inherit The Earth.

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    PART C
    .
    I hope that many have clicked on the link given there; obviously readers could have got there direct – all that I have done is to urge you to digest what you see there. We would do well to understand that Kamala Devi Harris is well on her way to become the most influential person on this planet for a period of eight years by virtue of becoming The President of the USA; it brings us joy. If we try to now flatter her in various ways with a view to climbing into positions ourselves, we will just make fools ourselves. She herself will firmly assert that she is an American Politician. That will be the end of all the delusions that we are new publicising.
    .
    In practical terms, may I bluntly tell readers of Colombo Telegraph (who are all people who have connections to the island of Sri Lanka) that this decent, outstanding and powerful woman will not be terribly interested in whether we speak Tamil or Sinhalese. She’ll be getting to where she is destined because she’s risen above such petty concerns.

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